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Working students hope minimum wage hike will help



Cheating, a life style choice PAGE 3

Writers’ Guild hosts semi-annual Book Swap PAGE 4

New research shows processed meat can increase cancer risk BY BRANDON GARCIA

Womens’ waterpolo ends season strong PAGE 7



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The United States is a nation of meat eaters. You name it, we eat it. Processed meats like sausage, bacon and ham are nearly universal favorites. So favorite that according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Americans rank second in the world for consumption of meat at 201 pounds per person a year. Recently the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that eating processed meats definitely increases incidence of colorectal cancer by 18 percent and have labeled them as a Class 1 carcinogen. Processed meats consist of meats that have been modified through salting, curing, smoking or fermentation to enhance its flavor or lengthen shelf life. “For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” said Dr. Kurt Straif, head of the IARC Monographs Programme, in a press release. “In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance.”

This isn’t fresh news to the American Cancer Society since it has recommended eating less meat and living a more healthy lifestyle since 2002. People locally are also not surprised by the recent announcement. “The fact that people are just now bringing to light the effects of red meat, processed meat products and foods on the body is very behind the times,” said Amanda Lozano from the San Joaquin Certified Farmers Market. She predicts this is good news for her and the farmers who sell downtown and at the Weberstown Mall markets. “This will affect my market in a positive way, more veggie seeking and alternative protein seeking customers can find all they need. Fresh produce, freshly made soy products, tofu, fresh wild caught fish and rice products,” said Lozano. Despite the recent news, not everybody is taking it seriously. “There are a lot of things I can control when it comes to eating but I just don’t think I can give up bacon,” said Mike Johnson, of Stockton. According to, Americans eat 17.9 pounds of bacon per year. “Everybody loves bacon,” said Johnson.

Too many of us know the struggle of having to work while attending school. There are only so many hours in the day. Working students must find time to attend and pay attention in class, complete homework assignments, study for upcoming exams, be on time and perform well at work, stay healthy and try to get a good night’s sleep. Many do all this only to wake up and do it all again the next day. “[Living on your own] forces you to mature and take responsibility. Mom isn’t there to do your laundry or cook you food or help you when you’re sick. You have to get up, clean, buy your own food, which is where I spend most of my money… It’s not a party, it’s a step closer to being an adult in the real world,” said Baili Kurtz, a Delta student who recently moved out of her parents’ household. It’s hard to find many students these days on Delta’s campus that aren’t working part-time or full-time. Students seem to be looked at as super heroes if they work and go to school but do they have another option? The minimum wage in San Joaquin county is currently $9 an hour. In January, it will increase to $10. This action was taken in hopes of helping those of us who are trying to support ourselves while only receiving minimum wage. Some think that this action will do the opposite. “I think minimum wage rising is just going to cause a domino effect of people’s hours getting cut and prices of everything else rising. Minimum wage jobs were made as a stepping-stone to a career. Flipping burgers was never made to be a job to support a family,” said Kurtz. Students are going to school for a higher education in hopes of eventually landing higher paying jobs so they aren’t stuck in the minimum wage jobs. The minimum wage now isn’t enough to support someone attending school part time or full time. Having to pay for rent, utilities, car, gas, classes, and books it’s hard to imagine someone being able to afford anything on $9 an hour, being part time or full time and maintaining an acceptable grade-point average. “It can be feasible to live off $9 if you manage your expenses correctly but it would still be difficult,” said Isai Ramirez, a Delta student who works part time at Blaze Pizza in Tracy. It’s not only about living paycheck to paycheck.

