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Issue 3 • Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 • deltacollegian.net
New math, science complex to open in spring by brian ratto @deltacollegian.net
Dell’Osso farms pumpkin patch, a scary fun time Page 4
Music major program growing Page 6
Delta instructor uses past career to educate Page 5
UPCOMING Fall Choir Concert Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. Atherton Auditorium ‘As You Like It’ starting Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. Studio Theatre
Despite preparations made prior to the beginning of the fall semester, the new Cunningham Math and Science Complex is now scheduled to open next spring. This change in date comes after emails were sent out to faculty and staff last semester indicating an earlier move. The initial “targeted completion date,” according to an email sent out by Dr. Matt Wetstein on March 2, was Sept. 1. “The main reason for the delayed opening of the building is the change required to the planned heating, ventilation and air conditioning system,” said Wetstein. After the building is completed, the college will have a chance to test all the systems, said Wetstein. When opened, the new building will include six lecture/lab spaces per floor and a few lecture halls. The labs will house no more than thirty students. Lecture rooms will hold up to 90. The building will not be the typical hall Delta students have grown accustomed to. There will be laboratory preparation area, where staff and teacher’s aides can gather materials prior to the class. There will also be a cadaver room. This room will PHOTOS BY BRIAN RATTO have stainless steel counters, with medical examination quality lighting and equipment, said Wetstein. THE COMPLEX: Top, the second floor lab prepaUpon the completion of the new Math and Sci- ratory area. Bottom left, a chemistry lab on the ence complex, the Cunningham building will be third floor of the building. Bottom right, a medical torn down. The only part of Cunningham build- quality examination light in the cadaver room. ing that may remain is the Clever Planetarium. “The only thing that we would have to do, if we find the funds At the end of last semester, faculty and staff housed in the Cunto save the planetarium, is refurbish the exterior and ensure that the ningham building were given notice of a move over the summer building can stand alone,” said Wetstein. continued on PAGE 8
Delta, Pacific team-up for grant by michael johnson
training and then be able to instruct interested students and staff. “Working together is incredibly imDelta College and the University of portant as Delta and Pacific are close the Pacific have unite together to apply neighbors, with the majority of transfer for a grant to address violence against students to Pacific coming directly from women on both campuses. Delta,” said Corrie Martin, director of “It is intended to provide self defense ed- the Pacific Women’s Resource Center. ucation community so as to be able to proMartin also said that they have not tect themselves in the event of assault,” said yet heard any word David J. Main, diback from the Office rector of Police Ser- CAMPUS SAFETY MEETING of Violence against vices & Programs. Wo m e n ( O V W ) Campus police will be having a A recent study since the colleges apcampus safety presentation on Oct. by the National plied for the grant 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Holt 101. Institute of Jusspring of this year. tice says that one She said the colleges in four college-aged women report expe- expect to hear from the OVW in the next few riences that meet the legal definitions of weeks and hope to start the project this fall. rape or attempted rape. Dating violence, sexual assault, and stalkOne in five college women are raped ing are harsh and common occurrences among during their college years. women on campuses across the country. Both campuses want to implement a In another concerning study by The program service to reduce the risk of these National Institute of Justice, fewer than types of things happening to their students. five-percent of attempted or completed If the grant is approved, officers from rapes are reported to law enforcement. Delta and Pacific will be given certified email@example.com
Propositions fight for education funding by james striplin
This coming election colleges are taking a political stance in a subject that is closer to home; students of California will be voting on their education. Prop. 30 and Prop. 38 are new to the ballot and the fear of losing funding has stirred things up at the college level. While both propositions will increase income tax on the wealthy to fund education, only Prop. 30 guarantees money to community colleges; bringing in $6 billion by increasing sales tax over the next seven years. Proposition 38 on the other hand will raise $10 billion over a 12 year span, but the money will only go to schools K-12, and for the first four years it will help pay California debt. In a phone conference with California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Erik
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Issue 3 • Oct. 5, 2012 • deltacollegian.net
Fraud is hurting classroom size Financial aid fraud in Stockton experienced a tremendous uprise in 2011. More than 16 names were turned into the office of the Inspector General by Delta College to be investigated. The fraud taking place mainly consisted of checks being stolen out of mailboxes, and fraud at check cashing stores. The Office of the Inspector General is a Branch of the Department of Education who investigates and executes warrants for crimes consisting of student aid fraud, embezzlement and bribery all in relation to Financial Aid. Recently there were several fraud ring busts, consisting of 17 arrests ranging from Sacramento to El Cajon County; all schools impacted were mainly community colleges. Most of the fraud committed was by thieves who would sign up for classes, often in their own names, and once they received the financial aid check they would drop and not be seen again. In some instances there were recruits in which the thieves would sign up using other student’s names. One fraud group which came out of S.J. County had six people indicted for student- aid fraud. According to an Orlando Sentinel Brief one fraud ring in Florida took more than $285,000 in student grants from 2007-2011. “Why did it take so long to catch this?” some would ask. With a broad range of financial aid scams sweeping the nation it is hard to pin point every act of fraud taking place. The United States Department of Education provides approximately $100 billion to students attending universities and colleges nationwide. With an intake of so many applications to be processed, fraud is inevitable.
