Students concerned over fee hikes

By Sergio Berrueta Education is one of the many beneficial elements students strive for in life, but when the cost of education gets high, students may not know how to cope. Enrollment fees in California community colleges will go from the traditional $36 per unit to $46 per unit starting this summer session. For many others, this may not seem like a tremendous increase in price, but to the students of…

May 16, 2012
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It’s time to take classes elsewhere

By Brian Villalba I am not saying that I am going to break up with East Los Angeles College, but I think we should start seeing other people.  I am not getting what I expected in this relationship. The Los Angeles Community College District has been cutting budgets and it has affected the quality of education that I am receiving.  It may seem silly to treat ELAC like a person…

May 9, 2012
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ELAC awaits district approval of funds for construction of new facilities

By Rodolfo Trujillo While some ELAC students and instructors have state-of-the-art classrooms, others might have to wait months to find out if they will ever get to see a new facility. The Los Angeles Community College District is currently reviewing a request from ELAC to allow construction of the Science Career and Mathematics building, Baseball Field Renovation, Campus Student Center/Bookstore Complex and the Student Success and Retention Center. In October…

April 18, 2012
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District clarifies smoking rules

By Vivian Ramirez Smokers at East Los Angeles College will no longer be able to light up in non-designated smoking areas, as the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees standardized the smoking policy last week to help cite violators. The amendment of current policy results from growing pressure from students and non-smoking organizations to reduce smoking at school. Former district policy dictates that no student or employee can smoke…

April 18, 2012
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Decision to debar contractor for five years from LACCD projects overruled

By Freddy Monares The decision to debar FTR International from performing work on any of the schools in the Los Angeles Community College District for five years was overruled by the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles on Mar. 3. Honorable Judge Jane Johnson ruled that the board did not have proper evidence to support their claims against FTR and did not allow due process when debarring FTR. Due…

March 28, 2012
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AFT protests removal of representative chair in board meetings

By J.C. Casarez While the Board of Trustees met on Wednesday afternoon at East Los Angeles College, angry protesters representing the American Federation of Teachers College Staff Guild, Local 1521A gathered outside. According to Union President Velma J. Butler, the cause for protest is over the removal of their representative chair from the board’s meetings.“For 25 years we have been a part of the decision making (process), but now we…

March 12, 2012
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Unit limitation gives students wake up call

By Edgar Lopez There were nearly 70 students in a biology class with the majority  trying to add. How many precious spots were open for the instructor to add? Five. It’s the same old story. Students need classes, students get rejected, teachers feel bad. Well, there’s a new page-turning twist and a good one. Although the LACCD will not be enforcing this new rule until the summer, students can still lose their…

February 29, 2012
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East L.A. College stands to lose $4 million

By Vivian Ramirez The state Executive Committee of the District Budget Committee (ECDBC) is currently drafting a new allocation formula for the distribution of funds to the Los Angeles Community College District that would cost ELAC an estimated $4 million. The District Budget Committee (DBC) oversees the development of the district’s budgets, makes recommendations to the budget and monitors college debt and attempts to reduce it.  Currently, the allocation model…

February 29, 2012
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FTR barred for fraud

By Freddy Monares The Los Angeles Community College District debarred FTR International, Inc. on Feb. 8 at a meeting held at Los Angeles Harbor College from bidding or performing District contracts for up to five years. A committee of the board of trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District held the three-day hearing, Dec. 6, 8 and 9 of 2011. FTR was the low bidder on the Math/Science building at…

February 29, 2012
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LACCD board of trustee member opens forum on Cain firing

  By Erik Luna Former head coach of Huskies football Lynn Cain was fired from his position on Jan. 30, after leading the Huskies to win the American Championship Bowl game last season. A Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees member, Kelly Candaele, held a forum on Feb. 16 at the auditorium foyer so people from the community, as well as the school, could voice their opinion regarding…

February 25, 2012
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