thecollegian Issue 14 • Friday, May 10, 2013 • deltacollegian.net
Thrifting an easy, cheap way to dress to impress Page 4
Ten days after Delta College student Dominic Deiro died tragically in a solo-vehicle drunken driving accident, his family found a way to cope through education. In response to the December 23, 2011 accident that took his life, Deiro’s family founded the Dominic Designated Driver program in hopes of spreading awareness and deterring young people from drinking and driving. On April 30, the Deiro family brought that message to Delta College during an event in Upper Danner sponsored by the Cultural Awareness Programs Committee and produced by the English Department and DDD. Mia Deiro Douglass, Dominic’s sister, was the keynote speaker. She shared precious moments she has had with her brother, and the inspiration and optimism he carried throughout his life. “Dominic was born on February
PHOTO BY VALERIE SMITH
MEMORY TREE: Robert Duran hangs a note on the memory tree in the quad on Tuesday, April 30.
23, 1990 at Dameron Hospital, it was at that moment I knew I would no longer be the center of attention,” said Deiro Douglass holding
Proposed closure of adult schools may impact Delta Colonization of Mars a possibility Page 10
UPCOMING Free Books Monday, May 13 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Danner Hall Delta Band goes Classical Tuesday, May 14 7 p.m. Atherton Auditorium
One free copy JH
Student lost but not forgotten
by valerie smith
NBA star Jason Collins comes out Page 11
GRADUATION SPECIAL EDITION
by salvador ortiz email@example.com
With today’s economic troubles we have seen cuts across the board, many of which are in education. According to News 10, more cuts are coming in the fall if Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget passes. Brown wants to cut “categorical funding.” This funding is the money schools have to spend on certain programs, including adult school, keeping class sizes small and 56 other categories. News 10 also mentioned that Brown would like the schools to take responsibility in regards to where the money goes and eliminating categorical funding. Schools would still receive the same per pupil funding. The only way schools receive more is if there are low-income or non-English speaking students, brown claims it take more to educate these students. “The responsibility of adult school should be on the community colleges,” said Brown, in a recent news interview. This could change many things on our campus from educational space to number of faculty needed to teach these students. The effect on adult school students is different. “The closing of the adult school would affect me in a bad way,” said Marlane Haro, a Stockton Adult School student. “I will not have the money to pay for school.” If Brown’s budget passes, students like Haro might not continue studying. Many other students take adult school as an alternative to community or vocational colleges. If the budget passes, Delta will not be the only community college that is affected. The entire community college system would be impacted.
back tears. “Everyone always spoke of how good looking he was with his red hair and big smile.” The emphasis of having a
sober driver, and drinking responsibly was the overall goal of the informative forum. Officer Craig Wood of the Stockton Police Department stressed the financial struggles and consequences drunk driving can have on individuals. “You all need to decide right now that this is unacceptable,” said Wood, addressing the crowd. “Decide today that you are not going to drink and drive.” Bobby Wells, a current University of the Pacific student and one of Dominic’s close friends, spoke about the importance of friendship and drinking responsibly. Wells was supposed to be in the car with Deiro that night. “I never saw myself as lucky,” said Wells. “I was just as hurt as everyone in the car that night.” Wells closed with: “You really don’t know when the last
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Associated Student Body Government moves to online-only elections by karina ramirez firstname.lastname@example.org
The Associated Student Body Government held online elections beginning Tuesday, May 7 and ending Wednesday, May 8 to determine positions for the 2013-14 school year. Delta College students were able to vote online, via a link sent through campus email. Quanisha Smith is the only official candidate running for president. However, write-ins were possible in the elections for all positions. Lorena Campos, the current ASBG president, said she approves of the online ballots as opposed to formerly used paper ballots. “[It’s] more convenient for the students and it’s easier on the committee … there’s that 48 hour access for everybody … each individual student gets one chance to vote,” Campos said. The strategy is to reach more people, including students who exclusively take online classes. People shouldn’t be discouraged by the decision to move the elections online.
“If it’s out in the quad, there’s always a certain time frame for people to vote. And if it’s online, it’s 24 hours. Anytime of the day, you can go online and vote,” she said. This years elections showed a huge response from students running for the 16 positions. Seven of the 16 ASBG offices have students running for election. “There are different positions for different types of people … you don’t necessarily have to be a political science major to be in ASBG,” Campos said. Campos stressed the importance of the ASBG. She said it represents a voice on campus. A series of committees, such as the planning and budget committee, make changes that directly impact students. “As far as the parking fees, smoking on campus, a lot of that goes through those committees and so the student voice is important … know who’s representing them. So if they don’t believe that the ASBG is running a certain way, it’s important for them to get involved,” Campos said.
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Personal responsibility key to campus safety
he San Joaquin Delta College campus has recently seen a series of heinous crimes of both a violent and sexual nature. One could argue that these crimes were only able to take place because of a lack of police surveillance and diligence. We argue otherwise. The Delta police department has been extremely thorough. Officers are on top of every situation thus far and respond quickly to calls for help. Students can receive crime alerts and updates sent directly to their phones. The department also sends out emails after a crime takes place to alert students. The police department patrols campus regularly. Escorts are offered so students can be safe going to their cars. The department also has a Facebook page to keep students in the know on what is going on around campus and keep an open line of communication.
We believe all students should make a commitment to personal responsibility if they have not done so already. The police are here to protect you but they are not stand-ins for our mother. While the service is offered, the campus police does not have time to walk every single Delta student to his or her cars. There is not enough time or resources to allow this in the already weak economy, especially in a school that has been hit hard with budget cuts. It is our responsibility as students to be aware of our surroundings and use common sense. Do not walk to your car headphones in, music blasting, oblivious as to what is going on around you. Do not think you are immune to something happening to you. People who are unaware of their surroundings make the best targets because they have slower reactions times and often
don’t know what has happened until they have already been robbed or assaulted. We are in no way making light of what happened to the recent victims of the criminal activity on campus. We are not blaming them. However, we must all be responsible for ourselves from time to time and follow the instructions that the police have emailed and given in their campus safety seminars. Do not park your car in an isolated or low-lit area. Walk to your car with a friend, classmate or group of people. These may seem like simple suggestions to follow, but most of the students on this campus do not heed the warning until it’s too late. By then the damage is done and the attacker has escaped to do it again to another unsuspecting victim. Do not be the victim. Take charge, take control and take responsibility for your safety.
