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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Monique Nethington

Monique Nethington, Editor in Chief

My name is Monique Nethington and am the current Editor-in-Chief of Talon Marks. I am a Journalism major at Cerritos College and hope to one day work for the NFL network as a field reporter. In the fall, I will be attending Academy of the Arts University in San Francisco to get my BA in Communications and Media Technologies.

All content by Monique Nethington
Social work major Barbara Munyon questioning the position of the Genocide Awareness Project. She was told to get back behind the fence by officers near by. Photo credit: David Jenkins

Students protest anti-abortion group visiting the campus

May 11, 2017

To the dismay of students on campus, the school has allowed The Center for Bioethical Reform to return to Falcon Square on Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9. Charlie Peterson, anthropology major, stood...

Photo credit: Rocio Valdez

Cultural appreciation is not cultural appropriation

May 10, 2017

How can people who fight constantly for equality be the same people that feed the divide that is quickly growing in this country? A short answer, and frankly only one of the answers: they claim cultural...

Freshman Sela Lotulelei competing in the hammer toss event at the SoCal Regional Playoffs Saturday held at Cerritos College. Lotulelei took 11th place in the event with a distance on 40.23 meters. Photo credit: Max Perez

Track and field qualify 51 athletes for SoCal Regional Finals

May 9, 2017

The women’s track team is well on its way to defending its two-time state championship title advancing 38 athletes into the Southern California Regional Finals. If the Falcons do come out on top...

Faculty approved for sabbatical leave

May 3, 2017

Sabbatical leaves can be vital tool to the development of a school’s curriculum and in the evolution of the college’s overall mission. Recently four Cerritos College teachers were approved for sabbatical...

Lilian Eubanks (left center) prepares to hand off the second leg runner Breanna Curry (back right) during the women’s 4x100-meter relay event Friday at the South Coast Conference championship. The relay team would place first in the conference with a time of 46.57 seconds. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

[Photo] Women’s track and field win conference for fifth straight year

May 2, 2017

Lilian Eubanks (left center) prepares to hand off the second leg runner Breanna Curry (back right) during the women’s 4x100-meter relay event Friday at the South Coast Conference championship. The relay...

Jaydon Logan (left) head for the finish line after Tyler Coffman (right) hands off the baton during the 4x100-meter men’s relay event at the South Coast Conference championships, Friday. The men would place second in the event with a time of 42.84 seconds. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

Men’s track take second place in South Coast Conference Championships

May 2, 2017

Stacy Chukwumezie, jumper; Jorge Gonzalez, thrower; and Zachary Munoz, decathlete were the only three athletes to finish is a first place position at the South Coast Conference Championship on Friday,...

Cussing makes you sound uneducated.

May 2, 2017

NEVER CUSS IN AN ARGUMENT. You will sound stupid.You will sound uneducated. And you will sound crazy. Cussing while arguing makes you sound lazy with your speechNow feel free to cuss if you are just wanting...

If our student leaders dont follow the rules, then why should we?

If our student leaders don’t follow the rules, then why should we?

April 19, 2017

Rules and laws are there for a reason, to protect and guide those who fall under the governing body of such rules and laws. While growing up people-- or even you-- may say, “rules are meant to be...

Official complaints filed against Cerritos College Board of Trustees by former Trustee John Paul Drayer

April 18, 2017

Former Trustee member John Paul Drayer has officially filed complaints, and inquiries, against the Cerritos College Board of Trustee in regard to the board leadership and financial discrepancies. “I...

ASCC disregards own bylaws set forth for elections

April 18, 2017

In the midst of the recent school’s Presidential and Student Trustee elections, questions on whether or not the Election Code in Article III of the ASCC Constitution was followed properly. According...

Sophomore Juanita Webster prepares for her javelin throw during the Southern California Heptathlon Championships Wednesday, April 5. Webster would finish first and be crowned champion. Photo credit: Max Perez

Falcons bring home championships and school records

April 11, 2017

Juanita Webster, sophomore, has once again dominated the heptathlon events for Cerritos College defending a championship title, and breaking yet another school record.   Webster along with teammates...