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We continue to shape the future, make strides in the technological world


illennials are probably the Point presentation about it. most judged generation in From a young age we were taught to America. use the Internet. I’m sure you rolled your eyes just In second grade, my class was rereading the word “millennial.” quired to do typing lessons and other Labeled as lazy and narcissistic, Milcomputer-based activities. lennials have noticed older generations I see it as beneficial that younger Milattaching these derogatory words to lennials were taught to type and use the them. Internet, but to older generations we are Millennials were born between the walking zombies who can’t stop using it. years 1981 and 1997. I agree younger Millennials are a little It seems Millennials are split bedependent on our electronic devices. tween old and There’s no young. need to give And for the an entire genMIDORI most part, the eration a negaMORITA younger half tive stigma. gets criticism Millennials from older are bringing generations. fresh new It seems Millennials born in the 80s ideas to society, just like the generations feel like they are in between generations. before us, and we will continue to inMany of these older Millennials are novate the world. married to Gen Xers and feel more conDavid Karp is the creator of one of nected to the generation before us. the most popular social media sites, On, a site that connects Tumblr. Karp is only 29 and is already businesses to professional individuals, a worth $200 million. study shows that Millennials are more Tumblr brings in 120,000 sign ups a hard-working, adaptive and entrepreday and is home to 217 million differneurial, so why are we thought of so ent blogs. negatively? Another Millennial making hisOlder generations say younger Miltory is Malala Yousafzai. Born in 1997, lennials are always glued to our phones Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize or computers. winner for her activist work promoting Can you blame us? female education in Pakistan. We were the first generation to grow Millenials are hard-working and up with computers and the Internet inspiring to those generations following revolution. behind, just like what Generation X did For example, many students did for us. mission projects in elementary school We are tech-savvy trailblazers for where they had to visit and rebuild their companies who want to keep up with mission. the ever-changing business trends. I didn’t visit the mission, I did my We are defining the future. research on Google and made a Power

Change isn’t end of the world, just a new chapter


t’s said life doesn’t give you on good qualities as a way of feeling what you want, only what you better about keeping them around need. when we know that they’re creating I’ve found this difficult to accept. chaos in our lives. There’s a lot of ways I wanted things Change isn’t as bad as we think it in my life to turn out but the result is. ended up being the opposite. If you pay attention, new opportuThere are a lot of people I’ve nities and people will make their way bonded with and wanted to share to you. You’ve just got be open to and more experiences with but now they’re know when to spot them. no longer around. It’s easy to feel discouraged when And there are chapters in my life faced with the fact some things will I wish I could never be the go back to same and relive, but And someMIKAEL scientists haven’t times you can HONZELL found ways to even get so low time travel yet. to the point A lot has you feel that changed and will never be the same. there’s no way life will ever be as good Change is inevitable and it’s obvias it used to be and with that attitude, ous trying to fight against the current you’re right. instead of just flowing with it creates The cool thing about life is that more struggle. you’ve got control over what to do Having been through a lot of tran- when the damage is done. sitions in life I wasn’t so sure about You can choose to mope around it at first, but I’ve come to realize a and dwell on how much you miss the majority of things we go through hap- past and wait for scientists to figure pen for a reason. out time travel, you can also use that For example, people I’ve become feeling of emptiness as motivation to close to don’t always stick around. open yourself up to new experiences It’s sad at first, but I learned all this and try with all your might to crawl does is create more room for someone out of that dark mood. even better to tag along with me and Blind faith is a must have as well. my “adventures.” Even if you are convinced the I’m actually glad some people aren’t efforts you’re making are pointless, in my life anymore, because now that you’ve got to push through all the they’re gone I can reflect on the type doubt and believe that as long as you of person they really were and I can are trying to make the best of your see they weren’t as great as I made life, the universe will provide. them out to be. If something doesn’t work out the It’s funny how we try to paint over way you want it to, that’s someone’s real colors when they start fine. showing. Life says you don’t need It’s like we exaggerate it that bad anyway. ILLUSTRATION BY FREEPIK.COM



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STAFF WRITERS Sarah Agee Brandon Garcia Angel Guerrero Mikeal Honzell Victoria Pinasco

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letters raising issues and opinions are encouraged, but shouldn’t be taken as a reflection of the opinions of the staff.

