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Nurse advises use of mask for protection BY SONNY TAPIA Staff Writer Bad air quality has an impact on anyone exposed, but primarily those with pre-existing conditions like COPD, asthma or heart conditions. Ways to breathe easy during the COVID-19 pandemic and the wildfires were discussed by Respiratory Health Professor Bunnarith Chhun and Nurse Practioner Michelle Quon. The air quality is determined by the Environmental Protection Agency and is categorized into different types of air pollution. Some of the pollutants are called particulate pollution, ground level ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide. If someone has asthma, any of these pollutants will exasperate the asthma reaction Quon said. All of the listed pollutants can be caused by vehicle exhausts. Quon said that a long exposure to lead pollution can cause infections of the organs along with headaches and behavioral issues in smaller children. The pollutants can attach themselves to hemoglobin in the bloodstream, which carries oxygen throughout the body causing the inability to fight off viral infections. “People with ongoing heart conditions like COPD and also children, older adults and pregnant patients are at a high risk of problems with bad air quality,” Quon said. Air quality can be determined through an Air Quality Index. The
index will label the air quality with a number and a color. She said that during the fires the air quality on the index was shown to be in an orange level which is noted to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. The Air Quality Index can be found for any area by typing it in the Google search bar. While working out during a time of poor air quality, Quon recommendeds to work out indoors and lower the excessiveness of the exercises in general. People that choose to work out outdoors during this time can experience wheezing and trouble breathing that can lead to a cough
ELAC budget plummets BY JEREMY ARIAS Staff Writer
The East Los Angeles College Budget Committee outlined goals and anticipated challenges following its first decreased allocated budget since 2017. The outline was a suggested course of action, as the budget committee reviewed the Unrestricted Fund Allocation and Expenditure Summary. The Unrestricted Fund Allocation and Expenditure Summary displays the expenses and budgets since 2017 and projects the budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The Unrestricted Fund Allocation and Expenditure Summary shows that cuts will be made to many areas, such as Certified Salaries, Employee benefits, and Books and Supplies in the 2021 fiscal year. The only area that will not be cut for the next fiscal year is ‘other,’ which is being increased by $7.3 million. ELAC Financial Administrator Hao Xie said this was a contingency account that pulled together funds from cut programs like Student Services and Administrative Services. “We have not had to do that because we have always had more budget than our expenditure,” Xie said. In the previous years since 2017, ELAC’s allocated budget and expenditures were slowly increasing. This is the first year since that ELAC’s budget has decreased, and the committee is looking for ways to decrease expenditures, while following certain principles to guide their decisions. The number one principle in the list is to maintain student access to courses, programs and services to the greatest extent possible. The ever-changing budget, following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, was the first and most prominent anticipated challenge recognized
by the committee. Following the pandemic, the school’s allocated budget was decreased and student enrollment dropped by almost ten percent. “The challenge is (lowered enrollment) having input on the budget reductions,” Academic Senate President Jeffrey Hernandez said. “We need to make sure that our planning priorities are driving the budget and not the other way around,” he said. Though the committee has acknowledged that there are some measures currently being voted on that will have effects on the budget, it has not yet considered any in its projections. One way the committee is looking to save the school money is by reducing ELAC’s Los Angeles County Sheriff’s contract, which is in place for student safety on campus. Hernandez proposed in previous meetings that ELAC should decrease its Sheriff’s contract by 10%. The Sheriff’s contract is coming to an end in December and will be renegotiated. Hernandez said that the district is now considering making a minimum of a 10% cut to the contract. Hernandez also mentioned transitioning the Sheriff’s presence to a community policing program, as changes in its policing and community safety is gaining support in its active political climate. One goal that the budget committee made was to make more detailed information to ensure transparency and enhance t h e c o m m i t t e e m e m b e r ’s understanding of the budget. “There is some information that perhaps could be communicated in a better format,” said Administrative Services Vice President Myehsia Armstrong elaborating on the goal. Armstrong said that the next meeting will be used to discuss how the committee’s goals will be met. The committee expects the current budget struggles to continue into the next fiscal year.
