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thecollegian Issue 13 • Friday, April 24, 2015 •



HELPING HAND: Air Force Veteran Renee Painter recieves information about services avaliable to vets from Stan Rapada at the Veteran Services Center.

New popular grill opens in downtown Stockton PAGE 4



#Trending: Live streaming PAGE 6

Freshman Cameron Leeper stands out PAGE 7

UPCOMING L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery presents the 16th Annual Student Art Exhibition & Awards Competition April 23 - May 15


In 2010, Captain Susan Feighery was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that ended her 17-year military career and started a twoyear battle for her life. After many rounds of radiation, surgeries and chemotherapy, Feighery emerged victorious, but forever changed, and began her search for what she calls “the new normal” for her life. “I typed ‘unemployed vet-

eran needs help’ into Google,” said Feighery. She discovered the now expired Veterans Retraining Assistance Program that offered financial assistance to veterans returning for training in high demand occupations. “I knew I couldn’t do a physical job anymore … so I went down the list and found Substance Abuse Counselor,” said Feighery. With the assistance of Stan Rapada at the San Joaquin Delta College Veteran Services Center, Feighery enrolled

Well-known Lodi High teacher dies unexpectedly after school By Midori Morita

Current and former students gathered in front of Lodi High School on April 12 to remember Gary Fujihara, better known as ‘Fuj,’ a long-time art teacher who died unexpectedly two days earlier. A small sidewalk memorial was held and students showed up with chalk to write some of their favorite memories of Fuj, who had taught for almost 30 years. During the memorial, students covered the sidewalks in front of Lodi High with last goodbyes and drawings. Immediately after news of his passing, students started the Facebook page “RIP Mr. Fujihara” to memorialize the be-

loved teacher. In two weeks, the page gained more than 2,000 likes. Students continue to post pictures and memories on the page. Fujihara was known for his jokes, unique phrases and Hawaiian shirts. Robert Flesher, a Delta student and Lodi High alumn had “Fuj” as an instructor in 2014. “My favorite memory of Fuj is whenever he would tell a story, he’d always start with ‘So I was driving from my house, you know, South Side Stockton 209!’ then he would put up a peace sign. Everybody always knew what he would say, but it would never get old,” said Flesher. Teaching for almost three

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in the certificate program for Fall 2012. Conquering the physical and mental challenges of life after devastating illness and treatment, Feighery excelled in her schoolwork and applied for eight scholarships the following Spring. After the August ceremony where she was awarded seven scholarships, one of the sponsors she met during a scholarship interview urged her to apply for a new position available at Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton.

Feighery successfully completed the application and interview process. Initially hired as the lead case manager, she became the Director of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (VetFam). The SSVF grant was established in 2011 with a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. Non-profit organizations apply for this grant and use it to provide a range of services geared toward getting home-

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State Superintendent Torlakson talks to Delta students on education


PROSPECTS FOR CHANGE: State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson emphasized the importance of hands-on work, team building and problem solving during a talk at Delta on April 8. He also answered questions from students and faculty on the future of education in California.



Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

Be wise when helping others with donations By Kayla Hernandez


ased out of San Diego and founded in 2010, Go Fund Me is a well-known personal funding website. It gives people the ability to fund individuals to help with personal causes. Helping someone in need of assistance is something some individuals will not hesitate to do. A recent Go Fund Me account was made to help raise money for an Uber driver who is fighting terminal cancer. A 22-year old Michigan community college student set up the page. So far, the campaign has raised more than $102,000 for the 70-year old driver. Some Go Fund Me accounts aren’t as practical. An account that received a lot of attention was for Jeremy Meeks, San Joaquin County’s “hot convict.” It’s questionable as to what types of accounts should be acceptable to be featured on the funding website. There are some powerful reasoning’s behind some, others may be made simply for pleasure. Many people use Go Fund Me as a source for those who are suffering from medical issues, emergencies, helping with charities or going through the loss of a loved one. Some decide to create accounts out of their own good-

ness to help others, even if they may not completely know them. Others are simply created to raise funds for personal trips. Although it may be helpful, it is questionable as to what extent the donations should be able to cover. I feel there should be a certain criteria for accounts to be accepted for the website. Accounts with serious intentions should be considered more highly than those with less meaning. There are different reasons behind every Go Fund Me campaign. Some seem as if they are scams. Scams gain more victims each day. With a website like Go Fund Me, those who are donating may not fully understand where their money is going to. It’s critical to be aware of what accounts you are donating to. Upon the accounts, there is a given description or background story as to how the money will be used. Also listed are the donation amounts of others In addition, the total amount of what has already been raised and the remaining balance of the goal amount. If the campaign is one that catches your attention, go ahead and donate. However, be careful and think twice about your helping hands before finalizing your decision.

