ELAC plans to cap winter, summer units

By Jair Fuentes Recent changes at East Los Angeles College have been affecting students, and now a unit limitation requirement may affect winter and summer sessions. With budget cuts already eliminating programs and cutting classes, students’ schedules have not been exactly what they expected. A pending revision to the Los Angeles Community College District Board Rule 8603 states that students are allowed to register district-wide for up to nine units in…

October 3, 2012

ELAC becomes more mobile

By Brian Villalba   Mobile computing is the primary focus of the Technology Master Plan at East Los Angeles College, as web-based educational pages are to be formatted for mobile usage. The Technology Master Plan  is designed to lay out ELAC’s information technology goals and plans. The plan outlines the use of technology trends to increase student access to learning materials. Specifically the plan seeks to take advantage of recent advances…

September 19, 2012

Elans to face aftermath of budget cuts, faculty reacts

By Veronica Hurtado and Edgar Lopez Fall semester has not started, yet faculty and students can expect a leaner class schedule, a lack of supplies, and a possible reduction in student services and in student-worker positions if budget cuts are worse than anticipated. “The budget situation is very fluid,” East Los Angeles College President Tyree Wieder said. She also said that ELAC’s expenditures are not in sync with their allocation…

May 23, 2012

Students starve for affordable education

By Amanda Mayberry Recently, students from six CSU campuses have announced they are on  a hunger strike in protest of  budget cuts. The students are demanding that administrators freeze tuition for five years and instead make decreases to the pay raises for CSU chancellors and presidents. They say they will continue to starve themselves until these demands are met. The persisting budget decreases and fee hikes made to community colleges…

May 22, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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