Elan starts athletic career in Oklahoma

By Gil Milanes Sophomore – defensive back, Anthony Figueroa, received a scholarship last fall to Oklahoma Baptist University after completing two seasons playing football at East Los Angeles College. “I made sure all my classes were available to transfer, I made sure my GPA was always high and in the field I put in the work as best as I could,” Figueroa said. During Figueroa’s two years at ELAC, his…

May 30, 2017

ELAC electrician making lasting impression on campus

By Gil Milanes  East Los Angeles College electrician Leroy Cadman continues to leave his stamp in the lives of those students and faculty who he supports. Cadman is the lead electrician at ELAC and has been with the campus since 1988. Over the past 29 years of service, Cadman has seen ELAC evolve from singlestory classrooms to multi-story classroom buildings. One thing that has not changed over the years is…

May 24, 2017

New student system to eliminate pink add slips

By Gil Milanes  East Los Angeles College will soon retire permit slips and welcome back waitlists after more than a decade. Key points regarding the new Student Information System were discussed Tuesday at the Academic Senate meeting. Two major changes discussed were the permit slips and waitlists, a procedure that ELAC has not practiced in many years. Under the new SIS, which will fully go live in the fall, courses…

May 10, 2017

‘Unforgettable’ cast fails to portray emotion, sense of realism

By Gil Milanes  “Unforgettable” is a female centered film focused on a love triangle that lacks true-to-life drama and fails to show genuine emotions. Rosario Dawson as Julia, Katherine Heigl as Tessa, and Geoff Stults as David star alongside Cheryl Ladd and Isabella Rice in this R rated Warner Brothers film. “Unforgettable” focuses on a year in the life of Julia, Tess and David. In that short period, the cast…

April 26, 2017

Raising minimum wage will damage the economy

By Gil Milanes Increasing minimum wage sounds appealing to most people earning low wages, but it actually harms more than it helps. There is no point of increasing minimum wage when everything will go up. The illusion of earning more money is facetious. Most people agree that minimum wage should be raised. The idea of earning more money and having extra money on the side sounds very fascinating. What people…

April 12, 2017

LACCD updates student portal to help inform students

By Gil Milanes  The Los Angeles Community College District upgraded its student portal April 3. The portal provides different tools all on the same page. To access the new portal, students can find the link at www. elac.com under “Current Students,” then by clicking Financial Aid or by going directly to https:// mycollege.laccd.edu. The portal will allow students to view the status of their financial aid. The financial aid office…

April 12, 2017

Eating habits developed early on

By Gil Milanes  Poor food options in public schools lead to Americans developing bad eating habits by adulthood. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than two in three adults are considered overweight. Statistics show that more than one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered obese. The Department of Health and Human Services linked the problem to genes, eating habits, location, attitudes,…

November 3, 2016

Tax raise unaffordable for smokers

By Gil Milanes Proposition 56 intends to increase sales tax on tobacco products by $2, which is unfair and unaffordable for smokers. Prop. 56 can potentially put tobacco companies out of business if passed. The State of California would increase sale taxes on electronic cigarettes and any products that contains tobacco. The increase on sale taxes will hurt the pocket of tobacco and electronic cigarette users. One tactic that people…

October 20, 2016

Low test scores challenge Nursing Department

By Gil Milanes East Los Angeles College’s nursing program was placed on warning by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN) with intent to close down the program. Nursing students at ELAC are at risk of losing the program if the average test scores during the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) don’t improve. Once the nursing student completes the accredited nursing degree, the student must take the NCLEX test, which…

October 6, 2016

Professor creates non-profit to help youth

By Gil Milanes Political science professor Maria Lou Calanche works to leave a legacy for the youth in Ramona Gardens Housing projects owned by the City of Los Angeles, the community where she grew up. Once she is done teaching at East Los Angeles College as a full-time professor, Calanche continues what most people would consider a second full-time job at Legacy L.A. The organization has been serving the community…

April 20, 2016