MESA Halloween movie night
or chest pain. Emergency preparedness was talked about due to the recent fires in the area of Southern California. Quon showed a slide that mentioned knowing where emergency exits are at all times in case of an emergency evacuation. Closing the windows before evacuating will decrease the amount of oxygen allowed to hit the fire and keep it going. Quon also said that emergency safety kits should be available to a household at any point in time and stocked with water and supplies like N95 masks and food. N95 masks help keep the pollutants from entering the body
95% of the time, but non-N95 masks will not help at all. “In the current situation with air pollution caused by fire, a cloth mask will not help you, and there is even some speculation about N95 masks working,” Chhun said. Quon said that the influenza season is coming up and that many have heard the season be called “the twindemic,” especially in the medical field. Symptoms of influenza are similar to those of COVID-19 Quon said. The most contagious time for influenza patients is three to four days after the illness begins. Those who have weak immune systems can be contagious for
five to seven days after the illness wearing masks to protect others. begins. Symptoms of COVID-19 can be Quon displayed a chart that seen two to 14 days after exposure specified the differences between to the virus and include shortness of influenza and breath and fever. cold symptoms. Chhun said that The chart from the time to reach the Centers of out for medical “In the current Disease Control care is almost situation with air and Prevention i m m e d i a t e l y, listed that the pollution caused by e s p e c i a l l y i f symptoms are a patient has gradual in a cold fire, a cloth mask will trouble breathing and abrupt in not help you and, there or bluish lips or influenza. face. is speculation about A fever is Continuing rare in a cold N95 masks working.” to follow CDC and usual guidelines is BUNNARITH CHHUN with influenza crucial Chhun Respiratory Health Professor along with a said. cold causing “If you cough, headaches as rare cover your mouth but common in influenza. and nose with a tissue. I recommend Influenza vaccines do not prevent covering yourself with your shirt COVID-19, but will decrease instead of coughing or sneezing into symptoms during the time of your arm,” Chhun said. influenza infection. In case of potential exposure, Chhun asks his classes in participating in self isolation is respiratory therapy if they know if advised by the CDC. COVID-19 is a virus or a disease A patient that may have been and most of the time they say it is exposed should stay home for a virus. 10 days as long as there are no COVID-19 is a disease not a symptoms anymore and the patient virus. “I’ve asked my clinical has not had a fever for the last 24 students whether COVID-19 is a hours. virus or a disease. They will say it is Reduce close contact with anyone a virus, but it is not, it is a disease,” during the self quarantine and deny Chhun said. anyone from entering your home The speed of a cough or sneeze is that does not live in the house. about 500 miles per hour or roughly People that come in close contact the speed of a jetliner Chhun said. for more than 15 minutes with a He added that this is why it is positive COVID-19 patient, must extremely important to continue quarantine for 14 days.
