Archive for March, 2011

Cantata recalls Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy

Story by Alexis Jacquett; Video by Xavier Green

SAN DIEGO —  San Diego State  University  hosted a powerful commemoration concert on March 23 to remember 146 women who lost their lives in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factorey Fire in New York City. Dr. Sue Gonda, the creator of the U.S. Women’s History courses at Grossmont College, gave a heartfelt introduction to this cantata, providing background on this time period and the hardships faced by  immigrants in America.

Gonda provided a sense of connection to these women who earned their living sewing clothes in a factory on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors where exit doors had been locked, preventing the women from saving themselves.

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UCLA will create center for laboratory safety

LOS ANGELES (USANN4) — UCLA announces plans to open a Center for Laboratory Safety.   The move comes after a fatal fire in the school’s organic-chemistry lab in 2008.   A staff researcher died of severe burns after she was splashed with a volatile chemical compound that ignited.

UCLA says the first-of-its-kind lab-safety center will receive $400,000 in initial campus support.   However, the university adds it will eventually be supported entirely by external grants.

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‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is a grim rendition

By Leon Goodrum

LA MESA – Red Riding Hood is a fantasy filmed based on the classic tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” dating back in the Brothers Grimm version to 1697. This latest version is a twist on the classic we all know and love.

The film is about Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), a young girl who lives in a village plagued for generations by a menacing wolf. As the film opens we find that the townspeople for many years have sacrificed their finest livestock to the beast. Things change when Valerie’s older sister Lucy is attacked and killed by the beast.

The townspeople, enraged by the murder of the young girl, decide to hunt the wolf with the assistance of legendary witch slayer Father Solomon (Gary Oldman). The film turns into a witch hunt as Father Solomon proclaims “This is no ordinary wolf, this is a WEREWOLF…The wolf may be your neighbor!!.”

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Japan relief efforts continue on campus

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Efforts are ongoing on campus to collect money for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which took the lives of more than 11,000 people and left many more homeless.

In this video by Taylor Harris, Japanese members of the International Club tell reporter Earnest Carter about the campus drive. The money raised on campus is being forwarded to the Japanese Red Cross.

Feds fine Virginia Tech for slow notification of students in shooting rampage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–The federal government has fined Virginia Tech $55,000 in connection with the 2007 shooting rampage on campus.   The U.S. Department of Education says the school violated federal law by waiting too long to notify students.   Thirty-two students and faculty members were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The gunman killed himself after the rampage.   The $55,000 fine was the most the department could levy for Tech’s two violations of the Clery Act.   The university avoided losing some or all of its $98 million in federal student aid, which is possible for a violation of that law.

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Commentary: what’s to know about petitions?

Alexis Tittle interviews Randy Shimizu (Photo: Russ Lindquist)

By Alexis Tittle

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — When they solicit Grossmont students’ signatures for the three forms on their table, Tony Willison and Randy Shimizu get, according to them, no hourly wage or compensation for signatures for a petition to overturn Prop 8, receive nothing when someone fills-out a Voter Registration, and are paid only one dollar for every signature on a petition whose aim is to create a new political party – The Americans Elect.

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Where the Obamas will give commencement addresses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Commencement season is still a ways off.   However, President Obama is already making plans to speak to graduates this spring.   He will deliver the keynote address during the Coast Guard Academy’s 130th commencement on May 18th in New London, Connecticut.

Obama will also speak at Miami Dade College on April 29th.   Meanwhile, first lady Michelle Obama will deliver commencement addresses at the University of Northern Iowa, Spelman College, and Quantico Middle High School.   Mrs. Obama will also be the banquet speaker for the Class of 2011 at West Point.

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