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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Lauren Gandara

Lauren Gandara, Editor in Chief

Hello, my name is Lauren Gandara and this is my fifth semester providing content for Talon Marks. After being a section editor for three years in a row since Fall 2011, I decided to take a semester off and did some freelance work. Coming back from taking a semester off, this is my final year as a member of the newspaper before I graduate as a journalism major. After leaving Cerritos College, my goal is to attend the University of Southern California and study telecommunications with a minor in fashion. After obtaining my Bachelor's, my goal is to become an on-camera reporter for E! News.

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Keep Snapchats private

December 12, 2013

The government goes through enough of our stuff as it is, there is no real reason for them to go through our Snapchats.They listen in on our private phone calls, read our personal emails and go through...

Video games aren’t sports

December 12, 2013

Video gaming is something anyone at any age level can do and requires very little physical activity and therefore should not be considered a sport. Sports like football, baseball and basketball are...

Once is enough to pass your class

December 10, 2013

Students need to stop being so lazy in their classes and not have the mindset that they can take classes that they don’t care about over again. Cerritos College offers repeatability courses to students...

Talon Talks 5

November 22, 2013

Episode 5: Black Friday Lauren and Gustavo discuss their opinion on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Talon Talks 4: Online Dating

November 19, 2013

Episode 4: Online dating

Talon Talks 3: Dating Classmates

November 19, 2013

Episode 3: Dating your classmates?

Talon Talks

November 19, 2013

Episode 1: Homecoming at Cerritos College.

Students learn about facts and myths of rape and how to protect themselves.

November 19, 2013

One in every four women becomes a sexual assault victim or is involved in an attempt on a college campus, according to Cerritos College speech instructor Minodora Moldoveanu, who was the speaker at...

Cerritos College Astronomy Club president Hugh Rivera and treasurer Enrique Rueda stand in front of their table, selling donuts to raise money for their clubs field trip to Joshua Tree. The club will visit the site to view stars in a clearer setting.Photo credit: Lauren Gandara.

Astronomy Club hopes to attract students into their orbit

November 18, 2013

Cerritos College Astronomy Club president Hugh Rivera and treasurer Enrique Rueda have a goal to raise money for their club field trip, selling donuts on last Wednesday in Falcon Square. On the table...

Women’s Basketball season preview

November 5, 2013

We will be previewing the Cerritos College women's basketball team's upcoming season.

A successful first home outing

November 1, 2013

Competing for the first time in its home gym in three years, the Cerritos College wrestling team came out with a win against Palomar College 22-15, on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Cerritos Falcons Gymnasium. Starting...

Candidates try to gain votes

October 24, 2013

Candidate No. 7 Itza Moreno said that she witnessed people ripping her posters off the wall but, despite that, she is keeping the competition friendly as she and her fellow homecoming princess pushed for...

Avoid an extra-curricular meltdown

October 15, 2013

Students should not try to juggle so many extra-curricular activities just to look impressive on their transcripts. College is no picnic. Having to juggle work, school and extra- curricular activities...

Cerritos College driver Albert Kim gets ready to pass the ball as Los Angeles Trade Tech player defends against him. Cerritos defeated LATT 18-4.

[Photo] Home success ends at tournament

October 2, 2013

Cerritos College driver Albert Kim gets ready to pass the ball as Los Angeles Trade Tech player defends against him. Cerritos defeated LATT 18-4.

Cerritos College driver Albert Kim gets ready to pass the ball as Los Angeles Trade Tech player defends against him. Cerritos defeated LATT 18-4.

Home success ends at tournament

October 2, 2013

From an easy win to a pair of losses, the Cerritos College men's water polo team defeated Los Angeles Trade-Technical College 18-4 on Wednesday, but suffered a double loss to Concordia University 17-11...

Fall: Season of the year

September 30, 2013

It is without a doubt that fall is the best season of the year from the changing colors of the leaves to the smell of pumpkin pie and cinnamon lattes. The yellow, orange and brown colors of the season...

Sex crime in mens room

Sex crime in men’s room

September 25, 2013

A Cerritos College student was sexually harassed by a man in the men’s restroom on the ground floor of the Social Science Building in the morning of Monday, Sept. 16. According to Cerritos College...

