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Issue 11 • Friday, March 22, 2013 •



Bookstore begins sale of pepper spray by sofia sher

Writers discuss the best movie fight scenes Page 4

Instructor helps students start businesses Page 6

Mustang diving a strong sport for Delta College Page 7


NO ORDINARY WOMAN: Dr. Condoleezza Rice, United States secretary of state during President George W. Bush’s administration, spoke Thursday at the University of the Pacific as part of the Advancing Women’s Leadership forum. “Societies that treat women badly are dangerous societies,” she told the audience in her keynote address. For more coverage on Rice’s visit to Stockton, visit

EMT program to shut down in July by valerie smith

UPCOMING Verdi Requiem Atherton Auditorium 8 p.m. Thurs., April 4, 6 p.m. Sat., April 6 Nearly New Sale Danner Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday April 5


The Delta College bookstore is now offering pepper spray for $9.99 a can. This is the first semester pepper spray has been available at the bookstore, a move prompted by Sgt. Mario Vasquez of the campus police. Students asked Vasquez about the use and sale of pepper spray on campus during recent campus safety presentations. The introduction of the spray on campus is one of a series of safety precautions undertaken by campus police for a safer campus. “In the first week of sales, 40 bottles were sold,” said Mike Dunnigan, auxiliary services coordinator. Those wishing to purchase the pepper spray from the bookstore are required to provide photo identification. Students under 18 are not allowed to purchase pepper spray on campus. “Misuse of pepper spray will result in consequences such as up to three years in state prison and a fine of up to $1,000 may also apply,” said Sgt. Robert Di Piero of the campus police department in an email interview. Regardless of whether students are on or off campus, safety is the key in any surrounding. “Pepper spray is a good self-defense tool to have on campus and it’s now convenient because it’s available in the bookstore,” said Fidel Cabuena, director of auxiliary services, the department that runs the bookstore.

Delta College’s Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program has long allowed students to earn certification of completion in one semester, propelling them to careers in the field. But not anymore. After July 1, the program will be cut due to budget constraints. “They offered up a bunch of programs to be cut due to budget constraints, and unfortunately EMT was on the chopping block,” said Frank Ramirez, an adjunct EMT and fire science instructor. The program consisted of a single semester course, with a series of lecture, lab and clinical observation in emergency set-

tings and simulations. To qualify for the program a student must be 18 years old, and carry a valid and current CPR certificate. No other previous prerequisites were required. The program was offered in both the spring and the fall. The EMT program is run similar to an academy. Uniforms were worn every day of class and lab. Students were required to pass background checks and drug screenings. The cost was around $700 per student, which includes the screenings, uniforms, class and books. Students are also held accountable for missing class. Every hour missed has to be made up in lab hours. “There’s not many colleges that offer programs like this,”


PROGRAM LOSS: Students during a lecture in Instructor Frank Ramirez’s EMT class.

said Ramirez. The EMT program was meant to provide students with the basic level knowledge of post-hospital emergency medical care and life-sustaining emergency care. The program has been a popular one amongst students at Delta. “This class has been filled every semester,” said Ramirez. “I

had over 40 students waiting outside for an opening in my class this semester”. Ramirez has been dedicated to both the EMT and fire science programs, teaching for about 11 years at Delta. He also works as an active firefighter, and is assistant coach for men’s soccer at Delta. Ramirez co-teaches with ad-

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Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •

Selection of new religious leader brings writer back to faith by karina ramirez


y childhood revolved around Catholicism. I made my communion at age eight, memorized my prayers in Spanish and attended church every Sunday with my family. But something happened in my beliefs when I reached my teenage years. I questioned everything. Prayer became less frequent and I’d sleep in on Sundays. I was not the only one. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, “strong” Catholic identity is at a 40-year low in the United States. Church attendance is even more scarce. Forty-seven percent of Catholics attended church at


least once a week in the 1970s. Today, it is down to 24 percent. On Feb. 28, after almost eight years of serving over a billion Catholics, Benedict XVI retired his title as the church’s 265th Pope. It now seems to be the smartest decision in his papacy. I count his stepping down as a blessing in disguise. The death of Pope John Paul II left big shoes to fill, and even with those red Prada shoes, it seems Benedict never completely did. He was not the world-tour rock star that John Paul II was. Issues involving the Vatican’s bank and sex scandals tainted Benedict’s papacy. But it’s important to know that the few, who did evil under the public’s trust, do not represent all those who follow.

wrong with haley pitto


h the elderly; sweet little old ladies knitting blankets for their grandchildren and the men playing chess or dosing off in front of the TV. This is usually most people’s perception of what they are like. But there is another side to the old. For one, you can’t tell them anything. Because they have been alive before dinosaurs walked the Earth, they automatically know everything and you will never be right — even when you are right. An older person driving is

with people?

