Transfer program to pave pathways to universities

By Erik Machuca East Los Angeles College students will soon have greater access to degrees and guaranteed admission into California State Universities due to progress by academic senates on the Associates Degree for Transfer program. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (SB 1440), signed in 2010, created a partnership between California community colleges and California State University schools to make it easier for students to transfer between the two systems…

May 22, 2013

Students dedicated to breaking barriers

By Erik Machuca   Now in its second semester at East Los Angeles College, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Club (ALPFA) is looking to break barriers for minorities in the business field. ALPFA is the largest Latino association for business professionals and students with more than 100 chapters nationwide and more than 20,000 members. Committed to enhancing networking opportunities, access to scholarships and building leadership and…

April 23, 2013

Life in space inspires discussion at Vincent Price Art Museum

By Erik Machuca For those skeptical of alien life, Dr. Seth Shostak shared his life’s passion of searching for extraterrestrial intelligence at the Vincent Price Art Museum last Thursday. Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, California, advocated that we will soon know of life beyond Earth. “The bottom line is, because of the increase in speed and the vast amount of habitable…

March 26, 2013

ELAC instructor shares factors to academic success

By Erik Machuca   Midterms are three weeks away and Dr. Marcel Morales provided East Los Angeles College students the blueprint to academic            success last Thursday. Morales, a sociology instructor at ELAC, presented  “The X Factors of Success in Higher Education for Latinos in L.A.” The purpose of this is to identify and describe the personal strategies, institutional support and individual factors used by Latino males who successfully completed transfer…

March 13, 2013

Touring theatre travels, entertains

  By Erik Machuca   The tradition and communal service brings the East Los Angeles College Touring Theatre back this spring with an old-fashioned drama to perform at local senior centers. Since 2003, ELAC Touring Theatre has provided students with performance experience and an opportunity to give back to the community. Every year the show travels to elementary schools and senior centers in the area. James Buglewicz, instructor of Theatre…

March 6, 2013

New parking structure helps students with tardies

By Erik Machuca At a time when adding and keeping classes is in such high demand, the traditional tardy system is becoming less of a warning and more of a punishment. Often taken for granted, the tardy has long been accepted as only a minor impediment on a student’s grade for arriving late to class. There is now an immense number of desperate students arriving early in hopes of adding…

February 26, 2013

Proposition 30 softens budget blows

By Ehecatl Negrete The passage of Proposition 30 promises to bring a much-needed $7.5 million boost next year that will help the school’s departments recover from recent budget cuts. East Los Angeles College was able to add more than 100 classes for the winter semester, according to offsite education and outreach coordinator Sandra Kwan, and 395 classes for spring according to the budget committee meeting held last Monday. The funds…

November 26, 2012

ELAC should have grassy relaxation area

By Erik Machuca   When Elans walk through campus there is something in the air and it’s not romanticism. All East Los Angeles Collegestudents see is construction, construction, construction. ELAC is however making improvements to the campus year round. Most recently, the multi-level F7 building, the Helen Miller Bailey Library and the parking structure on Collegian Avenue are some of the examples of work being done. Further construction is currently commencing…

November 21, 2012