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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Black History Continuum celebrates cultural heritage CYNTHIA LAGUNA Staff Writer
CULTURAL DANCE—Viver Brazil dancer Nagodé Simpson, center, and other dancers perform joyfully to “Samba no Pé” at “The Black History Continuuum” last Thursday in the S2 Recital Hall.
The Black History Continuum at East Los Angeles College spread the message of unity and love through a mixture of various arts in the S2 Recital Hall last Thursday. The event, which was named “A Mirror at the Crossroads of the Americas,” involved spoken word, music, dance, visual arts and poetry to convey impactful messages that Africans have made across the Americas. Viver Brasil sang the song “Samba no Pé” accompanied by dancers and live music. They mixed together dances of samba driven by African drums, guitar, trumpet, and other instruments. The audience was captivated by the dancers vibes, making it hard to not dance along. “Samba no Pé” was definitely the performance of the night as it indulged the audience to dance and clap along. The message that the music carried moved people so much that some began tearing up and others stood and clapped. John Zamora, 11, was among a group of students from Fourth Street Elementary School invited to the performance. Zamora compared the event to cooking. “It’s like mixing everything together: the stories, the music, and the dancing are all mixed into a big performance,” Zamora said. The JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble provided a dance and musical performance, which brought diversity to the night’s performances. JazzAntiqua blended jazz and blues to emphasize the importance of both genres in the AfricanAmerican cultural history. The audience was moved and driven by the music as they clapped along. “It is a gift for us to have this
program in the community,” of who they really are culturally audience member Rocio Fernandez and this performance reminds said. and pushes the audience to help She also said that it’s wonderful our cultural traditions to continue to be able to bring different cultures being passed from generations together with the use of their own to generations. cultural performances and arts. Brandon beautifully sang Dancer Laila Abdullah danced with such emotion that made the a piece called audience feel “Vessel’s Journey” and understand along with a the meaning of drumming beat by the lyrics. Both John Beatty with songs have been We are all connected dialogue by ELAC sung throughout by a common Dance instructor different times in language, the Wanda-Lee Evans, history to comfort language of love. the director of the people in times of event. John Beatty, great difficulty and The noise of struggle. Drummer the drums gave The variety out powerful, of cultural yet emotional performances vibrations that were expressed and arts, show how people are through the smooth and swift and continue to be influenced by movements of the dancer. Africans. “We are all connected by a Evans and J. Edward Stevenson common language, the language of were masters of ceremony for the love,” Beaty said. event. They explained how the “ T h r o u g h t h e D i a s p o r a , ” program included a collection of performed by Abdullah and Beatty visual arts. on the drums, is a dance dealing with Evans said that “we are all the struggle of a group or groups mirrors” that reflect each other and of people forced to leave their all cultures melting together. homeland. Abdullah performed a In the lobby, as the audience traditional African dance with a waited to be let into the Recital background story of adaptation for Hall, they were able to look at people who had to leave a place photos of people such as Dr. Martin they call home and migrate for a Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, better future. Harriet Tubman and Muhammad Ali Vocalist Phillip Brandon sang the along with many others who have well known protest song “We Shall influenced African-Americans in a Overcome.” The song became the positive way. anthem of the African-American Volunteer Keny Long was a Civil Rights Movement in 1960 dance instructor for 40 years and when Guy Carawan stepped up to has been a part of these event for sing this song at Highlander Folk Black History Month for several School, which focused on non- years now. He taught a mixture of violent civil rights activism. different dances and emphasizes B r a n d o n f o l l o w s u p t h a t that the “purpose and goal is to show performance by singing, “Make how the African influence is very T h e m H e a r Yo u ” f r o m t h e strong,” Long said. musical “Ragtime.” Many young people lose sense SEE PHOTO ESSAY on page 6
Students urged to submit graduation petition early DIEGO OLIVARES Staff Writer The deadline for submitting graduation petitions for East Los Angeles College students to have their names on the commencement ceremony program is quickly approaching. “I feel the petition lets the student know what courses they need to take to graduate,” ELAC counselor Kirk-Ken Mihara said. It is recommended for students to see a counselor to keep track of their progress at ELAC. “I do hope students come in to see a counselor at least once a semester to make sure that they are on target for their academic goal,” Mihara said. Although graduation petitions can be submitted from Feb. 17 to June 6, the deadline for having a graduating student’s name added to the commencement ceremony program is March 28. Students have two ways of getting the graduation petition – schedule a meeting with a counselor or download a copy from the ELAC website. The student fills out the petition with a counselor ’s aid. The counselor ensures the student is not missing any requirements.
