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thecollegian Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 •


The elevators on campus will see renovations beginning in the spring thanks to $800,000 of board approved Measure L bond funds. The money was approved during a September special board meeting in which Director of Facilities Management Michael Garr gave a presentation on bond projects to be completed. Campus elevators breakdowns have long been a source of strife for students, staff and those with mobility issues. This semester alone, the elevators have broken down numerous times. Delta College has an elevator service company on retainer for issues or to help people get out if the elevator stalls. “Only one person last semester was trapped, and only for under an hour,” Garr said. A “rash number of outages” have made fixes a high priority. The work includes renovating the existing elevators. “Basically keeping the shell of the elevator, everything else fixed. Complete Renovation,” Garr said. Garr said the renovations also include re-

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placing lighting, panels, floors and buttons. The result will look like a new elevator. Garr also said the electrical components and load sensors will be replaced. “The new equipment will be more durable,” said Mark Showers, manager of maintenance and energy at the college, adding that components will also be protected. Both passenger elevators and the cargo elevators will see the upgrades. Only components will be renovated in the cargo elevators. Garr and Showers said the elevators are tested, and can carry up to 3,000 pounds. Mobility devices are not what contribute to the outages. It’s more heavy usage all day, every day. The Shima elevator is one of the most trafficked. Garr said the college currently has a contractor analyzing the elevators. “One elevator at a time,” he said. Garr also said there are plans to use cargo elevators in buildings where passenger elevators are out of order, to help students up to classes. There are also plans to relocate classes to benefit students and staff with disabilities.

New Stockton press has strong connections to Delta by chris howze

A new press in Stockton celebrated it’s launch on Oct. 28, with Delta College professors serving as key cogs in its inception. More than 70 people attended a launch party at the Mile Wine Company on Pacific Avenue marking the launch of Tuleburg Press, a publishing company set to aid local writers. “We are more than crime stats, duplicity and bankruptcy,” said Delta College English Professor Paula Sheil in reference to passed perceptions of Stockton. “There is a renewed interest in the literary arts — even in the face of a digital tsunami. It’s exciting to help people find voice. In Stockton many people don’t have a voice. No voice equals oppression. We are going to do our part to remedy this weakening of the human spirit.” Sheil is one of the founding members of the press, which also includes Stockton arts and literary scene notables Roberts Reinarts, Tama Brisbane and Bruce Crawford. The three are all writers or poets from writers’ groups or small writing companies within the Stockton area. The hope for the kickoff event was to

raise money to match a Marion Jacobs Literary Forum grant for start-up costs. Delta English Professor Phil Hutcheon will be the first author published under the Tuleburg Press moniker. Hutcheon’s first novel “Nobody Roots for Goliath” was published in 2006. “Desperation Passes” will be its follow up. Hutcheon said Sheil is the “driving force” behind Tuleburg Press. “She suggested that I write a grant proposal to fund publication of the novel through a new local press. She chairs the Marian Jacobs Literary Forum, and in the process of approving my proposal, that group decided to start The Tuleburg Press,” said Hutcheon in an email interview. Hutcheon said he was eager to continue writing about the characters but without a means to release it. The plan is for his book to be out next year. Sheil is a former reporter for The Record and has been involved in writing publications for close to 20 years. On campus, Sheil is also the faculty adviser for The Artifact, a writing magazine featuring writers and artists from across the valley.

LAUNCH PARTY: Top, Professor Paula Sheil speaks to a crowd at Launch event. Right, Professor Phil Hutcheon addresses the crowd at the Tuleburg Press launch event. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TULEBURG PRESS



Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2013 •

MyDelta fails to remain relevant to students by kenneth huntley


few years ago, Delta College implemented myDelta, a tool for students and faculty on the main website. The online tool was for students to get announcements, news, check e-mails, look up records and to get an array of information about the college, from class scheduling to programs and services. When a student registers, he is encouraged to check myDelta and emails on a weekly basis. However, the myDelta portal has been vastly ignored by staff, causing information to either be out of date or with broken links sending people to 404 “Page Not Found” errors. The last announcement from the Associated Student Body Government was on Sept. 2011. Announcements could be used to notify students of staff changes and board of trustees movement. It can be also used to give information about classroom location or office changes. The campus police could be utilizing it for campus safety tips, sending a

different tip each week, for example. With the crime and campus power and elevator outages, the alert system should be utilized more. This past summer semester, the fire alarms were going off in every building, but there was no message in the alert box stating so, saying “not to worry,” that it was just a technical issue. Only a campus-wide email was sent out along with an update on the Campus Police’s Facebook page. Social media is the hip thing to use to communicate with people, but first and foremost, staff should be using what was created for them, including emergency notification. Breaking away from safety alerts, and general announcements, let’s dive into some of the broken links found within myDelta. One of the first links broken within the site, is the link to the campus newspaper. The link is routing people to a website that no longer exists, “The Impact Online.” It has been many years, and many more semesters since the student newspaper was known as “The Impact.” If a faculty member or student clicks on the student

