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Elans get short term classes WILLIAM HERNANDEZ Staff Writer Students who failed to enroll in courses at East Los Angeles College this semester will get one more chance to add a class before the June 10 commencement ceremonies. According to the Dean of Academic Affairs Adrienne Ann Mullen, ELAC will once again offer a second (five-week) summer session from July 21 to August 22. “It will be smaller than summer session I and the hours assigned to participating departments will be determined after the Enrollment Management Committee meeting on April 23,” Mullen said. In an effort to improve student success, the EMC will propose a recommendation of courses to be added for the Summer 2014 semester. “The EMC is trying to come up with offerings that will meet the needs of all of our students,” Vice President of Academic Affairs, Richard Moyer, Ph.D said. The EMC was assembled to analyze information based on school data - class completion percentages, enrollment, funding and student success rates. The final verdict on which classes will be offered in the second summer session is decided by ELAC President Marvin Martinez. Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Ryan Cornner Ed.D and Chairman of the EMC said that they will first take into account the schools goals and values.

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“Next tuesday we will look at the data that has helped us achieve those goals. Then we also have to take into account additional growth we were not expecting,” Cornner said. The EMC will exchange views on which classes are best suited for students based on a grading rubric. According to Cornner, the rubric takes into account circumstances such as: how fast students enroll into certain classes and how fast those classes fill up. “We will also look at program success rates, the number of successful students that transferred out to a university and later earned a bachelors degree. Then we dip into their transcripts to see which courses it took to achieve that success,” Cornner said. No official decision has been made on which specific subjects and courses will be offered in the second summer session. According to Moyer, English and math classes are a priority. “It’s always harder to get into English and math classes, and that’s where the data is critical. Now we basically can look and find that there were 10 English 101 courses being offered that filled up and had students standing outside wanting to get in,” Moyer said. Registration for Summer ’14 started April 14, and by next week ELAC’s database will be able to give out which courses have already been filled.

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CRASH— Officer Barrera speaks with suspects, who wished to be unnamed, of a one-car crash which broke the fire hydrant and flooded Bleakwood avenue from Floral drive to Avenida Cesar Chavez, last Monday afternoon.

Crash on Bleakwood causes alarm to community CYNTHIA LAGUNA Staff Writer Students returned from spring break to East Los Angeles College to a one vehicle accident at the corner of Bleakwood Avenue and Floral Drive. According to Priscilla Duran, resident of Monterey Park and student of ELAC, once she heard screeches outside, she stepped out her house to find a female driver pulling up to the side. Worried for the female driver, Duran approached her to ask her if she was injured. The driver was coming down Floral Drive and as she made a left onto Bleakwood Avenue lost control of the vehicle, hitting the fire hydrant at the corner.

Transfer Center’s “Transferring to UCLA workshop”

The East Los Angeles College Transfer Center’s “Transferring to UCLA workshop” will be held on Thursday starting at noon at E1-189. A UCLA representative will be in attendance to speak with students looking to transfer.

Frightened by the accident, the female driver continued driving and was shortly stopped by the police. As a result of the accident, the water from the fire hydrant flooded down to Avenida Cesar Chavez where traffic splashed all the parked cars on the side of the school. Duran said how she is concerned for student safety when cars drive too fast down Floral Drive. She also suggest that there should be more stop signs to slow drivers down, since she is aware that Floral Drive is a street where frequent accidents occur. “ELAC has a big population of students. I am always worried,” Duran said as she explains her concern for the safety of all students and Monterey Park residents. Officer Barrera, who was present in the area of the accident, explains

the importance for both vehicle drivers and pedestrians to follow traffic rules. The speed limit on Floral Drive is 35 miles per hour and the police enforce traffic rules by citing people who speed. Monterey Park officers have investigated 44-pedestrian involved fatal or injury collisions. “The speeding citations usually are students,” Barrera said. The enforcement operation reminds drivers to obey posted speed limits, signs and limits. The same goes for pedestrians to use crosswalks, sidewalks and to walk facing traffic where there is no sidewalks. Students are often walking while listening to music and are not fully aware of passing cars or do not use crosswalks.

East Los Angeles College’s future health professionals

Chicanos/Latinos for community Medicine and Shakey’s Pizza Parlor will be be hosting a “Shakey’s Fundraiser” for ELAC’s future health professionals starting at 5 p.m.

Barrera explains that it is unfair when citizens demand more crosswalks and stop signs if both drivers and pedestrians are not willing to compromise in order to build safer streets in the city. “It would be impossible to place more stop signs around the area of ELAC, since there is a large population of students coming in and out of the parking structures and, frankly, more stop signs means more traffic,” Barrera said. The city engineer is the one who decides where to place the stop signs and the speed limit on certain streets. About 10 years ago, “Monterey Park placed a stop light by Carl’s Jr. that cost about $75,000,” Barrera said, he explained that the stop signs are not cheap and the money obtained to set up street lights is from the residents’ tax money.

East Los Angeles College Job and Career fair

ELAC “Spring into a Career” Job and Career Fair 2014 will take place at the S2 Courtyard on May 1 starting at 9 a.m. The fair is open to the community and those who plan to attend are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and wear professional attire.

