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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 • Volume #47, Issue #2


248 students awarded scholarships at annual awards ceremony

By Alexandria Sanchez Staff Writer

On Aug. 12, the 30th annual Delta Scholarship Awards Ceremony was held to award 248 students with just over $245,000 in scholarships. Four-hundred awards in total were handed out, with some students receiving multiple awards. A limitation of $3,000 is set as the maximum amount a student can receive. Multiple community and private donors, including business owners and other members of the San Joaquin community, fund the scholarships. There are some cases, as well, when the scholarships are financed by Delta Trust accounts. Jessica Vergara; a recipient of $2,000 in total from three scholarships including McDonalds, Credit Union, and Delta College; shares her extreme gratitude for the awards. “Without these scholarships I would not have my books this semester or my laptop and printer for assignments…they saved me this semester,” said Vergara. Students are concerned more than ever about their ability to pay their tuitions. With the new pay-to-stay policy initiated at the start of the fall semester, plus record waiting list counts tumbling over 10,000 students this year, reality is hard-hitting. After receiving a total of four scholarships worth $1,875, Nathan Watkins said that without the money he’d have a conflict between school and other responsibilities. “My grades would be negatively affected because I would then have to work…turning into a trickle down affect taking time away from my studies and family,” said Watkins. Watkins is a nursing student at Delta. “With the scholarships I will be able to focus, and in turn I



Two-hundred, fourty-eight students received scholarship money this semester and were honored Sunday, Aug. 12.

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Students killed in accident after celebration

Two Delta students, Chris Hoovler, 18, and Kasandra Bittick, 17, were killed in a traffic accident early Saturday morning on Sept. 18. Also killed in the vehicle were mutual friend Carol Phan, 17, and driver Robert Bittick, 19. Robert was Kasandra’s brother. The Calif. Highway Patrol’s reports that the car swerved off the road landing upside down and submerged underwater in an irrigation canal off Schuite Road in Tracy. The four were coming back from the Bay Area after celebrating Phan’s move to UC Davis pursuing a dental degree. Visitations for Hoovler will be held tomorrow, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., in Tracy with a funeral service afterwards. The viewing for the Bittick’s will be held Sunday at the Fry Memorial Chapel from 2–5 p.m. The funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 27, at noon at Tracy Community Church. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

Board responds to grand jury report on Brown Act violations By Matthew Wilson Online Editor

San Joaquin Delta College’s board of trustees’ response to the 2009–10 grand jury report, published in June, was handed out at the Sept. 7 board meeting. The response addresses the grand jury’s findings and recommendations on the four cases involving Delta College listed in the report. Two principal cases listed in the report regarded Brown Act

violations and Delta College’s student disciplinary procedures. The grand jury’s report states that several members of the board of trustees violated the Brown Act by engaging in serial meetings outside of official board meetings, as well as disclosing confidential information during a public session of the board. The grand jury recommended that the trustees involved be censured. The board’s response claims that the grand jury’s report does

not contain enough facts or evidence to confirm any allegations of Brown Act violations, but “acknowledges that some Trustees (sic) may have acted without sufficient regard for the Brown Act’s prohibitions against ‘serial meetings.’” The response then states that the board declined the grand jury’s recommendation to censure the trustees involved because “the allegations in the report are not specific enough to justify such a penalty.”

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The grand jury found that “Delta does not investigate student claims,” and that Delta College’s student disciplinary process “does not adequately define due process requirements.” The board’s response claims that the grand jury’s report “does not offer any description of what the Grand Jury (sic) thinks constitutes an appropriate method of investigating a complaint” as well as stating that college personnel promptly look into complaints. The response then states that

taking prompt action is not the same as ignoring due process. The board of trustees was approached for additional comments. “The vote was taken and it was the board majority,” Janet Rivera, vice president of the board, stated in an e-mail. “According to the Brown Act I have to fall in accordance from (sic) the entire board as one decision maker regarding the Grand Jury Report.” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

Ladies Stay Afloat: Women’s water polo successful with small team. Page 8 /DeltaCollegian




Issue 2 • Sept. 24, 2010 •

Scholarship: “The hardest part is getting started... But the rewards pay off.”

