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thecollegian Issue 12• Friday, April 11, 2014 •



Speaker addresses international education

ASBG runs successful blood drive in Danner by chris howze

Art professor gives insight to success story Page 6

Delta hosts invitational track event Page 10

The San Joaquin Delta College Student Nurses’ Association and the Associated Student Body Government sponsored a campus blood drive on April 9. The drive’s goal was to entice students and staff to relinquish small amounts of their blood in order to save lives. Upper Danner Hall was draped in white with curtains to separate those giving from the rest of the hall. Many students don’t sign up out of fear of needles or the sight of their own blood. Choosing to donate helps others. If this becomes overbearing bring headphones, shut your eyes and pump the little stress ball in your hand. In a couple

minutes it’s all over. A healthy person can donate blood every 56 days, according to the American Red Cross. If one needs incentive then let it be known that after you give blood you need to raise your blood sugar, so you are given all the juice and cookies you want. Were not talking low-class stale cookies and market pantry apple juice. No. It’s Grandma’s soft cookies and Motts. Top shelf goodies. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds to donate, according to Delta Blood Bank. To donate off campus, contact (888) 94-BLOOD or To advertise the event ASBG posted fliers around campus and on their Facebook page.

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Battling back from a week off Page 7 DONATING FOR LIVES: Top, student Andrea Masuret donates blood with a big smile for the blood drive. Left, donors fill out paperwork while others in the back get blood drawn.

UPCOMING Softball vs. Modesto Jr. College April 12 @ noon Baseball vs. Diablo Valley College April 13 @ 2:30 p.m.


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New studies on plastic sippy cups raise questions about toxicity by sonya herrera


On Thursday, April 3, Delta College’s Cultural Awareness Program welcomed Dr. Nancy Pine as a guest speaker. Pine is a renowned educator and researcher in cross cultural studies and is the Director of Education at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. The title of Pine’s lecture was “What Kids Learn and Don’t Learn in Chinese and U. S. Schools.” Pine has been researching in China since 1988. During her research she has learned many things about the school systems in China. While there are a few similarities to our system, there are more differences. Much like the United States, China has: elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges. The major difference here is in China you have to pass an exam and pay to get into high school. This is because China has such a large population. A typical classroom will have up to 50 students. The desks are lined up in rows. Students stay in the same room all day and eat lunch in the classroom. “Teachers are seen as parents,” said Pine. Teachers always stand at the front of the class, unlike American teachers, who will move around the classroom. When a teacher calls on a student, the student must stand to speak and not sit until told to do so. Students never ask questions. “If they don’t agree, then they just don’t say anything. The teacher’s word is it,” said Pine. Here students ask questions all the time. Students are publicly praised and critiqued in China. “This is very common. It can be quite [severe] sometimes, but criticism is an accepted part of education,” said Pine. In the U.S., praise is more frequent than criticism.

Various types of plastic resins are used to package and serve food and beverages. Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is used in 20-ounce water and soda bottles. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used in plastic wrap and deli food containers. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is one of many chemicals contained

in plastic resins that are used to make reusable water bottles and children’s sippy cups. But in 2011, California passed a law to ban BPA from bottles or cups designed for children under three years old. The compound is estrogenic: its chemical effects mimic those of estrogen, the hormone that regulates female sexual development. However, a pair of studies commissioned by the Center for

Environmental Health (CEH) revealed that resins in some BPA-free plastic sippy cups may contain greater amounts of estrogenic chemicals than cups that contain BPA. The studies tested 35 different sippy cups that were purchased between October 2011 and March of 2013. Nine of the cups yielded significant estrogenic activity, or estrogenicity. According to CEH, sippy

cups that contained colorchanging plastic had the highest levels of estrogenicity. An important question remains: can these chemicals be leached, or dissolved, in sufficient quantities to cause adverse health effects in human beings? High enough concentrations of estrogenic chemicals have negatively impacted the health

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Online learning just as good Different methods of learning suit different lifestyles by michael johnson


n today’s dwindling job market the competition amongst employees has been raised. Workers are required to gain additional knowledge to advance in their field or simply maintain their current position. As a result, more and more people are going back to school. People now have a selection of routes in which they can take when perusing higher education. In this technologically-savvy world, online education is all the rage, and convenience is one of the main reasons why people choose online versus face-to-face education. Many have mentioned that they have responsibilities such as jobs and family. Due to their circumstances, they aren't able to make it to

campus for face-to face instruction. Students and professors can either gather online at a certain time or on their own depending on class requirements. Lectures and course material are always available online, therefore you can repeat anything that you may have missed the first time around. Schools like Delta College also offer lessons that are conducted through what is known as a “hybrid” class. Some lectures and class work are posted online along with traditional face-to-face instruction. Instructors are able to start or continue in class discussions online or vice versa which can effectively integrate the two learning environments. Another aspect of online education is the maturity level On college campuses, the average age is 18-21. Many campuses provide

numerous social events and activities, which can cause a young student, who has just recently become independent, to be easily sidetracked. There is a sense of guidance that a face-to-face instructor can provide for the younger students. Young students may lack organizational skills and need an instructor present to supervise them. A mature student wouldn’t need an instructor in front of them to make sure they are completing assignments. The final factor is the cost. College tuition can get pretty expensive at a traditional campus. Online classes eliminate much of the expenses linked to college such as housing, commuting and loan debt. Both have pros and cons and it comes down to what is right for an individual’s situation.

Dating apps can't provide what normal romance can

by seth lowman


n "A Midsummer’s Night Dream," Shakespeare said that, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind…” Several hundred years later, Shakespeare could have rephrased that to say, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the app." With the birth of online dating, the Internet has redefined what it means to find love. As a culture, we’re all about fast consumption and instant gratification. We see it everywhere: fast food, Instant Play on Netflix and same-day shipping. Now we’re seeing it with our own relationships. When Shakespeare wrote of love, it was with long prose and epic tales of romance. With our “need it now and fast” mentality, finding love has been altered. And with the conception of dating apps, finding “love” is as simple as a screen touch. Tinder, Grindr, Zoosk and OkCupid are the main apps

for “dating” — all varying in presentation. Tinder, arguably the most popular of the batch, operates on a “swipe right, swipe left” functionality. “Swipe left” means that you’re not interested in the person, and “swipe right” means you could be on your way to finding that lucky partner. If both you and your partner both “swipe right,” you’re then prompted to initiate a conversation. The motion of swiping potential mates primarily based on the way they look has a gamelike quality to it, producing an addictive quality for the user. Despite the far cry these apps are from Shakespearian love, I don’t believe they will be the downfall of classic romanticism. Deep down we all want to find that person to make us a little less lonely, and these apps provide users with some form of companionship, no matter how frivolous. They could also potentially match you up with someone you end up caring for — end-

ing possibly with true love? "Today , people are experimenting in so many different ways. I definitely believe true love can be found in any medium," said Delta Student Alexandra Elder. With this being said, we must learn to try to pay attention to the slower things in this “fast and easy” life. Love should be a thing that grows and evolves over time — there should be a little bit of struggle. These apps take away the dirty work from the process of soul mate searching to fit into our impatient mindset. I believe that searching for love shouldn’t be as fast as getting a burger through the drive-thru. Love takes time and it’s worth waiting for. It’s a bumpy road and I’m skeptical to believe that it can be bought in the app store. Call it old-fashioned or behind the times but Shakespeare had a point when he said: “the course of true love never did run smooth.”

