Student Services re-open lactation room on main campus for nursing mothers

By Veronica Hurtado The reopening of the lactation room, E1-138, in the Student Services building for nursing mothers brings forth issues the school faces to comply with federal and state labor laws. Nursing mothers on campus have access to the lactation room after a member of the Work Environment Committee questioned last Tuesday whether the college provides the federal and state mandated service to employees, and services that could be extended…

October 10, 2012
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Acting major pursues life-long dreams

  By Jane Fernandez Acting major Peter Mendoza will be playing the leading character, Algernon Moncrief, in the ELAC production, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which opens Nov. 30 on campus. He dedicated the last seven years of his life to pursue his childhood dream of being a professional actor. With plans of transferring to California State University, Fullerton for a bachelor’s degree, and later to University of California, Irvine for…

October 9, 2012
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Elans join rally against ‘elite one percent’

By Alejandra Carillo Outside a Bank of America in downtown Los Angeles, the 99Rise movement kicked off their first civil disobedience last Friday. 99Rise is a nationwide movement engaged in non-violent protests to bring democracy back to the United States. Kai Newkirk, the founding organizer of 99Rise in California, invited East Los Angeles College to be a part of this movement. Elans gathered at a meeting he hosted where he explained…

October 3, 2012
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ELAC plans to cap winter, summer units

By Jair Fuentes Recent changes at East Los Angeles College have been affecting students, and now a unit limitation requirement may affect winter and summer sessions. With budget cuts already eliminating programs and cutting classes, students’ schedules have not been exactly what they expected. A pending revision to the Los Angeles Community College District Board Rule 8603 states that students are allowed to register district-wide for up to nine units in…

October 3, 2012
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ELAC logistics receives $3 million award

By Brian Villalba The Department of Labor awarded $3 million to the Computer Applications and Office Technologies Department. The DOL grant is specifically targeting the expansion of the Technology and Logistics Program. The program has a 97 percent pass rate for the national certification exam. The national average is 77 percent. The Technology and Logistics Program is successful in placing students into jobs. Chair of the CAOT department Elaine Y. Shibata said,…

September 27, 2012
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Additional enrollment limitations to hit California’s community colleges

By Megan Perry The Board of Governors approved new Title 5 regulations, which will establish another restriction for students’ enrollment priority at California’s community colleges. Students will now face another limitation on enrollment priorities, along with the budget cuts and the three-attempt rule. The Board of Governors said they adopted the new regulations as a means to improve student success. One component of the Board of Governors’ adopted  regulations is that continuing…

September 27, 2012
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ELAC tackles ballot initiatives

By Lourdes Espinoza Propositions 30, 32 and 38 were the basis of an educational forum held by the American Federation of Teachers and the Associated Student Union last Thursday night in the S2 Lecture Hall. This public forum was organized to bring awareness of these propositions as the November ballots draw near. Informational booths and voter registration tables were set up outside the S2 building for those who wanted more information…

September 27, 2012
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Canceled classes disrupt learning

    BY JANE FERNANDEZ   “Awesome! Class is cancelled, let’s go hang out!”  We might say this to ourselves or hear this from one of our classmates as we throw a little mental party in our heads, but do we really think about the consequences of a canceled class? Should we really take those consequences for granted and let our excitement take a toll on our education? From my past…

September 21, 2012
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Arias back to pursue teaching

  By Augustine Ugalde   An unyielding desire to continue pursuing his teaching career has Robert John Arias back doing what he loves for the East Los Angeles College Social Sciences department. Arias returned to teaching a full semester this fall less than a year after suffering a devastating stroke last Sept. 27. The effects of the stroke left Arias wheelchair bound and with limited movement on the left side of…

September 19, 2012
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Budget cuts jeopardize Adelante

By Erik Luna   Adelante, a program for first-year students, was being considered for suspension due to budget cuts this summer, but faculty leaders became concerned with the lack of a viability study. “The whole program has been in existence for a couple of years now. It was developed during a period of time where the college had a significant surplus,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Richard Moyer said. “A lot…

September 19, 2012
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