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thecollegian Issue 6 • Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 •



Lady Mustangs back in playoffs PAGE 7

No holiday cheer for workers By Eleanor Mafi

YouTube makes local celebrities PAGE 6

Annual tree lighting next week PAGE 8

UPCOMING Thanksgiving break Nov. 27-28, campus closed “The Nutcracker” at Atherton Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15


There was a time when the holiday season was just that – the holiday season. That meant time to celebrate and enjoy the company of family and friends. Stores were closed. Last minute shopping would happen the day before the holiday, but only if we were lucky enough a store would be open. Store workers would and could rush home to be with there family and enjoy the day off. Today when the holidays approach most people are early shopping, waiting for the sales. Some stores are putting signs out letting customers know a sale will begin even before the Thanksgiving turkey is cold. “I do not like working on Holidays,” said Annissa Garcia, a former Delta College student who works in retail. Stores already having opening hours on Thanksgiving Day include Walmart, Target, Sears, JCPenney and Macy’s – many of which are located right across the street from campus.

Often the same people saying they are thankful for family time are the ones staring at the clock to see when they can rush out to get the best deals on Christmas gifts. It’s a stressful time for everyone during the holiday season. Parking-lots are full, people are running around, every store cashier line is open, clothes and all kinds of items are on the floor and unfortunately, the rudeness of some people come out. “Customers during the holidays are grumpy and rude,” said Bianca Melendez, a former Delta College student who worked holiday shifts in the past. “I hated working during the holidays, especially when I was at the grocery store. Everyone is rushing and has no regard for others.” Not all are that way, though, Melendez added. But the negative attitudes often outweigh the positive ones. “There are few people who are sweet and good spirited, that have the holiday spirit. [But] for the most part it is pretty bad,” said Melendez. Workers at stores often can’t avoid working on Black Friday or undesired

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Race is on for special deals before turkey cools By Midori Morita

Everyone knows about Black Friday. Whether you make fun of it or participate, it’s a day when Americans go crazy. Many think they know what to expect before they enter the store, but things can change on a dime. Since 2006, there have been seven deaths and 90 reported injuries from this nationwide event.

Before you go and risk your life for these great deals, there are some things that avid Black Friday shoppers want you to know. Simi Gill, who has participated in Black Friday for the past five years, says shoppers need to be prepared. “It’s important to know what you want to get so you can head straight to it, instead of walking around looking for stuff to buy,” said Gill. Many articles going around right now all say the same thing.

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Downtown Stockton gallery showcases local artists’ talent By Santana Juache

Resources and space for Stockton’s art community tends to be limited. Rey Vargas, Founder and Executive Director of “The WerQshop” has a solution. The WerQshop is a non-profit organization located downtown in The Café Coop. It’s a place for artists learn and show off their work. “Most if not all beginning artists don’t have access to their own studio, if they do have the space they then end up having to pour hundreds of dollars into supplies and hardware,” said Vargas. “We hope to alleviate that and allow artists to get right into creating.” Aside from giving artists a WERQSHOP place to work for free, The Contact Rey Vargas at We r Q s h o p thewerqshop@gmail. helps provide com. The WerQshop also art supplies has a Facebook page and to artists from a website at donations the organization receives. “The fact that paint has a high cost can also deter an artist from feeling they can experiment, for fear of wasting materials. This fear greatly slows an artist’s growth. Experimenting is the best time for learning,” Vargas stresses. This is a great opportunity for artists to try a new medium, or to expand their artistic capabilities. When artists are ready to show off their work, The WerQshop also serves as a gallery. Most galleries charge artists just to hang up their work. This is called a “hanging fee.” The WerQshop does not charge a hanging fee. “All we ask is that we get a 20 percent commission for brokering the sale, this is in hopes to build an artist’s confidence and understanding, so that they can move on to bigger galleries,” said Vargas. Every week, free workshops are offered to teach techniques artists can use like shape study, still life study, landscape composition and anatomy. The WerQshop is a public place for artists who want a place to work, study, or meet other artists. “The mission of the WerQshop is to develop and support the local artist community,” Vargas said. The organization is currently looking for drawers, painters, photographers, or any other type of artist to be featured in the gallery on December and January 2015.



