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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Bianca Martinez

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The neon marquee outside of Amoeba serves as a beacon for the ecosystem that is the Sunset Strip. Photo credit: Michael Reza

Amoeba Music: An analog oasis

May 28, 2019

On the corner of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood stands Amoeba Music, its red and orange neon signs acting as a beacon for those seeking nostalgic refuge in this world of digital streaming. An Amoeba...

Bianca Bitches: Access to abortions

May 16, 2019

Heart beat laws and abortions bans like the one passed most recently in Georgia should never be allowed to pass as they are inhumane, not only for the women in need of the abortion but for the zygote,...

Bianca Bitches: Celebrate cultural diversity

May 2, 2019

Muslim model Halima Aden not only made the cover of the always creepily anticipated Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition but headlines as the first cover model to wear a hijab and burkini, and the cultural...

Bianca Bitches: festival fun for all

April 10, 2019

Coachella season is finally upon us, April 12 marks the start of the onslaught of “basic bitch” Instagram posts featuring thin women in their best festival looks.But why should festival fashion...

Billie Eilish performing live at The Hi Hat in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Billie Eilish first album shows promise for successful future

April 2, 2019

Billie Eilish’s first album release, “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” proves that the 17-year-old is worth her salt in the music industry and shows a promising career if she doesn’t fall...

Bianca Bitches: Tit tit hooray

March 7, 2019

Women should not be shamed for their breast size, or even lack thereof. Whether she is a member of the itty bitty titty committee, has big ol’ titties or doesn’t possess any due to a medical...

Bianca Bitches: we are people, not sexual property

February 26, 2019

Men and women were not created to be lusted after or put on a scale dictating how sexually attractive they are.It’s not like our parents took inventory of each other’s bodies in the talking...

Bianca Bitches: Do’s and dont’s of V-Day

February 13, 2019

Individuals are scurrying about to find mediocre presents to give their mates. Single people are shouting, “I don’t need anybody, I love myself” in a drunken, embittered manner in some dingy bar. Those...

Legacy of Bucky Bucket lives on

Legacy of Bucky Bucket lives on

January 30, 2019

The Fine Arts building welcomed the arrival of Benicio Bucket on Jan. 25 in room 245, located in the journalism department. The progeny of former Fine Arts building mascot Bucky Bucket, is currently...

In the theatre located in Esperanza Iris, the film Roma premiered on Dec. 13, 2018. The culture of Mexico City was the overall message of the film.

Bianca Bitches: Boohoo she’s brown, get over it

January 30, 2019

You are surfing through Netflix, looking for something to watch, you pass over the streaming service’s selection of original movies and you stop on “Roma.” Everyone is talking about and applauding...

Season two of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is not as funny, but entertaining all the same

December 11, 2018

Heads up, or better yet, tits up, as season two of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is not as hilarious as the first season but just as entertaining nonetheless. In season two of the Amazon Prime original...

Bianca Bitches: Guide to a new you for the new year

December 4, 2018

The time has come for me to bid you all adieu, for now, whether you adored my column, tolerated, loathed or happened to read it on Reddit. But as they say, you can’t leave without having one more...

‘Almost, Maine’ is the perfect performance this holiday rom-com season

December 3, 2018

The Cerritos College Theatre Department production of “Almost, Maine,” which premiered Nov. 30, proved to be worth the price of admission as the cast pulled off a superb performance. “Almost,...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz & Carlos Martinez

Bianca Bitches: Dear incels, pay for your porn like the rest us

November 28, 2018

Well, yet again, with the recent #thotaudit, incels are crying into their Hentai/waifu body pillows about how sex workers are charging for camera time, nude photos and other services associated with the...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz & Carlos Martinez

Bianca Bitches: Celebrate a woman’s success, don’t degrade it

November 14, 2018

GQ’s latest magazine cover has proven that a woman’s accomplishment can never be celebrated for what it is: her accomplishment. There must be always some allusion towards a man whenever a woman...

