ASGC Inc. and Student Trustee Elections Results.

IMG_0774By Josh Hanson

                The Associated Students of Grossmont College held their online elections April 7th and 8th.  Students were asked to elect a handful of new officers, new board members, and a student trustee.

All the votes have been tabulated and the student’s voices have been heard and with the help of the Student Affairs Office, The Summit is proud to present your newly elected officials for the 2014-2015 school year.

President-Elect Rafael Navarrete, Vice President –Elect Esau Cortez, Webmaster-Elect William Oldakowski, Comptroller-Elect Joseph Harrison, Executive Secretary of Student Legislation_Elect Miguel Gonzalez, Director of Publicity-Elect Ibrahim Alrukhais, and  Director of Student Activities-Elect Victor Barajas.

The board members will include-Esau Cortez, Victor Barajas, Dhaha Nur, Jessy Song, Sandy Adwer, William Oldakowski, Tanya Albeer, Joseph Harrison, Yeabsra Habtegebriel, Baredu Morka, Brandon Dally, Andrew Schauf-Anderson, Pablo Mercier, Gabriela Reha, and Guutaa Regassa.

The Student Trustee for the next school year will be Zack Gianino. All newly elected patrons will be sworn in during the final ASGC meeting of this semester and will assume their responsibilities at the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic term.

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Students get paid with pizza to participate in music video

IMG_0776 By Gaby Rodriguez

Stacked extra-large pizzas and members of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges encouraged students to take part in the filming of a video in the quad on April 7th.

The foundation holds a much deeper purpose than to fulfill students’ appetite, however.  Its ultimate focus is to develop campaigns and events that seek donations for the advancement of education. The video in progress is specifically for the Give a Dream organization which provides emergency grants for students with unforeseen financial hardships who desire to continue their education.

The music video will showcase students in a fun way while encouraging viewers to donate to the organization.  Video participants portrayed energetic and active student life with their peers.  Some were asked to sing, dance, read lines, and show off their personalities for the camera.  The video is intended to go viral; it will be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, college websites, and shared via other social media by students.

“It’s a great way to unite the colleges and have fun in the process”, said CEO of the foundation John Valencia at the filming of the video.  The video is not only aimed to gain donors for emergency grants, but also to bring awareness to financially troubled students from the two East County colleges.

The video will launch in May, and premieres will be shown at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College campuses.  Students who would like to participate in the video have another chance to at the upcoming filming on Sunday April 27 at Grossmont Center.  Details can be found at givethedream.net.

 

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OPT Program trains students provides free Employment Aid

IMG_0781By: Jenna Bouche

Whether new or returning, students study and invest time with their future in mind; however, sometimes the transition from student to working professional presents a challenge. Twenty-six years strong, the Office Professional Training (OPT) Program offers free training and employment aid to any California resident.

The program provides core classes for general office skills such as Microsoft Office, Business Communication, and Office Systems & Procedures. Students can also choose a specialization in accounting, banking, insurance, and/or office support, with total units to earn from 12-18. While taking these classes, a licensed Marriage & Family therapist is available to counsel and help students conquer fears or other setbacks to fulfilling their goals.

Graduates of the OPT Program then receive aid in obtaining work related to their training. Copies of their resumes are sent to over 40 businesses in the San Diego area that previously worked with and hired program graduates. According to Dr. Mary Leslie, the program’s Lead Instructor, more than 75% of graduates successfully obtain long-term employment—some even end up working for the college, like OPT program assistant Debra Allen.

Student Kristina Rodriguez (left) talks with mentor Kim Mitchell (right) Courtesy of Debra Allen

Student Kristina Rodriguez (left) talks with mentor Kim Mitchell (right)
Courtesy of Debra Allen

The program and services are free for any CA resident, and the OPT staff work hard to keep these free services running. Once federally funded, funds are now earned through private donation, biannual auctions, OPT cookbook sales, recycling, and fundraising events, such as the Clothing Sale on April 26th and the Walkathon on May 10th.

The next session of the OPT program begins July 28th. The course lasts 20 weeks and classes are from Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. Questions can be directed to the OPT office in-person in Building 54, room 512B or by phone at 619-644-7247

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The Grossmont Griffin Gamers Club

IMG_0783By Mike Johnston

The Grossmont Griffin Gamers Club (GGGC) is actively holding tournaments and meetings on campus in the Griffin Center and educating the student body about the video game industry.

