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WHY WE’RE THANKFUL Delta College reflects on reasons for the season

“I am thankful for good friends,” said John Christianson, English major. “I am thankful for the opportunities I have in life, being able to further my education, having a truck, friends that have stuck with me, and my mom,” said Joseph Nino, undecided but looking into business or law enforcement. “Having all my family with me,” said Sum Tran, computer science major.“Being able and having the opportunity to spend the holidays with my family,” said Stephanie Smith, sociology major. “I’m thankful for my son and his mother, because they are my motivation in life. They are what keeps me going,” said Armando Samaniego, 21, psychology major. “I’m thankful for the breath in my body, the learning I get to do as a parent, my faith, my family and friends,” said Kelly Coffeey, 36, child development major.“[I’m thankful for] the computer lab and library, because I can study there and it’s helpful,” said Alohalani Berard, 53, accounting major.“I’m probably most thankful for food, honestly. Food doesn’t cheat on you with your cousin,” said Mitchell Nguyen, 20, undecided. “I’m thankful for turkeys,” said Joseph Washington, 19, undecided. “I’m thankful for living a really easy life,” said Matthew Evangelista, 23, nursing student. “I’m thankful to be alive,” said Juliese Batieste, 19, auto mechanic major.“I am grateful for being able to eat every day, and have a roof over my head and friends who love and care about me,” said Julie Roberts, 24, international relations major. “I am grateful for Intervarsity Christian Club on campus and just being able to talk about Christ with them freely and not being persecuted for it,” said Jose Cuevas, 21, education major. “I’m thankful that things have worked out to allow me to continue my education,” said Kelly Townley, 51, sociology major. “I would say my family because they’re really supportive of my decisions to be here or do anything, so I would say I’m really thankful for them and my mom does a lot for me,” said Breannah Rueda. “I’m just thankful for the food that my parents are providing, because most kids don’t have food so I think that’s the best thing,” said Devon Worley. “I’m thankful that I have an opportunity to get a higher education than high school for such a reasonable price,” said Jay Halva. “Man, I’m thankful for the house that my parents have put me in right now, for my heater that’s going strong right now, I’m just thankful for life right now,” said Amanpal Singh. “I am thankful I have an education and that I have a job as a college professor. I can’t imagine a better job than teaching your favorite subject [geography],” said Professor Robin Lyons, geography. “I’m definitely thankful for the opportunities we have here in America, especially education. Without it, we definitely wouldn’t be able to live the life that we do. I know I complain about how exhausting it is and how much I hate it, but it really is such a privilege to have. So many people around the world fight for education, or are too poor to attend school. Parents have no choice but to send their children to work instead of school just to survive. Although school is stressful, I am so thankful for it because it allows me to obtain knowledge that can aid in my future,” said Breana Ochoa, 20.




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lack Friday, it’s one of the biggest company a quick buck and they are used shopping days of the year for conto get you in the door so that you can buy sumers. more things, like stocking stuffers. Half of consumers wouldn’t be able to I don’t think you really need that fourth tell you why it’s called Black Friday, yet television in the house, a DVD you’ll watch buyers bear the cold and long lines to buy once or a new pair of slippers. stuff. But that’s the problem with Americans In the 1950s, the Philadelphia police and consumerism. We buy things out of coined the phrase in reference to the terimpulse rather than out of necessity. It’s rible traffic jams caused by suburbanites more quantity rather than quality. coming into the city for We get caught up in the shopping in the weekfrenzy of the holidays but BRANDON don’t realize there’s nothing end after Thanksgiving. I don’t understand special about Black Friday. GARCIA the point of Black There are sales going on Friday. all the time, the whole year What exactly is worth in fact. Sales happen on getting? What can be so important to buy President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of that you didn’t get throughout the year? July and Labor Day. I’ve seen some of the ads and I wasn’t Even Cyber Monday is a good time to really impressed. There isn’t anything I need buy electronics while conveniently at home. nor want for myself or for the family. Instead of just wasting money and time But consumers will still buy things just on Black Friday, I think money should be to buy things. This year will be no different. better off saved for a logical purchase. In recent years, the hottest items for the Buy quality items with the money saved holidays have been electronics. Televisions, up. Buy items that actually hold some tablets and cameras are always advertised. value. People will clamor to buy different Get the television that has more HDMI electronic products but most of these are outlets and is actually a name brand. junk and not made Purchase real leather boots rather than to last. pleather boots. They are sold Buy items that you can be to own. to make the

