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Issue 6 • Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 •

FALL ARRIVES on campus



Trustees remain, Prop. 30 passes by brian ratto

The ballots are in and the election is over. All but one trustee have been elected. The San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees is a governing board made up of seven voting members and a student trustee, that oversees the entire college district. With the election having four of the seven seats on the ballot this was a big election for the college and community. The voters wanted no change in the governing members, voting in the three incumbents running. Steve Castellanos, Teresa Brown and C. Jennet Stebbins will return to the board. The last seat did not have an incumbent running. The race for Area 2, Central Stockton remains undecided between Elizabeth Blanchard and Claudia Moreno. Throughout the election board members campaigned in many different ways. Mary Ann Cox, the current representative for Area 2, decided not to run again. “I am 69, and have spent 42 years in education. I want to let new people try it out and spend more time with my family,” said Cox. This election not only had the trustees on the ballot but had proposition 30. According to the Calif. voters guide, Proposition 30 would increases taxes on earnings over $250,000 for seven years and sales taxes by a quarter cent for four years, to fund schools.

Designated driver program honors student Page 5

Fashion club hosts Art & Gift fair Page 6

Working off the holiday pounds Page 7

UPCOMING The Man Who Came to Dinner Atherton Auditorium, Opens 8 p.m. Dec 6 The Nutcracker Atherton Auditorium, 2 p.m. Dec. 8


FALL COLORS : The Delta College campus comes alive with color. Top, a California Poppy in the Meadow Graden by the Lee Belarmino Sr. District Data Center. Middle, an Oak tree in the Atherton grass. Bottom, the Shima walkway heading into campus. PHOTOS BY BRIAN RATTO

‘Tis the season to be cautious

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Campus police urge awareness during this giving time of year by valerie smith

As the holidays near, an increase in shopping, carrying cash and multiple gifts in hand is bound to increase. During the venturous hunt for steals and deals it is important to remain safe in these questionable times. Since recent stairwell and gold chain incidents on campus, there hasn’t been an increase in crime rate at Delta College. “Our campus, it’s great and it’s safe,” said Sergeant Mario Vasquez of the district police force. The two individuals linked to the gold-chain robberies have since been apprehended. On the other hand there have been continuous problems

occurring almost twice a week with bike theft. Bike thefts are increasing on campus largely due to the type of locks being used. Cable and chain locks as well as code locks are easily broken, and it is advised by district Police to use U-shaped locks. “They are much harder to get through,” said Vasquez. There are also bike boxes which can be rented from student activities office for the semester. “It is almost impossible to get through these,” said Vasquez. Although crime doesn’t directly affect campus during the holiday months, Delta College is surrounded by malls, shopping centers and restaurants. With an increase in shopping and buses running until 10

MORE ON SAFETY Read about the new Tipsoft campus crime reporting system on page 8 p.m., the Delta campus could be impacted. Strong-armed robberies have occurred on campus during the holiday months, and it is important to remember the proper safety tips and cautions. With the new Tipsoft network, and presentations being given by district police, students are being provided with resources to keep safe. Here are some tips from campus police: • Do not leave any items of value in the car which includes: books, USB cords, shoes,

clothes and documents with personal information. • Do not carry cash unless necessary, carry enough to get you through the day or a debit card if need be. • Be aware of your surroundings and suspicious characters. Campus police plan to distribute flyers as notices that doors were left unlocked or valuables were left out in your car as a way to make students, staff and faculty more aware of common safety missteps. All can take advantage of the services offered by district police. Students can make use of the escort service where an officer will escort students, faculty and staff from campus to their car or city bus. “Don’t hesitate to call,” said Vasquez.

