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Event showcases importance of cancer awareness, brings campus together Dell’Osso Family Farm continues to bring happiness PAGE 3

Inside look at the drama department re-vamp PAGE 4

Teen boxer, ranks No. 1 in country PAGE 7


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On Oct. 16, 50 shades of pink were displayed as people gathered in Danner Hall. Visitors saw décor with flowers and pink lights while the guests were dressed semi-formal. “... Every ribbon tells a story and what it is that we bring awareness and health advocacy to the community…,” said Brandon Jordan founder and co-coordinator of the “50 Shades of Pink” event. More than 100 students, staff and visitors attended the event. “I thought it was fantastic idea about raising awareness for cancer, it’s not just about breast cancer it’s about all types cancer that people died or continued to go through,” said Delta College employee James Forte. The event wasn’t just about cancer , it was about overall health. Kory Lee from the American Cancer Society was the main speaker at PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE the event. “I think the guest speakers did a CANCER AWARENESS: Brandon great job they highlighted the major Jordan was urging attendees to cancers people died from, things we donate to the donation box and can personally do to prevent all dif- to check out the bidding baskets. ferent type of cancers,” Forte said. The main point of this event was to bring awareness to all types of cancer even though this is breast cancer awareness month. “50 shades of Pink” was sponsored by 27 businesses, organizations and benefactors. Gift baskets were also donated. Prices started at $10, they had a lot different goodies in them from local business that wanted to offer support. Organizers said the event brought in $1,200 in donations, but also added that it’s not too late to donate.


Clinton, Sanders steal show during Democratic debate BY SARAH AGEE

The dissection of the long awaited Democratic debate that happened on Tuesday, Oct. 13, has been a large discussion of how the Democrats will compete with the even bigger Republican Party this year. At the Democratic debate, the candidates consisted of Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb. This is a very small group compared to the some fifteen republican candidates competing for office in 2016. Although there were few democratic candidates, only two seemed to steal the show, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The two were the only ones who seemed to debate each other while the others seem to barely get a word in. Around 15 million people tuned into this debate waiting to see and hear something that wasn’t about the GOP candidates. Although this is very good for Clinton and Sanders, many people are saying Clinton is the true winner. When Clinton was asked about the email scandal she cracked a smile and simply stated that it was an unnecessary topic and then Sanders agreed. Instead of shooting down his opponent when he had the perfect opportunity to he helped protect her. Unlike Clinton and Sanders, Chafee only spoke around 10 minutes out of a three-hour debate, which brought him lower in the polls. Candidates were able to introduce their stances and plans for issues such as trade, financial reforms, the keystone pipeline, immigration and the second amendment. People felt as if the questions that democratic candidates were asked weren’t as necessary as the ones asked in the GOP debate. Considering this was their first debate and really their introduction into the race, we will have to wait and see what more is to come. Webb announced this week that he decided to drop out of the race.

Book Swap returns to campus on Nov. 4 BY KRISTEN RIEDEL

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At 8 a.m. on Nov. 4, readers of every stripe will find something appealing in Danner Hall at the Fall 2015 Book Swap, hosted by the Delta College Writers’ Guild. “The thing that astounded me the first time I went was just the diversity of the material that we get. I guess I had a preconceived notion of what it would be,” said Sarah Antinora, Eng-

lish professor and guild adviser. The selection ranges from recently outdated textbooks to vintage magazines, from romance novels to old maps and records. Some of the books are ones that didn’t sell at the library book sale, but many are donated by people who are moving away, or by defunct bookstores. “The earlier the people can get there, the better, because that is when you really might see that nugget of wonder,” said Antinora.

Writers’ Guild students will be in Danner Hall on Wednesday after 2 p.m. to accept book donations, and assist people who have more books to give than they can carry alone. Donations are accepted yearround until the morning of the event, so it’s not too late to clear out your own collection. Those with large donations or limited mobility can contact Antinora by email ( to schedule assistance.

Volunteers to help with the heavy lifting, chaperoning, setting up and tearing down are also welcome to contact her. For students who have clubs or classes that require community service hours, Antinora will certify hours. The SJDC Writers’ Guild is also seeking submissions for the spring issue of Artifact Nouveau. Visual artists are encouraged to submit images for this nationally read magazine.



