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Tips to prevent bike theft Page 4

A decade of memories Clubs come out in force seeking members Page 6

Fall brings changes to campus tutoring Page 3

UPCOMING Mustangs vs Merced at Delta, 1 p.m. Sept. 10 Stockton Symphony #1 Martin Filjak Sept. 22 at Warren Atherton Auditorium


by brian ratto

At 8:46 a.m. on a clear day in New York City, everything changed. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into Tower One of the iconic World Trade Center. Less than an hour later, United Airlines Flight 175 hit Tower Two. By 10 a.m. the Twin Towers were gone and an estimated 3,000 people were lost or injured. The attacks in New York, coupled with the attack on the Pentagon, forever changed the country. Ten years later, the reality of the attack continues to be ever present in the lives of some student and staff members at San Joaquin Delta College. Director of Admissions and Records, Coordinator of Troops to College Program and mother of a veteran, Catherine Mooney was one impacted by the attacks. As an administrator of Delta College, Mooney was inspired to start the Troops to College Program by a 2006 conference where she learned of the program. “The Troops to College Program is a safety net for the student veterans,” said Mooney. The program seeks to aid active and former members of the armed services with a team of support to help them succeed in a college setting. “Sept. 11 changed the mentality of America. Prior to the attacks people rarely thought of veterans, afterwards veterans were brought to the forefront,” said Mooney. With the needs of the student veterans being addressed by the Troops to College program, a Veterans Resource Center

was created, and is located in Budd 310. The center is a place for student veterans to mingle and build friendships with fellow veterans. The Veterans Resource Center includes computers with ample space to mingle and study. Veteran Ron Justice, 36, a former Marine, welcomes students as they enter the center. Justice served as a reservist and was put on active duty with the enactment of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “I was enlisting just before Sept. 11, 2001 and was in boot camp in Oct. 2001, where the drill instructors cut us off from the outside world,” said Justice. Former Marine and student Ryan Dinkel, 31, a veteran with two tours in Iraq. “The attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, changed my perspective, and made me want to do something,” said Dinkel. Dinkel did not join because of the Sept. 11 attacks. He was motivated by the Kosovo Conflict. This year Dinkel and other students who are members of the Ride2Recovery group, a cyclist group that helps raise money for injured veterans across the country, will be visiting Ground Zero. After a memorial, the group will be riding from New York City to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. to raise funds and memorialize those fallen because of the Sept. 11 attacks. On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Associated Student Body Government held an event in remembrance of Sept. 11. A local ceremony will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 beginning at 5:20 a.m. at McLeod Lake at Weber Point Events Center. For information about charity events that support student veterans, visit us online at

Unrest remains since flea market takeover

by james striplin

It’s business as usual at the Delta College Flea Market. There’s sunshine overhead in the Budd 4 parking lot and a maze of vendors are around every corner on a recent Saturday. But the calm environment

belies the tempest brewing over the campus market that was established in 1981. Since Aug. 17, the Associate Student Body Government has been fighting back against an administrative takeover, which moved control of the market to the Delta College Foundation.

The change in leadership results in a nearly $500,000 loss of revenue each school year for ASBG and has sent the governing body in search of new sources of revenue. “What we’re doing is just identifying different ideas,” said Donna Armstrong, who serves

as the student representative to the board of trustees. “So we’re really in a brainstorming type phase.” The storm started right after school began when Michael Kerns, the college’s vice president of student services, came

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Issue 1 • Sept. 9, 2011 •

Libyans take back control


Is the ASBG looking after our interests? The Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) have been faced with a flurry of problems in the recent semesters stemming from a revolving door of elected members, a need for special elections and general frustrations with administration. The problems, though, came to a head when the ASBG members were blindsided by the news that control of the weekly flea market – a campus mainstay since 1981 – was to be taken over by the Delta College Foundation. Michael Kerns, the college’s vice-president of student services, made the announcement during a special ASBG meeting on Aug. 17. There had been zero mention of a possible take over to the ASBG beforehand. As outsiders looking in, we can see how this decision seems to be impulsive. Though in this instance, the decision to take control of the flea market is not one that should be judged by its sudden nature. We understand the ASBG would be upset at losing $500,000 of funding, especially after so many years of effort put into maintaining the flea market. But we also believe, as does the administration, the flea market has simply outgrown what the ASBG can be reasonably expected to handle. The transient nature of the ASBG does not allow for a venture such as the flea market to run effectively, particularly when every board has a different idea on how the money earned should be spent. ASBG President Nicholas Aguirre has sent numerous campus-wide emails imploring professors and staff to see the board’s side. Aguirre wrote in one that ASBG did not hire the flea market coordinator, the latest of whom plead guilty to theft this summer for stealing $20,000 from the market.

