The Summit The Student News Site of Grossmont College Sun, 07 Jun 2020 18:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 One Last Dance Sun, 07 Jun 2020 18:18:09 +0000 If only taking dance classes online, could give students the same feeling of excitement most get when playing Dance Dance Revolution.

With all Grossmont College classes shifting to a remote format, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the dance department is struggling to keep students. David Mullen, chair of the Dance Department at Grossmont College, fears that “the possibilities are not great” for the dance department if classes stay online and describe the experience as “weird and inconvenient.”

“I think that not having the rest of the class to kind of reference…makes it very different for a student to, you know, to learn the material by themselves; that’s my theory,” Mullen said during a zoom meeting. “I think that when you’re a beginning dancer, being in a room with other beginning dancers gives you a feeling of support,” Mullen added.

Jordan Shepard is taking beginning hip-hop with Dance instructor Melissa Adao at Grossmont and says he would only take a dance class online fall semester if he had to. Shepard prefers in-person classes because he enjoys the interaction and is able to get out of his house more.

“It’s still the same curriculum, but a little bit lonely,” Shepard said in a message.

At this time, it is impossible for professors to know that their students are home practicing the techniques and learning the movements. Before, it was as easy as standing to the side and watching the class, but unfortunately, students cannot submit a plié to Canvas. Mullen said, professors are moving into a more trust-based class and must assume that their students are doing what is asked. This is especially true for students who are still working and are unable to attend class Zoom meetings. To make it easier for those students, some professors record the sessions, and some have offered office hours for students to have the opportunity to work one-on-one with them.

It’s still the same curriculum, but a little bit lonely”

— Jordan Shepard, Dance Student

With dance being online, not only does the way of learning change, but some professors must also change the way their students take the final. Many dance professors at Grossmont require their students to learn a sequence or choreography; then, on the day of the final, students are put into groups to perform what they have learned while the professor records. Some classes like Introduction to Ballet, even have a separate day for critiquing the recordings in class and discussing what can be improved.

Shepard hopes his final is mainly focused on the effort he’s put into being successful in his class, considering the circumstances.

“I hope my final is that I tried and use the dance terms I learned to better myself in the future,” Shepard said.

Mullen said he feels that it is unfortunate students and professors have to work in this environment and believe it is going to be challenging to fill up classes in the fall.

On top of the many challenges the dance department is facing, they have also had to cancel all scheduled concerts and curriculum required master classes. Mullen said some professors require students to take master classes as part of their grade, but due to them being canceled, professors had to assign alternative assignments.

Though it is still uncertain when in-person classes will reopen, Mullen believes there is a good side to everything and that this is a time for people to learn and grow. The dance department is even looking into alternative options and considering a virtual concert similar to the one that MiraCosta College previously held.

Mullen said though students want to meet new people and dance with their classmates who are learning along with them “we are doing the best we can with what we do.”

The dance department is planning for the best and worst-case scenario for the fall semester and hopes that this change will only be temporary.

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When in Doubt, Read it Out. Sat, 23 May 2020 17:26:09 +0000 Under the current circumstances, staying inside is a must these days. As young adults, we love to stay home and do nothing but be on our devices and sleep but we know there comes a point where we want a change and to go outside. In any case, books don’t just have to be a sit-down pastime but can also include a lot of interaction with daily objects around you such as a kitchen, coloring tools, and more. 



Cookbooks are effective to keep the mind off of quarantine and the fact that you can’t go outside. While there are several types, finding the right one is essential if you want one that interests you and keeps you drooling for the type of food that you want to make. Baking, keto, vegetarian, Asian, Indian and so much more. Cookbooks have countless options for you to choose from and many of these recipes have been simplified so that you can make them in the comfort of your home. 

Every day we find comfort in the food we eat. If you are trying to cut back and eat healthier in these times of stress, then there is something for you. If you want to learn how to make your perfect mac n’ cheese then you’ll find it. Cookbooks have so many options and there will always be something for everyone whether you’re a beginner or an expert at cooking.

Reading has found its way into our lives in some of the simplest ways, and cooking has just become a part of a fun and interactive way of reading that we can have in our daily lives. 

Barbara Fairchild, the writer for the Bon Appetit Desserts cookbook has done a fantastic job at creating a cookbook that feels homey yet very elegant throughout every recipe. This cookbook is filled with step-by-step work and fabulous pictures of recipes that you can do at your own home with simple instructions but delectable work. 

Coloring Books

In an effort to bring you back to your own childhood, coloring books are essential. Not only is coloring good to keep the mind off of things going on in the present, such as the coronavirus, but in an article by CNN Health, authors’ Kelly Fitzpatrick and Dally Burn quoted the American Art Therapy Association that art therapy can help “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.” Although coloring books aren’t considered the same as art therapy, it’s still a nice way to spend time. Coloring books are interactive so they pass time quickly. You could put on a movie in the background, listen to some music, and even virtually invite your friends to color with you and pass the time. 

Coloring books have opened a new door for creativity and since this virus has insisted on having us stay home, I suggest you go online and put in your cart some new color pencils, coloring books, and make a couple of new playlists for this semester. 