Sophomore Zach Munoz mid-stride during a pole vault attempt at the Southern California Decathlon Championship Wednesday, April 4. Munoz finished third overall in the event. Photo credit: Max Perez

Munoz, relay teams stand out for the Falcons

April 11, 2017

Zachary Munoz, sophomore, was the lone athlete to represent the men’s track and field team in the Southern California Decathlon Championship. Munoz said that he did okay overall in the meet, and...

Trustee John Paul Drayer particiapates at his final board meeting on Wednesday, April 5. His retirement will take effect on Wednesday, April 19.

Trustee Drayer retires from board

April 5, 2017

Board of Trustee member John Paul Drayer calls his recent resignation “an act of protest, and a vote of no confidence against the current board.” Drayer officially announced his retirement from...

16-week calendar, the only calendar that should matter

March 29, 2017

The mission of any higher education system should be to provide its students with the best education and the opportunity to retain such education in the most efficient way possible.In the end, the ultimate...

Men’s track search for success as year comes to a close

March 29, 2017

Sophomore Zachary Munoz will be the lone male Falcon to compete at the April 4-5 Southern California Decathlon Championships.Munoz had a top-10 performance at the only scoring meet the team has had in...

Women’s Track and Field post record breaking performances

March 28, 2017

Sophomore heptathlete Juanita Webster stands at the helm of the women’s track and field record breaking season. Over the course of the last three meets she has broken into the top-five in the high...

Courtesy of LA County Sheriffs Department

Falcons’ running back, Kishawn Holmes, arrested for alleged rape and sexual assault

March 2, 2017

Kishawn Holmes, starting running back for the Cerritos College Falcons, has been arrested for the alleged rape and sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman. According to the LA County Sheriff’s Department...

Young Falcons start slow

February 28, 2017

Sophomore decathlete Zachary Munoz had a stand out performance at an impromptu, and rare, match up against Mt. SAC. Despite Munoz’s performance and other individual standout performances the team...

Freshman forward Dezmon Murphy attempts to shoot a layup against a Citrus defender. Citrus would finish the game with a total of eight blocks in its victory over Cerritos.

[Photo] Falcons soar into postseason defeat

February 26, 2017

Freshman forward Dezmon Murphy attempts to shoot a layup against a Citrus defender. Citrus would finish the game with a total of eight blocks in its victory over Cerritos.

Freshman shortstop Ramon Bramasco high fives teammate Derrick Edwards after his fourth inning homerun against Santa Barbara. Bramasco finished with a game high three RBI’s in the teams win.

[Photo] Young Falcons coming around

February 24, 2017

Freshman shortstop Ramon Bramasco high fives teammate Derrick Edwards after his fourth inning homerun against Santa Barbara. Bramasco finished with a game high three RBI’s in the teams win.

Cerritos awarded with NASA-CA Space Grant Consortium

February 22, 2017

“The sunflower,” that is what some students called the NASA-CA Space Grant Consortium program according to Otto Schmitt, astrophysics major.“The biggest thing I learned in the program...

Police report fondling incidents on campus

February 18, 2017

“I am always concerned regarding any crimes of this nature occurring on campus. I believe that both these crimes are isolated incidents that do not pose an ongoing threat to the campus community.”...

Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Asking for help, courageous not shameful

February 14, 2017

Today, we live in a society that rarely ever stops to enjoy the the little things in life. The millennial generation is so caught up in the idea of having to achieve overwhelming success and an extravagant...

Guard Malik Smith drives past LA Southwest defender on his way to the basket. Smith would play 27 minutes in the Falcons 65-63 victory over Southwest. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

[Photo] Falcons depth shines in victory

February 10, 2017

Guard Malik Smith drives past LA Southwest defender on his way to the basket. Smith would play 27 minutes in the Falcons 65-63 victory over Southwest. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

Sophomore guard Brian Nebo soars by the defense to finish a layup in the first half. Nebo would finish the game with 15 points and five rebounds before leaving due to an injury in overtime.

