Archive for November 19th, 2010

Police chief discusses fire, parking


The no-parking zone by the District Facilities Planning building has been expanded in response to the September 2010 brushfire.

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLEGE — One of the main observations a person comes out with after a talk with Grossmont Police Chief Joel Javines is the incredible variety of different sorts of issues he deals with.

Two issues touched upon in a recent  news conference with the Summit staff involved follow-up to September’s brushfire north of the campus, and the status of the parking meters on the loop road between parking lots 1 and 7.

Regarding the fire, Javines said that Grossmont has taken several precautions to ensure that firefighters can easily access the area where the fire occurred. He and administrator Tim Flood toured the entire campus with the El Cajon Fire Marshal. They examined areas where fire lanes could be developed or improved to ensure that firefighters have more convenient access to brush locations and firefighting equipment.

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Grossmont football 2010 wrap-up (early edition)

By William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — It could be argued that the turning point in Grossmont’s 2010 football season happened way back in March.

That was when the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) organized its 37 teams into into three new divisions — National, Central, and American — each with two conferences. Grossmont found itself in the Southern Conference of the National Division — the most competitive of the three.

How competetive was it? National Division teams had a 17-2 record against Central Division teams, and an even more dominant record against the American Division, according to Grossmont coach Mike Jordan.

The result for Grossmont? A 5-0 start while playing nonconference foes, and a 1-4 record against conference rivals.

In the first half of the season Grossmont caught a wave a scoring from its high-powered offense starring quarterback Ryan Woods and what receivers’ coach Anuyell Goodwin called the best group of players he had coached in a long long time. Take away the El Camino game (which Grossmont won in a forfeit), and the Griffins averaged almost 49 points a game while beating San Diego Mesa College, Southwestern College, College of the Canyons, and Orange Coast College. Ryan tied a school record with six TD passes in the Southwestern Game. Grossmont finished the nonconference part of the season undefeated and ranked No. 5 among Southern California junior college teams in the California Community College Regional State Football Poll.

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Five face trial on charges of stealing $2 million in tickets at University of Kansas

WICHITA, Kansas (USANN4)–Five people face federal charges in connection with a ticket scandal at the University of Kansas.   They are accused of plotting to steal more than $2 million in tickets to sports events at the school.   All five are former employees, and include a former associate athletic director.

They are scheduled to make their first appearances in federal court here next month.   Two other former employees already have pleaded guilty to related charges and are cooperating with authorities.   The scandal embarrassed the university and likely led to the early departure of athletic director Lew Perkins.

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Cuyamaca College to offer special program for ‘green building’ jobs

CUYAMACA COLLEGE (Press Release)– This college along with three other community colleges will be providing free classes and hands-on work experience in green building and sustainable energy to 360 students through a training program funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership.

The $1.6 million in funding for the program comes from federal stimulus money along with grants from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act, and State Energy Sector Partnership and others.

Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the green building program is part of the college’s commitment to train workers for the expanding green economy.

“Green technology is the wave of the future,” Garber said. “Our students are getting the training they need to be a part of this growing field.”

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GCCCD employee helps keep financially-strapped students in college

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – Math is a great divider of people. Either you are a numbers person, or you’re not.

Barbara Hashiguchi, an account technician for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District whose office is on the Grossmont College campus, is one of those who relishes working with figures. But don’t mistake her for a numbers nerd, happy to work in solitude, staring at columns of figures with her adding machine at the ready.

A five-year employee of the East County college district, Hashiguchi is a rare breed, a numbers cruncher with a flair for listening to people talk about life’s challenges and helping to find answers. The skills have proven invaluable to the district and led to Hashiguichi’s promotion from clerical assistant in the district’s accounting office to her current post helping financially strapped students get on a new payment plan she helped implement locally.

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Senator introduces bill to require colleges to have anti-harassment policies

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) on Thursday introduced the “Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act,” legislation that for the first time would require colleges and universities to have anti-harassment policies in place. The bills introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, also would provide funding for schools to establish or expand programs to prevent harassment of students.

“The tragic impact of bullying on college campuses has damaged too many young adults, and it is time for our colleges to put policies on the books that would protect students from harassment,” Lautenberg said. “While there is no way to eliminate the cruelty that some students choose to inflict on their peers, there should be a clear code of conduct that prohibits harassment. It is vitally important that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe and secure environment.”

“In the wake of the Tyler Clementi tragedy, we should help colleges across the nation strengthen their anti-harassment programs and make campuses a more positive and safe atmosphere,” Holt said. “I thank Tyler’s family for their inspiring work to advance anti-harassment efforts and benefit students nationwide.”

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