Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Sebastian Echeverry

Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief

Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know.

I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them!
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All content by Sebastian Echeverry
(Left) Jasmin Tucker, part-time instructor at Cerritos College, speaks to the board during public comments. Tucker was fed up with not receiving better pay for the work she does at Cerritos College Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Faculty Federation asks for seniority and better pay

December 14, 2015

Students leaving class late last night would have glanced over at the Cheryl A. Epple Board Room and would have been shocked, as an overflowing crowd huddled outside to listen to the board of trustees...

Strong-armed robbery outside of campus bookstore

Strong-armed robbery outside of campus bookstore

December 3, 2015

ALERT: An unarmed robbery occurred outside the campus bookstore at approximately 8:10 p.m. No one was injured, but a cellphone was stolen. Captain Hans Strand of the Cerritos College police department...

Press release for man killed in Norwalk shooting, Sheriff investigation ongoing

December 2, 2015

Los Angeles Sheriff Department's official press release about the shooting in Norwalk that occurred Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:33 p.m. click here.

Is Black Friday worth it?

November 25, 2015

With Black Friday just around the corner, the good folks over at Talon Marks sat down, talked about it and asked viewers to send them questions about the topic.

Go Green Task Force encourages eco-friendliness in students

November 19, 2015

Green Fest at Falcon Square brought out clubs to talk with students about tips on being eco-friendly and trying to be more sustainable. The fest was held Thursday, Nov. 19. Lourdes Hernandez, communications...

‘An attack against all of humanity’

November 18, 2015

Born in Paris, France, Eliot Dota plays on the Cerritos College tennis team. Far from home, Dota feels nothing more than the urge to be in France with his family and friends in the aftermath of the...

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November 18, 2015

Keely Golden [left] and Ameline Villalobos [right] wait in line outside the Red Cross vehicle to donate blood Monday, Nov 16. Golden feels that by her friend living through a car accident, she has to donate blood to give back. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Accident motivates student to give back

November 17, 2015

Keely Golden, engineering major, sat with her friend Ameline Villalobos, math major, in line to donate blood. The American Red Cross was on campus gathering donations; the Cerritos College campus is...

Getting to know the board of trustees

November 12, 2015

  By clicking on the image above or here, you will go to a page that will let you see the other board of trustees members. The interactive also includes clickable links to stories or meeting...

Trustees vote to not support Donald Trump resolution

November 9, 2015

Even though a majority of the public comments voiced for support of the anti-Donald Trump resolution, the board of trustees voted not to support it.Dr. Sandra Salazar, board member, said, "Some members...

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November 3, 2015

Part-time professors struggle to make ends meet

November 3, 2015

No benefits.No retirement.Only their love of teaching.Part-time professors spoke with students about their struggle hopping from campus to campus to make ends meet."'I'm going to have surgery, is that...

Harvest Festival brings families together for autumn fun

October 28, 2015

The Child Development Center held a Harvest Festival, where kids and parents alike could carve pumpkins, get face paint and eat together. The event took place Wednesday, Oct. 28.

ASCC President Eduardo De La Rosa explaining the layout of the new Student Activities Center.
The center will take over what is now the Game Room and have new furniture and areas for students to hang out in. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Commissioners ask ASCC Cabinet for support for programs

October 27, 2015

Falcon Kids, increase in STEM tutoring hours and the set up of Zombie Fest all received support from the ASCC Cabinet in its meeting was held Monday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. The meeting commenced at 2:05...

Student Union Building discussed in joint meeting

October 22, 2015

Those sitting in during the joint Associated Students of Cerritos College and board of trustees meeting witnessed both the president of the school and the president of the student body sitting almost side...

Editorial cartoon 10/21/2015 Photo credit: Carlos Marquez

Federal government has to put a squeeze on gun laws

October 21, 2015

In 2015 alone, there has been a total of 264 mass shootings according to Independent. The answer to all this? “Stuff happens, ” as Jeb Bush so candidly blurted out to a group of Republican...

ASCC Senate looks to pay mascot for excess work

October 20, 2015

  Franco Falcon was originally hired to don the newly bought falcon suit, goof around with the students, make appearances at club events and sporting events and promote a sense of school pride...

