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2 El Camino College Union POLICE BEAT Sharing is not always caring April 7, 1:15 p.m.—Officers responded to the pool regarding reports of a male subject offering alcohol to students. On arrival, the officers contacted the subject, a non-student, who was laying in the fetal position on a concrete bench on the east side of Mens’ P.E. The subject had an open container of alcohol in his possession, was obviously intoxicated, and would not cooperate with officers. He was arrested on charges of public intoxication and possessing alcohol on school grounds, and was transported to Torrance Police Department for booking.

Doing harm via Japanese pole-arm April 10, 12:30 p.m.—An officer responded to the station regarding an information report. A male student complained of another male student in his P.E. course. The other student was reported to have repeatedly failed to properly observe safety regulations while sparring using practice naginatas (A form of Japanese pole-arm weapon), and had struck the other student in the head. The instructor asked the offending student to leave the class, and contacted the dean regarding further disciplinary action.

Instructor finds stoner stash April 9, 9:13 a.m.—Officers responded to the Social Sciences Division Office regarding some found property. An instructor in the building discovered a marijuana pipe hidden in a cabinet in his classroom. The pipe was turned in to the police department to be disposed of.

Girls flex for mutual ex April 2, 11:40 p.m.—An officer responded to the ECPD lobby for a disturbing the peace report. A female student reported that she had had an altercation with another female student near the Tennis Courts near Lot H. The student reported they had been arguing over a mutual ex-boyfriend when the other woman punched her in the back of the head and knocked her to the ground. The student reported the incident, but did not want to press charges. The other student was referred to the Director of Student Development regarding her actions.

Trespassers attempt US Open at a closed EC

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The state [convention] of the Union Lorilynn Lomeli Staff Writer @ECCUnionLorilyn

A constant race to meet ever-approaching deadlines; crisp, white pages brimming with black and red ink; fingers scrambling on keys; interview after interview; Starbucks baristas that know you by name. All in a day’s work for a journalist. The Union staff found themselves immersed in this rapid-fire lifestyle at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Convention on April 3 to 5. “It’s incredibly fast paced. From the minute you arrive until the minute you leave it’s go go go go go,” Kate McLaughlin, journalism instructor and the Union advisor, said. The convention had a myriad activities for journalists including workshops, orientations, competitions, events, writing labs, a vendor fair, writing critiques, and photo critiques. For Matthew Simon, 24, editor-in-chief, journalism major, and Angela Yim, 26, editorial editor, communications major, their main focus was the convention’s design layout workshops. One such workshop was led by Spencer Holladay, team leader at Gannet Design Studio and JACC alumn. “He [Spencer] was very inspiring, and broke it down in a way that was not only understandable for aspiring journalists, but realistic,” Yim said. She hopes to incorporate ideas that she took away from the workshop both for the newspaper and for her personal use, she said. Simon discussed design ideas for future issues of the Union with Holladay. “I spoke with Holiday afterwards about my page that I had turned in. So he kind of gave me pointers in terms of what we can do and how to make stuff be more impactful for the reader,” Simon said.

Charles Ryder/ Union Angela Yim, editorial editor, and Rigo Bonilla, staff writer, won third and fourth place in the Critical Review competition at JACC’s state convention in Burbank, Calif. on April 3-6.

Simon is hoping to earn JACC’s general excellence award by implementing the ideas he took away from the convention’s workshops. “General excellence is something that I’m striving for this semester,” Simon said. “So, I’m hoping that the changes and the progression we’re making really adds in when we go to regionals in fall.” While the Union staff won a few awards,

Yim felt they could have done better and said the convention inspired her and others to better the newspaper. “It’s definitely a rude awakening for the union,” she said. “I think everybody kind of walked away from JACC with that much more of a fire in our stomachs. We are that much more fired up to work harder and put more effort and, you know, really give it our all instead of riding on our history.”

ASO ELECTIONS, Continued from Page 1 Amy Guerra, who was elected the new director of public relationships, describes herself as a good person for this job because she wants increased student participation and is dedicated to working for students. “I would personally like to have a closer connection with the school newspaper and the activities on campus with ASB, ASO, different clubs because I believe its very important for the student body’s voice to be heard,” Guerra said, “that would be my ultimate goal.” Joy Mo, 18, nursing major, was elected senator of the Health Sciences and Athletics Division and she has had experience working on the Inter-Club Council (ICC) as its secretary. “I’m really excited because I get something new next semester and I really

John Fordiani/ Union Rafeed Kahn, EC’s new ASO president elect. Kahn won last week’s ASO election.