The petition must be completed during the student’s intended final semester. Financial holds must be cleared before submission of a petition. Students must have met requirements for an associates degree. Requirements include satisfactory completion of reading, writing and math courses as well as classes for their majors. “You have to go though the general education and major requirements,” Counselor Keith Hayashi said. When the graduation petition is completed, it must turned into the admission office before the deadline. An evaluation technician will look over the graduation petition once submitted. The evaluation process takes six to eight weeks. The results are one of two outcomes. The first is that the student is eligible for graduation. As a result, the student will not receive additional notices from the evaluation technician. The second is that the student is deemed ineligible to graduate. This is usually due to lack of courses and/or units needed to graduate. The student will not be allowed to graduate until the courses and/or units are completed.
MEMORIES—A group of women and instructors speak on the topic of segregation and a landmark case on March 4 in the S2
Women share stories of segregation MAEGAN ORTIZ Staff Writer Recipient of the 2011 Medal of Freedom Sylvia Mendez and other women involved in a landmark segregation case spoke about the importance of community action on March 4. The event gave the history and personal accounts of the struggle against segregation of Mexican Americans in the Orange County public school system. Speaking at ELAC was a homecoming to Mendez, having taken classes at ELAC in 1975. She was only a child when the case was decided, but she remembers her mother from her deathbed telling her
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that no one knows about this case. Mendez’s father was one of the plaintiffs in the 1946 Mendez, et al v. Westminster case. Mendez noted that her younger sister only learned about the case in a Chicano/a Studies class. She recalled as a child wanting to attend the white school because they had a better playground complete with monkey bars. When she was finally able to play, she remembers being confronted by a white student who told her, “You’re a Mexican. You don’t even belong here. You shouldn’t even be in this school.” Mendez did not want to return to school but did at the urging of her mother.
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“My mother said, ‘don’t you know what is happening? We have been fighting for you and for all the children, so that you can all have a good education,’” Mendez remembered. Mendez continues that legacy. “I am here to encourage you to stay in school, to persevere and to keep on working for your goals, “ Mendez said. “If our parents could make change, then so can you,” Mendez said. The case is important because it pre-dates the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision which overturned the legal segregation of children by race in the United States.
East Los Angeles College’s Respiratory Therapy Department collaborates with the Tobacco-Free Kids organization to organize “Kick Butts Day.” The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the free speech area by the P3 parking structure.
Nadine Bermudez, assistant professor of Chicano/a Studies, opened the event by giving a brief overview of the 1946 case. Mexican and Mexican-American parents sued the school district over their children attending segregated schools. The focus of the presentation was less on the court case itself and more about the community of women who banded together. The Mendez 1946 case names five families – Estrada, Guzman, Mendez, Palomino and Ramirez – but it was a class action lawsuit which represented 5,000 families. “They did not have Twitter or Facebook so they pulled from their
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UC Davis workshop
A representative from the University of California, Davis will be on campus today in room E1-189 from noon to 1:30 p.m. to discuss with ELAC students about transferring to UC Davis.
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EDITOR IN CHIEF Danny Vasquez MANAGING EDITOR Liliana Marquez ONLINE EDITOR Megan G. Razzetti ONLINE SPORTS EDITOR Tadzio Garcia ART DIRECTOR Lindsey Maeda
ELAC graduates face struggles diego olivares Staff Writer Students graduating from East Los Angeles College will face strong challenges in the future. Students attending community college, look forward to completing school and moving on and ELAC has allowed students many chances at improving their education. This ranges from getting an AA or AS degree or to transfer to a four-year university. The graduation ceremony students attend is a connection between community college and their future goals. Students come to ELAC to attend at least two years of schooling.
Sometimes they may stay longer. The amount of time spent depends on the student. What their future goals will be also depends on them. Once they get everything they need completed, they can apply for graduation. This can be very important to a student taking school seriously. A student who comes to school on their first day usually thinks about all the hard work ahead of them. By the time they’re on stage, being handed their degree and surrounded by hundreds, they realize all the hard work has paid off. This is the moment many students dream. Family and friends in attendance feel a sense of joy and
accomplishment for those moving on to better things. Though what really happens to them post-graduation? Do they keep their education goals? Perhaps they move towards a new and different future direction. There’s a good chance that students graduating from community college never attend another school again. ELAC can be the final stop in a students education career. For those students, they graduate with an AA or AS degree, only if they’ve complete their general courses. For those who never finished their general courses, they graduate with a certificate in their chosen major.
