Issue 2 • Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 • deltacollegian.net
ON EVERY CORNER
Trump supporter claims Clinton presidency would oversaturate market with immigrant business — but is that a bad thing?
By Zachary Vera Staff Writer
Restaurant offers discounts thanks to Trump By Ramon Zuniga Staff Writer
Many groups and people have taken a stance against Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump, now tacos and their makers stand with them. Tepa Taqueria sponsored the Delta College’s “Students Against Trump’s Taco Day” event, where in return for putting down some contact information and name patrons bought tacos at a discounted price. “No one gave attention to the sign so business stayed as the same as every day with lunch rush ending and a regular amount of people coming in after. My boss was the one with the idea,” said Mariano Canales, the manager of Tepa Taqueria. The event happened on Sept. 14 by volunteers of Students Against Trump in coalition with the campaign for Jerry McNerney for Congress to mock a quote from Marco Gutierrez, a Trump supporter. “Well we got this guy that gave this quote (Marco Gutierrez) so we decided on
See TAQUERIA, page 8
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s stance on immigration may have pushed Latino voters away, except for one Southern California man who aims to stand with Trump. Trump supporter and co-founder of the group Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez, wants to make America great again and tacos aren’t part of the plan to restore the country. “My culture is a dominant culture… it’s causing problems, if you don’t do something about it you’re going to have taco tucks on every corner,” said Gutierrez. During a recent interview with Joy Reid on MSNBC, Gutierrez, a Mexican immigrant who came to the states illegally as a teenager, shared his thoughts on immigration and his warning of a dark future for America if Hillary Clinton becomes president. The recently famous Gutierrez’s statement comes with a major backlash. “I don’t see it as a problem,” said University of the Pacific student Andrew Vo, who was asked for his thoughts about Marco Gutierrez’s statement made on Reid’s show about taco trucks on every corner in America. “I love Mexican food,” Vo added. Vo is a frequent customer at the popular taco tuck El Mayita located in the 76 gas station parking lot on March Lane just west of Interstate 5.
“The Mexican culture is more than just about the food and shouldn’t be seen as imposing to Americans. We are a country of diversity and American citizens should be accepting to other cultures.” Vo didn’t seem to think Gutierrez’s statement made a positive impact for Trump and his race to presidency. “Taco trucks like El Mayita bring different people together and spreads culture. Just look at the crowd here right now. Not everyone that comes here is Mexican,” said Manuel Herrera of Stockton. Herrera, who often comes to El Mayita for the pastor burritos added, “If we were color blind, we would all treat each other the same. Unfortunately all we see is the color of skin.” Herrera didn’t agree with Gutierrez’s statements and ideas about the Mexican culture imposing and causing problems in America. “Americans shouldn’t be intimidated by Mexicans at all,” added Herrera.The Trump Foundation has yet to acknowledge Gutierrez and his popular taco truck comment. On the other hand, Clinton thought Gutierrez’s statement was outlandish and very offensive as she seized the opportunity to take advantage of the situation at the Sept. 15 address to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus referring to the allegation made by the Latinos for Trump group. “I personally think a taco truck on every corner sounds absolutely delicious,” said Clinton.
“We are a country of diversity and American citizens should be accepting of other cultures.” - Andrew Vo
Safety concerns arise as student brings machete to campus By Emily Beaton Staff Writer
As Delta College students and police officers gathered together for “Coffee with a Cop” on Sept. 7, the event was interrupted when concerned students reported suspicious activity. “Students report seeing a Hispanic guy in a grey shirt, acting agitated while walking through the quad while holding a dictionary in his hand and making comments about wanting to hurt people,” said Officer Jim Bock. Officers spread out over campus in search of the suspect, who was found lying on the grass in front of the DeRicco Student Services Building. “There weren’t any known weapons at the time, but
once the suspect was searched for weapons, we found a machete sticking out of the top of his backpack,” said Bock. Despite quick police response, some students still don’t feel safe on campus. For Delta student Denise Toral, feeling unsafe on campus has become a familiar emotion to her. “Sometimes I don’t feel safe, whenever I’m there its always empty. I feel nervous when there’s not a lot of people, or when people have their headphones in, because they wouldn’t be able to notice or help if something happened,” said Toral. Officer Susan McAnelly gives safety presentations in classrooms around campus. “Students can request a safety presentation by asking their teacher, and I am more than happy to come
in,” said McAnelly. McAnelly also plans on starting a free self-defense class in the near future. Delta student Alesa Zerka said that communication is the key to feeling safer on campus. “It’s very important to speak up so other people can listen and learn and see what’s going on. It’s also very important to have communication between us and the cops so we know what’s going on, on both sides,” said Zerka. The man was then arrested and a tip to campus was sent out explaining the incident and included a picture of the machete. “Had it not been for students coming forward with the machete incident, he would not have been on our radar,” said Bock.