[Photo] Falcons win in overtime depite injuries

February 7, 2017

Sophomore guard Brian Nebo soars by the defense to finish a layup in the first half. Nebo would finish the game with 15 points and five rebounds before leaving due to an injury in overtime.

Freshman guard Angie Ferreira attempts to drive past EC-Compton defender. Ferreira would finish with 10 points and three assists in the victory over Compton.

[Photo] Women sweep EC-Compton

February 7, 2017

Freshman guard Angie Ferreira attempts to drive past EC-Compton defender. Ferreira would finish with 10 points and three assists in the victory over Compton.

Clockwise starting bottom left: Terrance Alexander, Emili Romano, Oscar Chavez, Alejandro Haegendoreens, Justin Matteau Andrew Jones, Su Ha. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

Out of Nowhere: ‘This Moment’

February 8, 2017

Inspiration… Honesty… Emotion… Truth… These are just a few of the words that describe the first musical release by the band Out of Nowhere. The EP titled, “This Moment,” available for...

Sophomore Salvador Carlos jumps past the El Camino defense to get to the net during the Wednesday, Feb. 1 game. The Falcons would go on to win 95- 86

[Photo] Falcons pull off late game comeback

February 3, 2017

Sophomore Salvador Carlos jumps past the El Camino defense to get to the net during the Wednesday, Feb. 1 game. The Falcons would go on to win 95- 86

A legacy worth continuing

January 30, 2017

The institution of Cerritos College Women’s Track and Field is one that extends back decades. Since the start of the program the team has succeeded in winning seven CCCAA State Championship titles....

Joshua Christopher Owens, 23, of La Palma. Courtesy of Buena Park Police Department.

Former Falcon awaits trial for sexual assault

January 26, 2017

Former Cerritos College athlete, and assistant coach, has plead not guilty in connection to the sexual assault of three underage females. According to a press release drafted by the Orange County District...

Fa4 Collective artist Cynthia Lujan working on her mural for the FAR Bazaar event being held on Saturday Jan. 28, and Sunday Jan. 29. For her subject matter she choose to paint recreations of real instagram photos of the Syrian refuge crisis. Photo credit: Perla Lara

Far Bazaar inspires refugee art

January 26, 2017

The outside wall of the painting classroom of the old Fine Arts Building has been transformed into a conceptual art piece that represents the refugee crisis happening in Syria. The artist responsible...

Cerritos College Board of Trustee members gather for the first meeting of the year, This was the first meeting in which Trustee Lewis Zurich ran as president. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

[Photo] First trustee meeting overshadowed by personal problems

January 26, 2017

Cerritos College Board of Trustee members gather for the first meeting of the year, This was the first meeting in which Trustee Lewis Zurich ran as president. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

Yomina Del Castillo painting the old Fine Ats building. The community will be able to paint over the colorful paint at the FAR-Bazaar event. Photo credit: David Jenkins

Cerritos hosts FAR Bazzar, biggest art collective

January 26, 2017

The arts is coming to the Cerritos College campus in the form of Foundation for Art Resources Bazaar, an alternative art fair and collective. FAR Bazaar is a non-commercial art fair that showcases art...

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

[Photo] SoCal storms bring damage to Student Success Center

January 23, 2017

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

Freshman forward Dezmon Murphy attempts to weave through two defenders against EC-Compton. Cerritos would lose to EC-Compton 90-89.

[Photo] Turnovers prove devasting for men’s basketball

January 20, 2017

Freshman forward Dezmon Murphy attempts to weave through two defenders against EC-Compton. Cerritos would lose to EC-Compton 90-89.

