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Issue 4 • Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 •



Former Delta College student and football standout Sam Mafi died on Oct. 9 due to heart transplant complications. “I think he was waiting for my mom and dad to come to the hospital and I think he was ready,” said Elenor Mafi, Sam’s sister and a former member of The Collegian staff.

Sam Mafi had developed his heart condition not long after transferring from Delta to Utah State University, where he grew sick. Elenor theorizes that event kicked off his heart problems. “I think the weather changed. He was going from California to Utah, which is really cold. We’re not sure if it was pneumonia or something, but that’s how his heart got affected,” said Elenor. A major part of Mafi’s life was

football, which he began for football as it was playing when he young. no longer safe for “Football was literalhim to play. ly Sam’s whole live. He Mafi’s first heart grew up with Football, transplant would take playing in little league… place Oct. 4, 2014. until he stopped, unDespite his heart til he was told that he problems, Mafi kept couldn’t play anymore. his passion for footThat broke his heart but SAM MAFI ball alive. he passed it onto these While his growing little kids and especially his lit- health problems forced him to tle brother,” said Elenor. take a knee as a player on the The growing heart problems field, he took up the mantle of forced Mafi to shelf his passion a coach on the sidelines.

He began his new path with the San Joaquin Jr. Rams, this developed into him becoming a staff member at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, coaching the freshman team. Mafi had played for the Rams. “Oh he loved it [coaching], I can show you all the social media posts that they’re posting about him is … amazing. I think he literally touched a lot of people,” said Elenor.

See MAFI, page 8

Brown signs free community college bill


By Mikael Honzell Editor in Chief

A mural for a recently deceased teen at the Mexican Heritage Center in downtown Stockton. View more photos from the Center and read a story about a campus Día de los Muertos fundraiser in the feature section. PHOTO BY VICTOR ZUNIGA


‘Dolores’ film celebrates former student By Debra Hyman Staff Writer

Delta College is working to bring the documentary film ‘Dolores’ to campus said Ed Aguilar, manager, Office of Student Equity and Diversity. ‘Dolores’ chronicles the life of labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Huerta was born in New Mexico but moved to Stockton as a child. She attended Stockton College which later became Delta College. In the 1950s, Huerta began her activist career with the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization. She worked to improve economic conditions for Mexican-Americans in the community. In 1962, Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) labor union with César Chávez. She directed the UFW’s national consumer boycott of grapes during the Delano grape strike of 1965-1970. 

Huerta’s efforts helped produce legislation that led to better wages and working conditions for California farm workers. The film ‘Dolores’ asks why Huerta’s contributions to the UFW “have gone largely unrecognized” while “history tells us César Chávez transformed the U.S. labor movement.” They conclude that like many “powerful female advocates,” Huerta’s “erasure… was deliberate.” Huerta supports the effort to bring ‘Dolores’ to Stockton and hopes to be available to attend the film’s screening. “For her, this is really where it started,” said Alicia Arong, Huerta’s sister and executive board member of The Dolores Huerta Foundation. “She believes it’s really important that the people of our community see and understand the challenges and the sacrifices that were made so that our agricultural workers could have the basic dignity we all deserve.” ‘Dolores’ was produced by musician

Carlos Santana and directed by Peter Bratt, brother of actor Benjamin Bratt. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The entertainment trade magazine ‘Variety’ described the film as “energetic” and “engaging.” PBS acquired the North American distribution rights to ‘Dolores’ in April.  A TV broadcast premiere is planned for 2018. The film opened in limited theatrical release on Sept. 1. In September, the film played at The State Theatre in Modesto and The Tower Theatre in Sacramento. No screening of ‘Dolores’ has been scheduled in Stockton to date. Delta’s Women’s History Month committee hopes to change that. In addition to Aguilar, its members are: Chris Guptill, division dean, Arts & Communication, Dr. Sarah Seekatz, associate professor of

