ELAC Campus News Spring 2023 Issue 16

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ELAC Honor Students will present at UCI Conference

Ruby Pichardo, Kaitlyn Garcia and Perla Valencia will present their submitted abstracts at the Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference.

HTCC gives California Community College students the opportunity to work on academic research, and are encouraged to present their work at the annual spring conference held at the University of California Irvine.

The three East Los Angeles College students found the opportunity while taking Chicano 2 with Dr. Nadine Bermudez, who is part of the Chicano Studies Department at ELAC. Each student wrote a separate research project on different subjects.

Pichardo’s presentation, “Breaking the System: Tattoos as a Representation of Identity and Resistance,” focuses on how Chicano youth use tattoos to break gender norms and cultural barriers in society.

As a Chicana herself, Pichardo noticed a lot of pushback from people in her culture when she first started getting tattoos.

“When I first started getting tattoos, I saw the looks of my family members and acquaintances. I grew up with this idea that people who get tattoos are dirty, they’re up to no good or they’re criminals. When I got my tattoos, I started thinking I’m none of these things,” Pichardo said. She said tattoos help her express who she is and each tattoo has its own meaning. Pichardo conducted her research by reading academic

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journals and interviewing a Chicano who has tattoos and has faced the same pattern of reactions from others.

“After personally getting the reactions I got, I wanted to further look into this phenomenon that happens within the Latino community of looking down on people with tattoos, especially because tattoos are more normalized now,” Pichardo said.

She will be graduating with an AA in Administration of Justice in June. She will transfer out to earn her bachelors and will then head to law school. Pichardo is also a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Garcia’s research presentation, “The Pursuits of Mexican Immigrant Children: The Development of First-Generation Children in the U.S,” examines the mental health

of Mexican Immigrant children and challenges they face while living in the United States. In her work, she interviewed three women who identify as Mexican American and she dove into their childhood experiences.

Garcia was inspired to research this topic because she is a firstgeneration Mexican American.

“I wanted to see if there were women out there who feel the same way because I felt so alone. Nobody really talks about our mental health,” Garcia said.

She said her research concluded that the three women demonstrated similar issues related to their mental health and choices to escape poverty.

“This is a topic that needs to be talked about more. It’s not just for Mexican Americans, it goes for any race. Minority groups are facing a lot of the same issues. I’m hoping I can make people more aware,”

Garcia said. Garcia is majoring in Business Administration and is looking to transfer next year.

Valencia’s presentation is “Community Engagement & Belonging: A Minority Within Minorities.” Her focus is on how a student who is not of Mexican descent feels while being on a very Latino campus.

Valencia was inspired by her Chicano class. It opened up her eyes to a lot of her history and she wanted to expand her knowledge on how Latinos currently feel about their space in education.

“ELAC is great at having resources for minorities, but I wanted to see how inclusivity looks for students who aren’t part of the general population,” Valencia said.

Valencia’s original idea for the research was not on this topic. It

wasn’t until she interviewed her subject that she realized her work would lead in a different direction.

“I appreciate the campus, but is [the] feeling shared throughout a lot of students, most students, or is that just me?”

Valencia is a sociology major and is getting a degree in social justice in Chicano studies. She will be graduating this spring and transferring in the fall.

Pichardo, Garcia and Valencia were all mentored by Bermudez. They all said Bermudez has been a supportive educator throughout their journey. The students will present at the HTCC conference on March 26 at UCI.


Nikki Giovanni, a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People award winning poet, spoke on Zoom Friday about her career writing various poetry books throughout her career.

Giovanni has written various poetry books, and has been a leading voice in the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 70s. She started off the event with

STYLIN’ AND PROFILIN’—Campus News staff takes part in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference Saturday in San Francisco. S. Hennessy Machado-Hildago and Brenda De La Cruz make use of the photo backdrop as part of a social media on-the-spot contest.

a spoken word. After the spoken word she said she was very excited to speak with students.

Giovanni said the share that the African American Community has always set the standards for fashion, music and food. She said there is a trend of cultural appropriation that various celebrities have participated in. The celebrities steal the styles of the African American Community and trying to make it their own.

