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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Patrick Dolly, Staff Writer

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Give for the right reasons wrap up

November 29, 2012

I think that I could have been a lot stronger in my argument regarding giving for the right reasons. I should have talked about the dangers of giving for the wrong reasons. More research into those dangers...

A 16 week semester will not work well for students

November 6, 2012

The idea that college semesters should be shortened to 16 weeks is silly and ridiculous. Doing so would create an even more hostile learning environment for students than is already present because it...

Help out the less fortunate for the right reasons

October 29, 2012

Contributing to food drives does not make someone a saint. Doing a good deed does not change the heart of a person so people need to stop acting like donating to food drives is such a big deal. It doesn’t...

Unknown burglars broke off part of the wood to the Newsroom door in order to gain entry early Monday morning. After gaining entry, two computers were stolen from the classroom.

[Photo] ‘Breaking’ News: Burglars steal two Mac computers from the Newsroom in the Fine Arts Building

October 23, 2012

Unknown burglars broke off part of the wood to the Newsroom door in order to gain entry early Monday morning. After gaining entry, two computers were stolen from the classroom.

Unknown burglars broke off part of the wood to the Newsroom door in order to gain entry early Monday morning. After gaining entry, two computers were stolen from the classroom.

[Photo] Thieves break in to FA 42, more Macs stolen

October 23, 2012

Unknown burglars broke off part of the wood to the Newsroom door in order to gain entry early Monday morning. After gaining entry, two computers were stolen from the classroom.

Correction on a previous story – Suicide rates

October 22, 2012

In the Oct. 17 issue of the Talon Marks, we ran an opinion article where a member of our staff expressed his views on suicide rates in the United States. This statistic is incorrect and the opinion...

Falcons come up just short against undefeated Ventura College

October 22, 2012

An inability to convert in the red zone and several injuries prevented the Cerritos College Falcons from continuing their winning ways as they lost to the undefeated Ventura College Pirates by a score...

Lauren Gandara who is running for Homecoming Queen for Talon Marks Press Club ballot No.1

Homecoming Princess Lauren Gandara Ballot No.1

October 2, 2012

Lauren Gandara is a broadcast journalism major who aspires to work for E! News or ESPN. Her campus involvement in addition to classes includes serving as news editor of the Talon Marks as well as secretary...

2012 Homecoming Court Lauren Gandara (top left), Brittany Forsythe (top middle), Zineb Fikri (top right), Geovana Sarmiento (bottom left) Kenia Avalos (bottom Middle), Amber Rose Belmontw (bottom left), not shown MarJona Smith-Holieway.

2012 Cerritos College Homecoming Court Announced

September 28, 2012

The votes have been counted and the 2012 Cerritos College Homecoming Court has been selected. Here are the winners and clubs that they are representing. Candidate No. 1: Lauren Gandara (Talon Marks Press...

Students need to handle stress better

September 17, 2012

Students, specifically students at Cerritos College, seem to handle stress pretty poorly. Instead of freaking out about extensive workloads, tests, and homework, students need to focus on the work that...

The Constitution needs to be re-written

September 16, 2012

The United States Constitution is outdated and is in dire need of a makeover. It should be re-written to more closely reflect the direction that we are going in as a country, the problems that we face,...

Cerritos College can’t afford to give out free stuff

September 1, 2012

In these troubling economic times, Cerritos College can’t afford to spend money to give out free things to its students. Someone needs to have a serious conversation with the Cerritos College Board...

Column: Life of a returning student No. 1

August 24, 2012

The first week of classes for the fall semester has been interesting and long. I made the decision to take 16 units this semester, including serving as editor-in-chief for Talon Marks this semester. I...

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Cerritos College Board of Trustee hopefuls begin filing

August 1, 2012

Cerritos College Board of Trustee hopefuls have begun filing with the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder’s Office. They are hoping to be elected into one of the 5 open seats that are part of the re-districting...

Tuition increase takes effect. Now $46 per unit

May 24, 2012

California Community College tuition again experienced a hike as tuition this summer raised from $36 to $46 per unit. The increase will cost full-time students an additional $150 per semester. This...

Talon Marks Online News

Hearing impaired individual to deliver commencement address

May 10, 2012

Talon Marks Online News A hearing impaired individual will be delivering the commencement address at the 2012 Cerritos College commencement ceremony on May 12. The 55th annual commencement ceremony...

Falcons softball season falls to mercy of Southwestern

May 8, 2012

With their backs up against the wall following Saturdays 5-4 Southern California Regional playoff loss against Southwestern College, the Falcons saw their season come to an end after they lost Sunday’s...

