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Budget cuts jeopardize Adelante program each year. After Ornelas left, Viviana Staff Writer Castellon took over as director. Due to complications, Castellon Adelante, a program for first-year had to resign in July. Moyer and former Vice President students, was being considered for suspension due to budget cuts, but of Workforce Education Renee faculty leaders became concerned Martinez decided they would have to suspend the program. with the lack of a viability study. Yet the lack of notification and “The whole program has been in existence for a couple of years now. the failure to do a viability study, a study in which a “It was developed group analyzes the during a period “As soon as e ff e c t i v e n e s s o f of time where a program at the the college had a I heard about college, got faculty significant surplus,” this decision, I members upset. Vice President of contacted other “As soon as I heard Academic Affairs Richard Moyer said. faculty leaders. All about this decision, “A lot of literature of us agreed that a I contacted other faculty leaders. says that there’s real “All of us agreed value in developing program cannot be cohort communities suspended without that a program cannot a n d p r o v i d i n g a viability review.” be suspended without a viability review specialized needs for being conducted students, so that they adjust to college, but -Alex Immerblum t o e x a m i n e h o w well a program when it was created is doing,” said money wasn’t an Alex Immerblum, issue,” he said. T h e p r o g r a m , w h i c h w a s president of the academic senate. Immerblum said that he and originally started by Anita Ornelas, was costly because it originally other faculty members met with involved reassigning time for a the college president, and it was decided that the program would not director and two counselors. Even though, the school has be suspended, but that a viability had to cut back to one counselor study would soon be launched to for the program, it still cost see ADELANTE, page 3 approximately $200,000 to run the By ERIK LUNA
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Technologically-advanced library—Students make use of the new, top-of-the-line virtual desktops downstairs in the Helen Miller Bailey Library Thursday evening during the first week of school.
Renovated library open despite delays By BRIAN VILLALBA Staff Writer
After months of delays and logistics problems, the Helen Miller Bailey Library has opened, offering more student space and state-of-theart technology. Most of the upgrades to the library were ready for the opening, but the books could not be moved in as the bookshelves were not up to
the Division of the State Architect code specifications. Also, the books were moved in the summer heat from four different locations to the library. “It was like putting 10,000 puzzle pieces together with a short deadline, and it was truly a team effort for the library to be able to open the first day of fall,” Library Chair Choonhee Rhim said. Forty-three pallets of books were transported from a storage facility on Firestone boulevard. The on-campus migration
consisted of nearly 80 heavy-duty book carts. The move was planned, executed and supervised by Jacobs Pacifica Construction managers. InnerVision was contracted for the setup and installation of all the computers in the library, and the ELAC IT department provided all the programming necessary to make them operational. Unisource was contracted to clean, relocate and reconfigure all of the staff workstations. Library services are now available
after a complicated logistics effort. As of now the library is safe and ready for Elans to take full advantage of. There are 240 “thin client” or virtual desktop computers, 23 study rooms, two library classrooms and a wide range of study tables and areas to meet student demands. The “thin client” or virtual desktop computers are not actually PC’s in the traditional sense, and are the first of their kind in use in the Los Angeles see BAILEY, page 3
ELAC becomes more mobile By BRIAN VILLALBA Staff Writer Mobile computing is the primary focus of the Technology Master Plan at East Los Angeles College, as web-based educational pages are to be formatted for mobile usage. The Technology Master Plan is designed to lay out ELAC’s information technology goals and plans. The plan outlines the utilization of technology trends to increase student access to learning materials. Specifically the plan seeks to take advantage of recent advances in mobile technology for the purposes of making learning information more accessible to ELAC students. T h e Te c h n o l o g y M a s t e r plan will be implementing an Identification Management System
that will replace the current Student Information System. The ID Management system will consolidate all of the various login usernames and password so that you can navigate all the online services with less steps. Gonzalo Mendoza, manager of ELAC’s Information Systems, said “We are working toward a single login.” The library plans to make e-readers available for students in addition to the volumes currently in circulation. There are plans to take advantage of the smart phones that are popular with students. Some of these integrations are already in place. E-readers come in a few different brands. The three most common e-readers are Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Apple’s iPad.
The iPad is technically a tablet more than an e-reader, but it has both the Kindle application and the Nook app available for free download from the app store. As each successive generation of e-readers comes out, they offer more features and functions of a tablet. One of the main advantages of using an e-reader to study is that if students come across a word that they are not familiar with, they could get the definition immediately and resume reading with minimal interruption. If the information that is being studied requires another text for clarification, then it would simply require the other text being pulled up from the e-reader. Essentially, students have the content of the Internet and library in a small, handheld device. see MASTER PLAN, page 3
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Fourteen members of the Art Faculty will display their work in the 2012 faculty art exhibition. The opening reception is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the small gallery of the Vincent Price Art Museum free of charge. The show will run from Thursday to December 8.
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BACK IN ACTION— Robert Arias, right, lectures to his history class on Tuesday night as his teaching assistant Ricardo Villalobos, left, writes the lecture notes on the whiteboard.