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pregnant with heidi sharp

Stay away from baby message boards for medical advice

Heidi Sharp, 22, is a part-time Delta College student and part-time 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 Sharps are expanding in July.


ith the advent of the Internet and smartphones that can access it, we have instant medical resources to browse. Doctors will tell patients to stay off the Internet when it comes to medical questions. Don't self-diagnose, they say. Whenever I bring up stuff I found on the Internet to ask my obstetrician about, he asks me where I heard the information.  But he knows the answer: he calls it Dr. Internet. There is an allure about it, though, especially the popular BabyCenter message boards.  BabyCenter is home to a message board that thousands of pregnant women, mothers and caregivers can join and post on.  These individuals can share experiences, pictures and advice.  I am guilty of Google searching questions that should be directed toward my practitioner, but the instantaneous answers that BabyCenter provides are more appealing than messaging my doctor and having to wait two to three days for a response. The problem is that the women on BabyCenter aren’t trained medical doctors. Even though 50 people might have the same symptoms as me, it doesn’t mean it’s the same thing. Knowing this full well, I still prefer to browse the site. Another problem with asking questions on BabyCenter is that some women will tell worst-case scenario stories. It could be their experience or the experience of another. When you go on and ask if this minor pain in your side is normal, you may end up with a horrifying story of how a person’s stomach blew up and if they had just done this, that and the other thing, it would have been okay. After reading something like that, you rush to the doctor’s office to ask about this rare disease that it seems everyone has, and the doctor tells you that you are fine, its normal stretching pain, go home. Then you realized you should have called him in the first place. You can also find your “Birth Month Club.” Mine is the July 2014 babies, because my baby is due in July. These are fun to read because everyone is around the same number of weeks as you, and are easy to connect to.  This is one of the worst drawbacks to BabyCenter. On these forums, mothers whose babies were born too premature to survive, or miscarried, are welcome to post pictures of their babies. It’s scary when there are moms who are at the same gestational time as you who are losing their babies. The hard part about it is that it’s easy to accidentally stumble across these pictures when they are the last things you want to see. BabyCenter is a cool online forum that can be helpful and fun way to connect to people, but be careful when it comes to asking medical advice that should be directed toward your doctor. And when you start to get into that depressing, scary part of BabyCenter, it’s probably 2 a.m. anyway and you should shut it down immediately.



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Charging for ID cards is hurting Delta College


n the past decade, many public schools and colleges have implemented required identification cards – many making students wear them as badges around their necks. At the college level, students often possess identification cards. But instead of wearing them for everyone to see, these cards are hidden in wallets. At most colleges, the card gives access to the cafeteria, discounts and doubles as a library card. It also serves as an identification to prevent strangers from hanging out on campus. And, typically, these cards have one thing in common from campus to campus – they are free, and every student is issued one. The replacements are the ones students are required to buy. The identification cards issued at Delta aren’t through the Admissions Office, but through the Associated Student Body Government (ASBG). The cost is $10. Benefits include: “Free or discounted entrance to college events, free food and prizes at ASBG college hour events, access to the ASBG

food pantry, and doubles as a library card,” according to the ASBG website. The list of vendors off campus who accept a student discount is limited. The most notable are Subway, Tapa Taqueria and Casa Flores Miracle Mile. Other locations that offer discount or coupon services are Stockton’s Yoga Center, Delta Valley Towing and VIP Salon & Supply. The list includes 15 total vendors, including an online bean bag store – not many of which seem to be all that appealing to local college students. While we can appreciate the current list of discount choices, and the efforts of ASBG to pursue them, we wonder why can’t we have free identification cards? We understand the $10 is a small fee, but at the same time, the benefit of widespread usage of the cards – and the fact that all students could then be required to have them – would be great. Consider that not one staff member on the Collegian staff has one of the current cards. A poll of the students on our staff also shows that no one even knows a person who has ever purchased one. We believe benefits should be available to the student body without paying $10.

As of now, it seems as though the benefits to this card do not outweigh the cost and hassle – a multi-step process – of purchasing it. Consider, too, that if Delta implemented a universal identification card it could be linked to all aspects of our campus life. It could be our identification, library card, link to student account information, discount card. It could give students who as of now feel as if the school is “just Delta” a chance to feel connected to the campus. It would make students feel as though they are actually attending college instead of just “taking classes at Delta.” Consider University of California, Berkeley’s Cal 1 Card. It gives them discounts all over campus and tons of surrounding places. It acts as a student debit card, which can be used on campus and reloaded; it is also the students’ bus pass. University of California, Berkeley pays for their students to use the bus system to get to and from school. If Delta has something similar, it would promote activities and help ticket sales for sports. This is worth the cost of the endeavor Even if it’s more than $10 a person.

U.S. has no reason to hijack Malaysian plane, but theories abound by alexis bustamante


alaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 may have been hacked in the world’s first “cyber-hijack.” The plane, missing since March 8, had 298 on

board. The plane is now reported as out of radar. Why is it not showing on radar? That is now one of the main questions. Also a question: Where are the nearly 300 people that were on board? Several hypotheses are out there about what happen to the plane. Iran has accused the United States of being a part of the disappearance.

It begs the question: How would the U.S. benefit from hijacking a plane from Malaysia? Of the passengers on the plane, 120 are considered Chinese. That would cause unnecessary conflict between China and the U.S. The U.S. doesn’t hijack civilian airliners. Anyone inclined to think otherwise is hallucinating. They are civilian passengers. It wouldn’t be wise to create a conflict with Malaysia and the U.S. Malaysian officials said over the weekend that the plane’s disappearance was a deliberate act, and police started searching the homes of the jet’s pilot and copilot. There is evidence of a plot by Malaysian Islamists to hijack a passenger’s Ukrainian jet. Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said his

government would do “everything possible” to solve the crisis, according to CNN. In Washington, President Barack Obama warned Moscow: “Further provocation will achieve nothing further to isolate Russia and diminish it place in the world.” The plane’s disappearance is causing is an international affair. “I still believe that there is only one solution of this crisis, a peaceful one” Yetsenyuk said on CNN. “But we offer peace and Russia offers war.” War veteran and Delta student Steve McCarty likens it to a fencing match, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the first move by brandishing his weapon and taking the first swing. In response, Obama is threatening to go to war, while trying to deflect the first blow.

