Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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Kianna Znika, Editor in Chief

Kianna Znika is the current Editor-in-Chief for Talon Marks and previously worked as the News & Community Editor. Her goal is to work for any publication that values nature, mental health, community and the overall wellbeing of others. When she's not working on a news story or sharing her unfiltered opinion with the world, she enjoys reading/writing, hanging out with friends, and taking care of her dog, geckos, and indoor plants.

All content by Kianna Znika
(L-R): John Walker (Wyatt Russell), Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett), Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in Marvel Studios THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Julie Vrabelova. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. Photo credit: Marvel Studios, Julie Vrabelova , Kianna Znika & Walt Disney Company

[Photo] ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: ‘The Whole World is Watching’ is an intense commentary on the state of America

April 15, 2021

(L-R): John Walker (Wyatt Russell), Lemar Hoskins (Cle Bennett), Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in Marvel Studios' THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+....

Cerritos College makes the decision to continue with online learning going into the Fall semester. This sign is placed outside of the Liberal Arts building on April 28, 2020. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

[Photo] Fall classes remain online as Covid-19 cases soar in California

August 14, 2020

Cerritos College makes the decision to continue with online learning going into the Fall semester. This sign is placed outside of the Liberal Arts building on April 28, 2020. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

Manuel De Leon taught at Cerritos College for about 40 years before retiring in 1987. According to his daughter, Marita, the campus was like a second home to him. Photo credit: Courtesy of Marita De Leon

Remembering her ‘greatest gift,’ her dad

May 21, 2020
In this heartfelt interivew, Marita De Leon expresses the impact left behind by her father the late Manuel De Leon, a former Cerritos College arts professor.
The Trap truck can be found in Los Angeles, CA. Here, a customer can find all their cannabis needs including THC-infused exotic drinks.

Rose Buds: The Trap truck

May 20, 2020
The essentials for all stoners on wheels!
Photo by: Wiki Commons

Talks of Norwalk-La Mirada schools set to potentially close

May 17, 2020
Budget issues, low enrollment and COVID-19 all contribute to possible closings.
Cerritos College is introducing a new transfer degree in Filmmaking, Television, and Electronic Media. The degree will prepare students for an ever changing media landscape.

Fine Arts and Communication brings new multimedia degree to light

May 17, 2020
Beginning Fall 2020, Cerritos College students may apply for the new AS-T degree in Film, Television and Electronic Media.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds: Such a thing as ‘too much’

May 17, 2020
Although it is not possible to overdose on cannabis, it is important to know it's possible to reach one's own limit.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds: The end of ‘Reefer Madness’

May 10, 2020
A history lesson to show that the "Devil's Lettuce" is not as scary as we once believed it was.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds Radio: Universal benefits, with new guest speaker

May 3, 2020
In this episode of Rose Buds Radio, we discuss the universal benefits of cannabis and share personal experiences.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds: The ultimate stoner playlist

May 3, 2020
All stoners can appreciate a fantastic "stoney baloney" music playlist!
COVID isn’t the time to punish students but to understand and assist. Tough times aren’t limited to teachers.

‘F’ your failing grades

May 3, 2020
Students deserve academic leniency during the COVID-19 pandemic, a period of literal shared trauma and death.
It is still unknown when Cerritos College will reopen. The campus has been closed to the public to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since March 13, 2020.

Cerritos College closes campus, plans for future semesters

April 29, 2020
Disputes amongst faculty, students left to adapt, future semesters uncertain as a result of COVID-19.
The #CAHEART webinar held on April 22 included a Q&A session with key representatives. The next meeting will be held on May 8, 2020.

California students unite, urge ‘consistency across all systems’

April 26, 2020
The California Students HEART Coalition are working to address urgent student needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds Radio: 420 appreciation

April 26, 2020
In this episode of Rose Buds Radio, Kianna and Rebecca discuss local brands, the cancellation of festivals such as Kushstock, and 420 appreciation.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds: The games of 420

April 26, 2020
Games to keep you entertained while you toke and quarantine!
The faculty senate carried the motion for postponing evaluations to Fall 2020 upon mutual agreement between the team and the evaluatee. Tenure process timeline and other concerns were discussed during the special faculty senate meeting held on April 21, 2020.

Faculty senators propose postponing Spring evaluation cycles

April 26, 2020
COVID-19's impact on evaluations presents many items for faculty to consider, including tenure process.
Stephanie Mora, a cosmetology student at Cerritos, practicing hands-on before Cerritos College closed due to COVID-19, March 13.