Personality goes deeper than the clothes we wear, style we choose
by jermaine davis email@example.com
hat does your appearance say about you? So often we find ourselves judging people by their hairstyles, expressions and the clothes that they wear. What does that say about us as individuals? Why do you care how someone else looks? Look around Delta campus and you’ll see a variety of fashions and personalities.
That doesn’t mean those people play the role you may believe. When passing an AfricanAmerican male student on campus, wearing a hooded sweater and sagging pants as he talks on his cell phone, the first words that come to mind should not be shady, dangerous or “ratchet.” Instead, your mind should be free of the premature assumptions about someone you’ve never met. For example, if a white female student wears short-shorts and tight clothing, plus is very friendly
with a lot of guys, someone who doesn’t know her may assume she sleeps around with multiple partners and parties all the time. The fact of the matter might be that she works, helps her family and maintains a 3.0 grade-point average. It just so happens she also has a HOT body and prefers to hang out with more guys than girls. The way we perceive people based on their appearance can actually cause racism within ourselves. Soon we begin to believe that everyone who looks like the last
person we’ve passed judgment about really is that person. Every Asian-American on campus doesn’t have a funny accent and every Mexican-American you see didn’t sneak across the border. People choose to change their appearance the way they see fit. Appearance can be based on emotion, lack of funds or simply to show off what you’ve got, but your appearance shouldn’t determine who you are. Being free to appear as you want is a right that we all have
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as Americans. Besides, nobody really wants to wear the exact same clothing style, unless their clones. We can all admit to having misjudged a person at one time or another in our life, but to continuously do so is wrong. So what if people choose not to dress or carry themselves in the same manner as you do, that’s what makes us all individuals. If you have a unique style, even if people make fun of you remember that’s how trends are started.
THE COLLEGIAN — SPRING 2013 Editor James Striplin News editor Brian Ratto Opinon editor Justin Tristano Entertainment & Sports editor Christopher Howze Feature editors Karina Ramirez & Valerie Smith Copy editor Haley Pitto
Staff Christina Cornejo Christian Covarrubias Victoria Davila Jermaine Davis Derrion Dunn Ashley Gordon Alyssa Gress Michael Johnson Shallena Johnson Valerie Lancer Sean Mendoza Andrea Masuret Salvador Ortiz Diane Rivera Sofia Sher Devin Valdez Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano
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Possible changes to Danner Hall coming by sofia sher
umors have been going around that Danner Hall cafeteria will close next semester. However, Danner management has a bigger plan than the students think. Approximately a year ago, Danner cafeteria eliminated serving pizza and moved Java Jitters into its place. Instead of closing at 4 p.m., Java Jitters closed early at 1 p.m. along with the entire cafeteria. As cuts continue, the vending machines are the only alternatives for students, especially those who have evening classes. In recent years, the campus population has shrunk due to fewer classes being offered. That means fewer students on campus. And fewer students are buying food here. Anyone still on campus after Danner closes for the day, knows that there are very few people left. When the food
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e live in a dog-eatdog world. People with a need to feel important and a desire to achieve more than those around them surround us. It’s competition. It’s survival of the fittest. Among these people are a group we call “one-uppers.” A “one-upper” is an extremely annoying and rude being who has seen, done or heard the exact same things as you – only better simply because they have declared this to be true. These people actually think they’re better than you because you paid $22.50 for a pair of jeans at the store last week and they only paid $22. Trust me I know what you’re thinking. Idiots. Yes, but pretend that they’re smart so they can feel better about themselves. And so that you can enjoy your day quietly making fun of their stupidity. We all have at least one, if
center of campus closes, people leave for food. In many cases, they don’t come back. Next semester, Delta is expected to face more changes in the food services area. The faculty behind this plan is hoping for a positive change in revenue. For years, the culinary arts students have shared the Danner cafeteria with food services. Now both parties are negotiating to collaborate. The plan for culinary arts students is to combine their products with what is already in the cafeteria to increase the variety of food. Due to the strict limitation of food and hours cut, the revenue of Danner continues to decrease. “Last year, Food Services lost $426,000 and the bookstore bailed them out,” said Fidel Cabuena, director of auxiliary services, bookstore and food service. This means that if changes don’t occur on campus, students will continue to find alternatives.
Delta has approximately twenty fast food restaurants surrounding the campus. I feel that the collaboration of Food Services and Danner Hall will be a positive change on campus. According to Cabuena, the bookstore will remove miscellaneous items and utilize that area for an on-campus restaurant offering pizza and sandwiches until 5 p.m. This change will likely increase bookstore revenue because the store will be open longer. The campus will benefit from this change, in my opinion. The management is working on solving the problem of supply verses demand and if both balance, the Food Services and the bookstore will be stable and more will be offered to students on campus. No definite plans have been made to make this change happen. But the rumor mill continues as people continue to spread false information that Danner Hall is closing.
not several, of these annoying creatures in our lives. Fear not, because like the know-it-all, the one-upper can be dealt with (without getting jail time). Graduation is approaching and this is the prime season to spot a one-upper. Don’t be fooled by their usually cool demeanor because these things are ruthless. My favorite one-upper is the parental type. You know the one: “My Susie took all AP classes and just graduated with honors and got offered several scholarships and an internship and five job offers. What about your kid?” Really lady? Yes, because we really want to try to compete with that. Not. Another one-upper that’s easy to spot is the sick one. You have the flu? I’ve had it twice this year. You have a stomach ache? I have a terminal illness. No sympathy, just competition. And they enjoy it.
