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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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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 in a rush to get from point A to point B, but many have groups of people tagging along with them.
Specifically student workers, who think its ok to have their friends tag along on joy rides around campus.
Not only are those behaviors putting those walking around them at high risk, but also the people driving the actual carts.
To reduce these risks, there should be more safety tests given to employees of the campus, who wish to drive a cart, because having a drivers license simply isnt proof of responsible driving.
If nothing is done about these drivers, it will only increase the risk of someone getting hurt or causing other damage to school property.
Pedestrians disrupt cart pathways
Cart drivers make campus unsafe
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BY megan g. razzettiStaff Writer
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014 News 3
The Theatre Department at East Los Angeles College has been raising funds to help with future projects.
A new club called Performance East has formed on campus to draw attention to the Theatre Department.
The club is led by Priscilla Balma with memebers Marlene Grajeda, Andrew Maldonando and Azzul Cerda and advisers Casey Owen Gale and Natalie Wong. The club was barely chartered two weeks ago.
We are raising funds for the actors to go to the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, Maldonando said. Its a competition for all aspects of theaters from backstage to theater managing. We compete against colleges within our region and we also qualify for scholarships and professions in theater.
We started the club to get our students going, Grajeda said. Were also trying to get more people invo lved in the theater department i n c l u d i n g n e w students into the department, seeing backstage and get to know everybody since we are working together.
Another section o f t h e t h e a t r e d e p a r t m e n t fundraising is the costume shop lead by Jessica Hansen,.
T h e c o s t u m e shop is working to have financial backing for future productions and much needed materials.
The shop ran a two-day one dollar costume sale this past Thursday and Monday in time for Halloween.
We do the sale for a few reasons. One is that we need costume storage
for the costume we build and we have n o w h e r e t o p u t them, Hansen said.
We also do it just to let people know about the costume program. We are a tiny program within t h e t h e a t e r a n d people dont know we are here.
T h e s a l e l e t s people know about the department and to get other students who are interested in joining a quick look at what goes on.
Even if we find that one student that walks by to go Oh my god, I always wanted to do that. I didnt know you guys exist, we found that one person and it was totally worth it, Hansen said.
Theatre club raises funds for projects
CLEARANCEEast Los Angeles College Theatre Department holds two sales events, one by the Costume and Prop shop and a second one by Performance East, last Monday by the P2 Building. The purpose of the sales was to raise funds for future performances, help theatre students and conventions the theatre department wishes to attend.
East Los Angeles College Campus News won 11 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California Conference this past weekend in Fullerton, Calif.
Students learn how to network with professionals in the journalism filed.They attend workshops that cover a variety of subjects within the field.
Campus News brought home with eight publication awards and three on-the-spot awards. Publication awards are based on works published in the spring semester while on-the-spot awards are based on the competition during the JACC.
Art Director Lindsey Maeda won the most awards out of the Campus News staff with four awards. This conference was her final opprotunity to compete in layout and design after reaching her two year limit.
Every semester, Im trying to improve on my designs, Maeda said. The creative process is the hardest part about designing. You can make something look pretty, but it has to make sense too. The hardest part of being a visual journalist is taking the stories, taking the main point and trying to elevate it in a way thats going to be interesting to pick up the paper.
Maeda garnered three publication awards photo illustration and two in layout collaborations with other staff members including current editor-in-chief Jesus Figueroa for Front Page Layout- Broadsheet and former staff member Jazmin Tellez for Inside Page Layout- Broadsheet.
I'm completely surprised finding out about the award, but also very happy, Tellez said. I learned a lot about myself during my time on Campus News. I grew as a person and learned I have a passion for writing even though at times I
was shy, afraid, to get my stories published.
Former staff photographer Mannie Miguel was ecstatic about his win for Sports Feature Photo.
It feels great to be recognized for your work, Miguel said. Especially given that everyone on staff dedicated a lot of themselves to their work.
Managing Editor and former editor-in-chief Danny Vasquez lead the award-winning spring semester and was presented with the award for General Excellence.
