Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Ethan Ortiz

Ethan Ortiz, Editor in Chief

Hi! My name is Ethan and I am serving as the Editor-In-Chief for the Fall 2016 semester. I am a journalism major and love to write stories for the newspaper. In addition to writing hard hitting news, I like to create fictional stories on the side. I am co-hosting a radio show on WPMD at Cerritos College called "Beyond the Ropes" happening Wednesday at 11am. I like to listen different music, mostly Rock/Alternative and some of my favorite bands are Silversun Pickups, Cage the Elephant, and Metallica. If you want to know more about me feel free to tweet me at @EthanEnvy95.

All content by Ethan Ortiz

Page 5 – December 7

December 7, 2016

Wizarding world remains fantastic

November 23, 2016

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was simply that, fantastic.This film reminded me of why I continue to love this world of wizardry and it made me feel like a child again.An expansion of...

Metallica: Hardwired…for success

November 23, 2016

For a band to last for more than 30 years is impressive, but for a band to still put out a successful number one album in the charts after all that time, well that's legendary. Metallica, one of the...

Returning stars add sparks heading into Roanoke finale

November 16, 2016

The last two episodes of American Horror Story have been downright disgusting and gruesome, in other words it has been a darn good way to wrap up the Roanoke theme. Chapter eight and nine of the twisted...

ASCC cabinet discusses a campus shuttle for students

November 15, 2016

A Falcon Shuttle could be making its way to Cerritos as early as spring 2017.Cabinet held a meeting on Monday, Nov. 14 in BK-111/112, where the idea of having a campus shuttle was presented.Student senator...

Roanoke kills again…literally

November 3, 2016

American Horror Story didn't waste any time with killing off people in chapter seven of the season.In case you missed it, the producer of Return to Roanoke, Sidney, his cameraman and assistant were killed...

Student union, CCFF agree on board endorsements

November 1, 2016

Elections are around the corner and different groups on campus are looking to endorse the best candidates they feel can fulfill their responsibilities on the board of trustees.The Cerritos College Faculty...

AHS Return to Roanoke brings the series to new levels

October 31, 2016

Ryan Murphy has done it again, the FX television show American Horror Story: Roanoke has undergone a major transformation, probably for the better. Warning: There will be spoilers throughout this review. In...

Photo credit: Lizette Sainz

Students should pay attention to board election

October 26, 2016

Presidential elections are not the only elections happening on Nov. 8, a number of complex items are on the ballot one of those being the board of trustees elections.Go out and be informed with what is...

Boo! Madea surprises with comedy and life lessons

October 25, 2016

Tyler Perry and company released the seventh installment in the Madea franchise Friday, Oct. 21, and brought the comedy and lessons to the big screen once again.Boo! A Madea Halloween continued to prove...

Returns of AHS alum opens new possibilities for the show

October 20, 2016

Evan Peters saved the day in chapter five of American Horror Story: Roanoke.I feel the show keeps hitting new strides with every episode and including new characters.I'm glad Peters, who has been a constant...

Student Enrollment continually declines

October 18, 2016

Cerritos College has gone through some major changes the last few years, from a new president to new buildings and even a change in enrollment. On Oct. 5, at the board of trustees meeting, Dr. Fierro...

Six blood-drenched days ahead

October 12, 2016

Blood was splattered across chapter four of American Horror Story: Roanoke as two significant deaths occurred.Elias Cunningham, the writer that owned the old house, made his return in this episode trying...

Men’s soccer struggle with consistency

October 11, 2016

Cerritos Men's soccer was able to finally finish a game with a win against LA Harbor on Friday, Oct. 7.The game followed a disappointing tie against the Long Beach City College Vikings on Oct. 3.Coach...

Artificial intelligence leading into the future

October 7, 2016

The Philosophy Club took a look at artificial intelligence and how sci-fi can be reality.Philosophy instructor Daniel Vecchio was the presenter for the Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting which featured a lecture...

American Horror Story: The lost colony revealed

October 5, 2016

The story of the lost colony of Roanoke was revealed in the third chapter of American Horror Story season six.After Lee's daughter Flora went missing in the previous chapter, a search party ultimately...

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September 28, 2016

The horror has officially returned

September 27, 2016

Roanoke brings back the horror in American Horror Story episode two.Following a sub par premiere episode, AHS gave fans something to be afraid of in episode two.The episode started off where the first...

