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Issue 13 • Friday, April 22, 2016 •



Birth control available at pharmacies



Delta’s swim coaches speak on this season’s winning team and coaching techniques.


ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL San Joaquin County Fairgrounds hosts annual event.


California is now the second state behind Oregon to allow women of any age the opportunity to purchase birth control from local pharmacies without a doctor's prescription. The birth control pharmacies will carry pills, Depo-Provera injections, vaginal rings and transdermal patches. Implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) still require a visit to the doctor. Critics can argue that allowing women of any age to purchase birth control can be seen as promoting teenagers to start having sex, but not everyone agrees. “I think some would think that but I don't think so. It's not promoting it because there are procedures before they can purchase it,” said student Ezrae Llanes. Before women can buy birth control at a pharmacy a health questionnaire will need to be filled out. A woman’s blood must also be checked by the pharmacist. Pharmacies may charge for these screenings as well.

“America is the country with the biggest unplanned pregnancies,” said student Robert Linson. By making birth control more accessible, the state wants to see a decrease in unplanned pregnancies. The new law was passed by the California legislature in 2013 but the option to purchase birth control without a doctor’s prescription was not put into effect until April 18. “It’s a good idea especially for the young girls to get on birth control,” said Dominica Martin, a 20 year old woman from Stockton. According to the California Department of Public Health, teen pregnancy has seen a decrease in numbers and is at a number of 28.0 births per every 1,000 teens ages ranging from 15 to 19 as of 2013. Critics say there’s more to it than just allowing easy access to contraceptives. “It’s just a Band-Aid cure for a deeply entrenched problem. Instead of finding and

solving the root cause, they're simply generating ways to alleviate the current situation. It's a little haphazard considering the different effects a certain birth control can have on different people. It's always better to know beforehand what you're taking into your body. But not everyone can afford a consultation. So lawmakers attempt to remedy this by simply making birth control more available instead of 1) better health insurance for all, 2) raising wages for all, and 3) better sex education,” said Llanes in an e-mail interview. It is unknown whether or not other states will follow but should this become a nationwide thing? “That would be helpful if it was universal especially for women who don't have healthcare,” said student Monique Tong, a Sacramento State student.


MARKETING DELTA Strategies now in place to increase enrollment.



April is National Autism Awareness Month.

APRIL 30 National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day MAY 3 Mayoral debate held at the North Forum at 7:30 p.m.

On April 12, Sacramento lawmakers discussed whether to favor Senate Bill 899, which will end gender-based discrimination towards woman products. For years, controversy around discrimination against woman has increasingly been lifted and brought into the spotlight. This controversy today is called “Pink Tax” which refers to women paying more money than men in similar products. “It’s unfair because we all need it. It’s a necessity,” said Shelby Thomas, a Delta student. These products include personal care, clothing and even girl’s toys. This bill will prohibit businesses from charging customers higher prices on similar products that differ on the basis of gender. “Honestly, I feel that you guys should get cheaper. I didn’t know this. Women use [personal

care products] more. Us guys shave our beards but not legs like women. We don’t have to maintain our looks,” said Efren Paez, a Delta student. According to the State of California on, “women pay an annual ‘gender tax’ of $1,351 more than men for the same services.” This difference can be easily seen in the aisle of the razors at any local store. A new video by The Daily Share reveals, “Schick Hydro razor for men $8.56 while Schick Silk for women $9.97.” The Daily Share also revealed a difference in perfume and cologne. A brand called Narciso Rodriguez Eau De Toilette for him costs $87.00 while Narciso Rodriguez for her costs $106.60. Prices like these are what caused concerns.

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MEGAN MAXEY, NEWS EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •

CAMPUS SAFETY CONCERNS GROW Security at some community colleges armed DISTRICT POLICE: Trucks and cars are always parked around campus. PHOTO BY ROBERT JUAREZ


In the wake of recent events across the country, many colleges are equipping their police departments with new firepower to better respond to active shooter situations. The vast majority of public colleges employ armed officers. Other schools hire private security guards who patrol the campus either unarmed or armed only with pepper spray. “You have to be prepared,” said Robert Di Piero, Acting Director of Police Services and Public Safety Programs at Delta College. “We jumped on tasers right away. We had rifles in our cars maybe even before the Stockton Police Department did.” Community colleges in Illinois and Michigan have decided to arm their security guards Similar talks to arm security guards in Massachusetts and Connecticut are ongoing. Rhode Island’s law forbidding armed guards at community colleges and four-year institutions - the only law of its kind in the nationwas overturned recently,

opening the door for schools in that state to arm guards. California’s Education Code gives every community college the authority to establish a police department, but doesn’t require that department to be armed. Of the 69 community colleges in California with sworn officers only two have forces that don’t carry firearms. Officers at City College of San Francisco and Pasadena City College are armed with batons and pepper spray only. After the school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last October, CCSF has been toying with the idea of giving guards firearms. What kind of firearms they may utilize remains undetermined. The current trend is to arm school security with automatic rifles. According to Di Piero, San Joaquin Delta Community College District Police was one of the first college police departments in the state to add rifles with high capacity magazines to its arsenal. “Most college departments are armed, but we

were ahead of the game,” said Di Piero. The department already had shotguns, but when it came to preparing for possible active shooter situations the need for another tool was recognized. “You don’t use a hammer for everything,” said Di Piero. “You use a screwdriver when you need to. Well, a shotgun sprays everywhere, and it doesn’t really work well in an active shooter scenario.” Delta College student Mikko Fredeen says he’s glad that SJDCCDP arms their officers. “They do a lot. You want them to be ready when they’re patrolling the campus and walking people to their cars after dark.” Di Piero doesn’t understand why a school would choose to not have armed security on campus, but he acknowledges that budgetary restrictions and political pressure often play roles. This has not been the case at Delta. “The school has always been very supportive of us,” said Di Piero. “As supportive as if a professor needed a new computer.”

