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Issue 3 • Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 • deltacollegian.net
LODI WILD TURKEY DIES
Residents saddened by loss of community icon By Midori Morita
Goalkeeper having breakout season PAGE 7
Arranged marriage in a modern world PAGE 5
Pillow Talk with Jermaine Davis PAGE 3
UPCOMING U.S. Airforce Band of the West free concert Oct. 19, for tickets call (209) 954-5110
For the past six to seven months, a lovable turkey has made his way onto the streets of Lodi and hearts of the community. With more than 3,000 members on a Facebook page made just for him, Tom Kettleman has become an icon not only in the San Joaquin area, but also around the nation and outside of the country. The brave turkey was known for his location on the Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road intersection. Tom would cross this busy six-lane intersection daily. It was a miracle he stayed safe for so long. On Sept. 28, that miracle ended and Tom was hit by a vehicle and killed. The news of his death stirred up quite a storm on the Internet. Negativity started to arise on the “Friends of Tom Kettleman” Facebook page, differences of opinion became heated and overwhelming. Due to the increasing level of negativity on the page, it was forced to become an “invite only” situation. Most of the members were posting their condolences and pictures of Tom. The page wasn’t just for posting pictures. Before his death, hundreds from around the area would post sightings along with the date and time, along with any funny stories about their encounter with Tom. “One morning I was stopped at the light at Kettleman and Lower Sac and he walked in front of my car, I got out my phone to take pictures and noticed the other cars next to me were also taking pictures. I felt connected to the other drivers, we were all fans of Tommy boy,” said Heather Garcia, mother of the two. The encounters are what made this page thrive. Many didn’t get to see Tom all the time, in fact, many didn’t get to see him at all. “The page was a good ‘distraction’ from the realities of the world. There is much sadness in the daily goings on in the world and even locally. Tom Kettleman & his Friends was a ‘feel good’ kind of place,”said Suzie
Student runs for Area 4 trustee seat By Alexis Bustamante
“Romeo and Juliet,” opens 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Delta Center for Arts
Endow, a Lodi local. Capturing national and global attention, the Facebook page blew up almost overnight. With people joining from Canada to Mexico, Tom was a celebrity. Others weren’t as enthusiastic as some of these avid turkey watchers. “It’s silly because I think he was a big deal because of the lack of things to do in town. It’s such a small town that a turkey getting hit caused a frenzy,” said Caryn Knox, a Lodi-area college student. Tom brought a sense of comfort to the community. Reminding everyone that there is a fun and loving side to our hectic daily lives. “His page was a place where I could count on a guaranteed laugh every single day,” said Endow. In remembrance of Tom, a new sign that reads “WILD TURKEY XING” has been placed in the intersection he frequented. T-shirts, bumper stickers and posters are also available for purchase. T-shirts are available online the “Friends of Tom Kettleman” for around $10. Bumper stickers also can be purchased thought the “We love Tom Kettleman” for $3 and a poster for $1.
PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES
ON THE BALLOT: Delta student Richard Vasquez hopes to have a positive impact on the drop out rate and keep the graduation level high.
Delta College student Richard Andrew Vasquez is running against Board of Trustees Taj M. Khan for the Area 4 seat in the Nov. 4 election. Vasquez, 34, is has previous experience in politics as part of the following committees: Measure L, President’s Council, Lodi Art Commission, Lodi Animal Committee and the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. He also interned with Patrick Withrow who ran for sheriff last year. “Withrow showed me how to be a good candidate,” said Vasquez. Being involved in so many different committee’s and organizations has
opened several doors which has led to general politics. The Area 4 seat represents the residents of Lodi. Vasquez was born in San Joaquin County. He considers himself a true leader within our community. Vasquez said he has a willingness and want to work with students. He said he wants them to stay, graduate and establish their lives. “We are the generation for tomorrow,” he added. In fall 2013 Vasquez earned two associate’s degrees: one in liberal arts and one in criminal justice. Having experience in law enforce-
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Protestors show up outraged worldwide By Midori Morita
n the past year alone, a little more than 40 protests happened around the world. Millions were protesting their countries corrupt government, war agendas and poor working conditions. From anti-war protests in Russia all the way to police brutality protests in Missouri, people are standing up for what they believe is right. There was a gap in big protests for many years, but it’s now coming back with full force. With the power of social media, more people find out about these events faster than ever.
Someone in Bosnia can tweet or post a picture and add a hashtag about an uprising in the country and within seconds hundreds of people from around the globe are aware. These social media advantages have helped millions reach out to others around the world asking for help to get word out about something. Many of these countries don’t have the same freedom as Americans. Governments are allowed to block news stations from reporting on events. Most of the protest footage seen is now coming right from someone’s iPhone. When tension arose in Ferguson,
Missouri after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, the chief of police made sure there was a media block for the protests, meaning no news stations could get into the town to cover the event. It was left to the citizens of Ferguson to take pictures and record videos to get the word out. It’s amazing how fast we are able to hear about things. From someone’s baby being born to a country overthrowing an entire government, we now know within seconds. The power of the internet has helped millions overthrow their governments, and make people aware of what is really happening outside of our daily lives.
