ELAC Campus News Fall 2022 Issue 10

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Volume 78, Issue 10 | www.elaccampusnews.com | Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Single copy free - additional copies 50 cents

Former LACCD Professor wins lawsuit

Jury awards $10 million in lawsuit against LACCD, VP BY BRENDA DE LA CRUZ Staff Writer A former Los Angeles Southwest College English professor has been awarded $10 million in a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Community College District and Howard Irvin, former Vice President of Student Services at LASC. Dr. Sabrena Odom was a tenured professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, as well as the Director of

Student Services. She also served as the secretary for the Academic Senate. According to court records found online, in October 2018 Odom filed seven alleged causes of action against LACCD and Irvin. The causes of action filed included sexual harrasment, emotional distress and negligent hiring, among other claims. The negligent hiring claim was filed after LACCD hired Irvin

despite his history of discipline for sexual assault. Irvin was previously employed as a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and had restraining orders placed on him by two female officers 25 years ago. Irvin, in 1997, had been accused of over 15 alleged attacks and misconduct. These attacks included fracturing a detective’s neck and one case where he placed the barrel of his gun

against another one of his victims. Irvin also has a history of stalking. Despite his record of multiple attacks on women, LACCD still hired Irvin and placed him near not only other staff members, but also young students whom he would have power and influence over. According to court records, Irvin made ongoing unwelcomed sexual advances at Odom, even after Odom rejected these advances. When she reported it to the

chancellor, nothing was done. However, Irvin used his title and power over Odom to retaliate by cutting her program; still nothing was done. Odom filed suit against both LACCD and Irvin. She was represented by Maryann Gallagher and her two female colleagues Viridiana Acevesand and Jamie E. Wright. The all-female legal team obtained a victory for Odom. The

jury awarded her $8.5 million from the LACCD and $1.5 million from Howard Irvin this past fall. Irvin was employed by the LACCD at LASC during the trial. However, the school website currently shows Dr. Jamail Carter as acting Vice President of Student Services. Odom believes there may be more victims of Irvin who have not come forward.

Transfer season events


Students, college benefit from HEEREF


TURNING LEAVES—Students that have completed university applications for the Fall 2023 semester can write their name on a leaf and hang it up in the transfer center.


Application support Applications due Nov. 30 •

California State University and University of California support available tomorrow on the South Gate Campus from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. in room 123. Virtual support: today 10 a.m. till 4 p.m., next Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. In-Person support: Thursday 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., Friday noon till 3 p.m., Monday 9 a.m. till 6 p.m., Nov. 28, 29, 30 from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m.

News Briefs

Museum Studies Meetup


Tomorrow a museum studies certificate program information session will be held in the new VPAM Learning Lab in S1 at 1 p.m.

A breakdown of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund monies, during a post pandemic forum on Thursday, showed how funds have aided both students and the college. HEERF money is broken up into two different amounts and are based on allocations from the Los Angeles Community College District. Institutional money is handled by the college administration, while student money is handled by Student Services. The HEERF money was allotted by the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. East Los Angeles College has collected over $80 million dollars over the three disbursements of the HEERF fund. This includes both institutional and student money. The student funds have helped 68,420 students since the beginning of the pandemic. Institutional funds close to $4 million remain from monies the college collected from the HEERF. Michael Pascual, vice president of Administrative Services, said college administration has plans to use the funds to enhance the college WiFi system. For institutional use, ELAC has

From Theatre to Film and TV

received over $43 million from the last three HEERF disbursements. The money the college has received for institutional use is broken up into different expenditures. This money has been used since COVID-19 forced the college to change teaching methods in the middle of the 2020 Spring semester. Pascual said there are six big categories when it comes to institutional funds. • Health and Safety • Lost Revenue • Staffing • Stipend • Technology and Software • Training and Professional Development The pie chart pictured shows a percentage breakdown for the categories. Pascual said these categories are the biggest expenses. The biggest expense is allocated for lost revenue coming in at $16 million. Pascual said this revenue stream comes from the losses from book store sales, parking fees and child development loss revenues. Pascual said some institutional funds were moved to student funds to help students. “The institutional portion mandate allows us to do that. We transferred, what we classified stipend, some of the HEERF money in the institutional fund to the student portion,” Pascual said. Miguel Duenas, vice president of Student Services, said many

NCIS: LA Production Designer, Chris Hansen, will teach about the pathway from theater scenery design to television and film. The event will take place Monday in P2 room 119 at 10:30 a.m.