Delta relatively safe for students, staff BY MIKEAL HONZELL

Considering the high crime rate of Stockton, Delta College is a relatively safe campus. According to, Delta College had one burglary and two Larceny/Theft incidents in 2012. There were six robberies in 2012, nine in 2013 and only two in 2014. According to the Delta campus police clery report. As for the current year, there have been two robberies: One in the woman’s restroom on the first floor of Holt and an unrelated robbery of a student for $10. Not all crimes are reported. And not all crimes involving students happen on campus. Sometime in mid-February, Delta College student Netfa Bent’s car was allegedly broken into by a man whose name is unknown. Bent was at the RTD bus stop on Pacific Avenue facing the mall when he met the suspect for the first time. “I didn’t know him that well,” said Bent. “I only met him once … We were hanging out and I bought some food stamps off him. That was pretty much all,” Bent said. Bent said he got a phone call from the man at the bus stop a few days later. “He asked me if he could sleep in my car cause he’s homeless. But I said no, ‘cause I didn’t know him like that. Then that night he went to my house, broke into my car and slept in it and stole my registration.” Bent said the man isn’t even a student of Delta, but said he believes the man hangs out on campus to try to buy drugs. According to the Campus police Clery report, there were 18 arrests for drug law violations in 2012, 15 in 2013 and 7 in 2014. “I’m not surprised he did what he did,” said Netfa. “He does all kinds of

hard drugs.” There is no record of Bent reporting the drug accusations. “There hasn’t really been a time where the crime rate was either at a high or low,” said Acting Director of Police Services and Programs, Robert Di Piero. “It varies from year to year.” On March 9, a female Delta College professor was robbed for her jewelry in the first floor Holt woman’s restroom between 1:30 p.m. and 1:53 p.m., according to a campus police email. “We are still looking for leads,” said Di Piero. “Which is why we are asking anyone with information on the incident to come forward and tell us about it. It’s a team effort.” A surveillance video released by campus police shows what looks to be an African American woman walking into the Holt building from the Holt 1 parking lot. The suspect looks to be about 5’8, heavy set woman with a blue jean jacket with a white t-shirt underneath and black pants. She didn’t have a backpack, just a purse. It is possible that the suspect may not even be a part of the campus in any way. “Delta’s campus being open to the public is a concern,” said Di Piero “We get some people who aren’t even students coming on to campus, looking for trouble. We also have trespassers at night: homeless people, drunks or just some kids goofing off. We run into all kinds of things here.” Campus police have not named the victim of the assault. The woman who robbed the professor in Holt’s women’s bathroom is still being sought and police are asking for anyone with information to come forward. “And this goes for anything,” said Di Piero, “If a stair rail is loose, let someone know. If you see something, say something.”

PINK TAX: Care products, women’s clothing priced higher, legislative action being discussed continued from PAGE 1 “All consumers, regardless of their gender, should pay the same price for the same product. Pink packaging or gender-based marketing is no justification for charging more. Anything less than an equal price is discrimination and blatantly unfair,” said Richard Holober, Consumer Federation of California’s Executive Director according to

This not only means women pay more for similar products but also for necessities such as menstrual products. These menstrual products such as tampons are considered under “luxury tax”. This recently caused a move around the world to end tampon tax. A petition called “Stop Taxing Periods. Period” has reached over $320,087 supporters.

“Periods are no luxury. You can opt-in to extravagance. You cannot choose to menstruate,” said the petition for ending period tax. This controversy of “Pink Tax” is escalating into a bigger crisis around every day essentials. Senate Bill 899 is still only being discussed. No legislative action has yet been taken.

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ZACH MERCES-SPINDLER, OPINION EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •

‘S-CK-N’ what’s that spell?


New visit Stockton logo has better use in a trash can than on a website promoting a city


isit Stockton, the Stockton Visitors & Convention Bureau, spent $80,000 to fund a logo that’s targeted at encouraging tourism for the city. The logo itself has the two “to’s” in the city’s name flipped while under is a slogan stating “Stocked full of flavor.” This design makes for an eyesore since there’s nothing smooth or eye catching about it. Rather, the logo comes off as staccato and “off” due to the two flipped “to’s” in the word Stockton. Stunned and confused was the initial reaction for this writer due to the slogan’s obscure saying and design. The slogan “Stocked full of flavor” could be explained as “flavor of the people. The flavor of the food. The flavor of the arts. The flavor of agriculture.” said Wes Rhea, CEO of Visit Stockton in an interview with Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald. Even with this explanation, the vague connection to Stockton and the failed attempt at livening the slogan makes for a cringe worthy piece. Despite the vapid design, the intent is cute. A positive of the logo is its complementary color scheme. Then again, anyone with a color wheel can come to that conclusion without spending $80,000. In comparison to Stockton’s previous slogan “Celebrate Stockton” or “Asparagus capital of the world,” this seems like a downgrade.

Whereas the RAMIZ prior slogan HADDAD implied there was something to celebrate in Stockton and the asparagus slogan connected to an annual event, the new logo creates a head scratch with its vague statement and clunky design. Again, despite the explanation, what does “Stocked full of flavor” mean? At the very least the “Celebrate Stockton” logo followed a traditional tagline structure with simplicity. My perspective is that a big problem with this choice is that even with a grandeurs logo, no one wants to come here. If those in charge of Stockton’s logo design are again reconsidering the composition of the logo, then maybe they should revisit the “Celebrate Stockton” design with an improved font and color design. Beleaguered Detroit is known as “the Renaissance City.” If this is all we can come up with for Stockton, then we’ve done something wrong.

In comparison to Stockton’s previous slogan ‘Celebrate Stockton’ or ‘Asparagus capital of the world,’ this seems like a downgrade.


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ZACH MERCES-SPINDLER, OPINION EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •

Race identity for mixed-race individuals in America

Personal tale of a multiracial youth in a racial confused society


eing a mixed kid wasn’t easy growing up. I was minding my own business playing when this My mother is white and Samoan. My father is girl walked up to me and asked if I wanted to play Belizean. hopscotch. I was born and raised I won. The girl got mad in Tracy. I was one of and said: “I can’t play with SHELLCIA two black children in my [n-words].” LONGSWORTH elementary school. That hurt my feelings, I I recall having moments remember going home and of prejudice against me crying to my mom about when I was young. I got called the “N” word so many what had happened. times in my life I am numb to it. Ever since that day I’ve taken caution with who I I shouldn’t be. played with and who I befriended because I was scared It’s hard for me to open up about this but I feel like that I would be called that word again. still to this day I am too white for the black people and In middle school I moved to Stockton. It was a total too black for the white people. 180 compared to Tracy. My first day of middle school I There was this particular moment in elementary was surprised at the diversity. school that opened my mind up to how prejudice I thought I was going to be the only mixed child people can be. again. That wasn’t the case. It was a relief.

When I was in Tracy people thought I was adopted because I use to stay with my Caucasian grandparents all the time. I can’t fathom how frustrating it is to have people ask if you’re adopted frequently. When I was younger I had a distorted image of myself. Coming from a family like mine I always wondered why my hair wasn’t straight like my cousins or why I would get so dark in the summer time. Over time I learned that’s how my body was by growing and seeing other people with similar issues. Now being older I’ve learned to accept who I am and what I have. Children nowadays don’t have to go through the trouble I went through as a mixed child. The world is so diverse but yet there’s still racism.