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merica has lost its core values. as ignorant or incorrect making you We live in a society driven by ignorant and non-inclusive? This seems political correctness. a bit hypocritical. “Politically correct” has become an We’ve become accustomed to excuse to point fingers. walking on eggshells as to not offend It’s allowed people to scrutinize oth- anyone. ers for entitled opinions. What happened to the importance The traditional American culture of the individual voice? You will never that once united our diverse populabe able to please everyone, so why tion has disappeared. silence your voice to avoid the few you Instead, might disagree with? we have We’re all worried everyone about being offensive MEGAN criticizing or having an outlier MAXEY each other opinion because it’s for not conno longer acceptable forming to to be either of those. “the norm” We need to value our or what is considered “politically correct.” individualism and consider all sides The culture of America has transiof an issue because that is what our tioned from patriotism to a negative country is about. outlook on life and on our country. The United States of America isn’t People sit behind computer screens about being the most open-minded, and smartphones making judgments or catering to every minority’s needs, about others who don’t share the same or propping up every group in the opinions. country. For example, those who stand by The U.S. has always been about the their religious beliefs are often attacked people. The people are bound to have for not supporting gay marriage. conflicting opinions. Even though the Supreme Court But what makes us work is the unity ruled gay marriage constitutional this of American tradition. year, people still attack those who aren’t Our history as a nation, the obon board. stacles we have overcome, the imporThose who don’t support the minor- tance of the individual and how much ity population of homosexuals are heart and fight we are willing to give to labeled as bigots and ignorant because preserve what has kept us the greatest they’re not “politically correct.” nation. Freedom. Everyone is entitled to their own We need to move away from pointopinions and own ways of life, but we ing fingers to joining hands. It’s okay need a common ground where we as that we don’t all agree on everything. Americans can support one another What we really need to learn is how to and take pride in our country. put effort into making ourselves better This common ground was once people and contributing to society based on tradition, God and country, instead of putting others down. and a true belief in freedom. We are all citizens and we are all At the same time, many of us who crit- Americans. icize those who don’t have the “politically Let’s have some pride in our freecorrect opinion” are supposedly standing dom and remember why we salute and up for what is all-inclusive or fair. respect our stars and stripes. Isn’t labeling another person’s views

Lee’s NBA 2K16 racially biased


BA 2K has been the most My reason is because I’m Mexican popular basketball simulator. and if I am going to play a game mode It’s one of the most successful that is based on myself, I would want it of all sports games in recent years, but to be as close to real as possible. developers may have gone too far in the It just seems a bit awkward to be latest adaptation. playing as a Mexican with a twin AfriFans have admired the developers’ can-American sister and two Africancreativity and realism, especially in one American parents. of its more popular game modes titled Would an aspiring non-black high “My Player.” school basketball player feel disconThe “My Player” mode gives fans nected from the game if only given this the chance to live their dream of being option? Would it be enough to make in the NBA by allowing them to create someone not want to play? I don’t a player based on themselves and then know, but it does seem comedic, like take that character through an entire something from a bad comedy. career. In my case, there would be a MexiNBA 2K decidcan high schooler beed to take it to the ing raised by Africannext level in this American parents to year’s copy titled be a basketball star. ROBERT NBA 2K16, by Is Lee pushing his JUAREZ bringing in movie agenda too far? director Spike Lee. I understand the Lee used his stostory that Spike Lee rytelling abilities is trying to tell, but and made the game mode into his own I don’t see the problem with allowing interactive feature film titled “Livin’ Da players to customize whatever they Dream, A Spike Lee Joint.” want. In the story, a high school phenom For example, in Grand Theft Auto (your character) nicknamed Freq, short V, a player is able to go as far as creatfor Frequency Vibrations, struggles ing his/her grandparents on the online with fame as he makes his way from mode. the mean streets up to sudden stardom. I’m not writing this article to express The story has the usual aspects of displeasure towards the Africangreed and betrayal, but also gives good American community because I don’t life lessons of loyalty, family and dedihave any displeasure, racial equality is cation. important to me. However, there’s a problem. Some people may not even notice In the game mode, the player is able this element of the game. It just seems to create the character any way they odd to me. see fit. Commonly it’s themselves that’s Racial equality is the reason I’m created. writing this, I want people of all races That’s where the creativity ends this to be able to play this game to the year. utmost pleasure. When the story begins, you are I also understand that the NBA is plugged in as the aforementioned prominently made up of the African“Freq” character with two AfricanAmerican community, however, that’s American parents and an Africannot the case in the video game comAmerican twin sister without the ability munity. to change their appearance. People of all races play this video Personally, my reason for wanting game, and they should be able to play the ability to change my family memtheir own story in a game mode that’s bers isn’t out of racism. supposed to allow that.