While the board members were in closed session, professor Solomon Namala spoke with the teachers outside. The faculty rallied outside waiting for trustee members to deliver their “yes” or “no” answer. Photo credit: Terrel Emerson

CCFF awarded new contract after year of negotiations

September 22, 2016

For the Cerritos College Faculty Federation, months of solidarity sparked a domino effect that would ultimately lead the union to receive the negotiated contract agreement. Prior to the meeting, CCFF...

Do you like the new iPhone 7?

September 21, 2016

Briana Gandarilla, undecided major, "Yeah, it looks like the iPod. I like the new earphone feature."Johan Delarosa, dental hygiene major, "I have mixed emotions. I like the water proof feature, but dislike...

American Horror Story premiere leaves more questions than answers

September 19, 2016

The American Horror Story series has been home to some intense storylines, gruesome violence and at times excessive sexual behavior. All the while that's what makes the show stand out, all of that was...

Admissions counselor Maria Rodriguez giving advice to theatre major Amy Palma. Palma was interested in USC and picked up the handouts available to take home. Photo credit: Perla Lara

Mega Fair gives students access to representatives from 73 universities

September 18, 2016

The Transfer Center hosted the University Mega Fair, which invited 76 schools to set up booths and give information out to transferring students. The fair was held on Thursday, Sept. 15 and about 73...

Charging stations bring life to the library

September 13, 2016

In the era that we live in, students have to use cell phones to communicate with one another to work on group projects and to research and work on assignments. With students constantly putting their devices...

Welcome Night feeds and informs students

September 12, 2016

Manny Ruiz, business major, was one of the first people in line for the In-N-Out food truck waiting for more than 30 minutes to indulge in a classic cheeseburger.On Thursday, Sept. 8, Welcome Week continued...

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May 11, 2016

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May 9, 2016

Sounding off for safety

May 3, 2016

Safety is defined as the condition of being protected, and with there being multiple incidents happening on and around Cerritos College, the question begs if the home of the falcons is protected enough.With...

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April 20, 2016

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April 18, 2016

Math department introduces basic skills initiative

April 12, 2016

Math has been known to give some students, a hard time, and now the Cerritos College Math Department has heard the student voice and implemented more 9-week courses. The department is looking to make...

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April 11, 2016

Cerritos to UCLA transfer students Yazmin Martinez, Francisco Mojica, Josephine Diaz, and Jessica Montoro all took part of the transfer student roundtable at Pyschology Day. The panelists are all pre-psychology majors.

Psychology Day brings students knowledge and encouragement

April 7, 2016

Psychology majors and enthusiasts were able to enjoy an entire day of workshops and activities at Psychology Day on Friday, April 1.This marked the second time the event has taken place.The event was spearheaded...

Professor Diane Pirtle hosted an activism presentation in which she told her stories as an activist. She explained the different organizations she was involved in. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

The story of an activist and professor

April 5, 2016

Fighting for what you believe in is something Sociology Professor Diane Pirtle knows all about. The professor hosted a presentation called My life as an activist: How to use your talents effectively!...

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March 30, 2016

Trent Coates during the swim suit portion of the pageant. He was named Mr. Cerritos on Thursday, Mar. 10 at Falcon Square. Coates currently serves as the chief justice. Photo credit: Bianca Salgado

Coates named Mr. Cerritos

March 16, 2016

Cerritos College students competed for the right to call themselves Mr. Cerritos. The event was held on Thursday, Mar. 10 and is run like a Miss America pageant for male students. The Mr. Cerritos...

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March 3, 2016

Off-campus homicides occur within 48 hours

Off-campus homicides occur within 48 hours

March 1, 2016

News outlets captured the fallout which occurred last Tuesday and Wednesday. The first shooting took place at approximately 4:20 p.m. after a verbal confrontation started at the 7-Eleven which resulted...

Traci Ukita, career services counselor walks students through what makes a good resume. Students were able to point out mistakes in resumes to better grasp what makes a good resume.

Career Services offers resume assistance

February 19, 2016

The Re-Entry Resource Program has several workshops planned throughout the spring semester and the latest was the resume basics workshop. The workshop was held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, run by Traci Ukita,...

