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Graduating students to walk May 20

Conor Kelly Staff Writer

College graduation is the mark of a new beginning and an end of something that the participants were committed to for an extended, and sometimes unknown, amount of time. For most of the MiraCosta College student body, this moment is just around the corner. Some sooner than others. The soonest group is already preparing for graduation on May 20. After hard work and stamina through sixty units of coursework, constituting of general education and major requirements, these students are moving on to the next stage in their life.

Whether they are continuing their education or working on their career, one thing is for certain: they will bring a diversity of perspectives and a wealth of talent to whatever they apply themselves to. Their life experiences, socioeconomic statuses, and ethnicities have played a major role in the multicultural diversity of the MiraCosta College campus for a number of years and while their positions are soon to be replaced, their impact on the campus will always be remembered.

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Dance Break opens May 8

Dance Break is the Dance Program’s concert to showcase the wide range of student skills. Dave Massey, Trisha Hanada-Rogers and many students come together to choreograph, practice and plan the concert to be showed five times, from May 8-11. Dance styles showcased at the event span jazz, ballet, modern, tap, contemporary, commercial and world dance.

Dance Break is performed at the MiraCosta College Theatre. Show times at 7:30 p.m. on May 8, 9, and 10, then afternoon shows at 2 p.m. on May 10 and 11.

General admission, $15; seniors/staff, $12; students, $10; preview night: all seats, $10

Reserved seating. Children under five not admitted to dance performances.

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Technical Director retires


Kelly Kissinger with some of his props from past plays. Photo by Bethany Blakeney

Stage builder Kelly Kissinger is set to retire this June after investing 39 years in MiraCosta College’s Theatre Department.  The Technical Director for “The Fox on the Fairway” was backstage “striking,” or tearing down, what would be his final stage for MiraCosta College.

Kissinger began as an actor and student at the college in 1970 and left to attend Hayward University. He loved theatre and later began building stages for the Old Globe Theatre.  As fate would have it, one day in 1975 he came to the theatre only greet his former instructors, and, 39 years later, Kissinger laughed, “I’ve been here ever since.”

When asked how Kissinger was going to spend his retirement, he stated, “I heard the key is to stay really busy at first, so I have a lot of vacations lined up over the summer.” He will be vacationing to Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon, the Sierras, and fly fishing in Idaho.  “I’ll be back though. I’m finally going to have time to audition,” Kissinger said.

Kissinger has been in several plays at MiraCosta College over the course of his career but was so involved in building the sets he didn’t have time to audition for many of the plays. He was in the last two Shakespeare plays and is excited to be able to have time to do more.

The college is in the process of narrowing down the applicants, in which just two of the ten applicants are from California.

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San Elijo to host blood drive

The San Diego Blood Bank is holding a blood and marrow drive at the San Elijo campus on May 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To make an appointment go to the San Diego Blood Bank website. Click “Donate Blood,” select “appointments” on the next page, and enter the sponsor code “MCSE.” It has been requested that all inquiries for more information about this event be addressed to the San Elijo Campus Health Services, which can be reached at chlamay@miracosta.edu, (760)795-6675 ext. 7747, or in person.

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Car and motorcycle show and contest to take place Saturday

Car Show 2014-2The 4th Annual MiraCosta College Car and Motorcycle Show will take place on May 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the college’s military and EOPS students. There will be a live DJ, awards, food, drinks and drawings. Local high school automotive students will compete with their cars.  The event is at the Oceanside campus, at the Parking Lot 1A (Lot 2A for spectators) near the Campus Police Building. The costs for registering in the competition are the following: military, $10, students, $10, public, $15, and the day-of-event registration of $20. The show is free to spectators. For more information, call (760) 757-2121, x6354.


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