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Issue 10 • Friday, April 7, 2017 •


State looks to CENSORSHIP TAKEN TO lead way in NEW LEVEL WITH TRUMP free tuition President makes concerning moves limiting press freedoms Opinion Editor

If headlines serve as a narrative, President Donald Trump’s early term is illustrating a war being waged against the Fourth Estate. “The Trump Administration’s War on the Press,” “Is Trump Trolling the White House Press Corps?” and “Trump is Damaging Press Freedom in U.S. and Abroad” are among those topics covered just from the past week. Not even 100 days into his presidency — which has historically been a period of settling — Trump is waging war against the press in America. This after a significant incident on Feb. 24 when the White House held a press briefing that included a press pool, but excluded CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News and Politics. “This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House. Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like. We’ll keep reporting regardless,” CNN said in a statement on Twitter. The exclusion has been perceived to some as a possible ban on media critical of Trump. Why would Trump want to exclude major news organizations? “He might just be doing it to be like oh see I can control this so now what are you gonna do- you have nothing to write — you have to get these sources from somewhere else,” said Delta student Ileana Diaz-Salcedo. Press pools are used to have a small group of reporters take turns covering the president then share their reports with a larger group of the press. Pools are common when it comes to briefings at the White House. Excluding major news organizations? Not so much. Stephanie Grisham a spokeswoman for the White House said the claims of a press ban weren’t factual and “the pool was there, so various media mediums were represented.” Various media outlets allowed at the briefing included a large number of conservative news outlets such as Fox News, CBS, NBC, ABC, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Time and the Associated Press were also allowed but protested the briefing due to the exclusion of other news outlets.

Outlets who made requests to attend but weren’t permitted included The Guardian. The exclusion came as a surprise to many but some feel it was necessary. “Honestly I don’t blame him at all, they did it to themselves a lot of the people in power or a lot of the people at CNN

used to work for CIA,” said student Joaquin Dante Vasquez-Duran. No real reason has been disclosed as to why the pool didn’t include certain media organizations. Trump’s personal twitter account shows he’s not a fan of CNN or The New York Times. “I think it speaks to a bigger problem in society one, we have a former reality television star who’s our president now which I think changes the tenor of the office anyways and it changes the rapport and how people communicate.,” said Associate Professor of Mass Communication Tara Cuslidge-Staiano. She points to his personal Twitter account, which he uses to address the masses. Trump’s use of his personal Twitter has got him in a lot of hot water these days. “He’s obviously doing this from his @realDonaldTrump account and not the POTUS account and I think that kind of speaks volumes too because it's clear that this is very much a personal opinion,” said Cuslidge-Staiano. In fact, on his personal Twitter he has referred certain news outlets as the enemy of the American people. Exclusion can be akin to censorship, said Cuslidge-Staiano. Ari Fleischer, press secretary for George W. Bush has even said that Trump “is making journalism interesting and great again.” With all the attention Trump has brought back to the press some feel like there is some truth to Fleischer’s comments on the state of journalism. “I agree, and I think as a newspaper adviser I, in a way, have to agree to this. I mean my numbers in my registration for my journalism class has went up to the point that we have 32 between the two classes that feed the newspaper this semester, I think that journalism is very much becoming appealing again,” said Cuslidge-Staiano.

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To revitalize dwindling enrollment rates, while responding to the debate over the value of higher education, California is prepared to lead the way in offering “tuition free” college. In February, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the city would become the first in the nation to make community college “free” for its residents, regardless of income. In addition to covering the cost of tuition, Lee’s plan would also give low-income students money towards the cost of books and other supplies. Full-time students would receive $500, part-time students would get $200. “California is already the best state in the nation when it comes to meeting the needs of those who can’t afford to go to college,” said Marc Thomason, a retired financial aid counselor who started his own consulting business, Thomason Navigations, to help parents learn more about financial aid opportunities for their teenagers. “There are a handful of states that try to ease the burden, especially at the two-year level, but California has really done an amazing job for the last thirty years or so.  I mean, just look at the Board OG grants and the number of people taking advantage of them.”

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Nike introduces performance hijab By Dylan Loura Entertainment Editor


By Gloria Gibbs

By Mark Larks

Nike recently announced it will release the Nike Pro Hijab in Spring 2018. The retail price will be $35. The Hijab is marketed toward Muslim women, who are specifically looking for something more comfortable than a traditional Hijab while working out. “I go to Planet Fitness,” said Radia Khan, a Delta college student. “I just wear ethnic clothes and I just wear a small hijab. As long as you respect your religion, it is OK to wear it.” Khan is proud to wear her Hijab. Not everyone feels that way.“I think it really depends on people. If they wear it they probably feel comfortable while wearing it and some people don’t wear it because they don’t feel comfortable in public,” said Khan. Nike’s final, pull-on design is constructed from durable single-layer Nike Pro power mesh. Nike’s most breathable fabric, the lightweight polyester features tiny, strategically placed holes for optimal breathability but remains completely opaque, with a soft touch, according to The concept took 13 months to create and was designed by different Muslim professional

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AARP members still got it By Alex Coba

