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Road work snarls Lodi commute By Emily Beaton Assistant News Editor

Sixteen million dollars and several detours later, Lodi and Stockton residents are still undergoing the construction on Harney Lane. The initial goal of this construction project was to build an overpass on Harney Lane, that would be over the train tracks that currently run through it. This plan was aimed at helping decrease traffic for local drivers. However, since the start of this project in April 2016, drivers have faced all sorts of difficulties. Therefore, it’s made the commute to school harder for students who don’t venture on to the freeway. With the initial time estimate being 18 months of construction, local

drivers have had to find new routes to get to where they need to go. Jasmine Canela, a senior at Lodi’s Tokay High School, has experienced great difficulty when driving to and from school, due to the Harney Lane construction. “It used to take me five minutes or so to get to school, and now it takes me 20 minutes on a good day. I hate that Harney Lane is closed,” said Canela. Due to having limited options when it comes to available streets, the roads have become more congested and traffic has highly increased. With Harney being a main street in Lodi and being currently unavailable to residents, other streets have been substituted in its place. Streets such as Ham, Century and Stockton street have increased in the

amount of cars that they normally have, as well as drivers and pedestrians being more accident prone. A freshman at Tokay High was recently hit while walking through a crosswalk to school on Ham lane. “Everyone is always in a rush and the roads are so impacted now. I feel that all this traffic could potentially cause more accidents,” said Canela. San Joaquin Delta College student Yesica Torres, has endured great difficulty getting both her and her siblings to school on time due to all of the current traffic from the construction projects in both Lodi and Stockton. “Well, honestly, in terms of how I feel about the construction itself, it’s quite irritating to say the least. Traffic has become a real pain and it’s made it difficult for me when

See ROAD WORK, page 8


Passport program reaches end for students By Mark Larks Copy Editor

Passport to College, a program that has paid the tuition of numerous Delta College students since 2014 is coming to an end. The program began in 2006 targeting over 12,000 fifth graders in 17 different school districts. Of those students, nearly 1,200 eventually enrolled at Delta College. “Basically, it was an offer that they chose to accept if they met the requirements up to senior year of high school,” said Marie Williams, administrative assistant for the Passport to College Program at Delta College. These requirements, Williams said, included attending presentations by Delta students and staff, as well as field trips to the Delta College campus. Participants in the Passport to College Program were also required to attend workshops throughout middle and high school aimed at better preparing them for college.   Parents of participating students were required to attend meetings as well.   Upon graduating from high school, these students were eligible for free tuition — up to 60 units, or two years’ worth of credits at Delta.   The 60 units had to be completed within three years of continuous enrollment. Units from failed and dropped classes were counted toward the mandated maximum in an effort to insure that students were taking their academic goals seriously. According to Williams, the program was set to expire after the Fall 2016 semester, however, students who were in the program and hadn’t completed 60 units were still eligible to receive free tuition for the Spring 2017 semester. Funding for the Passport to College Program was made possible by a $2.25 million loan agreement to the Delta College Foundation, approved by Delta’s Board of Trustees in October 2012. The goal of the Passport to College Program was to increase the number of college students in the San Joaquin County area by targeting students at a young age and reinforcing the importance of higher education.    Williams, who has been involved with Delta’s Passport to College Program since its inception, said that it’s special to see students she met as elementary school students now coming to Delta, but noted that many students who pledged to participate didn’t follow through on the commitment, either dropping out or relocating to a location out of the district. Staying in the program, however, can lead to success. “Our commencement speaker last year was in the Passport Program,” said Williams, referring to Megan Maxey, a former Collegian editor from Galt who served last fall as news editor of The Daily Titan, the school newspaper at Cal State University, Fullerton. At the moment, there are no plans to renew or replace the Passport to College Program at Delta College. With the Passport to College Program coming to an end, some students are unsure how they will pay for the rest of their time at Delta. “It’s been a big help, you know?” said Tony Hunter, a student who is in the program and plans on transferring to Chico State.   “I’m almost there, but I barely cover my books, so now I have to start thinking about next semester.  Maybe work this summer to cover classes.”



Future of journalism unsure By Mark Larks

EDITOR IN CHIEF Mikael Honzell NEWS EDITOR Killian Barnhart ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR Emily Beaton FEATURE EDITOR Francina Sanchez OPINION EDITOR Gloria Gibbs SPORTS EDITOR Chanelle Muerong ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Dylan Loura ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST Christopher Donaldson COPY EDITOR Mark Larks SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Evenlyn Villalobos SENIOR STAFF WRITERS Andres Aguirre Joey Boscacci Jasmine Gonzalez Analese Najera Elany Orozco Moriah Stall Aliyah Stoeckl Zachary Vera Ramon Zuniga STAFF WRITERS Alex Coba Ismat Dajani Victoria Franco Stacia Greeberg Cluadia Lopez Orlando Mabalot David Michael Austin Nordyke Joshua Sartain Raj Singh Raul Torres Noodles Tran Garrett Wilson Tony Yang ADVISER Tara Cuslidge-Staiano ADVERTISING The Collegian offers display advertising. Contact us at (209) 954-5156 or LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters raising issues and opinions are encouraged. EDITORIAL Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the staff. Comments, letters and editorials with a byline represent the opinion of the writer. This paper doesn’t endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, the Mass Communication department, the Fine Arts Division, the printer or Delta College administration. MISSION STATEMENT The Collegian is a student run First Amendment newspaper that prides itself on a commitment to the students of Delta College while maintaining independence. We reinvigorate the credo that the newspaper speaks for the students, checks abuses of power and stands vigilant in the protection of democracy and free speech.