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TRANSFER DAY: Students look over transfer information with a

Sacramento State representative Thursday, August 16.

Transfer day connects students with universities By Charnae Davenport Copy Editor Each year, 800–1,000 students transfer to four-year universities from San Joaquin Delta College. Transfer Day provides the ability to connect with representatives from the CSU, UC system or private/independent institutions in one day, and to gather information that will foster good decision making about their future educational goals. The annual Transfer Day event continues to bring opportunities to students. Over 40 universities bombarded the quad last week to recruit and give students vital transfer information. Delta College has hosted transfer day for 36 years and it continues to be a success. “Transfer day is pretty cool,” said student Wendy Sullivan. “I don’t know which school to choose so this is a good idea and I really need this.” UC Davis, Sacramento State, and CSU Stanislaus are the most common universities Delta students transfer to. “They have a Stockton campus close to home and it’ll save me a lot of money and time. I’m open to commute but the campus is right there close to home,” said student Krystine Esperanza, who plans to transfer to CSU Stanislaus. Non-students also attended this event. A bus-load of Linden High School students came to see the benefits of being a transfer student. “I’m interested in going to Chico or Fresno State University. I would consider Delta because it’s a good opportunity for students,” said Linden High

School senior Liliana Castillo. “I like the idea of Transfer Day because it’s good to look at all the different schools, their diversity, and talk to representatives.” The school offers workshops, guidance courses, counseling, and other resources all to prepare the student body for transferring. Transfer Day brings all these utilities to the forefront. Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) is an application to be submitted during the busy transfer season to guarantee admission to seven UC schools. This application can only be submitted in the month of September. This year a TAG can be submitted online to avoid the crowded counseling office. “Today’s student is very computer oriented,” said counselor Debra Louie. “I’m totally amazed how it has taken off and I think it’s great.” So far over 500 TAG’s have been submitted before its deadline. The turnout has already doubled, and could possibly triple, before the month is over. Although TAG is now offered online, the option is still available, and recommended, to see a counselor to avoid errors. Counselors and workshops are available to correctly submit a TAG and see which majors are currently available. Outside of Transfer Day, all other facilities are available and faculty strongly encourages that students take advantage. For more information about available resources, visit the Career Transfer Center in the DeRicco building. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

will be able to give back to the community with quality patient care,” added Watkins. Financial aid secretary for scholarship programs Cheryl De La Cruz is not surprised by Vergara and Watkin’s situations. “I have had conversations with some of the recipients who told me the same thing. That they were so grateful that without scholarships they would not know where they would have gotten the money from to support them in their classes,” said De La Cruz. Over the past 30 years, the ceremony has awarded $4.75 million in scholarships to Delta students. The financial aid department

stresses their commitment to raising this number each and every year. Armando Nunez specifically works to teach students, both at Delta and in the various community high schools, what their options are. As a Financial Aid Outreach Specialist informing students of the money that is out there gives them incentive to be proactive. “The hardest part is getting started…but the rewards can really pay off, in the hundreds or even thousands,” said Nunez. The scholarships available today for students are more diverse than ever. Whether catering to single parents, minorities, or those that are the first in their family

to go to college, there are scholarships aimed at practically everyone. Consideration is also moving beyond just grade-point average and family income, and including factors like community service, clubs, and athletics. “Most students are already doing all these things, just now having to put it on paper,” said Nunez. Nunez then goes on to share some words of wisdom for other Delta students. “The worst thing a student can do is not give themselves the opportunity to be looked at for any scholarship. Just take some time to do some research and get started,” he said. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:


Issue 2 • Sept. 24, 2010 •


Collegian Production staff Editor-in-Chief Daryl Bunao News Editor Daryl Bunao Feature Editor mikayla meyling Opinion Editor Victor Rhodes

Editorial: Delta in financial bind PHOTO BY: SEAN REILLY

The economy has greatly effected San Joaquin Delta College. Students acknowledge this fact. Last semester, programs such as the Disability Support Programs and Services as well as GED Program were hit with cuts. In early September, the Delta College Golddd program, for first-generation underrepresented college students, was shut down as well. These are just two examples that should leave students wondering if Delta is doing right thing by its students. We worry about the future of disabled students and other programs on campus. We know Delta doesn’t have the necessary funds to cover the things once standard on campus. Besides the cuts to programs, we’ve noticed price hikes around campus. Tuition was once $20 per unit, now its $26. The cost of food in Danner Hall seems to have gone up too, which doesn’t bother us much bu it’s still an added financial burden. In the 2008–09 school year, parking permits were $20.

