Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Fatima Durrani

Fatima Durrani, Staff Writer

Fatima Durrani is a staff writer for Talon Marks who majors in Journalism for Pre-Law. In addition to reporting & writing, Fatima enjoys singing, acting, and photography as well as spending time with loved ones. Fatima hopes to attend California State Long Beach in 2022 or any University of California. Fatima sees Journalism as an opportunity to enhance communication skills and create meaningful work along the way while creating connections.

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Gobi Ice Cream has delicious and unique flavors with a variety of options for toppings. The flavors displayed in the image (left to right) are coffee, chocolate and strawberry.

Cerritos’ hidden gem dessert place

October 14, 2021

Gobi Ice Cream is one of the most underrated and unique dessert spots in Cerritos because of the techniques they use while handcrafting their ice cream. Hiding behind a Sleep Number store off South...

As menstruation occurs, painful symptoms such as cramps, bloating, fatigue, dizziness and weakness affect individuals. Its important to take time to rest during the process. Photo credit: Marco Verch

Young girls should get excused absences for menstrual pain

October 14, 2021

Young women should not be penalized for missing school days as a result of their bodily functions. Schools exempt children and young adults from physical activities, school days and extracurricular activities...

Sindy Arzate, 20, is excited for spectators to see her team blow away the audience with stunts. She adjusts to returning to cheerleading after a year of remote learning. Photo credit: Courtesy of Sindy Arzate

Sindy Arzate readjusts to cheerleading as events resume

October 9, 2021

“I have been cheerleading since I was 10 years old,” said Sindy Arzate, a cheerleader for Cerritos College. “ My journey has not been easy but definitely worth it. I have not only grown mentally...

Soldiers of the 79th Infantry Division Combat Team participated in the San Diego Pride Parade. Attendance of the pride parade including 79th IBCT Soldiers and other service members signed the California National Guard’s banner on July 13, 2019. Photo credit: California National Guard

Biden administration rewards shunned LGBTQ heroes with benefits

September 30, 2021

The Department of Veteran Affair’s decision to grant full benefits to LGBTQ veterans and service members, which was announced on Sept. 27, is not only a cause for celebration but also an opportunity...

Samantha Curameng listens to viewers about their experiences related to stress. Future sessions on the Lets Talk About Stress Group will be held every Monday of October.

Psychology majors explain ways to manage stress

September 30, 2021

  “Let’s Talk About Stress Group” strives to improve mental health in a positive manner that is lead by growth by action. The event took place on zoom, hosted by Samantha Curameng and Evan...

Be prepared to binge watch TV shows as Netflix begins to release new seasons of many TV shows. You is set to premiere on Netflix on Oct. 15th, 2021. Photo credit: Deepak

Psychotic couple comes back to Netflix

September 27, 2021

On Sept. 17, Netflix released a thrilling trailer on TikTok for an upcoming season for the hit series called “You” that ended up receiving 1.6 million views. Joe Goldberg, the psychotic main character...

President Fierro of Cerritos College acknowledges every viewer as they join onto his Instagram live. Fierro informed viewers about athletic games resuming, cases getting under control and the vaccine mandate which will occur on Oct. 1. Photo credit: Fatima Durrani

President Fierro discusses vaccine mandate, spring semester via Instagram Live

September 23, 2021

Cerritos College President Jose Fierro hopped onto Instagram live to answer questions, comments and concerns of viewers on Sept. 21. Fierro emphasized the importance of receiving both COVID-19 vaccines...

Customers walk to the new Daves Hot Chicken location which opened on Sept. 12. There were busy lines inside the red-lit store with customers eager to try spicy chicken. Photo credit: Fatima Durrani

Nashville-style chicken spot opens in Lakewood for Spice Lovers

September 18, 2021

Offering seven spice levels ranging from no spice to reaper, (where you need to sign a waiver because it’s that spicy), Dave's Hot Chicken has officially made its way to Lakewood. Dave’s Hot Chicken...

LA County is reporting that COVID-19 cases are rising in K-12 schools. Students return to Norwalk High School and follow safety restrictions such as wearing a face mask and social distancing on Aug. 12, 2021 Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Local K-12 students express fear as COVID-19 cases rise

September 16, 2021

As schools begin to resume on-campus learning, the COVID-19 Delta variant sparks anxiety within parents, students and staff leaving them worried about school closures.Governor Newsom has also expressed...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris at a rally against the coming California gubernatorial recall election at the IBEW-NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in San Leandro, California. Photo credit: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Vote for Newsom, even if you don’t like him

September 9, 2021

We, the Editorial Board at Talon Marks newspaper, are proud to endorse Gavin Newsom to continue being the Governor of the state of California. Democratic candidate Newsom is the best option for California...

Christopher Anthony Velascos art titled Forbidden Photos Of A Doctor Above Suspicion is displayed in the windows of the Fine Arts building at Cerritos College. This exhibit runs from Aug. 30-Sept.11 2021.

Christopher Anthony Velasco displays masterpiece at Cerritos College

September 9, 2021

Christopher Anthony Velasco is a performance artist and photographer from Los Angeles who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara. He is passionate about emphasizing the queer brown...

Simu Liu in the Marvel Studios film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Photo credit: Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios/TNS

Marvel Releases Shang-Chi & the Legend of Ten Rings

September 2, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, is an action-packed sci-fi film about a martial arts master who embarks on a journey to confront his past once more and is drawn...

A vaccinated person leaves the FEMA operated vaccination site at Miami Dade College - North Campus in Miami on Monday, April 5, 2021. Florida is now seeing a record number of deaths as the delta variant continues to surge through much of the U.S. Photo credit: Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/TNS

California Community Colleges should mandate COVID-19 vaccines

September 2, 2021

California Community Colleges need to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for all students and faculty in order to protect everyone on campus and the community. Major universities are setting the example by...

Afghans, Afghan Americans, and allies march on Willshire Blvd in Los Angeles, Calif. demanding Congress members and President Biden to extend the evacuation of Afghans until Aug. 31st. Protestors on Aug. 28th hold a poster saying Zindabad Afghanistan which translates to long live Afghanistan.

Afghan Americans protest for refugee aid in LA

September 2, 2021

Afghan Americans and allies marched for an open door policy for refugees to seek asylum in the U.S. on Wilshire Boulevard, in an effort to have the U.S. extend its deadline of aiding Afghans in evacuations...

President Fierro acknowledges viewers as they join his Instagram live for Presidents Hour. Students, staff, parents and visitors ask questions regarding any updates Fierro has about Cerritos College on Aug. 31, 2021.

President Fierro elaborates on upcoming mask, vaccine mandate

September 2, 2021

Cerritos College President Jose Fierro took to Instagram live to answer student's and parent's questions on Aug. 31. Fierro announced that starting Friday, Oct. 1, the vaccine mandate will be implemented...

Sophomore student Khoa Nguyen waits with other students to enter a classroom on the USC campus Monday, August 23, 2021 for the first day of in-person classes. USC and California State University campuses start in-person classes on Monday, serving as a test case for whether vaccine mandates, masking, regular testing and other protocols can minimize spread of the Delta variant even as thousands of students congregate in classes, dorms and social events. Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Cal State University students adjust to vaccine mandate

August 26, 2021

Cal State Universities are enforcing mask mandates and proof of vaccination to students returning to campus, as a result of the rise in COVID-19 and Delta variant cases. California State University...

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