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Inside the Campus Veterans Center

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The new Veterans Resource Center on campus is intended to create a “positive environment” for veterans and dependents, according to John Weber, the president of the Student Veterans Organization.

The center provides computers, academic counselors, a quiet study area and a positive environment, Weber recently told Alexis Jacquett in the following  on-camera report for the GC Summit filmed by Xavier Green.

Green and Jacquett are students in Media Comm 132

Student with disability among the most active on the campus


Deidrea Lewis (Photo: Russ Lindquist)



By Alexis Jacquett


GROSSMONT COLLEGE –Deidrea Lewis is one of the most active students  not withstanding a disability and a work injury, which limit her mobility. She has osteoarthritis, which is a joint disease.

“My disability does affect my weight, a lot, but I’ve always been a chubby girl, and struggled with my weight.” said Lewis. She is working on having  weight loss surgery but has been delaying the procedure because she doesn’t want to miss school.

A wife, mother, singer, a teacher’s aide, Lewis, 47,  is also  president of the honors society, Phi Theta Kappa.  Her daughter is 22 years old.

Lewis sings in the Grossmont College Gospel Choir, and the Cuyamaca Rock, Pop, and Soul Ensemble. She has been singing for over 40 years, getting her start at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Ennis, Texas.

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Restaurant Review: Pokez offers a Mexican vegetarian feast

By Kamri Jackson

Some favorite Mexican dishes, Pokez style (Photo: Alexis Jacquett)

SAN DIEGO – This city has several qualities which many would claim set it apart from any other city. The beautiful weather is one– and another big one is its Mexican cuisine.

Let’s be honest, we are truly fortunate to have amazing access to such great Mexican food. Although this may hold true for most San Diegans, the vegetarian or vegan, often finds it a bit tricky to locate the right taco shop that will appease our dining needs and expectations.

Pokez (pronounced po-keys), is a Mexican vegetarian eatery at 947 E Street in downtown.  It is sure to please the veg foodie. 

Pokez has been one of my favorite Mexican Restaurants for years, and continues to serve up lard-free beans, tortilla chips, and tofu dishes which are never cooked in the same oil as meat. Rest assure, veggies– Pokez got you!

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‘GR8 Pumpkin’ Halloween trail proves more fun than scary


Stories and photos by Alexis Jacquett; Video by Feilipe Oliveira

SAN DIEGO — Prof. Jim Papageorge of Grossmont College’s Media Communications Department each year since 1965 has created a Halloween trail at his home near San Diego State University, delighting many neighbor children and their parents. 

Living Dead welcome the Living

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Grossmont College community gets head start on Halloween


Video and Photos by Alexis Jacquett

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The “Modular Village People” and other staff, faculty and students got a head start on Halloween on Friday afternoon, Oct. 29, during a reception at Griffin Gate. 

Dressed in the costumes of the ‘Village People’–that is as a policeman, Indian chief, construction worker and cowboy — were Jeanette Irvin, Genie Montoya, Lani Dennis and Karen Bishop.

Candied apples and chocolate chip cookies made the get-together a sweet one, with such other costumed attendees as Laura Hernandez-Guiterrez dressed as Minnie Mouse, Anna Gonzalez as a Mardi Gras celebrant; Ann Ring as a doctor; and Patty Sparks as a football player.

Laura Hernandez and Anna Gonzales in the Halloween spirit

Ann Ring, left, and Patty Sparks


Boggling my mind with silence

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Jim Papageorge, professor of Mass Media and Society, had given a Media Deprivation assignment to his students, “Learning to appreciate, understand, and fear mass media by doing without…” The purpose of the assignment was for the students to deny themselves mass media communications and modern communications technology for the first and most likely only time in their lives.

What that meant in short was, no mass media– including but not limited to all printed media, all audio media, television, videos, films, computers, and smart phones. After students completed  48 continuous hours, they gave a short report explaining their reactions to the experience of the deprivation. Papageorge has been giving this assignment to his students for many semesters.

Papageorge said when he was in college he had to do a similar assignment.  His students could choose any two-day period between October 6 and October 20. This assignment required students to experience an old-fashioned way of living similar to the times before mass media consumption dominated much of human life.

A majority of the students reported “that they utilized their time by talking to their families, something they hadn’t done in a long time,” Papageorge said.  Another student said “she surrounds herself with loud music most of the time, so driving in pure silence almost drove her crazy.” The message Papageorge wanted to show was that “students fill up their lives with mass media at the expense of human interpersonal communication.”

As one of the students who participated in the assignment, the hardest thing for me was to deny myself the use of the telephone. I am constantly involved in text wars and long conversations on the phone but for this assignment  I had to turn off my cell phone. I frequently picked it up only to realize it’s off.

I love music so during the enforced two days of techno-silence, I sang songs that popped into my head while cleaning my messy but awfully quiet room. I played the block-building game of Jenga in silence which was funny because when the blocks fell it was startling. Overall the assignment didn’t give me too much grief because, except for the aforementioned and Facebook, I don’t consume a whole lot of mass media.

Jacquett is a student in Media Comm 132

Young vocalist’s ‘Cucu Rrucucú Paloma’ a sensation!

Mariachi Chula Vista

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

LEMON GROVE — Big things come in little packages.  This was certainly true on Friday, Oct. 8, when the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra Master Chorale and the Mariachi Chula Vista performed at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church.  

Vocalist and violin player Jose Casillas is only 13, but has a deep voice which, though not quite that of a man, struck many members of the audience as unusually mature.  He had such stage presence as he sang Cucu Rrucucú Paloma that one could sense the audience collectively drawing in its breath.  Personally, I was stunned by his performance.

When Jose  sang, he was confident and thoroughly in command.  But later when he was given a curtain call, you could sense he was embarrassed when his young age was revealed by the group’s director, Mark Fogelquist.  As the audience reacted with a “Wow,” Jose reddened like a boy whose grandmother was tweaking his cheeks.

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