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Remembering those lost AIDS Walk San Joaquin hosts event commemorating lives cut short by disease

by james striplin

A guide to wrapping holiday presents Page 4

Writer’s Guild hosts Scrabble tournament Page 6

Athletes study in The Zone Page 7


AIDS Walk San Joaquin hosted its 23rd Candlelight Vigil Commemoration Service this Dec. 1st, in order to pay tribute to those lost and affected by AIDS or HIV. In University of the Pacific’s Morris Chapel, family members and friends of AID victims stood on stage and listed off names of those who passed away from this disease. Three-hundred and thirty names of the approximate 650 people who have died of AIDS in the San Joaquin County were announced in this commemoration. “The names we have named this evening are only half that have died in San Joaquin,” said Daniel Corona, Board President of AIDS Walk San Joaquin. According to, the first reported case of AIDS in the United States was in June 1981. Since then, AIDS has managed to kill 615,000 people. It is estimated that every nine and a half minutes someone in the United States is infected

with HIV. There are currently 1.1 million people living with this disease today, and according to CDC estimates, 21 percent of those with HIV have no clue they have it. The AIDS Walk of San Joaquin started 18 years ago and has raised $20,000 this year alone. That money goes to the San Joaquin Aids Foundation, community medical centers, and San Joaquin community health services. “Those are the only three agencies (in San Joaquin County) that provide assistance to those infected or affected with AIDS,” said Corona At the end of the ceremony, a moment of silence was held for those who have died because of AIDS and the 320 names not called. This Candlelight Vigil has been held on the UOP campus every year for 16 years. REMEMBRANCE: A speaker at University of the Pacific’s Morris Chapel lists off names of San Joaquin AIDS victims, top. Morris Chapel was the location for the event, bottom.


Boat parade one of many events

Delta debuts new financial aid distribution system by matthew wilson

Men’s basketball holiday tournament Dec. 16, Blanchard Gym

Spring semester begins, Jan. 17



STARLIT MARINA: Marina West Yacht Club hosted a lighted boat parade that traveled from Buckley Cove to Weber Point on Dec. 3. The parade was lead by the Stockton fireboat Sunrise and was part of the “Starlight Night” event. Read the full story on page 5.

San Joaquin Delta College has partnered with technology and payment company Higher One, Inc. to introduce the MySJDCCard for the spring 2012 semester. The card is a new method of financial aid disbursement that will replace paper checks and simplify the disbursement process. According to Lauren Perry, Higher One Campus Relations Coordinator, the card is part of the OneDisburse program, which is designed to improve disbursement efficiency and speed.

“The [OneDisburse] program is focused on the backend, to help schools go paperless. [It also] gives students more options and faster access to financial aid,” Perry said. The card will allow students to either directly deposit financial aid payments into an existing domestic bank account or open a checking account with Higher One. According to Perry, the One account is FDIC insured and has no fees or minimum balance. With an active One account, the card functions as a debit card, usable anywhere MasterCard is accepted.

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BLACK FRIDAY: Thanksgiving holiday loses focus day after by evelyn palacio

Thanksgiving. A day to reunite with friends, family, and be thankful for what we have. Black Friday. A day to let the greedy animal in all of us pepper spray, shove, and trample people out of the way to get merchandise on sale. The ironic thing is that Black Friday is only a day after Thanksgiving. How quickly the warm familial feelings are forgotten, only to be replaced with cold selfishness. Honestly speaking, it’s all stupid. Black Friday should be outlawed. Or better yet, let’s just stop celebrating Thanksgiving altogether.

Turkey is nice, family time is tolerable, but we are not really thankful for what we have. We just want more stuff. And apparently we are willing to do anything — even stun-gun grandparents — to get that stuff at cheap prices. Christmas is next. Another day with family pretending we like the useless gifts we receive. What we’re all really looking forward to is returning said useless gift for something we really want. All this merry-making only leads to chaos and destruction for the poor employees at the costumer service counter and misery for the people waiting in those long return lines. Happy Holidays.

