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thecollegian Issue 12 • Friday, April 12, 2013 •


Marriage equality goes to Supreme Court Page 5

Writers discuss worst movies ever made Page 4

Microscopy program holds open house Page 6

UPCOMING Mustangs Baseball vs Bear Cubs Cecchetti Field 2:30 p.m. Tues., April 16 ASBG Luau Party Delta College Quad 12:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18



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by sofia sher

With months left before the Math and Science Complex is scheduled to open, the fate of the Cunningham building is now getting attention due to an organized effort from a campus club and adjunct instructor. On Tuesday an email was sent out to the campus community encouraging faculty, staff and students to sign a petition to save Cunningham from scheduled demolition. “Why is Delta College using Measure L Bond money to destroy educational facilities and reduce the number of classrooms and services available to students? Wouldn’t this money be better spent in renovating this building instead?” asked Zack Prince, adjunct instructor, in the email sent out. The campus Hip Hop Congress Club is circulating a petition that will be presented to President Dr. Kathy Hart and the board of trustees. The hope is to halt the demolition, which will happen this summer. The club spent two days out in the quad area soliciting signatures this week. The Math and Science Complex will replace

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A SAVING GRACE: Top left, Hip Hop Congress member Robert Lathan, passed a petition around to save the Cunningham building from demolition. Top right, students leaving Cunningham after classes recently. Bottom, the Hip Hop Congress club in the quad Tuesday asking students to sign a petition to save the building.

Federal judge approves Stockton bankruptcy

Reinstatement of summer session alleviates concerns

by michael johnson

by jermaine davis

Stockton recently finalized the process to officially declare bankruptcy. On April 1, a federal bankruptcy judge decided that the city of nearly 300,000 people could declare bankruptcy. This verdict makes Stockton the largest city in the country to file bankruptcy. This city is now able to construct a plan to pay off its creditors for less than it owes. According to news reports, city leaders anticipate putting that plan in motion by June. In recent years, the city has made drastic cuts to its police and fire departments, while also making changes to its employee retirement programs. The cuts were made in an effort to fight the increasing debt. The police department hits were some of the most contested as the crime rate in the city soared, with homicides being at an all-time high during 2012.

With the spring semester coming to an end in May, several students at Delta College are thankful the once-cancelled summer session is now back. On April 4, Delta College released the summer 2013 schedule of classes available to inform students what courses will be offered. Students will have the opportunity to check their registration date and time for the Summer 2013 session beginning at 9 a.m. on April 18. Summer session will run from June 10 through Aug. 2. Giving students the opportunity to speed up the process on graduating or transferring. Many Delta students were uncertain about their academic future at the end of the fall semester due to the previous cancellation. Now that there will be a summer session, students are really looking

forward to it. “I’m really happy that Delta is able to have a 2013 summer session, so I can finish my General Ed faster,” said student Richard Reyes. “For me it’s better than waiting for the Fall Semester to take the same classes… I’d rather work at a faster pace so I can transfer.”

 This year’s summer session will not be the same length as previous sessions. It will be seven weeks unlike the eight weeks in previous sessions. Core courses such as math, science and English are expected to fill up fast, since many students were unable to register or be added to those classes during the spring semester.

 “I think it’s great, because students like myself can stay occupied. I expect for this summer session to be crowded,” said student Peter Castanon. “Hopefully, the students are going to take this summer more serious, instead of just taking up space as they’ve done in the past.”



Issue 12 • April 12, 2013 •


New building, old structure at center of campus debate


ne way to know if someone is a Delta student is to ask them what they think about that building being constructed next to Cunningham. The Math & Science Complex has become an elephant in the room on campus. When a building so essential to the community is being built, normally the student population knows all about it. We seem to know little about this new building. In fact, we feel there should be a “coming soon...ish” sign on the building. The complex was supposed to be done at the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. Then the deadline was moved to this spring. Construction, however, continues on the massive building, which will be replacing Cunningham. Now, as it gets closer and closer to the new estimated date of use for the Math & Science Complex, another issue is coming into play. The Cunningham building is slated to be demolished once the new complex welcomes


wrong with haley pitto


here are two kinds of people in the world: those with common sense and those without. Recently I’m noting more of the second. As spring has begun the trees and flowers are in full bloom – so are allergies.