THE COLLEGIAN — SPRING 2014 Editor/feature editor Chris Howze News editor Justin Tristano Sports editor Jermaine Davis Entertainment editors Monica Gomez Sonya Herrera Opinion editor Heidi Sharp

Staff Alexis Bustamante Eric Carranza Michael Johnson Robert Juarez Santana Juache Orlando Jose Seth Lowman Sean Mendoza Richard Reyes Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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tudents at Delta are being robbed. Not because the campus isn’t safe, but because of absolutely ridiculous book prices. We all know about this, so why could I be possibly writing about it now? Students have began to find a way out of this situation. This wonderful textbook resource is called Amazon. Books are half, and sometimes a fourth of the price on Amazon as they are in the bookstore. More and more students are taking advantage of this resource and saving hundreds of dollars on their textbooks (that sometimes teachers don’t even use-even though they are “required). Unfortunately, this

life-saving resource is slowly being taken away from students. Teachers are beginning to use “textbook bundle” packages.  The student is required to buy the book brand-new from the bookstore, and it comes with an online access code, that is only good once and for that semester.  Also, these books are usually “loose-leaf,” meaning not bound, so they cannot even be sold back to the bookstore. These book packages run for $100-$150. The teacher is the one who chooses the book for his or her class, and there is no reason to be choosing these types of books and then claim that the school “made a deal with the publisher and this is the cheapest way.” Yes, I have actually had a teacher say that to

me after I purchased a $150 book. Simply “because they have the latest, updated information on the subject,” isn't a good enough reason to justify forcing the students to buy these ridiculously priced books that aren’t even bound. There are many options of books for teachers to choose from, and having year-or-two old textbooks is typically not a problem in most subjects. Allowing students to buy used books is good for the student body, just maybe not for the publishers. But that’s the ticket. Teachers should be out for their students, NOT for the publishers of outrageously priced textbooks. After all, it’s not the publishers paying their salaries, its the students’ tax dollars.











NCAA players deserve monetary compensation by michael johnson


t is safe to say that college football is a lucrative sport. With championship bowl games being sponsored by “Fortune 500” companies, Universities and head coaches receive billions of dollars for the commercialization of their school and players. The National Collegiate Athletic Association uses their player’s image in video games, jerseys, and DVD’s — all which are moneymaking entities. Is it fair for the sports programs to reap the benefits from the talent of their players? Coaches like Alabama’s Nick Saban have seven figure incomes while the athletes receive no compensation.

Coaches never have to set foot on the field and they receive plenty of pay whereas the players are the ones generating the income. It's against the rules for any college player to accept a payment, but like any job, employees get paid for the duties performed. Some feel college players shouldn’t get paid because they are considered amateurs and once they start receiving payments they are no longer that. In reality, there are some college players that are just as skilled as the professionals. They both share the same work ethic; they train hard all year around with strenuous exercise regimens and they risk their bodies on the field for college football to become and remain a multi-billion dollar industry.

Instead of receiving payment for their efforts, college players receive perks when they make it to a bowl game. Items such as new clothing, shoes, luggage, TV’s, or iPad Minis are given as rewards. The NCAA is not as stern in these types of situations. These are just minor compensations when compared to the mental and physical damage they subject themselves to every time the take the field. Players at the collegiate level expose themselves to concussions and debilitating injuries that can end their career before it starts. If they are going to literally risk life and limb to keep fans entertained they should get paid for it.

Petty commercials sparking war between two breakfast moguls by diane rivera


war of breakfast is erupting between fast food giants McDonald's and Taco Bell. Earlier this month Taco Bell began selling breakfast items including the Waffle Taco and the A.M. Crunchwrap. McDonald's is fighting back with a photo featuring Ronald McDonald crouching down next to a Chihuahua with a slogan: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," according to USA Today. McDonald's also launched a competitive move by offering free cups of McCafe coffee for two-weeks. It’s like there's a new obsession between fast food restaurants and breakfast. McDonald's has dominated the fast food breakfast scene and now the restaurant has competition. According to the Slat's Moneybox blog in 2012,

breakfast made up $10 million in restaurant sales for McDonald's in the United States and accounted for nearly one third of the $31.7 billion in breakfast sales in fast food restaurants nationwide. This is a competitive marketplace because it has an impact on how restaurants can benefit financially from having these early morning breakfasts for busy people on the go. This can simply be a branding problem because both restaurants don’t necessarily have a specific popular product. Taco Bell is known for its tacos and not being cutting edge with inventive breakfast choices like McDonald's seems to be, but the company is attempting to be so with the creation of the waffle taco. When you think of Taco Bell, you don’t associate it with breakfast but instead as lunch, dinner or a late-night snack as we busy college students battle the

occasional late night munchies. Taco Bell seems to want a own slice of the fast food breakfast pie. In order for this to happen the restaurant needs to jump onto the bandwagon with other fast food chains. With an exception of Wendy’s and In-N-Out Burger, the breakfast food craze seems to be going on right now between the two giant fast food franchises. The three television ads currently airing on include the slogan that says: "Delicious breakfast anyone can love, including Ronald McDonald." This spot has received more than 1.6 million views on YouTube. The war between these two fast food giants may very be unnecessary because both are very popular, so maybe we all shall just wait patiently and see how this war between the breakfast plays out, but one thing is certain — it will definitely be interesting to watch.

5 feature Making yourself marketable GETTING A SUMMER JOB: during the hot-month job hunt Issue 12 • April 11, 2014 •

by heidi sharp

It’s that time of year, when college students are gearing up for the summer break from school. The

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problem young people frequently run into, though, is a lack of spending money to do fun things. So the other activity students are gearing up for is finding a summer job. Summer jobs can be exciting and profitable, but in

SMILE It’s a no brainer or so you would think. But in the mock interviews I have done for high school students, I was shocked at the amount of them who didn’t smile at me once. Smiling shows that you are, indeed, a human being that is going to be easy to get along with.

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RELAX It will show if you are tense, trust me. I know it’s important. I know it’s scary. I know it’s nerve racking. You must relax. It will help

HAVE A FIRM HANDSHAKE No one will hire a man (or woman!) with a wet floppy fish handshake. You won’t believe the impression it leaves. Try using a firm grip, lasting one to two full seconds. It communicates sincerity.

HAVE A RESUME Put anything and everything you have on there. High school diploma, currently attending Delta College, your major, mowing lawns over summer, previous summer jobs and babysitting your neighbor’s children are all excellent examples of experience to put on the resume. Even if you have never had a “real” job, a resume is a must Bring a copy of your resume to the interview-the interviewer may not have a copy! Also bring your personal and professional references written down in case you are asked for them. It communicates preparedness.


DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT This is the time to put your strengths on the table. If you get along well with the public, say it. You can use Microsoft Excel? Bring it up in conversation. You are fluent in English and Spanish? Make sure to bring that up. Remember the job you are applying for and play up those strengths. Never ever say you are “kind of lazy” or a “procrastinator.” That’s a Kiss of Death. Yes, someone actually said that to me in an interview.

