Fall 2014, Issue 7

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East Los Angeles College Campus News, Monterey Park, California


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    Community college network names ELAC leading institution

    East Los Angeles College is one of three new California community colleges recognized by Achieving the Dream (ATD) as a leading institution for 2014.

    ATD i s a ne twork a imed to increase community college student success. Sixteen community colleges were added to the network this year.

    The network consists of more than 200 participating colleges across the country sharing a commitment to use data and past program outcomes to determine which activities, services and courses are the most helpful

    toward student success.The programs which served 150

    students in 2009, has more than 600 students this year.

    These colleges have shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability and economic growth for families, communities and the nation as a whole, reports the ATD website.

    ELACs first-year experience programs integrate counseling, s t u d e n t s u c c e s s c o u r s e s , supplemental instruction and access to highly impacted courses.

    The faculty has specifically focused on addressing the needs

    of new students in the subjects of mathematics and English.

    ELAC joined the network in 2011 and has since created programs that have furthered student learning outcomes. The developmental English success rates for first time college students increased f r o m a b o u t 2 2 percent in 2007 to 31 percent in 2010.

    Our entry into the ATD network c o i n c i d e d w i t h the development of our colleges Educational Master Plan, Dean o f Academic Affa i r s Caro l

    Kozeracki said. Kozeracki said the network

    explicitly influenced the process the school followed to es tab l i sh the o b j e c t i v e s a n d action items in the institutions six-year plan.

    ELAC has seen i m p r o v e m e n t i n s t u d e n t s through increased p e r s i s t e n c e , i m p r o v e d m a t h results and higher a s s e s s m e n t t e s t

    scores after part icipation in workshops.

    School representatives have been

    attending ATD national conferences over the past three years.

    The main purpose of the conference is to share ideas with other colleges about new programs that help students achieve their academic goals.

    The implementation of one new program involved full-time and part-time English faculty working together to integrate technology into a developmental English course.

    The course was for people did not pass the assessment test, and consisted of online assignments, chat rooms and high interaction among faculty and students. Thirty percent of the students who passed the class retook the assessment test and were able to skip to a higher

    BY jane fernandez and jade inglada

    Staff Writer

    level English course.East Los Angeles College has

    put in place programs that are not only successful, but that also propel our overall college outcomes forward, stated ELAC President Marvin Martinez. We are proud of our efforts to date, but will not rest on them. The college is dedicated to continued efforts to improve the outcomes for all students.

    By keeping track of student outcomes, the college has added and modified projects that have been successful for students.

    Kozeracki is excited about discovering additional approaches other leading colleges have found effective and hopes to expand the scope of the existing projects.

    Halloween Parade The Child Development Center is holding

    its Annual Halloween Parade this tomorrow between the auditorium and library. The morning group will be at 10 a.m. and the afternoon group will be at 2 p.m.

    news Briefs

    Save the Bats Week This week is National Save the Bats

    Week. Find out why its important to save bats and how to help at savebats.org.

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    We are proud of our efforts to date, but will not rest on them.

    Marvin MartinezELAC President

    Elans walk to remember domestic violence victim

    About 100 people gathered in memory of Jamay Michelle Sticca at the football stadium on Saturday. Sticca was a victim of domestic violence and was murdered in 2008.

    East Side Spirit and Pride (ESSP) Club adviser and uncle of Sticca Dennis Sanchez was the first of several speakers to stand in front of the crowd.

    Sanchez thanked everyone present and introduced Sticcas parents, Ron Sanchez and Jackie Joo, who traveled from Sacramento to attend. A sign expressing peoples condolences was presented to Sticcas parents.

    The Rev. Mark Torres from Homeboy Industries also took to the podium. Thank you for taking seriously something that needs to be taken seriously, said Torres.

    Torres cited Buddhist teachings and said that acknowledging suffering is the first step in overcoming

    it. He then led everyone in a moment of prayer. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every

    four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

    Among the speakers was Athletic Director Al Cone, who emphasized the need for males to be a part of the solution. The NCADV states, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partner and children when they become adults.

    Psychology Professor Jody Adewale, Psy.D., explained a big part of the problem is the state of mind of young

    people. I was talking to a group of students about the Ray Rice

    incident. I asked them what they thought about what Rice did and was surprised when some of them asked what his wife did, as if hitting her could be justified somehow, said Adewale. Domestic violence is never justified.

    Sticcas mother was the next to speak. Joo encouraged those present to never give up on their goals. Sticca was a dedicated nursing student and worked full-time, Joo said.

    BY ivan cazaresStaff Writer

    After Joo spoke, two domestic violence victims shared their stories. One of them was a young woman whos the same age Sticca would have been. An estimated 1.3 million women experience domestic violence in the United States every year.