Challenges arise in Cosmetology Dept. with online-only format

April 25, 2020
Cosmetology moving to an online learning format is ‘quite an adjustment.’
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds: Celebrating with only the good stuff

April 19, 2020
In this week's column, Rose Buds reviews their favorite cannabis dispensaries and brands.
The Falcons Care Campaign has raised more than $24,000 toward the student emergency fund. PIH Health donated $10,000 for the cause, according to a Cerritos College press release on March 23, 2020. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

Cerritos College students may be eligible to receive $500 from emergency fund

April 19, 2020
The college's Falcons Care campaign commits to putting its students first.
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds Radio: The many ways to enjoy cannabis

April 18, 2020
In this week's podcast, Rose Buds will explain the pros and cons of all the different ways to (legally and responsibly) enjoy marijuana.
Major league teams are not refunding tickets yet for games missed this season, although that could change.

Off The Field: Fans deserve their refunds, not credit

April 15, 2020
With no promise of watching a game in person any time soon, why aren't ticket providers allowing their sports fans to get their money back?
Rose Buds is a cannabis-friendly column intended for readers 21 years and older. We encourage only legal and responsible enjoyment of all cannabis products.

Rose Buds: It’s time for the virtual sesh

April 12, 2020
Welcome to the 4/20 celebration no one will ever forget: In the midst of a global pandemic, Rose Buds is meant to help celebrate the cannabis-friendly holiday all month long within the safety of our ownhomes.
Student Trustee Ballot #3 Johnny Wallace Jr.

Student Trustee Ballot #3 Johnny Wallace Jr.

April 7, 2020

Q: What are some of the things you have done in the past to better the student's collegiate experience? A: "Our mission for the community organization I and others have dedicated our time to accomplishing...

Student Trustee Ballot #2 Rebekah Montes de Oca

Student Trustee Ballot #2 Rebekah Montes de Oca

April 7, 2020

Q: What are some of the things you have done in the past to better the student's collegiate experience? A: "Things I have done in the past to better the Student's collegiate experience is my work through...

Student Trustee Ballot #1 Valery Escobar

Student Trustee Ballot #1 Valery Escobar

April 7, 2020

Q: What are some of the things you have done in the past to better the student's collegiate experience? A: "One of the ways that I have helped to provide students with a better collegiate experience,...

Ballot #3 President Stephanie Jo Marquez and Vice President Leslie Gonzalez

Ballot #3 President Stephanie Jo Marquez and Vice President Leslie Gonzalez

April 7, 2020

Elections on Canvas will stand for April 8, 2020, at midnight to April 9, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Ballot #2 President Valery Escobar and Vice President Armando Avilla

Ballot #2 President Valery Escobar and Vice President Armando Avilla

April 7, 2020

Elections on Canvas will stand for April 8, 2020, at midnight to April 9, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Ballot #1 President Christian Pena and Vice President Leslie Mbara

Ballot #1 President Christian Pena and Vice President Leslie Mbara

April 7, 2020

Elections on Canvas will stand for April 8, 2020, at midnight to April 9, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Talon Marks TV Episode 3

March 11, 2020

TalonMarks TV is a webcast news roundup for the Cerritos College student-run newspaper.

he Gene Haas foundation has provided scholarships and machines for the students of the Machine Tool Technology department, including a recent $20K grant. The machine is used to create keychains on March 2, 2020. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

Machine Tool Technology students receive $20K grant

March 6, 2020

The Machine Tool Technology program at Cerritos College recently received a $20,000 grant for scholarships from the Gene Haas Foundation, which will be used as reward to encourage student success and future...

Curator, Rebecca Hall, discussed details about the upcoming exhibition We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles. The presentation took place during the Visual and Cultural Studies Lecture at Cerritos College on Feb. 20. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

[Photo] “We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles” art exhibition coming soon to USC Pacific Asia Museum

March 6, 2020

Curator, Rebecca Hall, discussed details about the upcoming exhibition "We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles." The presentation took place during the Visual and Cultural Studies...

Some of the many posters and signs people carried around on display during the Womens March. The Womens March started at Pershing Square in Downtown LA and ended in front of City Hall with a rally on Jan.18,2020. Photo credit: Jazmin Aguayo

The Pink Tax will only lead to more red

March 4, 2020

As The Scottish parliament approves plans to make sanitary products free for all women in its nation, the “advanced” nation of the U.S. continues to let its laws be ruled by men who genuinely seem...

On Feb. 19, the Board of Trustees finalized the purchase of the Barnwall student housing units. Dr. Jose Fierro plans to have the property open to the students by April 17, 2020.

Cerritos College sets opening date for first-ever student housing

February 26, 2020

The Board of Trustees finalized plans for the off-campus housing facilities last Wednesday, addressing the reported “basic needs insecurities” among the majority of students within schoolgrounds. The...

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...

