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Student instructor wanted for fraud By Vorani Khoonsrivong

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A Delta College employee is under warrant for grand theft and embezzlement. McKinzie Heavenly Harrison, also known as McKinzie Croney, worked for the college’s Culinary Arts Department where she allegedly took a total of $4,555.33 on nine occasions

between May 3 and June 4. According to Delta police, Harrison was struggling with financial problems and needed more money. She discovered she could use a credit card terminal on campus and falsely “refunded” funds from prepaid VISA cards onto her personal debit card. At one point, Harrison took more than $400 during one

transaction, according to campus police Officer Geff Greenwood. “I don’t think she is bad person, it just seemed like she was in a difficult family position,” says Greenwood. Harrison was previously quoted in another article from last December’s issue of the Collegian involving another incident regarding the Culinary Arts De-

partment where an unnamed thief broke into the cafeteria kitchen in Danner Hall and stole $87 dollars on two occasions, along with packages of meat and Gatorade. To prevent an incident such as this from happening again, Greenwood recommended businesses have frequent audit checks.

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By Alexis Bustamante

Stockton celebrates Beer Week PAGE 4

Apps to make the college experience better PAGE 6

UPCOMING ASDC is accepting items for its Food Drive through Oct. 31 Symphony Pops: Cirque la Symphonie, Sept. 13-14, Delta Center for the Arts


When Dr. Alhaji Gonzales talks about his son Abdul Juana, he does so with a mixture of pride and yearning. Pride because he has a print out of all his son’s academic achievements dating back to 2002. The last one on the list, a $500 scholarship, came in the mail on Aug. 19. But there’s yearning because Juana died on July 30 in a drowning accident his family calls suspicious. The Delta College chemistry student was hoping to become a doctor. He saw the community college as the first step on his career path. Juana, a 2012 graduate of Weston Ranch High School in Stockton, impacted a lot of people on Delta campus including friends, counselors and professors. Those who knew him said Juana impacted even people he met briefly. Juana was an active member of Delta’s Chemistry Club. “Abdul was a bright light

that everyone needs in their life ... “I'll always remember how hard he’s tried in everything from coming to school at five in the morning to use Delta ‘WIFI’ to finish his homework since he didn’t have ‘WIFI’ at home,” said Chemistry Club President Gabriella Muneras. Juana’s death is a loss to the community as well. Even though Juana had a hectic school schedule, stayed late and came early, he still made time to give back to his community by volunteering at St. Joseph Medical Center. “He was caring, had a sense of humor and always ready to assist other students in terms of need,” according to the handout from his memorial service, which described the “star” student. Services were held for the student Sept. 6 in Stockton. “I have never in my life faced something like the death of my son,” said Gonzales. Gonzales said the family is still mourning the loss, especially because of the nature of

his son’s death. Gonzales said Juana had never been in any swimming pool before the accident. In an on-campus interview, Gonzales showed printouts of what was to be his son’s demanding schedule for this semester, including an organic chemistry course. The pain will be there forever, Gonzales said. In a memoir Juana wrote entitled “Unforgettable Event in My Life,” he detailed his life while surviving in a politically unstable area in Sierra Leone. “Gonzales made his move to Stockton from Africa solely so that he could be a support to his son, Abdul, in his pursuit of studies in the medical field,” said Sheila Johnson, an International student counselor and a former professor of Gonzales, in an email interview. Juana and his father were International students. The college, said Gonzales, has given the family so much. He is “thankful” for everything.


Death of chemistry student, scholar called supicious by family

ABDUL JUANA: Enjoying life and showing a presentation to fellow students last spring.

Highly respected professor dies while on tour in Italy By Sven Jacobson

“Energetic, positive, professional.” That’s how Kathleen Bruce, director of forensics and associate professor at San Joaquin Delta College, describes recently deceased friend and colleague Germán Águilar. Germán Andrés Águilar, director of choral and vocal activities at Delta College, died of a

heart attack on June 7, 2014. Águilar was on a three-week tour with California State University Long Beach’s Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir when he collapsed on stage in Florence, Italy. He was 34 years old. “I thought he was a great teacher, who could really relate to his students, and find a way to give them the push they needed…,” said Eric Wombaugh, a former student of Águilar’s.

