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A shining remembrance

San Joaquin County Hospice lights trees in honor of family and friends

by james striplin

Reaping the rewards of thrifty shopping Page 5

Mustangs host tournament Page 7

Collegian writers’ writes about his love of Twinkies Page 5

UPCOMING Stockton Symphony’s Holiday Pops Atherton Auditorium 2:30, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16

The moon wasn’t the only light in the sky on Nov. 27. Instead, small specks of blues, reds and greens, among other colors, dotted the night sky in front of Delta College as the Hospice of San Joaquin lit it’s annual Tree of Lights. More than 5,600 people donated to hospice in honor of a loved one to have a gleaming spot on one of the various trees found throughout San Joaquin County during the holiday season. The lighting held in front of Delta College is the largest in the valley. “It means so much to the people that show up,” said Stephen Guasco, executive director of Hospice of San Joaquin. “You’ll find people right now pointing at lights saying, ‘That red one, that’s for grandpa’ or ‘ That yellow one there, that’s for mom or dad. It’s very much apart of their grieving process for dealing with the dead.” A wall lists off those being honored, with the color bulb representing them next to their name. Two new colors were introduced this year, orange and purple. It cost the Hospice roughly $800 to house one patient every day, which is subsidized by events such as the tree lighting. “The last couple of years have been tough, we’ve been hit with hard economic times, and we haven’t been able to generate as much as we would like to. That said, the community does

TREE OF LIGHTS: Top, the Hospice of San Joaquin tree on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Burke Bradley Drive. Bottom, family and friends look for the names of loved ones remembered with a light. PHOTOS BY JAMES STRIPLIN

what it can do. This year I’ve seen an uptake in donations,” said Guasco. Even while financially struggling, the Hospice of San Joa-


and donated a thousand dollars each giving them the ability to get a grant to start the Hospice. Hospice continues to aid

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College adding classes after passage of Prop. 30 by sean mendoza

‘A Little Christmas’ Atherton Auditorium 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9

quin continues to aid those with terminal illnesses, based on the organization’s founding principles 32 years ago when 12 community members got together

Delta College has struggled to keep classes for students in recent years, which resulted in some students enrolling to other community colleges. With the passing of Prop. 30, about 60 sections have been added to the list of classes since the Nov. 6 election. “After the Prop. 30 passed there is more access to students for courses that are in high-demand especially transfer required courses such as English, Math, social sciences, the humanities and some career technical courses as well,” said Delta College

Interim Vice President Of Instruction Dr. Matt Wetstein in an email interview. Wetstein added that students should keep logging in to the system if they are searching for a particular high-demand course, and that they will be making an important announcement about summer school in coming days. Most students have registered for next semester since the passing of Prop. 30. Fourth-year student Rashbir Singh got in three classes that he needed to transfer out. “I already finished the classes I needed for my major but I still needed three more that’s transfer required, so I just took photography, music and astronomy,” said

Singh, who wants to be a correctional officer. Another student who was successful at picking his classes was Miguel Maciel who is looking to a medical career. “It was crowded during my registration time and I didn’t get all the classes I needed but I got some of it” said Maciel. Second-year student Xavier Jimenez had a different experience registering for next semester. “The registration was horrible, I didn’t really get in any classes I wanted but good thing it’s only my second year and I’m halfway done,” said Jimenez, who is trying to

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Issue 7 • Dec. 7, 2012 •



Collegian says Happy Holidays 10 Percent

with Brian Ratto

As Delta says goodbye to 2012 and embraces the new year, our staff wants to thank our loyal readers

Prop. 8 is morally outdated, needs to be removed

t’s been a wild ride this year. We’ve seen our school president fired. We saw Dr. Kathy Hart move into the position. One trustee retired. Three were reelected. And a new face joined the board. Even ASBG has been switching out leadership roles. As power was being shifted, a lethal blow was made to Delta’s budget. Thanks to Prop. 30, the hit was weakened. We watched the math and science building reveal what it has to offer, and when the finishing touches are made, you can bet we'll be there to cover it. Even the world around Delta has seen drastic changes. Stockton filed for bankruptcy, cutting back funding for our local police department, something the city doesn’t need with a homicide rate rising. We were also around for the 2012 general election, and though our newsroom was politically divided, we worked together to share a fair opinion. As the 99-percent floated around our city, we were there, looking for the perspective of our students.

