California Dream Act signed, becomes law

By Edgar Lopez The second half of the California Dream Act was signed by Governor Jerry Brown last Saturday, which allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid starting 2013. Assembly Bill 131, which was more difficult for the Senate to pass than the first bill, AB 130, allows students to apply for and receive financial aid, tuition fee waivers and Cal-Grants if they meet certain requirements. This would take…

October 12, 2011
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Renovation enhances ELAC campus

By Augustine Ugalde As East Los Angeles College marches along into its second decade of continuous construction projects, people seem divided on the changing image of the school. The endless construction has frustrated many Elans throughout the last decade with detours, parking problems and building access, just to name three. The completion of the F7 building, near the center of campus, has allowed much freer access through campus than students…

October 6, 2011
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Student friendly vending machines

  By Rodolfo Trujillo Vending machines need to dispense more vital supplies than chips and soda, even though reporters, especially certain opinion writers, like chips and soda. Imagine this scenario. It’s 8:45 p.m. and your pen has run out of ink. What could you do if no one has an extra pen to lend to you? The local store is too far to go and come back in a reasonable amount…

September 28, 2011
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Don’t take all general education classes first

By Yesenia Martinez Waiting to take major course work right before transferring or graduating can be foolish and costly. Most students enter college being undecided on their major. Students want to decide on a major early in their school career so it does not cause money or delays in the long run. It is a good idea for students who know what they want to major in to take introductory courses…

September 28, 2011
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School should be safer

By Cristina Galvan School should be a safe environment where students should not have to worry about having their belongings stolen. Last week, Yadira Hernandez had her car broken into in the parking structure. Among some of the things that were stolen were her laptop, books and money to pay for her classes. Since Hernandez is an AB 540 student she does not qualify for financial aid and therefore has to…

September 28, 2011
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Unchartered 350-2-SH club promotes healthy environment

By Jane Fernandez 350-2-Sustain Humanity, an unchartered club aims to not only become a part of the student’s life, but a part of the world. The club’s mission is to “bring education and awareness to people about the benefits and importance of living a sustainable life style,” as said in the club’s mission statement. “We are stressing the 350 because this represents the limit of parts per million of CO2…

September 28, 2011
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Watchdog hiring under investigation by Los Angeles City

By Rodolfo Trujillo Los Angeles Community College District Inspector General Christine Marez released a report last week stating that there was the possibility of “improper design-build scoring,” and alleged coercion in district bond construction. The improprieties were reported to have occurred at West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Mission College Marez’s report comes a week after Board President Miguel Santiago announced that Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Gruel will…

September 28, 2011
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Higher Education, higher prices

By Amanda Mayberry As a result of recent budget cuts, the Los Angeles Community College District has discontinued the $15 a semester I-TAP program, and is now offering the College/Vocational TAP. The College/Vocational TAP allows students to buy monthly reduced passes for $36 per month. Students who have 12 units or more must fill out an application,which can be found at the fiscal office on campus or on the Los…

September 22, 2011
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Tax oil to fund education

By Isaac Tovar Proposition 1481 would place a 15 percent tax on crude oil extraction from California, on-shore and off-shore drilling sites, to fund education, from K through college. This will approximately produce $3 billion annually. If you have been anywhere near student activities lately you might have been asked to sign a petition for this Proposition to be put in the California ballot. $1.5 billion of that goes to community colleges,…

September 22, 2011
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Cross Country back on track

  By Tadzio Garcia The Huskies opened the season Labor Day weekend at the California State University Fullerton ASICS Cross Country Invitational improving on last year’s times while eyeing the state playoffs. The meet consisted of NCAA Division I, II, and III teams as well as teams from community colleges. Long Beach State won the men’s 8k run while Loyola Marymount University won the women’s 6k race. The women’s team…

September 14, 2011
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