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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Jenny Gonzalez

Jenny Gonzalez, Fall 2017 Editor in Chief

Jenny Gonzalez is the Fall 2017 Editor-in-Chief at Talon Marks. She initially joined Talon Marks to copy edit and decided to pursue more than copyediting. She has previously held the Opinion Editor position for Fall 2016 semester and News Editor for Spring 2017 semester. Jenny's major is English with a minor in journalism and hopes to transfer to UCLA or UC Berkeley.  She hopes to work in a publishing house and will pursue a Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She also wants to own her own bookstore one day.

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ASCC President Karen Patron sitting in her office. Patron hesitated signing the legislation after speaking to Cerritos College President Jose Fierro. Photo credit: David Jenkins

Elton John bill vetoed

December 5, 2017

Legislation that was previously approved to have musician Elton John host a benefit for the Cerritos College Music Department has been vetoed by student government President Karen Patron. The veto was...

Sex offenders should not be defended

November 27, 2017

With the beginning of what Talon Marks News Editor David Jenkins has coined, “the Weinstein effect,” the influx of people in all industries calling out their predators and speaking out against sexual...

ASCC approves Elton John benefit

November 15, 2017

Elton John has been approved by Associated Students of Cerritos College senate to host a benefit partially funded by The Cerritos College Foundation and ASCC. It will cost $1 million dollars for Elton...

Sociology major Carina Rodriguez speaking to ASCC senate, alongside her, Luis Guzman history major. They spoke on bringing awareness to students about resources. Photo credit: David Jenkins

Student Awareness Proposal supported by ASCC

November 15, 2017

The Cerritos College Student Awareness Proposal webpage that provides numerous resources for the student body was approved 20-2 of the senators voting yea at the ASCC Senate meeting. At the Wednesday,...

Big Mouth is literally a mouthful

October 11, 2017

Big Mouth is all of four things: grotesque, hilarious, insightful and disgusting. The show, aired on Sept. 29 on Netflix, has amassed an 8.3 out of 10 rating on IMDb out of 4,222 votes. Two literal ‘Hormone...

Falcons’ N0. 6 cornerback Josh Cladwell fails to tackle Riversides’ No.4 wide receiver Malik Holcomb. The Falcons lost to Riverside 30-21. Scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter and one touchdown in the fourth. Photo credit: David Jenkins

Football Loses 30-21 Riverside

October 4, 2017

Tensions rose several times when the Falcons played the undefeated Riverside Tigers, Cerritos College longtime rivals. At the Saturday, Sept. 30 game, Riverside dominated Falcons 31-20 with a 14-0 lead...

Board of trustees and student government grapple for funds

September 22, 2017

In light of growing deficits, the Board of Trustees is on the hunt for extra money and may be looking to tap into some funds that were previously allocated to ASCC. It's Sept. 6 meeting, the board reviewed...

Norm Reeves to use former strawberry field as storage facility, making locals restless

September 11, 2017

Since Honda brand cars owned by the Norm Reeves dealership were seen parked in the empty lot during the summer, students, politicians and community members all have something different to say about Cerritos...

Half of parking lot 7 closed for sewage and asphalt repairs

Half of parking lot 7 closed for sewage and asphalt repairs

September 5, 2017

More than 100 parking spaces will be expected to be closed off throughout September in Lot 7.Specifically, 116 spots will be closed off closest to Studebaker Road, affecting students that normally park...

Norm Reeves Honda are taking up two whole rows of the South parking lot of Cerritos. They are destined to move to the former strawberry fields Photo credit: David Jenkins

Norm Reeves rents Cerritos College property to store cars, makes a foundation donation

August 22, 2017

Cerritos College has recently begun a partnership with Norm Reeves Honda to store extra cars on a five acre vacant lot, formerly occupied by a strawberry field from Manassero Farms on 166th St. and Studebaker...