istory was made recently within the local LGBTQ+ community. Two openly lesbian woman were recently elected to state office. Susan Talamantes Eggman was elected to the 13th Assembly District. Cathleen Galgiani, already a lawmaker, was elected to the newly redrawn 5th State Senate District. Galgiani was formally an assembly member. The fact that these women have been elected to state legislature from the central valley is huge. This shows that views of the general community is changing. LGBTQ+ people are more seen more similar than different and are capable of doing good things for society. There has also been a lot of news regarding Proposition 8, a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment that passed in Nov. 2008. The measure added a new provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights, to the California Constitution, which provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Prop. 8 was ruled to be unconstitutional by the 9th district supreme court in San Francisco earlier this year. The United States Supreme Court is set to review the case this week. If the court decides not to, the ruling in California will stand. A number of other states made strides in equality Maine, Washington, Minnesota and Maryland had marriage equality ballot measures pass in November. The first district Supreme Court has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. DOMA, is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for federal and inter-state recognition purposes in the United States. This has yet to be completely decided just as Prop. 8. All of these progressive moves made in the United States is a great thing, but it does not mean we can relax.


There are a lot of events that happened this year. There’s a lot we’ve covered. But just as important as the staff we send out, are the readers on campus that keep themselves informed. Even though the product we make is free, we are motivated to produce content that our readers want to know. And for that, we want to thank you for your support. Now is the time to celebrate, a time of the year we can just let go. After finals are all over, students at Delta College can just cut loose and sit in their La-Z-Boy chairs while drinking eggnog. It’s time to be with your family and friends. Go out and buy yourself something nice, material things shouldn’t be the focus of your life, but once in a while you have to be selfish and only care about yourself. Go to a bar or spa, see the world. Because after the holidays, the troubles of 2013 are just around the corner. But we’ll be here to cover all the news we can. From the Collegian to you: Happy Holidays.

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Issue 7 • Dec. 7, 2012 •

always all it’s cracked up to be. Our staff takes a look at the dark side of the season.

Christmas: less about family, more about money by devin valdez

holiday season’s were filled with numerous gifts from my parents, more than I could imagine as a child. My family Christmas wouldn’t feel like Christmas hristmastime has arrived and with it has come without piles and piles of presents spilling from our the expected spending frenzy. decorated tree. It seems that more and more money is being So what causes people to shrink their bank accounts spent each year on gifts during the Christmas season. each year on Christmas gifts? Shopping, presents, and spending money have Is it the need to spend money on things we couldn't become key factors to the Christmas season. rationalize spending any other time of the year, or maybe In a time people should be enjoying their families is it the feeling of pride we feel when we purchase the and loved ones, people are trampling and fighting each most expensive gifts for our other, and in worst-case scenarios, killing one another, loved ones? to get the best deals on gifts. In previous years, the spending madness started at midnight the day after thanksgiving, on a day better known as Black Friday. However, this year, stores and companies opened as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, taking people away from their families on a holiday we should be celebrating thankfulness, all for the sake of a “good deal.” People’s shopping addictions don’t stop there either. Even after the “discounts” of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, people continue to spend money they don't have, on all sorts of gifts, ranging from socks to iPads, most of which aren’t needed. For as long as I can remember, my


My boyfriend says that he spent hundreds of dollars on family members last year, because he wanted to give back to his family and last year was the first year he had the money to do it. “It feels good to be able to give back to family, that’s given to me all my life,” he said. To him, spending lots of money didn’t compare to the happiness he saw on his families faces when they opened their gifts. For him, it was never about how much money was coming out of his pockets, but instead the bigger picture, the joy and gratitude his family felt in the gifts they received from him. So is going in debt and stress of Christmas shopping and spending worth seeing faces light up and hearts warmed? I would still say no. I believe there are ways to give without breaking your piggy bank. Perhaps instead of getting everyone in your family a gift, you could pick names, or set aside a specific amount of money throughout the year to prepare for gifts for Christmas and spend and stay within the budget you’ve allowed. However and whatever you decide to give to your loved ones this year, don’t lose sight of why you're giving in the first place.