ENTERTAINMENT Zachariah Merces-Spindler

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SPORTS Richard Reyes

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n the 2014-15 academic year at Delta College, 87 “If it were up to me, our policy would be that if you students were reported to the administration on accusa- were caught cheating you would be expelled,” said Dr. tions of academic dishonesty, according to information William Ferraiolo, professor of philosophy. provided by Enrollment Services & Student Development. I understand the pressure to succeed, and the pressure As an observant student and a paid reader, I’ve seen a range to “help” a classmate or turn a blind eye, but it’s imporof cheating behaviors and felt discouraged by what seems to be a tant to avoid the temptation of the easy way out. pandemic for today’s students. College is meant to prepare students for careers that have Students sometimes cheat unintenhigher incomes, with greater responsibility and tionally due to ignorance of the definiaccountability. KRISTEN tion of cheating, which is more encomGraduating without the knowledge passing than copying someone else’s or ethical standards that are the point RIEDEL answers. Other students know what of a higher education is a disservice to cheating is and choose to do it anyway. the cheaters and to the employers and Delta’s policy against plagiarism, customers who will count on them. cheating and other academic misconduct covers not only I fear this argument will be lost on many students raised the people who submit another’s work as their own, but in the modern age of permissiveness. also the people who provide work for others to copy. Today’s young adults have been lauded for accomBecause it’s up to the discretion of each faculty member plishing the feat of breathing, and offered sympathy as a whether to report cheating or handle it alone, and because reward for moral failings. most people are never caught, the number of people acChildren shielded from the natural consequences of their cused is unlikely to be reflective of how many people cheat. misbehavior become adults who believe there are no negative “I have always felt my efforts as a teacher are betconsequences so long as they’re doing the best they can. ter served by devoting my energies to the students who “I have faith in the cosmos that cheaters (especially are working hard … rather than making a career out of repeat offenders) eventually get their due,” said Villegas. policing those who are deliberately cheating,” said English Professors shouldn’t have to be academic police officers, professor Anna Villegas, in an email interview. but college is the last sieve between youthful indiscretion and Some professors place importance on second chances, and adult corruption, and there are no others to stand guard. use Internet tools to discourage students from plagiarizing essays. “I was plagiarized by a graduate student in a program in “If Turnitin flags a paper anyway, it receives a score of Pennsylvania. He turned in a paper that the instructor thought zero which impacts its writer’s overall grade very negatively,” was kind of suspicious, the instructor Googled it and found said professor Ulrike Christofori, in an email interview. out I had actually written the paper,” said Ferraiolo. Other professors place importance on the hard lines Students who cheat only damage themselves, but dishonesty between right and wrong, and discourage dishonesty by in the workplace will affect the employer and a person’s ability pursuing maximum punishment. to support their family.

Construction affects daily commuter life


t’s no secret that any student who commutes to Delta Not only are the divides dangerous, but with some dreads their daily drive on Interstate 5. people not going the 55 mile-per hour speed limit in the The construction that surrounding all of the exits area, they are constantly swerving when it comes to the when entering Stockton have caused stress upon drivers, tight turns and lanes without shoulders. as well as multiple vehicle accidents. It endangers other drivers because with the construcThe construction has been going on tion walls up, cars have no shoulder to for four years and is supposedly coming pull over on if something happens or to an end within the next few months. to avoid dangerous drivers. SARAH The construction has been on track It’s dangerous for everyone else who to extend the number of lanes, and will commutes. When accidents happen in AGEE include a carpool lane and sound walls. these areas students better expect to be When heading northbound, the late or absent from classes. disruption of traffic begins at the split On Monday, when the first big rainof continuing on I-5 to Sacramento or taking Highway 4 storm of the season happened, a semi truck tipped while into downtown Stockton. heading northbound on I-5 near Monte Diablo Avenue in The way they divided is dangerous because drivers don’t Stockton snarling traffic all the way back to Manteca. know which way to go to get to the Pershing Avenue exit It was a mess said student David Miranda, who comand are constantly swerving over multiple lanes at once, mutes from Tracy. He said he only inched forward for causing many cars to nearly hit them or another car. much of his commute. Zachary Gwerder, a student who commutes from Tracy “... I had work later that day in all the way in Pleasanton at 2 said there are dangers of driving in the construction. [p.m.] and didn’t think the traffic would still be bad, but I was “The split in traffic has caused multiple accidents and wrong. As soon as I got on the freeway I was stopped again in near misses that I’ve seen. It’s like they forget it’s there or one spot for about 25 minutes and was beyond over it,” he said. something,” said Gwerder.