Feb. 10, 2017

Copy Editor


ast semester I wrote an opinion piece for the collegian expressing my concern regarding a Donald Trump presidency. No, I wasn’t concerned about mass deportations (which I still doubt will happen), nor was I concerned about a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (which I also doubt will happen, despite rumors to the contrary). I was concerned about the future of journalism. Because of his contentious and antagonistic relationship with the press during his presidential campaign, Trump began suggesting that journalists had too much protection from existing libel laws. A new Supreme Court justice could solve that “problem” by aiding in the overturning of New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark case that established the standards that must be met to prove libel. That new Supreme Court justice would, naturally, be nominated by Trump if he won the election. Now that Trump sits in the White House, I am extremely concerned about the future of journalism. Not because of anything he has done or anything I think he might do. I’m concerned because journalism is doing itself more harm than President Trump ever could. BuzzFeed, a major news source for millennials, recently published an article documenting alleged misconduct perpetrated by candidate Trump. The allegations ranged from election impropriety to sexual escapades. BuzzFeed’s source? Per BuzzFeed, it was a “former British intelligence officer,” but it was created by pranksters using the web forum 4chan. While it wouldn’t be the first time a news outlet was duped by a prankster, BuzzFeed made no attempt to veri-

fy the allegations before publishing them, violating one of the most basic rules of journalism : when in doubt, toss it out. Many may find it easy to ignore BuzzFeed’s negligence, seeing as it has not yet established itself as a major “go-to” news source for most demographics. BuzzFeed, however, is poised to become the “new CNN.” Co-founder and executive chairman Kenneth Lerer co-founded and served as chairman of The Huffington Post. In 2011, Lerer hired Ben Smith of Politico to be editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed in an effort to expand the site’s serious journalistic endeavors. Whether BuzzFeed is successful in its aspirations remains to be seen. But if BuzzFeed is truly the future of journalism as many seem to think, Smith’s reaction to the sloppy and reckless reporting practices that have occurred under his watch are quite disturbing. When addressing the decision to run an article that was dubious in nature and admittedly unverified, Smith replied: “Publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.” Even after getting scolded by other reporters and news outlets Smith continued to defend BuzzFeed’s journalism by saying”“We are now in a media environment where you have to engage in false statements.” Rather than err on the side of caution as most journalists are taught to do, Smith advocates libel and slander and justifies it as the new role of reporters in 2017. Way to show respect to the incredible right journalists have to freedom of the press, Mr. Smith. If this really is the future of journalism, then go ahead, Trump. Find yourself a Supreme Court justice who will do away with New York Times v. Sullivan. It looks like we won’t be needing it.

As times change, ‘dating’ does too By Analese Najera


Senior Staff Writer

imes have changed and dating has changed as well phrases such as “going steady” have changed to “its casual”. Relationships now have several definitions such as “FWB” (Friends with Benefits) and “open relationships.” “Dating has become more like hook up culture,” said Joseph Gudino, a first-year student at Delta. Hooking up is more common now rather than being in a relationship. “The worst thing about dating in this generation is catchin’ feelings. Millennials are so afraid to feel for another person that having emotional attachment is now a legitimate fear amongst most teens/young people,” said Phillip Rodriguez, a second-year student at Delta. “I think dating just simply has a new definition. Dating has a different purpose based on our different culture,” said Gudino. People are making their own rules when it comes to dating.Women are becoming bolder. We ask men out now, and even pay for them on

dates, not saying that there’s anything wrong with that. There is a change though. Times have changed and the gender norms and expectations are transforming. Some things haven’t changed though, such as not knowing what exactly it is a person wants from you or their intentions. “People are looking for different things. It’s almost like you have to just guess,” said Gudino. As time goes on so does the way we interact with people. Instead of meeting someone the old fashion way of face to face, people go to meeting people online, using sites such as Tinder or Zoosk. “It is easier to socialize and become acquainted with people on social media. This is not always an advantage. Interacting online is far less personal than spending time alone over dinner and a movie,” said Kaila Gilbert, a second-year student at Delta. Though technology makes it easier to interact with people, it makes it harder to read a person and be able to see what exactly the person wants, whether it’s a relationship or a hookup.

“It is easier to date now but at the cost of quality, there are so many people trying to get out there and just date, that they are indirectly hurting people who want something serious,” said Rodriguez. It arguably makes it harder to socialize with someone face to face, and even makes it easier to cheat. “From my experiences, you will not always be so lucky to find someone who is honest about the life they live through their cellphone,” said Gilbert. Relationships have become more about image since everything is on social media, it’s like if your boyfriend did something special you have to post it, ruining the moment that may have been meant for two people. “Our cellphones are the new outlet for affection. You want to see your significant other? Just FaceTime them. Your boyfriend bought you a beautiful new necklace? Ofcourse you must show it off for your followers to see,” Gilbert adds. As time changes so do people as a society we grow, and there is always both pros and cons to the transformation that comes with change.

Men are becoming the new face of make up By Francina Sanchez


Feature Editor

eginning in 2015 to now there has been an explosive movement on social media of makeup artists, makeup lovers and supporters. The majority of women and men who use social media outlets as a self-promoting platform in the makeup industry are using it for a potentially growing business. Yes, men, who aren’t new to the business. Men have amazing skills in this industry and are becoming the face of the beauty industry. 

In 2016 Cover Girl made James become an ambassador for MaybelCharles, a 17-year-old, their first line Cosmetics, Patrick Simondac, male ambassador. (Patrick Starr) who is now an amHe is a makeup artist that shares bassador for NYX cosmetics, Angel his work on YouMerino, (Mac_daddyy) Tube, Instagram who is a celebrity makeRead an extended version and other social up artist. of this story at media outlets and These men are inhe is not alone.  fluential and changing Men are being the game. Merino, for recognized for their talents and are instance, has the makeup line Artist slowly changing the way society Couture, that is thriving. Gutierrez views the way men express themand Simondac also have makeup in selves by wearing makeup. Some of collaboration with some top makethese men are Manny Guiterrez, up lines. These men are bringing or MannyMua733, who has also something new to the table.