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Issue 4 • Oct. 23, 2015 •



Choose to eat organically, watch your life change


hen it comes to food, nothing is wiser than A study by the World Health Organization announced choosing organic. there’s convincing evidence that glyphosate is carcinoWe live in a time when grocery stores are genic to humans yet GMO products are still sprayed with carrying more organic selections and for us, that’s a good Roundup to kill weeds but not the crop. thing. But what about eating meat? Eating organic meat The naysayers might say organic isn’t better for you means that the animal wasn’t given hormones, antibiotics or that organic is a rip off but I am here to dispel those or drugs. myths. All these chemicals stay in the fatty tissue of the aniEating organic produce mals. Then a seemingly endless cirmeans the food you’re eating cle happens that stops at us. A big wasn’t doused in toxic chemifish eats a medium fish and medium BRANDON cals, pesticides or fertilizers. fish eats a smaller fish. That big fish This means the food you are gets turned into animal feed that GARCIA eating is actually safe to eat. gets fed to a cow. Then we eat the According to, cow, thus exposing us to chemicals 99.5 percent of farm acres that all started with the small fish. expose you to noxious agricultural chemicals. Keeping the environment in mind, organic is the best Organically grown foods are packed with more nufor it. trients. They have more vitamins, minerals and enzymes Conventional farming contaminates the soil and water than conventional food because the soil is sustained more with chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. Under organic responsibly. farming, farms are held to different standards where toxic Did you know that organic foods generally taste better? chemicals are prohibited. That is because the soil is nourished better. Eating organic is a choice. If you don’t believe me then try an organic Honey It’s a choice I made just out of curiosity of wondering Crisp apple or eat the crowns off some organic broccoli. what that little green and white USDA Organic sticker If you want to avoid GMOs, or genetically modified really meant. It’s not that much more expensive and in organisms then organic is the only way to go. An example terms of the benefits, cost shouldn’t be a factor. There are of a GMO is corn. Chemists from Monsanto have modisome things you can’t find organic and that’s all right. I’m fied corn to be resistant to glyphosate, the main ingredijust saying, make a more conscious choice. ent in Roundup.

Tobacco too accessible for youth


n mid-August, California lawmakers approved six ancourse this varies, but changes in the brain are still occurti-tobacco laws that not only helped ban e-cigarettes, ring in adults 18 to 25. but also proposed the state raise the tobacco consumpObviously, alcohol and smoking can hinder these tion age to 21. changes and developments. While this has sparked controversy, the town of Once these changes stop, you will be making better Healdsburg raised the age to 21 more than a year ago. decisions at 25 than 18. This left many concerns to not only the citizens, but to So it’s important to stop teens from making that decieveryone else in California. sion to light a cigarette for the first An argument that came up time when they’re 18 or younger. was that all you had to do was Of course smoking and drinking MIDORI drive to the next town and get are freedoms. But many people are MORITA your cigarettes. treating them as rights, when they While this is true, I hope are not. that Healdsburg’s decision We all have the freedom to creates a domino effect, and choose when we take the first puff other cities around California will start raising the age as after we are of legal age. well. But I see raising the tobacco age as a way to not only Another argument that arose was that it’s unfair that 18 lower the risk of lung cancer and other health problems, year olds can risk their life for this country, but can’t drink or but keep cigarettes out of the hands of minors. smoke. I know it’s hard to realize cigarettes cause more harm Raising the tobacco age is about protecting America’s than good. youth and cutting down the number of new young smokers. It’s easy to say that you will quit smoking in a few While the stigma against smoking is becoming more months, but look at the thousands of people who prevalent among older adults, young teens are taking that started smoking when they were younger. Many of first puff at a younger age every year. them haven’t quit. Anti-smoking ads have aired more frequently on teleWe once lived in a time where we promoted vision, and they are targeted towards young teens. smoking while pregnant. They’re so cheap and acE-cigarettes as well as regular cigarettes are popular cessible, it’s almost like we are handing packs out. amongst middle schoolers and high schoolers, and it’s very As of June 19, Hawaii was the first to have easy for underage high schoolers to get ahold of cigarettes. the age of tobacco consumption raised to 21 Many of their friends are 18 and can easily nab a pack state wide. More than 90 cities across eight for them. states are following in Healdsburg’s and HaBy raising the age, we are cutting off that interaction. waii’s footsteps. Most 21-year olds don’t want to buy cigarettes for Although, it’s not likely that the age raise will young teens, anyways. become law anytime soon, Healdsburg as well as Studies have shown brains aren’t other locations have set an example that, I can only fully developed until at least a hope, the rest of California will follow. person’s mid-20s. Of