ASCC Senate vote to not support non-religious invocation

October 20, 2015

The Associated Students of Cerritos College Senate took the non-religious invocation, discussion item presented by board member Zurich Lewis on Wednesday, Sept. 2 and voted to not support this proposal...

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October 20, 2015

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A representation of a modern Marty McFly in celebration of Back to the Future Day Photo credit: Carlos Marquez

Tech of the ‘future’ available today

October 20, 2015

Time travel, hover boards, self-lacing shoelaces are all high tech advancements that make for great movie concepts and props, but how close are we to having them? When Marty McFly and Emmett "Doc" Brown...

An original Darth Vader costume is one of the displays in "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination," at the Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose, California, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The pop culture extravaganza, which stars a life size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit among other geek Holy Grails from the "Star Wars" universe, brings the George Lucas mythos back home to the Bay Area where it all began. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

The force is strong in ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ beta

October 15, 2015

Star Wars: Battlefront’s open beta went live over the weekend and ended on Tuesday, allowing eager gamers and Star Wars fans alike to finally take to the skies over Hoth and chase down Tie Fighters in...

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October 14, 2015

Forward Mark Cruz zips past the man marking him. The game ended 1-1, however, head coach Benny Artiaga was excited with the tie, knowing that his team is still in the lead. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Rival game ends in draw for men’s soccer

October 8, 2015

"Let them cross! Let them cross!" Men's soccer head coach Benny Artiaga commanded his players to let the Mt. San Antonio Mounties cross the ball into his team's penalty box in order for his defenders to...

Anna Lopez student employee of the career center looks into the job listings in one of the binders where job openings are listed. One of these binders read Hot Jobs and these are the jobs available on campus. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Students can find guidance at Career Center

October 6, 2015

Chanel Baxter, Career Center secretary clerk, sits behind the front desk welcoming students as they come through the front door, but what she might not realize is that she might be one of the first people...

Early rival game ends in tie for men’s soccer

October 6, 2015

Live tweets from the men's soccer game. The rival game at home showcased two goals equally shared 1-1 between Cerritos College and Mt. San Antonio College. Each team presented its own strategy with the...

Pope encourages people to love one another

October 1, 2015

Pope Francis' message to the world told tales of family, of love and the commitment to move forward, just what the world needed to hear. During the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept....

Meeting room for student government has new rules to follow

September 30, 2015

Rooms BK 111 and 112 have seen their fair share of policy making and heated debates ending in ultimatums.All while being open to the public.However, the Associated Students of Cerritos College has implemented...

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September 22, 2015

Board approves budget adoption, will change it if needed

September 17, 2015

"An amazing year in budgeting" according to Dr. David El Fattal, vice president of business services, as the school has received a surplus in money for the 2015-2016 semester. Eyebrow-raising over school's...

Mathew Skinas, sophomore utility, warms ups by shooting to the net. The four games the team played in Annapolis, Maryland, ended in two wins and two loses. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Lessons learned propel water polo forward

September 17, 2015

Head coach of the men's water polo team Joe Abing stood on the pool deck and looked over his players in the water, trying to formulate how to get his players, many of them brand new to the team, to perform...

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September 15, 2015

Math: friend turned foe

September 15, 2015

Besides Financial Aid telling students their FAFSA didn't go through, nothing scares college students more than math. According to Angela Conley, department chair of science, engineering and math (SEM)...

Vice president of academic affairs JoAnna Schilling speaking to the board of trustees about the math departments issues with student support and possible solutions. The board meeting took place Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cheryl A. Epple Board Room. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

[Photo] Math department addresses student enrollment and success at board meeting

September 11, 2015

Vice president of academic affairs JoAnna Schilling speaking to the board of trustees about the math departments issues with student support and possible solutions. The board meeting took place Wednesday,...

[Video] Inside scoop on the campus construction

September 8, 2015

Talon Marks crew was given access to the construction yard on campus to see up close how the Fine Arts Building and the Math/CIS Building are being raised by Tilden-Coil Constructors. Project manager,...

Invocation discussion engulfs board meeting

September 4, 2015

The possibility of having invocation at the start of every Board of Trustees' meeting was the main talking point during the meeting that took place Wednesday, Sept. 2. Board president, Carmen Avalos,...

