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Mother of Oscar Grant speaks to students Urges audience to take a stand against hate crimes

Parking smart on campus saves you from a ticket PAGE 3

Art gives students creative campus outlet PAGE 5

On Feb. 19, 2015, the African American Employee Council hosted an event called “Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter” with keynote speaker Wanda Johnson. Johnson is the mother of Oscar Grant III, an unarmed 22-year old man shot and killed in Oakland by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009. Johnson spoke about the event that took place on the day her son was killed to a diverse, packed crowd in the South Forum. Grant was returning home from a night of being with friends on New Year’s Eve. They were coming from a celebration in San Francisco when a fight broke out on the BART train he was on. Authorities pulled Grant aside at the Fruitvale Station, restraining him and pinning him to the ground while bystanders captured the event with their cellphones. “I’m the one who told him to take the BART, thinking he would be safe,” said Johnson. “I didn’t want them out there drinking and driving.” Mehserle was convicted of killing Grant in 2010 and served less than a year. Grant leaves behind one daughter.

Johnson said the event affected her because he will never be able to see his daughter grow up. “It has affected me dearly. It’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Oscar and his daughter. How his life was robbed, he will never get to see his daughter graduate, get married or have children,” she said. “He will never see that. So it’s very painful, but the pain has turned into a fight. To say that, whoever I can help and encourage when they have to face situations like this. I’m there to do that it’s just something in me.” She also spoke on equality and how important it is to vote. “…There’s still no laws that have changed and until we begin to change the laws and begin to hold officers accountable for their actions, we’re still going to be in the same situations that we’re in,” she said. Johnson said we shouldn’t allow jealousy and envy fester inside of us. “Number one, we have to begin to love one another and see ourselves as special, unique, intelligent kings and queens and royal priesthoods, so that we can begin to teach that, so that a change can take place,” she said. Johnson noted similarities between her son


By Armel Henderson

See GRANT, Page 8

SPEAKING UP: Oscar Grant’s mother speaks about the trials and tribulations of the loss of her son.

Trustees hold special meeting to explain program error By Brian Ratto

Lady Mustangs swim into new records PAGE 7

UPCOMING Baseball vs. Santa Rosa Jr. College @ Nick Cecchetti Field, 2:30 p.m. March 10 Stockton Symphony Classics Series IV: Symphony in Space, March 14



LOOKING AHEAD: Dr. Kathy Hart, president/superintendent of Delta College, speaks at the close of the meeting on Feb. 26 inside the Atherton Auditorium.

Delta College Board of Trustees held a special meeting on February 26 regarding an over reporting of Full Time Equivalent students (FTE). FTEs are a tool used by college and universities to measure the enrollment level of full time students to earn funding from the State of California. A FTE Student is a student enrolled in 15 units in a semester or 30 units during year, according to Matt Wetstein, Dean of Planning, Research and Regional Development. “We need to remain calm and rational, there is no need to speculate or to panic,” said Kathy Hart President/ Superintendent of Delta College, at the opening of the meeting. “There is no one to blame in this situation.” In early January there was a miscalculation of the FTEs to the California Community College Chancellors Office. “We can weather this issue without cutting instruction and classes, as well as continue to do the deferred maintenance,” said Elizabeth Maloney, Delta College’s California Teachers Association President and Psychology Professor.


Finish the reprogramming Meet and discuss the resolution to the error Work with the auditors on the FTE calculations Set internal protocols to prevent unchecked changes to the programing Revamp the way the class schedule is published to show actual class times

The calculation of contact hours in partial hour classes is the cause for this over reporting. The hour and a half long course that meets on the Tuesday, Thursday schedule are partial hour classes. “[In 2012] there was a programming change that started to estimate and add into the hour and a half long course what’s called the passing period,” said Wetstein. The calculation error was counting the ten-minute passing period as in-

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Closures force students home


ampus life booms everyday as students study for tests, work on projects and sell goods in the quad for campus clubs. Some, though, try to take a break from their classes in quiet spaces. In the past there were five lounges on campus, as well as an open green space called the Shima Green available to students. This is no longer availble. The first lounge to go was Holt Lounge, it was later used by Admissions and Records, and the campus-based police academy. The Shima lounge was shrunk to be used by the student body government and