2 opinion Beneficial injections not to be feared Issue 6 • Nov. 16, 2012 •

by james striplin

So far there isn't any concrete evidence that links Autism to vaccinations. Conspiracy theorists, on the other hand, think vaccinations are just overall harmful and they condone any form of media that promotes or teaches children to be okay with it. How do they think vaccinations are harmful? They believe that the government promotes vaccinations to support an illumanati population control scheme for whatever reason. Readers should take note of the "whatever reason" because these theorists fight the same battle from different angles. You can literally fill in the blank with anything. My point being is that regardless of what is said, anyone with common sense can reread everything a conspiracy theorist says and see it's silly. All the statements aren't based on any factual evidence. Yet, the theories continue to fight mythical war. So if most of these things are just silly, nonfactual statements, what’s there to worry about? Its simple, these individuals may have the right to say what they want, but should they have the right to harm others? There are parents out there who won't vaccinate their children, and that not only harms their child, but also your child, and the generation after. Vaccinations are currently fighting a two front war between an older generation and a younger one. This idea that vaccinations are harmful not only promotes a world of disease and infection, but also a world of ignorance, where skepticism is equivalent to knowledge. Not to say that skepticism is a bad thing, but when used without a good foundation it becomes dangerous.

There was nothing I dreaded more as child than getting my shots. Like many children, I was lured into our car with the promise of going to the toy store and instead ended up in a clinic. To this day I can't stand watching that tiny little tube slither its way under my skin. My greatest fear being it might break off and be lost under the layers of my flesh. I may not like the process of being vaccinated, but I do like the results. Unfortunately, the last two decades have spawned a couple new groups that are against vaccination and are known as worried parents and conspiracy theorist. Even though these groups are strong in skepticism, they're weak in critical thinking. Both groups target one ingredient that is active is most vaccines. That ingredient is Mercury. Now Mercury isn't something you want in your body. With enough consumption it can kill you. But this shouldn't stop a person from going on with daily life, because most things you eat and drink actually contain a very small amount of this element. In fact, Mercury is no longer used as a preservative in vaccines and the only traces of Mercury come from machinery use. The amount of Mercury present in current vaccinations is so insignificant you're more likely to get poisoning from it by eating fish. What a few parents are worried about is a link to vaccinations and Autism, which was first brought up by a man named Andrew Wakefield. His work regarding the subject has been dubbed faulty by most doctors and The Lancet, the medical journal that published the original article, fully retracted his work two years ago.



Will trustees bring change? Three trustees were re-elected to positons on the board of trustees on Nov. 6. A blistering question is then posed: Will anything change? Delta College has been through a lot these past years with events that have left some students with the lurking feeling of abandonment from leadership. Delta is stacking debt and while it tries to stand alone, the government is pulling the rug from underneath its feet with budget cuts. Sometimes it feels like the higher ups are only looking out for themselves.

No one can answer the question above except for father time, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that anyone in power needs to be selfless and experienced. Can we trust the trustees to be on our side this time? Are they ready for the challenge of an economically topsy-turvey school that is at the heart of a bankrupt city? New trustees or not, students at Delta can't expect to see the light until the surrounding community thrives. Every four years the trustees compete for a spot on the board but maybe it would be better if their terms were longer, especially during these hard economic times. Keeping leadership fresh is always a good idea, but when it comes to long-term problems you’re more likely to receive better decision making from a newborn baby.

THE COLLEGIAN — FALL 2012 Editor/opinion editor James Striplin

Entertainment/sports editor Christopher Howze

Staff Christian Covarrubias Victoria Davila Elizabeth Fields Michael Johnson Sean Mendoza Araceli Montano Karina Ramirez Heidi Sharp Valerie Smith Devin Valdez

Copy editor Haley Pitto

Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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Issue 6 • Nov. 16, 2012 •

Students should rejoice at passage of education proposition Delta spared millions, taking classes off the cutting board. Even though tax cuts will continue into future years, for now students should feel financially secure.