The Brawl

students were helped over the three HEERF fund disbursements for student aid. The three allocations of funds totalled $42,606,708 of funds for student help. This was done over the 2020 to 2023 time frames. “Students were supported during this time frame with HEERF expenditure funding for students. This is a great asset and resource for our students here,” Duenas said. HEERF institutional money was used for a variety of things around campus. This includes student hotspots, laptops and softwares and licenses. It also includes hand sanitizer stations, High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning filters, duct cleanings and the plexiglass barriers in many student servicing areas. ELAC President Alberto Román said The college will follow Governor Gavin Newsom’s end of pandemic response on February 28. Marcellino Morales, chair of the Pandemic Committee, said the college is prepared for any changes when it comes to a need for a new response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The college is mindful of the need to be flexible. We continue to look at the rates of COVID and its variants. The district and college are vigilant of the latest County, State and Federal guidelines and policies for COVID response,” Morales said.

The men’s wrestling team will host a tournament this Saturday at 9 a.m.




Next on the Supreme Court’s chopping block: Race-based affirmative action in higher education BY S. HENNESSY MACHADO-HIDALGO Staff Writer The United States Supreme Court shouldn’t overturn precedent allowing universities to consider race in their admissions process. SCOTUS heard oral arguments for Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina on October 31. SFFA is a nonprofit organization that advocates against the consideration of race and ethnicity in college admissions processes. It is headed by conservative legal strategist Edward Blum. Even though Americans across the political spectrum may agree with this view, the consequences of SCOTUS ruling on race-based affirmative action is something the majority of Americans should be wary of. In 2006, Black students at the University of California, Los Angeles said Proposition 209 was why only 96 out of approximately 5,000 accepted undergraduate students were Black. The percentage of Black students had not been that low since 1973. Proposition 209 was passed in 1996 and prohibited the consideration of race or ethnicity for employment, contracting and education at public institutions. Rogelia Garcia, associate professor of Political Science at East Los Angeles College, said, “The purpose of affirmative action has been to undo centuries of systematic racial disparities… Institutions of higher education are


the stepping stones to generating generational wealth.” Part of the fabric of American values is to work towards greater equality of opportunity. Race-based affirmative action is certainly not a permanent solution. The court’s majority opinion regarding the case that set the precedent on race-based affirmative action, Grutter v. Bolinger, acknowledges this. However, the Court’s opinion that race-based affirmative action should no longer be allowed at institutions of higher education by 2028 is an insufficient timeline. Michael Sigman, professor of Philosophy at ELAC, said,

“Affirmative action still has a viable place in the selection process because the aims of affirmative action programs have never been fully realized. “There are still too many back channel admissions taking away slots that could, and should, be going to students of color.” SFFA has often stated Asian Americans are students of color that are negatively impacted by racebased affirmative action. David Song, Professor of Asian American studies at ELAC, said, “It’s important to understand that the Asian American student population is not a monolith; it’s diverse, including in terms of class

and ethnicity to name a few factors. “Polls have shown that Asian Americans, as a whole, support goals of affirmative action. Yet, a vocal minority has become highly visible in attempts to dismantle such programs. “Affirmative action can benefit underrepresented populations, including within Asian American communities.” During the oral arguments heard by SCOTUS on October 31, Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar presented meaningful metrics aside from racial quotas that could be used to measure the success of race-based affirmative action.

Prelogar said universities could: • Compare student demographics’ graduation vs. attrition rates. • Review whether a class has the opportunity for crossracial understanding. • Attain student testimonies regarding their experiences with diversity during their attendance. If universities are able to use these metrics then race-based affirmative action programs do have an end in sight. Unfortunately, needing racebased affirmative action just might be further out than 2028. Jeffrey Hernandez, Academic Senate President and professor of Political Science at ELAC, said, “The Supreme Court justices that oppose affirmative action seek to ignore the barriers to diversity.” The Supreme Court should not overturn the protection universities have to use race-based affirmative action as a tool for diversifying admissions. Each university has different histories and surrounding communities that impact how and when a university can reach admissions that more accurately represent qualified students of all racial backgrounds. The court should uphold this protection so that higher education institutions can approach their goals of equal opportunity admission in the way most appropriate for their unique institution. Upholding such protection does not mean universities have to have race-based affirmative action policies, it just means they have the option to use the policies.

