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Obama reinstates view on diversity applications


by micheal johnson

Delta’s soccer field in need of repair Page 7


Students take part in world’s largest scavenger hunt Page 4

LIGHTING UP: Student Aaron Jimenez lights his cigarette in Shima parking lot earlier this week.

CAMPUS SMOKERS UNITE Smokers organize to create designated smoking areas, away from Delta’s populace

by justin tristano

Pros and cons of the Affordable Health Care Act Page 2

UPCOMING Mens soccer vs. College of the Sequoias on Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. Delta Volleyball vs. Santa Rosa Jr. College today at 6 p.m.


Delta College’s smoker population is organizing to create a group that specifically advocate for a place to light up on campus. The goal of the group currently is to fight the proposed implementation of AP 2602, which would completely remove smoking areas from the Delta campus. The change will be brought up at a future Board of Trustees meeting. According to the bill, the purpose for removing smokers from campus is due to several complaints from students and staff about smoke blocking the path-

ways, which leads to health problems from second-hand smoke. “Campus Police continues to receive numerous complaints from students and employees including smokers that have to walk through clouds of smoke due to people smoking on the perimeter of our parking lot,” the proposal for Policy Procedure and Review, which would modify a policy adopted in 2009. A group of smokers who hang out in the Shima parking lot are now organizing after hearing rumors that their place on campus was threatened. Now, the group wants their voices heard.

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President Barack Obama recently restated his administration’s dedication to use race-based admissions to increase campus diversity. The Department of Education and the Department of Justice wrote a letter to all college and university presidents letting them know that the agencies will continue to support them in pursuing an ethnically and racially diverse student body in a lawful manner. This letter was written in the wake of the Fisher vs. University of Texas case. Abigail Fisher, a Caucasian woman decided to take her case to the Supreme Court when she was denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Fisher argued whether the school had abused the racial standards in making the decision to reject her admittance. The Supreme Court reached a 7-1 decision to continue to use race as an aspect in the admissions process “as long as the race-based policies were necessary to achieve diversity,” according to the decision. Affirmative action is one of the many issues that have divided Americans since it’s implication in the 1970s. People in favor of the policy say it gives students of color the possibility to rise above the effects of long-term discrimination. Others feel that this is racial preference. Despite numerous Civil Rights policies, racism has not been eradicated. A Gallup Poll in July discovered that 67-percent of U.S. adults are against race-based college admissions. That means that the majority of Americans believe admissions should be merit based. However, a break down of those number show that 75-percent of whites are for admission solely based on merit, while only 44 percent of African Americans and 59 percent of Hispanics polled responded the same. The Obama Administration’s main focus is to bring educational opportunities to all minorities.

‘Day of Unity’ brings awareness to domestic violence by christina cornejo

College Hour took on a somber tone Thursday, Oct. 3 with the Day of Unity, marking the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Organizations such as the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County, El Concilio and Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, set up booths in order to promote awareness of the resources that are available to victims of domestic violence, and for those who

need a place to go in times of crisis. “It’s a cycle, and it won’t end if you don’t take a stand,” said Jawad Yusufzai, a case manager for the Women’s Center. All became silent midway through the event when a few Delta students shared stories of struggle and how they were able to escape from the cycle of violence. Annalise Sanchez began by explaining the physical, mental and

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SPEAKING UP: Donna Armstrong shared a poem written by Kimberly A. Collins to the gathered crowd on “Day of Unity.”



Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Health care debate continues in light of new law by karina ramirez


any conservative politicians we see on television are pushing hate surrounding healthcare

reform. When it’s something new, people hate out of fear — fear of change. It’s change President Barack Obama asked us to believe in only a couple years ago. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), nickPRO named “Obamacare” by the Grand Old Party, goes into effect on Jan. 1. As of Oct. 1 anyone living without health insurance can apply by going to The website is also helpful for those who have no clue about the law. According to a September Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, 51 percent of the population still has questions about the act. Of those lacking information, 67 percent are uninsured, who would benefit the most. Many on the opposing side say the financial burden will be disastrous. According to The White House, six out of 10 uninsured qualify to pay less than $100 a month for basic health care. Federal funding is paying for the expansion of Medicaid. Some Southern states, however, have refused to accept the expansion. What we know is that the key to success is young people. Taking a quick glance at Delta’s campus, that’s a lot of us. The more uninsured people that sign up, the easier it will be to balance costs of those who are sick and in need of medical services. For those that already have insurance, the coverage gets better. If you are insured under a parent’s plan, you can hang in there until the age of 26, according to section 2714 of the act. In January, women can no longer be charged more than men, and insurers

