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Books by National Academies now may be downloaded for free in PDF format

WASHINGTON, DC (Press Release) — As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge.  This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press. 

The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) — publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — is to disseminate the institutions’ content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability.  To that end, NAP began offering free content online in 1994.  Before today’s announcement, all PDFs were free to download in developing countries, and 65 percent of them were available for free to any user.

“Our business model has evolved so that it is now financially viable to put this content out to the entire world for free,” said Barbara Kline Pope, executive director for the National Academies Press.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact by more effectively sharing our knowledge and analyses.”

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N.C. college bars student from graduation because of ‘negative’ FB comment

RALEIGH, N.C. (Press Release)Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) has refused to allow a student to participate in its graduation ceremonies due to a comment he posted on Facebook about how the college was handling its recovery from tornado damage. Despite SAC’s extensive promises of freedom of expression for students, the college disciplined student Roman Caple because of what it called a “negative social media exchange.” Caple, who is represented by attorney Brandon S. Atwater, has also come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.

FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley said, “While it promises free speech, Saint Augustine’s College has apparently rolled out a brand new, unwritten ‘don’t challenge our decisions on Facebook’ rule that warrants keeping a student out of graduation ceremonies. It’s hard to think of a pettier way to punish a loyal, graduating student for publicly disagreeing with administrators.”

On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit Raleigh and cut off electrical power to many SAC students. On April 18, SAC announced via Facebook that it would reopen, although some students still were without power. Following complaints, SAC announced a public meeting with Progress Energy and students on April 19. In response, Caple posted this message on SAC’s Facebook page, encouraging fellow students to bring any necessary documentation to the meeting and to anticipate SAC’s response: “Here it go!!!!! Students come correct, be prepared, and have supporting documents to back up your arguments bcuz SAC will come hard!!!! That is all.”

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Tech Mall hours for May 31, June 1-12

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The following are hours of operation for the campus library and for the Learning & Technology Resources Center (the tech mall).

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

  • The Library will close at 12:00pm
  • The Tech Mall will close at 2:00pm

June 1-9, 2011

  • The Library and Tech Mall will be closed.
  • Access to Assessment on the 2nd Floor will remain open.

June 13, 2011

  • Regular Services in the Library and Tech Mall will begin.
  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 6:00pm


Preceding provided by Kerry Kilber Rebman, Dean of  Learning & Technology Resources

Of wolves and gardeners: much to see at student art exhibit now at the Hyde Gallery

By Leon Goodrum

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– I had the pleasure of viewing the “Grossmont College Art Student Exhibition 2011″, a collection of student works submitted by instructors. Ceramics, drawing, jewelry, photography, digital media, furniture were among the categories represented.   

I found the gallery a delight and the selected pieces showcased wonderful art otherwise not accessible to the public. Some of my own personal favorites include a photo titled “The Gardener” (11-183) which features a grandmother tending her lawn. The vivid color is warm and calming while the balance was easy on the eyes.  

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Joining hands for community colleges

By William Dudley

note: this editorial was first published in the April 28, 2011 print edition

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE–The promotional materials for Hands Across California promised something exciting on Sunday, April 17. At 2 p.m., 1.5 million people would hold hands together to form a dramatic line of people stretching 1500 miles across California from San Diego to Sacramento. The wall of people would raise money for the California Community College Scholarship Endowment.

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A busy month of May for the arts at Grossmont

By William Dudley
GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Jazz by the bay and spirits at the Stagehouse highlight the offerings for Grossmont College arts lovers this month.

All that Jazz

The third annual Jazz All Stars concert will take place at Humphreys by the Bay on May 2. There will actually be two concerts. The first, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a family concert open to all ages, and will feature straight-ahead jazz performed by members of Grossmont’s music faculty. Among the performers will be Steve Baker on piano, Paul Kurokawa on trumpet, and Doug Booth on guitar.

The second concert, beginning at 9:30, is for the 21-and-over crowd, and will have a more Caribbean/Latin dance feel. It will feature the Afro-Cuban Ensemble led by Derek Cannon, Ritmo Caribe, and Manny Cepeda.

Tickets are $18 general and $10 for Grossmont students, and are available at Humphreys Box Office at (619) 224-3577.

The concert is a benefit for the Grossmont College Music Scholarships. This program helps Grossmont music majors pay for the private lessons required as part of their studies.

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‘Blithe Spirit’ coming to Stagehouse Theatre

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The Theatre Arts Department will present Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward, Directed by Henry J. Jordan, May 12-14 and 18-21, at 7:30 pm and May 14 and 21 at 2 pm in the Stagehouse Theatre.

The 2010-2011 season wraps up with this“improbable farce” by Coward.  A smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this classic offers some of Coward’s funniest characters. Charles Condomine, a cantankerous novelist, is haunted by his first wife Elvira, after the “happy medium” Madam Arcate arrives. All bets are off for Charles as his first and then second wife, “the Blithe Spirits” haunt him from the other side.

Preceding provided by the Grossmont College Theater Arts Department

Governor Brewer vetoes bill permitting gun-carrying on Arizona college campuses

PHOENIX, Arizona (USANN4)–People won’t be able to pack heat on university and community college campuses in Arizona.   In a surprise move, Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns on campus right of ways.   Higher education officials lobbied heavily against the measure, saying it would lead to potentially dangerous situations.

The Republican governor is typically a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and gun rights.   However, Brewer called the bill poorly written and said it lacked clarity.


Preceding provided by USA News Network 4

Bookstore supervisor releases Spring Break hours

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The following are the hours of operation for the campus bookstore throughout Spring Break:

  • Monday, 18TH closed.
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 8AM TO 4PM
  • Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The store will reopen  Monday, April 25th.


The preceding provided by Janet Althaus, supervisor for the Grossmont College bookstore

Election time for ASGC


Editor’s note: Voting for ASGC officials starts today. This past week our reporter spoke to some candidates and filed this story.


By Alexis Tittle

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—It’s April and besides your taxes, this month the Associated Students of Grossmont College (ASGC) will be holding elections. Most of the candidates will be running unopposed but see this year’s elections as a way of getting students more involved and aware of ASGC and the many benefits it has to offer students.

In case you were unaware ASGC helps organize and regulate campus activities. It also donates half of its expenditures to academic and other school department in the form of grants, helping them buy things like sports equipment, cadavers, Bunsen burners and computers.

The election will take place April 11th and 12th. The ballots will be an all online process. Students will be notified by email, not necessarily at their school email account, but at the email address that was set up with their web-advisor account.

Last year’s election had a less-than-1% turnout. I had a chance to speak with a few of the candidates about their take on this year’s election.

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