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MARSEE ON LEAVE 7-0 decision by board of trustees places Delta president

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on administrative leave not even a year after his hiring by brian ratto

Clubs seeks membership at Rush Page 6

Hollywood comes to Delta Page 5

With two meetings, one unanimous vote and many comments from the campus community, Delta College is once again without a permanent president/superintendent. The San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees voted 7-0 in favor of placing Dr. Jeff Marsee on paid administrative leave following two closed session meetings over a threeday period. Kathy Hart, former Vice President of Instructional Services was named acting president/superintendent following the decision. Within days of the vote, the campus executive team met with Hart to discuss the continuance of college business. One of the first campus wide emails Hart sent out was regarding the reorganization plan. “I am writing to let everyone know that I

am permanently withdrawing the reorganization plan that was scheduled for release on Friday, February 10. While we continue to face very serious budget issues here at Delta, we will not solve them with the proposed reorganization plan,” wrote Hart. On Tuesday, Jan. 31 the board met in a special meeting concerning the “potential discipline, dismissal or release” of Marsee. After the public comment session, in which many statements were made both in favor of and against Marsee, the board adjourned to a closed session that lasted four hours, after which the meeting was postponed until Thursday, Feb. 2. “(Marsee) has failed in four areas: policy and procedures, campus safety, district contracts, and leadership,” said Elizabeth

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ON LEAVE: Dr. Jeff Marsee awaits the announcement of the Board of Trustees’ decision, right. Associated Student Body Government president Nicholas Aguirre speaks, bottom left. Trustees Steve Castellanos, Mary Ann Cox and Lisa Turner, bottom right. PHOTO BY BRIAN RATTO

Student-produced musical finds success Page 3

UPCOMING Mustangs vs. Yuba College at Nick Cecchetti Field, 1 p.m., Feb. 11 Delta Waters exhibit March 1, Horton Gallery



Campus textbook rental alterative off to strong start by heidi haack

In addition to the multitude of services the San Joaquin Delta College Bookstore has to offer, this semester marks the beginning of textbook rentals. Due to the high price of books, and the desire to provide something more affordable to students, the idea of renting textbooks was put into action. Fidel Cabuena, Director of Auxiliary Services, is the man behind the success of this idea. The idea of rentals had been proposed before, but previous

managers had not actively advocated it as Cabuena has. Renting a textbook is significantly cheaper than buying the book because it is bought by a wholesaler at then end of the semester when they are returned. “It’s basically like buyback up front,” says Assistant Textbook Coordinator Mike Dunnigan. Renting also prevents books that will never be opened again from accumulating at home over the years spent at Delta. In order to rent textbooks, one must be 18 years old, have a valid credit card, a San Joaquin Delta College ID number and

have filled out the “Textbook Rental Agreement.” Renting books is similar to the process of buying them. Visit the San Joaquin Delta College Book Store website, select the correct courses, and the books will display like they have in the past. Except if the book is available for rental, there will be a note indicating so. If purchasing books in the store, there is a note on the shelf indicating the books availability for rental as well. Books can be shipped to a home address or picked up at the bookstore as early as one hour after the order is placed. The books

are kept all semester and must be returned in good condition at the end of the semester on a specified date. If not returned in good conditions, student can be subject to fines. There are over 150 titles to choose from right now, and over 2,000 books have been rented so far. Books are still being rented every day even this far into the semester. The coordinators wish to further expand the rental service in the coming semesters. “We want to double the amount of titles we have by next semester,” said Cabuena.



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Copyrighting or censoring?


by evelyn palacio

New drop-in recommendation unfair Students are accustomed to impacted classes at San Joaquin Delta College. However, something we are not used to is the recommendation that professors not encourage students to sit in on full classes if they are not on the wait list. For those who are unaware, instructors received a campus-wide Spring 2012 registration bulletin recommending the campus to “not recommend or encourage students to attend on the first day of class in the hope that they may be added.” This change has taken effect due to lack of state funding for the oversupply of students at Delta. Delta has a cap of 15,000 students. Currently the school is 1,000 full-time students over that cap. That amounts to over $4 million in students the school is not receiving funding for. This is why students are being turned away from classes that are already full. We know this is happening on campus. Some instructors told students the first day they could not be added. Prior to this semester, students could wait in a class to see if a spot opened up. That’s now not being allowed. It would not be feasible for the school to take on more students than they have the resources available for. While we understand the need to turn away students, we have to wonder what happens to the students who cannot get the classes they need. Is this drop in policy hurting more than it helps? What about the students who drop the class or do not show up the first day? These are open spots available that