The price to park daily was 50 cents. Now it’s $1 to park each day without a permit. While there are many options for students who cant afford the fees, we wonder when enough will be enough? Yes, students can sign up for the BOG fee waiver, permits fee enrollment. Others can file for FAFSA or scholarships — as seen in the August distribution of more than $245,000 in funds for students in need of aid. Our greatest concern is that students will start to feel as if they aren’t receiving the quality of education they are paying for. Are the students perceptions being thought of? Maybe. Maybe not. The point is that Delta College is going through a rough time. We understand that. We also understand this is a community that we are part of. We, as students, need to recognize that the campus is falling on hard times. While our hope is that the money troubles at Delta College are temporary, we’re looking to our campus leaders to move the process along, so that the financial problems do not continue to come down to the student level.

Carnival jobs are tough but fufilling By Sean Reilly Staff Writer Last week, for the third year in a row, I became a pitchman. On Thursday I put on my blue uniform, adorned with white stripes. I moved my arms, loosening up my body. At 4 p.m., I was ready. For an average of nine hours, four nights last week, I became someone else. I became a carny. I manned one of the basketball games in the midway at the Lodi Grape & Harvest Festival from Thursday through Sunday. It’s the perfect part-time job opportunity for me, the type of person who finds joy in seeing children walk away from a game happy and adults have a good time out for the night. My carny experience started in April 2005. My first time out I was a “ride jock,” taking tickets and starting the rides at a

carnival in Stockton’s Circuit City parking lot. I worked the Super Slide, an experience I enjoyed. I worked for the company four more times the same year, working my way up in the carnival business becoming a “joint,” someone in charge of a specific game. I then became a “breaker,” filling in for others to go on their breaks. My enjoyment increased so much as soon as I became a regular on the circuit, working at carnivals in Lodi and Elk Grove. Five years later, I’ve worked carnivals all around the area, from Stockton to Fresno. Carnival workers sometimes get a bad rap, sometimes being perceived as sleazy money grubbers. They are good people, though. Some have bad attitudes, some don’t. The biggest thing is that everyone is family. I feel like I’m part of that family, which makes the experience better.

Entertainment Editor Kirstie haruta Club corner editor Jessica Blanke Sports Editor Andrew Huston Copy editors charnae davenport Matthew Wilson Online Editor Matthew Wilson Faculty Adviser Tara Cuslidge-staiano Staff Writers Cassandra sellers parker steiger Sean Reilly alexandria sanchez Evelyn Palacio Raymond Willhite

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Last year, I decided to go into a sort of retirement. I was tired. But the lure of the rides and action of the games brought me back this year. I don’t have any plans to work another carnival soon. But it’s too early to say I’ll never do it again. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

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Issue 2 • Sept. 24, 2010 •


Delta College’s on-campus acoustics: Steeproof

By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor

Sperry began playing electric guitar in eighth grade, when he and a friend decided to take a guitar class. He then taught himself how to read tablature. “I played in a lot of different bands, but it’s hard to get people together now that we’re older and working,” said Sperry. Sperry picked up an acoustic guitar two years ago and has developed as a solo performer. However, his songs are not the typical, melodic singersongwriter pieces one may expect. There is a roughness to his sound, and the songs are all set at a fast pace. “[When writing music] I’ll come up with a riff or two. The

Delta College is home to many musicians, but it’s acts like Steeproof who are bringing variety to acoustic performances in Stockton. Steeproof is Delta student Danny Sperry, 23. Sperry performs locally with his acoustic guitar, sometimes accompanied by audienceprovided percussion or projected video clips of nature while he plays. But it all comes down to a guy, his stories and his six strings.

songs are fairly simple,” he said. “The lyrics are personal, and can be serious or metaphorical. It’s a good way to get things off your chest.” The lyrics of Sperry’s songs include references to everything from unrequited feelings to Sperry’s fascination with nature. “‘Dead Like Moth’ is metaphorical,” he said in regards to the title track of his latest demo. “When I was in Tennessee, I saw a moth and I wondered what it would be like to be a moth and fly into a bug zapper.” Sperry’s Dead Like Moth demo is available for free simply upon request.