Take advantage of deals

Black Friday provides massive savings


lack Friday is, no doubt, one of It’s on Sunday, Nov. 22. the most chaotic days of the year. I’m going to buy my mom a $50 From eating turkey to standing skillet for $20. in line for hours on end to save a buck, I plan to buy it with the points I the events can get out of hand. earn on the “Shop Your Way” app. Some may say it’s not worth it, but The store is having a sweepstakes for others, like myself, say it is and try to all members to earn points towards a get all of their Christmas shopping purchase or raffle tickets. done without Walmart breaking the has a one-hour bank. guarantee ALEXIS Being a available for BUSTAMANTE mother and five differa college stuent items if dent, funds are you’re in line extremely tight when the store on only one income. opens. Once sold out, customers get I try to make sure money goes as a voucher. far as possible. It does seem like stores are trying I also feel like it’s an adrenaline to deter fights over items. rush. They’re so many people going One thing I wish Target would do for the same item but you have to on Black Friday is price match other get to it first. Black Friday ads. Last year I got Beats headphones I can’t be at different stores at the at an unbeatable price for my boysame time to catch all the deals. I friend’s siblings. The Black Friday don’t just buy things to buy things. price was $89, marked down from If I find a good deal and I have $149. no use for it, or anyone to gift it This year I plan to go to Sears’ to, I donate it to my church or the early admission for members only. homeless.

MUSTANG VOICE: “How early is too early to begin the holiday festivities?” “The day after Halloween is kind of early but… Christmas in my opinion is happiness and joy and positive stuff so I don’t think it’s that bad of a thing for it to be out early. I don’t really get bothered by it,” said Willow Johnson.

“It depends on your mood and how strong your Christmas festive heart is. Just go for it. Some people feel for the holiday more than others so it’s really up to the person,” said David Mendez.

“Oh it’s never too early. I have literally been listening to Christmas music since mid-July. I love Christmas,” said Sarai Elias.

“I think it’s probably too early when you start seeing Thanksgiving getting skipped up and just going straight to Christmas right after Halloween. That’s kind of bothersome,” said Aaron Macias.

“November first is too early. I think a good time would be right after Thanksgiving,” said Olivia Barnett.

“I feel like now is too early but it doesn’t really matter. It’s never too soon to start them,” said Ruben Leyva.



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

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First Amendment newspaper that prides itself on a commitment to the students of San Joaquin Delta College while maintaining its 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.



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Starbucks customers are voicing opinions about blank holiday cups A lot of customers miss my snowflakes.

This page may be black and white, but I’m red.

Studying all night? I got you.

People are welcome to draw all over me!

I’ll warm up your winter.

I’ve recently lost my snowflakes from last year. I feel a bit naked.


t’s not really the holidays until Starbucks starts serving their drinks in their famous yearly holiday cups. These cups began defining the start of the holidays for coffee lovers across the world in 1977. Up until this year’s cup, Starbucks has released holiday cups with fun and festive designs. Something is very different about their cup this year and it has really stirred up a controversy. The cup released on Nov. 1 is a two-tone red cup with no design, rather a blank canvas. Starbucks created the cups for people to be able to design their own cups with individual style and imagination.

Can you get me Red Solo’s number? Careful, I may be hot. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MEGAN MAXEY

That’s not how some people bucks. I feel like the Christian viewed the cups. people are taking it the wrong Many Christians took the way. I still respect their opinion blank cups as an insult to the though.” Christian faith because the cups Starbucks created the cups lack some type of Christmas with the goal to have artists symbol such as snowflakes, from all over the world doodle Christmas trees, or ornaments. on the cups and create their After the own holiday controversy cups. sprang out It is SARAH into the actually an AGEE social media inventive way world, other of marketing Christians their brand began to debecause they fend the cup saying it represents had the #RedCupContest on “Jesus’ blood.” Instagram where five winners Bianca Laboca, a Delta were chosen to receive $500 student, shares her thoughts on Starbucks gift cards. the controversy by saying, “I Danny Hutchinson says, “I don’t see a problem with Starthink that red is just a color of

the Christmas holiday time and the Starbucks green logo goes along with the red as Christmas. I don’t think Christians should be entitled that everything has to have Jesus or anything like that on it for the holidays. I mean the colors are there to make it festive. Aren’t the holidays more than just if Jesus is getting credit or not on a coffee cup?” These Starbucks holiday cups bring joy to so many people around the world every season. It’s okay that people have opinions about the cups but let’s not take away from what the cups represent — a company that brings happiness to people and the holidays that brings everyone together.

Remembering those Delta community has lost COMPILED BY MEGAN MAXEY


elta College has recently lost current and former staff members. The Collegian believes it is important to remember these members of our community, particularly since they’ve impacted students, faculty and staff. We join our administration and fellow colleagues in sending condolences to the families of these Delta community members. “We’ve lost several very significant Delta folks over the past month or so... I think it’s appropriate to recognize them,” said Dr. Kathleen Hart, President of Delta College, in a campuswide email remembering these individuals.