can’t drop you if you are seriously ill. California Gov. Jerry Brown is a leader in implementing the ACA within the state. According to an August Rolling Stone interview, Brown’s decisions will assist at least 1.4 million uninsured citizens. Employee insurance coverage is not doomed. But it is changing, and so are the choices of employers with less than 50 employees. It is almost a copout for large companies to blame the ACA for limiting coverage and hours, or just hiring parttime workers. According to USA Today, the law affects mostly smaller companies. Thus, the portion of the law requiring insurance for full-time workers has been postponed until 2015. If not, they face a $2,000 fine per-employee. If an employee’s insurance is cut or impacted, purchasing from the new marketplace might offer better coverage. According to the White House, “economists agree that employers offer health insurance to help attract and retain the most talented employees.” Also, it compares to the successful, smallerscale reform enacted in Massachusetts while Mitt Romney was governor. If Republicans want to repeal “Obamacare,” they should first try to come up with a solution. With plenty of positive outcomes, what is in the law that gives people the heebie-jeebies? Is it the penalty you’ll be charged if you don’t buy coverage? The tax depends on income and individual or family status. But the choice seems so obvious. Pay a tax and have no insurance, or have insurance and pay.

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grant that we need some sort of health care reform. With doctors, hospitals and insurance companies all in bed together, medical costs are hundreds of of dolCON thousands lars higher than they should be. This is evidenced by the fact that the United States’ health care costs are two to three times higher than most other countries. Mandates, exemptions, and socialized medicines are not the way. Obamacare, excuse me, Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a poison to our limping, half-dead economy. My first point is: If I don’t want to purchase something, I am not going to. I am not interested in the government encroaching on my rights and liberties when it comes to how I use my money. I already pay the Federal and state governments taxes; they already control about 10 to 20 percent of my income! Why would anyone want the government to have more say on how we use our hard-earned money? The mandate for businesses is plain ridiculous. In 2015, businesses with 50 or more employees must provide healthcare for full-time employees, or the company will face steep penalties. This is just one more hurdle companies must get around to make money. And whom will be cut first? Employees. Trader Joe’s, a health food store, has already announced it will cut benefits for part-time employees. Although Trader Joe’s is cutting employees a check to help them get started

on the ACA, many other businesses will not be as generous. Some will find the fees to the Federal government cheaper than providing insurance. Businesses are going to do the best to spend the same amount on labor and insurance as in the past, so profit margins are not cut. Businesses are not going to be altruistic and spend more money on employees just for healthcare. While this isn’t pleasant to hear, it is the truth. Hours are going to be cut to 29 or below, people will be laid off, and insurance will be dropped. Enough about rights, liberties and free trade, lets discuss how complicated this is. For the sake of this argument, I tried to sign up, and it took me 45 minutes just to get to the welcome page. You would think the government would have beta-tested the page before they let it go live on Oct. 1. When the page loaded, it asked for more personal information than I was willing to give out, simply to see options. It seems the government is trying to collect information rather than help people find coverage. I also grant that this bill is going to help some people. A family member of mine is one of them. The person has a pre-existing condition, and health insurance is sky-high — somewhere in the neighborhood of $1,000 per month for just three people. The ACA is going to greatly reduce those costs. However, I don’t believe the help it provides for this family member outweighs the social costs of this bill. The crippled economy we will have after this bill takes effect is going to affect the entire country, and probably make this family member worse off in the long run. I detest this bill. And while there need to be changes, the changes must be with insurance companies and hospitals first, — the ones inflating the prices. Laws must be passed gradually so the economy can adjust to them. That is the only way this can work.

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Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Falling into favored autumn fun by jermaine davis


utumn comes and goes right before our eyes, so why not use the chilly weather and beautiful atmosphere to your advantage with this list of five activities to do in the fall.


Playing video games: With the new release of Grand Theft Auto V, via Rockstar Games, gamers from around the world can occupy their down time by attempting to beat the fifth installment of this series. Video game lovers who are less sociable than others and prefer to stay in their comfort zone, now have an ongoing challenge to try and beat Grand Theft Auto V before any of their friends do. Also with the addition of NBA 2K14, women in relationships with gamers aren’t going to be happy splitting quality time with a PS3 or Xbox 360. Listen guys, relationships and video games normally don’t mix well, so if you’re in a relationship don’t allow a video game to come between you and your partner … it’s not that serious.


Fantasy football: Fantasy Football allows fans to draft players that score points for them. You can draft several players from multiple positions, with dreams of those players scoring points on the field, which turns into fantasy points for you.

There’s even a mobile app “Mock Draft” available on iPhone, iPad and Android that makes it easier for team management. As you build a team, you have the option to sit players who may not be performing well and you can also add players that may make contributions to your team. There is a fee to play ranging from $20 to $250 but the reward can reach up to $1,250 if you sign up with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football.


Changing hairstyle/ color: This is the time of year when students and faculty members try to switch things up a bit. I know you might think the guy or girl you have a crush on looks good with their current hairstyle, but that look may soon disappear. Fall is the season for experimenting. Girls cut the length and change hair color to a darker shade by adding red, which is the most popular color used by women in the fall. Guys, on the other hand, tend to let their hair grow out more than they do in the summer — possibly because as the year gets closer to end we care less about our appearance and focus more on being comfortable.


Time to cuddle: For those that have a significant other, slow down from

moving at a fast pace and just chill. The weather can be unpredictable, so get creative and spend time indoors away from all the ghouls and goblins in Stockton. Light the fireplace, play board games, eat popcorn and even watch a “Lifetime” movie if that’s what it takes to show that special person you care. Listen ladies, if a man is willing to do these things with you, the least you could do is spend the night watching UFC fights with him even though you don’t consider it a sport. If you can do this your relationship is sure to prosper.


Holiday shopping: We all wait until the last minute before going shopping for the holidays. This year get a head start on everybody else by getting gifts now. Waiting around for Black Friday is only going to add more stress to an already stressful situation, as millions of Americans will be standing in milelong lines outside department stores. There is an alternative to shopping for someone among all the crazy shoppers. It’s called getting a gift card. This is what giving a gift card really says: “I couldn’t figure out what to get you so take this card and go get it yourself.” If you’re handing out gift cards this year don’t feel bad about it because eight in 10 shoppers did last year.

iPhone update leaves students disappointed by eric carranza


ast month the iOS 7 update came out for the iPhone and other Mac devices. It changed from its original appearance to more of an Android-style layout. And yes, just like anything new, the system has some issues. Within the Delta College community, many people had things to say about those issues.

Not surprisingly, many gave bad reviews. Joe Alvarado was someone who thought the update was regrettable. There where many reasons why he didn’t like the update, speed being the biggest reason. “When I am on Facebook or on the Internet, in general, and I get a phone call, it takes forever to get off those things and into my call,” Alvarado said. Ana Arredondo was one of the few people who

liked the updates. “I think it looks good. It has the HD look going on,” said Arredondo. Arredondo also likes that the new system doesn’t freeze on her. Another student, Bradleigh Strack was a little more open and more specific in expressing how she felt about her problems with iOS 7. Strack said she regrets updating her phone. “Earlier I was in a text message, and I tried to go back to the inbox. It com-

pletely froze to where I had to restart my phone,” she said. Others reasons were similar when it came to why they dislike the update. The main complaints were the lack of speed and battery. The freezing is another issue. The vast majority think that the updates are horrible — horrible enough to switch phones. Personally, I’ve switched to the HTC DNA instead.

Caffeine addiction a serious problem by diane rivera


ith the semester now in full swing students are seeking caffeine for all-night study sessions, due to the pressures of school and the need to get good grades. That is where caffeine addiction comes into the picture. Caffeinated beverages can include coffee, as well energy drinks such as Monster and Rockstar. If those drinks are consumed too much, a person can become addicted, which can affect your everyday life. Caffeine addiction can become just as bad as alcohol and drug addiction. As with drug and alcohol dependency, caffeine addiction requires treatment. According to, a drug rehabilitation organization for college students, caffeine addiction is a serious problem that affects the lives of millions of people daily. It can provide you with a high when you need it, but your body will eventually want more and more of it. That is when a person’s caffeine consumption can become a problem. Caffeine addiction is socially acceptable because nobody will point a finger at you if they see you with a cup of coffee or two. It helps people stay awake during long study sessions for exams. Once a person becomes addicted, he can experience a variety of symptoms that include fever, nausea, back pain, diarrhea and heart problems. Caffeine addiction has a variety of stages of progression as well. It usually begins as a dependency and gradually grows into an addiction that can affect a person’s whole life. If a person is experiencing caffeine withdrawal they should ask for help for the addiction. It is important to seek out specific treatment for caffeine addiction just like a person would do for alcohol and drug addiction. Some doctors suggest that a person begin a juice fasting detox as a way to help prevent caffeine addiction. If left untreated, caffeine addiction can lead to various forms of cancer and as a result can lead to an early death for the addict. This is becoming a big problem among overworked college students, because most of them require long hours of study in order for them to be successful in school. But at what price must a young college student pay for good grades by risking her life and her well-being because she chooses to drink a few too many cups of coffee? Caffeine addiction is not worth the trouble.

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Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Students participate in world scavenger hunt by brianna torres

was no question,” said Stefany Ensor, a Delta College student. She found out about GISHWHES through the social media site Tumblr. Ensor and her team “Team Freewill” completed more than 90 of the 155 items on the list. Retrofitting a wheelchair to make it a “GISHmobile,” and its owner look like a powerful superhero, also creating and wearing toast for underwear; butter and jam optional. “I am going to participate in GISHWHES for as long as I am able. I am trying to work more extensively with Random Acts,” said Ensor. Participants record these acts with photographs and videos and are posted on the GISHWHES website. The team with the most points get to fly to Vancouver, Canada, members will then charter a seaplane to a hidden island, for fish stew, a séance and a Viking-connected surprise, according to the official GISHWHES website. All in the company of Mi-

What would you expect to find on the list of the world’s largest scavenger hunt? A picture of a storm trooper cleaning a pool next to the homeowner sunbathing? A man jumping into a pile of leaves in an expensive business suit? Something even more sentimental? Maybe a challenge that includes putting on a puppet show at a children’s hospital? These assignments were on the list for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES), featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. The international movement, which began three years ago, has expanded to over 69 countries moving its way to Stockton. Two Delta College students, from different GISHWHES teams, participated in the hunt in the beginning of August. “Yes. I have to do this. There

sha Collins, best known for his role as Castiel in the “Supernatural” series. Collins is the founder of Random Acts, a North Carolina-based non-profit organization. The organization has been orchestrating this international event for three years, with GISHWHES, an extension of Random Acts. Random Acts follows one concept: “One random act of kindness everyday can change the world.” Jennifer Rodriguez, another Delta College student, also participated in GISHWHES this year. A follower of Collins’ Twitter account, Rodriguez became informed just like the first followers did when he started the concept of Random Acts in 2009.

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Many are unaware of the new and horrifying drug called Krokodil. The drug originated in Siberia in 2002 and has since made its way to Russia where it has gained popularity as a street drug. Krokodil causes skin to turn green and scaly, similar to a crocodile, before it begins to decay and fall off. The name Krokodil derives from the Russian word for crocodile. The drug has spread to many regions across the world, with cases being found in the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In September, two cases of Krokodil use were reported in Arizona. This drug is potent, causing users to die within three years if used continuously. With effects being compared to that of heroin, the addiction is said to be extremely difficult to fight, despite the horrific effects. Krokodil is made up of codeine, lighter fluids, gasoline, paint thinner, alcohol and other toxins, according to Most patients shoot these in-

gredients into their veins, as the high takes a quicker effect. The drug kills blood vessels as it enters the body and quickly begins destroying tissue. Allan Harris, a Gloucesterbased specialist in treating drug addicts and the homeless and a writer for the Independent, said: “The drug causes death of muscle and soft tissues at the site of injection and can lead to marked shortening of life expectancy in users of the drug — some argue once people become full-time Krokodil addicts, they have a life expectancy of less than a year.” Some, are calling this drug the “zombie apocalypse drug” due to the distortion it causes a person’s physical appearance. Disturbing photos can be found online showing horrifying depicitions of users after the drug has hit their body, and how fast it deteriorates flesh. Some may ask, why do individuals take this drug? There are several reasons. Heroin is difficult to smuggle into countries such as Russia. Krokodil is a cheap substitute with similar effects. Also, once a user is addicted to this drug, which is considered stronger and more addicting than heroin, it is difficult to quit.



Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Local publications see hope in future of journalism by sonya herrera

Nationwide, print media has declined in circulation and readership. However, locally-owned publications continue to inform and educate the community. WRESTLING WITH BUDGETS Bruce Giudici is the editor of Connections newspaper, a free progressive tabloid published by Stockton’s Peace and Justice Network. “Our total budget is maybe $30,000 for the whole thing, for the Center and the paper,” said Giudici. “That’s about the full wage of a minimum-wage person. 30,000 bucks isn’t even paperclips for a normal business.” Giudici has run the paper since 1996. Giudici saw a need for local, independent reporting during the James Rivera shooting in 2010. “Every city should make certain that their policemen are not shooting first and asking questions later,” Giudici said. “And that’s the sort of thing that Connections should probably be covering, but we don’t have any paid reporters.” Sam Matthews, former publisher of the Tracy Press, understands the importance of re-

porting local political news. “I’m a big fan of doing a good job of covering public meetings ... a lot of papers got away from that,” Matthews said The Tracy Press has been locally owned since it began in 1898, and was published by Matthews’ family from 1943 to 2012. Matthews has seen many changes since he started running the paper in 1957. “We had a complete distribution of the paper, free of charge,” said Matthews. “The good thing about complete distribution is everybody gets the paper, and you have heavy impact that way.” However, the changing economy convinced current publishers Will Fleet and Ralph Alldredge to cut down to weekly distribution and begin charging 25 cents an issue. DROP IN WORKFORCE “It used to be that there was a lot of movement,” said Matthews. “Nowadays, there’s not that much movement, and it makes it tough.” Marty Weybret, the publisher of the Lodi News-Sentinel, noted the decades-long drop in newspaper readership. “Population has been accelerating, and newspaper circulation since the 1950s has failed to keep pace with that,” he said. Richard Hanner, Sentinel newsroom editor and adjunct

professor at Delta College, thinks that the rise of television may has prompted the decline. “Voting has gone down, joining PTAs has gone down, reading a newspaper’s gone down,” he said. “One thing that has gone up, though, is watching television.” PHOTO BY SONYA HERRERA We y b r e t thinks that Internet readers’ IN THE COMMUNITY: Roberto Radrigan, left, executive editor and Jess Cervantes experience is publisher of Joaquin magazine. limited. “You’re very “We have a diverse [editorial] me excited and motivated every narrowly focused on your search, board, not just of Latinos, but election season is the new canyour concern — and you don’t of people who care about Latino didate, the one that wants to run into things you didn’t know issues,” Cervantes said. “My per- change the world.” you wanted to know,” he said. spective is educate, inform, and While Cervantes’ and Radmotivate. That’s how it evolved, rigan’s personal views tend to EDUCATE, INFORM, that’s where we are today.” diverge, they agree the magaMOTIVATE Joaquin focuses on global zine’s only political goal is to in“It is a lot of work for no Latino issues, political analysis, spire readers to become active. money,” said Roberto Radrigan, and editorials. “We want people to vote,” executive editor of Joaquin “I distrust people,” said Rad- Radrigan said. “We don’t care magazine. rigan. “I mean, one of the big- how they vote.” “And a lot of money for no gest lies of a politician who is Hanner sees relevance in lomoney!” quipped Jess Cer- on the campaign path, ‘I want cal print media. vantes, the publisher. to serve.’ Oh, give me a break!” “We have to reinvent,” he The two men laughed and Cervantes laughed. said. “We have to keep journalcontinued discussing the state “I believe differently than ism alive and a business model to of their publication. he does,” he said. “What keeps support it.”

Van Gogh’s ‘Sunset at Montmajour’ painting found in family’s attic by santana juache

You may not know a thing about him, but you probably have heard his name before, and seen his paintings around without even knowing it. Vincent Van Gogh is one the most renowned modern artists of our time. He has produced more than 800 art pieces. Some have sold for tens of millions of dollars. Another one of Van Gogh’s pieces was recently discovered. “Such new discoveries are made quite regularly, though they often are not carried in the popular press because the artist does not have the name recognition of Van Gogh. Also, some new discoveries do not stand the test of time,” said William Breazeale, the European curator at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Musuem, in an email inter-

view. chased for a second The piece had been time by an art collecstashed away in a famtor in 1908. ily’s attic for decades. The new owner It is titled “Sunset was told it was a fake, at Montmajour.” so he had it put away It was painted by in his attic. Van Gogh near the There are a few reaend of his life, and sons for the confusion New York Times. and mistake. This was also a For one, near the transitional period for end of Van Gogh’s him,making it a very life he had started a important find.It’s a new style of painting, large-scale painting, PHOTO BY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS thicker and more layapproximately 36 by SUNSET AT MONTMAJOUR: Vincent Van Gogh’s ered brush strokes. So it 28 inches, according was different from his to an article in The newly discovered painting, once dubbed fraudulent, typical painting techwas found in art collector’s attic. Huffington Post. niques. “The most imporSecondly, it was not of the nineteenth-century's most tant part of a discovery such as intriguing artists,” said Breazeale. signed. Due to the fact Van the Sunset at Montmajour is The piece was painted in Ar- Gogh didn’t like signing his that it brings another piece into les, France in 1888. Van Gogh work. the puzzle that is Van Gogh, and died in 1890. Lastly, technology was just not creates a slightly different picture It was first sold to a French as advanced in 1991, when the ... It changes the history of one art dealer in 1901. It was pur- owner tried to get it authenticated.

“There have been a lot of helpful developments in conservation science involving x-rays, infrared reflectography, chemical analysis of pigments, dendrochronology etc. that allow us to be much more exact. In addition, the chain of ownership and documentation is a key factor in confirming authorship,” said Breazeale. It was looked at again in 2011. This time it was x-rayed. There was a chemical analysis of the pigments, and letters Van Gogh sent to his brother talking about it, confirming the existence of “Sunset at Montmajour.” The painting is now on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This leaves room for art historians to ponder what other unknown work Van Gogh left behind.



Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Rising star to director

Delta drama turns to dark comedy this fall

by brianna torres

In it, Gordon-Levitt’s character is driving in his 1971 Chevelle SS through oseph Gordon-Levitt, the former town singing “Good Vibrachild actor from “Angels in the tions.” Outfield” and “3rd Rock from My only complaint is I the Sun” is quickly becoming a big wanted more of Gordonname in Hollywood today. Levitt singing Marky Gordon-Levitt has been rising in Mark’s sweet lyrical genius. the last few years with mature and The movie’s plot centers on a New dramatic acting parts, which includJersey meathead coming to terms with ed central roles love and his porn addiction. in “Inception” The addiction is analyzed RATING (OUT OF 5) and “The Dark after Jon meets Barbara, Night Rises.” played by Scarlett Johansson. His latest efJon is a bachelor who holds fort, “Don Jon,” close to his routines, specifiputs Gordoncally regarding his body, his Levitt behind the camera for the first pad, his ride, his family, his church, his time. He writes and directs on top of boys, his girls and his porn. starring. Barbara, though, has expectations The film effectively used guerilla of love built up by years of watching marketing with most audience mem- romantic comedies. bers being initially introduced to the The two, as they become closer, lead character, Jon, to the trailer on realize that their ideals on love, YouTube. relationships and life in general aren’t

by derrion dunn


Delta College’s latest play,“Betty’s Summer Vacation,” opens Oct. 18 The play was written by Christopher Durang in 1999 and was met with strong critical reception, with major publications like the New York Post saying: “The play lifts off from the ground brilliantly naturalistic comedy into the stratosphere of zany satire.” “Summer Vacation” is a dark comedy about the titular character going to a summer timeshare off the beach to escape the busy life of the city, only to find herself beset by a collection of crazies. Delta’s award-winning director Harvey Jordan heads this production following the successes of his previous plays. Performances run Oct. 19, 25 & 26 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 20 & 27 at 2 p.m. at the Alfred H. Muller Studio Theatre in the Locke building.


simpatico. There was a lot of subtle humor used throughout the movie. Using Channing Tatum as a leading man in a fictitious romantic comedy that Jon is forced to watch poked fun at the perfect man, women dream about. The supporting cast is a pleasant collection of actors I hadn’t heard in a while. I haven’t heard Tony Danza’s name in a long time, but him alongside Julianne Moore and Brie Larson left a strong impression in the flick. Gordon-Levitt with “Don Jon” has proven not only is he a gifted actor but also is a talented writer and capable director with this strong first effort.

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Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Delta College’s soccer field in need of repairs by kenneth huntley

During the Sept. 17 Delta College Board of Directors meeting, the Director of Facilities Management Michael Garr held a presentation on the Facilities and Measure L Bond update. Delta’s soccer field was mentioned during the presentation, specifically that it needed to be fixed. Currently, the Facilities Committee is in the process of investigating and scoping out the need to fix the soccer field. Dr. Steven Graham, humanities, social science, education, kinesiology and athletics division, said the soccer field was completed in the fall semester of 2008, with the renovation cost including the field, the track, disk, hammer and javelin complexes. He further went into detail of when the staff started noticing there was a problem with the field. He said coaches told him it was an immediate notice. The grass installed into the soccer field was the wrong type of grass. Currently, the grass can grow up to four and a half inches. Compared to the proper grass for soccer fields, called bermuda grass, which grows at a much shorter length, two inches. The second concern was that the ground was crowning too high, at four inches, where a normal crown for a soccer field is about one and a half inches. This can cause the ground to be too steep.

The third issue is holes caused by the hammer throw complex. “If the bermuda grass had been installed, the holes would be easily noticed right away,” Graham said. Currently it is not the case, as at times the grass grows up to four and a half inches. This makes it hard to see them, making it a liability issue. The grass has caused some injuries on the field, according to Delta College soccer coach, Jordan Ferrell. “Some serious injuries to other teams, mostly minor to Delta College’s,” he said. Ferrell added that he didn’t know specifically if any athletes were hospitalized due to the injuries. Graham mentioned the original plans had shown there would be two soccer fields. The current one, would have been the practice field, with a second field used for the games.This second field would have been installed where the tennis courts are. Currently there are talks on how to fix the PHOTO BY CHRIS HOWZE soccer field. One option Graham spoke of is REPAIR IN DIRE NEED : Delta’s soccer field is littered with holes, the original plan. The other option is to close off a bit of the high grass and imperfections needing to be addressed. parking lot to increase the length of the soccer rell. field. Ferrell described how big a difference it makes play“We’re investigating what can be done to fix it,” ing on Bermuda grass, saying that it was better for said Graham. Its not just Delta complaining about the shoddy speed of play, the entire game feels different, passing is fields, most of the teams in the Big 8 Conference don’t better with quicker decision making. Playing on Delta enjoy playing on Delta College’s field, according to Fer- College’s grass means a big adjustment.

Arroyo starts as new athletic director by eleanor mafi

Dr. Daryl Arroyo is the new director of athletics at San Joaquin Delta College. He is coming to a program that involves more than 400 student athletes in Delta College’s 16 sports programs. Arroyo is going in his 30th year working in higher education. His experience has included serving as an athletic director, department chair, associate professor and head wrestling coach. Arroyo then transitioned from teacher/coach to administrator in 2008, when he became a department chair of physical education and health education. He began working as an athletic director in 2011. Before coming to Stockton, Arroyo has spent most of his career in Springfield College, a private NCAA Division III institution in Western Massachusetts. He was a professor, wrestling coach and department chair. Prior to that, he also was an assistant wrestling coach at Central Connecticut State University and California State University, Fullerton. For the past two years he was the Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation, and Intramurals at Alfred State College, a State University of New York (SUNY) institution in western New York. “I received my BS in Health Fitness from Springfield College, MS in Physical Education from California State University, Fullerton, and Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Connecticut,” said Arroyo. When asked what made Arroyo decide to come to

Stockton and apply for this open position, he said he was familiar with the California Community College system from his time in graduate school at Fullerton. His wife is a California native and he has family here. “I was attracted to Delta because they have a broad based and well respected athletic department in the CCCAA system. My interactions with everyone during PHOTO BY ELEANOR MAFI the interview process indicated to me that Delta was doing things right, and that this would be a great environment to work in,” said Arroyo. Arroyo began his first day at Delta College on Oct. 1. “Having only been here a week it’s hard to know yet what the greatest challenges are. Initial challenges will include learning more details about the staff, the college and the CCCAA system,” said Arroyo. As Arroyo looks forward to what to come in his new position as athletic director. He looks forward to progressing and improving the department to ensure that mustangs studentathletes have the most educational, enjoyable and successful experience that Delta can provide. “I look forward to getting to know the athletic department staff members better and to meeting many of our student-athletes,” said Arroyo.

Oakland A’s makes it to postseason for a second year by sean mendoza

The Oakland Athletics have once again reached the Major League Baseball postseason. With another impressive record to its season, the team is currently matched up in the first round with the defending American League champions, Detroit Tigers, led by superstar Miguel Cabrera. For the second straight season the Oakland A’s have managed to win the AL West pennant and make the postseason. This earned the team a rematch with the Detroit Tigers who knocked the A’s off last season in the divisional round. The A’s posted a 96-66 record this season, two games better than last season’s 94-68 team. The A’s are known to win games using a low budget, meaning the team doesn’t have any players that can be considered a franchise player or superstar. The movie “Moneyball” displayed the Oakland A’s strict useage of the system of recruiting players and how the A’s sign players on a low budget. The team gives hope to all low-market teams and show there is a way to win with what you possess. With players such as Derek Norris, Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes, who many sports analysts think has the potential to be a superstar, the A’s find ways to win and compete against baseball’s best. A’s fans are hoping that this year’s postseason will bring the team glory and finally prove that championships are won with hard work and dedication. With the superb hitting of Cespedes and the veteran pitching of Bartolo Colon, a World Series isn’t a far reach for the Oakland A’s.



Issue 3 • Oct. 11, 2013 •

Delta College’s POST Academy prepares cadets for law careers

SMOKE: Petitions ask for policy change continued from PAGE 1 Joshua Johosky, one of the main organizers said Joann Cataldo, professor of communication studies, directed him to Paula Bennett in the Office of Planning, Research and Intuitional Effectiveness for more information and to start a petition. “We got the form and got a bunch of petitions going. Getting people to sign it with their ID number. We got close to 800 in three days,” said Johosky. The group wants to present the petitions and speak out at the next Board of Trustees meeting, as well as propose an idea that would give them smoking areas still on campus, but not directly affecting students. “We want to have at least four smoking areas on campus with ashtrays and a bench, and we want to be responsible to make sure they are cleaned up,” said Karrie Richards, an-

other student advocating for the smokers. The biggest contender with the proposal is the Administrative Procedure 3570, which states that “no cigarette urns will be placed on District property.” Campus smokers claim they never want to smoke in peoples’ faces and state that part of the request is for the campus to set up designated smoking locations that would allow them to smoke without their habit being forced on other people. “We don’t like blowing our smoke on people who don’t want to smoke, we would like our own area and not be forced to smoke in front of them,” said Johosky. If the new revisions pass, the group is concerned about the time between classes to go run off campus for a quick smoke break. Group members said this enforcement would impact getting to school on time.

by amanda sarisky


BURNED OUT: The individuals who smoke near Shima use empty energy drink cans as ashtrays since the campus doesn’t provide a place to dump ashes.

“A lot of people who are out there are smoking between class, after class, before class,” said Johosky.