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2 opinion THE COLLEGIAN FALL 2016
Stockton mayor fails citizens Silva reinforces negative perception of Stockton By Sathina Flores
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Sept. 23, 2016
tockton has undergone terrible years involving a financial crisis, unprecedented crime rates being ranked first by Forbes as the Most Miserable City in America and negative media coverage. But the city has been working hard to revamp itself as a better place in hope Stocktonians can express pride. But how can people be jubilant about their city when Mayor Anthony Silva pushes us back into the dark with his actions? We can’t because the moment we try to take a chance on Stockton, the moment we try and push for change people like Silva go and ruin it for us. And it’s pretty depressing for Stockton, especially when this city has a lot to build on, but our reputation of embarrassment precedes us. It’s time to end the embarrassment starting with Silva, who should resign as mayor. He is supposed to be the mayor of Stockton, a positive figure in the community, yet he was arrested for allegedly participating in a game of strip poker, secretly recording a conversation and
providing alcohol to a minor. It’s weird and sick. He’s no leader by doing that. Some would say his effort and intentions to improve this city should outweigh any personal scandal he has done but his crimes are simply too much to bypass. Some might even use the lame excuse: “Hey, what did you expect from him? After all, he’s only human.” This excuse is silly and unreasonable. Humans have morals and abide by a code of ethics acceptable in human society. His actions are not acceptable, especially for a man in office. As someone who solemnly swore they would bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution of the United States and the State of California, which he would faithfully discharge the duties upon which he is about to enter is ironic because he is doing the exact opposite by going against law. Everybody else gets in trouble for similar things and they do their time, so it’s time Silva does his. Silva portrays himself as the “people’s mayor” and for a while it seemed that way. He gave a voice to citizens who didn’t
have one. Homicides, non-fatal shootings and robberies dropped after Silva was elected mayor. In 2015 Stockton had the lowest crime rate since 1999 but, nonetheless, he has been charged on four criminal counts, recording confidential information, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol. This is a man who once passed out badges to his supporters as if they were supposed to be some sort of protection detail. Then there’s the story about the wild limousine ride he was a part of. His mistakes are repeated over and over again. Is it because he knows he can get away with it? A man in a fancy suit thinks he can campaign for reelection like his reckless behavior and actions can go unseen. Silva has let down the people of Stockton — the expectations of citizens. He’s shown that he is irresponsible and proven that he can’t be a leader. He’s not the authority figure we need. As a citizen of this city, Silva should not represent us and he doesn’t deserve the title of mayor.
Sports fans sit during National Anthem By Dylan Loura
f all our inalienable rights, the choice to stand or sit during the national anthem is one of the greatest. “I cannot say it in the strongest, most direct way, that it’s an embarrassment and it’s about as disrespectful as any athlete has ever been and I don’t care what the cause is. The NFL football field is not a place for somebody to further their political ambitions. Can you imagine if a player went out on the field with a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and let’s vote for (Donald) Trump? It’s the same thing,” Former football player Boomer Esiason said, per Bob Glauber of Newsday. Colin Kaepernick and anyone else for that matter, has the right to exercise his right to sit or stand during the national anthem.The First Amendment to the United States Constitution “prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for
a governmental redress of grievances.” On a recent visit to Buffalo Wild Wings, patrons watched Kaepernick and his teammates kneeling during the anthem. While this was happening, everyone in the bar section and the normal sitting area were booing him. One man even had the audacity to flip the channel. However, during the entire anthem not one person in the bar stood up, removed a hat or clapped at the end. If the common notion is we all must stand for the national anthem, then why are grown men and woman sitting in a sports bar when it’s happening? We were all taught in school to stand when the anthem is playing. It was meant to show support to our military and to the veterans who have served; especially after the horrible attack on Sept. 11, 2001. The First Amendment states we have the right to peaceably assemble. Many people attack the protests that support the Black Lives Matter movement because they’re violent and undisciplined, while Kaepernick started a protest that has many professional athletes peacefully challenging our country to change. The common misconception in this
country is the difference between patriotism and nationalism. However, nationalism is blind pride in one’s country and that the country is great no matter what. While patriotism is special concern for the well-being of the country. Now the common American has often been more nationalist than patriotic. Often causing tension and gridlock becasue of blind arrogance. These people in the bar that protested Kaepernick’s peaceful protest are the opposite of patriotic. The people in the bar did the exact opposite of what the First Amendment entails. They intend on infringing on his freedoms to peacefully protest or petition his government for the grievances minorities are feeling right now. These people are the opposite of what this country is founded on. Somewhere along the way the U.S. switched up patriotism with nationalism. Now, we have a blind sense of faith that is devoted to believing our country isn’t broken right now. In reality all Kaepernick and other athletes are trying to do is follow the guidelines of what a true patriot is.
Univision opens media centers to educate By Jasmine Gonzalez
n Sept. 9, Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) had a live ribbon cutting for the inauguration of five new media centers on the daytime television show Despierta America. As Univision time and time again makes the value of education clear, the company has proven its goal is to provide new education opportunities to Latinos in the United States by opening media centers: Hernandez Middle School in Austin, Para los ninos Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, The United for success Academy in Oakland, Pulaski Inter-
national School of Chicago in Chicago, and The Ruben Dario Middle School in Miami. The first media center was inaugurated on Jan. 29, for the New Venture Middle School in the Bronx. Univision wasn’t originally planning to expand in December 2015, the company decided the program should provide opportunities for Latinos in the U.S. media and technology sectors with numerous partners. “The organization joined efforts to achieve two overarching goals: 1) Strengthen and expand their existing efforts to increase the pipeline of Latinos in media and technology; 2) develop and educate future leaders and
professionals,” according to a January Univision press release. As a daughter of a proud Hispanic woman, I am overjoyed of all that Latinos have accomplished and what Univision has done for them During this election cycle, the intelligence and determination of Latin people has been questioned. To me, what Univision has done, is open new doors for the Latino children and parents. Parents can now see the great things their children can achieve when given the chance and see how their children will grow as a person when studying a profession that appeals to them. They will have new hope that
they’re finally doing something right. Some will fight against the new opportunity given to them for their children because of fear for the unknown but with time things will work out. The children will now have a choice and now the excuse isn’t economical. It is now going to be will and hard work that will tell who wants to be something more. Though now Univision has offered this new chance it is still up to the next generation to accept it. Furthermore, though Univision has offered this once a lifetime chance to the next generation, it isn’t written in stone that they should take it.