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faculty, staff and students. Not everyone is happy with that decision. Zack Prince, an adjunct instructor, and members of the campus Hip Hop Congress club are gathering signatures to prevent Cunningham from being torn down. The petition asks, “the President, the Board of Trustees and the San Joaquin Delta College Citizens’ Oversight Committee to halt the demolition and re-consider ways that the Cunningham can be saved and restored.” We believe trying to save the building is a lost cause. Staff members compared it to watching the movie “Titanic” for the first time and hoping the ship does not sink after it hits the iceberg. The Cunningham building needs to be demolished; with the new building Delta will have too much instructional space. Before the Math & Science Complex began, Delta agreed to tear down the building in order to get matching funds for construction. One argument Prince made in his

petition is that the Cunningham building is a “well-built steel frame building.” As students who have taken or are taking classes in Cunningham, we feel it needs to be removed. There are some downsides to the new building, such as demolishing the planetarium or a student lounge. But who said student lounges are mandatory in colleges? We still have the Locke and Shima lounge. We also have Danner. The last reason on why preventing the demolition of the Cunningham building is pointless is because the project was the only way the new Math & Science Complex could be built is because of a state grant along with Measure L. Delta knew Cunningham would have to come down at some point. This new push to save the building comes too little, too late. We all believe the efforts to save Cunningham are honorable, but nothing lasts forever.


Along with allergies come a whole slew of nasty things: People are coughing, sneezing, hacking and choking all over. Eventually this turns into a full blown cold or bronchitis. Yuck. You would think people would be smart enough to stay home and get better.

Now if people would take off work or class we wouldn’t have this problem. But as we all know fewer folks have common sense these days, so that is out of the question. Instead they come to work or school hacking up a lung, spewing snot and germs everywhere. Desks, tables, keyboards it doesn’t matter, nothing is safe.

Eventually this lovely present is gifted to nearly everyone in the room. Not all at once, but slowly and unsuspectingly until everyone has had to deal with it. It’s like the zombie apocalypse. Once one person is infected it spreads and no one is safe. Sooner or later we all become infected. No amount of hand

sanitizer, cough drops or allergy medicine will keep you safe. It will only prevent the inevitable for so long. So why do sick people go out and infect the rest of the population with their disease? That’s what bothers me the most. I have absolutely no idea as to why they are that clueless. Are they selfish? Do they not care about who gets sick? Or how long they stay sick? Seriously what’s wrong with people?

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Issue 12 • April 12, 2013 •

Student offers prayer for campus peers

Celebrity brain drain

by valerie lancer

by heidi sharp


n our culture, turning on almost any television station or picking up almost any magazine, we hear news about movie or television stars. What’s up with that? Why does our society care so much about these people who are not so different from us? Do we obsess over the things our neighbor is doing next door? No. So why do we obsess over celebrities? I don’t care that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are having an out-of-wedlock baby. I also don’t think “Who Has the WORST bikini Body?!?!?” is a legitimate story idea, along with some unnecessarily graphic pictures, that needs to be shared with the world. We live through these pretty people vicariously. Who doesn’t want a mansion in Beverly Hills with millions of dollars and a football player husband? But since the average person cannot have these awesome amenities, watching the latest episode of “Desperate Housewives” satisfies their psyches.

’m assuming most of you have seen a young girl in front of the library with a simple sign: “Can I pray for you?” I don’t see any harm in allowing her to do this. I have yet to see her try and force prayer onto anyone or cause violence on campus. She appears as this calm and reserved young lady who just wants to create an atmosphere of love and hope on Delta’s campus. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, someone wanting to help is always a good thing. It is up to you if you want to receive it or not. It is not a requirement that you go up to her and allow her to lay hands on you. In full disclosure, I have not gone up to her for prayer. I have nothing against prayer. I firmly believe in its power. I just didn’t feel led to go up to her. But I would. I think what she’s doing is brave and precious. How many people do you know that would sit on a college campus with a great amount of immature adults and offer something so foreign to many of us? She is facing rude comments, taunting and possibly violence in order to be a light to a dark place. While some might see the sign and her keyboard as too much, I just think it adds to her bravery. As I mentioned before, if you don’t want



prayer, walk past her. If you don’t like her there — too bad. There are some people who would prefer you not to be on campus or sharing your beliefs with them. We all have our opinions and most of us like to share them on a regular basis. Her sitting there with a sign is no different. God bless.