Winter love has a frosty bite by elizabeth fields


resents, keeping warm, date nights; these are all reasons to get shacked up around the holidays. Although people seem uneducated, when it comes to receiving gifts, they are quite smart. Why spend your own money when you can have a “sugga daddy” buy expensive gifts for you. Let’s see how many babies start popping out around August and September of 2013. It’s a sad, sad truth. The holidays seem to bring the hopeless romantics out of men and women. It is such a gift to have someone special in your life, to spend time with and share the holiday joy. But when people start getting together for the wrong reasons, that’s when I see the problem. Indeed, going to a nice cocktail or ugly sweater party and having a handsome man around your arm is nothing to complain about. Taking shots alone can be pretty

lonesome. There is something about Christmas lights and a giant blown up Santa Claus that seems to put people in the mood. In summer, the short skirts and bikinis make any man want to go “goo goo ga ga” for a lady. But those men don’t want to settle down. It’s when winter comes along that the men realize those short skirt days are over and it is time to hit the brakes. There is something magical about the holidays that makes everyone seem so cheery. I think it’s the beautiful Christmas spirit. When the weather is cold out, I know I like to stay in by the nice warm fire with a glass of wine and my boyfriend. I’m not saying it's horrible to get a boyfriend or girlfriend during the holidays. Just do it for the right reasons. Let’s not forget the whole reason we celebrate Christmas ... the birth of Christ.

with haley pitto

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t’s that time of the year again. You get to sit by a toasty fire, sipping hot cocoa, watching Christmas specials, while warm cookies are coming out of the oven. Doesn’t that sound relaxing? Well enjoy it while it lasts because the holidays are anything but relaxing. They are filled with nightmares of what to get your snotty little niece who has everything but a personal servant and I’m sure even that can be arranged. Christmas parties are coming up. What fun until you realize you don’t have a date and nothing in your closet fits! You could always run around the mall like a mad man searching for the perfect party dress. I hope you enjoy walking three blocks to get to the store though. The parking lots are packed around the holidays. And once you get in don’t think it will be any easier. The aisles are war zones of bloodthirsty deal seekers and their spawn terrorizing the clearance racks and the rest of the store in

search of those red tag specials. Made it through the guerrilla warfare? Good for you. Enjoy the two hour wait in the line from hell. You know the one I’m talking about; the lady with the entire store in her cart, the man searching through his coupon collection for the $1 off deal, the kids screaming that mommy couldn’t find the toy they wanted. Yes, that one. Made it out alive? Well then, it’s time for round two. You have your list of gifts to get but if you didn’t shop early on Black Friday or cyber Monday I doubt you’ll find anything you’re looking for. Have a box of old gifts you never used? Looks like it’s time for some good old fashioned re-gifting. Just don’t give Aunt Peggy back the horrendous holiday sweater she bought you last year. Imagine how that would look. Worried you’ll get caught? I would be. Looks like it’s time for Plan B. Gift cards.



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Well ... better late than never Twilight hater finds himself enjoying the fifth and final film in franchise

