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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Gustavo Lopez

Gustavo Lopez, Online Editor

I have coffee for blood and I'm not entirely sure I'm human anymore. I sort of stumbled into journalism and Talon Marks but I'm glad I did because I've always lacked direction, even though I've always been told I'm "smart." I've never really felt smart, more like the world doesn't make sense and I'm just trying to make sense of it. I'm a huge gamer and geek and the very model of a scientist Salarian. One thing you'll hear me say usually after several cups of coffee is either "I am Krogan" or "it had to be me, someone else would have gotten it wrong." I hope the editors and the new staff learn from my past mistakes, as well the ones that came before. I wish everyone the best in whatever they may pursue. Let's kick some ass, write good news and show them Talon Marks is more than just the newspaper. We're a team and family. This is Goose signing off, go get'em. 

All content by Gustavo Lopez

Traditional costumes should not be jokes

November 2, 2016

The abyss of ignorance is ever yawning, some of us resisting it and others pitching head first. Nothing says cannon-balling into the abyss by dressing up as a Native American or say, a member of ISIS...

Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Women are not meant for male consumption

October 18, 2016

Locker room talk? It was a phrase that, up until a week ago, conjured up sweaty male bodies discussing workout regimens or whatever it is that men talk about in locker rooms. Now it conjures up images...

Student releases album

August 23, 2016

The light start of the song “Stranger” is a dreamy contrast to the opening lyric, “Yes, you made me hate myself, that’s why I miss you all of the time,” in Gemma Castro’s...

‘Sausage Party’ is for adults eyes only

August 23, 2016

Sausage Party has all the three f’s for the whole family: food, fun and fundamentally perverse humor. That being said, please don’t take your children to see this movie, because if you...

Students win awards for their dedication

May 13, 2016

The Student Center was host to students, staff, professors and family as they celebrated the hard work of students and faculty together.The ASCC Spring Awards Banquet was held at 6 a.m. on Friday,...

Michael David, part of the Wiccan Club sits at a club table in Falcon Square with artifacts. David created the club in hopes of spreading diversity and finding other people who practice the religion. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

[Photo] Embracing the unknown: The Wiccan Club

May 10, 2016

Michael David, part of the Wiccan Club sits at a club table in Falcon Square with artifacts. David created the club in hopes of spreading diversity and finding other people who practice the religion. Photo...

The Go Green task force hosted an event on Thursday, April 21 where they gave out information about recycling and sustainability. The event was all part of Earth week. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

[Photo] Go green task force to make college more sustainable

April 26, 2016

The Go Green task force hosted an event on Thursday, April 21 where they gave out information about recycling and sustainability. The event was all part of Earth week. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

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March 30, 2016

From Right: Vice presidential candidates Enrique Rueda and Ryan Kang, followed by presidential candidate Joseph Fierro, Enrique Rodriquez and his presidential counterpart Saul Lopez all share their goals at the Monday, March 28 debate. Elections will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Apr. 6 and 7. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

[Photo] Presidential and Trustee Forum showcases ambitious goals

March 29, 2016

From Right: Vice presidential candidates Enrique Rueda and Ryan Kang, followed by presidential candidate Joseph Fierro, Enrique Rodriquez and his presidential counterpart Saul Lopez all share their goals...

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March 3, 2016

Sheriff gathered at the 7-Eleven on Studebaker and Alondra. According to a Cerritos College student witness, about four to five shots were fired.

Deputy involved in second off-campus shooting within two days

February 24, 2016

Update 1:23 a.m. According to Lieutenant Hernandez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, the driver of a white Acura located at 7-Eleven on Alondra and Studebaker, was taken to...

Lieutenant Victor Lewandowski, with the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, released a statement regarding the shooting that occurred at the 711.

Posted by Talon Marks on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Adult male shot and killed in College Square parking lot

February 23, 2016

Update 10:15 p.m. According to Lieutenant Victor Lewandowski of the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, a report of the shooting being gang related is being investigated. Lewandowski stated that...

The lions costumes that the Wong Tai Sen Lion dance group used during their performance. Sau Ho, the teacher, said that the group has as many as 15 performances a day around this celebration.