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order to obtain one, you must get through the interview process and get hired. Here are some good tips from someone who just finished doing mock interviews for Lincoln High School.

DRESSED TO IMPRESS Sounds simple right? You would be surprised at how many people go into interviews in their street clothes. Obviously if it’s a summer job, you’re not interviewing to be a partner at a law firm, so a four-piece $400 suit is not necessary. But a button down, neutral colored shirt, a pair of black slacks, and a matching tie are not hard-to-comeby items. Simply walking in to ask for an application; you should be wearing these clothes as well.

BE APPRECIATIVE, SAY THANK YOU Thank the interviewer for his or her time (using the person’s name). It seems as if something everyone already does, but once again, you would be surprised. I’m not personally a fan of thank you notes. I prefer a phone call, which leads to my last bit of advice.

FOLLOW UP If you haven’t heard anything in a week, call back. Call, call, call. Not every day, but once or twice a week until you get an answer is appropriate. “The squeaky wheel gets the oil,” is an old adage for a reason. An interviewer would rather receive a phone call from someone who is genuinely interested in the job than a simple thank you note.



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Art professor’s journey through art, culture by monica gomez

Delta College is diverse, unique and inspiring — much like art professor Joe Mariscal. Mariscal’s journey is adventurous and rare. “Well, you know it’s kind of an interesting story,” said Mariscal. “I got a letter from my professor his name was Bruce Duke, he taught here for forty-five years, and he said when you get home come see me.” At the time Mariscal, was attending school in Mexico. He originally went for pottery, and then ended up switching to art history. “When I came home he said hey I don’t want to teach at night anymore would you like to teach and I said I’ve never taught before,” said Mariscal. Off to a rocky start, Mariscal didn’t have the best experience teaching his first class. Mariscal said he had a student come back five years later that was in his first class. She told him that she felt so bad for him because there were only five people left in his class at the end of the semester. Therefore, she didn’t drop his class. She told him he had improved a lot from the first class he taught. Incidents such as this are what encourage Mariscal to continue teaching, first as a longtime adjunct, then as a full-time professor. Mariscal looks back and appreciates that he had someone such as Duke as a professor at Delta to see his gift for teaching. “He was the one that taught me the ceramics, he obviously thought I had something that he saw in me, I guess he was right I’ve been here since then 1975 to now,” said Mariscal. However, Mariscal has teaching experience from different institutions as well. He taught at the Deuel Vocational Institution in

Tracy and also at the Alan Short Center, a Developmental Disabilities Service Organization. At one point he was teaching at all three institutions at the same time. Besides being a professor, Mariscal is a well-rounded person with an intuitive mind for art. An interesting fact about Mariscal is that he doesn’t own a cell phone. He says he’s never owned one, simply because he can survive without it and cell phones make life more complicated in the classroom. Students seem to be constantly on their phones, which interrupts his classes. There were definite experiences in Mariscal’s life that made him who he is today. “Take at least a summer and go somewhere, I mean out of the country just to see how other people think, how they do things what their culture is like and you’ll come back so different,” said Mariscal. “Unfortunately you know there’s a lot of young people that have to do what I did and young people are doing now and that’s go to and war and come back different and you see the world in a completely different way.” Some would say Mariscal’s unique story has a lot to do with chance and luck. However, it also took a lot of dedication and hard work. “You don’t get lucky you work hard that’s how you get lucky,” said Mariscal. “Serendipity is the thing that’s luck … I was just at the right place at the right time with the right person.” Irony plays a role in Mariscal’s life as well — one of his students is also teaching in this department. The student knew what he wanted to do after taking his class. “It was totally by accident it was totally by circumstance and I think life is like that if you keep your eyes open and you meet the right people that as long as you’re pushing towards a goal things pop up and if


you take advantage of them then they turn into something sometimes and that’s what happened to me,” said Mariscal. Mariscal spent some time in Brazil in 2004, he had workshops set up and planned on teaching there. However, due to the unfortunate circumstance of his mother being ill he had to come home sooner than he originally planned. A year from this semester Mariscal will be retiring. He plans on returning to Brazil. He wants to teach and enjoy the Brazilian culture.

Apathy leaves generation paying no heed to rhythm of war drums by seth lowman

With each bomb that goes off in Syria, the country is met with a deafening roar. On a college campus you’ll be met with a discerning silence. Turn on a television, go online or flip through a newspaper and you’ll discover that tensions are high around the world. There’s always been chaos in the world, but with recent issues arising in Crimea and Syria, topped off with talks of there being another cold war, concern should be raised. As students feed their daily lives with their own personal drama, important world issues can sometimes be drowned out and forgotten. Students sometime forget there is another world outside of their personal bubbles. Only a select few are passionate and actively protest for those who might not have an active voice. Delta College student Misoon Ghareeb considers herself to be knowledgeable about international issues. Ghareeb said students show apathy because the troubles of the world don’t have an immediate effect on them. “First of all, it doesn’t personally impact students. Also because their peers and surroundings aren’t focused on world issues. If they were to visit a country out of America they would be more involved with what is going on in the world,” Ghareeb . “Just because you can’t visit a different country with struggle, doesn’t mean you can’t do your part.” This year, a London-based charity Save the Children, released a PSA entitled

“Most Shocking Second a Day Video” onto YouTube, raising the awareness of the children affected by the war in Syria. The video centered on a young British girl being affected by a hypothetical war that could be easily compared to what Syria has been experiencing. Bombs exploding, destruction ensuing and sickness developing, the PSA is effective because it demonstrates how universal war could be and how it could impact anyone. Since the release of the video, it has reached more than 20 million views on YouTube. The PSA was a success in raising international discussion, and it also raised concern for those who might not be knowledgeable of Syrian issues. As the video became viral, concern was raised due to the striking images and message. You don’t need knowledge of producing PSA’s or writing news pieces to spread awareness. All you need in this day and age is an Internet connection. “I think the smallest things count. Reading a news article online and posting it onto social media matters. And being more aware of the world that they live in is something they can do to show concern,” Ghareeb added. The Internet is far-reaching and anyone can be touched. This means change can occur with the simple exchange of a link. With the power of social media, anyone can be educated. The Job of a college student is to learn. Not just about formulas or theories, but how they can have a positive effect on the world. The apathetic silence can in fact be broken, but only by using their voices.