Student Activities Office. Cunningham Lounge and Shima Green were demolished for the construction of the new Science and Mathematics Building. This leaves Locke Lounge and a very small Shima Lounge. These spaces can and have been reserved for use by divisions, organizations, offices and clubs on campus. It’s left students hoping to catch a break and relax between classes no place to hang out. Students use these breaks to study or just hangout with friends. Collegian staffers say they have long breaks between classes and they live out of

town. It’s cheaper to stay on campus rather than go home. Some students study in the library, yet there is a no food or drink policy in the library. Where can students hangout, maybe eat lunch and relax? They can hang out in the quad where they are left to fight the weather. They can try to cram into Danner Hall, where there are few tables available. We feel the college is actively pushing students off campus as soon as classes are over. The spaces available for student use on campus outside of instructional time is too far and few between.

Is age really just a number in Hollywood? By Daisy Lopez


ecently, there has been speculations that 17-year old Kylie Jenner and 25-year old rapper Tyga are dating. Although, the two haven’t confirmed anything, the media has caught them several times out and about. Everyone has an opinion on it. A few weeks ago during a radio interview on The Breakfast Club, celebrity and model Amber Rose, was asked what she thought about the two dating. “She’s a baby, she needs to go to bed, its seven o’clock relax,” Rose, 31, said. She continued by saying the pairing was ridiculous and that the rap artist should be ashamed of himself. Why should he be ashamed of

himself? Is an age gap really a big deal? It certainly isn’t a big deal to rapper Jay-Z and singer Beyonce, who have a 12-year age gap. You also can’t forget iconic couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who are 11 years apart. There are many people who date that have an age gap, so why is it such a big deal in this case? Some may argue that it’s because of her being a minor. In California, the law regarding minors deals in statutory rape. Couples need to be having sex for the law to get involved. Wilmer Valdeerrama and Lindsey Lohan are another couple. Lindsey was 17-years old, while Wilmer was 24-years old. That’s about the same age gap as Kylie and Tyga. Mark Twain once said: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you

don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” I feel that people should be able to date whoever they want. If a person is a minor, then they should just get approval from the parents – which likely won’t happen if a 15-year old is trying to date a 30-year old. I asked my argumentation and debate class how they felt about this situation. A majority of them said they have no problem with age gap as long as dating a minor wasn’t permitted. Seventeen years is not far from 18. And if the parents are aware, what’s the big deal? The issue becomes irrelevant after both parties turn 18, which is the age of consent. We often don’t look strange at couples who are five, 10 or 15 years apart in age. People should read between the lines that age is just a number.

New Breathalyzer device helps keeps roads safe By Robert Juarez


n the midst of all the chaos across the globe, there’s actually people making attempts to create safer environments for fellow citizens. Who would have thought it? In places such as Delaware, Newark and Mayland, Breathalyzer vending machines have been installed with the hope it will give customers a second thought before driving

home intoxicated. This could be an innovative idea that changes bars for the better. It can also be a new bar game for alcoholics to see who gets drunk the fastest. Either way, it is better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all. The new sheriff in town goes by the name of the “Boozelator 5000.” This drunk detector cost exactly $1 to use, which sounds a lot cheaper than the hundreds of dollars Finish this story at

getting a DUI can take out of your pockets, the cost in car repairs after you get into a crash, or the manslaughter/murder charge, because you were too drunk to drive. The Boozelator 5000 was put on the market in Jan. 2014 and is the successor of the Boozelator 3001, which made its grand entrance 2010. As great as the predecessor was, its flaw was that it only warned consumers not to drive when they reached the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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 Katherine Grey Armel Henderson

Kayla Hernandez Daisy Lopez Kellen Medina Kristen Riedel

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Think twice when rushing to park on campus By Katherine Grey


