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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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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

Lil’ Wayne appearance inspires GC student

By Vince Ruffino

CHULA VISA — Rap superstar Lil’ Wayne commanded the attention of all, at his ‘I’m Still Music’ tour held at Cricket Amphitheater Thursday, August 25. Among the fans in attendance was Media Communications (MCOM) student Andrew Jones from Mission Valley, who is currently enrolled in the Multi-Audio Production class (MCOM 216).

Like the thousands of other Lil’ Wayne fans, Jones was excited to see one of his idols. Jones is not only a fan of Lil’ Wayne, but is also “inspired by his work, talent, and motivation.” When asked what the best part of the concert was, Jones says, “towards the end, when Young Money came out, he re-introduced himself along with his team and re-emphasized the reasons why he was there; because he believed in God and he wouldn’t be anyone without his fans.”

Throughout the show, Lil’ Wayne made a conscious effort to constantly remind his fans that he would not be where he is today, if it were not for the support of his fans.
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Media Comm team brought home the ribbons

Del Mar Fair prizewinners, from left, Jorge Serrano, Alexis Jacquett, William Snead, Nicolle Fedor and Chris Norris

-Staff Report–

DEL MAR, California — Over the summer, the Media Communications Department of Grossmont College won a pastle of awards at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar in a competion for the best college-level mock television newscast. Broadcast student and producer Nicolle Fedor explained that the storyline of Grossmont’s broadcast followed an evening television newscast format with three anchors. The 10-minute live broadcast informed the Grossmont campus audience of such world news stories as it the death of Osama Bin Laden followed by news of the Royal honeymoon and the United States Navy’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy changes. In a high-tech business segment, the team covered news of Microsoft , Skype, AT&T and T-Mobile, Google, Apple, Facebook and Symantec. The three anchors then closed out the broadcast. Besides Fedor, team members included Alexis Jacquett, Chris Norris, and Jorge Serrano. Faculty member William Snead oversaw the project.

Other team members included Director, Vincenzo Ruffino; Technical Director, Christian Vega; Audio,  Joshua Jensma; VT Recorder, Ryan Mahan; Camera 2, Sakuna Thongramsy; Talent 3, Arianna Nevins and Announcer, Shawn Felix.

Historical Society hails a century of Flying A

The Flying A Centennial Plaque

The Flying A Centennial Plaque

Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez

Story and photos by Robert Sanchez

LA MESA–Marking the 100th anniversary of American Film Manufacturing Company’s arrival to La Mesa Springs, the La Mesa Historical Society along with Mayor Art Madrid paid tribute to the “Local Hollywood Stop” in Downtown La Mesa by the dedicating of a Flying A Movie Centennial Plaque.

Director Allen Dwan brought the Flying A Film Company to La Mesa for interior photography and cinematography.  Dwan used the set and many local areas to create his popular “one reeler” brand of western films.  Later, upon moving Flying A to Santa Barbara, Dwan worked with some of the industry’s biggest stars, including Shirley Temple and John Wayne.

After its dedication on August 8, the Flying A Movie Centennial Plaque now hangs proudly on the side of Mostly Mission as part of La Mesa’s local history.  Check it out on the corner of La Mesa Blvd and 3rd st; and enjoy the great food and entertainment of our own Little Hollywood, Downtown La Mesa.

The Crowd in front of Mostly Mission in downtown La Mesa

The Crowd in front of Mostly Mission in downtown La Mesa


Sanchez is Photo Editor of the GCSummit.

DOE implements program to show true costs of colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)–The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, June 29,  released several College Affordability and Transparency Lists as part of its effort to help students make informed decisions about their choice for higher education. These lists are an important part of the Administration’s work to make college costs more transparent and to boost college affordability and accessibility. More broadly, this announcement reflects President Obama’s commitment to delivering a government that is more open, transparent and accountable to the American people.

“These lists are a helpful tool for students and families as they determine what college or university is the best fit for them,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We hope this information will encourage schools to continue their efforts to make the costs of college more transparent so students make informed decisions and aren’t saddled with unmanageable debt.”

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U.S. workforce may face deficit of college graduates in next decade

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Press Release)– Just as the nation’s economy is demanding that more workers have some postsecondary education or training, the traditional source of such workers – high school graduates – is leveling off and even declining in some states. A new paper released Wednesday by CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) demonstrates why ensuring more adults have access to and complete college is critical for the nation’s continuing economic competitiveness.

The paper, “Not Just Kid Stuff Anymore: The Economic Imperative for More Adults to Complete College,” finds that over the next decade, there will be no national growth in the number of high school graduates, and some states will see the number of high school graduates decline by as much as 18 to 20 percent. The report includes state-by-state projections of the number of high school graduates through 2020. It finds that the flow of young workers into the workforce is drying up, especially in states in the Midwest and New England such as Ohio, Michigan, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.

By 2018 the demand for college-educated workers will rise 16 percent, while demand for other workers will stay flat.  At the same time, nearly two-thirds of jobs in 2018 will require some postsecondary education or training. Leading the nation in job openings requiring postsecondary education are Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota, Washington state, and the District of Columbia.

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More Hispanic students completing high school

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Proportionately more young Hispanic adults are completing high school and fewer are dropping out than were doing so a decade ago, according to an analysis of enrollment trends by the U.S. Census Bureau. Among Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds, 22 percent were not enrolled in high school and lacked a high school diploma or equivalent in 2008, compared with 34 percent in 1998.

These statistics come from a new analysis, School Enrollment in the United States: 2008, [PDF] which examines a number of trends among the U.S. population enrolled in school. The analysis focuses particularly on the issue of enrollment below modal grade, resulting from students being held back or made to repeat a grade.

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Tougher rules urged for for-profit colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)–The United States Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) issued the following statement concerning Department of Education rules concerning the eligibility of for-profit schools for federally funded student loans.

“The US Department of Education this month took the first step in reining in abusive practices at for-profit colleges which pile deep debt onto their students in exchange for questionable credentials.  It issued a new rule that sets a standard for these schools: their programs have to ensure graduates can earn enough to pay off the hefty student loans they must carry to pay for their enrollment.

“The price tag for these colleges is so high that about half of all borrowers who default on their student loans attend for-profit colleges.  The quality of the education is so weak that, in one survey, 57 percent of students departed without a diploma.

“Meanwhile, taxpayers are picking up the tab by underwriting billions in federal student loans and grant aid that pour into these colleges.  About one in ten college students attends a for-profit college, but these colleges absorb one in four federal loan and grant dollars.

“USPIRG is disappointed that the new standard doesn’t go into effect soon enough, nor is it strong enough to adequately clean up the industry on behalf of student loan borrowers.  We look forward to pushing for further reform with supporters on Capitol Hill and in offices of Attorneys General across the country.

To read more about the issue and the rule, visit

Preceding provided by USPIRG

New penalties announced for for-profit colleges that fail to produce jobs for students

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)–Tthe Obama Administration on Thursday released final regulations requiring career college programs to better prepare students for “gainful employment” or risk losing access to Federal student aid.

While many career college programs are helping to prepare America’s workforce for the jobs of the future, far too many students at these schools are taking on unsustainable debt in exchange for degrees and certificates that fail to help them get the jobs they need or were promised. These regulations are designed to ramp up over the next four years, giving colleges time to reform while protecting students and their families from exploitative programs.

“These new regulations will help ensure that students at these schools are getting what they pay for: solid preparation for a good job,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “We’re giving career colleges every opportunity to reform themselves but we’re not letting them off the hook, because too many vulnerable students are being hurt,” Duncan continued.

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