East Los Angeles College degree completion should be priority

By Maegan Ortiz East Los Angeles College needs to do more to ensure a broad variety of students graduate. ELAC needs to offer more individual attention via smaller classes and better counseling and tutoring services to make this possible. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released statistics showing that people who earn a two-year degree leading directly to a job, like through the nursing program, and those who earn academic…

June 3, 2014

Accreditation standards to update school policies

By Maegan Ortiz East Los Angeles College will need to comply with new standards proposed by The Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC is a branch of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges dealing specifically with accreditation for community and junior colleges. The ACCJC sets standards of compliance which all schools must meet in order to be fully accredited. This  ensures access to federal aid…

May 21, 2014

Artists accepted into prestigious summer academy

  By Maegan Ortiz Three East Los Angeles College students were accepted to the Andrew W. Mellon Summer Academy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Kimberly Miranda, Saúl Quintero and Liliana Sanchez were among 65 students from across southern California competing for 15 slots in the academy. Sanchez, a 20-year-old art history major from Commerce applied because it fit in with her plans…

May 7, 2014

Denim Day stands up against sexual assault

By Maegan Ortiz Staff members of the East Los Angeles Women’s Center promoted Denim Day last Wednesday not as a fashion statement, but as a statement against victim blaming in sexual assault cases. Victim-blaming in sexual assault cases drove the East Los Angeles Women’s Center to hold a Denim Day event last Wednesday afternoon. “We’re here to bring attention to sexual assault in our community and around the world,“ Beatriz…

May 2, 2014

Supply drive benefits victims of violence

By Maegan Ortiz The East Los Angeles College Community can help women and their children transitional shelter by participating in a supply drive on campus. The drive is just one of many events organized this month by ELAC’s Violence Intervention Team, a group of faculty, staff, administrators and community professionals dedicated to violence prevention. According to information on ELAC’s website, the team tries to prevent violence through raising awareness, providing…

April 23, 2014

East Los Angeles College Campus News Wins Awards

By Tadzio Garcia  ELAC Campus News was recognized with eight awards from the 59th Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention producing its second-best state conference results in a years. 543 students from California community colleges partook in the conference April 3-5 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, Calif.. Fifteen Campus News staff members experienced what it is like working in the journalism…

April 13, 2014

Students come together to find donor

By Maegan Ortiz Hundreds of East Los Angeles College community members lined up last Thursday outside the E-7 Technology Center to try to help save 2-year-old Sofia Flores’s life. The bone marrow drive hoped to find a match for Sofia, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia that affects only one percent of leukemia patients.   A bone marrow transplant is her only hope of survival. Dozens of…

March 26, 2014

Immigrant health bill aims to heal country

By Maegan Ortiz A recently introduced congressional bill expanding legal immigrant access to health insurance is a good idea for the health of the     entire country. The Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women & Families Act (HR 4240) was introduced last Thursday by New Mexico Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. It removes existing barriers that prevent legal immigrants from accessing Medicaid, the Children’s Health…

March 20, 2014

Bone marrow drive for 2-year old

By Maegan Ortiz Leukemia patient Sofia Flores, 2 years old, is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant and tomorrow the East Los Angeles College community can help. There will be a bone marrow drive from noon to 3 p.m. on the south side of ELAC’s E-7 building in the hopes of finding a match for Flores, who has a rare form of leukemia. Family and friends have been…

March 19, 2014

Women share stories of Hispanic segregation

By Maegan Ortiz Recipient of the 2011 Medal of Freedom Sylvia Mendez and other women involved in a landmark segregation case spoke about the importance of community action on March 4. The event gave the history and personal accounts of the struggle against segregation of Mexican Americans in the Orange County public school system. Speaking at ELAC was a homecoming to Mendez, having taken classes at ELAC in 1975. She…

March 13, 2014