Arias back to pursue teaching By AUGUSTINE UGALDE Staff Writer An unyielding desire to continue pursuing his teaching career has Robert John Arias back doing what he loves for the East Los Angeles College Social Sciences department. Arias returned to teaching a full semester this fall less than a year after suffering a devastating stroke last Sept. 27. The effects of the stroke left Arias wheelchair bound and with limited movement on the left side of his body, but that has not discouraged him from his
passion, teaching history. “I taught a couple of classes this summer. I really wanted to be back. I feel best when I’m here,” Arias said. “It’s my career. It’s what I really want to do in my life,” Arias said. Arias said one of the driving forces behind his rapid return to teaching are the students of ELAC. He embraces the challenge of teaching the young people of this community and feels that there is untapped potential here. “You can affect people positively here. You affect their potential and there is so much potential here,” Arias said. “So often people have given up
on them. I never want give up on these people,” Arias said. His connection to ELAC students goes beyond the usual, teacher/ student, mentor/mentee relationship. Arias considers himself part of the community of students, and part of the surrounding community overall, having lived in the area for most of his life. Although his return to ELAC has been rapid, Arias still struggles in many aspects of life, both on, and off campus. During the summer, Arias had not yet received a motorized wheelchair, making it necessary to see ARIAS, page 3
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Cancelled classes disrupt learning By JANE FERNANDEZ Staff Writer “Awesome! Class is cancelled, let’s go hang out!” We might say this to ourselves or hear this from one of our classmates as we throw a little mental party in our heads, but do we really think about the consequences of a cancelled class? Should we really take those consequences for granted and let our excitement take a toll on our education? From my past experiences, I have always had a class that was cancelled at least three times in a semester but I never really thought much about it. Last week, I experienced the opposite feelings with my speech class. As I reached to open the classroom door I noticed the lights were off, which I found to be odd. As I looked up by the door hoping to see a note from the teacher asking
us to meet him somewhere else, I noticed a cancellation notice. I was shocked to find a class to be cancelled this early in the semester so I wasn’t expecting it. In past semesters I would not have
even looked inside the classroom to double check, but this time I did and I thought of all the reasons why I didn’t want my class to be cancelled. Not only did I feel as if the teacher had failed on us for not showing up,
but I also felt as if I was throwing my money away. I thought, “What if this teacher misses class another few times this semester, and my other teachers miss class this semester as well, how
much money will I be throwing away on lectures that never happened.” Another reason class cancellations are nothing to be excited about is because we tend to forget the lecture from days before. That means the teacher will have to re-explain the lecture and we will be wasting more class time on top of being jammed with information from two, sometimes three lectures. What I did not value past semesters was beginning to bother me, and I sure hoped it bothered my classmates enough to want to think about skipping class when the teacher was available. “I don’t know if to feel happy or sad about it,” said one of my classmates as we walked away from the empty classroom. We might think a break from a class, once in a while, would not be bad but we have to keep in mind that a cancelled class is more of a disadvantage than we find it to be. Although we might get to leave earlier or hang out with a friend, we are wasting valuable education time that we are paying for.
Elevators, automatic doors should be left for disabled By ERIK LUNA Staff Writer
Study rooms are not meant for socializing By DANNY VASQUEZ Staff Writer Students should be more courteous while using the study rooms in the Helen Miller Library for those who are trying to study or get their work done. In the library there are 25 study rooms, where students in groups can go and study. The problem regarding the study rooms is that some students tend to go just to waste time by sleeping, lounging or taking up space that could consist of four to eight people who are there to do what these rooms are provided for. On each window of the study rooms there is a sign that lets you know the limit on how many people can be in at a time. These are mostly filled with students that are actually there to work. Although on the other hand, there are those students who are wasting time in the room and taking over tables that can easily fit four people. These are the students that make it harder for those who want to find seats to read a book for class. A students’ study habits are crucial
for almost every class especially in order to pass. When students go to the library to waste valuable time and take up seats, they are giving the students that want to work no choice but to sit on the floor. It’s difficult to do work when there is no stable foundation to write on or a nice chair to sit on.I have personally experienced this scenario where I walked into the library looking for a table to sit and do homework but all I found was backpacks piled on it. I went in other rooms but they were mostly filled with people laughing and joking around, so I just decided to sit on the floor. Although it wasn’t long before a worker told me that I was sitting near a fire hazard and had to find a table. Students need to stop treating the library as a place to socialize or even sleep. There are many solutions to fix this. Some examples would be to have constant supervision or even a cafeteria where students can lounge and be social.
Some students are lazy. I understand this, but what I don’t understand is why some students choose to take their feet and hands for granted. There is no other place on campus that this is more apparent than in the building. Countless students wait in the main hall of the E7 building for one of the two elevators to take them one floor above or below them. There is no harm in taking the elevator, but when a student waits for at least five minutes just for the elevator to get there. When they could simply walk a simple flight of stairs to get to the second floor is ridiculous. I’m not holding myself higher than anyone else. On the contrary, I am one of those students at times. Yet, I do it when it is convenient, or when it is a happy coincidence.
For example, walking into the E7 people don’t want to touch the door building just as the elevator opens handles due to some germaphobic up, who doesn’t love that? tendency, but if that’s the case, This pleasant happenstance just so those people can easily carry around happens to be my inspiration a bottle of hand for this article, because as sanitizer. I walk into the elevator to “Yet, this is It is expensive. go up to the third floor I Although the new see others, who had been just one of locksmith at ELAC, waiting, press the button for the many Al Arteaga, said the the second floor. instances buttons can withstand Why couldn’t they just go the constant pressing, that I’ve up the stairs? Maybe, they there is a possibility were just there coincidentally seen students they can malfunction as well. taking their at times. Yet, this is just one of the wouldn’t be fair to limbs for theItdisabled many instances that I’ve students, seen students taking their granted.” and it wouldn’t be fair limbs for granted. to the locksmith, who Everyone has seen the would have to fix those buttons. square buttons outside doors for Let’s not take our legs and hands the disabled to use, yes, I’ll repeat for granted anymore. myself for disabled. Walk up a flight of stairs. It’s These buttons have a purpose and good for you. Open the door for violating that purpose just because someone else. someone doesn’t want to use their That’s just plain old good hands is just wrong. manners. It’s understandable that some Wouldn’t we all feel better?
Staff Writer Proposition 37 is being framed as a choice between genetically enhanced food and food that doesn’t have genetic enhancements. The reality is that Proposition 37 has very little to do with genetics and everything to do with showing the public what they are eating. If people are presented with a choice of knowing what is in their food, or not knowing, then it should be clear that knowing is better. This issue is especially important to East Los Angeles College’s primary demographic, Hispanics;,who represent 76.6 percent of the school’s population. According to an Experian Simmons, Winter 2012 NHCS Adult Survey, Hispanics 18-29 years old are more likely than non-Hispanics to claim that nutritional value is the most important factor in what foods they eat. Given how important eating healthy is to everyone, Proposition 37 should pass easily. There are opponents to the bill that
profit from genetically engineered foods, like Monsanto Company, and E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. Then there are other opponents that people may not expect such as Coca Cola, Nestle, and Hershey. According to KCET, nearly $28 million were spent to oppose Proposition 37.
