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“Pillow Talk” with Jermaine Davis PAGE 3


AT ATTENTION: Members of the Delta College Basic Peace Officer Academy’s first Intensive Program, which operates during the day, are shown in morning formation.

By Kristen Riedel

Food trucks on the rise in Stockton PAGE 4

Lady Mustangs win ninth consecutive game PAGE 8

UPCOMING ASDC Mountain House meet & greet, 11 a.m. Feb. 24 *Free Chipotle* AAEC chicken & waffle fundrasier, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Danner Hall


In Nov. 2013, voters approved a ¾-cent sales tax increase to fund the Stockton Police Department’s expansion from 365 to 485 officers by June 2017. With a solid reputation for providing well-rounded officers to local and regional departments, the Delta College Basic Peace Officer Academy is poised to play a pivotal role in meeting this increased demand. The Extended Academy, a nine-month program began in 1981 after achieving certification by the Commission on Peace Of-

ficer Standards and Training. Last September the Intensive Academy launched, offering the same 960 hours of training in a six-month day program. The selection process is competitive and the range of classes in ethics and law require students to achieve a B grade or higher in order to advance to the final phase. Simulated emergency and non-emergency scenarios reinforce decision-making skills to prepare students to react rationally in unexpected situations. “Watching these situations on TV seems easy, but being in it is much more stressful,” said Carl Carlson, an Intensive Academy

student. A holistic approach to physical fitness emphasizes a lifetime of healthy eating and regular exercise preparing trainees to keep mind and body in peak condition for a long career. The academy coordinators Bruce Able and Kim Castro also prioritize community service, strengthening a cadet’s ability to work directly with citizens. “They care about the students above and beyond, which shows in the end product,” said David Main, chief of the campus police

See ACADEMY, Page 8

Teaching styles changing

City attracting upcoming businesses

By Kayla Hernandez

By Kellen Medina

ready adopted the standards. Common Core was approved at the state level in 2010. The standards were adopted in California on August 2, 2010. Many students are now taking classes affiliated with the Common Core standards. “I do think Common Core is helpful because it truly shows your understanding of the subject, rather than a 25 percent chance of getting it right,” said Omar Escobar, an Edison High School student. Many individuals don’t necessarily agree with the new teaching process. Some students find it more complicated than the previous curriculum. Common Core has started a debate in education. Parents are questioning the effectiveness. These stan-

School districts throughout California have changed teaching styles in the classroom to the Common Core method. Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA), according to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if a student changes schools or moves to a different state, according to the California Department of Education. Teachers, parents and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. Forty-three states have al- See COMMON CORE, Page 8

There is cause for optimism in Stockton as the unemployment rate steadily decreases. After being hit by the recession in 2008, Stockton’s unemployment rate peaked in 2010 at 17.5 percent. Just five years later the number has declined to 10.5 percent. Since declaring bankruptcy in 2012, Stockton has had to fight to rebuild its economy. Now as the city transitions out of bankruptcy, it becomes an attractive suitor for incoming business. Stockton Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Doug Wilhoit, spoke glowingly about what the city has to offer. “We are situated better than most communities our size because of our access location,” said Wilhoit. Highway 99, Interstate 5 and

the Deep Water Channel make Stockton an easy-access destination. The city is centralized in a major agricultural area, and sits between two larger markets — the Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. KeHe Distributers, North America’s largest distributor of natural food products, has noticed this and is opening up a distribution center in Stockton. The company is moving into 450,000 square-foot building at the NorCal Logistics Center on Arch Road. The new distribution center plans to bring 200 new jobs to the area. Delta College student, Kody Bowerman, spoke about the difficulties he faced in his recent job search. “It can be hard if you don’t have any interview experience,”




Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •


Counseling not always helpful


elta College provides many services that promote and support student success. The counseling staff inside the DeRicco Student Services Building are part of those services. Every student should meet with a campus counselor. Counselors can be helpful assets in helping us succeed, whatever the path may be at Delta or in life. Delta’s counselors are more than qualified to help us on our educational journeys. But, as students, we also know the struggle of even getting into the door to see one of them. In a recent story pitching session, many members of the Collegian staff vocally complained about not being able to get prompt counseling appointments. Clearly there is an issue. The consensus was clear: The counselors do a solid job in helping us along, but many students find it impossible to make an appointment for even a first visit. When we do get appointments, we’re often told we can’t graduate in two years. A former Collegian staff member was told to “aim for three.” This is supposed to be a two-year school. That sort of proclamation is defeating. More defeating, though, is the process to set up a meeting. It should be easy. There is a page on the website leading students to a list of counselors and available times. In theory, this should be a quick few clicks to a meeting. Far from it. A student picks a counselor and a meeting