The church’s strong traditionalist views to modern-day issues add to the decline of Catholics in the United States. My friend Prinz Jeremy Llanes Dela Cruz, a secondyear seminarian at the Old College Undergraduate Seminary conducted by the Congregation of Holy Cross (as well as a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame), says people lose faith, as they grow older because they don’t exercise it. Faith is an invisible muscle. “If people chose to attend Mass more often or frequent Confession on a regular basis, they would come to understand their faith not as a separate entity from who they are but as an integral part of their identity,” said Dela Cruz. Another major reason for the decline of my faith has to

do with the clash of science and religion. Could I do both? Dela Cruz answers yes. “It has never been and never will be a paradox to be both a practicing Catholic and an intellectual. One need only look at the host of saintly men and women who have served God and humanity as scientists, theologians, engineers, lawyers, and scholars,” he said. Benedict said he left for the good of the church. He left a vacant spot for someone to refresh it. I believe the 266th Vicar of Christ can and will. Argentina’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, is the first Pope from Latin America. My mother and I watched the coverage of Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.

He’s a man who seeks to help the poor and who, in 2001, washed the feet of AIDS patients in a hospital in Buenos Aires, symbolizing that he is their servant. This man inherits a troubled church in need of a John Paul II. He could be it. Though he is a traditionalist, I believe he can recruit new followers and strengthen beliefs of those who already believe. Perhaps I lost my beliefs because I didn’t comprehend it all the way. But there is no conflict between faith and reason. As Dela Cruz said, they can go hand in hand. Pope Francis will be the role model, I, and many others need to find our way back to Catholicism.


deadly. It scares me when I see an elderly person shuffling to their car. They endlessly fumble for their keys to unlock the door and by the time they finally manage to actually get in the car, small countries have changed their name — twice. Now they’re on the road, nearly blind puttering along at 20 miles per hour in a 40 zone. They are an accident waiting to happen. Because they have had so many life experiences they automatically assume that you want

to hear their life story. Oh you don’t? Too bad because they will tell you the same three stories every time they see you, usually for over an hour. And not one of these ever turns out to be remotely interesting. They always seem to forget the good stories or leave them out (as if they weren’t teenagers once). They take forever in the grocery store. I know they are not spring chickens, but a trip to the store usually takes over an hour for three items. They can’t read labels, can’t reach items and don’t understand why they can’t use expired coupons.

They only buy three items in one trip because that’s all they can carry, never mind they’ll be back at least four more times within the week. Then it takes them another twenty minutes to get out their wallet and count out the change (usually twice after losing count) to the exact cent. The elderly are always on the lookout to call the cops. They are constantly calling for anything from their paper not coming to a neighbor kid being on their lawn. Are you kidding me? 99% of their calls are nonemergency related and tie up the line for when something important like oh, I don’t know, a

robbery, a fire or a murder could happen! But those will have to wait because an old lady’s cat is stuck in a tree. Old people are rude. There I’ve said it. I’m now probably one of the most hated people ever. Well sue me because it’s true. The elderly pretend they have no concept of taking turns. They jump in front of others in line, interrupt servers at restaurants because their needs are more important and they prod people with their canes and walkers. Seriously what’s wrong with people?