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By contrast, less than $5 million was spent in support of Proposition 37. Monsanto and DuPont provided $8.2 million of the total contributions to oppose Proposition 37. If this proposition is going to decide if genetically engineered foods are to be legal, then it
would merit a debate about what the dangers are of genetically engineered foods are. This is not the case though. It is about consumers knowing what is in the food they buy. If consumers are going to pay a premium for food that is labeled as organic, shouldn’t they have the
right to know what kind of science goes into the food? If you would like to know what is in your food, then you must vote yes on Proposition 37. If you don’t care what is in your food, then you should probably still vote yes on Proposition 37 because it will put pressure on large food corporations to produce foods more in line with health conscious consumers and that benefits everyone. Some of the brands that are opposed to Proposition 37 are brands that have been the biggest food brands in the world. Here we have them opposing a label that would inform their consumers. It is a bad look for a brand to be conspiring to conceal contents of their products from the public. The brands that are opposed to Proposition 37 should join the 21st century. Consumers want to know what is in their food.Are we going to eat genetically engineered foods? Most likely we will, but the choice should ours to make.
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SER Club supports South Gate tions regarding the newly passed deferred action program which Staff Writer allows undocumented students to Students for Equal Rights will obtain a work permit and drivers expand services to the South Gate license under Obama’s new deferred campus to help undocumented action policy. Alonso helped create the workstudents this Thursday at noon in shop. a room to be announced. The workshop hosted 200 people SER is a club that helps undocumented students navigate their way and opened its doors to community through school by offering work- members and students alike. “Here at SER we build leaders shops, legal advice, job finding serand community activists that help vices and free book make a difference,” sharing programs Alonso said. for all members of the club. “They came to us h eSl Ep eRd huansd oa cl suoThe expansion mented students by to South Gate was looking for help, prompted when new so this semester offering workshops that teach them how president Keylinne we decided to to transfer to a four Alonso saw the open a club at year university as an need from students AB-540 student. in South Gate who South Gate.” The club runs a didn’t have the same book sharing proaccess to information as the students - Keylinne Alonso gram complete with an updated list of the at main campus. books available. “They came to SER is also an us looking for help active advocacy so this semester we group that helps prodecided to open a club at South Gate,” Alonso said. mote political awareness for student SER which has been chartered issues and voter registration. An added benefit to joining SER since 2007, has a network in association with California Dreamers is its relationship with AB540 and the American Federation of friendly employers which find Teachers, which allows SER to undocumented students jobs. For more information on the help undocumented students with immigration and legal problems club, attend one of their meetings at ELAC on the main campus on they may be facing. Two weeks ago, SER hosted a Wednesdays at noon in room C2 day-long workshop in which they 106, or Elac South Gate campus on brought in an immigration lawyer, Thursday at noon in a room to be Shiu Maing, to help answer ques- announced. By EDWARD SINGLETON
Making a difference Student Gavino Herra Jr. helps make a difference by making a promise to the Students for Equal Rights club to vote for Propositions 30 during club rush day, while club secretary Thania Flores guides him through the signing process.
Master Plan: ELAC plans technological future Continued from page 1 Etudes and Moodle are a webbased supplemental learning portal that allows collaboration and communication with students and professors. Etudes and Moodle allow a virtual communication with both the professor and other students that students would expect in the class. There are forums for discussion and assignments that can be assigned and submitted using the Etudes and Moodle portals. Quizzes can be assigned and graded using both platforms as well. Etudes and Moodle also offer
smartphone platform access. The Etudes app is currently only available to students who use the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There are plans to make it available to Android platform users, but it will not be available in the immediate future. The Moodle mobile app is available on both Apple and Android devices. Distance education is another primary focus of the Technology Master Plan. A recording of a lecture allows a student the flexibility common in distance learning, but it also
provides in-class students with the ability to recover notes when a class is missed. Lecture capture, which is recording of a lecture, comes in the form of an audio or video recording of the lecture. Mendoza said, “We are looking to add that (lecture capture) for the nursing students.” It would be uploaded as a podcast, downloadable audio file or YouTube video. The specifics of the plan have yet to be determined, but technology is a centerpiece tool of both online courses and in-class course. There are various infrastructure
improvement plans, such as implementing redundancy protocols and expanding fiber optic bandwidth, and increasing wireless bandwidth to 10 GB/s on campus to support the various multimedia learning platforms, will be implemented. Mendoza said, “Buildings will have Internet from multiple sources, so that if one (source) goes down, they (Internet users) won’t even know.” According to the Technology Master Plan, the budget cuts have not prevented the IT Department from advancing technology plans for ELAC.
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Community College District. The “thin client” consists of a monitor, keyboard and mouse connected to the main server in the IT Datacenter, as opposed to the traditional PC with everything kept locally. There has been a huge spike in the usage of the library since it has opened. Rhim said, “The daily count of students using the library has increased three to five times.” The increase in library usage is attributed to the increase in services and features that the upgraded library has to offer. “Many students take advantage of the newly renovated physical space, however not all students are aware of our equally impressive online resources,” Rhim said. Rhim said textbooks for classes are usually on reserve at the library, but it is up to the professors to provide the books as it is library’s policy not to buy textbooks as it would take up the entire book purchasing budget every year. This will prevent the library from purchasing books that are needed to keep the library current. A new children’s room that is equipped with child-sized tables and chairs has also been added. This environment is ideal for parents who are seeking a family friendly environment to study. “Supervising adults can study at the tables next to the Children’s Room while their children read or play,” Rhim said.
Cristo, who was not aware of the possibility of Adelante being suspended, started her assignment as director on September 10. “I can’t speak (about the suspension). However, Adelante does meet the recommendations of the student success task force,” Cristo said. According to Moyer, who originally opted for suspension, pending a viability study, the selection of the two Jessicas was a possible good sign, because they were well suited for the job. “Peak stepped in with the orientation and was of great help… and Cristo has been working with our summer bridge program, so she’s used to working with high school students (that are making) a transition to college, she has in incredible background in terms of understanding AB-540 students and has done an incredible amount of research,” Moyer said.