It’s sick really, how desperate everyone has become to outdo someone else. And don’t even think about denying it because you (yes, you reading this column) have done it to. I know you have. I know because I’m just as guilty — probably even worse (see what I did there). But in all honesty try to pipe down the next time you feel the urge to one-up someone. Chances are they could care less what your supposed bigger problem is because they want to talk to you about theirs. What’s wrong with people? This is Haley Pitto’s final column as a staff writer for The Collegian. She’ll attend Seattle Pacific University in Washington this fall. To keep up with her rants and raves, visit haleypitto.wordpress.com or check back in future issues of The Collegian for guest columns.
with Brian Ratto
Musicals for more than just the gay community
s I sit listening to show tunes, I wonder why on Earth do so many gay people love theatre? The origins of this came to me when reading a recent column by Clarence Coo, a blogger for the playwrights foundation, which I follow. The writer’s topic was about a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and a response that related to theater. The response he heard the word “fabulous” uttered. The writer defined the word. “To fabulate is to concoct a lie so believable that it seduces like a good story. To be “fabulous” is to have the power of myth,” he explained. Musicals are a form of storytelling. They also can be a form of myth or fantasy. That is why I believe LGBTQ+ people have a connection to musical theater. They want to be in a world that has grace, honor, humor and some good music as a way to lighten their mood and avoid the hatred that is usually focused on the LGBTQ+ community. Another columnist, Jim David who writes for the Advocate.com, says he was thrust into the world of theatre and he fell in love with it. “Prancing around in costumes and make-up in front of an audience,” said David. Just as anyone in the world enjoys being around other people who are like them, the world of theater welcomes every person regardless of differences. The escape that theater offers is enticing to many LGBTQ+ people. It offers them a way to be the center of attention and not have to be themselves. Yes, this can be a way to avoid the issue. As theater is a way to make one feel better about their life, music does that for me. In music it is not the who the person is, how they act or what they like it is how well they can work to make the performance the best it can be. Theatre does just that. It takes people of diverse backgrounds and asks them to forget their differences and come together as one to put on the best production they can. There are people out there that think all men in theater are gay but this is far from true. Every type of person is involved in theater. As with every other profession, there are all types of people involved. My drama history profesor asked me a question recently that made me think about ths connection. Are there more LGBTQ+ people in theatre or is it just more open and accepted? I am sure that the theatre arts are more accepting and just do not care. I know that theatre is not the only accepting career but it is one of the best known professions for the LGBTQ+ community. Though theater people tend to be more open about whom they are and accept everyone more readily because they understand that everyone has a struggle. They also know that people sometimes need a friend. This is Brian Ratto’s final column as a staff writer for The Collegian. Read more about his views on the LGBTQ+ community, visit oshenukharr.wordpress.com.
AN ARTIST PASSAGE
Following a dream by wisdom-shallena johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Mi’Quan James 25, is a rapper, poet and actor. James AKA Kid-Atlanta or The DeathSpitter, was born on February in Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, James moved to Stockton and claimed he brought his musical mind set with him from Atlanta, Ga. “I came to Stockton with a take-over mentality and it didn’t come out like that. It was a rough transition to being in the studio everyday and only when I started attending Delta, my music career started up,” said James. While attending San Joaquin Delta College, James gained recognition by Hip Hop Congress (HHC) President; Ahmad Majid. At the time, James dedicated his efforts into rebuilding HHC Foundation back into its club. “The HHC President at the time was telling me how the club didn’t have enough dedicated members to keep it afloat,” said James. “So I volunteered to help. I figured that joining Hip Hop Congress, I could get access to studio time and shows.” Long after all the possibilities of making the future unfold with greatness, it quickly was shaken and divided. “That vision went south, fast. But I met two cool friends along the way; Mark Gavigan, the Lyicist and Eruch Dah, a community leader. “Meeting them and starting HHC is one of my highlights here in Stockton. The presence is and still can be felt when we enter the building. That love for music and seeing other dope artist who are now my good friends is what inspired me to be HHC,” said James. After graduating from Delta, James plans to move to Los Angeles and continue his journey as an HHC member if possible. This poetic lyricist says he’s very passionate. “I love writing music, developing, growing, I love hearing and supporting people who are nice without being mainstream or sounding like someone else. When I know someone knows the words to my song that feeling is indescribable like someone is quoting your hard work to get them through the day. It’s not always about rapping and doing shows it’s about giving back to the people who got you where you at now,” he said. But that’s not all he’s passionate about. “My family I love them to death and I want to spend more time with them before I leave off to LA. Without family and close friends I am nothing. I’m also passionate about helping people, help themselves, and those who really are in need,” James said. James was soon in a position as a top leader in HHC at Delta where he discovered and managed to collaborate with other artists like Second Nature, Ashley Angel, Pryo Spoken, Masked Avengers, Urban, Lunnie, BuddyLee, Steve Spiffler, Jimmy Wigz, Mike V, Wiz Kid, Norm Rockwell, G, Rich P, Ray Gigs, Sy and Twitch. In 2012, James Released his first “Kidd & Friends” Mixtape and performing “Not Like We” for the first time at the “Multi Media Film Festival” in Stockton.
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You’ve been listening to Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop” so much, iTunes has replaced the number of plays with “Overplayed.” It gets you wondering how much you can get from the thrift store with just $20 dollars in your pocket and what is actually there. Head to Superior Thrift Store of Stockton, and you will enter a completely new universe of previously-owned items. Every wall and aisle is filled with a variety of things ranging from clothing and knick-knacks to furniture and electronics. Just looking at the massive rows of clothing can be daunting to the amateur thrift shopper. The squeaking sound of aggressive hanger sliding is a constant reminder of the competitive nature of the task – the first to find the quality clothing walks away with the best deal. At Superior, most of the clothes are priced between $2 and $8, with a few of the more highend items priced proportionately higher – an emerald green Dolce and Gabbana blazer was listed at $30. But you only have a $20 bill. Armed with little knowledge of what is good and what is outright useless, you do what any self-respecting shopper does and follow the assembly line of shoppers down the long aisles, looking at everything. This may not be the best approach, as some would prefer to know exactly what to look for in advance. You might even overhear a self-proclaimed hipster share vague wisdom from her “vintage friend” on the proper way to zero in on valuable things. There is some detail you have to look for at a distance, though she’s not sure what. But you can miss the small gems that way by not digging further, like the wall of hair weaves and the classic rubber chicken. With $20 you can buy different amounts of things depending on the category: five outfits, three items of cookware, ten hygiene products, two purses, 20 puzzles, 20 books, one comforter, 40 pieces of glassware, a computer monitor, two large toasters or one fancy lantern. In comparison, $20 at a department store might get you only one item from any of the previous categories. And that’s if you’re lucky. Whether you are a veteran thrift shopper or just starting out for the first time, the thrift store has something of interest to everyone, if not for purchase, for the nostalgia factor of seeing an old 1990s era boom box. Hidden in the clothing racks could be essential items to your wardrobe – on the shelves, your first set of kitchenware. A wealth of possibility awaits the broke college student, the hipster, and the scrooge down at the local thrift shop.