Hazel Hill

Hill retired as the Dean of CTE and Workforce Development, Hill was the face of the college in the community for many years, according to Dr. Hart.

Ben Beam

Beam lost his battle with cancer. Beam was a beloved agriculture/animal husbandry professor.

Van Sweet

Sweet coached Delta’s golf team until he was 88 years old. He also coached UOP’s men’s basketball team for 11 seasons. He passed away at age 94 from complications from pneumonia.

Bill Fulton Williams

Uncle to Professor Will Story, Bill Fulton Williams spent 30 years teaching art at Delta. He also arranged and financed a scholarship that is awarded annually to a Delta art student.

Mary Fiori

Fiori was Delta’s oldest retiree, retiring at 99 years old.



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Whether you’re the chef slaving in the kitchen at home, or you’re the couch potato who gets to watch Thursday football until it’s time to eat, the standards are always set high for Thanksgiving dinner. There’s no doubt that a homemade meal tops a store bought meal any day, so why not save a few bucks in the process? The average household spends about $49.41 to serve a family of ten, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Here are some tips to make sure your dinner for ten stays under that amount: Have a plan. Have a menu for the dinner ready so you know exactly what to purchase at the grocery store. Compare store-ads and take advantage of coupons and weekly specials, especially on turkeys. Buy a frozen store-brand turkey over a fresh bird. Take a friend with you to a store that sells in bulk, such as Costco, and split the cost of the bulk items. Share the savings on items like potatoes, eggs, sugar and flour. Purchase store or generic brand items over the brand-name items. They are as good and the savings from the price difference will add up at checkout. At Target you can get cream of mushroom soup for $0.79 a can. Items often used only in the holiday season like pumpkin filling and cranberry sauce usually go on sale the week before Thanksgiving, so purchase those ahead of time. Potlucks are in! Never think a potluck is tacky. Instead of labeling the dinner as a potluck, simply ask your guests to bring their favorite side dish, to acompany the frugal yet delicious main course that you are providing them. Maybe you’re not feeling like Julia Child this Thanksgiving and would rather spend the holiday relaxing and saving energy for midnight bargaining. Local restaurants are offering traditional Thanksgiving meals for take out without spending hours preparing and cooking at home. Mimi’s Café Holiday Feast To-Go: Serves 6-8 people for only $89.99. This traditional Thanksgiving meal features a whole roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, cranberry relish, carrot raisin nut bread and a whole pumpkin pie. Mimi’s Café is located on the corner of Pacific Ave. and Robinhood Dr. Market Tavern: The Market is providing a personalized menu for take out Thanksgiving dinners. In their store and on their website is an order form where different starters, entrees and desserts can be chosen to create the perfect holiday meal to eat at home. Prices are on the menu. Market Tavern is located in Lincoln Center on Pacific Ave. Salisbury’s Deli and Grill: Serves 10-12 people for $149.99. The feast includes a stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn bread, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, soft bread rolls and pumpkin pie. Salisbury’s Deli is located in Lodi on E. Vine Street.


8 large potatoes, peeled and cubed. 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/3 cup butter, 8 ounces sour cream, 1/2 (1 ounce) package dry ranch-style dressing mix.


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Place potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. 3. Drain water, and add cream cheese, butter, sour cream and ranch dressing mix. Mash until creamy using a potato masher or electric mixer. Spread evenly in a large baking dish. 4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden brown.


2 (15 ounce) cans cut green beans, drained. 3/4 cup milk. 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup. 1 (2.8 ounce) can French fried onions.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. In a medium casserole dish mix together green beans, milk, cream of mushroom soup, and 1/2 of the can of onions. 3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and bubbly. 4. Sprinkle remaining onions over the top, and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Keeping holiday meals under $50


It’s Thanksgiving Day, you’re putting on that holiday dress or you’re tightening your turkey day tie. But there’s an queasy feeling in your stomach. You’re about to spend this holiday with your partner’s family – the all important first holiday. What if you spill the gravy? What do you do if you accidentally pronounce someone’s name wrong? What if you clog the toilet? These are common fears associated with spending the holidays with a family that isn’t our own. Established couples can now look back and share disasters from those firsts.

