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thecollegian Friday, March 23, 2012 •


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Reaching out

Survey first step to improving effectiveness of campus communication by eliana romero

Delta student wins Miss San Joaquin scholarship Page 4

Apollo Night helps amateur artists Page 5

Generation 4 Change raises money for Invisible Children Page 6

UPCOMING Track and Field Mustang Invitational at Delta April 6-7 Summer class schedule available April 16


Communication on campus becomes more accessible every semester. Information about emergencies, news, upcoming events and other services are found on the Delta College website, or sent to the campus community through email and text alerts. But does the community really take advantage of communication services? Administration recently conducted an online survey to answer this question. The survey asked students and faculty what sources they received information about the college and its services from. Sources included social media, Delta’s website, the college radio station and the marquees on Pacific and Pershing avenues, as well as text and email alerts. Student Vanessa Gonzales, 22, said she is aware the college offers social media and text alerts for communication, but she prefers to use Delta student email for any information or notifications. Student Christopher Short, 25, also knows about the services avaliable. “I don’t have text alerts because sometimes I don’t have a phone on me, but I do receive alerts through email,” said Short. Acting President/Superintendent Kathy Hart, along with other staff members, developed an educational master plan to ensure communication on campus improves.

The plan is to improve the effectiveness of college operations by developing and implementing a communication plan that provides regular, timely, open and transparent communication. Hart assigned Michael Kerns, the vice president of student services, to review existing communication strategies, such as committee agendas and minutes and the Delta College website, among others. The survey will help in reviewing which sources of communication work and which don’t for the campus community, allowing administration to improve these strategies. Director of Police Services David Main said the campus police department is exploring new ways to better communicate with the campus using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well as the “Alert-U” text alerts. “We need to have a mass communication system that will be fast and in which we can utilize several different avenues such as; email, text messaging, phones, class room phones, you know those kinds of things are what we need to move into and the kinds of things we are exploring right now,” said Main. The campus police aren’t just looking into alerting about emergencies, but also building trust with students, faculty and staff members. “We are asking our community officers to communicate with our staff and students on

campus by getting out of their cars and opening up dialogue with them and you know just establishing that rapport relationship,” said Main. “Students are just one aspect of our population; it’s not only about communicating with students, but how we communicate better with our entire campus community.”


the institution is continuously improving and growing to meet the needs of it’s students and the society.” Marsee used the threat of losing accreditation as a reason he should be allowed to stay. Marsee’s lawyers, earlier this year, implied releasing the now former president would cause a loss in confidence in the Delta campus, possibly leading to a loss of accreditation, meaning units earned in classes at Delta would not be transferable to other colleges or universities. Delta is accredited through the Accrediting Commission

for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Delta is currently listed as “on warning” on ACCJC’s website. According to Hart, “on warning” is the lowest level of sanctions through the organization. “Dr. Marsee warned that the Accreditation Commission might put us on ‘probation’ or ‘show cause’; both are ‘greater’ sanctions… but neither means that our degrees or certificates are actually in jeopardy — they do mean that we would need to

address the issues.” Hart wrote. Delta’s next report to the ACCJC is due March 29. After a follow up visit, Delta will be informed about its sanction level and what areas need improvement. Hart is confident that Delta will meet accreditation standards. “We’ve made a lot of progress since our last report, and if we need it, with another 6 months of work, I know we can satisfy the Commission’s standards. Whether Dr. Marsee is here or not, we know where we are and what we need to do,” said Hart in the email.