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September 1, 2015

New dashboard tool is topic of conversation for trustees

August 20, 2015

The Board of Trustees met for the first time this fall semester to discuss the addition of a feature to MyCerritos to improve student interaction, an update on Tilden-Coil's construction on campus,...

President’s announcement overshadowed by agenda items

June 9, 2015

The introduction of Dr. Linda Lacy's successor, Dr. Jose Fierro, during the board of trustees meeting was overshadowed by other events that made the new president's announcement seem minor. The board...

Women’s track and field secures fifth state champion title

June 8, 2015

“One time, it was the end of the track meet and the 4x4s is left. I was with Taylor Hawkins and my coach Christopher Richardson and we were so nervous we didn’t know what place in the 4x4s we needed...

Dean of student affairs addresses student concerns

May 12, 2015

Dean of student services, Dr. Gilbert Contreras, was a popular talking point for some ASCC senators that attended the joint meeting between the Associated Students of Cerritos College and the Board of...

Falcons leave the nest

May 7, 2015

Since 1955, Cerritos College has helped individuals interested in higher education get what they needed taken care of and then propelled into the world of labor to pursue a career. In more recent times...

‘Chatting with Chatterbox’ to air soon with WPMD

April 30, 2015

New show coming to the college radio station WPMD offers students a platform to talk about off-campus sports according to show host Terrel Emerson. The show's content, "Chatting with Chatterbox," will...

Budget proposal cuts from Game Room

April 29, 2015

A main topic highlighted on many of the budgets printed out budget proposals handed to those that were at the senate budget meeting was the cut of funds to the Game Room classified salaries.Some senators...

Tomas made a public comment during a board of trustees meeting that took place Wednesday, March 18 in which he accused the athletic counseling department of misguiding his daughter for transferring information.

Father calls out athletic counseling

April 28, 2015

Tomas Requejo, the father of women’s soccer player Nayeli Reqeujo, was not content with the information given to his daughter by the athletic counseling department at Cerritos College. Tomas made...

High school seniors from local schools visit Cerritos College for Senior Preview Day Friday, April 24. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Senior Preview Day invites high school students to campus

April 25, 2015

Music played in the amphitheater, Hot Dog on a Stick gave out food near the library sidewalk and clubs flooded Falcon Square to welcome high school seniors from local high schools Friday, April 24.The...

Freshman pole vaulter and javelin thrower Andrew Hladek exited the competition with a height of 14:04. Home track meet Tuesday, April 21. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Pressure? What pressure?

April 22, 2015

The pressure of finals to see if his athletes make it to Regionals on Tuesday, April 21 home meet made track and field head coach Christopher Richardson to sense stress in his athletes.However, he was...

Follett Discovery finds no support in Faculty Senate

April 21, 2015

Conflicting ideas erupted over the possible implementing the Follett Discovery link into Talonnet in Faculty Senate on Tuesday, April 14.No agreement has been reached yet, but according to ASCC Senator...

ISA host Global Village Day

April 20, 2015

Wars, borders and politics crumbled to the ground as nations stood tall together for one day for the Global Village Day celebration in Falcon Square. Nations united under one campus Monday, April 20 as...

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Math club fundraise for 10 years going

April 14, 2015

It's simple math.The Math Club is hosting a book sale through Thursday.Students give books or buy books and all the proceeds go to the SU CASA organization, who specialize in preventing domestic abuse.The...

Student trustee candidates seek out voters

April 10, 2015

Students at Cerritos College were approached by ASCC president, vice president and student trustee candidates and asked to vote on Wednesday, April 8 to Thursday, April 9.Located by the Bookstore and...

ASCC Vice Presidential Candidate | Ivan Oyarzabal

ASCC Vice Presidential Candidate | Ivan Oyarzabal

April 7, 2015

Vice presidential candidate Ivan Oyarzobal chats with news editor Sebastian Echeverry about his campaigning platform for the spring 2015 ASCC presidential elections.

