Issue 12 • Friday, May 4, 2018 • deltacollegian.net
Students question Tubbs about Stockton’s future By Catlan Nguyen Entertainment Editor
On April 19, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs came to Delta College to hold a town hall meeting to listen to students’ concerns regarding the community and city. The event was organized by Delta’s Empowering Positive Initiative for Change (EPIC) club and the club’s former president Mercy Bacallan. Members from the EPIC club, the Associated Students of Delta College, the Politics and Society club, the Black Student Union, Pathway to Law, the Puente Club, the Speech and Debate Club, as well as some local high schoolers were present. Other concerned citizens also attended on top of
club members. Questions from the crowd included how to reduce homelessness in Stockton, how the basic income demonstration works, the Stockton Scholar program, the Swenson Golf Course dispute and training for city police officers. Tubbs said the best way to attract more jobs and employers in Stockton is increasing the education standards as he has found that employers look for workforces with qualifications. In the top metro areas, Stockton ranks 99 out of 100 in educational attainment based on adults who are 25 and over with an associates or bachelors, according to the Brookings Institute. Tubbs launched the Stockton Scholar program in response to this issue.
The program is funded by a $20 million donation and will be available to Stockton Unified School District students for the next decade. It starts with Class of 2019 graduates and offers students who go straight to a four-year college $1,000 per year or $4,000 total or those who go to a two-year school $500 per year or $1,000 total. Tubbs has also worked with school districts to raise high school graduation standards. What spurred the basic income demonstration was Tubbs realizing the median household income for Stockton is $44,000 a year and the majority of economic opportunity is in minimum wage jobs. This demonstration is philanthropically funded,
See TUBBS, page 12
TRANSPORTATION MADE POSSIBLE
Delta College automotive students work showcased in community charitable effort
Nancy Valencia becomes emotional when receiving a new car. Right photo, Valencia family presented with newly refurbished car. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WEBER
By Sabrina Rodriguez Staff Writer
Nancy Valencia, a mother of three, finds no excuse when it comes to her children’s education. In rain or shine, Valencia walked her children to Davis Elementary, pushing her granddaughter in a stroller. Walking a stroller down a loosely cemented pathway, with rain pouring down, was a harsh task for Valencia. While some may find an excuse, Valencia’s children were punctual for class everyday. In April, community members, including students at Delta College, came together to provide a helping hand and ride in the form of a rebuilt 2014 Honda Fit to Valencia. The car was presented to her at a ceremony that included Delta College representatives. Jennifer Willis, the fifth-grade teacher of Adrian Valencia, mentioned how she would arrive to school early and see
the elder Valencia walking her children. Once Willis took action with speak“Often it was rainy and it was cold ing to the school board to help the and sometimes Valencia family, the sun wasn’t ideas flowed and even up and it just other companies pulled up my heart and organizations strings,” said Wilopened up their lis. hearts to help too. Willis took iniFabian’s Collitiative to speak to sion Center was the school principart of the idea to pal about helping help. the family. “We wanted “She (Willis) to use our reoffered to help me sources from the out with clothing body shop to help for the kids and I - Nancy Valencia somebody to help told her yeah bethe community. cause they need it We thought about because all their donating a vehiclothing is in storage right now,” said cle, we thought it was a great idea. We Valencia. started inquiring with insurance comNot only was the family without a panies about having a vehicle donated car, Valencia said she and the children to us and we could fix it and give back are homeless and are staying at a local to somebody in need … Luckily, doing hotel. my research, I came across this orga-
“It’s a blessing because no one out there would have done this for my family ...”
nization called National Auto Body Council… They shared our common goal ... We fix them (cars) we do a safety inspection; we make sure that this vehicle will be a solution to somebody in need,” said Fabian Ceballos, Co-owner of Fabian’s Collision Center. The gesture would be impossible without many helping hands. Students from Delta Colleges mechanics department were amongst those who were apart of the team who used their crafted skills to create this vision. “I helped take apart the car and paint it,” said Omar Macias, a Delta College automotive student said. Covered with a gray car cover, the tangerine orange vehicle was unveiled by the students when presented to Valencia. Valencia said this is going to help her life a lot. “It’s a blessing because no one out there would have done this for my family and they were the first ones to do this for me,” she said.
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May 4, 2018 2 news thecollegian Office of Violence Prevention sets impact plan into motion By Killian Barnhart Managing Editor
On April 27, the Office of Violence Prevention (OVP) set into motion a long-time plan to impact hard struck communities throughout Stockton. The plan takes community outreach originally performed solely in Downtown Stockton into the communities themselves, inviting the neighborhood to a community outing through flyers and canvassing from other groups such as the Peacekeepers. The event involved a community festival thrown at Loch Lomond park in North Stockton, complete with a barbeque pit, catering by Victoria’s Taquizas, a strip of the park set aside for games of flag football, a DJ, a performance by local dancers and by Stockton Poet Laureate Tama Brisbane. “We have events like this all the time, what we’re doing now is getting out into the community. Before, the events were centrally located, downtown. A lot of time our events were around City Hall and Weber’s Park. What we said this is time is that were the residents are, and that’s going to continue to happen,” said Keiland Henderson, the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Office of Violence Prevention. However, the plan involves more than a festival.
Organizers also reach out to the various community-based organizations in California, such as El Concilio, WorkNet, the Mary Magdalene Community Center, the Discover Challenge Academy and the NAACP among other organizations. The idea was that the various CBO’s would come down and introduce representatives with members of the crowd, as well as inform the crowd on resources offered. The resources included alcohol and drug diversion programs for those convicted of driving under the influence, tattoo removal services, information on the Alternative to Violence Program which provides lessons in conflict management, information on the rights of felons and information on enrollment with Discover Challenge Academy for high schoolers behind in credits needed to graduate. “The intent of today’s event is to show this community some love, we feel this community has been ignored. So the big reason is to introduce the resources. We’re hosting this, so we got all the CBOs on board to come out here and let them know there’s hope and resources. One of the big things is to let the community organizations know the communities here need their help, ” said Latosha Walden, the manager of the Office of Violence
Prevention. The event was attended by a large portion of the community, all of whom had opinions on what aspect of the event was the most beneficial. “The information is so valuable. I’m an advocate for mental health … I try to tell my families that you need to know your county’s and in order to know your country this is what you come out here to do,” said Caroline Cooper, one of those in attendance. The OVP plans on hosting similar events across Stockton. The OVP doens’t have a new location planned out but will make make a decision based on what community deems it requires most, said Henderson. Henderson said the OVP
Keiland Henderson, the Community Endangerment Coordinator for the office of Violence Prevention discusses the event with Caroline Cooper. (Top Photo) Bottom photo, One of the attendees sign up for services. PHOTO BY KILLIAN BARNHART
hopes remaining consistent with the events in the communities in Stockton that need it the most, more members of each community will turn out and the initiative
can make an impact in turning people away from violence.