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Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •

Gallon smashing trend plain stupid by valerie lancer


t is a shocking mix of flying milk and flailing limbs, violently crashing to the ground. It’s all phony and it is the latest Internet smash, called gallon smashing,” according to an ABC News report. There is no reason for the new Internet fad called “gallon smashing.” “Gallon smashing” is simply young kids dropping gallons of milk in the middle of grocery aisles, pretending to have slipped on the milk and gotten hurt, and posting the videos on YouTube for all to see. It is a ridiculous attempt to solve teenage boredom and it is only causing needless destruction in grocery stores. It started when three teens from Virginia came together, decided to pull this prank, and uploaded the recording to YouTube. The video received more than three million hits in less than a week. The boys (two brothers and a cousin who consider themselves actors) obviously wanted attention and got plenty. ABC News did a video of an interview with the little pranksters. In it, the three say it was blameless fun. “It was just an innocent prank. No one got hurt. Nothing bad happened,” one of the boys said. This tells me that they have no remorse for the trouble they’ve caused. They don’t understand that this is more than a silly prank to pass the time.

Someone has to clean up their mess. Someone could get hurt. Someone could press charges. “It does seem a bit malicious, particularly because someone has to clean it up. Based upon that, it can easily be viewed as a crime,” said legal analyst Dana Cole. These teens are putting their future at risk for some laughs and temporary jokes. This will eventually blow over. Their record will not. Also, putting this prank online shows a level of stupidity that cannot be explained without being harsh. They are blatantly calling attention to their shameful ways and they are setting themselves up to be caught. This video can follow them for many years to come. Even though it has been removed, it is still out there. The public has witnessed this misbehavior and this is what these three will be remembered for. Although they seem like little troublemakers who will strike again with some other nonsensical joke, I say they can turn this around and override their mistake. By cleaning up their act, behaving in the public eye, and apologizing properly, they can start with a clean slate and put their childish past behind them. Let’s use common sense next time, shall we? If you must check out the YouTube channel (if the suspense is killing you), the channel name is Chaizy. The boys have taken down the video of themselves “gallon smashing” but who knows what other “genius” material you might find.

Wage increase could raise statuses by christina cornejo


n 2011, 46 million people were said to be living below the poverty line in the United States. Yet, as of March 15, House Republicans overwhelmingly voted against a motion to increase the Federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. The $9 rate still doesn’t account properly for inflation, meaning we do not have a livable minimum wage in this country. As it stands now, the White House estimates at least 15 million workers would directly benefit from a higher minimum wage — that is 15 million people who may struggle to make ends meet, 15 million who deserve the chance to make a living wage. It’s a population the size of the Greater Los Angeles Area that could see an increase in standard of living, just by raising the federal minimum wage. Critics opposed to the legislation often warn of a potential negative impact on our economy, that jobs will be lost, prices will go up and small businesses will suffer. However, a significant body of economic research suggests those fears are unwarranted. In a report from the Center for Economic Policy and Research, researchers found that modest increases in minimum wage have little to no effect on employment. Many of the previous wage hikes actually brought increases in employment. Research also found that a higher minimum wage reduces employee turnover. It costs more for employers to train new workers often, than if they are able to keep an experienced and satisfied staff.

Employees who earn a decent wage tend to be more productive, which in return benefits the employer. Although it is possible that companies could pass off the burden to consumers, economists expect that a wage hike would have a minimal impact on inflation. Minimum wage workers are not a huge cost to employers, their earnings accounting for little more than 1% of the national economy, especially when corporate profits are at a record high. In fact, increasing the minimum wage tends to compress the wage distribution in this country. The report noted that an increase in minimum wage reduced the gap between rich and poor. This would come at a time when the distribution of money in this country is so skewed in favor of the super-rich, that 80 percent of Americans only have seven percent of the wealth. As for the small businesses, they will also benefit from a minimum wage increase, contrary to what many might think. The Fiscal Policy Institute, a research and education organization, found that small businesses grew at faster rates in states that raised their minimum wage than in states who kept a lower minimum wage. By no means is a minimum wage hike the endall solution to our nation’s economic problems. It will not end poverty, it will not erase the debt, but passing a motion to raise the federal minimum wage is not a bad thing. The evidence shows that its impact would largely be positive. We need higher minimum wage in this country, because those who make minimum wage know that those extra dollars could mean a huge difference in their lives.