NY fashion show showcases plus-sized models Runway now seeing diversity of shapes, sizes
n the world of fashion, models have always been known to be a size zero or size two. Women in the fashion industry struggle with being comfortable in their bodies due to the stress and pressure to look perfect in a magazine or on the runway. But according to Christian Siriano, the season four winner of Project Runway, fashion should never be defined by size. Whether it’s for the red carpet, a day in the office, or an evening out with the girls, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable. On Sept. 10, Siriano held a fashion show in New York City during New York Fashion Week. Siriano didn’t feature a press release, stage a body positive marketing campaign or start a hashtag. He featured five models: Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Marquita Pring, Precious Lee, Sabina Karlsson and Georgine Pratt to wear his Spring/Summer 2017 collection. His choices of models were the highlight of the show. All the women were diverse and dressed in crisp whites, vibrant colors, and flowy silhouettes that flaunted their curves. “We’re celebrating color and vibrancy and diversity and lots of women can really wear these clothes,” he said backstage in a short interview with USA Today. “I just thought it was super important to have women of diversity on the runway this season,” Siriano told reporters. “It was the right time.” Siriano also dressed Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones when no one else would. In July, actress Jones tweeted “no designers wanting to help me with a dress” for the premiere of Ghost-
busters in Los Angeles. Many fashion insiders launched an embarrassing defense and pulled the “sorry” card, before Siriano stepped in. “I grew up with a mum who was a size 16, 18, so it wasn’t new to me to have a voluptuous woman in my life. And my sister’s a size 00,” he said. As a young woman, I believe Siriano deserves the recognition and praise he has received for his show; not only for the sizes of models, but for the diversity and an open mind to try something different. “It shouldn’t be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they’re not sample size. Congrats aren’t in order, a change is,” he said. I agree. Women come in all different shapes, sizes and ethnicities. All women should be able to wear stylish and comfortable clothes that provide their size. Siriano’s craftsmanship, devotion and love for all women of all sizes truly granted him what reports call “the most diverse runway of the season.” Siriano speaks the truth when he says designers should be in the business of helping all women look their best. Siriano understands how to work in larger sizes. Doing so, however, is a challenge. The proportions change when it comes to making a dress for a size two verses making one for a size 18. Designers have many different reasons for not creating clothes larger than a size two. Some of those reasons start out because of prejudices. Sometimes, it’s pure ignorance and childish behavior. Siriano is none of those things. As a designer, he has become one of Seventh Avenue’s most vocal advocates for plus-size women. He made sure they were represented on his runway and that, was a very smart decision. AG E
By Moriah Stall
MUSTANG VOICE ‘Have there been times when you’ve felt unsafe on campus?’ “I haven’t had a fear of anything myself. Hearing that is scary, but you knoe it got taken care of.”
“I felt a little unsafe. I haven’t noticed anything personally, but I have heard lot’s of stories.” LUISGUDINO
“Certain things do, but not entirely, because there are a lot of staff members, police and military walking arouund It is what it is, it comes with the city. I feel safe with the police on campus”
“No, I used to take naps by myself in Danner Hall.”
Sexual assault: A problem taken too lightly By Evelyn Villalobos
very two minutes an American is sexually assaulted, according to the Department of Justice. In January 2015, ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster after meeting at a party. The victim was forced to attend trial where Turner and his attorney challenged her claims about the incident that took place that night. Turner was sentenced to six months in the Santa Clara County Jail, though prosecutors recommended six years for his crime. He was released after only three months in jail due to good behavior. “I think it’s terrifying. It’s crazy to think what money can buy you in America today. I thought that our justice system was beyond this,” said student Justin Hung about the case. “This woman was clearly unconscious and her speech was slurred. This obviously meant she couldn’t give consent. This could happen to anyone, practically anywhere.” There are no exceptions or immunities granted to specific genders or age groups. Sexual assault can happen to anyone at anytime. Although it’s important to recognize the amount of reported sexual assault or rape incidents are significantly higher with women as victims than men. Women ages 18 to 34 who are college students are three times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
The idea that the women who surround me in class, pass by in the hallways and in the parking lot could have been victims of sexual assault is frightening. This woman was at a frat party with her sister and had consumed too much alcohol for her body to handle. That night she didn’t have the ability to call out for help or try to fight back. Turner sexually assaulted this woman while she lay unconscious behind a dumpster and still somehow managed to only serve three months in prison. The original sentence for Turner was to serve six months in jail, because the judge seemed to see guilt in Turner’s doings and that alcohol was involved. The outcome of the case, People of the State of California v. Brock Allen Turner, sadly isn’t uncommon. “Little to no time in jail or prison is common among college athletes convicted of first-time sexual offenses — if they are charged at all,” reports CNN. Approximately only six out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up serving jail time for sexual assault, according to RAINN. As a young woman, I was taught to always be on guard: walking to the parking lot with my keys in between my knuckles, having 911 on speed dial, monitoring my cup with fear it may be spiked the moment I look away at parties. The victim that Turner sexually assaulted that night wasn’t “on-guard.” Because apparently we now have to treat one another as possible predators. Because sexual assault is a considerable problem in the United States. And because it’s all too often taken lightly.
