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Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 • Volume #47, Issue #5

Dia de los Muertos


Students of English 79 and the Puente Project constructed an altar in the Goleman Library. This altar is to symbolize family and friends who have died.

Students create ofrenda in remembrance By Charnae Davenport Copy Editor

Photos of long gone relatives, bouquets of vibrant flowers, and posters with words of remembrance were on display to celebrate the lives of past loved ones. A cultural representation for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is currently setup for display on the first floor of the Irving Goleman Library. The project – assigned and built by students of guidance courses, English 79 classes and those involved with the Puente Project – will remain on display through Nov. 14. The “ofrenda” or altar remembers those significant in the student’s lives before their passing. This marks the tenth consecutive year of forming this project, according to Pedro Ramirez, a campus instructor who assigned the project. The purpose of displaying the art at school is to show the public that this culture and tradition has existed for over 20,000 years. The purpose was also to reintroduce an ancestral past to young Mexican Americans who reside in the United States. “For the project, I chose to remember my aunt because she was really close to me,” said Tony

Munoz, an English 79 student. “We had a bond and she was my favorite aunt.” Student Diego Gonzalez chose to honor a music legend. “I contributed the part with Michael Jackson because he’s a legend and real influential to millions. His music was tight and he was special to me and many others,” said Gonzalez. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican tradition that has been celebrated for generations. Nov. 1 is to celebrate infants and small children that didn’t make it. Nov. 2 is All Saints Day to celebrate the lives of everyone else. The Delta students set up a colorful attraction filled with favorite flowers, music CDs, food, pictures and other items in remembrance of family and friends who have passed on. Ramirez said that Dia de los Muertos is often misconstrued as something gruesome and scary. But it’s not. “My own father did not approve of this tradition because he said it was like worshipping the devil,” said Ramirez. “I didn’t start celebrating this until only six years ago, when I set up alters in my home, and I loved it.”


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Child Development Center will layoff eight By Alexandria Sanchez Staff Writer

and six part-time teaching spots. Last year the center lost three classrooms, eliminating a staggering 72 spots once occupied by children of Delta students and San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees decided at a recent employees. meeting, Oct. 19, that eight positions will be cut from the college’s This blow came with little to no effect on the development centers Child Development Center. staff, however, with the recent news it seems that time has come. Along with the jobs being lost, another 14 positions are being “It’s absolutely devastating,” said Nancy Cook, the center’s affected in slightly less dramatic ways based on seniority. manager. Those include teachers taking cuts in hours, The decision, while necessary, remains difficult. some going from once full-time to part-time “The expense to operate exceeds ability to employees, or part-time employees losing hours bring in….you’ve got to operate within your Collegian writer and from their work schedule. means,” said Cook. With a 45 day process, from initial notificaparent voices concerns As of June, the Development Center was tion to final job elimination, the eight Learning $600,000 in debt. on child care layoffs. Advisor II positions hold lead teaching positions That number, although substantial, has deOpinion, Page 3 in the classroom. creased by more than half from 2009 when the That Advisor II title was eliminated entirely on Nov. 1, with debt surpassed $1.2 million. The debt is expected to reach down to Learning Advisor I teachers fulfilling the lead roles in the class. $200,000 by the 2011-12 school year. The eight positions cut effective Dec. 22 include two full-time See Layoffs, Page 2

Inside the issue


PLAYTIME: Child development

student interacts with 4-year olds during a viewing of “Clifford.”

“Nothing to lose”:

Critical Mass: Stockton cyclists gather for a tour around downtown. Page 6 Follow the Collegian online:

Women’s soccer team continues to compete despite losing record. Page 8






Issue 5 • Nov. 5, 2010 •

News in Brief

Layoffs: difficult but necessary

Open class registration begins Wednesday

cont. from Page 1

Beyond financial rebounding, many will wonder what the future will look like for the Delta College Child Development Center. Professor of Child Development and Early Childhood Education Dr. Vivian Harper addresses concerns as a necessary response when dealing with the welfare of a child, but goes on to emphasize the children will not lose any fraction of the quality care and attention that they were receiving prior to the layoffs. “The state-required teacher/ child and adult child ratios will be met just as they have been met in the past,” said Harper. It is evident that this out-