Acting President Hart puts accreditation fears at ease by chris howze

The threat of losing accreditation was repeated often in the weeks leading up to Dr. Jeff Marsee being removed from his position as president earlier this semester, but many had little understanding of what that actually meant for the campus. As Acting President Dr. Kathy Hart explained in an email interview, “Accreditation is the way for a college or university to provide the public/ students with degrees and certificates that students and the community trust, it assures that



Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •

ILLEGAL Writers look at both sides of IMMIGRATION: issue impacting America by james striplin

According to horror author H.P. Lovecraft, fear is the “oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.” We fear most what we don’t know or understand. This is the basis of prejudice in American society and a recurring thorn in the of immigrants FOR sides throughout history. Illegal immigrants in today’s world are targeted by sensationalist news outlets and public figures. Why is it that illegal immigrants are perceived as a threat by various media groups and politicians? Is it because they give into our back-to-basic caveman logic that those who are different are a cultural and economic threat?

by haley pitto

Illegal is defined as “not according to, or authorized by law” according to MerriamWebster’s Dictionary. When I think of illegal, the first thing that comes to my mind is typically something negative. Why? AGAINST Illegal is something that is against the law. It is black and white. There is no gray area. This goes for illegal immigration as well. People are offended when someone says it’s wrong. But guess what? It is wrong. Sure it’s not the same as theft, assault or murder, but all of those are against the law and all have negative effects. News outlets and public figures target illegal immigrants purely

They tell us what we want to hear, and what we want to hear is that it’s not our fault for unemployment rising, but the fault of our brothers south of the border. This argument generally appears when unemployment is high and the public feels the need to point the finger. As reported by most economists, illegal immigrants aren’t considered competitive enough to be a major factor in job loss. And when we pass laws that give immigrants that competitive edge, such as the DREAM Act, do you really think its a good idea to deport that doctor that could save your life? These people are filling in gaps we haven’t been able to. It has also been shown they create just as many jobs as they take. They’re not a problem, they’re a solution. So the focus moves on that

illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes, when the reality of it is that they pay every form of tax imaginable except they generally don’t receive benefits. In some cases, illegal immigrants are more reliable for paying Federal taxes than most Americans because of the fear of deportation. So I guess you can throw that “getting a free ride” theory out the window. Do you consider walking long distances through the desert to sneak into a country that hates you only to be paid less than minimal wage by financially manipulative corporations a free ride? These are human beings were talking about, not animals. So far, illegal immigrants have done more to become Americans than most of the people who were born here.

because they impact society. Illegal immigration is perceived as a threat by media and politicians alike. The reason for this is not prejudice. It is justified. According to a Federation for American Immigration Reform report entitled “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers,” it costs “$113 billion in outlays for services and benefits to illegal aliens, and their families represents an average cost to native households of $1,117 a year.” State and local governments absorb nearly all of the costs. According to the California Student Aid Commission in a 2011 report, approximately 5,462 illegal immigrants would have access to scholarships and Cal Grants meant only for in-state, legal, tax-paying residents by the passage of the DREAM Act.

This number has grown. Many would like to think illegal immigrants are a solution to jobs that cannot be filled. That notion couldn’t be more wrong. With the economy $57 trillion plus in debt and unemployment fluctuating between 8-9 percent, illegal immigrants are not a solution; they are a problem. While some do pay taxes with paychecks (using fake social security numbers) and state purchases, to help the national debt, not all do. This is thought to counterbalance the burden of educational costs, but actually does the opposite. So far, the contributions illegal immigrants have made are overshadowed by the problems they have caused for the economy and the nation as a whole.


Communication survey step in right direction One of the most common issues here at San Joaquin Delta College is the lack of communication on campus. The Collegian has noted this several times in editorials and stories over the past year. Many on campus do not know what is going. The others seem to not even care. But they should care about what happens at Delta College. We should all care. This is why we applaud the district for taking steps toward improving campus communication, specifically for sending out a survey for the campus community on the subject. The college is sought the public’s input via an online anonymous survey that ended earlier this week. The purpose of the survey is to collect information on the quality and effectiveness on the district’s existing communication system. The survey consisted of rating the frequency of use, timeliness, and effectiveness of the various methods of communication used at Delta College. Also questions regarding the best and preferred sources used to communicate different types of information such as shared governance meetings, changes in programs and college events, were included. This survey is one way to address the college’s Strategic Goal #4: “In order to improve the effectiveness of college operations, develop and implement a communication plan that provides regular, timely, open and transparent communication among all internal and external stakeholders.” Acting President/Superintendent Dr. Kathy Hart said in a previous Collegian article the process of this communication goal, and her other campus goals, will be monitored. We hope the survey helps make changes to campus that result in a more informed community. And while all problems won’t disappear over night, we at The Collegian think it’s a step towards the right direction at fixing the communication problem here at Delta College.

