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Language lab temporarily relocates BY MELISA VALENZUELA Staff Writer The East Los Angeles College Modern Language Lab has been forced to conduct activities in the Learning Center because of a drainage pipe problem. Amanda Ryan-Romo, the director of both the Learning Center and the Modern Languages Lab, said the problem began after a rain storm hit ELAC right before spring semester started. The lab is located in E3’s lower level which is one of the lowest points on campus. The drainage system near the building was unable to support the amount of rainwater which caused the lab to become ﬂooded. “We came in the ﬁrst day of the semester and it had completely ﬂooded. When we had the second big rainstorm it happened a second time,” said Romo. The lab is used by dozens of students every day who are taking foreign language classes. “On any given day, there’s probably like upwards of 150 students,” Romo said. It’s a place where they can strengthen their language skills using the services that the lab offers. These services include ongoing tutoring, weekly workshops, web sources and software such as Rosetta Stone. Before the start of the semester the lab was moved upstairs to the Learning Center to ensure that the students can still get the help that they need. “We shifted all of our services up here to the best of our ability, so all of the language lab tutoring staff are
all working out of here,” Romo said. Even though most of the lab’s services have been available in the Learning Center, the move did come with problems.
J u a n D e R u v i r a , t h e l a b ’s instructional assistant, said that the biggest obstacles of relocating are working in a smaller space and having limited access to all of the
lab’s resources. He said that the transition to a new space was difﬁcult for the students who were already accustomed to the lab, and that running both centers
out of one location has caused overcrowding. ELAC is fixing the problem by hiring construction teams and cleaning services.
Construction is currently underway and the lab is expected to reopen Monday.
Senate proposes revisions to CSULA impaction plan BY GISELLE ARROYO AND MIGUEL BARRAGAN Staff Writers A proposal regarding the California State University Los Angeles impaction was approved yesterday for submission, as well as the Women/ Gender Opening Day proposal, by the East Los Angeles College Academic Senate Jeffrey Hernandez, President of the East Los Angeles Academic Senate Committee and Political
Science professor, said that the senate is going to propose to the ASCC (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges) a resolution of alternatives to the CSULA impaction. The proposal will be introduced to the Academic Senate for Community Colleges for further revisions and approval. An alternative proposed, not only by the senate, but by community members, is a one-year moratorium, which would be a pause on the plan by CSULA, so that community
members, including faculty and students, could have a say in the direction of impaction. Many have rejected the idea of impaction entirely and feel that CSULA should focus on getting the adequate funding needed to support their increase in enrollment. “The concern is that when Cal States declares impaction they can use that as a reason for raising the admission criteria of students who would ordinarily be admitted to them, either through freshman
or transfer ...the pathway for those students to get a bachelor’s degree has been cut off. So we all got really upset about that,” Hernandez said. As a tribute to women’s suffrage, Opening Day 2019 will provide students with inclusion and equal opportunities. The Women/Gender studies committee provided a list of potential workshop topics that would be available to students, as well as a list of suggested and invited speakers. “Some of these students could
be our veterans, our LGBTQ students…it could be out returning mothers, single parents, our homeless population, our second language students and the list goes on. We want opening day to be inclusive of these students,” Nancy Ramirez ELAC English professor said. Regardless of gender, race, immigration status, sexual orientation, or any other barrier, students’ voices can be heard on Opening Day. Elac faculty is also preparing to
nominate students for an Academic Senate Scholarship. However, each department can’t nominate more than two students. The award will be distributed on May 18, during the Annual Scholarship dinner, and the ceremony will take place on May 23. The next academic senate meeting is on March 26 at 12:10 pm in G1-301 A/B.