Admitting you’re wrong can lead to good things ZACHARIAH MERCES-SPINDLER


he world is a large and frightening place. There’s an abundance of things in the world to fear, but being wrong should never be one of them. Reality isn’t black and white and definitely not a math equation, there’s more to it all than right or wrong. Take it from scientists, who live a life of challenging ideas and testing theories, never fearing being wrong, but rather embracing it because it means there’s more to learn. Being wrong isn’t the end of the world, its something to embrace. Life goes on, and growth can occur. Accepting the idea of being wrong enables someone to humble themselves, which in today’s time is almost necessary, otherwise they’ll be seen as a crude egocentric person. Fear not, being wrong often won’t get someone killed, most to all decisions in a lifetime are not life or death. This is not all to say to be careless in your decisions and opinions, but rather embrace freedom to take chances with more things, and pursue the truth. It shows a great deal of character to embrace and be fearless of faults. A person without fear of embarrassment or criticism is open to endless possibilities. For what will they not try or attempt? Of course one should stand by their convictions, without that passion things would rarely get accomplished. However, imagine a world in which the climate change deniers actually looked at the evidence and accepted they were wrong. How far along would the world be with alternative fuel and potentially healing the earth? If people began to admit they’re wrong it would be a great step to compromise and debates would be easier to navigate. Furthermore, admittance of wrong opens up new conversational pathways because people can move on from things they’re stuck on.



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Dell’Osso Family Farm’s employees bring fun for families from around San Joaquin County area BY MIDORI MORITA

When October rolls around most of us know what to expect: pumpkins, scary movies and candycorn. For the people who live in the San Joaquin County, it also means Dell’Osso Family Farms. Dell’Osso has been a staple Halloween treat since 1997. For many of the employees who’ve worked the farm each season, serving the customers is what makes the experience. “Every day is an adventure,” said Elsa Arripla, 53, an employee of five years. Rachel Parker, an employee of four years, said that she too loves working at Dell’Osso. “I love talking to people. I love that I can come here and meet all these different families. People from my area, I get to ask, ‘hey where are you from, how long have you been here, is this your first time here’, make suggestions of the things their kids and they might like to go on, and just meet all different personalities,” Parker said. The employees have a lot of interaction with customers and all seem to have a cheering and inviting attitude. “The staff has been pretty nice. We’ve been asking them where all the rides are at and stuff and they’ve been telling us everything,” said Crystal Garcia, a Dell’Osso customer who was at the farm here for a second time with her son Adrian. Employees praise mutual support and efficiency as key in the work environment. There was no one type of employee. Diversity was tremendous. Employees move around the farm daily. One day they are working the pumpkin shooters, the next they are working the corn maze. “[My coworkers] are excellent. We are a team,” added Arripla. Many employees grew up coming to the farm with their families. So they wanted to continue to bring the joy they had to other families from all around. “Absolutely [would recommend applying] if you just need some side money, something to do to keep you busy in October, if you just want something to do, yeah it’s great. It’s a great job, it’s a great opportunity, I’ve met some really awesome people, made some great friends that I hope will be with me for life,” said Parker. For many families, Dell’Osso is held as a special tradition. “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. When I first started coming here it was parking and corn maze, so I’ve seen it really go from that to what we see here today which is so much more… It is special to me. It’s something that someday if I don’t live here I’ll really miss,” said Parker. Not only do families keep this family farm close to the heart, the community does as well. “For the community it has a special meaning. Because it is a very family oriented place and they treat you as family,” said Arripla.