We would argue that ASBG is not handling its own finances well. Members have already paid for a camping trip, as well as a three-day weekend in Santa Cruz with money earned from the flea market. Some of the members who went are no longer even part of the board. We ask, is that the best use of money directed for student use? Aguirre also told a Collegian staff member the group spent $6,000 on a welcome back barbecue that turned into an antiadministration protest. We again ask, was that necessary? Surely, Kerns and President Jeff Marsee and other school personnel involved in this decision should have discussed it with the ASBG. This is only one of many glaring problems going on with this campus, though. Priorities are out of whack here. The school is worried about how the flea market is running as opposed to working to make counseling more accessible and put cancelled classes back into the schedule, among other things. The current ASBG board is more worried about maintaining control of the flea market instead of seeing what can be done to truly benefit the student populace with the money they have. A comment from “rickr0ll”on deltacollegian. net phrased our concerns best: “ASBG should be rallying students to do more than protect the interests of the ASBG.” We understand ASBG is now pursuing legal action. We know this because Aguirre forwarded emails between he and Kerns regarding having a lawyer funded using the remaining money in the ASBG account. We think, perhaps, ASBG should rethink its focus.

by evelyn palacio

For the first time in 42 years Libyans have cause for celebration. Not only did Aug. 31 mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, also known as Eid al-Fitr, it was also the day Libyans celebrated freedom from an oppressive leader. More than a week ago the city of Tripoli, one of last four areas in Libya still controlled by loyalists, fell to rebel forces and leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown. There is still fear and uncertainty. Gaddafi’s son Saadi Al-Gaddafi stated in a TV interview that he was willing to negotiate to stop the bloodshed: “We acknowledge that they (the rebel-formed National Transitional Council) represent a legal party, but we are also the government and a legal negotiating party.” Gaddafi’s other son Saif al-Islam, insists they will continue resisting. “We would like to tell our people that we are well and good. The leader is fine. We are ready to fight. I tell our men to strike back against the rats,” he was quoted as saying on Arabic TV. Mahmoud Shammam, spokesman for the NTC, told Al Jazeera that Saadi is not feeling safe, “He is not negotiating on behalf of his father, but negotiating on behalf of his [own] life.” Saif al Islam is only trying to raise the morale of people who support Gaddafi and are willing to fight. Forces loyal to Gaddafi had been given until Sept. 3 to surrender or face military assault. Negotiations were renewed over the weekend between rebels and loyalists. As someone who has followed the conflicts for 7 months, the events are surprising and expected. It’s surprising to hear that in the modern world not everyone has their freedom. I say these conflicts are also expected because of what we have learned from history. Repression only leads to revolution. With revolution comes the promise of freedom, but also fear, sacrifice, and uncertainty. You have to admire the determination and bravery of the Libyan people fighting for their freedom. British Prime Minister, David Cameron had this to say in his statement on Libya: “This has been a Libyan-led process, assisted by the international community. Cynics proclaimed stalemate and asserted that Gaddafi would never be defeated. The Libyan people proved them wrong. Work is not yet done, but the Libyan people can be proud of what they have achieved and we can be proud of what we have done to help.”

THE COLLEGIAN — FALL 2011 Editors Jessica Blanke Matthew Wilson News editor Matthew Wilson Feature editor Brian Ratto Opinion editor Evelyn Palacio Entertainment editor James Striplin

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Issue 1 • Sept. 9, 2011 •


10 Percent

with Brian Ratto

STORAGE IN THE CLOUDS: Students can use Dropbox to remotely access files stored online.