See DOLORES, page 8

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 19, which allows California community college students to attend the first year of college for free. The news is met with mixed feelings on the Delta College campus. Some think it’d be beneficial while some think it’s not fair to students who have been community college students for some time. “My opinion on that is its really cool,” said Delta College student Sananh Inthisane. “But having that first year free, like what about other students that already came here? They paid their stuff and didn’t get here for free. Maybe they should get the equal opportunity of having a year free too.” Another concern if Inthisane is how the new bill will work with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). “What about FAFSA? What will they do with the extra money? I know it’ll come in handy but it wouldn’t have a purpose.” Briea Conlan said it’s a great idea. “I think they should make it free because the first year of college is always the hardest.” Conlan said. “You’re trying to figure everything out, you’ve got to fill out applications, figure out how you’re going to get your text books and pay for the classes, because not everybody qualifies for a bog waiver fee or financial aid.” Student Joshua Cameuzano also thinks the bill is a good idea. “I think it would be great. A lot of students go to community college just because of the fact that there are too many expenses to go to Universities or state schools, so being able to just go to school for free for first time students would be an amazing thing. Especially for people who actually want the education,” said Cameuzano. Though the bill will allow students to attend community college for free, some students like Ayoka Bent thinks it could do more harm than good. “Why should people get in for free? They should pay like everyone else had to,” she said. “And the economy isn’t good so it will do more damage to it.” According to the bill, the requirement is to be a full-time student, taking 12 units a semester. “One academic year’ means the total of the summer term that immediately precedes the first semester or quarter of the fall term, and the two consecutive semesters or three quarters that immediately follow that summer term. Each semester or quarter is approximately the same length,” according to bill material.

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Stricter gun laws needed now By Raul Torres Senior Staff Writer

EDITOR IN CHIEF Mikael Honzell MANAGING EDITOR Killian Barnhart NEWS EDITOR Emily Beaton FEATURE EDITOR Francina Sanchez OPINION EDITOR Victoria Franco SPORTS EDITOR Alex Coba ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Chanelle Muerong SENIOR STAFF WRITERS David Michael Austin Nordyke Emily Rico Raul Torres Jasmine Gonzalez Elany Orozco Ramon Zuniga STAFF WRITERS Amirah Amenhotep Douglas Francovich Debra Hyman Catlan Nguyen Eladie Serna Michael Weber ADVISER Tara Cuslidge-Staiano ADVERTISING The Collegian offers display advertising. Contact us at (209) 954-5156 or LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters raising issues and opinions are encouraged. Please limit letters to 300 words. We reserve the right to edit letters for clarity and grammar. EDITORIAL Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the staff. Comments, letters and editorials with a byline represent the opinion of the writer. This paper doesn’t endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, the Mass Communication department, the Arts & Communication Division, the printer or Delta College administration. MISSION STATEMENT The Collegian is a student run First Amendment newspaper that prides itself on a commitment to the students of Delta College while maintaining independence. We 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.

Oct. 20, 2017


he Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1 left 59 people dead and hundreds injured in what is now the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. A mass shooting is defined as an incident involving gun-related violence where four or more people are shot. With that definition, there has been 1,516 mass shootings in the last 1,735 days as of Oct. 1, according to The Guardian. “There will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee after the shooting occurred. If not now, then when is a good time to talk about stricter gun laws? Does it have to be on a Tuesday? Maybe when there is a full moon? Does it have to be a day where we have a president that is respected by both parties, who also isn’t knee deep with National Rifle Association, when racism is over, sexism

is nonexistent, and a bunch of stuff that will likely never happen? Our government had several opportunities to change the gun laws. When Sandy Hook, Virginia State and the Florida club shooting happened the government did what had to be done. They talked about gun laws, waited for the talk to die down, swept it under the rug, then when the next shooting happened they did the same thing. That is the only logical thing to do. If only they had the power for change. The Second Amendment was pass in 1791 and hasn’t changed since. Imagine trying to make a law today that would still be relevant in the year 2243. Either we aren’t progressive enough as a society or big businesses don’t want to lose out on that market. It is both in this instance. The guns in 1791 shot two to three times a round and reloading time took approximately two minutes. The Las Vegas shooter had 23 weapons in the hotel including semiautomatic rifles, scopes and hundreds of rounds of ammo. These aren’t the same times at all.

Most of the guns used by the shooter could have been bought legally in Nevada, which has very loose gun laws. Nevada’s gun laws do not require a permit to buy any firearms, they also do not require you to register your firearms. Nevada also doesn’t limit the amount of magazines you can purchase. The guns bought legally were purchased at gun store in Mesquite called Guns & Guitars. The owner of the store James Sullivan told USA Today the shooter “passed every background check, every time he bought a gun.” If this man who clearly had no reason for owning a gun, besides harming others, then we need to rethink these laws. “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,” said President Donald Trump on Oct 3, the Tuesday after the Vegas shooting. The time has come and gone tons of times and the conversation isn’t going to get easier, but the conversation needs to be had. In the last 10 years each shooting has eclipsed the previous to be considered the “worst” in the history of the country.

What constitutes a terrorist?

