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Need a scholarship? Grossmont College Foundation is raising the money for them

Story by William Dudley and Brennan Wasan
Videos by Felipe Oliveira and Xavier Green
Photos by Robert Sanchez


Ernie Ewin (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Imagine yourself in this student’s situation.

After some detours and setbacks after high school, this student has finally gotten her act together at Grossmont College. She has applied for and received financial aid, and despite juggling jobs and classes, is academically on track to transfer to SDSU. But a sudden emergency — say, an unexpected auto breakdown, a rent increase, or a job layoff or reduced hours — prevents her from attending class and forces her to consider dropping out of college entirely.

It is just this kind of scenario that is tailor-made for Dreamkeepers — a new program funded in part by the Grossmont College Foundation (GCF).  What the GCF does for Grossmont students was the main focus of a press conference that the organization’s executive director, Ernie Ewin, held for MCom132 students on December 7.

The GCF is a 501/C3 nonprofit program that is legally separate from Grossmont College and the district. Founded in 1997, its main purpose is to interact and solicit from the larger community support and grants “primarily to augment deficits in budgets,”according to Ewin. Its fundraising activities include an annual fundraising gala and golf tournament

Funds raised by the Foundation from the community then are awarded to meet college needs as envisioned by Grossmont President Sunita Cooke and Grossmont faculty, including  Funds that have been allocated for such expenses as general supplies, equipment, and travel support for events that augment students’ experiences at college.

Ewin stated that the Foundation is  “more or less trying to do the things that normally you see colleges doing that you do not see because of budget constraints” due to California’s fiscal crisis.

Part of the Foundation’s fundraising will go towards a $20,000 pool of money each semester that is meant to help students in short-term emergency situations.  Grossmont is one of four colleges in that the state of California that are participating in the nationwide Dreamkeepers program, which is funded in part by the Kresge, Lumina and Wal-Mart foundations.

Some Grossmont students were helped this semester by Dreamkeepers grants, which can be $500 or less. Information and application forms for these grants is available at the Grossmont financial aid office, according to Ewin.

The Grossmont College Foundation is also engaged in aggressive fundraising to increase the number of Bernard Osher Foundation  scholarships awarded to Grossmont students. Currently the college awards thirteen $1000 scholarships to Grossmont students; the goal is to raise this number to 42.

The Grossmont College Foundation is also working to improve its community outreach and alumni networking, Ewin stated. These changes include a major revamping of its website to make it more interactive and social; the new web site will launch sometime early in 2011.

As a former student body president of Grossmont College, Ewin  says he wants students to succeed in their school endeavors, and to help them  hurdle the road blocks they may encounter on the way to success. Discussing his own life experiences, Ewin, currently a member of the La Mesa City Council,  said he knows there are times in a student’s life when paying for school is difficult and could thus cause a student to drop out.

Dudley, Green, Oliveira, Sanchez and Wasan are students in Media Comm 132

Grossmont loses two heartbreakers in men’s basketball tournament

By Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Grossmont Men’s Basketball team has had a rocky season since its opening game on November 12.  Thbe team is currently without a win, with a record of 0-5.

Grossmont recently hosted the 39th Annual Grossmont Men’s Invitational Tournament, but lost in two close, competitive games.

In their first game of the tournament on Friday, Dec. 3, Grossmont narrowly lost to Cerritos, 66-64 . With two seconds left on the game clock, Cerritos’ Darious Williams put back a miss that gave them a two-point advantage. Grossmont players “who lead for most of the second half, got 11 points and 6 rebounds from Martin Thomas,” the school’s athletic department website reported.

In the second tournament game, Grossmont fell to Cypress 83-80. loss. The athletic department’s website reported that “Cypress held off a furious Grossmont rally in the second half to advance to Sunday’s Consolation Final. Andre Winn canned 7-of-8 free throws en route to a team-high 20 points. Grossmont’s Chris Hepperly lead all scorers with 24 points.”

WIth only two returning players, the college has fourteen freshman and four sophmores. The Griffins visit Palomar College on Friday, Dec 10th at 5:00 pm.

Wasan is a student in Media Comm 132

Former women’s soccer coach Howard Hawver dies


By Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The recent Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year recipient, Howard Hawver  died early morning on Sunday December, 5th, after courageously battling Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), campus officials announced.