Planned Parenthood gives men, women opportunities By Evelyn Villalobos


Social Media Editor

he Los Angeles Times released an article titled “Crossing the ‘abortion desert’: Women increasingly travel out of their states for the procedure.” The article highlights the harsh reality of a 22-year-old woman named Pearl who couldn’t book an abortion in her home state of Oklahoma due to availability issues. As a result of the limited access to resources, Pearl was forced to travel four hours away to Kansas in order to have the procedure. Pearl is just one example of the many women who are met with this complication. “Anti-abortion politicians like Mike Pence target Planned Parenthood health centers because they provide abortion,” according to IStandwithpp. org. “But it’s already federal law that patients cannot use federal funding, like Medicaid, for abortion (except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the woman is at risk).” But abortion services are just one of the many services offered by Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a health care provider for women and men in the United States. “Planned Parenthood operates nearly 650 health centers,” according to the organizations official website, The assistance Planned Parenthood offers is seemingly limitless, but the organization also plays the role of “an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world.” With a growing number of clinics shutting down across the nation, women are beginning to face the


stressful and inconvenient dilemma of finding access to affordable health care. Services despite abortion include assistance with general health care, men’s sexual health care, emergency contraception, sexual orientation and gender, pregnancy, relationships, sex and sexuality, women’s health, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), relationships, and birth control. In March 2016, I recognized a need for birth control. At that time, I was a full-time student with a part- time job and no health insurance. I was struggling. After doing research and making phone calls, I realized that I couldn’t afford medical insurance to cover my birth control. A friend of mine recommended I schedule an appointment with Planned Parenthood. So I made a phone call that lasted under five minutes. A few days later I was seen by a nurse. I was able to finally get the care I needed in a reasonable amount of time, with very little difficulty. I recognize this is a privilege that not every woman, or man, in the United States has. I am privileged to have had received help from Planned Parenthood, because not all of those in need were or are able to. If Congress was to defund Planned Parenthood, “2.5 million people a year would lose access to birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests and more.” according to, along with women and men around the world are standing together in solidarity with Planned Parenthood to take a stand against the opposition; and to keep Planned Parenthood’s doors open for the people who need the services that they provide. #IStandwithPP because I once needed Planned Parenthood too, and although I don’t need their services anymore I believe in protecting the health and rights of men and women across the United States.

Read more opinion stories from Collegian staff members on President Donald Trump and pet peeves at our website

MUSTANG VOICE What do you hate the most about the first week of school? “The parking, when I get here early I try looking for the closest parking spot and I just can’t find one so I always end up parking in the back.”


“Getting slammed with a lot of homework and I know it’s going to take a lot to stay up late, but it’s all worth it towards the end.”

JAMELA ANDERSON “The thing I hate the most about the first week of school is how crowded it is. And there is no parking anywhere, you have to drive around looking for parking for an hour. After a while it gets good because people just leave after like two weeks.”

DANYAL KHAN “Finding my classes, I have to struggle like all over the campus, to look for my classes. It’s a little bit challenging but you get used to it, the first week is the hardest one. So after you make some new friends then it goes smoothly after that. “


Marijuana offers more than just a high By Mikael Honzell


Editor in Chief

ow that recreational smoking of marijuana is legal for adults over 21 years old, it’s likely there will be more first timers trying it out in the coming months. Experiences will differ. For some, the experience will be more than they can handle. A common complaint amongst first timers when smoking marijuana is that it makes them feel like they’re having an anxiety attack; their thoughts start racing, heart beat increases and paranoia creeps in. This usually occurs when the user is going through a bad time; whether it be problems at home, or a deep-rooted personal issue that’s been gnawing at their mental well-being for some time. This was a problem for me when I tried it for the first time some years ago on a medicinal level; pot made me extremely aware of myself and my insecurities in a way I’ve never experienced before. It’s ironic that marijuana is prescribed to treat anxiety.

Smoking a bowl led to a lot of self-reflection. For the first time in a while I was listening to the things I’d say, how I presented myself around others and my overall attitude; which I didn’t like. I started to notice when I was being ungrateful or selfish, or even hard headed. Smoking pot made it harder for me to fabricate and justify things I wasn’t proud of. All the things one pushes back in their mind to avoid thinking about when sobreity comes flooding back when high, giving one no choice but to face it. “It” can be anything from seeing how the person you’re in a relationship with is making you un-happy, or that maybe your life isn’t going the way you hoped it would. That’s where the rapid heartbeat, racing thoughts and paranoia sets in, making the experience terrifying. Every now and then, there’s a story on the news about how someone calling the cops on themselves after eating pot brownies because they thought they were dying. But the truth is, no one has ever died from consuming marijuana. “A marijuana smoker would have to consume

20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying,” according to an article on Instead of calling the cops because you think you are going to have a heart attack or you’re afraid of this high never going away, take this time to pay attention to the negative thoughts that make you feel uncomfortable. Doing so will allow you to really analyze the negative thoughts that have been lingering around in your brain and decipher whether or not there is something to it; or if dwelling on it is just a waste of time. But if there’s something to that negative thought, I’d recommend finding the root of the problem and confronting it. In my opinion, there’s no medication that comes close to what marijuana can do for its users, especially when it comes to treating depression or anxiety. Those initial panic moments are fleeting, with the long-term effects being helpful. I realize that one doesn’t need to smoke marijuana to be able reflect on themselves and improve their life; but it sure does help.


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College Hour gets students 'back in the groove' By Gloria Gibbs Opinion Editor

The campus isn’t the only thing getting a make-over. The Associated Students of Delta College (ASDC) is looking to revamp campus life with a series of College Hour events on campus this semester. “Every month on the third Thursday of the month we have a college hour which is-with the student’s activity fee, students pay a $10 fee and with that money we post different college hours, so that’s every third Thursday of the month, it includes entertainment, food and sometimes we give out giveaways - it's just to promote campus life,” said Christina Arcos, vice president of student affairs. When students buy a Mustang Pass or student identification, they are buying their way into future College Hour events. “A student ID is not just a student ID. With your student ID you pay $10, your $10 dollars is really worth it every third Thursday of the month you get free food, and then you get discounts to many things-many stores we have a list of stores that you can use your student ID for discounts,” said Loren Mijares, senator of legislative affairs.

