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Pope visits United States for first time BY BRANDON GARCIA

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Pope Francis, the superior of the Catholic Church, wrapped up his very first visit to the United States and is still as popular now as he was when he was elected back in 2013. During his five-day stay, Francis visited Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. This pope has appealed not only to older generations but to all generations. “I would say all ages find him more likable. Our school kids watched the parade in D.C. and cheered,” said Reverend Larry McGovern of Presentation Church in Stockton. Francis has reached a bigger audience due to his opinions and views on humility as well as his willingness to stay open minded.

Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI was noted for wearing flashier, more noticeable garments. Francis wears only a plain white cassock. He refuses to stay in the Apostolic Palace, choosing to stay in a Vatican guesthouse. He also doesn’t get shuttled around in a bulletproof Mercedes limousine, instead driving himself around in his Ford Focus or 1984 Renault. He’s been known to speak more freely as well. Regarding gays in the church, Pope Francis has said: “If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.” When speaking about how the pope is so admired, McGovern

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DROUGHT CONSEQUENCES GROWING Global warming effects felt in new ways BY KRISTEN RIEDEL

Fantasy art at Horton gallery PAGE 6

Women’s water polo brings home the win PAGE 7

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DELTA COLLEGE PLAZA: The brand new green space is showing brown results of reduced watering.

California concluded its fourth full year of drought on Sept. 30 and the effects of a long­-term water deficit continue to increase. The recent Butte and Valley fires account for the loss of 3,000 structures and six human lives, bringing the costs of the drought to measurable and devastating light. “Our soil profiles have never been drier,” said David Dodson, environmental science professor at Delta College. “Plants continue sucking out of that already dry profile and dry them out so they have very low moisture content.” When the soil is dry, prolific native plants such as manzanita and coyote bush become dry and highly flammable, contributing to the heat and spread of forest fires. A study available on the USGS website reports that, “Pervasive warming can be expected to increase the incidence of high severi-

ty fire by creating conditions where lower fuel moisture results in fires of higher intensity.” The overuse of tap water and the massive demands of an agricultural economy are not the cause, nor is reduction the cure for damage to our natural resources. The rising temperatures and persistence of drought are part of the phenomenon of climate change caused by the build­ up of greenhouse gasses that are byproducts of human industry. According to the NOAA website, the average temperature in California over the last year was 4.2 degrees higher than the 20th century average. The low level of precipitation, combined with higher temperatures that cause more evaporation of standing water, has led to depletion of our underground water supplies. One of the greatest hopes for

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On Aug. 23, the city of Stockton filed lawsuits against two of the remaining marijuana dispensaries – Elevate Wellness and Collective 1950. The lawsuit against Elevate Wellness, located at North Union Street in Stockton, accuses the shop of being a public disturbance and a danger to the area. Elevate Wellness is temporarily not in operation.

“Stockton is exercising its duty and interest in protecting the public health, safety, and welfare within the corporate limits of the city,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit states these dispensaries are causing public disturbance. “There haven’t been any disturbances in this area,” said a source connected to a local marijuana shop who didn’t want named in fear his location would be served next. “It’s always pretty relaxed here.” Most dispensaries don’t make it obvi-

ous the building is in fact a dispensary. There aren’t any huge signs saying “Buy pot here!” This way the only people who know about the dispensary and are on the premises are legitimate patients and not random “fiends” being disruptive to the area. According to, Stockton has five medical marijuana dispensaries and three mobile services.

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Issue 3 • Oct. 9, 2015 •

BATTLE OF THE BEARD: SHAVE OR SAVE? Shave the beard for your own good

Save the beard, it’s what nature intended




eards. You either love them or hate them. I am for the latter. I have been clean shaving my face, against the grain since my dad taught me many years ago. It is a learned behavior that I do two to three times a week. A ritual that consists of a razor, shaving cream and a brush. There is a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction I get after shaving. It feels good to get all that hair off my face, sort of like that feeling after you get haircut. It seems the times are changing as it’s become the trend to grow out facial hair to emphasize the fact that you can grow a beard, or at least attempt to. My very own generation, Generation Y or the attention cravers, seems to be embracing beards the most for a couple reasons. The main reason beards are being grown is because people are utterly lazy. Having a beard justifies the fact that you don’t want to take the time to properly groom yourself. It then becomes a perception that you are unkept and that you think your beard is trendy. Of course it’s easier not to shave than to actually shave.