At first, I doubted myself and my semester. I was worried that if we did a good job, if I did a good job as editor-in-chief last semester,
Vasquez said. In the end, it showed that I worked really hard to make sure we were doing great.
Thirteen members of the Campus News staff attended the conference with adviser Sylvia Rico-Sanchez, adviser Jean Stapleton was absent for the event.
The students are self-directed, reliable and dedicated. Theres very little supervising to do because they know what to do, they know what is and they deliver, Rico-Sanchez said. Jean prepared me by having me accompany her to the last couple of conferences.She told me that the kids are good kids and they know what to do.
Rico-Sanchez studied journalism
Campus News wins at regional conference
under Jean Stapleton and attended conferences in the past. Rico-Sanchez noticed the drastic changes from her time to know.
When I competed at JACC, I competed in the copy editing contest. We had to write our own headlines and we didnt have computers, so everything was pen and pencil, Rico-Sanchez said. Its mostly the technology. Its more streamlined and the conference seems more fun.
The SoCal conference this year was smaller than previous years with a thin crowd and without bring-in contests that are usually available, giving the conference less competitions.
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EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014Feature4
Argentinian soccer player follows fathers footstepsMatias Amato started a new life
away from family, friends and his home country to embark on another journey to pursue his long-time dream of becoming a professional goalkeeper.
The moment when he had to leave his family and friends behind was something difficult for him.
Everyone went to the airport to say goodbye to me. It was sad. Once I got on the plane I realized I wasnt going to see them for a long time. I cried when I saw my father cry, Amato said, in his native Spanish language.
From the moment Amato was born, soccer became one of the most
New lead officer, new emergency system
TraiNiNG SeSSiONMatias Amato, goalkeeper of the East Los Angeles College mens soccer team, warms up during a practice session held at Weingart Stadium on Sept. 17.
ELACs Safety Officer Ernie Burnett oversaw the testing of the schools emergency alert system Tuesday Oct. 22. The schools emergency alert system includes its intercom, fire alarms and the Blackboard Connect Emergency Notification System.
Blackboard replaced the Rave System and notifies subscribers of emergency situations that develop on campus via text message. Burnett also reviewed emergency procedures and updated evacuation zones with staff and deputies.
Its part of our job to be informed, and cooperate with staff to make ELAC a safe campus, said Deputy Martin Sepulveda.
Sepulveda recently replaced Deputy Barragan, who was transferred to another campus as the deputy team captain.
Students and staff can subscribe to Blackboard through their ACE account or visit elac.edu/alerts.
important things in life, especially because his father was a professional soccer player.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Amato, 19, decided to leave his home country to come to the United States to study and play soccer and like most Argentinians, Amatos life revolves around that sport.
In Argentina soccer is the first and last sport. We are born playing soccer, so I believe that the passion for soccer is all around me. Soccer is my life. If Im doing homework I am also watching soccer at the same time. I spend all day watching soccer, Amato said.
He said that the beauty of the city and the cultural diversity along with his interest in studying communications were the reasons
why he decided to come here.Amato is currently one of the
three goalkeepers on East Los Angeles College mens soccer team.
Teammate and captain Andy Gutierrez said that he considers Amato to be a good goalkeeper who still has a lot of room to learn and who is only going to get better and improve as the season progresses.
Gutierrez also said that what caught his attention about Amato was his height, 62, and the fact that he is good with his hands and feet.
His game will rise to the top. He just has to adapt to the system and he will be OK. Once he starts feeling comfortable he can take his game to the next level, Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez also added that Amato needs to work on his communication on the field.
Maybe its hard for him because everyone speaks English, but most of us speak Spanish as well. I say he is a bit shy when it comes to screaming to players and getting his point across, Gutierrez said.
Although the season is halfway done and the Huskies havent achieved a lot of good results, Amato has high hopes for them.
I think we have a good team and I think we can achieve some great things if we keep working together. We just have to keep working hard to achieve our goals, Amato said.
