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thecollegian Issue 6 • Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 •


Espinoza takes over as interim athletic director With the new job comes new challenges as well as new rewards. “The most enjoyable part Tony Espinoza is the new so far is getting to know the Interim Director of Athletics coaches, the athletes and some at Delta College. of the other staff here at Delta. He started in the position on A lot of very supportive people Nov. 1, coming to Delta after determined to help our Delta working full-time for Stockton students succeed ... The early Unified School District, specifstruggles I think are common ically Stagg High School. when transitioning into a new Espinoza was an adjunct inposition,” said Espinoza. structor and assistant basketEspinoza replaces Daryl ball instructor previously. Arroyo, the former director. Espinoza has taken on a Arroyo had served as athletnew set of responsibilities that ic director since 2013. Arroyo come with the job. moved into the position of His job includes “basically Dean of Humanities, Social overseeing all the athletic proScience, Education, Kinesiolograms offered here at Delta. gy and Athletics, first as acting Work with eligibility, facilities, dean last spring before officialstaffing, scheduling of classes, ly taking the role this semester. athletic event scheduling, com“Delta is fortunate to have pliance, etc,” said Espinoza in hired someone with over a dean email interview.

By Douglas Francovich Staff Writer

Tony Espinoza at work as Interim Athletic Director in his office. PHOTO BY MIKAEL HONZELL

cade of athletic director experience and a strong connection to the Stockton community. Tony has hit the ground running and is transitioning well into his new position,” said Arroyo.

With having just become the athletic director, Espinoza hasn’t yet experienced what it’s like to work with every sport. “When I started most of the fall sports were winding down,

basketball had just started and spring doesn’t kick off until January. I’ll have a better understanding of all sports hopefully by the middle of next fall,” said Espinoza.


Various factors may impact enrollment Arts events mark end of semester By Mikael Honzell Editor in Chief

Assembly Bill 19, which will allow first-year students at California community colleges to enroll in their first year for free, goes into effect next school year. The bill allows students attending community college for the first time to have free enrollment for one year, with the exception of activity fees. Delta College students already enrolled for over a year don’t qualify. “I love the idea of first year of college free because we’re going back to what used to be called the California Master Plan,” said Matthew E. Wetstein, assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction and planning. “Because if you go back to the 1960s when community colleges, CSU, UC were all laid out in a higher education master plan, community college was free. CSU, UC you had to pay for.” In order for a community college to be able to qualify it must meet requirements like making sure outreach to high schools is strong and implementing programs like Guided Pathways, which Delta has done. CLASSES AT LOCAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES This semester, Delta implemented a program where professors are going to jails like Deuel Correctional Institute and teaching incarcerated students, an outreach program formed by Martha Villarreal, Acting Dean of Regional and Distance Education. Villarreal said two classes were

By Killian Barnhart Managing Editor

Campus looked more sparse than usual at the beginning of the semester in August. PHOTO BY MICHAEL R.N. WEBER

taught at the jails. One was at Deuel Vocational Institute in Tracy, where 47 incarcerated students are taking a computer science class. At the Division of Juvenile Justice in Stockton, 31 incarcerated youth took a psychology course. “The students were really excited to be in the class,” said Villarreal. “They feel like they have a new lease on life and it brings them hope.” DEFINING ‘FREE’ Wetstein said he likes the idea of a free year of community college, but he doesn’t think it’s perfect. A meeting was held at Delta College back in July with a representative of the Department of Finance, the Assembly, the Senate and Chancellor’s Office representatives to discuss the bill while it was being drafted, according to Wetstein.

“From our perspective at Delta, we already have about two-thirds of our students qualified for the Board of Governors Grant,” said Wetstein. “So our take on it was maybe a little bit different from most people. A lot of people are advocating for a free first year of community college. For our students, most who are economically needy, are already getting that. So the question becomes if you give a blanket to everyone, you may be providing a benefit to non-needy students.” Wetstein said the bill should be need based, for students who need money for transportation, food and rent. Where the funding for this bill will come from is still in speculation. “The interesting part about that bill is that the governor has signed it, but

See ENROLLMENT, page 8

With the semester winding down, Delta College is ending it with an array of arts and entertainment events. Starting Dec. 2, the Delta Center of the Arts will begin a string of concert-based events, starting with Sammy Miller and the Congregation. Miller is a Grammy nominated jazz drummer born in Los Angeles. Tickets to see the concert will be $15. Continuing on Dec. 5, the Stockton Concert Band will be performing for the Holiday Band Concert with Arthur J. Holton acting as the director. Lincoln High School will be performing as guests. Prices are set at $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors ages 62 to older. Children can attend for free. Following soon after on Dec. 6 will be the Delta College Symphonic Band Winter Concert, with M.J. Wamhoff directing and Lathrop High School serving as guests. The tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors aged 62 or older with children being able to attend for free. On Dec. 7, the Delta College Symphonic Band Winter Concert, Delta will host the Winter Festival of Choirs. The Festival will include the Delta concert choir, the Delta Singers, Delta vocal jazz, and students from the Voice For Musical Theatre, under the direction of Dr. Bruce

See EVENTS, page 8

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Know difference between brand, price By Victoria Franco

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.