the drop in students could have filled. Look around, by the fifth week of school there are typically far fewer students around than the first week. We do not believe this recommendation is fair. Just because the school is over their limit on funding why should students have to bear the burden of dealing with the school’s mistake? It is clear that some sort of procedure or plan should be put into effect to help those turned away. Teachers should give students the opportunity to prove that they actually want to be in the class. Let them show up for a few classes, take their names and see how they do on the coursework. After a few weeks if they are still in the class add them to the roll. This would open up spots in the class for the students that would have originally been denied a spot due to the current drop in policy. We know the campus is in a significant budget crisis. We know that administrators are doing the best they can to keep the campus operating appropriately. But we also wonder what happens to the students that were denied a spot in class this semester? What options do they have if they are not at the top of registration priories? These are questions we not only need to think about, but also to find answers to. We advise the college to look into ways to limit enrollment that doesn’t mean turning away students before they even have a chance to start a class. We strongly object to the recommendation.

Lately the news media has been publishing stories about SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. But just what exactly do those letters stand for? The acronym SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. PIPA is a proposed law that stands for Preventing Real Online Threats of Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property. ACTA is an agreement between more than two countries that stands for the AntiCounterfeiting Trade Agreement. So what do these new bills and proposed laws mean? And how will they affect us? In an effort to stop trafficking of intellectual property and counterfeit goods, media companies are working with the U.S. Government to shut down websites violating copyright laws. SOPA and PIPA are bills that are aimed to prevent copyright infringement on overseas websites such as The Pirate Bay and MegaUpload. The bills will stop Internet users from accessing those type of sites as well. Google, Wikipedia, along with other websites, participated in protesting SOPA and PIPA with a service black out, boycotting companies that supported the bills, and taking part in an online petition on Jan. 18. It was because of these online protests that the United States Congress decided to delay voting on these bills, but not before MegaUpload, among other websites, were shut down. ACTA is basically the same as SOPA and PIPA, the only difference being that this agreement was signed by the U.S. back in Oct. 2011. I believe the government is taking things too far. Of course there is nothing wrong with giving credit to where credit is due. But to censor, or in other words, shut down a website just because it links back to “offending” websites is completely ridiculous. Not to mention the liabilities, investigations, lawsuits and fines that a website or a regular Internet user will have to go through and pay are an invasion of privacy and uncalled for. What is needed is a different kind of bill that better defines what is considered copyright infringement and who will be persecuted. Otherwise this is just another excuse for the government and billionaire companies to make more money.

THE COLLEGIAN — SPRING 2012 Editor/news editor Matthew Wilson Feature editor Brian Ratto Opinion editor Evelyn Palacio Entertainment editor James Striplin Club Corner editor Christopher Howze Online editor Matthew Wilson

Staff Heather Coyle Victoria Davila Heidi Haack Michael Johnson Lorie Ann Lane Uri Piterberg Haley Pitto Justin Tristano Champaign Williams Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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Issue 8 • Feb. 10, 2012 •

Student reaches out to the community with musical by champaign williams

Bronche Tayson gestured passionately, his voice animated and full of excitement as he talked about the success of his musical, “Dam/aged.” The Associated Student Body Government vice president wrote, directed and performed in the musical that debuted at the Better Future Fair in early January. An encore presentation was held in the Tillie Lewis Theatre on Friday, Jan. 27. “In essence what I tried to do is bring together urban stories that reach everyone, and everyone can relate to,” Tayson said. “That’s what the play is all about…trying to depict how no one person’s story is greater than the others.” The play was put on in front of a full house as Tayson and his supporting actors and actresses sang and danced their way on the stage. “I never know what the audience’s response is,” Tayson said. “But my hope is that they are moved in a deeper place to promote change and help other people.” The drama took Tayson one year to write. He conducted workshops in the Oakland and Stockton areas, revising the play by rehearsing with actors, then critiquing the resulted performances. Tayson said his work is in no need of further “tweaking.” The proceeds from the production of “Dam/aged” will go toward a new scholarship called the Hardship Scholarship. This scholarship will be available to all students at the college. Students will be able to apply for anywhere from $50 to $250. Requirements will include a 1,000word essay, among other items. Tareka McClellan-Hudson, an actress in the play, says Tayson has a unique directing style. “He is very humble,” McClellan-Hudson said. “Not only is he directing, but he’s acting in [the play] too. He has so much experience, but he won’t tell you that.”



with Brian Ratto

Why no LGBT ads?

