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Wednesday, OctOber 15, 2014VOlume 72, Issue 5 sIngle cOpy free - addItIOnal cOpIes 50 centswww.elaccampusnews.comEarthquake 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 campusONLINE NEWSAnimation club takes art to Pasadena ARTWalkVisit elaccampusnews.com See page 3The 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 WriterSYSTEM Continued on page 3LAUNCH Continued on page 4MAYOR Continued on page 4BY SERGIO BERRUETAStaff WriterFormer 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 killedEast 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 challengeBLAST OFFThe STEM rocket launcher developed by Alex Zaragoza and Christopher Aguayo for IAM3D Challenge.CN/JESUS FIGUEROAKnow 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. News Briefswww.ELACCampusNews.comWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 20142 EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSCampus 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.Anonymous le t te rs w i l l not be pr inted. Writers must s ign 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. East Los Angeles College Campus News1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez E7-303Monterey Park, CA 91754(323) 265-8819, Ads (323) 265-8821 Fax (323) 415-4910 The East Los Angeles College 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. 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.PRINTING BY NEWS PUBLISHERS PRESS- Jerry Rodriguez- Cristina Cuevas- Henry HernandezI 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 arroYoStaff WriterTRASH TALKFrom 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 to litter no matter what. Worse, the mess they leave behind creates a horrible first impression for newcomers and visitors who choose to park their car there. Maybe placing signs at ELAC that convey the message Please do not litter, or Help keep ELAC clean can be a way to encourage students, who have lost their sense of moral responsibility, to avoid littering. Signs like these should be placed in areas around campus where the traffic is heavy and near trash cans. Next time theres trash lying on the ground near a garbage can, do ELAC a service and demonstrate Husky pride by throwing it inside the trash can.Litterers deny students clean campusBY russell zazuetaStaff WriterVoiceC a m p u sWhat is your response to seeing people litter?EDITOR IN CHIEFJesus FigueroaMANAGING EDITORDanny VasquezART DIRECTORLindsey Maeda FRONT EDITORJade IngladaOPINION EDITORMarcus CamachoNEWS EDITORMegan G. RazzettiFEATURE EDITORCortez Cruz SerratoARTS EDITORLiliana MarquezSPORTS EDITORAndrew RuizPHOTO EDITORJulianne ObregonCOPY EDITORRussell J. ZazuetaCARTOONISTKien HaONLINE EDITORSSergio Berrueta Liliana MarquezJane FernandezTadzio GarciaSOCIAL MEDIACynthia LagunaJulianne ObregonSTAFF WRITERSCarlos AlvarezAyana ArroyoDulce CarrilloIvan CazaresArthur CervantesDamien GuzmanMaria C. IsidoroJoseph OvallePHOTOGRAPHERTadzio GarciaADVERTISINGStefanie ArochaDISTRIBUTIONAugustine UgaldeADVISERSJean StapletonSylvia Rico-SanchezOpinionEAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 News 3Classrooms around campus were closed Oct. 3 as a result of a leaking pipe pertinent to the vital operation of East Los Angeles Colleges air conditioning system. It has since been repaired and is working properly. According to Plant Facilities Director Abel Rodriguez, he, along with other staff members, discovered water seeping up from underground in an area outside the Central Plant near the Stadium along Floral Drive. They found the problem Oct. 3 around 2:30 a.m., after a repair inside ELACs Swim Stadium was taken care of.As we (Plant Facilities staff) were leaving, we discovered water flow on the hillside (near the Central Plant) and it was one of the distribution lines for the chilled water, said Rodriguez. Rodriguez notified Plant Facility staff members shortly after and arrived on the scene to figure out what the issue was. The crew discovered that water was leaking out of a crack found on the distribution line. They then dug a large ditch to proceed with the repair. Something really heavy drove over it (the distribution line). I dont know how, or when, but something drove on top of them and pushed the thing down . . . and it created a crack, Rodriguez said.The large pipe, along with others, are used to send chilled water to pumps, where they will distribute it to air handlers on buildings across campus. Air handlers are like freezer-boxes. They are radiator-like devices permeating with chilled water, by way of small metallic coils, used to extract heat out of air. Each classroom has a designated vent to suck the ambient air into the air handler, where the heat is stripped and distributed back into the classroom as cold air through other vents. Without chilled water, an air handler cannot extract the heat out of the air, leaving classrooms warm and muggy Friday night.This system of air conditioning is cleaner, more energy efficient and BY russell J. zazuetaStaff Writercheaper to operate than traditional air conditioners. ELAC