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Parking should not be an added expense

September 9, 2013

It’s bad enough that tuition keeps increasing and students, especially the ones that are not on financial aid, have to pay hundreds of dollars to get the classes they need to graduate. To add on an additional...

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Wrestling ready to tackle the season

August 27, 2013

Cerritos College head wrestling coach Don Garriott takes on the new gym and his team of returners and newcomers as they prepare for their next season. After several years of waiting as the Cerritos...

Students should learn about school services

August 27, 2013

Running around like mad people during the first week of school, students easily walk past all of the buildings where counselors and tutors are sitting at their desks waiting to help someone. Many students...

Freshman wide receiver Ricky Carrigan Jr. makes a catch during practice. Carrigan was awarded Most Valuable Player by his team last year at Cabrillo High School.

New confidence for football this season

August 23, 2013

As fall slowly approaches, so does the football season, and with many new faces coming in to play for the Cerritos College football team, head coach Frank Mazzotta said a championship is the goal for his...

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December 11, 2012

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Wrestling places 8th at State Championships

December 11, 2012

At the beginning of the season, Cerritos College head coach Don Garriott said he didn’t have any high or low expectations for this season compared to last. He just knew that there would be some contenders...

Wrestling places 8th at State Championships

December 11, 2012

At the beginning of the season, Cerritos College head coach Don Garriott said he didn’t have any high or low expectations for this season compared to last. He just knew that there would be some contenders...

Loitering and gambling becomes a problem on campus

December 10, 2012

History major Carlos Diaz says that trying to dodge the companies permitted by the Cerritos College Campus Police to try to sell him things is bad enough but having to dodge solicitors on campus without...

Loitering and gambling becomes a problem on campus

December 10, 2012

History major Carlos Diaz says that trying to dodge the companies permitted by the Cerritos College Campus Police to try to sell him things is bad enough but having to dodge solicitors on campus without...

Tostitos works with Cerritos to help veterans

December 10, 2012

Working together to help out veterans, Tostitos and Cerritos College team up to host a special event and concert that will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Falcon Stadium. The gates...

A look at Falcon superstitions

December 10, 2012

Whether it's putting on one sock before the other, having a special playlist they listen to or wearing a lucky shirt, some Cerritos College athletes believe in doing these types of good luck rituals in...

A look at Falcon superstitions

December 10, 2012

Whether it's putting on one sock before the other, having a special playlist they listen to or wearing a lucky shirt, some Cerritos College athletes believe in doing these types of good luck rituals in...

Wrestling team can finish dismal season on high note

December 1, 2012

As the season comes to end, with only the State Championships remaining, the Cerritos College wrestling team’s record since competing at the East Los Angeles Quad on Nov. 17 is 230-240. At the start...

Being called out wrap up

November 30, 2012

Since my article on teachers calling out students was published, I now more than ever stand behind my opinion. I have witnessed the remarks made to students and I think about every class I have had where...

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November 13, 2012

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Falcons football team wins last game of the season

November 13, 2012

At the end of its season, the Cerritos College football team ended with a win against Moorpark College, 42-20, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Falcon Stadium. By the end of the first quarter, both teams had scored...

The election results that will affect Cerritos

November 7, 2012

Four new Board of Trustees members have been elected and one measure and one proposition that will help to provide more funding for the college were among the things voted for during the general election...

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November 6, 2012

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Cerritos College athletes are working hard in classrooms toward their goal of transferring to major univsities such as UCLA or USC.

Transferring is pivotal

November 5, 2012

In an article from Ezine Articles, athletic scholarship expert Gary Hawkins said that compared to academic scholarships, athletic scholarships are much harder to obtain when it comes to being picked by...

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October 23, 2012

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Professors aren’t paid to humiliate their students

October 18, 2012

Teachers who call out their students in front of the entire class are pretty mean because they seem to find some sense of joy in humiliating other people. No one likes being called out in general, so...

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Wrestlers ready for challenge at Mt. SAC duals

September 21, 2012

Assistant coach Eric Gould said that the outcome isn't what's important but rather the technique as the Cerritos College wrestling team prepares for its season opener on the road at the Mt. San Antonio...