Editor’s note: Brian Ratto, 27, is a Manteca native living in Stockton. He’s also a gay man. Ratto came out more than a decade ago. In doing so, he joined an estimated 10 percent of the country’s population as a homosexual. This column is written from his perspective. As an openly gay man living in a largely homophobic world, one question comes to mind. What is there to be afraid of?


SETTING THE STAGE: Bronche Tayson, “Dam/aged” cast members and Atherton House Manager Kishor Patel set the stage for a performance of “Dam/aged,” right. Kayla Morgan, the “Angel of Mercy,” gets into costume backstage, botom right. Chelsea Cornell, the “Angel of Alcohol,” applies Shanae Simon’s, the “angel of food,” make up prior to the show, above.

The two-hour musical is abstract and theoretical, featuring original songs written by Tayson that pose thought-provoking scenarios about family, life and dreams. “When it came to writing the songs I would put myself into the situation of the character,” Tayson explains. “That made it easier to really go through that state of the character.” Cast members and friends predict Tayson’s theatrical production will thrive in the future. “I think it’s going to be well known all over the nation, and not just in the U.S.,” Assistant Director Quanisha Smith said. “[And] if they want to make a movie that’s what we’ll do [too].” McClellan-Hudson agrees that Tayson’s future will be successful. “[Bronche] is an up and coming Tyler Perry,” she added with a laugh.

Throughout the decades there have been multiple claims to perpetuate these fears. Some say being gay is contagious. Others say the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community wants to recruit children to be gay. I am not saying that everyone is homophobic. I am saying that there is still a problem with homophobia. The television, radio, and film industry still struggles with homophobia. They can help stop homophobia, but will they? As I attended multiple LGBT events recently, I noticed that there were few references to the LGBT community other than the fact that the events were hosted by an organization with ties to the community. Just this past weekend I attended a “Super Bowl” party hosted by an LGBT organization. The “Super Bowl” party was held at Club Paradise, a gay bar located in north Stockton. The party was to support the Impe-

rial San Joaquin Delta Empire, a local non-profit that is comprised of drag kings, drag queens and allies, promoting a safe environment in which one can express themselves freely. The event was also a way to have a good time in the company of other LGBT and allied community members. Yet one thing was missing. There were no LGBT commercials during the “Super Bowl”. Now I am not saying that there must be, but it would have been nice. Every day, I am fed images of the perfect couple, the man and woman falling in love, the older man and his wife holding hands on retirement and all the while I ask myself why no LGBT couples? There are reasons there are not LGBT couples on national television and that is a fear of the difference between a straight couple and an LGBT couple. The major networks have some sponsors that are not accepting of the LGBT community and will spend big dollars to not have LGBT advertise-

ments aired. I still ask why not show an LGBT couple? Why can’t there be a happy gay couple enjoying their retirement. Showing this may not only serve to educate the world about difference and be a way to help stop homophobia but it can stop LGBT suicides. A study by Dr. Anastasia L. Hansen, a Minneapolis Public School psychologist, has shown that a large number of the LGBT youth that have survived suicide attempts say that they did not feel they were normal. Instead, they felt alienated. The mainstream media can change this by showing that being LGBT is normal. There are many shows that have proven this and continue to prove this none more so Fox’s GLEE. The show does not specifically focus on the LGBT community, it shows LGBT students and how their life is no different than anyone else’s. This is key to ending homophobia and making the world a better place.



Rhythm of the

by chris howze

Valentine’s Day has come to have many meanings to many different types of people. To some it’s an artificial holiday for an upsurge of candy sells. To others the day

ON LOVE “Every Little Thing” – The Police “I Was Made To Love Her” – Stevie Wonder “Destiny” – Zero 7 “God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys “She Sells Sanctuary” – The Cult “At Last” – Etta James “Melt With You” – Modern English “You” – Raheem DeVaughn “Waiting For You” – Seal “I Only have Eyes For You” – The Flamingoes

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is a quiet testament that you are single. The those attached, it’s a day to celebrate with your significant other. To help celebrate Feb. 14, it feels auspicious to create a list of 20 songs dealing with the subject of love: the good, the bad and the ugly.