Cerritos college students seeks awareness about feminine health

November 14, 2018

It has been a year since administration justice major Kimberly Cuthbert has been experiencing shooting pain in her leg and extreme pain in her abdomen causing her to limp and double over.Only until recently...

Bianca Bitches: Practice what isn’t preached in mainstream media

November 7, 2018

With witchcraft hitting the mainstream hard by becoming the plotline for shows such as “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Charmed,” a lot of impressionable viewers may feel compelled to...

Associate curator of contemporary projects Jennifer King explains how German-born photographer Vera Lutter captures an image using a camera obscura. Lutter's photographs which documents the current state of the museum before demolition will be in exhibition in 2020.

Lecture showcases the work of photographer Vera Lutter

October 26, 2018

Students learned about photographer Vera Lutter and her documentation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, during the “Museum Pictures: Vera Lutter” lecture, given by associate curator of contemporary...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz

Everyone should be able to dress sexy without harrassment

October 24, 2018

It’s Halloween night, you are at a party, you have some crappy flat beer in a red Solo cup, you are dressed as something culturally insensitive or unoriginally pathetic, such as a shirt that has the...

Music department faculty showcase demonstrated talent of music instructors

October 24, 2018

Music department faculty members and students showcased their talent and penchant for jazz music alongside guest Yamaha artist and jazz pianist, Tamir Hendelman during the 2018 Jazz Showcase held in the...

The Cerritos College Theatre Department put together the ancient Greek play,

Cerritos College production of ‘Oedipus the King’ proved commanding

October 17, 2018

The Cerritos College Theatre Department demonstrated that they can perform and produce the ancient Greek drama, "Oedipus the King" with minor hitches. The play, written by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles,...

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Bianca Bitches: My culture is not your costume

October 17, 2018

Here we are, the middle of October has crept upon us and found us costumeless for those overrated Halloween parties thrown by friends we met in a community college philosophy, political science or anthropology...

Spend time with the king of spooky, Tim Burton

October 17, 2018

Looking for spooky basket fodder? Or just want to take part in the season and have a Halloween movie marathon, but you can't stand gore or being scared? Then grab your coziest blanket and take a look at...

Photo credit: Carlos Martinez & Carlos Ruiz

Bianca Bitches: Dear men, it’s not a woman’s fault that you can’t get laid

October 4, 2018

Dear “involuntarily celibate” men, it’s not a woman’s fault that they don’t want to have sex with you, it’s yours. Involuntarily celibate men are those delusional enough to think that women...

Nursing majors Andrea Lavadia and Vanessa Avery practice bringing about the topic of suicide and incorporating the questioning technique they learned in the workshop. Students practice talking and asking about suicide by reading off scripts.

Active Minds Club hosts suicide prevention workshop

September 28, 2018

The Suicide Prevention: Question, Persuade, Refer workshop, presented by Active Minds Associate Director of Programs Becky Fein was hosted by the Active Minds Cerritos College chapter Sept. 27. Due...

Cerritos College debate team welcomes iDebate Rwanda

September 24, 2018

The Cerritos College Forensic Speech and Debate Team debated against guest debate team, iDebate Rwanda, on whether or not hate speech should be banned, as part of a three-day event to host the academic...

Photo credit: Carlos Martinez & Carlos Ruiz

Movies must accurately depict characters with low self-esteem

September 19, 2018

Everyone is beautiful and valid, and their insecurities are not a plotline for cheesy-ass rom-coms, and should not be patronized by quirky characters portraying a watered down version of someone living...

Interview with Fine Arts’ mascot, Bucky the bucket

Interview with Fine Arts’ mascot, Bucky the bucket

September 18, 2018

Bucky Bucket, who can be found in the Cerritos College Fine Arts Building on the second floor by the bathrooms, has made a splash as the Fine Arts and Communications mascot.Bucket, whose original purpose...