by araceli montano


rop. 30 was one of the most controversial proposition in the 2012 general election. Prop. 30 was Gov. Jerry Brown’s temporary tax increase plan increasing sales tax by a quarter percent for four years, along with increasing income tax for people who make $250,000 or more for seven years. Prop. 30 passed by 54% of the vote in California. “This is a clear and resounding victory for children, schools, and the California dream,” said Brown after the proposition passed. Most of the $6 billion that would be raised from Prop. 30 each year would go toward kindergarten through twelfth grade-education and community colleges. If Proposition 30 were to fail, the state would cut funding this year to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) campuses by $250 million each. The money from the two different tax sources will go to a fund called Education Protection Account, which will mainly help K-12 schools then community colleges, UC and CSU. Critics have argued not all of the money will go to schools, or that Prop. 30 will not help schools because some programs and classes are still being cut, even here on campus. Delta expects a $3 million deficit in 2013. A dozen programs such as fire science, carpentry and creative writing just to name a few are at risk of being cut at Delta into the next school year. Then again, more classes are also likely to be available for students in the coming year due to Prop. 30. As a college student and a Californian voter, Prop. 30 still seems like a great idea to help our schools despite of what critics say. What we must understand is that Prop. 30 will not solve all of the problems colleges have face in a snap. Prop. 30 will take years to restore all the cutbacks our schools, teachers and students have been through. Prop. 30 will help our future engineers, business leaders, and educators to help with our economic growth. In the long run, Prop. 30 will work. Already at Sacramento State University, $250 will be refunded to students for the fall tuition. Prop. 30 not only helped teachers keep their jobs or college students to stay in school, but it helps the future of students here at Delta College and for those who plan to transfer to a four year university. Prop. 30 is a tax increase, but this will help students to continue achieving their goals.


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with people?


he holidays are upon us once again. It’s a time for love, family and thankfulness. But the holidays wouldn’t be complete without constant complaining. Holiday cookies are coming out of the oven, the turkey is roasting, mashed potatoes, pecan pie, basically every possible treat your stomach could grumble about are everywhere. But your stomach isn’t the only thing grumbling. Around the holidays people just love to grumble about their weight. Instead of doing anything about it, they continue to stuff their faces until every last button on their shirt pops. Instead of enjoying the holidays in moderation they have to indulge their gut to the point that it should have its own zip code. They come up with every possible reason not to work out or lose weight, yet continue to yip like a Chihuahua about it. Listen people, I get that you don’t like your mashed

potato rolls or turkey butt. I don’t particularly enjoy looking at them either. Instead of continuing to force feed yourself like cattle, I have a better solution. Why don’t you get up and walk? And I don’t mean to In-N-Out Burger. Quit using the sweets and being caught up in the holiday cheer as an excuse to bulk up for the winter. You are not a bear. You are not going into hibernation. You will, however, be going into a diabetic coma if you don’t shape up! Don’t kill yourself or annoy everyone with the holiday pounds you packed on. Slow down, chew, swallow and breathe. DON’T INHALE. Everyone will be giving thanks by the time all is said and done if you follow my advice. Don’t be the one that people talk about when they go home. Don’t be the reason others wonder what’s wrong with people?


10 Percent

with brian ratto

Making holidays fabulous with friends


hanksgiving is a time for fun, family and food. Each year families and/or friends come together to be with each other to reconect, have a great meal and celebrate the relationships. The LGBTQ+ community is a bit different. Many LGBTQ+ people have families that welcome them in with open arms but there are some that have no accepting family. These LGBTQ+ people either stay home alone, or make it a family of friends for the holidays. I am lucky to have a loving partner with a welcoming family. The family may not like our relationship but they are welcoming and will not turn us away. I am going to be spending Thanksgiving dinner with them. My own family does not do much for this holiday, we gather together for Christmas. I will also be having dinner with my “friend family.” This part of the ‘family’ is made up of my good friends: Jeff, Tony, Hector, my partner Cris, and myself. When it comes to family I consider blood relations as my relative family and then my close friends are my friend family. To be considered in my friend family, I have known you for a few years, or I have become really close to you and can trust you. My friend family is almost closer to me than my real family. Jeff is going to be hosting a turkey day dinner at his condo the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We will dine, have great conversation play a few games and watch a movie or two. This is ‘family’ time, just like any traditional family. Instead of secluding myself around the holidays I have always tried to make special events with friends. After Thanksgiving, I help my best friend Jessica decorate her apartment for Christmas; I decorate my home as well. This year I have a larger friend family and will have more to do but I am happy to do it. I love my relative family, and my friend family. If you have no relative family around take the holidays and make them with friends. Enjoy the season with those who love you for who you are not what you are supposed to be.





