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Workshop offers financial, life guidance By Catlan Nguyen Staff Writer

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By Alex Coba Sports Editor

Have you found that your dollar isn’t going as far as it used too? Since Nov. 1 California drivers have been hit with a 12-cent gas tax increase for regular gas and a 20-cent increase for Diesel. Delta student Megan Lynn Lambdin is already feeling the extra change. “I recently bought gas and $30 won’t even fill my tank,” said Lambdin. This increase comes after Gov. Jerry Brown signed this tax increase into law last April without voter approval. This increase is expected to raise $5.4 billion a year to be split between local and state governments. The money will be used to pay for general road work on things like potholes and bridges that are crumbling away. A small portion will also be allotted to public transit, bike trails and other projects. Marlene Andrade expressed her concern for lower income families. “I think an increase of gas, It hurts a lot of families that are low income, you know that they have to pay other essentials such as food and housing … and increase will hurt their wallets,” said Andrade. Aside from the gas increase, the bill will also require a new value system fee of $25 - $175, depending on

the current value of one’s vehicle on top of the yearly vehicle registration renewal. Zero emission cars aren’t safe from the gas-tax bill either as down the road owners will have to pay a fee of $100 per year beginning in 2020 since zero-emission cars don’t require gas to function. Essentially only vehicle owners will be affected by the tax increase. According to AAA, the national average of gas per gallon as of Nov. 13 is $2.560 while the average in California sits at $3.237, meaning in California we pay 68 cents more than national average. Ernest Giannecchini, the proprietor of Ernie’s General Store weighed in on the matter. “People need gas they’ll just have less to spend on other stuff ... people will find a way to fit into their budgets. They say that the money will go to fixing road but our roads are still a mess,” said Giannecchini, who’s station is located on Waterloo Road in Stockton off Highway 99. Compared to Ernie’s General Store prices which sits at $3.09 the cheapest gas in the Stockton area is at Hardy’s gas on Harding Way and North Center Street, which is at $2.75 a gallon, according to The bill will likely be up for repeal on the November 2018 ballot.

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On Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., the children and youth resources with the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) put on the Road to Independence workshop inside of Danner Hall. The Road to Independence was an interactive experience that mimicked the Game of Life. Students who came to the workshop picked up a clipboard that gave individuals an identity that included level of education, current job due to educational level and how much they make, and a monthly budget along with a mini calculator to calculate funds. Many students were surprised by how hard it was to live off of the budgets they were given. “$2,600 is not a lot of money every month. It’s very little. Even though it is a little I could still live off of it,” Kueleza Vega, a Delta student said. There were various booths that taught you about housing expenses, automotive expenses, documents/insurance, savings/banking and entertainment/travel. According to Program Manager John Oliviera, it also aimed to teach individuals proper budgeting, secondary education and making a reality of how much life actually costs. “People don’t budget properly. Usually at the end of the month, whatever money is leftover, it’s like ‘Oh, I can put that in the bank account’ but we’re trying to instill that you need to pay yourself first and pay for your housing, bank expens-

See ROAD, page 8

LIGHTING IT UP The Stockton Hospice tree, located at the Pacific Avenue entrance to the Delta College campus, will be lit at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21.


Haggin Museum unveils revamped art galleries By Debra Hyman Staff Writer

The Haggin Museum’s art galleries reopened to the public on Saturday, Sept. 14. The galleries closed on a rolling schedule from fall 2016 to spring 2017, for what CEO and Curator of History Tod Ruhstaller said was a “reimagining, reinterpretation and redesign.” The $2.5 million project was developed in conjunction with Gallagher & Associates, an internationally-recog-

nized museum planning and design firm. “We were looking at what type of transformations we could make at the museum to make our collections more accessible, more attractive to a greater audience,” said Ruhstaller. The Gallagher & Associates plan resulted in “the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken,” he said. Galleries have been repurposed, paintings have been regrouped and “tombstone labels” have been replaced with descriptive signage. 

A 2015 photo of the Stockton Hospice tree, taken by former Collegian Editor in Chief MIDORI MORITA

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Native Americans forgotten during Thanksgiving celebrations By Ramon Zuniga