Hard work necessary, continues throughout life ZACHARIAH MERCES-SPINDLER


here’s something to be said about hard work and dedication. Better yet, determination and the great apathy that prevents motivation. More troubling is the myth of “hard work,” which doesn’t exist outside a personal relative arguments. Take, for instance, the constant bickering amongst individuals about the difficulty of their jobs, as if it means anything which job is tougher or more complicated. I was at fault for making comparisons when I worked two jobs and played multiple sports, until I realized the work itself was never difficult, exhausting maybe, but never hard. Hard work should be redefined as striving for better for the sake of yourself and those teammates or coworkers around you. Putting forth the effort is the most concerning hurdle throughout most endeavors, especially tasks that continue past the present day. Merely showing up should be the most important obstacle. But that’s not enough. Being mentally present and prepared to go above and beyond requires effort. Because I am addressing college students and young adults, I’ll put it in perspective as if life is a video game. Strive to reach that high score, finish a mission or reach an ultimate end. Even consider using another person’s successful play as a walk through to success in life. Games end rather fast, because there’s only so much data and so much time, but life continues for many years. This always opens an odd factor, the temporary lifespan of things compared to the grand scheme of life. Just like in sports, there’s only one championship game each year, then a fresh start the following year. Reality acts similarly, people move and change and battle monthly objectives. We have ebbs and flows in life. Determination is fighting thousands of small battles in a non-existent war.


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Writers’ Guild event brings bibliophiles together to trade, collect




The Writers’ Guild held its Fall 2015 Book Swap on Nov. 4 in Upper Danner hall. Donated magazines, novels, and school binders were put on multiple tables to be given away to students, staff, and professors. “The book swap promotes literacy by the Writers’ Guild here at Delta. We wanted to promote literacy in the community,” said Writers Guild member

Corttani England. “We take donations from people that want to get books off their bookshelves. Some students bring books to swap out with other books.” The largest donation to the event was from Tama Brisbane from the With Our Words organization. A box delivered to Delta by Brisbane might held as many as 500-1,000 books. The book swap was started in Fall 2011 with the help of the Guilds’ former


BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS: The Writers’ Guild annual book swap is a favorite event on campus. Students are allowed to take as many books as they could. Or they could bring a book and swap it with another to add to their collection. The Book Swap organizers hope to promote literacy and encourage students to read.

president Angela Bardot, who was also in attendance to help fill empty spots left by books being taken. “I started this because I was selfish and wanted free books,” said Bardot. “I keep coming back because it helps promote literacy, and giving back to our students.” Bardot also said she has seen students be able to find course books that they couldn’t have afforded otherwise, and

swap out books they’re no longer using. Students took advantage of the free books, some taking entire boxes full. “I was just walking around [the tables] and I was able to find a couple books I been looking for and now I get to go home and read them,” said student Vanessa Gutierrez. Though no date is yet available for the Spring 2016 swap, it’s sure to be another best seller grab.




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It’s a building all of us pass every day and most of us use sometime while attending Delta. The Irving Goleman Library is a building that houses not only thousands of books, but also other valuable physical resources such as computers, printers, copy machines and free Wi-Fi. “I print and copy and use the computers if I need to,” said student Aaron Kumar. There are four full time and five part time librarians, as well as 10 library technicians available to help students navigate the shelves and get the most out of the books and new technologies. “We get to know a lot of students,” said Amal Elayyan, senior library technician. “Library service is extremely important.” She has worked at Delta for 20 years, and both of her children graduated from Delta, her daughter going on to law school and her son pursuing a master’s degree in economics. The banks of computers upstairs have Internet connections and useful programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite to help students with assignments. These can be reserved on the spot, but can also be booked in advance on the library page. The electronic library resources available at school and from anywhere in the world include access to 88 online databases providing articles that are proper sources for college level research. GO-CAT, Goleman’s electronic catalog, grants access to more than 25 thousand e-books in addition to print books, and is available online or with an app that allows you to search from your phone or mobile device. “I get a lot of really super positive feedback,” said Technical Services/Systems Librarian Steve Schermerhorn. “Our students are amazing people.”