Career fair helps students with transfer BY TRISSEAN MCDONALD Staff Writer East Los Angeles College Transfer Center hosted a college fair inside of the Multi-Purpose Room Wednesday in order for students to gain academic information from multiple colleges and universities to further pursue their educational goals. Students spoke and asked questions to a number of school representatives. Edward Cortez, an ELAC student majoring in biochemistry, said he plans to become a surgeon. He decided to go to the college fair to get information about Charles Drew University. “I’m going to be a doctor. A surgeon. I don’t know what type
of surgeon yet. I actually want to be a doctor because my father died of prostate cancer,” Cortez said.
The F5 Building underwent a temporary evacuation around 11:15 a.m. after a false ﬁre alert.
Music from artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Jackson Five and Marvin Gaye played on the radio.
Brief apprehension ﬂurried from a crowd of students as well as faculty.
The music was soothing for some of the students. Olivia Atlas, a theater major, said she enjoyed the “oldies but goodies” as she made several stops at the tables. “It relaxes me. It’s relaxing,” Atlas said. Atlas has an interest in fashion and plans to attend a school where she could learn more about it. “I’m interested in FIDM or perhaps UCLA,” Atlas said.
AA-T/AS-T Submission Deadline
However, both students and faculty were readmitted inside after ﬁve minutes of the incident. Staff from the Transfer Center and Counseling Ofﬁce displayed a slideshow indicating the next upcoming college fair event upon reentry. Students will have another opportunity to seek academic advice from colleges and universities of their choice on March 25 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at ELACs Southgate Campus.
For those transferring after this semester to a CSU, students are required to verify their AA-T/AS-T by submitting a graduation petition to the Counseling Department in E1-127 by March 15.
UNIVERSITY FLAIR—Students talking to university representatives about what their school offers.
Graduation petition deadline
For those looking to participate in graduation on June 4 at the commencement ceremony, the deadline for students to submit a petition to the counseling deparment to get their name in the program is March 22.
Visions of Boyle Heights
ELAC’s department of theater arts’ play based on displacement of Boyle Heights’ residents will run on March 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and March 17, 22 and 24 at 2 p.m. in the upstairs theater located in P2-205.
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SB 291 approval will grant students extra cash for some students is more than that of a four-year university. Staff Writer Despite community colleges having a cheap tuition of $46 per Senate Bill 291 would create a unit, total net costs are still high new program of ﬁnancial aid that because tuition is not the bulk of would help cover the total cost of costs that go into school. The total attending school, not just tuition. net cost of community college for The bill was introduced by state students living off campus on their senator Connie M. Leyva in order own is over $19,000. to address the inequities in FAFSA FA F S A g i v e s l o w - i n c o m e for California community college community college students, Pell students. Grant recipients, a maximum of The bill would look at a school’s $5,800 and full-time equivalent total cost of food, housing, students $2,300. This is simply not transportation and textbooks. enough to cover the true cost of Awards would help cover costs attending school. that are not addressed by a student’s Leyva said on Los Angeles family contributions, employment Times, “This is our future and our and other aid, such as Pell Grants students at community colleges and Cal Grants. are our future .… Community Many students don’t have college, which is supposed to be family contributions made to their the most accessible for everyone, education or may not be able to is becoming the least accessible.” work for some reason or another. The Institute for College Access Unlike other & Success’ study financial aid released in January p r o g r a m s , t h i s The reasoning for the f o u n d f o u r would be available bill is that community year universities for those seeking a colleges total net cost l i k e U C s , h a v e degree, certiﬁcate a total cost of o r s h o r t - t e r m for some students is 59 percent more career educationmore than that of a four- than community program. colleges, however, year university. While nearly students receive 40 percent of 300 percent more undergraduates at ﬁnancial aid. the University of California and Community college students about 36 percent of students at the aren’t given the same amount of California State University system ﬁnancial aid as four-year students received a Cal Grant last year, only and therefore have a harder time ﬁve percent of community college making it by and have to resort to students did. working jobs. The inequity in ﬁnancial aid is The Institute for College Access obvious and this bill is addressing & Success’ study also found that the problem that should be fought. community college students in the The reasoning for the bill is that Los Angeles area need to work at community colleges total net cost least 29 hours to make up for the
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total net cost of college while UC students only have to work 19. The same study showed that in the year 2016-17 only 37 percent of community college students in the Los Angeles area were enrolled full time while 85 percent of CSU students were. ACT’s Center for Equity and Learning’s report from 2017 found that working more than 15 hours a week hurts a student’s chance at academic success. TICAS found that if offered an additional $3,000 in grant aid, 65 percent of community college ﬁnancial aid recipients would be extremely or very likely to enroll in more college credits.