Lunar New Year welcomes love and good fortune

February 19, 2016

Love and good fortune, were the themes for Chinese Lunar New Year. Cerritos College celebrated Lunar New Year on Wednesday, Feb. 17, with dance performances, activities and Panda Express. According...

Faculty Senate raises concerns in drop deadlines

February 5, 2016

Classes closed for students last Friday but somehow some professors end up with students who were enrolled in the class but not on the roster. This led to crowded classes and some students out of a class. This...

Zach Sipe, philosphy major, exiting the now closed off main stacks in the library. The divider had been planned for years by Carl Bangston but it wasn't until a recent increase in noise complaints that the divider was added. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

[Photo] Campus library implements noise divider

January 20, 2016

Zach Sipe, philosphy major, exiting the now closed off main stacks in the library. The divider had been planned for years by Carl Bangston but it wasn't until a recent increase in noise complaints that...

Michael Timoney with a fellow GIPS performer. Making use of their quick wit on stage, the GIPS performers used cues and suggestions from the audience to deliver comedy sketches.

Improv group rolled up good laughs

December 8, 2015

It takes a quick wit to be able to preform improv, and the Generic Improv Peep Show crew for the Bring Them Back Alive show delivered on Saturday Dec 5. On it's second night, the audience was treated to...

Weekly Geek Nov.18

December 3, 2015

Weekly Geek Oct.28

December 3, 2015

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State senator Tony Mendoza greets a community member at Operation Gobble. This is Mendoza's first year participating in the event as a senator. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Operation Gobble provides turkeys for less fortunate

November 26, 2015

The holiday of Thanksgiving is one that is rife with images of feasting and turkeys, but sometimes there are those who are less fortunate. That's why 32nd Senate District Senator Tony Mendoza and his...

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." (Lucasfilm)

#BoycottStarWars is disgusting

November 23, 2015

With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" just a month away, nothing can ruin the excitement from every Star Wars fan. Except unrepentant racism it seems. Amidst the excitement, there were complaints that...

Members of a community dance group perform a Mongolian dance during International Education Week’s event in the Student Center at Cerritos College. The dance presents the rugged, heroic and hard-working spirit of the Mongolian people. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Cerritos College celebrates Chinese culture

November 20, 2015

Regina Ybanez, international admissions technician, believes that introducing different cultures to the Cerritos College community creates respect and appreciation. During the International Education...

Improv actors during rehearsals for Bring Them Back Alive. The upcoming show will celebrate the 30th anniversary of improv at Cerritos College.

Photo courtesy of Forrest Hartl

Improv with all-star alumni

November 19, 2015

An average person would find the idea of being on stage without a script a daunting prospect, but Cerritos College alumna Oralia Urias doesn’t only perform improv, she uses her nervousness to fuel...

Sticking to the point with animal captivity

November 18, 2015

The thought of whales or orcas in captivity is a topic fraught with strong emotions, anecdotal evidence.So to remain objective is something Professor Corinne Sutherland hopes students take away from her...

Facon midfielder Mark Sanchez (far right), setting up another shot to score while El Camino-Compton Center Tartars defend the team's goal. The Falcons won the game 2-0.

[Photo] Men’s soccer sink El Camino-Compton Center’s dwindling morale

November 13, 2015

Facon midfielder Mark Sanchez (far right), setting up another shot to score while El Camino-Compton Center Tartars defend the team's goal. The Falcons won the game 2-0.

Tammy Tsai, a music instructor, performing the violin alongside Brice Russell on the piano. The duo performed Johannes Brahms in the Faculty Gala on Sunday, Nov. 15.

[Photo] Faculty Gala nurtures love for classical music

November 16, 2015

Tammy Tsai, a music instructor, performing the violin alongside Brice Russell on the piano. The duo performed Johannes Brahms in the Faculty Gala on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Voris Meeks, weighing in at 149 pounds, pinned Palomar’s Arturo Osorio, also weighing in at 149 pounds.  “I’ve been working on my setups all week and I thought I had him[Osorio] down,” Meeks said.

[Photo] Wrestling team pries victory from Palomar

November 11, 2015

Voris Meeks, weighing in at 149 pounds, pinned Palomar’s Arturo Osorio, also weighing in at 149 pounds. “I’ve been working on my setups all week and I thought I had him[Osorio] down,” Meeks said.