by uri piterberg

Is there anything more American than charging a mall or department store for 24 hours, in a frantic search for high end merchandise at bargain prices? Is there anything more American than an entire day dedicated to this frenzy of pure and unadulterated materialistic consumerism? Yes, there actually is believe it or not. It is having this day, where the only thing on our agenda is buying things, following a day dedicated to family, sharing and togetherness. This scar on the face of our society is “affectionately” known as Black Friday. The idea of a day devoted to shopping, while a shallow and


rather simple minded concept, is in and of itself still harmless. Not surprising, the lust Americans have for consumption has blown completely out of proportion. Inside a Target in West Virginia, a 61-year-old man collapsed while shopping. According to news reports, he was left on the floor while other people shopped. He later died. In malls and department stores all over the country people assaulted one another as they were shopping, and even resulted to armed robberies in parking lots. All this after the Walmart incident of 2008 in Long Island, in which an employee was trampled to death by a mob of charging shoppers. In this supposedly enlight-

revenue in the state from those who choose to take a different educational route. However, students taking these The California Community words “student success” in its name. courses may simply choose to College Student Success Task How are students to succeed move on and not pay the extra fee. Force is in the process of sending when a group such as this one is It seems as if the plan is to recommendations for registration putting up roadblocks to deter and push students out the door as that would disassemble non-credit discourage certain areas of learning? quickly as possible. courses and charge out-of-state The Collegian joins community That would make campuses tuition for students who choose to college newspapers throughout less crowded but it also sends take courses outside of a school’s the state, including The out unprepared individuals into two-year transfer educational plan. Guardsman at San Francisco the work force. In the case of San Joaquin City College, in writing in In this economy no one is Delta College, that “educational opposition of these suggestions. going to want to hire someone plan” would be associate of No one wants to take classes in need of extra training. arts or associate of science that would require out of state If the idea is to generate revenue degrees, general education tuition when they live in the state for the state, then attention must courses, California State the classes are being offered in. 
 be redirected to AB 131. University transferable units That’s just common sense. 
 A previous Collegian column or Intersegmental General We cannot understand the looked at the money legislators Education Transfer Curriculum. 
 reasoning behind this proposal. 
 are using to fund education for It’s ironic this group even has the Obviously it will generate undocumented citizens.

Task force recommendations wrong

ened and progressive culture we claim to have, our repulsive obsession with consumption is now causing us to harm and kill each other, and for what? An electronic appliance or a piece of clothing. Freedom is perhaps the first word that would come to an American mind when asked why this country is great. But how can we say that when this horrendous ritual follows Thanksgiving? Corporate America dangles sales in front of our faces like a piece of meat, and we proceed to engage in an animalistic feeding frenzy like pigs fighting over a bucket of slop. It is utterly depressing to think this is how low we’ve sunk as a society. We should all be embarrassed.

How is it fair for undocumented citizens to get $65 million, according to the California Legislative Office, in Cal Grants and other students get charged out-of-state tuition for in-state programs? Other students are left with an empty wallet. If bills such as AB 131 were tossed out, we would not have to come up with such ridiculous recommendations such as the Student Task Force has, that hinders, rather than helps education. If the recommendations stand, charging out of state tuition, it is estimated that 200,000 Californian students would be turned away from schools. That’s 200,000 students that will probably not graduate. Is it worth it? No.

THE COLLEGIAN — FALL 2011 Editor Matthew Wilson

Club Corner editor Jessica Blanke

Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

News editor Matthew Wilson

Online editor Matthew Wilson

Feature editor Brian Ratto

Staff writers Victoria Davila Heidi Haack Jung Min Hong Uri Piterberg Haley Pitto

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Issue 7 • Dec. 9, 2011 •

Easy baking for the holidays

by jessica blanke

Here are two simple recipes to help make this holiday season just a little bit tastier for you and yours. This first recipe is simple and delicious. Nothing says the holidays quite like a spiced pumpkin cookie.

cool completely. 3. Whisk cream cheese and butters in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Frost cooled cookies and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. PEPPERMINT BARK Recipe by Jessica Blanke


INGREDIENTS COOKIES ½ Cup butter (Soften a bit) 1 Cup sugar ½ Cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 small can pumpkin 2 ½ Cups flour ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt FROSTING 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 6 Tablespoons butter, softened 2 ¼ Cups powdered sugar Cinnamon to sprinkle on top DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugars in a stand or electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and pumpkin, mixing until well combined. 2. Place flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add to wet mixture on low speed until just combined. With a cookie scoop, drop onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes. Let cookies

INGREDIENTS 2 regular bags of white chocolate or vanilla baking chips 1 box candy canes DIRECTIONS 1. Break and crush about six candy canes into small pieces I recommend putting them into a plastic sandwich bag and crushing them with a mallet or the bottom of a pan. 2. Melt the baking chips. If no double-boiler is available, the baking chips can be melted in a regular pan by adding 2 tablespoons of canola oil. 3. Mix the candy cane bits into the hot baking chips and pour the mixture evenly onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. 4. Let mixture set in the fridge for an hour and break into bite sized pieces to serve.