Writer urges quality in choosing sandals By Vorani Khoonsrivong


pring has officially returned for another season of allergies and “showers” — I say “showers” because California is in a drought — and colorful fashion. Aside from the constant sneezing, April “showers” and questionable fashion trends springtime sees the return of a stereotypical California staple: flip-flops. Yes. You read correctly. Flip-flops. The season may not matter to the dedicated few donning a pair year round. I shamelessly say I’m one of the few and proud to sport a pair regardless of the season — my editors, staff writers and Collegian adviser can attest to this. In rain or shine, I wear them all the time. Some may wonder why I prefer wearing flip-flops as opposed to a pair of shoes. The answer is simple: they’re convenient. Flip-flops are accessible for quick situations like taking out the trash or going out for a casual day. I can easily slip on pair of sandals and get to my destination rather than spend the extra couple of minutes finding some socks and unbreathable shoes. According to Lance Silverman from, flip-flops allow your feet to breathe and keep them dry. “Some foot conditions like ingrown toenails or athlete’s foot heal quicker if the foot is kept out of a tight, damp environment,” said Silverman. Some may argue wearing them frequently will hurt your feet in the long run, which in some cases is true. There are ways to prevent this from happening. Investing in a quality-made sandal may help reduce the chances of future foot injury. Birkenstocks sandals, for example offer comfort and arch support. Being flat-footed and a frequent sandal wearer, I’m selective when it comes to investing. I choose my sandals based on the following criteria: aesthetic, comfortableness, durability and price.

With these four guidelines, I have found one brand of sandals continuously exceeding my expectations in minimal footwear: Rainbow Sandals. I first learned about Rainbow Sandals from a high school friend. She always mentioned how comfortable her pair was and convinced me to invest in a pair. I purchased a pair of the Premier Leather sandals on sale for $35 — originally $50. When I first tried them on, they were tight on my feet but loosened and became comfortable with wear. The sandal features mid-layer memory foam made from a closed-cell sponge rubber. The rubber molds to the shape of your foot. The top layer is made of odor resistant premium leather and is suitable for wearing in water. I repeat for dramatic emphasis and as a refute to those believing sandals aren’t meant for water wear: they’re meant to get wet. “We’re the first ones to make a sandal for the surf market,” said creator Jay “Sparky” Longley. I’ve been impressed how my sandals were able to withstand different terrain throughout my many trips including Yosemite, Newport Beach and San Francisco — yes, I survived a day in San Francisco wearing flip-flops. Despite the hefty full-price tag, the sandals are worth the investment. They’re versatile and appropriate for day and night usage, comfortable with continuous wear and come in variety of styles and materials. They also have a “lifetime of the sole” warranty but should your pair become damaged or defective, the company will repair them. Today, I’m a proud owner of three pairs, along with the original Premier Leather pair I purchased six years ago. My original pair still holds well against tough terrain despite its age. I urge you to find and purchase a pair of feet-friendly flip-flops. While you’ll be able to purchase more if you chose some cheaply-made rubber flip-flops — I’m looking at you Old Navy — you’re better off purchasing a pair of quality-made sandals. Your feet will thank you in the long run.

THE COLLEGIAN SPRING 2015 PRODUCTION STAFF EDITOR IN CHIEF Jermaine Davis NEWS EDITORS Alexis Bustamante Vorani Khoonsrivong OPINION EDITOR Richard Reyes ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Zachariah Merces-Spindler SPORTS EDITOR Robert Juarez FEATURE/SOCIAL MEDIA EDITORS Megan Maxey Midori Morita SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Orlando Jose SENIOR STAFF WRITERS Eric Carranza Sean Mendoza Santana Juache Brian Ratto STAFF WRITERS Frank Allen David Arnold Kody Bowerman Katherine Grey Armel Henderson

Kayla Hernandez Daisy Lopez Kellen Medina Kristen Riedel

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Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

Caution urged when posting on social media By Midori Morita


o you know who Joey Casselberry is? It’s likely you do, just maybe not by name. He’s the Bloomsburg University baseball player who was kicked off his school team for posting an offensive tweet about teenage American Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis. In the tweet, Casselberry called the teenager a derogatory four-letter word starting with an “s.” These days it’s more important than ever that social media users monitor what is posted online. Just by typing in your name, an employer can pull up almost anything you’ve posted on the Internet. With information being passed around at the speed of light, deleting a tweet seconds after posting it won’t stop it from circulating for anyone to find. How? One word: screenshot. Casselberry’s removal from the team, which Davis asked the university to reconsider, stands. More and more, universities and colleges are giving athletes guidelines to responsible social media use. Delta’s Athletic Department Manual is currently being updated with new policies and procedures for proper use of social media, according to Dr. Daryl Arroyo, Delta’s Athletic Director. But this isn’t just an issue concerning athletes. Another story arose about CFO Adam Smith who recorded himself berating a Chick-fil-A employee about the company’s ethics and posted it. Chick-fil-A is not only known for its chicken, but the company is also known for its stance on gay rights, so Smith thought he was defending the gay community by making this video. The day after he posted his video, Smith lost his job and his family was forced to move into an RV. He found a

