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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Samuel Chacko

Samuel Chacko, Editor in Chief

Samuel Chacko is the Editor in Chief for Talon Marks covering sports, politics, news, and opinion. Sam enjoys playing video games, watching sports (UFC, MLB, NBA, and NFL), and music (Kanye, Travis Scott, Kendrick, and more). Samuel is hoping to transfer to a Cal State in 2024 and work for a prestigious Journalism outlet one day.

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Pledge of Allegiance

[Photo] First board of trustee meeting of the semester

August 11, 2022

Before the topic of COVID-19 and the bond presentation happened, the board of trustees did the Pledge of Allegiance during the Aug. 10 board meeting.

Interim Chief Tom Gallivan fills out his daily reports. I never stop, he said about the paperwork. The photo was taken around 2014.

Tom Gallivan, former Campus Police Chief, dies

July 29, 2022
Tom Gallivan, who worked his way up to captain in the police force in Orange County and was the chief of campus police for Cerritos College, died on July 27.
This is a photo of one of CCFFs informational pickets that took place around 2021. The photo was taken on October 8 of last year.

District and CCFF reach tentative agreement

July 22, 2022
A joint statement email was sent on July 20th around 4 p.m. where the president of CCFF and the vice president of human resources told faculty that there has been a tentative agreement reached.
The board of trustee members, who are seated at the U-shaped table, had a meeting on July 20 that lasted around three hours where they talked about a variety of topics but COVID-19 in particular.

[Photo] COVID-19 mandate discussed in college board meeting

July 22, 2022

The board of trustee members, who are seated at the U-shaped table, had a meeting on July 20 that lasted around three hours where they talked about a variety of topics but COVID-19 in particular.

The board of trustee members, who are seated at the U-shaped table, had a meeting on July 20 that lasted around three hours where they talked about a variety of topics but COVID-19 in particular.

COVID-19 mandate discussed in college board meeting

July 22, 2022
Cerritos College had its second board meeting in the summer on July 20 at 7 p.m. where public comments talked about the mandates and there was a discussion around the college's COVID-19 requirements.
This is a photo of lightning that took place in 2011 and is similar to the lightning that was flashing around 4 a.m. on June 22. This photo was by Brilhast1 (and Nathan Vaughn on Flickr).

Cerritos Campus closing due to power outage

June 22, 2022
Cerritos College recently closed for June 22 and 23rd due to a power outage on June 22. This power outage was due to the lightning that occurred around 4 a.m. on June 22.
This was the fourth part of the Monet Exhibit where they played a mini-film of the different life-like environments Monet painted when he was alive.

[Photo] Learning history at Claude Monet Exhibit in Montebello

June 13, 2022

This was the fourth part of the Monet Exhibit where they played a mini-film of the different life-like environments Monet painted when he was alive.

Un-Soo Wong: teacher by day, kick-boxer by night podcast

Un-Soo Wong: teacher by day, kick-boxer by night podcast

May 22, 2022
Un-Soo Wong, an advanced English and Journalism teacher, talks to Samuel and Matthew about teaching during the pandemic.
Cerritos Community College is an excellent school for students to attend straight out of high school.

There’s nothing wrong about attending community colleges

May 19, 2022
Community college is an option, high school seniors may feel are rejects by not attending a university. Cerritos College is an excellent community college that can provide you with the opportunity you need to succeed.
This is a photo of Amna Jara, who is the Student Activities Coordinator for Student life and was the organizer for the Stress Less Week: Creating a Playlist. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

[Photo] Let’s Talk Stress Week begins

May 9, 2022

This is a photo of Amna Jara, who is the Student Activities Coordinator for Student life and was the organizer for the "Stress Less Week: Creating a Playlist." Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

This is a photo of a mothers day themed set that was created in 2012. This is one example of a gift you can give someone for mothers day.

Gifts for moms, importance of mother’s day

May 8, 2022
Mother's day is arriving May 8th and you're thinking of getting your mother something. Here are some recommendations for great mother's day gifts.
The person on the right was Terrie Lopez, who is the Director of Career Services. They were helping out students if they needed help and also helped facilitate the annual job fair. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

[Photo] Annual Job Fair at Cerritos College

May 6, 2022

The person on the right was Terrie Lopez, who is the Director of Career Services. They were helping out students if they needed help and also helped facilitate the annual job fair. Photo credit: Samuel...

