Breaking Boundaries 2014: Students will choreograph annual performance


By Sheridan Martinez

Editor in Chief

Grossmont College’s Dance Department puts on the “Breaking Boundaries” dance concert every fall. The show is completely choreographed by students here on campus and features a variety of different genres of dance including, modern, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet and stomp percussion.


“The concert will feature first-time choreographers as well as students who have choreographed for the past two student performances,” said Kathy Meyer department chair. Meyer directs the performance and Melissa Adao, a Grossmont dance instructor, is the co-director.

“Breaking Boundaries” will be held at the Joan Kroc Center on Nov. 13 – 15. Tickets are $12 at the door, but only $10 presale in the main dance office, which is located in 24-272. So grab a ticket Grossmont Griffins, this is a show not to be missed.  

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The Griffins upset Riverside, then lost the next three, leaving the team to wonder… What’s Next?


By Elias Totah

Summit Staff Reporter 

It’s safe to say that the Grossmont Griffins are highly unpredictable. Nearly a week ago, the football team played the game of its life, knocking off the number-one state-ranked Riverside City Tigers. The Griffins jumped on top of Riverside 31-14 at the half and never looked back.

Freshman quarterback, Michael Carrillo took control of the game by completing 16 of 33 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-28 upset over the Tigers. Running back Thomas McDonald rushed for 87 yards on 11 carries and had 4 receptions for 82 yards out of the backfield to total 169 all-purpose yards to finish the game.

“I would say, this is the biggest game I have ever played in,” McDonald said.

This win marked the biggest victory since seizing the state championship in 2005.“I guess we’ve had bigger victories, but this one has to rank at the top of the list,” said Mike Jordan, Grossmont’s head coach.

But words “youth” and “inexperience” come to mind when discussing this Griffin team. It showed a few weeks before in a 35-6 loss to Southwestern in the season opener. However, despite getting beaten the way they did, the Griffins know how to bounce back and make adjustments, and that is what they did going into the Riverside game: Adjust.

After its win against River-side, Grossmont came into the next week a little overconfident despite the big win. The Griffins were unable to put together a solid scoring drive against Golden West College on Saturday (Sept. 27). They fell to Golden West 41-6 in a brutal one-sided contest. While the score sounds bad, the statistics show a closer game. Golden West had 399 total yards, while Grossmont ended with 327. The Griffins could not score in the red zone.

The problem against Golden West is that the Griffins seemed to lose confidence. But Grossmont has proven this season so far that they can contend with any team; we saw that against Riverside. The hype got to them, and they proved to be worn out after the big win. A team can always have the tools to be physically tough, but if the team is struggling with mental toughness, it makes it that much harder for the coaching staff.

Things went from bad to worse the next week against Palomar. Grossmont did not come to play once again, resulting in a 41-24 loss Oct. 4. It is tough to say in which direction the Griffins are headed. Now they need to gain mental focus and catch their second wind. They have to come in to every game hungry and determined to win. Once this young team finds its identity, the sky’s the limit.

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ASGC hosting Veteran’s Day barbecue on Nov. 10.


By Dylan Pheifer

Summit Staff Reporter

The ASGC will be hosting a Veterans Day barbecue on Monday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event, which is being held in partnership with the Student Veteran Organization, will have a complete barbecue meal—including hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob—available for $5 or less.

The barbecue will raise funds for the ASGC and allow students to learn more about the extracurricular activities and students services on campus. Hamburgers cost $2.50 and hot dogs cost $2. Sides include chips for 75 cents, corn on the cob for $1 and Mexican-style corn on the cob for $1.50. Bottled water and canned sodas will also be available for purchase.

Students with ASGC benefit stickers will have access to even nearly 50-75 percent off these prices, buying a meal for $4. Veterans who donate a picture of themselves in uniform to the SVO will receive a free burger and drink.

The event was organized by Victor Barajas, ASGC’s director of student activities, as well as other ASGC board members, including Esau Cortez, ASGC vice president; Denzel Suarez, the price and data collection manager, and Cameron Thomas, director of publicity.

