Instructor spreads passion for Latin music

May 15, 2015

By Alexa Santana Music instructor Robert Chavez Jr. found his passion for music directing while he served as a conductor for the U.S. Army Band for 24 years. He organized the first Latin band for the army because he felt there was a need for it for Latin soldiers and their families. Chavez was sent to other bases to form Latin bands and by the time of his retirement in…

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ELAC alum inducted into National Film

By Jesus Figueroa East Los Angeles College alum Efrain Gutierrez used his real-life experiences to inspire his nationally recognized film “Please, Don’t Bury Me Alive” (1976). The film was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry as the first Latino-directed feature film. The film will be shown at the Vincent Price Art Museum, S1-room 112  on Thursday at noon. Gutierrez will be helping out his son to produce…

April 30, 2015
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Artist returns to ELAC to display retrospective at VPAM

December 11, 2014

By Liliana Marquez During the summer of 1979 Arthur D. Avila, who was the East Los Angeles College president at the time, ordered the removal of a mural titled, “The Path to Knowledge and the False University” located at the west wall of Ingalls Auditorium. The mural, which upon its completion in 1975 became the largest mural ever painted in East Los Angeles, was created by artist Roberto Chavez. The…

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Former elac student puts two serial killers behind bars

May 15, 2014

  By Ayana Arroyo Laura Lomeli works hard every day, her expertise being useful in the specialization for the investigation of sex crimes. Lomeli helped to place two serial killers in jail. Before catching bad guys though, Lomeli was at East Los Angeles College expanding her knowledge in administrative justice. During the fall of 2005 Lomeli, being a recent graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor’s in economics, decided to contact AJ…

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Artist targets specific audience

  By Alejandra Carrillo The Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College hosts alumnus Rafa Esparza’s,  first solo exhibition, “HOY Space,” now through April 25. Esparza’s exhibit displays casts of trees from Elysian Park and birds made out of Nike Cortez shoes along with spray-painted quotes on the walls. He uses a quote from Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet to represent the theme behind his…

March 19, 2014
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College fair to help Elans transfer

By Rodolfo Trujillo   Elans looking to transfer will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from over 20 colleges and universities next Tuesday during the Spring College Fair. The fair will take place on the walkway between the P3 parking structure and the swim stadium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The majority of the colleges represented will be from the California State system, including Los Angeles, Long Beach,…

March 13, 2013
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Students should use their right brains more

By Brian Villalba Do what is right. Don’t neglect the right brain. It takes both right and left to succeed. The arts are not just an elective to be taken so you can transfer.  The arts can help format your brain to make you a smarter version of yourself. Expanding your right brain and integrating it with your left brain will provide you with a decisive advantage that you will…

February 29, 2012
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ELAC history professor gives back to community

By Rosa Guillen  History Professor at both the South Gate and Monterey Park ELAC campuses, Carlos Ramirez, is definitely not “all books and no play.” He also enjoys a jam session here and there with fellow musicians. Even while teaching history classes at ELAC and Advanced Placement Government courses at South East High School in South Gate, Ramirez still makes time to pick up a guitar. “I like to pretend…

November 23, 2011
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