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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Two trustees fill seats, one seat in runoff Brian Villalba Staff Writer
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Ex-president of East Los Angeles College, Ernest H. Moreno was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees Tuesday with 67 percent of the vote. Assemblyman Mike Eng was also elected Tuesday to the board, and two candidates for the final seat are headed for a runoff election on May 21. The runoff was triggered by a close race between Montebello Unified School District board member David Vela and incumbent board member Nancy Pearlman, in which neither won a majority vote.Vela received the most votes, with 35 percent of the vote, while Pearlman received 29 percent. Pearlman is the oversight committee chair of the A/AA and Measure J bond program, which is responsible for the
Registered L.A. Voters
LACCD Board of Trustees
Election turnout Seat No. 2 Mike Eng John C. Burke
construction across the district. The bond program is worth more than $2.4 billion. The beleaguered bond program was a common target of candidates as an example of where their leadership is needed. Moreno lists the bond program completion as the first of his primary objectives. He said his focus is budget management. Eng said “reform, oversight and transparency of the bond program,” are a primary objective. The American Federation of Teachers Political Director, John McDowell held a faculty meeting at ELAC before the election to introduce and endorse both Eng and Vela. McDowell said that AFT endorsed Pearlman the last time she ran, and that the union was not satisfied with Pearlman’s oversight of the Bond program. Pearlman is the chairperson of the committee that is charged with the oversight of the beleaguered bond program. McDowell said “She didn’t ask enough questions.”
Seat No. 4
Ernest Moreno Jozef Essavi
Of Pearlman’s campaign priorities, the only mention of construction is to continue green building programs & make campuses ecological. Retired Pierce College and Mission College President Tom Oliver almost unseated Pearlman with 27 percent of the vote. Oliver has held a number of administrative positions at LA Mission, Pierce and Valley College. Tuesday’s election had a low turnout. Just over 14 percent of the registered voters turned out to cast ballots. The union-endorsed candidates all fared better than the candidates that did not have union support. The two candidates the AFT endorsed, Eng and Vela, both won. Moreno had the support of trade unions, but the AFT did not endorse anyone on the ballot for seat 4. The Los Angeles Times endorsed Moreno’s opponent Jozef Essavi, however the endorsement acknowledged he had a lack of experience and understanding of the LACCD.
Moreno is in favor of a college- based budget model over the current district-based model. “We need to learn the lessons of the ’80s, when the district-based budget model didn’t work.” At the AFT meeting, Eng distanced himself from the title of politician when he said “I hated politicians. I didn’t get into politics until I was 50.” Eng is 66 now. He is the husband of Congresswoman Judy Chu, who was a professor at ELAC for 13 years. Eng was a professor at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Chu endorsed Eng, along with the Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Vela, in contrast to Eng, has a background in politics. He has a master’s of public policy from Pepperdine University, and has worked as a legislative aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
Seat No. 6 David Vela Nancy Pearlman Tom Oliver Michael Aldapa
*All percentages are approximations. information compiled by brian Villalba
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Auto students to compete in Eco-Marathon
An unidentified man was taken away on a stretcher after disturbing a Chicano Studies class in the C2 bungalows about 6:25 p.m. last Tuesday. The man was on the floor howling and screaming outside of classroom C2-125 AB, as the Sheriffs surrounded him.
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where the main purpose of the vehicle’s design is to reduce weight and maximize fuel efficiency. The second A small team of students category is urban concept. from East Los Angeles The objective for urban C o l l e g e ’s a u t o m o t i v e concept is to build a more technology department will conventional 4-wheel roadbe participating in this year’s worthy vehicle. annual Shell Eco-Marathon Vehicles that enter must held in Houston,Texas on follow certain dimension April 4. requirements and can only The team will be competing run on gasoline, diesel, with other colleges around biodiesel and ethanol. the country to design and Miramonts, who build the most fuel-efficient manufactures and creates vehicle. This will be the third parts for the team’s vehicle, time that ELAC has a team wrote a computer software compete in the marathon. for creating components Te a m a d v i s o r a n d of the vehicle on a CNT instructor, Adrian Banuelos machine. hopes to do better than last Miramonts explained what CN/BRYANT MEJIA year. the Eco-Marathon meant “With due process we are to him and why he takes getting better over time. We GRINDING GEARS— Luis Miramonts (left) makes a sprocket for the pride and joy in the event, redesign everything from the team’s vehicle on a CNC mill as Automotive Technology Instructor Adrian “ It’s a way to represent ground up. Banuelos checks on his work. They are preparing for the Shell EcoELAC and gain experience “Compared to last year we Marathon on April 4. for engineering. There are are going to be using a smaller few community colleges engine, a lighter chassis, who compete, so to gain respect for reduce the weight considerably since last semester, designing and and because of that our design is ELAC and show other colleges that and change the rear wheel design,” constructing the vehicle as they go. constantly changing.” we can succeed is great.” Miramont Banuelos said. Kunichika, who has taken part The goal of the Eco-marathon is said. This year ’s team has four in designing the vehicle said, “We to consume as little fuel as possible The team is called the Wolf members, Emigdio Alaniz, Luis are designing and destroying the over a set distance. pack and the car’s name is Green Miramonts, Kellen Kunichika and vehicle as we go. For most of us on Teams can enter vehicles in two Mile 1. Melinda Tejeda. The team has the team, this is the first time using main categories. Students are still able to join been preparing for the marathon the machines that build the vehicle The first is futuristic prototypes, the team. Bryant Mejia Staff Writer
The deadline for ELAC Foundation Scholarships is March 15 at midnight. Applications are on www. elacfoundation.org.