The reasons they never take full advantage in what they worked for depends on the student. Reasoning varies from personal crisis or losing interest in schooling. On the other side of the coin, other students who graduate from ELAC take advantage of the situation. They advance themselves from community college students to university students. Transferring to schools like USC, UCLA or a Cal State is a huge deal for them. Other times, students transfer to an out-of-state university. These students clearly have their goals set and work to obtain them. Graduation bridges them from ELAC to their dream university, and
possibly a better future. Again, that all depends on the student. There’s a number of students who don’t make graduation at all. For many of these students, they begin school like everyone else with a clear plan in mind. In the end, they never complete their plan. This usually results in them dropping out of school. Other times, they’re kicked out of school for reasons like low-grades. These students never get the chance to graduate. Few students are given the chance to graduate, but refuse to attend a graduation ceremony. For them, they’re just happy to have completed community college.
FCC fails to protect consumers carriers” and regulate them that way. The obvious thing to do would be to reclassify ISPs as “common carriers” that would be the end of it, but that is not what is going The future of the Internet is to happen. Instead current FCC bleak. Net Neutrality is gone and Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing the Federal Communications another revision. Commission does not have the What the FCC should do is stop backbone to do what needs to be acting afraid of these companies done to protect the future of a free and protect us, the consumers, and open Internet. and reclassify IPSs as “common We all take the Internet for carriers.” ISPs are not information granted. Many of us have Netflix s e r v i c e p r o v i d e r s , t h e y a r e accounts or at least know someone communication utilities just like who does. We all watch Youtube the telephone company and should videos and we are all on some type be regulated as such. of social network whether it be The Internet is not only used for Instagram, Facebook or Google+. private messaging but as a medium A college student’s first resource for expressing an individual’s when doing research is no longer message whether it be through video books but Google. The tools we use or a blog post. More importantly it to do our work are all moving to has become a main source of news. online models like Microsoft Office With the decline in print media and 365 and Google Drive. more news outlets These services moving to onlinehave become only models, having part of our daily an Internet that is lives, but what not controlled by A college student’s large corporations is most people don’t know is first resource is no not only important none of these longer books but t o c o n s u m e r would exist Google. The tools we interest but to our without Net use to do our work are democracy.Without Neutrality. Net Neutrality all moving to online free speech on the For people models like Microsoft Internet is in danger. who don’t know, the Open Office 365 and Google If companies Internet Rules d o n ’t l i k e h o w Drive. (more commonly one news outlet is referred to as Net covering a situation, Neutrality) are they can block or set of rules and slow down people regulations set by the Federal from accessing the information, Communications Commision upon forcing people to turn to a different Internet Service Providers like Time source. Warner Cable, Verizon and AT&T, Our ability to function as a that protect our internet freedoms. democracy depends on people What all these rules basically being able to read the news, make state is that ISP’s cannot slow down a decision and then vote on it. If connections to services, block legal companies get in the way then our content or let companies pay ISPs ability to function as a democracy for faster connection speeds to their is gone. services than their competitors. It’s not hard to see a future where An important thing to understand services like Netflix and Google is that utilities like telephone and search are no more and our only cable TV are categorized as common option is whatever service that carriers which have their own set of is backed by your ISP. It’s not a rules and regulations, whereas ISPs leap to imagine a future where the are categorized as Information news is limited and controlled by Service Providers. This is the reason these companies. why Net Neutrality is dead. The FCCs job is to protect On January 14, in the case of consumers from the greed of these Verizon vs. FCC the DC Circuit companies. They need to do the Court struck down the agencies right thing by consumers, and Net Neutrality rules. The reason reclassify ISPs as common carriers being, the court felt the FCC was so they can prevent a future where attempting to treat ISPs as “common companies control the Internet.
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Mustangs refuel hope jose cazares Staff Writer In 1964, Ford made history when they introduced a car that featured a range of customization options straight from the factory. Ford named the car “Mustang,” and it was designed specifically with the baby boomer generation in mind. The Mustang was an instant success and Ford’s competitors soon followed suit creating a trend of cars known as muscle cars. American muscle cars dominated the enthusiast market up until the mid-70s when stricter emission laws were implemented and gas prices were going up. The Mustang was the only one of this group of cars to survive the test of time with its main domestic competitor, the Camaro, being discontinued by Chevrolet in 2002. The Mustang, however, lost a lot of credibility as a muscle car. The exceptions are special packages like the SVT Cobra. The Mustang was seen by many car enthusiast as
nothing more than a beach cruiser. The average new car can travel 10 miles more per gallon. S o m e m i g h t a rg u e t h a t a performance car doesn’t need to be fuel efficient, but it does if you are a college student or recent graduate on a budget. Aside from that, oil is a scarce resource and its become a widely accepted fact that it will not last forever. Ford responded by replacing both its power plant’s. They claim their new V6 makes over 300 hp and gets 32 mpg which makes it the first sports car to get over 30 miles per gallon. A great way for individuals who travel at a distance to get their money’s worth. Ford announced yet another update for 2015. Ford is replacing their old solid rear axle and introducing a four cylinder ecoboost engine to the lineup. This is a big deal. Ford attempted this once before 1984 with the Mustang SVO, but the car never caught on.