It contains four songs, all recorded live in Sperry’s bedroom. He is currently working on his next recording, The Moth Bones EP, which he hopes to finish by December. Beginning in December, Sperry is set to make his way up to Canada on a solo tour he is organizing himself. He plans to ring in the new year in Canada, and end his tour back at the Plea for Peace Center in Stockton on Jan. 7.

International Espionage, Kepi Electric, Mad Judy, Hit Reset Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 8 p.m. $5

Critical Mass: Stockton Bike Ride Hammer Ranch Shopping Center, Stockton @ 5 p.m.

For music and updates from Steeproof, visit steeproofisburning or mothbonesrecords. For videos of and by Danny Sperry, visit rignacio49.

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This weekend in local entertainment SEPT. 24

Music, Moths and more

SEPT. 25 Stockton Symphony Classics Concert: Heroism with Heart Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton @ 6 p.m. Students: $10, General Admission: $22-$55

We’re Not Friends Anymore, In Oceans, My Last Crusade, Call the Airstrike Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5/$7


Visit us online at for more events.

SEPT. 26 Plea for Primer 2 (Car Show): The Rocketz, The Faraway Boys, The Fatcity Jokers, Al & the Black Cats Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 11 a.m. $8

The HUB: Sugar Water Purple, Tipping Point Quail Lakes Baptist Church, Stockton @ 6 p.m.



Issue 2 • Sept. 24, 2010 •

‘The Amazing Fist’ requires donations to be funded By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor


BENEFIT SHOW: “The Amazing Fist” author Adam Messinger

performs at a Plea for Peace Center in Stockton to raise money.

Local writer Adam Messinger and his independent publishing company Spectacle Press are preparing to release a full-length comic called “The Amazing Fist,” but the publication needs some help. Messinger is working through to receive funding for his project. However, in order to be funded, he must raise $3,500 by the October 10 deadline. To back this project, supporters can make a minimum donation of $1. There are different levels of incentives for pledges. A $1 donation qualifies the backer to receive a PDF of “The Amazing Fist #1” before the book is released, and their name printed in the donor acknowledgement section. Larger donations lead to larger prizes, including art by the comic’s artists and signed copies of “The Amazing Fist #1.” A pledge of $500 or more will get the donor a prominent character in the book named after themselves or a friend.

Arena to see ‘How the West was One’ WHAT Locally based F&Y Entertainment presents Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, combining forces to bring you the “How the West was One.”

WHEN & WHERE 8 p.m. today at the Stockton Arena, 248 W. Fremont St., Stockton.


Snoop Dogg, born Cardozar Calvin Broadus of Long Beach, has been in the rap game since 1992. Since then he has taken over the pop culture as an entertainer, rapper, actor and producer. Newer projects include 2007-08 reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, according to Ice Cube, born O’Shea Jackson of South Central Los Angeles, started writing raps when he was 16 and came out with his first album in 1987. His album “I Am The West” is set for release Tuesday, Sept. 28, according to

WANT TO GO Tickets are still on sale starting at $31 for upper endzone and going up to $135 for VIP seats. Tickets can be purchased at the Stockton Arena box office or A facility fee will be added on to the price.


Thirty percent of all proceeds from today’s concert will benefit Stockton charities through the cooperation of F&Y Entertainment and Chicar Youth Empowerment, according to the Stockton Arena. The money, according to a release, will benefit local youth football and a women’s shelter in addition to inner-city youth.