For example, meeting your spouse’s family for the first time during the holidays can be a little uneasy. “2008 was the first time I spent the holidays with my husband’s family, and it was actually really embarrassing. His whole family has some weird sense of humor and they decided to prank me at Thanksgiving dinner,” said Elizabeth Boles, who is a survivor of holiday family dinners. “I was passing the cranberry sauce to my motherin-law and my husband tickled my side and I spilled the cranberry sauce all over her. I kept apologizing but my husband couldn’t stop laughing. Later I found out that his

mom was totally in on the whole thing. It was her weird way of welcoming me into the family.” Families share laughs and good memories during the holidays. Benjamin Yun, 23, wasn’t so lucky at his first holiday dinner with his now ex-girlfriend. “My ex and I were dating for about three months and her parents invited me over for Christmas Eve dinner. Her parents were really conservative religious people, so I tried to be really polite the whole night. But while we were eating dessert I was talking to her dad, and I basically said that my ex and I had done some unholy things, if you know what I mean. I didn’t mean to say

anything, but it happened and obviously things didn’t end well,” said Yun. With the pressure of impressing a brand new group of people, it’s easy for things to go south. Yun and Boles had advice to share with newbies who might be dreading these family gatherings “Obviously, watch what you say. Don’t get too comfortable,” said Yun. Being too worried about how the night will turn out, might cause you to mess up out of nervousness. “Don’t stress about it. But if I had to do it over again, like the first time, I would definitely not sit next to my husband,” said Boles.



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On Nov. 13, terrorists struck the citizens of Paris. More than 129 people were killed and 352 wounded in attacks at six different locations. The deadliest site was the Bataclan concert hall where shootings and a hostage situation occurred. Two bombs went off at the Stade de France during a soccer match. In addition, a series of shootings happened in nearby bars and restaurants. While Paris turned out its lights on the Eiffel Tower that night, the rest of the world’s landmarks lit up with the colors of France’s flag. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks and stated this is the first of many, according to USA Today. Paris retaliated by carrying out airstrikes in Raqqa, Syria beginning Nov. 16. While this is a time for mourning and respect, it’s also a time to consider future actions regarding this terrorist group. “Actually, in my opinion, I don’t think [France’s actions] are a good move because you are just giving into what the terrorists want. They want

to strike fear into the hearts of civilians and countries. I don’t think we should abide to that,” said Augustus La Due, a Delta student. According to USA Today, ISIS has openly threatened the United States and recently released a video saying: “We tell countries participating in the crusader campaign: We swear that you will experience a similar day to the one that France experiences; since if we have struck France in its heart – in Paris – then we swear that we will strike America at its heart – in Washington.” The threat of ISIS is apparent and the attacks that occurred in Paris were shocking in magnitude and execution. The impact of this attack calls for a plan of action from the allies of France. “[The U.S.] should be attacking their infrastructure for one thing, because that’s usually what wins wars is going after infrastructure and that’s the only difference that ISIS has from any other terrorist group,” added La Due. Politicians argue about increasing the U.S. presence in the Middle East, whether or not to take in Syrian refugees, and what we want our role to

be in this war on ISIS. “My personal opinion on [bringing in Syrian refugees] is that it’s okay because we do bring in like 70,000 refugees a year anyway so just adding 10,000 isn’t that big of deal,” said La Due. On Nov. 16, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson released an official statement saying: “Today, I am asking Congress to stop the Obama Administration’s plans to bring in up to 45,000 Syrian refugees. There is currently no ability to vet these people. By letting refugees into our country without vetting we are putting America at risk.” The role of media is becoming a conversation piece, as critics argue that more attention is being paid to Paris than other atrocities. Other things going on in the world that not many are hearing about the earthquake in Japan or the mass shooting that killed over forty civilians in Beirut, Lebanon. “The media is going to spew their bias anyways… it pushes us to radicalism,” said La Due. The results of the attacks in France are already having ripple effects, impacting security at events around the world.

TAKE THIS CLASS English 45: The Reading of Shakespeare SECTION: 76624 DAY/TIME: MW 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. PREREQUISITES: ENG 079 with a ‘C’ or better


“ENG 45 is an introduction to reading Shakespeare. Many students — but not all — read some Shakespeare in high school, typically Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet or Julius Caesar. I have been involved in theater since I was in college, and I approach this course as ‘readers’ theater.’ We read five plays aloud and watch film versions. Students write a short paper after each play and participate in forum discussions on Etudes. There are a few other ‘language’ assignments: sonnet writing and soliloquy writing in iambic pentameter,” said Professor Paula Sheil in an email interview. When I first enrolled in this course for the spring 2015 semester, I didn’t know what to expect. Which plays would we read? How would we analyze them? What could I really gain from reading some ancient stories? “Students who finish my course can ‘speak’ Shakespeare, meaning the language is comfortable and they can easily scan new works,” added Sheil. Reading the plays out loud

not only helped me understand the content and meaning of the plays, but also benefited my ability to read aloud and speak in front of others. If you ever want to improve your public speaking, try reading prose out loud for a whole semester. “Shakespeare DNA permeates pop culture; many films, TV shows, etc. borrow plots from the Bard. We ‘speak’ in Shakespearean quotes: ‘All the world’s a stage…,’ ; ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep’ ; ‘Better three hours too soon than a minute too late’ ; ‘We know what we are, but know not what we may be.’ There are literally hundreds of references to Shakespeare in our everyday speech. In addition, many authors, artists, dancers, allude to Shakespeare characters, themes or situations. Besides Shakespeare, students should take mythology and the Bible as Literature to be able to pick up the symbols, motifs, tropes, etc. in contemporary culture,” said Sheil. Sheil creates an inviting environment for students and shows real passion for the subject.