new CFO position three months later, but was then fired after his boss found the video. Smith went from making $200,000 a year, to living on food stamps. One post can ruin your career. Consider Justine Sacco. She was making her way to South Africa to visit family, when she sent out a tweet she thought was harmless. Sacco tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” then boarded her flight, not realizing that her actions had consequences. By the time she landed, Sacco went from having only 170 Twitter followers to having thousands of strangers attacking her. Once she returned home, she lost her job as the senior director of corporate communications at InterActiveCorp. Recently, Britt McHenry, an ESPN reporter, stepped out of sports broadcasting and stepped into the controversy when she posted a video criticizing the appearance of a woman. McHenry left her car overnight in a private parking lot, and as a result, her car was towed. After she picked up her car, an edited video was uploaded of her degrading Gina Michelle, a woman who worked at the impound lot. McHenry repeatedly took digs at Michelle’s weight, hygiene and educational background. McHenry has been suspended from ESPN for only a week. Take a minute and think before posting a video of yourself ranting or before you decide to tweet something that could be easily taken out of context. The things we post stay on the Internet forever, that’s right, it’s not going away. No matter what you post, someone out there most likely has a screenshot of it saved. It’s easy to post a rant, especially when you’re angry. Instead of resorting straight to Twitter or Facebook, take a few minutes to cool down before you pick up your phone or open your computer to type. If you wouldn’t show it to your mother, then you shouldn’t post it.

‘Boy bands’ influence dangerous behavior Teenage fans take group breaks up to a new level By Daisy Lopez


ecently Zayn Malik announced he was departing boy-band quintet One Direction. Millions of girls around the world screamed in devastation and shock. From The Beatles to NSYNC to Jonas Brothers to One Direction, boy bands have been around for a long time. New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys even came back and decided to go on a tour together in 2011-12. It’s the circle of life. As long as teenage girls are around with a cult-like attention span, boy bands are going to exist forever. Forever. Many people have opinions on how they feel about boy bands. I, personally, like them. Boy bands bring back a lot of memories for me – even now at 21. My sister’s favorite boyband when she was a teen was NSYNC. Her obsession became my first exposure to the phenomenon. In my teen years, the Jonas Brothers were my favorite boy band. Nick was my favorite. Where had he been all my life? I would listen to the band’s music constantly on repeat. I had posters all over my bedroom walls. I attended at least four Jonas Brothers concerts. Obsessed. Looking back now, I realize how much boy bands can have an effect on girls. Some girls take it to the extreme

to the point where boy bands basically consume their life. When boy bands break up or a band member leaves, the fans are heartbroken. When girls found out about Zayn leaving “1D,” girls were cutting themselves because of how upset they were. #CuttingForZayn became a trend on Twitter. Not only is that going too far, that’s dangerous. Nothing will change by self-harming yourself, so why do it? It may be sad, but life goes on. It’s just a boy band. Later on, there was some controversy on Twitter about Malik planning to go solo. Nothing has yet been confirmed, but there was a leaked demo of a new song of his called “I Won’t Mind.” Although Zayn may not be with the band, fans should look on the bright side that he may be making music still. Boy bands such as NSYNC and the Jonas Brothers have had where band members who went solo and have had success as well. Justin Timberlake is still making music as a solo artist. Nick Jonas released an album this year and his single “Jealous” is a huge hit. With “1D” breaking up, they have now left the door open for the next boy band to take it’s place and bring on a different phenomenon for the next generation of young teenage girls to go gaga over. Hopefully, some who think it hurts when a boy band splits up, there is always a new group right around the corner to become your next fascination.

PILLOW TALK 101 With Jermaine Davis

Confidence key in relationships


very man and woman has a moment in life when they’re feeling unsure of themselves, when it comes to approaching someone about hooking up. What if she doesn’t like me? What if he has a girlfriend? How can I make a good first impression? These are all questions floating around your head during the process of considering interacting with a complete stranger. Men have the tendency of trying too hard to get attention from women who are out of their league. For all of the guys who can relate, don’t feel bad. Just learn how to wing it. Stop being negative and good fortune will come your way in due time. Women: You aren’t much better at throwing insecurities out the window. Too many women fall back into elementary school personalities when it’s time to put confidence on display. You remember the “All boys are yucky” thing they used to do anytime someone accused them of liking a certain boy in class? There’s a vast majority of women who still do this now that they’re adults. Going by society’s standards, you would believe women are always confident with themselves and their abilities, but in the dating game we’re all on an equal playing field. This brings me back to the “just learn how to wing it” approach. Whenever I find myself overwhelmed by a woman I’m interested in I don’t hesitate to let her know. Whether or not I get to second base with her is beside the point. The fact that matters is my confidence allows me not to be afraid of letting loose my inner thoughts and feelings. Sixty percent of the time, it works every time. Sometimes getting rejected by someone attractive can be the best way for you to appreciate who you are, and what makes you special. This has a ripple effect that can cause you to start having more faith in your ability to go after someone better looking than yourself. Your level of confidence when looking to meet a new friend should be just as high as it is when you’re on a job interview. The employer you’re seeking employment with notices when you’re nervous or unsure. Hooking up with a stranger is no different. As Wayne Gretzky said: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. So the next time you’re open for a 16-foot jump shot take it, follow through with your form and you just might hear the crowd inside your head roar at the top of their lungs.



Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

New restaurant serves up culture for under $10 By Kayla Hernandez

Downtown Stockton has welcomed a new business. Located at 331 E. Weber Avenue, Papa Urb’s Grill officially opened its doors on Wednesday, April 8th. Papa Urb’s is ran by a local family with a young fresh staff serving “Filipino food with a twist,” according to their website. They are open Monday’s through Saturday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closed on Sundays. “We have a pretty good system. I don’t know of a lot of places like this. Chill, with a family operated vibe,” said Alex Urbano, a manager of Papa Urb’s. With everything under $10, the menu offers a variety of Filipino cuisines from something small like an adobo quesadilla to something authentic such as pancit. The most popular served dish upon the menu is “the sisig fries for sure,” according to Urbano. Papa Urb’s is a place that not only attracts to the younger crowds, but also to the older generations, especially of the Filipino culture. “It’s been fun adapting to the cliental. We get a lot of school kids after school which is the market I intended,” said Urbano. Although the location may be of question

to some, there is a reason as to why the members chose the spot. “In general, downtown Stockton has a lot of history with Filipino culture. Highway 4 was built on top of Little Manila, and a lot of people lost businesses and homes. I grew up here and it has a lot of meaning to me,” stated Urbano. When asked of future plans, Urbano said they would like to expand and they have plans to keep opening restaurants. Papa Urb’s not only offered a great first time experience, but a welcoming environment with a laid back atmosphere that makes you want to visit again. “Being completely unfamiliar with Filipino food I feel that they do a great job at introducing people to their food,” as stated in a recent Yelp review. So, next time you’re in downtown Stockton, go ahead and give Papa Urb’s a try. AUTHENTIC CUISINE: Papa Urb’s staple items, Sisig Fries, front, and lumpia, behind, served with their signature “Urb Sauce.”





Q&A: New Delta Board of Trustee members discuss goals, plans By Orlando Jose

Catherine Mathis is from the Los Angeles area and a former junior high school social study teacher. She attended Creighton University for medical school, Marshall University and then Huntington West Virginia for residency in O.B.T.Y.N. She is a practicing physician in Stockton and Lodi.

Richard Vasquez and Catherine Mathis are two new members of the Delta College Board of Trustees. Both were elected to the board in the Nov. 2014 election. Vasquez is a Delta College student in addition to board member.

How was that process to become a trustee did it take along period of time or it came by fast? Mathis: “Well my friend was involved in democratic party politics, he ask me If I was interested of running because I’ve lived in the area that had a vacancy and I said yes.”

Where are you from?

Vasquez: “I’m from San Joaquin County born and raised here in Stockton, and I completed all of my grammar school here in Stockton, I’ve achieved my high school diploma in Humboldt county, and I recently moved back to San Joaquin County in 2012 to be closer to my family members, and basically re-root back to the community where I grew up in.”


What are the procedures of becoming a trustee?

Vasquez: “Well the procedures of becoming a trustee I had to be a qualified candidate of the district I was running from, and I filed the necessary paperwork for the county voters and electors office I was considered eligible work, I pursue, seeking endorsements. And I seek for outside sources for support of my campaign, and I went out and pursue that election with a positive attitude and I went ahead and I fulfilled the obligations and I won.”

How are you selected to be a trustee, do you need a certain GPA? 

Vasquez: “No there isn’t no academic requirements, I think anybody could of ran for any position, and I know there’s the upcoming positions that will be open for different districts. However I don’t believe there no additional requirements have to pertain to hold a position as a trustee for the board or the county, my GPA is not bad, I hold a 3.0. Other than that I don’t think there’s any additional requirements.”

Any Goals you want to achieve sitting on the board?

Mathis: “Well I’m a graduate of the college system and I’ve have fours siblings who also went to the community college before transferring to the university. In so I have a tremendous affection about the community college system, and a lot of sympathy for a lot of students that go there, it’s the one place where everybody has a equal opportunity to make there life’s better. You can really dream almost anything you want to become and go there and further and possible to making that dream come true, so I just I want to do the best I can do in the capacity to help make delta college the place, and make young people from this area to go too make there dream come true.”

So you advanced, adapted and figured everything out?


Mathis: “I’m still learning, but I’ll say my colleagues on the board was very helpful and the training I’ve received at the conference in past December it was very helpful were having another one in May and I really appreciate all the help and guidance, the atmosphere in collegiality and the other board members made a big effort to create.”

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Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

BEARDS: Man’s real best friend By Kody Bowerman


y close friends and family know me by name. Acquaintances and strangers know me by beard. My five-year old beard is unique due to its natural gradient from dirty blonde to a fiery red. It’s such a part of me that I base my haircut around my beard. My girlfriend, one of this newspaper’s two feature editors, has threatened to dump me if I ever shave it. It’s made an enormous impact on my life. Starting in high school and changing over the years, it began like a little baby goatee. Around my senior year, it bloomed into a magnificent man-beard. The length of my beard has come to measure my maturity. It’s grown up with me. The history of beards is parallel to the dawn of man. Facial hair may change within

