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Volume 78, Issue 2 | www.elaccampusnews.com | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | Single copy free - additional copies 50 cents

ELAC loses beloved soccer coach to Covid-19 Sandoval would tell players, don’t be foolish in Spanish. This slight Staff Writer reprimand was to help students focus on the priorities of school. Flores said he had seen Sandoval Gilberto Sandoval, assistant around in different capacities before soccer coach at East Los Angeles Sandoval came to ELAC. College, died Sept. 7, leaving behind Sandoval had a great amount of family, ELAC friends and players. support and respect from the soccer Sandoval died of complications due communities in Cudahy, South Gate to COVID-19. He was 54 years old. and Sandoval’s home He started his town of Bell Gardens. coaching career Despite being a bit at ELAC with the challenging when it women’s soccer came to tactics on the “I really value team. He then field, he worked well became assistant and appreciate with the coaching coach on the ELAC His fit at ELAC him. I just think staff. men’s soccer team. was great. Sandoval served that he is just “He had a brilliant as assistant coach soccer mind,” Flores a great father, of the soccer team said. since 2016. husband and Te s s a T r o g l i a , Eddie Flores, former head Coach head coach for family, he really for ELAC women’s E L A C m e n ’s soccer and current valued that. soccer, had a sports interim head coach relationship with And you saw it at Cerritos College, Sandoval that ran worked with Sandoval in every aspect for close to two when he first started decades. Flores of his life. You at ELAC. During his said that he and time as assistant coach can tell that he Sandoval always on the women’s team agreed on instilling prioritized that.” Sandoval’s daughter forward thinking in also played on the their players. team. He said they TESSA TROGLIA When it came to worked together Former Head Coach of soccer, Sandoval had at teaching their ELAC Women’s Soccer a different approach players to focus on than Troglias. She the next phases of said growing up, her life, not just soccer. coaches were more Sandoval’s and Flores’ style militaristic and the differences emphasized student advocacy, between her and Sandoval were and making sure students got their good for the players. Differing degrees and were able to move on styles brought balance to the team. scholastically. “One was not better than the Sandoval was always focused other. It (Sandoval’s coaching style) on the most important thing: just gave the girls more perspective. the players’ futures. Flores said

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I think it helped a lot,” Troglia said. Troglia said he had a father-like presence for the young women under his charge. Sandoval had positive messages, not only for the players, he also maintained that positive outlook with Troglia. She said she posted an update to her life on social media and Sandoval took the time to write her a positive message. He also congratulated her when she became the interim head coach of Cerritos College. She said soccer as a sport has become very business-like. In contrast, Sandoval was always genuine with the way he connected with others and the kindness he showed on and off the soccer field. “I really value and appreciate him. I just think that he is just a great father, husband and family, he really valued that. And you saw it in every aspect of his life. You can tell that he prioritized that,” Troglia said. Sandavol’s family held a private memorial this past Saturday.

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Students, victims of fraud financial emails BY ERICA CORTES Staff Writer East Los Angeles College Students were sent fraudulent emails involving a scam to gain access to their bank accounts. Over Labor Day weekend, students received an email giving them an opportunity to work from home on a part-time schedule. The email says, “I am a staff here at this institution, a professor of medicine shared a link for an interested student who might be interested in a paid UNICEF[United Nation Children’s Fund] part-time position job to make up to $400

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(United States Dollars) weekly.” The email also says that the student can travel remotely from home. The reason the email seemed email is because the domain is “student.laccd.edu” This email is part of a scam to receive a student’s info and bank account. The Los Angeles Community College District Chief Information Officer, Patrick Luce, sent out a district wide email that said the email is false. “Emails of this nature are frequently fraudulent, regardless of who they appear to be from,” Luce said.