by valerie smith

by chris howze


he final installment of the Twilight series has arrived and, much to this reviewer’s humility and befuddlement, it wasn’t awful. It was, without a doubt, the best in the series for the franchise, but it wasn’t great either. It’s some kind of miracle, particularly because the previous four films stumbled as the cheesy love triangle between human, vampire and werewolf was brought to life. The film opens immediately after the squishy end of last years “Breaking Dawn: Part 1” with Bella torn open, resembling Karen Carpenter if she was the elephant man only to emerge crimson eyed and sparkly. The film lulls only for a moment and then finds its plot with the “villainous” Volturi aiming to execute Edward and Bella’s newborn daughter along with anyone in league with them for supposedly breaking vampire rule. This paper has seen my thoughts on the Twilight series before and it was of the astoundingly negative. The book series stands as the literary equivalent of “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” with terrible writing, even worse characterizations and an overall lack of drama and drive. What sets this film apart from its predecessors and towards the realm towards decency are: - It has a sense of humor and seems fully willing to poke fun at its own absurdity - It has a thematic drive with a sense of threat and urgency giving the film a pulse. - It’s two leads actually having chemistry, with flirtation and playfulness. - The character of Garrett being interesting and feels most like the Anne Rice vampires miss Meyer so wants hers to appear as. - Michael Sheen and his wonderful brand of hammy, over the top acting as baddie leader Aro. He made the film so much more light and self aware. - Despite a cop out conclusion, the ending action scene is actually pretty exciting seeming more at home in an X-Men flick with satisfyingly brutal violence. Despite these praisings,The film still suffers from the limitations of its source subjecting its audience to a lot of stiff emotionless acting, unbelievable character interactions, and meandering narrative, but for once there’s actually something worth seeing. It took five movies to make one half way decent flick. This movie earns three out of five stars.

Holiday classic comes to Delta by araceli montano

Join an enchanting journey with the Capitol Ballet Company of Sacramento preforming “The Nutcracker” at Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. “The story is timeless,” said Stuart Carroll, the Artistic Director of Capitol Ballet Company. The Nutcracker has become a Holiday tradition for families and friends. “It’s our vision of childhood that is touched by magic and imagination,” added Carroll. The Nutcracker begins at the Stahlbaum’s family Christmas Eve party. Carla receives the best gift of all, the Nutcracker. But it is only at midnight when the true adventure begins. In Carroll’s words: “It’s Carla’s dream, fantasy turning into a young and magical romance.” “The story line, elements, and characters are all relatable to the people, children, and the holidays,” said Carroll. The Capitol Ballet Company of Sacramento is a non-profit, pre-professional ballet company. Capitol Ballet Company brings stories to life while promoting the appreciating of dance and the arts here in Stockton. For tickets to “The Nutcracker” contact the Delta Center for the Arts box office at (209) 954-5110. Tickets are also available online at dca/index.html

‘Man’ last play for fall semester “The Man Who Came to Dinner” opened Thursday, Dec. 6 with an 8 p.m. Tillie Lewis Theater showing. The production continues through the weekend. The play is a comedy set in the 1940s and is about a popular radio personality by the name of Sheridan Whiteside set to have dinner at the Stanley family residence during the holidays. Before reaching the door he slips on a piece of ice and breaks his hip at the doorstep. This then leads to a weird series of events for the Stanley family, as Whiteside threatens to sue them for damages and takes over residence in their living room for a total of six weeks as prescribed to confinement by his doctor. Whiteside moves in his complete staff in and treats the Stanley family as if they are guests. He invites female convicts from prison to meals as well as celebrities, and receives an abundance of colorful gifts such as a crate of penguins, 10,000 cockroaches, an octopus and even a mummy case. The comedy is sure to brighten the holiday season. The play will be put on by the Fine Arts Drama Department and will include 8 p.m. showings today and Saturday, and a 2 p.m. matinee showing on Dec. 9. Tickets can be purchased at the box office located on campus or online at deltacollege. edu/div/finearts/dept/dca/index.html. Ticket prices vary. Prices are $10 for students and seniors, $12 for adults.

ASBG hosts Karaoke Night, bringing together entertainers Food, fun featured in Danner Hall event by michael johnson

The Associated Student Body Government hosted a Karaoke Night in Danner Hall on Nov. 30. This was the first event celebrating Mustang Night, after-school gatherings where people can come together, have a good time and show their school spirit. They also gathered canned foods to help those in need. “We thought it would be nice to have something for Delta as well as the community,” said Quanisha “Peachez” Smith, ASBG Senator of Activities. The rainy weather didn’t stop Delta students from showing up. Some even came with instruments in hand, ready to rock. This was a chance to showcase talent without the pressure one might feel at a

larger venue, such as the more regional Apollo Night. “The smaller crowd size helps me relax,” said contestant Jaylen Aleksandr about the audience. The good vibe included good food. Pulledpork sandwiches and nachos were sold. Performances ranged from Hip-Hop to country. A Hmong singer also performed. Although it was a competition, the performers seemed as if having fun was their main goal. They wrapped the show up with a group performance by the ASBG members singing “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-lot. It was a light-hearted and pleasant atmosphere. “Even though we had a small budget to work with, I’m happy with the turn out,” said Bronche Taylor, vice president of student affairs.



