Archive for November 4th, 2010

‘GR8 Pumpkin’ Halloween trail proves more fun than scary


Stories and photos by Alexis Jacquett; Video by Feilipe Oliveira

SAN DIEGO — Prof. Jim Papageorge of Grossmont College’s Media Communications Department each year since 1965 has created a Halloween trail at his home near San Diego State University, delighting many neighbor children and their parents. 

Living Dead welcome the Living

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Grossmont College recovering from state fiscal crisis

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–While other public colleges and universities in California continue to be hard hit by the state’s fiscal crisis, Grossmont College is beginning to build class offerings to previous levels.   Griffin Radio Reporter Chris Norris’ story may be heard by clicking the following link: chris-norris-fiscal grossmont.mp3

Want a transfer to SDSU? There may be an immediate chance for this Spring

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The following communication was received by The Summit from the Office of the Administrative Vice President:  

“Transfer to the university is a primary mission of the college.  All of us  play a role in assisting students in achieving their transfer goal, whether in the classroom, on the campus, or in Student Services. 

“Most of our students choose San Diego State University as their first choice transfer institution.  In an unprecedented move, SDSU has announced both lower division and upper division transfer students are eligible to apply for spring 2011 admission if they meet CSU and SDSU eligibility requirements.  The spring 2011 admission criteria ARE much less restrictive than fall 2011 admission requirements.

“Please urge  students you teach or interact with to go to for more information.  The deadline to apply for spring 2011 admission is November 15.   Interested students should apply now at

“The Grossmont College University Transfer Center is offering Spring 2011 CSU Application workshops–for dates/times go to and to reserve a space.

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Women’s Volleyball team leads the Pac Coast Athletic Conference

By Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLEGE – – The  Women’s Volleyball team is currently in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference having won 8 games and only losing 1 game in conference play, overall they are 14-5. 

According to Coach Jamie Ivers, they “were tied with San Diego Mesa for first and ended up beating them in 3 straight games Wednesday night to clinch sole control of 1st place in conference. The scores were 25-21, 27-25, and 25-20.” 

With only three games left in the season, the Griffins hope to do well in the regionals to give them the opportunity to compete in the state championship at Chaffey College.
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Grossmont debate team tunes up for Griffin Tournament

Grossmont Debate Team at Pasadena City College tournament (from left) Russell Lindqusit, Jesse Gault, Maria Torres, Courtney Gerlach, Jonathan Smith, Jonathan Parker, Ali Aldhalimi, Diana Trinidad (not shown)

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE (Press Release)—The Speech and Debate team of Grossmont College traveled to Pasadena City College (PCC) for a Speech and Debate tournament, on Oct. 16 and 17.

Once the dust settled, teammates Ali Aldhalimi and Russ Lindquist won the bronze in novice Parliamentary Debate.  Additionally, Aldhalimi and Lindquist won awards for ‘overall speaker’ in the same event – 6th and 5th place, respectively.  And Lindquist ‘broke’ into the final rounds for novice impromptu speaking.
The other Grossmont Speech and Debate team-members who competed were Courtney Gerlach, Jesse Gault, Jonathan Parker, Jonathan Smith, Maria Torres, Diana Trinidad.

Though only Aldhalimi and Lindquist ‘broke’ into final rounds in events, the entire team is now fired-up and intending to do their respective bests at the upcoming Griffin Tournament, here at Grossmont, Nov. 27 and 28, according to Speech Prof. Roxanne Tuscany.

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The campus scene: Some stop-action bike riding

Stop Action sequence by Dee C

Supporting Photos and Story by Robert Sanchez

Dee C. sets up lights as Henry Young readies a bike ride

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Student Henry Young, a competitive bike rider, pedaled across a portion of campus on Thursday, Nov. 4, as a clicking camera followed his every movement.  No, he wasn’t in a race – he was helping a photography student called Dee C. complete a project on stop-action photography.

Henry Young rides bike on campus as Dee C films in stop action

Dee C. had her Olympus Rangefinder camera and Alien Bee strobe lights stratregically positioned to catch every second of Young’s progress near Building 20 on his single speed specialized bike.  The point of the project was for Dee C. to practice the integration of natural and strobe lighting.

In the bargain, Young got some exercise.

Sanchez is a student in Media Comm 132

Controversy lingers at SDSU over community college admissions policy

Staff Report

SAN DIEGO — The bill has been signed into law but controversy still continues at San Diego State over legislation by Assemblyman Marty Block easing transfers from community colleges to the California State University and College system.  

SDSU student Robert Moreno tells the story in the current issue of the Daily Aztec.

NEA challenges new Congress to put students first

WASHINGTON, DC.  (Press Release)– When the new Congress is sworn in this January, it will have to tackle the nation’s most pressing matters, including education and the economy. The nation is on the road to economic recovery, but the economy is still shedding jobs, especially in the education sector. High unemployment rates and a record number of home foreclosures are wreaking havoc in communities across the country.

On education specifically, Congress will have to tackle two main issues—revising No Child Left Behind and setting spending priorities for critical programs and services affecting students and working families, programs such as early childhood education, Head Start, college loans for deserving students, and many others.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said:

“Election Day has come and gone, but the needs of our children remain the same. Students … wake up … still deserving the best our nation can offer them. Regardless of the outcome of the elections, every student still needs a great public school to fulfill his or her greatest dreams.

“NEA stands ready to work with the new Congress to put students first and ensure that education is the engine that moves America forward. We will work with all policymakers to maximize the achievement, skills, opportunities and potential of all students, to make sure they are prepared to become creative and productive citizens in our democratic society and diverse world.

“As the Election Day dust settles, millions of teachers and education support professionals will get up, roll up their sleeves and keep working hard to improve our public schools—one student  at a time, one school at a time, one community at a time.

“We challenge Congress to do the same. We look forward to working with the 112th Congress to continue our work transforming the nation’s public schools.”

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Gaza fundraiser at Rutgers stirs controversy

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (USANN4) — Student organizations at Rutgers University in New Jersey are in a dispute over a controversial fund-raiser.   The event this week was originally intended to raise funds for U.S. for Gaza.   It is a coalition that hopes to send humanitarian aid to Gaza in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade.   The campus group Rutgers Hillel opposes the event and questions whether the coalition is a legal charity.

Media reports say the university has decided the event can proceed.   However, it has not been determined where the proceeds will go.   Campus officials have met with the event’s sponsor to determine an appropriate recipient.

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