‘007’ celebrates 50th anniversary with ‘Skyfall’ by chris howze

This year the James Bond film series turns 50. From the highs of “Goldfinger� to the very lows of “Die Another Day,� it’s been a long run. To celebrate this occasion, actor Daniel Craig takes his third outing as the perennial Brit super spy in the Sam Mendez directed “Skyfall,� and it is incredible. The plot centers surprisingly around Bond’s boss “M,� played by dame Judi Dench, given more than she’s had in an already meaty 17-year stint. She becomes target of a cyber terrorist who has ties to her past. The villain Silva is played with barely contained insanity by Javier Bardem, once again proving he is scarier than the awful hairstyles he chooses. What is most alarming about “Skyfall’s� story are the Fruedian levels it delves into with the main three characters. The relationship between Bond, M and Silva has Oedipal undertones that would be commonplace in some award-winning drama, but feels new and dangerous in a big action

event film like “Skyfall.� In many ways this feels like the Bond franchise answering to the new blockbuster standards that Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight� delivered four years ago. Both films take a character that had fallen into the pits of self parody and reconstructed them with class and genuine pathos. Craig has already proven with “Casino Royale� and “Quantum of Solace� that while he might not be the iconic Bond, he is by far the most complex. But both of those movies hadn’t really fully become a Bond movie, but more a deconstruction of an ailing franchise. ‘Skyfall’ brings it all center. It has never felt newer. From the awesome cold opening, the return of past characters, a classic Aston Martin 63 db5, all the way to Adele’s retro love letter of an opening theme; this feel like a return to form. An acknowledgment of the past while bringing it to the 21st century. 4.5 martini’s out of five



Halo returns with new blood and new focus by james striplin

When it was announced that future Halo games wouldn’t be developed by series creator, Bungie and instead to the brand new 343 Industries, fans kicked and screamed at the thought. This was Bungie’s baby, always has been and and the track record of other game companies coming in and taking over someone else’s property has been mixed at best. 343 was created by Microsoft with the sole purpose overseeing their golden egg franchise, Halo, as Bungie had made enough revenue to separate from the electronic giant. From the get go, all odds were against this little game development team. So it is with great relief and enthusiasm to report that 343 Industries deserves our apologies. Not only did this newborn company pick up the heavy burden of a colossal franchise, but they also managed to excel at it, which may be the result of some Bungie workers actually leaving to join 343. So the first things first; if you’re looking for a game that renovates and rethinks design, than you shouldn’t buy Halo 4. This game is specifically built by fans for fans, and for those who weren’t fans this wont convert, if anything this will bring former fans of the series tired from the last few installments back into the fray. The most surprising strength of Halo 4 is its storyline. For a game about killing aliens it has a genuine emotional core. The theme itself is a question on whether man is a killing machine or a compassionate, loving being that is the successor of a long evolutionary chain. The greatest struggle Master Chief, the main character, faces isn’t the physical onslaught of interstellar war but the ongoing fear of losing his closest friend. The story is so good that we only wish the game was longer. Not only because of its addictive gameplay, but each new twist and turn comes a little too close together. 343 can’t really be blamed for making the game short, they have deadlines to meet and families to go home to, but it’s something every game developer and producer should think of. Is the pacing right? It seems that it’s financially easier just to cut back on content. We haven’t focused a lot on gameplay or multiplayer and the reason is because there’s nothing to talk about. Its Halo, it’s the template for other first person shooters. The one element that has seen a boost is in the sound design. It compliments the already fine tuned shooter gameplay with bone crunching, viscera shredding audio. This time around multiplayer has “loadouts� and “killstreaks� a concept that has been played out by the Call of Duty series. Mulitplayer hasn’t really needed changing with the exception of a few new gadgets and guns, but again the series doesn’t need to change much. The future of Halo is now brighter than it had any right to be. We give Halo 4, four rampant AI’s out of five.


Tuition costs shouldn’t stop you from reaching your goals in life. By joining the Army National Guard, you’ll receive the money you need to help pay for college as well as the skills and training you need to get the career you want. If you’re looking to get through college, with the Army National Guard, you can!