Jason Roberts, a Marine Corps trainer, travels with his religious group to visit colleges and preach about Christian faith. Last week the group traveled to Fullerton College.

Religious groups preach on campus

September 21, 2012

Religious groups walking around campus, yelling at students about the word of God and eternal life are a common occurrence around the Cerritos College campus. However, students feel that the way...

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September 18, 2012

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Brown readies himself to transfer to Brigham Young

September 17, 2012

Known to the Cerritos College football team as a “physical force on the defensive line” last season, defensive end Ma’ataua “Ma’a” Brown begins this season trying to impress his future coaches...

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September 11, 2012

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Freshman wrestler Dalton Foster practices his technique with 149-pounder Orlando Alfaro during their practice. There are 36 freshmen wrestlers and 21 sophomore wrestlers on the team this season.

[Photo] Young wrestling team prepares to tackle 2012 season

September 7, 2012

Freshman wrestler Dalton Foster practices his technique with 149-pounder Orlando Alfaro during their practice. There are 36 freshmen wrestlers and 21 sophomore wrestlers on the team this season.

Online classes can set up students for failure

September 7, 2012

Online classes suck in comparison to traditional classes. Like the saying goes, "Don't fix what isn't broken." Even though sometimes it can be more difficult to enroll into a traditional class, students...

Obama deserves your vote

September 7, 2012

There is no doubt that students should vote for Barack Obama this November. With all that he has accomplished these past four years, it is exciting to think of all of the other amazing things he will do...

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Vice President of Student Services David El Fattal leads a presentation discussing the current budget issue. The Board of Trustees and the Faculty Senate were invited for an open discussion and questions as the meeting went on.

Board of Trustees discusses possible budget cuts from the current semester

August 27, 2012

Drastic cuts to this school year’s budget were discussed amongst the Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees on Friday. Business Services Vice President David El Fattal and Fiscal Services Director Noorali...

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May 8, 2012

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Spring sports season comes to an end

May 8, 2012

As the spring semester comes to an end, so does the sports season. With only track left to finish off its season, several of the Cerritos were able to reach state championships and conferences. Both...

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Cosmetology students help cancer patients with haircuts

April 24, 2012

While watching one of her favorite television shows, political science major Nallely Bodillo was inspired to donate her hair to cancer patients that have lost theirs due to chemotherapy. With each donation,...

Speech instructor Angela Hoppe-Nagao hugs Sofia, her youngest daughter, after receiving the Most Outstanding Faculty award on Thursday. Hoppe-Nagao was one of twelve faculty members who were acknowledge at the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Cerritos College Student Center.

[Photo] Twelve instructors recognized as outstanding faculty

April 23, 2012

Speech instructor Angela Hoppe-Nagao hugs Sofia, her youngest daughter, after receiving the Most Outstanding Faculty award on Thursday. Hoppe-Nagao was one of twelve faculty members who were acknowledge...

Above is part of what the participants of Cover the Night did to show support for Invisible Children. Due to the lack of participation only a few of these displays were scattered throughout the Cerritos College campus and the surrounding areas.

Participants lack in Kony 2012

April 23, 2012

After all of the buzz about Kony 2012 Cover the Night on Twitter and Facebook, on Friday there was very little sign of Kony 2012 participation. There were very few posters and even fewer volunteers...

Three former Falcons inducted into the Hall of Fame

April 17, 2012

Two former athletes and one former Falcon coach were honored at the Cerritos College Hall of Fame Awards on Thursday at the Cerritos Sheraton Hotel. Wally Kincaid won the Distinguished Coach Award. Former...

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Cheerleaders have better things to do

April 17, 2012

Cheerleaders are athletes themselves and cheer at enough sporting events already. Therefore, it is best if cheerleaders just stick to cheering for the two main sports they cheer for: football and basketball. It...

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Distinguished faculty accept awards at Inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony

April 16, 2012

Talon Marks Online News Faculty members, honorees and their families attended the Cerritos College Hall of Fame Awards ceremony on Thursday at the Cerritos Sheraton Hotel. With Cerritos College's Culinary...