    Joo and step brother Damian Sanchez described her as being a feisty girl. She would have been the loudest one in the crowd, they both said.

    I looked up to my sister. She always looked out for me, she wouldnt even let boys talk to me, Teylor Sanchez, her younger sister, said. In memory of her older sister, Teylor got a lion tattoo, which incorporates Sticcas favorite color, her initials and hair which Teylor compared to a lions mane.

    Adewale said getting out of an abusive relationship is difficult because it becomes a cycle consisting of three stages.

    I t s t a r t s w i th t he honeymoon stage; then the stepping on eggshells stage, which is when the victim is fearful of their partners reactions; and finally the explosion stage.This is when the perpetrator physically abuses their partner. It then starts all over again, Adewale said.

    Participants walked around the perimeter of stadium and twice around the track. The crowd was lively and interacted with each other and Sticcas family.

    Adewale ended the meeting by asking everyone to stand up and make some noise, instead of the traditional moment of silence.

    It starts with the honeymoon stage; then the s t e p p i n g o n e g g s h e l l s stage, which is when the victim is fearful of their partners reactions; a n d f i n a l l y t h e

    explosion stage. This is when the perpetrator physically abuses their partner. It then starts all over again.

    - Jody Adewale, Psy.D.

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    EDITOR IN CHIEFJesus Figueroa

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    OPINION EDITORMarcus Camacho

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    Sylvia Rico-Sanchez

    Counselors ignore students goalsThe counselors at East Los

    Angeles College concentrate on getting students out of community college, but they fail to serve students needs toward finding a major or concentrating on a major.

    Many students come to community college undecided or unsure about their major.

    As part of the registration process, incoming students are asked to visit with a counselor and develop an educational plan as well as take assessment tests for English and math.

    From the 2007-08 to the 2012-13 the overall average of transfer or completion rate is 41.7 percent based on http://scorecard.cccco.edu/, which scores each college as part of Californias student success initiative.

    The score is based on students who entered college testing at a college level math and English, 69.9 percent, and students who didnt, 37.8 percent.

    The student success initiative, which recommends 22 policy changes, was designed to increase the amount of students who graduate, obtain a certificate or complete a degree.

    The educational plan counselors suggest for incoming students usually consists of only general education classes that will help a student graduate.

    An education plan like that will probably not help the student figure out their major, their area of interest or further their knowledge on a topic they already have chosen to focus on.

    The purpose of visiting a counselor should be focused on benefiting each students needs and less on obtaining a better transfer/graduation rate for the school.

    A counselor should talk with each student and try to accommodate each individual students likes with an efficient and effective educational plan.

    As a journalism major, when

    visiting with a counselor, I was complimented on knowing my current events and speaking well, but my educational plan included no journalism classes.

    The counselor did not realize how important it would be for a journalism major who will apply for a job in the journalism field to have the title of editor in chief on a rsum.

    Californias student success initiative hopes that with the 22 policy recommendations it will

    strengthen programs that work and the programs that dont can be restructured to work.

    Many majors include classes which consume a large amount of time and make it difficult to take several classes in the same semester.

    A better understanding of a students goals and needs can help a counselor better advise a student on their educational plan and on the courses that can be taken concurrently during the

    same semester.A few extra minutes talking with

    each student, details the courses and programs offered at ELAC and some consideration of a students career and educational goals may help make the college experience more enjoyable and productive for students.

    With an education plan that provides each student with a structured and focused path, students can have a more enjoyable and successful college experience.

    Although we hear about it, every time we turn on the television, students shouldnt be too worried about catching the Ebola virus.

    While in class, a student near me was continuously coughing. Without really thinking about it, I found myself already deep in thought, about the Ebola virus.

    The following day I talked with my friend about it and discovered that he too found himself thinking about the virus.

    As I waited for class, I overheard a group of students, sitting on a bench, conversing about the same topic.

    With constant updates and daily reminders on social media sites and news channels, its no wonder the people are worrying about the virus.

    We are given new information regarding Ebola every day. There are people on different news channels showcasing the way they are protecting themselves to ensure they dont get infected.

    In states that have been infected with the virus, there was a school shutdown and people were too frightened to buy food from their regular food truck.

    With only three people currently infected with Ebola, within the United States, the worry should be slim. Students should think more about their midterms then getting infected with Ebola.

    After reading into it, I discovered that Ebola shouldnt be feared so much because it is only transferable by coming in to contact with bodily fluids of a person who is already infected.

    Another way of becoming infected are through objects that have been contaminated with the virus. Also, a person infected must already be showing the symptoms to be able to pass the virus on to someone else.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Students fear of Ebola epidemic is pointlessBY aYana arroYo

    Staff Writer

    (CDC) website, this means you cannot get Ebola through air, water or food.

    Plus there have been no reports of someone being infected w...