Another reason beards are grown is to hide or compensate for some other physical trait. They are grown to hide a weak jaw line or take the attention off a thinning head of hair. But you can’t fool me. We’ve come too far as a society to give up shaving because shaving has become a standard. Shaved faces have become respectable and heroic in this day and age. Every president for the last 100 years has been clean shaven, and rightfully so, as they’re the leader of the United States of America. Soldiers returning home from victories in both World Wars were clean shaven, setting the standard for all American men. Arguably the most famous baseball team in the world, members of the New York Yankees are required to shave to uphold the team’s dynasty. The reasons can go on and on but don’t shave for me, do it for yourself. Do it for the job you want or the promotion you deserve. Do it for the girl next door or the one that got away. One day you’ll look back and see yourself in pictures and realize how silly you look.


en and beards, the way it was meant and should be. The world has evolved drastically in the past 80 years. And a great difference visually is the fact that men no longer are required to shave their beards, and allow their faces to blossom. Individualism is greatly appreciated, especially with one’s personal presentation. Beyond that, it portrays a muchneeded appearance of masculinity in era where masculinity is sparse. Just because men are no longer physical, rough and rugged, doesn’t mean their faces must be baby soft. Of course there are men that cannot grow any facial hair. This isn’t to slight those unfortunate few. Or even to those in the restaurant service, hygiene is important and hair in food is never acceptable. Growing up, as a young boy the biggest steps to manhood were hair on chest and face. That was a young boys dream of

being a man. It’s with the male gender from birth, the desire to grow hair and stick out like a man bear. There’s thousands of years of evidence backing man’s pursuit of beard, from Biblical to Viking men. The norm is no longer necessarily normal. In most places it’s not unusual or odd to see people with tattoos and piercings and overly stylish beards. Things that were once considered taboo are now accepted. Beards are necessary and they grow out of men’s faces naturally, as it was intended. They also allow for a different look amongst each other, swerving from the modern 1950s plain old clean-cut look that has been forced upon man to “clean” them up. Even the military uses grooming standards to help discipline and control their soldiers. Men are free expressive natural people, not Barbie dolls.


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Issue 3 • Oct. 9, 2015 •



Conversations on campus safety, gun control circle the country following the UCC shooting


o student, teacher, or staff member expects to be in danger when stepping onto campus. For most, there aren’t any problems. We show up, go to class, do our work and return home safely. This wasn’t the case for the nine victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting on Oct. 1 in Roseburg, Ore. This shooting has shaken the whole country and brought up conversations about campus safety and gun control. According to The Los Angeles Times, there has been nearly one school shooting a week since the 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Dec. 2012. “Somehow this has become routine … We’ve become numb to this. It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun,” said President Barack Obama in response to the shooting. Many left-wing politicians are pushing for gun control and more regulations on gun owners. Events such as this push the topic to the forefront of political agenda. Other communities have responded to shootings with laws restricting the rights of gun owners, but Roseburg has a different approach. “Gun control is not the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings,” said Douglas County Sheriff John Harlin in an article for The New York Times. Residents went on to agree with the sheriff. The community has a culture centered around hunting. Residents stand behind their second amend-

ment rights and believe other changes regarding education should be proposed. There is no question this is a recurring problem and action needs to be taken. Whether it involves more restrictions on guns, improving the American education system, or pushing for more education on mental health, something must be done. Currently, it is illegal to posses a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or college campus without administrative permission in California. However, those with concealed carry permits are exempt from this rule. California is considering tightening the law that will extend the restriction to those with conceal carry permits. Gov. Jerry Brown has until Oct. 11 to act. In addition to conversations on gun control, Americans are also questioning the media. Many question if the amount of media coverage on school shootings promotes more violence. Another complaint regards the victims because too often emphasis is put on the shooter when America should be hearing about the victims. It’s unfortunate that events such as this keep occurring. So what does this mean for Delta students? Almost immediately after the news broke about the Oregon shooting, District Police sent out a campus-wide email that reassured students that there are trained professionals on campus and that they should be aware of all safety procedures. Every classroom is required to have a copy of all the campus safety policies.