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Opinion Editor

hristmas is coming and people are on their way to picking up the most wellknown brand items, whether it be a Coach purse or the latest MacBook. While deciding which merchandiser items to get, have you ever thought what the difference is between prices and the brand name associated with the item? When we go to a store like Victoria Secret to buy bras, why do we willingly pay more for a lace bra that will be ruined after two or three washes? At Target you can get more than one bra for less than what you pay at Victoria Secret and know that you bought quality bras at reasonable prices. The reason being is that indeed you can purchase bras for a lesser price at Target, but the quality will not compare to that of Victoria Secret. The material itself is just the beginning of what makes the bras stand apart from one another. What about that Michael Kors winter jacket you bought at Macy’s for more than $100 dollars that was also sold at Marshall’s for half the price? Is that not the same brand and designer? Or are we still going to make the same ignorant argument that because it was sold at a store like Marshall’s, it lost its value. Contrary to what some believe, it’s not always the best idea to purchase lower costing items,

because as we were once taught, you get what you pay for. In some cases, your best bet is to spend a little extra money but know that you are getting your money’s worth. Recently, the newest Apple MacBook was released and yes, it was priced on the higher end of the scale, however with a product such as Apple not only are you buying the merchandise you are also paying for a guarantee. You can walk out of the store knowing that your computer will run efficiently and in the case that it doesn’t the Apple brand is known for helping customers fix issues and get what they paid for. Take a look at iPhones versus Samsung cell phones, you pay extra for being an iPhone user but is there an actual debate that can be made about the photo quality you are guaranteed on an iPhone? Even though both phones make phone calls and send out text messages equally there is a significant difference. If you want to take a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris a Sam-



sung phone F often times M RO F takes a decent E AG photo, but contains a IM pixilated image. In contrast, an iPhone will give you your money’s worth by taking a photo that looks as though you could touch the screen and see the Eiffel Tower first hand. Personally, I don’t think it’s a question about if brands matter, the better question would be in what instances do brands benefit someone? Not everything you buy has to be top notch brands or made by the most elite designers but if you are buying something that you know you will need for the long run it’s better to spend a bit more money and get what you paid for. E RE


First impressions make or break deal


he way you present So let’s be real, there should be no yourself is important. reason why you should smell like you It’s hard to come back haven’t taken a shower in days. from a bad first impression I’m probably should be the last perFrankly, the first thing son to be bring this up but being overly that everyone notices is your vulgar is a big no as well. clothing. Being in the company of your Now I’m not going to start friends cursing here and there is okay. banging on the people with, However, when you first meet some let’s just say a unique sense of one and every third word is a curse style. I for one have been told word it may not be the best look. my wardrobe is different just They’re going think you are illiterbecause I have a rip on my ate and can’t think of any other word clothing here and there. to say other then the b-word. Those of us that put in a In a classroom setting it’s rather little effort into the way we inappropriate. dress aren’t who I’m talking You’re probably making the people about. around you really uncomfortable. So It’s the people that decide just take it easy. to come to school in pajamas If you get escorted out of class then and think that’s completely you know why. with acceptable just because the Finally the thing I don’t understand Alex Coba professor won’t say anything. some people neglect to do is probably People who don’t take the simplest thing you can do. pride in the way the dress are usually the people that Brush your teeth. don’t care about school at all and are just there for the Oral hygiene isn’t only easy, but it’s also necessary financial aid. if you wanna be able to have a full-blown conversaI’m not saying that you have to be wearing the tion with someone. most expensive clothing. We’re human, though, so sometimes we forget. I’m just saying at least take some pride into what Luckily someone invented spare mint gum and you wear. breath mints. Another thing I find inexcusable is bad general In short, carry yourself with a little bit of dignity hygiene. when leaving your house. Sitting next to someone in class that hasn’t found Sure you could be that person that says “I don’t deodorant can be distracting. care how I look” but the truth is that on some level I realize that some people are in fact allergic to you do. So stop being so sloppy and clean up your certain deodorant. However, there is such as thing as act. prescription deodorant. A little effort can go a long way.


Fashion colors play role in new coming year By Jasmine Gonzalez Senior Staff Writer


hanksgiving has come and gone which means Christmas is around the corner and New Year isn’t far behind. With a new year comes new ideas, new job opportunities, new people. However, some in a certain industry have started planning for the coming year since the beginning of last spring and they are known as fashion forecasters. A fashion forecaster predicts the colors, fabrics, textures, prints, and materials that will be used every year using information collected from sources like psycho-graphics and demographics from each city, state, or country. Forecasters try to understand the consumers wants and then predict the colors that would be used next year which will reflect what the color of next year will be like. Nevertheless, one must not forget that fashion is greatly inspired by history which is something that will never change. It’s almost a given that certain events that happened this year will reflect our colors for the coming year. This year’s color can be an example, Greenery. Though green was used, the color represents something much deeper than that. Greenery is reflected by the country’s need for things to be real. The word ‘real’ can be defined in many ways, it could be used to define how people want others to embrace their natural looks especially with make up which resulted in nude shades. Nude can also reflect

the need for the truth. People do not want to be lied to. The presidential election can be the primary cause. With all the drama with each candidate on television, some didn’t know who to trust and vote for which lead to the final result. There is probably more to the color but what about next year? What have forecasters predicted for 2018? Though the color of the year won’t be released until the next year has released the color palette for spring 2018. The top 12 color palette is very unique, in a sense, because the colors go from pastels to vivid shades. The colors together are unique because it focused on the combination of tints and shades, where a tint adds white to make a color lighter, another can add black to a shade to make it darker. A tint would be Cherry tomato which is a combination of an orange red mix which is said to reflect heat and energy. The color demands attention and is not to be ignored. A shade could be Pink Lavender and as the name suggests it is a combination of pink and a shaded


purple which is soft and soothing in a way in a romantic kind of way. Though the more you look at the palette is can have a retro feel to it with some shades like lime punch and spring crocus. The color in the top 12 though is contrary from the classic shades palette released with it for it involves of the different shades of white, shaded blues and tinted browns. When it comes to next year’s color though it is safe to say it maybe a bright color or a softer shade like 2016 color, Serenity, it would color that hides the ugly truth of this year.