Exercise/Health Books

It’s 2020 and everyone is trying to get fit. Under the current circumstances, gyms are prohibited for the moment. We have to learn how to exercise inside and use various tools that we might not be accustomed to when we go to the gym. Instead of looking online, maybe pick up an exercise book or magazine that can show you different ways to keep your health and gym game strong.

With all of the snacks we have packed on this quarantine, not only is it hard to keep your hands off of them, but it’s harder to not check in the fridge every hour for something to munch. Instead of just digesting junk food, why not make something healthy? Not only are there various health books that you can catch up on, but you could also learn some cheap tricks for home workouts and healthy meals. 

Although quarantine has stopped us from going outside, it has not stopped us from keeping busy and being on our feet. It is unusual to spend so much time at home, especially if it’s spending an enormous amount of time with your family. Still keep in mind that this quarantine is only for some time. Although we may not see the end of all of this that we are going through and that soon we’ll be able to step outside our homes for other things than going to the grocery store and back.

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Peach Pit: The Sound of the So-Cal… From Vancouver Sat, 23 May 2020 16:52:54 +0000 It’s May and summer is on the horizon for Grossmont students. With that comes the anticipation of letting go of school for a couple of months and enjoying all the opportunities that June, July, and August have to offer. It’s more than freedom, it’s a release. It’s as if a massive burden is lifted off our backs and all that’s left is a peaceful, easy feeling. There’s no arguing the excitement of summer that comes to visit this time of year is a wonderful thing. Now, if in some way that same feeling was put to music, it would perfectly describe the chill, carefree vibe of Peach Pit. 

Grossmont student Dannie Ibarra is an outspoken fan of the band, saying: “I love Peach Pit. I have seen them twice in concert and was supposed to see them a third time in June. I would recommend starting with their first album.”

The band, which formed in 2014, is made up of four members. They include Neil Smith, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Christopher Vanderkooy, the lead guitarist, Peter Wilton, the bassist, and Mikey Pascuzzi, the drummer. The members of Peach Pit are high school friends and have all decided to leave their jobs behind in hopes of making good music. As individuals, members of Peach Pit aren’t your average rock stars. They are known by their fans to be down to earth, friendly, and personable. Perhaps Peach Pit’s factor of relatability is one of the primary reasons the band is adored to a high degree by their fanbase. 

That said, many students at Grossmont love music because they want to enjoy what they hear, first and foremost. Many music enthusiasts seem to love the band’s sound but rarely are in an agreement reached on the band’s genre. What type of music does Peach Pit play? Spotify describes them as “alternative,” while Google seems more content to call the band “modern surf rock.” 

Their loyal following commonly states that Peach Pit is more of an indie-pop group. 

While all these claims do have varying degrees of validity to them, in reality, pinpointing an exact genre for the group to fit into is easier said than done. While the musical style of Peach Pit varies from song to song, it is easy to hear similarities in their music, especially when it comes to Smith’s constantly smooth vocals. However, the band dabbles in just enough of a style assortment for the amendment to be made: the Peach Pit is, in fact, a multi-genre affair. Possibly the most colorful description of the band’s genre comes from the members themselves, branding themselves as “chewed bubblegum pop.”

“I really love their attention to detail,” said Grossmont student Katie Martens. “The guitar sounds, especially. It just sounds so incredibly clean and well mastered. I think that’s rare to find in a band their size.”

Regardless of the genre, Peach Pit’s music is truly a sound to behold. Though their sounds and chord structure are nothing unfamiliar to those who might have dabbled in the indie music sound, the band manages to stay fresh. Other bands that attract younger listeners might fall into the routine of complaining about a girlfriend or rebelling against authority, two common song topics that have been done thousands of times. However, you won’t hear much of this from Peach Pit. The best way to describe the song structure of the band is by noting their lyrics are reminiscent of a story being told to you by a close friend at a laid-back get-together. This is a great way to think of Peach Pit’s discography. Vanderkooy’s guitar leads fluctuate from upbeat and peppy to melancholic depending on the particular mood, while Smith’s vocal range is vast and his voice gives off a multitude of different emotions through each song. 

Student Jake O’Mara had much to say regarding the band’s feel, in particular, their use of varying tones through their discography. 

The sophomore album from the indie rock band Peach Pit, “You and Your Friends” finally debuted earlier this month. They surprisingly departed from the upbeat surfer sound that rose them to fame with their EP “Sweet FA” and debut record “Being So Normal” and went into a heavier and more pop-punk tone. There is more distortion on the vocals and guitar and a lot more emphasis on the bass. This isn’t to say the record is lacking in their old sound either. Two of their singles, “Shampoo Bottles” and “Black Licorice”, both still carry their original surf indie rock sound. All-around, “You and Your Friends” is an incredible step forward for the band and shows their great talent for the adaptation of sounds.

Upon listening to even a handful of songs from this innovative band, one will be able to tell the members of Peach Pit are musicians who truly take time to hone their craft. Each one of their songs tells a tale that is a bit different from the last, and listeners will greatly enjoy their experimental, yet familiar sound.

