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Issue 4 • Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 •


Delta gets own real radio station


By Santana Juache

Fear, concern of Ebola spreads PAGE 2

GAS PRICES By Vorani Khoonsrivong

Art student takes on campus with comic PAGE 4

Horror-game genre resurrected PAGE 6

UPCOMING Mens soccer at UOP vs. Modesto Jr. College, Oct. 28 ASDC accepting non-perishable food items until Oct. 31


Gas prices are dropping. The US average price for a gallon of gas is currently $3.14, a drop from this year’s high of $3.71, according to AAA. States such as Missouri and Tennessee currently pay less than $3 with Humbold, Tennessee being the cheapest at $2.32 per gallon. California’s average price for a gallon of gas as of Oct. 17 is $3.55 and the cheapest place to buy gas in Stockton is Quik Stop on Thornton Road at $3.19. A gas station located on Bianchi Road is offering gas for $2.99 with a purhase of car wash ticket. “Each individual [gas] station is in charge of setting the price. The company owning the gas station assigns a dealer and the dealer resells the individual station a set price for the gas,” said March Lane 76 Owner Darrell Eppler. While March Lane 76 is pricier than many of the other competitor stations in Stockton, the gas station does offer “happy hour” from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. where the price of gas is reduced by more than 40 cents.

FALL Eppler was influenced by Walmart’s marketing strategy on lowering the price points. “I call it ‘Night Time’ pricing or ‘Red Eye’ pricing. I started three years ago thinking about how to market the gas station,” said Eppler. He said he looked at Walmart’s strategy on how the store lowered its prices on merchandise and did the same with gas. “The aim was to increase in volume and customer base. [Initially] I didn’t make money but as things got good, I made money and developed a good customer base,” he said. He said he doesn’t make a “fortune,” but “it’s a good feeling when someone says thank you [because] I can do something special,” said Eppler. This is great news for everyone but in particular, Delta College students benefit from the reduction. “I’m not surprised that the prices

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Delta College has a new low-powered FM radio station coming soon, called KWDC. For now test broadcasting is being conducted until the station will officially launched and be licensed by the FCC in 2015. Not only is this big news for Delta College students, but for also the entire Stockton community. Why is it a big deal? KWDC is expected to have 100 watts, enough to be heard in most of Stockton. “The radio mast that will be used to broadcast the station is already on top of the Shima building. We’re going to have a morning show, play local music, and promote local artists,” said Blaze Rodriguez, a student of the Radio and Television program. “It aims to become the true voice of Stockton,” said Rodriguez. RTV Professor William Story puts it into perspective. “One mission for KWDC is to present local news, sports, weather, traffic and other information that is difficult to find on most of the other local radio stations,” he said. The radio station will also be used as a training opportunity for Delta students that are serious about getting into the industry. “There are 14 radio stations licensed to broadcast in San Joaquin County. Cumulus Media, Inc., one of the country’s largest radio broadcasting corporations, owns and operates five local radio stations. We currently have several former Delta radio students working in the Stockton Cumulus Media radio stations,” said Story. With KWDC, Story said he hopes even more students will go on to fill in local positions in the radio industry.

Quad tree cut down after safety hazard By Jaime Garcia

Thirty may be the new twenty, but not necessarily for a particular Silver Maple tree on campus that didn’t age well. The life of the Silver Maple once shading the campus quad came to its end after a branch fell off and hit the ground. The fall made the tree a safety hazard to the campus, students and instructors. “The Silver Maple is a short-lived tree, the tree was getting towards the end of its life,” said Michael Toscano, campus horticulture instructor. Toscano has knowledge of the tree and campus nature. “The Silver Maple doesn’t live for a long time like most trees,” said Toscano.

It lasts up to 30 years and then dies, these trees have to be cut down or become a safety hazard to people around them because the limbs might fall. No one was hurt when the first branch fell off this tree in the quad. “It was cut down over the weekend,” Toscano added. This tree was cut down in mid October, when there were no students around to get in the way or get hurt. “I was walking and the branch fell right off behind me,” said Carmen Slaughter, Senator of Activities from Associated Students of Delta College. Slaughter wasn’t hurt. She was shook up by the fall, she said. Some students on this campus never no-

ticed or paid attention to the tree until the branch fell. “Never paid attention when it was up, but now that it is cut down I pay attention now to trees and I thought it would never fall,” Carmen added. Now the tree in the quad is cut down there is a lot more sunlight coming down to the campus. The Silver Maple made a lot of shade for the students that hung around it and sat under it also helped produced oxygen for the area around the area. People on campus are noticing the tree is gone now. “I felt bad because it provides oxygen and shade for the people,” said student William Mitchell.



Issue 4 • Oct. 24, 2014 •




The fear of Ebola spreads Should Americans be concerned about catching the virus?


