Archive for August, 2011

There’s a new dean on campus

By Barbara Boyd

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — There is a new Dean on campus, but  she is far from being new to the school. Debbie Yaddow who has devoted  21 years to the Grossmont College Nursing program, is now the Dean of  Allied Health and Nursing.

Yaddow related that she “fell” into her career, how she never planned to have it take her this far. She said that she started as a  respiratory therapist, and later on became a nurse once.  Still later she decided to become a teacher, where she could help others learn the nursing profession. “ I  love teaching, because you really make a difference in students’ lives,” she said.

As the Dean her responsibilities are still to students, but in addition she  is “working behind the scenes” on such tasks as securing “the best state-of-the-art equipment, facilities for the students, ” she said.

Even though Dean  Yaddow is not working with the students directly, she said she stills want them to feel  free to come and see her just to say “Hi. ”

She said she will maintain an open door policy for students, explaining:   “It keeps me in a loop of what’s going on in their lives.”

If there is a school-related problem, the students are encouraged to first see their teacher and then their  director of nursing, before coming to her, Yaddow said.  She added that  if she needs to get involved then she  will.

When asked where she will like to go from here, she responded “ I plan on  being here a lot longer.”
Boyd is a student in Media Comm 132.  She may be contacted at

Graffiti vandalism common says Campus PD

Graffiti on the stall door in the women's bathroom (Photo by Brenda Arce)

Graffiti on the stall door in the women's bathroom (Photo by Brenda Arce)

By Brenda Arce

GROSSMONT COLLEGE-Graffiti is being found on campus inside random restrooms. Campus Police Supervising Officer Dave Peralto says he doesn’t believe its gang related–he thinks its just a tagger.

Someone has has vandalized both male and female restrooms with graffiti.  It is unclear whether it is the same person or people.

I interviewed a few fellow students,  as a result…about half really didn’t care the other half were strongly against it. I asked maintenance how often are they having to remove it and they said a few times a week. They are cleaning it up as quickly as possible.

The quicker they have it removed the less the tagger will tag, said Officer Peralto, who stated that the longer graffiti are left up on the walls or stalls, the more it will occur.



Arce is a student in MediaComm132; email her at

GC’s Mialani Love named Miss PIFA

Mialani Love, Miss Pacific Island Festival

By Sharyce Bailey

Mialani wearing a Samoan pattern

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–This year the San Diego branch of the Pacific Islander Festival Association (PIFA) has honored Grossmont College’s very own Mialani Love as Miss PIFA 2011.  She will serve in that capacity during the Sept. 24-25 festival on Mission Bay.

Born and raised in San Diego, Love said that Pacific Island culture has been a major part of her life. She dances and performs the songs of her culture .  She also enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family and friends.

Being of Samoan background, Love has been affliated with PIFA since she was 8 years old. “In a way I grew up with PIFA.” she said. “There is a little joke I lilke to tell people and it is that me and PIFA are the same age, I am 17 and September will be the 17th Annual of the Festival!”

Love’s mom is the treasurer for PIFA of San Diego. When Love won her title she said it was an honor to help promote  the organization to which her mother has devoted so much.

She expressed hope that she can serve as  a role model to  Pacific Islander youth and network with members of other communities that want to promote PFIA.  She said that “young girls who are interested in running for Miss PIFA should stay true to who they are, represent their culture to the best of their abilities, and, most of all. stay focused in school.” Love majors in Televison, Film, and Media here at Grossmont.

The festival will include dancing, food, music, and more. Profits from the event will fund academic scholarships for the Pacific Islander community, according to the association’s webiste,

The festival is free , however there will be a parking fee for vehicles that park on the Ski Beach lot.  Shuttles also are being arranged from other locations.

