Issue 12 • Friday, May 5, 2017 • deltacollegian.net
DELTA LOOKS AHEAD
Master Plan forums provide info, answer questions By Francina Sanchez Feature Editor
Delta College has undergone some renovations in recent years, the campus has seen a complete overhaul since its building at the current location in the 1970s. Now Delta is looking 20 years into the future. On April 25, Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Matt Wetstein, introduced the Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) during a presentation held at the West Forum on campus. The CMP was developed by a group of 28 participants who consulted faculty and students to plan the needs of the campus and campus life. The master plan project is aimed to address needs down the road. “Think of the college 20 years from now… what would the campus look like?” said Wetstein. The planning process involved steps to cohesively develop educational planning and facilities planning with the main focus of promoting student success. “The main campus features buildings that are now 45 years old and need of refurbishment,” according to the draft of the CMP. “The original layout makes people feel un-
safe on campus,” said Wetstein. With new buildings, technology, specific facilities for different needs, students would be provided with the materials and support to be successful on any Delta campus, as well as feel safer. Accessibility on and off campus would be simplified. Danner Hall would remain, but turned into a student union. “Danner would be a true student center with support centers and a place for students to hang out,” said Wetstein. Delta College under its charter is a vocational school but has a small number of facilities specific to Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. The redesign would have more CTE facilities to improve the connection of students to the community. “All of this effort is being made on a redesign and it doesn’t look to me like they’re trying to develop the connection of this campus with the extended community that the campus is supposed to serve,” said Bob Bentz, former veteran counselor. The redesign would make smaller work spaces in some areas that aren’t being utilized. Faculty like Bentz see potential of the campus to provide much more than it does. He graduated in 1972 from Delta College and 1980 from California State University, Stanislaus in 1980 by attending only one class on that campus during his time there because Delta offered classes for four-year schools.
See MASTER PLAN, page 8
Dr. Matt Wetstein points out the new layout, master plan, which discusses Delta’s future. PHOTO BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ
‘Free’ doesn’t mean free in tuition Copy Editor
As the call for tuition free education has gained momentum in recent months, so have the questions surrounding how to pay for “free” education. “The money has to come from somewhere,” said Marc Thomason, owner of Thomason Navigations, a financial aid consulting business in Linden. “Nothing is really free.” Some politicians think the answer is to raise taxes to subsidize tuition. Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) introduced Assembly Bill 1356, which would add a one percent tax on household incomes of $1 million or more.
The revenue from the tax increase If it doesn’t pass, there’s still a would be set aside in a special fund chance California could pursue tuiand used in conjunction tion-free college. with existing financial aid There are currently eight colprograms to cover the cost leges in the United States that ofof tuition for in-state stufer tuition-free education, and, in dents. some cases, provide materials and “Shifting the burden lodging as well. from the student to the taxRather than rely on governpayer doesn’t really address ment subsidies, these colleges the true cost of college,” said THE require students to work at the Thomason. “When [finanschool (usually 10-15 hours per cial aid] loans became easier week), which keeps staffing to get, colleges started raisand administrative costs low. ing their rates because they These lower operating costs are could. Making taxpayers covered by donations and enpay for it won’t change EDUCATION dowments. that.” “I’d work at a school if it If AB 1356 passes through the meant I didn’t have to pay for it,” said legislature it will go on the ballot for voters in 2018. See TUITION, page 8
By Mark Larks
Trump’s first 100 marked by limited victories, big defeats By Killian Barnhart News Editor
President Donald Trump celebrated the completion of his first 100 days during a rally in Pennsylvania on April 30. Trump used the opportunity to once again slam the media as the White House Correspondents Dinner was being held, stating it was nothing more than celebrities and Washington media “consoling” one another in a ballroom party. Trumps first 100 had a few massive successes, such as the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, once again swinging the Supreme Court to the Republicans with a 5-4 majority. However, this doesn’t mean the time period has been a constant stream of achievements. Trump failed to meet the goal he set at the start of his 100 days, which revolved around Read an extended version keeping cam- of this story at paign promises deltacollegian.net such as: getting the wheel turning in regards to the border wall, enacting a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. All of these promises came with political fights. The Republicans refused to fund the wall, the “Muslim Ban” kept getting tangled up legally and the government narrowly avoided a shutdown over repealing and replacing the ACA. “This is only the first hundred days, only three months, we still got nine months, let’s say healthcare goes down a second time… that’s why Paul Ryan said ‘no, we don’t have anything yet’ attempting to slow down the White House. This is all Trumps doing… once he was elected he didn’t have to continue the 100-day campaign... He could’ve tempered the rhetoric and he would be in much better shape politically,” said Delta Political Science Professor Joel Blank. Trump’s first 100 days have seen noticeable pivots from his promises during the campaign, such as naming China a currency manipulator and pivoting on Syria the same week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “the... longer term status of president Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” on March 30 during a press conference with the Foreign Minister of Turkey. “When he (Trump) ran, he had a very good platform: the nationalist-populist rhetoric,” said Delta Political Science professor Cirian Villavicencio. “But this idea of putting America first, making America great again, from what I’ve seen in his last hundred days really hasn’t been consistent with that.” Trump’s campaign painted the image of an isolationist country that avoided a conservative foreign policy of intervention and regime change. He said he would try to reimagine various trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement. “He is ultimately governing and learning at the same time,” said Villavicencio. “We saw this clearly when Xi Jinping started teaching him that what’s happening in North Korea is more complex than how he’s framing it. It tells me he may not necessarily understand how complex domestic and foreign policy is, and maybe lacks understanding of what his role and responsibilities are as president.”
