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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

Staff Report

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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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.”

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Campus blood drive coming Sept. 6-7

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.



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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.

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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


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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.


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Blood drive set for campus on Wednesday, June 15

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) –The San Diego Blood Bank will conduct an on-campus blood drive from 10- a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Main Quad, where its Bloodmobile will be parked.

Those interested in donating blood should “eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids” before coming to the Bloodmobile.   Donors are required to show proof of identification.

In its advertising materials for the event, the Blood Bank spotlighted a young child named Hailey Ellison, who was diagnosed with a kidney disease at birth.  She “requires blood transfusions as part  of her treatment,” The Blood Bank said.  “With one more donation this year you can ensure that blood is available when Hailey and patients like her and need it.”

For further information or to schedule an appointment, phone 800-469-7322.

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Tech-mall tutor appeals for a payphone

Michael Ragan, evening lead tutor at the tech-mall

Michael Ragan

By Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — In a time when everyone seems to have his or her own cellular connection to the world, some consider payphones silly.

However, Michael Ragan, a 2005 Grossmont alumnus and evening lead tutor at the tech-mall, believes that including a payphone on campus would solve a lot of problems for a lot of people.

Ragan said that students, “on a daily basis,” approach staff members saying that their cellphones has died, and asking to borrow a staff member’s phone. “I actually do not have a cellphone,” Ragan said, “and I would never want to have to answer to someone’s parent if I did not let them use a phone and they ended up having to walk and then got attacked.”

In the background of his comments was the reported sexual assault on April 12 in the parking structure here on campus.

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