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Issue 14 • Friday, May 6, 2016 • deltacollegian.net

ANTHONY SILVA

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MAYOR OF STOCKTON

CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

MICHAEL TUBBS

TONY MANNOR

“I’m not perfect. I’m a product of Stockton and I’m not afraid to wear a bathrobe.”

“I dare anyone to put [mine, Silva’s and Villapudua’s] accomplishments next to each other and tell me it’s not clear who’s actually executing more for the people of Stockton.”

“I keep beating the crime drum a little bit because I think even though everyone’s concerned about it, I don’t think they are really looking at a solution to it.”

SEAN MURRAY

POLICE CHAPLAIN, RTD EMPLOYEE

“My father told me you can’t complain if you don’t do anything about it. That’s why I’m here.”

BUSINESS OWNER

CARLOS VILLAPADUA COUNTY SUPERVISOR

“We can talk about

everything we’ve talked about tonight, but until we have a safe city, you’re not going to have all that.”

GARY MALLOY

JIMMIE RISHWAIN

“My number one concern is crime. I also want to make sure they’re taking care of our trees, extend library hours.”

“I’m a doer. I’m not just looking for a job. I will get the job done.”

ACTIVE RESIDENT

FORMER MAYOR

MAYORAL SMACKDOWN

Candidates for Stockton’s top office discuss platforms during event at Delta College BY ZACHARIAH MERCES & MEGAN MAXEY deltacollegian@gmail.com

Stockton’s seven mayoral candidates met on May 3 at San Joaquin Delta College’s North Forum to discuss platforms for the upcoming election. Gary Malloy, Tony Mannor, Jimmie Rishwain, Michael Tubbs, Sean Murray, Carlos Villapudua and current Mayor Anthony Silva were present. The Associated Students of Delta College, the League of Women’s Voters and KWDC Radio hosted the event. This panel consisted of elect-

ed officials, business owners, local employees and members of Stockton’s community. “There’s a difference in philosophy between me and council member Tubbs that will become apparent between now and the finals. Just like it’s inevitable that it will be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, there’s probably going to be two that come down for mayor,” said Silva. Tubbs, 26, is running after serving on the city council for three and a half years.

“As the youngest candidate I think the perspective I bring is one of innovation. I understand that city hall can’t do everything. I understand that we have to go out in communities, that we can’t be scared to talk to people, that we can’t be scared to talk to kids, and we can’t be afraid to use social media. I also want to prepare people for the economy that’s coming. The jobs that are coming will be coding jobs, jobs that require high degrees of technical computer skills and if we aren’t prepared to do that it’s not going to work,” said Tubbs. Despite his age his resume in-

cludes two Stanford University degrees, years serving over various committees and groups and his service to Stockton through city council. “Myself, the current mayor and the current supervisor have all been in office … and I dare anyone to put our accomplishments next to each other and tell me it’s not clear who’s actually executing more for the people of Stockton,” added Tubbs. The event wasn’t without controversial statements. “Mayor Ann Johnston hadn’t won because she didn’t listen to what he told her. If she would

have listened, she would have won. And so he said the lesson to be learned here is if you shut up and listen to what I tell you, you’re going to be a good mayor,” said Silva about his first meeting with former City Manager Bob Deis. “The truth is, this form of government in Stockton does not work. It’s ruled by the elite few rich families that have controlled Stockton for a long time. They control much of the media, and they control these elected officials through campaign do-

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MEGAN MAXEY, NEWS EDITOR deltacollegian@gmail.com or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 14 • MAY 6, 2016 • deltacollegian.net

DELTA FACULTY PROTESTS FOR HIGHER WAGES

in negotiations. Ninety percent of teachers did, Randolpho Serrano, a stuBY KILLIAN BARNHART & pus protest. Dana Baker, president of the The goal of the protesters however, participate. At the end dent at Delta College, didn’t SHELLCIA LONGSWORTH deltacollegian@gmail.com

Signs around campus are the only public reminders of a protest by members of the California School Educators Association (CSEA) and the San Joaquin Delta College Teachers Association (SJDCTA) on April 19. Union members asked for a pay raise during the board of trustees meeting. “We have been without contracts for almost 18 months. The district has received special funds but after negotiation the district said they have to recycle our own money,” said Elizabeth Maloney, president of the SJDCTA, at the April 19 cam-

campus CSEA chapter which represents 380 people, said the desire is to have stable wages and a pay raise. Baker said the hope is that benefits won’t come out of pocket for classified employees. Union members commented publicly about other money being spent on campus. According to Diana Gonzalez, the lead negotiator for the district labor contracts, neither the school district nor unions have come to a viable solution. The protests were sparked by labor contracts with faculty members saying they’ve been left behind. Faculty declared an impasse

from both unions is to obtain fairer contracts. With the teacher’s unions protesting, there are fears classes may be cancelled. Jason Schilling, an adjunct English instructor who also works at Sacramento State University, recently experienced a similar situation as a California State University instructor. “We have been working on the CSU strikes for about a year now. It was a massive strike. If you chose to strike, the administration had no say so. If we did strike, we couldn’t have class nor could we email students. I personally had kept the course calendar so I didn’t participate.

Student fights autism stereotype BY MIKEAL HONZELL deltacollegian@gmail.com

Autistic individuals process the world differently than the average person. Everyone has their own experience, but as for those with autism, it can feel like being an alien on a different planet. Alyssa Palomares is a secondsemester student of Delta College and she is autistic. “On my worse days, certain noises can inhibit my ability to study or focus,” said Palomares. “Sometimes, sudden loud or unpleasant noises (such as nails against chalkboards) can be enough to interrupt my workflow. It can make me forget what I’m working on, or what I was doing. It’s literally being inhibited by its presence, or even by a specific sound, because of how intense it feels. But on my better days, I'm able to block out noise more easily.” April was Autism Acceptance Month, but Palomares said autism acceptance is something that should be considered year round. “I don’t want it to be one month and done. I want my efforts to lead to change, be it by how others treat autistic people or by giving other autistics hope,” she said. Palomares is interested in starting a club called Autistic Student Voices to provide a support system for other autistic students. She hopes to recruit members by next year. “I’m doing this by my own will,” said Palomares. “I use my own resources, including time and lots of printer ink for the flyers I put up around campus.”

The flyers Palomares puts up urge potential donators against donating money to an organization called Autism Speaks, alleging the organization’s fundraising strategies promote fear, stigma and prejudice against autistic people. A primary goal Palomares has for this club is to help put an end to the stigma against autistic individuals. “The thing about autism is that the way it affects individuals is extremely diverse. When people think about autism, they usually picture individuals that throw tantrums in public or can’t do anything for themselves,” said Palomares. “And that is far from the truth.” According to autismacceptancemonth.com, autism is a form of diversity called neurodiversity. “Neurodiversity can enrich a society or community that embraces it; however, it is frequently met with prejudice and hostility by people who believe that there’s just one ‘right’ way for others to be, to think, or to act,” said autismacceptancemonth.com. There are always resources for those in need of help. Palomares is one of these resources. “I don't want people to live their lives thinking that the fact their brain works differently inherently means that their experience is not as ‘legitimate,’” said Palomares. “I want others to live life to their fullest.” For more information about supporting autistic individuals, you can contact Alyssa Palomares by email at apalomares293@gmail. com or friend her on Facebook at Alyssa Palomares.

they got a 10 percent instead of 5, because an impartial organization came in to mediate. The past wages were stagnant for about ten years,” said Schilling. This mirrors Delta’s current predicament according to Elizabeth Maloney as wages have been stagnant for 18 months. The California State University system avoided a system wide shutdown in April after agreeing to increase faculty pay by 10.5 percent gradually over a three year period. So far, there has been no talk of strike at Delta. Students at large didn’t know of the protest, but were aware of the signs spread across campus.

know about the protests, but agreed with his friends that the teachers do deserve higher pay. While the unions and the school district have not yet come to any agreement, Gonzalez said there will be future meetings between the unions and the administration. Baker backed this up. A meeting was slated for May 4. According to Baker the protestors will be protesting at a planned luncheon today, and at the board meeting May 17. “There is no agreement however, I’m hopeful we can reach an agreement the school district and the union members can support and ratify,” Baker said.

