Archive for September 9th, 2011

Photographer doesn’t have far to travel to picture power outage on the Grossmont campus

Photo essay by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — When the power outage began approximately 3:40 p.m., Thursday, it was uncertain whether this was just a momentary interruption in service, or whether it was a major event. Assuming the former, photography instructor Patricio Chavez moved with his students from the classroom to the hallway of the Digital Arts Building, where he completed his lecture.

Patricio Chavez lectures in hallway (Photo: Bobby Sanchez)

Eventually, however, it became clear that the interruption might last for a day or more and Grossmont College decided to cancel classes for the rest of Thursday and for Friday as well.

Buildings emptied, leaving vacant hallways such as this one in the Digital Arts Building where only a short time before Chavez had conducted his class.

Campus roadways, however, were anything but empty as traffic backed up. Without electricity, traffic signals did not work, causing drivers to treat intersections around the campus as if they had four-way stop signs. Add to that, the rush of students, staff and faculty all attempting to leave Grossmont at the same time, and the result was a monumental back-up.

Cars back up on campus road after power outage (Photos: Bobby Sanchez)

Fresh off loss, young Griffin football team faces strong rival El Camino College on Saturday


Grossmont football team practices at Griffin Field (Photo: Dylan Burke)

By Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Football coach Mike Jordan says he is looking forward to facing El Camino College in an away game Saturday in a continuation of the “very heated rivalry” that often “goes back and forth” in playoff tournaments.

What Jordan described as the “youngest team” he has coached in his six years at Grossmont will go into the game following a season opening loss last week to San Diego Mesa, 33-30—a loss blamed in large measure on inexperience and five turnovers.

Jordan told the GC Summit that his team needs to make fewer mistakes on the field. He said players need to follow their assignments better to make the plays work out.

For example, he said, if offensive line moves to the left when it is supposed to move to the right, it leaves the quarterback exposed and likely to be sacked.

Jordan has his own approach toward practices. Whereas many coaches will have their first-string team on the field through most, if not all of practices, Jordan has his second- and third-string players practice also. He said that he was very pleased with last Wednesday’s practice.

Tuning up the second and third stringers will prepare them for the later part of the season if members of the first string team are injured, the coach explained.

Asked how the team reacted to the loss to San Diego Mesa — a team which Grossmont typically beats– Jordan replied that some players were “devastated, as well they should be,” while others on the team, “did not know how to respond.”

The Griffins practice from 3-5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.

Burke is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at

Grossmont, Cuyamaca cancel Friday classes

EL CAJON (Press Release)–Classes at Grossmont College and at Cuyamaca College were cancelled for Friday, Sept. 9, in the wake of the power outage on Thursday and Friday that left an estimated 3 million county residents without power and caused many traffic signals, electric rail service and some water pump stations to go off line.

A notice posted on the home page of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District website said: “As of 4 pm Thursday, September 8, 2011, ALL classes and student activities are cancelled through the end of the day Friday, September 9, 2011. In addition, all offices at both campuses, as well as the District Offices, are closed through the end of day Friday September 9, 2011.”

After power was restored throughout the county, this addendum was posted on the website:

“All student activities resume on Saturday, Sept. 10. Offices will be open on Monday, Sept. 12, and classes will be held as scheduled.”

Preceding based on material provided by Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District