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Grossmont’s Culinary Program: Cooking Up New Chefs Sat, 23 May 2020 16:33:25 +0000 Before the coronavirus, tucked away in the back of the Griffin Center, students in black and white uniforms were busy in their classroom: the kitchen. The Culinary Arts department at Grossmont College offers students courses to prepare them for their careers in the restaurant and food industry. 

Chef Josephine “Jojo” Rossi, an instructor in the Culinary Arts department said, “Our program is part of the division of career technical education. They are devoted to teaching people usable skills out in the workforce.” 

For a typical semester, each class period meets once a week for about five hours. The first two hours of class consist of traditional academic instruction. Chef Rossi, who teaches the required courses to obtain the certificate of achievement, explains each class’s concept with a PowerPoint and demonstration. After she has lectured, students transition into the practical, or lab, portion of the class. They apply what they have just learned for the next three hours. 

The students are given recipe packets to complete in small groups. Most of the work in these labs consists of small groups with about four or five students. 

Chef Rossi said: “Students rotate going through somebody being in charge which is essentially called being the sous-chef. We try to mimic the terms we would use in a professional kitchen.” Rotating students as the sous-chef develop their leadership skills as they delegate jobs for maximum collaboration. 

“What I try to teach my students is that anybody can look at a recipe and cook a recipe. But the difference between a great meal and a good meal is technique.”

— Chef Josephine “Jojo” Rossi

Working in groups prepares students for realistic industry work. In fact, the whole program is set up to imitate a professional setting. Adjunct instructor Helen Coyne said, “Everything is to help them in the industry. The five hours class is like a shift at work. Every class you show up in your uniform with your kit, thermometer, apron, and hat.” 

Chef Rossi explained how she introduces concepts for the students to practice in a lab: “So we’ll have a topic. For instance, our very first cooking lab in the first class would be an introduction to dry heat cooking methods. Those are things like saute, broil, bake, roast. They’d have a recipe packet and there’d be a recipe that corresponds to each one of those dry heat cooking methods. In that lab, they’d pan-fry a piece of chicken, bake cornbread, roast potatoes and saute zucchini and fry french fries. Together they’d build a plate and then work on seasoning and flavoring and understanding those concepts and understanding how to put it together on a plate.”

Another skill developed within the program courses is time management. In the buffet and catering class, students are expected to complete the food preparation before the set time limit to simulate a setting where actual guests would arrive and expect the meal to be ready.

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Urica Francis is a current student in the buffet and catering class taught by Chef Valerie Carlone Baker. 

Francis said via a phone call: “Initially when I started, I thought I’d pick up a few tricks here and there with how to get a business off the ground. Having been in the class, it has turned it around for me and opened my eyes.” Francis’ passion for cooking started in her home kitchen and she has since enrolled in Grossmont’s culinary classes with the intention of eventually starting her own catering business.  

Since the recent transition to online classes across campus, Francis said: “It has not been too much of an inconvenience except not being able to sit in class. It does take away from the fullness of the presentations. It loses some effectiveness and beauty.” Her class focuses on theory and lecture but is now incorporating substitute assignments since they’re unable to complete the lab portion. However, the interest in class has drastically decreased with the online class format. Francis said only about four students actively participate in the online discussion boards. 

Jenny McLin, majoring in both business and culinary, is also a current student in the catering and buffet class.

Although she is transferring to SDSU in the fall, she will continue to complete culinary classes at Grossmont with the future goal of opening her own bakery. McLin said via a Zoom meeting, one of the most valuable things she’s learned through the Culinary Arts department is, “It’s OK to make mistakes.” She added that she is a strong perfectionist but the instructors always remind her she’s still learning. One of McLin’s favorite culinary classes was the menu management class. “It was a lecture course and I wasn’t cooking but it was just really fun to learn about the psychology behind menus and how to set them up,” she said.

A majority of the students enroll because of their current interest in cooking and future career aspirations. However, some students only attend class in hopes of refining their skills for personal use. For these students, instructor Coyne teaches a class offered on Saturday morning called “home cooking essentials”. This course is less of a time and financial commitment because a uniform or kit is not required but is still an opportunity to ease into the culinary curriculum. 

In beginning classes, students learn the foundations of cooking including how to use a knife, basic knife cuts and then all of the various cooking techniques.

“Everything we do is technique-driven. What I try to teach my students is that anybody can look at a recipe and cook a recipe. But the difference between a great

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meal and a good meal is technique,” Chef Rossi said. “Understanding how to be an intuitive cook. Learning how to read between the lines of understanding when you give the recipe a little bit more and when you hold back. It’s the minutiae really, the attention to detail.” 

When she first began teaching at Grossmont as an adjunct instructor, she was a corporate chef for a local restaurant group. She managed the kitchens of five restaurants and all the executive chefs. Now, as a full-time instructor, she said: “What I bring to this program is relevant industry experience. What is in the industry

today is what the students are learning. We’ve been working on updating our curriculum because the trend of food goes in and out of style.”

