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thecollegian Issue 3 • Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 •


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Delta campus safe, report shows

Despite recent high-profile incident, campus crime shows downward trend by matthew wilson

Fashion insiders discuss the industry Page 3

3D: Getting all up in your face Page 5

Kicking off concert season at Delta Page 4

UPCOMING Forbidden Planet: Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece 8 p.m. Oct. 21 Mustangs Football vs. College of the Sequoias at Delta, 1 p.m. Oct. 15


Despite the Sept. 25 breakin at the campus bookstore, where two masked men smashed a door with a hammer and took iPods and a laptop, campus crime is down, according to Director of Police Services and Public Safety Programs David Main. “In many of the areas, it [crime] remains relatively low on campus,” Main said. The 2010-2011 Clery Act report, which is a federally mandated report on campus crime statistics, shows data supporting the downward trend. Auto thefts were down to 10 in 2010 from 21 in 2009. Robberies were down to two from four. Bike thefts, however, are on the rise, with 33 bike thefts reported from 2009 to 2011. “We can’t eradicate all forms of crime,” Main said when asked about recent incidents. “What we can do is do our best to be proactive in taking sound preventive measures...and educating the college community to better protect themselves.” Main said such preventive measures include rescheduled shifts and more patrols, including a full time bike rack patrol, to make police officers more visible on campus. Main also urged students to

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ISSUES OF SAFETY: A recent robbery left one set of doors at the bookstore in need of replacement, top. After the robbery the iPod shelf sits empty, middle right. One of Delta’s security cameras watches the campus, middle left. A notable exception to trend, bike thefts have been on the rise on campus, left. PHOTOS BY CHRIS HOWZE

Changes in personnel include move for Wetstein by jung min hong

Due to a major employee reclassification announced at the Sept. 13 San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees meeting, four employees were replaced and two resigned. Dr. Matthew Wetstein, former Dean of Planning, Research & Institutional Effectiveness, is taking over as the Interim Dean of Agriculture, Math and Science, effective this week. Wetstein is replacing Dr. Bill Fellner who retired on Sept. 30. Wetstein’s background is in political science, but he has been dean of planning and research at the college, and has helped obtain two federal grants totaling more than $5.8 million to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at the college for the last three years. In the past, Wetstein has also served on the city of Stockton’s

Civil Service Commission and Equal Employment Commission, and was a leader in the Academic Senate and California Teacher’s Association while working as a professor. Wetstein has shown a passion for his new position. “I am excited about working with the outstanding faculty in the division, and to spending more time interacting directly with students and with professors in the work that they do,” he said. In order to focus more on his new duties, Wetstein is resigning as the chair of a couple committees. The Policies and Procedures Committee will be taken over by Catherine Mooney, director of Admissions and Records. The Planning and Budget Committee will be co-chaired by the college’s Controller Raquel Puentes-Griffith and assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hart.



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Paper or plastic? How about an option for both? Here at San Joaquin Delta College students usually only have one choice when it comes to paying for their on campus purchases — paper. More specifically, cash. In the world today we are constantly on the move. We no longer have the time to take a leisurely stroll through the park to stop and smell the roses. The same goes for rummaging around in line for bills and change. More people are moving away from carrying around bulky chunk change to swiping convenient plastic cards. However, many places on the Delta College campus do not allow the use of these time saving cards. Danner Hall, particularly, doesn’t allow students to use debit or credit cards to purchase food. Java Jitters, up until recently we understand, only accepted cash as well. We applaud the campus coffee shop’s move into this century.

The bookstore has stipulations on the use of plastic as well. Debit cards are allowed, but only if you are the cardholder and can provide proper identification. The same goes for credit cards. We don’t knock this safety procedure, we only bring it up to show that the use of debit and credit is accepted on campus in some places. However, the fact we as a campus are not allowed the use of debit cards at the places we eat or drink on a daily basis is ridiculous. Debit cards and on-the-go students should go hand in hand. The only difference being one you can simply pull out and swipe, the other leads you on a hunt for loose change. What’s worse is we have one ATM machine on campus that charge $3 to $4 to use our own money. That’s just plain insulting. The faculty here needs to understand that this isn’t early 1900s. We don’t just carry around change like back in the day.