Students can purchase Mustang passes on the first floor of the Shima building in room 101F. College Hour in the past only offered free food or entertainment to the Mustang Pass holders in the quad area. “As students see the bigger things we can do they want to get the Mustang Pass,” said Arcos. Back in the Groove was the theme for the first College Hour. The event was held in Danner Hall unlike previous events that have been held in the quad. ASDC kicked off the first college hour of the semester on Jan. 26th at 12:30 p.m. with live music from acoustic duo Beth // James in Danner Hall. Beth // James whose real names are Jordan and Mikaela are an alternative indie folk duo from Austin. The two of them heard about college hour while performing at a National Association for campus activities (NACA) conference in Ontario, California. The duo performed original music along with covering popular hit songs such as “Love on Top” by Beyoncé and “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith. “The covers we choose to play are always songs we love. We always want to put our own spin on it and make it our

Beth // James perform in Danner Hall during ASDC's first college hour. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN ALEXANDER LOPEZ

own” said Mikaela from Beth // James. There was also free soup and sandwiches provided to all students, not just Mustang Pass holders, while supplies lasted. Mustang Passes will be required to get the food at future college hour events. The next College Hour will be Feb. 16 at 12:30 p.m. “The college tries to focus from the

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays as college hour so they don’t have as many classes during those times,” said Arcos. The next College Hour theme is a surprise. “Next month is gonna be really good so everyone should come out,” said Mijares when asked what students could expect at the next college hour.

Perks for Mustang Pass holder go beyond campus By Zachary Vera Senior Staff Writer

The Associated Students of Delta College (ASDC) are offering savings and perks with a purchase of a campus identification card for $10. The Mustang Pass is an official Delta College ID card which allows students instant

access to free campus events, promotional giveaways and services and discounts at the bookstore and cafeteria. “The Mustang Pass helps a lot despite the $10 fee with the various businesses offering discounts, the card pays itself off quickly,” says Dustin Weyand student pass holder. The pass serves as a form of

identification to take your exams and placement tests and also verifies your enrollment at Delta College. Mustang Pass holders are eligible for discounts at local businesses and establishments locally including: Apple, Subway, Wienerschnitzel, Mountain Mike's Pizza, Peet’s Coffee, Casa Flores and online at

Amazon Prime. To receive your Mustang Pass, bring your class schedule and receipt to the ASDC office, Shima 101F during regular office hours. Mustang Passes are issued the same day. Take full advantage of what the Mustang Pass has to offer. Learn more about the Mus-

tang Pass visit: deltacollege. edu/org/asdc/discountcardprogram.html Check out the list of stores and restaurants as well as details on how the Mustang Pass can save you on great food and products around town and online at: org/asdc/images/mustangpassdiscountposter.jpg

Scholarship opportunities more accessible than thought By Analese Najera Senior Staff Writer

There are a variety of scholarships available for incoming and transferring students to help you save money.

GO TO WEBSITES San Joaquin Delta College If you go to the school website,, on the home page somewhere near the bottom there is a scholarship page that you click on and it'll show you more information about scholarships. Students can apply for scholarships for the 2017-18 school year now through March 2 (CHECK THIS). The College Board Visit and type in your information, and it will match you with scholarships you qualify for, you need to make an account in order to fill scholarship apps out.

SCHOLARSHIPS BY MAJOR Gates Millennium Scholars

Amount: Varies Qualifications: “This scholarship provides outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Between 2000 and 2014, the average award was $12,785, and students may apply for a graduate school continuation.” Source: Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Scholarship Major: Women’s Studies Amount: $2,000 Qualifications: “Undergraduate or graduate students in women studies at Oregon State University can apply for this scholarship. Applicants will be judged on academic achievement, commitment to feminist ideals, community activism and financial need.” Source: Generation Google Scholarship Major: Computer Science or Computer Engineering Amount: Not specified

Qualifications: "Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology, be a high academic achiever, and be of an underrepresented heritage, including African American, Native American, Hispanic or female." Source: GE Funds LULAC Scholarship Program Major: Business or Engineering Amount: $5,000 Qualifications: "Students of any minority background can apply for this scholarship as long as they are sophomores through seniors in college. The scholarship has been developed to help minority students in completing their education particularly if they want to pursue a career in business or engineering." Source:

SCHOLARSHIPS BY ETHINCITY HSF General College Scholarship Deadline: March Amount: $500 to $5,000 Qualifications: “Hispanic students

who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a four-year institution the following fall. Outgoing high school seniors must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better; undergraduates, graduate students, and community college transfer students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.” Source: Anthony A. Welmas Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Qualifications: "Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at an accredited public school or a tribal college or university and be of Native American or Alaskan Indian heritage and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average." Source: Islamic Scholarship Fund Amount: Not specified Qualifications: "Numerous scholarship are available to Muslims or active members of the Muslim community. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade-point average to qualify, be enrolled in an ISF-approved major and enrolled in an accredited university." Source:


Who has spirit? Mustang cheer By Evelyn Villalobos


Social Media Editor

llow me to introduce myself. My name is Evelyn Villalobos and I am a second semester staff writer for The Collegian. My hope is this will be my last semester as a Delta College student, because after six long semesters, I finally got it together. Like the ending of a stage in life, I do have some regrets. In my time at Delta, I wish I would have spent less time stressing. At times, I was so stressed about being stressed, that I stressed even more because I couldn’t find a way to deal with all this stress. Rather than finding an outlet for me to escape, I sat and soaked in all my problems. I wasn’t aware of all the extracurricular activities and clubs Delta offered. As I begin my last semester as a Mustang, I have decided to try everything this college has to offer that I was either too afraid to do, never found the time to do, or didn’t think I could do. Where better to start than with the people who get the campus excited to be Mustangs? Cheerleading.


The campus lost its pep in 2008. The cheer team reformed this year after a long hiatus. Spearheaded by current cheer captain Christina Arcos, the team now is six strong. All sports on campus require an advisor. IMAGE FROM FREEPIK.COM, PHOTO BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ Finding a full-time faculty member to qualify as an advisor was a struggle for Arcos. After confirming Dr. Steven Graham, dean of Humanities, Social Science, Education, Kinesiology and Athletics, as an advisor, Graham set out to reinforce the cheer team as an athletic sport on campus by creating a class for the team to obtain units from. The official athletic site of San Joaquin Delta College currently states that “there is no cheer team for the current athletic season,” but the team certainly cheers for both the men’s and women’s current basketball season. The team has a class, but it is not recognized as an athletic team. Rather than being included as many of the athletic teams on campus, the cheer team is listed as an athletic resource. “They do not consider cheerleading a sport here, so we’re hoping to work our way up to getting funding. Until then, it’s just all out of pocket and fundraising,” said Arcos. The cheerleaders also conduct fundraisers to help pay for the costs of maintaining the team.

