Archive for September 6th, 2011

GC students contribute to SD Blood Bank

Grossmont students donate blood on campus.

Story and photo by Barbara Boyd

GROSSMONT COLLEGE  — Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7,  are days  to donate blood on campus. In the quad is the San Diego Blood Bank recreational vehicle.  As a regular donor of blood, I highly recommend students  try and donate blood if they can.

The process is fairly easy: a couple yes or no questions, a little reading to make sure you know what you are doing, and then they test your blood to see if you have a high enough blood count.

My experience on Tuesday was pleasing. The nurses were polite.  They care for you from the moment you enter to the point when you leave.

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Landscaping to replace campus grass

By Kellen Brauer

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- Three sections of grass near the campus cafeteria were recently killed to make way for displays of drought- tolerant indigenous landscaping.

Each section or zone will have its own unique landscaping: coastal sage, oak woodland, and mixed chaparral. according to Tim Flood, Grossmont’s vice president of administrative service.

The landscaping was designed with help from faculty members in the biology, botany, and geology departments to serve as educational demonstration areas.

The dead grass areas are “safe to sit on and use,” Flood said. “The herbicide used is a systemic herbicide. The plant takes the herbicide in through its foliage and brings it down to its roots and then it kills the plant from the roots up. Once the herbicide is dry to the touch (after spraying) it can be used.”

The areas will be replanted in November or December and until then the dead grass will remain, according to Flood.

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Brauer is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at kellenb@gcsummit.com

Padres fan not intimidated at Dodger Stadium

The shirt worn to Dodgers Stadium

By Dylan Burke

LOS ANGELES -The Grossmont College baseball team, the Griffins, will be playing half its games on the road this year against teams such as Fullerton, Compton, Southwestern and S.D. Mesa. I don’t know how our fans feel when they’re attending the away games but I know how some people worry when they travel, as I did, to Chavez Ravine, also known as Dodgers Stadium.

On March 31, the opening day of the 2011 baseball season, the Dodgers hosted the defending-world-champion San Francisco Giants. Before the game, outside in the parking lot, Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked by two Dodgers supporters. Two attackers pummeled Stow, resulting in critical brain damage. Stow is currently recuperating, where he is making attempts to speak again. The Dodgers denounced the incident.

Around the end of May, Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested in connection with the case.

With all the fear of going to Chavez Ravine as a supporter of another team, my relatives and I still went to a game last week. Against all suggestions, I wore my “SD Beat LA” t-shirt that was given to me at a Padres game against the Dodgers earlier this year.
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