It seems easier to target low-cost institutions such as community colleges, because after tuition is paid the student is given the money left from aid awarded. Also, there is open enrollment with no transcripts required for admission. Students are being impacted financially and academically due to scams. On the academic aspect students who may be trying to register for a class may not be able to get in, because scam artists are staying in classes until they receive reimbursements from FAFSA. The people who are committing fraud may put Delta in a bad situation in that the school has to pay the federal government the financial aid back, which in turn can leave less money for other students who actually need financial help. Delta has recently switched to Higher One, which helps make it harder for fraud on campus to happen. It is an account set up for direct deposit. A “MySJDCCard” is issued, which can be used as credit. There are no fees charged for the “just swipe and sign” motto Denise Donn Director of Financial aid and Veterans Services wants to make clear to our students. Due to the fraud that has taken place on Delta campus the regulatory rules for the FAFSA enrollment has changed effective last July. All financial aid recipients have their progress evaluated at the end of each term, and also when a change in funding is requested. There are also warnings and disqualifications if students are not abiding by the rules. Sixtyseven percent of units per term have to be completed, 67 percent of cumulative units must be completed and a cumulative gradepoint average of 2.0 is required to maintain receipt of Federal aid.
Clothes more than fashion statement by james striplin
It only took one shopping trip with my girlfriend to realize there was a significant difference between men and women’s clothing, and it wasn’t the glittery designs. It was the pricing. Perhaps I’m just that grumpy boyfriend who hates buying clothes at the mall, and whose wardrobe consist of a few shirts and pants that total about $100 and will last approximately five years, but as a male it does make me curious about two things: Why do womens clothes cost more? Why are women willing to pay more? In one sense, my second question could answer the first. Women are willing to pay more, which determines how much companies charge. There are also design and materialistic costs that naturally increase the value. It takes more effort to create women’s clothing. Women want clothes that “fit their shape,” which often leads to more complicated design. But why is it so necessary for women to buy clothes that have all the bells-and-whistles? Even in products that are similar between genders such as socks, shoes, headgear and sometimes undergarments, women seem to be getting the raw end of the deal because statistically they are willing to spend more on unnecessary patterns. The simple answer is social standards. It seems as if before a woman is heard, they are judged based off their appearance and are expected to wear clothing that indicates individuality, taste and wealth. As a man, the expectation of how I dress is very low. I put on a shirt, and I put on some jeans and I pretty much walk out the door. Even in a business setting I can wear something formal and the first thing that is expected of me is to have a professional approach. Women on the other hand can’t afford to have a bland first appeal, good opportunities at work or finding a relationship could fly out the window because she chose to wear a simple shirt and slacks. It’s up to women consumers to make the choice to buy cheaper clothing in order to create change.
CLARIFICATION The editorial in our Sept. 21 incorrectly stated how much sales tax would be raised if Proposition 30 passed. It will be raised by .25 percent each year, for four years. It would be a 3.45 percent increase over current law. The Collegian regrets the error.
