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July 8, 2016 – The Daily Orbit

Expressions: European colonization of the Americas

When Europeans landed and began to colonize in the Americas, the different European groups began to assert their power over the land and indigenous people; first the Spanish in the Caribbean and the majority of Latin America, the Portuguese in Brazil, and the British, French, and Dutch in the eastern parts of North America. They built new settlements and began looking for ways to use the natural resources of the land for their own gain.

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Torok’s jazz symposium

Last Wednesday March 31st I attended a Jazz concert at the Music Department of MiraCosta College. This was not one of you run of the mill, band comes on stage, band plays gig, band says goodnight and walk off stage type of evening. It was part professionally executed flawless performance, and part music symposium for Jazz connoisseurs. The event was lead by Steve Torok Music Department Chair, whose intelligence and talent was rivaled only by his quirky sharp wit. The performance was a collegiate affair held in one of the performance/studio classrooms; completely designed for acoustics. The performance was a study of Oliver Nelson a 20th century Jazz musician and his 1961 album The Blues And The Abstract Truth.

There are six numbers on this record. In addition Torok, and his ensemble would play Nelson’s original over the house PA, he then would give a well-informed synopsis of the piece and its components therein: key, instrumentation, names of musicians on original recording, and recording techniques used.

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Where I am from

I am from long nights around the campfire with my ears honing in on harmonies. Listening with wonder as voices and instruments would weave tapestries around my imagination and soul. From a place where learning the D and the G chord filled me with great ideas and delusions of grandeur. Where the record collection in the house was, that is where you would find me.

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MCC time capsule: a brief history

The O-JCJ continued to grow during the economically prosperous decade of the 1950s, and the college was moved to a property next to Oceanside High School. In 1956 the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted Oceanside-Carlsbad Jr. College its full accreditation status. By 1960, the administration began to look for a new location for the O-CJC due to the increase in the attendance at both Oceanside High and Oceanside-Carlsbad Jr. College. In 1960, the school district voted to have a separate Junior college district, and moved to the O-CJC to its new hilltop home purchased for $575,000. On Sept. 21, 1964, 1,790 students enrolled in both day and night time classes. John McDonald, who was also an alumni of O-CJC, became President/Superintendent that year and held that position up until his retirement in 1982. From being a small extension of Oceanside High, to its ocean view hilltop home, the college was recognizable as the MiraCosta we now call home.

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