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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Keanu Ruffo

Keanu Ruffo, Sports Editor

Keanu Ruffo is a Journalism major and is the returning Sports Editor for Talon Marks news division here at Cerritos College. Keanu plans to transfer to Cal State Long Beach once’s he’s received his AA degree. His career goal is to work for the NFL Network or ESPN.

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K-POP Music Town holds all goods and albums of K-Pops biggest stars on the stage. Although many groups constantly hit success, it seems like these idols dont receive proper treatment in the media. Photo credit: Keanu Ruffo

Audio Voicer: K-pop’s rise over consistent struggles in Western pop culture

May 24, 2021
Even though it has gained a lot of growth over the years K-pop has still faced a lot of backlash in western territory in music. Bands like BTS have tried to break the molds of it for so long.
K-POP Music Town holds all goods and albums of K-Pops biggest stars on the stage. Although many groups constantly hit success, it seems like these idols don’t receive proper treatment in the media. Photo credit: Keanu Ruffo

K-pop’s rise over consistent struggles in Western pop culture

May 20, 2021
K-pop’s new captivating beats and alluring dances have hit major success globally, even with a language barrier here at home.
Miami Dolphins JaWuan James (70) celebrates with Jerome Baker (55) after Bakers interception to help seal their victory over the New York Jets on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Photo credit:  Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS

NFL players deserve yearly salary despite contract injury loophole

May 6, 2021
NFL memo rule surprisingly reminds teams they're not obligated to pay players who injure themselves away from facilities.
The NCAA headquarters is seen March 13 in Indianapolis after the cancellation of the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo credit:  Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

Division-I recruiters look to deceive, not recruit

April 8, 2021
The hard truths and effects of the recruitment process reveal dark secrets that high school student-athletes should know before they commit to the school of their choice.
Erik Jones also known as Erik Rozez listens to questions being asked to him on Somethingdope podcast on Mar.1, 2021. Jones is a local artist out of Cerritos, Ca who looks to create himself and inspire others. Photo credit: Courtesy of YoungTheJedi

A musical city of Jones, Part Two: Erik Rozez

March 26, 2021
Unlike other rappers, Erik Rozez uses inspiration from other artists, globally famous or local, to inspire his own fan base to be true to themselves.
Audio Story: College athletes deserve to be paid. What’s the holdup?

Audio Story: College athletes deserve to be paid. What’s the holdup?

March 26, 2021
Congress will decide the fate of college athletes being paid after a new bill is proposed by Kansas senator.
Cerritos artist, Calvin Jones, rehearses lyrics before getting ready to record a song. Jones plans to take 2021 by storm as he prepares to release new albums for his fans and the city. Photo credit: 10kfilmgallery

A musical city of Jones, Part One: Calvin Cujo

March 26, 2021
The local artist's dedication and commitment to the studio is a reflection of the way his hometown has shaped his style of music and social life.
Sophomore Point Guard no.2, Joshua Belvin, elevates under the rim to score a hard-worked two points. The basketball team is eager and prepared to go back to practice and start competing in games. Photo credit: Keanu Ruffo

[Photo] Cerritos College Basketball is using the pandemic to get in championship shape

March 17, 2021

Sophomore Point Guard no.2, Joshua Belvin, elevates under the rim to score a hard-worked two points. The basketball team is eager and prepared to go back to practice and start competing in games. Photo...

NCAA President Mark Emmert talks during a news conference before the mens basketball NCAA Tournament Final Four on April 4, 2019, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Aaron Lavinsky/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma Press/TNS

College athletes deserve to be paid. What’s the holdup?

February 25, 2021
Congress will decide the fate of college athletes being paid after a new bill is proposed by Kansas senator.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans celebrate during Super Bowl 55 near Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

Fan-filled sporting events power on despite 471k dead in the U.S.

February 11, 2021
While millions of Americans miss funerals, family gatherings and celebrations to stop the spread of COVID-19, heavily populated sporting events are allowed to continue.
SAN FERNANDO, CA - DECEMBER 01: People wait in line at a walk-up Covid-19 testing site at San Fernando Recreation Park Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 in San Fernando, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Corporations need to provide better communication skills with COVID

December 11, 2020
Diligent planning for global health emergencies can help protect employees, customers, and the business. But plans are only as good as their execution.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talks during events at NBA All-Star weekend on February 15, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago.

Off The Field: Stop scaring your players with vaccines and policies

December 11, 2020

Despite the NBA being front runners to get the COVID-19 vaccine first, games still need to be played inside a bubble and not forcing players to get vaccined . The NBA did a solid job of controlling...