It’s easier to blame mental insanity or illness for a majority of mass shootings when committed by white males in the U.S. By Elany Orozco Senior Staff Writer


n Oct. 1 a mass shooting in Las Vegas occurred. Fifty-nine people died and nearly 500 were injured, including shooter Stephen Paddock who shot himself before the SWAT team arrived to the Mandalay Bay suite where he was found dead and from where the shooting took place. The shooting is now the worst mass shooting in American history. After it occurred the media and private investigators began speculation he had mental health problems without any evidence or history of such. Immediately the FBI and officials avoided classifying it as a terrorist attack as the shooters motives were and are still not clear or known. Now if we take a moment to recall past massive shootings in the U.S. or what were immediately called ‘terrorist attacks’ many might question why this massacre isn’t considered terrorism or if  Paddock’s race played a role in the massacre not being call an act of domestic terrorism? In an effort to get answers to this question let’s take a glance at the code of laws of the U.S. and the definition given to domestic terrorism. As shown in, domestic terrorism is defined as, “means activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce (pressure) a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.” Now take a look at a recent U.S. terrorist attack and how it was classified. Immediately after the December 2015 San Bernardino shooting occurred the married couple who committed the killing, Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, were called terrorists. Although there was no evidence of direct association with the Islamic state the FBI classify it as a case of terrorism two days after as they found a Facebook post which was referred as “a pledge of allegiance to ISIS

leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi” by CNN which was posted by the wife the same day the shooting occur. This was used as evidence to confirm the shooting was a terrorist attack committed by self radicalization. Soon after the official ISIS station praised the couple for the massacre. Articles with headlines such as “San Bernardino shooters ‘supporters’ of ISIS, terror group says” were being published. More factors were taken into consideration, such as the finding of “12 completed pipe bombs and a stockpile of thousands of round ammunition that could’ve indicated that the couple was planning more attacks,” according to an article written in The New York Times. So, now if we go back to Las Vegas shooting the day after the massacre, ISIS claimed through its propaganda news agency, Amaq News that Paddock was a “soldier” who had converted to Islam. Officials disregarded it. Yet, if we compare it to the San Bernardino shooting, the only evidence authorities had of this was a Facebook post but no actual connections to the Islamic state. Furthermore, the FBI used the 12-pipe bombs and stockpile of thousands of rounded ammunition that could have indicated the planning of more attacks as evidence of a terrorism case. After the Las Vegas shooting the FBI found a stockpile of weaponry and equipment including 23 firearms, a computer and video cameras Paddock set up inside and outside the room. According to the Clark County sheriff, Paddock targeted aviation fuel tanks, stockpiled his car with explosives and had personal protection gear as part of an escape plan. Lastly reports show he had other possible music festival targets one in Chicago in a 21 Blackstone Hotel that overlooked a park where the festival took place, another in Boston and a week before the shooting he rented a condo that overlooked another music festival in Vegas. But yet it can’t be classified as domestic terrorism as there’s still no evidence he was motivated by ideology or it might simply be easier to blame it on mental insanity or illness as the majority of mass shootings committed by white male in the U.S. are classified. Or would this change the roles profiling has in America when it comes to the most horrific crimes?

Plummeting to fiery death Students are Culture favors capturing video for upload over life By Victoria Franco


Opinion Editor

t seems as though ever since we were given cameras, recorders and smart phones, our world has become full of people who have a compulsion to record everything. It may not be such a horrible thing to want to record daily life and what goes on around you, but when do we reach the limit? Today we have been witnesses to people who stop mid-car ride to capture a brawl happening in the streets or those who run across campus like the world is ending just to Snapchat a car that flipped in the Delta parking lot. However, when something serious and tragic goes on, should people still be thinking about recording their surroundings? Or should they know that it is neither the time nor place to do such a thing? “It is in between because you want people to record to know what is going on but at the same time people don’t get the full story when they record,” said Delta student Jileisa Goins. Although some may argue that capturing a scene is a way of informing the world of events, what about those who live stream people dying? What are they contributing to the world? Obdulia Sanchez’s live stream video in July 2017 of her driving carelessly and live streaming all at once went viral after she crashed the car. Her young sister died in the accident. However, what made this video spread throughout the Internet was that after the car crash Sanchez got out of the car and continued to live stream her sister’s dead body lying on the ground. In a time like this, how could someone not want to grieve for their loss and show remorse rather than upload a video? Those who claim that it’s typically the “young and reckless” who engage in behavior such as this are wrong. We have full grown adults who are old