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The district wide email also said that if the student follows the steps the scammer will ask for a cash check with their personal bank and have the student wire a portion of that check to an unknown account. The check will later bounce making the student pay back all the funds they lost. “This is a reminder to all of us to be extremely careful of any unusual emails for job opportunities, requisition for personal information or requests that appear to come from an LACCD employee or student,” said Luce. The district’s response did not detail how the alleged scammers were able to obtain student emails.

The LGBTQ+ center will be holding a mixer on Friday from noon-1p.m to help guide students on transfers, current class schedules, additional resources, etc. RSVP at https://bit.ly/OneZone092421.

ELAC’s Theater Department mastered comedy in an encore presentation of their Spring 2021 production of “From the Works of John Leguizamo East Coast to East Los,” at El Centro del Sur, A Place Called Home’s inaugural Latinx Theater Festival. The performance consists of eight monologues that were chosen from, and inspired by “The Works of John Leguizamo’s Freak, Spic-O-Rama, Mambo Mouth and Sexaholix.” Leguizamo’s work consists of him making fun of the stereotyping of Latinos in the United States. Each actor in this performance aced their character in accordance with -the performances Leguizamo has made in the past. Actors had little to no contact with each other and had to audition and rehearse via Zoom and they still managed to perfectly portray their characters.

The performance starts with Saul Rodriguez who plays “Agamemnon,” a latino host of a live tv show, who sees himself as a lady killer, and oozes with machismo. Rodriguez is a great opener for the comedic rollercoaster the audience goes through, for the next few monologues. Other outstanding performances include Esperanza Bandera who plays “Loco Louie,” a 13 year-old boy describing his drama filled first sexual experience with a sex worker. Jasia Topete, playing “Manny the Fanny,” a transgender woman in that consoles her friend with an a abusive boyfriend. Andrea Vidalia who plays, “Gladyz” who wishes she’d followed her mother’s advice when her husband Felix was first looking to date her. Director Ramiro Segovia came up with the show when he was attending UCLA and was assigned to do a one-man show thesis.

Segovia said his show is a homage to what Leguizamo did with his one-man show. “He (Leguizamo) inspired me to write and create my own one-man show and I think for me that was the most rewarding experience as an actor.” “As a cast, our real focus was to give dignity and honor to his (Leguizamo’s) work,” said Segovia. This play is recommended for anyone who appreciates or has interest in stand up comedy. John Leguizamo’s “Mambo Mouth,” was first introduced in 1991, where the use of certain words and actions did not cause a lot of offense unlike today as sexual references and extreme stereotyping continue. Therefore, this play is not recommended for those who are sensitive towards these topics. For those who missed out on the performance, it will be available in the A Place Called Home website, apch.org/elcentrodelsur until the end of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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CAUGHT IN THE ACT!—Student Saul Rodriguez embracces his character “Agamemnon.”

Fall 2021 Club Rush

East Los Angeles College ASU will hold club rush on Sept.29 and Sept. 30 at E3/E7 quad from 11a.m. to noon. South Gate Campus club rush will be on Sept. 30 from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby.

Student Financial Literacy Fair

LACCD will be hosting a financial literacy fair at Los Angeles Trade Tech College on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/3zyuYoH.


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Opinion

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

Medical exemptions should be only excuse BY RAYMOND NAVA Staff Writer East Los Angeles College’s new guidelines to be allowed on campus are good, but could be better. ELAC’s new policy says that in order to be allowed on campus, students and staff must show proof of vaccination. This is good, but ELAC will still allow medical and religious exemptions. I would like to see ELAC remove religious exemptions from the policy and only allow medical exemptions. Allowing people to be exempt from the vaccine on the grounds of religious beliefs is counterintuitive to what should be the larger goal. The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing and vaccinations are key to defeating it, or at least getting it to a point where it’s controlled. We need people to get vaccinated and unfortunately, there are people who still refuse to get vaccinated. A stricter vaccine mandate is needed to put pressure on those who don’t want to get vaccinated. If people are given the option to claim religious beliefs and be exempt, it will not help the issue of people continuing to be unvaccinated. I understand that there is a small group of people who have legitimate medical reasons for claiming exemption. However, we need to have a fullfledged vaccine-only mandate as a way to get people vaccinated. The more people that get vaccinated, the less likely it is for the virus to continue to spread or mutate into a more aggressive variant. If people who are unvaccinated really want to go back on campus,