The American market has changed a great deal since then and I believe Americans are ready a four cylinder Mustang. Ford announced that the four cylinder will be priced higher than the V6, and will make more hp with the help of a turbo charger. Alongside the V6 this new ecoboost Mustang will represent Ford against increasingly popular cars like the Hyundai Genesis coupe and Scion FR-S while the V8 continues to battle it out with it’s domestic competition and the European benchmark, the BMW M3. As a car enthusiast, the list of cars is short, the list of cars students like me can afford is even shorter. The Mustang is a good option for anyone who can afford a new car. It’s become fuel efficient and since it’s domestic, it’s inexpensive to maintain. Gasoline is becoming increasingly expensive as time goes by and I believe this car reflects a trend that will continue until gasoline is completely phased out.
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Business specialist comes to ELAC JAde inglada Staff Writer Mayor Eric Garcetti’s business specialist Frank Aguirre was invited by East Los Angeles College’s Entrepreneur Club to discuss the fundamentals of business last week. Aguirre focused on the development of small businesses. While Los Angeles is a great area to start a business, he said, “The start-up process is disorganized and makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to feel secure.” “People think that it’s just opening and starting a business and they’re a business owner. There’s more than that,” Aguirre said. He said that entrepreneurs should plan before rushing into anything. Aguirre suggested that they first visit places such as Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) that provide free services and advice to their clients.
He said having a business plan is important before attempting to get a loan. Aguirre suggested banks and recommended online sources such as crowdfunding. Crowfunding is the use of a web platform to be backed by donations as a way to earn the necessary funds to start a business. The website kiva.org is a specific type of crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs and their potential businesses. He emphasized the importance of gaining relationships because, “part of being a business owner and being an entrepreneur is building contacts.” Aguirre said that the connections people make can also double as a support group because owning a business can be lonely. It’s helpful to know others that are experiencing similar situations. He owned a quick service Mexican restaurant, El Gordito, for
five years and struggled since he had no one to relate to during that time. “Anything can become a business, even the smallest idea,” Aguirre said. He advised people to educate themselves, to do research and look into the saturation of the product or idea in the area. Economic Department Dean Paul De La Cerda said that he appreciated Aguirre taking time out of his schedule to speak to students since business is a subject that he cares about. “This is something that means a lot to me, and I hope this inspires students to pursue their dreams,” Cerda said. Attendees received helpful handouts including one, which provided information about the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles and its databases and another which was a Small Business Administration guide.
WOMEN: Stories of segregation come to light Continued from page 1 “They did not have Twitter or Facebook so they pulled from t h e i r s e n s e o f c o m m u n i t y, ” Bermudez said. Through a slideshow of primary documents including photographs, Bermudez demonstrated that the segregation, creating separate schools for white children and children of Mexican descent children, was based on stereotypes. Isabel Ruiz Ayala, who testified in the original court case, remembered her sisters being denied enrollment in a white school just blocks from where the family lived. “ We l l y o u a r e M e x i c a n . . . Mexicans don’t speak English,” Ayala said the principal told her. When Ayala pointed out that her entire family spoke English, the principal listed other reasons that denied enrollment. “Mexicans aren’t clean. They have bad hygiene,” she was told. Ayala was forced to enroll her sisters in the segregated “Mexican” school, which was a two and a half
mile walk from the family home. “I want students to think about how devastating that is, to be told those things because of your ethnicity,” Ayala said. While it was the fathers of the children who were officially named as plaintiffs in the case, “I started to realize there was a backstory. That is, was it the women who were taking the children the school and questioning the teachers or going to the PTA meetings, raising their hands and asking questions? They were in charge of the childrearing... Those are the stories that need to be told,” Bermudez said. According to Bermudez, the families involved in Mendez focused less on the ethnic stereotypes and more on the general themes of democracy, access to quality education and protection from discrimination. “It’s very American. It’s about democracy,” Bermudez said. While the case focused strictly on school desegregation, the case had wider implications, “They weren’t asking just for their children,
they were indirectly asking about themselves,” Bermudez said. “What motivated these women? Love. Love for themselves, their children, love for their community and love for their country,” Bermudez said. Bermudez’s passion for the Mendez et al is personal, political, and professional. The case is the subject of her dissertation, but her family was also personally involved in the case. Her aunts, Terri Salinas and Jennie Acosta, were students at the Hoover “Mexican” school when the Mendez et al case was decided. “We weren’t allowed to speak Spanish in the schoolyard or anywhere and when we did we had our pigtails pulled or we were pinched by a teacher, ” Salinas said. The event excited and inspired ELAC students. Chicano/a Studies student Andrea Luna recalled discussing the event with friends afterwards. “I’m so excited about what I learned today. I’m going to tell my whole family about it,” Luna said.
