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Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 • Volume #47, Issue #4

Proposed policy to define areas of free expression


California BALLOT

Along with voting for the next governor of California, Tuesday, November 2, voters will vote on a number of measures and proposition. Here are a few to consider. - Matt Wilson q PROP 19: Legalization of marijuana Prop. 19 would allow anyone over 21 years of age to possess, cultivate, or transport marijuana if passed. Marijuana would still be illegal under federal law. If it does not pass, marijuana would remain illegal, except for what is allowed under current medical marijuana laws. q PROP 20: Redistricting amendment Prop. 20 is a proposed amendment to the California state constitution. If passed, elected representatives would be removed from the process of determining congressional district boundaries. If it does not pass, redistricting responsibilities would remain with the state legislature. q PROP 21: Funding for state parks Prop. 21, if passed, would establish an $18 surcharge added to motor vehicle registration fees. The surcharge would be used to fund state parks, and all vehicles covered by the surcharge would be allowed free admission to all state parks. If it does not pass, funding for state parks would still come from existing sources and admission fees could still be charged. q MEASURE H: Reorganization of fire department administration If passed, measure H would amend the Stockton city charter to modernize and restructure the administration of the fire department, revise how employee disputes are handled, and remove mandatory vacation accrual for fire department employees. q MEASURE I: Marijuana tax If passed, measure I would establish a tax on marijuana sales at a rate of $25 per $1000 gross receipts for medical marijuana and $100 per $1000 gross receipts for nonmedical marijuana. Source: California Voters Guide

By Matthew Wilson Online Editor

tobacco and tax it and only let adults buy it,” said Ferraiolo, who addressed the issue of the taxation of alcohol and tobacco in comparison to Prop. 19. Ferraiolo presented staggering numbers about the number of people who die each year from alcohol poisoning and tobacco use in the United States. Mersmann offered the opposing side, arguing for accountability and touching on current medical marijuana laws among other things. The debate included interaction from the audience, who were asked if they had partaken in marijuana recently. Many hands were raised. If passed, Prop. 19 allows California residents 21 or older to “possess, cultivate or transport marijuana for personal use” and “permits local governments to regulate and tax commercial production, distribution and the sale of marijuana,” according to the state voter guide published by the Secretary of State’s

Controversy is brewing on campus over a proposed policy revision concerning freedom of expression at Delta College. Revisions to administrative and board policies 3760 are currently under consideration. The revisions would more clearly state the district’s policy on the time, place and manner in which free expression can take place. Dr. Matt Wetstein, Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness, who submitted the proposal revisions, said the policy changes were at least partly inspired by a group of activists who regularly protest on campus by displaying graphic images. The policy would declare certain segments of the campus as “public forums” and require free expression activities, such as petitioning or handing out fliers, to take place in those areas, according to the documentation. The policies would also require the college be notified before any such activities took place, with exact details to be determined. Such policies are not without precedent. In 1965, after much protesting from students, the University of California, Berkeley allowed freedom of expression activities to be held in specific “open discussion areas” on campus, as well as allowing student organizations to set up tables in other designated areas. Chico State University also has a “free speech area,” which has been used both for political and social debates, as well as for entertainment purposes. There is also legal precedent. The California Education Code allows for a college’s governing board to establish time, place, and manner guidelines for the free expression of speech. Despite this precedent, Associated Student Body Government President Patrice Burke is not pleased with the policy change. “What happens when we start limiting freedoms?” Burke said. “If we start limiting some speech, when do we start limiting others?”