Helicopter parents prevent children from growing


elicopter parents” a term has they’re children’s future without the distractions. defined as a parent who takes an overprotecParents take on those distractions when they tive or excessive interest in the life of their become a spokesperson for their child. Whether it’s child or teen. emailing or attending professor’s office hours for their Parenting that has been advancing throughout the child, they strip their child of the simple task to take years and lingers around until adulthood. Parents care of situations they have created. who do their adult chilIf our parents supported us until drens laundry, cleaning we grew up then we simply wouldn’t. their room and even to I’ve found that students with OSHCHANE the extent where parents financial support from their WALKER are paying their children parents have more time on to attend to college, like their hands, more a job. time for partyDelta college student Gizelle Thomas says “I think ing. While kids who work as well those kids are privileged. But it’s messed because my as attend school are begging for parents told me if I move out they’ll stop paying,” more hours in the day. The college Some students can’t help but to accept the help with- experience prepares students for life out surrendering to conditions. after high school, which is real life. Parents While the typical college student has a job to put who shelter their kids from responsibility take away themselves through school, some students and parreal life experiences. ents view school as a full time job. Support from our parents is welcomed especially According to “” 60 percent of from a young adult but where is the middle ground. college dropouts have no help from parents in paying The parents will always give and the children will be tuition. Parents with excessive interest take responthere to receive it. sibility for their children’s actions, especially their Two examples of this are 2 of my coworkers. One success. In some peoples mind they’re just solidifying is an eighteen-year-old girl who gets paid to still live

at home and the other is a mother who speaks of her son as if he were a toddler when in fact he is a grown man. It’s a battle between the over barring parent and the lazy child. Work ethic is something that cannot be taught but something you learn to appreciate. As a self-sufficient student my work ethic is what keeps me motivated to move forward. Different things motivate different people and sometimes it’s your parents’ money.


Maturing into adult college students


rowing up for everyone is different. pass a certain age that you should be more mature, Some have to take care of their families at a responsible, and making goals for yourself. My role very young age. growing up was to be responsible for my brother and Some had to start working once they became a to protect him and vice versa for him. I would make teenager. sure he would get up on time for As for other people, some are school and to help him with his BIANCA just well taken cared of, where homework.” they don’t have to work at all, Growing up for me, I had LABOCA because the family can take care it pretty easy. My parents told of them. me in high school to just mainly Christina Romo, a Delta college student said, “I focus on my education. can say that I was honestly blessed growing up. Blessed They helped me financially once I entered college at enough to be fortunate to be raised by both of my age eighteen and I’m still in college. parents. They were both present in my life. I’d have My parents stopped paying for my education a few to say that when I was around the ages between six years ago, due to financial reasons. or seven, I had to learn responsibility at such a young So, the Board of Education (BOG) waiver pays for age. I have a younger brother that’s two years younger my classes. than me. Even at a young age, we were supposed to I am 25 years old now, and I got my first job when be responsible for each other. I believe that once you I was 21. I guess you can say I’m a late bloomer.

I help my parents pay for some of their bills and I pay for some of my bills as well. I can only help them so much, because I don’t make enough to provide them more money. Now that I am in my mid 20’s, I have learned to be more responsible and I have grown to be somewhat of an adult. At times it can get stressful and frustrating, because I was always so used to having my parents pay for everything. I also love going out a lot, but I rarely go out now since I have bills to pay. When I was in high school, some of my friends started working at age sixteen. I now look back at my teenage years, wishing that I did the same thing, because I would have learned responsibility at a young age and maturity. It’s best to start young, that way one can develop even more good habits and responsibilities once they are older. I think that we all continue to grow no matter how old we get.


inancial aid has been a big of federal financial aid awarded to problem for colleges and many students jumped from $64 billion to students are taking advantage of an estimated $164 billion according it by not using it wisely. to the U.S. department of education. Many college students use finanA way many people should use cial aid for unnecessary items when financial aid properly is to pay for all they should be spending it on their the classes and all the class materials college expenses first rather on what first like books and other materials they want. necessary in the class. When using Some students it properly, it might need a can benefit your laptop or a newer JOSE education and one and that’s a better career good investVELAZQUEZ prospects, like ment because a an investment laptop is actually in yourself. one of the most It’s usually the students that show important school materials that every up to campus, receive financial aid college student needs. and don’t engage in their academics “After making sure I had all my that abuse the financial aid system. classes paid away I went to see how It doesn’t only affect the college much books were and after that bought itself but the students that want to be materials for the classes and I received enrolled in certain classes. an average amount of financial aid,” There is no more room for potensaid Delta student Michael Jose. tial students wanting classes when Then the rest of the money that they someone takes a class and drops it us- have leftover should be used for their ing the class just for the extra money. own free will but personally i think it Plenty of students have complained would be better to save some of it and the financial aid they receive isn’t enough keep track on how much is spent. for all school expenses and demand of There has been many new things more help from the government. added to the financial aid requireWhat do students spend their ments like passing 67 percent units financial aid on first? that the student attempted that term “Textbooks, supplies for classes and and must maintain above a 2.0 GPA usually towards groceries, personal means which is associated with Delta Coland maybe once In while a fun thing lege requirements. but usually that’s pretty minor use of the If the students don’t meet the money and mostly towards needs,” said requirements, they would have to pay Delta College student Jason Robinson. back the college what was given to From 2001-11, the total amount them.


Is financial aid being used for personal items or school needs?

NFL’s current drug war Marijuana, prescription meds front, center of neverending drug war in United States


n sports drugs can be huge career at times need it for the chronic pain killers, sometimes just as devastating after every game. Players submit themas injuries. selves to high collisions and life altering From the 1970s to early 1980s the injuries. NBA was dealing with cocaine. The However, in the NFL it’s illegal to use MLB dealt with the steroids era from the it for any reason. We have to listen to late 1980s to the rules our employer the mid 2000s. gives us. This is espeToday the cially true as a profesNFL is dealing sional athlete because it DYLAN with rampant can ruin the season for LOURA use of marijuateammates and fans. na and synthetAs a Pittsburgh Steelic marijuana. ers fan this especially In 2015, 19 hits home because two NFL players were suspended because of players last season were suspended bea substance abuse policy violation. cause of marijuana possession. Le’Veon Of those 19 players, Josh Gordon Bell was suspended two games and Marwas suspended the entire 2015 season tavis Bryant was suspended 4 games. because of his third violation. Bell ended up getting injured just a This year, as he applied for reinstatefew games after the suspension. Bryant ment he failed his fourth drug test. finished out the season. Gordon was supposed to be the next Bryant is now suspended next season great wide receiver in the NFL. He is because he failed another drug test. now in jeopardy of never playing in the Bryant was expected to have a break out league ever again. year as the Steelers potential Super Bowl “NFL players live in a great deal of chances have been slightly hurt. pain on a daily basis, and marijuana Players have long been advocating helps with that… teams pass out opioid the use of medical marijuana for injuries painkillers, which are highly addictive,” and other related problems. said former Broncos tight end Nate HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Jackson to the Washington Post. “And Gumbel” reported an estimated 50-60 that can affect a player long after they percent of NFL players regularly use are done playing. Marijuana doesn’t marijuana, many for pain management. have those types of effects.” However, until the substance is I am an advocate for marijuana as a federally legalized, the NFL will have to medical use or recreational. NFL players continue its suspensions of its players.

