Economics professor to take hiatus in Philippines

May 24, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  After 23 years as an economics professor at East Los Angeles College, Aida Z. Caballes is retiring and taking a six month hiatus in the Philippines to work on developmental projects. On January 1, 1994, Caballes started a part-time teaching position at ELAC. Within a year-and-a-half, she became a full-time substitute and soon after a permanent, full-time professor. Before arriving to Southern California, Caballes was at the…

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Audit finds unreported funds in UC system

By Dorany Pineda  A state audit report released April 25 revealed hidden funds and excessive administrative salaries in the University of California system amid tuition hikes. According to the California State Auditor’s Office report, the University of California administration failed to make known to the public and the Board of Regents that it had $175 million in budget reserve funds. The Office of the President has denied hiding those funds,…

May 3, 2017
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Women’s basketball player signs with Kansas State

May 3, 2017

By Dorany Pineda  When Anastasia Tsybaeva’s was in seventh grade, she stood at five feet ten inches. Despite having never played, her physical education teacher convinced her to join the basketball club. She was the only girl among 40 boys. “After two days I quit because everybody was making fun of me,” Tsybaeva said. “They’re like ‘How are you so tall and you can’t play?’” It wasn’t until her freshman…

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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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