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DEBATE: Delta instructors Bill Ferraiolo, left, and Harry Mersmann,

right, discusses the pros and cons of marijuana

PIPELINE hosts marijuana debate By Sean Reilly Staff Writer A debate of one of the most controversial propositions in recent state history nearly filled the Tillie Lewis Theater Oct. 14. The PIPELINE Club hosted a debate featuring Delta College instructors Bill Ferraiolo and Harry Mersmann debating the legalization of marijuana. “Which Side is Really ‘Blown’” centered on Proposition 19, the ballot measure aiming to regulate, tax and control the sale of cannabis. California residents will vote on the proposition Tuesday, Nov. 2. The event was hosted to provide the campus population with information in an effort to make informed decisions come Election Day, according to club members. The instructor’s were chosen for their overall knowledge of the subject. Bill Ferraiolo presented the pro side of the argument. “Treat it like alcohol and

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Issue 4 • Oct. 22, 2010 •

Meet the



president Patrice Burke, right, swears in Julius Watters, left, as vice president of student affairs.

The recent campus-wide election filled open positions in the Associated Student Body Government. The Collegian collected all the recently appointed students for an introduction. By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief Waymond Hall III is the only re-elected officer coming out of the Oct. 6–7 ASBG elections. Despite w a nting Waymond to run for Hall III sergeant of arms, Hall was elected as senator of student activities, after serving as the student representative to the Delta board of trustees last year. Hall describes himself as a “people’s person who is keeping it real.”


Second y e a r student Liliana Magana was elected senator of legislative affairs. Being a political Liliana s c i ence Mangana m a j o r, Magana wanted to become more involved with Delta and represent the students and eventually encourage them to get into the political aspects of the school. “I want to thank those who encouraged me to run,” she said.

Debate: Event informs packed house on Prop. 19 cont. from Page 1 office. Student Cory Lee attended the event. “It’s was very interesting to watch the debate on Prop. 19,” said Lee. Former student Josue Alvarez Mapp also attended. “You had two great instructor’s doing the debate and they knew their stuff,” said Alvarez Mapp. “It was good for the students to hear this debate. Anyone could understand it. Both sides had a lot of sources.” To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

D o n n a Armstrong is a sociology major and A S B G ’s n e w l y elected Senator of College a n d Donna Community Armstrong Relations. She aims to be an effective member of the ASBG and act as a liaison between Delta and the communities it serves. “I’m already active in the community and would like to model social responsibility to my children and others,” she said.

Elected as Senator of Publicity, Katy Isbell aims to better the school by increasing student morale and awareness. Katy Her goal Isbell is to get students more active in paying attention to college policies, and voicing against continued layoffs. She said that she believes in what she’s doing and didn’t sign up to become a “spin doctor.”

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Current ASBG members Patrice Burke: President Julius Watters: Vice-president of student affairs Mark Smith: Vice-president of flea market affairs Harkamaljit Hundal: Treasurer Maria Turner: Secretary Marlon Stewart: Senator of student advocacy Cristal Harris: Senator of Committees Lia McCoy: Senator-at-large Gwendolyn Primous: Student rep to the Board of Trustees To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

Free Speech: ASBG disagrees with revised policies cont. from Page 1 The Center for Campus Free Speech agrees, claiming that restricting free speech to a certain area “limits the free exchange of ideas on campus” and “contradicts the very idea behind free speech.” “We’re not eliminating speech,” Wetstein said, “We’re regulating how and when it can occur.” “Reasonable regulations of free expression are allowed by the courts,” he continued. “Some free expression activities, like nude dancing…are not appropriate in the middle of the quad. There may be age restrictions or required decency standards.” To contact this reporter, E-mail at:


Issue 4 • Oct. 22, 2010 •


Collegian Production staff Editor-in-Chief Daryl Bunao News Editor Daryl Bunao Feature Editor Matthew Wilson

Editorial: The time to vote is now PHOTO BY: DARYL BUNAO

“Vote or die.” The words were spoken by rap mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. The trend may have passed, but its relevance is more important than ever in California. The state is more than $70 billion in debt. With most of us making up the up-and-coming generation, this is our reality. Yes, it’s easy to write off the mistakes of the government as an inevitable, but what we must realize is that for the majority of our lives — if we remain residents of California — we will be paying off those mistakes. We will suffer not only through taxes, but budget conscious cutbacks that are affecting everything from the school system to ours and our parents’ paychecks and job security. From the controversial Measure H in Stockton that some believe would delay medical response and prove fatal to residents to the possible legalization of marijuana, issues on the ballot are relevant to us all. If the turnout is strong enough, we, the youth vote, are the defining factor within any election. This was evident in 2008; with the second largest youth voter turnout this country has seen, electing now President Barack Obama. As of June 8, roughly 64-percent of the San Joaquin County eligible public was registered that’s in comparison to the last

