Archive for September 17th, 2011

Griffins suffer heart-thumping football loss to Southwestern in first home game

Griffin Quarterback Mike Karls (13) successfully lands in the end zone for a 2-point conversion. (Photo: Dylan Burke)

By David Hurst

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—The Griffins outscored Southwestern College (SWC) 20-7 in the 4th quarter, but it was not enough as SWC escaped with a 40-37 football win at Mashin-Roth Stadium Saturday afternoon on the Grossmont campus. The team’s first home game of the 2011 season was witnessed by a capacity crowd that erupted after a 63 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Chris Bonner to Wide Receiver Mervin Stewart only 45 seconds into the game.

The Griffins had a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter after a 29 yard field goal by Andres Carillo and a 1 yard run by Patrick Arinze that was set up by a 61 yard interception return by Eldredge Calhoun. SWC countered with 26 unanswered points and led 33-17 after 3 quarters. After an injury to Bonner sidelined him for the remainder of the game, backup Quarterback Mike Karls led the Griffins on a 3- play 78 yard drive that culminated in a spectacular 38 yard touchdown heave to Wide Receiver Joshua Bell. “I had to work hard for that catch; It helped our team out” said Bell. Karls then turned a broken play into a two point conversion by eluding two SWC defenders.

With the Griffins within a touchdown and a two point conversion of tying the game, Griffin defender Josh Canup intercepted a SWC pass and returned it 26 yards to the SWC 9 yard line. On the ensuing play Karls found Wide Receiver Tim Patrick for a 9 yard touchdown making the score 33-31. On the potential game tying 2 point conversion attempt, Karls’ pass fell incomplete and the Griffins were down by 2 points with 2:34 seconds remaining in the game.

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52 scholarship recipients named

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – Fifty-two students have been awarded scholarship this semester, with some winning more than one based on merit. As listed by Grossmont’s Financial Aid Office and the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, the recipients are:

Allen, Keiara —$1,000, Grossmont College Osher Initiative for California Community College Students

Bailey, Brittany — $500, Jerry Lester Scholarship in Theatre Arts

Barrett, Debra —$1,000, Grossmont College Osher Initiative for California Community College Students; $250, Fleet Reserve Auxiliary Scholarship

Belysheva, Yulia — $500, Barnes and Noble Textbook Award

Benter, Marisol–$1,000, Grossmont College Osher Initiative for California Community College Students

Bilal, Alina — $1,000, Grossmont College Osher Initiative for California Community College Students; $300, Lee Roper Memorial Scholarship

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Master dance classes announced

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) – Master dance classes in a variety of genres will be offered by the Dance Department on campus this semester. Students may register with their instructor or by phoning (619) 644-7766. Here is the schedule:

Friday, Sept. 23

Hip Hop (Beginning) – 6 to 7:30 p.m., taught by guest instructor Tracy Seiler

House – 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.., taught by guest instructor Vinh Nguyen.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Modern – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., taught by guest instructor John Malashock of Malashock Dance

Salsa – 1:15 to 2:45 p.m., taught by guest instructor Michael Saltus of Positive Energy

Saturday, Nov. 5

Dance Injury Prevention Awareness – 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, taught by guest instructor Katy Ewalt

Jazz/ Contemporary (Beginning) – 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., taught by guest instructor Denise Leitner

Jazz/ Contemporary (Intermediate)-1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., taught by guest instructor Denise Leitner

Friday, Nov. 18

Ballet (Intro/Beginning) – 1:30 to 3 p.m., taught by guest instructor Javier Velasco

Ballet – (Intermediate/Advanced) 3 to 4:30 p.m., taught by guest instructor Javier Velasco.

Friday, December 2
Yoga for Dancers—12 noon to 1:30 p.m., taught by guest instructor Beth O’Reilly

African – 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., taught by guest instructor Suzanne Forbes

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Seasonal flu shots now available on campus

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Student Health Services Office in Modular Village 58N is offering seasonal flu shots to all students, faculty and staff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Cost is $15 for students with Grossmont ID cards, $20 for faculty and staff. For further information, call 619-644-7192.

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Student Forum set for Sept. 21

Class offerings evolve in response to budget cuts, changing job market demands

By Issac Jeitler

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—This campus offers students a wide array of classes to choose from and a multitude of degrees. Even after having the amount of classes being offered cut by 8% from the 2010-2011 year, Grossmont still has an ample supply of opportunity for those seeking an education.

Sometimes scheduling conflicts can constrict a student’s opportunities. However, the counselling center on campus has staff on hand willing to help that student find options. If you’re an entering freshman this semester, official procedures favor you nexst semester: continuing students receive priority enrollment over those just entering the college as freshmen.

Grossmont has a diverse range of academic programs, old and new. Dr. Barbara Blanchard, vice president of Academic Affairs, commented in an interview that, “demand in programs changes.” She said some degrees currently have no job market availability, so are now being deemphasized, while other degree programs in the future may be for occupations not currently served by the college.

She added that “Grossmont College is one of four California community colleges working on a trial program that will offer Bachelor degrees to Nursing students.”

“Even after the cuts to classes, Grossmont College still has a good breadth of offerings, passionate faculty and has great educational goals,” Blanchard said. Notwithstanding budget and class cuts, “the success rate of students is approximately 71% for students transferring or completing their educational goal.”

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