Non-profit organization started by former ELAC student prospers

By Erik Luna In protest of high tuition, students from East Los Angeles College pitched tents in front of the campus and occupied the school two years ago. Through this protest, former ELAC student Esperanza Ortega went on to create The Hook-Up Resource Center in Montebello, which was started to help students in need and expanded to help veterans. Starting from a humble list of 20 clientele, Ortega and her…

December 4, 2013

‘Light in the Darkness’ showcases bright talent

  By Ricardo Pimenta Casa 0101, a creative safe haven for the youth of Boyle Heights, introduces a powerhouse of a play with “Light in the Darkness.” Written by Victor Tamayo, then adapted and directed by Ramon “Monxies” Flores, who with the help of Producer Emmanuel Deleage,  “Light in the Darkness” ventures deep into the life of a gangster in Boyle Heights “Light in the Darkness” offers audiences a window…

September 12, 2013

LACCD faculty receives three percent raise in salary

By Erik Luna After a four-month-long negotiation between management in the Los Angeles Community College District, the American Federation of Teachers Local 1521 Los Angeles College Faculty Guild  was able to obtain a three-percent raise for full-time and adjunct faculty. This will be the first raise faculty members in the LACCD will receive since 2008, which was less than one percent. Faculty members will retroactively be paid starting from July…

September 11, 2013

Breaking News: Monterey Park Police Departments surrounds suspected burglar

By Erik Luna   Monterey Park police officials have surrounded a house behind the Atlantic Square shopping complex in response to a suspected armed burglar. According to a Monterey Park Police Department detective, who decline to give a name, the suspect is armed with a rifle. MPPD has been on the scene since 11 a.m. and their special response team carried out the evacuation of the whole block. They made…

September 6, 2013

Las Cafeteras premiere video for ‘Luna Lovers’ at VPAM

  By Erik Luna A renaissance is happening in East Los Angeles and Las Cafeteras are happy to be a part of it. Last night the band, who has former East Los Angeles College students, premiered their new music video for their song “Luna Lovers,” from their album “It’s Time,” at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Jaranero and singer Hector Flores said that it was important to display their work…

August 7, 2013

Suspect in school gun threats identified

  By Erik Luna   Neiman Jerome Smith, the 19-year-old student that called and threatened to shoot-up two schools, was charged with making felony criminal threats according to the Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations Section. According to Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department, Smith, a student at Santa Monica College, turned himself in and was apprehended at the school’s Psychological Services without incident. His bail is…

May 17, 2013

Gun threat forces ELAC to evacuate

    By Megan Perry & Erik Luna   A male suspect, 19, is in custody after allegedly calling California Highway Patrol threatening he had a gun and was heading to a college campus in Monterey Park. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida, the suspect was caught at Santa Monica College by campus police. The East Los Angeles College sheriffs station received a call…

May 16, 2013

Agreement with LAUSD, ELAC possibly to end

By Erik Luna   The Side-by-Side program, which gives students first-hand experience teaching special education is in danger of being canceled because the Center for Advanced Transition Skills (CATS) is reluctantly ending its ties with the Los Angeles Community College District. CATS is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the LACCD. Members of the board of trustees from LAUSD will vote to see whether they cancel…

May 10, 2013

Artists collaborate in East Los Angeles art exhibit for Boys and Girls club

  By Erik Luna   In order to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club, local artists collaborated in the “Who Remembers in East LA? The Yearbook Exhibit” last Thursday at Cities Restaurant. Self-proclaimed East Los Angeles historian and host of the event Victor Felix has made it his mission to educate the youth and bring a positive perspective to East LA. In order to spread his message, Felix…

May 1, 2013

Campus News wins big at journalism convention

  By Edward Singleton   After three days of back-to-back competition, the East Los Angeles College’s Campus News staff came home with nine awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state convention in Sacramento at the DoubleTree Hotel last weekend. Fifteen staff members, along with Journalism Department Chair Jean Stapleton, attended the convention. About 500 community college students from across California were given the opportunity to attend workshops and…

April 22, 2013