Giovanni said it is strange that companies have a white face of the trademark of something like Kentucky Fried Chicken, while knowing that white people have never been able to cook that well.

Giovanni said her favorite story about Former President Barack Obama was when he visited a well known New Orleans restaurant called Dookey Chase to try Leah Chase’s Gumbo, Shrimp Creole and fried chicken. Obama tried to add

hot sauce to one of Chase’s meals which was meant to be eaten as it was served. What Giovanni said the take away is that African American Community makes is meant to be as it. No one could remake it and think it would be better. She said there have been so many powerful activists throughout time like Rosa Parks and people who have been failed by the justice system like Emmet Till.

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No end in sight for war on drugs

The fentanyl crisis happening in America has gotten worse; government officials have been combating the fight against the drug, but it won’t end anytime soon.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is about 50-100 times stronger than morphine according to DEA.gov.

Last August, the Drug Agency Association issued a warning that a new type of fentanyl was being distributed by drug traffickers named rainbow fentanyl.

This drug looks exactly like Skittles.

Parents especially get worried during Halloween season. They fear that when their kids go out to trick or treat - the kids may get the deadly drug, consume it and potentially die.

Not only does fentanyl worsen the drug crisis, but every other pain reliever as well.

People become addicted to pain relievers because they trigger the brain’s reward system by releasing the “feel good” chemical and endorphins.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 6,843 opioid-related deaths happened in California in 2021, with; 5,722 of the deaths were

related to fentanyl. Awareness is something that needs to be enforced not only in California but all over the nation. The public needs to be more informed of opioid addictions and fentanyl reaching children in order to alleviate the growing crisis.

In January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed new investments to reduce overdoses, support recovery efforts, education and more according to the state’s

offical website.

Since stepping into office, Gov. Newsom has dedicated more than $1 billion in funding to fight the opioid crisis. Over 28,765 pounds of fentanyl have been seized by law enforcement and California’s National Guard according to the state of California.

With the Guard’s help, law enforcement seized 594% more fentanyl compared to 2021. However, this is not enough;

drug traffickers continue to get smarter, push for more production and transport illicit goods to more places in the U.S.

The dent has only been the bare minimum. Drug traffickers will keep finding ways to keep the drug on the streets no matter how much the DEA gets on their tails.

East Los Angeles College student Juan Cruz said, “This is a serious issue. This drug can be obtained through a prescription from the

doctor. There are some that are sold over the counter.

“Government offi cials and the DEA need to keep putting pressure on these drug traffickers.”

The busts need to be bigger and quicker, cornering these drug traffickers and helping people recover from this drug are the key ways to combat it.

If they continue at this rate, the dent can grow and change could be possible.

With spring break coming up, this is the perfect opportunity for drug traffickers in the U.S and Mexico to strike.

The war against fentanyl isn’t like any other previous drug war.

The government can seize all the fentanyl in the world and try to keep the drug off the streets, but it’s something that will always be around.

Government officials have been funding the fight against it, but drug traffickers will keep finding ways to continue to distribute the drug through its connected network.

Even though it seems the fentanyl crisis will not go away anytime soon - a future with less opioid deaths is possible with enough dedication from government officials, law enforcement and the public.

Train companies need to prevent derailment

The explosion that happened in East Palestine, Ohio is an eye opener to consider if big railway companies are doing everything they are supposed to do in order to keep trains from derailment.

An axle falling off the train’s wheel caused the derailment, which could have been prevented if Norfolk Southern did their jobmaking sure all train parts and systems function well.

It’s terrible that it took a chemical explosion in a small town for the company to take greater precautions.

A spokesperson from the company said they are updating their guidance system and

mandating any trains over 10,000 feet use distributed power systems.

A distributed power system on a train is meant to improve hauling capacity, increase brake coordination and increase rail adhesion.

It does this by using multiple sources of power along the train rather than exclusively from the front.

It seems though, Norfolk Southern hasn’t done much. Just a few days ago, another train of theirs derailed in Springfield, Ohio.

What is it going to take for this big freight train company to make sure their trains are working well?

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BSNF, formally known as Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, is one of the biggest freight railroads throughout the nation.

