Coach rescues ELAC debate team

By Kritsida Adisakkitti Many students and faculty undermined the East Los Angeles College debate team that continuously brought home wins during the past five years. Nadar Haddad is the founder and coach of the official debate team that ELAC lacked for a 25-year period. After Haddad received his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, Long Beach in Political Science and his Master’s Degree at University of North Texas, he was offered a…

November 29, 2011
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Feminist leader promotes Occupy ELAC

By Joshua Avila Having seen the improvements of Occupy ELAC, Angie Rincon urges students to show support to fight the budget cuts. Rincon started Occupy ELAC through a feminist group she was involved in. At 22 years old, Rincon has made progress by catching the attention of senators and assembly men. She has spoken with Pedro Salcido and Ivan Carillo to help with the situation at Occupy ELAC. “The first week was slow,…

November 29, 2011
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Elans need VTEA survey

By Anna Ortega More than 50 percent of East Los Angeles College students who are registered to classes requesting a Vocational and Technical Education Act survey, haven’t done it. VTEA was created to determine where funds were needed most. Some solutions proposed to improve the college education system are are to make tuition free. Others are requesting lower unit fees and some others just want to stop the cuts on…

November 23, 2011
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Accept the reality of ‘Occupy’

By Brian Villalba Wake up people. Occupy East Los Angeles College is advocating for you, and they are doing it for free. Active and/or passive support is the only rational expression of your opinion. Occupy ELAC is acting in your own best interests so, there is no way you can rationally be against this movement and still be acting in your own best interests. For such a large population to act…

November 23, 2011
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State cuts to increase tuition for Elans

  By Lindsey Maeda California’s unpromising economic state is likely to trigger another round of spending cuts, which would mean a $10 per unit increase in tuition at community colleges statewide. The Legislative Analyst’s Office reported last week that the state has not received its desired budget of $88.5 billion. Therefore, the state’s $3.7 billion revenue shortfall will trigger a total of $2 billion in cuts to several state programs, some of which include the California Community Colleges, University of California and California State Universities. These…

November 23, 2011
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Students lack passion, drive to occupy ELAC

By Megan Perry A disappointing display of student activism, resulting from a poor showing at the Occupy ELAC protest, raises the question of students’ priorities. Occupy ELAC is a movement of students who are tired of the fee hikes and who feel they deserve a free higher education. So, one would think that students would show up to support one another and demonstrate to the government that they are tired of…

November 2, 2011
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A call to Occupy ELAC

By Cristina Galvan Occupy ELAC will allow students to come together to protest budget cuts and show that we care about our education. We are all being affected by budget cuts that seem to get worse by the year. Tuition is currently at $36 a unit and is expected to rise. Students are capable of becoming future teachers, lawyers, police officers and scientists and we are being left behind to struggle in…

October 26, 2011
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Occupy ELAC to show student hardships

By Cristina Galvan Motivated by the Occupy movements, East Los Angeles College students plan on protesting against budget cuts in what they call Occupy ELAC this Monday. ELAC and other schools have experienced budget cuts throughout the past semesters, and tuition has increased. This semester, tuition has been raised to $36 per unit from the $26 per unit of last semester. It is expected to be raised even more. Besides paying for…

October 26, 2011
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Thief steals tuition from Elan

By Isaac Tovar Yadira Hernandez was returning to her vehicle on the fourth floor of the parking structure Tuesday morning, between 10a.m.-noon, to pick up her forgotten cell phone charger when she noticed her car door lock had been tampered with. As she entered her vehicle, she made a horrifying discovery. A number of important and expensive items had gone missing. The items taken were three text books, $450, and a…

September 28, 2011
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