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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Benjamin Garcia

Benjamin Garcia, Fall 2017 Online Editor

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The Envelope: Chump Trump voters should slump over and cry

January 18, 2018

Going through the Twitter hashtag "#MAGA," you might come across such mind-numbing proclamations of stupidity as these:   I apologize Africa isn't a shit hole country🤣 "Haiti and African"...

Foundation awards hardworking students scholarships

December 12, 2017

Computer science Ben Partida was the winner of the Carmen Solis Grant, presented by Dan Pratt on Dec. 1, at the The Cerritos College Foundation Scholarship Reception.He cited his history of hardships,...

Twilight Los Angeles 1992 rivals reality

December 5, 2017

There are plays such as Romeo and Juliet that are too fantastic to be believable; then there are some such as Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 ( written by Anna Deavere Smith and Directed by Brandt Reiter)...

The Envelope — Net neutrality can lead to revolution

December 4, 2017

The people of the United States of America deserve free, socialized internet access. Talon Marks editors and staff writers have elected to publish moderate and lukewarm opinions revolving around...

New friendships made at Pan-African Thanksgiving

November 27, 2017

Bianca Salinas, an architectural drafting student at Rio Hondo College, was at guest at the Black Student Union’s Pan-African Thanksgiving held on Nov. 16.She explained that her reason for coming...

Falcons’ No. 18 Claudia Soto and No. 20 Gisselle Jimenez take on Long Beach Vikings’ No. 22 Alana Rouse. The Falcons beat the Vikings 2-0. Photo credit: David Jenkins

W. Soccer shuts out LBCC 2-0, seeding as no. 4 for playoffs

November 15, 2017

The Cerritos College women’s soccer team worked hard on Nov. 11 at the South Coast Conference South Division, keeping the ball away from the Long Beach City College Vikings; the score being 2-0,...

Lady Dynamite season two loses plot

November 15, 2017

Netflix dropped season two of the hit original series Lady Dynamite starring comedian Maria Bamford -- which is carried solely by her strings of bits and celebrity cameos.Whether it was on purpose or by...

Men’s soccer team rises to No. 1 in nation

November 14, 2017

With a score of 2-1 at the South Coast Conference (South Division), the Falcons remained unbeatable in the regular soccer season with the game against Long Beach City College Vikings.According to Benny...

The Envelope: Deferring blame is for cucks

November 14, 2017

Ever notice how the people who say that they are color blind, are quite possibly the most underratedly racist people you know?That is by no coincidence -- it's because calling yourself inherently tolerant...

Film screening leads to discussing religion’s place in society

November 7, 2017

English major Ainee La Madrid found out about the screening of Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth held on Nov. 2 through the Falcon Newsletter.Being a huge fan of the film and loving the director, she...

Talent acquisition manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car Susie Arellano-Reed at podium on Nov. 2. According to Ross-Jones, they met about a year an a half ago -- at a career event and they really connected. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Students learn value of experience, attire and communication

November 4, 2017

Jazmin Soto, who is working on her BA in business marketing, came to the Nov. 2 workshop to get more information on car rental company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, "to learn more about the business" and to...

Ben Partida-Silva, a computer science major, who got to take a tour IPA department. Partida-Silva is a self-identified computer nerd. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Students with disabilities learn about new job opportunities

October 24, 2017

Students with disabilities of all kinds were given a positive experience by DSPS. This experience was an event held at Los Angeles City Hall, and revolved around empowering and mentoring students, in...

Jerry Brown makes it easier to transmit HIV to Californians

Jerry Brown makes it easier to transmit HIV to Californians

October 18, 2017

This week: What the Talon Marks editorial board is outraged by is the stigma against HIV as well as the concept of "stealthing" -- or agreeing to practice safe sex with someone, to then secretly remove...

Ascc leaders fear budget deficits

October 11, 2017

Members of the student government are in frenzy after Trustee Marisa Perez uttered some suggestions about reallocating revenue from the bookstore to go towards the new negotiations for vendors in the food...