THE COLLEGIAN — FALL 2012 Editor/opinion editor James Striplin News editor Brian Ratto Feature/online editor Justin Tristano Entertainment/sports editor Christopher Howze Copy editor Haley Pitto
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Fantasy sports exercises wallet and mind by sean mendoza email@example.com
Since the National Football League opened up its season more than a month ago, a lot of people in America are excited to once again have their Sundays occupied by watching football. But most of the excitement on the men’s side is the return of Fantasy Football. Fantasy Football was originally developed in 1962. In 1997, many leagues moved to the Internet, moving away from a paper-based model. The web made for much faster and easier scoring. It surged in popularity around 2005. Fantasy Football doesn’t just have fans root for their favorite teams but also has them root for players individually. The way the game works is that you have to draft 15 players along with your friends and however these players do in the real game, you get points for it. For example, if a player like Tom Brady is on your team and he throws for three touchdowns, that’s 18 points for
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your squad since a touchdown consists of six points plus the points your other players are getting in their respective games. The catch with playing this popular Internet game is that everything depends on who you start in your lineup. One player can have a great game and produce 20 points but those points wouldn’t count if he’s not in the starting lineup. As much as I’d hate to admit it, Fantasy Football is mostly based on luck, but it’s also based on great strategizing. Studying stats from past games is the most used strategy. This game is very popular because of how people in America play it, by putting in wagers. I’ve been a gamer for Fantasy Football since 2009, last year was the first year I started playing it for money. This year, me and nine other friends are putting in $25 each for our league. First place gets $200 and second place gets $50. As crazy as it may sound, our league is wagering a small amount compared to what other leagues wager.
Other players put in $100 each and the winner by the end of the season gets a $1,000 while second place doesn’t get anything. It seems crazy, but some people like going big with the risk of going home empty. I personally would join a $100 league if I had a lot of money to spend. There are some players that feel differently about wagering money to play Fantasy Football. Delta College student Allen Miller said that when money is involved, it can end in a bad way. “I’d rather just play with my friends for fun. Too many things are out of your control, injuries, play calling, the playoffs are too inconsistent, people can stack teams and cheat when money is involved,” Miller said. At the end of the day, everything is up to the players you draft, but just how much faith do you really have in them? One injury to any of your players can ruin your whole season, so playing Fantasy Football requires you to cross your fingers the whole time.
s it a trick or is it a treat? Honestly, I don’t know seeing as how a majority of children showing up on my doorstep the past few Halloweens have been infants or toddlers too young to say anything. I’ll say one thing though. I bet it’s a treat for all of their parents who, no doubt, are the ones chowing down on these unhealthy delights and using their babies as pawns. Here’s a bright idea. Why not go to the store and *gasp* buy a bag of candy, or several even! No, it’s not free like the candy you can get at random people’s doorsteps, but it saves you time, energy and keeps you from making an idiot out of yourself. You’re welcome. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not some evil baby hater. I don’t have an issue when it's for the experience of going to the houses of a few neighbors or family members to celebrate the baby’s first Halloween. That’s perfectly understandable. It’s such a cute sight to see all of the babies decked out in their costumes.
However, I have seen many parents and siblings with a bag as big as the baby, claiming it’s for the baby. Sure, and I’m the Easter Bunny. That’s not going to fly. Halloween is supposed to be for children. If every parent came with their baby in tow loading up on candy, (which the baby can’t eat by the way) then there would be nothing left for the little kids who look forward to this day all year. The adults are taking a piece of the childhood experience. Once people are out of candy they shut their door, turn off their lights and hide from the hooligans of the night. They aren’t going to run to the store to stock up on candy for the children who didn’t get any. So if you’re a parent or sibling or family member who takes a baby trick or treating, don’t do it for the candy. They can’t enjoy it anyway. Do it for the kid and if you must indulge, buy a bag. Don’t be one of those people where when you leave the house and the door is shut the homeowners say, what’s wrong with people?