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

Staff Christian Covarrubias Victoria Davila Michael Johnson Uri Piterberg Haley Pitto Eliana Romero Justin Tristano Champaign Williams

Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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Editorial Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the Collegian staff. Comments, letters and editorials with a byline represent the opinion of the writer, solely. This paper does not endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, the mass communication department, the Fine Arts Division, the 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 San Joaquin Delta College while maintaining its independence of any outside influence. The Collegian will reinvigorate the credo that the newspaper speaks for the students, checks abuses of power and stands vigilant in the protection of democracy and free speech.


Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •


10 Percent

with Brian Ratto

Documentary raises awareness on LGBTQ+ discrimination in America

In today’s society there are people living under the illusion they are equal in many regards to those around them. But they are not. It’s likely members of the LGBTQ+ community makes up some of that population. This concerns me. A seemingly second-class attitude toward the LGBTQ+ community is unfair. The treatment entails rights being denied to members of this large and growing community. The biggest of those rights is marriage. As a member of this community I am unable to marry my partner. Certain companies deny me and my partner medical rights because we are not “married” in the classic sense of the word. The same medical rights are given to straight couples. I know someone who wasn’t allowed to be with his dying partner because he was not considered next of kin. In some states, as a gay man, I am even forbidden to adopt children. Recently I have seen multiple politicians speak on this issue, Republican to Democrat; conservative to liberal, yet what I have not seen is the answer to the problem. One possible solution to this has been brought up by Ryan James Yezak. His answer is to make the world aware of this inequality via a documentary. Yezak’s in-progress documentary is called “Second Class Citizens.” The documentary is to be the story of multiple LGBTQ+ people and their life experiences as, what they consider, “second class citizens.” Yezak is currently seeking donors and story contributions via YouTube to continue his work. A promotional video entitled, “The Gay Rights Movement” is already on the video-sharing website. In it, Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts poses a question. “How can we as people who make the laws say to a small group of fellow citizens, you know, there is something about you that some people don’t like, so you are ineligible to work, you can be fired and you cannot get a promotion?” Frank asks. I would certainly like to know the answer that question. Surely the answer cannot be a bigoted statement. “Some people say domestic partnership is the same as marriage that is a version of the separate but equal argument of the past,” said Washington Governor Christine Gregoire as the video continued. My sexuality is not a disease or a dysfunction. It is part of me. And that doesn’t give anyone the right to tell me I am lesser than anyone else. We need to come together and treat everyone with respect and equality. “We are not a nation that says don’t ask, don’t tell. We are nation that says out of many we are one,” said United States President Barack Obama regarding the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” last fall. Obama summed up this issue well: We are one of many, but no one is greater than the other. Allowing the perpetuating view that members of the LGBTQ+ community are second class citizens — through government action especially — is creating the notion that this community isn’t valued. That we are, indeed, second-class citizens. That’s not the case.

Dinner benefits Troops to College St. Patrick’s Day-themed event held in Danner Hall by champaign williams

On March 16 the Troops for College program hosted a corned beef and cabbage dinner. The dinner was held in Upper Danner Hall to raise money for the veterans. The fundraiser was Irish themed in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and featured Irish music and snapshots of Ireland that rotated in a slideshow presentation on the wall. “Overall the dinner went well,” said Catherine Mooney, Troops to College coordinator. “I believe our goal was met.” Upper Danner was transformed by tables covered with white tablecloths, green fourleaf clover confetti and goldcoin chocolates. Each table also displayed a shamrock plant as a centerpiece. The Irish Shamrock plants were sold for $5.

