ELAC recognized by Achieving the Dream

By Jane Fernandez East Los Angeles College is one of 16 community colleges recognized by Achieving the Dream as a leader institution for the 2014 year. Achieving the Dream is a network aimed to help community college students increase their success. The network of more than 200 participating colleges across the country share a commitment to use data and past program outcomes to determine which activities, services and courses are the most helpful…

October 27, 2014

Class participation helps students share ideas, opinions

Teachers love it when students participate in class. Some even make it part of their grading routine, but what happens when students stay quiet and do not participate in class discussions? Some college students feel that participating in class is a high school thing, and in college you are supposed to keep to yourself and just do your work. What most of them do not realize is that, when they…

October 1, 2014

Film discusses unfair portrayal of women

By Jane Fernandez   A documentary discussing the unfair portrayal of women in the media was highlighted at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center’s film screening last Thursday. In the documentary, “Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture,” students were given a different perspective of how the media sees women, and how that image influences viewers into treating women differently. The clips showed famous actresses in provocative clothing selling their…

October 18, 2012

Canceled classes disrupt learning

    BY JANE FERNANDEZ   “Awesome! Class is cancelled, let’s go hang out!”  We might say this to ourselves or hear this from one of our classmates as we throw a little mental party in our heads, but do we really think about the consequences of a canceled class? Should we really take those consequences for granted and let our excitement take a toll on our education? From my past…

September 21, 2012

ASU rental helps student afford books

By Jane Fernandez     Book prices are only going up, but ELACs Associated Student Union is making books available at affordable rental prices throughout the semester. ASU offers student members the facility of renting books and other scholastic materials, such as calculators, they might need throughout the semester at low prices. Some of the books students can rent include Math 115, Biology 3, and Sociology. Book rental prices range…

September 14, 2012

Students should plan a sleeping schedule

By Jane Fernandez Many of us wake up and grab some coffee to boost our energy thinking that’s the best thing we can do, but eventually that coffee makes us crash and we are back to square one. Maybe drinking coffee to stay awake during class is not the best idea and sleeping, something we all do, is the answer. While looking around my political science class I noticed many…

May 9, 2012

Elan wins scholarship contest

By Jane Fernandez Ricardo Ramirez won third place in the Achieve the Dream contest, inspiring others to stay in school, aim for their best and to never stop dreaming.Ramirez was the only East Los Angeles College student to submit a video. Achieve the Dream is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping community college students, mostly low income, to stay in school and earn a college degree.  The…

April 18, 2012

Child Development Center helps parents

By Jane Fernandez East Los Angeles College does not only educate adults but also children through the Child Development Center. The Child Development Center first opened its doors at ELAC in February 1975. At the time, it was a single bungalow and provided service to 11 families, many of whom were single mothers. In 1977, the center opened a second bungalow and it kept it that way until 1990, when a proposal…

December 7, 2011

Matheson takes control of women’s swim team

By Jane Fernandez After going a decade without a swim team, East Los Angeles College will now be lead by experienced swim coach Erik Matheson. Matheson’s experience dates back to when he attended Culver City High School. Matheson played other sports such as soccer, but due to a knee injury, he was led to aquatics. He was part of the swim team for four years, where he earned and still holds three…

November 2, 2011

Candles light way for demonstrators

By Jane Fernandez Raising awareness about domestic violence issues was the topic of the day at the 14th Annual Candlelight Vigil: Mujeres de Paz event, last Thursday. The East-Los-Angeles-based, Women’s Support Center organized and participated in the walk that drew a large contingent of East Los Angeles College students and faculty. “Stop the violence. Violence is not the answer,” said a woman, as she marched down the street following the…

October 12, 2011