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Business student soars academically

BY CHAYAN GARCIA STUDENT CONTRIBUTOR Local College of the Desert student Alex Enriquez solidifies his academic achievements at COD by accepting his hard earned admittance to University of California, Irvine. Enriquez majored in business administration and plans to continue his studies in business economics. When Enriquez started college he was determined to transfer to a 4-year […]

Public Safety Academy recognizes cadets

BY JESUS MAGAÑA FEATURES EDITOR The Basic Peace Officer Training and Basic Fire Academy Awards Ceremony recognized all together 24 cadets at the McCallum Theatre. There were 12 recognized from each program. The cadets were able to earn their certificates after working hard at meeting the training requirements prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and […]

Professor Tapleshay says goodbye

BY JUAN RODRIGUEZ FEATURES CONTRIBUTOR As we say goodbye to many graduating College of the Desert students, we also say goodbye to a few beloved professors. One in particular has been a favorite for many here at COD. Students, faculty and staff will say goodbye to English Professor Jack Tapleshay. He has worked at COD […]

COD welcomes new career & workforce director

PRESS RELEASE College of the Desert is pleased to announce its recent hire of Robert St. Juliana as its new Director of the Career & Workforce Solutions Center. Within this role, Robert will help the center towards its mission of supporting the economic vitality of the Coachella Valley, as well as developing relationships and introducing […]

Jazz at the Pollock near its final performance

BY JESUS MAGAÑA FEATURES EDITOR Jazz at the Pollock is a concert at COD featuring campus talent, including students, teachers and even some guest artists. There are several show this spring. In the first show, composer Carl Rigoli, who has performed music professionally since he was 16, teamed up with faculty members to put on a jazz show with […]

Comic shops are alive in Palm Desert

BY JAMES TOSCANO FEATURES EDITOR There are many places you can visit to pass the time and read a book about history, romance and science in writing, but what about having it all set in color and in action? Comic shops are out there and in Palm Desert there are two unique stores called Desert Oasis Comics and Comic […]

Writers in the midst

BY JAMES TOSCANO FEATURES EDITOR It’s incredible how many students have different talents at COD but are hardly noticed. Such is the case for author Eliasar “EJ” Astorga. Eliasar, or EJ, as he is known in his writing and is in his fourth semester at COD. He has already managed to get a book published over the course […]

Desert Sun editor James Meier joins COD

BY JESUS MAGAÑA FEATURES EDITOR College of the Desert is always adding new staff and faculty to help improve the school. The new interim director of community relations, James Meier, is one of them. Meier’s job is to make sure everything that happens at COD is communicated throughout the campus and the surrounding community. Meier started building a career in […]

COD student living his dream

BY CHAYAN GARCIA STUDENT CONTRIBUTOR College of the Desert (COD) student Luis Contreras born in Morelos, Mexico. He has little memories from that time, being as he only lived there for about a year. Living most of his life in the Coachella Valley has lit a flame for capturing his dreams with photography, with a […]

COD art instructor leaves legacy

BY VIRGINIA SANTILLANES STUDENT CONTRIBUTOR Susan Smith Evans, retired art and photography instructor at College of Desert (COD) died on March 6 at her home in Palm Desert when her car reportedly rolled over her in her driveway. Evans was 68. During her time as an instructor at COD, she was named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of […]

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