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Full time faculty hires decrease due to enrollment drops

Full time faculty hires decrease due to enrollment drops

Jasmine Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

February 13, 2019


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Cerritos College expected to hire 27 new full-time faculty members for the fall 2019 semester, but due to enrollment drops, the number was revised to 13, causing concerns among other faculty. The faculty obligation number was directly affected by a drop of at least 1,000 full-time equivalent students,...

Staff in an uproar over accumulating trash

Staff in an uproar over accumulating trash

Jasmine Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

February 13, 2019


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A teacher in the Child Development Center says they and the children have endured pungent smells of trash for weeks while Cerritos College is in the process of getting a new trash compactor. The location of the trash was moved behind the purchasing facility and near the development center in 2018. Stacks...

Cerritos Complete is now complete

Edgar Mendoza, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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Following in the footsteps of fellow community colleges, Cerritos College will soon announce the changing of Cerritos Complete, a program that offers one-year of free tuition to first-time freshmen, into a two-year program. Cerritos Complete is open to anyone with a high school diploma, or anyone...

Newsroom ceiling panel collapses with students present

Newsroom ceiling panel collapses with students present

Jasmine Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

January 30, 2019


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A broken boiler caused a leak, forcing a ceiling panel to collapse above the Talon Marks newsroom in the Fine Arts building Jan. 25 while editors were working nearby. The soaked panel crashed at about 2 p.m., first catching the attention of the newspaper’s photo editor, Derrick Coleman, who had...

New weight room for championship-caliber Cerritos College athletes

New weight room for championship-caliber Cerritos College athletes

Keanu Ruffo, Staff Writer

January 29, 2019


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Bigger, better and newer are words associated with the new weight room facility at Cerritos College, which was opened to student athletes January 2019. The new weight room is a transition from the old one, with new bench, squat racks, new rubber weights, mirrors all around the facility and plenty...

Strong, bold and united

Strong, bold and united

Kianna Znika, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019


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The people of LA gathered on Jan. 19 in front of Los Angeles City Hall for the third annual Women’s March, where they expressed concern over relevant issues such as pro-choice, sexual misconduct, the current state of the government shutdown and even the LA Teacher’s Union Strike. This year’s...

Los Angeles community efforts keep striking teachers’ bellies warm

Los Angeles community efforts keep striking teachers’ bellies warm

Jasmine Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

January 23, 2019


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Coming together in a collective effort, Los Angeles community members took it upon themselves to keep the bellies of striking teachers full and warm with free food and services. A flood of support came in the form of parents providing homemade meals, a nearby cafe owner offering coffee and pastries...

Union negotiators remain hopeful despite past tensions with the District

Jasmine Martinez and Carmelita Islas Mendez

January 23, 2019


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Cerritos College and the Cerritos College Faculty Federation have been in negotiations for over a year said Stephanie Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt, president of the CCFF, explained that negotiations will continue until the District and Federation reach an agreement. Before the end of the winter break the...

Cerritos College alumnae dies while on study abroad trip, community mourns

Cerritos College alumnae dies while on study abroad trip, community mourns

Carmelita Islas Mendez, News Editor

January 22, 2019


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Monica Santiago, a Cerritos College alumnae, died in Tainan City, Taiwan while studying abroad and teaching local children to speak English. While at Cerritos, Santiago, 24, participated in programs which included global studies, political science and Chinese. Her father, Camilo Santiago, said, “Monica...

LAUSD union strike continues in pursuit of improving schools despite rainy weather

LAUSD union strike continues in pursuit of improving schools despite rainy weather

Jasmine Martinez, Editor-in-Chief

January 16, 2019


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Chants of “Beutner, Beutner you’re no good, treat your students like you should” rang through wind and rain as Los Angeles Unified School District teachers and community members rallied in support of better schools on Jan. 14. Cold, wet weather did not deter strikers from hours of marching with...

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