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Drought outlook remains troubling By Katherine Grey

Race issues in America PAGE 6


California’s drought has become the talk of the state. The San Joaquin Valley, being rich in agriculture, has long since been a hot topic when it comes to how it is being impacted. Current estimates put California at having one year of water left in reserves, said NASA Senior Water Cycle Scientist Jay Famiglietti in an Los Angeles Times March editorial.

With such a troubling outlook, cities in the valley have started to take strict stances on water conservation. As of May 1, Lodi enacted a new set of regulations that will help in the battle against the drought, according to a news release. Regulations include: cutting water allowances and extending the height of grass from two inches to four inches so the extra length will shade the roots which will retain moisture more effectively. Strict rules are enforced by fines issued to residents exceeding water allowances.

In April, Lodi issued 133 citations for excessive water use, said Jeff Hood, the Public Information Officer for the City of Lodi. To help with educating its citizens, the City of Stockton is holding a one day drought informational workshop. The workshop is to be held on May 29 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton and will cover topics ranging from understanding how to read water meters, how to reduce

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New play director debuts with ‘Kiss Me Kate’ PAGE 8

Delta baseball off to super regionals PAGE 10


Abrupt closure of Heald campuses leaves futures unclear for many By Vorani Khoonsrivong

UPCOMING Art Holton Retirement Scholarship Concert 2 p.m. May 16, Atherton Auditorium ASDC Finals Week Food Giveaway 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20-22, President’s Patio



On April 26, Corinthian Colleges announced it would permanently close its remaining 28 ground campuses across the U.S including all 10 Heald College locations in California. The effective date was a day later. Prior to the announcement, the company had been in advanced negotiations with several parties to sell Heald College and the other institutions so students could continue to attend, according to an online statement. “These efforts were unsuccessful largely as a result of federal and state regulators seeking to impose financial penalties and conditions on buyers and teach-out partners,” according to the statement. The Stockton campus held a career workshop meeting on April 29 regarding transferring and financial aid information for students. More than 150 students waited outside of the campus in a line that almost circled the entire building. Booths from different vocational schools and community colleges were in attendance to help students decide next steps. Institutions included Carrington College, Kaplan College and Delta College. According to Delta College Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator Lisa Patton, students will only be eligible for a loan dis-

charge at Delta if they decide to start a new program. “Units will be non-transferable because [Delta] doesn’t have any comparable programs. They’ll be starting fresh. As a result of that, their loans will be discharged so they don’t have to worry about paying student loans for those programs,” said Patton. Students receiving financial aid at Heald will also be qualified for financial aid at Delta as well as the Board of Governors fee waiver. Students opting not to attend Delta College, however, are ineligible for a loan discharge if they decided to withdraw from Heald more than 120 days before the actual closure of the campus, according to a pamphlet from the U.S Department of Education. “I’m thinking of just going to Delta. That was my original plan. I actually came in here saying I wasn’t going to come and [Heald] convinced me to stay. Now it sucks because that’s a year I’ve lost that I could’ve had at Delta,” said student Raquel De Castro. De Castro is a mother and full-time student at Heald College since April 2014. She was supposed to graduate with a Health Care Administration degree. “All that effort is literally going to go to waste,” said student Gloria Chacon. Chacon also said she’ll make a decision based on how many credits will transfer over. “It’s not easy to think about. Every option is a loss,” she said.

news Q&A: ASDC explains $75 thousand spending habits for spring 2

By Armel Henderson

ASDC is the Associate Student Delta College Government Organization. According to Director of Student Activities Aja Butler, the purpose of the organization is to serve as the voice of Delta College Students. “[We] organize student life events that represent the diversity of the college,” said Butler. This spring semester, ASDC’s budget is more than $75 thousand but how is the money spent? Can you go into detail on the operating budget? Butler: “Mid-May [to] early June, students start working on their budget for the next fiscal year. Our fiscal year runs from June 1 to June 30th. We sit down and think about all the activities we want to do and we generate a budget. Things like supplies, foods [and] contracts, IMAGES FROM FREEPIK.COM

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a lot of that has to do with different events and activities students are going to be doing. They produce the ID cards. We put a lot of money into that because there was going to be an increase in students getting ID cards. With student field trips—that includes the ASDC retreats—we do a summer leadership retreat where we focus on helping students develop leadership skills, learning more about themselves and how they interacted around other people. We do a lot of team building but we also do a lot of planning for the year. They plan out their entire year during the summertime. The field trips are included in conference travel [expenses]. This past year, students went to Marquette University for concert management because we wanted to learn how to put on large-scale concerts. In the fall [they went] to Portland for the NACA West Regional Conference. NACA is [the] National Association Campus Activities. They get a lot of training in skill development [and] event planning because that’s really essential to what they do.”

Regarding money spent on ASDC field trips, why was the bus for the “March to March” voted down? Butler: “It wasn’t voted down, it was more of a time issue because we have to put in a travel request at least 10 days in advance. ASDC is governed by the Brown Act. Anything that’s not on the agenda can’t be talked about. Our agendas are done 72 hours in advance. I went on vacation and [the students] were supposed to have a meeting that Monday. They did have a meeting but I don’t think they talked about it. When I came back from my vacation, it was the Monday for “March to March”. But they just didn’t get the paperwork in on time. The money for activities like “March to March” comes out of the $1 student rep fee. So that’s not reflected in the operating budget. It’s a separate budget.” Regarding free food ASDC, gives out to the students, in order to receive free food,



MEETING INFORMATION For more information on ASDC, you can go to the organization’s Monday meetings at 2:30 p.m. in the Shima Boardroom.

you have to purchase the $10 student ID. How is it free food if you have to purchase the ID? Butler: “Services provided by the food pantry are seen as a benefit for students who purchase a Mustang Pass. If you pay the $10 student activity fee, part of the benefit is you get the Mustang Pass and all of the benefit services or programs associated with it. The money that’s used to purchase the food is directly funded by student activities fee.”

ASDC spent $26,630 on contract services. Can you explain what that is? Butler: “That’s [used] anytime we’re using an outside individual. Anytime we have someone to work for us, that’s what that’s coming from. It all goes back to the students. It’s important for students to realize when they see somebody on stage, it costs money. Plus we had to pay for production. Production is actually more expensive than the performer.”

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Teen pregnancy not end of the road By Megan Maxey


ccording to, three in 10 American girls will get pregnant at least once before the age of 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. We all know someone who has had a child during their teen years, but how do you respond to it? Are you supportive? Are you appalled? Do you feel pity for her or do you just accept the situation? It’s no secret not everyone is supportive of teens who end up pregnant. “People stopped talking to me and eventually I had a handful of friends,” said Synthea Flores, a Delta student and mother of a one-year old. Young pregnant women are going through a hard enough time as it is with their bodily changes as well as financial situations. People who project hate or disdain against them can only make it worse. Not always, but in most cases the shame and blame land all onto the mother. There is a negative stigma put on single mothers regarding a lack of responsibility and irrational behavior. This couldn’t be more false. It’s not most people’s plan to face a situation such as pregnancy at a young age, but it happens.