10 Percent

with brian ratto

San Francisco trip reveals LGBTQ+ history


n a recent trip to San Francisco, I learned more about the LGBTQ+ community. I had read about the National AIDS Memorial Grove, but have never visited it. The grove is located along Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. In the grove there are rocks with phrases inscribed with the lives lost on them. There were a number of benches to sit and remember loved ones, as well as a circle of friends. The circle of friends is a circular patio with the names of those lost engraved with a blank space in the center. When you stand in the center you can hear your own voice as if it were someone talking back to you. The next stop was the Castro District, which is located around the intersection of Market and Castro streets. The neighborhood began as a working class neighborhood of mostly Irish Catholic people. It was slowly transformed through the 1960s and 1970s until it became the LGBTQ+ district it is today. I learned more about how Harvey Milk, an openly gay man, opened a camera store, called Castro Camera and started to work in the city. After awhile Milk began to fight against the constant mistreatment of LGBTQ+ people in the city. He started protests, and began San Francisco’s Gay Rights Movement. People around the country heard of Milk’s work and came to join him in the fight. Milk continued his fight for equality, starting with the Gay Pride festival and moving into politics. He ran for the office of city supervisor and won. He was the first openly gay city supervisor in San Francisco and in California. After a short term, Milk and then-mayor George Mascone, were killed by a conservative City Council member named Dan White. White claimed that he ate too much junk food and it made him insane, giving birth to the “Twinkie defense.” After a trial where White was found guilty of manslaughter and given a very short jail sentence, he returned to Milk’s old office and took his life. The loss of Milk impacted the political and social climate in the city of San Francisco. Then-city supervisor Diane Feinstein helped bring anti-hate legislation to the city, and helped fight hatred in California years later. Knowing that I am not the only one to fight for equality on the smaller scale makes it easier to continue the fight for those who are to come in the future. On this trip a friend, who I will call, Joey and his mother, who I will call Jen, were able to join my partner and I. They wanted to experience the LGBTQ+ parts of the city. Joey enjoyed learning all about the struggle Milk went through and how even as one person you can make a difference. Jen was happy to learn that the vision of the community as sex-driven, drug-abusing men was not the truth. She learned through experiencing the district that homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals. Jen talked with the clerk at the Human Rights Campaign store, which is now located in Harvey Milk’s old camera shop, about how from the 1970s until now the world has improved when it comes to the LGBTQ+ equality. But there is still a long way to go. The one thing I learned this trip is that knowing where your community has come from helps make for a better future.

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Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •


Battling it out over the best movie fight scenes by chris howze

of the violence.

Conflict is Drama. That’s been true ever since we’ve began storytelling, and nothing is more compelling than a good fight sequence. Whether it’s fist fighting, swords, guns or any other kind of miscellanea. Here is a short list of some of my personal favorite fight sequences I’ve ever seen ranging from the brutal and realistic to the absurd and fun.

CAT FIGHT Ripley vs. the Alien Queen – ‘Aliens’ Not what many might expect but this battle of mothers is one I can watch every day. It seamlessly cuts between full scale and miniatures to create a robot vs. alien brawl to a film that was already intense.

FISTS Nada vs. Frank – ‘They Live’ This has to be seen on grounds of it being one of the most ridiculous fights ever shot. This epic sevenminute long brawl between two friends over a special pair of sunglasses that dangerously skirts lunacy. GUNS Cemetery stand off – ‘The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly’ For a gun fight that is three-plus hours in the making, it ends being five minutes of the three main characters staring at each other. What makes this finale so brilliant is the building tension and the brevity

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WHATEVER’S HANDY Daesu vs. 15 guys – “Oldboy” This little known 2003 Korean revenge flick is brutal throughout but the 15 to 1 hallway fight involving a claw hammer. FAVORITE OVERALL/ SWORDS Luke vs. Vader – “Star Wars” Either fight from “The Empire Strikes Back” or “Return of the Jedi” would be worthy simply because they are a shining example of a fight is more about the internal conflict. It’s more why are these characters are fighting than flashy moves. That’s why the prequel films could never match their formers. No matter how fast and fancy the new films look, I’m not invested. Now I know that there are loads more that could go on a list like this but again these are simply of my opinion and also there’s not enough time so go get some pop corn and try to bask in the combatant glory.