has had this air conditioning system in operation for about five years. Rodriguez said that just like any mechanical device, the complex air conditioning system at ELAC is not fail-proof.As crew members worked to repair the crack in the pipe.Other p a r t s a r o u n d campus needed to be checked out too. Being that the air conditioning system at ELAC is complex and spans to different areas on campus, s o m e c r e w members broke off to tend to other sites of the system, as it was shutting down, for security reasons. Plant Facilities had been working on the problem since early Friday morning and closed off classrooms around 10 p.m. on Friday night. They rigorously worked through the night until they finished around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. At that point, the system was back Campus shuts down for two days for repairsWe are trying to reduce lines to enhance self-service access, so a lot of information that youre looking for, you will see it on your portal, Regalado said. Also according to Regalado, Students who matriculated at the LACCD with a catalog year of fall 2012 to present will be able to generate a degree audit from within the new SIS system, if they declared an academic major and an educational goal.This degree audit is an academic tool that will allow students and counselors to see what courses would be needed to complete in order to graduate from a current or different academic program. Students will also be able to register through their degree audits by clicking on the course they want.Once a section of the academic major is completed, it will show a red dot of satisfaction. It will benefit both students and counselors who will be able to quickly and easily determine the progress made toward degrees, certificates and transferring requirements, McMahan said.McMahans ELAC SIS team consists of Cathleen Rozadilla, counselor and an articulation officer, Christina Gonzales, admissions and records technician, Alba Jiron, senior office assistant, and May Yee, scheduler in academic affairs.All teams of each of nine colleges are working on converting curriculum and data enrollment information records dated since 1974, from DEC legacy to the new PeopleSoft SIS to design degree audit reports.They will also convert and validate student biographical data, course catalog, schedule of classes information and 80 million student records.Accroding to Regalado, the SIS icon of the new system hasnt been designed and the portal is still under development.The district is soliciting scheme recommendations from the colleges public relations officers.This is a very big project that requires a lot of preparation and setup. We discovered along the way that there are ledges that we need to resolve, but we are confident that when everything is in place it will be a huge improvement for students, staff and faculty, McMahan said.BY JaDe INGlaDa Staff WriterThe crew discovered that water was leaking out of a crack found on the distribution line.They then dug a large ditch to proceed with the repair.Clearing the way The East Los Angeles Plant Facilities crew work together digging a ditch to clear a space to repair a cracked pipe that caused flooding outside of the Central Plant, shutting down campus completely on Oct. 3.Courtesy of abel rodriguezAnimation club takes art to Pasadena ARTWalkFrame by Frame Animation Club takes its student produced prints to the Pasadena ARTWalk in hopes of raisong funds for club activities last Saturday.This was the Clubs first fundraiser since it was established in spring 2013. They were the only vendor offering digital art pieces. Frame by Frame President Erica Mazariegos said the Club managed to beat out 16 other artists for a spot at the ARTWalk. Its a really big thing for us. Were still relatively new and we were able to get a spot over fine artists that have been doing this a lot longer than we have, Mazariegos said. There are a bunch of artists here that have been doing this for years, and its great to learn from them and what they have to say.More than 30 fine artists attended to display and sell their artwork. We feel very amateurish because everyones old-school. They have acrylic and oil painting and were here bringing in the new era with digital works, club Vice President Elizabeth Torrentos said. The members that donated toward the $100 cost of the booth space, received priority to feature their art at the sale. Artists that took part in the ARTWalk created new pieces solely for the event. Torrentos, as well as several other members, completed their works within a day. Once you find your flow to it, you just cant stop. Youre eager to finish it, Torrentos said. Club member Kristal Lopez said she was most proud of her work called One Lucky Dragon.We made business cards for them to help get their names out there for commissions or to just get the word out, Mazariegos said. The club adviser and Animation Professor Michael E. Libonati helped the students by getting them a $100 grant for supplies after explaining the Clubs situation to Art Department Chair Linda P. Kallan.Mazariegos said they are