The only thing one can do is to be supportive. “[I am] going to school full time, working and parenting. I occasionally enjoy time to myself and with friends,” added Flores. Becoming a young mother or a single parent doesn’t mean you will become a bad parent. Plenty of young parents have raised determined and successful children despite the troubles they may have faced. As the result of a teen pregnancy myself, I can safely say that a child’s life can be just as happy and fulfilling as a child born from an older mother or married couple. Places such as Delta have made it possible for men and women who have children to afford to further their education. It’s likely that many of your classmates have a baby or a child they have to take care of after class. There are so many opportunities for young parents to excel in this world. If someone does have a child, it isn’t a tragedy that is going to end their life. Flores graciously wanted to give some advice to any young mommies or daddies out there. “Don’t give up, the road is tough… don’t lose faith either, there are many programs and resources that are willing to aid and help single young mothers. Don’t let the opinions of others scare or discourage you. It’s tough but strengthening as well and well worth it,” she said.

Struggle is real for student parents Balancing academic obligations with parental duties worth it By Katherine Grey


om! Mom! Mom! MOM!” The snot and stringcheese covered child is screaming. “Mommy is trying to type her paper honey! Can you please play with your toys for a few more minutes?” the mother responds in a tone of desperation. “NO!” is the response from the child, who has commandeered his mother’s wireless mouse. He’s playing monsters with it. “SERIOUSLY! My mouse is not Godzilla!” shouts the mother who leaps out of her chair to rescue her mouse from the mouth of her child’s dragon toy. It goes without saying that being a student parent, like myself, takes a mixture of positive actions all coming together to ensure you are successful. This road is and will continue to be incredibly difficult but in return, is the most rewarding. The obstacles one must overcome to be able to juggle caring for a young child, due dates for school work, making it to school and many other obligations that come with both, are endless. There is no secret to success with being a student parent. Just setting a steady pace, setting attainable goals and praying that they are met in time so the next step can be taken. Those most successful have a support system. This system includes, a supportive family, supportive friends, a col-

lection of resources that A DAY IN THE LIFE allow one to get as much help as possible and above Here is a sample of what a typical morning all else, a friendly glass of of a student parent looks like ( based upon wine after the day is done. my own experience): Student parents have to take it day by day. 6:45 a.m. – Wake up and begin to gather Allowing yourself to feel school items for the day (Consume coffee overwhelmed by the conif needed) stant grind of having a child, school, homework and work 7:15 a.m. – Wake child(ren) and attempt will ultimately end badly for to dress them appropriately (Check for any student parent. backwards clothing!) Each day is different as a parent. Add in academic 7:30 a.m. – Feed offspring/yourself a obligations and it’s amazsnack before flying out of the house (Do ing that student parents we all have socks on?!) don’t lose their minds. By now there must be 7:45 a.m. – Drop child(ren) off at approcuriosity growing on the priate school/day care and quietly panic end of those who do not as you make your way to your 8 a.m. class have children but who are (am I going to be late AGAIN??!) students. Remember this, there 8:05 a.m. – Finally in class, you relax and is always a way to achieve realize you accidentally grabbed your your academic goals. Delta child’s lunch bag and not your school bag. College has numerous You are now turning in a bologna sandresources for those who wich as your homework and your child is are parents and do need eating a geography paper. It’s possible the extra help. many of you who are reading can relate. It will be hard and it conGo ahead and chuckle. tinues to be an uphill battle. Don’t be discouraged. For every grape-juicewill help to ease the stress as you look stained paper you turn in, you are back and have a good laugh once you showing your children what it means realize all that you’ve had to hurdle to work hard regardless of how imover just to finish your day. possible it feels. No amount of snot, nor lack of sleep, By taking it one assignment at a unhappy professors, packed parking lots time or one sick child at a time, you and sold out bagels can take away from will survive the daily grind. you the fact that you still make it through Finally, having a sense of humor day after day as a student parent.

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Life can be unlimited without labels By Kristen Riedel


his world isn’t as easy as this or that and therefore, no matter that the mind seeks to make it so. The human ability to sort and group like items has served us well in creating language and culture, but at this point in our development it’s time to move beyond the differences dividing us and look for the similarities making us whole. From birth, we are labeled by gender and race, and these labels are the primary influence of what our experience of the world will be. Boys and girls are dressed by hospitals in blue and pink caps respectively, and carried home by parents with gender appropriate dreams for their children’s futures. Labels such as “sissy” and “tomboy” attach to those who don’t conform to the characteristics society has assigned to each gender. Some babies are born into a world where the color of their skin alone opens doors, often blinding them to advantages given as a birthright. Others come into a world where their skin color is a

disadvantage – soon learning certain doors are closed to them and they’re already behind in the pursuit of success. Relatively mild racial labels such as “gringo”, “colored” and “oriental” are used to characterize and dismiss groups of people we choose not to assess as individuals. To function in the world’s vast array of information, certain shorthand of thought is natural and necessary. This is only a problem when we lose the flexibility to recognize and accept things that don’t comply with the binary sorting to which we’re accustomed. The truth and beauty of humanity, which is yet inexpressible with language, is the infinite variation on the scale between one label and its opposite. Even the labels that properly describe our physical beings cannot encompass, and therefore make transparent to strangers, our hopes and dreams, experiences and intentions. People want to be understood and welcomed for their singular complexity, and every person to which we grant that gift increases the value of our own life experience. Look to the world around us and change it by recognizing and dismantling the wall of labels we’ve built that perpetuate our own ignorance.

Not all protests are marked with violence By Katherine Grey


he First Amendment to the Constitution clearly lays out that you shall be given the freedom to peacefully assemble. Recent events have brought this fundamental right into the spotlight. Now the questions flow in and the loudest one is: Where do we draw the line between protest and riot? Protesting has deep roots that stretch back to the building of this nation. Our founders felt it necessary to ensure the freedom to assemble was highlighted in the framework for our country. It is easiest to break down what each one, riots and protests, contain.


PROTEST PROTESTERS TAKE OVER PACIFIC: Protesters rally against alleged It’s as simple as it sounds. police brutality on April 14. The protest caused Pacific Ave to be closed. One gets fired up over an issue and takes to their city’s streets to chant in discontent. worst riots since 1968. The riots, which lasted for four Picket signs, horns, whistles and loud voices is all it days, over the assignation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes. When a protest is done lawfully, it will be allowed were violent and filled with unlawful behavior. to carry on without disruption from local authorities. The recent riot was held because of an alleged police Street corners, sidewalks and parks are most commonly brutality incident with a resident of Baltimore. used locations for protesters. Freddie Gray was allegedly detained and denied mediThis scenario is what is hoped for when a protest takes cal assistance while being taken into custody. Gray later place. was found to have suffered a fractured spinal vertebrae Stockton has recently been a rally point for peaceful and died a week later from this injury. The outcry from protests against alleged police brutality. Baltimore’s citizen’s led to a week long protest against On April 14, marchers took over Pacific Avenue and police brutality. closed it down for the better part of the afternoon. The burning of cars and the looting of businesses With picket signs that had words of discontent diswas just a small part of what unfolded. The most vioplayed on them, bullhorns and chanting “No Justice, lent events occurred on the afternoon of Freddie Gray’s No Peace!” those who took part in the protest made an funeral. Innocent bystanders were also attacked during the example of what it means to gather peacefully. However most tense and violent moments. passing motorists reacted angrily towards the protesters. There are right ways to protest to get your voice heard Angry drivers resorted to throwing plastic water bottles in and there are wrong ways to protest, which leads to riotfrustration. ing, that will ultimately lead to arrests and clashes with law enforcement. RIOT The best advice is to police yourself and use common A protest turns into a riot when those who are angry sense. take out whatever is closest to them. Always be observant of your surroundings when This could be destroying government and private participating in a protest and make the better choice to property by setting it on fire, smashing windows and even refrain from violence. Keeping a cool head and staying vandalizing with graffiti. It is important to note, a majorsafe can go a long way when attending a protest. ity of protests don’t get to this point. Voices are better heard without violence.  In recent news, Baltimore fell victim to one of the