The new lots in Lathrop, California are south of Lathrop High School and west of Interstate-5. DRONE PHOTOS BY MICHAEL WEBER
Lathrop expands for Bay Area emigrates By Michael Weber Social Media/Photo Editor
Earlier this year, the city of Lathrop resumed expansion of its Central Lathrop master planned community. City Manager Steven Salvatore oversees planning and development throughout the city. “In Central Lathrop right around just south of [Lathrop] high school, there’s 430 lots moving forward right now for development in the next year, year and a half,” said Salvatore. The expansion is part of one of the two master planned communities in Lathrop. “There’s 1000, 1500 acres or so [in central Lathrop]. We have 5-6,000 homes planned in that region with all the accompanied parks and schools,” said Salvatore. “The River Islands community is a 5000-acre master plan community, and that consists of ultimately between 11 to 12,000 homes and about five-million square feet of commercial center, employment center and town center.”
Salvatore explained Lathrop currently issues between 200 to 300 building permits per year. There is a plan to issue more. “When Central Lathrop starts issuing building permits here soon, we’ll probably hit between 4-500 building permits per year. And so, if we do the math on that, [it will take] several decades, and that’s without a downturn in the market.” The expansion comes at no surprise as San Joaquin County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in California. According the Manteca Bulletin: “Based on the May 2016 state report: Lathrop was the fifth fastest growing city in California percentage wide growing 4.2 percent by adding 936 residents. Menlo Park topped the list with an annual growth rate of 5.5 percent.” This growth is the consequence of the rising housing costs in the Bay Area. A report by the Mercury News said “the median price in December for a single-family home in Santa Clara County was $1.2 million, while a similar home
in San Mateo was $1.4 million, and in Alameda, $838,000, according to real estate firm CoreLogic.” Meanwhile, the median home value in San Joaquin County is nearly $360,000, according to Zillow. As more people are moving from Silicon Valley, one of the problems that faces Lathrop is homeowners are still commuting to the Bay Area for work. Salvatore said Lathrop will put effort towards retail and commercial expansion. There are about 700 acres straddling 120 “slated for industrial development, manufacturing, industrial warehousing.” “I’m really looking forward to a lot of the working with some of these bay area companies who have shown some interest in this region, and we’re looking to attract those companies to the area for jobs so that people who live here, work here and don’t have to travel over the Altamont to go to work in the bay area,” said Salvatore. With over 15,000 homes planned along with investments into industry, Lathrop is trending to be the modern boom town.
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May 4, 2018
MAKEUP MORE THAN SKIN DEEP By Victoria Torres
f there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I like makeup. No wait, I love makeup. Nothing quite compares to having my eyebrows on fleek, chiseled cheekbones and my favorite: a bold lip. Personally, I love a good lip gloss, and if I am looking to feel extra feisty or sexy I always reach for my Anastasia Beverly Hills red lip gloss in “Bordeaux.” But see that’s the thing, I wear this color so I can feel feisty and sexy, not to impress you. I’m sure we have all seen or heard of people, well scratch that, particularly young men, say: “Gotta take girls to the swimming pool on the first date.” That’s stupid. For one, when I feel good about myself, it means I’m in a good mood, which means others will feed off of my good energy and they’ll be in a good mood, which means we’re all going to be in a good mood and have a good time doing whatever we’re doing. Second, if you feel the need to take a girl to the “swimming pool” on the first date because the girl, dare I say, you’re trying to take out, wears makeup, then you already aren’t worth her time. You should like a girl for who she is on the inside and have an appreciation for what she does to make herself feel good whether its putting on makeup, going to the gym or anything else. That said, I have experienced the young men I mention at the beginning of the article, maturity and all, myself. Young men never had the appreciation or understanding of why I love makeup which is because it makes me feel good about myself and boosts my self-confidence.
It wasn’t until I met the man I am with today who truly appreciates my knack for makeup and my passion for making sure I take care of myself and do what I need to do to have extra confidence. I understand not all women like to have a beat face of makeup and that’s the beauty of it. Whether a woman just likes to wear mascara, or a woman just likes to wear concealer, or a woman likes to wear red lipstick every day, that is what makes her feel good and we as a whole should be happy that we’re all taking care of ourselves. So, ladies (and gents), next time someone, says anything about you wearing too much makeup when you’re wearing a look that makes you feel feisty, sexy, or beautiful, make sure the statement goes in one ear and out the other. We need to live in a world where we do what makes us happy and to all of the young men out there who felt the need to say I wear too much makeup, I’ll make sure my next look is dedicated to you, red lip gloss and all.
Starbucks takes action to train after discrimination incident By Charles Potts
n April 17, two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. The two were waiting for a friend and asked to use the bathroom without buying something. Eventually the men were asked to leave. After they declined, the manager called the police. The men were then arrested on suspicion of trespassing. The CEO met with the men to find a “constructive” way to solve this issue. You can’t deprogram a prejudice against another race. Immediately after this happened anti-Starbucks groups protested outside and inside of Starbucks. Calling Starbucks anti-black and the CEO’s statement just saying anything to take the heat off of Starbucks and make them look good. Starbucks is only closing for an afternoon, so it takes a couple of hours to teach people not to feel indifferent about people. Everybody is projecting the amount of money Starbucks stands to lose when they close their stores. But what about the feeling of being arrested and put into the back of a police car. Having their family watch the kids that they know and love taken into custody. Starbucks can stand to lose a couple of million dollars while these men can’t get their time back. On May 29, this year 8,000 stores will close when 175,000 employees receive anti-bias training. In the current climate black men and police officers
don’t mix well. The men were arrested because they didn’t buy anything. Think about that for a second. Meanwhile a good number of the population goes to Starbucks to study, to meet, to hang out, or to chill. We can sit in a Starbucks for hours on end and not buy a single thing and have not worried about being kicked out or arrested. Good for Starbucks for doing anti-bias training but realistically you can’t teach somebody not to be biased. Being racially-biased is being taught by parents to fear certain races because of what they see on TV or what they have personally gone through. Every black person isn’t going to steal something or assault you. We have eyes on us everywhere we go, we get followed around stores, or to hurry up and buy something. This will not solve the problem. Everybody has a bias even if it’s crossing the street when you see somebody or clutching your bag or children when somebody who doesn’t look like you pass by you. People of color live in fear everyday that a minor stop may lead to a different outcome than the one they thought of. We fear everyday if we get stopped by the police the situation might escalate and end up you not being able to go home. Thank God that didn’t happen in this incident. However, unnecessary stress and fear is uncalled for based on the color of skin. Let this story be a lesson. The manager put those two men in danger when she made that call to the police.