EDITOR IN CHIEF Mikael Honzell NEWS EDITOR Killian Barnhart ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR Emily Beaton FEATURE EDITOR Francina Sanchez OPINION EDITOR Gloria Gibbs SPORTS EDITOR Chanelle Muerong ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Dylan Loura ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST Christopher Donaldson COPY EDITOR Mark Larks SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Evelyn Villalobos SENIOR STAFF WRITERS Andres Aguirre Joey Boscacci Jasmine Gonzalez Analese Najera Elany Orozco Moriah Stall Aliyah Stoeckl Ramon Zuniga STAFF WRITERS Alex Coba Ismat Dajani Victoria Franco Stacia Greeberg Claudia Lopez Orlando Mabalot David Michael Austin Nordyke Joshua Sartain Raj Singh Raul Torres Noodles Tran Garrett Wilson Tony Yang ADVISER Tara Cuslidge-Staiano ADVERTISING The Collegian offers display advertising. Contact us at (209) 954-5156 or LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters raising issues and opinions are encouraged. EDITORIAL Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the staff. Comments, letters and editorials with a byline represent the opinion of the writer. This paper doesn’t endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, the Mass Communication department, the Fine Arts Division, the printer or Delta College administration. MISSION STATEMENT The Collegian is a student run First Amendment newspaper that prides itself on a commitment to the students of Delta College while maintaining independence. We reinvigorate the credo that the newspaper speaks for the students, checks abuses of power and stands vigilant in the protection of democracy and free speech.

April 7, 2017

Staff Writer


ou know how that one old saying goes: “You’re never too old to go back to school.” That saying reigns true now more than ever as the older generation are making a return to the classroom. I truly believe that it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, college is for everyone who wants to reach for a higher education. College isn’t just for your average 18-year old who’s “trying to find them self.” Now there’s men and women who are pushing 60 trying to learn a new skill of even just finishing a degree put on hold because life got in the way. “You know it was exciting, it was exciting for me to see that I’m not the only one who’s back for an education,” said Barbara Graves, age 66 who is taking courses at Delta. Graves already has her bachelors in liberal arts. She’s currently at Delta learning office management. “It was a little disappointing not being able to get a job in my field but I thought well I’m older so I’ll just do light office work. You know ‘cause I can’t deal with the kids right now,” she said. Juggling school and work can be very stressful as a young adult. That said, it would only stand to reason it would be

much more difficult for older students not just trying to balance work and school but other commitments or issues they may have. Although you’d be surprised how easy it is for some people. “It’s actually easy, its actually better for me to juggle both. To have my regular work,” Luis Cadena age 53 said. “I thought it would be too much but it gets me out the door sooner and it forces me into a routine and it’s really good for me.” At least at some point in the semester you may have counted the number of student who are well into their years. It’s cool we’ve all done it, the fact you might see one maybe two in your class. “You know honestly per semester I usually get one to two per class so that would be about six,” said Angelica Nuby, a music professor here at Delta. However for all you know the one old guy in your class could be the top student in the class. “I had one older student he was around 70 I had him for about four semesters and he was one of my top students,” said Nuby. One thing that everyone seemed to agree on is that if you’re of older age and you’re thinking of returning to school, just go for it. Take the plunge and find a way to make it work. Your education is worth it regardless of your age.

Marines dishonored on Facebook By Killian Barnhart News Editor


he Marine’s storied history is being sullied. Despite having served just as capably as male counterparts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, women in the Marines seem to be unable to earn the respect of a sizable chunk of their fellow Marines no matter what they do. Marines United, a private Facebook page 30,000 followers strong, has become a perfect example of this and a black spot on the Marine Corps. On the surface, the page did nothing more than share military related memes, however, underneath this facade hid a seedy and disgusting reality. The followers of the page had been posting revenge porn, posting hundreds of pictures of fellow Marines in various levels of undress, the majority of which were creepshots. It didn’t stop with the pictures. Threats of rape and links to Google

Drive and Dropbox folders conCorps itself, its history, and every taining the bulk of the controversial Marine, living or dead. images were posted frequently. Consider this in the military Marines United had been rebranch’s history. moved for violating Facebook's nuSept. 2, 1945 is known as Victory dity clause, but that hasn’t stopped Over Japan Day. the virtual pigsty from popping On this day, representatives of back up in other private groups. the Japanese military Junta stood This behavior aboard the U.S.S. goes beyond ridic- Read an extended version Missouri and signed ulous and violates the Japanese Instruof this story at the faithfulness ment of Surrender, and familiarity that officiating Emperor the Marines have Hirohito’s surrender come to expect from one another. earlier on Aug. 15 ending the SecThe administrators and followers ond World War. who did nothing but contribute to For the United States, this victothis invasive delinquency should be ry was achieved through the bravashamed of themselves and should ery, honor and sacrifice of the Unitbe terrified of the idea of being ed States Marine Corps and the locked up for a maximum of seven troops’ ability to survive the worst years on felony charges of “indecent horrors: from Naval bombardment viewing, visual recording or broadand disease on Guadalcanal, to casting,” as the Naval Criminal Inthe vicious fighting to remove the vestigation Services suggests could Japanese from caves turned into be the case. defensive strongholds on Saipan, to These men have dishonored felthe miserable unrelenting artillery low Marines. shelling and constant, bloody hill They’ve dishonored the Marine fighting on Okinawa.

Breaking out from being an introvert By Analese Najera Senior Staff Writer


hen I walk into class I am greeted by the silence of everyone trying their hardest not to talk to one another. In high school, people wouldn’t stop talking. The change from high school to a junior college was a weird transition because of how isolated everyone is from each other. Going into a junior college, you don’t know anyone, whereas in high school you may have known the same people since middle school. “People are less social because community colleges are just isolating.” said Amanda Leal, Delta student. People just go on their phones, I know I do, because talking to someone is arguably more painful than any lecture.