MUSTANG VOICE: ‘What do you want from your commencement speaker for graduation?’

Natalie Delgado

Stephen Jamora

“Academically accepted, well rounded person who participated in campus and off campus activities such as sports, and club a confident person who is enthusiastic person.”

“I would want a commencement speaker. Someone who knows what there talking about inspirational, funny but still serious someone who knows what its like to struggle through things and showed that they worked hard, and have someone who connects to you.”

Rosario Contreras “I want something light hearted, a break from the seriousness, topical if they were to do the speech now it should be something related to the time that we live in [current Events].”

Alyssa Palomares

Malaysia Reyna

“I want to a commencement speaker who effectively focus and cares about other don’t be too over confident and respectful to others.”

“I would like a commencement speaker who struggled and didn’t expect to be here at Delta and made it successfully, and I don’t believe gender and ethnicity should play a role but someone who generally couldn’t do the work, like an underdog, and put there own personality in the speech.”

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MIDORI MORITA, FEATURE EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •


The 31st San Joaquin Asparagus Festival returns to the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The festival is a three day event on April 15-17. We almost lost the Stockton asparagus festival but thanks to Tony and Carol Noceti of Noceti Group, Inc., the festival was given another chance. The Noceti Group mainly focuses on motorsports and other event promotions, but now take on more family oriented festivals. Those who have worked with the Noceti’s always have something good to say. Julie Linesburgh, staffer at the Asparagus festival, and is also known as Aspara-boss by those who work for the festival, has volunteered for almost three decades.

“I’ve been involved with the festival starting as a volunteer 28 years ago serving Pepsi for a group, Beta Sigma Phi and then through the years I got involved at this level. The Noceti took it on last year, they asked me to become involved I was more than happy to do it. I was born and bred here in Stockton. I’m all about Stockton and having it succeed and I’m just really proud and happy to be part of this,” said Linesburgh. There were 42 fryers and 180 people helping prepare and box orders as people lined up. Guillermo Rodriguez, from the Titans Baseball Club, was helping out with frying and preparing the asparagus to raise money for their team to play in New York in 2017. “I’m here for the organization and to help out, so we’ve came out here, this is our second shift, we been here since 7:30 a.m. in the morning so we’re done at 5pm trying to get all these people feed, there’s a lot of

people out here,” said Rodriguez. The festival has moved locations several times. From Eight Mile road to Downtown Stockton, then to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. “Honestly I think is a better venue as it relates to parking there’s plenty of shade and actually waiting in line for the asparagus you could wait indoor don’t have to wait in the hot sun like you had to do for many years, air condition, tables, it’s a lot [more] convenient and I think they had a customer in mind this year,” said Sam Fant, Board of Directors at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and is also a Candidate for Stockton City Council District 6. The asparagus festival helps celebrate not only our county, but also our beloved city. “Support your city, volunteer, do whatever you can and then this happens all by itself,” said Rodriguez.


NEVERENDING ASPARAGUS: The festival had plenty of rides and games, above left, for all ages. Fried asparagus, above right, is the most popular item at the festival. Volunteers help fry and prepare the asparagus throughout the day.

Brewing up success one cold beer at a time

Channel Brewing Co. already successful before potential brewery launch this summer


Stockton is on the rise, a slow rebirth of sorts. People in the city are attempting to change its image, scenery and business. Billy Chaddock is part of that change with Channel Brewing Co. The company started out as a craft beer hobby for Chaddock. Then the Air Force veteran’s beer started to get a buzz. “It all started with like a pipe dream. Like wouldn’t it be cool if we started a cover band, wouldn’t it be cool if we started a brewery?” he asked. A conversation with his brother in law, after years of falling in love with craft brewing, led to the business. The work in progress to create a space continues. “It’s obtainable, it’s not that difficult to do. And Stockton has like zero beer culture and that’s what I want to bring to Stockton, try to put Stockton on the map as kind of like a reputable place for craft brewing,” he said. Chaddock took to Kickstarter in hopes that the buzz would help them fund the company and bring it to a storefront. In late January, the Channel Brewing campaign finished with $42,651 raised from 269 backers. This project is purely about beer and a passion, like a garage band getting their first local record deal. Channel Brewing Co. is attempting to be more. Chaddock said he wants to serve inspiration along with cold beverages to the residents of Stockton. “Getting beyond the beer,” is the philosophy.

Chaddock said it’s “not just making beer and serving it to our customers but like bring something further in our business model to Stockton like educating people what quality beer is and also just like without the beer at all being advocates for the community.” The company wants the platform to be used as an avenue and guide to what Stockton residents can bring to the city and community. Channel Brewing Co., along with the “landlord” Ten Space Development in bringing new business to the downtown area, which currently isn’t very hip or populated post 5 p.m. Beer can help engage people in the community and create a big-city downtown in the heart of a close-knit area. Chaddock said Channel Brewing Co. is already engaging in community outreach with things for the library and art projects around the city. More is to come. “As we continue to grow and open our doors and have a legitimate following we’ll be able to engage in the community a little bit more,” he said. Chaddock hopes the company will open its doors this summer downtown, right next door to Cast Iron Grill Co. with a small partnership of serving food along with beer. There is currently a waiting game for the City Planning Commission and ABC licensing to approve all the necessary logistics and legalities. Channel Brewing Co. will host an event in downtown Stockton on May 14, teaming up with local artists to showcase art, beer, other local groups and business in Stockton. IMAGES COURTESY OF BILLY CHADDOCK

LET’S GET PHYSICAL: Gabe Subry, owner of CrossFit 209, above, stands by large mural in his facility


Fitness center hopes to better community BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ

After first opening in 2009, CrossFit 209 Sport relocated to a new and larger facility at the beginning of the year. CrossFit is designed to improve and maximize fitness by using functional movements or in other words natural movements that are “ingrained in our DNA,” according to the CrossFit 209 Sport website. “All the movements we do in here, they’re natural movement patterns, ” said Gabe Subry, owner and three time CrossFit Games competitor. Some of those natural movement patterns include squats, which we use

when we sit down and sit up or a deadlift when we pick a box up from the floor. Along with the CrossFit classes, the facility also holds a variety of classes and programs for anyone and everyone on different fitness levels. All the classes fall under the facility’s Human Improvement Project. “The Human Improvement Project is basically the facility which encompasses everything within the business,” said Subry. There is an Elevate program whose classes are more sports specific, Olympic weight training, power lifting, endurance classes which are typically done by those who do not wish to use

many weights, yoga and bar which is the newest addition to the classes offered at the gym. There is no prior experience needed to try any of the classes, so anyone from age six to 80 can participate. The clients can be college athletes or in a wheelchair, as are a few of the clients that go to the gym. “It’s all about customizing the program to what [an individual’s] current fitness is… And that the beauty of CrossFit it’s a balance,” said Subry. Not only does CrossFit 209 focus on the fitness but also provides nutrition plans and will work with clients on bettering their eating habits so that they have the full experience of

an overall healthier lifestyle. The new facility will have a store that will sell supplements and basic training equipment. “We want to train people in a way that they feel great … to improve the quality of their life, the hardest part is walking in,” said Subry. A misconception that many have is that to go to a CrossFit gym they have to be in the best physical condition, but that is false. Subry encourages anyone to walk in the door and give him and the rest of the coaches the opportunity to help you better your lifestyle whether you just want to lose a few pounds or be a future competitor.

