Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Edgar Mendoza

Edgar Mendoza, Staff Writer

Edgar Mendoza is the current staff writer for Talon Marks, having formerly held the positions of Managing and Community Editor. He is studying Journalism at 20 years of age, and hopes to one day attend USC Annenberg to study communications. He believes there’s a bright side to everything, and hopes to one day start a publication that features positive and uplifting news.

All content by Edgar Mendoza
Since closing most facilities on campus in March, Cerritos College has reported a number of positive cases. President Fierro has announced a 50% reopening in the fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

[Photo] Cerritos College students & staff deserve transparency and a say in return to campus

May 20, 2021

Since closing most facilities on campus in March, Cerritos College has reported a number of positive cases. President Fierro has announced a 50% reopening in the fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar...

Cerritos College ranked ninth for colleges with Hispanic students. President Jose Fierro hopes to increase this ranking and number of AA degrees granted, as of March 23, 2021.

[Photo] Cerritos ranks ninth among top 25 community colleges for Hispanic students

March 25, 2021

Cerritos College ranked ninth for colleges with Hispanic students. President Jose Fierro hopes to increase this ranking and number of AA degrees granted, as of March 23, 2021.

Health and Wellness Complex is vacant as Cerritos College nears one year of virtual schooling. Fitness and Weight Management program continues to provide planned workouts and meals for students at home during quarantine.

[Photo] Cerritos College Fitness and Weight Management Program thriving during quarantine

February 3, 2021

Health and Wellness Complex is vacant as Cerritos College nears one year of virtual schooling. Fitness and Weight Management program continues to provide planned workouts and meals for students at home...

Cerritos College first closed in-person instruction in March and will remain mostly online for the Spring 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

[Photo] Cerritos reports nine COVID-19 cases since March

December 3, 2020

Cerritos College first closed in-person instruction in March and will remain mostly online for the Spring 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

COVID is placing barriers that many couples have never had to face. It's time to take a step back, and adapt to this new world. Photo credit: pixabay

COVID could be infecting your relationship

October 16, 2020
COVID is placing barriers that many couples have never had to face. It’s time to take a step back, and adapt to this new world.
Vice President of Cerritos College, Felipe Lopez discusses the proposed budget during the meeting. The board of trustees met for their only meeting of the month on October 7,2020.

College needs $25 million loan

October 11, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the college initially faced an over $8 million deficit, but has since reduced it to under $3 million. In order to face the loss of income provided by the state...

Former Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov takes to the ice. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Stop giving hockey the cold shoulder

October 9, 2020
Former Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov takes to the ice.
Amy Ross, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, left, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, second from left, watch as Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing a ground prototype of NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), and Dustin Gohmert, Orion Crew Survival Systems Project Manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing the Orion Crew Survival System suit, right, wave after being introduced by the administrator, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The xEMU suit improves on the suits previous worn on the Moon during the Apollo era and those currently in use for spacewalks outside the International Space Station and will be worn by first woman and next man as they explore the Moon as part of the agency’s Artemis program. The Orion suit is designed for a custom fit and incorporates safety technology and mobility features that will help protect astronauts on launch day, in emergency situations, high-risk parts of missions near the Moon, and during the high-speed return to Earth. Photo credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

No, manifest destiny does not apply to space

October 4, 2020
Amy Ross, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, left, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, second from left, watch as Kristine Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing a ground prototype of NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), and Dustin Gohmert, Orion Crew Survival Systems Project Manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, wearing the Orion Crew Survival System suit, right, wave after being introduced by the administrator, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The xEMU suit improves on the suits previous worn on the Moon during the Apollo era and those currently in use for spacewalks outside the International Space Station and will be worn by first woman and next man as they explore the Moon as part of the agency’s Artemis program. The Orion suit is designed for a custom fit and incorporates safety technology and mobility features that will help protect astronauts on launch day, in emergency situations, high-risk parts of missions near the Moon, and during the high-speed return to Earth
Since March, Cerritos College is closed off to the public. During fall semester, the college allows some courses to teach their labratory on campus.

[Photo] On-campus lab classes adapt to meet safety guidelines as college announces it will remain online for Spring semester

September 28, 2020

Since March, Cerritos College is closed off to the public. During fall semester, the college allows some courses to teach their labratory on campus.

Stands, murder and mystery make up an adventure spanning multiple generations. Jojo has been renewed for an animated adaptation of part six as of sept. 24, 2020 Photo credit: me pixels

A Look Back With Oscar: ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ A weird but fun experience

September 25, 2020
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is one of Shonen Jump's greatest anime/manga franchises that has become a cult phenomenon in both Japan and the US. But how great is it for people who have been wanting to go back and see what was so good about it?
Several women's soccer team members have come forth with their experiences of alleged sexual harassment. These events come following an Instagram story posted on Aug.12, 2020 by former player Ashley Webb.

