Familial love, culture clash in “Black or White”

By Jesus Figueroa The love of a grandfather for his granddaughter carries the story of “Black or White” through several clashes in culture. The twist to the story was a powerful message which is merited from the start of the film. Elliot Anderson, played by Kevin Costner, loses his wife and is left to care for his granddaughter Eloise, played by Jullian Estell, in their Beverly Hills home. Costner is…

February 3, 2015

Casa 0101 clashes cultures in hilarious new play

By Jesus Figueroa Comedy and culture took center stage in Casa 0101’s newest original production “Clean Start” on opening weekend in Los Angeles, California. The play written by Kathy Fischer and Josefina Lopez delights while telling the story of two cultures coming together under one roof. Beverly Hills Socialite Parker Reed, played by Kim Chase, finds herself in need of a friend and her house maid Rosario Rodriguez, played by…

January 27, 2015

Men’s basketball falls short against PCC

By Jesus Figueroa The East Los Angeles College men’s basketball team played hard against Pasadena City College, but fell short losing its South Coast Conference North Division home opener on Jan. 9 in Monterey Park, California. ELAC lost to PCC 82-81 in overtime and the Huskies struggled and failed to score easy shots. The game play seemed fast and chaotic as ELAC tried to take quick shots. This was ELAC’s…

January 10, 2015

Josefina Lopez brings ‘Piñata Dreams’ to Casa 0101

By Jesus Figueroa A colorful set build the dream like mood which fills the trilingual play “Piñata Dreams” with a cartoon feel. Writer Josefina Lopez brings an original Hispanic story told in English and Spanish, translated into American Sign Language, to the stage of Casa 0101 in Los Angeles, California. Most actors play several parts as well as narrate a section of the play. The play begins as young J.J.,…

December 16, 2014

‘Inherent Vice’ tells bizarre P.I. story

By Jesus Figueroa The strange staggered pace film “Inherent Vice” gives the feeling of desperation and confusion that the main character Doc Sportello, played by Joaquin Phoenix, makes the film enjoyable. Director Paul Thomas Anderson brings life to the first film adaptation of a novel by Thomas Pynchon, and combined with the spectacular acting skill of Phoenix, the film is funny and entertaining. Doc’s ex Shata, played by Katherine Waterston,…

December 11, 2014

Speech, theatre arts prepare for department split

By Jesus Figueroa Theatre arts and speech have petitioned to split and become two separate departments. The petition originated from communication professor Edward Stevenson and will create a Communication Studies Department. Stevenson said there’s no chair lined up, but there may be a vote during the spring to determine the new chair of the department. Full-time theatre professor Kelley Hogan opposed the the change because of the short notice to…

December 10, 2014

ELAC Kinesiology Club trains at Marina del Rey

By Jesus Figueroa The Kinesiology Club, the life saving class and Homeboy Industries went to Marina del Rey to learn about being a life guard on Saturday. Kinesiology professor Eldin Onsgard set up the trip so students can experience a different lifestyle and a different approach to fitness. They were given the oppurtunity to learn about being life guards on the bay watch boat, from the water to the beach….

November 20, 2014

‘Dumb and Dumber’ sequel proves to be truly dumber

By Jesus Figueroa “Dumb and Dumber To” stays in the same goofy, unexpected style as the original, which came out 19 years ago, but with the lack of originality, it fails to be a great film. The story takes twists, which are unbelievable and unpractical, and tries to make the same gags as the original film funny for a new generation of viewers. Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, reveals to…

November 19, 2014

Speech team starts competitive season with wins, top awards

By Cardling del Real & Jesus Figueroa The East Los Angeles College Speech Team competed at Grossmont College in El Cajon, east of San Diego, on Nov. 15 and 16 and a total of 19 Elans earned awards at the tournament. The team is ranked second among colleges as a team, after recently competing in two tournaments in November. The team started its winning season in late October. To start off…

November 19, 2014

Women’s Soccer keeps playoff hopes alive

By Jesus Figueroa The East Los Angeles College’s women’s soccer team continues its playoff hopes with a well earned victory against Pasadena City College 4-0 on Nov. 11 at Weingart Stadium. With three games in one week, ELAC head Coach Tessa Troglia said she switched players out and put players in different positions that they wouldn’t usually play in hope that they can continue winning. “Hopefully they come out to…

November 11, 2014