East Los Angeles College will hold a Career and Technical Education fair, on March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the quad between the S2 and P2 buildings. There are no requirements to attend and students of all educational goals are encouraged to participate. CTE integrates academics with technical and occupational curriculum to give students pathways to careers of their interest. Some of the fields in CTE are Automotive Technology, Psychology, Nursing and Life Sciences. ASU will co-host the event and provide opportunities for students to join or learn about the clubs available on campus including the ELAC Architecture club, Automotive Technology club and the Respiratory Therapy Club along with other clubs. A complete list of clubs will be available at the event. “ASU clubs provide a space for students with the same interest to meet, network and share ideas. They are also a great source of information, guidance and support which keeps students motivated and prepares them for their life after college,” ASU President Eduardo Vargas said. CTE aims to increase students’ knowledge about ELAC’s certificate programs and career paths in several fields including business and finance, arts, media, entertainment and many more. With a wide variety of choices, students can earn certificates that range from 3-40 units and prepare them for work in specific career fields. Fifteen of ELAC’s departments
offer more than 100 certificates. The goal is to have students receive more information about the career they have chosen or that they may want to pursue. Students who have undecided majors can stop by the Career and Job Services table to take a quick interest survey that may help them chose a career path. “Many students might not know about the certificates that ELAC has to offer through our Career Technical Education program. Hopefully, this fair will raise students’ awareness of their educational and career options as well as increase involvement across campus,” Assistant Career Guidance Counselor Amber Marsden said. A variety of student services will have booths at the fair such as Admissions, Financial Aid and EOPS, to supply students with information about different programs. Students can participate in a self-paced scavenger hunt across a variety of the booths at the fair. Participants will be entered for a chance to win a mini tablet and other prizes. A food truck will provide free food to students who show a current ELAC ID. “This event is important because it also reaches out to the students who may not be in pursuit of transferring, but rather want to obtain a certification or an associates degree. For many, community college is a pathway to a bachelor’s degree, but for others it is a path to a better job,” Vargas said. All students are encouraged to attend the CTE fair to expand their knowledge of the educational paths that ELAC has to offer. For more information regarding the Career and Technical Education fair, visit the Career and Job services office or call (323) 415-4126.
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Spotlight ELAC enters spring on a fresh note SERGIO BERRUETA Staff Writer East Los Angeles College’s Music Department is back in full swing for the Spring semester offering sounds of jazz, orchestra, band and vocals. Starting March 26, the Music Department will be presenting their student recitals. These recitals showcase the talents of students and individuals in the vocal fields to display their range. This series occurs every month on a Wednesday at 12 p.m. with future recitals on April 23, May 7 and May 28. Student recitals are performed at the S2 Recital Hall at the Performing and Fine Arts Complex and are free to the public. ELAC’s popular First Friday Jazz Concerts continues despite the cancellation of this month’s First Friday Jazz Concert. Jazz stylings fill the air with professional artists and bands of the industry presenting their signature sounds and style to the students and the public. Past performances of First Friday Jazz Concerts have included the Patrice Rushen Trio, the LA Wirechoir, the David Torres Quintet and Luther Hughes and the Cannonball-Coltrane Project. The next performances in the First Friday Jazz Concerts series will take place on April 4 and May 2 at 8 p.m. with artists to be announced in the future. Admissions for these shows are $12 for general admission and $6 for students with valid ID. On May 12, the ELAC Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale will perform a free open-to-the-public concert with donations accepted. The ELAC Orchestra, lead by Samvel Chilingarian, will also perform a free concert on May 26. They will perform symphonic scores of the past, hand-selected by Chilingarian. These two performances will be held at the S2 Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
