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Quarantined Sun reporter gives first hand account of Ebola scare incident

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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 all follow this behavior as Dr. Browder tries to get in a few last remarks.  Everyone heads to the door, her voice fades, ear-buds are in, text messages start getting answered and the door opens. That’s when the routine became…

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 …

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From France With Love: A first hand account of SWC’s study abroad 2014

When I stepped off the plane at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, I was expecting a warm European summer welcome. Instead, I got a cold, wet slap to the face. Rain came down in torrents and wind shook the trees to their foundations. This was not going to be a San Diego summer, but that was okay. This was Paris. Cold, smoky and desolate. Not at all the quaint “City of Love” depicted in the golden age of …

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Twilight parade jump starts revitalized Bonitafest

Community members came together for a stroll around Rohr Park to kick of Bonitafest 2014. Click the first image to begin slideshow.   …

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One-on-One with ASO President: Part Two

Production Manager Mason Masis sits down with ASO President Sayaka Ridley. Credits: Broadcaster: Mason Masis Director: Mirella Lopez Videographer: Melvin Graham Production: Adriana Heldiz …

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One-on-One Interview with ASO President: Part One

Production Manager Mason Masis sits down with ASO President Sayaka Ridley. Broadcaster: Mason Masis Director: Mirella Lopez Videographer: Melvin Graham Producer: Adriana Heldiz …

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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 …

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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 …