City council, supervisor candidates voice positions BY ZACHARIAH MERCES deltacollegian@gmail.com

There’s more to elections than selecting the next president of the United States. Local city council and county supervisor elections will impact individuals far more than bigger national ones. The Associated Students of Delta College, the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County and KWDC Radio hosted forums May 2-3 for those elections. Districts 2, 4 and 6 are up for city council elections. Districts 1 and 3 have races for county supervisor seats. Ninteen candidates had an opportunity to speak to the community members in attendance and watching via KWDC’s live stream. The forum wasn’t a debate like political viewers are used to. It was a question and answer event, in which three people from each of the representative hosts asking two questions a piece, six total, to each candidate. Candidates were granted opening and closing statements, and every response was limited to a minute and a half. Much of the conversation was about looking toward the future for the city of Stockton still in its post bankruptcy state. “Looking 3 years is great but we need to look 30 years out. Economy is going to go slow and there is going to be recessions, we have to be prepared for that. We had a surplus last year, and we cannot go crazy with that,” said Michael Blower, appointed incumbent of District 4. May 2 featured candidates from District 2 and District 6, as well as the county supervisor District 1 panel. May 3 featured city council District 4 forums and county supervisor District 3. A

mayoral forum was also held. Council District 2’s candidates for election are Steve Colangelo, Rizvi Waqar, Dwight Williams and incumbent Daniel Wright. Council District 6’s candidates are Gloria Allen, Jesus Andrade, Sam Fant and Zoyla (Zobeyda) Moreno. Not in attendance and relatively unknown was candidate Andrea Torres. District 4’s candidates are Marcie Bayne, Susan Lenz and incumbent Michael Blower. The questions were similar for all forums dealing with the biggest issues in Stockton currently. The candidates were asked about the issues of crime, literacy, business and homes. Candidates discussed the need to hire and retain police officers as the 2013 Measure A and B tax bills stated. “Police offer retention is the problem that we have here,” said district 2 candidate Dwight William. District 6, which includes south Stockton and Weston Ranch, candidates spoke about crime and lack of business in the area with current seat holder and mayoral candidate Michael Tubbs in attendance. “We can’t be quick to say that police is the only answer. Nothing stops a bullet better than a job,” said District 6 candidate Sam Fant. There was talk of removing “red tape” from preventing business growth in Stockton. Many candidates claimed it was too difficult to create and bring new businesses into the city to help prevent another bankruptcy. “Poverty, it’s the root cause of everything that has made our community what is now. It causes low educational obtainment; it is the root cause in crime; it’s also what keeps people from getting good jobs,” District 6 candidate Jesus Andrade said.


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ZACH MERCES-SPINDLER, OPINION EDITOR deltacollegian@gmail.com or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 14 • MAY 6, 2016 • deltacollegian.net

MILLENNIALS SEEK POLITICAL IDENTITY With the media circus screaming at millennials about what they should believe, it is important to step back and question why we lean a certain way. Collegian columnists stripped away the stereotypes and looked into what millennials want from both sides of the isle. No matter where you lean, closing your mind to the other side is giving into ignorance. Let’s stop screaming at each other and look into what makes us liberal or conservative.

DEMOCRAT

REPUBLICAN

AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION

LIMITED GOVERNMENT

Education and health should be basic rights and not create incredible debt-causing burdens. Desire to be more like European countries.

Big government leads to totalitarianism. Conservatives see the role of the government as something that should provide freedom to its people.

REDUCED TAXES, SMALL SOCIAL PROGRAMS, NO HAND OUTS

MORE GOVERNMENT ACTION Allowing a government for the people by the people who to enact necessary federal rules to govern the country. Increased regulations on business and taxes, but with heavy accountability.

CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY Climate change is the number one issue facing the world. A goal to end dependence on oil. The world is facing devastating effects of climate change due to increased fracking and pollution.

HIGHER TAXES AND WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION

LOOKING FOR THE MIDDLE GROUND

Government programs are a good safety net and sometimes necessary and short term, but should not be so large that the people of America become dependent upon them.

POWER TO SMALL BUSINESS People have more power over a business than they do over a government. Don’t like a business, don’t trade with them. Don’t like a government, get arrested if you don’t trade with them. Capitalism breeds competition which brings the best products. The law of supply and demand will regulate prices, not the government.

One percent hold 99 percent of our nation’s wealth and receive massive tax breaks. Lessen the burden on the working class and increasing it on the uber rich.

STATE POWERS OVER FEDERAL POWERS

Realizing that our country is a large one and the power of state governments is often more responsive than federal powers is a staple in conservatives.

— ZACHARIAH MERCES

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4 opinion Target doesn’t care who uses which bathroom

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arget has done it again. Taking a step in the more progressive direction, the retail store has decided to let transgender individuals use whichever gender bathroom they prefer. This isn’t the first time Target defied the norm. Last MIDORI year, the popular MORITA retail store said it would remove the boy and girl label from toy aisles. Now Target’s bathroom decision is causing backlash. American Family Association’s petition to boycott has garnered 1,161,448 signatures as of May 3 and is rising slowly by the hour. Those who are against the decision have complained it gives perverts an excuse to dress like women and sneak into the bathroom and sexually assault women or children. I believe that’s unrealistic. Not to be harsh, but if someone wanted to commit sexual assault, they would do it. A sign on a bathroom wouldn’t stop them. They wouldn’t try to dress up as a different gender to do it. I have friends who have been followed into the women’s bathrooms by men. Nothing stops people from preying on innocent people. Genderless bathrooms are new, but the idea has been around forever. We just called them “unisex.” But since Target wants to change the name from unisex to genderless, people are having a fit. Let me note that Target doesn’t have separate fitting rooms. Men and women can all go into one area to try on clothes. Someone can literally be stripping down next to a peeping tom, but no one has said anything about that. Target’s decision is about letting transgender people go where they feel comfortable and where they won’t be assaulted or harassed. Most likely you’ve already shared a restroom with someone who is trans. You’ve probably even shook hands with someone who is trans. I don’t see what the big deal is. You are only in the bathroom for five minutes tops, unless you’ve decided to drop a deuce, you’re only spending a few minutes in a bathroom. If Target’s decision bothers you so much, then use your bathroom before you leave from home or work. People are throwing fits over a Target bathroom, but you know what people should care about? People should care about the fact that on April 24 at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware a 16 year-old girl was killed in a bathroom at school by another group of girls No one else tried to help her, no one went to get an adult and they all just recorded the fight on their phones. It seems to me there are bigger issues to worry about than what bathroom a trans individual uses.