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All-star cast unites for ‘Grand’ film erik luna Staff Writer Using his usual cavalcade of stars as a cast, director and screenplay writer Wes Anderson creates a beautiful story of a grand hotel turned upside down by scandal and greed. In its core, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is a love story. It’s not just a love story in the traditional sense, but extends into the insight of an honest brotherly love. Monsieur Gustave, the expert concierge for the famed Grand Budapest Hotel, is famous for his attentiveness, perfectionism and amorous activities with the older lady guests. As a result of his being a prominent lothario, his life becomes chaotic when he is given a special item in the will of one of his deceased conquests. Gustave is told of the misfortune of his lady friend by a new lobby boy of the hotel, Zero Moustafa, who becomes one of Gustave’s closest friends and confidants. It’s in the dealings between Gustave, Zero and the family of the deceased that things become even more hectic. Coming off the success of his 2013 hit “Moonrise Kingdom,” Anderson adds yet another impressive film to his repertoire. The film, which is imprinted with Anderson’s signature style, blends every aspect of filmmaking to create a seemingly perfect masterpiece. The acting, dialogue, set design and camera work is all fascinating. For this particular project, Anderson enlisted the help of his friends and veterans of his films: Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Kitel, Adrian Brody and Willem Dafoe and got fantastic results. If praise should go to any of the
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arrested—Officer Henckels, left, played by Edward Norton, reads Monsieur Gustave, portrayed by Ralph Fiennes, his rights as he attempts to arrest him for murder, while Zero Moustafa, played by Tony Revolori, accompanies his mentor inside the Grand Budapest Hotel. aforementioned names, it should be to Brody and Dafoe. Brody, who portrayed Dmitri, the son of Gustave’s lover, played his part brilliantly and comedic, while Dafoe truly exemplified the characteristics of a deranged psychopath named Jopling. Yet, this film owes much of its success to its two main stars: Ralph Fiennes, who is famous for his portrayal of Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise, as Gustave, and new-comer Tony Revolori as the serious-faced lobby boy, Zero. The authority Fiennes brings to his character commands respect. Yet, his heart shines brightest through his scenes with Revolori. Revolori matches Fiennes’s quick-paced acting style and then
some. Revolori’s reactions are hysterical, which is a testament to Anderson’s brilliant direction. Yet, Revolori’s scenes with onscreen romance Saoirse Ronan, who portrays pastry chef Agatha, lacks a bit of passion, but it plays a nice role in the overall storyline of love. Something has to be said about the casting for Anderson’s films. Not only are there some brilliant and well-established actors, but Anderson has made it a point to boost the career of relatively unknown actors, such as Revolori or Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who gave a phenomenal performance as Sam and Suzy in “Moonrise Kingdom.” Every member of the cast excels
in their comedic timing, delivering gut-wrenching and tears-downyour-face comedy of all sorts, which is transformed into something even more magical with the direction of Anderson and his team of wonderful set designers. It’s a hysterical film that captures the meaning of love with hilarious, and at times, heart-warming scenes. I t ’s n o w o n d e r A n d e r s o n surrounds himself with the same cast for most of his films. There is something magical about that ensemble performing together, something resembling familial love. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is rated R for language, violence and nudity and is currently playing in selected theaters. It runs for an hour and 40 minutes.
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Students are bombarded with food choices by ELAC, but to find the most brutal burgers they can go to Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra. Grill ‘Em All is a themed restaurant that specializes in Heavy Metal hamburgers. Their name derives from Metallica’s first album “Kill ‘Em All.” All of their burgers are named after bands, band members or an object from the genre. One of their burgers is named the Dee Snider, after the famous lead singer of Twisted Sister. This burger consists of meat, bacon, peanut butter, strawberry jam and sriracha, an unusual assortment of condiments, but a satisfying choice. Their staple hamburger is the Behemoth, named after the famed Black/Death Metal band from Poland, and is accordingly named. The buns are two Texas toast grilled cheese sandwiches, a thick meat patty cooked medium rare, a slice of melted cheddar, and crispy slices of bacon, topped with some beer-