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Advocating for the LGBTQ+ community through outreach
rowing up closeted in Manteca was not fun I had to hide my true identity from family and friends. I was not my true self. When I had the chance to I would sneak peaks at LGBTQ+ political websites, magazines and gain knowledge of what is happening in my community. My first debut into the world of advocacy was membership in the Beyer High School Gay and Lesbian and Straight Supporters club. This was after I moved to Modesto where I was not known and could be me. I became motivated to make change for the LGBTQ+ community in my high school and in my college, after attending Modesto Junior College, where I served on the board of their LGBTQ+ club. The first step I took into the Stockton LGBTQ+ community was attending a Central Valley Stonewall Democrats event. Stonewall Democrats is a political organization helps to advance equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The event was an awards dinner where a fellow Delta Pride member was awarded the Youth Leadership Award. Earlier in 2011, I walked in the AIDS Walk in Stockton for the first time and attended my first Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club meeting. At that meeting I volunteered to write a letter to California’s Congress, regarding Seth’s Law, and made a connection with members that can help the San Joaquin Delta College Pride Center get up and running. Continuing my advocacy, I helped look for potential buildings in Stockton for the San Joaquin Pride Center (SJPC), where I was a volunteer. In July 2011, I joined the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic Club and became even more active with the LGBTQ+ community. Last fall, I started this column for The Collegian. I began this column upon the advice of my journalism instructor. She encouraged me to express my views as a San Joaquin County resident who is active in politics and community life and who happens to be gay. As I stepped out into my community, with the help of friends, I tried to track the progression of the LGBTQ+ community in San Joaquin County. In October 2011, I was awarded the Youth Leadership Award from the Central Valley Stonewall Democratic club, coming full circle. When I think of the future in San Joaquin County as a member of the LGBTQ+ community I want to make a difference and help the community grow, and not just talk about it. In the last year I have been able to witness the growth of the SJPC, SJDC Pride Center, a Stockton Pride Festival and the birth of other groups that fight for equality. I was able to meet and discuss issues with current state legislators and city council people and help further equality. The biggest thing in the last year was I met my partner, through my volunteering at the SJPC. That alone has changed my life for the better. With my life getting better each day I can continue to advocate and help my community.
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DELL’OSSO SCARES GRAB PATRONS by valerie smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Lathrop’s Dell’Osso Farms opens its gates for its 15th annual Pumpkin Maze on Sept. 29. The farm was founded in the 1920s by three Italian brothers of the Dell Osso family. Originally harvesting asparagus which later expanded to corn and pumpkins. Ron and Susan Dell’Osso decided to incorporate the family-friendly Halloween event starting in 1997 and it has been a farm tradition ever since. More than 150,000 people travel to the attraction from San Joaquin and local counties. “There’s something pretty magical that happens around here,”said Yvonne Sampson, Dell Osso Farm marketing manager for the farm when speaking about the energy around the farm during the three holiday months it is are open. The corn maze, which is a main attraction during Halloween season, is a full 23 acres this year, with three mazes within a maze topped with a pumpkin in the center. “It is easy to get lost,” Sampson warns. “But there’s always someone nearby to help.” Another attraction is the scarecrow contest which began six years ago. There are about 69-88 scarecrows every year entered in the contest. There is a fun tractor ride to take, where patrons even get to vote on the top three scarecrows. New attractions to the farm this year are the Bucking Pumpkin, similar to a simulated bull you have to hang on for dear life until you fall off.
The 5,000-square-foot Haunted Castle is the farm’s newest and biggest edition. Also there is a Pumpkin Princess tea party for anyone who’s in the mood for tea and cookies. Sampson recently helped the farm host Special Day on the Farm with Elaine Thompson, the head organizer of the event. About 2,200 special needs adults, children and their caregivers came out for the occasion. The Dell’Osso Express train ride which has wheelchair accessible cabs takes them on a trip around the farm. Sampson, whose face lit up as she talked about the event, said one of the attendees “absolutely loved it.” The girl thanked Sampson for helping coordinate the day and said she looks forward to it every year. Special Day on the Farm is one of the many events hosted by Dell’Osso Family Farm. The farm raises funds for 20 non-profit and charitable organizations throughout their open months. There are volunteers who come out for different charities and organizations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to earn donations. “It is truly family-fun for everyone,” said Yvonne. The prices are affordable with attractions ranging from $1-5. Entry is free. There are also free attractions. Dell’Osso Family Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with gates closing at 8 p.m. Subject to crowds and weather attractions may begin closing as early as 9 p.m.
