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  • Wednesday, november 5, 2014single copy free - additional copies 50 centswww.elaccampusnews.com

    volume 72, issue 8

    Chicana/o Studies Department brings Dia de los

    Muertos to ELAC

    SPECIAL

    See Page 4

    First Friday Jazz Series The Billy Childs Quartet will be performing

    for the First Friday Jazz Series this Friday at the S2 Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for student pre-sale, $6 for students with valid I.D. and $12 for general admission. For more information call (323) 265-8894.

    News Briefs

    Buried Child Award winning play Buried Child by Sam

    Sheperd will be at the P2 Proscenium Theatre next Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 with ASU discount at P2-101B, $10 for pre-sale and $12 at the door.

    Keep track of Campus News For the latest news coming out of ELAC,

    Like facebook.com/CampusNews, follow on Twitter and Instagram @Elaccampusnews. For more stories go to Elaccampusnews.com.

    East Los Angeles College S t u d e n t s f o r P o l i t i c a l Awareness (ESPA) Club gave the opportunity for the public to hear and speak to local mayors in the area this past Thursday.

    The Local Elected City Leaders event was created by club leader Joseph Nunez who wanted to bring politics to new generations of those who are bored with politics.

    The aim of this event is to hopefully inspire students at ELAC to go and be engaged in their local politics. Thats why we reached out to the mayors of Maywood and Cudahy to try and represent the students that come here, Nunez said.

    Nunez and h i s f r i end Christopher Cruz started ESPA after attending a city council meeting and being surprised how young the Mayor of Cudahy Chris Garcia was.

    Garcia was elected after the city of Cudahy faced the same problems of corruption that Bell began facing. Garcia was on the city council and heard

    dISAbILIty AwArEnESSStudents learned about disabilities and the programs that are offered on campus and in the community at the Disabled Student Program and Services first Disability Awareness Day in the free speech and walkway area last Wednesday.

    For more on the story visit elaccampusnews.com

    BY sergio BerruetaStaff Writer

    BY jesus figueroaStaff Writer

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    Spectators were given the opportunity to dance to Thriller with some of the students enrolled in Professor Rick Crawfords dance classes on Oct. 29 in the Performing and Fine Arts Courtyard.

    Dressed in costumes, the students from Crawfords classes began to dance and invited anyone who knew the steps to join them.

    After the song ended, Crawford asked that anyone who was interested in learning the steps to join him and his students to go through the dance step-by-step.

    Once they went through the steps, the song was played again to give new participants the opportunity to dance in sync with the song being played.

    about how the city councils problems from rigged elections to harassment of citizens.

    Thats why I never got into local politics. All this happened in national news on CNN and all over Facebook, Garcia said. I took this as a sign to start getting involved in the community.

    Garcia started to run for office as he saw the citizens of Cudahy up-in-arms in frustration over the issues that started to come to light.

    G a r c i a s t a r t e d o f f i n community college and went on to transfer to University of California, Los Angeles and graduated with a bachelors degree in Political Science.

    There were camera crews, media and I was just sitting in the back of the room just analyzing. After the meeting, I saw citizens who were angry-said lets talk and pulled them aside. Thats when I started the community organization, Garcia said.

    Activities and information booths centered around disabilities were set up at the walkway between the Swim Stadium and the parking structure of the East Los Angeles Colleges main campus by the Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) office last Wednesday for the first Disability Awareness Day.

    DSPS brought awareness to the many different types of disabilities, which affect a large number of students, all throughout the month of October.

    We wanted to make things more festive, like bringing in games to simulate some of the disabilities that the students go through, DSPS director Grace Hernandez said.

    Last Wednesday DSPS was joined by many different organizations from around Southern California for the event.

    We started the idea (for the Disability Awareness Day) back in late July. We actually began formatting the event with our program director Grace Hernandez. Now, two months later, we actually have 22 tabling vendors, 22 organizations that have come down, that are all disability related, career guidance counseling assistant Carilla Clements said. Most of these organizations are non-profit, government or student services that service our community.

    The activities that were centered on demonstrating what those with disability go through got the most attention. Those who participated in the event got to

    DSPS brings awareness to disabilities

    Political club hosts mayoral gathering

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    Department of Rehabilitation (main federal organization) - assists adults over the age of 21 with disabilities to continue on to college and university by either paying for college or university or helping anyone who is disabled get a career.

    Some of the organizations that attended event: Regional Center, Aids Project Los Angeles, Project Choice, EOP&S, Veterans organization, Southern California Independent Living Centers and East Los Angeles Mental Health Services.

    experience through the use of mittens, goggles and mirrors what its like to have certain disabilities and were rewarded with prizes for their participation.

    The games are really to create more awareness for disabilities, Clements said. Theres a game with goggles, the goggles are foggy, thats to show what a person with a vision impairment would conduct themselves.