Issue 6 • Nov. 21, 2014 •

Chaos of Black Friday, Cyber Monday Getting a head start on holiday shopping can be stressful By Zachariah Merces-Spindler


hanksgiving is right around the corner, and after all the meals have been eaten the shopping begins. The dilemma, which one is worth the money: Cyber Monday or Black Friday? The Classic: Black Friday. Perhaps no longer rightfully considered Black Friday, for shopping beginning on Thanksgiving Day, still requires a strenuous wait in line at a cold time of night. The best deals are found on Black Friday inside the stores surrounded by hundreds of people rushing for the same items. Best items are generally the televisions, video games, speakers, headphones and most tech gear at the best prices. This year it might require missing thanksgiving dinner and some football, all together in order to purchase a desired deal. Stores such as Best Buy and

Walmart are opening doors late night Thanksgiving Day to beat the Friday morning madness. For some it’s tradition and a good experience with a family member or friends seeking out amazing deals once a year. Another benefit is the ability to hold and see what it is you’re purchasing that very second, and speeding the teetering of will I or won’t I. The New Age: Cyber Monday. For those who wish to cuddle up in their pajamas or too full to move on Thanksgiving, can easily search, click and spend on various deals over hundreds of websites. Best benefit by far is the lack of movement and crowds. Competition is still in effect on some sites, first purchases first and selling out of course, but shouldn’t be too much of a concern mostly a timing issue. Cyber Monday is also an extend-


ed affair especially from Amazon, who has lightening deals and lots of them during the holiday season. One con to cyber Monday is lack of seeing and touching what you’re buying and then waiting on shipping, but Christmas is still a month away so maybe not much a problem. Then of course extra shipping cost, right? Most sites no, there’s for free shipping offers on most. Retail stores have great full discounts on total purchase via online purchases during Cyber Monday giving a good reason to purchase in bulk with plenty of time for exchanges and returns if need be. Perhaps not the best deals compared to the amazing low prices especially on electronics during Black Friday. Cyber Monday also allows you to compare prices and search multiple stores at once as opposed to Black Friday in which you can only be at one place at once limiting purchases.

Bridging the age gap on campus By Jaime Garcia


ollege: The place where everyone can get an education no matter what age. Yes, no matter how old you are you can always come back and get that education you wish you’d received when you were younger. Delta College showcases a range of ages. In classes students’ ages can range from 18 to 30 and up. “It was very difficult because of the young population,” said Delta student Chuck Wegner. Wegner is a 54-year-

old who has come back to school to pursue an education and continue his knowledge. Through the eyes of a man of his caliber it’s kind of difficult to come back with young faces around him in class and barely any adults in his age group. “It’s an experience watching these young adults grow because I see my kids grow up,” Wegner added. For Wegner it was uncomfortable at first, but after watching the young adults grow, it reminded him of watching his own children grow. “I think it’s kind of cool seeing older people get a higher education, because it makes us seem more equal to kids in high school, it’s the same, we’re all in it for the same goal and people in college are more serious,” said Delta student Eddy Calderon, 18. I agree with Calderon, it’s cool for us to be on equal

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levels with adults since some students are fresh out of high school and still seen as children. But most important it’s cool to see people in older stages are still going to school and bettering their education and life. “I think someone in his 60’s and thought him as a student no different,” said Calderon. In the eyes of Calderon, it makes no difference how old you are but as long as you are there to get an education you will always be considered a student and no different. So Wegner is a 54-year-old looking to better his education and Calderon is a 18-year-old looking to get that education as well. No matter how big the age difference is you can always get an education without feeling different around the different types of students.


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NEWS EDITOR Alexis Bustamante ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Robert Juarez SPORTS EDITOR Richard Reyes FEATURE EDITOR Eleanor Mafi SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Orlando Jose SENIOR STAFF WRITERS Santana Juache STAFF WRITERS Jaime Garcia Sven Jacobson III Vorani Khoonsrivong Kathryn Krider Midori Morita Megan Maxey

Zachariah MercesSpindler Gaby Muro Nicole Pannell Jake Souza Aidet Ulloa

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Issue 6 • Nov. 21, 2014 •

Stockton makes ‘Most Miserable’ list It’s a recurring theme, yet again bashing city By Nicole Pannell


tockton is suffering from a lot of conditions that could lead to misery. Boasting a recent bankruptcy, an unemployment rate of over 13 percent and a crime rate making it safer than only three percent of cities in the United States, from the outside Stockton must seem miserable. However, perhaps Stockton is just misunderstood. The cost of living is lower in Stockton partially due to financial hardships. Despite a failing economy, national businesses are opening in Stockton. As for the crime rate, though above the national average, has actually dropped lower than it has been since 2009.