generations and cultures, but beards have always been fashionable and, in some cases, prestigious. There’s a maintenance aspect as well. My beard isn’t too hard to take care of. Some men go the literal distance of their facial hair. There’s an annual World Beard and Moustache Championship that takes place in Austria on Oct. 3 for those interested. These competitions judge beards on style of beard, length of the beard and creativity. There are different tiers. Facial hair influences and impacts people greatly and can actually change one’s view about another. In my case, I look much older than I actually am, and if I was to shave it all away, I would look much younger than nineteen. When asked how people would react if he shaved his beard, Delta student Arthur Lopez said, “A lot of people would be mad [if I shaved my beard]. I grew it out for a while and there were people watching it.” Fabulous facial hair can be a sufficient ice breaker. Delta student Leopoldo Reyes, a fellow beard enthusiast with magnificent chin hair, said his is a conversation starter. “I’ve gotten more friends because people see my beard and they say ‘ahhh sweet beard,’” he said. Although beards have heavily impacted the world we live in, beards can also impact the grower of the beard negatively. Some people miss out on job opportunities due to the high standards of employers. “I think because of my beard, a lot of people didn’t want to hire me because it’s not very business professional,” said Paramjot Sandhu, another Delta student with a great beard. Despite all of the missed opportunities, a rad beard is always worth it. Without my beard, I’d feel empty — and very bare.

Students hit mid semester sadness By Megan Maxey

It has come to that point in the semester where our class attendance is dwindling, midterms are over and finals seem miles away. How do you stay motivated during this slump? Do you remind yourself of your goals? Do you keep a diligent calendar? Do you make sure you take some time to chill out and reorganize your thoughts? It seems that many students struggle to stay focused during this time. “I write in my planner, all my homework assignments that I have to do,” said Machaela Wisdom, a first-year delta student. Staying organized is one of the key practices that helps students stay on top of things. Make sure you keep a planner or notebook of some-sort, as Wisdom does, so you can always remember what you have coming up. Another way to keep your motivation is to step back and remember why you are here. We are all here for a reason. Whether it be earning an associates degree, working towards a certificate or preparing for a new career path, we all are striving for achievement. “[I] know that I’ve got a good goal and that it’s all going to come to an end soon,” said Wisdom. There is value in congratulating oneself. If you give yourself credit for your accomplishments, your goal may not seem so insurmountable. “Look for a reward at the end. Reward yourself for doing good … If you do good on a test go to lunch with your friends or something. Just reward yourself in some way,” said Wisdom.

BE PREPARED: Making legal arrangements for family members By Kristen Riedel

Nobody wants to think about dying or becoming incapacitated by injury or illness, but not preparing for such things places a burden on the loved ones left to make those decisions in a time of crisis. According to the American Bar Association, 55 percent of Americans don’t have a will or estate plan at the time of death. There are several documents every adult should have, and more arrangements that can be made as age and assets increase. In case of sudden injury or severe illness, a living will and a power of attorney for health care allow people to make their own medical decisions ahead of time and select a trusted person to authorize the level of care provided. Living wills can have very specific guidelines such as whether to continue life support after brain death, or after an injury that causes complete and permanent dependence on others for personal care. No matter how explicit a living will is, there may be gray areas requiring

judgement calls to be made by a trusted person with a power of attorney for health care. “She is at a stage in her Alzheimer’s that even if we discussed [her care] with her, she’s not really logical,” said Delta student Deborah Jackson James, who is caring for her 89-yearold mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Living wills and medical powers of attorney are of particular importance when there is family strife, or for same-sex couples who may not have recognized legal ties. There are two common ways to distribute assets after death. “She had a will in place and she had always planned to come to California to retire,” said James of her mother’s preparations. A will names an executor to perform the legal processes of probate, oversee the payment of outstanding debts and distribute the remaining property to the named beneficiaries.

Wills are especially important for parents because they name guardians and people to manage property for minor children. “She did do one thing shortly after she retired, she added my sister to all of her banking accounts, and that was a smart decision,” said James. Another legal consideration is born from the digital age in which most people have online accounts that are inaccessible by loved ones who do not possess user names and passwords. This information can be treated as any other asset by including the desired disposition within a will. A living trust can be used in addition to a will and has different benefits, but is more complicated to make and should involve a lawyer. Living trusts create a legal entity to hold a person’s property on their behalf, but provides immediate access to that property upon a person’s death or

incapacitation without having to pass through probate. “He has a will and a living trust. It took a lot of talking to him to get the living trust, but he’s finally done it,” said Delta student Adrienne Jelley, who lives with her 85-year-old grandfather-in-law. Jelley explained the trust was necessary due to complex family dynamics. Making legal arrangements is important, but having the difficult discussions with relatives is as crucial. Illness, injury and death can happen at any moment and often involve strong emotional reactions for friends and family members, which may impede their ability to make thoughtful decisions about medical care or fair distribution of assets. If preparations are made and expressed to loved ones in advance, it can prevent arguments and bitterness between otherwise rational adults. “It makes it hard for the children, or whatever family is left behind, especially if they [the elderly or infirm] are not able to make decisions for themselves,” said James.



Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

Fight to determine the pound-for-pound best

Cameron Leeper #22 LHP Height: 5’10” Weight: 160 Ibs.