“Community colleges are lonely and people long for that High School interaction.” said Leal “I feel people are less social JC's because they're just trying to get their education and get out.” said Zach Stone, Delta student. And it is because of this mentality that people are just going there to “get out” that kids lose the opportunity to meet people and enjoy their two years. “I think that they are less social because we don't have enough to see them out side of school. At a 4 year where you live on campus you are forced to get to know them since you don't get to just go home later.” said Rebecca Fellows, a Delta student. Being at a JC while making friends even if it's just for two years is better than being miserable all

two years. “We should be more social because it gives us a community at school and we might want to go to school more to see those people. Like even if we don't enjoy school we go because at least we have people to talk to. It also allows us to know people in the same classes and they can help us if we have questions too.” said Fellows. People may have the mindset that they are going to transfer anyways so there really is no point in making friendships that may not last, but by doing this they are losing out on great experiences. By remaining isolated and kept to yourself, it is a guaranteed lonely two years. And who wants that? So look up, look around at people, talk, you may be surprised.

MUSTANG VOICE ‘Do you think community college should be free?’ “Community college should be free. It would be really good but then again i don’t think its going to work but its a good start.” BRIANAPARTRIDGE

Road rage common in Delta lots By Ramon Zuniga Senior Staff Writer


e have all seen those reckless drivers speeding past as they cut you off on the winding roads of the Delta College campus. Or the people who become increasingly furious waiting for the closest parking spot, making you give up finding the perfect radio station or fixing your sunglasses, which would make that desperate individual grow angrier with every long second spent waiting. These sights are a commonplace in the daily life of a car driving student on Delta College. From an objective and cool headed point of view we should calm down people. I have been driving at Delta College ever since Fall 2016 with the mentality rude gestures and screaming matches were something I would never have to endure as a good citizen of Stockton. My hopes and dreams got shattered at community college. According to the Delta College Master Plan there are 6,340 parking spaces at the Stockton campus. That’s two daytime students for every one parking spot. As expected our place of learning descends to anarchy. We are so quick to direct words that our moms would not let us get away with when someone is not cooperating to our convenience in the parking lot. One morning this semester I wanted to get to class early but the parking lot was proving to be a bigger obstacle than anticipated. Just as I thought my luck had changed I raced to the open spot on the fourth row of the Shima parking lot another student beat me and kept me from my goal. As I was about to talk like a sailor at sea I saw that it was a fellow journalism student that I get along with. At that moment all spite and anger faded and I even started to be sympathetic hoping his car would fit in the tighter spot.



Staff Writer

f you were homeless, would you want someone to help you? For example buy you food and give you clothes. Or even a simple hug and a “God bless you.” It takes three simple words to make a person’s day. All around Stockton, we witness homeless people starving, not having housing or not enough clothes on their bodies and other horrible situations. As of 2015 there were 515 adults and 26 children unsheltered in our San Joaquin County, according to that


This rage was instantly gone just because I already knew him. What’s worse is the next time I saw him he gave a similar explanation of his anger then sympathy. Now imagine us drivers driving fast with children from the pre-school or another student with his earphones playing music at top volumes in the mix. The way of life brought by driving at the roads of Delta College in my explanation might be an exaggeration for some lucky drivers, but many of us have a story of a close call exiting the Locke lot or barely missed car of a fellow student in the Shima lot. “I was pulling out of my space when this huge truck makes a bad stop and waits for me to get out but I had my dad’s van and it’s like driving a tank through the city,” said Dante Thomas Tirapelle describing his first driving story at Delta. “So he starts to wait there and I was trying to go fast without hitting his dixie truck. As I was starting to turn he starts honking his obnoxious horn when I’m try to not destroy the cars next to me,” Thomas said. There is no reason to be so easily infuriated at the small problems of the Delta College parking lot. We as fellow students should calm down from our pent up rage and look out for the wellbeing of all of us.

Homeless are people too By Joshua Sartain

“No, it’s still college. It’s still something that just because its minor compared to a four-year doesn’t mean it should be free. We should still work for what we want and not just be given it.”

year’s Point-in-Time Unsheltered Homeless Count Report. The numbers were the highest of previous years, according to the report. For that reason there needs to be a change in attitude and the way we treat these people. That’s exactly what they are. The homeless are people. “I think there is not enough shelters for them to live in,” said Martene Cruz, a Delta student. As of 2016 the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless has served 2,063 people total. There were 1,353 volunteers and 44,241 volunteer hours as stated in last years Stockton’s shelter statistics.

Things can be done to help. “Many have asked people for money to buy alcohol or drugs so I would just give them food instead,” she said. Cruz said if she was homeless she would ask for an umbrella if it was raining but she wouldn’t ask for much else because she would want people to act from their heart. It seems as if we hardly ever use our hearts to act upon. I blame what the world has turned into. A simple act of kindness sometimes is not acknowledged as much as it should. Our world is rotting away and our attitudes towards each and every being is rotting too. Dontee Good, also a student, had a different view. “Just to look at them as a

“Yes. Straight forward. You have to level the playing field and you have all these people coming from different aspects of life. Free college is the way to go.” DAMIENBOOZER

“Yes, because here in Stockton we have various low income families and you see that a lot here at school.” ANAIZ GUZMAN

“ I don’t think it should be free, I think its a good price at the moment. The professors still have to teach so they have to get paid. This is college so eventually you’re going to have to pay now. If not they’re going to mess around and stay here for 20 years then there kids are going to go here.” DENNYNGUYEN normal person unless they act crazy,” he suggested. This is a good way to look at them, however, is this really how our community and society think of them? Do we think of them as normal when they’re living on the streets, with no clothes, very little food and no toilet or bath tub. Good said he would just walk past them. “Honestly, I understand the reason why they might be homeless but I would give them spare change if I had any to the ones I knew that would use it for a good reason,” he said. When I see a homeless person I buy them food and give it to them. Even if I spend my money that was supposed to be

for food for myself. At the end of the day I have food in my fridge but that person doesn’t and therefore they need it more than I do. I give them clothes, spare change and leftover food. I shake their dirty hands and hug them. I talk to them about their day. These people need it more than I do. Many have focused on getting rid of the problem about the homeless but do you really think that kicking them out of where they stay will solve the problem? They will just relocate to a different location. The first step on helping the homeless is changing our attitude when we see them or when they approach us.

