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Issue 9 • Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 •


Alleged racism brings protests BY RICHARD REYES

LODI COMIC CON Celebrities and local fans unite to celebrate classic comics.


DELTA SOFTBALL Delta’s softball team is currently dominating. The rest of the season looks bright.


SNAPCHAT Millennials now rely on outlets such as Snapchat for news intake.


IN THE KNOW February is American Heart Month.

FEB. 20 National Love Your Pet Day FEB. 29 Leap Day MAR. 2 The deadline for spring graduation applications for Delta College.



BUTT OF THE JOKE: Smoking is banned not only on Delta’s campus, but also at all RTD bus stops, leaving Delta’s smokers few options.


Delta College’s smokers may need to find a new spot to smoke because on Jan. 1, the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) banned smoking from its bus stops. According to the RTD website, this smoke free policy applies to passengers and drivers. Smokers aren’t allowed to smoke anywhere within 20 feet of all transit facilities and bus stops. Smokers aren’t happy about this. Smoking was banned from the Delta campus in the summer 2014. Smokers migrated to the spot near the RTD bus stop facing Pacific Avenue, since it’s not Delta property. “I feel like they taking my freedom away,” said Roshon Blueford, a student at Delta College. “It’s a free country, and I’m happy to live here, but it’s upsetting. I feel like our freedoms and privileges are being taking away more and more.” The ban comes for similar reasons as Delta’s. “RTD is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our employees, our customers, and our com-

munity,” said Donna Demartino, General Manager/CEO of RTD in a RTD news release. “The smoke and tobaccofree policy supports this commitment by reducing exposure to second hand smoke and tobacco waste products.” With smoking banned on campus and at the bus stop, smokers will have to go farther off campus to smoke to avoid getting citations. According to the Delta website, the fine for the first citation is $33, second $66 dollars and a third is $100. If a student continues to smoke on campus, they could then be “subjected to academic discipline,” according to campus policy. Citations will also be issued to those who smoke at the bus stop. “I’m still gonna smoke here,” said Jack Tennyson, Delta student. “They already kicked us off campus. Where else am I gonna go?” On the Delta website, District Police Sgt. Mario Vazquez said why smoking was banned from Delta’s campus and its parking lots. “In addition to health concerns and secondhand smoke, we received numerous complaints from both smokers and nonsmokers regarding garbage, cigarette butts, harassment and illegal activities, including smoking and selling of marijuana.”

I’m still gonna smoke here.

Jack Tennyson

The Tuesday afternoon silence of Delta College was interrupted on Feb. 2 by a group of protestors in the quad, and later the Administration Building, rallying against alleged racism on campus. “Hey hey, ho ho, the new Jim Crow has got to go!” the group chanted while standing in front of the offices of campus administrators. Earlier in the day, a group of people handed out fliers from the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) urging student action at a “rally” in support of a student named Ashley Parker. The content in the flier alleges racism on the part of Adjunct Professor Elisa Barosso in the communication department. “Ashley Parker and other black students are demanding that the Delta College Administration stop covering-up racist incidents and stop trying railroad the students who are speaking out,” the flier reads. “They are also fighting to ensure that Professor Elissa Barosso (sic) stops her racist targeting of black students, or stops teaching at San Joaquin Delta College all together.”


Delta College celebrates Black History Month BY ALIYAH STOECKL

Delta kicked off the Black history month celebrations on Thursday, Feb. 11 with a performance from Stockton’s First Poet Laureate Tama Brisbane . “Black History is soil of the soul, if you don’t understand the soil around you how can you continue to grow?” said Brisbane during her performance. The event was directed by the Delta College Cultural Awareness Program (CAP) and African American Employees Council (AAEC). Brisbane presented “Her Spoken

Words” in the West Forum with an audience of poets in training. “I enjoyed the presentation a lot, how can you not with Ms. Tama Brisbane! She helped me to appreciate that I can have a voice and write poetry. It’s not just about rhyming words together, its about what you feel and the emotions that live inside you transcribed into words,” said Secretary of CAP James Forte. The program started with her background and her significance to Stockton. “Mama Tee is a

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ZACH MERCES-SPINDLER, OPINION EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 9 • FEB. 19, 2016 •

Feminist Gloria Steinem claims girls only support Sanders for the boys


Youtube allows anyone to show the world their talent

But there’s no gatekeeper to prevent bad talent


hat if there was YouTube back in the days of vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll? Would Elvis still be the King or would he just be one of the many like him? The road to success has evolved over the years with websites such as YouTube. There was a time when playing at rundown bars was the only way to get noticed. Now, a camera and a computer can get your name out for the world to see. “You get swallowed up by a sea of everyone who wants to make it, in the past it was much more difficult, you go out and do live music but you only reach the people that are at your live concert,” said Aaron Garner, professor of music theory at Delta College. With the avalanche of aspiring musicians wanting to be noticed, there’s an abundance of people getting undeserved recognition. “There’s just more of it, now everybody is a sensationalist. Remember that guy, this guy was not very good, he sang that song ‘looking like a fool with my pants on the ground’ and so there’s that kind of thing on the YouTube where it’s just so ridiculously bad that people, they want to capitalize on that and think it’s funny. There’s definitely more crap out there because