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Return from spring break leaves students antsy, ready school semester’s end by seth lowman

As baseball players run to home stretch, they are using every fiber of their being to score for their team. You can’t say they aren’t working hard when they’re running at high speeds toward a rewarding victory. After spring break, college students experience their own type of “home stretch”, but unlike baseball players, the “running” is nowhere to be found. Once the fun of spring break is over, students are back in school, but with less motivation than ever before. Once getting a taste of freedom over the break, the only thing on student’s minds is the end of the semester. They are diagnosed with “spring break-itis” and the only cure is summer. Running late to class, not turning in assignments and increased absences are all symptoms of this disease. As summer inches closer, it becomes apparent that most students have already checked out mentally before the term is actually over. The shortness and the placement of the break could also attribute to why students turn into zombies. They are only given a short taste of what it feels like to have freedom. Once they are exposed to this care-free week of fun, they become uneasy when they have to wait until summer vacation to experience something similar. It’s akin to watching a movie trailer and waiting two grueling months to watch the full movie. Delta student Eleanor Mafi suggests a cure to the lack of motivation students could be experiencing due

to spring break-itis. “Just get rid of spring break all together then. That would really speed things up and students wouldn’t feel as unmotivated as they do with the break” Mafi said. This is an interesting suggestion that could possibly work for students who were bitten by the spring break bug. Most students would probably disagree with this sentiment, but teachers would be pleased to see their zombie-like student rise from the dead. With finals just around the corner and with this epidemic rising, grades also tend to see a drop as well. Students come so far and learn so much throughout the semester to fall under the spell of the break. “With finals coming up I feel that we only have such a short time left as school, so it makes me want the rest of the semester to go by a lot faster” Mafi added. Delta instructor, Melissa Deverall has noticed that there has been a change in student behavior since spring break has passed. “It’s important as an instructor to ensure that students keep motivated throughout the year, especially as finals come” Accumulating all of the lectures and pearls of wisdom we have learned in our classes this year, finals are the last and vital road block until vacation arrives. The importance of finals should not be dismissed within the mad rush of completing the semester. Running towards their home stretch, students will have to face the heat of finals before they get to lay out in the sun. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS HOWZE

What Is Stone Soup Radio?

Stockton family in need of help, possibly homeless without community support by alexis bustamante

by orlando jose

Did you know of Stone Soup Radio? This newly formed Internet radio station, that is located right off the miracle mile at 231 West Bradford Road. Stone Soup Radio is the heart of a man named John Morearty; who dedicated his life to the Peace and Justice Center. The building that Stone Soup Radio calls home, now christened the Morearty Peace & Justice Network. “Its a new life, the passing of the baton,” said Stone Soup Station Manager/Delta Student Anthony L. Henry Sr. “We’re not just a community radio, we are a building community radio,” he said. Stone Soup Radio is all about letting all different genes of music come through their door. The station love greeting new volunteers. Comprised of mostly Delta College students, the group has been showing up to local community events to get the name of Stone Soup Radio out in the community. The name “Stone Soup” derives from an old folk tale about two travelers pass through a town with no


food and ask the town people for aid, one villager starts by giving a few carrots, then one by one each villager adds more, resulting in the stone soup that is shared to everyone. The fable is about helping others out, even when things are scarce, and that doing so can mean more for everyone. The group recently attended the Earth Day event off the Miracle Mile, where 22 trees were planted. The group raffled T-shirts and did surveys on what kinds of music Stockton citizens like to listen to. Look for upcoming community events. If you have public service announcement, if you’re non profit and trying to get the word out about what you’re doing, please contact Please visit the station’s website

On Thursday, April 3 the lives of the Ochoa family were uprooted. A man ransacked their home, robbed them of everything valuable such as a flat screen television and money they had in the home at the time. The family clothing was used to set the garage on fire. Red Cross has placed the family of five in a hotel until Sunday. The family is low income. The Ochoa’s have no money to move into a new home. Their plans are to stay with family members and friends till they have enough to get a new home. A “Gofundme” account has been set up to help fundraise so they can put their lives back together. Those who can help can donate to the family by visiting Food and clothing donations are welcome as well. Contact staff writer alexisbustamante1995@ for arrangements of donations to the family.

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Issue 12 • April 11, 2014 •


‘Chavez’ whitewashes labor leader’s life story by sonya herrera


ne day, at the age of 11, I started working in the fields, and that’s where I witnessed for the first time the injustice, and the indignities, suffered by the farm workers.” These words are among the opening lines of the first biographical drama on César Chávez, directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Peña. “Cesar Chavez” will introduce many people to the history of the famous labor organizer. But like all American heroes’, Chávez’s story was thoroughly whitewashed before being presented to a younger, broader audience. Chávez was born in Yuma, Arizona in 1927. During the aftermath of the Great Depression, his family moved to California, where Chávez worked as a farm laborer. In 1952, Chávez was introduced to the Community Service Organiza-

tion, where he learned to improve his leadership skills. 10 years later, Chávez started his own organization, soon to be known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). UFW’s non-violent activism and nationwide grape boycott, as well Chávez’s famous 25 day fast in 1968, resulted in great gains for California grape workers in 1970, when grape growers in Delano County finally signed contracts with the union. “Cesar Chavez” essentially begins in 1962 and ends in 1970. Because of this, one sees no depiction of the first 35 years of Chávez’s life and is basically left with a characterless movie. Dolores Huerta does almost nothing except hang up the UFW office phone and tell her coworkers encouraging news. Helen, Chávez’s wife, gets some interesting scenes (including one in which she flips to mom-with-baseball-bat mode) but only a few more lines than

Huerta. Only the rich white man character (whose name doesn’t matter) gets extra helpings of complexity. Played by John Malkovich, the character is himself an immigrant who employs a Mexican maid in his home, and who acknowledges that Chávez’s strategic ability surpasses that of his own college-educated son. The dearth of complexity in the film wasn’t due to lack of source material. Miriam Pawel’s unauthorized biography “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” describes the labor leader’s life, including his early childhood in Yuma. According to Pawel, Chávez’s mother “instilled in her children the importance of helping others and the need for personal sacrifice... She quoted dichos, or sayings, about not fighting and told them to just walk away from conflict.” During meals, Chávez’s mother even went so far as to “cut food in equal

portions for the children; if someone complained they got the small piece, she took the food away from all.” It’s clear that Chávez’s mother inspired his thoughts on self-sacrifice and policy of non-violent protest, yet she is not present in the movie. There was also a dictatorial side to Chávez that was only lightly touched upon in the film. Pawel wrote of an incident in which Chávez had “berated Huerta in public for the first time, ostensibly for her failures as a bookkeeper. He had planned the confrontation...” According to Pawel, Chávez said, “I run the show and I don’t give a damn what you think or anyone thinks. I’m gonna run it the way I want to run it, and you don’t like it, too bad. Get out!” Overall, the film is a decent introduction to César Chávez’s work. However, the labor organizer’s real life probably contains too many interesting details to contain in one movie.