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TAPPING INTO A NEW MARKET Channel Brewing opens in downtown Stockton

“Ryan brews, Erich is the multimedia guy, Brandon is the hype man and coordinator and Feature Editor I’m kind of the visionary,” said Chaddock. The team also brought in Rick Stanton. StanAfter a long process, Channel Brewing Co. opened it’s doors on the corner of San Joaquin ton is a craft beer specialist and president of the Street and Weber Avenue in downtown Stock- Brew Angles. After brewing for the past 27 years he has grown to be an authority around the San ton with a soft opening on March 24. The first full day of operations was March 30. Joaquin Valley when it comes to brewing. Stanton works out of a Lodi Wine Laboratories According to Chaddock the soft opening brought a good turnout of about 400 people and helps write recipes for Channel Brewing Co. His mission is to teach others to make better through the night. “It’s been a long process but it’s been good ... I beer and perfect the craft. After getting in touch guess we were a little naive about everything in- with Channel Brewing he was on board to help. “It surprises me that Stockton doesn’t have volved in opening,” said Billy Chaddock, owner breweries. It’s so big and even Lodi has a few of Channel Brewing Co. Channel Brewing Co. is the first of its kind in open and has more opening soon,” said Stanton. Stockton and has received a lot of attention and “There should be more in this town.” Channel Brewing Co. has a brew house not local support. Starting with the company’s logo, there’s an far from it’s location that will also help easier distribution locally. The goal Chaddock and his immediate connection to the Port City. The logo consists of a red triangle and blue team are aiming for is to put a pin on the Stockbase of the triangle representing water. “The red ton on the map for Stockton. “This is the beginning … we really want to do represents the channel markings on the channel when you’re coming into port from the ocean. is push product out, but we always want the focus The blue was added to drive it more to home,” to come back here, in Stockton,” said Chaddock. Channel Brewing Co. has a grand opening said Chaddock. The mission is community building in Stock- April 15-16. Expect live music, food and most ton, not only downtown but the entire city. importantly, beer. All over social media and talk around town, Stockton has a lingering stigma of being dangerpeople seem very interested and eager to visit ous and boring from many living in the city. Chaddock knows traditionally speaking there Channel Brewing Co. “Yes! I’m always excited to try new beer and a isn’t a lot of support for new things in the city. He new atmosphere ,” said Adrian Vasquez. wants Stocktonians to give them a chance. With its a clean look and natural lighting “I don’t just care about downtown ... I care about the whole city. Don’t be afraid of coming filling the location people are starting to swarm in. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to try something new,” said Chaddock. The team of four including Chaddock, Ryan Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Sharpe, Erich Rau and Brandon Piasecki, had a on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Channel Brewing is closed Mondays. vision to bring quality beer to Stockton.

By Francina Sanchez

Top, Channel Brewing signature logo on pint glasses. Bottom, the beer menu inside of Channel Brewing Co. PHOTOS BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ, IMAGE BY FREEPIK.COM


Taking on Danner Hall’s shadow realm

collection to show us what some of the most coveted cards of the past look like. Social Media Soon after losing, Thomas generously anner Hall is a place where magioffered to play me in my second match cal things happen every day. with an older deck so neither player had Whether it’s the savory aroma an unfair advantage. of the famous chicken that fills the room Assuming that the group was filled or the tables filled with students playing Yu with Yu Gi Oh! masters of the past and Gi Oh!. As a student of three years at Delta, present, I mentally prepared myself for a recently I learned there’s a minor turf war back-to-back loss. happening on campus between the MagI started the game with very little conic: The Gathering players and Yu Gi Oh! fidence in my abilities. Players, so choosing a ‘side’ was inevitable. From what I had observed, Elliot was a I decided to take my talents to Danner smart player and carefully thought out his Hall with the Yu Gi Oh! players and start moves. I was intimidated to say the least. a duel. The game began and I took a surprising With the help of Collegian entertainlead. My knowledge of the cards’ attacking ment editor, Dylan Loura, I could train and defense powers was finally paying off. like a true Yu Gi Oh! Master. The game was thrilling and I felt powerful I prepared for the worst yet hoped for using my new found knowledge. the best as I set off to my new exploration. It all ended in about fifteen minutes Then I gathered enough confidence to with me being declared champion. walk up to the first group playing Yu Gi I was shocked yet incredibly proud of Oh! in sight and I was immediately rejected. Thomas Elliot and Evelyn Villalobos in the middle of a match in Danner Hall. the game. PHOTO BY DYLAN LOURA I won’t lie, it hurt a bit. Never in my three years at Delta ColIt was swift sting to my ego, but I was lege had I experienced such friendly peodetermined to get the full Danner Hall experience so in present day were similar and I would be able to find ple willing to drop in and introduce themselves. I approached the next group and to my surprise they similarities between the two. I was wrong. These people were nice and despite my lack of The new cards are more powerful and have many knowledge in Yu Gi Oh! I had a great time. were very friendly. I started a game with Alex Brown, a frequent Yu uses and tools. Overtime cards gained synergy, allowWhen I first decided to play cards in Danner, I asGi Oh! player at Danner Hall. My deck was older and ing them to be used in aid of each other. sumed that I would play a game and have my full ex“The problem with the old days was that they were perience, but then I met Alex, Thomas and Jose. considered outdated. One student compared the deck all just separate,” said Loura. “it’s almost like someone to being transported to the dinosaur age. They made me feel welcomed and were open to antook me out of the stone age and introduced me to an swering all of my ‘beginner’ questions when they were Nevertheless, I continued playing. Card after card, I iPhone... my cards are from thirteen years ago.” was killed slowly by my opponent. clearly advanced. My loss to Alex was inevitable but I enjoyed every I stood absolutely no chance against Alex’s deck. I made friends that day in Danner Hall. Alex did not inform me before the game started that minute of learning the game. Thomas Elliot and Jose Maybe it was something about the magic or DanMadrigal were also present at the table. he may possibly have the best card deck on campus. ner Hall’s own small community of game players and After their game ended, Thomas brought out his I’ll be back again. Before entering Danner, I assumed that cards made