The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk took place on March 22.

[Photo] Almost $800 raised in Cerritos College’s 12th Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

March 27, 2012

The Breast Cancer Awareness Walk took place on March 22.

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Baseball breaks its losing streak

March 20, 2012

Talon Marks Online Sports Making a comeback after a six-game losing streak, the Cerritos College baseball team won its home game 3-2, against El Camino College Compton Center on Monday. The Falcons...

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March 20, 2012

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Getting a job is a step away

March 16, 2012

A common topic among college students is them complaining about how they need a job. But what are these students actually doing about it? Students need to stop sitting on their butts and waiting for someone...

We should do away with voting for highschool type activities

March 16, 2012

After senior year of high school, you would think that college students would be over the whole voting for king and queen of the school stuff and it would just end there, but it doesn't. We have homecoming...

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March 13, 2012

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More budget cuts discussed at Faculty Senate meeting

March 13, 2012

Talon Marks Online News The budget cuts that will go into affect in the 2012 fall semester were the main topics of the Cerritos College Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday at the Cheryl A. Epple Board Room. On...

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Baseball loses two in a row to LBCC

March 13, 2012

Talon Marks Online Sports Losing two games in a row against Long Beach City College, the Cerritos College baseball team lost its away game 1-5 on Saturday. In the first two innings, neither of the...

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March 6, 2012

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School’s computers and social networking sites shouldn’t mix

February 29, 2012

Campus computers are not available so that students can update their status on Facebook or Twitter and should therefore be unaccessible to students. Computer labs in classrooms and the library are there...

The road to playoffs: Shown above is an illustration of the brackets for each round of playoffs. Cerritos is currently ranked No. 5 in its conference with a 23-7 record. The team has two games left in order to the championship at Consumnes River College.

[Photo] Women’s basketball advances to third round of SoCal playoffs

February 29, 2012

The road to playoffs: Shown above is an illustration of the brackets for each round of playoffs. Cerritos is currently ranked No. 5 in its conference with a 23-7 record. The team has two games left in...

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Cerritos faces Moorpark after postponed game

February 8, 2012

Splitting the win in their doubleheader against LA Valley College, the Cerritos College baseball team will play away against Moorpark College on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Shortstop Chris Hefner talked about preparing...

Six Falcon football players sign their letter of intent

February 7, 2012

National Football Signing Day occurred Feb. 1 as six Cerritos College football players were signed to four-year schools. Among the six were defensive tackle Fred Lavulo and offensive guard Semisi Tupou. Lavulo...

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February 7, 2012

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Center Isaac Okebiorun works on drills during practice. Okebiorun moved from Germany to California to pursue a basketball career.

[Photo] German-born player looks toward NBA

December 6, 2011

Center Isaac Okebiorun works on drills during practice. Okebiorun moved from Germany to California to pursue a basketball career.

Sophomore midfielder Alex Ayala practices dribbling the ball in a drill. The Falcons have a bye during the first round of playoffs.

Men’s soccer has first-round bye going into playoffs

November 15, 2011

Philip OkoliSophomore midfielder Alex Ayala practices dribbling the ball in a drill. The Falcons have a bye during the first round of playoffs. With a 11-1-2 regular season record, the Cerritos College...

Cerritos College mens wrestling vs. Rio Hondo. One eighty four pounder Keith Nieves lost against Rio Hondos Daniel Allen.

Wrestling can’t grapple Rio Hondo

November 10, 2011

Lauren GandaraCerritos College men's wrestling vs. Rio Hondo. One eighty four pounder Keith Nieves lost against Rio Hondo's Daniel Allen. Ranked number three in the state, Cerritos College wrestling was...

Cerritos College linebacker Donovan Amituanai bares his chest that displays the name of his daughter who is named after his deceased mother. Amituanai is one of several Falcon football players with tribal tattoos.

Amituanai’s ink displays family history

November 8, 2011

Inked with the reminder of those closest to him on his arm and chest, Cerritos College linebacker Donovan Amituanai talks about the influence his tattoos has on his life. Being Samoan and Polynesian,...

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