magine your alarm going off ten minutes before your class starts. Already late, you rush to get dressed and out the door. Hitting every red light as you fly through the city, you start to map out a parking spot in your mind. Hoping against hope that you’ll find a spot close to the front of Shima 1, you turn in to the lot to find that the only available spots are at the very back. Sucking in a quick stream of air and exhaling with a colorPHOTO BY KATHERINE GREY ful variety of words leaving your mouth, you begin to dart your PARKING CITATION: A ticket is found on the windshield of an illegally parked car in eyes every which direction Cunningham Lot 5. praying for that miracle spot to and canvasing the campus with fliers, the department open up. Now feeling desperate and on edge, you make a quick gives students and faculty an opportunity to search out a spot for the semester in one of the many parking lots. judgment call. In accordance with parking policy through the campus Having spotted what looks like a mostly safe parking police, a parking spot on campus contains three lines spot towards the front, you turn in and park in front of a signifying an appropriate parking stall: two lines on each wooden wall. side of the car and one at the front. Jumping out of your car in a hurry, a split second There are exceptions to that rule. glance back makes the spot look questionable but, you’re Some will notice in Cunningham Lot 5 that there is a already late and you pray that you won’t get a ticket. spot that contains two approved spots where the markEvery school year, students find themselves circling ings differ from the normal parking stall. parking lot after parking lot looking for a reasonably It allows for two cars to park horizontally at the front close spot. More often than not, students and faculty of the vertically marked stalls. turn to parking illegally. Although there are several instances where it’s not Delta College offers ample amount of parking on camclearly marked that a student or faculty member should pus. Locke, Bud, Shima, Cunningham and the athletic not park in a particular spot, heed caution and opt for a parking lots have more than enough spots to hold any spot where you know it is safe. student and faculty vehicles who wish to park on camAllow time to walk just a little bit further and take use pus. of the variety of spots available all around campus. At the beginning of each semester, the Delta Campus An extra five-minute walk a day keeps that parking Police makes a social media push to students and faculty ticket away. And if you have questions regarding parking about the available parking on campus. on campus, contact campus police at (209) 954-5151. Sending emails to student and faculty email accounts

Selfie stick taking the market by storm By Kellen Medina


ur society’s obsession with selfies has reached new heights this year with the introduction of the selfie stick. This new tech accessory is a monopod adapted to give users the ability to take pictures of themselves beyond arms’ reach to create a better camera angle. The devices extend anywhere from 20-50 inches and in some cases come equipped with a Bluetooth remote. The prices range from $20 to $80 depending on features. Time Magazine ranked the selfie stick 18th in its 25 Best Inventions of 2014, right behind a filter that helps fight Ebola. But the invention isn’t as new as most think. Similar telescoping self-portrait tools were patented in Japan as early as 1983. Now, more than 20 years later, these are must-have items. The selfie stick’s rise in popularity comes with some setbacks. South Korea has banned all sales of uncertified selfie sticks, claiming the Bluetooth may have negative health effects. Most museums and galleries have banned them as well,

under the auspices that the extended poles have the ability to damage artwork and put surrounding people in danger. Many concerts and large events have taken a similar stance. Anjelica Olmos, a first-year Delta student, said she hasn’t used one yet but thinks they are cool. “I think they aren’t a necessity, but they can make certain sceneries look beautiful (for the picture),” Olmos said. “I take sefies, but I think they are over rated.” The success of the selfie stick raises questions about our current culture. Have we become so obsessed with ourselves that we need to buy and carry around a tool for self-portraits? Has the desire to showcase our lives online surpassed the desire to live our lives to the fullest? Belfie stick manufacturers are betting that we have. The investment and development of the product is proof. The “Selfie Stick,” an $80 selfie stick specializing in the “butt selfie,” has sold out. There is now a waiting list. Speaking of “butt selfies,” Kim Kardashian is releasing a book made entirely of her selfies. The 352-page book, titled “Selfish,” will be available in May. We clearly have an odd fascination with the selfie, as obvious by the interest to support a market for it.

PILLOW TALK 101 With Jermaine Davis

Don’t go from hot to cold too fast


he beginning stage of getting to know someone is the most important part in jumping from acquaintances to a full-blown relationship. Everything takes time, and everyone chooses to express their feelings in different ways. You might not get the results you’re looking for, if you apply pressure on someone to become your soul mate. Things can go from hot to cold fast. Most guys make the mistake of calling and texting at an alarming rate. Most women don’t like this. If she doesn’t answer your first two initial phone calls, chances are she won’t pick up the third time. The same goes for sending text messages. If she doesn’t respond after two messages, stop sending her messages. Maybe she’s busy. Then again, maybe she views you as a needy guy who can’t take a hint. Being a clingy man only shows women that you lack confidence, so don’t become that guy. On the flipside women can also mistakenly do the wrong things. Ladies, if you’re interested in a guy you need to let him know by being honest and straightforward with approach. Men hate finding out their significant other has a closet full of bodies. After hearing so much stuff from outsiders, he’ll eventually start digging for information from you about your past. And when men go digging, they don’t stop until something is found. Men tend to fall back and let the chips fall where they may. Because what’s the point of pursuing a relationship with someone who doesn’t answer your calls, return messages or keeps secrets hidden from the past? In the pursuit of happiness, taking the time to get a clear understanding is very important. If you’re too busy or not ready to be in a committed relationship, just come out and say so. Investing your time in someone who doesn’t appreciate your efforts, makes people build up walls, and afraid to love.