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Delta’s market serves community By Raj Singh Staff Writer

Students, families and vendors alike have been flocking to the family-friendly Market at San Joaquin Delta College for more than 30 years. The Market at Delta is a place where people can browse an almost endless supply of new and used merchandise for reasonable prices. It’s no surprise the vendors of The Market at Delta have developed many new and regular customers in its time operating. “We always try to make sure we find things that people tell us they are looking for, that’s how they keep coming back and they know us,” said Dianna Randall, antique stand operator. Customers can find anything from fresh produce, sports memorabilia, used tools, clothing, artwork, to authentic food. “If I am looking for something particular, I know that I can get a good deal here versus buying it brand new from the store,” said Victor Naranjo, a fruit stand customer at the Delta Market.

The Market at Delta’s location is convenient and accessible to vendors and customers from all over the Valley, as demonstrated by the numerous entrances on the North, West, East and South sides of the parking lot. “There are a lot of vendors that come out here early so it helps to have all the ways to get in ... We come in early to set up the stands, put up tables, and put our produce and equipment on the tables,” said Joseph Alavarez, produce stand vendor. The Market at Delta differentiates from other flea markets in Stockton because San Joaquin Delta College’s Campus Police has a very strong presence helping put a lot of families at ease because it’s a safe place to bring children to on the weekends. “We don’t worry about people doing bad things or stealing over here because nothing bad ever happens, this is a very family friendly place and we are a very compassionate people,” said Eddie Jaramillo, fruit stand vendor. Most of the vendors are Stockton locals who genuinely take pride in helping the community. “If we see somebody that needs help, like an elderly person, and they are just looking at the fruits, sometimes we will just let them have it. If we just give it to them they will try it and see how good our fruits are and they will come back to buy something next time,” said Jaramillo. People can find things at the Market at Delta they otherwise wouldn’t find at a department store.

Store hidden gem of Mile Al’s Comics in business for 38 years By Austin Nordyke Staff Writer

Tucked away amidst the busy buildings of the Miracle Mile, like a book on a shelf, sits Al’s Comic Shop. Opening its doors in 1979, this house of stories has been a part of Stockton for 38 years. The store attracts customers of all ages. Children, college students, lawyers, and parents all find themselves drawn to a common interest. Owner Al Greco finds he doesn’t need to advertise, because the comic book fans seek out sources to facilitate their hobby. Greco has seen costumers come and go, but some true believers have made Al’s Comic a regular part of their routine. “It's all the same people that started when we started back in ‘79,” Greco said. Regular customer Brett Munoz has been stopping by for more than 10 years. He enjoys the store’s lack of pretense and says “it's always a friendly place when you walk in.” The store’s location allows it to catch the eyes of new customers.

“When I go to Empresso, I always stop by if it's open,” said comic book fan Chris Richardson. Comic books weren’t Greco’s first journey into business. Originally running a trucking business, he first got exposure to comics when his son began reading them at age 5. Eventually his wife started reading them, and soon Greco would come to share his family's hobby. Greco enjoys the versatility of comic books. Different customers enjoy different stories and relate with different characters. People enjoy different aspects of the product. Some are more interested in the stories, some prefer the art, some enjoy the lessons they can take into their own lives. Greco offers a wide variety of comics and feels there is something for everyone to enjoy. The store has new releases, classic arcs beloved by fans, and previews of upcoming series. Greco’s favorite part of his job is selling customers a story he’ll know they'll love. “It's like selling them entertainment,” he said.

Randall and her friend Mike Espinoza hand make Native American jewelry and sell antiques at their stand. “I usually go out and find collective stuff and sell it here, the Native American jewelry is all hand made by Mike…we get Delta College students that get their Native American jewelry from us,” said Randall. Some vendors are new to The Market, whereas some have been selling at Delta for decades. Dave Myer has had his own stand for more than 14 years. “It’s like playing a guitar, you gotta watch what people are more interested in, so you gotta change merchandise every week,” said Dave Myer, sports memorabilia stand operator. In the years Myers and other vendors have been at The Market, they have developed a strong sense of friendship with the community. “I enjoy the fact that all the people that come up to see me, all the people I’ve known for years, the place to come is right here!” said Myer. The Market is open every weekend from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Delta’s Budd parking lot with free admission and parking.

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April 7, 2016 thecollegian MORPHIN’ TIME?









don’t think I’ll ever look at “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” the same way after the seeing the new movie. Adaptations of older films or other entertainment properties will always be an interesting and infuriating topic. Over the past decade, and especially in recent years, the film industry has been going to reboots of old movies and adaptations of other media properties more than thinking up original concepts. This is a much safer business practice because it’s easier to write a script for an existing product and it already has name recognition, however, this will always open the door for hardcore fan boys who want to crash the party over any small detail missed or altered. This year, there have already been 10 movies released that are adaptations of existing properties. As the year goes on there’s only going to be a crap-ton more, according to listings from I can’t help but feel this is completely unnecessary and absolutely intriguing at the same time. THE I’m just as tired of Hollywood churning out ER unoriginal craps one after another as the next CORN guy or girl. I also think film adaptations open the door for some amazingly fresh changes to any stagnating franchise. On March 24 Lionsgate released “Power Rangers” a modern re-imagining of the 1990’s TV show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and was immediately panned by critics only earning a 48 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.