[Photo] Cerritos College places several women’s soccer coaches on leave due to allegations of misconduct and harassment

August 16, 2020

Several women's soccer team members have come forth with their experiences of alleged sexual harassment. These events come following an Instagram story posted on Aug.12, 2020 by former player Ashley Webb....

Following a letter stating Webb brought forth false accusations, several of the women listed as signers have come forward stating they were never contacted and had no knowledge of the letter. Several parties, including the former Title IX coordinator, have been unavailable for comment as of Aug. 27, 2020.

[Photo] Women’s Soccer coaches and former students locked in legal battle amid ongoing investigation

August 27, 2020

Following a letter stating Webb brought forth false accusations, several of the women listed as signers have come forward stating they were never contacted and had no knowledge of the letter. Several parties,...

View from the South side of the new Performing Arts Center. Construction has been underway for more than a year after breaking ground on Mar. 6.

[Photo] Performing Arts Center construction ‘still on schedule,’ set to open Fall 2021

September 11, 2020

View from the South side of the new Performing Arts Center. Construction has been underway for more than a year after breaking ground on Mar. 6.

A lone firefighter battles a raging inferno. As of Sept. 11, over 3000 homes have been lost, with billions in damages.

PG&E: Profit, Greed and Evil

September 11, 2020
It's time for the power company giant, to share that power with the people. Battling climate change and democratizing energy are interconnected struggles.
In order for change to be made, protestors need to be heard without police beating down on them for speaking up. Photo credit: needpix.com

Protests against police brutality have sparked a wave of police and white supremacist brutality

September 4, 2020
The police continue to murder and beat people. White supremacists are attacking protesters in the streets. Is it any surprise that the nation's blood is boiling?
Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase is a presentation made by Nintendo. This is dedicated to Nintendo's Third Party partners where they showed off some games. Photo credit: Nintendo

Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase: Giving Third-Parties A Chance to Shine

August 31, 2020
With Nintendo's silence regarding their first-party games, many fans were expecting a general Direct. Instead, we got a Direct Mini Partner Showcase.
Everyone loves different things, so don't judge others based on their hobbies. Supporting each other makes collecting anything that much more fun. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Stop judging others for what they collect

August 21, 2020

This world is full of things to collect, whether it be handbags, makeup lines or action figures. Each and every one of these hobbies is valid and awesome, and we need to start acting like it by showing...

Photo credit: Chris Ware

Congress during COVID: The best circus in town

August 21, 2020
If you're looking for jokes, look no further than how our government treats small businesses during this pandemic.
Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese manga/anime created by Akira Toriyama. It stars Goku a Saiyan from the planet Vegeta as he protects the earth and the universe from powerful opponents with the help of his friends and former enemies

A Look Back With Oscar: ‘Dragon Ball Z’

August 21, 2020
Dragon Ball Z is one of the biggest anime in the world, inspiring fans and animators alike. With the series finished, does it still hold up today?
For those of us who have contracted COVID-19, we're seen as something to fear, long after we've recovered, Photo credit: pixabay

Those with COVID-19 are not the virus incarnate

August 14, 2020
Just because we have the virus, does not mean we are the disease itself.
With the ever increasing number of cases, it's important we take a minute to consider other effects of the virus, such as waste. Photo credit: Flickr: GoToVan

Global pandemic does not mean global disregard

August 14, 2020
Protect yourself, your family, AND your planet.
Photo by: Wiki Commons

Talks of Norwalk-La Mirada schools set to potentially close

May 17, 2020
Budget issues, low enrollment and COVID-19 all contribute to possible closings.
As the stay-at-home order continues, so does our coverage of community updates. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Community updates for the week of May 18

May 17, 2020
Quarantine continues and so do the updates.
The city has extended a hand to its residents in this time of need. The care package event was hosted on May 9, 2020. Photo credit: City of Lakewood

Lakewood offers free resources to those in need

May 10, 2020
The drive-through "Lakewood Cares" event provided care packages in response to COVID-19.
The final week is upon us and once again Talon Marks is here to help you make sense of changes. This list will cover changes beginning May 11. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Community updates and re-openings for the week of May 11

May 10, 2020
Changes to your city guidelines, regulations and policies all in one quick list.
Stuck at home doesn't mean stuck without a smile! This column will bring you weekly movies, games and TV shows, turning