Airstrikes continue to be used in battle By Jake Souza
irstrikes are a growing form of military action and retalia-
tion. We have seen the United States take action with the growing ISIS crisis and Israel’s attacks on Palestine. Airstrikes are using any form of aviation, from helicopter to fighter jets, to attack a military target using high-caliber bullets or bombs, depending on the purpose. Airstrikes do create collateral damage; they can kill or damage people and
cities that are not in the fight, making this form of attack unpopular. “…You have to know where they enemy is so you don't kill innocent civilians,” said Belal Akramy, a Delta student. Syrian Kurds are saying the airstrikes from the United States haven’t worked to back ISIS away. Controversy also continues to boil with the Israel bombings in Palestine. It’s been speculated that Israel is attacking civilian structures and civilians in general. With airstrikes being so controversial, it creates
issues seeing anything positive with airstrikes, but air strikes have shown worth. The former creator and the leader of ISIS (Abu ayyub al-Masri, Abu Omar al-baghdadi) were killed in an airstrike. We can eliminate targets that may be heavily guarded or in areas hard to reach without sending troops in. With the advancement of military technology, we don’t need to send in pilots to do the airstrikes. Drone technology allows control on an unmanned machine from the safety of a base. Airstrikes also can keep
people from entering an area to capture. The United States has shown that with bombing areas so ISIS can’t move into certain areas to take control. Airstrikes will always be controversial, though they give support to troops on the ground, allowing coordinated attacks that give cover. The overall effectiveness of airstrikes, including keeping terrorists away, helping our troops on the ground and saving military lives with new technology, outweigh the problems.
Changing majors can be a gift, curse
By Nicole Pannell firstname.lastname@example.org
changed my major THREE times - started in School of Int'l studies, then realized that public policy/ int'l relations/politics/etc, while interesting and something I enjoy learning about, were not what I wanted to do. Moved over to the business school and realized it wasn't exactly what I wanted to do either, so I ended up with a hybrid degree in Japanese and entertainment management.” - Natasha T., University of the Pacific student, via Yelp Natasha isn’t alone, according to a 2012 New York Times article. Eighty percent of Penn State students were unsure of their major and half of those students would end up changing their majors at least once.
Declaring a major is optional at Delta College but second-guessing educational goals is a normal part of higher education. Several factors should weigh in if a student is considering switching their educational path. MONEY Changing majors can have significant fiscal impacts. Certain scholarships and educational funding is field specific. Reading the terms of any financial agreement is a good life lesson for any adult. Students concerned with the cost of education should weigh the cost of a new major heavily before acting. WHY? Cold feet over a major may be related to fears that are unfounded. Advisors are valuable resources
and should be utilized before making any major educational changes. Making an informed decision means gathering as much information about the change of major as possible. TIMELINE Changing majors can set back progress. When changing majors it is important to understand that completion could take longer than first anticipated or require a much larger commitment. HAPPINESS Ultimately, it comes down to the individual. Students should choose a major that facilitates a career that they will enjoy. The most important opinion and factor in a student’s educational path is personal happiness.
THE COLLEGIAN FALL 2014 PRODUCTION STAFF EDITOR IN CHIEF/OPINION EDITOR Jermaine Davis NEWS EDITOR Alexis Bustamante ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Robert Juarez SPORTS EDITOR Richard Reyes FEATURE EDITOR Eleanor Mafi SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Orlando Jose STAFF WRITERS Jaime Garcia Sven Jacobson III Vorani Khoonsrivong Kathryn Krider Midori Morita Megan Maxey
Zachariah MercesSpindler Gaby Muro Nicole Pannell Jake Souza Aidet Ulloa
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Never underestimate the powerful force the Internet
Anything can happen at any given time throughout the day By Zachariah Merces-Spindler firstname.lastname@example.org
he Internet has changed in the past few years. It appears almost unrecognizable, and not just on the streaming and web-design sides. This change has garnered a connected society like none ever could predict. The biggest change is the evolution of social media. Ideas and thoughts can be spread to millions in seconds. These ideas however, drastically change the “real world.” So much that 140 characters on Twitter could affect the publics view on almost anything. But it’s not just Twitter, there’s a variety of websites and applications to constantly connect people and express their minds. Tumblr, 4chan and Reddit have also dictated public opinion. With these platforms, views change in an instant with nothing more than a mere typed sentence. Further pushing these views are videos and pictures constantly popping up all over the web displaying random acts and mistakes made by the insignificant public or the few famous faces. It’s a difficult thing attempting to understand the new uprising of “social justice warriors.” They see something they believe is wrong, and rant vigorously until their view is heard
and it captures the minds of the masses and change or action is demanded and achieved. These “warriors” have no one cause, because they’re not just one group of individuals. Taking action to create the “politically correct” world they wish to live in. They fight against what they view as racist. They’re in constant fights with “cultural appropriation.” Constant ridicule of athletes and police whom making minor to major mistakes. Even one person making a silly comment on a website. The fights never seem to end, and they continue to be more debated and heated. Meme’s are often created, and never seem to die or be forgotten of those whom look foolish. From WorldStarHipHop to TMZ, the videos of people being outrageous refuse to dry out. The Internet also holds the power to cause protests, and incite riots. In Ferguson or China, even the last few years in Europe. Social media is creating gatherings on a scale none have ever witnessed. All to inspire some type of change in the world from the wrongs viewed in the world. These can be good especially in the pushes for political change to better a nation. Even in the recent fights for mar-