QUOTABLE CAMPUS ’ ‘ Issue 10 • March 6, 2015 •

By Megan Maxey and Midori Morita

We all know Delta is a special place full of everyday people getting their education. But what about the everyday conversations you overhear while walking to class or eating lunch in Danner? We asked six students the most unique quote of conversation they’ve heard on campus.

“I heard a girl talking about how she was like in love with Jesus. Like not loves him as a savior or whatever. She was saying she wishes he could be her husband and that he was actually kinda hot. It was so creepy to me,” said Mariah Gomez.

“I was in Danner and I overheard someone say ‘She likes anime, she’s Catholic and she’s pretty, I feel like I met a unicorn today,’” said Myah Loewe.

“I think the weirdest thing I think I’ve ever heard was the other day! These two guys were walking behind me and one was just like: ‘Do you ever wonder where teeth come from ... Like you’re made of squishy flesh and then all of a sudden you have these hard white squares growing out of your mouth!’ I laughed so hard I think I peed,” said Ryan Carpenter.

By Ryan Quijalvo,


“Let me think. I think it would be a guy talking to the koi fish,” said Desiree Garza

“I once heard people talking about a teacher that takes your phone and throws it off a two story building if you get caught using it in his class and he’s so old that he gets away with it,” said Nikki Jimenez.

“In the financial aid line, “Inguy the financial line, don’t this guy was this was likeaid‘No worlike ‘No don’t worry, you’ll definitely lose ry, you’ll definitely lose your viryour virginity here’ to someone next to him,” ginity here’ to someone next to said Aaron Kingsley. him,” said Aaron Kingsley.



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SCULPTING SUCCESS: LEFT, Shenny Cruces showing students how to sculpt a clay head. MIDDLE, Carlos Ortiz molding a clay head for a sculpture. RIGHT, Jose Davila working on his sculpture that will be installed by the koi pond.

3-D DESIGN: Sculptures give life to campus By Kristen Riedel

Delta College fosters an arts friendly environment by hiring artists as instructors, offering lessons in a variety of forms and housing the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery on the main campus that brings professional art within reach of all students. For some students, an art class is a fun way to fulfill a humanities requirement. For others it is a serious undertaking. Daniel Fernandez is completing his general education before enrolling in the radiological technology program. “I like the different kinds of music while we work, it helps us feel creative,” said Fernandez when asked about his favorite part of artist and instructor Wesley

Wright’s 3-D class. In addition to drawing and painting classes, sculpture, ceramics and 3-D design classes offer students the opportunity to explore the use of different materials ranging from the traditional clay and plaster to modern products such as wire, cardboard and tape. “It’s giving me a new outlet of thought, making projects that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own,” said art major Lauralynn Ripoyl, who is also studying 3-D design with Wright. When Tara Heinzen first took Joe Mariscal’s ceramics class, she had no expectation of discovering a lifelong avocation. “Ceramics and sculpture engage multiple senses and require you to center yourself to shape your material,” said Heinzen, who is now working toward a master’s degree in art therapy.

Heinzen formerly took classes with Mariscal in 1995. She returned this spring for Mariscal’s final semester of instruction. The work of artist and instructor Shenny Cruces is part of the Horton Gallery’s current exhibition, Women In Art – Herstories, which runs through March 27. Two advanced students in Cruces’ sculpture class, Jose Davila and Jasmeen Guitierrez, are preparing works for installation on campus, one of which will be a mermaid located near the koi pond in the quad. “I would like to be an artist, but it doesn’t pay well,” said Davila, who likes to surprise people with art pieces hidden in unexpected places on campus. To intentionally view examples of works produced by Delta students, visit the 16th Annual Student Art Exhibition opening in the gallery on April 23.