This shows that more grant aid is good for student’s success. The bill would allocate funds for the California community college Student Financial Aid Program and reserve $250 million for students in the ﬁscal year 2019-20 and increase to a cap of $1.5 billion by the ﬁscal year 2024-25. Some students are able to get by with the current ﬁnancial aid and may not feel the need for an increase in ﬁnancial aid but other students who have it tougher would beneﬁt from the increase. An increase in funding for education is always met with backlash from those who don’t want an increase in taxes, but
this bill would be a worthwhile expense because an increase in college graduates benefits the overall economy. California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley came out in support of the bill and even announced a new website, www. truecollegecost.com, in which the public is able to contact their legislators via email or social media to show support for the bill. “The goal of the website is to encourage Californians to reach out to their legislators and encourage them to make real changes in the amount of ﬁnancial aid community college students can receive,” said Oakley in his press release.
Cellphones stifle students BY ADAM ROBLES Staff Writer
Daylight Saving time disturbs sleep BY MARIANA MONTOYA Staff Writer Less time for sleep and more sunlight throughout the day can only mean one thing, daylight saving time. Daylight saving time sprung us forward this past Sunday leaving us without an additional hour to sleep. This is something that tends to mess with people’s heads, but it mainly creates issues with their morning schedules. Eliminating an hour from our schedules can be chaotic, because it is harder to lose an hour than gain one in the fall. “Daylight saving always messes with my morning routine. I feel like I could never get used to waking up an hour earlier than when I am supposed to,” said Brisanelly Quintero, sophomore student at East Los Angeles College. Days tend to go by quicker, but that also includes the night. Night time is going to be shorter for everyone meaning less time to sleep. This is the main issue people experience during this time. “I truly feel that my days seem to be going by faster during this time,”said Quintero. It takes a while to be able to adapt to such changes. This usually depends on the person and in some cases this could even bring serious medical changes www.ELACCampusNews.com
that can cause things such as strokes or heart attacks. An article from the Los Angeles Times said “Lifestyles and patterns of work are different now than they were when daylight saving ﬁrst became entrenched nationally during and after World War II.” Daylight saving time, aside from taking an hour away, also announces that spring is coming sooner than people may think. In this case, spring is not here just yet but will be here within the next few weeks. Due to the climate and time changes, allergies are something that people may start to experience frequently. This also creates moodier people. “I very much dislike the adapting process of daylight savings. It feels weird to wake up at my regular time when it is not actually what my body thinks is regular,” said Monica Salguero, freshman student at ELAC. The adaptation process is probably the one that takes the longest during the beginning of daylight saving time. People can adapt to time and seasonal changes by taking the following steps: drink lots of water, take advantage of the sun by exposing yourself to as much daylight as possible, set a few alarms to wake up on time, and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee for the early morning blues.
