Coproreal Impulse transforms at VPAM

By Brian Villalba Corporeal Impulse displays themes of identity, fragility and perspective using the age-old mediums of clay and ceramic at the Vincent Price Art Museum. In the artist walkthrough of Corporeal Impulse, Kathleen Ryan and Bari Ziperstein spoke to a crowd about their work on Wednesday. They both create with clay and ceramics and explained their methods of bringing the neolithic materials into modern art. Ziperstein uses the form…

March 27, 2014

Artist Macha Suzki embraces failure in new exhibit

      By Brian Villalba The art exhibit of Macha Suzuki embraces failure as a primary ingredient of success.  In the artist’s walkthrough of “This is the End,” Saturday, Suzuki led attendees through the inspiration and artistic process of his entire collection at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Macha’s work displayed at the VPAM is thoughtful and complex as he combines seemingly disparate parts into a single work to…

March 6, 2014

Sheriffs seek owners of lost money

By Brian Villalba After four months, $300 that was dropped in the P4 parking structure and turned into the East Los Angeles College Sheriff Station has yet to be claimed. The money was dropped in the structure on May 30. The low-resolution ELAC campus security footage showed two unidentified females with items falling out of one of their bags. It isn’t exactly clear what was dropped.  A few minutes after…

September 18, 2013

‘Take Back the Night’ speakers share experiences with crowd

By Brian Villalba   Survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse shared pain, courage and solidarity at East Los Angeles College’s fourth annual “Take Back the Night.” With dozens of students in attendance in the ELAC G8 foyer, survivors shared stories of abuse and survival. Speakers moved those listening to tears of empathy.  A speaker said that being able to speak about the abuse is a part of the healing…

April 24, 2013

Two trustees fill seats, one seat in runoff

By Brian Villalba   Ex-president of East Los Angeles College, Ernest H. Moreno was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees Tuesday with 67 percent of the vote. Assemblyman Mike Eng was also elected Tuesday to the board, and two candidates for the final seat are headed for a runoff election on May 21. The runoff was triggered by a close race between Montebello Unified School…

March 13, 2013

LACCD terminates Mission College project manager

By Brian Villalba Accusations of billing fraud and violations of California Law led to the termination of Los Angeles Mission College Project Manager Nick Quintanilla. More than $600,000, in one instance, was awarded to fictitious businesses owned by Quintanilla. Los Angeles Community College District took steps to mitigate the loss of taxpayer bond funds that included voiding of contracts, termination of Quintanilla and the suggestion of submit evidence to the…

February 13, 2013

Assault rifle ban doesn’t solve problems

By Brian Villalba Any ban of assault rifles is wrong. A ban would take legislative energy away from solving the real problems with firearms.  The real problems stem from lack of enforcement and lack of regulation. The gun culture in this country can coexist with regulation because most gun owners are law-abiding citizens.  The actual assault is on the Bill of Rights.  The Second Amendment is one of the few…

February 11, 2013

E7 safety concerns remain

By Lourdes Espinoza and Brian Villalba   The E7 Technology Center at East Los Angeles College remains occupied in spite of safety issues because of exceptions to Division of State Architect certification. The DSA certified buildings have historically proven safe and have lowered maintenance costs more than buildings that go without certification. The Tech Center hosts a total of nine departments and plays a vital role for thousands of students…

December 5, 2012

East Los Angeles College’s E1, G1 buildings left uncertified

District to vote to approve further projects despite concerns   By Brian Villalba The LACCD Board of Trustees will vote today to approve the DLR Group for architectural design despite the fact that DLR Group has produced two buildings at ELAC that the California Division of State Architect did not certify as safe, E1 and G1. The Administration and Student Services buildings at East Los Angeles College are potentially unsafe…

November 7, 2012

Politicians disguise motives

  By Brian Villalba   We all need to elect officials that believe in universal truths, not the convenience of the subjective reality. There are no heroes and there are no villains. The only truth we can count on when it comes to politicians is that there is no universal truth in politics. Modern politicians are frighteningly similar to the sophists of ancient Greece. Sophists were a group of philosophers…

October 19, 2012