People use paper bills, but mostly everything is plastic. With all of the modern amenities we have on our campus such as a coffee shop and café, we should be allowed to pay in a more convenient way. Is it because of the cost of the machines that swipe the cards that Delta is so reluctant to allow this type of payment? If that’s the case, there is no excuse. With a large student body population, we should be allowed to use plastic to pay for goods. We are fed up with this cash-only system. What happens if someone doesn’t have exact change? Obviously they do not buy whatever it is they were going to purchase. If Delta took this into account they might realize they are missing out on a boat load of cash from purchases not made. Is this system really working as it is now? Or do we need to make some changes to bring ourselves into the 21st century?

Author urges knowledge and understanding of Atheism before fear, misconception by james striplin

I am an atheist, but not just any nonbeliever. I put my faith into science and dedicate my heart to rationality. In order for me to believe in things, I require evidence or facts, and I much rather live with the painful truth than I would with a harmful misunderstanding. Atheism, in layman’s terms, is the lack of belief in any god or gods. It is not, and shouldn’t be, classified as a religion, but it can hold its own unique form of beliefs. Much like anything else, it differs from person to person and there are many forms of atheism on this planet. Unfortunately, atheism as a whole often comes under fire, even in a freeworshiping country such as the United States. A recent study released by the

University of Minnesota showed that 39.6 percent of the people interviewed thought that atheists did not share the same vision of American society with them. That number topped the chart. Second to atheists, Muslims came in with 26.3 percent and homosexuals came in third with 22.6 percent. Previous studies have shown similar conclusions. These studies are probably the cause of “New Atheism,” which is the dominate form of atheism in the country. Unlike other forms, “New Atheism” is very open and critical about religion. This conjures up many misconceptions that atheists want to forcefully eliminate religious belief altogether. We as atheists don’t want to force anyone into anything for any reason, we believe atheism is a rational process the human mind comes to with critical

thought, in which atheism doesn’t need to force itself on others to grow. Another reason people dislike atheism is because they are under the impression that for a person to be moral they must follow and be pressured by a higher being. I would argue atheist individuals are more ethical than the rest because they don’t require a “Big Daddy” over their head to make good decisions. We all have morals, and though they are subjective, we tend to stick by them. We are also hated for being sacrilegious, when our main goal isn’t to mock, but to be censorious. We naturally like to debate and criticize ideas, the very same reason we feel the need to remove the word “God” from government run institutions. We have come to realize this is not a Christian Nation, and it is wrong and disrespectful to glorify one belief system.

Not every state can be as liberal as California, in fact when a graduate from Bastrop High School in Louisiana spoke up against a ceremonial prayer during graduation, he was hit with social whiplash. The student’s name was Damon Fowler, and he has received death threats, has been the victim of public humiliation, and was eventually kicked out of his house for taking a stand on the side of atheism. His pain is felt by other oppressed atheists who made their home in the Bible-belt of America, and even here on the West Coast. As an atheist, it’s hard to come out about your beliefs to family, friends and coworkers because the fear of rejection is so high. We’re not baby-eating, heathenish, anti-American, unethical murderers. We’re just human.

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

Club Corner editor Jessica Blanke

Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

Online editor Matthew Wilson

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Staff writers Stephen Cazares Mary David Victoria Davila Heidi Haack Jung Min Hong Christopher Howze Uri Piterberg Haley Pitto Mauro Ruiz

Letters to the editor Letters raising issues and opinions not represented by the newspaper are encouraged. We reserve the right to edit letters to 250 words.

Editorial Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the entire Collegian staff. Comments, letters and editorials with a byline represent the opinion of the writer, solely. This paper does not endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, the mass communication department, the Fine Arts Division, the printer or San Joaquin Delta College administration.

Mission statement The Collegian is a student run First Amendment newspaper that prides itself on its commitment to the students of San Joaquin Delta College while maintaining its independence of any outside influence. The Collegian will reinvigorate the credo that the newspaper speaks for the students, checks abuses of power and stands vigilant in the protection of democracy and free speech.