of that,” said Garner. gies for giving us the Biebster, Back in 2011, Rebecca but the fact of the matter is Black became an unfortunate Bieber rose to stardom and internet sensation when her captured the hearts of teenage song “Friday” received more girls all over the world. than 100 million views in His rise in worldwide just over 30 days. popularity is something rarely She went on to appear seen, and this is coming from on talk shows including The a non-belieber. Tonight Show, and hired a It nearly resembles that manager as she attempted to of the King himself, but start a that’s where singing any similaricareer. ties between ROBERT ForBieber and JUAREZ tunatePresley end, ly, she I can’t stress was a that enough, one-hit wonder and now the the comparisons end there! song Friday is just something “You’re instantly accessiwe accidentally look back on ble, so sure it gives people the and think to ourselves: This is opportunity that have talent what’s wrong with society. to get there work out there “I think there’s a lot of and for free,” said Garner. s*** out there, I think people However, there’s the few sort of buy into that and Justin Biebers, and then want the fame, it’s definitely there’s the thousands of misused because it gives Rebecca Blacks that remind everybody the opportunity to us even though someone is be a musician,” said Garner. singing with instruments With the number of musi- behind them, it doesn’t make cians on YouTube, and I use it music. the word musician lightly, it’s You know the people that easy to get lost in the shuffle. audition for American Idol YouTube isn’t ruining that have no business being music entirely; while it does anywhere near a microphone? allow false talent to seep YouTube gives those through, it also gives true tal- people an outlet to further ent a chance it wouldn’t have their going-nowhere fast otherwise. singing career. Perhaps the most notable Music should be played by is the infamous Justin Bieber. people with actual talent, not Some will say that Youby someone who is looking Tube still owes us all apolofor their 15 minutes of fame.


eminist Gloria Steinem, 81, told a political commentator the reason young feminists are rallying with Bernie Sanders is to meet boys. Steinem appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher to promote her new book “My Life On The Road” on Feb. 5, 2016. When Maher asked her “why young women are against Hillary?” in reference to the 2016 presidential election her reply was surprising. Steinem replies “when you’re young you’re thinking, where the boys? The boys are with Bernie!?” Ouch. Maher, taken aback by the comment replied, “Now if I said that you would swat me.” This presidential debate has turned into the battle of the sexes. It’s about the women who stand with the women, and the women who stand with the men. Hillary Clinton’s platform, besides being the former First Lady, comes from standing for a lot of women’s issues. Steinem did issue a statement on Facebook following the interview that said, “[I] misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,” she goes on to say “what I had just said on the same show was the opposite: young women are active, mad as hell about what’s happening to them, graduating in debt, but averaging a million dollars less over their lifetimes to pay back, whether they gravitate to Bernie or Hilary, young women are activist and feminist in greater numbers than ever before.”

Clinton is here to uplift and empower women. There are a lot of young women who gravitate towards her for that reason. Men don’t want to hear that, so they’re with Bernie or any of the other seven male candidates. But what about the in-between woman? The problem with most women’s issues is they don’t stop at women’s issues. Many female activists fight for more than the surface level issues. Liberal Democractic Senator Elizabeth Warren was the only female that didn’t attend Clinton’s fundraiser on Capitol Hill this past Monday, as well as the only female senator to not formally endorse Clinton. Warren has been vocal in praising Sanders for standing for what he believes in throughout the campaign. She’s a feminine threat to Clinton voters. Sanders, who identifies himself as a socialist, touches base on a lot of issues that voters have been waiting to hear about. College students male and female have rallied for this man in support of his cause. Steinem empowers the feminist support of Clinton’s supporters but discredits the women who are with Bernie. In fact, women should be acknowledging that they are young voters whose interests lie all over the issues that are happening in America. So the men are for Bernie and according to Gloria Steinem, if you’re there for Bernie you’re


there for the boys.

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Don’t be ignorant in conversations of race


ace is an undeniable factor that seems to involve nearly everything we do. Delta College is a diverse campus with a reputation for welcoming people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Are there problems regarding racism or discrimination on campus? It depends on who you ask. There’s no denying the answer to this question will be affected by one’s own race. Many of us can say that we’ve experienced a very inviting environment for not only ourselves, but our diverse peers as well. Others, including those who protested in the quad two weeks ago, will tell you some professors have racist motivations. When does a confrontation go from a mere teacher-student problem to a racial problem? Pulling the race card can be a tricky topic to speak upon. Yes, there are some racist people out there and some actions are backed by racist motivations. This, however, doesn’t mean every confrontation between two people of a different race is related to race.