enough to contemplate life threatening decisions, yet they still put themselves in harms way to record or take photos of events. The events of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas were also streamed. Justin Zimmerman, a victim of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas, was separated from his friends and forced to contemplate whether to find shelter where he was or run for his life. While his adrenaline was pumping and sweat drenched him, he somehow managed to pull out his phone and capture footage of the scene. In my opinion, there is no way I would stop to take a video of a mass shooting when I didn’t even have a safe place to take cover. Recently, there was a married couple from Redwood Valley who failed to flee the wild fires in order to reach safety. The couple, Andre Epstein and Neda Monshat, had to go out onto a roadway that had high flames on both sides of the road and said that they were scared their car would blow up due to the heat. Now, take that into consideration. You’re in a situation where you think you car may blow up, there is fire on all sides of you, and there is possibly no way to escape? How is that you would rather pull your phone out to record the fire around you to maybe upload later, if you survive, rather than think about what way you can escape. Pulling out my phone would be the last thing on my mind because I’d be too concerned about making it out alive. We have developed a society that seems to value a consistency of recording every last event that takes place, but although there is nothing wrong with showing footage, we should remember there is a time and place to do such things.


responsible for paying attention


e need to give our instructors a break and do the one thing students should do: Pay attention. This is true for any grade. It seems, however, the older we get the harder this concept becomes to some. Every now and again in a class, no matter what the subject is, the class will get interrupted by a student asking the same question an instructor just finished explaining. It just blows my mind how someone could just mentally check out so quickly. I understand if you need clarification. Go ahead ask the question. But to ask the same exact question that someone else asked not two minutes ago is just so amazingly dim it’s almost laughable. Then there are the people who say they didn’t know when an assignment was due. Chances are the teacher told you beforehand. A lot of instructors also give us this paper that has all the assignments, with a calendar of what is due on which days. It’s called a syllabus. College students need to take responsibility for their own education. Instructors don’t set us up to fail. They give us all the with Alex Coba tools we need to succeed. It’s up to us to use said tools. There’s one person who asks why he did so poorly on a writing assignment and just has to make a big deal about it because he feels like it was a good paper even though his paper had absolutely nothing to do with the writing prompt. How are you going to write three pages on why dinosaurs went extinct when the topic was on how the universe is expanding? Granted that example is a bit of an exaggeration, but still. You get what I mean? Most teachers give out grading rubrics to make sure we’re putting relevant information in our papers. Some instructors even go beyond that and give you samples to show what an A+ paper looks like. However, even with all of these tools available to you, it’s still somehow the teacher’s fault when you fail. I recently had an essay due for one of my classes. I didn’t do too bad. I read the rubric but didn’t understand what it was saying I should put in my essay. I had ample time to ask my instructor but chose not to. I also could have read the essay example the instructor had provided, but I chose not to read it. I fully take responsibility for my mediocre grade and you should too.


MUSTANG ‘What is your opinion on matching VOICE Halloween couple costumes?’

“I think it’s stupid but it’s everybody’s choice, but you do you. Its only cool if the costumes are cool.”

“It can be stupid, but it depends on the costume.”

“They’re cool because it tells how the couple connects. It lets the couple go to parties dressed in something that matches and also lets them express themselves.”

“I think that it’s a great idea because it lets couples connect together and express themselves to other people about how they feel.”

“ It shows that your partner loves you and that you have each other. I don’t see anything bad about couples with matching costumes.”







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Oct. 20, 2017


Mexican Heritage Center hosts colorful cultural display in downtown Stockton

Renee Espinoza, right, sets up the final candles that surround the “La Muerte” display. A festival will be held on 111 S. Sutter St. on Oct. 29. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mexican Heritage allows the community to set up small shrines of deceased family members in a collective shrine. PHOTOS BY VICTOR ZUNIGA

Breakfast to raise funds


By Eladie Serna Staff Writer

It’s time to save the date for Delta’s La Raza Employees Association annual Dia De Los Muertos Scholarship breakfast fundraiser. Dia De Los Muertos is the Day of the Dead. It is celebrated in many Latin American countries. The celebration runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. It is the celebration of prayers and remembrance of family and friends who have died. It is a national holiday in Mexico. The Association’s sixth annual event will take on place on Nov. 1 in Danner Hall, running from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. This will be the first year that the event is hosted in Danner Hall. Takeout and on campus delivery are available. Volunteers who help serve the breakfast are students who are awarded scholarships from the Association and staff members who are part of the La Raza Employees Association. The breakfast served is pozole, tamales, pan dulce and a choice of hot

chocolate or coffee. There will be local artists like Saul Serna and Samouro Baccam displaying and donating work for a silent auction. This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased by a La Raza Employees Association member. The Association is made up of the Delta staff and faculty. It helps Delta students with tuition and other resources, including scholarships. To qualify for a scholarship, students have to have a 2.0 grade-point average and have to be of Latin American ethnicity. To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Claudia Navarro, scholarship chairperson or Marie Williams, community member. Navarro can be reached at and Williams at Tickets are also available at Enrollment Service and Students Development in the DeRicco Student Services Building or by calling (209) 954-5151, ext. 6185.