Delta’s active shooter campus safety policy states: “If you feel that an active shooter is on campus: Call District Police immediately. Remain calm and answer the dispatcher’s questions. The dispatcher is trained to obtain the necessary and required information for an appropriate emergency response. If safe to do so, stop and take time to get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, type of weapon used, method and direction of travel, and his/her name, if known. If the suspect is entering a vehicle, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics. All of this takes only a few seconds and is of the utmost help to the responding officers.” The policy goes on to specify what to do if the shooter is outside or inside and gives more tips on how to remain safe in this kind of emergency situation. You can read more in detail about the policy on Delta’s website. In response to the shooting, Delta’s faculty is making a proactive effort to make students feel safer. Many professors on campus have been taking time out of their instruction time to inform their students of the active shooter procedures. The administration has also made a suggestion to faculty that locking the doors to classrooms a few minutes after every class period begins is a wise safety precaution. Thankfully, Delta’s campus has been proven to be quite safe for students and faculty, but knowing the safety policies, taking wise precautions and staying prepared is always a good idea.

Make a change: turn your back on the negative ways of life


ome people look at their life and are happy with album by Nine Inch Nails all day. the way things are. However, there are exceptions. Some people find a They’ve got great futures ahead of them, as way to turn downward spirals upward, slowly breakwell as great friends and family that give off positive ing out of negativity. I call these people the “lucky energy. few.” Then there are some people who I refer to these people as look at their life and aren’t happy the “lucky few” because so MIKAEL with the way things are. The future few people who have lived HONZELL they see ahead doesn’t look too in negativity are able to pull bright. themselves out. Positivity is pretty scarce. Pulling yourself out of that Instead of positivity, they are surrounded by negative mind set can be hard. negativity in many forms: negative people, family, The first thing you need to do is realize you are a negative self-image/beliefs about themselves that capable of changing. You can’t change for the better are constantly reinforced by the negative people when you’re convinced self-improvement is impossiaround them. On top of that, these annoying negable. This is the trickiest part of the process of creating tive thought patterns that are carried on by all of the a better life. negativity they are surrounded by. You can evolve; after all, as humans that’s what I believe that people are products of their environ- we’re meant to do. ments. Once you’ve convinced yourself you can improve If you are raised around positivity, chances are you your quality of life, the next thing you need to do is are going to come out as an optimistic, confident start getting introspective, pay attention to your emoperson. Of course you’ll have your ups and downs tions and how they make you feel. like everyone else, but feeling down isn’t usually the Once you pay close attention to your emotions, primary emotion. you can identify what is causing you to feel this way. Of course, brain chemistry plays a part in that to. This is where a lot of people mess up. If you are surrounded by negativity growing up, Instead of paying attention to what’s botheryou will probably come out as a depressed, pessiing them, they try to suppress feelings by drinking, mistic person that listens to “The Downward Spiral” depending on anti-depressants or even becoming

workaholics. They do anything to take their minds off what is bothering them inside, leaving no room for self-actualization. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” according to motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Take notice of the people in your life and whether they give off good or toxic negative energy. Pay attention to what you feel inside. See how you feel after being around them. Do you feel better after being around them? Or do you feel drained and in a bad mood? Were your thoughts more positive before hanging around these people and are they suddenly negative and destructive afterwards? If so, limit the time you spend around them, cut them off or better yet, confront them. The road to improving your life and yourself is long and difficult. The most discouraging thing about this process is how long it’ll take for you to start noticing a difference due to how used to negativity you are. Essentially, it’s like trying to break an addiction. You will “relapse” back into your negative moods and thought patterns. But with consistency and the tools mentioned, over time you will slowly notice a difference in the way you feel. Just be patient and take it one day at a time.