ZACH MERCES-SPINDLER, OPINION EDITOR deltacollegian@gmail.com or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 14 • MAY 6, 2016 • deltacollegian.net

Teachers: Comparing good, bad

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very college student knows any effort to know my name. It there are different types of makes us more likely to not show up teachers in the school system. to class because they wouldn’t even It varies from those who work hard notice. at their craft to those who are content Nowadays a lot of teachers have in their effortless ways. trust issues from students cheating in I’m the type of student who the past. It’s to the point where they doesn’t learn from a teacher who never give group work anymore so a records their lecture and lets the class big part of being involved in the class watch it every semester. It’s just plain is left out. lazy. We are in college to continue the And teachers who skip steps process of growth in our education. because they expect you to know it We need teachers who are willfrom previous classes do no justice ing to leave their comfort zone to either. make sure their When I see a students are teacher who shows able to get the ALIYAH no effort or care experience and STOECKL I think to myself, education they where did the pasneed. sion go? Some students Is it because of all those years find it hard to learn from looking at a you spent trying but gave up on the slide show as the teacher sits at a desk students? with their clicker reciting what they A good teacher is someone who wrote but not actually teaching it. can captivate students and pull you in A good teacher would have a Powactively. erPoint but can relate all the content A teacher that isn’t afraid to take to the class by getting them involved. it to another level. I mean isn’t that It’s the teachers who engage in what college is about? their work and force you to pay atIt’s been a long time since I’ve had tention with different ways they can an impactful teacher. show you about the subject. A teacher that makes you rethink One of my favorite teaching what you were so content on about a approaches is from John Dewey, a subject. famous education reformer. It’s the teachers who take their Dewey’s philosophy proposed time to get to know all of their that you aren’t learning from memostudents, instead of them being just rization, you’re learning by doing, another paper they grade. engaging in the process and critical It’s offensive to me when I take a thinking. class and the teacher doesn’t make This is where some teachers lack.

There are some teachers that in my eyes are just babysitters. They’re experts in what they know but aren’t teaching guides. There was a time where I had to teach myself a subject because the teacher wasn’t someone you could approach or didn’t quite answer my questions correctly. It’s just another teacher with poor people skills who is content in everything they teach. Teachers should be able to adapt to their students almost like clay, moldable and conforming to anything. Although this may be hard, it is crucial for an impactful environment to be engaging. For example, a good teacher should be inviting to questions. There are some teachers who tell you to wait till after lecture or when you have questions about the homework, they’ll say homework is for home not class time. I guess these teachers think they’re teaching “gods” and their teaching is already good enough. The teachers that say go read it in the book at home but never discuss it in class, must also think we automatically understand what we’re reading when we have no clue. People tend to always blame students for their grades and efforts. But for once stop and think: It could be the educator who doesn’t give a study guide and adds last minute content for you to study a day before the exam.

Library hours hindering students’ work

Delta needs change in hours of operation in Danner, library

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new marketing campaign is calling Delta College majority of the day. the “smart step forward,” but the school fails to Delta’s tutoring center is only open from 12:30 p.m. to provide a necessary resource for us to move on – a 4 p.m.. library with extended hours. “If I didn’t have the resources at home, I would probThe campaign is aimed at making improvements and ably be there often but right now it’s not much of a bringing more students in, with hopes they will take adproblem,” said Ibarra. vantage of the affordable campus. Facilities and programs This is a noticeable problem. Students seek alternative are showcased. places to go. So what’s the probNearby coffee shops are filled with students doFRANCINA lem? ing schoolwork or meeting with other students. The school doesn’t “Before I couldn’t really go as early as I wanted SANCHEZ offer a designated space to. I prefer early mornings after a good night’s for studying or schoolsleep, but I would be in class by the time the work before 7 a.m. and library or Danner was open so I had to find after 8:30 p.m. Those are the library’s hours from Monday somewhere to go if I could not concentrate at home,” said through Thursday. Martin Sanchez Sacramento State and Delta student. On Friday, the library closes at 3:30 p.m. Another problem that arises is the accessibility to a This is especially restricting to a population of students meal. who may not have access to campus during these times. Danner Hall is open between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the There are students who have day jobs and only have night bookstore is open until 6 p.m. classes or simply have classes during the times of operaStudents at Delta late into the evening are forced to tion. leave campus for a snack or meal. “I used to go everyday, but Friday’s were the worst Perhaps if Delta is wondering why the student populabecause I couldn’t go since they closed early,” said Karina tion doesn’t always take advantage of what they offer they Ibarra, a Delta student. might want to consider evaluating offerings for students University of the Pacific offers students extended hours on campus. during this time of year when students have midterms If Delta truly wants to be a “smart step forward,” mayand finals around the corner. be more effort should go to providing access to necessities During finals the library is open between eight to that would make our student population more successful. 24 hours and provides assistance to students during the


Queen-Bee produces ‘Lemonade,’ not honey

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emonade” is Beyoncé’s second visual album ful to finding the strength to forgive him. which made its debut on April 23 exclusively on Throughout the entire short film Beyoncé includes Tidal and HBO. spoken word poetry that she recites from the young Beyoncé’s sixth album includes collaborations with British Somali poet, Warsan Shire. The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White and James These poems set the tone for each song’s transition Blake. and even support the beliefs of the On the visual side, Bealbum being about Jay Z’s possible yoncé showcases aspects of infidelity. GLORIA New Orleans, Texas, traditional “I don’t know when love became southern clothing, “Black Girl elusive. What I know is, no one I GIBBS Magic,” and the Black Lives know has it. My father’s arms around Matter movement with appearmy mother’s neck, fruit too ripe to ances by Sybrina Fulton, and eat. I think of lovers as trees growing Lesley McSpadden, the mothers to and from one another. Searching of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. for the same light ” recited by Beyoncé in Lemonade as Some people say “Lemonade” is about Jay Z cheatwritten by Shire. ing on Beyoncé with a woman Beyoncé refers to as Beyoncé has this way of making big statements by “Becky with the good hair.” doing small moves. “I believe it’s a story about her life that she is trying She’s all about women empowerment and uses small to put out there to inspire other women to see what excerpts from Malcolm X’s speech “Who Taught You she has went through,” said student Ytzel Gonzalez. To Hate Yourself ” in her song “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” The hour-long visual album has 11 songs that “The most neglected person in America is the black tell the story of Beyoncé going through the different women,” said Malcolm X one of the lines Beyoncé uses phases from finding out her husband has been unfaith- from his speech.

She shines lights on young African American girls in every single scene from Louisiana majorette dancers to young Hollywood with appearances by Zendaya Coleman, Chloe, Halle Bailey and Amandla Stenberg all decked out in traditional southern dresses. She made a lot of statements but none were bigger than her demonstration for Black Lives Matter, not only did she show support for Sybrina Fulton, and Lesley McSpadden but the song “Freedom” has powerful lyrics that motivate her fight for equality. “Freedom! Freedom! Where are you? Cause I need freedom too!” Overall I enjoyed the story she told. Do listeners think Jay Z cheated on Beyoncé? “I don’t believe Jay Z cheated on Beyoncé because he looks so in love with her and I doubt he would do something like that to her and especially to his daughter,” said Gonzalez. Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if he did cheat on her but whether or not you believe the rumors Beyoncé sure does know how to keep us talking.