Corporations must stop exploiting aspects of Wicca

September 12, 2018

With Sephora and Pinrose's unsuccessful attempt at commercializing a religion for profit, it brings up the question, should religions be open game to be monetized? The answer is no if the ones seeking...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz & Carlos Martinez

Beauty trends aren’t just for the upper class

September 12, 2018

High fashion trends. Now those few words may seem intimidating at first as they are synonymous with the upper class, however, the concept that high fashion is reserved only for the insanely rich is asinine.Everyone...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz

Bianca Bitches: What women want

August 29, 2018

Hi, are you a male sexually attracted to the female gender? If the answer is yes, find a comfortable locale, take a seat and learn the answer to the age old question, “what do women want from a man?” 1....

The concept of gender is not a means to make a quick buck

August 28, 2018

Chanel’s announcement of a makeup line specifically for men is a perfect example of gendering products simply due to biological differences and not to promote the concept of gender. The concept of...

Perversion is not limited to one gender

August 21, 2018

The ability to sexually harass, abuse, molest or rape is not as male exclusive as mainstream society claims, with women being capable of committing such acts. Society has deemed women as gentle, unassuming...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz

Bianca Bitches: Who asked you?

August 21, 2018

People are not malleable creations for others to manipulate to their preference. If you don't love your partner's natural appearance then stop wasting their time and leave the relationship. You should...

Matt Groening's new series, Disenchantment, made its way on to Netflix on Aug 15. The main characters are voiced by Abbi Jacobson and Eric Andre.

‘Disenchantment’ disenchants audience

August 21, 2018

Matt Groening's most recent attempt to distance himself from "The Simpson's," with Netflix original "Disenchantment" proved unsuccessful. “Disenchantment” is presented in a generic medieval setting,...

Cerritos College anthropology professor Mark Abbruzzese has been a part of faculty since 2005.

Teaching by day, rocking by night

August 16, 2018

  A considerable number of Cerritos College students simply attend their classes, do the work, write down notes and only speak with their professors when necessary, but as students were asking...

Bianca Bitches: have some common decency and watch your mouth

Bianca Bitches: have some common decency and watch your mouth

August 1, 2018

We have all heard the expression, “action speaks louder than words,” but for most people they should take the expression, “think before you speak” as a motto to live by. “Think before you...

Bianca Bitches: cult classics should be laid to rest, not resurrected

Bianca Bitches: cult classics should be laid to rest, not resurrected

July 25, 2018

Dear, movie and/or tv producers, before you even consider rebooting a beloved sleeper hit or cult classic, do the audience a favor, and don’t. I know all you guys see is dollar signs, but trust me,...

Bianca Bitches: how to deal with the fact that you are a relic

Bianca Bitches: how to deal with the fact that you are a relic

July 18, 2018

We have all now reached that point in our lives that when someone says the year a childhood movie came out and you respond with, “No, it didn’t. Wait…” Now don’t be alarmed, but, you have...

Bianca Bitches: don’t fret over fashion

Bianca Bitches: don’t fret over fashion

July 11, 2018

We have all stumbled upon the aesthetic side of Instagram at one point in time, you know what I am referring to. All the men and women featured there are in name brand clothing, thinking that a name...

Bianca Bitches: break social stereotypes, not self-esteem

Bianca Bitches: break social stereotypes, not self-esteem

July 4, 2018

Cops are murderers. Journalists are liars. Muslims are terrorists. Feminists hate men. Men are masculine. Lesbians are not femme. Those who commit suicide are weak. Stated above are all phrases that...

GLOW is kicking ass and taking names with its second season

June 30, 2018

Season two of the Netflix original, GLOW, is worth the binge session if you are a fan of the 1980s, staged wrestling, female empowerment and pelvic bones. In this season of Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling,...

Bianca Bitches: how to find self-peace

Bianca Bitches: how to find self-peace

June 27, 2018

For some people, it comes naturally to love and accept themselves, but for others self-love is a winding and rocky journey they have to embark on in order to achieve that state of being. Self-hate isn’t...