Coming to you raw and uncut Cop drama brings realism and genuine emotion to tired genre by karina ramirez
“End of Watch” is a thrilling, blood and bullet laced cop movie that’s as close to real as it can get, but includes the human elements of fear and family. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña play Los Angeles police officers Taylor and Zavala, two men who become like brothers. The movie follows the officers’ lives as “ghetto cops,” as Taylor dubs them, as they soon become targets to members of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Directed and written by David Ayer of “Training Day” and “Harsh Times” fame, “End of Watch” shows a different sort of cop personality – these officers have morals. We hear about their lives more than we see it, from conversations they hold in the patrol car. It’s there we know who the characters are. Gyllenhaal and Peña portray police officers in more of a human light, instead of big Hollywood clichéd dynamic duos. They play the parts right, in that the unbreakable bond officers Taylor and Zavala seems real.
In a scene where after both officers make it out of a burning building, Taylor tells Zavala, “I only went in because you did.” Since this is set in southern Los Angeles, race plays a prominent part. Taylor and Zavala poke fun at their cultural backgrounds with jokes so inappropriate, it’s appropriate. Camera work is a first person account thanks to Taylor’s hand-held camera he is using for a film class he’s taking. It hangs around his neck, giving us an intimate feel, a heaping dose of realism. The lives of the Mexican gangsters, portrayed almost comical — is actually close to truth, is seen through a hand held camera as well; in night vision, and black and white. Since there are no dramatic cinematic camera angles, it’s almost like watching a violent, on the job, home video. Since we get to know Taylor and Zavala on a personal level, the ending will make your eyes water. Or laugh. It’s an unconventional, yet authentic twist that makes you call these fictional characters brave. And perhaps appreciate your local police force.
ORANGE CHAOS: Top, an impressive sandworm scarecrow rises above the maze. Bottom, other scenes from Dell’Osso Family Farm. PHOTOS BY VALERIE SMITH
Shakespeare classic coming to Delta with radical reimagining by chris howze
Later this month Delta College’s theater program debuts its rendition of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” The works of Shakespeare has been adapted and modified throughout the years. Reimaginings have ranged from New York gang musicals to robot-filled science fiction. “As You Like It” has already seen variations ranging from a Japanese asthetic all the way to a blue grassy country vibe. Delta will follow the tradition with a 1960s beach party rendition. Those unfamiliar with the particular play might think the mash up as awkward and out of place, but in all actuality it can fit naturally, unlike Shakespeare’s more intense and dramatic plays such as “Hamlet” or “Macbeth.” “As You Like It” is what romantic comedies rip off today. The play begins its run 8 p.m. in the campus Studio Theater on Oct. 19. It runs 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 26-27, with 2 p.m. matinee Sunday showings on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
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Oliva brings animation skills from Disney to Delta College by karina ramirez
Animating mud and lizard spit is a small summary of the tasks now Delta College adjunct instructor Michael Oliva had as a one-time Disney animator. In his career he has worked on films such as Mulan, the Hunchback of Norte Dame and Lilo & Stitch. With plenty of screen credit, chances are his name is on a movie box somewhere in your home. “I started drawing as soon as I could pick up a pencil,” he said. In 1976, a friend of a friend had a job opportunity for him while he was still in junior college. Oliva had to choose between staying, or leaving to begin his dream job. His mother had always been supportive, realizing his talents. Oliva’s father wanted him to take over the family’s trucking company. “When I told my dad, ‘I’m an artist. That’s how I’m going to make my living.’ He said, ‘If you think you can make it as an artist, you’re a fool,’” said Oliva. Soon after, at only 20, Oliva got a job at Hanna-Barbera, makers of classics such as the Jetsons and the Flintstones. In 1994 all the hand-drawn animators at the company he was working for were laid-off, shipping those jobs overseas. Only digital animators were kept. “Animation was kind of drying up,” Oliva said. Computers were replacing the traditional animators. Despite the popularity of computer graphics, the importance the pencil has in animation has not