10 Percent

with Brian Ratto

Same-sex marriage issue heard in Supreme Court


n late March, the Supreme Court of the United States drew a crowd of protestors on both sides of the gay marriage issue as the justices heard the case involving the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. The 2008 voter-approved measure was one of two cases being heard on the subject during the hearings. Also on the table was the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibits legally married same-sex couples Federal marriage benefits. I am denied multiple benefits. I am not legally allowed to go into the hospital room if my boyfriend’s

doctor says only family can enter. Another right I am denied is survivor benefits. Which are the benefits given to spouses of government employees that pass on. Just like Edith Windsor the wife of a veteran who was denied rights because they were two women. Windsor is the plaintiff in DOMA Supreme Court hearing. Having these cases heard at a national level have, yet again, reignited the same-sex marriage debate. Similar to thousands of other LGBTQ+ individuals, I am anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision.

With 38 states currently banning same-sex marriage; it could be assumed that is a more popular action. However, this is wrong. The New York Times released a graph showing the rise of those in favor of same-sex marriage since 2004. In 1996, 68 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage. That number dropped to 48 percent in 2012, according to a Gallup poll. The legal benefits of marriage are what we are fighting for. The claim that we are antireligious and are corrupting the sanctity of marriage is false. Loving vs. Virginia, the case regarding Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virgina for marrying each other, was decided in favor of letting interracial couples marry. It was discriminatory to ban inter-racial couples from marrying. Were some Americans upset at the decision? Yes.

Was it the right thing to do? Yes. “Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits?” asked Justice Sonia So to mayor of Charles Cooper, the lawyer defending Prop 8. “Your Honor, I cannot,” Cooper responded. The defense used procreation as a defining reason. I then say that every married couple that has not, or do not plan on having or can no longer have children have their marriage revoked. Justice Elena Kagan also questioned it. “If you are over the age of 55, you don’t help us serve the government’s interest in regulating procreation through marriage so why is that different?” Cooper could not answer this either. The DOMA defense was that same-sex marriage was different in every way from

Professional golfer Tiger Woods had sex with a bunch of women while married so do thousands of other married men. He is, however, especially demonized and requires a public apology in order to not be seen as the anti-Christ. If the folks in our society took the amount of time that they spend watching those shows and reading those magazines, and applied that time to bettering themselves and their lives, then those people would be that much closer to the “lifestyles of the rich and famous.” I acknowledge it is used as entertainment to distract us from the problems of life, work and school. It is a form of relaxation to flop on the couch and turn on an episode of “Keeping up With the Kardashians.” The fact remains, however: Time can be spent doing something more productive. Read a book. Go to work. Do community service. Feed the hungry. Spend time with your family. Anything but giving your time, money and energy to celebrities who get married for 55 hours, go on rampages and shave their head. oppositesex marriage. Yet, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thought otherwise. “You are really diminishing what the state has said is marriage,” Ginsburg said to DOMA defense attorney Paul Clement. “There’s two kinds of marriage, there’s full marriage and then there’s sort of skim milk marriage.” “The Federal Government is saying that within its own realm in Federal policies, where we assume that the Federal Government has the authority to define the terms that appear in their own statute, that in those areas, they are going to have their own definition,” Clement said. DOMA needs to be repealed and same-sex marriage legalized nationwide because I am a human not a second-class citizen.



Issue 12 • April 12, 2013 •


The dangerous quest for the worst movies ever by chris howze

by andrea masuret

It seems every time a new movie comes out there is always one person who says: “That was the worst movie I’ve ever seen.” When I hear that I can’t help but think that phrase has lost all weight and resonance. People really haven’t seen truly terrible movies. So when a movie aficionado like me is asked to find his personal worst movies he’s ever seen, all I can do is look back in woe to these 90-minute to two-hour wastes of film and time I will never get back. To quote author R.L. Stein: “Viewer, beware, you’re in for a scare!”

‘MAGIC MIKE’ Male strippers and hot bodies, what more can an audience ask for? How about acting that isn’t lousy? Once again Channing Tatum gets by on his body instead of actual talent, which he defiantly lacks. I know that not every actor is known for there acting. I mean look at the sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. But lets be honest, Tatum is no male version of Monroe. This movie Band-Aids the horrible acting for hot bodies, but any true moviegoer can look past that glitz and glamour. I would scratch out my own eye balls before I have to sit through another hour and a half of Tatum trying to look dramatically deep and Matthew MacConaughey trying to show the world he’s hip and sexy. I like my movies with quality and Magic Mike lacks that to the max.