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Critics from Rotten Tomatoes say “Power Rangers has neither the campy fun of its TV predecessor nor the blockbuster action of its cinematic superhero competitors, and sadly never quite manages to shift into turbo for some good old-fashioned morphin time.” Why do either of those things matter? Yes, the new movie doesn’t have much fun, it takes itself and its characters quite seriously, but for the tone the film was trying to set combined with the unique character back stories cutting out the goofy nonsense of the 90’s show was a near necessity. As for blockbuster action, there isn’t too much of that either despite how the film is clearly trying to compete with the other big superhero movies. However, instead of being a superhero movie that tries to impress you with it’s “amazing” cinematics, “Power Rangers” takes most of its screen time to build its characters and the relationships between the team. Relatable and interesting characters tie a good story together much more than nice visuals. According to, “Power Rangers” dropped in box office sales by 64 percent, from $40 million on opening weekend to $14.5 million in week two. This is saddening to me because it just shows nostalgia now rules the film industry. The quote from Rotten Tomatoes is a good example of this, when it says it doesn’t have the campy fun of its TV predecessor, I ask why is this important? Yeah, of course it’s not exactly the same that’s why it’s called an adaptation. The 90’s Power Rangers still exist, making a new movie doesn’t pop the old show out of existence. The point of adaptations is to tell a different story, to bring a new perspective to the old story. Remember, whenever Hollywood tries to shoehorn some old thing into the spotlight with a new look that the old thing is still real and nothing will change that.

Boy genius from ‘Big Bang’ to puberty By Jasmine Gonzalez Senior Staff Writer


ave you ever wondered what Sheldon Cooper ( Jim Parsons), from The Big Bang Theory, was like as a child? Or what Cooper felt going to college at 11 and having the Ph. D at 16? Or how Sheldon was affected when his parents and siblings alienated him from the family? CBS has started making plans for a prequel centered around boy genius, Sheldon Cooper, when he was 12-years old. “I think it would be interesting to see the events taking place because of how he mentions it,” said Ivan Munoz Though as stated in a pilot hasn’t been written; but it has been made aware that the show will come to be aired next season. “I like the idea of making a pre sequel… but some shows that tried making pre sequel haven’t done well before,” said Gideon Rios, a Delta student. Complications that could arise would involve that

the new series changing Cooper’s character. It would be a problem if the Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory and the “Sheldon” characters are too different that the show moves in two separate directions, which would lead to two different characters, thus two different shows. To avoid this problem, the network has brought on Jim Parsons on board as an executive producer to help the new series from behind the scenes, all the while working on the Big Bang Theory set since the show will be continuing for another season. “The show has to have at least another actor playing Sheldon because Parsons can’t play a twelve-yearold,” said Munoz. Despite not having a script written, an extensive casting has been done for young Sheldon Cooper and Mary Cooper. They eventually chose eight-year-old Iain Armitage, Big Little Lies actor, and thirty-three-yearold Zoe Perry, daughter of Scandal star Jeff Perry, according to Hollywood reporter. Though Perry’s big screen debuts weren’t as successful, her television ones were. Perry can’t be overlooked

since she’s starred on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Armitage, though young, has had opportunities to show his talent, landing roles in two movies and a television series. While gifted, Armitage posted play reviews and covered Broadway songs at age three. The show “Sheldon” also managed to have Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro, who worked on hit children’s TV shows such as Drake and Josh and iCarly, create and produce said show. Bill Prady, one of the Big Bang creators, will also be present from time to time to help make decisions. Though things might seem bright and planned “Sheldon” isn’t yet a given with conflicts arising. CBS and Warner Bros TV have worked together and share the CW channel, Warner Bros Television went to CBS with a hefty penalty on how things were going play out. “The negotiations for Sheldon are said to be intertwined with the license fee talks between CBS and Warner Bros TV for future seasons of the original series,” according to the article.

7 sports


April 7, 2017

Mustangs slide into second half of season By Raul Torres Staff Writer

The Mustangs came away with a solid win March 30, against Monterey Peninsula College with a 9-5 score. The Mustangs now sit at 22-5 on the season and have a two game winning streak going into the second half of the season. This win was due to a second inning explosion of runs as the Mustangs brought in six runners in the second and a solid six inning outing by Pitcher #37 Noah Denoyer. Denoyer said he “felt pretty well” about his start. Denoyer got out of a rough 3 run third inning and holding Monterey to 5 runs. “I kept my team in the game,” he said. Denoyer kept his poise during his outing when was called for an unheard of back to back Balk which brought in a runner coming from second. Relief pitcher #25 Raul Rizzo finished the game for the Mustangs handing out 3 scoreless innings to end the game. Mustangs are now going back

No. 3 Shea Sbranti in the heat of the moment at the Delta College vs Monterey Peninsula College game on March 30. PHOTO BY RAUL TORRES

into Big Eight Conference play. This is a huge boost to the teams already high confidence. Team members were feeling really good about the win. When asked on how big this win was. “Big win because it is against a non-conference team espe-