YouTube success story comes to Stockton by karina ramirez

Macklemore, the eccentric rapper from Seattle, Washington, is heading into our area for a show. He achieved almost over night success with his hit “Thrift Shop,” explaining the virtues of saving money by buying second hand clothes. This charming and catchy tune is playful in tone but hints at the positive messages his lesser-publicized songs are filled with. With lyric ranging same sex marriages, the tole of drug addiction and anti consumerism provide a refreshing reminder of the times when rap lyrics had depth and meaning. Macklemore and musical partner Ryan Lewis have achieved great success with the unsigned duo’s sophomore album “The Heist.” It’s currently No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, with more than 245 million views on YouTube. Stocktonians will get a shot to see the duo live on March 28 at the Memorial Civic Auditorium. The show, sponsored by University of the Pacific, is sold out.

SWORD FIGHT/ CAT FIGHT The Bride vs. Elle – “Kill Bill Vol. 2” This has to be one of Quentin Tarantino’s best action fight scene ever. Everything about it will leave you gripping the end to of your seat. Tarantino defiantly put a new meaning to the best eye gripping scene ever! RUMBLE Channel 4 vs. Channel 9 – “Anchorman” This scene will have you dying out of your pants laughing. The movie already has some of the top comedic stars (Will Farrell, Steve Carrel and Paul Rudd) what more could you ask of a historical fight scene, oh yeah, that’s right, every possible weapon that you could every use in a fight, including a triton. GUN FIGHT The Lobby Shoot Out –“The Matrix’” The original film is still an incredible experience and this scene is one of the main reasons why. Back when using slow motion was still fresh this perfect marriage of oriental film techniques and western technology and sensibilities make for a glorious ballet of bullets and bodies.

ALL AROUND THE TOWN The Wild Bunch vs War Criminals – “Rocknrolla” This fight scene has everything – from cars tumbling over, gun shooting, and a five finger slap across the face. Guy Richie is always so nuts in all of his flicks and this throw down isn’t lacking creativity or humor. OVERALL FAVORITE FIGHT “Fight Club” If there is one movie to watch for some of the most brutal beat downs in cinematic history it has to be David Fincher’s “Fight Club.” You can’t watch a movie called “Fight Club” and not get enthralled by all the blood violence of all the fight scenes. Even though it originally a bomb commercially and critically, it was destined for success. Like the club of the movie it became one something you heard about through friends. One of the best scenes is when the protagonist gives himself the beating of a lifetime right infront of his pushy boss. Like the rest of the film it borders humor and violence brilliantly. Usually in a fight scene the audience wants someone to win and someone to lose, but what if the combatants are one in the same?

Ins and outs of making a music video by derrion dunn

Do you know what goes into making a music video? You can learn from Delta College’s RTV Multimedia Department. The Radio Television department offers video and audio classes that will point you in the right direction if you have the passion and the drive. You have to learn the ins and outs of the program and learn from feedback. Challenge yourself to do better. Motivation is the key to success.
Begin with basic video editing programs like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. Then move on to more advanced programs such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects. Learning these programs will increase your knowledge in editing. These programs at first can be very daunting. each require multiple steps and each tool do different things. They don’t hold your hand so have to know what each editing tool does. You also need to believe in yourself and stay focused on your goal. Remember practice makes perfect.
As you learn the programs, you’ll also want to start planning your

video. You need to write a script and then create storyboards. The storyboard is the most important part of a video because it shows the sequence of scenes.
The script keeps actors on point in each frame.
 When you are ready to collaborate with the director and the production team, you are ready to begin filming.
 At this point it is time to work with the director to start the shooting the music video. Then check with the lighting operator to make sure you have the proper lighting setup. If you are using a three camera shoot, you need to use the switch board to switch from camera to camera. The process of production is composed of the three P's: Pre-production, production and post-production. Pre-production is the process of preparing all the elements involved in a music video. Production is where the basic elements of the film are recorded. Post-production is the editing process including the integration of video and audio. Follow these three P's and your music video will turn out well.



Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •

CELEBRATING ST. PATRICK Root of holiday dates back centuries, more than revelers know by devin valdez

Here in America, we celebrate all different kinds of cultural celebrations such as Cinco de Mayo, Chinese New Years, and St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of our backgrounds and ethnic ties. However, very rarely do we know what we are celebrating for. With St. Patrick’s Day coming and going this year, I’m sure it was hard to miss all the green people wore, the green alcohol with shamrock decorations and beads, or even the corned beef and cabbage meals. I’m sure as you walked around Stockton, you have seen at least one girl (not Irish at all) wearing her “kiss me I’m Irish” shirt. If you are apart of the 21 and over crowd, I’m sure you went to a pub (not called a “bar” anymore on St. Patty’s day because that just wouldn’t be “Irish“), to get your green alcohol, whether it be a clas-

sic Irish drink or any kind of your choosing. Here in America we love every excuse to celebrate, period, but I ask again do we really know what we’re celebrating? St. Patrick’s Day is a day the Irish spend to commemorate Saint Patrick. He was a man credited for bringing the Protestant religion to heavily Catholic Ireland. March 17, the day we celebrate, is the saint’s religious feast day and also the day of his death. On this day, most people would attend church in the morning and celebrate through feasts, eating, drinking and dancing from afternoon until night. For more than 1,000 years, the Irish have celebrated St. Patty’s day as a religious holiday. Oh and what’s with all the green

and shamrocks, you ask? People wear green because the Catholics in Ireland were identified with the color green. Protestants wore orange, and there were constant clashed between the Protestants and Catholics, that’s why on St. Patrick’s day you pinch anyone wearing orange or any other color than that. The shamrock was a symbol in Ireland that people wore to show they were in support of the rebellion about to take place in 1798. Funny enough, corned beef and cabbage, the traditional meal eaten on St. Patrick’s, day isn’t entirely Irish. Cabbage is a big part of the Irish diet; however, traditionally in Ireland, Irish people ate cabbage with Irish bacon. Corned beef was introduced to the Irish by Jewish neighbors in America.

Culinary arts department hosts final bake sale of semester by sean mendoza

The Delta College culinary arts department held its sixth and final bake sale of the semester from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 14 in lower Danner Hall. For breakfast, the top sellers were ham and cheese croissants and blueberry scones, which,

according to the chefs, sold out quickly. Pastries, Danishes and muffins were also available for breakfast. Other specials included the personal pizza, fresh waffles and gourmet sandwiches. “I usually get the pizza whenever I can, it’s just that good and I like it better than those famous pizzas,” said stu-


by victoria davila

dent Richard Sanchez, a fan of the pepperoni pizza. Another student had a different craving for the gourmet sandwiches, sophomore Chavo Maciel said he enjoys the sandwiches because they’re original. “I always like sandwiches better when people get creative with it, I get tired of the usual,” Maciel said. The desserts weren’t to be

forgotten. The bake sale had different flavored cookies, brownies and chocolate-covered strawberries. Cookies were also a huge attraction for students. Student Chef John Hawkins, who was involved in the bake sale, was enthusiastic about working in the event. “This is our last bake sale of the year and it’s good to end on

a positive note,” said Hawkins. “It’s nice to see people waiting in line for our best sellers such as the ham and cheese croissants and the blueberry scones.” The sale was the last of the semester because the baking part of the class is only half a semester long. The student chefs will now start the second half of the class.



Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •

Instructor serves as campus business resource Villarreal helps guide her students into entrepreneurship by sofia sher

To an outsider, the world of business seems to be about sitting in an office cube, drinking a cup of coffee, working all day on a computer and answering phones before the clock hits 5:30 p.m. Sometimes those working in business set professionalism as a boundary and consider paychecks a reward. 
Delta College business instructor Martha Villarreal takes professionalism to the next level. Her student’s success is her reward. “I like to see my students succeed because it makes me love my job more,” said Villarreal.

 Villarreal has been working at Delta College for 24 years and has helped more than 30 students start their own businesses.

She works closely with each student to help them accomplish the goal of becoming an entrepreneur. She helps her students with a wide variety of businesses such as web design, a Vietnamese restaurant, retail, clown business, window tinting, auto glass repair and tax preparation, among others. 

 Villarreal’s classes introduce the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and she guides her students towards the path of success. SBDC is an organization that offers free business consulting and affordable training. Services are available to Delta students as well as individuals nationwide. Before becoming a professor, she was the Project Director at U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Center. Her love of teaching began when she was assisting her cli-

ents to understand the basics of business. She started out as a part-time professor at Delta, teaching law courses.