In California, it travels from north to south.

BSNF transports anything and everything in the state - from hazardous chemicals to our daily goods, such as clothing.

In the port of San Pedro, BNSF is responsible for our daily necessities.

They move chemicals in mixed freight which means they carry chemicals and fuels, as well as passengers and our daily necessities.

If a derailment were to happen like it did in Ohio, not only will

it affect the people of the location where the derailment occurs, but also the passengers on the same freight train. If this company’s train were to derail, it would cause delays for southern Californians getting food from grocery stores.

In the case of a chemical explosion, fuel chemicals released into the air would cause health risks to the public. Previous incidents show that the response of freight companies does not lead to an easy clean up.

While BNSF claims to be updating their standards in transportation, it is difficult to believe their word after the display of Norfolk Southern’s response.

They announce making

changes, and preventable damages continue.

Even if these big companies claim to do better, it is impossible to trust their word when they simply announce changes, but no real changes happen.

We can hope that the number of derailments can be decreased, that these companies will live up to their words on establishing better safety measures to reduce damages from overturned chemical freight cars and other public harms.

Nothing is guaranteed in the field of railroads; if we are to continue the use of them, we need to ensure that these companies are putting safety over profit in their transportation standards.

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MONEY SAVER—Student walks by the free parking sign posted in the S-4 structure near Collegian Avenue and Floral Drive

Keep parking for students free

BY CAMPUS NEWS EDITORS because classes moved online and also to remove the cost burden for those struggling financially. Students have been paying to park for decades.

For nearly three years, parking on campus has been free for all students and it should remain free.

As a relief effort during the pandemic the East Los Angeles College’s administration decided to discontinue charging for parking permits. This decision was made partly

Since the campus has reopened, there have been signs posted in the parking lots each semester announcing that parking is free.

According to the college’s website the last stated price for a regular parking permit during the

fall and spring semesters was $20.

Regular parking permits gave students five options for parking: the Stadium Parking Lot, north and south Avalanche Ways and Lots A and B at the South Gate Campus. There was also an Associated Student Union Parking Permit that cost $27 for the fall and spring semesters.

These permits gave students eight options for parking, everything

included in the Regular Parking Permit, Parking Structures three and four and the South Gate Main Lot. In the past, the extra money collected for the ASU pass was used as seed money for clubs to help fund their activities.

The sheriff’s station is in charge of parking enforcement on campus. Students are only allowed to park in spaces that are unmarked. The other spaces are reserved

for faculty and staff. When last enforced, the punishment for parking without a permit was a $30 fine.

Continuing to offer free parking will remove a burden on students, giving them one less thing to worry about or pay for at school.

A $27 fee or a $30 fine may be a burden for some students.

Although the college offers alternative options, like the free TAP card program, public transportation can be unreliable.

When attendance affects your grade, driving your personal vehicle may ensure punctuality.

Continuing to offer free parking will remove a burden on students, giving them one less thing to worry about or pay for at school.

Another option is parking off campus but most of the college’s perimeter requires permits issued by the city and is only for residents.

This means the distance to free non-permit parking is greater.

The right to park on campus should not come at a price.

Students should not have to pay.

Parking on campus should continue to be free indefinitely.

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Third season of ‘Mandalorian’ mixed bag

The third season of the hit Disney+ show “The Mandolorian” premiered March 1 and was underwhelming.

It’s been three years since the last season of “The Mandalorian” and nothing exciting happens to make up for the long wait.

Over the last three years, Disney has brought out multiple Star Wars shows but only one continued where the last season of “The Mandolorian” left off.

That show would be “The Book of Boba.”

“The Book of Boba” ends where season three of “The Mandalorian” picks up. The premiere episode starts with Din Djarin, played by Pedro Pascal, wanting to rejoin his clan of Mandolorians. To do so he must bathe in sacred waters to be forgiven and accepted back.

After he learns what he has to do to be accepted, the show

becomes dull.

The show introduces new characters that appear once in the films and has returning favorites from the first season.

Everything else is just boring exposition that is leading up to better exciting stuff to come.

The premiere doesn’t feel like anything the audience should have waited for.