LOSS, BREAK UPS “Let’s Stay Together” – Al Green “Fire and Rain” – James Taylor “Obsession” – Animotion “I Never Loved A Man” – Aretha Franklin “Can we Pretend” – Bill Withers “Most of the Time” – Bob Dylan “Cry Me A River” – Justin Timberlake “Return Of The Mack” - Mark Morisson “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye “The Perfect Drug” – Nine Inch Nails

OTHERS Every now and then comes a song that the public think are romantic but if given close lyrical inspection are not so, these include: “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister, “Black” by Pearl Jam. And the reigning champion…”Every Breath You Take” by The Police The last of which is not a song about love. This is a stalker song. Stop playing it at weddings.

What is the worst Valentine’s Day gift you have recieved?

“A box of dark chocolates. I hate dark chocolates.” Crystal Schelton , 19 Sophomore

“Nothing because I do not remember the gifts I have received.” Jeremy Logoteta , 18 Freshman


by victoria davila

“I do not get Valentines Day gifts.” Jennylee Beckham , 20 Sophomore

“Fun Dip Candy.” Eric Wambaugh , 19 Sophomore


Evelyn Estrada , 21 Sophomore




Issue 8 •Feb. 10, 2012 •

Hollywood producer visit inspires RTV students Marsha Posner Williams critiques, supports campus work by justin tristano

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Delta College’s Radio/ Television program welcomed two-time Emmy award winner Marsha Posner Williams to campus. Posner Williams, who produced shows such as “The Golden Girls” and “SOAP,” provided critiques to students in the program, while also presenting a $1,000 scholarship to a single student. Although the purpose of her visit wasn’t just to give out a scholarship. “She is really kind and wants to meet the students of Delta,” said lead instructor William Story. Students in the video production workshop course showed films that were put together in a two-week period with hopes of earning the scholarship. Former video production students were also invited to the event, but were not eligible for the scholarship. The event continued into Friday, Jan. 27 when several other students from the program showed their work to Posner Williams. She provided feedback on the samples. “You can't say I went to college and it hurt my

career,” said Posner Williams during the question and answers period. After showing the student’s works the Radio/ Television Department began to film for the Delta 360 show, one of the few programs that breaks the rules of regular television. The show featured several of the Radio/Televisions other talents that students possessed, such as their news crew who wanted to do a feature on Stockton and how it was not as depressing as people believed. The event left the students with an inspirational message and the belief that they could succeed in whatever career they desired. “I have had the best time ever and am already thinking when I can come back,” said Posner Williams afterward. Posner Williams comes to Delta after meeting Story last year when he was selected for a Television Academy of Arts and Sciences fellowship. Story visited southern California for the conference, where he met Posner Williams. Story said that originally the scholarship amount to be awarded was $500, but Posner Williams said she would match it. The recipient will be announced at Mediafest, a multimedia event held later this spring.


‘GOLDEN’ VISITOR: Marsha Posner Williams answers questions during her visit to the RTV program.

‘Chronicle’ does found footage genre right, sets a tone for future

by chris howze

With “Chronicle” the latest film to capitalize on the “found footage” popularity, a viewer gets the feeling it should have been released in the summer. It's likely that because of a $15 million budget and a cast of talented, but no name actors, it was shoved into a February release. Compared to last year's $200 million dollar train-wreck "Green Lantern," which competed against other blockbusters, "Chronicle" is now against low quality genre films and romantic comedies. That's a shame because every other super hero film out this year has to hold a candle to this film.

A reviewer should avoid hyperbole. But “Chronicle” may well be the best superhero film since “The Dark Knight," all the more impressive given the film is the directorial debut of Josh Trank, who is only 26. In a nutshell the movie is the story of three teenage boys: Andrew, Matt and Steve. All three gain telekinetic abilities from a chance encounter. Much of the success of the film relies not on impressive effects, which it most certainly has, but on how real the boys relationship is with one another. The audience gets the sense of awe and experimentation the boys have when seeing what they are capable of -- the flying sequence alone is worth the ticket price.