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MIDORI MORITA, FEATURE EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •


Have you ever seen that article on Facebook about the accused Boston Marathon bomber that was severely injured in prison? Or the Syrian refugee that renounced his Islamic faith after eating bacon for the first time? Guess what, they’re fake. Fake news can be an unstoppable force, showing up everywhere from your gullible friend’s timeline to the pages of the New York Times. “If there’s multiple liable sources, then the source is real. And if they can prove it’s true,” said Delta student Brenna Mcleod, when asked about whether or not she knows if the stories she reads are fake or not. Tara Cuslidge-Staiano, Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Delta College, followed up. “Real news organizations have gatekeepers, people who stop these sort of things from getting up. And the fake news organizations are just kind of publishing anything and everything which

is changing the way young people are thinking about news,” she said. “The biggest thing is to go to the bottom of the website. Look at the about page. An about page will tell you basically everything you need to know about a website. I’ve seen fake news sites that have inappropriate information in their about page.” A little more than year ago, Facebook declared war on sites such as National Report – which is full of fake stories. These stories solely exist to rear up reactions from people on Facebook, while all the while making a quick buck. “Overall since we rolled out updates to down-rank hoaxes on Facebook, we have seen a decline in shares on most hoax sites and posts,” a Facebook spokesperson said, according to a BuzzFeed News article published earlier this month. The stories that go viral earn tons of responses from readers. For example, the story about the Boston Marathon

Bomber. “Good for him!” said a Facebook user in the comments section. “I hope he got a good look at his cell to give him an idea of the mess he made at the marathon,” said another Facebook user. According to the “Fake/Hoax News Websites” section of fakenewswatch. com, there are nine sites that publish fake news stories. Those sites are as listed: National Report, Huzlers, Empire News, The Daily Currant, I Am Cream Bmp, CAP News,, Call the Cops and World News Daily Report. Even after being listed on, these sites continue to publish fake news stories. Links to fake news spread like wildfire. People see things and think are funny or entertaining and they share it. “I think it’s inappropriate for people to post fake news and mislead people

because people keep forwarding and forwarding the post and when people on Facebook respond and comment, it starts arguments and people get irate with each other and it’s all over something that’s not true,” said Yolanda Rubio, a Delta student. In a post last January, Facebook announced plans to – according to user feedback – flag fake posts or have mass deletions, in an attempt to decrease reach for fake news stories. Allen Montgomery, the mind behind National Report, claims Facebook is fighting a losing battle. “They can shut down National Report,” he said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “But I could have 100 domains set up in a week, and are they going to stop every one of those?” He then proceeded to share this unbelievable truth. “Are they now going to read content from every site and determine which ones are true and which ones are selling you a lie? I don’t see that happening. That’s not the way that the internet works.”


Local coffee house offers students late-night study spot BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ

With the semester quickly coming to an end, do you have somewhere to sit down and hit the books? Delta College students are getting ready for long study hours, so where does everyone go if they do not study at home? “I usually go to Peet’s or Starbucks if I don’t go to the tutoring center,” said Gizelle Melo, Delta College student. Although Stockton is not isn’t popular for its coffee shops, students seek this type of environment to get their work done. From studying alone or working with a group Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Empresso Coffeehouse are among the most popular places for students to go. Not only are these places close to home but provide a quiet and working environment for students. “I love going to Empresso because their coffee is amazing, I like the atmosphere and with music and people in the background it provides a white noise I sometimes need to just concentrate,” said Alaina Rossi, regular visitor at Empresso and University of the Pacific student. Empresso is located south of campus on the Miracle Mile. When asking students on campus why these were their ‘go to’ study spots they all mentioned the close proximity that they are to the Delta Campus and hours of operation that run longer than the campus library, which allows for more study time when studying at home isn’t an option. All are open later than the library which allows


more study time when they cannot at home. All the locations students like to visit most are within a three- mile radius and walking distance for some. “Sometimes I go to Starbucks because it’s closer to home,” continued Melo. Yet the one place to have captured the student community is Empresso because of its welcoming vibe, music, events and availability. “Hours of operation are important to students,” said Rossi. Empresso is open everyday from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. Students with busy schedules have somewhere they

can sit down, study or simply get some reading done. Empresso coffeehouse has become very popular according to students because it is somewhere to relax if they aren’t doing work and the extra furniture, like couches, make it a homey place to be. Events such as comedy nights allow locals to partake in stand-up and provide entertainment for the guests. The coffeehouse walls are decorated with art from local artists, a variety of lights, provides wifi for its guests and a television for leisure time.

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Music industry plagiarism rampant in digital age BY MARK LARKS

In what’s becoming a phenomenon since last year’s court decision awarding Marvin Gaye’s estate $7.4 million dollars for copyright infringement, two more lawsuits were filed last week seeking damages for plagiarized songs. Michael Skidmore, representing the estate of Randy Craig Wolfe, filed suit against Led Zeppelin accusing the legendary British band of lifting the iconic guitar riff for 1971’s “Stairway to Heaven” from “Taurus”, a 1968 instrumental song by Wolfe’s band, Spirit. Two days later, news broke that Bill Withers (best known for his 1972 hit “Lean on Me”) had filed suit against rapper Kendrick Lamar for plagiarizing his song “Don’t You Want to Stay” in 2009. “It’ll keep getting worse, because as long as someone is making money off someone else’s music that artist is going to want their piece,” said “Pistol” Pete Nelson, program director for Delta College’s KWDC radio station. “When you think you have someone taking money

out of your pocket you’re going to be upset about it.” While lawsuits such as these aren’t new to the music industry, the allegations against Led Zeppelin and Kendrick Lamar mark the latest in a long line of high profile cases involving plagiarized songs. Since early 2015, Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Mark Ronson, Meghan Trainor, Guns N’ Roses, Rod Stewart, Pharrell (twice) and Taylor Swift have all had to defend themselves from accusations of copyright infringement. The cases against Thicke and Pharrell with co-defendant-Smith and Ronson have been successful. However, the suit against Thicke and Pharrell found the musicians guilty of plagiarizing Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” in the hit “Blurred Lines” is the one that resulted in the large payout to Gaye’s estate and perhaps the dawn of a new age of scrutiny. “I knew I’d heard that song before,” said Delta College student Seija Fredeen, referring to the first time she listened to “Blurred Lines”. “I didn’t know who did it originally, but I knew I’d heard it done by somebody else.” Led Zeppelin and Spirit toured together in the late