We come to a point where we need to realize most of us treat people as people, not as different races. This isn’t ignoring the fact there’s racial tension on the national stage. This is keeping an open mind towards people who don’t want to be labeled as racist, much as you don’t want to be discriminated against. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen often. People have stopped talking about interpersonal racial problems because we see no resolutions. When someone pulls the race card, it’s over. The other person now has no credibility or grounds for argument because they have been labeled racist. As students of journalism, we keep seeing the same things in the news: racial tension, accusations of discriminatory acts, both peaceful and violent protests against racism, conversations about the problems with race in America. This has become routine. These events and stories keep surfacing because there are no resolutions. In addition to this, media provides a warped view of reality

Beyonce wins Super Bowl


he Super Bowl halftime show in an airport with TMZ. was full of statements but Not all police officers are bad. none seemed to get people But the attack on black and upset more than Beyonce’s perforbrown people by police has gotten mance of her new song “Formation.” way out of hand. “Formation” is a pro-black song Why else would it constantly with a music video that highlights come up if it wasn’t an issue? Hurricane Katrina, afros and police There is now a boycott Beyonce brutality against Aftrican Americans. hashtag and there will even be a During the show Beyonce took protest rally happening on Feb. 16 the Levi’s Staat the NFL dium by storm headquarters dressed in in New York GLORIA black and gold City GIBBS as a tribute to That’s riMichael Jackdiculous and son while her obviously backup dancers dressed in black others felt the same because the with berets as a tribute to the turn out was so poor people now 50-year anniversary of the Black believe it was a prank. Panther Party, a group of black Saturday Night Live recently nationalist and socialist from did a skit on white peoples’ reac1966 until 1982 in the United tion to the song. It was over draStates. matic but the message was clear “She used it as a platform to in the skit the white people didn’t attack police officers who are the understand her song at all. people that protect us and keep us But how can a song geared toalive,” said Rudy Giuliani, former ward black people be anything else? mayor of New York City, in a Fox People are really upset at Beyonce News interview. for loving the fact that she’s a black Nowhere in Beyonce’s perforwoman who uses her voice to promance did she attack police. mote her people who for a long time It’s Black History Month, a were and still are to others as “black month for America to remember sheep.” She’s giving a voice to the African American side of history voiceless relaying a message that has textbooks forgot. been on Black people’s mind since Beyonce is a star who used this the beginning – stop killing us. platform of the Super Bowl to Through all this controversy pay respect to Michael Jackson, Beyonce has remained on top. Malcolm X and the Black Panther With the announcement of her Party and all of them have done a “Formation” tour. lot for black people in a America. She has even added more dates Of course not everyone consid- from her original schedule due to ered the performance an attack. the high demand. “It’s an attack on cops who atSome say all publicity is good tack our people,” said Rapper T.I. publicity either way.

when it comes to these types of events. When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri there was no doubt in people’s minds that this was an issue of race. No one considered Brown didn’t comply with police orders and would have been shot no matter what race he happened to be. There was no ‘innocent until proven guilty’ – for either party involved – due to the media’s response. This event, along with many others, has led to a discrimination against the police. Because the media had shed light on a few questionable instances between people of different races, the people have rallied against the police force. Every day in America, people of the same race shoot one another. We are often disregarding these incidents, because such focus is being placed on race-related disputes. There’s racism out there, but at the same time we shouldn’t label every event as racially motivated. That is ignorance.


Race issue or police issue?


acism has been a problem since our endorse the movement. country’s beginning. Now segregaAt the Super Bowl halftime show, she tion is illegal after years of Africanand her backup dancers dressed in outfits Americans fighting for equal rights. paying homage to the Black Panther Party, But now, the descendants of these an organization that fought against police fighters seem to be fighting for just the officers from 1966 to 1982. The backup opposite — segregation of white and black dancers even lifted their fists during the people. show, the sign for the group. A new movement has arisen since The Black Panthers were a violent group violence between African-Americans and of extremists and dealt heavily with drugs. police officers has What is little known, become widespread due Beyoncé had a police esto media. cort to the Super Bowl. LAURA This movement is Her and her backup ANGLE the “Black Lives Matdancers were seen holdter”. ing a sign stating “Justice Police brutality for Woods,” a black man isn’t just happening to African-American killed by police after he stabbed someone. citizens though; it happens to Hispanics, Mario Woods wasn’t innocent and will not whites, Asians and every other race in the have justice. United States. Is that really what the African-American So shouldn’t the movement be called community supports? Violence and drugs? “All Lives Matter”? Supporters, however, are die-hard. There is no question, yes, black lives do “I’m glad that people are aware that matter and there have been injustices done black lives do matter because black lives to the black community by racist police of- seem to be lower in status here in Amerificers, but it’s not the white race who is at ca,” Dylan Wheeler said. “I just want black fault, it’s the corrupt police officers. lives to be equal.” “They don’t understand it matters to There’s so much that America can do to Hispanics, latinos and whites. They go create an equal and peaceful environment overboard and make themselves the victim for everyone to live in harmony. when they aren’t the victim of anything,” Women still don’t have equal rights, said student Maribel Carillo. and neither do the minorities. I strongly The members of the Black Lives Matter believe in what Morgan Freeman said in movement don’t see it like this, however, an interview about the Black Lives Matter they blame the entire white race and demovement, that if we stop talking about clare over media that all white people are racism and stop making it a big deal, it racist in one way or another. will go away. It’s not the entire white race that’s racist. There needs to be changes to make It’s a few extremists in this country that the world a better place, but endorsing still believe in the old ways. violence and segregation will not take us The Black Lives Matter movement has forward to a more peaceful world, rather it exploded more so since Beyoncé started to will send us back to being separated.

