Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina, Managing Editor

Vincent Medina is the managing editor of Cerritos College Talon Marks Newspaper. He plans to receive his Associates Degree for Transfer at the end of Fall ‘21 semester. Vincent plans to pursue political journalism, and his goal is to become a political correspondent.

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Danny Mondragon watches as his son slides down a mound of snow. The Cerritos College alumnus brought his family to the Norwalk town square for their Christmas festival on Dec. 11, 2021.

[Photo] Santa returns to Norwalk Town Square holiday festival

December 15, 2021

Danny Mondragon watches as his son slides down a mound of snow. The Cerritos College alumnus brought his family to the Norwalk town square for their Christmas festival on Dec. 11, 2021.

Students receive their wristbands before entering Cerritos College campus. Their wristband confirms they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

[Photo] Campus check-in stations need stronger screenings

December 15, 2021

Students receive their wristbands before entering Cerritos College campus. Their wristband confirms they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Cerritos College geology club pledges to remove plastic from campus. Their plan will take seven years.

[Photo] Trustees adopt pledge for plastic free campus in 7 years

December 15, 2021

Cerritos College geology club pledges to remove plastic from campus. Their plan will take seven years.

The parking lot at this intersection 166th and Studebaker in Norwalk is currently undergoing renovations. The forum held a Q&A for members of the community to voice their concerns.

[Photo] Community forum discusses parking lot updates

December 8, 2021

The parking lot at this intersection 166th and Studebaker in Norwalk is currently undergoing renovations. The forum held a Q&A for members of the community to voice their concerns.

Cerritos community college has been experiencing a decline in covid-19 cases since the vaccine mandate has been enforced.

[Photo] COVID-19 cases on campus this semester

December 7, 2021

Cerritos community college has been experiencing a decline in covid-19 cases since the vaccine mandate has been enforced.

Norwalk city council celebrates the return of the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. They welcome Santa Clause to the celebration on Dec. 4, 2021.

Norwalk tree lighting ceremony returns after lockdown

December 7, 2021

Residents and community officials gathered at the Norwalk city hall lawn on Saturday to resume the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Norwalk canceled the ceremony in 2020 due to the COVID-19...

The Salvation Army Bellflower Corps served Thanksgiving diner to the community in a drive-thru charity event. Their patrons thanked them on Nov. 23, 2021.

Salvation Army serves Thanksgiving to Bellflower community

November 25, 2021

The Salvation Army Bellflower Corps served 300 families in need a Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday. Volunteers and Salvation Army officers organized the socially distanced food pantry. Community members...

Sophomore running back No. 8, J’Lon Manning takes the handoff against Southwestern’s defense in the second quarter alongside Sophomore wide receiver No. 3, DeJour Smith out in front lead blocking. Manning finished with 11 carries for 82 yards against the Jaguars on Nov. 20, 2021.

Cerritos shreds Southwestern in their final home game of the season

November 24, 2021

The Falcons defeated the Southwest College Jaguars by 40-16, rescheduled game. Saturday’s game was a make-up, due to the Cerritos’ football team’s COVID-19 outbreak that occurred earlier this season. Cerritos...

Hundreds of people waited in line to get the grand-opening day savings at Amazon Fresh in Cerritos. The ninth amazon grocery store in California opened on Nov. 18, 2021.

Amazon Fresh opening attracts crowd in Cerritos

November 18, 2021

Amazon Fresh grocery store opened in Cerritos today, drawing hundreds of residents who were eager to save money on grand-opening deals ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays. Rudy Lozano was determined...

Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. (Antioch Police Department/TNS)

Rittenhouse trial evidence proves deadly intentions

November 18, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse is a killer. The then 17-year-old boy shot Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum to death and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.The protests were...

Ellie Samms, six, shows no fear as she glares at the camera and receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. NLMUSD hosted a vaccine clinic at Benton Middle School on Nov. 13, 2021.