— Cassandra Sellers, Staff Writer


Check online…

To support this project, visit projects/spectaclepress/the-amazing-fist-acomic-book-project

The Plea for Peace Center held a benefit show for Messinger’s project on Sept. 18, but more help is still needed. As of Sept. 22, “The Amazing Fist” had 46 backers on, with $1,462 pledged. The fundraiser is expected to end Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. “The Amazing Fist” is illustrated by two local veterans — Matthew Farnsworth, who does the initial pensiling and inked by Frank Stone. To learn more about “The Amazing Fist” and to make a pledge, go to and To contact this reporter, e-mail at:



Issue 2• SEPT 24, 2010 •

ASBG policies, Student Code of Conduct in question By Mikayla Meyling Features Editor

It all began when San Joaquin Delta College student Nicholas Aguirre decided to attend an Associated Student Body Government meeting. Solyn Laney, Interim Supervisor of Student Activities and ASBG Advisor told Aguirre to go to the DeRicco building for the ASBG meeting at 1:30 p.m. on August 30. “I went to the meeting and was looking forward to finding out what was going on with our clubs and campus, not really expecting anything out of the ordinary,” Aguirre said. An anonymous male student who also attended the ASBG meeting said that throughout the meeting, Aguirre made comments critical of FCMAT guest speaker Michelle Plumbtree. Aguirre, however, reports this is untrue. “Basically, I wanted to know the facts and not her [Plumbtree’s] opinion of operations and policies,” he said. After the meeting, Aguirre said he met outside with Vice President of Student Services Trudy Walton, Secretary of Student Activities Katrina Lockett, and Plumbtree. It was then that he says Lockett asked him if he was going to apologize to Plumbtree for “verbally attacking her”.

“I was shocked at that,” said Aguirre. “I never ‘verbally attacked’ her. I never harassed or threatened anybody.” Aguirre says he spoke with both Walton and Plumbtree after the meeting and came to what he believed was a mutual understanding of the events with both parties. However, Aguirre says that shortly after the meeting, he received a letter from Walton stating Aguirre acted “inappropriately and disruptively” during the course of the meeting, along with a warning phone call from campus police concerning his alleged behavior. “When I came to meet with Walton, I was presented with a contract saying that a misconduct hold had been placed on my school records,” he said. Aguirre proposed that the Student Codes of Conduct be changed so that a student must have a hearing prior to a misconduct hold being placed on their record. “I want an apology from all parties involved, and copies and names of who reported me in the first place so that I know they’re not just made up.” he said.

French Film Fest comes to Delta, hopes to rouse film-goers By Victor Rhodes Opinion Editor The third annual “French will also have the opportunity Film: The Seventh Art” has to learn the native language arrived at Delta College for the from the films. Fall 2010 semester. “We’re showcasing six films Richard Patocchi began the that define family value,” said film series three years ago, but Patocchi initially created it off campus. Before the showing, Patocchi “Life comes along and will give a background about changes your mind,” he said. each movie. Each film will be During his early teens, approximately one hour long. watching foreign The workshop movies influenced started on Patocchi. September 20 with “Claudia Mackey, “Les quatre cents Coordinator coups”(The 400 Workshops and Hundred Blows). Programs for This week and next Adults Community week’s upcoming Education, has films are “Un air been wonderful de famille”(Family supportive when Resemblances) no one took the on September 22 Les Enfants chance,” said and “Les Enfants Terribles Patocchi. Terribles” (The Holy Patocchi is convinced that Terrors) on September 29. the French film workshop will “The French Film: The help people better understand Seventh Art” will be held in the and appreciate the French North Forum. The entry fee is culture. $30. The films in this years “French Film: The Seventh Art” To contact this reporter, e-mail at: focus on family value. Students

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POLICIES: Delta student Nicholas Aguirre studies the Associated

Student Body handbook in wake of recent accusations made against him.