Transfer 101 Workshops
Transfer Center will have a workshop on Tuesday for students interested in transferring to UC, CSU and private colleges. Students need at least 30 units to attend. It’s from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in E1-189.
Society of Hispanic Engineers guest speakers Three motivational speakers will speak out at “Strategies to becoming a successful engineer” on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in E7-306.
In last week’s issue “African Cultural Influence in Latin America” was incorrectly stated as being part of the dance department. Also, the baseball article was credited to Tadzio Garcia, but was written by Carlos Alvarez
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013
Malfunctioning website causes inconveniences Erik Luna Staff Writer
Many instructors now use websites to put up assignments, tests and other useful information about their classes. At East Los Angeles College, the three main websites that are used by instructors are Etudes, the Academic Computing Environment (ACE) and Moodle. Etudes has always been a great website and I’ve never been let down by it in the three semesters I have used it. In the first two weeks of this semester, Moodle has caused some very unnecessary headaches. The biggest concern with using these websites is that at times students may not be able to access important files. Teachers now refuse to give out certain handouts to students, probably because of laziness or an attempt to go green.
Students are forced to depend on technology that at times is not dependable. Having asked some classmates about troubles with Moodle, I came to an understanding that the website had been currently under construction. Kevin Huotari and Harry Lord who work as site administrators for Moodle said they had been going through some modifications to the site and it caused a scheduled maintenance outage. All Moodle users received this announcement. During the middle of studying for my first exam of the semester, I was not able to log onto Moodle to look at the study sheet that was placed by my instructor. I panicked and grabbed my book to reread the chapters to see what nuggets of information could stick in my brain. I guess I simply did not get the message that was sent out. No one is to blame, but changes must be made. Putting important academic documents up online is a vital way
to try and get this information to the students, but whatever happened to the good old-fashioned way? Whatever happened to teachers passing out handouts that students so desperately need? Not every student has a smart phone, or has regular access to a computer. Instructors could also ask their students who has trouble getting their assignments from online. Students can then visit their instructors during office hours to get a print out. It would save students the headache of not being able to access the sites. Ultimately, if instructors feel a handout is vital for student success, then they should hand them out in class instead of resorting to putting them up online. These websites that students use everyday are wonderful, but systems can and have failed. It would be up to the instructor to make sure their students are well caught up, and have all the materials they need to pass the class.
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New email system leads to missed deadlines Jesus Figueroa Staff Writer East Los Angeles College students have no choice, but to use the new glitchy cloud email system to receive information from the school. Since cloud is new to ELAC, the system has had many problems that have caused students to get frustrated and miss deadlines. Most recently, the system was down for a day causing students to wonder when the system would be back up so they can complete their work. An email system that is convenient and checked on a frequent basis is more ideal. Students should have decided for themselves if they wanted to use an email system that compacts many sources of information instead of being forced to use it. Now, the district imposes another email. More information for a student to keep track of during their
busy work week. The abrupt change could have been spread out and eased over the course of the semester by sending emails to both new and old accounts until fully integrated. The change has caused more trouble for students who were not aware the change of primary email for school information had occurred. Information was misdirected, left unchecked and unanswered. Before a majority of the students were aware, the financial aid office had been sending notifications of incomplete financial aid documents to the new system. Many of these documents have to be completed promptly, but many of the students who had these notifications sent to their new email were unable to respond to them on time. This caused many financial aid recipients to be denied or have their financial aid delayed. A delay in financial aid causes many students to not be able to
buy the supplies and the books they need to keep up with their classes. The problem stems from the school not being aware that many students provide an email that is convenient to them. Although many new features are added with the email, it does not offer the easy set up for push notifications on many mobile devices. For technical support, students are directed to the Information Technology department for help. The IT department knows very little about setting up push notifications on the iPhone. Students are force to adapt to a whole new email that causes problems. With the fast-paced college lifestyle, most students struggle to check their actual emails. With Facebook, Twitter and other social networks being the main sources for communication, adding more to the already full list can take time to incorporate and get into the habit of using them.