Issue 3 • Oct. 7, 2011 •

Experts talk fashion industry by evelyn palacio

The red carpet was rolled out on Thursday, Sept. 29 for the third annual San Joaquin Delta College “Meet the Fashion Industry Insiders” event. The event, which was free and open to the public, was an opportunity for people interested in the fashion industry to personally meet, hear stories and get advice from a panel of fashion insider experts. There was a panel of five fashion insiders. Michael Palladino, who has been in the fashion business for more than 30 years and is an adjunct professor at LIM College in New York, and former celebrity stylist and Client Services Director for Henri Bendels. Also on the panel were Billy Hutchinson, a calligrapher/stationer who is also the current assistant manager at Gump’s in San Francisco and a former student at Delta College; Uduak Odouk, model, journalist, and fashion and entertainment attorney; and Renata Campion, also a former model, fashion designer and founder of Trooyu, LLC, a company that specializes in hand-made leather boots and artisan knits. Special guest for the event was Caren Templet, a fashion designer based in Sacramento. The panel of fashion leaders shared their stories on how they got started in fashion and offered their perspective and advice on the fashion industry. The panelists all agreed the business was a lifestyle and students really interested in the fashion industry should take advantage of the opportunities PHOTOS BY EVELYN PALACIO around them. FUTURES IN FASHION: Mannequins display trends in fashion, top. “You are where you need to From left, Templet, Odouk, Hutchinson, Campion and Palladino be,” Palladino told the audi- discuss today’s fashion industry, above. ence.

Delta graduate to speak about book by mary david

“The power of literature is tremendous,” said author Jesse De La Cruz spoke when discussing his new book “Detoured: My Journey from Darkness to Light.” A former Delta college student, De La Cruz received his Associate in Arts degree in 1999 and transferred to California State University, Stanislaus, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. Over the past several weeks, he has been a keynote speaker in several California campuses. “Detoured” was published this past August, and it is a story involving poverty, hate, incarceration, drug addiction,

homicide and several other raw elements that De La Cruz personally experienced. Moreover, the story includes De La Cruz’s triumph over these obstacles, thus channeling his emotions into writing. “Initially, my intent was not to write a book,” said De La Cruz. “But to use writing as a catharsis, or way of cleansing.” Along with the purpose of writing for emotional release, De La Cruz also wanted to “hold society accountable,” stressing the reality that “every one of us plays a role in the development of everybody else.” De La Cruz believes the book will impact everyone. He will be speaking at Delta on Wednesday, October 12, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the


TOWARD LIGHT: Jesse De La Cruz will speak on campus about his book on Oct. 12.

Tillie Lewis Theater. Admission is free and the first 60 people to attend will receive a free copy of his book.


10 Percent

with Brian Ratto

An opened closet door Editor’s note: Brian Ratto, 27, is a Manteca native living in Stockton. He’s also a gay man. Ratto came out more than a decade ago. In doing so, he joined an estimated 10 percent of the country’s population as a homosexual. This column is written from his perspective and does not reflect the opinion of The Collegian staff. s an out gay man, I have often asked myself why I am “out” versus being closeted. “Out” is the term the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community uses to describe being openly gay while closeted means that you are not open about your sexuality. I know being out is a harder life, but I am able to overcome those obstacles. Had I chose to live my life “in the closet,” a phrase used to describe a member of the LGBT community that is not “out,” I would be a different person. For one, I would not be writing this column. I also would not be active in Stockton’s LGBT community. Even with all the trials and tribulations I went through I am happy to be out. Being out allows me to express myself. Why do I talk about this? Tuesday, Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day (NCOD), an internationally observed day of awareness for LGBT members and their allies to come out. National Coming Out Day raises awareness of the LGBT community and shows those who are closeted that there are people like them out there. “The fact that society treats you differently after you come out is not right,” said Delta College student Alexander Williams, 19. Williams came out as a bisexual individual at 16, when he was tired of living a lie. His coming out was prompted by the openness of family and friends to LGBT community. Coming out at the same age, we had similar worries. I came out when I was 16, my junior year of high school. I was changing schools and had not met many students, and so I decided if my fellow students asked me I would tell them I am gay. The fact is being out is one way for LGBT people to pave the path for future generations and open doors that once were closed. Were it not for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor, California State Senator Mark Leno, would probably not be out. Milk paved the way for it to be okay to be gay and a politician. Had there not been people like Milk and Barbara Gittings, one of the first lesbian activists, Gay Pride and civil rights would not be what they are today. We would not have equality in the workforce, in housing and, thanks to recent changes, in the military. Being out led to change. When children and adults see there is nothing wrong with being openly LGBT more open discussion on sexuality can happen. Having LGBT role models such as Jane Lynch, a lesbian television and film actress, and Chris Colfer, a gay television star, both of whom are on the show Glee, improves the lives of the future LGBT generations. It shows them being openly gay is not abnormal. Open the closet door, take a step outside, look around and you will see the weather is fine.