Collegian staffer Evelyn Villalobos, second from right, attempts to learn a cheer for the first time in her life. PHOTO BY CINDY JOHNSON


After learning about the history of the team while stretching, I was ready to take on the challenge. The longer we stretched, the higher my anxiety levels rose. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the team. I never imagined myself as the cheerleading “type”. By “type”, I mean the stereotypical slender and athletic body type of a naturally beautiful woman bursting with enthusiasm and pep. That wasn’t me. At this point I figured it was now or never, so I picked myself up and I asked for help. Cheerleading wasn’t easy. Practice was fast paced, with continuously changing routines. Adjusting to new moves and gestures was difficult because I completely lacked experience in everything and all things cheer. Observing the team assembling a new routine was exhausting. I couldn’t imagine kicking as high as I could and jumping as swift as possible to land perfect stunts. Luckily, the team was very helpful and encouraging. Though at times I felt as if I was never going to learn, they were determined to teach me. By the end of practice, I felt confident. Despite my awkward hand placements and sad excuse for a kick, I was able to finish the night with a strong “Mighty Mustangs” cheer with the team. The team puts in hard work to every single one of their routines and cheers three days a week, not including performing at sporting events. The cheerleaders get the crowd pumped and cheering along during games. They give our sports teams the confidence and support that they need to win. I attended just one practice with the team and though it was difficult, the result was rewarding. As a bystander, I never once thought of all the practice and hard work that these women put themselves through on top of their school and work schedules to perfect their routines. Similar to the other athletes on campus, the cheerleaders find a way to make it work. They deserve to be recognized as an athletic team and cheerleading deserves to be treated as a sport.

Taking a closer look into microscopy By Ramon Zuniga Senior Staff Writer

The devices inside the Electron Microscopy building are capable of magnifying materials up to 4,500 times and etching out words on microscopic surfaces completely invisible to the naked eye. Delta College’s Electron Microscopy program trains students to effectively use Electron Microscopes to peer into surfaces typically unseen. With advanced eye pieces and goggles for use, students from France to Cambodia, have learned and practiced how to effectively use the multi-thousand dollar microscopes. “It’s nice to have this program like this here, especially when they are harder to find,” said Matthieu Dailly, a Delta College student from France. “The machines are fantastic and the instructors are a great help.” Electron microscopes have the power to see materials typical light microscopes cannot, including the ability to "magnify an object several million times," according to the department's page on the Delta website. Faculty members include instructors Jonathan Krupp and Frank Villalovos and lab supervisor Kathy Davis.

Mattieu Dailly starts up his equipment in the microscopy lab. PHOTO BY RAMON ZUNIGA

According to program instructor Villalovos, the use of these microscopes paired with computer monitors and towers can be utilized to look into a variety of materials, electronics and organic substances from insects to tissue to plants. Cutting-edge industries, such as computer science, require workers to use microscopes to look at circuit boards

and functionality. “Even in a four year you won’t get access to this equipment,” said Colby Mcnamee, a Delta College student of two years, “I came here for the microscopy program. I love it.” The program wasn't originally a direct microscopy training but a tangent of an engineering lab later developed to

specifically teach students to use some of microscopes still in use today. Some of the original microscopes in the campus lab are ETEC SEM, a Siemens Elmskop 1 TEM and a Hitachi HU1, purchased in 1973. The number of microscopes since then have grown exponentially in the use of students and faculty members helping with the advanced and complicated machinery. Programs offered are dependent on the subfield an individual would be focused on such as biological, crystalline materials or industrial materials. The program also offers multiple certificate and degree opportunities including an Associate in Science, Electron Microscopy - Biological and Associate in Science, Electron Microscopy- Materials or Certificates, Electron Microscopy- Biological and Certificates, Electron Microscopy Crystalline Materials. These options are all able to be completed with 64 units for an Associate’s Degree and 54 units for a Certificate of Achievement. Starting Spring 2017 semester, Delta College will be the only community college to offer these programs for students.

6 entertainment


Nintendo switches off its fans

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ies it should be because you want to watch a movie not talk or be on your phone for the whole movie. This gives people another reason to go on their phones.” The thought of having a theater mode may sound like another distraction for moviegoers at first. “I don’t think this is a bad idea as a lot of people think it is,” said Tony Sanchez, a Tracy resident. “People go on their phones during movies all the time no matter what the screen says or what rules the movie theater has so if this new theater mode can dim the brightness and mute the phone then it will be less distracting so it’s

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By Andres Aguirre


of pre-orders. Let me be completely blunt; those who pre-ordered wasted $300. It’s bad. Wii U bad. The system has an expected sixhour battery life as reported by, which is cool until they hit you with a three-hour charge time. Trusted Reviews also revealed players can’t physically replace the battery in case it burns out. The one game everyone wants to play “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” will push the system to a limit of three-hour battery life. The system itself only has 32 gigabytes of hard-drive space, as reported by And you can only expand this amount with micro SD cards, but only after you download an update out of box to allow this. Nintendo, I don’t blame you for making a crap console. Less powerful hardware means lower production costs making a cheaper product. Kudos to Nintendo for trying to be all inclusive. But Nintendo doesn’t want anyone to have the Switch apparently. GameStop and Target have canceled pre-orders of the Switch due to stock shortages, according to How do you run out of stock on pre-orders, Nintendo? The dang thing hasn’t even shipped yet. The company has always been about fun, family, providing for everyone and they have millions upon millions of people lining up to buy

