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ELAC students work toward careers with CAPS and Preparation, and Language and communication. Staff Writer In order for students to fully utilize CAP, they can visit the East Los Angeles College ELAC website and hover over the students can use the Career and menu tab and click on Career and Academic Pathways site to figure Academic pathways. Each CAP has out the right career path for them. a hyperlink so any student can easily Students held a meeting Thursday be directed to all of the programs for students to learn how to navigate that they can take. Career and Academic Pathways Sucess for CAPS is ensuring and Academic maps on the ELAC that all students can continue their website, as well as how to use the studies and advance in their careers CAPs career survey. before and after they graduate. The meeting helped students to The programs provide predictable learn some basic knowledge and schedules and embedded disciplineto gain more information about specific support to help students stay student services and their Academic on track. Students choose a program pathways. of study and develop a plan based In order to be active with the on the program maps. Awareness of entire chat, Luu held a game of the programs provides students with Kahoot asking simple clear, educationally questions. coherent program The main idea maps. centered on Career and Success for CAPS Academic maps Academic Pathways. are a term-byis ensuring that Career connected to sequence of clarity and structure all students can term courses required in career technical to complete continue their programs of study. a credential, Academic clear studies and transfer, or enter educationally coherent the workforce. advance in their specific course Academic maps sequences learning careers before are essentially road outcomes. Pathway maps that students and after they ways of achieving can look at that clarity and structure graduate. can tell them what in career technical courses are offered, programs of study. so they can plan The CAP wheel accordingly. This consists of Administration of way students won’t be wasting Justice and Public Safety, Social any time or money on courses they and Behavioral Sciences, Health don’t need. Sciences, Arts, Media, and Design, On the same webpage as the Business Law and Information CAP hyperlink, students can scroll Technology, STEM, Exploration down and each CAP is split up into



CAREERS FOR ALL—CAP team ambassadors welcome students to ELAC’s Career and Academic Pathways workshop. sub-CAPs. Once they click on any sub-CAP they will be directed to a page that includes the semester, course code, course name, units and any specific notes that will be helpful when choosing classes. At the end of each session, also shows

how many units it is all together, and it does so for each semester and each session. The five guided pathways student ambassadors are Danny Luu, Maple Duong, Diana Jimenez, Haille Lopez and Kit Dezolt. The guided

pathways facilitators are Arpi Festekjian, Dray Banks, Jessica Hansen, Frank Aguirre and Nora Zepada The CAP team currently has over 50 faculty, staff, and students who provide different services. The

CAP team welcomes students and other faculty to join their team by emailing guidedpathways@elac. edu.

Undocuhuskies focus on students’ wellness BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer


Newsom signs higher education bill BY GABRIELA GUTIERREZ Staff Writer A set of new bills signed by Governor Gavin Newsom aim to make college more affordable and accessible. Newsom signed the bills last week at California State University of Northridge. The bills are part of Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, SB 129, which details where the funds will be used. The higher education package of the California Comeback Plan is worth $47.1 billion. Each bill in the plan targets a different part of the postsecondary school system in California. The bill specifically targets the disparities within the school system and the effects that the pandemic has had on students. The goal of bills AB 928 and AB 1111, written by Assemblymember Marc Berman, are to make the transfer process easier. AB 928 would help reduce the amount of excess units students can accumulate before transferring to a four-year college. The bill also calls for a mandatory pathway for

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students who plan to transfer. The process easier for students to bill said that “Many students attend navigate, especially during these community college with the hope of challenging and unprecedented transferring to complete a bachelor’s times,” AB 928 said. degree. However, Bill AB 1113, by the master plan Assembly member did not say how Jose Medina, targets transfer would COVID-19 victims The bill work in practice m o r e e x p l i c i t l y, specifically for students.” prohibiting mandatory A B 9 2 8 tuition fees to be targets the acknowledges the collected from any disparities difficult process qualifying surviving of transferring within the school spouse or surviving from a community child of someone who system and the college to a fourdied due to COVD-19. year university. AB 1111 would effects that the The bill said that require California pandemic has a report released community colleges by the Public had on students. to match their course Policy Institute numbers across all of California their course catalogs revealed significant to make the courses disparities for easier to find and to Black, Latino and first-generation match with their respective majors students who wish to transfer, when transferring. further acknowledging the need to The bill places a deadline for close said equity gaps. California community colleges to Many of the bills consider the make these changes on or before difficulties caused by the pandemic. July 1, 2024. “There is a clear need to further Newsom also signed bill AB streamline and make the transfer 417, by Assemblymember Kevin

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McCarty, which would establish the Rising Scholars Network to help justice-involved students. A justice-involved student is “a person who is currently or formerly incarcerated in a California correctional facility, or currently or formerly detained in a juvenile facility.” Bill 417 would allow up to 50 community colleges who wish to participate in the Rising Scholars Program to apply to the board of governors for funding. The board of governors in turn would provide reports every two years on the progress of the program and whether the program can be expanded to eventually be accessible to all community colleges. The ELAC Campus has a Rising Scholars system that is currently operating online, but still avilable to provide students with resources. To schedule an appointment via video chat or telephone students can visit: elizandroumana. Full-text of the bills can be found on

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Undocumented students at East Los Angeles College have a safe space to express themselves, get scholastic information and a sense of camaraderie in the UndocuHuskies Club. Evelyn Martinez, president of the UndocuHuskies, said the club’s goal is to create a safe space for student fellowship. M a r t i n e z s a i d t h e c l u b ’s mandate this year is about making a difference and collaborating on campus. She said her hope is that the club will not only ask for change, but that it will be a part of making change happen. “I hope for us to become involved, or learn a little more and see what we can do to change because I think it’s important to do. Not just (say) ‘Oh, I want change,’ but to actually do the change,” Martinez said. Laura Ramirez, faculty club advise, said a lot of political situations center on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. She said it is a constant on people’s minds. Ramirez said club members could participate in discourse with representatives or during activities in the local East Los Angeles area. “Students can get representatives and talk to some of them to see if there’s going to be opportunities for students to be involved in those kinds of events. (Events) right now are trying to make movements to make sure that their voices can be heard,” Ramirez said. Justine Miranda, vice president of the club, said connections with various other groups on and off campus help give back to the students at ELAC. She said there would be a focus on undocumented students, but that all students were invited to join as allies and be helped as well.