handbook link, they are routed to a 2011-2012 Student Handbook. Other broken links are “Americorps,” “LD Lab,” “GED Services” and “Deltagolddd program.” These links lead to pages with the “404” error. Most of society today uses the Internet to gain information. Faculty and students are encouraged to use the Internet, specifically to check their emails and myDelta for important information. With the information not updated, both faculty and students are not obtaining their goals for the semester, much less the year. The reason for not utilizing the myDelta portal could be that it requires coding such as HTML or CSS to post updates. Coding can be complicated and tedious, which can be headache-inducing for the person updating something. If this is the case, then Delta College staff needs to remove the myDelta portal. In this day and age, with social media being used, shutting down the myDelta portal would not hurt the campus community.

Minimum wage increase not a solution for a better Calif. economy by heidi sharp


n the Jan. 1, 2014, the California minimum wage will increase from $8 an hour to $9 per hour. What a load of crap. This increase is going to help no one; and everyone who has taken a basic macroeconomics course should understand why. When a government creates artificial price floors and ceilings, it leaves little room for businesses to grow, fluctuate, and maneuver the natural business cycle. The type of jobs that pay minimum wage are called unskilled labor.

This means that just about anyone off the street can be trained for a month or two, and do the same job as the next Joe Shmoe. These people have less experience, less education, and little to no skills, so they earn less to the minimum. Why should they deserve more? It could be an entitlement issue. Everyone thinks they are entitled to more money for the same amount of work. I simply don’t understand that. When businesses are forced to pay unskilled employees more than they see fit, then two things can and do happen. Businesses will lay off those employees, which leads to fewer jobs overall, they also raise prices of goods or services

(bye-bye $1 menus) or do both. This helps no one. It actually hurts the people who get the increase. Raising the minimum wage will result in overall inflation of goods and services. People who earn slightly above the minimum, say $9.50 an hour, will find themselves in the same situation they worked very hard and long to get out of. Also, people who earned exactly the minimum, and got the raise, will be worse off because of the increase in prices. It doesn’t just hurt the employed, it also hurts the not-yet-employed. Minimum wage jobs are the epitome

of summer jobs for teens — experience that can be used to get better jobs in their future. Because of the greediness of lowskilled employees, however, it will be more difficult for teens, in or out of high school, to get jobs. On the unskilled labor level, a onedollar raise is a huge raise. Businesses are going to have to find that extra cash from somewhere. Most likely, businesses will get it from laying off other employees. This measure has already been passed, and it’s going to happen whether we like it or not, whether we are ready or not. I hope everyone enjoys the inflation. Budget carefully, because it’s coming.

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Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2013 •

Nothing’s better than a home-cooked meal by jermaine davis


ore than 50 million Americans are being served over the counter on a daily basis. Forty-four percent of Americans claim to eat fast food at least once a day, which is the reason why the annual fast food revenue is $110 billion. With students having busy schedules trying to juggle work and school, sometimes buying fast food is the quickest way to feast. Most people who consume McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s, live fast-paced lives that requires them to eat and go as quick as possible. For example, if you’re the student taking 16 units and working a full time job, then you probably only have time to sit and enjoy a home-cooked meal on Sunday. Then again, Sunday is usually the

day when students realize their homework isn’t finished, so there’s no time to stand over a stove. If this description fits you, then most likely you’re always in a hurry to do things with the belief that there’s never enough time in a day to finish your tasks. Therefore pulling up to a drive-thru so you can order a greasy burger, with so much mayonnaise on it that you’ll regret it 30 minutes after eating, is more accommodating for you. Cooking meals at home has several advantages when it comes to losing weight, but that all depends on how many calories you choose to consume. There are a number of students who refuse to overdose on fast food because of their need to maintain a healthy, toned and muscular body. These are the people that drink Muscle Milk, eat vegetables and “say no” to red meat.