Hit shows hook new members to service by sean mendoza

Netflix has been known to be a great source for movies of different genres: from comedy to horror, it has it all. Most recently, it has been a useful asset to people who want to catch up on or just begin watching popular TV shows. TV hits such as Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy and the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead can be found on Netflix for a number of seasons. The whole series of Breaking Bad is currently available to viewers, now that the show has reached its end. Netflix’s acquisition of TV shows from cable has given the company a boost on creating their own works, available only to Netflix customers. It produced some

intriguing series such as House Of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Hemlock Grove. These shows have a huge number of viewers, who can tune in anytime they want. Netflix has made their shows’ season episodes available immediately for online viewing. Viewers won’t have to wait each week for episodes to be released. There’s also a number of Netflix original stand-up comedies and TV series for kids available. Netflix is working on adding more shows. A couple of Delta College students who are also Netflix subscribers shared their views on the company’s original shows. “I like to watch my TV series continuously and not wait week after week, and Hemlock Grove on Netflix is


definitely an underrated show and more people need to get into it,” said Marcus Shen. Rachel Sorensen said, “Netflix is more for TV shows than movies these days but it still has some good movies, the original shows are surprisingly addicting and I would recommend it to people.” Viewers will just have to wait while Netflix grows their TV show environment.

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Issue 12 • April 11, 2014 •

Show endings leave viewers disappointed by robert juarez


n March 31, the popular television show “How I Met Your Mother” came to what fans are calling another controversial end to a hit show. Show runners have a habit of getting people to enjoy a show, run it for the better part of a decade, then when the finale arrives, run it off a cliff to the point of no return and leave worshipers speechless. When “How I Met Your Mother” ended, the creators believed they were giving the fairy tale ending viewers wanted. However, the majority of fans gave it a thumbs down. Thousands rushed to their computers or smartphones to voice angered opinions, as tragic flashbacks of the series finale of “Seinfeld” rang in their head. That iconic show ended with Jerry Seinfeld and his friends locked up in jail as their karma came back to bite them. Viewers of “How I Met Your Mother” likely thought to themselves: Please, not this again. “How I Met Your Mother” and “Seinfeld” aren’t the only shows to leave fans disappointed. The ending of “The Sopranos” literally left people in the dark as the screen went black and the show ended. There’s still debate on the ultimate fate of the characters of

“Lost.” For anyone that’s curious of how that one ended, they can just look at the title. Then there’s “Dexter,” in which the charming murderer inexplicably started a new life and left all the bloodshed behind, with no comeuppance for his crimes. Not all show endings disappointed their followers. Shows such as “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights,” “30 Rock,” and “West Wing” had solid series finales. Most recently, the wildly popular “Breaking Bad” was able to surprise their viewers and deliver a solid ending. These series’ were able to do what those aforementioned black eyes weren’t: give the fans what they deserve and answer lingering questions with an ending that made sense. Some writers may try to make a series finale more emotional or psychological than is required. Considering how sewed into a show most viewers are, the ending is going to be emotional no matter what. Shows like Dexter are built with in-depth thought. But such depth isn’t needed in an ending: just give the last farewell and close it. Fortunately or unfortunately, as long as there is television, there will be television shows that we love—and when it’s time to say goodbye, show creators might say it in a way that doesn’t make sense.

Winter has come for ‘Thrones’ fans by chris howze

Fire, ice, blood, betrayal, incest, dragons, giant wolves and one blonde dwarf. HBO’s top-ranked series “Game of Thrones” returned last Sunday with its season four premier. So many people watched at once that it crashed the servers to HBO’s web-browsing service HBO-GO. Based on George R. R. Martin’s dark fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, “Game of Thrones” revolves around seven family houses and their power struggle for the Iron Throne. Whatever house holds the Throne has all the power; so ensues an endless string of betrayals, deaths and dark secrets coming to light. As a long-standing narrative, the series is an anomaly of success. With more than two dozen central characters, some separated by hundreds of miles, the show constantly shifts settings. Because of this, one can’t simply watch a random episode and hope to understand anything. It is also one of the most violent and adult shows I’ve ever watched. There are sequences that are flat-out disturbing, yet the show still destroys ratings records. One reason the show draws such a wide audience is that there is no central character, or at least not anymore. Also, the series has an equal-opportunity approach to madmen and martyrs. Each house is treated as a human:

there’s good and evil within each of them. No single family is completely villainized, for as depraved as most of the Lannister house is, it still has fan-favorites like Jaime and Tyrion. For as noble as the Starks are, they still have difficultto-like characters such as Caitlyn. Another appeal of the series is its scale: I can’t think of another show that was able to match Hollywood in terms of production. Each season is only 10 episodes: one can understand why upon watching the show and seeing how expensive it looks. Dragons setting fire to towns, an army of frozen walking corpses, a castle set at the base of an 800-foot wall of ice, and wolves the size of Volkswagon Beetles are peppered generously throughout. People who haven’t been caught in the show’s pop culture vacuum may be surprised to learn how much it has invaded all avenues of entertainment. Not one day goes by where I don’t see something referencing the series. It’s taken over a large portion of the Internet meme community, with lines and phrases being used outside of normal conversation. People wear T-shirts with their favorite house’s sigil. Once you go to Disneyland and see a T-shirt depicting Elsa from “Frozen,” sitting on the Iron Throne, you know ubiquity has been achieved.

Horror story fans are eager to watch new episodes that will leave them wanting more by diane rivera

The upcoming season of the massively popular FX show “American Horror Story” will be subtitled “Freakshow.” The co-­creator of the show Ryan Murphy revealed the new title via Twitter last month. The Show is unique considering that each season is it’s own self-contained story, taking place at different time periods and settings, and explores a different theme each time. Season one was “Murder House” and you guessed it took place at a haunted house with infidelity being the undercurrent. Season two was “Asylum” and was a meditation on the perspectives of sanity and insanity set in a mental ward in the 1960’s. Season three, “Coven” dealt with a centuries old feud between witches in Voodoo practitioners set in the backdrop of New Orleans and had a whole female empowerment vibe going for it without losing any of its edge. Most of the principle cast returns

each season, except playing new characters. Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Dylan McDermott, and Kathy Bates were just a few names filling the previous seasons with Michael Chiklis from “The Shield” will join the unique ensemble for season four. “Freakshow” will mark the final season for Jessica Lange, who has been with the show since the very beginning. She will be playing a German carnival manager in 1950’s Jupiter, Florida, who collects freaks at one of the last running freakshows, in the time when such an attraction was coming to an end. For a series that has featured ghosts, aliens, reanimated corpses, and human voodoo dolls, there’s a lot of potential this season for some truly creepy images like Bearded Ladies, Siamese Twins and other oddities. One can only hope that the show runners can keep up the momentum and deliver another fantastic season.