state-wide election in 2003 when 67-percent registered. Delta College poses disappointing election counts that should have all of us feeling a sense of guilt. Only 367 people voted in the recent Associated Student Body Government election. The campus population around 18,600. So what do these numbers say about us, the so-called future of this country? We can all turn our heads and give excuses for how it’s only a school run election, however, if we aren’t making an impact in the environment we are most dominant, is there any chance that we will within a population of over 40 million? It is clear that Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown aren’t as thrilling as adult film star Mary Carey or the Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger. We have seen the misfortune of our decisions in 2003. Governor Schwarzenegger tripled the state debt and enveloped California into a state of voter dismay, and nothing will change if the shock and disappointment from the last seven years convinces you to not vote. On Nov. 2, those of us who registered will have the opportunity to cast our ballot in the state-wide general election. This is not a plea to vote one way or another. This is a plea to vote, because our future depends on our initiative to change the outcomes of today.

Are popular bracelets just a silly craze? By Charnae Davenport Copy Editor

Remember Zhu Zhu Pets? The electronic hamsters were big hits last holiday season. This year’s equivalent? Silly Bandz. The silicone bracelets, which can be piled up on the arm, are must-haves on Christmas lists this year. Silly Bandz are multicolored rubber bands to wear, collect and trade. The trend is generally silly. The bands are designed in thousands of different shapes from animals, to random objects, to food. There are even sport team themed varieties and so much more. It’s a new trend that has

bombarded stores and play yards and is most popular among young children. Children collect a series of the bands and wear them up their arms. It’s impossible to see the shape of the rubber band until it’s taken off. Usually when it comes to trends such as Silly Bandz, younger children are looking for what’s cool from older siblings for the trends. This fashion has reversed and has more mature crowds just as crazy for Silly Bandz as the youngsters. People of all ages are wearing the product. But what makes these rubber bands so popular? Ask a wearer. “I wear them because it’s something fun,” said Ana Novoa. “I also wear them because when I babysit, I have something to talk

about. I’m still a kid at heart.” There’s also a sentimental attachment. “I only wear six but I have more. My favorite one is a star that glows in the dark. PHOTO BY: CHARNAE DAVENPORT I also have a BRACELETS: Ana Novoa shows off her Silly Bandz. cowboy hat that discount stores such as Dollar I like because it Tree to upscale retailers such as reminds me of being in Mexico Dillard’s. with my grandpa,” she said. Is this an everlasting trend? Silly Bandz are sold in packs Likely no. ranging from $1 to $6, making But people enjoy the fun it an affordable trend. But even bands. And who are we to judge so, it’s hard to understand why that? parents are spending the money on these bracelets. To contact this reporter, e-mail at: Silly Bandz can be found at

Opinion Editor Victor Rhodes Entertainment Editor Kirstie haruta Club corner editor Jessica Blanke Sports Editor Andrew Huston Copy editors Charnae Davenport Online Editor Matthew Wilson Faculty Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano Staff Writers Mikayla Meyling Cassandra Sellers Parker Steiger Sean Reilly Alexandria Sanchez Evelyn Palacio

Collegian Newspaper Policies Advertisements The Collegian offers display and insert advertising at competitive rates. Call or E-mail for more information. Letters to the Editor Letters raising issues and opinions not represented by the newspaper are encouraged and appreciated but should not be taken as a reflection of the opinions of the staff or the advisor. Editorial Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the entire Collegian staff. Comments, letters, editorials, and cartoons with a byline represent the opinion of the writer, solely. This paper does not endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, mass Communications Department, Fine Arts Division, printer, or San Joaquin Delta College Administration. Mission statement The Collegian is a student run first amendment newspaper that prides itself on its commitment to the students of Delta College while maintaining its independence of any outside influence. The Collegian will reinvigorate the credo that the collegian speaks for the students, checks abuses of power, and stands vigilant in the protection of democracy and free speech.