considering opening up an online store to sell their prints when the Club isnt involved in any activities. The clubs goal is to participate in events at ELAC, as well as others, to promote and sell their members work for a chance to attend events such as the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank. Frame by Frame is planning on creating new prints to sell, along with some from the ARTWalk near the end of the month for ASUs Halloween event.The Club meets every Monday at 12 p.m. East Los Angeles Colleges Frame by Frame Animation club became the first school organization to participate in the 9th Annual Pasadena ARTWalk last Saturday. The Pasadena ARTWalk is the largest public event in Southern California for fine artists of all forms of media painting, jewelry, photography and sculptures. www.ELACCampusNews.comSystem: Students will see new SIS by fall 2016sKetChyDigital artist Dylon Valjalos No Hero print made for sale by Frame by Frame Animation club at the Pasadena ARTWalk last Saturday. The print is one of a series of prints made specifically for the ARTWalk.Courtesy of dylon ValjaloContinued from page 1www.ELACCampusNews.comEAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 20144 Featureloyalty, dedication, teamwork, communication skills, strategy, organizational skills, fairness and time management.With this philosophy, Valle began coaching at ELAC in 1995.I chose Ralph to coach at ELAC when I retired because he was the best candidate. His resume included entering a last place program at John Glenn High School in Norwalk and turning them into a league champion his first season, followed by CIF titles, Bohlander said.He applied to be the ELAC head coach with a plan, with character and with a very high morale standard.Valle has done an outstanding job keeping the ELAC wrestling program afloat according to Bohlander.Life was tough for the new ELAC coach. He was ending his coaching career at Glenn. He taught there from 1986 to 1997 after coaching at Arroyo (1979 head coach) and El Rancho (1980-84 assistant coach) high schools. With my new position at ELAC, I was learning the college system and was on the mat for eight months with high school and college coaching. The seasons overlapped, Valle said. He also was the head coach at Garfield High School from 1997-2000. Valle led three ELAC teams to top-10 finishes in the California Community College Athletic Association wrestling state championships in 1999, 2007 and 2011. Valle has coached 32 Huskies as individual state-place winners, including two state champions, 14 All-Americans, and six academic All-Americans.ELAC wrestlers under the tutelage of Valle have transferred to NCAA Division I and II universities and NAIA colleges.At least six of Valles former wrestlers coach locally at John Glenn, Bell, Downey, Norwalk and Schurr high school.Af te r g radua t ing ELAC, he transferred to California State University, Fullerton on scholarship, made the team, but was injured Hall of Fame in St i l lwater, Oklahoma.Valle was nominated and inducted for his service to East Los Angeles Col lege wres t l ing program, including his involvement to the community.Valle has coached, refereed, and worked with high school and college students in the area for 35 years.Since 2004, he has been active in the South Central Officials Association, serving as president.Valles community service also includes the California Community College Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Wrestling Coaches Association.H e a l s o h a s o f f i c i a t e d h i g h s c h o o l l e a g u e matches including CIF Southern Section individual and dual-meet championships.Thank you coach for all you have done and for continuing for being an impact to the community. You have inspired many while changing lives and the culture of our community, said Monico Enriquez, ELAC fifth-season assistant head coach. You worked with kids at the high school level, outreaching then introducing a rather unknown sport to so many, while building a legacy. These people now send their kids to wrestle at the high schools you taught, even as early as junior high. At ELAC, Valle wrest led for two years and was a special teams member of the 1974 State Championship football team.During his sophomore season at ELAC, Valle was a finalist in every tournament, including the state finals.He placed no lower than fifth in any tournament that entire season.Above a l l , Va l le s t resses academics to his students. He works as an educator and school counselor not only at ELAC since 1996, but also worked as such at the high school level.He defines wrestling as life-learning including honesty, passion, Wrestling Coach inducted into hall of fameBY Tadzio garciaStaff WriterRALPH VALLEbefore the Pac 8 Championships. (NCAA) Division I was not a cakewalk, Valle said.Valle, however, transferred to California State University, Los Angeles because it offered more of a scholarship than Cal State Fullerton.At Cal State LA, Valle was team captain in his final year, won the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award while he helped the team to