‘TRANSFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN’ When you are a movie buff like me you think you develop a sixth sense in terms of which movies will be good and which ones won’t. I thought the first “Transformers” was idiotic fun and the sequel, at first glance, looked to be about the same. How wrong I was. This two and a half hour borefest was less interested in giant robot fights and moron nonsense, including racist stereotypes, robot heaven and giant robot testicles. THE WORKS OF JASON FRIEDBERG & AARON SELTZER These writer/directors represent the very worst of comedic filmmaking. Each and every one of their films ranging from “Disaster Movie” to “Meet The Spartans” are 90-minutes of whatever fads existed in the last few months then shove them into a movie with no comedic intention. It’s just there so someone in the film can point and go “Oh look Lady Gaga.” These films seem to be the ramblings of two nuts who watched Zucker Bros. flicks but didn’t understand why they were funny.

‘HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THE MOVIE’ This movie was the beginning of the end to what qualifies as a great musical. The theme of being yourself is always a great point to get across to today’s youth, but does it really have to come in the form of song and dance? The premise of the entire film lacks creativity in itself. I don’t know what genius thought it was ok to make a high school musical about a high school musical and then feed that crap to our youth, but it’s not ok. It is literally the embodiment of where musicals go to die

‘BIRDEMIC’ & ‘THE ROOM’ I know there are people who find these movies are funny but I find these two to be victims of overconfident self-important “artists” trying to make a film that is deep and profound. It’s embarrassing on all counts: acting, plotting and not-so-special effects. These films are fun to watch with people who are watching for the first time, with looks that scream: “This isn’t for real, right?” Scariest part of this story is that I didn’t include “Twilight.” What does that tell you?

New game in ‘Bioshock’ series amazes by chris howze

The late Roger Ebert was once quoted saying “video games are not art.” It’s a claim I found strange coming from a critic who spent much of his early career defending genre films when others simply labeled them as trash. If he were still alive I would pop a copy of “Bioshock Infinite” on his lap. “Infinite,” the newest game in the exceptionally ambitious “Bioshock” series, left me breathless, soul crushed and unable to sleep as I pondered what I had experienced. It’s brilliant story fools in the beginning with its apparent simplicity. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. There’s a beautiful princess locked away in a tower, and our hero must traverse an incredible world in order to save her. But that’s where the simplicity ends and the typical “Bioshock” flavor enters with a fictional 1912 where a floating city called Columbia, touting American exceptionalism, has seceded from the country and has become

a sort of ye olde death star. It uses this base to build towards something truly insane and philosophically challenging. Each new chapter in the “Bioshock” series acts as an examination and meditation of philosophical outlooks and scientific probabilities. When playing this series the gamer is immediately confronted with a story that would be considered complex for a novel and a level of world making that staggers the senses. All the while, the player is tied to a satisfying and visceral first person shooter with shotguns and superpowers. I can’t recall an experience quite like “Infinite.” I had a blast shooting guys with a handcrank machine gun while it waxed poetic on concepts of trans-dimensional travel and Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” played in the backround. To try to go into further detail on this game or any in this series will be a lost cause and spoil the fun so I’ll simply close with this: Buy this game. Buy it and see what video games are capable of. A five out of five.

‘BUG’ A love story between two tweekers stuck in a motel for fear that there are bugs in their skin. It was directed by William Friedken who did “The Exorcist” and I guess in some ways I can see how this movie can be poetic, of how love can literally drive a person crazy and cut of all connection to the outside world. However, the movie was jam packed with paranoia and over-the-top performances. The whole movie was based around the two characters screaming at imaginary insects under their skin with non-existent government issued helicopters flying over their aluminum foil-draped hotel room. At the end, you sit scratching your head, in shock that you watched this whole movie only to see the two nutjobs off themselves.