Simplifying data storage for students by mauro ruiz

Students across campus have begun to harness the power of the cloud based service Dropbox. The service uses a selection of apps and add-ons to sync files across various devices and the web. “Students should use it especially if they’re paranoid. We’ve all lost nearly completed term papers because of computer issues and this help groups of students out a lot,” said Delta student Rick Stevens. Losing your files because of device failure is one of the most common problems students encounter, with Dropbox everything is safely stored in the cloud. Dropbox has a variety of sharing options that allow for increased productivity on collaborative projects. “It’s great for sharing. It works well with schools because if you have an

online class it’s an easier way to submit files. My teacher set up a Dropbox account for her students instead of having to email each assignment” said Lillian Taylor, another Delta student. Dropbox applications and add-ons are numerous. This enables people to work across various platforms and access their files from almost any device capable of internet access, even some printers. According to the Dropbox website: “Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your phone or tablet, and the Dropbox website.” This combined with quality sharing features, allow people to simultaneously edit files increasing productivity on group projects. Students often simply forget their work. “It will help us because it could replace flash drives. A lot of students will

lose or get their flash drives stolen and they will miss an essay. With Dropbox, they won’t have the issues with trying to get it to school” said student Lawrence Riddle. This means that forgetting your laptop or usb drive is no longer a problem so long as you have internet access. If they do happen to forget their peripherals they can access their Dropbox files from one of the many computer labs at school. This method of ensuring your files are always accessible and acts as a safeguard against late assignments. Sometimes people are worried about how secure their files will be in the cloud. According to the Dropbox website: “All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES 256).” If a student feels more is necessary they can consult the Dropbox wiki on how to further increase security.

Tutoring puts students on right track to success by michael johnson

Need help achieving your goals? Delta College offers students a peer-tutoring program with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Walking in the Content Tutoring Center in Goleman Library a student may be greeted by Virginia Kirschenman, Instructional Support Assistant III. “We are here to enrich and enhance their learning experience,” said Kirschenman. Due to a recent change students are now required to go through a new sign-up process. Any interested student must first access and click on the “Services and Support” link. Then the student will be asked for basic information, such as name and student identification number. Next, the student will be able to choose which courses they want to be tutored in. Finally, once the form is completed and submitted, the student will receive an email confirming their request. All students are eligible to get help upon their teacher’s request. Although the sign-up process is different and slightly more lengthy this year, it’s still an easy process to start. When asked about the efficiency of this new method, Allen Morehead Instructional Support Assistant III, said “like all new systems, you have to work out the kinks.” Morehead said this way makes things flow smoother and since the change, the tutoring center has seen more students showing up. There are five tutoring centers on campus: the Math


ACHIEVEMENT IN MATH: Student Audelia Corona, left, gets help from math tutor Olivia Lizzy Philip in Math and Science Learning on Sept. 6. The setup for students to receive tutoring has changed for the 2011-12 school year, but tutoring remains available to all students on campus.

and Science Learning Center, Content Tutoring Center, Reading Writing Lab, The Zone and the English as a Second Language Lab. Tutors are available for group appointments and drop-in tutoring for those students pressed for time. So go on and log in at and get on the right track to success.

New law mandates changes in social studies

Editor’s note: Brian Ratto, 27, is a Manteca native living in Stockton. He’s also a gay man. Ratto came out more than a decade ago. In doing so, he joined an estimated 10 percent of the country’s homosexual population. This column is written from his perspective and does not reflect the opinion of The Collegian staff. s a native Californian, my grade-school experience started in San Joaquin County classrooms. In my education, though, particularly after coming out at 16, the studies often had little to do with me in general. We studied Chinese New Year. We studied Black history. We studied the women’s suffrage movement. We didn’t study Harvey Milk. We didn’t study Barbara Gittings. Nowhere in my teachings was their mention of the many influential lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgendered people who have changed the culture and climate of America. That will change soon. Recently Gov. Jerry Brown signed S.B. 48 the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act into law. This makes California the first state to mandate that social studies include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history, and accomplishments. The opposition to this law claim requiring the teaching of this history will promote homosexuality. It may force students to become gay, they say. No. It won’t. The law only requires history books to add the struggle of the LGBT community to the civil rights section. Leaders like Milk, who redefined San Francisco politics before being assassinated and opened the door for other openly gay politicians, will be studied. Currently the “Stop S.B. 48 Campaign” is working to repeal the law. The campaign has been petitioning to get the initiative on the June 2012 state ballot. Remember, once upon a time people actually thought touching a gay man could give you AIDS. That wasn’t the truth either. You can argue that statement is hyperbole. But the truth, the truth that I know is, some people view homosexuality as a plague. Learning about the actions of the LGBT community is just as important as learning about other subpopulations currently taught. To me, it’s about time. In fact, it shouldn’t have taken this long.