May 4, 2018
Feds need to wise up to new U.S. cash crop By Kayla Brown Staff Writer
alifornia struck gold when cannabis businesses opened to the public. In the world’s sixth largest economy, it’s no surprise the recreational marijuana industry is flourishing. Even before legalization in 2016 medical marijuana was worth $2.8 billion according to an article titled “Colorado Pot Revenue Shows no Signs of Slowing in 2018” from westword.com. But what about other states that legalized well before 2018? Colorado opened cannabis stores to the public in 2014. The state saw $76 million in revenue in the first year, according to an article titled “Five years in: The effects of legalization in Colorado and Washington state” from Lift News. In 2015 total tax revenues from cannabis increased to more than $135 million. Why is the cash crop illegal to this day, at the Federal level? The Federal Government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same category as Heroin, a more restrictive category than Schedule 2 drugs. Cocaine and meth are Schedule 2. According to “The spread of marijuana legalization, explained” an article onVox.com, the Drug Enforcement Agency states Schedule 2 drugs have some medical value, while Schedule 1 drugs don’t. This shows the utter inability of the Federal Government to see facts and reason, and to change the classification, when states and other countries like Uruguay are legalizing. The article “Marijuana Doomsday Didn’t Come” by Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan from the U.S. News said Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out to increase the Federal Government’s involvement in fighting against marijuana legalization. He has said on record, “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and supports the death penalty for marijuana dealers. He said it’s “slightly less awful than heroin.” According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana has been used successfully for cancer patients during chemo, childhood epilepsy, chronic pain
and as a substitute for opioids, among other things. Statistics in 2014 show Colorado having a 6.5 percent reduction in deaths from opioid abuse. A reversal of the previous 14-year upward trend according to the aforementioned article in Lift News. Marijuana helps people with opioid addiction, so why is it in the same category as heroin, an opioid? Sessions does not know what he is talking about. Despite the outdated stigma on the Federal level, cannabis shop owners continue to help the public, and it isn’t easy selling legally. Owners can’t file for many tax deductions resulting in income tax rates as high as 90 percent or more according to Davies and Harrigan’s article in the U.S. News. These businesses often function as cash-only because most banks don’t want to deal with businesses that “break Federal law”. The previously mentioned Vox.com article states the war on pot has cost the U.S. billions of dollars over decades. A waste of money and resources over a plant, with proven medicinal value. Over half a million Americans are arrested each year for marijuana possession according to U.S. News, wasting tax dollars and damaging families mentally and financially. The facts are all there. Marijuana legalization brings prosperity, eases pain in patients and families who have struggled with the unfair justice system criminalizing their loved ones. The marijuana industry in Colorado since 2014 has generated $617 million. The state used their wealth for good. The first $40 million each year goes to building and renovating public schools and the rest goes to substance abuse programs, recruiting new police officers and affordable housing, according to “Marijuana’s huge impact in Colorado by the numbers” from Fox News Denver. We can all agree, schools in the United States are significantly underfunded. Cowan Researchers have concluded a nationwide legal pot industry would cash out at $50 billion by 2026. The Trump administration needs to move forward with the affluent marijuana movement instead of going backwards in time.
Courage becoming a dying value in today’s society By Carmen Cruz Staff Writer
s the human race evolved, human civilization as a whole, advanced creating empires, doctrines, technology and all the wonders and privileges we enjoy today. We are now and have been for some time on the top of the food chain. The dangers we once faced like plagues are irrelevant today. I believe there’s a courage MIA in today’s generation, a type of courage that is hard to find. That’s why when we find this type of courage, we should honor it. My colleague and I recently interviewed Ben Nemtin from the MTV reality television show called “The Buried Life.” He shared with us how he decided to share his story of having depression to help a young girl share her story too. He shared his personal struggle with depression to millions of people in order to help a young girl. To me that is a brave thing. Okay, you may think it’s common today, especially in an era where we share and post everything on social media. It’s not necessarily true especially in a time where there’s social pressure to fit in, stigmas and our obsession to appear perfect, OG and boss get in the way. “Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s what we do when we feel fear. It takes a lot of courage to risk making a fool of yourself. It takes courage to be a loving
person…,” David Carter Author David Carter hit the nail on the head, describing the kind of courage that is absent in today’s generation. It takes courage to do the right thing. Look into social media, do you know how many bullies are glorifying hate acts? It’s easier to be cruel than not and to stand by and watch. There was an incident that happened to me when I was a young kid. My cousins, sisters, friends and I were walking to the local market store at the corner. Something happened that neither of us expected. A big Doberman came running from across the street coming right after us. Being the fastest runner in the group, I happened to run to the very front of the group until I realized that my little pudgy sister was most likely behind. I ran back and lo and behold she was pinned to the ground with blood coming down from her nose and still like a stone while the dog barked at her. I decided to go up to the dog and get the dog off her. Instead it cornered me against the rail threatening to bite me. Fortunately, a man in a baseball cap with his young son who was wearing a junior league baseball uniform, came out of his truck to fend the dog off. I’ve never seen a man reduce an aggressive huge Doberman into a yelping little Chihuahua and chase it away.
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MUSTANG ‘What is one thing you find overrated and VOICE one thing you find underrated?’
“One thing I find overrated this year … A Wrinkle in Time. Everyone made it out to be this big spectacle, but it was like The Wizard of Oz but toned down.” “Something I found underrated? I feel like the music of Janelle Monae is underrated.”
“Jordans are overrated.” “Toms for men are underrated.”
“Overrated? Fornite, because we’re grown now.” “Soundcloud is underrated. A lot of people I know don’t mess with Soundcloud.”
“Overrated? Nothing I can think of. Everybody is just themselves.” “Underrated....What’s going on around the world, like bombings. Those need to stop. Lessons and what’s going on around the world are underrated.” DAVID JACKSON
“Drinking alcohol in general. Mostly because it’s all hype. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t make you cool.” “Tea is so good. I love tea! It’s better than coffee. Thai tea, blueberry. It’ll get you.” FRANCISCO MARTINEZ
Graduating Collegian Staff reflects on Delta College experience Everyone has an opinion of college, but like your GPA, opinions change over time. The opinion that you have at the start of your Delta College experience is probably different from when you leave. Experiences on campus will sway your opinion of the school, whether it’s good or bad. As the semester winds down and graduation approaches, Collegian staff members share their reflections on Delta College and what it’s come to mean to them.
ALEX COBA, EDITOR IN CHIEF Most people have this notion Delta College is kind of trashy. Even before I graduated high school I would hear people murmur: “Oh, I don’t want to go to Delta. I feel like that’s rock bottom.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. McDonald’s is rock bottom. If done correctly, Delta College is not only the cheaper option than going into a four-year university right out of high school, but it’s where you get a sense of what you want to do with your life. I switched my major twice before I settled on journalism. Granted Delta College has some issues and I wish I was out of here sooner, but I for sure don’t regret my decision to come. This is the place where I found my passion and where I got to meet some extraordinary people. I’ll always be grateful to Delta for that.
SABRINA RODRIGUEZ, STAFF WRITER My experience at San Joaquin Delta College has been amazing. I transferred to Delta two years ago due to the fact that the college I previously had no longer offered the radio television program. I continue to work towards my goal yet needed better structure within that field so for the betterment of my career I decided to take the risk to drive an hour away to gain the knowledge and experience that I needed. The professors and the radio television program have been so encouraging and helpful and have even guided me in directions for job opportunities. Not only do I feel that they are good professors but they are also people I can call friend. So when people ask me how I feel about attending Delta College I would say I am blessed to be able to attend the school and graduate with what I want to major in . They say when you really want something you’ll work for it and you’ll find away and believe me there were many obstacles that I had to do to get what I wanted. Like I always say if it was easy everyone would do it and this road was not easy but I still did it.