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

Nov. 17, 2017


Senior Staff Writer

he myth of Thanksgiving being a peachy and sunny scene shared by grateful Pilgrims and hopeful Native Americans has been a false description for the holiday for far too long. Everyone has heard the fairytale explanation that the Native Americans helped the desperate Pilgrims in their time of need and they all got together and ate turkey, ham and pies. Well, that’s wrong. Turkey, ham and pies were not on the menu that day but rather lobster, deer, smallpox and foraged berries. What’s worse is that one of the few instances of peace between European settlers and Native Americans. Thanksgiving is a tricky topic to pick at like a turkey stuffed to the max. The actual event of Thanksgiving is two different cases. The original feast was an event planned by the governor of Massachusetts and had the full support of the European settlers. The feast was in thanks for the Native Americans helping the

original settlers survive the winter. The settlers survived and adapted to the new climate with their aid, but the natives were dying in great numbers from European diseases while the indifferent European settlers stock piled resources and relentlessly cut down the surrounding woodland. We as a society are so indifferent to the Native American community and their struggles. Many Native American tribes do not celebrate Thanksgiving and some even openly protest on the day of by calling it ‘National Day of Mourning.’ The most notable is on Cole’s Hill which overlooks Plymouth rock. “Most Native American tribes don’t celebrate Thanksgiving and some throw religions like Christianity into it and it really angers some of us,” said Jarrod Vargas a Delta College student and member of the Talking Spirits Club, “It’s really frustrating that people don’t care about us.” Thanksgiving was not a Holiday until Abraham Lincoln declared it midway during the Civil War. The lack of information also

causes a media blind spot for people wanting to properly educate themselves on Native American culture and customs. “I’m part Native American on my mom’s side. She took a DNA test but we don’t know what tribe or region it’s from,” said Erika Frederickson, a Delta College student, “I would like to know more but most of the information I found looked like cultural appropriation.” People need to stop calling Native Americans ‘Indians.’ That is one of the most insensitive things people can do. Calling Native Americans ‘Indians’ is like meeting someone named Jim but you know someone named James that looks like them so you accidentally call them James. When you finally figure out that’s not their name you still call them by the wrong name. It’s not okay to do this to Jim so don’t do it to the Native Americans. I’m not saying shoot the turkey with an arrow next Thursday but stop being indifferent to Native Americans and think before you do that chant some people think they do.

Being thankful during holidays no longer priority today


hroughout the world most families come toIf these are the problems we are having during a gether to give thanks during the Thanksgiving time like this, we as a whole need to sit holiday, but each and every year it seems as down and set our priorities straight though Americans find a way to make it about because obviously, the definition everything we hate. of how to be grateful got lost For many it is hardly ever a worry to think somewhere. about if there will be enough food on the taWhat really annoys me as ble to feed everyone or not having a budget well are those younger family that allows a feast to happen. members who grumble about Instead, the main concern is typically not wanting to sit next to their about who’s hosting the dinner and at least favorite cousin, because one whose house. didn’t share their toys with the Before we even walk through the other. door, we have a sour looking face But let’s not blame the kids. with an attitude because of which Let’s shine a light on the parents family member got to host dinner who apparently didn’t teach their claiming that “Sandy always gets to child that Thanksgiving is a day host dinner, she just always wants to be thankful for even having a to be the shining star in the family.” family to sit by, regardless of the People, who cares who is plananimosity you’re feeling. ning dinner? Why don’t you take a Show your child those many car ride down Church and Lincoln elderly people who sit by themStreet and tell me if all of those selves at dinner without a soul to with Victoria Franco homeless people sleeping in tents share company with. are going to be complaining about Or why don’t we think about where dinner will be. the deployed military members who would give No, instead they are concerned about if they will anything to be sitting next to family. have a warm place to sleep and a chance to have some And let’s not forget about everyone trying to rush sort of food. dinner because they are in a rush to attend the holiday Aren’t we old enough to realize that being fortunate sales and of course, Nancy will just die if she can’t get enough to have a warm house and money to provide a the new Michael Kors purse she spotted at a discountdinner is a blessing, and something we should value? ed rate. After we are able to get over the dramatic meltdown It’s like all of the slaving your grandmother did in of who is hosting dinner, we then are hit with the the kitchen can’t even be appreciated, because everycomplaint of, “Joe and Martha brought pumpkin pie one is too busy scarfing down food and pondering after I said I was the one bringing it.” which department stores will have the best sales. Oh no, how is Thanksgiving going to possibly go on It is difficult to comprehend why it is so hard for if two people brought the same dish? everyone to be grateful to have a family to sit with and How low of a point have we hit when people enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. are upset about the fact that there is the same food At what age are we going to put a stop to the petty brought, instead of being content with having some arguments, as well as to not have the need to do anysort of food. thing but spend quality time with family?