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BONNIE REGALDO Staff Writer East Los Angeles College students can start their day with an early morning yoga class. It is a good way to promote a positive state of mind and it’s a great way to start the day. Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline that includes breathing control, simple meditation, and bodily postures. It is a great exercise for your health and especially relaxation. Many college students find it difficult to stay dedicated to a 7 a.m. class because it would mean going to sleep earlier the day before and starting your next day early. This semester I decided that I wanted to try yoga for the first time. I noticed that the only available class was at 7 a.m., though. A little skeptical at first, I decided to take the chance in hoping to become a morning person along the semester. As the semester went by, I began to notice that my yoga class was not like any other morning class I have ever taken. Instead of dreading every morning, to get to up, I was more anxious to learn more yoga each time. It was a class that was very silent, and allowed you to focus on your posture and your tranquility. Not only did it help relieve some of my stress, but I felt like I got a good 45-minute exercise each time. Taking a yoga class is completely different from taking any other class at ELAC. It is categorized as a dance class and most of the time only requires a student to submit journal entries

throughout the semester. It is a fast-paced class, but you walk out knowing the fundamentals of yoga. ELAC offers several yoga classes with different instructors each semester. I would strongly recommend a morning class because it wakes up the body and the soul and prepares it for a long day. Many college students have their own set of responsibilities, whether it is raising a child or working one or two jobs. It could all be overwhelming and stressful. yoga can change that. It not only makes you feel refreshed but you feel great all day. Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt the need to stretch your muscles? Once you do, your body feels more awake and ready for the day. That is how yoga is. It is a variety of different stretches, along with positive thoughts and breathing exercises. In yoga, the three-part breathing techniques a basic breathing exercise used to calm and ground the mind. This exercise has helped me stay calm and relaxed whenever I felt overwhelmed in my other classes. It not only helps academically but it can help interpret situations in different ways by staying relaxed. Some students are in need of a single unit to become a full-time student and go for a class that requires a lot of time and dedication. Yoga would be a great class to choose because it is a class that reflects on good vibes and relaxation. College students are usually stressed out and Yoga can change that. It’s a great stress reliever.

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Earthquake: Preparing for a natural disaster ERIK LUNA Staff Writer The magnitude 5.1 earthquake last month should serve as a shaky reminder to be prepared and know what to do during an emergency. The earthquake was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey to have occurred one mile from La Habra, Calif. and although there was no extravagant damages reported, people might not be so fortunate next time. When preparing for a natural disaster, such as a high-magnitude earthquake, it’s important to know where to get the vital supplies such as food and water. Storing canned food with a long shelf life can ensure that you or your family won’t go hungry. When storing food, be sure to avoid placing them near any petroleum items such as gas, pesticides or paints, for they might compromise the food. Maintaining your food supply is also vital. Food items should always be labeled with their expiration date to ensure that it is used when fresh. Most canned food will maintain fresh for two years given that they are stored in temperatures between 40 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Water should also be given special attention. According to, each person should have at least one gallon of water. Water should be labeled as well, and not be stored in plastic containers such as milk or juice gallons, but in strong and sturdy plastic containers. It’s also advised that water should be drunk according to the needs of the people. Some factors to take into account when it comes to people who need the water the most would be age, physical activity and physical condition. If at anytime you think a source of water is not safe to drink, boiling water for one minute will kill any bacteria in the water. Although these are probably the most important, there are some other items that should be included in an emergency kit. These items are also recommended: Flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, manual can opener, local maps and a cellphone with a solar charger.

A portable radio with extra batteries is also recommended in order to receive emergency broadcasts. Yet, these are just a few items that should be taken into consideration. People should also take into consideration their personal needs, but try not to take anything nonessential. Medicines, both over the counter and long term prescriptions, should

be included, but updated and checked on frequently. Clothes are also important to have in case there is major damage to your home and your belongings are destroyed. Try to keep some money in your kit as well ATMs may not work after an earthquake in case you need to buy anything you need. It’s important that these items are easily accessible and are replaced

as needed. This may prove difficult for some families who live in low income houses or who are renting apartments, but safety should be a top priority. Keeping the supplies ready outside in a plastic container can be a good way to make sure the supplies don’t get in the way of an everyday routine and the plastic container will protect against rain. As important as knowing where

to get supplies is, it’s even more important to know what to do during and after a high magnitude earthquake. The Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast predicted that California has a 99.7 percent chance of having a magnitude 6.7 or larger during the next 30 years. They have also predicted that it’s more likely to occur in Southern California rather than Northern: 37 percent for Southern and 15 percent for Northern. Keeping this in mind, a crucial step in preparing for a disaster, particularly for families, is discussing what to do in case of an emergency. Families should have an emergency routine planned out and practice it at least two times a year and update it if any issues come up, according to According to, it is advised to stay away from outside walls, windows, heavy furniture and the kitchen, which are usually the most dangerous spots in the household, if people are indoors. It is also advised to check your large furniture before an earthquake, such as bookshelves, overhead fans and lighting, and secure them so they won’t fall during an earthquake and potentially harming someone. Gas and electrical appliances should be checked after an earthquake as well. If there was heavy damage, or the smell of gas is present turn off the gas and electric from their respective controls. Choosing a location where family members can meet if separated during an earthquake can also prove to be helpful. It is important to mind your surroundings and listen to instructions on a battery-powered radio. Try to avoid driving in order to make way for emergency vehicles. The extra vehicles on the road, especially in a large city, can sometimes obstruct an emergency response team. It is difficult to be completely prepared for an earthquake, due to their random nature, but taking the initiative of preparing an emergency kit and plan can make the difference between life and death. Knowledge will be key, so research accordingly to be fully prepared.