VICTORIA TORRES, STAFF WRITER After graduating high school in 2015, my plan was to never attend college and go straight to work. Being the daughter I am though, I wanted to make my mom happy and attended that fall. I dropped a class, failed two, and barely passed one and figured I knew school wasn’t for me. It wasn’t until I saw a counselor and decided to take three guidance classes: Guidance 30, 31 and 32. The instructor was Stacey Bagnasco, a counselor at Delta. My life was changed, literally. She noticed I had a knack for writing but I was reluctant to see what she saw in me. At the end of the semester and after doing a ton of research about who I am throughout the course, I found my calling. I am now a communications major who finally took the leap and joined The
Collegian where I found a sense of purpose and fulfillment through writing. I didn’t become a college dropout in case you were wondering. I am now graduating Delta and moving on to a state university with no doubts or negativity. I am ready to see what others saw in me, especially Bagnasco and of course, my mom.
CHANELLE ANNE MUERONG, OPINION EDITOR I honestly don’t remember what my first thoughts on Delta were other than the fact that I was a high school graduate and I was legally an adult. I do remember how free I felt though because I usually stayed until my dad picked me up, which was around 6 p.m. I loved the atmosphere of the school. I loved how close everything was around campus. I liked having a crowd of friends to hang out after classes. The professors were interesting and the online portion of some classes confused me for a while but what really stood out was how calm the atmosphere felt whenever I sat in the quad area. There was always people hanging around or doing something weird. I guess that comes with every college campus. What this campus has that other colleges don’t have however, is the Collegian. Honestly, I never thought I would be close to a group this weird since I graduated high school. We all came from different backgrounds but somehow we all work well together. We’ve lost some members since I arrived but we also gained some new members, and each brings a little something extra to the group. I will miss them when I graduate.
MICHAEL WEBER, SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR There are two types of people who go to Delta College: people who want to be here, and who don’t. Being on both sides of that dichotomy, changing my major thrice and attended for four years, I consider myself a veteran of the Delta experience. My first years here I didn’t feel any passion about what I was doing; I was on autopilot. I hated my classes and I had no friends. The hardest part of Delta for me was feeling disconnected from a strong sense of meaningful work and community. As a last effort to continue my education, I ditched the practicality of pursuing business and engineering, and I pursued the arts. And I loved it. I connected with people who were like minded, and my homework didn’t feel like work. I am now graduating and transferring to Humboldt State University. I learned so much from my career at Delta, and I wouldn’t change it. Delta is either a personal hell or it is a place where you can hone your creativity and skills. It is a benevolent institution. It is up to you to decide which place it will be for you.
Cinema lacks orginal ideas for upcoming movies By Jasmine Gonzalez
hen was the last time you didn’t guess the ending of a movie? Or kept the same excitement for the movie when coming in? The cinema world is running out of ideas. I prefer movies be surprising if I am going to be watching in the theater. This is why “Truth or Dare” was a disappointment to me. It felt like any other scary movie. The only surprise was the ending, but after a while it makes sense. Movies have come to the point that most are now split into four categories: remake, sequel, published or resemblance. Remakes include ones released before and remade with new actors and slightly different story line. An example could include “Tomb Raider” which was released March 16 against “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” released in 2001 with Angelina Jolie. Though “Tomb Raider” was purely based on the game, the storyline is similar to the 2001 version. Croft is still the woman who lost her father at a young age and goes on a dangerous adventure to get him back. A difference bettween the two would be 2001 Lara lives treasuring her father’s memories
whereas 2018 Lara couldn’t care less. These aren’t big differences but it still bought a crowd like other remakes, but unlike other remakes this one wasn’t so bad. This is a rare situation considering the possibility remakes being better than the original is slim. Sequels are similar to remakes. It’s suggested sequels are a last attempt by directors, producers, actors, etc. to keep popularity going. It would make sense considering movies like “Transformers” keep getting released when the first movie clearly closed the story off. Published movies include movies based on books, games, shows. Movies from this category include “Ready Player One,” “Rampage,” “Teen Titans Go” and “Hidden Figures.” Fictional books are often twisted in either a good or bad way. The director could go by the book and throw in some surprises or can be changed by what the director thinks will work. “Twilight” can be watched by someone who isn’t a fan once and that’s enough. It can be seen by someone who doesn’t fall into the target market the movie is trying to bring. In the case of “Twilight,” that would be young girls to women in their early twenties. This is always the case when it comes to books like this where the girl has a love triangle with two perfect guys. In other
words books that thrive on “ships.” “Ready Player One,” though, doesn’t go by the book fully and was a fantastic movie. The book was detailed, which unfortunately can’t be put in a two hour and 20-minute movie. This lead to changes which worked for the movie. Book-based movies include true stories, which are fascinating but equally as predictable. People know the story before coming into the theater. Movies based on games and shows are lazy to me because the backstory is already there which means directors can spin the story. Movies in this situation include “Midnight Sun,” “Everything, Everything” and “The Fault in Our Stars.” All the movies mentioned were based on teen girls with incurable illnesses that fall in love. Each struggles with the illness and tries to work with it, whereas Katie in “Midnight Sun,” and Hazel in “The Fault in Our Stars” had actual illnesses, Maddy in “Everything, Everything” didn’t at the end. Her mother lied to her and had her locked up for years because she didn’t want to lose her daughter. ‘Unoriginal’ has become our cinemas’ keyword and ‘original’ has become lost. Somehow we have accepted it.
May 4, 2018
Thrifting Fashion infindsStyle for students on a budget
Black-Lace Crop Top The Outlet Thrift Store Cost: 87 cents
Black and Cream Patterned Pants The Outlet Thrift Store Cost: $2
Green Velvet Jacket Superior Thrift Cost: $6.70
Purple Velvet Tank Top Superior Thrift Cost: $2.60
Leather Jacket w/ Patchwork Superior Thrift Cost: $15
High Waisted Mom Jeans Big Valley Thrift Cost: $7.99 By Catlan Nguyen Entertainment Editor
Fashion Nova who? Thrifting helps create unique wardrobes without breaking the bank. Thrift stores are the best place to find one-ofa-kind pieces and typically expensive brand name clothes.
Stockton thrift stores include Superior Thrift, the Outlet, Big Valley Thrift, the Hope Chest, and Goodwill. Superior Thrift also has an additional student discount every Thursday and offers coupons. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can also buy clothing items from a thrift store and DIY it to fit your style more. YouTube has a plethora of DIY fashion videos if you’re lacking inspiration. More dollar bills don’t equal more style.