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You’ve achieved academic success and are moving on to another chapter. There’s a long road ahead but the first step is the most important.
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Building a better life: Scholarships, academic success and a strong support system drives student forward by valerie smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Sina So is a 20-year-old Delta College student who is transferring to University of the Pacific this fall. So is the definition of an ideal student. Ambitious, inspiring and optimistic, she sees herself moving forward after receiving her bachelors in business administration from Pacific. Growing up, So has faced adversity at almost every turn. As the youngest child in her family, growing up with Cambodian parents who speak little English, she was forced to deal with bills and land lords.
At 10, So had to deal with the loss of her biological father to lung disease. When she reached the college level she realized her mother and stepfather had no money to give her for college, which required her to begin working while in high school. “Our family has always been poor my parents came here from Cambodia and lived off welfare,” said So. “My parents have never paid for anything for my schooling, because they can’t afford it, and I see that so I never ask.” So also had unstable roots while growing up due to family woes. She moved every few months. She was unable
Future in engineering guided by MESA advisors by christina cornejo email@example.com
Ramon Alonso has been an outstanding student here at Delta College in his studies with the Mechanical Engineering program. His interest in engineering started when he was younger and worked on people’s cars for free, gaining experience in figuring out better ways to fix and build the mechanical parts of cars and other objects. Alonso strived to bring his love of engineering to his fellow students as well as the greater community. He became co-president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, a group that helps connect people who have interest in engineering to internship and community
service opportunities, as well as helping them to acquire more engiRAMON ALONSO neering and leadership skills. “Any chance to volunteer, we’ll go do it,” he said. One such opportunity involves a project to rebuild a Taylor-series airplane. Alonso is also involved with the Teacher Apprentice Program as a math tutor, by recommendation of Counselor Debra Louie, as well as his tutoring help with the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science
Achievement) program. He has been actively involved in helping give other students the skills needed to transfer to schools. Outside of campus, he had the opportunity to intern at the engineering labs of the University of Michigan and focus on the subject of control systems. “Building and seeing complex systems, it amazed me. It was really intriguing,” he said. Ramon plans to take his talents to the University of California, Berkeley where he will focus on control systems or microelectronic mechanical systems, with the hopes of obtaining a master’s degree. He owes a part of his successes to his advisors here at Delta including MESA Director Cassandra Hernandez-Vives. “With the help from the Di-
to finish a full year at the same school. So attended more than 10 middle schools on her journey to high school and college. “It was always hard in school,” said So. “I was young and I always had to move in the middle of the school year and adapt to a new environment.” So began attending Middle College High School, which allowed her to get a jumpstart on college level units. So graduated from Middle College in 2007 with more than $30,000 in scholarships. So was the recipient of the Dell Scholarship, which supplied her with a free laptop, books, printer and supplies for her college endeavors. She also received the $10,000 Horatio Alger Scholarship.
So planned on attending University of California, Davis and majoring in biological science, with high expectations from her parents. “My parents wanted me to be a doctor, but I didn’t want to do that,” said So. But So felt obligated to come home, and help her parents her stepfather was ill and her mother was not doing well with her gone. “My mom went through a depression when I went to Davis,” said So. “We had family and financial issues at the time so I decided to come home and help.” When So returned to Delta, she decided she was not interested in pursuing a major in biological sci-
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rector at MESA and everything she’s supported me with, it has been amazing. I’ve never met someone so willing to help me with so much and go above and beyond to write letters of recommendation at the last minute,” he said. The future looks bright; someday he’ll achieve his goal of working for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory or the labs of Lockheed Martin.
Love for archaeology grew from childhood by justin tristano firstname.lastname@example.org
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DIGGING IT UP: Alex Coburn talks about his work at Micke Grove Zoo as Zoo Guide and being the only anthropologist on staff.
Delta College student Alex Coburn is slowly becoming a modern “Indiana Jones,” only without the whip. The graduating archeology student is known as the “fedora zoo guide” at the Micke Grove Zoo. His role at the zoo is a long way from his early start in the field, digging through dirt in his own backyard. When Coburn was a kid his mother gave him a book with information about archeologists. His immediate thoughts were: “You could get paid to dig in the dirt.” He thought that would be cool. Coburn’s father is a historian, so Coburn gained a background in history
while growing up. Coburn believes he is doing much of the same. Simply taking it in a different direction. “I love history, I feel like I can preserve it and share it. I love that aspect,” he said. Even with his current background in archeology Coburn is going to continue his education transferring to California State University, Sonoma because he feels he has experience with the people there and believes the transition to be one far easier than any other location. At Sonoma State, Coburn will be working in the Anthropological Study Center on campus. In the last two years, Coburn has taken part in four digs, one of which involved finding a bottle that
could be dated back to the 1800s. In other digs he has taken part of, he has found a mortar, obsidian and what is believed to be a human toe, but has not yet been confirmed. Over the summer, Coburn is going to be working with the Micke Grove Zoo in a summer camp program. He’ll teach students about primates while also maintaining the bones, including cleaning and restoring the artifacts. Coburn said all of his success is thanks to a nudge from Dr. Peggy ScullyLinder. After Coburn informed her that he wanted to become an archeologist and she helped him to get connected to and involved with ways to move forward in the career field.
ence. Her passion was in helping others pursue their dreams, particularly students. She decided she was going to major in business. So looks up to Debra Louie, a counselor and professor at Delta who works in the transfer center located in DeRicco. So is currently working in the transfer center scheduling appointments for Louie, and helping student with resumes, among other duties. “She has helped me through so many things,” said So in regards to Louie, “She helped me get into UOP and get the job at the transfer center as well I don’t know what I would have done without Mrs. Louie.” While working in the transfer center helping students it sparked her interest in helping others. She plans to become a Human Resources manager,
which entails helping people find jobs and maintain benefits. “Hopefully, I can help a great deal of people,” said So. With a whirlwind schedule, So finds time to volunteer at her church, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church next to the Adult School on Pacific Avenue. “I help in the choir, and offering testimony,” said So. So had a rough struggle through life, but shows what students can do even when facing adversity. “I can see what I can do with my future now,” said she said with a smile.