PLAYGROUND: Child development student watches over a child

playing outdoors behind the Shima building. come is disappointing to Cook and others, however, with a committed staff, supervised student-teachers and volunteers eager to help, the child development center is responding as well as can be expected to the negative realities of difficult economic times. “Even with the layoffs, the

care, safety and well-being of the children is the primary concern…Parents would be hard put to find anywhere else in the community that comes near to the amount of adult attention children get at the CDC,” said Harper. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

Class registration for the Spring 2011 semester is begins Nov. 10 and runs through Nov. 24. Students can register on or after their assigned registration dates. Students can apply for a registration date until Nov. 24. Open online registration begins on Nov. 29 and runs until Jan. 13, 2011. The spring semester begins Jan. 18. The pay-to-stay policy is still in effect, so students who have not applied for the FAFSA or received a board of governor’s fee waiver have ten days from the date they register to pay registration fees or they will dropped from classes.

Historian Sal Castro to visit Delta Nov. 18 The Cultural Awareness Program’s presentation of educator and historian Sal Castro, originally planned for Oct. 21, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event, which includes the HBO movie ‘Walkout’ and a question and answer period from Castro, will take place in the Atherton Auditorium. The movie screening begins at 11 a.m. ‘Walkout’ is based on Castro’s experience teaching high school during the 1960s in East Los Angeles, when walkouts served as a push toward change in the state’s educational system. Castro will answers questions beginning at 12:20 p.m. The event is free. No tickets are required.

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Issue 5 • Nov. 5, 2010 •


Collegian Production staff Editors-in-Chief Daryl Bunao News Editor Daryl Bunao

Editorial: A lack of communication

Feature Editor Matthew Wilson Opinion Editor Victor Rhodes Entertainment Editor Kirstie haruta

“Communication is the act or process of communicating,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. We’ve noticed a lack of both communication and communicating on the Delta College campus. Yet, nothing, it seems, is being done to fix the problem. Consider the fact that the Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) very rarely updates its website. The main site congratulates newly elected officers, but lists a “regular meeting” for Aug. 31, 2009. That’s more than a year ago. The Board of Trustees website also wasn’t updated for a long time prior to a couple weeks ago. We watched for several weeks as meeting dates, times and agendas were updated, but minutes from previous meetings were not posted. We know a board agenda is available – and even delivered to The Collegian’s campus mailbox – but wonder if this delay prevents other students from knowing what’s happening on campus. Most notably, we’ve found that Student Activities is failing to provide an active clubs’ list. Collegian Club Corner Editor Jessica Blanke has asked repeatedly throughout the semester if one will be available soon. It’s

November and one is still not available. Even if one publishes soon, at this point it’s too little, too late. Through reporting, The Collegian has also been told ASBG has a hard time sending messages out to the entire campus because of prior approval needed to do so. As students, we should be privy to every bit of information possible. If we are finding it frustrating, we wonder if other students are as well. Will most give up? Or will they look somewhere else? We ask that we not be kept in the dark anymore. Important Delta College departments are limiting the information being shared with us. We feel students are not getting the information they want. The question is, does anyone else notice the problem? We can’t answer that. Communication is an important part of education. School officials should do something about the problem. Students are in need of guidance from the departments and entities that should serve us. We find this is a very serious matter that needs to be addressed.

Parent addresses concerns about Child Development Center’s future By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer The Child Development Center on campus was $600,000 in debt as of June, but the staff is doing everything they can to keep the center active and with no changes in the quality of care they provide, while maintaining the adult-child ratio, high safety standards and licensed capacity of the facility. To maintain the budget the center had layoffs last year, reducing three classrooms down to one. At the Board of Trustees Oct. 19 meeting, the board voted to cut two-full and six part-time positions. Also, longterm employees of the center are being laid off, in addition to getting hours reduced from full-time to part-time hours and losing benefits.

As a parent, I wonder – as do fellow parents I spoke with – whether these changes will influence what happens when we leave our children at the center. Nancy Cook, manager of the center, said much is being done to prevent disruption. “The Child Development Center provides a huge service to the campus, not only for the parents and the staff, but we serve on our location opportunities for labs, class observations, as well as programs for the child development majors on campus,” she said. But what, if anything, do any changes at the center mean to parents? Being a parent is hard enough without added stressors; however, in this day of age and with this declining economy parents are forced to take on multiple roles. Last year I had to take a test on campus and I had no one to watch