The Quaran-Times: Home is where the Horror flicks are

May 3, 2020
What’s scarier than being trapped at home? These movies, TV shows and games are!
Homelessness has been continually on the rise. To combat this, Bellflower unveiled plans for a new homeless shelter on May 1, 2020. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bellflower unveils ‘New Hope’ Temporary Services Shelter

May 3, 2020
The city of Bellflower has begun taking steps to combat their homeless crisis.
Entering the final weeks of the stay-at-home order, Talon Marks is here to cover all updates. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Community and COVID-19 updates for the week of May 4

May 3, 2020
Changes have resumed and Talon Marks is here to cover it.
Bluey Watches the Top diligently until athletes can return to their “home away from home”
The weightlifting facility is equipped with 5 platforms, 3 squat racks, and all the weights you need to make progress in your strength goals. Photo credit: Chad Seltzer

Staying fit while staying indoors during the pandemic

April 29, 2020
Top My Workout turns staying at home into staying fit.
America strives to re-open as newer COVID-19 cases and death tolls rise. Photo credit: Sofia Gallegos

Death by COVID-19: America’s grand reopening

April 26, 2020
U.S. citizens confusing their personal luxuries for their natural rights.
Weekly updates are continuing, despite the number of changes decreasing. Information was last updated April 27 2020 Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

COVID-19 community updates for the week of April 27

April 26, 2020

Communities are now entering the second half of our stay-at-home order and as such the implementation of new policies and procedures has slowed significantly. All updates from previous weeks are still...

Stuck at home doesn't mean stuck without a smile! This column will bring you weekly movies, games and TV shows, turning

The Quaran-Times: Sci-Fi

April 26, 2020
This week on The Quaran-Times, we've got suggestions that'll take you everywhere from the stone age to a galaxy far, far away.
Talon Marks is dedicated to keeping the community informed and updated. Weekly updates will be available starting April 20, 2020.

COVID-19 community updates for the week of April 20

April 19, 2020
Your continued guide to policies and changes to the cities of Bellflower, Lakewood, Cerritos, Norwalk, Paramount and Downey.
Stuck at home doesn't mean stuck without a smile! This column will bring you weekly movies, games and TV shows, turning

The Quaran-Times: Family Mentality

April 19, 2020
We're taking a look at games, TV shows and movies that are family-oriented and adding a bonus anime section!
Airmen with the 186th Air Refueling Wing administer COVID-19 tests at the Bonita Lakes mobile COVID-19 testing facility on April 1, 2020.

New COVID-19 testing site opens in Bellflower

April 18, 2020
Residents of LA county are now able to obtain a free COVID-19 test at one of 27 locations.
Stuck at home doesn't mean stuck without a smile! This column will bring you weekly movies, games and TV shows, turning

The Quaran-Times: All the time in the world

April 12, 2020
A column dedicated to providing a weekly list of movies, TV shows, podcasts, social media and video games to help you get that dopamine during an unforeseen quarantine.
Local City Councils have issued updates in regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Updates range from food banks to street sweeping, and were last updated on April 12, 2020. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario

Everything local communities must know in regard to COVID-19

April 12, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, and each city implementing different policies and closures, it may be tough to know what's closed or what's still going on. From street sweeping to public facilities,...

Talon Marks TV Episode 3

March 11, 2020

TalonMarks TV is a webcast news roundup for the Cerritos College student-run newspaper.

‘My Hero Acadamia: Heroes Rising’ Review: a plus ultra experience

March 4, 2020

"My Hero Acadamia: Heroes Rising" is one of the best anime films as a result of its beautiful looking animation full of vibrant colors, spectacularly catchy music and a story that feels fresh and original. No...

Feb. 26, 2020 – Page 3

February 26, 2020

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February 26, 2020

What Policies and/or topics do you feel presidential candidates should place their focus on?

February 26, 2020

Rafaiel Eskandar, civil engineering : "I don't think climate change is the most important thing to address because I see all issues as equal." Oscar Guevara, automotive : "immigration based on what...

Talon Marks TV Episode 2

February 20, 2020

Talon Marks TV is a webcast news roundup for the Cerritos College student-run newspaper.

Talon Marks TV Episode 1

February 20, 2020

TalonMarks TV is a webcast news roundup for the Cerritos College student-run newspaper.

Jordan Berez, Montana Sepp, Susy Reyes, Kaitlyn Mcloughlin and Juan Galvez chose to devote their time to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at Cerritos College on Feb. 19.

