Archive for the ‘Taylor Harris’ Category

No progress in campus sexual assault investigation; instructor urges awareness

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Campus police and school officials report there has been no progress in the investigation of the alleged sexual assault case that occurred on campus last month.

Communications specialist Anne Krueger said the Police Department informed her that after reporting the assault, the victim declined to speak to them further.

In the aftermath, the GC Summit spoke with “Frank,” an assistant in Mike Conniry’s Self Defense for Women’s class, to find out prevention tips for men as well as women. Here is a video by MComm 132 students Taylor Harris and Earnest Carter in which Frank stressed the importance of reporting sexual crimes.

Slam poet enlivens arts festival

By Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Slam Poet Roger Bonair-Agard graced Grossmont Community College on Thursday, May 5, to wrap up the 15th Annual Literary Arts Festival.

Bonair-Agard wasn’t originally on the agenda for the Literary Arts Festival but at the last minute he was able to fill Patricia Smith’s spot and I don’t think anyone could have done a better job.

Twice National Poetry Slam Champion, Bonair-Agard opened his performance to a full Room 220 audience by reading Patricia Smith’s works from her book Blood Dazzler then he followed with his own works, some from his book Gully.

During his performance he was engaging with the audience, he was personable, and he had a terrific sense of humor. He wrapped up the night with a question and answer segment that led to insight and laughter. It was a great way to punctuate the events of the two-week celebration of words.

The following video includes clips from Bonair-Agard’s performance, an interview with Sydney Brown, an English professor and event organizer, and other highlights from the festival. Earnest Carter and Russ Lindquist collaborated with me on this video.

Speech and debate demonstration dazzles

By Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The speech and debate team at Grossmont Community College had a war–a war of words with ideas and theories. Two opposing teams, along with numerous speakers, held debates and gave speeches  on campus Thursday night, May 12,  and captivated their audience.

The speech and debate team is part of the Intercollegiate Forensics Class in the Communications Department at Grossmont College. Classes such as Oral Interpretation, Argumentation and Public Speaking are offered to students who specialize in Platform Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Limited Preparation, and Parliamentary Debate.

Parliamentary debate,  a poetry interpretation, a drama and two oral interpretations were included in Thursday evening’s proceedings, preceded by an Introduction to Forensics in  “readers theatre” style.

Prof.  Roxanne Tuscany directed the debate between the “government,” whose speakers were Gabriela Johnson and Ali Majed Aldhalmi and the “opposition,” whose speakers were Diana Trinidad and Jonathan Parker. The two teams argued whether education was a privilege, as asserted by the government, or a right, as contended  by the opposition.

Continue reading

Annual Literary Arts Festival underway

Write Out Loud founder Veronica Murphy reads Ironhead by Aimee Bender

By Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The 15th Annual Literary Arts Festival is being held through Thursday, May 5.  The festival kicked off with a screening of the film Bastard Out Of Carolina, based on the novel by Dorothy Allison, this year’s featured author.

Allison has been the winner of the Lamda Literary Awards twice as well as the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing.  Allison was scheduled to be on campus on Wednesday, April 27, for a reading and book signing.

On Tuesday, April 26, Room 150 at Grossmont’s Health Sciences building was packed withpeople listening to stories and poetry by American women authors. The literature was presented by Write Out Loud, an organization of professional actors who provide dramatic performances of literary works.

Continue reading

Japan relief efforts continue on campus

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Efforts are ongoing on campus to collect money for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which took the lives of more than 11,000 people and left many more homeless.

In this video by Taylor Harris, Japanese members of the International Club tell reporter Earnest Carter about the campus drive. The money raised on campus is being forwarded to the Japanese Red Cross.

Griffin radio hosts St. Patrick’s day fun

Video by Taylor Harris and Earnest Carter

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Griffin Radio hosted a St. Patrick’s Day event that included a bake sale, games and prizes in order to raise funds for the Media Communications department.  Nicolle Fedor of the radio staff explained what it was all about during an on-scene video interview.


Harris and Carter are students in MCOMM 132; email them respectively at and

Water-thon raises funds for African wells

By Earnest Carter and Taylor Harris

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Bright and early Saturday morning Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated San Diego Alumni Chapter (DSTSISDAC) and the Umoja organization from Grossmont College held a water-thon to raise money for building water wells in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It was the chapter’s second annual water-thon, and they chose Grossmont to assist them in their fundraising. Umoja—meaning unity in Swahili—is a group here on campus that promotes student success, especially for African-Americans; however, the club welcomes all.

Continue reading