Director teaches Shakespeare to actors, satisfying reason for becoming an educator

October 10, 2017

For students such as Jacob Rodriguez, who plays the male lead in the Cerritos College's Romeo and Juliet, the rhythm of iambic pentameter is a "challenge" as Director F. Reed Brown puts it. According...

Officials say: ‘Engage students in order to motivate them’

September 27, 2017

Being proactive in engaging youth to explore otherwise hidden career opportunities is a concept that is important to people like President of Latina Public Service Academy Ana Cubas, Sabio CEO Liliana...

Norm Reeves to use former strawberry field as storage facility, making locals restless

September 11, 2017

Since Honda brand cars owned by the Norm Reeves dealership were seen parked in the empty lot during the summer, students, politicians and community members all have something different to say about Cerritos...

The Envelope — Love & Sex: Communist fornication manifesto

September 9, 2017

For some time now, the communist publication, Workers Vanguard has been on campus spreading pamphlets and taking subscriptions. The front page for No. 1116 distributed on Aug. 25, 2017 featured some...

Cerritos College freshman #17 Jody Suski and freshman #4 Nataly Reynoso both dive after a ball during Fridays game against Golden West. The Falcons were swept by the Rustlers in 3 games. Photo credit: Lindsay Helberg

Women’s volleyball team losing streak continues

September 4, 2017

The Falcons, now 0-4 after another loss on Friday against 2-3 Golden West, need to start adding numbers to the win column before their regular season starts on Oct. 4. This gives the team eight more...

The Envelope: 3 ways to beat the bum-fiddling this new school year

September 2, 2017

We've come to the point where the sinking feeling in our guts that tells us summer is almost gone increases in weight. On Mondays, there is an Autumn crisp -- though by Friday it's 95 degrees Fahrenheit...

Taylor Swift’s music video Hilary Clinton of pop music

September 2, 2017

There comes a time in a Grammy year where a pop song blows away all our expectations and transcends to the zeitgeist and is immortalized as an American classic. Taylor Swift's song "Look What You Made...

Marc Calderon,7 setting up a pass that ended up being the fourth goal of the game. Falcon’s ended the game with a score of 7-0.

Cerritos soccer beats Cypress after car accident bonds team together

August 26, 2017

For parents like Blanca Mora, it was exciting to expect more wins after the Falcons soccer team played their first game of the season, seeing that Cerritos College won 7 - 0 against Cypress. Team captain...

Cerritos College is above average

August 22, 2017

Cerritos College's numbers are better than average according to Dr. Kristi Blackburn, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning -- who gave a presentation on Student Success Scorecards...

The more we get together, the smarter we’ll be.

August 20, 2017

To use the argumentative cliche, it's 2017 and everyone should know that political correctness breaks an important line of communication between groups with opposing views.Because of this lack of contact,...

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez held Senior Fair at gymnasium to discuss healthcare

August 12, 2017

The office of Linda Sanchez, representative of the 38th congressional district of California, has been holding the Senior Fair for fifteen years. According to Sanchez "this is the second or third year...

The Envelope: Identity politics and the gays that perpetuate them by being irresponsible with money

August 12, 2017

Ever notice how if you critique a certain aspect of a culture that is not your own, you're a bigot? It brings to mind the Voltaire quote: "To learn who rules over you, notice who you cannot criticize."Besides...

The Envelope: Trump transgresses against transgender rights

August 8, 2017

With three tweets, the leaders of the largest employer in the nation tried to lay-off trans military people to the tune of an estimated 1,320 to 6,630 members in active duty and between 830 and 4,160 members...

The Envelope: There is nothing kind about being “nice”

July 25, 2017

False sincerity is the ugliest thing two people can share that doesn't involve the mass killing of a people based on religion, race, economic class, sexual orientation, etc. Allow me to explain: James...