The Talking Spirits club brought Aztec dancers to teach students on Oct. 12. PHOTOS BY MIKAEL HONZELL

Old MacDonald’s farm animals hit the books By Chanelle Muerong Entertainment Editor

On Oct. 11, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary teamed up with Barnes and Nobles to host a Read to the Animals of Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary event. This event is part of several other events hosted at Barnes and Nobles to promote literacy and compassion for animals. In the children’s section in the bookstore, there was a small pen where children could sit and read to animals. “It’s a really fun way for kids to practice reading and to have an audience that won’t judge you,” said Christine Morrissey, an executive director of the sanctuary. The goal of the event was to help local children become better readers while at the same time spreading the word of the sanctuary’s work in rescuing animals. “I think it’s great. The kids

come together in a safe environment and it brings the kids together to try something new, with exposing them to literacy,” said Nicole Peterson, an early Head Start teacher in the San Joaquin County. “Reading out loud is great for developmental reasons because you get to hear what you’re saying and you get to add character to your reading and express what you read out loud.” Chin Feng, whose children are enrolled in Peterson’s program, added to the sentiments. “I think it’s good. A lot of kids live in the city, and they don’t have a chance to see the animals, they don’t usually get a chance to interact with them,” said Feng. The animals at the event on Wednesday were Spencer, a rescued duck from the streets of Fremont, Charlene, a Silkie chicken also from the streets of Fremont and Peach, a survivor from the Stockton Animal Shelter.


“Kids are really shy of reading... when they read to the animals, it helps them and the animals actually like it,” said Cheryl Billodeau, who has been volunteering for the sanctuary for a year and a half. “We want to show children at a young age that you can be friendly with the farm animals, and to always treat them compassionately so they can have a good life.” Tied to this event was a book signing on Oct. 10. The book is titled, ‘Unstoppable’ and it’s a collection of stories about rescued animals and how they receive a second chance at life with the help of a wheelchair or artificial limbs. These two events are tied with a book fair that’s currently going on at San Joaquin Elementary School through Oct. 22. “We are encouraging people to buy an animal themed book, there’s a selection Top, three-year old Kian Ellis attempts to keep the attention to Charlene the chickto pick from, they en Bottom, PHOTO BY MICHAEL R.N. WEBER buy the book, it’ll [the money] many different events sched- is also always looking for volwill be donated to San Joa- uled throughout the year. unteers. For more information, quin Elementary and we get Some upcoming events are a you can visit harvesthomesanca percentage of that so it’s a ‘Pig-nic’ for the Pigs, Toast to or follow them on win-win for everybody,” said the Turkeys and a Turkey Trot. Facebook, Instagram or TwitMorrissey. The Sanctuary also does ter at Harvest Home. The Animal Sanctuary has tours and events. The sanctuary

Former student tackles social issue Children’s book shows the negative side of smartphone use By Francina Sanchez Feature Editor

Is modern technology, making children better people or destroying their social skills? Former Delta College student and author Sofia Sher, touched on the subject in her new children's book “Tobias and His Digital Friends.” After some time observing behaviors of other in public places, Sher noticed a trend. Everywhere she went there was a of lack of communication in families. Sher said she would see parents and children engaged on mobile devices more often than with each other. An idea sparked after seeing the same repetitive thing on a daily basis. The book is about a young boy, Tobias, who receives a new smartphone for his seventh birthday from his parents. His parents wanted to reward Tobias as well as gift him exactly what he

has been wanting. His parents felt this was a nice gesture on their part and didn’t see the consequences that would come from the choice. “It got irritating to me,” said Sher. “[Children's’] lives were being dominated by what their parents gave them.” It doesn’t take long before Tobias begins to have negative changes in his behavior. For example, dropping his grades, distancing himself from his friends and disobeying his parents. He also began to have digital friends who were much older than he was. All he cared about was his phone and isolated himself in doing so. “If we can teach kids at a young age what technology can do then things would be different,” said Sher. Although a children’s book, Tobias and his digital friends, challenges parents to look at any behavior changes in their children and to intervene before

any larger issues arise. Sher said the book “can teach parents how to control their child.” “Before Tobias turned against his parents, they could have limited his [phone] use a day,” said Sher. Sher, an immigrant from Pakistan, knows very well the struggles of wanting to fit in and be updated with technology. On her website, Sher recalls being bullied and teased for not knowing Front cover of “Tobias and His Digital Friends.” how to maneuver a com- COURTESY ART puter. sionate about as well. The book details the negative ways Her next ideas are about teaching Tobias is behaving, but also shows his children about racism and gender inchange back to his “normal” behavior equalities. after his smartphone us was limited by Sher’s goal is to challenge modern his parents. education and in hopes that today’s In the future, Sher plans to write and future children “do not miss out about other social issues she feels pas- on their childhood.”