Bianca Bitches: how to maintain mental health

Bianca Bitches: how to maintain mental health

June 22, 2018

This should go without saying that maintaining mental health is an important key in our overall well being. Yet we all seem to forget to take to care of this aspect, especially with mental illness still...

Photo credit: Carlos Martinez

Bianca Bitches: Things to do now that you have your life back

May 8, 2018

Congratulations to all those graduating! Good luck and pleasant journeys, all your hard work and dedication has paid off and you can now walk down that good ole path called, "thanks for the money now get...

Cast members of “The Fantasticks”  acting out a scene during one of their dress rehearsals. The production runs from April 27-28 and May 3-5.

‘The Fantasticks’ is not as fantastic as it seems

May 1, 2018

The Cerritos College Theatre Department's production of "The Fantasticks" proved several things; they own a stock in confetti, saved money on costumes and can carry a tune for the most part, but they...

Bianca Bitches: Let's get ready to final

Bianca Bitches: Let’s get ready to final

May 1, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen and those in-between, it's officially finals season, but before you hitchhike down to Mexico to start your life over, consider these tips to keep that stress level down.Time management...

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Bianca Bitches: R-E-S-P-E-C-T, what it means to me

April 24, 2018

Okay, ladies, with graduation and summer job opportunities right around the corner it's time to start sending in those applications and prepping for interviews. Unfortunately, with microaggression and...

Performers demonstrate a traditional rain dance at the Falcon Amphitheatre. Students were able to learn more about other traditions at Festival of Asian Cultures.

Festival brings Asian culture at Falcon Square

April 21, 2018

The annual Festival of Asian Cultures made its appearance for the fourth time on the campus of Cerritos College featuring food and performances by city of Cerritos community members April 18. From 11...

Free Speech Zone: Should YouTube be allowed to censor content creators or should YouTubers be allowed to express themselves?

April 11, 2018

Issac Samarah - Mechanical engineering major"I believe that the content creators should be allowed to express themselves because as it has been shown in recent years, YouTube's demonetization and censorship...

Photo credit: Carlos Ruiz & Carlos Martinez

Bianca Bitches: Sun’s out, bum’s out, men get out

April 11, 2018

With spring finally in full bloom in California, it is time for women to bring out the dresses, crop tops, shorts and rompers, unfortunately along with the influx of these garments comes the influx of...

Bianca Bitches: ‘stop being a little bitch’

April 3, 2018

If you are in your 20s and reading this, then get up and pat your ass, if you don't feel a pamper then grow the fuck up and stop acting like a child with petty ideals.So now that you have gotten your kicks...

Bianca Bitches: It’s a protest not a ‘most creative sign’ contest

March 27, 2018

Protests such as March for Our Lives and the Women's March have become more of a platform to display "witty" signs rather than its intended purpose, which is to have their concerns voiced and invoke changes...

The woodworking building caught fire Tuesday night at around 8 p.m.. Norwalk's fire department put the fire out soon after arriving.

Hopper catches fire outside of woodworking building

March 6, 2018

The Cerritos College Woodworking Department experienced a fire Monday night at roughly 8:18 p.m. when the hopper caught fire with the debris and sawdust that was inside the receptacle. Classes held...

Photo credit: Rachel Tully

Security is Secure Right?

February 27, 2018

The Cerritos College campus is an remarkably easy target, campus security is mediocre and there's nowhere to run for cover or even a nearby emergency pole to reach to alert the police. Yet, the famous...

Bianca Bitches: Adulting

February 27, 2018

"Pomp and Circumstance," the song that symbolizes new beginnings and that fact that you are now thrust headlong into adulthood, but for many of us with social anxiety, that timeless tune resembles sudden...

Thomas Cunningham, Konstatin Gavrilovich, and Melissa Ongko, Nina Mikhailovna, preparing for opening night. 'The Seagull' runs Feb. 23-24 and March 1-4.