This is an image of the President of the Faculty Senate Dennis Falcon, who appeared at every Faculty Senate meeting. This photo was taken during April 12ths faculty senate. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

[Photo] Faculty Senate Election Results

May 2, 2022

This is an image of the President of the Faculty Senate Dennis Falcon, who appeared at every Faculty Senate meeting. This photo was taken during April 12th's faculty senate. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

This is an image of the President of the Faculty Senate Dennis Falcon, who appeared at every Faculty Senate meeting. This photo was taken during April 12ths faculty senate. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

Faculty Senate Election Results

May 2, 2022
During the faculty senate meeting at Cerritos College, the announcement for the president and vice president for next semester was made, along with other important notifications to the public.
Un-Soo Wong is a journalism teacher at Norwalk High School who has been teaching for 17 years.

[Photo] Un-Soo Wong: teacher by day, kick-boxer by night

April 27, 2022

Un-Soo Wong is a journalism teacher at Norwalk High School who has been teaching for 17 years.

A mural painted on the wall of a building on Norwalk High Schools campus abbreviating the schools name.

[Photo] Un-Soo Wong: teacher by day, kick-boxer by night

April 27, 2022

A mural painted on the wall of a building on Norwalk High School's campus abbreviating the school's name.

This is a photo of Elon Musk, who just bought Twitter on April 25th for about $5 billion dollars. This photo took place when he was doing his Ted Talk in 2017. Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson

Why Elon buying Twitter is good

April 26, 2022
On Monday, Elon Musk bought Twitter and this is great for free-speech advocates.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees points to the dugout after hitting a game tying 3-run home run to right field in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on September 13, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Star athletes deserve their worth

April 26, 2022
It's no surprise that professional star athletes get paid the big bucks to sign with their teams but it's how much they are worth that tells fans what kind of player they are.
This is the image of the first speaker, Irlanda Lopez, who is the California School Employees Association (CSEA) President, who spoke on April 20th. She also brought her kid with her and spoke at the last faculty senate meeting regarding COLA+ and the unions negotiations. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

[Photo] Last board meeting of the semester

April 21, 2022

This is the image of the first speaker, Irlanda Lopez, who is the California School Employees Association (CSEA) President, who spoke on April 20th. She also brought her kid with her and spoke at the last...

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 17: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 24-14 at Soldier Field on October 17, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Free agency frenzy recap

April 7, 2022
Star players new homes and contracts to key veterans free agent signings how will these players do.
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 12: A view of the NFL logo on the field before a game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on Dec 12, 2021 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NFL’s New Diversity Advisory Committee

April 4, 2022
On March 28, the NFL announced a new diversity committee, possibly as a result of the Brian Flores lawsuit, and an update on the Rooney Rule.
This is an image of a Zoom Profile Picture that is recommended to show your support for CCFF. The text explains that faculty conditions also affect students, which faculty working conditions are an article in the proposed contract.

Cerritos College’s Union at impasse

April 4, 2022

Cerritos College Faculty Federation (CCFF) president, Lynn Wang, sent an email on March 21 to the faculty that the Union has officially reached an impasse and scheduled mediation. “The California...

This is an image of a COVID-19 test that took place on April 11th, 2020. This ties into one of the new changes to our COVID-19 guidelines, which is weekly testing for booster-eligible people. Photo credit: Creative Commons & NavyMedicine

New COVID-19 protocols coming to campus in the summer semester

April 4, 2022

Lynn Wang, the CCFF president, released an email talking about the new COVID-19 guidelines that will be mainly coming in the summer of 2022. When talking about the booster/weekly testing requirements,...

Cerritos College may lift the mask mandate for students in the fall semester of 2022, however, they should still provide the option for students who still want to wear their masks. Photo credit: Creative Commons

Cerritos College should lift face masks by fall 2022

April 4, 2022

While the Norwalk community is slowly going back to normal with lifting mask mandates indoors, Cerritos College is still requiring students to wear masks on campus. Why are students allowed to go to...

A summary of the SB 1383 law showing the two different tiers for large businesses, which refers to the second part of the 1383 law, food recovery. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

[Photo] Norwalk’s first community forum

April 4, 2022

A summary of the SB 1383 law showing the two different tiers for large businesses, which refers to the second part of the 1383 law, food recovery. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

This is an image of people who were protesting the death of Trayvon Martin with this amazing-looking sign. This took place in downtown Milwaukee and the image was taken on June 17, 2012. (Creative Commons) Photo credit: Overpass Light Brigade

Racism is here to stay

March 23, 2022
Corruption within the world is something that happens on a daily basis. But why is there racism even during the midst of a war?
This is an image of students raising their hands, which ties back to the article because the three departments are asking for support. (Credit: Dr. Natalie Sartin)

Cerritos may demote Africana Studies department

March 21, 2022

Dr. Natalie Sartin, the department chair of Black/Africana studies, talked about the possible demotion of three departments and their updated resolution, which will be in the senate agenda. The three...