Once Amato arrived here, he found himself enjoying the tactics used by his coaches during training.
I went to watch the LA Galaxy play and even though the quality (of the game) is not as good as in Argentina, its still improving season after season, Amato said.
I also like the way that our coaches motivate the team. They are always talking about being positive and be united which is amazing because thats what usually makes teams achieve great things.
But things werent like he expected them to be. Amato thought that he was going to be able get
more minutes on the field, but as of now it has been difficult because the team has three goalkeepers, so they are competing for game time.
For ELAC goalkeeper coach David Garcia its not easy for a player to come and support a teammate who is competing for the same spot.
The other (two) keepers support whoever is on the field and whoever starts. During practice they try to compete to make sure that whoever is going to be representing ELAC earns it, Garcia said.
That type of attitude brings a level of competitiveness during practice that shows on the field and it shows how they respect their teammates on and off the field. They are willing to support him while also competing for a spot and thats rare to see.
While most players who want to become professionals start to train young, Amato did not start training with a professional goalkeeper coach until he was 16 years old, so he struggled to develop his technique.
He said he believes that if he had started before, he could probably have already become a professional.
Although his father played forward during his soccer career, Amato decided to play goalkeeper.
I tried different positions when I was younger. I played as a forward, then at a certain point in my life I played as a goalkeeper and I thought I was better in that position, so I started to work hard to improve my abilities during training, Amato said.
Despite being born in Argentina, Amato grew up in Spain and because of his fathers job, his family had to travel constantly.
Amato was about 6 months old when his parents took him to Spain where he attended school until he was 9 years old.
He also lived in Scotland, and Brazil where his father played for different teams.
H i s f a m i l y moved back to Argentina and his father, now a retired soccer player, is the assistant coach of Argentinian soccer t eam Club Atltico Banfield.
Back in Argentina, Amato played for the lower divisions of Club Atltico Tigre where he struggled because he didnt have a chance to play, so he didnt feel part of the team.
I went to train every day and I felt as if I was invisible for the coach. I finally feel important here (at ELAC) and thats because I was able to cope with that (back in Argentina) and move on, A m a t o said.
F r o m the first moment he arrived to the club, Amato felt that the coach didnt like him, but he still worked hard to change things.
He stayed with that team for a year and a half until he decided to come to this country. During his time with that club, he only started and played a match.
For this reason, he said that
not playing for such a long time is up to now his biggest disappointment as a soccer player.
It was also something I learned, even if I didnt get to play for such a long time. I still trained and my game improved because of that, Amato said.
Amato had the chance to train with former Argentinian
National Teams goalkeeper Carlos Roa, who represented his country in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and is now the goalkeeper coach for Banfield.
Roa told me that I have what it takes to become a professional goalkeeper and that is something I always remember when I play. It motivates me to keep working hard, Amato said.
BY LiLiana MarquezStaff Writer
GOiNG fOr baLLELAC goalkeeper Matias Amato practices with teammates at Weingart stadium on Sept. 22.
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EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014 Arts 5Daikokuya serves authentic Japanese cuisine
The Book of Life brings adventure, animationBY SERGIO BERRUETA
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CanT HElP FallingManolo, voiced by Diego Luna, woos the independent and strong-willed Maria, voiced by Zo Saldana in The Book of Life. The Book of Life is rated PG and is out in theaters now.
SpotlightTheatre Deparment announces audition dates for upcoming plays
BY JESUS FIGUEROAStaff Writer
Twentieth Century Fox opens up The Book of Life to give audiences a fascinating new adventure in animation.
The Book of Life follows the story of Manolo, a guitar-playing matador voiced by Diego Luna, and Joaquin, a brave noble soldier voiced by Channing Tatum.
Both are vying for the heart of the general of San Angels daughter Maria, voiced by Zo Saldana.
Unfortunately, Maria is taken away by the evil ruler of the Land of the Forgotten named Xibalba, voiced by Ron Pearlman.