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MIDORI MORITA, FEATURE EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 9 • FEB. 19, 2016 •


Stockton is becoming the center of attention for revitalization projects, and another individual wants to help. Mariah Looney, a 23 year-old business major at Delta, wants to make a difference for young women in our community. Looney works full-time and goes to Delta fulltime, but decided that wasn’t enough, so she started an organization in early January called Project GIA, or Project Girls In Action. The organization focuses on empowering young women in the San Joaquin county area. “It’s about girls and young women kicking ass and being able to be who they really want to be,” said Looney. Although the organization is still in its early stages, Looney says she has received a lot of community support. “A lot of people want to get involved,” said Looney. She has also put in her own money for advertising on Facebook and her page has received more than 500 likes in less than two months.

Looney recently lost her mother, who was always giving back to the community. Looney decided to put her marketing and business skills to the test and start Project GIA not only for herself, but for her mother. “I grew up very underprivileged, I grew up on the east side, but that shouldn’t be the end of the road for anybody. So luckily I was able to have really great influences in my life to push me into the right direction and I want to be that person for somebody else,” said Looney. Looney loves Stockton and wants to break the stigma around our community. She wants people to see that the stigma about Stockton can change if people were willing to help. “I want a network of people to go out and reach out to that 14 year-old girl who thinks that her life is going to be nothing but what she’s used to,” said Looney. Looney is also currently trying to build the official website for the organization and is looking for young women who would like their writing, art or photography featured on the site. She tries to make Project GIA a priority, but with a


Millennial women and politics BY SHELLCIA LONGSWORTH

So far, the 2016 Election has kept us on our toes. Lots of candidates have dropped out, but there are still numerous candidates running, including Hillary Clinton. Clinton is up against many other candidates including Rebublican frontrunner, Donald Trump. Clinton’s attendance in the race is bringing up questions about young, female millennial voting. Many are gravitating towards Bernie Sanders as a Democratic pick. “He is trying to make college affordable for everyone. Some people can’t afford to go to college because they don’t have the money. If he could get free college for everyone it would establish the country,” said Malia Ishrad. According to the Wall Street Journal poll from the New Hampshire primaries, 64 percent of Democratic females younger than 45 backup Sanders while only 35 percent backed Clinton. Recently, feminist icon Gloria Steinem

was on Bill Maher’s show and had a few comments about why young female millennials would vote for Sanders. “When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,” said Steinem. She later apologized. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was one of many who were angered by her comment. “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” said Albright. This far in the election on the Democratic side Sanders and Clinton are head to head. On the Republican side Trump has been dominating the polls for some time now. Super Tuesday is right around the corner on March 1, candidates are still cramming for votes. The California primary isn’t until June 7. “I am thinking about voting for Sanders, his platform is geared towards us college kids”, said Lue Lee. “I’m undecided but no Trump, anybody but Trump”, said Alex Castro.

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERARTION: Mariah Looney, right, hopes to inspire young women in the Stockton area.


full-time schedule, Looney says it’s difficult to manage sometimes. Looney said she has high hopes for the future of Project GIA and is looking for a space to have formal meetings with all those who want to help.

Stockton’s NAACP to hold annual Youth Summit meeting at Delta BY SOPHIA SIMON

On Feb. 27, the Stockton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is having its annual Youth Summit at Delta College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a total of 12 workshops to attend, touching on topics including: career choices, financial literacy, SAT workshops, “show me the money” tips for those going to college and many more. “The whole point is to keep students motivated to a higher education,” said LaJuana Bivens, central area director of Stockton NAACP branch. According to Bivens, 400 students are expected to attend the event. There will also be a continental breakfast and lunch provided, a number of vendor booths and a career fair on site. The NAACP has organized this yearly Summit at Delta College for the past 10 years. The goal of the NAACP in general is to improve political, educational, social and economic status of minority groups as well as keep the public aware of racial discrimination. The event is free for students who register online before hand. The NAACP has been organizing the Youth Summit with Delta College’s facility coordinators for the past 10 years. A detailed list of events that will be occurring include topics such as where to find money for college, navigating through school discipline, gang violence, healthy habits, along with a few other useful workshops for students of all ages. The conference will begin in Atherton Auditorium. NAACP organizers will host two sessions of each workshop at different times. Session one runs from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. It’s followed by a lunch in Locke Lounge. Session two begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. At 11 a.m. in Locke 302 the organizers will host a Parent Workshop as a coalition for higher learning. At 1 p.m. in Locke 302 there will be an adult workshop. This event is a day to be educational for students, parents and adults of all ages. Students that would like to attend can register online at the organization’s website

