Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Briana Velarde

Briana Velarde, Online Editor

Just a journalist in the making. You can call me Bree. 

This is my last semester on the newspaper but like everyone else I started as a staff writer. I have also been Social Media, Multimedia, and Arts & Entertainment editor.

Currently pursuing a career in journalism. Music, entertainment, and visual stories are my passion.

How much time do I spend in the newsroom? All day.

Well maybe not all day because I work at a theater and sweep popcorn for a living, but hey these bills aren't

going to pay themselves.

My ultimate goal to become a digital content producer for a radio station. If all else fails catch me designing for a magazine like Complex or Fader.

Since my life revolves online, therefore I am your current Online Editor.

Excited to be able to share my content on the online and print version of Talon Marks, read all about it!

All content by Briana Velarde

Cerritos Art Gallery holds its annual Student Art Exhibition

May 3, 2017

A diverse range of ceramics, painting and drawing, printmaking and 2-D design, graphic design and typography, animation and film editing to photography were featured. The Cerritos College Art Gallery...

Student dubious under a Trump administration

April 11, 2017

According to the California Student Aid commission, the number of undocumented immigrant students in California applying for college financial aid has dropped more than 40 percent.The California Dream...

Annual job fair brings employment opportunities

April 11, 2017

For students like Walter Garcia, administration of justice major, the job fair gave students a chance to obtain job and internship information. “Having the campus provide the fair is really helpful...

Bree Talks: Working

April 6, 2017

"I need to take time off my major or I just need to quit my job" is all I hear from my classmates in my math class when we turn in our weekly assignments.Hearing people considering to give up on their...

Free Speech Zone: How does receiving financial aid affect you?

April 5, 2017

Carlos Zamora, physical therapy major "If it wasn't because of FAFSA, I wouldn't come here. My family doesn't have money and since I just got out of high school FAFSA has helped me come here."Viridiana...

The new Beauty and the Beast falls short to expectations

March 29, 2017

Second week and Beauty and the Beast is still dominating box office.This version of the film is quite similar in structure of the plot.The film had a strong production design and the large musical set...

Storify: ASCC Senate meeting March 8, 2017

March 9, 2017

[View the story "ASCC senate approves to fund many legislations " on Storify]

The school needs to find an alternative to expensive access codes.

Access codes bumfiddling poor students

February 8, 2017

“Bueno, bonito, y barato” as the saying goes, as financially struggling students we want things good, pretty and cheap. That applies to our education as well. We have the right to a good education...

Bree Talks : I’m back and I’m better

February 7, 2017

It's February and everyone seems to be in their feels because Valentine's day is around the corner. Valentine's day is associated with love and romance. For some it's a day of chocolates and flowers....

Bree Talks: New year, new semester

January 19, 2017

2016 has gotten a bad reputation. Wait, who am I kidding 2016 was horrible. We lost a lot of amazing people. There was only a few days left and we lost Grandma Maggie and Princess Leia. Personally...

Thanks Obama

January 15, 2017

Embed from Getty Images   This week Barack Obama gave his final speech, an emotional farewell. All he had to say was “My fellow Americans” and all viewers should have had tears...

Page 6 – December 7

December 7, 2016

Fine Arts building set to hold temporary exhibitions before demolition

December 7, 2016

At Cerritos College, the Fine Arts building is being prepped for take down. It is scheduled for demolition in February 2017. The new building is set to be ready for students, faculty and staff for the...

Movie review: Shut In

November 18, 2016

Shut In managed to somehow defy expectations. It has a talented cast and stars Naomi Watts who plays Mary Portman, a widowed child psychologist with a disabled son. As the winter storm approaches her...

November 16 – Page 6

November 15, 2016

November 2 – Page 5

November 2, 2016

October 26 – Page 5

October 28, 2016

Culinary Staffing Recruiter Chef Bill Yee with Culinary arts major Erick Londono at the Culinary Arts Extravaganza and Job expo on Oct. 21 Yee’s Culinary Staffing service was the only employer at the event that hired on the spot, Londono was one of the hires of the day. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Culinary Arts second annual extravaganza brings job opportunities

October 25, 2016

The annual Cerritos College Culinary Arts Extravaganza and Job Expo stirred many opportunities. Students, faculty, and employers filled up the Student Center on Friday, Oct 21 for the special event. Michele...

October 19 – Page 6

October 20, 2016

Dr. Betancourt leads the Pep Band in performing during this years homecoming game on Oct. 15. One responsibility of the band is to provide school spirit. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Pep Band provides musical canvas for homecoming game

October 19, 2016

Dr. David Betancourt has directed band for 18 years at Cerritos College. One of the bands includes Pep Band, which students can get a unit credit for. The course can be taken for a maximum of four times. The...