PILLOW TALK 101 With Jermaine Davis

Don’t fall into the shade cycle


he most awkward moment after a breakup, whether it was a mutual agreement or against your will is releasing the hurt inside your heart. Far too often, after a relationship ends the battle of words begin. Friends and family members divide into separate countries, and wars are waged based on who they believe was wrong and who was right in the separation. The length of the relation most certainly play a big part in the shade that’ll be thrown once the end of the road is reached. We all have ways of venting our frustration in different forms of payback. Some choose to go the social media route by posting continuous posts on Facebook tweets on Twitter, and notably leaving pictures on Instagram with ego shredding captions so everyone can form their opinion. This is a way to show your friends and family how petty you can be, when things fall apart. It’s always funny hearing about someone all of a sudden throwing shade, when they were just living it up under the sun like it never rains in Northern California. Being able to split from a relationship amicably shows a lot of character and ability to move on with your life without a missing a step. Truthfully, moving on and never mentioning the other person does more damage. When the one who got dumped asks a mutual friend “has such-n-such been asking about me,” and the messengers response is no, that’s when the one who can’t let that hurt go immediately reacts in a negative way. Living with hate in your heart only makes the days of being single go by much slower. So what if your ex continues to slander you on social media, just think about the days of old when they used to send you daily three paragraph text messages, and countless voicemails about how much they adore you. That should bring a big Kool-Aid smile to your face. Finding out someone you once cared about is now down playing your relationship as if it never meant anything is a common thing among young adults. That doesn’t mean you have to participate in throwing shade. If you have to un-friend or block them from your social media outlets, then do it. What your ex isn’t allowed to see will only make them more furious and a level 10 stalker, but when it’s all said and done you’ll be relieved from all the nonsense of someone trying to ruin your day.



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Bruce Jenner rose to international fame at the 1976 Olympic Games as a record-breaking men’s decathlon athlete, which he parlayed into a successful living with commercials and public appearances. In a recent television interview, however, he revealed he has known since childhood that his primary sexual characteristics didn’t match his internal gender identity. “He” is now, and always has been, “she.” This is the first time the American public has to adjust which pronouns they’ve applied to a person renowned for a gender-specific accomplishment. Her public transition opens a dialogue about what it’s like to be transgender. 42 year-old Wendy Franks didn’t come out as transgender until she was 40. “I lived as a man and hid who I was, but I had to transition to my female in order to save my own life because it was killing me to hide,” said Franks. Franks remains happily married to her wife of 19 years, Mariam. Together they’ve raised two daughters with the moral center of Christian faith. “I still believe in God, we still go to church. We go to Central United Methodist right across from UOP, and it’s a reconciling congregation, so they accept the LGBT community,” said Franks. When not advocating for transgen-

der rights, her home life is similar to anyone else’s. “I play games on the computer, I Facebook, we watch TV. We just spend time as a family,” said Franks. Amberlynn Cothran, 31, is a former Delta student. She was 27 when she chose to begin her transition. “When I was two, that was the first time I told my parents. They didn’t accept it, they thought they could fix it, and they tried,” said Cothran. Sending Cothran away from her older sister and younger brother to live with godparents did nothing to change who she was, except to deprive her of potential support. “It’s the worst feeling when you’re living in the wrong body and you can’t tell people, you feel like you’re lying to people,” said Cothran. After months of talk-therapy and support groups, she started hormone therapy to block testosterone and increase estrogen. “I didn’t dress like a female or anything until I was on hormones for about a year, so when I did I didn’t do it half time I just went full time, but I looked like a female already so I didn’t have a lot of people going ‘is that a dude?’” said Cothran. When she began dressing as a female, she faced sexual harassment at work where she had been a successful manager for more than three years.

“I went from a white male that had a good education to a gay white male that had mental issues, who was mentally unstable,” said Cothran of how her change was perceived at work. Now unemployed in preparation for a fresh start, she’s at peace with her identity and in the final stages of completing her transition. Cothran focuses on planting drought resistant vegetables in her small garden, and taking road trips including a recent one to the Grand Canyon. “When I’m at home I don’t really think about transgender issues, it’s definitely on the backburner and I don’t really think about it anymore,” said Cothran. Ryn Drake, 18, is studying Early Childhood Development at Delta to become a first or second grade teacher and teach children fundamental skills. “I was lucky enough to come out in a time when [President] Barack Obama talks about transgender interests in his speech, and then Bruce Jenner [comes out],” said Drake. She also has a large and supportive family who has adjusted along the way to her process of becoming herself. “I remember up until I was about 12, I told everybody that I was a girl and I didn’t really understand that it wasn’t socially acceptable,” said Drake. “When I was in high school I couldn’t really hide that much anymore of who I was so I came out as gay because it was

the next best thing to being trans. Even that was hard because I always wanted to go the next step and I wanted to wear a dress, or I wanted to wear a skirt, or I wanted to paint my nails.” Drake decided starting her college life was the time to start her physical transition with hormone treatment. “‘Passable’ is the phrase that is commonly used, and it’s not just passable as in when you can go out in public in a dress and heels and nobody’s going to question you,” said Drake. “Passable is a point that every trans person reaches in their transition when they start to feel comfortable within themselves.” Aside from a quirky love for Greek mythology plays, Drake spends her time as many other teenage girls do, singing in the shower, cooking, going to the beach with friends and family, or just “being ridiculous at Target.” Each woman is trying to catch up to who she would be if she’d been born in the right body. In the world, there are millions of people coping with some sort of gender identity issue, whether it’s as “simple” as being born in a body of the opposite gender, or as complicated as feeling genderless, dual-gendered, or other. “If you can’t love the person for who they are, or at least respect them for who they are, then just leave them alone. Don’t ridicule people just because they’re not wearing the same kind of clothes you are, or they don’t look like they should be in the clothes they’re in,” said Franks.

Delta students win big at SkillsUSA state annual competition By Jermaine Davis

April 10-11 Delta College students participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition 10 hours away down the state in San Diego. The SkillsUSA State Competition serves as a platform to showcase the best career and most efficient technical students across the nation. Delta College (Region 5) were previously the 2012 and 2013 State Champions in the (Welding, MIG) category. In 2014, there were more than 5,500 students who competed in nearly 100 different events at this expansive event that has enough space to cover 16 football fields in length and width. The contests these students participate in start locally then continue throughout the state before reaching national levels. “An event such as this one allows students to network with their peers and add quality experience on their resume, for future employers,” said ASBT Instructor Alex Taddei.