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Tadzio garcia Staff Writer East Los Angeles Campus News was recognized with eight awards from the 59th Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention this month at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank. 543 students from California community colleges took part in the conference. Fifteen staff members experienced what it is like working in the field of journalism with hands-on workshops and competitions that sometimes go into the early morning hours. “Not sleeping much can be stressful, but more important I worked with tight deadlines while adding skills for future job interviews,” staff writer William Hernandez said. CN was presented the General Excellence award for its work on last semester’s print edition issues. CN has been recognized with awards during the previous three semesters of JACC competition. Art Director Lindsey Maeda won

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nine of those awards in the past, Griffith Park), to live Tweet during three inthis semster’s convention. a tour using hash tags with context,” “I take new information from Ortiz said. JACC workshops and try to improve Afterward, participants submitted each semester,” Maeda said. a story. Maeda, along with Editor-in“We used Storify, a social media Chief Danny Vasquez, won a first app, to Tweet a duration of our place publication Tweets and Tweets award in the from (contest) “Newspaper Front participants to Page Broadsheet” create a story. As We f o u c s e d o n category from an early adapter getting our wor k works of three of to social media, I last semester’s CN love using Twitter done rather than the issues. to live events,” time involved. Maeda won Ortiz said. third place in the Diego Linares, Hernandez on-the-spot “News won an honorable Podcast Team Member Judgment/Layout mention on-theBroadsheet” spot award in award. “Broadcast News It is the only contest that has Writing.” two rounds of competition. Maeda “In the contest, we had to write also won honorable mention in the four stories, in order in terms of bring-in (student) ad category. relevance to the least important, Erik Luna and Maeda were each from 15 (topics) they read to us. given a special Editor’s Recognition I chose topics like the Obamacare award for their efforts as lead editors website crashing…and North of 2013 fall semester CN issues. Korea/South Korea exchanging Maegan Ortiz added a meritorious fire,” Hernandez said. award in the “Twitter/Storify” “My skills are honed for print contest. journalism so I was flabbergasted “We were taken to a secret when I won a broadcast writing location, the Autry Museum (in award, but it came as a nice

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Staff Writer Local business owners gathered for a small business seminar hosted by the California State Board of Equalization (BOE). The event took place at East Los Angeles College’s South Gate Center on April 8. The BOE is the only elected tax commission in the U.S., and has generated more than $50 billion in taxes to help fund various services and programs for people in California. The event included a resource expo, with a variety of information booths by the Franchise Tax Board, IRS, the Small Business Administration and Employment Development Department. About 100 people attended the seminar; the majority were in business for two to five years and a select few had been around for more than 10 years. South Gate Center’s Dean Al Rios attended the seminar, and said that he was glad that the school could take part in something that’s important to the community. Representatives from different tax organizations made keynote

presentations and speeches during the morning session. “Small business is the backbone of our economy,” said Vivian Shimoyama, regional executive director of the Southern California Regional Center for Goldman Sachs. BOE Chairman Jerome E. Horton said that he was happy that they could hold a seminar in the city, since their previous events have had successful turnouts. It was Horton’s mission to bring these seminars to the public instead of having people go to them. “At the BOE, we’re like your partners, even if you don’t want us as your partners,” Horton said. He even made the point of stopping his speech for a moment in order for the audience to get up and exchange business cards and contact information. “For all you know, you could be sitting right next to your future business partner,” Horton said. The rest of the seminar comprised of the expo and eight workshops that covered several small business topics, from record keeping to the difference between employees and independent contractors. This was a new experience for business owner Marilyn

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surprise.” Arts page editor Jade Inglada will apply her newly found knowledge with students at ELAC. “I learned a format for working with reviews that we will add to Campus News and our readers, and (also) covering events, follow up, writing and working with stories and deadlines. I enjoyed the JACC experience with its challenges, and working with (professionals) who work in the journalism field,” Inglada said. Diego Linares, Podcast Team member, competed in the lengthy team feature contest that had nine sessions of workshops, tutorials or labs. “We focused on getting our work done rather than the time involved. It was a fun challenge that I enjoyed,” Linares said. “(Teammates) Carlos Alvarez worked on interviews, Jesus Figueroa on photography while working on editing and audio. We all accomplished the experience together, working as a team, which was important to me.” CN will be a part of the fall semester SoCal JACC Conference to be held at California State University, Fullerton.