Science major first in family to graduate college by karina ramirez email@example.com
For the past four years, first generation American Lee Juarez has worked day and night to become the first in her family to attend college. In the fall she will attend University of California, Merced. MESA Director Cassandra Hernandez-Vives introduced Juarez into the idea of joining the program. She was hesitant at first, but realized it would help with her biological science major. A t Merced, Juarez will focus on cognitive science. “It’s a bit more
psychological. So you get to learn about the brain, learn about their functions, senses. What parts of the brain are triggered produced when learning a language,” she said. Juarez wasn’t interested in science until she saw the human side. “I want to do research on the brain. Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, why do those things happen. How can we cure that? I guess I’m just curious about that other people think,”she said laughingly. In high school, she felt pressure from her parents to pursue the medical field, “it wasn’t until my senior year of high school I thought to myself, ‘I do want to go towards the medical field … but there’s so much more you can do,’” she said. People ask what she wants to be. “I can’t really give them a direct answer because you can’t really predict where you’re going to be at in the future ... I
could go into research or I could even teach. It’s just so diverse,” she said. Juarez realized the pressure from her parents wasn’t negative. They wanted the best for her. “For four years they’ve seen me come home late, studying. I had to work at the same time trying to support my family. As a student, everyone has to do that,” she said. During her time at Delta, she held four jobs at one time. Juarez was working 40-hour weeks and had to drop two classes, she found herself having time just for one class. “I felt like a failure,” she said. Juarez found solace in Hernandez-Vives and her family. “Me and Cassandra are really close. There were times when I’d go to her crying. Go to my parents crying, and tell them I don’t know what to do,” she said. It was Hernandez-Vives who
advised her to cut down the work schedule, and forced Juarez to find balance in supporting her family and LEE JUAREZ her education. Her hard hours paid off. She received a $23,000 grant from the UC Merced Foundation. “When I read that letter I didn’t know how to react to that. I thought I read it wrong. I was excited,” she said, “I don’t have to pay it back it. Thank God for it, I’m totally blessed with that,” she said. Juarez leaves Delta with a certificate in American Sign Language, two associate or art degrees, and an associate of science degree.
Education strengthened by religious involvement by christian covarrubias firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE NEXT CHAPTER Members of Delta College’s graduating class reflect on their time at the campus — including the challenges and tastes of success as they move on to four-year universities this fall
Very few students have accomplished what Angela Bardot has been able too during her time at Delta College. She graduates on May 23 with four associate degrees: communication studies for transfer, interdispensary study of communications, photography, and arts and humanities. But Bardot does much more than focus on her academics, though she is a student at both Delta and a local Bible college. She currently has bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology and is going to be adding more degrees to her resume at the end of this semester. She is involved in many extracurricular activities, including five campus clubs. The club she has had the most impact on is the Writer’s Guild. Bardot has been the president of this club
since 2007. The club focuses on techniques to become more creative writers. The group also publishes Artifact, the campus literary magazine. “New students should PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN COVARRUBIAS take the opportunity to DRIVEN BY FAITH: Angela Bardot stands in front of some of her join a club work. because, they right now and allow her to get her do great things for this campus and commu- ing masters in communications much fastnity,” said Bardot. er. Bardot gives nearly every minute of Bardot said that if it was not for the her free time back to her community. professors who noticed her passion and When she is not on campus, she is pushed her to excel, she doesn’t know spending all of her free time volunteer- what she would have done. ing at her church. She has grand plans for her future. Her involvement in church has led to “Ten years from now I would see myself her decision as to where she will pursue publishing fiction and books. For a caher education next school year. She has de- reer, I could see myselfart as a professor who cided to go Regent University in Virginia. is teaching communications. not sure Regent will accept all of her credits but I would like to have doneI’m some misfrom both of the colleges she is attend- sion work in Japan as well,” said Bardot.
Students use Delta as stepping stone to future by salvador ortiz email@example.com
Nowadays when the word “graduation” is heard most people think of universities with a bachelor’s degree. In today’s economy more people trying to educate themselves in faster ways. What better way than at community college such as Delta College? People come to community colleges with different mindsets. Richard Herrera, a gradu-
ating student, with degrees in sociology and liberal arts is one example. After graduating Delta with two degrees, Herrera is going to transfer to California State University Long Beach this coming fall. After Long Beach, he wants to attend grad school. “It’s always good to have something under your belt,” said Herrera of earning multiple degrees. He said having a variety of degrees gives him security of having something to fall back
on. Herrera was also asked how great of an accomplishment is Delta considering our geographical location. “It is a great accomplishment because many people drop out,” he said. Another question that Herrera was asked is if the dropout rates have anything to do the environment. “Positive and negative environments rub off on. If the environment at home is discouraging, and then the environment on campus is discour-
aging. “Most likely people won’t make it far,” he said. Jessica Mercado is also a student who is graduating. She is graduating with an associate degree in health science with an emphasis in health care administration; receiving three other AA’s as well. She gave quite a few reasons to why she had so many degrees. “It’s something to use during a difficult time,” said Mercado “I hope that these degrees will help me out while I try to accomplish my ultimate goal.”
Mercado also said that having this many degrees have nothing to do with the bad economy. She would have made the same choices if the economy was better. During the summer, Mercado plans to go sky diving to have some fun before she start her first semester at California State University, Sacramento. Mercado is ready for Sacramento State now. She has a place to live waiting for her and a job that she is starting on June 20.
GRADUATION 2013: A QUICK LOOK
2012 PHOTOS COURTESY OF JIM VERGARA
THE EVENT Commencement will be held on May 23 at the Stockton Arena. Students are to show up at 5 p.m. and enter through the back doors. The commencement will begin at 6 p.m. and should finish around 8 p.m. Doors and Parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. Guests should be seated around 5:45 p.m. Special seating is available, and those that need an usher should call for one. Flowers can be brought in, and can also be bought inside the arena. Strollers, outside food and beverages , balloons, noise-makers or animals are not allowed inside.
PARKING Street Parking is free, and the city of Stockton charges $10 per vehicle on East and West Fremont Street and in the parking garage across the street.
STUDENT SPEAKER Adam Smith will be speaking for the graduates of the 2013.