With more than 1,200 judges and multiple organizers, the SkillsUSA Competition is able to have a national event that can accommodate the competing students. Delta College sent 19 students to participate in the SkillsUSA Competition, bringing home 14-15 medals back to Stockton. “This is my sixth year attending the SkillsUSA competition and I’ve come to notice that when you challenge these students they always rise to the occasion,” Taddei added. Fellow Instructors Joey Mac Issac, Scot Martin, and David Thomas also made the trip to San Diego along with the students, lending a helping hand during the competition. The competition evaluates students performance by industry standards, keeping training related to all employer needs, and also to reward students for their excellence. The students representing Delta are Medrano, Alatorre, Parker, Posadas and So, have all advanced to the National Championships. The 51st NLSC will be held June 22-26, in Louisville, KY.

Medals awarded Gold

Alfredo Medrano – Industrial Motor Controls Jacquelyn Alatorre – Restaurant Service Kevin Parker – Automated Manufacturing Tech Renee Posadas – Automated Manufacturing Tech Marcus Edwards – Precision Machining 1 Thia So – Automated Manufacturing Tech


Jonathan Well – Automated Manufacturing Tech Mitchell Thompson – Welding, SMAW Kristen Chavez – Commercial Baking Ramon Barajas – Automated Manufacturing Tech Stephen Machado – Automated Manufacturing Tech


Tremain Wheaton – HVAC Tech Joanna Matute – Restaurant Service Patricia Rodriguez – Culinary Arts



Recent events involving alleged police brutality are bringing questions of race to the forefront decades after movements aimed at raising awareness and defeating the causes. Did racism ever really go away? Or are we just seeing a new face of it because we’re a more connected population?

By Frank Allen

There have been many controversial issues this year when it comes to race. The news has shown riots, killings and other situations stemming from racial issues. The Collegian is addressing these issues through this package. The purpose is to start an open discussion about race issues in America. As part of that conversation, these stories will sometimes cite sources by race, with their permission. This isn’t typical of our coverage of the Delta College campus. Our staff felt it necessary, though, to show varied opinions. Delta College is a diverse college with


students willing to be open in discussions about race, racism and the current state of color politics in the country. “I’m disgusted about racism. We’re human beings and we should all be treated equals,” stated Jimmy Cao, who is Vietnamese. Hispanic student Raul Dominguez said race shouldn’t matter. “It should be abolished because everyone is the same in God’s eyes,” he said. Jorge Gonzalez, another Hispanic student, agreed. “I feel it’s a lazy mentality you’re generalizing a group just for not getting to know the person better,” said Gonzalez. Marcus Smith, who is Caucasian, said racism is taught. “I feel it’s something that shouldn’t exist and it’s off of what parents teach

their children,” said Smith. The students interviewed said racism exists, but definitions for it are dated from history. Some people aren’t as racist as once upon a time in American history. Dewuan Johnson points out the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight as a point of race contention. “We take to many things personal when it comes to race,” said Dewuan Johnson, who is African American. Assumptions cause conflict. Conflict will rise and people are going to be affected in some way form or fashion. “I feel racism shouldn’t be a factor for anything,” said Dillon Amidas, who identified himself as of Indian descent.

With racial tension peaking, many noting perceptions By Eric Carranza

There is no question we have grown as a society when it comes to the concept of racism. Yet, as of late, we find ourselves living again in a moment of racist tension – maybe at its worst. So what are the thoughts of members of different ethnic groups when asked what they think of racism and if they have been victimimized. “It still here I can promise you that,” said Delta College Student Eduardo Alvarado when asked if he ever was a victim of it. Alvarado is of Mexican descent. He said that while driving through a checkpoint two cars in front of him were allowed to pass through. One was a limo carrying prom students. “I know it had to do with me being a Mexican and having a strong accent,” he said. He was told a different reason, though. “Their reason for it was because my eyes looked low and a little red. It was 12 a.m., close to one, of course they would be,” he said. For some, the experience stems from being misinterpreted. “It’s not that I feel like I’m being treated differently because I feel like I’ve been treated equal. But I’m talking about how I feel it’s racist without knowing it’s racist when people think I’m Pakistani and then I tell them I’m Arabic and they say that’s the same sh@* you all believe in Allah, that to me is racist,” said student Abraham Sublaban. Consider this, Sublaban said. if he’s in the vicinity of a crime that includes a bomb, if it was between him and another individual, the likelihood is that he would be questioned. Student Laura Henson is like many today and is of mixed descent, both Hispanic and Caucasian. Henson said it’s tougher for her to fit in with a Mexican group than a white, not because she’s racist but like Abraham she falls in the same hole where she gets racially tagged. “When I was in high school everyone thought I was full white and when they found out I was Mexican as well they always found a reason to tell me that what I did no matter what the case was it was not Mexican enough and the things I did do where the white side of me,” she said. Her thoughts on racism is that a few people are ruining it for the others. “Those who are racist are those who are ignorant and small minded, and that its not just whites who are racist like many make you believe but it’s every race they have there bad apples in there,” she said. Lodi resident Damon Butler said there is a double standard. As a black man, he has “the right” to say derogative terms, including the “N” word as a slang term, but there’s an expectation others will not use it. “Others won’t say it in my presence,” he said.

Mike Brown, 18, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Brown allegedly stole several packages of cigarillos from a nearby convenience store. Wilson had been notified by dispatch of the robbery and the suspect’s description. Wilson encountered Brown while he was walking down the middle of the street. The entire interaction resulted in Wilson firing at Brown several times.

Aug. 9, 2014

April 12, 2015 Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., 25, was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department. While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma. Gray died on April 19. His death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord. The medical investigation found Gray had sustained the injuries while in transport.

April 4, 2014 Former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez was sentenced to 205 years on 18 counts of kidnapping and sexually assaulting women while he on night shift duty.

Ramarley Graham, 18, was fatally shot in the chest by New York Police Department Officer Richard Haste in a bathroom of his home. Haste claimed Graham had a weapon, but none were found on Graham’s body.

Feb. 4, 2012

DISCRIMINATION: Dividing American citizens one day at a time By Megan Maxey

Why do we discriminate? When we look back in history, several instances of discrimination come to mind: the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the Japanese Internment Camps, Jim Crow laws. It seems as though people have always been discriminated against. But why? Is it in our nature to categorize and label each other? Or, rather, our environment we are raised in or the values we are taught growing up? “I believe that humans discriminate because people

are scared of what they don’t know and if you are different than me then it is easier for me to protect myself by having to discriminate or jump to conclusions. A lot of times we tend to filter out different things and put people into different stereotypes or categories because it’s much easier for us to process that way,” said Dr. Michelle Cox, a Delta College psychology professor. Cox teaches Delta students in the Introduction to Psychology course, which includes a brief overview of social psychology. “One of the most recent [studies that I have taught] is the one by Jane Elliot in which she took third grade children

and told them that the blue eyed children were smarter than the brown eyed children and as a result of that they ended up treating each other differently and children that were once friends ended up hitting each other and saying negative things to one another… [My students] were shocked and wanted to hear about more experiences and were fascinated by the impact in such a short amount of time. It really got them thinking about the effects of discrimination has in the long term as well,” said Cox. Students are well aware that right now America is divided. Television news, social media and every other news outlet seems to always have a riot or

racially-provoked event covered. All of the recent events regarding race have pinned us against one another. “A lot of these riots … that have been happening recently like in Baltimore and Ferguson … those riots have been going on for a long time … These riots and this idea of discrimination and stereotyping has been occurring for a really long time. In some ways we have made strides, but in other ways we haven’t evolved very much,” added Cox. Humans have discriminated for as long as we can remember but that doesn’t mean it is acceptable. It’s 2015, shouldn’t we have moved past these problems?