PUMPKIN OVERLOAD: Dell’Osso Family Farm offers several fun-filled attractions for all ages. Their pumpkin patch, above, and corn maze are well known throughout the community. Other activities such as pumpkin painting, bottom right, and pumpkin shooting are crowd favorites as well.



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Delta has a history of memorable plays, actors and drama professors. The drama program provides the instruction and inspiration aspiring theater students are looking for before they venture to the next step. “We are in the process of revamping the existing department to make the curriculum more comprehensive and sequential. In short, we are aiming to create a training program that prepares our students for the vocational demands of a practical profession. We are developing our program for the career oriented theatre student who would like to study the basic principles of acting, vocal technique & movement for the stage, classical acting and technical theatre,” said Professor Greg Foro, a Delta drama professor. Foro and Professor Ashlee Temple are two of the faculty members transitioning the drama program to a new vision. It’s becoming “a really rigorous training program for actors so that they can transfer into the four year colleges or also get apprenticeships and internships when they leave,” said Temple. The program focuses on preparing students for a wide selection of futures. “For our folks who want to really go in and be an actor, we just want to prep them so that they have a variety of choices when they leave here. Whether it’s a four year, or they want to go work at a theater, or an intern, or if they want to go straight to New York. We want to prepare them for that,” added Temple. Like many subjects, there really isn’t a singular pathway to

take in theater. The professors instill this in their students and try to guide students towards the direction they wish to pursue. “The training and techniques developed in theatre and drama courses include presentation skills necessary for aptitude in any career discipline- leadership experience, creative thinking, problem solving methods, the critical analysis of various texts, and the ability to collaborate with an ensemble or professional team,” said Foro. Unfortunately, the arts are often overlooked in a school setting. Theater and other arts mean a great deal to many people and students on this campus. “Theater expands your mind and your heart and your soul. You are constantly having to look at other perspectives. When you get a play and you have to play someone who’s not normally someone you would even know, when you play that person it’s like you have a relationship with them. So you’re introduced to so many people through characters and through playwrights … On that level, theater… is a very human experience,” said Temple. Foro offered similar thoughts. “Drama is important at every level of development regardless of the age. Storytelling and communicating thoughts to diverse groups of people has always been an integral part of the human experience. With any drama program students experience a diverse set of ideas, principles and perspectives that will help to expand their point of view and lead to a greater understanding of our collective society,” he said.

Local businesses encourage growth within community Many options close to Delta College campus BY SARAH AGEE

There are over 350 local businesses to Stockton’s name. Whether it’s a favorite taqueria like Tepa Taqueria or pizza restaurant like Joe’s Pomodoro Pizza Cafe or even a quick bagel in the morning at Bagel Express these businesses are doing more than just feeding appetites. Many local businesses are located within walking distance of the Delta College campus. It’s important to support local businesses in Stockton because it helps the community grow. Each business helps support the City of Stockton by being involved in town events, markets, or making donations to school and other events. Bagel Express off of March Lane has been open for 25 years and has the “New York favorite” according to owner Hector Lopez. Lopez said he donates his bagels to


nonprofit organizations, schools and churches in Stockton. These businesses encourage growth in the economy because most owners are entrepreneurs, which if the business is decently successful can move people from lower income to the middle class. Although that helps the economy, for most business owners, they wanted to share something they enjoy and are good at. Mike Rodarakis, manager of Joe’s Pomodor Pizza Café located on Pershing Ave., hopes Joe’s gives Stockton “quality pizza” while also donating and fundraising for high schools and middle schools in the area. One of the key elements that make small businesses stand out more to locals is the fact that most of the owners have created products that pertain to their interest and ethnicity. These businesses create goods that they enjoy and want to pass on to others in the community.