riage equality, which now 60 percent of the United States has legalized and deemed unconstitutional to prohibit. Perhaps one day this power can put a new president-elect into power that is neither Republican or Democrat, and spark a truly new change in the way this country is ran. For better or worse. The ultimate downfall is this push for a “politically correct” culture that’s fueled by this over sensitive agenda. These social justice warriors have created a strange fringe worldview that’s spreading like malware. Who are these people that a massive audiences seems to follow and fight for? Are they subject to checks and policing in which they wish to enforce? Or are they angry reclusive people who have confused their monitors light for sunlight? Maybe we all just needed to lighten up, not just a little, a lot. Stop worrying about other people and stop letting others control the way we live and think. Let’s stop policing our every word and thought. Learn to understand each other. Go outside and introduce ourselves and share our life stories. Not through social media, but through conversation and experiences. That’s what life is. Not bickering about everyone on the Internet.
Why are we creating social distance? By Megan Maxey email@example.com
oes connecting to the Internet mean disconnecting from life? Are you constantly looking down at your phone or blocking out the world with headphones? Most of us are. Social interaction has dramatically changed in the past 10 years. The majority of young people would now rather send a text message than make a phone call to contact someone. If one wanted to seem more appealing, they might take a new selfie or update their profile picture rather than get a haircut. Is social media inhibiting our ability to engage in social interaction? Spending leisure time now commonly means going on Facebook or Twitter. In previous generations, it usually meant taking a stroll down the block or reading a book. The way we communicate differs from every
generation before us. When walking around campus, are you more plugged into your device than your education? Some professors or educators may be troubled by the younger generation’s dependence on technology such as smartphones and computers. The reality is that we grew up with social media, we are masters at navigating the Internet, and it usually doesn’t affect our academic abilities. Some may say students now have a harder time physically talking to people compared to students in the past. This may be true. Does connecting to the Internet mean disconnecting from life? It has become our culture to isolate ourselves into a virtual world rather than engaging in the one around us. Even though technology and the Internet are amazing advances we utilize, we must remember to speak to each other organically. We cannot live our lives with our heads down or staring at a screen all day.
PILLOW TALK 101 With Jermaine Davis
It’s easy to go from a clinger to a stalker, real quick
s a young man living in California, there are categories to avoid being placed in by women you have frequent encounters with or you’ll end up being known as “That Guy.” Contrary to belief, women aren’t wooed by a guy who isn’t sure of himself or lacks direction in life. If she wanted to take care of a puppy, she would’ve bought one last time her neighbor’s Chihuahua had a litter. If you’re the kind of guy who feels the need to question what his position/title is with a woman, then you’re headed on a one-way trip to a familiar place most guys know far too well – the Friend Zone. This can create a domino affect. Most guys can’t handle being in the Friend Zone, and have a tendency to become petty, no disrespect to Tom. Unfortunately when we get on our petty hype, we’re known for doing things like, un-friending her on Facebook, leaving rude comments on her Instagram photos or even trolling her on Twitter. When all else fails, most guys try to hold onto whatever’s left and cling to women. You know the guy that can’t control his obsession, buying unwanted gifts, constantly reminding her of how much he’s in love, begging to spend quality time. That’s being Mr. Clingy. Take a chill pill, relax, breathe and exhale. You’re moving way too fast buddy. You can’t force someone to like you, so stop trying! I don’t know about you but I don’t like being forced to do anything, and I’m sure she doesn’t either. After countless rejections and failed attempts at getting the girl, Mr. Clingy can become Sir Creep overnight. Sir Creep is the guy who tries extremely hard to get women and tries to take advantage of them at all cost. Ladies if you’ve ever been in a crowded space and all of a sudden you felt someone pinch you on the butt, then when you turned around there’s no clear culprit – that’s a Sir Creep violation. Once Sir Creep elevates his level of being mentally unstable and becomes Lord Stalker, it’s time to start getting prepared for restraining orders. Lord Stalker keeps track of your work schedule, knows you like staying home Friday nights and even knows what you kind of dog food your neighbors feed their Chihuahuas. There’s no hope for you when you become Lord Stalker. At this point all the friends you once had are gone, and it’s just you and your sick, twisted thoughts. It doesn’t have to be this way, liking a girl shouldn’t be this hard. Fellas, if you’re really interested in attracting a woman’s attention, remember everything takes time so don’t rush things. Please keep calm. Falling head-over-heels for someone who doesn’t want to be bothered by you is ridiculous. Stay focused on accomplishing goals and remain patient. There haven’t been any reports about people moving to Mars yet, so what does that tell you... Women aren’t fleeing from this planet anytime soon, including the one you want at the moment. In reality, most women run like a 1989 Camaro, they need to be revved up for a while before pulling out the driveway.