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2 opinion THE COLLEGIAN SPRING 2017
May 5, 2017
Cinco de Mayo not just a party Cultural sensitivity should be exercised concerning day By Victoria Franco
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inco de Mayo, May 5, is a day giving a majority of Americans a day to celebrate and reinforce the stereotype that all Mexicans do is party and
drink. On this day of celebration we see people with limenecked Coronas and margaritas supposedly celebrating Mexico’s Independence Day. While walking around at the Stockton Flea Market I reached a sad realization that many born and raised Mexicans from Mexico aren’t able to tell the history of the place they call home nor can they correctly identify the reasoning behind, Cinco de Mayo. “We celebrate the 5th of May in America because that’s the day Mexico won its independence,” said shopper Carlos Trejo. But was I the only one who received the history lecture that May 5 is supposed to commemorate military victory? Like most Americans I can’t deny that I jump at any chance I get to show off my Mexican pride and attend any celebration that is showing off my beautiful heritage. However, what I loath is trying to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo parade and having to witness the audacity people have to try and speak what they call “Spanish” and listen to the idiotic assumptions that my culture revolves around cerveza and tacos. MECha teacher Patti Rivera at Chavez High School makes sure during this time of year all of her students are well educated on the history of this day and when Mexico really won its independence. “I assign a club officer to get several members together and create a presenta-
tion to explain to MEChA students what is Dia de la Independencia. I have them explain that it is a holiday that started on Sept 16, 1810 when a Spanish priest Miguel Hidalgo of the town of Dolores called for the end of the Spanish rule in Mexico which was 300 years,” said Rivera. So what exactly is the reason we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Factually, it’s to celebrate the defeat of the French army during the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but other people have a different idea as to why. “I feel like it is more of an American holiday. It takes away the meaning of Mexico’s Independence Day and have an excuse to get together to get drunk,” said Delta College tutor Alejandro Bolanos. Rivera said this holiday is simply another reason for people to drink. It’s a way to advertise alcohol too. “I do not like the commercial ads with alcohol and the overboard drinking! I don't like having to explain to people what they are shouting happy Mexican Independence day at a Cinco de Mayo parade,” said Rivera. Although it’s nice to have a celebration filled with sombreros, beautiful colors and mariachi, we should acknowledge the history that comes with this specific date. If Americans are adamant about wanting to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day and have the luxury of yelling, “Que Viva Mexico”, let’s set the record straight. That should be done on Sept. 16. Being able to show cultural sensitivity and correctly identify historical facts: that’s something I’ll drink to. IMAGE DESIGNED ON BITMOJI
Summer school saves students time By Chanelle Muerong
he definition for summer school is as follows: “courses held during school summer vacations taken for remedial purposes, as part of an academic program, or for professional or personal purposes.” Of course, in college, summer classes are usually taken as a means of getting ahead. “I think it's a good opportunity to get ahead and if you want to take classes and you weren't going anywhere over the summer, it’d be good to get some of your GE classes done,” said Natalie Jamero, a Delta student. Now if you're anything like me, you like to plan to do a lot of things during the summer and then end up not doing more than half of those things. Plan to take a hike on a trail? Yeah let's go! Not. And unfortunately, if this summer is like my other summers, I probably won't be doing much, save for maybe a couple days out of town. Don't get me wrong, I love my lazy days. But at this point in my education, I should probably get off my butt and get some work done. Cody Cruz, a Delta student, agrees “In high school and below, summer school had a negative connotation but now it's kinda turned around. I think it's a matter of perspective and how serious you want to take your education.” So I had a plan, try to get a degree and then transfer to Sacramento State. The classes needed for the degree were right in my hands. I just needed to take the right amount of units per semester. ‘Must achieve a C or better,’ the paper had said.
But what if I wasn't doing so well in one of my classes? Summer classes are a good opportunity to make up for that class. I wouldn't have to worry about retaking it during the fall and spring semesters, I would have room for more classes. Hans Hauselmann, a history professor on campus, spoke “It's a great opportunity for students to pick up extra units during the semester and get ahead. It keeps me busy as well. I've been teaching four years and I've taught every summer. It allows students to really succeed and get the stuff they really want to get into their schedules, so they can graduate on time.” “Opportunity” is a thing I hear a lot when I hear people talk about summer classes. But that's because summer school’s exactly that, an opportunity. Everyone wants to graduate, so why not take some units during the summer? But of course, with advantages, there's always disadvantages. The biggest one, in my opinion, is the amount of work you have to do in such a short time. Summer classes last about six weeks and a professor has to cram a full semester curriculum into those six weeks. My friend explained that summer school is fast paced and you have to be able to keep up. With a smaller class period, you would think the curriculum would be smaller too. The amount of information that the students are required to learn in such a short period is actually terrifying. Not to mention that online classes state that you’ll be required to work about 8 and a half hours per week. Save me. Could I handle that? I'll have to try. Bring it on, summer school.