Nov 16: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nearly New Sale in Danner Hall Nov. 18: 6 p.m., Stockton Symphony Beethoven Bash in Atherton Auditorium Nov. 19: 7:30 p.m., Delta Jazz Ensemble: The Latin Side of Jazz in the Tillie Lewis Theater Nov 27: 6 p.m., 24th Annual Hospice tree lighting, Pacific Avenue campus entrance

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Issue 6 • Nov. 16, 2012 •

Dec 5: 7:30 p.m., Delta Choir’s Songs of the Seasons in Atherton Auditorium 8/27/12 2:42 PM



Issue 6 • Nov. 16, 2012 •

Delta student remembered through program by karina ramirez

To hear his family speak, Dominic Deiro is still very much alive. His father remembers the little boy he played catch with. The loyal son. The good friend. “We both enjoyed sports … he loved the Giants,” said Mark Deiro. His mother Carrie Del Cima speaks of his fashion sense. “He loved to dress well, his baseball hats always matching his outfit,” she said. His sister Mia Douglass recalls a younger brother who was looking to his future, specifically transfer to California State University, Monterey Bay or San Diego State University. “I could tell that he was becoming more focused on his future, and it is devastating that he did not get a chance to go further,” Douglass said. On Dec. 22, 2011, Deiro’s spirited life was cut short in a fatal car accident in Stockton. The driver of the vehicle was inebriated. He lost control. Deiro’s stepbrother and three friends were in critical condition. Deiro, however, had excessive brain damage, far more severe than the other passengers. He was taken off life support the day after the accident. “When older people pass away, it’s expected, but when you lose a child, it’s horrible,” said Mark Deiro of his son’s death. Dominic Deiro’s family, though, is making sure his memory lives on. After his death, Douglass and the family began the Dominic’s Designated Driver (DDD) program, an official non-profit

organization devoted to promoting sober driving and teaching people to think twice before making a bad decision. Orange and black wristbands were created, to be worn by a designated driver, indicating that he or she will not drink for the night. The colors are a nod to Deiro’s favorite baseball team. DDD is recognized by the San Joaquin County Sheriff, AAA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “Our main focus is to save other families from having to undergo a similar tragedy. We really want to raise awareness about personal responsibility and accountability, traits that Dominic used in his daily life with his friends,” Douglass said. “My family is not going to stop fighting for this cause because we believe in it and hold it very close to our hearts.” Two scholarships were also given by DDD to the schools Deiro attended. The task was to write an essay about friendship. Deiro is also being remembered for his own writing. Before his passing, he wrote an essay for his English 79 class about his position on the DREAM Act. “Imagine being in high school all four years, making friends … what if that were ripped away from you in one second because you were an illegal alien about to be deported?” he wrote. “I, along with many other Americans, believe this type of treatment to be inhumane.” The essay, titled “I Have A Dream” was initially published in Delta Winds, a magazine of student essays. Because of that exposure, the essay was picked for publication in a national textbook, Real


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A SON LOST: Top left, wrist band titled “I am a ‘Dominic Designated Driver’” used for people who support the organization. Bottom left, the emblem used for the Dominic’s Designated Driver organization. Right, a photo of Dominic Deiro.

Writing. English Instructor and Delta Winds co-editor Bob Bini informed Deiro of the honor. Deiro told his sister first. “I was actually the one that went around, bragging to everyone … He didn’t like to brag or boast about his personal accomplishments,” said Douglass It came to no shock to Deiro’s father, about how humble his son handled the impressive news. “I didn’t realize he had that in him. He had that emotional tie to immigrants. He didn’t have an ego; he just went out and did it. I’m just so proud of him,” Mark Deiro said. Bini had never met Dominic Deiro in person. The two communicated through phone calls and email. It was the publisher’s representative that let Bini know Deiro had passed away.

FIND OUT MORE For information on the program and ways to donate to the Dominic’s Designated Driver visit Donations can also be sent to Dominic’s Designated Driver, 8690 Aero Drive, Suite 115-164, San Diego, CA 92123. Through his writing, Bini felt a connection to him. Today, he uses Deiro’s story in the writing lab to teach other students about essay structure. That’s one of the many connections and bonds Deiro made with people. “I would say that close to 100 people showed up to the hospital … I was amazed to see the large group of friends that he had. We couldn’t go anywhere in Stockton without him knowing someone,” Douglass said. No matter how much is

achieved in Deiro’s memory, the loss is still very fresh for the family. “He could be here and quiet, but his presence speaks loudly. Just him being here is comforting, just his presence,” Mark Deiro said. Del Cima describes her son as a profoundly empathic soul, sensitive to all the people he encountered. “Dominic was a beautiful young man, inside and out. I miss him every second of every minute of every day … anyone who ever knew him feels the same way, I’m sure,” she said.



