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thecollegian Issue 10 • Friday, March 7, 2014 •


Guide to fighting the FLU this SEASON Flu epidemic leaves death toll higher than previous years by alexis bustamante

Student plans dinner fundraiser for sister's surgery Page 4

Instructor shares opinion on education Page 5

Writer shares thoughts on connected world Page 6

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The H1N1 virus, also known as influenza, has accounted for more than 300 deaths in California this flu season, six of which were children. San Joaquin County accounts for seven of the deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Compared to only 106 deaths attributed to the flu in the 2012-13 season, this season has proven to be the most deadly since 2009 the year of the H1N1 pandemic, to the health department. "The influenza season continues and it’s not too late for vaccination, which is still the best way to prevent illness and the spread of illness," said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the CDPH and State Health Officer, in the news release. To make matter worse, the people most vulnerable to catching the flu have been young children, pregnant woman, seniors and people with chronic illnesses. Common practices to keep healthy during the flu season are washing hands, keeping minimum contact from your hands to your face and maintaining a healthy diet. Delta College has not been immune to the recent flu epidemic that has been plaguing the community, and recently a sizable student populace has caught the flu. Students such as Nicole Pannell have taken up measures in hopes to avoid the

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Staying healthy using vitamins key to fighting the bug by monica gomez

Did you know that Vitamin C can help boost your immune system? Some people think it’s a myth, but it’s not. Many studies have been made about Vitamin C and its benefits. According to WebMD, it helps protect against immune system deficiencies. Although Vitamin C hasn’t been proven to prevent the common cold or flu, it can lower the duration and the severity of the symptoms. Supplements aren’t the only option for Vitamin C. There are plenty of ways to put it in your diet. Oranges are one of the first things that come to mind, but there are many other fruits and vegetables rich in the nutrient. These include cantaloupe, cooked broccoli, red cabbage, green pepper, red pepper, kiwi, strawberries and tomato juice. Nutrition shakes are also a source. Various nutrition businesses sell meal replacement shakes with

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Students march against legislative cutbacks to education by orlando jose

“What do we want?” “Education!” “When do we need it? “Now!” Budget cuts are coming down from California Legislature impacting our students and lowering spending on education. Students from community colleges throughout California gathered at Raley Field in West Sacramento on March 3, before marching towards the State Capitol in Sacramento to express their feelings about higher education fees going up. The group chanted along the way. The March in March has attracted students from across California, including Delta

College, in recent years. “This is a fantastic event. The students are energized and enthused,” said Sherry Titus, Director of Student Affairs at Palomar College. Titus said the crowd response, diversity and enthusiasm said a lot about how important community colleges are. “The outcome was spectacular meaning that the students are here advocating what they believed in and that's education,” she added. This year’s theme for the March was “Classroom to the Capitol.” The event is sponsored by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SCCC). Angel Jimenez is the Vice President of Government and Policy for the SCCC. “What happened here today

is the largest advocating day for the entire state of the California community system,” she said. “The message is to keep on caring about your education. Let your voices be heard and don't be silent. There's always the answer, that's always a resource to go to.” Javier Hernandez is a student at San Bernardino Valley College. “I'm here to march for higher education. There always budPHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE gets cuts. We’re here to stand our ground as students and ev- MARCHING FOR EDUCATION: ery year to stop budget cuts,” Students from all over California said Hernandez. “Power to the march in Sacramento on March 3. people.” Donovan Hamsher is a stu- Senator representing Region 6. dent at Allan Hancock College Hamsher said education is in Santa Maria, near San Luis worth fighting for. Obispo. “Education is the thing Hamsher is a California [that] is going to take you becommunity college student yond the stars,” said Hamsher.



Issue 10 • March 7, 2014 •

Advocates in quad arguing with students

Religious supporters deliver speeches to cause controversy, receive attention by justin tristano


he quad is a cluster of the different ideas on campus, from the religious groups coming to talk about sin to students speaking out. Regardless of your personal beliefs, what does it accomplish creating an argument with these people? Often these arguments don't lead to any degree of influence, but instead are a loud back and forth between two views where nothing is resolved. It becomes distracting. People will actually listen to the argument instead of simply drowning the person out. Most people will attach themselves to drama more than just a dull presentation of facts and information. The drama comes from when people stop to actually argue their facts or opinions with aggressive tones. Some people come to campus looking for an argument; they know they will get more attention by arguing then by simply talking. It's part of why they come on campus and get in your face with "facts" and information, the best way to