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then a stricter vaccine mandate could finally push them to get it. This could also help push people who aren’t necessarily opposed to the vaccine, but just haven’t gotten around to getting it, to finally get the vaccine. If ELAC changed the mandate, not only would it protect the people at ELAC, but it also simply benefits everyone off campus as they’ll be protected from the virus. Even though the current policy

is mostly air-tight, the option for religious exemption makes me apprehensive about going back on campus. Even though I’m fully vaccinated, there is the fear of being a breakthrough case. This is in part because my brother has refused to get vaccinated. My mother received her vaccine in January, which means the efficacy of it has likely waned by now, making her more susceptible to a

breakthrough infection. My brother choosing not to get vaccinated, makes me not want to risk going back on campus. If the campus had a vaccine-only mandate, I would feel more comfortable returning knowing that everyone around me was vaccinated. I believe ELAC should change their current policy to require people who want to be on campus get vaccinated. Getting people vaccinated is

too important, so if ELAC has the opportunity to get even just a few more people vaccinated, they absolutely should. People should not be able to choose to be unvaccinated any longer. If this change is made and it blocks people from being on campus, then so be it. However, if ELAC had a vaccineonly mandate, and it caused even just one person to get vaccinated, I would say it was worth it.

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Masks off for student athletes while playing BY NATALIA ANGELES Staff Writer East Los Angeles College makes a positive step forward to have successful and healthy inperson courses, including sports. Many dedicated athletes are eager to play again. However, this would require that they wear masks during practice and games. This would ensure the safety of players, fans, coaches and referees. Over the past few semesters, many student athletes had to isolate themselves from playing. This led to many of them having problems with their mental health. The University of WisconsinHealth researchers said, "We found that of high school athletes, those who were able to www.ELACCampusNews.com

participate in their fall sports When fall sports came around, had better mental health, so less News Medical Life Science depression.” Student athletes from the University of Michiwho are playing tend to have less gan School of Medicine said, mental health “Those who issues. returned to These stusport particiThose who have dealt pation in fall dents do not take the sport 2020 reported with mental health they play for lower anxiety problems because of and depresgranted. The more COVID-19 are willing st oi omn s s y amnpdcolleges start to comply with to do as much as they higher physithe Centers for cal activity can to make it a safe levels.” Disease Control and PreThere are environment. vention guidereasons for lines, the less not wanting risk there is of to have masks student athon during letes underperforming in school practice and games. and having trouble in and out of Dr. Sean Cook from Green the home environment. Book Family Medicine said,

“Wearing a mask could be like competing in high altitudes,” he speculated, in that it could be harder for oxygen to make it to athletes’ lungs. This raises the concerns of many who will not be able to handle wearing masks during intense games. The little oxygen they get may not fuel them enough to perform at their best. Yet, with many stepping back into their chosen sports, the only thing that concerns them is how to be the best in their upcoming season. There are many more pros than cons to masks on during practice and games. Many people believe it would only cause more harm than good. Others believe that would be best to have students return to their sport to avoid serious problems

like anxiety and depression, so masks make sense. Those who have dealt with mental health problems because of COVID-19 are willing to do as much as they can to make it a safe environment. Alongside their coaches and school, students see the benefits of having fall games start with one small restriction. Students and student athletes that feel at risk or are struggling with mental health can look at the following sites for help. The ELAC Health Center is open from Monday-Friday 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. for any student that is struggling with mental health. ELAC - Mental Health, @ elacshc | Linktree