second place of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.He took first at the US Wrestling Federation State Open and third in the AAU 180-pound Open division among other college tournament wins.Valle wrestled and played football at Montebello High School (defensive end, offensive guard) earning All-League honors. Wrestling Coach Ralph Valle was inducted into the 2014 National Wrestling Hall of Fame last Saturday and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. I know inductees to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Ralph is very deserving of induction, said Ben Bohlander, ELAC wrestling coach from 1969 to 1995,He belongs there because of his commitment not only to ELAC but the community as well. Hes one of the hardest working individuals I know, honorable and a straight shooter. Hes the real deal.During halftime o f t h e H u s k i e s 38-30 win against r i v a l P a s a d e n a City College last Saturday, Ralph Valle accepted the award with his wife, Bonnie from East Los Angeles Pride and Spirit, said Dennis Sanchez, ELAC Alumni Director and Executive Director of ESSP. Ralph Valle is only one of 106 wrestlers from the California Chapter inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame,Sanchez said. Ten inductees, were awarded a lifetime service to wrestling honor from a list of 18 nominees from the California Chapter. Valle was one of the youngest to receive the award this year. The program nominates and inducts deserving individuals who have given so much to wrestling over the years, said Dan Dierdorff, California Chapter Chairman. How extremely grateful we are to our California Chapter leaders who volunteer their time and talent togreat heritage of wrestling in California. The names of the inductees for the Class of 2014 are engraved on a bronze plaque and enshrined in the John Vaughn Hall of Honors and Gallery at the National Wrestling Continued from page 1A s s o c i a t e P r o f e s s o r o f Engineering and Technologies Kamy Khashayar said both students were given moral support, guidance, and the knowledge to compete by many engineering and technologies faculty members at ELAC to prepare for IAM3D. Alex and Chris are disciplined, organized , and mot iva ted , Khashayar said.For Zaragoza, being an engineer has always been natural. At the age of six, I would take apart cars and modify them to increase their speed, Zaragosa said. His passion for mechanical engineering grew when he joined the Engineering Department at ELAC and has stayed motivated throughout his time in school. The event that led him to major in mechanical engineering is The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) in 2011, also hosted by ASME. The time and effort that he put into this competition made him realize he enjoyed the science in mechanical movement. It feels like I am a child again, but this time with more variety of toys to play with, Zaragosa said.He credits Brian Vasquez, adviser of the Engineering Department, with motivating him to challenge himself and become the best student possible in engineering. Support is something that came to Zaragosa in college. Through high school, he received little to no guidance from teachers, counselors or other staff members. He became self motivated and got himself through school and continued his mission into college. Aguayo and Zaragosa will leave for their trip on Nov. 14 and stay for three days. Other competing schools include Purdue, State University of New York, Indian Institute of Technology and several other international schools.ASME is only paying for $1500 of their trip and they will accept any donations.Anyone who would like to donate can talk to Kashayar in the E-7 building.VPAMs Juried Prize Award winner realizes connection with photographyRecent winner of the Vincent Price Museums Juried Prize Award, Eric E. Franco Aguilar, says all of his work continues to take inspiration from his own life. A majority of my work is somehow connected to things that Ive experienced. While exploring my own story, I tend to discover that of others and share their stories too, said Aguilar.Aguilar, 23, became truly passionate about photography when his brother got deported. The emotion felt when his brother was taken away was the starting point for his photography.He admits he felt terrible for what had happened, but he looks back now and understands that these unfortunate chain of events are what brought him to the realization of what he loves and what is important to him: photography.Im highly driven by curiosity, and my main aspiration is to have the people who look at my work be taken by it as well, Aguilar said.This became the foundation for his artwork displayed at Vincent Price Art Museum, Impresin de Libertad, which is a collection of portraits of different people.Although different, they all have a similar story. Every person displayed was deported. I took the bus down to San Ysidro, California, he said. From there Aguilar traveled to Mexico to photograph and interview the people in his collection at VPAM.I photograph things that are important to me, Aguilar