Saving money no longer difficult with strategic plan By Emily Beaton


News Editor

hether you need money to pay bills, pay off debt, for everyday expenses or you’re saving up to move out; making money while attending school is hard. It’s essentially having two jobs and only getting paid for one. So what if you can’t get more hours at work or it’s hard to have a job and balance school at the same time? As a college student and retail associate myself I searched long and hard for these answers too, so here’s what I’ve found that’s helped me stress less about money and I hope it helps you or someone you know as well. 1. Sell clothes: Have clothes you no longer wear or that don’t fit the way you’d like? Sell them on apps like Poshmark or Vinted, or if you don’t have time, sell them by mail to Crossroads Trading Co. (there’s one located in near Ross across Pacific Avenue) or Buffalo Exchange. 2. Consign: If you have a great eye for the worth of an item such as antique furniture

or limited-edition baseball cards, sell them on Craigslist, eBay or to a consignment store. 3. All you need is love for animals and $10 for a background check and you can earn up to $1,000 a month dog watching and house sitting. 4. If you love taking care of children or housekeeping, this website can help you find all sorts of local gigs in your community that pay well. 5. Free rewards pro-

grams: Often times by simply getting the app or signing up for an email club through a company’s rewards program you can earn all sorts of free food, which doesn’t help you make money, but will help you save it. 6. Coupon apps: Download RetailMeNot and shop the sales when you need to go shopping. 7. Do it yourself: For $30 bucks on Amazon you can do your nails at home and save a trip to the salon with the same results. This also applies to hair dye. Stop at DIY tattoos please.

8. Get a part time job at a fast food restaurant: Fast food gigs generally have flexible hours and usually hire quickly! 9. Exchange loose change for cash: Go to a local Coinstar after collecting loose change from your house, car or purses and exchange it for paper cash. Deposit it in the bank before it burns a hole in your pocket. 10. Share your talents for money: Sell paintings, repair services, give guitar lessons, use your photography skills professionally, etc. 11. Save money by renting used textbooks: rent textbooks from websites like Chegg or Amazon and save big time. Instead of paying anywhere from $100-$200, you can rent a textbook used for around $20-$50. For books you are only going to use for a semester, save your money. Overall, it’s inevitably hard to be a college student and manage your money well. So the best thing we can do if to help each other along the way and learn from our financial mistakes, nothing is forever, and school gets you a better paying job in the end. So it’s all worth it.


Fake advertisements pressure people to losing weight quickly By Emily Rico


Senior Staff Writer

ave you ever seen a social media influencer advertising to get the body you want in little to no time with certain programs and or supplements? Well, here’s the deal. We tend to always believe things that we see on social media from a celebrity or a person we follow. The thing is we always fall for their false advertisements. Why? Because we trust the person who is recommending the product or program. Either because we like their body and want the same outcome or because it promises to make you lose weight fast. How many times have we proposed to ourselves to meet a certain goal and follow a program to achieve results quickly? Many times, especially during the holidays. When you are expecting to see results in a small amount of time lapse following the recommendations you see online by influencers and you do not meet them, our moral and energy lowers quickly. We want to see results fast and now. But, have

you ever thought about the diet you are required to go under when you commit to a program? The right exercises and proper form? How many times a week you have to work on each part of the body to reach the desired goal? This is when false advertising comes into play. The people getting sponsored through a company are just required to promote the product itself making it look as though it is the only item you need or the only program that will take you there. However, they forget to mention everything else you need to have in mind to actually make it work. Since everything you are seeing is through online, you do not know if they are taking something else or if they are actually not using that product. “The new stars create false sense of what healthy looks like. They’re also paid to shift products,” according to The Guardian. The reality is that we are always misguided on thinking that eating a salad or less food consumption leads to being skinny and fit. However, the case is otherwise. Often times not only is dropping weight about

taking a supplement, it’s also about the exercise you do and how well you take care of your body. However, these people advertising aren’t concerned about showing you the entire process. They only have to follow through on showcasing the one product. We cannot assume that because something works for a person, it will also work for you as well. It is better to seek help with a face-to-face consultation rather than assuming that you can do the work out you’ve seen on social media. If you are really thinking of joining the fitness community, make sure to do your research before going under a certain diet or work out program. You always want to make sure that it is healthy and that you are doing the exercises with proper form to prevent an injury. There is nothing wrong with asking any influencer through social media about certain exercises or recommendations. But do have in mind that most are not certified personal trainers and the exercises they do only works for their body. There is nothing wrong with having an inspiration that makes you want to go to the gym, but staying healthy should always be the top priority.

MUSTANG ‘What is the strangest dish or meal you VOICE have eaten during the holidays?’

“The weirdest food I had for Christmas was Indian food. It was really good though.”

“The weirdest meal I ever had for Christmas was fish. It was stuffed fish and it was good.”

“Someone brought some sour cream and sausage dip. It was nasty and I don’t know why it was orange.”

“Octopus and squid in like a salad. I was just full of tentacles. It looked like alien food.”

“I had an aunt that made a cabbage casserole. I was not good. It was brown in some places.”