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One of the allies that is working closely with both the UndocuHuskies and ELAC’s Dream Resource Center is the legal group of Central American Resource Center. Martinez currently works at CARECEN and said she would be providing constant updates as to legal statuses and information. Jack Gonzalez, club treasurer, said benefits of the club include student advocacy and connections with undocumented students. Gonzalez said starting out his journey at ELAC was challenging as an undocumented student. He said the DRC at ELAC, a group dedicated to helping undocumented people on campus, made sure to help him with all the paperwork. He said his first introduction to the UndocuHuskies was through the DRC. The club looks to create a sense of togetherness through meetings that will highlight on books that focus on the undocumented experience. One of the books they will read is “No Wall They Can Build” by CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective. The club will resume in-person meetings as soon as it is a viable option, if not this semester then next. The UndocuHuskies is currently chartered and meetings will be held on a bi-weekly schedule. Meetings start at 4 p.m. and run to 5 p.m. and can be accessed using the Zoom link, The UndocuHuskies will have their next meeting Oct. 21. The club started in 2018 and has provided students with access to Dream Act information and financial aid workshops for undocumented students. The club can be reached on Instagram @undocu.huskies, via email at elacundocuhuskies733@, and via Google Voice at (323)433-1870.

Get connected with resorces and staff at the ELAC campus quad for help with enrollment on Oct 20. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.




Aquaponic farming aims to yield better crops BY CYNTHIA SOLIS Staff Writer Growing hydroponically and aquaponically should be the new norm when it comes to farming. Hydroponics is a technique for growing plants without soil. It involves using a mineral nutrients solution to grow plants like peas, tomatoes, green onion and cucumbers. Growing aquaponically is quite similar to growing hydroponically. The only difference is that it combines aquaculture, which raises aquatic animals such as fish, snails or prawns in tanks with hydroponics. In this case, the marine animal secretion makes for nutrient-rich water fed to the hydroponically-growing plants. According to National Geographic, “agricultural communities developed approximately 10,000 years ago when humans began to domesticate plants and animals.” Through much trial and tribulation, they were able to create permanent settlements and farming. Since then, the farming industry has found ways to try and keep up with supply and demand, and they have made a decent effort keeping up with demands. It is no question that farmers do everything in their power to create successful growing seasons, so the harvest is plenty. Still, farmers cannot possibly keep up with demand while battling extreme weather conditions brought on by global warming. Agriculture is highly vulnerable to climate change. As temperatures continue to rise, it will eventually decrease the yield amounts of desirable crops. Not only that, but according

to the International Food Policy Research Institute, “there will be changes in precipitation patterns which will increase the likelihood of short-run crop failures and long-run production declines.” This means that if the population doesn’t perish due to intense natural disasters and other effects of global warming, humanity will die from lack of food because farming will become too complicated and impossible to control. Thus, teaching farmers and future generations of farmers to grow hydroponically or aquaponically may be humanity’s last hope to survive global warming. There are many benefits to growing hydroponically and aquaponically. Some include the ability to control light, heat, nutrients, hydration, pests and all other aspects of the growing process. Thus, with the right conditions, the entire growing cycle can be expedited and yield larger, fastergrowing plants than traditional farming. Growing hydroponically and aquaponically can be done indoors. Some benefits of this is that the plants can grow year-round, have

Thus, with the right conditions, the entire growing cycle can be expedited and yield larger, fastergrowing plants than traditional farming.

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complete temperature and climate control, and there are fewer pests. This is done by implementing grow lights in the greenhouse. A grow light is an electric light that is designed to help plants grow. They either try to provide a similar light spectrum to the sun or a spectrum that is better tailored to the needs of the cultivated plants. Essentially, outdoor conditions involving light and temperature are given by the grow lights. Growing crops traditionally takes up a lot of space, and field farms use a lot of water.

In fact, “field farms account for 80% of the United States’ water use,” according to Pure Greens. Plants grown in soil need space to spread their roots to find the water and nutrients they need to survive; plant roots grown hydroponically/ aquaponically don’t need room to spread because water and nutrients are delivered to them. This new way of growing will also use about “10 times less water [than field farms] because it’s delivered in a controlled way. Plus, some systems recirculate water, reducing consumption even more,”


according to Pure Greens. There are tons of other benefits to growing hydroponically and aquaponically. Since our climate crisis not going away anytime soon, due to politicians worldwide not taking the matter seriously, humanity must act quickly and learn new ways to adapt to the fast-increasing climate crisis. Hydroponics and aquaponics are the future of farming, and it could potentially be humanity’s last fight against extinction.

Medical insurers decide to charge COVID-19 patients BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer Medical insurance companies returned to charging COVID-19 patients co-pays and dues as early as January and people need to be better prepared to pay. For most of 2020 many medical insurance companies waived copays or just didn’t charge people who were sick with COVID-19. Before going any further, this opinion is not whether insurance companies’ decision to start charging again is a bad one. It is about the simple financial preparation that so many people fail to make early in their lives and how people need to be prepared now. The question becomes how exactly does the average person prepare for something as challenging as COVID-19 costs, and the answer may be quite simple. Frank Aguirre, chair of the Business Department at East Los Angeles College, said one of the big options is to have a health savings account set up. This doesn’t mean being uninsured. What it means is that having even low level insurance is not as dangerous or trying as it could be. Health insurance is a necessity now and always. COVID-19 has killed over 700,000 people, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest dataset. Having some way of checking and dealing with the costs of a

“One of the big options is to have a health savings account set up.” FRANK AGUIRRE

