K-Love kills off rock ‘n’ roll genre to be replaced with gospel

November 16, 2017

By Frank Portillo Fans of rock music in Los Angeles will find it difficult to find a good quality radio station dedicated to the dying genre. The announcement that 100.3 The Sound is being sold and converted to K-Love, a contemporary Christian music station, makes the problem worse. According to the website www.radio-locator.com, which compiles a list of all the radio stations in Los Angeles, out of approximately 117 total…

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Disney reveals plans to start exclusive streaming service

By Frank Portillo There are way too many streaming services available for TV completionists and the problem is only getting worse. Disney is adapting the current model of television by starting its own streaming service with its various properties, which is slated to release in 2019. Disney has confirmed that future Marvel, Disney and Pixar titles will be exclusive to the new streaming service, leaving the fate of the current…

November 16, 2017
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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ delivers on multiple fronts

November 15, 2017

By Frank Portillo The remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” is a beautifully shot, well-acted murder mystery with an insanely talented ensemble cast. Based on the novel of the same name, the film is another solid addition to director Kenneth Branagh’s filmography, which includes the first “Thor” and 2015’s “Cinderella.” Branagh leads the ensemble cast as the self-proclaimed “Greatest detective in the world” with a luxuriant moustache, Hercule Poirot….

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Dream Resource Center aims to make students feel safe

By Frank Portillo The Dream Resource Center provides resources for all students in need, including those who are undocumented, homeless and/or members of the LGBTQ community. “The intent (of the program) is always going to be (providing) a place where our students can come and feel like they’re welcomed and a part of something. Many students still live in what they call ‘the shadows.’ Our students are still fearful, especially…

November 15, 2017
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ ends trilogy with humorous tone

By Frank Portillo “Thor: Ragnarok” is not only the funniest Marvel movie to date, but is also one of the best at using its universe of characters. It’s a film that beautifully wraps up the trilogy, It is hard not to describe “Ragnarok” as a comedy because of how much humor is involved. But the film also manages to be emotionally moving when the story demands it. The humorous tone…

November 15, 2017
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Student finds new home at ELAC

November 15, 2017

By Frank Portillo After living a closeted life in foster youth, student worker Jaci Cortez now assists others as part of the Dream Resource Center staff. Her biological mother is an undocumented citizen from Guatemala and was deported for drug charges when Cortez was 4. Since she was born in the U.S., she was placed in foster care. At age 5, she was adopted by a family, but ran away…

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Assembly Bills 19 and 705 to affect incoming students

Frank Portillo Two assembly bills were passed by California legislature recently that might impact the student population on campus. A free year of community college for first-time students and self-assessments for new students were the main focus of the Senate Executive Committee meeting Wednesday. The committee spent a large portion of the meeting discussing ways in which it can assist the math and English faculty with the new Assembly Bills….

November 8, 2017
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Administration delays student AA degrees, certificates

By Frank Portillo East Los Angeles College alumni and current students are experiencing delays in receiving their degrees and/or certificates. Alumnus Alejandro Nunez Gutierrez posted on the college’s Facebook page asking other students if they were dealing with the same issue. The delays have prompted both negative and neutral reactions from the students involved. Colonda Hawkins, who is in charge of substandard grade petitions, said that the issue must be…

November 8, 2017
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Despite protest, bookfair carries on

November 5, 2017

By Joe Dargan The Anarchist Book Fair went from a peaceful exhibition of free speech, to a chaotic, verbal clash between white vendors and black community activists in Leimert Park on Saturday. The fair was a result of a collaboration between the Anarchist Bookfair Collective, an independent group of writers, publishers and activists promoting peace through dialogue and the Chaos network, a broadcasting and media company created by long time community…

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Fans, stars converge at Los Angeles Comic Con

November 5, 2017

By Frank Portillo The seventh annual Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con featured a star-studded lineup of celebrities and creators this past weekend, with the biggest being Dwyane “the Rock” Johnson. Some attendees wore costumes of their favorite popular culture characters, shopped at the multiple vendors, met with some of their favorite creators and attended panels that took place throughout the weekend. The convention, which is a relatively new one, attracts…

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