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have someone wheel him around campus and in the classroom, a situation that weighs heavily on him. “I’ve become dependent on people and I feel burdensome, and I don’t want to be that,” Arias said. Arias identifies the loss of his independence as the biggest and most devastating affect that the stroke has left him with. “I would like to be able to drive again. I would like to shower, and go to the restroom on my own and get in and out of a chair again,” Arias said. His road to full recovery will be long and hard, but Arias has the will and determination to see this through, if not the patience. “Most of the doctors talk about it in the context that it will take about two years,” Arias said. “Everyone always tells you to be
patient, but patience has never been on of my best virtues,” said Arias. The UCLA and Claremont College graduate has worked hard all his life in pursuit of his educational goals, both personal and professional, but finds recovering from this stroke his biggest challenge. “I’ve always been a hard worker, and it’s always, to some extent, paid off, but I just haven’t seen it in regards to the stroke,” said Arias. Arias is optimistic about his path to recovery and hopes one day to gain full usage of his left side and to walk again; a result that his doctors say is possible with a lot of hard work and therapy. He also hopes to be well enough to walk down the aisle with his fiance one day. He is currently teaching four classes this semester and hopes to return to his normal workload of six classes next spring.
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determine the fate of Adelante. “We probably should have consulted with more people, but we had to make a decision and we said we’ll take care of the Adelante students, giving them a class for this semester,” Moyer said. “It was the suddenness of the former director’s resignation that precipitated this, but she was a hard worker and she just made her decision,” he said. The president also said that administrative and counseling hours (pay) would be provided at the end of the summer for the resigning director and the counseling department in order to help students who wanted to enroll in the program for fall. Since the meeting, two faculty members have been chosen to be the director and counselor for Adelante, Jessica Cristo and Jessica Peak.
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Award granted to former Elan By ERIK LUNA Staff Writer As the Brookings Oregon city manager, Gary Milliman, sits in his car on his way to his grandsons 10th birthday, he chuckles as he remembers his time at East Los Angeles College. Milliman once served as the editor-in-chief of Campus News. He is now receiving an award for Career Excellence in Honor of Mark E. Keane from the International City/ County Management Association. “I was surprised. I was aware of the award and some of the other people who have received it,” Milliman said. “I went into the ICMA system and saw the other nominees and they are all amazing people, that’s why I was so surprised,” he said. Modesty is one of Milliman’s many traits. He took over as city manager of South Gate in 2003 once it became apparent that former councilmember Albert Robles was embezzling millions from South Gate. Robles was finally ousted in a recall election when his nefarious extracurricular activities were exposed. “He took a very bad situation in South Gate and turned it around. He’s a very good administrator,” Steven Droessler, San Diego Union Tribune news editor and former Campus News, editor in chief said After having received his masters degree from the University of Southern California, Milliman said he was well prepared for his future in city government. Although, Milliman said that he was well prepared when he left ELAC. “When I started working in Bell
Gardens, doing public information, other employees were writing reports and people would say, ‘hey there’s this guy down the hall that knows how to write. Take it to him so they can be more understandable’,” Milliman said with a chuckle. Both Milliman and Droessler, who have been friends since their stint on Campus News, paid homage to their mentors and advisers Ed Newman and Russell Paine. According to Milliman, the objective of the two teachers was to have their students ready so that when they graduated from ELAC they could go out and get a job on a newspaper. Milliman thought they did an excellent job and truly felt like he was ready. “What I was able to use from the journalism education I received at ELAC was the research aspect. “I still use the five w’s and h when I have to do news articles on city projects and programs,” Milliman said. “Also, I was a pretty shy guy, but Campus News taught me to get over that. You can’t be a reporter and be shy,” he said. In 1968 Milliman and Droessler found that someone had thrown a Molotov Cocktail in the newsroom. “We had swat cars come in the campus, we had police chases. It was crazy times, because of the Vietnam War,” Droessler said with a chuckle. Milliman, who has been city manager for cities such as, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Maywood and finally Brookings, is planning to continue as city manager for as long as he can. He will be accepting the ICMA Award for Career Excellence in Phoenix, Arizona on October 10.
helping hands—Jeremy Oliver (left) play’s a C scale for ELAC student Juan Carlos Ocaranza on Thursday night at The Hook Up. Ocaranza teaches music lessons at the non-profit resource center.
Organization hooks up homeless students By CRISTINA GALVAN Staff Writer Esperanza Ortega is the program director of Students Soldiers Justice Memorial Foundation, also known as The Hook-Up Resource Center, which offers college students and returning veterans help with job preparation, food and resources, a shelter and independent living skills. Ortega started her involvement in programs that serve the community 15 years ago after she opened her first program for teen moms. At the age of 15, Ortega found herself going through the struggles of becoming a teen mom and learned the importance of not being offered a place to go to and learn more about it. “Although I had the support from my parents and family, I did not have the support from the community because being a teen mom in my time was looked upon
as shameful and at that point I knew I was going to have to do something about it,” Ortega said. The lack of information the community offered to its residents triggered her to want to make a difference in the future for those students who are in the position she was in. Although she was never homeless, the experience of being a part of other programs and foundations taught her the struggles people might be going through. She decided to open the Hook-Up Resource Center after she realized how little attention is given to homeless students and veterans attending East Los Angeles College, or who live in the community, that are in need of assistance. Ortega was inspired by a particular homeless student known as “Speedy” after she met him during the Occupied Movement, which took place late October of 2011. Started by Angie Rincon, the
purpose of this movement was to try and get school official attention for the increase of unit prices by protesting and sleeping in tents outside the campus. Ortega said that during this time she met with many homeless students, including Speedy, who were sleeping on campus or going from couch to couch in many homes, yet still managed to be well rounded, hardworking students. She couldn’t help but to try and do some kind of service to these students in need. “It’s such a blessing to help someone and to provide them with necessities... It’s an honor,” she said. With the help of director of veterans at The Hook-Up, William Valenzuela, and volunteers Robert Musselman and Irene Castillo, they were able to contact city officials and rent as well as remodel the resource center which has helped about five students find a temporary home.
According to Ortega this center has in some way become a home for many homeless students. This is a safe and quiet place where they can come in to study or have a warm meal. Not only are books provided but also computers with free WiFi for those who are studying in there. Every Friday and Saturday they hold events for the community such as resume building, children’s art classes and music lessons. Ortega’s next mission is to expand the center by purchasing a home for students to temporarily live in and keep off the streets. Although she isn’t looking into starting new programs she has big plans for this one which she hopes to accomplish. The Hook-Up is a 1200 sq foot office located at 923 W. Whittier Blvd in the city of Montebello and runs only on donations from school, other organizations or the community. Ortega says that providing this is a way of her giving back to the community.