Entertainment Issue 4 • Oct. 22, 2010 •

Young artist brings color and creativity to Stockton


FOR THE LOVE OF ART: Tiffany Pech, center, contributes drawings to the walls of the Empresso Cafe. Samples, left and right, of Pech’s work which can be seen at Empire Theatre.

By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor Coffee shops and arts venues in the Stockton area look a little brighter, thanks to a young, local artist. Tiffany Pech, 17, is the talent behind some of the art often displayed in the Empire Theatre’s Empresso Cafe, Blackwater Cafe on N. Yosemite Avenue and most recently in front of the Touché Euro Lounge. Pech’s artistic endeavors

started at a very young age around her days as a toddler. “I was shy, but I liked drawing,” said Pech. “I would find scraps of paper and draw faces. I’ve been drawing my whole life.” She began receiving recognition at a young age as well. A plaster mask she made won first place in a Stockton Unified School District art content, when she was only a kindergartner. Today, Pech focuses mostly on acrylic painting and pencil

drawings, though she does “a little of everything,” including photography and graphics work for her school newspaper at Stagg High School. Her work has been displayed in the annual Robert T. McKee Student Art Exhibit at Haggin Museum, though Empresso has been her most consistent place of display. “I just made friends with the baristas,” said Pech, regarding how her art came to decorate the coffeehouse. Her art is so welcome in fact, one of the Empresso baristas

asked her and her friends to attempt to fill one of the pillars inside the shop with drawings. On top of painting, drawing, and photography, Pech is also learning the trade of tattoo art. With a family friend as her mentor, she has already done tattoos for several friends, usually of the typography variety. After high school, Pech hopes to attend art school, preferably the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. “I want to be a freelance painter and do tattoos,” she

This weekend in local entertainment OCT. 22 Hip Hop Congress Stockton presents: Bring it Back Tour Tillie Lewis Theatre at Delta College, Stockton @ 7:30 p.m. $5

Novacain, Gnarboots, Satan Wriders, Filbert, Kismet Aura Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5 SJDC Drama presents “Macbeth” Studio Theatre, Delta College, Stockton @ 8 p.m.

OCT. 23 We Set Fire, Artifex Pereo, Next Stop Mars, To Challenge the Collosus, As Dawn Creeps, Bloodpig Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5/$7

SJDC Drama presents “Macbeth” Studio Theatre, Delta College, Stockton @ 8 p.m.


said. “I’m not trying to get rich, I just want to do what I love.” Though Pech isn’t ready to promote herself online or by other means outside of word of mouth, art lovers in the area are bound to come across her work. Pech is doing what she enjoys, she said, and offers advice to those who hope to follow similar paths. “Never quit,” she said. “I never quit. Just keep going. Even if you think you’re bad, you’ll get good eventually.” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

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OCT. 24 Nothing But Losers, The Athiarchists, Bum City Saints, Hollow from Within Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 6 p.m. $5

The HUB: Braata, Tipping Point and more Quail Lakes Baptist Church, Stockton @ 6 p.m. SJDC Drama presents “Macbeth” Studio Theatre, Delta College, Stockton @ 2 p.m.



Issue 4 • Oct. 22, 2010 •

‘ The Social Network’ a superb flick By Andrew Huston Sports Editor The enriching story of the creation of Facebook, the sixyear-old social-networking site, has hit the box office. “The Social Network” has become a social success in its own right. Grossing an opening weekend of $22 million dollars, the movie has almost reached its $50 million production cost with a nationwide gross of $46 million. Based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich the movie tells the story of website creator Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and the tribulations he had to overcome to be a

social icon and still keep the rights to his invention. With a tagline of “You don’t get 500 million friends without making a few enemies,” the film is based on the legal issues which took place during and after the creation of the multinational website. Whether it was legal action set to him by other Harvard University students for intellectual property theft, or a financial debate with best friend and co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg really shows the depth of what a founding member of such a large idea has to do to keep it such a worldwide success. With its dramatic undertones, the story comes to life on screen offering a glimpse of history —

albeit current history — was made. Eisenberg’s acting was superb, as where the other roles, making it a solid flick for moviegoers and the Internet savvy generation. David Fincher, the man behind such films as “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” directs, and with the help of a superlative cast including Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake this superb look into the history of Facebook finally hits the big screen in style.  If you’re a follower of social media or just a movie buff in general, “The Social Network” could be just the ticket. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