‘The Seagull’ Comes To Cerritos

February 27, 2018

Anton Chekhov's play, "The Seagull" flew its way into the Cerritos College's Burnight Studio Theatre, which premiered on Feb. 23. Director Brandt Reiter introduced the 20th century onto campus by incorporating...

Kids need a childhood not guns

February 27, 2018

We are now living in a society where children feel that they have an obligation to sacrifice their young lives and childhood in order to fight for the lives of others. If this current situation does not...

Free Speech Zone

February 13, 2018

Michael Gonzalez, mathematics major"Valentine's Day for me is just another day going to school and practice, and that's it." Brionna Omar, spanish major"I don't really care about it anymore, not really,...

Bianca Bitches: No touchey

February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day, the day the diapered dwarf and his infamous bow and arrow, is lurking around to pierce those sicky icky in love.And speaking of penetrating, let’s talk consent.What is consent,...

Rose McGowan is a McGarbage feminist

February 7, 2018

Just because you shave your head and put on sweatpants it does not make you a feminist, Rose McGowan, so you can take a flying leap back into that skimpy dress you wore to the MTV Video Music Awards in...

Bianca bitches: how to dress with confidence

February 6, 2018

Here are some simple and easy steps into wearing whatever you want with confidence:Pull the garment out of your closet and shake all the moths out, or if you haven’t purchased the desired article...

Background check nonexistent at Cerritos College

January 30, 2018

What happens if a student gets expelled from another college for misconduct and enrolls into another college? Is the college then notified about the student's record? According to Title IX Coordinator...

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

January 29, 2018

It is safe to say that all of us have seen at least one National Lampoon flick be it a quick snip-it of "Animal House" on TV while channel surfing or a portion of Caddyshack that you vaguely remember watching."A...

Focus on the rape not the ethnicity

January 26, 2018

One of the first things taught to wannabe journalists on how to compose a story of any kind is to state the important information first then go down in level of importance like an inverted triangle. All...

All colleges need a permanent plan for the abortion pill

January 17, 2018

Editors Note: When this article was published it was done so with a factual error. The writer and staff were unaware that SB-320 is a bill concerning the abortion pill and NOT the emergency contraception...

You cannot toke here, you cannot toke there, you cannot toke anywhere on campus

January 15, 2018

In light of the passage of proposition 64, students inclined to using marijuana are not allowed to possess, smoke or be under the influence of the drug while on the Cerritos College campus. Students...

A stand-out outfit does not have to break the bank, shop smart and thriftily, half of the outfit items were on sale and at stores that are already known for bargain prices. Goodwill dress $5. Gifted scarf $0. Walmart tights $6. Buffalo Exchange shoes $5. The outfit not including accessories was a total of $16 Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

Looking fresh without breaking the bank

January 15, 2018

  2018 has arrived and many students are joining the "new year, new me" concept by giving themselves a fresh new look for the new semester. Fashion often gives college students the struggle of...

Compromise not crisis with North Korea

December 4, 2017

It's time to grab your coats and practice ducking into gutters because that's exactly where we are headed if this North Korea missile crisis isn't handled. And yes, it is a crisis, reminiscent of the...

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel demonstrates that women are badass

December 4, 2017

“‘Я живу в большом доме на холме,’ That’s...

Norwalk Social Services Director Sandra Benavidez awards Bellegran Gomez a gift certificate and an athletic cup. She finished the Turkey Trot first as a female Cerritos College staff member. Photo credit: Bianca Martinez

Race raises donations for families in need

November 21, 2017

The Turkey Trot, which experienced it's 20th year on Cerritos campus raked in a total of $109.50 in donations and 1,403 cans of food to be sent to those in need in the Norwalk community.Two-hundred and...