said. Every photograph taken tells a story. It is the fear of not knowing where to live and the confusion about not knowing who you are and where you belong.The photographs display a life of uncertainty and strange beginnings. They dont know where they belong. One country no longer wants them and the other is unfamiliar. Its kind of like theyre stuck in Purgatory, Aguilar said.Aguilar got inspiration from the people in Mexico. Every time he visits his brother, who currently resides in Mexico, he also pays a visit to the people living there who were deported and tries to learn more from them. Everyone has a story, Aguilar said. He wants to help find a voice for these people. Aguilar wants the rest of the world to view things as they truly are, not just a glimpse. Aguilar first became especially interested in photography when he visited Puebla Mexico two years ago. He found it fascinating how quickly he became intrigued by the nature, architecture, and people there. From that moment on, I began taking photos, Aguilar said.Although Aguilar is majoring in Latin American Studies, he hopes to continue with photography for the rest of his life. Aguilar chose to major in Latin American Studies because he felt the profession more fit for life. Even though Aguilar has a passion for photography, he finds it would be nearly mpossible to make it in that field. But, even with an unattainable goal, Aguilar will continue with photography always.Aguilars photography will soon be published in a book. He says his photography will soon be appearing in the Mile Stone book. I just hope to continue seeing some positivity, Aguilar said.A hobby to me is something enjoyable. It (art) is more than just enjoyable, it is my passion, BY anaYa arroYoStaff WriterWe felt that their were people that just werent doing their job fully. By the end of year, not that Im taking credit for it, there was a massive reshuffling of the administration, Arrendado said.Crespo was the founding president of the club and helped pave the clubs rise by leading students to continue to protest and march for their voices to be heard. The club would post banners all over campus in order for people to join in on the movement.He had the makings of a leader. It did not surprise me years later that Daniel would be elected to the city council and eventually got to be mayor, Arrendado said. After being elected and re-elected after serving on the council for ten years, it seems that he had something to offer the people.Crespo was born and raised in the projects of Brooklyn, New York. In his teenage years, he met his wife Lyvette in high school and became married after the birth of their daughter. They moved from New York to Bell Gardens. Crespo came to ELAC in order to obtain an associate degree in Psychology/Family Counseling, leading to a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice/Public Administration from Cal State University, Los Angeles.Crespo served as a probation officer before becoming the chairman of the Planning Commission. He was then elected to the city council in 2001.On Sept. 30 during a personal family argument, Crespo was shot and killed by his wife, sending a shockwave throughout the community.He was always involved with our community. He was always going door-to-door asking if we were going to participate with community events and city events, local resident Joel Reyes said. Everyone remembers him as a genuine man. He and some members of our association organized events for the kids in the complex (Vinas de Campana) during the holiday season.Arrendado himself did not know of the circumstance until he received a personal message for questions from a fellow journalist.They asked me if I knew the mayor of Bell Gardens. She asked, Can I interview you? and I went,Uhh okay? and was wondering what it is for. She just replied with Let me call you, Arrendado said. She calls me and told me that he has been shot.Arrendado agreed to a scheduled interview and said he was to be updated. The news finally came later on.Unfortunately, I got a call back and she said that he had passed, Arrendado said. It was very hard to contact all my friends and say that Daniel has died. Arrendado remained quite close to Crespo in their later years, with Crespo still working for the local government and Arrendado con t inu ing h i s jou rna l i s t i c aspirations.The death of Crespo is currently undergoing investigation.I just wish everyone around well and good luck to those involved, Arrendado said. Its tragic. Its absolutely tragic.The public memorial service for Crespo was held on Monday at Rose Hills, followed by his burial. Continued from page 1Mayor: Former Elan killed during dispute with wifeKeyword: Engineering students prepare for IAM3D finalsFRAMEDPhotographer Eric E. Franco Aguilars series of photos Impresin de Libertad, 2013-14, displayed at the 2014 Juried Student Art Exhibit wins juror prize at the Vincent Price Art Museum.CN/JEsus FiguERoATEAMwoRkChristopher Aguayo, left, Professor Khashayar, Akex Zaragoza look over their 3D model in prepartion for IAM3D Challenge in Montreal, Canada.CN/JuliANNE