“We’re like Dollar Tree Gotham,” said Lodi resident, David Phillips, on the “Destination Tips” article dubbing Stockton the 12th Most Miserable city in the United States. Having a sense of humor about Stockton’s dire circumstances certainly helps so it’s a good thing it houses the Bob Hope Theatre. However, Stocktonians have many points of real pride for their city that can’t be laughed at. In January, the Stockton Thunder hockey team became the first to play on child fan art covered ice. Hockey isn't the only Stockton minor sports team that gives back either. Since 2007, the Stockton Ports baseball team has raised $50,000 in donations related

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to breast cancer. Stockton is in a central location making it an ideal home base for commuters. It’s also a home base for the University of the Pacific, which is California's oldest chartered university. This home city is the largest inland seaport on the West Coast. Stockton is also the 13th largest city in California with a population of 300,000 people. For a miserable city that is staggering number of residents. There are good and bad points to every city and while on paper Stockton has more bad than good points there are still 11 other cities that are statistically worse. So perhaps there is hope for Stockton yet.

Not having children doesn’t mean you can’t By Kathryn Krider

children because ultimately it’s their choice. I do feel bad for those who omen who don’t have are unable to have kids even if children are making they tried, since so many suffer the decision to not do from depression. so themselves. Women who are unable to These women can make the have children that want children decision to not have children, most likely will go the adoption and those who are unable to route. have children can adopt a child. According to the Pew ReNot having children is rare search Center, more women are among women between the ages leaving the childbearing years 21- 50. without having children. Around six percent of womNowadays, one in five women are unable to have children en do not have children and this due to structural problems or number is growing. issues releasing eggs, according In fact, it is nearly double the to infertility resources. number of women who didn't Personally, I think it’s okay have children just 30 years ago. if women choose not to have Here are a few ways women


can accept not having children according to infertility recourses and BabyCenter. 1 – Express your Feelings and acknowledge your emotions 2 – Assess your reality as it is 3 – Put things into perspective. 4 – Keep being healthy by eating, sleeping and exercising right. 5 – Learn about the stages of grief. 6 – Seek emotional support. Go to support groups or be with family and friends. 7 – Address situational issues and deal with the cause for involuntary childlessness in order to live a life without children.


What are you thankful for this year?

“I’m thankful for how blessed I am.”

Julie Estrada

“I’m thankful for my family.” Alexandria Garcia

Finding a date PILLOW TALK 101 via the Internet

“I’m thankful for the life I have.”

Eric Ramos

Street harassment still exists Have you been a victim recently?


ately it’s come to my attention, even more so, that women don’t appreciate being made out to be sexual objects while out in public walking down the street, shopping at the mall and even on campus as they’re on the way to class. This form of street harassment has been deemed “Cat Calling.” For years women have made countless complaints about men making vulgar and inappropriate comments, but now it’s gotten out of hand. Recently a woman by the name of Shoshana Roberts posted a viral video on YouTube of her strolling through the streets of New York for ten hours. Her experiment resulted in her being verbally harassed over 100 times by numerous men from all walks of life. This raises the question … Are men objectifying women more today than ever before, or are the women of today setting themselves up to be objectified? Showing skin and body image through tight fitted clothing isn’t an open invitation for sexual advances, some women honestly do it for style and comfort. Although, clearly a lot of women do it solely for attention and compliments, which can lead to unwanted harassment. Of course yelling out obscene gestures to a complete stranger isn’t a noble thing to do, but let’s view this situation through the eyes of a man. Due to television and music having this “do what you see and how you’re told” effect on viewers and listeners, many men don’t know what to think when they come across a pretty woman wearing clothes that reveal a bit too much. Is she easy? Does she sleep around? Can I have her? These are some thoughts floating around most of our heads. No matter the case, it’s never right to just shout out the first creepy thought that comes to mind. The woman you choose to make feel uncomfortable could be in a relationship, a mother or very sensitive about her body type, and making rude comments could ruin her whole day. Another thing to consider is, what if that was your mother, sister or girlfriend constantly being harassed regularly by anxious, thirsty wolves? Once again the playing field is uneven. These guys have taken out the fun in saying a simple “hello” to a woman, because before you even speak she’s expecting to hear something along the lines of “Hey baby,” “Damn you look good” or my personal favorite “Nice legs, what time do they open?” Women keep their guard up when getting to know a new guy because with one sentence he can remind her, what guys to avoid. Street harassment isn’t the way to go about picking up chicks. The only good it does is warning women that a creep is lurking nearby. Have I been found guilty of committing this crime before? Yes! Have I learned from my bad behavior? Yes! Being respectful and cordial to women will get you much further in getting to know them. Being a habitual street harasser, will only balloon your reputation as someone who has never learned the art of how to respectfully approach a woman.