If the ﬁrst thing you reach for when you wake up in the morning is your phone, you may be one of the people who needs to break away from their enslavement to technology. The problem with this is that prioritizing your phone before anything else is a sign of cell phone addiction, according to a research article done by King University Online. The research says, the average person spends about ﬁve hours a day on their phone, which is almost a quarter of a day on these devices. Each situation may vary from person to person because some people need their phones to conveniently do homework. People can also self-educate themselves on these devices by watching informational videos on websites like YouTube. Phones allow breaking news to be reported to the palm of your hand within a matter of minutes of things happening. Cell phones continue to become more and more advanced as time passes. It almost seems like these devices are a necessity nowadays. The problem is sometimes people obsess over a device that is supposed to make their life easier. Cell phones fulﬁll their purpose better than ever before. But with this advancement it creates a large window for both positive and negative opportunities. There is also more stress that is laid upon everyone who uses them. It’s really all about moderation and being responsible enough to use the technology to your advantage rather than being completely consumed by something that’s supposed to making living easier. These advancements in technology make phones more capable to do things every year with them becoming both a blessing and a curse. The good thing about phones is that they allow college students to gain access to a lot of classroom materials making learning much easier than ever before. This includes being able to type up whole essays using any app that
allows you to word process and then allows a student to turn it in. Textbooks are now purchased online, and you can download an ebook and use it on your phone. Students no longer need to carry around a heavy textbook just to read a few pages of it at a time. That’s all without the need of a conventional computer. The amount of things people can do on their phones almost seems limitless. This tends to put a strain on some people because sometimes they feel forced to constantly check their phone throughout the day. Most do this just to check up on their friends on social media. With social media also comes more societal norms that are place upon people. Sometimes friends and family expect people to be on their preferred social media platform as much as possible just to keep in touch and become accustomed to their obnoxious internet behaviors. Social media fulﬁlls many positive things, but it can also be abused by many people. While social media is
a door to communicate and socialize with people that you might not get to talk to as often and reunite with childhood friends, it can also be seen as a window for abuse. This window can allow bullies to constantly hunt you down for their own entertainment. There are obviously ways to keep them out if they are an issue, by blocking them or making a private account, but some people seem oblivious to even that. With any given object there comes multiple people questioning whether its useful to people or not. No matter what it is, the answer will always vary. Almost anything can help someone in some academic way, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the key to success. There’s a similar situation when these devices are also seen as bad. Most of them are technically bad for your health. Staring at a screen all day deﬁnitely puts strain on your eyes, but it’s up to the individual to make sure to cut down on their time using it.
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ELAC pianist competes for state BY SAMANTHA INIGUEZ Staff Writer Growing up with a family of musicians, Shan Jiang was quickly drawn to the silk keys of the piano. East Los Angeles College Applied Music Major and pianist, Jiang is working toward becoming ELAC’s third student to win the California Professional Music Teachers Association Honors Competition. After studying music for many years in China with guidance from her family of musicians, Jiang transferred to ELAC to continue her education where she met music professor Lucy Nargizyan. Nargizyan said she quickly recognized Jiang’s talent and worked closely with her to help her reach a higher artistic level. “Our goal was to make her into a real artist. Not just a student with good technique, but a musician that can stand out and really show something special when she plays,” Nargizyan said. Although Jiang had originally planned on sticking to music education, with the support and teachings of Nargizyan, she started working on her performing skills and participating in more competitions. To her surprise, she won first
place in the 19-26 age group at the California Professional Music Teachers Association District 9 Honors’ Auditions Competition. She performed two p i e c e s : B e e t h o v e n ’s S o n a t a Op. 31 No. 3 and Chopin Scherzo No. 1. “Everyone there was really good, and I’m honored to have won first place,” Jiang said. She also said every piece of music she’s learned to play had its own obstacles and each required a lot of practice. She’s inspired by Chinese pianist Lang Lang because of his dedication to his craft. He devotes long hours to perfect his art, and she emulates that. Jiang currently teaches a class of 20 students and encourages them to also study as much as possible. She considers practice the key to be a successful musician. “I practice every day. I have to,” she said. She is working toward perfecting her performance for her upcoming state competition on April 6 at the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley. She will be competing against the 8 other CAPMT District Winners. She dedicates between two and eight hours a day to playing the piano, depending on what her
COURTESY OF SHAN JIANG
ON THE WAY TO SUCCESS—Shan Jiang performs at the CAMPT District 9 Honors’ Auditions Competition at the First United Church of Pasadena.
schedule allows. Nargizyan hopes they can reach a level in which Jiang can effortlessly perform a very complex piece of music. She hopes for Jiang to perform
in a way where the audience is not thinking how hard the piece must be to play, but instead get lost in the beauty of its composition.
