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Hurdling Obstacles: the theme of Grossmont’s 2011 graduation ceremonies

Grossmont College commencement, Spring 2011 (Rick Deharo, Grossmont College Photo Major)

Story and Following Photos by Russ Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–Thousands cheered as newly graduated Grossmont Griffins received long-awaited acknowledgement of their achievements.  An estimated 1,500 students received degrees, certificates or in some cases both, at a ceremony June 1 in the Main Quad.

Student speaker Timothy Snowball shared his turbulent educational journey, with a crowd estimated at 4,000–a journey that now brings him to having been graduated from Grossmont with honors, with Associate’s Degrees in Political Science and University Studies.  Snowball indeed had a chance in hell, having weathered Depression and Anxiety Disorder and having dropped out of high school; thereafter, whenever he spoke to friends and co-workers about returning to school, they scoffed at him.

Undeterred, he spent three years at Grossmont, along the way having joined Phi Theta Kappa, an international academic honors society.  He said that his eventual aim is a degree in Law.  Between then and now, he said that he plans to gain a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  For this leg of his life’s race, Snowball has won acceptance to UCSD, UCLA and UC Berkeley.  Now, he can take his pick.

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Grossmont’s victory over Orange Coast contrasts with win against Southwestern

By William Dudley

William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE–  Grossmont improved its 2010 football record to 3-1 by outscoring Orange Coast College 42-35 Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25.

The result of the Sept. 25 home game was similar to the team’s 45-31 win over Southwestern the previous week. But Grossmont took very different paths to the two wins. 

In the Southwestern game, Grossmont scored three quick touchdowns in the first quarter. In last Saturday’s game, Grossmont’s first five offensive possessions had the following results: lost fumble, incomplete 4th down pass, punt, punt, punt. 

In the Southwestern game, Grossmont’s offense relied on QB Ryan Wood’s arm while gaining less than fifty yards running. In Saturday’s game it was Grossmont’s ground game that finally got the offense moving. After Darrin Alix got sixteen yards on two carries, Traivonne Brown scored on a 37-yard dash to erase the Pilots’ 3-0 initial lead.

In the Southwestern game, Grossmont never trailed. In Saturday’s game, they found themselves behind several times, including 27-28 in the fourth.

The Pilots ended the game with the advantage in time of possession and in first downs. However, the Griffins were able to make enough big plays on offense and defense when it counted to come out with a victory.

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Somo elected new ASGC Director of Campus Activities

By William Dudley

William Dudley

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, Sept 14 — Sandy Somo was elected  today by the board of the Associated Students of Grossmont College as Director of Campus Activities.

As the student director, Somo will be responsible for devising, implementing, and coordinating all campus-wide events, such as Constitution Week now in progress. The executive job involves working with students, clubs, Grossmont administration, and outside businesses.

In addition to Somo, four other student board members had been nominated for the position: Sicarra Devers, Damien Smith, Molly Ayala, and Danielle Ramirez. All nominees were given a group “job interview” in which they answered questions from the board and touted their ideas for campus events and why they should be selected.

Voting was then done by show of hands. The first round of voting eliminated Smith, Ayala, and Ramirez. Somo then outpolled Devers with a clear majority of eleven votes in the second round (with two abstentions).

Somo, a second-year English/Sociology student from West Hills High School (Santee), called herself a “consensus type person” who would actively seek help from ASGC board members and other students in both soliciting ideas and managing events. Continue reading