Online daters need to be careful of who they decide to meet Alejandra Carrillo Staff Writer Online dating has become very popular since the turn of the century, but people should be more cautious of whom they meet online. Well known dating sites like match.com, eharmony.com and plentyoffish.com have opened many opportunities for people to meet their significant other. Popular websites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and Tumblr are not considered dating sites, but can still be used to meet and date people via the internet. People who would not normally meet walking down the street can meet online.
I began an ongoing, successful three-year relationship through one of the mentioned social media sites. Although online dating can have its successful outcomes, not all come with such a happy ending. I am not referring to a ‘happily ever’ after Cinderella story. I am talking about running into a possible rapist or kidnapper on these websites and potentially meeting them. These predators are everywhere. They no longer have to be waiting outside a grocery store parking lot or behind a bush at a park to reach a victim. Technology like the internet or cell phones has made their disgusting habits much easier to
make possible. All it takes now is a computer and making a fake online profile. Television shows, like “Catfish the TV Show,” is a perfect example on how people can make a fake profile and fool others into believing they are someone they really are not. MTV’s “Catfish the TV Show” was created based on host Yaniv Schulman’s personal experience. His experience later turned into a documentary movie named “Catfish.” Schulman began talking to a girl who he thought was the girl of his dreams, but turned out to be an older married woman. Schulman thought that he was falling in love with a 20 something
year-old Megan but the woman turned out to be Angela, a woman in her late 30s, 40s. This show never leads to anything extreme like a rape or a kidnap, but it teaches online daters to be careful, and research who they talk to and meet. Society categorizes rapists and kidnappers as being males. The truth is predators can be of all different races, females, males, short, tall, fat or skinny. Although the majority of victims are women, men can also be a target. For example, other men can go online to search for other male victims. Online daters may wonder, “how can I tell the difference between who
is real and who is not?” By doing sufficient research on a person, one can learn more than a person tells them. For example, searching for people on Google can be a way to find information on them. To prevent any dangers when online daters meet, bring a friend along or meet in a public place. It probably is not the best idea for an online dater to ask a person whom they recently started talking to meet up at their house. People already takes risks by meeting other people online. Taking precautions can prevent a person from being in complete danger and ending up in a lifethreatening situation.
C A M P U S
VOICE: What do you think about online dating?
“I think its cool to an extent, but you make a better connection in person than online,” Christopher Santana, communications major, said.
“I think it’s good, specially for people who are busy and don’t have time to go out and meet people... I met my boyfriend on Twitter,” Juliette Haze, psychology major, said.
“It’s fine, it’s not for everyone but its cool...some people are not good with face to face contact,” John Lopez, nursing major, said.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it, but I don’t do it either. There is made up information or it may not be safe,” Daisy Aguilar, nursing major, said.
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EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013
hold it—Wanda-Lee Evans, center, guides her Jazz and Modern Dance students through a warm-up exercise last Monday in the
Broadway performer becomes instructor ALEJANDRA CARRILLO Staff Writer Longtime Broadway performer and professional actress WandaLee Evans brought her to talents to East Los Angeles College in the performance “African Cultural Influences in Latin America” on Monday afternoon. Evans began dancing at a young age. She was born in Florida, but moved to Boyle Heights, California during her elementary school years. She says she grew up in the ghetto with five siblings and parents who encouraged their children to do what they gravitated toward. Evans said when she lived in Florida, she only knew people as black or white, so moving to California broadened her knowledge among ethnic groups. “I started off in a state that at that time was racially segregated. My eight-year-old mind saw ‘I’m going to school with white kids,’” said Evans. The transition from Florida to California opened many opportunities for her, such as being able to attend college.
Evans said if she had not moved to California, she would have not been as successful as she is now due to living circumstances over there. E v a n s graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in dance. “I had no idea you can become a professional dancer. I went there (UCLA) because I got accepted and because I knew I wanted to go to college,” Evans said. Evans joined the Gloria Newnan Dance Company where she was a dancer. “Music came from the inside of me. My mother put me in dance school because if I heard music, I would dance,” Evans said.