Former Compassion In Action club adviser Kim Berling introducing the concept of Effective Altruism and the C.I.A club during the Philosophy club meeting on Tuesday Nov. 15. Berling worked at Cerritos College for two years before she was forced to resign. Photo credit: Perla Lara

Philosophy professor resigned after investigation reveals possible abuse by superior

August 7, 2017

Documents obtained by Talon Marks indicate philosophy instructor Kim Berling was possibly terminated unjustly on Tuesday, July 25 after an investigation was conducted against former chair of the philosophy...

Board pre-approves tentative Cerritos College budget

June 26, 2017

The tentative budget for Cerritos College that affects all students, faculty and staff was pre-approved by the board of trustees.The presentation held by Cerritos College President Dr. Jose Fierro on Wednesday...

Board of Trustee applicant James Cody Birkey is interviewed by the Board of Trustees to fill the vacant spot. He was rated by the board and received a total of 167 points, whereas the second and third place applicants received a total of 155 points. Photo credit: David Jenkins

New board member Birkey chosen for vacant spot, Student Trustee Avalos sworn in

June 10, 2017

PLL Vice President James Cody Birkey stated, "Lets build our community college together," in his opening speech during the interview held by the Board of Trustees to fill the vacant spot left by former...

Reading is better than smoking crack

May 8, 2017

Reading books can save lives. If you didn't already know this, according to an article by Reader's Digest, "A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer's disease, slash stress levels, encourage...

Newly elected Vice President David Rameriz at ASCC Senate speaking on allowing senate to be apart of the discussion conerning fiscal budget 2017-2018. The admendment was approved and senate was allowed to discuss what is and what should not be on the budget. Photo credit: David Jenkins

The 2017-2018 ASCC budget discussed for approval by ASCC Senate

May 2, 2017

ASCC Senate mainly discussed the 2017-2018 proposed budget which needs to be approved before the end of the semester. In comparison to last year, senate quickly approved the majority of the budget, while...

(from left) Judge Peter Espinoza, Cerritos College Counselor MiaSarah Cesena, Probation Officer Jennifer Salverson and students celebrate the scholarship recipients on Thursday, April 6. Nine students were awarded scholarships that ranged from $250-$750 dollars.

[Photo] Court 2 College gives scholarships

April 11, 2017

(from left) Judge Peter Espinoza, Cerritos College Counselor MiaSarah Cesena, Probation Officer Jennifer Salverson and students celebrate the scholarship recipients on Thursday, April 6. Nine students...

Election winners for presidential candidates, student trustee

April 11, 2017

Waking up at 5 a.m., speaking in night and 6:30 a.m. classes, and running back and forth with blistered feet is what Raul Avalos went through during election week. Separate elections for the presidential...

ASCC Senate discuss incoming preferred name change policy

April 5, 2017

Cerritos College is currently in the process of creating a policy that will implement a new system for those that have preferred names. The question whether the preferred name of a student should be on...

Film club works with non-profit

April 4, 2017

In Production President Kristin Quick said, “I think the best part about working with the community is because we are all still students at community college, we are still developing our skills,...

Student Trustee candidates pictured (from left): Joseph Escandon, Melanie Walters, Talon Marks staff writer David Jenkins, Raul Avalos, and Marlene Estrada. The forum was approximately 30 minutes long. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Talon Marks hosts Student Trustee Forum

March 29, 2017

The Student Trustee Presidential Forum hosted by Talon Marks lacked student attendance and audience engagement with less than 20 students. The candidates are as follows: Joseph Escandon, Melanie Walters,...

ASCC Senator wants Vice President impeached

March 18, 2017

Senate Pro Tempore Gurpreet Ubbu is adamant about having Vice President Enrique Rodriguez impeached initially due to her request to have an item about extending the library hours that was constantly overlooked....

Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on immigrants cause unease for Dreamers

March 1, 2017

The impact of recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement tactics and President Trump’s administration proposals administering strict immigration control has affected several of the Dreamer students...

Theater employee dead at 47

Theater employee dead at 47

February 8, 2017

According to the Los Angeles Coroner's report, Renee Bloch died by suicide and was found dead in her home last Thursday. Bloch was the Performing Arts Promotion Specialist in the Fine Arts/Communications...