Issue 7 • Dec. 7, 2012 •

Couponing to the extreme

Collegian staffer finds way to cut monthly expenses by heidi sharp


f you’ve gone shopping recently, you may have noticed a certain trend gaining popularity. More and more people, perhaps inspired by the TLC show “Extreme Couponing,” are dramatically lowering their shopping bills through smart coupon exploitation. When I started watching ‘”Extreme Couponing” several months ago, I saw it as a pipe dream — something only Mid-West housewives with five children and a ton of time on their hands could do. I’ve now come to the realization that anyone can make efficient use of coupons and save absurd amounts of money on their grocery bills. I recently attended Extreme Couponing a workshop put on by The Record. Shannon Jones from the “Extreme Couponing” television series presented her method of couponing. While I have only been cou-

poning for a month and a half, I have already seen savings of about 60 percent on some receipts. If you would like to learn how to save some money through coupons, here are a few tips I picked up at the workshop. Any attempt at couponing, of course begins with acquiring coupons. The Sunday Record usually contains manufacturer coupon inserts from P&G, RedPlum, and SmartSource, in addition to several other stores. Buying a subscription to three or four copies of The Sunday Record will generally pay for itself over time in coupon savings. The next key is timing. Most items typically go on sale every three to six months. Waiting for a sale or clearance on an item can mean a savings of several dollars. For example, Fiber One cereal typically retails for about $4.99. If there is a sale for buy one, get one free, then the price of each box has suddenly dropped to $2.50 a box. Now, in combi-


by victoria davila

nation with the sale, you have a few $1 off one box of Fiber One coupons. Use one coupon per box, and the price of each box is now only $1.50 a box. That’s roughly 70 percent off the original price if you purchase two. Another tip is to use a method called “stacking” coupons. Most stores will allow you to use one store coupon in combination with one manufacturer coupon on one item to maximize savings. The final piece of the couponing puzzle is stockpiling. Similar to buying in bulk, stockpiling is buying multiples of a single item at its lowest price. Because items only go on sale every three to six months, having enough on hand until the next big sale is essential to avoiding paying full price. This is usually a good idea for things that you can afford to last a really long time. Perishables would not be a good idea to do this with. A tip for easier extreme couponing is to have a system to organize your coupons. For about an hour or two on Sundays, I


HARDCORE SHOPPING: collegian writer Heidi Sharp, left with Shannon Jones from “Extreme Coupons” at the Extreme Coupons event held by The Record.

clip all of the coupons that I will use, or might use, and organize them into a binder. Then I sort them into trading card sleeves. The sleeves are organized by tabbed dividers in five categories: grocery, condiments, personal, household and pet care. All of the coupons are there right in front of me, and they go with me so I always have them on hand

while I am shopping. Couponing is not an instant magic formula, but rather a cumulative process. It takes a little practice and dedication, but the rewards are maximum savings and exiting the store feeling as if you got your penny’s worth and more!



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Save money this holiday season with gifts from the heart by brian ratto


An ode to


here have you gone my lad? Your boots, kerchief and hat? As dawn came near and confirmed our fear, There were no pastries left. Curse that creamed-filled sponge cake. Curse the thing we love. It took our dreams and broke the seams, that linked happiness and trust. We should have treated you better. Cared more that you were gone. Those times we chewed you, spewed you, and deep fried you, can never be reclaimed. The Twinkie is in its grave. This cowboy laid to rest. Tons of despair over this little affair, but the deed is finally done. Where have you gone my lad? Your boots, kerchief, and hat? As dusk sets in and shivers our skin, We’ll always remember your love.

