Fall 2012 Issue 1

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East Los Angeles College Campus News

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<ul><li><p>The budget situation at East Los Angeles College for the 2012-13 school year is getting worse and a new allocation model is not helping matters. </p><p>This years budget is less than last years, requiring more dependence on the schools reserved balance and more cuts to classes and supplies. </p><p>The Los Angeles Community College District adopted a new allocation model, which affects ELAC in a negative way. </p><p>The new allocation model takes five percent from the schools income, money from the schools undistributed balances and money from the schools college reserve and balances. </p><p>For ELAC, the total amount of money taken to be put in district reserve accounts was $25.2 million. </p><p>Jeffrey Hernandez, academic senate vice president, said the district set up a general reserve fund.</p><p>ELAC had money in a college reserve account the district set up, where ELAC could tuck away money for a rainy day. This money is no longer considered money that ELAC set aside, but is now considered money the district set aside for a general reserve account.</p><p>The money in the general reserve account is to go untouched for the next year. </p><p>On top of the district taking the college reserve money, the board of trustees increased the </p><p>contingency fund, which is part of the operating budget and may be accessed throughout the year. </p><p>Usually, all of the colleges contribute five percent from revenue and colleges may access the fund throughout the year. </p><p>Hernandez said, The board of trustees decided to increase the contingency from five percent to 7.5 percent, and that extra money, about 85 percent of it, came out of our (ELACs) balance. </p><p>ELAC had money set aside and would dip into it as needed. The only reason we have had the balance we have is because weve run a very tight ship for a longer period of time than all of the other colleges, said Hernandez.</p><p>The board found that there was no other money to cover the new increase, so they took the money from district schools that had the most money in reserve, ELAC and Pierce College. </p><p> T h e b o a r d o f trustees felt that if the tax initiative does not pass, they wanted to be in the position to give away more money to other colleges, Hernandez said. </p><p>The district created a transition fund to help the impact of the new allocation formula, which will shrink by one-third each year over the next few years. This year, ELAC will receive roughly $5 million.</p><p>Next year, ELAC will see two-</p><p>thirds of the $5 million. The year after, one-third. The year after that, none, said Hernandez. </p><p>The district has allocated $71 million to ELAC under the new allocation model, which is about $10 million less than last year.</p><p>ELAC will also receive an offset transitional fund of $5 million. Including remaining balances and revenue, ELACs budget is at about $86 million for the 2012-13 school year. </p><p>Thats roughly $3 million less than ELAC spent last year, as Hernandez said that ELACs over </p><p>expendi ture was roughly $89 million. </p><p> E v e n i f w e didnt have the new allocation model, East L.A. College is in deep, deep trouble because of the s ta te budget cu t , Hernandez said, and with the allocation model, for sure were going to be the biggest deficit college in the district.</p><p>Proposi t ion 30 may be the boost </p><p>ELAC needs. Prop 30 is the tax initiative that </p><p>would increase personal income taxes on annual earnings more than $250,000 for the next seven years. </p><p>If the tax initiative does not </p><p>ELACS NEW FACE After 29 years at Long Beach City College, Farley Herzek takes a seat in the presidents office as East Los Angeles Colleges new interim president.</p><p>INNOVATIVE MINGLING Crowds of people showed up for the opening reception of Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled on Saturday night and reflected on the messages this artist left behind. </p><p>CN/TADZIO GARCIA</p><p>Volume 70, Issue 1 Wednesday, september 12, 2012sIngle copy free - addItIonal copIes 50 centswww.elaccampusnews.com</p><p>see HERZEK, page 3</p><p>District taps into ELAC reserve funds</p><p>VPAM remembers local muralist </p><p>ELACs interim president faces large budget deficit</p><p>CN/LOURDES ESPINOZA</p><p>By MEGAN PERRY</p><p>Staff Writer</p><p>By JESUS FIGUEROA</p><p>Staff Writer</p><p>By BRIAN VILLALBA </p><p>Staff Writer</p><p>New interim president, Farley Herzek, was selected from a number of candidates to take on East Los Angeles College during a financial crisis. </p><p>Herzek was among the candidates considered for the permanent ELAC president position. Being the interim president gives the board of trustees the ability to see how I perform, Herzek said.</p><p>Herzek begins his term as interim president with 32 years of experience in education. </p><p>He spent 29 years at Long Beach City College as the dean of academic affairs and three years as </p><p>vice president of academic affairs at College of the Desert. </p><p>Here at ELAC, Herzek inherits a budget deficit, which is going to require institution-wide cuts. </p><p>With the cuts, a freshmans first college experience is to add a class with a crowd of other students. That is not the message Herzek would like ELAC to send.