Blue Jeans Goodwill Cost: $5.99
May 4, 2018
Unique eats at local hotspot Bon Mange By Nuntida Sisavat Staff Writer
Looking for some good eats? Bon Mange, located on 2819 West March Lane in Stockton, is the place to be. The word translates from French to English as “good eats.” Walking in, patrons eyes are greeted by an enormous vibrant green wall with the business name on it. Seating options range from couch or chair. If you’re looking to kick back, the blue comfortable couch is calling your name. “My favorite thing about working here is the concept,” said employee Sidni Okazaki. The menu is filled with a variety of things such as macarons, teas and desserts. Bon Mange steps out the box with a creative menu. Once a month the entire staff come together and brainstorm. The managing team encourages their employees to be open with their ideas, from the menu and the presentation of their store, according to Okazaki. With the brain-works of all the different types of employees your bound to have a diverse and colorful menu.
“We are always thinking of new flavors we can do and products we can sell.” said Okazaki. Examples are the Nimbus Bites and Bingsu. The taste is great but the presentation is out of this world. The Nimbus Bites come in a clear cup filled to the brim with bright orange cheese balls as smoke oozes from out the bottom of the cup. The bites being cold and crunchy, every bite leaves you with cool refreshing mist of dry ice. Giving you the perfect post on Instagram. Each bite is an experience. Bingsu is a Korean dessert consisting of shaved ice, topped with sweets such as fruits, cotton candy, mochi and more. The consistency is very unique, it isn’t icy like a snow cone, more so a soft and flaky ice cream
Food showdown in quad puts culinary arts students’ dishes, talents on display
A variety of food avaliable to eat at Bon Mange located. Bingsu (top, right) is a Korean dessert Macaroons (bottom, left) displayed. Nimbus Bites (bottom right) are cheeses balls. PHOTOS BY NUNTIDA SISAVAT
that melts immediately as it meets your mouth. Bon Mange comes through with originality by serving Bingsu over a bowl of dry ice
keeping the shaved ice chilled and well why else other than it looks awesome. Bon Mange allows diversity to show through its menu and with
diversity comes creative minds resulting in exceptional products. Bon Mange is a culinary experience that everyone should try.
‘Meal and a Show’ event helps homeless By Vivienne Aguilar Staff Writer
Jay Cat Da Savage is coordinator of “Meal and A Show,” an organization bringing a happy, healthy, giving environment to homeless people. “It’s about feeding, clothing, and providing a service for these people. So I would like for mental health to come out and set up a booth and talk to people just at random. Also Central Valley housing or any kind of housing organization that could help get these people in a home and off the streets. I would like for them to come up and set up a table and be part of it,” said Da Savage. At first artists would stand around to freestyle acapella. A DJ soon followed, creating a bigger atmosphere. The very first meal and a show took place on Memorial Day 2017. Da Savage only anticipated one event but continued to organize more because he received a positive response from hungry Stocktonians. Along with food and live entertainment, the homeless receive haircuts and makeovers. This event runs bi-monthly on the reliability of volunteers, artists and cooks. Da Savage is planning to move to Washington to spread the organization to heavy populations of homeless citizens. Today, Da Savage believes that on social
media a lot of people fixate on race, that lot of issues are racial issues. From a Muslim’s point of view he asks how individuals can treat “brothers and sisters” wrong just because s/he is different? The racial dividing situation is not diminishing it’s actually a situation that’s growing and increasing homeless populations. “We have to do something as people of the city because it could be me, it could be you. Anybody can end up in that situation and wouldn’t they want help? Or at least some kind of little something to break up the monotony of everyday struggles of living in a tent or a shelter,” said Da Savage. A goal for “Meal and A Show” is to one day serve more than one hotdog to people, a potluck with the community is the dream. The homeless look forward to Savage’s event. When he and his wife go out to the streets and give people coffee on cold nights, the homeless respond with enthusiasm asking about the next “Meal and a Show” date. “That kinda touches me, like man I’m doing something that they look forward to, that makes me feel good. That’s my reward,” said Da Savage. Da Savage plans to find a new outlet other than social media to spread the word about the events. Local news coverage brings hope that more people will donate supplies and get involved. Da Savage said he and others have provided for the event out of pocket before. FULL STORY AT DELTACOLLEGIAN.NET
Attendees at “Meal and a Show” in line for food during event on Sunday, April 29. Students in the Culinary Arts program work at food tents during a “war” where multiple tents cook for students at the plaza on campus. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL WEBER
PHOTO BY VIVIENNE AGUILAR
May 4, 2018
Crazy sweet treats at House of Ice cream
Two year old Jelynn Barnes (left) enjoying A Crazy Shake. Cookie monster (top) treat available at house of ice cream. A variety of topings (Bottom) avalible at house of ice cream. PHOTOS BY KAYLA BROWN
Williams favorite thing to order is the Crazy Shake, a creative concoction starting with a mason jar rimmed with frosting filled with a milkshake and topped with House of Ice Cream in downtown Stockton a scoop of ice cream, one donut, whipped cream and is more than a place to cool off away from the tri- a topping. valley heat. Husband and wife owners Roderick and The owners use locally sourced ingredients in their Aminda Tyler opened the business in May 2016 for products and make the ice cream fresh daily. one important reason. “A good friend of mine, he has a ranch. We get We were poor, so we needed money. It was mainly a lot of our milk from there, creamer, stuff like that like just being in the struggle and trying to find a whenever we can,” said Roderick. way out. We liked ice cream, we wasn’t necessarily The donuts they use come from Aminda’s father’s passionate about it, but now we are,” said Roderick. donut shop called Daily Fresh Donuts in Manteca. But the Tyler’s aren’t just in it for the cash. Customer Vanessa Casas and her five-year-old “Customer service is the most important thing to daughter Cali come to House of Ice cream for the us. We treat everyone really good, it’s an individual quality. experience,” he said. “These are people that we “When I’m feeding my kid, I want to know what help, we don’t just see dollar signs. We try to make the food is made of and where it comes from. At this relationships with our customers. We want to build a place, the ingredients are fresh and simple,” she said. relationship with them, where If they going through The Tyler’s try to be as green as possible. something we can help them somehow.” “We don’t like to give receipts, but if somebody asks Madison Williams, a regular since 2017, said she for one we do. And we pay employees through direct likes the positive energy at House of Ice cream as well deposit and just, all paperless,” said Roderick. as the customer service. Even the atmosphere in the shop is outdoor friendly. “Everybody’s really friendly, everybody’s always “We open all our windows and a lot of our doors so smiling as we come in, they actually recognize me,” we can get like, natural lighting,” he added. she said.
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The business hasn’t been without setbacks. In June 2017 Roderick was taking out the trash one night when a group of men cornered and assaulted him. A neighbor Deborah Wellington saw it happening through her window, went outside and bravely stood up to the armed men telling them the police were coming. The men fled the scene, she took care of Roderick until medics arrived. “You know what I don't feel it was right, I don't feel it was wrong, I just felt like it was what needed to be done,” said Wellington. Hours after the attack, with a broken jaw Roderick wrote on social media: “Love always wins.” He said of the experience, “anything negative in my life, I don’t like sob about it, I try to use it as motivation.” “You see bad stuff going on everywhere, even in the nicest areas like L.A. or San Francisco, you can’t escape it, so live your life,” he said. Roderick was a Delta College student but said the curriculum was redundant and outdated and left. “You gotta know people out here like, school don’t teach you nothing except to be social and meet people, it’s not about the grades you make but the hands you shake,” he said.