Often times they’ll just have a snack on campus, knowing the real meal is at home waiting to be devoured. For example, if you’re conscious of what you put inside your body, then fast food is rarely on your mind. The ones counting the amount of calories they take in each day consider those who eat fast food regularly to be

Police sketch absurdity raises questions by eric carranza


very once in a while, something you see on campus makes you question what people were thinking when they made certain decisions. If you haven’t heard yet, there has been a handful of sexual assaults at Delta College. The most recent sexual assault happened on Oct. 9 when a woman was attacked by a man described as a Black male between the ages of 25 and 30. On Oct. 17, Campus Police sent out an email to all Delta students, updating them on the incident and also giving a sketch of the man. The suspect was five feet and 10 inches with brown eyes, and he was reported as wearing a black pullover sweat jacket, and having dirty teeth, bushy eyebrows, acne and body odor. However, the sketch was less of a pencil sketch and more of an overly-photoshopped creation. Many would assume that sketch artists are very talented at drawing an identifiable version of a suspect. Well, Delta Police didn’t get the memo. If you have seen the sketch, you probably thought it was a joke, but this was really the best they came up with. They were basically asking students to be on the look out for Mr. Potato-Head with a hoodie, a beard and acne. Good luck finding that. Other students had similar thoughts on seeing the sketch for the first time. “I saw it the other day, and thought that this was a very early April Fools’ joke,” said Xavier Rico. “If this was really the guy’s face, I would go and apologize to the campus police myself for laughing at their terrific sketch.” One student pointed out the cartoon-like

sloppy and lazy. “Gym Rats” that put in a few hours of exercise everyday, know the importance of watching what they eat … if not then the gym membership that bills them every month is pointless. If you’re the type of person that eats healthy home-cooked meals, then most likely you’re well organized and have no problem with starving yourself for the greater good of sticking to a diet. This means that spending quality time to make a meal, isn’t a hassle for you, it’s a pleasurable obligation. Whether you prefer fast food or home-cooked meals, the fact of the matter is: pay attention to what’s going in your body. The final results on how your body reacts and develops won’t immediately show on the outside, but your insides will let you know sooner or later if you’re doing a good job of maintaining good health.

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aspect of the sketch. “I thought it was the newest member of South Park,” said Joseph Thomas. This sketch really does look like a South Park character. Delta Police said it got assistance from a federal agency to produce the sketch of the suspect. It should have appeared more professional for the money that was spent. “I think I’m going to go and become a sketch artist if this is really all they look for when it comes to talent,” said Thomas. It’s almost like we’re playing “Where’s Waldo” in finding this suspect, but it might take a miracle for anyone to spot this Waldo on campus. What the police need to do is to go back to the drawing board, forget about computer sketching and return to pencil sketches from talented artists. If not then they might as well sketch a stick figure. It would have the same effect.




Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2013 •

Drunk driving conversation important after Lodi accident Young drivers more likely to drive while intoxicated, but problem is universal by santana juache and sonya herrera

Matthew Cordle, 22, posted a YouTube video confessing to killing a 61-year-old man while drunk driving. It went viral. In his confession he said, “you can still be saved your victims can still be saved.” In October, he was sentanced to 6 1/2 years for his crime. In age drunk drivers range between 21 to 25, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey from 2010, published on the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics on the MADD website show that more than 9,000 died from drunk driving accidents in 2011. An average of 27 lives a day. In addition to a recent collision in Lodi, drunk driving has also claimed the lives of two Delta College students. Today, many students voice opposition to drinking and driving. TRAGEDY IN LODI October's six-vehicle car crash in Lodi received intense local media coverage. The Lodi-News Sentinel reported that the driver suspected of causing the crash was traveling at about 100 miles per hour while under the influence. Prior to the crash, the suspect had allegedly drank a

bottle of UV Apple Vodka with his father around 4 p.m. Less than an hour and a half later, the driver collided with numerous other vehicles at the intersection at Ham Lane and Vine Street, including the pickup truck of the six-member Miranda family. Only 9-year-old Eden Miranda survived. His father, three siblings and pregnant mother passed away. STUDENT VICTIMS In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Delta College students Destanee Little and Dominic Deiro were victims of drunk driving accidents. Destanee Little had graduated from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in 2009. She was a musician and was learning how to play two new instruments. On the night of June 12, 2010, her car was rear-ended and sent crashing into a signal pole by a driver with a Blood Alcohol Count (BAC) that was almost three times the legal limit of .08. Destanee died from her injuries. Dominic Deiro aimed to transfer to the University of the Pacific. An essay he wrote at Delta about his position on the DREAM Act was published in a national textbook. On Dec. 22, 2011, Deiro was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. The driver lost control. The Deiro family made the decision to remove Dominic from life support, due to severe brain damage.