Club Corner


Issue 2 • Sept. 24, 2010 •

New guidelines mean big changes for clubs By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor There are major changes to how clubs can raise and handle money for the fall 2010 semester. A recent audit has shown that the way student organizations on campus, including clubs and the Associated Student Body Government, are not meeting state Education Codes. Delta College was “advised by the audit personnel to put into place a more transparent system of how ASB (Student) funds were spent that meet the Ed. Code and other California Regulations that govern the community college level students,” said Interim Vice-President of Student Affairs Julius Watters. To meet these new standards San Joaquin Delta College has replaced its old financial system with Kuali Financial System, a system used by colleges throughout the country, that lets Delta College keep more accurate records of the money earned and spent by students. “The money we saved by not buying a proprietary system is money that can now be spent where it belongs — on our students,” said Dr. Raul Rodrgiguez, PHOTO BY: SEAN REILLY former Delta College president, as quoted on the website Clubs should be aware that now in order to have any outside vendors paid, CLUB FUNDRAISING: Delta Psi’s candy and soda table is a nearly permanent feature in the such as Taqueria Carolina or shops that make custom shirts, the club needs quad in front of Danner Hall. to make sure a W-9 tax form is already filed and updated into the new Kuali system. “Most vendors want the cash upfront or end of the sales. Club’s are unable to project Delta College clubs will also no longer be able split any shared earnings and determine how well their sales in the quad will be…also with a down economy the from event sales at the end of any event. students just don’t have the money to spend,” said Watters. Any money earned during an event must be counted by club and vendor If there are any questions concerning the new Kuali system or how clubs manage representatives then the full amount should be deposited into the club’s account. finances can be directed to the Student Activities office or refer to the Associated Student Vendors will then be paid by check after the cash is deposited. Body Government handbook. The guidelines outlining the new cash handling system are especially To contact this reporter, e-mail at: important to protect any clubs possible earnings.

PIPELINE hosts Prop 8 debate

Fundraising also affected by new guidelines

By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer

Clubs will have to be more creative in their efforts to earn money now that one of the most popular ways to raise money is no longer allowed. Raffles and “games of chance” have always been the go-to way to raise money for clubs on campus, second only to candy and soda sales. These are no longer allowed. It has been brought to the attention of San Joaquin Delta College that raffles, like the one the Associated Student Body Government hosted for its Welcome Back Day last spring, actually violate California Penal Code 319. According to Code 319 lotteries are defined as “scheme for the disposition of property by chance among persons who have paid or promised to pay any value for the chance of obtaining the property.” It also states that a lottery consists of “three elements.” Those elements are a “prize,” “consideration” and “distribution of the prize by chance,” as updated in July 2008. It should also be noted that any club that is having food or candy sales must keep an accurate inventory sheet of what is sold that must be turned into the cashiers office at the end of every day. This includes any items that are sold by vendors. “I believe that clubs that have to brainstorm to find newer ways of fundraising even if that means collecting recyclables and gaining funding from community supported sources,” said Interim Vice-President of Student Affairs Julius . Auctions and donation drives are still permitted but clubs may have to go beyond what is commonplace on campus already. “Our community extends beyond the gates of the Delta College Campus,” said Watters.

The PIPELINE Law & Politics Club hosted a meeting Sept. 14 to discuss Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage in California. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss whether marriage between two men or two women should be a fundamental right. A group of around 10 people showed up for the event. “We did expect more people to show up,” said Ahmad Majid, a PIPELINE officer. “But I was satisfied with the turnout all things considered.” The proposition is considered a contentious one off campus and throughout the state of California even though the crowd was small here at San Joaquin Delta College. The meeting involved an informative presentation of facts on Prop 8, including videos, followed by questions and a discussion with the few

By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor


TALKING POINTS: From left, Sean Valiguette, Ahmad Majid and

Dominic Manser sit together during open discussion at PIPELINE Prop 8 discussion. who participated. “I think the topic might have frightened students to attend because of how politically and socially charged the issue of gay marriage is; that’s just my personal opinion though,” said Majid. The Proposition 8 themed event is only the second of a series of discussions PIPELINE will host this fall. Others include two sessions

concerning the question “So you want to be a lawyer?” and a post-election wrap up on Nov. 9. The next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Shima 109 at 1 p.m. The topic is “There’s an election in Nov. Really, why should I vote?” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

