“13 Reasons Why” brings second controversial season

By Melody Ortiz “13 Reasons Why” returned with a second season that rivals its first in more ways than one. The Netflix original had already faced backlash from people claiming the show “glamorized suicide” in season 1. However, the series got enough praise from its viewers to merit another season. The show’s first season is based on a novel by Jay Asher about Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, who…

May 30, 2018

Showcase to feature work of student designers, technicians

May 23, 2018

By Melody Ortiz The East Los Angeles College Theater Arts department will be showcasing a collection of students’ stage work. The showcase will present the work of  student designers and technicians. Work will include costumes, set models, sound, lighting and everything else found on stage during a performance, other than actors. “When you see theater, you can’t always get up close to things,” said Professor Jessica Hansen, who directs the…


Film screening of walkouts with producer Susan Racho

By Melody Ortiz A film screening of “Chicano! Taking Back the Schools” was shown on Wednesday, followed by a Q&A (questions and answers) with the producer, Susan Racho. The film is part three of a four part series called “Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement.” “Taking Back the Schools” recounts the 1968 walkouts and protests in East Los Angeles to demand better education for Mexican-American students. Before…

April 13, 2018

Student Discovers Passion for Writing

December 12, 2017

By Melody Ortiz Like many college students, former East Los Angeles College student Joshua Castro, 30, enrolled without any idea of what he wanted to do. “I just knew I was supposed to go to college after high school,” Castro said. However, after the first two years of general education classes and other subjects that peaked his interest, Castro found his passion for writing. He writes and performs his original…


Students drop mic

November 15, 2017

By Melody Ortiz Student performers expressed themselves during the “Drop the Mic” event held by the Writers Society on Thursday night in the S-2 recital hall. East Los Angeles College students, along with others from the Los Angeles area, had an opportunity to share their own poetry and music. Students read from prepared papers, off of their phones, and from memory. Some were new to sharing and some were used…


Stranger Things 2 leaves fans guessing

November 5, 2017

By Melody Ortiz “Stranger Things 2” both pleased and shocked fans by expanding and darkening the world inside the series. Creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, AKA the Duffer Brothers, delivered a satisfactory second season with much material worth discussing, from racism to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The season’s plot was supported with amazing special effects and left viewers analyzing each episode. Though there were a few references to season…


Students raise money for hurricane relief

November 1, 2017

  By Melody Ortiz East Los Angeles College’s Students for Political Awareness club and the American Federation of Teachers held a fundraiser on Thursday night for student artists to sell their pieces. The fundraiser was set up to raise money for Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominica after they suffered hurricane disasters. ELAC art students set up tables to sell their work at the fundraiser. Some items for sale were photographs,…


Financial Aid Awareness event informs students of resources

By Melody Ortiz Students learned about the financial aid process during the Financial Aid Awareness Day event Thursday at noon in front of the E3 building. The event was hosted by  Financial Aid Office Assistant Gladys Rodriguez and she explained the purpose of the event. Financial Aid Awareness Day is used to inform students of the main topics of the Financial Aid process and to answer frequently asked questions. Participating…

October 18, 2017

ELAC journalists win in regional conference competition

October 18, 2017

By Melody Ortiz East Los Angeles College Campus News students won six awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ SoCal Conference on Oct. 14 at California State University, Fullerton. The winners included Steven Adamo, Stephanie Guevara, Diego Linares, Dorany Pineda, Julie Santiago and Russell Zazueta. Two were  Publications Awards and four were On-the-Spot awards. The Publications Awards are for students’ published work throughout the year and the On-the-Spot Awards…


Gender neutral restrooms prompt positive change

October 12, 2017

By Melody Ortiz There is no doubt that the addition of gender neutral restrooms on the East Los Angeles College campus was a good move. ELAC has made it clear that it is a safe space for all students no matter what religion, gender, race, or sexual orientation they are. The demand for equality and acceptance for everyone has been on the rise for years, and each year the more…