Shouldn’t we look back at history and learn from our ancestors’ mistakes? Time doesn’t provide clear answers to those questions. Discrimination and racism will not dissolve overnight, but if each one of us could take a minute to look past our differences, maybe the future won’t look so bleak. “[We need to] continue to educate ourselves, the more knowledge that we have the less that we jump to conclusions, the more understanding that we can be of one another and respecting each other’s differences and appreciating each other’s strengths and looking and really improving the community and looking out for one another,” said Cox.

Fixing the problem, becoming the solution to unite By Armel Henderson


n my opinion, the fear of black men in America stems from stereotypes dating back to the 1800s and slavery. The word “brute” for example is by definition a savagely violent person or animal. Where did the word originate? The word came to pass in the reconstruction era after slaves were freed. This was one of the worst times in history. The twist is, not everyone was

angry. Most were thankful to have a choice. A choice to work, educate, run for office or vote. Everything starts in the home: morals, beliefs, behavior, conduct, work ethics and – most important – racism. You see, the way we were programmed as children affects us when we become adults, either consciously or subconsciously. So the fear isn’t really fear. It’s a sign of defective programing. Fear is a choice, people choose to be fearful. But danger is real.

We have a choice to live up to stereotypes or to break them. No one can make you become a problem. You can choose to give in and submit to society and become just what society says you are. Or choose to rise above, each one, teach one. Choose to educate your brother or sister of any race. You don’t have to be the same skin color in order to be my brother or sister. Let’s learn to judge each other based on character, integrity, morals and beliefs and, most of all, our hearts. Don’t get me wrong there are some

cold-hearted people in this world. But we don’t have to choose to be one of them. We must learn to turn the other cheek, so our children and our children’s children don’t have to endure the pain and the struggles we face as a human race. Let’s make the choice to educate and elevate one another. Don’t give in or listen to the propaganda. I don’t consider myself to be a problem in America. I consider myself to be a solution. And by the way, I am a proud African American man.

Personality shines beyond color of your skin By Vorani Khoonsrivong


acism. It’s a hot topic society is passionate about. It’s a topic stirring different emotions depending on one’s view. And it’s a topic we need to analyze carefully. So I’ll be frank: racism is alive but we shouldn’t allow it to dictate our lives. The media is responsible for this escalation to the point the term “racism” and any of its variations are utilized in a dramatic fashion — anything or anyone can be deemed as ‘racist.” It’s unfortunate how society generalizes racism easily. Not all Caucasians are racist, not all policemen

are bad and not all African Americans go to jail. Generalizing what’s “racist” only hurts and encourages fear. For example, one of our staff writers — who happens to be Caucasian — wanted to write this piece but was afraid of being generalized as “racist.” Picture this scenario: You’re walking late at night and all of sudden an African American man who looks “suspicious” walks up to you. What would you do? How would you feel? Would you be scared? Intimidated? Depending on your response, some would criticize you for being “racist.” As an Asian American male and “minority,” I should be angry. I should be upset about how

Alexander Landau was pulled over for an illegal left turn. Officer Randy Murr asked for consent to perform a search of the vehicle. Landau asked to see a warrant, and Murr responded by punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground. Murr, along with officers Ricky Nixon and Tiffany Middleton, then allegedly proceeded to beat him for several minutes with police radios and a flashlight.

Jan. 15, 2009

July 5, 2011 Kelly Thomas, 37, was a homeless man suffering from schizophrenia and living on the streets of Fullerton, California. He was allegedly beaten by members of the Fullerton Police Department. Thomas died from his injuries five days later. Unarmed and mentally ill, Thomas was shocked with tasers and beaten with flashlights by up to six police officers.

people can be “racist” against me for the shape of my eyes, color of my skin and hair. I should be offended if someone calls me “gook,” “chink” or “Fresh Off the Boat.” Honestly, I’m indifferent. I’m not condoning, rather I don’t let people define me because of what they think my physical attributes and culture should or shouldn’t be. I believe racism exists but I try not to let it affect me and my decisions. Does that make me racist? You be the judge. I’m not saying all of these recent “racially-aggravated” events shouldn’t be watered-down or down-sized, I’m saying we need to analyze these events carefully.

Kathryn Johnston, an 92-year-old Atlanta woman, was shot and killed by police officers who had entered her home with a no knock warrant that had been based on false information. Three officers pleaded guilty to Federal charges in Johnston’s death, according to CNN.

Nov. 21, 2006 March 7, 2006 Joseph Erin Hamley, 21, a man with cerebral palsy, was fatally shot by a state trooper while he was laying on the ground near a highway. The officer was found guilty of negligent homicide and sentenced to only 90 days in jail and one year of probation.

Sept. 2, 2005 Henry Glover was shot to death and his body was burned by New Orleans police officers following Hurricane Katrina. Glover was near a strip mall and mistaken for an armed looter when officer David Warren shot him. IMAGES FROM FREEPIK.COM, EDITED BY MIDORI MORITA



Issue 14 • May 8, 2015 •

One-time megastar still tours amidst old controversies By Sean Mendoza

First musical under Foro By Eric Carranza

During the month of May, the Delta College Drama Department will host several showings of "Kiss Me Kate," which is set around a fictional version of William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." The first act is based on a man named Fred Graham who is the director/producer and also stars in a play called "Another Op'nin', Another Show" as Petruchio. In his play, his ex-wife Lilli is also in it playing the character of Blanca. The first act is based on how the

two work together and can't stand one another. It also shows how Lilli hates that Fred is falling for a girl named Lois Lane and how Lois has a boyfriend named Bill who is also in the play. The second act showcases more of what is happening behind the scenes. "Kiss Me Kate" will play at 8 p.m. May 8-9, 15-16 and at 2 p.m. May 10 and May 17. All performances will be held in the Tillie Lewis Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

In a generation where songwriting skills are diminishing and auto-tune is taking over, R&B legend R. Kelly still represents the true meaning of American music with his talents as a vocalist, producer and songwriter. Kelly has sold millions of recordings and has written classic songs for himself and other talented musicians. Songs including “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition” and “Step in the Name Of Love” are popular in playlists. Kelly played a concert at Stockton Arena on May 1. A trio of other music artists performed alongside Kelly at the event. E-40, the well-known rapper from the Bay Area, was bringing the house down with Kelly. Adrian Marcel, a singer from East Oakland showed off his amazing voice for the night. Loyal followers of Marcel heard of him from his hit single “2 AM” which put him in the mainstream spotlight. The third artist was Eric Bellinger


By Midori Morita and Megan Maxey

For years, HBO GO was the main source for streaming HBO content, but only people who paid for (or knew people who paid for) HBO through the cable company were allowed to have it. HBO NOW is open to anyone willing to pay $15 each month to stream their exclusive content.

Subscribers get access to blockbuster movies, music and HBO's exclusive shows like “Game of Thrones.” Apple and HBO collaborated and for time being, HBO NOW is available on only iOS devices. Android, Google and Amazon and next gen systems will get HBO NOW within a few months.