fight them is to just walk by and ignore them. What does Delta do to try and control the people who come on campus? Delta simply enforces that the area in the quad is open to any kind of free speech or discussion as long as it fits within "Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions." The policy’s main objective is to keep Delta’s learning environment going, and the policy also says that they will only intervene if it becomes distracting for the learning environment. In other words, if people stating their opinion begin to use systems such megaphones, bullhorns or speakers to enhance their voice so much that teachers can't even teach in their classrooms, only then can the Delta College Campus Police intervene. The main reason the free speech zone was created is due to the anti-abortion advocates coming up to the Child Development center posting images of aborted fetuses in the area. It was thought to be extremely inappropriate. The other times that Campus Police will intervene with free speech is if there is a violent situation,

anything that would invoke violence or crowding that does not allow students to get to classes easily. The most recent visitors to the quad have been a religious group that tells stories about how they used to do drugs before they found Jesus. Admist my sarcastic eye rolling and walking past the group I heard a girl chime up into an argument. All people nearby were drawn into it. Instead of students ignoring and going about their day I took notice that a crowd was beginning to gather around and observe the drama. Ultimately, what was the point of the argument between these two people? They just get mad and then inevitably walk off, all while the people who gathered around were waiting to see if anybody was going to throw a fist. Yet at the same time people in the crowd might have been listening and might walk away thinking that the person you disagree with is right. So, don't give them the time of day. Instead, just walk away.

Writer's popular-brand car stolen twice in two years by sean mendoza


ost people are proud to own classic cars from the 1990s, but it worries some owners due to the fact that older cars can be easy targets for car thieves. I can use myself as an example. I own a 1997 Honda Civic. It has been stolen before. It happened during Christmas time 2012. When it was stolen, it was taken from my driveway in the middle of the night when everyone in my neighborhood was asleep. Waking up next morning and not seeing my car in the driveway was unusual and stressful. About eight hours later my car was found in Oakland. The stereo was taken, along with a couple of jackets. The towing place that kept my car for a couple hours charged over 200 dollars, which was ridiculous. That incident forced me to purchase a Club bar, used to lock the steering wheel and prevent would-be thieves from turning the wheel.

The Club could possibly make it harder for the person trying to steal the vehicle. Honda Civics from the 90’s are known to be the easiest target for thieves. The windows aren’t stable and the ignition can be worked easily without keys. The car doesn’t come stocked with an alarm. Despite the negatives, Honda Civics are good gassaving cars out there, it has saved me a huge amount of money over the years. A couple of Delta students expressed what they would do if their vehicle were stolen. “First I’ll put up a tweet or Facebook status, and post an Instagram picture of my car just to let everyone know, then I’ll call the cops,” said student Cris De la Pena. He claims that way he could give a heads up to his friends to be on the lookout for the vehicle. “I would be totally devastated, I can’t even imagine not having my car out on my driveway when I wake up in the morning. Without my car, life would be a blur,” said student Alexander Herrada. Herrada drives a Jeep and it has never been broken into.


It’s clearly easier for thieves to steal older cars because it doesn’t possess the high-tech things newer cars do. So a couple of suggestions for people that own older cars or just to be safe even new cars, get a Club bar or have an alarm installed, and don’t have anything expensive or valuable visible to potential thefts.

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High school cafeteria serves up stereotypical food by jermaine davis


ith a recent event in Concord of an all-female high school that added chicken and watermelon to its lunch menu to accommodate the African American students celebrating Black History month in February, the topic of cultural foods on lunch menus during ethnic recognition periods and holidays are up for discussion. Many parents of students at Carondelete High School became outraged once word of the new items on the menu was brought to their attention, as they should. The Christian-based school went forward with the menu additions without informing parents, or even asking students’ opinions whether they would support the idea. The state of California is multicultural with various nationalities and ethnic groups; this raises a question. Would you be offended if your school added stereotypical food connected to

your ethnic background to the lunch menu in an effort to celebrate your culture? While some Black students on campus might not see as a big deal or amusing, adding fuel to the stereotype fire is not a good idea at all because all Americans have different views on how their culture should be represented. As an African American male, I honestly would be offended if Delta College added chicken and watermelon to its lunch menu during Black History Month. There would be so many questions rolling around in my head. Does everyone believe all Black people eat chicken and watermelon? I mean sure, yes I do eat chicken and watermelon, but I’ve never ate them both in the same setting at the same time. What about for Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah? Are schools going to start serving foods prepared in potato pancakes and Sufganiyot (jelly donuts)?

What about for Chinese New Year? The holiday is celebrated on April 15 this year. Are schools going to start serving orange chicken and shrimp-fried rice? Or are schools going to start serving burritos and posole on Cinco de Mayo? All of these ideas are terrible because no matter how many people are in agreement with this, the amount of people who find it distasteful would be multiplied times two. “I would be kind of mad if Delta served posole on Cinco de Mayo, because I would feel like the school is making fun of my heritage,” said Julio Martinez, a Mexican American Delta College student. Every school across the United States can learn from the ridiculousness of Carondelete High School. Instead of adding special foods to the menu to celebrate cultural holidays, find out if the students, staff and parents are in compliance first.