Issue 6 • Nov. 21, 2014 •


Online dating a great way to meet new people, connect on a shallow level By Sven Jacobson


o you remember the good ol’ days? The days when you saw a pretty girl, walked up to her and tried your best to not look stupid. Well, lucky (or not so lucky) for you those days have been replaced. Today’s version of dating is less “The Five-Year Engagement” and more “50 First Dates.” Online dating is becoming the new standard for singles looking for relationships. Fiftynine percent of Internet users believe online dating is a good way to meet people and 53 percent of users believe online dating allows people to find a better match, according to Pew Research Center. Ultimately, online dating offers three services: access, communication and matching, according researchers in an article published by the Association for Psychological Science. Access allows you, the user, to jump into the pool and swim with the proverbial single fishes. Communication gives the users a direct line of communication with each other and matching takes users profiles, and matches them with other like-minded people. So where does online dating fail? Well, it’s a “50 First Dates” conundrum. Before online dating, access was limited. If you were a single person, your ability to meet new people and potentially find a match was mostly luck. You just happen to be at the bar as the other person, or you just happen to have a mutual friend who introduced you. With online dating, that luck has been thrown out the window. According to Pew Research Center, 22 percent of 25-34 year olds are online daters. In 2014 there are some 400,000 OKCupid users in New York City alone. This may sound great for the average single person, but sometimes too many options can be just too many. Since we’re all about the fishing metaphors lets use another one: Finding one person to connect with on a deep level on an online dating

website is like staring into the ocean looking for a dolphin. Are the dolphins there? Yes. Are you going to see one? Most likely not. Communication is a key to any relationship and dating websites make communicating easy, while also making it irrelevant. Online websites make it easy to message someone you're interested in getting to know, as every user has an email-like function. The ability in being able to communicate with a potential partner over the Internet holds about as much water as a fishing net, which is to say none. Ninety-three percent of daily communication is nonverbal, according to UCLA Professor Dr. Albert Mehrabian. This means the majority of people’s communications are done by tone of voice or body language, two distinct characteristics that you can’t express through online communication. Then there is the biggest lie about online dating – the matching process. Almost every dating website uses some sort of algorithm to match yourself with other like-minded people. What they don’t tell you is that it’s utter rubbish. “Part of the problem is that matching sites build their mathematical algorithms around principles—typically similarity but also complementarity— that are much less important to relationship well-being than has long been assumed,” according to The Association of Psychological Science’s study. The idea you could put a person’s personality, their quirks and pet peeves, mash them up and spit out a number is frankly, absurd. What this comes down to is thus: Online dating is a great way to meet new people, to connect on a shallow level and potentially go on a date with. But when you’re swimming in a sea of fishes, what is the point of marrying one.

Marriage made more complex by military involvement

Military spouses say they married the branch of service too when they said ‘I do’

By Aidet Ulloa

Marriage itself can be difficult at times. It is twice as hard when one or both of the partners are in the military. So how do army spouses do it? How do military spouse’s shoulder the enormous responsibility and sacrifices that come with being a military spouse? The army is not a job, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle a spouse agrees too the moment they say “I do”. After graduating high school, Adilene Lewis who is a military wife married her high school sweetheart. But not only did she marry Joshua Lewis, she mar-

ried the army as well. “My husband’s dream has always been to join the Army and knew I’d support him every step of the way,” said Lewis. One of the most effective ways of coping with a deployed spouse is to keep busy. “You’ll spend a lot of time alone because of the Army’s working hours, training, and deployments,” said Lewis. Military have clubs that you can pursue as a hobby of interest, like sewing, golfing or hiking. There is also classes about cooking, painting, or snorkeling. There is also a club for chess, volleyball or motorcycles. If clubs are not your cup of tea, there are tons of support groups dedicated solely to military spouses.

These support groups are made up of other army spouses who come together to provide emotional, and psychological support for each other. “Being an Army spouse will be stressful at times especially when your spouse is away but there’s always other Army spouses that are going through what you’re going through, and stick together and keep each other strong when our spouses are away,” said Lewis. The last piece of advice military spouses should take is to be proud, and remember the promise they made to their partners. “I remember that he is gone not because he wants to be away from me, but because he is a terrific person and is dedicating his life to serving his country," said Victoria Almanza, who is also an army wife.