Health center provides service for Elans By CRISTINA GALVAN Staff Writer
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guidance— Gary Mlliman teaches a class on good government to the leader’s of the future.
A variety of services are available to Elans in the Student Health Center. The $11 health fee gives students access to the Health Center and its services. In order to get services, students must bring their current IDs with the semester sticker, or their registration form that shows that they paid for their health fee. Some of the services available are first aid, TB skin test, physicals, and STD testing. Most services are free. For a small charge students can also get laboratory tests, HIV screenings, and pap smears. Students can also get one-on-one,
emotional/ behavioral counseling with a therapist. There are stress counseling, depression, anxiety, self esteem, eating disorders, domestic violence and suicide prevention services available also. Students can also join confidential support groups that deal with anger management and drug addiction. A Lesbian Gay and Bisexual support group will start soon. Screenings such as blood pressure, and college health are offered, as well as breast and testicular exams. Services not provided are emergency care, dental services, eye exams, x-rays, and diagnostic test. In order to see a practitioner, students should make an appointment, but walk-ins are also welcomed. “(Students) have to make
appointments for physicals and STD testing,” Alma Hernandez said, health center medical assistant. Blood work tests do require an appointment. Hernandez said that it is important that students visit the center because some students can be sick and should be aware of it. Hernandez added that the center has recently been treating students with high blood pressure who are unaware that they it. She said that it is also important that students visit the center to check their health. “One of the most rewarding things about the center is that you make students feel better,” Hernandez said. The center does treat minor emergencies such as falls. The most common are falls from
skateboards and bicycles. Elan Shaileen Martinez has visited the center before. “I liked it, it was kind of hidden, I like that we have that service available,” Martinez said. Martinez said that she also likes the center because, “you could schedule an appointment between classes... works out better.” Erika Mendez has never been to the center, but she said, “I know people that go and like it because it is in and out.” The student health center is located next to the ASU in the G8 building, room 111. Hours of operations are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. The health center’s phone number is (323) 265-8651.
Former Elan becomes owner of comic book store By AMANDA MAYBERRY Staff Writer
With a love for comic books, former Elan Peter Mellini went from comic store employee to owner almost overnight. Mellini has been owner of Nostalgic Books and Comics for about two weeks. “I always say if it wasn’t for comic books, I wouldn’t know how to read,” Mellini said. In spite of a few difficulties Mellini remains enthusiastic and has a lot of plans to improve the quality of his new store. Nostalgic, once located on Main Street. in Alhambra, moved to San
Gabriel in early 2011. It was around this time that the owner, Try Lam, offered Mellini the position of manager. According to Mellini, Lam owned the store as a hobby. Lam’s day job is working in a Jet Propulsion Lab. “He wasn’t in the store much. He just didn’t really have the time, so in June of this year he asked if I wanted to buy the store and I said yes,” Mellini said From 2002 to around 2006, Mellini had worked at Comic Galaxy. Around 2006 owner Juan Piverall went through a divorce and offered to sell his story to Mellini. However, Mellini was unable to buy the store at that time, so Piverall took another offer and sold the store. “I’ve always wanted to own a comic book store,” Mellini said. So the second time Mellini was
given the opportunity to do so, he took it. He said it took a couple of months, but early this month, he became the official owner of the store. “My brother went in to look around not long after I became owner and asked me if I had buyer’s remorse,” Mellini said. He admits the store is a mess. He said that the store has some technical difficulties which often leave the store without electricity for days sometimes. Not only that, but the store’s hours aren’t very consistent. The store is closed Sunday and Monday, and is open Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday noon to 7 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday noon to 6 p.m. “As the store gets better, it’ll start to have better hours,” Mellini said. Mellini has numerous ideas for the
store. He plans to update the store’s website, nostalgicbooksandcomics. com, daily instead of weekly, as well as offer club member discounts, workshops and classes. Mellini intends to host a 24-hour comic day on Oct. 20. Three other stores in California are holding the same event on the same day. It’s a day when creators are invited to comic stores and are presented with the challenge of writing and drawing a 24 page or 100 panel comic within 24 hours. The event will involve food and Black Friday types sales. He also hopes to hold another event for Halloween. “It’s still early, but I got a lot of stuff planned that I’m hoping to kick off soon. I really want to get things going,” Mellini said. The store is located at 256 W. Fairview in San Gabriel.
nostalgia-- Former Campus News cartoonist and editor in chief, Peter Mellini, stands proud in his new store Nostalgic Books and Comics located in San Gabriel.
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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
‘It’s Time’ brings folk music back By ERIK LUNA Staff Writer With a perfect blend of traditional Son Jarocho music from Veracruz, spoken word, poetry and Afro-beat, Las Cafeteras’ new and first studio album, “It’s Time” brings together an old, but refreshing sound that brings people together to dance. The energy given out from this seven-piece band is apparent from their first song, “El Chuchumbe” to their last, “Trabajador Trabajadora”. This English and Spanish speaking band, which features former East Los Angeles College students, utilizes traditional instruments such as jaranas, a marimbol, cajones, quijada and a requinto guitar. This album brings together a politically-charged message and sets it to music, sending the message of equality, community appreciation, unity and love. Their most politically infused
song is a spoken word piece named “It’s Movement Time,” in which vocalist and jarana player Hector Flores discusses the plight of the Chicano and the African-American. Jarana player and vocalist Daniel French, also brings the lyrical flow in spoken word center stage in the piece “Trabajador Trabajadora,” in which he gives thanks to everyone for the inspiration of the band, which culminates in a very powerful piece. One distinguishing aspect from this ten-song album is Flores’ voice, which brings the feel of the ‘50s Pachuco movement and cuts through songs with an enthusiastic fling. Each instrument that is used is crucial to the success of every song, whether it’s the backing of the marimbol, which gives the song it’s bass line, or the jaranas and requinto. The music created by these instruments mixes perfectly to give a fine-tuned vessel for the singers
Leah Gallegos and Annette Torres’ vibrant voices to flow on. Torres, which is more soft and soothing, creating well balanced and powerful vocals. David Flores’ use of the Requinto leads most of the songs on this album. Its usage works perfectly with every song, giving it that little something extra. The album is interspersed with fast paced and colorful songs, like “La Bamba Rebelde,” which samples the tradition folk song, “La Bamba,” to slow and calming songs like “Luna Lovers”. The inside layout shows the band’s humor. When you take out the disc, there is a panoramic picture of them recreating the famous Beatles album cover of “Abbey Road.” “It’s Time,” which was recorded at Bedrock Studios and runs for approximately 50 minutes. It was officially released to the public last Friday at the band’s CD release party in Mariachi Plaza.