my son. I was literally stuck in the worst position ever. A friend told me about the emergency drop-in service available at the center. I went in, filled out paperwork, dropped my son off and then took my test. It left my mind at ease knowing my son was safe and I was able to focus and do what was needed. Cook told me that service is no longer provided, but the center does let parents extend extra hours if needed, she said. I know that not being a parent, it would be hard to understand the necessity of this center. I juggle work, school and family life. Things happen, nothing ever goes as planned, and there are days that are total chaos. Little things help so much. The center is one of those little things. I spoke with a single father coming out of the center who

said he would not even be able to go to school if it wasn’t for the child care he receives. It’s proof of how important the center is on this campus. With its convenient location and participation in state-funded programs, which help lowincome families, any decision made could affect hundreds of students, possibly more. The question is, when making these decisions about the Child Development Center in the future, will the Board of Trustees continue to help parents in our endeavor to get an education, better ourselves and make better lives for our families? Or will the board make decisions that add parents to statistics of uneducated people, punishing us for our decision to have children? To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

club corner editor Jessica Blanke Sports Editor Andrew Huston copy editors charnae davenport Webmaster Matthew Wilson Faculty Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano Staff Writers 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 5 • Nov. 5, 2010 •

SJDC Fashion Club hosts Nearly New Sale

Keith Richards pens honest memoir By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer

By Victor Rhodes Opinion Editor The Fashion Club hosted its semi-annual Nearly New Sale in Upper Danner Hall on Oct. 29. Patrons found a variety of new and used merchandise, ranging from clothes to shoes to jewelry. A variety of Christmas decorations were also on sale. All items were sold at reasonable, low prices. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Fashion Club’s trip to New York during the summer. For more information about the Fashion Club, visit To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

If there’s one thing you can count from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, it’s honesty. His recently released 576page autobiography “Life” is funny, witty, cruel, offensive and unapologetic – which is what rock and roll is all about. “Life” hit bookstore shelves Oct. 26. The book starts of very rock and roll beginnings, with Richards getting busted in Arkansas in 1975. And like always, he manages to escape unscathed. You would think that ‘the most elegantly wasted man in the world’ wouldn’t remember his life, let alone survive to tell it. But Richards’ book acts like a time machine, transporting the reader back to dreary post-war England, where the only thing


Colorful Christmas ornaments, top left, and a variety of clothing, right, could be found among the Fashion Club’s large selection of goods for sale. PHOTOS BY: VICTOR RHODES

This weekend in local entertainment NOV. 5 Better Days, Braata, Paper Rocket, Dubtones Fats Grill and Bar, Stockton @ 7:30 p.m. $10

Sandhill Crane Festival Hutchins Street Square, Lodi Visit for more info

NOV. 6 Ukelele Night: Da 2 Ukes, Soul Simple, Mike Klooster, Sandra Dolores, Sarah Bumgcayao Empresso Cafe, Stockton @ 7 p.m. FREE

Sandhill Crane Festival Hutchins Street Square, Lodi Visit for more info


these soon-to-be rock legends had to look forward to was the latest American record. From there Richards takes you on the journey of a struggling musician trying to make it big. And when fame and money come, it doesn’t take long for you to be drowned in the glamorous and excessive lifestyle of a rock star. Because through Richards’ book, the reader vicariously lives the rock and roll life only described in dreams. “Life” is filled with plenty of rock and roll anecdotes that any die-hard fan, or a person with a passing interest in the Stones will enjoy. And would-be guitarists will appreciate how Richards, one of the world’s best guitarists, reveals his music making secrets. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

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NOV. 7 Fry Street Quartet Faye Spanos Concert Hall, UOP, Stockton @ 2:30 p.m. $25 General Admission Happy Body Slow Brain, Turdus Musicus Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 6 p.m. $5 Sandhill Crane Festival Hutchins Street Square, Lodi Visit for more info



Issue 5 • Nov. 5, 2010 •

Empire Theater’s stage will soon be shared by local acts Abbey James, Braata, Sugar Water Purple and the Fatcity Jokers. Get to know two of the acts here, then catch them all when they perform on Nov. 13.


NO COMPLACENCY: Abbey James has worked hard

to write and record music and start a company.