Issue 3 • Oct. 9, 2015 •

Breast cancer still poses threat, check yourself BY MIDORI MORITA

October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s easy to forget that breast cancer can happen to both men and women. According to, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer and a man’s risk is about one in 1,000. Even though these numbers seem low for men, it’s vital to know the symptoms

and get regular check ups. It’s important to know men and women have different symptoms. For women, according to the American Cancer Society: A common symptom is a tender, rounded lump located in the underarm. Swelling of part or the entire breast, breast pain, redness or thicken-

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ing of the breast skin are just a few of the symptoms women should be aware of. For men, according to medicinenet. com: The most common sign of breast cancer is a non-painful, firm lump located under the nipple. Changes to the skin such as ulcerations, puckering or itching are

If, for whatever reason, you cannot afford to go to a clinic, has a five-step self-exam. You should selfexamine at least once a month. Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for any changes. Step 3: While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

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SELF MADE: Millions being made by Millennials in tech industry

ASDC students step up to help custodians due to staff shortage BY ORLANDO JOSE



Any hobby or talent can make a student a millionaire these days. Although most new inventions or improvements that turn young 20-year olds into millionaires have to do with technology, it’s usually not with inventing, but improving apps, creating simple games such as Minecraft or designs for websites. “There is so much potential still in the computer industry and it’s about finding an area that has not been perfected like cloud computing,” said Chris Kirschenman, associate professor of computer science. As students in college, we are looking and searching for a better future with strong careers in our lives, but what if our strike of gold has been a hobby in our lives already? Some young self-made millionaires have sold drawings to companies such as MySpace and other websites, showing that something they enjoy turns into a career and a large pay check.

other symptoms men should look out for. Although self-examination is helpful, it’s very crucial to see a real physician if you’re unsure about a lump. Breast cancer can affect anyone, male or female, make sure that you’re aware of the signs and symptoms, before it’s too late.

In college we take general education classes to help make us well-rounded students so the possibilities for our creations are endless after being taught a wide spectrum of subjects. One main reason a majority of selfmade millionaires come from the tech industry is the industry is yet to be perfected and is ever changing. “There are a lot of improvements to still be made with things like the Window files and Mac OS,” said Nathaniel Vutthy, a student at Delta majoring in computer science. Vutthy said he “wants to be in computer science to help make using these products easier for people in the older generations.” It’s understandable not everyone is into computers or the “tech world” but we all use technology everyday in some way whether it’s your phone, tablet, iPad or computer. Being self-made is about creative thinking and the unique way that you see the world through your eyes.

Danner Hall’s cafeteria can get a little messy, especially with custodian shortages in recent months. Members of the Associated Students of Delta College have stepped up to the plate to help clean. “Well I’m one of the students here at the student activity office that said I’m willing. For them to have concerns like the microwave ... I’m willing to go out to clean them microwave and also cleaning those tables off like I’ve been doing,” said Carmen Slaughter, ASDC senator at large.

Slaughter and Diana Murry, senator of activities, have offered to help out. Custodian Cathy Montantes said students stepping up is a “wonderful thing.” “If you can get your students together, to help to participant with the custodian is an awesome thing,” she said. Slaughter said she’s heard students complain about the microwave not being clean. She’s leading by example. “Maybe by somebody stepping up, taking lead in cleaning maybe others will pitch in and help clean them up,” said Slaughter.


HELPING HANDS: Carmen Slaughter, above, cleans a microwave in Danner Hall.




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Tucked away in a quiet corner, near the police department, sits the unassuming building that acts as the nerve center connecting Delta College to the world. Every time a student or staff member sits down at a computer on campus, there is one group of people to thank for the Internet connection and availability of desired programs: the IT department. “When they designed it, they designed it with the intention of being a state of the art data center that’s going to take us 20 years into the future, so we’ve got great systems in here and plenty of room for growth,” said Bill Deater, Assistant Director of Information Technology. Deater retired from a career doing avionics in the Air Force and transitioned into IT for the K-12 system in his home state of Michigan. The job at Delta lured him to Stockton, with the benefit of leaving behind the forbidding winters. Nancy Salon, a Delta graduate, answers service calls, assigning and scheduling the computer support technicians (CSTs) to do things as simple as changing a lightbulb in a projector to resolving complex computer issues. “They are rarely here, they’re out working,” said Deater. Maintaining more than 2,500 computers using more than 2,000 software titles is a daunting task for the 13 net administrators and CSTs. “At my previous job I felt like I was stagnant and not learning anything new. Here, it’s something different every day, it keeps you interested and awake,” said Diego Nunez, the newest CST on campus. Nunez likes to code in his spare time and tries to get his fiancé involved by creating programs to send her coded messages.