Bringing shoes back from the grave
Student works to repaint, re-glue, deep clean and fully repair kicks for others By Raul Torres Sports Editor
Classic shoe repair has always been an industry. People come in to get dress shoes shined. If a clip is broken off, it gets fixed. Now shoe restoration is going to a next level. It’s about full body restoration so when a shoe is no longer “wearable” it can come back to life. Delta College student Salvador Aceves aka @salthesneakerhead on Instagram is a shoe restorer and is growing a following fast for his work. “I started out in eighth grade watching a YouTube channel and seeing how others would repaint and do basic restores on shoes. So I was always interested, I came across some Jordan 6 infrared’s and these were my grails, but they were in the worst condition so I tried to restore them and I feel I did really well for my first time and after that I got really into it and bought better equipment and now I’m at where I am,” said Aceves. His process is varies on each shoe. Some customers may just want to get the shoe repainted so he offers that
service. People may want to get the sole re-glued so that is one of the many services he provides. Restoration is an industry that has really grown in the last 5-8 years. It is very accessible to go online and buy your own shoe restoration kit. To get @salthesneakerhead to restore your shoes he has a process which is he wants you to send in a picture of your shoes to his email. He then asks the customer what would he like being done to the shoe. Would you like a full restoration? Repaint? Re-glue? Deep clean? He determines price off of work needed done. Aceves gives a two-week window to get your shoe back. Knowing someone local has your shoes gives people reassurance the shoes will come back. The shoes are getting work done by a genuine person that loves his craft and wants to have a positive influence on the sneaker community. “I just always loved shoes, my first pair of shoes that I actually got to pick out were the Iverson’s and I didn’t even want to wear them at first. Overtime I started collecting Jordan’s and now I usually just buy running shoes for comfortability since I always on the go,” said Aceves Shoe restoration is his main business, but Aceves has big plans for this upcoming year he is looking to expand his business into chopping and sewing shows which is to make lowtops into hightops or vice versa. You can contact Salvador Aceves via Instagram @salthesneakerhead where he has his work cell phone number on his page to get a price and drop off time.
May 4, 2018
Mustangs stay hot going into playoffs By Raul Torres Sports Editor
The Delta College baseball program is accustomed to winning and this season is no different. The Mustangs are going into the playoffs and their overall record is 34-6 (19-1 at home, 9-5 in conference play). Delta is riding a seven-game winning streak with their confidence at an all-time high for this weekend’s California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Baseball Regional Playoffs. Mustangs ended the season in first place in the Big 8 Conference while finishing the last series of the season with a three-game sweep of Sierra College. No. 23 Jake Cruce and No. 22 Beau Philip both ended the season with the top Slugging percentage and leading the team with eight home runs apiece.
The pitching this year was a strong point as well as starting pitcher No. 11 Nick Avila finished with 13 game appearances and 71 innings pitched with a starting record of 8-1. While freshman pitcher No. 9 Kevin Kyle finished with a record of 7-1 with 66 innings pitched. Coach Reed Peters always has had his team ready during the season and his preparation is elevated during the playoffs. Delta Baseball has made the Elite 8 the past five years. Delta Baseball have also made the Final Four, three out of the last five years and were state champions in 2011. The Mustangs hope for a deep run in the playoffs again and have their eye on a state championship as well. Delta starts CCCAA Baseball Regional Playoffs this weekend May 4 at home against Taft College.
Delta’s athletic trainers assist injured athletes By Carmen Cruz Staff Writer
The Delta College Athletic Trainers Facility treats injured student-athletes for all seventeen plus sports. One member of the athletic trainer team is Tessa Dahl. A University of Pacific graduate, Dahl was inspired by her late grandfather's love for sports and history of “medical complications” to pursue sports medicine. “I wanted to help people who are in the same helpless scenario,” said Dahl. After earning a UOP training certification, Dahl obtained her masters in Kinesiology at Fresno State where she also interned in athletic training. In May 2017, Dahl accepted an internship with the UC Davis Athletic Trainers Facility and worked with the men’s water polo and women's gymnastics teams and shortly after she was employed at Delta College. “I loved the environment, the community and mentors,” said Dahl who credits Delta’s athletic trainer Kevin Anderson as one of her role models. “He is someone I feel I can rely on,” said Dahl of Anderson. “She's a great addition. She transitioned well. I worked at various places, compare to other junior colleges, our facility is much better. Visiting teams comment how bigger it is,” said Kevin Anderson. Dahl aspires to continue to work for many years as an athletic trainer and broaden her experience. Both Dahl and Anderson hope to upgrade equipment, get more rehab equipment and create a private space for doctors where student athletes with serious injuries could be treated. “My grandfather really wanted me to go pro. But I love Delta. It's not famous. But Delta produces a lot of talented athletes. I want to help them achieve their goal and be part of their development,” said Dahl.
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Delta’s baseball team, top, stands for the National Anthem before the start of the last regular season home game. Above, starting pitcher Nick Avila winds up to throw in the second inning. PHOTOS BY ALEX WOODS
Stockton’s Semi-Pro team having trouble finding home By Vivienne Aguilar Staff Writer
Stockton’s American Basketball Association (ABA) semi-pro group is called Team Trouble. In 2018 Trouble played in the Stockton Arena but will not be able to renew the contract for upcoming seasons. The team’s contract was severed last year, according to Delta College Interim Athletic Director Tony Espinoza. In Team Trouble’s search for a new home court, the franchise has expressed interest in the facilities at Delta College. While playing at the Stockton Arena, vouchers were given away on the team’s website, teamtrouble.net for free entry. The website still advertises for the previous 2018 season at the arena and contains broken links for social media and contact information. Because of this The Collegian wasn’t able to reach out to the team’s owner or players. Last season’s roster included a handful of former Delta players, said Espinoza. If Stockton’s ABA league is revived for another season the city would basically have a farm system for the National Basketball Association. High school basketball players would have a goal to play at the junior college level and from there aspire to play for local Team Trouble, and then for Stockton Kings in the G League. “I think that’s a great opportunity as JC players just to get involved with basketball players and learning from people that already plan on going to the NBA or have been coached or played with an NBA coach. Just to learn from the experience,” said Keith Terry, No. 30 on Delta’s men’s basketball team. Delta’s faculty is currently settling in on what
the basketball teams and classes need from our courts in fall 2018. Team Trouble would have to present a schedule around what Delta currently has in place, including practices. An outside group such as Team Trouble might have a tough time getting into the gym at such a busy time of the year. Community based groups have worked around Delta plans and have been able to utilize all facilities at some point. The pool, soccer and softball and baseball fields, and track have all been used by outside parties and occasional youth groups in the gyms. Delta is welcome to hosting community programs outside of the school’s agenda. James Paul, Team Trouble’s owner initiated conversations with Delta. It is confirmed Team Trouble’s management group has an explicit interest looking at next year. Delta only asked that they narrow it down to specific dates. Since the expressed interest there has been no contact, Espinoza assumes they’re working on solidifying dates in order to share them with Delta in order to determine whether or not the facilities will be able to accommodate. There are high hopes Delta and Team Trouble will have compatible schedules. “You’d be better off asking them because last time we spoke it was ‘let us know once you have your schedule set and then we can compare it to what we have coming up’. We haven’t been able to solidify anything. If it is something that can work for both sides and we can find the time in the facility, we’d love to have them out here,” said Espinoza.