 Villarreal is passionate about her job and uses unique strategies to engage her students in the subject she’s teaching. For example, she brings in current events to the classroom that are relevant to the students’ lives. She also offers extra credit to students who go to SBDC. 

 Villarreal teaches nine courses in various aspects of law and business this semester.

 She was born and raised in Los Angeles and came to Stockton when she was 30. Villarreal earned her Juris Doctorate degree from University of California, Los Angeles. She soon discovered that her passion for teaching surpassed her ambition for becoming a lawyer. “When I see effort in my stu-



HELPING HAND: With the aid of a national organization, the Small Business Development Center, Villarreal encourages students to move forward with their future plans to open businesses.

dents, I will go out of my way to help them,” Villarreal said.

 In a 2008 survey of graduates, Villarreal was recognized

as one of the top professors at Delta College in the business department, according to The Record newspaper.



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Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •

Diving into new waters Delta’s divers a small but devoted group by alyssa gress

Afraid of heights? Diving may not be the sport for you. But never fear, Coach Robert Wimberly is an excellent teacher. In fact, the Delta College’s diving team is mostly composed of students new to the sport. The dive team has five members. All members compete except one who practices and will compete next year. One member, Kassandra Gressele, dove in high school. Another, Kelsey Agardy, began as a swimmer, and decided to jump into new waters with the diving team. “Being a swimmer does not give you an advantage in diving. Diving is more comparable to gymnastics. They are only alike because they take place in a pool,”

said Wimberly, who picked up diving at Tokay High School for fun, then went on to dive at the University of Western Kentucky. A typical practice for the team begins with very thorough stretching, practice dives, some jogging, jumping on a giant trampoline to improve form, then run throughs, as if it were a real meet. Wimberly has been coaching at Delta for four years and has seen much success. Last year one of his divers, Olivia Salvatore-King, took second in state, and has a good chance of doing the same this year. This year, he says he expects to see two divers make it to state. Wimberly welcomes new divers to the program. “Even if you are not the best, I will make you the strongest,” he said.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: At the pool and in practice, posture and balance are everything, top and right. PHOTOS BY ALYSSA GRESS

Delta student, full-time basketball coach inspires his players to achieve success about a “dollar a day.”

 After things beTeaching is an acquired taste that rip- came financially staens over time, but is continuously avoid- ble, he quit working ed as a skill because of its bitter taste. and came back to Eddie Morales, a full-time student at Delta to continue his Delta College, has chosen the life of a bas- pursuit of becoming ketball coach in high hopes it will one day a teacher.

“I’d rather support his dream of becoming a high take less money and school teacher. go do something I EDDIE MORALES Not only is he the head coach the junior love than stay somevarsity team at Sierra High School in Man- where I’m not happy,” said Morales. teca, he is also the assistant coach for the The workload for a student coach is varsity team at the school. a lot to handle, even though he is only Though his family, friends, teachers here for two days from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 and coaches, Morales learned to never p.m., his responsibilities on the court and give up on anything, a message he hopes at home never end.

 to pass on to his players. One of the important things he’s taken “Try to stay motivated, try to stay hun- from coaching at a high school level is gry for more,” said Morales. “And if you how to talk to different age groups. say you’re going to do something, do it.” “(I’m) just trying to find ways to talk Morales started playing basketball to them to keep them (the players) moticompetitively in sixth grade after being vated and on the right path and I’m trying persuaded by friends. His sport of choice, to the do the same myself. So if I’m saying however, was football. Morales continued something to them and if I’m not doing to play basketball through high school. the right thing it’s kind of hypocritical,” After his senior year, Morales asked the said Morales. “Making sure whatever you varsity coach for a position. He became as- say you’re going to do, just make sure you sistant coach of varsity right after graduation.
 are going to do it, and just making sure He attended Delta College, but due to you’re being the best person you can be financial constraint, Morales had to leave when it comes down to it.”

 Delta for a short time to work. Morales says the important thing for One of his previous jobs was at a col- students and athletes alike, is to be moldlection agency where he roughly made ed by their instructors and coaches. $40,000. Morales tries to be understanding and His coaching job only pays out at the calm. He prefers to have players understand end of the year, and the profits are split they did something wrong than punish between coaches. them; something he hopes reflects positively When adding up all the hours, time, on both his teams. Morales’ junior varsity and effort, Morales said he only makes basketball team went 20-3 this year.