“He was always available and always open to talk,” Wombaugh said. “About anything, not just with me, but even more so with his vocal students.” On campus, Águilar conducted three choirs, taught courses in music history, theory, and musical theatre, along with coordinating the applied music program. Águilar also founded the Valley Youth Chamber Choir and had recently had been confirmed

as the new artistic director of the Stockton Chorale. “Germán was indeed one of the finest choral directors and teachers Delta College has had the privilege to work with. He touched the lives of students, faculty, staff and the community in a most profound way. You could never forget his joyful smile, his artistry and love for his work. As Germán directed




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No smoking at all on campus


s of July 14, Delta College became a Tobacco-Free campus. This new policy makes it difficult for many students who smoke standard cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes to enjoy a quick smoke break between classes. During the fall 2013, Delta’s smoking policy forced smokers out to the parking lots. If a student was caught smoking anywhere else it would be considered a violation of Student Code of Conduct. This new long-talked about policy was passed on Dec. 17, 2013. Students, faculty and staff now have no other choice but to leave campus when they plan on smoking or take the risk of being fined anywhere from $33 to $100 depending on the number of offenses accumulated. This raises the question: Will making Delta College a Tobacco-Free campus have a major impact on smokers? I decided to take this matter to the people on campus that are affected by this new law. “I think it’s ridiculous that we can get fined for smoking in the parking, just for taking a quick smoke between classes… We’re not bothering anybody,” said Delta College student Lamar Tucker. In past semesters students have had the luxury of hanging out in the parking lots and walkways, lighting up before and between classes but with this new policy in place the

campus looks more like a place of business than a hang out spot. “At one point there used to be the same five or more people lounging in the back of Shima. I started to think, do these people even take classes,” said Delta student Samantha Wilson. Personally I’ve never had a problem with smoking on campus, in certain designated areas. If not being able to smoke cigarettes for a few hours is a pain in your backside, then you have a serious problem with nicotine. Seeking help with your addiction might be something you should try doing, if this you. The days of smoking cigarettes freely wherever you want are long gone. Even some department stores won’t allow smoking in front of their store, while you wait for your friends to finish shopping. Now that going GREEN is a big phenomenon, more and more changes are being put in place to stop people from polluting the air, along with passing on second hand smoke. Though everyone is not going to agree with the policy on campus, sometimes change is for the better. Smokers who have been smoking for years are never happy when told they cannot smoke at their leisure, but at the end of the day at least you’re saving yourself a few cigarettes for later on throughout the day.

Parking permits can prevent $33 ticket By Jaime Garcia


elta College campus police are enforcing parking tickets violations at a fast pace to start the new semester. Many students take the risk of parking without permits knowing it could cost them a $33 ticket. The cost of a permit is $30. “It would be more beneficial for students to buy a semester permit then a daily permit if there here on campus more then 15 days out of the semester,” said Mario Vasquez, campus police officer. “It’s a gamble but I believe most students forget because they’re in such a rush to get to class,” he added. I believe most students do take a gamble of parking on campus without a permit knowing the risk, but they think they just wont be caught. Returning students at Delta College do know what to expect coming to school and should be already ready with parking permits. On the flip side, I see some stu-

dents who are actually new to campus and just don’t know the rules quite yet so it is understandable for those students. “Get a parking pass, because the book store offers the pass, and for those new students the orientation is a way to be informed on the parking permit situation at Delta College, said Susan McAnelly, a campus police officer. To those students that did not know where to get parking permits at now you know, and for those new students going to the orientation is a good way to be informed about the parking situation here on Delta College campus. “It gets better less and less tickets compared to the first two days,” said McAnelly. The ticket situation does get better later on in the semester. What I mean by that is people get less and less tickets as the semester progresses because people start to get the idea of needing a permit. “No, getting a parking permit isn’t

the first thing on my mind, cause so much is going on, and finding parking is impossible,” said Delta student Aaron Kumar. I agree with our fellow student. So much does go on during the first week of the semester, and getting a parking permit is probably the last thing on all our minds. “Get a semester permit if you are here every day, if you’re not here every day then daily,” he added. Students should think smarter and get a parking permit before getting hit with a ticket. If you’re a part-time student, there probably won’t be a reason for you to buy a semester permit, save yourself a couple bucks, but if you’re attending classes full-time, I recommend getting a semester permit. So here’s a bit of advice for students who don’t have money to blow... Get a permit ahead of time and avoid a $33 parking ticket. Campus officers are patrolling the parking lots every hour during day classes and night classes.

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Growing fashion trends on campus never gets old To get dressed up or not to dress up, that is the question? By Jermaine Davis


he fashion trends of today are forever evolving. Dressing casual five-years ago meant wearing a collared shirt, khaki pants and dress shoes. That’s not the case today. If you see a young man wearing a collared shirt today, he’s probably wearing jeans instead of khakis, and loafers instead of dress shoes. This has becoming the new casual look for men in 2014. People have started to create their own style of dress. I like to call this style the “Whatever Look.” When you see someone wearing pajama bottoms, Chuck Taylor’s and a KISS T-shirt, that’s the “Whatever Look.”