Abbey James brings ‘working class hip-hop’ to local stages By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor Stockton hip-hop artist Abbey James has turned a small-time musical hobby into his dream job. James, born Cameron King, began writing lyrics in high school, solely to “get things out of his system.” He later found a music program and started creating beats with a friend, but kept his music to himself for the time being. “Listening to music was an escape, but it wasn’t enough,” said James. “So I started making it. After graduating high school, I was lost. Then I thought,

‘Why not do what makes me happy?’” With that in mind, James began performing, and set to work creating his company, Working Class Royalty. “[My music is] working class hip-hop from an intellectual thinker,” said James. “Everything [inspires me]. Women are my main inspiration. Not even just women I’m into, but conversations with women.” Two mixtapes of James’ songs are available online at for free download. He plans on releasing a third mixtape at the beginning of 2011, and then he wants to focus on writing and producing his first full-length album. James hopes to release the album next summer. James often performs at the Empresso Café, but will

Manteca-based band Braata creates new reggae sound By Sean Reilly Staff Writer Reggae rock band Braata is bringing a new groove to the local music scene. Braata was formed in 2008 by music students in Manteca. The current members – vocalist Amanda Gray, bassist Colin Boyd, drummer Chris Weethee, lead guitarist Evan Cutler, rhythm guitarist Ralph Miranda and saxophonist Aaron Mooradian – have been together for six months. The band is influenced by many sounds including reggae, rock, ska and funk. “We are inspired by little things in life that we enjoy, like our friends, family, the beach, nature and iced tea,” said Boyd. “We are inspired by life. Our music is expressive of whatever each of us were individually feeling when we wrote it.” Braata plays at a variety of venues locally. “We have an album out currently called ‘Lady,’ however, we are looking to record a seven-song record in the near future,” said Boyd. As well as the Nov. 13 show, Braata has a show at Fat’s Grill and Bar on Nov. 5, and a show at the Queen Bean Coffee House in Modesto on Nov. 19. The Queen Bean show is a food drive. If viewers bring three cans they get into the show for free. If viewers bring a total of six cans, Braata will reward the philanthropy with a free CD. “The food drive is something that we are really looking forward to because hunger and poverty are real issues in America today and all over the world,” said Boyd. “It feels good to help out some of the members of our community during this economic downturn.” For more information, visit, and To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

gladly perform anywhere there’s a stage. He and the Drop D Community are putting on the Nov. 13 show to bring local artists together and show what kind of talent resides in Stockton. The musician has come a long way from the private lyrics he wrote in high school. With his lyrics, beats, and stage presence, he may be on his way to his ultimate goal. “[I want] to change the world,” he said. “That’s my only goal in life.” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

For more info and tickets... A member of the Drop D Community will be at Empire Theater selling tickets the Sunday prior to the show. If Sunday doesn’t work for you, call (209) 214-WCR2 and leave a message with your number. Presale tickets are $12. IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE: Braata has a unique, passionate sound.




Issue 5• NOV 5, 2010 •

Downtown Stockton reaches Critical Mass Bicyclists take to the streets to protest road awareness

By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief

separated from the group due to frequent red lights. Some drivers also honked furiously as they merged out of the lane controlled by the bikers. More than 60 bicyclists made their presence felt by “It seemed like we really pissed off some drivers,” said blazing through the congested streets of downtown Rea. “But I think they need to realize that the way most Stockton last Friday, Oct. 29. Despite the threat of rain Stocktonians drive is pretty dangerous for bikers. They and nighttime traffic, these bikers took to the street for a drive way too fast and way to close to us. I think these monthly bike tour around town known as Critical Mass. sort of rides also serve a second purpose, which is to The event has roots to similar gatherings in major make them more aware of us.” metropolitan cities, most notably in San Francisco, where While not perfectly local riders are often in direct cohesive, the pack competition with car drivers regrouped at a for control of traffic lanes. gas station on El Stockton’s Critical Mass, though Dorado Street comparatively smaller in size, before completing mirrored the same message of the course that road equality. night. “Bikes are disregarded in this “One of our community,” said Delta College issues right now music student Jacob Kessler. “We is acquiring a want a road like everyone else.” permit that will Kessler has participated in all allow us to bike of Stockton’s Critical Mass events past red lights since the July inaugural ride, when no cars and actively promotes events by are passing by,” word of mouth and the Stockton said Kessler. Critical Mass Facebook page. He mentions University of the Pacific that when he student Mark Rea said, “At first, rode in one of I thought it was going to be a San Francisco’s much smaller group, but I was Critical Mass, surprised by how many people police helped block actually showed up to ride. It was PHOTOS BY: DARYL BUNAO roads to allow the some of the must fun I had riding STYLE: Student Jacob Kessler bunny hops over a bike. bikers’ safe passage in a while.” through the city. The turnout was smaller than usual due to the high At the end of the ride, Kessler reflected on the chance of rain, but Kessler said that the true bike riders local biking community coming together during showed up ready to brave any storm. Dressed for Halloween the last Friday of every month. “Going into the first in a full body suit composed of shiny, silver streamers and a Critical Mass, I asked 50 of my friends to come but skull mask, he helped lead the pack of bikers. only three of them showed up. However, 60 people heard The route was a 5-mile tour starting at the Stockton about it and rode with me. It was an eye opener.” Unified School District Adult School on Pacific Avenue, “I’d like to think that the community could continue to then around downtown Stockton, up El Dorado Street grow so that events like these can take care of themselves.” towards the Scottish Rite Masonic Center and back down the Miracle Mile. To contact this reporter, E-mail at: Riders experienced problems early, as members slowly