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Stocktoberfest celebrates beer with a twist By Richard Reyes
The sixth annual Stocktoberfest took place on Oct. 4 at the Historic Waterfront Warehouse in Downtown Stockton. The event was hosted by the downtown Stockton Alliance. The organization was able to bring in KWIN, Rock 104, KAT Country, the Stockton Thunder, Big Valley Ford and other companies as sponsors. Admission for the event was $15. Glass beer steins were available for purchase, ranging from $10 to $15. Tokens were the only way to buy beer. One token equaled $1. Beer ranged from $1 to $7, depending on the product. Attire was strict. No clothing considered to reflect gang attire was allowed. The Stockton Police Department had extra patrol officers on hand to keep peace. However, being a German-type event some men and women dressed in traditional clothing Altdeutsche Tracht, also known as Deutsche Nationaltracht, the German national costume. These individuals were given the name “Griswolds,” from the National Lampoon’s trilogy. “This is a normal clothes for me. I like that fact some people dress like me for once,” joked Lisa Dorman, who was celebrating her birthday with her friend Susie Rogers. Grilled Oysters opened up the live entertain-
ment, while Long Time, a Journey and Boston tribute band, entertained the crowd. Attendees were also involved in games to win a mini keg of Heineken. There was stein-holding contest where 10 opponents held full glasses full of beer with one arm straight without bending the elbow. There was a sausage-eating contest where four people ate three sausages as fast as possible. The last contest was an empty-keg barrel holding contest, where 12 people held a keg overhead as long as possible. Besides beer, sausages, pretzels and desserts were also available. Stocktoberfest brought joy to some people of Stockton.
PHOTOS BY RICHARD REYES
FUN TIME: People enjoy themselves with music, beer and dancing.
FOOD REVIEW: Pho perfect dinner, comfort food for fall-season weather By Alexis Bustamante
alking into Saigon Bay, which is a Vietnamese Restaurant, the feel is carefree and family orientated. The tables are close together and not private. Each set of tables had hot sauce, jalapenos and variety of sauces. The restaurant specializes in Pho.
OFF TO DANNER
Pho is a soup that can have a variety of meats, seafood and veggies. It has become more popular in the last couple of years among college students looking for a heathly, filling cheap meal. Once you order your food the waitress brings out a pair of plastic chop sticks, a fork and a deep spoon. A fellow Colegian staff
member ordered a mix of seafood with yellow noodles.
By Ryan Quijalvo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall the soup was satisfying. One thing I did not like was the fat on my steak. The restaurant could of took a little extra time by trimming the meat.
The seafood bowl was loaded with shrimp, crab and squid. This restaurant is always packed and a lot of people are always in and out. Food is an option to go. Overall the presentation of the staff was friendly, a little loud but for some good authentic Vietnamese food. The goods outweighs the faults.
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A NEW JOURNEY IN LIFE
Earlier this year, former Collegian staff writer Sofia Sher embarked on a 21-hour trip to her home country of Pakistan to marry a suitor chosen for her by her family. Though some consider it archaic tradition, arranged marriages often have higher success rates than love-first couplings. This is a modern woman’s take on the practice.