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Issue 2 • Sept. 24, 2010 •

Lady Mustangs make a splash, despite small team By Parker Steiger Staff Writer Longtime women’s water polo coach Mike Leabo is optimistic about the current season, but knows there are a few obstacles for the team to work around. Numbers are against him, first of all. Leabo, now in his ninth year as head coach, only has 10 players on the roster. An average team? 13. With seven positions in the field at one time, the Lady Mustangs only have three reserve players for substitutions. “We have been doing a lot of conditioning during practice because some of the girls may have to play the entire game,” said Leabo. “With most of the teams we play having twelve to thirteen players, it’s going to be tough.” Leabo said problems, specifically with fatigue, may give opposing teams an advantage over Delta’s team. A lack of returning players who bring a veteran presence have lead to the 2010 season being what is commonly called a rebuilding season. Out of 10 players, only four are sophomores. “We have a ton of defensive talent, that’s our strong point, what we need to work on is our offensive attack, the girls can’t be hesitant to shoot the ball,” said Leabo. PHOTO BY: ANDREW HUSTON In 2009, the Lady Mustangs were 10-16 overall but only 1-6 in DEFENDING THE NET: Lady mustangs defend against their first Big 8 Conference rival Fresno City College the Big-8 Conference. In the first win of the season, the struggling offense ignited with Sept. 15 at Fergusson Pool. a 15-6 victory of Ohlone College Sept. 14. “We had a big game offensively against Ohlone, and that’s what we’re going to Offensively, the team is looking for sophomore Erin Bernier to have a big year. look for all season,” said Leabo. Bernier led the team in goals during the 2009 season. The team is lead by goaltenders Amanda Jorgenson and Gianna Pioli. Jorgenson The lady mustangs will play in the Cabrillo Tournament in Aptos this weekend. who was team MVP last season will be starting as goaltender while also playing in To contact this reporter, e-mail at: the field.

Women’s golf team takes to the green with double the talent

Home schedule

By Andrew Huston Sports Editor AT THE SNAP:

Quarterback Adam Kennedy looks down the field for an open receiver during the Sept. 18 game at home against College of the Siskiyous.

Upcoming home sporting events:


Today Men’s soccer vs. America River 4 p.m., soccer field

Sept. 27 Men’s soccer vs.College of the Redwoods 4 p.m., soccer field

Women’s soccer vs. Sacramento City 2 p.m., soccer field

Sept. 29 Men’s volleyball vs. Consumnus 6:30 p.m., Mericopolos Gym

Sept. 25 Men’s football vs. American River 1 p.m., DeRicco Stadium

Men’s water polo vs. Modesto 4:45 p.m., Fergusson Pool

The Delta College women’s golf team is hitting the green this season with increased team numbers thanks to a new lineup of players. Only two veterans returned to the team this year, said head coach Tony Troncale, a PGA professional now in his third season leading the women. Troncale spent the off-season recruiting more players, which now numbers 10, doubles from last year’s five. “We really went looking for players that were willing to play,” said Troncale. With a team comprised of mostly freshman, players such as Ashley Kiesel are stepping up, making names for themselves on the green. “I think I can bring a lot of leadership to the team,” said Keisel, in her first year at Delta College. Kiesel scored a par 80 during the Big 8 Conference match Sept. 16 at Swenson Golf Course in Stockton. The score broke the school’s record for lowest par in the team’s history. Even with such victories Troncale knows that practice is the key factor to any good team. During the 2009 season Troncale also

took the helm of the men’s golf team after the departure of Coach Van Sweet. “Coach Van Sweet used to say go out and play, whereas I say go out and practice,” said Troncale. Team members are now charged with developing their game, including driving, chipping and putting. So far, there’s been progress for the young squad, as seen by recent numbers. The women finished with a score of 352 in the Sept. 16 match. The post marks the team’s lowest team finish in a conference match, according to Troncale. The Delta women’s golf program is a newer program in athletics, kicking of its inaugural season in 2008. Results from the Sept. 21 first match were not available as of the time of printing on Sept. 22. The Lady Mustang’s next take the green on Sept. 28 as Sierra College hosts the Big 8 Conference match no. 7 in Rocklin. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

The Collegian -- Sept. 24, 2011  

Issue 2 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Sept. 24, 2011  

Issue 2 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.