The episode is short; running 37 minutes.

The previous seasons premiered with episodes that were 50 and 40 minutes long.

The spin-off show, “The Book of Boba,” has an episode that is dedicated to continuing the story of “The Mandalorian,” and is much longer and also more exciting.

The first episode of season three felt like a mid-season episode instead of a season premiere.

It seemed like something to give the audience their fix for new Star Wars content.

There are some space battles and some gunfights but it fails to leave a lasting impact. Grogu, which is the most popular character of the show, makes it a bit more enjoyable and less insufferable than it is in the first two episodes.

The popularity of the character is probably what brought back most of the audience. It’s been a while since anything new has happened with Grogu.

Although Grogu is fun and adorable, there is only so much that he can do to make the episode interesting to talk about.

The second episode premiered a week after the first and it is far better. Running at 44 minutes, this episode is way more entertaining.

The visual effects in episode two are stunning and create a new atmosphere that has never been seen before in the series.

The episode takes place on the planet of Mandalore that has

Marvel cinematic universe falls short

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” proves Marvel is slowly losing the magic touch they’ve become known for over the last 10 years.

The movie suffers from predictability and lacks the actionpacked Avengers level threat promised by marketing.

Marvel really creates a Star Wars world in this movie.

Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd, has written a memoir about his life as a superhero. His book shows how his life changed from thieving to becoming an Avenger.

This movie begins Marvel’s next phase of films or like the company calls it, phase five.

This causes the movie to fail to identify it as an “Ant-Man” film. Marvel tries to use this film to set up everything leading up to “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.”

Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, is brilliant casting, but does not perform well as the main villain of this film.

Majors is hardly in action and is just seen walking around and mumbling dialogue, which at times is hard to hear.

The audience might be confused as to why he does not impose a threat because he isn’t developed to his full potential.

The film does have its moments where it works well, but that’s barely enough to say the film is good - it’s decent at most.

The movie feels generic and Marvel is starting to show its repetitiveness; the audience can see where the story is headed within the first hour.

The character, Mental Organism

Designed Only

For Killing (M.O.D.O.K.), from the first Ant-Man returns in this third entry, but was just pointless to mix into an already messy movie. Darren Cross, played by Cory Stroll, isn’t given justice as one of the smartest villains in the whole Marvel comics lineup.

M.O.D.O.K. suffers from the same problem Kang the Conqueror suffers. Neither pose any real threat.

Marvel has lost it’s touch with what made their cinematic universe so special.

The last half hour of the movie is the best part of the entire film, but the lead up is boring.

Toward the end of the film Kang becomes a real threat. It’s shocking to waste two hours for the end to show what a villain Kang can be.

The Avengers have lost before but it feels like this time around, the defeat will be much worse than losing Iron Man. It’s hard to decide wether to take this movie as a joke or not. Unfortunately, deciding that so early in Marvel’s phase five is hard to do. The humor is there like every

been devastated by the Empire.

What was once a beautiful planet is now a dark and hellish landscape.

Parts of the city remain standing showing how massive it once was. The visual effects of the city make the show feel different.

Almost as if fans aren’t watching a show about Star Wars but a show about war and its devastating effect on the environment.

The inhabitants of the planets are feral and have bright green eyes which is implies it is from the bombing on the planet.

The story is better paced, and more engaging.

Fans of the franchise will be interested to see how they bring to life concepts that have only been animated in other shows.

It’s a shame that this episode wasn’t premiered first. This episode would have made the wait feel more worth it.

‘Formula 1: Drive to Survive’ entices viewers with new cars in competitive races

and terminated Mazepin’s contract immediately.

“Formula 1: Drive to Survive” is an action packed docu-series that takes fans inside the realities of being a Formula 1 driver. The fifth season of Netflix’s racing show arrives in the form of “Formula 1: Drive to Survive.”

The docu-series focuses on new cars, as Formula 1 wants to produce better racing.

close friends.

other “Ant-Man” movie, but it feels like that should have been left out of this movie. The film was described as an Avengers-level movie with high stakes.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” falls hard on its face because it lacks focus on Ant-Man.