Sept. 23, 2016
Stockton facility offers tactical training
By Joey Boscacci Staff Writer
While driving down Eight Mile Road, you may have overlooked a large nondescript building, most would just assume that it’s just some shipping facility, but in reality the building houses something else: a city. CQB City (Close Quarters Battles is a 65,000-square foot simulation city built indoors, and run by veterans. The idea came to owner Joey “Chief ” Rubio like any good idea “…over a beer.” “Talking to one of my law enforcement buddies, one of them mentioned that their training got canceled due to lack of facility and insurance, and somebody said ‘it sure would be nice to have a permanent training facility’ and that’s where we took it from there,” Rubio said Designed for combat simulation, complete with a full-size city block, a full-size house and various vehicles and obstacles to traverse. The facility even has things including smoke and explosives to help simulate the feeling of an actual battlefield. It serves as a place for local police and special operation units to train, in addition to being an airsoft arena on the weekends. It can also be rented out for private parties. CQB City was the first of its kind, with other indoor airsoft/training facilities forming around the country since Rubio set up the facility back in 2006. Various law enforcement agencies from the area come and train at CQB City such as the Stockton Police Department and the San Joaquin Sheriff ’s Department. The facility also sees use from government entities like the FBI and the US Marshall as well as special operations units such as SEAL Team 3. The units who train in the simulated environment
build muscle memory and team cohesion so they are more prepared for the real thing. Although the facility is primarily for law enforcement and military training, CQB city player takes careful aim at another player during combat in a it also serves as an airsoft arena on the skirmish. PHOTOS BY JOEY BOSCACCI weekends. Airsoft is a combat simulation game that allow kids ages 10 and up. It’s also one of the few using gas or electric air-powered rifles. “It’s like playing Call of Duty in real life,” said Lead arenas that have a “zero-feet engagement rule,” meanReferee Don Aguilar. “It’s not just a game though … ing that there is no rule limiting the range a player is the kids who come out here and play, they learn integ- allowed to shoot another. “We don’t just run your typical games,” said Aguilar. rity … weapon safety and teamwork” “We run bank robbery games, special escape games…” The consistent players who come to CQB City are The game-types ran at CQB City are intended to a community. not only be different than what most players are used “There’s a lot of good people who play here on a to, but also more realistically simulate an operation in regular basis,” said CQB City employee Joshua Mina combat environment. iaci. “With every field, you have some good and bad, CQB City has an event coming up on Oct. 28. but by and large it’s usually a really good group of peoThe event is a zombie survival experience where ple here.” players will have to gather resources and survive a Patrons say it’s family friendly. zombie outbreak in the training facility. “It’s feels very family oriented here, the refs are very CQB City will also be holding an event for its 10th supportive,” said Nicholle Diacon. anniversary on Nov. 19. The arena also features some aspects other airsoft For business hours, location and contact informafields don’t. tion, visit cqbcity.com To start, CQB city is one of the only airsoft field
Employees celebrate Hispanic heritage By Andres Aguirre Staff Writer
Sept. 15- Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month the La Raza Employees Association of Delta College encouraged everyone on campus to wear a sports jersey or traditional attire from any Latin American country on Sept. 15. The date marks Independence Day for five Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The week of Sept. 15th Mexico and Chile celebrate Independence Day. “I learned quite a bit. Teaching what it means to be Mexican,” said Claudia Navarro, a Delta employee for eight years and a member of the LREA for one year. Hispanic Heritage Month has “had a big impact on my life. It is a reconnection with my background and my ancestors,” said Navarro, who added that the experience has been fun. The purpose of encouraging everyone to wear a sports jersey was “to represent their country, knowledge of who they are and where they come from,” said Navarro. “Hispanic Heritage Month this year was about awareness and solidarity. We decided to wear jerseys to show solidarity and commemorate the day. It was
beautiful because it showed the diversity,” said Adriana Brogger, a professor at Delta College since 2011 and a new member of the LREA echoed the sentiment. There were jerseys from different sports and different countries being worn around campus but the LREA wants more students to get involved. The LREA is constantly encouraging students to get involved and support various events. ”Get involved by learning the history. And there are so many events in Sacramento and San Francisco. As Latin Americans we cover so many countries,” said Brogger. Organizations such as the LREA are helping the increasing Latino population receive scholarships for college and also auctioning off art to raise money for students. “Today, 55 million people or 17 percent of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin,” according to hispanicheritagemonth.org. “This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13 percent of the total U.S. population.” “I felt happy to be a part of it (LREA). I instantly felt connected to the students,” said Brogger. For more information on the LREA and upcoming events visit their webpage on the San Joaquin Delta College home page and follow the group’s Facebook: SJDC La Raza Employees Association.
YOU. event to make an impact on city By Francina Sanchez Social Media Editor
On Saturday, Sept.17 Stockton’s Empresso Coffeehouse hosted YOU., an event to showcase local artists, photographers, musicians and clothing vendors. “YOU., was us trying to unify all forms of creativity,” said event planner, Alejandra Sanchez. The event was put together in a short time period by Sanchez and a few others who joined in on the idea, including Julian Carvajal who was also a vendor at YOU. “We knew the crowd would be here or could or could even go to other places on the mile,” said Sanchez. She strategically chose to hold the event during Stockton’s Beer Week, which kicked off on Sept. 16. The goal was to unify all art forms and to bring the community together. Stockton did not disappoint. The coffeehouse was crowded the entire night during the event hours of 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. There were children and adults of all ages there to support the event, their friends and family. Everyone is either enjoying the live music from local bands such as Pine and Palm, Aeden and Edith playing while others shopped, browsed, drank coffee and enjoyed specialty beer. “I came to support my best friend and to see all the talent that Stockton has to offer,” said Melisa Espino.