Student finds success in photography By Parker Steiger Staff Writer Don Doblados discovered his passion of photography two years ago while he was a full time Delta College culinary student. Doblados, now in his third year at Delta, has changed his major from culinary to focus on photography. After his first paid gig at a birthday party, he began to invest in professional camera equipment. Doblados, 21, quickly made a name for himself around the area and began his own photography business.

While still loving to cook, he felt pursing culinary wasn’t the right career move. “I wanted to have a different creative output besides culinary, and on the business side, I wanted to be my own boss,” said Doblados. Doblados mainly focuses on shooting weddings but is also open to personal portraits and fine art pieces. “I love taking pictures of people, I find people more interesting than anything else. Every wedding has a certain formula I go by but it’s still different every time. I love the aesthetics and different cultures,” said Doblados.

Customers or clients can go online to his website and check out his work. There are a variety of pieces posted from events such as weddings and engagements, as well as band promotion photographs. Being a full-time student at Delta and running a business can be a handful, so Doblados tries not to overwork himself. He wants to wait to expand his business. “After getting my degree in photography, I want to focus completely on my business and be as successful as possible,” he said. So far, Don Doblados Photography has been a success.

Business has been steady due to positive word-of mouth and advertising through social networking sites such as Facebook and blog site Tumblr. In August, Doblados had events booked every weekend. “I’ve done close to the 30 weddings for my business in the last two years and all of my customer feedback has been good,” he said. “Creating good relationships with clients is always good for business.” For more information or to view Don’s works, visit his website at To contact this reporter, E-mail at:


NEW FOCUS: Don Doblados

found success after switching to a photography major.

Club Corner Issue 5 • NOV. 5, 2010 •


Food Services Manager needs help with new food policies By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor Proposed changes to current fund raising and catering rules on campus have everyone from members of Delta College’s administration to students clamoring for clarification and cooperation. The suggested changes to existing Administrative Procedure Policy 3560, which covers the rules for food and beverage sales on campus, was originally suggested on March 3 by the Food Services Manager Fidel Cabuena. Cabuena is trying to push these changes through in an effort to bring the Food Services Dept. out of nearly $300,000 of debt. In 2008, when Cabuena was made the Food Services Manager, the department was in excess of $600,000 in debt. Great strides have been made in streamlining how Food Services is ran but further changes are needed to get the department out of the red. The current wording of the proposed changes are not exactly as Cabuena

originally stated though. As the new policy suggestions have gone through revisions the wording has been changed. “The message is not clear anymore,” said Mr. Cabuena. An example of contested text is AP 3560.1, Sec. 4 which states, “Food and beverages that are sold in Food Services shall not be sold at a lower price by a fundraising group.” This is under scrutiny by many people across campus. Some student club members say this could make them lose money in fund raising sales. It should be noted that the Physical Education and Athletics Dept. have always used outside caterers for their sporting events so a change like this one could have potentially negative effects on their profits. He has partially defended the idea behind this suggested change though. As Cabuena described, students selling food items that he has in Danner Hall and Java Jitters for a cheaper price is much like a stranger walking into a restaurant and trying to sell the same food at a lower price.