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Arts

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

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‘Lucifer’ leaves fans everywhere conflicted BY JUAN CALVILLO Staff Writer “Lucifer” season six is a heart wrenching, funny, action-packed and introspective final season of a show that has, since its beginning, been more than just another comic book show. The final season has the titular character, Lucifer Morningstar, try to come to terms with what his true life purpose is. Season six, as the trailers have shown, focuses on Lucifer’s final days in Los Angeles. Through the 10 episode run for the final season, each of the show’s characters has moments of growth and development that reveal more about who they truly are destined to become. Complications arise from the very beginning in the form of Lucifer’s daughter Aurora, or Rory for short, who is played by Breanna Hildebrand. The season continues Lucifer’s experience learning how to be the best version of himself. Each episode also reminds viewers and Lucifer, that decisions he made in the last season are still very much looming over the events of the final season. In the end there is a simple solution to one of the show’s bigger plot points, but despite that it’s still a fun finish for that thread. In an entertaining, and obvious fan service related move, almost all of the final 10 episodes have some type of call back to the first two seasons of “Lucifer.” It’s fun to see these moments the characters’ growth, and change is highlighted by these moments

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DEVIL TURNED ANGEL—Main character Lucifer prepares for a dramatic moment of change as he morphes from devil’s advocate to angelic.

which remind viewers of those first episodes. The show’s final episodes are amazing. Discover just how different this show has become from what it initially started out. The ensemble of actors is firing on all cylinders this season. From the moment actor Tom Ellis, who plays Lucifer Morningstar, came on screen as Lucifer it has been hard not to find his acting style totally entertaining. The swagger, wit and ability to be

heartfelt and tender when he needs to, is perfect for his portrayal of the fallen angel. This season really pushed the dramatic acting for Ellis and he responded elegantly to the challenge. Lucifer has slowly become more of an evolved character through the six seasons, but it is always fun to see Ellis show that growth in the way his facial expressions change when tackling a situation. Lauren German, who plays Los

Angeles Police Detective Chloe Decker, gets to show more of her physical side this season with some good fight scenes. German has been the emotional center of the show since it started, and this season she continues to act the hell out of her character. She has the ability to pull at every heart string with her softening voice and the unique ability to emote using her facial expressions. Of the supporting cast this season, Aimee Garcia and D.B. Woodside are very

fun to watch. Garcia, who plays Ella Lopez, puts so much positive energy into playing Lopez that it comes across the screen and hugs viewers. Some revelations later in the final season give Garcia the chance to show that she has the dramatic chops to give the audience a reason to get choked-up. Woodside has always given a spectacular performance as Lucifer ’s angelic big brother, Amenadiel. Woodside gives the character the

gravitas that befits a warrior angel, but at the same time he has the comedic chops to drop a blank face when a joke goes over the characters head. In the end his ability to give Amenadiel an almost regal air about him is perfect for the characters final arc. “Lucifer’s” showrunners really pushed the special effects this season. All of the angels on the show have moments revealing their wings this season. From jumping taking off from Amenadiel to Aurora’s battle type wings, the visuals went above and beyond. The scenes that take place in other planes of existence have also leveled up in every way. Of course, the one visually special episode is the animated episode. Saying anything about the episode would spoil it, but suffice to say that it is very much Warner Bros. Warner Bros is also the production company for the show, so it makes perfect sense. The final season of “Lucifer” is the most fun and tear filled 10 episodes of the comic property currently out. Netflix saved the show after it was axed at season two on Fox. Since then, “Lucifer” has grown into a show that evolved from a simple procedural with comic inspiration into a full-fledged comic book fantasy show. “Lucifer” is rated TV-14 for moderate alcohol and drug use, mild profanity, violence and fighting, and mild sex and nudity. Seasons one through six are streaming now on Netflix.

