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Issue 8 • Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 •




Extensive rain brings flooding to Manteca area, problems throughout California By Killian Barnhart News Editor

A cluster of storms throughout the region since the beginning of the year has overwhelmed a drought-hardened California. The result is extensive damage to the state’s water management infrastructure, overflowing rivers and saturated local levees. On Feb. 20, a levee near Manteca breached with evacuation orders being issued for an area south of Highway 120. Five-hundred people were impacted, mostly farmers and ranchers. The breach was caused by the levee being overwhelmed by this year’s aggressive storms. Last weekend the Stockton area received more than one and half inches of rain, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration. The downpour caused more water to run into local rivers, including the San Joaquin River, which is now above flood stage in the lower Tracy area. The flooding affected four areas in Manteca the most, South of Woodward Ave, West of Union Road, North of Mortensen Road and On Manthey Road in Lathrop, water begins to rise and surpass surrounding tree trunks, due to recent rainstorms east of the San Joaquin River. The flooding was temporarily halted when PHOTO BY MIKAEL HONZELL, EYE IMAGE FROM FREEPIK.COM the Reclamation District plugged the hole. Greg Jones, a Manteca resident, said the breach was plugged before any real damage was done. “The water was supposed to reach parts of the city like where I lived but they plugged the levee a California rainstorm, Dam holds water from way. By Raj Singh back up pretty fast,” he said. “When I got home one of which has become Lake Oroville and conDuring the evacuation, Staff Writer or drove some of the places where it was supcommon in recent months, trols the water flow to the authorities warned that posed to flood I didn’t see any traces of flooding Stockton opened its compared to past seasons, Feather River. residences may face a wall or damage caused by the flood.” doors to America’s first that officials were conIt is also the tallest dam of water, much like a tsuA segment of Highway 50 was damaged due Sikh Temple, also known cerned about the Oroville in the United States. nami, in the worst-case to mudslides caused by the rain. On the Central as a Gurdwara nearly 105 Dam, where a spillway was Erosion in the main scenario if they were to California coast, a bridge on Highway 1 is now years ago on October 24, in danger. Although the spillway of the dam caused stay home. condemned due to erosion. 1912. dam remained intact, the a hole about the size of a It was after that evacuSan Jose has also experienced flooding as Not only is the Gurd- spillway was affected and football field and around ation notice when at least water spread throughout Coyote Creek, with wara a place of prayer for part of it collapsed. 40-feet deep, this part of a dozen people drove from 50,000 citizens ordered to evacuate. the Sikh community, it’s The Oroville Dam is in the dam couldn’t be fixed in the evacuation area all the All of this follows the problems with the Or- also a place people in the Butte County, which made time. There is also an emer- way down to seek refuge at oville Dam when a concrete spillway used to si- community can go to for its way into news headlines gency spillway that was the Stockton Gurdwara. phon off excess water developed a crater, allowing assistance. The type of in 2015, as Butte County used for the first time ever. Sabreena Gadiok, a water to escape and erode the earth underneath. assistance the Stockton endured several forest fires This prompted the au- Delta College student and The Oroville area was evacuated on Feb. 11. Gurdwara provides came that spread throughout thorities to issue an evac- member of the Stockton A secondary emergency spillway also devel- to light last week on Feb. the county. Butte County uation of over 188,000 Gurdwara believes that oped erosion, with crews working to repair the 12. is about 118 miles north people that live in the estiSee SIKH, page 8 area. It was on that day during of Stockton. The Oroville mated path of water spill-

Sikh Temple helps evacuees

Speaker offers perspectives for Black History Month By Austin Nordyke Staff Writer

On Feb. 16, Delta College welcomed Dr. Elliott Osborne to speak in celebration of Black History Month. The message he intended to get across through “Black Panthers - Do The Math” can best be summed up with what he said to close his talk: “We are Community. Power to the people.” After an introduction from James Forte, Osborne shared the story of his childhood friends Billy and Pete. These two boys knew each other their entire lives, grew together, and risked their lives multiple times to protect each other from harm. Pete died in Billy’s arms while they served in the

Armed Forcthan a reason es together. to die,” said It was Osborne, not until noting anPete’s funerother lesson al Osborne to take away learned of from the the Mexibond of Billy can heritage and Pete. of his friend He then Pedro “Pete” went on to Flores. Ostalk about borne used the Black this tale to Dr. Elliot Osborne delivers a speech at Delta College. Panthers. He talk about PHOTO BY AUSTIN NORDYKE said the mehow comdia misrepmunity and resents this friendship can transcend racial barriers. organization as a black separatist move“We must find a reason to live rather ment and that idea is far from the truth.

Osborne said the cause of this group is protecting the dignity of all people. The original name of this group was the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Osborne said he believes wholeheartedly in self defense, but advocates non violence whenever possible. “There must be peace from strength, not peace from fear,” he said. Near the end of the presentation, Osborne told the tale of his great grandmother and how she was taught to read and write by white people even though this was illegal at the time. She would use this knowledge to educate many African Americans during

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Feb. 24, 2017



mmett Till, a 14-year old African American was abducted, mutilated, beat and also shot, by two white men in August 1955. His murder case helped push the Civil Rights Movement forward at that time. Till was accused of whistling at confessed killer Roy Bryant’s wife Carolyn. The accusation led to Till’s kidnapping, which resulted in his brutal death. Till’s beating was so severe it left him unrecognizable at his own funeral where his mother is credited with allowing an open casket at her son’s public funeral. Bryant and J.W. Milam, also publicly confessed to the crime after being tried and found not guilty. Till is one example of a young black man being targeted as guilty without receiving the chance to be proven otherwise It seems as though the country wants us to think it’s okay to stereotype black men as guilty of a crime no matter the circumstance of the situation prior to a claim made by a witness or observer. In Till’s case more than 60 years after his untimely death, Carolyn Bryant Donham has said the claims she made about Till whistling at her were not true and that she can’t recall exactly what happened that day. In an age of digital video and social media nearly everyone must be proven not guilty. Singer Chris Brown is known for not having the cleanest track record with law enforcement. Brown last year was accused by a woman named Baylee Curran of holding a gun to her head. Brown used his social media platforms to share his side of the situation and proclaiming his innocence. A few celebrities chimed in to defend Brown against