Musk makes a muck of Twitter with pay-to-verify plan BY LEONARDO CERVANTES Staff Writer E l o n M u s k ’s p u r c h a s e o f Twitter has been an unmitigated disaster. The acquisition has had a tumultuous start under Musk’s leadership. The disaster was predictable from the way he approached the application and the changes he planned to make before even purchasing the platform. It’s clear Musk doesn’t have a clear direction with the application. His act of buying it almost feels like an impulse purchase. While fake news became common rhetoric used by former President Trump, with the new Twitter it ‘s become the norm. This is due to the increase in parody accounts. Musk introduced Twitter Blue to the U.S. on Nov. 9. Twitter Blue gives users the ability to edit tweets, categorize bookmarks but most importantly puts a small checkmark next to the users names for $7.99 a month. Prior to this, subscription only people with verified presence and celebrities were given checkmarks. Essentially, check marks were a way to verify the user’s account was authentic and not a prank. Users started purchasing Twitter Blue and quickly began impersonating some of the most


famous celebrities and companies imaginable. Users began impersonating famous athletes like LeBron James. They then asked to be traded. Some started impersonating politicians and started saying vile things. To Twitter’s credit, those accounts only lasted a few hours before getting suspended for violating

Twitter rules. Essentially, users bought Twitter blue for eight dollars just to troll, make fun of, people for an hour or two. Tw i t t e r b a n n e d a c c o u n t s impersonating and deceiving people and even took down a few harmless parody accounts. To combat impersonating issues,

Twitter implemented an “official” label that can be seen under some verified accounts. Not many accounts have the official badge, for example the artist, The Weeknd has an official badge as well as Youtube. Many other accounts like Justin Timberlake’s do not. As of Friday, Twitter has suspended

Twitter Blue. Subscriptions and paid-for verification blue check marks are no longer available due to impersonation issues. While users won’t be able to buy a badge to impersonate public figures, those that previously bought Twitter Blue will still have their few hours to shine until they get suspended. Musk told Twitter employees he’s not sure of the company’s future and bankruptcy isn’t out of the question. Yoel Roth, the head of Trust and safety, and Robin Wheeler, who led a call with advertisers regarding Twitter ad space, had issues with Roth leaving Twitter. In a matter of days, Musk’s decision caused chaos and the deception of the masses while leading two prominent members to opt out of the company. There is uncertainty as Wheeler has been convinced to stay, but Roth is definitely gone. Every social media platform has its rise to prominence and downfall. It happened with Myspace, Facebook and even Instagram to some degree. Twitter seems to be the only social media platform that has continued to thrive over the years. Breaking world and sports news seems to always begin on Twitter. However, under Musk’s inept, short leadership, the end of Twitter might be at hand.

Governor Newsom is in, mayor will deal with issue plagued city BY BEATRIZ GARAY Staff Writer This California midterm election has seen competent Governor Gavin Newsom reelected, while the Los Angeles mayoral election may finally bring a much needed new mayor to the position. Counted ballots so far have Representative Karen Bass poised ahead of competing candidate Rick Caruso. Voters in California are going to have to wait for a long period of time to get an accurate outcome of who will win this race. This is similar to the 2020 presidential election. There was little surprise Newsom would win. Despite beating a recall last year by Californians, he still managed to win with a vast lead over his republican opponent Brian Dahle. This allows him to keep his www.ELACCampusNews.com

seat in the highest position within California. Regardless of this victory, Newsom has been in the spotlight over some controversies. Most notably his own actions during the pandemic, when he broke his own COVID-19 restrictions against holding social gatherings with more than three households. He got a lot of attention for it and drove people, particularly his opponents, to assemble a coalition to remove him from his position as governor. This led to the recall in 2021. He was one of the first state leaders to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic head-on. Newsom has done well as governor. It was his decisive actions that kept the number of deaths drastically lower than most other states during this time period. “Politically, Governor Newsom has also shown incredible resilience