DELTA STUDENTS VOICE OPINIONS ON DRINKING AND DRIVING “If you consider risking your life and the life of others for having a good time with some friends, you probably should re-evaluate your morals. You won’t just hurt yourself, but most likely injure or kill an innocent person, and forever scar their family.” — Adrian Hernandez “The people that are always drunk driving never end up dying but always end up killing other people that are sober.” — Quincy Van Steenberge “Some people swear they can overcome the amount of alcohol they took in, and then be okay. I know people who’ve died doing that. It’s just stupid.” — Monica Guzman “I will take your keys, and if you still insist, I will still not give you your keys. I will drive you home. You can talk the whole time about how horrible I am, but I am still not going to let you drive.” — Rebecca Kinney

DESIGNATE A DRIVER The Dominic Designated Driver (DDD) program, founded after Dominic Deiro ‘s tragic accident, emphasizes the importance of having a sober driver. “ORANGE BAND KEY IN HAND” Whenever wearing an orange band given by the organization, sober drivers receive free food and beverages from participating bars and restaurants. To find more information visit:

DRINKING AND DRIVING: PUNISHMENTS LAW BREAKING According to the Supreme Court ruling in the case of People v. Watson, a person can be convicted of second-degree murder if someone dies as the result of their driving under the influence. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV Penalties for 1st-Time Offense, under the age of 21 include: • One year suspended license • Attendance to a DUI school • High cost fines First time offense for 21 years or older: • Suspended license • Up to 6 months in jail • Up to $1,000 in fines, plus legal fees • $125 fee for license reissue • Installation of an ignition interlock device

Five tips for staying healthy during the holiday season

by brianna torres

With the holiday season among us, shopping for sales and enjoying the company of loved ones are the main focus. Awareness of our daily health is almost forgotten. With these five steps, it’s easy to stay healthy this holiday season.


FIGHT GERMS Throughout the day, we interact around a variety of people. Holding the hand rail to keep from tripping down a flight of stairs, going into Danner Hall and trying to eat the tuna sandwich you made for yourself last night with the numerous coughing and sneezing individuals. Germs and bacteria infest everything we touch throughout the day. Wash your hand, it keeps from spreading germs.


DE-STRESS Those late nights getting jacked up on soda and Sour Patch Kids doesn’t help the immune system. Procrastinating on studying for midterms, and running on five hours of sleep will make you reach a boiling point. Getting sick makes everything worse. Take care of yourself. Swap out that greasy cheeseburger for a light salad. Try to go to bed at a decent hour, if possible. The most important thing to remember is that when we’re stressed out, our bodies react.


COUGH WITH COURTESY There have been times at retail stores where someone has sneezed or coughed into their hand at the end of the checkout line, reached in their wallet and handed the cashier their money. People are allowed to sneeze, but there has to be a proper etiquette when around people in a public place. Use the inside of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose. It’s polite and prevents others from contamination.


SANITIZE Get one of those little key chain size bottles of hand sanitizer; never leave the house without it. Ladies and gentlemen there is room for travel size bottle of hand sanitizer in your pocket or purse. A little package of tissues and some Airborne. Invest some money into the essentials and it will pay off like a survival kit.


STAY INSIDE If you’re sick, stay home. It is hard for some people to afford to take the time off from work or miss class. When at all possible just take a sick day. For those of you that have the luxury, don’t take it for granted. Sitting around in your pajamas, napping on the couch and, watching reruns of Maury while slurping down some chicken noodle soup will do the body good.



Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2013 •

Fall treats hit and miss with unusual flavors by christina cornejo

Take one look at a snack food aisle and you’ll immediately see the biggest craze in the food industry: foods that taste like other foods. Snack companies have taken food chemistry a step further, changing the face of holiday snacks as we know them by mixing some of the most unexpected flavors in existence. Jones Soda got creative this Halloween edition with Caramel Apple flavored soda, and the candy version of green apple. You’ll be burping up one flavor or the other after the flood of carbonation returns the feeling back in your taste buds and settles in your stomach. Jones Soda didn’t stop there. Red Licorice is the next monster to arrive from Frankenstein food chemistry labs. You would expect a concoction of licorice sticks straight from a blender. “It’s alive,” you scream – until you taste it, and realize it’s dead. With careful experimen-

tation, you can get more of the licorice flavor after the carbonation has dissipated by pouring it into a glass. The theme for fall holiday food this year happens to be candy corn, and Jones Soda did not disappoint on that front. Candy Corn Jones Soda happens to be the best odd beverage concoction. Underlying cream soda flavors compliment the sweetness of candy corn. In smell and in taste, you know you’re drinking candy. Oreos followed suit with new Corn Oreos. Many have noticed a lot of strange new flavors coming out of Nabisco factories. Summer brought us the famous Watermelon Oreos, while the months that followed brought out Birthday Cake and Neapolitan Ice Cream flavors. Oreo is a cookie that can’t be stopped, and Candy Corn Oreos have kept the beast alive. These cookies are sweet, with the candy flavor lingering in your mouth for quite some time after. If you already have a serious Oreo addiction, these cookies