Choreographer performing a dance for the Cerritos College Choreography Showcase on Sunday, Dec.6 at 6pm. The Dance department has been functioning from online at home due to COVID Photo credit: Rebekah Hathaway

Dance department reflects on year while looking to bounce back next fall

December 4, 2020

The Cerritos College Dance department lost more than being able to dance in their studios. They lost a lifestyle. From practicing in a standalone dance building with two brand new studios to practicing...

Valeria Guerra pacing herself during a cross country meet last fall. Guerra and her teammates continue to train while waiting to see if sports will return in the spring.

Cross Country captains pacing through the pandemic

December 2, 2020

Antonio Calderon and Valeria Guerra’s abilities to excel during a meet and in the classroom are the reasons why they are both team captains on the Cerritos College Cross Country team. Unfortunately,...

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin complains to Referee Jerome Boger (23) during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Monday, December 3, 2012. The Redskins defeated the Giants, 17-16. Photo credit: Harry E. Walker/MCT

Off The Field: NFL makes history as leagues first all Black officiating crew is assembled

November 20, 2020

To see an all black officiating crew for the first time in the history of the National Football League, will be a huge accomplishment for the game and the sports world. This citing will recognize the...

Let your mind flow with Mindfulness Mondays

Let your mind flow with Mindfulness Monday’s

November 17, 2020

The student health center at Cerritos College offers Mindfulness Mondays, a drop in Zoom meeting for students to take a moment to breathe and learn how to detach from challenging thoughts and emotions. Cerritos...

Photo credit: Parker Anderson

Off The Field: Bubble environment needs to be NFL’s only option after rise of COVID-19 cases emerge

November 13, 2020

The Nation Football League needs to step up and enforce stricter rules on their teams so the number of COVID-19 cases can decrease. If you’re a player, coach, or team staff member, you should be quarantining...

Ivy League presidents cancel winter sports due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Ivy League presidents cancel winter sports due to rise in COVID-19 cases

November 13, 2020

Unlike the NCAA or the NFL, the Ivy League will continue to play it smart and cancel their sports for the winter to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As much as it hurts to see this, the safety and health...

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08:  Controlling owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers Jeanie Buss stands on the court during a moment of silence held to honor victims of last Sundays mass shooting before the Lakers preseason game against the Sacramento Kings at T-Mobile Arena on October 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 1, Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and injured more than 450 after he opened fire on a large crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The massacre is one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history. Los Angeles won 75-69. Photo credit: Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Off The Field: Team owners flood Trump campaign with dark money

November 6, 2020

It is unjust how billion dollar sports owners can secretly donate millions of dollars to political campaigns such as Trumps and still support their players who are fighting for justice and equality. Yes,...

Lynx forward Napheesa Collier gets fouled by Chicago Sky guard Diamond DeShields during the first half of a WNBA game Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.

Off The Field: WNBA overlooked as being main fighters for equality

November 6, 2020

WNBA players’ voices should not be forgotten or silenced when it comes to fighting against inequality and systemic racism. These women have been at the forefront of these protests, speaking out against...

The Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner (10) strikes against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell in the first inning during Game 6 of the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

Dodgers, Rays ball clubs quarantined following return to home cities

October 30, 2020

When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays stepped off their flights Wednesday evening, they were ordered immediately to self-quarantine. Justin Turner, third baseman for the Dodgers, tested positive...

Players from Pima Community College and Mesa Community College battle it out to help their team win in conference play. Junior college athletes are given an extra year of eligibility to play the sport theyre in after NJCAA passed blanket waiver. Photo credit: Jim Purcell

Junior College athletes granted extra year of eligibilty

October 23, 2020

Junior college athletes do not have to worry or stress anymore about losing a year of eligibility. The National Junior College Athletic Association board of regents approved a blanket waiver on Thursday...

ASU and FSU face off in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

Off The Field: Power 5 conferences are reunited with PAC 12, BIG 10 return

October 2, 2020
Despite saying months ago they would not consider having a season, conference officials went through withdrawals to finally changing their minds on having one.
Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson (27) on a first half run against the New York Giants on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Off The Field: Injury bug strikes NFL ferociously, COVID and trainers are to blame

October 2, 2020
Through three weeks into the 2020 COVID football season, the NFL records the highest amount of injury reports in its history.
There have been all sorts of protests about race, independence and nationality in American and Olympic sports history,

Off The Field: Black athletes’ activism in sports isn’t new, get over it

September 18, 2020
There have been all sorts of protests about race, independence and nationality in American and Olympic sports history,
Kameron Mayhan sparks up a conversation with a referee during a game as he is playing for the HomeTown Favorites. Mayhan is considered an impactful player in every game.