This was a picture of the Board of Trustee floor where you can see some of the Board of Trustee members, Dr. Jose Fierro (president of Cerritos College, who is on the left of the projector) and the moderator of the meeting (who is on the right of the projector).

[Photo] Comments on Board Meeting

March 21, 2022

This was a picture of the Board of Trustee floor where you can see some of the Board of Trustee members, Dr. Jose Fierro (president of Cerritos College, who is on the left of the projector) and the moderator...

This is a picture of the CCFF president, Lynn Wang. She was one of three physical speakers who gave reports and comments (being constituency group leaders) during the March 9th Board of Trustees meeting.

[Photo] Comments on Board Meeting

March 21, 2022

This is a picture of the CCFF president, Lynn Wang. She was one of three physical speakers who gave reports and comments (being constituency group leaders) during the March 9th Board of Trustees meeting....

Captian Brenda Berkmans website that she has, which has a newsletter and a store with their merchandise.

[Photo] Brenda Berkman – the first female firefighter in NYC

March 10, 2022

Captian Brenda Berkman's website that she has, which has a newsletter and a store with their merchandise.

This is an image of Captian Brenda Berkmans website that she has, which has a newsletter and a store with their merchandise. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

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This is an image of Captian Brenda Berkman's website that she has, which has a newsletter and a store with their merchandise. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

Havyn Marines, No. 9, utility, hits a single against the El Camino Warriors on Feb. 10, 2022.

Cerritos softball crushes Pasadena City

March 3, 2022
Cerritos crushed Pasadena City scoring 10 runs within three innings.
This is an image of the Breaking Bread zoom meeting where professor Mahnzili and Dr. Natalie Sartin had their discussion. This was one of many events Cerritos College did for Black History Month. Photo credit: Samuel Chacko

Breaking Bread recap

March 3, 2022

Breaking Bread took place on Feb. 24th where professor Amiri Mahnzili and Dr. Natalie Sartin discussed life through Blackness, as the teaser suggests. Sartin is a part of the English faculty and is...

America has been under a global climate crisis for a long period of time - chaos is now interfering with our livable climate and if we dont do anything to preserve it, parts of California could submerge as soon as 2040.

California is becoming an unlivable state

March 3, 2022

California is becoming unlivable, and we’re not just talking about the traffic. Minimum wage jobs, the cost of living, housing prices, inflation and climate change are all contributors to what is...

President of Cerritos College, Jose Fierro, hosts an Instagram live event to communicate with participants virtually and safely.

President’s hour on Instagram live

February 22, 2022
Cerritos College president Jose Fierro hosted an Instagram live to chat with viewers about the College's return to campus in March.
This was an information picket that faculty (that took place on Oct 6, 2021) and staff attended to advocate to keep health insurance provided by the district. By having this as your background on Zoom, you show support to the Union here at Cerritos.

Union Negotiations

February 22, 2022
Lynn Wang and April Bracamontes declared the importance of investing in faculty regarding a contract.
The Cerritos Falcons called a timeout and are discussing their next moves.

[Photo] Cerritos comes up short against Long Beach

February 16, 2022

The Cerritos Falcons called a timeout and are discussing their next moves.

The Portland Trailblazers played against the Brooklyn Nets on March 27th, 2013. The Nets ended up winning 93-111 where Lillard scored 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 turnovers.

What’s Next for Damian Lillard

February 16, 2022
Damian Lillard made it clear that he wants to stay in Portland and win a championship there. But what's next for Lillard and the Trailblazers?
This was when the Los Angles Angles played the Seattle Mariners where the Mariners beat the Angles 5-1. The game took place on Aug. 6th, 2011.

College baseball should implement MLB overtime rules

February 16, 2022
Recently, the Cerritos Falcons played at Santa Ana (on Feb. 10) and had a disappointing tied with a final score of 11-11 after nine innings.
This was an image that was posted in 2009 and this amazing drawing shows some of the things that small businesses should focus on (in regards to social media).

Superbowl ads should focus on small businesses

February 16, 2022
The Superbowl recently happened on Feb. 13 and I couldn't help myself to think, why weren't there any small or up-and-coming businesses there?
This is an image of James Harden in a Houston Rockets Uniform (which Harden is now a 76er) and the image was taken by All-Pro Reels. Harden was dunking over Davis Bertans and the game took place on Oct. 30th, 2019 when the Rockets played the Wizards.