Chair of the Business Department

deadly and transmittable virus is imperative. Unfortunately, only about 92% of people in the United States have health insurance. This is a high number, but not all people with health insurance have the right coverage. Many are covered by something called discount policies. These policies are really only good so that people can say they have insurance. Discount health insurance policies tend to have high premiums or co-pays or lack coverage for major health events. “Unfortunately, most of us are

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not familiar with the terminology of health-care coverage and costs associated with different types of coverage. People tend to default for the lowest cost or coverage which usually has limited coverage for any major illness, disease, or bodily harm,” Aguirre said. Consumer Reports said as far back as 2012, on consumerreports. org, that some plans are what it calls “junk health insurance.” The report said this type of coverage is minimal in some cases and in others dangerously so, with some regulators not considering certain plans as actual insurance plans. “Some of the companies operate one step ahead of the law,” Consumer Reports said. Financial literacy and preparedness are not just for people with money. Aguirre said when considering health insurance, understanding that

Being prepared is important plans are not made in a one-size-fitsduring a pandemic. all manner. Having health plans that are This understanding helps people make better choices, which in turn affordable and include the best can help make sure upcoming bills coverage for each individual is even more important. don’t cause people to That doesn’t break out the old piggy mean that there bank for funds. “When isn’t a bit of unrest Aguirre said living considering philosophically in California is a benefit when it comes to health insurance, when insurance companies decide health plans because understanding that the bottom line there is a conscious is more important effort to do better by that plans are than the people the health of Californot made in a they serve. nia’s residents. While not trying “We should conone-size-fits-all to veer too much tinue to encourage manner.” into a debate on our elected officials right and wrong, to support health-care FRANK AGUIRRE it is a bit problemefforts that are equiChair of the Business atic for companies table for both rich and Department who are charged poor so that we all with people’s wellhave a safety net for being to decide when they plan on major needs,” Aguirre said.


charging and when they don’t. Tim Snead, chair of the Philosophy Department, summed up the situation as one of duty from insurance companies and a patient’s health rights. “Clearly, health-care industries should have fiduciary duties to patients, but in our health system they also have fiduciary duties toward financial concerns and interests, which may at times conflict with those of its customers. It appears that here is just such a possible conflict. Which raises further questions about where one stands upon in terms of rights,” Snead said.

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Newsom signs bill aimed to fight hunger BY CYNTHIA SOLIS Staff Writer


One Zone offers vocabulary lesson BY ERICA CORTES Staff Writer The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Center invited students via Zoom to discuss and inform students about the LGBTQ+ community. Lynn Wood, Student Services assistant at LGBTQ+, hosted the event on Friday. Angel Banuelos, an East Los Angeles College transfer student at California State University Long Beach was there to

assist and give other understanding concepts of the terminolgy of the LGBTQ+ community. The workshop was a mix of general knowledge of the topic, such as vocabulary, approaching people about their sexual orientation. The workshop included talking about gender identity, gender expression and how individuals present themselves to others. “We need to try to be aware of what is going on in the world and universe, and try to display multiple messages to show support in the globe,” Wood said.

Ideas for how the LGBTQ community can branch out and be known as well, as get allies outside of the community, was in focus. “Here at the LGBTQ, we try to focus on a community that the world doesn’t see as the normative but also can not forget our allies,” Banuelos said. Students were welcome to participate in the quizzes created for the event and were given the chance to speak out about their concerns and comments on the community. “A lot of people also seek hormones but some trans people

live life without either surgery or hormones and that doesn’t change the validity of their identity or value as a person,” Juan Carlos, a student at ELAC, said. Towards the end of the zoom meeting. Wood and Banuelos gave a list of resources for students to use to talk with someone if they were not comfortable speaking out during the workshop. In order to reach the LGBTQ+ center please contact woodcl@elac. edu or call 323-267-3791.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 396 to help feed thousands of California students struggling to put food on the table. The bill will essentially require public colleges and universities to seek a certificate from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) so students enrolled in qualifying jobs and training programs will gain access to CalFresh. The CalFresh Program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at grocery stores. According to the CDSS, the program was established “to improve the health and wellbeing of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.” The bill was written by Assembly member Jesse Gabriel, who is the democratic representative for Woodlawn Hills. “It’s shameful that so many young people in California go to bed hungry at night,” Gabriel said. Currently, college students are not eligible to receive CalFresh unless they work a minimum of 20 hours a week or they qualify under one of several exemptions. Once AB 396 takes effect, it will allow students who participate in internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training to claim the benefits. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, a c c o r d i n g to the CDSS, a little more than 250 Employment and Training (E&T) services are approved under the exemption. The California Community College system has more than 9,000 potentially qualifying programs. Although it will take some time, CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro seems hopeful that the bill will streamline how CSU certifies their academic programs. Colleges can participate in the E&T pathway so more students can have access

to CalFresh benefits. “Removing a barrier to success so that they can achieve their personal, academic, and career goals, as well as help California meet its future workforce needs,” Castro said. This bill will do great things for college students. There is a high level of hunger and food insecurity found on college and university campuses all over California. According to the California Student Aid Commission, 1 in 3 California college students are affected by food and housing insecurities. COVID-19 has made the problem harder for California college and university students. As the pandemic struck, college campuses were forced to close their doors. As a result, students lost their jobs, and the campuses could not provide enough resources. This forced students to fall short of their needs. Students are excited to know the requirements are changing. “Students should have the freedom to be a student and focus on their education without the added stress of meeting their basic needs, yet the unfortunate reality is that food insecurity continues to impact too many college students in California,” said Yun Zhao​​, UC Student Association Campaigns Chair and UC Berkeley student. The bill outlines the details schools have to achieve to get approval for each program. Not only that, every year starting September 1, 2023, until 2030, schools must meet annually with three groups. These include the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, the Assembly Committee on Human Services, the Senate Committee on Education, and the Senate Committee on Human Services. the colleges must report the number of state-approved campus-based local education programs, the number of pending applications and the number of applications denied. The school is also required to post the information on its school website.