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who is an R&B sensation and could possibly carry on the genre when Kelly calls it quits. Bellinger is the grandson of former Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day. Bellinger also writes songs for other artists, and continues to record songs for his loyal fans through his Born II Sing mixtape series. Delta College student Andrew Sanchez was in attendance. “It was definitely great to see a legend performing in our city, a lot of people were in attendance and got their money’s worth. The other artists were just as good as R. Kelly on that stage,” said Sanchez. Another Delta College student and concert attendee Derek Zeer said: “R. Kelly has always been controversial but I look past that and enjoy his music. A lot of artists have made mistakes, but people still listen to their music.” A legendary music artist like Kelly performing in the Stockton Arena is huge for the city. Kelly’s performance here can sell the idea to other famous music artists of performing in the city.



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Move sequels: If twice is not as nice, why thrice?

By Kayla Hernandez

the point across,” continued Castro. With recent sequels being released, it’s obvious it’s best to stay with the here are many movies known for original. sequels. However, some aren’t “In a lot of cases the worst movie sebuilding the sought after fan quels come from a series where the first bases for continuing pieces of work. is iconic or popular,” said Castro. Sequels are additions to captivating A few iconic series with multiple ideas and stories, such as a part two or quality sequels include “Jaws,” “Fast and three. Furious” and “Star Wars.” There are several movie additions Opinions against sequels are the decritics raise questions towards. Sometermining factor towards the quality of times the reality is that bad ideas lead the series. to dumb There sequels. are quite a “In few upcommovies ing sequels some releasing in people the next few just don’t months. know According when the Internet enough Movie Datais base website, enough,” releasing said soon are IMAGES COURTESY OF EPK.TV “Paranormal Michael Castro, a Delta student. Activity: The There’s an endless list of questionable Ghost Dimension,” “Ted 2,” “Terminasequels that rather than entertain make tor Genisys,” “Batman v Superman: the audience wonder why they were Dawn of Justice,” “Jurassic World,” created at all. “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Questionable sequels such as “Scary Awakens” and “Pitch Perfect 2” to name Movie,” “The Hangover,” “Mean Girls,” a few. “Legally Blonde” and “Paranormal It will be up to the audience and critActivity.” ics to determine if these sequels will be “The movie ‘Taken’ is an example of worth the work put into the upcoming this. It never needed two sequels to get releases.



Big summer entertainment nearing By Zachariah Merces-Spindler


ummer means high heats and blockbusters, and also an abundance of debuting shows. With the season fast approaching that means a lot of free time for college students. Television is back with a vengeance. This summer has a lot in store. For the Netflix users, which is almost everyone: “Orange is the New Black” already in high acclaim and viewership by most Netflix users will be returning for its third season on June 12. “Sense8” is a new sci-fi drama series debuting June 5 created by the Wachowski’s. Upcoming shows on premium cable, HBO specifically all on June 21: “Ballers” is a drama about millionaire football players off the field, staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The series will have actual NFL players as guest stars and deal with multiple issues athletes deal with such as friends, families and business. “The Brink” is a political comedy about issues in Pakistan with stars Tim Robbins and Jack Black. Politics are big, and HBO has already had success poking at the lighter side of politics, leaving it safe to assume it can be done again. “True Detective” is premiering its second season with new cast members that include Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. The show will attempt to capture the dark side of audience’s minds yet again with an all-new case, possibly more twisted than the last. NBC also has a slew of programming upcoming and the most notable ones are as follows: Bear Grylls has two reality shows upcoming on NBC this summer, “The Island” premieres May 25 and “Running Wild” returning July 13.

“Hannibal” makes its dark chilling return with more from Will Graham and Dr. Lecter saga June 4. “Mr. Robinson” is a new comedy starring Craig Robinson as a middle school music teacher premiering Aug. 5. Big budget films will have massive moments to shine too. “San Andreas” will be hitting theaters throughout the country igniting massive fear on the West Coast. The “Entourage” movie is happening for anyone who might be interested on June 3. “Ted 2” will be rolling out all over the country June 26. Rated “R” comedy sequel’s rarely hold up to expectations, but because of Seth Macfarlane’s long-term success on television a chance should be given. By Daisy Lopez Arnold Schwarzenegger is back July 1 in his signature role of the terminator in “Terminator Genisys.” t seems like television “Ant-Man” isn’t the biggest hero, but networks are beginit’s poised to be giant film with a big ning to recycle the star, Paul Rudd. old shows we loved. After multiple scripts and various Good or bad idea? detached directors, the movie with a The “Full House” relatively unknown hero will hit theaters series will get a Netflix July 27. reboot called “Fuller The “Fantastic Four” reboot does House” next year, acseem unnecessary due to the overabuncording to an announcedance of comic book movies already, ment from John Stamos but heroes do deserve a better represen- on “Jimmy Kimmel tation than the original underwhelming Live.” film. The plot will be about This will be director Josh Tank’s secD.J. Tanner (Candace ond film, a lot of trust with the reported Cameron Bure) who is $122 million dollar budget. recently widowed with And last but definitely not least, “Ju- children. Tanner needs rassic World” is most likely the most help, so she calls in sister anticipated film of the summer after Stephanie Tanner and “The Avengers.” best friend Kimmy GibThis reboot has the world waiting bler to move in with her. with each new exciting trailer debuts. The original show Safe to say dinosaurs never get old. “Full House” first aired Safe to say June 12 will belong to Sept. 22, 1987 and lasted “Jurassic World.” eight years until its finale May 23, 1995.

Studios not done with old ideas

Rebooting, reformatting once popular shows


The show still airs re-runs on Nickelodeon. As a fan of “Full House” I am excited to see the buzz building on social media for “Fuller House.” “I’m excited and nervous at the same time because I don’t want them to ruin Full House,” said Joanna Ortiz, a Delta College student. “Boy Meets World” had its reboot “Girl Meets World.” It premiered out in June 2014 and currently airs on the Disney Channel. Other shows have been announced to have reboots like “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Ducktales” and “Lemony Snickets' A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Why are networks recycling ideas?

Are they running out of ideas or do they really want to bring back onceloved shows? It might be a little of both. Viewers want the next chapter of these television character’s lives. The last episode of “Full House” showed the Michelle Tanner character getting bucked off a horse. Tanner lost her memory from the event. The cliffhanger left a lot of unanswered questions from the series. Whether those questions will be answered or not is yet to be seen. But viewers want to know what happened next. And people seem to love this idea, so what’s the harm? Whether we like or don’t like the idea of reboots, these shows will continue coming.



Issue 14 • May 8, 2015 •

Mustangs advance to super regionals




Delta’s offense got things going early as the team scored two runs in the first inning and a total of five runs in the first four. That was more than enough for the Mustangs’ starting pitcher. For game one, Delta’s Head Coach Reed Peters called on ace Cameron Leeper to get the Mustangs started on the right track. Leeper dominated the competition ranking first in both wins and strikeouts, while compiling a 1.65 ERA during the season. Leeper took that success into the first game, going eight innings and earning the win. However, it wasn’t Leeper’s most dominant outing of the season as he gave up six hits, two walks and allowed two earned runs. “They played hard, they played all nine (innings), they gave us good competition, but we got the win,” said Leeper. Peters said he was happy with Leeper’s performance. “He wasn’t quite as sharp as he normally is but he definitely battled which he always does and he made some big pitches when he needed to get out of couple jams,” said Peters. Delta took an early series lead with a final of 5-2.