Lee surprises readers with lost treasure By Santana Juache

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is arguably one of the greatest American novels of all time. Since its 1960 publication it has been unmatched. Lee never published another novel ... until now. According to a New York Times article, Lee has a new book coming out. The novel is titled “Go Set a Watchman.” It’s the original manuscript that would have been Lee’s literary debut, had her publisher not advised her to edit it to a young Scout’s perspective instead. The original novel features an adult Scout and an aging Atticus. The news comes as a shock to many. Her whole life, Lee vowed to never publish another novel. Why publish now? Did she change her mind? Others have speculated Lee may have been duped by her lawyer into publishing the original manuscript because of her failing health and memory.

A Washington Post article claims that the 88-year old suffered a stroke back in 2007, and is almost completely blind and deaf. She currently resides in an assistedliving facility. Lee’s lawyer claims to have stumbled upon the novel while going through some of Lee’s possessions. The lawyer insists Lee has given permission for the novel to be published, and has not been taken advantage of. Despite the rumors, there is much anticipation for this novel. Initially, I was worried this new novel may not be as good, that somehow the generations would be let down. How do you top masterpiece? What if the characters somehow become tainted? In celebration of the upcoming release, the Bob Hope Theatre showed the movie adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” for one of its nights of classic cinema. As I sat watching, I kept the new novel in mind. I fought back tears, just like Atticus did when he heard of Tom

Robinson’s death. I swallowed my shallow breathes when the mysterious recluse Boo Radley saved Scout’s life. I had my fears about the direction this new novel would take us, but I left my seat satisfied, and perhaps, like Lee ... with my mind changed. Walking to our car, my boyfriend made a comment in regards to Atticus killing the rabid dog in the street. He looked to me and said, “I wonder why Atticus stopped shooting. If he was the best shot in the county, why did he stop?” I smiled in response. It didn’t matter if our beloved characters changed. Change is a part of life, and anything new would only add depth to the story. “Go Set a Watchman” wouldn’t alter “To Kill a Mockingbird,” or take from it. It would only add to it. Lee’s intention to publish may always be in question, but the impact of her literature is definite. The new novel can pre-ordered on Amazon and is already the No. 1 best seller. It is set to be released on July 14, 2015.

Music festivals invite schools to participate By Midori Morita

On Jan. 24-25, the Delta Singers hosted the 5th Annual Delta Choral Festival. This student-run, two day event invited more than 20 different elementary, middle and high school choirs to participate in a clinical evaluation of their performances. The Delta Singers were among these groups and performed on both days of the festival. John Tebay and Delta Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Bruce Southard evaluated each choir helping improve the performances by going through choral dynamics and moving through each piece. On Mar. 4-6, Delta is hosted is 13th annual Spring Festival of Bands. This event hosted more than 50 schools from around Northern California. These musical festivals happen every year during the spring semester and is free to Delta students who want to watch.



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place untrod by humankind. A place with no trace of human existence. A place that will soon be the home of a brave group of explorers. In April 2013, Mars One held press conferences in New York and Shanghai to commence the worldwide search for anyone willing to take the next step for mankind, and be the first humans to place foot on Mars. Anyone from anywhere could put their name in the hat by simply filling out an online application. Then from the applicants, the Mars One team will pick six teams of four people to train for the journey. Through the early processes of finding the right astronauts, the team has cut the number of candidates down from 200,000 to 1,058. The team is showing incredible courage by cutting ties with life here on Earth, a place that has been our home for as long as history tells us, or they simply have nothing to live for here and just want to leave. Nevertheless, if all goes well


this mission can be a steppingstone into finding more clues about the origins of the human race. How many of you would take the chance to be a founding father in furthering the interplanetary evolution of

humankind? The answers were fairly lopsided. “I don’t think I would, because there’s no coming back, there’s no guarantee,” said student Gema Quintero. Simran Ruiz said absolutely

not. “I wouldn’t go because I’m happy on Earth, I don’t really see a point in going there now,” said Ruiz. Fellow Mustang Marisa Castro agreed. “I probably wouldn’t go, I re-

ally wouldn’t care to go,” she said. However, in the midst of all the rejections, there was a brave heart willing to take the voyage. “I would go just to explore, and see what everyone else has been missing,” said student Matthew York. Whoever is chosen will be going on a one­-way trip in the year 2024 to the unexplored planet. Therefore, since it will be their last time on Earth, even the people that rejected the chance were asked what they would do to make their last years here on Earth count. • “Make my parents happy,” said Quintero. • “I would travel a lot, experience different cultures, different countries,” said Ruiz. • “I would spend the time with my family,” said Castro. York was specific on his plans before he leaves: “Travel Asia, fight in Martial Arts tournaments all through Asia, and then train with the Monks.” York will probably be the fighter of the group on Mars. Mars One, either failure or success, is a step forward in the exploration of our solar system and beyond.