1960s and there was never any apparent conflict over the similarities between “Taurus” and “Stairway to Heaven.” While Led Zeppelin has been sued successfully on five prior occasions for plagiarizing songs, Wolfe had been quoted as saying he’d “let [Led Zeppelin] have the beginning of ‘Taurus’ for their song without a lawsuit.” Forty-five years later, the trustees of Wolfe’s estate are seeing things differently, filing suit for copyright infringement and violation of Wolfe’s “right of attribution.” The case involving Withers and Lamar is perhaps even more curious. Following the victory of Gaye’s estate over Thicke and Pharrell, Withers was one of many musical artists who criticized the court’s decision, going so far as to suggest that a “groove” shouldn’t be copyrighted. However, Withers’ complaint alleges that Lamar’s song, “I Do This,” is a “direct and complete copy” of his music, specifically 1975’s “Don’t You Want to Stay.” As a result, he is seeking damages and an injunction barring Lamar’s song from being played. “Things have just gotten amplified [after the “Blurred Lines” verdict],” said Nelson. “It’s really all about the money.”


Band plays for fun, not fame BY MIKAEL HONZELL

“In The Meantime,” a band featuring lead singer/front man Richard Sepulveda, is our featured artist this issue. The interview took place in a fast paced, running late type of car ride. But before questioning started, Sepulveda said he had to practice singing some of the songs he was covering. “I’m going to be on stage in fifteen-minutes” he said. “God, I sound like such a rock star, huh?” Sepulveda cranked the radio up and sang along to 1990s rock songs by Sublime, Janes Addiction, Pearl Jam and more. However, his singing was occasionally interrupted as he cursed and yelled at the drivers he was tail gating. “Come on, Guy! Let’s go!” After Sepulveda finished practicing, the interview started. Q: What made you want to be in a band? R: “I wanted to do something with the talents I was blessed with. I always sang in the car and around the house, but never did anything else with it.” Q: So you never sang in any high school bands? R: “No. I always felt that I belonged on stage doing some-

thing, like acting or singing. So I sang in my car and around the house for twenty years before I started looking for a band to get together.” Q: And how did you do that? R: “One night I just got up off of my couch and put up an ad on Craigslist. And by ten o’clock the next morning, I had four guys that wanted to join. And six years later, we are still playing together.” When we arrived at the fairgrounds, Richards’s road rage really started to kick in as he tried to make it through the parking in the middle of the last day of the Asparagus festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD SEPULVEDA We eventually made it. “In The PHOTOSHOOT: “In The Meantime” gets a band photo taken. Meantime” set up equipment on stage before playing plenty of 90’s members of “In The Meantime” are middle-aged men songs that had the older and even younger generation with families and a career. dancing along. “We’re all grown up,” said bass player Dimetri Garrett This isn’t a band of College Students trying to make it big. after the show at the 2016 Asparagus Festival. “We aren’t Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But trying to conquer the world. We just play for fun.”

Superhero movies debuting with restricted ratings ‘Most popular movies in the world right now’ are no longer family friendly



uperhero movies might be the most popular movies in the world right now. They’re the easiest franchises to capitalize on because of recognition. No one knows this better than the studios that make these films, seeing as many are trying to repeat past successes. The recent box office flop of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as well as the worldwide success of “Deadpool” has led many people to question how “superhero” movies should be made. “Batman v Superman” was very long and tried to ponder serious questions of heroism and destruction, but overall bored viewers. “Deadpool” was average time, only serious at points and is now one of the most popular movies of all time.

“They should just start it off not so boring… at least put some action in it not tell the whole story then get into the action,” said student Leticia Arreaga. More people are agreeing with the new style “Deadpool” brought to the table. The upcoming film “Suicide Squad” was originally set to be released as a serious, dark story of bad guys by how the movies first trailer portrayed it. However, a new trailer was released showing only scenes of jokes and action shots much in the way the recent “Deadpool” movie was shown and filmed. The reaction to this new trailer has been so positive that the film’s director, David Ayer, sent the movie back into production: Because those were the only jokes and action shots in the whole movie. Ayer confirmed this in an interview with Fandango. “I think that [Ayer] reshooting it really shows that they have dedication towards supporting what other fans want and their vision of how the movie should

be,” said student Makaila Lagrimas. We’ll see how this decision turns out on Aug. 5. The in production film known as “Wolverine 3” has gone unnoticed, although, something to note about Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine movie is that it is trying to get an R rating. An R-rated movie starring a beloved Marvel character produced by 20th Century Fox? Sounds like “Deadpool.”Director James Mangold has stated according to “insiders” that an R-rated Wolverine has been an idea of his ever since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009 which ended up being PG-13. The success of Deadpool will probably be the spark Mangold was waiting for to go all in on Rrated. But would fans really enjoy that?“I definitely think it was specific to [Deadpool] I don’t think they should keep the trend going with R-rated movies … It’ll just get really tiring,” said Lagrimas. We’ll see how everyone feels in 2017.

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RICHARD REYES, SPORTS EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •

Arroyo inducted in Hall Of Fame BY RICHARD REYES

When people hear the word Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame some think of Olympic Gold medalist Kurt Angle, or the Shultz brothers, Mark and Dave. Delta College now has a name to into the circle. Athletic Director, Daryl Arroyo, recently honored into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHOF) via Connecticut’s state chapter on April 16 in Prospect, Connecticut thanks to his illustrious coaching career at Springfield Connecticut. “It was great. It was a real fun time. I got to be back in Connecticut”, said Arroyo. “Saw a lot of family, friends, former wrestlers I coached, former wrestlers I wrestled with, officials I knew coaches that I knew, close to about 500 people at the event. So it was real nice.” According to the Delta College website, Arroyo spent 21 years at Springfield wrestling team, picking up 303-167-6 record, while guiding 70 national qualifiers, 27 NCAA All-Americans, 67 Scholar All-Americans and 45 conference champions. He was named NEWA Coach of the Year five times, as well as being named the NCAA Division II Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 1991. Don’t think height stopped the 5’3” Connecticut native. He captured the 1980 Connecticut High School Wrestling State Championship at Jonathan Law High School. Attending Springfield College (Massachusetts) and was captain of the 1984 wrestling team and three-time national championship qualifier. Da-

ryl placed sixth in the 118-pound weight class at the 1984 NCAA Division II Championships and earned All-American honors. When it was time to receive the honor at the podium, Arroyo reflected on his career. “I made a video. All the inductees made a video. I worked with my wife on that. It was more of a slide show of pictures of my career, that ran for ten minutes,” said Arroyo. “Then I came up (to the stage) and gave a five minute speech.” Arroyo received a plaque from the NWHOF that he plans to hang in his office in Budd, a certificate, a plaque from the Connecticut chapter and a green jacket that was placed on him at the end to welcome his induction. He is also in the NCAA Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame, and is a New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Hall of Fame member. While many continue to coach well into their late ages, Daryl believes he got out at the right time. “The recruiting and the travel were starting to wear on me a little bit. AD job is busy, but you have a little bit more free time than you did as a coach. You don’t have that crazy six-month season where it’s madness.” WELCOME TO IMMORTALITY: Top right, Daryl Arroyo talks during his induction into the NWHOF. On left, from left to right, Mark Cammisa, Michael P. Morris, Daryl Arroyo and John Lawless. PHOTOS BY NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME

New talent cleaning up baseball

No loyalty anywhere in sports


America’s pastime has been revitalized with a new wave of athletes. Gone are baseball’s shadow of the steroid era, as the illegal enhancer has withdrawn and the sport is starting to flourish again with no juice needed. “I think it’s in good shape, there’s some good young talent coming up so I think it’s in a great state right now,” said Delta College baseball Head Coach Reed Peters. After fans began questioning how the typical baseball player started looking less like Mickey Mantle and more like Bigfoot’s hairless cousin. In 2005, former Home run slugger, Jose Canseco, wrote a tell all book called “Juice' in which he adnowledged steroids were the cause of many players massive muscle growth. This would lead to a dark time in the sports history known as the steroid era. Baseball was missing the combination of power and speed, or more typically known as the five-tool players. That type of player is someone possessing the ability to hit for average and power, with the speed to steal bases, can play terrific defense and throwing the ball with the best. With legendary players like Willie Mays and Mantle gone, most recent to bring such talent to the game would be the bittersweet career of Ken Griffey Jr. who struggled with injuries that stopped him from reaching his full potential. Baseball was considered a sport with robots as players; no emotion, predictable and boring. Just when baseball seemed to be on `its last strike, the clouds opened and rays of sunlight began to shine upon fans of the 130 year old sport. A new wave of baseball players have arrived in the forms of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Manny Machado and many more. Early last month, Harper was in the news

for his remarks on the state of baseball: “Baseball’s tired, it’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do. I’m not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it’s the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair. If that’s Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom or Manny Machado or Joc Pederson or Andrew McCutchen or Yasiel Puig — there’s so many guys in the game now who are so much fun.”he said in a Tim Keown story in ESPN The Magazine. Peters differs with Harper’s bold statements with his own beliefs, “I’m old school, having played it when I played it you didn’t show the opponent up, you respected your opponent. I think a lot of what goes on today is not respecting your opponent.” Harper and Trout are at the forefront of a new age of baseball. In Trout’s first four seasons, he’s been the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) once and has finished runner-up in the other three. Last year he became the first ever to win the AllStar game MVP award two seasons in a row. “I think Trout definitely will be (remembered), he plays the game the right way. Five tool guy that can contribute to his team in every single way,” said Peters on who he believes will be remembered. Although Harper put up solid numbers in his first three seasons, becoming the youngest player to start an All-Star game since Griffey Jr., he didn’t quite live up to expectation. Harper ended the skepticism last year with 42 home runs, 99 runs batted in and a .330 batting average, earning his first National League MVP. The exciting prospect of such players entering the game is the kids playing in little league or tee ball right now that watch Harper and Trout with hopes of being like them. This makes it foreseeable that it’s only the beginning of an exciting future for America’s Pastime.



ith different sports teams winning championships every year means a certain type of people come out from the shadows. Bandwagoners seem to always pop up at the end of a team’s title run no matter the sport. The one and done fans are a loyal team fans nightmare. For example, when the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, people came out of the blue to support “their favorite team.” It’s not just the Giants, as some how the lovable 1980-1990s losers, the New England Patriots, from Boston, have found a fan base in California after winning four Super Bowls in 16 years. The Chicago bulls lost it’s “loyal fans” when Michael Jordan retired, and jumped ship to the next best team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Bandwagoners show no discrimination. Even celebrities are known to jump ship every so often. Rapper Snoop Dogg is seen in different jerseys and is memed on social media as a big bandwagoner. While not being a loyal fan may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to a lot of social website arguments with people that have no life. Some people will say that the non-loyal people are good for a team’s fan base because they help sell merchandise and fill the seats. Of course when the team drops below the radar, the cult of followers tend to leave their wasted jerseys, caps, and lanyards in the closet until that team rises again. Yet, no matter what a fan jumps out to join the celebration, there is always the loyal fan whose love for the team is questioned. So how can something like this be stopped? Easily just ignore it or welcome the Snoop Dogg wanna be into the group. When it really comes down to it, the players have no idea who has been a life long fan, and most of them are playing for a team they were never fans of. So in reality, while we spend hundreds of dollars to wear a duplicate jersey with a player’s name on it who may jump ship to a rival team in one year, or a flag to hang on our cars windows for a team that may relocate to another city, many may ask why are we arguing over something that is not loyal to the fans?

Swimmers prepare for finals BY MIDORI MORITA

The San Joaquin Delta College men and women’s swimming team is heading to the Big 8 swimming championships on Thursday through Saturday. The team has done well this season and doesn’t plan letting up after the Big 8. “We should have five girl relays [and] we’re hoping for five guy relays as well,” said Michael Maroney, head coach. The team needs a certain amount of points to qualify for the state meet that will be happening May 5-7. Maroney, who is joined by Nathan LeRoy and Nate Varosh, believe that the team has a real shot at making it to the main competition. “This is the first chance, since I’ve been here, that all the relays could

have a realistic shot at making state,” said Maroney. Sophomore Cassidy Waters, who recently accepted a scholarship to CSU East Bay, said that because of team unity and new talent, they have a chance at qualifying. “We have a lot of new talent … everyone is just like working hard, it’s a good environment and just wants to do their best,” said Waters. All coaches’ work together to create a collaborative environment that the team thrives off of. “All four of us are a great team, and we all work well together,” said Varosh. “All of our weaknesses, someone else has a strength.” With 25 freshman between the men’s and women’s teams combined, Delta’s future in June Ferguson’s pool looks promising for the upcoming season.


JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Above, Maddie Pulse takes a breath during the Mustangs’ swim practice. Below, the swim team jump into June Ferguson Pool.