Childhood revokes past emotions in novel BY TERESA ACOSTA Staff Writer Jessica Chastain shines as Tammy Faye Bakker as the audience is able to vicariously feel every bit of emotion Tammy Faye Bakker experienced in her life’s work. “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” presents Tammy Faye as an unflinching optimist from her childhood to the very end. It never comes across as disingenuous, at times, maybe a little delusional, but always with good intention. When she meets and marries Jim Bakker, played by Andrew Garfield, her work as an evangelist really begins. Through this work, the religious entertainment world opens up to her and Jim and they are catapulted to stardom. The movie really shows Tammy Faye never settling for, what was at the time, a society that valued a woman in the home. She was an example of a woman

who wanted to be successful, and her goal was to show everyone that God loved them no matter what, not in the conditional way most people promote, but in an absolute way. She embraced everyone.

It never comes across as disingenuous, at times, maybe a little delusional, but always with good intention. The marriage really seems to be the main focus of the movie, and it is portrayed as the source of most of her heartache. During the couples’ rise, Jim develops a god complex and appears to forsake everything in his relentless drive to acquire more and more.

His lust for power is initially encouraged by Tammy Faye, in her attempt to help people. Their downfall is fueled by scandal, money and greed. Jim is the one who eventually paid the price for the mishandling of the finances, among other things. Garfield makes it easy to dislike the husband of Tammy Faye. A close second to Chastain’s award-worthy portrayal of Tammy Faye is the hair, makeup and costumes. Every piece was immaculate. Tammy Faye had a signature look and was often ridiculed for it. Care that was taken to transform Chastain into Tammy Faye is mesmerizing. The movie really highlights Tammy Faye as someone who at times could seem oblivious to ridicule, but really just wanted to help people and let them know that they were loved. It goes beyond her religion, beyond her distinct makeup and beyond her fall from grace to show the person she was, a loving and accepting human.

VICTORY—John Todt (left) and Michael Schumacher celebrating an emotional moment.

Documentary covers driving legend’s trials and successes BY LEONARDO CERVANTES Staff Writer

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS—Tammy Faye Bakker, played by Jessica Chastain, hides for a private moment of pain.

N e t f l i x ’s “ S c h u m a c h e r, ” is a German Formula 1 sports documentary about the racing driver Michael Schumacher. The film was codirected by Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns, Vanessa Nöcker and Michael Wech. It closely covers Schuacher’s friends, family, rivals, tragedies, accomplishments and childhood. Over the past year Formula 1 racing has seen a huge increase in popularity, so what better way to introduce one of the most successful F1 drivers to newcomers and hardcore fans than a documentary? Schumacher has always been a dedicated man. From day one he set out to try and be the best and anything, other than number one was considered a failure to him. Spa Belgium in 1991 was the site of Schumacher’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix race. From the first time the announcers and competitors laid eyes on Schumacher, they knew he had a promising career ahead of him. At the time, Ayrton Senna, was the world champion and considered

the king of Formula 1 racing. Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, were also among the biggest names in the sport. They were all considered Formula one superstars and all of them were over the age of 27. Although they all saw the potential Schumacher had they had some skepticism because of how young he was. The veteran drivers all thought it was too early for him to test his skills against some of the bigger names in the sport. In his first Formula 1 race, Schumacher qualified at 7 place and that was when the buzz really began growing. Following his first race, the fourth-best team in the world immediately contacted Schumacher to make him an offer and thus the legend of Schumacher began. The following year Schumacher at 23 years old became one of the youngest Grand Prix winners in a long time. Success quickly followed and he became a star among the fans. The documentary does a great job of showcasing Schumacher’s early years. A photograph of 4-year-old Schumacher shows how his father

always worked with mountain bicycles and go-karts. So it came as no surprise that Schumacher would go on to race in life. As the years go on, Schumacher is competing with other teens on go-kart tracks and showcasing his skills. The footage of a racing, teenage Schumacher was awesome to watch because you can tell the skill difference between him and the other kids. He was truly a prodigy. While the documentary was well produced, it left a lot to be desired because of the lack of current Schumacher footage. Actually, it was only older footage and the audience does not get to see what he currently looks like. However, he does narrate throughout the documentary. It takes away a bit of how special the film could have been. Being able to see him at a young age was awesome, but the missing ingredient was his current life. I would recommend this documentary to anybody because it focuses on his whole life and what led to his success, and it includes all his failures and setbacks and one doesn’t need to be a Formula 1 racing fan to appreciate that. www.ELACCampusNews.com