Kevin Hart’s new movie shows he needs to stick to the small screen

October 19, 2016

Stand-up comedy is a funny thing (pun completely intended), it’s a money making vehicle for companies as they can get millions back on minuscule budgets. It is also one of the few types of films...

The Cosmetology Club took the ASCC Award on Saturday, Oct. 15 with the Alice in Wonderland float. The award was for best design. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Happily Ever After: a tradition of float building continues

October 19, 2016

Homecoming traditions continue with clubs building floats to unveil at the football team's annual halftime show. Clubs gathered on Monday, Oct. 10 to start preparing their floats for the contest.This year's...

October 12 – Page 5

October 12, 2016

Oscar Franco, music major, practices for his recitals. The applied music program provides students with private lessons, his instructor is Professor Simmons. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Student pianist on campus; father and husband at home

October 3, 2016

Oscar Franco, music major, uses his piano and singing skills to spread the message of love and hope with his new single "Enamorado." He started learning about music at six years old and shared that...

September 28 – Page 6

September 28, 2016

Ty Dolla $ign performs during first Inaugural Dolla Day. The concert was at the Holywood Palladium on Sept. 25 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Ty Dolla $ign’s new album brings ‘Dolla Day’ concert

September 28, 2016

The singer, rapper, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign is keeping busy. Less than a year after the release of his major label debut album, Free TC, he is back with his latest album, Campaign. On...

This is the most used snapchat filter. 
The new update allows 2 people to have a filter at the same time Photo credit: Briana Velarde

[Photo] Snapchat: 21st century tool for communication and sharing content

September 28, 2016

This is the most used snapchat filter.  The new update allows 2 people to have a filter at the same time Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Blair Witch review: Don’t go back into the woods

September 19, 2016

The follow-up to the 1999 movie, “The Blair Witch Project,” offers 99 minutes of screaming, flash light waving and falling trees. Set 20 years after the Blair Witch events, the film follows...

September 14: Page 6

September 14, 2016

A Single Dose of Synthetic Estrogen Can Prolong This Golden Hour painting was one of Christina McPhees recent work. The painting depicts the disintegrating and absorbent chemical IDs for estrogen. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

McPhee brings abstract and political undertones to Cerritos art gallery

September 13, 2016

Second Sight, a solo exhibition of recent work by conceptual painter and new media artist, Christina McPhee is now displayed at the Cerritos College Art Gallery. Opening reception for the art work...

Edmundo Leva, undecided major receives his free In N Out burger after waiting in line. He was able to receive the burger with his valid student ID and current semester sticker. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Cerritos draws a crowd with free In N Out

September 12, 2016

Cerritos College has a traditional way of welcoming students into the new semester with free In N Out burgers and chips.The first day of the event was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. and to make sure...

August 31 – Page 5

August 30, 2016

Jessie Mendoza hosts his show called Spinning out of Control. He will be going onto his third year of having air time on WPMD. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

WPMD gives platform to student DJ

August 30, 2016

Triple major Jessie Mendoza knew he wanted to become a DJ since 1999, when he visited his first record shop. He walked into WP records where he saw Eric Dlux, a huge SKAM artist and local Power 106...

August 24 – Page 4

August 23, 2016

President Dr. Jose Fierro, answering questions from faculty and staff during Presidents Hour on Thursday, May 12th. Presidents Hour will be continued in the Fall Semester. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

President’s Hour to be continued in fall semester

May 18, 2016

Faculty, staff, and students gathered at the Cheryl A. Epple Board Room to voice their concern or any questions they have pertaining to Cerritos College.Cerritos College president, Dr. Jose Fierro, held...

May 11- Page 7

May 11, 2016

May 11- Page 3

May 11, 2016

May 4 – Page 5

May 9, 2016

“Views” mixed reviews

May 4, 2016

After the anticipated wait we have been blessed with Drake’s fourth studio album “Views”. Views is an Apple Music Exclusive. Drake had us all waiting for the album to drop since 2014...

Memorable Mamba moments

April 21, 2016

  TM staff go around campus asking students and faculty what is their memorable Kobe Bryant moment since his last game is approaching on April 13.

Page 2 – April 13

April 18, 2016

Page 3 – April 6

April 11, 2016

Student medical staff learning on the job

April 5, 2016

The athletic training program at Cerritos College is comprised of certified athletic trainers, who teach student staff to become trainers by guiding them through procedures which provide medical services...