The student center had one of the two ATMs on campus, the empty wall now shows a flyer with a map to the only ATM on campus. After a break-in to the student center prior to starting the Spring 2017 semester Cerritos College administration decided to remove the ATM. Photo credit: Perla Lara

Cerritos College suffers from multiple break-ins

January 20, 2017

The winter break proved to be a trying time for Cerritos College campus, as it suffered two separate break-ins. The break-ins occurred in the Student Center and the Physical Science and Technology Building. It...

TalonNet: a student’s worst nightmare

January 20, 2017

As if finals weren’t torture enough, the students and staff of Cerritos College faced an even bigger nightmare during the finals week of Fall 2016. According to Shawna Baskette, Dean of Academic...

Mo’ Fashion: How to dress like a lowkey slore

January 19, 2017

All women, no matter who, always want to feel sexy beautiful and wanted. Whether it be through fashion, beauty or swag we as women all want to feel wanted. There’s nothing better than going out with...

Freshman guard Alondra Calderon fights past ELAC guard Tiffani Martinez as she attempts to send a pass to teammate Angie Ferreira. The Wednesday, Jan. 11 game ended with 81-47 loss for the Falcons. Photo credit: Monique Nethington

[Photo] Falcons lay unresponsive against East Los Angeles College

January 12, 2017

Freshman guard Alondra Calderon fights past ELAC guard Tiffani Martinez as she attempts to send a pass to teammate Angie Ferreira. The Wednesday, Jan. 11 game ended with 81-47 loss for the Falcons. Photo...

Mo fashion: Golden Globes hits and misses

January 10, 2017

It’s official, award season is upon us! It kicked off Sunday, January 8 as the Golden Globes aired on NBC, and did not disappoint us one bit. Let’s be honest though, most of us really just tuned...

Embracing America and President-Elect

November 12, 2016

Dear Donald Trump, Should we call you Mr. President now? You have defied all political odds and defeated Hillary Clinton in a tumultuous race for the coveted oval office desk.Congrats dude, you did it!Now,...

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November 2, 2016

Sports Editor, Monique Nethington, demonstrates the pink eyeshadow trend. Make-up artists are now using a pink shadow not only for the top of the eye but for the bottom liner. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Mo’ Fashion: Hues of Pink take over Fall

November 2, 2016

When we think fall we think of dark, earthy tones.You see different shades of burgundy, green, brown and gold. All this usually transfers over into the beauty department. The eyes get a little smokier...

Photo credit: Carlos Marquez

Learning from the past and each other is the only way to move forward

November 2, 2016

It’s no secret that people who make the loudest noise get the most attention. Think of a baby screaming at the top of its lungs until its mother gives it whatever it needs. What happens to the group...

Cerritos College Cross Country Program moves on to SoCal Program

November 2, 2016

After under performing at the South Coast Conference Championship, on Friday, the Cerritos College Cross Country Program will head back to Irvine Regional Park to compete in the Southern California Championship....

Mo Fashion: Day of the Sluts

October 31, 2016

Does anybody remember when Halloween was for mischief and candy?No? Yeah, me either.Disclaimer:I am not slut shaming rather just commenting about slutty outfits. Just because a woman may dress “slutty”...

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Women’s soccer keep winning hot streak alive

October 26, 2016

Cerritos College women’s soccer team continue to keep its state championship hopes alive with a 14-1 overall record, and 5-0 conference record for the season. Light the Fire Since their loss to...

Penalties hit men’s soccer team hard

October 26, 2016

Despite breaking a three game losing streak on Tuesday. The win came at a high cost. The team was able to defeat the East Los Angeles Huskies in a 3-0 victory. In that win their were over 24 fouls, 6 yellow...

Women’s water polo hits rough patch going into tail-end of the season

October 26, 2016

Despite losing of four their last five games the Cerritos College women’s water polo team sits with a 6-1 conference record. The first of the four losses came against the Long Beach City Vikings...