drenched caramelized onions. Say goodbye to the fries. There won’t be any room left in the stomach. Hamburgers aren’t the only items on the menu. They have specialty fries like the Primate Fries, which are fries with melted cheddar, a house-made Thousand Island dressing and grilled onion. If you’re feeling a bit healthy, they also have specialty salads, such as the Exciter Salad, which has duck confit, frisée, red wine vinaigrette, truffle herb and goat cheese. For those of age, Grill ‘Em All supplies a variety of commercial and local brewery beers on tap or in a can. On tap people can order Miller High Life, Stone IPA, The Trooper, Eagle Rock Brewery, Figuerora Mountain Brewery and The Bruery. In tall cans Pabst Blue Ribbon, Budweiser, Coors Banquet, Dales Pale Ale, and Golden Road Brewery are available. The décor of Grill ‘Em All looks like a mixture of a 1950s diner with glittery red bar stools by the kitchen, and a skateboard shop. It returns to the metal theme with black chairs,
black tables and a purple vinyl booth padded bench. Painted portraits of heavy metal legends like Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead hang next to some of the murals. While dining, people are entertained with various genres of metal music and sometimes other forms of rock music, such as punk. The restaurant also has televisions where old movies play, such as the live action “Super Mario Bros.” movie and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.” Although Grill ‘Em All is a great destination for everyone, it could put a dent in people’s wallets with their prices ranging from $9 just for the burger and up. However, it is a gourmet burger that most likely won’t be seen elsewhere – unless experimenting at home. The customer service is great, with workers walking around to answer questions. Grill ‘Em All is located at 19 East Main Street, Alhambra. Their hours are Sunday, Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
Women’s basketball looks back at an up and down season TADZIO GARCIA Staff Writer With their backs to the wall, the Huskies put together a regular season-ending 6-2 run to earn a California Community College Athletic Association basketball playoff bid. It was an improbable ending after a disastrous 1-4 start in South Coast Conference play. The No. 11-seed Huskies upset fell just short, losing to the No. 3-seed Los Angeles Valley College 92-88 in overtime in a Southern Regional second round game on Feb. 28. The season-changing game was a 72-67 upset home win over Pasadena City College on Feb. 7. Pasadena was almost unstoppable coming into the game having won 10 of 11 games only losing to current state semifinalist Mt. San Antonio College, 65-61. Mt. SAC edged ELAC twice during SCC play by five and six points. “We had something to prove playing Pasadena. We weren’t ranked and knew we could win,” ELAC center Karina Ortiz said. The shocker against Pasadena put the Huskies in a position for a playoff bid. “No matter how tough the challenges were, the Lady Huskies never quit. This was a group that fought through adversity all year,” seven year ELAC Head Coach Bruce Turner said. “The (Huskies) were led by sophomores shooting guard Dioseline Lopez, Ortiz, guard Alexis Valles and guard Angelica Trinidad. The four have offers to play at the next level,” Turner said. None have publicly announced
BATTLE FOR THE BALL—East Los Angeles College guard Dioseline Lopez, lunges on the floor for a jump ball call that gives the Huskies possession in a 69-48 rout of Riverside College on Dec. 28. any official decisions. Lopez led the SCC in assists and Ortiz led in blocked shots. Both women were third-best in the state in these categories, the first
time two Huskies in finished in the state’s top-three in one season during Turner’s helm. Ortiz’s blocked shots drew loud responses from crowds in
each game that included ELAC fans jumping to their feet in both Pasadena games. Lopez and Ortiz leave ELAC as two-time All-SCC team members.
Both were named to the All-SCC North Division First Team. Lopez was also named the SCC North Division Player-of-the-Year. Trinidad was named to the SCC
North Division Second Team. Freshmen guard Taylor Smith and forward Jocelyn Diaz were named to the All-SCC North Division First and Second Teams, respectively. Diaz led the SCC in shooting percentage (.547) according to the CCCAA website. The Huskies were No. 11-ranked in the state after they began the season with an 8-1 record, including two tournament championships. ELAC won their own tournament with a 70-56 victory over Saddleback College on Nov. 23. Smith and Lopez made the ELAC All-Tournmanet Team. They also won the Cypress College Lady Charger Classic over host Cypress, 69-67, Dec. 8. Lopez, Ortiz and Trinidad were named to the All-Tournament team at Cypress with Lopez named the Most-Valuable -Player. The Huskies took third in the Mission College Saints Classic Holiday Tournament in Santa Clara, going 2-1 against highly regarded Northern California teams to begin the season. Smith was named to the Mission All-Tourament team. ELAC took third place at the Ventura College Holiday Tournament to end non-conference play Dec. 28-30. Diaz was named to the Ventura All-Tournament team. 2013-14 Starter Smith returns next season along with standouts Diaz and guard Jasmine Gates. Also returning are guards Monique Salcido, Kristina Tatikian, forward Jazmine Avila and center Jamilet Cortez. ELAC ended the season with six wins against ranked opponents and four playoff teams.