“Some people have the desire to dance. Some people have the need to dance. I have the need,” she continued. Eartha Kitt, Evans’s dance instructor at the age of 12,became h e r m e n t o r, inspiration and motivation. Kitt was a singer and actress whose latest television work included v o i c i n g characters for “ T h e Wo n d e r Pets,” “The Emperor’s New School” and “American Dad.” “I first started auditioning for shows when I was at the dance company,” Evans said. Evans’s first big break was when she auditioned for a dance position for Obie Award-winning Broadway called “For Colored Girls
from the textbook, answer them and record them in the library so blind students could access them. Soza said this “made me feel different about myself.” Bailey helped students, by giving them money to pay for transportation, get to school and providing them with a place to stay. Soza says that Bailey had “kind of a 6th sense”, this sort of “magic” and she somehow knew what students needed at a certain time. While writing her book, Soza encountered some obstacles. Soza says Bailey “was well known in East LA, but she was not famous.” Bailey passed away in the mid ’70s and Soza could not find any
family members to get information from. However, she did not let this stop her. Soza went to the Downtown Los Angeles Library where she did her research. Here, she found stories on Bailey in the Los Angeles Times. After talking to some former students, who would suggest her to talk to other students. “At one point, her family found me” says Soza. They provided Soza with personal stories and photographs. Soza used to work at a Fortune 100 company, Edison Electric. Soza said she always wanted to be a teacher so she became one. For the past 10 years, Soza has been teaching at MiraCosta Community College in San Diego. She teaches Business Administration at ELAC. Soza says that she is almost done writing her book. Her goal for the Summer is to find a publisher. Soza says that she wants teachers to read her book to “see how one teacher changed the life of many people.”
Former student to publish book on Helen Miller Bailey CRISTINA GALVAN Staff Writer Rita Soza remembers her times with teacher Helen Miller Bailey fondly. Soza is currently working on a biography on Bailey. Besides having the library named after her, Bailey left a strong impact on many of her students, including Soza. S o z a attended Elac in the Early ’70s. She took two classes with Bailey, which were Western Civilization 1 and 2. After receiving her Associates degree, Soza attended the University of Phoenix. In 2006, Soza returned to school and got her Masters in Business Administration from University of California, Irvine. A few years ago, Soza thought that it would be a good idea to write a book about Bailey. Soza says that Bailey was “friendly and warm towards all the students”. Soza said Bailey had a special way of teaching. She “enhanced the material” and made “textbooks more inviting.” Bailey traveled the world and took pictures of places she visited. She would then post her pictures, along with paintings that she painted, around her classroom. Aside from teaching, Soza says that Bailey paid special attention to her students in need. “She took special notice of people who really needed special notice,” Soza said. For example, one day, Bailey asked Soza if she needed money and told her that she had a job for her. She asked if she could write down questions for each chapter
Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf”. She auditioned to be a dancer but was given a role as an actress and started auditioning with Bill Duke. “He helped me learn that I have to study hard to become a good actor,” Evans said. Although Evans prefers theatre or live acting rather than film, she has done a significant amount of work in the film industry. She appeared in films such as “City of Angels,” “Brother” and “Bless the Child” along with television series like “Cold Case,” “Heartland” and “My Worst Enemy.” “My favorite acting is theatre. I love live theatre and I like the feel of the audience,” Evans said.“I think my biggest accomplishment in life is taking my passion and working with it,” she continued. She began teaching her first class in 1974 and has been teaching at ELAC since. She now teaches jazz and modern dance and a separate dance production class.
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w i n s awa r d Dioselene Lopez received an award for Honorable Mention in contention for Female Athlete of the Month for December from the California Community College Athletic Association in February 2013. “My role this year was to look for things to happen or take the shot my self, the quarterback on the floor,” Lopez said. “I live and breathe basketball. I want to take it to the next level and get a Division I basketball scholarship,” Lopez said.
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013
‘Sanctified Performance Day’ spans spirituality the workshop were unable to wander through the rest of the day’s events. Ross Rudel began the events and held the attention of spectators with his performance, “Nebulizer.” His performance was part a “Wet From relaxing Buddhist chanting Column” series. Rudel stood on top of a piece to a thrash hard rock band, “Sanctified Performance Day” at of log barefooted wearing a heavy the Vincent Price Art Museum had World War II vintage Swiss army something for everyone to enjoy camouflage outfit that belonged to his deceased brother as a helmet last Saturday. The VPAM hosted several events made of sticks spun around him. Audiences were intrigued as he co-curated by Mary Anna Pomonis and Adriana Yugovich that went maintained his posture not moving with the theme of “Spirituality in or blinking at all for the 30 minute duration of his performance. Contemporary Art.” Outside of the gallery Krystal Krush, composed in the outdoors, Stri of artists Asher Hartman Swendsrud and and Haruko Tanaka, Quiin Gomez led a small group Heitzeberg gave through psychic an informative energy exercises presentation of designed to be a brief history able to interact of Southern and appreciate California’s art in a new spiritualist way. campsite Tanaka communities tried to show combined through w i t h general Spiritualist meditation lyceum techniques recitations. specifically “ O u r designed to (Swendsrud open energy a n d receptors in Heitzeberg) the body a performance different way is about the to connect to history of a art. group in Los “What we Angeles called (Hartman and the Semi-Tropic Tanaka) are trying Spiritualist, who to do is get people were powers of the very much in touch religion with their interior, their RUSS RUDEL whichspiritualist was big in the 1800s senses and their sense of and kind of into the 1900s, inner sight,” Hartman said. The exercise took place from which basically believed there was 2 to 4 p.m., so those who attended no real death. Greg Reyes & Jesus Figueroa Staff Writers
In the Spot l i ght : ELAC’s theatre arts department prepares for musical ‘Dream On’ Jesus Figueroa Staff Writer The East Los Angeles theatre arts department will start off their season with their first musical “Dream On,” premiering in the Proscenium Theater this Friday. Shipwrecked on a mysterious island, a love triangle begins between Artie, his wife Lolly and Artie’s employee Stephan. Their conflict only intensifies as all three come together along with Freddy, the son of Artie and Lolly. Mystical characters Prospero, Ariel and harpies add to the bizarre story as they toy around with the shipwrecked characters.