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Welcome Great Pumpkin: Grossmont professor’s Halloween display celebrates 50 years.

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By Jeanette Calo

Summit Advisor

When Jim Papageorge pimped up his first pumpkin by installing an internal loudspeaker, The Rolling Stones had just released their first album and the game show Jeopardy was in its first season.

Five decades later, Papageorge is still at it, although the original plastic pumpkin has been replaced with a real, 140-pound one, equipped with audio and pyrotechnics.

“It’s has grown quite out of control,” admitted Papageorge, a media communications professor at Grossmont College who has been putting up an elaborate, family-friendly Halloween display at his home for the past 50 years, with the help of family and friends.

“We started this production to help preserve the American tradition of trick-or-treat against stupid urban legends about  razor blades in apples,” Papageorge recalled.

The display’s tour route begins with a conversation with a pumpkin precariously perched on a guillotine. Guests then head through a graveyard to a pirate-themed area where they meet the real Captain Jack Sparrow. The route winds through several other themed areas before guests come face to face with the Great Pumpkin, who can shake the earth on demand. And of course there’s candy for trick-or-treaters, with an extra surprise for those who print out a voucher from the event’s website.

“It is spooky and funny, but absolutely no gore or blood or other ugly things,” Papageorge promised.

Taking nearly three weeks to set up, the four-hour display is truly a labor of love, aided by about 25 of Papageorge’s current and previous production students.

“This is a community outreach activity of the audio/video classes at Grossmont,” said Papageorge, who estimated that 90 percent of the construction and performance crews were composed of Grossmont students. The event helps students gain experience in theater, set-building and audio arts.

Ben Wilson, a philosophy major at Grossmont, is one of the volunteers.

“It’s a lot of work, but the end result is one of the most sophisticated haunted houses that’s free,” Wilson said.

It’s the reactions of the thousands of children who have walked through the display that keep Papageorge and his crew coming back every year. Papageorge specifically recalled an anonymous letter from a mother of a 7-year-old girl, which read: “Thanks for all the joy you bring.”

Held on Halloween night from 6 to 9 p.m., this event is free and open to the public. It’s located at 5221 Joan Court in San Diego. For more information, visit

Ruby Marquez contributed to this story.

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A Dull Moment: Bright colors exit this season for fashion


By Dorion Billingslea

Summit Staff Reporter

September has passed and October is here, but the season is still fall. More and more patterns, colors and styles are starting to appear as we come closer to winter each month.


Stores at the Fashion Valley Mall such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Cotton On are going for the more dull look color-wise, although it’s not just the not just the high-end stores going for this look.Gucci is a main proponent of this look, with colors like burgundy, navy blue and gray in menswear.“Men have more dull colors than women this season, like dark brown and navy blue,” said Suzette Ruiz, a sales associate at the store. Gucci for men also had a professional, suit look showcased in the back of the store.

“Women have more of bright pinks with blacks and whites,” she added, indicating the look of the women’s sectionThe color scheme even extends into accessories.“We have dull-colored purses and accessories to go with the clothing,” said Marcel Vanguard, another Gucci sales associate.

Cotton On has also merchandise in this style, with dull burgundy flannels for men to wear or just simply tie around their waists in San Diego’s bipolar weather.


From Jordans to Nikes to Vans, there are shoes in stores or soon to be released that will make your fall fashion look even better. If it’s Vans versus Converse or Jordans versus Nikes, these brands keep coming out with shoes to make it look more unique than their competitors. There are lots of unique colors of shoes that are able work in the fall season, but the highlights this month are red, brown and black shoes. Foot Locker has a lot of fall shoes out already, with these colors from all different brands surrounding the store.

Freaky Fashion

This year’s costume trends follow popular TV and movies.

Students can never be too old to dress up for Halloween, and the holiday is coming very fast. Halloween costumes are rapidly being displayed and sold at stores all over the place. At Party City, the home of Halloween costumes, there is a variety of superhero costumes, including Batman and Catwoman, Black Widow and Captain America.