— by james striplin

With the holiday season right around the corner and with money being tight for everybody. If you have a lot of people t o buy for this year here are some basic ideas on what you can do on a limited budget to cover as many people as possible. BAKE Baking is cheap and fun to do. Last year I made cookies with my cousin for all my family and friends, they went off without a hitch. The entire lot of cookies she and I made was about 10 dozen and we spent under $50 for baking supplies. MAKE A MUG The second gift idea is to buy a mug, tinted cellophane, tea or coffee or cocoa, honey and decorative ribbon combining them to make a gift. Use the mug to hold the honey and tea, wrap them in tinted cellophane and finish with a bow. One way to make this for under $5 is to go to your local discount store, think $1 or less.


Things made by hand have the greatest amount of uniqueness between all of the gifts listed. It allows you to personalize every gift, as well as let people know that you care. Knitted or cocheted goods, as well as hand crafted clay figures, or bead projects are all personal projects that are within a relatively inexpensive price tag of $20.


One easy way to combine gift giving and quality time with a significant other, is to make a small meal and have a quiet evening at home. It’s also a good idea to watch holiday movies and chit chat near a roaring fire. This can be the perfect time to propose, if your relationship is ready for it. This can be done for under $40, minus the cost of the ring, if you are proposing.


Go to dinner at a local diner and then to a movie for the evening this can be done for under


INEXPENSIVE GIFT IDEAS: Top, a few gifts before they are wrapped up, and some basic ideas of Earl Grey tea, honey and a cup. Bottom, wrap the items and decorate with a large bow.

$50. Another possibility is going to a park, or on a walk. Hopefully if you live in the stockton area not at night. This year take time to find the perfect gift for your friends, make them a gift or take them out to a small diner and time away. Either way it is easy to make the holidays fun and cheap.

Middle College High student goes from bully victim to pageant contestant by karina ramirez and valerie smith

Vanessa Rangel, a 16-year-old Middle College High School student, is a contestant in the Miss California Teen Pageant taking place in Pasadena, California in January. The road to pageantry was a long one. As a child she was teased and taunted. “In the third grade I was showing signs of a misaligned jaw, I looked different,” she said.

Her condition made her jaw protrude and she had difficulty eating. The bullying went farther than just name-calling. “There was food thrown at me and threats to ruin my school projects,” Rangel said. In an effort to raise her self-esteem, her mother began entering her in beauty pageants. The stage wasn’t new to Rangel; she had done dance recitals before as a child. But for pageants, there were new tasks to be learned. In preparation for the Miss California

Teen Pageant, Rangel has been practicing her posture. “I have to walk in heels, turn in a dress. I have to get in shape, working out for the swimsuit,” she said. In a previous pageant Rangel won Most Community Service, a top honor, but did not place in the finals. “They wanted someone that looked normal.” In March of this year, Rangel had surgery to correct her jaw. Being the first pageant since her surgery, it will be a pivotal mo-

ment in her young life. However many hardships she has gone through, the pageant contestant still finds time to help others. “I support the ... Ronald McDonald House charity,” she said, “Where I live, there’s a cheer team. I was the volunteer coach.” Today, she not only takes a public stand against bullying, but shares advice to her younger siblings. “Don’t give up, it ends. Show them that you’re not afraid,” she said.


TAKING THE CENTER STAGE: Rangel, at a pageant dressed and ready to shine



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Program starts season off solid by christian covarrubias


STATE WIDE STRUGGLE: Wrestlers from community colleges all over Northern California dueled for the chance at a spot in the state competition.