Women’s Center focuses on domestic violence awareness BY NATALIA ANGELES Staff Writer October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the East Los Angeles Women Center focuses on ways boys and men can engage against domestic violence and sexual assault. The East Los Angeles Women Center conducted a workshop titled, “Engaging Boys and Men to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.” The event was held by Prevention Specialist, Osvaldo

“Ozzie” Cruz and Outreach/Advocate Specialist, Luis Mendoza. Both Cruz and Mendoza spoke on the different ways boys and men can start informing themselves about domestic voilence and sexual assault. “Men have the capacity to intervene when they witness violence,” Cruz said. He believes that men can become role models for future generations to come. “It is time to look at the men within our household, within our society so that we can all experience a life without violence,” Cruz said.

The hardest conversations are within one’s family. Yet, without these uncomfortable conversations the cycle of domestic violence will keep going. These conversations are not to separate one another, but in fact to challenge and bring people in rather than pushing people out. “Sometimes we challenge others to break the norm society has molded us to uphold,” said ELAC student Chris Alvarado. Others in the audience agreed with Alvardo and began the conversation of what norms boys

and men have been taught to follow. One example of a response when a boy falls is to “Man up” or “Get up or else, I am going to give you a reason to cry about,” “Stop crying like a girl.” Responses like these are what’s limiting boys’ ability to show vulnerability, said Cruz. Most of this build-up causes them to showcase anger. Cruz and Mendoza suggest that it is time to reclaim what manhood defines. By doing so, it creates safe places for boys and men to talk without judgment.

E s s e n t i a l l y, t h e b e h a v i o r presented when domestic violence occurs all based on the examples that were given to boys growing up. There must be a shift in the examples men are showing their sons. This involves having conversations like, “let me share with you what are the values that stem from healthy relationships. We can create these processes with no other than intention,” Cruz said. The fight against domestic violence and sexual assault should not fall all on women. It includes

the responsibility men have to stand up for women and have more voices and stories be heard. With both communities coming together, levels should go down and domestic violence will be shown in future years. “I hope many men can see this issue. Like Cruz said men should be supportive instead of bashing women,” said Alondra Zamora, a student. For more information on workshops and virtual events on domestic violence see website:




Sopranos prequel movie fills backstories BY GABRIELA GUTIERREZ Staff Writer Gang wars, the mafia, deception and violence, HBO’s “The Many Saints of Newark” has the recipe for a successful film and does good, not great. The film is entertaining and full of potential, especially with appearances by Ray Liotta as “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and original Soprano James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, as teenage Tony Soprano. However, the film’s goal is not always clear. Instead of a direct plot, viewers get simultaneous plots that take away from the film’s overall message, “Who made Tony Soprano?” The film begins with a narration by actor Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti who paints a vague picture of when Tony Soprano murders him and gives his wife and baby his pocket change, alluding to “The Sopranos.” Shortly after, Dickie Moltisanti played by Alessandro Nivola, Hollywood Dick’s son, comes into the picture with a young Tony Soprano who is played by WIlliam Ludwig, as they make their way to greet his father from his trip back from Italy. Although this is only the introduction, the film changes its pace several times in so little time that just when the main plot is


CRIME FAMILY—Michael Gandolfini as teenage Tony Soprano (left) alongside Soprano’s uncle, Dickie Moltisanti played by Alessandro Nivola in the film “The Many Saints of Newark.” unfolding, the film throws another side-plot into the mix and distracts its viewers. The film’s downfall is the way it leaves viewers wanting more from certain characters and scenes.

The film is cluttered and packed with too much content all at once, and the consequence of that is that the film overall is not very memorable. Nothing stands out because

everything stands out all at once. The focus, which is supposed to be on Dickie Moltisanti and Tony Soprano, gets shared with all the other characters and not for the greater good of the film.

The acting, on the other hand, is what makes the film entertaining and believable. None of the actors give less than wonderful performances. The essence of the Italian mafia

from New Jersey that viewers see in the original show is not lost in the film thanks to the dedication seen in every actor. Ludwig, even at the early age of 14, does justice to his role as young Tony Soprano. Both Ludwig and Gandolfini show a side to Soprano that “The Soprano” fans do not get to see much of in the show. They both reveal a developing Soprano who is at odds with who he wants to be and constantly seeks guidance from those around him, especially his uncle Moltisanti. Director Alan Taylor also does justice with great cinematography. Every scene is brought to life with attention to detail and dry humor undercuts that are captured at the perfect time. The characters, their outfits, the way they all fall into their characters in an aesthetic way all work together in the film’s favor. The film is written by “The Sopranos” original creator David Chase along with Lawrence Konner. Chase’s work on the film is evident in the dialogue which is reminiscent of the original show. Despite losing the main plot to several other plots often, Taylor creates a fun and captivating film that is good enough to recommend to viewers, both fans and first-timers alike. “The Many Saints of Newark” was released on Oct. 1. It is streaming on HBO and in select theaters.

‘On My Block’ finale ends predictably BY ERICA CORTES Staff Writer


SMACK DOWN—Kofi Kingston(left), Big E (center) and Xavier Woods stand in front of Undertaker’s mystically powered urn, debating how to free it from its casting.