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Oct. 20, 2017

Dell’Osso opens Pumpkin Maze for fall By The Collegian Dell’Osso Family Farm Pumpkin Maze celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Dell’Osso was first founded in the 1920’s by three brothers from Italy, according to the Dell’Osso Farms website. Rudy Dell’Osso, one of the brothers took over in the 1950’s before his son Ron joined the family business, bringing different vegetables to the farm. In 1997, Ron and his wife Susan started the first Corn Maze and ever since then, Dell’Osso has had many different events including the Haunted House and the hay rides. Each year, the farm grows bigger and bigger, attracting up to 250,000 people each October, according to the Dell’Osso Farms website. With the purchase of a general admission wrist band, families all around can enjoy the Corn Maze, Haunted Castle, Dell’Osso Express Train, Mystery Tour, a hay ride and more. Visit for more information.

‘Hocus Pocus’ last of summer movies

Spooktacular events for end of October


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By Francina Sanchez Feature Editor

Pints and Pumpkins at Channel Brewing Stockton Haunted House at Ione Preston Castle Ione $25 admission Six Flags Fright Night Vallejo

Dell’Osso Farms offers events for the whole family. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL WEBER

Halloween Haunt at Great America Santa Clara Haunted House at Ione Preston Castle Ione $25 admission

– Emily Beaton, News Editor


It’s that time of year again, for pumpkin everything, witches and black cats. On Friday, October 13, the free family event “Movies at the Point” held its last showing, Spooktacular Movie Night at Weber Point in downtown Stockton. The featured movie was Hocus Pocus. “It’s the big yearly party ... the last showing of the summer,” said Tina Gaines, senior rec of Stockton’s Parks and Recreation Department. The gates opened at 5:30 p.m., an

hour earlier than usual to give children the opportunity to take part in the activities for the party. After going through security at the entrance gate children and adults were able to trick-o-treat at candy stations, face painting, jump zone, air brush art, scenic fall wagon rides and food trucks. “It’s my favorite movie,” said Gaines. She wasn’t alone. Weber Point was full of families and children of all ages in Halloween costumes. The lawn began to fill with chairs, blankets and the smell of food as Stocktonians waited for the movie

to be projected onto the canopy. “It’s a great thing Stockton puts on for family fun,” said Justina Johns. When dusk arrived, and the sun began to go down, the crowd grew bigger. Sunset arrived and the movie began to appear on screen. The crowd looked happy to enjoy a free community event that brought the family together. “Things like this help keep the kids out of trouble,” said Johns. Although it was cold that night most of the crowd stayed and toughed it out while others departed early. Next year their “Movies at the Point” will begin again in June and end in mid-October.

Origins, horrors favorite dolls explained By Emily Rico Senior Staff Writer

Whether or not you’re into scary stories, these origin stories of some infamous creatures will pull you in enough to leave you wanting more. Annabelle Ed and Lorraine Warren are known for investigating paranormal occurring events, such is the case of the story behind the Annabelle, which resulted in The Conjuring and Annabelle movies. The original doll can be found in a locked box at the Warren’s Occult museum which resides in Monroe, Connecticut. This doll’s location is under supervision by the Warren’s and among many other items. The doll is said to be inhabited by an “inhuman spirit”, according to the Warren’s official website . It’s said the real story of this supernatural case started in 1970. Donna, a 28-year-old nurse, received the doll as a birthday gift from her mom. After a while, Donna and her roommate Angie began noticing that the doll was changing positions and places. Movements

included... legs crossed, arms folded or... standing on its feet. Later on, both Donna and Angie began finding written messages saying “Help me, Help Lou.” The women later communicated with the spirit and were introduced to this spirit as Annabelle Higgins, a young girl of age 7 who was a resident on the property before the building was constructed. This spirit communicated she felt comfortable with them and she felt loved and ask for permission if she could stay with them. Little did they know that things were about to get worse. They soon realized they needed help when one of their friends, Lou, encountered two incidents with the doll were he was injured. The first attempt was when he felt Annabelle strangling him while he was taking a nap. Another time, he found himself hurt with claw marks in his chest after entering Donna’s room where he heard someone breaking in. See full article at