Finding family at center of holiday spirit By Chanelle Muerong Entertainment Editor


t seems as if people have their priorities mixed up when the holidays come around. Instead of looking forward to spending time with family and friends, they’re anticipating Black Friday and or the gifts they’ll be receiving for Christmas. A family member of mine is a good example. A few years ago, this family member said: “Why should I get them two presents when they’re only going to give us one?” Let’s talk about gift giving and when the task became less fun for others and more aggravating.

I for one, enjoy buying or making people gifts and seeing the look on their face because I made them smile or laugh. Let me explain, gifts aren’t supposed to be given because you have to, they’re supposed to be given because you care. One should think about how the gift they are giving will make the person happy. They shouldn’t think about how much money they’re ‘wasting’ because they’re spending money on someone else. But while gifts are great, it’s not the point of the holiday. It was great when I was a kid but now that I’m older, I appreciate the experiences more than the gifts. It can be hard acting like you’re happy to see everyone you don’t really like.

I know there are people out there that have bad family relationships and these get-togethers can be uncomfortable for some. Being raised in a family-oriented environment, I’ve learned that while family isn’t always the best, there will always be those special moments in your life that you could only share with the family. For example, every year my family gets together and decorates the house. We make sure to pick a day where everyone is free and we take time out of our busy schedules to decorate together. We also try to make it a tradition to go to ‘Christmas in the Park’ in San Jose every December. My family loves to see the

different lights and decorations they have in the park and we love to listen to the band they have playing ever year. Recently, I’ve been extending the invitation to my extended family, my cousin to be exact, and so far it’s been twice as fun. Another thing we do every year is the getting together of my extended family every Christmas at someone’s house. We have a potluck where we all bring food and share stories about our year. Most of the night consists of laughter and games. The reason why I feel so strongly about the holiday spirit is because a little less than ten years ago, we lost one of our uncles and ever since then, the Christmas spirit at

our parties have shrunken. He was the epitome of holiday spirit and the years following his death was hard. We even stopped doing our holiday tradition of karaoke. Recently, however, I’ve seen the Christmas spirit rise again with the birth of my nephew. Our family was doing traditions again that we haven’t done in a while, like karaoke and the youngest of the family passing out the presents as “Santa.” I’ve learned that you can get through anything with family. The decorating of the house, the time spent with your family, those are the things we should be focusing on this holiday season, not the amount of money you spent on someone’s gift.

MUSTANG ‘What is the worst gift you have VOICE received during the holidays?’

“I got socks when I was little. Thats all I can think of. I was a little brat. I know like get clothes for Christmas.”

“I got hand towels as a gift. And a alarm clock.”

“I would say underwear bro. It was the worst gift ever. Also skinny jeans that don’t fit.”

“I got chocolate jelly beans. That or a under sized coat that my aunt gave me.”

“I got head shampoo as a gift once. I don’t know why.”






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Game rooms bring entertainment to Stockton at the movies or a night bowling or something but we’re different enough Managing Editor that we’re not like those places.” Like all of Updraft Ventures infant Stockton, a city plagued by a lackluster entertainment scene, is soon to be a projects, Stockton Escape will begin home to blossoming new form of the with the three games that has been proven to be Updraft Ventures most game room. Stockton Escape is one of four group- popular games: The Study, The Galbased escape room venues opening up in lery and Ex Machina. In The Gallery you play as an art Stockton that have been inspired by sensational flash games that can be found enthusiast investigating the sudden disappearance of Kate Matheson, an online. The objective is to work with a group artist being showcased at the Gallery. to solve puzzles with or without clues to In The Study, you play an investigatescape from one of three different sce- ing agent looking into Lucius Roberts, an evil scientist with a plot he’s narios, all within an hour. “It was originally used for team hoping to put into action and finally building, because as you play in a group in Ex Machina you come across an you bond in a way that’s pretty unique old Victorian era room, with clunky actually. I have a lot of fun doing it, brass machinery and a large vault especially with strangers … you don’t door you have to open. “We all start with the same games know where they’re from, you don’t know if they have family but you have because these games have been tested this connection with them. It’s kind of multiple times, we already have people cool,” said General Manager Elizabeth playing them, we know they like them. All of these factors that go into makMorgan. Stockton Escape is partnered with ing sure opening is successful and then Updraft Ventures, a Rhode Island-based once we’re open we have the option to organization dedicated to providing a make our own games,” said Morgan. The games offered to players are solid foundation to entrepreneurs speset different levels of difficulty in each cializing in escape games. Morgan’s Stockton Escape will be the room is a computer gives players clues organization’s fourth location, with the to help if they’re stuck or to move on others in Maryland, Texas and North with the story. The process is done subtly, in real Carolina. Stockton Escape will not be the time over Microsoft PowerPoint with only escape room in Stockton as the a small tone alerting the players to the escape concept has become increas- clues arrival. “Each game has a different success ingly popular. Limitless Escape Games in the Lin- rate, so that there is a different difficulcoln Center is currently under develop- ty level depending on how many peoment, and another, The Excape Adven- ple are in each room and what kind of ture has already opened it’s doors this puzzles are in there. So, say the Gallery - which is a ten percent room has Top, Madison Kilcoyne, sits in the control room where the staff feeds clues to escape room year on 1019 E. March Ln. “Its grown [escape rooms] pretty a lot of little puzzles. So, if you look participants. Bottom, the second room of the Study where participants begin to put together rapidly. I want to say it started in [2001] around there’s a bunch of locks, but the antagonist plan. PHOTOS BY KILLIAN BARNHART overseas actually. It’s evolved here, and they’re not particularly hard wherewe feel like every time you get a clue Updraft Ventures. they are - again four in less than a year as if you walk into Ex Machina, you Stockton Escape will be open at - they are becoming very, very popular. might only see four locks, but each of it’s breaking the environment and we’d The closest right now are Modesto and those puzzles will take you up to ten very much like you to feel like you’re in the earliest Dec. 1, 2017 in the ColElk Grove, not to mention the Bay,” minutes to get further along. We try not this Gallery and being left alone,” said lege Square Shopping Center at 959 said Morgan. “It’s very similar to a night to give away too many clues, because Madison Kilcoyne, a field installer for W. March Ln.

