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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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. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

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....

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. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

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...

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. Photo credit: Vincent Medina

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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May 20, 2021

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.
A large number of people in the African-American community distrust the COVID-19 vaccine. Their suspicion is due to a history of deceit and abuse for the U.S. government and the medical system.

[Photo] History of medical misconduct causes distrust of COVID-19 vaccine among African-Americans

May 18, 2021

A large number of people in the African-American community distrust the COVID-19 vaccine. Their suspicion is due to a history of deceit and abuse for the U.S. government and the medical system.

Martina Bowersox speaks to a maskless crowd as they protest the voluntary digital vaccine passport on May 11, 2021. Many protesters compared the voluntary passport to a Nazi regime.

Protesters in OC compare voluntary vaccine passport to Nazi regime

May 13, 2021
Maskless protesters fought against a voluntary digital vaccine passport during an OC Board of Supervisors meeting on May 11.
Dr. Melina Abdullah speaks at a BLM protest of the Police Protective League on April 21, 2021. Dr. Abdullah was invited to speak at Cerritos Colleges’ introduction to the new Black/
Africana Studies program. The theme of the social justice discussion was “The Intellectual Arm of the Revolution.” Cerritos’ new degree program is timely in light of the current climate in world.

[Photo] BLM-LA cofounder Dr. Melina Abdullah talks Black studies and social movements

May 6, 2021

Dr. Melina Abdullah speaks at a BLM protest of the Police Protective League on April 21, 2021. Dr. Abdullah was invited to speak at Cerritos Colleges’ introduction to the new Black/ Africana Studies...

Kaila or @tallcabbagegirl organized the Skate to End Hate protest on May 1, 2021. She speaks of her recent experience of racial-targeted harassment when she tried scouting the park for the demonstration.

[Photo] Tustin skate protest marks beginning of AAPI Heritage Month

May 6, 2021

Kaila or @tallcabbagegirl organized the Skate to End Hate protest on May 1, 2021. She speaks of her recent experience of racial-targeted harassment when she tried scouting the park for the demonstration....

Huntington Beach Police sit on horseback during a protest on April 11. They arrested several protesters on the Huntington Beach Pier.

Community engagement and de-escalation can prevent police killings

May 6, 2021
Police must utilize their non-lethal options at every opportunity before taking a person's life. Using words and de-escalating a situation is key to saving lives.
A Chevy sedan catches fire across the street from Norwalk Town Square on April 29, 2021. LA County Fire Station 20 arrives quickly to extinguish the flames.

Car erupts into flames adjacent to the Norwalk Town Square

May 4, 2021
An electrical malfunction caused a Chevy sedan to catch fire across the street from Norwalk Town Square.
Juliana Silva (left), Laurane Garrido (middle) and Rachel Huh (right) hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of AAPI hate crimes. They hold their vigil and rally on April 24, 2021.

Norwalk High School activists hold rally for victims of AAPI hate crimes

April 29, 2021
Norwalk High School students held a protest on the Norwalk City Hall lawn to protest AAPI hate on April 24.
Rudolph Randy Johnstone (left), Derek Johnstone (right), and Jason Sullivan (middle) stand in front of their new fermenters at La Jara Brewing Co. They hope to begin brewing and open by Summer 2021. Photo credit: Courtesy of Derek Johnstone

La Jara Brewing Company, the small business built on locally crafted beer, is hoping to open by the Summer

April 27, 2021
La Jara Brewing Company hopes to open by the summer of 2021 and serve its locally crated beer.
Activists make a candlelight vigil for Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright in West Hollywood. People pass by and paid their respects on April 18, 2021.

Memorial built for Toledo & Wright in West Hollywood

April 22, 2021
Activists built a memorial for Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright in West Hollywood on April 17.
The ANSWER Coalition holds a protest in Pershing Square on April 21, 2021. They call for police accountability in the wake of Derek Chauvins conviction for the murder of George Floyd.

BLM-LA & ANSWER Coalition respond to Chauvin verdict

April 22, 2021
BLM-LA and the ANSWER Coalition responded to Chauvin's guilty verdict on April 21.
While all rides are closed at California Adventure Park, local residents came to enjoy the variety of foods and wine during their Touch of Disney event. Hundreds of people visit the park and obey COVID-19 safety guidelines on April 16, 2021.

California Adventure holds food & wine event while enforcing safety guidelines

April 21, 2021
California Adventure Park held their "Touch of Disney" event, where attendees could order exclusive foods and wine while obeying COVID-19 guidelines.
BLM supporters raise their fists in solidarity as the Wednesday-annual protest comes to an end. They held the demonstration in front of the LA PPL on April 14, 2021.

BLM-LA responds to Wright murder, Chauvin trial and Huntington Beach protest

April 15, 2021
BLM-LA co-founder and organizers respond to a week of unrest during their annual protest on April 14.
Cerritos College Academic Excellence Awards are given to students on April 5 and April 7, 2021. 
Recipients picked up their awards during a drive-thru ceremony in the college parking lot.

[Photo] Cerritos honors students’ academic excellence

April 12, 2021

Cerritos College Academic Excellence Awards are given to students on April 5 and April 7, 2021. Recipients picked up their awards during a drive-thru ceremony in the college parking lot.

A right-wing agitator is pursued by a crowd at the Huntington Beach Pier. The man was chased until he was escorted by police into a substation on April 11, 2021. Photo credit: Lola Ajetunmobi

Counter-protesters prevent KKK organized “White Lives Matter” rally in Huntington Beach

April 12, 2021
The Klan organized event failed to materialize as hundreds block entrance to the Huntington Beach pier, confronting white supremacist loners and Trump supporting locals on April 11.
Norwalk City Hall expanded appointment hours on April 6, 2021. Appointments at city hall can now be made Mon - Thu and every other Fri between 9 am and 5 pm.

Norwalk City Hall expands appointment hours as COVID-19 surge subsides

April 8, 2021
Norwalk City leadership expanded city hall appointment availability as the COVID-19 surge in the county subsides and vaccines become available.
Healthcare workers protest for fair compensation outside the Kaiser in Downey on March 30, 2021. Union leaders from the OPEIU Local 30 and the SEIU-UHW peacefully protested for the Heros Bonus Kaiser promised.

Healthcare workers protest for fair compensation outside Kaiser in Downey

April 6, 2021
Healthcare workers and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions protested outside the Kaiser Permanente Downey medical center for fair compensation on March 30.
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