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Alexandra Scoville

Alexandra Scoville, Editor in Chief

Spring 2014

My name is Alexandra Scoville, I am the editor-in-chief of the Talon Marks brand. This is my fourth semester on staff. I took a semester off in Fall 2013 and focused on taking a photography class and an audio class. I’m eager to use those skills for this semester of Talon Marks. When I am not in class or at school I’m usually watching wrestling or going to a live show. That’s like half my life. I’m interested in photography, writing and design. I plan on transferring to Cal State Fullerton and hope to teach a journalism class in the future.

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The police shouldn’t have double standards

May 15, 2014

As we grow up, we are often told to follow the rules, don't break the law, and don't get into trouble. We need role models as we grow to instill this into our lives, but that's hard to do when we see...

Kids shouldn’t become consumed with electronics

May 14, 2014

In today's society, everyone is consumed with electronics, usually in the hands of teens, smart phones and iPads are taking over. But smartphone and iPad usage has spread to young kids, and when I say...

Summer escapades for Falcons

May 13, 2014

With finals coming up just around the corner, the spring semester is coming to an end. Some students are overjoyed with the thought of a summer break, and some dread the fact that just about a week...

Don’t drive while distracted

April 18, 2014

There have been some new ads developing lately targeting the younger generation that tend to get distracted while driving. It goes beyond just texting while driving. That just barely scratches the surface. Distraction...

Lorraine Gersitz (far left with the white hat) is running the Boston Marathon on April 15 2013, the red circle indicates the spotting of the two bombers. 

Gersitz said the picture

One year later: Boston Marathon bombings

April 15, 2014

It’s been one year since Lorraine Gersitz ran the Boston Marathon and experienced the bombs that shook the running community she has been a part of for years. Gersitz, who is a reference coordinator...

Social Equality Club ‘fulfills the mission’

April 15, 2014

One hundred sections have been added to the 2014 summer sessions, according to Dr. Joanna Schilling, vice president of academic affairs. This was announced on the Cerritos College website on Monday. Schilling...

Mauri Nunez, member of The Social Equality Club, holds up a sign that reads

Social Equality Club pushes extra sections at Board of Trustees meeting

April 3, 2014

"There's a lot of homework that shows that we could have these classes," Mauri Nunez said, referring to a presentation put together by The Social Equality Club that was shown at the Board of Trustees meeting...

Cerritos College band plays in 35th Annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival

March 31, 2014

"It's a big deal to be that one band," said David Betancourt, Cerritos College band director after the Cerritos College band was selected to play alongside the Fresno State University band at the 35th...

(From left to right) Martha Rodriguez, psychology major, works with Ariday Avellaneda, nursing major, to promote health insurance information to students at Cerritos College. Rodriguez and Avellaneda were hired by USC, which is working with Project HOPE, to spread the word on health insurance. Photo credit: Alexandra Scoville

Health insurance information provided by Young Invincibles

March 4, 2014

An organization by the name Young Invincibles teamed up with the Adult Education Department at Cerritos College to provide health care insurance information to students as well as community members. The...

'Date and Switch' explores moving message

‘Date and Switch’ explores moving message

February 25, 2014

“Date and Switch” provides audiences with a important message that everyone should hear. That “Love’s all about the right combination” as a poster for the movie reads.The...

Photo credit: Maria Lopez

The Accreditation team arrives first week of March, Is Cerritos College ready?

February 25, 2014

Cerritos College will be going through an Accreditation site visit, where 12 members of other colleges will come to the campus to evaluate Cerritos College on different areas. JoAnna Schilling, vice...

Review: ‘That Awkward Moment’ is a fresh take on romance

February 4, 2014

Hey girls, guys eat ice cream when they are depressed too. “That Awkward Moment” is such a refreshing movie that it will make your heart beat fast, your eyes swell up with tears, and don’t forget...

The Liberal Arts and DSPS building is currently under construction. The building is set to open for the summer 2014 session.

New Liberal Arts and DSPS Building set to open in Summer 2014

January 30, 2014

Since its demolition in Dec. 2012, the old Business Education building is long gone and the new Liberal Arts and DSPS building has taken shape, with almost more than 75 percent of it completed. Cerritos...

Students perform choreography during the dance audition.

[Photo] Spring dance auditions prove to be intense for students

January 21, 2014

Students perform choreography during the dance audition.

‘There Ought to be a Law’ encourages student ideas

January 16, 2014

Assemblymember Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced a contest called "There Ought to be a Law" into the 58th district, which is open to anyone who wants to submit an idea regarding a new law...