Jiang applied to transfer to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where she hopes to continue studying music as well as working on
her performance skills. Jiang will also be performing at ELAC’s Festival of the Arts on March 21-23 at the Plaza of the Arts.
Students collaborate for Festival of the Arts BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer
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THE SCENE OF THE EVENT—Stacy Allan, executive editor of East of Borneo online magazine, helps attendees with their questions at the event last Saturday.
VPAM hosts ‘edit-a-thon’ BY MARIA MARROQUIN MONROY Staff Writer The Vincent Price Art Museum held the annual Arts+Feminism ‘edit-a-thon’ on March 9. Atendees created and/or edited articles on Latinx Women+Non Binary Artists. Arts+Feminism is a worldwide event happening throughout the month of March where people come together to edit Wikipedia articles to make Latinx women and non-binary artists more searchable. Each event has a different theme, but it always focused on women. Stacy Allan, executive editor of East of Borneo online magazine, trained event attendees for a little over an hour on how to register, create and edit Wikipedia articles. East of Borneo is an online magazine of contemporary art in Los Angeles, published by California Institute of the Arts. “Anyone who wants to do it can do it. People don’t need experience to join. This event is open to
Allan said the community everyone to attend,”Allan said. Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director reviews the information being of VPAM, said the purpose was to entered to Wikipedia and verify the help bring more online awareness information’s accuracy. “I’m teaching everyone how to do to these strong female characters. The magazine’s website says it here. I mean they are getting oneon-one training only 16 percent of Wikipedia with me, but contributors are Wikipedia is sort w o m e n a n d a s “Anyone who wants of self-regulated. a result, they People review to do it can do it. [women] are the work and if People don’t need they’re following underrepresented. “From noon until experience to join...“ t h e p o l i c i e s 4 p.m., our goal is then that article to work on as many stays. If not, they articles as possible,” get nominated STACY ALLAN Tompkins said. for deletion,” Executive Editor The requirements Allan said. The to attend these events Art+Feminism are to bring a laptop, have at least global do-it-yourself campaign 3 published sources, be unbiased will happen again on Sunday at Los and to be objective about the Angeles County Museum of Art, information they’re entering into focusing on Women+Design+Craft and on March 31 at California Wikipedia. The people attending these events African American Museum, need to go through the training and focusing on Women of CAAM. For more information and follow a specific set of guidelines in order to make sure they’re not to RSVP to these events, visit eastofborneo.org/artandfeminism. violating any policies.
East Los Angeles College will host the Festival of the Arts on March 21 - 23 at the Plaza of the Arts near the Vincent Price Art Museum. “If one’s soul is nourished by the arts, and I think it is, then all will leave well-nourished and, hopefully, inspired to study the arts and/or create art,” Ruth Blandon, the Department of English Chairperson, said. The ELAC English, Art, Theater and many other departments will be participating in the event. VPAM partnered with the ELAC Art and Animation Club to host an exhibit that was uniquely created for the museum. This is the first time so many of ELAC’s departments have come together to collectively put on an exhibition. “Because almost all of the events were already in the works, independently, we thought, ‘Why not come together, coordinate our efforts, and celebrate the arts, our students, and the community?’” Blandon said. Blandon said that despite things going smoothly, it took quite some time to get everything in order. “However, the ease with which we all coordinated our efforts, does not mean that this all took no effort. This event has been over a year in the
making, and has entailed many meetings. We were happy to do it,” Blandon said. “This event is also particularly important because in an era in which the arts are consistently underfunded and undervalued, we celebrate what makes us human and humane,” Blandon said. The festival will feature projects added by each department. The Arts Department will be conducting the Fifth ELAC Animation Festival and will feature, among others, the recent Oscar winner, Pixar’s short film “Bao.” Other events include a performance by student and pianist Shan Jiang and spoken word performances hosted by the English and Communications Departments. V PA M d i r e c t o r , P i l a r Tompkins Rivas, said that the VPAM section of the festival was entirely curated by the students in the Art and Animation Club. She said the students wanted the chance to actually curate the exhibit and see the caliber of work that goes into doing an event of this magnitude. “Let’s give them this chance,” Rivas said about working with the club. Rivas said that there was excitement about showing the students the multiple steps to putting an exhibit together. After their hard work the partnership has created an exhibit named “Catalyst” that’s being hosted specifically by VPAM. VPAM will also be hosting
the end of “Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology” during the last day of the festival. This is a production that will include spoken word, theater and musical themes.