Are ‘leaks’ fluke or planned teaser? By Megan Maxey


n the past decade, we have seen a number of “leaked” albums, movies and television shows. “Leaking” something can be defined as disclosing a secret, especially official, information, as to the news media, by an unnamed source. These “leaks” are claimed to be accidental. Should this be believed? Many say the leaks are purposeful marketing techniques to get people talking about whatever it was we weren’t supposed to receive. Artists such as Metallica, Radiohead, Jack White, Kanye West, Drake and Beyoncé have all had “leaked” content. You might think fans would be excited about receiving content early. This isn’t always the case. Many fans preorder albums or movies. When leaked, people don’t pay for the content. Those who want to save a few dollars are the benefactors of the leaks. “Music has been outrageous to purchase and I think if they lowered the price to something so intangible … copyright wouldn’t be violated so much,” said Nikki Jimenez, a Delta student. Most recently, Madonna’s new album “Rebel Heart” was released two months early due to leaked songs. Six unfinished demos were stolen and broadcast all over the Internet in December.

Not wanting the whole world to think those were her finished product, Madonna decided to publish the full album as soon as possible. Madonna’s manager said an investigation was underway and the whole team was devastated by the leak. Criminal act or brilliant publicity scheme? Two days after the release, “Rebel Heart” was No. 1 in almost every country. Music is not the only form of entertainment “accidentally” getting released. The Netflix original series “House of Cards” new season was released online for about 30 minutes on Feb. 11. The third season of the hit online series wasn’t supposed to premiere until Feb. 27. “Due to a technical glitch some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peak. He’ll be back on Netflix on Feb. 27,” Netflix said after the leak. Despite the claims of a glitch, this accident got a lot of people talking. Was this a fluke? Or a planned teaser? Our digital culture provides many outlets without enough gatekeepers. Hackers, computer specialists and anyone with Internet access can find loopholes through systems, install glitches or access an infinite amount of ways to get a hold of something. Are leaks now something we expect to happen because of the lack of security in technology? Or is the media encouraging leaks by providing free advertising for entertainers?

#Trending: BuzzFeed By Megan Maxey & Midori Morita

BuzzFeed shows a variety of articles, from real-world news to videos about which fast food chain has the best hash browns. Not only that, BuzzFeed has hundreds of quizzes that can keep anyone entertained for hours. The site is redefining online advertising by utilizing social networking and contentdriven publishing technology. BuzzFeed has an audience of more than 200 million people reaching across the globe. The website provides quality original reporting, entertainment and video.



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Mayweather, Pacquiao lead hot topics By Zachariah Merces-Splinder

IT’S HAPPENING Mayweather finally agreed to the mega fight vs. Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas, barring injury or any potential unforeseen excuses. The fight is projected to be the highest grossing boxing match in history. Two months until fight night might feel as long as the six years it took to make this fight. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

THE DEEP END: Sophomore Katelynn Vandenburg swimming her final stretch.

Swimming into record books By Richard Reyes

On Feb. 21, Lindsey Kieffer, Jensyn Breakfield and Nicole Cunningham etched their names in the Delta College record books. After touching the wall of the 200-meter backstroke, Cunningham realized she set a time in the race with a mark of 2:33.01. She credits a lot of hard work and practice for setting the record. “Pretty long practices beforehand and we don’t really get any breaks,” said Cunningham. “Just Hard practices, hard practices, even before a meet. No breaks.”

Though she is the first in the record books at Delta, she also realizes it is breakable. “I was pretty happy, but thinking that I am the first to set the record, I’m like ok I got to break my time to keep it,” she said. Kieffer raced in the 200 butterfly and joined Cunningham in making history by finishing her swim at 2:31.62. Kieffer also credits practice in helping her set her mark. “We did twenty-three 100 of our strokes to prepare for the meet,” said Kieffer. She said she wants to keep her name first for a long time. “I was very happy that I actually a broke a record this year,”

Kieffer said. “Hopefully I can hold it and actually improve on it.” Breakfield raced in the 400 Intermediate Medley and the 200 Breaststroke meet and after she got out of the pool, she learned she was on the top of both with the time of 5:08.51. “I just tried to focus about my own swims and worry about my times so I tried not to worry about the people next to me,” said Breakfield. She described her emotions after finishing. “I was pretty happy, hopefully I can lower it next time I swim it,” she said. The next swim meet is on March 6-7 at Cuesta College.

