By Joe Dargan
Along with the fun night of food and drinks, the Football team extended its winning streak to three. ELAC defeated divisional rival West Los Angeles College 35-17 on Alumni Night in the final home game of the season.
Before the game began the Alumni Association hosted its inaugural pre-game watch party at the ELAC Garden to give previous East Los Angeles College attendees a unique game-viewing experience.
The ELAC Garden is a concourse overlooking the field, underneath the scoreboard, designed for entertaining guests. For an entrance fee of $40, ELAC alumni were not only treated to an extraordinary view of the football field for the upcoming game against divisional rival, West Los Angeles College, but was also provided with unlimited food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages. “The food is excellent. The seasoning is just right. I’m about to go and get seconds.” Phillip Valdovinos, a 2017 graduate said.
When the sounds of Javier Soles wasn’t playing through the speakers, guests were presented with multiple performers. Sarah Silva, 14, sung “The National Anthem”, followed by Ellie Hernandez ,14, who song “America the Beautiful”.
At halftime, the girls sang a couple of pop classics and Jorge Arian, 15, covered “La Bamba” and other Latin classics.
“The ELAC Garden gives the school a more classy touch. It makes you feel proud to come back to your school and see that it’s progressing. Because I grew up in this neighborhood, I feel closer to my community college than the university that I attended,” Claudia Garcia, a 2015 graduate, said. Throughout the night, attendance fluctuated as guests came and went. “We wanted to kick off our first Alumni Association with a bang. Because we just started a few months ago, we wanted to bring awareness to the Alumni Association and bring more team acknowledgement.” Lynette Dolatre, event organizer and Alumni
Association member said. At the the start of the game both teams struggled to find a rhythm. The final score was 35-17 in favor of ELAC.