This year’s top costumes include Maleficent, Anna and Elsa from “Frozen,” Daenerys Targaryen from “Game of Thrones” and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” These costumes can be pricey, ranging from $50 to $100.

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Local Brew: San Diego has put itself on the map with some of its top breweries.


By Elias Totah

Summit Staff Reporter

There are so many different fine tasting breweries in San Diego.  With 70 operating in the county, San Diego breweries are among the most popular in the country, and they are a hot commodity for local beer tasters.

People who prefer craft beer will fall in love with these breweries and walk away satisfied. There is a ton of great variety and consistent quality on the local spectrum. Larger breweries like Karl Strauss, Ballast Point and Stone are three of the most popular breweries in the county.

Karl Strauss

Karl Strauss was destined to brew beer, plain and simple. Born in 1912, Strauss grew up around his father’s brewery in Minden, Germany. At age 19, he left home for Bavaria, the brewing capital of Germany, to attend the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan. During his tenure there, he earned a degree in the science and practice of malting and brewing, as well as a Master Brewer Certification.

He moved to America to pursue the American dream, and ended up seizing it. Beginning his career at the Pabst Brewing Company on the bottling line in 1939, Strauss ended up being vice president of production. He held the position until he retired in 1983, after 44 years with the company. In 1989, Strauss helped open the doors of Karl Strauss Brewing Company, where he trained the brewers, created the recipes and designed the brewery. He served as master brewer until his death in 2006.

As the oldest surviving brewery in the county, Karl Strauss Brewing Company is often credited with putting San Diego on the craft-beer map. Students who are over 21 can check out Strauss’ brews at the tasting room on Santa Fe Street, just off Interstate 5 in San Diego, or head to the brewery restaurant in downtown on Columbia Street.


Ballast Point

Another spectacular brewery is Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company. Founder Jack White had a knack for beer in college, and decided to try and make more interesting beer you could not find at a local store or keg party. At this time, White did not have a partner to trade ideas or work with. In 1992, he opened Home Brew Mart, which he filled with supplies and ingredients. Soon after the opening, he found a partner in Yuseff Cherney, a man with the same passion as White. Together, they decided to open a “back room” brewery out of Home Brew Mart. In 1996, Ballast Point was born.

Serving up a range of brews, from its Longfin Lager to its Black Marlin Porter, Ballast Point has two tasting room locations, one in Little Italy and another up in Scripps Ranch. Students who are over 21 should sample Ballast Point’s award-winning India pale ales: Big Eye IPA and Sculpin IPA.


Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Brewing Co. brewed its first beer—Stone Pale Ale—up in San Marcos in 1996.. It’s now the largest brewery in Southern California. Many of Stone’s brews feature alcohol percentages well above average, ranging from 4.2 percent to 13 percent. It’s rated a “world-class” brewery by the two largest beer websites, and, and has been named has been the “All-Time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by the readers of BeerAdvocate magazine.

Thankfully, students over 21 don’t have to go all the way up to the brewery’s headquarters in Escondido. Stone recently opened a restaurant in Liberty Station, complete with bocce ball courts.

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Community’s Bachelor Some community colleges may soon offer four-year degrees.


By Dylan Pheifer

Summit Staff Reporter

Some community colleges in California may start to award bachelor’s degrees thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown late last month.

Up to 15 community colleges districts will be able to offer the BA in fields of study not offered by Cal State University or the University of California. To qualify for this pilot program, these schools need to establish their programs by the 2017-2018 school year.

These college districts, which will be chosen by the state’s Chancellor’s Office, have not yet been named, so it’s possible that Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District could be one of them.

Brice W. Harris, the chancellor of California Community Colleges, was among those who endorsed the program: “Thanks to the governor, legislature and college educators who supported this bill, the country’s largest system of higher education joins the ranks of community colleges in other states that offer four-year degrees.”

