Archive for November 17th, 2010

Need an inexpensive computer? How about for $50?

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–Notice is hereby given that the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District will hold a public sale of complete computer systems, which includes a 15” flat panel monitor.  The systems are available at a flat rate price of $50 cash per system on Friday, December 10, 2010, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Systems will be sold on a first come, first-served basis.  Only one system per person will be available, unless the number of systems exceeds the number of buyers.  No laptops are available.

The sale will be conducted at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Warehouse, located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020.

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If you have any questions, please contact the District Warehouse at 619-644-7679.

Theatre Department to present ‘Time Flies’

115 images in Fridenmaker show little pieces of photographer’s soul

Video by Xavier Green

A show featuring 13 students of Charles Fridenmaker

Story and photos by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — From student and faculty exhibits to those of invited artists, the Hyde Art Gallery has had some amazing shows over the years.

Alfred Pagano

But for many people who attended Tuesday night’s opening of “Still Photographers,” this exhibit packed an extra emotional wallop.  The exhibiton was a reunion for the last photography class of 1972 that the late Chuck Fridenmaker had taught right before his sudden death at the age of 31.

Surveying 115 works in the gallery, one of Fridenmaker’s former students, Alfred Pagano, said there is a piece of Chuck Fridenmaker in every one ofthe images.  Fridenmaker had a strong influence on each of the 13 photographers featured in this show, including Grossmont College’s photo lab technician Susan Richardson.   She said that one of the most important things that Fridenmaker had taught this group was that photographers need “to see the whole thing.”

Walking around the gallery and hearing gea stries about Fridenmaker and the class’s experiences, it really opened my eyes as a photographer.  I had the chance to talk to some of the artists on exhibit, who are still working in photography, and received some great advice.

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‘Door Stop On A Stick’ helps the wheelchair-bound


Mike Hanna displays his Door Stop On A Stick (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

Story and photos by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Occupational Therapy Association (OTA) held its annual assistive technology show on Tuesday night, Nov. 16, in the health science complex.

Darlene Cook (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

Instructor Darlene Cook assigned students to find clients with disabilities or a hardships, then interview them to learn what some of the main problems were in their lives and how these problems obstructed their abilities to do day-to-day activities. Next they were to invent devices to help clients with those activities, while keeping the cost of the device under $20. Its components should be made of common materials.

Student Mike Hanna encountered a client with a form of cerebral palsy, who had difficulties in his wheelchair going in and out of doors. All too often, the doors would slam on him before he could navigate his chair all the way through the doorway.

In response, Hanna invented the “Door Stop on a Stick.” A device made of  a standard door stop, two foot long wood dowel, rope, glue, and Velcro. It was designed to be jammed into the doorway by the client then withdrawn by a rope after the wheelchair passed through..

The invention cost Hanna $11.25 in materials.  Hanna’s “Door Stop On A Stick” was just one of many inventions that were there at the OTA Annual Assistive Technology show.


Sanchez is a student in Media Comm 132

College bookstores selling fewer books, more merchandise

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–The Betamax and the dinosaur are extinct.   Could the campus bookstore join them as a relic of the past?   The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that campus bookstores are selling fewer textbooks.   That’s because students are buying books from cheaper online retailers or downloading e-textbooks.

Because of this, college bookstores have to find other ways to survive.   For example, they are offering new services such as multi-media stations for printing digital photos and dry cleaning.   Some store managers even want to drop the word “book” from the sign in the front.    Many stores now make more money on college-themed merchandise and food than on books.

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Bomb threat briefly closes four buildings at Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio (USANN4) — Four buildings at Ohio State University are back open after they were targeted in a bomb threat.   WBNS-TV in Columbus reports that the school shut down three labs and a library.   The closures caused major disruptions for students, staff, and faculty.

The buildings re-opened Tuesday night after searches yielded no devices.   WBNS reports that the anonymous threat was called into the FBI’s Washington bureau.   Agents there notified authorities in Columbus.

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President Obama calls for investment in education at all levels


WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) –Following is a proclamation by President Barack Obama declaring the current week to be “American Education Week.”

“Education is essential to our success as both a people and a Nation.  During American Education Week, we rededicate ourselves to providing a complete and competitive education for every student, from cradle through career.

“In an increasingly interconnected world, our leadership and prosperity depend on the standard and quality of education that we establish for our students.  In order to maintain our Nation’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation, my Administration is committed to ensuring that America has the best-educated citizenry in the world.

“To foster the next generation of great American leaders, we must continue to invest in education at all levels, work with States and districts to improve our educational system, and encourage reforms that ensure the development of our students and teachers.  We have also set a goal of once again having the highest proportion of college graduates of any country across the globe by the year 2020.

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