Conflict arises between Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, as she does not like her father playing with the mortals. Caliban, a servant of Prospero, also has conflict to add to the growing storyline. The whole story gets thrown in circles with many situations coming to a massive conclusion. The story is complex and entertaining as the songs move the story forward. The musical is set to be exciting and captivating. The sets are built, the costumes are made and the actors have been hard at work rehearsing to bring the best performance possible.
You moved on to an afterlife where you could communicate with people who are still living,” Swendsrud said. To establish the idea of the SemiTropic Spiritualist, both artists began to build a ritualistic campfire based on sacred geometries. Since it was windy outside, the candles and structure began to crumple, but part of the audience came together and assisted in completing the presentation huddling around to block out the wind. Jennifer Juniper-Stratford led “Nichiren Buddhist Toso,” a chant which attracted many viewers into the “Sanctified” exhibit where it took place. The chant lasted for 30 minutes with many gathering around the main people chanting. The chanting was quite ominous having unison between the group and bell chimes echoing through the gallery. The events came to an end with a hard rock performance by the band Barfth. Their performance on a makeshift stage outside the VPAM bellowed through the air with a screeching guitar and loud grunts. The performance, scheduled to be 20 minutes in duration, went on for about 40 minutes with the crowd thinning out as the show came to a close. Few stayed throughout the entire performance. The numerous events each took their view on spirituality and presented them in a unique way. There was no point in which audiences had time to be bored as there were many activities to take part in. “Sanctified: Spirituality in Contemporary Art” exhibition, guest curated by Pomonis, open at the Vincent Price Art Museum small gallery through April 26.
Saluting Surya—Diana Cummings with percussionist Chris Payne perform the
“movement ritual” for gallery goers in the Vincent Price Art Museum first floor lobby.
Rocking out—Barfth performing at the Vincent Price Art Museum’s “Sanctified Performance Day’ with a loud, long and fierce sounding set to end the night.
Bowie brings back his classic style Jesus Figueroa Staff Writer
An album made in secret, “The Next Day,” brings back David Bowie to the music world with an awe-inspiring mix of songs. Bowie’s first album in a decade shows off his creativity through brilliant lyrics that match, if not surpass, his previous hits such as “China Girl” and “Let’s Dance.” “Where We Are Now?”, the first single released earlier this year took fans by surprise. Bowie, producer Tony Visconti and album engineer Mario J. McNulty recorded the album in secret over a two year period. The album starts with the song “The Next Day,” which captivates listeners with sounds reminiscent of another one of his hits “Rebel Rebel.” “Here I am, not quite dying,” Bowie sings on the first track.
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By the third song, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” expectations are high as the first three tracks are just great. The rest of the album does not disappoint with its continuation of the Bowie sound, which has made him a legend in the music world.
“Stars are never sleeping, dead ones and the living,” Bowie sings in “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” The out of this world theme that has spanned Bowie’s career with “Space Oddity,” “The Man Who Sold the World” and “Earthling,”
continues with songs in “The Next Day” such as “Dancing Out in Space.” The final song, “Heat,” has an eerie feel. The slow creepy sound intensifies with good yet bizarre lyrics. “The songs of dust, the world would end, and night was always falling,” Bowie sings in the final song “Heat.” The song is a great finale, giving the album an appropriate ending song. A wonderful mix of upbeat fastpaced and slower intimate sounding tracks balances the album. The mix makes for an easy listen of the album from beginning to end. Each song sounds like it could be a single. The uniqueness of each song makes each track sound different, but the flow of the album makes the entire album feel complete. At age 66, Bowie, with his 24th album, brings his music and style back. “The Next Day” album has Bowie performing equally as good as in his earlier career.
‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ struggles to be great Sergio Berrueta Staff Writer
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The wonderful world of Oz that captivated audiences back in 1939 has returned to the silver screen in the prequel ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’. Walt Disney Pictures and director Sam Raimi decide to take the roots of the MGM classic to create their own vision that is a visual treat that is not without its flaws. ‘Oz’ tells the tale of magician Oscar ‘Oz’ Diggs, played by James Franco, conning his way through the carnival circuit and aspiring to be a great man rather than a good man, despite his selfish needs. After a show gone awry, Oscar decides to leave town until the familiar tornado comes and whisks him away to the land of Oz.
Oscar meets witches named Theodora and Evanora, portrayed by Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz respectively, who believe Oscar might be the great wizard that can stop the Wicked Witch from destroying the land once and for all. Oscar teams up with a flying monkey named Finley, a doll named China Girl and Glinda the Good, performed by Michelle Williams, to end the Witch’s wrath and take his rightful place as the grand wizard of the Emerald City. Director Sam Raimi, whose previous works include the Evil Dead and Spider-Man trilogies, oddly fits in the world created using his trademark style to create scenes both light in heart and frightening at times. James Franco as Oz is a delight, having all the suave charm of a billionaire playboy with the heart
and courage of the everyman type. The performances by Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz are stellar as complete foils of one another with Glinda’s wholesome personality going up against the sympathetic wickedness of Evanora. Mila Kunis’s performance seems lackluster compared to the others turning into an angry bitter overacting mess by the film’s end. The cinematography of the film is astounding with vibrant colors and rich designs making a dreamscape with touches of the original classic utilizing both the use of CGI landscapes and practical sets. The effects are magnificent in the 3D format taking the audience on a thrill ride, immersing them in the story going on and never feeling tacked on in the vein of post conversion 3D features. Not everything in the land of Oz is
full of wonders as certain problems are quite apparent. The story tries to make an unnecessary romance angle happen as the central turning point of the film that feels forced and only made to provide a reason for a character’s transformation and hatred. The score by Danny Elfman is the exact same as his scores to the first two Spider-Man features, combining the typical ‘oohs and awws’ filmgoers come to expect from Elfman’s efforts. ‘Oz’ is not great or powerful up against the 1939 film, but a fun addition to the adventures of Oz filled with out of this world visuals, terrific performances, and wise direction by Raimi, even if the flaws may deter those viewing it. ‘Oz’ is in theaters now and rated PG for sequences of action, scary images, and brief mild language.
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013
ELAC instructor shares factors to academic success Erik Machuca Staff Writer
Midterms are three weeks away and Dr. Marcel Morales provided East Los Angeles College students the blueprint to academic success last Thursday. Morales, a sociology instructor at ELAC, presented “The X Factors of Success in Higher Education for Latinos in L.A.” The purpose of this is to identify and describe the personal strategies, institutional support and individual factors used by Latino males who successfully completed transfer requirements in the Los Angeles Community College District. Morales found that the most important “X” factors to higher education were a tipping point or break through moment, mentor mystique, time management skills, “the comeback kid,” accumulative advantage, individual merit and tenacity. Through two years of research and a test population of over 300 Latino males with a GPA of 3.0 or above,
Morales gathered quantitative data to find both what actions made the Latino male successful and what the college did for the Latino male. The top four services reported by successful Latino students through the survey were counseling and academic advising, financial scholarships, the transfer center and the library program. Morales also worked with Dr. Amanda Romero, sociology instructor at Mount St. Mary’s College, to find the deeper dynamics unattainable through quantitative analysis. “Through focus groups, we found self-efficacy was most important. No one’s going to make you successful, but yourself,” Morales said. During the course of 10 in-depth interviews with Latino students, Morales found that having expectations for oneself, having a motivation to graduate and having interest in a specific career were the leading individual foundations to academic success. “‘I want to be a doctor, I want to be a social worker, or I want to be a chemist.’ These people knew what they wanted to do and
they had a pathway carved out to get there,” Morales said. Morales said it was also fundamental to become familiar with the community college system and to take advantage of its services. “The lack of knowledge in enrolling into community college is harmful because it is the first generation that creates these ultimate educational gaps,” Morales said. While this study was focused on one ethnicity, Morales said it doesn’t solely apply to Latinos. Any group who is struggling can learn, apply and replicate these “X” factors for success. Recent trends show that the Latina women in the United States are the minority that is most quickly reaching educational attainment. But the Latino male is not following suit. Among the challenges the Latino male faces in higher education is the masculine gender role theory. “Machismo is in direct conflict with academic success. Men live under a very different strain. Men don’t form study groups, we don’t ask for help, and we don’t network,” Morales said.