Modern cafe offers varieties By SERGIO BERRUETA Staff Writer Ganache Patisserie and Café, located in Monterey Park, is a new café specializing in decadent desserts, rich pastries and unique coffee blends. Ganache prides itself on recipes relying on ganache, a sauce or filling for a variety of pastries. The café has a modern spin to its décor with sketches of their in-house recipes and items lining the walls. The red and black on the tables and chairs pops with a chic sense of style for the consumer’s eyes. Small yet spacious, it makes up for in its design. A signature staple is the Milk Chocolate Passion ($7.55), a dessert concoction consisting of chocolate mousse, passion fruit cream, and a topping of hard foam chocolate. These unique ingredients unite to create a blend of tart and smooth texture. The mix works well with a
combination that is not too strong nor too mundane, providing a rich and creamy experience. Another house specialty comes in the form of a year round, handmade pumpkin latte ($3.95). Made from scratch, the first taste in an introduction to the blend comes with a bit of light foam and froth, warming the taste buds. Unlike seasonal pumpkin blends at most cafés, the flavor does not override the taste of the latte. Rather, it makes for a fantastic taste that can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Alongside the latte, a freshly baked, bite size cake ($0.98) is a perfect companion to the latte. Ganache succeeds with a combination of unique items, house blends, and is sure to have a bright future ahead. Ganache Patisserie and Café is located at 141 N. Atlantic Blvd., #102, Monterey Park, CA 91754. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Burts of Flavors— Liege-style warm waffles dusted to perfection accompany cold ice cream topped with warm chocolate and garnished with glazed strawberries open the palate with intense flavors, served at Macchiato in Monterey Park.
Macchiato serves up refreshing drinks with exceptional meals By EDWARD SINGLETON Staff Writer
Decadent Tempation—The White Chocolate Mousse and the candy chocolate garnish satifies all five senses as each layer of chocolate is explored.
Macchiato is a new Chinese cafe located 1.5 miles north of campus that serves up exceptional meals and drinks. Easily overshadowed by the surrounding cafes, restaurants and offices, Macchiato offers free Wi-Fi for those students interested in finding a new place to study. Macchiato offers reasonablypriced lunch specials while specializing in artistically decorated drinks. The lunch specials are affordable, fresh-tasting and elegantly presented. Macchiato serves, Special Sauce Chicken ($6.75), a box lunch which consists of chicken marinated in spicy chicken sauce,
white rice and four side dishes -- bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs, steamed vegetables and potatoes marinated in a special sauce. The chicken is a generous portion with a light flavorful sauce, while the bean sprout side dish works as a palate cleanser for all the other dishes. Macchiato also serves pastries and desserts ranging from creme brulee ($3.95) to liege waffle ice cream sandwich ($5.25). The liege waffle ice cream sandwich is served with two ice cream scoops of either matcha (green tea flavor), chocolate, vanilla or strawberry and four waffle slices. The waffles are warm and soft ,which complement the ice cream nicely. Among other beverages, two of Macchiato’s specialty drinks are the green tea mojito ($3.25) and almond
smoothie ($3.50). Many people are familiar with the classic mojito, which is an alcoholic beverage with a sweet minty taste. Macchiato’s green tea version of the mojito however, tastes like flat lime soda mixed with green tea, muddled in mint leaves, a lemon wedge and plenty of ice. Mojito lovers might be sorely disappointed with the green tea version which seems to have opposing tastes from the green tea and carbonated soda. The almond smoothie makes up for Macchiato’s mojito mishap. Rich in almond flavor with a milky, yet sweet taste, it’s a refreshing and light. Primarily a Chinese cafe, most of the menu is written in chinese with English translations. Students should ask for their order to be reread to them as the
waiters have a heavy accent and might be prone to misunderstanding the order. An incident involving a misunderstanding occurred while ordering a black ice coffee and instead a regular late was served. Macchiato has huge open windows that brighten up the cafe, which is good for students who plan to read or study. An outside water fountain makes studying at Macchiato a pleasant experience for students trying to get some work done. The average price of the drinks are $3.50, meals are $6.50 and desserts $3.75 with no student discounts available. Overall, Macchiato receives an A for their friendly customer service, an A for their flavorful chicken, C for their mojito malfunction and a B for their student friendly atmosphere.
Radnor passes expectations in ‘Liberal Arts’ By ERIK LUNA Staff Writer
With a colorful cast and dynamic writing, the new film “Liberal Arts” delivers a heartwarming message of realizing one’s position in life regardless of age. The film focuses on 35- yearold Jesse Fischer, played by Josh Radnor, who befriends a 19 year old college student named Zibby, played by Elizabeth Olsen, when he goes to visit his alma mater. As the two become acquainted, they quickly realize that they are strongly attracted to one another. As Fischer must go back to New York, the two quickly start a
correspondence through the mail, in which Fischer details his growing love for classical music. The correspondence scene has to be one of the best comedic montages created, at least one of the best written montages. Through time, Fischer realizes he must go back to visit Zibby, bringing back all the social taboos that come with dating someone 16 years their junior. The film takes place in Kenyon College, Radnor’s real life alma mater, which has one of the best English departments in the country. The defining aspect of this film is the dialogue. The film, which was written and directed by Radnor, has a good mixture of humor and drama. The jokes are sophisticated but
not crude or vulgar. It’s clear from the start that Radnor’s script makes the movie witty, charming, smart and unique. The entertaining, clever and
funny introduction sequence sets the mood for the whole movie. It’s a subtle, but hilarious conversation between Radnor and unseen students.