    The games were effective as more and more people became aware of the many difficulties that people with disabilities go through every day.

    A lot of great agencies are here supporting this event, making students aware and more conscious of the different disabilities that we serve here on campus, Hernandez said. She hopes that if there are students that dont know if they have a learning disability they see all the resources DSPS has to offer and to research more through the office.

    This is the biggest project that DSPS has had, I think to date. We had a turnout of between 200 to 300 students, Clements said.

    Hernandez said the event was sponsored by the Associate Student Union which donated $500 to offer food for the students in attendance.

    Hot dogs were given to students who visited different booths and collected stamps from the organizations.

    For more information visit the DSPS at their office E1-160 and schedule an appointment to talk with a counselor. To be part of the DSPS program, students need to present a verified disability documented by a doctor or from their high school.

    We really want to make sure people understand that, hey, even if you have a disability, it should never stop you, Clements said.

    DisabilityBY jesus figueroa

    Staff WriterFaSt FaCtS

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    Transferring from a community college to a four-year university is a great idea for students who dont know what they want to major in or want to try out different fields of study.

    The price to attend East Los Angeles College is $46 per unit while the average price for a UC or CSU is anywhere from $248 or more per unit, depending on the school.

    The price doesnt compare to those of a private college. Chapman Univeristy charges $1,390 per unit, with a 18 unit limit. They charge an additional $1,390 for every unit a student goes over the limit.

    A student will not spend one-tenth of the tuition they would for a UC or a CSU at a community college.

    According to a new study from Harvard University, the rise in cost for universities is one of many factors that cause students to drop out before receiving their degree in the U.S. at higher rates

    in comparison to other developed countries.

    The study found only 56 percent of the students who enter Americas colleges and universities graduate within six years, while 29 percent of students who enter two-year programs complete their degree within three years.

    Students who attend a four-year university as a freshman might feel pressured to find a major quickly to avoid wasting money and time. The pressure forces students to major in a subject they dont want to or are unsure of pursuing a career in.

    Why would I start at a community college when I can go straight to a four-year university?

    Students who are unsure of what they want to major in should give transferring from a community college a chance because it allows them to get the general classes done and explore different majors, all while saving money.

    Students who fear they will spend many years in school shouldnt worry because if they are completing general education requirements and lower division requirement for their major while

    at a community college they can transfer to a university as a junior and be better prepared to declare a major.

    Attending a community college then transferring doesnt imply that students are less smart.

    Transferring to a four-year university instead of going straight from high school might take more time if students dont have a major, but it gives students the opportunity to discover the right educational and career path.

    It would be better for students to get their certificate of completion and Associate of Arts (A.A.) at a community college before transferring to a four-year university or private school to broaden their college experience.

    Students who obtain their degree at a community college wouldnt stress about getting classes that help obtain those degrees.

    The Foundation for California Community Colleges reported almost 51 percent of graduates from a CSU and 29 percent of graduates from a UC transferred from a community college.

    Transferring gives students the

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    Transferring benefits studentsBY Marcus caMacho

    Staff Writer

    chance to experience the college life without the high cost of four-year universities.

    With the college experience that a community college provides, students get relaxed and settle into their environment and realize college isnt as bad as they previously thought.

    Students who attend community college can now take up to 15 units to choose a major. Previously there was no limit according to a new mandate by the California Community College Committee, to find the right career path at a community college so students arent spending so much per year.

    The Transfer Center at E1-176 offers many workshops such as helping students with UC applications and UC personal statements, as well as offering university tours and student conferences.

    The Transfer Center takes walk-ins and appointments to help students research schools and find which best suits their major. They are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Students who transfers from a community college have a grade point average similar to or greater than students who started as a freshman at a four-year university.

    Two-thirds of first-time higher education students in California started their academic careers at a community college.

    Students who received a degree or certificate from a community college nearly double their earnings within three years.

    Students attending or graduating from a community college double their chance of finding a job compared to those who failed to finish high school.

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    The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and its partner organization, Asian American Economic Development Enterprises (AAEDE), are

    seeking paid tutors for the 2014-2015 Session of the Reading Rockets literacy program. Reading Rockets is an afterschool literacy program designed for at-risk children in 2nd through 6th grades. Students receive personalized tutoring to develop vital literacy skills and build confident readers. Reading Rockets was recently awarded the Public Library Associations 2013 Innovations in Literacy award which recognizes unique and inventive literacy pro-grams that result in a measurable impact on the li-brarys community. Tutors must be current college students or recent graduates at least 18 years of age and must be avail-able every Monday through Thursday from 3:005:30 p.m. between October 13, 2014 and May 28, 2015. Tutors will receive an hourly rate of $10.00. Applicants should possess a combination of skills and experience suited to successful work with children and families. F...