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Art & Gift Fair offers diverse holiday gift options by sean mendoza

The Delta College Fashion Club held its annual Art & Gift fair Nov. 7-8 in Danner Hall. “We brought some local artists and small businesses to show what they have,� said fashion club member Daniel Gonzalez, who was also a vendor. The fair featured lots of interesting items such as: fine and hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, handbags and shoes, Tupperware, skin care and cosmetics, organic brands and creative accessories. Many of the fair vendors have attended for a number of years. Carolyn Henderson has been present in the fair for eight years. “I’ve been selling 95% hand crafted jewelry since 2004,� said Henderson, who was selling N A T I O N A L

necklaces and bracelets. Vendor Alice Williams sold fine jewelry including earrings, necklaces and bracelets. “I’ve been attending the fair for about two or three years,� said Williams. American Skin Care, run by April Price, was also a vendor. Price was there to explain skin procedures on the company’s deals, including luxury relaxing facials, age management treatments and pre/post surgical and laser procedures. Price and American Skin Care was also holding a raffle during the fair that had a $1500 prize for the winner. This was Price’s second year at the art and gift fair. There were a lot of students visiting the fair as well. Student Rachel Barnes was interested in some handcrafted jewelry. U N I V E R S I T Y

“I bought some bracelets for me and some friends, I like the hand crafted ones because they are simple� Barnes said. Sandy Ramirez liked a different gift item offering. “I like fine jewelry better because they shine better,� said Ramirez.


HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING: Top, students and faculty looking over merchandise sold at the art and gift fair. Top left, accessories, and other crafts at the fair.

Thanksgiving Day activities are more than just food and football


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It’s Thanksgiving time again. It’s a time where family and friends come together and express gratitude to God over a lovely feast. Traditionally, we spend the day eating, drinking and crowded around the television watching football. It’s the American way. On the contrary, not everyone is into watching football. That’s fine. To each his own. If you are one of these people or just want to break up the cycle, here are a few alternatives that can make your Thanksgiving different but nevertheless, enjoyable: • Movies are a popular alternative. Check local listings to see what shows are playing. Television networks are usually festive and show appropriate programs for the holidays. It’s pretty likely a “Peanutsâ€? holiday special will be on that day. No cable? Red Box is available if there is something in particular you want to see. • You can put on music. Music can cheer you up and put you in a festive mood. Or break out the karaoke machine and sing along to your favorite tunes. However, you may want to brace yourself for that one.

• For those of you who live a more active lifestyle, get out there and take part in a Thanksgiving Day turkey trot. A 5K and 10K will be held in support of the Stockton/San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank. Be grateful that you can walk or run and thankful to have food on your plate. Act now so you can sign up on time. • For some general family fun, why not play some board games? Besides the point of winning and losing, board games can teach younger players how to get along with others by playing by the rules. There are thousands of board games to choose from, but Monopoly has been a tried and true classic. • You may not want to watch football on television, but maybe you would rather play football. You and your family might want to toss the ball around or get a game of two-hand touch or tackle in your backyard or at a local park, whatever your pleasure. This is usually something that the men and young boys in the family participate in, but if mom wants to get out there and show off her “laser...rocket armâ€? then more power to her. Whatever activities you choose to partake in, be thankful and have fun.



Issue 6 • Nov. 16, 2012 •

Tips to work your Thanksgiving gobble off Collegian staff writer and personal trainer Devin Valdez shows entertainment editor Chris Howze how to work off the holiday pounds.

PUSH UPS This exercise works the chest, shoulders and triceps. Keep your back and abs tight, arms shoulder width apart, lower your body until chest is three to four inches from the floor. Return to starting position. Repeat for 12-15 reps, two to three sets.