Those participating have the option to pick up a “Walking card” from the Information Desk in DeRicco from May 15 to May 23. Make sure to bring an ID in order to receive a walking card. Those with a walking card can quickly get to airPROPER ATTIRE conditioned seating. Those without will have to check-in at the grad During Commencement, caps are to be worn level, table. with tassels falling to the right. Leave all personal belongings behind during the gradDIPLOMAS uation ceremony. Rehearsal will be held May 22 and students should show up around 4 p.m. Family and friends can not show up for rehearsal. Caps and gowns are not required for rehearsing.
TASSELS Graduation honors levels will be determined by grade-point average (GPA). A GPA of 4.0 is highest honors, 3.70 to 3.99 is high honors, 3.30-3.69 is honors and 3.0 to 3.29 are honorable mentions. Tassels will be determined by grade-point average. Graduates with 3.50 to 4.0 will receive a gold and black tassel, those with an average of 3.00-3.49 will receive a silver and black tassel and graduates with a GPA lower than 3.00 will recieve a black tassel. For more information or to get updates check out deltacollege.edu under commencement.
Diplomas will be mailed to graduates towards the end of July after requirement have been verified.
PHOTOGRAPHS Professional photographs will be provided by Gradimages. Graduates will also receive individual photographs of getting diploma. A photo package will be offered for sale to all graduates after commencement. Proofs can be viewed at deltacollege.edu. INFORMATION ADAPTED FROM DELTA COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT WEBSITE
CONGRATUALTIONS CLASS OF 2013
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THE CORNER OF NERD AND NOSTALGIA
Cartoons remain the same Movies that define a summer? by justin tristano firstname.lastname@example.org
A commonly said phrase is “cartoons today aren’t like they used to be in the 90s.” This statement could not be any further from the truth. Sure the 1990s had amazing shows such as ‘Batman,’ ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Gargoyles.’ But we still have great shows today. What we are seeing instead is an example of Sturgeon’s law, “ninety percent of everything is crap.” It is easier for us to focus on the good than it is for us to remember the terrible cartoons that came out during our childhood. Let’s not forget the existence of quality cartoons today such as ‘My Little Pony,’ ‘Adventure-Time,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (TMNT) and ‘Galaxy Falls.’ These shows have gathered a large following between audiences young and mature.
Cartoons still hold an impact; the story lines of several modern cartoons actually show some degree of maturity. ‘My Little Pony’ manages to convey a story and include a moral for its audience; without forcing it down your throat. It treats the audience as intelligent human beings instead of treating them like bricks were smarter. Since the target audience for the new ‘TMNT’ is older, the stories get more developed. One of the major issues of the show is how parents deal with their children growing up and making their own choices. This is paralleled with the turtle brothers, their friend April O’Neil and the Shredder’s daughter Karai. So next time when you want to say that ‘modern cartoons are nothing like the nineties’ just remember you have to sift through dirt to find gold.
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Ever since I can remember I’ve always loved the summer movie season. Those magical four months where school had just ended, Slurpees are en vogue and the joy of seeing the years biggest blockbusters in a darkly-lit airconditioned theater with a jug of Coke and a bucket of movie-theater popcorn. This summer is looking to be jam packed and full of a lot of great flicks. “Iron Man 3” came last week with another big release nearly every week to two weeks coming up, including “The Great Gatsby,” “Star Trek,” “Man of Steel,” “World War Z” and “Pacific Rim.” But not all summer seasons are equal, and I’ve experienced a lot of great ones But which are the summers in my lifetime that brings back the most nostalgia and memories? SUMMER 1993 One movie, two words: “Jurassic Park.” This film is more responsible than any other in my early childhood to making my love of celluloid become a full-formed obsession.
Across the way from the Modesto mall there was once a discount theater. I must have seen that movie 20 times over the span of the summer, every weekend my grandmother indulged me all the way up to the week before the film was released on VHS. I asked if we could see it on the big screen just one last time, and I got my wish earlier this year when it was rereleased in 3D in theaters. SUMMER 2008 I still cant comprehend how amazing and important that summer was. Sure it had some disappointments (looking at you “Crystal Skull”) but it was just a hurricane that left my wallet light, my popcorn intake dangerously high and my nerdiness wholly satisfied and awed. In the end all I have to list “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man” and you’ll remember how flipping sweet that year was. Those two comic book films changed the genre forever, in unique ways. Add to that a good Hulk movie, “Wall-E,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Kung Fu Panda” and the imaginative “Hellboy 2” and it can be easily said it was a good summer.
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To me, a trip to the movies in summer is like a home away from home where I go to find solace and a feeling of excitement. There’s a spectacular sensation walking into a cold movie theater on a hot summer day. Everyone loves a great summer flick, and none more than I. SUMMER 2001 A lot of big name directors such as Michael Bay, Stephen Spielberg, Chris Columbus, and Peter Jackson were coming out that summer or were priming up to grace theaters. Bay directed the sad retelling of our American history in the movie “Pearl Harbor.” In “Artificial Intelligence,” Spielberg made a sad gut wrenching twist onto a modern day Pinocchio, about a boy robot trying to regain the love of his human mother by becoming a real boy. The strange thing about this summer in particular was that the best part of it was the anticipation of the big films coming out in the fall. Watching each trailer and teaser released made you more enthralled and excited then the actual summer flick
you came to see. That year, Columbus and Jackson were going to release two fantasy films that would become hallmarks of the decade. Columbus was at the helm of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Jackson directed the beginning of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring.’ “Harry Potter” was a big part of my childhood. How could it not be? It was a movie series that a whole generation grew up with right beside its characters. After seeing that movie what child didn’t want a half giant to show up on their 11th birthday and tell them they were a wizard? Or that a trip to Hogwarts awaited them? “The Fellowship Of The Ring” redefined the word epic in the world of movies. What made this movie so amazing is that Jackson did a superurb job creating Tolkiens imagination by intwining the characters to create a complex Middle Earth. It’s impossible to sit down and just watch one of either fantasy series without not watching the rest. Both films were filled with magic and adventure and yet both are unique to themselves. The bottom line is they brought back the magic to movies.