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EPIC brings culture awareness to Delta By Chanelle Muerong Entertainment Editor

On Nov. 9, Delta College celebrated Hmong New Year with a fundraiser and traditional dancing. Hmong New Year is celebrated after the harvest season in Laos, usually between November and December. On campus, an event was hosted by Empowering Positive Initiative for Change (EPIC) and the Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association (APIASA). At the event, EPIC sold chicken teriyaki bowls for $10. EPIC is a new club started last semester, with only three members. It’s grown ever since. Although the club is new, the program has been going on for a while now. “We like to help each one of us get a better feeling of leadership,” said EPIC president, Oryan Kuch. “We try to educate everybody about how every Asian American was discriminated and how they have a lot of hardships.” That’s not all they do. A club objectives is to learn about culture, background and history. Another goal is to motivate and prepare today’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) college students to become tomorrow’s API leaders through classes and activities that foster educational achievement, personal empowerment and civic engagement, according to the EPIC pamphlet. The EPIC members classes together are included in the program. There are even specific classes only EPIC members can take. “The program, the learning community, we take all the classes together, everyone in the program. It makes the learning experience a lot better. Everybody knows everybody,” Kuch said. Shortly after the event started, the daughters of Dr. Cheuyengther Xiong performed traditional Hmong dances that they choreographed themselves. “I’ve been going the Hmong dances for the Lao family of Stockton for a few

years, then I started doing it for events like this,” said Kengluang Xiong, the older sister. She and her sister Lytxia are seven years apart. “I like how you get to learn about new things everyday,” said Lytxia, when asked about what she liked most about learning about her culture. The sisters performed three dances. Hmong dances serve as a form of entertainment and celebration for the New Year, graduation, parties and weddings, as well as small family events. It was Xiong’s idea to get his daughters to perform for the event. “I support them[his daughters] in whatever they’re doing, they like to do it ... this is to also get them involved, otherwise they don’t know about who they are. When they know their culture, they’re willing to identify who they are and they really enjoy it,” said Dr. Xiong. “The younger generation, if you don’t do something fun, this is one way to expose yourself to your culture. If they learn [about it], it’s fun for them and they learn the history through it, and they can get more into their Hmong community as well.” According to Professor Debra Louie, also a member of APIASA, the group was lucky to be able to do this event to celebrate the New Year whole at the same time exposing Delta College to some culture. “Our Delta community can be aware of it[the culture] and benefit from it because of the different diversity of the Top, Dr. Xiong’s daughters perform traditional Hmong dance in honor of Hmong New culture,” said Louie. Louie said this fundraiser was possi- Year. Bottom, the members of EPIC, stand together after the dance performance. ble because of the cooperation between PHOTO BY CHANELLE MUERONG the EPIC student club and APIASA. feel like they have a place and a sense “Both organizations have their own goals we have.” APIASA wants to create opportuniof belonging. goals and objectives. APIASA raisties for students to thrive and be success“As you can see from today, it was es money for our student scholarships ful, because that’s what education did for beautiful. All the people, all the stuthat they will award at the end of the them and they wanted to pass it on. dents here, they all enjoyed it,” said academic year,” Louie said. “We come Xiong and Louie said this associaLouie. “That’s the message we want to together because we all believe in trytion was here for the students because say: to be positive…to really make the ing to represent the College, to bring they want them to succeed. best of why we’re here and to learn as diversity and to understand and supThe group wants to make everyone much as we can from each other.” port each other in terms of whatever

Painted rocks celebrate uniqueness of Stockton, beyond By Austin Nordyke Senior Staff Writer

There's a magic that comes from searching for Easter eggs, which lives on in our memories long after we've grown up and put our baskets away. Stockton residents have embraced the trend and taken it to new heights, capturing the same sense of adventure for all ages. “I love the passion [Stockton Rocks] has for connecting the com-

munity,” said Stockton Rocks member Kathleen Etcheverry. Stockton Rocks is a Facebook group with more than 22,000 members. Locals paint rocks, post clues to their location, and hide them for others to find. Anyone can easily particate by hiding a painted rock and on one side leave the hastag #Stocktonrocks, to share to Facebook and other social media. People celebrate different religions, movies and other cultural influences that shape who they are. Each rock is different and unique to the person who painted it.

Designs on rocks found throughout Stockton. PHOTO BY AUSTIN NORDYKE

It gets strangers talking over the loot they find and it gets people out and about exploring the town they live in. This might add some more walks to the lives of some couch potatoes, like Pokémon GO did a year ago. It can be a cheap way for parents to keep their kids entertained on a budget. The internet has made it easier than ever for a wide world to come together, so some rocks get even farther than Stockton. Some hide rocks in surrounding

cities such as Lodi or Tracy. Some people even bring the fun to different states like Oregon or New York when vacationing. Art aficionados have found a new canvas to try out and those trying to paint for the first time have discovered a new hobby they might not have considered before. This group’s rock painting events can bring people closer together. “It connects and bonds people who would not normally interact,” said new member Andrea Rodriguez. For more information visit Stockton Rocks on Facebook. It will rock your world.