May 4, 2018
Miracle Mile brings ‘midsummer’ to life By Vivienne Aguilar Staff Writer
Showbiz Theater Company on the Miracle Mile staged a “Hook,” inspired rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream through April 29. A handful of Delta College students took part in creating the magic of an enchanted forest, fairies, and drama. Traditionally, Showbiz uses a proscenium stage but Director James Reed decided to immerse the audience in Athens along with the actors. “This is my first play directing, ever. I’ve done musicals but this is my first play. I just fell in love with the story a while ago and I figured this would be a great vehicle to modernize and hopefully bring younger people into this world of Shakespeare. We worked with the fact that it was the concept of a telenovela so really you don’t understand the language but you have an idea of what’s going on,” said Reed. The story follows the character Puck, played by Romy Evans. As Puck’s young mind brings the characters to life in the twisted tale between young lovers, the room becomes an enchanted forest. Puck’s costume in the first scene is modern with a t-shirt and cargo pants then becomes Rufio-esque with feathers and a fur vest. A similar transition happens to the Athenian characters as they enter the forest and mix into Puck’s imagination. Delta student Grace Wiesepape did costume and makeup design for the show. It was her third Shakespeare show. The modern Athenian costumes, had to be bought. Fairy costumes were regular outfits that were altered or created into whole new projects. Methods used were tye-dyed, ripping and shred-
ding a lot of stuff AND adding to leather jackets. Nothing was made from scratch. “Thank God,” said Wiesepape. A notable prop/ costume piece was Bottom’s donkey head made of intertwined twigs. The piece was a collaboration between Reed and Wiesepape. Makeup was minimal for theater in the round, the most makeup was facepaint, worn by the Lost Boy-themed fairies. Costuming was more demanding with theater in the round. Actors interact with the audience during the show so any inconsistency in wardrobe will be noticed. “A lot of people who are starting to costume may see things like this as a challenge, ‘cause A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast keeps the audience enthralled by acting in close proximity he (Reed) wanted it to the audience. PHOTOS BY VIVIENNE AGUILAR modern but fantasy and he wanted lost boys but realistic and later becomes Thisbe. he still wanted it “I have done Shakespeare before and I knew that to be known ‘these are fairies,’” said Wiesepape. I already liked it. Reading it was kind of difficult to She advises aspiring costume designers to use get the language but I was really excited to get deep whatever you can get out of your direction down into the words and the meanings and come up and reminds as long as you check in everybody will with the new insults in older English,” said Vasquez. be happy. Check out the company’s future shows this summer Actor Ricky J. Vasquez is also a Delta student. at showbiztheater.org. He portrayed the the character Francis Flute who
Actors ‘Working’ over hours for opening night By Jasmine Gonzalez Entertainment Editor
Lights. Camera. Action. It’s getting to the end of the semester and while some are begging for summer break and dredging finals others have bigger plans in between. The Drama Department is currently working on ‘Working’ a musical directed by Ashlee Temple that is set to premier on May 4 at 7 pm and continue on through the weekend and the next in the Tillie Lewis Theatre. According to Temple the cast consists of 14 actors with some actors taking multiple roles .Singing rehearsals started in January which was roughly eight weeks of just singing followed by full rehearsals in March. “Their amazing, they put in so much time...on Saturday the come in for 12 hours, on time and they don’t get paid. On weekdays they go to class
and they come here,” said Ashlee Temple. Working takes place not in a specific location but in a specific occupation setting. The play shows the occupations of different workers going by a course of a day, 24 hours. “It’s about a bunch of different people, each person gets only five minutes with each character,” said Nick Giovannoni. Very much like Giovannoni had said each actor plays a character for only five minutes. The audience will only get five minutes to understand each occupation. Which could be a bonus because as college students you study something in a specific field not understanding the situations of others in other occupations. “That regardless of the job or occupation that an individual is still a person,” said Imri Tate. ‘Working: a musical’ could remind one of ‘Into the Woods,’ a musical with each story being different but fixing
like puzzle pieces. Unlike ‘ Into the Woods’ the latter would be more real, tied together through monologues and songs. As mentioned most actors took on multiple roles which might seem challenging to some but not to these actors. “As an actor we are meant to mold and develop our craft so it’s enlightening for us about all these individuals and the service they provide,” said Nick Giovannoni “It’s like you got four Working Cast rehearses full play on the weekdays before the weekend different skins…the more opening night. PHOTO BY CHARLES WILLIAMS distant you can make the four of them makes it all the more better.I play three are so different with different The cast seems to be lookcharacters the tech support actions, ways, feelings, etc. ing forward to opening night agent, ironworker, fireman “It’s very diverse because through it all. which are three distant you get a mix of many dif“I am looking forward to characters the Iron worker is ferent people,” said Antonio the crowds reactions...the introspective, the Tech support Munoz. roars of applause,” said Miguel agent likes people and the Though there had some Bedolla. fireman lives to serve,” said drawbacks the show and these With a cast using words like Naraz Chan. actors have gone above a be“relevant”, “diverse”, “alive” to In other words for them it’s yond to get this done most say describe the play it must be a easy because the characters they would do it again. sight worth seeing.
Former students embraces punk side By Vivienne Aguilar Staff Writer
Former Delta College student Nelson Delcid, the bassist of local band Cheap Shoes, spearheaded a Punk Show held on April 28. The show was played in J. Big Studio in Stockton. Members of participating bands came from all over. The band Choke traveled from Oakland, Creases from Tracy, Years of Aggression from Amador and Sissy Fit members came from San Leandro, Tracy and Stockton. Delcid is 21. The show’s theme was punk rock and hardcore. Some subgenres included powerviolence and powerviolence grindcore. Delcid describes Cheap Shoes as extreme heavy music. Punk rock, hardcore and metal vibes connected the fans. The same crowd is common to these shows. The community is small and attracts all ages. Colorful hair, eyeliner-hearts and stern looks are common characteristics in this crowd. Delcid and his band didn’t headline the show, but graced the stage second after Knee Deep. The Stockton bands appear to be interchangeable. Many of the members have played together or are fans of one another after attending many
intimate gatherings at house shows in the past. Delcid met his bandmates at a similar show while in high school. “Cheap Shoes started maybe like I (want to) say in 2015 and I was 19 at the time. It was either 2015 or 2016 summer. I play bass, Matt (Moua) is the wielder of the axe guitar, Mitchell (Vierra) plays drums like a madman, he plays traditional, you don’t see that a lot. Richard (Burriel) is the vocalist, he’s actually the one that started it all, so it’s kind of like his baby,” said Delcid. Fans tend to get rough at local punk shows. Whether or not you’re in the scene yourself, if you attend you risk the chance of getting kicked, hit and pushed. Delcid said people should probably expect to get hit if you find yourself too close to the mosh pit, which is usually located in the center of the crowd, closest to the music. Bands Choke and Age of Aggression were new to the Stockton community, debuting at the show. Fans loved them and gave positive feedback during sets by moshing. At the beginning of songs, the drummer and vocalist of Choke voiced his political and social opinion to the crowd. He reminded the punks to respect the venue, that “it’s
Creases (above) and Age of Aggression (left) play for the audience at J. Big Studio on April 28. PHOTOS BY VIVIENNE AGUILAR
not cool to be an a**hole” for the sake of punk rock. Other outstanding messages were “STOP VICTIM BLAMING” and “DEATH TO FASCISTS”. Age of Aggression did similar intros to its songs, urging the crowd to be aware of the importance of taking care of oneself.