EXPERIENCING GRAPE-CON Celebrities and locals unite to celebrate new, old comics INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY ORLANDO JOSE

I saw a lot of costumes, cosplay and people having fun and taking photos. I ran into a cosplayer, Lauren VonBehren, dressed up as The Joker, and her boyfriend, Jino Ogo, who was dressed as Harley Quinn. What is your cosplay? VonBehren: “Well I love the Joker and his evilness I have a big crush on the actual Joker so I wanted to become him to show him my love and then I have my boyfriend here as Harley Quinn because I got to have my love interest you know.” Did you buy your costume online? VonBehren: “We go around to a lot of thrift stores and pick up the pieces we need and then put all together and will like detail it and stuff and just make it our own.”

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MIKEAL HONZELL, ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 9 • FEB. 19, 2016 •

Cancer already claims celebrity lives in 2016 BY CHRISTOPHER DONALDSON


News in the past decade has evolved – but not as much as it has recently thanks to Snapchat. Snapchat has made a permanent mark on the social media world, becoming a main news outlet for millennials. “I think that Snapchat has influenced millennials tremendously. Most people in their teens through twenties use their phones much more than they read newspapers and watch the news. With the constant use of cell phones, it gives these media outlets direct access to individuals,” said student Vince Borrego. Snapchat’s “Discover” page features public snapchat stories from CNN, Buzzfeed, ESPN, Cosmopolitan and plenty others. In addition to this, Snapchat has stepped up its game in its “Live” snapchat stories. Events from around the world are now covered by citizen journalists in the middle of the action. A new campaign titled “Good Luck

America” is Snapchat’s coverage of the presidential election, shot and edited by the Snapchat team. “I honestly don’t mind the public stories because it’s cool to see everything around the world and other cool things that people are doing,” said student Terra Barajas. The idea of allowing the Snapchat user to contribute to the “live” stories everyone sees brings the best content to the table. The Snapchat stories, public and live, are quality news intake. Information coming straight from CNN is put into a Millennial filter right to the user. “I think that [Millennials] actually might be more informed because it is such a convenient outlet,” said former student Jonathon Cohen. Early last year, notable political journalist Peter Hamby left his job at CNN to join Snapchat as Head of News. This was a turning point for the app and the people watching the evolution of news. News intake is now a multifaceted entity. Information comes at us from every angle.

Only two months into the New Year and America has already lost the lives of many entertainers, but a significant amount have died from some type of cancer.

Bob Elliott: Actor, comedian and father of comedian Chris Elliot, died of throat cancer at 92. One-half of the comedy duo Bob and Ray who famously satirized radio talk shows.

Charles Garabedian: An award-winning artist who died of prostate cancer at 92. Garabedian was famous for incorporating Greek and Chinese symbolism in his works. Garabedian gave exhibitions of his paintings in the 1960s in Los Angeles and in the 1970s in New York.

Peggy Anderson: A best-selling author who died from lung cancer at 77. She’s best known for her 1979 work Nurse, which profiled the work of a nurse, selling millions of copies and spawning a movie and TV series.

Bayard Johnson: A notorious screenplay and scriptwriter who died of cancer at 63. Wrote screenplays of critically panned movies Tarzan and The Lost City and The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo. Dan Gerson: An award-winning writer from Pixar who died of brain cancer at 49. He wrote screenplays for awardwinning films Big Hero 6, Monsters University and Monsters, Inc. He was an additional writer for other films such as Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and Cars. Dan Hicks: The folk/jazz singer of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks who died of liver cancer at 74. He was best known for his songs “I Scare Myself ” and “Canned Music.” Ray Colcord: An award-winning film and TV composer who died of pancreatic cancer at 66. He’s most known for orchestrating TV shows 227, The Facts of Life, Dinosaurs and Boy Meets World. Joe Alaskey: A prolific voice actor who died of cancer at 63. Alternated voicing Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety with Jeff Bergman. He also voiced Grandpa Lou Pickles in Rugrats from 1997 onward.

Clarence Reid: A beloved rapper and R&B singer who died of liver cancer at 76. Known by the alternate persona “Blowfly,” famous for making songs with sexually explicit lyrics, the most famous being “Rapp Dirty.” Francisco X. Alarcón: A Mexican American poet who died of cancer at 61. Received the American Book Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award in 1993 possibly for his poems Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation and Of Dark Love. Dan Haggerty: A famous actor who died of spinal cancer at 73. He’s best known as “Grizzly Adams” in The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams movie and TV series. Brad Fuller: An iconic video game composer who died of pancreatic cancer at 62. He composed soundtracks for the Atari games Blasteroids and Tengen Tetris, also engineered music for Atari port of Donkey Kong. It’s unfortunate that such great people have been claimed by possibly the worlds deadliest disease. The only way we could ever repay them for their influence on our lives is to keep them and their work alive.