Trauma victims informed on new support, resource options BY MELVIN BUI Staff Writer The East Los Angeles Women’s Center taught mindful techniques that can be used to help victims of domestic violence find resources and support. Tr a u m a a n d H e a l i n g , t h e interactive workshop, was held on Monday in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month via Zoom. The main topic of discussion was how violence and traumatic events affect individuals and communities. The overall goal of the workshop was to learn and discuss beneficial resources that can be used to help people that are dealing with the effects of trauma. ELAWC Health Navigators Alejandra Avelino and Luis Mendoza facilitated the workshop. Avelino led the discussion while Mendoza helped relay things that were written in the chat box. Avelino told participants that they were free to walk away from the screen and get a breath of fresh air when sensitive topics were to arise. “Your well being is important to us, don’t forget to breathe,” Avelino said. The three major forms of trauma discussed were: Big T trauma, small T trauma and complex trauma. One trauma is not worse than the other, they are all equally detrimental to people. “Trauma impacts our health,” Avelino said. Big T trauma is cultivated after experiencing large natural disasters, acts of terrosim or chronic violence. Small T trauma starts after experiencing a dog bite, minor accidents or a medical procedure. Complex trauma begins at a young age and affects people throughout their life. It starts after experiencing oppression, discrimination, racism or homophobia. The medical definition of trauma is a wound. However the psychology definition of it means a
ELAC’s Mathematic, Engineering and Science Achievement Club is watching “Hotel Translyvania” via Zoom on Thursday at 7 p.m. The link to paricipate: bit.ly/HotelMESA
psychological wound. It is a result of extremely traumatic events that shatters people’s sense of security, making them feel helpless. Some common reactions that people feel after traumatizing events include emotional numbness, nightmares, mood swings, guilt for surviving, loss of hope and memory loss. Healing is different for everybody. Some can heal within days, while others can take months or years. Avelino said that the reason friends or loved ones don’t help is because they don’t understand or might have trauma themselves. Seeking professional help for trauma can provide emotional security, diminish the impact of trauma, provide tools to deal with
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stress and connect people with the proper resources. Avelino said that there is always help available for people that are feeling suicidal. “It is scary to feel vulnerable and to disclose what has happened to us,” said Avelino. She said that people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have a higher risk of suicide. Being mindful is a crucial technique that can help people respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment. Avelino said that it is important to stay grounded and connected to the present. The three steps that can be taken toward helping people with trauma are stabilization, grounding and intervention.
Executive Vice President of the Associated Student Union is going to teach students how to charter a student-run club next Wednesday at 12:10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Register at tinyurl.com/get-involved-fye
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Stabilization is seeking help from loved ones or friends to diminish trauma. Grounding is trying to be conscious in the present. Grounding doesn’t require meditation. It can just be living in the moment. Intervention is talking to a therapist or counselor about trauma. “Everyone has a right to have a present and future that are not completely dominated and dictated by the past,” said Clinical Psychologist Karen Saakvitne. The ELAWC has a crisis hotline that is available 24/7. For more information, contact 1-(800)-5856231. For more information on the bilingual HIV hotline, contact 1-(800)-400-7432.
ELAC’s First Year Center is having a TV trivia on Nov. 5 from noon to 12:40 p.m. Students can play for a chance to win a Starbucks giftcard. Register at tinyurl.com/ y6ccuw93
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020
LACCD encourages students to help DACA recepients BY ANNETTE QUIJADA Staff Writer The Los Angeles Community College District encouraged students to engage in advocacy and provide support to undocumented students during a webinar on friday. T h e Av e n g e r s C h a m p i o n s Trailblazing Undocumented Student Support in California had a panel discussion with state leaders. Speakers included in part of the panel were Gabriel Buelna from the LACCD Board of Trustees, Chancellor of California Community Colleges Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Assembly-Woman Wendy Carrillo and Francisco C. Rodriguez, who is the Chancellor of LACCD,Angelica Garcia, the president of Berkeley City College, and Pamela Lestor, the president of San Diego Mesa College. Also participated during the panel, speaker Gabriel Buelna said, “We all live in mixed homes where we have some students who are undocumented, some who aren’t undocumented and also to make sure that generations to come, we assist the entire family of the undocumented with a broader agenda and for us to be more aggressive in that agenda.” Buelna believes that not enough elected officials and administrators have taken the necessary steps to help the community, causing there to be a load of work to be done, so they must double up on advocacy. Chancellor Oakley, being the son of an immigrant mother, considered