Coyne added she loves seeing a student improve. “It gives me hope for them and hope for the industry. It’s a privilege to be an instructor at Grossmont. A privilege. I do not take it for granted.” Chef Rossi also thrives off of her student’s success. “I’m just very passionate about teaching and sharing my experience. Those interactions with students when I see ‘aha’ moments are really inspiring back to me. It keeps me wanting to share my knowledge when students truly start to get it, work together, and can produce a delicious dish. That’s when I feel I’ve done my job here.” 

There is never a lull in Grossmont’s classroom kitchens due to the popularity of the program. The culinary classes are almost always full each semester with more students on the waiting list. 

As students graduate from the program, they depart Grossmont with their chef’s hat and certificate prepared to stain their apron in a new kitchen.

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Grossmont’s COVID-19 Update Sat, 09 May 2020 06:27:58 +0000 Presidential Update to Staff

Grossmont held a virtual presidential forum April 30 with Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh on hand to share updates and address concerns or questions from college faculty and staff. His main update was on the budget cut and decline in enrollment since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

While the college’s enrollment has been declining over the last few years, it is now down by 5.2% since Spring 2019. This is not necessarily due to the coronavirus, but because of the need for some to join the workforce or difficulty registering, the president said. At the time of the forum, about 1,299 students had dropped one or more courses, and 417 students dropped all their courses due to COVID-19.

It’s painful, but we need to do what we need to do, and we need to give to our students as good a farewell as we can, and that needs to be done.”

— Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh - Grossmont College President

Abu-Ghazaleh explained the leniency and support of many universities that students are transferring to because of the environment we are in, but made it clear: “We are not encouraging students to withdraw and take the EW … We are encouraging students to take the EW if they cannot maintain their enrollment. There is a difference in that nuance.”

Another important update was the financial deficit the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District will face in the upcoming semesters.

“For this year, they are going to shorten the district by about $4.3 million district-wide because the state’s revenue is less,” the president said. This means Grossmont College will be taking a $2.3 million cut, causing the summer schedule to be dramatically reduced and hourly employees will only be paid for actual time worked effective May 8.

To deal with this, the college will limit the hiring of hourly workers, reduce section counts by about 7%, reduce travel, renegotiate contracts and reduce renovations.
Finally, the president gave a commencement update. While there is no physical way we can gather by the thousands in just a few months’ time, Abu-Ghazaleh emphasized the tone of the developing virtual
commencement will remain congratulatory.

“It’s painful,” he said, “but we need to do what we need to do, and we need to give to our students as good a farewell as we can, and that needs to be done.”


COVID-19 Grossmont Update

As of March 20, 2020, after Gov. Newsom’s stay at home order Grossmont classes and student support services transitioned online until the end of the Spring semester due to COVID-19. President Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh held a virtual presidential forum on Tuesday, March 31 with an update on the situation while addressing student and staff concerns.

The president is aware of the challenges that are now being faced while physical distancing such as the lack of access to campus resources for staff and students. He explains the strict rules. “We simply can’t negotiate with this virus.”

The president reminds the listeners of the hourly rapid changes in circumstances with this virus and its devastating impacts. During these times of uncertainty, it is important for Grossmont to remain certain in the continuity of education, and maintain student support. One significant update was the decision to have a virtual commencement versus the traditional on-campus commencement ceremony in June. Students will still be celebrated and congratulated however the form of an online celebration has yet to be determined. 

“The idea of shaking hands with 700 students at five and a half seconds per student is not what today’s world requires or suggests and it would be somewhat irresponsible to think that in seven to eight weeks from now everything will be just fine,” said the president. “Medical science has not moved that quickly and I don’t think that would be a wise thing.”  

Updates on summer classes are pending due to budget cuts at up to 15 percent and uncertainty of the financial standing of the school. The plan as of now according to the president is a delayed start to the summer session if its budget doesn’t cut into the core Fall and Spring semesters. He makes it a point that the standing of summer sessions is unclear at this moment. As of the upcoming Fall semester, it’s too early now to determine how it would be held.

There was also talk of extending the Spring semester to June 30 as an additional aid for students struggling with resources for online learning. Again, the president expressed it’s still too early and there is not enough knowledge yet to tell.

One student emotionally expressed her need for deadline extensions because she relied on technology at school, and is struggling to complete schoolwork. She also continues to work overnight and explains her instructors have denied her requests to extend certain schoolwork deadlines. The president is empathetic to the impact of her situation, he addresses how professors along with grading systems were instructed to have “maximum flexibility” with students during this time. As for technological resources, he encourages students in need to apply for available grants with up to $80,000 in grants. The president also became emotional when speaking on the struggles of students, parents and staff. 

“I just have to think of the kid walking down the beach throwing sea stars back in the water,” said the president “no matter how big the beach and how large the ocean to the sea star that got thrown back in the water its life I’m inviting you all to the beach.” Although the hope is to eventually return on campus, Grossmont will continue to adapt, change and grow throughout this learning process, but like the president said: “this meteor does not un-hit once our world has changed it is going to be changed forever.”  


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First-Round Fury Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:10:21 +0000 1. Bengals: Joe Burrow QB, LSU



This has been the pick for months and barring a bad Wi-Fi connection on draft night, the Bengals will make Burrow their franchise centerpiece. 