By Aidet Ulloa



he fear of Ebola is spreading quicker than the virus itself and the irrational fear of Ebola is being referred to as “Fearbola.” According to the Washington Post, Ebola is a hyper-contagious disease that affects the brain, causing two-thirds of Americans to fear a widespread outbreak in the United States. With news and social media blowing the situation out of proportion, it hasn’t been of much benefit. Social media platforms like Twitter have aided in promoting Ebola outbreak and media coverage of the outbreak is causing undue fear and panic. “Ebola reminds me of the AIDS panic back in the 1980s. It’s like history repeating itself yet we still spread the unnecessary fear,” said Delta student Sarah Williams. Ebola has also managed to spread to the institutional level. Navarro College, a small com-

munity college outside of Dallas Texas has stopped accepting student applications from Ebola positive countries. For example, students from Nigeria, a country with only 20 reported Ebola cases, are being rejected from Navarro. Yet the World Health Organization will declare Nigeria Ebola free on Oct. 20 after Senegal was cleared of the deadly virus on Oct. 17. The fear of Ebola can’t take over America, as America needs to help actual countries with actual risks of contracting Ebola. If America wants to prevent an epidemic, we must aid the countries overseas. Liberia, one of the countries most affected by the virus has shortage of body bags and supplies to fight the Ebola outbreak. Liberia says to have 5,000 body bags when in actuality they will need over 85,000 in the next six months. Unfortunately 2.5 million boxes of gloves are needed, and they currently have 18,000.

Which is no surprise why The World Health Organization expects 10,000 new cases a week in West Africa. This is where America needs to start thinking rationally and globally to help the affected countries. ¨It’s crazy to think that we can be helping these countries but instead we’re isolating ourselves from these countries because of the fear,¨ said Delta student Alex Barrios. Yes, the three countries that cause concern have very poor sanitation, lack of proper medical facilities and the level of education is not that high. Despite this Nigeria has been contained and DR Congo has been contained in less than a month. America is better prepared and has greater resources to deal with an epidemic like Ebola than West Africa therefore most American citizens have nothing to fear. Unless you live in West Africa, care for Ebola patients, or have been placed in quarantine you have nothing to fear but fear itself. Spread facts, not fears.

Costume options sometimes reveal too much By Megan Maxey


ith Halloween right around the corner, many of us are contemplating what we should wear for the spooky occasion. Every year there is the typical: witches, angels, devils, athletes and the occasional ghost. What is different about this year? Halloween 2014 might see Ebola Hazmat suits, Walking Dead zombies, Miley Cyrus outfits, Frozen characters and other pop culture references. Halloween costumes for college woman tend to fall into two categories: inexpensive and inappropriate. Most college students are living on a budget and don’t have extra

cash to spend on a costume. Looking for something to dress up as without spending a lot money may prove to be difficult. “I used to make a lot of my costumes at home. I did a zombie costume by ripping up some old clothes and jeans and putting fake blood all over it and putting fake blood on myself,” said Angela Melton, a Delta student. There are a lot of options hanging in your closet. Old clothes you don’t wear anymore could be used for zombie costumes, celebrity lookalike costumes and many characters from popular movies. The struggle of finding a costume on a budget for a woman is often compounded by the expectation to be risqué.

It seems Halloween costumes for women often are derogatory and perpetuate an unattainable image. It has become custom for female costumes to be revealing, sensual, or inappropriate. “It’s okay if you’re older, but I have seen some female children’s costumes that are not appropriate at all. If you’re under 18 basically you shouldn’t be wearing any of that stuff,” said Melton. Just like the popular movie Mean Girls said in 2004: “Halloween is the one time of year that a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it” Ladies, if you feel like you have to dress in a provocative way this Halloween, know that you don’t have to. Halloween is about expressing not impressing.

SENIOR STAFF WRITER Santana Juache STAFF WRITERS Jaime Garcia Sven Jacobson III Vorani Khoonsrivong Kathryn Krider Midori Morita Megan Maxey

Zachariah MercesSpindler Gaby Muro Nicole Pannell Jake Souza Aidet Ulloa

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Issue 4 • Oct. 24, 2014 •

Why do you so many people choose to stay in Stockton? By Richard Reyes


ts dangerous ... There’s nothing good there ... It’s just STOCKTON. That is what many Stockton residents see on social media websites almost everyday. So why do so many people stay? I set out to hopefully find the answers, or at least see why an estimated 68,000 people would want to stay in the No. 4 ranked worst city in California, according to I put up a status on my on the popular website FaceBook, and within 24 hours had 30 comments from people who live in , or once lived in Stockton. “I have met some of the most amazing people in this city. Also got some of the best opportunities of my life here,” said Ryan “Soup” Campbell. “I’ve been asking myself that for about a year now,’ said Steve Dominguez. Of course many of us have said we cannot wait to leave