DANNER HALL: Food Services Manager Fidel Cabuena has brought student workers

back to Danner Hall with the money-saving policies he has already enacted. Another proposed change, in Sec. 5, Timothy Brown of the International states, “Outside caterers will be allowed Club. only after Food Services waives its right Cabuena is now trying to reach out to to provide food and beverages for the students in an effort to make sure their department/group,” has come under fire. can be a balance between the needs of Clubs that use places such as Taqueria the Food Services Dept. and students. Carolina, a popular Mexican food He can be reached at his office in the caterer, during fund raising events are back of Danner Hall as well as through angry at not being able to choose caterers his e-mail, for themselves. To contact this reporter, e-mail at: “We’re adults. We should have the right to choose for ourselves,” said

Getting down with the Hip Hop Congress By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer Want to join? Meetings are every Thursday in Danner Hall at 3 p.m. Who is Hip Hop Congress for? Whether you’re an MC, DJ, b-boy, b-girl, graffiti artist, PHOTO BY HIP HOP CONGRESS popper, locker, or simply a person that has love for the hip-hop culture; join the members of Hip Hop Congress to see what the club is about. What exactly is Hip Hop Congress? The Hip Hop Congress provides the Hip Hop Generation and the Post Hip Hop Generation with the tools, resources and opportunities to make social, economic and political change on a local, regional and national level. Chapter Program: Different chapters are developed in communities, high schools and colleges, such as the Stockton Chapter at Delta College. Hip Hop Congress chapters engage in a range of activities promoting the hip hop culture in their communities. Most chapters promote with awareness festivals: a week of different events focusing on hip hop culture, as well as panels, speeches, emcee/b-boy/DJ exhibition battles, film screenings and more. Artist Program: The Artist Program is designed to help hip hop artists pool resources, sell music and take advantage of opportunities the music industry has to offer without losing or giving away the rights to their works in return. To contact the Hip Hop Congress e-mail hiphopcongress@yahoo. com, or join on Facebook under Hip Hop Congress. “I recognized Hip Hop’s cultural influence and I wanted to positively and proactively contribute to its legacy in Stockton and the San Joaquin Valley,” said Ahmad Majid, Hip Hop Congress founding member. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:



Issue 5 • NOV. 5. 2010 •

Women’s soccer team improves but still struggles

By Andrew Huston Sports Editor

With the season’s conclusion right around the corner, the women’s soccer team has made an effort to revamp the squad after last season’s record of 2-15-2. Noted improvements include a new line up of freshmen players adding to the already six returning sophomores. The additions put the roster at 20 players and gives the Lady Mustangs one of the larger teams at Delta among the football and baseball squads. Another change for the team is the addition of head coach Adrienne Sorenson. Sorenson took over as coach after the departure of long-time coach Lloyd Ratto. In her first year as coach Sorenson said she is very eager for this team and it’s future. “We decided that we were going to have a new season, so clean slate and go the last five weeks and wipe away what happened in the past and just go full force in the future,” Sorenson said. “Since then I have really been impressed with how they’ve played.” With freshman forward Breana Brockl leading the charge on offense and players such as sophomore Alexa Glaser holding up a defensive wall in the back field, the team is a formidable opponent when it comes to keeping possession, said Sorenson. “We have mainly been playing a 4-5-1 [formation] so we like to try to keep possession, and it helps us hold the ball more. We have Brea up top who is pretty fast and we are able to counter well when we are able to find her,” said Sorenson. The Lady Mustangs began the season with a positive start with an 8-0 victory against Contra Costa College. Since then the team has had a back and forth streak of wins and losses, including their worst loss this season against Cosumnus River which ended 7-0. With a record of 6-10-2 the ladies sit 25th in regions and will go up against American River College in their last home game today at 1 p.m. “My biggest thing for them is that we may not be able to go out and win the conference but if we play 90 minutes we can be in every game and we can compete and do well,” said Sorenson.“ I want to see a great effort no matter who we are playing.” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:


QUICK MANEUVERS: Top of page Midfielder Emily Bingham attempts to pass the ball to teammate Sarah Grafius in Tuesday’s game against Modesto College. Above Sophomore Robyn Couillard fights off Modesto oppentent to keep ball in play.

Upcoming home schedule Today Women’s soccer vs. American River College, 1 p.m., soccer field Men’s soccer vs. Santa Rosa College, 3 p.m., soccer field Nov. 6 Baseball Alumni Game, 10 a.m., Cecchetti field Football vs. Fresno City College, 1 p.m., DeRicco Stadium Nov. 10 Woman’s volleyball vs. Santa Rosa College, 6:30 p.m., Blanchard Gym

Nov. 12 Women’s soccer vs. Cosumnus River College, 3 p.m., soccer field Nov. 13 Football vs. Modesto Jr. College, 1 p.m., DeRicco Stadium Nov. 17 Women’s volleyball vs. Sac City Colege, 6:30 p.m., Blanchard gym

The Collegian -- Nov. 5, 2010  

Issue 5 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

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