since becoming governor in 2019. He beat a recall with an impressive margin and now won re-election with around 60%. Even more impressive is that he has managed to accomplish all of this with very little opposition from his own party,” Rogelio Garcia, ELAC of the Political Science professor, said. Being governor is still a tough, heavy job to do since people rely on the state to handle a lot of everyday problems. While the governor election is something worth watching, it is not as impactful as the Los Angeles Mayoral race in which it affects the lives of the residents in the city of LA rather than the whole state of California. It is the first time in which Californians have had to wait an extended period of time for a proper winner to be announced. This is due to counting every vote fairly. Los Angeles residents want a new mayor that knows how to

address both homelessness and crime issues. The new mayor should bring new ideas to unite Angelenos as one group of people. Both Bass and Caurso know how things are done in LA and have their own agendas. Caurso’s plan depends on spending money that taxpayers and the city don’t have. Bass’s plan seems to be more promising as it uses existing systems. “[Caruso’s] proposal to build new shelter beds for 30,000 people, costing around $800 million, is unimaginative. His plan to partner with developers to help build these shelters is worrisome and not feasible in his first term. “ B a s s ’s p l a n , w h i l e a l s o underwhelming, at least will focus on existing infrastructure to reach her goals. Her plan involves expanding already existing programs, like housing vouchers, mental health services and Project Homekey. Which her campaign

claims will house somewhere around 17,000 people and cost around $292 million,” Garcia said. The main issue at hand for the next mayor of LA is if the person can handle the weight that comes with being mayor, while also delivering solutions to the issuesthat have plagued LA county for the last decade. We just have to hope that the individual who wins the mayoral race is ready for what is to come, and uses an effective plan to address LA’s problems. Mayor of LA is the toughest position in one of the toughest cities in the state. It is not going to be easy to handle. One false step can turn everything a campaign stood for into nothing. It is time for a new chapter for Los Angeles in which we can deal with these problems head-on and give solutions that can put all of Angelenos’ worries to rest.

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Expectations unmet in ‘The Dragon Prince’ season four BY JUAN CAVILLO Staff Writer

After a three-year hiatus, Netflix’s “The Dragon Prince” returned with an underwhelming season four that seemed solely like a setup for season five. Despite the disappointing season as a whole, each episode is interesting enough to keep viewers engaged throughout the nineepisode season. “The Dragon Prince” series tells the story of a group of four heroes: the Moonshadow elf Rayla, voiced by Paula Burrows, the prince turned king Ezran, voiced by Sasha Rojen, the king’s guard Soren, voiced by Jesse Inocalla and the primal mage Callum, voiced by Jack De Sena. Their quest is to protect Zim the dragon and the world from an ancient evil threatening to return to the human and elf lands of Katolis and Xadia respectively. The fourth season of the show starts with a time skip of two years from the end of season three, and many of the characters are in different places and situations. Since the beginning of season one, the saving grace of this show has always been its interesting storytelling. Creators and writers Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond have a hitand-miss situation for the fourth season. The storyline for this season builds off the events of the season three finale. This season is the beginning of a much longer multiple-season arc it seems. The main villain Aaravos, voiced by Erik Dellums, goes from being the shadowy threat he was in seasons one through three, to being much more important. The story arc in this season is

HEROES ASSEMBLED—A throwback to how “The Dragon Prince” heroes looked in season one. really the first volley for what seems like a long story that will be told over other seasons. This is one of the reasons the show is a bit off-kilter. The show isn’t creating a full narrative this time around. Previous seasons were linked, but they told a more focused story for their seasons. This time around the show feels like it’s leaning toward telling a much more long-form story. Things start to move in an interesting direction, then suddenly, the season is over and viewers will

The story arc in this season is really the first volley for what seems like a long story that will be told over other seasons. have to wait for season five. It seems like the season doesn’t have a real end due to so many details still needing to be fleshed out. This ultimately affects how some of the characters grow during the season.