The Delta College speech and debate team, also known as “Delta Force,” had its biggest victory of the semester last weekend, on Nov. 7, winning the Paul Winters Tournament held at the University of the Pacific. “We have dominated the competition this year,” said Speech and Debate Coach Jeff Toney in an email interview. “This has not been a common thing for our team since I’ve been coaching here.” Delta Force has traveled around the country to places including Pennsylvania, Nevada and San Francisco, going up against more than 30 schools in each tournament and debating a range of topics from domestic to international issues, according to Toney. “We have improved every single year and we have added new coaches and professors to our department that have all helped, in some capacity, with our team’s success,” he said.

Toney has been a speech teacher since 2011 and has been coaching the debate team since 2006. Along with Toney are Kathleen Bruce and Nicole Sandoval, Bruce used to be a competitor for speech and debate and enjoyed it so much she decided to coach. “A lot of progress has been made since the beginning,” said Bruce in an interview. “A lot of our students were brand new and have practiced and worked hard to get where they are today.” This semester, Delta Force competed in tournaments such as the Golden Gate Openers in San Francisco, Lafayette Speech and Debate Tournament in eastern Pennsylvania and the Big Little City Classic in Nevada, which all lead to the Paul Winters Invitational victory. The Paul Winters Tournament, said to be the largest tournament this semester, had more than 40 colleges competing from a range of states such as Texas, Colorado, Kansas and many more. Delta Force dominated the competition at Paul Winters with a total of 306 points, with Rice Uni-

versity from Texas coming in second with 170 points. “I expected us to win,” said Bruce. “But I didn’t expect to win by that much, especially against a four year college.” Hailey Heperle, a recently recruited member of the Delta force, was also happy with the team’s progress this semester. “We killed it this semester,” said Herpele. “Just from the first tournament, we could see that there have been improvements and have had a lot of people making breaks. It wasn’t surprising because we all worked really hard and it all paid off.” According to Bruce, there has also been a total of 43 individual awards, a new record for Delta College. A lot of students would like to participate in speech and debate but are scared of public speaking. Toney’s advice for those students would be “sign up for the class (COMM 52), engage in the program, and we’ll help do the rest. It’s that simple. If you don’t try, you will never get better.” The next tournament is on Jan. 29.



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Delta professor takes jazz from class to streets


BRIAN KENDRICK BIG BAND: Brian Kendrick, head of jazz studies at Delta College, plays the drums at the Valley Brewing Company on Stockton’s Miracle Mile.



rian Kendrick: Delta College instructor by day, jazz musician by night. On Nov. 16, Miracle Mile’s Valley Brewing Company in Stockton was treated to a performance by the Brian Kendrick Big Band. Kendrick played the drums. “It’s called the Brian Kendrick Big Band but we’re all really equals, we’re friends and I just organize it,” said Kendrick. “We all do it because we love it.” Kendrick appreciates the loyalty of his band mates, knowing that they can leave for more fruitful positions. “Normally these guys would be playing in smaller groups to make more money, but this band has a sound that’s sort of inescapable,” said Kendrick. Kendrick speaks modestly of himself, but his longtime friend and band mate Patrick Langham speaks highly of his friend. “I’ve known Brian since 2003 and he’s still one of

my best friends I’ve had,” said Langham. Langham said Kendrick, who teaches Jazz Studies at Delta, is talented because he’s “well versed in a lot of different fields.” That’s a rarity. “Sometimes you meet a drummer and they’re good at one thing and that’s great that they’re good at one thing, Brian is great at a bunch of different things,” said Langham. The roots of Kendrick’s passion for music trace back to his early childhood. “I was 5-years old and my brother was 10-years older than me and he had a garage band, I would sit there and listen to them play and one day they left to go get some hamburgers and they said don’t touch anything and as soon as they were out the door, I was on the drums,” said Kendrick. The young musician found his calling that day. “When they came back in the room I was playing on the drums, and at first they were mad but then they were like, well how did you figure that out? And I was like, well I’ve been watching you.”