Love said that PIFA is a volunteer organization and always welcomes help. If you are interested in helping plan and organize next year’s PIFA festival, she recommends that you contact


Bailey is a student in Media Comm 132; she may be contacted

CVT program offers free screenings

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–Students from the cardiovascular technology (CVT) program will provide free screenings for  Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept.  20, at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center, Brier Patch campus,  9000 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The screenings will test the arterial blood flow to  the legs and blood pressure at the ankles and arms. Symptoms of PAD can include  aching, cramping or pain in your legs after walking or exercising. An  appointment is required for the free screening. To register, call  1-800-827-4277, or visit

Grossmont College’s CVT program,  founded in 1972, was the first to be accredited in the nation and is currently the only CVT program in California to offer all three cardiovascular technology tracks, including vascular, echocardiography and invasive cardiology.  Grossmont’s CVT grads are currently working in more than 90 percent of the available cardiovascular-related jobs in San Diego.

Preceding provided by Grossmont College’s Public Information Office

Lil’ Wayne appearance inspires GC student

By Vince Ruffino

CHULA VISA — Rap superstar Lil’ Wayne commanded the attention of all, at his ‘I’m Still Music’ tour held at Cricket Amphitheater Thursday, August 25. Among the fans in attendance was Media Communications (MCOM) student Andrew Jones from Mission Valley, who is currently enrolled in the Multi-Audio Production class (MCOM 216).

Like the thousands of other Lil’ Wayne fans, Jones was excited to see one of his idols. Jones is not only a fan of Lil’ Wayne, but is also “inspired by his work, talent, and motivation.” When asked what the best part of the concert was, Jones says, “towards the end, when Young Money came out, he re-introduced himself along with his team and re-emphasized the reasons why he was there; because he believed in God and he wouldn’t be anyone without his fans.”

Throughout the show, Lil’ Wayne made a conscious effort to constantly remind his fans that he would not be where he is today, if it were not for the support of his fans.
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Fall Sports begin at Grossmont

By Vince Ruffino

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Put away the surfboards and sunscreen, its time to get focused on school, but  not without something to look forward too, Fall Sports!

For many Grossmont College students, the beginning of the Fall Semester marks  not only the end of summer and the beginning of the academic year, but also the  beginning of their respected sports season. But a novice sports fanatic might question, ‘What are the Fall Sports?’ Here’s a look at four Fall Sports at Grossmont Community College.

Football: Grossmont’s team comes off a modest season in 2010 finishing 6-4  with a post season loss to East Conference Runner Up Santa Ana College Dons in the Beach Bowl, 52-43. This year, Coach Mike Jordan looks to lead his Griffins  in the season opener on the road against rival San Diego Mesa College on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 6p.m.

Women’s Soccer: New Head Coach Dave Ridenour and The Lady Griffins dropped the season opener, 1-0, at home against Golden West. They look to rebound Friday September 2, 2011, on their home pitch against El Camino at  1pm.
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Muslims seek an area on campus for prayer

Mohammad Sabir Abbassi stands in front of a hallway of the tech-mall where Muslims have been asked not to pray for the sake of public safety

Mohammad Sabir Abbassi stands in front of a hallway of the tech-mall where Muslims have been asked not to pray for the sake of public safety. (Photo: Russ Lindquist)

By Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Mohammad Sabir Abbassi, a Grossmont student aimed at a career in Public Health and Social Work, is advocating for his fellow Muslim students on campus to have a comfortable place to pray throughout the day.  Abbassi is petitioning with flyers, promoting the cause.

Previously, complaints had arisen about Muslims praying in the corridors of the tech-mall. To be clear, no one, including Abbassi, finds the complaints to be directed towards Muslims for their being Muslims but rather the issue was one of public safety: The area where they currently pray leads to an emergency fire exit, the blocking of which is considered a fire hazard, school officials who received the complaint told Abbassi.

Arabic Instructor Dr. Sonia Ghattas-Soliman suggested that Muslims consider finding many separate areas as options for their daily prayer.  Agustin Albarran, associate dean of Student Affairs, suggested that Muslims perhaps hold a fundraiser to build a (non-denominational, religiously open) peace garden for the Muslims to pray in.

Muslims pray five times a day; typically each prayer lasts from five to ten minutes.  Dyari Qadir said she feels it is unfair for Muslims to be prohibited from praying in that hallway.

Qadir,  a member of the Muslim Student Association at Grossmont, stated that if an emergency were to arise that she would stop praying and vacate the building.

