Archive for April, 2011

Annual Literary Arts Festival underway

Write Out Loud founder Veronica Murphy reads Ironhead by Aimee Bender

By Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The 15th Annual Literary Arts Festival is being held through Thursday, May 5.  The festival kicked off with a screening of the film Bastard Out Of Carolina, based on the novel by Dorothy Allison, this year’s featured author.

Allison has been the winner of the Lamda Literary Awards twice as well as the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.  Allison was scheduled to be on campus on Wednesday, April 27, for a reading and book signing.

On Tuesday, April 26, Room 150 at Grossmont’s Health Sciences building was packed withpeople listening to stories and poetry by American women authors. The literature was presented by Write Out Loud, an organization of professional actors who provide dramatic performances of literary works.

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Officials laud preschools

By Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Can’t get your child into preschool? He may be 70 percent more likely to become a juvenile delinquent than will be your neighbor children who do go to preschool.

That was one of the startling findings of a survey revealed during a press conference last Tuesday at Grossmont College’s Child Development Center by a bevy of public officials including District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, and San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco.

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Artists get wrapped up in their work

Patrick Faulk

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The Summit presents a sneak peak of Robert Sanchez’s portfolio project “Comfort in Chaos.” Sanchez has made environmental portraits of numerous painters, musicians, and other artists both at and beyond Grossmont College.  For his project, Sanchez photographed artists “in their place of creativity.” By “stepping into these worlds,” he writes “I realized that we all have something in common, comfort in chaos.”

Ashley Castillo

Brenon Bullock

Joining hands for community colleges

By William Dudley

note: this editorial was first published in the April 28, 2011 print edition

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE–The promotional materials for Hands Across California promised something exciting on Sunday, April 17. At 2 p.m., 1.5 million people would hold hands together to form a dramatic line of people stretching 1500 miles across California from San Diego to Sacramento. The wall of people would raise money for the California Community College Scholarship Endowment.

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Speech, Debate to be spotlighted May 12

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The Intercollegiate Forensics class will showcase its abilities in speeches and debates at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12, in Roomn 220.  Admission is $5 general and $3 for Grossmont students, faculty and staff.

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A busy month of May for the arts at Grossmont

By William Dudley
GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Jazz by the bay and spirits at the Stagehouse highlight the offerings for Grossmont College arts lovers this month.

All that Jazz

The third annual Jazz All Stars concert will take place at Humphreys by the Bay on May 2. There will actually be two concerts. The first, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a family concert open to all ages, and will feature straight-ahead jazz performed by members of Grossmont’s music faculty. Among the performers will be Steve Baker on piano, Paul Kurokawa on trumpet, and Doug Booth on guitar.

The second concert, beginning at 9:30, is for the 21-and-over crowd, and will have a more Caribbean/Latin dance feel. It will feature the Afro-Cuban Ensemble led by Derek Cannon, Ritmo Caribe, and Manny Cepeda.

Tickets are $18 general and $10 for Grossmont students, and are available at Humphreys Box Office at (619) 224-3577.

The concert is a benefit for the Grossmont College Music Scholarships. This program helps Grossmont music majors pay for the private lessons required as part of their studies.

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A 4-year college degree for $10,000?

AUSTIN, Texas  (USANN4)–Can you imagine getting a college degree for only $10,000?   If Texas Governor Rick Perry has his way, it could eventually be a reality.   The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Perry is calling for the state’s schools to develop a four-year baccalaureate degree that costs no more than 10 grand.

Texas’ commissioner of higher education says the plan is doable.   Several plans for a stripped-down degree include statewide online courses, more opportunities for students to spend their first two years in community colleges, and accelerated and self-paced course formats.   Some skeptics question whether the plan is possible or even desirable.

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