Kendrick has always loved music, and he tries to stay open to all current and different genres. “I try to listen to all kinds of music, I bought Kendrick Lamar’s album because everyone was raving about it.” Lamar has put together a phenomenal career as a rapper and Brian Kendrick hopes for success with his band as well, although not in rap but in jazz. “We’re going to record, we’re going to do a record next year, I have a recording studio in my home that I’ve developed over the past couple years,” said Kendrick. “I want to record something that really represents the best of what we can do.” Besides playing music, Kendrick has always wanted to do what he’s doing right now at Delta College and that’s instructing young musicians. “I was talking to my mom about this, my mom’s like 90-years old and she was calling me one day and she says you know you’ve done everything you’ve set out to do and I said, really? She says yeah! Remember you told me I just want to teach and play music,” said Kendrick.

Performing arts provide holiday themed events for families BY KRISTEN RIEDEL

Delta’s performing arts students are preparing for a variety of holiday entertainment for the community. The Stockton Concert, Jazz and Delta College bands have concerts scheduled for the first 10 days of December. Tickets for musical performances are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free with advance tickets from the box office for children under 12. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, the Stockton Concert Band will play a joint concert with the Lincoln High School Band in Atherton Auditorium, directed by Professor M.J. Wamhoff. “We’re playing Christmas music and we’re doing a piece called Minor Alterations which is altered Christmas music to make it sound really dark and scary,” said Stephanie Ochoa, a music education major and member of the three Delta bands. The Jazz Ensemble will perform big band and swing music on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Tillie Lewis Theatre, under the direction of Professor Brian

esta Barroca: Choral Music of the Mexican Baroque & California Missions,” on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Atherton. The drama department’s offering for the season is the classic story of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by new Associate Professor Ashlee Temple. “She definitely expects the professionalPHOTO BY KRISTEN RIEDEL ism, which I appreciate,” said Rhonda Allen, who PROFESSOR M.J. WAMHOFF: Directing band practice. plays the role of Ma Bailey. Kendrick. English major Christopher Smith is Jazz fans can also enjoy the Delta Jazz Festival, featuring the Donny Mc- the star of the show as George Bailey, Caslin Group and school bands from he also played Jesus Christ in last sethe western U.S., on Dec. 5 from 8 mester’s production of “Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” a.m. to 5 p.m. for $10. “George had to be super-likeable beOn Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in Atherton, cause we’re with him for two hours, so Wamhoff will direct the Delta College Chris was perfect. I just knew the minute Band and the Tracy High School Band he walked in he was George,” said Temple. in a joint concert that will include a See the show in Tillie on Dec. 10, Christmas music sing-along. Professor Bruce Southard will di- 11 and 12 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 13 at rect the Delta College Choirs in “Fi- 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and children.


#TRENDING: Twitter Moments and Polls 89%




Within the past two months, the popular social media site came out with “Twitter Moments” and “Twitter Polls.” On Twitter, we find conversations between world leaders and celebrities, even live commentary on the night’s big game. “Twitter Moments” puts all these tweets, pictures and videos into relevant categories where users can view the top tweets all at once. On the night of the terrorist attacks in Paris, users logged in to look at the tweets and videos as the events were unfolding. Twitter also recently launched “Twitter Polls.” It’s fun to use if you want the public’s opinion on anything: what to name your dog, who will win tonight’s game or which election issue people care most about. There’s no better place to get answers than on Twitter. The updates are a new way to engage with Twitter’s massive audience and understand exactly what people think.



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Lady Mustangs complete best season in program history BY ANGEL GUERRERO


MUSTANGS RUNNING FOR BOWL: Top, Tywayne Ario-Adams celebrates scoring a first quarter touchdown. Bottom, Phillip Kimble dives for the end zone pylon for a touchdown.

Delta football earns bowl bid

Rally leads to 42-35 victory over rival Modesto Jr. College BY ANGEL GUERRERO

The Delta College Mustangs (6-4, 4-1 Valley Conference) rallied past the Modesto Junior College Pirates (5-5, 2-3 Valley Conference) with a score of 4235 at DeRicco Field on Nov. 14. The win helped the Mustangs clinch the team’s first postseason bowl game since 2012, while extending their winning streak to four games. “After going 1-9, it was a rough year ... Going into the off-season we were like that’s not going to be us. We’re going to change this program,” said Sophomore Quarterback Phillip Kimble. “We came out this year, we’re 6-4, 4-1 in league. The sophomore leadership and the freshmen coming in it’s just a good mesh. Bringing back the Delta way.” The stakes couldn’t have been higher in the 4th quarter as the Mustangs trailed the Pirates 29-28 with 9:40 left in the game and the ball in the hands of a Modesto offense that ranks first in the state in total offense (4,734 yards) and second in points per game (40.2). Sophomore Defensive Back Christian Valeros helped Delta stay in the game late by intercepting MJC quarterback Trey Cooper. “Our defense, we get down to work,” said Valeros. “We come in and know we have to make plays because our offense isn’t going to score on every drive.” Six plays later, Kimble scored on a play-action fake, rushing in the endzone from five-yards out, putting the Mustangs ahead 34-29 with 5:20 left in the game.