‘Deadpool’ breaks records during opening weekend BY JOSE ESTRADA VELAZQUEZ


eadpool” has broken many records in theaters during its opening weekend and the movie will continue to break more. Fans were eager to see the movie when it was first announced and has been anticipated to be one of the biggest superhero movies this year. Lead actor, Ryan Reynolds, has been pushing this movie to be made for about 10 years. It had a shattering opening

record of $135 million that beat many contesters such as the Harry Potter series and other Marvel films. What makes it unique compared to other Marvel films? “Deadpool” is among the first R-rated superhero movies ever to be made and the character in the movie isn’t the typical superhero. Deadpool, also known as “the Merc with the mouth” is one of the characters in Mar-

vel’s universe that helps people in his own ways. The greatest feature about this character is his sense of humor. It isn’t just any type of humor but, it’s the humor that people will think it is inappropriate for children to watch. The movie received good feedback from the audience saying that “it’s a must see” movie. Sites like IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes gave a rating of 84 percent and another rating of 8.7 out of 10. Compared to the comics, this

movie was pretty accurate. There weren’t any changes that affected the movie. The movie got straight to the action and wasn’t a typical “how it all started” type of movie. The cast for this movie was well chosen. There are some new faces and some familiar ones, such as Reynolds and T.J Miller. The character was first introduced in the series of the X-Men films and was portrayed awfully, which changed the whole story. It’s a good thing this movie was made after seeing some of the

old X-Men films like “X-Men: Origins” that related to Deadpool and it was a disaster that made the character lose it’s reputation in the Marvel universe. Since “Deadpool” is no longer owned by Marvel and is now owned by 20th Century Fox. It’s raised competition for other film studios to make better and more impactful superhero movies for the audience. The movie will gain more popularity over the next few weeks and will become an icon for many fans.

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Opening doors for athletes to move on

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Farewell ‘Black Mamba’ BY DYLAN LOURA


MOVING ON: From left, Yesenia Piceno, Elizabeth Martinez, Rachel Sianez, Amanda Lopez, Meghan Wallace and Jessica Sanchez.


The life of a student-athlete can be challenging, but young individuals combat this with support from their teammates, coaches, and the overall atmosphere that surrounds Delta College. Phillip Kimble, starting quarterback for the Mustangs from fall 2014-2015, is a student-athlete who used Delta to catapult himself to success by earning an athletic scholarship to Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. “My time at Delta was a great experience. It was the best thing I could’ve found in my situation,” Kimble said. “Going to Delta College will probably go down as one of the best decisions of my life. It really changed my life, going there, playing football.” Kimble, who threw for 5,279 yards with a total of 38 passing touchdowns in his career, credits his family, teammates Michael Seawell, Alec Von Alvensleben and head coach Gary Bar-

low for helping him succeed. Meghan Wallace, an attacking midfielder for women’s soccer, is another Mustang who found success through the help of her team, coaches and the college. “Being a student-athlete I think is what actually motivated me to come to school. Going to practice with my friends, having that be the start of my day was always really awesome,” Wallace said. “All the student-athletes are always so involved with each other with The Zone (athletic tutoring center) … I just really enjoyed that atmosphere.” Wallace, scorer of 15 career goals and offensive team MVP, relishes the close bonds with all of her teammates and head coach Adrienne Sorenson. “I think that the team taught me a work ethic that I think not only applies to on the field, but with my school work,” Wallace said. “With Delta I feel like I put my best foot forward in everything I do now and I look at things with more positivity

and I think it’s because of Adrienne.” Wallace will take this positive mindset and work ethic with her as she attends Holy Names University in Oakland with an athletic scholarship next fall, alongside team captain Amanda Lopez. The holding midfielder and team MVP also believes the environment around Delta conducts good energy and attributes these vibes to her teammates especially coach Sorenson for pushing her to become a better student, player, and person. Lopez, will use her athletic scholarship to acquire her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at HNU and encourages other student-athletes to follow her example at Delta. “I wanted the opportunity to keep playing and I love it at Delta,” Lopez said. “It was a great experience and I would refer it to anyone else especially being an athlete, it’s like a huge stepping stone to learn responsibilities and be on the right direction.”

Kobe Bryant’s importance in the NBA has affected future players. “The way he plays his game and the way he strategizes, I’m influenced. It’s more of the mental side of his game,” said Delta College basketball player Christian Allen. The Lakers acquired Bryant in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets during the 1996 NBA draft. Bryant helped the Lakers capture three NBA championships from 1999-2002. Bryant became league MVP in 2008, while leading the Lakers to NBA Final appearances (2008-2010), winning in 20092010 while taking home Finals MVP for both titles. Bryant’s strategic play led to some of the most incredible moments in NBA history. He scored 81 points on January 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors (second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point in 1962). “He wants to be like the ‘G.O.A.T.,” said Jordan Birdi a student from Delta College. “He definitely in my eyes is the best player after Jordan and there really isn’t anything else you can say”. He has emulated his game throw patented fade-aways and even sticking out his tongue like Michael Jordan did in his iconic moments. When Kobe’s last game is played he leaves a legacy of being constant professional, as he takes his place along others on the NBA’s mount Rushmore of players.