The event featured clothing brands such as Elevate, Lines & Scribbles, Zeus Collegiate, Tienda de Luna, Notice and Arson, which are all based out of Stockton The Golden Hour Project displayed photos as well as other local photographers. Artists such as Sokly Sea, Jade Alexandria and Andrea Perez previewed art work throughout Empresso. “Almost everyone is young and I like that young people are trying to get out there and working really hard to start businesses,” said Espino. Participants were young and just beginning their brands. YOU. is a way to start getting their names and brands out to the community. “We started this idea this summer. We wanted to spread fashion in Stockton,” said Ysabelle “Izzy” Obieta, co-founder of Arson clothing and local photographer. With the short amount of time working on designs, Obieta and Summer Pettit, co-founder of Arson, plan on having more shirts and sweatshirts out for the fall and winter months that they will be selling online along with their current merchandise. “Arson stands for lighting the fire inside of you, of self-empowerment. It’s a reminder to bring your all,” said Pettit. YOU. is the first event of its kind with the intention of supporting local talent. There was no charge to get in and enjoy the event either. There were flyers at
Vendors showcase their brands and art. PHOTO BY FRANCINA SANCHEZ
Empresso and social media exposure that helped spread word of the event. “After the first day there was already 150 plus people saying they were attending on Facebook ... so we knew it was going to be a good turnout but this is bigger than we expected,” said Sanchez. She added that YOU. will not be a onetime event. There are plans to inspire and bring creative minds in the city together more
Barnes and Nobles raises bat signal By Chanelle Muerong Feature Co-Editor
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Barnes and Nobles in Weberstown Mall held its third annual National Batman Day celebration. Batman Day is a storewide celebration, according to Rebecca Ray, the Community Business Development Manager of the Barnes and Nobles. The event coincided with a national celebration of the day. The first face people saw when they walked into the Pacific Avenue store was Batman, or rather, Lee Williams, the man behind Stockton Batman. “They call me every now and then for positive Stockton … to give kids a positive hero atmosphere and let them know heroes still exist … that’s what I represent, that’s the whole thing behind Stockton Batman,” said Williams. “We’re making sure we can get back to making Stockton
great again.” This is Williams’ third year doing Stockton Batman. Along with Stockton Batman, Williams also works for community and kids’ parties, functions for families, parks and recs. Meeting Batman wasn’t the only activity Barnes and Nobles had in store. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., customers could enjoy the activities provided such as Coloring for Batman, Lego Studio Build for Batman and Bedtime for Batman. Adult coloring, according to Ray, is one of the hottest trends in their store. Coloring pages included Batman, Catwoman, Robin,
often. Currently there are plans for a winter event to be held at a larger venue to hold more participants and varieties of talent. According to Sanchez the goal is to host an event four times a year, for every season all at different venues. With every event the event planners look forward to bringing a larger audience and bringing the Stockton community together.
Joker and Harley Quinn. “It’s very relaxing for adults and teens,” said Ray. Customers around the store seemed to be having fun with the celebration as well. “I like it,” said David Baker, a customer at Barnes and Nobles, “I was here last week and I saw the flyer and so I asked my son if he wanted to come and he said yeah. I like how they have the story time with batman and now they’re [the staff ] getting them [the kids] involved with the Legos.” Bricks 4 Kidz, a local Lego company, provided the Legos for play. “The staff is really good with the kids and they’re very interactive. The activities engage the children a lot so they’re not really bored. There’s something for different age ranges,” said Jacqueline Sanchez, whose husband is the manager at the Barnes and Nobles. In addition, Batman Day was tied to a book fair for Read to Me Stockton. It helps benefit a literacy nonprofit organization in our community, according to Ray.
Presidential campaigns causing racial tensions By Katherine Gagne Staff Writer
Information provided by Community Colleges of California Chancellors Office GRAPH BY KATHERINE GAGNE
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium, along with the start of a presidential campaign marked by racial hate speech, violence against Muslims in America has risen. Beginning specifically in July 2015, a number of candidates, most notably Donald Trump, have included Islamo-phobic language in speeches. Instead of focusing attention on strategies to end violent extremism, these candidates indiscriminately indicated all Muslims were a threat to America. “During the course of 2015, there were approximately 174 reported incidents of anti-Muslim violence and vandalism, including: 12 murders; 29 physical assaults; 50 threats against persons or institutions; 54 acts of vandalism or destruction of property; 8 arsons; and 9 shootings or bombings, among other incidents,” according to a new study compiled by Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative’s Team.
Although our political leaders are potentially capable of contributing to an atmosphere of dangerous hostility, they are also capable of encouraging cooperation and good will. “Muslim Americans are our friends and neighbors, our coworkers, our sports heroes, and yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that,” said President Barack Obama in an Oval Office address. There are numerous Muslim students currently enrolled at Delta. They come from many different countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Yemen, and more. While some have been American citizens for multiple generations, some families are newer arrivals. A number of these families immigrated to America because of unsafe conditions in their homeland due to the spread of war. Some of these students, especially women, must wrestle with the decision whether or not to wear their traditional forms of dress.