this city (myself included) and some locals have kept to their word. However, believe it or not many Stocktonian residents will never leave. But what really keeps us here? Is it the nice residents, great job opportunities available, or maybe it’s the fact we can walk the streets safe at night? Nope, none of those are the real reasons people choose to stay here. The top two answers I have received on this topic are family and job security. “My job is here, my family, and my wife’s family is here. It’s way cheaper to own a house in Stockton,” said Michael Gutierrez. When it comes down to it, many people ignore the crime rate. Whether its murders, robberies or just a plain shootout with police. Some residents have moved away, but have also found their way back here. Professor William Story of

the Radio and Television Department graduated from Delta in the 1970s, and moved back to his hometown of Colorado. In the mid 2000s, Story saw a job opening for the RTV Department and applied to continue his mentor David Steele’s work. I myself had the luxury of leaving Stockton and moving to Hawaii for six months. In the end, I missed my family and returned to this place that many residents call “Magnificent.” People don’t remain living in Stockton for the safe streets, or because police officers arrive on time to help you out with a smile, or because you can get jumped for your IPhone and fake gold jewelry. Stocktonians stay here because of family. They stay because they want to see this once great city, become what they march for every year to tell the world that Stockton is Magnificent. They stay because of what it is, and always will be ... Home.

Dress your children more appropiately Minors shouldn’t wearing clothes made for adults By Midori Morita


rom those funky bellbottoms some of us used to wear to the highlighter color t-shirts and high-waisted mom jeans, its apparent that fashion has changed through the ages. Trends have come full circle and today’s youth is the target demographic. You may see some young girls wearing high-waisted shorts and a crop top, just like millions wore in the 1980s and 1990s. And you may see some guys wearing skinny jeans and T-shirts that objectify women or show drug paraphernalia. When I was younger I remember walking into the clothing store Justice and wanting to wear as many sparkle shirts as possible. I remember when boys only wore shirts with Spongebob or the Power Rangers on them. Today’s youth is quite the

opposite, young teens are shopping at popular retail stores such as Hollister, Tilly’s or Abercrombie & Fitch. Girls clothing has become the center of attention for the rapid-changing trends. There are 12 year-old girls walking around with their stomachs showing and their butt cheeks hanging out of their shorts. Don’t worry you’re not getting old for thinking that what some today’s youth wear is weird. It’s concerning young adults and mothers as well. “I don’t even shop in the girls section when I shop for my daughters anymore. Especially in the summer time, the clothes are too revealing. I have to shop in the boys section, now,” said Marina Reyes, a mother of two. Most mothers don’t want their child running around in a shirt that barely covers the stomach. Some women argue that we

shouldn’t care what others wear. But it’s no longer about what people think. It’s about the safety of young girls. There are bad people out there, and when they see what some girls wear. It could trigger violence or even rape. These young girls may not know how to protect themselves against an attacker. But like the seasons, trends change and hopefully children’s clothing will return to the social norm. And with winter coming, stores are putting out long sleeves and pants to stay warm. “I remember when the girls’ section was just cute t-shirts with hearts and animals on them. Now I go and pick up a shirt and it’s only half of a shirt. I mean, what’s up with that?” said Reyes What do you think when you see some of the fashion trends today?

PILLOW TALK 101 With Jermaine Davis

Don’t push away possible future, suitor


or women, being attractive and good looking is most certainly a way to get a guy’s attention. The wonderful thing about this is that every man has his own preference as to what he considers good looking. No two men think alike. Paul’s definition of chubby may be John’s definition of what he considers thick, while Tim’s definition of skinny may be what Michael’s considers the average size for a woman. No matter what the case is in your situation, if he’s with you it’s obviously for a good reason so don’t make the crucial mistake that so many other women do ... Pushing him away. One thing guys hate is when they have to constantly uplift their girlfriend’s spirit because she’s insecure about her body or appearance. So what if your body will never have a body like Jennifer Lopez, very few people do. And who cares if your breast aren’t like Pamela Anderson’s, they’re paid for. So stuff all your insecurities and negative thoughts in a sock, you’ve already got the guy. If he can accept all the flaws attached to who you are, then why can’t you? Another brilliant way to push a guy further away in a relationship is by being catty. “Save the drama for yo mama,” we’re not interested in the messy situations your friends got themselves into and how their relationships are barely holding on. Unfortunately, if you’re the type of woman that does this form of pillow talk, it wouldn’t shock me if you’ve blown a promising relationship in the past. Worrying so much about what other people are doing in their relationship, only takes away time and energy that you should invest into your own. Men prefer to keep their relationships drama-free. Definition: Keeping all possible dark forces far away from interfering with our situation. But the main reasons, men create distance in a relationship is the lack of support we receive when it comes to goals and nagging. Deep down inside you might think his chances of becoming a famous tattoo artist are slim to none but if that’s his goal and you’re his woman, then you should support it one hundred percent. Or maybe you’re not a basketball fan and hate watching it, don’t complain and ruin the moment for him of seeing Kobe scoring 40 on the Pacers, by pouting like a baby who can’t have any chocolate milk after 5 p.m. It only takes a few wrestling moves to get a guy right where you want him. Once he’s within arms-reach, close enough for you to grab, pull him in and pin him into submission. It’s keeping your man happy and willing to grow old with you that requires a little more of a thought process.