Pantry, food drive feeds students in need By Jasmine Gonzalez Senior Staff Writer

It’s the season to be thankful. As we reflect on what we’re fortunate to have friends, family, good health, the latest and greatest technology – it’s important to remember some people are happy to have a hot meal. That’s the goal of the Associate Students of Delta College (ASDC) Food Pantry, to feed the hungry. The ASDC Food Pantry began in 2012 under the leadership of former Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth Landa. It started by giving turkeys and hams. Now holiday dinners are provided to families in need. “I think it’s a great … it’s good that they give a whole dinner,” said Kristen Walker, Delta student. This year the Business 23 Advertising class, under the leadership of Professor Andrew Kobylanski, has worked with ASDC to promote the event. “I think this is a unique project because it involves the classroom, student activities and extracurricular activities working together,” said Wendy Byrd, ASDC Advisor and Temporary Director of Student Activities. According to Byrd the process starts at the Financial Aid office where currently enrolled students are screened. When the list is completed, ASDC provides the Financial Aid office with

vouchers. Students with the greatest need are emailed. Those that receive the email can then go to Financial Aid to get the voucher to then will go to the ASDC office to collect the food. “Our goal is 50 ... that’s 50 completed dinners for a family of four to six people. The more donations, the more food we can give,” said Bryd. In order to expand, Byrd hopes to have other departments at Delta participate in the Food Pantry drive to grow and reach a larger population. “We are in the process of collaborating with student enrollment, food services nutritional services, research and development to enhance ASDC Food Pantry into a larger sustainably institutional wise program,” said Byrd. Though Thanksgiving is the prime focus at the moment, ASDC has started collecting for Christmas and will until Dec. 14. The Christmas Box will go through the same process as the Thanksgiving boxes. If someone has a donation or check they can call (209) 954-5100 and a representative will pick up the donation. Donations of $75 dollars or more, in cash or food value, must submit a form online or in the student activities office for tax deductions. The hours are as followed: Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from for lunch from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The food pantry has several shelves of canned foods ready to be packaged in holiday meal boxed for Delta families in need. PHOTOS BY JASMINE GONZALES

‘With Our Words’ making a difference in the community

environment they live in into their poems, from food to immigration issues. Managing Editor “We are always trying to get our stuStockton is home to a program ded- dents to look at and learn from where icated to helping youth find and devel- we are in terms of our environment. Alop themselves through poetry, spoken ways have an environmental thread to our writing talking about: food, water, word and other outlets. Evolving from the Color in the Val- immigration issues. And that requires ley arts festival, With Our Words, start- reading, writing, researching, editing. ed in 2003 and became a nonprofit in Even when we’re doing poetry for the fun of it, that educational piece doesn’t 2006. “With Our Words is a long standing, go away, there are structures to the poStockton/Central Valley Non-Profit ems. The literacy has to be there, it’s that uses spoken word and slam poet- what we do, we’re poets,” said Brisbane. With Our Words has grown from ry to connect young adults to academic social justice and community service,” it’s humble beginnings. Students have gone from small competitions at the said founder Tama Brisbane. With Our Words is a program dedi- programs teen center, to being featured cated to the development of its students, on HBO. The organization has opened for with the hopes that what they learn in the program motivates them rise to the big hip-hop names such as Lupe Fiaschallenges set for them in school and co and Common, to touring with the Parker String Quartet. succeed beyond it. Among the students to attend With “Because we have a 99 percent high school graduation rate and a 94 percent Our Words is former Delta College college attendance rate, I really am fond student Aaron Chapman. He was roped into the program after of the stories of kids who were struggling in school, came into our poetry a couple of his best friends decided to collective or made it our national slam join and dragged him along. “Two of my best friends, they kind team and had the academics click because of the amount of time they spent of forced me to join in high school. I writing and reading and researching was that knucklehead kid freestyle rap and editing and realizing that applies to because I thought it was cool. That’s all I was doing, and my friends were like their school life,” said Brisbane. Brisbane hopes students leave With ‘you gotta come to this thing’... finalOur Words knowing they have a voice ly they dragged me to the classroom… they can add to conversations across the I was jotting down stuff trying to be the cool guy,” said Chapman. “Tama country. “Knowing that they can travel from brought me up and ask me ‘what are the edge to the center of things and you writing about,’ and I happened to not lose themselves in the process and be writing something about my aunto grow themselves in the process,” said tie and she looked at it and she said I Brisbane “I want them to know that should perform out and I was like ‘no they can become part of national con- I’m not doing that’... so finally Tama versation, that they can become part of got me to do it and I broke down and everybody was like ‘that was dope!” actual change in their community.” Chapman has come a long way from With Our Words teaches students how to develop their poems by encour- being what he described as ‘that knuckaging them to add an element of the lehead kid’ due to his time learning