owadays, many believe arranged marriage is outdated. Instead, they believe in “falling in love” first and spending time together to get to know the person before getting married. However, in the Middle East, arranged marriages are not only common, but have higher success rates than what many consider the traditional marriage path. In February, I wed my husband Sajjad, in a traditional Pakistani-arranged marriage. A LONG ENGAGEMENT Arranged marriages in Pakistan don’t happen overnight or even in a week, but it takes months to years. Parents often talk to family members, relatives and friends to help them make the right choice. Before arranging a marriage, the bride’s parents look at a few things including the potential suitor’s employment status and his family. Once the engagement is set, both the bride and groom aren’t allowed to see or speak to each other until the wedding day. My engagement happened over the phone, when both my parents verbally accepted the marriage proposal. The traditional interviewing wasn’t done because his mother and my mother grew up together. Our families know each other well. My engagement was only finalized, though, after three-years of continuous marriage proposals from his parents to mine. I was working on my associate’s degree and postponed the wedding until after I earned my degree and completed enough units to transfer to a four-year university. CELEBRATING THE COUPLE The engagement celebration occurs when the bride’s parent accept the marriage proposal. Exchange of rings between both families during the engagement celebration makes the proposal official. Then the wedding as impending. There’s a celebration, involving the gathering of both sides of the family. The mother of the man brings a gold ring for the soon-to-be wife. In my case, my now husband and I were out of the country – me in the United States and him working in Saudi Arabia – so our families celebrated without us. There are eight events in the process of a traditional Pakistani wedding, each taking place on a different day. Some of the pre-wedding events include Dholki
By Sofia Sher and Mehndi on both the bride and groom’s sides. The women’s-only Dholki event begins a week before the wedding. Women of all ages gather, one sitting in the middle and tapping the Dhol to the rhythm of the beat. They sing wedding songs that relate to the bride and the groom, usually incorporating the bride and groom’s names. There’s laughter and teasing. The bride and groom’s families hold separate celebrations. BEGINNING OF CELEBRATION The first actual day of the wedding is the Nikkah day, when the signing of the marriage certificate happens. The wedding stops if one party declines to sign the marriage certificate. The Nikkah happens in the evening when the groom’s family comes to the bride’s house with relatives and a priest reads the Nikkah to the groom. There are prayers. The groom signs the marriage certificate first, followed by the bride. Witnesses also sign. Usually the groom and bride will be asked if they agree to the wedding before signing the marriage certificate. MARRIAGE A MULTI-DAY EVENT After my Nikkah, there was a week in between the other events before my wedding. First was the Mehndi when his family came to my house. Usually the colors of the Mehndi dress are orange, green and yellow. The groom isn’t supposed to dress up on the day it’s Mehndi for him, but the bride does on her day. My husband’s family sent me the Mehndi dress, along with jewels and shoes, a day before the event. I wore the outfit and braided my hair into seven braids. Seven married women are supposed to open these braids. This ritual brings good luck and longevity in the marriage. My sister-in-laws brought sweets, Mehndi and tied Ghanna – decorative bracelets – on my wrists. On the Mehndi day, my husband’s family also brought the wedding collection for me. They brought my wedding dress and 57 other dresses that they bought for me, shoes, jewelry, make-up, perfumes and other accessories. All the items were set out to show. This event is called Wari, where the groom’s family is to show the collection for the bride.
Next comes an event where the groom’s sister picks up a container, called a Ghourli, filled with water and carries it to him on her head. When he receives it and takes if off her head, he gives her money for it. The groom’s head is covered with an oil, then his head is washed with the water from the Ghourli. Next comes Baraat, when the family, friends and relatives of the groom come to the bride’s home for the official ceremony. The groom takes a decorated car as the Baraat follow in other vehicles. The bride’s family welcomes the groom with rose petals. The Rukhsati, or the sending off the bride, takes place shortly after the groom arrives. The Qur’an is held over the bride’s head as she’s leaving with her husband to his house to bless and protect her. This moment for me was emotional. That night is the first time that we met each other. The last event, the Walima, occurs the next day. It is an event when the couple hosts dinner as husband and wife. I wore a heavy dress with gold jewels. On the seventh day after my wedding, the bride visits her own family with her in-laws and they host a dinner. I wore another heavy dress with the matching jewels again. AFTER THE WEDDING THOUGHTS I think arranged marriage isn’t as bad of a process as I thought it would be. I felt as if I would be nervous, but experiencing the events, I was more happy than nervous. This is because I knew about him before the marriage and felt confident about marriage rather than getting into something I wouldn’t know anything about. I feel as if I would be nervous about him, his family and the wedding as a whole if more was unknown to me. I’m glad I got to meet his family and I love the fact they are just perfect for me. It’s nice to have someone that you can call your own and to have someone who understands and supports you. I’m thankful my husband is in my life and look forward to spending every day with him when he comes to United States – a process that will take a minimum of a year. My marriage is the most important addition to my journey of life.
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By Zachariah Merces-Spindler email@example.com
nline gaming is the face of gaming today. We’re always connected and challenging others from all over the world, rather than just the system in our living rooms. Hackers are targeting video games. Not to cheat the game, but to disrupt gamers. Hackers commonly have goals to achieve money or information. In instances ranging back to 2011, hackers have bypassed Xbox Live and PlayStation Network walls compromising millions of players’ personal and financial information. In April 2011, one of the largest cyberattacks occurred compromising more than 70 million PlayStation users’ credit card information, resulting in a PlayStation network outage lasting 24 days. During a live chat, one PlayStation user Kloc (Kay-Lock) called it the “worst month of [his] life.” He “forgot how to live in the world without games.” In August 2014, a group emerged calling themselves “Lizard Squad” starting a spree of attacks on multiple game servers. The group appeared to have no clear motive other than to create chaos to gamers and not to be caught.