Dr. Haas approved to attend conference in Ireland

February 8, 2017

Board of Trustees approved Dr. John Haas to go to Northern Ireland for a conference regarding his paper ‘Written Out of History: Irish Women Weaving Webs of Peace’ at the 19th anniversary of Good Friday...

Research essay contest set to be hosted Fall 2017

February 8, 2017

President Dr. Fierro and Dean of Liberal Arts David Fabish are in the process of planning out the President’s Award for Scholarly Essay to be set for Fall 2017. Fabish initially brought the idea...

Hagop Najarian left and his wife pictured at the Washington D.C. protest. Over one million people showed up to the event. Photo credit: Hagop Najarian

Professor Najarian marches in Washington

January 26, 2017

Professor of Art & Design Hagop Najerian and his family decided to travel to Washington D.C. for the Women’s March and expressed that he had no idea of the magnitude of people at the march. He...

Students and Faculty look upon the flooded success center as the damage is assessed. The flooding occurred on the afternoon of Friday, Jan 20, 2017. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

SoCal storms bring damage to Student Success Center

January 23, 2017

At approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 the Success Center was slightly flooded due to a back up drainage pipe near the rear exit of the building. The flooding caused damage to the carpets but not...

Eligibility workers Lizette Nieto (left) and Cindy Monarrez (right) held a booth at Falcon Square for Department of Public Social Services on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Enrollment Counselor James Kim (far right) assisted students with questions they had regarding Covered California. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

White House encourages students to sign up for healthcare

January 20, 2017

At a time when the fate of the nations healthcare is up in the air, the students and falculty of Cerritos College have yet to give up hope. Over break, the college in conjunction with the Active Minds...

Hall of Fame inductees announced for ceremony in March

January 20, 2017

The inductees for the 2017-18 Hall of Fame ceremony were announced in December 2016. They are as follows: Distinguished Female Athlete – April Brown (Track and Field) Distinguished Male Athlete...

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December 7, 2016

Rory on the Gilmore Girls revival makes me feel like a failure

December 7, 2016

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life literally tore my heart to pieces and brought an overflow of tears I am not used to. The presence of many characters such as Kirk, Taylor Doosey, Babette, Michel and...

Pictured from left to right: Giovanni Ruiz, Jorge Ramos, Cesar Garcia, Jose Trejo, Gilberto Cuevas. The team celebrate Ruiz’s performance as Mr. PBL, where the contestants have to showcase thier talents. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Phi Beta Lambda adviser nominates members for hard work

December 6, 2016

What do you think when you hear Phi Beta Lambda? Contrary to popular believe it is not a fraternity. Phi Beta Lambda is known as the business club on campus. PBL is one the most active clubs on campus...

Jorge Ramos at Phi Beta Lambdas State Fall Business Leadership Conference 2016 cheering for Cerritos College chapter at the inter-chapter olympics. Cerritos College held the biggest chapter with 29 delegates. Photo credit: Chantal Romero

Phi Beta Lambda heads to Silicon Valley for state conference

November 27, 2016

Cerritos College Phi Beta Lambda chapter has been present at State Fall Business Leadership Conference. This year a total of 29 participants were able to represent the chapter. On Friday, Nov. 18, PBL...

New club on campus SACC created to bridge gap between students and student-athletes

November 16, 2016

Pole vault coach and faculty advisor Alycia Wagner decided it was time to start a club that involved the athletic department and student-athletes.The Student Athletic Captain's Council is comprised mainly...

November 16 – Page 3

November 15, 2016

Showing Veterans appreciation and respect

Showing Veterans appreciation and respect

November 15, 2016

Veteran's Resource Specialist Glen Pena said, "[Veteran's Day] means honoring those who have served and paying respect to the men and women who have made sacrifices, and the families as well, not just...

November 2 – Page 3

November 2, 2016

October 26 – Page 3

October 25, 2016

The Envelope, a podcast: Love & Sex -The art of the break-up (In Conclusion)

October 21, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

October 19 – Page 3

October 19, 2016

The Envelope, a podcast: Love & Sex – The art of winning the break-up

October 18, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

The Envelope, a podcast: Love & Sex The art of the break-up (Coping)

October 15, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and also here with Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor);...

