ELAC child development student dies unexpectedly

April 12, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  Damien Benson, a student studying child development at East Los Angeles College, died of a heart attack due to undiagnosed coronary heart disease in his home the night of March 19. Raeanna Gleason, assistant English professor, remembers her fall semester’s class as one of the best she’s ever taught, and it was largely because of Benson. “[Damien] was a wonderful, amazing student,” Gleason said. “He always brought…

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Community festival empowers women

March 15, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  In celebration of International Women’s Day, Las Fotos Project held its 3rd annual Viva la Muxer event—an all-women art and music festival in East Los Angeles on Saturday. “[Viva la Muxer] showcases a lot of the community and the art. I feel like it’s a safe space for women, and to see what other women can do,” Diaz said. “Men always dominate all the spaces. That’s why…

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On the ethics of human embryo experiments

By Dorany Pineda Scientists have discovered how to grow and keep human embryos alive in lab dishes for up to 14 days. Though the international ethical debate this discovery has sparked is valid, scientists should be allowed to grow the embryos past the two week limit. The findings could be paramount to uncovering some key questions about life and why its development sometimes goes wrong. The debate mainly revolves around…

March 8, 2017
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Service dogs need welcoming

By Dorany Pineda  The number of Elans who use service dogs is growing, but many of them chose not to bring them to campus because of the distractions and problems that often arise. The Americans with Disabilities Acts allows students with disabilities the right to have a service animal at their school. The animal–typically a dog or in some instances a miniature horse– has to perform an active task that…

March 8, 2017
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Horror comedy explores social commentary

March 1, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  There is nothing standard about Jordan Peele’s brutally smart feature film debut “Get Out,” a comedy horror satire about the African American experience within a white suburban neighborhood. “Get Out” is a social commentary about white racism and the real-life anxieties of the black experience in this country, which, as the film reveals, can sometimes descend into nightmare. The film opens with a scene of a young…

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Theater arts students flourish in competition

March 1, 2017

By Dorany Pineda Design students from the Theater Arts Department won big at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) that took place Feb. 14-19 at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Stephen Azua and David Sanchez won first place against 68 other competitors in the Design and Technology categories of the Region 8 competitions. Azua won for his Lighting Design in East Los Angeles College’s production…

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Theater arts students flourish in annual competition

By Dorany Pineda  Design students from the theater arts department won big at the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) that took place Feb. 14-19 at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Stephen Azua and David Sanchez won first place against 68 other competitors in the Design and Technology categories of the Region 8 competitions. Azua won for his Lighting Design in East Los Angeles College’s production…

March 1, 2017
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Budgetary affairs meeting moves to partly fund several conferences

By Dorany Pineda The Associate Student Union Budgetary Affairs Committee met during their monthly meeting to discuss the spending of the student representation fee on February 24. The Student Representation Fee was voted into East Los Angeles College in the fall of 2012 for student advocacy events. According to Education Code section 76060.5 of the Student Fee Handbook approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Student Rep. Fee…

February 24, 2017
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Personal Film explores activist’s life

By Dorany Pineda  Director Raoul Peck’s documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” is a powerful homage to the civil rights movement and to several of the legendary figures that emerged from it, told through the poetic and moral richness of James Baldwin’s words and experiences. “The story of the Negro in America is the story of America or, more precisely, it is the story of Americans. It is not a…

February 16, 2017
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Documentary produced-Leonardo DiCaprio focuses on ecological future

By Dorany Pineda  Fisher Steven’s documentary “Before the Flood,” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, takes an in-depth look at planet earth’s terrifying trajectory into an apocalyptic ecological future. A bleak, but poignant, insight into a nightmarish time, the film is a vivid portrait of the beauty and fragility of life on our planet, and all that is at risk if we don’t care for it. “Before the Flood” is incredibly persuasive…

November 9, 2016
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