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A culture’s history explained through literature By Francina Sanchez Feature Editor

Most students take a history course to learn about different societies in the world, including their own cultural backgrounds. Delta College offers Chicano Literature under English 35 during the spring and fall semesters and gives student the opportunity to learn in depth Chicano history. The course information describes the class as “a critical survey on the literary periods of Chicano Literature from the Pre-Columbian, Hispanic, Mexican, Transition, Interaction, and Chicano.” A Chicano is defined as a man who comes from Mexican decent but the course expands a little further than Mexico ans also educates on Latin America. The course was initially introduced about 40 years ago and continues to thrive. English Professor Pedro Ramirez has been teaching the course for 13 years and is passionate about teaching the culture of Mexican Americans. “Chicano Literature is about our cultural background in written form,” said Ramirez. According to Ramirez the course is all about what it is like to grow up as a Mexican and Latino Americans in this country. In the class students are challenged by having conversations of social issues that come up for Chicanos. Ramirez discusses the importance of knowing

important events in history such as the Bracero Program. Signed in 1942, the Bracero Program, or manual labor, was an agreement signed with Mexican government to import Mexican men to the states for cheaper labor in efforts to restore the economy in the United States after the World War II. “In 1942 my dad was imported to the United States as a Bracero. Between 1942 and 1963 there were more than 2.5 million imported Mexican men imported to the United States ...We are those workers who hold up the economy. All these industries need our labor,” said Ramirez. In the course there are primarily Mexican and Latino American students and Ramirez aims at letting them know that they are not “minorities” but that they belong here in the United States. He also encourages anyone to take the course to network and gain cultural awareness. “I think it’s a good class to have because then we all can learn about the actual culture and not just the stereotypes we are known for,” said Lisbeth Barocio. Through the cultural lectures and writing he hopes to help students with issues of identity, because knowing where we come from is fundamental to understanding who we are. Students will be challenged to become better writers explained Ramirez. English 35 is CSU and U.C. transferable and is open for registration.

Paine keeps culture of repair alive in Stockton By Michael Weber Staff Writer


enry Paine is a small business owner in Stockton, specializing in camera repair. Henry Paine Camera Repair and Photography is a small shop, accentuated inside with beautiful gallery of crystal clear photographic work on the left and a work station of old, well-kept tools on the right. Paine is a small and healthy built man with silver-gray hair and a full beard. His workplace supports his character, with meticulously organized boxes, binders and other equipment in the back. Classical Baroque plays in the background. Paine’s work flow starts with figuring out what is wrong with the camera. He then figures out what he must do to repair the camera, and how much to charge. A week later, the one broken camera functions brand new thanks to Paine’s diligent hands. Paine didn’t start out in this career. “I was born in Sebastopol and went to high school there but we lived out in the country,” said Paine. “I got

a double-A degree at Santa Rosa Jr. College in industrial arts and stuff like that. I had a great uncle who’s worked at PG&E and I had no idea what he did. Turns out he was electric superintendent for the whole area so I went to work for PG&E,” he said. After 14 years in his engineering career, Paine wanted a change. “I had gotten interested in photography, but I couldn’t see any way of making a living at it. I mean weddings and portraiture I had no interest in but the art part. There was this article in a photo magazine about camera repair. At that time there was a home study course and so I signed up,” said Paine. Greg Meadows, a camera shop owner at the time, learned of Paine. He gave him cameras to repair. Paine worked at home for 14 years repairing cameras and projectors and other stuff like that. In 1988, he opened his first shop on Yosemite Avenue and Acacia Street. In 1997, Paine took occupancy of his current location and installed his dream darkroom and gallery.

