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Photographer doesn’t have far to travel to picture power outage on the Grossmont campus

Photo essay by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — When the power outage began approximately 3:40 p.m., Thursday, it was uncertain whether this was just a momentary interruption in service, or whether it was a major event. Assuming the former, photography instructor Patricio Chavez moved with his students from the classroom to the hallway of the Digital Arts Building, where he completed his lecture.

Patricio Chavez lectures in hallway (Photo: Bobby Sanchez)

Eventually, however, it became clear that the interruption might last for a day or more and Grossmont College decided to cancel classes for the rest of Thursday and for Friday as well.

Buildings emptied, leaving vacant hallways such as this one in the Digital Arts Building where only a short time before Chavez had conducted his class.

Campus roadways, however, were anything but empty as traffic backed up. Without electricity, traffic signals did not work, causing drivers to treat intersections around the campus as if they had four-way stop signs. Add to that, the rush of students, staff and faculty all attempting to leave Grossmont at the same time, and the result was a monumental back-up.

Cars back up on campus road after power outage (Photos: Bobby Sanchez)

Hyde exhibits master art works, manuscripts

Nick Clawson Taking int the images in the Hyde Gallery (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

Nick Clawson Taking int the images in the Hyde Gallery (Photo: Robert Sanchez)

By Kellen Brauer

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Grossmont College, the Hyde Art Gallery is exhibiting works by some of the most famous artists ever to live. Multi Media Works ‘Selections from Our Permanent Selection’ has an assortment of paintings, pictures, and sculptures from such artists as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso.

The current exhibit will be on display until September 15. Many students around campus have visited the Gallery to see the classic art works for themselves. “I have always enjoyed the work of Lichtenstein and Ansel Adams,” said art student Nick Clawson. “I also enjoy Herbert Fink, his stuff is great.”

Some of the art works may be unfamiliar to many gallery visitors. However, says Clawson, “checking out other art pieces is always a good way to improve my own work.”

Gallery Curator Ben Aubert  said that the exhibit “ represents probably about 20 percent of our permanent collection… I personally really love the manuscripts from the monasteries; it’s just amazing how well they’ve held their color.”

“I tried to get as broad of a scope of artwork as I could and picked the pieces I felt were very influential,” Aubert said. “There are even pieces in here that were painted by the founder of the gallery Marge (Marjorie) Hyde.

 The galley hours are  Monday-Wednesday 10a.m to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to  8 p.m. The gallery is closed Fridays through Sundays and legal holidays.


Brauer is a student in Media Comm 132; contact him at

Tie-Dyed faculty and staff convocation celebrates Grossmont’s 50th anniversary

Balloons signalling Grossmont College's 50th anniversary displayed near gymn on Monday, August 15

A photo essay by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Last year it was unusual slippers, this year it was tie-dyed clothing, as faculty and staff came together for fun and learning in the week prior to classes.   Their convocation featured a motivational speaker and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grossmont College’s founding.

The morning scene in front of the gymnasium, where refreshments preceded the formal proceedings, seemed a flashback to the 1960s, with tie-dyed outfits recalling the era of hippies, flower children and peace signs.

Faculty and staff in 60's dress

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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.

Artists get wrapped up in their work

Patrick Faulk

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–The Summit presents a sneak peak of Robert Sanchez’s portfolio project “Comfort in Chaos.” Sanchez has made environmental portraits of numerous painters, musicians, and other artists both at and beyond Grossmont College.  For his project, Sanchez photographed artists “in their place of creativity.” By “stepping into these worlds,” he writes “I realized that we all have something in common, comfort in chaos.”

Ashley Castillo

Brenon Bullock

Photo essay: After the rain reigned on campus

Story and Photos by Robert Sanchez

Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE –A day after a storm in March, cement walkways throughout the campus were slick with cold, still puddles and covered with gritty dirt and leaves abruptly separated by the wind from trees. You could even feel the brisk chill breeze shifting through hallways.

With the skies clearing, and the sun peeking its warmth through the dark, diffuse clouds, Grossmont College had fresh, crisp lighting glimmering off its railings, illuminating the leftover droplets.


Sanchez is Photo Editor of the GC Summit; email him at

GC Culinary Arts offers 5-course fine-dining

Diners enjoy a 5-course meal served by students of the GC Culinary program

Story and photos by Robert Sanchez

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The Fine Dining Class of The Culinary Arts department offers a 5-Course Dinner on the patio area outside  of 58G, in parking Lot 5, Thursdays from 5:30-6:30PM, on the following days: April 7, 14, 28; May 5.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  For more information or to reserve tickets, interested parties can contact Maryam Rastvan at telephone (619) 644-7550 or email her at [Editor’s update: All dinners for this semester are sold out. You may ask Ms. Rastvan to be put on an email distribution list for announcements regarding dinners for next semester.]

Inside the Kitchen

James Foran and Jessica Church pause from prep-work for a quick picture

Liz Ortega bringing out a serving of hot soup

James Arens surveys the diners


Sanchez is Photo Editor of the GC Summit; email him at