Getting ahead with priority registration By Analese Najera
Senior Staff Writer
hen students register at Delta College, they receive a date to sign up for classes. Some people may get earlier dates than
others. The process behind dates is confusing to most students, and may come across as unfair if you receive a date or time that’s a week later than your friends who registered after you. This is priority registration. It happens if a student fits into a category that would give them earlier registration. Priority registration is a good thing for the school because it gives the students more motivation to be a part of extracurricular activities and to strive to get better grades. It is an equal opportunity for every student to get priority so its not like its biased or unfair. “I kind of think it's fair because whatever [details behind priority registration] is plucking out the students that are on track for graduation and putting them on priority,” said student Amanda Leal. There are many students who have priority registration who love it. “I was guaranteed to be the first one online to register which was amazing,” said Yesenia Chavez, a student who had priority registration. When a person has priority registration they’re
bumped above most students to get first pick of classes. “I like priority registration. I think it encourages us to stay on top of everything to get better dates. I think its fair especially since even if you don’t get into the class you want, you still get on the waitlist and most of the time at Delta, you get into the classes you are on the waitlist for,” said student Rebecca Fellows. The idea that students who are part of extracurricular activities get earlier registration may come across as unfair to students who don’t apply. Or it may motivate students to join things or boost their grade-point average to get an earlier date. Everyone knows the struggle of signing up for classes, especially science and math. It may be even harder for students who aren’t part of a sport or have a high grade-point average to get the classes they need to transfer or graduate. Keeping students aware of the process behind registration lets them know ways to maybe be part of priority registration so they can get necessary classes. “Getting into programs that provide you priority registration gives you more strength, it actually motivates you to get better grades,” said Chavez. Chavez is part of the EOP program, which can give a student priority registration. The opportunity is available for everyone, students just need to apply for programs, work to boost their GPA, or join extracurricular activities and this can help them possibly get ahead with registration.
Staying motivated harder then it looks By Elany Orozco Senior Staff Writer
s the lack of motivation simply the problem? When I first started college, I recall feeling as if I was ready to conquer the world. Despite not knowing what I wanted to major in, being in college was a step to a better future. Chances are a great deal of students can relate to similar feelings. Regardless of the situation a student might be in, pursuing a higher education is a major key to success and a brighter future. Having the drive to accomplish a set goal is as necessary as fuel to run a vehicle. But why does it seem many lose this feeling of drive and motivation to pursue higher education? Is it simply that life gets too difficult to handle or other life responsibilities and problems get in the way? The majority of students have other responsibilities to worry about such as work, children, younger siblings and other home responsibilities. This can all become very overwhelming while trying to maintain grades. As a student who has been here a few semesters it’s difficult not to notice how courses significantly reduce in size during the first couple of weeks and
even get smaller as the semester comes to an end. It’s easy to be motivated when you first start college or during the first couple of weeks of a semester, but as the semester continues, for many motivation is slowly drag out the door. As human beings, a huge part of motivation comes from the support we receive from the significant people in our lives. Second-year Delta student Guadalupe Cabrales emphasizes the important role a support system plays in the willingness and determination students put into their education. “Probably they don’t have the support, they don’t have someone helping them, pushing them and they feel like they can’t do it,” said Cabrales. According to U.S. News & World Report, in 2013 Delta College had a total enrollment of 17,629 students. A total of 7,062 full time and 10,567 part time students; a graduation rate of 25 percent and a transfer rate of 11 percent. The most recent graduation rate shown on the Delta College website is from 2014, with a graduation rate of 26 percent, an average rate for community colleges but still significantly low. Yes college gets harder. But keep in mind why you started in the first place and that will hopefully give you the drive to continue and reach your goal.
Lack of men’s restroom causes concern By Joshua Sartain
t’s not fair. The Shima building has four floors. Each floor has a women’s restroom, but men’s restrooms are only located on the first and third floor. It’s so ridiculous that on the second floor there are two women’s restrooms. It’s like one restroom isn’t enough so a second was literally down the hall. Someone forgot that men use the restroom too. I have two classes in Shima. They’re located on the second and fourth floors of the building. There are no restrooms for me whatsoever on those floors. I don’t appreciate rushing down a level of stairs to empty my bladder. Let’s hope I don’t have an urgent emergency because I don’t think I would make it in time. I know I’m not the only male student on campus who struggles with this. Therefore, there should be equal restrooms for men and women on each floor. “I feel guys should be equal with bathrooms as girls,” said student Jeff Cania. He then went on to say the campus should convert one of the women’s restrooms on floor two to a unisex restroom.