Henry Paine exhibits his photographs in the gallery installment near the entrance of his shop. PHOTO BY MICHAEL WEBER

The back of Paine’s shop is lined with computers and printers. A back room served as a darkroom once, before the digital age of photography. There’s an automatic agitator for developing film, a physical un-sharp mask and several ways to edit a film print. His darkroom is a physical manifestation of Photoshop, or perhaps Photoshop is the digital manifestation of his darkroom. For every tool or technique,

he showed, curiosity grew, bringing more questions to ask. There is a lot to learn from a person like Paine. He has seen it all and lived it. Paine is 78 years old and still spends his days repairing cameras and photographing personal projects. “To sit down and go into a camera. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do, other than photography… the hands just start to itch

to get in there and figure it out. Working with hands and brain. That’s what I did with PG&E,” said Paine. Paine is one of the few repair shops that exist today. In a world where electronics and appliances are now consumable, Paine keeps repair alive and well. Henry Paine Camera Repair and photography is located at 147 E. Alpine Avenue and is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Celebrating the holidays isn’t right without bright lights By Raul Torres Senior Staff Writer

The holiday season is here and that means it’s the perfect time to pack the car with friends and family and go looking at for Christmas lights. Wondering where to see the most Christmas lit houses this season? Don’t worry we have you have covered with three easy stops. First, get the car loaded and bring snacks for the ride. Don’t forget to put whip cream on the hot chocolate. Second, throw on the Mariah Carey or Michael Buble Christmas album. Third, have your passenger open Google maps and put in your first destination: 3909 Estate Drive in Stockton. This house is always well known for inflatables and an array of Christmas lights. The first thing you will most likely notice is the 20-

foot inflatable Santa Claus looking over trying to see who has been naughty or nice this year. Then you can see the lights in the tree that gives off a magical vibe, almost like pixie dust is falling down on the house. This house has all you want in a light display including Santa and his reindeer, gingerbread people, and to top it off a sign in the front that says “North Pole.” “Christmas lights are just so beautiful, they truly get me in the holiday spirit and bring me so much joy during the holidays,” said Delta College student Celeste Adge. The second stop will be probably the most popular of the three stops and instead of being one house it’s a long road that road is Meadow Avenue, near Lincoln High School. This street has a ton of houses that are all lit up to the fullest. It will definitely take a few trips up and down and some side streets to get the full experience

of the views. Most of the cars that go down the road during viewing hours usually drive at a slower pace so that will definitely help to see all the houses. “It takes a ton of effort to put up these Christmas lights every year, but just knowing that it brings joy to more than just my family makes it all worth it. You hear of people traveling from other towns to just see our street is something our neighborhood can be proud of,” said homeowner Yirah Zapata. The third and final stop can only happen on one day since it is an event and not a house. This is the Stockton Delta Reflections Lighted Boat Parade. The event features beautiful boats lit up with Christmas lights. This year’s event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Stockton waterfront, near Weber Point Events Center. The Lighted Boat Parade is hosted by the Marina West Yacht Club.

New apps change way consumers buy, sell shoes By Raul Torres Senior Staff Writer

Shoe reselling has become an international industry and has become a full-time job for some, but is resale dying or has it just changed forms? There are people out there who buy shoes with the only intention of reselling them. These people are called the resellers of the industry, but they are getting thinned out. It is not because people are not rebuying shoes but because the industry has changed. What has changed you might ask? It is simply how people sell shoes now. The shoe culture has not died, rather, it evolved with the times. Instead of people waiting outside of malls all night for shoes we have apps that have the newest shoe drop.

We have consignment shops where you can leave your shoes for someone else to sell, but they take a percentage of the profit when the shoe is sold. People do resell in person still, but with all these new ways of buying shoes and selling shoes with no actual interaction with the person is killing that outlet. This is a good and bad wave in the sneaker culture. It is good because it lowers robberies and deaths because they were becoming a common occurrence at one point in time in the sneaker world. Bad because as a sneaker enthusiast, I don’t meet as many other great sneaker heads this way. Sneaker selling has not only changed in the way it’s bought but the way it’s distributed. Since people can buy shoes online people have programs called “bots”

that save them several sneakers at a time to purchase and they have one sole purpose and that is to resell. It is more about the profit than about the hype of the shoes and once they have the shoes they set price as high as they would like and most times people will pay. “Shoe resale apps is fifty-fifty in helping the business but, on the other hand once you start popularizing it catches on and then gets hyped then people get to do whatever they want with the prices,” Delta College student Victor Tuniga said. Reselling has turned regular resellers into small time business owners. People all over the world now have “eBay stores” where people go around buy shoes in bulk and try and buy the newest releases of shoes and promote them on their eBay page. It’s like a full-time job and it is

very profitable. The resale meet-ups will never go away. That’s 101 and the classic way of reselling. Apps like Stock X and GOAT on the other hand has changed the game in a very good way. The apps give more pros than cons to the sneaker community. Purchasing on these apps give you reassurance that you are buying authentic sneakers and that you are not getting knock off product coming to your house. “The apps in my eyes solve the risk of getting robbed 100 percent. Buying sneakers through apps without having to meet someone up at suspicious location. On the apps, you don’t have to know the buyer or seller but still know that you are getting your shoes or money from the shoes you’re selling,” said YouTube sneaker enthusiast SOLETORIOUS.