The Envelope, a Podcast: The art of the break-up (Benji’s break-up)

October 14, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

The Envelope, a Podcast: The art of the break-up (Chantal’s break-up)

October 13, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on https://www.talonmarks.com/opinion/2016/09/20/the-envelope-the-art-of-breaking-up/ The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez...

Women of Juarez play turns out to be exceptional

October 12, 2016

The Women of Juárez showing was not what was expected, it was a harrowing experience due to the graphic nature of several scenes. The first scene featured the actors, both men and women dancing,...

Women of Juarez play fills up Studio Theatre for opening day

October 12, 2016

On Friday, October 8 in the Studio Theater, Women of Juarez by Ruben Amavizca-Murua opened to a full house, comprised largely of theater arts students. The play reflects on the femicides taking place...

October 12 – Page 3

October 12, 2016

The Envelope, a podcast: The self-awareness manifesto

October 10, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

The Envelope, a podcast: Bumfiddling with food

October 3, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

September 28 – Page 3

September 28, 2016

Gurpreet Ubbu, business information management major, presents the guidelines to follow for the personal essay. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides the opportunity to study abroad to intern in a different country or learn a critical need language. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Gilman International Study abroad scholarship offers $5,000 for study abroad opportunity

September 27, 2016

Biochemistry major Kevin Gallegos said, “If I could do an internship for a pharmaceutical company in Japan, that [would be] amazing." The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship provides...

Journalism major Monique Nethignton is disgusted at the lack of free things on campus. Food and scantrons should come at no cost. Photo credit: Benjamin Garcia

The Envelope, a podcast: Bumfiddling with books

September 26, 2016

Monique Nethington: We're here on The Envelope with (multimedia editor and columnist) Benji Garcia and Jenny Gonzalez (opinion editor) and my name is Monique Nethington (sports editor); and I'm the girl...

September 14: Page 3

September 14, 2016

Screenshoot from Orgsync.com Photo credit: Perla Lara

OrgSync gains positive response from student body

September 14, 2016

OrgSync is an online platform ASCC funded to digitally organize the clubs at Cerritos College.Kay Uraizee, mechanical engineer major and BioChem Club member, states, "I use it for doing surveys and to...

August 31 – Page 3

August 30, 2016

Andres Vergara, Commissioner of Budget & Finance presents the 2016-17 ASCC Budget for the Senate. The topic that lasted the longest to discuss was Falcon Kids and whether or not the budget should be cut.

[Photo] Student Activities budget rolled over after failed spring vote

August 30, 2016

Andres Vergara, Commissioner of Budget & Finance presents the 2016-17 ASCC Budget for the Senate. The topic that lasted the longest to discuss was Falcon Kids and whether or not the budget should be cut.

August 24 – Page 5

August 23, 2016

The Olympics are not important

August 23, 2016

Indifference to the Olympics doesn’t even begin to cover the harsh irrelevance for this exhausting frenzy. Knowing that the Games are ending soon is comforting because although they are a long-standing...

Mexican regional genre singer Larry Hernandez headlined the concert for the Cerritos College Musica and Sports festival on Saturday July 30. The amount of people that showed up for the Hernandez concert was astounding. Those in regular seating were asked to fill in VIP slots. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Low turnout for Larry Hernandez concert

August 4, 2016

The Music and Sports Festival anticipated greater community engagement due to the Larry Hernandez concert, but the turnout was lower than expected. Hernandez performed a concert on Saturday, July 30,...

Goodbye tacos, hello Subway!

May 10, 2016

Subway coming to Cerritos College is a good thing because they have healthier alternatives than Taco Bell.Many students may have liked Taco Bell because it was a cheaper option to what The Bowl and Burdog...

More than 30 students complete the Scholars Honors Program.In order to qualify, students need a minimum 3.0 GPA and place into English 100 and Math 80. Photo credit: Matthew Botello

Scholars Honors Program hosts its 19th annual graduation ceremony

May 7, 2016

Cerritos College hosted its 19th annual Transfer Ceremony for the Scholars Honors Program. The event was held on Wednesday, April 27 at the Student Center.More than 30 students graduated the event. Kimberly...