Benton clinic distributes COVID-19 vaccine to kids

November 18, 2021

Benton Middle School provided the COVID-19 vaccine to the community and to kids under 11 years old on Saturday. The site is part of Norwalk La - Mirada Unified School District’s next series of free COVID...

LA County fire department continues to extinguish what remains of the Bellflower fire. They worked late into the night on Nov. 9, 2021.

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LA County fire department continues to extinguish what remains of the Bellflower fire. They worked late into the night on Nov. 9, 2021.

An excavator breaks in the roof of the burning storage facility. Fire crews worked  into the night to put out what remains of the fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

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An excavator breaks in the roof of the burning storage facility. Fire crews worked into the night to put out what remains of the fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

LA County fire crews continue to use a defensive-fire-attack to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters worked into the late afternoon to put out the fire in the Bellflower storage facility on Nov. 9, 2021.

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LA County fire crews continue to use a defensive-fire-attack to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters worked into the late afternoon to put out the fire in the Bellflower storage facility on Nov. 9, 2021....

Dwayne Lofton watches firefighters work to put out a fire that is threatening his hair product business, Expose. No other buidlings were damaged by the fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

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Dwayne Lofton watches firefighters work to put out a fire that is threatening his hair product business, Expose. No other buidlings were damaged by the fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

Firefighters work to hook up their hose to the fire hydrant. They hurry to extinguish  the fire in Bellflower on Nov. 9, 2021.

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Firefighters work to hook up their hose to the fire hydrant. They hurry to extinguish the fire in Bellflower on Nov. 9, 2021.

Fire hydrant feeds water into the hoses to elimante the blaze in Bellflower. Fire crews work coordinate to extinguish the flames on Nov. 9, 2021.

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Fire hydrant feeds water into the hoses to elimante the blaze in Bellflower. Fire crews work coordinate to extinguish the flames on Nov. 9, 2021.

Firefighters use a defensive-fire-attack to put out the blaze in the Bellflower storage facility. They pour water into the structure to battle the third-alarm fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

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Firefighters use a defensive-fire-attack to put out the blaze in the Bellflower storage facility. They pour water into the structure to battle the third-alarm fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

Smoke billows out of an Extra Space Storage facility in Bellflower. LA County fire department declares the blaze a third-alarm fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

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Smoke billows out of an Extra Space Storage facility in Bellflower. LA County fire department declares the blaze a third-alarm fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

LA County fire fighters pour water into the storage facility to put out the fire in Bellflower. They declare the blaze a thrid-alarm fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

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LA County fire fighters pour water into the storage facility to put out the fire in Bellflower. They declare the blaze a thrid-alarm fire on Nov. 9, 2021.

An Extra Space Storage facility catches fire in Bellflower. LA County fire department works to extinguish the flames on Nov. 9, 2021.

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An Extra Space Storage facility catches fire in Bellflower. LA County fire department works to extinguish the flames on Nov. 9, 2021.

The veterans center is up for renovations and will be ready next year with a new and finished look.

[Photo] Veterans gather for mixer, discuss resources available on campus

November 11, 2021

The veterans center is up for renovations and will be ready next year with a new and finished look.

Extra Space Storage facility bellows out black smoke from a massive fire in the facility. Bystanders watch as firefighters start attacking the flames on Nov. 9, 2021.

Massive fire in Bellflower storage space, residents evacuate

November 9, 2021

An Extra Space Storage facility caught fire in Bellflower this afternoon, sending enormous amounts of smoke into the air that could be seen from miles away. LA County fire department was called at 2:30...

ADHD comes with both strengths and challenges. This picture lists some of the traits (positive, negative, and neutral) related to ADHD. Photo credit: MissLunaRose12

ADHD students discuss life with the disorder

November 3, 2021
Vincent Medina and Lily Marmolejo discuss how they manage ADHD to bring to the issue.

Trustees mandate COVID-19 vaccine by January 2022

October 27, 2021

The Cerritos College board of trustees voted to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for everyone on campus during their meeting on Oct. 6. The mandate will go into effect on Jan. 3, 2022. Staff...