Schermerhorn spends 2/3 of his time behind the scenes, making sure these technology initiatives are implemented and executed well. He has worked here for 18 years and is involved in the local music community, playing pop and jazz music on the piano. Principal Librarian and Professor of Library & Information Studies Dr. Jun Wang teaches three levels of Library Information Literacy classes that are a treasure for any student who will ever have to do any kind of research. She also coordinates the library workshops throughout the semester that provides the same information in an a la carte format for students who need to learn, but cannot fit the class into their schedules. Wang moved 21 years ago from a position at State University of New York to Stockton for the multicultural environment and the weather. Her daughter attended classes at Delta while she was in high school and went on to attend UC Berkeley. Downstairs almost feels like a whole different world with the quiet study areas, group study rooms and the free tutoring center covering business, computer science, electrical, foreign languages, history, humanities, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology. Instructional Support Assistant Virginia Kirschenman also coordinates workshops of a practical nature such as how to use the Etudes platform, note taking skills, and time management skills. She has worked at Delta for 27 years; the last eight in the library where she helps people find all the services available on campus. Her two children graduated from Delta, her daughter transferred to Cal Poly and got her CPA license, while her son went to Berkeley for his master’s degree and now teaches computer sciences here. “You get a love for the students, you really do,” said Kirschenman.


HIGHLIGHTING DELTA: Delta athletes balance responsibilities, making points while still making grades BY RICHARD REYES

College is a stressful time in a young adult’s life. The pressure of showing up for class, turning in homework assignments, and making time to study for exams can drive the average student crazy. Throwing in multiple weekly practices, a weekly game that may include jumping on a team bus to compete at another school, and a weekend job would make most students tap out during the first month. Delta College athletes endure this type of college life for a reason … to continue playing the games they’ve loved since childhood. It’s difficult, but what helps me is I learned [to] balance the days that I don’t have school,” said sophomore Cassidy Caton. The Lady Mustangs volleyball team is a fine example of this method. “I made sure I have two days off during the week, that gives me time to catch up on anything I missed, catching [up] on my homework so I wasn’t stressing about class every day,” said Caton. While the team is in a tight race for the Big 8 Conference title, the ladies have to fit life into a daily schedule that does not revolve around school.


“I only work one day a week and that is on the weekends now,” said Caton. To help athletes stay on top of their studies, Delta offers a study hall on Budd’s second floor known as

“The Zone.” “The Zone keeps [me] going. I have to get a certain amount of hours, and if I were not in there I would not [be] doing my homework, so that keeps me going,” said freshman Danielle Erdelatz. Due to the ladies’ busy schedules, their social lives can sometimes be in a whirl spin. In a radio interview with KWDC on Oct. 29, sophomore Daniella “Danny” Arteaga said the team keeps in contact with each other off campus. “We have a group chat where we keep in contact. Sometimes I am so busy that I fall behind in the conversation, and I have to scroll back 60 messages just to catch up,” said Arteaga. Of course, having a caring coach always helps too. “I like coaches that yell, and she knows that. She knows being hard on me really helps me,” said Caton. “I am in my own head enough, so she says ‘don’t get in your head, let me do that.’” This year, the team is once again in a tight race, with today’s Pack the House event having big implications for an outright championship against American River College. However, Erdelatz added that the team knows the important rule: “If we don’t have [the] grades, we don’t play.”