time, but then the website rejects the appointment. This is because of the volume of students trying to set up a meeting. Unless it is at 2 p.m. and you are one of the first to access the website, it’s probable that you will not get the time you want. Students on this campus have priorities other than school, including work and childcare scheduling. While we understand an “ideal” time may not be available, we also know that some students will likely never meet with a counselor on this campus because of this. Appointments are almost always two or more weeks after scheduled. Too many times has a student missed a class due to a counselor meeting, because the time is the only one available. Counseling is important. Delta College has an extensive, well-educated counseling staff. Yet, in many ways, we’re falling short. The bottom line is that students need to be more active participants in their own education and futures. If you get one of the coveted meeting spots, do your research, know where you want to go and what the requirements are for a particular major. There are many first-generation college students attending Delta who know little about what classes to take, how to transfer or even how to add classes. We know that, But everyone should still do a little prior research so you are prepared to tell your counselor what you are really looking for. Understand your counselor may not have all the answers. Listen to what your counselor advises, but also be active in the process.

Students marching for education rights

Opinions matter when lawmakers decide on school funding By David Arnold


he annual March in March is important because it allows students to let their voices be heard on what’s going on and why we need to have lower school costs. Basically, the March in March gets the lawmakers to hear our voices and what we have to say. Our state legislatures meet with our student body government to talk about what they’re doing to fix the budgets for schools. State lawmakers are willing to listen to the demands of the students and work on mutual agreement.

It’s important for us, as students attend because we should take advantage of are rights as students. Some of things that would impact students would be higherpriced books and not having financial aid to afford them. However, the number of students participating has dropped in recent years. I think in events as these, all Delta students on campus should sign up and march. The Associated Students of Delta College (ASDC) haven’t taken students, due to lack of money. On Feb. 9, two students went to the ASDC board meeting and requested that the March in March be put in the minutes for the next

meeting. ASDC has to request to use the Delta College transportation bus to be able to take the students to this year’s march, which will be held on March 2 in Sacramento. If the ASDC is able to get the bus, expect it to fill up fast, as the list for the ride was filled up in 2013, yet some of the students did not show up for the ride. I go to the march every year, and thanks to the bus no longer being available, other students and I carpool up there for the event by everyone pitching in for gas because it’s that important. If you want to march for your school rights this is the place to start doing it.

THE COLLEGIAN SPRING 2015 PRODUCTION STAFF EDITOR IN CHIEF Jermaine Davis NEWS EDITORS Alexis Bustamante Vorani Khoonsrivong OPINION EDITOR Richard Reyes ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Zachariah Merces-Spindler SPORTS EDITOR Robert Juarez FEATURE/SOCIAL MEDIA EDITORS Megan Maxey Midori Morita SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Orlando Jose SENIOR STAFF WRITERS Eric Carranza Sean Mendoza Santana Juache Brian Ratto STAFF WRITERS Frank Allen David Arnold Armel Henderson Kayla Hernandez

Daisy Lopez Kellen Medina Kristen Riedel Farrukh Shabbir

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Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •

Movie is ‘50 Shades’ of disappointment By Midori Morita


hat did you do for Valentine’s Day? Did you have a romantic dinner with your loved one? Or did you sit on the couch with your tub of ice cream while watching “Sixteen Candles”? Or maybe you were in line with millions of others to see the anticipated movie “50 Shades of Grey.” The movie focuses on a student Anastasia who interviews a wealthy and emotionally reserved man, Christian Grey. He wants to know more about her and she wants to know more about him. But he wants to know more about her so much that he is essentially stalking her. He finds out where she works and sends her gifts. Before you know they’re both attracted to each other, and it’s all downhill from there. They make out in an elevator. He takes her in a helicopter. Then he takes her to a special room to show her his “singular taste. ”But the movie isn’t just about the non-existent chemistry they have.