Can we really convince the college there needs to be a change? “I think they should accommodate the means of all students,” said Jessica Reyna, a Delta College student. After all, the final decision comes down to the district. Can this unfairness towards men be considered sexist? “In a way, yes they are accommodating woman instead of addressing men’s needs too,” said Reyna. “I think there should be a male and female restroom on each floor and a gender neutral restroom in each building,” said Leslie Asfour who instructs in Shima. This issue is big enough to protest but first we should start with convincing Delta College this is not fair. I have looked near and far for an answer to why there are fewer male restrooms than there are women’s. “There are more women in that area than men.” stated Stacy Tinola the Manager of the Facilities Planning on Delta College Campus. I don’t think this is a good enough reason to justify why the restrooms aren’t equal. Can we really believe this is the actual reason or are they not telling us the full truth?
MUSTANG VOICE ‘How are you keeping cool in the heat?’ “Sweating so much. I’m very thirsty every single time I go out. I don’t really anymore because the heat.” ADOLFO SERRANTO JR. “I don’t know how to really handle it much. I can’t wear shorts because I have psoriasis. Maybe just short sleeves and water.” DANIELCORONA “Wearing shorts and short sleeves and less makeup and put my hair up in like a ponytail definitely helps.” EVELYN DUANGSA “It’s okay. It came all at once. There was no transition.” MARIAGARCIA
“I mean it’s just kind of a surprise but it’s whatever. Doesn’t really bother me much now.” ZACHMOLLIE
The Collegian dedicates this issue in memory of Kathleen Reilly, a staff member in the early 1960s. Reilly’s reporting for the student newspaper covered various topics, but her column on student council meetings were the most notable. Reilly, the grandmother of current News Editor Killian Barnhart, died at home in Stockton on April 22.
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Revived ‘Hope’ in downtown Stockton
May 5, 2017
Feisty ‘Avenue Q’ hits Delta stage By Lexee Simmons Special to The Collegian
They wanted other artisans and craftsmen who came through here to know Editor in Chief who worked on it. So the signature is actually the style of faces in the columns.” The Bob Hope Theatre, originally Built in the times when smoking was named the Fox California, was built in allowed in doors, the architects tried 1930 on 242 E. Main St. in downtown to keep the building fire proof, which Stockton. means that hardly any wood was in“It is one of the last grand theatres volved in the making of the theatre. in Central California,” said Manuel LaSome of the theatre's interior is deguna, who's been with the Downtown signed to look like wood, but is actually Stockton Alliance since 2003 and a concrete plaster. tour guide since 2006. “The building was designed to be According to Laguna, in the 1970’s a fireproof,” said Laguna. “And it has exlocal city councilman wanted to knock its so they can clear this place within a the building down to build a parking minute and a half.” garage in its place. Some of the seats in the theatre still “They were basically going to put have a ventilation system underneath parking for the courthouse across the them from when smoking was allowed street,” Laguna said. “And several fam- in the theatre. ilies got together and fought to keep it After renovations were finished, the and eventually they managed to keep it.” building reopened to the public and From 2002 to 2004, renovations took currently serves as a place where one place to restore the theatre to its origi- can catch classic movies on the big nal look; a project that cost $8.5 million. screen, plays, live band performances “When they were refurbishing it,” and standup comedy shows. Laguna said. “The roof was covered with “Historically, Stockton has always nothing but paint (to cover water stains). had comedians come here to perform,” And when they stripped the paint away, said Laguna. “During the early 1900’s they found some drawings up there.” Stockton was known as the show town. The drawings on the ceiling consists You have to almost envision going to of medieval-era elements like knights Vegas, but you're here.” and swords, giving the building’s interiJust about every big star in the early or design a medieval castle type of look. 1900s came to Stockton to perform. Though the drawings were ruined “Every performer who was a perby the paint and the water stain, those former came here (Stockton),” added working on the building at the time re- Laguna. “This was just built in the glory did them, along with the chandelier. days. So we had a lot luxurious people There are other drawings and carv- come here and perform here, and we are ings throughout the theatre, such as the very fortunate that it's (the Bob Hope faces carved in the columns of the lobby Theatre) is still here and restored. and theatre area. Because if you go down Main Street, “One of the strange things about the you’ll see all these plain looking buildbuildings that the people that worked on it ings; but when they were built, they wanted to leave a signature,” said Laguna. were beautiful.”