Issue 1 • Sept. 9, 2011 •

Campus police urge caution when parking bikes

by jung min hong

Did you know that parking your bike on campus is opening it up to danger? According to Police Sergeant, Mario Vasquez, ap-

proximately 33 bikes were stolen from 2009 to 2011. Also, there was recently an arrest of a person stealing a bike on July 1. Another person was caught for casing the bike racks on Aug. 30.

The information indicates the campus is not secure enough for students to let their bikes just sit around even it chained up. However, there are ways to keep your bike safe. Here are some tips according to campus police:



Record your bicycle’s important information, such as the value, brand, type, serial number and color just in case it is stolen.

Using a Kryptonite brand U-shaped style of lock will help keep bicycle stay safe. Police recommend never using a combination lock and a chain or a cable lock to secure your bicycle. Would-be thieves are able to defeat cable/locks with a cable cutter.

CHECK BIKE Check your bike often whenever you have break time. If you see any suspicious activity around bike racks, report it to campus police.

THINK TWICE Don’t park expensive bicycles on campus; it might tempt some people to try to take your bicycle.

BE SMART Don’t use trees, gates, poles or handrails on campus to lock up your bicycle. Doing so increases the possibility of your bike being in danger.

SECURE RIGHT Secure tires and frame to the bike rack. Police also recommend securing the seat on your bicycle. PHOTO BY BR


Again, it is very easy to defeat chains, cables, and combination locks with bolt and cable cutters. Therefore, according to campus police, you should make sure to use a Kryptonite lock.

The cost of a Kryptonite U-shaped lock is about $26-$50, depending on where you buy it. You can also rent bicycle lockers. The rental fee is $10 for the fall or spring semester and $5 for summer intercession.

THE COLLEGE COMPLEX by victoria davila

For more information, you visit the Student Activities Office located in Shima 101. It may require you to put in effort; however, remember it is your responsibility to keep your bicycle safe.



Issue 1 •Sept. 9, 2011 •

String majors greeted with changes for the new semester by heidi haack

Planetarium helps students reach for stars by james striplin

Space is the “final frontier,” at least according to William Shatner. The void above isn't hard to find, but it can be difficult to reach without a spacesuit or rocket fuel. Luckily, the Clever Planetarium has your star-gazing needs covered. On the first floor of the Cunningham building, two large glass doors under the label "Planetarium" guard a miniature museum that leads to the main attraction — the dome. “It’s a way to get people into science that's educational but also fun," said the planetarium’s technician, Kyle Wilson. The egg-shaped ceiling shelters 48 chairs and two machines, one that’s mechanical, the other digital. The older projector is actually the cause for the planetarium closing down in 2005, because of its high maintenance cost and low public attraction. "It was more money than administration was willing to spend," said Wilson But just in time to save the day, STEM Grant paid to move the planetarium from its basic light-based structure to a more advanced digital one. The newer projector doesn’t only shine the night sky overhead, but also shows viewers the stars from other planets and plays as-

sorted science educational films. "I think when it closed down, a lot of people wanted it back," said Wilson "Force 5" and "California Skies" are the first shows this semester and are airing today, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10. According to the planetarium's website, "Force 5" is a film that throws the viewer into various catastrophes and "California Skies.” It includes a presentation of Stockton's night sky featuring planets and star constellations. Customers that show up early can explore the museum exhibits, which consist of dinosaur bones and a Magic Planet machine. This Magic Planet machine allows users to explore various planets at the touch of a finger. "It’s a great tool for teaching science, planetary science," said Wilson. Public shows run one weekend every month on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for public showings and $6 for students, children, and seniors. Customers can purchase tickets in advance from the Center of the Arts website or by calling (209) 954-5110. The Planetarium is also hosting separate, free showings for students, that alternates between Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, contact Kyle Wilson at or by calling (209) 9545313.