Cerritos men’s basketball adds superstar freshman to roster

September 10, 2020
Kameron Mayhan and the Falcons are set to conquer any team in their path in their upcoming season.
Isabella Kress released two books on poetry which are currently available on Amazon. Ms. Kress is a Cerritos college alumni who was a well known-student in the Culinary Arts department.

Falcon alumna gone too soon

September 4, 2020
Families, friends and coaches mourn the passing of a great falcon.
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Off The Field: NBA teams strike, refuse to play game 5 in response to Kenosha shooting

August 27, 2020
All six teams scheduled to play Wednesday, sit out due to lack of social change made in regards to recent police shooting involving Jacob Blake.
Photo credit: Chris Ware

Congress during COVID: The best circus in town

August 21, 2020
If you're looking for jokes, look no further than how our government treats small businesses during this pandemic.
No.1 leadoff hitter Buck Anderson amongst others are now left to figure out other ways to workout and stay in shape due to COVID-19. Photo credit: nick martinez

Coaches and trainers prepare for athletes return to campus

August 21, 2020
Guidelines are still being looked over by L.A. county to pass off to Cerritos admin for approval
Football players in blue jersey-lined under Grey white cloudy sky during sunset. Players are ready for game time. Photo credit: Binyamin Mellish/Pexels.com

College Football Conferences cancel upcoming season

August 14, 2020
SEC & ACC conferences fight for season while Big 10 cancel play. Pac 12 and Big 12 likely to follow behind Big 10.
In this file photo, with fans reaching for a touch, Michael Jordan steps into the spotlight as hes introduced for the Bulls 5th NBA Championships ring ceremony on Nov. 1, 1997, at the United Center. ESPN recently relased a 10-part-series, The Last Dance, on Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls.

‘The Last Dance’ game-winning shot to secure win for Netflix

August 13, 2020
Sports Documentary Review: Watch Michael Jordan and the Bulls stick together through thick and thin to secure six NBA championships.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson proclaimed in a video released Monday, May 11, 2020, that he is back. Tyson retired from boxing in 2005. Photo Credit: Mark Heim | mheim@al.com

The baddest man on the planet returns to the ring

May 20, 2020
The boxing world just got a whole lot more interesting with a familiar face returning in the last two weeks.
Photo credit: Sofia Gallegos

Don’t be a beach, stay inside!

May 3, 2020
Those who flocked to OC and Ventura beaches didn't follow social distancing guidelines, risking people's lives.
OPINION: Following others just to unfollow them and gain clout is an annoying trend on Instagram.

The follow-unfollow cycle is a social media curse

April 25, 2020
This method of social media engagement has been a popular-unpopular problem in the Instagram community.
Cerritos College football team members watch the action from the sidelines. They wait for their opportunity to get back on the field Nov. 2, 2019

Quarantine Blues: The loss of spring training

April 25, 2020
Cerritos College football players will have to train themselves during the spring as COVID-19 still runs rampant.
The Miami Heats Derrick Jones Jr. ended his run in ESPNs NBA2K Players Tournament ending with a quarterfinal loss to Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell. (John McCall/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Off The Field: The NBA season isn’t over just yet

April 11, 2020
The NBA taking its operations to the world of XBOX and Playstation in response to COVID-19.
Freshman guard Joshua Belvin lay up the ball. Against Santiago Canyon during the Southern California Regional playoffs March 7, 2020. Photo credit: Derrick Coleman

Cerritos spectacular season comes to an end

March 11, 2020

The Cerritos men’s basketball team saw their season come to an end on March 7 after a devastating loss to Santiago Canyon College by a score of 89-67. The Falcons lost in the third round of the Southern...

Photo credit: Magalee Frometa

The wealthy are the threat, not COVID-19

March 4, 2020

Around the world, people have been affected by the deadly coronavirus that has caught everybody by surprise, especially those who aren't fortunate enough to receive health insurance to cover the expense...

Joshua Belvin drives the ball to the basket in the game. Falcons play Ventura College Feb 28, 2020 Photo credit: Derrick Coleman

Cerritos moves into third round of Socal Regional playoff

March 3, 2020

Coming off a first-round bye in the Socal Regional Basketball Playoff, the Cerritos College basketball team won their second-round match on Feb. 28 against Ventura college in a comeback victory by a score...

Freshman point guard No.2 Joshua Belvin hits a step back jumper against a an El Camino defender. Cerritos played El Camino on Friday Feb.14. Photo credit: Keanu Ruffo

Falcons punish El Camino to earn 18th win of the season

February 25, 2020

The Cerritos College men's basketball team earned their 18th win of the season and seventh in conference play after running up the scoreboard against El Camino with a score of 82-67 on Feb.14. This...