‘Castlevania’ exceeds expectations By Matthew Wilson Online Editor “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow,” released Oct. 5, 2010, is a reboot of the popular monster-slaying series. Add in the fact that it’s a 3D game in a series with no good 3D entries, and it would seem like this latest Castlevania would be doomed to failure. Rather surprisingly, “Lords of Shadow” manages not just to be good, but to be excellent. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable game. For one, the game is beautiful. Environments and characters are incredibly detailed and the game includes many breathtaking vistas. The plot is a more serious one compared to previous entries, with solid acting from well-known actors like Patrick Stewart lending to the believability. The gameplay is good, with fast-paced and fluid combat and platforming sections with good controls. The latest Castlevania attempt at 3D manages to be a resounding success and the serie’s first good 3D game. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

Halloween weekend happenings By Victor Rhodes Opinion Editor

Harvest Fair, Oct. 30 Bear Creek Church, 1117 Lower Sacramento Rd. @ 6 p.m. Family friendly costume contest (non-scary), food, entertainment and more! One canned food per person for admission. Costume Pub CRAWL, Oct. 30 Downtown Stockton @ 5 p.m., $10 to $25. Wristbands can be picked up at Hotel Stockton. Pick up your swag at Lexington Waterfront Plaza @ 11 p.m. Free transportation, discounted student and designated tickets. Halloween on the Mile, Oct. 30 Stockton Miracle Mile Pacific Avenue @ 3 p.m. Parents, dress up your children and bring them to Stockton Miracle Mile. Come on down for a safer trick-or-treat! 99 Renaissance Festival, Oct. 30 San Joaquin Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way @ 10 a.m. Opening parade @ 9:45 a.m. with Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. $15 adult (13-59), $12 senior (60+), $8 children (6-12, free if dressed in costume), free for kids 5 and under, free parking. Halloween Substance of Insanity, Oct. 31 Blackwater Café, 912 N.Yosemite St. @ 8 p.m. $5. Go crazy and unleash your sanity! Best costume design wins you a prize. 21+ unless accompanied by an adult. Hollerween, Oct. 31 Plea for Peace Center, 630 E. Weber Ave. @ 6 p.m. $5. Rock this Halloween with Hollerado, Genius & the Thieves, Façade, and Sidewynder. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:



Issue 4• OCT 22, 2010 •

Anatomy of a hamburger

Lightly toasted top bun. Essential for containing all the required burger components. Crisp fresh lettuce, topped with ketchup, mustard and onions to create a harmony of flavors. Fresh, juicy tomatoes. It just isn’t a proper burger without them. Freshly grilled, well done beef patties cooked to perfection, with one slice of gooey cheese. Delicious bell peppers, just one of many optional toppings to add dimension to any burger. Lightly toasted bottom bun. The perfect cradle for any burger.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries opened in Stonecreek Village, at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Robinhood Drive, in August. The chain, which opened its first store in 1986 in Arlington, Va., offers more than 250,000 possible combinations for creating the perfect hamburger. Five Guys is know for its use of peanut oil in it’s cooking. The restaurant features open peanut containers, with the nuts ready for the picking, at its Stockton location. The menu is trans-fat free, according to the restaurant website.