“Sometimes I just don’t feel like getting dressed up. It takes too long to straighten my hair and iron the clothes I want to wear, so I just throw on whatever and put my hair in a ponytail,” said Karen Collins, a Delta student. All over campus you can spot someone sporting the “Whatever Look.” Shockingly some people pull it off really well. Unfortunately, not everyone can be so lucky. When I see students on campus following the basketball shorts, hoodie sweater and flip-flops trend, the first thing that comes to mind is … It must be laundry day. Fashion has become more about comfort than style, but there are people who still believe in dressing their best at all times. Now that football season is here, expect to see fans coordinating their

outfits with their favorite team jerseys. A blue-eyed girl with a blue jersey and blue nail polish, can have a unique looking style for the day, and that look might inspire other women to do so. As always, women are more into coordinating their outfits than men but don’t count the guys out just yet. “I like dressing up and showing off my style when I can. You never know who you might meet during the day, and first impressions are very important,” said Delta student Wes Shepard. The most common fashion trend among male students at Delta College this semester, is coordinating shirts with shoes and hats. For the women on campus, the most common fashion trend this early in the semester, seems to be wearing high waisted jeans with 6’ inch heels. Following fashion trends usually comes from seeing clothing store com-

mercials, celebrities on television at music awards and red carpet events, but people with creative minds have always found new ways to create their own trends instead of following. Before tonight someone might start a new trend by wearing two of the same brand/style shoes but in different colors. This probably doesn’t sound cool to you, but I’m sure someone would follow this trend and others would soon follow suit. When the winter rolls around be prepared to see female students wearing knee high boots, scarfs and wool coats. For the male students I expect to see hoodie sweaters, sweatpants and those back of the closet shoes. Give it sometime but you’ll see by November, these fashion trends will be sitting right next to you in class.

SacAnime Brings crowd of more than 10,000 out to celebrate By Kathryn Krider


he three-day SacAnime event took place at the Sacramento Convention Center from Aug. 29-31. There were hundreds of men and women dressed up as different characters from anime, cartoons and sci-fi television shows. There was also meet and greet opportunities with special guests, who signed autographs. The most popular Cosplay seen was Attack on Titan. The first day on Friday, I

registered with my boyfriend. My costume, which I consider poorly done because it was falling apart, was Sailor Sun, a character I created. The first person I met was Jason Faunt, the actor who played the Red Power Ranger in “Power Rangers: Time Force.” While resting my feet, I noticed someone dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire from the Robin Williams’ movie. My guess was it was to honor Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11. In “Artist Alley” a drawing

I did of Sailor Mars and Sailor Venus were in a Digital Art Contest on display. On the second day of the event, my sister tagged along. While we waited for her to get registered, I talked to a Sailor Mars dressed up as Princess Serenity (sort of ) and a Sailor Moon walked up to me and Mars and asked if she could have a picture with us. I wish I’d have asked that the picture be sent to me but I never got the chance. That day I got to meet Johnny Young Bosch, the voices of

Ichigo from “Bleach,” Lelouch from “Code Geass” and Yukio from “Blue Exorcist.” It was so amazing. I acted normal around him but my sister on the other hand acted a bit shy. While I was resting my feet again and charging my phone, I munched on some Pocky sticks and saw two characters: Aelita and Jeremy from “Code Lyoko.” While I was walking around, I commissioned two buttons of my Manga character: Miko Sakura.

I met with a new friend, while getting a small print of Loki for a old friend, that couldn’t make the trip. When I saw a poster of the “Teen Titans,” let me keep the last small print of the poster for free. Even though my group didn’t go on Sunday, it was one of the best experiences of my life to go to the anime convention for the first time. Hopefully next year, I'll dress up as one of my favorite characters, Kikyo, and my manga character, Miko Sakura.