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February 10, 2016

President Jose Fierro presented a new scholarship inthe board of trustees meeting. The plan is to help student pay for their college tuition or school books. Photo credit: Karla Enriquez

Earning a free education

February 10, 2016

"President Obama has been saying free community college for all the students, and I agree with that, but I don't agree that it should be free, I agree that you have to earn it by working hard, and if you...

President’s Hour welcomes all

February 10, 2016

The time is coming for students, faculty and staff to speak their mind and bring ideas to the president of Cerritos College. The first ever President's Hour will be held on Feb. 11 and will be an open...

Signs were left outside of the presidents office after the first board of trustees meeting of the year. Negotiations are ongoing between the board and the faculty federation. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Faculty continues ongoing fight for better opportunity

February 3, 2016

Money makes the world go round, and it is no different when discussing faculty wages at Cerritos College. For a number of months, faculty has been looking to get raises or opportunities to go back to...

Faculty senate sparks new resolutions for the new year

January 29, 2016

The first faculty senate meeting of the spring semester sparked resolutions and opportunities to move in a new direction for the college.The senate met on Tuesday, Jan. 26, led by senate president...

ASCC Senate stuck at twenty-nine

January 20, 2016

The first Associated Students of Cerritos College Senate meeting of the 2016 Spring semester brought concerns and dysfunction to the gathering.On Wednesday, Jan. 13 the student senate expected to have...

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January 20, 2016

Five ways to make sure you arent late to class

Five ways to make sure you aren’t late to class

December 15, 2015

Cerritos College, or any school for that matter, is full of students from many different cities, and for some, it isn't easy getting to campus. Taking a car, bus, bike or even walking takes extra time...

Canvas program might replace Talonnet

December 11, 2015

Cerritos College could be moving on to a much better Canvas, figuratively and literally. Sakai's Talonnet has been the go-to website for Cerritos College faculty and students to give feedback and turn...

The Elf yourself app lets your turn your friends, family, enemies and virtually anyone into a cheerful holiday performance. Talon Marks members wish you a happy holiday season Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Go ‘Elf Yourself!’

December 8, 2015

It's that time of the year, the most festive holiday is around the corner, and it comes with some special apps. "Elf Yourself" returned to the app store last month and it is currently one of most downloaded...

Faculty senate meets on Tuesday Dec. 1st and discusses the possible switch to a 16-week calendar. The senate is split on whether a transition should be made. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Faculty senate sparks debate over 16-week schedule

December 3, 2015

A change in schedule creates concern for several faculty members. The most talked about subject in faculty senate meetings in recent weeks has been a possible switch to a 16-week schedule. On Tuesday,...

Faculty Senate discusses moving from Talonnet

November 24, 2015

A brand new platform for Cerritos College is coming in the next couple of months, and it will leave teachers and students with a brand new canvas to work with. Faculty Senate got together on Tuesday,...

ASCC Go Green club presents GreenFest, with a special lecture from Dr. Adrian Hightower representing The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Hightower presents graphs showing the conditions that are causing the serious drought in California. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

[Photo] California drought could be far from over

November 21, 2015

ASCC Go Green club presents 'GreenFest', with a special lecture from Dr. Adrian Hightower representing The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Hightower presents graphs showing the conditions...

Students walk through the quad to learn about the universites and what the schools are offering. University representatives prepare to give Cerritos College students the information they need. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Transfer students get a look into their futures

November 19, 2015

Most students start at a community college hoping to transfer to a university, and Cerritos College has continued to push students toward that direction by providing one-on-one assistance and several fairs...

Crowning the future of dentistry

November 10, 2015

The dental program provides more than just an education about teeth, it gives hands on experience and a path to success.The Dental Assisting Program held a workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the radiology...

Concerns for counselors over a new schedule

November 10, 2015

Concerns continue over Cerritos College adopting a 16-week schedule.The Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, Nov. 10 after a week off to cover the future of the faculty senate presidential voting and the possible...

Robin Johnson, university recruiter, gives a presentation about the College of Veterinary Medicine. She explains the mission statement the school follows. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Project H.O.P.E presents veterinary medicine program

November 6, 2015

University recruiter Robin Johnson gave her all, in a veterinarian program presentation, despite poor attendance. Project HOPE and Western University of Health Science held a program presentation geared...