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The actors were both believable and charismatic. “The characters in the movie, in a sense, are a part of me. Jesse isn’t just me, there are parts of me in Zibby and even in the professors,” Radnor said. “It’s very confusing at times, when I’m writing for myself. it’s like I’m being pulled by two different directions,” Radnor said.. Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), who plays Peter Hoberg, does a fantastic job as a supporting actor in this film. His snappy comebacks to Radnor’s clever quips makes for an entertaining scene. Along with Jenkins, Allison Janney (Juno) and Zac Efron (The Lucky One), both do a marvelous job in their roles.
Janney plays Fischer ’s old professor. Judith Fairfield and Efron plays the wise hippie Nat. Efron’s take on the wise hippie was surely re-energizing. It was both hysterical and wise; one, if not the, best scenes in the film. The chemistry between Radnor and each of the other actors was evident; creating a beautiful story in which they must realize that growing up doesn’t stop at any age. “Liberal Arts” is Radnor ’s second film as director and writer. His first film was called “Happythankyoumoreplease.” The film, which is not rated, is only playing in select theaters and runs for 97 minutes. However, Radnor said that it will have a wider release come October.
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Football wins tenth straight game By WILLIAM HERNANDEZ Staff Writer The Huskies pulled off a big victory on the road at West Los Angeles College in a 58-55 shootout last Saturday in their last nonconference game. ELAC will host Mt. San Jacinto College next Saturday at 6 p.m. The Huskies improved to 3-0 overall and extended their unbeaten record to ten straight games dating back to the 2011 season. ELAC scored first, taking the ball down the field on the opening drive of the game. Quarterback Aaron Cantu connected with receiver Alex Villalobos for a 38-yard touchdown reception followed by a successful PAT by Allan Infante. The Huskies were up early 7-0. WLAC evened the score at 8:54 in the first quarter when Wildcat running back Hakeem McGrew ran into the end zone on an 8-yard run. ELAC counterattacked with a 50-yard touchdown run by running back Preston Oliver which gave the Huskies a lead of seven. Both teams found themselves consistently in the end zone with a total of 61 first half points, 33-28. With 5:15 minutes left in the third quarter, the Huskies stretched their lead to eleven points when Cantu hit wide receiver Carlos Portillo on an inside quick slant route for a 9-yard
touchdown reception. WLAC cut the Huskies 11 point lead in a fourth-and-1 play at the goal line with less than two minutes left in the third quarter. Starting quarterback Dallas Lopez ran for a touchdown on a designed quarterback keeper after a successful PAT, cutting into ELAC’s lead, 39-35. The Huskies then drove down the field and finished off with a 31-yard touchdown reception from Cantu to receiver Willie Udofia, putting the Huskies up 45-35, with a quarter left to play. The Wildcats got into the end zone again when Lopez completed a quick shovel pass to receiver Steven Cross, followed by a PAT, to cut ELAC’s lead again, 45-42. WLAC was forced to a quick three and out, but were rewarded by a Husky turnover. ELAC’s Portillo fumbled the ball at the ELAC 19-yard line after he took a shot from Wildcat defensive back Quinten Howard. The Wildcats took advantage of their tremendous field position when Lopez went for a 19-yard touchdown run on an option keeper, giving WLAC their first lead of the game, 49-45. ELAC regained the lead on its following six-play 65-yard drive, which was capped off with a touchdown pass from Cantu on a QB scramble to receiver Robert
McCovery. The Huskies failed to successfully complete a two point conversion after scoring a touchdown for the fifth time, to go up 51-49. ELAC went down the field with Cantu leading the way. The Huskies found themselves inside the red zone with less than two minutes remaining, and got into the end zone for six points on a 6-yard run by Oliver. Infante’s PAT was successful and the Huskies had a three-point lead, 58-55, with 1:31 left in the game. The Huskies gave up 51 points, but were able to stop the Wildcats on fourth-and-10 inside the Husky 10-yard-line with seconds remaining. After the game, Cantu spoke about the mindset inside the huddle during the game winning drive. “It’s a routine. We had a sense of urgency on that last drive and we were relentless the whole game,” Cantu said. Husky lineman Kyle Cook said that the team needed to stay together and persevere during the game to get the victory. ELAC Head Coach Steve Mojarro believes that the result should not have been that close. “It was closer than it should have been and a lot of it starts with me and my decision calling… being greedy, going for two, that’s against coaching philosophy,” Mojarro said.
OUT OF REACH—Husky Willie Udofia, No. 87 just misses a touchdown pass from Aaron Cantu after Wildcat Marion Taylor punches the ball away in a 58-55 Husky win last Saturday at West L.A. College.
Cross country ends on top By TADZIO GARCIA
TANGLED—Bradley Schmidt (left) from Fullerton College defends the ball against Husky Andy Vega at Weingart Stadium last Friday. ELAC managed to get a 2-2 draw at the end.
Men’s soccer earns draw By LILIANA MARQUEZ Staff Writer Two braces for both teams lit up an entertaining encounter between the men’s soccer team and Fullerton College which ended even, thanks to a 68th minute goal by Husky Adolfo Larios last Friday at Weingart Stadium. This result gave ELAC their third draw on non-conference play and an overall record of 1-1-3. The winless Fullerton Hornets were left with an overall record of 0-2-1. The Huskies will host their last non-conference game this Friday vs. the Southwestern College Jaguars at 3 p.m. ELAC wanted to get their first home victory of the season, but underestimated Fullerton, who proved to be a tough rival for them. “ We s t a r t e d s l o w, w e
underestimated Fullerton and thought it was going to be a piece of cake,” ELAC Assistant Coach Felipe Bernal said. Fullerton forward Alejandro Mora opened the score with a powerful and strong header over the 20-minute mark. The play started when the Hornets were awarded a corner kick. The ball went straight to Mora who found the perfect angle to pitch it in. “My goal put our morale up and got our momentum going. I was speechless. I wanted to go and celebrate with the bench, but I was on the other side (of the field),” Mora said. ELAC’s goalkeeper Juan Escobar was able to stop a Hornet shot from a free kick over minute 32 by throwing himself to the ground. Husky Jesus Mariscal scored five minutes into the second half when he took a shot near the midfield, taking
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Fullerton’s goalkeeper Roberto Diaz by surprise. This was Mariscal’s first goal in his college career. Fullerton’s work as a team payed off when midfielder Misael Samayoa scored their second goal during minute 67. “It was a fantastic goal. I just kicked the ball and figured if the ball goes in or not it is a good shot,” Samayoa said. Husky Adolfo Larios scored the equalizer a minute later with an assist by Jimmy Espinal. “When I scored the tie I just thought of keeping the ball going, because we wanted to go for the win,” Larios said. For Larios this was his sixth goal for the 2012 season. “Both teams played hard especially during the second half, fighting every single ball and going after every ball. The result could have gone either way,” Fullerton Head Coach Alex Perez said. “Good effort, really good fight, we gave it all. ELAC is a good team. We knew it was going to be a tough match,” Fullerton’s Mora said. ELAC’s Larios believes that the team needs to fight from the beginning to the end, and not to wait until they get scored on. “It is the same thing as in the other games. We wait until we get scored on or until we are losing to pick it up and that is when we start attacking, but is too late,” Larios said. “The game was more overflowed during the second half. We were basically trying some new players to see how they look. We were unlucky. We can’t change the result,” ELAC Head Coach Eddie Flores said.