ALS ice bucket phenomenon takes the world by storm by Jake Souza


his summer we were hit with another viral sensation from the Internet — the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge has helped bring in the money to help find a cure for this disease. The Ice Bucket Challenge was greatly influenced by former college baseball athlete Pete Frates. Frates was highly involved with the ALS community, and when the Ice Bucket Challenge was starting to go viral, Frates connected the challenge to ALS foundations. The biggest controversy is with California being in a drought, is it worth doing the Ice Bucket challenge? California is in a bad drought, the whole state has to follow the drought laws or face a fine. With that all going on we have people picking up

gallons of water and dumping it over there head. The drought is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The drought kills agriculture, which is huge for California, it has made it so we citizens have to use caution with the amount of water we use or how we use the water or we can get fined heavily. And even with the drought getting as bad as it has gotten, we are entering the season where the rain comes and brings the water back. It will get rid of some of the drought problems, if not all, and make California green again. But, without a cure for this disease there is no way to stop a person from dying from ALS. On top of being a great cause, the Ice Bucket Challenge has made it fun to donate. Friends are challenging friends and family challenging family to dump a big bucket of ice water over their head. People then get to challenge someone else they know to take the challenge. Take a punishment

and dish one out to someone else; it’s a fun way to spread a good cause. The best part is, even though most people do the challenge for fun, the foundation is getting money, more and more people are becoming aware of ALS. Many famous people have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge. From pop stars Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea to football stars such as Justin Tuck and Charles Woodson. Celebrities from all over are taking part in contributing to the ALS Association. More people knowing will bring more money to the foundation. The Ice Bucket Challenge, although bringing more pain to the drought, was a great sensation. It wasn’t something like Neon Cat that had no benefits to the world. The challenge is a sensation that brings people together to do something fun for a great cause.



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Craft brewers rejoice as beer nerds seek untapped flavors, brews By Zachariah Merces-Spindler

Stockton Beer Week brought out the experimental side of beer drinkers. Every day drinkers gave up the plain Budweiser & Coors Light to allow their palates a taste of more defined, specialized brew. Local breweries were on display, taking over Stockton’s taps with hundreds of new brews to taste. Experimental drinkers are the new wave of beer drinkers whom have graduated onto craft brew and have begun to create the beer culture. From IPA’s to stout’s and all types of lagers, local brews are creating new flavors and changing the beer we though we knew. “This fad is growing and will last maybe 10-15 years,” said Josh Dick, a bartender at The Abbey. “People now treat & drink beer like wine,” he added. The premiere location in Stockton for craft brew consumption is The Abbey, Trappist Pub on Miracle Mile. New kegs are put on tap daily to avoid monotony. Working with a variety of West coast breweries to distribute hundreds small beers, putting on display the city. The Abbey even hosts tap takeovers on Thursdays where they showcase one local brew by putting a variety of beers from that brews selection on tap. Stockton is a prime source for the people to learn about the more complex side of the beer and craft brew fad,” he added. These beer drinkers are your typical nerds; they exude passion and knowledge that may seem intimidating. There’s even an app for them to track and share their beer experience called “Untapped” available on all iOS & Android phones. Craft brews are not new, but this trend is enabling the growth of


AT THE ABBEY: Bartender Josh Dick pours a glass of beer.

many dedicated brewers to create and experiment with all types of processes and flavors. Brewers are even aging beers in wine and scotch barrels. Scotch is for the older generation of men, and as long Napa continues pressing out wine those grapes will remain a king in Northern California. However, craft brews are taking over the youth and middle aged of the West Coast.

Beer Week returns to Stockton’s Miracle Mile By Vorani Khoonsrivong

MIRACLE MILE FESTIVITIES: Locals come out to The Abbey, to enjoy Stockton Beer Week. PHOTO BY VORANI KHOONSRIVONG

variety of promotions and deals including happy hour deals, beer dinners and beer movie nights. The Abbey Trappist Pub, for instance, had a Local’s Only Beer Festival. Guests sampled more than 10 local breweries that are located within a 120-mile radius around Stockton. General admission PHOTO BY Vorani Khoonsrivong tickets were sold for $15 and VIP tickets were for $35. Local retail venues such as Gluskin’s Photos, Haze Vapors “It is a very long process that requires years and Kharma Spa & Salon, also celebrated by of careful licensing,” he said. Many of the breweries available during Beer participating in the Miracle Mile Beer Bingo Week were distributed and created in Turlock and Beer Tasting and offered prizes to those that attended. said Batnian. To find out more about next year’s Beer In terms of local trends, Batanian said India Pale Ale and hoppy-style crafts were popular. Week, like the official “Stockton Beer Week” Venues promoted local concoctions in a Facebook page or go to


Pour it up: Stockton celebrates annual Beer Week. Stockton Marks Beer Week on August 22--31. More than fifteen venues around the Stockton area, mainly on the Miracle Mile, celebrated and recognized local breweries by promoting various crafted beers. Among the venues that participated during the festivities included the Abbey Trappist Pub, Centrale Kitchen and Bar and Valley Brewing Company. “Stockton Beer Week was created three years ago by the Downtown Stockton Alliance to allow our local venues to showcase local beer as well as allowing the venues to showcase their menus”. Creating the beer is a complicated process and difficult to explain”, according to Executive Director for the Miracle Mile Improvement District Mimi Nguyen. Kiel Batanian, assistant manager of the Abbey Trappist Pub agreed.