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Life of the Returning Student – No. 6

May 6, 2012

As the Spring 2012 semester comes to an end, the memories of the semester play out in my mind like a movie. From the moment when I was first inspired to write a weekly column about the trails of the...

Juliet (Bianca Meiloaica) and her promised fiance Paris (Eric Boone) share a dance.

Increased security for Romeo and Juliet production

April 27, 2012

In light of the aftermath of the incident of the armed man on campus, police have increased security for the production of Romeo & Juliet. Uniformed police officers are stationed backstage, and...

Second baseman Alexxa Sanabria awaits the pitch from pitcher Lily Cornejo.

Softball wins conference championship

April 26, 2012

Trailing 5-3 heading into the sixth inning of their game against El Camino Compton Center, the Falcons came from behind to pick up the win 10-5. The victory secured sole possession of the South Coast...

Softball tries for a home run to State Championships

April 23, 2012

In a season that has seen the Cerritos College softball team suffer only eight losses, the top ranked Falcons are poised to make a deep run into the playoffs this year, possibly ending with a state...

Life of the returning student – No. 5

April 23, 2012

Finals….finals….finals. My preparation for finals has kicked into overdrive this week. I am really starting to feel the pinch. One thing remains on my mind as I prepare to finish up this semester....

April 18, 2012 – Page 5- Opinion

April 17, 2012

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Life of the returning student - No. 4

Life of the returning student – No. 4

April 10, 2012

Spring break was interesting but I am glad to be back at school. There is not much of a break for a man with a wife, children, and responsibilities, so while it is spring, it was nowhere close to a...

Cal State colleges considering asking students about sexual orientation

Cal State colleges considering asking students about sexual orientation

March 31, 2012

According to The Los Angeles Times, Cal State colleges are considering asking students about their sexual orientation on application and enrollment forms as early as next year. Read the Los Angeles...

Spring semester Cerritos College Job Fair hits campus

March 27, 2012

Organizations like the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, The University of Phoenix, and Herba life on Tuesday were among the companies in attendance at the 2012 spring semester Cerritos College...

Life of the returning student - No. 3

Life of the returning student – No. 3

March 17, 2012

Last week was pretty interesting on campus. Classes have definitely gotten more hectic as midterms are in progress, but as a whole, it is a motivating experience. Tuesdays tend to be my most stressful...

Loan interest rates to possibly double

March 13, 2012

Students across the country continue to be impacted by financial cuts and restraints. The latest potential impact to directly affect students is the possibility of loan fee increases. Read full story...

Four steps to time management

March 13, 2012

Students are constantly striving to balance school and personal life so time management is important to achieving that goal. Read the full story here

Should colleges re-think their career services centers?

March 13, 2012

Do career service centers at colleges across America actually benefit students, or should they be reconsidered? Read the full story here

Life of the returning student No. 2

Life of the returning student No. 2

March 12, 2012

It seems at times as if professors are not as understanding to the struggles of returning students as they are to the struggles of students to the college system. It’s hard to keep up sometimes. It’s...

A photo illustration shows the revised Student Integrity Act  being passed. The bill was signed into law by ASCC President Jasmin Ramirez on March 9.

Amended student integrity bill passed

March 9, 2012

Talon Marks Online News Associated Students of Cerritos College President Jasmin Ramirez signed into law the amendment to the Student Integrity Act on Friday, which will change the ways in which ASCC...

Life of the returning student - No. 1

Life of the returning student – No. 1

March 5, 2012

At the age of 18, I enrolled at a Los Angeles area community college and ultimately graduated with a degree in computerized business. Now 33 years old, I once again find myself enrolled in a community...

Career services to host career workshops

February 28, 2012

The career services center of Cerritos College in the upcoming weeks will be hosting several career worshops intended to helping those interested with everything from career decisions to changing majors. The...

Editorial cartoon by Alejandra Ayala

Graduating into employment

February 4, 2012

President Barack Obama has announced an initiative of a partnership between community colleges and businesses that he hopes would train workers in skills that can lead them directly into a job. This will...

Talon Marks Online Opinion

Law of parking lot makes no sense

February 2, 2012

A code of ethics for our campus parking lot is just about one of the most pathetic things imaginable. We don't need an unwritten rule to help facilitate parking. We need people to grow up and stop complaining...

(L-r) TOM HANKS as Thomas Schell and SANDRA BULLOCK as Linda Schell in

Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE,” a Warner

Bros. Pictures release.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” brings audiences to tears

January 23, 2012

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is the type of film that leaves the viewer assessing the meaning of existence on several levels. It is, hands down, the movie of the year. Sandra Bullock steps...

