Bracero history shared through performance

By Rogelio Alvarez “El Bracero,” written by Rosalinda Verde and directed and produced by Miguel Orozco, tells the emotional story of a migrant farm worker in the Bracero Program motivated to reunite with his lover through the artistry of mariachi music. The play was performed twice last Thursday at Ingalls Auditorium to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The production was based on the lives of braceros or manual laborers that worked…

May 11, 2016
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‘El Bracero’ brings history to performances

By Rogelio Alvarez East Los Angeles College will host two  of “El Bracero,” a one-act mariachi opera, highlighting the hardships of the Bracero Program. It will take place tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m in the Ingalls Auditorium. “We’re proud to bring ‘El Bracero’ to East Los Angeles as part of our Cinco de Mayo festivities. ‘El Bracero’ dramatically portrays the obstacles legal farmworkers faced in the United States,”…

May 4, 2016
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Cinco de Mayo: Opening of new facilities to spice the evening

By Rogelio Alvarez East Los Angeles College will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration, which includes a ribbon- cutting ceremony, food-tasting and a mariachi opera performance titled, “El Bracero,” next Thursday. “We want the entire Monterey Park and East LA community to get to enjoy and see what the new East LA College looks like,” ELAC Public Information Officer Alejandro Guzman said. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will showcase the new Student…

April 27, 2016
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From immigrant to doctorate: Math instructor overcomes odds, achieves success

By Rogelio Alvarez East Los Angeles College professor Luis Soto-Ortiz, Ph.D., knew very little English when he first arrived to the United States at 10 years old, but his passion for learning would later reward him with a bachelor’s, three master’s and a doctorate degree. “I picked up the (math) book in Spanish and read it on my own and learned mathematics on my own. I loved it,” Soto-Ortiz said….

April 27, 2016
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Nursing students provide health assistance for Elans

April 27, 2016

By Rogelio Alvarez East Los Angeles College nursing students voluntarily held a free checkup event which provided testsing foron blood pressure and, blood glucose and addressed health questions. Nursing Program students set up tents outside of the Nursing Building last Wednesday. “We want to help people in our community. That’s why we have the fair,” Nursing Department Chair Lurelean Gaines said. The main goal for the health fair is to…

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Baseball splits last two

By Rogelio Alvarez  The baseball team picked up a 3-1 victory against Los Angeles Harbor College on March 17, ending a three-game losing streak. East Los Angeles College sophomore pitcher George Alamillo pitched a complete game. “I felt pretty good going into the game. I was there mentally, but not really there physically because I have a sore shoulder. “I was able to power through the game.” Alamillo said. Alamillo…

March 23, 2016
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Baseball stumbles in extra innings

By Rogelio Alvarez  Baseball lost 3-4 to South Coast Conference rivals El Camino College last Saturday at home after a series of errors in extra innings. “Other than our pitchers pitching well again like we’ve done all year, there’s  zero positives. We struck out 16 times. We made four or five errors. There’s zero positives in that,” East Los Angeles College head coach James Hines said. The Huskies are now…

March 23, 2016
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Steam sets off fire alarm

By Rogelio Alvarez Steam from hot food cooked in Room 508 on the fifth floor set off the fire alarm in the E3 building last night. “You don’t have to be a fireman to tell that there’s smoke coming out of a building, a trash can or up in the attic. None of those signs were present. Plant facilities determined that there wasn’t any fire,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department…

March 22, 2016
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Local theater campaigns for fundraiser

By Rogelio Alvarez CASA 0101 Theater, located in Boyle Heights, is undergoing a fundraising campaign to raise $30,000 to help fund classes for youth, teens and adults from the surrounding communities. The deadline to raise $30,000 is April 30. Former East Los Angeles College student, Josefina Lopez founded the theater in 2000. The non-profit organization uses money from grants and donations to fund an art education program, theatrical productions and…

March 16, 2016
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English club hosts open mic at ELAC Garden

by Rogelio Alvarez   Open Mic Poetry Night, hosted by the English Club, provided students and guest speakers the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings through poetry and short stories. Despite the cold weather, there was a huge student outcome at the event. English Club members were surprised at the turnout of students. At least 40 students and a few faculty members were present at ELAC Gardens, eager to…

December 9, 2015
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