High school students gathered in front of the Fine Arts Building for senior preview day. Students were able to talk to different clubs that are offered to students on campus. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

High school students visit for senior preview day

May 3, 2016

Potential freshmen roamed the campus hoping to find a place within the community at Cerritos College. Senior Preview Day saw approximately 970 senior high school students from multiple schools on campus. Students...

Senate approves Talon Marks full funding

May 3, 2016

The student newspaper, Talon Marks and Go Green Task Force funding were the primary topics discussed at the Wednesday, April 27 ASCC Senate meeting. Talon Marks’ budget was on the brink of becoming...

Andres Vergara, Commissioner of Budget & Finance presents the 2016-17 ASCC Budget for the Senate. The topic that lasted the longest to discuss was Falcon Kids and whether or not the budget should be cut. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Proposed budget changes for Falcon Kids and Talon Marks

April 27, 2016

Tensions rose as student senators were pressed for time as they discussed certain items on the agenda. Andres Vergara, Commissioner of Budget and Finance, presented a tentative ASCC Budget for the 2016-2017...

Dr. Gaik discusses the effects of over-fishing the endangered species, bluefin tuna. According to a recent study, only about 40,000 adult Pacific blue-fin tuna remain in the ocean due to increased hunting. Photo by: Jenny Gonzalez/ TM

Go Green Task Force shows Jiro Dreams of Sushi

April 26, 2016

Go Green Task Force hosted a documentary filming of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a film based on an 85-year old master sushi chef named Jiro Ono along with a panel discussion. Some of Dr. Gaik’s students...

Blood Drive seeks to increase donations for those in need

April 14, 2016

According to Blood Drive volunteer Dwayne Walker, few people donate blood and donations need to happen often. From Monday, April 11-April 14 The Red Cross will be at Cerritos College looking for people...

12 hour dance marathon presented by Defeat Destitution Campaign

April 11, 2016

Cerritos College President Jose Fierro updated Senate during executive report on a safety security matter and a senator introduced a 12-hour dance marathon at the Wednesday, April 8 senate meeting. Fierro...

Rosa Pimentel (far left) and Jessica Romero finish off the even with closing remarks. They expressed what needed to be done to transfer to UCLA. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

UCLA welcomes transfer students to become Bruins

April 5, 2016

The UCLA representatives hosting Transfer Day have updates regarding the personal questions transfer students must answer that are part of the enrollment process. Transfer Day was held Friday, April...

Mastercard will begin using ‘Selfie Pay’

March 10, 2016

Mastercard is introducing a new app that allows users to make purchases while using fingerprint technology and by taking selfies. The app takes it a step further by making the user blink to prevent hackers...

Colleges look for more than high school punishment history

March 3, 2016

Many students in high school will be put into situations where they have a right to defend themselves from bullies, and will face consequences for their actions, which will result in suspension, but that...

Umoja students, Christy Angeles (far left) and Eduardo Flores (far right), amongs other students host Jeopardy for Black History Month.  Umoja students created a fun atmosphere for the quiz filled event. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Umoja brings knowledge to students through jeopardy

February 29, 2016

Umoja students created their own version of Jeopardy by using a game-based learning platform named Kahoot. Approximately 30 students attended the event sponsored by Dr. Gaik and the Umoja students held...

Physical books dominate over e-books for many reasons. There is nothing like the feeling of flipping pages and opening a textbook. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

E-books lose preference poll, as expected

February 28, 2016

There are a myriad of reasons why physical books are much better to read from than digital books. Physical books have unique traits that differ from electronic books; they offer a richer, classic reading...

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February 10, 2016

The presenters thanked everyone who attended the Black History Kickoff Event. There will be more evenrts throughout the month that students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend that relate to Black History month. Photo credit: Jenny Gonzalez

Black History Month kickoff event renders unexpected results

February 10, 2016

African drummers performed in the Student Center for the Black History Month Kickoff event and the reaction of the audience was unexpected. The Black History Month Planning Committee, made up of students,...

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