this issue personal. California Community Colleges have the largest number of undocumented students of any higher education system in America. “It’s our responsibility to speak the loudest for our students…(our work) is continuing to lead the way toward a better life for all of us, certainly for undocumented students,” Oakley said. Oakley believes that the more opportunities they’re able to obtain for these students by the state leaders, the more they’ll be able
to fully participate in society and democracy. An anonymous student asked, “Are there any plans, programs, proposals, or any kind of intention to create a pathway or opportunity for undocumented students who are not DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients to be able to use their education in the work force?” DACA students are given a social security number to work, while other undocumented students
are able to obtain an Individual Tax Payer Identification number, however not all individuals get a chance to have an ITIN. Oakley said, “From our end at the chancellor’s office this is a conversation that we continue to have with the governor’s office and the legislature, and I know with this legislature and governor are particularly aware of the challenges that our undocumented students face when entering the work force. “ “There is a lot of support... to make employment an easier path
for undocumented students.” The chancellor has been in conversations with the employer community in the state of California, hoping to be able to make available more jobs for not just DACA students, but undocumented students in a whole. LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez agreed that the work being done matters. With the nine Dream Resource Centers that provide key services to undocumented students such as financial aid, mental health support, academic support, etc. they’ve been able to improve the system in colleges. “With the leaders leaning into this conversation, I will assure you that we will continue to advocate fearlessly and unapologetically for the rights of DACAmented and UNDACAmented students,” said Rodriguez. Speakers from both LACCD and other California Community Colleges agreed that the work for undocumented students is critical and they’re ready to continue to serve their students. Although the advocacy is for students, President of San Diego Mesa College Pamela Lestor, reminds the panel that they must fix the system to be able to collaborate together and make the changes needed for the students. Los Angeles Community College students can head over to the website immigration.laccd.edu, to look at resources available to them and what LACCD is doing to commit to these students.
ELAC hosts drive thru flu shots
EDITOR IN CHIEF Juan Cavillo MANAGING EDITOR Luis Castilla FRONT EDITORS Melvin Bui OPINION EDITOR Daniella Molina NEWS EDITOR Jonathan Bermudez FEATURE EDITOR Erica Cortez ARTS EDITOR Cassidy Reyna SPORTS EDITOR Melvin Bui Jonathan Bermudez COPY EDITORS Melody Ortiz Ivan Cazares STAFF WRITERS Sonny Tapia Raymond Nava Melisa Valenzuela Leonardo Cervantes Annette Quijada Stephanie De la Torre PHOTOGRAPHER Diego Linares ART DIRECTOR Steven Adamo ADVERTISING Stefanie Arocha
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ADVISER Jean Stapleton
SHOTS ON THE GO—Cars line up in front of the ELAC parking structure to receive flu shots and be rewarded with a gift bag for thier convienence
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ONE MAN ARMY—Jim Johnson directs a play called”
Dead Man’s Cellphone” by Sarah Ruhl in which he did light design, set design, and sound design.
ELAC theater director dies
that every theater has a ghost. “Their soul left to haunt the stage, perfecting a part that they will Staff Writer never play. Or, simply an artist Jim Johnson worked at East whose love for theatre is so deep, Los Angeles College’s Theater so profound, so pure that not even Department for nearly 20 years death can shake it,” said Johnson. Although Johnson was before he died from lung cancer skeptical about the idea of a in September. He began his career at ELAC presence haunting the stage. in the mid 1990s as a Performing Johnson proclaims at the end of the film Art Technician. that ELAC Throughout theater stage his career, he is his theater was part of and he is hundreds of “Their soul left to that ghost. productions haunt the stage, J o h n s o n ’s conducted by memory will the Theater perfecting a part last forever and Arts that they will never w i t h h i s Department. colleagues of He directed play. Or, simply an the Theater and acted in several of the artist whose love for Department. p r o d u c t i o n s theatre is so deep, so Johnson over the years. Johnson was profound, sp pure that l i v e s o n a very creative not even death can th hi sr owui fgeh, man who loved shake it.” Julianne, his work. his mother, He enjoyed brother and working with s i s t e r. A JIM JOHNSON students in one-on-ones, ELAC theater director and stage hand Go-Fund-Me account has helping them been set master their up by the craft in theater. department For nearly two decades Johnson assisted in to help with funeral and medical the growth and development of costs. The department will also be the Theater Arts Department and holding a celebration of life its students. In 2016 Johnson filmed a ceremony in Johnson’s honor short story that he wrote, titled at Cascade Park located in “Theater Ghost.” He narrates Monterey Park, ca on Dec. 18 about the superstitious tradition at 7 p.m.