The Delta College Mustang’s basketball started the season with much to be expected. Within the last three years the teams overall record was 81-15. In conference, the Mustangs remain a powerhouse with a record of 36-4. Head Coach Rick Ressa has demonstrated his ability to achieve significant titles year after year. Ressa has led the Mustangs to three consecutive Conference Championships (two Bay Valley and last year’s inaugural Big 7 title), a Sweet Sixteen appearance, an Elite Eight appearance and a Final Four appearance. Since the 2012 season started on Nov. 8, the team has definitely shown signs of

having another successful season. The Mustangs currently have a record of 3-3 and are maintaining a win percentage of 500. With still a few months left in the season Delta has a chance to possibly improve on the win percentage. The Mustangs will host a Holiday Tournament on campus from Dec. 14-16. Participating teams are Butte, Cuesta, Delta, Lassen, Merced, Napa, San Francisco and Sierra. The event will be held in the Blanchard Gym. The women’s basketball team will host its Jocelyn Mancebo Classic Dec. 17-19. The women were 2-2 going into the Santa Rosa Tournament, which began Thursday, Dec. 6.

Wrestling hosts regionals, place eighth by christian covarrubias

Despite being underestimated, the Delta wrestling program managed to produce during the biggest wrestling event this season. On Dec. 1, Delta hosted the Northern California Regionals. Participating teams included Fresno City, Sacramento City, Skyline, Santa Rosa, Sierra, Delta, Shasta, Chabot, Lassen and Modesto. As soon as the doors of the Blanchard Gym opened, fans from across California started to pour in by the hundreds. Early on, powerhouse wrestling programs made their presence known. Fresno City College quickly took the lead in team points at the start of the tournament. By the time the duals were over Fresno had a grand total of 180.5 points, ranking the team first in the tournament and in the Northern California conference. Ten wrestlers from Fresno ended up qualifying for the state competition in the process for Fresno. Shortly behind Fresno was Sacramento City College, which had a total of 141 points. Sacramento may have been outscored, but the team produced just as many state competitors as Fresno. Sac City’s heart and passion remained unmatched throughout the tournament so it was no surprise that the college contributed just as many wrestlers.

A great example of Sac City’s heart is wrestler Alex Campos. The average person might think that Campos may have a disadvantage since he is missing his right hand but, he has a different perspective. “I have never felt like I was at a disadvantage while I wrestled, I actually sometimes feel like I have an advantage because people underestimate me and I use that against them,” said Campos. Campos’ positive outlook kept his team motivated and led him to placing fourth in the 197 weight class, also qualifying him for state. Even though many schools did not catch the attention of the spotlight, many still managed to generate results. Delta finished the tournament in eighth place with a total of 59 points. Although Delta placed low as a team, the Mustangs still were able to move four wrestlers on to the state championship. “I am extremely satisfied with the results of the tournament. We have had better performances in the past as a team but, four guys were able to qualify for state so I am pleased with the results,” said head coach Mike Sandler. The Mustang’s Ricky Castillo, Aaron Ceballos, Atom Garcia and Antoine Lopes will all have the opportunity to wrestle in the state championships. If interested in attending the state championship, it will be held today and Saturday, Dec. 8 at West Hills College on Coalinga.

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Issue 7 • Dec. 7, 2012 •

Candlelight vigil for those lost to drunk driving MADD holds tri-county memorial crusading for safer streets by valerie smith