We're given the personal view point of Andrew’s camera to see how close these boys are, which makes the last act of the film all the more tense and heartbreaking when things head towards darker roads. The last act is especially memorable. Think “Carrie” meets “Cloverfield” and the hell-spawn they birthed grew up watching “Akira.” The level of action matched by the internal struggle shows off a level of destruction and scale almost never seen in films like this, made all the more real with the shaky camera gimmick, where the entirety of the action set piece spans across Seattle from the perspective of security cams, the recording

CHRONICLE DIRECTOR: Josh Trank ACTORS: Dane DeHaan (Andrew), Alex Russell (Matt) and Michael B. Jordan (Steve) RELEASE DATE: Now in theaters mounts on police cars, news helicopters and simple spectators filming on cell phones. 20th Century Fox, the company responsible for “Chronicle,” has been on a sci-fi roll since last year with the surprise critical AND commercial hits with “X-men First Class” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” but those could

have easily been flukes. Fox is notorious for bearing down hard on genre films making creative decisions that ultimately damage the validity of the property as seen in past train wrecks such as “Percy Jackson," “Daredevil," “Fantastic Four," half of the “X-men” movies and “Alien Vs. Predator." Now is the film perfect, no but not a film out there is, I feel it could have benefited from a slightly larger budget to iron out some of the more shaky effects and one can tell content was cut in regards to the matt character but these are still ultimately nitpicks. If anything “Chronicle” gives the promise of great things from fox in the years to come.


club corner

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Rushing for members Campus clubs set up shop in quad

by chris howze

Club Rush returned for the spring semester during the week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 3. While smaller in overall attendance than last year, the event nevertheless served as a means to bring about awareness, set up fundraisers and, hopefully, enlist new members to join the many clubs on the Delta College campus. Clubs on campus include

Delta Psi, Delta Pride, MEChA, Puente, Generation4Change, Stockton Delta Dance Company, PASA, Club Feed, the Game Creation Union, the Muslim Students Association and the Writer’s Guild. Members manned the booths in the quad answering questions for prospective club members. Club Rush happens once a semester, usually within the first four weeks of the term.

Puente to host Valentine’s dance by eliana romero

The Puente Club will be hosting its first Valentine’s Day dinner and dance on Saturday, Feb. 11. The event will be sponsored and held at Carolina’s Taqueria on 4555 N. Pershing Ave. in Stockton from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Advance tickets are being sold daily in the campus quad in front of Danner Hall. The discounted price through Friday is $15 for a single ticket and $20 per couple. Prices at the door will be $20 for single and $25 per couple. There will be a candle-lit buffet dinner that will consist of plenty of Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas and sopes. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided with dinner. Live music and dancing will follow dinner that will be provided by club member, DJ Effexz. There will be a semi-formal dress code consisting of slacks and a collared shirt for guys and a dress or skirt for girls. “This is a fundraising event to raise money for an annual Southern California trip for the Puentistas, which will hopefully cover all costs for the 20 most active club members,” said club President Ana Arriaga. The trip takes place during Spring Break and

offers the opportunity to tour five university campuses in 3 days including: California State University, Long Beach, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Riverside, Cal Poly Pomona and California State University, San Bernardino. “The trip provides members wider options about their choices of transfer schools,” said Arriaga. The dance serves as a new fundraising opportunity for the club. “We used to raise our money through the Delta Flea Market,” said California Dream Network Representative and Puente club member, Iliana Plascencia. “But since the board took that away from us we had to find a new way to raise money to fund our trip and so we are hoping this Valentine’s event will help us raise enough.” The club is known for mentoring its members by connecting students with the resources available to them. “We are a support group for students that want to transfer to 4 year institutions, and we help build leadership skills through community service,” said Arriaga. The Puente Club holds meetings every Friday at 12 p.m. in the North Forum. Those interested in the club can view news and updates about the club on their Facebook page by searching for “Delta Puentistas.”


Would like to have club or event featured in an upcoming issue of The Collegian? Send an email to the Collegian editors at and let us know what your club is doing on and off campus.

A SUNNY DAY IN THE QUAD: PASA club enlightening a potential member, left. The quad, quieter than usual yet still drawing in a crowd, bottom left and middle. Club feed being more creative in presentation than many clubs, bottom right.