Marvel’s focus is on setting up the future rather than being in the present. That backfires because the main villain does not pose a threat and the audience might find it hard to even care about the character. The last 30 minutes of film only slightly redeems the character.

Marvel’s biggest issue is pushing out too much content. Maybe they will learn from their mistakes.

Marvel will need to show that it still has the magic touch for superhero movies with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” to ensure that audiences don’t have superhero movie fatigue.

The teams in Formula 1 include: Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Ferrari, McLaren, Alpine, Alfa Romeo, Alpha Tauri, Aston Martin, Haas F1 and Williams.

Each episode focuses on a team principal and driver as Netflix shows what goes on behind-the-scenes of each team. The docu-series creates drama when an event happens.

Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto, and Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner are introduced at the start of the series.

Ferrari has high expectations as they want to compete for a championship.

Meanwhile, Haas is looking to bounce back after a rough 2021 season. The team scored zero points the whole season.

Three weeks before the start of the season teams tested new cars in Barcelona. News broke out about the war between Russia and Ukraine, Steiner had to make a decision whether to keep or terminate his Russian driver, Nikita Mazepin.

Steiner doesn’t want to associate with Russia anymore,

His Russian driver and his Russian sponsor Uralkali are gone.

The docu-series showcases the whole season where they show the tracks they race on as Formula 1 races all over the world. From destinations in Asia, Europe, to North and South America, Formula 1 ran twenty-two races in 2022.

As the season progresses, the docu-series shows the highs and lows for each team, where drivers can be moved next season, or not having a seat for next season.

This causes the viewer to feel bad for them, because they try their hardest, but the team doesn’t care and are only looking for the drivers with best results.

Viewers hear the “silly season” rumors about certain drivers going to different teams and wonder what’s really going on behind-thescenes.

Netflix wants to get every small detail in what happens on a dayto-day life of these drivers and team principals. They tend to go overboard at times as Formula 1 drivers have complained that they don’t like how they are portrayed throughout the series.

2021 Formula 1 World Champion and Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen, disagreed with the creative methods the directors took with some of the storylines last season.

Verstappen also was unhappy about how they portray McLaren driver Lando Norris. Netflix viewed Norris as this bully toward his teammate Daniel Ricciardo when that isn’t the case as both are very

There’s a lot of ground to cover throughout the series but there’s certain points that are talked about:

• There is a brand new circuit in Miami on the outskirts of Miami Dolphins Hard Rock Stadium.

• A four-time World Champion creates an Instagram account and the drivers find out that he is announcing his retirement at the end of the season.

An up and coming driver has a team announce he will sign a deal to drive for them next season. He then goes on Twitter and contradicts the claim, and he signs a deal with a rival team instead.

The one thing that brings it down is how the season went on.

Ferrari is fast, yet unreliable. Red Bull is on top of the world as they dominate the season. Mercedes struggles but get back on track. Netflix likes to create drama with this series, and there was some drama, but not as much as some hoped for.

“Formula 1: Drive to Survive” is a solid docu-series, but this season was a bit of a letdown, primarily how the Formula 1 season went.

The docu-series is perfect for Formula 1 fans or if you like racing in general. If you’re a viewer who likes a drama-filled series, then this docu-series is not for you.

Produced by Paul Martin and James Gay-Rees, “Formula 1: Drive to Survive” season five released on February 24, and Netflix has confirmed to release a sixth season next year.

It’s hard to decide wether to take this movie as a joke or not. Unfortunately deciding that so early in Marvel’s phase five is hard to do.

Men’s basketball suffers Final Four exit against Fullerton

The men’s basketball team won the Elite Eight game but fell short in the Final Four game on Saturday. The team beat San Jose on Thursday 76-70. The East Los Angeles College team was ranked number six in the state and lost against the number-one team, Fullerton College, 75-63. ELAC led the majority in the game. Both teams were going back-and-forth as the entire game was close, keeping it a single-digit game.

Playing against San Jose was a fast-paced game as both teams were aggressively driving the ball in the paint. This also resulted in a lot of turnovers and fouls for both teams.