Issue 6 • Nov. 21, 2014 •

Delta Pride aims to make campus safe, welcoming for students By Orlando Jose

There are many clubs at Delta College offering different activities. One club in particular aims to bring awareness about the LGBTQ+ community. Delta Pride’s main purpose is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ community and allied students, said Delta Pride President Chris Sandoval. Sandoval said homophobia is a struggle throughout society. In some societies being gay, lesbian or transgendered is accepted, while in others it’s rejected. “I feel society is slowly processing to become more accepting but there is still hate,” said Sandoval. The Pride Center on campus, located in Holt 250, is here to aid in the mission of acceptance. Safe Zones have also been established on campus. “Homophobia is still a real issue for gays and lesbians, though I believe there

is generally more acceptance than in the past. I think that many people genuinely appreciate and support diversity on campus, in life and business,” said Computer Science Professor Lisa Perez, a Delta Pride Advisor. “Mainstream media has many examples that show homosexuals living in natural, happy and supportive families and communities. However, in real life, bullying still exists. Sometimes it is very subtle, hardly noticeable, other times it is blatant and rude. Whether subtle or blatant, bullying is unnecessary.” Perez said the Safe Zone project started at other colleges and universities. Kirstyn Russell, the other Pride Club advisor, liked the idea and wanted to bring it to Delta, she added. The movement has spread across the campus. “There's over 20 faculty members who went through The Safe Zone training,” said Sandoval. Dianna Gonzales, Director of Human Resources, provided training. Most Delta staff members have been trained, said Perez.

PRIDE CENTER: Delta Pride president Chris Sandoval reviews his email as he prepares for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. PHOTO BY ORLANDO JOSE

“Faculty members that want to participate get a label that he or she can place in a noticeable location indicating that a student will be accepted as they are,” she said. Sandoval said it’s a step in the right direction, but he thinks progress still needs to be made.

Thanksgiving origins often lost in celebrations By Gaby Muro

When we think of Thanksgiving day, we think about our families getting together, food, football and a break from school. Even though Thanksgiving sounds fun, many people do not know what started the tradition of giving thanks. As many may know, in 1621 the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts had a harvest celebration that is believed to be the first Thanksgiving Day. In 1623 due to giving thanks for the rain that ended the drought. On website, states the first Thanksgiving Day is

thought to have been celebrated in El Paso, Texas in 1598 or possibly in the Virginia Colony in 1619. Thanksgiving may have started in the 1600s but it wasn't until 1789 that George Washington officially turned Thanksgiving into a holiday in the United States. Now days most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving by just getting together and having dinner. Some religions celebrate Thanksgiving first by waking up and going to church in the morning and later then some say a prayer before dinner where they read parts of the Bible. Just like Thanksgiving is celebrat-


ed through many religions, some cultures put their own twist into dinner. For instance, Vegans may opt for Tofurky as an alternative to meatbased dishes. Mexican families often enjoy a dish of steamed cornmeal dough filled with seasoned meats known as Tamales, and Champurrado, a thick Mexican hot chocolate variant. The Cherokee Thanksgiving dinner includes Awi hawiya (Venison) and Saloli ugami gotvtanv assusti (Squirrel Gravy). A traditional Thanksgiving for Miwuk Indians includes Indian Tacos made on acorn frybread.

“In my opinion I feel some students are open minded here at Delta College. But overall it's not a gay friendly campus,” Sandoval said. The Delta Pride Club meets every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Holt 321. The Pride Center is open based on staff availability.

BACON CHEDDAR BISCUITS Provided by Brian Caldwell “Those are biscuit for Thanksgiving with bacon and cheddar. My brother and I used to fight over them. They rock." INGREDIENTS 1 ¼ cup flour 1 tbsp. baking powder 1/3 tsp. salt ¼ cup cold butter (cut up) 1 1/8 cup cream ¼ cup bacon (fried and chopped) ¼ cheddar cheese (grated) DIRECTIONS Combine flour, baking powder and salt in mixer. Beat until blended. Add butter. Beat until resembles coarse meal. Stir in cheese and cream until blended. Stir in bacon. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

— Nicole Pannell



Issue 6 • Nov. 21, 2014 •

Fall brings keepers, droppers to your television By Robert Juarez



YouTube creates opportunity By Megan Maxey

Our digital culture provides us with unique opportunities. One of these opportunities lies with YouTube. Since YouTube’s debut in 2005, it has showed rapid growth and success. YouTube has played a role in creating and promoting Internet celebrities. Many of us know someone who has posted a video or regularly posts videos. It’s no longer uncommon to promote yourself or your ideas online. The Internet, formally viewed as a scary place in which one needs to hide one’s self, is not what it used to be. YouTube has helped shape a culture of people wanting to be themselves and share with others. “I would recommend that more and more college students post on YouTube because it’s a way to meet different people while still being your absolute self,” said Kody Bowerman, a Delta student who posts video on his own personal YouTube page, Internet celebrities are born everyday thanks to YouTube.

