Hulu brings dystopian tale to life in new original series

By Megan G. Razzetti  Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” comes to life in a riveting Hulu original series and brings eerie parallels to social issues that are present in today’s world. The premiere on April 26 opened with its first three episodes of the series and provides a terrifying look into a dystopian, non-secular, authoritarian regime that prohibits women from everything including reading. Each episode is an hour long, yet…

May 10, 2017

‘Thee Commons,’ Elans to hit Coachella Stage

By Megan G. Razzetti   In a garage tucked away near Garfield High School located in East Los Angeles, cumbia-punk band Thee Commons rehearse their set list for their biggest show yet, the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival. The band is set to play both weekends, April 15 and April 22, taking the stage just moments before headliners like Lady Gaga, Future, Gucci Mane and Bon Iver. “Its our…

April 12, 2017

ELAC basketball player murdered

By Megan G. Razzetti East Los Angeles College student athlete Saieed Ivey was found dead in Monterey Park on June 9, his 20th birthday. Ivey played guard on ELAC men’s basketball team and is originally from Chicago, Illinois. According to the Los Angeles Times, Ivey’s nephew Cortez Smith said he and his uncle moved to Los Angeles to stay out of trouble after Ivey’s brother, Mario Hines was also gunned…

September 14, 2016

ELAC basketball player found dead

  By Megan G. Razzetti The body of East Los Angeles College student athlete Saieed Ivey was found in the backseat of a Mercedes at the 800 block of west El Repetto Drive in Monterey Park Thursday. According to a news release sent out by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who are working with the Monterey Police Department in the investigation, MPPD responded to a “Gunshot Call” where they discovered…

June 10, 2016

Sanders campaigns in East Los Angeles

By Ivan Cazares and Megan G. Razzetti Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders emphasized the importance of the California primary, while addressing supporters at Lincoln Park Monday. “Progressives and Democrats win when people are energized, and are prepared to stand up and fight,” Sanders said. He also said his campaign has energy and enthusiasm, which will result in a large voter turnout on June 7. According to recent polls, the…

May 25, 2016

Clinton speaks to Elans

                        By Ivan Cazares and Megan G. Razzetti The South Gym’s floor was filled with Hillary Clinton supporters Thursday while an estimated 200 protesters gathered on Avenida Cesar Chavez. There were many people waiting in line who didn’t make it into the rally. It was the Democratic Presidential Candidate’s 11th visit to the Los Angeles area since the start…

May 6, 2016

ELAC budget finalizations postponed

By Megan G. Razzetti The Budget Committee has pushed back the finalization of East Los Angeles College’s budget for the 2016-17 school year. In a meeting on Monday, the committee had not reached an agreement on how to present the budget at the upcoming budget forum on May 26. Instead members motioned for another meeting to be held prior to the forum, in which a projected balance and report would…

April 20, 2016

Ska festival unites cultures

By Ivan Cazares and Megan G. Razzetti The sixth annual Skanking Reggae Festival featured bands singing in English for the first time at the Shrine Expo Hall Sunday. Bands singing in English included Reel Big Fish. The band gained popularity during the 90s and its ska-punk sound felt right at home with the cumbia-infused music of El Gran Silencio. 8 Kalacas’s skacore music could be described as violent by anyone unfamiliar with…

March 23, 2016

Deano’s delivers

By Megan G. Razzetti Deano’s Deli brings a unique taste of East Coast deli-style sandwiches to the West Coast, all through the mobility of a food truck. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Deano’s uses fresh deli meats and cheeses and freshly-made authentic Italian hoagie rolls in each of their sandwich creations. The menu changes regularly, but the flavors still hold with each sandwich. The ‘Oy Vey’ features a fantastic approach to…

March 23, 2016

Reggae festival goes bilingual

By Megan G. Razzetti The 6th annual Skanking Reggae Festival will feature a selection of international ska and reggae bands on March 20. Originally held at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, the festival will be hosted at the Shrine Auditorium for the first time this year. Also for the first time, the festival will feature bands singing in English. Headlining the festival is Reel Big Fish, who have been in…

March 16, 2016