Rae Zundel

SDCCD releases vaccine requirement and limited back-to-campus fall plan

With questions and rumors swirling on how and when the San Diego Community College District will reopen its campuses, Chancellor Constance M. Carroll released a statement earlier this week to students and staff in an email, delivering a preliminary answer.

“By fall, the goal is to have many more classes and operations provided in-person,” said Carroll. As of now, the SDCCD Chancellor’s Cabinet is planning to identify an “incremental timeline” that will discuss the gradual expansion of classes o

Art exhibit sparks new interest in printmaking

A line of cars passed through a Mesa parking lot on May 7 as the Mesa Art Gallery opened their new show to the public. “Heavy Duty: A Steamroller Printmaking Exhibition” was conceived and orchestrated by Gallery Director Alessandra Moctezuma, whose passion for printmaking was evident in the fun twist she brought to the creative process.

Last fall, the art gallery pivoted under COVID-19 restrictions to successfully put on an outdoor, drive-thru art exhibit. This spring, Moctezuma said that she w

Steamroller helps Mesa Art Gallery launch new exhibition

In a Mesa parking lot on April 21, a steamroller rumbled to life, ready to press large-scale prints for an upcoming event at the Mesa Art Gallery. Not even gray skies or an earlier morning drizzle could dampen the excitement of the small group gathered there.

“Heavy Duty: A Steamroller Printmaking Exhibition,” will open to the public starting May 7 and will feature fabric prints by local artists as well as two prints with designs from Mesa students. The artwork will be displayed along a chain-l

SDCCD Board of Trustees selects Carlos O. Cortez as next chancellor

On March 16, the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees announced that they have selected finalist Carlos O. Cortez to be the next district chancellor. Cortez will fill the position following current chancellor Constance M. Carroll’s retirement.

Cortez told The Mesa Press, “I am both humbled and honored to be chosen as the next chancellor for the San Diego Community College District. As an educator, administrator, fundraiser, policy advocate, and champion of student equity, I look forwar

‘Knowin’ my condition’: DJ Kuttin Kandi’s journey into art justice

“I rock gold earrings cause I be girl, be | and I do it for the art, I be what I was born to do | because I am a descendant of storytellers | and I write stories for people in the dark | I spark because writing is a struggle against silence | I be making small movements but I scream like a giant.” — DJ Kuttin Kandi

A self-labeled “People’s Hip Hop DJ Scholar,” DJ Kuttin Kandi has been on the scene since the ‘90s, scratching out beats on the turntables, spittin’ fire in her spoken word poetry an

Mesa president seeking chancellorship shares her vision

The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees interviewed Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster in a public forum on Feb. 22 in an effort to find a replacement for retiring Chancellor Constance M. Carroll.

In two separate one-hour sessions held over Zoom, Luster answered questions and shared her views on adaptability and “economic vitality” in the face of COVID-19 as well as the District’s continuing pursuit of “diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“[COVID-19] is the single largest

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