An important change for string majors on campus has taken place this semester. Before the Fall 2011 term, string majors would have been required to enroll in the symphonic or jazz bands or the concert choir as a “large ensemble” course. As opposed to joining the String Orchestra, students were required to join the other ensembles with which they may not be familiar. “Students basically had to join Concert Choir to fill the requirement,” said Dawn Chambers, an instructional support assistant. A music class, Music 40: Applied Music, is where majors get access to


private lessons. “Music 40 is basically the class that defines the music major,” said Goodi Choi, the string orchestra conductor. In order to take part in the Music 40 class, students must have already taken, or be concurrently enrolled in, any of the large ensemble courses. Previously, the String Orchestra had failed to meet the 20-student minimum, which is a requirement to be considered a large ensemble. This is the first semester that the String Orchestra has met this requirement. “It wasn’t fair to the string major students. They would have to take this class, plus a band or choir class as a prerequisite, while band students only had to take band,” said Choi.

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club corner

Issue 1 • Sept. 9, 2011 •


Getting to know the ASBG adviser Aja Butler by mary david

Clubs vie for members at Rush

by chris howze

A new semester at Delta College means the return of Club Rush Week. This semester’s week began on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and ends today, Sept. 9. Many new clubs have emerged this semester, including the Delta Choral Union. Clubs use the event to boost member rosters and raise funds for the semester’s activities. Rush is a mandatory event for all clubs but it also serves a more functional purpose of giving any and all clubs exposure to the student body at large. MEMBERS WANTED: Students gather in the quad on the first day of Club Rush Week, top. The Puente Club relaxes on underneath one of the trees, middle left. Lillian Taylor, a member of the Japanese Club, holds a sign showing the club’s love of manga to bring in students, middle right. P.A.S.A. club members wait in the quad for interested students to come by the club’s table, bottom. PHOTOS BY CHRIS HOWZE

Aja Butler, 32, is the faculty adviser for the Associated Student Body Government as well as the Inter-Club Council. She took over these roles in the middle of the Fall 2010 semester. QUESTION: How did you become interested in student affairs? ANSWER: “I graduated from the University of San Francisco and got my Undergraduate Degree in exercise and sports science. I originally wanted to become a doctor. But then I got involved in a lot of student activities and decided to go into student affairs work and higher education. I got my Masters Degree at University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership.” Q: What are your initial tasks as ICC and ASBG adviser? A: “My role is to oversee the student activities office and work with different clubs and organizations. I administer the club registration processes such as signing off on forms and managing paperwork. I make sure that clubs are trained and properly informed on different college procedures and policies. I am also responsible for hosting events and activities on campus that promote student life and leadership development.” Q: Do you have any upcoming goals for the clubs or new programs? A: “I definitely want to do an event for Dia de los Muertos. I am also looking into an alternative Spring Break type of program for the future. Plus I really want to do some sort of leadership conference for students.” Q: Are there any changes that you would like to make? A: “The main thing is to get more organized. Some policies need to be more updated, especially when it comes to student fundraisers. We definitely need to streamline the club registration process because there is a lot of paperwork involved. I want to reduce the amount of paperwork. I also want to get our website more up-todate, accurate, and interactive.”

Fundraising information available by jessica blanke

Are you a club wanting to do fundraising on campus? Are you looking to bring in an outside vendor who serves food to help? Here are a things you need to know: Find and fill out a fundraising request form. These can be found in the Student Activities Office in Shima 101. Submit your approval form

no less than three weeks in advance of your event to give time for processing. The new Food Services Guidelines require all outside food vendors to be approved by the Food Services Manager Fidel Cabuena. Also, be sure the vendor has proof of $1 million in liability insurance. All three requirements must be met prior to approval being given to bring an outside vendor to campus.

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Issue 1 • Sept. 9, 2011 •

Football ready for new season by uri piterberg

The Mustangs kickoff the 2011 season Saturday, Sept. 10 with high expectations, despite the loss of some key players, particularly on the offense. One constant, despite the turnover that is an inevitable part of community college athletics, is Head Coach Gary Barlow and his system that has produced results year after year. “The chemistry will change but the culture will not, and that’s one of the things that keeps us consistent year in and year out, we have developed a Delta way of doing things. That’s how at the community college level you are able to create consistency, even though you have a high rate of turnover,” said Barlow. The team’s first scrimmage took place Aug. 28, and the