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oliticians have targeted a new audience: Generation Z. Their number one portal to reach young and potential voters is through social media. Many social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube have changed the way politicians campaign. Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to use social media successfully in his campaign by managing to gain over 5 million patrons on various social networks before his 2008 inauguration. “He [Obama] has not just a political base, but a database, millions of names of supporters who can be engaged almost instantly,” said David Carr, the New York Times media columnist. There are over 2.206 billion active users on social media according to SocialMediaToday. 1.925 billion of those users access social media websites and apps on their smartphones every day, more often than any campaign website. Political campaign staff cut to the chase and instead of getting potential voters to Google their campaign websites, they release information on news feeds and timelines via social media networks. The difference between the upcoming election and the 2008 and 2012

elections is that the majority of the social media users are old enough to vote. 82% of adults online are ages 18-29, have a Facebook and 52% have an Instagram. Campaigning on just two networks with a single post would reach more young adults than traveling across the country on a campaign trail. Donald Trump’s and Hilary Clinton’s Twitter following each exceed that of the opposing candidates from their respective parties. Trump has 4.62 million followers and Clinton trails him with 4.51 million. Posting on social media is an instantaneous way for candidates to speak and connect with their audience. In the past, if there was a controversy or a topic that needed to be addressed to the public, a press conference had to be scheduled and people had to wait to hear about it on the news or newspaper. Today a candidate can express their views or comments through a picture with a simple caption or a tweet in under 140 characters. Along with the benefits to campaigning, there are risks on social media. It is easy to berate someone on the Internet, yet even easier to share something by reposting or retweeting a neg-

ative comment. It is more common for a politician to be mentioned through social media in a negative manner than it is a positive. The hashtag “why I’m not voting for Hillary” is mentioned in over a thousand tweets on Twitter. Trump’s “ask Trump” hashtag backfired on him when followers started to question Trump about his past controversies. Politicians have to be extra careful about what they publish on social media due to the simplicity of some posts. Clinton tweeted in August, “How does your student loan debt make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.” This tweet did not please her followers when she received negative replies and retweets. Twitter user, Ben Jacobs responded in his own way by tweeting to Hilary Clinton, “How does finally handing over your server to federal investigators make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.” Social media is a way for politicians to seem transparent. It allows their followers and network “friends” to keep up with their political race on a daily basis. It’s also another political battleground the next President has to win.

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Tarantino’s eighth film on horizon BY MIKAEL HONZELL

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Quintin Tarantino will be debuting his eighth film, titled “The Hateful Eight”, in theaters on Christmas day. “The Hateful Eight” takes place a few years after the Civil War and follows the story of eight strangers who are taking shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover while waiting for a blizzard to die down so they can continue making their way to the town of Red Rock. The only trailer available shows a bounty hunter who goes by the name John Ruth with his captured fugitive, Daisy Domergue, traveling to the town so Ruth can turn in his bounty. Along the way the duo comes across a former Civil War Union Officer turned bounty hunter, Major Marquise Warren, standing in the middle of the road with two dead bodies. Warren asks if he can get a ride in Ruth’s carriage since they’re headed to the same town. Ruth allows him to ride along. However, due to the weather conditions in Wyoming, their travels come to a halt. The passengers take refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery and when John Ruth and his fellow travelers enter the place, they are greeted by four strangers also waiting for the blizzard to end. This creates a lot of tension because Ruth’s fugitive is wanted for murder and is worth a lot of money. Ruth suspects that some men holed up in the stopover intend to take the fugitive as their own for the money creating a tense atmosphere of distrust and paranoia.

Fans of Tarantino’s movies can expect to see a lot of familiar faces including Samuel Jackson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Tarantino himself. Kurt Russell also returns to the screen. Since the late 1980’s, Tarantino, a screen writer, producer and actor, has contributed to the world by producing arguably some of the best films to date. Among these films are “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill.”According to Time Magazine, he is among the 100 most influential people in the world. His unique take on crime/drama films by not taking them too seriously and adding a satirical sense of humor is most likely the reason for this. I appreciate what Tarantino is doing in his films. He has been switching it up a bit with his last two films, which were on the historical side taking us back in time to World War II in “Inglorious Bastards” and the harsh realities of slavery in his spaghetti western “Django Unchained.” This film, “Hateful Eight”, is also a western, but I’m a bit concerned with the plot. From what I’ve read about it and seen in the trailers, the plot feels like “Reservoir Dogs,” which had the same situation of strangers being in an enclosed space together, all paranoid that the man next to them may not be who he says he is. This feels cheap to me. But my expectations for this next film aren’t low. I’m sure that Tarantino has found a way to make this plot fresh and as entertaining as ever.