City offers lots of happenings

by hannah stevens

Are you bored out of your mind in Stockton? Do you think there just isn’t anything else to do? Don’t worry. Stockton hasn’t lost it’s touch. The Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB), “exists to promote the city of Stockton to locals and tourists alike,” said Heather Duffet, a certified tourism ambassador for the SCVB. For more information on SCVB visit: “It’s an invaluable website for looking for entertainment,” said Duffet. “Students at Delta College, like everyone else, can use our site to learn about what Stockton has to offer. They can visit the events calendar to see all of the great events happening in our city,” said Duffet. “The event calendar is one of the largest in the region,” said Duffet. The mobile app, called the Stockton, California Guide, highlights everything on the website and has an itinerary builder that allows users to save places to visit.

“Our mobile app is also a great on-the-go tool for busy students who don’t have a lot of time to spare,” said Duffet. One of the classics in Stockton is the Bob Hope Theatre. The theater hosts events ranging from musicals to classic movies, to comedy shows. Another landmark is the Haggin Museum. For the low student admission price of $5 a person, students can see the work of many European and American artists as well as galleries that focus on the history of the San Joaquin Valley. For nature lovers, take a visit to Micke Grove Regional Park and Zoo. The 258-acre park includes the zoo, the San Joaquin Historical Society, a Japanese Garden, the Fun Town amusement park and the three-acre Wortley Lake. For more information visit Stockton also has sports covered with Stockton Ports Baseball or Stockton Thunder Hockey. A schedule of games ca be found at or The next time you feel there just isn’t anything to do in Stockton, think again.


SWEET TREATS: From left, Pumpkin Spce Hershey Kisses, Jones’ Soda Red Licorice flavor and candy corn Oreos are among the novelty items avaliable this holiday season.

are enablers to keep eating. Popcorn companies have also joined the candy corn craze such as in Angie’s Spooky Candy Corn Flavored Kettle Corn. This popcorn is love at first taste. Candy corn is not an overpowering flavor in this treat, because the salt balances with the sweetness. Starburst took a different take on the candy corn trend, making the candy into candy corn itself. Four Starburst-like flavors are there – Strawberry, Lemon, Orange, and Cherry – give a fresh and fruity alterna-

tive to the candy corn tradition, although many might find the candies to be a bit too sweet. Luckily, the Starburst Candy Corn come in personal size bags so you don’t have to commit to a half pound of them. While many other companies were capitalizing on Halloween this season, Hershey’s Kisses made a more general fall-friendly chocolate flavor: Pumpkin Spice. Just open a bag of Hershey’s Kisses and your whole room will smell of pumpkin spices.

The flavor was just as strange as the smell. It has too much of a nutmeg and allspice flavor and not enough sweetness to bring out any sort of pumpkin flavor. While stores transition over to Christmas, it remains to be seen what kind of crazy flavors we will see next from food companies. It’s clear that what comes out next could be just as strange and exciting as the ones we’ve tasted from early Fall.

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Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2013 •

One shade of ‘Grey’ too many by chris howze


he final nail in the “Twilight” saga has been hammered into the proverbial coffin, but the remnants of its infected remain in the form of the New York Times bestselling series from E.L. James – the “Fifty Shades” trilogy. Not familiar? Let’s play catch up. In the deep annals of the Internet there is a phenomenon called fan-fiction. Characters from well known and sometimes played out stories are used in fan-written additions to the genre without permission. These intellectual property violations often include de-evolution into wild, often sexual, tangents. When “Breaking Dawn,” the final “Twilight” book, was released, the most erotic it got was a PG13 closing of doors and fading to black only to wake up to pillow feathers everywhere and Edward sulking in the corner about how rough he was. James decided she could do better. Her fan-fiction, originally called “Master of the Universe,” used “Twilight” characters for lewd sexual acts and got quite a bit of attention online. So much attention that she removed the story, renamed the characters and got it published as a three-part original story. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is about beautiful, but sheltered college student Anastasia Steele becoming infatuated with the slightly older and incredibly wealthy Christian Grey. The relationship they engage into is a carnival of sexual deviancy,