Ankenbauer. The Norwalk resident was attending the event on behalf of a company that specialized in metal products. “I found out about this seminar through a newsletter in the mail from BOE,” Ankenbauer said. “I’m learning so much from being here and have a lot to share with the company.” Erica Marin, who has been running a custom banner and sign business since 2009, said there’s a lot she’ll be taking away with her from the seminar. “You can tell that the speakers know what they’re talking about and provide us a great amount of info,” Marin said. “It’s beneficial to business owners to take advantage of tax credits, especially now during the recession,” said Bob Jimenez, director of government relations. Jimenez said that by learning about taxation, owners can discover better ways to manage their businesses and find ways to save money or hire another employee. Horton said he plans to bring the seminar back next year. For more information on the events or to find an upcoming BOE seminar, in person around the commmunity or online, go to

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Class: New classes to open for registration Continued from page 1 “We’ve been finding that Science classes equipped with a lab are filled up within a week. Then the question is: if we had more money and if there are spaces and instructors available,” Moyer said. Another key component that will influence the EMC’s decisions are the success rates of comprehension programs such as First Year Completion. Founded by former ELAC interim President Farley Herzik, FYC provides enrollment enrichment, that focuses on persistence and success with English and math courses within one academic year.

In its inaugural year, the FYC has already helped more than 691 students get on the proper pathway to academic success in college-level English and math courses according to program Director Jessica Cristo. “It is great (ELAC) is doing this because it shows students can handle taking math and English simultaneously, with the proper support,” Cristo said. Students who have tested into (English 26 and Math 110) and are committed to their education on a full-time basis are encouraged to apply. But not every student at ELAC is enrolled in the FYC or Adelante programs For students on the brink of transferring to a university or

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Baseball player doesn’t plan on striking out liliana marquez Staff Writer Considered one of the leading sports in the country, baseball has been around for more than two centuries and for Kevin Amezquita it became part of his life since the day he was born. His father Luis Amezquita said that Kevin Amezquita spent most of his childhood on a baseball field. “He never said ‘no’ to a baseball game and he was always willing to practice and to work hard to improve his performance,” Luis Amezquita said. Kevin Amezquita, 19, is currently on his first season with the East Los Angeles College baseball team where he plays center field. His biggest dream has been to become a professional baseball player and to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers one day. “It has always been my dream, right now it’s my main goal. That's why I go out there (baseball field) every day. To become a professional one day,” Kevin Amezquita said. For him his family’s support is something that has been crucial throughout the years and has pushed him to always try his best, not only when it comes to sports, but also when it comes to life. His parents Susana and Luis Amezquita try to attend all of his games whether they are home or away. “I just do it (play baseball) for them. Sometimes they might not know it and it might look like I am just doing it for myself, but I want to be good and take care of them one day, just like they take care of me now,” Kevin Amezquita said. Born and raised in California, Kevin Amezquita comes from a baseball family. His older brother played baseball, his younger brother still plays and their father has been their coach and mentor. Although baseball is the sport he loves the most, he also plays football and enjoys other sports like surfing

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PRACTICE SWING— ELAC’s center field Kevin Amezquita prepares to bat during a South Coast Conference game against El Camino College on April 5 at Husky Park. and snowboarding. Kevin Amezquita attended Gladstone High School in Covina, Calif. and played varsity in both baseball and football. He was captain of the Gladiators’ varsity football team for three years, playing both quarterback and free safety. During his time there, he was named the 2012 All-CIF Northwest Quarterback and the 2012 All Montview League Offensive Most Valuable Player. He was also named to the 2012 Tribune All-Area First Team Offense. He rushed for over 1,600 yards while scoring 24 rushing touchdowns and threw for 18 touchdowns on 1,600 yards passing.

Kevin Amezquita was captain of the varsity baseball team for three years playing both pitcher and shortstop. He was named the Gladstone's baseball team MVP and received two First Team All-League awards. Before coming to ELAC, he attended Chaffey College but decided to change schools. “I didn't really mix well with the (Chaffey) coach and I didn't enjoy it there. I came here (ELAC) because my cousin plays here and I love it here. It has been one of the best seasons for me,” Kevin Amezquita said. His cousin Jose Amezquita is in his first year with the baseball team as a pitcher and is one of Kevin Amezquita’s closest teammates.