In response to suggestions that Muslims simply pray outside, Abbassi stated that some Muslims report having been harassed when they prayed outdoors.  Specifically, Abbassi told of a time when a Muslim woman was praying and approached by a woman who presumably was not Muslim, and the non-Muslim woman reportedly insisted, “You cannot pray here.”

When told of this incident, Dean Albarran assured: “Students–Muslim and otherwise–can pray anywhere on the campus that they want,” as long as it does not directly and adversely affect the learning of other students.  Students who feel they are being treated unfairly–in religious matters or otherwise–may call Dean Albarran at Grossmont’s Office of Student Affairs at 619-644-7600, or email the Dean at


Arce is a student in MediaComm 132; contact her at

Student collapses in GC library

(From left) Karen McCoy, Campus Officer Kenneth Coleman and Christian Jimenez circle an unknown student who collapsed in Grossmont's library (Photo: Russ Lindquist))

(From left) Karen McCoy, Campus Officer Kenneth Coleman and Christian Jimenez circle an unknown student who collapsed in Grossmont's library.

Story and photo by Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Campus Officer Kenneth Coleman arrived within five minutes of receiving a call that an unidentified student collapsed on the second floor of the library.

Among the witnesses of the collapse was tech-mall tutor Mojdeh Badiei who saw the fall from a distance and told Coleman that the student “just fell out of her chair.” Roxane BenVau, a media librarian and assistant professor said, “I heard her yelling, from my office, before she fell.”

Many on the scene speculated that the student had an epileptic seizure, including Karen McCoy, a multi-media technician.  She and Christian Jimenez were first to come to the student’s aid.  “I just made sure she was on her side and that she was not biting her tongue or choking,” said Jimenez.

After firefighters and paramedics were on the scene, the student was conscious and seemed coherent. Still, the Health and Safety officials took the student to the hospital for evaluation.


Lindquist is editor-in-chief of the GCSummit; email him at

Parking shortages stress faculty, students, staff

Two drivers seeking parking spaces nearly converge (Photo: Philip Tipple)

By Philip Tipple

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—Available parking spaces on campus have been scarce during the first two weeks of the semester, causing many students to complain that by the time they found a parking space they were late for class.

Kellen Brauer, one such student, said during the first week. “It took me 45 minutes to find a spot.”

Tim Flood, Grossmont’s Vice President of Administrative Services, acknowledged that there are more students with cars than spots for them to park.   He and other seasoned members of the Grossmont College faculty and staff  reeled off a few suggestions  for students to consider.

1.  To avoid being late to class, try to get to the campus earlier  to search for a parking spot.
2.  Check out the soccer field located on the northwest corner of campus, which the administration has made available for temporary parking during the first three weeks of class.
3.  Check out the bus schedules to and from Grossmont College.
4.  Discuss with other students the possibility of arranging carpools.
5.  Consider alternative forms of transportation to school, in particular bicycling.
6.  Park blocks from the campus and get some good excercise walking.


Tipple is a student in MediaComm 132; contact him at

Grossmont and Cuyamaca foundations combine

By Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–This college offers many programs to help students with finances, through the Financial Aid office.  Helping to raise the money for this purpose is the recently combined Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.

Before the combined operation was founded, the two colleges had their own foundations.

Now, Ernest Ewin, Grossmont Alumnus of ’69, directs fundraising for the joint foundation on both campuses.  When asked about the reasoning behind combining the two foundations, Ewin replied that it is simpler and more cost-effective than having separate fundraising arms for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.

Ewin, who also serves as a La Mesa City Councilman, works with individual donors and with  various donor foundations, including the Bernard Osher Foundation, which provides $1,000 scholarships for deserving students.  Grossmont has raised $580,000 and the Osher Foundation contributed $290,000 (a 50 percent match) to establish 56 Osher scholarships.

The Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges’ goal is to raise over $1 million each year to continue helping students who have financial need and for other campus programs.

For more information, interested parties can visit the Foundation online.


Jeitler is a Media Comm 199 student; contact him at