BY DANIELLA MOLINA
Ethnic studies needed to graduate BY JUAN CAVILLO Staff Writer Ethnic studies education will be a part of the graduation guidelines for nine Los Angeles Community College District schools by fall 2021 semester. Cathleen Rozadilla, general counselor for articulation, said the requirement will be a part of a revised CSU general education breadth pattern in the 2021-22 scholastic year. “The CSU system plans to require an Ethnic Studies course effective for first-time freshmen in the fall of 2021 and for students intent on transferring to the CSU who began at a California Community College in fall 2021,” Rozadilla said. She said current students in community college, like current East Los Angeles College students, will not be affected. Rozadilla said only those that will be new community college students in the fall of 2021 will be required to take these classes. An entire new section, as well as changes to current sections, will be added in the requirement pattern for CSU general education. “A new Area F Ethic Studies (3 units) will be added to the pattern, and the existing Area D Social Science will be reduced from 9 units to 6 units,” Rozadilla said. Academic Senate President Jeffrey Hernandez said that currently there are still some questions that are being deliberated among the CSU system. He said there is a district task force being set up that he will be a part of, but that it has yet to meet. Beatriz Tapia, Chicano Studies Department chair, said that
currently there are multiple classes that can be taken in African American, Asian American and Chicano Studies that should fit for a possible Ethnic studies class. She said that there is really no need for a creation of a new class, and that classes that are currently offered should be looked at to see if they will fall under the guidelines the CSU system will use.
“The CSU system plans to require an Ethic Studies course effective for first-time freshman in the fall of 2021...” CATHLEEN ROZADILLA
General counselor for articulation
“My sense would be that if we did it, it should be like they’re doing at the Cal States. Which is they are looking at existing programs, existing courses, identifying one or two that would kind of fit the bill within each program…depending on what they have, and then utilizing those,” Tapia said. She said it’s important for community colleges to be a part of the conversation, especially since so many students are sent from community colleges into the CSU system. Tapia said some colleges might have to create programs to meet these new requirements. She said ELAC is one of the few colleges that has something like Chicano Studies and Asian American Studies.
David Song, associate professor in Asian American Studies, said that while ethnic studies is a younger discipline and has been a bit confusing as to what the studies entail, it is important nonetheless. He said ethnic studies gives a better understanding of the people who have had and continue to have issues with equity. “If people are concerned about living in a truly equitable society, then Ethnic Studies curriculum provides perspectives on that,” Song said. Tapia said a Stanford study of high school students showed how impactful taking ethnic courses could be for students. Students in the study did better over all. The classes also helped them find their place in school and among people in general. The benefits were similar for college students as well. Both Tapia and Song said that as of this writing they had not been contacted to be a part of the conversations being had as to what ethnic studies education will look like in the community college system at ELAC. Tapia said that ethnic studies professors have been having conversations over the last couple of months since social equity had gone so much more mainstream. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1460 in August, requiring CSU schools to add ethnic studies as a graduation requirement for students graduating in the 2024 - 2025 scholastic year. Currently the District Academic Senate and the ELAC Academic Senate are looking into what these changes will mean for the LACCD.
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Film calls to action to save the planet BY LEONARDO CERVANTES Staff Writer Netflix’s “David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet” informs the viewer on how badly humans have managed to ruin the world’s ecosystems and accelerate the world’s end. The film emphasizes the loss of the planet’s biodiversity. The way humans are living now is sending biodiversity into a decline. David Attenborough has had a 60-year career as a naturalist and has visited every continent across the globe. He makes a unique comparison by pointing out how Pripyat, a city in Ukraine, became uninhabitable due to a Chernobyl explosion. If humans do not improve the earth’s living conditions, then it will also become uninhabitable just like the city in Pripyat Ukraine. Attenborough is a 93-yearold naturalist who has lived an extraordinary life by witnessing the beauty and downfall of planet earth. The living world is a beautiful and vibrant place that has birthed many unique beings. Planet earth is a marvel that should be appreciated, yet humans have treated it poorly. Humans have trashed the planet and have overrun the world. They continue doing this with no signs of stopping. Each year that passes gets worse and the ticking time bomb on earth grows closer and closer.