“Kevin’s a hard worker. He’s determined on being the best and his hard work is getting him there,” Jose Amezquita said. So far, the Huskies are tied in second place with Long Beach City College and El Camino College in the South Coast Conference standings and up to now, he has been enjoying his time at ELAC. “I've been really happy. I love the team. We have a really good team this year. Everybody works really hard and we just want to win every game. It's fun and we all want to win state this year. That's our ultimate goal, to be champions,” Kevin Amezquita said. He said his teammates and coaches have become his second family. They spend six days a week together and that has given them time to bond and get to know each other more. “When you are on a team, everybody gets along no matter where they're from. We are all equals in the baseball field. I love the amount of chemistry we have in the team,” Kevin Amezquita said. He also said that the support of their coaches has been very important and that they want to see their players succeed and reach their full potential. Despite suffering a couple of injuries, Kevin Amezquita has recovered. His father said even though those injuries were not serious, they made his son come back stronger. “The injuries have made him more appreciative. They have made him realize that he is not invincible and that he needs to be careful,” his mother Susana Amezquita said. During his junior year at Gladstone, Kevin Amezquita was hit in the head during a football game, resulting in a contusion. The blow caused him to lose consciousness for a short time. “That was one of the most difficult things for me to watch. My sons are my everything and I just can't describe what I felt when I saw him on the ground and not moving,” his

father Luis Amezquita said. When Kevin Amezquita woke up, he was in pain and felt dizzy, but he insisted on going back on the field. He still wanted to play even though he needed to go to a hospital. Luis Amezquita said that the strength, love and passion for the game are what make his son strive for his dream. “Kevin always wants more. He has hunger to succeed and he is always willing to do everything he can. He is never afraid of getting hurt to make the play or run to catch the ball,” Susana Amezquita said. Although Kevin Amezquita also enjoys playing football, his father has never liked it, but still supports him. “Kevin is aware that by playing football, he is at risk of suffering an injury that can end his dreams of playing as a professional. He can also get injured playing baseball,

but that sport is not as risky as football. Watching him play football is a constant struggle for me,” Luis Amezquita said. Kevin Amezquita said that coming to ELAC changed him and helped him find his way in life. “I got a lot of news friends and met a lot of new people. It changed my life because it kind of helped me to get back on the path that I wanted to be on. I just wasn't happy at Chaffey and I wasn't playing as good,” Kevin Amezquita said. “I came here and it changed my life because I felt welcomed. I started to play well. I found myself and I found what I really want to do, which is play baseball.” As of now, Kevin Amezquita is focused on both school and baseball season, but he is also considering the possibility of trying out for quarterback for the next football season.

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batter up—Baseball team center field Kevin Amezquita bats against El Camino College Compton Center at Husky Park on March 20.



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Spotlight The final days of two exhibits jesus figueroa Staff Writer The Small Gallery’s Corporal Impulse exhibit has already closed, the Hoy Space Gallery’s Rafa Esparza exhibit and the Large Gallery’s Matcha Suzuki “This is the end” will close on April 25 at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Two contemporary art exhibits, Esparza’s dark and colorful Hoy Space gallery, and Suzuki’s take on the end, finish their runs at the VPAM. Esparza has accompanied his fine art exhibit with several live performance art pieces, starting with one on opening night. During the opening night reception Esparza performed outside the VPAM drawing on the ground. He prepared a vase with flowers as he put on a clay mask. He continued to drag his mask-covered face on the ground leaving markings. At the end he took off the mask, grabbed the flowers and made his way back to the Hoy Space to place the flowers in the gallery. The markings on the floor outside the VPAM were left to fade on their own throughout the following week. Esparza’s exhibit in the Hoy Space includes moldings of trees from Elision Park which he crafted, graffiti on the wall and birds he crafted out of Nike shoes. The performance signified his connection to the earth and his ancestors, as well as his belief that art does not always have to be confined to the walls of a museum. The following performances continued to show his connection to the Earth and to East Los Angeles. Suzuki was present at the opening reception and spoke with visitors to the Large Gallery. The human figures in the exhibit are made in the image of Suzuki and brings a different kind of feel to the art pieces. Further more he hosted an artist walkthrough to accompany his exhibit. During the walk through he explained the concepts behind the artwork on display and gave an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions.


Folk returns through ‘Non Typical’ release megan g. rAzzetti Staff Writer Chuck Ragan released his fourth solo album on March 25, refreshing classic folk sound that gives a new generation of music fans a taste of the past. Ragan, known for his rough vocals in the band Hot Water Music, has made a name for himself in terms of going solo. Taking his punk roots and adapting them to the indie folk genre has helped the heavily tattooed and younger audience listen to music in an entirely different way. This has created a platform so that there might be more acceptance for classic folk music. It has reintroduced a lost genre to a brand new generation of music fans. The highlight of this album is “Non Typical,” a track composed so well, it could give listeners chills. Ragan’s voice is backed up by a powerful array of banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Almost like gospel, Ragan sings lyrics that capture his songwriting style. Another track that stands out is the first one on the album titled, “Something May Catch Fire.” It opens the album with full force. The listener is introduced to the Americana theme of the album folk is known for, which gives a consistent flow to the beautifully written songs. “Vagabond” plays like a tall tale of an unknown traveler looking to forget a past. The song plays along to a keyboard that gives it an E Street Band feel. Throughout the album, Ragan’s rough voice resembles Springsteen’s sound. His strong voice sings stories of Americana that show off his unique songwriting with such vibrancy, that the listener will appreciate how non-traditional this version of folk music really is. “Revved” shares the same theme,

but the lyrics have Ragan declaring his insanity over the one that drives him wild. “Vagabond” and “Revved” offer a traditional style of storytelling through music and is completely fantastic in deliverance. “Wake with you” is a beautiful tune that reminds the listener of an old country love song but it remains modern in the execution of the vocals. The calm instrumentals provide a soothing tune making it romantic. “Bedroll Lullaby,” “Gave My Heart Out” and “Whistleblower’s Song” provide the structure within the album.