obREgoNwww.ELACCampusNews.comEAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 Arts 5The Isaias Elpes Group began the First Friday Jazz Concert Series exhilarating and fast-paced at the S2 Recital Hall this past Friday at East Los Angeles College.The main highlights of the performance were Greg Johnson, sounding off a series of tremendous highs and thrilling lows on the tenor sax, while Jimmy Branly jammed out on the drum kit.With the first song, Start Again, the band began with a free-form jazz style and a fast-paced introduction. Pianist Mahesh Balasooriya played with wonderful ease alongside Branlys quick drum work. Johnson played the tenor sax alongside the others and provided a rocking lead to Elpes bass solo. Elpe plays a light and soft solo that helped slow down the song until the bass brought on a rhythmic thumping, bringing the song back to a thrilling freestyle.On the song Loro, Elpes delivered a very sentimental bass introduction.It sounded close to an acoustic guitar, leading Johnson to carry on, switching from tenor to soprano sax. The song is presented in a bossa nova style with Johnson thrilling on soprano. Balasooriya enters on piano to give an intimate and slow breakdown while Branly and Johnson start to play lighter. The bossa nova theme continued on into Pe Na Africa. Johnson leads the tune with precision and poise as Balasooriya takes a hold on his own. Branly shares some time in the spotlight with Balasooriya in a combination that makes the tune go from a relaxed sound to having a hard rock edge, leading to a thrilling climax that brings all the sounds together. On the track ...And Then She Smiled, a cover of A Certain Ratio song, the theme sounds of the previous two songs continue with Balasooriya leading in with a sweet melodic pace as Branly accompanies it to a soft sound. Johnson and Elpes team up on their respective instruments and start to make the tune sound like a score to a car chase film with a quick boost of energy. Exit Music, is a Radiohead cover song, going from the melancholic nature to a more down-Three-dimensional film experience, The Phantom of the Opera creates an all new live musical soundtrack to the classic 1925 silent film of the same name starring horror legend Lon Chaney.Vox Lumiere brings their creative blend of cinema and stage to The Los Angeles Theatre Center with this musical.The Phantom, portrayed musically by James Lynch, haunts the opera below in his cavern. After the opera is bought by new owners, they eye Carlotta, portrayed musically by Julie Brody, to be the main attraction, despite the Phantom wanting the young talent Christine, portrayed musically by Marisa Johnson and Victoria Levy, to be the star. When the needs are not met to the Phantoms demands, the Phantom begins to terrorize the opera. The Phantoms obsession is to undermine the relationship between Christine and Raoul, portrayed musically by D. Valentine, in order to have Christine all to himself.Vox Lumieres spin on the classic horror musical amps the story up.Live music by director Kevin Saunders Hayes explores the realms of metal, hard rock and noise pop throughout in a pitch perfect manner.The songs help set the mood to the silent film. From the over-the-top song of The Grand Dame by The Grand Dame, portrayed by Danielle Skalsky, to the first appearance of The Phantom in front of Christine with the dramatic Let Me Love You Now, stun the audience with duets that border on gothic rock. Vox Lumiere- The Phantom of the Opera is be performed on Nov. 21 and 22 with two shows the following month on Dec. 12 and 13 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.Tickets ranged from $40 for general admission to $75 for the premier experience. Los Angeles Theater Center is located at 514 Spring St., Los Angeles. For more information visit voxlumiere.comActors provide emotional appeal in Woyzeck The Phantom of the Opera haunts LAFirst Friday Jazz delivers solid soundCN/JuliaNNe ObregONThe Theatre Deparment brings to life one of the worlds most famous German plays, Woyzeck, which takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster, leaving them wanting more.The play is an adaptation by director David Laird Scott.The play opened last Friday at the East Los Angeles College Proscenium Theatre.From the very beginning of the show, the audience feels an immediate connection with the main character, Franz Woyzeck, played by Lorena Ruiz.As the lights dim and a spotlight shines on Woyzeck and the captain, played by Michael Ryan Correa, the audience is able to see Woyzecks troubles.The audience becomes quickly a c q u a i n t e d w i t h Wo y z e c k , understanding his trouble with poverty and the difficulty he has managing his moral compass.The story follows a 19th century German soldier Woyzeck. He is losing his mind due to constant medical experiments that he is undergoing to make ends meet.The medical experiments, being conducted by the towns doctor, played by Adam Chacon, causes Woyzeck to lose control over his life.Woyzeck feels his life slipping away because of his mental hallucinations. He becomes paranoid about losing