“Diego comes in with all kinds of new ideas and just a great attitude, so he’s been a great hire for us,” said Deater. Nunez was hired just in time to help install over 40 new computers and 18 Smart Classroom podiums in buildings without working elevators this summer. The department tries to schedule major projects during times when there are fewer students on campus, as does the facilities department. This led to the unfortunate overlap that had technicians carrying computers up and down the stairs in 105-degree weather. IT Project Coordinator Jeff Sears remembers another large project from 2009, shortly after he was hired. “I coordinated the move of all of the people that are in DeRicco now who were scattered all over the campus in various offices and complexes,” said Sears. After studying electronic technology at Delta, Sears worked for 28 years in the Lincoln Unified School District first as a systems services tech, and later as director of computer resources. “I like the amount of change that is taking place on this campus,” said Sears, “It keeps me busy and makes me feel like I have a purpose.” The men and women of the IT department enjoy the challenges of keeping up with constantly changing technology, but they never lose sight of the larger purpose behind their work. “It’s getting to know some of the students over time and watching them graduate and move on, it’s quite exciting,” said Michael Kilgore, CST of 11 years. “We’ve had a lot of good students work for us. We had one graduate from here, and then graduate from San Jose State, and then open up his own business. He still drops in during the summertime, or at least once a year to say hi,” said Kilgore.


MORE THAN COMPUTERS: Diego Nunez, top, with Thomas Yee, bottom, set up sound equipment for the President’s Pledge Signing with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship in the Delta College Plaza on Oct. 7.

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Horton Gallery urges viewers to ‘Imagine the Fantastic’ BY KRISTEN RIEDEL

Art lovers and fantasy fans alike will be enchanted by the Imagine the Fantastic exhibition at the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery. The 2D and 3D art explores the fanciful realms of the human imagination in both abstract and realistic representations. The paintings of Best of Show 2D artist Fred Jordan will recall subjects familiar to many from favorite works of fiction. “The pieces I have in the show are all derived from stories,” said PHOTOS BY KRISTEN RIEDEL Jordan in an email interview. He uses the subtle facial expresextinct sions and body language of his characters to embody creature the narrative upon which they are built. back to “My aim for all of the pieces was to give them as much life as I possibly could and this would have been life,” said a difficult task if I had not been inspired by the original Herrmann. Various pieces are for sale at the museum and onstory telling,” said Jordan. line. James Herrmann, Best of Show 3D winner, uses “We have a lot of sales of student work, actually a more scientific approach based on his interest in we probably sell more student work than any other anatomy and movement to create sculptures of prehiswork,” said gallery director Jan Marlese. toric and fantasy animals. Delta student Veasna Ling won third place for his “When I had a birthday my parents would offer to video game inspired sculpture Roar, which is available take me any place I wanted to go. I always asked them to purchase for $600. to take me to the Cincinnati Museum of Natural HisMore information about the artists and pictures of tory to look at the dinosaurs,” said Herrmann in an their works are available on the Delta College website, email interview. but students are encouraged to stop by the museum His pieces reproduce details of existing hard shell on the first floor of Shima between classes. ammonite fossils while extrapolating the possible soft “It’s totally different when you see it in person, you tissue features from careful study of related creatures. see the texture, you see the materials, you see how it’s “As a sculptor I am, in a sense, bringing this long applied, how it’s used and manipulated,” said Marlese.

INSPIRED BY DAYDREAMS AND NIGHTMARES: A glimpse into the surreal imagination and fantasy of the individual artists. Pictured here are works by Fred Jordan, Barba Weidell and Dug Stanat.

The opening reception was held on Thursday and the show will close on Nov. 5 with an arts lecture by exhibition juror, and renowned creature designer and concept artist, Terryl Whitlatch.

Fall’s arrival brings new seasons to old shows BY MEGAN MAXEY




With every generation, we see a new language of slang or jargon. Two of the trending sayings sweeping conversations and social media now are “It’s lit” and “That’s so fire.” “It’s lit” can be compared to sayings such as “This event is very exciting!” or “Wow! This is overwhelmingly crazy and awesome!” What originally started as a drug reference, has taken a much broader meaning. “Lit” was first used to describe one’s level of influence under marijuana. It has evolved to now mean “cool,” “fun,” “exciting,” and generally just a good time.