The album wraps up with a powerful “For All We Care” that gives a hopeful message to stay strong in life’s endeavours. Starting out with a simple, gentle sound, it ends in a symphony of folky instruments such as banjo and fiddle that gives a bright ending unlike any other. Ragan is backed by a fabulous quartet of musicians known as The Camaraderie consisting of Joe Ginsberg, Jon Gaunt, Todd Beene and David Hildalgo Jr. of Social Distortion. Also included in the album are some notable members of the folk punk scene such as Dave Haus of

The Loved Ones, singer-songwriter Jenny O. and Ben Nichols of Lucero. Chuck Ragan’s album “Till Midnight” offers a great example of folk revival. The ten track album is a great soundtrack for people looking to hear something different. This also would be ideal for listeners who appreciate Ragan’s music already. It is a refreshing take on a genre that has been a part of American music culture, but is often passed up for mainstream hits. “Till Midnight” is now available on iTunes and wherever records are sold.

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decisions—Ali, played by Jennifer Garner, and General Manager Sonny Weaver, played by Kevin Costner, work together as they plan to create a better future for the Cleveland Browns in ‘Draft Day.’

‘Draft Day’ fails to make the cut carlos alvarez Staff Writer In “Draft Day,” Kevin Costner is at his best as the leading actor in a sport genre movie, but the cast around him are not given prominent roles. Sonny Weaver Jr., played by Costner, is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns and son of a coaching legend who recently died. Sonny isn’t as legendary as his father and with the Browns having a losing record in the season they were slotted with the seventh pick in the NFL Draft. The movie opens with a number of ESPN analysts playing themselves, including Chris Berman, who is literally counting the seconds until the draft starts. Sonny knows he needs to turn around the team’s fortunes with the pick, and he begins a chess match with other NFL executives before

the draft. Director Ivan Reitman does a good job of capturing the national frenzy that takes place when college players are chosen to head to the pros. The film lacks football action with much of the focus on Costner’s decision on what player they will pick. “Draft Day” does provide the audience the perfect image of a city in love with their franchise. Reitman captures the passion and superstitious ways of fans. It’s hard to see the film appealing to those who don’t follow the game or play fantasy football because the film concentrates more on other aspects that have nothing to do with the actual draft day. Ali, played by Jennifer Garner, is a Cleveland Browns executive who, with Sonny, is trying to map a successful future for the team in the draft. The film is slow paced and has

a similar love story that takes place in another of Costner’s film “For the Love of the Game,” in which Costner plays an aging pitcher who must choose between his girlfriend of many years or the game of baseball. Coach Vince Penn, played by Denis Leary, drove the Dallas Cowboys into last place before landing in Cleveland. Leary’s role is minimal and you hardly see some of the grit and fire you see in a coach during an actual game. The film does not give enough depth to its characters to overcome the lack of football action. It does express the hope that comes before every season, that this may be a team’s year and one player in the draft can be the next face of the franchise. “Draft Day” was released April 11 and is rated PG-13. Its running time is approximately an hour and 50 minutes.

Located on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles lies Fisherman’s Outlet, a hidden gem that specializes in quality, gourmet seafood. The restaurant has become a landmark in the L.A. area since being established in 1961. It hosts a salad counter and seafood market that sells a wide selection of fresh fish and shrimp that is separated from the restaurant. The building is located on a narrow street corner and is easy to recognize with its bright red awning. It only provides outdoor seating, but practically every table is shielded from the sun under an umbrella or the awning. The dining area only adds to the casual atmosphere. Parking is provided in the back. Fisherman’s Outlet offers a variety of food on its menu, from deep-fried to charbroiled dishes, soups, salads and seafood cocktails. Seafood plates come with a choice of five sauces and three options for sides — rice, green salad

or rice and coleslaw. All meals are served in large Styrofoam containers, regardless if customers are on the go or planning to eat there at one of the many tables available. The Fisherman’s Outlet is most famous for its giant shrimp, which have a meaty and chewy texture. The four shrimps are already lightly coated in a savory garlic butter sauce when served. The small portion of coleslaw is nothing special, but the fries are crisp and have a delicious flavor. The giant combo of shrimp and scallops includes two shrimp and four golden scallops. The small scallops have a mild, slightly sweet flavor and are they are perfectly cooked. This combo is an excellent way to introduce the seafood to someone who has never tried them before or has little interest in fish. The seafood is served over a generous plate of rice with a lemon wedge. The charbroiled tuna is an unexpected surprise, since the thin fillet of fish resembles a steak, grill marks and all, it could be used as a pleasant substitute for red meat.