The film talks about how precious rainforests are and how more than half of the species on land live there. The viewers can see that rainforests play a vital role in the planet as they absorb carbon dioxide and increase local humidity. Yet people continue to tear down and ruin rainforests. Not only are they ruining the earth and destroying an important habitat, but also destroying animal homes. Animals are either killed off or are forced to migrate. When habitats such as rainforest are destroyed, it increases the chances of animals becoming extinct or endangered. The planet is rapidly headed for disaster due to the carelessness of mankind. Humans must learn how to adapt and work with mother nature rather than fight against it. Instead of hunting animals and forcing them on as pets, humans can admire them from afar. Attenborough traveled to Boreno in 1957 and observed an orangutan swaying across the trees. In the 1950s, Borneo was three quarters covered with rainforest, but by the end of the century, it had been reduced by half and there were no longer any orangutans living there. Animals and nature should be appreciated rather than having their natural world conquered by humans. The film provides data how in 1937, the world population was 2.3 billion and the remaining wilderness was 66%. Today, the world population is 7.8
billion and the renaming wilderness is at 35%. Humans are in a global crisis and future generations will face great disaster if Earth is not better cared for. Attenborough estimates that by 2100 the world’s sixth mass extinction would be well underway if the necessary changes aren’t made. Attenborough’s vision for saving the planet is pointing out how overpopulated earth is and how that can be fixed. It is a feasible solution albeit a sensitive topic for some people. Humans must try to limit the number of children they birth. Over the last few decades Japan’s birth rate has gotten lower each year. Other countries can contribute to saving the world by having fewer children. It is not too late for humans to save Earth and save themselves. In order to restore stability and save the planet humans must restore its biodiversity. Humans can prevent the end by eating less meat and lowering birth rates. Attenborough said, “If we all had a largely plant-based diet, we would need only half the land we use at the moment.” As Attenborough said, “Humans must rewild the world.” If humans are unable to make the necessary adjustments, while they might not feel the full effects of the downfall of earth, future generations sure will.
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KIDS SAVING KIDS—Protagonists Kelly Ferguson (left), Jacob Zellman, and Liz Lerue holding hands and trying to find a way to escape The Grand Guignol.
New Halloween film perfect for kids BY CASSIDY REYNA Staff Writer
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ATTENBOROUGH SPEAKS OUT—“The Holocene was like our Garden of Eden; its rhythm of season was so reliable that it gave our own species a unique opportunity” said David Attenborough.
Netflix’s “A Babysitter ’s Guide to Monster Hunting” is a cheesy coming-of-age film. The plot of the movie has a lot of potential as shown in its trailer and does hit some marks, but could have been executed better. Although it isn’t a “scary” child film, it is more like a coming-of-age film as the protagonists tend to grow and expand their views throughout the course of the film. With problems of being the “weird kid” and “math whizz,” Kelly is able to find herself by the end of the film. S m art d o e s a g r e a t j o b portraying Kelly, especially getting across the emotions of a teenager in high school. H o w e v e r, t h e b e s t p a r t of the film is Tom Felton’s performance. Felton’s cheesy role as a boogeyman called The Grand Guignal takes the cake. Felton is known for playing bully Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, making it fitting that he plays a villain once again. W h a t m a k e s F e l t o n ’s performance so great and hilarious is that at first it’s hard to tell that he is behind the make-up
and costume. When it comes to how the film was executed, it could have been better. This film is for younger audiences that want to watch a film for the Halloween season. The storyline, can keep younger audiences on the edge of their seats wanting to see what else will happen. Whether the protagonists will be successful in their mission as
What makes Felton’s performance so great and hilarious is that at first it’s hard to tell that he is behind the make-up and costume.