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Sports

EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 202

International soccer players come to ELAC BY MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ Staff Writer East Los Angeles College soccer head coach Eddie Flores and assistant coach/goalkeeper Richard Santos recruited four international players, three of the four are from Argentina. Goalkeeper Santiago Pagnutti, right back Joaquin Toledo, and center midfielder Ramiro Hermida. French midfielder, Mathias Barbera, is the fourth international player for the Huskies. “We had to make sure that ELAC was the right fit for the players, when it came to their education. And we had to make sure they were the right fit for our soccer system as well. We took a gamble on the players and vice versa,” said Santos. Aside from the education, the players were also interested in the city and living conditions in ELAC. The players were attracted to the city of Los Angeles, but they all complained about the weather when they arrived. “I had to pour water on my cleats because it was hot,” said Pagnutti in Spanish. In Argentina, it was the winter season when they left in August. In Los Angeles it was the summer season when they arrived. Pagnutti “came from a legitimate goalkeeping academy in Argentina,” said Santos. Pagnutti said one of the main reasons why he chose to come to ELAC was because of coach Santos.

He took the time to reach out to me, “Ramiro has a high level from said Pagnutti. Boca Juniors, and it shows on the We figured Santiago was the field. He sees the whole game,” right fit for us after we had several said Flores. conversations with him, said As a midfielder, Hermida Santos. considers himself as a better passer All four players were not only than a defender. His role models are attracted to the city of Los Angeles Argentinian midfielder Fernando but the photos Gago and they saw of the Spaniard players stadium and Xavi Hernandez “We had to make the field was and Andres another reason Iniesta. All three sure that ELAC was they wanted to of Hermida’s role the right fit for the come to ELAC. models are known “I thought it their great players when it came for was an awesome passing abilities. stadium,” “If it happens to their education and said Toledo in then I’ll stick we had to make sure w i t h s o c c e r, ” Spanish. “It was the perfect field they were the right fit said Toledo when to play soccer,” about his for our soccer system asked said Hermida in future. Outside of Spanish. soccer, Toledo’s as well. We took a Hermida interests are gamble on the players gastronomy and comes from the academy of and vice versa,” said c u l i n a r y a r t s . Boca Juniors. Toledo plans to Santos. Boca Juniors become a business is a wella d m i n i s t r a t o r. known team He also plans in Argentina to have his own where the soccer legend Diego restaurant. Maradona played for before moving French midfielder Mathias to Europe. Barbera is the newest acquisition Hermida has been in the Boca to the Huskies soccer team. Barbera Juniors academy since he was eight planned to go to a university, but it years old. all changed due to COVID. He left the academy at 16 years Barbera contacted coach Flores in old to focus on school. “I made lots August. Coach (Flores) accepted me of sacrifices, I had to travel a lot and quickly and got everything turned was away from my family while I in to be on this team said Barbera. was at the academy,” said Hermida. “On film he is spectacular, but can

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SOCCER PLAYERS—Mathias Barbera (left), Ramiro Herida, Santiago Pagnutti and Joaquin he get adjusted to our system? We are going to find out” said Flores about Barbera. Barbera’s goals are to have a winning season with ELAC and play soccer at a university. Barbera’s dream team is Football Club

Barcelona. FC Barcelona because my parents lived in Barcelona before moving to Toulon, France, Barbera said. None of the players have gone to a sporting event in Los Angeles, something that they all plan to

do soon. They did try to go see a Formula 1 race in Long Beach on Aug. 24. “When we arrived at Long beach, we realized the race was on Sep. 24 and not on Aug. 24,” said Pagnutti as he laughed.