There is a deeper understanding that viewers need to see. A controversy has been going around well before the movie was announced. The issue is this book, written by E.L. James, and movie glorifies abusive relationships and it gives the wrong impression for those who participate in bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism (BSDM). Christian creates a sexual contract stating that he is the dominant and Anastasia is the submissive. Anastasia is very skeptical of this contract and never signs it, but continues to stay with Christian. He takes Anastasia’s innocence and uses it to introduce her to new things, which she seems uncomfortable with. Many viewers said she gave consent, which means that everything they are doing is totally fine. But it’s not. During every sex scene in the movie, there is a moment where she looks very uncomfortable. BDSM and those who do it are very big in safety and comfort for their partners. Dominants are supposed to care for the submissive afterward. In the movie, it’s very obvious

Christian isn’t interested in comforting or caring for Anastasia afterward. In fact, after most of the sexual scenes, Christian leaves her alone. Not only is he uncaring toward her after sex, he is emotionally closed off. Throughout the movie, Christian refuses to let Anastasia touch him or kiss him and he would show no sign of loving emotion to her. He blames this behavior on childhood events, which is not an excuse to treat Anastasia badly. What’s worse is many viewers don’t understand the emotional manipulation that is going on in the book and movie, and continue to defend it. The bottom line is “50 Shades of Grey” isn’t something we should celebrate. The movie shows that abusive and manipulative relationships are sexy and fun, when they’re not. The film was poorly directed and poorly written. Christian and Anastasia had little chemistry on screen and everything was painfully awkward. The hype before the release of the film made it a huge disappointment. I watched the movie with an open mind, and was severely let down.

censored in an editorial setting: Thanks for the concern but we don’t need you to defend our honor. Lighten up. Seriously. “Fresh Off the Boat” is hilarious and does an excellent job showcasing some of the struggles some — take note, I stress the word “some” — Asian Americans face in mainstream society. “Fresh Off the Boat” is narrated by Huang. The production team includes people of Asian ethnicity. It’s not as if ABC decided to create the show without consulting Huang and threw out ideas to depict Asian stereotypes. Had they pursued the project with that mindset, this would be a different story. I didn’t find any of the content offensive and thank goodness, I wasn’t the only one. Popular YouTube channel Wong Fu Productions praised the show and urged viewers to watch the sitcom in a recent Facebook post. “I know that this is just one step for the [Asian American] community to make greater strides so I think if we come together and support this and give it a chance, it could only mean good things,” said Wong Fu filmmaker Wesley Chan. Maybe it’s an Asian thing — this based on my personal observation for years — but we aren’t easily offended. I appreciated how the show touched upon many of these issues without being too serious.

The constant struggle between balancing ones’ own ethnic culture and another was one of the main components of the show I enjoyed watching. Anecdotes featured in the pilot and subsequent episode resembled some of my experiences as a fellow Asian American. For me, the most memorable anecdote was when the mother, Jessica — which I can say is a typical Asian name — wants to enroll her children into Chinese Learning School but the school her children attend doesn’t offer the program. Jessica subsequently creates an accelerated program for her children. Instead of playing basketball and video games with neighbors after school, the children are forced to study. Just watching this scene unfold made me laugh because my mother did the same thing to me and my sisters when we were in elementary school — math and science, no less — albeit less strict than portrayed. The Asian American stereotype, for example, doesn’t depict me accurately: I’m horrible at math and science — let alone pursue a career in any of the aforementioned fields — but proficient in English and writing. I don’t always have straight A’s and I always need help — and ask when needed — and I’m not wealthy. While stereotyping isn’t a new concept in Hollywood and the media, we shouldn’t let those stereotypes define us. Instead, we should define who we

New series doesn’t offend Asian population By Vorani Khoonsrivong


new ABC show is stirring a lot of controversy over its portrayal of Asian American chef Eddie Huang’s memoir “Fresh Off the Boat” The show chronicles Huang’s early life in a predominantly white neighborhood, balancing his relationship with his Asian background. This isn’t the first time an Asian American family has been showcased on network television. The last sitcom, “All-American Girl”—also on ABC—starred Margaret Cho and was canceled after one season due to low ratings. Like all shows featuring distinct stereotypes, the freshmen series received backlash with some on social media deeming it racist and insensitive. “#FreshOffTheBoat appears to be more racist than just about anything I’ve seen in a long time,” said Twitter user Lara. Most the people complaining about the show’s content aren’t of Asian ethnicity. To say the least, I was excited for the ABC comedy. For years, I’ve seen sitcoms and shows featuring a predominantly white casts. It didn’t bother me, but I did want to see variety, as well as characters I could relate to more. And so I write this in the nicestway possible without having to be