Lust For Life: Lana Del Rey cures the depression she gave us in 2012

July 21, 2017

With the next generation of flower children anticipating the release of what will surely be Lana Del Rey's Grammy Award winning album -- the entire fan-base is amazed at the work of the self-proclaimed...

Lana Del Rey drops two sadcore trap singles, edging fans

July 12, 2017

To the background of causal fans angered by the uncertainty of Lust For Life's release date -- and more loyal fans pledging allegiance to the Americana songstress, saying they are willing to wait for as...

Kacy Hill brings an electric flare to chamber pop in “Like A Woman”

July 5, 2017

With the release of the record Like A Woman by Kacy Hill, another star has been put in the sky. That is, we (the sad girls and gays) have another firey, melancholy, lyrically-brilliant genius...

The Envelope: God hates Republicans

June 29, 2017

Conservatives are America's cancer. Sidenote: With the proposed budget throwing elderly people off of health insurance, we are bound to see more and more of these declining conservatives who sit in-front...

Lorde (Ella Marija Lani Yelich-OConnor) during Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival at Great Stage Park on June 11, 2017, in Manchester, Tennessee (Daniel DeSlover/imageSPACE/Sipa USA/TNS)

Melodrama by Lorde: The second coming

June 18, 2017

Singer Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor (better known by her stage name "Lorde") has given us, her loyal fans, an eclectic album that is more mature and intuitive than the her first. "Melodrama," released...

The Envelope: What would Robespierre say?

May 31, 2017

"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant," said the incorruptible leader of the French Revolution Maximilien François Marie Isidore...

The Envelope: Good luck, graduates

May 10, 2017

As summer approaches, many students crawl ever closer to their impending graduation dates. Many have spent their entire academic career for this moment, high school graduation is no substitute for getting...

Co-Chair of STIXA Areal Hughes received the Woman of the Year  award for her service and leadership. When giving her acceptance speech so become overcome with emotions when mentioning that her mother was unable to come to the awards ceremony. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Recipients of the 2017 ASCC Awards honored at banquet

May 8, 2017

There was a point in time when Co-Chair of STIXA Areal Hughes suffered an injury and couldn't walk. She was in a wheelchair and had "a lot of doctors say" she would never walk again, "let alone dance." That...

The Envelope: Online Etiquette (for Dummies)

May 3, 2017

I may be a dirty, disgusting communist, but I know a thing or two about refinement-- especially online refinement.For example, you will look like a cretin if you creep onto someone's Facebook wall and...

From left to right Cosmetology Instructor Nina Motruk, Chair of Professional Relations Committee Joseph Van de Mortel, Acting Dean of Academic Affairs Gary Pritchard and Director of the Cerritos College Art Gallery James MacDevitt at the Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 27 in the Student Center. MacDevitt won Most Outstanding Faculty of 2017, he received congratulations from colleges including Pritchard who stated, “James’ wonderful sense of humor and artistic talent is only surpassed by his love of teaching.” Photo credit: Perla Lara

Awards were given to the Outstanding Faculty of 2017

May 1, 2017

James MacDevitt started off at Cerritos as an adjunct in 2002; later he joined as full-time faculty. The economy crashed in 2009 and the Fine Arts department had to "unfortunately get rid of" the gallery...

Lana Del Rey saves lives

May 1, 2017

Lust For Life is a life-saver. Lana Del Rey is about to cure the depression she gave us in high school with her new optimistic lyrics; but the sound is not for everyone. In these dark times-- when...

Third candidate for Vice President Of Academic Affairs position James Lancaster speaks at forum

April 21, 2017

Faculty filled half the of the teleconference center (LC 155), and individuals such as Frank Mixson, English faculty, "supports James Lancaster's policies on pathways, distance education and management."Mixson...

Communism is the most pragmatic solution

April 19, 2017

There are many reasons that contribute to communism being the most pragmatic solution to the crises of world poverty, war and climate change. Father of Economics Adam Smith has been accused of saying...

FSZ what do you think of Cerritos college?