Its up to Manolo to give up his life to find her in the Land of the Remembered and find La Muerte, voiced by Kate Del Castillo, to bring them back to San Angel above.
The film presents its story in a unique visual style not seen in the realm of computer generated animation.
The style is rendered in the form of marionettes modelled after the designs of Dia de Los Muertos festivals across Mexico.
Its filled with vibrancy and an array of bright colors that capture the energetic spirit of the holiday.
The animation captures the story amazingly well, while oozing life throughout the film.
Its fast-paced and wild with Looney Tunes style humor and makes great use of 3D upon arrival in the Land of the Remembered.
This makes the film stand out against the current wave of CGI animated fare that seems drab, safe and all too familiar.
The animation studio behind the feature, Reel FX, come into their own as this is their sophomore effort in full-length animated features after last years Free Birds.
The plot of the film is saved by the animation.
At the first and second acts, the film has its twist and turns that catch the audience off guard, yet around the third act of the film, it deters into predictable moments seen in other films.
The voice acting helps carry the
film along. D i e g o L u n a d e l i v e r s a
heartwarming performance as the young matador, while Tatum gives Joaquin a wonderfully arrogant personality on par with Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.
A majority of the cast is of Latino descent, which brings the film closer to its Latin roots, from short appearances by comedian Gabriel Iglesias and Eugenio Derbez to action star Danny Trejo.
The music of the film, done by Gustavo Santaolalla, brings out the essence of Mexico in the classic mariachi and corrido styles.
The film also has new songs done by classic 70s songwriter Paul Williams including the beautiful I Love You Too Much.
When Manolo expresses his love for Maria, he emulates the style of Ritchie Valens.
One of the songs that sticks out is a rearranged version of Mumford & Sons hit song I Will Wait, done as a corrido ballad that will take audience aback for being unrecognizable at first, until the chorus hits.
The Book of Life gives the audience a fresh and exciting experience in modern animation with a delightful visual style, dazzling music and a story that, while fresh, can get predictable at times.
The Book of Life is in theaters now and rated PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images.
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ORdER UPCold ramen served with cold broth, egg noodles, chopped onions, bean sprouts, a soft boiled egg and sesame seeds sold for $9.50 at Daikokuya during the warm months of the year.
In only a five-minute drive away from East Los Angeles College, Daikokuya offers a ramen that is like no other.
Walking into Daikokuya, you are greeted by one of the waitresses and you instantly feel that you have been transported to a traditional ramen house.
On the outside window there are pictures of every appetizer, ramen and entree with prices.
Daikokuya offers 15 different types of appetizers from edemame to tayoki (octopus filled pastry balls) and sashimi.
Though Daikokuya does offer a variety of satisfactory appetizers, the ramen is what customers often come looking for.
The Daikoku ramen is boiled chijire egg noodles with a decent portion of pork belly, a boiled egg and topped off with bean sprouts, green onions and sesame seeds.
They also have an alternative cold ramen that is exactly the same as the Daikoku ramen except the broth is chilled. The cold Daikoku is available during the warmer months of the year.
The broth is what sets apart Daikokuyas ramen from other ramen houses in the area.
It is marinated overnight in pig bones and different spices to give the soup a rich and flavorful base, which adds a much better taste.
The noodles are cooked long enough to feel soft but they also have nice crunch, which gives the ramen good texture.
The pork belly gives the ramen hardiness to the ramen bowl that will leave customers satisfied.
The runny egg and chopped onions on top of the ramen plays as the cherry on top of the dish,
which gives the bowl of ramen another added dimension of flavor.
Customers also have an option of ordering a combination, which includes ramen, a house salad and a small rice bowl.
There are nine different rice bowls that each customer can choose from, but the teriyaki eel bowl and the pork cutlet bowl are the most popular.
Though the food at Daikokuya is worth the trip, the size of the restaurant is very small, which causes an uncomfortable dining
experience during a busy in the day.The small size of the restaurant
also causes extremely long lines, and the wait could sometimes be as long as an hour and half.