Curran’s claims. According to TMZ, police can’t move forward with the case due to the District Attorney’s ruling that the evidence was unimpressive when presented by the police. It’s unsure whether or not the case will ever resume, but Brown is being treated as innocent. Would your average everyday black male have the same saving grace as a celebrity like Brown? Likely not. Delta College student Paul Maxwell, 24, found himself “at the wrong place at the wrong time.” “It was a home invasion going on, on the side at a house I was standing on the side of,” followed Maxwell. At 15, Maxwell was waiting for a former love interest in his neighborhood when he heard glass breaking at a nearby home. “They thought I was involved,” said Maxwell, continuing to relay details from the accusation that led to his arrest. Bystanders began pointing fingers at Maxwell and he tried to flee the scene on his bike, but was detained by police. “They took me downtown, I remember I was there all night,” said Maxwell whose processing was slowed because he wasn’t carrying identification. “Things around school got a little hectic for me,” said Maxwell about the aftermath of his arrest. Being that Maxwell was unidentified he was arrested again while at school and taken back downtown for questioning where he explained to the officers he had no involvement in the home invasion. Maxwell like a lot of black men in this country feel they are being targeted by law enforcement and even admits “It’s embarrassing.” Being falsely accused for a black man can result in instant death or a night spent being questioned by police. And in some cases shot dead by police.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover Library policy requires students pay price for late reserves By Victoria Franco


Staff Writer

udging a book by its cover is often a mistake many tend to make. Delta College’s Goleman Library has strived to improve students’ access to books for years. The library “Reserve Program” allows Delta students to check out classroom books and materials for one hour to study and do homework. However, with such a generous program there is a hidden fee. This semester paying for books for all of my classes seemed financially impossible. Luckily, I could turn to the Reserve Program. After selecting the book I needed for class, I was informed that if I went over the designated time slot, a $5 fee would be charged. This seemed like a normal late fee process, until Kate Itrovich, librarian, said: “Our late fees are $5 per hour that you go over your

time limit.” I was flabbergasted and outraged. Is it practical to charge students $5 per hour in late fees when all students are trying to do is excel in classes? “If I return the book at an extensive time period late, I feel that I should be charged. But if not cut me some slack! But then again, it’s college and you don’t get cut slack,” said Delta College student, Erica Suarez, who was upset to hear about the fee charges. Does the library have the right to charge students late fees, and where does the late fee money go? The only way to get the correct answers and clarification was to go straight to the source. Josefina Gomez, library science, said the library was allowed to charge late fees and clarified where all the money collected went. “About 90 percent or more of our books from the Reserve Program are not from our Delta


teachers,” she said. “An ASP grant is used to purchase text books for our program, and when teachers put up books for reserve they fill out a form that clarifies that there are rules to be followed.” On the form it clearly states the Goleman Library is allowed to impose rules, which include late fees. There’s a reason for the library to charge high late fees. “Students keep books for too long. Charging a fee encourages students to be fair and return books for others,” said Gomez, “All money collected goes back to Delta’s general fund and sometimes can be used to purchase new books for students.” “Five dollars is high, but it could keep students accountable, “concurred English Professor Shelley Hanna. Five dollars per hour might seem high, but it does keep the Reserve Program organized and gives all Delta students an equal opportunity to use the books.

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‘Mom shaming’ not necessary By Aliyah Stoeckl Senior Staff Writer


otherhood is a tiresome and thankless road many women go through because it’s part of life. It’s not as easy as it’s depicted on TV shows. It’s not cute or just a “walk through the park” with children. It’s questioning whether it’s poop in your fingernails or chocolate. It’s facing your mini self ’s attitude then realizing they got that attitude from you. It’s reaching your breaking point because you’ve done all you can do but it’s not enough or over. Mom shaming is something that mom’s face, whether it’s breastfeeding, being a working-mom or just being in public with out of control children. I’m a full-time student, part-time retail worker and a first-time mommy to my six-month old son. Being a mom woke me up to the judgmental society that we live in. First off, if you don’t have thick skin when you’re a mom then you’re like me – an emotional mess. I’m not perfect but everyone has his or her expectations of what a “good” mom is. If I could rip out my hair every-time my son cried, I would, but I can handle that now because I grew stronger mentally. I can handle my son, but the judgment I will not stand for. I’m not always kept together, especially as a mom. Is anyone really? “She’s too young to be a mother” or “You’re not breastfeeding? You poor thing.” These are all mom shaming you might not notice

because you’re not a mom. When I go to the grocery store with my WIC, which is similar to food stamps/EBT, every person near me, sighs and glares with those “another one on governments money” looks. WIC is what gives my son formula when it costs $25 a can and my paychecks are slim from calling out consistently because studying for a class exam was more important. People judge me because my son is crying inconsolably because he eats every three hours and I had to rush to the store for more infant water. I don’t need anyone telling me to pick up my son and console him. If I do that, things will never get done. My son was one month premature and I wasn’t breastfeeding. People told me to my face, my son wouldn’t be as strong like breastfed babies. They were all wrong. He grew from his four pounds to now being 16 pounds. But the way they made me feel with those words put me in depression. Let’s keep in mind when you see women with babies, they just had them. Their hormones are still bouncing off the walls. Mom shaming needs to come to an end because we’re all just trying to figure things out. Do people really think moms are OK with their children acting a fool in public? If you see a mom with her kids throwing a tantrum in a grocery store line, go to a different line. She doesn’t need your comments; maybe she doesn’t have the strength today.

