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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Fatima Durrani

Fatima Durrani, Opinion Editor

Fatima Durrani is the Opinion Editor & c0-online editor for Talon Marks. She is a Journalism major for Pre-law, and this is her last semester at Talon Mark before she transfers to a university. In addition to reporting, Fatima enjoys singing, editing photos, creating short films and reading poetry.

All content by Fatima Durrani
Being a mompreneur during the pandemic: a podcast

Being a mompreneur during the pandemic: a podcast

May 22, 2022
We interviewed Maria Buenrostro, owner of Buenrostro Tax Consultants, who shared the challenges and rewards of balancing life as a mother and business owner during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As war continues on with the conflict between Israel and Palestine, many children are left with mental trauma and hardly have anything to eat. The world hardly speaks out on this issue regardless of oppression taking place. Photo credit: Courtesy of Pixabay

Why is the world silent on minority oppression?

May 12, 2022
Minorities across the globe are suffering and the entire world chooses to stay silent simply because they’re not White or Christian. Where’s the love for the people who are facing oppression worldwide, receiving little to no coverage?
Many mothers during the pandemic were burdened with having to keep themselves as well as their children safe from the deadly virus. Jaime Valladares was one of the many caring for a newborn, balancing a business and tending to her family.

Being a mom during the pandemic

April 28, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic paid everyone a rather unpleasant visit- more specifically, mothers and especially those balancing motherhood and owning a small business. We've interviewed some of the most hardworking mothers - who've become our heroes without capes.
Euphoria is a popular show on HBO Max following troubled teen life at Euphoria High starring Zendaya. Photo credit: Courtesy of: Creative Commons & Photo Credit: Nichelle Stephens

HBO Max pushes boundaries with hit show Euphoria

March 28, 2022
Euphoria has sparked controversy amongst the public on what is considered to be ‘too much’ to show on television due to its dramatic portrayal of teen life, staring actress Zendaya.
Cerritos High School, home of the dons, has students left in fear after a shooting incident that occurred off campus and a fight that broke out on campus. Students, teachers and parents are worried for their safety- and they believe that the ABCUSD isnt taking proper actions.

[Photo] Gun threat causes panic at Cerritos High School

March 28, 2022

Cerritos High School, home of the dons, has students left in fear after a shooting incident that occurred off campus and a fight that broke out on campus. Students, teachers and parents are worried for...

Cerritos High School, home of the dons, has students left in fear after a shooting incident that occurred off campus and a fight that broke out on campus. Students, teachers and parents are worried for their safety- and they believe that the ABCUSD isnt taking proper actions.

Gun threat causes panic at Cerritos High School

March 28, 2022
A gun threat was posed at Cerritos High School on March 16 leaving parents, students and teachers are left concerned about the safety of students.
If one chooses to go to a community college and transfer to a university, they shouldnt get backlash. Community college is a blessing to education, and a wiser move. Photo credit: Courtesy of Acc3552

Community college is a life hack

March 28, 2022
People often go to community college and receive a heavy amount of backlash in society. Those people fail to realize that transferring after community college is a wise stepping stone.
This is an image of people who were protesting the death of Trayvon Martin with this amazing-looking sign. This took place in downtown Milwaukee and the image was taken on June 17, 2012. (Creative Commons) Photo credit: Overpass Light Brigade

Racism is here to stay

March 23, 2022
Corruption within the world is something that happens on a daily basis. But why is there racism even during the midst of a war?
The following flyer was constructed by two anonymous people who are standing in support of CTE teachers. The similarities and differences are fully written out represent inequity amongst teachers who have the same credentials. Another attempt to convince the ABCUSD will take place at the board meeting on March 1.

ABCUSD refuses equal pay amongst teachers

March 3, 2022

The ABC Unified School District has been avoiding a contract update that will enable certified CTE teachers to have equal pay compared to core subject teachers. Updating the contract will allow CTE teachers...

America has been under a global climate crisis for a long period of time - chaos is now interfering with our livable climate and if we dont do anything to preserve it, parts of California could submerge as soon as 2040.

California is becoming an unlivable state

March 3, 2022

California is becoming unlivable, and we’re not just talking about the traffic. Minimum wage jobs, the cost of living, housing prices, inflation and climate change are all contributors to what is...

NASA is currently offering their program called NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars, which is open to community college students interested in establishing a STEM career with NASA. With engaging activities to help students achieve authentic job shadowing opportunities and internships, Cerritos College is excited to introduce the NASA program.

Cerritos College offers NASA career opportunity

March 3, 2022

In addition to launching rockets, NASA has launched the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program, which enables students of any major to have the chance at being hired for NASA. The program consists...