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Mustang’s ready to stampede Men, women basketball teams excited to play on new gym floors BY ANGEL GUERRERO

Delta College Men and Women’s basketball teams are set to begin play on Nov. 6 and 7. Both programs have brought success in the form of 35 combined conference championships dating back to 1963, according to The Lady Mustangs, led by Gina Johnson in her 20th season as head coach at Delta College, look for a threepeat as Big 8 conference champions, and a third consecutive trip to the state Final Four this year. “Their goal is definitely to try to win another conference championship,” said Johnson. “... But we’re not as tough as we need to be. If you’re going to win something big like a state title or state Final Four bid, we’re going to need to figure out how to rebound and get tougher.” In an effort to get tougher, Delta traveled to Southern California on Sept. 27 to play in a tournament against teams such as Irvine Valley (loss), Citrus (win), Cypress (loss), and San Diego City (win) — three of which are ranked in the top 15 of the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association South Region Preseason Poll. “I think the trip to SoCal was definitely good for us especially so early to help us play against some better teams that have been playing together longer.” said sophomore captain and guard Natalie Delgado.  Sophomore guard/forward Raynell Lynn agreed and also added that “It’s preparing us better for [the] season and the way that they play down there is a better way to warm us up.” Competition will continue to heat up as Delta opens their season against the defending state champions,

Chabot Gladiators, in the first round of the Jocelyn Mancebo Classic in Joe Blanchard Gym at 1pm on Nov. 6. One day later, the Delta Men’s basketball team will begin their season at the Cabrillo College Tournament in Aptos, California. Having missed the playoffs only once in his seven seasons, Delta College Head Coach Rich Ressa will set his sights on improvement and trying to capture the Men’s first Big 8 championship since 2009. “We have to go through some adversity, we have to go through a little bit of the season, grind it out and see kind of what we’re made of,” said Ressa. The Mustangs have competed in preseason events such as the Skyline Scrimmage in San Bruno and the Nor Cal Fall JUCO Jamboree in San Francisco. “I feel like we’re coming along really well,” said sophomore forward and Captain Justin Nieto. “There’s still room for improvement, but I feel like we’ll be doing really well this year as a team.” According to Coach Ressa, David Lerma from Jim Elliot, Alex Smith from St. Mary’s, Christian Allen from Franklin-Elk Grove and Jovian Cormier from Heritage are just a few incoming freshmen who could become key contributors for the team this year. “There’s some other new guys too,” said Ressa. “All will have some impact at some level and sometime this year.” While the goal is to win state, the Mustangs know it will take a lot of hard work. “Like coach Ressi always says, ‘Achieving that standard,’” said Nieto. “He always tells us about the difference between success and excellence and we’re trying to go for excellence.”

Royals win World Series over Mets BY VICTORIA PINASCO

After coming up short to the San Francisco Giants last year, the Kansas City Royals returned to the World Series and defeated the New York Mets in five games to claim the team’s second championship in franchise history. “To be able to win this is very, very special, with this group of guys,” said Royals manager Ned Yost in an interview with ESPN. Winning 95 games in the regular season, the Royals were able to win their first title since 1985. Although the Royals trailed the Mets at one point in every game of the series, the team managed to rally in the final few innings of games 1, 2, 3 and 5 to take the series. During the Royals postseason run, only five runs were scored in the 8th inning or later by the Royal’s opponents. The Royals rounded up a total of 40 runs in the 8th inning or later, the most in playoff history, leading to eight postseason comebacks, in seven games they trailed by at least two runs. The Mets started the game strong when Edinson Volquez allowed a lead-

off home run from Curtis Granderson, his third home run this postseason, in the bottom of the first. The Mets were able to add another run in the 6th inning after Granderson walked. David Wright singled, leaving Granderson in scoring position. Then Daniel Murphy reached first due to an error made by Hosmer at first base. Bases still loaded, Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly to center allowing Granderson to score and Mets led the Royals 2-0 at the end of the inning. Matt Harvey was able to pitch 111 pitches in eight scoreless innings against the Royals until Lorenzo Cain had a leadoff walk followed by Eric Hosmer’s RBI double. Game 5 of the series went into extra innings after Hosmer’s daring run to the home plate tied the game in the top of the 9th. Both teams kept a steady score of 2-2 until the 12th inning when the Royals stole the game by scoring 5 runs. The inning started off with a single by Salvador Perez. Jarrod Dyson stepped in to pinch run for Perez and immediately stole second. Alex Gordon hit a groundout, ad-