MUSTANG VOICE ‘Why is it beneficial to apply for FAFSA even if you think you don’t qualify?’ “It’s beneficial even if you don’t get it, because it’s money that you’re not losing.” ANA BELMONTES

“Obviously because one they have nothing to lose, a lot more to gain.” SAM MINERO

#PressOn spotlights modern journalism By Raul Torres


Staff Writer

f you’ve been on any social media in the last couple weeks – mainly Twitter – you might have seen the hashtag #PressOn. The campaign pushes the power of journalism and, more importantly, pushes people to subscribe to a media outlet and take a picture of the receipt and post it with the tag #PressOn. The campaign originated from Bleacher Report sports writer Jordan Brenner when he Tweeted: “The very concept of truth is under siege, so journalism is more important than ever. Subscribe to an outlet & tweet your receipt.” The actual tag #PressOn came later on from Allison Glock, an ESPN sports writer, speaking about Brenner’s tweet in a telephone interview. This campaign ascended as a response from the media war between certain press and President Donald Trump, as he consistently calls out the media for being fake news and calling New York Times a failing paper establishment. This war between the media and

our President is one that I see playing out through his whole presidency. I don’t see the press backing down because they’re being called fake news. I hope they continue to work tirelessly to give citizens the facts that we need despite how unpopular they might be. #PressOn went viral as celebrities such as Rachel Nichols from ESPN, movie stars such as Ben Stiller, and Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr started tweeting out the support of #PressOn with receipts. I don’t recall another time that the sports world has been so outspoken on subjects that effect the world outside of sports. NBA head coach Greg Popovich have been vocal on politically charged issues, giving sound bites expressing his disagreements on President Trump. I believe it’s a great thing that these sport icons are not just sticking to sports. Most of these people are tax paying citizens like every American and they deserve to use their platform. “I think the press is extremely important for giving the people of America a voice since not everyone is allowed inside a conference

or a briefing. The press asks the tough questions that us as tax paying citizens want to know the answers to. Journalists should feel free to write on anything without being doubted and called fake news if they have enough to back it up,” said Stephen Cazarez, Delta College student. A rise in subscriptions of big press such as LA Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other papers have skyrocketed since the campaign of #PressOn came out all over social media. The Washington Post and LA Times and other media outlets have taken advantage of this recent surge in subscriptions by having discounted prices for new subscribers. “The Newspapers are a necessity for the people because that is how some people only get their news is from newspapers. The newspaper has always been a staple in our country and I don’t believe that will change. That doesn’t mean everything you read is true though but if you’re an established Newspaper you should have some gained respect,” said Joel Ramirez, Delta College student.

“Because sometimes you do qualify and even if it’s not that much it still helps.” AMY GUTIERREZ

“Because you can’t judge by yourself if you qualify, you shouldn’t count yourself out, or sell yourself short.” ANNA SAYEED

Waiting for the dream school to ‘swipe right’ By Dylan Loura


Entertainment Editor

t’s around the time every year people are failing at their New Year’s resolutions and getting their tax refunds, but for a few it’s a stressful and anxiety filled time because of waiting on transfer outcomes. You spend your life preparing for the outcome of whether or not you make it into the school you’ve wanted to. This stressful experience is never forgotten. It’s the first few weeks of the New Year, everyone is excited for what this year will bring. Stressed out potential transfer students are filling out supplemental applica-

tions for the schools they already paid $50 to possibly get rejected by. We wouldn’t be young adults if we didn’t procrastinate. I’m not talking about waiting until the last day, no. I’m talking about waking up 10 minutes before the supplemental application is due, running through it and hoping you matched everything up. Maybe that’s just me? Next you hit February, the month where everything could change. The schools you chose are mulling over whether or not to take your “C’s get degrees mentality” or the prepared “straight A” student that took college level courses in kindergarten. People like me are actually trying to be responsible stalking email 20 times a

day. We’re going through those old emails to make sure we didn’t forget to submit something and constantly thinking about all the fun that could happen if they just accept you. Meanwhile, it’s your last semester at Delta College. You’re taking the classes you put off or the easy ones that turned out not to be that easy. Like geography. Everyone else is getting accepted, while you wait patiently for that one match. That one school to just swipe right. There it is, there is that email. You open it and read it to yourself and the first line reads: Congratulations you’ve been accepted. The time has come. You finally get

to be like everyone else and post it to social media. You forward the email to everyone in your family. Then comes the stress of which college to choose from if you get that lucky. Do I go to the school that’s “cheaper” and close by? Or the school that takes you miles upon miles away from home? Knowing damn well all that money that could have been saved up, would really help right now. However, there are still some of us who have to wait. I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Especially because of the unique situation I get to be in. Which is waiting on my No. 1 choice to respond while I’ve been accepted to two others. We all are in different positions just waiting for our turn.