President of Cerritos College, Jose Fierro, hosts an Instagram live event to communicate with participants virtually and safely.

President’s hour on Instagram live

February 22, 2022
Cerritos College president Jose Fierro hosted an Instagram live to chat with viewers about the College's return to campus in March.
With only a success rate of 24.4%, AP classes leave students with a poor mental health with factors like anxiety, fatigue and are left overwhelmed. We need to put an end to these classes that cause emotional damage for the sake of the youth. Photo credit: Courtesy of CC0 Public Domain & Courtesy of Mohamad Hassan

AP Classes: Are They Worth It?

February 16, 2022
The Advanced Placement program, run by the College Board, allows high school students to take special courses that qualify for college credit. However, the pressure of studying rigorous introductory college courses as a high school student simply isn’t worth the pressure and here’s why.
The Me Too movement is a social movement against sexual harassment. Many women had the courage to share their story during this time, but sadly women continue to get sexually harassed. Its time to put this to an end by educating the youth (specifically men) about how to treat a woman the right way. Photo credit: Courtesy of Pixabay & Courtesy of Surdumihail

Men need to stop over-sexualizing women

February 15, 2022
Women all over the state of California, young or adult, are being oversexualized by men in school, work or in every day routine. Not only are women being oversexualized, but they’re being held to conventional beauty standards they’re pressured to meet.
The ABCUSD will be holding a board meeting on Feb. 15 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Those who care and are able to make it should show up and demand a higher pay for CTE teachers.

ABCUSD neglects equal pay for CTE teachers

February 15, 2022
The ABC Unified School District refuses to take action in updating a contract enables Career Technical Education teachers to adjust for California’s cost of living. ABCUSD fails to realize that this could ruin the future of students who enjoy artistic or technical pathways.
Cerritos College offers numerous support programs through Student Health Services as well as Student Accessibility Services. Cerritos College welcomes those who are in need of physical and mental health to these programs.

Benefits of joining support groups during tough times

February 9, 2022
Grief is a response to loss whether that's in the form of a loved one's death or departure from your life. Although everyone reacts to loss differently, it's important to reach out for help to prevent falling into major depression.
Feb. 14 is just weeks away, and time is running out to get her something meaningful to express your love for her, which is why we put together a list of favorites shes bound to love.

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her

February 9, 2022
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it can be hard to make the decision of getting your Valentine a gift that she’ll never forget. Whether it’s a romantic poem or a meaningful dinner for her, we’ve put together a list based on things she’ll be grateful for - that aren’t just classic red roses.
Valentines Day is around the corner, so dont stall to get him something meaningful to express your love for him. Photo credit: Courtesy of Creative Commons Zero - CC0

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him

February 9, 2022
It can be difficult finding a gift that'll make the man in your life feel special. To help you find the perfect Valentine's Day gift for him, we've created a list of best-selling, thoughtful presents that he will love- especially if it’s from you.
Valentines Day is the holiday where people rush to show appreciation towards their partner or a loved ones. Its time to normalize showing that love as much as possible - not just on a holiday.

Love shouldn’t just be shown on Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2022
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s important to remember that your valentine deserves appreciation 365 days a year. Although this holiday is specifically for admiration, why not make almost everyday feel like it’s Valentine’s Day?
Cherise Charleswell, development manager of Journey Out, educated about twenty participants on how sex trafficking involves vulnerability. Charleswell said its important to notice red flags such as signs of discomfort within the victim.

The fight against sex trafficking includes vulnerability

February 1, 2022
Journey Out, a nonprofit organization for victims of sexual exploitation & trafficking, was invited by Cerritos College to educate viewers of how victims of sexual trafficking continue to have their lives destroyed. On Jan. 26, advocate Cherise Charleswell spoke to participants about the vulnerability victims experience and how to help.
Cerritos College aims to provide financial relief by forgiving the debt of unpaid students in the hopes of keeping them enrolled in schools. Statistics show a large decline in enrollment - specifically in community colleges.

Cerritos College forgives $1.3 million in unpaid student fees

January 20, 2022
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community college students have been hit hard financially, physically and mentally, which resulted in a major enrollment decline. On Jan. 6th, Cerritos College forgave 2,400 unpaid student accounts from summer 2020 to fall 2021.
The following steps here are listed to take preventions in stalking that a victim is experiencing. This informative slide was shared during the Stalking Must Stop/Speak Out Zoom meeting at Cerritos College on Jan. 18. Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month will continue to have events from Jan. 19 - 20 & Jan. 25 - 27.