vancing Dyson to third where he ended up scoring the run that gave the Royals the lead when Christian Colon singled to left field. Alcides Escobar added to that score with his RBI double, leaving multiple Royals players jumping onto the field from the dugout with excitement that they had extended their lead over the Mets. The Royals ended up finishing the 12th inning with the highest-scoring extra inning World Series game after Lorenzo Cain hit a 3-run double, making the final score 7-2. Following the game, Perez was awarded World Series Most Valuable Player. Perez batted .364 in the series with two doubles, two RBI, and three runs scored. Ironically, Salvador hit the last out in the World Series last year. When asked about that last out in an interview with ESPN’s Aaron Boone, Perez responded: “I already forgot about last year. So I just enjoyed the moment now. In 2015, Kansas City is No. 1. Who cares about what happened last year?” Fox also won when the network totaled 17.2 million viewers for Game 5.

Water polo prepares for Big 8 run BY ROBERT JUAREZ

Women’s Water Polo ended its stellar season on Oct. 28 with a 12-8 victory over the American River College Beavers (8-11). The win was the 20th of the season, and capped a 20-4 record overall. Sophomore Brooke Mahoney put together a solid season with 31 goals, 22 assists and 21 steals. “We play really well together as a team, and we’re confident in each other’s abilities,” said Mahoney. Freshman Madison Hulse, is one of five freshmen to play in 21 or more games. “Everyone’s eager to get out there, and that just spreads throughout the team and makes everyone want to try hard,” said Hulse. Youth is what completes this team, as Delta must replace sophomores who move on to four-year universities. Despite the change overs, the Mustangs have put together a season that puts them among the top seeded teams going into the Big 8 Championship game held at American River College. “We’re ready for next weekend, we’re just ready to get out there, we’re ready for the competition,” said Hulse. The Mustangs’ success is due to its ability to work together, and play harder for each other and work towards a common goal. We’re all proud to be a part of this team, it makes us work harder for each other.” Success stories also have star players. For the Mustangs, that’s sophomore Lauren Plunkett. Plunkett stands out from the pack, by achieving eye-popping stats including 70 goals, 36 assists and 37 steals. In the month of September, Plunkett scored 39 goals, had 18 assists and steals in a 13-game span. She ended the month by being named Mustang of the Month. “Definitely deserved, because she works hard, 110 percent during the games and we all feed off of that,” said Hulse. Mahoney echoed the sentiments for Plunkett’s achievement. “Definitely well deserved, she helps keeps the team focused, she has a very nice shot and she’s able to make a lot of opportunities happen,” said Mahoney. The Mustangs are headed to American River College for the Big 8 Championship starting today, and concluding on Nov. 7.




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Fall fashion capsule BY ALEXIS BUSTAMANTE

Star Wars



For this issue, the #Trending writers decided to highlight the phenomenon that is George Lucas’ Star Wars. Some could argue Star Wars is not a “trend” because it will always be relevant. Something that’s “trending” usually gets replaced with the next trend in the short span of about a week. We know that Star Wars is transcendent but it’s also on the top of the current pop culture trends list. The long awaited “Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens” hits theaters on Dec. 18 and the world couldn’t be more excited. Major stores such as Target and WalMart are now reserving entire sections of their shelves for Star Wars merchandise. Tickets went on sale the third week of October and many fans made sure they purchased them as soon as they were available. Select theaters around the United States are having an all-day Star Wars event on Dec. 17, the day before the

CLOTHING: As the weather changes, fashion changes. Fall is off to a late start with the weather barely cooling down. Knit clothing seems to be “in” but that doesn’t stop the short skirt, Ugg wearing basic fashionistas. The weather’s demands definitely impact what most people can wear. It seems the favorites of the fall are pea coats, leggings and boots. Keep it smart, simple and classy and you can wear an outfit with those basics anywhere.


new episode is released. These events begin at 1 a.m. with the showing of “Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace” followed by the rest of the series in universe chronology until the 10 p.m. showing of the new episode. In the 2014 fiscal year, Disney sold $45.2 billion worth of licensed Star Wars products around the world. This figure will only get bigger with the upcoming movie, continued sequels and the anticipation of the Star Wars expansion in Disneyland. Trends are an agent of unity. They bring people together in our generation and many are references that serve as massive inside jokes or bonding experiences. Something that’s special about Star Wars is the number of people it reaches. Different generations and people from all walks of life can relate to a series such as Star Wars. This new episode is an opportunity for all generations to bond over a common interest.