“That’s so fire” is a similar saying. The adjective “fire” is close in meaning to “cool,” “hip,” “awesome,” “relevant.” Like the previous saying, this originated as a drug reference. “Fire” would describe the high quality of marijuana. Another factor pushing the use of this saying is the fire emoji from the iPhone. Now that our generation communicates heavily online, emojis have become a big part of everyday language. Instead of literally saying the words “that’s so fire” people will text “that’s so .”

Fall brings a change in the leaves, colder weather, and most importantly new seasons of our favorite television shows. The Collegian selected the best returning

shows everyone’s been tuned into. There’s too many to name and this long list of hits that doesn’t even include all of the reality shows premiering new seasons. Fall TV is back and it is in full swing with these top rated shows.

RETURNING SHOWS Arrow (The CW): Season 4, Oct. 7 The Affair (Showtime): Season 2, Oct. 2 American Horror Story: Hotel (FX): Season 5, Oct. 7 The Big Bang Theory (CBS): Season 9, Sept. 21 Black-ish (ABC): Season 2, Oct. 7 The Blacklist (NBC): Season 3, Oct. 1 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox): Season 3, Sept. 27 Criminal Minds (CBS): Season 11, Oct. 7 Doctor Who (BBC America): Season 9, Sept. 19 Empire (Fox): Season 2, Sept. 23 Fresh Off the Boat (ABC): Season 2, Sept. 22 The Good Wife (CBS): Season 7, Oct. 4 Grey’s Anatomy (ABC): Season 12, Sept. 24

Homeland (Showtime): Season 5, Oct. 4 How to Get Away With Murder (ABC): Season 2, Sept. 24 Jane the Virgin (The CW): Season 2, Sept. 12 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC): Season 3, Sept. 29 Modern Family (ABC): Season 7, Sept. 23 Nashville (ABC): Season 4, Sept. 23 NCIS (CBS): Season 13, Sept. 22 Once Upon A Time (ABC): Season 5, Sept. 27 The Originals (The CW): Season 3, Oct. 8 Scandal (ABC): Season 5, Sept. 24 Supernatural (The CW): Season 11, Oct. 7 The Vampire Diaries (The CW): Season 7, Oct. 8 The Walking Dead (AMC): Season 6, Oct. 11



Issue 3 • Oct. 9, 2015 •

Football no longer pushovers BY ROBERT JUAREZ


Women score big in tourney BY RICHARD REYES

After starting the season with some up and downs, the Lady Mustangs Water Polo team found its rhythm in the water by winning seven in a row, including four at the San Diego Mesa Tournament. “We didn’t have a lot of preparation because we had some conference games three weeks prior,” said Head Coach Nathan Varosh. “We were kind of just preparing for those, so everything for the tournament came out of those conference games.” The tournament ran Oct. 2-3. The team picked up its first win by dominating San Diego Miramar with a score of 13-2. In the second game, the women picked up 11 goals during the second and third periods to pull away from the Cerrito Falcons 15-4 “Friday night we went to dinner and we had a nice long meeting about being complacent,” said Varosh. “It was a great team bonding experience. I

think it all kind of clicked.” The ladies pushed aside Palomar College 16-9. The win set up a showdown with tournament host San Diego Mesa. “We were very positive going in. We started off our season really strong so far. I think that we have a lot of confidence in our abilities,” said Sophomore Lauren Plunkett. “Going in, especially in the championship game, we already won three games. We were really pumped.” “We knew we had a tough opponent,” said Dallyce Margion. “It was not going to be easy at all” After a back and forth game that needed overtime to determine a winner, the ladies were able to hang on and defeat the hosting team 9-8. Even with the victory, the team knows there are more games to play this season. “We know teams that we will be playing the next few weeks will be competitive just like Mesa,” said Margion. “We are taking that as we can work together by coming out strong, finishing strong.”