The womens basketball team securesthe win against Compton College. Guard Mariah Lora goes for a hook shot against the team on February 19, 2020. Photo credit: Derrick Coleman

Women’s basketball secures win in close game against Compton College

February 24, 2020

The women’s basketball team won a close game against Compton College on Feb. 19 with sophomore guard No. 2, Mariah Lora scoring a career-high of 24 points for the Falcons securing the win with a score...

Super Bowl recap

February 13, 2020

written by Keanu Keanu: Good morning Falcons and welcome to off the field. I'm your host, Keanu. Derrick: I'm Derek, and today we'll be recapping the Super Bowl from last Sunday. Keanu: That was...

Sarah Hernandez Guard 13, drives the ball to the basket from the three point line. Against LA Southwest on February 5, 2020

Cerritos Women’s Basketball earns second straight conference win against LA Southwest

February 12, 2020

The Cerritos college women's basketball team won their conference game against LA Southwest wednesday night by a score of 64-43. The Falcons now sit at an overall record of nine wins and 14 losses. It...

Falcons forward No. 11, Jaishon Forte, steals the ball from a Cougar player and dunks it at the end of the play. Cerritos mens basketball played LA Harbor college on Feb.7, 2020. Photo credit: Keanu Ruffo

Cerritos men’s basketball handles LA Harbor; remains in first place

February 11, 2020

The Cerritos men’s basketball team won their conference match on, Feb. 7 against LA Harbor with a score of 89-65. This win gives the Falcons their 16th win of the season and fifth in conference play. Despite...

Coffee Break: Coronavirus

February 10, 2020

written by Keannu Keanu: Hello Falcons and welcome to coffee break. I'm your host, Keanu Derrick: and I’m Derek Keanu: and today we'll be talking about the recent Corona virus that's been spreading...

Off The Field is a podcast dedicated to sports opinions from various writers within Talon Marks. Podcasts are published weekly.

Off The Field podcast: Kobe Bryant

February 5, 2020

written by Keanu Keanu: hello falcons and welcome to Off the field, I’m your host Keanu Derrick: and I’m derrick Keanu: and today we’ll be talking about the passing of Kobe Bryant. Last sunday...

Off The Field is a podcast dedicated to sports opinions from various writers within Talon Marks. Podcasts are published weekly.

Off The Field podcast: Superbowl 2020

February 3, 2020

Keanu: Hello Falcons and Welcome to another podcast of Off the Field. I'm your host Keanu Daniel: I'm Daniel Derrick: I'm Derrick Keanu: and today we’ll be previewing uh.. for this Sunday’s Super...

Mariah Lora Guard Sophomore guarding Delilah Kimbl-Gray. The Falcons Womens basketball team went on to lose 62-54 on Jan 15. 2020. Photo credit: Derrick Coleman

Cerritos Women’s Basketball loses a tough one to ELAC

January 21, 2020

The Cerritos College Women's basketball team lost their game on Jan. 15 to the Huskies of East Los Angeles College with a score of 62-54. This loss makes it Cerritos' tenth loss of the season while...

Headphones for homeless

Headphones for homeless

May 28, 2019

Paul Avila says his 22-year-old son Pauly is his inspiration. “Pauly can’t see or talk,” Avila said, “All he can do is hear so he loves music.” Hoping to make a difference, Avila launched...

K&D Sports: NFL Free Agency

K&D Sports: NFL Free Agency

May 22, 2019

Keanu  0:01 Hell Falcon fans and Welcome to the K&D sports podcast. I'm your host Keanu   Derrick  0:05 I'm Derek.   Keanu  0:09 switching over to the NFL...

The End of an Era

May 19, 2019

There are not many running backs coming out of a community college that can break their schools rushing record with 2,111 yards in a season, become the nation's number one leading rusher and can leave...

K&D Sports: Super Bowl

K&D Sports: Super Bowl

May 17, 2019

Keanu  0:02 Hello Falcon fans and welcome to the K & D sports podcast. I'm your host Keanu   0:07 I'm Derrick Coleman.   Unknown Speaker  0:09 Give me your,...

K&D Sports: March Madness

K&D Sports: March Madness

May 17, 2019

Keanu  0:01 Hello Falcon fans and welcome to the K&D sports podcast. I'm your host Keanu   Derrick 0:06   I'm Derek. Should we transition over to the Mock March Madness.   Keanu...

K&D Sports: AAF

May 17, 2019

Keanu 0:01- Hello Falcon fans and welcome to the K and D sports talks podcast. I’m your host Keanu   Derrick 0:06 I’m Derrick, do you want to start us off with the AAF   Keanu...