“My understanding is that they sold more tickets than they were expecting ,” said Tina Lent, Financial Aid Assistant Director. “So it was an overwhelming success.” Each plate sold for $15. The menu included corned beef brisket, red potatoes, wedges of cabbage, and authentic Irish soda-bread made by Gillian Murphy, director of the small business development center. “The funds from our dinner are going to pay for the sashes for this years veteran graduates,” Mooney said. Members of For Goodness Sake, the community affiliate for the Troops for College Program, and members of the Veteran Student Alliance served dinner with a smile. For Goodness Sake works hard to fill needs, show support and share love and gratitude to our active military, reservists and veterans.

Jason Denny, Troops for College program assistant, welcomed and thanked all in attendance for their continued support. “The people here, along with financial aid and admission and records [staff] have developed services for the Troops for College program that have helped me out a great deal,” said Denny. Denny, a veteran student here a Delta College, offers ideas and assistance from a veterans point of view. “It’s really a comprehensive service,” Denny said. “We actually try to find out what all the vet’s needs are and we try to facilitate those services.” Troops for College is now preparing for the 4th of July Parade where the Boots to Books Scholarship Fund, a fund created to assist returning veterans in pursuing an education, has been selected as the Grand Marshall for the parade.


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Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •

Delta student crowned Miss San Joaquin County by brian ratto

mother, Jeanette; my aunt, Rhonda; my grandmother, Dianne; and my wonderful boyfriend, Dominic. Without their constant positivity, help, and comfort I would have had a difficult time getting ready for the pageant.”

Stockton resident and Delta College student Kathryn Faull began her reign as Miss San Joaquin County earlier this month after winning the title, along with a $3,000 scholarship on March 10. Miss San Joaquin County is an official primary to the Miss California and preliminary to the Miss America Organization pageants. Faull was rated in five areas: private interview, on-stage question, physical fitness, talent and evening gown. This is Faull’s last semester at Delta. She is transferring to California State University, Humboldt in the fall to continue her education with studies in kinesiology. The newly crowned Miss San Joaquin County answered questions for The Collegian about her title, her personal and student life and what winning means to her.

Q: What are your goals during your reign as Miss San Joaquin County? A: “In my year as Miss San Joaquin County, I really would love to see more young men and women become active with their breast health. While many women and men suffer from breast cancer, many also suffer from fibrocystic breast disease, which is not commonly known. By exercising, eating the right foods, performing at-home breast exams, and visiting your doctor regularly we could all decrease the risk of fibrocystic breast diseases and breast cancer or at least catch them in their early stages. It is also important that in my year as Miss San Joaquin County that I can reach out to people and motivate as well as inspire them to pursue their dreams. Anything is possible and when there is a will, there is a way. Lastly I’d like to be a role model for people everywhere.”

QUESTION: Why did you choose to run for Miss San Joaquin County? ANSWER: “There were two main factors that played into my decision to run for Miss San Joaquin County; the first is that I need scholarship money to pay for school; I’m transferring in the fall. The second is that I realized I wanted to start making a difference in the community and help people. I learned that by running for Miss San Joaquin and being crowned, I could accomplish those goals.” Q: What does winning Miss San Joaquin County mean to you? A: “It is a huge honor to be Miss San Joaquin County and represent San Joaquin County at the Miss California Pageant. I hope I can give a good impression of our county and be a role model to young people everywhere as long as I have the crown.” Q: As a Delta College student what are you planning to do during your reign, for other Delta College students? A: “I’d really love to raise more awareness



PLANS FOR SUCCESS: Kathryn Faull being awarded the title at the Miss San Joaquin County Pageant, top. Miss San Joaquin 2012 ready for the year ahead, bottom right. Noelle Freeman, Miss California 2012 awards Faull a bouquet of flowers, bottom left.

about all of our amazing programs, especially the arts. Delta is a great school, and I’d love for more people to realize that. I would also enjoy educating other Delta students on my platform, breast health awareness and the Miss America Program itself.” Q: Was it hard running for a title and being a student at Delta College?