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keep up demand for sending customers their MoviePass card. Some customers waited up to a month to receive their cards. MoviePass has since then ironed out the kinks ave you ever found the movie theaters too exof their new business model. If ordered today, custompensive? Does your dad want to buy the DVD ers will typically receive their cards within 5-7 four months after a movie is released because business days. it’s “cheaper?” Does no one want to watch the latest I have been a MoviePass holder since craze because they can’t fit a single use movie ticket October and while there are some cons, in their budget? With tickets being $10 minimum the service has proven to be a great today, it’s hard to find the movie theaters a good value. value for a one-time watch. There are limitaRecently MoviePass, a subscription based service tions to MoviePass. allows customers to redeem one movie ticket per day According at most theaters for a monthly or annual fee. to their MoviePass has existed since 2011 charging $50 a website, month. Since August 2017, that fee has dropped to “Your $9.95 unlimited $10 a month or $90 a year, making the service much MoviePass subscripmore accessible to moviegoers. tion allows you to see one The way it works is MoviePass holders download theIMAGES FROM standard 2D movie every application on their phone, via App Store or GoogleFREEPIK.COM calendar day at any particiPlay and reserve a movie of their choice on their smart pating theater. We currently do not support (in part or phone. Once at the movies, users hand a MoviePass debit entirety) any enhanced or special screenings that involve card (that they will mail to you) to the box office to charge. an up-charge at the theater. Examples of these would inThe user gets the movie ticket and is let into the theater. clude 3D, IMAX, Fathom Events, DBOX, ETX/RPX, Since their user base exploded, MoviePass struggled to film festival screenings, etc.”

By Michael Weber


Staff Writer

Other than not being able to see any fancy formats like 3D, and IMAX, MoviePass is excellent for casual moviegoers like myself. The ticket redemption allows me freedom for choosing movies. Without the worry of wasting money on a terrible movie, I can watch all of the movies in the theaters without any regrets. When out with friends, I don’t have to worry about thinking what to do. We use MoviePass and have a great time with no planning. Most of the time, movies are great. But there are some that are just unbearable. This is the true beauty of MoviePass: walking out! The feeling of walking out of a movie without any regret is powerful. No longer do I regret wasting an egregious amount of money for a terrible time. So what makes MoviePass better than something like Netflix? The theatre experience. For many, it is hard to replicate the surround sound and giant screen which is calibrated for an experience like no other. The feeling of being somewhere other than home watching Netflix is refreshing. Overall the MoviePass service has been great and I recommend anyone pick it up if you even enjoy movies.

‘Justice League’ a hit despite what critics say By Catlan Nguyen Staff Writer


he long-awaited Justice League came out Nov. 17. This action-packed movie tied in the right amount of comedic timing, camaraderie and special effects. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint. However, “Justice League” brought in a lower than anticipated $96 million at the box office in the U.S., according to Forbes Magazine. This is the lowest DC has brought in for one of its movies and is much lower than the expected $110 million, especially compared to Marvel’s constant earnings of $200 million and more. Justice League competed against the new Disney animated film “Coco” during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. However, Justice League did bring in $185.5 million overseas and $281.5 million worldwide but it leads fans and movie critics to wonder if the success of “Wonder Woman” will be recreated. The movie was accurate in depicting each of the character’s abilities and powers but they went in a different direction for some of the character’s personality traits. While audiences and comic book fans were more accustomed to a polite, kind of lame Aquaman, in the movie, Jason Momoa crafted a macho, tattooed Aquaman who rocked the screen. Ezra Miller also portrayed the Flash as a relatable, hilarious and humble young man just leaving his teen years, as opposed to the

End-of-the-year events 1



Village West Marina Lighted Boat Show Stockton Village West Marina Guest Deck to 8 p.m. Free cookies and activities

Nutcracker” 16 “The Stockton

Festival of Trees Lodi San Joaquin County Historical Museum Micke Grove Park 10 a.m to 4 p.m. $10 general admission $2 children 2-12 Children under 2 free


“A Joy-Filled Christmas” Stockton St. Mary’s High School Morelli Gymnasium 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission

Grinch: LIVE” 8-10 “The Manteca

Christian Worship Center 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m. Free admission

San Joaquin Delta College Atherton Auditorium 2 p.m. $25 general admission



Neon Night Stockton Oak Park Ice Arena 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $10 general admission Breakfast with Santa Stockton The Reserve at Spanos Park 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15 general admission New Years Eve Stockton The Reserve at Spanos Park 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $50 general admission

– Emily Beaton, News Editor

arrogant Flash known by fans in past depictions. The same Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck) that we all know and love came together and added different layers. Cyborg was also first introduced and we can expect individual movies for the characters that don’t have their own independent film in the near future. Fans of Gadot and Wonder Woman will experience the same cloud of awe and admiration as she demonstrates absolute power and brains over her fellow heroes as the only woman in “Justice League.” A standout scene was near the beginning with a theatrical, grim montage of shots depicting—spoiler alert-Superman’s death and the reaction from the public. “Justice League” picks up where “Batman v. Superman” left off with the world mourning Superman’s seemingly impossible death. The switch in point of view from a fan vlogging their interaction with Super- IMAGES FROM man to a more traditional omnipresent view added to FREEPIK.COM the sense of tragedy and intrigue. Wonder Woman fans are also excited to continue supporting the DC franchise especially since Gadot told Warner she would not star in the sequel unless movie producer, Brett Ratner was fired because of the sexual harassment allegations towards him. Seeing a woman succeed and break glass ceilings in the film industry is inspirational and Gadot does have the power and relevance to get Ratner off of the movie. Overall, although this opinion is in the minority, Justice League is a must see.