Modesto responded 18 seconds later, as Cooper connected with wide receiver Ravon Alexander for a 56-yard touchdown to recapture the lead at 35-34. The Mustangs answered with an 11 play, 75-yard drive capped off by a one-yard rushing touchdown by tight end Johhny Wiernicki. The Mustangs converted a two-point attempt, as Wiernicki caught a shovel pass from backup quarterback Logan Lopes for a 42-35 lead. “The line blocked tremendously on that last play,” said Wiernicki. “They’re driving their feet, pushing those d-linemen back so big props to them. It was a big situation and big players show up in big situations.” With 40 seconds left, Cooper drove to the Mustang’s 40-yard line and underthrew a pass towards the end zone and sophomore defensive back Winston Green dived for the game clinching interception. Green is known as “The Closer” by teammates due to his

knack for ending games. “I just like making plays, honestly,” said Green. “Just do whatever I can do to seal the win for my team.” Last week Green made a goal line pass deflection in coverage on fourth down against Laney College for the 26-20 victory. Endings like these are a far cry from the last two seasons and show a change in culture and mentality. “They don’t doubt, they don’t splinter, they don’t start pointing the finger, they kind of believe in each other and I’m really proud of them,” said coach Gary Barlow. “Proud of what the coaches have been able to do in terms of kind of molding ‘em into the team that they are and real excited about finding out what our bowl situation is going to be.” The Mustangs are now scheduled to play in the Gridiron Classic Bowl against American River College (7-3, 4-1 NorCal) on Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. Delta lost on the road at ARC 44-24 on Sept. 19.

The Delta College women’s soccer team (15-3-3, 8-3-3 Big 8) ended the regular season with a 2-0 shutout over the visiting Diablo Valley College Vikings (8-5-7, 5-4-5 Big 8) on Nov. 13 at University of the Pacific’s Gardemeyer Field. “This was the perfect way for us to end our conference season and head into the postseason. We tied at DVC so we were pretty hungry,” said sophomore goalkeeper Shaunna Ridge. “... We really wanted to push ourselves and get back into the right frame of mind and get that momentum going for the postseason.” Momentum was established early in the 16th minute as freshman forward Kiera “Kiki” Muñiz received a precise pass from teammate Kayla Bender and proceeded to race past three defenders on the way to her team high 15th goal of the season. “I liked a lot of the things that we did attacking-wise today,” said Head Coach Adrienne Sorenson.  “I thought defensively there were a couple things early that we needed to solve with our outside backs, but once they made the adjustment I thought we looked a lot better.” Delta College went on to add another goal 15 minutes later as freshman defender Ashlyn Sotelo scored her second goal of the season on a pass from sophomore forward Rachel Siañez. “I’m very proud of our team and how we’ve been working. We’ve been staying hungry,” said  Siañez. “Coming out here today and knowing what we wanted and scoring quickly in the first half is exactly what we wanted to do and we accomplished our goals today.” Diablo Valley on the other hand wasn’t able to execute its goals in the game as Ridge refused to allow a score by recording five saves, one of which was


MAKING PROGRAM HISTORY: The Lady Mustangs huddle up after defeating DVC on Nov. 13 for the team’s 15th victory.

on a penalty kick, against the Vikings. “Our center backs and goalkeeping have been really lights out through the whole season,” said coach Sorenson. “Shaunna Ridge has really come up huge in goal for us and Yesi (Piceno) and Ashlyn (Sotelo), they just really limit opportunities for the other team so Shaunna’s ready to step up when she needs to make a save so it’s a credit to our whole backline, really our team defending.” This helped bring about the Mustangs’ 15th shutout (leads the state of California) and 15th victory of the season, the most in program history. “Since coach  Adrienne (Sorenson) has been here our program has slowly moved up and up and up,” said Siañez. “To be part of such a special group of girls is obviously really amazing. It’s just a great feeling to have and to be able to set a standard for the Mustangs for years to come.” The Lady Mustangs now turn their attention to the postseason, as the team faces Cosumnes River Hawks in the first round. Delta shut-out the Hawks in both meetings this season by a combined score 4-0. “I feel like we can play with the best teams in the state,” said coach Sorenson. “We proved that we belong in that category. So I think we’re ready and I’m excited to see what we do.”