Freshmen looking forward to new challenges


Countless student-athletes enter Delta College with the goal of earning an athletic scholarship to a Division I university — few receive the honor — even fewer due so with three years of eligibility remaining. Alex Dentoni, 19, and Andre Lindsey, 20, have accomplished this feat as they’ve committed earlier this month to taking their talents to Sacramento State in the fall. Dentoni, a right-handed pitcher for Delta baseball, leads the starting staff in wins (seven), strikeouts (56), innings pitched (69), earned-run average (2.74) and with only one loss on the season. “Outstanding job. He’s came a long way from last year, he redshirted last year,” Delta coach Reed Peters said. “He really improved his arm strength, his velocity, just really worked hard and it’s a tribute to him that he’s out there starting for us now.” Dentoni could’ve made the move from Stockton to Sacramento sooner as the Sac State Hornets had offered to bring him into the program last fall, but after talking with Peters it was decided a season in the Big 8 conference would be beneficial. “I talked to six other schools and [Sac State] were the ones that came at me the hardest and I felt like I was really wanted over there,” Dentoni said. “I’m going to have a real good opportunity to pitch over there and that’s what I’m really looking forward to.” Lindsey, a local product of Stagg High School, will have his share of opportunities to excel at Sac State too as he competes in both track and football as a hurdler and wide receiver.

Competing at the Division I level as a two-sport athlete is a rarity, yet more uncommon is the fact Lindsey was recruited to join the Hornets football program during his track and field visit at Sac State. “I was talking with coach Jeff Magley during my visit and as I was there I seen the football coach and he remembered me from high school. He asked if I had film (highlights),” Lindsey said. “I sent him my film and told me he’d get back to me within a few weeks or so. Ended up getting back to me a few days later and said, ‘We want you right away.’” Included in Lindsey’s highlight reel, was his 24-yard leaping touchdown reception against American River College in overtime on Nov. 21 that not only won Delta the Gridiron Bowl, but helped win over Sac State coaches as well. However, these accomplishments from the Stockton native wouldn’t have been possible had Lindsey continued his old habits of neglecting his school work. “The first semester I spent here it didn’t go so well because I was still in a high school mindset. Procrastination is all I did,” Lindsey said. “That didn’t work out and I realized I needed to change. The following semester I focused more on the books and I ended up doing great.” Lindsey and Dentoni will look to finish the year strong both academically and athletically at Delta College and will enter the fall semester at Sac State with three years of athletic eligibility. “I’m so blessed to be able to compete in both sports at Sac State,” Lindsey said. “Being able to compete at the D1 level is the highest form of sports so that’s big right there.”

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MEGAN MAXEY, NEWS EDITOR or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 13 • APRIL 22, 2016 •

Delta marketing team brings positive PR BY ANTONIO CERVANTES

Delta College has hired a new marketing team. The new Marketing Communication and Outreach Team has many focuses, the main focus is to attract more students to come to Delta. The team is divided in three different subdivisions. The marketing side focuses on branding and advertising the college. The team has started doing this by putting out television commercials, radio ads as well as bus advertising. They have even invested into Pandora. Delta has even put up banners all over the campus. The message behind these banners is that going to Delta college is a smart choice because we have smart professors and offer flexible schedules. Also, If you are not sure what you want to do then you could come here to explore the possibilities. “Makes the campus look nice and professional,” said college student Rebecca Smith. The communications side focuses on providing updated information on the college website as well with managing the social media accounts and manage the public information office. They plan to focus a lot on social me-

dia because most students are on there and everything is basically moving there. So they want to be present and be their media consumption. “We want to try to start having a consistent look so that when they think of Delta College they have in their mind what that looks like what that feels like to be a Delta community,” said Shelly Valenton. The outreach side will focus on recruiting students by visiting high schools and doing presentations. It will also be forming events for the community and students. The new team has begun working on many different strategies to start attracting more people to the college. This includes a partnership with Floor 24 Media, which is made of PHOTO BY ROBERT JUAREZ Matthew Mackey, Evelynn Preciado and Sirtaj Bhangu, three current Del- MARKETING FOR DELTA: Signs were recently put up on almost every light post on Delta’s campus. ta college students. “I was blown away by what they feel very welcome in the creative process that they can say their promotional vidcan do,” said Valenton. while developing the school’s messages,” eo content is being produced by current Floor 24 Media is multimedia pro- said Matthew Mackey. students” said Mackey. duction company based in Stockton, The team created a video for the colIt’s only been two to three months California. The company focuses in lege which is available on the college’s since all these efforts have been in affect helping businesses to market their busi- Facebook account. so it’s too early for Delta College to noness. It offers the following services vidFloor 24 Media also created pro- tice any changes. eo production, photography, video and motional videos Delta College uses for The team hopes for the best to see a audio editing and so on. when visits to high schools happen. change in the future. “The marketing team has made us “They are also excited about the fact

Club’s night promotes camaraderie BY MEGAN MAXEY

Unions protest at board meeting On April 19, Delta’s campus became host of a protest held by the two campus unions: California School Educators Association and the San Joaquin Delta College Teachers Association. Signs around campus include slogans such “0 is the loneliest number. Members of the teachers association protest because the group and administration are at an impasse in contract negotiations. Union members said the district isn’t offering fair compensation. Elizabeth Maloney, president of the SJDCTA, told the at board of education while the faculty increase the amount of students enrolling, take


more students into the classes and generally do what they can to rise to the challenges of a modern college. Various contracts to be voted that night, would send hundreds of thousands of dollars towards other programs and institutions, such as Contract 4, which sends $20,000 to a legal firm named Hershfield and Kramer, which increases the amount of money already going to them up to $500,000. That money, said Maloney could “pay all of us (the teachers) 2-3 percent on ongoing time,” which means a raise for staff and faculty.


Student activities and a student driven volunteer committee brought some of Delta College’s most involved students together for a night of games, food and fun. Thirty clubs were represented in this semester’s Club Night held on April 15 in Danner Hall. “We want [the clubs] to know that there’s opportunities for us to support them. Here, they get to compete in different games to get money for their club and we just want them to know we’re here to support them and we’re here to encourage them to be leaders,” said Shayla Walker, student activities coordinator. Club Night was a celebration of Delta’s different organizations and attendance was mandatory for all clubs. Throughout the night clubs competed in friendly games to earn money. “I think it’s good to have a sense of community around here. Before tonight I didn’t really know anybody in here, only a few AGS members and it’s cool to see other clubs and get involved with the whole community together. I think it’s cool everyone gets to see each other’s faces,” said John DeGunto, member of Alpha Gamma Sigma. Danner was transformed into a lavish party decorated with balloons, music and Oscar’s-themed decorations. Student activities provide free refreshments and a dinner from Papapavlos restaurant. “I think it’s good to have club night to celebrate everybody’s causes, ” said Brandon Jordan, co president of Delta Pride and member of the volunteer committee for Club Night. Delta’s campus is filled with a diverse community of passionate students. Events such as Club Night give them an opportunity to expand passions with fellow classmates. “I think it’s a good way for students to kind of get to know each other, engage, have fun … also getting to know what clubs are out there. A lot of times we have all these clubs and they don’t know about each other so it’s a good way for everyone to connect,” said Walker.

The Collegian -- Published April 22, 2016  

Issue 13 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published April 22, 2016  

Issue 13 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.