Fall 2014, Issue 6

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


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    Th e A m e r i c a n C i v i l L i b e r t i e s U n i o n o f Southern California held Know Your Rights, a presentation discussing Proposition 47 and other laws in the Auditorium Foyer at East Los Angeles College last Thursday.

    The ELAC Students for Political Awareness Club teamed up with ACLU to construct a powerpoint presentation with information on what to do if ever arrested or questioned by authorities.

    The presentation provided students with different informational fliers about voting as well as ACLUs purpose.

    The assembly was opened by ESPA President Joseph Nuez who introduced guest speaker Jessica Farris of the policy and advocacy counsel at ACLU of Southern California.

    Farris explained the importance of voting for Prop. 47 on Nov. 4. Prop. 47 would reduce the penalty for most nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors which in return would decrease prison population and save hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Lucero Chavez, Immigrant Rights staff attorney of the ACLU, also explained how all people, no matter their status, pertain rights under the Constitution of the United States.

    Chavez said that if a person is stopped by police, either in the street or at a college or university, always remember to be polite and remain calm. Never give false information, carry a fake identification card and always have the number of an attorney or organization that can help if an attorney cannot be retained.

    Everyone has the right to remain silent, the right to refuse consent to a search of yourself or belongings and the right to an attorney whether arrested by police or U.S. immigration officials.

    People should be aware of the area they are in at all times, Chavez said. Police can be searching for suspicious activity, witnesses or looking out for public safety, and that could be why a person is stopped or questioned.

    The same rights apply when a person is stopped in their vehicle or on a college or university campus. The only difference is when

    International students from East Los Angeles College discussed topics on how to find a job at a public or private business on Sunday at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.

    Chinese Language Associate Professor and President of Chinese American Education Association Robert Liu designed Becoming Professionals to inspire youth on how to find a career in America.

    According to former president of the International Student Advancement Program Club Bowen Wang, the purpose of this program is to help international students from ELAC get familiar with the basic information an employer seeks within the community.

    ISAP is a student club that helps international students get familiar with the new study and lifestyle at ELAC, Wang said.

    The program teaches how to prepare college and high school students and the local community for a successful interview.

    Becoming Professionals was co-sponsored by ISAP Club and sponsored by the CAEA and Bruggemeyer Library.

    Successful professionals were invited as guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience in job searching within both the private and public sectors.

    Selling yourself in a brief and concise manner should be no longer than three minutes, Senior Human

    Resources Manager Elizabeth Wu of Panda Restaurant Group said.

    Wu also taught on how to use PRO techniques when it comes to answering behavioral interview questions.

    PRO techniques are examples of a job experience that describes a past situation, how to respond to actions taking in a job position and how to tell an outcome of what happened in that specific work.

    According to the new standards in the work field, employers are no longer looking for people who describe themselves as hard working, but instead people who are working smarter and working more efficiently, Wu said.

    Senior Planning Assistant from LA County government Alice Wong said that looking for a job in the public sector requires more patience, compared to private companies.

    According to Wong, the civil processes with county governments are different from the private sector, such as how long it will take for a job application to process.

    Dont bother to send a job application standard or resume for a job that is not posted, Wong said.

    The county government provides volunteer jobs opportunities and internships paid and unpaid.

    Wong demonstrated how to apply for a job opening through the Department of Human Resources of LA County government home page.

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    Cultivating excellence The accreditation retreat will be held from

    12-1:30 p.m. in G1-301A. Participants must bring a written innovation they have used and discuss it. RSVP by Oct. 28 at escatie@elac.edu.

    Architecture lecture series The first of three free lectures will be held

    this Friday at the Vincent Price Art Museum at 7:30 p.m. with speaker Robert Alexander. The lectures are open to students and the public.

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    Disabled Student Program and Services have signs displayed around East Los Angeles Colleges main campus that explain a different disability every week throughout the month of October for Disability Awareness Month.

    Last week was Physical Disability week. This week is Mental/Emotional Disabilities week.

    the police knocks on a persons door to search his or her home.

    Under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, people have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, which means that government agents must have a warrant to search and seize your person and property.

    If ever arrested, the detained person should ask for an attorney, a list of free legal services in the area or for a list of the contact information for all consulates and not sign any papers without talking to an attorney first.

    An important point discussed was prosecutorial discretion, which refers to the power of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to either open or close a case in which the person detained can apply for amnesty.

    ELAC Professor Consuelo Rey-Castro has been involved with ACLU in the Know Your Rights teach-in/workshops since last year and all together provide information in regards to legal matters, such as protecting citizens rights.

