Fall 2014, Issue 5

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East Los Angeles College Campus News, Monterey Park, California


  • Wednesday, OctOber 15, 2014VOlume 72, Issue 5 sIngle cOpy free - addItIOnal cOpIes 50 centswww.elaccampusnews.com

    Earthquake emergency test ELAC will participate in the 2014 Great

    California Shake Out tomorrow at about 10:16 a.m. This will activate the Emergency Notification System. Students will not be evacuated from class.

    Unidentified suspect carrying knife detained on


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    The Los Angeles Community College District is going to i m p l e m e n t a n e w S t u d e n t Information System in all nine district colleges starting November 2015.

    The SIS, known as Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), is being replaced with Oracle PeopleSoft campus solution system.

    This new system provides the newest technology for students, faculty and staff to easily access all nine district colleges students information data. The system will

    also have a new student portal that unifies students curriculum and enrollment information.

    LACCD SIS Project Director Betsy Regalado said that the new system is consider as one solution for faculty and staff.

    If a student is enrolled at multiple colleges you could see the holistic record of that student at any of our nine LACCD colleges, Regalado said.

    The new SIS solution consists of five main modules: admissions, financial aid, student financial records, student records and academic advising. All nine LACCD colleges will launch each modulation at different time periods during the year.

    According to Regalado, the PeopleSoft system will be fully operational by fall 2016. The first module that will deploy in Nov. 2015 will be admissions.

    The admissions module and the new SIS will become available only for future potential students in all nine district colleges who will be registering for the fall 2016 semester.

    The new PeopleSoft system will turn on the financial aid module for continuing students applying for FAFSA in the 2016-2017 fiscal year in January 2016. Regalado said continuing students will have access to the new SIS in May 2016 when they begin fall registration.

    LACCD SIS will provide modern

    and sophisticated functionalities, such as registering and enrolling in classes from any smart devices, at any hour of the day. The layout and design will decrease time spent to load data.

    East Los Angeles College Dean of Academic Affairs Kerrin McMahan said that the campus solutions will improve support services for students of each of the nine LACCD colleges.

    McMahan said it will speed up routine tasks, minimize the use of paper and streamline reports required by the federal and state government.

    The paper add slips and students fees receipts are some of the documents that will go paperless

    and will become electronically available for students.

    When students log-in to the new system, they will have access to their student portal by clicking on the campuses home pages or going to the LACCD web page.

    Another functionali ty that PeopleSoft SIS will include is the ability to put students on a online waiting list after a class has been closed.

    When school begins, teachers will give enrollment codes to walk-in students, instead of paper add slips. They can use them to add the class when logging to the new system, Regalado said.

    The portal will be providing news and notifications, known as the

    to-do-list for students, that needs to hand in tax forms to the financial aid office, Regalado said, this new functionality hopes to reduce lines at offices.

    The portals new feature will allow students to update their home or mailing address online. It will also post financial aid information to view, accept and decline students awards.

    Students can see what kind of financial aid package they will receive, how much money and when checks will be distributed or money will be available in their LACCD debit cards.

    LACCD to implement new online student systemBY MARIA ISIDORO AND CYNTHIA

    LAGUNAStaff Writer

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    Former Elan and Mayor of Bell Gardens Daniel Crespo was shot and killed on Sept. 30.

    Crespo made an impact while at ELAC in the late 80s to early 90s, leading the Student Political Action to protest and fighting for student change to help students get the funds and needs they rightfully deserve.

    Pres ident of the Nat ional Association of Hispanic Journalists, Los Angeles Chapter, Cesar Arrendado was a close and personal friend of Crespo during their time at ELAC.

    Arrendado, along with Crespo, helped form the Student Political Action club during their time at ELAC.

    Me, Daniel and a couple of friends formed (the Student Political Action) in response to the need for action on campus, Arrendado said. It was the late 80s going to early 1990 where California community colleges were being hit hard.

    Among the first acts as a group, the SPA held two rallies to fight for change.

    T h e g r o u p f e l t E L A C s administration at the time were not being responsible with enrollment, grants and classes.

    We were in a community known for its fight for social change and we wanted to carry on the tradition, Arrendado said.

    The rallies and protests lead to media coverage from local media outlets and even an article in the Los Angeles Times.

    Bell Gardens mayor, impactful ELAC Alum killed

    East Los Angeles College engineering students Christopher Aguayo and Alex Zaragoza will be the only community college finalists in the Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D

    Challenge to be held on Nov. 15 in Montreal, Canada. Both ELAC students made ithe final round along with 22 other students from

    around the world. The competition is held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    IAM3D focuses on 3D printed models and how students can incorporate what theyve created into schools.

    Another part of the challenge is a presentation of the project in which participants will speak to judges about how this model can help

    teachers in school keep students interested in engineering, as well as mathematics and science.

    Zaragoza and team leader Aguayo will be competing as a team. Aguayo and Zaragoza have been working on a STEM rocket

    launcher for more than a year, because they needed to make a model that met all of the standards for the competition.

    They had to create a video presenting their idea and the team, a business case PDF file and a zipped file containing an image of their current design and STL and CAD files uploaded for submission.

    The design they came up with is a launcher that will predict many outcomes based on the water and air flow into the projectile.

    The biggest problem for them was the report they had to make in ASME Y14.1 format.