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    2. Redskins: Chase Young EDGE, Ohio State

Possibly the most gifted pass-rushing talent of the decade will have new defensive-minded head coach Ron Rivera salivating.




3. Lions: Jeffrey Okudah CB, Ohio State

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Okudah is a blue-chip talent and the Lions are desperate for corners after the loss of Darius Slay. A man coverage corner with the ability to erase an opponent’s No. 1 receiver. If they choose to stand pat with this pick, he’ll be their guy.




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4. Chargers (via NYG): Tua Tagovailoa QB, Alabama


This makes sense for both parties. The Chargers jump Miami to snag their QB of the future while the Giants can move back and still have their pick of the OT’s. Tyrod Taylor may be the starter this season in Los Angeles but he is not the long term option. Tagovailoa is just the type of player to ignite a franchise desperate for city approval. New uniforms, new quarterback. Make. It. Happen.


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5. Dolphins: Justin Herbert QB, Oregon

This may have been the pick here even if L.A. hadn’t snagged Tua as Herbert can start right away for Miami. He’s everything you could want out of a QB, a strong arm, good athleticism and a great feel for the game. Herbert will be the man in South Beach.



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6. Giants (via LAC): Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama



Remember what happened last time the Giants picked at No.6? No surprises here, however. Wills is an imposing force in the offensive line that Giants GM Dave Gettleman won’t be able to resist on draft night. He can anchor the left side for New York and help keep Daniel Jones upright for years to come.



7. Raiders (via CAR): Isaiah Simmons LB/S, Clemson

Vegas (Weird right?) has the draft capital to make this move and the Raiders need a difference-maker as they ranked dead last in defensive efficiency last season. Simmons can play basically anywhere on the field and an athlete such as this just does not come along very often. 





8. Cardinals: Tristan Wirfs OT, Iowa

Arizona loves to get their lineman out in space and nobody does that better than Wirfs. He fits into exactly what head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to do on offense and is a physical freak of nature on top of that.

9. Jaguars: Derrick Brown DT, Auburn

Remember that vaunted Jags defense? Well most of them are gone and the ones that have stayed don’t want to be there. Brown can help a defense that was laughably bad against the run last season with his sheer power and nose for the football.


10. Falcons (via CLE): C.J. Henderson CB, Florida

Atlanta is rumored to be trading up to get their guy and the Browns are willing to trade back if the draft falls this way. Henderson can come in and start Week 1 for an Atlanta team that desperately needs help in the secondary. He excels in man coverage and at 6 foot 1 inch and elite speed, he can physically match up with any receiver in the league. 




11. Jets: Andrew Thomas OT, Georgia

The Jets cannot (I repeat) CANNOT afford to miss on this pick and Thomas is probably the safest option among the offensive tackles. He is technically sound and will use his strong lower body to keep defenders away from Sam Darnold.

12. Panthers (via LV): Javon Kinlaw DT, South Carolina

Well didn’t this work out swimmingly? Carolina trades back and is still able to get a guy they would’ve targeted at pick No.7. With the highest motor of anyone in the draft, Kinlaw will wear down opposing linemen and be a much-needed force in the middle of the defense for new head coach Matt Rhule.


13. Patriots: Jordan Love QB, Utah State

*Insert Joker, “Here… we… go” gif.* The Patriots now suddenly have a glaring hole at QB after the departure of that guy Tom Brady and Love could be that guy. He isn’t polished by any means, but if history has told us anything, the Patriots know how to properly develop their quarterbacks.

14. Buccaneers: Mekhi Becton OT, Louisville

Speaking of Tom Brady, Tampa Bay just signed the 42-year-old QB and will have to prioritize protecting him. Becton is a physical anomaly at his position and will be tasked with keeping Brady’s new jersey free of grass stains.


15. Eagles (via DEN): CeeDee Lamb WR, Oklahoma

Philly straight up did not address their wide receiver need in free agency and GM Howie Roseman is a notorious draft-day trader. Lamb has fantastic ball skills and a knack for YAC. Philly probably never envisioned Lamb falling this far and they will jump at the chance to get a true No.1 WR. 

16. Browns (via ATL): Xavier McKinney S, Alabama

McKinney is a hard-hitting safety that will definitely help out a unit that severely underperformed expectations in 2019. With many weapons on offense to work with, Cleveland will turn to the defensive side of the ball and grab the best safety in the draft.

17. Cowboys: Henry Ruggs III WR, Alabama

As you can see, I have the consensus top three wide receivers falling a bit due to trade-ups and needs at other positions. The fastest player in the draft usually isn’t available this late and Ruggs would be a dream pick for the Cowboys as a corps of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Henry Ruggs III would keep defensive coordinators tossing and turning in their sleep.

18. Dolphins: Jerry Jeudy WR, Alabama

They’ve drafted their QB of the future and will now have to surround him with weapons. Jeudy is simply too talented for Miami to pass on him at this spot and his route running and ability to separate from defenders will be valuable in an offense trying to get a young QB comfortable. 