Wrestlers undertake magic in interactive movie fandom there is among the WWE fans. This can range from dressing Staff Writer like unicorns to quoting “Game of Thrones.” Viewers get to choose how the World Wrestling Entertainment events of this show start and end. superstars attempt to survive the Each choice leads to a different Undertaker in Netflix’s spooky new situation where the story diverges special, “Escape the Undertaker.” slightly. The show uses the “choose your Kingston, Woods and E all have own adventure” format giving the their own character moments and viewers total control as to how, or the viewers can see how they handle if, the trio makes it out in one piece. themselves individually throughout The show starts off quite their time in the mansion. ominously as it follows legendary Giving viewers the choice of wrestler The Undertaker securing how the story unfolds gives the his urn of power. show replay The audience value and will is introduced to have viewers the heroes of the “Escape the watching each show Kingston, of the heroes’ Undertaker” is an Woods, and E. storylines just to The trio, known see how they did interesting and fun as “New Day,” or didn’t make is attempting to show that brings some it through the get Undertaker slight scares to WWE night. to give them his The music urn so they can fans and viewers trying is entertaining combine it with and works well to find scary content with the spooky their brand of power. environments on Netflix. The trio focus and situations. on the power of It livens up positivity when when the heroes it comes to are on-screen, overcoming obstacles. but keeps the somber mood as scary F r o m t h e r e e a c h m e m b e r or weird moments come and go. goes through their own trial and The special effects leave a bit to tribulation in their quest to acquire be desired. Undertaker’s urn. Having Undertaker show more Having a career that spans multiple arcane or mystical abilities is an decades, Undertaker is something of interesting thought, but it’s the a name in the wrestling world. creepy factor and look he is known His skill in the ring is only matched for that really might have been fun by the picture-perfect gimmick, to play up more than sfx. often dubbed “the deadman,” where “Escape the Undertaker” is an he is a being from the beyond who interesting and fun show that brings wreaks havoc in and out of the some slight scares to WWE fans and wrestling ring. viewers trying to find scary content Kingston, Woods and E are all on Netflix. about being positive. The team has The show is rated TV-PG and has created a name for themselves being a run time of 31 minutes. “Escape fun and comedic. the Undertaker” is streaming now The team tends to be energetic on Netflix. and plays around with almost every


The fourth and final season of “On My Block” is the predictable ending that fans wanted. The show is about four lifelong friends living in the middle of South Central Los Angeles while looking out for one another. While going to high school and dealing with regular teenage problems, the four friends have to deal with stuff outside of school like gangs, money scavenger hunt and occasionally murder. The last season ended in a cliffhanger where all four friends who, unexpectedly, went on different paths and lost contact along the way. It left the audience with the question of what happened. This season starts off with giving reasons as to why the group fell apart. Monse Finnie, played by Sierra Capri, is the only female in the group. She gives the perspective of being the caregiver of her three other friends. Caesar Diaz, played by Diego Tinoco, also known as “Lil Spooky,” continues on a dark path where the season leaves off, him joining Los Santos gang that his elder brother was originally from. But after the last season, the older brother Oscar Diaz, played by

the talented Julio Macias, gets out of Los Santos to start a family and legitimate career on his own. Macias delivered a very emotional character and some of the best character development of the entire series. Jamal Turner, played by Brett Gray, is the leader of the group who distances himself from his friends and is losing touch with who he is. Turner starts the season choosing the popular path in high school and realizing he doesn’t have true friends. The last friend is Ruby Martinez, played by Jason Genao, who was originally the most fragile of the group. In the beginning of the season, he shows his dedication to his girlfriend Jasmin, played by Jessica Marie Garcia, and loses his selfcontrol and voice as a person. Two years after the last season, the five friends are no longer in contact. When the past resurfaces however, they come together to figure out what to do in order to not get caught for the murder they were a part of. Although the ending of the last season ended on a cliffhanger, this new season became predictable as to what the plot of the final season should be. Although fans can be happy with the ending, reuniting friendships that were still pending, most of the paths and answers to questions were very obvious before they surfaced


ONE FAMILY—All four friends embracing themselves while they grieve over the loss of a loved one. in the episodes, making it quite flat. Although the final season is toned down, all the actors who portray their characters do an amazing job of showing their chemistry along the whole series, this season is not lacking either. They show the authenticity of having the grief of losing one

another, the struggles each character has to face and joy of being together as one huge family. It ultimately ends with very predictable paths.The entire series of “On My Block” can be streamed on Netflix.

New horror movie does ‘slasher’ genre justice BY BRENDA DE LA CRUZ Staff Writer “There’s someone inside your house” is a treat for teenage-horror style lovers. The film brings about creepy scenes in the same form of mystery as the former slasher film “Scream.” High school teens are being picked off one-by-one in a small town, leaving everyone guessing who the killer is. With each kill comes that victim’s secret for the entire town to see. Some secrets worse than others. The film is set in the present day with problems such as racism, social justice and more. It almost makes the audience feel as if they are watching a current clip of the news. The story surrounds a group od teenage friends who are from different backgrounds, including gender identity, race, socioeconomic status and other privileges. During the killings, the murderer wears a mask of the victims’ face, insinuating the entire town is fake or

“wearing masks” while attempting to “out” everyone of their secrets. The kills are pretty gory for a teen movie, but not too extreme. The acting is decent with the lead, Sydney Park, doing a good job at being spooked, but tough as nails

at the same time. Theodore Pellerin also does a great job in his role as the weird ex-boyfriend/misfit with his facial expressions and awkward vibes throughout the movie. While the film does not entirely

make one jump out of their seats in fear, it does a fairly decent job at keeping you double-guessing who the killer is. Rated TV-MA, the film runs one hour and 36 minutes and is available on Netflix.


DROP DEAD—Unknown murderer terrorizes high school students with secrets of their own.