By Mikael Honzell
Top, inside of Bob Hope Theater seating. Bottom left, the lobby floor with a tile centerpiece of Neptune representing the water fountain previously there. Bottom right, the ceiling inside the lobby. PHOTOS BY MIKAEL HONZELL
Artists display wealth of talent with goals to take work beyond Delta campus By Analese Najera Senior Staff Writer
There are many students involved in arts programs at Delta College. However, if you're not part of the Art Department it’s not easy to know these hidden gems who make art at the college. Three students stand out specifically, according to their professors. Ryan Menor Quijalvo is an illustrator. He got into illustration four years ago. He started off in the computer field for a job, then got his degree in Culinary Arts, then went back to school in 2013 for art. Quijalvo is into illustrations like comics. He served a stint as The Collegian’s comic artist during the 2014 school year. “I feel art is important because as a society of people it brings a lot of the culture of
where people are, it's a lot of storytelling, it's very expressive,” he said. Right now he’s working on comic illustrations. He does work for people whether it be paintings or sketches. Quijalvo plans to transfer as soon as possible. Alex Woods is one of the outstanding photographers in the Photography Department. Woods has been doing photography for more than three years. He always loved photography growing up, but as an athlete, put sports in front of the practice. Now that he’s no longer doing sports he has more of an opportunity to focus on his craft. “I like being in the darkroom. It gives you a sense of accomplishment,” said Woods. Woods does both digital and non-digital photography. “There's always a story to tell,” said Woods, when he ex-
plains why he loves it. Woods is part of a collaboration with the Stockton Symphony happening right now. The project shows parts of Stockton. It will be ready next year. Woods is also working on his portfolio for photography. The last artist is Kayla King, someone who was highly recommended by all her professors. Kayla King is an art major, who specializes in ceramics and sculptures. “I love how expressive I can be.” said King. King has been doing art since the age of 5. She started with paint then moved to ceramics but now wants to stick with sculptures. King has done several art shows, and entered a ceramics piece to the student art exhibition. King plans to transfer to San Francisco State University in the Fall 2017 and pursue art.
“Avenue Q,” an original New York musical, is a “foot in mouth” type of production staged for the Spring 2017 semester at San Joaquin Delta College. The show, which won a triple crown award in 2004, is still running on Broadway. Delta College drama students put on six shows a year.. “Avenue Q” is jumping into new beginnings being the only musical done at Delta with only three people performing roles. The rest of the cast being puppets. Greg Foro, play director at Delta College said this musical is “an adult Sesame Street.” It’s “main goal is to be outrageous.” This play’s cast consists of all Delta Drama students from this semester, but anyone is able to audition and participate in future productions. Since this production is a first of its kind at Delta College a professional puppeteer, Katherine Jennings, flew from London to the college to teach a week of intensive puppetry to the cast. Cast member Sam Hohn said Jennings was helpful. “It was such a neat experience to work with someone who had worked with puppets professionally for such a long time … and she was able to give us so many pointers from both onstage and offstage,” he said. A lot of the actors expressed the battle of consistently holding the puppets in the air. “I think the main thing for me was keeping her up and active with the pain that’s going on in my arm,”
said Yessenia Mendieta, puppeteer of Lucy. Hohn joked about his fear of getting arthritis in his arm. With full projection and an orchestra with choir “Avenue Q” takes Delta College all the way to the full potential of the play’s ill-suited nature. Some of the featured songs are: “It sucks to be me,” “Everyone’s a Little Bit racist” and “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.” All of the cast has a lively sense of humor both onstage and offstage and it’s no doubt there is a bond between the puppets and actors. Hohn exclaimed his love for his puppet “Rod.” “...Rod has a very beautiful journey throughout the show that I think is relatable to a lot of people,” said Hohn “I see parts of like me from who I used to be to who I am now to who I want to be.” The energy and persona of this musical targets the 17 to mid 30s audience with its whimsically insulting message. While parental guidance is advised, the play is rated 14 and up and is sure to hit the right funny bone in audience members. Every character has its own vibrant personality that seems to give the play a priceless display. Take Mendieta’s character, known as “Lucy” or “Lucy the Slut,” is described by Mendieta as “big and fun and sassy.” Big as in bra size maybe? Although “Avenue Q” can maybe be described as provocative, Mendieta said it brings back memories of shows like Sesame Street “only with adult context.”
Top, puppet “Kate Monster” by Isabella Calabrese, Middle, puppet “Thistle Twat” by Grace Wiesepape. Bottom, “Nicky” by Miranda Perez and Nick Giovannoni. PHOTOS BY LEXEE SIMMONS.
“AVENUE Q” 7 p.m. May 5-6, May 12-13 2 p.m. May 7, May 14 Tillie Lewis Theatre, Locke Center General admission $9, students/seniors $4 Contains strong language and adult situations.
Read more about “Avenue Q” online in the “Exploring With Evelyn” column.