19. Panthers (via LV): Kenneth Murray LB, Oklahoma

After Luke Keuchly retired, a hole needed to be filled at middle-linebacker. Murray has incredible speed for his position and gives 110% on every down that can help a defense that was atrocious against the run last season. Similar to Keuchly, Murray is also wicked smart and can anchor the middle of their defense for a long time.

20. Jaguars: K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE, LSU

With disgruntled edge-rusher Yannick Ngakoue likely on his way out, Jacksonville has a hole at that position which can be filled nicely by Chaisson. After drafting Josh Allen in round one last year, pairing him with Chaisson can be a deadly duo as they attempt to rebuild that great defense.

21. Broncos (via PHI): A.J. Terrell CB, Clemson

After trading down, Denver still finds itself with a lot of options. Terrell makes the most sense however as they are lacking a starting-caliber cornerback opposite newly signed A.J. Bouye. His elite athleticism and ability to cover one-on-one will be too much for defensive-minded head coach Vic Fangio to pass up on.


22. Vikings: Jeff Gladney CB, TCU

From one purple team to another as Minnesota often covets corners that can tackle and Gladney is the most willing tackler in this cornerback class. He’s also effective in coverage however and will help out a secondary that was gouged repeatedly last season.


23. 49ers (via NE): Justin Jefferson WR, LSU

Jefferson was a break-out player last season catching passes from Joe Burrow and he will fit nicely in a receiving corps lacking that star power. Jefferson might have the most reliable hands out of any receiver in the draft and could quickly become one of QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite targets.

24.Saints: Jalen Reagor WR, TCU

I know, I know, I know they signed Emmanuel Sanders but Reagor would be a top 15 pick pretty much any other year and New Orleans would be remiss to pass on his talent. He has great speed and lateral quickness which is something that offense desperately needs. 


25. Vikings: Yetur Gross-Matos EDGE, Penn State

It is unclear whether edge-rusher Everson Griffin will return to Minnesota but it is looking unlikely. In comes Gross-Matos who is a perfect fit in their 4-3 defensive scheme and will help the defense regain their elite status.


26. Dolphins: Josh Jones OT, Houston

If Miami leaves the first round without an OT, they would be making a huge mistake. Standing at 6 foot 5 inches with above-average athleticism, Jones can protect the blindside in South Beach for years to come.


27.Seahawks: Isaiah Wilson OT, Georgia

It seems as if Seattle always needs help at offensive line and this year is no different. Wilson is massive standing at 6 feet 7 inches and weighing 340 lbs. He would likely play at right tackle and be tasked with keeping QB Russell Wilson (no relation) upright.

28.Ravens: Patrick Queen LB, LSU

We saw what happened when Baltimore got embarrassed on the ground by Derrick Henry and the Titans in last year’s playoffs. They’re not going to let that happen again. Queen is a smart guy with great athleticism who always knows where to be on the field which is something that defensive coordinator Don Martindale will highly covet.

29. Titans: A.J. Epenesa EDGE, Iowa

A perfect fit for this defense as Epenesa offers great pass-rushing chops from the inside and outside using his strength and quick hands to beat offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage. He would start alongside last year’s first round pick Jeffery Simmons and improve upon an already strong defensive unit.

30. Packers: Brandon Aiyuk WR, Arizona State

Aaron Rodgers is in the back-half of his career and Green Bay will need to prioritize equipping him with weapons in order to be successful. Aiyuk has a unique combo of size and speed that could help the Packers get over the hump in 2020.



31. Browns (via SF): Ezra Cleveland OT, Boise State

Similar to Miami, Cleveland simply cannot come out of round one without an offensive tackle and they will trade up to make that happen. There are rumors swirling about them trading for OT Trent Williams, but with none of that final as of yet, I have them going up to get the best offensive lineman on the board at a position of need.

32. Chiefs: Kristian Fulton CB, LSU

Fulton excels in man coverage and will strengthen a defensive unit that played fantastic football during their Super Bowl run last season. He’s too talented to not be a first-round pick and as many coaches preach, “You can never have too many corners.”

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Career Event for the Community Fri, 17 Apr 2020 18:54:50 +0000 The need for public service is a huge demand and could always use more people. And what better way to promote it than at a community event held at a college. Dia de Familia is a free career event held annually at Grossmont College in Spring and has a different career theme each year. This year the event took place March 5 in the main quad at Grossmont and focused on promoting public service and nonprofit organizations.

The purpose of this event is to promote careers and majors in public service fields while also encouraging higher education within the San Diego community. The event is open to the entire community, though specifically pushed toward the Latinx population.

“Dia de Familia is open to the whole community, attendees do not have to be current students to attend,” said Gabriela Soto, Outreach and Assessment Coordinator at Grossmont College. “At our event, attendees got the chance to learn more about these careers, explore forensics labs and speak to professionals in the fields,” she added. 

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Dia de Familia event held by Via Rapida, March 5.

