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Vendors on campus help underwrite student programs

By Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- Occasionally the Main Quad on campus seems like a commercial bazaar, with vendors from off campus selling their wares. They sell anything from jewelry and clothing to trinkets and posters. I went down on Thursday, May 19, to see what it takes to be able to be a vender on campus.

When I showed up there were many students perusing the stacks of posters that were available for purchase. Rick, the vendor who didn’t want to tell his last name, was sitting in a chair by a table, where he kept records of purchases.

He told me that he sells posters on all of the college campuses in San Diego although he prefers to sell at the universities as the students there tend to spend more. I asked what kind of approval he needs to be able to set up his product. He replied that he must get a permit from the student association and it costs 20% of his revenue.

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Henry Jordan’s spirited farewell to Grossmont

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- The end is near, the end of the semester that is. With finals looming over and a lot of students trying to decide what they will do when it is all over the campus is in a frenzy of indecision. One thing is for sure though: this is the last chance in the spring semester to catch a Grossmont Theatre Arts performance.

Not only is Blithe Spirit the final show for the semester, but It is also Professor Henry Jordan’s farewell play with Grossmont College. He has decided to retire after 22 years on our campus and over 44 plays directed.

Jordan lets the curtain fall laughing with this Noel Coward play. Written in 1941 to lighten the mood during World War II it is considered an improbable farce. This play may be the perfect distraction from the stress of cramming for finals.

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Officials laud preschools

By Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Can’t get your child into preschool? He may be 70 percent more likely to become a juvenile delinquent than will be your neighbor children who do go to preschool.

That was one of the startling findings of a survey revealed during a press conference last Tuesday at Grossmont College’s Child Development Center by a bevy of public officials including District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, and San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne and El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco.

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Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s on its way

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

SAN DIEGO— Hey everyone, Easter is coming and it is time to get those baskets out and fill them with candied eggs. There are many activities this Easter that are sure to please from going on an egg hunt to watching the Easter parade in El Cajon. There is so much to do.

I for one will be looking forward to the annual egg hunts. There are a few in the area to choose from SOnrise Church is having a 10,000 egg hunt on Easter Sunday at 9 am, or you can go to the Santee lakes eggstravaganza on Sunday April 24th at 9am.

Or, you can spend time with the animals through April 24th at the San Diego Zoo and celebrate Easter the animal way. Also you could check out the Easter parade in El Cajon at 9am Easter Sunday.

If that doesn’t get you in the spirit of Easter then I think I may have a treat for you, the new film Hop is well on its way to being a holiday classic. As the #1 film for two weeks in a row this film has everything that has been missing from Easter movies in the past: Russell Brand.
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Coach Megan Haber talks tennis

By Corey Streeper and Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT–As of yet the GC Women’s Tennis team has a perfect record.  In the following interview, the teams coach explains what she thinks is necessary in order for a tennis team to be successful.

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Streeper and Harris (video journalist) are students in MCOMM132; contact them respectively at CoreyS@gcsummit.com, and TaylorH@gcsummit.com

GC Stagehouse runs new Hamlet interpretation

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – It’s opening night and standing just outside the door to the Grossmont Stagehouse Theatre is a large group of patrons patiently awaiting the opening of Hamlet. This Shakespearian classic is definitely a favorite of this crowd. Many of the theatregoers were talking about the last time they saw this play, but how would that evening’s version stack up to their expectations?

Well from start to finish this three-hour epic did nothing less than take our breath away. Although this is the first time I have ever seen Hamlet I was amazed by how the cast, under the direction of Jeanette Thomas, was able to draw me in.

Hamlet is about a young man who is struggling with the death of his father and the turmoil of his mother remarrying his uncle. However throughout the play as Hamlet’s mind was deteriorating, Jake Rosko portrays Hamlet as a man reverting to childhood. He begins to skip around the set and he hits his lines with a humorous attitude that will have you laughing through the tears.

Another memorable player is Kylena Parks portraying Ophelia, the daughter of a man Hamlet mistakenly kills.  Parks’  vocal talents are on par with a professional operatic performer, and in addition to her work on campus, she may be seen in productions at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

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Going out? How about a circus or a movie?

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

EL CAJON– Circus Vargas, which eschews animals for human performers, recently returned to San Diego County for the first time in three years with a brand new cast. I recently saw a performance and was astonished by all of the different acts.

One was an all-brother acrobatics team, who built themselves into a giant human robot. One of the brothers stood firm on the ground as two of the other brothers attached themselves to his arms. Then another climbed upon his shoulders, and a fifth brother wrapped himself around his waist. Then, as one, they strutted around the center ring.

Another memorable act was a family of motocross stuntmen utilizing what they called their” ball of death” Not only did they perform inside this ball in single and group acts, but one of the performers was only nine years old. Without giving away the super secret part of the act I will just say that it is a must see.

During the show one of the trapeze artists almost fell from a swinging tower and although it was part of the show I still leaped with fear from my seat. This circus team has been doing this for many years in Venezuela and recently purchased the Circus Vargas name so they could bring the act to America.

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Theatre cast shines with first play in Spring

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

GROSSMONT COLLEGE-Drama students presented vivid examples of the craft of acting in “Inside the Actors’ Process: Improvisation,” directed by Grossmont theater professor Jerry Hager. The production played both at Grossmont College (on Feb. 4 and 5) and at various high schools.

Many in the audiences were astonished by the unorthodox monologue styles of the cast.

Paul Rossi’s contrasting monologues, where he performs as Hook from Peter Pan and seamlessly transforms into Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a performance that this reporter will remember for years to come.

The cast of Grossmont's February production of "Improvisation"

Then you have Geoffrey Alejo (who was recently hired to play a student in a Coleman University commercial). He gave a very animated portrayal of Howard in The Last Cigarette that really smoked.

Another highlight was Katherine Bothwell, whose performance as Tilly in the Melancholy Play had the audience on the edge of their seats, faces flushed with emotion.

All in all, this was an outstanding showcase. For those of you who were unable to attend you can watch for many of the same performers in the upcoming plays this semester, beginning with another well-known showcase for actors – William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. That production opens at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theater on March 10 and will run through March 19.

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Streeper is a student in Media Comm 132. He may be contacted at coreys@gcsummit.com

Grossmont students reflect on Black History

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Black History Month was observed on campus during the month of February with a variety of demonstrations, lectures and events.  Videographer Xavier Green and reporter Corey Streeper  surveyed students on campus about why Black History was important to them.   With photos of important moments in Black History captured from Google Images, the video below was the result:

Review: Disney on Ice

By Corey Streeper

Corey Streeper

SAN DIEGO — Over the weekend I got the chance to see the “Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate” show at the Sports Arena.  Now, I know a lot of people think that Disney is just for kids; well I’m here to tell you that this show was an enjoyment for all ages.

All of the performances were well-thought-out and the choreography was flawless – the lifts and spins of the Princesses during their segment were executed with perfect poise (and considering that all the dancing is done on ice, it was amazing to see the brooms from Fantasia play crack the whip!).

The only problem that I had with the entire show was that, during the celebration of Halloween, the performance was lacking flair. Jack Skellington introduced many of the villains that I have come to love of the years for how sinister they are on film, but the show just did not have that feel at all. Continue reading