Softball team roughing up opponents BY ZACHARIAH MERCES-SPINDLER

Punxsutawney Phil has stepped into the light and declared it an early spring in 2016, and what screams spring more than softball in February? Delta’s Softball team got a huge win but lost some valuable playing time. The Mustangs were set to face two opponents Saturday morning and afternoon on Feb. 13 against Hartnell and Feather River. Amid much confusion, the 10 a.m. opening pitch was not met, due to missing umpires. After a nearly two hour wait, replacement umpires arrived and Softball was ready to begin. Delta College’s game versus Hartnell was to be pushed back to the final game of the evening. However, after Hartnell fell to the Feather River Eagles 9-4, in the first of the day’s games, Hartnell left the field and campus, not to return for the final game versus Delta. Head coach Jim Fisher said about the odd events and missing game, “We’re very upset. Supposed to start at 10. Team was excited at 9:30. We like to play at home.” Third baseman Vanessa Contreras said she was, “really upset, we were ready all day.” Starting pitcher Kristin Borst said, “It sucks, we were ready to go two games” The Mustangs and the Eagles were able to begin at 2:15 p.m. What followed was a showcase of eagerness and dominance by the Lady Mustangs, stacking three large rallies

and compiling an 11 run lead by the end of the fourth inning. The Mustang batters took advantage of six walks by adding eight hits and turning them into 10 runs. The stars of the match were ,third baseman Vanessa Contreras, and starting pitcher Kristin Borst. Contreras compiled two hits and Three RBI’s in three at bats. Borst tacked on her second complete game shutout of the season, keeping her season ERA under 1, allowing 4 hits and walking the first batter of the game. Borst hasn’t allowed an earned run in 23 innings at home since May 3, 2015. PHOTO BY ROBERT JUAREZ Of the game Coach Fisher said, “Overall pretty happy”, and of Borst’s performance, HERE COMES THE HEAT: Mustang pitcher Kristin Borst delivers a “She’s getting better and better. She threw well pitch. The Lady Mustangs are off to a 6-1 start. and got the curve going.” ning and to stay strong.” When asked about improvements of the team overBorst too had to say about goals of the season, “The all, the main point of work was what he called “dirt goal is keeping composure no matter good or bad.” reads; reading the ball when it hits the dirt and effecMustang’s softball is in full swing, and the sun is tively stealing without being fast.” surely shining a strong light on the team. Kristen Borst on how she felt about the game said, The Mustangs’s swept a double header on Feb. 15, by “Pretty good, start to finish. I pitched my game, and defeating Butte College (15-1 and Yuba City (13-4) to had all my pitches but had my curve going.” improve to 6-1 on the season Vanessa Contreras said about Borst, “It’s awesome, Set again to play at home on Saturday, Feb. 20 in a she does a great job” doubleheader . Asked about goals of the season and how it’s going First pitch is at 10 a.m. versus Solano College, and Contreras said, “It’s going good, we’re realizing what we concluding with a 2 p.m start time with Reedley. need to do… We’re looking to score runs in every in-

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MEGAN MAXEY, NEWS EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 9 • FEB. 19, 2016 •

New community center plans for North Stockton BY MARK LARKS

A long-vacant North Stockton building is receiving a facelift and renewed purpose with aim at improving the lives of the city’s youths. The 30,000-square foot space at 428 E. Hammer Lane was home to Copeland’s Sporting Goods until the business closed in 2006. By this time next year it will serve as a hub for community outreach programs and the site of a 15,000-square foot gym. The project is being spearheaded by Lakeview Assembly Church in Stockton, which already runs the nonprofit Lord’s Gym, a 7,500-square foot gym located on Tommydon Street, less than a half mile away. “Every membership will keep a teenager off the streets and in a safe environment with a positive direction,” said Joey Steelman, Lakeview Assembly’s head pastor and founder of local Lord’s Gym. Steelman said he’s had his eye on the site for some time.

“I always thought the Copeland’s building would be a great facility for a center like this,” he said. “And it’s a wonderful thing that Stockton needs.” Although initial negotiations with the owner began in 2009, talks stalled until last year. Lord’s Gym will relocate to the old Copeland’s site and double its size by adding an indoor basketball court with retractable bleachers and a boxing ring that will be used by Stockton’s Police Athletic League to run youth camps. The new, bigger gym will also allow for martial arts classes and a possible “midnight basketball” program. After school tutoring will be available in a learning center and computer lab which will feature wi-fi. All high school and middle school-aged students in the Stockton Unified School District will have access, as vans will pick up and drop off students for four-hour stretches daily. In addition to youth education, GED classes will also be offered to adults. The remaining space will include a daycare center for volunteers and members with children and two game rooms.