Issue 8 • Feb. 10, 2012 •

Men’s basketball undeterred by uri piterberg

While the season has ended up falling well below expectations, the men’s basketball team has been steadily improving. The team came into this season with half a roster composed of freshmen. That inexperience reflects in the team’s 4-17 record. Head coach Rich Ressa has faced the task of keeping his team focused amid adversity, but remains encouraged. “Our guys are very prideful and we’re going to represent what we do and how we do it all the way till the end. I’m proud of our guys for doing that and they’re doing a great job,� said Ressa. Despite a disappointing record, the Mustangs have managed to remain competitive in many games while going up against strong teams. In a Dec. 20 conference game at 6th ranked Santa Rosa, the Mustangs played one of the team’s best games of the season and held a lead against one of the best teams in the state late in

the second half, but fell short 58-54 at the end. Sophomore guard Derek Wofford led the Mustangs with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and shot 60 percent from the floor. Wofford has been averaging a team leading 14 points per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. Wofford’s contributions run deeper than his numbers, as he has provided leadership and a stabilizing influence for a young team. “The way I lead the team is by action. Since I’m a sophomore and we have a lot of freshmen I’d rather just show them as far as playing defense, running up and down the court, practicing hard, I just try to do what I can to lead by example,� said Wofford. The season has been a learning experience for the freshman class. Forwards Jerel Green and Mitch Postle have the makings of a solid front line, and guard Ryan Gaarder has given a boost to the offense averaging 10 points per game. In recent games, the men’s team beat Modesto Junior College on Feb. 3 at home 9182 and lost to Sierra College in Rocklin 58-56.

Lady Mustangs add another win by heather coyle

The Delta women’s basketball team earned another win against Modesto Jr. College on Feb. 3. Fans went wild, team spirit was everywhere. Offering praises of encouragement, excitement, clamor and the all so infamous “whoop whoop,� could be heard throughout the gym. “I try to get out and attend as many home games as possible with my friends. These ladies are doing big things, go Mustangs,� said Jessica Rosales, a Delta student. The Mustangs brought down the house with a score of mustangs 40-28 ending the first period. During the half time the Lady mustangs also hosted a

“Coaches vs. Cancer� raffle, with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. The team then began an energetic and sturdy second half playing a fantastic round of defense. This was especially true of Chezla Self, who took over the game with great scoring ability while also gaining the points needed to reach her career-high. Another star player of the evening was Shianne Solomon who exhibited some outstanding ball handling, preserving another victory win for the lady Mustangs. The final score was 62-56 in Delta’s favor. This win was the Lady Mustangs fourth in a row. The team plays American River of Sacramento today.

Track team to host Run for Lupus by lorie ann lane

The 3rd annual Run for Lupus will be held on Feb. 25 at San Joaquin Delta College. Lupus, a chronic condition impacting the connective tissue and affecting joints and organs, is incurable, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. It is a fundraising event hosted by the track team. Check-in will be at 8 a.m. Par-

ticipants can come and support by jogging, running or walking. All are welcome. To register, visit online, or email track head coach for more information. There will be a registration fee (donation) of $20 per participant. T-shirts will be given out to all participants, and will also be on sale to the public.


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Admissions changes result of funding by haley pitto



The Fine Art Faculty Art Show is currently being held at the LH Horton Jr. Gallery, and will run until Feb. 15. For our coverage of this event, visit our website at

Debit card based financial aid system introduced by michael johnson

This semester, Delta College distributed new financialaid-based debit cards called the MySJDCCard. Students who receive financial aid through the campus will be given benefits on the card instead of the old check format. The debit card can be used to purchase school supplies and other necessary items. “The new system has been working very smoothly since implementation and we have very little feedback from our students,” said Denise Donn, director of the Financial Aid and Veterans services office. Donn said the only problem the office has had so far were issue of students not updating their addresses so the card went to their old addresses. “These students were simply requesting another card to the new addresses. This was easy for our office to accommodate; however once the card has been activated, the students need to work with Higher One for address changes and any of their other banking issues,” she said.

Scholarship awards will still be issued as paper checks. “This is a more efficient process where students can get their money quicker and not have to wait for the ‘check in the mail,’” said Donn. “It also allows a lot of students who have not opened a banking account in the past; the opportunity to have a free checking account.” With these complicated fiscal times, the last thing a student needs is to be waiting for a financial aid check to come in the mail. “Even though the new way is faster I prefer the old way,” said student Fred Brown, noting restrictions on the amount that can withdrawn in one day and the ease in which people can overdraw. Students must keep in mind that there is a transaction fee at most places. Pay attention to the fine print. Donn offers this advice for students: “Swipe and Sign” for purchases by saying “debit” and do not withdraw all of the money at once. Only use the funds as you need them. Also keep track of your balances by simply logging into your account. It is really quite easy and convenient.”