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Suicide topic of discussion since actor’s death Loss of Robin Williams puts mental health in focus By Santana Juache

The recent death of actor Robin Williams rocked the world and brought to attention the controversial subject of suicide. People scratched their heads in confusion asking: “How? Why? But he had money and a family, how could he be so selfish?” This week is National Suicide Prevention week sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology. According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. That is one person every 40 seconds. There are indicators that for every person who dies by suicide there are 20 more people who have attempted it. Suicide happens all over the world, and can happen at any age. The report states suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year olds globally. More men die by suicide than women, but men aged 50 and over are especially vulnerable. Women over 70 are more than twice than likely to die from suicide than the 15-29 year olds. Unfortunately, the suicide rate is going up. Based on information from the Center for Disease Control website, between 1990 and 2000, the lowest suicide rate was at 10.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

By 2011, it rose to 12.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Despite the increasing numbers, suicide is preventable. WHO states that pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms are the most common methods of suicide attempts throughout the world. One way to reduce the number of deaths is to limit access to things that may lead to self-harm. The report offers a plan of action to reduce suicide by actively seeking support from the government, have ongoing monitoring and evaluation, increasing the public’s access to information and promote public awareness about identifying at-risk groups/individuals. Most importantly, the best way to reduce the number of deaths by suicide is to remove the stigmas. People who attempt suicide are not selfish or “weak.” In fact, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that, “More than 90% of people who take their own lives have at least one (and often more) than one treatable mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcohol/drug abuse problems, etc.” Talking to someone about suicide will not put the idea in their head, and any threats should be taken seriously because it isn’t a cry for attention, but a plea for help. Talking to and asking someone about suicide will help them find solutions to their problems, such as taking medication or therapy. The foundation states: “Finding the best treatment can take some time, and the right treatment can greatly reduce risk of suicide.”




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QUAD CROWDS: Dedicated club members find success at Fall 2014 Club Rush. Several clubs participated in club rush. From Anthropology Club to Art Club, members urged students to join the groups.


POST Academy graduates 53 new officers in August By Megan Maxey and Midori Morita

Delta College’s Basic Peace Officer Academy graduated 53 cadets on Aug. 16, 19 of the cadets have already been hired and had their badges pinned. This year’s number of hirees is the largest since the Academy started in 1981. The Academy is certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and is known for encouraging knowledge of the law, problem solving abilities, communication and physical skills in their students. Discipline is an essential trait of the program. It helps students develop attitudes and behaviors required of peace officers. After graduating, students are prepared mentally, morally and physically to become a peace officer. For more information about Delta’s POST Academy and the programs offered, contact their office at (209) 954-5258 or



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Rock ‘n’ roll over rap By Robert Juarez

Five student-friendly apps to help in college By Nicole Pannell

Are you making the most of your smartphone in college? Here are five free apps, avaliable for Android and iPhone, you might want to try. IFTTT App Store Rating: 4.5/5 Our Rating: 4/5 Why: This app works like a supervisor for popular apps such as: Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and weather. IFTTT monitors your apps and plays middleman. If you’re interested in your device automatically emailing you or posting one status to multiple social media, or even backing files up for you the minute they are emailed, this app is for you. Editing premade “recipes” seems like the best way to go. Starbucks App Store Rating: 3/5 Our Rating: 3/5 Why: This app allows students to pay for drinks and even tip their barista without having to dig into any pockets or wallets. This app offers deals and locations nearby. It’s free to download but you do need to connect some currency to make purchases. It also is prone to crashing. Chegg App Store Rating: 4.5/5 Our Rating: 4/5 Why: This app offers the ability to rent physical textbooks and e-book versions of text books, limited access to homework help, access to personalized student deals and other helpful student services. However, the e-books are only available online, which limits access for students who have inconsistent connectivity. Dropbox App Store Rating: 3.5/5 Our Rating: 4/5 Why: Backing up files is a great idea for students in the digital age. With this app students can access files shared to Dropbox from anywhere. It is comparable to Google Drive. Evernote App Store Rating: 4.5/5 Our Rating: 4.5/5 Why: Evernote allows you to make notes like a pro. Functionality is limited by connectivity and all of the features can be overwhelming to navigate for new users. However, a spell check feature is missing and that would be a valuable addition.