TRACK AND FIELD The track and field team came home from last week’s Cerritos College Multi Classic with some top marks, both statewide and nationally. All-American freshman Laura Aceves ran her first-ever 3,000meter steeplechase and walked off with the fastest time in the state. “Laura’s steeplechase time ranks third amongst NCAA Division I schools,” Head Coach Louis Ramirez said. Gonzalo Ceja ran the third fastest time in the state, coming off a month-long injury. The Huskies compete Friday at the Occidental College Distance Carnival all day and those that qualify compete Saturday in the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton. SWIM AND DIVE The women’s swim and dive team outscored El Camino College 306-239 for seventh place in the Chaffey Invitational last weekend. The Huskies were led by Yingfei “Alice” Zhang, Wenning Shen, Irene Young and Veronica Orantes. The team competes at El Camino against the Warriors and Rio Hondo College in South Coast Conference play on Friday at 12:30 p.m. SOFTBALL
The softball team will play at the states No. 9-ranked Mt. San Antonio College tomorrow at 5 p.m. The Huskies won four games during a tournament that took place Mar. 7-9 at Golden West College. The Huskies beat Grossmont, 4-0, in which pitcher Alashanee Medina struck out 14 batters in seven innings.
HEART TALK—The men’s basketball team surrounds Head Coach John Mosley during a 30-second time out with a 16-7 lead during a 101-66 win over Los Angeles Trade Tech College Feb. 14. ELAC avenged a midseason loss to Trade Tech.
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MARCUS CAMACHO Staff Writer The East Los Angeles College basketball team did something they haven’t done in 42 years, win a conference championship. ELAC finished 20-9 overall and 9-4 in the South Coast Conference North Division. The Huskies advanced to the second round of the playoffs losing 86-81 in double overtime to Citrus College. On route to winning the SCC title, ELAC won at Pasadena City College, 65-61, to open conference play. In the last conference game, the Huskies beat defending state champion Mt. San Antonio
College, 79-63, for the SCC title. The first meeting between ELAC and Mt. SAC didn’t end so well for the Huskies. Mt. SAC delivered a 27-point beat down against ELAC on Jan. 22. ELAC won three games in a round-robin tournament at Pasadena City College. The Huskies beat two ranked teams San Bernardino Community College and Ventura College. They also beat Occidental College junior varsity, 88-58. ELAC compiled an eight-game win streak, which ended in the 42nd Annual Riverside Holiday Tournament Championship, losing to Chaffey College, 77-73. Also at Riverside, ELAC beat the states No. 3-ranked Mt.
San Jacinto College and San Bernardino Community College, 82-76 in double overtime. Guard Marcus Romain and forward Aaron Cheatum were named to the All-Tournament Team at Riverside. “It was great to beat San Bernardino twice because they are a great school and they are one of the final four in the men’s state semifinals,” Head Coach John Mosley said. ELAC scored a victory at Rio Hondo College and beat Moorpark College at home during the streak. The Huskies were fifth among California community colleges when it came to grabbing offensive rebounds. They averaged 15.7 per game. ELAC tied for sixth-best in
state in overall rebounding. ELAC averaged 27.4 defensive rebounds per game. ELAC came in third in the state, averaging 43.1 rebounds per game. The Huskies averaged 5.3 blocks per game, third-best in the state. Forwards Aaron Cheatum and Zach Hinton led the Huskies during the season and garnered top state marks as a result. Hinton’s 262 total rebounds in the season ranks No. 11 in the state. He grabbed a total of 106 offensive rebounds, which was the state’s ninth best. Cheatum grabbed 259 total rebounds during the season, which was the state’s 12th best. Chaetum was No. 20 in the state in rebounds per game with (8.9) and blocked shots (41).
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he combination of dance, music, poetry, visual arts and spoken words were essential in the program, “A Mirror at the Crossroads of the Americas.” The event took place last Thursday in the Performing and Fine Arts Complex S2 Recital Hall at East Los Angeles College. It is evident that Africans have influenced the Americas through art and still continue to weave in with other cultures. The message conveyed is the power of love that crosses languages and even cultural differences to unite people of different backgrounds.
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S W AY I N G — A m a g n i f i c e n t performance by Viver Brasil of “Samba no Pé” (Feet Speak) inspires, strong emotions in the audience, last Thursday. CN/Jesus Figueroa
SOULFUL—Dancer Laila Abdullah
reaches to the sky as she begins to perform an African inspired dance at “The Black History Continuum: A Mirror the Crossroads of The Americas” in the S2 Recital Hall. CN/Jesus Figueroa
GRACEFUL—Dancers from the JazzAntiqua Dance perform to “I’ve Known Rivers,” originally a poem by Langston Hughes. CN/Jesus Figueroa
STRONG MESSAGE—Sarah Naab, left, strikes ELAC Speech Team partner Raul Herrera during their spoken word performance at “The Black History Continuum.” CN/Jesus Figueroa
VOCAL—Singer Phillip Brandon does a powerful rendition of “Make Them Hear You” song from musical “Ragtime.” CN/Jesus Figueroa