ASCC Presidential Candidate | Eduardo Del La Rosa

ASCC Presidential Candidate | Eduardo Del La Rosa

April 7, 2015

News Editor Sebastian Echeverry interviews ASCC Presidential Candidate Eduardo De La Rosa. They discuss his background, his goals and motivation.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla talks about his life experiences, his career in government and discusses the issue of inconsistency students face at the State of Education address in the Burnight theatre Tuesday, March 31. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

State of Education address held in Burnight theatre

March 31, 2015

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla visited the Cerritos College Burnight Theatre to talk to students and faculty about a method of education which its roots are in Florida in the State of Education...

A two car collision occurred on the intersection of Gridley and Alondra adjacent to the parking lot in front of the tennis courts Monday, March 30 approximately at 3 p.m. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Two-car accident on Gridley and Alondra

March 30, 2015

A two car collision occurred on the intersection of Gridley and Alondra adjacent to the parking lot in front of the tennis courts Monday, March 30 at approximately 3 p.m.The two cars involved was a grey...

Jae Lee [right] and Glen Peña [left] talk about the various support programs the veterans resource center offers, Wednesday March 25. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Veterans Resource Center welcomes new students with orientation

March 25, 2015

The Veterans Resource Center held an orientation for new student veterans to discuss all the support programs the VRC offers on Wednesday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in the Teleconference center.There were approximately...

Vanessa Martinez [Left], Ralph Casas [Center] and Wilfrido Hernandez [Right] cut the ribbon Thursday, March 5 to announce the opening of the community garden.
The garden is located next to the Student Health and Wellness Center and is sponsored by the Students United for a Healthier Tomorrow Club and the Enviornmental Club Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

The first step for a ‘healthier tomorrow’

March 5, 2015

The Environmental Club and the Students United for a Healthier Tomorrow Club joined forces to sustain the new student food garden located next to the Student Health and Wellness Center after they cut the...

Beatriz Jayke Reyes performs on the popular Filipino show, ASAP.

Student here, pop star there

March 5, 2015

Goose-bumps flow throughout the surface of Jayke's skin as she approaches the stage. She takes deep breaths, focuses on her lines of a song she must have heard 101 times over during rehearsal. Jayke...

ASCC student government approves hydration stations

March 3, 2015

Being composed of 75 percent water, students will now benefit from fresh water after ASCC Senate passed legislation last month to approve $20, 000 for the installation of five hydration stations on...

Black Student Union returns this Spring semester

February 23, 2015

The Black Student Union started by Colston Westbrooks is a group of students on campus that wish to invite all students of all races and educate them on the seldom known stories of blacks throughout history.Westbrooks,...

[Video] Queer Straight Alliance host marriages

February 17, 2015

Queer Straight Alliance club held a wedding booth for students to fundraise money. The booth was held outside in Falcon Square on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Nursing majors educate Art Hanney, undecided major, on the problems with over using prescription pills. The Health Fair was held until 3 p.m. Photo credit: Gustavo Lopez

Health Fair gives students medical tips

February 17, 2015

The Health Fair located between The Hill and Falcon Square offered booths with tips from different health issues on campus, Tuesday, Feb. 17. The student body commuting throughout the fair were waved...

The printers shown here are the AirWolf 3D printers used to make the prosthetic arms.

Guinness World record helped set by Cerritos students

February 12, 2015

Students of the New Product Development Program participated in a print-a-thon event held by a Costa Mesa based company, AirWolf3D, in which the students helped print 201 prosthetic hands and set a Guinness...

Mens soccer head coach Benny Artiaga was awarded National Coach of the Year Jan. 21 in Philadelphia by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Reaching the top and the struggle behind it

February 2, 2015

Men’s soccer Head Coach Benny Artiaga was awarded National Coach of the Year Jan. 21 in Philadelphia by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The human race has always tried to find the...

In the distance, Hope Garcia, speaks at a Veterans Day event on campus.

Garcia on a mission to be the voice for women veterans

January 31, 2015

Commissioner of Convocation and Fine Arts Hope Garcia entered the Ms. Veteran America fundraising competition to raise money for homeless female veterans and compete to be the main voice for organizations...

Carl Bengston retires at age 67

January 16, 2015

After 40 years of working in higher education and library services, acting Dean of Academic Success Carl Bengston, retired from work at age 67. A retirement party was held in the Library Administrations...

How appealing is a free In-N-Out now that its down the street? Students weigh in on Welcome Day and free hamburgers.