By Zachariah Merces-Spindler

Year: Freshman

fter six years of waiting, the bout of the century is only days away. Mayweather vs Pacquiao. So let’s talk about who wins the biggest (singular) moneymaking fight in history. Mayweather is the considerable favorite. He’s known as the most technically dominant and defensively sound boxer of all time. It’d be fair to assume Pacquiao might have had a significant advantage six years ago, when he appeared to have devastating power. It will not please the Mayweather haters in the world, but Pacquiao will squeeze out a win versus the undefeated poundfor-pound king. Here’s a break down of the fight by rounds. Round 1: Typical of most fights, they’ll start the fight slow feeling out the range and speed of their respected opponent. Minimal work from both, Mayweather will take this round 10-9. Rounds 2-3: These will be the signature rounds in which Mayweather sits back on his punches continuing the examination of his opponent, often times seen as “giving” his opponent the rounds. Pacquiao takes the rounds 20-18. Rounds 4-6: Here the fight begins to get interesting. Pacquiao will begin his relentless assault. Lead uppercuts to the body followed by hooks and step back awkward crosses leading to the first knock down of the fight in the fifth via a Pacquiao left hand. Mayweather’s Philly-shell defense will ward off most strikes, but he will constantly sit back unable to counter. Pacquiao wins 2 rounds, 29-27. Rounds 7-8: The tides turn for Mayweather back to the same old constant counter. After the fastest first half of a fight in Mayweather’s career, he’ll have figured out how to keep Pacquiao on the end of his straight and relentless jabs. He’ll cruise nearly untouched two rounds, landing significant shots on Pacquiao. Mayweather 20-18, tying the fight through eight. Rounds 9-10: These will be the toughest two rounds for any judge to score. Pacquiao will be unable to hit Mayweather clean consistently, but Mayweather’s defense alone will not be enough. A lot of looks and “oohs” that are meaningless to the fight, but Pacquiao’s pure aggression will clinch the rounds in the eyes of the judges, 19-19. The final two, 11-12: The closing seven minutes will be hard fought, pulling Mayweather out of his shell in the eleventh throwing the heaviest shots of the fight. Pacquiao’s pace will be unchanged, constantly moving forward throwing lead hooks and uppcercuts, keeping Mayweather from firmly planting and landing flush. Pacquiao’s relentless barrage in the twelfth as Mayweather avoids a last minute knockdown, 19-19. Results: 114-113 Manny Pacquiao via Decision. History had been made, and then the wait until a September rematch, shall begin…


High School: Grant Favorite Team: San Francisco Giants 2015 Statistics: W L 11 0








Leeper makes it look easy

Delta’s left handed pitcher throwing a gem of a season By Robert Juarez

The Delta College Mustangs baseball team has dominated this season with a stellar 31-2 record. While the pitching staff as a whole has carried this team, freshman left hander Cameron Leeper stands out. In 79.1 innings pitched, Leeper has racked up 91 strikeouts and averages 10 strikeouts a game while posting a 1.59 ERA. Leeper’s 11 wins ranks him No. 2 in the state, and his 91 strikeouts are ranked No. 1. “When he’s out on the mound, he’s really, really competitive. He wants to strike every single guy out, that’s just how he is,” said catcher Colin Theroux. Delta’s pitching coach Mat Keplinger also admires Leeper’s competitive nature. “He’s a great competitor, he wants the ball in the biggest situation. The bigger the stage, the better he gets,” said Keplinger. In February, Leeper’s numbers consists of 36 strikeouts, 12 hits allowed and 3 earned runs in 27 innings, which lead to the California Community College Athletic Association naming him its Male Athlete of the Month. Leeper’s catching and pitching coach not only appreciates the young hurler’s on-the-mound abilities but also his humorous, yet all-business personality off it. “He’s a clown, there’s not a guy on this team that doesn’t like Cam, he jokes with everybody, he’s really good friends with everybody,” said Theroux.

Keplinger acknowledged the young pitcher’s work ethic. “He’s an absolutely hard worker, anything you ask him to do, he’ll do it. He loves being on a baseball field, whether it be on the mound, (or) shagging during BP, he loves the game,” said Keplinger. Leeper’s hard work has allowed him to grow from raw talent into a student of the game. “He’s grown into a pitcher, he came in kind of more of a thrower, along with that his mental game has improved so much and that’s allowed him to pitch instead of throw,” said by Keplinger. “When he came in, in the fall he was really all over the place mentally, when things weren’t going right, he would just dive down and his performance would go down. He’s really done a good job on working on his mental game,” said by Theroux Leeper has earned admiration from his peers but he sends it right back as he gives credit to his team and coaches for his success. “The coaching staff has helped me out a lot. The team’s great, (I) couldn’t pitch without them, without them making the plays I wouldn’t be pitching as good as I am,” he said. When speaking on his experience this year, Leeper appreciated the time he’s shared with his team instead of his stats. “The team’s great, the season’s going great, the team helps us a lot on the field, because we’re so close with each other, it just brings us all together and play the game the right way,” he said.

College ‘student-athletes’ making billions of dollars, but haven’t seen any payoff but GPA By Sean Mendoza


ollege sports collect billions of dollars each year through marketing, ticket sales, broadcast contracts and merchandise. Division I basketball and football in particular produce eye-popping numbers. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament or “March Madness” alone generates more than $1 billion every year in ad revenue, according to ESPN. Every college football bowl game is represented by a huge sponsor such as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Fedex Orange Bowl.