    The reality of everyday life is such, that if you dont know what your rights are, you wont know it when your rights have been violated and taken away from you, Rey-Castro said.

    Rey-Castro said that it was important for students to know what to do when, for example, they experience sexual harassment, are facing immigration processes or have been stopped or arrested.

    ESPAs primary purpose is to unite students and increase awareness in regards of social and political matters throughout the campus and community.

    The uninformed leave the door open for people to take advantage of (their) ignorance and the first step to protecting our rights is to know them, Nuez said.

    He hopes that the clubs meetings will encourage students to become informed and welcomes everyone to attend an ESPA meeting that are held every Thursday at 12:15-1:30 p.m. in F7-217.

    Students can easily access information provided by ACLU on its website at aclusocal.org.

    The page provides information about issues, court cases, the community and government. People can donate and join through the website as well as volunteering for upcoming events and campaigns.

    Never give false information, carry a fake identification card and always have the number of an attorney or organization that can help if an attorney cannot be retained.

    Prop. 47 would reduce the penalty for most nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors which in return would decrease prison population and save hundreds of millions of dollars.


    If ever arrested, the detained person should ask for an attorney, a list of free legal services in the area or for the contact information for all consulates and not sign any papers without talking to an attorney first.

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    Carts: helpful or harmful?

    Driving the electric carts on campus can be a pain due to people not paying attention to where they are going and blocking pathways.

    It seems that more and more people are distracted by their cell phones, talking to friends or even looking at whats going on with the construction on campus rather than paying attention to what they are doing and where they are going.

    To drive the cart, an application must be filled and the person must be trained. The main parts of the form explain safety.

    Those who drive the carts must be cautious of their surroundings, drive no faster than eight miles per hour, when permitted, and keep a safe distance from pedestrians.

    It gets frustrating and difficult when large groups of people decide to walk side by side and block the entire pathway. Manuevering around people becomes impossible and driving at a speed of one mile per hour defeats the purpose of using the cart.

    Walking side by side isnt necessary and groups of students can leave enough room for a cart to get around them with caution.

    Adding to the frustration is when people are more focused on their cell phones and causes them to not notice the carts.

    It seems that some people dont know how to walk and text at the same time. It becomes a hazard not only to the carts, but to people walking as well because those same people bump into others.

    Just like drivers have to pull to the side to use their phones before continuing driving, pedestrians should do the same so they dont stumble upon others.

    There was an incident where someone almost walked into my parked cart by the G7 building because they were on their cellphone texting or looking something up.

    Its not only embarrassing to have that happen, but ridiculous as well.

    Walkways, like the one leading to the B2 bungalows, which are marked carts only are used by pedestrians even when there is a pedestrian walk way right next to it.

    Ignorance is not an excuse. Its a problem.Accidents do happen, even with the added

    frustration of the ongoing construction.Just like those on carts should be cautious,

    those on foot should be cautious.Both pedestrians and drivers should also be

    courteous.Unnessary passangers should not be allowed

    on the carts because they are a distraction and can lead to an accident.

    Only people who need assistance to get to class should be taken on carts anyway.

    The common scene at East Los Angeles College involves heavy foot traffic of students, staff and faculty traveling from one place to another. Among them, numerous carts with irresponsible drivers behind the wheel, putting pedestrians at unnecessary risk.

    The carts that many of the staff and faculty members at ELAC have the privilege of using are often seen impatiently rolling through clusters of people in these congested areas.

    Those allowed to drive these carts are often impatient, ignore safe driving practices and are distracted while in motion. This puts people in danger and must be addressed before its too late.

    Many dont seem to think that the rules of the road apply to them simply because they are just driving a cart on a small path. Carts can only manage to reach 15 mph for top speed, but that is too fast when driving in a cluttered area of people.

    According to the BuildLACCD Master Format Health and Safety requirements, provided to construction workers, section 1.36 clearly lists the standards that employees must follow when operating motor vehicles.

    The on-site speed limit on the document is five miles per hour. Drivers are also expected to observe the pedestrian right of away rule.

    While walking between the swim stadium and the construction site and I had campus security rush past me on a cart. I had no idea they were behind me until they speeded past me within a few inches from hitting me.

    I was upset to find as I turned the corner to head towards the E7 building, to see the driver stopped in front of it talking to his fellow comrade.

    The driver was school security who was in no way headed to an emergency as one would think by how fast he was going.

    Not only are drivers i...