Club advisor and instructor at Grossmont College, Paul Cornish emphasized the importance of educating members on the “bigness” of the video game industry. According to Cornish, video games are a 20-billion dollar industry with about 65-percent of U.S. households playing video games. Club President Coleton Thom said the club is about having fun and serves as a method for members to “de-stress” in between classes. The club also creates an inclusive community for the members to socialize and play games together.

The GGGC is one of the more visible groups on campus. Many students passing through the Griffin Center can see the crowds of gamer students gathered around the monitors. One former member felt that the club was more oriented toward playing games rather than guiding students toward a career in the gaming industry. However, Cornish organizes campus events to educate students and “Freeplay” Wednesdays spread knowledge of video games with active student participation.

Video game club Meeting Photo by: Michael Johnston

The Grossmont Griffin Gamers Club Meeting
Photo by: Michael Johnston

The club meets every Friday on campus at 12:30pm in room 55-530. The club also has “Freeplay Wednesdays” in the Griffin Center every week, where students can go and play any game of choice. The club also holds tournaments every three weeks. Entrants pay a dollar for the possibility to win prize money and have fun in the tournament. Membership to the club is available to any student. Thom said, “You just show up,” and participate in meetings and free play.  The club is in the process of organizing a League of Legends tournament. The tournament will be held on May 3 and 10.  The club also holds tri-weekly tournaments with a one-dollar sign-up fee. Winners receive prize money.

 

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The Hazy Haze: Electronic Cigarettes

IMG_0778 By:  Lea Brannon

The last few years Electronic cigarettes have gained in popularity. Although “E- cigarettes” release a vapor rather than smoke, many colleges, restaurants, cities and airports are creating more regulations about them and some places even banning use of them. Now that e-cigarettes are banned at GC’s campus as well, it could possibly be in students’ best interest.

On a pack of normal cigarettes there is always the Surgeon General Warning, but with  E-cigarette’s facts are different. There have not yet been any studies of the effects of the long term use of E-cigarettes. There’s also bits of research that may have discovered that second hand vapor smoke from the E –cigarette could be more dangerous than the second hand smoke of normal cigarettes. If smoking of any kind is banned on campus, (this also includes hookahs,) it’s understandable that the E-cigarette would be banned when doctors and the FDA aren’t even sure yet of the potential long term side effects of this new electric trend.

Keeping the Grossmont campus environment safe for all, means that no smoking of any kind is allowed including smoking in the parking lots. If any students feel as if their personal freedoms have been taken away by the banning of E-cigarettes, they could remember the side effects smoking can cause. Asthma, lung disease, cancer and strokes can occur when a person smokes, as well as passing on asthma to young children who inhale second hand smoke or vapors. Every student has a choice to make. Whether or not an individual student does smoke normal or electronic cigarettes or hookahs, or doesn’t smoke at all, they can still consciously make a decision to refrain from doing so while on campus.

 

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Hairy legs and bare priorities: An Opinion

IMG_0781By: Jenna Bouche

U.S. culture emphasizes value and character judgments based on appearances—to the extent that some people define themselves primarily by their appearances. Gender roles fall under this category as arbitrary regulations exist for clothing, mannerisms, and even hair. After considering these established expectations, I decided to conduct a little social experiment: I was going to stop shaving.

In the first week or two not much transpired between me and those around me—I assume their lack of reaction came from thinking I just skipped a couple of days of shaving out of laziness. As the weeks progressed and my legs became hairier, though, I received increased feedback; some friends were encouraging of my decision, while others were eager for the experiment to end. The circle of people who approved or disdained grew as I attended classes and went to social events.

As I continued with the experiment, I researched the history behind shaving. Razors were initially just for men to use on facial hair; however, when razor sales decreased, the bourgeois capitalist marketers devised a plan. An ad in Harper’s Bazaar magazine in May of 1915, titled “Summer Dress and Modern Dancing,” displayed a woman with shaved armpits—preempting the argument that women don’t need to shave. Although initially shocking, by the end of 1917 the campaign seemed to work and razor sales doubled as women began to purchase them, seemingly succumbing to new definitions of aesthetically pleasing and feminine.