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Issue 11 • March 22, 2013 •

Designated employee parking proposed for Delta


by brian ratto

Every day thousands of Delta College students, faculty and staff search for the best parking space on campus. “Staff parking was proposed to the Policy and Procedure Committee in May of 2012. They met early in the fall 2012 semester and sent the proposal to the Parking Committee for review,� said Sgt. Mario Vasquez in an email interview. This committee is comprised of students, administration, campus unions and association members. “There has been discussion concerning a staff parking fee for designated parking, closer to the buildings,� said Michael Kerns, vice president of student services in an email interview. “Please note,

only a discussion has taken place.� After this committee met earlier this year, a survey was sent out to faculty and staff asking if they would support assigned parking for faculty and staff. The survey also asked if they would support a $60 fee to have the designated parking. “Last month, on the recommendation of the Parking Committee I sent out a survey via email just to our employees regarding ‘Designated Employee’ parking areas on campus,� said Vasquez. The campus police department, which monitors parking, is now reviewing survey answers and will send results to the committee for review. The committee then will de-

U.S. Air Force jazz band comes to Delta by jermaine davis


PARKING: The Shima parking lot on a recent morning.

cide whether or not it wants to move forward with designated employee parking, after which the policy will be reviewed by faculty, staff and student groups. Officials said that no decisions have been made so far for implementation of designated parking.

On Sunday, April 14, The Commanders, the United States Air Force Jazz Band, will be hosting a free concert in Atherton Auditorium at 3 p.m. Tickets for the concert are required and will be made accessible at the Center for the Arts Box Office in Locke 102. There will be a six-ticket per person limit. The band is part of the Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base just outside of Sacramento. The Commanders continue the legacy of great big bands of yesteryear with a modern twist. This newly organized band consists of 18 hard-working airmen, who play a variety of jazz music, including traditional jazz, swing, bop and patriotic music. The Commanders pay homage in many ways to great jazz musicians of the past at their shows with covers of many favorite jazz tunes by artist such as Woody Herman, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, but also uses the modern jazz style of today. They perform at festivals and concerts for the community, in addition to visiting schools all over the United States encouraging children to play instruments. For free tickets contact the Delta College Center for the Arts Box Office at (209) 954-5110.

Three students receive awards in campus math competition by christian covarrubias

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The math department has announced the 2013 winners of the Delta College Math Competition. Yunji Zhang placed first with 31.5 points. Second place was Jesus Gonzalez with 30 points. Third place was Pavneet Singh with 27 points. The winners earned $200, $100 and $75, respectively. The Delta competition is part of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Student Math League annual competition. Competition rounds are held in fall and spring. Winners are named based on cumulative scores from both rounds. The national winners for the competition will be announced in April.

EMT: Experience led to strong program continued from PAGE 1

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junct Paul Tualla, whom is just as dedicated. The two tag-team teach the class. With funds dwindling due to the economy, Ramirez and Tualla have taken time to find equipment donations. “The last two years I’ve been trying to get donations, and bringing my own equipment in,� said Ramirez. “American Medical Response has helped out a lot with donation medical bags, and dummies so we can do skills testing.� Graduates for this final semester will receive a certificate of completion, and may then go on to take the EMT-1 National certification exam for California. “My goal when I took over the program is to make sure my students are proficient and confident to perform as an EMT,� said Ramirez. Ramirez and Tualla hold

their students to a high standard during the intense semester. “Current students are excelling in skills and have surpassed my expectations,� said Ramirez. Ramirez is sad to see the program come to a close, but is hopeful in its possible return. “I was able to work it out so it may potentially be offered again,� said Ramirez. “With our program leaving Ripon will be the only college offering EMT courses in this area.� EMT salaries range from about $30,000 to $35,000. The hourly rate in Stockton is $1320 an hour. Most EMT-1 certified get hired on by the fire department or by ambulance companies. “We have received great support from Health Divisions Dean Lori Jensen, and also the health science division staff,� said Ramirez.

The Collegian -- March 22, 2013  

Issue 11 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.

The Collegian -- March 22, 2013  

Issue 11 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.