BUILDING A BURGER To put it simply, Five Guys makes delicious burgers that have a lot of food content. You start off with a basic burger with two patties, and then you can order from 15 different toppings — ranging from ketchup, mustard, and lettuce to jalapeno or bell peppers — in any combination. There’s no extra charge for as many condiments and toppings as the burger builder wants. FABULOUS FRIES The fries are made from fresh potatoes fried in peanut oil. They’re served in foam cups, in

medium and large sizes. Extra fries from the batch made for the order are poured in the bag before the cup is added, so each serving of fries is fairly big. FRESHNESS FACTOR The food is all made fresh in the kitchen, which is completely visible from the dining area, so it is possible to watch while your meal is made. The kitchen runs like clockwork, with each meal taking only a few minutes to be delivered. During lunch hour,

the store can get fairly full, which does add to the delivery time. GOOD EATING As far as taste goes, the burgers and fries are both delicious and very filling. It is quite salty, though. PRICES VARY The price is a little hefty for college students, with burgers ranging from $3 to $6, but there is quite a bit of mass to each burger. Fries are $2.69 for

Upon entering room Holt 410, a 6-foot glass case protected numerous trophies and awards. This display case complimented the work currently going on as two groups of students brainstormed topics ranging from China helping Iran’s nuclear progress, endangered turtles and the awkward everyday life of phone sex operators. No subject is taboo for the Delta speech and debate team going into their next competition today in Diablo

Valley College. The team goes into the event with momentum after a first place finish in San Francisco, even though no one from last year’s national award-winning team is competing this year. Between the two groups practicing, veteran competitors Herold Centeno and Ben Warheit are helping the team composed of novices with formatting their speeches. Warheit, who won a gold at last year’s nationals, said the team is really strong in beginning persuasive and informative speakers. “It’s really inspiring to have

TRY IT YOURSELF Five Guys in Stockton is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is located at 5633 Pacfic Ave., next to Boudin Bakery and Recreational Equipment Inc. For more information, call (209) 473-9922 or visit


Delta speech and debate team opens season strong By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief

a regular, but even a regular is around the size of a large from McDonald’s. It’s not something to eat every day, but it’s definitely a nice treat every now and then.

self-motivated students who are winning awards,” Centeno adds. “…It gives them a platform to be heard on a scholastic level and voice their stories, especially from a city ranked No. 2 in illiteracy.” Despite having speech and debate experience, both Warheit and Centeno opt not to compete this year due to limitations set on the number of competitions they can attend throughout college. One of the students carrying the torch for the two students is Danielle Juerez, finalist in novice extemporaneous speaking.

“Even though it’s great to win individual awards, we’re more interested in winning team awards,” she said. Juerez mirrors the determination of Kasey Gardner, debate instructor and Assistant Director of Forensics. In a press release following the win in San Francisco, Gardner said, “Nothing like a target on your back after week one. Let’s see how the ‘new kids on the block’ respond going into Diablo Valley.” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

Golden Gate Season Opener Awards Hannah Yarborough Champion in Novice Informative and Novice After Dinner Stephanie Stebbins Champion in Novice Persuasive Speaking Jordan Garcia - Champion in Novice Informative The team’s next event is the Mustang Invitational on Nov. 5 at Delta College.

Club Corner Issue 4 • Oct 22, 2010 •


Watters elected to Vice President of Student Affairs By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor

involved with the issues that effect the students on campus.” Now that he has been elected to the vice The special Associated Student Body Government president position there are several core responsibilities (ASBG) election is over and Julius Watters has secured his that he must now follow. position as the Vice President of Student Affairs. “Part of my job is to chair the Inter-Club Council He was granted the interim and the other part of my job is to assist the position on Aug. 23 to ensure that senators to assure that their tasks are being the Inter-Club Council would run met and that students on both the main smoothly before the recent special campus and south campus (Mountain election called for by ASBG President House) are being served by the Associated Patrice Burke. Student Body Government,” said Watters. Watters has been a long-time off Watters has decided to devote himself The next meeting is Oct. 28, and on student at Delta College. to making sure that Delta College is a starting at 1:30 p.m. He originally attended in 1986, positive place for its students and clubs. then quit to attend the Reserve Peace He said he does so in hopes that more Meetings are held in the Officer Academy. students voices will be heard in the future. Shima 101 boardroom. It was a busy home and work life “My hopes for Delta College is that we that kept him from attending college have long standing clubs that are student Attendance is mandatory for full time. supported and that we as an Associated all clubs, with or without an His chance to shift from a life of Student Body Government can serve our official “active” status. constant work to academia came students with strength and leadership in 2008 when he had to medically and leave a positive legacy for the future retire. students of Delta College,” said Watters. “I have never been a person to Students and staff wishing to contact stand still long and always had two Watters can be reached at his e-mail or three jobs at a time so I got back into school to get my education and do something different with my life,” said Watters can also be found in the ASBG office located Watters. next to the Shima Lounge on the first floor of the Shima When asked why he decided to run for the vice Building. president position he said, “I ran for the position of VP To contact this reporter, e-mail at: of Student Affairs to be a voice for the students and to get

ICC meeting reminder


NEWLY ELECTED: Julius Watters was elected to

the Vice President of Student Affairs Oct. 15. He’s served as interim vice president since Aug. 23.

Changes planned for Shima Lounge By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor The administration of Delta College has asked the Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) to make major changes to the Shima Lounge, a popular meeting place for clubs on campus. It was brought up in the Sept. 16 Inter-Club Council meeting by ASBG President Patrice Burke that after an incident in the Shima Lounge it will need to be redecorated and possibly make other significant changes. Many details involving the accident are not readily available because Delta College is still in discussions over the incident with the student involved. The ASBG has been told that a student was hurt while using one of the bar stools in the Shima Lounge and as such the furniture must be changed to meet stricter safety codes. Burke is reaching out to club members across campus to help with making sure the new layout of the lounge will better serve students as well as meet some of the proposed changes from the Delta College administration. It has been suggested to the ASBG that the rules for admittance into the Lounge, which is free for all students currently, be changed to only admitting students that have Delta College identification cards. Also, the Delta College administration has stated that it would like to have an ASBG board member in the Shima Lounge during operating hours to manage incoming students and also


EN GARDE: Members of the Fencing Club spar with one another

during the Oct. 11 meeting.

Fencing Club keeps swinging By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer


JUST RELAXING: The Shima Lounge is a popular

retreat for students and meeting place for clubs on campus. make sure students are behaving themselves. According to Burke there are no definite changes occurring in the Shima Lounge besides the new furniture yet. But in order to make sure that the needs of students will continue to be met she encourages all students to attend ASBG meetings so that everyone’s voices may be heard. If you have any questions, comments or concerns e-mail Burke at patriceburke@ To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

The sun beats down on the tennis court where the Fencing Club meets. As of right now, the club still has not found a proper place to practice. “We cannot secure a gym or a dance room,” says Paula Sheil, the club’s advisor. “[The] meeting place must accommodate fencers, not students. Now with the rain, the tennis courts will be a problem. Plus the club needs to be able to use electronic equipment inside.” But at least another major problem has been solved: finding an advisor.

Dr. Charles McCormick, who was the fencing advisor for many years, quit this year. But after uncertainty at the beginning of the semester, the Fencing Club finally managed to recruit Sheil. Sheil is a full-time English instructor. She is also the advisor for the Writers Guild and currently plays Lady Macduff in Delta’s production of “Macbeth.” The setbacks, however, haven’t stopped the Fencing Club from carrying on. The small group of beginners and more experienced fencers meet every 2:30 p.m. Mondays at the tennis courts. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:



Issue 4 • Oct. 22. 2010 •

Great chemistry equals victorious season By Parker Steiger Staff Writer


TAKING AIM: Outside hitter Brittany Heise attempts an ace hit against American River College.