Talon Marks TV Episode 2

February 20, 2020

Talon Marks TV is a webcast news roundup for the Cerritos College student-run newspaper.

Talon Marks TV Episode 1

February 20, 2020

TalonMarks TV is a webcast news roundup for the Cerritos College student-run newspaper.

SANTA ANA, CA - APRIL 08: Barry Johnson and Chase Knobbe of Joyce Manor perform during When We Were Young Festival 2017 at The Observatory on April 8, 2017 in Santa Ana, California.

Joyce Manor keeps fans hyped up at the Glass House

January 23, 2020

For three consecutive nights at the Glass House in Pomona, Joyce Manor played a set that satisfied indie punk fans, old and new and proved that the group that has been playing for years now is deserving...

A terrified young woman held captive by a man with his hand over her mouth

Human trafficking stops with us

January 23, 2020

With the recent development of Clearview, an app that allows strangers to find the name and address of others with just a photo, as well as more reports of attempted, sometimes successful, kidnappings...

Saudi Describes what is was like to first enter her first beauty course at El Camino college.

[Photo] Saudi Grajeda creates looks that will spark the color inside

January 21, 2020

Saudi Describes what is was like to first enter her first beauty course at El Camino college.

The Cerritos College Campus Police presented their Campus Safety Update for Jan. 2020 at the Regular Board meeting on Jan. 15. During the presentation, Chief Tom Gallivan discussed the features of the new RAVE Guardian app which is expected to come to campus later in the semester. The app will include features such as emergency call buttons and monitored safe walks. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

[Photo] New campus safety app to hit Cerritos College

January 22, 2020

The Cerritos College Campus Police presented their Campus Safety Update for Jan. 2020 at the Regular Board meeting on Jan. 15. During the presentation, Chief Tom Gallivan discussed the features of the...

The motion to enter a Third Amendment with Follet Higher Education Group was carried on Jan. 15, 2020. This is in efforts to lower textbook costs for students on campus. Photo credit: Kianna Znika

Board of Trustees carry motion to continue lowering textbook costs for low-income students

January 22, 2020

A motion to continue lowering the costs of textbooks for low-income students on campus was approved by the Board of Trustees on Jan. 15 and will be effective starting Feb. 1 of this year. The agreement...

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December 12, 2019

LONG BEACH, CA JAN. 26, 2011 Students at Cal State students walk to and from class with a view of the Long Beach Pyramid in the background.The annual national survey of college freshmen finds students feeling more stress in both their academic expectations and their financial situations. But the American Freshman study, conducted by UCLAs Higher Education Research Institute, also found that new college students are generally optimistic about their college experiences and hope to get a lot out of them

Off the Field: The significance behind professional gaming

December 11, 2019

Through power supplies, RGB keyboards and motivation, CSULB e-sports members show how they are taking the idea of sports off the field and onto the screen. Matthew Akuino, co-coach and co-manager of...

Nov. 6, 2019 – Page 3

November 6, 2019

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November 6, 2019

Due to a $2.3 million gift left by Cerritos College alumnus John B. Smith, Jr., the program will now offer scholarships to students later in the year. The grant was announced on a Cerritos College press release on Oct. 14, 2019.

Woodworking students ‘blown away’ by $2.3M gift left by alumnus

October 23, 2019

The Woodworking department recently received a $2.3 million grant from late Cerritos College alumnus John B. Smith Jr. that will provide scholarships for enrolled students and encourage students to join...

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September 25, 2019

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September 25, 2019

The Associated Students of Cerritos College are looking for more students to apply to be senators.  Meetings are held every Wednesday in room BK 111/112.

ASCC Senate Seeks Student Senators to Meet Quorum

September 25, 2019

Due to low senator count for Fall 2019, the Associated Students of Cerritos College is in need of more students to serve on senate in order to fill 26 seats and meet mandatory attendance requirements to...

Sept. 11, 2019 – Page 3

September 11, 2019

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September 11, 2019

Unheard LA is a series of events that tell stories of the people within the community. All members of the audience were encouraged to share their stories before the show on Sept. 7, 2019.

No Voice Left Unheard at Unheard LA

September 11, 2019

Featuring 11 local storytellers willing to share heartfelt tales from their lives, Claremont’s Unheard LA was an event meant to bring the LA community together, entertain, and encourage the audience...

The Vargas Family continues to seek answers to their questions regarding alleged police brutality and their relative, Anthony Vargas, who was shot in the back 13 times last year by East LA sheriffs. The family stated that Sheriff Alex Villanueva did not answer any of their questions at the town hall meeting held in Norwalk on Sept. 5, 2019.

