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Breaking the news: Former NBC journalist, CVPD PIO scores big ratings with SWC students

Bernard Gonzales wanted to be a baseball player when he was a kid, but in college he traded the bullpen for the ink pen. Journalism was the big winner. Gonzales said journalism is more than passion and good words, it is a conviction. “A journalist is someone who is curious about their world enough to go out and find out more about it without bending the rules, violating trust or misrepresenting what they find,” he said. “(They) shouldn’t take the …

ETERNAL VIGILANCE— Student Veterans Organization President Tim Walsh protected diplomats and State Department professionals in foreign lands. Later he guarded the rights and defended the futures of Southwestern College Veterans during a notable year of leadership on campus. Photo by Karen Tome.

Well-traveled ex-Marine a stellar campus leader

Ex-Marine Tim Walsh has straddled elephants in Thailand, scaled Machu Picchu, defended U.S. embassies in Kenya and Uruguay, and now lives in Tijuana. His favorite corner of the world, though, is the new Veterans Resource Center at Southwestern College. Walsh, president of the Student Veterans’ Organization, helped open the new center last semester. He said he is very happy student veterans now have a quiet sanctuary on campus. Patti Larkin, director of Financial Aid Evaluations and Veterans Services, said she …

SWC’s Arlo Elizarraraz scores points with his arguments.

Debate at the Border an international incident

SAN YSIDRO— North America’s best debate yet on the volatile issue of immigration reform was not in the Senate, House or C-SPAN, but at San Ysidro Middle School. “Debate on the Border” was the first series of public debates organized by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). Southwestern College students and students from Universidad La Salle Noroeste in Sorona, Mexico debated SB 744, which focuses on border and immigration issues. Irena Kotikova, IDEA U.S. executive director, said members of her …

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Public safety assistants ready to lend a hand

Public Safety Assistants at Southwestern College are mostly known for two things, driving pick-up trucks and writing tickets. That is not all PSAs are trained for. A largely-untapped campus resource is just a phone call away. PSAs can jump-start vehicles, assist students locked out of their cars, control traffic and escort students to their vehicles. SWC does not have signs or emails promoting PSA services, but they do exist. Office clerk Aaren Phoenix said students should use the service. “Students …

Festival of Nations is a global phenomenon

Hundreds of Southwestern College students traveled around the world without passports, vaccines or full body scans. Festival of Nations celebrated SWC’s cornucopia of cultures and no one had jet lag. Members of the Book Club, Laulima Hulahui and Pagkakaisa set the tone, dressed in the traditional clothing of the countries they represented as they prepared traditional foods. Three winners were chosen for best presentations at the festival. Laulima Hulahui representing Guam took third place, Pagkakaisa representing the Phillipines was second and the Spanglish Club and their representation of Peru won first place. An ASO panel honored the Child Development Club with the award for best booth for its representation of Mexico and their market-style cantina used to give out food …

Chef Haro memorial dedicated

Raul Haro was a chef, not an Asian holy man, but he likely created more good karma than many monasteries. Even years after his tragic death from pancreatic cancer, Haro’s kindness and love for his co-workers at Southwestern College still resonate. Thelma Llorens Corrao, administrative secretary II at the Higher Education Center Otay Mesa, organized a ceremony to dedicate a memorial for Haro. “This was a way to bring us back together and think about Raul,” she said. “Have a moment of silence and remember all the goodness and services he provided to us as a family.” Haro’s many friends and family members shared a favorite memory. They celebrated Haro’s uplifting spirit. He was a passionate cook who cared for …

Crown Cove Aquatic Center an Ocean of Fun

Legions of Southern California college students stare out the window on the sunny days wishing they could be surfing instead of being in class. Now they can do both. Surf’s up at the Southwestern College Crown Cover Aquatic Center on Silver Strand State Beach. So is sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddling. SWC’s innovative water sports campus has hallways of sand, ceilings of sun and classrooms of blue Pacific Ocean. Director Patricia Milkovich seems reluctant to admit that she loves …

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Multimedia: Dream On

Hundreds of protesters on both sides of the border made it clear that their dreams are alive. Students on both sides of the Otay Mesa Border Crossing shared their dreams. They dreamed that deported students could go back to their homes in the United States. That dream remains alive even if the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is dead, at least for now. Even a balky Congress could not quash the dream. Wearing graduation caps and …

TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE - JoseLuis Baylon, a neuroscience major, collects a sample of carcasses from an estimated 5,000 European honeybees hastily sterminated near parking lot J.  Baylon later spoke at the governing board meeting and told college officials that killing a colony of bees that posed no threat to humans was a violation of state and federal law.  Trustees ordered an examination of district procedures related to bees.
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Slaughter of bees on campus may have violated law

A global die off of life-giving bees has scientists perplexed, farmers on edge and informed humans worried about our future. Southwestern College apparently has not been paying attention to the buzz. College officials authorized the extermination of nearly 5,000 bees that had swarmed near Parking Lot J and some staff members want to know why. A clustered swarm of bees was discovered by Chula Vista Police near student parking and the area was closed down before a college landscaping employee …

CRACKING THE CODE - Dr. Van Stone designed the Mayan Hieroglyphics that ring the campus library.   Photo by John Domogma.

Hieroglyphics class carves its way back into schedule

Dr. Mark Van Stone can read the writing on the wall—even if its Mayan, Aztec, Olmec or Egyptian. He is, in fact, the rare man who prefers messages written in stone. Spring 2014 loomed as a temple of doom for Van Stone’s Art of Hieroglyphics class at Southwestern College due to low enrollment. Van Stone channeled his inner Indiana Jones and persevered. He put up flyers around campus in an effort to spread the word. From out of the jungles, …