Lizard Squad would declare whom they’d attack on Twitter. Once the strike was complete the group would Tweet a taunt. LizardSquad: EA #Offline LizardSquad: Our first test. Parts of Destiny #Offline LizardSquad: We’re attempting to slam Sony back into the ground. The attacks were simple and lasted only a short while. Gamers were irate because of their denial of service to servers. What Lizard Squad did was basically create a massive amount of traffic into a server forcing it offline until it recovered. It’s called a DDOS (Distributed Denialof-Service) attack. Gamers lashed out frustration in words on Twitter with taunts to FBI, calling them various slurs and reciting vulgar threats. However, the group posed a deeper threat in claims to be in the Middle East and ties or affiliation to ISIS and even reporting a bomb threat on a plane flight in which Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was attempting to board. This created a greater urgency in FBI involvement shortly after the Lizard Squad website was seized by the FBI. The group’s Twitter is down. Lizard Squad apparently disappeared in the past week. Most suspect the members have been
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ROBERT JUAREZ
Hackers disrupt online gaming community
caught, but no statements have been released or proof of anything otherwise. There’s no way to know if this is the
end. Gamers are still not at ease thinking it’s not, but for now the gaming has continued and millions are back online.
YouTube video of groper getting national attention By Aidet Ulloa
ouTube’s Sam Pepper released controversial sexual harassment prank videos on Sept. 20. Pepper made a prank video in downtown Santa Monica where he pretended to have a third arm, so he could grope women from behind. “This is a good lesson to learn
from. This isn’t appropriate behavior, it’s against the law, and he should be punished,” said Delta student Andrew Morgan. The video was taken down due to the violation of YouTube’s policy, and also the fact touching other people where one isn't welcome, is indeed considered sexual assault and illegal. Soon after, Pepper released part two of the video prank. In the second video the
gender roles were reversed, with men as the victims. The video was taken down due to the same policy violations as the first video. According to Pepper this was to show the gender discrimination in sexual assault cases. Pepper later uploaded part three of the prank, titled “the reveal” where he comes out to say it was a social experiment in an attempt to bring light to
sexual assault against men. It’s a subject Pepper feels isn’t treated as seriously as sexual assault against women. In the video Pepper apologized for the confusion and stated that some of the ¨victims¨ were actors. Should we believe him? Should he be prosecuted? These are all the questions that have arisen after the three videos aired on YouTube.
Although all of Pepper’s videos relating to the prank were taken down, he faces no prosecution at the moment, and has received a temporary channel suspension from YouTube. Ironically that same week the “It’s On Us” campaign, featuring many notable people, including President Barack Obama, aired imploring all of us to stand up, step in and stop sexual assault.
CELEBRITY RUMORS: Social media exposes the lives of the rich and famous By Vorani Khoonsrivong firstname.lastname@example.org
ay Z has 99 problems but divorce isn’t one. Last September during a stop in Paris on him and Beyonce’s “On the Run” tour, Jay Z allegedly changed some of the lyrics during a performance of his song “Beach is Better.” Jay Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, changed the original lyric “I replace it with another one,” to “’Cause she pregnant with another one,” according to People Magazine. After the concert, Life + Times uploaded a picture of Beyonce and Jay Z from Twitter of the married couple holding a flute of champagne, sparking rumors Beyonce might not be pregnant. In the actual picture, the “Flawless”
singer isn’t pictured sipping champagne. It could be sparkling juice. Reps for the couple haven’t responded to the pregnancy rumor and without clear audio proof besides an Instagram video with a recording, it’s difficult to tell whether this is true or false. After all, it wouldn’t be in true Beyonce fashion to have news such as a second pregnancy released in a nonchalant way. During her “Love on Top” performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce unbuttoned her blazer, turned to the side and rubbed her belly, confirming the news she was expecting. Celebrity rumors: social media is rampant with them. And few know the truth. Why is society fixated on celebrity lives? Before social media, the lives of celebrities were an enigma. Tabloid newspapers and magazines only gave a glimpse
of the daily routines of celebrities … or so it may seemed like they did. Nowadays, they’re not thanks to social media. In other news, Ariana Grande has been accused of being a diva … again. According to the New York Daily News, the “Problem” singer made a scene at the Out Hotel in New York City. Grande allegedly kicked everyone out of the lobby before arriving. Grande also reportedly asked the staff to “get rid” of the paparazzi outside the building before sending a security guard to find her Swarovski crystal-embellished microphone pack which was needed for her 3:30 a.m. show. In September, Grande cancelled a promotional photo shoot with Australian media. Prior to the cancellation, the media were instructed to not ask Grande questions about certain topics including questions on
relationships/dating/ex-boyfriends, Mariah Carey comparisons, the fallout with Sam & Cat costar, Jennette McCurdy and the death of her grandfather. During the shoot, Grande checked each frame taken and asked for shots she disliked to be deleted. Grande left the photo session after an mX photographer refused to delete the shots that she didn’t approve. With social media, celebrities are less of an enigma. Everyday people can relate to them because they can post a picture on Instagram or tweet a post on Twitter. With these social tools, celebrities can connect with their fans and stir up controversy in the process. Essentially, with social media, celebrities are less likely to be mysterious. Instead, they’re seen as people who have the same goals and aspirations as average individuals.
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Mustang goalkeeper having a breakout season By Eleanor Mafi
This week’s Collegian Mustang Spotlight goes to Delta Mustangs men’s soccer goalkeeper Moses Hernandez. Hernandez is a freshman majoring in Criminal Justice. He is playing under new Head Coach Josh Bradley. Hernandez has been the key player, by making 24 saves in the past four games and helping the Mustangs win four out of seven games he has played in. During the “Pack the House” event was played on Oct. 3, Moses made key saves by the tip of his fingers to secure a 2-0 victory. HERNANDEZ “It’s not just this game, Moses has step up consistently for the past three games making unbelievable saves. He kept us in games. He is starting to become that leader in the team, the guys are starting to form around and now it is an expectation and not just hope,” said Bradley. Hernandez described the Pack the House event atmosphere. It was “nervous at the beginning seeing a lot of fans it put pressure on us but it was fun. It is fun
to hear people cheer for you when you make a save or goal,” he said. With the saves, Hernandez helped the Mustangs improve to 8-2-3 and into first place in Big 8 Conference, while also being, ranked No. 1 in goals against average with a .22 and save percentage of .950 in CCCAA rankings. Hernandez played at Edison High School before joining the Mustangs. “My friends where playing for Delta, so I decided to go here and play with my friends and see how far we would go,” said Hernandez. Hernandez favorite soccer player is Costa Rica’s goalkeeper, Keylor Navas. Hernandez has a message for his fan’s and family following his soccer journey. “We are going to get this championship for everybody and dedication and hard work is the goal” Hernandez said, adding “when you want something, anything is possible.” The Mustangs are on the road until the team’s next home game Oct. 17, starting at 3 p.m., which will be played at University of the Pacific’s Gardemeyer Field, where the Mustangs take on Taft College. Admission is free. PHOTO BY PETER PEANG Go out and cheer for Hernandez and the rest of the NO ENTRY: Mustang goalkeeper Moses Hernandez Mustangs as the team makes a run to the playoffs. prepares to make a stop against American River.
The best ever? Fan defends former Yankees captain By Robert Juarez email@example.com
erek Jeter isn’t the greatest baseball player ever. He isn’t even the best of his time. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann went on a tirade last month dissecting Jeter’s career statistics and comparing them to well-known former Yankee baseball players. “Correction. Derek Jeter is not the greatest baseball player in the last 5 million years,” said Olbermann. Olbermann points out Jeter never won a league MVP award, and the now former player ranks near the bottom in every major offensive category among Yankee greats. However, one isn’t just given the title of being the captain of the New York Yankees. It’s earned.
According to Baseball Reference, throughout Jeter’s 20-year career, he accumulated a .310 batting average, 3,465 hits, the most by a Yankees player ever, 260 home-runs and 1,311 runs batted in. If Olbermann is correct in his opinions of Jeter being simply a good player and nothing more, then Jeter surely did nothing in the postseason. Because all sports fans know that any player truly proves their greatness when it counts. Just ask “Reggie Mr. October Jackson.” In 158 playoff games, Jeter had a batting average of .308, with 200 hits, 20 HR’s and 61 RBI’s. Jeter did well in the regular season and the postseason. Most people would be impressed by such accomplishments. When compared to past Yankees such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, Jeter’s not even close to them, to be fair. No one is saying he is.
If someone is going to compare Jeter to players from that era, one thing must be considered. The game of baseball was much different than what it is today. Ruth had the luxury of getting used to one pitcher a game, while only having to face three pitching options. Mostly a fastball, screwball or change-up. Now in a usual game, Jeter faced around three different pitchers and all of them having the ability to throw anywhere from three to five different types of pitches. What Ruth and company did in their time was extraordinary, but to compare Jeter to them is unfair to the former captain of the Yankees. Olbermann made some justifiable points, Jeter isn’t an angel brought down from the baseball heavens. However, what Jeter did during his career is great and shouldn’t be unappreciated.
FROM THE EDITOR
Sporting events no longer safe for family, friends to get together by Richard Reyes
aking the family or going with friends to a sporting event used to be fun. Lately it’s turned into a health scare. Going to a game meant tailgating with other fans, screaming and cheering for your favorite team, player or moment. It didn’t mean watching your back in a parking lot afraid of being jumped or having to worry about being hurt in a bathroom.
Being a former season ticket holder for the San Francisco 49ers from 200810, I never felt I had to worry about someone wanting to harm me. Once, during a Monday Night game at Candlestick Park, me and my friends took a 49ers flag and ran around the stadium parking lot harassing visiting team’s fans. Those fans replied by laughing and offering us food. There was no screaming or shouting. No punches thrown. No guns or knives being pulled. Another instance was the “Battle of
The Bay” 49ers-Raiders game. I was with my friends and a group of Raider fans tried to take over part of the parking lot. Annoyed with the situation, I jumped out my car with my 49ers towel and literally started yelling: “This is our house.” They looked at me and pointed and laughed. As time went on, we shared a drink and laughed. 49ers and Raider fans getting along together? Some people understand its just a game.