PILLOW TALK 101 With Jermaine Davis

Missed connections: get right or get left behind


n the wide world of dating, on many occasions missed connections are certain to happen. Just because someone is single at the moment doesn’t mean they’ll be there waiting around when you decide to make a move. Most people interested in getting to know someone better, on a more one-on-one level, tend to go about doing it all wrong. Men: Have a tough time reading the signs. Women flirt in the weirdest ways, they won’t come out and tell you: “Hey, I like you.” Instead they’ll expect you to be a mind reader … which is impossible. Women: Never seem to get it. A guy can show interest in a woman for months without her viewing it as “flirting.” Like you’re just sending her “Good Morning” texts routinely to be nice. I don’t know about you, but being ignored really grinds my gears. Suddenly you begin to feel like your time is being wasted trying to get acquainted with someone who isn’t interested. That time could be spent on yourself doing something more meaningful with your life. It’s still early in the first quarter of the year, but it’s time to think about your missed connections. Maybe you were a bit rude to the cute guy who asked for your phone number at the mall a month ago. Who knows what could’ve developed by now. Or maybe you’re the kind of guy who shy’s away from attention. You could’ve already pushed away your potential girlfriend by being an arrogant, cocky jerk. Nothing’s worse than looking back on a missed opportunity. The sight of seeing someone you could’ve had a chance to build with, in a happy relationship with someone other than yourself can leave a salty taste in your mouth. Whether we choose to admit it or not, we all have a soft spot inside our bodies that is surrounded by pride, and having too much pride can be detrimental. Have no regrets. Let it all hang out, shoot your shot, say it with your chest or forever wonder in the back of your head “what if…”



Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •




TRUCKS AROUND TOWN: The number of food trucks throughout the area is growing. Not all are focused on tacos or burritos. Instead, there are trucks that specialize in Korean food and burgers.

Everywhere a hungry patron goes these days, there’s a food truck waiting. And it’s not just taco trucks. In San Joaquin now, there are burger trucks, taco trucks, rice bowl trucks and even fourwheel cupcake cuisines. Merced Hernandez is the owner of the Tacos El Dorado, which rolls up near Hammer and West lanes. Hernandez’s truck sells burritos, tacos, nachos and flautas. His truck boasts “the best tacos/burritos in town.” Delta student Eric Gutierrez raved about the food. “I’ve been to a lot of taco trucks around Stockton,” he said. “The taste of this taco truck is nice and fresh. He has everything I like here, I order flautas and a super burrito and the enchiladas with the mole sauce is incredible.” Gutierrez said Hernandez knows what he is doing. “He is a great cook, he puts his pride into his work,” said Gutierrez. Gutierrez is a food-truck fan. His least favorite is food truck of Indian flavor – saying the portions were too small for the price. “I’m a big guy and I like the quality for the cheaper price,” he said. Sina Yem is the owner of Rice Pot Movement, another local truck. The truck sells items includ-

ing Tai Chi tacos, fried pork dumplings and Asian-inspired slider hamburgers. “We always been into food, trying different things, especially interesting types of food,” said Yem. Yem said the truck offers more to the city’s palate. “We just figure Stockton didn’t have too much diversity of food selection, especially food trucks other than restaurants,” he said. Yem purchased his food truck from Craigslist. The former Sara Lee bread truck cost about $4,000. “It took like a full year to do all the fabricating, all the pieces, equipment in there,” he said. Also, on Pacific Avenue: Grubb City Burgers & Sandwiches. Alfonso Jaramillo, the owner, said his truck is all about burgers, juicy burgers, and original sandwiches. Jaramillo said the food is 100-percent fresh. Grubbs also offers free raffles, which might interest cashstrapped college students. After you purchase a meal, your name is entered in a drawing to win every Friday, so if your name is called you get a free sandwich or burger. Grubb City’s fare includes a gourmet specialty burger, the Pacific Islander Swagg Burger. The burger includes chopped onions, coconut and candy on the delicious bread. Jaramillo said it’s the truck’s masterpiece.

