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Tourist’s Guide to San Diego

May 21, 2015

There are many reasons why San Diego is named “America’s Finest City.” It was where pop-punk legends Blink-182 got their start, the place where th...

No Gray Area Here

No Gray Area Here

May 21, 2015

“We’re agents of change …” Anyone riding a San Diego trolley who has seen the plastered-on ad knows that much about San Diego City College students....

Crafting Culture

Crafting Culture

May 19, 2015

There’s something one should know every time they look to the drafts and swirling colored chalkboard at the Monkey Paw. There’s a laboratory hidden...

Spitting up teeth: Survival in the City

Mark Elliott

May 11, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on City Boxing. All the time I’ve spent watching stories center in a ring, be it cartoons, boxing, MMA or Professional Wrestling, and yet it’s still hard for me to figure out how to get in this white ring. I try to hop but it’s taller than I thought. Forget running in and sliding under th...

Spitting up teeth: Born here in the City

Mark Elliott

April 21, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on City Boxing. As mentioned in a previous installment of this column, San Diego wasn’t always a place where gyms were around nearly every block. These days, San Diego has a new facet to its identity thanks to fight culture — though that was never the case for our city block. Around our corner from City College is a blue box that promises “this place builds champs." We’re aware of that as we pass it on route to class. Outside that box you may have seen the champs wrapping hands, dragging jump rope or practicing slick rope-a-dope. Some City students among us live that promise firsthand and they’ll tell you-whether you're a 30 day passerby or a seasoned pugilist, City Boxing's aim is to leave you better. When you enter, there is a ring that meets ...

Spitting Up Teeth: Pop! Resting on frozen peas

Mark Elliott

March 10, 2015

“Alright! Elliott — E.B ... Match up!” Starting in standing position our hands shake, we circle round each other waiting for reaction, our palms slap to keep each other busy; keep each other thinking before the grab. It’s all over quite fast. Guard is pulled and so am I. “Twist, turn…and pop!” Pop! — Ahhhh! Tap! Never had...

Spitting Up Teeth: Rec Center Rolling

Mark Elliott

February 24, 2015

This begins in a place most fighters first learn their craft. Before this sandy town by the beach had foam lined gyms around most neighborhood blocks. If it was not your dad teaching you to use that good right hand, a person usually learns to fight in strip mall dojos or recreation centers found by word of mouth. Here in San Ysidro, in a room behind air hockey tables, ...

Swept Under the Rug: Solving San Diego’s Homeless Issue isn’t as Easy as it Seems

Mark Elliott

May 14, 2014

They’re all around us, you’ll notice. Take a stroll after class and you’ll see them surrounding San Diego City College. Try to walk to Pokez for a bite to eat and their blue tarp and shopping-cart-made homes are what you pass along the way. Even when you try to catch a trolley, you’ll find them lingering at the nearby station, asking for quarters, selling cigarettes...

East Village Haunts: Quick and Convenient Places to Satisfy Your Hunger Near Campus

Jennifer Manalili and Mark Elliott

May 14, 2014

It's not always the easiest thing to find time to eat when you're a busy college student, but sometimes you need to take a break from leftovers and tear yourself away from the usual cafeteria food and brown bag staples and treat yourself. (Food is nourishment for the soul is a popular saying for a reason, you know?) We encourage you to move beyond the cafeteria and usual...

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