Games are no longer safe. Almost every week a new video is uploaded to YouTube showing people in fights in the stands, bathrooms or parking lot. On March 31, 2011 Bryan Stow suffered a life changing head injury leaving Dodger stadium after baseball game. Just this past Sunday, a man was beaten in a bathroom at Levi’s Stadium. The man reportedly has brain damage. All over a bathroom stall. When will the violence finally end so people can leave the game with family and friends, instead of leaving being rushed to a hospital?
Issue 3 • Oct. 10, 2014 • deltacollegian.net
Tutoring center moves from Shima to new Math & Science Building
PHOTO BY MIDORI MORITA
By Jaime Garcia
The Math and Science Learning Center now has a new home in a new building. The center, formally located in Shima 217, is now in the Science & Mathematics Building (SCMA), room 162. Shima was the tutoring center’s home for some number of years. Students knew where to go for help with classes. Now that place is in SCMA. “The location was hard for students to find at first,” said Instructional Support Assistant I Rene’e Olson. It was hard for students to find the new location at first because of the move.
Since the demolition of Cunningham it’s easier to see the SCMA and the location of tutoring center from one side of the campus to the other. “Now that Cunningham is down it is much easier to find the center now,” said Olson. Students that are new to campus that don’t know where to find the center on campus will be able to find the center with much more ease now with Cunningham out of the way. The tutoring center was relocated, despite Shima not being torn down. “I believe the administration wanted to keep all the math and science all in one area and give the math and science new facilities to work with,” said Olson.
The students and faculty are happier with more space and facilities. “This room seems more open and the windows help,” said Irma Virgen, student clerk of the tutoring center. Since the move, more students are coming to center. Virgen said there have been up to 46 students at one time. Jim Fowler, a tutor, said the new center is “fantastic.” “If you’re motivated as a student you will find the new math lab,” said Fowler. The tutoring center is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of this semester.
‘Yes Means Yes’ passes By Megan Maxey firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sept. 28, Governor Jerry Brown announced he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “Yes Means Yes.” Sexual consent can no longer be given if someone is intoxicated, drugged or asleep, according to the new law. Lack of resistance or silence doesn’t meant consent. The law states all colleges and universities receiving state funding must have new policies for sexual assault investigations, protections on victims’ privacy and counseling available for victims. “I think it is very useful and it should’ve been addressed a long time ago but it’s good that it’s being addressed right now because it’s becoming more of an issue,” said Kody Bowerman, a Delta student. Sen. Kevin de Leon introduced the bill, SB-967. “Every student deserves a learning environment that is
safe and healthy,” he said after the bill was signed. “I think that it is something that should’ve been done a long time ago… Hopefully it will bring the rate [of sexual assaults] lower,” said Chloe Aker, a Delta student. Student activists in California rejoiced with the new higher standard that helps battle sexual assault on college campuses. About one in five women will deal with sexual assault while at college, according to the Huffington Post. The United States Government began a campaign called “It’s on Us” on Sept. 19t aimed at addressing this issue. The campaign targeted members of campus community to do something about possible sexual assault situations. Now that California has defined affirmative consent, student activists hope that this will create a domino effect, making other state colleges in the nation a safer place to learn.
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ment has given him commitment, honesty and strategic way of thinking that can help him if he becomes a part of the board, he said. Vasquez believes the students’ opinion counts on how Delta College affects the educational process in Lodi noted
in his campaign pamphlet. In recent years, students haven’t filled board of trustee seats because there is a specific student seat. The student trustee seat is currently occupied by Alejandro Gomez who was appointed last year to the position.
Delta custodian rocks out at Manteca Pumpkin Fair By Orlando Jose
The Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair this past weekend included a performance by Delta College custodian Robert Flores. Flores is a member of SteelGlass. “We could play anywhere from one's or twice a month to ones every three months depending on what we are doing. We mostly do events and large that's why we don't do so Manny gigs if can take smaller gigs we can play a lot more,” said Flores. Flores band includes Santos Gonzales on lead vocals and bass, Myron Smallin on lead
vocals and horn and John Wise on guitar. Gonzales has a Delta connection too – he’s a former student. Flores has played at Delta many times in the past with various bands and has been playing throughout the valley for more than 20 years. “We played at every event across the valley at one time to another,” Flores said. Those events and locations include: Lodi Street Fair, Tracy Dry Bean Festival, Sacramento Radisson Hotel, Lincoln Center Friday Night Live and the Stockton Asparagus Festival. “We do classic rock band with up to date songs,” he said. Flores has preformed with SteelGlass, the local band out of
Stockton, for 3 to 4 years now. “We usually practice once a week and if we have a gigs coming up we practice twice a week and we practice in Stockton in two various area, one is location in a basement at a friends house and one at a storage shed which is actually we're people go to storage at the company and we rent out the storage unit and practice in it, other times we'll go to fellow band members house and go practice, do that,” he said. The Pumpkin Festival was a two-day event with live music on two stages, food booths, vendors and rides for children. Flores was a hit at the fair and plans to return next year to preform.
PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE
AT THE PUMPKIN FAIR: Robert Flores on the main stage getting warmed up for the crowd early morning Saturday
Published on Oct 9, 2014
Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.