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BREAKING FREE: Delta running back Evan Owens runs for a big gain during the Mustangs 56-20 defeat to Chabot on Oct. 17.


LITTLE ROCKY: Gabriel Flores Jr. takes in a sparring session with his father, Gabriel Sr., at Los Gallos gym where the teen is preparing for a January tournament.

Teenage boxer pounds competition

Father-son duo dominating boxing rankings, jump to No. 1 BY ROBERT JUAREZ

As the old saying goes, there’s always a diamond in the rough, and Stockton has found it’s diamond in the boxing world. At Los Gallos Boxing Academy on North Broadway in Stockton, 15-year old Gabriel Flores Jr. is shining bright. The young boxer has won nine national titles already. At 14, he won the featherweight division title at the junior nationals in Reno. The victory earned him a number one ranking in the country and a spot on Team USA. “Boxing is just my life, period, I was born into boxing,” said Flores Jr. Gabriel Flores Sr., the teenager’s father and trainer shares the sentiment. “It’s life man, it’s the way of life. In order to be elite, it has to be the way you live,” he said. Flores Sr.’s passion for boxing ex-

tends to Los Gallos, which he runs. The elder Flores spends each day molding young fighters into future champions. His tactics seem to be working well. One of his boxers, Andy Vences, just signed with Top Rank, the premiere label in boxing with fighters such as Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. While being No.1 in the country is enough for most teenagers, Flores Jr. is looking forward to another goal. “I see me turning pro at 17, I can go for the Olympics in 2020 but I’m kind of leaning towards going pro and I hope to become a world title holder,” said Flores Jr. Flores Sr. is leaving the choice up to his son, letting his son decide his own future, and just sticking to the training part. “If he gets tired of fighting amateur, it’s totally up to him,” said Flores Sr. “We have connections with Top Rank, I got a fighter, Andy Vences, signed with Top Rank right now and they like Gabriel already,

so Gabriel has a lot of options.” The father son duo spoke on their first day back at the gym after a trip to Russia where Flores Jr. took on the international competition at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships. He brought home the silver in an impressive showing on the big stage. “I was totally satisfied with Gabriel’s performance, he was the youngest kid out there and dominating,” said his father. Flores Jr. has another tournament coming in January, in which he will be fighting for a spot on Team USA again. The young fighter certainly has a bright future ahead of himself, while the older Flores continues to make an impact in future fighters’ lives. “I love Stockton, man, so I want to stay right here and if bigger things come, they’re coming here to Stockton,” said Flores Sr.

Lady Mustangs look to repeat as Big 8 champs BY ANGEL GUERRERO

The lady Mustangs are off to a 6-1 start in the Big 8 Conference. “The Big 8 this year has overall really improved,” said sophomore Kirstin Kielhold. “Every team we really have to take seriously and that we kind of learned that a little bit slowly, but we have taken care of business so far.”

The title chase kicked off Sept. 30. The Lady Mustangs picked up consecutive victories against Sacramento City, Cosumnes River (Oct. 2) and Santa Rosa (Oct. 7). “This is a group of girls that play really well together and you can’t teach that, you can’t coach that,” said 2014 Big 8 Coach of the Year Molly Mordaunt. The Mustangs only Big 8 loss was to American River College who are cur-

rently ranked No. 10 in California. The team moved on to defeat Diablo Valley College (Oct. 14) and Modesto Junior College (Oct. 16) with both victories inside a packed Ernie Marcopulos Gym. The ladies added a road victory in four sets at Sierra college on Oct. 20. Delta will continue Big 8 Conference play on Oct. 28 at home vs. Sacramento City College (14-6, 4-3) at 6:30 p.m.