Fierro explains trustees’ decision for COVID-19 vaccine mandate in ’22

October 27, 2021
Cerritos College president, Jose Fierro, discussed the board of trustees' decision to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in spring 2022.
So-Cal Pizza partners with the city of Norwalk to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The restaurant donated 20% of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society on Oct. 21, 2021.

Norwalk pizza restaurant raises money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 21, 2021

So-Cal PIzza partnered with the city of Norwalk to host the "Power of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Month" fundraiser on Oct. 21. During the day, 20% of the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. Restaurant...

Huntington Beach lifeguard tower two overlooks an oil drilling site. The beach reopened after a drilling site off the coast released about 126,000 gallons of oil into the water on Oct. 3, 2021.

Huntington Beach reopens one week after oil spill

October 14, 2021

Huntington Beach reopened its shores one week after a pipeline burst and released approximately 126,000 gallons of oil into the water. After coastal ocean and wetlands water quality testing showed there...

This is a photo of CCFF doing their informational picket and the photo was taken on October 8, 2021.

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This is a photo of CCFF doing their informational picket and the photo was taken on October 8, 2021.

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.

[Photo] District and CCFF reach tentative agreement

July 22, 2022

This is a photo of one of CCFF's informational pickets that took place around 2021. The photo was taken on October 8 of last year.

Cerritos College board of trustees votes to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, starting in January 2022. Trustees conduct their meeting on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Trustees mandate COVID-19 vaccine for faculty, students starting January 2022

October 7, 2021

Cerritos College board of trustees voted to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students and faculty on campus during their meeting on Oct. 6. The mandate will go into effect on Jan. 3, 2022. Staff...

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen
Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO Photo credit: Ollie Upton/HBO

‘House of the Dragon’ trailer ignites speculation, search for GOT easter eggs

October 7, 2021

The "House of the Dragon" teaser trailer was littered with subtle and obvious easter eggs from the original "Game of Thrones" series and "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, after the trailer for the prequel...

Cerritos College Convocation celebrated staff and students  hard work and dedication. They also celebrated the grants the college received during the event on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

[Photo] Convocation celebrates students, faculty, grants toward better education

October 5, 2021

Cerritos College Convocation celebrated staff and students ' hard work and dedication. They also celebrated the grants the college received during the event on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

The Injustice animated movie trailer shows Superman lose all morals after the loss of Lois Lane. The movie is set to premiere on Oct. 19, 2021. Photo credit: Pxfuel

Injustice Red Band trailer sets high expectations

September 30, 2021

*Spoiler warning for those who have not played the Injustice video games or read the graphic novels. DC Comics and Warner Bros. released the Red Band trailer for the new animated film, Injustice, and...

Cerritos College students report their mental health is deteriorating. The college offers multiple resources for mental health issues during the Fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

[Photo] Cerritos College students advocate for more social activities to improve mental health

September 30, 2021

Cerritos College students report their mental health is deteriorating. The college offers multiple resources for mental health issues during the Fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles recommends that all eligible people receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Saint John of God Church holds an indoor Ash Wednesday sermon on Feb. 17, 2021.

No religious exemption for COVID-19 vaccine from Christian, Catholic, Hindu leaders

September 23, 2021

Religious leaders from the Christian, Catholic and Hindu faith stated that their religion does not exempt anyone from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccine mandates take effect in businesses, government...

Cerritos College is the victim of a massive financial aid scam that affects most California Community Colleges. The school reported that approximately a million dollars were lost as a result on Sept. 22, 2021. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

[Photo] Million dollar financial aid scam hits Cerritos College

September 22, 2021

Cerritos College is the victim of a massive financial aid scam that affects most California Community Colleges. The school reported that approximately a million dollars were lost as a result on Sept. 22,...

Check-in stations are placed throughout Cerritos College to ensure that students and staff do not have symptoms of COVID-19. The Board of Trustees will mandate the COVID vaccine or a weekly negative test on Oct. 1, 2021. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Trustees must mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone on campus

September 22, 2021

The Cerritos College Board of Trustees needs to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for students and faculty on campus to protect them from being hospitalized or becoming one of the 676,000 people who have died...