There is a bar that single party guests or groups of two could sit at, if they do not feel like waiting for a long period of time.
There are only three tables in the entire restaurant, so going in a group larger than four people is not the best idea and it is important to note that the restaurant does not take reservations.
Daikokuya also offers very good happy hour prices during the afternoons from Monday through Thursday.
All draft beers and sakes are half off as well as their appetizers.
The Monterey Park Daikokuya is one of four locat ions in Los Angeles.
The original Daikokuya is located in Los Angeles Little Tokyo and is considered a landmark in that area.
Daikokuya is located at 111 N Atlantic Blvd,Ste 241 (2nd Floor) in Monterey Park.
BY CORTEZ CRUZ SERRATOStaff Writer
Audition dates have been announced for two of East Los Angeles College Theatre Departments next season plays.
Much Ado About Nothing, a comedic play, which touches on honor, shame and court politics, will hold auditions on Nov. 15 for all roles.
The play has been updated to be set in World War II. The dialogue has been modified but the integrity of characters and storyline remain the same.
Those auditioning are asked to have one scene prepared for the audition.
Play sections are available in the P2 buildings lobby.
Those auditioning are also asked to read the entire play so they can perform a different scene if called back.
Rehearsal for the play will begin in January.The play will open in March in the Proscenium
Theatre and will be directed by Kelley Hogan.Death and the Maiden, a play about trauma,
revenge and forgiveness, will hold auditions on Nov. 15 for all roles.
The play is written by Ariel Dorfman and directed by Vanessa Mizzone.
Play sections are available in the P2 buildings lobby.
Those interested in auditioning are encouraged to read the entire play and research the characters.
Those called back will be expected to prepare a different scene.
The rehearsal and tech week schedule is available for review by the play sides.
The play will open in May.
Voice actors make Big Hero 6 diverse
Marvel superheroes meet Walt Disney style animation and storytelling telling a childrens story with a superhero aspect in Big Hero 6, out in theaters Nov. 7.
The film stars Ryan Potter, voice of Hiro Hamado, Daniel Henney, voice of Tadashi Hamado, who play brothers.
Potter takes on a role, which has him interacting with a robot for the majority of the time.
Henney plays the older brother, which tries to help set his younger brother on the right path.
Scott Adsit voices Baymax, the health care robot Tadashi invents, and brings together the animated film.
Adsit takes on the challenge of making a robot relatable and charismatic so audiences dont get bored.
Genesis Rodriguez, voice of Honey Lemon, Jamie Chung, voice of Go Go Tomago, T.J. Miller, voice of Fred, Damian Wayans Jr., voice of Wasabi, support the stars with magnificent, funny and energetic voice acting which combine well to bring the hero team together.
Rodriguez comes into her first voice-acting role and is challenged with voicing a character, which is both intelligent and free spirited.
Chung takes her character from being aggressive to being likable and fascinating.
Miller voices a hyperactive character obsessed with super heroes and their mythology.
Wayans Jr. voices a character who is up tight and needs to have things planned out and makes him funny and charismatic.
The cast takes on a Marvel story which meshes the superhero storyline and background story of a hero squad, with Disney story twist.
The story shows great emotion, fantastic action scenes and riveting moments.Big Hero 6 is an animated film rated PG.
Visit elaccampusnews.com to see video interviews with the voice actors and Baymax from San Fransokyo, the city in which Big Hero 6 takes place.
BY JESUS FIGUEROAStaff Writer
EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE CAMPUS NEWSWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014SPORTS6
Womens soccer misses opportunity for victory
The womens soccer team tied Los Angeles Harbor College 0-0 yesterday at Weingart Stadium.
The Huskies were unable to capitalize on multiple scoring opportunities late in the second half to break the tie and pull off their fifth South Coast Conference win.
ELAC is now 4-1-2 in conference, 7-3-3 overall.
ELAC secured possession of the ball for most of the first half, but both teams couldnt create any good scoring opportunities.