Cuts unfair to night students Danner Hall closing early shuts out crowd of students by sean reilly


he Danner Hall Cafeteria closes at 1 p.m. now, and students are complaining that they can’t get food after that time. I feel the cafeteria should stay open longer because night students also need to be able to buy food. It’s not right the day students can buy food, but the night students are stuck going off campus, bringing their own or simply going hungry. "I deal with it badly," said Fransiska Shaver. "It makes me mad that because I always here in the afternoon where I want to get something. But it’s hard because it closes early and I am disabled. It’s to find a place to go to." Cory Chapman, a student, said Danner is likely suffering from closing early. “I think economically,

Danner is losing money by closing. [If ] it were to stay open longer, not only will the students have a place to eat but there will be more money for the school,” said Chapman. One student has found a way around Danner's early closing time. "I bring my own lunch from home, or I go off to eat or go without food," said Mikesha Thomas. In an email interview, Director of Auxiliary Services Fidel Cabuena said two years ago the bookstore and food services went through a reorganization where the two were placed under his purview. Cabuena said at the time the food operations were operating with close to a $400,000 deficit. "The district made a decision to make both operations self sustaining," Cabuena said. "The change in closing hours

was due to Food Services consolidation of services and staff reduction." Closing food services early and reducing staff helped in reducing the financial deficit, he said. As part of the change, the bookstore added a snack zone with food, drinks and snacks. The Bookstore stays open until 6 p.m., offering students options after the cafeteria closes, said Cabuena. I feel that it's really great to see the bookstore offering more food that the students can get after 1 p.m. The bookstore offers food such as hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, Hot Pockets and other varieties of food students can buy after the cafeteria closes. Hopefully, in the future the cafeetria will stay open longer. But for now food service closes at 1p.m. Monday through Friday.

two little lines pregnant with heidi sharp

Saving on baby buys important, easier than parents might think Heidi Sharp, 22, is a part-time Delta College student and parttime barista. She married her high school sweetheart, Wesley, in 2012. The same year, the couple purchased their first home in Stockton. Now, thanks to two little lines on a pregnancy test, the Sharp's are expanding in July.


eing pregnant in college brings financial ups and downs. Okay, mostly downs. That doesn’t mean one can’t learn how to be prepared. Budgeting is the single most important aspect of having a baby and every day living. Let’s start before the baby is born. Babies don’t need fancy things. Most baby buys are directly for your own comfort.  A baby doesn't know what a changing table is for, and has no use for it. It’s for you to store diapers and easily change your baby. Strollers, bassinets and fancy portable cribs are mostly for the mother’s comfort and ease in raising a newborn. All these things cost money. The only thing I can think of that is a must is safe crib. A new crib, dresser and changing table set can range anywhere from $500 to $1,500 at Babies “R” Us. Two places that are helpful to an expecting college student in the cutting cost area are Craigslist and Amazon. Both these websites have competitive prices. On the second-hand Craigslist website, sometimes the equipment is new or barely used. My mother-in-law bought a crib and set for our baby, her 1st grandchild, to use at her house on Craigslist. Even though it may seem foreign to some people to take second-hand items, it’s one of the only ways to avoid breaking the bank when it comes to preparing for baby. A full, new nursery can run in the thousands of dollars if one only buys new things. Now, when your bundle of joy arrives: I am not at this stage yet, but have spoken to many mothers my age or younger, and they have told me that their two biggest expenses are diapers and formula. The best way to deal with diapers is to stock up before baby arrives. Whenever I make a trip to Costco, I throw in at least one box of Kirkland diapers. We have six boxes at this point.  That may not seem like a lot, but when there is a newborn, not having to worry about that particular expense for a few months could be a life and sanity-saver. The only downside to this is hoping your baby is not allergic to the diapers that have been stocked up. However, Costco and Babies R’ Us both have excellent return policies regarding the return of diapers. The issue of formula is a tricky one. A woman can only feed her baby the way she feels is right for her. If we are talking budget, however, breastfeeding will always be the best bet. Why? It’s free! If you are dedicated, it can be done successfully while working. Also, breast pumps can be rented for a fraction of the purchase cost. There is a stigma that babies always cost a ton of money, but there are definitely ways to make it less expensive, remember: People have been having babies for thousands of years without the aid of all these fancy things that are advertised.