Once YouTube stars gain a big enough fan base, they receive sponsorship deals, job opportunities and possible funding for original content. The popularity of “YouTubers” has become a huge part of the youth’s culture. Stars such as Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Tyler Oakley all have toured the country participating in meet-ups, live shows and video conventions. YouTube can often lead to other opportunities. Many YouTubers are publishing their own books or short films. YouTube popularity can also lead to online jobs such as web shows or online magazines. Even though gaining a massive amount of attention on YouTube is unlikely, joining is still a beneficial decision. College students are often on a journey to learn as much as they can while trying to figure out what they want to do in life. The Internet and YouTube can be favorable tools in assisting one’s journey. YouTube is a place to share your ideas, meet new people and hopefully gain business opportunities.

his fall, dozens of shows premiered and now that we’re just past the halfway point of the season some shows have already been cancelled. Cancellations include: “Gracepoint,” “Bad Judge,” “Selfie,” “Manhattan Love Story,” “A to Z” and “Utopia.” Those shows lost the chance with the inability to capture audiences, and airing in unfortunate time slots. However, not all was lost as there are a few shows able to execute what the cancelled shows couldn’t. “Madam Secretary” of CBS has gotten off to a hot start. The plot is built upon the life of a woman balancing family life with the challenges of being the Secretary of State. Madam Secretary’s premiere episode had a round up of about 14 million viewers in the 18-49 age demographic. Since then, it has aired eight episodes and the viewership has held steady at 11-13 million viewers according to TV Series Finale, a website devoted to shows cancelled or ending. Amazon has also joined the Internet/TV club with the introduction of “Transparent.” “Transparent” follows the life of a family in distress with news that the father is transgender. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t release viewership data so there is no way of knowing how many people are watching. Amazon has renewed “Transparent” for a second season. ABC hit the mark with “How to Get Away with Murder.” The so far very good drama follows the life of criminal defense lawyer and law professor Annalise Keating as she entangles her life with the lives of four of her students. Rotten Tomatoes gave the show an 86 percent with an 81 percent audience score. Then there are the shows that fall in between, the shows that people forget to watch. Fox once again attempted a multi-camera comedy with wannabe “Seinfeld” sitcom titled “Mulaney.” Mulaney’s first season was slated for 16 episodes before recently being cut to 13, likely having to do with low ratings. The premiere attracted two million viewers. The show has slowly declined since with the latest episode receiving one million viewers. NBC’s “Constantine,” based on the frightening world of exorcist of the same name was highly advertised with ads popping up on all commercial breaks and websites. However, this failed to bring a surplus of viewership as it merely doubled Mulaney’s opening episode with four million viewers. There is no word of renewal or cancellation, but unless ratings go up, “Constantine” is no more as well.

Music listeners remember iPod Classic’s lasting impression By Vorani Khoonsrivong

The iPod Classic era has come to an end. In early September, Apple quietly discontinued the iPod Classic after 12 years of initial release. There’s no clear explanation why the Classic was discontinued other than parts were no longer available, and it didn’t seem worth it to make new ones, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The iPod’s reign has outlasted the plethora of knock off MP3 players that followed. Remember the Zune? How

about Archos? I didn’t think so. “With the iPod, you have a platform to download music [via iTunes],” said Delta College student Jay Narvarte. According to Narvarte, when Apple released the first generation of iPods, it was able to hold more than one thousand songs, an unprecedented feat at the time. “You’re able to store more music and find variety,” said Delta College student Darrell Ton. Its aesthetics are synonymous for simplicity and mobility. “Everybody knows what an iPod looks like. One of the main features is the click wheel,” said

Professor Monica Ambalal. She said it was marketed to students because it featured many useful applications for students such as the ability to store documents and pick up Wi-Fi. Along with its design, the iPod was accessible to all consumers with different models at various price points. Of course, credit also goes to Apple’s aggressive — and memorable — advertising and marketing campaigns for several years featuring silhouetted figures behind colorful schemes dancing to music played off to bright white iPods.

Unfortunately, there are drawbacks with the addition of more available outlets. “It’s easy. Now there’s access, you can go online and find music,” said Ambalal. Nowadays, one can simply hit the search button to find and download desired music. “We’re losing the art of the record store and the marketing ploy of the record store is a failing business. If you think about it now, it’s for a select few,” said Ambalal. Narvarte and Ton do download music via iTunes but favor purchasing physical copies of albums and vinyl.