Underground railroad legend honored with face on $20 bill

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he U.S Treasury announced that they would be making changes to the 20, 10 and 5 dollar bills in the upcoming years. The one change that has everyone talkANTONIO ing is the removal of the face of Andrew Jackson from the 20 dollar bill. CERVANTES Instead they will be adding Harriet Tubman, a woman who dedicated her life to fight for liberty. “I think it’s both scary and something we needed in a good way! Scary because of what the whites are willing to do to stop this from happening like can you imagine how far the KKK will go just to stop this? It’s scary. Good because America need to show diversity in all that it does including money. An African American woman who is as iconic as she is, it’s amazing.” said Enrique Mejia. Harriet Tubman was a woman who made a big impact in US history. She was born into slavery but after she escaped she lead other slaves to freedom by helping them escape. In the Civil War she was a big helper by assisting as a cook, nurse, scouter and gathering intelligent supporters. She was also a big supporter of the cause of woman suffrage. I think this change on the bills is awesome. America needs more diversity since we are constantly changing. Harriet Tubman’s legacy was very touching and inspirational. However I think that Martin Luther King Jr.’s face should be on one of the bills because he dedicated his life to bringing everyone together. He was an extraordinary man who deserves more recognition. We should also incorporate Rosa Parks, another woman who was such a strong woman that started the movement of freedom.

However some people are not too thrilled about the new change. “I think people will be upset with the change, especially Andrew Jackson’s descendants,” said Delta student Ana IMAGES FROM WIKIMEDIA COMMONS AND FREEPIK.COM Chavez. “Why do they need to even change anything? If they think she is so important, they need to put her face on something that is going to represent what she did. Not take somebody’s face off and just put her, like if he doesn’t mean anything,” said Marcella Ladany. To the other bills, the current faces will remain but they will have some changes on the back side of the bills. On the 10 dollar bill it will showcase the celebration of the woman’s suffrage movement by highlighting some of the women who were a big part of the movement. And the 5 dollar bill will be featuring the man who changed so much, which is Martin Luther King Jr., alongside other important people.

MUSTANG VOICE: ‘If marijuana were to be legal in California would it be a benefit to anything or anyone?’

David Luna “If weed were to be legalized then people that are sick with cancer, won’t have to use the dangerous pills that are given by the doctors.”

Juan Marin “Since it’s legal a lot of people are going to stop using it. It won’t be as cool so, people won’t think of it as much. There would be a different use for it.”

Andrew McKee

Juan Carlos Tostado

Xenia Ceja

“I think if it was legal it would benefit our state’s economy and it would also less populate prisons because they’re really over populated right now. So, if it was legal there wouldn’t be as many people flooding the prisons.”

“No because it would affect the children from other people and also effect other people who work in society.”

“The money that would come out of it, if we were to tax it just like we tax cigarettes or alcohol I think the money would be beneficial to help our economy.”


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MIDORI MORITA, FEATURE EDITOR deltacollegian@gmail.com or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 14 • MAY 6, 2016 • deltacollegian.net

HIGHLIGHTING DELTA

Fast track through English

PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

LENDING A HELPING HAND: Paula Sheil, above right, explains an assignment to a group in her hybrid English class.

BY RICHARD REYES richiereyes9180@gmail.com

Delta College is known for being a two-year stay before heading out to conquer the world. However, due to many students attending Delta, classes fill up fast. So that two-year plan can jump to three, four and up to five years. Ask any student what subject is hard to get enrolled in at Delta College, and very likely the answer is the same: English. Come every semester, the future geniuses of the world are assigned class sign up dates and times after enrolling. Receiving an early date is like winning the lottery. To get a late date would mean you’re either choosing to wait for a better draft next semester and take care of the gen-

eral education course, or giving up six months to get out fast. Being able to survive the six months is one thing, but having to repeat the same schedule the next semester can leave the next Einstein thinking of a fast food job. Professor Paula Shiel has started a speed checkout course for the English world. “This class is officially called accelerated multi level English. The class is nine weeks, we have 18 weeks a semester,” said Sheil. “These are quarter classes, so you can do two English classes per semester.” English 78, 79, 1A, 1B and 1D are part of this hybrid class that Sheil teaches Monday through Thursday. The class first started in Holt 131, the mechanics garage, to help the auto students get in and out of Delta. Due to low enrollment, the class be-

came available to other students. Knocking out a major course in a year may seem like the “duh” answer in anyone’s mind when selecting the class, but some students should be aware. Sheil is the only professor offering the accelerated class to help cycle in the new students, and pushing the future towards their goal. “I’m a transfer student, an athlete, and for me, trying to get in and get out is kind of the quick thing to do and transfer try to continue my career and education,” said Track and Field athlete Ronicka Robinson. This course provides a fast-forward button where students don’t have to wait two years to take English 1A and then wait another year and a half for a English 1B class. The class has been in cycle for five semesters with positive results and teach-

ing students new school routines. “She helped me get a good work ethic. My work ethic was terrible when I first started this class,” explains Glenn Garcia, an English 79 student. “Now it’s good, cause I am turning my work in (on time) not having to worry about it later. One thing Sheil said is the students control their own pace by having oneweek assignments to turn in to Etudes or Turnitin.com. “There’s no late work. Automatically the [students] who can’t survive this fall out early,” said Sheil. While many students should be advised that a heavy class load could lead to falling behind. Also that students already enrolled in the system get first choice to relist to the next level first making it hard to for the new kids on the block to enroll.

Local task force helps protect Stockton citizens BY ORLANDO JOSE deltacollegian@gmail.com

The Junior Angels training Center had its grand opening in Stockton, California. In attendance were the chamber’s ambassadors, Dynamic Leaderships tools, Caravan Gourmet Gifts and Haggerty Construction. Mayor Anthony Silva attended the event as well. The regional director of the Guardian Angels, Sean Rogers, gave a walk through of the center. “This is our new Junior Angels Training Center focusing on after school tutoring self-defense training this will serve as a anti-bully Zone Activity Center,” said Rogers. “[We have] some of our self-defense gear that we’re going to be expanding on. We’ll have more here in the near future we’ll have more bags we have a martial arts mats and will

be training young women and young men [in] selfdefense and we’re also going to have self defense training for women that can come in and learn how to be safe with situational awareness and how to be safe on the streets.” The Guardian Angels is all about keeping people safe in the streets and around the city. “I think it’s wonderful, it’s a wonderful organization and I’m glad to know they’re here in town and helping people that need protection and training,” said Gloria Blaine, of Caravan Gourmet Gifts. Many other important members of the Guardian Angels were in attendance for the event like David Lambert, the chapter leader for Modesto. “I’m up here today to support the Angels here in Stockton where they really have an awesome chapter, our chapter in Modesto [is] little smaller we’re

trying very hard to recruit members right now,” said Lambert. Lambert has known about the chapter since the early 1980s, but has only recently been involved with the Angels. “It’s pretty much one of the greatest organizations, the center here is just incredible this is a real step forward not only for the Stockton chapter, but for all the Guardian Angels in Northern California we need more places like this where kids after school could be safe, for women and children can learn self-defense techniques and where people can just hang out and be in a safe place,” said Lambert. The center is located at 8142 West Lane, Suite 110. The chapter is always looking for volunteers to help the city.