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ype: The publics intense need to throw hundreds of dollars at something they see once and the company who owns the product reacts with “oh, yeah, look at these awesome five things about our product, you don’t want to be the unlucky few who don’t have it, right?” Oh, society, you’re foolish enough to pay $300 aren’t you? I’m of course referring to the recent popularity bomb that dazed and stupefied most of the world, the reveal of the Nintendo Switch. On Jan. 12, Nintendo livestreamed a presentation of its brand new hand-held console, the Nintendo Switch, highlighting its capabilities with motion control, the different modes for playing at home or on the road and the impressive release schedule for games coming in 2017. Nintendo also made sure to mention the console would be up for pre-order the next day. The console sold out of pre-orders at four of the five retailers it was available at in one day. Within the next week it sold out completely. So, big whoop, people want to play Mario, Zelda and other things in between. It’s not like they have to wait years to have a use for the console, unlike the Wii U which was and still is a piece of garbage. The big whoop is Nintendo decided to wait until just recently to release the full details on the system’s hardware, conveniently after it ran out

Earlier this year it was rumored that “theater mode” may be the newest feature coming soon to Apple products on the iOS 10.3 update. According to the features of the supposed new update would include disabling notifications for calls and messages, muting sounds and dimming the brightness of the screen. “I don’t like the idea of this update,” said Joseph Young, a Stockton resident. “When you go to the mov-

their newest product. Nintendo doesn’t care, they’re going to ride this hype train all year, always teasing the people with a fresh shipment at a low price then snatching it back before they’ve had enough. Never listen to the company that’s selling the product. It will always look like gold dipped ice cream, looks amazing, but there’s no way it could be good.

worth a shot.” Owners of the Apple Watch can also put the newest feature to use, as a beta version was recently released.
 However, Apple and its CEOs are trying to find a solution as the iOS update that will keep phone users and movie fans happy at the same time. This is not the first time that theater chains would consider phone usage at the movies. Last year the CEO of AMC Entertainment, Adam Aron, had considered allowing phone use during a movie.

Adidas sneakers outperforming Nike By Dylan Loura Entertainment Editor

Nike just made it clear that the sneaker market is no longer athlete focused with an announcement that they won’t produce an All-Star theme basketball shoe for 2017. The reason? No demand. This shift represents a move away from the signature athlete sneaker, as sneakerheads are going for a different lifestyle. “I think they should have released them for all the real fans. I would say that was probably more of a business decision,” said sneaker lover, Hector Serrano. That business decision came because of one problem: Nike isn’t selling. Nike basketball sneakers are sitting on shelves. Signature shoes from Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are sitting for so long they’re going on sale. Thirty percent off for pairs of shoes that would sell out immediately six years ago. Lifestyle sneakers are what’s popular right now and it’s likely not just a phase. According to’s “sneaker terminology guide,” a lifestyle sneaker can be defined as shoes meant for casual wear and not for performance.

Staff writer picks potential Grammy winners By Jasmine Gonzalez Senior Staff Writer


“25” - Adele Though people argue that Beyoncé has already won with her “Lemonade” album, don’t count Adele out. With hit songs like “Hello”, “Send My Love (To your lover)”, and “Water Under the Bridge” being the most requested on the radio.


iPhones theater mode, good idea? Senior Staff Writer

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“7 Years” - Lukas Graham Lukas Graham somehow managed to move people by using imagery in his hit song “7 years”. “7 years” is a four-minute song that got people thinking about just how fast life can pass. Starting at 7-yearsold and progressing through his life sharing important moments. And how certain decisions affect you for the rest of your life.


“Love Yourself ” - Justin Bieber Though some dislike Justin Bieber for his attitude, people couldn’t help loving the infectious song written by Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran. With a raw acoustic sound, something we weren’t used to from Justin.


The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers managed to catch people’s attention with songs that included Closer featuring Halsey, “Don’t let Me Down” which featured Daya, and “Roses” which featured Rozes.


“Suicide Squad” (Collector’s Edition) The “Suicide Squad” soundtrack quickly became a hit because it made the movie all the more addicting with artists ranging from Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Grace.

Adidas has long been in the shadow of Nike, but with the release of the Adidas “Ultra Boost” in 2015 things changed. The movement progressed when Kanye West started releasing his Adidas “Yeezy” boost. A lifestyle sneaker that mixed in Adidas “boost”, the most comfortable sneaker technology on the market. “Kanye West isn’t an athlete and everyone wants what he makes,” said Delta student Luis Ibarra. The sneaker market is no longer about what athletes you can gather to show off your basketball department. It’s about what big name celebrity you can bring in, to have them show off their creativity with a shoe. Adidas also brought in Pharrell Williams to create Adidas “boost” technology is causing Nike to rethink their his own spin-off of the Adidas “NMD.” Thus, creating inventory. PHOTO BY DYLAN LOURA the Pharrell “Human Race” NMD collaboration. Puma and Rhianna joined forces to create the shoe everyone wants and needs. It used to be Jordan’s. “Fenty Creeper” silhouette, which was a big seller in The days of Nike and Jordan are behind us,” said Jorge Rodriguez, Delta Student. women sneakers for 2016. While Nike scrambles to compete, it may have to Nike has attempted to reel in the celebrity signado something they’ve never done before – look to othture shoe, with Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Hart joiner companies for inspiration. ing the Nike team. However, nothing significant has Adidas is in the driver’s seat when it comes to ownbeen released yet by either of the two. ing running and lifestyle collections. “For a long time Nike basketball, Jordan and Kobe’s “Adidas is killing the game right now and their were the shoe. You were the ‘cool kid in school’ if you competitors do not have any answers,” said Rodriguez. had them. Yeezys have taken over the game, it’s the

7 sports


Rain or shine

Delta Mustangs share how to handle not-so-perfect weather

By Chanelle Muerong Sports Editor

Some things, such as weather, can be unpredictable. Especially if you live in California, where the drought has been a constant over the past few years. So what do our campus sports teams do when the weather becomes too much to manage?