“I like to keep [albums] for a sense of value,” said Narvarte. While Ambalal doesn’t agree the iPod is an icon just yet, she does believe the iPod’s reputation will last for a long time. “If you think about it, how long does it really take to establish somebody or something as an icon? [The iPod] came out in 2001. I just dobn’t know if we have enough information to call it an icon--just yet--maybe in the future,” said Ambalal. While the iPod Classic’s reign is over, its effect on the music industry will leave a lasting impression.



Issue 6 • Nov. 21, 2014 •

Lady Mustangs cruise through regular season By Richard Reyes

A surprise run in the California Community College Athletic Association last season that ended in the Elite Eight seems so long ago for the Lady Mustangs. In fact with only three returning players and 10 freshman, not much was expected from the team this season. However, after watching the Mustangs practice before the season started, Head Coach Molly Mordaunt made a bold statement. “This team looks really good,” said Mordaunt. After finishing fifth in the Delta Classic Tournament, the team bullied its way through the regular season, fin-

PHOTO BY Richard Reyes

BOMBS AWAY: Mustang Cassidy Caton serves up against Modesto Junior College during the Nov. 14 game. PHOTO BY RICHARD REYES

ishing ranked fourth in the Northern California Community College poll and are co-champions of the Big 8 Conference with Sacramento’s American River College (ARC) with a 13-1 record. The ladies also ended the season with a 20-2 overall record. In fact, the Lady Mustangs have been so dominating, the team finished the season on a ten-game winning streak that includes only dropping three sets in the last six games (21-3). “We bonded just really quick right off the beginning,” said sophomore Nicole Bianchi. “So that really helped with us playing together.” Leading the way is Sophomore Kaitlin Drake who leads the team with 348 kills. An average of 4.64 kills a set. Right behind her is Freshman Cassidy Caton who has a respectable 196 kills. Even though the season may seem like it’s been a cakewalk for the ladies, it has not. The team suffered a huge loss when

Bianchi went down with a knee injury, in a grueling five-set victory over ARC on Nov. 7, which meant younger players had to step up to the challenge of replacing her. “They’re a team and they’re a true definition of what a team is,” adds Mordaunt. ”They play really well together and they don’t want to lose, so they do everything in their power to win.” When asked whether or not Bianchi will be able to return in time for the playoffs, the reply was given that it’s one day at a time. With playoff seedlings scheduled soon, the team is confident wherever they play as the Lady Mustangs finished with a 10-1 home record, 7-1 on the road, and a 2-0 record on neutral site. “Come on out and watch us win,” joked Drake. Whether the results are the same this year, the Mustangs volleyball program is on the right track for seasons to come.

Boxer doesn’t slow down after four decades, golden age By Zachariah Merces-Spindler


ast weekend history was made yet again, and the world is questioning, what old really means? Bernard Hopkins, 49, took on his greatest challenge in a bout versus the 31-year-old Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Hopkins was dominated by Kovalev for 12 long rounds in a clear one-sided punching affair. Granted, Hopkins for once began to look his age, or perhaps Kovalev did what was once unthinkable and preventing a great boxer from fighting his game. The fight, however, was not

the real story, but the boxing life of Hopkins. Born Jan. 15, 1965 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hopkins grew up in an impoverished project. Hopkins was drawn to a life of crime and petty thievery. In 1982, Hopkins was sentenced to 18 years in prison at the age of 17, where he began to learn the craft of boxing. In 1988, he was released and began a life of training and boxing as a potential way out of his old lifestyle. Four years after his first fight (a loss), he became the IBF

Middleweight champion of the world; this would only be the beginning of Hopkins reign over the middleweight (160 pounds) world of boxing. From 1993 to 2005 soon after a being defeated by Roy Jones Jr., Hopkins went on to achieve one of the greatest feat’s in boxing by becoming the first boxer to obtain and retain all major titles (WBO, WBC, IBF, WBA and The Ring) unifying the division. During a 12-year reign, that included 24 victories and one draw, he defeated most of the top-ranked fighters. Hopkins fought with intent to make his opponent angry. He wasn’t always the cleanest

but his tactics proved to always be affective. However, after two brutal defeats at age 40 to Jermain Taylor most thought Hopkins career would come to a natural end. Instead, Hopkins continued to box for nine more years. Since turning the golden age of 40, Hopkins has added 14 more fights to his resume proving that any athlete is able to compete, as he defies what many considered what “old man” means. It’s difficult not be impressed. As he continues to keep on fighting the best young talent available in the Light Heavy-

weight division (175 pounds). And the best part is, two months shy of 50 and coming off his worst loss to date, Hopkins is seeking out the next best young talent, looking to become the first 50-year-old champion. Hopkins is what we wish boxing truly was, not afraid of any fight and giving the fans the best fights. In Hopkins own words during an interview on HBO’s 24/7: “I still stick to those old boxing ground roots, boxing the best in your division,” he said. “These are the things that motivate me. I’m cut from an old cloth but in a different world we live in today.”