FACEBOOK GROUP GOES BEYOND INTERNET BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ deltacollegian@gmail.com

Stockton 209 Cares, a Facebook-based community service group, is making headlines as a growing organization. The group’s most “Cut’N’Clean” event took place at Columbus Park near downtown on April 24. Here volunteers with the organization provided free hair cuts for the homeless as well as baths and grooming for homeless animals. “We have a sign-in sheet for everyone at the event who may also need other things, like food, clothes, etc.” said Nancy Lamb, founder of Stockton 209 Cares. Stockton 209 Cares is specifically targeting the city’s homeless community. “We have two parts of it; families coming out of a shelter and others that are just in need … ,” said Lamb. After being homeless herself a few years ago, Lamb wanted to help and became one of the founders of Stockton 209 Cares. The organization has been active for one year and is in the process of getting its non-profit license. “The great thing is that I know what the struggles are,” said Lamb. From last year’s first “Cut’N’Clean” event having about 200 homeless sign in, this year brought a turnout of approximately 360 people signed in. The number of volunteers have also grown go-

ing from 10 to 20 at this year’s event. Stockton 209 cares holds events throughout the year to support the city’s homeless in hopes of making a change in their lives. “Right now we are planning our back pack event that will take place in July, to support kids with a fresh start in the new school year,” said Lamb. The organization will be donating backpacks for children with essential school supplies and similar events are being planned to provide assistance to those in need all year round. “My family was struggling in the streets with nowhere to go and Stockton 209 Cares helped me and my kids...without them we would still be out on the streets,” said a woman in her review post on the organization Facebook page. The online organization is completely volunteer based and allows anyone looking to lend a helping hand to participate. Lamb encourages anyone interested in helping out by volunteering or donationing, to contact the organization online or by phone. The information is provided on the Facebook page as well.

GIVING BACK: A volunteer gives a young boy a haircut. Several other volunteers, hairstylists and even dog groomers helped with the Cut’N’Clean event. Volunteers brought bath products, non-parishables and clothes to the event. Mana Shooshtar, top right, helps a woman pick out shirts from a pile of clothes donated by Facebook group members. PHOTOS COURTESY OF NICHOLAS BURNETT


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CALIFORNIA COMPASS Chancellor’s office working to make assessment test more user-friendly BY DIANA MURRY deltacollegian@gmail.com

The California Community Colleges Chancellors’ Office has changed the way students are assessed for their classes by replacing the Compass Test, which has been used throughout the United States. “The state of California has put together a Common Assessment Initiative, so they’re going to bring all the Community Colleges under one testing platform. It will afford continuity and help with portability throughout the state for students,” said Michelle Hollingsworth, who is a program specialist for the last 20 years. Before this change, students all over the state were assessed with a variation of assessments. Supporters of the change argue the need for continuity. They advocate for a singular, streamlined test for all students. The assess center will be using multiple measure factoring for students says Hollingsworth, such as: looking at high school transcripts and high school grade point average which is weighted at a low percentage with 10 percent of your score is attributed to your high school grade point average and that’s self-reported. “I wouldn’t say that [the old tests] weren’t working. A lot of colleges in California and throughout the United States use Compass. There have been studies that using Compass – or using an Assessment Placement tool alone – isn’t completely accurate. The main reason we’re changing – number one, it was mandated. The state has decided they’re going to go to this assessment. It’s something that’s been in the talk for three or four years. But, the company who puts out Compass – they’re taking that tool off the market so we’re not the only college that’s affected by that. There are almost 60 colleges in the state that use Compass. So, we were all going to have to go to a new tool anyway,” said Hollingsworth. Currently, the Compass test takes a big chunk of time to complete. Some students can take up to two to three hours to complete the assessment. “It was long, but I didn’t mind,” said Tiara Johnson, who took her test in 2015.

The Chancellor’s Office is looking to change the length of the test to make it easier for students and are also making it more user friendly. “The state has put the test together in what they call “test-lets”. It could shorten the test for many students. Right now, when a student comes in to take a math test, everybody starts at Basic Skills Math and then they have to work their way up to the higher skills math, so it’s an adaptive test,” said Hollingsworth. According to Hollingsworth, the first part of the test asks you about your academic career and grades, and then it asks you what kind of math classes you have taken. Based on the information given, the test will automatically put you into a test-let that the system feels you are ready for. What about those who are returning students or those who have been out of school for several years? “For some of us who’ve been out of school for a while, do we remember [our grade point average]? No. So there will be allowances for that and those are questions that will be built in to the first informational test-let,” said Hollingsworth. The state must do a validation study on the new tests, so they have asked 12 different schools to give a certain number of tests. Delta was the first schools to participate when it opened in April. The assessment center has asked faculty members to announce the opportunity to take the test to classes and is looking into offering incentives for people who do. With a standardized test across all community colleges in the state, it makes it easier for portability of test results. Meaning that you can move from Delta to another community college and still have your current results without having to take a completely different assessment. “I think it’s a plus because like myself, I transferred from one school and I had issues. Some things that when I got here to Delta, that I felt like could have been done on a state level that it would be easy to transfer from one school to another. But, it turned out to be a bigger hassle than it needed to be, so this is only a plus,” said Christopher Carr, a Delta student.

Months into new program, Starbucks customers adjust BY ANTONIO CERVANTES deltacollegian@gmail.com

In February Starbucks announced changes to its rewards program and many customers weren’t happy. “I hate the new program, why should I have to spend about 60 dollars just get a free item that’s worth around five dollars,” said customer I’La Wylie. On the new program, for every dollar spent you will earn two stars. It will also take customers 300 stars to reach the Gold Level status and to receive a free reward, you need 125 stars. “Its great news that Starbucks has more options to earn stars much faster to get that free item and reach gold status to enjoy those perks,” said customer Yaneli Ortiz. Starbucks has now extended their rewards to the Teavana stores and even grocery stores.

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Customers can earn rewards from purchasing certain Starbucks items from their local grocery store. Since the new changes been in effect for about three weeks it seems as if customers are responding in a positive way. It’s not known if Starbucks has lost revenue or loyal customers to other coffee chains like Dunkin Doughnuts or Peet’s Coffee. Many customers are happy with the new changes, since you can earn rewards outside of a Starbucks location. “I like the new program. Better than having to split each drink you buy and now you can get your money’s worth,” said customer Ashley Morales. Starbucks added in a bonus to retain its new and non-gold level customers by offering for a limited of time to be upgraded to Gold Level, but only if a purchase is made by May 12.

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FAREWELL TO A LEGEND, LAST OF DYING BREED BY ROBERT JUAREZ

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A dying breed of entertainers took its last breath on April 21, 2016 with the death of musical icon Prince Rogers Nelson. At the age of 57, Prince was found in his Paisley Park compound unconscious and unresponsive, eventually pronounced dead. The Carver County Sheriff’s Dep. and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the cause of death. A week prior, Prince was forced to make an emergency landing from his private plane and was admitted into the Emergency Room due to an overdose. However, TMZ recently proclaimed that the musician regularly took the painkiller Percocet to relieve hip pain and he may have overdosed, but nothing is assured yet. Prince was born June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis. His parents were John Nelson AKA Prince Rogers (stage name) and Mattie Shaw, who were jazz band members from the Prince Rogers Band. With musical parents, Prince was introduced to music from the start and he ran with it. By the time he was a teenager, he taught himself to play the piano, guitar and drums. As a young teen, Prince ran away from his broken home to the basement of his eventual bandmate and lifelong friend Andre Anderson AKA Andre Cymone. Prince and Cymone formed a band with future The Times band leader, Morris Day.