Tips to land that summer job By Orlando Mabalot Staff Writer
Top left, Ryann Menor Quijalvo holds two of his illustrations. Bottom left, Alex Woods with a few samples of his photography. Bottom right, Kayla King stands with a ceramic sculpture she made. PHOTOS BY ANALESE NAJERA
As summer break approaches, Delta College students are planning summer vacations or are preparing to go to summer school. Some are busy preparing to take part-time jobs in order to earn some extra cash during break. Of course, finding a job may be difficult due to today’s economy, but here are tips that can lead to success in finding jobs to work at for the summer. The Delta College Career Center is a good place to find a part-time summer job for any students having trouble finding a summer job. Workers at the Career Center can provide students with finding a workplace that requires part-time employment and a portfolio that can help students as a guide to help students for future employment prepa-
ration so that students can create resumes and how to answer possible interview questions. “We also allow students to use the Career Center computers to search for links for available jobs and put flyers for job opportunities”, said Connie Martinez, Student Programs Specialist at the Career Center. The portfolio also provide students information on how to dress successfully for work and interviews, as well as advice for students on what to put in their resumes, including things like past volunteer work. What kind of job should a student get during summer? Some students might be a fry cook at McDonald’s or a cashier at a store. “A job that I would specifically do in the summer would be working at a grocery store as a cashier or greeter. The tips that I would get or follow at work would be to how I correctly do
my task in order to get my job done. I would get that from most likely my manager or boss leads the grocery store,” said student JB Brock. Some students want to go to the service industry. “I would want to get it in the service industry. Most of them are season work so it won't hurt the company when you need to quit for school,” said Delta College Sean Valquette. According Snagajob.com, there are several tips to successfully find a summer job: Start looking now, stay positive, be flexible, be socially responsible and hours and wage to expect to work for 28 hours a week with an average wage of $12.75 per hour. Snagajob.com said summer workers wait at the last minute to find a job but employers want to hire people before the summer begins as “70 percent of all summer jobs will be completely filled by the end of May.”
‘Dunce’ has his
final say on film industry industry: drama. I hate, nay I loathe, the way dramatic films are the only films that ever get any credit from critics and award committees in any way, as if the film industry thinks it has to take itself so seriously. I literally just named three different examples of the film in dustry antagonizing itself, and yet snobby high-class critic types would lead you to believe it’s a serious profession, that comedy is embarrassing, that action is a gimmick, that reality is the only proper way to film. I myself have said only terrible things about the film industry thus far. I stand by my previous statements, but just because I’ll say the film industry is dumb doesn’t mean I don’t love it. I love comedy, I love action, I’m impartial to live-action because I’m definitely an animation fanboy, but I think drama needs to calm down. Sometimes when you represent the true dusk of the world through dramatic interpretation it can create a truly artistic thing. That’s good. Dramatic films should make you feel something deeper. But, dramatic interpretation is also depressing. It shows how dark real life is. I feel all forms of entertainment have incredible faults that get repeated, but it’s still called entertainment for a good reason.
By Christopher Donaldson
verything sucks. Plain and simple, the film industry as a THE whole is dumb. ER Every genre and every form that has to do with CORN films is dumb. Just look at the industry. Look at the films themselves. We have this distinction in films for when a film uses people or cartoons, a live-action film uses people actors on real world settings and an animated film is entirely drawn or created with computer graphics. But in live-action films today like “Teenage Mutant Obviously Fake Turtles” directed by the disaster master Michael Bay the main characters, villains and certain aspects of the sets are models generated on a computer several months after the film finished filming. Calling the film “live” is extremely redundant. I could also attack the action genre itself using “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Utter Disappointment” as an example. The ACTION genre is the fastest-paced genre of all films and includes scenes where a lot of things are happening and the visuals are exaggerated to match. A two-and-a-half hour long psychological preach fest that advertised the first three words of the title like they were the new iPhone 360X only to have a total of five minutes actually fighting in the film is the direct antithesis of the ACTION genre. And if you think action is the only genre that plops out movies the opposite of the intended purpose let me introduce you to comedy. “22 Jump Street,” “Central Intelligence” and “Grown Ups.” I could literally think up thousands of “comedies” that are perfect examples of the film industry failing a specific genre, but sometimes I feel like I just have to say “Adam Sandler” and I’ve made my point. If you like any of the movies I just listed in the last sentence, that’s fine. Comedy is subjective or whatever, but Sandler admitted on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2014, that his movies, are just paid vacations and that he’s “done that since 50 First Dates.” Now I want to cover the greatest redundancy among all of the film
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Event raises funds for scholarships By Gloria Gibbs
episode seasons have become commonplace. That, coupled with exclusivity deals, made it quite difficult to make up the pay difference. Had the strike taken place anything from late night shows like ‘Saturday Night Live’ to upcoming movie projects, would’ve been effected immediately and most likely taken of the air. A similar strike occurred during the span of four months from November 2007 to February 2008. Many shows and movies were impacted during this particular strike, notably “Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.”