Technology and its influence on our eating habits

November 10, 2015

Do you ever think about where and how our food comes to us? Aside from the obvious answer, which is of course from of a grocery store, but beyond that.That is a line of thought that Professor of pharmacy...

Disabled Students Program and Services Counselor Aurora Segura (far right) and culinary arts major Joshua Kwak, (right) speaking to his mentor Claudia Macias (far left), a DSPS counselor at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Kwak said he enjoyed his time with his mentor.

[Photo] Mentoring Day aims to get rid of stereotypes

October 25, 2015

Disabled Students Program and Services Counselor Aurora Segura (far right) and culinary arts major Joshua Kwak, (right) speaking to his mentor Claudia Macias (far left), a DSPS counselor at Los Angeles...

Conference on birth of science gets mental gears turning

October 24, 2015

Nothing gets the mental gears turning than philosophical discourse. Especially if it involves Renee Descartes and Gallileo. Dr. Patricia Easton, professor of philosophy at Claremont Graduate University,...

A timeless trilogy worth celebrating

October 20, 2015

Today is the day Marty McFly arrives in 2015 to save his son from ending up in prison and ends up unleashing a chain of events in Bback to the Future Part II."That was the day Marty McFly went to the future...

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October 14, 2015

Forward Carolina Jaramillo led the Falcons to victory, scoring 3 of the 6 goals. She said, “I’m starting to get more comfortable with the team.”

[Photo] Jaramillo leads women’s soccer to victory over Pasadena City College

October 11, 2015

Forward Carolina Jaramillo led the Falcons to victory, scoring 3 of the 6 goals. She said, “I’m starting to get more comfortable with the team.”

Cabinet discusses Scantron machines and student committees

October 6, 2015

Associated Students of Cerritos College Cabinet met to discuss the implementation of Scantron vending machines on campus, appointing cabinet representatives and a committee on the rules and regulations...

Campus Police reach out to students

October 5, 2015

It's easy to forget the men and women behind the police uniform, since we see them as people who give us tickets.As a way for students to be able to connect more with Cerritos College Campus Police, the...

JoAnna Schilling named finalist for superintendent job

September 30, 2015

"I think it is important that all of us challenge ourselves in whatever position we fill. That’s how we learn. Often the experience is more important than the outcome," said Dr. JoAnna Schilling,...

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September 29, 2015

Aerodynamics Club member, Jesus Martinez, demonstrates some of the projects the club will work on, to some visiting high school students.

STEM showcase reels in students

September 29, 2015

Despite the hot sun, Vangie Reichwein, program coordinator for science, engineering and math (SEM) department was glad to help during the STEM open house. The open house took place in front of the Physical...

Poncho Sanchez returns home

September 22, 2015

"It was the best, Poncho [Sanchez} is the best, cool groove, good swing," Mayra Reyes-Esquer, whose niece attends Cerritos College, said. Reyes-Esquer came with her parents to see Sanchez. Poncho Sanchez,...

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September 15, 2015

Lewis proposes non-religious invocation to be held in board meetings

September 14, 2015

Trustee member Zurich Lewis proposed that the Board of Trustees start every meeting with an invocation, during the Wednesday, Sept. 2 board meeting.An invocation, is a call for wisdom or call to authority,...

Budget forum tracks the school’s money

September 7, 2015

Vice President of Business Services David El Fattal hosted a budget forum to break it down for staff and administration. The budget forum was for the adopted budget and took place on Thursday, Sept. 3,...

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August 25, 2015

New center gives DSPS students better services

August 25, 2015

The high tech center in the DSPS building, offers students with disabilities a wide variety of services such as text-to-speech technology, braille printers and scanners that allow students to scan their...

Is planned parenthood all about abortion?

August 24, 2015

Abortion. Nothing sends hardcore conservatives into a rage than that single word, well except for the phrase "gun control." Except when the topic is being discussed, inevitably it will lead to Planned...

With acting experience under his belt and his familiarity with the roles, Cabrera expresses his confidence. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

[Photo] Students want a part of the Shakespeare steampunk makeover

August 24, 2015

With acting experience under his belt and his familiarity with the roles, Cabrera expresses his confidence. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Christian event offers real world experience to cosmetology students

August 6, 2015

Students of the Cerritos Cosmetology department participated at the Back-to-School bash at the La Palma Christian Center. The Back-to-School Bash was a community event that gave away a backpack full of...