Stalking must stop. Speak out.

January 19, 2022
According to the CDC, about one-in-six women and one-in-seventeen men experience stalking. It's a common form of danger - which is why prevention is crucial.
Food delivery drivers work hard to provide an excellent service to their customers, only to get paid less than minimum wage and rarely any tips. Customers should realize the risks these employees take, and have the common courtesy to tip them ranging from 10-20% of their order. These jobs are the only source of income for many of the workers which means they rely on tips by customers of the platforms.

Delivery drivers deserve a better wage

January 12, 2022
Making up 95% of COVID-19 cases in the US, Omicron has hit the pandemic record. During this dangerous time, delivery drivers are risking their health for the convenience of customers only to get paid less than minimum wage for their effort which is unjust considering the hard work they do.
Charles Ellis helps customers Stephen Clark and Melissa Enright of Valley Glen with a Christmas tree they picked out while shopping at Santa & Sons Christmas Trees in Los Angeles Sherman Oaks neighborhood. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

How to survive family toxicity during the holidays

December 7, 2021

Politics, left versus right, and all things politically correct: how do you survive the dark side of the family drama during the holiday season. The phrase “don't talk politics at the dinner table”...

Dr. Jose Fierro, president of Cerritos College, expressed how important student retention is. Dr. Fierro said that it will take a long, collaborative effort to address the concern of enrollment decline.

Enrollment for the spring 2022 semester declines dramatically

December 7, 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been struggling academically nationwide, which led to a decline in enrollment trends throughout community colleges. In comparison to previous years,...

27-year-old musician Harry Styles presented his album, Fine Line, during his tour. Styles cracked jokes with the audience encouraging them to have fun, dance and sing their heart out.

Harry Styles leaves fans starstruck at The Forum

November 23, 2021

Harry Styles presented Love On Tour at The Forum in Inglewood, leaving his diverse crowd in awe with an unforgettable experience he created for them after indie artist Jenny Lewis performed her opening. “We’re...

Singer Harry Styles performed in Los Angeles for three sold out nights from Nov. 17 - 20. Styles fanbase was moved by the way he performed his incredible falsettos, choreography and with his hard working instrumental team.

Harry Styles melts hearts after giving stunning show at The Forum

November 23, 2021

If you’re ever curious who the dream man is, the answer is Harry Styles. Starting off his tour in Nevada, charming Harry Styles concluded his Love On Tour with three sold out shows at The Forum in...

Icelandic artist Björgúlfsson displays his masterpiece called Artics Are Not For Everyone. This display represents various themes such as evolution, nature and humanity. The exhibit runs from Oct. 24 - Nov. 6 at Cerritos College in the fine arts buildiing.

Heimir Björgúlfsson’s unique habitat at Cerritos College

November 3, 2021

Heimir Björgúlfsson's exhibition called “Arctics Are Not For Everyone," represents the effects of urbanization and climate change in a natural environment. His art is displayed in the Cerritos College...

Muslims fear going to their place of worship because of previous hate incidents against their religion. Its heartbreaking for them to deal with this struggle on a daily basis. Muslims experience a large amount of verbal and/or physical harassment for practicing Islamic faith. Photo credit: Fatima Durrani

Muslims shouldn’t fear going to their place of worship

October 21, 2021

Advocates must demand Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein to provide religious security for minorities like Muslims in mosques, it will be the first step towards the abolishment of hatred for Muslims.Islamophobia...

President Jose Fierro discusses the requirement of vaccination cards starting Nov. 1. The vaccine and mask mandate will remain effective throughout the spring 2022 semester. COVID-19 cases have decreased at Cerritos College and Dr. Fierro hopes to keep them down by implementing guidelines in accordance to CDC.

President Fierro discusses vaccine requirement for spring 2022

October 21, 2021

Cerritos College President Dr. Jose Fierro reminded students, faculty, staff and visitors to upload their proof of weekly testing or vaccination onto the digital health screening website called Optimum...

Proven ways to reduce stress podcast

Proven ways to reduce stress podcast

October 20, 2021
In this podcast are proven methods by psychologists on how to relieve stress or anxiety.
A Field Guide To The Timelessness of Now can be seen on the fine arts building at Cerritos College from Oct. 10th - 23rd.

Jason Jenn displays a metallic masterpiece at Cerritos College

October 20, 2021

Jason Jenn constructed an exhibition titled “A Field Guide To The Timelessness of Now," which represents the reminiscence of custom arranged mandalas within nature. The exhibit runs from Oct. 10 - Oct....

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.

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...

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.

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.

Mental Health therapists 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. This event takes 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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