E-40’s Delta concert lit
By Alex Coba
Hollywood can hit that play button pensation. as the Writers Guild of America and When talking in the matter of telethe management from the Alliance of vision writers, they are paid per epiMotion Picture and Television Pro- sode, a system that has been in place ducers have come together to reach an for a while. agreement. However, shows nowadays take In the early morning on May 2, longer to produce and while that just minutes after the guild previous makes for better television, it's also contract expired, both sides came to changed how many episodes actually an agreement on a 15% increase in get made. Pay tv residuals, $15 In the past, the million in increases in Read an extended vernorm was a season High-Budget SVOD sion of this story at having 22 episodes, residuals, and, for the while today television first time ever, residu- deltacollegian.net shows having 10 to 13
Writers Guild of America dodges potential strike
als for comedy-variety writers in Pay TV. The guild will also now receive job protection on Parental Leave. “I think they made a very good deal. I think the membership is going to be very happy, “said Patric Verrone, former WGA president and member of the negotiation committee. The Writers Guild of America is the writers’ “union" of Hollywood that encompasses the entirety of all writers in media. The averted strike stemmed from issues writers face in the way of com-
May 5, 2017
ay Area rap artist E-40 entertained a crowd of at best 100 during the “Dollars for Degrees” benefit concert April 27 at Atherton Auditorium. The concert began at 8 p.m. Funds from the concert were to benefit scholarship programs while bringing attention to student dropout and stopout rates. Seating was on a first come, first serve basis. I was able to get myself pretty close to the stage. However, by the time E-40 took the stage at 8:43 the alleys became filled with people who were late, which left people just deciding to stand in that area the remainder of E-40’s set. The Dollars for Degrees concert began with an in-house DJ and MC who both did a great job keeping the growing crowd engaged. The MC would ask the crowd to stand up and dance, but she also reminded us that we needed to stay cool so it wouldn’t smell bad in the theatre. The DJ played a wide range of popular hip-hop songs that kept the crowd moving and singing along to
hits from rappers like YG, Drake, and Mac Dre. The concert opened with a former Delta student who goes by the rap name “Detroit.” He performed his own version of “First Day Out” by fellow Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley that revolved around Delta college and being a student. E-40’s set started around 8:40 p.m. Opening up the show with his hit song “Yay Area” off of his “My Ghetto Report Card” album. He then performed a medley of all his hits, mixing songs from 27 of his studio albums. Before E-40 performed “Snap Yo Fingers” he recalled a story about how he and Lil Jon came together to work on music. E-40 performed at most 10 songs. There were a couple of songs I wanted to hear, but when you've been in the music industry for 30 years, like E-40, song selection has to be tricky The concert ended with E-40’s hit song “Tell me when to go.” Being that ASDC’s mission is to advocate for students along with providing students programs with diversity, the organization did a good job with its first benefit concert.
May 5, 2017
DELTA SOPHOMORE BREAKS RECORDS
By Stacia Greenberg Staff Writer
Record-breaker Maddie Hulse at rest and in action. PHOTOS BY STACIA GREENBERG
Records are being broken for the Delta Mustangs swim team. Sophomore Maddie Hulse broke records in the women’s 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and the 200yard freestyle at the Big 8 Championship. “In the moment of breaking each record I was often times overcome with emotions of pride and relief that my hard work got me where I was planning to be,” Hulse said, explaining the feeling she got when she broke the records set at Delta. She beat the 50-yard freestyle by .21 seconds, the 100-yard freestyle by .03 seconds and the 200-yard freestyle by 1.26 seconds. It may not sound like a lot, to beat a record by less than a second, but when it comes to swimming, every millisecond counts when trying to rack up points. Swimming is an individual sport because competitors are constantly trying to beat their own times, but you’re
bringing in points for your whole team when you place. First, second and third are the highest scoring seeds. Hulse has high hopes for her team as a whole. “There is overall talent in this particular group which makes the weekend ahead exciting!” she said. Head Coach Mike Maroney said he feels “really good about State for Maddie. She was tired at State last year, but we’re excited to see what she’ll do at State [this year].” Not every swimmer makes it to the State Championships, “you carry yourself differently when you know you’re on your way to State. Only a few people have a chance at it. It’s exciting as a coach to see swimmers like Maddie,” explained Maroney. This is Hulse’s second and last chance at State with the Mustangs since she has signed with Cal State East Bay for the next school year. The State Championship is going the be held May 4 through Saturday, May 6 at East Los Angeles College. Results were expected to be posted for the Thursday events past press deadline.
POWERLIFTING 101: A QUICK PRIMER By Tony Yang Staff Writer
When looking at powerlifting, there are three main exercises. “There are the squats, the bench press, and the deadlift,” said gym staff and trainer, Britney Chol at Crunch Fitness in Stockton. “These in powerlifting are what we call the big three.” These exercises focus on most of the body muscle groups and help create strength and mass. Strength gains come from powerlifting. “In powerlifting it all comes down to lifting the most weight as possible,” said Chol. “It’s very important to focus on form, without form there could be injury.” Chol has taken a liking to powerlifting. She thinks strength is important and lifting heavy weights is fun. “Squats focuses on the lower part of the body which are the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Squats requires a huge amount of strength in the leg in order to push the weight up,” she said. The next exercise in the big three is the
bench press. “For the bench press, it’s important to keep the hip flap on the bench and keep your shoulder blade contract in order to push the weight up,” she said. “Again form is very important.” For Chol, bench press is her weakest area. “For the deadlift, there are two types of stance, there is the regular stance and the sumo,” she said. T h e main difference between the
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two stances is that the sumo stance stands with the person’s feet wider apart. When performing the deadlift, it’s important to focus on the form in order to properly lift the weight off the ground. The goal for powerlifters is to purely build strength and mass. When looking at powerlifters, their bodies are usually big and bulky. That’s because their size is built mainly for strength. But not all powerlifters have to be big or bulky. “I think as a powerlifter or powerlifting just in general, you don’t have to be big to be able to lift lots of weights,” said gym member Keith Lor. “I think it depends on how long you been training for and your weight.” In powerlifting, form is key to lifting because with good form, it allows the muscle in the body to handle the weight more effectively. “When performing a squat or bench press or a deadlift, it’s important to focus on perfecting the proper form of that exercises,” said gym member Angel Gilbert. “Because it helps not only yourself from injury but more strength in performing that exercise.” Gilbert lifts more than 400 pounds when deadlifting. “I really enjoy it when lifting heavy,” he said.