ock music is on the rise and there is nothing that the competition can do about it. It may not be the classic rock of the 1970s that fought for love not war or heavy metal that turned heads and scared the elderly, but it’s rock. “It’s what people are into, it goes into a cycle,” said by Delta student Monica Casillas. The last time rock was relevant was back in the 1990s with bands such as Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At that time though, the bands were overshadowed by rap music with the help of infamous, but now dead, rap artists Tupac and Biggie. However, that was then and this is now. Today rock is making it’s run at mainstream music. Rock bands now include groups including Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay among others. This is what the cool kids are listening to these days. Rap artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj and newcomer Iggy Azalea are keeping rap afloat for no, but a person can only listen to songs about women, drugs and money so many times. Rap songs now-a-days are all the same. If you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all. The premise of each song is the supremacy the rapper has above everyone else, whether it be because they have more money or they’re better looking. It’s getting old. That is why this is the perfect time for rock music to make it’s move and for the sake of good quality music, let’s hope it does. It can’t hurt the cause to have a little help from old friends including Coldplay and Maroon 5. These two specific bands have had their share of success lately, especially Maroon 5. Hit songs including “Maps” and “Love Somebody” have propelled Maroon 5 up the charts. The band currently has three songs on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list. As mentioned before, Coldplay has had a run of success as of late with their songs “Magic” and “Sky Full of Stars.” Although, the band that has sky-rocketed themselves up everyone’s charts is Imagine Dragons. “The song ‘Radioactive’ has been certified six times Platinum and “Demons” has racked up over 1.3 million in sales,” according to a January 2014 article entitled “Imagine Dragons Humbly Discuss Recent Success” on Music Connection. “Rock is finally dead,” said legendary rocker Gene Simmons in a recent interview for Esquire. KISS frontman went on to say, “The death of rock was not a natural death. Rock did not die of old age. It was murdered.” Gene Simmons is right. His rock is dead. Today’s rock on the other hand is alive and well.

Delta’s annual ‘Visions’ exhibit features work from local artists By Midori Morita and Megan Maxey

L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery is hosting its 5th Annual “Visions In Clay” exhibition through Sept. 18, 2014. The exhibition includes sculptural and functional work, as well as craftsmanship and diversity of style. Works were selected for their unique form, technical skills and texture qualities. This year 56 artists from around the nation are featured. Among these, local artists are also recognized. Bruce Cadman and Jessica Fong (Stockton), Jesse Rohrer (Lodi) and Don Hall (Turlock) are featured in this exhibition. Admission is free and open to the general public. For more information visit



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Mustang’s comeback falls short By Richard Reyes

After a 2-8 record in the last season, the Mustangs football team was poised to start fresh in 2014 Unfortunately, the scoreboard read 24-0 in favor of the Santa Rosa Junior College early in the second quarter of the home opener Sept. 6 at DeRicco Field. The Mustangs struggled on offense and defense early, but cut the Bear Cubs lead down to 24-14 before falling 31-21. Freshman starting quarterback, Arnold Kimball completed 12 of 35 passes for 188 yards. Kimball also ran for a touchdown, but threw four interceptions in his first career college start. William Mafi had four catches for 77 yards including a 40-yard diving catch. “We had a lot of young starters today,” said Assistant Head Coach Doug Murray. “They are learning how much faster the game is played in the college level.” Delta finally got on the board after linebacker Nathan DiDonato recovered a fumble by Bear Cub running back, Darrel DeFlorimonte. Kimble scored on a one-yard touchdown run a few moments later. On the Mustangs next possession,

running back Evan Owens (11 carries, 66 yards) found the end zone from two-yards out. On the ensuing kickoff, Delta recovered a botched return and it looked like a comeback was starting to take place. But facing a fourth down, Delta passed up on a 38-yard field goal opportunity and Kimball was hit as he threw the ball causing him to overthrow his intended receiver in the back of the end zone. Santa Rosa led 24-14 at halftime. The Bear Cubs scored on the team’s first drive of the second half to push their lead up to 31-14. Santa Rosa quarterback Christian McAlvain (20 of 28 passes for 192 yards 2 touchdowns) hurt the Mustangs with arm and feet. “I just tried to make plays happen,” said McAlvain. “We were never worried that they would come back and beat us. We just had to play our type of game.” His coach also agreed with him. PHOTO BY MIDORI MORITA “We got very conservative on offense after we were up 24 points. CELEBRATING A TOUCHDOWN: We tried to run out the clock every Delta’s Evan Owens scores a two-yard play,” said Bear Cubs Head Coach touchdown in the second quarter. Lenny Wagner. “We have played some memorable games here at Delon Saturday. Delta returns home to ta, and we knew Coach Barlow would play American River College on Sept. have this team ready to play.” 20 with kickoff scheduled at 1 p.m. Up next for the Mustangs is a road Price of admission is $6 for adults game against the College of Siskiyous Children 12 and under are free.