</p><p>Enrollment is up from 27,305 last fall to 28,451 students. With the section cuts, there are more students competing for fewer sections. </p><p>Herzek said, We want to squeeze as many seats as we can out of a class.</p><p>The Los Angeles Community College District is projecting funding declines of more than 25 </p><p>percent through 2017, assuming little to no economic growth over that same time period. </p><p>Proposition 30, which would raise taxes on residents who make more than $250,000, and one quarter cent for sales and tax use with the purpose of preventing the steep cuts to education, is of great concern to Herzek. </p><p>If Proposition 30 doesnt pass, the consequences to this community are going to be horrible, Herzek said. </p><p>Proposition 38, which is also on the ballot this November, is the alternative to Proposition 30. </p><p>East L.A. College is in </p><p>deep, deep trouble because of the </p><p>state budget cut...were going to be the biggest deficit </p><p>college in the district, -Jeffrey </p><p>Hernandez</p><p>The exhibit reception for Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled at the Vincent Price Art Museum brought inspiration to the community last Saturday. </p><p>The museum is named after the late Vincent Price, whose daughter, Victoria Price, attended her first exhibit opening at the Vincent Price Art Museum.</p><p>Inspiration was the word Victoria Price used to describe the artwork being displayed at the exhibit. She said, Welcome to a show that I think is going to transform a lot of students lives, and certainly all of us here tonight can see the power of this work.</p><p>Victoria Price said, Its exactly why my parents wanted to fund the museum. They really wanted to fund a place that was of service to the community, to show work that might not be shown in other places and may not have the opportunity as somewhere else. </p><p>There were many people in atten-dance from community members to faculty and staff at the large gallery of the museum. </p><p>There were many colorful, cre-ative and attention-grabbing paint-ings that showed the complexity of Almarazs way of looking at the world.</p><p>Victoria Price said that her father believed that Art can not only change your life, but it can save your life. That is what Victoria </p><p>Price believes the community gains by having the exhibit in the museum.</p><p>The master of ceremony, Dan Eddie Guerrero, got a big response from the audience by being witty and funny. </p><p>Guerrero said I wanted this to be here...in East L.A., because I wanted people to know we are not all just churros and low riders. </p><p>Along with being the master of ceremony, Guerrero was also the one who brought the idea for the </p><p>Carlos Almaraz exhibit to Karen Rapp, head of the Vincent Price Art Museum.</p><p>As an ELAC alumnus, Guerrero wanted to bring a different look to Almaraz and said, I wanted this to be very personal, not just who or what he was as an artist, but who he was as a person, and then it grew from there.</p><p>Elsa Flores Almaraz, who would rather be referred to as the beloved of the late Carlos Almaraz as opposed to his widow, said, We for </p><p>the first time get to see an intimate portrait of who Carlos was. </p><p>She was very happy to provide many pieces of Almarazs artwork that many people had never seen.</p><p>The exhibit spans much of Alma-razs life. Elsa Almaraz said it starts from his childhood which was wonderful, moves into his political period, then his domestic period and finally into his studio period in his last few years, which hes so known for.</p><p>Almaraz was born on Oct. 5, 1941 </p><p>in Zocolo, Mexico. He later moved to Chicago, Illinois with his parents at the age of one. </p><p>After staying in Chicago for nine years, his parents moved him to California. He lived in Wilmington, then Beverly Hills and later, East Los Angeles. </p><p>Almaraz graduated from Gar-field High School and went to New Yorks Loyola University, but quickly came back to East L.A. to continue on with his art.</p><p>News Briefs</p><p>Reaching the dreamCal State University, </p><p>Fullerton is to host a conference for AB-540 and undocumented students Sept 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the LINKS Mentoring Program at (657)278-3488.</p><p>More parking now available </p><p>The new parking structure on Collegian Avenue and Floral Drive is now open and available to park in. The top level is daily parking, and the other levels are ASU permit parking. Parking permits are available in the Fiscal office for $27. </p><p>Renovated library open</p><p>The Helen Miller Bailey Library is now open. It is located in the F3 building and has more than 145 computers, private study rooms and a self-checkout machine. The library will be open Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. </p><p>ELAC Campus News website down</p><p>The Campus News website elaccampusnews.com is down, but should be back soon. For the latest news, follow @ELACCampusNews on Twitter or Like the Campus News Facebook page. </p><p>see BUDGET, page 3</p><p>see INSPIRATION, page 6</p><p>Cross country and football teams bring home big wins</p><p>See page 5</p></li><li><p>www.ELACCampusNews.com</p><p>EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWS4 OPINION2 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012</p><p>Campus News encourages letters to the editor relating to campus issues. Letters must be typed and double spaced. Submitted material becomes the proper ty of Campus News and cannot be returned. Letters should be limited to 250 words or less. Campus News reserves the right to edit letters for grammatical errors or libelous content.