Premier of K&D Sports: Football

May 17, 2019

Keanu  0:01 Hello falcon fans and welcome to the K&D sports talk show. I'm your host Keanu   Derek  0:06 I'm Derek   Keanu 0:07 switching over to the new Football...

Coffee Break: Venezuela Part Two

April 25, 2019

Derrick: “Hello falcons, welcome back to Coffee Break, I’m Derrick.”   Keanu: “I’m Keanu”   Eunice: “I’m Eunice.”   Derrick: “And today we are...

Coffee Break: Part one Venezuela

April 25, 2019

Derrick: Hello Falcon, welcome back to Coffee Break, my name is Derrick.   Keanu: And I’m Keanu.   Eunice: I’m Eunice.   Derrick: Today we have a special guest...

Premiere of Coffee Break: Tom Brokaw Rude Comments

February 22, 2019

0:01 Keanu: Good afternoon. Welcome to coffee break I am your host Keanu Ruffo Eunice: my name is Eunice Barron Derrick: my name is Derrick Coleman Keanu: and say we're going to be talking about...

Cerritos College running back Carl Odom gets a shoulder press lift in the new weight room facility.

New weight room for championship-caliber Cerritos College athletes

January 29, 2019

Bigger, better and newer are words associated with the new weight room facility at Cerritos College, which was opened to student athletes January 2019. The new weight room is a transition from the old...

AirPods are just a trend and full of hype

January 25, 2019

The Apple AirPods are not as spectacular as people think they are. Yes, they’re the first ever totally wireless earbuds, and yes they're comfortable to workout in. Too bad the poor sound quality...

The College Football playoffs need to expand

December 11, 2018

In recent weeks, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has received complaints from fans about how short the college football playoff is. In any sport where there’s playoffs it’s commonly...

Veterans with ptsd should not have any access to guns

November 19, 2018

The fact that a man with a history of mental health issues has access to guns is stupid and dangerous.Ian Long, a marine veteran, who served in the Afghanistan war, shot and killed 12 people at a country...

Sophomore quarterback No. 11 Isaiah Bravo handing off the ball to Sophomore running back No. 3 Rhamondre Stevenson to gain the first down. The Falcons lost the game in the fourth quarter by one point on Nov. 10, 2018 at Cerritos College against El Camino College.

Costly turnovers against El Camino College ruin Falcons’ playoff hopes

November 16, 2018

As the smell of fire in attendance and ashes floated through the air, the Cerritos College football team hosted El Camino College and lost by a score of 21-20 for the Central division title on Nov. 10. With...

Rare form of Typhus spreads across the L.A. region

October 31, 2018

A rare form of disease has spread to Los Angeles county and has already left people sick and hospitalized. Typhus is a bacterial disease which causes rashes and has symptoms similar to the flu. Two...

Sophomore running back No. 3 Rhamondre Stevenson breaking the defense and running the ball in for a touchdown. Stevenson ran for 270 yards in the game against San Diego Mesa College at Cerritos College on Oct. 20, 2018.

Falcons’ Football crowned Homecoming winner

October 25, 2018

The Falcons got back in the winning column after defeating San Diego Mesa 50-21 in the Homecoming game on Oct. 20. It was the first time the two teams have clashed on the gridiron in 21 years. Cerritos’...

Falcons losing streak continues falling to No. 1 ranked Fullerton College

October 16, 2018

After starting the season 3-0 the Falcons football team lost its third game in a row against Fullerton College 35-25 on Oct. 13, following the loss, the team is now 3-3 overall in the season. It was...

Sophomore running back No. 3 Rhamondre Stevenson carrying the defensive line on his back and pushing through to gain yardage. Stevenson set the Falcons school record in single-game rushing yards with 339 in the game at Cerritos College against Long Beach City College on Sept. 29, 2018.

Record breaking game ends in loss

October 2, 2018

Cerritos College faced off against its long awaited rivals Long Beach City College on Sept. 29 in what turned out to be a loss of 32-46 for the team, but was also a record breaking game for sophomore running...

Madden Competition turns into bloody sight

August 29, 2018

Last Sunday, a downtown Jacksonville restaurant hosted a "Madden 19" gaming competition which held players from all across the country. Later into the competition, shots were fired in the restaurant killing...

Some members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the National Anthem before a game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. Photo credit: Keith Allison Creative Commons

Opinion: The Anthem is an irreplaceable sports tradition

August 28, 2018

For this upcoming 2018 season, the choice for players and coaches to participate in the anthem is still an option. Since teams are still given this choice, broadcast networks CBS, NBC, and Fox are debating...

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