PHOTO BY MAGNUS MANSKE, WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

In 1978, as a solo artist, Prince signed a deal with Warner Brothers and followed it with his debut album, “For

LOCAL TALENT

Local Painter strives to inspire BY MIKAEL HONZELL deltacollegian@gmail.com

Local artist Savanah Edgeworth has been creating art all her life. Q: How long have you been painting? S: Well, I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. But as for painting, I started to get really serious about it in high school, so for about six to seven years. Q: What message do you try to get across with your art? S: Everything has its own message. But as for my painting in the Art Gallery “Prison of Flesh,” it’s about being trapped inside of yourself, not being able

to break out and so on. A lot of my paintings are just about expressing yourself. Q: Who are your inspirations? These can be painters, musicians, etc. S: My biggest inspirations are teachers Steve Ponte and Mario Moreno. Mr. Ponte inspired me to get into painting in high school, and Mr. Moreno, an art professor here at Delta, continues to inspire me. As for music, I listen to a lot of rock and indie. Q: What makes your art stand out? S: My paintings are usually of me, kind of like a self-portrait but with my own little twist to it. Q: What would you say is the biggest challenge of being an artist?

You.” It’s not usual that movie soundtracks launch musicians to stardom but when Prince dropped Purple Rain, soundtrack to movie of the same title, he rose to global success. Purple Rain went on to win an Academy Award for best original score. Prince went on to have plentiful success with future tracks such as Kiss, Raspberry Beret and so on. In 1992, he signed a 100 million dollar deal with Warner Brothers, a record at the time, compared to Michael Jackson’s 60 million dollar deal. The musical genius ran into a rough patch. In the same year, Warner Brothers was displeased with the Love Symbol Album and it’s lack of success in comparisons to Prince’s previous work. He began to feel controlled by his label and ensued to change his name to glyph O(+>, a symbol combining male and female astrological symbols. For obvious reasons, people recognized him as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince and this stayed until the year 2000. 2010 was a year to remember when he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, BET Awards honored him with the lifetime achievement award and he was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. On April 23, his closest family and friends held a private funeral to give their last farewells to the artist forever known as Prince.

S: Probably taking criticism and learning to not take it too personal. That and coming up with ideas on what to paint. Q: That actually ties in to my next question: How do you come up with an idea for a painting? S: Usually I just listen to music and sit in front of a canvas and just start painting away. Q: Are you aiming at “making it big,” or is this just a hobby? S: When you say making it big, I assume you mean being famous for my art. As for that, no. Unless my paintings get famous after I die like Van Goh or something. It is more than a hobby though, it’s my passion and my life. Actually, as for making it big, all I want is to become a teacher like Mr. Moreno and Mr. Ponte and inspire others to express themselves through art. Savanah Edgeworth’s paintings are part of the Student Horton Gallery Art show and can be seen at the L.H. Horton Art Gallery on the first floor of the Shima Building.

Nick Diaz’ ‘Stockton Slap’ makes way on to UFC 2 video game BY MARK LARKS

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Video game manufacturer, EA Sports, has immortalized the “Stockton Slap” in its latest release, UFC 2. “I think it’s pretty cool,” said Delta College student Andy Larson.“It’s unique to Stockton and now everyone will know about it.” The move, made famous by Stockton brothers Nate and Nick Diaz, is essentially a hard slap to the head, but with more style. It’s typically preceded by taunting, then punctuated with a shout of “Stockton!” or “209!” (and often profanity). EA Sports said in a press release that it included the “Stockton Slap” as a “tip of the hat” to the Diaz brothers, which makes sense after Nate Diaz’s unlikely victory over Conor McGregor in March at UFC 196. In that match, Diaz utilized the move to set up the barrage that led to McGregor’s demise.

That a billion-dollar company would bring the term “Stockton Slap” into the mainstream might worry those concerned about the struggle the city has had to restore its image. Most Stocktonians are tired of hearing about how “miserable” their town is and some are wondering what effect popularizing the “Stockton Slap” might have on its image. “I think some people might get the wrong idea and think bad or worse about Stockton,” said Larson. “But it does make you a little proud if you’re from here.” Most people are probably unaware that, according to Marvel Comics, the Fantastic Four hail from Stockton. Those old enough to remember the buzz caused by Stan Lee’s 1986 revelation remember a time when Stockton garnered positive attention as the birthplace of superheroes. Of course, as times change so do the heroes. The 1980s saw a pop culture phenomenon named Hulk Hogan, a pro wrestler who told youngsters to, “Train, say your prayers and take your vitamins.”

Ten years later the pop culture phenomenon was another pro wrestler— “Stone Cold” Steve Austin—who cursed, drank beer in the ring, and held up his middle finger for all to see. Stockton’s biggest concerns about its image in the mid 1980s had to do with a mayor who allegedly falsified travel vouchers and a city councilmember accused of voter fraud. Lee’s “heroes with hangups” seemed a perfect fit for Stockton at a time when the town longed for a reason to feel better about itself. A similar argument could be made for EA Sports’ efforts to cement “Stockton Slap” into the mainstream lexicon. The anti-hero antics of an Austin or Diaz, in this case, might represent the attitude Stockton needs as it fights for its survival amidst the current climate. But the question of whether today’s pop culture driven world will see it as a symbol for determination or mere defiance remains to be seen.


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RICHARD REYES, SPORTS EDITOR deltacollegian@gmail.com or (209) 954-5156 ISSUE 14 • MAY 6, 2016 • deltacollegian.net

BASEBALL

Mustang’s playoff bound BY ROBERT JUAREZ

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IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL PLAY: Top, a patch of dirt awaits the artificial turf that has been put on hold. Bottom, bulldozers level out the field surface on May 4. PHOTOS BY RICHARD REYES

Soccer field set to open in fall 2016

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After nearly a decade of setbacks, Delta College will have a fully functioning soccer field in the fall, but must deal with one last problem. The installation of artificial turf has been put on hold due to a Killdeer bird that has nested on the soccer pitch. “It’s like a two-three week period from the time they lay the eggs to when the eggs hatch so that’s going to move the process back … so that’s a little frustrating,” Delta women’s Head Coach Adrienne Sorenson said. “It’s a bird that is protected so we can’t move the bird or anything, it’s endangered.” The Killdeer bird is safeguarded by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which states that it is “illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Delta men’s and women’s soccer are no strangers to field complications as the previous playing surface, built in 2007, had the wrong grass installed and was riddled with divots due to practices held by the track and field team. “We had a couple kids have injuries that were career ending. It was unfortunate … we have to have a better facility for our student-athletes,” Sorenson said. “They deserve better so it was really cool to see it come together. We’re very grateful to the administration and to everyone that was involved in this process, [Dean of Athletics] Steven Graham and [Athletic Director] Daryl Arroyo.” During the construction process, which has taken nearly two years since being announced in Sept. 2014, Delta played its home games at Gardemeyer Field at the Univer-