Delta College football team (2-4, 0-1 Valley Conference) were defeated 56-20 by the Chabot Gladiators (4-2, 1-0) at Lawrence A. DeRicco Field on Oct. 17. “It’s the first game of Valley conference play and we went into it after a bye week feeling really optimistic,” said Delta Head Coach Gary Barlow. The game started off promising for Chabot as the team scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown by running back Jordan Burgher. Delta College answered back with a nine play, 77-yard drive that was capped off by a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Phillip Kimble to wide receiver Jaxon Wagner. Kimble completed 23 of 41 passes for a total of 202 passing yards with three touchdowns and one interception. However, Delta kicker Joel Chavez missed the extra point attempt. Four minutes later the Mustangs punter, Craig Perkins, had his punt blocked by Chabot’s Dominic Ashley. Teammate, Brandon Jones, recovered the ball and fell into the end zone for a Gladiator touchdown to take a 14-6 lead over Delta. Delta’s Phillip Kimble was intercepted by cornerback Justin Zander on the next possession. Gladiators quarterback, Jose Ferreira, made the turnover hurt as he threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jay Dennis to increase their lead to 21-6. Delta’s defense tried to turn the momentum as defensive lineman Brenden Enis stripped running back Ondre Rudolph of the ball at the Chabot 41yard line, but failed to score as kicker Joel Chavez missed a 37-yard field goal attempt. “We got beat on offense, we got beat on defense, we got beat on special teams,” said Kimble. “You lose when that happens.” Kimble would later find wide receiver Michael Seawell for a four-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-13. “ [Kimble is] just a gamer and does whatever it takes to win,” said sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Wagner. “He plays hard.” Delta running back, Evan Owens, broke free for a 38-yard run in the first drive of the fourth quarter. “We have some really talented ball carriers and when we give them a little room they do some special things,” said coach Barlow. Down 42-13, Phillip Kimble and wide receiver Alec Von connected for a 36-yard touchdown play. The Mustangs continue Valley Conference play at the College of Sequoias (4-2, 0-1) on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.



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NASA recently announced water has been found on Mars’ surface with the evidence to back it up. Scientists have found dark streaks and large carvings on Mars’ surface only known to be caused by the flow of water, according to reports. Delta Astronomy Professor Lincoln Lee said the discovery has two implications for space exploration. “Since water plays such an important role in all Earth-based life forms, the thought is if there is water, then there is the possibility that life could be found. Secondly, NASA has a goal of landing humans on the surface of Mars by the 2030s,” said Lee in an email interview. A manned trip to Mars could only include so much water, so finding a source on the red planet aids in the


possibility of a trip happening. Lee also addressed the notion that there could be life on Mars. “It might fractionally increase the probability for them to find some type of life form, but nevertheless, in my opinion, the probability would still be small,” said Lee. The reason the possibility of life on Mars is still quite scarce, is because the atmosphere is one that would harm life rather than provide it. When scientists try to explain other worlds’ chances of sustaining life, they often use what is known about Earth as a comparison. Mars’ atmospheric conditions are more hostile than Earth’s. The same may be true for the water. “If they were to analyze Martian water with these tools and found bacteria or organisms that are found on Earth, how could we tell that it was definitely from Mars and not due to the contamination from our machines/tools?” said Lee.

What’s going on around campus? Get in the swing of things as the season changes BY KRISTEN RIEDEL

Delta jumped into the swing of the Halloween season with this year’s Haunted House hosted by the Puente Club in the Locke student lounge area, which is open until 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

The La Raza Employees Association Dia de los Muertos Breakfast is on Oct. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Locke Lounge. The $15 ticket price benefits scholarships for Delta College students, and fills your tummy with a breakfast of pazole, tamal, pan

dulce and hot chocolate or coffee. To fill someone else’s tummy this holiday season, donate nonperishable food items to the ASDC Food Pantry through Oct. 31. Donations are accepted at several places on campus, including the library, Counseling

Center, Child Development Center, bookstore, mailroom, Student Activities office, and the ASDC office in Shima 101F. On Nov. 1 at 3 p.m., don’t forget your tickets for the Dia de los Muertos Ballet Folklorico de Carlos Moreno event at Til-

lie Lewis Theater. Enjoy the music, dance, and art of Mexican culture brought to life by this Oakland performance company. Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $15 for students, seniors, and children 4-12; $1 for toddlers 4 and under.




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ROCKOBERFEST: The band Final Last Words played for Delta students for Octoberfest on Oct. 15 in the quad area near Danner Hall. Students also enjoyed hot dogs from Top Dog of Berkeley. The next Associated Students of Delta College sponsored College Hour event is an international food festival on Nov. 19. PHOTOS BY ORLANDO JOSE

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 23, 2015  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 23, 2015  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.