Feb. 24, 2017

Taking a stab at fencing By Evelyn Villalobos Social Media Editor

I’ll be honest, a vast majority of my knowledge in fencing was derived from the 1998 movie The Parent Trap, starring Lindsay Lohan. Fencing appeared to me to be a sport for intel- ligent individuals with q u i c k reflexes. Staying focused, predicting your o p p on e n t s next move and shielding yourself from continuously requires a large amount of skill. I, on the other hand, tend to run into large objects such as tables knowing very well they are there and walk directly into them anyways. The result is a lot of completel y avoidable a n d unnecessary pain. D e spite my lack of balance, coordination and agility I decided to embark on the adventure of fencing. Fencing is a club on campus open and welcomes new members, no matter what skill level. Colin Baker, 18, started fencing on campus last semester. “I met most of my friends through

it,” said Baker. “When I first came to Delta I didn’t know anyone. Club Rush came around and I met all of these people. I thought it was really hard, but I kept with it. I’m really glad that I kept with it.” Baker, along with the rest of the club made me feel welcomed and shared personal stories of when they started fencing, to help ease my worries of being the worst fencer the club has e v e r seen. The club began practice with learning the correct postures, terms and overall introduction to the sport. I stand at a mere 5’1” and my arm length isn’t something to brag about, so I began to wonder if this sport was meant for me to try at all. My first opponent was Ramon Zuniga, a current staff writer for The Collegian. Ramon allowed me to be more comfortable in my first experiences holding the foil, making advances and parrying. Parrying is the act of moving your foil in defense to avoid being struck. And just in case you’re wondering, I’m terrible at it. After recognizing I wasn’t skilled in

the act of parrying, the club decided to have me focus on advances at my opponent and moving my foil correctly. Once I began strictly advancing towards my opponent, I felt confident and in control. The next step was to I begin practicing against other club members. Before I knew it, I was ready to match up against an unfamiliar face. To be honest the general consensus was that I wasn’t ready for an actual match but to be paired with more advanced members of the club. So Evelyn Villalobos practices fencing with Collin Baker, club I boldly went in to my member. PHOTO BY RAMON ZUNIGA next match. ence with the fencing club allowed me Nick Banis, student, describes his fencing on the team as to try something out of my comfort “exhilarating experience,” said Banis, “it zone and build my skill set. After getting to know the club memreally gets my adrenaline pumping.” That feeling was exactly what I expe- bers I realized the team is like a family rienced while in my match. I straight- and they’re always welcoming of beginened out my back, adjusted my hands to ners. Practices are three days a week lothe foil and went all in. Though it was technically impossible cated between the Science and Math to lose because my opponent was not building and Shima building on camallowed to strike me, I feel pride in my pus, all interested students are welcome to stop by and try out fencing. Practice victory. Fencing like any sport requires time is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday and dedication to improve. My experi- from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Health not determining student’s future Struggle with diabetes derailed education once but Valencia keeps persevering be very difficult for me and my family, because I would now have to pay Entertainment Editor a certain portion of it,” said Valencia. According to Juvenile Diabetes Every day Delta college students Research Foundation, Type 1 diabetes wake up and go to class like normal, is an autoimmune disease in which a but for Izamar Valencia, it’s a priviperson’s pancreas stops producing inlege. sulin, a hormone that enables people Valencia was a 20-year old college to get energy from food. student just five years ago. Only five percent of people who She was taking classes, making are diagnosed with diabetes have this friends and wanting to make a differform. ence being a psychology student. Due to health care costs, Valencia “I was really inspired to do it,” said made the decision to leave Delta. Valencia. “So I decided I would real“I had to drop my classes and unly like to help others who have gone fortunately received the W on all through similar experiences as me.” my classes since it was after the date However, things changed when where I could drop,” said Valencia. Valencia entered her spring 2012 seValencia paid outrageous out of mester. She was forced to leave school pocket payments and couldn’t qualify mid semester due to her medical infor medical because of financial reasurance. sons. “I was diagnosed at age nine. I She would go on to find a job as a had to leave because of my medical Medical Personal Assistant to a Carexpenses in regards to my diabetes diologist. through what’s called CCS (CaliforHowever, she would still need to nia Children Services) and I was uncomplete training at Kaplan College. der Medi-Cal as well. However, I was According to, reaching the age limit of cut off for “PAs” must complete an accredited CCS and I also no longer qualified PA program, pass a national certifor my Medi-Cal with not cost due fication exam, maintain continuing to my family’s income at the time,” education and recertification, and obsaid Valencia. tain licensing within the state(s) they For Valencia, she got the even practice. shorter end of the stick. “But when I began to work full “As a college student with a chrontime after I left school and got beneic condition who was only working fits from my employer, I was hit with part time it was a very scary time for the harsh reality that even that would me and the costs in order to take care be difficult for me because my insurof my medical expenses were going to

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ance, which was ‘Blue Shield,’ was the best blood glucose control and only going to cover generic medica- can prevent or delay the eye, kidney, tions under my plan,” said Valencia. and nerve damage caused by diabetes Insulin, has no generic brand. according to the association. “One vial of insulin could cost as Simple addition shows that adds much as $80 or more,” she said. up to $320 a day of insulin. People who strug“All this only gle with Type 1 diabemade it even more tes need insulin because frightening for me their beta cells in their and kept me from pancreas are damaged or returning to school destroyed. for so long because Therefore, Type 1 diof the expenses,” said abetes patients have an Valencia. insulin pump. AccordHowever, Valening to American Diabecia has returned to tes Association, insulin Delta College, four pumps deliver rapid or years later. Only beshort-acting insulin 24 cause of one reason hours a day through a – financial aid. catheter placed under While combatthe skin. ing this incurable “I also had the $4,000 disease Valencia’s deductible to worry family income levels about which I had to dropped, allowing take care of for my medher to qualify for fiical supplies,” said Valennancial aid. cia. Therefore, giving Izamar Valenica Once a Type 1 dia- COURTESY PHOTO her the opportunity betic receives an insulin to come back. pump, the amount of vials needed “I decided I would really like to help could drive the cost up even more. others who have gone through similar Insulin is required for people with experiences as me. There are a lot of type one diabetes, there is not a way misconceptions about mental health so of getting around it. People like Va- I would really like to make a difference lencia are having to use insulin two- and shed light on it,” said Valencia. to-three times a day. Now, she is 24 years old and ready Studies have shown that three or to continue her pursuit of a psycholfour injections of insulin a day give ogy degree.