Mismatching music videos causes confusion for listeners By Amirah Amenhotep Staff Writer

Music Television (MTV) was the original platform for music videos since its first premiere on Aug. 1, 1981. Music videos have been a visual way to interpret different artists’ songs. For example, the first music video shown was ‘The Buggles’ and since they were first on air, they coincidentally did the song “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Artists and bands like David Bowie, Journey and Aerosmith also had music videos played on MTV. With all these videos coming out, there was an issue with content because television had restrictions and didn’t give the artist the power to choose their own content. Though the videos are the artist interpretations there has been an increasing trend of the visual song not matching the lyrics. Fast forward to 2004, YouTube is now the new platform for music videos, which also mean not a lot of artist or bands have to deal with censorship of their videos because they no longer have TV restriction. With an open field of ideas to choose

from many artists made that push to be more unique and more appealing to their fanbases. “I’d rather listen to lyrics than watch the music video” said Delta student Denise Thoeung. Event though that whole aspect is their job, many have strayed from their roots and now try to match the most popular or just the trend. For example, British singer Ed Sheeran’s, original content actually never featured him in the video at all, the reason being the video was telling the story behind the lyrics. “The video attracts me more to the song, the music video get me hype,” said Delta student Karyme Cobian. “It’s hard to follow the song if the video doesn’t match (the lyrics).” One video that happens to be one of the ‘Top 10’ videos is Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” This doesn’t feature him in it but it also does not match the lyrics. “I love the choreography, I love all types of music, and I love the story behind it.” Said Delta Student Kimberly Seng. “When they don’t match the lyrics, it’s ... obvious and it’s kind of stupid.”


7 sports

Mustangs defeated in preseason battle

Dec. 1, 2017

Lodi roller derby team ready to jam By Alex Coba Sports Editor

The sport of roller derby is full of high octane action and physical contact, making it entertaining to watch. “Its an amazing sport for both men an women. It allows people to play a sport that gives everyone an opportunity to be amazing as not one body type has an advantage over the other,” said Brittani Hawkins Hawkins aka Shots is a member of Lodi’s first flat-track roller derby team, the Loco City Derby Girls. Stockton also has a long established team, the Port City Roller Girls. The sport is traditionally played with two teams consisting of five players that roller skate around a track counter-clockwise in short successions called jams. Each team designates a player called a jammer that scores points for their team by lapping the opposing team. In short, team members have to try and keep the opposing team at bay while at the same time helping their own jammer out. The game is offense and defense at the same time. Hawkins said Loco City is a non-profit team founded in 2014. The team is made up of business women, moms, students, and wives/partners all with different reasons for playing, from getting active and fit to letting out aggression or needing an outlet. Loco City is involved with the Lodi community and volunteer at different events while also donating portions of the proceeds from games to different organizations around Lodi. Hawkins joined roller derby after watching her aunt play the sport. She started playing herself in 2015. She’s now one of the jammers for her team. “It has been an awesome addition to my life, as I love to be competitive and meet new people. The team camaraderie is so much fun and keeps everyone excited and happy to play and volunteer,” she said. The Loco City Derby Girls play the team’s first 2018 game on March 11 against the Auburn Outlaws. The next home game will be one June 9 against Quad City from Davenport, Iowa. For a full list of games and events visit The Loco City Derby Girls will also start up practice at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds in the Cabernet Hall. It’s open to all women skaters of all skill level, ages 18 and up.

By Raul Torres Senior Staff Writer

The Delta College Men’s Basketball team lost to Canada College 88-73 on Nov. 22 at the Joseph Blanchard gymnasium. The Mustangs came back from a 20-point deficit and brought the score back to six points but the Canada College offense was too much to hold off for the Mustangs. At the start of the game the Mustangs came out with energy and only trailed four at the half but hit a wall in the second half when the Mustangs failed to consistently get stops. Throughout the game the referees called a tight game blowing the whistle for a ton of close fouls. Canada College Head Coach Mike Reynoso was called for a technical foul during the second half of the game. Sophomore guard Jhordin Mellion was the only Mustang to score in double digits as he finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and three assists. There were three Mustangs tied with nine Point Guard Keith Terry, Guard Alex Smith and forward Spence Monterio. The Mustangs got to the free-throw line 26 times and made 19, while Canada College got there nine times. Delta’s opportunities were there for the Mustangs to change the pace of the game but Canada College always got a bucket when necessary. The Mustangs are off to a rough start of the season with this loss taking them to a 1-3 record this season..The Mustangs do have an opportunity to turn the season around with an upcoming tournament in San Francisco at the Community College of San Francisco tournament Dec 1-3. Canada No. 4 Marcel Burton, top, takes a shot for three points as San Joaquin Delta College No. 11 Austin Dongon attempts to deflect the shot. Delta College No. 23 Alex Smith, bottom, and No. 11 Austin Dongon attempt to deflect a shot for three points by Canada No. 21 Noah Conner during the Delta College vs. Canada game. PHOTOS BY DAVID VICTOR

Support the Mustangs over winter break By Alex Coba Sports Editor

Delta sports continue during the school’s winter break. Baseball has its first home game of the year against Monterey Peninsula at 1 p.m. on Jan. 27. Both men and women’s basketball will have the first home game of 2018 on Jan.