Signs are placed outside Cerritos College buildings and facilities reminding everyone to wear a mask and get vaccinated. The Cerritos College Board of Trustees proposed revisions to the vaccine mandate policy during their meeting on Sept. 15, 2021. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Trustees decide implementation of vaccine mandate, faculty threatens lawsuits

September 20, 2021

The Cerritos College Board of Trustees attempted to compromise on the best way to implement the COVID-19 vaccine mandate during their meeting on Sept. 15. Trustees disagreed about the best course of...

What If? recreates beloved Marvel movies by changing the slightest detail. The show teased their mid-season content Sept. 15, 2021. Photo credit: courtesy of Marvel Studios

‘What if?’ brings new twists to classic MCU stories

September 16, 2021

Marvel's animated series "What if?" on Disney plus recreates the Marvel Cinematic Universe by altering the stories of fans' favorite heroes. By going back to phase one, the show creates a sense of nostalgia...

Cerritos College student confirms he has no symptoms of COVID-19 at a health screening kiosk. The college reported that 39 cases of COVID were found on campus as of Sept. 16, 2021.

Students not worried about 39 COVID cases reported on campus

September 16, 2021

Cerritos College has reported 39 COVID on campus among students and faculty as of Sept. 16, since the campus reopened for in-person learning. President Jose Fierro and Vice President Felipe Lopez have...

LA County is reporting that COVID-19 cases are rising in K-12 schools. Students return to Norwalk High School and follow safety restrictions such as wearing a face mask and social distancing on Aug. 12, 2021 Photo credit: Vincent Medina

[Photo] Local K-12 students express fear as COVID-19 cases rise

September 16, 2021

LA County is reporting that COVID-19 cases are rising in K-12 schools. Students return to Norwalk High School and follow safety restrictions such as wearing a face mask and social distancing on Aug. 12,...

Trump supporters protest across the street from Long Beach City College. Many claim the election was stolen by Joe Biden, who rallies with Governor Newsom at the college on Sept. 13, 2021.

Biden supports Newsom, Republicans claim fraud before election

September 15, 2021
Long Beach City College hosted Governor Gavin Newsom and President Joe Biden, as they rallied to stop the California Gubernatorial Recall Election.
Shawn Martinez receives a wristband after passing the questionnaire at the health screening kiosk. Athletes are required to receive weekly COVID tests, as the 29 case of COVID-19 was found at the college on Aug. 9, 2021.

29 COVID cases confirmed on campus

September 9, 2021

Cerritos College has reported, as of Sept. 9, that 29 COVID-19 cases were found on campus among students and faculty, since the campus reopened to 50% capacity on Aug. 16. The report comes ahead of...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris at a rally against the coming California gubernatorial recall election at the IBEW-NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Center on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in San Leandro, California. Photo credit: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Vote for Newsom, even if you don’t like him

September 9, 2021

We, the Editorial Board at Talon Marks newspaper, are proud to endorse Gavin Newsom to continue being the Governor of the state of California. Democratic candidate Newsom is the best option for California...

Protestors rally against Californias mask and vaccine mandates in Huntington Beach on Aug. 29, 2021. They advocated for the recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Far-right SoCal politicians support ‘Freedom Rally’ in Huntington Beach

September 2, 2021

Conservative Southern California politicians attended the far-right “Freedom Rally” in Huntington Beach on August 29. Supporters cheered as political figures and activists encouraged them to refuse...

Jaden Avila, 10, sells his products to customers during a small business pop-up event on Aug. 28, 2021. He sells slime, key chains and toys at his business, Jadens fun zone.

Last small business pop-up shop held at Norwalk Town Square

September 1, 2021

The final small business pop-up shop was held at Norwalk Town Square on Aug. 28. Business owners used this final opportunity to sell their handcrafted candles, jewelry, clothes and baked goods. Simona...