“Rain weather sucks, regardless, and when you’re playing an outdoor sport, a big part of you doesn’t want to be out there, because you don’t want to get wet. You’re already tired and you’re already working out really hard. So when you have less than optimal weather, you’re not really motivated to do anything. In my case, in track. We’re actually taught that phrase, ‘rain or shine’ you would train regardless and I guess it helps in the future because you’re not always going to have perfect weather on your game days or your meet days. If something does happen when you have really terrible weather but you have to compete, since you’ve been training in that type of weather, it shouldn’t affect you as much.”

“My coach, he’s all about training, so it does not matter the weather. We will be out there when it’s raining, unless it says there’s going to be a thunderstorm or a hurricane, that’s when we’ll stop practice. No matter what weather condition, if it’s like super hot we’ll still gonna run … He tells us ‘you gotta be prepared.’” —Samantha Correa, Track & Field

— Tyra Tate, Track & Field “Sometimes when we get some rain at the end of our season, we’ll do things like bring out a big bucket of water or a big trash can filled with water and put the balls in it so the players can get used to playing with wet balls. It’s just part of the game.”

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“It’s not really that cold here compared to other parts of the country. We’re very fortunate here at Delta that we have turf for our field so we’re still able to get outside and get a lot of our work in, even with the rain. If it’s raining really hard and we’re not able to get outside, we’ll go to an indoor facility in town … If we really need to.” —Mat Keplinger, Assistant Baseball Coach

— Gary Barlow, Head Football Coach

Why walk when you can dance? By Chanelle Muerong ballet,” said Jose Razo, a stu-

dent in the dance program. Sports Editor “It’s really fun and really Did you know dance is creative. I’m really happy I have something to look forthe only thing that sponta- ward to every day.” neously activates the neuRazo compares dancing rons in your brain? to doing homework: you Or that dancers are need to work on it every day known to be disciplined, to get better. focused and high achievers “It’s really fun and there’s who tend to be successful nothing to be scared of and students and hard workers? you’re going to learn a lot. “Dance is a window of Dancing is yourself in excellent exa sense that Dance student Jose Razo ercise and you are able works on his moves. PHOTO you get to to express BY CHANELLE MUERONG express youryourself,” self.” said Valerie Adrienna Ulang, Gnassouwho acts as Gnasnou-Bynoe, or sounou-Bynoe’s Ms. G as her stureader and asdents call her, the head sistant started dance instructor for Delta dancing at College’s Dance Departage 6, but it ment. wasn’t until Gnassounou-Bynoe deshe came scribes dance as a way of t o communicating with people. Someone can tell what someone else is feeling through dance. The department offers a majority of classes where “people can find themselves.” The classes include jazz, modern, ballet, choreography and more. For those starting out, there’s also a class called Intro to Dance. The department is also planning to build the curriculum by adding African Caribbean, West African and Latin dance, in an attempt to relate to the diversity of the college. “I’m taking modern dance and

Delta when she decided this was the path she wanted to follow. “I can tell a story with my movement, I can express how I’m feeling with my movement. Because sometimes a lot of people aren’t really good with words or even writing on paper. Dance gives us another option of expression.” said Ulang. “Coming here to Delta and seeing how hard Ms. G works, I realized that’s what I wanted to do and that this is my passion.” If one is not sure about taking a dance class, the department also offers a production class. The production class is a class where you don’t have to know how to dance to be part of the show, said Gnassounou-Bynoe. In the production class students can work on hair, makeup, costuming, sewing, video, marketing and basically everything needed to put on a show. Dance students will perf o r m at “The Gospel Extravaganza” on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Atherton Auditorium on the Delta Campus. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Questions about the department or performances can go to Gnassounou-Bynoe at (209) 954-5273 or

Sean Riley, center, after throwing first pitch of the game. PHOTO BY ALIYAH STOECKL

Baseball home opener pays tribute to fellow Mustang

er, which will now be renamed, the ‘Calvin Riley Memorial Golf Senior Staff Writer Tournament.’ On Jan. 27, the Mustang base“Rather than receive donations ball team initiated its first home to the program, we created a Calgame of the season with a tribute vin Riley scholarship. Sean Riley to former pitcher Calvin Riley. contacted us with the outpouring In August 2016, Riley was shot support from his current homeat Aquatic Park at San Francisco town of San Mateo and Boston while playing the popular mobile for this scholarship, there will be game Pokemon GO. additional funds for players movSean Riley, Calvin Riley’s fa- ing forward,” said Keplinger. ther, opened the game with the The scholarship will be given to first pitch. sophomores moving forward to The crowd in the bleachers four-year schools as student athwas filled with friends and stu- letes. dent-athletes in support for the “It’s awesome he deserves it, to family. share that team spirit for him,” “It’s special because it’s a mem- said Damian Wilkerson, who atory for their family because his tended with his swim team. son was a pitcher but also sad,” After Riley’s father threw the said Olawale Ologundudy, who first pitch it was left to the players was in the bleachers for support. to keep a lead. Before the game the Mustang “It was definitely an emotional baseball pitching coach, Mat day for everyone. Having such a Keplinger, led with a heartfelt great turnout really showed how speech. strong our community is at Delta “Cal was all love, he loved his and reflected the impact Cal had teammates, he loved his family on all of our lives,” said Keplinger. and he loved the game,” he said. Delta Mustangs successfulEvery year Delta’s baseball team ly ended the home opener game hosts a golf tournament fundrais- with a win 5-1.