April 12, 2017

Luis ZebedaNorwalk High School"It's nice because there are a lot of people from different places. I'm thinking of coming here. It's close to where I'm from."Jessica MachadoNorwalk High School"It's pretty...

The Envelope: The art of common decency

April 12, 2017

In a communist society, the way citizens treat one another is stressed as one of the most important aspects of equality.This is why we refer to each other each-- every one of us-- as "comrades."Naturally...

Lana del Rey announces album and witchcraft

April 5, 2017

Some suspected it in the music video Born To Die -- where she sits on a throne, dressed like Baphomet -- has sex on an altar (a car) -- and chants verses resembling Freemason initiation rituals. She...

Psi beta hosts psychology day

April 4, 2017

Knowledge, experience and networking-- that's what many psychology majors and others got from the Psychology Day hosted by Psi Beta (a.k.a. the Psychology Club). Carlos Osorio, the president of psychology...

Basic Banking Workshop ensures smart and safe banking

April 2, 2017

Jovian Orozco, architecture major, leaned about scams and how to keep accounts safe at the second of two Basic Banking workshop held on Wednesday, March 22 in the Learning Center.Financial wellbeing coach...

On Tue., Mar. 28 -- between Falcon Square and the learning center, there was an anti-abortion demonstration. The counter-protesters believed that such a gruesome image should not be shown in public. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Pro-choice students respond to pro-life demonstration

March 29, 2017

"I believe that everyone has the right to freedom of speech," said theater arts major Issac Simons-Arraya, "however, I feel that this particular image is very inflammatory and disturbing." He was referring...

The Envelope: Diversity is good and Cerritos College has it in no small amount

March 29, 2017

In some nations homogeneity is said to be the implied reason for their success, take Japan for instance; however, there are many more who say it is a virtue in and of itself to nurture a multicultural...

Spring Serenade showcases students talents

March 29, 2017

"I hope more people will come next time," Director of chorale and vocal studies Anna Demichelle said, "We had a very nice house today and the more these students perform, the better it is for them, so...

Lecture series on women resilience in survival communities

March 28, 2017

According to adjunct faculty in the philosophy and women's studies departments Kim Berling, it's a great thing when three experienced women professors, such as herself, Kristine Aslanyan and Miriam Youssef...

The Envelope: Joining clubs is beneficial to you

March 22, 2017

It would be excellent if you joined one of the many clubs and donated to their affiliated causes if you have the resources to spare.If you attend Cerritos College President Jose Fierro's President's Hour...

TEDx Talks held in Fine Arts lecture hall

March 14, 2017

Success. Growth. Innovation. Understanding. Kindness. Love. Inclusiveness. Talent. Altruism. All these ideas were the central themes of the "first of many TEDx Talks," as President Jose Fierro said.Fierro...

Spring Dance Concert puts on enjoyable acts

March 14, 2017

The annual Spring Dance Concert was full of attention grabbing performances, spanning a wide range of origins, that made it impossible to look away from the stage. In act one of the show, there were numerous...

Dance concert emotional for dancers partaking

March 13, 2017

For many dancers, this spring dance concert was one that bared a deep emotional meaning. As dance major Rebecca Joy Herrera said earlier this year, "this semester we're all working on powerful pieces,"...

The Envelope: Not a misanthrope, just pissed off

March 12, 2017

Aren't people the worst? The way they harass you in the street is deplorable; and the way they make you pay for things you want, it's intolerable! Remind people that you believe in "forced social communalism"...

Alumn Ricky Beltran talks to Califronia Program Manager for Active Minds Becky Fein. Beltram stated that he knew Fein had a great understanding of suicide prevention and that was his reason for attending the event. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Active Minds hosts suicide prevention workshop with guest speaker Becky Fein

March 9, 2017

California statewide program manager for Active Minds Becky Fein works closely with Cerritos College student involvement in the evaluation and enhancement of the Active Minds Program. As a result, on...