The new program will “not duplicate the CSU and UC programs,” Brice added. “More Californians will have affordable higher education available, and San Diegans will now be able to obtain well-paying jobs” without the burden of a high tuition cost.

The legislation—authored by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego), a former president of the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees—has been embraced as something to benefit the whole community, from students to employers.

The four-year program could be offered for occupations in which an Associate of Arts used to be acceptable for employment, but now more employers are asking for candidates with bachelor’s degrees to be competitive. Fields relevant to the new legislation are dental hygiene, industrial technology, allied health technology, emergency medical technicians and data management for healthcare.

The pilot program will end in the 2022-23 academic year, unless it is extended by the Legislature. Community colleges will charge an extra $84 per unit for upper-division courses then what is currently charged for lower-division courses. The Legislative Analysts Office will conduct an interim evaluation of the bachelor’s degree program in 2018 as well.

In order to meet workforce needs, the educational route for several professions has changed. CSU now awards doctoral degrees in education, nursing and physical therapy. More than 50 community colleges operate nearly 500 baccalaureate programs in 21 states. Brown also signed AB 2558, which is legislation that aims to increase professional development activities for all community college employees, earlier in September.

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Don’t Stop the Flow The campus-wide Water Project continues with a water fair.


By Sheridan Martinez

Summit Editor in Chief

Grossmont’s inaugural “water fair” will be taking place on Nov. 4 and 5 in the Griffin Center and Griffin Gate—which might make some students wonder: “What the heck is a water fair?”

The water fair is related to the campus-wide theme of water this year; it’s the semester’s second assignment of the school’s “One Theme, One Campus,” an ongoing project here on campus to bring students from all different scholastic backgrounds together. The purpose of the water fair is for all students and professors participating in the Water Project to create a visual presentation to represent their water project chosen by their instructor, and to compete for the highest votes from Grossmont students.

For example, Joan Ahrens, an English teacher on campus, said she and her English 98 classes have written the school president, Dr. Sunita Cooke, requesting support for installing refillable bottle water stations around campus, and are now currently working on creating digital posters for the Water Fair competition. The posters are public service announcements and are intended to inform the campus community about public issues related to water.

“The purpose of the ‘One Theme, One Campus’ Water Project is to promote the principles of integrative learning,” Ahrens said. “Integrative learning is an approach that highlights the importance of addressing real-world issues relevant to students’ life experiences and interests, emphasizes self and social responsibility as well as civic engagement, and provides an opportunity for students to make connections across the curriculum.”

For questions regarding the Water Project, contact Tate Hurvitz, project coordinator, at

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Undefeated The women’s volleyball team is a force to be reckoned with.


By Elias Totah

Summit Staff Reporter

Grossmont’s volleyball team is looking very good this year with a perfect 13-0 record and third-place ranking in the state, just behind Cabrillo and Irvine Valley. The Griffins look to keep the momentum going as they have the pieces in place to be effective toward the end of the season.

It is not easy get to 13-0. The team’s record reflects on its head coach Jamie Ivers, who led the Griffins to a 30-5 record last year. Keep your eyes open for this team, as they look to be on pace to breaking school records.

Womens Volleyball Team for 2014-2015 Photo by: Stephen Harvey

Womens Volleyball Team for 2014-2015
Photo by: Stephen Harvey

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Grossmont president leaving for MiraCosta next semester.


By Dorion Billingslea

Summit Staff Reporter

Dr. Sunita Cooke has been a familiar face on campus since she was hired as the president of Grossmont in 2007. After seven years, it’s sad to hear that Cooke will be leaving us to become the president of MiraCosta College in January.

Even though she is leaving, Cooke said she would like students to know that every faculty member is here to help Grossmont students. She specifically mentioned the labs offered for nearly every subject in the Learning & Technology Resource Center in the middle of the quad. From emergency grants to loans or even daycare for students who are parents, Cooke said that she and the entire faculty want students to be successful.

Although she will be missed, we wish her the best of luck in her next endeavor.

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