well as what is going on back home. It seems as though the film was possibly on a budget as the special effects seem really cheap and could have been done better. Specifically the toadies are
purely CGI when they would have been more effective as puppets. The film follows protagonist Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) on Halloween night. Kelly’s mother volunteers her to babysit her superior’s son Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho). Moments after Jacob goes to bed, creatures called Toadies and The Grand Guignol take him away. Within seconds, a girl with short blonde hair pulls up in the driveway to help Kelly. The girl introduces herself as Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence) and is a part of the Order of the Babysitters, a secret society of babysitters who hunt monsters. The two girls go on a wild mission to track down the Toadies and find Jacob throughout the night. When it comes to the back story of the secret society, it can go in more detail. However, it seems as though they were mainly name dropping when it came to who was a part of the secret society in the past. Overall, the film is perfect for audiences between the ages of 10-14, with the growth of characters and what they go through as students in school. Now that families are stuck at
‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ is back with new hijinks BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer Amazon’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” straddles the line between hilarious and sobering as it skewers American ideals while also telling a story of reconciliation. The original Borat movie, which premiered 14 years ago, had the benefit of starring an almost unknown character which made interactions authentic. T h is t i me a rou nd Sacha Baron Cohen, who plays the titular Borat Sagdiyev, uses new disguises and Borat’s daughter to take people by surprise. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” picks up 14 years after the events of the original, showing the effects stardom and notoriety has had not only on Borat, but on his home country. Through a series of events, Borat is once again sent to the United States for a special mission and gift for current Vice President Mike Pence. Along the way, Borat gets into a multitude of offensive, uncomfortable and simply odd side stories. The most famous is a particularly funny and very off putting interview between Borat’s 15-year-old daughter and Rudy Giuliani. All of the hijinks culminate in a hilarious ending that is
explained in a series of quick cut flashbacks and may lead to some very interesting “fake news” postings in the near future. The side story is the changing relationship between Borat and his daughter Tutar Sagdiyev. This is where “Moviefilm” shows that the “Borat” movies are more than just critiques of American culture and ideals. From the onset the movie shows that there is a disparity
It has always been what the characters Cohen creates attempt to do, be mirrors to those that are an audience.
between men and women, even in families, in Borat’s country of Kazakhstan. This leads to some over-thetop sexist moments that are both repulsive and hilarious to watch. T he hear t war m i ng par t of this film comes from an understanding that Borat finds not from the rhetoric that is spewed by American culture, but by the heartfelt perspective
of just one average American person. The lesson lear ned about family, understanding and equality more than make up for some of the more tasteless comedic moments Cohen creates for the film. Tutar is played by Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova. Bakalova plays Tutar with the same deadpan delivery of overthe-top statements Cohen uses for Borat. She even one ups Cohen in some of the scenes they share. Her change from country yokel to a more self-assured young woman is fun to watch and show the same type of growth that Cohen’s Borat makes in this and in the original film. The f ilm’s score is ver y reminiscent of the original music. There is a standout in the music though. About two thirds into the film, Cohen decides to sing a thoroughly racist and hate-filled song that is destined to become an instant classic when talking about Borat as a character. This song and a myriad of other moments in the f ilm remind audiences that the United States is made up of very many different people. “Moviefilm” decides early on to show a side of the U.S. that many people would enjoy leaving out of the history books.
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CONTROVERSIAL ANTICS—Borat leaves his home country of Kazakhstan carrying a special gift for American Vice President Mike Pence. Here is where Cohen pulls off his “great success.” It is in the total honest and realistic look at what people are like that Cohen lays bare for the audience to become informed and make their decision on what type of country the U.S. is and can become.
