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Transfer center offers…well, transfer options!

Mary Rider at Transfer Center (Photo: Christina Torres)

By Christina Torres

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—When it comes time to transfer, where will students go? That is a question that Grossmont officials recommend that students ask themselves long before they are ready to transfer.  The  Transfer Center on campus was established to help in this process.

According to Mary Rider, university transfer coordinator at Grossmont, the Transfer Center has racks filled with specialized information for transfer questions.  If a student is uncertain about  the process to follow, center staff  can provide information that would be hard to get at a 30-minute meeting with the Counseling office.

For the current semester,  many students were denied entrance to SDSU because they had problems in their supplementary application process.  Rider said 90% of Grossmont students didn’t attend an application workshop sponsored by the Transfer Center at which such problems could have been anticipated and resolved.

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Transfer Center planning Oct. 5 College Transfer Day

By David Hurst

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—While Grossmont College is a fine institution of higher learning, for many students on campus it is a stepping stone to a four-year university. This is where the Transfer Center in 58-D comes into play.

October will be a big month for students looking to transfer to other Universities. Wednesday, October 5, will be College Transfer Day in the main quad of the Grossmont Campus. There will be over 40 colleges and universities represented. “It is important for students to take advantage of this opportunity,” says Transfer Specialist Diane Sandoval. The day will give the students a chance to familiarize themselves with these colleges and universities.

Sandoval also encourages students to visit the website to view other upcoming events. “I wish students would really look at this,” she said.

The website features scheduled work shops at which students can get personal attention from Mary Rider, coordinator of the Transfer Center.

Hurst is a student in Media Commm 132. He may be contacted at

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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Professor favors eliminating super majority required to pass budget

Story and photo by Russell Lindquist

Sociology Prof. Gregg Robinson at Teach-In

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—“Get motivated; get informed; and vote!”  Those were the words of Mary Rider, a counselor at the Transfer Center and  organizer of  Wednesday’s ‘Election Teach-in’ held in the Main Quad between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The focus was on what Rider said were propositions of importance to the education community–particularly Proposition 25, which would eliminate the requirement that state budgets receive a two-thirds vote of the Legislature before being sent to the governor for signature.

There were two co-sponsors for the event: the American Federation of Teachers, which is the labor union representing Grossmont College faculty and the Associated Students of Grossmont College (ASGC).

Sociology Prof. Gregg Robinson said eliminating the requirement that the state budget be passed by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, and instead permitting it to be passed by a simple majority could help to alleviate budget gridlock and thereby help schools.

According to Robinson, a super-majority requirement necessitates too much  compromise: “to get a budget through, many loopholes were created for several very rich corporations,” he asserted.

“California’s greatest expense is education: half of every dollar goes to education. … So half of every dollar gotten by way of a loophole is taken right from education.”

Robinson also said that cuts to welfare and daycare have important indirect effects on the state’s educational system “If kids have been underprepared before formal education, then that formal education will suffer,” he said.  “The poorest residents need access to healthcare, and the current proposals undermine that need.”

The professor  stressed that “times are hard for education across the country and particularly in our state.”

Among the most measurable problems for California’s education are, “decreasing class numbers, increased classroom density,” Robinson said.

Rider thanked Israel Morena, job site safety coordinator, for changing work schedules on the nearby Student Union  site so that the sounds of construction would not conflict with the outdoor public address system.

Lindquist is a student in Media Comm 132