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Mother of Matthew Shepard speaks at Pacific by brian ratto

Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, a gay man murdered in Wyoming, opened the LGBTQIA Conference at University of the Pacific on Feb. 21 with a keynote address about the events that make her son’s name widely-known in the community. “Matthew always stood up for the acceptance of people's differences,” said Judy Shepard. The event welcomed students from all over the western United States. Each year the conference brings in keynote speakers that have ties to the LGBTQIA community. Last year, Dustin Lance Black, the openly gay writer of the play “8,” and Peter Paige, an openly gay actor, spoke. This year the committee selected Shepard and Paul Kawata, founder of the National Minority AIDS Council, to be the speakers. Shepard became an activist for the LGBTQIA community after losing her son to a hate crime that rocked the nation in the late 1990's. “To see someone who lived through such a great tragedy speak so openly and honestly about it and what we as a community need to do to ensure that Matthew Shepard's murder doesn't happen again was very touching,” said Matt Hill, Room and Board Conference Committee Chair. Shepard’s story began in Wyoming, the ninth largest state in the United States and the 49th most populous state. The Shepard’s were the quintessential American family, nothing out of the ordinary: Dennis, a father and safety engineer; Judy, a mother and teacher and their sons Matthew and Logan. Matthew was a political science major at University of Wyoming, and lived his life as an openly gay man. When Judy Shepard received a 5 a.m. call her

world collapsed. Matthew had been attacked in Laramie for being gay. The trip back from Saudi Arabia, where she and her husband were living at the time, was hard. The next 48 hours seemed like an eternity, all she could think about was her son tied to a fence post all alone for 18 hours, she said. Upon arrival in Colorado, where Matthew was taken, the Shepards’ were ushered into his hospital room. Judy Shepard walked up to her son and began to recognize her little boy from the bump on his ear, his long lashes, to the blue in his partially opened but vacant eyes. At 12:53 a.m. on Monday, October 12, 1998 Matthew lost his life at the young age of 21. Before the trial began the news crossed the nation and donations and outpouring of support were sent to the family to help with medical costs, yet the Shepards’ felt the money would be better spent in starting a foundation in Matthew’s memory. That’s how the Matthew Shepard Foundation was born. It strives to erase hate in society, to put LGBTQIA youth first and promote equality for all LGBTQIA people. Hearing Shepard talk about the death of her son brought those in attendance to tears. “It humanizes the story of hate crimes. There is a face to the loss and tragedy, making it easier to empathize and think about hate crimes in a more human way, rather than a concept and act detached from our lives,” said Justine Tang, a University of the Pacific Pride Alliance member. Shepard was telling the story of her son, PHOTO BY BRIAN RATTO Matthew, to stand up against hate. Shepard’s main idea was to not let your story go untold. SPEAKING UP FOR HER SON: Judy Shepard has made it her mission “Want things to get better? Then tell your since the death of her son to speak out against hate crimes, specifistory,” said Shepard. “Without [your story] it will cally in the LGBTQIA community. not get there.”

DELTA STUDENT'S ACTIONS DEFINE SISTERLY LOVE Marissa Tovar steps up to help fundraise for little Alexis' care after kidney-related diagnosis by monica gomez

Sometimes life can be very challenging. You can try your best to prepare for it, but the real worries in life are unexpected obstacles that cross our path. As unfair as it is for a child to get an illness or life threatening disease, it happens all the time. Even when you’re not the one that is sick, it can dramatically affect your life. For Delta student Marissa Tovar, her life changed when her baby sister, Alexis, was diagnosed with minimal change disease in December 2012. Minimal change disease is a type of kidney disease most children grow out of by adulthood. However, in Alexis' case, doctors later discovered that she has Focal Segmental Glomeru-

losclerosis. This means that she is dependent on dialysis or a kidney transplant. Alexis is currently on hemodialysis, just had surgery. She has a permanent hemodialysis catheter, peritoneal catheter and G-tube placed. Alexis is currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides temporary housing for severely ill or injured children. Alexis also goes to University of California, San Francisco Medical Center every other day. Her family is also going through the process of getting her on the transplant list. “Both of my parents are out of work because of them having to take care of her and I’ll have to take a break from school if I end up donating my kidney to my sister” said Tovar.

ALWAYS BY HER SIDE: Ever since Alexis was diagnosed in 2012, her older sister Marissa and her family have been by her side every step of the way. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARISSA TOVAR

Tovar has taken it upon herself to do fundraising to help with the medical expenses and financial needs. "Fundraising helps a lot with medical expenses and transportation to San Francisco," said

Tovar. "March 14 will be our first big fundraiser and it will be a dinner and dance event." Tickets can be purchased for $20 by contacting Tovar at Those who want to help but

can't make it to the event can donate at Tickets are selling out quickly. Tovar is doing her best to help her sister and her family but she needs all the support she can get.



by seth lowman

"Who am I?" Back in the day people used to ask this question in front of the mirror. These days, people usually ask it in front of computer screens. Instead of deep bouts of self-reflection or traveling down long-winded paths of self-discovery, we try to gain insight into our souls by a simple click of our computer mouse. How are we doing this? By taking online personality quizzes, of course. Internet users can find these quizzes on pop culture based websites such as BuzzFeed or Zimbio. Once at these sites, there are many different types of quizzes to choose from. The quizzes range from pop-culture based to upright non-sequitur. On one page there's "Which Harry Potter character are you?" Then all the sudden it’s, "Which kind of cereal are you?" or my favorite, "What kind of butt do you deserve?" Riveting questions. But an even more riveting question is why we take these quizzes. Do we take them to soul search or do we just take them out of pure boredom? Alexis Mulherin, a Delta College student and avid quiz-taker, believes people take these quizzes mostly for self-affirmation. "It’s like the whole thing with people looking up their zodiac signs to see if they match the personality traits they think they have or want to have," Mulherin said. Before we take these quizzes, we already have a preconceived notion of who we already are or who we want to be. Taking a quiz and garnering a result that you want is a rewarding experience.