Art exhibit questions masculinity

Art exhibit questions masculinity

October 31, 2017

Cerritos College students now have the chance to see the premise of masculinity countered by LGBTQ+ artists in a new exhibit featured at the Cerritos College Art Gallery. A reception was held Thursday,...

Students get chance to unwind and learn comradery at game night

October 31, 2017

Members of both the Black Student Union and the Umoja Club on campus held a game night Thursday, Oct. 24 to allow new and current members to unwind and get better acquainted with each other over games...

From far left to right: Panelists: Bristol Farms food service manager Joseph Braden, Monarch Beach Resort human resources representative Amy Gracielo, Panda Express senior human resources manager Elizabeth Wu, far right, moderator William Hickey The Party Staff Inc. director of staffing and recruitment. Hickey lobbed questions at the panelists about recruitment and advice when interviewing for a potential job. Photo credit: Bianca Martinez

Culinary art students make career connections

October 26, 2017

As part of a two day event, students, both high school and college level interested in a career in the culinary or hospitality field were able to visit present employers in the field and get acquainted...

Students from Counseling 200 wait by their project boards to answer any question passing students may have regarding their project subjects. Poster board subjects included the Chicano movement, Mujeres de Juarez, Cuba, the Salvadorian civil war and DACA. Photo credit: Bianca Martinez

Students reflect on the plight that Latinos face

October 17, 2017

Students of counselor and instructor Gustavo Romero were situated under the tree in front of the admissions office to explain their projects and answer any questions passers-by may have Thursday, Oct....

History major Luis Guzman reads poem

Latino-themed poetry reading connects students

October 13, 2017

Puente Club provided a platform for students to share the works of noted Hispanic/ Latino artists authors and even personal poetry during the Sharing Palabras event.The event emceed by Puente, AB 540 and...

Photo credit: Theater Department

Cast gives shakespeare a try

October 11, 2017

For students such as Jacob Rodriguez, who plays the male lead in Cerritos College’s Romeo and Juliet, the rhythm of iambic pentameter was a “challenge” according to Director Reed Brown. Brown...

It’s not appropriation if it is part of who you are

October 9, 2017

Living in a nation notoriously considered as a melting pot, we should all know by now that we are all not cut from the same cloth.We are all diverse in our own way, from personality, orientation, to ethnicity.So...

Cerritos College students came out to stand and make thier voices heard afther the DACA Town Hall meeting. They stood on the corner of Alondra and Studebaker. Photo credit: David Jenkins

Students hold spontaneous rally after town hall meeting

September 28, 2017

DREAMers, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.C.h.A) club members and Cerritos College students and faculty rallied on the corner of Alondra and Studebaker Tuesday Sept. 26. The spontaneous...

Early enrollment viewed as potential stressor

September 24, 2017

Well, it seems this academic year will finally be the one where Cerritos College students will be kissing their asses goodbye.Students will hear the ill-fated words, "hello, darkness, my old friend", as...

Students were collecting information from the holistic event. Resources were made available to those in the LGBTQ+ community, undocumented students, victims of domestic violence, those addicted to substances and those with mental health issues. Photo credit: Jose Flores

Holistic health fair provides resources

September 19, 2017

Faculty and students were given the opportunity to research organizations and gain resources that may be helpful and encompass a large portion of the student population.Resources were made available to...

Ideologies should never take precedence in times of crisis

Ideologies should never take precedence in times of crisis

September 7, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has already displaced 30,000 Texan residents and has killed over 40 in the course of a week. Conditions have deteriorated so far in such a short amount of time. But wait, where is...

Federal rapist holiday abolished in Los Angeles

September 2, 2017

It's finally official, Oct. 8 is now Indigenous People's Day in the city of Los Angeles.California is one step closer to becoming a state that undoubtedly supports diversity.And those bitching (and moaning)...

Free the flow

August 22, 2017

We have all heard this argument at one point or another in our lives, whether in the news or on a Tumblr post.But the fact is this discussion will always remain as long as ovaries are still a part of human...

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