All of the San Diego local agencies and organizations invited were also asked to send Latinx representatives if possible to bring handouts and brochures in both English and Spanish. Sixteen different agencies and organizations were present at this event and every location had a booth set up for people to come and ask any questions regarding a career or major in the specific field. Some of the locations present included San Diego Sheriff’s SWAT, International Rescue Committee, San Diego Humane Society and many more.

These organizations offered information on careers and majors focusing in fields such as police officers, mental health therapists, social workers, correctional officers and other public service opportunities. In addition, the event held a Panel of Professionals presentation where representatives were chosen to speak on their career and experiences. This year’s speakers included Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, United States District, Deputy District Attorney Family Protection Division, Agustin Peña and Retired National City Police Department, Sergeant Estela Cordero.

“I began my law enforcement profession in 1991 as a police officer.  I worked patrol for several years before promoting to Sr. Officer, where I had the privilege to become a training officer for new recruits.  I transferred into the Investigations Division and became a Detective working Crimes of Violence, Gangs and Homicide. I was subsequently promoted to Sergeant and returned to the Patrol Division.  As a Sergeant, I supervised the following units: Dispatch, Gangs, K-9 and Patrol. I am honored to say I was the first female to be promoted to Sr. Officer and Sergeant in the history of the National City Police Department,” Cordero wrote in an informational google doc containing updates about the event.

Dia de Familia gives people in the community a chance to learn more about careers they may be interested in and speak to current and past professionals who work first hand in the field. To give people a taste of the event, this year offered forensics lab tours and demonstrations as well as outdoor crime scenes. Dia de Familia also had a traditional marching demo by Grossmont Corrections.

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National City Police Department.

In addition to Dia de Familia offering endless networking opportunities for the community and in-person informational booths with people who are in the field. This family and friends event also has free food, giveaways and this year had a performance by Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan. Ballet Folkorico en Aztlan is a dance theatre company and academy that was founded in 1967. The company is directed by CEO and Artistic Director Viviana Enrique Acosta and they are known for their technique, style and commitment to keeping and implementing Mexican traditional dance movements.

Another Organization present was the National Latino Peace Officers Association San Diego County Chapter. President of the organization David Ardilla said,  “We stay busy all the time.” Ardilla explained the many things that this department does for the community such as holding events that offer prizes, giveaways, dinners and even participating in the Toys For Joy event.

For more information about the event or about future events like this people can contact Garbiela Soto at (619)668-1726 or at

People can also follow @viarapidagc on Instagram or go on the Grossmont College website for more information. And if this sounds interesting to you or you missed it this year be sure to check it out next year spring 2021 for a different career theme.

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Combine Connections Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:50:13 +0000 The NFL Scouting Combine. Or, the Underwear Olympics, if you’re nasty, is a 4-day event held in Indianapolis where the best College Football players from around the country take part in workouts to test their athleticism against their peers. These workouts include the 40-yard dash, bench press, broad jump, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, 3 cone drill, and position-specific drills. 

The 2020 Combine is chalk-full of talent and some of that talent was honed right here in San Diego. Dezmon Patmon, Terrell Burgess, Casey Toohill, and Dominick Wood-Anderson are four locally bred athletes that showcased their skills this year in Indy.

Dezmon Patmon WR, Steele Canyon

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The former Steele Canyon Cougar has accumulated 1,976 yards and 13 touchdowns over 36 games at Washington State who, ironically, are also called the Cougars.

His calling card, however, is his frame. At 6 foot 4 inches, 225 pounds, Patmon has the size to overpower opposing defenders, which is what makes him an intriguing prospect for NFL scouts. When asked about someone he credits with getting him to where he is today, Patmon replied, “My father. I was blessed to have two amazingly great parents but I think a son always idolizes his father.”  Patmon’s combine was highlighted by running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash; an outstanding time, especially at his size. This compares nicely to two receivers ranked at the very top of this draft, Jerry Jeudy (4.45) and CeeDee Lamb (4.50) who are three and two inches shorter respectively and are both around 30 pounds lighter than Patmon. 

Terrell Burgess S, San Marcos

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Terrell Burgess

Burgess had a breakout season in his senior year at Utah. While a 5 foot 11 inch, 202-pound build will not jump off the page, his defensive production on one of the top units in 2019 could make prospective pro teams run to call his name come draft day.His combine workout featured a 4.46 40-yard dash, 20 reps on the bench press, a 33.5-inch vertical jump, and a 122-inch broad jump. His draft projection currently sits in rounds four through five according to

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Casey Toohill

Casey Toohill LB, Cathedral Catholic

The Stanford Linebacker excites scouts in a similar fashion as Patmon, standing at 6 foot 4 inches, packing 247-pounds. Over his first three years at Stanford, he amassed 66 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His senior year, however, Toohill went into beast mode totaling 57 tackles and 8 sacks in the 2019-2020 season. His standout drills at the combine included a 4.62 40-yard dash, 17 reps on the bench press and an impressive 39-inch vertical jump. Every year linebackers are getting more and more athletic: Toohill is a perfect example of that.