The schools and NCAA benefit from these sponsors, as well as the coaches who make more than a million each year. The athletes involved in these events get nothing. The NCAA considers athletes as “amateurs.” So the student athletes are forbidden from receiving financial compensation for involvement with the NCAA. It has been insisted that the reward is the scholarships providing for student tuition or living expenses at some of the top schools in the nation. Most people have argued about college players getting a fair share for sacrificing their bodies and time, which is up to 60 hours a week. The athletes have celebrity status due to media exposure. The talent brings in the billions for NCAA. “I think they should get paid just in case they turn

professional and they would have an idea on how to spend their money wisely, a huge number of former pro athletes have gone bankrupt due to poor financial management,” said Delta college athlete Santiago Prieto. Another Delta student supported the idea of college athletes getting paid. “Yes they should because the time and dedication sports require doesn’t leave time for the athletes to get a job so they should get some sort of compensation,” said second-year student and sports fan Mike Pfennig. A recent court decision may shake things up. Last August, a judge ruled athletes in top men’s basketball and football programs can receive a little share from licensing revenues at the end of their college careers. NCAA is currently appealing the decision.



Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

SFMOMA graces Haggin Museum By Kellen Medina


tockton’s Haggin Museum is the final stop for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA) collection, Photography in Mexico. Since a three-year renovation began in 2013, the museum has been sending its collection to other museums as a part of “SFMOMA On the Go.” Meredith Lange, publicity coordinator at the Haggin, said the museum “felt this show had the ability to not only speak to Stockton’s Mexican-American community, but also opens up a dialogue about the nature of community and how cultural identity is formed within diverse regions like the central valley.” Lange, who also teaches art history at Delta, said “this show has something for almost everyone.” The collection of photographs covers a 90-year span that documents the nation’s journey into modernization and the struggle Mexican people had keeping their culture and identity throughout the transformation. The journey starts in the 1920s and follows a post-revolutionary country as it evolved. Captivated by the earlier

work of Edward Weston and Tina Modotti, Mexican photographers were inspired to explore the artistic side of photography. The influence becomes clear when viewers see the conscious use of lines and angles in the work of Manuel Alvarez Bravo and his wife, Lola Alvarez Bravo. Lola’s work was said to have “sought to create a visual chronicle of her country and its rapid transformation, recording the disappearing ways of life in the decades following the revolution,” according to the exhibit. Lola’s photograph, Las Lavanderas (The Washerwoman), provides evidence of this. The photograph captures a woman washing clothes in the river from a high perspective. The isolation and long shadows in the photograph suggest a fading way of life. The photographers began to shift the focus towards social and political subjects in the 1960s and 1970s. Rodrigo Moya’s work reflects the pensive state of the people as they looked towards an uncertain future, wondering what it meant to be Mexican in this new world.

Enrique Metinides sequence, Suicida en la Cupula del Toreo (Suicide Rescue From the Top of the Toreo Stadium) is one of the most powerful pieces. The sequence shows a man standing on a high beam being rescued before he can leap. It illustrates how delicate the nation was, needing each other to survive, while revealing courage and compassion through the series. The 1980s marked another shift for the photographers who started using their work to show the social paradoxes in contemporary life. An example is Lourdes Grobet’s photographs of the Lucha Libre matches. The photographs possess a satirical arrogance. They show people who have become enormously animated characters, yet hide behind a mask. The exhibit will be on display at the Haggin Museum through June 14. Delta Students receive $3 off at the door with valid student identification. Hours are Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday 1:30 p.m to 5 p.m. First and third Thursday 1:30 p.m to 9 p.m.


By Megan Maxey & Midori Morita

Some say a picture is worth 1,000 words. How many would a live video stream be? Perhaps a lot more? Streaming live video has become a recent trend for musicians, celebrities, noteworthy writers as well as “the average Joe” have all started using it to promote and share themselves. Apps such as Periscope and Meerkat have recently made an impact in the app store. Users have downloaded and utilized the livestream video features of both apps to both stream and watch live video. Yahoo and YouTube have also had live streaming as a popular option. Yahoo live streams concerts almost every day for anyone to view. YouTube has the unique feature of live streaming an event and then saving the stream as a regular YouTube video. Twitch and Ustream have monetized this growing entity. It is obvious that the new generation is obsessed with documenting every second of their lives and the popularity of live stream video is just further proof of that.

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Issue 13 • April 24, 2015 •

Utah to use firing squad By Kayla Hernandez


30TH YEAR: The popular deep-fried asparagus returned for this year’s Asparagus Festival.

Asparagus Festival returns, exceeds expectations By Orlando Jose

The Asparagus Festival has a new home. This year the festival moved from Weber Point to the San Joaquin County fairgrounds. The Festival was a three-day event. Last year the event was nearly cancelled but Tony and Carol Noceti of Noceti Inc. decided to take on the traditional event and became the new organizers.

About three hundred vendors were present at the festival. Stockton definitely responded to the call to help save the Asparagus festival and the venue is more accommodating said Anthony Silva Silva also said he appreciated the Noceti’s who fought to keep the festival in Stockton. “The carnival is a lot better because last year there wasn’t too much attractions for the kids. This year they have a lot,” said carnival attendant and

Delta student Melinda Clara The famous deep-fried asparagus and asparagus ice cream returned for this year’s festivities among different varities of food. The community came together to make this event excel past previous years. “Stockton really matters, that don’t matter if were at the fairgrounds or downtown Stockton everybody should support their own city,” said Willie K. Kelly Jr.