Nine turnovers were made by both teams in the first half, but ELAC scored 13 points while San Jose scored only 5 points off the turnovers.

There were three lead changes within the first four minutes of the game. ELAC led the entire game, but San Jose failed to take the lead when they were down 72-70.

San Jose’s Jacob Harper led the first half with 12 points in the game. ELAC’s Tyrell Hunt led the half with seven rebounds. Husky players Noel Scott and Gregory Melvin led the team with seven points.The Huskies led the half 37-33.

In the second half, both teams continued to play aggressively and fast. A little over five minutes into the half, ELAC led by 11 points after Scott converted a reverse layup. ELAC then led 53-42. San Jose took a timeout, but ELAC continued to score and led by 15 at 57-42.

San Jose cut the lead to eight points with under five minutes to go, after Jurrien Sparks converted the free throw attempt. ELAC led 70-62. San Jose pressured ELAC on the court and forced turnovers. ELAC struggled and San Jose was on an 11-0 run as the lead was

cut to 70-68, after Harper made a 3-pointer. San Jose’s bench got on their feet and looked to gain confidence. The Huskies took a timeout.

ELAC responded after the timeout, as Scott stole the ball and drove it in for a layup and was fouled. ELAC led 72-68 with under three minutes to go. At under a minute to go, Scott drove the ball inside the paint and lost it. San Jose got the ball with 50 seconds left in the game. In the same possession, A.B. Gilchrist attempted a layup, but came up short.

San Jose’s Mison Coilton slapped the ball out and Jerry Jackson

retrieved it. Jackson attempted a 3-pointer over Husky player Donjae Lindsey, and his shot hit the side of the rim and ELAC got the rebound with 19 seconds to go. ELAC was fouled and Melvin converted the two free throw attempts to make it 74-70. San Jose still had 19 seconds left to even up the game, but San Jose missed a 3-point attempt and fouled ELAC. The Huskies converted their two free throws and sealed the win 76-70.

Jon Sanders and Scott both finished the game with 15 points. Hunt and Melvin both had 8 rebounds. ELAC ended up going 49% from the field and making 8-20 from the 3-point line.

The Huskies advanced to the Final Four to play against Fullerton. In the Final Four game, ELAC started off strong playing aggressively both on offense and defense. Fullerton was held scoreless in the first four minutes of the game as they trailed 6-0. ELAC’s defensive pressure made Fullerton lose the ball due to turnovers.

ELAC only made 5 of the 10 free throws in the first half. Fullerton was perfect as they made 6 out of 6 from the line. The missed free throws hurt ELAC late in the game. Fullerton made 13-29 (44%) from the field. ELAC made 14-38 (36%) from the field in the first half. Both teams struggled from the 3-point

line as ELAC only made 2-8 and Fullerton made 3-10. On turnovers, Fullerton made nine and conceded 10 points. ELAC had four turnovers and conceded six points.

Husky J.T. Langston had the most points in the half with 10 points. Langston and Fullerton’s Sammy Howlin had the same number of rebounds with six in the half. Howlin was a huge factor on defense as he ended with a total of 13 rebounds in the game. Ten of those rebounds came on defense.

The second half started the same way it ended in the first, with both teams scoring back-to-back and kept it a single digit game. With nine minutes left, Howlin tied the

game with an easy layup and made it 53-53.

ELAC’s Demetrius Calip made a 3-pointer to take back the lead 56-53 with 8:14 to go.

Fullerton took the lead as Jeremiah Davies drove the ball into the paint for an easy layup.

ELAC trailed 57-56. Howlin extended the lead, after he made one of two free throws, 58-56 with 5:46 to go.

From that moment on ELAC struggled offensively. Howlin made it difficult for ELAC to score as the 6-foot-11 player used his height to force ELAC to make tough shots. Time was also against ELAC, as every missed shot led to Fullerton getting defensive rebounds and using up the shot clock and game clock.

ELAC’s defense was consistent throughout the game. Offensively they could not execute their shots after the 3-pointer was made by Calip back at the eight-minute mark when they led by three.