Downey Bicycle Coalition Works To Educate Community Members

Downey Bicycle Coalition Works To Educate Community Members

November 14, 2013

The city of Downey is looking on creating a more bike friendly environment. For the past year the Downey Bicycle Coalition has been raising bike safety awareness to its community members. In September...

International Student’s Association strengthens students

September 10, 2013

Culinary arts major and international student Sid Jayathilake said that coming to the United States as a student was a risk. Jayathilake is from Sri Lanka, a country north of the Indian Ocean, and has...

Construction crane

Campus construction continues

June 6, 2013

With the Liberal Arts and Disabled Student Programs and Services Complex in current construction, Cerritos College has a lot of construction and renovation projects ahead for the upcoming semesters. According...

May 15, 2013 – Page 3 – News

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Construction preview for the fall 2013

May 14, 2013

With the Liberal Arts and Disabled Student Programs and Services Complex in current construction, Cerritos College has a lot of construction and renovation projects ahead for the upcoming semesters. According...

Model U.N Preview on The North Korean Nuclear Crisis

May 14, 2013

Economics major Ariel Gomez, will participate in his last Model United Nations Club event on Thursday, May 16, before transferring to UC Berkley this fall. The upcoming event will be a simulation of...

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May 7, 2013

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Psychological conference provides great networking chance

May 1, 2013

Psychology major Della Drummond is one of 14 students from Cerritos College to have been chosen to attend the Western Psychological Association Conference from April 25 to April 28, and sees this as an...

Psychology students prepare to attend Western Psychological Association Conference

April 24, 2013

Psychology major Della Drummond is one of 14 students from Cerritos College to have been chosen to attend the Western Psychological Association Conference from April 25-28, and sees this as an opportunity...

April 24, 2013 – Page 1 – News

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Archived photo: Current ASCC President, Lance Makinano and Current ASCC Student Trustee, Jason Macias during Constitution Day during the Fall 2012 semester

ASCC trustee and president plan to address the accusation about the misuse of G.O Bond Campaign Funds

April 17, 2013

Current Associated Students of Cerritos College Student Trustee, Jason Macias, has plans to speak to the board of trustees at a meeting tonight about a letter that was sent to the ASCC president about...

German Sanchez’ bio

April 15, 2013

Psychology major Six semesters Part of ASCC Senate Involved in Psychology Club, Sci-Fi club and Anime Club hopes to connect Cerritos College clubs and talk on how to improve better communication...

Slow album makes for lackluster Paramore showing

April 15, 2013

Paramore's fourth studio album, titled after the band, is not the best efforts by the band and didn't sound like the other albums that came before it. "Paramore" had a consistency of long intros and...

Emergency personnel assist the victims at the scene of a bomb blast during the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, Monday, April 15, 2013. (Stuart Cahill/Boston Herald/MCT)

Triathlon Club adviser 200 yards from Boston Blast

April 15, 2013

Lorraine Gersitz, Cerritos College librarian and co-adviser of the Triathlon Club stood about 200 yards away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two explosions took place. Gersitz finished...

April 10, 2013 – Page 1 – News

April 9, 2013

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A trend of Facebook confessions has hit Cerritos College

April 9, 2013

Students across California have started a trend of confessing their secrets and thoughts to separate pages representing their schools on Facebook. These pages are developed so students can anonymously...

Literature Slam connects students with writing

April 3, 2013

Philosophy major Tori Harris experienced her first Literature Slam on March 13, where she along with 22 other students and faculty read poems, or excerpts of books. Harris read poems that she had written...

Students gathered at Falcon Square for the breast cancer walk sponsored by the Susan G. Komen foundation on Thursday, March 22.

[Photo] Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk hosted at Falcon Square

April 3, 2013

Students gathered at Falcon Square for the breast cancer walk sponsored by the Susan G. Komen foundation on Thursday, March 22.

March 13, 2013 – Page 2 – News

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Wow factor: Glinda (Michelle Williams), the Good Witch, invokes her powers in

Oz: The Great and Powerful an amazing experience

March 12, 2013

Sam Rami painted a beautiful picture when he directed "Oz: The Great and Powerful" especially in this 3D adaption of the Wizard of Oz movie. It was amazing. The movie opened up in small black and white...

Smoking zones will keep everybody happy

March 12, 2013

People who smoke shouldn't be allowed to just walk around anywhere they please. Non-smoker's lives can be at risk by this. If there are zones, in public places, for smokers to relax and take a hit of...