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Issue 12 • April 11, 2014 •

Delta takes it to the track

Track athlete juggles responsibilities

During Mustang invitational heptathlon/decathlon

by monica gomez

by jermaine davis

The Delta College Track & Field team recently held the Mustang Invitational Heptathlon/Decathlon event April 3-4, on campus at the Lawrence DeRicco Track. This two-day event included Track & Field runners from Chico State, Humboldt State, Modesto Junior College and a number of runners with no school affiliation. On the first day of the event, Track & Field spectators had the chance of witnessing athletes take part in the 100-yard dash, long jump, shotput, high Jump and 400m. The second day, the competitions consisted of the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m. For athletes who participate in the Decathlon event they must be involved in all 10 events, as opposed to single event runners. “The Decathlon is what I train for and I’ve been really improving a lot,” said sophomore Travis Turner. Competing in a Heptathlon/Decathlon event can be challenging and requires hours of training. The Mustangs train for 4-5 hours on the track M-W-F and take part in weight training for 2-3 hours on Tuesday & Thursday. PHOTO BY JERMAINE DAVIS By training for multiple hours, five days a week, the Mustangs have an opportunity to correct any ON THE FIELD: Mustangs sophomore Travis Turner noticeable mistakes in form and performance during the high jump event on April 3. before the team’s next competition. “I’m usually on the track for about four hours, working on my jumps and hurdles,” said freshman team. Dwayne Lee. In 1964 Coach Lester Bond was selected to the Members of Delta’s Track & Field team, value same year was selected to compete in the Long/ the advice given to them from the coaching staff, Triple Jump USA Olympic Trials competition. as these athletes move forward during the season. If there’s anyone that can prepare Track & Field “I don’t believe I’ve done as much work on athletes for a long enduring season full of aches my technique as I’ve done since working with and pains, it’s this guy. Coach Bond… He’s the most fundamental coach “In order to execute an effective Long Jump is I know,” Lee added. believing you have the will to do it,” said Long/ Long/Triple Jump Coach Lester Bond is Triple Jump Coach Lest Bond. “It requires the someone that has a lot of experience and knowledge most muscle effort of all the event,” he added. to share with members of Track & Field team. Delta's next competition on campus is the As a member of the San Jose State Track & Raydell Barkley Invitational on April 18 from Field team from 1961-1965, he became the first 9am - 5pm. African-American Captain of a SJS Track & Field

College life can be overwhelming. For Delta College track and field athlete, Chelscie Pacheco college life is stressful and demanding. Pacheco balances school, work and track throughout her life. She is well disciplined and works hard to reach her goals. “Sleep is a huge thing, so I always make sure I get at least six or seven hours of sleep,” Pacheco said. The norm for Pacheco is a high-paced life with little time to relax. Her hectic week includes school and practice. Her weekend includes long shifts at Hollywood Café in Lodi. Pacheco has worked there for over a year now and she’s able to request days off to make it to the meets. Before she had to miss Saturday meets for work. Pacheco said track has made her disciplined. Track athletes also have to turn in progress reports PHOTO BY MONICA GOMEZ before boarding the bus on Saturdays for meets. The athletes have meets every Friday or Saturday, later in the season they also have Tuesday or Thursday meets. Overall Pacheco benefits from being a student athlete. She said one of the reasons she’s had such a wonderful experience at Delta is because of track. She enjoys the atmosphere of track. “I just love the sport of track and field, like I’m seriously obsessed with it,” Pacheco said. “I just like how there’s an event for everyone.” Pacheco’s runs the 1500m, 800m, 5k, and her main event in Track & Field is the 3,000m steeple. “We’re all like a family like a huge family, I’ve made like really good friends on the team,” Pacheco said. “That’s like one reason why I’m glad I joined because I know, my experience at Delta wouldn’t be the same at all if I wasn’t on the track team," she added.

NCAA Championship titles, sweep for Connecticut Huskies by richard reyes

One year after serving a postseason academic ban for bad grades, and being kicked out of the Big East conference. The Connecticut Huskies were the last ones laughing as they won the National Championship over the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 on April 7. Shabazz Napier, one of the few to stick around through the fire storm, kneeled down at mid court as the buzzer sounded, and had tears in his eyes while cutting down the net. The Huskies led from start to finish, leading by as much as 15 points in the first half. The wildcats made a rally to cut the lead down to one in the second half, as Aaron Harrison, who had been making clutch 3-pointers, for the Wildcats missed

a 3 from the right corner that would of gave Kentucky the lead, UConn capitalized after the miss and were able to pull away for good. A big stat that will haunt UK over the off-season is the eleven missed free throws. Kentucky finished 13-24 from the line, while UConn went 10-10. The last two sealing the win with 25.1 seconds left. The (7) seeded Huskies won the programs fourth national title since 1999. Other titles in 2004 and 2011, the team was also the lowest seed to win the national title since Villanova (8) seeded team in 1985. Napier, who was a backup to Kemba Walker on the 2011 championship team, finished with 22 points, six rebounds and three assist, he was helped out by Ryan Boatright, who had 14 points and was able to put a clamp down on Kentucky’s freshman Andrew Harrison. Kentucky was led by James Young who had 20

points, with seven rebounds. Young who also had the biggest highlight of the game, with a monster dunk to start a three-point play and ignite a 8-0 run for the Wildcats. Kentucky, a team filled with five Freshman starters will now lead in to the off-season with questions on who will return to, if any next year. Julius Randle (10 points, six rebounds) is considered a lottery pick, while twin brothers Aaron and Andrew are considered late first round pick. If the men's victory wasn't special enough, the women's team ( 40-0) set off another night of celebration with a 79-58 victory over Notre Dame (37-1) for their ninth title on April 8. These 2 victories for the UConn Huskies are the first sweep of both titles since 2004, when they were the last teams to do it.

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Issue 12 • April 11, 2014 •

Nearly new sale returns

Campus police obtain new electric vehicles

by jermaine davis

The Delta College Fashion Club held their annual spring semester Nearly New Sale on April 4, in upper Danner. Several designer brands and apparel for men, women & children were among many of the items on sale for students, faculty and staff to purchase. This year, the accessories included a large collection of men’s shoes, women’s health care products and fashion related books. “The Nearly New Sale is fun and it’s challenging at the same time,” said Fashion Club member Kasey Sneed. “It takes a lot of time setting up in the morning, but it gives you a peak into what it’s like to work in a retail environment,” she added. Fashion Club members spend their time at the Nearly New Sale, making sure items are in place, customers are greeted kindly, and maintaining the retail store atmosphere. The Nearly New Sale provides Fashion Club members with the experience of working at a fast pace, like what department store clerks deal with daily at retail stores. Students who were in attendance at the Nearly New Sale, had a wonderful time exploring their options on which accessories to buy. “I had a really good time today, I picked out a sick shirt that I wanted and got it,” said Delta student Ryan Camero. Funds generated from the event go toward the Fashion Department’s fashion show on May 9. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling (209) 954-5573 or stopping by the Fashion Department Shima 106.

by justin tristano


BROWSING: Students and faculty browse through the clothing on display in search of anything that they may want from the nearly new sale hosted by the Fashion Club.