My experiment expanded as I considered more hair-centric expectations on men and women, moving from the body to the head. I was nervous, but determined, and shaved my head. Reactions to this change were exponentially more dynamic and I was regularly critiqued on my decision. In the meantime, I adopted simpler clothing styles and stopped wearing the already limited makeup and jewelry that I owned. People assumed much about my personality, priorities, and identity based on these changes, further fueling my theories about perception and motivation behind cultural norms.

I started this experiment in 2011—since then, the experiment transformed into a lifestyle. Plenty have heard the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover;” and yet appearance has become one of our primary bases of comparison for character. I have a dream that one day people will be judged on the content of their character.

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Getting Healthy for Summer

IMG_0775By  Erica Ramirez

Part One:  Diet. 

With bathing suit season only a few months away, many people are feeling the need to lose weight, tone, firm, and prepare their skin for some time in the sun.  The most effective first step is to eat healthy food.  Obviously, many people are aware that they need to eat better, but it can be difficult to know where to start.Here are four simple steps to keep in mind when trying to get lean and healthy:

 

1).  Drink more water.  Drinking at least 100 ounces of water (including herbal teas) every day will improve skin tone, increase energy and assist fat-burning processes during sleep.  Drink as much as possible early in the day to avoid waking too often at night.

 

2).  Eat (or drink) more fruits and vegetables.  Combining sweet fruit with sometimes bitter vegetables and herbs in smoothies is a quick, easy way to get the nutrients you need.  It is a good idea to invest in a food processor/blender and make the shakes at home, saving money and ensuring all natural foods are used.

 

3).  Don’t skip the meats and fats.  Although there are many people who choose not to eat animal meat for various reasons, most people choose to satisfy their vitamin and mineral needs with meat.  Meats provide protein, necessary for energy, and materials for building muscle, while animal fats improve heart, lung and brain function.  Be sure to include plenty of fish and nuts, they are leaner, but contain many vital nutrients, such as iron, vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids.

 

4).  Read.  Read labels.  Read newspapers.  Read the internet.  Listen to friends and family who have lost weight naturally, or are otherwise healthy, and back up their advice with research.

Student Alison Ramirez making healthy smoothies Photo by: Erica Ramirez

Student Alison Ramirez making healthy smoothies
Photo by: Erica Ramirez

Many people in today’s busy society find it convenient to eat at fast-food restaurants, and tend to buy quick, easily-prepared processed foods at the grocery store, instead of healthier, natural foods that need to be purchased more often and prepared before eating.  The problem is made worse when consumption of these chemically-laden foods leads to craving more of the same; the additives in all processed foods are known to be addictive. People are surrounded by advertising for diet fads, miracle pills, and surgical options, and these seemingly easy solutions often work for some people, but definitely not for all.

 

If we think of the human body as a machine, we cannot deny that it needs proper fuel and maintenance in order to run properly.  It is important to find convenient ways to buy and prepare healthy foods, and to be more aware of the fuel that we are putting in our bodies, which don’t come with warranties or replacement parts.  Most of us know which areas of our diets need improvement, we only need to be reminded that we can do it!

 

Look for Getting Healthy for Summer, Part Two in next month’s issue!

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Introduction to ASGC candidates!

By Josh Hanson

Online voting for Grossmont College’s student government elections begins Monday April the 7th.  Electronic ballots will be sent to all Grossmont students through the e-mail account that they provide when registering for classes.  Students will have 48 hours to follow the link and submit their ballot.

All candidates were allowed to begin their campaigns March 26th and may continue through April 5th.  The Summit has obtained a list of each candidate and they position they are running for, as well as a brief message from each candidate, from the Student Services department.

Here now is the information on the students running for student government:

 

NAME & STATEMENT

POSITION(S) RUNNING

PICTURE

Rafael Navarrete

Certain people train their entire lives to be the best at it and others practice hours on end to perfect it.  What is “it”?  “It” is an individual’s niche, whatever one wants to be the best at.  Leadership is “it” in my case.  While in high school I joined the NJROTC where I learned how to make quick decisions under pressure and lead my peers, which is still one of the toughest things to do.  I enlisted in the Marines and honed my leadership.  I joined the ASGC my first semester at Grossmont and I am devoted to becoming an outstanding student leader.  I have not mastered the art of leadership but I am confident I can lead the Associated Students of Grossmont College to new heights.