Public relations major Santiago Zuniga recites a poem at the Library Club's poetry night on Nov. 30. The event gave students the opportunity to recite their poems in a competition.

Students show up to participate in poetry night

December 6, 2011

The Cerritos College Library Club held its poetry night in the Teleconference center on Nov. 30. Tickets were sold at the door for $2. All poets and singers were encouraged to participate in the event....

Clarification: Tension laces room as commissioner leads group to impeach

December 3, 2011

In the “Tension laces room as commissioner leads group to impeach” story that was published on Nov. 16, it was stated that Commissioner for Student Services David Aguirre is leading a group wishing...

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Sacrifice is a small price to pay for freedom

December 3, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button A part of the national anthem of the United States reads, “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” The members of our armed forces fight for our right to remain free...

Falcons defeat Palomar to win Southern California Bowl

November 20, 2011

A fumble recovery by sophomore free safety Chris Metcalf in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Southern California Bowl against Palomar College assisted in Cerritos College pulling out a 45-28 win. Played...

Commissioner of Student Services, David Aguirre (right) wrote a letter of impeachment for ASCC President Jasmin Ramirez and addressed it during the Cabinet meeting on Nov 14. Aguirre's explanation for the letter of impeachment isn't necessarily to take Ramirez out of office, but to put pressure on her administration to do more for the school and the students.

ASCC President faces possible impeachment

November 15, 2011

Commissioner for Student Services David Aguirre is leading a group of students that wish to impeach Associated Students of Cerritos College President Jasmin Ramirez. The desired impeachment process is...

Stacked provides a unique eating experience

November 13, 2011

The newest and possibly trendiest of restaurants is on the scene as Stacked most definitely stacks up well against the best of competition. The initial impression upon entering Stacked was a little intimidating,...

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Cross Country’s Herrera awarded Male Athlete of the Month

November 13, 2011

Pete Moye'Sports Button Cerritos College Freshman cross country runner Daniel Herrera continued an improbable season, winning the Male Athlete of the Month award for the month of October. Herrera is...

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“Jack and Jill” did nothing but fall down the hill

November 13, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button Some movies are instant hits, some are straight to DVD films and some should never have been made. Adam Sandler’s latest film, "Jack and Jill" is a combination of the last two...

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Compromise is a better option than strike

November 12, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button This mess between the administration of California State Universities and the faculty union is no different than a messy divorce with children involved. Whenever there is a...

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Pell Grant split still confusing students

November 7, 2011

Pete Moye'News Button Cerritos College students are still expressing mixed emotions over an earlier decision to split Pell Grant financial aid disbursements, with the second disbursement released on...

Theater major Candace Montgomery assists in putting makeup on Halloween Haunt monster Molly Bennett. Cerritos College Theater students visited the park on Oct. 27 to help makeup artists in creating monsters for the event.

Theater students help in monster creations

October 30, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button Alma Griffin was once a theater major at Cerritos College, but now she applies her theater degree in her career as a make-up artist for Knotts Berry Farm. Griffin graduated from...

Homecoming queen Raquel Ramirez walks toward the stage in Falcon Stadium with her father, Frank Cruz, on Saturday before being announced as the winner of this year's crown. Ramirez was representing the iFalcon club

Ramirez crowned queen

October 25, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6etXWNaXIU “I was shocked, amazed, and so excited.” This was Homecoming Queen Raquel Ramirez’s reaction to winning the 2011 crown. The Homecoming festivities...

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Falcons finish top three at Leadbetter

October 17, 2011

Pete Moye'Sports Button Leadbetter Beach hosted the Santa Barbara Invitational where the Cerritos College women’s cross country team placed second and the men’s team placed third overall. The women’s...

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“Forbidden Planet” returns a hit

October 14, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button The Cerritos College Theater department kicked off its fall season with "Return to the Forbidden Planet" gracing the Burnight Center Theatre. Gracing the stage is exactly what this...

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Cerritos Theater Dept. journeys to “Forbidden Planet”

October 7, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button "Return to the Forbidden Planet" kicks off the Cerritos College Theater Department's fall 2011 season. Directed by playwright Bob Carlton, "Forbidden Planet" is a musical play set...

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NBA 2K12 dunks on the competition

October 5, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button Another year and another amazing rendition of the popular 2K sports basketball game as the recent release of “NBA 2K12 defends its uncontested championship reign as the best NBA...

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Cross country’s Herrera beats the field in SoCal preview meet

October 2, 2011

Pete Moye'Sports Button The Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park played host to the SoCal Preview Meet that over the weekend featured the Cerritos College men's and women's cross country teams. The men's...