By Killian Barnhart

Tama Brisbane, Founder of With Our Words, works in her office at The Write Place in downtown Stockton as she speaks on the nonprofit organization. PHOTOS BY KILLIAN BARNHART

within With Our Words. “I’m a better writer and With Our Words has allowed me to kind of grow as a writer. I’m maturing as an adult, I’m almost 25, I started out with W.O.W when I was fifteen. Fifteen year old me compared to twenty five year old me I would tell fifteen year old me to stick closer to W.O.W because at times I did

stray from the program, tried to do my own thing… it gave me the courage to explore more artistry and how I am as a writer,” said Chapman. The program helped develop Chapman’s major hobbies, from writing lyrics and songs to developing and refining his poetry to his main goal: having his poetry published.

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Nov. 17, 2017

Photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz stands with his photos inside the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery, located in the Shima Center on campus. PHOTO BY RICARDO C. HERNANDEZ

‘WE ALL WE GOT’ FEATURED AT DELTA By Alex Coba Sports Editor

On Nov. 9 Delta College’s Horton Gallery hosted an art showcase for the opening of Carlos Javier Ortiz exhibition “We All We Got.” The exhibition features photos of families and neighborhoods that Ortiz took in Chicago over a ten year period. “I started[to] really think about telling a story in different ways in the way of family and love life, life after death ... and how families celebrate life,” said Ortiz.

After leaving Chicago for a brief period, Ortiz cited an incident that occurred while he was living in Philadelphia that had an important influence on his work. Ortiz said he was robbed at gunpoint. “It made me really think about what should happen to him, he just got out of jail he didn’t have a job ... it made me think about this in a different way ... I wanted to think about these stories in a different way and not be judgmental,” said Ortiz when talking about the gunman. Photography professor Kirstyn Russell was responsible for bringing Ortiz to Delta. “I met Carlos while on sabbatical from Delta Col-

Lodi artist strives to make living with music By Mikael Honzell Editor in Chief

Collin Jacka is a musician from Lodi who writes and records his own music. He plays a variety of instruments, ranging from the guitar, bass, drums and even makes beats on a computer program called Logic. Jacka started playing music and taking it seriously after his senior year of high school, but picked up the guitar when he was in the third grade. His inspiration for playing music is his dad, who is a drummer for a jazz band. “My dad’s a jazz drummer, so when I was little I would watch his band practice. I’d sit on the floor and watch his feet,” he said. Jacka was recently in a band called Gloss, but the band split up and he now makes music with his girlfriend, Collegian News Editor Emily Beaton. The music genre they make is Rhythm and Blues with more Blues influence. “I help her arrange her writings and put music to it, making it all work in unison. I do all of the recording myself. I actually built an isolation booth in that closet,” he said. Jacka’s room resembles an actual studio, where he

stores some acoustic, electric and bass guitars, as well as a key board with a beat-making pad and a computer with music making programs. He even has sound-proof foam on the walls. One of the challenges Jacka faces as a musician is obtaining the right equipment, which can be expensive. “A lot of times you end up settling for less,” Jacka said. “But most recently I’ve just been flipping my stuff on Reverb, which is like kind of like a Craigslist for music stuff.” Another thing that can be challenging is finding a band member committed to the band and the music. “Most musicians are going to be super flakey, you know? It’s hard to find some that are going to have enough drive to finish a project,” he said On top of playing different instruments, Jacka is also a lyricist. He writes songs about his life and the people in it. According to Jacka, he’s got a lot of scattered lyrics lying around that he hasn’t done much with, on top of lyrics he wrote for songs that are completed.    See full article at

lege and he was doing a lecture in the middle of the day... and I just sat there in the room and heard him talk and I was like, I would love for him to come to Stockton,” said Russell. Toward the end of the showcase, guests were treated to a spoken word poem by Tama Brisbane. Brisbane’s poem “Roses Piece by Piece” about equality in the world. Brisbane said this is one of her favorite poems. “Because of the structure of it, because of the impact of it. And because it felt right,” said Brisbane. Ortiz’s “We All We Got” showcase runs through Dec. 15.

