Students squander FAFSA funds

By Bonnie Regaldo For plenty of years students have been used the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  to help out with school expenses. Those who qualify, know that it’s a relief knowing their needs for school will be taken care of with the money they have qualified for.  The money received should most likely go to school expenses, assuming that is the reason they signed up for it in…

May 16, 2012
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Professor Griffin to retire, encourages educational pursuit

By Grace Key Frank Griffen, a social science instructor at East Los Angeles College, is to retire at the end of spring semester. “After 41 years of teaching, it’s time to give it up,” he said. Coming to ELAC in 1970, Griffen remembers a Caucasian majority  school.  Griffen’s task was to take the students and show them how to expand their minds and connect to a changing community. “I had to…

May 16, 2012
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Estrada triumphs over challenges

By Alejandra Carrillo  Dedicated, straight-forward and a people person, is what East Los Angeles College newest Associated Student Union president, Jennifer Estrada, describes herself as. Though her presidential term  officially begins July 1, she is still involved with students, serving as  Chief Delegate. In this position she oversees the clubs on campus as well as the vice president and proposals for any ASU meetings. Recently she served as a judge on a…

May 16, 2012
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Elans learn about budget policies

By William Pasillas Elans were shown how the recent cuts and policies affect our standard of education at the Political Awareness Day event held in the auditorium’s foyer. Attendees were informed about how severe the cuts are and what they can do to stop or prevent further cuts. A banner was placed on the wall that read “46 dollars per unit = 552 full time WHATS NEXT.” Reflecting the recent decision…

May 16, 2012
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Buses leave students behind

By Giovanni Escutia Waiting for the Metro buses after night classes at East Los Angeles College can be brutal. The fact that it is cold at night isn’t the only problem a person can face. The fact that some classes end long after or right as the buses pass can be very frustrating. Picture walking down Avenida Cesar Chavez toward Atlantic Boulevard and see the Metro 260 line, the bus that…

May 16, 2012
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Students need place to study

By Rebeca Vega In the process of making room for new buildings and new parking spaces, the campus lost something old: its study areas. This is not to say that East Los Angeles College has nothing to offer its students; we still have options, or what’s left of them. Elans can crunch numbers at the mathematics lab, equipped with five rows of computers, a printer and several tables for students to…

May 16, 2012
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ELAC to graduate 800 students this June

By Rebeca Vega Anthropology major Noemi Solano waited eight years after graduating high school before she decided to enroll in classes at East Los Angeles College. The Woodrow Wilson High School alumn said she made the commitment to earn an associate  degree within two years of enrolling when she met up with her former classmates. “I have two friends who finished law school and that really put it in perspective for…

May 16, 2012
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Auto-tech Elans earn certificates

By David Bilbao Eighty-six out of the 88 automotive technology students passed the National Automotive Students Skill Standards Assessment certification test, which is run by the automotive service excellence organization as proof of professionalism on the field. The NA3SA  provides third party documentation of the students’ accomplishments against the National Standards for Automotive training program. Automotive technology instructor Walter Kangas said, “(Getting the certification) is a huge accomplishment for my students.”…

May 9, 2012
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It’s time to take classes elsewhere

By Brian Villalba I am not saying that I am going to break up with East Los Angeles College, but I think we should start seeing other people.  I am not getting what I expected in this relationship. The Los Angeles Community College District has been cutting budgets and it has affected the quality of education that I am receiving.  It may seem silly to treat ELAC like a person…

May 9, 2012
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Professor plans to retire, enjoy Florida

By Freddy Monares Looking forward to the title “retired,” department chair of Automobile Technology Walter Kangas is prepared to live on his lake-front property in Florida after his last day at East Los Angeles College on June 30. Kangas has been with ELAC since Aug. 2001 and says his biggest accomplishment for the college is getting the department certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in 2003. This…

May 9, 2012
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