“Once, while my sister and I were walking in the mall, a man shouted angrily at us to ‘Go back to Islam!” said, student Samirah Gaber. “My sister is younger than me, but she’s brave. She wears the head-scarf, while I choose to dress in a more Western style. If there wasn’t such an anti-Islamic attitude, I would choose to dress more traditionally.” Several students interviewed for this story didn’t want to publicly share their opinions because they were afraid of possible repercussions. San Joaquin Delta College is an institute of higher learning and education that has a culturally diverse student population. Edward Aguilar, the new manager of the Office of Student Equity and Diversity is available for students who may have ideas about initiatives and activities that support multi-cultural inclusion. Students can visit his office at SCMA 254 to talk about issues of racial discrimination or cultural insensitivity they may encounter. “Of course, any issue which threatens a student’s safety should immediately be reported to campus police,” said Aguilar
Sept. 23, 2016
Delta starts directing class By Analese Najera Staff Writer
Top, the directing class students gathered around. Above left, directing class instructor Greg Foro. PHOTOS BY ANALESE NAJERA
This fall, Delta College has decided to add a new directing class on campus. This class is called “The Principles of Directing” and is taught by Drama Professor Greg Foro. Foro said students learn “the basics of staging ... the basics of analyzing a script.” This class is about what it takes to create a play or a film. Foro said his “aim is to create many different types of projects so that the students can build their skill level for various things.” He elaborated when asked why he wanted to teach this class. “It was something that we wanted to teach, and it was something we thought would be useful to them as they moved on,” he said. If you’re acting this class would
be a great way to broaden horizons because it lets students see acting from the director’s eyes. This directing class is helpful for students who want to better their acting from all points of view, including considering all components of film, not just the acting. The course can also help with leadership skills. Foro said students who may not want to major in the arts “learn leadership and a greater sense of creating something.” The Introduction to Acting class is a prerequisite for the course. “I think it’s great for anybody with a creative mind that wants to get their ideas sort of out there,” said Barry Tisdale, a third-year student with a major in theater. Charles Williams, another theater major, said the class isn’t only for theater majors but for “people who
have very strong imagination ... want to break out of their shell, even if you’re shy.” Williams is a fourthyear student at Delta and is enjoying the class as well. Not only is this class beneficiary to theater majors but it could also be to art majors. Jasmine George, an art major said she “basically took it just to get a different perspective because I like to think all things are kind of artistic in a way, so I felt like that would help me with my artistic skills.” George is a second-year student at Delta. Upcoming for the Drama Department is the staging of Suburbia. “It’s set in the suburbs of a fictional town in Massachusetts ... It’s about many things, race relations and complacency,” said Foro. The play is a drama comedy, which debuts on Oct. 14.
Beyoncé performs live at Levi’s Stadium By Gloria Gibbs
Senior Staff Writer
eyoncé made her last stop in California on her Formation world tour Sept. 17 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The concert began at 7:30 p.m. with an in house disc jockey. I’m used to going to concerts and them not starting exactly on time so I wasn’t too surprised at the fact Beyoncé didn’t come out until after 9 p.m. This was Beyoncé’s third time performing at Levi’s stadium. She opened the show with a chilling rendition of the song “Formation” her first single off the Lemonade album. Beyoncé and the crowd’s energy was high the entire show even though she referred to Santa Clara as San Francisco.
The crowd completely lost it when she performed Freedom. The set included her and her back up dancers dancing on a platform filled with water. She never showed signs of slipping. She performed majority of the Lemonade album except for “6 Inch,” “Pray You Catch Me,” “Love drought” and “Forward.” Her dancing, lighting, stage effects, outfits and makeup were all on point. She never missed a beat. I had a really good time at the concert but the commute was a hassle. Getting to the stadium was a challenge due to all the heavy traffic coming from the San Francisco Giants game also taking place that night. Not only was the traffic horrible but the prices for parking near Levi’s stadium were expensive. I paid $50 just to park three blocks away from the stadium.
Once I got to the arena security informed me the bag I was carrying was too big and that I had to take everything out of my purse to put it in their approved 12” x6” x 12” clear plastic bag. Levi’s Stadium has a bag policy that bans all bags except small clutches. I understand Levi’s wanting to ban bags but the lines were so long, I couldn’t help but become frustrated I had to take a step back and hop in another line just for them to hold onto my bag because I wasn’t going to walk back to the car. Overall the show was worth every penny. I definitely have to see her again hopefully I’ll be early enough to get chosen to be in Beyhive, the stage-pit area. Beyoncé closed the show with the song “Halo” while fireworks went off over the stadium. My advice to anyone attending events at Levi’s Stadium is to leave your bag at home.
On Sept. 15, Smith posted a picture of a dead rose and fans were speculating that it was his way of saying goodbye. There was also a video floating around of Smith supposedly “saying goodbye.” Not everybody believed this, however, saying it was just a publicity stunt, which seemed to be true. The rose turned out to be just a rose, and the video was just click bait, which lead people to a page that required them to enter personal information. Despite all the rumors, Smith proved time and time again that he was very much alive. Other than the fact he is active on social media, Smith was also seen at the Suicide Squad movie premiere with his father, Will Smith. The younger Smith reacted to the rumors with an interesting statement. “Jaden is okay with the death hoax, because to him, it shows that people actually care about him,”
said a source from Hollywood Life. “He is using it as a badge of honor, like you haven’t made it until you are involved in a death hoax.” His father, however, had a different reaction. According to Hall of Fame Magazine, Will Smith debunked the rumor by revealing that they were on a family vacation in London for Jaden’s birthday. Rumors such as death hoaxes are common with celebrities, it can’t be avoided. Betty White, for example, has apparently died eight times in the past couple years. Steve Burns, the original host of ‘Blue’s Clues’ apparently died in a car crash a few years ago, but today he’s still alive and kicking. One can either complain about them, or like Jaden, accept it with pride. “I don’t really believe those things,” said Brenna Mcleod, a Delta student. “Reoccurring themes are hard to believe because it’s not a solid story and anyone can be making it up.”
