FLAME MAY GO OUT ON CIGARETTES — Photography major Mitzy Agraz and other smokers may be out of luck next year if the governing board votes to ban all nicotine products on campus. SWC is the only San Diego County college not to enact a ban.
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Smoking ban passes SCC

Where there is smoking there is fire, but a new draft policy passed by the Shared Consultation Counsel is an effort to clear the air once and for all. If passed by the governing board it will formally ban all forms of smoking on the Southwestern College main campus and its satellites in National City, Otay Mesa, Coronado and San Ysidro. A previous policy, which attempted to limit smoking to four areas in or near parking lots, was nearly universally considered a failure due to lack of enforcement. Academic Senate President Patti Flores-Charter said most faculty have expressed support for a ban, but not all. “When the policy was first introduced at SCC we did not have a 100 percent…

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Filmmaker premieres cartel documentary

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On Feb 22, 2014 Mexican authorities found and arrested Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán after he had escaped from jail in 2001. At least, that is the official story. The details surrounding the arrest left documentarian Charlie Minn with more questions than answers. “It doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “During his arrest not a single shot was fired. He’s a billionaire yet they found him in an $89-a-night condominium. He was known to have a 300-man security team, yet that…

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What is Ebola?

    The Sun’s Health and Science Correspondent JoseLuis Baylon answers frequently asked questions about the Ebola virus. What is Ebola? Ebola is a virus that causes severe hemorrhaging in …