Unusual Cosmic event occurring, some intrigued others concerned by alexis bustamante

A red moon? What the worlds going to end? What is really a blood moon? Some students believe it to be just another phase of the moon. “It actually reminds me of the harvest moon,” Brena Hernandez said. Other students believe it to be some kind of omen. “I think when there is a full blood moon werepyres come out,” said James Shoemaker. Shoemaker said werepyres are vampire werewolves. On April 14 at 10:58 p.m the moon will be shaded differently, a shadow that gives off an uncanny color. The effect will continue to project a different color on the moon overnight. The blood moon also known as a lunar eclipse only occurs on a full moon. When the moon passes directly behind the earth. The effect happens when the moon, earth and sun are aligned exactly or very closely. The length varies on the time depending on the position of the moon this one is expected to last one hour 17 minutes and 48 seconds. “This is a rare, but this won’t be the

only one there is supposed to be a series of four consecutive total eclipses occurring approximately six month intervals,” according to NASA. Biblical references are sluing all over the world wide web. “In four blood moons: Something is about to change,” Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas said according to Christianity Today. Many people are starting to wonder is the world going to end all because of a verse in the Christian bible "The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come," Joel 2:31 Beside the biblical references lunar eclipses are rare especially consecutive eclipses in a two year period. The total eclipse of April 15, 2014, will be followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28, 2015. "The most unique thing about the 20142015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," said longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. A tetrad is a group or set of four. It has been a long time since a total lunar eclipse has been visible from the United States. According to MacRobert, the last one took place on Dec. 11, 2011.

With recent changes on campus students and staff may have overlooked one of the far simpler ones, Delta Police Department (P.D.) has received four new fully electric carts, and two trikes to patrol campus as part of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution District Grant. The grant allows for organizations to purchase electric vehicles as long as they reduce the amount of carbon emissions. The grant covers for the cost of the vehicle however anything such as helmets or emblems must be covered by the agency. Delta Police Department used the grant to obtain four carts, which cost $42,293 as well as 2 trikkes that cost a total of $11,586. They also obtained a cart for the IT department as well as auxiliary services. Although Delta Police Department is looking to use the grant again to obtain other vehicles which are also electric. “If they work well we will look into getting more of the same type of vehicles” stated Sergeant Robert DiPiero during an interview. DiPiero also mentioned that the grant has a limitation on how much it will spend before the organization becomes responsible for the difference in cost. The process works by the organization simply applying for it. Once their application is approved they purchase the vehicles and provide receipts, which the grant will reimburse them for the vehicle. The grant is accessed through the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (Valley Air District). According to their website “The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is committed to improving the health and quality of life for all Valley residents through effective and cooperative air quality programs.”

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Campus police increase safety by kenneth huntley

Students and staff that are new to campus do not know what to do, or where to go for an emergency. Emergencies can range from natural disaster to assault. The most commonly heard emergencies that are reported are assaults and theft. According to the most recent copy of Delta College's “Clery Report” also known as the campus safety report. With any emergency, you can contact campus police either by dialing (209)-954-5000 or by using a blue phone. Some students have asked, “What is a blue phone and where are they?” There are 52 older modeled blue phones on campus. The Science and Math Center building has in 11 newer modeled phones. The difference between the old and the new is that the new phones are a twoway system. You can communicate with police with just the push of a button, and the police can broadcast information out of the speaker. “The older ones are located in front of almost every elevator on campus, and found on all the

pathways,” said Officer Susan McAnelly of the Delta College police department. “The old phones will be replaced with the new as the department receives allocated funds from the district,” stated McAnelly. A difference between K-12 schools and San Joaquin Delta College, is that there are no firedrills to practice evacuations. “The district [does] test the alarms regularly to make sure they work,” said McAnelly. McAnelly went into detail about fires and other disasters, that all students and staff should consult the emergency plan that is inside of each classroom. The plan will contain information, such as which parking lot to evacuate to during a fire and how to stay safe during an earthquake. McAnelly mentioned that campus police have a special wheelchair they can use to help evacuate people with disabilities from buildings in case of a fire and that they plan on purchasing more in the future. When asked about being stuck in the quad during an earthquake, McAnelly gave a tip not found in the emergency plan. “Stay away from things that fly

away. Stay away from Danner Hall's windows.” If there is an active shooter on campus, it is important to follow three safety measures “run, fight or hide.” McAnelly explained that if you cannot find a place to hide, try to run from the situation. If you cannot find a place to hide or run to, the last option is to fight. There are more details in a training video about how to deal with an active shooter on campus. The video is shown in classrooms by the campus police. You may also view it on the campus police website. The website contains all the information found in the emergency preparedness plan in classrooms, and also other information such as securing bicycles so they are not stolen, and safety tips on walking to your car. Students and staff should remember that the blue phones are not just for emergencies, but can be used to receive general campus information. McAnelly suggested that staff can and should go over the emergency plans with their students, so that they are better prepared for an emergency.

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CHEMICALS AFFECTS ON THE BODY: Plastic cups may contain chemicals that could create affects similar to estrogen.

PLASTIC: Question as to affects still in debate, health could be impacted continued from PAGE 1 of test animals. Estrogen can also promote the growth of breast cancer tumors. Yet according to Mike Denison, a professor of environmental toxicology at University of California, Davis who took part in one of the studies, the wider impacts on human health are "still pretty controversial," adding that he himself uses plastic food containers. Still, the scientist cautions, "If you clearly know there are chemicals, and those chemicals are impacting hormone systems, then it's, I think, naive to ignore it and say 'well, it's not gonna do anything.’ “

EDUCATION: Guest speaker compares American to Chinese education systems continued from PAGE 1 What is also unique is that teachers are critiqued too. Teachers teach two classes a day, and for the rest of the day they grade papers and visit other classrooms to observe fellow instructors and collaborate. This is different from the United States where teachers will seldom sit in at another teachers’ classroom to hear and critique their lecture. In China, many students wear glasses. The theory, though not proven, is that the Chinese require intensive studying by their students, much of which consists of memorization. Indicating that due to the intense studying and reading their eyesight becomes affected. “Chinese schooling has only one aim; to get into college. It is memorization,” Pine said that a parent once complained. Education consists of teachers practicing lessons and repeating them to the students. The student must write down every word and memorize it for examinations. Often times, students will read and cite in unison. This is based on

ancient Chinese tradition for comprehension and memorization. Pine refers to this as “rehearsed.” She describes the U.S. educational system as more “improv.” Students will work in groups, and teachers will meet with groups while others work independently. This is what allows the teachers to move around. Where as in China, students sit single file in rows and will never work in groups. In the U.S. students are encouraged to explore new ideas, offer insights on things and ask questions. Pine concluded with an important lesson: We can all learn something from each other. From the U.S., it is to teach students how to develop opinions. From China, it is to teach students how to focus long and hard on studying. Pine concluded with an important lesson: We can all learn something from each other. From the U.S., it is to teach students how to develop opinions. From China, it is to teach students how to focus long and hard on studying.

The Collegian -- Published April 11, 2014  

Issue 12 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.

The Collegian -- Published April 11, 2014  

Issue 12 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.