After a two-year time skip, some characters have developed more than others. For example, the night elf Rayla has very little character development during the season. There is a moment that teases that much more is coming for the character, but it is something that


will likely be explored in season five. Other characters fare much better, with one example being Soren. Soren is finally a fully developed character in season four. His emotional range follows more than just impulsive decisions and jokes. He tries valiantly to save his sister from following the orders of the main elf villain Aaravos. His sister Claudia, voiced by Racquel Belmonte, is another character who has received special attention this season. Claudia’s character is a slow-

burn, hero-to-villain story. The fourth season fully cements Claudia as a villain through her use of dark magic and her lack of qualms in manipulating other characters. “The Dragon Prince” does a good job of making sure characterization is never cut and dry. Each main character is multifaceted and consistently shows doubt in decisions made. While Claudia does evil things in the name of her family, she also finds a connection with an innocent new character named Terry, an Earthblood elf. Season four retains a high level of storytelling and adds to it gorgeous visuals. The show’s animation in the first season wasn’t as impressive as it is in this fourth season. The show’s introduction to each episode is truly beautiful. The mixture of color and a higher level of animation shows a level of detail that hasn’t always been there. Scenes inside a crystal-laden cave show how otherworldly the land of Xadia can be. While on the human side, the Katolis Capital is a beautifully painted backdrop. Each main character has received an upgrade in the visual department as well. Rayla’s costume shows off intricate golden embroidery and hushed tones of blue and green that are covered by a new cape. A group of new dragons, owned by Earthblood elves, shows off a different style of character design and coloring than has been revealed in the show up to this point. The awesome visuals however, can’t make up for sporadic character development and a season-long story that seems to be the first chapter of a longer multi-seasonal arc. A portion of the good faith “The Dragon Prince” has garnered over the years takes a hit with season four. The show is streaming now on Netflix and is rated TV-Y7.

Football jepordizes last chance at conference title BY MIGUEL DOMINGUEZ Staff Writer The football team lost to Ventura College 21-27 in a must-win game on Saturday night. East Los Angeles College needed to win for a chance at the conference title. They also needed to have College of the Canyons or Allan Hancock College lose their games over the weekend. Penalties hurt the Huskies offensively and defensively. They had 13 penalties for a total of 125 yards. The final penalty came on defense when they were called for an offside and third down with less than two minutes to go. That penalty gave Ventura a fresh set of downs, and the Huskies had no timeouts to stop the clock. Husky quarterback Frank Alvarez finished the night 25 for 38 for a total of 295 yards completed and a touchdown. Ventura quarterback Samuel Marquez finished the night with 13 for 26 for a total of 194 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ventura running back Jesse Valenzuela had a total of 140 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts. Most of his yards came in the first half, and his longest was a 72-yard touchdown. His running game helped set up the two other touchdowns in the game. In the second half Valenzuela did not have the same game as he did in the first half. Ventura only scored three points in the second half. Husky receiver Trejan Bridges had a big night. He was targeted 10 times and had a total of 163 receiving yards and a touchdown. His longest reception was for 76 yards. The first half was owned by Ventura as the Huskies didn’t score


in the first quarter. The first touchdown came from the kickoff, as wide receiver Rene Zaldivar picked up the ball and found a hole toward his left side, beating the kicker to score a 88-yard kick return touchdown. This was the only score for the Huskies in the first half. They had a good drive in the middle of the second quarter as they were at Ventura’s 11-yard line. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on wide receiver Jaylen Brown, pushed the Huskies back 30 yards to the Ventura 41-yard line. The first penalty seemed to be a physical altercation with one of the defenders. The second was something that

might have been said to one of the officials about the ruling of the first call. The end of the drive resulted in a missed field goal. The Huskies trailed 24-7 at the half. The first play of the half came from the Huskies and resulted in a 72-yard touchdown pass to Bridges from Alvarez. They trailed 14-24. A couple of drives later, the Huskies intercepted Marquez at their 42-yard line and Quincy Ivory scored a two-yard rushing touchdown. The Huskies trailed 21-24. A couple of drives later, the Huskies intercepted Marquez at their 42-yard line and Quincy Ivory scored a twoyard rushing touchdown. www.ELACCampusNews.com