Giants’ three World Series trophies visit Stockton Civic Auditorium By Frank Allen

Stockton residents lined up as early as 7 a.m. on Feb. 12 to experience the 2014 World Series victory all over again. The San Francisco Giants World Champion trophies were displayed at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium. All three World Series trophies were on display to the public for a free viewing. The trophies could be seen but not touched. Shana Daum, vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Giants, accompanied the trophy to Stockton. Daum is responsible for the non-baseball meetings, public relations, community programs and initiatives, business public relations, media activities and player relations for the club. Daum was born and raised in Stockton and is a

1984 St. Mary’s High School graduate. She then graduated from University of California, Davis and received her master’s in sports management from the University of San Francisco. “It’s fun to come back here. And how neat to be able to bring to my community bring World Series trophies now,” Daum said. “Stocktonians, I think, are the best fans in baseball.” The Giants have a program called the Junior Giants, that is funded out of the Giants community fund and 23,000 children play free baseball throughout Northern California. The Junior Giants program is available to children from the age 5 to 18. Stockton is a city filled with Bay Area baseball fans. Locals support the Giants and the Oakland A’s, just as much as the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders football team. When a Bay Area team like the Giants, become champions, fans want a piece of that action. Even though, they can’t be in the game, all the

fans can really do is support from afar. The trophies coming to Stockton is a huge event for the city. Many in attendance said they didn’t even know the trophies were coming to Stockton. Linda Avila, a stay-at-home mom, took five children to see the trophies. Her two daughters, one son, a nephew and a niece announced she had barely found out that morning the trophies were in Stockton. That doesn’t mean to say there wasn’t a line to see the trophies. The line stretched out a quarter length around the auditorium. This isn’t the first time the trophies have been in Stockton. Previous trophy tours happened after the 2010 and 2012 World Series wins too. Fans came out to see the trophies in past years, they showed their support for the 2014 win and will continue to celebrate future victories.



Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •

Professor brings high hopes for music program By Midori Morita

Dr. Bruce Southard hit the ground running in the Fall after he was called over the Summer to replace Germán Águilar, the beloved choir director who had passed unexpectedly while on tour in Italy. Southard packed up his things in North Dakota and headed to California to teach within a week. Since then Southard has taken on Concert Choir, Delta Singers and Delta Vocal Jazz. Though many of the students were heartbroken from the loss of Aguilar, they welcomed Southard with open arms. “They’ve been very good for me. I’m very impressed

with them,” said Southard. Southard was in no ordinary position. He took great care in understanding what happened to Águilar and how it affected his students. “I started with the idea of being really sensitive to the students. The first concert I was more laid back,” stated Southard. He intends on pushing them harder this semester now that students have adjusted. Eliseo Paniagua, who has been a Delta choir singer for three years, said Southard is a great asset to the music program and the school. “I think he contributes so much to the minds of the students here,” said Paniagua.

FORTISSIMO: Delta Singers warm up their vocal cords with a voice exercise before beginning class, top. Dr. Bruce Southard gives helpful advice to students for their song, bottom. PHOTOS BY MIDORI MORITA

OPENING NEW DOORS: Religious organizations increase on campus By Brian Ratto

By Ryan Quijalvo,


Since Club Rush is over, students may have noticed a wider variety of clubs offered on campus, ranging from academic, social to ethnic and religious. There are currently 35 active student-run clubs on campus. Four are religion based. The Latter Day Student Association, Christians on Campus, Christians United for Israel and InterVarsity are active religious clubs. Intervarsity is the newest to join the lists of clubs. “Our Bible studies are a

place where anyone can come and study God’s word with us. It is not a place where only Christians come and talk about the [Holy] Bible,” said Andy Miller, a club leader. Latter Day Saints Student Association is a Mormonbased group seeking Mormon students or those interested in the faith. Christians on Campus holds Christian faith Bible studies for students, faculty and staff. Christians United For Israel (CUFI) is part of a national organization that strives “to inspire Christian student leaders to advocate for Israel and the

Peace of Jerusalem on college campuses across America,” According to the website. InterVarsity believes “that when students and faculty are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, their campus is transformed, and ultimately society as a whole comes to more closely reflect the priorities of the kingdom of God. That is why we invest ourselves in the lives of students and faculty, wherever they are on their spiritual journey.” While a separation of church and state exists, these clubs exist as part of antidiscrimination laws set forth by

state and Federal governments. So religion-based clubs exist at Delta despite the campus being publicly funded. The college policy states “the District does not discriminate, and prohibits harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, mental disability, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (Cancer), or marital status, or sexual orientation.” The InterClub Council, the student organization that oversees campus clubs, follows this policy and allows the students to have

a wide variety of clubs including religious clubs on campus. They are not the only clubs based on religion that have been on campus. There have been Muslim based and other eastern religion based clubs in the recent past. “As long as they’re not in my face they can do whatever they want,” said Keiko Kaneichi, Delta Student. Giving the students the ability to join a group of like minded students or seek information about differing topics can be seen as an education experience and may enhance the college experience overall.



Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •

57th annual Grammy awards illustrated in tweets


By Farrukh Shabbir

This year the Grammy Awards was free of any real controversy, apart from a Kanye hiccup and a Beck win everything else went according to plan. But that didn’t stop Twitter comedians from throwing some non-deserving and some very deserving punches at this year’s nominees, winners, losers and the event itself.


Chief Keef might have a rap sheet that rivals his Rap Sheet (pun intended) but this tweet hits him low and nasty.


Nominated for this year’s Best Pop Vocal Album, Ariana Grande failed to win a Grammy Award this year, but she sure as heavens got some attention on Twitter.


Prince didn’t win any awards but he did manage to steal the show with a small message: “Albums matter.” However, his “attire” came under fire. The word “carrot”was used, that’s all we’re saying.

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AC/DC opened this year’s Grammy with a bang! Fans and spectators gave out mixed reactions, but all in good spirit.

Prolific author and avid sports fan, George R. R. Martin, author and creator of the famous series “Game of Thrones”, didn’t miss out on this opportunity to express his feelings about who should have won a Grammy.

Kanye West almost pulled a Kanye West when he jumped on stage as Beck was about to accept his Album of the Year Award. Much to the delight of everyone he did something that Kanye West would NEVER DO. He actually thought about what he was doing and didn't do it. Oddly, Beck wasn't too happy about Kanye walking away. Let's face it. Kanye interrupting Beck might have been the best thing to happen to Beck that night.


Teens love her, adults fail to understand her, and Grammy’s nominated her but didn’t award her. Yes, this year everyone watching the Grammys got to see Iggy Azalea not winning a Grammy. Let’s just say the Twitterverse was happy.


Madonna, at 56, rocked the stage, at 56, with a mesmerizing performance, at 56, while Twitter exploded with appreciation and critique about her age, which is 56.

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Artists weren’t the only ones at the receiving end of Twitter comedians this year. The event itself was targeted by many jokes.

The No. 1 spot goes to the most honest and probably the most relatable tweet about the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Predicting three popular Oscar winners

#Trending: Uptown Funk

By Eric Carranza

plate and deliver makes it more of the clear choice.

By Megan Maxey & Midori Morita

This just might be another snub for Julianne Moore. The question goes from when will she win to possibly who will win one first her or Leonardo DiCaprio, the often nominated, never honored actor. But when you see “Gone Girl” this movie is an on-the-edge of your seat mystery movie you just have no clue what's going on then when it happens you can’t help but go from “Ben Affleck is the killer no doubt” to “Man that chick is crazy but smart.”

The song you hear in every store, on every promo and on every radio station is "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. This funky pop tune is grabbing the attention of music lovers from all genres. The song is heavily influenced by 1980s funk but with a contemporary pop feel. Its beat and catchy lyrics, we might be hearing it for a while.

The Academy Awards are a yearly event in which Hollywood actors, directors and others are praised for the amazing work of the past year. Everyone now wonders who will take home the gold trophy as well as who will get snubbed. Here’s a look at possible winners. Best Picture: “American Sniper”

It isn’t an easy choice, let alone competing with a movies such as "The Theory of Everything" or statistical favorites “Birdman” and “Boyhood.”

It’s just when you see “American Sniper” you don't know how to characterize Chris Kyle. That's why to me it’s a love/hate film throughout. The viewer loves the fact he can be a one man army by the way he kills but you hate that he seems to have more recognizable emotion on the battlefield rather than with his family at home. Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

To some, if not all, this might be a snub but to me not knowing who this guy was prior to this movie made me think that for him to step to the

Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”



Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •

Ladies basketball takes down Sac City as regionals loom

Softball enters season with eyes on the prize, despite slow start By Robert Juarez


COURTSIDE: Guard Selina Moore running the floor, scoring 12 points during the home game on Feb. 17.