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A: “Being a student is a job within itself, and so is being a titleholder! But so far I feel I have the skills to balance everything in my life successfully.” Q: Who were your biggest supporters during your campaign? A: “I am so thankful in the fact that I have amazing friends and family that are supportive! My biggest supporters are my

Q: How long have you been involved in pageants? A: “Competing in Miss San Joaquin County was my first experience with the Miss America Organization and my first pageant. It has been an amazing experience competing and being a titleholder. I have made so many new friends already and I feel so privileged to have had this amazing opportunity. I will definitely keep doing pageants with this organization after my year as Miss San Joaquin County.” Q: What have pageants help you to achieve in your life? A:”Pageants have instilled a sense of confidence in me as well as the ability to work well in a team, and the opportunity to meet other young women that share the same interests and have similar goals. I know that by continuing to do pageants I will make life long friends as well as become the person I am meant be.”

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Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •


Annual Apollo Night show gives amateur performing artists the chance to shine by champaign williams

APOLLO NIGHT Where: Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main Street, Stockton When: 7 p.m., March 30 Time: Door opens at 5 p.m., show starts at 6 p.m. Cost: $14 per ticket Information: (209) 546-1622

San Joaquin County’s amateur Apollo Night will be held at the Bob Hope Theatre on March 30. It will be the 13th Annual Apollo Night event overseen by Tony Washington, founder of the local talent show. Among the 30 acts and 26 models participating in the show are two Delta College students. Brittany Bell, a 22 -year-old fashion major at Delta, is participating in the model category of the show. “I’m interested in modeling and I enjoy fashion,” Bell said. “[And] I thank the [judges] for letting me in Apollo because a lot of people did not get the chance.” Apollo offers participants exposure and gives them the opportunity to showcase their skill to the community. “We have industry folks that come down every year and serve as judges,” said Washington. “You never know what’s going to happen [by] being in the show.” Washington said the show has grown tremendously over the years. There are more opportunities for participants who “step up their game because they really want to make it.” The show has also increased in terms of attendance and popularity. “A lot of our performers have gone on to major careers in music and film,” said Washington. “I have been on red carpets; I’ve been to Super Bowl games, and I’ve been to premiers, all invited by former Apollo Night performers who credit their beginning to [this] event.” This year representatives from Stockton radio station KWIN will be present at the show. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on Comcast. The program consists of a variety of categories, including adult and teen singing, cultural dance,

rap and poetry, to name of few. The judges select first, second and third place winners for each category. Cameron Pierre, another Delta College student, will be competing in the model and rap categories. Pierre performs under the stage name “Remedy.” Last year he won first place in both the rap and male modeling categories. “This year I just did it to challenge myself again,” said Pierre. When Washington first began Apollo Night, it was the lack of positive activities for young adults in this area that motivated him to action. “When I first started the show, I started it because there was nothing really in the community for young people to do,” Washington said. However, Apollo has grown from simply being a safe activity for young adults to participate in, to being a venue for them to showcase their talent, Washington said. “This show gives artists a platform to showcase their talent and further their career,” Washington explains. Then with a laugh he adds, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.” Washington is grateful for the help and support offered to him and volunteers of Apollo Night over the years. “There is a lot of talent in this community,” Washington said. “And if you believe there are still good things happening in Stockton and you support the arts, then come out and support not only Apollo Night, but all those involved.” Apollo Night will be held at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton on March 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14. *Collegian writer Champaign Williams will also be performing at Apollo Night as a back-up singer for up-and-coming artist Donald Turner. Turner will perform an original piece titled “Secrets.”