Morales’ X Factors for success in higher education for Latinos in Los Angeles • A tipping point (break through moment) • Mentor mystique • Time management skills
African diaspora dancer Laila Abdullah, left, holds a pose while Derf Reklaw and JJ Kabbasa continue to beat their drums during the performance of “Dream Suite” at the East Los Angeles College Black History Project event in the S2 Recital Hall on Monday. Various artists informed the audience of how African culture has influenced Latin America through dance, music, poetry and paintings. “I didn’t feel that black history as a subject should be something that only occurs because there are black students or faculty (on campus),” said Wanda Lee Evans, ELAC instructor and coordinator of the event. Along with ELAC students, faculty and staff, Evans invited students from Belvedere Elementary School, Carlos Santana Arts Academy, and Innovative Ways Academy. Evans said that she would like to have this cultural event again and include more student work and performances. “I think we had a wonderful turnout. It would be a goal to make this an annual event at ELAC. I was even asked to make take this event to different elementary schools or high schools” Evans said. See Page 3 for story on EVANS
• “The comeback kid” • Accumulative advantage • Individual merit • Tenacity
College fair to help Elans transfer Rodolfo Trujillo Staff Writer
Elans looking to transfer will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from over 20 colleges and universities next Tuesday during the Spring College Fair. The fair will take place on the walkway between the P3 parking structure and the swim stadium from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The majority of the colleges represented will be from the California State system, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Dominguez Hills, Northridge, Fullerton and Pomona as well as from other parts of the state. The University of California campuses represented will be Berkley, Davis, San Diego and Merced. Azusa Pacific University, Mount Saint Mary’s College and The Art Institute are some of the private colleges participating. The two largest local colleges, University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles are not scheduled to attend, but have their own schedules to meet with students, which are located at the Transfer Center. Transfer Center Director Paulina
Palomino said that she sent an email have already applied to different to all her college representative colleges can ask questions to contacts, but not everyone answered. find out what college would be Palomino said that the lack of the best fit. resources due to recent budget cuts Those who have not applied for have affected the outreach each the fall 2013 term are late, but can college can do, especially for the still research prospective colleges state-funded ones. and might The amount of find a school students accepted they have not Those who have not by colleges has heard of before applied for the fall also decreased as a good because of the fit for them. 2013 term are late, budget. Palomino Palomino but can still research said that because said that most prospective colleges students apply of funding, more colleges have to Cal State and might find a to reject more school they have not LA and UCLA students than because they heard of before as a before. “It’s more want to stay competitive now,” close to their good fit for them. Palomino said. families For those or jobs. students that have Palomino a l o w e r G PA , suggests Palomino said students to that California come prepared State University, Los Angeles with questions and collect as much gives priority to local community information from the representatives c o l l e g e s t u d e n t s l i k e E a s t as they can. Los Angeles College. Prospective questions are Palomino encourages students to on the ELAC web site for the apply to their dream college. For Transfer Center under “University her, students never know which Rep. Visits.” college might accept them. “Apply Elans who have not decided on broadly, see who welcomes you,” their major can go to the Career Palomino said. Center for a vocational assessment Palomino said that students that and then meet with a counselor.
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EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013
Huskies outpace USC Tadzio Garcia Staff Writer
The Huskies won two races in a field of 1,500 athletes last Friday and Saturday at the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton. As a result of the young season, the 19 Huskies recorded 29 of the top-hundred results in the state for community colleges. Olivia Reyes has the fastest women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in the state while Gonzalo Ceja is not far behind with the 13th fastest time, in his first year of track and field competition. Next week, the long distance runners will compete in the Oxy Distance Carnival hosted by Occidental College. Gonzalez Ceja won the first steeplechase heat in the biggest upset of the meet for the Huskies. “I had to strategize. I took the lead at the right moment for me. I pushed with enough energy to sprint at the end for the win,” Ceja said. Teammates Salvador Ascenio who ran a personal best and Michael Vallejos finished not far behind taking seventh and eighth places respectively. “When he (Avanti) bolted into the lead, I kept pace with the next pack,” Ascencio said. Va l l e j o s a n d t e a m m a t e s Armendariz Avant, Aaron Jasso, and Nelson Lucia won second place in the 4x400 relay beating the University of Southern California. “We ran first place for two heats but still had enough kick to beat them (USC),” Lucia said. USC’s faithful fans ended their cheering after the Huskies victory. “We’ll take the second place win. But we will be happy when we win a first place finish,” Avanti said. LA Trade Tech College outran the Huskies by .27 of a second to win the race. Avanti bolted to a first-place finish in his 200-meter dash heat again silencing the crowd with his spurt
The season begins today at El Camino College Compton Center at 2 p.m. The Huskies host Pasadena City College on Friday at 3 p.m. While ELAC returns most of last seasons squad, PCC comes in with the South Coast Conference’s No.1 player.