By Zachariah Merces-Splinder

On Feb. 17, the women’s basketball team took on Sacramento City, looking to extend their eight game winning streak. The Mustangs have a 23-5 overall record (12-1 in conference). This game was no different with another display of desire towards excellence in an easy 76-41 victory. The mustangs got off to a quick 7-0 lead and reached 13 points in four minutes before Sacramento City even scored a basket. Being led by Sophomore Guard Selina Moore, the Mustangs rushed with a fast break offense continuing the pounding and increasing the lead to 27-5, 10 minutes into the game. Sacramento seemed incapable of limiting the perimeter shots keeping the team off balance the entire first half. A major contribution to the defensive dominance has been the bench play of 5’9” freshman Krista

Buligon, feeding off the physicality and speed of the team on the floor as a unit. Such physical defense comes with fouls, and the Mustangs sure racked them up tallying six in the first 12 minutes of play enabling a lot of free throw opportunities for Sacramento City. Often beginning from a full court defensive approach, forcing their opponents to play hard even crossing half court. The first half ended with the Mustangs holding a 37-18 lead and 10 fouls. The second half consisted of a slower offense, controlling the clock and maintaining the lead with far less fouls. After the game, coach Gina Johnson said assistant coach Gibson, “has been working with the bigs to improve the physical play down low.” Now with only one game remaining in the season, the Mustangs are tied with Diablo Valley in the Big 8 Conference and currently rank 7 in the state as of the February 16


CCCAA Polling. Coach Gina Johnson also spoke about the season claiming to be “excited” for the improvement and consistent dedication and desire to “get better as a unit.” Safe to say this is evident with the solid consistency the team has shown, even amongst the natural flaws and errors each game inherits, and fighting through every possession to beat you from the perimeter and underneath the rim. The seeding for the post season is decided after Feb. 20. Hopefully for the mustangs this will be the beginning of a deep run through all regionals. They possess the speed and defense to do so, and not to forget the quality perimeter shooting by Sophomore Selina Moore averaging 14 points a game and Freshman Natalie Delgado averaging 8.8 per game and shooting at 30 percent from the three point line. The team’s next home game is at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

As the skies begin to clear and winter says its goodbyes, softball season reappears and the Lady Mustangs take the field this year with their eyes on the prize. Four is the number of times Delta’s softball team has made the way to the state championship, but zero is the number of times the team has won. The ladies would like to change that this year. After a strong 13-5 victory over College of Sequoias to start the season, the team dropped the next two to Cabrillo and San Jose. Through three games, the pitching and defense remains consistent giving up four to five runs a game. However, the offense is a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. After putting up 13 runs in the season opener, Mr. Hyde reared his ugly head, as the bats have only been able to squirm two runs in the past two games. The season is just beginning. No one should hit the panic button yet, as the women have plenty of time to find their swing. In order for the offense to pick up, offensive standouts Haylee Moran-Rowan and Taylor Barsi must remain constant. The two have combined for a .500 batting average, five RBI, three XBH and have scored four runs. The two ladies have started the season in symmetry with Moran-Rowan hitting leadoff and Barsi digging in two spots later to drive her in. Nevertheless, it will take more than two players for the Mustangs to make this a season to remember. To help with the struggling offense, pitching and defense must become key. The pitchers have combined for a 4.42 ERA, 13 strikeouts, 23 hits in only 19 innings, but on the bright side the defense has only committed one error. The Mustangs must connect each aspect of the team to start collecting more wins. The Lady Mustangs look for some home cooking to spice up the offense when the team trots onto the Bucky Layland Softball Complex to take on Gavilan College and Feather River for a doubleheader on Feb. 22.

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Issue 9 • Feb. 20, 2015 •

Disneyland linked to over a dozen cases of measles By Daisy Lopez

In December, a measles outbreak occurred in Disneyland that surprised everyone. By Jan. 22, the California Department of Health reported 42 cases of measles could be traced back to the theme park. Should we be concerned about it coming to San Joaquin County? In an email interview, Dr. Alvaro Garza, San Joaquin County’s Public Health Officer said “the likelihood is good, as it is throughout California, particularly with the un-vaccinated or under-vaccinated people.” He suggests “people should always check first with their healthcare provider for any questions or if any symptoms.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, symptoms for the measles don’t typically show until seven to 14 days after being infected. The beginning symptoms are high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots may appear inside the mouth, and then a rash breaks out. The outbreak also poses the question of how many children are getting vaccinated .