Green Beret veteran Hank Delgado takes questions from students. Delgado spoke in the Science lecture hall about his experience in the Vietnam War Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Still fighting the battle

November 5, 2015

Hank Delgado, a Green Beret veteran, went back through the trenches to share his emotional experience in the Vietnam War.History instructor John Haas held this open forum on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the science...

Cerritos College could make a switch in schedules

October 31, 2015

The faculty at Cerritos College had a forum in the Teleconference Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to decide whether the school will continue 18 weeks of classes or condense the schedule. The forum was lead...

Faculty senate president Michelle Lewellen and music instructor David Betancourt have a conversation before the meeting. Betancourt soon discusses the AEA list of approved nominations and degrees. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Faculty senate looks to increase safety services

October 27, 2015

Police Chief Tom Gallivan, joined the senate to ensure the campus police are providing the protection students and faculty need. "The officers have had over 200 hours of training, including training with...

Transferring and what’s needed when applying

October 15, 2015

It's transfer season and the Transfer Center is looking to help students move on up in their educational careers. On Oct. 12, Transfer Center counselor Clara Ross-Jones conducted a Transfer 101...

The faculty senate discussed an alternative to expensive textbooks. The document shows how many students are enrolled and how much money they have saved. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

Faculty senate meeting introduces a way for students to save money

October 15, 2015

JoAnna Schilling, vice president of Academic Affairs, joined faculty senate to talk about Lumen Learning and the new low-cost textbook initiative.Schilling revealed the biggest issue about having open...

Star Wars skyrockets and so do Disneyland prices

October 12, 2015

Disneyland has raised their annual prices once again, and they're higher than the Millennium Falcon has ever gone before. It is ridiculous that Disney has raised prices for theme park lovers, only to get...

Faculty senate discusses lower textbook costs

October 6, 2015

Textbooks are not cheap and Cerritos College looks to help students get an education while saving money. Director of College Relations Miya Walker gave an overview of the Textbook Affordability Act...

Workshop helps students with job interviewing skills

October 3, 2015

Skills to pay the bills. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Career Counselor Clara Ross-Jones ran a workshop to help students on their job interviewing skills. Jones said, "There are a lot more job opportunities...

Faculty senate reveals new student benefits

October 1, 2015

The Cerritos College librarians took the spotlight as they expressed ways to help students save money and track their educational careers. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Librarian Paula Pereira joined the faculty...

Keeping it fresh: ‘The Jungle Book’ sure to not disappoint

September 26, 2015

Disney turning popular animated films to live-action films creates curiosity and that curiosity will create success.The past few years Disney has turned successful animated films into successful live-action...

Faculty Senate discusses new monthly workshop for students

September 23, 2015

The counseling department introduced a new way for students to find out what career path they want to choose.Faculty senate met on Tuesday, Sept. 22, where a new monthly workshop was introduced that will...

Students, staff, and volunteers in the Student Center for the final day of the Blood Drive. Students enjoy snacks in the back while others get blood drawn. Photo credit: Ethan Ortiz

American Red Cross held blood drive on campus

September 21, 2015

For years the American Red Cross has set up blood drives all over the nation, and this week they returned to Cerritos College in the 60 celebration. The blood drive was full of specialized staff, volunteers...

The faculty senate goes over the elevator issues. Dr. El Fattal discusses the plans to incorporate a new elevator by next year in the Social Science building.

[Photo] Faculty senate reveals future plans for Cerritos College

September 9, 2015

The faculty senate goes over the elevator issues. Dr. El Fattal discusses the plans to incorporate a new elevator by next year in the Social Science building.

McWhopper, would it work?

September 5, 2015

Burger King and McDonald's have been competing since the 1950s and a peace offering will not stop that. Burger King made an interesting offering to McDonald's last week by pitching the idea to combine...

Faculty senate announces options for veterans

September 3, 2015

The Faculty Senate discussed the Veteran's Resource Center, new ideas from the ASCC for peer mentors and transfer center information. The meeting was held Tuesday, Sept. 1. The Veteran's Resource Center...

Faculty senate discusses math department issue

August 26, 2015

Faculty Senate met for the first time this semester to discuss the math department issue, student transfers, and the university mega fair. The meeting was Tuesday, Aug. 26. Many students struggle getting...

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