East LA Family Left ‘Disgusted’ with LASD

September 11, 2019

The Vargas Family of East LA continue to seek answers about their son, Anthony Vargas, who was said to have been shot in the back 13 times by East LA Sheriffs and died last year. Since the passing of...

New faculty inquiry group launched by CTX

September 11, 2019

The new Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum Infusion Project is meant to give five faculty members the opportunity to incorporate sexual violence prevention into their courses, and earn 10 hours of flex...

A man capable of abuse has no place in the police force

August 28, 2019

Here’s something to be said about cops:If the men in blue want to be seen and respected as the community’s protectors, they should first refrain from giving out badges, guns, and power to those...

The campus offers a variety of services and programs to encourage student success. Cerritos College welcomes all incoming students. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Welcome to the Falcon community!

August 28, 2019

As the Fall 2019 semester enters in full swing, Talon Marks would like to extend a welcome to all incoming students. In addition to the 120 plus majors and certificates that one can achieve, Cerritos College...

If you look to your right!

If you look to your right!

May 28, 2019

Los Angeles is one of the most diverse, iconic cities in the world, making it no surprise that it’s one of the most visited cities in the United States. The city is rich in culture, entertainment and...

Playing The Game: No means no

May 24, 2019

Everyone has experienced having a crush on someone they knew they couldn’t have. It’s human nature, whether that be because of age, they’re in a relationship or they just weren’t...

Playing The Game: Situationships

May 24, 2019

The beginning of a relationship is a tricky thing, having to grasp what are the do’s and don’t's for your new partner can sometimes be a hard thing to grasp, but even trickier than that is...

WideShot: Spiderman and Sonic

WideShot: Spiderman and Sonic

May 22, 2019

Welcome back film freaks. This is the wide shot podcast. My name is Michael Reza and I'm herewith KZ Kianna Znika 0:07 Kiana sneaker DC Derrick...

WideShot: Final Cut

WideShot: Final Cut

May 22, 2019

Edgar 0:00 Hi guys, welcome back to the wide shot podcast. We're here with our final podcast before a brief couple month hiatus, I'm here with... Kianna Znika 0:07 Kiana Znika Michael...

Playing the Game: Sex is a two-way street

May 19, 2019

Listen up here, kids, because we are going to have the talk. Yes, this is the infamous talk that mom and dad are supposed to have when their child becomes of age, but this time with a little bit of a twist. Most...

Playing the Game: Friend or hoe?

May 13, 2019

Here is the problem with these self-proclaimed “nice” guys: they befriend certain women with the intention of dating them and then whine, or leave, when they get nothing more than friendship in return. This...

Playing the Game: Zodiac Signs

May 13, 2019

People's zodiac sign is not an excuse for how they treat people. Let me say this one for more time to make sure everyone fully grasps this: Their zodiac sign is not an excuse for how they treat people. Far...

Vampire Weekend’s anticlimactic return

May 10, 2019

It takes a heavy, indie-loving heart to admit that, although Vampire Weekend’s "Father of the Bride" has a variety of decent songs, the album overall is not that interesting. FOTB was released on...

Wide Shot: Cinema Con

May 6, 2019

Michael Reza 0:01 Alright, what's up cinema fans. It's Mike Reza here with the Wide Shot podcast. I'm here today with   Kianna Znika 0:09 Kiana Znika   Derrick Coleman...

Playing the Game: Move on or hold on?

April 24, 2019

Sometimes playing the game leads to a relationship that's not so "happily-ever-after.” Now that things are over, a new challenge arises: When is the right time to move on? The answer: when the person...

Playing The Game: Respect your ex

April 20, 2019

“Treat others the way you’d want to be treated” is a valuable lesson we learned in elementary school, but for some reason, that very same lesson is completely thrown out the window when it comes...

The Clothesline Project was displayed behind the resource booths at Take Back the Night. This idea consisted of shirts given by sexual assault survivors, with their stories written across them.

Students ‘end the silence’ on sexual violence

April 19, 2019

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Take Back the Night 2019 was a day-long event on April 10 dedicated to providing resources and taking action against sexual violence.“This year’s ‘Take...

The album’s third song, “626 Bedford Avenue, is already one of the band’s most popular songs out of their entire discography on Spotify.

The Drums’ Pierce takes honest, solo approach in ‘Brutalism’

April 11, 2019

With the release of “Brutalism," The Drums’ solo member Jonny Pierce successfully delivered what any indie-pop fan desires: a satisfying album filled with raw, honest lyrics accompanied by an upbeat...

Using cotton and wool, Dawn Ertl demonstrated the mutations and trauma that affect us and carry into later generations.

[Photo] Dawn Ertl’s woven wake-up call

April 11, 2019

Using cotton and wool, Dawn Ertl demonstrated the mutations and trauma that affect us and carry into later generations.

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