very first play was all the time it took for Barlow to emphasize the point to his team, that while the roster may have changed, the team frame of mind hasn’t. Right out of the gate, freshman quarterback Sam Hutsell connected on a beautifully thrown deep post pattern with sophomore wide receiver T.J. Brown. This was the first salvo fired in a tightly contested battle to replace all-conference quarterback Adam Kennedy, who now plays at Division IA Utah State, and adds to a growing list of Barlow quarterbacks that have gone on to receive scholarships. The quartet vying for the starting spot under center consists of Hutsell, sophomores Zack McCurdy, Michael Zanutto and Dennis Johnson. All four had solid outings during the scrimmage. McCurdy’s arm forces op-

posing defenses to cover the entire field, while Zanutto shows a fair bit wriggle in his runs, distinctly on option plays, to go with a handful of solid passes. Johnson, the only left-handed thrower of the bunch, followed a somewhat hesitant start with a couple of extremely accurate and well-timed throws. The team-first attitude has been paramount to the program’s success. While Kennedy has left some big shoes to fill, the offense seems to be in very capable hands, regardless of who emerges as the starter. “Adam is just one in a long list of scholarship quarterbacks that we’ve had, he will be missed but there’s an old saying that nature loves to fill a vacuum, so there’s an opening now and someone’s going to step up and fill that opening, and perform well,” said Barlow. On the other side of the

ball, the Mustangs defense is showing strong signs of being its old suffocating self, and primed to once again cause problems for opposing offenses. Aggressive by design, this lightning strike defense uses an array of blitzes that take advantage of tremendous speed, which was on display at the Aug. 28 scrimmage. The unit’s unrelenting pursuit of the ball was reminiscent of a swarm killer bees. Beyond what immediately meets the eye, this is a hard working defense that across the board simply plays the game how it’s meant to be played. Barlow highlighted the contributions of the defensive coaching staff, led by coordinator Todd Herrington. “Everything, when you talk about our defense, you have to start with our defensive coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Todd Herrington, secondary coach and recruiting coordinator Doug Murray, our defensive line coach Marvin Jackson, and then our linebackers coach Mi-

chael Spears. That coaching staff does an amazing job at getting the defense to play fast, and play with intensity and that doesn’t just happen. That’s because the coaches show them what that is and teach them how to do it,” said Barlow. This is a strong and immensely well-coached unit that above all, finds its strength in its ability to work as a team. Barlow elaborated on what he believes is one of the key components that helped his defense hold opponents to the fewest points per game in the conference. “Everybody feeds off of everyone else. Everyone out there is one eleventh of what’s going on. It’s not an individual based defense, it’s a team based defense, and it’s a system that’s worked well for us,” he said. Overall, the Mustangs look to once again be a team that nobody will look forward to facing. Physical and smart, Delta’s brand of football will make for another exciting season.

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FLEA MARKET: ASBG looking into legal action

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to an ASBG meeting and announced the removal of control. “I will be transitioning the management of the flea market from the ASBG to the College Foundation,” Kerns told the students. “The College Foundation is the arm of the district that handles fund raising.” The announcement took the ASBG board, including newly elected president Nicholas Aguirre, by surprise. The meeting turned tense after the announcement, with Aguirre telling Kerns he was putting Superintendent/President Jeff Marsee “on notice.” The move comes after the arrest of Robbin Gerald Sealey, the flea market coordinator, who plead guilty to grand theft of market funds this summer. More than three weeks after the change, ASBG has taken steps with the intent of hiring a lawyer to fight the administration’s decision and used a “welcome back” barbecue to protest the move. The issue has become a talking point on campus, with opinions being vented through campus email, including Aguirre’s recent forwarding of email communications between himself and Kerns over a payment request. Aguirre forwarded the email to “campus wide announcements,” “campus wide business,” members of local media and Delta’s board of trustees. On Aug. 23, Aguirre asked Kerns to pass through funding for ASBG’s hiring of a law firm to represent the government. “I feel that in your position as Vice President of Student Services you are deliberately holding up the payment process, and you are doing so as a stalling tactic,” Aguirre wrote in the email. Kerns responded by saying two days was not enough notice to fund the request. “According to the procedures that are in place, all requests are to be submitted two weeks in advance to allow time for processing by my office, as well as the Business Office staff,” Kerns wrote. Kerns is on medical leave through Sept. 20. A follow-up to the request for funds was also recently denied by Mark Mekjavich, who is currently filling in for Kerns. Mekjavich wrote in Sept. 7 email that he did not intend to change Kerns original action on the request. Aguirre forwarded the email, again, to the campus on Sept. 7. On Sept. 2, Aguirre also sent a “campus wide” and “campus business” email asking recipients to donate $25 to ASBG for legal fees. “I have contacted the San Joaquin County Superior Court and it costs $350 to file a writ of mandate,” said Aguirre in the email. “I intend to file this injunction to put halt to the administration’s takeover of the ASBG Flea Market.” Aguirre sent another email at the end of the day, stating that he had already received donations exceeding the required amount. At stake is the half million in funding that will now go to the Delta College Foundation, which, in addition to other things, funds the Passport to College program. Aguirre, though, said ASBG is looking into new ideas for funding including opening up an afternoon cafe or raising student representation fees in order to make up lost revenue. “We’re looking into other sources of revenue and business ventures only because that was our goal before this (transaction of flea market) even happened,” said Aguirre. “I’m not going to go into detail because, well, A: we haven’t decided anything and B: I don’t want the administration thinking ‘Oh, they’ll be okay.’”