RAIDERS FANS STRUGGLE: Can we ‘just win’ one baby? By Jake Souza


re the 2014 Oakland Raiders doomed to join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only 0-16 teams? The Raiders, who had the most money to spend on Free Agents and a top five pick, should have been able to generate some wins. General Manager Reggie McKenzie made the right picks in the draft, as TJ Carrie has shown flashes at cornerback, Khalil Mack has been a dominant run stopper at linebacker, Gabe Jackson has been improving at guard and Derek Carr has been playing fearless at quarterback. But what kills the team like always are the huge list of Free Agent misses.

Often injured running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been added to the injury list, LaMarr Woodley prior to being put on injured reserve has not shown the flashes that he was brought in for, aging Justin Tuck has shown pressure, but also has been slowed down and Austin Howard hasn’t fit into his role moving from tackle to guard, and that’s just to name a few. The scheduling hasn’t helped Oakland as the team is playing the toughest schedule in the league. After playing teams tough who are in tight races for a playoff spot, not including the Jets, a win isn’t doubtful for Oakland, but the team still has to play St. Louis, San Francisco, Kansas City, Buffalo and Denver in that order. The

St. Louis game is the team’s best opportunity for victory. St. Louis has shown its strength though by upsetting Denver, Seattle and San Francisco. Two of which have already beaten Oakland, and all three being contenders in respected conferences. The Raider fans, who always look to the words of the late Al Davis: “Just Win Baby.” Now fans are hoping the Raiders can just win one. However, with a 0-16 record Oakland holds a huge fortune in its hands with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. If current college stars leave school early, the draft would have two high priced quarterback: Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston.

The Raiders could trade back and get some huge value, since Oakland thinks it could have its franchise quarterback with Carr, the team has no need to draft Mariota or Winston. Is it going to be the same value the Rams got for the No. 2 pick in 2012? Probably not, but the Raiders should have a lot of options with the No. 1 pick The Raiders being 0-16 and tying a terrible NFL record that no fan base ever wants,But with what looks like key players from last year’s draft, the team can try to play the No. 1 overall pick to a huge advantage. EDITOR’S NOTE: The newspaper went to press at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.



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SHOPPING: Popular stores opening early on Thanksgiving Day for customer to get head start continued from PAGE 1, a website devoted to tracking deals, said to check store policies before heading out to shop. Shoppers are also encouraged to check out each store to know where everything is located. “If you dilly-dally around, the items you want will be gone,” said Gill. Other sites say shoppers should look through available ads from major stores. This year, Target’s Black Friday ad book is a 38-page long catalog offering deals from children’s toys to the hottest game consoles. Macy’s Black Friday catalog is 56 pages. Popular retail stores such as Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s are opening their


doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for doorbuster deals. Black Friday has only gotten crazier since it started in the early 1980’s. Many experienced shoppers warn of the violence that comes with the event. “People get mean, and honestly if you’re fighting over something with a person, just give it to them. Because it’s not worth getting stabbed over,” Christine Garcia, another avid shopper. In 2013, an 11-year-old was trampled and sent to hospital. Needless to say, this day can become quite dangerous. If you’re a first time Black Friday shopper, be prepared for any situation.

WORKING: Money good, hours undesirable continued from PAGE 1 holiday hours because those shifts are hard to fill. Bosses and managers have to plan ahead to make sure the store’s employees serve the demand. Coworkers are wondering if they

should make plans or wait. “They tell us at least a week before. If you say no, you have to have a really good excuse but you would also have to find someone to cover you,” said Shanel Davalos, a Delta College student who works in retail.

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PREPARING THE DECORATIONS: The Hospice of San Joaquin is preparing its annual holiday “Tree of Lights” to shine at the Pacific Avenue entrance of the Delta College campus. The tree lighting ceremony will be Tuesday, Nov. 25 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Yokuts Avenue cross street.



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The Collegian -- Published Nov. 21, 2014  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 21, 2014  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper for the 2014-15 school year at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.