opular coffee shop opens ne location by elta By Francina Sanchez Feature Editor

Delta College students may have added the College Square Plaza to their list of go to places on Feb. 10. Empresso Coffeehouse has opened a sister location to the long standing Miracle Mile shop, in the College Square plaza across the south side of campus on March Lane. Many Stocktonian’s are regulars at the Empresso Coffeehouse located Pacific Avenue’s Miracle Mile. The first location is known for the inviting social environment, homey and old school with artistic decor. However, this location is different whilst being an inviting social environment. “It’s a good work environment...with not so many distractions,” Sienna Shahan, employee at Empresso Coffeehouse. The new location has a modern and uniform style. This new location has different lighting with large window surrounding the building embracing the natural lighting and bringing a different vibe than what customers are used to at other coffee shops. “I enjoy blogging and I do alot of writing’s very easy to meet people in my age demographic, college age and post-grade,” said Melissa Sandoval. In larger cities with a larger student population, like Sacramento and San Francisco where coffee shops are at every corner, coffee shops have a clean look. Students especially from Delta

College and University of the Pacific (UOP) can take advantage of a space like this near campus. “We’ve wanted this location for a long’s a coffee shop people are looking for,” said Vito Casiaro, general manager at Empresso Coffeehouse. Stockton isn’t known to be a college town but by adding a college friendly environment students from Delta College and UOP are becoming new regulars to the location. “It’s a very convenient location because we are so close to the freeway and a lot of people that come this way are going to school, especially the students going to Delta,” said Casiaro. In the first week of opening the store appears to have its clientele growing with large lines forming during the early mornings and lunch hours. Customers are not only here to study or do homework but have found a quality cup of coffee to have before they start their work day as well. “We’ve had people that didn’t even know we existed say they were just driving by and saw us because of all the windows and wanted to see what we are,” said Shahan. When you’re looking for leisure time and the social environment you can stop by as well. There is a bar area to sit at as well as high tables and bar stools around the parts of the coffee shop. Customers can enjoy their food and beverages on the large patio on sunny days out. One thing that’s different at the new location customers may enjoy is the ability to take

Top, customers line up for a variety of beverages, baked goods and foods. Bottom, outside Empresso Coffeehouse PHOTOS BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ

alcohol out on the patio area. To take advantage of the large patio area Casiaro adds that Empresso might have live music on the patio during the spring and summer. In the next year Empresso

Coffeehouse will be working on creating their own brand and roasting their coffee inside of the new store. The local coffee shop will potentially branch sooner than later, shining another light on the Stockton

community. Currently the location on 1231 March Lane will be open during the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Empresso will be open from 6 a.m. and 12 a.m seven days a week coming March.

Drama department honors Women’s History Month be held March 8. The reception will be held first at 5:30 p.m. in the Horton Art Sports Editor Gallery and will be followed by the acOn March 8, Delta College’s Drama tual performance at 7 p.m. at the A.H Department will feature the production Muller Studio Theatre. “Production’s going really well…anyof “Eurydice” as part of a fundraiser celbody who sees this play at the very end ebrating Women’s History Month. probably will cry,” said Charles WilThis production was written by Sarah liams, the assistant director and social Ruhl and directed by Ashlee Temple. media coordinator. “The cast really has The story of “Eurydice” is based on strong chemisthe Greek myth try and work well of Orpheus, but together. They all BOX OFFICE INFORMATION Ruhl’s interpreare learning their tation provides a Tickets are $50 and all proceeds go to the characters now “feminist perspecSan Joaquin Delta College Women’s History and they're moldtive of a traditionally male focused Month Program. Purchase tickets by March 1 ing it even more, so by showtime myth,” according by Locke Center Box Office, phone or email. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11a.m.-6 they’ll be perfect.” to Temple. p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The origins of Orpheus, son Phone: (209) 954 5110 Women’s History of Oeagrus (King Website: Month date back of Thrace) and the to 1981 when muse Calliope, was Congress passed a musician. Pub. L. 97-28, authorizing and reOrpheus met Eurydice through the questing President Reagan to proclaim power of music and they fell in love. They wed shortly after that, but then the week of March 7, 1982 as “WomEurydice stepped on a viper and died. en’s History Week.” It wasn’t until 1987 when the enOrpheus went to the underworld in an tire month of March was proclaimed attempt to save Eurydice, but failed. “Women’s History Month.” Ruhl explores the themes of the During this month, there are many themes of grief, loss and love that she events throughout the nation paying has experienced in her own life. tribute to women in history. Some of the She lost her father to bone cancer events on campus include two more thewhen she was twenty and her words are atre productions and the publication of a infused with those feelings. new book. The reception and performance will

By Chanelle Muerong

Top, Jennifer Barker-Gatze, costume designer puts together a dress. PHOTO BY JASMINE GONZALEZ

Right, costumes for Eurydice in the Drama Department. PHOTO BY CHANELLE MUERONG

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Feb. 24, 2017

Some things never change, including the Oscars


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he 89th Academy Awards ceremony is only a couple days away and everybody is so excited to see “La La Land” pull a clean sweep with 14 nominations in 13 categories, as well as take home the glorious Best Picture award. People are going to be real disappointed when “Lion” pulls the upset in Best Picture despite not winning any of the other five nominations it has. It’s “Spotlight” all over again. Last year, the film “Spotlight” upset “The Revenant” in the Best Picture category; a huge upset considering “The E H Revenant” was nominated in 13 of T the 24 categories, 18 if you exclude ER N R the categories specific to documenCO taries and animated films. The full list of 2016 winners and 2017 nominees can be seen on the Oscars official website. It feels like history is repeating itself, this time with the much ignored “Lion.” Last year “Spotlight” had six nominations with wins in Best Picture and Writing for Original Screenplay. This Year “Lion” has six nominations one being Best Picture and another being Writing for Adapted Screenplay. Normal people might ask: Does this mean “Lion” is the new upset pick for Best Picture? I ask: Why is the academy giving highest honors to a film with six nominations compared to “Mad Max: Fury Road” which won six awards? The answer isn’t as simple as “the Academy is comprised of thousands of members who put individual votes into each category.”