Breast Cancer Awareness editorial cartoon.

Cancer awareness shouldn’t be limited to breasts

September 29, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button When most people hear the word cancer, the most often associated form is Breast Cancer. And while that is a very serious form of cancer, it is not the only form that there is....

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Instructors: crack down on irresponsible students

September 29, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button The job of a teacher is to, before all things, be an educator. Secondly, it is ensuring that students have the proper materials to succeed, followed by making sure that the students...

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Losing the Hollywood sign will ruin California

September 29, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button This country has very few landmark staples remaining anymore. For some reason, all of the vitally important pieces of history are becoming just that, history. Now, there is talk...

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Looking at theater group’s new show “Short Eyes”

September 25, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button Along with the growing interest that Cerritos College students express in theatre comes the desire to grow beyond campus productions. The Urban Theatre Movement has once again been...

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Students take advantage of Student Success Center

September 23, 2011

Pete Moye'News Button More and more Cerritos College students are electing to take advantage of some of the many services that the Cerritos administration offers to students to ensure student success....

A nurses assistant (right) prepares to draw blood from administration of justice major, Kelly Willis (left).This was Willis' first time donating blood.

Cerritos College attracts blood donors

September 20, 2011

Students gave a high turnout for the first two days of the fall semester’s Red Cross Blood Drive. “I wanted to help save lives. It was a little [nerve-racking] waiting, but if you know what the...

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Cerritos College needs to do more for it’s student parents

September 19, 2011

There is no denying that school is a full time job. Any student that takes more than a few units at a time can attest to just how draining it is. Then factor in the added strain of a personal life, especially...

Newly-promoted Liberal Arts Divisional Secretary Megalis Lopez in her office. Lopez was recently awarded Classified Employee of the Month.

[Photo] Former Cerritos student makes impact as employee

September 19, 2011

Newly-promoted Liberal Arts Divisional Secretary Megalis Lopez in her office. Lopez was recently awarded Classified Employee of the Month.

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The library is for studying not for partying

September 16, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button “Silence is golden" is a term that the movie industry uses to request that people are quiet when watching a film in a movie theater as to not disrupt others. Apparently, the...

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Professor is more than an instructor

September 14, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button Many Cerritos College professors split the responsibilities of personal endeavors along with their teaching duties, but Cerritos photography professor Christina Fernandez takes those...

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2012 student fee increased deferred by Legislature

September 13, 2011

Pete Moye'News Button “It [the fee increases for classes] should be null and void. I should get more classes while it’s cheaper.” This was anthropology major Valerie Ercxe’s thought regarding...

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State delays tuition increase

September 13, 2011

Pete Moye'News Button The California Legislature has passed a bill that now defers a $10 fee increase that would have raised fees from $36 to $46 per unit beginning summer 2012. This bill is contingent...

A Cerritos student casting his vote at the Social Science patio. The ASCC Senate elections took place on Sept. 7 and 8 at multiple locations around the campus.

[Photo] ASCC Senate Election results

September 6, 2011

A Cerritos student casting his vote at the Social Science patio. The ASCC Senate elections took place on Sept. 7 and 8 at multiple locations around the campus.

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Campus clubs coming from the art background

September 2, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button The clubs of Cerritos College showed up for the fall 2011 Club Info Day that was held on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Many of the clubs on campus participated in the event and had a wide...

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New class additions are being discussed

August 28, 2011

In the aftermath of the troubles that preceded the fall 2011 enrollment process, the Cerritos College Administration is considering adding additional classes in an effort to supplement students' needs...

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“Madden” 12 repeats itself and takes joy from fans

August 27, 2011

Pete Moye'Arts Button The popular “Madden” football franchise is back for its annual installment of the highly anticipated video game. Year after year, “Madden” video games try to surpass the...

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Christians on campus use pushy tactics

August 25, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button It is often argued that opinions are like armpits, everybody has them. However, when does an opinion go from a personal belief to an imposing will? On a daily basis, Cerritos...

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Students use financial aid for more than school

August 25, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button Financial Aid is something that is intended to supplement the cost of education for students that qualify due an income specific spectrum. It allows students that may not otherwise...

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Gay rights education should stay out of public schools

August 19, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button What is the definition of “gay rights?” Most people would describe it as the equality of social and civil liberties. Indeed, gay rights are exactly that. They are something...

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If students want to drop classes then they should accept being penalized

August 17, 2011

Pete Moye'Opinion Button With the current state of the budget in this country, it is now more important than ever to utilize the full potential of every single financial resource that we have available...

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