 

President

 rafaelnavarrete

Esau Cortez

Currently I am President of the Latino Caucus, an organization that represents all Latino students in the Community College System and President of the Associated Students of Grossmont College, Inc.  These opportunities only came after I got involved here at Grossmont by my time in 7 clubs here on campus and becoming a Board Member for the ASGC, Inc. I see the value in how students can garner these opportunities from being involved on a campus level. As Vice President I will lower the barrier of entry for students getting involved and leave the campus better than I found it.

Vice President

esaucortez

Zack Gianino

I am rerunning for Student Trustee because I have experienced first-hand the potential of the student voice at the district level.  Now that I am more situated and familiar with the governing structure, I feel empowered to continue establishing positive change for the students of Grossmont College.  This year I look forward to improving the structure for our existing students and working to ensure their success.  As Student Trustee, I will advocate the colleges’ mission from focusing on Student Access to Student Success?  So remember VOTE Zack G for Student Trustee!

Student Trustee

 zackgianino

                 Dhaha NurA student trustee is the voice of his peers; therefore it is necessary to diversify our representative student body to effectively communicate the needs of students. College is also an experience; I plan to enhance this journey for others with insightful thinking, coupled with dedication and determination. I am very enthusiastic to join ASGC; I know I will benefit the most, all the while giving life to the thoughts of my peers. With concern and preparation, all our thoughts and actions united could make a difference for generations to come.

 

Student Trustee

 dhajanur

Miguel M. Gonzalez

My name is Miguel M. Gonzalez and I would like to run for the Executive Secretary of Student Legislation.  As a member, servicing our students has been a great opportunity to know what it means to be a student leader. Being already the interim ESSL of this organization will enhance the quality of my work and improve for the upcoming semester.

Executive Secretary of Student Legislation

miguelgonzales

Joseph Harrison

 

I am certain that I meet the qualifications for the Comptroller position due to my past experiences and personality.  Although I’m 18 years old, I have years of experience in leadership positions.  In the last year I have run two network marketing businesses, I’ve had 3 jobs and I’ve been serving on the board at ASGC for the last two semesters so I’m quite familiar with the organization.  As my time as a board member I’ve put the Interests of the ASGC and the students before mine and many times I exceeded the normal amount of office hours required to be in the ASGC.  That being said, I believe that not only am I qualified for the position that I am running for, I am also committed to the success and prosperity of the ASGC.

 

 

Comptroller

josephharrison

Victor Barajas

 

Hello fellow Grossmont Students, my name is Victor Barajas and I would love to be your next ASGC director of activities. I currently am Your director of activities and have some great ideas for fall 2014-Spring 2015 if elected. I’ve been in ASGC for four semesters so I have the experience and knowledge to do an admirable job as director of activities. If voted for I promise to be a voice for all students and stand up for what is BEST for you, the students.  I’ll value your opinion and what you think, OPEN TO SUGESTIONS FROM ANYONE.

Director of Activities

 victorbarajas

Ibrahim Alrukhais

Director of Publicity

Dhaha Nur

 

A student board of director is the voice of his peers; therefore it is necessary to diversify our representative student body to effectively communicate the needs of students. College is also an experience; I plan to enhance this journey for others with insightful thinking, coupled with dedication and determination. I am very enthusiastic to join ASGC; I know I will benefit the most, all the while giving life to the thoughts of my peers. With concern and preparation, all our thoughts and actions united could make a difference for generations to come.

 

Board of Directors

 dhajanur

Jessy Song

 

I am excited to have this opportunity to run for Board of Directors of the Associated Students of Grossmont College. Even though I have not held previous positions in ASGC, I am aware of my skills and what I am capable of. I have always been responsible and determined. I will put in all my effort and energy into my job to make sure I identify and serve the needs of every student here at Grossmont. I am passionate about helping others and pushing myself to be the best person I can be; therefore, it seems appropriate to run for office.

Board of Directors

 jesssy.song

Esau Cortez

 

Currently I am President of the Latino Caucus, an organization that represents all Latino students in the Community College System and President of the Associated Students of Grossmont College, Inc.  These opportunities only came after I got involved here at Grossmont by my time in 7 clubs here on campus and becoming a Board Member for the ASGC, Inc. I see the value in how students can garner these opportunities from being involved on a campus level. As a member of the Board of Directors I will lower the barrier of entry for students getting involved and leave the campus better than I found it.

