Archive for April 11th, 2011

Paramedics respond to student’s possible stroke

Campus police, nurses and paramedics surround the unnamed student (Photo: Russ Lindquist)

By Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–An unnamed student of Grossmont’s ESL program suffered a possible stroke on Monday, in the tech-mall. At approximately 4pm, the 35-year-old female sought help from Crisa Montes de Oca, a tech mall tutor, saying, according to Montes de Oca, that she “felt very bad.” (The conversation was in Spanish but later explained, in English, by Montes de Oca.)

Of the unnamed student, Montes de Oca said, “After I talked to her some, she had wanted to leave; but I would not let her–she was having trouble pronouncing words, and said that she could not feel her mouth, her arm, or one side of her body, so I kept trying to keep her [at the tech mall]. I asked her about her family, about her classes–anything keep her here.”

Montes de Oca said, in total, she spoke with the woman for about 20 minutes and that the campus nurse, upon arrival, had called 9-11, that subsequently paramedics arrived, and that she (Montes de Oca) had served as an interpreter for the  student until Campus Policeman Hector Schlemmer took over translation duties for the paramedics and the student.

The student was taken by ambulance to a hospital. There was no immediate report on her condition.


Lindquist is Managing Editor of the GC Summit; email him at

Community college enrollment nationwide grows

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Enrollment at community colleges is up this semester, and students at those institutions are taking more credit hours.   A new report says those jumps are probably due to increases in the Pell Grant program.   They are making it more affordable for students to add more hours.   The report was presented at the annual meeting of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.

It finds that community-college enrollment increased by more than 200,000 students from 2008 to 2010.   The total number of Pell Grants during that same time period also grew, by over 388,000.

Preceding provided by USA News Network 4

Health Services outlines events for April

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–Upcoming Health Services events for the month of April, 2011 are reflected in the following flyer, created by Harn Chiu, student Health Services secretary:

Sunday, April 17: Rally for community colleges

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The following notice  was received from John Colson, vice president of student services:

“Please Save the Date—April 17, 2011 for Hands Across California.  This  is a large scale event bringing individuals in support of access to college together in support of community colleges and our students. Organizers hope to support a continuous “human line” of individuals holding hands in support of our students and the 112 community colleges in California. You can review the web site that describes the route, purpose, and opportunities for financial support below.

 Students, faculty, and staff of Grossmont College who are interested in supporting this event through participation should arrive at City College San Diego on the Quad–which is next to the college entrance from Park Boulevard–at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 17. We are coordinating with Marilyn Harvey at City College and her phone number is 619-388-3951. Parking will be located off of 16st street.

San Diego City College will have a band on campus and food vendors will be available.

If you have any questions about the event or want to learn more about the cause please contact me at

Preceding provided by John Colson, Grossmont College vice president for student services

Wednesday, April 13: Day of Books and Roses

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The following message about a campus-wide surprise of books and roses  comes from the English Department:

“Hello friends:

“If we were in Barcelona during the month of April, we would have a chance to experience La Diada de Sant Jordi.  It is a festival day when, in honor of the city’s patron saint and in celebration of literature, men give roses to the women in their lives, and women reciprocate by gifting the men with books.

“Even during miserable economic times, human beings still need art and beauty!  Therefore, on behalf of the Grossmont College Creative Writing Program and the English Department, we are happy to announce that Wednesday, April 13th will be the second annual Day of Books and Roses on our campus.  Early Wednesday morning, we will be leaving books with red roses tucked inside them at various locations around campus; they might appear in classrooms or on cafeteria tables, they could show up on desks of administrative assistants or deans, or they might pop up in LRC or Tech Mall study areas. 

Keep your eyes open, and if you are lucky enough to find one of our random gifts of beauty and literature, please take, read, enjoy—and then come see the author of your book on campus, during the two weeks of events which constitute the 15th annual Literary Arts Festival, April 25th through May 5th, directly after Spring Break.  

“For those of you who do not discover a book/rose on the 13th, you will still have the opportunity to see all of the authors of the books we are distributing during the fabulous and free daytime and nighttime events of the Literary Arts Festival.  Schedules are posted everywhere on campus, and you may also explore the festival website:

“Our best,

“Oralee Holder, Ph.D., Chair, Department of English, Grossmont College

“Stephanie Mood, Co-coordinator, Creative Writing Program, Grossmont College

“Sydney Brown, Co-coordinator, Creative Writing Program, Grossmont College

Election time for ASGC


Editor’s note: Voting for ASGC officials starts today. This past week our reporter spoke to some candidates and filed this story.


By Alexis Tittle

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—It’s April and besides your taxes, this month the Associated Students of Grossmont College (ASGC) will be holding elections. Most of the candidates will be running unopposed but see this year’s elections as a way of getting students more involved and aware of ASGC and the many benefits it has to offer students.

In case you were unaware ASGC helps organize and regulate campus activities. It also donates half of its expenditures to academic and other school department in the form of grants, helping them buy things like sports equipment, cadavers, Bunsen burners and computers.

The election will take place April 11th and 12th. The ballots will be an all online process. Students will be notified by email, not necessarily at their school email account, but at the email address that was set up with their web-advisor account.

Last year’s election had a less-than-1% turnout. I had a chance to speak with a few of the candidates about their take on this year’s election.

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