March 6, 2013 – Page 1 – News

March 5, 2013

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How to respond to an active shooter

March 5, 2013

When it comes to having an active shooter on campus, some students agree they would be shocked, but others, like music major Samara Wilson, would take action. "Initially I would be shocked, but I would...

Williams-Manser leads health and safety conference

March 5, 2013

With having no extra speakers present, Project HOPE Program Assistant Danylle Williams-Manser was left to just herself and only six attendees during a Health and Safety Conference on Saturday. "We [Project...

New degrees being worked on for Community Colleges

March 1, 2013

California Community Colleges and California State Universities are working together in order to create state-wide implementation of AA-T and AS-T Transfer Degrees in community colleges. AA-T degrees...

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The real meaning of search engines

February 21, 2013

Society views search engines like Google and Bing as tools to help it learn, laugh or plan a vacation. But it seems like recently search engines are more interested in indexing our lives. We as a society...

Melissa McCarthy stars as Sandy Patterson, a woman who has stolen Jason Bateman's character's identity. The movie opened at #1 at the box office with $34.5 million in its first weekend.

‘Identity Thief’ steals hours of your time

February 21, 2013

"Identity Thief" felt as if it dragged on forever, and the laughs were few and far between. "Identity Thief" starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, felt as if it dragged on forever. The laughs were...

Sedentary lifestyle isn’t all bad

February 5, 2013

Living a sedentary lifestyle isn't necessarily a bad thing, which is a little hard to grasp considering it can lead to anxiety, depression and eventually premature death. If someone chooses to live this...

Sedentary lifestyle isn’t all bad

February 5, 2013

Living a sedentary lifestyle isn't necessarily a bad thing, which is a little hard to grasp considering it can lead to anxiety, depression and eventually premature death. If someone chooses to live this...

Riders In The Sky bring laughs and music to Cerritos

February 4, 2013

Riders in the Sky "America's Favorite Cowboys," came tumbling into the Cerritos Performing Arts Center brought upon laughs and a refreshing performance equipped with live instruments on Friday Feb. 1 The...

Women need to stand up to harassment

January 25, 2013

It's hard to stop every man from hitting on women, but there's a point when it crosses the line and becomes harassment. According to Merriam-Webster.com, the definition of harass is: "to create an unpleasant...

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Review on ‘A Haunted House’ (podcast)

January 18, 2013

Talon Marks editors Rosaura Montes, Sarah Niemann and Alexandra Scoville discuss the new movie "A Haunted House.

Chemistry sparks hope for Cerritos College softball in 2013

January 17, 2013

After a record of 29-10 last season the Cerritos College softball team looks to push the team chemistry heading toward 2013. Head coach Kodee Murray sees the chemistry among the team to be a key strength...

Dec. 12, 2012 – Page 12 – Sports

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Wrap up on Measure G and Prop. 30

November 29, 2012

For weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election, students campaigned for Measure G and brought to light information of Proposition 30. Both the measure and the proposition passed, which will bring forth...

Daniel Day Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's

‘Lincoln’ an outstanding film

November 21, 2012

"Lincoln" transported audiences back to the time of the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln was in office and gave movie goers an unique experience that should be treasured. Daniel Day-Lews was transformed...

Daniel Day Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg's

‘Lincoln’ an outstanding film

November 21, 2012

"Lincoln" transported audiences back to the time of the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln was in office and gave movie goers an unique experience that should be treasured. Daniel Day-Lews was transformed...

Measure G provides hope for future

November 13, 2012

After weeks of campaigning leading up to the Nov. 6 election, Measure G has passed and Vice President of Business Services, David El Fattal says life at Cerritos College will now be a little less stressful....

Life after 30

November 8, 2012

Since the passing of Proposition 30, Cerritos College President Dr. Linda Lacy has had discussions with faculty members to clarify what life will be like going forward for both students and faculty....

Taylor Swift grows in ‘RED’

November 4, 2012

The album “RED” by Taylor Swift is just another catchy pop-country album, but shows more potential for the singer to grow. “RED” is Swift’s fourth studio album, and is by far her most mature...

Betancourt keeps music alive by directing five bands at Cerritos

October 20, 2012

Back in 1999, Music Director David Betancourt was just starting out at Cerritos College directing Concert Band, but over the past 14 years he has acquired Pep Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pop Rock Ensemble...