In the second half, the Seahawks had an opportunity to score. In the 51st minute, goalkeeper Adriana Flores blocked back-to-back shots on the goal to keep both teams tied.
Throughout the game, Harbors coaching staff grew frustrated with the referees, which almost led to an ejection.
I thought that the game was a back and forth game. We did feel that we did have a bit of an issue with the refs being one sided but thats just soccer, Souza said.
It was not until the 85th minute that ELAC had its best chance to score.
The goal was overturned when one of the states leading scorers, Carla Quijada, had her goal called back by the sideline referee due to an offside.
The win would have jumped ELAC into second place in conference play.
ELAC Head Coach Tessa Troglia said she was disappointed about the tie. She felt that the team did not play its best game.
Finsihing (the game) with a tie, for me Im not happy. Its not a good result for us. If we finished our chances it would be a different game, Troglia said.
Troglia was well aware that Harbor came into the game with the intentions to shut down the Huskies offensive attack and the teams
They played to our strength. It hurt us that we didn't finish our chances, Troglia said.
Harbors defense was able to withstand ELACs attack in the second half.
ELAC defender Quetzali Del Villa said that the Huskies were surprised by Harbors defensive strat
The other team was really defensive. They hardly pushed (the ball). We didn't expect that, so
our forwards didnt press. I think we could have done a better job of pressuring their defense, Del Villa said.
The Huskies kick off the second half of SCC play this Friday in a road game against Cerritos College, which is ranked No. 1 in the SCC.
The Falcons hold a conference record of 6-1, 12-1 overall.
Troglia said that the Huskies have to recognize that in the second half of conference play other teams are
going to devise a strategy against the ELACs strengths and weaknesses.
Del Villa also said that this game was a wake up call. The team has to work harder and improve on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
She also admitted that most of the players on the team, including herself, are nervous for the match against Cerritos but that they know they have to go and get a win this Friday.
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Amato said he sees Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as a role model and that he tries to follow in his footsteps.
I always liked how he defended his posts. I also like his leadership. I also admire the fact that he is respected both on and off the field. I am just like him. I like to gain respect from other players and I like to be a professional, Amato said.
When you are practicing, you are practicing. Theres a time and place to joke and laugh. You can tell that Buffon is like that. He is very professional.
Even if things dont go according to his plans, Amato said that he already has a lot of good memories
Goalie: Mens soccer team goalkeeper works hard to make it as a proContinued from page 4 from the ELAC mens soccer team.
No matter how things go or what happens next, I will always remember the moments before going on the field, Amato said.
We pray and we get together to talk about the game. We leave all our problems off the field. If there are problems within the group, we forget about them because we are a team and a family, Amato said.
His father Gabriel Amato, said that he hopes that his son is not pressuring himself too much due to having a father who made it as a professional soccer player.
For this reason, he tries to advise his son for the next level.
I tell him that he cant achieve things without being dedicated,
humble or without working hard and being passioniate for what he loves. Being a soccer player is not easy, even if some people think otherwise, Gabriel Amato said.
M a t i a s A m a t o i s p l a n n i n g t o visit Argentina in December to spend Christmas with his family. Once he
returns to LA, he wants to keep studying and hopes to find an amateur team where he can play and continue improving his game.
I like to gain respect from other players
and I like to be a professional.
Matias aMatoMens soccer goalkeeper
East Los Angeles College lost a 42-6 quarterfinal round match to Mt. San Antonio College at the Southern California Regional Dual Championships Oct. 17 at Cerritos College.
ELAC came close to wrestling for third place but a loss to Cuesta College 30-18 in the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
The Huskies finished the day with an overall 2-2 record and beat rival Rio Hondo College 39-10.
ELAC had to wrestle a team made of alternate wrestlers from the other teams. They beat the alternate team by criteria, meaning ELAC had more falls and major decisions, after a 24-24 tie.
I m h a p p y w i t h t h e i r performance. No team is going to take us lightly and will bring their best effort every match, ELAC Head Coach Ralph Valle said.
ELAC sophomore Adrian Herrera went undefeated in the 165-pound weight class winning all four of his matches.