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This explanation only raises more questions. If “Mad Max” got enough votes to win six awards how did it not get enough for best picture? Let me take a stab at the logic: “This film here had outstanding visuals, sounds, editing and was overall perfectly produced, but this other film was written the best so it is the best.” That was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever written and it’s really depressing to think that might have been the thought thousands of people had at the same time for a category named Best Picture. There’s a separate category for writing because those two things are meant to be different. Were those votes based on the voters liking “Spotlight” better, that’s even more depressing. I liked “Creed,” I thought that movie was dramatic and powerful, how come that didn’t get a single nomination? Oh that’s right #OscarsSoWhite. According to the Los Angeles Times, in 2016, 91 percent of the 6,261 members of the academy were white and 76 percent were male. But, the Academy recently announced it would add 683 new members with a majority of them being culturally diverse. Yay, a 10 percent increase to members with only about a five to six percent increase to diversity WHAT CHANGED!? Oh yeah, “Fences” has some nominations. What is the ultimate point to talking about any of this? Ignore award shows. The actors, directors and all the in-betweens of the film industry treat the Oscar award as the penultimate sign of quality, but don’t feel bad if you like a film that those stuck-up, snobby critic types say is garbage. Like what you like, the more things you like the less hate in your heart and that’s always a great feeling. Six-thousand opinions are only opinions.


Beyoncé’s album snubbed at Grammys By Evelyn Villalobos Social Media


ach year the Grammy Award ceremony hosts some of the most talented and highly acclaimed artists in the music industry. A nomination for the prestigious awards is an honor, but not all artists can win in each of their proposed categories. Presumably there will be controversy in all categories to people expecting their favorite artists to win. The 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was no exception. The star-packed list of nominated artists included Adele, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake and Chance the Rapper. With a total of nine nominations, Beyoncé was thought to be the big winner of the night. Adele closely followed the singer with an impressive five nominations, four of which Beyoncé was also nominated for. In all four of the categories which Beyoncé and Adele were nominated, Adele won. The most notable category Beyoncé lost was the

coveted title of “Album of the Year,” Adele’s “25” beat Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.” While accepting the award, Adele asked the most concerning question that music fans have to this day, “What the f— does she have to do to win album of the year?” Mayra Sanchez, Delta student, is not happy with the loss. “I don’t know how she lost. That album was everything, I loved it,” says Sanchez. “I downloaded Tidal to listen to that album and she didn’t even win. Ridiculous.” After the loss, Twitter quickly began trending #GrammysSoWhite, drawing attention to the lack of diversity in the Album of the Year category of the Grammy awards. According to, there have been 10 African American artists who have won Album of the Year, in the Grammy Awards’ 59 years of existence. The last African American artist to win Album of the Year was in 2005 which honored Ray Charles. The most recent female recipient of the Album of the Year Grammy is Lauryn Hill’s 1999 album titled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, according to Artists in the music industry and fans have

voiced disapproval of what appears to be a racial bias. Before the 2017 Grammys, nominated artists Kanye West, Drake and Justin Bieber opted out of attending the ceremony. Singer/song-writer Frank Ocean said he would not participate because the Grammy Awards “doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from,” according to Beyoncé’s 2016 album, Lemonade, was a bold statement of her beliefs. Whether it be pertaining to the power of females or the pro-black community message she sends. Fans hoped for a win in Album of the Year from Beyoncé for releasing a culturally relevant and powerful album, but after another loss at the title, many can’t help but wonder if her race or the strong messages she sent with the album was the reason for her loss. Christine Yang, a Delta student, was disappointed in Beyoncé’s loss. “I love Beyoncé and I feel like Lemonade was one of her best albums ever. I like Adele too. She’s an amazing singer,” said Yang. “But I think it was time for Beyoncé to finally win it.”

Finally, a new approach to the Bachelorette By Analese Najera


Senior Staff Writer

he Bachelorette is adding diversity for the first time, hopefully trying to mix things up. In 2003, ABC began airing The Bachelorette which is a spin off to the show The Bachelor. The person selected had 20 or so potential suitors to choose from. The goal was to find love and marry one of these people at the end of the season. The show has gained a tremendous amount of popularity and in 2017, it’s still going strong. After 14 years on the air, the show recently revealed that the next Bachelorette will be the first African-American women in the show’s history. “It’s barely the first one? What season are they on? That’s really sad.” Said Samantha Ramirez, a Delta College student. Anyone watching the show knows there wasn’t much diversity. There is no denying that amongst the seasons. It hasn’t really had many people of different races/ethnicities appearing on the show. “Finally, honestly cause it’s always been Caucasian people and now that they have an African American woman, it shows that TV companies aren’t really

racist and it opens up to other actors,” said Amidel Ladnier, a Delta College student A lot of people are excited the show is growing more diverse and allowing women out there to believe all races can become the next Bachelorette, showing that race will not be something that will hinder chances. Rachel Lindsay, the next Bachelorette, is paving the way towards diversity in the show and making a change that could have been made years ago in the show. “She’s an attorney and her dad was like a Federal judge. I think she’s super cool and she’s too good for the bachelor,” said Hafsa Mir, a Delta College student. Though the reveal of Lindsay being the next Bachelorette has gained a great amount of positive feedback, it is always up to debate as to whether the show will lose or gain views because of this change. “I think it will gain views, there should be diversity in television,” said Samantha Ramirez. Though, ABC is still on the current season of the Bachelor with Nick Viall, people are excited to see how the next season with Lindsay will go. IMAGE FROM FREEPIK.COM