Retired athletic director leaves ELAC BY DANIELLA MOLINA Staff Writer Former East Los Angeles College professor and Athletic Director Allen Cone, settled into retirement after a 33-year tenure. Cone leaves a legacy that focuses on quality and constant improvements for both the coaches and student athletics of ELAC. Cone’s career at ELAC began in 1989, after being presented the opportunity by then basketball coach Jorge Canelas. Canelas spoke to the Athletic Director about Cone, who was the baseball coach at Don Bosco Tech at the time. By chance, the two had seen each other in passing, when Canales encouraged Cone to apply. “I didn’t expect to get the job. I went in there very casual, khaki slacks, a button-down shirt. (Not tie, no jacket) I just wanted to take an interview because I always wanted to be a community college baseball coach. “In fact, that was a goal of mine. The next day I got a phone call that said, ‘If you want the job, it’s yours.’ And the rest is history,” Cone said. Cone was the Head Baseball Coach from 1990-1998, Athletic Director from 2001-2018 as well as a full time professor until his retirement in July. Cone’s time coaching at ELAC includes men’s baseball reaching the state finals in 2018, with head coach Hines. He also coached women’s basketball ranking No. 1 with coach Bruce Turner, two Final Four appearances and Two Elite-Eight appearances. He was also a coach for the women’s swim team with 14 All-

American nods in two straight years. He was a coach for both men’s track & field and women’s track & field became a Top-10 state team at the California Community College Athletic Association Championships in 2018. He also coached the men’s basketball team in the playoffs with head coach John Mosley, who was hired by Cone. ELAC’s men’s basketball became Netflix’s favorite documentary in 2020. Cone can be seen throughout the series and was interviewed as well. “I don’t know about all that Netflix stuff. You have to ask Coach Mosley. “I do know Netflix cut off the good stuff I said and put it on the floor. “I don’t know if I was misquoted, well actually, I couldn’t have been misquoted, because it was me and my words. But when I said the word “assholes” and then, they cut to, ‘we have those here’ I didn’t say that,” Cone said. However, he does feel that the documentary shines a positive light on the campus, light that was not shined on the campus in previous years during Cone’s reign. He pushed past the adversity and negative reputation of the East Los Angeles campus. He set out to prove ELAC was more than “a community college.” He strived for more than just games, practice and final scores. He wanted to give more to the students’ two year experience at ELAC. He made sure coaches were held accountable and what was expected of a student athlete. More importantly, he wanted students to stay out of trouble and


HAPPY FOR RETIREMENT— Former ELAC Professor and Athletic Director Al Cone enjoys the beginning of his retirement after a 33 year long career.

aided them in recognizing the signs Cone said it was challenging to of abuse. get all the coaches on board with the In 2002program. 2003 Cone, as “Coaches the Athletic made excuses Director, “It was never a job to on why student implemented couldn’t me. I never had to go athletes that all ELAC go,” Cone said. student athletes to work. It was such a D e s p i t e t h e attend a domestic pushback, the joy to be the athletic violence and program went sexual assault director and also to a be on every year, awareness for 15 years. a teacher at ELAC.” presentation. The StudentCone saw A t h l e t e s o m a n y Academic AL CONE students getting A w a r d s Former Athletic Director and themselves Luncheon, was Professor at ELAC into trouble or made possible losing out on with the great opportunities support from due to the lack of knowledge about Dean Lam and athletic counselor the topic and the effects of the abuse Ralph Vallez who helped Cone for both men and women. establish the event.

The luncheon highlighted and awarded the positive academics and events that happened within the athletics department. “We are not dealing with athletes who happen to be students. It is students who happen to be athletes,” Cone said. All the success of the athletic department did not come without obstacles. Cone, along with the Athletic Assistant Didi Jackson, battled for every cent that went to the athletic department. Cone paved the way for numerous fundraisers to further support the atheletic department and student athletes. “It was never a job to me. I never had to go to work. It was such a joy to be the athletic director and also to be a teacher at ELAC. “When it started to become a job, unfortunately, I stepped down. The timing was perfect. The timing was right,” Cone said. Cone stepped down as athletic director in 2018 and retired as a full-time instructor in June of 2021. Since his retirement, he now spends much of his time with his wife, Emi. “Now that I am retired, all the hours, the time that I missed spending quality time with her, I’m making up now,” Cone said. They spend their time traveling and visiting their vacation home about 20 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. When asked about his favorite time during his career Cone said, “My favorite time, the most favorite time is when I met my wife there. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. “My biggest fan, the most important person in my life.” Cone said he had a lot of great moments while a coach at ELAC.