Staff Writer The men’s cross country team raced to a top-ten finish at the SoCal Preview for the first time since 2007 at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa last Saturday; this without two of the Huskies’ top runners. The women’s team placed 16th in the biggest meet of the year prior to the post season, which included almost 600 runners in total. Several runners at the nearby Orange Coast Invite were treated for heat-related injuries in temperatures that reached at least 106 during the day. “We prepared for the race to run smart and not push in the heat. Safety was the most important thing in the race for us,” said Coach Louis Ramirez. As a result, the men’s team place in the No. 10 spot. They are ranked No. 9 in the Southern California Coaches poll, which is the first top-ten ranking for them since 2006. Three Huskies placed ahead of No. 8-ranked LA Trade Tech College’s top runner, en route to an upset of the Beavers. ELAC outscored LATTC by 80 points. Daniel Rincon-Zaragoza led the Huskies to a 10th place team finish by edging teammate Gonzalo Ceja by 4.10 seconds for 42nd place. Rincon-Zaragoza ran a personal best in 22:09.26 minutes. Andres De La Cruz was close behind in 22:15.28. Oscar Jasso (23:52.99) and Aaron
Jasso (24:02.43) rounded out the seconds for 78th place. ELAC scoring. Andrew Torres rounded the Michael Vallejos (24:37.30) scoring for ELAC. and Carlos Lopez (24:57.32) The ELAC women upset also competed for the Bakersfield College Huskies in the top seven by 14 points while race. showcasing times “ELAC is “Gonzalo Ceja was that place them in the gaining in definitely the ‘Athlete top-14 ranking. of the Meet’ for ELAC Approximately 14 confidence h e l p i n g t h e m e n ’s teams advance out with each team place tenth at the of the SoCal finals race. The great in seven weeks to the preview, which gave credence to all the state finals. leadership of work we did in the off our sophomores The ELAC women season,” ELAC Head were led by Megan has helped Coach Louis Ramirez Magdaleno, who has said. our freshman solidified herself as “ELAC is gaining perform well.” the top Husky runner in confidence with after three meets this each race. The great - Louis Ramirez year. leadership of our Rounding out sophomores has helped the Husky scorers our freshman perform well. included finishes from Gloria “We are becoming a team in Hernandez, Kattie Padilla, Linda that each athlete encourages their Alvarado and Briana Lewis. teammates to perform well and Non-scorers Karina Toribio and congratulate and take great pride in Rosa Lima out-dashed runners at the team performance and not individual finish line by 2.09 and 1.15 seconds results,” Ramirez said. respectively. The Huskies tied with SCC rival Valerie Rivas was the lone Husky and No. 14-ranked Pasadena City in the women’s overflow race College for 8th place in the men’s finishing in 45th place out of 83 non-scoring overflow race. runners. Daniel Fernandez was the top “The women’s team placed well finisher for ELAC, placing 40th in but did not perform to the best of 23:45.05. their abilities. Many felt that they Fernandez was followed by a could have performed better and Husky pack that included Omar are looking forward to their next Alvarenga, Juan Rodriguez and race to prove it. Carlos Segovia. “Our pack was grouped well but Alvarenga out-sprinted Rodriguez we need to get closer to the front of by .45 of a second for the 77th spot. the race earlier in the race,” Ramirez Rodriguez edged Segovia by 1.53 said.
Volleyball sinks in three sets By DULCE CARRILLO Staff Writer The volleyball team came home with a 0-3 loss on the road versus the California Lutheran University JV team last Friday. As a result, the Huskies have an overall record of 1-2. ELAC will host their last nonconference game against the Cal Lutheran Regals Friday at the women’s gym at 7 p.m. ELAC played a close first set, losing 25-23. “I was so excited when Claudia scored the first long rally point by attacking using a roll shot.” Husky Jessica Delgado said. “All I could say to myself is we can do this.” The second set was another long rally where both teams dug, set and
attacked without letting the ball drop. “Loud cheers echoed the building when both teams put on a display of evenly matched skills and game strategies,” Head Coach Elliot Walker said. The Huskies made a few errors, according to Walker,which brought the team to break down and caused them to lose the second set, 25-17. Elliot said that the small errors should have been shaken off and not have taken their game momentum on the game. “A lot of loss of communication and concentration were shown after the first set,” Nissa Gamez said. The third set ended with the Huskies losing 25-15. “If the team continues to focus and practice seriously the skills and tactics being taught, the team will not only surprise themselves, but
pull a few upsets in the conference,” Assistant Coach Stephen Bernabe said. Claudia Mosqueda got 16 kills, four assist sets, two blocks, four digs and two-service aces. Delgado brought in 10 kills, three assist sets, five digs and one serve ace. Gamez gave 36 transitioned assist sets, three kills, two blocks and twoservice aces. For Walker the three defensive players of the game were: Lorena Cibrian (two kills, two assists, nine digs and 3/9 service ace), Hung Che Shian (eight digs) and Angie Duarte (three kills, two assist sets and five blocks). “Hope is truly alive in the Huskies as they continue to take on challenges that at one time may have been deemed impossible,” Walker said.
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