‘Hunger Games’ comes to big screen by chris howze

With the Harry Potter series drawn to a satisfying close and the Twilight movies finally coming to a bitter, sparkling end, Hollywood is in need of a new franchise to headline. What’s needed is a new series that can decimate at the box office. It doesn’t appear moviemakers had to look far for the answer: Suzanne Collins survival trilogy “The Hunger Games” might be it. The novel catches people off guard with the darkness of its universe. Set in a dystopian future, a corrupt and evil government employs a cruel means of controlling the population. Each year the 12 districts of Panem, which sits where North America once did, send two “tributes” to fight to the death in the annual “Hunger Games.” Twenty-four teens are sent to play. Only one survives. Collins’ story centers around 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen. Katniss takes her sister Primrose’s place when the 12-year-old is selected during her first “reaping.” Katniss volunteers as tribute in her little sister’s place. The plot may sound similar to earlier books such as Stephen King’s “The Running Man” or Koushun Takami’s “Battle Royale.” All deal with strikingly similar dystopian worlds and the sick means of entertainment instituted. Collins’ books reached popularity because they are aimed squarely aimed at young adult readers, with the principal cast being all teens to young adults. That and the games itself remind the reader more of “First Blood” than “Smash TV” giving the story enough uniqueness to keep it fresh. Ever since the Harry Potter series destroyed Box Office numbers with each successive movie every film studio has been raiding the young-adult fantasy section of bookstores. In the span of five years we’ve seen “Percy Jackson,” “His Dark Materials,” “The Seeker,” “The Last Airbender,” “Cirque Du Freak,” “Eragon” and the “Chronicles of Narnia.” Sadly, with the exception of “Narnia” these attempts either failed at the Box Office with marketing unable to distinguish the property. Or the movies were critically panned as quick cash grabs, probably because the flicks were quick cash grabs. “The Hunger Games” is expected to be a massive hit, thus being the first one of the year, with box office analysts predicting at least $80 million dollars in the first weekend. If it does well, the movie will earn back what it cost to make in one weekend. Lionsgate, the studio producing the film, has so much faith in the new franchise that the sequel “Catching Fire” is already a go. Check it out for yourself starting today. And see what you think.


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Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •

Kony movement hits campus Generation4Change raises money for Invisible Children by christian covarrubias

On March 6, Generation4Change had four advocates from the organization’s headquarters visit our campus to inform students about the Generation4Change is a club on the Delta campaign and to watch “Kony 2012” in the west College campus. forum. The purpose of the club is to build awareness The club will host another event on Saturday, and raise money for the InvisMarch 24 at 6 p.m. in the ible Children non-profit orgaWarren Atherton Auditorium. nization. “It is called Breakthrough Would you like to have a club Dance Competition, a hip hop The national organization has garnered attention lately since or event featured in an upcomcompetition between crews the release of “Kony 2012,” a ing issue of The Collegian? from all over California for a web-based documentary. cash prize. The event is sponSend an email to the Colle“Kony 2012 is a campaign sored by us, and tickets are $15 gian editors at deltacollegian@ started by Invisible Children to presale. If you buy the tickets and let us know bring Joseph Kony, a warlord who from our club, $3 will be dowhat your club is doing on and rapes children and recruits them nated to Invisible Children,” off campus. as soldiers, to justice through Virdi wrote in an email. awareness and action. Our goal is Students interested in purto make him famous,” wrote club president Meni- chasing tickets for the upcoming event you can sha Virdi in an email interview. contact Virdi at or visit The club has done numerous events in the past the club’s table in the quad, tickets will be on sale to support the effort. today in the quad until 2 p.m.