sity of Pacific campus. “I didn’t mind it too much. I just wish that we could’ve had a locker room,” freshman defender Ashlyn Sotelo said. “We’d go to every other single teams’ field and we could go to the locker room … we had to sit under a tree over there [at Pacific] rather than being able to do that.” Anticipation is high among athletes preparing for their last season as a Mustang, including sophomore forward Daesha Brown who will be playing in her first official game back since tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in 2014. “I’m definitely excited because it’s my sophomore season. I played freshman year here, but I got hurt half way through so last year I medical redshirted,” Brown said. “I’m excited to start my last season here on the new field.” The field currently has bleachers and scoreboards in place with a media area, shade structure and turf on the way. “We’re really excited to have not only a facility, but to have a really nice facility. We’ll have one of the best stadiums around, period, for men’s and women’s soccer,” Sorenson said. “We’re really excited and really grateful that it’s finally happened and that it was seen as a need for our campus and our students … it has been slow and a little bit painstaking, but it’s really cool.” With a new field comes high expectations as the Lady Mustangs will attempt to qualify for a postseason birth and push the programs streak to six straight California Community College Athletic Association appearances. The Mustangs will also look to best it’s 2015 season where the team set program records for, wins, shutouts, goals against, Conference record and a program record 10 consecutive wins.

Delta College Mustangs’ baseball (fourth place, Big 8) has once again made into the postseason, this will mark their fourth consecutive playoff appearance and it’s fifth in six years. The road to the postseason play was challenging considering that Delta had to replace three of the team’s starting pitchers that left during the off-season. The three teams that finished ahead of the Mustangs in the Big 8 were Santa Rosa (first place), Consumnes River (second place) and Sacramento City (third place). In contests against these three teams, Delta struggled in a combined 3-6 and going winless versus first place Santa Rosa. The Mustangs’ may be entering the playoffs as clear underdogs to past postseason play. The Mustang’s have been the runner-up (2014, 2015) in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Falling both times to the Orange Coast Pirates. However, not everyone makes the playoffs and the Mustangs’ did and it pays tribute to certain standouts throughout the season. Freshman second baseman Carlos Moseley finished with a .376 batting average (BA), 38 runs batted in and 11 doubles. Sac State commit, Alex Dentoni, pitched 82 innings, garnering a 64 strikeout total and a 3.07 earned run average (ERA). Delta begins the playoffs on Friday versus Butte College (first place, Golden Valley), which will be a best of three in Oroville, CA.

SOFTBALL

BY RICHARD REYES richiereyes9180@gmail.com

The Lady Mustangs softball team begins a chase for a state title in the California Community College Athletic Association playoffs this weekend in a three game series with Cabrillo starting Saturday May 7 starting at 2 p.m. and concluding on Sunday. The team started off on a fast start behind the strong-arm pitcher of Kristin Borst (1913) pitching in 186 innings, striking out 167 batters with a 2.40 ERA. The ladies are led by Third base, Veronica Contreras, 427. BA, 56 hits, 16 doubles and four triples with two homeruns. Catcher, Katelynn Mogelberg, contributed with 46 hits, 10 doubles, two triples with six long balls. On the base paths Victoria “Tori” Mata and Ari Barton tallied twelve stolen bases each to lead the team. The Mustang’s hope to advance for a meeting with San Mateo, who has been a thorn in Delta’s side the past few seasons.


NFL TEAMS HEADING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS BY ZACHARIAH MERCES-SPINDLER

BY ROBERT JUAREZ

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he NFL draft has finally come and gone and it’s time for the part everyone loves, grades. Specifically with the Oakland (maybe not for long in Oakland) Raiders who started the day with eight available draft picks but ended up with seven selections. Beginning in the first round with the fourteeth pick the Raiders selected West Virginia standout safety, Karl Joseph. Joseph is considered by many scouts to be a hybrid of Bob Sanders, and Earl Thomas, and received high scouting reports. The down side is Joseph is currently coming off a season-ending ACL tear and is still rehabbing, however he’s likely to enter to training camp and play this coming season. In the second and third rounds on day two the Raiders bolstered its defensive line for the future with the selections of defensive ends Jihad Ward of the University of Illinois in round two and Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State in round three. Day three is where the excitement happened for the silver and black, with the highly questionable decision to trade up 14 picks with the Cleveland Browns and moving in front of the

Dallas Cowboys with the second pick in the fourth round and second pick of the day to select Michigan State Spartan quarterback Connor Cook. Cook was considered one of the best quarterbacks in this draft, however character concerns due to him not being selected as a team captain at Michigan State scared off many coaches and general managers. The pick is highly questionable due to the fact that the Raiders are already very secure at the quarterback position with third year veteran Derek Carr and trustworthy backup Matt McGloin. The picks of Ward and Cook are considered future picks, which means that they’re not going to be asked to do much but learn and compete. Ward is a project. He’s a massive specimen on the defensive line standing at 6’5” weighing 297 pounds but showing off during the NFL Combine his immense explosion and athleticism. He practically jumped out the stadium with his performance. He’s as green as you can get in a second round pick. He’s going to take time to develop but the size and athleticism is the upside, and why the raiders selected him.

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The rest of day three with rounds five through seven were the gap picks selecting Texas Tech running back, Deandre Washington, in the fifth round. The Raiders selected Colorado State Linebacker Cory James in the sixth round and versatile Louisiana State University offensive lineman Vadal Alexander in the seventh round. Washington is a concern due to his size, standing only 5’8” but film shows him to be elusive and flashing similar traits to that off Oakland native Maurice Jones-Drew. Cory James flies off the film with his speed but is a little misplaced on film. With time he could be a capable outside linebacker. Alexander is the most exciting prospect of this draft. He’s an old school offensive line coach’s dream standing 6’6” and weighing in at 342 pounds but showing incredible athleticism with that size. His feet are average at best, but with time he could become a premiere right tackle in the NFL. A huge potential steal for the raiders. The grade on the Raiders 2016 draft selections is a B-. The decision to select Joseph in the first round Alexander final round is the biggest reason why.

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n the past two years, the San Francisco 49ers have left their fans in a depressed state of thought wondering, will we ever win another super bowl? Are the Raiders really better than us? What are the odds that Joe Montana can come back? Coming off their first losing season after the Harbaugh Era, team owner Jed York had strong words to say about his team’s current state and the gist of his words were that the team needs to be better, I would’ve never thought of it myself. The place to rebuild a fallen roster is the annual draft and the 49ers held a wealth of picks with 12 and plenty of spots to fill. The 49ers first selection was defensive lineman DeForest Buckner from Oregon University, whohelps a struggling defensive line that ranked near the bottom of the league in defending the pass. Buckner specialized in ruining the lives of quarterbacks across the country with 10.5 sacks making him an obvious choice for the 49ers. Buckner will be reunited with his former college teammate Arik Armstead, San Francisco’s 2015 first round pick, making for a suddenly talented defensive line. The one complaint that many fans had with Buckner being drafted by the Niners, is that many loyal fans are worried that Kelly will be bringing in his former recruits from Oregon as he did in Philadelphia. The 49ers’ night was presumably over with no more first round selections until they used three of their 11 remaining picks to move back in. The Kansas City Chiefs gave San Francisco the No. 28 pick in exchange for the 49ers’ second, fourth and sixth round picks. The 49ers used three picks to move