One game room will hold up to four pool tables while the other will feature an assortment of classic arcade games as well as multiple television screens for gaming options. Randy Turrentine, assistant manager of Lord’s Gym, estimates the move from Tommydon to Hammer Lane could double gym memberships as a result of the higher traffic flow. Membership fees go towards supporting the modest-sized learning center at the current Lord’s Gym, and more memberships will translate to greater opportunities for education and mentoring programs at the new location. “It’s going to have a huge impact on the city,” said Turrentine. Lakeview Assembly’s “Helping Hands” program, which provides more than 1,000 bags of food to needy families and roughly 500 sandwiches to the city’s homeless population per week will move its preparation facilities to the new location. The completion date for the Lord’s Gym City Center is currently slated for fall 2016.

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LOVE CONNECTION: ASDC plays match-maker during college hour on Feb. 11. Students prove that love is in the air on campus. Even Fierce Mustang joined in on the fun as one of the contestants during the dating game.

ALLEGED RACISM: Passions rise during protests at quad, Admin Building

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Information on the flier continues to allege that students were intimidated, harassed and retaliated against in a course last fall. Dr. Charles Jennings, dean of student learning and assessment, Dr. Amy Courtright, acting dean of enrollment services and student development are also named, with claims that the two stalled the process involving Parker’s claims. The protest began in the quad, with a member of BAMN using a megaphone. “We’re here to take a stand to defend black students who’ve been retaliated against by racist professors,” said the woman leading the protest.

People on either side of her carried posters: “We support Ashley. No racist abuse by admin” and “Defend black students at Delta.” Attempts to contact Parker through BAMN representatives on Facebook went unanswered. A woman identifying herself as Parker delivered the flier to The Collegian on the day of the protest. Parker spoke to protestors. “I just want everyone to always get from this situation: It’s just stand up for yourself in the correct way, don’t act out on how they expect us to act out. Don’t cuss nobody out. Don’t let no one provoke you out of your character. And fight the

strong community leader and in contact with human experiences,” said Robert Duran, president of ASDC. In the early 2000s, Brisbane moved from Oakland to Stockton because housing was more affordable and because she said she felt a pull of energy. “Theirs an energy about Stockton, you can feel it in the air but you have to be a self starter,” said Brisbane. Since 2004, Brisbane has created safe spaces for youth to express themselves. Brisbane and her husband are founders of a nonprofit slam poetry collective called W.O.W Inc. (With Our Words). “I wanted to create a platform where there wasn’t one, to start one specifically for youth and young adults,” she said. During her performance Brisbane had ev-

right way, just like they fight against us, let’s fight back the same way,” she said. A video of the statement is available at The group continued to the Administration Building where protestors were met by Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction Dr. Matthew Wetstein. Wetstein tried to have a conversation with the protestors, informing them of where the Free Speech area on campus was located, but was disrupted repeatedly by two protestors. Campus police officers then informed the crowd that participants could be in violation and cited for an arrest if the crowd didn’t disperse to the designated protest area. A meeting involving Parker and campus administrators continued after the crowd left the building. The Collegian tried to contact

eryone stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. However, it wasn’t to see if the audience knew it. It was to show that it doesn’t matter how you recite it but how you give emotion to your poetry. “A job of a poet is to create ... a writers approach to language, free speech advocate and to give youth a dictionary,” she said. Brisbane gave helpful tips to aspiring poets on how slam poetry works. Meanwhile describing how to create poetry using creative self-expression and experiences as a black poet. Throughout her days as a poet hearing, “Why you trying to talk white?” She would answer, “Because my select weapon is a tight vocabulary… It’s a gift, how I channel my blessings and I had to find my own voice.”

Barosso through Facebook for comment with no reply. She’s not listed on the class schedule for Delta this semester. Barosso’s profile on for Modesto Junior College shows her with a 4.8 rating overall, an “A” grade out of 37 reviews. “Dr. B is an amazing professor who is really there to help home your public speaking skills and/or develop them,” one anonymous poster wrote on Jan. 11. “She provides a fun and comfortable environment to eliminate your nervousness. If you struggle with public speaking this is the class for you. Dr. B can help you! Attendance and participation are important.” Jennings also declined comment. While the protest had few students join, some later said racism is present on campus.

“They think I’m just here for the financial aid,” said Rickshawn Williams, a African American Delta student. “When I met with one of the counselors about my classes, she told me not to worry about it because I’ll only be here for a week, until I get my financial aid.” One student said he felt online classes were a better option than coming to campus. “We got to work harder than everybody else,” said Delta Student Abasi Hunt, also an African American. “I dropped one of my classes and joined it online because of how unfair the teacher was to me. It’s like they have favoritism.” Editor’s note: The Collegian doesn’t typically use a person’s race as an identifier, but in the context of this story the editing staff felt it necessary. Staff writer Mikael Honzell contributed to this report.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 19, 2016  

Issue 9 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 19, 2016  

Issue 9 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.