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Feb. 24, 2017

Mustangs win match against Feather River By Joshua Sartain Staff Writer

No. 11 Chase Bailey at bat during the Feb. 18 game against Feather River. The Mustangs are now 4-0 for the season. PHOTO BY JOSHUA SARTAIN

On Saturday, Feb. 18, Delta’s Lady Mustangs had a softball game versus the Golden Eagles from Feather River. The game started at 11 a.m. and went to seven innings. The Lady Mustangs left the match with a win streak of 4-0. Freshman Champane Flores expressed excitement before the game. “I feel excited. I’m ready to get this fourth win. I love when we get to play on our home field,” she said. Flores said the team has a solid structure, with everyone having a different personality but coming together on the field. Before the game started No. 11 Chase Bailey, said she was nervous, but excited. “Just because there’s a lot of pressure because we have a winning streak,” she said. She then went on to say she and her team have

practiced when they can due to the wet weather. Throughout the first and second inning, there was no score which tied both teams with zero to zero. At the top of the third inning No. 24 Alyssa Rude from Feather River hit a home run to lead with three. During the fourth inning Delta scored to put the score at 3 to 1. The score stayed the same during the fifth inning but the Lady Mustangs made a double play at the top of the sixth inning. During the bottom of the sixth Delta scored two points to tie it up. In the seventh and last inning Delta got a base hit and ended the game with a single, which lead the Lady Mustangs by one point. “This game was very competitive. We had to do a good job at bats because we’ve never seen a great pitcher like that before,” said Head Coach Jim Fisher. “Adversity was the key to winning this game.”

Swim, dive teams do well in hosted invitational By Alex Coba Staff Writer

Delta College’s men’s and women’s swim and dive teams hosted the Delta Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 17. Even with weather conditions being less than favorable – with wind and heavy rain – the teams managed to finish in first place in the overall invitational. During a fund raiser the following day for the swim team at Stockton Elk’s Lodge where the team provides services to ongoing events, Head Coach

Mike Maroney had some insight on the prior day’s win. Maroney noted improvements. “Yes absolutely we have a ton of depth, our freshmen class is outstanding in the water, we had some mid-year transfers come into Delta College and their swimming straight away and they were a little out of shape but there’s ton of potential there so we’re really excited, on both squads for our prospects of the year,” he said. Inclement weather was part

of the invitational. “I think that always does I think one thing I try and instill in our athletes is that it doesn’t matter what our competition is, it doesn’t matter what pool you’re at or what the weather’s like you have a set focus, you have a routine you follow; that when other people complain that’s just another opportunity for you to step up and have a leg up on them so we really try to take that mentality that approach to foul weather and it seemed to work,” he said.

Some of the winning events included the distance free event were Shelby Stephens finished first scoring 49 points while Cody Wickman also scored 49 points for Delta. Stephens said she was satisfied with her score. “Last year I scored a lot less than that I wasn’t able to win the mile or the 500 or do as well as I did this year but I was able to get enough points to become the champion which was really nice because that’s something I really wanted,” she said.

Anna Ramos took home a victory in the back event scoring 52 points for Delta. Ramos said the results “felt good” because she hasn’t swam for a couple years. In diving, Brittney Smith scored 88.80 points, winning the event for Delta. Smith said the weather conditions made her first time a “pretty big challenge.” The Delta College swim and dive team has its next meet against Sierra College in Rocklin on Friday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

Curb unhealthy lifestyle choices, beat the Freshman 15 By Emily Beaton


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hether you attend a California State University, University of California or a community college, it’s very likely you will encounter the deemed “Freshman 15.” So what is the Freshman 15? It’s the idea that during a student’s freshman year of college they will essentially gain 15 pounds, due to battling the sometimes unhealthy lifestyle of a college student. As a college freshman this past school year, in just the first semester alone, I succumbed and gained an

initial 15 pounds. One morning I woke up and got dressed only to find that my favorite pair of fat jeans didn’t fit and that was the wakeup call I needed if I wanted to lose the 15 pounds of unwanted weight, that have been literally dragging me down. So what do you do to lose the unwanted pounds? And what can you do to avoid gaining? In the hopes to answer


these questions and to help other struggling college students, I have compiled a list of tips and tricks from fellow Delta College students, and health organizations.

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“Try to exercise after doing your homework,” Kristen Khan, Delta College student

“Try to eat before you go to school,” Alejandra Zalvidar, Delta College student


“If you do end up getting food at Danner, try to get fruit or something light,” Dalia Dominguez, Delta College student

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

“Try not to take the elevators, take the stairs,” Kristen Khan, Delta College student

Drink as much water as possible, according to WebMD. “A person who increases their water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of 5 pounds.”

Pack healthy snacks: granola, fruit or crackers

Join a gym such as: Planet Fitness, Twin Arbors or Fitness Evolution.

Walk more and drive less. Try walking to your destination instead of always driving there, this way you can get a great workout getting to and from your destination.

Avoid drinking soda. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan: School of Public Health website, “a typical 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and upwards of 240 calories. A 64-ounce fountain cola drink could have up to 700 calories.”