The beginning of the spring semester brings numerous changes in policy and procedures as a result of limited funding for San Joaquin Delta College. Director of Admissions Catherine Mooney listed some of those changes in an email interview with the Collegian. The last day to drop a full-term class without receiving a “W” has been moved up one week to the last business day before census. The change comes after the state notified community colleges throughout California that it would not fund schools for students who drop classes without a notation on their transcripts. The “W” drop date is now the eighth week of the semester. Previously it was closer to the end of the semester at week 14, according to Mooney. “This change was made at the recommendation of the Academic Senate who believe that half way through a class is sufficient time for a student to decide whether to remain in a class, and a professor is then free to stop keeping attendance records, and can concentrate on working with the students who have committed to the class,” said Catherine Mooney, director of the admissions and records department. This means if a student is not serious about the class in which they enrolled they should drop that class as soon as possible. Otherwise they will end up with a “W” or a failing grade on their records and may not be able to repeat the class in the future if they so choose. Beginning the summer term, enrollment fees are being raised $10 due to changes enacted by the state legislature, from $36 per unit to $46

per unit. The non-resident tuition fee will also be raised $14 from $176 to $190. A Nov. 30, 2011 campus-wide email from vice presidents Dr. Kathy Hart, recently named acting president, and Dr. Michael Kerns and in recommended teachers no longer encourage students to drop in on classes if they are not enrolled in the class or on the wait list. The email states “If a class and wait list are full, we should not recommend or encourage students to attend on the first day of class in the hope that they may be added.” In previous semesters students could show up and attempt to be added. The email recommended teachers not add students to a class over the maximum number of seats available or add students assuming that a request for a larger classroom will be granted. “Do not take more students than you can effectively teach. This maximum applies in both face-to-face and Internet classes. Anticipating that students will drop is a risky practice, and it could be harmful to students’ educational experience in the long run,” the email read. According to Mooney, the attendance policy changes are a result of the state limiting the number of full-time equivalent students (FTES), or every 12 units of enrollment, that they fund. Delta’s funding is capped at 15,000 FTES. Currently there are 16,000 FTES enrolled. According to Mooney, that equates to $4,000,000 that the school is not receiving funding for. This funding would help to cover the cost of many services the college provides, such as classes, admissions procedures and counseling. Mooney further wrote “it is not fiscally responsible for us to carry so much FTES over the limit funded by the State.”

MARSEE: Acting president expects little BRIEF Wireless Internet impact on educational environment continued from PAGE 1 service coming Maloney, president of Delta’s years,” said Mick Founts, superCalifornia Teacher’s Association intendent of the San Joaquin to library (CTA) during the first meeting. The CTA had previously taken a 96-percent vote of no confidence in Marsee. Marsee has also been accused by the California School Employees Association, the Associated Student Body Government, and the CTA of violating California Assembly Bill 1725, the shared governance law that states all constituent groups are allowed a voice in changes to campus policy and procedures. Not everyone who spoke during the meetings was against Marsee, however. “Dr. Jeff Marsee is the only community college president that comes to the (San Joaquin County Office of Education Board) meetings in the past 20

County Office of Education. “Honor who you hired,” said Sue de Polo of San Joaquin A+, a non-profit volunteer organization that helps to enhance the education of San Joaquin County youth. “(Marsee’s) community involvement is excellent,” she said. When asked how she expected the change to affect the college in an email interview, Hart said: “The most wonderful thing about a college or organization like Delta is that even though there are serious problems or changes that occur in administration momentarily or periodically, they truly don’t have an effect on the learning and teaching that goes on.”

by matthew wilson

Wireless internet service will soon be available to students in the Goleman Library according to Dave Sartain, Director of IT and Data Services at Delta College. “It will take time to finish authentication and get instructions to students,” said Sartain, adding that he hopes to have the service available in the next two weeks, at which point they will begin focusing on expanding to cover more areas on campus. A previous campus-wide wireless internet service, provided through AT&T and paid for by ASBG, was available, but the contract expired in December of last year.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 10, 2012  

Issue 8 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.

The Collegian -- Published Feb. 10, 2012  

Issue 8 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.