October 22 News Briefs

Judge allows Chinatown construction to continue

The Montgomery-Washington Limited Partnership’s attempt to postpone construction of the new Chinatown Campus fell through with the denial of the partnership’s court injunction by a San Francisco Superior Court judge on Oct. 16, allowing preparations for the campus’ Nov. 1 groundbreaking ceremony to continue.
The partnership, which owns a tower near the proposed site of the campus, filed the injunction in attempt to postpone construction until December, when hearings for the partnership’s case against the construction will begin. Until then, progress will continue as anticipated said Martha Lucey, dean of public information and marketing.

Dr. Don Q. Griffin

City College to hold forums for Chancellor semifinalists

The Chancellor Search Committee announced the semifinalists for the Chancellor position on Oct. 8, which has been vacant since the departure of Dr. Philip R. Day Jr. in March. Interim Chancellor Dr. Don Q. Griffin, Coastline College President Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie and Stark State College President Dr. John O’Donnell are the three candidates currently vying for the position. The college has scheduled public forums for each of the candidates during the week of Oct. 24 in the Diego Rivera Theater. Dr. O’Donnell’s forum was held on Oct 20 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Dr. Currie’s forum is scheduled to occur on Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dr. Griffin’s forum will be held on Oct. 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information and links to brief biographies of the candidates, visit

Lou Dematteis co-teaches a photojournalism class at City College and recently put out a book called Crude Reflections.

Photojournalist to speak about drilling in the Amazon

Award-winning photojournalist and former Reuters staff photographer Lou Dematteis will give two presentations on Nov. 5 for “Crude Reflections / Cruda Realidad: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rain forest”, a book co-authored with Kayana Szymczak. The book uses photos to tell the human and environmental impact of oil drilling in the Ecuadoran Amazon. The first presentation will be on Ocean campus at 11 a.m. in the Rosenberg Library, room 304; the second is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Mission campus in room 275.

Dematteis has been traveling and photographing Ecuador since 1988, chronicling the effects of oil drilling in the region. In the 1990’s he spent time in Vietnam where he worked on “A Portrait of Viet Nam”, which documents the social and economic transformation of Vietnam. Dematteis also served for 10 years as the San Francisco photo bureau chief for Reuters. Crude Reflections is his third book.


In the Oct. 8 issue of The Guardsman, a story incorrectly stated the GIS Learning Center may offer future credit courses through the geography department. The geography department currently offers GIS courses for credit as part of a three course certificate program, but neither the courses nor the certificate are connected in any way to the GIS Learning Center.

The Guardsman