The Utah State Senate recently voted to bring back death by firing squad. This will only happen if lethal injection drugs were unavailable when needed. Deaths by firing squad consist of the execution of a condemned person by shooting. According to the The New York Time’s website: “Only three death row inmates have been executed by firing squad since 1976, all in Utah.” As of the last execution date, 13 other prisoners have also been executed, according to the website of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. One of the 13 was in Missouri. The state’s department of corrections lists 10 condemned inmates whose trials were held in San Joaquin County as of April 6. Most states now use lethal injection as a way of execution style for death row inmates. “Bullets are cheaper and their death sentence would flow a lot smoother. It’ll also help with the

overcrowding prisons,” said Delta College student John Castro. The new execution style will have many pros and cons. It also raises questions. Utah will be the only state in the country to allow execution by firing squad. However, it will not be available at the prisoner’s request. It all depends on the accessibility of the lethal injection drugs. “Douglas Lovell was recently sentenced to death for murder. If the drugs aren’t available when his execution date is set, then under the new law, he will be put to death by firing squad,” as NPR reported While no standard protocol exists, there is a possible outlined procedure. “There is no official procedure for execution by firing squad. However, it is believed that five correctional officers will participate, each aiming at the inmate’s trunk. Some will have blanks and some will have live ammunition so that no one knows which gun committed the actual killing,” according to the website for the International Justice Program.

TEACHER: Students remember art instructor for going the extra mile to help students on projects continued from PAGE 1

decades has its moments. It wasn’t uncommon for Fujihara to teach multiple members of the same family over the years. Although Flesher is the first in his family to have Fujihara as a teacher, he is honored to have had him at all. Fuj was known to go the extra mile

for students. He would arrive early and stay after school for students who needed extra help with their assignments. Benjamin Fauth, another Lodi High alumn, didn’t take any classes with Fujihara, but still went in often and ate his lunch in the teacher’s classroom. During his time during lunch, Fauth learned a lot about Fuj. “He was very different from most

teachers. He was always understanding of people’s situations and he was always the person to talk to about anything,” said Fauth. Fujihara impacted almost every student that walked through Lodi High. “I don’t know any person who’s actually met him that he hasn’t made a memorable impression on. He was one of the kindest and funniest teachers I knew,”

said Fauth. Flesher had similar sentiments. “All the kids loved Fuj, and he loved them back,” he said. Since Fujihara’s passing on April 10, three memorials have been held. The first at Lodi High, the second at Lodi’s Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home and the third was again at Lodi High School.

VETS: Veteran’s administration grant program completes the circle of veteran safety net with Delta continued from PAGE 1 less vets off the streets, and preventing homelessness among struggling vets. “A big part of the program is providing wraparound supportive services,” said Feighery. In addition to monetary assistance, case managers connect vets with community services and organizations that provide practical and financial assistance to make housing attainable and sustainable. In a mutually beneficial association, Feighery and Rapada refer veterans to each other, creating a supportive network of veterans helping veterans. A vet’s eligibility to use the GI Bill generally expires 10 years after the end of service. Some veterans who need new job skills after that time has passed don’t know there are other options before their financial situation becomes critical. According to Feighery, because connecting a vet to government benefits or to a new job can take a long time, one of the quickest ways to secure a vet’s income and housing conditions is to have them enroll in school.

Registered student Micah Trahan’s personal journey into homelessness spanned 23 years of refusing the benefits she had earned by her time in the Army. “After the military, I vowed to never go back to the government for anything after what they’d done to me,” said Trahan, who said she suffered physical and mental trauma during her service. “I’m a logical person, I thought logic would just snap together like a puzzle and I’d be moving on. It doesn’t work that way,” said Trahan. The VetFam program helped Trahan progress from the streets, to the homeless shelter, to a boarding house and eventually into her own rental home. With her benefits in place and her feet firmly planted, her new goal is to study at Delta for a career in social services. Trahan said she was raised to believe life is about making a difference, “not just to exist but to set a path for somebody else, to make it easier, to make a mark.” Delta psychology student Darwin Drew, a former Coast Guardsman, suffered a loss of income

during the recession, ultimately losing his house and temporarily moving in with his father. “We’ve all got something wrong, you know, I was making it until now,” said Drew. When that arrangement became untenable, Drew found his own place. “VetFam helped me with my PG&E bill and helped me stay in my place,” said Drew. Now, many of these veterans are also spreading the word. “A lot of the veterans that we’ve helped, like some of the ones you’ve already interviewed, they’re now directing veterans immediately to us, so that’s really a good source of our referrals,” said Feighery. She is now paying forward the second chance she found at Delta by helping current and future students find stability and new directions for their own lives. “People who feel disconnected have a higher rate of homelessness. A lot of students that go to Delta, that sense of reconnection really helps pull them out of homelessness” said Feighery.

The Collegian -- Published April 24, 2015  

Issue 13 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published April 24, 2015  

Issue 13 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.