CRUNCHES This exercise works the abdominals. Lie on the floor with your back flat and knees bent. Cross your palms with your arms straight and over your head. Raise until only shoulders are off the ground. Lower yourself back to starting position. Repeat for 25-30 reps, for two to three sets.

WALL SQUATS This exercise works quads, glutes, and hamstrings. Leaning your back against the wall, bend your knees until thighs are parallel to the floor and knees are at a 90-degree angle. Hold the position for 30-60 sec. Repeat three times. To intensify perform above instructions and lift one leg out in front of you.

PLANKS This works the abdominals. Position yourself with your stomach facing the floor. Support your weight between your forearms and toes. Keep your body straight and tighten your abs. Hold the position for 30-60 seconds. Repeat for three sets. **To Intensify: Well in holding position, raise an arm or leg and hold the position.

Mustangs to take De Anza in bowl game

Women’s soccer finish strong at Big 8

by christian covarrubias

by elizabeth fields

The Delta College football program finishes the season strong, but still disappointed with the final results of the season. The team hosted its last regular season game against Modesto Junior College. As expected the Mustangs dominated MJC with a final score of 48-37. It was possibly wide receiver Jack Killian’s best game all season. He had a total of 181 receiving yards and averaged 20.1 yards a catch. He even revealed his ability to make plays under pressure by pulling in a huge 69-yard reception during the fourth quarter. Delta’s Sam Hutsell threw for a total of 339 yards and acquired four touchdowns. This season has been statistically good to Hutsell. Hutsell ranked second within the conference for the most touchdowns with 27. The average yards Hutsell would obtain in a game was 236.9, also ranking him third within the conference for highest average-yards-per game. As a team,Delta fell short of predicted season goals. With only three games left in the season the Mustangs ranked first in the conference and many projected the team to go to a state bowl.

Delta is now 7-3, but have no chance at a state bowl. Rival team Fresno City College may have been the reason for Delta’s short comings. In week seven’s matchup, Fresno took the win, which ruined any chance of Delta clinching a state bowl game. Fresno City is now going to the State Center Bowl against Butte College. Delta players cannot help but feel stripped of what they feel like should be there bowl game. “Overall our season went well, some injures really hurt us, like De’Marieya not being able to play in the Fresno game. Our offensive line struggled throughout the season and hopefully we can improve on that by next season,” said offensive linemen David Petkovich. As for Delta’s next season, chances at any kind of bowl game remain a mystery. Many key players to Delta’s success this season were sophomores and are likely to transfer. The Mustangs are still going to a bowl game but the game is nowhere as near prestigious as a state game. Instead the Mustangs will play in the Silicon Valley Bowl against De Anza College. The dual will be held in Foothill College in Los Altos on Nov. 17. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

Delta women’s soccer played its last home game against American River College on Nov. 6. Delta started off the game strong and dominated the entire first half. Natalie Lambert (11) scored a beautiful header not even 10 minutes into the first half to set the tone for the game. This game was Delta’s “sophomore” game. ARC came close to evening out the score around the 20-minute mark, but Delta’s goalkeeper made a superb save. “Good work guys,” yelled coach Adrienne Sorenson from the sidelines as the Mustangs continued to dominate. The game was physical. Fans could feel the intensity. “Wow, this is a really good game. I never realized how amazing this year’s soccer team is. Good for them!,” said stu-

dent Victoria Demchenko. Dulce Espinoza (5) scored at the 33-minute mark with an assist from Autumn Bolton (4). At the end of the first half, the Mustangs led ARC 2-0. Espinoza was warned from the referee early in the second half for unnecessary contact. Soon after, ARC scored. Bolton attempted a shot from about 30-yards out 69 minutes in, but it barely missed the top of the net. The Mustangs had a scare with 12 minutes left in the game. The team gave up a heartwrenching penalty kick, but ARC missed the following free kick. The last few minutes of the game were close, but Lambert scored her second goal of the game to make the ending score 3-1. The Mustangs finished third in Big 8 Conference for the season. Delta now waits to find out who the team will take on in the first round of playoffs.