FIRE ACADEMY, Continued from Page 1 Despite the concluding tone of the graduation, constant growth and development is the main focus in this line of work rather than arrival at any particular goal. “Progressing is the most important thing. We always like to make progress. We never stop learning,” Ryan Lauzon, senior mentor of the EC Fire Academy, said. Pedro Montero, another senior mentor of the EC Fire Academy, echoed this sentiment. “This is one of the building blocks. It is just a small step. Just because we have this doesn’t mean we’re done,” he said. “People came here to challenge themselves in a new area.” “It can takes anywhere from six months to six years to get hired on a fire department,” Montero added. After the academy, students piece together their experience in the field in order to build their resume and prepare themselves for joining a fire department. “It takes time. I’m not going to give up. I have gotten this far. You keep testing yourself,” Aaron Hayre, recent graduate of the EC Fire Academy and a new mentor, said. “I became an EMT for four years and an explorer with L.A. City for one year. In a resident program, you live at the fire station on a 24 hour shift for at least three days a month and you go on calls with them. It’s a stepping stone.” Another stepping stone is to become a mentor to future academy classes, which many students will be doing after they graduate. “Half of the students sign up to become mentors for the next class,” Melendez said, “I’m glad to see that. It’s a key factor in continuing with their education.”

want to work hard for all the people who voted for me,” she said. “I want to make an impact next semester, even if it’s just one small change for something better.” Mo also hopes EC students have more opportunities to get the classes they need and wants to help students to reach their goals, she added. Arnold Lee, 18, psychology major, was elected senator of the Behavioral and Social Science Division, according to ASO’s official election results. It’s a honor to be part of ASO as a senator and he wants to change the overall participation and opportunities of the campus, Lee said. “To the next year ASO, I wish the best of luck in everything that they do and I hope they can put togetther a lot events,” Awakuni said. “They have the funding and the man power and I hope they can do more than we did this year.”


April 5, 2:50 a.m.—An officer was on a foot patrol when he observed two subjects inside the tennis courts, playing tennis. The officer contacted the subjects, who were both non-students. One of the subjects had a $15,000 warrant issued out of Torrance Police Department for trespassing in a park after hours. The subject with the warrant was given a citation, and both were warned that they were trespassing and released.

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Stolen motorcycle license plates April 10, 8:25 a.m.—An officer responded to the station regarding a theft report. A male student stated he had parked his motorcycle in the visitor parking of Lot D. When he returned, he realized that his license plate was missing. The student reported the license plate was held on with zip ties, and there was evidence that the zip ties had been cut with some sort of edged tool. Cary Majano/ Union Union staff photographer Cary Majano, 29, photography major, discovered the newspaper racks relocated to the Receiving Facilities near the baseball field on April 7.

NEWSRACKS, Continued from Page 1 While the latest removal was caused by the wind, the Union has, in the past, been censored by a faculty member who removed stacks of the newspaper based on content. Still, the humanities division also views the incident as a matter of miscommunication, and points to the strong working relationship between the division and those in facilities. “Joe Saldana is a reliable, hardworking, responsible supervisor

in facilities.,” Tom Lew, dean of humanities, said. “Given all the things he has to take care of, I’m inclined to believe him [when he says he meant to contact us.] Things fall into the cracks. Saldana has always worked with this division.” The issue of wind and the newspapers has become a reoccurring problem for the groundskeepers and Saldana hope there is something that can be done to fix the problem. “We’re hoping we can find a solution for this in the future to prevent this,” he said.

“During the preliminary debate rounds, we advanced two teams,” Bishop said. “We kind of crushed them. No other community colleges advanced. There was us and them and they were way down,” she said. Having such a highly competitive team has motivated college administration to back their competitive advancement. “We never get to go to this tournament because we can never afford the tournament. Rebecca Cobb, of student development, actually gave us championship funds to get this team to that tournament,” Bishop said, “because this team was one of the most competitive, on a four year level, that we’ve ever had. We really wanted to give them that experience.” Students who play a critical role in building such a strong team often hear about the opportunity either through a friend, or through a communications class. Those who join sharpen their skills and change their educational futures. “I’ve always liked to argue and I found out about the program here. I heard it was really good and thought this was probably the best place I could test the waters with debate,” Alejandro Rivera, 20, accounting and communications major, said. “I had a friend on the debate team last year. I took Communication 4 over the summer and then I hit the ground running.” “It has really made my time worthwhile,” he added.

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