Posts From the monthly archives: "September 2013"
Washington DC

While the legislature in California is on its interim recess, here are some assorted updates from Washington D.C. and other states outside of California and Nevada.


It is almost a guarantee that the federal government will shut down at …

Transfer Topics

A large percentage of all university students in California begin their academic careers in one of our state’s 112 community colleges. Despite the overwhelming success of California’s Community College system, which is by far the largest and arguably most successful …

Sam in the Sand

Table for One


Society is pretty uncomfortable with people who do things alone.  People are embarrassed to ask for a table/ticket/reservation for one.  We see people waiting alone and assume that they are lonely, have been stood up or have some other justification …

In this post, I want to share an article that touches on the issue of college access. I will summarize the article briefly, but I encourage everyone to read over the article; it is a little on the longer side, …


Getting Messy with Prezi


Prezi and messy don’t actually rhyme, but close enough…

Anyway, welcome everyone to another installment of Tech Tuesday with Grant Cushman, starring Grant Cushman! Today we’re going to be discussing Prezi and all of the wonderful features of this presentation …


I am on my first of five trips and have to say, gosh it feels good to be back on the road.  Maybe it is the two beds (one for napping/eating/tv watching, one for sleeping), or that my hair gets …


Back to School


“Back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight!”

Although a quote from Billy Madison may not seem like …

Katy Talking

Katy’s First (EVER!) Blog Post


Whew!  How about that start of the new year?  It sneaks up on us, delightful yet daunting after what we hope has been some rest in the Summer.

With Fall comes a new round of the familiar for most of …

Sam's Jeep

Thank You For Being A Platinum Member


There is a division in the USC Office of Admission.  It causes heated debate.  It can define travel.  It certainly is something that defines a person.  Are you Hilton or Marriott?  (Or do you walk on the wilder side with …


My 50th First Day of School


Since Mrs. Loomis’ kindergarten class at Parkway Elementary School in Fall 1963, through and including last Monday, August 26, 2013 at Santa Monica College, I have celebrated, and I do mean celebrated, 50 straight “First Days of School”.  I have …