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To our peers, we all aspire to give off that Dumbledore-like persona. Witchcraft and wizardry aside, these quizzes prove how much pop culture dominates our lives. When people look back at us in the future, they will define us by our pop culture, for better or worse. With every piece of media we digest, we try to look for ourselves within it. People love to know more about themselves and pop culture has become one of the ways we can evaluate ourselves. Delta student Ryan Camero admits to the prominence pop culture plays in the human experience. "I feel like we live in a world where we look at pop culture and we use it to relate to day to day situations in our lives," Camero said. By relating our personalities with movies, television or literary characters, we feel validated. These quizzes gives us the ability to see ourselves within the pop culture figures that we love. After we complete each quiz, our curiosity is depleted and we’re ready to take more, anxious to see what the next quiz will tell us about ourselves. The addictive quality of the quizzes is fed by the amount that are out there. Hundreds upon hundreds of these personality quizzes exist online, ready to be opened. We keep on clicking away until it’s time to eventually turn off our computers and we’re faced with an empty, black screen. Gone are the images of Severus Snape, Homer Simpson or Miley Cyrus. And we’re faced with our own reflection. And even after all of that quiz-taking and laborious clicking of the mouse we are still left with that one burning question: "Who am I?"

Online personality quizzes promise to reveal who we truly are, but what do they really say about us? WHAT KIND OF BUTT SHOULD YOU HAVE?




After taking the quiz, we sometimes post the result onto Facebook to show the rest of the world how awesome we are. People would never want to post a result that could possibly be seen as "uncool." "No one takes a Harry Potter quiz to find out they’re a muggle," said Mulherin.

Philosophy Professor Dr. William Ferraiolo brings hard edge to teaching by heidi sharp

At a college with hundreds of staff and faculty members, one breaks the modern liberal mold of Delta College. Dr. William Ferraiolo is a professor of Philosophy on campus. He earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Philosophy at University of Oklahoma in the mid 1990s. While Philosophy can be considered an obscure and notso-lucrative major, Ferraiolo said it was right for him. "I found this group of people, most of them are dead now, who approached things and ideas the way I do," he said. At Delta, Ferraiolo teaches Intro to Philosophy, Ethics and Intro to Logic. Ferraiolo started at Delta 17 years ago. He enjoys lecturing, but discourages group work and the

"cooperative learning" environment. He instructs in an "I am the teacher, you are the student" format. For some, his methods of teaching and grading have made for a difficult class; the pass rate is lower than that of other teachers. His teaching method, while considered extreme by some students, is simple and fair. On the popular website, his "easiness" rating is a two out of five; whereas other instructors on the website average three and a half out of five. "I have actually softened up a bit," he laughed. His classes are difficult for a reason, he said. Ferraiolo doesn’t believe college, even community college, is for the weak. "College, by its nature, is an elitist endeavor; college was intended to be for those that are smart and work hard-it was not

intended for the average," he said. Despite his academic standard preferences, Ferraiolo offers solid reasons for students to take his courses. Philosophy offers benefits including critical reasoning skills, which can be applied to life, problems and relationships. Taking the Intro to Logic course can enhance performance in other academic classes, he said. "Only students who are smart and wish to work hard should take my classes," he said. Ferraiolo is involved in other facets of campus life as well. At the beginning of his Delta career, Ferraiolo realized there was no policy regarding plagiarism. He worked with a few others to develop the policy Delta currently uses. The result is a policy that clearly articulates what constitutes as plagiarism, and the pun-

ishments that go along with it, instead of an arbitrary system. "I am a great believer in discipline and punishment," he said. He was also recently involved in the California Teacher Association (CTA) negotiations for a Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA). After being voted down on what he believed to be an excellently negotiated deal, and a conflict with the council, Ferraiolo was separated from his position as contract negotiator for the CTA last fall. Ferraiolo is "not a union kind of guy," and disagrees with the entire way the public school system, colleges included, is run. "As long as this establishment is run by liberals, it is doomed," he said. PHOTO BY HEIDI SHARP Ferraiolo said he plans to continue teaching and pushing TOUGH BUT FAIR: Dr. Ferraiolo his students for at least another is a popular teacher on campus decade before retiring outside of despite his difficult classes. Stockton.