Costume designers get ready for show-biz BY TERESA ACOSTA Staff Writer The Gary Marshall Theatre has partnered with East Los Angeles College to provide two student interns for the production of “The Root Beer Bandits.” Hannah Sadeghian and Lisa Hong, both working toward costume certificates through ELAC’s Theater Arts department, worked on the design and construction of costumes featured in a stage performance of a Wild West family musical. “The Root Beer Bandits” show included a plethora of costumes, from classic western style vests and long coats, to elaborate hoop skirt dresses with all the trimmings. Jessica Champagne-Hansen, faculty at ELAC, also works designing costumes for The Gary Marshall Theatre. She helped create a partnership with the theater and ELAC that has given internships to students for the past few years. The internships

are usually given to students who are close to finishing their studies and have the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in the professional industry. Sadeghian is in her second year at ELAC and would like to have a career in costuming. She said she would design and create a costume, then have the actor try it on and receive feedback from the director and Hansen. She took notes and made adjustments to the costumes until it was right. Sadeghian found this process really important and felt comfortable learning something new in this environment. The pace from start to finish is quick and can, at times, be hectic. “One of the benefits of a professional internship is seeing how quickly the shows are put together! This is a huge skill and one I am sure Hannah will use when she transitions from school to working in film and TV costuming,” Hansen said. Hong is also in her second year of

the costume certification program, though she has already received her associate of arts degree in animation from ELAC. She likes designing a project in 2D and then having it brought to life in a costume. “Lisa worked on flat patterning but also on painting and costume distressing, both of which use different skills developed in art and animation. Lisa will be able to take many of the skills for costuming to apply them to animation with more realistic and accurate costuming, both in shape and style but also drape and texture,” Hansen said. Her inspiration for learning costume construction comes from watching her mother, who is a seamstress. She would see her create things and thought that it was something she could do as well. Hong would like to use what she has learned to create costumes for theater and television.

COSTUME CONSTRUCTION—Hannah Sadeghian works to bring her designs to life.

Arts Dave Chappelle is not transphobic, a funny explanation BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer


TRICK AND A TREAT—ELAC students use fabrics from the Theater Arts Department’s costume division to create costumes.

Theater Department gets ready for spooky season BY PAUL MEDINA Staff Writer East Los Angeles College Theater Arts instructor, Costume Shop Manager and designer Jessica Hansen has some advice for creating a costume, especially for college students. Building a costume isn’t as difficult as it may seem. It's all about starting out with one piece then the rest comes into place. “Reuse and repurpose whatever you may have inside your closet,” Hansen said. A key component to creating a Halloween costume is by reusing what we currently have in our closets. Not only do college students on a budget save money, but often times this practice can lead to creating a great creative costume. “If you are new to sewing, I recommend just making one piece of your costume and then purchasing the other pieces or pulling them from your closet, so that you are not stressed about making the whole thing,” Hansen said. Hansen has some advice for certain pieces which need to purchase. “Buy things that are inexpensive in which you can manipulate into whatever design you are making,” Hansen said. Halloween falls on Oct. 31, immediately before All Saints Day which “in the Christian church,[is] a day commemorating all the saints of the church, both known and unknown, who have attained heaven,” Britannica encyclopedia said. A t E L A C ’s T h e a t e r A r t s Department, the majority of show costumes start from scratch. One strong piece of advice Hansen suggested when designing a costume is something the costume department follows. It begins by doing research, then thinking conceptually (what is the mood when people are watching the costume), then drawing out the costume. “Many of our students are into

cosplay, and this process brings excitement into the process of costume making,” Hansen said. Halloween is believed to loosely have its origins in pagan roots, and is often associated with a darker theme, donning costumes and frightening others. With the fall season upon us comes many changes in scenery. It is a time which many look forward to the imminent holidays or notable days of celebration. Among those days is Halloween, which is often mistaken for a holiday. The National Retail Federation’s annual survey expects Americans this year to spend $10.14 billion dollars on Halloween-related goods from candy, to decorations and costumes. Often times costumes are only worn once, then consumers tend to never wear them again. Furthermore, with many supplies typically imported from China, on short supply and currently being held at the Port of Los Angeles/ Long Beach, it is imperative this year for people (especially students) to get creative. On Sunday while appearing on a CNN show, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci released guidelines for enjoying Halloween. With more people getting vaccinated, Fauci encouraged those vaccinated to “go out there and enjoy Halloween.” According to the Wall Street Journal “The supply-chain snarls that have shaped much of life in the pandemic are now responsible for shortages of Halloween décor and costumes. Consumers and suppliers alike are getting creative and planning ahead.” If you are interested in learning more on costume design, ELAC’s award-winning Theater Arts costume department offers many courses. Contact Jessica Hansen at or Talin Gharibi at Courses are currently offered in-person and online.


Dave Chappelle closes out his Netflix series of specials with the intense, genuine and funny final comedy show “The Closer.” Chappelle spends his show trouncing on Detroit, where the special was filmed, COVID-19 and the LGBTQ+ community. He also spends a good amount of time having to explain the intentions of his previous Netflix specials. Chappelle’s set is not for the faint of heart. His ability to hone in on the comedic aspects of hard topics of discussion is uncanny. His jokes focused on transsexuality are often called out as being transphobic. The new special is already drawing the ire of the LGBTQ+ community and the National Black Justice Coalition for his jokes. Viewers will have to decide for themselves if the material is said tongue-in-cheek or if the comedian’s jokes are meant as harmful and hateful rhetoric. Chappelle focuses a large part on his views, perspectives and jokes set on trying not to ask for forgiveness from the communities he has insulted. The result is a comedian explaining the meaning behind what the past and the current specials are really all about. He goes into detail talking about a fellow comedian who became a good friend, and happened to be

transsexual. This story of course has a comedic aspect to it and is told in an honest way. Chappelle doesn’t use his friend as a catch all, “I can’t be transphobic, I have transphobic friends” though. Instead he gives the audience a sneak peak into his life. He also goes on to explain a heartfelt connection he created with his friend's family. His explanation is heartfelt but also takes up a lot of the special’s run time. Chappelle addressing his situation with the trans community has become a bit long in the tooth for his specials. “The Closer” is filled with laughs and emotion. Very few comedians can do both and weave them together as artfully as Chappelle. From the time he came on the scene, Chappelle has been lauded as one of the greatest comedians of all time. He has proven time and again there is no subject he won’t tackle. Chappelle is a master at his craft. He will start a joke with an entirely serious look on his face, and with an earnest timber to his voice to draw the audience in. It’s this ability to connect so effortlessly that makes him an amazing performer. His ability to have an audience rivet to his stories is perfect when he smashes them over the head with the punchline. Over the course of his career as a stand-up, he has crafted a perfectly playful persona. This allows his jokes to catch people off guard and make them laugh at something they