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The Festival of Arts is a chance to see and hear the artwork, projects and exhibits created by the students at ELAC. “ We a l l w a n t f o r a l l participants, performers, and attendees to leave feeling inspired and nourished, and to also leave with the conviction that the arts are not only important, but necessary. As necessary as oxygen,” said Blandon. The event is free of charge and the VPAM section of the festival will close with the “Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology” on Saturday.
Modern-rock giant disappoints after five years of waiting BY LUIS CASTILLA Staff Writer The Black Keys are back after a five year hiatus with their new single, “Lo/Hi,” but it’s boring, underwhelming and wasn’t worth the wait. This one-track single does little to justify the two-piece band’s reputation as a modern-rock giant. The Black Keys hadn’t released anything since their last album, “Turn Blue,” back in 2014. After what felt like an eternity, “Lo/Hi” just doesn’t do anything new or interesting.
The opening guitar riff is just a melody played on guitar that goes nowhere and only manages to get the song going, making the track’s instrumentation sound far too bland. To be fair, most of The Black Keys’ songs aren’t all that complicated. It was actually the band’s simple, yet exciting guitar riffs on songs like ”I Got Mine” and “Tighten Up” that turned them into the blues-rock legends they are today. “Lo/Hi,” however, just doesn’t convey the same spirit the band used to have. It also bears a strange similarity to ZZ Top’s “La Grange.” Dan Auerbach, the band’s
“Lo/Hi“ isn’t the song to keep rock ’n’ roll alive.
frontman and guitar player, has proven himself to be a masterful guitarist on other Keys songs like “Weight of Love,” an almost sevenminute, Pink Floyd-esque track off of “Turn Blue” with some of his most complex guitar work.
Even the lyrics on the track lack substance. In the chorus, Auerbach sings, “You get low like a valley, then high, like a bird in the sky, you get low, cause you’re angry, low high, high, low.” It’s difficult to tell what Auerbach is trying to say, but not because the lyrics are too complicated, they’re just too simple to get any real meaning out of them. Auerbach has released other music outside of The Black Keys as a solo artist and with his sideproject, The Arcs, both producing music that far surpasses “Lo/Hi.” The Keys’ drummer, Patrick Carney contributed his drumming to
the TV show “BoJack Horseman,” and even that music was more interesting than this new single. The two should have been able to come up with something better than “Lo/Hi.” It’s obvious that The Black Keys were trying to replicate their old sound, but it just doesn’t come together in the same way as their other albums like “Brothers” or “El Camino.” “Lo/Hi” is a decent tune, but after five years without getting anything new out of the band, it fails to deliver on fans’ high expectations. The Black Keys have remained a relevant rock band for this long.