[Photo] FSZ: Do you think the In-N-Out truck is worth it?

January 14, 2015

How appealing is a free In-N-Out now that it's down the street? Students weigh in on Welcome Day and free hamburgers.

Scholarships available for spring semester

Scholarships available for spring semester

January 13, 2015

Students can now apply for Spring semester scholarships at www.cerritos.edu/foundationscholarship in a variety of different categories including STEM, child development, veteran scholarships, cosmetology...

Guest speaker explains to those attending the open house that molding and casting has its many uses, like this severed arm for medical and Hollywood gag purposes. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Plastics department hosts pre-Spring semester open house

January 7, 2015

From the shoes on our feet, to the casings of our phones, plastic surrounds our daily lives. Cerritos College offers courses on how to become masters of plastic manipulation and allows for growth...

Dance students performed a free show in front of classroom FA-52 to promote the dance classes on campus and to express their passion for choreography. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Students perform to promote dance classes

December 10, 2014

Students of the dance class held in Fine Arts 52 was given the opportunity to cat-daddy, modern dance and tap dance there skills infront of the student body in a free show on Tuesday.Dance major Solarith...

Conference ended with the Cerritos mens soccer team in second place. Now, the Falcons will focus on the Southern Regional playoff matches starting Tuesday, Nov. 25. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Frustration looms, men’s soccer looks ahead

November 24, 2014

Frustration and confusion flowed through the veins of the men's soccer team on Friday, Nov. 14, as the lead it acquired against El Camino College was vanquished with a goal in the last minutes of the game. The...

Women’s Soccer | Sounds Of The Game | GoPro

November 24, 2014

The women's soccer team shows off its practice in this iteration of "Sounds of the Game." "Sounds of the Game" captures the sounds of all Cerritos College athletics.

Falcons defeat ECC Compton Tartars 3-1

November 4, 2014

Men's soccer head coach Benny Artiaga would gather his players after games and educate them on both the level they should be playing and how quickly they have to get on with the program after suffering...

Keeping up the pressure. Ashley Anaya-Webb turns up the heat on East Los Angeles College as she attempts a tackle on the Husky defender. Cerritos College won 7-0. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Women’s soccer returns favor to ELAC tenfold with revenge win

October 26, 2014

Head coach of the women's soccer team Ruben Gonzalez looked on to the pitch Sept. 30 as his team was defeated 1-0. He gathered his players and made it clear to them he wanted a sure sign of dominance...

Goal scorer Steve Martinez was unhappy with a call the referee made. The tie left both teams four points away from each other in the conference standings. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Frustration looms in men’s soccer home loss

October 22, 2014

Just a few yards away from El Camino’s goal, the Cerritos College men's soccer team was awarded a free kick. With the El Camino Warriors leading the match 1-0, the opportunity to score was close. The...

City College of San Francisco speakers resist the Accreditation committee

October 14, 2014

City College of San Francisco trustee Rafael Mandelman believes if something is wrong in the world, someone has to stand up and say enough. According to Mandelman and his team of speakers composed of...

City College of San Francisco speakers resist the Accreditation committee

October 14, 2014

City College of San Francisco trustee Rafael Mandelman believes if something is wrong in the world, someone has to stand up and say enough. According to Mandelman and his team of speakers composed of...

Men’s soccer faces local rivals in second conference game

October 3, 2014

The men's soccer team's victory against East Los Angeles College on Tues., Sept. 30, was a win in the books for the conference title. Now the Falcons hit the road and venture off to play local rivals...

Vice president Charles Caguioa adresses the senate for an Oct. 1 meeting. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Senate meeting ends with formation of student committees

October 2, 2014

The Cerritos College student Senate met Wednesday, Oct. 1, to discuss the creation of student committees and have the committees focus on details of campus. Student Body Vice-President Charles Caguioa...

Sebastian Velazques spins past his mark and prepares to start the push into East Los Angeles College territory. Cerritos College won the first home conference game with a score of 2-1 Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

Late penalty gives Cerritos the win

October 1, 2014

The Cerritos College men's soccer team pulled through a stubborn East Los Angeles College defense to give it a 2-1 win in the team's first home conference game on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Possession of the...

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