up only nine slots, to get Stanford University’s Joshua Garnett. Garnett plays Guard on the offensive line and won the 2015 Outland Trophy for the most outstanding interior lineman in the nation. Garnett’s size, strength and agility plays well in Kelly’s spread offense where lineman are required to be on the move. The 49ers used the rest of the draft to add depth to weak positions such as cornerback, outside linebacker, offensive line, quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Notable selections are cornerbacks Will Redmond of Mississippi State and Rashard Robinson of Louisiana State University (LSU). Redmond is coming off of an ACL tear and an already injury riddled team probably doesn’t need that in their life. However, Redmond is expected to be ready for training camp. Robinson’s career at LSU was cut short due to off the field troubles; he didn’t play in a single game last year. 49ers General Manager, Trent Baalke ,must believe that his troubles are behind him considering that the team has had multiple players with off the field troubles and it would not be smart to let more bad eggs onto the team. On the positive side, the 49ers’ sixth round selection, quarterback Jeff Driskel from Louisiana Tech, is a sleeper to make a major impact in the near future. His skill set would seem to make a perfect fit in Kelly’s offense, he has the arm and precision plus running ability to fit in the quick pace offense. While Kaepernick is considered the favorite to be the starting quarterback due to his $11-million price tag, but after being benched last season, anything is possible for Driskel. The only question remaining is the inside linebacker position with the only viable option to team with Navarro Bowman would be the less than stellar Gerald Hodges or Michael Wilhoite.

Soccer star ‘Pele’ scores with his story on big screen

Biopic independent film about game changing star to debut on May 13 BY JOSE ESTRADA VELAZQUEZ deltacollegian@gmail.com

Seeing a film of a soccer player known as the greatest player of all time would attract many soccer fans and it’s actually happening with the movie “Pele: Birth of a Legend.” The film is a biopic independent film coming to the big screen on May 13. Kevin De Paula is cast as Pele in the movie. Pele changed the game for soccer also known as futbol in other countries. While dazzling the crowd with his skills amazing dribbling and passing skills that many pro players couldn’t master, Pele helped win three World Cups for Brazil. Edson Arantes do Nascimentowas born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. Edson’s first name would change to the now known name of Pele. Growing up in Bauru, Brazil lived in a poor neighborhood while helping his dad work as a janitor in a hospital. The only sources of entertainment for a poor boy was

to play soccer, barefoot and with a makeshift ball. At the age of 15, he went pro by joining Santos FC, a professional soccer club. He scored the first professional goal of his career before he turned 16, leading the league in goals in his first full season before being recruited by the Brazilian national team. The world finally got to know of Pele in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. Displaying extraordinary speed, athleticism and field vision, the 17-year-old scored three goals in a 5-2 semifinal win over France. He then netted two more in the finals, a 5-2 win over the host country according to biography.com. Pele also made history by being the youngest scorer in World Cup history at 17-years old. The soccer star’s fame grew bigger in the 1960s due to the Nigerian Civil War. During the battle, both sides agreed on a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play in an exhibition game in Lagos. He won two more world cups in 1962 and 1970 and then retired in 1977 with a total of 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.

In 1999, Pele was honored by the international Olympic committee, while Time Magazine named him in their list of 100 influential athletes. The Magazine stated when suggested that he rivaled Jesus Christ for international fame? Pele responded with: “There are parts of the world where Jesus Christ is not so well known.” Many soccer fans will always suggest that the iconic soccer player biggest rival push came from Diego Maradona. Maradona was aggressive, arrogant and mostly famous for his drug use and his controversies like scoring the most controversial goal of all time known as “The hand of God.” He has left a lasting impression on who is the best, while tallying up points on the scoreboard. However, his accomplishments on the soccer field can never be equaled to Pele’s career. That goes for the new Christiano Ronaldo or David Beckham’s that may arrive to take the sport by storm, as they will always be measured against the Brazilian who once made the world stop to watch his transcendent play and gave hope to a nation.


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continued from PAGE 1 nations. Anyone that doesn’t think that that’s the truth, all you have to do is follow the money trail,” added Silva. The excitement wasn’t only between Tubbs and Silva. Rishwain had a lot to say about Silva. “Mr. Mayor you are a weak man. You do not lead. You get yourself into trouble all the time and you don’t work with the council ... You need leadership. You need teamwork. I’m your man. I can fix it,” said Rishwain. The biggest issue discussed throughout the night was Stockton’s persistent crime problem. “I don’t think they are really looking at a solution to it. I think everyone is complicit and a little apathetic about it because they think it’s nothing that they can fix or they want to pretend like it’s better than it is,” said Mannor. Mannor owns Finnegan’s Pub and Grill on Pacific Avenue. “I know how bad it is. I deal with it every single night so I am a little uniquely qualified to discuss the topic and that’s what I want to get across to people. People are

dying. People’s homes are getting broken into … When I hear things are getting better ... I think about the home invasion that took place up the street, I think about the person that ran off nine shots in front of my house a couple nights ago. I can’t accept it. To me it’s a lie and I hate being lied to,” said Mannor. All candidates spoke on safety issues and the need for retention within the police department. “I think we all agree that crime is our number one issue. We have to get police officers on the street right now, and we shouldn’t be doing anything until we hire the officers and retain them. Can’t go forward until we get that done,” said Malloy. More debates are expected as the June 7 primary date approaches. The top two finishers from the mayoral poll will move into the November general election. The next mayoral debate is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9 at Cathedral of the Annunciation. May 23 is final day to register to vote to be eligible to participate in the June primary election for California to decide which candidates will be on the ballot in November’s general elections.

Conversations on recreational legalization in California BY SHELLCIA LONGSWORTH deltacollegian@gmail.com

California has always been sort of weed friendly but now Californians are pushing legislature for legalization of the drug at the recreational level. This isn’t the first time. In 2010, Prop 19 was proposed to regulate, control and tax cannabis. It was defeated by voters at 53.5 percent. Now, following its neighboring states California might be next in line for recreational legalization. In 1996, Prop 215 passed which allows patients to possess or cultivate for medical marijuana treatment as recommended by a doctor. Prop 215 ensures people with a prescription won’t be prohibited from getting and growing what’s in ordinance within their county. People have different views when talking about or dealing with weed. “If legal, there would be less crime, it’s a drug but it doesn’t have a downside. It has many medicinal purposes. No one has ever died from smoking weed. I don’t get the stigma about weed. I don’t smoke but it can help,” said Isaiah Merriweather a Delta student.

Some of those views can be positive and some negative. “I am pro medicinal marijuana. I don’t smoke but it’s helpful, I know people who actively use it in a medicinal way. If it’s not for medicinal purposes people shouldn’t have access to it,” said Farrakhan Muhammad. Others couldn’t care less about what happens if legalization occurs. “It’s whatever…” said Mariana Lopez, a Delta student. California could potentially benefit if it legalizes recreational marijuana. Legalization could bring a boom in the industry and could help the state stop losing money for citing, arresting and prosecuting marijuana offenders according marijuanapolicyproject.com. If legalization occurs what does that mean for dispensary owners? If Marijuana was legalized it would become more regulated and taxed. It would be treated like alcohol with the legal age being 21 instead of 18 like with medicinal marijuana, says marijuanapolicyproject.com. According to a 2015 Public Policy Institute of California poll, 55 percent of Californians believe marijuana should be legal. There is a prohibition on marijuana.

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Issue 14 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

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