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Issue 4 • Oct. 24, 2014 •

Dell’Osso serves up the scares By Midori Morita and Megan Maxey

By Gaby Muro

For almost two decades, the beloved Dell’Osso Family Farms has brought joy to San Joaquin County. Dell’Osso’s corn maze opens every year the first weekend in October and stays busy everyday through Halloween so there’s only a couple days left to visit. “Customers are always expecting something new,” stated Yvonne OlcomendySampson. With more than 15 attractions, such as the Pumpkin Blaster, Haunted House, private parties and the famous giant corn maze, the farm brings in around 150,000 to 175,00 families every October. “We’ve actually made friends with one of the ladies who gives tickets here. I’ve known her since I was pregnant with my daughter,” said Ashley Acosta, a mother who has been coming to the farm for almost 17 years. Families enjoy the friendly staff and great experience that comes with each visit. “I give every visit five out five stars,” stated Acosta. Acosta could not choose their favorite attraction. With so much to do, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. Every attraction is no more than $9. Package deals run for varied attractions run up to $22 a person. Dell’Osso is fun and affordable for the whole family. In recent years, the farm has attracted teens and young adults with a haunted house that gets scarier every year. This year there are more than 10 different actors jumping out in gory costumes ready to scare unsuspecting victims who decide to walk through. Dell’Osso also hosts special events during October. These events include a scarecrow contest, a Boy Scout and Girl Scout weekend and a dog costume contest. The scarecrow contest is one of the biggest events on the farm and has more than 50 entries ranging from Girl Scout troops, businesses and individuals. The grand prize winner receives $500. The Dell’Osso family and staff also encourages everyone of all ages to send in corn maze ideas for the upcoming year. The winner gets an PHOTO BY MIDORI MORITA “a-MAZE-ing” combo pack, which is good for a family of four and includes unlimited entry to WELCOMING THE CROWDS: Group of children having a great time at Dell’Osso Family Farm in Lathrop, located off of the corn maze and haunted house all day. This isn’t the only time Dell’Osso is up and Interstate 5. running. The farm also hosts Mud Run on the Farm and Holidays on the Farm. Holidays on the Farm is another popular event that opens Dec. 6.


Halloween brings up need for safety

By Ryan Quijalvo,

With Halloween right around the corner, we are all excited for dressing up, trick or treating and parties. All of this sounds fun but, have you thought about the dangers Halloween can bring and how you can stay safe? Halloween is by far the deadliest day of the year, according to Orlando-based attorney Michael T. Gibson’s website. “Avoid texting and taking pictures while walking or in high-traffic areas,” he writes. “Pedestrian accidents have increased due to the amount electronic distractions. The deadliest hour is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 60% of the fatal accidents occurred from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Drivers who struck and killed Halloween pedestrians were most likely to be between the ages of 15 and 25.” Halloween safety is also important on campus. “Like everyone, we enjoy the fun associated with Halloween. However, we are living in times where safety is heightened,” said Jim Bock, Delta College District Police spokesperson, in an email interview. Bock said it’s fun to dress up, but common sense should prevail. His advice: “1. Don't wear masks into businesses, buildings, or classes. 2. If your costume has accessories that are weapons, or look like weapons, do not bring them. Swords, firearms and certain knives are illegal. We will continue to provide a high level of patrol throughout our campuses with our focus being on maintaining the safest most enjoyable educational experience possible.” When it comes to parties, go with someone you know and always be alert. Not only are these tips specifically for Halloween but also for everyday. Whether you will be staying in or going out for Halloween to remember to stay safe.



Issue 4 • Oct. 24, 2014 •

Quad area sees crowd of students for Oktoberfest celebration By Orlando Jose

OKTOBERFEST ON CAMPUS: Delta College students crowd around watching the hot wings contest at the quad area. PHOTOS BY ORLANDO JOSE


Central United Methodist Church of Stockton celebrated its 50th year anniversary with a re-dedication on Sept. 21. On Oct. 19 the church, located across the street from University of the Pacific, celebrated, Autumn@Central. Delta College student Garrett Low has attended the church for years. A new member of Central is Chelsey Alegre. Both helped prepare lunch for the people of the Congregation. “People are welcome, all very sweet, helped me feel like I belong,” said Alegre . On Sept. 21, service started with the acolyte, the person that lights the candles while leading the choir, a few previous pastors, and the bishop into the church for a two-hour long service. The Governor of California,

Mayor of Stockton and also a Congressman Representative of California gave awards to the previous and recent pastors of the church. At the end of the service there was a brunch for the entire congregation. There also were a lot of different events: Studio@Central, Quilts in Central Park, people gathered in the sanctuary for a Story Telling Concert from Kirk Waller and also couple children’s in the choir performed a song instead of a usual sermon. Desserts of different kind of apples were served in the Fellowship hall. Lunch was served at the park. Members of the church signed their names on three big white boards with a memory of their moment at Central. Also people were asked by the director if they could paint a picture of the inside of the church on a canvas to celebrate the 50-years anniversary.