with Grey’s increasing idiosyncrasies and quest for control over Steele spirals her out over the tryst. If that didn’t sound bad enough, there will be a major motion picture adaptation next year. This is concerning not only for the sake of good taste prevailing over the powers of desperate middle aged house wives, but because moviegoers have seen this all before. Acute film buffs might notice a concerning number of “coincidences” between “Fifty Shades” and a 1986 film called “Nine ½ Weeks.” The lusty drama stars Kim Basinger and a then still attractive Mickey Rourke as Elizabeth McGraw and John Gray, two New Yorkers involved in an intense love affair that turns towards darker roads with Gray’s penchant for blindfolds and head games begin to take its toll on the impressionable Elizabeth. The key difference in the end that separates “Nine ½ Weeks” with “Fifty Shades” is that one is a very engaging and intense story about a toxic relationship, while the other is a terribly written slice of “mommyporn” spawned from the worst aspects of the Internet. Ac-

claimed author Salman Rushdie said he’d “never read anything so badly written that got published. It makes ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.’” Of course judging by the legion of fans and millions of copies sold, the criticisms get lost in all the noise. Unfortunately it means there’s no doubt the film will be an absurd success, bringing not only more people to read the series but for more writers out there that will attempt to emulate its success. A bright spot in this whole depraved gradient is “Sons of Anarchy” and “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam’s recent backing out on his role of Christian Grey. His solid and rising career didn’t need that kind of shaded mess.

YouTube hosts music award show by brianna torres

On Nov. 3, YouTube hosted its first music awards ceremony. Streamed live, the event was hosted by Jason Schwartzman, indie actor from “Rushmore” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.” Schwartzman’s sidekick for the night was comedian Reggie Watts. The night was unscripted and overseen by eccentric film director Spike Jonze. In between awards, Jonze and others directed live music videos. The opening video shoot by Jonze was for the song “Afterlife” by Arcade Fire. Jonze was able to capture his whimsical esthetic while the camera still held onto the feeling live television gives off — a feat hard to pull off. Jonze also shot Lady Gaga’s “Dope” alongside prominent music video director, Chris Milk. The video was perplexing like most of Gaga’s ventures. Emotions ran raw as she cried out the chorus, “I need you more than I need dope.” She dressed down by her standards with simply a button-up flannel and baseball cap with the word “Dope” in a faux NASA logo. The award for “YouTube Breakout Artist” went to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The duo said it cost them $5,000 to make “Thrift Shop.” The breakout hit made it to No. 1 on top Billboard charts before the duo signed with a major label. Instead of opening a clean white envelope for the “YouTube Response of the Year” award Schwartzman and Watts dug through a tray of cakes. The award was given to Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix for a cover of the Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive.” As Stirling received the award, she said she owes everything to YouTube. The website allowed her to be herself. She never compromised her creative integrity and was able to achieve success. Another award given out was the “YouTube Innovator.” It was given to Destorm for “See Me Standing.” When he made his award speech he told the crowd that he has been on YouTube since it began and that the site really started something amazing.

Perplexing ‘brony’ subculture surrounds newest ‘My Little Pony’ animated series by kenneth huntley

Bronies unite once more! Season four of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” starts Nov. 23 on the Hub Network. What’s a brony you may ask? While the bulk of the cartoon fans are young girls, there are fans that happen to be guys in their late teens to early thirties. Brony is “bro” and “pony” put together. It sounds a little strange, but the fandom comes from an honest and genuine love of a goofy and charming show. This summer was full of “My Little Pony” (MLP) to get fans excited about the upcoming season. The Hub network held a poll for fans to vote for

best pony from the “mane” six, with manly names as “Pinkie Pie,” “Apple Jack,” “Twilight Sparkle,” “Rarity,” “Rainbow Dash” and “Fluttershy.” Ultimately “Fluttershy” was announced the winner of the contest, much to the chagrin of fans of the other five pony protagonists. Also this summer the “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls” movie was released in select theaters across the United States. The film’s plot concerns the main characters from the series being turned humans with hijinks ensuing. Before the release the film received wide criticism from fans. Once fans had a chance to actually see the movie, the fervor died down and “Equestria Girls” was found to have the same charming formula that made the show so popular in the first place.

What made MLP so popular, is a question in and of itself. On first glance, the artwork and animation are colorful but not spectacular, and the voices can be annoying. Yet next thing you know, you’re two episodes in and can’t stop watching. Each episode deals with moral issues and positive messages for young children. Bronies are charmed by how disgustingly adorable the show is habitually. Unlike a lot of mindless entertainment that permeates throughout children’s television, MLP at least attempts to be about something. We can only guess what will happen in season four of “Friendship is Magic,” but Bronies and Pony lovers from all around are excited about the return of the beloved show.



Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2011 •

Water polo team keeps splashing by jermaine davis

Delta Colleges women’s water polo team is finishing the season strong with expectations of making it to the Nor Cal Region Championships for the first time in 10 years. With two of the top five leaders in points among California Community Colleges, Victoria Dettloff and Katelynn Vanderburg, the Lady Mustangs continue to show why the team is a force to be reckoned with as the season comes to a close. With a hard-fought battle against Santa Rosa on Oct. 30, the Lady Mustangs were focused on becoming the third seed heading into Big 8 Conference Championships. Delta entered the game against Santa Rosa with a record of 3-3 in conference play. Many times during the contest things got physical, but with two competitive teams battling for higher ranking, the feeling of non-stop intense action was expected. The third period was filled with whistle blows, screams, water splashes and emo-

tions as each team started to dig deep into what was left in the tank. Dettloff’s time in the game was cut short as she was ejected early in the period due to foul trouble. “At the end of the 3rd period I felt like Santa Rosa was getting a little feisty, but it goes both ways I know my girls are not angels ... they’re going to get in there and mix it up,” said Head Coach Nathan Varosh. “I would’ve liked them (referees) to swallow the whistle a little bit and not make calls as much later in the game. They tend to control the game a little bit too much…but we adapted to that.” The score was tied at 8 to end the fourth period, sending the match into overtime. Both teams were determined to come out on top. In overtime, the Lady Mustangs coaching staff turned to Vanderburg to get the job done. “We knew that they underestimated Katelynn in their scouting so we put a lot of emphasis on her in practice. Her job was to shoot the ball if she got a great shot … and she did,” said Varosh.

Kicking into the playoffs by eleanor mafi

November means it’s time for the fall sports’ teams to head into the playoff season, including the Delta College’s women’s soccer team. The Lady Mustang’s record overall is 8-4-5, with a 5-3-3 record in conference. The team is currently fourth in conference. The Mustang’s are ranked 10th in the region with only two games left to play. Winning the upcoming games may bump the team up to top eight. That could lead the Lady Mustangs to a first-round home playoff game. The team’s practice structure is pushing it toward the goal. “We get right into some contact competitions. I am really big on getting the players to compete. That is why we been successful this year. We try to compete in every training session whether is a day before game or after game day. I think it is important to push them,” said Head Coach Sorenson. One of there rituals the team participates in before leaving the

Vanderburg, a freshman, had a monstrous game on the stats sheets with six goals, one steal and one shot on goal to lead the team past Santa Rosa. “I knew this was a big game and a lot depended on us getting a win, I think I was the most nervous one on the team … I was freaking out,” said Vanderburg. “I am so proud of my team…you can’t wipe this smile off my face.” The Lady Mustangs display of a relentless offensive attack, matches a defense that can withstand adversity, something that will give them the confidence to survive an onslaught from any opponent. “Even though we had one of our starters ejected in the beginning of the third, we still pulled it through ... and Katie stepped up with six goals to lead us to a victory…she played really well,” said Assistant Coach Liz Warren. The women’s Water Polo team will enter the Big 8 Conference Championships on November 7-9, as the third seed and will face-off with the sixth seeded Fresno City College.


ootball is a fun sport to play and a great one to watch, especially on Sundays when National Football League games take over television programming. Behind all the fun and competitiveness involved are consequences that come, including injuries. This season has seen injuries all over the league, mostly on big name players. From concussions to torn ligaments or separated shoulders, the players have been very vulnerable to injuries this year compared to past seasons. Some teams have lost star players for at least four weeks

or worse, for the rest of the season, which proves to be a huge blow to the team’s chances of winning. Some big name players weren’t able to dodge the injury bug. Atlanta Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones fractured his foot and is reportedly done for the season. Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back Doug Martin took a hard hit to the shoulder during a game against Atlanta and is now expected to miss four weeks or longer. Indianapolis Colts’ star receiver Reggie Wayne tore his knee against Denver and is now out for the season as well. Green Bay Packers’ Tight

by derrion dunn

The Boston Red Sox dominated the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2013 World Series. The Cardinals went in trying to do the best the team could, but ended up failing to occomplish their goal. The team won only two games, the Red Sox won four. A lack of communication from the Cardinals during games one and two of the series caused problems for the team, allowing Boston to dominate. Boston’s David Ortiz won the Most Valuable Player award, helping Boston win their third World Series in the last 10 years. In 2009, Ortiz was name designated hitter of the decade.

locker room is that the players walk out together to the soccer field singing a song together on game days. “We players all have different rituals before game day, like dancing and singing in the locker room,” said Sophomore Sabrina DeHoyos. On Nov. 1, the Mustang’s won 5-1 against Sacramento City College. It was the Mustang’s sophomore game, where the players’ time on the team is honored. This year the Mustangs have 11 sophomores. “I never had more then seven sophomores on the team which was cool because I got to start all eleven of my sophomore together at the second half. It was a cool moment to see them all on the field. There are eleven players on the field so seeing them all was a special moment,” said Sorenson. The Mustangs next home game is today against Santa JUST CLOSER. Rosa Junior College.