Cerritos College is offering the COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna, to students ahead of the college vaccine mandate on September 30, 2021. Daisy Sotis receives her COVID-19 vaccine at Wesley Health Center.

[Photo] Cerritos College offers students Moderna vaccine

August 26, 2021

Cerritos College is offering the COVID-19 vaccine, Moderna, to students ahead of the college vaccine mandate on September 30, 2021. Daisy Sotis receives her COVID-19 vaccine at Wesley Health Center.

Jenny Rae Le Roux is running against 30 fellow Republicans for California governor on September 14, 2021. The election is to recall Governor Gavin Newsome over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: Courtesy of Jenny Rae Le Roux campaign

Jenny Rae Le Roux runs for California governor – plans to use Texas & Florida model to manage COVID-19 pandemic

August 19, 2021

Republican Jenny Rae Le Roux is campaigning on similar ideas used by Florida and Texas as runs against 46 candidates in the California Gubernatorial Recall Election on September 14. A main focus of...

Cerritos College student health services are offering the Moderna vaccine for students. The college will mandate that all students and faculty are fully vaccinated by Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021 Photo credit: Vincent Medina

[Photo] COVID survivor encourages Moderna vaccine to students on campus

August 19, 2021

Cerritos College student health services are offering the Moderna vaccine for students. The college will mandate that all students and faculty are fully vaccinated by Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021 Photo credit:...

Meximos Garcia inspects the check-in questionnaire from two students on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. He gives them a wristband to show they have no symptoms of COVID-19. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Students struggle to check-in & get to class on time

August 19, 2021
Students arrived on campus confused about new safety protocols before entering class.
A pre-health screening check-in site is established outside the Cerritos College library on August 9, 2021. They ensure that students have no symptoms of COVID-19 and did not come into contact with people who have the virus.

College establishes new safety measures as students return to campus

August 16, 2021
As Cerritos College students prepare to resume in-person learning, the board of trustees votes in favor of new resolution to ensure student’s safety on campus.
Cerritos College graduating class of 2021 celebrated their achievements with a socially-distance commencement ceremony on May 28, 2021. Many students decorated their cars with streamers and stickers.

Cerritos College ‘CAR-MENCEMENT’ drive-thru celebrates the 2021 graduating class

May 31, 2021
For the first time in the college’s history, volunteers, staff and faculty members waved off the graduating class of 2021 in a drive-thru commencement ceremony.
Since closing most facilities on campus in March, Cerritos College has reported a number of positive cases. President Fierro has announced a 50% reopening in the fall 2021 semester. Photo credit: Edgar Mendoza

Cerritos College students & staff deserve transparency and a say in return to campus

May 20, 2021
While many are excited by a (partial) return to campus in the fall, students and staff should hold the primary decision making power on the plans to reopen.
Marchers carry signs with messages of unity during the Skate to End Hate protest in Tustin on May 1, 2021. The protest was in response to the rise in AAPI hate crimes and the assault on Jenna Dupuy.

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Marchers carry signs with messages of unity during the Skate to End Hate protest in Tustin on May 1, 2021. The protest was in response to the rise in AAPI hate crimes and the assault on Jenna Dupuy.

Protesters skate to protest the attacks on the AAPI community on May 1, 2021. The protest marked the beginning of AAPI heritage month. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

Audio story: Tustin skate protest marks beginning of AAPI Heritage Month

May 20, 2021
A Skate to End Hate protest was held at the Tustin Legacy Skate Park on May 1, to mark the beginning of AAPI Heritage Month. Demonstrators called for an end to the violence on the Asian community.
Mia Mateos, 8, sells her handcrafted jewelry from her business Bright Lovely Creations, during a pop-up event in Norwalk Town Square on May 15, 2021. She made the jewelry using beads, and sold stickers as well.

Child entrepreneurs promote their business in Norwalk Town Square

May 19, 2021
Young business owners sold their merchandise and unique creations during a small business pop-up event in Norwalk Town Square on May 15.
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