Archive for September 1st, 2011

Campus blood drive coming Sept. 6-7

Two Grossmont freshmen strum and drum in heavy metal group Killing the Messenger

Kris Armbruster

Story and photo by Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Two freshmen are members of the heavy metal band Killing the Messenger and will be performing at the Epicentre in the Mira Mesa area at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23.

Kris Armbruster is the lead guitarist, while Willie Malpica is the drummer. Others in the group are Ahren Leepier-Gray and Paul Barkley.

Armbruster studies Audio Engineering and says he is “pumped up” by his favorite rock band, Avenged Sevenfold. Members of that band helped Armbruster learn how to play the guitar.

Malpica says he wants to study Computer Technology. He credits his parents for his inspiration to do well in life; he further explained people who are negative or who doubt him motivate him to do the unexpected.

Malpica was the member in the group who came up with the name Killing the Messenger. One day while he was watching the movie “300” he got the idea from the scene of when the messenger was kicked into the hole.

There is an opening available in the band for another guitarist to replace Brad Cotton, who is leaving for personal reasons, Armbruster said.

People can buy tickets from Armbruster via for $8 or at the door for $10.

Burke is a student in Media Comm 132; he may be reached at

Cuyamaca hosts job fair

Job Fair at Cuyamaca College (Photo: Lily Prado, San Diego Memories)

By Christina Torres

CUYAMACA COLLEGE — Local jobs are available no matter what bad news you have heard about the economy.

That was evident on Friday, August 26, at a job fair held  at the Student Learning Center here.

Among a room full of potential employers were a variety of private companies and public agencies including the Border Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, H & R Block, KFMB Television,  Pre-Paid Legal Services, and Sea World

Some exhibitors tried harder than others to attract attendees to their tables.  For example, H&R Block recruiters were all dressed in green, the table-cloth was green, and so were two table lamps.   Sea World relied on big signs featuring a jumping Shamu, and lured potential applicants with candy and small toys.  Border Patrol had two physically fit–okay, “macho” — agents serving as recruiters.

Students who were unable to attend the fair need not overly concern themselves.  Most of the exhibitors directed potential applicants to their websites to learn more.

Torres is a student in Media Comm 132; contact her at

Hyde Gallery exhibit inspires GC students

Art students in the Hyde Gallery

Art students in the Hyde Gallery

Story and photo by Philip Tipple

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Art teacher Jennifer Bennett has been teaching here for 10 years. She took her first art class–basic drawing–here at Grossmont in the mid 90’s and found out she liked it. She says the art class she took inspired her so much that she ended up majoring in it and then going on to teach it.

After graduating from SDSU, she went on to graduate school in Ohio where she was teaching art. She then received a job here at Grossmont to teach art.

Among those taking in the Hyde Art Gallery’s exhibition of pieces from its permanent collection was Michael Gallagher, who has been Grossmont for 2 years and is working on a future with Media Design. He said he went to the gallery to observe and study the art to better his drawing skills. Someday, he confided, he would like to create his own business with his talent.

Another student, Lauren Peterson, said that she foumd inspiration to go to a four-year college by walking through the gallery and appreciating what she saw.


Tipple is a student in MediaComm132; contact him at