been dismissed. “If you can’t draw, you’re going to be limited in what you can do. If you can’t conceptualize something and put it on paper [you’re] limited,” Oliva said. In 1995, newly married and unemployed, Oliva had only one other option. “I was desperate, I called Disney. They picked me up in a heartbeat.” It was there he worked several films, such as Tarzan. He was a visual effects animator. The focus was not on the characters themselves, but the surroundings, and the small — but important — details. “I don’t animate characters, because I find it boring … [If ] Mickey [Mouse] is running over a hill, he’s on fire and jumps in a body of water … I would get to draw the flames that are engulfing him, the smoke that’s trailing behind him …” said Oliva. Having done animation for over 15 years, Oliva’s IMDB profile résumé shows only a fraction of his work. “I’ve been around for a while,” he said. “There aren’t too many cartoonists running around, proud to say I’m one of them,” he said. When Oliva received the job at Hanna-Barbera at the beginning of his career, he called his father telling him he was getting paid $600 to animate the Flintstones. “There was dead silence on the other end of the line. And then he goes, ‘well maybe I was wrong.’” Oliva said. It wasn’t until years later that Oliva learned the bittersweet truth about his father. “In all his stuff there were journals from when he was a POW,” He found sketches and drawings his father did when he
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PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN COVARRUBIAS
ART COURTESY OF MICHEAL OLIVA
ANIMATOR ON CAMPUS: Top, Adjunct Instructor Micheal Oliva at work in the Graphic Arts room in Shima. Bottom left, an Earth Day poster created by Oliva. Bottom right, another piece by Oliva.
was in World War II. “Dad could really draw. Now it makes a lot of sense. I never realized that when I was
younger, it was a pithy moment for me,” he said. Today, Oliva is content with having a creative outlet as a in-
structor. “As long as I’m doing something artistic, I’m happy. It’s in my soul,” he said.
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MCHS students striving for success by dwight thomas email@example.com
Have you noticed the fresh faces bustling around campus with backpacks stretched at the seams? Or have you seen offshoot groups of adolescents chit-chatting throughout the quad area during the noon hour? Meet the Middle College High School students here at Delta College. Many of these students are here taking advantage of the specialized education program by simultaneously fulfilling high school requirements while also completing college courses. This gives them the opportunity to acquire both high school diplomas and an associates degree. More than just a few of these students obtain not only high diplomas but multiple degrees. â€œStudents here are more mature than students at a typical
high-schooler,â€? said MCHS Student President Jasmine Ali, whose been attending since her freshman year. Now a senior, she has nearly completed her high school requirements and is expecting to receive two associates degrees along with her diploma. The Middle College High School program on campus is a collaborative effort between Lodi Unified School District and Delta College. Its mission is â€œto provide a supportive, academically challenging environment for high ability underachieving youth, or youth with circumstances that would hinder their academic performance at a traditional high school.â€? The MCHS program began in the fall of 2000 and sustains an approximate population of about 240 students. Since its inception, MCHS has been able to effectively
prep and equip students with abilities and skills that propel them onward in life to higher achievements. The school is certified and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Colleges Accrediting Commissions for Schools. It has received recognition as a California Distinguished School in 2007 and was also named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008. With current enrollment issues, providing students with the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and a twoyear college degree is astounding. Essentially killing two birds with one stone and advancing onto more challenging obstacles showing other students they can determine the quality of product they are to become in their given environments.
PHOTOS BY JAMES STRIPLIN
MUSIC ON CAMPUS: Top left, the band practices. Top right, Art Holton directs a band practice.
Band program expands by heidi sharp
Delta Collegeâ€™s music department has seen some substantial changes in the past few semesters. One such change is the increase in the amount of music majors attending. Typically, the amount of music majors is in the low-to-mid 50s. This semester, however, the number is about 70. Director of Wind Studies Art Holton said there are a number of reasons for the increase. â€œThis is the largest itâ€™s been during the time that I have been here, and thatâ€™s been about 11 years,â€? he said.
Holton believes it to be due to the current state of the economy, students personal finances and the fact that Delta College has one of the best music programs of California junior colleges. â€œSome students drive 70-80 miles for our music program,â€? he said. He also mentioned that the increase could be due to four-year universities not accepting as many students as they used to. With all the contributing factors, the music program has grown steadily over the past few years; the majors are not in one area, but split between band, choir, guitar and piano.