Ben Simmons traded for Harden

February 16, 2022
The NBA trade deadline ended and a blockbuster move surprised most NBA fans.
This is an image of Mike Tomlin, who is a Black Head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin is now one of three black head coaches in the NFL and has coached 15 years with the Steelers.

NFL needs more Black head coaches

February 15, 2022
There has been a big debate about the Rooney Rule and the amount of black head coaches that are in the NFL.
This is a drawing of Curriculum Planning and that shows the learning outcomes and accountability that were talked about SLOs (Student Learning Outcomes).

Cerritos College is accredited!

February 15, 2022
Students may wonder, why Student Learning Outcomes are always on syllabi yet no one reads them? Today, we answer why SLO's are part of syllabi.
This is an image of Tom Brady in a Patriots jersey when the Patriots played the Falcons in the Superbowl on Feb. 5th, 2017. The Patriots ended up coming back from 28-3 to win the Superbowl.

Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady Retired!

February 9, 2022
After the 2021-2022 playoffs wrapped up, both Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady were eliminated from Super Bowl contention and as a result, they both ended up retiring.
This is a picture of the Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou and was also in the movie Fast and Furious 9.

Francis Ngannou last UFC fight?

February 7, 2022
Francis Ngannou has a dispute with the UFC because of the amount of money he's paid, how he's treated in the company and the restrictiveness of his UFC contract.
This is an image of Joe Biden when he was on the campaign trail at Molly McGowan Park in Clear Lake, Iowa and the campaign trail took place on Aug. 9th, 2019.

An analysis on Biden’s first year

February 4, 2022
Biden's first year was interesting at the least. There have been topics of the popular bills he passed, inflation, Afghanistan, Russia, COVID-19 and inflation.
Valentines Day is the holiday where people rush to show appreciation towards their partner or a loved ones. Its time to normalize showing that love as much as possible - not just on a holiday.

Love shouldn’t just be shown on Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2022
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s important to remember that your valentine deserves appreciation 365 days a year. Although this holiday is specifically for admiration, why not make almost everyday feel like it’s Valentine’s Day?
This is a picture of the organizers for the APIDA Awareness Week that takes place from Jan. 31st to Feb. 3rd. Amna Jara (also known as AJ) is in the middle while on the right is Antonio (also known as Neil).

APIDA Awareness Week at Cerritos College

February 2, 2022
This week, starting Jan. 31 till Feb. 3, tit is APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) week, featuring engaging challenges for participants and is open to all students.
This is an image of a lego jukebox, which is similar to the jukebox event.

Call to artists: “Jukebox” is cancelled!

January 31, 2022
Andrew Hernandez, board member in the Downey Arts Coalition and Pat Gil President of the Downey Arts Coalition explains why "Jukebox" was cancelled.
This is an image of a closed sign on a restaurant and the picture was taken in Greece.

How COVID-19 continues to affect everyone

January 31, 2022
COVID-19 and Omicron have resulted in canceled events and the rescheduling of events to a virtual platform.
This was an image of a voting sign that was posted, which relates to the story about voting rights.

Why voting rights is a bipartisan issue

January 27, 2022
Recently, Democrats have been pushing for voting rights for months and have been talking about voting rights during Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
This is the current Speech and Debate Team. On the left is Nick Matthews, The President and the picture consists of Coaches plus the Team Presidents.

Why you should give Speech and Debate a chance

January 26, 2022
Taking a deep dive into the speech and debate team also known as the forensic team along with the benefits one receives from joining.
This was a picture of Levi Stadium, where Super Bowl 50 was held. In 2016, the Broncos were playing against the Panthers.

Wild card weekend wrapped up

January 20, 2022
Wild card weekend blowouts, controversies, nail-bitters, and an upset!
This was the UFC 67 event that was held in Las Vegas, Nevada and the image was taken by lajz. The seats are packed and the fans are desperately waiting for the fight to start.

UFC 272 Headliner – Covington vs Masvidal

January 17, 2022
On Jan. 11, Brett Okamoto reported that Colby "Chaos" Covington finally fights his ex-friend Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal. This image was taken by lajz.
Former Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins, Brian Flores Photo credit: John Mcall

NFL Teams Off-season Moves Leagues Around

January 12, 2022
NFL teams who have been eliminated from the postseason officially begin their moves on their first day of the offseason.
Cortézs art incites a maze of direct and implied meanings

Cortéz’s art incites ‘a maze of direct and implied meanings’

November 17, 2021

The artist, Xavier Cázares Cortéz, did a great job when making his work and you should check out his art in the Art Gallery. When looking at the art, it's a mixed bag of interesting drawings and quote...

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