Rodriguez makes long awaited return By Sean Mendoza


ne of the most infamous baseball players of this generation is scheduled to make his return to Major League Baseball in the 2015 season. Alex Rodriguez, also known as “A-Rod,” of the New York Yankees, who turns 40 in July, was suspended for the 2014 season for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract. “I think it’s good for the sport because most athletes get second chances and A-rod shouldn’t be an exception,” said second-year student Matt Sorensen. Rodriguez has reported to spring training and possibly play first base and designated hitter. Third base has been Rodriguez’s primary position throughout his career. Chase Headley is currently occupying the hot corner, and the Yankees plan to keep him there. Rodriguez currently ranks fifth on the all-time home run list with 654.

However, Rodriguez hasn’t played a full season since 2007 due to injuries and the suspension. Before the suspension, he was considered one of the best players ever. It will be interesting to see what Rodriguez has left in the tank. With the Yankees struggling and not living up to the powerhouse label, Rodriguez might be able to help the younger players with his veteran knowledge. The Yankees acquired Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers for Alfonso Soriano in 2004. In 2008, he signed the most lucrative contract in sports history at the time worth $252 million for 10 years. Rodriguez has had a stellar career with the Yankees with the exception of the steroid-use. As a Yankee, Rodriguez has 309 home runs and a .291 batting average. He looks to continue his career with New York and try to contribute as much as possible, nearing 40 years old, Rodriguez’s window is closing.

DID YOU BLINK? If you blinked you might have missed the 14 seconds it took Ronda Rousey to stop Cat Zingano at UFC 184 for the Women’s Bantamweight title. This victory has bolstered Rousey into the conversation of dominant athletes with names such as Jordan, Tyson and Ali. A combined 96 seconds is the amount of time its taken Rousey to demolish her past three opponents.

After sweeping her division clean, a similar scenario to Pacquiao and Mayweather, is developing with long time dream contender known as Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino lingers in the mix. BATTER UP March also means Baseball season is beginning, with all teams reporting to Spring Training for the upcoming season. The San Francisco Giants, fresh off a third World Series title and every other team beginning to plan their path to mimic such success. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Delta’s women’s basketball team furthered its run toward the state title on March 4 with a 76-52 victory over San Francisco. Only one game remains versus No. 1 ranked Sequoias on March 7 for a spot in the coveted Championship game.



Issue 10 • March 6, 2014 •

Students march for higher education Gas prices back on the rise By Vorani Khoonsrivong

By Orlando Jose


MARCH IN MARCH: Students from Northern and Southern California advocate for more student funding in community college clubs and classrooms at the State Capitol.

The annual March in March took place at the State Capitol on Monday, March 2. The event began at 9 a.m. and unlike previous years, protestors did not march in the usual areas. This year’s pathway included stops at the Chancellor’s Office and the State Capitol. Participants from colleges all around Northern and Southern California protested about topics ranging from education to student rights. “My sign says, ‘2.1 Strong’ and it’s supposed to stand for the 2.1 million students in all community colleges,” said Ryan Navarrete. Navarette currently attends Los Angeles Trade Technical College and wants more funding in community colleges. Jason Martinez, Co-Chair Of MEChA for San Bernardino Valley College said, “This is my second time here for the March in March. There was a low turnout of people [this year].” Despite the low turn out, Martinez said it was better because it was an opportunity to be more organized. External Affairs Senator Andrew Nuptor said this year’s march is trying to focus on learning and teaching students how to work with the system and engage it.