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Can we unplug from our electronics?

by eric carranza


magine a day in today’s society where you had no phone, television, radio, computer or any other electronic device. What could you or what would you do? In this generation it would be a third-world crisis. "I would read more and write letters without it. Its not that its hard to think of stuff but because everything does come easier, you can’t remember how something was done before the latest and newest way," said Mikalea Morse, a Delta College student. Today’s young people are growing up in a world where everything around them are made to be used with technology. Things like homework, where in the past you would use a paper and pencil. Technology encompasses all facets of society. It can be an asset in the working environment to getting an education. It can also theoretically used to help improve peoples' social lives. Now websites such as eHarmony, Christian Mingle, Facebook and many more help people communicate with others. There might be a day where people will no longer say they met so and so at a party or through another friend. It might become as simple as "I met her/him on Facebook/eHarmony. " "For many it would help them out of there shell," said student Marcelo Mendieta, referring to anti-social people. "The Internet is a big part of technology and it’s a big part of anti-social people." A lot of the things are becoming easier for people because of smart phones. There was a time when phones where just made so people could call when away from home. These days it’s hard to think of anything that phones don’t have. There was a time when people would meet new friends and relationships would happen by meeting each other in person. Those are the kind of things the next generations to


record breaking selfie and pizza. These two things could be an easy way to summarize this year’s Academy Awards but like with every Oscars, you can never sum up the night that easily. There’s always too much drama, too many wins ("Gravity") and too many losses (sorry Leo) to ignore. So, here’s a recap of all the Oscar madness that went down during film's biggest night. First off, Ellen DeGeneres did a hilarious job as the night's host but that's hardly surprising to those familiar with the famous comedian. DeGeneres made sure there was plenty of interaction between her and the audience. Passing out pizza to collecting money with Pharrell’s infamous hat made up for some classic Oscar moments. Her interaction with the star-studded audience didn't stop there. DeGeneres then pulled out her cellphone, ready to snap a selfie with Meryl Streep. Feeling ambitious, DeGeneres’ declared that she wanted her picture with Streep to become the most re-tweeted photo in Twitter history. Jennifer Lawrence, noting the potential this photo could have, decides she wants to be apart of the glory as well. This movement culminated and then eventually

'Dark Crystal' the fantasy epic starring only puppets by kenneth huntley



come will be hearing from their elders. As for what could you or would you do for one day without technology, there are things such as working out and actually hanging with friends. For some people, like procrastinators, it would allow them to finish things sooner, such as finishing a chore. Student Andres Mullin admits to talking to his girlfriend through text before in person. "I did meet her at a little kick back but didn’t really know what to say so I just later on found her on Facebook and talk there, and the rest his history," he said. Technology has become so ingrained in our lives, we might not ever be able to go back to the way things were.

Academy Award goes to pizza, selfie by seth lowman


Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Kevin Spacey among others were standing behind Bradley Cooper ready to take the now legendary selfie. After the photo was taken, DeGeneres then posted the selfie on Twitter. Within the hour the photo racked up one million retweets and even managed to crash the site. Speaking of wins, "Gravity" grabbed seven Oscars, walking away with the most awards that night, dominating the technical categories. "12 Years a Slave," as expected, won the biggest award, Best Picture. Director, Steve McQueen let out a welldeserved, enthusiastic jump in to the air at the end of his speech putting a close to the night's show. The ceremony also included musical performances by Pharrell, Idina Menzel also known as Adele Dazeem (I'm looking at you John Travolta), Bette Midler, Karen O, U2 and P!nk. An impressive lineup for a very entertaining Oscars. In the end, this year's show left the viewer feeling inspired. From the movie hero montages to Lupita Nyong’o's acceptance speech for Best Actress, it was hard not to feel empowered in some way. "No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid," said Nyong'o. For Nyong'o and the other million hopefuls out there, the Academy Awards still provides inspiration and a source of magic to those who love film.