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Choirs open concert season by brian ratto

The Delta College concert season has begun with Music for Remembering, the 2011 fall Festival of Choirs concert on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Atherton Auditorium. Delta Singers a chamber choir of approximately 30 members, Delta Vocal Jazz, a voiced jazz ensemble featuring a jazz combo and less than 20 singers and Delta Concert Choir, a large-vocal ensemble, all took to the stage conducted by German Aguilar, director of choirs at Delta College. Student soloists Sunny Vang and Heather Anderson opened the concert with jazz standards voted best by their peers. Vang sang “L.O.V.E” and Anderson sang “Lullaby of Birdland.” Delta Vocal Jazz performed three pieces: “Stolen Moments,” “Blame it on my Youth,” and “Bumble Bee.” Each piece included student solos. Immediately after the Delta Singers performed “Son de Camaguay,” more than 100 members of the concert choir filled the stage and performed the “Kaki Lambe,” then Delta singers completed their set with “Si! Ch’io vorrei morire!” and “Sure on this Shining Night.” The Concert Choir performed five pieces including a

Sept. 11 tribute. The tribute piece was entitled “Requiem” by Eliza Gilkyson and had a special spoken word component added to it by Tyff Hoeft, a concert choir alto. The entire concert had works that reflected back onto choral heritage, Sept. 11, hope, unity, corners of the world, past loves and social times. This concert is the first of many to be held in October. The Delta Jazz Band and Delta Concert Band will be performing later this month. The Delta Jazz band will be playing on Oct. 10 in the Atherton Auditorium directed by Brian Kendrick. The band is playing music from Chick Corea, Otis Redding Bob Florence, Thad Jones and Gordon Goodwin. Along with multiple student soloists, the concert will have Jazz Steam performing, a professional jazz group made up of Delta College and University of the Pacific faculty. Delta Concert Band will be performing on Oct. 18 in the Atherton Auditorium under the direction of Art Holton, director of bands. The concert will showcase student soloists. Tickets for the Jazz and Concert band performances are available at the Delta College Box Office located in Locke first floor. Tickets are $8 regular admission and $5 student and seniors.

THE COLLEGE COMPLEX by victoria davila


IN REHEARSAL: The Jazz Band rehearses with guest conductor Patrick Langum on Sept. 30 to prepare for the 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 concert in the Tillie Lewis Theater.


PRACTICING HARMONY: The concert band rehearses on Sept. 28 in preparation for the 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 concert in the Atherton Auditorium.


AND THE CHOIR SANG: The 100-person concert choir singing “Homeland,” top. Delta Singers performing “Weeping Mary,” middle. Soloist Aaron Berdahl sings “Stolen Moments,” above.

Avaliable at th Delta College Box Office. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Also: Open two hours prior to performance Phone: (209) 954-5110 Prices: $8 regular admission $5 for students and seniors



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MOVIES COMING AT YOU Collegian staff member Chris Howze looks at how Hollywood’s new-found obsession with making flicks 3D proves pointless for the viewer by chris howze

OUT OF THE SCREEN: Collegian staff member Chris Howze isn’t a fan of bad 3D remakes. But, he says, if done right, the movies can add to the genre.

3D is overused in film, but there are good examples TRON: LEGACY Twenty-eight years is a long time to restart a franchise’s engine, let alone do an actual continuation of the story and not a simple reboot. Disney’s long over due sequel was simply begging for the 3D treatment with blitzing fast light-cycle races and gravity bending in your face disk wars. Throw in actor Michael Sheen dressed up as a Ziggy Stardust era David Bowie, a pulse-pounding score by Daft Punk and the movie became a digital frontier realized in a way that was only implied from creator Steven Lisberger original 1980’s cult classic.



The “Resident Evil” film franchise, like the zombies that roam its movies, defies logic and nature. The films have gone from painful adaptations in name only to a hit video game series to a crazy devil may care action horror series. The movies are actually getting better and more entertaining with each sequel. The forth film, “Afterlife,” uses the same cameras from the movie “Avatar” for surprisingly great effects with rocky performances so campy it would make B-movie star Bruce Campbell blush.