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NFL replacement referee’s get replaced in light of controversy by devin valdez firstname.lastname@example.org
fter watching the third week of the National Football League’s 2012-13 season, one thing is clear; fans everywhere were outraged at this year’s replacement referees. Due to a dispute between professional referees and the NFL, a lockout emerged early in the season and replacement referees with little experience and training were called on to fill in. Like many fans suspected, the replacements were not up to par for the task set at hand. With little respect from coaches and players and the heavy pressure to officiate games fairly and thoroughly, the replacements crumbled fast. Numerous bad calls, lack of experience and the fact that these replacements couldn’t keep up with the fast pace game, spoke volumes to fans across America. The game became inconsistent due to questionable calls, and not only did that affect game outcomes, but it put into question the NFL’s integrity. One of the biggest outrages from fans happened at the Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers game on Sept. 24.
At the end of the game, Packers safety, M.D. Jennings, appeared to clearly intercept a Seahawks ball, but instead, a touchdown was awarded to Seahawks receiver Golden Tate, to win the game, in Seattle’s favor. “The refs are blowing a lot of important games,” said Joey Ruiz, a San Francisco 49ers fan. Ruiz, along with other 49er fans, witnessed another shady call by referees, in his team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. During the fourth quarter, 49ers had no timeouts left, but Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, believed he did and threw a review flag anyway, in order to have his team’s record of timeouts reviewed. After reviewing, it was decided that Harbaugh did not have an extra timeout, but was awarded one anyways. Although this call didn’t affect the outcome of the game, it did put the replacement refs and NFL’s integrity into question, leaving a lot of fans wondering why the Niners were awarded an extra timeout for no reason. Lastly, one of the biggest concerns in regards to the replacement’s inability to keep up with the game, is player safety.
In the Oakland Raiders game against Pittsburgh, Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was knocked unconscious after a helmet to helmet hit by a Pittsburgh defender. Helmet to helmet hits are considered a penalty in the NFL rulebook, yet no penalty call was made by officials standing nearby. However, as bad as these replacements refs proved to be, fans have to remember, you get what you pay for. When you hire and pay for incompetence, you’re going to get just that. The lockout ended on Sept. 26, two days after the questionable call at the Seattle vs. Green Bay game. Perhaps, the only upside to this football catastrophe, is that these replacements proved the need for the original referees, just as the originals had hoped. The original referees came back the day after the lockout ended to officiate the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens game to a standing ovation. The original refs should thank the replacemetns for their ignorance because not only did the originals receive their jobs back, but a deal with the NFL was finalized to increase their pay from $149,000 in 2011 to $173,000 in 2013 and in 2019 the average will jump to $205,000.
Wrestling down, not out
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The Delta College wrestling program hosted its first home event on Sept. 26 with a tournament against rival school Modesto Junior College. Modesto took the win against Delta with an overall score of 36-18. “Unfortunately, my better kids did not have a competitor to wrestle, so they won by forfeit,” said Delta coach Mike Sandler. The Mustangs Hoa Le, Cameron McLeod and Aaron Ceballos did not have an opportunity to wrestle against an opponent due to the lack of roster on MJC’s part. The match to set the tone for the rest of the event against MJC was the 141 weight class. Delta’s Atom Garcia who lost
his dual to Jason Cortez with a score of 6-1. Delta’s Darrell Sapaindante, James Patel, Rafael Mendoza and Jose Cisneros all lost by fall, which is where the opponent pins both shoulders to the ground for the victory. Stephen Whitemen wrestled Modesto’s Ryan Mackey in a nail-biting match only to lose within the last seconds with a score of 3-1. Despite the early season loss, Sandler has faith in the wrestling program and continues to keep his team motivated. “Overall I think we wrestled well tonight, in are conference I think we can finish within the top three,”. said Sandler. The next home wrestling event is against powerhouse Sierra College at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16.
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On Sept. 29, the Delta College woman’s soccer team played Sacramento City College. Delta’s never ending offensive attack led them to an 8-1 victory. Within the first ten minutes, Delta showed there overpowering teamwork by setting up a play that led to the first goal of the game scored by Tracy local Autumn Bolton. Once the team’s confidence
grew, there was no ending the barrage of shot attempts. Goal after goal each Delta player took turns adding to the stat book. Sac City quickly toppled to the Mustang’s relentless stampede by having very few shot attempts and only scoring one goal in the second half. With confidence at an all-time high, the woman’s soccer program will host its next game against Santa Rosa College today at 3:30 p.m.