the mother of his child, Marie, played by Marissa Ruiz, to another man.The audience quickly realizes that the male role of Woyzeck is played by a woman.Lorena Ruiz acting proves to be solid and the audience quickly forgets that she is a woman. The play tackles serious themes like poverty, sexuality, violence and madness, but Scotts direction gave it a much needed comedic element. This makes it easy for the audience to be intrigued and entertained. Chacon and the other supporting actors give their characters a great comedic element, which had the audience laughing throughout the show.It can be very difficult for an actor to portray a character who is suffering from mental instability, but Ruiz achieves this task by giving the character of Woyzeck great depth and showing great emotion throughout the play.The dialogue between the characters came with ease. Lorena Ruiz and Marissa Ruiz show great chemistry on stage and its noticeable during their several onstage domestic disputes. The play also offers smooth transitions from scene-to-scene, which could be very difficult for a one act play with no intermission.Each character moves gracefully in between scenes, changing the set in complete silence.This was appealing to the audience because their concentration was never interrupted.The use of lighting is also extremely effective in creating suspense for the most climatic scenes of the play.The use of the lights to create shadows on the walls of the theater added an unexpected, yet delightful, element to the show.Though the cast did an excellent job in creating suspense and drawing the audience in, the ending lacks in giving the audience an entertaining conclusion.The slow-motion acting that the director chose in the most climatic scene of the play seems forced and overly dramatic. Woyzeck is a one-act play with no intermission. The show is 90 minutes long with violence and foul language throughout the play. Tickets are $10 at the door and sold at $8 presale with ASU membership.and-out version of the song. Branly switches from sticks to brushes for the piece, with Elpes bringing in a steady bass vibe to it. The way Elpes plays bass makes the bass sound like an electric guitar in a soft and sad tone. Johnson comes in on tenor to continue the tone of the piece that sounds like a quiet rainy night out-and-about.Branly steps in to help Johnson turn the piece from dark and moody, to a storm of thunderous sounds and thrilling high notes, until Balasooriya returns to let the song become sleepy once again.The drum work of Branly, back on sticks, leads in the next song Minas Gerais with an uninterrupted two-minute solo introduction. Branly hits the drum like a madman, leading to the songs manic modern jazz style. The song is filled with hints of rock sounds with Elpes dramatic bass playing and improvisation sections.Balasooriya shines on piano, Johnson delivers two intriguing solos and Branly gives a demanding presence on drums. The piece stood out as a highlight of the night with everyone holding their own.Johnson returns on the soprano sax to play on the Wayne Shorter classic Footprints. Johnson gives a harmonious sound with Balasooriya carrying Johnsons part to give the somber and sobering piece life. Branly teams with Balasooriya in an uplifting duet that allows Elpes to join in, prompting Branly to switch to brushes for a short while.The bass solo allows the sobering tone to return and acts as a contrast to the climatic end of the piece.Before leaving the stage, the band introduced themselves and proceeded into one last song, Caravan, made famous by Duke Ellington.The piece acts as a last hurrah for the night and gives every player time in the spotlight to show off their skills. The concert ended in a pleasing grand finale, wrapping up another successful start to the First Friday Jazz Concert Series.The First Friday Jazz Concert Series is held every first Friday of the month with performances on Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. T i c k e t s a r e $ 1 2 f o r general admission and $6 for ELAC students.October s performance was postponed a week due to a water leak and air conditioning malfunction leading to a campus closure.CN/DaNNy VasquezBY CORTEZ CRUZ SERRATOStaff WriterBY SERGIO BERRUETAStaff WriterBY SERGIO BERRUETAStaff WriterFor more on this story, visit elaccampusnews.comCN/arTHur CerVaNTespOiNT Of NO reTurNThe Grand Dame, portrayed by Danielle Skalsky, sings a reprise of The Grand Dame to warn the theatre of the Phantoms, portrayed by James Lynch, return.MaKiNg aN iMpressiONBassist Isaias Elpes, left, follows saxophone player Greg Johnson while performing ...And Then She Smiled at the First Friday Jazz Concert Series in the S2 Recital Hall, last Friday.CONfrONTaTiONFranz Woyzeck, played by Lorena Ruiz, right, confronts his wife Marie, played by Marissa Ruiz, about her affair with another man in the play Woyzeck during the final dress rehersal last Thursday at the Proscenium Theatre.www.ELACCampusNews.comEAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014SPORTS6www.msmconline.la.edu :: 310.728.2099ONLINEON YOUR SCHEDULE.:: Log in and learn at your convenience:: 6 start dates per year; 8-week termsONYOUR BUDGET.:: Financial aid available:: No text book feesON TRACK FOR SUCCESS.:: A personal Success Coach works closely with you from orientation to graduation:: One-on-one enrollment and financial aid advisingON TARGET FOR TODAYS WORKPLACE:: Nations only college to report your mastery of the six Core Capabilities employers care about most on your transcriptONTHE RADARMount St. Marys College is::: The No. 1 Value-Added College in the U.S. (Money Magazine, 2014):: A top-23 regional university (U.S. News & World Report, 2015)Online classes and accredited two-year degree programs with easy transfer options. 