2 against Santa Rosa College with the women starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by men at 7:30 p.m. Wrestling will be wrapping up its season at the state championships on Dec. 8-9 starting at 10 a.m. For a full list of Delta sports schedules please visit the Delta College sports website on


Dec. 8-9

Delta Wrestling State champion 10 a.m.

Dec. 29

basketball Jan. 27 Dec. 15-17 Men’s Holiday Tournament All day

Women’s Basketball vs. Sacramento City College 5:30 p.m. Delta Baseball vs. Monterey Peninsula 1 p.m.

8 news


Dec. 1, 2017

‘Dolores’ film scheduled for Stockton premiere It won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 60th San Staff Writer Francisco Film Festival in May. The San Francisco Chronicle described The documentary film ‘Dolores’ will the film as “exuberantly inspiring.” make its Stockton premiere at the 9th ‘Dolores opened for limited national San Joaquin International Film Festival release on Sept. 17. (SJIFF9) on Saturday, Dec. 16. It played at The State Theatre in ‘Dolores’ chronicles the life of labor Modesto and The Tower Theatre in leader and civil rights activist Dolores Sacramento in September. Huerta. In Stockton, ‘Dolores’ will be Huerta grew up in Stockton and atscreened as part of what Sorn called a tended Stockton College which later “one day, mega-marathon… with films became Delta College. from morning through night.” “It is very fitting that ‘Dolores’ – this Three documentary films, two narrapowerful, special and timely Central Valtive feature films and eight short films ley story – can screen as part of SJIFF9 are scheduled. as the festival is based in Stockton, where Included in the SJIFF9 line-up is Dolores Huerta has always considered “Listen” which was released in Fall 2017. Dolores Huerta, in a scene from the documentary film about her life. IMAGE FROM her home, a place where she grew up, and ‘Listen’ is a narrative film written DELORESTHEMOVIE.COM a place where she began her activism,” and directed by Linden-native Erahm said festival director Sophoan Sorn. there will be a discussion about filmHuerta has been invited to the screen- Christopher and shot in Linden and municate with youth. Manteca. “I’m excited to have ‘Listen’ projected making in San Joaquin County. ing, according to Sorn, but he is unable It tells the story of a new high school at the SJIFF9 and in the county where SJIFF9 will be held at the Janet to confirm her attendance at this date. counselor working with at-risk stuso many residents donated their time Leigh Theatre on the University of Pa‘Dolores’ was directed by Peter Bratt dents. and energy to make this important cific campus in Stockton. and produced by Carlos Santana. The film challenges the adults in its project possible,” said Christopher. For the full film schedule and adThe film premiered at the Sundance audience to think about how they comFollowing the ‘Listen’ screening, vance tickets, visit Film Festival in Jan. 2017.

By Debra Hyman

EVENTS: Things to ENROLLMENT: Low numbers a concern For the Spring, Delta is already halfway towards its do to close out term continued from PAGE 1 goal of about 6500 of full time equivalent students. continued from PAGE 1

Southard. Pricing will be the same as the other events. On Dec. 10, Stockton Symphony will present Pops #2 concert: Holiday Pops, featuring the Stockton Chorale and the Youth Chorale. The musical selection includes songs from Frozen and The Nutcracker. Tickets range from $25 to $67. Wrapping up December will be Capitol Ballet’s The Nutcracker on Dec. 17. Tickets range from $17 to $25. All events will be held in the Atherton Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the on-campus box office in Atheron Auditorium. The Culinary Arts department will also host a Winter Feast fundraising event on Dec. 6 in Danner Hall. Tickets are $65, with funds going toward sending students to Italy for further study in the field. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit. ly/2ietCN8

there’s no funding that’s been put out or approved by the legislature to actually finance the cost of that program,” said Wetstein. “So between now and next July, the governor and the legislature are going to have to work out how they’re going to fund this commitment.” If the bill isn’t financed by the state legislature, Delta could be paying for it and it could hurt the schools wallet, according to Wetstein. WILL AB 19 HELP? Wetstein said if AB 19 goes through, it may increase interest in community colleges, which will lead to an influx of students that pay tuition at UCs and Private colleges to leave niversities and enroll in a community college. It could also help improve enrollment. “If this goes through and there’s funding associated with it next year, I can’t guesstimate how much it would be but it might drive a one to two percent gain in enrollment for us,” said Wetstein. This fall semester experienced a shortage of students enrolling at Delta.

“I do think we’re going to be lower than the fall,” Wetstein said, “because we did reduce the sections in the schedule.” IMPACT OF RETIREMENT Delta implemented a plan where early retirement is offered to professors. This may affect a few sections next semester too, such as Geography taught by Robin Lyons and Biological Anthropology, Taught by Peggy Scully-Linder. Both Scully-Linder and Lyon’s are retiring after this semester and concerns about the availability of their classes in the spring have risen. One or two of Lyons’ sections will be covered by someone who’s stepped in to teach them. Some of Scully-Linder’s sections will be covered as well. “I think we’ve got an adjunct, but again it’s a deal where we may not be able to cover all of her (Scully-Linder) sections,” Wetstein said. “So a lot of people are going to pick up doing like an extra class overload. We did reduce sections so, in some cases an adjunct or two might be getting a course they weren’t expecting to get.”

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The Collegian -- Published Dec. 1, 2017  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published Dec. 1, 2017  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.