“It was always fun going to athletic contests and playoffs to bring out the best in people. “The men’s soccer game at Orange Coast College was outstanding. The triple overtime game in men’s basketball at Chaffey College, (again) was outstanding. “Following men’s and women’s basketball to Northern California. Both appeared in the final four. That was phenomenal. “Football bowl games are great. The football game at College of the Dessert was a great game. Honestly, at the time, I thought it was the greatest college game I’ve ever seen.” Cone said. He said there were thousands of unforgettable games, events, students, and memories like the Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk or the Clean Up Day or Sprucing Up Day of Monterey Park. Cone leaves behind an incredible legacy that will echo through ELAC in years to come. It was a balance of giving and receiving. Cone dedicated and gave himself countless hours and in return ELAC gave him unforgettable people, memories and moments. “Everything in my life that I have become today. One, my wife. I met my wife because of East Los Angeles College, but everything I have is because of East Los Angeles College. “I am eternally grateful to everyone who had a hand in my career and really grateful to Ernie Moreno, who was the president. I’m really grateful to the college,” Cone said.

Student artist breaks down barriers, tackles world issues BY SOLEIL CARDENAS Staff Writer Mental health and world issues are some of topics student Angelica Viramontes tackles in her artwork. Viramontes is an East Los Angeles College student who has worked at the Vincent Price Art Museum for the past year. She is a studio arts major but is focusing on education and museumoriented studies. Viramontes has her art featured at the student focused “New Voices” exhibit. The exhibit features art works done with different media such as oil paintings, drawings, visual recordings, sculptures and more. Artists in the exhibit were entered in a competition in which two different types of awards were given out. The first award was judged by a panel of jurors, with jurors picking first through fourth place. The second type of award was a museum staff art pick. Viramontes received a certificate of recognition as the museum staff picked her art piece titled “The Universal World.” Viramontes piece is a comic strip made up of mixed media. “For this piece we were challenged in my class to use different material. I thought it would be cool to kind of make a comic where you could actually feel the textures. Kind of like in those kids books where they are super sensory involved,” Viramontes said.

Viramontes attended the exhibits opening night, Nov. 5, where she received her award. She described opening night as intense, the VPAM was packed. “Even if you didn’t receive an award, students are just happy to get recognition for their work and the chance to have your art in a museum space,” Viramontes said. Vi r a m o n t e s h a s h a d t h e opportunity to have her artwork featured in four different exhibits at VPAM. Opening night, Viramontes was asked if her work was an art piece or a comic, but her piece wasn’t one or the other, it was both. “Comics are art as well and deserve to be in an art space,” Viramontes said. Viramontes found her love for art as a kid. During her childhood, she enjoyed illustrated books, animated movies and comics. Her art has been greatly influenced by Bryan Lee O’Malley the creator of the “Scott Pilgrim” comics. In her comic strip, “The Universal World,” Mother Earth breaks the planet into pieces out of frustration. Afterwards, she realizes she reacted in a very human way and instantly tries to fix what has been done. Mother Earth’s frustration stems from all the violence on Earth and damage being done to Earth by humans. “It all has to do with the idea of mother earth just being so upset about these things happening such as wars, violence and global warming,” Viramontes said.

The comic strip features the main character Elana and highlights her struggles after the Earth splits into pieces. Elana struggles with her mental health after losing her parents in the commotion. “I wanted to tackle mental health and little aspects that are personal to me, and, I think, that are personal to any young person out there,” Viramontes said. Viramontes has struggled with her mental health and known others who have struggled as well. She wants her art to make an emotional connection to the viewer. “This is emotional, this is something real and human. You’re not alone in this space,” Viramontes said. As a teacher’s assistant at ELAC, Viramontes has noticed that so many students get caught up with the idea of their art being perfect. “Art should be accessible to everyone. Especially younger kids. I know there is a challenge when schools don’t have access to art. Art is powerful, and teaching kids that their art doesn’t have to be perfect is important,” Viramontes said. Viramontes has been deeply involved in the art community at ELAC and has been mentored by Professors Christine Frerichs, Linda Kallan, Jim Uyekawa, Robert Acuna and Chris Turk. She plans to continue working on “The Universal World” comic strip. Viramontes said comic strips do not always get credit in the art world, but slowly but surely comics are getting the recognition deserved.


GETTING RECONGIZED—Angelica Viramontes stands in front of her piece, “The Universal World.”


‘THE UNIVERSAL WORLD’—Angelica Viramontes explains the story line of her mixed media art piece that earned her a certificate of recongnition. The comic strip art piece is meant to be read left to right and top to bottom.