At 2-3 the Delta College Mustangs football season has seen much improvement from seasons past so far. However, inconsistency seems to be the team’s main flaw. After opening the season by upsetting the No. 20 ranked Santa Rosa College (3-2) on the road, the Mustangs then dropped back-to-back games to the College of Siskiyous (3-2) and American River (3-2). The team then shook up the California Community College Athletic Association rankings by stunning the No. 2 ranked team, the San Mateo Bulldogs. The player’s confidence was high going into last week’s game against the Butte RoadRunners (2-3) a team who had lost three of its first four games. “I feel like after that last win we really came together as a team,” said wide receiver Alec Von Alvensleben who has 21 receptions, for 308 yards and one touchdown.

“The locker room’s pretty live, it’s pretty upbeat, we’re feeling pretty good coming off a big win,” said running back Evan Owens. “We have to focus on the task at hand and that’s Butte.” Evans has done his part by putting up an average of 96 rushing yards per game while scoring five touchdowns. Unfortunately the Mustangs were defeated by the Roadrunners 34-19. After being tied at 13 at halftime, Butte scored 14-points in the third quarter and it proved to be enough. Delta’s quarterback, Arnold Kimball, completed 26 of 44 passes for 303 yards, two touchdowns with one interception. Owens rushed 18 times for 127 yards and scored a touchdown. Von Alvensleben hauled in six passes for 144 yards and a touchdown of his own. Delta will look to get back on track against the Chabot Gladiators (3-2) at Lawrence A. DeRicco Field on Oct. 17, with kick-off slated at 1 p.m.

Heat rises in Stockton


Professional hockey has been prominent in Stockton, California since 2005 when the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League came to the 209. Ten years later and a new era will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct.10 in the form of the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League and its inaugural season opener against the Rockford Icehogs at Stockton Arena. “I think that it’s really impressive that this city has embraced hockey as they have and I definitely think this is a hockey town,” said Brandon Kisker, director of broadcasting and media relations for the Stockton Heat. “The Thunder when they first came into the league, they led the league in attendance and there’s so many great places that the ECHL is in and it’s just so surprising to see that.” Fans are reacting positively to the transition from the Thunder to the Heat.The Heat who were known as the Adirondack Flames last year, are owned by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, sent 24 players to the NHL last year. The Thunder sent 25 in the team’s 10 years.

One of the things that may excite Stockton fans about this change over, is that a player could be playing in Stockton one night, and immediately be called up to Calgary playing in a game the next night, according to Kisker. One of the big upcoming event for the Heat, is competing in the first AHL outside game in two years on Dec. 18 at Raley Field against the team’s biggest rival, the Bakersfield Condors. In the Thunder’s decade-long stay in Stockton, the team compiled a record that consisted of 310 wins, 328 losses, 36 overtime losses and 46 shootout losses to go along with eight trips to the playoffs according to Stockton fan favorite Garet Hunt captained the Thunder for the final three seasons, and is currently taking part in a professional tryout in order to earn a spot on the Heat roster. “It’s just huge support, you know,” said Hunt. “They’re the reason I keep coming back yearafter-year. I love the city and they couldn’t be better to me, making me feel at home.” Heat Head Coach Ryan Huska said Hunt’s preseason performance is promising.

“He’s had two very good games, I can say that. He’s played really well right now. His first shift tonight, he had a big body check that got our bench going and then he followed up with a goal his next shift and then last night, it’s been documented how well he played last night so he’s done well,” said Huska. Fans of Stockton hockey will pay attention to the roster situation in regards to Hunt, but expect an understanding response either way. “I think our fans understand the game,” said Kisker. “I think our fans understand the business as well. I think that’s also one of the toughest things to understand, is the business side of hockey and the fact that some of your favorite players might get called up or traded.” What can the fans expect from the Heat in the inaugural season? “… I think they’re in for a real treat because this is just another step in the progression of growing the sport and growing more intelligent hockey fans because the American Hockey League is arguably the second greatest league in the entire world in terms of talent,” said Kisker.

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Democratic presidential hopefuls to debate BY VICTORIA PINASCO

The Democratic Party kicks off its first debate of the campaign next Tuesday. The debate features Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee. Clinton, as of the latest from USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, has support from 41 percent of potential Democratic voters. The gun control issue was re-addressed on Monday on the campaign trail when Clinton emotionally introduced the mother of a victim of the Sandy Hook School shooting. Clinton proposes that universal background checks be necessary for gun purchases. “It’s time to act on gun violence. We simply cannot accept as normal 33,000 gun deaths a year,” Clinton tweeted Monday. Sanders is next in line in the polls after Clinton with 23 percent of potential Democratic voters. Sanders is currently Clinton’s biggest competition.

