‘Lend Me A Tenor’ delivers big laughs

December 6, 2017

By Steven Adamo Quick dialogue mixed with chaotic scenes make ELAC’s Theater Arts department’s rendition of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” hilarious and enjoyable. The play takes place entirely within a two-room hotel suite in 1930’s Cleveland. Designed by ELAC Theater Arts staff Tesshi Nakagawa, with the assistance of Mio Okada and Katherine Cordero, the set was beautifully crafted and sprinkled with decorations reflective of the time. Garrett Witzl…

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Marijuana prohibition laws harm the innocent

December 6, 2017

By Steven Adamo In an interview with KPCC  radio, Cat Packer, the new executive director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation, said that people who had been negatively affected by marijuana prohibition should have an opportunity to participate in the legal industry. “We have spent millions and billions of dollars incarcerating people for a plant and substance that now under California law is not a drug,” Packer said….

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Free Speech Zones unconstitutional, according to lawsuit

By Steven Adamo A lawsuit filed in March by Pierce College student Kevin Shaw against The Los Angeles Community College District claims that campus Free Speech Zones are unconstitutional. Last fall, Shaw was prevented from passing out Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution outside of the campus’ Free Speech Zone by a college administrator. According to a Los Angeles             Times report in April, the…

November 16, 2017
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Student talents showcased in S2

October 25, 2017

By Steven Adamo Some of East Los Angeles College’s finest vocalists and pianists were on display at the Fall Student Recital, presented by the Music Department on Wednesday. A cell phone ring didn’t disrupt Daniel Lopez’ piano performance of “Danza de la moza donosa” by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. Lopez gestured softly as he began, which quickly stormed into a fury of uneasiness as odd-sounding chords were sprinkled throughout each…

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Art circulates at VPAM

October 11, 2017

By Steven Adamo Art from all over the world, using a variety of media, are on display and for sale at the Vincent Price Art Museum store. The VPAM store is split into two sections with one curated by an art space in Inglewood called Mandujano/Cell and the other in Los Angeles called Seite Books. Mandujano/Cell is headed by artists Hazel Mandujano and Juan Capistran. “They make some of the…

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Banned Books Week focuses on censorship

October 4, 2017

By Steven Adamo Banned books like “The Catcher in the Rye” are commonly recognized, but banning books is still a big problem, and was discussed at the Banned Books Week Workshop held at the East Los Angeles College library last week. According to the American Library Association (ALA), a surge in banned books happened in 1982, which lead to the creation of Banned Books Week. Last year, the ALA released…

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Facebook: a feeder of lies or help?

October 4, 2017

By Steven Adamo Facebook has been a convenient way of keeping up-to-date with news, friends, family and various interests. Its involvement, however, in spreading misinformation during the 2016 presidential election is unacceptable. False information is commonly spread using Facebook, which creates biases by using algorithms to specifically target news stories and advertisements based on the user’s data. This leaves a lot of people uninformed on issues that don’t fit their…

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Study suggests homeless population growing in LACCD

By Steven Adamo Homeless students within the Los Angeles Community College District are on the rise                      according to survey results                              reported by the Los Angeles Times. The survey was authored by Hope Lab, a non-profit                      …

September 14, 2017
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Child Development instructor retiring after 40 years

By Steven Adamo Child Development instructor Martha Gayton will join her husband Joseph Gayton in retirement this semester after 40 years at East Los Angeles College. “I gave him two years of his coffee and his donut and now it’s my turn,” said Gayton with a laugh. Joseph became a teacher’s assistant at East Los Angeles College in 1975 and later became a teacher. The couple started dating in 1984,…

May 25, 2017
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East Los Angeles Comic Con

May 24, 2017

By Steven Adamo   Hundreds of people celebrated comic books at the first-annual East Los Angeles Comic Con held at El Gallo Plaza in East Los Angeles. Artists from the area and beyond shared their comics, buttons, clothing, illustrations, paintings and comic-inspired creations with the community. Among the vendors, a few were former East Los Angeles College students, like Al Guerrero. He was handing out free posters of his upcoming…

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