May 5, 2017
Health fair hosted on campus By David Michael Staff Writer
On April 27, Delta’s health sciences and nursing students hosted a Health Fair to spread awareness about different medical illnesses and conditions. The students are overseen by Cheri Wells, who is the lead instructor for nursing courses. “Our goal is directed towards Healthy People 2020, which is a government mandated community health education,” said Wells. Lori Riley-Weigel, one of the supervising instructors who attended the fair, discussed why the students host this event every year. “Community outreach and community education is a big
part of their learning process so this is one of the ways they can reach the campus community. Every year it’s different. They decided what they what to educate on and they put together their own boards and fliers,” she said. Some of the stands set up by the students included a diabetes education booth, a smoking booth to help smokers quit, a breast cancer awareness booth and a sexually transmitted diseases booth that helped educate about STD awareness. Fourth-semester students choose the topics to present. “The students do everything from the stands to the topics. They present almost all of the major topics from alcohol abuse
to nutrition facts about people’s diets,” said Julie Kay, Dean of Health and Science. Meryll Agbayani helped run the nutrition and wellness stand. “We talk about the many diseases and health problems that can happen with a poor diet. As a student we are overstressed because of school and there is not a lot of time to exercise or even eat well. So we put together ways to still eat healthy but in a cheap beneficial way,” she said. Agbayani also talked about Health and Science student explains to other students nutrional facts of exercises students can do be- everyday foods. PHOTO BY DAVID MICHAEL tween classes. ested in a healthier life style. happen to them, but they are Quitting smoking and dieting “Everyone’s motivations are stopping and taking interest so can seem impossible for most different and a lot of young even if it’s only one or two people, people, but Riley-Weigel has a people think STDs and general that is one or two that we have great out look with people inter- health risks like diabetes can’t helped.”
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Delta student Nick Vincent. “Ten hours a week [isn’t a] bad tradeoff.” The downside is these schools typically don’t accept many applicants. Since one of the goals is to make higher education accessible, many in the free-tuition camp dismiss this model’s viability. Enter the promise programs. In 2005, an anonymous group of donors made a pledge to cover between 65 to 100 percent of college tuition for students graduating from any of the four public high schools in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Since then, more than two dozen communities
across the country have started similar programs. Some, like San Diego’s “Palomar Promise” program, have been launched via donations. Delta College’s “Passport to College” program, which provided two years of tuition-free enrollment, was funded by a loan from the district to the Delta College Foundation. Funds collected from The Market at Delta College, formerly known as the Delta College flea market, are earmarked for paying off the loan in full, which, according to Delta College President/Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hart, should be “soon.” Delta’s “Passport” program recently came to an end. However, with the Delta College Foundation maintaining control of The Market could it reemerge?
“There are no immediate plans to renew or revisit the Passport program, but there are many community colleges that are instituting these types of programs. I may begin talking with the foundation and others about some kind of program that would assist students in covering some of their costs for certificate/degree programs [at] Delta,” said Hart via an email interview. Thomason said he hopes, for the student’s sake, this comes to fruition. “Donations would probably be the best way to go for everyone, but you can’t really rely on those, at least not solely,” said Thomason. “Having that outside revenue stream that is earmarked for the aid fund is always going to help sustainability.”
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Already underway are programs with K-12 schools, as well as four-year institutions that provide employer-training needs. The main campus would undergo a change so will some of the regional centers.
For Mountain House, portable classes would be replaced with permanent buildings and more facilities would be added. Currently the Manteca Center houses programs of agriculture and animal science. After redesign the Manteca Center would have a new barn and classroom improvements starting in the
2017-18 school year. The North Country Center would be expanded. It now serves in Lodi and Galt with rented facilities and classrooms. Low enrollment can put a hold on development. Alone the CMP costs approximately $200 million that include collaboration of two
different architecture firms. The redesign will cost money, likely coming from a bond. “It’s going to be harder to get this bond passed,” said Bentz. “It’s going to be hard to convince people to do this because the last time they were not given what they were promised.” Wetstein said local and state
bond money could be used, but money will come from money saved for projects like this. If there isn’t state bond money provided. There isn’t an exact numbers to how much this will cost. A decision on the master plan will be made by the Board of Trustees on May 16.
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