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Chairman of Assembly Higher Education Committee to hold news conference on campus

By Kellen Brauer

Marty Block
Marty Block

GROSSMONT COLLEGE- Marty Block, chairman of the Assembly committee on higher education, will be participating in a campus news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday ,  Sept. 27,.

“A  panel of questioners will include Russ Lindquist, editor of the GC Summit; Marc Arizmendez, news director of Griffin Radio; and Sue Gonda, the president of the Academic Senate,” said the organizer,  Journalism Instructor Donald H. Harrison.  “He will be welcomed to the campus by both the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Chancellor Cindy Miles and Grossmont President Sunita Cooke.”

The first half hour of Block’s presentation will be questions from the panel while the second half will open up questioning to the floor.

Block, a Democrat representing San Diego, chairs the committee in the Assembly to which all legislation concerning colleges and universities is initially referred.  Before his election to the Legislature, he served for eight years as the chairman of the San Diego City College Board.   Prior to that he was a member of the San Diego County Board of Education.

“I will be asking questions that either I came up with or that the Jounalism class (MCOM 132) crafted together and decided,” said Lindquist. “I figure that I will get a whole lot of information from him that is useful for me but also useful for our readers.”

“I am going to be asking basic general questions,” said Arizmendez. “Hopefully I am going to get together with Russ and Mr. Harrison and come up with some good hard hitting questions.”

“I am looking forward to it [the conference] because the economy is shaky in general, so I look forward to getting some real practical advice from this legislator for the sake of making the right choices upcoming as I move onto a University,” said Lindquist.

Gonda was not immediately available for comment.

Arizmendez said the press conference will be a good way to present Grossmont College’s problems to Block, whose role is key to higher education in the state.

“Hopefully we get the answers that people want to hear,” said Arizmendez.

Brauer is a student in Media Comm 132.  He may be contacted at

How to help save millions of lives (each year)

By Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – If human life is important then the subject about which Grossmont’s own Dr. Wendy Stewart spoke at length is easily among the most important topics imaginable: the water-shortages in Africa.  These shortages are the #1 cause of death in the world: an estimated 12 million people – each year – mostly children.

The #1 cause of death in the world is dehydration.  However, the death-by-dehydration often comes not from from a lack of water but from the drinking of undrinkable water: this causes serious diarrhea, dehydrating the person’s body, causing (terribly painful) death.

The most alarming part: water is – in many cases – readily available, even closer to the surface than water here in the U.S.  This means that shallow, relatively inexpensive wells could save millions of lives – each year – in Africa.

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‘From Crack to Clergy’ – Eric S. Smith

By Russell Lindquist 

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE, — Eric S. Smith spoke to scores of GC students Monday, Feb. 14 as part of the school’s observance of Black History Month.  Smith’s was a message of optimism amidst a life filled with challenge.

 He concluded his speech by reading a section of his book, which he prefaced with the following words:  “I am about to read some of my own words, and just remember: you have words too.  You, each, have something to say.  And never think that you words are any less important than someone else’s.” Smith will speak again tomorrow, Feb. 15 in room 220 beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Eric Smith tells about struggles of life and how not to give up (Photo - Robert Sanchez)

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Campus reacts to Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt

By Russell Lindquist

Hosni Mubarak, former president of Egypt (Photo: Wikipedia)

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — The President of Egypt, Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak has stepped down, after nearly three decades of what plenty consider to have been a corrupt dictatorship.

According to Human Rights Watch, “today belongs to the people of Egypt as they celebrate a great triumph in their struggle for freedom, dignity and human rights against decades of repression and corruption.”

President Obama said the following: “The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same…”

Here on campus, there are strong opinions as well.  “It is great for Egypt and the Middle East…Mubarak was a dictator…and after 30 years years he is leaving, because the Egyptians were brave enough to stand up,” said Sharifa Hagi, a Grossmont student of Yemeni descent who hopes that the events in Egypt will encourage change in other places, among which she named Yemen, Tunisia, Somalia and Sudan.

Egyptian-American Dr. Sonia Ghattas-Soliman, Grossmont instructor of Arabic, Arabic club advisor and Arabic, French and Italian Coordinator said the following:

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Grossmont debate team tunes up for Griffin Tournament

Grossmont Debate Team at Pasadena City College tournament (from left) Russell Lindqusit, Jesse Gault, Maria Torres, Courtney Gerlach, Jonathan Smith, Jonathan Parker, Ali Aldhalimi, Diana Trinidad (not shown)

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE (Press Release)—The Speech and Debate team of Grossmont College traveled to Pasadena City College (PCC) for a Speech and Debate tournament, on Oct. 16 and 17.

Once the dust settled, teammates Ali Aldhalimi and Russ Lindquist won the bronze in novice Parliamentary Debate.  Additionally, Aldhalimi and Lindquist won awards for ‘overall speaker’ in the same event – 6th and 5th place, respectively.  And Lindquist ‘broke’ into the final rounds for novice impromptu speaking.
The other Grossmont Speech and Debate team-members who competed were Courtney Gerlach, Jesse Gault, Jonathan Parker, Jonathan Smith, Maria Torres, Diana Trinidad.

Though only Aldhalimi and Lindquist ‘broke’ into final rounds in events, the entire team is now fired-up and intending to do their respective bests at the upcoming Griffin Tournament, here at Grossmont, Nov. 27 and 28, according to Speech Prof. Roxanne Tuscany.

Preceding provided by the Grossmont Debate Team