Issue 6 • Nov. 16, 2012 •

Hospice lights trees in remembrance by elizabeth fields

Hospice of San Joaquin will illuminate the holiday sky in front of Delta College during the 24th annual Tree of Lights ceremony. This year’s event will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 26. The large tree on the corner of Yokuts and Pacific avenue at the main entrance to campus will be lit. A local hospice services family will flip the huge PG&E switch, to light up the tree with 1,600 lights. A devoted crew of volunteers from PG&E will decorate the huge 80-foot tree. PG&E uses “energy efficient” LED lights for the tree. There are more than 3,000-feet of Christmas lights and about 3,000feet of garland blanketing

the huge fir tree. That is almost one mile of Christmas decorations. Mark Rasmussen, has directed a crew of devoted volunteers for the last 24 years. “We usually have the same group of PG&E volunteers each year,” said Rasmussen in a campus news release. “I wouldn’t say we have it down to a science, but we’re getting better every year.” It used to take the ten workers two days to finish this huge project but now it can be finished in less than a day. The purpose of the tree of lights is to remember and honor loved ones that have passed away. Each light represents a life. Names of honorees and donors are placed on a marquee at the base of

the tree through Dec. 31. The proceeds from the Tree of Lights help the Hospice of San Joaquin provide the highest level of care for terminally ill patients and their families. “We always invite a hospice family that has young children to light the tree. These families emphasize the Hospice of San Joaquin’s commitment to helping those in need face terminal illness,” said Carolyn Gomes, of Hospice of San Joaquin, also in the campus news release. Family and friends are invited to remember and honor loved ones by dedicating a light on Hospice of San Joaquin’s Tree of Lights. For more information or to donate a light, call the Hospice of San Joaquin: (209) 922-0242 or visit

Delta College Police utilize new Tipsoft program to combat crime on campus by heidi sharp

right thing without disclosing their identity.” With the growing concern for District Police have launched a new safety, students and faculty can all be safety tool to the students at Delta College. a part of reporting crimes and creating The new service is called Tipsoft and a safer area for everyone. is a safe and anonymous way to report Tipsoft also offers a mobile applicrime to campus authorities instantly. cation for smartphones. Students can use The app allows for their phone, smart- REMEMBER the instant conversation phone or email to use of an SMS message, but Text “CRIMES” (274637) with without the limitations the service. “In a school set- the keyword DELTA from any of conventional mesting, it is often im- mobile phone to send a tip saging. perative that inforIt includes unlimitedmation be conveyed to the authorities length messages, and is simple to use. quickly,” said officer Jim Bock, in a Tipsoft is provided by CrimeReports. press release sent out to campus. “We Crime Reports is an online crimeare dedicated to maintaining Delta mapping system that includes an easyCollege as one of the safest public lo- to-use crime map. The map shows all cations in the county, and with Tip- crimes committed in a specified date soft, students, faculty, and staff will range, and also shows registered sex know that its safe for them to do the offenders in the area.

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“Few people realize that the State budget controls the number of students community colleges teach, and that our enrollment capacity has been shrinking over the past four years.” Teresa Brown Area 6, Tracy

“Elections are an opportunity for candidates to layout their vision of the future and for voters to choose who best can represent them.”

“Getting out my message was a challenge. Showing that I really care and that we can have an open discussion on what we can save.”

Steve Castellanos Area 5, Northern District

C. Jennet Stebbins Area 1, South Stockton

TRUSTEES: Area 2 remains undecided, trustees get back to work on district issues

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Increased state tax revenues through 2018–19, averaging about $6 billion annually over the next few years. Revenues available for funding state budget. In 2012–13, planned spending reductions, primarily to education programs, would not occur. With the passage of Proposition 30, Delta College is not in dire need of major cuts to the class sections and offerings, but cuts will still happen. “There will be future program losses, but these will be carefully considered before any decision is made,” said Castellanos. “We will take a look at low enrollment programs and even then will be very cautious before any decision is made.” Delta students have another four years with the re-elected trustees and newly elected trustee. The remaining trustees have another two years before their seats come up for election.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 16, 2012  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.

The Collegian -- Published Nov. 16, 2012  

Issue 6 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.