It doesn’t have the fishy taste that usually overwhelms the actual flavor of some seafood. Service at the Fisherman’s Outlet is exceptionally fast. The counter workers don’t even write down the orders and customers receive their food within minutes. It’s safe to say the employees have their system down to a science. Despite the casual surroundings and location, food at the Fisherman’s Outlet can be fairly pricey. The seafood plates range from $7.95 to $17.95, though the lobster tails depend on market price. It may not be the average person’s daily to-go lunch spot, but spending a bit more money once in a while for delicious food is always worth it. With the slogan “Gourmet food at affordable prices,” this restaurant certainly lives up to its word by bringing quality seafood closer to the residents of L.A. Fisherman’s Outlet is located at 529 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles. Its restaurant hours are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. For more information and the full menu, go to

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Catch of the day—Charbroiled Giant Shrimp, lightly coated with garlic butter sauce, over french fries and a side of coleslaw with a lemon wedge at the Fisherman’s Outlet in Los Angeles.

Sports Track and field team ready for SCC Championships 6


Tadzio Garcia Staff Writer The men and women’s track and field team did it again. The Huskies produced personal records that include top state times last week in San Diego and Walnut, Calif. ELAC competed in the nonscoring Arnie Robinson Invite in San Diego, April 4-5 and Mt. San Antonio College Relays Saturday producing the most personal records in one meet this season. Jorge Romo placed No. 14 at the Southern California Decathlon Championships April 8-9 at Mt. SAC after ending the first day of competition in seventh place. The Huskies compete in the South Coast Conference prelims on April 22 and the finals on April 25 at Long Beach City College. “We are ready to compete in the SCC Championships and move on to the SoCal finals,” sophomore Gonzalo Ceja, a 2013 state finalist for the Huskies in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, said. He had one of two personal records at the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday against some of the top individually ranked athletes in California community college competition. Ceja stunned California’s elite placing second in the men’s steeplechase missing first by


TOMORROW’S CHAMPIONS—Daniel Zaragoza, No. 13, begins the men’s 5,000-meter run against other top state athletes in the 2014 Mt. San Antonio College Relays last Saturday in Walnut, Calif. two seconds. He previously had the 11th-fastest time in the state. “I focused on keeping a pace behind the top runner, which meant I had to run smart,” Ceja said.

All American freshman Laura Aceves won the women’s 3,000meter steeplechase for the Huskies eclipsing 15 seconds off her previous best time. It was just her second steeplechase run.

Aceves runs the fastest 10,000meter run in the state. She already qualified for the So Cal Championships in the event. “She will focus on three other races in the SCC finals,” ELAC

Head Coach Louis Ramirez said. “I compete in the 800 and 1,500 because it helps me build my (long distance) speed,” Aceves said. Her kick in the steeplechase

gave her a 20 second win at Mt. SAC. Sophomore Carlos Lopez erased almost two minutes of his previous fastest the 5,000meter run in San Diego. Other top Husky individual records at the Arnie Robinson Invite include Viridiana Hernandez’s 800-meter run and Amy Herrera (1,500 run). Kris Chacon, Ceja and Adrian Gaytan in the 5,000, 1,500 and 800 runs, respectively. In short distances it was Pedro Mariscal and Romo (100 dashes) as well as Mariscal and William Hang (200 dashes). Adding season individual records include Luis Hernandez and Palencia in the 400-meter hurdles. The Husky relay teams ran their fastest times at the Invite. The 4x100 relay team included Mariscal, Ceja, Gaytan and Romo. The 4x400 relay team consisted of David Jimenez, Mariscal, Hernandez and Romo. Robert Villafan and Hernandez each had personal records in the javelin, and also Daniel Romero and Abraham Islas hain the discus. In the SoCal Decathlon Championships, Romo recorded his best results in the 100 dash, shot put, high jump, 400 meter run, and the javelin. Palencia’s best records among others included the shot put and the 400 run.

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN—Long Beach City College pitcher Stefan Miladinovich reaches first base as ELAC’s second baseman Yamel Zamudio, left, right fielder Zachary Ashford, center, and first baseman Jonathan Larson attempt to catch the ball during a South Coast Conference game last Saturday at Husky Park.

Baseball team drops the ball megan g. razzetti Staff Writer The baseball team dropped out of a first-place tie with Cerritos College in the South Coast Conference after Saturday’s 3-2 loss against Long Beach City College. For the first time in the season, the baseball team lost two consecutive games ending their three-game series, 2-1, against LBCC last weekend. With Saturday’s loss ELAC is

20-12 overall and 12-6 in SCC play and is now tied for second place with LBCC (17-15, 12-6) and El Camino College (21-11, 12-6). The Huskies are participating today in the Spring Classic Baseball Tournament at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. ELAC will be closing regular season with a three-game series against Los Angeles Harbor College (15-17, 6-12) beginning April 22. ELAC’s defense in the top of the fifth inning shifted the

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momentum LBCC’s way. LBCC outfielder Justin Davis delivered an RBI single scoring outfielder Yamel Delgado to tie the game at two. “We had plenty of opportunities throughout the game to score runs. We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we were given,” ELAC Head Coach James Hines said. The decisive run came in the eighth inning when ELAC right fielder Zachary Ashford stumbled on a teammate, which allowed LBCC’s Michael Thomas to score, and gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead. “ELAC is always a tough gutty team and today we played tough and gutty. We had to in order to beat the team,” LBCC Head Coach Casey Crook said. The game kicked off with a home run by ELAC shortstop Kevin Rodriguez, giving the Huskies a one-run lead early in the game. The Huskies added a run in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single by ELAC third baseman Michael Aguilar. ELAC’s two-run lead did not last long. The Vikings got on the board in the fourth inning, when Thomas scored on LBCC starting pitcher Stefan Miladinovich’s single to left field. Despite playing at full focus, the Huskies knew of the opportunities missed. “We had some opportunities,. We didn’t catch them. We could have done better swinging the bats,” ELAC second baseman Johnathan Larson said.