For 40 years Sanders has been proposing the same political message. He’s expected to have no problem getting his points across and keeping a firm ground at the first debate. In just three months, Sanders has raised more than $5 million dollars through online donations instead of spending money on commercials and receiving easy money from Super PAC’s. “I welcome Secretary Clinton’s discussion of the economy and look forward to an issue-oriented debate as to which set of policies will best represent the working families of our country,” said Sanders in an official release from his campaign website, “Aggressive,” has been a term used to describe Sanders, according to a one word poll by USA Today. Vice President Joe Biden has not announced whether or not he is going to join the 2016 campaign. Biden was invited by the DNC to participate in the debate, but he declined. By late October, he will affirm his political plans for 2016. The other three candidates totaled just two percent of the nationwide Democratic field, while 14 percent of

voters were undecided. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, wasn’t satisfied with the limited number of debates this year for the Democratic Party. “We are the Democratic Party, not the Undemocratic Party,” O’Malley declared to the Democratic National Committee in August. “If we are to debate debates, the topic should be how many, not how few.” Former Virginia Senator Webb released a statement in Nov. 2014 saying our country needs to “shake the hold of these shallow elites on our political process.” Chafee as the least likely candidate to be 2016 Democratic Nominee received some help from late night talk show host Conan O’Brien when he campaigned for Chafee to reach one percent. “I’m not saying we should get him elected,” O’Brien explained on his show on Aug. 19. “I’m personally not going to vote for him. But I think we should get him on the board so he’s not humiliated. It seems like the nice thing to do.” CNN and the Nevada Democratic Party in Wynn, Las Vegas will host the Democratic debate on Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

DROUGHT: Overwhelming odds facing expectations for a drought quenching winter El Niño event continued from PAGE 1 rain and snow to fill our aquifers and cover our mountains this year comes in the form of a warm ocean event known as El Niño. “The odds for a wet winter

across the entire state improve the stronger the El Niño event is, and the 2015­-16 event is currently forecast to remain strong through winter,” according to a new analysis by the NOAA Drought Task Force. However, in order to bring

the central valley back to the 50th percentile of five­year accumulated precipitation it would need to bring nearly 300 percent of the average annual precipitation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website. Even if that happened, the issue of a finite water supply would not be solved, only temporarily relieved. “The one and only thing that can avoid the bulk of risks that would come with unbridled

climate change is rapid carbon dioxide reduction,” said Professor John Schellnhuber in a press release for a recent United Nations Environmental Programme report.

POPE: Religious leader impacts many with his visit continued from PAGE 1



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POT: Continued marijuana availability in question after city files lawsuits against two dispensaries continued from PAGE 1 The lawsuit against Elevate states another concern from the city is safety. “If the dispensaries are closed down it could cause some problems; people will have to go out of town to get medication and if some patients have issues with getting transportation out of town, they won’t be able to get their medicine,” said another source, who also declined being named for fear of retaliation. “This could lead to patients having to illegally buy medication on the streets that may or may not be laced with something.” There is concern about medicinal marijuana being sold to minors or anyone who isn’t a legal medical marijuana patient. However, there is no need to worry about this because in order to get inside the building, one must present a medicinal marijuana card. In order to get a card, you would have to go to a separate building, which is a doctor’s office, and apply for one, according to the California

Compassionate Use Act. Patrons must sit with a doctor and discuss reasons for needing a card and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The lawsuit says before any person or entity may start or operate a business, that person or entity must apply for and obtain a business license. “The City of Stockton has no plain, speedy, or adequate remedy at law, and injunctive relief is expressly authorized in California Code of Civil Procedure,” states the lawsuit. “…A permanent injunction to prevent Defendants from operating a medical marijuana dispensary in the City of Stockton is necessary in this case to abate and prevent the continuance of this public nuisance.” It won’t be known whether Elevate Wellness will be permanently closed down until the official court date in January.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 9, 2015  

Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 9, 2015  

Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.