‘The Visit’ closes fall semester for drama department

The Delta Center for the Art’s website summarizes the plot as: “A wealthy woman returns Senior Staff Writer to her debt-ridden hometown and offers a sum greater than they have ever imagined in order Delta Drama closes the semester with “The to help out ... on one simple condition. Will Visit,” which begins its run on Nov. 30. The play was written by author and dramatist the people compromise their morals in order to save their town? Will they stand up by their Friedrich Durrenmatt and was translated by principles and fight for what is right in the face Maurice Valency. The play that will perform at Delta will come of abject poverty? What will they collectively decide to do?” from the English translated version, but will The play was chosen by Ashlee Temple, also have adaptations from different translations Greg Foro and Kevin Bautch, Delta Drama since the original script is written in German. professors. Temple and Foro also direct. The “We start with an English translation and professors pick from options they all brought in then we used different translations and referred and choose the one they to those along the were most interested in way so if something working with. isn’t making sense Nov. 30 and Dec. 2-3 at 7 p.m. Rehearsals for ‘The for instance in the Visit’ began in mid- OcEnglish translation Dec. 2-3, at 2 p.m. tober. we chose we check Tickets: $9 adults, $4 students/seniors “This is a very big in other translations For more info: visit show, we have a cast of and see if something 26 so it requires a good can be illuminated deal of rehearsal just that way,” said Asorchestrating all the people… there is various sociate Professor of Drama and Director Greg scenes when the entire cast is on stage and Foro. involved so it’s a lot to orchestrate and coordiThe cast is made up of 26 actors and actressnate who is where, when and how things kind es who include community guest artists Mary of come together,” said Foro. Hurley and Richard Garvin. They play two It’s the first time the play will be performed of the leading roles: Claire Zachanassian and at Delta. Alfred III. For Delta student and cast member Aliyah The rest of the cast is made up of students. Torres, the most enjoyable part of participating For Delta student and cast member Eric in the play has been working with new people Grant, the most challenging part about being and in a different environment. part of the play has been his character’s lines. “I enjoy most about getting to work with “I played the Mayor in this production and a bunch of new people since this is my first he’s got a lot of monologues, I speak a lot in this production here, it’s really fun getting to meet play and that has been one of the most difficult new people and experience different actors, how aspects right now,” said Grant. they portray their characters and working on a The story takes place in the town of Gullen, bigger stage, set and with a different director,” where the arrival of Claire, a wealthy former said Torres. resident of the town, is anticipated.

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Mustangs demolish Folsom By Raul Torres

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Delta campus has 13 athletic teams and only a few are actually known throughout campus. Going around campus all students recognize football, basketball or soccer. “I don’t know what sports Delta has, but one way to help is to advertise more,” said Delta student Holly Anderson. This is very understandable considering that when a sports event is happening the only advertisement is a sign by the quad. But there are a variety of games happening on and off campus every week students should make themselves aware of. For away games, it’s the announcement board at the back of the school near Shima parking lot or at the front of campus off of the main Pacific Avenue entrance. On the other hand, the other students who were asked had favorites for different reasons. “I actually do enjoy watching basketball, I like the way it’s thought out and the way people play it and I actually do like watching the men who play it,” said Delta student Miriam Mahmoud. The football season runs in the fall and has already concluded for the year. One thing suggested to get people out to more games is to give out free food and or drinks. Another tip suggested is to definitely get more signs of the events going on through campus. Travis Wynn gave his thoughts s on how delta could get more athletic participation. “I think Delta should go out to individual high schools to continue playing there sports,” Wynn said. “A lot of athletes will do high school but their not good enough for Division I ... so they quit their sport so I think that’s where Delta can step in.” For those who are unaware what sorts delta campus has the list is baseball, softball, football, basketball, golf, soccer, track and field, cross country, swimming, water polo, wrestling and volleyball. The athletics website indicates that beach volleyball may be added for the spring semester as well. All of the teams can be looked up on

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No. 12 Mika Fithian throws the ball up for a serve during the Nov. 10 game against Folsom Lake College. PHOTO BY VICTOR ZUNIGA

Soccer wins against American River

The Delta College Volleyball team beat Folsom Lake College on sophomore night Nov. 10 in three sets (25-17,25-18, 25-20) at the Ernie Marcopulos Gymnasium to extend the team’s win streak to seven games. The team honored all the sophomore players before the game with flowers while highlighting each of the team’s sophomore players individually. With the win Delta College volleyball ends the year with a 21-3 record. While Folsom Lake gave Delta some problems during the match, the Mustangs defense was too much for the Falcons. The Falcons failed to win one set during the match. “It felt really good, this is the best we played in a while. We had kind of a rough outing on Wednesday against Modesto so it was really nice to bounce back and to have a clean sweep, we really didn’t want to take them to four or five,” said No. 3 Avery Martin about the win. Amilya Thompson finished the game with 11 kills and 12 digs, while Kylee Irwin-Paz finished with 10 kills. Martin had 25 digs on the day. Mika Fithian also had 30 assists on the night. “We have improved over the week on blocking so much, but I think we can continue to work on blocking more,” said No. 5 Kylee Irwin-Paz. The Delta College volleyball teams first test came in the Big 8 conference on Tuesday against Sierra College, a team the Mustangs lost to in three sets earlier in the season. All three sets in the earlier game were within five points. Team members said it isn’t the same Delta team that lost to Sierra in early October. This team is more locked in defensively and are on a win streak. “If we carry our energy that we had today into playoffs and continue to block as we did today we will be good going into the playoff,” said Martin prior to Tuesday. Delta lost 3-2 five sets against Sierra College on Tuesday, Nov. 14. First round Norcal regional starts on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