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The swim and dive team ended the regular season outscoring Cypress College for ninth place at the Pasadena Invitational April 4-5, and with two wins at Long Beach City College March 28. The upset win against Long Beach, 133-125, vaulted the Huskies from seventh to a fifth place tie with the Vikings at 3-5 in dual meet head-to-head South Coast Conference competition. ELAC also shut out Los Angeles Trade Tech College 192-0, who only had one athlete compete, at the double-dual meet at Long Beach. Mt. San Antonio College won the SCC Dual Meet Championships with its second consecutive undefeated season, 8-0. ELAC diver Daisy Gomez will compete in the SCC Diving Championships April 11-12 at El Camino College. The ELAC swim team, including Gomez, will compete at the SCC finals April 16-19. At least six women from each individual event in the SCC finals will advance to the state finals. The Swim and Dive state finals will take place at ELAC in the Swim Stadium pool, May 1-3. ELAC freshmen were responsible for scoring 143 of the teams’ 177 points during individual races at the Pasadena Invitational against some of the toughest competition in Southern California. “Alice” Ying Fei Zhang and Carmen Portillo took first and second place, respectively, in the 200-meter butterfly, the last race of

Gomez has finished in the the two-day Invitational. Portillo’s result, breaking the top half of competition in her three-minute mark, was a personal previous three meets. Twenty-one hundredths of a record. She is improving at the right time during the season, just second was good enough for Wenning Shen to edge Renae before the postseason. Zhang scored 99 points for Di Bartolomeo of Diablo Valley the Huskies at the Invitational College for fourth place in the 100 individual medley. including three personal records. According to her recent times, She recorded her fastest time in the 100-yard fly and 50-yard Shen has a good chance of freestyle placing third in both advancing to the state finals. Relay races were key to ELAC events as well as the 50 breaststroke beating Cypress. in taking second. The 200 medley relay team of Zhang’s personal record in the 50 free surpassed her season goal Shen, Veronica Orantes (ELAC’s only sophomore), of breaking Irene Young and 25 seconds. Zhang finished “I (finished) with a personal in 24.98 s e c o n d s … I changed (that) goal-time record erasing six My new goal a few days ago to push seconds off their previous best. is 24.3,” myself to go faster. “…Half of (the Zhang said. teams of ) our Z h a n g conference were surpassed “Alice” Zhang at the Invitational, her 100 Swim and Dive so it really opened fly goal in our eyes... We have F e b r u a r y. a week to prepare Since then she hasn’t competed in the event and give everything we’ve got,” until the dual meet in Long Beach. Young said. Shen and Zhang lead the upset “I changed (that) goal-time a few days ago to push myself to go against Long Beach winning three races each. faster,” Zhang said. Shen won the 50 and 100 As a result of Zhang pushing herself, her 100 fly result in breaststroke events and the 100 Pasadena is one of the fastest times free. Zhang won the 50 fly, 50 free in the state. Zhang also took third and the 100 fly. Young added a first place in the 50 fly and fifth in the 100 finish in the 50 back. Portillo took free. Gomez scored a personal record second in the 200 free while Ortega in the women’s 1-meter diving. took third in the 50 fly. Gomez added a second place She scored 102.70 points, good enough for seventh place out of 14. finish in the 1-meter diving event Gomez began diving this while Jokabeth Vicente won third in the 100 backstroke. semester at ELAC. Long distance specialist Orantes She has come a long way after opening the season not being won second place nods in the 1000 and 500 free races. able to complete all of her dives.

Softball With their 5-0 victory in yesterday’s South Coast Conference game against El Camino College, ELAC softball is tied for first place with Cerritos College in the SCC standings. The Huskies were lead by sophomore starting pitcher Alashnee Medina, who pitched a complete game shutout while striking out 11 batters. Medina continued her dominant season getting her 23 win (second in State) and adding to her total strikeouts 301 (second in State).

Badminton With an undefeated season, 8-0 overall and 8-0 in conference in sight the badminton team continues South Coast Conference play today against El Camino College in a doubleheader at El Camino College. The Huskies recently defeated Pasadena City College 13-8 on April 11. The Lancers (6-4, 6-3) trails ELAC in the SCC standings. ELAC will end regular season against SCC rivals El Camino College Compton Center (3-5, 3-5) April 18 .

Spring 2014, Issue 18  

East Los Angeles College Campus News, Monterey Park, Calif.