After five months, gas prices are back on the rise. The price for a gallon of gas in California is $3.43 as of March 4. According to GasBuddy. com, the cheapest places to purchase gas in Stockton, Tracy and Manteca are Quick N Stop for $2.66, Costco for $3.09 and C&A Corner Market for $2.99. There are a number of factors for the recent surge. Crude prices have gone up while U.S. refineries are at a seasonal slowdown, causing gasoline costs to be higher. The U.S. slowed oil production by 28 percent in January compared to last June and new permits for drilling are also on the decline. Currently, U.S. oil production is down by nine percent and new permits issued are down 24 percent, according to Drillinginfo Index. In addition, refineries are beginning to switch to summer blend gas, causing prices

to rise. Summer blend gas is more expensive to produce than the winter blend because it creates less smog, making it suitable for metropolitan areas. The summer blend is better equipped for summer because there are more drivers on the road traveling longer distances. In the midst of the rise, how are Delta students preparing? “I have not really noticed the change in gas prices. I guess I should try to conserve gas with the recent gas spike,” said Delta College student Katherine McBride. McBride drives a Kia Sportage and spends $40 a tank. “I will attempt to walk more [and] use my car less or pick up a sweet paying job so that I can keep up with the gas prices,” said McBride. Student Natalie Tsutsumi doesn’t think rising prices will change her spending habits. “[I drive a] GMC Terrain. Last time I got gas, it [cost] $39. A tank of gas lasts a week,” said Tsutsumi.

Copper theft strikes local high school, hits close to campus By Katherine Grey

In February, a Stockton area high school fell victim to high-climbing thieves. Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, located less than a mile from Delta College campus, experienced backto-back copper thefts on their campus. “We’ve been hit four times this school year,” said Stagg Principal Andre Phillips. Thieves nabbed more than 400 feet of copper wiring from one of the buildings, resulting in a loss of power. Stockton Unified School District’s electricians responded quickly soon after the discovery was made. The thieves left several buildings without power for the majority of the day the incident occurred. Staff acted swiftly and moved the affected classes to another part of the campus. “We have plenty of open rooms so it wasn’t difficult to relocate the students. It’s just difficult for the

teachers who usually keep a class set of text books in their rooms and all of their supplies,” said Rob Torres, a Stagg teacher. Copper theft has been a frequent occurrence in Stockton, with numerous businesses and schools hit over the last several years. Delta College has had its fair share of theft happen on several campus locations. Delta College Officer Jim Bock described the thefts which occurred while the new Science and Math Building was under construction. Thieves scaled fences and took what they could from the construction site, including copper. “We made sure we patrolled the construction site and instructed the crews to keep their materials locked up,” he said. Fortunately, under the watchful eyes of campus police, further thefts from that location were thwarted. The same can’t be said about Delta College’s Manteca Farm location.

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and the case of Mike Brown, specifically, the portrayals of the victims. “They began to demonize them both. They tried to go all in [Grant’s] background to try to find things. Then they began to ask me things like did I go to school and I told them listen, ‘I have an AA, my BA and my Masters, I been to seminary.’ ‘Well you didn’t have time

to raise your son!’ they said. I said: ‘Um, excuse me; I had plenty of time to raise my son.’ So that’s what they tried to do, character assassinate both [of] the families. They talked about the rioting here and there but they never talked about the good marches and protest that took place. There are just so many similarities,” she said.

Recent copper theft on the Manteca Farm has left one irrigation pump unable to function. To combat these thefts, recycling centers across the city tightened their surveillance and stand firm on California State laws when it comes to the purchase of scrap metals. Freddie Espino, Manager of Stockton Recycling Inc., takes a tough approach to potentially stolen recyclables. “California Law states that we must obtain a copy of a valid California Identification card before we can make an exchange of recyclables for money,” he said. In a typical month, Espino comes into contact with possibly stolen items between five to10 times. Espino uses, an online service where businesses can post and track down stolen materials. Along with the help of the local police, he can run his business with the assurance that if he does have potentially stolen items on hand, he can make the necessary calls to get those items returned or have a police report filed, he said.

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struction time, which over counted the number of student contact hours in the reporting of the FTES. “We don’t know the true fiscal impact,” said Wetstein, “we can present the estimated FTES impact.” The estimated impact for the 201213 school year is $181,345 and an estimated $2.138 million impact for the 2013-14 school year.

According to Wetstein, Delta can resolve the issue with the help of an independent auditing firm and the chancellors office. “We need your support and cooperation to help with this issue,” said Hart at the close of the meeting, “[We] hope you will share ideas for raising enrollment for the 2015-16 school year.”

The Collegian -- Published March 6, 2015  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College.

The Collegian -- Published March 6, 2015  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College.