hen someone thinks about Jim Henson, words such as happy, warm and fuzzy enter the mind. These thoughts usually associated with shows such as "Sesame Street," "The Muppet Show" and "Fraggle Rock." In the early 1980s, Henson teamed up Brian Froud to bring forth a movie that was in stark contrast, featuring cold and harsh characters compared to the Muppets. That movie was "The Dark Crystal." "The Dark Crystal" is about the journey of a Gelfling named Jen, who must find a crystal shard and destroy the sinister Skeksis. Jen doesn’t know what to do once he finds the shard, nor does he know what will destroy his formidable opponent. While on his journey, Jen meets up with many creatures, along with another Gelfling by the name of Kira, who helps him on his journey. He meets his female counterpart during a hilarious scene featuring a dog-like creature named Fizzgig. The villains of the film, the Skeksis, have many different qualities in physical attributes and dialect. It has been rumored that both Henson and Froud created them to represent the seven deadly sins. A prime example portraying the Skeksis' different personalities is the dinner scene, where they sit at the royal table. Throughout the movie, there are hints to the viewers on what needs to be done to rid the world of the Skeksis, yet the final outcome is still a surprise. The movie is unlike anything Henson has done in his movie career, even in comparison to "Labyrinth." The movie features no actors on screen. Instead the characters are portrayed by puppets using animatronic technology. Separate actors were hired to provide voices to the beloved characters of the movie. In the end of production it was revealed Henson wasn’t completely happy with the final product due to technical limitations at the time. Yet, this film has developed a cult following due to the story, the locations of where the film was produced and the characters. It was because of this following the Henson family and Disney attempted to bring a sequel to the fans. Due to production changes, the sequel will never see the light of day. That’s OK with some fans. People were worried the movie industry would have ruined the beauty of the story with too many computer-related special effects. In the DVD release of the of "The Dark Crystal," minor details were changed or cleaned up. The scene that got the majority of the edits was the end scene. In the end scene on VHS, the white lights were so bright it blurred out the faces of certain characters, and the crystal itself. With the DVD release, people can now see the end scene with clarity, seeing the faces of all the characters and again, the crystal itself. This film is a must see. This is truly a work of art.



Issue 10 • March 7, 2014 •

Lady Mustangs keep rolling Women's basketball team enters tournament by richard reyes

Delta's Lady Mustangs entered the California Community College Athletic Association Northern Regional Tournament as the No.1 seed with a 85-47 victory against No.17 Chabot on March 1 at Joe Blanchard gym. Kelci Haueter and Selena Moore finished with 14 points each and Teylor McMiller had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as Delta cruised late in the first half for their 13 consecutive victory. The Mustangs (25-5) trailed early as the Gladiators used an 8-0 run to jump out to a 11-5 lead. "We got off to a slow start and probably underestimated them, we can’t do that especially in the playoffs," said Haueter. The Mustangs started 1-10 from the field and played could not get in to a rhythm. Leading 18-17 with just over seven minutes left in the first half, Haueter made a basket that started a 17-2 run to end the first half. Chabot was only able to make five free throws, falling behind 37-22 at the half. In the second half Nikki Gleason came off the bench to spark the Mustangs defense, as the team pulled away with a 22-3 run building the lead to 66-31. "I don’t know what that was in the first half ... I told them at halftime, were the number one team and teams are going to want to come in here and knock us off," said Head Coach Gina Johnson. The Gladiators committed 28 turnovers, while the Lady Mustangs turned the ball over 10 times. The Mustangs shot 39 percent from the floor, while Chabot shot 28 percent and missed their last 11 three-point attempts. "I think they are the best team in Northern California. They’re a COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS very, very good team, and they are much deeper than we are," said Chabot Head Coach Mark Anger. The Lady Mustangs defeated the Merced Blue Devils in the teams sweet sixteen match on March 5 to advance to the CCCAA Championship game against Sierra College. Delta's bench gave the team a spark with stellar performances from freshman Marshanique Hall, and sophomores Nyaa Davis and Nikki Gleason. Hall finished with 18 points, while Davis and Gleason contributed with multiple three-pointers, helping the Lady Mustangs bench score 35 points.


Balancing act of school, sports for softball player by monica gomez

College life can be very stressful for many students. Dealing with studying, homework and deadlines is daunting at times. Some students have jobs, extracurricular activities, sports and family responsibilities. Imagine working, being a full time student, and participating in sports. Katie Bentz knows exactly what it’s like to balance work, school, and softball. It’s demanding and takes dedication. "My work can work with my schedule which makes it a little bit easier to manage my time," said Bentz. "We have to do zone time, three hours a week which helps with homework and studying." Athletes have to keep a good academic standing to continue playing their sport, which is why they are required to do zone time, a program that helps them stay on track with school and sports. Long days and busy weekends are a part of Bentz life. "We have 3 games a week, 2 on Saturday, one on Tuesday," Bentz said. Sometimes she doesn’t get home until late at night and has to get up early and do it all over again. On the other hand, Bentz still feels its worth it. "I really enjoy it, especially this year because we’re doing so good and you get to meet new people that you could’ve never met before," Bentz said. Overall being a student athlete can be challenging yet rewarding. If you manage your time well and have dedication like Bentz you can have great benefits for your college experience.