Donna Miller was hired as Director of Forensics at Cerritos College in 1972, acting as chairperson for the department, instructional dean of Liberal Arts, Interim Executive Dean of Community, Industry and Technology Education and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Miller was also recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Senator award and was president of the Cerritos College Faculty Association for a time. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Hall of Fame inductees celebrated at DoubleTree Hilton

March 6, 2017

President Jose Fierro wants students to know about the legacy that the 2017 Cerritos College Hall of Fame inductees have left behind. "It is incredible to listen to the stories and hear how humble the...

Photo credit: Cerritos College

Sold out TEDx is coming to Cerritos College

March 1, 2017

“We did not anticipate such an enthusiastic response to bringing TEDx to our campus. We did have a marketing scheme in place, but the tickets sold out before we could fully implement advertising,”...

“How open he is against women and the LGBTQ community and how he doesn’t feel shame about that. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

[Photo] Free Speech Zone: What do you hate the most about Trump?

February 28, 2017

“How open he is against women and the LGBTQ community and how he doesn’t feel shame about that." Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

300 dpi Reuben Munoz color illustration of man, woman on their knees and praying to a flying saucer; can be used with stories about cults.  Los Angeles Times 2010

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The Envelope: The art of letting go

February 27, 2017

I see Cerritos College students weighed down with stress and minor trauma, walking around with their knuckles dragging on the floor and circles around their eyes.This makes me worry that too many of us...

From left to right: Trustees John Paul Drayer, Karen Patron, President Jose Fierro, Trustees Zurich Lewis, Shin Liu, Marisa Perez and Fine Arts and Communications Division instructional dean Gary Pritchard preparing to cut the ribbon. Both of the buildings were paid for through funds given to the college through Measure CC and G. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Dreamer cuts ribbon, grand opening well attended

February 19, 2017

"Gratefulness, hope, well-endowment." That was the theme of Fine Arts and Communications Division instructional dean Gary Pritchard's speech at the joint Fine Arts and Communications and Science, Engineering...

Family, friends, students and those who knew Rene Bloch gathering in front of Burnight Center Theater on Thursday, Feb. 9 for a vigil for Bloch. The crowd of over 60 people listened as past students of Cerritos College Theater Department shared their memories of Bloch and the difference she made in their lives. Photo credit: Perla Lara

Renee Bloch vigil held Thursday

February 14, 2017

“She was always perky and smiling,” alumnus Paul Tully started when talking about his friendship with Fine Arts Communications Division Performing Arts Promotion Specialist, Renee Bloch at...

The Envelope, self care: Healing the mind for anarcho-socialists

February 14, 2017

There has been a lot of talk on campus of such things as mental health, suicide awareness and self-esteem. There are quite a large number of nerds on campus still mourning the death of our self-described...

Employees of The Halal Guys line the buffet line to serve customers at the soft opening. The restaurant is located at the Los Cerritos Promenade.

Halal Guys now at the Cerritos Promenade

February 14, 2017

The highly acclaimed and widely appreciated halal chain, Halal Guys has recently opened at the Cerritos Promenade to crowds of "foodies," which the city has in no small supply. The new location is nestled...

The Envelope, Love & Sex: Nine circles of hellish dates

February 10, 2017

Single and non-single people alike and becoming mentally ill with the prospect of having to suffer another Valentine's Day. We have barely shaken off the capitalism-ridden Christmas spirit when we are...

Cerritos faculty adopts respect and understanding

February 7, 2017

"Creating a culture of respect" was the title and theme of a presentation and workshop given on Friday, Feb. 3 by public attorney Pilar Morin. The presentation, and varied discussions that followed, explored...

Trump survival guide mediocre but useful

February 7, 2017

Gene Stone, best-selling author of The Bush Survival Bible, The 12-Step Bush Recovery Program and Duck!, has done it again with The Trump Survival Guide. He as written an informed yet commonplace manifesto...

