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Generation Voices Club gets personal with unsigned poetry

Photo by Rick Flores.

Sometimes the poetry is best left unsigned, especially if Mom is going to read it. “Authors Anonymous” was conceived and edited by SWC Professor of Communications Dr. Rachel Hastings as a way to raise money for the Generation Voices Club. Emboldened by the promise of anonymity, 40 SWC students set out to compile a 125-page book of unfiltered student thought. This resulted is an entertaining and eclectic read that candidly addresses topics like race relations to the fear of going to hell. “Stuff I Wish I Had the Balls to Say to My Mom,” is a standout piece. It reads: “Even though it’s something that is going to hurt you once you find out/ I’m talking to the children of…

VETERAN AND HERO - Retired Navy Commander Henry James "Jim" Bedinger speaks to SWC students and staff about his time as a POW in the Vietnam War. Photo by Melvin Graham.

SWC celebrates veterans

SWC observed Veterans Day with a ceremony outside the Veteran Resource Center Thursday, Nov 6. The ceremony included a Color Guard presentation and the National Anthem. Guest of Honor Speaker Retired United States Navy Commander Henry James “Jim” Bedinger commended all veterans. “We owe a debt to veterans,” he said. “The purpose of this day is to honor all veterans for their patriotism, for their love of country, for their willingness in being so few to protect and serve so …

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Health and Wellness Hosts Addiction Lecture

SWC’s Health and Personal Wellness Center hosted an hour-long workshop on the dangers of addiction, Wednesday, Nov. 5, on the second floor of the Cesar Chavez building. Dr. Joe Davis, professor of child and family development proctored the event. Davis said many rumors that surround addiction and addicts are unsupported. “Not all addiction is based on substances,” he said, “some people can be addicted to activities, such as internet pornography or video games.” No addict is like another, Davis said. …

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Otay Mesa Hosts Nursing Open House

Just five miles from the main Southwestern College campus as the crow flies, the Otay Mesa Higher Education Center is so isolated it may as well be on Mars. A 30-minute drive from Chula Vista, much of it over a windy border-area road, Otay Mesa is the South Bay’s forgotten campus, a lonely outpost in la frontera. For the center’s stellar nursing students, however, this out-of-the-way educational oasis is like a second home. Once a year it is time for …

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UC application period begins

Students have one month to apply for transfer to University of California and California State Universities beginning Saturday, Nov. 1. The UC application is available on the UC admissions website. Transfer applicants can use the application to apply to any of the nine UC schools for $75 each. A fee waiver for four UC schools is available for low-income U.S. residents, U.S. citizens and AB 540 students, according to the UC admissions website. A two-prompt personal essay is required for …

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Quarantined Sun reporter gives first hand account of Ebola scare incident

It began as a day like any other day. It ended with young, healthy students thankful for our health. Ebola has a way of putting things in perspective. Dr. Erin Browder’s anthropology class was interesting as always, punctuated on this day by a film about gorillas, lemurs, monkeys and chimpanzees as the narrator romped from South America to Africa to Asia. At 9:15 a.m. one student begins stuffing his property into his backpack.  Like the primates in the video, we …

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In Pictures: Quarantined on Campus

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A WELL-DOCUMENTED SUCCESS—Alejandra Garcia graduated from SWC in 2014. She has transfered to San Diego State University to earn a four- year degree. Photo by Rick Flores.

Undocumented students step forward

Even though they walk through the same brilliantly sun-lit halls as every other Southwestern College student, hundreds of young scholars live in a perpetual shadow. Every day could be their last in America. Most of SWC’s undocumented students were brought to the U.S.A as young children by their parents. Many have no memory of Mexico and are as American as an Idaho farm boy or an Oklahoma homecoming queen. Some of SWC’s AB540 students were homecoming queens themselves, as well …

Dr. Gordon Browning: 1920-2014

Many dream of changing the world. Few do. Dr. Gordon Browning did. Chula Vista said its final farewell to Browning this summer. His lifespan of 94 years was enough to make his community better. Browning, a dentist, served on the Southwestern College Governing Board for 20 years, from 1969 to 1998, and helped develop the Dental Hygiene Program, which has become one of the college’s signature programs. Christine Perri, dean of the National City campus which hosts the program, credited …

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SWC’s Instruction Support Specialist Wins National Award

  Larry Lambert is an astronaut in the Stone Age. Bringing education into the future is no easy battle, but SWC’s tireless online instructional support specialist is a crusader and for modernity. People have noticed Lambert’s vision and have made him an inaugural recipient of the National Blackboard MVP Award. “I feel extremely honored that I was chosen,” he said. “Awards like these are never accomplished in singularity.” Lambert earned this award because of his “expert skills, knowledge and involvement …

‘BONITAFEST LIVES’: Community rallies to save Bonita tradition

“Bonitafest lives!” These powerful words echoed across Otay Lakes Road at the opening of this year’s street fair, signaling to all who passed by that the people had spoken. Bonitafest is alive. Bonitafest is here to stay. In the wake of a Bonita Business and Professional Association (BBPA) vote to permanently disband this May, most thought the 41-year-old festival was good as gone. Hard work and dedication ultimately overtook dismay and like a phoenix, a new festival rose from the …