7 sports Delta volleyball team suffers loss

Oct. 20, 2017

Mustangs lose against Fresno By Raul Torres Senior Staff Writer

By Catlan Nguyen Staff Writer

Delta College’s women’s volleyball team played a home game against Sierra College Wolverines on Oct. 12. With 14 previous wins and two losses, Mustang fans were on their feet near the end of every match. The Mustangs and the Wolverines were neck-and-neck with Sierra College winning with scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 26-24. Not one spectator in the stands could stay quiet between each point scored, and many jeered at the referees for missing calls and, as angry fans put: “missing a good game.” “I thought it was a tough loss, you know. They played well,”said spectator,Lexi Trawick. The Mustangs have had a strong season so far and this loss hasn’t discouraged the players. “It was a good game but I feel like we could’ve came out stronger but overall our team, we tried our best and we can’t wait to see them again,” said Natalie Bianchi, the Mustangs’ defensive specialist player. The Mustangs have been Conference Champions 19 times, have been a part of the final eight in the Northern California playoffs 25 times and a part of the final four 23 times. Head coach, Molly Mordaunt, has lead the Mustangs to dominate this season and the team shows their ease of working well together and making use of every player’s’ strengths. “Sierra’s a really good team. I think that we needed to do a better job at serving tougher to keep them out of the system and we didn’t do that. We’re halfway through conference play and I’m thrilled at where we are and everything is within our control and we just need to keep getting better and better every day,” said Mordaunt. The next upcoming game is today at 6:30 p.m. against Sacramento City College.

Following a 1-0 win against West Hills, the Delta Mustangs Men’s soccer team fell to Fresno City College 2-1 on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Delta College. Both teams fought hard in a physical match. The mustangs struck first but couldn’t hold off Fresno from scoring two goals in a row. “We just have to keep our head up, in games that are physical like these ones we always have each other’s back, that is key,” said midfielder Omar Alcantar. “We have to be a little more organized and have better decision making.”The Mustangs’s had a tough break in the first half when a goal appeared to be on the line, but wasn’t called a goal, players on both sides received yellow cards. Fresno capitalized on the game flow with two goals from No. 5 Armando Gonzalez and No. 2 Andres Castrajon at the hour mark and then seven minutes after in the match. The Mustangs midfielder No. 1 Hector Romero scored the team’s only goal 29 minutes in.“We just have to keep our focus and stay calm during these type of games,” Mustangs wing No. 11 Javier Gamez said. “It was a well fought game against one of the top teams in the state. The game could have went either way. We will just have to move on from this loss and win the next few games and hopefully see them in playoffs for another great game.” Despite losing the Mustangs men’s still sit above .500 on record at 9-4-2 in the Big 8 Conference. The Mustang’s Men’s soccer team will look to get back in the win column next game when they go against Folsom Lake College at Delta College’s soccer complex at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct 27.

Delta College defender Adrian Vargas competes for possession of the ball against Fresno City College forward Johnny Rodriquez in the Delta vs. Fresno City College game at the Delta College soccer complex in Stockton on Friday, Oct.13. PHOTO BY DAVID VICTOR

Are sport field directions confusing?

School’s practice of placing directions, lack of web information is called into question By David Michael


Senior Staff Writer

aving attended Delta College for a few years, the serious lack of direction can be mind blowing at times. Don’t believe me? Try finding the entrance for sports games. The website only describes the general location on campus, but fails to say anything more specific. Even then unless obviously stated most people will go to Delta’s homepage, athletics, schedule/results and only see the college that is hosting, not the real location. You can go to the facilities tab but even then I wouldn’t put faith into it. I personally have gone to some of these games and I make sure that I’m there at least half an hour early because I know that’s required to find these entrances. Take the entrance for Delta’s soccer field for example. On the women’s soccer page if someone were browse on over to the facilities tab, they will find photos of what the soccer field looks like and its

location on Delta’s until I realized it only map. tells the date and time That’s good and of games and not the it helps and all but, location. the only problem Don’t ever follow is the photos are of the trail of signs at the wrong field and Delta because it’s the map doesn’t even more likely to lead show the correct you out of Delta than location. to a game. Imagine my surWhy even have the prise when I show up signs if they are not to one of the games going to even point in nice and early but, the right direction? then have to wait in So now I’m panickthe parking lot being and the only idea cause no one’s showed that comes to mind up for the game. is to search Delta’s When the time whole athletic zone started getting close until I find wherever to when it would the game is because I start my doubts were can’t find it. confirmed and I was I did manage at the wrong field. to find the correct IMAGE BY FREEPIK It was no big deal location, but not because it turns out that someone before running around the place for 20 leaves helpful signs out on Delta’s minutes. campus that tell you the directions the Even still I would be fine with this games are. if only the next game I attended didn’t Well at least I thought that at first have the same problem.