Dominick Wood-Anderson TE, Steele Canyon

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Dominick Wood-Anderson

Wood-Anderson transferred to the University of Tennessee after spending two years at Arizona Western Junior College. While he only caught 21 passes his senior season at Tennessee, he is an imposing physical force at 6 foot 4 inches, 257 pounds; a prototypical build for the modern NFL tight end. His combine numbers included a 4.92 40-yard dash, a 119-inch broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump. Wood-Anderson did not have the most conventional path to be where he is at today coming from a junior college, but his physical gifts will force NFL teams to take a look at him come draft day


All these athletes bring something different to the table and the unique skill sets of each prospect make the combine and NFL Draft process so intriguing to follow. Grossmont student and football fan Jonathan Yerkes gives his take on whether performance at the combine is a good indication for success in the NFL: “It definitely helps,” Yerkes said. He continued: “It’s not the make all end-all. There are certain players that may have a bad 40 time or they don’t perform well in the drills but the person that comes to mind is J.J. Watt. His combine was horrendous and now you know, back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year.

While the combine is filled with players that can run the fastest, jump the highest and throw the farthest; it is not everything in the eyes of most NFL scouts. The physical traits shown at the combine also need to match their true ability as a football player for NFL teams to call their name on draft day. It’s not every year that there is so much talent from right here in San Diego and it will be exciting to watch their growth as they transition into being professionals.

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Gourmet at Grossmont Sun, 22 Mar 2020 18:42:25 +0000 Are you looking for a gourmet-quality lunch that only costs $10? Well, look no further, because Grossmont College Culinary Arts have you covered! Culinary Arts students who are enrolled in Principles of Buffet and Catering 173 with instructor Valarie Carlone Baker put the lunch buffets together.

The course is designed to “include methods and procedures needed for catering and buffet service including table arrangements, decor, physical layout, and decorative carving techniques. Students will also prepare pâté, gelatin, marinated salad, smoked fish and charcuterie.”

Baker explained what someone can expect from coming to this event.


“They should expect one of the nicest lunches we are going to have on campus,” Baker said. “You’re getting really high quality. Our students are very dedicated and they love to express themselves… they’re just motivated in every single dish; they put a lot of love and care into it.”

For the Valentine’s Day lunch, the menu featured a chocolate fondue fountain and a donut wall. Baker said her students were so dedicated they even replaced plain sprinkles on the donuts with crumbled-up Girl Scout Cookies.

Culinary student Natapong Thamcharoen said: “You get to know how to work in a team and have self-discipline. It’s pretty much all about teamwork.

“This class is buffet and catering so we learn a lot about how it works, how we handle obstacles like serving 50 people, getting everything ready before the guests come in,” Thamcharoen continued. “I have learned a lot from this class.”

The lunch buffet has various themes. For example, their last buffet lunch was house party-themed. Food included a watermelon salad with feta, pasta carbonara, steak fries with short ribs and Gouda cheese to name a few of the dishes. For dessert, they offered a churro bar and for refreshments, they had a blood orange spritzer.

Grossmont College Culinary Arts Coordinator James Foran said the money made from the tickets will go toward field trips for the culinary arts students. The buffet lunch has two more dates coming up: April 7 and May 12. The next themes include a family-style dinner and BBQ party.

A Grossmont culinary art student, Brion Allen, who is currently taking the course, said: “It turned out to not only be a great place for learning but also networking, meeting people in the industry. I was able to get my first job here and move forward in the culinary industry through the professors and through the students here. So it has been a great way to expand.”

Allen also mentioned that a student who wants to succeed in this class must have a passion to succeed.


To support the Culinary Arts program, purchase buffet and catering lunch tickets at on the Culinary Arts Department page. Print the tickets, which cost $10 plus processing fees, and bring them to Building 60, Room 177 at noon on the day of the event. According to the website, this is a first-come, first-served event, and food must be consumed on the premises.

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ASGC Spring Planning Sun, 22 Mar 2020 18:34:59 +0000 The Associated Students of Grossmont College (ASGC) has one of their major events going on in March as they are currently looking for individuals to fill two senator positions.

President Leo Rubio said in a written response, “We are trying to get people to apply and become part of this amazing community.”

ASGC is planning to fill these positions in their staff. They are excited about this event as student government representatives have tried to encourage students to get more involved with Grossmont College.

For students at Grossmont, having new representatives in ASGC might bring welcomed change, such as new and different initiatives that could change the history of the school as a whole.

Rubio said, “ASGC wants nothing more than to advocate and learn how it is that we can make a difference for students on campus and also how to represent the student voice as fairly as possible.”

ASGC members are appointed by the governing committees, but it is not known when the new members will be announced. ASGC’s next event in March is a big conference called The General Assembly located in Ontario, California. All the colleges from California come together to vote on resolutions at the conference, which will impact the whole community college student body of the state. 

ASGC members said they hope it will positively impact not just other schools, but Grossmont College as well. The ASGC is going to spend this month reviewing resolutions from the whole state to ensure ASGC delivers the best possible result to the student body.

“One of the ways ASGC prepares is through identity training,” Rubio said. “Identifying its identities and intersectionalities which will lead everyone to a path in which the department can use these oppressed or privileged identities to its favor and help people whose voices cannot be heard.”

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