Students from Osaka, Japan visit Cerritos College

October 1, 2012

Twenty students from Osaka, Japan visited Cerritos College and took part in a sport trainer program this past week, taking place from Sept. 26-28. The students were welcomed on Thursday morning by...

Sept. 12, 2012 – Page 7 – Opinion

September 11, 2012

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All the work we do in school shouldn’t affect our diet

September 7, 2012

Although students are sometimes faced with a busy work load, our diet should not be effected even though Cerritos College doesn’t exactly have a lot of ways of helping us health wise. Sure, it...

Board of Trustees introduces new management team

September 7, 2012

The Cerritos College Board of Trustees has appointed five new members to management positions. The new members are made up of both incoming faculty as well as faculty who held other positions at Cerritos...

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International Student Center holds reception for new international students

August 18, 2012

The International Student Center of Cerritos College welcomed new international students at a reception held in the student center on Thursday, Aug. 16. The reception was held to inform students about...

The Applied Music Program holds fall auditions

August 17, 2012

Twenty-five people auditioned for the Fall 2012 Applied Music Program at the Burnight Center on Wednesday Aug. 15 Although 25 people showed up to audition, 10 students were selected to participate in...

EOPS holds Summer Bridge Program banquet

August 9, 2012

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) held a banquet for its Summer Bridge Program in the student center at Cerritos College Thursday, Aug. 9. The EOPS Summer Bridge Program is a 6-week...

Cerritos College experiencing renovations and construction around campus

August 2, 2012

Areas of the Cerritos College campus are going through different phases of renovation and construction as put together on the current campus facilities master plan. The renovations and construction throughout...

Think Like a man's Michael Ealy and Taraji P Henson embrace

‘Think Like a Man’ provides several elements of enjoyment

May 25, 2012

"Think Like a Man" is a great movie that will automatically put movie-goers in a good mood. Even though it has been out for about a month, it is worth watching, maybe even twice. If you feel like having...

Should Culinary Arts students get paid?

May 4, 2012

Culinary Arts students should not get paid because its unfair to the other students at Cerritos College Granted the students of the Culinary Arts Department do spend time cooking and serving food to other...

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Countries represented in ISA’s Global Village event

May 1, 2012

Talon Marks Online News The International Student Association held its first Global Village event Tuesday May 1 with support of other clubs to promote diversity of cultures such Japanese, Mexican, and...

The idea of a bike lane on campus is pointless

April 24, 2012

Cerritos College should not have bike lanes on campus. Students of Cerritos College are adults and should be held responsible for their actions, so if someone gets hurt as a result of riding their bike...

Men’s tennis advances in SCC Tournament

April 24, 2012

Two members of the Men's Tennis team advanced in the South Coast Conference Tournament as a result of the matches taking place on Friday. During the singles matches Todd Jenkins played against Tomo Takatsu...

A truck on fire in the C-10 parking lot of Cerritos College

Vehicle catches fire on campus parking lot

April 23, 2012

Talon Marks Online News A white truck caught fire in parking lot C-10 of the Cerritos College campus, near Studebaker Road, on Monday afternoon. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire was extinguished...

Reurning students should not be prioritized

April 11, 2012

Cerritos College should not offer free classes for returning students. There are other ways of assisting these students while remaining fair to others who are not returning students. Education is important...

Lack of hitting ends in yet another loss for Falcon baseball

March 29, 2012

Stringing together only five singles in Saturday's game against El Camino, the Cerritos College Men’s Baseball team fell to the Warriors by a score of 4-0. Most of the hits for Cerritos College came...

Jonah Hill, left, and Channing Tatum star in Columbia Pictures' action comedy

21 Jumpstreet entertaining but action falls short

March 18, 2012

“21 Jump Street” is a great comedy film but the action is ill-fitting. It almost achieves that level of entertainment a young audience is looking for. Sony chose to revamp the old 1980s show and make...

Company promoters on campus need to back off

March 2, 2012

We should not have distractions such as promoters on campus. When walking to our cars, we see flyers on the windows under the windshield wipers. These people are trying to get a job done. but as students,...

A dress code on campus would interfere with students rights as adults

February 13, 2012

For Cerritos College to enforce a dress code would completely take away from its students’ freedom. If any student has a problem with somebody’s clothing, that person has the right to respectfully...

Free Speech Zone – Jan. 25

January 23, 2012

Oreanna Stevenson- Major: Criminal Justice. "I feel that's unfair, because we all go here, pay for school, and were all grown and we can do anything basically on campus so why cant we smoke?" Richard...

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