OKAY—Dave Chappelle contemplates his next move during his final stand-up for Netflix, “The Closer.” may not entirely agree with. Unfortunately, times have changed for comedians. This is not the idea that nothing can be joked about or made fun of. That has always been an issue with the perspective many have. Chappelle’s special goes into detail and really tries to have a dialogue with people who have taken offense with his style and jokes. Comedy is such a difficult genre to critique and review. Stand up comedy even moreso. Where there is space for viewers to love a

comedy special, there is also space for them to hate it. “The Closer” is a funny special, showing exactly why Chappelle is the master of his craft. It does take a lot of its run time having the comedian explain his perspective, but it’s very simple. The fact that he needs to explain and lay bare his comedic intentions is saddening, but the way he does it is brilliant. “The Closer” has a run time of 72 minutes, is rated TV-MA and is streaming now on Netflix.

Uncomfortoble conversations delivered with humor BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer “The Problem with Jon Stewart” is an investigative documentary series exploring current events with a humorous approach. The show's style, which likely stems from Stewart’s time at the “Daily Show,” gives vital information on topics that are not usually the larger focus of daily news outlets. Despite using humor to make the show more palatable, Stewart’s use of facts and information never fails to make an impact. Military burn pits are the focus of the first episode. Soldiers use these burn pits to get rid of everything from trash, rotten food and debris to human excrement, bodies and more. The lasting effects of these burn pits on soldiers and the lack of action from the government are highlighted in this episode. The show tries to find a way to help veterans in this situation by highlighting a website that informs on burn pits, https://burnpits360. org/. This organization’s purpose is to help veterans with problems stemming from burn pits. Former military personnel make up a panel that Stewart uses to show the varying health effects burn pits have on those that work with and near them. Each soldier, and members of their families, goes into details of their diagnosis ranging from bad to life threatening.

These uncomfortable conversations with people affected really materializes veterans’ struggles when it comes to receiving care for any ailments they claim to have, by putting a face to the issue. One of the interesting parts of this new series is that Stewart interviews a high ranking government official asking for information about what rarely seems to happen in government, actual commitment action. He interviews the Secretary of Veteran Affairs Denis Richard McDonough. The interview covers why veterans are not receiving the help they justly deserve. While the interview is never tense, the lack of answers might come as a shock. Stewart is on point in his new series. Not only does he use one-liners in his introduction monologue, showing the strength of his writing team, but his ability to adlib during his interview segments is impressive. “The Problem with Jon Stewart” makes use of the tried and true segment style of TV shows. This gives Stewart and his team the chance to create hilarious “commercials.” The comedic timing Stewart has with his delivery, produced commercials and on-point writing, is perfect for a show of this nature. Stewart is amazing at skewering politics. There will be some viewers


SOUNDS GOOD— Jon Stewart says he didn’t get the

opportunity to interview people outside of the Daily Show set like he does now during his chat with Denis McDonough, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs. who see him as too much of an elite or liberal. Other viewers may not fully appreciate the problems Stewart and his team tackle. There are moments where the writing may come off as too invested or too passionate about the topic, and future topics no doubt, being discussed during the episode. Fortunately for the series and the audience, Stewart has always had a charming and honest personality. It’s his personality that allows him to be both credible and not use emotion to blackmail viewers into caring. The show puts in an

impressive amount of energy into researching the problem they are tackling. It also puts that same energy into talking with those affected and trying to find possible fixes, making the show a relevant watch for audiences. “The Problem with Jon Stewart'' is entertaining and informative in a time where most shows can not balance one or the other. Episode one is now streaming on Apple TV+, with new episodes dropping every two weeks. The next new episode will air Oct. 14.




ELAC snaps its two game losing streak BY MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ Staff Writer

The East Los Angeles College football team snapped its two-game losing streak against Cerritos College, winning 17-14. ELAC’s defense was a major factor in the game. Cerritos’ run game seemed to have an advantage against ELAC’s defense in the first quarter. Cerritos had two opportunities to score touchdowns but ELAC’s defense forced them to take field goals. Cerritos led the first quarter 6-0. ELAC seemed to struggle offensively early in the game. Quarterback Rudy Garcia fumbled the ball late in the first quarter, allowing Cerritos to recover the ball. At this point, it seemed ELAC would trail by more than six points. But immediately ELAC’s defense forced a fumble, giving the offense an opportunity to get the team back in the game. Halfway through t h e s e c o n d q u a r t e r, Quarterback Trashawn McMillan finds wide receiver Stripling open in the endzone for a 11-yard touchdown pass. E L A C ’s K i c k e r Christian Reyes scores the extra point, giving

IT’S GOOD—Kicker Christian Reyes attempts the extra point after the Huskies scored a touchdown giving them the lead 7-6 in the second quarter. the Huskies the lead in the second quarter, 7-6. The running game helped the Huskies offense early in the second half after struggling early in the first quarter. The Huskies extended their lead after a 22-yard field goal by Kicker Christian Reyes, giving them a 10-6 lead in the third quarter. The Huskies defense kept Cerritos scoreless in the third quarter and helped score a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Huskies special teams forced Cerrito’s punter Abraham Delgadillo to scramble out and get tackled, leading to a fumble. The fumble was recovered by Husky Pedro Amousou

who took it to the endzone for a touchdown. This gave the Huskies a 17-6 lead after the extra point. It seemed like ELAC had the win sealed after scoring the touchdown, but Cerritos made a comeback halfway through the fourth quarter. Cerritos scored a 6 yard run touchdown from running back Penieli Lauago. Cerritos made the twopoint conversion, making it a three-point game, 17-14. Under three minutes to go, ELAC was forced to punt the ball. Cerritos was in the Huskies territory. Cerrito’s quarterback connected with its wide receiver, giving Cerritos closer to an attempt at a field goal to tie the game. But late penalties