Delta came into game two with one goal: win. The Mustangs again took an early lead by scoring three runs in the first as Sequoias’ season begins to dim. However, the Giants flipped the script and answered Delta’s three runs with five runs in the bottom half of the first inning. Both teams went scoreless for the next five innings until the seventh when Delta begins to comeback. In the top of the seventh, Delta was able to cut Sequoias’ lead to one. Unfortunately for Delta, the excitement was short lived as the Giants once again answered with two runs making the score 7-4 through seven innings. The following inning consisted of Sequoias scoring another run resulting in the final score of 8-4. “I think they know that we’re here to play and we’re not just going to roll over like they might have expected,” said Sequoias’ First Baseman Joey Gallegos after the game one loss. Delta starting pitcher, Dean Kremer, struggled pitching 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits, five earned runs and three walks. Although Sequoias won the game, starter Jonathon Molina wasn’t much better with a line of 6.2 innings, four hits, four walks and four earned runs.

Delta took the field with dirt-stained uniforms from the previous game as the team aimed to end Sequoias’ season once and for all. After leaving a runner in scoring position in innings one, two and three, the Mustangs broke through with the first run of the game in the fourth inning by way of a bases loaded walk. After a rough outing by his starter in the previous game, Peters was looking for righty Rick Delgado to stop the bleeding and get the Mustangs into the next round. Delgado did that and then some collecting 8.1 innings, two strikeouts, one walk and one earned run, and didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning. Delta eventually won the game 5-1 and the series 2-1. “Everything was working, I had my curveball, I had my slider, I had my change-up. I just figured I have to go after them, see what they got and it worked out,” said Delgado after his outing. “They are as advertised on the mound, their pitching is very good and if they hit enough, score enough runs then I think they have a chance to go far,” said Sequoias’ head coach Jody Allen. The Super Regional Round will take place today through Sunday. Delta will host 11th ranked Cabrillo College at Nick Cecchetti Field.

— Capsules & Photos By Robert Juarez

Lady Mustangs edge out Ohlone Renegades to reach Sweet 16 By Richard Reyes


CELEBRATORY FASHION: Mustangs Victoria Mata and Serena Hernandez celebrate another run leaving Ohlone College in the rearview.

The Lady Mustangs softball team advanced to the Sweet 16 after winning a best of three series against the Ohlone Renegades on May 3. The Mustangs won game one on May 2, 4-1 behind Sophomore Allie Mendez’s superb pitching, but weren’t able to complete the sweep in game two. After being shut down for six innings, the Renegades scored two runs off Mendez to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th. “I pitched 14 innings against this team, and I could not of wished for anything better to happen,” said Mendez. “Not saying I expected it to happen sooner, but I was prepared to close that game out in better fashion.” The team got the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to tie the game and loss game two, 2-1. In game 3, Ohlone jumped out to a quick

3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to McKayla Saavendra three-run homer off Freshman Kristin Borst. The blast had Ohlone fans screaming thinking victory. Borst allowed one run the rest of the way. “After the first inning I felt more confidence, more relax,” said Borst. “Our team started hitting more hitting, so I felt more confident.” The Mustangs’ began the team’s rally in the bottom of the inning with a bases loaded walk that made it 3-1. In the second, the Mustangs exploded with three runs to take the lead and quiet the opposition. Arianna Hernandez doubled in two more runs in the third inning to make it 8-3. “I knew I had to get the runs in to do what’s best for the team,” said Hernandez. The Mustangs closed out the game with a 1-2-3 in the 7th. Up next is Big 8 Conference rival Diablo Valley College Vikings at the College of San Mateo with first pitch at 4 p.m.



Issue 14 • May 8, 2015 •

Mayweather goes distance in fight of century By Zachariah Merces-Spindler

WELCOME HOME: Dallas Braden signs autographs for his hometown fans on May 2 at Banner Island Ballpark. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

Ports honor Stockton native Braden By Richard Reyes

Fans showed up to Banner Island Ballpark on May 2 to watch the Stockton Ports honor one of the city’s own. Former Ports and Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden had his jersey retired and threw out the first pitch before the Ports game against the San Jose Giants. “It’s unbelievable that a entire city would rally behind you and stick with you through the up and downs of a career, minding though it was a short career, but here they are standing strong as I tried to stay strong. As a city, as a community, together. That is kind of the emotion I feel, this is something we shared together,” said Braden. Braden graduated from Stagg High School. He then attended American River College where he posted a 12-4 record in two seasons before transferring to Texas Tech. Selected by the A’s in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, Braden was sent to the Ports where he posted an 8-0 record at Banner Island Ballpark. Braden gained national attention on May 10, 2010 by throwing the 19th perfect game in MLB history on Mother’s Day. “With my mother having passed away, but having my grandmother in the stands to experience that. The baseball fete is what brings emotion to its highest, but having her in the stands on that day, you can’t really explain anything,

can’t really describe it,” he said. A’s public announcer Dick Callahan was at the event. Callahan, who has called over 20,000 games, cites the perfect game as the one event he will never forget. “The first couple of innings it was 1-2-3, 1-2-3,” said Callahan. “Then you start thinking. Never think perfect game, it’s always a no-hitter.” While walking out to the field for the ceremony to begin, a group of fans from the Bay Area wearing A’s apparel started to chant Braden’s name. Braden walked over to the stands for a selfie with the group. “Dallas Braden gave me the best memory I have in the 27 years of ever going to baseball stadium with my mom,” said fan Brian Aller-Ninges. The ceremony, which was a year in the making, took place before the game started, and when it was over, the Ports No. 50 was retired. “Dallas came out to a game last year and I told him I would like to do this if you’re interested, and he was flattered by it,” said Ports Team President Pat Filippone. In left field, fans from Stockton, and the Central Valley can remember the kid who started in little league and returned home after his baseball days were over. “No. 50 may be on that wall, but number 209 is in the heart,” said Braden.

It’s finally over. There’s a pound for pound champ of the decade.Two judges scored the bout 116-112 and the other 118-110. Those numbers are lofting in favor of Mayweather, whom everyone sees as unanimous winner. Do the numbers tell the whole story? No. This is boxing we’re talking about, each round matters. Not much happened, and the numbers effectively display that. Mayweather kept Pacquiao beyond arm’s reach making it difficult for Pacquiao to land consistently. The distance was kept by Mayweather’s footwork and speed, backing up and slipping to the right or left of Pacquiao for most of the fight. Mayweather had no intentions of making it a slugfest. Mayweather generally toys with his opponents for significant amounts of time throughout fights, keeping opponents missing and landing heavy counter punches. Pacquiao was too skilled to allow those tactics to work. Pacquiao did hurt Mayweather, landing hard punches, freezing Mayweather multiple times especially in the fourth round. There was a significant moment of change in the fight in the eighth round when Mayweather landed his strongest and cleanest punch of the fight, which Pacquiao took like it was a jab. Pacquiao had no choice other than to chase Mayweather down for each of the last rounds. The world believes Mayweather dominated the fight through his typical evasive mastery and counter punch timing. Three judges and media not named Skip Bayless are in agreement Mayweather is the better and true champion. Don’t tell Pacquiao. After the fight, he said: “I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing.” Mayweather is the winner, according to the judges. 48-0 is his record. A rematch is possible and is becoming probable due to Mayweather claiming that he wouldn’t mind another bout with Pacquiao.