If the they want to stay relevant, they have to try something new. It’s not like they haven’t done it before either. “Turn Blue” saw the band turn to more a psychedelic sound opposed to their classic style. This new single feels like they’re going backwards and trying to relive their glory days. The Black Keys are a huge rock band in a world where rock is fading into obscurity. While rap continues to dominate the charts, it’s becoming harder to tell what rock music is. “Lo/Hi” isn’t the song to keep rock’n’roll alive. www.ELACCampusNews.com
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Women’s basketball absorbs the pressure BY NOE ORTEGA Staff Writer
Women’s basketball advanced to the State Final Championship Bracket tournament with a dominant 78-53 win over Pasadena City College at home on Saturday. East Los Angeles College will take on Merced College in the quarter final on Friday at 1 p.m. at Ventura College. If the Huskies defeat Merced on Friday, they”ll advance to the semi finals and play against Moorpark College or College of the Sequoias the following day. The Huskies learned from their last playoff match against Cypress College and didn’t hold anything back against PCC. Whether ELAC was up by seven or 25 points, head coach Bruce Turner never switched off his teams constant full court press. The pressure that was being applied toward PCC caused them to finish with 21 turnovers, and the Huskies were able to score off of PCC’s turnovers. “This is the way we’re supposed to perform. This is our expectation as to how we play. This is a description of Husky basketball to rebound the ball well and execute it beautifully,” said Turner. ELAC scored 26 out of 67 of its field goal attempts and scored six out of its 13 threepoint-shots. Sophomore guards Jaelynn Curley and Jennifer Pool had the strongest offensive performance. Curley finished with 21 points and Pool finished with 18 points.
FASTBREAK POINTS—Zemeris Wallace (right) scored off an assist from Mercedez Ortiz during a 78-53 win over Pasadena in the South Gym.
“Props to my teammates for finding me on the court with my shooting. This was a team effort where I was moving around coming off the screens pretty good with the help of my teammates. My family was out here so I had to perform,” said Curley. Freshman forward Jadis Watson and freshman guard Dominique Godbolt led the
team in rebounds. Watson finished with 11 and Godbolt came off the bench to finish with 12 rebounds. ELAC and PCC’s starters had an even game, but the Huskies were able to rely on their bench to come into the game and perform. The Huskies bench outscored PCC’s bench 17-3, and had more rebounds as well.
ELAC played PCC twice prior to Saturday’s game in the South Coast Conference-North and the Huskies were victorious in both games. Turner said that they have respect for whomever they play against and his team was focused on making it to the State Championship Bracket tournament. “We came in with the mentality that this is the
ON THE WAY TO VICTORY—Adriana Gonzalez carries team-
mate Taliyah Jones after ELAC’s win over Pasadena in Round 3 of the SoCal Regional playoffs on Friday. game that matters so if we don’t win this one, we go home and we didn’t want to. So we came out and played them like if they were any other team and did what we had to do,” said sophomore guard Mercedes Ortiz. The last time ELAC made it to the California Community College Athletic Association State quarterfinals was in the 2016-2017 season where the
Huskies lost against College of the Siskiyous 93-81. This will be ELAC’s fourth trip to the State Championships in the past five seasons under coach Turner. “We like where we are. It’s win or go home. This is what we prepared for since August and whenever we start recruiting. So to realize our accomplishments it feels really good,” said Turner.
Baseball falls short at the mound
I GOT IT—Cassandra Sanchez (left) watches as her teammate Yehong Tan jumps to hit the birdie during their match against El Camino College on friday in the north gym.
Badminton loses nail biter BY ALEX HANDY Staff Writer
East Los Angeles College was defeated in a badminton match by El Camino College 11 sets to 10. “ We d i d n ’ t c o m e v e r y prepared. We were missing a few players. We came off a good win against Compton and think we underestimated our opponent today,” said East Los Angeles College head coach Qui Nguy. Sophomore Yehong won the most sets for ELAC with four. “This is my first year playing badminton. I’m very surprised of how successful I’ve been playing and my love for the game is growing,” said Yehong. The whole team has never played badminton before as a sport. Freshman team captain Gabriela Naranjo lost her singles matches, but won a few doubles
matches with her first time partner Jessica Zhou.