3D was a godsend for moviegoers around the world hoping to actually understand the action scenes in a Michael Bay film. Bay had to slow down his editing and compose sequences with greater depth and understanding given the limitations that shooting in 3D adds. He actually makes brilliant decisions and does the best action work of his career. Next to avatar this is probably the best usage of 3D effects utilized recently. The last action scene clocking out at an whopping 45 minutes has to be seen to be believed. — chris howze

More than 15 years has passed since “The Lion King” originally destroyed Box Office records and crushed the spirits of children around the world when young Simba nuzzled his father’s lifeless body. On Sept. 15, the childhood classic returned to the theaters, again ruling movie return numbers during its two-week limited run. The only difference this time around is the needless addition of post-conversion 3D, that has sadly become a sign of the times. Consider “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II,” “Tron,” “Captain America,” “Thor,” “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” and “Shark Night.” All are recent films shown in 3D in major theaters. Gimmicks bring audience The concept of audience immersion into a film was something director William Castle (known for the original “House on Haunted Hill” and “Thirteen Ghosts” that were both remade in the past decade) developed for his movies in the 1950s and 1960s. Castle was the master of audience participation. He’d have devices in the audience, including the use of 3D glasses with the “Thirteen Ghosts” film for viewers to see the ghosts. He was a master of tricks and gimmicks. This sort of thing became more and more en vogue as the development of more sequels came about. In the 1980s, it seemed every third film in a franchise got the red/blue treatment. Examples: “Jaws 3D” and “Friday the 13th” in 3D. And like the fad it was, it died out and didn’t show up on the radar again – for some time. Changing the game That was until James Cameron, of “Titantic” fame, made the blue-cat people remake of Pocahontas known as “Avatar.” Criticisms aside, Avatar showed how 3D could be used in new and creative ways seamlessly integrating live action and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) on a three-dimensional plane that felt smooth and realistic. The film grossed $2.7 billion at the Box Office and it started

a resurgence of the use of 3D in recent films. Scratch that, it started an explosion. Nearly every major blockbuster out there is moving the way of in-your-face scenery. Beginning of the end Hollywood has done what it does best: beat a good idea into the ground without a lick of passion or creativity. The last two years has had more 3D films than one would’ve seen in probably a lifetime. It would be fine if it wasn’t for ticket prices jumping up an additional $5 extra or the plain fact that nine times out of 10 the films presented in tres dimension are nothing more bashed out post jobs. Films such as “Avatar” and “Transformers 3” were made for 3D. The technology was utilized throughout and shaped the production of both movies. Many of the films that followed weren’t meant for 3D, so instead of actually filming with the Cameron/Pace Fusion cameras, editors were forced by the studios to simply try replicating the effect on the computer. That’s why films such as “Clash of the Titans,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Last Airbender” look so poor, the chief crime being a non-modification of overall screen brightness. That’s why some movies are really hard to see on account of the film being dark (similar to a Tim Burton film, such as the original “Batman”) and it becomes harder to see after putting on sunglasses in a pitch-black theater. Film companies, thankfully, seem to be slowly catching on account of huge drops in 3D ticket sales. Earlier this week Sony Pictures announced starting in May 2012 it will no longer pay for 3D glasses to be sent to theaters. That might leave theater owners wondering what to do. Pay for the glasses meaning an even further increase in ticket prices or slowly drop 3D support after just converting theatres with expensive projectors? Either way, people are beginning to realize not to bite at hype that simply doesn’t exist.


club corner

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Striking the right note

CLEF new addition to campus club offerings for musically inclined

by heidi haack


A brand new club has filled a hole on campus for music lovers. CLEF — Choir Lights Eternal Flame, is a club dedicated in bringing together students who are interested in vocal and choral music. In previous semesters, vocal and choral students had come together to unify the three choirs: Concert Choir, Delta Vocal Jazz and the Delta Singers. The goal was to have a more cohesive sound across the choirs. This idea, however, did not get off the ground. “There is a gap in the mu-

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sical culture of Delta’s campus; there isn’t any other music clubs besides this one,” said Amanda Fleig, president of CLEF. German Aguilar, the club’s advisor, came to Fleig with the idea that they “could reach a broader community by creating a club for everyone interested in vocal music.” The club is still getting its bearings, but members are working on bringing numbers up. There are approximately 15 members on the club’s roster for this semester. Jessica Lugo, one of the members who has been involved in choir for many years, really enjoys CLEF so

CLEF For more information about Choir Lights Eternal Flame, contact club president Amanda Fleig at afleig584@ far. “I like the friendliness, and the field trips that we plan,” she said. As of now, the members are working on strategies to generate funds and do other activities for this and upcoming semesters. “We would like to get together a kind of talent show —kind of coffee-house style,” said Fleig.