49ers, Raiders fill needs in NFL draft, Delta standout among rookie class

By Kellen Medina

Now that all seven rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft are in the books, we can take a deeper look into what local teams have done to improve. After an underwhelming 3-13 season last year, the talentdepleted Oakland Raiders needed to draft well to compete. With the fourth overall pick the Raiders selected Amari Cooper, the top-ranked wide receiver out of University of Alabama. The 6’1,” 221-pound receiver gives the offense something the team didn’t have last year: speed and talent. Cooper is a polished route runner who plays inside and outside and gives quarterback Derek Carr a weapon he can rely on. In the second round, the Raiders took a chance in selecting defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr. from Florida State. Edwards flashes outstanding potential, but needs to keep his weight down to be effective.

The Raiders continued filling needs through the next six rounds, drafting 10 players. The San Francisco 49ers looked to replenish a roster that has had a massive exodus of talent this offseason. The 49ers picked defensive tackle Arik Armstead from University of Oregon with the 17th overall pick. Armstead, an Elk Grove product, is only a one-year starter, but what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in his exceptional size and speed. The 6’7,” 292-pound giant is a better athlete than football player, but with the right coaching he can become a monster for the 49ers defense. The 49ers bolstered a secondary in the second round with Jaquiski Tartt from Samford with the 46th overall pick. Tarrt can restore the toughness the 49ers defense had been known for. He attacks the run and delivers violent hits. Beyond the two Bay Area teams struggling to stay relevant, here are a few other highlights: 1. Projected first-round pick, offensive tackle La’el Collins from Louisiana State University went undraft-

ed because of a connection to murder victim, Brittany Mills. Police have stated he isn’t a suspect, but are seeking information from him. 2. The Tennessee Titans didn’t trade out of the second overall pick. Despite receiving Godfather-like offers, the Titans decided to take quarterback Marcus Mariota from Oregon. Hype leading up to the draft had a number of teams coveting that pick to take Mariota. 3. The value of the running back seems to be experiencing a renaissance. For the first time since 2012, running backs were taken in the first round. Todd Gurley went to the St. Louis Rams as the 10th pick of the draft. The San Diego Chargers traded up to the 15th pick for Melvin Gordon. 4. Former St. Mary’s standout, wide receiver Josh Harper, reunites in Oakland with Carr, another Fresno State alum. 5. Delta Alumni Demarieya Nelson signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. Nelson is an athletic tight end who finished his education at Arizona State.

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Issue 14 • May 8, 2015 •

Student exhibit runs through May 15

‘No Child’ going through revamp By Armel Henderson

Members of the U.S. Senate will work toward revamping the education law known as No Child Left Behind. It’s a reauthorization of the landmark Elementary and Secondary Elementary Education Act of 1965 passed by Lyndon Johnson. According to Johnson, “full educational opportunity should be our first national goal.” The ESEA offered new grants to districts serving low-income students, Federal grants for text and library books. It also created special education centers and created scholarships for low-income college students. The law provided Federal grants to state education agencies to improve the quality of elementary and secondary education.

The revision of President George W. Bush’s signature 2001 education law passed and allowed states to evaluate teachers and fix educational problems in struggling schools. Teachers will no longer be measured on student’s test scores and schools will no longer be penalized if yearly progress isn’t made. Congress has been unable to find common ground since 2007 when NCLB expired. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called ‘NCLB’ “tired and prescriptive.” He declared the law’s central requirement should stand. The act focused on improving teacher and principal effectiveness, providing information to help families evaluate their children’s schools, and implementing college and carrer ready standards. For more information visit to or

Baseball players make the grade By Frank Allen

SHOWCASING STUDENTS: An opening reception for the “Student Art Exhibition” was held on April 23 at the L.H. Horton Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 15. View more photos from the opening at PHOTOS BY JESSICA PARDO

DROUGHT: Delta looking to save water too continued from PAGE 1 water use with use of sprinkler controllers to other topics that will ultimately help in water reduction. Following Gov. Jerry Brown’s recommendations, Delta College has also joined in the rally to conserve water on campus. Salvador Rodriguez, campus custodial grounds manager, said the biggest challenge is to develop a sustainability plan. “Jerry Caldorone, the VP of Operations, has been developing a plan of sustainability for landscape on campus,” said Rodriguez. “A few ways we have been cutting back is by discontinuing the washing of exterior buildings and walkways on campus, higher grass lengths to allow the soil to retain moisture and looking for alternatives to grass such as bark,” said Ro-

driguez, who said if anyone on campus sees wasteful water issues, the custodial department should be contacted. The effects of the drought can be seen from the lower-water levels in lakes, to the dying plants in many front yards. The best way to conserve is to be smart about water usage. A few ways to help in reducing the use of water is by fixing leaks, replacing inefficient appliances and taking out lawns and opting for a dirt yard instead, according to report released in June 2014 by the the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). California is a long way off from bouncing back to what it was just a few years ago but, with the help of California residents, the drought’s impact can be less significant.

The Delta Mustangs baseball team is ranked No. 1 in the nation. Two players are balancing the responsibilities of being on a winning team with school duties. Outfielder Lance Berringer and first baseman Zach Perugi don’t have a problem with keeping grades up and playing baseball. The two are all state in academics. The California Community College Athletic Association gives the honor to students able to keep their GPA above 3.5. Berringer has a 3.87 GPA and Perugi has a 3.83. “It feels good just work hard in class and on the field,” Berringer said, when asked about the accomplishment Perugi said it takes discipline.

“Put in work, utilize what coaches do for you and that will put you to your point,” he said. Both players addressed the struggle to balance school and sports. “At times it gets busy, The Zone is where I get most work done, use that time and get use to the pace,” Perugi said. The Zone is in Budd, where athletes can study or be tutored to improve their grades. “It’s not too bad, just balance time well,” Berringer said. It is both players’ last semester at Delta College. Perugi is considering transferring to University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California Davis or California State University, East Bay. Berringer is undecided on his transfer destination.

Instructors celebrate student achievement at outstanding recognition award ceremony By Orlando Jose

On May 4, Delta College hosted the bi-annual Outstanding Student Recognition Award Ceremony at the Atherton Auditorium. The event recognized students nominated for academic achievement in the spring semester. Students honored sat on stage with their nominated groups and were given an award and a rose. A picture of the recipi-

ent was displayed on a big screen behind them and their biographies were read aloud by as they accepted their awards. Departments participating in the ceremony included Dance, Communications, Health & Science and RTV. Student Keara Stevenson was among the many students receiving an award. “When you work hard, it shows [and] it pays off. I've been dancing since I was three years old and

now I'm getting a degree in it,
” she said. Stevenson is a dance major and thanked her Dance Professor Valerie Gnassounou-Bynoe for her continued success. “I was really nervous but I was very honored my English 1A Professor Oren was able to nominate me for this very distinguished award,"
 said Christian Echols. Light refreshments were offered at a reception after the ceremony.

The Collegian -- Published May 8, 2015  

Issue 14 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published May 8, 2015  

Issue 14 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.