The Huskies, 8-7 overall, 1-2 in the SCC, will be at Long Beach City (8-8, 1-2) tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon.
Track and field
The softball team takes one win into this weekend’s games.
In one of the largest events of the year in track and field, the Huskies will compete against four-year universities.
ELAC (4-11, 3-4) is at LA Harbor College in a key SCC game tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The Huskies travel to LA Valley College (8-9) in a non-conference game Saturday at 3 p.m. Last weekend’s rained out games will be rescheduled.
The Huskies compete in the Oxy Carnival this Friday night, 6 p.m. at Occidental College.
Swim and dive team
The Huskies (2-0) will travel to El Camino College (0-2) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. to compete in a double-dual meet against the Warriors and Pasadena City College (0-2).
Huskies make waves at Riverside Morales and Christina Burrola splashed to three individual personal records each. Jennifer Flores and Crystal The swim and dive team recorded 18 individual records while Garibaldo swam to two individual competing against 340 swimmers personal records each. Felicia Ballesteros also set at the Chaffey Invitational last Friday and Saturday in Riverside two personal records and cut approximately 12 City College. seconds from her “It was 200 individual another great “I worked to improve medley. weekend. We’re “I worked to still seeing the my game by focusing improve my game best times. on my weaknesses by focusing on “One focus has this past week and my weaknesses been aggressive head-to-head will do the same this t h i s p a s t w e e k and will do the racing that week.” same this week,” has helped Ballesteros said. improve our The team of performances Felicia Ballesteros Swimmer Kimberly Fierros, overall as well,” Ashley Jauregui, Head Coach Veronica Orantes Erik Matheson and Alexandra Gonzalez set a said. The Huskies, 2-0 in South personal record in the 800-meter Coast Conference play, will be freestyle relay. Known as the ELAC “A” team, at El Camino College Friday at 12:30 p.m. to face the Warriors and the swimmers knocked off 7.85 seconds off their previous record. Pasadena City College. Jauregui was feeling under the El Camino and Pasadena are both weather, but still came in to help set 0-2 in the SCC. Jacquleine Leal, Kimberly the “A” team’s personal best. Tadzio Garcia Staff Writer
Stepping through—Michael Vallejos takes eighth place in the men’s steeplechase behind teammate and first place winner Gonzalo Ceja at the Ben Brown Invitation at Cal State Fullerton last weekend. beating runners from USC, Cal Lutheran, Alaska Anchorage and host Cal State Fullerton. “I believe that this team is good. We train hard to get better. Regarding my win, if anything, I would thank my teammates for pushing me throughout practice,” Avanti said. Another standout for the Huskies included Aaron Jasso who took fifth place in his 1500-meter run heat. Standouts for the women include top heat results such as Pee Lee’s
fifth place hop in the triple jump, a personal record. “I need to improve on closing my triple,” Lee said. Also, Vanessa Moore leaped to fifth place in the long jump while Adrian Crespo, who had a personal record and Jessica Herrera finished 10th and 12th, respectively in the women’s hammer throw. Johana Ceja, Megan Magdaleno and Olivia Reyes took ninth, 10th and 17th respectively, in the women’s 5,000-meter run.
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“I swam the fastest I could despite being sick all week, because I want to be here and improve to get better,” Jauregui said. The ELAC “B” team also swam a personal record in the 800 free relay. It included Yazandra Martinez, Leal, Morales and Garibaldo. They swam almost a second faster. Martinez also scored seven points for the Huskies in the 1-meter diving event. The Huskies scored 56 overall points to take 10th place in a field of 13 teams, faring better than last year’s results in this meet. Martinez placed No. 11 out of 15 divers. She scored 66.85 points and was edged by Melissa Russell of Fullerton College by 5.05 points for 10th place. “We will work on her hurdle and backpress and the basics to her approach, back and front,” Elias Rocha, dive coach said. Other individual scoring for the Huskies in came from Leal in the 50-yard breaststroke and Denise Burrola in the 100-meter butterfly. Jauregui scored in the long distance 1650 freestyle race.
free flowing—Veronica Orantes sets a personal record of 24:14.94 in the 1650-meter race at the Chaffey Invitational at Riverside City College last Sunday.
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Confident strokes—Kimberly Fierros gasps for a breath of air as she swims for the
ELAC “A” team that set a personal record in the 800-meter freestyle relay on Saturday in the Chaffey Invitational.