Last days in the office

June 30, 2015

Cerritos College President Linda Lacy woke up on the morning of Tuesday, June 30 at 4:30 a.m., did her workout and fed her two dogs Runt, an Australian shepard and Sadie, a black lab as well as her two...

The women's track and field team was recognized by the Board of Trustees for a state championship win. The team holds 14 top 5 marks while simultaneously obtaining the greatest total GPA of all of teams on campus Photo credit: Karla Enriquez

Outstanding athletes recognized at board meeting

June 18, 2015

The board of trustees recognized the women's track and field team for a state champonship win, received a presentation on the iFalcon initiative and discussed the board's decision on an anonymous complaint...

The June 10 Board of Trustees meeting was a study session where Dr. David El Fattal presented the tentative budget for 2015-2016. Among the big topics in the presentation were the addition of 120 sections and the extension of the library hours of operation. Photo credit: Karla Enriquez

Cerritos budget allows for more classes and student services

June 12, 2015

The board of trustees discussed the tentative budget for the fiscal year of 2015-2016, with a focus using the reserve money to increase student development and success, an addition of sections or classes,...

Vaccinate your damn kids or die

May 12, 2015

There was a time when children weren’t a biological terrorist threat. In an effort to curtail the amount of ancient diseases from making a re-emergence among us, California legislators have proposed...

Batteries fully charged for Lacy

May 12, 2015

When not attending Cerritos College events or in board meetings, Cerritos College President Linda Lacy can be found behind an off-road vehicle or boating, or reading murder mysteries for fun.These are...

New Cerritos College president chosen

New Cerritos College president chosen

May 6, 2015

After an hour of closed session deliberation, the Board of Trustees announced that by unanimous decision, Dr. Jose Fierro of Laramie County Community College, will be the new Cerritos College president,...

Weekly Geek | April 29

Weekly Geek | April 29

May 2, 2015

Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Lopez and Staff Writer Carl Holguin talk about the Dragonball Super series, the canceling of Silent Hills and X-Men Apocalypse.

Budgeting proposal calls for attention

April 28, 2015

The new ASCC budget proposal had the majority of the Cerritos Falcons show up to the ASCC Senate room. The proposal was brought to the ASCC Senate meeting on April 22, during which a large number of...

Weekly Geek | April 15

Weekly Geek | April 15

April 20, 2015

Gustavo Lopez and Carlos Holguin break down news on A.K.A Jessica Jones, Mortal Kombat X, and more in this week's installment.

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ASCC Vice Presidential Candidate | Athena Sanchez

ASCC Vice Presidential Candidate | Athena Sanchez

April 7, 2015

Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Lopez sits down ASCC Vice Presidential candidate Athena Sanchez. She reiterates her platform alongside running mate Hope Garcia, how she became her running mate and how she hopes...

ASCC Presidential Candidate | Hope Garcia

ASCC Presidential Candidate | Hope Garcia

April 7, 2015

Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Lopez sat down with ASCC Presidential candidate Hope Garcia to talk about her goals, her motivations and her past experiences.

Student Trustee Candidate | Sana Khalid

Student Trustee Candidate | Sana Khalid

April 7, 2015

Student Trustee Candidate Sana Khalid talks about her experiences as ASCC commissioner of outreach and her goals if elected as student trustee.

Victor Villalobos | Student Trustee Candidate | April 3

Victor Villalobos | Student Trustee Candidate | April 3

April 7, 2015

Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Lopez sits down with with Student Trustee candidate Victor Villalobos to discuss his platform, his motivations for running and improving student life.

PBL members Aldemar Sanchez, Johanna Hernandez and Roxanna Lopez recieving fifth place in hospitality management from Director of Membership Angad Singh Padda. Several of the competitions were ones compromised of group efforts. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

‘Cerritos College does offer quality education,’ Business Professor Jerry Ramos

April 3, 2015

“This is a culmination of heart, desire and the determination of our students to say ‘Cerritos College does offer quality education’ and it’s a testament that we can compete with...

Weekly Geek | April 1

Weekly Geek | April 1

April 2, 2015

Staff Writer Carlos Marquez and Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Lopez discuss Tron: Ascension, the reveal of Age of Ultron's the Vision, X-Men Apocalypse, The Smithsonian's Wonder Woman invisible jet, Mad Max:...