RTV programming prepares students with radio experience by derrion dunn

The Radio-Televsion studio has more than 20 active programs. There’s always something to listen to that will entertain. Going into the radio DJ program is a challenge but the students like the challenge. The staff and students in the Radio-Television program help each other with show. Instructor William Story tells students how to get technical. With the help of Chris Short, Anthony Henry Brenda, better known as “BG,” Mark Itliong and Rod Villagomez, known as “Hot Rod,” the station runs off of hard work from those involved in the program. Each show brings a different flavor to the campus radio station. The program thrives like a family. Last year the station was dedicated to the late Jason Stefl, known as J-Dog, a fellow R-TV student. He started sports programming on the station. We are learning so that our stations will be on top.



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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DELTA PRIDE CLUB MOCK CEREMONY: Delta Pride Club Secretary Jaylyn Aleksandr Campbell “marries” Eric Ramos and Johnathan Delira during a club event promoting marriage equality.

Same-sex marriage movement gains support, followers with social media by christina cornejo

Social media exploded with pictures of equals sign over the spring break, with the advent of the Supreme Court hearings of the California Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases (Hollingsworth v. Perry and US v. Windsor, respectively). The movement started by the Human Rights Campaign – involving changing profile pictures to their red and pink equals sign – helped to refuel the debate over the legality, morality, and practicality of same-sex marriage legislation. Supporters spread the equality signs primarily through Facebook, although the campaign was active in spreading the agenda through other social media, such as Twitter and Tumblr. Here on campus, members of the Delta Pride Club have been involved in spreading information about LGBT issues. “We’ve distributed pamphlets and networked with nearby organizations to promote our message. In the process of sparking a debate, we received a lot of support from faculty, staff and stu-

dents and it has motivated us to find new ways of getting the public involved in our fight for equality,” said Manuel C. Martinez III, current Delta Pride club president. In the time leading up to the hearings, many public figures – notably President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz during a shareholders meeting – have come forth to show support for same-sex marriage. This outpouring of support could be seen outside the courthouse with one person carrying a humorous sign to sum it all up, “Mawage is what bwings us here togeva,” in reference to a line from the movie, The Princess Bride. Similar numbers of the opposition made their presence known – with signs that read, “Kids Do Best with a Mom and Dad,” – in support of a traditional definition of marriage and family life. The Westboro Baptist Church members were also present. If the court decides that Prop 8 is unconstitutional, it will have a profound effect on state law across the nation.

States will not have the powers to define marriage as solely the union between one woman and one man. Currently, 38 states have legislation that prohibits same-sex marriage. However, if the court decides not to make a ruling on this case, California will still have its ban overturned due to the rulings given by the lower courts, but the debate will continue from state to state. In the case of DOMA, overturning the legislation will mean that the federal government would have to recognize the federal rights – including Social Security survivor’s benefits and joint tax filing – of same-sex couples who are legally married by the states. Those opposed to overturning the legislation have concerns about whether or not the federal government has a place in deciding on the issue. Rob Portman, the Republican senator who recently changed his stance on same-sex marriage in support of his gay son, wrote in an op-ed piece, “The process of citizens persuading fellow citizens is how consensus is built and

enduring change is forged. That’s why I believe change should come about through the democratic process in the states.” Others are in direct opposition to the practice of gay marriage itself from a religious stance – groups such as the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints and the Roman Catholic Church being public supporters of the original same-sex marriage ban. While Supreme Court justices have looked favorably on the idea of striking down DOMA, all eyes are turned towards Prop 8. The case remains a divided issue in a court that will not hand down a ruling until late June, leaving many LGBT groups and supporters anxious for a favorable outcome. “Any instance in which we remain silent on inequality that is protected by the state is an instance in which we give approval for potential state-sponsored discrimination on all groups. By striking down Prop 8, we will give more individuals the opportunity to forge and protect lasting relationships with code benefits and societal approval,” said Martinez.



Issue 12 • April 12, 2013 •

Open house hosted at Microscopy Center

Culinary Arts program to hold ‘Spring Fling’ event in Danner Hall by wisdom-shallena johnson

Students in the Delta College Culinary Arts are hosting a Spring Fling Mixer on April 17 in Danner Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The mixer is a project for the Delta Culinary Arts Restaurant Operations and Baking and Pastry classes. The fundraiser event includes a variety of food made by culinary student chefs, pouring from local vintners, music, a raffle and a silent auction. According to a news release for the event, the presentations “allow students to create, plan, promote, decorate, serve and execute a large scale banquet.” The program hosts similar events each semester. Tickets are $65. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact McKenzie Harrison at or call (209) 954-5044.