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San Joaquin Delta College wing Cesar Calderon, below, shields the ball from American River defender Atheer Hanna near the sideline during the Delta College vs. American River game. Wing Juan Carlos Juardo-Garibay, right, moves forward with the ball as American River midfielder Santiago Moreno chases after him


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ROAD: Workshop event prepares students to make smart life choices continued from PAGE 1 es, your car, and kind of luxury items should be at the bottom. Sometimes we find that you don’t have enough money for rent, but you have a brand new cell phone that’s paid off and they’ve also gone traveling. We’re trying to instill the proper way to budget,” said Oliviera. This was the second time

this workshop was offered at Delta. The children and youth resources with CAPC work all over San Joaquin County offering one-on-one mentorships and services to 16-25 year olds who need the extra support whether it be seeking educational opportunities, housing, budgeting and more, according to Oliviera.

Many students were drawn in by the promise of free food but many also picked up great budgeting skills for when they live on their own. “ I like free food but I like to do the stuff around Delta and I like to take advantage of what’s offered. I know not to splurge on certain things while it’s ok to splurge on other stuff,” said Delta student Maggie Hodson.

Students get information at a booth during the Road to Independence event. PHOTO BY CATLAN NGUYEN

Boy Scouts begin accepting girls into organization

parts of our programs to make them available,” said Gabriela McKweon, an adult leader for Boy Scout Staff Writer Troop 199. Many concerns about girls joining the scouts has As of early October, the Boy Scouts of America anbeen answered by the scouting program. nounced it would allow girls to join the Cub Scout Girls have been part of the higher tiers of the program as of next year, with plans to allow girls to scouting program for quite some time, including Sea join Boy Scouts in 2019. Scouts and Venture crews since 1969. Boy Scouts was With this historic change to the Boy Scout policy, founded in 1908, with Girl Scouts being founded in there has been a variety of responses. 1912, after the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, met the “We open our organization to accept any individfounder of Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell.“I think ual and their family, regardless of age, race, religion or that folks forget that in the upper areas of Boy Scouts gender, to participate to the best of their capabilities,” we already have accepted girls,” said McKweon. said Nicholas Bryant, Cubmaster of Pack 199, based at Another concern that arises is the question, are they Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lodi, in an open letter all going to be going camping together? from the pack.With girls being able to join the Cub “There won’t be any coed dens ... Our first concern Scouts in 2018, the Boy Scouts have also opened doors. and our first priority are the safety of the children,” “We’re just trying to open the door for the other said McKweon.

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A new interactive display inside The Haggin Museum in Stockton. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE HAGGIN MUSEUM

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New wall and floor treatments as well as LED lighting have been installed to integrate the spaces. Technology has also been added. Interactive digital kiosks have been placed in three galleries. “Just by standing in front of the screen, you could conduct your own curated visit,” said Ruhstaller. The Haggin houses a collection of late 19th century and 18th century American and European fine art.  Highlights of the collection include works by Albert Bierstadt, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. One of Bierstadt’s works “Looking up the Yosemite Valley” was selected to hang in the White House’s during Ronald Reagan’s

first term as president. Another of the Haggin’s important holdings is commercial art work by the influential 20th century illustrator J.C. Leyendecker.  Leyendecker is known for his  Saturday  Evening Post magazine covers and the “Kellogg’s Kids” illustrations he did to promote Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. The Haggin currently has had an estimated attendance of 45,000 visitors annually.   “We fully believe those numbers will go up once word gets out,” said Ruhstaller in reference to the museum’s new art galleries The Haggin Museum is located in Stockton at 1201 N. Pershing Ave. Information on hours and admission fees can be found at  

It’s been stated by several groups, including The Atlantic and the president of the Girl Scouts, Kathy Hopinkah-Hannan that the Scouts are doing this to try and take membership away from other organizations. This claim has been firmly refuted by the Scouts. “We support cooperation in common goals and do not seek to compete with any other organization to increase membership solely for the sake of increasing our numbers,” said Bryant. Some of the leaders admit that they feel the acceptance of girls should have happened much sooner than it did. “I do feel at some point we should have probably introduced the option for the girls to come in and join. If they can join at the other levels why not Cubs and Boy Scouts,” McKweon. With girls being allowed into the Scouting program, another step towards equality has been taken.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 17, 2017  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 17, 2017  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.