Jaden Smith is dead — again By Chanelle Muerong Feature Co-Editor
Rumors about the death of Jaden Smith have been circling around once again. Months ago, the death about Will Smith’s son spread around like a wildfire, claiming Jaden had a fatal snowboarding accident in Switzerland. This time, the 18-year-old supposedly committed suicide. But from what? Many said it was because of cyberbullying, others speculated it was because he was called out of his possible homosexuality. “I think it’s a weird trend to start these kinds of rumors, because this isn’t the first person I’ve heard this about.” Said Jaclyn Libhart, a student at Delta College. “I’ve actually heard rumors of this kind about his [ Jaden’s] dad, so it’s especially odd that it’s about Jaden this time.”
Sept. 23, 2016
Player leaves Nebraska to be a Mustang By Frank Allen Sports Editor
The Delta College Mustangs have a football team of 53 players but only one who transferred in from a Division I school. Derrion Grim, a former local high school football player who graduated from McNair, recently returned to Stockton after being accepted to the University of Nebraska. Grim spent the summer in Nebraska. “It was just complication with the coaches, I wasn’t comfortable with the school,” said Grim, a wide receiver. Grim isn’t the first player to return from Nebraska. In 2012 Nebraska scouted Stagg High School quarterback Brian Wood. Wood returned to Delta after his first year. “It was more trouble with the coaches and the offense it wasn’t what they promised,” said Grim of his reason for leaving Nebraska. Nebraska current record is 3-0 who blew out their first two opponents, winning by double digits, and are ranked 20th in the NCAA. Grim is already off to a strong start for the Mustangs. He helped the team by making a reception in the last
two minutes of the Sept. 10 game against De Anza College that led to a touchdown, giving the team its first win of the season. Other players are excited to have him on the team. “He doesn’t have the superstar attitude, which is amazing,” said quarterback Jake Pruitt. Coaches also are enthusiastic too. “We’re excited he’s a good player and on top of that he’s a good kid and I think all our guys are respectful and humble and this game is unique,” said Head Coach Gary Barlow. Grim decided to come to Delta, because this is his hometown and wants to give back to the community. Grim is likely staying with Delta for one season and planning to transfer. He doesn’t know where to yet, but he said that he is going to stay on the west coast. Currently the Mustangs are 1-2 after falling to Santa Rosa last weekend. Derrion Grim trains for upcoming game against the College of Siskyous on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. PHOTO BY DEVIN WICKSTROM
Alumni attack in water By Frank Allen Sports Editor
On Sept. 18, the men’s water polo team held its annual alumni game where former Delta college players take on current Mustangs. “It was great we love having our alumni back, it was fun I did have a steal convert attack assist for the game winner, and it’s nice that I can jump in and play,”said men’s water polo head coach Mike Maroney. Both sides kept the match competitive, with the alumni team finishing the game with back and forth scoring. “I think we kept up well with Delta, I’m really excited to see how Delta is going to be good for this year. The team is gonna do better than how our team did,” said Jonathan Sotello, who played for Delta in the 2014 season. Sotello currently plays for San Jose State University. “It’s fun, hard, it becomes a job, but it’s still water polo, and as long as you have the heart,” said Sotello.
Fans enjoyed watching the game. “The game was fun to watch, it was hot, but watching them play in the pool having fun, cooled me down a little,” said Gina Hughes, a former student at Delta. Before the alumni Delta held the 38th Attila Memorial WKA Tournament named after the first central valley coach William Antilla. Antilla started the first water polo team in the University of the Pacific in 1963. The top 15 teams in the Northern California compete. “We did great, we are missing our head captain Jay Halva, and we played the top two teams in Northern California and I think we are in Goalie Micheal Bria and Nathan Van Cleave attempting to block Head the conversation in the top team, in the state,” Coach Mike Maroney to increase the lead. BY FRANK ALLEN said Maroney. Halva is injured with a cut on his eye. He made six goals against San Diego Mesa College, during the Nyquist Tournament Sept. 9-10. “Our men’s water polo team went 4 for 2 this weekend, and are competitive and looking to improve in our skill,” said Maroney.
NFL doesn’t support memorial cleats Players not allowed to wear Sept. 11 custom shoes By Mikael Honzell Opinion Editor
The First Amendment is what makes this country what it is; a place where people can voice opinions freely without being thrown into a prison camp or executed. But is there a time and place where sharing your opinion shouldn’t be allowed? Should a football player be allowed to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance? Or how about honoring the victims and fallen heroes of 9/11? Avery Williamson, linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, wanted to pay his respects to the victims of 9/11 by wearing customized cleats during the game against the Minnesota Vikings. The cleats contained the same colors as the Titan’s uniform: red, white, black and blue. The Nike swoosh symbol is striped red and white, with the primary color of the cleat being navy blue with gray stars and red laces. “Never Forget” and “9-11-01” are also printed on the back of the cleats in bold, white letters and the 11 resembling the twin towers. After putting the cleats on before the game started, Williamson was informed he couldn’t wear the cleats because they violated the NFL’s dress code.
