Professor overcomes past for better future

By Francisco Portillo After years of being lost in the gang lifestyle and becoming paralyzed, Obed Silva discovered the power of literature and underwent a major transformation to become a respected English professor. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Silva emigrated to the United States with his mother at just one year of age.  His father was an artist trained by Mexican painter Aaron Pina-Mora, who was also his godfather. His father…

May 25, 2017

New English Department chair elected

By Francisco Portillo The English Department faculty elected a new department chair Dr. Ruth Blandón after James Kenny was promoted to Dean of Academic Affairs. Kenny held the position since 2007. “Being … Latina elected as English Department Chair is a tremendous honor, and the vote of confidence is both humbling and inspiring,” Blandón said. With the current Vice Chair/ Interim Chair Sharon Allerson retiring at the end of the…

March 22, 2017

Milestone: Real Stories of East LA hits the stage Nov. 25

By Jane Fernandez The English Department will present Milestone: Real Stories of East LA on November 25th from 12 to 2 pm at the Performing & Fine Arts Complex in the S2 building. During the event, the college’s journal of literature and art- student edited issue for 2014 will be unveiled. Art from the journal will be exhibited and contributors to the issue will read their published poetry and prose. The event will close with…

November 11, 2014

Chaotic first week affects students’ lives

By Maria Isidoro For students trying to add classes and traverse through campus, the last couple of weeks at East Los Angeles College have been nothing short of hectic. On the first day of school, more than 60 students were left standing without a chair to sit on. Those students who were left out might have missed an opportunity to get their transfer transcripts for this fall semester. These are…

September 17, 2014

English instructor dies of cancer

By Megan Perry Due to the cancer that spread throughout her body, English instructor Genice Everhart died at the young age of 61 on April 16. In her memory, the English department started a scholarship for English as a Second Language students, the Genice Everhart Scholarship. It is a $500 scholarship that the English department awarded on May 10 at the East Los Angeles College Scholarship Foundation Banquet that took place…

May 23, 2012

Carol Lem: Longtime professor, poet left indelible mark

By Megan Perry Adored and admired poet and teacher, Carol Lem, died of cancer February 11, leaving her mark on East Los Angeles College and in the Los Angeles literary world. She was a petite woman who stood approximately five feet tall, but her power and influence were gigantic. “I always admired that somebody who was not at all physically intimidating carried her weight and got her way out there,” said…

February 29, 2012