The Lady Mustangs volleyball team came into the 2010 season ranked No. 11 in state. Currently the team has solidified their ranking with an undefeated home record, 13-4 overall, and 5-0 in Big 8 Conference. It’s nothing new for a team that’s seen 17 conference champion titles, including one in 2009. The 2010 team looks to build on Delta Volleyball past successes for the rest of the season then onto the playoffs “I expect us to finish top of the league, to make it to the playoffs and then to state. It’s only two [teams] from the North and two from the South so it’s going to be hard to get to state, but it’s on the top of our goals”, said Associate Head Coach Molly Mordaunt. The team is led by former area high school standouts 6’2 middle hitter Jessica Swift and 5’6 setter Heather Buzo. Swift, a graduate of Lincoln High School in Stockton, uses her height to her advantage and leads the team in kills per game with 2.93. Buzo, a graduate of Tokay High School in Lodi, leads the team in assists per game with 5.07. “[We have] great chemistry, I think it’s key that all the girls get along really well. We also have a lot of depth. One through 12 are really strong, so they never really know who the starting picks are going to be [For the upcoming match]. It is a battle everyday at practice, so I think that’s going to set us apart from everybody else”, said Mordaunt. On Oct. 15 the Lady Mustangs hosted American River College in a league match up that also honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each team won two games but the Mustangs prevailed by defeating the Beavers in the fifth game 15-8. The Mustangs have reached the final eight in there Northern California Playoffs every year since 1996. Out of those 14 seasons, the team has reached the final


TEAM SPIRIT: The Lady Mustangs come together in the teams

Breast Cancer Awareness game Oct 15.

four 13 times. The team’s first final eight appearance in the State Champion Volleyball Tournament was in 1982. The Mustangs have reached the final eight a total of 18 times. Other challenging Big 8 match ups are just around the corner for the team. The rest of October includes match ups against rivals Sacramento City, Consumnes River and Sierra. “The next three matches are our toughest in league. All of the teams are so close that on any given night any team could win, and sometimes it comes down to the very end”, said Mordaunt. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

Men’s waterpolo hits rough waters they have had some shots they haven’t seen, but that’s because they are still undeveloped and With the current season near- that’s what we are working on.” ing its end, the Delta college With five returning sophomen’s water polo team have mores and another nine freshslowly maneuvered through the man making up the roster the team has had a culmination of waves of competition. points scored and steals attained After a season of by both classes. ups and downs the Sophomore Calteam is treading vin Watt leads the water with a 6-10 PHOTOS BY: ANDREW HUSTON offense with 33 overall record and Visit us online at ABOVE WATER: Utility player Matt Haggard defends the net against an alumni player during the scrimmage Oct. 16. goals while fresh0-3 record in the man John Mazzilli Big 8 Conference. for a home schedule of caps the defense West Valley College which end- by this season’s team as they Sierra College in Rocklin on The records places upcoming games. with 21 steals. The ed 8-22 and recorded the team’s kept up with the veteran team Wednesday. the team in fifth team is lead by worst loss to date. with a final score of 21-17 With the Big 8 Conference place, just in front sophomore captain The Mustangs bounced back “Their pool awareness and and state championships just of last place Sierra Kevin Schuh who is a close sec- later on this season with triple their aggression really show out around the corner the team will College. Head coach Mike Maroney, ond in steals with 20, according game victories including two there,” said Andy Brooks, class need to score big in the next few games if in order to move into now in his third year as the to statistics at California Junior wins over the De Anza College of 2005. College Waterpolo News. Dons with both score lines endIn the upcoming games, Delta tournament play. men’s team coach, still has hope will head out on the road to “We have to place in Merced for the young squads and its fu- Starting out this season with ing 19-9. the West Valley Tournament The Mustangs went head to compete in the Merced tourna- to go to Nor-Cal. I know this ture. “We have a really good team the mustangs went on to win head with their predecessors in ment Saturday hosted by the team can get there,” said Maroney. this year they are developing only one game out of four in the annual alumni game Oct. Merced College Blue Devils. The last of the Mustangs league To contact this reporter, e-mail at: fast,” said Maroney. “There the tournament, including the 16. The opponents were surprised games will be played against has been some miscues and team’s loss against home team

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The Collegian -- Oct. 22, 2010  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Oct. 22, 2010  

Issue 4 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.