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Issue 12 • April 12, 2013 •

Dancing the extra pounds off by alyssa gress

Summer is right around the corner and let’s face it, some of us are not ready — not swimsuit ready that is. This is the time of year people start crowding the gym and trying to get into shape weeks before summer is here. Even the typical fitness junkie dreads jumping on the treadmill and running until your legs feel like Jello. But the body doesn’t respond after a while to the same workout over and over again. In order to see results, throw a curve ball at your workout routine. How about Zumba? Zumba is a fitness-dance program created by a Colombian choreographer. Traditional Zumba is a mixture of Salsa and Merengue dance styles. It has grown so popular instructors have also incorporated Hip Hop, salsa, belly dancing, mambo and kickboxing into the routine. Local instructor Mia Sandoval ups the amp with some plyometrics, moves that isolate specific muscles in short bursts, similar to that of the Insanity workout.

Dancing uses nearly every muscle in the body. So when trying to tone up those problem areas, and get away from the monotonous treadmill, Zumba is a fun alternative. Sandoval is a walking example. After having her first baby she wanted to get back into shape in a serious way. She started teaching aerobics class 10 years ago. She became a certified Zumba instructor five years ago. “It’s just fun! Working out is no longer a chore. It gets you moving and meeting new people, so it never feels like a workout,� she said. Sandoval said at some of the gyms where she teaches Zumbathons are hosted, which equates to two hours of shaking those hips. But Sandoval’s class is no joke. “The class mainly consists of women,� she said. “We have had a few ex-military men come and try out a few times and said its the most draining thing they have ever done!� So if u are looking for a new workout and ready to get down and sweaty, try out Zumba. Sandoval teaches in Stockton, Manteca, Modesto and Escalon. “Find me on Facebook!� she said.

Horrific injury at March Madness by sean mendoza

March Madness began in the middle of last month, but the real madness of the NCAA Basketball Tournament happened on March 31. That’s when the Louisville Cardinals were in a highly anticipated matchup with the Duke Blue Devils. Both teams had legendary coaches leading them. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was making his fifth Elite Eight appearance, and No. 13 for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. The game was very intense and competitive as both teams were playing hard knowing a Final Four appearance was at stakes. Then the 6:33 mark of the first half hit. That’s when Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware went up for an attempt to block Duke’s Tyler Thornton’s three-point shot. When Ware landed from the shot block attempt, his right leg snapped midway between his ankle and knee, the bone skewing almost at a right angle which most sports writers claim to be the worst injury ever witnessed. Ware fell right in front of the Louisville bench and his teammates turned away in horror, assistant coach Wyking Jones ran away from the bench soon as he saw Ware’s leg.



Coach brings youth, energy to sport


by ashley gordon

Track and Field coach Lauryn Jordan is young enough to be mistaken for a student, but that’s what’s intended. The coaching staff of the Delta College Mustangs are all young in hopes to connect with players on a deeper level, and make the team run at a Division I level, according to Jordan. Born and raised in Stockton, Jordan came to Delta in her teenage years and volunteered her time in the Athletics Department. Jordan said late coach Raydell Barkley was a big inspiration to her. During her senior year in high school, Jordan went to state. Barkley encouraged her to go to Delta for two years and then transfer out. It was Barkley who provided the shoes and outfit needed to participate. He also gave her guidance and direction. Jordan went on to win four events at state and had nationwide acknowledgement from four-year institutions. She chose the University of Oregon on a full scholarship and graduated with her bachelor’s degree. For her, being a Coach here at Delta “means everything. To be able to reach young adults to have that influence, some students come in from single parent households, we can be that second parent. Some come in with low self confidence, we can build that up, with no guidance we can give direction. It’s much deeper than track and field, but better human beings,� she said. She said track and field is like a family, and for the students, it’s an instant support system of over 70 people. The team went from having a handful of students wanting to participate to having to turn students away. The team currently has a 90-percent transfer rate. As for Delta College turning 50? “I’m proud to give back, and it’s good to know that the school is still going strong,� she said.