Families, friends and victims gathered at a Best Western Hotel in Stockton for the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope on Sunday, Dec. 2 to remember those lost or injured in a drunk driving tragedy. MADD hosted the event for the San Joaquin County division, which includes Sacramento, Stockton and Stanislaus counties. There were welcoming embraces, and cries among the crowd, but Judy Utter a victim specialist for the MADD San Joaquin division reminded attendees during her welcome: “If there is anything MADD can do please call.” The national organization PHOTO BY VALERIE SMITH was founded in 1980 by Candy Lightner. Her daughter Cari was DRIVE SAFE AND SOBER: Candles in remembrance of the lives taken and injured in killed by a repeat drunk driving of- drunk driving accidents. fender. “Our goal is that people drive safe, Since then the MADD organi- away with. “One person can change the and drive sober,” said Smith. zation mission statement reads as course of another,” said Frachsieur. The vigil ended with a roll call of follows: “The mission of Mothers The vigil proceeded with recogninames of the people lost or injured in against Drunk Driving is to stop tions of important partners crucial a drunken driving accident within the drunk driving, support the victims of in MADD’s crusade to stop drunk community. this violent crime and prevent underdrivers on the road, including: Scott More than 60 names were called age drinking.” Fitchner, S.J. Chief Deputy District and candles were lit in remembrance MADD has been educating the Attorney, Jeff Darnell, Stanislaus by family members, if family was not public on the effects of drinking and Deputy District Attorney, Steve in attendance a MADD organization driving throughout the country for Moore, S.J. County Sherriff, and Ofmember lit a candle for them. almost 30 years now. The organizaficer James Moore, California HighAmong the names called was tion’s efforts have not gone unnoticed way Patrol. Dominic Deiro, a former Delta Colby families, and victims in need in our James Smith of the California lege student who was lost in a drunkcommunity. Highway Patrol has arrested about en driving tragedy. “Hope is something we all need, His legacy was remembered with and hope is what gives us the belief 200 drunk drivers this year, and was tied last year for the third most DUI special recognition of the “Dominic in a positive outcome,” said Brenda arrests in the Stockton area. Designated Driver” program. Frachsieur, MADD California execuHe works with the Every 15 Min“The holidays are a time of rememtive director. utes organization and helps educate brance and reflection, don’t quit your One positive outcome to a lost life students at more than 14 schools in crusade against drunk driving,” said at the hands of a drunk driver is what the county. Utter to the families attending. MADD wants individuals to walk

TREES: Delta campus tree comes to life once a year

Student makes a strong recovery after surgery by karina ramirez

For the past few years, 19-year-old Jesse Fonseca has been in and out of hospitals. He has gone through panic attacks, dealt with his abnormal heartbeat, and earlier this year, survived a full cardiac arrest. When he was in high school, Fonseca was diagnosed with Pectus Excavatum. His story was featured previously in the Collegian on Nov. 2. The condition gives a sunken appearance to the breastbone. It was then attributed to many of his heart irregularities. He was told he would have corrective surgery when he was of age. That day finally came. On Nov. 6, Fonseca had surgery to correct his breastbone, affected by his diagnosis. The nearly three-hour surgery, which would worry most, did not shake him. “I wasn’t anticipating it, wasn’t frightened. The day we got to the hospital I waited in the waiting room with a blanket on me,” Fonseca said. The doctors broke the cartilage in his chest and inserted a metal plate to stabilize his chest. “It’s there indefinitely,” He said. Since the surgery, his at-home recovery has been steady. “I can walk, I can’t run. [I have to] wait three months to do cardio … full recovery in six months,” he said. Because of fluid still in his chest, Fonseca has to sleep sitting up for the next few months. He despises it but said, “I’ll be able to do it.” Fonseca will not be able to return to Delta’s campus next semester, but it doesn’t mean he won’t continue his education. He plans to take online classes.

REGISTRATION: Second chance at getting classes

continued from PAGE 1 2,700 patients and 130 transitional patients. “No patient receiving services from Hospice of San Joaquin will ever get a bill, the only exception being the Hospice House and that’s for room and board only,” said Guasco. The Tree of Lights will continue to be lit until Jan. 1, and won’t be decorated again by volunteer PG&E workers until Christmas time next year. “There are three lights up there that belong to three people that are still a part of me,” said David Bennett, a board member of the hospice. “When I look up there, there are three blue lights that are my mother, my mother in-law and father in-law.”


ROAD TO RECOVERY: Jesse Fonseca after his surgery on Nov. 6

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LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT: The Tree of Lights on Nov. 26 .

get into a nursing career. Some students feel differently. Alyssa Diaz always seem to have a hard time registering. “I’m looking to be a probation officer but I always have a late registration date and it sucks.” Diaz’s registration was on Dec. 3, which can still be considered a late date. With more classes added due to Prop. 30 passing, more students will have the chance to go back to the registration system and search for more classes that they will need.

The Collegian -- Published Dec. 7, 2012  

Issue 7 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.

The Collegian -- Published Dec. 7, 2012  

Issue 7 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.