Students formed a crowd in the quad as Associate Students of Delta College (ASDC) Senator Robert Duran worked to hype everyone up during the Stein Hoisting Competition on Oct. 19 during an Oktoberfest event for students. Two Delta students went for it and did the challenge for two minutes and 38 seconds. The winner of the Stein Hoisting Competition was student Rondell Sinclair. “Basically, we just had big giant cups filled with root beer and we were all challenged to hold them up, to hold them up the longest. 
And to be honest I didn't think I was going to win because my arm was giving out on me but in the end I came through and won. 
It could have been a pound, maybe more. I feel like he [my opponent] was close to winning, like it was five seconds before I would of gave out. If it was not for the crowd I wouldn’t of won because they were screaming and

that was my motivation. Never give up on what you want if you really want it stick in it,” said Sinclair. The next game was the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazing Wings Challenge. Three students volunteered to eat the hot wings. The last standing man was Jabari Binder. “Well I signed up for the hot wings challenge that they were having here. 
It was hot, that is all I can say and I was hungry,” he said. “So everyone was like do it, I did it. During the competition I was not thinking about the other people on what they were doing until I got to the last couple of chickens.” Binder received a gift card to Casa Flores,
 two tickets to Jokes of Jams and T-shirt from Delta. Hot dogs were to be provided by Top Dog, but the vendor did not show up. “Campus life College Hour celebration is open to all students to enjoy great food, lively entertainment, games and prize, and engage in more student participation and involvement on campus,” said ASDC President Yvonne Flores.


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Issue 4 • Oct. 24, 2014 •

Gamers anticipate fall video games By Jake Souza


Horror resurrection in video games terrifies players By Zachariah Merces-Spindler


orror has come back in a big way, but not on the silver screen. Video games have taken the reigns for the horror genre with the releases of “Alien: Isolation”, “The Evil Within” and the highly acclaimed “P.T.” “Alien: Isolation” is a throwback to the original film by Ridley Scott from 1979. Going away with the Alien films and games and back to the terrifying survivor horror that Scott originally intended the franchise to be. The game is set on a ship, where you run and hide from an alien that’s stalking and killing all passengers. “Alien: Isolation” delivers on this promise. It Constantly keeps the player at grips with their heart rate and breath at every sound and sight of the alien. Perhaps stealthily avoiding getting killed by an Alien isn’t for you. Maybe as a gamer and horror fan you need some sense of control with weapons that do damage. “The Evil Within” provides that, but with intense thrilling scenarios engulfed by gore and places no one would ever wish to be. “Resident Evil” creator Shinji Mikami brought gamers a new terrifying world unlike any other. There is, however, a taste of all worlds of the horror genre placed into the game including zombies, de-

mons, ghosts, etc. “You took Nathan Drake and threw him into the basement of the Cabin in the Woods movie, but with much less ammo,” said gamer and horror film buff Ever Basco. Basco said it was “like the Saw films also” with the dark and bloody scenery. The heart-racing pace will keep gamers on the edge of their seats just as Shinji Mikami’s “Resident Evil” series but this time with a lot more “oh no” moments. For the grand master piece of horror in games comes “P.T.” (Playable Teaser). A demo that appeared on the PlayStation 4 store in August. The game is from “Metal Gear Solid” creator Hideo Kojima with assistance from director Guillermo del Toro. It is a demo/teaser to the next installment of the “Silent Hill” franchise. “P.T.” will easy spook and terrify all whom dare play. The game features a repeating hallway in a haunted house. Filled with jump scares and the desire to run and hide at every twist as the player laps the hallway. PlayStation gamer Oscar Gonzalez said it is “the scariest (expletive) game I’ve ever played. I hate it.” Twitch and YouTube have a great amount of players demonstrating themselves playing “P.T.” with commentary that will match the viewer’s fear. Survival horror specifically is back, now in a new way that is fully immersive and far more terrifying.