[Video] Spring Festival Kicks Off With Academic Decathlon

April 2, 2015

Spring festival kicked off with an Academic Decathlon on Tuesday, March 24. 21 clubs participated in the event with questions ranging from entertainment, automotive, math and English.

Weekly Geek | March 25

Weekly Geek | March 25

March 26, 2015

Carlos Holguin and Gustavo Lopez discuss upcoming Marvel movies, set back in the release of Arkham Knight, an X-Files Television series comeback and other headlining geeky news.     Russo...

Students and staff learn how to deal with sexual harassment

March 25, 2015

Humanities Professor Julie Trager hosted a sexual harassment and Title IX training after she realized that students in her class and outside of it had almost no knowledge about the resources available...

Students and staff unite against sexual assault

March 14, 2015

Students on campus have voiced their concerns over the safety alerts on campus, among them are members of the MEChA club.On March 12, the MEChA club invited students to a safety workshop in which Acting...

Dr. Angelica Loera Suarez answers public forum questions

March 11, 2015

The Teleconference Center was host to the second presidential candidate, Dr. Angelica Loera Suarez, who introduced herself to the audience and answered questions in a public forum.The forum was held from...

Presidential candidate answers forum questions

March 10, 2015

Amid a room overflowing with students, faculty and staff, Dr. Edward Hernandez introduced college presidential candidate Dr. Monte Perez for a public forum. The forum was held in the Teleconference...

Weekly Geek | Feb. 25

Weekly Geek | Feb. 25

March 10, 2015

A show where we break down some of the interesting news that has occurred in pop culture on a week to week basis.

Weekly Geek | March 4

Weekly Geek | March 4

March 10, 2015

Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Lopez and staff writer Carlos Marquez discuss the death of Leonard Nimoy, news about Metal Gear Solid five, and the return of H.P. LoveCraft's Reanimator and more in this edition...

Interview with Charles Caguioa | Feb. 26

Interview with Charles Caguioa | Feb. 26

March 10, 2015

Editor-in-chief Gustavo Lopez sits down with former ASCC Vice President Charles Caguioa to discuss politics, life and Cerritos College.

Cerritos College inducts eight members to hall of fame

March 8, 2015

Amid camaraderie and drinks, the Cerritos College community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of eight individuals in the fourth annual Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the DoubleTree...

ASCC president vetoes legislation

March 4, 2015

The discussion about the Student Affairs Assistants positions has finally reached a conclusion. During ASCC Senate on Feb.18, Senator Ivan Oyarzabal presented legislation SR 14-002, which called for...

Editor’s note: our just approach

March 4, 2015

In the past couple of months, ASCC Senate has been engaging in discussion about the Student Affairs Assistant positions filled by ASCC President Miles Aiello and former Vice President Charles Caguioa....

Student takes the wheel

March 4, 2015

Determined, engaged and focused is how English Professor Jack Swanson described administration of justice major Steven Tataje. An “A” student from Cypress, California, he is always looking...

ASCC President Miles Aiello addresses the senate on Feb. 25.

[Photo] Caguioa officially resigns during ASCC Senate meeting

February 26, 2015

ASCC President Miles Aiello addresses the senate on Feb. 25.

MEChA hopes to bring student unity

February 24, 2015

MEChA or Moviento Estudiantil Chicano/Chicana de Aztlan, is a student movement whose foundations are based in higher education, Chicano or Chicana culture and history. Although based on Chicano roots,...

Student representatives need to be more informed

Student representatives need to be more informed

February 15, 2015

Inside of ASCC Senate meetings, there is one phrase that is thrown around a lot: "for the students." Each and every senator claims to be for the students, 500 per senator to be exact. However, it is...

New student jobs in ASCC raise concerns

February 5, 2015

Dean of Student Services Gilbert Contreras expressed his desire to address the concerns of ASCC Senators regarding the appointment of paid positions to ASCC President Miles Aiello and Vice President Charles...

Our responsibilities as a society

Our responsibilities as a society

February 2, 2015

The assumption that the poor are so because they “don’t work hard enough” or because they chose to be poor is like saying “ha, that person’s dead because he wants to be.” Education, especially...

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