Katz connects with ELAC students through literature

By Elizabeth Toy Author Jesse Katz shared his experiences about his career, family and cultural relations in his book, “The Opposite Field,” yesterday at the Modern Language Lab. The question and answer session hoped to bring East Los Angeles College students and faculty of diverse backgrounds together to culturally connect to each other. The book seems to be about baseball, but between the lines, it’s about fitting in, and how…

May 25, 2016
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Language Lab opens at ELAC after 10 years

By Elizabeth Toy The Modern Languages Department opened its new Modern Languages and English as a Second Language Lab in Room 170 on the first floor of the new E3 Building. This is the first time East Los Angeles College has had a language lab in ten years. “We look forward to students coming in to tell us how we can help,” instructional assistant Michael Perronne said.   The Modern…

February 23, 2016
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Former ELAC student to direct student art projects

By Elizabeth Toy East Los Angeles College Associate Student Union has acquired former student and renowned muralist, George Yepes to direct two student art projects. The “Milk Loves Art” campaign and the student mural project will be in progress until the end of the spring semester in 2016. “Got Milk” is renovating its ad campaign and has selected Yepes to direct the new “Milk Loves Art” campaign. This is a…

December 9, 2015
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Jazz band gets audience swinging for holiday celebration

by Elizabeth Toy   The East Los Angeles College Jazz Band kindled the spirit of the holiday season at the Jazz Christmas Celebration Friday in the S-2 Recital Hall. Chair of the Music Department Robert Dawson opened the night with a bold and cheeky rendition of  “Angels We Have Heard on High,” arranged by Ralph Carmichael. Dawson conducted the jazz band through various songs from the three categories of Christmas…

December 9, 2015
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Dreamer becomes journalism professor

by Elizabeth Toy   From the outside, Casandra Hernández Ríos is youthful and good-natured with comfortable style.  But beneath her glowing exterior is a young woman who has endured her share of cross-cultural and financial hardships, and is still discovering more about herself. Hernández Ríos sits attentively across from me on a cool, autumn afternoon, her bright eyes and kind expression patiently awaiting my questions.  In her yellow and red…

December 9, 2015
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Jazz musicians play to their parent’s tune

By Elizabeth Toy Jazz musicians Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel drew in a modest, but devoted crowd of jazz enthusiasts Nov. 6 at the First Friday Jazz performance. The duo opened the evening with a song which they  dedicated to all who helped them in their lives. Almario switched between playing the flute, clarinet and saxophone, while Laboriel played the bass. “We are doing the songs that my father wrote,”…

November 18, 2015
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Famed performers to star in First Friday Jazz

By Elizabeth Toy The Music Department is preparing for the arrival of Justo Almario and Abraham Laboriel, two famed jazz instrumentalists who will star in the First Friday Jazz Series Nov. 6. Listeners can look forward to a fusion of Cuban, Afro, Improvisational jazz as well as jazz standards, American funk and modal jazz. “During the evening (Laboriel and Almario) will introduce music from their native countries of Mexico and…

October 28, 2015
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Solidarity for Life brings community together

By Elizabeth Toy The recent deaths of a former East Los Angeles College student and a prospective student spurred distress among Elans and roused the Associate Student Union to hold the Huskies Solidarity for Life event on Thursday in front of the S2 building. The Associated Student Union collaborated with the Health Center and local law enforcement to host an  assembly to discuss mental illness and the many resources offered…

October 28, 2015
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Closeted Asian teen breaks tradition, finds independence

May 20, 2015

By Elizabeth Toy Ian Young, 23, was raised in a traditional Taiwanese Christian family, but lives his life with an extraordinary sense of independence.  Young’s father left his family when he was only a few months old and due to tensions between his mother and grandparents, he rarely spent time with her. As a result, Young was raised by his maternal grandparents in Alhambra, California and grew up with many…

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