AAEC hosts speaker for Black History month

EMPLOYMENT: Optimism at the forefront

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Bowerman said. After multiple interviews in the Stockton-Lodi area, he was finally able to get a job at a nearby restaurant. According to research done by CareerBuilder, Stockton’s job market ranks 12th in the nation. Stockton is ranked high despite an unemployment rate nearly 5 percent higher than the national average and more than 3 percent higher than the state average. “Fortunately, for Stockton-Lodi, some of the index’s forward-looking variables are very promising. Specifically, job listing (ranked No. 18) grew 9 percent over a recent six-month period, and overall employ-

By Armel Henderson

Dr. Keita Kenyatta spoke Feb. 12 to educate youths on African roots of the modern world. There were 100 people in attendance of all ethnicity and different walks of life, including Dr. Laney and Professor E. Wade. The event was hosted by the AAEC, African American Employee Council, who will also be hosting a number of events this month for Black History Month. Kenyatta is originally from Oakland and now resides in Tracy. He spoke on topics and origins such as the Kemet people, people now forgotten, discovered while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts science. He also spoke on the Thebans, or the people of the west. They considered themselves as the most ancient people of the earth. Although the lecture was informational, Kenyatta gave us powerful yet educational quotes, “the earliest religion of Egypt has been traced back to central Africa.” He also quoted Drusilla Dunjee Houston, “the culture of Egypt did not originate upon the lower Nile.” “Ethiopia was the first established country on Earth and the Ethiopians were the first to set up the worship of the gods and to establish laws.”

According to, 95.8 percent of kindergarten students are up to date on vaccines in the San Joaquin County. Many children aren’t getting vaccinated due to personal beliefs of family, according to EdSource. The individuals that aren’t getting vaccinated go and travel which raises the risk of getting contaminated and bringing it back. It can affect kids under the age of one because they can’t get vaccinated yet, according to the CDC. With this all happening, people are still venturing to Disneyland. According to NBC News, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger reported the measles outbreak hasn’t stopped people from visiting the “Happiest Place on Earth.” He also said parents with children too young to get the vaccine should avoid visiting Disneyland, or other populated areas. “I wouldn’t go to Disneyland until I got verification that it is now a safe environment, if anything I encourage people to not go and bring their kids because the more people that have measles it will spread awfully fast,” said Delta College student Vanessa Soto. Dr. James Cherry, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the University of California, Los Angeles told ABC News the public should take note. “This was a wake-up call,” he said.

ment is projected to grow faster than the national average from 2014-2020,” said CareerBuilder Corporate Communications Manager Ryan Hunt in a recent news release by the San Joaquin Partnership. This news offers hope to a city that needs it. Stockton has had to bear the weight of its record-breaking bankruptcy, but now looks to restore its place as an All American city. Wilhoit’s optimism for the city’s future appears to be supported by others. Healthcare, law enforcement and transportation were some of the fields he mentioned that should expect some growth.

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DR. KEITA KENYATTA: The speaker brought awareness to religions in Africa and the differences between tribes from different regions.

dards may be creating a gap between the knowledge of the students and parents. The Common Core process consists of students doing more than usual. Students must be able to explain reasoning behind work. “I don’t think I’m gaining anything from this style because it just puts added pressure on kids and extra work,” said Escobar.

Although some disagree with the new technique, others feel differently. “People have different points of view, but I think it’s a good resource cause it helps kids learn new things and it’s all trying to make things easy and more manageable to teach,” said Iridiana Plascencia, Franklin High School student.

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department. Main said many of his officers are POST program graduates who chose to invest their careers at the college. Unlike other vocational programs, graduates don’t simply take a written exam to obtain a

certificate and qualify for positions at any police department. They must undergo a thorough background check, psychological and physical testing, and an oral exam that tests candidates’ knowledge and ability to communicate.

Police organizations sponsor some of the youth who have participated in junior cadet programs, and other outstanding applicants, by hiring them and paying for tuition and supplies. After graduation, aspiring officers must participate in six

months of field training with their prospective departments, spending one month with each of six officers and must pass the board before becoming a solo beat officer. Officer Joseph Silva said the Stockton Police Department is sponsoring 16 students at

this time and he is enthusiastic about the upcoming March 25 graduation of the first Intensive Academy trainees. “The POST academy is positive for the city because it is cost effective and we want home grown officers,” said Silva.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 20, 2015  

Issue 9 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 20, 2015  

Issue 9 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.