Water polo teams prepare for season By Richard Reyes

Coming from high school to play college sports may sound easy, but it’s not. A great example is the Delta College men and women water polo teams. Every year new athletes from different schools across the San Joaquin Valley sign up to join Delta’s program and are put through multiple endurance tests, which consist of legs, shoulders and three sets of swimming laps. “These guys are no longer boys, they are men,” said men’s Water Polo Head Coach Mike Maroney. “They had high school to prepare them for this type of training.” Maroney said this year the team is trying to get over a “hump.”

“We just missed the state championship by one game last year,” he said. After finishing 21-8 last season and earning the No. 3 seed in the CCCAA tournament falling to West Valley 5-4 in the second round, before getting by American River 9-8 in the third place game. The women’s team, however, is looking to rebound after last year season 16-15 record (4-3) Big 8, finishing in fifth place in the conference and in Northern California. With 11 new freshmen and seven sophomores returning the future looks bright for the Lady Mustangs. The women’s team goes through a three-hour practice at June Ferguson Pool in the Budd area. The practices consist of relay races with the women swimming from one end of the pool to the other.


More to outside hitter than just volleyball By Eleanor Mafi

Volleyball is back at Delta College. This issue we spotlight Mustang Kaitlin Drake. Drake is a sophomore outside hitter playing under Head Coach Molly Mordaunt. Last season she averaged 2.2 kill per set, with a hitting percentage of 260 in 26 matches. Drake is majoring in Nutrition. She said she heard about Delta College from her sister, Ally, who also played on the mustang volleyball team last season. She plans to transfer and also play at the next level. She said her heroes are her family. “We have three returners and 16 total players. Kaitlin is such a visible player, we put her in the middle last year that was the role she had to fulfill an she did a really good job with it,” Mordaunt said. “This year she is now on the outside were she is more confident. She is a true outside hitter. We worked a lot on the off season on her timing on her outside hitting approach.” There are 13 new players on the team this season, which Drake said has meant the team is focusing on working together “We're all new and were getting to know each other, this is very important as a team. So were in a process of meshing together, because the talent and skill is there. It is a matter of how we put it together. That is what we been working really hard this past few weeks, being a unite,” said Drake. For the people following Drake volleyball journey and everything, she has a message: "Thank you to my family for supporting me in the previous years before this. Thank you to the staff for letting me attend here because it is not easy. They been helpful and supportive with everything is athletes do academically and athletically. Also thank you to my high school coaches and everyone following," said Drake.

Fantasy Football returns, brings out excitement for sports fans By Jake Souza

The 2014 National Football League season has started and with it brings the joy of Fantasy Football. Fantasy Football is a game anyone can play, which can divide a household and crown one person a league champion until the next season. “I love playing fantasy football,” said Daniel Valentine, a member of a local Fantasy Football league.

“I am a huge football fan in general, and truthfully I think Fantasy Football is the next step in being a sports fanatic.” The game does require some knowledge of stats in the NFL, as it can help out when the draft for players begins. People draft teams based on how much points a player can produce. Going off of touchdowns, passing, rushing yards and turnovers. A team consists of a starting

quarterback, two running backs, three receivers, one tight end, a kicker and a defense. Six bench slots are available for players from any position. A draft can be done from the comfort of your home, on an iPhone or Android app or on ESPN, CBS or any other NFL team websites. Fantasy has become a huge hit with fans from all over the country, as fans of certain teams can end up selecting a rival team’s player in the draft.

A Raider fan could end up drafting a 49ers player. Not everyone is a fan of this phenomenal game. “There are a few reasons I don’t play Fantasy Football. One main reason is time and commitment involved to keep up with players and stats,” said Mark Brown. “All the people I know who play Fantasy Football are great at keeping up players stats on any team.” Some play for the benefits.

“Sometimes I play for money,” said Matt Durant. “But this year I didn’t get a chance to join a league for money.” The best thing about Fantasy Leagues is it doesn’t just contain to football. Baseball, basketball and hockey also have leagues. “There is a chance that in the future I will be getting into a fantasy league,” said Brown. “I just need confidence in myself to make the time and the commitment to learn key players and stick it out.”