Daughter of Robin Williams raising awareness of mental health By Megan Maxey

On World Mental Health Day, Robin William’s daughter Zelda Williams returned to social media for the first time since her father’s death. She spoke out against the stigmas attached to mental health issues and insisted people treat them as a physical disease. “So please, let's help stop the misconceptions & support those who need our help. Healing the whole starts with healing minds,” Zelda Williams wrote in a Twitter post on Oct. 10. Robin Williams committed suicide on Aug. 11. According to, sui-

cide is the second leading cause of death in college students ages 20-24, one in every four college students suffer from a form of diagnosable mental illness. Mental illness can be a life-long battle, even after recovery. “Some try to hide it ... but it’s still there. It doesn’t go away,” said Atika Khan, a Delta student, who has known someone suffering. After Williams’ death in August, awareness regarding the seriousness of depression and other mental health problems spread. This unfortunate event made people around the world realize depression hurts everyone and is not “just being sad.” Mental illnesses are often misdiag-

nosed and misunderstood. Modern society has put stigmas on mental health issues, making it difficult for people to talk about them. “It’s different and sometimes we don’t like differences. We don’t want to talk about it so we don’t acknowledge it,” said Khan. Depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues are all things we need to start talking about. So many people who are suffering feel like they can’t reach out for help and they shouldn’t feel this way. Zelda Williams is just one example of the many celebrities trying to make a change.

This fall, the gaming community can rejoice in the new titles being released. A new “Super Smash Bros.” title has just come out with its fourth installment. People who have nostalgic memories of fighting with Kirby or Mario can rekindle that memory with the newest installment, which now has been made to play on Nintendo’s handheld 3DS. “‘Super Smash Bros.’ is a great installment into the series,” said Delta College student Bob Woerner. “Pokemon” is also coming out with another set of games: “Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire.” This time remaking the journey of the Hoenn region with the new additions that were added to Pokemon “X” and “Y.” “It’ll be great to head back to a familiar game title and see all of the new additions,” Woerner added about the upcoming Pokémon installments. For people who can’t let “Halo” out of their life, a new Master Chief collection is on the way. This collection will follow Master Chief ’s presence in the Halo universe, set with “Halo Combat Evolution” Anniversary Edition, “Halo 2”, “Halo 3” and “Halo 4.” “It was almost expected, with Halo starting its new journey and company, the Master Chief Edition will give new gamers chance to learn how ‘Halo’ got to this point,” said Mitchell Widger, a student at Delta College. For people who want to buy a game that they will regret purchasing, the new “Call of Duty” is on its way. “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” grabs attention for being a first-person shooter. It took Activision three years in the cycle to release rather than two. “Far Cry 4” is following the great success of its predecessor in “Far Cry 3”. This newest installment will take place in the Himalayas and bring hope that there is a game worthy of getting an Xbox One or PlayStation 4. For role playing game fans, “Dragon Age” is releasing a new title “Dragon Age: Inquisition.” “Dragon Age” is a promising role-playing game to compete with the Elder Scrolls game series. “The Evil Within” is a game that will leave gamers chilled as they make their way through each chapter. “There’s been a lack in horror games as of late and Evil Within delivers on its claims,” Woerner said on “The Evil Within.” The video game world will definitely have something to be excited about with these fall releases.



Issue 4 • Sept. 24, 2014 •


Two-year postseason trend continues

The opening of the 2014 season was a clean slate for the San Francisco Giants. The team came off of a lackluster title defense after winning the World Series in 2012. Baseball experts from around the country saw the Giants as a solid team, but nothing special. “While the Giants are far from spectacular, they are solid throughout the roster and good enough to compete on a nightly basis with strong starting pitching,” said Joe Giglio in an article on Bleacher Report. Simply, the Giants didn’t have the talent other teams had including the team’s division foes in Los Angeles. However, when the season began, the Giants burst out of the gates on a rant seemingly to prove all the doubters wrong as they sported a 42-21 record through early June. Unfortunately, the hot start failed in longevity as the Giants seemed to hit a slump. As players started to drop with injuries, so did the team’s place in the standings. The team’s spark plug Angel Pagan had his season end early due to back surgery in late Septemeber, which ailed the Giants search for creating consistent scoring opportunities on offense. The Giants also lost Brandon Belt, Matt Cain and Hector Sanchez. Even with these players hurt, there was still enough talent to get the Giants to the playoffs including: Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Mad-

ison Bumgarner to name a few. It also helped to get contributions from unlikely rookie secondbaseman Joe Panik. Panik hit over .300 and played above average defense at a position in need of assistance due to another injured player in the form of Marco Scutaro. With a scratch and claw tactic of baseball, the Giants were able to drag the team’s beaten bodies into the playoffs. The team’s sluggish entry into the postseason earned them a wild card matchup on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants won easily 8-0. Next was a Divisional round best of five series against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals had the best record in baseball. The games were tough. One went a postseason record 18 innings, in which the Giants won 2-1. The win propelled the Giants to a 3-1 victory. Most recent was the National League Championship rematch from two years ago against the St. Louis Cardinals. The series was far from the one two years ago that saw the Giants rally from a 3-1 series deficit and win. Once again, destiny was on the Giants side as the team came out on top 4-1 in a best of seven. The Giants are now facing another wild card team from the American League, the Kansas City Royals, in the World Series. Will the even-numbered year trend continue for the Giants? Only time will tell.