Athletes reflect during off season By Dylan Loura

lot more and my conditioning. And then of course I had to make sure my grades are tip top Student athletes have the shape for those coaches,” said Crenshaw. “School is number hardest workload on campus. one, you got to focus on school It doesn’t get easier when the to be able to touch the floor.” season ends. For other athletes it’s just According to the NCAA, about getting the mind right there is an estimated 460,000 and taking advantage of the NCAA student athletes who season being over. compete in 24 sports every year. “You definitely want to take What happens when the advantage of the free time. season ends? Make your money now because “When the season ended it’s hard to maintain a job, go it was a bittersweet feeling to school and go to practice,” because you’re glad it’s over,” said Jimenez. Jimenez played said Francisco Jimenez, Delta offensive lineman for Delta’s college student-athlete. “You football team last season in his need a break but you’re also first semester at Delta. going to miss going out there Jimenez is extending his every day for practice and offseason to focus on school. playing on Saturdays.” “I’m taking next year off These athletes have dedi- from football but I’ll be playcated their lives to chasing a ing the following year. I just dream. It doesn’t matter the wanted to focus school and sport; every day requires focus. work,” said Jimenez The offseason is pivotal for Which goes to show how athletes because whatever they intense the season is for these do may affect the next season. athletes and how much energy For some it’s just working it requires from them, espeon the game. cially practice. “Rest up and just work on “Football six days a week,”said my game, work on the stuff I Jimenez. “Monday, Wednesday couldn’t do in the game so I morning lifts and every day was could bring it next year. Just meeting and practice.” the stuff they haven’t seen yet,” Every day the body has to said Crenshaw. be in peak physical condition. Crenshaw played basketball “We had practice every day, for Delta the season before last, we had practice at 5:30 in the but is determined on making morning on Fridays and you sure his game and school work couldn’t be late at all,” said Alare right, in order to make sure vin Crenshaw, Delta student he can play next season. “For the offseason I just athlete. “It just showed who rewanted to focus on my game a ally wants it that bad.” Entertainment Editor

cially going into the second half of the season,” said Carlos Moseley, No. 5. The Mustangs’ goal is State Championship and nothing less, Delta hasn’t won state since 2011 but deep pitching and consistent hitting gives them a great chance to com-

pete. “Just staying focused, Competing all around, that’s what the coaches been preaching,” said Moseley on what were the keys on getting the win. Delta sits at 3rd in the Big 8 conference behind Santa Rosa and Sacramento City.

Delta added to their winning streak with a win on April 4 against Modesto Pirates with a 7-1 score. The Mustangs’ second game of the three game series against the Pirates is on April 6, then back to Modesto to wrap the series up on April 8.

On-site campus center available to help students with studies By Victoria Franco Staff Writer

Delta College’s campus welcomes all students, athletes or non-athletes, into The Zone, the Student-athlete center that serves as a oneon-one tutoring center and quiet study hall. “The Zone was established to give student athletes a place to study and help them get priority registration for classes by completing a three hour a week study hall,” said Teresa Gutierrez, instructional support assist. According to the Delta College webpage specifically for The Zone, this center was created to help student athletes achieve academic success and give opportunities to ensure a better future. The Zone not only gives student athletes a place to study, but it also helps them create a backup plan in case they decide sports isn’t a career choice down the road. “Students come in thinking that they can fly on their athletic skills, but when they get older they won’t have that. So they have their academics to help them which makes them start to do good in school,” said tutor Deanna Ingla. This program allows a separate foundation to be made for student athletes who for any reason will not be pursuing sports as a career, injury related or not. Ex-football player, Keith Dosier was one of the multi-

Student athletes work at The Zone in the Budd Center. PHOTO BY RAMON ZUNIGA

ple students who came to the conclusion sports wouldn’t be something he wanted to do for a lifetime career. “After seeing what it was really like playing football in college it honestly just became a job to me, the situation I was in ruined the fun I once had when I played,” said Dosier. Dosier added: “When you play sports you are required to take sports related classes which took up space for other general ed classes, but the transition of majors was easy because I was always at least decent in my academics.” Mandatory study hall sessions at The Zone has helped students like Dosier have an easier transition when switching careers due to the fact that

they have to maintain their grades in order to play sports. Taylor Wills, a track and field athlete, is hoping to continue on in her sport. She uses the center to stay focused. “The Zone provides academic resources to further my education in case I don’t make sports a career,” said Wills. Swimmer Matt Vanderlans agreed and said The Zone is a place for him to do homework and allows him to focus on his sports during practice rather than worry about getting it done later. The Zone is located on the second floor of the Budd building. It is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

April 7, 2017 8 news thecollegian TUITION: Students intimidated by price of higher learning

The Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver eliminates enrollment costs for low-income students. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office reported 55 percent of the 2.1 million students enrolled in the state’s community college system in 2016 received a BOG waiver. This year, it’s estimated the BOG program will cover $803 million in enrollment fees. Despite this, however, California’s community college system — the largest in the nation —has been at the forefront of a nationwide trend of declining enrollment rates. The most recent numbers from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a nonprofit educational research organization, show enrollment rates have declined nationally at a rate between two and five percent each year

since 2010. ta] and started asking questions and the During the same period, California’s counselor said I could get my fees paid.  If community college rate attendance has it wasn’t for that, I don’t even know.  But dropped roughly 21 percent, per a re- I had to ask.” port done by the Public PoliOne way to eliminate the cy Institute of California. guesswork involved in planning Some of the blame might for the costs associated with lie at the feet of politicians college would be to eliminate like Lee and former Democosts altogether. cratic presidential candidate Most plans, including Lee’s, Bernie Sanders. propose covering tuition and Both have made high-promost (if not all) expenses related file arguments criticizing the THE to textbooks. high cost of a college educaLiving expenses are almost tion, and some students might always left up to the individual. be discouraged to pursue This could change soon as well, something they’ve been reat least in California. peatedly told is too expensive. Last month, Democrats in the “I almost didn’t want to EDUCATION state assembly introduced the even try to go to college,” said “Degrees Not Debt” program, first year Delta College student which would not only cover tuiDaren Grier. “I kept hearing everybody tion in California, but living expenses for talking about how expensive it was, but those at four year institutions as well. then it was like, I came over here [to DelThe proposal would be gradually im-