Aguilar also has high hopes for the talent show. “It would be fun if [the talent show] became a staple on campus,” Aguilar said in an email interview. Aguilar also mentioned the club idea of getting together a caroling group “that goes out into the greater community and performs during the holidays.” The members and leaders are still developing ideas for new things to do, even though it is tough to start a new club, and become established with more than thirty other clubs already on campus. “They are committed to meeting regularly and seeing their plans for events through to fruition,” said Aguilar.



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Former Mustangs look to make way in NCAA Several football players now making strides on four-year college teams by uri piterberg

Former San Joaquin Delta College football player Webster Slaughter starred in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons, playing for five different teams and amassing 8,111 receiving yards on 544 catches and scoring 44 touchdowns. Slaughter was additionally one of the most feared return men in the league, and is the most successful Delta alum to step on an NFL field. Under the guidance of current Head Coach Gary Barlow, Delta College has produced a plethora of talented players. The 2010 graduates are no exception. This fall marked the outset of journeys for several former players to join Slaughter and other former Mustangs who have played in the NFL. 2010 MVP quarterback Adam Kennedy is now playing for Utah State. In front of Kennedy on the depth chart at the moment is freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who has had a number of strong showings this season, including a narrow defeat on the road at the hands of defending national champion Auburn, according to the school’s athletic department statistics.

The Valley Conference player of the year should get more opportunities in the future for the Aggies, but so far has only thrown two passes, completing them both for 29 yards. Kennedy’s favorite target last season, wide receiver Derek Graves, is gradually starting to catch on at Idaho State, seeing his first action Saturday, Oct. 1 against Portland State and hauling in three catches for 48 yards and his first touchdown. Perhaps the biggest impact by an ex-Mustang so far this season is being made by safety Aaron Matthews. Starting at strong safety for Texas State, Matthews is already a key cog in the Bobcats secondary and has been making plays all over the field, recording 30 tackles, one interception, two tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery in five games. Another defensive back to keep an eye on is cornerback Beau Fryar. Now at Fresno State, Fryar was named Valley Conference special teams player of the year in 2010 but hasn’t seen any action for the Bulldogs this season. The reason for optimism despite the lack of playing time early on is Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill, who is one of the best coaches in the country and in recent years has produced seven defensive backs that have gone on to the NFL.


Basketball season approaches by stephen cazarez

A new year is approaching, which means a new season of basketball looms for the San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs. The team tips off the season with a new outlook, fresh legs, and a combination of old and new faces. It is not just a game of, “Putting the ball in the hoop”, but to these young men it is life as well. They have put new goals in front of themselves and are destined to achieve them. One thing they would like to put far behind them is a sub .500 season just a year ago. Players say that Head Coach Rich Ressa has his team working hard day in and day out for the team to succeed on and off the court. The clock is ticking for the Mustangs as they are just a little under a month away from the Ohlone tournament, which will be the first test of the season on the 4th-6th of November. As of right now when asked to sum up the team in one word, the word of choice is, “Driven”, says sophomore point guard Quinton Burse. “We just want to succeed as a team and as a family and do whatever it takes to be success-

ful,” said Burse. Very strong words from one of the leaders on the team, that as time progresses, will show that they are one big family on and off the court. “Last year is in the past” he adds, “We do not want another season like last year so we’re going to do everything in our power to not let that happen again.” The Mustangs return two of their top scorers in Derek Wofford and Marcus Beaird. They bring nothing but talent, power and leadership to the table for a team looking to be better than anybody on the court and have the highest confidence to do just that. A big future for all these young men lay straight ahead and if things turn out the way they want and need, they could definitely be a contender to win the Big 8 Conference. But what all these men know is that basketball is life and everything they do reflects their play off the court. They are well prepared and are willing to fight on the court every single night. Only time will tell how far the Mustangs can go, but for now the team is headed in the right direction.