A BREWING STORM: Little has changed at the flea market, above, where business continued as usual on a recent Saturday. ASBG has responded loudly, railing against the administration’s action at an Aug. 25 “welcome back” barbecue, right.


When asked if these new revenues would bring in as much as the flea market did, Aguirre said it wouldn’t. “We’re only going to get $50,000 to $100,000. And that’s me being very optimistic,” he said. ASBG claims if they don’t get the flea market back, they will be cutting back $50,000 on donations to clubs and various organizations to $10,000. According to Armstrong, ASBG has also cut back on its scholarship program, student planners at the bookstore and other funded activities. “If we get the flea market back, when we get the flea market back, we’re going to have a clear understanding that it belongs to the students; they (the administration) cannot take it,” said Aguirre. ASBG is planning a 5 p.m. Sept. 13 protest in front of the administration building. “Without us having the money in order to do the things we’re here to do, then what is our function other than to say we exist?” asked Armstrong.

DELTA COLLEGE FOUNDATION TAKES OVER FLEA MARKET Aug. 17 ASBG has an emergency meeting, Kerns informs Student Body they are losing campus flea market.

Aug. 23 ASBG President Nicholas Aguirre releases an email of between himself and Michael Kerns , vice president of student services, denying ASBG funding for an attorney. Kerns says request must be sent two weeks in advance.


‘Visions in Clay’ to end run Sept. 15

by haley pitto

San Joaquin Delta College’s L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery will end it’s run hosting the sixth annual “Visions in Clay” Exhibition and Awards Competition on Sept. 15. The exhibit is free and open to the public. “Visions in Clay” features 67 ceramic works from around the country, including four local pieces. Judith S. Schwartz, Direc-

Aug. 25 ASBG’s “welcome back” barbecue becomes a protest asking students to sign a petition to keep flea market in ASBG control and to join another protest in September.

tor of Sculpture in Craft Media at New York University selected this year’s exhibit showcase winners. Dylan Beck was awarded $1,000 Best of Show for his piece “Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” Merry Arttoones, received $650 and second place for her work, “Great Steed of Greed” and Lee Middleman was awarded $350 and third place for his “Sunflower Desert Series.” The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The gallery opens its next exhibit, 2D-3D Figurative Works, on Oct. 6. For more information contact the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery at (209) 954-5507 or visit the gallery on the first floor of the Shima Center.

Sept. 2 Aguirre releases campus and business wide email asking recipients to donate $25 so ASBG can hire an attorney and legal fee’s.

Scholarship ceremony awards more than $248,000 to students

by haley pitto

More than $248,000 worth of scholarships were awarded at the annual San Joaquin Delta College Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 11, in Atherton Auditorium. Three-hundred eightyfive awards were given to

over 200 students, many of them multiple awards. Scholarships are awarded based on the students’ GPA and financial need. The amounts ranged from $100-$2,000. The ceremony recognizes the students’ achievements and the generosity of the contributing parties, whose monetary support makes the ceremony possible.

The Collegian -- Published Sept. 9, 2011  

Issue 1 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.

The Collegian -- Published Sept. 9, 2011  

Issue 1 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.