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Have ambition to go to Mars? A new private venture looks to find people ambitious enough to take a one-way ride and colonize the red planet
COMING SOON: BIG BROTHER MARS? by sean mendoza email@example.com
Ever wanted to go to Mars? A new venture debuted a couple weeks ago that could be your pathway to the Red Planet. The catch is that your trip to the Red Planet is a oneway ticket. Mars One, a dutch private non-profit organization, is currently accepting applications for four potential astronaut candidates. It’s crazy to even think about living somewhere that no one has set foot on, but the level of interest in the project is skyrocketing. The company’s latest statement noted that Mars One has received 10,000 applications from people in more than 100 countries. Those numbers are from before the company started accepting actual, formal, paid applications from would-be astronauts. There are also 20,000 hopefuls that paid the $38 application fee to formally apply for the Mars One project. There are no requirements to apply for the project. People that don’t even have an interest in science can apply and have a chance for this life-changing event. Sources all over the Internet, including the China Daily, are reporting that the world is filled with people
who wouldn’t mind living out the remainder of their lives in a camera-stuffed habitat on Mars. But do these applicants really know what they are getting into? According to a China Daily report, some of the prospective astronauts that applied are a little optimistic about what they might find waiting for them once they reach their destination. On top of never being able to return to earth, the participants of the Mars One project will be filmed like a reality show, from beginning to end, with the spacecraft and habitats all wired up with cameras and microphones like a bigger version of the hit reality TV show “Jersey Shore.” That makes one wonder how far will this reality show angle go? There hasn’t been any word if the participants get a chance to vote each other out of the space shuttle “Survivor” style. Interested in taking an out-of-this-world trip? Apply for the Mars One Project at applicants.mars-one.com. RED PLANET TERRAFORMING: Soon those with a passion to explore the stars will leave the Earth forever and colonize the fourth rock from the sun.
Latest ‘Iron Man’ will divide the fans by chris howze firstname.lastname@example.org
The summer movie season began last week with the release of the highly anticipated “Iron Man 3.” After firing on all cylinders with last year’s brilliant “The Avengers,” Marvel had to make a clear statement that there is more in store with its characters. For a large amount of the screen time “Iron Man 3” succeeds, but critical liberties taken with specific characters has divided opinions sharply amongst the film fans who never read a comic and hardcore fans who helped establish the character in the first place. The movie takes place shortly after the bombastic battle of New York at the climax of “The Avengers” and Tony Stark, the man inside the armor, is not the same. After fighting alien invaders alongside gods and gamma-fueled behemoths he feels inadequate and helpless. Anxiety attacks and nightmares replace his normal diet of booze and bluster, so instead of dealing with it he buries himself in his work, quite literally armoring up to shield himself from the outside world. All this introspection is halted when a new very human threat enters the picture. A psychotic terrorist leader with a flair for theatrics calling himself the Mandarin begins his campaign of chaos, bombing at seemingly random places all across the world. A plot point that rings all the more frightening and real given recent events. Taking a cue from “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Iron Man 3” is about destroying the founda-
tions of its hero and the realization that the real hero is inside, not the costume and gadgets. While that sounds topical and thematically interesting and much of it is, the plot severely undercuts itself in the second half. This is a strange case where I know full well that this is a fun and well-made movie. The script and direction by Shane Black is full of well-paced action and dialogue so full of snark that star Robert Downey Jr. gives one of his funniest performances. The co-stars especially, Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin are fantastic. When the action scenes happening, they are genuinely fantastic. Why is it I can’t find myself loving the film? At the halfway point the film does a sharp left turn that will leave many big time “Iron Man” fans livid, present company included. Taking liberties is fine and expected in adaptations, but what is done here feels like we were lied to. The movie promised and was marketed on a particular angle and what we get turns out to be a joke only to tell a more absurd, safer and all around less intriguing plot. I fully realize this is nerd rage and before these movies, average film-goers knew little about “Iron Man.” Those film fans will have an absolute blast. The offending twist works great for the film’s story. It’s a fun popcorn movie. It’s just strange to see the people most happy are not hard core fans. Either way see it and have a good time and as usual with the Marvel films stay past the credits for a good laugh. Four repulsor blasts out of five for movie lovers. Three out of five for the hardcore comic nerds.
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Delta College’s fashion program showcases talent this evening by ashley gordon email@example.com
A fashion showcase that serves as a capstone course for fashion students to strut their work down the runway is scheduled for 8 p.m. today. “This year is going to be bigger than ever, because not only do we have about 90 models, but we also have a red dress show, that was in association with the American Heart Disease Association,” said Natalie Minori Sconce, a fashion program graduate. The Fashion Goes Red Challenge is a student fashion competition that drew on inspiration from survivors and their families. It serves to promote heart disease among young women. They will also display the work of three alumni. “It’s always wonderful to see what graduate students are doing now,” said Minori Sconce. advertisement Student Designer Kathy Vang is presenting her second collection titled, “A Trail of Stars in the Night Sky.” Vang said it feature teals, blacks and grays. Using her own patterns she started “with a fairy tale inspiration and then I realized it wasn’t anything very fairy tale, and then I’ve always been into the whole astronomy thing, and I love looking into the night sky. I’m excited.” In the past the show has sold as many as 1,000 tickets, and expects to be another sell out as they have brought it back to Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium.
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Life after coming out for NBA star by devin valdez
“I’m a 34 year old NBA player. I’m black. And I’m gay.” This statement was made by former Washington Wizards player Jason Collins on April 29. Since coming out publicly, Collins has received different reactions on the matter. Many applauded his bravery for being the first male professional athlete to come out. Others, especially past teammates, have felt confused and almost betrayed by Collins’ secret life. Why now? It’s one of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds. Many accused Collins as coming out now to put him in the spotlight publicly because he is coming to the end of his career and is now a free agent. Sports analysts said he will need to be resigned by a team. And, as we all know, “scandals” sell. This wasn’t a publicity stunt for Collins. It was a cry for freedom. Collins said his confrontation toward himself and who he was started during the 2011 NBA lockout, when he didn’t have basketball as a distraction from his at home realities. He said during the lockout he was forced to face who
he was and how he felt. It was in that time Collins began longing to live freely in regards to his homosexuality. Since then, he has made his own subtle proclamations of his sexual preference. In the 2013 basketball season, Collins wore the number 98 on his jersey, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a Wyoming college student beaten to death because he was homosexual. After the season ended, Collins decided it was his time to come out publicly and tell the world he is a gay man. To his surprise, the overwhelming support from players like Kobe Bryant, leaders like President Barack Obama and fans made it all worth it for Collins. Why shouldn’t he be praised for being comfortable in his own skin? There are still those ignorant people who say he can’t be a good basketball player and a gay man at the same time. However they couldn’t be more wrong. Collins has two high school state championships under his belt, appearances in the NCAA Final Four and Elite Eight games, and made it to nine NBA playoffs in his 12 season career – all the while being gay. It’s time to leave out a person’s sexual preference and let their talent speak on the court.