Art created out of broken left behind electronic pieces created during the two-day Foundation for Art Resources Bazaar held at Cerritos College on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29. Summercamp’s ProjectProject collective took over the once journalism class’ breakroom and turned it into an artist run live-work space, were people could break, assemble, and display their creations. Photo credit: Perla Lara

Artists transform crumbling newsroom into art

February 5, 2017

"I mentioned this to the artists; growing up, my dad pulled things from the recycling center and let me tear them apart in similar ways as I did here." freelance art documentarian Ian Byers-Gamber said...

Panel discusses culture and artist-run spaces

February 4, 2017

"It's not all about the hierarchy that you have to break into. Think about how you can define your identity and how you want to be present in the public, there are ways you can do it without having to...

The Envelope: The depressed are not too oppressed to be successful

January 25, 2017

There is an issue I have been personally bothered by for some time now. It is the fetishization and stigmatization of mental illness. In an egalitarian society, such oppression against a group of people...

Watchdogs in a cat and mouse game

January 18, 2017

Friday, Jan. 20 will be the day that Donald J. Trump is inaugurated and assumes office. All Talon Marks has to say to the Democratic party is "WHAT THE HELL?" Here's the problem that contains all other...

The Envelope: Addictions, get ’em while you’re hot

January 16, 2017

Do you know that Nietzsche drank almost only water because he believed that alcohol gives people an unearned sense of achievement and it's an unhealthy way to cope with reality? I agree, just look at Kanye...

The Envelope, Love & Sex: New Year, new boo

January 4, 2017

I was astral projecting into my ex-boyfriend's dreams to inflict chaos and terror in a place where I can't be punished. All of a sudden the wisdom of a thousand years flooded into my brain like a tidal...

The Envelope: Jew explains Christmas

December 24, 2016

It's not very often that Hanukkah falls this close to Christmas, which might make Jews living in the pain of the diasporas fearful of looking like a schmuck for ignorance of the holiday. So I have prepared...

The Envelope: Abolish Christmas and free the people

December 20, 2016

People across this great nation generally have their panties in a bunch over The Mall of America's decision to feature a black Santa Claus for the wholesome Christmas tradition of taking pictures of young...

Photo credit: Carlos Marquez

Dying for gun control

December 6, 2016

The United States does not have a gun problem, it has a gun epidemic, which manifests itself in a maddening amount of ways, including rhetoric in regards to keeping a college campus safe.This is despite...

The Envelope: Rich gays sacking culture

December 6, 2016

"Pink capitalism" is a term used to describe the type of materialism which has constructed the gay male ideal - which caters heavily to the cisgender, white and upper-middle class members of a community...

Thoughts on Donald Trump becoming America’s President-elect

November 22, 2016

Emily Venegas, teaching major- "I come from a family of immigrants, so it hurt me that he won. I don't like the idea of him being president and I feel like his presidency years are going to be hell."Karina...

The Envelope: Sign this petition, or else!

November 16, 2016

Fellow comrades,I know that 47.8 percent of the electorate is surprised and down in the mouth at the completion of the election. I've been surprised at completion a few times, myself.However, I think the...

The Envelope: Corporate coxcombs lack people skills

November 10, 2016

There is a certain type of word that strikes a strange and untamable fury in me - this type being one that has been bumfiddled by the bourgeois and sabotaged with the taint of alternative meanings that...

The Envelope – Michelle Obama’s angina monologue

October 26, 2016

Michelle Obama submitted to the political elite when she spoke at a Hillary Clinton rally on Thursday, Oct. 13 in New Hampshire; which stirred thousands and gave me a migraine.It was a good show that Michelle...

Haters Back Off, a comedy quickie

October 24, 2016

Colleen and Chris Ballinger, Gigi McCreery and Perry Rein have struck cult-comedy gold with Haters Back Off, starring Colleen as the obnoxious yet soulful Miranda Sings - which recently premiered Oct.14...

The Envelope, a podcast: Love & Sex -The art of the break-up (In Conclusion)

October 21, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

The Envelope, a podcast: Love & Sex – The art of winning the break-up

October 18, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

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