Archive for February, 2011

Alternatives offered to skiing, surfing over break

HOUGHTON, Michigan (USANN4)–One Michigan university gives students some alternative ways to enjoy spring break besides the beach or the ski slopes.   Newswise reports that Michigan Technological University is offering the Alternative Spring Break program for the fifth year.

Students have their choice between picking service and adventure trips.   Some will canoe on the challenging waters of the Buffalo National River.   Others will head to the Everglades to clean-up on the trail system and remove debris from a sea-turtle nesting beach.

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Concert demonstrates musical traditions of slaves yearning to be free

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—Gospel music became an avenue of hope for slaves in America. They used stories from the Bible to represent freedom and code names like “Jesus” and “Moses” to represent Harriet Tubman and other abolitionists who helped free slaves through Underground Railroad.

On Feb. 25, Randall Tweed, the director of the Grossmont College Mater Chorale, opened up the Gospel concert.  Tweed introduced Ken Anderson, the director of the Grossmont College Gospel Choir who gave a little bit of background history about Gospel Music and Spirituals. Anderson also gave the audience the “Ok” to be a part of the concert and “shout Hallelujah or Amen if the spirit leads.”

The concert began with the Master Chorale performing three selections of the Spiritual Tradition; “I’m Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing,” “The Time for Praying (Bach Sheep May Safely Graze),” and “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me.” All three selections had a classical rhythm.

Performing in the second half of the concert was the Grossmont College Gospel Choir.  It sang “Call Him Up, Lord,” “We Love You,” “Worship the Lord,” and “It’s A Mighty Good Day.” In “Worship The Lord”, the slaves gave the time of day and direction of escape. According to Anderson the slaves explained they were heading East in the morning to freedom.

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‘Hamlet’ comes to the Stagehouse Theatre

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The  theatre arts department will present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Jeannette Thomas, at the Stagehouse theatre on campus March 10-19.  Tickets at the box office  cost $10 for students, $11 for staff, seniors and military, and general admission is $12. 

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University of Colorado acquires Big Band broadcasts

BOULDER, Colorado (USANN4) — The University of Colorado has acquired hundreds of hours of recordings of big band radio broadcasts.   CU’s Glenn Miller Archive also has obtained photos, magazines, documents, and other memorabilia from a private collection.   The school has about 1,400 reel-to-reel tapes of jazz and big band musicians including Miller, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

The cost to obtain the recordings was not disclosed.   University officials say all the money came from private donations.

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Holy Family U suspends hoops coach

PHILADELPHIA (USANN4)–A basketball coach at a private  university has been suspended for allegedly assaulting one of his players last month.   The Philadelphia Daily News reports that Holy Family University coach John O’Connor is under investigation.   He is accused of pushing a player to the floor during practice, causing injuries to his face and wrist.

The player first complained to the school’s athletics director, and then contacted police.   Holy Family is a Division Two Roman Catholic institution.

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Grossmont basketball teams close regular seasons by beating S.D. City, S.D. Mesa

By William Dudley

William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –In back-to-back games at the Grossmont College Gym, the women’s and men’s basketball teams both managed to cap their 2010-2011 seasons with hard-fought triumphs.

The Lady Griffins defeated San Diego City College in the 5:00 p.m. game 83-74. The win gave them an 11-1 Pacific Coast Conference record and a tie for first place in the conference with Southwestern College.

In the second game, the men’s team survived a comeback effort by San Diego Mesa College to win a squeaker, 75-74.

Guards Ariel Meek and Nichole Harris led a balanced team scoring attack for the Lady Griffins with 18 and 19 points respectively. Center Jacara Roberts led all teams with 12 rebounds, while forward Chelsea Maurer contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, and one big play — a key pressure steal and score that put the Griffins ahead 72-63 after City College had crept back within striking distance after trailing by double digits for much of the game.

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State seeks student ‘tick’ videos

 SACRAMENTO (Press Release)– The State of California is sponsoring a Tick-bite Prevention video-making contest for students in two categories: 1) 17 and younger; 2) 18 and older.

A prize of $350 will go to  the first place winners who make either a 30-second or 60-second spot and send it to the California Department of Public Health.

More information is available via this website:

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