NFL injuries impact team’s chances of winning

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Red Sox win World Series

End Jermichael Finley was violently hit and went down with a head injury that ended his season. Concussions are known to end careers early in order to prevent further brain damage for the player. Former player Steve Young was well known to have battled head injuries throughout his whole career until his retirement in 1999. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has gone as far as changing the rules to keep these players safe. Football is a contact sport, injuries are going to happen regardless, but the NFL is looking to keep players on the field and healthy.



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Issue 5 • Nov. 8, 2013 •

Long time DSPS counselor retires ‘Nearly New Sale’ by kenneth huntley

Rodney Keeney, one counselor working in the Disabled Students Programs and Services department, retired on Oct. 31 after working at the college for 25 years. Keeney, in an interview in early October, said it was scary he was retiring on Halloween. Keeney graduated from Sacramento State University with a master’s degree of science in rehab counseling. Right out of college, Keeney worked for the state of Wyoming of five years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. In 1986, he moved back to California and worked for the state as a rehabilitation counselor for deaf, and hard of hearing. He worked as a rehabilitation counselor for California for three years before he was hired by Delta College.

Asked about any memories of successful students who have graduated or transferred to universities, he responded with one name. “John Quick,” said Keeney. Quick is a senior counselor at the San Joaquin County Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. “A number of students have completed several programs,” Keeney said. Keeney said his successful students have worked in a variety of programs and taken on assorted professions: diesel mechanic, interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing and teachers included. “I have many memories of successful students who have moved on to be productive in society,” he said with a grin. Keeney wasn’t just a counselor for the Disabled Students Programs and Services, he was also an adjunct faculty instructor for 18 years, teaching American Sign Language.

His most memorable moments as a teacher where when students came back years later, saying that they had either become teachers or COURTESY OF sign lan- DELTA COLLEGE guage interLEAVING DELTA: preters. K e e n e y Rodney Keeney said as soon retired on Oct. as he retires, 31. his memorable office moments will include the staff. Keeney said he will miss not just the students, but also the staff and the community. When asked about his plans for retirement, Keeney stated he was going to let his hair down.

by micheal johnson

On Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Delta College’s Fashion Program will be offering bargains on brand name items at an event called the “Nearly New Sale.” The items available will be new and nearly new clothes for men, women and children of all sizes. Thanks to a generous donation, almost 500 brand new dresses will be available. A variety of dresses will be on display for any occasion such as weddings, prom, quinceañeras and formal attire. “All are brand new and donated by a formal dress design company in the Bay Area,” said Leslie Asfour, director of the fashion and interior design programs. There was also donations of men’s clothing, including brands such as as Hugo Boss,

True Religion, DKNY and Ted Baker. The department will additionally be selling accessories, home goods, books and videos. Items will sell as low as $1. Although Asfour isn’t making early predictions for success or failure, the event has grown with the community. “The sales have become very popular among our numerous returning customers who look forward to them,” said Asfour. Proceeds from the event allow the Fashion Club to participate in fashion-related events and field trips. “The funds we raise from our events go towards a number of purposes. When the club hosts it, the money raised go to helping the members get to NY for our annual fashion tour,” said Asfour. “When the program hosts it, the funds go towards field trips and to our events.”

Affordable Care website creates problems for Americans to register


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Many Americans are feeling frustration over the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare. People who are either selfemployed, or who are not currently working, must apply for the new benefits under said act. Since the website opened on Oct. 1, people have had problems with the website. Just a little over a month since the website went live, it has been plagued with glitches. United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, said she takes full responsibility for the website not working properly. Sebelius said when the website became available she told the house committee that one of the reasons why there has been so many problems with the website was that there was no adequate “end-to end testing” of the website. She said the site had two weeks of testing before launch-

ing. Johnny Shatswell, former Delta College student and current after school aid, said he is not in favor of getting any benefits through the program because he doesn’t believe it’s fair to mandate people buy benefits. Shatswell, who is recently engaged, said he will have to enroll in some type of benefits the program entails because his employer does not provide any benefits to its workers. “A broken system creates broken problems. If there is already problems with people logging onto why would I want to sign up at all,” said Shatswell. Shatswell would like to see the White House extend the deadline for at least one year to allow American’s to enroll in the benefits process since there has been so many problems accessing the website. Which would allow them to get added to the program and not have to pay the fine for the people who do not sign up. “All these Americans don’t deserve these glitches,” said Shatswell.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 8, 2013  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 8, 2013  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif for the 2013-14.