“Shoes must be of standard football design, including ‘sneaker’ type shoes such as basketball shoes, cross-training shoes, etc,” according to the NFL Rule Book. “League-approved tri-colored shoes are permitted with black, white, and one team color.” Williamson wasn’t the only NFL player who wanted to wear customized cleats. New York Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz also wanted to wear customized cleats and did just that, despite the NFL’s $6,076 fine, according to operatins.nfl.com, for failure to comply with the dress code. Williamson was hesitant to wear the cleats after being told about the fine. But according to The Tennessean newspaper, multiple New York and New Jersey police union associates offered to pay the fine for Williamson, since the organization’s felt fellow police officers they lost on Sept. 11 should be honored on this day. “It’s always good to honor victims of things like 9/11,” said Meghan Marsden, a Delta student. “I think the NFL should’ve allowed him to wear those cleats; because they let players dress out of dress code for other causes.” After going through with wearing the customized cleats, the NFL decided not to fine Williamson, Beckham Jr. and Cruz.
Sept. 23, 2016 thecollegian Farmworkers to receive overtime pay
By Mikael Honzell Opinion Editor
Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1066 into law on Sept. 12, making California the fifth state in the country to provide farmworkers with overtime pay. The action is being called a “historic move” by Brown, with many expressing that farm workers are finally getting what they deserve after working up to ten hours a day, six days a week. Others, such as local farmer Richard Rodriguez, said this bill will do anything but good for those involved in agriculture. A typical day for him involves waking up nice and early. “I wake up around 4:30 and leave the house by 5:30,” said Rodriguez. “Then give the employees orders for the day and then I go farm in five different areas; going from ranch to ranch.” Rodriguez grows crops varying from tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, fresh beans and more, then sells some of the produce at the weekend’s farmers market in the Trinity Parkway shopping center off Eight Mile Road. “Most of my employees are seasonal,” said Rodriguez. “So right now they work 60 hours a week. After working ten hours, they get overtime and they all make over minimum wage.” Rodriguez considers his seasonal employees happy, as they make most of their money during season, working 60 hours and making $600 a week, as opposed to a 40 hour week where they’ll make $400, cutting checks by a third. But when the season is over and he’s had all the help he needs during harvest season (which isn’t much) he likes to pay them a little extra. “A lot of the times I’ll just have them maintain equipment or work on stuff in the shop just to keep them busy. But later on, when the minimum wage goes up, I’ll start to pay them $15 dollars an hour,” he said. With minimum wage on the rise and Rodriguez’ workers that typically work more than eight hours a day getting overtime, Rodriguez will be paying the workers significantly more, going from $15 an hour to $22.50, according to Rodriguez. “And add to that another 25 to 30 percent for your workers comp, social security and insurance, so it gets pretty expensive,” he said. This change in policy may not benefit farmers; but Delta student Jonathon Fan thinks this will do a great service to farmworkers. “I think it’s good because farmers will make more money,” he said, “more produce will be provided. I think the prices on fruits and vegetables will rise, Top, a field worker dumps grapes into a container in Lodi. Bottom, another field workers harvests grapes in the early mornthough. It might not be good for the lower class.” ing. PHOTO COURTESY OF ISABEL VAN DIEMAN
TAQUERIA: College Square business sells tacos against Trump CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the left to poke fun at this idea about taco trucks on every corner,” said Chris Johnson, a field director of Jerry McNerney for Congress. The main target for this event is in the name. Trump has openly said negative things about the Latino community. In response many organizations have hosted and sponsored events similar to this one. “By hosting Taco Day we hope to get more students involved in politics for the upcoming election. I believe that it will increase awareness for the two nominees,” said Evangelina Solano-Rojas, a student of San Joaquin Delta College. Tepa Taqueria has served Mexican cuisine since 1994. It is located in the College Square shopping center. Trump’s remarks directed at the
Latino community have changed opinions and left some without a political party preference. “I saw him as a serious candidate,” said Mariano Canales. “Until he starting bashing some ethnic backgrounds. Now it is more jokey. He was looking more better than most Republicans. It’s funny because in a business like this you see people come through that can’t eat pork or beef but still share the same dreams as me. Muslims have Allah and Christians have Jesus, I’m not [going to] hate.” The event’s fliers were handed out at Delta College’s quad by Students Against Trump on Monday, Sept. 12
during all parts of the day in an effort to draw people in with the appetite of cheaper tacos. “Trump has some good qualities and bad qualities just like rest of the candidates. He is a great businessman,” said Canales. Still, people are finding it hard to stand behind Trump and his views. “San Joaquin County and Stockton are very diverse communities with a strong Latino presence. A campaign that’s based on targeting Latinos and diversity is bad. We did this event to let the voices of Latinos and other groups heard against a campaign like
“If Donald Trump was a taco he would be one with a lot of lengua and little cerebro.” - Francisco Aguilar
this,” said Solano-Rojas. Food brings a community together, especially when those within the community are meeting for a common goal. Some are shedding light on the election by comparing food to candidates. “If Donald Trump was a taco he would be one with a lot of lengua (tongue) and a little cerebro (brain),” said Francisco Aguilar a self proclaimed Taco Master. Aguilar is a regular at the flea markets in Stockton and has seen first hand the effects of Trump’s words. “This black truck came and threw water balloons at me, the they yelled was ‘go back to Mexico, Trump’ while they drove away their Trump 2016 sticker was more visible before. We don’t like to think racism is still like this but I went through it first hand. I am happy Tepa Taqueria is doing something like this,” said Aguilar.
Issue 2 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.