These five spent the duration of the two-hour event distributing food to those in need as well as getting to know students and local residents of both the college as well as Norwalk and Cerritos. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

[Photo] Past the cash register and into the community

February 19, 2020

Jordan Berez, Montana Sepp, Susy Reyes, Kaitlyn Mcloughlin and Juan Galvez chose to devote their time to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank at Cerritos College on Feb. 19. These five spent the duration...

Starting pitcher sophomore Nicholas Martinez pitch for 6 innings against Los Angeles valley Photo credit: Derrick Coleman

Falcons Baseball wins close game against LA Valley College 8-7

February 6, 2020

The Cerritos College baseball team secured an 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs on Jan. 30. The Falcons spent the first half of the game clinging to small leads, hoping to keep the Monarchs...

Feb. 5, 2020 – Page 3

February 5, 2020

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February 5, 2020

A terrified young woman held captive by a man with his hand over her mouth

Human trafficking stops with us

January 23, 2020

With the recent development of Clearview, an app that allows strangers to find the name and address of others with just a photo, as well as more reports of attempted, sometimes successful, kidnappings...

Coffee Break Cartel

December 20, 2019

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Grappling with success

December 20, 2019

Having just emerged from the Southern California Regional Championship in first place , the Cerritos College wrestling team attributes much of their success to the coaching they receive as well as their...

off the field Astros cheating

December 19, 2019

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Dec. 11, 2019 – Page 1

December 12, 2019

Small time city, big time dream

December 11, 2019

Bellflower is now seemingly home to a growth spurt, with new buildings and businesses popping up left and right. Metropolis Comics employee Christian Womack said, "I think it's super cool that they're...

Nov. 6, 2019 – Page 1

November 6, 2019

Fire doesn't discriminate, wealth does

Fire doesn’t discriminate, wealth does

November 5, 2019

California is seeing its first snow, in the form of ash and soot. The wildfires we are facing are a result of corporate greed as well as lack of resources , and unless we fight for change, we will soon...

Frighteningly bad costumes at scary high prices

Frighteningly bad costumes at scary high prices

October 22, 2019

With Halloween just around the corner , the scariest things you'll face are the price tags on costumes. Stores such as Spirit Halloween and Halloween Club charge ridiculously high prices for costumes...

The Third Eye comes to Anaheim

The Third Eye comes to Anaheim

October 14, 2019

For 12 years, Richard and Christina Gao have carried on a tradition established by their former neighbors. Every year they set up a haunted maze in their garage and backyard with the help of family and...

Cerritos Falcons: Sophomore Midfielder #10 dominates the ball against the Long Beach Viking. Falcons beat the Vikings 1-0 Oct. 3, 2019

Women’s soccer team scores early in a slow game

October 9, 2019

The Cerritos College Women's soccer team triumphed over the Long Beach City College Vikings 1-0 on Oct. 1. The two teams appeared evenly matched for the first few minutes, with the ball being kept largely...

Photo credit: Magalee Frometa

Every Falcon for themselves

October 2, 2019

Cerritos College failed to make sure that both their students and their staff would be safe during an emergency with the handling of last week's bomb threat. A delayed emergency alert, coupled with some...

Don't reboot reuse recycle

Don’t reboot reuse recycle

October 2, 2019

Modern television and cinema is populated largely by reboots of old franchises, and it is these reboots that are leading to a lack of innovation in the industry. A reboot is defined as a complete overhaul...

Sept. 25, 2019 – Page 1

September 25, 2019

Off the Field : On the Ice

September 25, 2019

Following a season in which the ducks won only 2 of 21 consecutive games, the Anaheim Ducks are welcoming new head coach Dallas Eakins while also bidding farewell to many once star players . Longtime...

Sept. 11, 2019 – Page 1

September 11, 2019

Cerritos College police and the Norwalk Sheriff's Station were posted on various corners of the Cerritos College campus, blocking off the affected areas. They arrived shortly before noon due to a suspect allegedly disrupting a math class as well as a potential bomb threat on Sept. 3, 2019.

Campus Closed Following a Potential Bomb Threat

September 3, 2019

A suspect is in custody following an approximately two-hour shelter-in-place lockdown at Cerritos College regarding a potential bomb threat on campus on Sept. 3. The subject entered a math class at...

Off the Field: Running it Back

August 31, 2019

Off the field is dedicated to all things sports, in whatever form they may take. The National Football League is kicking off its 100th season with a celebration consisting of three programs; "Huddle...

Teaching more than just Touchdowns

August 31, 2019

Dean Grosfield is now entering his second year as head coach for the Cerritos College football team, and as such he has seen both the players and the program grow and change significantly.With the recent...

‘Lover’ Wins The Heart of Fans

August 28, 2019

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