By Aliyah Stoeckl


8 news

WorkNet to employ youths despite funds By Mikael Honzell Editor in Chief

Established in 1983, the Employment & Economic Development has played a key role in providing economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth with jobs in the San Joaquin Valley. Programs for job seeking individuals are provided under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act. “There’s three grants,” said John Solis, Executive Director of San Joaquin WorkNet. “One for adults (the economically disadvantaged), one for dislocated workers that need help relocating to a new job, then we have the youth grant, focusing on the youth between the ages of 14 and 24.” Minors are less likely to be hired than those 18 and over. This is due to all of the extra baggage that comes along with hiring minors, such as workers compensation, liability and child-labor laws, said Solis. A year-round program provides youth with work experience while attending school, giving students 10-12 hours a week. Once school ends and summer approaches, work hours increase up to 30-plus hours a week.   Through Delta College’s partnership with WorkNet, the two also prepare tomorrow’s workers with the Summer Readiness Program.   “What we did is Delta provided these kids with the academics and they were enrolled by EOPS and also got priority registration for the fall semester, after working in the Summer Readiness Program,” said Solis. The condition, according to Solis, is the youths have to take 12-18 units to be enrolled in the fall. According to Solis more than 50 percent of high school graduates have never worked. “One of the things we recognize is that there is a need to really develop the opportunities for youth,” Solis said. “Because first and foremost, we need to prepare tomorrow’s workforce.” WorkNet holds workshops where attendees learn the essentials to being a good worker. In this three and a half hour forum, attendees are taught how to make a resume, how to prepare for an interview, how to keep a job and more. WorkNet receives funding

from various organizations in the City of Stockton. “The city of Stockton gave us $100,000 the first year and allowed us to serve about 35 kids, because wages are expensive. Last year, (the second year) they doubled it,” said Solis. “They gave us $200,000 because they had some savings from their budget.” This additional funding allowed WorkNet around 81 youths, some of which moved to the Summer Jobs Program. This year, WorkNet received $200,000 from organizations such as CalWORKs and the police department, the district attorney’s office, allowing WorkNet to serve up to 78 youths this year. “Unfortunately, this year (the third year), the City of Stockton didn’t have any additional money, so they gave us the $100,000 plus we got to hang on to the 18,000 bucks we had left over,” said Solis. Youths served will be cut this year. “We were aiming for 31,” said Employment Preparation Division Manager, Elena Mangahas. “But because of the way we conduct the program, we could hit for 50 or over.” With fewer youths being served, more are at risk. “Not having that funding will lessen the number of kids we could serve and get them off the streets and active during the summer time,” said Dianna Ridge, Employment Program Representative, “because an idle mind causes trouble and working will keep them busy.” One of the youths attending workshops at WorkNet is Joseph Cisneros, who’s been attending workshops since last summer. “The program helped me because if I didn’t have a job, I know I would’ve been out in the streets. It also helped me because it gave me work experience and kept me out of trouble,” he said. Though the money WorkNet is receiving is less than previous years, the efforts to keep the youth off the streets and prepare them for the future is still present. One can attend WorkNet’s Youth Job Preparedness Workshop being held on Feb. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., on 56 S. Lincoln Street, Stockton. “Any youth that is interested and wants to work can come to our office and we’ll find them a job,” Solis said.

Feb. 10, 2016


Students walk to class on Feb. 8 as the rain comes down in Stockton. The spring semester has had more rainy days than not so far. PHOTO BY KILLIAN BARNHART

Trump’s first days full of controversy By Killian Barnhart News Editor

Jan. 20 marked the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Despite having just begun, Trump’s presidency is lighting flames of controversy. True to his word,Trump signed an executive order for a wall to be built on the southern border of the United States, as well as to increase the number of deportation officers that are hired. He also signed the hyperbolic “Muslim ban” executive order temporarily barring the acceptance of refugees from Libya, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen and Syria. Many of his actions have been considered controversial, particularly on actions surrounding the wall. “It’s a little premature. I think that in order to go through with it a plan should’ve been put into place first. Studies, plans, talk to contractors. It’s easy to just say ‘we’re going to do this,’ but have no plan put into place to do it. It’s obviously not an easy project, it’s a very time consuming project that will likely outlast his time in the Presidency,” said Delta Student Marvin Velasquez. Velasquez also commented on the so-called “Muslim ban.”

“Same type of thing. Everything confused because he used that seems rather premature. There were term throughout the campaign, no clear definitions put into place and even when he got elected. because there was a lot of confusion But if you read the executive regarding how immigration and order, it’s not a ban. The seven customs was to go through and car- countries that he’s applying the ry out the order. Would green card executive order to in regard to vicitizens be affected? Some were say- sas in regard to refugees, they are ing yes, some were saying no. Clear- countries that have been identily there was nothing definitive put fied as being unstable, failed govinto writing on how to proceed in ernments and the like. In terms doing this, it was just done,” he said. of the unconstitutionality part, The countries certainly how were chosen Read an extended version it was applied from a bill writ- of this story at is complex. In ten by President the executive Barack Obama order, people in late 2015 known as the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention act. The signing of the law made it difficult for a Visa waiver carrier to enter the U.S. if they had visited any of the aforementioned “countries of concern.” Wajiha Tahir, a student at Delta noted the “ban” bordered on unconstitutional with it focusing on Muslims. She questioned primarily turning away Syrians, noting most asylum seekers were those with families and children. Political Science Professor Joel Blank said the “ban”’ wasn’t a ban and that it only skirts a constitutional crisis. “If you read the executive order it is not a Muslim ban. It got

with green cards were not listed, and the administration said that it was inaccurately implemented.” “So, they’re blaming the implementers of the executive order. They’re not to blame. They should have checked this with Homeland Security, they should’ve checked this with the Justice Department, the State Department to make it clear that people with green cards can still get into the country. The only area I understand to have some level of unconstitutionality was this idea that we can basically deport these people without due process. That’s a violation of the 14th Amendment, when on American soil you get the right to due process. That’s why you had all those lawyers go down to these airports to represent people,” said Blank.

Road work: Construction happening elsewhere too CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

I am either taking or picking up my siblings. I am constantly late picking at least one of them up. Which is why now we always have to leave the house with time to arrange

for handling possible traffic caused by the construction, so that I can get both myself and my siblings to school on time,” said Torres. Both Stockton and Tracy

students have had difficulty getting to school on time due to the traffic from several different construction projects. For Stockton students there has been traffic on both Highway 99 and Interstate

5 freeways, due to a current lane expansion project, whereas Tracy students are currently dealing with traffic from construction on the 11 th Street Bridge. The 11th Street Bridge is undergoing constructing to

meet structural and seismic requirements and is estimated to be completed sometime during the end of 2017. Therefore, students now have a legitimate reason for their tardiness, besides just “waking up late.”

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 10, 2017  

Issue 7 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

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