Practice before practice, ELAC basketball team gets ready BY MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ Staff Writer The East Los Angeles College basketball coaches are getting ready for the start of the season. “It is too soon to say how good the basketball team is right now,” said basketball coach John Mosely. The coaches don’t know what their strengths and weaknesses are as a team, who is their best offensive player and defensive player and who is going to be starting when they play their first game off-season. The coaches are currently getting their players in condition and having them work out before they can practice. The team doesn’t officially practice until Oct. 1. “We have a lot of size this year,” said coach Mosely. Seven-foot ELAC Center, Bryan Penn Johnson, played for Louisiana State University but the pandemic made him stay close to home. He played half a year for LSU before coming to ELAC. Johnson felt it was better to stay closer to home with COVID going on and contacted coach Hunter Johnson about why he chose ELAC. He plans to bring the basketball

experience he had in LSU (a division I team) to ELAC, said Johnson. Point guard and shooting guard, Demetrius Calip, has been playing basketball since he was four years old. Calip showed interest in playing for ELAC after his friend spoke to his dad about the ELAC basketball team.

“That is something that is being worked on. If we put a good protocol in place for our fans and it gets approved, then fans will be allowed to see our games,” said coach Mosley. “Best position for me as a basketball player,” said Calip. The players must add responsibility before they come in to get tested and report when they enter on campus, said Mosely. With the pandemic still going on,

the team will have to get tested once a week. The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCA) is following the COVID protocols as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Coaches and players on the bench are required to wear masks when the season starts. If a team needs to be quarantined during the season and miss a game, then the team can ask to reschedule the game. If they are not allowed to reschedule, then the team must forfeit the game, said coach Mosely. “If we [all basketball teams] follow protocols, there will be a state championship” said Mosley. Fans are not permitted to attend indoor college games. “That is something that is being worked on. If we put a good protocol system in place for our fans and it gets approved, then fans will be allowed to see our games” said Mosely. Nov. 4 - 7, the Huskies will be playing in a tournament at San Francisco. This will be the start of the season for the Huskies. Fans will have to wait until Jan. 5 for their first home game of the season. They will be receiving El Camino College.

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CYPRESS WINS—Huskies work to maintain a 2 - 0 lead in the second half of last Friday’s home game vs Cypress College.

Home game ends in loss for Huskies BY BRENDA DE LA CRUZ Staff Writer

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GETTING READY—ELAC basketball team does drills as they get ready for the start of the

season.

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The men’s soccer team hosted Cypress College this past Friday and experienced a rollercoaster of emotions in their loss at home. The Huskies struck first in the first couple of minutes of the first half, scoring their first goal of the evening. Midfielder Jesus Garcia saw a shot when a previous attempt was not fruitful and seized the opportunity. His teammates and he joined together to celebrate the 1-0 score. Both teams continued to fend each other off throughout the first half with great defense against many attempts to score on both sides. Then, as soon as the second half began, ELAC struck early yet again with a second goal less than

30 seconds in by center-midfielder Alfredo Ortiz. It was obvious the Huskies were running off the momentum from the first half.

It was as if the energy and electricity the Huskies had at first was transferred to the Chargers. The game was now tied, but not for long. However, as quick as that momentum was built, it was torn down. Roughly two minutes after the score was 2-0, the Cypress

Chargers ‘charged’ back and scored not one, but two goals within minutes of each other. It was as if the energy and electricity the Huskies had at first was transferred to the Chargers. This game was now tied, but not for long. Cypress continued to capitalize on their new-found momentum. Despite ELAC Head Coach Eddie Flores, who has been coaching for 25 years, giving the Huskies a pep talk and telling them to keep their head up, Cypress went on to score three additional goals. The Huskies ultimately ended this home game with a 2-5 loss. Their home games so far have resulted in two ties and one loss. The Huskies host the Glendale Vaqueros on Friday at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged.