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Delta’s police department is doing everything in its power to keep the campus safe and secure for the students. Recently, there have been arrests weekly, if not once a day. The latest arrest was Michael Kelly, Jr., 41, of Stockton. On Oct. 27, officers responded to calls of a suspicious male on campus. He was found to be in possession of an illegal knife and marijuana. He was transported to San Joaquin County Jail on felony weapons charges. Delta officer Geff Greenwood, said that when looking for suspicious people they mainly look for: “People wandering the lots with no backpacks/not following the normal class patterns, people with gang tattoos or gang related clothing, people in areas where people do not normally travel, people who have no logical reason to be on campus, people hanging around the same area for long periods of

time with no apparent reason.” He said these reasons do not give them reason to detain the person, but it helps officers make a consensual contact. This contact often develops into reasonable suspicion to detain or probable cause to arrest the suspicious person. Delta’s campus is an “open campus.” Members of the public can enter campus as long as they have business here. When students are walking to cars and walking through stairways, the best thing to do is pay attention to things/situations that are suspicious. Always trust instincts and call campus police at (209) 9545000 or pick up any blue phone and report the incident. The Delta police force makes arrests simply because people take the time to call. “We do lots of things to deter crime. One of the most effective is simply being visible to those who would do criminal acts on campus,” said Greenwood. “The other is making sure we catch

LREA celebrates Day of the Dead with breakfast and scholarship event Zombie survival guide Page 5

UPCOMING St. Joseph’s Half Marathon & 5 K Run 7:30 a.m. Oct. 21, Stockton Hilton Delta’s 4th Annual DREAM Symposium 5:30 - 8 p.m. Nov. 5 Danner Hall



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Hispanic culture and education collide on Nov. 1 as Delta’s La Raza Employees Association (LREA) hosts a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Scholarship Breakfast. From 7:30 to noon, in the Danner Hall’s Mustang Room, students, staff and faculty members will enjoy Latin cuisine such as pan dulce, pozole, tamales and hot chocolate or coffee with the purchase of a $10 ticket. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the La Raza Employees Association Scholarship. “The scholarship is for delta students. Both graduating seniors and continuing students,” said Ariana Gonzalez, Outreach & Community Relations and LREA member. “Our mission is to support Latino students and continuing their education. But when you’re looking at the success rates of students here at Delta College [and] in general across the state, Latinos are less likely to graduate. So it’s is one way to help.” Having the event held on the Day of the Dead, Gonzalez hopes to stimulate students with Hispanic backgrounds. “Some traditions are lost. Like Día de los Muertos, people don’t know what that means and so our scholarship breakfast is a way not only to raise awareness, but to bring people together,” said Gonzalez. The association will also commemorate professors and students who have passed away. Art donated by local artists will also be auctioned off with

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SAFETY: Top, campus police officers outside Holt center after a Board of Trustees meeting. Bottom, Sergeant Mario Vasquez heading to a call.

and convict those who break the law. The word gets out that this is not a safe place to commit crimes. Criminals will commit criminal acts where they feel they will not be caught. We try very hard to send the message that we will catch them and we will prosecute them.”

ASBG to open food pantry by valerie smith

The Delta College Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) has recently announced plans to open a food pantry next semester. In preparation for this ASBG is hosting a turkey drive for Thanksgiving in hopes of giving away 75 donated turkey’s to students in need. To pledge a turkey donation, forms are accepted in the ASBG office, as well as student activities and online at The deadline to pledge is Oct. 31. Students interested in signing up to receive a turkey may do so beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. Turkeys will be distributed on Nov. 20. The food pantry idea was originally pitched by former Senator of College and Community Relations Mark Smith and has recently come to light due to ASBG Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth

Landa. A fall food drive is currently being hosted, and accepting all non-perishable food items from Oct. 6-Dec. 6. Non-perishables can be donated in the ASBG office in Shima 101F and Student Activities Office Shima 101C. Promoting student health and wellness for currently enrolled Delta students is the main drive for the founding of the pantry. Not only will this help students, it will also help families access ingredients for a healthy, well-balanced meals. According to the ASBG website the pantry vision statement is “to ensure no student goes hungry because of a lack of income or access to food.” Students with valid student identification will be allowed access to the food pantry on distribution days. An online in-take form is required to receive distributions. All information is available at



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tockton is a scary place. The city is bankrupt. The police department is cutting back resources. We hear about muggings, robberies and homicides everyday near places that are close to home. So it’s no wonder that when we go to a campus located in Stockton our minds are set in a world of crime. It always feels like someone is watching us in the dark, waiting to get us when we are most vulnerable. In support of our paranoia, we always hear about crime committed on campus. It would appear crime is on the rise. Ask any student about it he or she would probably tell you that the incidents on campus were getting worse.

WHO’S WATCHING US? But if anyone were to go through the crime reports they would see that this campus isn’t any worse than it was in the past three years. Truth be told, the ones who are watching us aren't the scary burglars hiding behind bushes, but are the men and women of our campus police. The reason we hear more about crime is because of the department’s effort to report incidents through the use of campus-wide emails and Facebook updates. The men and women who protect us also take up an assertive presence on campus by questioning those who appear to be "suspicious." Some students might feel this is unfair,

but the accuracy of this procedure can't be replaced. Experienced officers know what to look for, and if you aren't guilty of anything than what have you to hide? In these cases safety is more paramount to comfort. It's easy to blame campus police for every sexual assault and burglary that happens at Delta. The department is using every resource it has. Those rare spaces where crime always prevails isn't a result of lazy officers, but a reflection budget limitations creates for us all. Because of the department’s excellent ability to do more with so little, The Collegian thanks the campus police for the hard work keeping Delta College from becoming like the rest of Stockton.

THE COLLEGIAN — FALL 2012 Editor/opinion editor James Striplin

Entertainment/sports editor Christopher Howze

Staff Christian Covarrubias Victoria Davila Elizabeth Fields Michael Johnson Sean Mendoza Araceli Montano Karina Ramirez Heidi Sharp Valerie Smith Devin Valdez

Copy editor Haley Pitto

Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

News editor Brian Ratto Feature/online editor Justin Tristano

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

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



Issue 4 • Oct. 19, 2012 •

Former convicts still punished by society by james striplin

“I don’t know how to live out here,” my parolee uncle said as he smoked in the backyard, watching the day go by. If someone were to tally up all the years he has been alive, at least a quarter of those years would be behind bars. Every scar on his body proves it. Every tattoo describes it. Learning about his difficulties transitioning from life inside to the outside world made me realize society has an unfair outlook on the realities of life beyond bars. This isn’t a problem that affects a select few people. Instead it affects everyone, because prisons are no longer a center for punishment. Instead, prisons have become a training ground for aggressive behavior, violent outbreaks and emotional scarring. When an individual is put in that situation how do you expect them to act when they're released? I’m sure most people see the perils of prison; we watch it on television, read it in books and find it on the web, but I think the assumption is that life after prison continues even after being released. There’s a notion that a happy ending will eventually occur for these people, scenes such as the one in the ‘Shawshank Redemption’ when Red is going to find Andy fixing a boat in Mexico. The reality is that a lack of skill-building programs offered in prisons has left many released from prison in a wayward stupor. Former inmates lack the skills to make it in the


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“real world” and often resort to old habits in order to survive. In fact, about 65 percent of inmates let out between 2006 and 2007 returned in three years according to the 2011 Adults Institutions Outcome Evaluation Report. This certainly doesn't help prisons being filled to the brim with convicts, which was aided by the 1994 Three Strike Law, voted into law by selfrighteous California voters. Maybe the issue is that we don't consider people who commit crimes to be people, which may explain our relentless effort to make these facilities into hellholes. First, we support the death penalty which is justified in our minds because it shrinks the amount of people we can jam into cells. Then, we want cut backs on programs that not only help inmates after prison find work, but also help fund and maintain these prisons. The worst part is, I think a lot of people know what I’m talking about. We’re aware of the problem, we just don't have the time or means to care. How long can we wait before it becomes our problem? Prison is no longer a correctional facility, it breaks more than it fixes. Everyday it releases the delinquent pupils it creates back into society. Incarceration is a machine that seeks to financially secure itself while giving the illusion it is protecting society from monsters, the very same monsters it produces. My uncle is not alone in his troubles, lost in a world that hates him by default and judges him for what he has done years ago. Even though he has served his time, he is still being punished by a society that doesn’t care.



here’s nothing I enjoy more than a good movie. However, the last time I went to see one at the local theater my time and money were wasted. Don’t get me wrong. The movie was great, what I could hear or see of it that is. There happened to be the most obnoxious group of girls behind my mother and I. Obnoxious doesn’t even begin to cover their behavior. These girls wouldn’t know theatre etiquette if it smacked them upside the head. From the beginning they were loud, hyper and had the maturity of a two year old on Pixy Stix. Before the movie even began they were already kicking my seat, throwing popcorn and gabbing at the top of their lungs about their leg hair they had not shaved in more than a week. Yes, because that’s what I wanted to go to the movies for; I wanted to hear about the amount of leg hair needed to knit a sweater. You would think once the movie began they would quiet themselves and sit there watching, but sadly they did not. On the upside if I happened to be hard of hearing these girls rehashed everything that went on word for word. After all that broadcasting they must have been parched because two of them sucked their soda pop down to the last drop and you could hear that too.

After all that slurping I learned something new from these ever so lovely ladies. Apparently you pay $10 to go pee 50 times in the middle of the movie and disrupt everyone missing half of the storyline yourself. Isn’t that just so wonderful? I didn’t think so. After the girls had sufficiently ruined ¾ of the movie I thought I was in the clear. I was wrong. One of these girls had “sexy and I know it,” or so as their ringtone sang. “So what” by P!nk may have been more appropriate because at that point I wanted to start a fight. Why didn’t I get a worker to kick them out you ask? Oh I did. Four. Times. Apparently these zoo animals were friends with the theatre staff. At the end of the movie I almost ran out just to escape them. If anyone ever wondered what hell is like, well I think I’ve summed it up. So people if you or your friends, your parents, your boyfriend/girlfriend, etc. are anything like this I suggest you disown them. Honestly, what’s wrong with people?


10 Percent

with brian ratto

Columnist finds life is a drag, in a good way


s I learned more about the LGBTQ+ community I discovered drag. Drag is the art of female impersonation. When a gay man portrays himself as a woman with the use of a wig, make-up and elaborate feminine costumes for entertainment, he is a drag queen. After a year of thought, I became interested in drag performance. I have begun to work with my friend Sondra on my drag persona. As a drag queen herself, she helps me transform myself into my persona while teaching me make-up, hair and costuming tips along the way. She is my drag mother. A drag mother is someone who mentors an up and coming drag queen, in the art of illusion. Sondra has been doing drag since the 1980s when she was in high school. While I was afraid to come out my first two years of high school, she was not. She was out and proud in high school and lived her life in drag. I am not going to be living my life in drag, but I will be performing in drag for fun. The courage it took for Sondra to go in drag, and not care what others think is one reason I am interested in drag. I love her for that. While in drag, and out of drag, I hope to learn that confidence. In drag I will be going by a name given to me by Sondra I will also take her family name as my last name, much like any actual family name. The family that I am a part of is “St. James.” As a St. James, my persona will be a strong person, who doesn’t care what people think, and is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. I will be performing as a more elegant queen, one that wears ball gowns and fancy dresses, the glitz and glam much like a pageant contestant. Recently drag has hit the main stream with RuPaul’s Drag Race competition. Drag Race is a reality television show that drag performers compete for a prize and the title of “Drag Superstar” for that year. These queens have either been doing drag for awhile or are novice but they learn different techniques through the show. The show is entertaining, but not something I would want to do. I am very interested in drag for the opportunity to give back to my community. Through drag, I can help raise money for charity groups. Many performers are members of non-profit organizations known as an Imperial Court. As I learn the art of drag, I hope to be a more well-rounded person, that is able to help the fight for equal rights, and help change my community for the better.



Issues of festive taste Revealing costimes empower women, not objectify the body by karina ramirez


Weddings, prom, quinceañeras – special occasions in a woman’s life where she is allowed to wear elaborate gowns and be the center of attention. However, these only happen only once in a lifetime, PRO (normally). But luckily there is a day that happens every year, where women can rejoice in glitter and mini tutus. That day is Halloween. That’s the one day every year women get to wear what they want, no matter how scandalous it may be. To be revealing is the point. For 364 days we girls are covered head to toe, hiding the gorgeousness our mother;s blessed us with. So is it a crime that for a night we can run around in corsets and fishnets? Those critical of us are mistaken. It is not risque , it is sexy. It’s okay for us to embrace

what we have and put it out there (I am woman, hear me roar, anyone?). Dressing-up as a witch now is completely different from the witch we were at 12 years old. Today’s witch has knee high boots. But it is not debasement, it is sexually liberating, the signal of growing up. Besides, that is the point of Halloween. To dress up and pretend, transforming oneself. Some may argue that it makes women appear as sexual objects, or attention whores. Call it what you may, but the reality is – we are releasing our inner femme fatale. Smart women dress up for other women, not for men. We compete, we compliment, that simple. And there is something empowering about dressing up as Catwoman or Wonder Woman, even if it is considered skimpy. It shows people we are not afraid to explore our seductiveness and our feminist inputs. So with great pride, flaunt the smokey eye and wear the platforms. Get on the prowl, because this night comes only once a year.

Showing less leaves more to the imagination by elizabeth fields

In my opinion, women misuse Halloween. Dressing like a prostitute is not attractive and I don’t know who would tell you otherwise. Growing up in a Catholic home my parents would never have allowed me to dress risqué like the young women do today. Do women really want CON to be viewed as sexual objects? Don’t girls want that “Notebook” love? Did Katniss Everdeen dress like a prostitute on Wilson Way? No. She dressed modestly and still looked beautiful. Women seem to forget that they can still dress up and look gorgeous without revealing all to the world. Believe it or not men find it more attractive when less is revealed and anticipation and the imagination take hold.

Walking into a Halloween store is now like walking through a lingerie shop. It’s really sad. The whole idea of Halloween being fun and scary has turned into who can show the most skin and dress the sexiest. It’s tragic that women feel the need to dress so provocative. Nobody wants to see your (probably rolls) of a stomach and your breasts squished together. The only person who will find that attractive is a dog. And trust me, nobody wants a dog. And for those of you that think, “Well I’m hot so there’s no problem.” Wrong. Emphatically, unquestionably wrong. We have enough fake super-models in the world. You’re not going to be one of them. Keep your clothes on. It’d be nice if these girls had some dignity. It truly says a lot more about your actual beauty if a girl can look smoking hot without letting it all hanging out. PS: Do you really want to freeze your butt off on Halloween?

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Surfer bums, babes and beatniks part of campus Shakespeare aesthetic overhaul by chris howze

A Shakespeare production begins today at Delta College, with the debut of “As You Like It.” Shakespeare’s works have lasted throughout the centuries thanks to its incredible writing. No matter how many re-imaginings and twists it takes, the text is still there. Theatre Director Harvey Jordan has followed tradition and shifted the setting from the English courts and serene forests to the realm of 1960s Mad Menesque corporate America and beach surfer culture. He decided to put on “As You Like It” during one of the last performances of Delta’s recent “Return to the Forbidden Planet,” which was also a play on Shakespeare classic, “The Tempest.” Jordan said the concept and setting

would be college friendly. The beach films of the 1960s it draws inspiration from were themselves pastoral romances. “As You Like It” is one of the progenitor romantic comedies, involving multiple love triangles, brothers at odds with each other, wrestling matches, cross dressing and a morally loose court jester. The piece transfers over with ease with the only logistical problems being in changing all references to the forest to ones of the beach and ocean. The story stays about escaping the artifice and noise of the big city to the more laid back simplicity. It’s a return to nature as it is. The show plays at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call (209) 946-5110.

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Zompacalypse: How to avoid being undead chow by chris howze

With a new season of the wildly popular show “The Walking Dead,” a new “Resident Evil” movie and game and 5K zombie-themed races popping up all across the nation (including locally in Tracy) it appears that zombies have infected more than its would be victims, but rather pop culture itself. Part of the appeal of this sub genre of horror is the survivalist fantasy that it constantly presents. What if the dead decided to get all uppity in their graves. What would we do to stop them? With a little help from valuable resources such as Max Brooks “Zombie Survival Guide” and Columbus’s own Rule book from the movie “Zombieland” we’ve compiled an abridged guide to survive a potential zombie outbreak. PLAN AN ESCAPE Whenever someone starts fantasizing their personal survival plan it usually involves raiding the local sporting goods store, arming ones self to the tooth than fortifying in a mall,Target or location that is open and easy to get in and out of. That plan is nice and dandy, but it’s also going to be the first thing to come to everyone else’s mind. Zombies, if anything are

consistent. They are slow, dim and single minded. Humans, on the other hand, are a different story. Movies don’t make the living the true danger just to evoke social commentary. Other people can be a threat to you more than the zombies ever will. KNOW YOUR RESOURCES The San Joaquin Valley puts us in a natural disadvantage. Stockton in particular, would most likely fall to an outbreak within 72 hours. Considering downtown’s increased night life and the first attacks and infection being buried under the noise of it’s constant crime. All the surrounding areas would succumb quicker than you think within the panic. Most people would flee in hopes of getting off the main land through the Bay Area. This would be a sure death sentence, with many others attempting the same thing, and many would be already bitten or full on infected. Interstate 5 and Highway 99 would be nothing but an impacted bottled in trap. On top of that in all rationale the outbreak would most likely be at its strongest at such a strong city of commerce and small tight streets such as San Francisco. One point about the valley that is missed is that what we may lack in natural fortification we make up for in our


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rich agricultural base. The farm land outside the cities is distanced enough from the populous that the infected congestion should be manageable. If forced to find shelter within a larger city; keep a low profile, keep quiet, find a strong two story house and destroy the staircase. You can climb, they can’t. Remember that no place is safe, just safer. ARMAMENT AND FORTIFICATION Double taps and boom sticks! According to Hollywood the ultimate weapons of zombie mass destruction would be a double-barrel shot gun and a chainsaw. While both sound fantastic all they truly do is weigh you down and advertise your location and presence something fierce. Remember blades and bludgeons do not need reloading and are quiet. That’s vital to the situation at hand and because lightsabers don’t exist your best bet would be a katana or trust trejo approved machete. Optimal firearms would be small caliber rifles, that are low on weight and stop an itchy trigger finger. Wear leather and tight fitting clothes along with a short haircut, that way there’s nothing to some walker to grasp at or sink their teeth easily into.

MOVIES OF THE DEAD Here is a list of some movies involving zombies to help you get into the living dead mood. Night of the Living Dead (1968): The one that started it all. The original black and white classic, still the scariest of director George Romero’s zombie saga. A 1990 remake of the flick has a great reference to Stockton. Dawn of the Dead (1979): Many people consider this the greatest zombie film ever made. It follows four souls who hunker down in a mall for refuge during the undead uprising. Romero’s sequel is full of gore, comedy and brilliant social commentary. Even the 2004 remake is quite good, showing the strength of the original concept. Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1979): This Italian film capitalized on the success of “Dawn,” even going so far as claiming itself a sequel. While it’s nowhere near as good, it makes up with incredibly intense gore, an awesome score and the now infamous Zombie vs. Shark scene. Return of the Living Dead (1985): If anything, this Punk Rock-fueled farce is the movie to set the whole “zombies want your brains” trope. Day of the Dead (1985): The final film of Romero’s original trilogy lacks the bite of it’s predecessors on first watch. It really grows on you with it’s incredible effects and concept that in the end the undead might contain more humanity than we would. Dead Alive (1993): Before he went on to make the brilliant Lord of the Rings Trilogy, director Peter Jackson graces audiences with quite possibly the goriest movie ever made. Shaun of the Dead (2004): By far the funniest of the films on this list. Edgar Wright’s poking love letter to the genre mocks and embraces while still delivering all the gore and commentary we’ve come to expect



Issue 4 • Oct. 19, 2012 •

Musical Legacy at Delta College receives Outstanding Arts Award by valerie smith

Arthur J. Holton II (Sr.) and Arthur J.Holton III (Jr.) are receiving the Outstanding Arts Educator Award from the Stockton Arts Commission, used to distinguish educators in the arts community. The elder Holton will be honored posthumously. Holton Jr. is a man of many hats within the music community at Delta College as conductor, director of bands, coordinator of Applied Studies, applied clarinet instructor and music professor. It is his eleventh year teaching at Delta, but he packs 39 years under his belt in music education. He has held positions on numerous non-profit music boards, such as president of the San Joaquin County Music Educators Association, California Band of Directors and many other state and local office positions. These foundations and boards help continue musical education. He also helped in the founding of Stockton Concert

Band, which has been a part of Stockton’s musical community since 1987. Holton Sr. established the music program at Delta, which includes the symphonic band and choir. Holton Sr. also helped found the Stockton Opera Association, Stockton Ballet Association and founded the Stockton Chorale. Together the father and son have 73 years of teaching. Holton Sr. first started playing clarinet in the fourth grade, which sparked his interest in music as a career. “I just like music,” said Holton Jr. Holton Jr.’s wife Kathy Holton is also a music educator. They attended college together at San Jose State University, and were both music majors. They worked together at Lincoln Unified for 21 years, and continue to collaborate on many of their musical endeavors. “I think it’s important to have a spouse that appreciates what you do and also partakes in what you do,” says Holton Jr. The dedication Holton Jr. has

Art, gift fair coming in Nov. by brian ratto

Looking for a place to purchase gifts for the upcoming holiday? Check out the San Joaquin Delta Fashion Club’s Art and Gift Fair. Going on Nov. 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Danner Hall.

Vendors from around the area will be selling goods ranging from clothing and jewelry to home décor. Students learn how to work on marketing and professional event production, according to Delta fashion student, Alyssa Gibson, in a previous Collegian article.

Company hosts dance workshop by araceli montano

The Stockton Delta Dance Company is hosting its 4th Annual Dance Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Atherton Auditorium. The Dance workshop welcomes everyone ages 13 and up with different dance backgrounds and levels. There will have a variety of dance styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Salsa, Polynesian, Hip Hop, Sumba, and West African. “Stockton is a small city,” said Valerie GnassounouBynoe, dance instructor at Delta College. “The workshop will bring positive influ-

ence from different places for students to experience what dance is really about.” Kim Epifano from San Francisco Trolley Dances will be one of many instructors at the workshop along with Christina Day from Core Dance Collective in Sacramento and other incredible groups of instructors. General admission is $30 for non-students and $25 for students. “It’s an outreach to the students, dancers, and what to be dancers to come whether you’re beginner or advance and try different dance styles,” added Valerie. For more information contact Valerie at

to his students is remarkable. “I call it payback,” he says in regards to his contributions to Delta’s music students. “The process then the concert, to see the kids and adults both enjoying what they are doing and have accomplished,” said Holton Jr. The band holds four concerts a year, their next upcoming concert will be held in December He has not yet chosen the pieces to be played, but states, “it is an evolutionary process.” He likes to keep his students challenged, and also likes to make sure they enjoy playing the pieces he chooses. Holton Jr. carries on his father’s legacy at Delta and in the San Joaquin Valley and has formed his own legacy instilling musical education to the students here on campus. He enjoys what he does both as an instructor and player of music. PHOTO BY VALERIE SMITH A ceremony honoring the Holtons will be held at the Hag- MAKING MUSIC: Art Holton Jr. conducting a rehearsal of the gin Museum on Saturday, Oct. 80-plus member Stockton Concert Band prior to the Tuesday, Oct. 16 concert. 20, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.



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Mustangs continue to defy critics by christian covarrubias

Despite being underestimated, the Mustangs continue to silence the critics. Last weekend’s game against the higher-ranked American River College (ARC) may have been the most important game for the program so far. The Mustangs demonstrated teamwork and mental focus throughout the game, which led to a 31-14 victory. The California Community Colleges Football Coaching Association favored American River not only to win this game but also to win the Valley Conference. The victory has made a huge statement to people throughout California, leaving teams fearful that Delta’s confidence could grow stronger. Offensive weapon De’Marieya Nelson has been key to the team’s success. With his knowledge of the game and 6’3” 230-pound build he can play nearly any offensive position including running back, quarterback, tight end and wide receiver. “I have faith in my team, if we keep growing stronger together and playing hard until the final second it is going to be hard for other teams to not see us as big competitors,” said Nelson. Nelson led the team in rushing with 131 yards and averaging 6.9 yards a carry during the match against ARC. He showed versatility, pulling in multiple catches from the tight end and wide receiver position, averaging 7.2-yards a catch. Nelson’s ability to consistently put points on the scoreboard has helped him obtain 5th rank in scoring within

For the first time in five years Delta College women’s golf team won first place in the Big 8 Conference match on Sept. 20, at Table Mountain Golf Course in Oroville. The team continues to stay strong tying first place on Oct. 4 with Sacramento City College with the score of 337. Last week, Delta again won first



JACK OF ALL TRADES: De’Marieya Nelson rushes past the opposition during the Oct. 13 home game.

the conference. “Hard work pays off, so I want to work even harder to lead my team in the best direction for the future,” said Nelson. As a team, Delta has surpassed expectations this season, by averaging 35.5 points a game and protecting their 5-1 record placing them first in the conference. The next home game is against powerhouse Fresno City College at 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 at DeRicco Field.

place at the Big 8 conference at Kennedy Park Golf Course in Napa scoring 353 followed by Napa Valley College with a team score of 356. “It’s rewarding to see these girls advance because some of them join the team with little to no experience about the sport,” said Coach Tony Troncale, who has 30 years of experience as a PGA professional golfer. Trocale has been coaching the women’s golf team for five years, as well as the men’s golf team for seven

years. “Being a PGA professional golfer, I want to be able to teach these athletes to become better players,” said Trocale. The team’s goal is to stay focused. Trocale will continue to get the team ready for the Nor Cal Regional Tournament in November with hopes of advancing to the state championships. The next home match will be on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at Swenson Park Golf Course in Stockton.

Bay Area baseball teams rocking postseason by devin valdez

Making it to Major League Baseball postseason is a dream come true for local Bay Area teams, the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. The last time the A’s saw a postseason game was about six years ago, while the Giants won the 2010 World Series, and are hoping to have a similar outcome this season. The A’s clinched the team’s playoff spot after beating out the first place Texas Rangers. Although just this past week on Oct 11, the A’s season ended in the American League Division Series

Justice comes down upon Sandusky by sean mendoza

Delta women’s golf makes program history by araceli montano


(ALDS) against Detroit, the A’s have nothing to be upset about. With a season record of 94-68, and the title of AL West Champions, the A’s put to rest any scrutiny previously made about their team, and showed the world heart for the game, making the team deserving contenders. The Giants, also celebrating a great season so far, and are still contending and hungry to continue the success. On Oct 11, the Giants advanced to the Nation League Championship Series (NLCS) after overcoming an 0-2 series beginning and making a 180-degree, winning three straight games in a row. The Giants are the second team

in history to comeback from a 0-2 standing and completimg with three straight on-the-road wins. The Giants’ advancement was made complete in the 5th game after Buster Posey hit a Grand Slam, to take the 6-4 win. After defeating Cincinnati, San Francisco clinched a spot in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) which began Oct. 14 against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco. Both Bay Area teams played fearlessly and with a lot of heart this season. Continue to watch the rest of the playoffs and see where the Giants end up on the road to the World Series.

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was finally sentenced 30-60 years in prison on Oct. 9. He was found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He was convicted of molesting 10 boys in a 15-year period. Some witnesses claimed Sandusky used his charitable organization for troubled children as a means to lure victims. Judge John Cleland was responsible for Sandusky’s sentence. Cleland noted Sandusky is dangerous and will abuse the trust of young boys. Sandusky cannot be released on parole due to a Pennsylvania law before the sentence’s minimum term is reached. Sandusky’s arrest last year truly changed the way he was known and looked at by the people that admired him. He went from an outstanding defensive coach for the football team that everyone respected, to a person hated by a good percentage of the country. Sandusky still stands behind his claim of innocence and plans to appeal the conviction. Eight of the victims were in attendance during the trial and explained some of the disturbing acts Sandusky made towards them. The claims ranged from oral sex to anal intercourse. One of the most controversial witnesses was former graduate assistant Mike McQueary who said he saw Sandusky forcing himself on a little boy in the locker room showers. Sandusky declined all those accusations. “I’ve forgiven, I’ve been forgiven. I’ve comforted others, I’ve been comforted. I’ve been kissed by dogs, I’ve been bit by dogs,” Sandusky said. “I’ve conformed, I’ve also been different. I’ve been me. I’ve been loved, I’ve been hated,” Sandusky said after the sentencing. The Jerry Sandusky case didn’t just hurt his and his family’s name but it truly destroyed the Penn State Football program Legendary coach Joe Paterno was forced to step down after a 45-year tenure as head coach. Paterno was punished by the NCAA for keeping everything he knew about what Sandusky did a secret, and persuading NCAA officials not to report Sandusky in 2001. The NCAA decided to vacate all of Penn State’s victories from 1998-2011 which put a dent on Paterno’s legacy as he went from the second winningest coach to the twelfth. Penn State football is no longer considered one of the powerhouses in the nation, recruits have uncommitted from attending the school due to the violations it received and the hurt image brought by Sandusky. Paterno died earlier this year on Jan. 22 due to lung cancer.



Issue 4 • Oct. 19, 2012 •

Program promotes student involvement by mary david

Learn, Explore, Advocate and Discuss. (L.E.A.D), the new program on campus is giving students the opportunity to share their opinions and take part in the decisions at Delta, from the cost of parking to the courses offered on campus. Aja Butler, the Students Activities director and founder of L.E.A.D, spoke to the Collegian about her role in the program, as well as the goals. “L.E.A.D is a training program that I started to recruit students and train them to serve on shared governance committees,� said Butler. Shared governance committees are essentially a system that ensures the involvement of students in the community college decision making process. Moreover, Butler shared that the overall goal of L.E.A.D is “to make sure that students are better prepared to serve on committees.� This is done by orientations and trainings which explain how the college works. The other goal of the program is “to engage more students in the shared governance process, be-

cause right now we don’t have enough students serving on committees,� said Butler. Butler takes pride in the formalization that the program has created for the appointment of students on committees. There are many perks to being a part of the program. Not only is there enhancement of leadership and communication skills, but students are recognized at the student body government ceremony. Volunteer hours are included, depending on the committee. In order to apply for the program, students must be enrolled in at least five semester units and have at least a 2.0 grade-point average. Applications will start up mid October. Furthermore, students are able to chose from 30 shared governance committees. Butler highly recommends this program to students who want to get involved in their college. “Students need to understand that they do have a voice and they can be out there creating positive change. If you see something you don’t like, you need to get involved,� said Butler For more information, visit

Son of legend performs on campus by michael johnson

Music listeners filled seats in the Auditorium on Oct. 11 and 13, as Stockton Symphony Conductor Peter Jaffe led the symphony in an arrangement of classical music. The performance was part of the Brubeck Mini-Festival, which featured ageless masterpieces by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and showcased the talents of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. The first half of the concert highlighted the quartet’s eccentric style with songs that fused jazz, blues, folk, funk, pop, and classical music styles. It also included a cameo from the man himself, Chris Brubeck. The laid-back Brubeck gave a stunning performance as he presented the world premiere of his new song “Adventure.� Brubeck is the son of noted jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. Brubeck has headlined years of successful orchestral concerts. His most innovative work being the Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, which he performed at the Stockton symphony last week. The second half consisted of more traditional pieces from Patrushka composed by Igor Stravinsky, which required a larger orchestra provided by the Stockton Symphony to bring that “live concert sound.� The next event will be the Beethoven Bash from Nov. 15-17 at Atherton Auditorium.

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profits going directly to the scholarship fund. LREA faculty members are required to donate at least $50 a year towards the scholarship. “They do it because it’s important for students to continue their education, to buy books

[and] pay for tuition. Whatever it is that they need that money for to be a successful student,� said Gonzalez. The scholarship is aimed specifically at full-time Latino students with at least a 2.5 gradepoint average.








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The Collegian -- Oct. 19, 2012  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.

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