UNITY: Students use personal experiences to inform others Student Courtney Baldwin, continued from PAGE 1 emotional abuse she faced with bravely approached the microfamily and her partner at the time. phone and told of a life starting “They traumatize you, and with drug-addicted parents and leading into an you’re not able abusive relationto do anything,” 24-HOUR HOTLINE ship, and later she said. “They Domestic Violence: prostitution. hurt your feel(209) 465-4878 “You never ings and try to know what you’re make them- Stockton hotline: going to get in selves higher (209) 942-2611 Lodi hotline: life,” she said. “It than you are.” (209) 368-3406 scared me but As if to exI’m still here, still plain to the standing.” crowd about her Baldwin paused a few times, relationship with her former partner, apologizing and telling the aushe continued: “I was blinded by dience she had never shared her love. Everything was all about her.” Sanchez’s said her success was story before. She ended on a positive note, being able to get a good job and contributing much of her success a good partner in the end.

in creating a new life for herself and starting college, with the help she got from organizations like the Women’s Center. “It’s a lot easier, because I see a brighter future for myself,” Baldwin said. “I don’t have to lay on my back for money. It’s not hard to get out there and do what’s right.” For those who may be still struggling with domestic violence or dealing with any other crises in life, the organizations present at Unity Day unanimously urge people to seek out their services. “Some people don’t want to go out and talk about it – and you need to talk about it,” said Yusufzai. “If you hold it in, it keeps continuing.”

On Sept. 14, inside the crowded Atherton Auditorium on the grounds of San Joaquin Delta College, 56 members of Delta College’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) program graduated from the nine-month program. The program is designed to train cadets for the responsibilities that come with being a peace officer. Throughout the program, academy members endure rigorous testing and training. Cadets must not only be able to prove they are mentally prepared to become a peace officer — but must also show physical strength and endurance as well. Physical challenges also include exercises with pepper spray. Recent program grad and now Tuolumne County Sheriff Bryan Fox said most cadets felt the running and wall climbing was the most difficult physical activity. Along with the physical testing, the academic testing is very important as well. “Cadets who score lower than 80 percent on a written exam are dismissed from the program,” said POST Academy Coordinator Bruce Able. “There is a statewide requirement that states that cadets must score at least 80 percent in order to remain in the program.” David Main, Director of Police Services and Public Safety, said cadets can be dropped from the program for various reasons, including failing a driving test or written exam. Main also said that cadets are offered a remediation exam but if the cadet fails “he or she will be dismissed from the program,” Able also said one of the more difficult portions of the written testing is report writing. Fox found the time management required especially hard to maintain alongside a regular job. Throughout the nine-month program, members meet five days a week, and spend a total of 913 hours training and studying to become a peace officer. Many students drop from the program due to the intense required hours. “The time commitment involved is tremendous both physically and mentally,” said Main. Upon completion of the academy, cadets are able to start working as officers, deputies and sheriffs throughout cities in California. At the graduation ceremony it was announced that Stockton, Modesto, Lodi, Tuolumne County and the San Joaquin County Sheriffs had hired 19 cadets including Fox. Able said 30 percent of cadets are hired after graduation. If a cadet is not hired within three years of graduation, the cadet must re-enter the academy if he still wish to pursue a peace officer career. “Just because someone wants to become a peace officer, it doesn’t mean they can do it,” Able said. “The biggest thing about being a peace officer is that you have to be there to serve others not yourself.”

Measure A, B could offer solutions to Stockton’s debt, criminal issues by hannah stevens

Stockton voters will have some very important decisions to make on the upcoming November ballot. If approved, Measure A will raise sales taxes in the city of Stockton 3/4 of a cent. Measure B gives voters the chance to give their opinion on what the Measure A tax raise will be used for. A “Yes” on Measure B voices the opinion that voters would, or would not like, 65 percent of the funds to go towards paying for law enforcement and crime prevention services. The remaining 35 percent would refill the cities general fund, in an effort to end bankruptcy. “The proposed transactions and use (sales) tax is a general tax because the City can use the tax revenue for any legal municipal purpose. As explained in the ballot

question, the City may use the tax revenue for public safety services (including ‘Stockton’s Marshall Plan on Crime’), parks maintenance, library services, roadway and street-tree maintenance, and other governmental purposes, including payment of lawful debts.” According to city attorney John Luebberke’s analysis of Measure A on the ballot. This means that the city can legally use the funds for any legal purpose, even if measure B is passed. The city can legally put a measure, like Measure B, on the ballot to get voter opinion on an issue. “The results of this advisory vote are not controlling on the City, but may prove helpful in communicating the will of the voters to the City Council when making decisions concerning how funds from Measure A will be spent,” according to Luebberke. One student said the city can’t be trusted.

“Regardless of if it gets passed or not, the city is going to use it for what they want. Unless it’s in writing, in a legally binding document, I personally wouldn’t trust city of Stockton. As a student, I would rather take my chances paying taxes as they are. I don’t trust the city” said Daniel Martinez, 19, a Delta College student. A post on Mayor Anthony Silva’s Facebook reassured voters and residents. “As ‘The Peoples Mayor’ you can be guaranteed that I will keep a close eye on this tax revenue if it passes. It will be spent on police and economic recovery and that is it!” the post said. Sergeant Geff Greenwood of the campus police said if both measures pass the campus will become safer by “reducing the number of crimes that happen around the perimeter of the campus, that tend to spill over onto the campus.”

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 11, 2013  

Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 11, 2013  

Issue 3 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.