By Robert Juarez

Making the jump count Mustang setting bar high in track, field By Eleanor Mafi

The Collegian’s Mustang Spotlight for this issue goes to track and field athlete Eric Sloan. Sloan is a product of Bear Creek High School. It’s his last year at Delta College. His plans are to transfer to a four-year university and continue track while hopefully making it on an Olympic team. “He got here and we worked on strength. The kind of strength that you need to have in order to do,” said Head Coach Lester Bond. “Especially in the triple jump, which is very hard on your body then the long jump.” Sloan finished last season in first place in both events in NorCal finals with a jumping distance of 25-02.50 in the long jump and 51-04.50 distance in triple jump. He is also an individual winner in state championship for the triple jump with a 53-6.25 distance for Delta, according to the California Community Colleges Athletic Association. Sloan is planning to set more records. He continues to impress his coaches and teammates. Sloan has a lot of colleges taking a look at him right now. “Eric went to nationals with the best guys in an out of college and he end up taking tenth. That qualify him for the nationals under 23 championship in Canada. He went and won, so he’s an under 23 international triple jump champion,” said Bond. Bond said he is proud of Sloan as a student athlete. “For a community college all he can do is make records more difficult to reach for others. He is a good role model and great person. He does a lot for recruitment here at delta,” said Bond. Sloan is excited for this season. “Making my family proud that is what motivates me a lot,” said Sloan. “I want to be that student athlete that everyone that needs help can come and ask. I want to help everyone and answer any questions they have or wants to talk to me at track, at school or anywhere.”

Boxers look to keep sport alive after Mayweather, Pacquiao punch out By Zachariah Merces-Spindler

Boxing has lost its dominance in popular culture but it’s far from dead. The sweet science is continuing on even with the upcoming retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. For those looking for names to pay attention to in the meantime and after Mayweather’s retirement here are five to keep an eye on. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, a 31-year-old middleweight hailing from Michigan with a 31-0 record and 22 knock outs (KOs). Quillin is an action fighter whose defense is throwing punches. He’s one of the most exciting fighters who is up there in age but looks younger with each fight. Even though Quillin is the WBO champion, a true test against an elite fighter is long overdue. With no scheduled fight, Quillin is targeting Miguel Cotto and Genady “Triple G” Golovkin or any middleweight champion. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, a 31-year-old light heavyweight from Russia, currently holds an undefeated record of 25-0 with one draw and 23 KOs.

Kovalev is known for physically destroying his opponents with massive power from both hands. His last 13 straight wins have come by way of knockout, with each more brutal than the last. He’s definitely one to watch for a fan loving the big knockout. His next bout is scheduled on Nov. 18 versus Bernard Hopkins in Atlantic City, New Jersey on HBO. Keith “One Time” Thurman, a 25-year-old welterweight out Florida. Thurman has a perfect record of 23-0 with 21 wins by KO. He’s set in prime position to take the place of Pacquiao and Mayweather in the welterweight division as they’re inching towards retirement. Some would claim he’s untested by the elites of the division, but he has tremendous power and incredibly difficult to hit cleanly. The future is bright for Thurman if he can get fights and avoid the Andre Ward treatment of boxers fearing a fight versus him. Thurman has no upcoming fights scheduled but rumors of a December bout on HBO. Terrence Crawford, a 27-year-old lightweight from Nebraska with a perfect record of 24-0 with 17 KOs. Crawford is patient and deadly with every move inside the ring. A pure boxer with the power to be

devastating but smart enough to keep out of danger and win fights. Crawford makes any boxing fanatic happy with smooth punches with dazzling speed and also gets a crowd roaring with exciting fights and knockout power. Still an up and comer, the future is definitely heading towards greatness and a pound for pound top ten ranking someday. Crawford’s next fight is scheduled for Nov. 29 in Nebraska on HBO. Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder is a 28-year-old heavyweight from Alabama with massive power. Wilder has a record of 32-0 with all wins coming by way of knockout. For those looking for a next great heavyweight, Wilder is the one to watch. Wilder has never seen the fifth round in a fight. Nothing like the speed Tyson had, but the power is something to behold. If there’s any hope for an American heavyweight to captivate audiences again, Wilder is that. He has no upcoming fights as of yet, but a fight versus Bermane Stiverne is in the works with the winner set up to face and potentially dethrone Wladimir Klitchko.



