Blade Runner: 2049 takes it slow and steady

October 11, 2017

By Russell Zazueta In Blade Runner 2049, it still rains all the time, and the Tyrell Corp. that created the first line of androids called replicants, has long been out of business. Director Denis Villeneuve, who also directed Sicario (2015), does a wonderful job in preserving the heavy-industrial, prison-like world that Blade Runner gave us when it premiered in 1982. The visuals are stunning and the story stays true to…


Murals reveal history

Photos by Julie Santiago/Graphics by Steven Adamo
September 28, 2017

By Russell Zazueta For decades, Chicana/o artists have colored Los Angeles’ public buildings and walls with large murals that call attention to Mexican-American culture. On Saturday, the California Historical Society and La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes presented “Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege,” where people can learn about the history and stories behind Chicana/o artwork that was censored, whitewashed or destroyed during the latter half of the twentieth…


Graphic design professor to retire

May 24, 2017

By Russell Zazueta  In a classroom booming with computers and technology galore, graphic design professor Mike Owens flip-flops between a student’s questions and helping another print out artwork from a computer in the back row. It’s his last semester at East Los Angeles College as a full-time faculty member, but he says he’s not yet ready to retire completely. “I’ll be back part-time after a six-month hiatus to teach one…


Vocalists deliver graceful, angelic concert

May 10, 2017

By Russell Zazueta  No microphones were needed to hear the graceful, angelic voices of the East Los Angeles College Chamber Chorale and Choir at the Spring Choral Concert. Each member showcased their vocal abilities, sometimes in tandem, a group of soloists took the stage throughout the show. They demonstrated to the audience that a dynamic of different registers (soprano, tenor, baritone) can add intense emotion over the ethereal blanket that…


Jazz band captivates audience

By Russel Zazueta  Jazz music performed by the Charlie Ferguson Sextet did a great job in charming audiences of all ages during the First Friday Jazz Series concert at East Los Angeles College. Inside the dimly-lit recital hall, shades of blue light shot up the walls for ambience, when pianist Charlie Ferguson counted off the next jazz standard by snapping his fingers. The sextet launched into a standard called “Breakfast…

November 9, 2016

‘Den of Thieves’ provides suspense

By Russell Zazueta Opening night for “Den of Thieves” at the Black Box Theatre proves director Rodney Lloyd Scott has a talent to keep an audience alive with suspense. When ingredients such as stupidity, guns, money, sex and desperation are mixed together to create a story about thieves, the biggest risk in the plot is to not get caught red-handed. The show takes the audience back to New York in…

October 20, 2016

Budget committee prepares for department requests

 By Russell Zazueta Unfunded augmentation requests were under review during a meeting held by the East Los Angeles College Budget Committee on Monday.    These requests for the 2016-2017 fiscal year will be presented before the ELAC Shared Governance Council (ESGC) to vote on. A UAR is when a department chair needs an increase in their department’s budget, needs more materials and supplies or needs to add faculty or staff…

September 21, 2016

Litterers deny students’ clean campus

By Russell Zazueta From bushes to planting-strips to underneath benches, scraps of garbage flutter in the wind everywhere at East Los Angeles College, and it will deter the minds of new student prospects from enrolling. A cleaner campus is an ideal that officials from the Strategic Planning Committee at ELAC should improve awareness on. Implementation of effective signage around campus to inform students that there is a responsibility in keeping…

October 14, 2014

Men’s soccer gets 1-0 upset

September 17, 2014

By Damien Guzman The East Los Angles College men’s soccer team upset then No. 2-ranked Los Angles Mission College Eagles, 1-0, in a match of CCCAA South Region ranked teams. ELAC is currently ranked 11 in the state. Mission is No. 17-ranked. Mission boasts forward Ericson Penate who was the CCCAA’s third-best top scorer in the state scoring six goals going into the match with ELAC. Penate received a red card, at…


Budget forum strives for ELAC’s revitalization

By Russell Zazueta East Los Angeles College President, Marvin Martinez, wants more students to transfer and is setting a 5 percent growth plan to make East Los Angeles College the No. 1 transfer school in the district. He said financial commitment to ELAC’s transfer program is vital to its reorganization and success. “We’re behind, (in transfer applicants) but not too far behind. How do we need to reorganize? What sort…

June 3, 2014