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ALSO STILL IN: Pops of animal print, big flower prints, flowing sweaters, mixing patterns and boyfriend jeans. FALL COLORS: Dried herb, desert sage, stormy weather, Biscay Bay, Marsala, reflecting pond, amethyst orchid, cadmium orange, cashmere rose and oak bluff. ACCESSORIES: Scarves are a must have. People this year are seeming to gravitate towards fur. Fur was all over New York Fashion Week, even though it was controversial. Short boots, also known as booties, are everywhere now. So are Bearpaw boots, which are an inexpensive alternative to Uggs.



MAKEUP: When fall comes around every lipstick fanatic knows to drop the bright lipstick colors for the deep reds, browns, purples, pinks and oranges. The simple wing look or smoky eye is always a go to look because they are fast and easy.

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Issue 5 • Nov. 6, 2015 •

Businesses not to participate in Black Friday BY SARAH AGEE

With November here and Thanksgiving around the corner, things seem to be changing for Black Friday, historically the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday has a record of starting earlier and earlier each year. Stores once opened as early as 3 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and in the past few years it has changed to starting on Thanksgiving evening with hours beginning between 10 p.m. and midnight. This change has caused stores such as REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) to reconsider and remind people what Thanksgiving is really all about. REI announced that it will not be participating in Black Friday nor opening on Thanksgiving. Instead, the store is encouraging customers to go outdoors with their families, promoting the #optoutside as part of the experience.

“REI has a campaign called Opt Out because they feel Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and they want to encourage people to be outside,” said Stockton REI Manager Matt Patwell. The Stockton location is at Stonecreek Village, just north of the Delta College campus. The Opt Out campaign already has one million people committed to being outside. No doubt the company will be taking a financial hit with all 140 stores being closed but REI wants to support people being with their family and friends on Thanksgiving. “REI is also paying all their 12,000 employees on Black Friday,” said Patwell, to encourage their workers to go outside and be with their families. Other stores are joining REI in sending a strong statement to consumers. Stores that will be staying closed on Thanksgiving

Day include: Costco, Harbor Freight, Game Stop, Sam’s Club, Staples and T.J. Maxx. Chris Howze, a former Delta College student who works as a contractor at the Costco in Stockton, said he worked Thanksgiving shifts in a previous job. He’s glad to have the time off now. “My Thanksgiving consisted of working till 3 a.m. the day before to get prepared for Black Friday. Then going home, sleeping till everyone arrived, then leaving at 5 p.m. to go back to work to deal with loud idiots fighting over cheap TVs and Blu Ray players,” he said of his previous job. Howze now gets Thanksgiving Day off from Costco and describes it as saying: “Now I’ll actually get to enjoy the day like an actual human being.” More stores may change hours to be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Make sure to check the hours of the stores before planning your shopping days.

WAGES: Parental income can hinder student access to financial aid, due to age requirements continued from PAGE 1 “It is very difficult having a job and going to school due to the stress of school and getting home late from work,” said Ramirez. Minimum wages are different everywhere in the United States due to the expense of living in that area.

It may be difficult to support oneself on just a minimum wage job, but raising the wage isn’t the only way to make more money. “I think if you really want to make more money, work longer hours or get two jobs. I work almost 70 hours a week and take 16 units, instead of blaming my employer for not paying me more an

hour, I get my butt out there and work more hours,” added Kurtz. The issue of supporting oneself while going to school isn’t only affected by minimum wage, but also financial aid. If you were born after Jan. 1, 1992, aren’t married, don’t have any children, aren’t serving in the armed forces, or a veteran, you’re considered a dependent

student and must report your parents’ income on your FAFSA. This means even if you live on your own and don’t receive help from your parents, regardless of what they make, that income will count against you. Sometimes parents do help out but other times they can’t or don’t.



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The Collegian -- Published Nov. 6, 2015  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 6, 2015  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.