 

Board of Directors

 esaucortez

Sandy Adwer

 

I am qualified to become a member in the ASGC. Inc. Because I am an A student with a GPA of 3.899. I am only freshmen but I made my way through classes and the college life. For that I can help students get through it like I did and help them succeed in their classes. I also have bunch of ideas to decrease the problems that I had when I first came to college to make the college more comfortable and fun place for current and new students.  Thank You

 

Board of Directors

 sandyadwer

 

 

Tanya Albeer

Since I was in High School, I was interested to be part of the school. I spent majority of my time just studying, and I do not want to the same thing in college. I want to be involved in the school. I am interested to be part of the ASGC, Inc. because I want to help student to solve their problems and to add what they think need to be added. This is my second semester in Grossmont College, I work so hard to get a good grade and to have a better future. My qualification is that I’m a bilingual I speak three languages English, Chaldean and Arabic.

 

Board of Directors

tanya.albeer

William Oldakowski

 

My name William Oldakowski and I am currently a Freshman.  As a Political Science major I hope to gain valuable experience by being part of the ASGC.  I look forward to working in the best interest of the Grossmont student body.  Thank you for your consideration.

Board of Directors

 william.oldawski

Ibrahim Alrukhais

Board of Directors

Victor Barajas

 

Hello fellow Grossmont Students, my name is Victor Barajas and I would love to be your next ASGC Board Member. I currently am Your director of activities and have some great ideas for fall 2014-Spring 2015 if elected. I’ve been in ASGC for four semesters so I have the experience and knowledge to do an admirable job as Board Member. If voted for I promise to be a voice for all students and stand up for what is BEST for you, the students.  I’ll value your opinion and what you think, I AM OPEN TO SUGESTIONS FROM ANYONE.

Board of Directors

 victorbarajas

 

 

 

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How to prevent “Midterm Meltdowns” : An Opinion

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By: Sheridan Martinez

With the blink of an eye Spring Semester is already more than half way over! With only six weeks left, midterms and finals are approaching vigorously. All students need to keep their cool. Here are some of my very own tips to make it through another successful semester.

  • GET PLENTY OF REST– Daylight saving times have royally screwed most of us when it comes to our sleeping schedules. As we know, it is very crucial to our precious minds and also mental stability that we get a solid eight hours of sleep. This can be accomplished by: 1) Putting down our cell phones and avoiding all social media before bed because our minds are left racing. 2) Maybe drinking a cup of hot (decaffeinated) tea because it can relax the body and mind and prepare us for a deep slumber.

  • STEP BY STEP– Take all your assignments and tasks one by one. If you don’t you will shortly become stumped. Take it from an experienced college student, the last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself by juggling all your homework, home life and extra curricular activities all at the same time. The best thing I’ve learned on how to cope with midterms and finals is to take one class at a time and try to focus on what’s due first instead of becoming overwhelmed by the amount of work piling up.

  • STUDY! STUDY! STUDY! Don’t be afraid to take a couple hours away from social media to review for upcoming tests. Turn off that cell phone, grab your notes and isolate yourself in a quiet place. Making notecards to study from are one of my personal favorite ways I like to study. Writing down phrases and definitions can help your brain remember all the important keywords that are necessary for studying. You’d be surprised how much those little cards can help you in the long run.

  • CUT OUT ALL JUNK FOOD– Your brain and body needs all the nutrients it can get, especially when you’re assessing in all this new information. Make sure you treat your body and mind well, by not feeding it processed foods. Fresh water, raw fruits, veggies, and nuts are always a huge factor. Processed food can make you feel unmotivated and slovenly, instead of charged and ready to go, like you should be on a daily basis.

Most importantly for us students we need to remember to just stop and relax for a second, because it is extremely significant for us to contain our sanity during these few stressful weeks. That’s what we’re here for anyways, to conquer and succeed. Hopefully my tips will be helpful, happy midterms and finals everyone!

 

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GROSSMONT STUDENT MEDIA APP HAS BEEN LAUNCHED!

A student media app has been created for students to keep in touch with the online edition of the paper, the radio station, and other Grossmont Affiliates. According Dr. Evan Wirig, Chair of the Media Department and Advisor for The Summit and Griffin Radio, “The media app was created to increase awareness of our student media to a mobile audience. I am pleased by the efforts of our students and staff”

It is available in the Android App Store for free, just search “GC Summit”

For iPhone users, go to Safari and search; fanapp.mobi/gcsummit

1) Press options, go to “Add to Home Screen”

2) Press add

3) Icon should pop up on your phone.

 

ENJOY!!

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