Generation4change members spreading the word of the “Kony 2012” movement. top. Joseph Kony the LRA leader and target of the internet movement, left. SCREEN SHOT FROM KONY2012 VIDEO

Fashion Club hosts arts and gifts fair in Danner


ART AND GIFT FAIR: Director of Student Activities Aja Butler, middle, checks out selections at the fair.

by brian ratto

The San Joaquin Delta Fashion Club held its annual Art and Gift Fair March 13-14 in Danner Hall. “[The Art and Gift Fair] helps the students of the Fashion club, learn the importance of marketing and professional event production,” said Alyssa Gibson, vice president of the fashion club.

Vendors presented clothing, jewelry, home decor and other items at the event. The event helps raise money for Fashion Club events and trips, as well as help local business within the community. “The community is also enriched by the club bringing all of artisans, crafters and businesses together, exposing the campus, the club to the public who attends the event,” said Gibson.


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Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •

Baseball at 4 wins, 2 losses in Big 8 by collegian staff

The Delta Mustangs dropped the ball against Diablo Valley College during the Tuesday, March 20 game. Delta lost 8-0 in a game that would prove fruitless for the Mustangs. The game was the team’s seventh conference game, including one that was rained out, out of a total of 24. It was the second Big 8 loss for Delta.


March 24 1 p.m baseball vs. Diablo Valley at home March 29 2:30 p.m. baseball vs. Sacramento City at home April 3 2:30 p.m. baseball vs. Consumnes River at home DOWN BUT NOT OUT: The Mustangs putting up a fight against Diablo Valley in the team’s first Big 8 game against the other, right. A Diablo Valley player readying a slide into base, left. PHOTOS BY JAMES STRIPLIN



Issue 11 • March 23, 2012 •

Cunningham replacement building nearing completion by michael johnson

Construction is not complete yet, but the new Cunningham Math and Science Center is targeted to be done Sept. 1. The new facility, funded by the $250 million Measure L bond, is expected to improve and expand the district’s educational centers. The building is planned to have a powerful impact on students. The current facility is lacking, say those who attend class there. “The elevator doesn’t work sufficiently and the size of the classrooms are too small,” said Delta College chemistry student Chris Sandoval. This replacement building will contain new furniture and a larger learning and work area. The building has been under construction since early 2010. It was originally built in 1973. An email sent out from Interim Vice President of Instruction


END IN SIGHT: The new Math and Science Center, under construction since early 2010, is nearing completion. The building is scheduled to open in the fall semester.

Matt Wetstein to the general Campus Business email said that once construction is completed, moving will begin. A firm move-in date, according to the email, will come in May.

To prepare for this move faculty and staff are being asked to pack up materials by the end of the spring term or before the start of the summer term. This way necessary items will be

readily available for the first few weeks of the fall term and boxes prepared to be moved. Faculty who are teaching lab sections next semester are also advised to arrange “dry labs” allowing chemicals, specimens, and other delicate materials to be moved in a secure and organized fashion, according to the email from Wetstein. Sandoval said there are positive aspects to the current Cunningham building, despite the upcoming move. “I enjoy the lounge area because it has plenty of space for study groups or to just relax, a room with vending machines for snacks food and drinks and a microwave,” he said. Even though these things may cause some ill-timed effects on student’s education, a helpful team of faculty, managers, and staff are synchronizing a plan to make this transition as smooth as possible.

ASBG APPOINTS MEMBERS TO FILL VACANT POSITIONS The Associated Student Body Government recently filled a number of vacant positions through internal appointment. TREASURER: Jaslein Sandhu SENATOR OF ADVOCACY: Razleen Sandhu SENATOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Lorena Campos SENATOR OF ADVOCACY: Razleen Sandhu SENATOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS: Sharri Perra VACANT POSITIONS: Senator of Activities, Senator of College and Community Relations, Senator at Large, Secretary and Sergeant at Arms ASBG spring elections for all positions will begin April 30 and run through May 4.

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Issue 11 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.

The Collegian -- March 23, 2012  

Issue 11 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.