Herrera, ranked No. 8 in the s t a t e a t 1 6 5 pounds, avoided an upset against Jorge Medina of Mt. SAC when M e d i n a w a s called for stalling at the end of the match.
E L A C freshmen Johnny R o b l e s ( 1 2 5 p o u n d s ) a n d Juan Soto (174 pounds) bo th went 3-1 for the
day.Robles only loss came to Richie
Taira of Mt. SAC. Taira is currently ranked 8th in the state.
First I was nervous, but after the
first match I felt good. Then, just wrestled at the best of my ability, Robles said.
Soto wrestled out of his weight class at 184-pounds against Isidoro Arellano of Rio Hondo. Soto beat Arellano by pin.
I feel like I performed well, but there is still room for improvement, Soto said.
ELAC sophomore Maury Lemons only wrestled one match and beat Jared Garcia of Mt. SAC. In the three other ELAC dual meets of the day, Lemons won by forfeit.
ELAC freshman Mariaelena Hernandez (125 pounds) wrestled two exhibition matches against Cuestas Kate Nestingen and Savannah Vento. She won both of her matches by pin.
Sophomore Joseph Magdaleno-Hudson, ranked second in state, had an overall record of 2-2. Magdaleno-Hudson suffered an upset loss against unranked Jaime Jimenez of Mt. SAC.
Mt. SAC, ranked No. 3 in the state, upset No.1 Cerritos, college 23-21, and will face Fresno City College in the State Dual Championship.
Wrestling team finishes 2-2 at South DualsBY Joseph ovalle
First I was nervous but after the first match I felt good. Then just wrestled at the best of
JohnnY RoBlesELAC freshmen wrestler
BY CoRtez CRuz seRRato Staff Writer
H u s k i e s
Mens soccer The mens soccer team closed the first half
of South Coast Conference play with a win over Pasadena City College on Oct. 17 and a defeat against Los Angeles Harbor College yesterday on the road.
Harbor defeated ELAC 3-2. Horacio Zapiola and Hector Reyes scored the two goals for the Huskies.
A 4-1 score at Weingart Stadium over PCC on Friday gave ELAC its second SCC win with two goals scored by Jose Gudino while teammates Alfredo Leon and Zapiola netted a goal each to get a well-earned victory over the Lancers.
These results bring ELACs conference record to 5-6-3 overall and 2-4-1 in conference play.
The Huskies will be hosting Cerritos College on Friday at 4 p.m. at Weingart Stadium.
Cross country In her biggest win of 2014, Laura Aceves won the
67th Annual Mt. San Antonio Invite womens race for the Huskies with a season personal record.
The womens team took eighth place by edging South Coast rivals Pasadena City (ninth) and El Camino colleges (10th) by one and two points, respectively.
East Los Angeles Colleges Andres De La Cruz was also named to the All-Invite Top-14 team (mens). He took 11th place.
The mens team finished 11th with an upset win over 12th place finisher and No. 13-ranked Long Beach City College even though ELAC ran short with two of its best runners out.
Water polo The water polo team, 6-16 overall and 3-2 in the
South Coast Conference, beat winless Santa Monica College (0-18) in the Citrus College Tournament last weekend.
ELAC came up on the short end of three other scores and lost 7-2 to host Citrus (8-12). Citrus went undefeated (4-0) in the tournament. The Huskies lost 10-4 and 9-4 to Los Angeles Valley (12-6) and San Diego Miramar colleges (9-12), respectively.
Leading the Huskies were frehmen Ashley Alfaro had 15 saves against Miramar and Brandy Macias who scored nine goals against Santa Monica.
ELAC plays at Cerritos College (6-14, 2-3) today at 5 p.m. in Cerritos second game of a doubleheader.
SHOOTING FOR GOALLisa Lopez from the East Los Angeles College womens soccer team passes the ball to a teammate on Oct. 21 during a South Coast Conference match against Los Angeles Harbor College at Weingart Stadium.