Issue 1 • Sept. 12 2014 •

Flooding relocates campus offices, causes confusion for students By Orlando Jose

An early August flood in the DeRicco Student Services Building has forced essential campus offices to relocate for the first part of the semester. Officers on patrol discovered the flood at 4 a.m. during campus patrol. “The pipe was just in the right location that the water went both ways and directly into the 1st floor of the DeRicco Building,” said Stacy Pinola, Facilities Planner/
Environmental/Grounds Manager Director of Facilities Management Micheal Garr said an irrigation line “ruptured in a landscaped berm adjacent” to the building. “Once the water was shut down immediately, but the damage was already done.” Said Pinola The clean up process is expected to take up to seven weeks. A lot of repair work is needed including sheetrock, carpet and baseboards. “All but two areas of the first floor were impacted, the Veterans Resource Center and the PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE E-Services Computer Lab, at the building’s south DERICCO OFF LIMITS: Due to a flooding end fortunately where not damaged,” said Lisa incident, most of the student services building is temporarily closed. Cooper, Dean of Enrollment Services and Student Development. Student Lily Warren sat down while waiting in a long line for the combined Financial Aid/Admissions and Records line. “That impedes the process rather than helps the process,” she said. “It (is) just a very poorly put together situation for the bathroom area, for the cafeteria and bookstore in particular. It's a bad spot. I understand they didn't have a lot of room but I think just a bad situation all the way around,” said Warren. Delta students are in disarray, and cant wait for everything to go back to normal On Aug. 26, the Board of Trustees awarded a bid for $73,000 to MCI Engineer of Stockton for repair work.

FRAUD: Student instructor wanted, said to have fled to Alabama continued from PAGE 1 The District Attorney’s office also recommended businesses to turn on controls on their credit card terminals, manage security passwords and terminal totals, and have batch reports for signs of theft, according to report on

News 10. Harrison’s current whereabouts are unknown. Campus police believe she fled the Stockton area for Alabama. If anyone has any information on Harrison’s whereabouts, they are urged to contact Delta College’s Police Department at (209) 954-5000.


DESTRUCTION: The Cunningham Building is being torn down with entention of turning the area into an outdoor space for students.

Cunningham demolition continues By Gaby Muro

During the summer, the Cunningham building demolition began. The process continues now. Delta College made an agreement with the California Community College Chancellors office to have Cunningham removed in order to get state funding for the new Science and Math Building. As demolition continues some students around the area have noticed something odd. "There is a smell that kind of bothers me when it's strong but

the noise doesn't bother me. I like watching the machines at work and I like how they are working to make the school better," said Josh Aguilar, Delta College student. So, what is that smell? Stacy Pinola, facilities planner/environmental health manager, said in an email interview there is a Diesel equipment operating. In addition, in order to cut a few pieces of steel close to Shima a cutting torch was used, resulting in the smell like burnt steel. Once the entire project is complete by December there will be an open patio for stu-

dents. "A new patio would be an amazing spot where students can work on school work and fellowship. It also creates an opportunity for students to interact with each other which is rare in today's technology," said student Ashley Anderson. The Patio will have new grass, trees and pathways that lead to the Math and Science Building. Unfortunately, the smell will continue till December. Hopes are that the earth will help minimize the noise of the jackhammers and other equipment. In all the students are excited to for the new addition to Delta.

PROFESSOR: Choral director, beloved instructor dies on tour continued from PAGE 1 his choral performances, you could see he was dancing with the angelic hymns of heaven,” according to a news release from Delta College. Born on July 17, 1979 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, Aguilar moved to Tucson at nine-years old. He earned three degrees from Northern Arizona University, two bachelor’s degrees in music, as well as a master’s degree in choral conducting. In 2010, he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Music at Northern Arizona University. In Águilar’s memory, the Germán Andrés Águilar Memorial Choral Scholarship (#5395) has been established at the NAU Foundation. Águilar served two years as Assistant Conductor of the Master Chorale of Flagstaff, and was it’s acting artistic director in the spring of 2010.

From 2003 to 2008, Águilar developed successful choral programs in the Mesa (AZ) public school system. Many memorials were held in Águilar’s honor. Kathleen Bruce spoke at Delta’s campus memorial. At the service, one of the recurring themes was what Águilar told his students often: “We’re all family. Go make your family proud.” Águilar’s teaching style will be missed, specifically that mantra to his students.


Águilar was a prominent public figure here at Delta College and will be greatly missed.

The Collegian -- Published Sept. 12, 2014  

Issue 1 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California.

The Collegian -- Published Sept. 12, 2014  

Issue 1 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California.