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Former student makes name in fashion industry by christian covarrubias email@example.com
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INSIDE THE INDUSTRY: Fashion industry experts give talk in the Tillie Lewis Theater.
Fashion fans gathered Sept. 26 in the Tillie Lewis Theater for the Fashion Industry Insiders event. The event gives fashion students a chance to listen to a variety of prestigious people such as Michael Palladino, Susan J. Ashbrook and Uduak Oduok. The biggest appearance of the night was by former delta fashion student Billy Ola Hutchinson who spoke words of wisdom in hopes to inspire future graduates of Delta College to purse their dreams. “Don’t say no to yourself, obtaining a degree should mean the world to you because nobody can take that away from you,” said Hutchinson.
Hutchinson graduated from delta in 1993, with a degree in fashion merchandising. Soon after Delta he moved to San Francisco to further his education by attending Academy of Art University. Easily relating to many students in the crowded theater Hutchinson said “my family did not support my dreams financially, but they did it emotionally.” Now starting his seventh year as manager of the legendary 150-year-old Gump’s department store in San Francisco, Hutchinson continues to make a name for himself. He is also a stationer and porcelain designer for exclusive product at Gump’s. His designs are available in San Francisco Gump’s and also in the West Hollywood branch.
Walk for the Cure, Delta to host Making Strides 5K on Saturday
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The 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 6 on campus. The 5K walk will be on the DeRicco Stadium Track starting at 8 a.m. and ending at noon. This event was created to cel-
ebrate the lives of women that have battled, conquered and lost their lives to breast cancer. The goal is to help raise enough money to find a cure. Whether someone has lost a family member, close friend or is battling this disease themselves, all support is welcomed. As of Monday, the walk had raised $10,295, with five days still remaining. This money will
help the American Cancer Society give women access to mammograms, information and services about breast cancer. “Since 1993, 8 million cancer charity walkers across the country have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides events to help fight breast can-
EDUCATION: Money for schools on Nov. ballot continued from PAGE 1 Skinner, California Community Colleges Vice Chancellor for College Finance & Facilities Planning Dan Troy and Student Senate for California Community Colleges President Rich Copenhagen it was mentioned that if Prop. 30 doesn’t pass, community colleges in California were going “to lose 80,000 students.” They mentioned that California college students should expect to see the loss of childcare programs, part-time instructors being let go and courses being dropped if higher level education doesn’t receive the proper funding. “This tax proposal is a very clear step in the right direction to preserve our institutes,” said Copenhagen. “No one can afford to not have prop. 30 pass.” Either Prop. 30 or Prop. 38 can be put into place, or they can both fail, but both can’t be implemented at the same time.
cer. Last year alone, dedicated supporters like you, raised more than $60 million nationwide to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays," states the Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer website. This walk began in 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts because Margery Gould Rath wanted a way to celebrate cancer survivors. For more information, visit makingstrideswalk.org/stockton
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intersession, which was postponed. One centers move that will have a major effect on the students and staff is the Math Science Learning Center. “We were told we will be on the first floor in a large rectangular room with mostly glass walls, with no auxiliary spaces available,” said Aileen Moorehead, instructional support assistant. “We have not even seen the space yet.” The current Math Science Learning Center has the main center with access to a few rooms for specialty tutoring sessions, while in the new center all services will happen in one location. Upon completion, the building will be the new home of all sciences courses. The division office for Math and Science will also be held in the new building with all math and science faculty offices
in the “b wing,” facing the vineyard on the north side of campus. A major difference that students will notice are the up-to-date laboratory spaces, the current lab spaces in Cunningham building are outdated, which does not allow for the best possible learning environment for the student. “Everything [in the current labs] is rusted and needs to be cleaned. Some faucets do not work and the teacher had to put labels on them to help us find the ones that work,” said Janice Morgan, year two chemistry student. Once the current Cunningham building is gone, there will be a new quad space between the DeRicco Student Services Building and the New Math Science Complex, and the currently blocked Cunningham parking lots will reopen.
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