Not your body, not your problem

October 24, 2016

In light of the words spoken by Donald Trump, specifically on late-term abortion, there are some things that need to be addressed.The first, and frankly the most important thing of all is: STOP COMMENTING...

Sophomore Angel Rojas takes a shot passed  the Long Beach City defense in hopes of finding the back of the net. The Falcons would go to lose 11-9 against the Vikings. Photo credit: Max Perez

Mens water polo stays humble as the post-season approaches

October 24, 2016

With only one game left to play before the South Coast Conference Tournament the Falcons have an overall record of 23-4 and a conference record of 4-1.The team's only conference loss came at the hands...

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...

Managing Editor Karla Enriquez demonstrates a fall outfit. Coats and plaid are a major hit for fall fashion. Photo credit: Briana Velarde

Mo fashion: Fall 2016 plaid outfit tips

October 20, 2016

Plaid is the American and Canadian name for the Scottish tartan patterns that literally dominated so many of the collections presented on the runway. It’s a perfect trend for fall. This awesome...

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Men’s cross country brings home second place finish

October 19, 2016

The Cerritos College men’s cross country team was able to pull out a second place finish at the St. Joseph Invitational in Kings Park, New York on Saturday. Runner Carlos Mendoza said, “It...

Cross country trip proves fruitful for Falcons

October 19, 2016

The women’s cross country team was able to return home with a first place win following a trip to Kings Park, New York, last Saturday.The team had the chance to compete at the St. Joseph Invitational,...

I believe that public execution needs to come back and it should be for rapists. I feel like any kind of rape is wrong. You should have that person stand trial but at the same time if that other person is lying about it, they should be fined Photo credit: Monique Nethington

FSZ: How should we as a society deal with rape allegations?

October 18, 2016

Blair Rucker, electrical engineering major"I believe that public execution needs to come back and it should be for rapists. I feel like any kind of rape is wrong. You should have that person stand trial...

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...

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October 12, 2016

Campus police provides annual security report to students

October 11, 2016

The annual security report for Cerritos College was released by campus police on Saturday, Oct 1st. The report contains safety information and crime statistics from 2015. Colleges around the country...

Men’s soccer struggle with consistency

October 11, 2016

Cerritos Men's soccer was able to finally finish a game with a win against LA Harbor on Friday, Oct. 7.The game followed a disappointing tie against the Long Beach City College Vikings on Oct. 3.Coach...

Falcons continue red hot season

October 11, 2016

After losing their third, and final, backup goalkeeper the Falcons were able to pull out another shutout with up help of forwards Cheyenne De Los Reyes and Natalie de Leon. The Falcons faced the Long...

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...

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September 28, 2016

Sophomore Adrianna Velasco pushes through a pack of runners on the back hill of Central Park (HB.) Both the men and women would compete in the Golden West Central Park Classic.

[Photo] Lack of course awareness leads to ninth place

September 28, 2016

Sophomore Adrianna Velasco pushes through a pack of runners on the back hill of Central Park (HB.) Both the men and women would compete in the Golden West Central Park Classic.

Men get it right

September 28, 2016

Finally, getting what the coaches have been teaching the team all season, men’s cross country finished strong at the Golden West Central Park Classic.The event took place on Sept. 23. The team was...

Its all about the end game

September 28, 2016

Freshman goalkeeper Arianna Armijo stepped up adding two more shutouts to the 2016-17 statistic book , after a Sept. 16 road trip to Washington. Head coach Ruben Gonzalez said, “We have strength...

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...

Mental stamina for Cerritos cross country strengthens

September 21, 2016

Breakout freshmen seem to be a theme this season for the cerritos cross country team. But any runner will tell you that running is ten percent physical and 90 percent mental. Freshman, and breakout front...

The bloody necessities

September 20, 2016

It’s that time of the month again! The time where a woman’s uterus decides to fall out of her, leaving behind a trail of blood and disdain.Yes, that’s right. We are talking periods...

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