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plemented over the course of five years, but with the state budget deadline less than three months away it’s a long shot that lawmakers will be able to get the necessary funds allocated in the next fiscal year. “There’s a lot of college debt out there,” said Thomason. “I don’t think it’s the only thing driving enrollment down, but I do know that it’s a concern.” If imminent debt isn’t what’s keeping people away from college, then what is? “It’s a different game now,” said Thomason. “It used to be, kids get out of high school and maybe don’t know what they want to do with their life (sic), and that’s okay. That’s what they spend the first year of [community] college doing, because the unit cost was only five dollars and they could swing it. But now, you’re talking $35 or $45 a unit so they feel like they better have some kind of idea going in, otherwise it’s going to get expensive.”

Forensic team members await nationals, university acceptance By Aliyah Stoeckl

scout talent. So there’s this added pressure and excitement over having exposure to four-year university scouts for scholarships,” said Kathleen Bruce, Delta forensics coach and director. Speech students Rina Singh, Joey Barrows and Gio Fernandez, along with debate students Robert Tarralva, Kevin Ozomaro and Burke Thompson will be competing at nationals. Barrows, who qualified for nationals, is among those waiting for his college acceptance, hoping to hear back from University of the Pacific or Concordia University. This is also his last year at Delta. “It’s stressful because they send you emails with nothing to do with whether you got accepted or not. UOP is one of the schools I’ve talked to and applied to,” said Barrows. University of the Pacific is also a part of helping Delta students practice forensics by holding scrimmages. UOP head forensics coach Steve Farias is one of the

coaches that occasionally attend practices to help students. “Coach Bruce, coach Tony and coach Sandoval they’ve been the most help that I’ve ever received in my entire life. They’ve been training me since day one, and from what they’ve currently taught me is the most I’ve learned in my life. They’ve taught me more than any of my football coaches or any other coach,” said team member Adam DeCamp, who will begin working with the Sacramento State team next month. It’s beneficial to the forensics team to have collaboration with four-year colleges. “This is my first time ever going to nationals and its my last semester here. It’s exciting. I have applied to schools, I got accepted to UC Davis, I think I will be there next fall,” said Rina Singh. Nationals are over an expanse of six days. As the forensics team prepare with little to no breaks, Delta students hope for acceptances into future colleges.

as well as, many “everyday” active Muslim women. According to Nike, at the request of the athletes, designers placed a signature Nike Swoosh just above the left ear to highlight the hijab’s pinnacle performance nature. University of San Francisco This isn’t the first athletically designed Hijab for Muslim women. Online shops like Nashata (shop. and Veil Garments ( have produced a similar product. The significance of Nike creating one is the athletic Hijab will be produced from a global, mainstream brand. “I think it’s wonderful they’re finally recognizing the need for it,” said Rahaf Khatib, a cover model for Women’s Running Magazine. “I don’t know why it took them this long. But we’re here, we exist. We’ve been working out and running and whatever, participating in sports.” Khatib is a mother of three children, a marathoner and a triathlete.“I usually use running caps which I find in the men’s section in running stores,” said Khatib. “I like the Nike, Saucony, there’s a few other brands, Asics I think I have one. They’re all from the men’s section and I wear those and I wear hoodies, athletic tops with hoodies. I’m always PROGRAMS IN: MANAGEMENT | NURSING in long sleeves of course, per customary Call to make an advising traditions and long pants.” Khatib has nearly 10,000 followers on appointment today (925) 867-2711 her Instagram page with the name “ likeahijabi.”Khatib won the Women’s 6120 Stoneridge Mall Rd., Ste. 150, Pleasanton, CA Running Magazine cover search competition last year. CHANGE THE WORLD FROM HE RE Her Instagram account was created

for the cover search. Still continued it after the competition. “I kept the page open for people to get some training tips, running tips and more importantly raise awareness about Muslim Americans. Especially Muslim American athletes like myself. I had noticed the lack on Instagram on Rahaf Khatib Muslim American runners COURTESY PHOTO such as myself who cover,” said Khatib. Nike’s production of the hijab is encouraging. “I’m happy this is finally happening and I wish that hopefully other brands will follow soon. That way you have more than one option just like you have running shoes. So I hope that will open the door for more athletic brands to create more modest wear especially, along with athletic hijabs,” said Khatib. Not everyone is as excited. #BoycottNike started linking posts soon after the announcement. Critics say they will never buy from the brand again. One said Nike was “promoting the very symbol of female oppression.” Twitter user PuffnPuffn emphasized: “Nike where subjugation of women meet capitalism.” Nike first released the idea in a commercial airing in the Middle East. It showed a woman wearing a hijab riding a skateboard, another boxing and another power lifting. All aimed to encourage Arab women to break down female oppression. “I feel like it’s a statement that shatters stereotypes and it breaks barriers. That Hijabi women can do whatever they want to do, there’s no excuse not to, just because you are wearing hijab,” said Khatib.

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Delta College’s forensics team is known for thriving at competitions. This year, competitions aren’t the only thing the team is focusing on. Many members wait for acceptances into four-year universities and scouting at nationals. Before spring break the forensics team brought home one gold metal, five silver metals and two bronze medals at the state championship tournament, in Los Angeles. The same six students will then advance to nationals. On April 8th six qualified students head for nationals, Phi Rho PI, in Washington D.C. Delta will be competing in eight of the 13 events. “The ones that qualified for nationals, they didn’t really take a spring break they practiced for nationals. Nationals are a place where four-year universities

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The Collegian -- Published April 7, 2017  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published April 7, 2017  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.