It has always been what the characters Cohen creates attempt to do, be mirrors to those that are an audience. Borat is part of Cohen’s diverse set of characters that he created during his early cable show “Da Ali G Show.” Despite coming so many years
after the original, “Moviefilm” proves that Cohen is still a master of comedy. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’’ is rated R for pervasive strong cr ude and sexual content, graphic nudity and language. The movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime now. www.ELACCampusNews.com
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Fall 2020 Short Term Information The following are classes still open and offered for students who want to enroll in a short-term session this fall. For more information on dates, times etc. please visit http://www.elac.edu/Academics/Schedule-of-Classes/Daily-Update-Course/Fall-2020-Short-Term-and-Late-Start-Classes
Courses Starting Between October 26 and November 01 ACCTG 033- EA Exam Individuals ADDICST 022- Prevent Specialist Trng ADM JUS 001- Intro Admin of Justice AUTOMO 101- Intro Automobile Tec BUS 011- Job Retention & Resp CAOT 031- Business English CAOT 033- Records Mgmt/Filing CAOT 034- Business Terminology CAOT 048- Customer Service CAOT 092- Computer Windows Application CAOT 111- Office apps: Electronic com CH DEV 039- Prsnl/Lead Erly Chld CH DEV 045- Prog For Chld Wh Spc CH DEV 062- Dev Pre Birth Age 8 CHICANO 044- Mexican Civilization CIS 147- Web authoring fundamentals CIS 192- Introduction to Cloud Security CIS 195- Cloud Security COMM 101- Public Speaking* COUNSEL 004- Career Planning COUNSEL 004- Career Planning COUNSEL 022- The Trans Process CS 131- Discrete Structures E.S.L. 006A- Col ESL 6 Writ/Gram
E.S.L. 008- Advanced ESL Composition EDUC 001- Introduce To Teaching ENGLISH 101- College Rdg&Comp I ENGLISH 102- College Rdg&Comp 2 FAM &CS 006- Challenges Of Aging FAM &CS 091- Life Management FRENCH 010- French Civilization HEALTH 043- Men’s Health & Fitness HLTHOCC 053- Med Ofc Proc II HLTHOCC 062- Skill Set Health Prof HLTHOCC 064- Cult Legl Tpics Hlth HLTHOCC 065- Fund For Hlth Prof HOSPT 100- Intro To Hospitality HTHTEK 215- Adv Inpt Code Abstr HTHTEK 221- Quality Management/Leadership HTHTEK 222- Health Info Service Management JOURNAL 185- Directed Study JOURNAL 217-1- Publication Lab I JOURNAL 218-1- Practical Editing I JOURNAL 219-1- Tech Staff Editor I KIN 346-1- Body Toning I KIN MAJ 100- Intro to Kinesiology KIN MAJ 106- Sports Ethics KIN MAJ 116- Intro Ex Phys
KIN MAJ 118- Phys Fitness & Nutrtn KIN MAJ 125- Intro to Physical Therapy Aide LIB SCI 101- College Rsrch Skills* LOGTIC 104- Logtics:Cornerstone LOGTIC 105- Grn Logtic & Gis Tec LOGTIC 106- Lead In Logistics MATH 227S- Statistics* PHILOS 001- Intro To Philosophy PHILOS 006- Logic In Practice PHILOS 020- Ethics PHOTO 121- History/Appr Photo PHOTO 123- Photo Discovery PHRMCTK 031- Phrmacy Calculations THEATER 100- Intro To The Theater THEATER 100- Intro To The Theater VOC ED 101CE- Wrk Skl 1: Comp Bsic* VOC ED 432CE- NC Comm Pharm VOC ED 433CE- Med Rec Reg VOC ED 434CE- Legal Med Ethics VOC ED 098CE- 30 Ways To Shine Emp VOC ED 096CE- Blueprnt For Wrkpl VOC ED 502CE- Ch Dev Environment
Courses Starting Between November 01 and November 07 HEALTH 008- Women’s Personal Hlt HEALTH 011- Prin Healthful Livng* KIN MAJ 100- Intro to Kinesiology VOC ED 090CE- Career Exploration VOC ED 431CE- Healthcare Comm *(MULTIPLE SESSIONS)
Courses Starting Between November 29 and December 05 VOC ED 098CE- 30 Ways To Shine Emp
On tips on how to enroll, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= UM8fa4pXOcE&feature=youtu.be