Cosmic Bowling leaves people starry-eyed By Victor Zuniga Staff Writer
People are starting to enjoy nighttime activities like cosmic bowling in Stockton now that the warmer seasons are beginning. Bowling is a fun activity for most, but people are always looking for ways to make things more exciting. Many bowling alleys have begun implementing ‘cosmic bowling’ to create a new environment in their establishments and also to draw in a new crowd of people that otherwise would think that bowling isn’t all that fun. ‘Cosmic bowling’ is nighttime bowling but with a twist. The regular lighting is turned off and there are usually many different types of other lights used such as strobe lights, black lights, LEDs, lasers, and many other types. This is also followed up with music, either played by a DJ or through the buildings sound system. The music that is played can vary from all sorts of genres in music, whether it be hiphop, rock, R&B, oldies, there is a vast arrangement of music types for everyone. “It’s a pretty cool scene, it’s a fun activity to do with your friends or co-workers, or maybe even a date. Either way it’s just a nice place to chill and kick back and have some fun. The nice thing is anyone can bowl, it’s not like a club or something where you gotta be 21 or older to get. Everyone can come in and have a good time.”, stated Joseph Torres a Delta student. While it is true that cosmic bowling is for people of all ages, there of course are amenities for the older crowd as well.
Both Pacific and West Lane Bowl have bars located within their buildings. You can grab a drink if you’re of age as well as enjoy the bar area that offers more music with their own separate sound systems and dancefloors. There are also pool tables and e-games available. “I like coming here. It’s a fun way to relieve some stress and hang out with friends. It’s nice that they have a bar in case you wanna grab a drink too. You don’t have to go out of your way to like a club or an actual standalone bar to get a beer or something. Plus, they got some pretty food in case you get hungry. They got everything that you need in one place.”, said Eleanna Garza another Delta student. There are also restaurants located in the bowling alley as well in case people get hungry and want to enjoy a meal without having to leave their games. Arcades are also available for another fun activity to do, while either waiting for a lane to open up for you or just to kill time in between games. Prices vary depending on location but are very reasonable, especially if one goes as a group. “Yeah man, bowling is fun and... it’s pretty affordable for most people, especially if you go as a group, which most people do anyways. It offers the chance for people to come together and have a good time for a cheap price. Good, clean fun. That’s the way it should be. (laughs)”, said local resident Jose Hernandez. Pacific Avenue Bowl, located on 5939 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95207 and offers cosmic bowling Fri-Sat. West Lane Bowl, located on 3900 West Ln. Stockton, CA 95204 and offers nighttime bowling Fri-Sun.
Looking for a venue that would commit to housing live bands with their equipment and sometimes violent fans is the hardest part for Delcid when planning a show. Stockton doesn’t have many community places or businesses open to live music in general. Empresso and other open mic opportunities
seem to cater to indie type stuff and one type of audience, not full bands. “It didn’t used to be like that, back in like 2012. 2008-2012. We (now) resort to house shows and just wherever we can find. Hope that it doesn’t get shut down or something like that,” said Delcid.
Student voices carry in Danner Hall
Above, Jeffrey James (J.J.) Brown feeling the music. Below, Anna Mathews and her two friends Teya Wasel and Jacqueline Sarabia singing as a group at Delta’s karaoke night in upper Danner Hall on April 24. PHOTOS BY CATLAN NGUYEN
Delta College’s Activities club, AGS, BSU, and Delta Drama Club collaborated to host three Karaoke/Open Mic nights this semester. On April 24, the Activites club hosted a karaoke/open mic event to promote student involvement and make campus life more enjoyable. The Activities Club will continue karaoke next semester.
May 4, 2018
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the mayor said that people were misinformed and ill informed,” said student Peter Perez. After the meeting, students had the opportunity to meet the mayor. “This was my first time meeting the mayor and it was very informative and I learned a lot about the community and what the needs are and I hope I can contribute to that,” said student Graciela Villa. For more information about qualifying for the universal basic income demonstration visit stocktondemonstration.org.
Mayor Michael Tubbs answering the crowd’s questions and offering solutions to their concerns. PHOTO BY ALEX COBA
Court judge rejects Trump’s legislation against DACA cious,” as well as the Department of Homeland Security, failed to give adEditor in Chief equate reasoning for the ending of the program. On April 24 Federal Court Judge The court has given the Trump adJohn Bates of the U.S. District Court ministration approximately 90 days for the District of Columbia rejected for them to challenge the ruling. the Trump administration’s reasoning If the administration fails to make for Deferred Action for Childhood a compelling argument for the endArrivals (DACA) program. ing of DACA the court will reinstate DACA is a program put in place DACA to its full status prior to its during the Obama administration. revocation The program allowed immigrants President Donald J. Trump made who met certain requirements im- a vow to end the program during his munity from deportations. It also al- campaign and in September made lowed for the issuing of work permits. the announcement that the program In a lengthy 60-page ruling Judge would come to an end on March 5. John Bates concluded that the ending During the three-day government of DACA was “arbitrary” and “capri-
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shutdown back in January, the Supreme Court decided not to fast-track the legal battle DACA would entail. As a result, the courts allowed for renewal for current DACA recipients. With the most recent ruling, the courts have allowed new applications for the DACA program within the 90-day window. This has given local citizens a temporary sigh of relief. Stockton local Hector Guzman Jr. expressed relief to a new ruling in an interview translated from Spanish. “My DACA renewal just recently went through so I’m extremely overjoyed, and my cousin is currently in the process of applying for hers,” said
Guzman. Maira Johnson, a Sacramento resident, said how important DACA is to her bottom line. “My husband Manuel isn’t a U.S. citizen, so we depend on DACA to not have to worry on about my husband getting deported. I’m currently a full-time student at Sac State and my husband works full time so financially we depend on DACA,” said Johnson. Delta College has resources for undocumented students here on campus. On Friday, May 11, Stockton will host the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation that will provide free legal consultation for DACA students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Issue 12of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.