FOLLOW FOOTBALL The current Delta Mutangs football team is 3-1 going into Saturday’s home game against City College of San Francisco. Saturday at home against City College of San Francisco, 1 p.m. DeRicco Field Oct. 15 at home against College of the Sequoias, 1 p.m. DeRicco Field. Oct. 22 at Reedley College in Reedley, 1 p.m.

Joining Fryar at Fresno State is wide receiver Gerome Surrell. The list of 2010 graduate Mustangs in NCAA ranks this season also includes Fred Jones (Morningside), Finnis Caldwell (Northern Colorado), Eric Matthews, Sam Houston (Texas College), Stephen Perriera (Oklahoma Panhandle State), Stephen Memory (Montana State University), Josea Gaines (Lincoln University), Dale Crump, Brandon Dunlap (Central Washington University), Justin Hunnicutt (Iowa Wesleyan University).

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SAFETY: Police director urges caution continued from PAGE 1

be aware and cautious. “The campus is safe, but it is located in a city with a high crime rate.” Stockton is ranked the 10th most violent city in the nation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for it’s high violent crime rate. Main also said the campus police are looking into ways to better communicate with the campus community, such as making crime logs available online, updating the website to be more informative and accessible, and making campus police more available to lecture in classrooms or at events about safety. The Clery Act report is available for viewing at http://www. For more information, or to report a crime on campus, Delta’s police department can be reached at (209) 954-5000. SHOPPING SEASON: Members of the campus community browse the items available at the Art & Gift Fair hosted by the Fashion Club.

SAFETY TIPS • Be aware of surroundings • Try to stay in a group at night • Have campus police at (209) 954-5000 on speed dial • Make use of police escort service if nervous about walking alone at night


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Delta college awarded $3.8 million grant by jessica blanke

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Delta College $3.8 million in funding to be distributed over the next five years. The first installment will be paid out during the 2011-2012 school year in the amount of $831,000. This grant is meant to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students by helping launch the new Delta STEM Academy. Low-income and Hispanic students working towards STEM degrees will benefit from this grant with new equipment and support provided by the Delta STEM Academy that is to be hosted in the new Math and Science Building that is still under construction. It will also upgrade equipment in Delta College’s already existing STEM labs on both its main and Mountain House campuses. “This is recognition of the excellent projects planned for this grant, and a validation of the real

It’s the time of the season for shopping. Delta College Fashion Club held its semi-annual Art & Gift Fair on campus this week. The Art & Gift Fair has been around more than 15 years. “The vendors pay low rates to sell at the event with discounts given to those who choose to sell for both days,” said club member Daniel Gonzalez, 20. The fair ran Oct. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Funds generated from this event go to the

need for boosting the educated workforce of this region. This will have positive impact on our students and help our regional economy for years to come,” said Delta’s President/Superintendent Jeff Marsee in a press release from the college.

New art exhibit opens at L.H. Horton Gallery by jessica blanke

The L.H. Horton Gallery, in the Shima Center, is hosting an exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D artwork from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3. It will feature artwork from 30 different artists including Hugo Shi, Meredith Carr and Ulises Mesa. An opening reception for the exhibit was held on Thursday, Oct. 6. For more information on this exhibition or to view other works by the contributing artists visit If interested in purchasing any of the artwork contact the L.H. Horton Gallery at The Horton Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

New York trip,” said club vice president Marissa Tapia, 23. The club’s trip to New York is a hands-on look into the industry, with visits to various areas of fashion. With more than 30 vendors ranging from cosmetics to fashion. the club has expanded on the average. “Each year the number of vendors vary, depending on how well the students market the event. This year we have more than 30 vendors, but we usually average 25,” said club president George Chavez, 37.

Delta Pride hosts National Coming Out Day by haley pitto

Delta Pride and the Cultural Awareness Programs (CAP) are hosting a National Coming Out Day event at the Tillie Lewis Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Councilwoman Susan Eggman will keynote the event, speaking out about her many life experiences as a lesbian veteran, Latina and well known politician in the area. Eggman will be also address the current issues in the LGBT community. The event is free and open to the public. Some teachers will provide extra credit for attendance and the event will end with a brief Q&A.

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The Collegian -- Published Oct. 7, 2011  

Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 7, 2011  

Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.