pushed Cerritos’ offense back further away from a field goal opportunity. At this point in the game, Cerritos had less than thirty seconds left on the clock to score with no timeouts remining. A late pass completion by Cerritos gained them a few yards but the receiver couldn’t get out of bounds to stop the clock and that ended the game. Cerritos had issues with penalty markers in the game. A face mask was called which placed ELAC closer to the redzone and led up to the 12-yard touchdown pass. Cerritos seemed to have an opportunity to score more points but had a penalty called on them in the third quarter forcing

them to punt the ball. And then the late hold penalty that caused them to lose yards and force them to pass the ball with no timeouts caused them the game. The total penalties markers for Cerritos were 12 and that contributed to 114 yards. Another factor were the timeouts used in the second half of the game. Toward the last minute, Cerritos had no timeouts left, which could have helped Cerritos. ELAC’s passing game didn’t show in the game. Both quarterbacks for the Huskies combined only 9 completions out of 15 attempts for a total of 55 yards.


The Quarterback had no interceptions throughout the whole game. The Huskies gained more yards rushing than passing with 156 total yards. Trashawn McMillan had 57 rushed yards that led to the 22-yard field goal attempt by kicker Christian Reyes. The Huskies had 211 total yards offensively compared to Cerritos’ 309 total yards. Overall, the defense and special teams helped the Huskies to end their twogame losing streak. The Huskies are 3-2 on the season and will be receiving Allan Hancock College on Oct. 16. Game starts at 4 p.m.


Sports Briefs Men’s Soccer

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE— Delilah Kimble Gray (No. 13) guarding Khadijah Henry (No.31) in a defensive drill as they prepare for their upcoming scrimmage game before the start of the season.


Delilah Kimble Gray scouted at high school All Star game BY MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ Staff Writer Delilah Kimble Gray played at the East Los Angeles College men’s gym for a high school allstar game. She was then scouted by Assistant Coach Wilbert Knight. Coach Knight told Gray that he liked her game. Coach Bruce Turner said her strengths on the court are “Passing and being able to handle pressure.” “Most teams like to try to take away your best ball handler. She does a good job of drawing the double team and moving the ball quickly so others can make plays” Turner said. He showed her the school and what the school could offer her, said Gray. Gray had other offers but preferred ELAC. “It was family-oriented. The campus is amazing and had the classes that I wanted. It was the perfect fit for me” Gray said. Gray had a good experience in her first year at ELAC, with coaches and the instructors on campus.

“The culture is very lively here. The teachers as well. Like my first year here, I felt like I could connect with the teachers at a different level. The coaches as well. They help us when we need it on and off the court” Gray said. Gray has been playing since she was five years old and was trained by her mom. “My mom has been my trainer since I was five. “We used to go out (play basketball) before and after school. As I got older, she turned me over to other trainers who knew more,” Gray said. When the pandemic hit, Gray couldn’t play basketball on and off the court. “It was tough in the beginning. I mean if you are taken away from the sport you love so much, a sport that you constantly play throughout your life. We couldn’t go outside (play at the parks). They took the rims down.We couldn’t get into our gym to play,” Gray said. Gray said when the players came to practice on the first day, the coach took it on the team after a year without playing basketball.

“Me personally. I don’t think I was in shape going up and down the court. I think it was hard for all of us. We did work out on Zoom, but it’s different” Gray said. With the team having more freshmen than sophomores on the team this season, Delilah said they are more than teammates. “We are definitely a family. We look at each other as sisters,” Gray said. Gray’s main goal for the team “To get that white banner (championship banner) with all our names on it. That’s the main goal” Gray said. Her goals after ELAC are earning a bachelor’s degree and a scholarship for a division one team. Gray would like to play for a WNBA team. “I would love to play for the LA Sparks because I’m from LA. But any team in the WNBA or to travel overseas. I want to travel the world, new cultures, new people, new food” Gray said. Gray’s idols are point guard Skylar Diggins who plays for the Mercury Phoenix. Her second idol is Nneka Ogwumike who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks. “I just

love her aura and how she sees the game. And Kobe definitely (third idol)” Gray said. The women’s basketball season is around the corner, which starts In November. “I definitely can’t wait, I can’t wait. Once one game starts, it just keeps coming and coming and that’s what I like. Being able to practice and play, I can’t wait for the season to start,” Gray said. Fans will be able to see the Huskies play their first game home in December. “I’m excited because playing in the gym with no one is kind of awkward. But to be able to have people yelling and cheering. That’s what it’s about, you putting on a show, not for yourself, but for coaches and family that sacrifice so much for you to get to this moment,” Gray said. One of her biggest fans waiting for the season to start is her little brother. “I’m looking forward to him yelling at me at the free throw line. ‘Make it, I hope you make it’ so that’s a big one”, Gray said.

The Huskies won 5-0, against Pasadena City College. This is the Huskies fourth win of the season. Four goals were scored in the first half of the game. The last goal was an own goal from Pasadena. Christian Carranza assisted three of the four goals made by the Huskies This is their fifth time the Huskies have left their opponent scoreless. This is the second time the Huskies have scored five goals in the season. The Huskies record is 4 wins, 5 losses, and 5 draws on the season. Their next game will be against the El Camino College at home. Game starts at 6 p.m..

Water Polo The Huskies lost against El Camino, 20-6. They have lost seven games in a row and are still seeking their first win of the season. The Huskies have also lost by double digits in all of thier games. They have allowed 137 goals and have made a total of 31 goals in the season. The Huskies’ next game will be at home when they face off against Pasadena City College. The game will start at 3 p.m. today. The game will also be streamed on

Volleyball The Huskies have lost seven games in a row after they faced off against Mt. Saint Antonio College. The Huskies lost all three sets and have not won a set during their losing streak. The Huskies are looking for their first win since Sept. 11, when they played against College of the Desert. The Huskies won that game in five sets, winning 3-2. The Huskies will be playing today and will be receiving Pasadena City College. The game starts at 6 p.m.. The game will also be streamed on

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