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Former Delta College student earning accolades for social justice work BY RICHARD REYES

Everyone dreams of doing something big in their life. Whether it’s about becoming a sports athlete, a doctor, a teacher or some type of reporter. Everyone dreams of something. For former Delta College student, Ryan Camero, the dream has become a reality. Camero was one of six people honored with a prestigious Brower Youth Award. Out of more than 800 applicants across North America six young activists who are promoting ecological sustainability and social justice were chosen for the award. “That award ceremony was really weird, it really puts you in the spotlight, but after the ceremony a couple of little kids came up with their program booklets and asked me to sign them,” said Camero. From a young age, Camero spent time volunteering in the Stockton community with organizations such as the Stockton Arts Commission. “The project I did was called the Stockton Ecstatic initiative , and it all about knowing more about what’s going on in the community,” said Camero. “I volunteered with a bunch of non-profits, donating towards different groups.” Ryan then found a group that would forever change the way he looked at the Delta waterways in Stockton. “I came across Restore the Delta, they are based here in Stockton and were doing a lot of great work against water privatization,” said Camero. “I never heard about privatization before. Hearing what was going on, and how Stockton would be one of the communities affected by this, I felt compelled to continuing doing work with them.” However, he would learn about a group in Maine that would lead him to

spread his message a different way. “I have been aware of this arts activist group called, The Beehive design collective,” said Camero. “They make these intricate murals that are used almost as visual textbooks about social and environmental issues and was really inspired by them.” During his time at Delta College, Camero did presentations on water privatization for class projects. Stockton Record reporter turned professor Paula Sheil, recalled a nervous Camero trying to persuade other students in a multimedia English class. “He had a very tough time explaining it to everyone else. He was not articulate, but the passion was there,” said Sheil. “He had not figured out how to speak calmly while still exhibiting a tremendous amount of knowledge and enthusiasm. His passion kind of made him giddy while he was talking.” Camero didn’t stop at learning in California. He pursued a summer coordinator job with the activist group, taking a semester off from school. “I went over there and learned so much,” said Camero. “That collective is internationally known. Here in California, I been doing a lot of education with their art work. It’s a very powerful tool. I really strongly believe in art activism being able to use creative ways to engage people for the issues that matter.” Camero also traveled the country for conferences, meeting people fighting the same fight. “I traveled to Minnesota for a Midwest youth Climate Convergence,” said Camero. “Students from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan came together to figure out how

student voices can change the political landscape in the Midwest.” Camero said the Midwest has a problem with oil pipelines running through communities polluting water pipelines. It was “great to be there and to know our PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY RYAN CAMERO country in general is go- FORMER DELTA STUDENT SHINES: Ryan Camero winning the ing through Brower Youth Award being supported by his father and sister. this movement fighting is to stop water privatization, because the back against things that are wrong, and drought is so severe and is affecting the that is really hopeful for me,” said Camero. communities,” said Camero. Ryan’s next trip is to Paris. Living a month in a foreign country is “I think it's exciting, I am really ex- expensive, so Camero has set up a fundcited to go, I’m not very familiar with the ing account for help at United Nation’s process of figuring out ryan-camero-441672. about the entire world responding to cli“I gave him a $100 to go to Maine. mate change. For me to be able to hear $150 in his You Caring fund. I believe in these stories and to able to put California’s him, and my belief is backed up by my name into that mosaic is really exciting … contributions,” said Sheil. Going to Paris and representing Stockton,

Board looks past Lodi to Galt for North Campus BY MEGAN MAXEY

On Nov. 9 the Delta College Board of Trustees denied the building of a new campus in Lodi, moving forward with likely plans to build a North Campus in Galt. Delta College has long discussed building a North Campus, but had not decided on a location. Four Lodi properties were considered in the closed-session meeting. None gained approval. “I think [building a Galt campus] is a good idea because if they have a campus for Galt I could prob-

ably walk to school. That would be so much easier… instead of driving I could go home and sleep during my breaks … I wouldn’t be wasting so much money on gas. Five days a week coming to Stockton is a lot of gas,” said Alexis Renteria, a Delta student who commutes about forty minutes every day from Galt. The expansion of Delta will not only benefit current students who commute from the northern cities, but also future students of Delta. “For the future kids, like my little brother, it’ll be easier for them to go to college… I think it will [increase the number of Galt students attending college] because it’s more accessible to us so people will say ‘might as well, college is right next door,’” Renteria

added. The decision to expand to Galt wasn’t a quick one. The board previously discussed the possibility of Lodi as the as a North campus location but the idea has now been rejected. So the question is: Why Galt? “I think they chose Galt because it’s growing… we have a lot of new things there and Galt is a really great place for people to live and I think it’s going to get bigger in the future,” said Renteria. The Galt-based campus will be Delta College’s second permanent satellite location. The Mountain House campus, located west of Tracy off of Interstate 205, opened in 2009.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 20, 2015  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 20, 2015  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2015-16 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.