The entrance to women’s volleyball might as will be hidden behind a bush because I could barely find it on time for the game. The website again has the same problem of showing the wrong entrance but at least it’s in the right location. The way in is the door that says gym instead of gymnasium, so I had to go through the gym to get to the gymnasium. I only figured this out by following some players’ family so I got lucky. Apparently half of the audience could barely find it either because they started waltzing in when the game was almost over. Some of the ways to get around the bad direction is to look in advance before the event and also to ask directions from people around the area or that are going to the event. I don’t know if I had really bad luck but I’m positive that there will be more people like me. After all students still looking for the old planetarium can just follow the signs. If you can’t find it, you just aren’t looking that hard.


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Fair focuses on safety By Amirah Amenhotep Staff Writer

Representatives from organizations trying to make the community a better place made an appearance on campus to share goals in helping the campus and community. The district police department hosted a Campus Safety Fair on Oct. 10 in the quad. As the weather transitions a main goal is to keep warm but some people go to the extent of putting themselves in danger. Stockton Fire Department representative Pauline Keener said make sure your home has a smoke detector in every room and at least one carbon monoxide alarm. “We are proud to serve our community in every aspect,” said Keener. Another booth that may have turned an eye was the San Joaquin County Sheriff ’s department display of it’s Explosive Coordinates Robot. The robot is used to find explosives in the area and can be controlled from a distance. Operation Lifesaver was also trying to raise awareness for safety around train tracks. The goal is to make sure every-

one is well informed that they shouldn’t be careless around train tracks, meaning don’t try and beat the train or when your car is stalled get out of the car and call the local police department. The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program is an experience to help future police officers get the training and knowledge. “The best part of the academy is going into a profession that I know, I can change lives and make differences in the commuA Sheriff’s officer Chris Tunquist demonstrates nity and that’s rewarding the department’s bomb robot. knowing that I am going PHOTO BY AMIRAH AMENHOTEP towards a career that does make a difference,” said POST Academy student Jasper Juan. parking in a well-lit area and reportCampus police have a presence ing suspicious activity. Students may also ask for an eson the campus, making sure everycort to their cars at night. one feels comfortable and safe. For the bike riders on campus The goal right now is to make sure need to properly bikes and ensure it there isn’t any theft or dangerous acwon’t get stolen. tivity in the parking lots. Tips include: Having more than From the handout given some one lock for the bike, using an tips the department has for drivers, ‘U-Lock’ and registering your bike. include being aware of surroundings,

Oct. 20, 2017

DOLORES: Film possibly to be shown in spring continued from PAGE 1 history and Claudia Navarro, president, La Raza Employees Association. On behalf of the committee, Aguilar has contacted PBS about Delta hosting a public screening of ‘Dolores’ in March 2018. It’s envisioned that ‘Dolores’ would be “the marquee event” in a month-long series of events related to women’s history.  These could include guest speakers, panel discussions and talks by faculty experts.  In addition to Delta resources, other “partners” within Stockton would be sought to contribute to the month’s activities. “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Delta, to showcase Stockton,” said Aguilar. As to Huerta, he said, “She has written history.  She has written history itself.” In 2012, Huerta was recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian award.  When presenting the award, President Barack Obama acknowledged he had “stolen” the slogan ‘Yes, we can’ from Huerta for his 2008 presidential campaign. ‘Yes, we can’ is the translation of ‘Sí, se puede,’ the Spanish-language rallying cry Huerta created for the UFW in 1972.

MAFI: Family to establish scholarship to honor football player continued from PAGE 1

The challenges Mafi faced throughout his life helped solidify in the minds of his family he had a purpose and he was dedi-

cated whether he knew it or not. “I think his purpose was just to enjoy life and not to take it for granted. I think he was very grateful that the lord gave him

the second chance with his new heart. He definitely told the kids not to give up on what you [they] do, and he inspired so many kids… Just live life,

don’t take it for granted and be grateful,” said Elenor. The Mafi family hopes to develop a sports scholarship in his name.

“We’re trying to get funeral situated and then we’ll go into it. It will probably be a scholarship. That will kinda be at St. Mary’s, for sure at St. Mary’s,” said Elenor.



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The Collegian -- Published Oct. 20, 2017  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 20, 2017  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.