</p><p>Anonymous letters wi l l not be printed. Writers must sign submissions and print their names and a phone number where they can be reached. Letters should be addressed to the editor of Campus News. Submissions can be made at the mailroom in building E1 or the Journalism department office in the Technology Center in E7-303. </p><p>East Los Angeles College Campus News</p><p>1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez E7-303</p><p>Monterey Park, CA 91754(323) 265-8819, </p><p>Ads (323) 265-8821 Fax (323) 265-8875 </p><p> The East Los Angeles College </p><p>Campus News is published as a learning experience, of fered under the East Los Angeles College Journalism program. The editorial and advertising materials are free from prior restraint by vir tue of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. </p><p>The opinions expressed are exclusively those of the writer. Accordingly, materials published herein, including any opinions expressed, should not be interpreted as the position of the Los Angeles Community College District, East Los Angeles College, or any officer or employee thereof.</p><p>PRINTING BY NEWS PUBLISHERS PRESS</p><p>EDITOR IN CHIEFLindsey Maeda</p><p>MANAGING EDITORErik Luna</p><p>ONLINE EDITORTadzio Garcia</p><p>FRONT EDITORMegan Perry</p><p>OPINION EDITORAlejandra Carrillo</p><p>NEWS EDITORBrian Villalba</p><p>FEATURE EDITORAmanda Mayberry</p><p>ARTS EDITORJair Fuentes</p><p>Danny Vasquez</p><p>SPORTS EDITORLiliana Marquez</p><p>PHOTO EDITORHugo Dominguez, Jr.</p><p>COPY EDITORAugustine UgaldeRodolfo Trujillo</p><p>Veronica Hurtado</p><p>CARTOONISTKien Ha</p><p>Bryan Pedroza</p><p>STAFF WRITERSCarlos Alvarez, Sergio Berrueta, </p><p>David Bilbao, Oliver Blanco, Dulce Carrillo, Jerry Casarez, Jane </p><p>Fernandez, Jesus Figueroa, Cristina Galvan, William Hernandez, Shannen Jack, Edgar Lopez, Yesenia Martinez, Anthony </p><p>Merjanoff, Tierra Oliver, Vivian Ramirez, Gregory Reyes, Alfonso </p><p>Rivera, Edward Singleton </p><p>STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERSHugo Dominguez, Jr., Tadzio Garcia, </p><p>Freddy Monares, Bryan Pedroza </p><p>PODCAST TEAMLourdes Espinoza</p><p>Michael Price</p><p>ADVERTIS0ING TEAMStefanie ArochaJonathan R. Diaz</p><p>DISTRIBUTION TEAMAugustine Ugalde</p><p>ADVISERJean Stapleton</p><p>The beginning of the semester is always a crazy time for returning and new students on campus.</p><p>Dealing with parking and lines everywhere is something that is expected for everyone during the first week of school. What has come as a surprise to everyone is the number of students being turned away from classes due to insufficient space. </p><p>It seems that this semester more than ever before, students are being forced to wait for seating and an opportunity to add a class.</p><p>This was the experience for me and others who were trying to add classes in order to meet graduation requirements. </p><p>The crowding is the result of budget cuts by the state forcing many students to look for alternative classes to work into their schedules.</p><p>In some cases there is no other choice than to try and take the class the next semester.</p><p>With the threat of more budget </p><p>East Los Angeles College South Gate educational center was forced to shut down the free shuttle service it provided to students this Fall due to budget cuts. </p><p>The shuttle, which ran for five years between Elacs main campus in Monterey Park and the South Gate campus, serviced approximately 25,000 students per semester.</p><p>The on ly a le r t about the cancellation was a message on ELACS home website saying, Shuttle canceled due to budget cuts, plan accordingly. </p><p>The unfortunate shutdown has caused certain students to delay their academic careers. </p><p>The shuttle service began with a rough start. On its opening day Al Rios dean at South Gate, was the only person onboard to ride it.</p><p>However more recently, the shuttle had grown in popularity and became an academic tool for thousands of Elans. </p><p>At some point during the past semester the shuttle would get overcrowded that students were forced to stand side-by-side, often only inches away from one another.</p><p> It had become a mobile student center in some ways that many students came to love. </p><p>When the shuttle was cancelled, thousand of Elans immediately felt the impact.</p><p>Its too expensive [to drive between campuses]. My dad has to drop off my brother at the main campus in his car and I have to pick him up in my car so that neither of us spend too much on gas, said, Christian Noriega, a computer science major. </p><p>Budget cuts in the education system have been affecting schools nationwide. In a string of recent changes at East Los Angeles College, its been announced that the shuttle service has been cancelled for the fall semester.</p><p>Cancelling the shuttle buses makes a difference in a students educational plans and can hinder students from their potential success.</p><p>The s...</p></li></ul>