Issue 4 • Oct. 24, 2014 •

One microwave for thousands make for long lines, students being late to classes By Orlando Jose

In Danner Hall, people may wonder what the long line is for. The ATM? No it’s just for the microwave. And stomachs are growling and waiting impatiently. “The microwave broke and apparently we are waiting for another one to come in, so we just have one,” said Kathleen Bean of Delta’s Food Services. There were originally two microwaves. Now students must wait in long lines to warm-up food. “There’s only one microwave in Danner Hall. The line is extremely long all the time. We need another microwave ASAP,” said student Dena White. White heard that someone put foil in the broken microwave, causing the

damage. “It makes me late for class, I try to come in here to eat and get to class but I have to wait in this long line which is messing with my class time or my study time and I can’t afford that,” said White. Student Jose Garcia said the issue is “crazy.” “If I needed to warm something up, I will spend my majority of the time warming something up, and less time eating, wanting to rush to eat in order to make it to class,” he said. Garcia said there should be more microwaves in Danner Hall. He said it’s also an issue for disabled students. The one microwave is located in a main walkway between an ATM and the Student Chef, confusing people. No one knows what line is for what. “There is a long line for the microwave and there also people in wheel-


ONE MICROWAVE, THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS: As students warm up their food the microwave line grows longer and blocks the way for students to use an adjacent ATM.

chairs trying to get through the line to get to mobility or to go outside of Danner Hall.” said Garcia. He also added

Decision made by the state community college Board of Governors, Chancellor on bachelor degrees programs By Robert Juarez

On Jan. 28, Governor Jerry Brown gave the green light on allowing a pilot program selecting 15 community colleges around California to offer a four-year degree for three areas of education: health, science and technology. Fifteen colleges selected will be those close to the more populated areas in the state. As of now, it doesn’t appear Delta College will be one of those locations. State Senator Marty Block introduced the bill, explaining it has become more difficult for students to be accepted into four-year institutions. “In San Diego it's difficult to

get a four-year public bachelor's degree because San Diego State is so impacted, UCSD is also impacted,” Block said to KPBS San Diego. “So it occurred to me, why not let San Diego City College, Mesa College, all of the other good colleges in San Diego and the state offer this four-year degree.” The three areas impacted by employees with a bachelor’s degrees or higher. The current state of the economy hasn’t enabled students to afford the payments to attend a university, whether it be tuition, housing or moving across country. This has left scholars with an associate’s degree as their only opportunity.

As this law is beginning to sound to good to be true, well it is to an extent. The state community college Board of Governors and Chancellor in accordance with CSU and the UC will select which colleges will be eligible to participate in the program. Bachelor degrees received from community colleges will not be the same as the ones from the four-year schools. Lastly, the community college must document the workforce needs the degree would help. However, junior colleges located in the Bay Area will more than likely be chosen, so Stockton students won’t have to stray too far from home.

that the microwave is located in a bad spot. The staff hope to get a new microwave in the near future.

DeRicco back in action for students By Alexis Bustamante

Many students were displaced by the relocation of student services due to an August flood in the DeRicco Student Services Building. Delta College released an email stating services have been moved back to the first floor of the DeRicco building. The damages from the broken irrigation line have been repaired and the building is almost back to full capacity. “Finally, I’m glad the building is back up. Everything is in one place, it’s no longer an inconvenience,” said student Alton Henry.

Delta asks students to be alert to signage regarding adjustments in their area as they continue to strive to reach full capacity. This may include elevator outages or minor changes in hours for offices. DeRicco Building Counseling and Special Services, including EOPS, DSPS, Outreach, Career/Transfer Center, CalWORKS and WorkNet, will continue to their normal second floor DeRicco Building locations and hours, according to the news release. Some students are happy about the move back because all of the services offered in one floor were scattered all over campus.

GAS: Falling gas prices makes it easier on the finances of Delta College students continued from PAGE 1 are dropping. This is great because now I’m able to save money,” said Delta College student, Rudy Un. Un drives a 2001 Chrysler Sebring and spends $30 a week on gas. Spending $30 a week takes a toll on finances, according to Un. Kopany Haney, another Delta College student, was surprised about the drop in gas prices. “I’m surprised with the gas prices dropping because we’ve bordered $4 in the last couple of years,” said Haney. Haney doesn’t drive but she is optimistic with the price dropping, the economy will do better as the holiday season approaches.

The question still remains: Why is gas so cheap and how long will it last? The answer is simple: crude oil production. Initially, many assume the political unrest occurring in the Middle East would cause the price of crude oil to increase since the Middle East controls a large sum of crude oil production. Now domestic places like the Midwest, Pennsylvania and Texas are in an energy production boom and keep the global market stable with crude oil production, according to a report from U.S. News & World Report. Essentially, the U.S. is relying less on foreign crude oil and producing domestic crude oil.

Producing domestic crude oil causes demand to drop, therefore the price drops as well. In terms of how long will gas prices will continue to drop before they start peaking depends on a few situations, according to Delta College Economics Professor Joel Beutel. “The U.S has oil to keep the overall market stable. Supply is high and demand is low in places like Europe,” he said. As for duration, Beutel gives it a year before gas prices begin to peak again. One thing’s for certain: Enjoy the price of gas while it lasts.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 24, 2014  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Oct. 24, 2014  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.