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Issue 12 • April 12, 2013 •

Delta Fashion program hosted Nearly New Sale

Community Education loses Kids College coordinator

by christian covarrubias

The Delta Fashion program hosted the Nearly New Sale on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Danner Hall. The students in the fashion marketing class have been planning this event since the start of the semester. “All of our clothes were donated whether it was student or store donations,” said Fashion Club Secretary Queenie Cabutotan. With donations from Sacramento to Tracy, the variety of clothes was decent and catered to each visitor’s different style. Lots of second-hand name brand items were on sale such as Coach, Juicy Couture and Nike. Students complained the only problem with sale was the lack of men’s clothing. “I was ready to buy something, but they barely had any men’s clothes so I decided to just save my money,” said student Anthony Roller. The nearly new sale managed to be a success on campus. The Fashion Program raised a couple thousand dollars to help the with their annual fashion show. The show will be held in Atherton Auditorium on May 10.

by brian ratto

The next semester for Community Education and Kids College comes with changes; from a loss of a staff member to fewer selections offered. Delta College’s Community Education and Kids College programs offer classes to build skills in those subjects and more. “We are one of the few community colleges that offer three terms worth of community and kids education,” said Community Education Coordinator Claudia Mackey. Recently, though, the district board of trustees recommended the consolidation of the two programs due to declining enrollment, meaning one member of the two-person support staff will not return next term. The number of people enrolled in the courses offered is not enough to support the salary and benefits

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for both staff members of the program, said Mackey. As a self-supporting program which does not receive any funding from the college or the state of California, the Community Education program offers non-credit, no grade courses for adults and kids. The consolidation means longtime Kids College Coordinator Beverley Dierking could be laid off. Her last day would be June 30. “During her time here in community education, Bev has helped to grow the program greatly,” said Mackey. She has worked with charter schools and high schools to get General Education Degree (G.E.D.) classes offered, after they were cut from the college budget. Dierking has also brought in SAT test, a standardized test for college admissions, preparation courses and helped recruit Delta College faculty to teach courses for the Kids College.” This is not the first time the program

has had to face cuts, in 2011 the senior office assistant was transferred to Financial Aid, and the program had to adjust to working with part time secretaries and eventu- BEVERLEY ally federal work DIERKING study students. As the office faces administrative cuts there will be no effect on the courses offered to the community, said Mackey. As the consolidation heads to the board of trustees in the coming days the Community Education staff is still planning for the summer semester and offering a wide variety of courses to everyone within the community. “The program will have to downsize accordingly, but it is left in good hands,” said Dierking.

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the outdated Cunningham building, completed in 1973. Campus Public Media Coordinator Jim Vergara said the new building is expected to welcome students in the fall. Construction delays and issues with the ventilation system pushed back the date from the beginning of this school year. The new building provides 70,000 square-feet of core laboratory space, with general labs on the first floor, wet biology labs on the second floor and chemistry labs on the third floor. An additional 40,000 square-feet will be allocated between offices and classrooms. In his email to the campus, Prince cites a smaller number of classrooms in the new building as justification for keeping Cunningham. “While the new Math and Science Building will expand laboratory space needed at Delta College, it actually contains only five general purpose classrooms. By comparison, the Cunningham Building has at least 14 classrooms, which includes several large lecture halls and two fully-wired computer labs. These will not be replaced in the Math and Science Building,” Prince wrote as his first point. Other arguments presented for the petition were the new building’s lack of a student lounge, the potential loss of the Clever Planetarium, which was renovated in 2009, and

the impact on the college’s ability to schedule classes for the fall. In an email interview, Prince said Delta College could save money by keeping both buildings and it will increase the space of classrooms. Prince spent time last week encouraging passersby in the quad to sign the petition. “This petition asks the President, the Board of Trustees and the San Joaquin Delta College Citizens’ Oversight Committee to halt the demolition of this valuable building and re-consider ways that it can be saved,” said Prince in an email interview. The demolition of Cunningham appears certain, however. Construction of the Math and Science Complex was funded with a combination of the $250 million Measure L Bond, passed in 2004, and state matching funds, according to Vergara. In order to receive those matching funds, Delta agreed to replace the existing Cunningham building. “The college is obliged to live up to its agreement with the state that allowed it to obtain the matching funds,” said Vergara in an email interview. Dr. Matthew Wetstein, Interim Vice President of Instruction, said the Cunningham building is supposed to be felled after the new complex opening. Wetstein said decisions involving the planetarium have not been finalized.

The Collegian -- April 12, 2013  

Issue 12 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.

The Collegian -- April 12, 2013  

Issue 12 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.