Fullerton had a 13-0 run after Sean Newman scored a 3-pointer to make it 66-56 with 2:34 left in the game. Fullerton scored three more points to make it 69-56 with 1:46 to go. ELAC was finally able to score with 1:37 to go after being scoreless for six minutes.

Fullerton ended ELAC’s season with the final score 75-63. ELAC finished the game only converting 10-19 (52.6%) free throws. Fullerton ended the game going 18-21 (85.5%) at the free-throw line.

Newman finished the game converting 3-3 from 3-point line, two of three came late in the game when they had the 16-0 run. Newman led in points with 19. Langston ended the day with 18 points and eight rebounds. Noel Scott had the most rebounds for ELAC with nine. Seven of the nine came on defense.

ELAC finished the season with 27 wins and 4 losses.

Baseball team extends win streak to four, beating Compton

The Huskies are on a roll with a four-game win streak following a dominating 12-2 victory over the Compton College Tartars.

Pitcher Francisco Dominguez of the Huskies continued to show why he is the leading pitcher for the team, having played all 9 innings and striking out three players.

Despite permitting 11 hits throughout the game, Dominguez only allowed two runs.

The outfield was key in preventing Compton from gaining any sort of momentum.

After a first inning that saw Compton nearly score the first runs of the game, the bottom of the second paved the way for the Huskies to open the score and display their dominance.

Following a pitch that hit left fielder Alex Mendez, designated hitter Gavin Vogel and first baseman Christian Navarro both hit singles to put the Huskies in scoring position.

The next two players walked, allowing the Huskies to gain a 2-0 advantage over Compton.

In the next play, shortstop Richard Ponce flew out to left field, going far enough to let Navarro score and increase the lead to 3-0.

Compton once again put the Huskies in a position to score after pitcher Joshua Chavez’s pitch hit catcher Michael Easter.

Right fielder Beno Olmeda took advantage of the bases loaded by hitting a wide single to midfield,

opening the way for second baseman Moises Nolasco and center fielder Nicholas Bobadilla to score and close the inning for the Huskies with a 5-0 lead.

The next three innings saw both the Huskies and Compton attempt to make an impact on the score but were unable to make any plays.

At the top of the sixth inning, Compton finally forced a change to the scoreboard.

After a bunt single from center fielder Jonathan Enriquez, Compton responded with two more singles.

Second baseman Crixtian Taveras hit a third single to left field, putting Enriquez in a position to score the first run for Compton.

With an opportunity to score more runs and catch up to the Huskies, Compton was unable to take advantage of it as Dominguez would close out the inning with two consecutive strikeouts.

The Huskies would respond to Compton’s run with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth.

Following a Nolasco walk, Bobadilla’s bunt gave Nolasco room to move to second base.

Third baseman Ruben Hernandez then hit a strong double to right field, moving Nolasco to home plate and adding to the Huskies’ lead.

The Huskies once again found the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to the Tartar’s pitcher hitting two players.

With the bases loaded, Hernandez struck with a single to far right field, allowing Mendez and Vogel

to score again for the Huskies and increase the lead to 8-1.

At the top of the eighth inning, Taveras would hit a single to left field and gave Compton a glimmer of hope in the game.

Left fielder Andy Perez then allowed Taveras to score for Compton by hitting a single to far left field.

Perez attempted to reach third base following his hit, but was caught out after he was unable to outrun the ball.

The bottom of the eighth put Mendez’ hard-hitting swing on display.

The bottom of the inning began with Easter being walked, followed by Olmeda reaching first after a huge pitching error, moving Easter to second base.

Olmeda would be replaced by pinch runner Julian Hernandez, symbolically teasing what was about to happen for the Huskies.

Mendez continued the Huskies’ momentum by hitting a powerful three-run homerun to right field, extending the lead to 11-2.

The inning would not end for the Huskies, however, as Vogel was walked and would make his way to third base after Navarro hit a fly out to midfield.

Vogel would then score one more time for the Huskies thanks to a Nolasco hit that was caught out at left field.

The Huskies would finish the game with three groundouts to take the 12-2 blowout victory over Compton.

FOUL BALL—Catcher Michael Easter of the Huskies prepares to swing as he focuses on the incoming pitch. CN/OSCAR MARTINES