Cable and Castro play a key role for athletes

April 5, 2016

Cerritos College athletes benefit every year from the efforts of athletic trainers. The purpose of the trainers is the total well–being of an athlete. They spend most of their time helping those...

English Professor, Damon Cagnolatti, host hip hop panel for black history month. Cagnolatti and a group of panelist share insight on the culture behind the music. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Music industry professionals educate on Hip Hop culture

February 29, 2016

In today’s society, when people think hip hop they refer to artists that are constantly being played on the radio rather than the culture behind the music. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, a ‘Hip Hop: A social...

Samuel Um, radiology major said “I’m going to go watch Deadpool with friends.”

Free Speech Zone: What are your Valentines Day plans?

February 10, 2016

Britteny Jackson, photography major said, “Well what I’m going to do for Valentine’s Day is nothing, but what I’m going to do after for Valentine’s Day is go get all the extra candy that...

Storify: Faculty Senate discusses resolutions

January 26, 2016

Faculty senate met in the Cheryl A. Epple Board room on Jan. 26 to discuss topics such as a resolution in support for a "faculty driven and autonomous sabbatical process, " a resolution in support of...

Cerritos College employees donate toys

December 14, 2015

Cerritos College employees gathered toys for local fire departments at their annual holiday reception on Thursday, Dec. 11. Presidents’ office Administrative assistant Julie Mun said, “It’s the...

During the Career Cafe session students (left) and child development major, Patty DeLeon practice the art of networking. This exercise encouraged students to come out of their comfort zone and engage in conversation. Photo credit: Bianca Salgado

Cookies, coffee and networking

October 27, 2015

Cookies and coffee help remember the art of networking.Career Services hosted their monthly Career Cafe on Monday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building room 201. Shannon Estrada, re-entry...

[Video] Cerritos President’s Welcome Ceremony

August 26, 2015

Cerritos College invites the community to a welcome reception in honor of its new president, Jose Fierro.

[Video] Students treated out to In-N-Out during welcome week

August 26, 2015

Students, faculty and staff line up for a free meal provided by ASCC. Watch student and faculty input through live interview.

[Video] Cerritos College goes green on Earth Day

April 26, 2015

Cerritos celebrated Earth Day in Falcon Square on April 22. Students received information on how to reduce, reuse recycle and live a healthier lifestyle without harming the environment.

Campus embraces Earth Day

April 24, 2015

Earth Day was written all over the concrete in chalk, which led students to club booths. Cerritos celebrated Earth Day at Falcon Square on Wednesday, April 22. Students were encouraged to recycle...

Back for one last ride

April 15, 2015

"Furious 7" was the most anticipated movie of 2015. It is the best installment to the franchise to date. The two-hour long film has fast and luxurious super-cars, extravagant parties, nonstop action,...

Mr. Cerritos, School Mascot Named | Spring Festival

April 2, 2015

Spring Festival ran rampant with a chili cookout, the naming of the school mascot and determining who Mr. Cerritos would be on Wednesday, April 1. Here's what people had to say.

News Roundup | March 27

March 31, 2015

Yasmin Cortez, Associate Multimedia Editor, recaps on ASCC Cabinet, Court and Senate meetings, talks about the Falcon Games, Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Men's tennis and about the Softball team's victory.

The U.S.S. Pelias crew ship survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. In 1980, Cerritos College received a replica of the ship’s bell. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Students walk past WWII relic

March 3, 2015

An often overlooked “heirloom” here at Cerritos is the U.S.S. Pelias Bell. Where did it come from and why is it there? The U.S.S. Pelias crew ship survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. In 1980,...

News Roundup | Feb. 20

February 23, 2015

Yasmin Cortez, staff writer, recaps the news for the week Feb. 16 to Feb. 20. She talks about the men and women's tennis matches, softball games, men's basketball, ASCC Court, Student Health Fair, Financial...

Dynamic Dance Club taps into the Valentine’s spirit for their first bakesale

February 14, 2015

As Valentine's Day seems to be right around the corner Dynamic Dance Club decided to sell heart-shaped goodies. Club members filled up a table with cinnamon rolls, and many varieties of cookies on Thursday,...

‘Swingin’ with new jams of the def mans music’

February 10, 2015

From the vintage vault of the 40s and 50s to today’s new releases and around a Hip-Hop and R&B; corner, these are the genres covered by this year’s Intercollegiate Broadcasting System award...

Are we really being alerted?

Are we really being alerted?

January 31, 2015

We are all aware about our campus Safety Alerts, right? You can sign up for alerts regarding incidents that occur on campus by sending a message to 888777 from your mobile phone. Although we may be signed...

FSZ: Yes means yes

January 27, 2015

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