He will be remembered here at Grossmont as part-time faculty member in Grossmont College’s  Exercise Science Department and as the inspiration of the women’s soccer program, serving as the team’s coach for 15 seasons.

In 2008, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a progressive ailment that  forced a leave of absence for this season. The PCAC Coach of the year award is annually awarded to one women’s coach and one men’s coach.

During his years of coaching, he’s led the Griffins to 12 different playoffs and of those has won 5 conference championships. His legacy will surely be remembered here at Grossmont College.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, December 26, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church on Lake Murray Blvd and Jackson. A  reception celebrating his life will follow.

Wasan is a student in Media Comm 132

Women’s Volleyball team leads the Pac Coast Athletic Conference

By Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLEGE – – The  Women’s Volleyball team is currently in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference having won 8 games and only losing 1 game in conference play, overall they are 14-5. 

According to Coach Jamie Ivers, they “were tied with San Diego Mesa for first and ended up beating them in 3 straight games Wednesday night to clinch sole control of 1st place in conference. The scores were 25-21, 27-25, and 25-20.” 

With only three games left in the season, the Griffins hope to do well in the regionals to give them the opportunity to compete in the state championship at Chaffey College.
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Some students participate in Great California Shakeout, others decline

By Brennan Wasan

Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Students and faculty members participated in the Great California Shake Out drill in the library on Thursday, Oct 21, however it didn’t draw the participation that many had hoped.

The Great California Shake Out was a state-wide emergency drill to prepare Californians for an earthquake.

A female voice over the intercom reminded students of the event 15 minutes prior to the drill,  explaining the procedures and giving a brief summary of what would happen. These procedures were repeated ten minutes later, with a request that all students participate.

Students were instructed to 
1. Drop to the ground

2. Take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table,
3.  Hold on to the table or desk until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

At promptly 10:30 a.m., the fire alarm sounded and it seemed like there was only a 50 percent participation rate while an equal number of students stayed in their seats.  One student’s facial expression was not difficult to read.  “I’m not doing that!” she seemed to be saying.

After 30 seconds of an annoying bell, it shut off and the students who actually participated raised themselves from underneath their desks and continued to study and read.

Wasan is a student in Media Comm 132

Grossmont women’s soccer team sloshes past San Diego Mesa 2-0

By Brennan Wasan

Brennan Wasan

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Grossmont Griffins women’s soccer team took on and defeated San Diego City College Knights on Tuesday Oct 19, in weather that Game Manager John Rollo called  rain “that you found yourself looking for a big baot with all those animals going by.”

The Griffins scored their first and only two goals in the first five minutes of the game. They were able to take advantage of this lead and knock the ball around to play keep-away for the rest of the game. The heavy rain made the field look like a lake and better for ducks rather than lady soccer players Rollo added.

There were three spectators total and the electronic scoreboard froze at 65:25 and remained at that time the entire time. Although the the times of the goals were unclear, they were scored by Tiffini Sperling and Ashley Schramm.

Their next and hopefully dry game is at Mira Costa on Friday at 3 p.m.

Wasan is a student in Media Comm 132

Tough Mt. SAC course prepares Grossmont for Oct. 28 cross-country championships

By Brennan Wasan

Brennan Wasan

MOUNT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE–The Grossmont Women’s Cross Country team did exceptionally well, on what is arguably the toughest course in California at the Mt. Sac Invitational on Friday, Oct. 15, their coach Robert Claesson said.

Grossmont’s top two finishers set both seasonal and personal records for themselves. Janine Ramos finished in 20 minutes and 26 seconds,  placing 45th in the field of 169 racers.  Anna Lee Mendoza finished in 22 minutes and 30 seconds
placing in 96th place.

Due to its multiple hills and slopes, Mt. Sac’s three-mile course is “one of the most revered and famous courses in the world” according to the Walnut, Calif., college’s website–an assessment with which Claesson agrees.

Overall as a  team, the Griffins finished in 18th place and  third in the conference.  Claesson said his team benefitted from the experience to such extent that they are far more than ready to compete in the conference championship
that will take place Oct. 28..

Other Grossmont competitors on Friday included Nicole Waught, Gabby Rivas, and Nayeli Bernate.

Wasan is a student in Media Comm 132