New sports rules dictate that foul language can lead to penalties by michael johnson


n the midst of competition, athletes may react or express themselves passionately in way that may seem offensive to people. To deter players from reacting in such a manner, the National Football League’s competition committee has proposed a new rule to penalize players who use derogatory terms and racial slurs towards one another. With openly gay athletes, players from around the globe and racially diverse rosters in the sports world, there is a call for team members to be more mindful of what is being said. Sometimes player’s may brag or insult one another just for the fun of it. A little "trash talking" is a normal occurrence during games. But some people may find the playful banter inappropriate. This is

particularly the case with the use of the N-word. Some see it as a term of endearment, while others see it as an insult. Pittsburg Steelers Safety Ryan Clark said that enforcing this rule may be useless in an interview with ESPN. "I think it’s going to be really tough to legislate this rule, to find a way to penalize everyone who uses this word," Clark said. "And it is not going to be white players using it toward black players. Most of the time you hear it, its black player’s using the word." No matter the context in which it is used, the NFL wants to see to it that no player uses the word and if so, they will be charged with a 15-yard penalty. The player in violation will have to live with the guilt of costing his team the game from a force of habit. The ultimate goal is to stifle the use of this word among all people in asso-

ciation with the NFL, from the players to the fans. "We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room. Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere," former football player John Wooten told CNN. Wooten is the chairmen of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group who is devoted to diversity and equal job opportunities in the NFL. This rule already falls along the lines of the unsportsmanlike conduct, which states that "players may not physically or verbally assault other players or officials at any point in time," according to Sporting Charts. The league is trying to expand upon that measure by including homophobic comments and racial slurs such as the N-Word.

"In game situations I do use it. We see it as a way to give each other a competitive boost," said student athlete Leeandre Fisher. With recent issues concerning player conduct, such as last year’s locker room bullying incident where Dolphin’s lineman Ritchie Incognito allegedly verbally and physically abused his teammate Jonathan Martin and Seahawks Defensive Back Richard Sherman's unforgettable post-game rant. He merely voiced his defensive expertise, while he was also thought to be tearing down another player in the process. These incidents will likely influence the committee’s proposal. These issues will be discussed at a NFL’s owners meeting later this month. A worldwide NFL statement read: "The idea of respect among teammates is a priority."



Issue 10 • March 7, 2014 •

Art, gift fair takes over Danner Hall by jermaine davis

Delta College’s Fashion Department hosted students, staff, faculty and visitors on campus during the Fashion Club’s annual Art & Gift Fair on March 4-5 in Danner Hall. The fair is dedicated to local and small businesses that want to show off products to buyers and distributors in the area. Returning vendors such as Mary Kay and Magic Senses were in attendance with new products, as well as first-time vendors looking to expand. "We have a few of our usual vendors and we have some new ones like Tai’s Place which sells blankets and clothing for dog, so we have a wide range of all sorts of things," said Leslie Asfour, fashion department professor. Energy drink "Go Girl" is one of the sponsors who gave a donation to the Fashion Department. The students involved are excited about the fair because it gives them a sense of how marketing and promotion goes hand-in-hand with products to sell. "I love the Art & Gift Fair it’s

actually one of the easiest events that the Fashion Department puts together. Our main goal is to find vendors and marketing the event," said Delta student Karina Calderon. Students and staff come to the fair to see a wide range of products from soap to lotions, bracelets and jewelry. "This event is good for the students because it gives them a different take on the retail industry" said Asfour. Delta’s Fashion Department next event will be the Nearly New Sale on April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SELLING WARES: Top, sellers display clothing and accessories in Upper Danner. Left, gazing over handcrafted jewelry, students try to decide if they wish to purchase any goods.


Delta College's art gallery is featuring art revolving around "Black Identity in America" in response to February's Black History Month. The exhibit features pieces created by students as well as poetry written by students to match the theme. Some of the art pieces in the exhibit are things such as "Kinfolk" created by Milton Bowens who according to the L.H. Horton Gallery website, which states that Bowens' piece focuses on the interplay between past and present. Other pieces become more personal to the artist such as "To All Those Who Think" by Paula deJoie who did a piece reflecting on the use of modern vocabulary. Along with the art at the gallery there will also be a screening focusing on the identity of black males in America and opening up discussions to speak about identity within America while being "black" and "male." The screening will take place at the Tillie Lewis Theatre on March 10 at 12:30 p.m. The event is free to all who wish to come and open to the public.

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FLU SEASON: Shots vital to health continued from PAGE 1 flu. "I wash my hands and avoid flu-ish friends," Pannell said. "I have been lucky enough to avoid catching the flu this year. I do not get flu shots because I do not like how they make me feel but I seem to survive the season perfectly fine." Other students have different views about the flu shot. "I try my hardest every year to get my flu shot so that I will not catch the virus," said student David Arnold, "I also have not been affected by the flu this season." The influenza virus is not expected to last longer then the end of spring, but students can still take precautions to avoid being a victim. The flu shot is still available at local stores such as Walgreens for $39.99 or CVS for $31.99.

The Collegian -- Published March 7, 2014  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.

The Collegian -- Published March 7, 2014  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.