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Makayla, Liberal Arts studentMSMC East LA College.indd 1 9/12/14 10:21 AMHusky forward Carla Quijada netted six goals as the women's soccer team scored a victory over El Camino College Compton Center, 9-3, in South Coast Conference play on Oct. 10 at Weingart Stadium.Quijada, who has been a crucial player for the team scoring in most of the Huskies' matches, delivered two goals during the first half, while forward Maria Becerra scored a brace to give the Huskies an early 4-0 advantage during the first 25 minutes of the match.The six goals that Quijada scored placed her as one of the state's top Individual Offensive Leaders with a total of 19 goals and is currently tied with Sherifatu Sumaila from Feather River College and Ashley Anaya-Webb from Cerritos College.Quijada said that she was happy with the result and with the fact that she was able to score six of the nine goals, but she thought that they should have won with a bigger score.East Los Angeles College will face Pasadena City College this Friday on the road and will close the first half of conference play Oct. 21 against Los Angeles Harbor College in Weingart Stadium at 4 p.m.The Huskies stand tied with Cerritos and Long Beach City colleges with three wins and a loss in SCC with nine points each.With the win over Compton, ELAC is now 6-3-1 overall and 3-1 in SCC, while the Tartars (0-10-1, 0-4) are winless in both non-conference and conference play.For ELAC Head Coach Tessa Troglia, the key to victory was the team's talent.We have a different talent level than Compton, thankfully, so obviously talent wise we were much stronger in that area, Troglia said.If during the first half, the ELAC supporters thought they saw a lot of goals, the second half was a feast with both teams scoring a total of eight goals.Compton didn't give up and scored its first goal at the 52-minute mark, but Quijada was unstoppable and scored four more goals within less than 30 minutes while the Tartars only managed to score two more.Troglia said that Quijada is a special player who always manages to find the back of the net. She also said that what caught her attention, the most, the first time she saw Quijada play was her speed, technique and ability to score goals.I think she has basically scored in every game, but one, so she is definitely a special player, Troglia said.To close ELAC's performance, midfielder Daisy Ruiz scored the last goal, her second this season.Despite the nine goals scored, Troglia said that the team could have performed better.We mixed the lineup. In both halves the girls gave effort. As far as decision making, I think they could have played a little bit smarter and a little bit simpler, but when you are up and they try to do more than they should have, at times that can get us in trouble, Troglia said.Although the Huskies were not able to play with their starting goalkeeper Arlien Sanchez, due to an injury, Becerra said that this didn't affect the teams performance.Honestly, it starts with the defense. It's not just the keeper. You have to follow the ball and stay on your mark, Becerra said.Troglia said that Sanchez should be back with the team soon.She also said that Compton's previous results, defeats against Los Angeles Harbor College (6-0) and Cerritos College (9-0), helped the Huskies feel more comfortable about getting a good result.I think they (ELAC) came in knowing they had a really good chance of beating this team. Sometimes that hurts us, sometimes that helps us. I think today was kind of both, Troglia said.Womens soccer crushes ComptonBY LILIANA MARQUEZStaff WriterH u s k i e sSports BriefsWomens Soccer The Huskies prevailed over Mt. San Antonio College 4-2 after an agressive match yesterday as locals.ELACs forward Carla Quijada scored three goals during the match, bringing her to a total of 22 goals so far this season. The Huskies will travel to face Pasadena City College this Friday at 3 p.m. For more sports, visit elaccampusnews.comMens Soccer A free kick during extra time gave Mt. San Antonio College a 1-0 victory over the mens soccer team after 90 minutes of an intense and well-fought match played by both teams yesterday at Weingart Stadium.The Huskies drop to 4-5-3 overall and 1-3-1 in South Coast Conference play. They will face Pasadena City College this Friday at 6 p.m. at Weingart Stadium.1.Front2. Opinion3.News4.Features5.Arts6.Sports