“I think we lost because the other team was more conditioned than us...”
GABRIELA NARANJO Team Captain
“Jessica and I don’t really have a lot of chemistry because she isn’t my usual partner. My usual partner didn’t show up today,” Said Naranjo ELAC and El Camino were neck-and-neck for most of the day until the final doubles when El Camino won the match two
sets to one. “I think we lost because the other team was more conditioned than us so they were able to last longer, their head coach is also the women’s soccer coach so i’m sure they run a lot.” Said Naranjo “We play PCC (Pasadena City College) next and they were state champions so this weeks practice we are going to cover conditioning and techniques because we were very sloppy this week with our technique,” said Nguy. “Believe it or not there is a lot of teamwork in the game and that doesn’t mean just doubles. In singles practice our members have to motivate each other especially for next week. Pasadena has some veteran players so we have to bounce back from this week and move onto the next one,” said Nguy when asked about individual match ups.
Cerritos freshman center fielder Shea Estrin raked a homer to left. This hit sparked a hit parade for the opposing team. Short stop Aaron Paek singled to left field and was immediately followed by a two run shot by sophomore left fielder Cody Ahrens. This gave Cerritos a two run lead going into the fourth inning. ELAC sophomore shortstop Andy Rodriguez recorded a stolen base when he tagged up off a pop fly by Hernandez. No advance was made by the runner keeping the score the
confront the umpire. “I shouldn’t have to talk to you Staff Writer about balls and strikes. That was wrong and you know it,” said an East Los Angeles College was angry Hines to the home plate bested by Cerritos College on umpire. Friday at Kincaid Field 6-4. Hines went back to his dugout Cerritos came into the game without a warning or any penalty. with a 1-12 overall record, Cerritos sophomore first but proved to be nothing but baseman Roberto Salazar Jr. numbers. opened the game up in the The Huskies pitching allowed bottom of the sixth inning adding three home runs in the entire the third home run of the game. game. Two of them came in the The Huskies began to fall third inning. behind as the game continued. Sophomore starting pitcher In the top of the seventh inning, Troy Maki started the game off a pitching change was made with a balk in the first inning. by Cerritos He was able substituting to close out the freshman inning without “I shouldn’t have to talk to you about balls and Leonard Salas giving up a run. strikes. You know that was wrong.” for sophomore ELAC right Brian Kossler. fielder Ruben Rodriguez Hernandez h a d h i s JAMES HINES had a run Head Coach own RBI to batted in with contribute a single over when he sophomore doubled to center field. third baseman Trevor McInerney same. The Huskies finished off the Cerritos scored another run in the top of the second inning. inning with a pick off by Maki with a single up the middle by ELAC began to have trouble at second base. sophomore right fielder Michael communicating signs from head In the fifth inning Jimenez was Gonzalez. coach James Hines. The Huskies tried to comeback “Do you know what we’re hit by a pitch putting a runner on first. and failed by starting the inning doing?” said Hines when S o p h o m o r e l e f t f i e l d e r with a line drive to second sophomore catcher Gabriel Jimenez made the wrong pitch Brandon Acosta hit a single to caught by Bueno. right field. The game ended with a call. The Huskies tied the game strikeout by Cerritos against Cerritos recorded its first hit when McInerney slapped one up up with two runs batted in by Brandon Hernandez. freshman center fielder Steven Cerritos finished the game the middle for a single. Villagran. with a total of nine hits and two The runner was able to advance ELAC had bases loaded when errors, while the Huskies had to second off of a sacrifice bunt by freshman second baseman a call by the home plate umpire seven total hits in the game. ended the inning on a strikeout. The Huskies next game will be Alejandro Bueno. T h e c a l l m a d e H i n e s tomorrow at home against Long The third inning proved to have the most action when storm out of the dugout to Beach City College at 2:30 p.m.
BY SONNY TAPIA