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eaders fight for Stockton based CS campus By Aliyah Stoeckl Senior Staff Writer

Stockton leaders continue advocating for a California State University campus in Stockton after the state press release from the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) on Jan 19. Stockton is one of the largest cities in California without a public fouryear university. An LAO state press release claimed new campuses aren’t warranted at this time due to measuring regional capacity and service. Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes

Eggman (D-Stockton) still aspires to land Stockton a state university that’s effective for the future of the community. Eggman’s spokesman, Christian Burkin, indicated the fight for a public university campus is still on. “The presence of higher education to the K-12 population involved in school helps planning for college. It’s a major investment and good for all. Many students in Stockton are poor and don’t have the same resources and end up opting out, ” said Burkin. The LAO release stated California’s college preparation is increasing state-

wide. One of the goals of the coalition is to start getting the city on the agenda and continuing college ready undergraduates into schools. However, many students of Delta College believe otherwise. “As a prospective transfer student, transferring from Delta to a different institution, I have to commute to either Stanislaus or Sacramento, maybe even Hayward. The other option is UOP, but with it’s high tuition, a lot of people opt for a CSU,” said Renee West, a Delta College student. Some of the closest campuses to Stockton are University of California,

Davis, which is 68.8 miles away and California State University, Stanislaus ranges 39 miles away from Stockton. “It would help people that can’t afford to move out of Stockton when they could possibly get it from a public university here” said Melissa Leung, a Delta College student. The University of Stockton coalition claims to benefit the economy of Stockton in addition to the increasing the rate of K-12 population of college ready students. “If and when we get a public university, if we don’t fight for it we’ll regret it,” said Burkin.

Sikh Temple was also willing to help Manteca evacuees CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Stockton Gurdwara serves a very important purpose in helping the community. “The purpose of a Gurdwara can most casually be seen as a community center. It provides a platform for people to help one another through communal contributions. It is through this we see the outpour of support that NorCal Gurdwaras saw this last week,” said Gadiok. There are endless positive outcomes from helping others. “I think the community feels more accepted when they get an opportunity to help those in need. It helps people understand what the Sikh faith stands for. It helps people see Gurdwara’s as a safe place and somewhere they

can rely on. And I think it gives the Sikh community a sense of purpose, something they know can physically see bringing change and improvement to the community. When the community sees the help it can provide, it encourages them to do it more often,” said Gadiok. Speaking with Jaspreet Singh, a truck driver and frequent visitor at the Gurdwara, he said he is welcomed when he visits. “It is like home, I come here today from far away and I eat and rest. Then I can go,” said Jaspreet Singh. When asked if there was anybody at the temple from the Oroville flood as of Feb. 20 Gurpinder Singh said “every-

body left home already.” Gurpinder Singh said of the flood victims: “I think they all left last week. They were only here for a couple of days, but on Sundays we have a lot of people that come on that day, so maybe they were here again.” Gagandeep Singh is thankful to call the Stockton Sikh Gurdwara home. “I love it here, it is home to me and my family. It is the oldest Gurdwara here in Stockton, my family comes here,” said Gagandeep Singh, as he bent down and touched the ground with his hand. When asked about the sense of pride they get from helping others, a group consisting of Jaspreet, Gurpinder, Gagan- A photo of the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple that is taking in evacuees deep, and Amandeep Singh just o es ffe e he e e oo s PHOTO BY RAJ SINGH smiled, as if to say actions speak louder than words.

sborne Speaker stresses community in campus talk last week CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the Reconstruction Era. Osborne points out not all white people are evil, not all black people are saints, that we should avoid thinking

in absolutes and that the media often shows us things through an inaccurate lens. He advocates that we should demand

University of San Francisco

the truth and people will follow a posJames Forte, who introduced Ositive influence, but society often ham- borne to the crowd. pers these attempts. “The most important thing Dr. Os“The focus of this presentation is borne talked about was community edabout how we are all interconnected,” ucation,” he said. said Lisa Patton.

SF offers free community college

He, like many other students agree that it would help Delta Staff Writer College as much as the StockSan Francisco has become ton community as a whole. “There’s this misconception the first city to offer free comabout Stockton, I was born and munity college tuition in the raised here, and it’s really not United States for its residents. that bad,” said Spoon. “To California residents who Joshua Javier, is another are living in San Francisco, your Delta College student who community college is now free,” also has hope for free tuition. said Mayor Ed Lee at the press “Although I have one seconference on Feb. 7. mester left in college, I still Tuition will be funded have hope. I believe we can, through Proposition W, which whether it’s taxing more on increases the tax on the sale of sales of houses or not. It would houses and property which voters approved of last November. help the city of Stockton clean Students will also receive fee a bit of its reputation but most waivers worth up to $250 for importantly it would help those students who can’t afford books and other necessities. The proposed deal is expect- a higher education,” said Javier. Free tuition would help San ed to take effect this coming fall. Joaquin Delta College’s enrollWith other cities such as New ment numbers skyrocket, eduYork stepping up to the plate, a cate more Stockton residents, new hope for college students offer more jobs and encourage outside those cities has arisen. Trace Spoon is one of those others to move to the city. Fernando Canela, a student at many students attending a comDelta College doesn’t agree with munity college that has hope the idea that a free tuition deal for Stockton to do the same. should be made in Stockton. “If they can do it, we can do “Free tuition sounds good it,” said Spoon. and all, but I already receive a

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lot of help from FASFA and the BOG waiver. A new free tuition deal would take that help from students like myself. FASFA would probably cut my help down to 50 percent. I’m still struggling with both help, I can only imagine how heartbreaking it would be if it would get cut down. I probably would have to get another job to support my education,” Canela said. Professor of Political Science of San Joaquin Delta College, Joel H. Blank also discusses the idea of free tuition not being the best choice. “Offering something free, doesn’t always means it’s best. There’s so many more issues here in Stockton aside from education. Stockton and San Francisco’s economies are too different. Free tuition isn’t enough. Although, I do believe we have a great faculty here on campus, we don’t have enough full time committed professors. There’s just not enough professors.The bottom line is how do we get more students into a community college? How to encourage them to stay? Money plays a big role,” said Blank.

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The Collegian -- Published Feb. 24, 2017  

Issue 8 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 24, 2017  

Issue 8 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.