    This format calls for set content standards-such as how to credit a source, figures and word choice-in order to qualify. Once they were done, Aguayo and Zaragoza were confident

    in what they created because it functioned correctly and met all requirements to take into the competition.

    Ready to launchElans reach finals of international challenge

    BLAST OFFThe STEM rocket launcher developed by Alex Zaragoza and Christopher Aguayo for IAM3D Challenge.


    Know Your Rights workshop The Know Your Rights: Immigration/

    Deportation, Teach-In workshop will be held at the Auditorium Foyer tomorrow from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. It will explore legal rights Elans may be unaware of.

    Blood drive ASU is sponsoring a blood drive today from

    8 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. in the Auditorium Foyer. Go to redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code ELAC to schedule an appointment.

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    - Jerry Rodriguez

    - Cristina Cuevas

    - Henry Hernandez

    I think theyre lazy.Like if there

    is a trash can, you often throw it in the trash can? If

    not, you can always hold on to it.

    I think they need to take more

    responsibility of their action, so they should pick up after

    themselves and throw it away.

    It gets me mad because its gross. It makes the campus

    look dirty and in a way it make you look dirty because you go there. It gets

    you frustrated.

    Students at East Los Angeles College are uncertain about their future. Its harmful to be a student with an undecided major because it wastes your time and money.

    After asking students in one class, eight out-of ten answered undecided about their majors. Outside classrooms, students gave the same results.

    In other cases, some students responded with whichever career was fastest or easiest to obtain.

    With no clear thought about what to major in, many students are panicking and fear they may never decide.

    Deciding what to major in could be scary. Since first attending ELAC, I have gone from wanting to major in psychology, followed by art, then becoming a registered nurse and finally deciding, I couldnt be farther away from making up my mind.

    Those fresh out of high school have a hard time choosing a major.

    A majority of them commented theyre not worried because theyll realize it eventually.

    After recently reuniting with a group of friends, I discovered all those who were positive about what they had planned before were now stressing out because they were unsure of what they wanted.

    Students take multiple classes, required for their major, before realizing that is not what they want to do.

    Now theyre stuck with wasted semesters and classes they dont need or want.

    Instead, students should sit down and really give it a thought so they avoid wasting any more of their time and energy.

    Then, try to talk to someone who is already in that profession. Discover what it is really like from the people who know best.

    Students could also volunteer or intern, if it is possible to do so. This way they know first-hand if they will continue to follow this career choice.

    Some students find it was a struggle deciding what they truly wanted to major in.

    Ive changed my mind numerous times, since first attending ELAC. First, I was studying to become an EMT and then I took an interest in engineering. I wasnt too sure about any of them, ELAC student Steven Perez said.

    It wasnt until recently, that I finally decided to major in Business Administration and am also taking

    my final classes to become a Real Estate Agent, he said.

    Some students have figured out what they want to major in, some are settling for something they might enjoy.

    I dont really know what I like. I just hope becoming a Registered Nurse is something that, like, Ill enjoy, ELAC student Maria Hernandez said.

    ELAC student Kimberly Gonzalez, said she took her first classes back in 2007 and dropped out because she was unsure of what she wanted to do. It wasnt until 2011 that she decided to return and try again.

    Some students panic because they feel theyre falling behind as they some of their other friends graduating and starting their careers. They feel stuck because they believe they might not find a career that they enjoy doing and also pays well.

    Still, with all the indecisiveness, student stays optimistic about it all.

    I think its possible that I will find what I want to do. I am slightly worried, but Im sure everything will work out somehow, Nestor Martinez said.

    Students struggle with deciding majorBY aYana arroYo

    Staff Writer


    From bushes to planting-strips to underneath benches, scraps of garbage flutter in the wind everywhere at East Los Angeles College, and it will deter the minds of new student prospects from enrolling.

    A cleaner campus is an ideal that officials from the Strategic Planning Committee at ELAC should improve awareness on.

    Implementation of effective signage around campus to inform students that there is a responsibility in keeping our campus clean is an important endeavor for the sake of ELACs reputation and progression of new-student enrollment.

    During school hours, the planting-strips behind buildings E-7 and F-7 are filled with crinkled event fliers, smashed potato chip bags, paper cups from Yogurtland as well as other trash. It looks like sections of the trashy wayside of the Pomona 60 Freeway.

    Litterers who exist

    on campus hide their dirty habit well. No one catches them in the act. They speak of these litterers as if they were ghosts, or as a weird phenomenon that only happens when theyre not around.

    This phenomenon continues to happen around campus everyday. Thanks to Plant Facilities, there are many trash cans spread throughout campus in areas like the Stadium parking lot and every level of either parking garages.

    Despite the Plant Departments effort to reduce litter by adding more trash cans, people still find it easier to throw trash on the ground.

    Around the K-5 and K-7 buildings, trash cans and recyclable waste bins are placed nearby benches and vending machines to prevent careless people from throwing their food-wrappers on the ground.

    Theyre also there to minimize the mess of empty soda cans and plastic bottles that are sometimes left on benches or rolling on the pavement.

    Students, professors and administrators at ELAC need to understand that they are a representation of what the community has to offer the world.

    A college that doesnt take pride is going to see its student enrollment decline to other

    community colleges with a cleaner looking campus.

    Its also evident that even with the placement of trash cans at the ends of these rows in the stadium parking, some people continue t...