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MESA honors outgoing students by james striplin email@example.com
On May 3, Delta College’s MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program hosted a banquet for its graduating students and their families. Enrolled in MESA are over 63 engineering majors, 60 computer science majors, 52 biology majors, 26 chemistry majors and 8 math majors. Of these students, 31 of them are graduating this year. “The next time I see you, I want you to come to my office and say ‘Mr. Vargas, I completed my bachelor’s degree or master’s degree,” said Dean of Agriculture, Math and Science Salvador Vargas to the room. “I hope for you this is the beginning, not the end,” he added. MESA is a program that was founded 40-years ago to help low income and first generation college students achieve
success in the math, science and engineering world. “What we do is, we give them (students) as much experience and exposure as possible,” said MESA Director Cassandra Hernandez-Vives. “Nobody does this on their own, you have to reach out and find people,” she said. Aside from exposure to experts and field trips, MESA focuses energy on building strong study skills that students can use when transferring to a four-year university. The program also helps students receive scholarships and internships. Hernandez-Vives said most first generation students lack the necessary skills to compete in the world economy, which is why MESA is so important to low income families. “It’s a change in culture, It’s a change in mindset,” said Hernandez-Vives.
HONORING STUDENTS: Salvador Vargas, dean of agriculture, mathmatics and science addresses students and their families at the banquet held on May 3. Cassandra Hernandez-Vives presents Lee Juarez with a diploma and MESA pin at the banquet. PHOTO BY JAMES STRIPLIN
MAKING A LASTING MEMORY: Items sought for college’s 50th anniversary time capsule by sofia sher
This semester, Delta College students have a chance to be part of history. At the end of the spring term, a time capsule containing unique Delta memories will be preserved on campus. A committee appointed by Superintendent/President Dr. Kathy Hart made of three fac-
ulty and staff retirees is currently seeking items to be placed in the capsule. The 50th Anniversary Time Capsule Committee is accepting mementos in the mail room through the semester’s end. “A time capsule has moments of the time and the College. We hope to put some DVDs of today’s Delta with instruction on what type of machine
to play them on,” said Delmar McComb, Time Capsule Committee chairperson, in an email interview. The capsule is the size of a shoebox, said McComb. It will be placed in the Goleman Library, where a previous time capsule was sealed away in 1985 but removed during recent renovations to the campus building.
Delta discusses possible changes to food services by diane rivera
Danner Hall is still the home of food services despite rumors of iminent closure. On Thursday, May 2, Fidel Cabuena, Director of Auxiliary Services, met with the Associated Student Body Government to discuss ideas for both Danner Hall and the Bookstore. “Only part of the current cafeteria is currently being used for culinary arts lab space,” said Cabuena. The Culinary Arts department has dealt with a very limited space for quite some time and because of this problem some of the food has to be prepared in other locations around campus.
Danner Hall would become the classroom space that the program needs in order to provide the best possible food service on campus. The opening of food services in the bookstore itself would allow students to get food on campus later. Right now the cafeteria closes at 1 p.m. everyday. This would actually be great for students who have evening classes on campus but don’t want to have to go off campus to purchase food. It is currently unclear as to what will happen with the proposal. However, none of the six food services employees will be layed off as a result of
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FOOD ON CAMPUS: Danner Hall Food Services just after lunch on Tuesday, May 7.
this proposed idea. Students were not notified of the proposed changes via email because the idea is still in the planning stages. Last year alone food service lost $426,000 in profits. If the plans work out it can help food services become self
sustaining. Java Jitters is currently the only outlet of food service that is sustainable. The proposed changed would allow students greater access to food on campus, allow for more educational space and help food services get out of the red.
The 1985 capsule contains memories of the Stockton College, before Delta was created. Delta College is the offspring of Stockton College. The new time capsule is expected to be opened on Delta’s 100th anniversary in 2063. Earlier this year, Rio Hondo College in Whittier buried a time capsule on their campus to commemorate its 50th anniversary.
That time capsule had 28 items, including: copies of the student newspaper, brochures of campus events, a CD of campus photos, a cell phone and a college T-shirt. The committee is asking students to help build the memories of Delta by donating an item that’s related to the campus. A dedication of the time capsule is schedule for October.
DEIRO: Program carries on legacy continued from PAGE 1 time you will see someone.” Rosie Huerta, a financial aid outreach specialist spoke about the memorial scholarship worth $200 offered by Delta and the DDD program. “We’re here to tell you this needs to be stopped,” said Huerta. Robert Duran, a member of the Hip Hop Congress performed a song titled “No drinking and driving,” which he himself has fallen victim to. Duran wrecked his car in a drunken driving accident in 2006. Duran received a brain injury as a result of the accident and had to have surgery. He learned first-hand about the dangers of drinking and driving. No other people were hurt in his accident. Patrica Cunningham, also a member of the Hip Hop Congress, performed a touching freestyle poem. Student Angela Bardot and English Instructor Paula Sheil, along with the Writer’s Guild, introduced a Memory Tree at the end of the event. The Memory Tree is a way to
pay tribute to those who have fallen victim to drunken driving accidents, along with honoring Dominic’s family’s commitment to him. The tree is laced in San Francisco Giants colors, which was Dominic Deiro’s favorite baseball team. It has found a permanent home in the Goleman Library. Mia Deiro Douglass closed with thanks to the contributors who helped put the event together, including special thanks to Robert Bini, a Delta English instructor who co-edits Delta Winds, a campus magazine where Dominic Deiro’s Dream Act essay was published. Deiro Douglass also wants to encourage students to post student writing on the DDD website and share their thoughts on the matter at hand. With support from more than 40 bars in the Stockton, Lodi and Modesto area, as well as Arizona, the family’s message is spreading far and wide. “We want to inspire all age groups to have a designated driver,” said Deiro Douglass.
Published on May 9, 2013
Issue 14 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.