SIMPLY DELICIOUS: Puffy Pumpkin Cookies placed on parchment paper ready to go into the oven, bottom left. White chocollate chips being melted down for the peppermint bark, bottom right.


10 Percent

with Brian Ratto

Key to AIDS knowing your status

December is the national AIDS Awareness Month. Thirty years ago a rare “cancer” affecting San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City gay men known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Auto Immune Deficiency (AIDS) was discovered. Since 1981 HIV/AIDS has spread across the nation and the globe. There are 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and one in five are unaware of infection, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate it afflicts everyone from young to old, male to female and gay to straight. The virus is transmitted through sexual intercourse. As a gay man I know that I am more susceptible to HIV/ AIDS. I take every precaution, I am tested regularly, do not share needles nor do any drugs and never am unsafe when sexually active. I also encourage my friends and family, gay or straight, to get tested and get tested often. The testing is free and simple to do. The San Joaquin AIDS Foundation located at 4330 N. Pershing Ave., Suite B-3 in Stockton has free testing and information about HIV/AIDS. On Dec. 1 World AIDS Day cities across the world remembered the lives taken by HIV/ AIDS and those living with HIV/AIDS. I participated in the Candlelight vigil held at the University of the Pacific’s Morris Chapel. I sat in the Chapel and was moved by the simple ceremony that concluded in a candle lighting and reading of the names of those lost to HIV/AIDS in San Joaquin County. Over the years there has been more and more progress made in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Today someone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS can live longer, unlike in 1981 where if you contracted HIV/AIDS you had a death sentence. Even with the progressive medical discoveries there has been a myth about HIV/AIDS being a “gay disease.” This was especially true in the early days of the disease. It is true that homosexual men do represent a large number of the United States AIDS cases, though worldwide the numbers are different. This is not just a gay disease, as I stated earlier. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate. The belief that HIV/AIDS is a gay disease only promotes the spread of HIV/AIDS in the heterosexual community. We all need to be ever vigilant and get tested. We need to remember that we can win the fight if there is a positive diagnosis. The key is to know your status. If you’re negative there are easy ways to stay negative. If you are positive there are ways to stay healthy, and help raise awareness. The World AIDS event I attended reminded me of my late second cousin Anthony, who died of HIV/AIDS in the late 1980s. Although I was only a few years old, there was a connection between us and not in name only. We were both gay. We were both proud to be so. Having lost a family member to HIV/AIDS I raise awareness and want everyone to take that first step in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS by knowing your status and having safe sex.



WRAPPED WITH stories by brian ratto

The Christmas season is here and everywhere we go there are lights strung up with care, festive music playing and stores having sales. Each year we look for the perfect gifts for family and friends. Once that mission is accomplished the fun part comes: wrapping the present. Taking the time to carefully dress the gift in the nicest wrapping paper, ribbons and bows is an art. Here are a few things to remember while wrapping presents: Measure the present to get the right amount of wrapping paper; crease the edges of the present for a clean look and a finishing touch is to personalize the gift with ribbons and bows. Making a plain present elegant is easy. Take the wrapped present and add a complementary-colored ribbon around the gift, place a bow on the front of the gift where the ribbons meet, use curling ribbons in matching colors to add flair.

Another simple way to wrap a gift is to use a simple patterned paper and add one bow to a corner, near the bow place the name card. Don’t forget to sign it with love. Want a simple and easy way to make a gift fun? Do not use purchased wrapping paper, use the newspaper (including The Collegian), after reading it of course. Take the comics, or any color page and use the colorful artwork to wrap the package. Sign who it is to and from in permanent marker, and you have an instantly unique gift. When it comes to an odd shaped gift, there are two ways to wrap it. One is to carefully wrap the gift with paper, ribbons and bows. The other and easier way is to use a gift bag, ribbons, bows and tissue paper. This year take the time to make the gift special. But remember no matter how you wrap the gift remember that it is the meaning behind the gift that matters most.

WRAPPING PRESENTS: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE When it comes to the gift giving this holiday season here is a quick and easy guide to wrapping a present. The choice of paper is simple, but remember the paper you pick dictates the color choices of ribbons and bows you can use. One easy way to ensure the present comes out well pick a solid or a simple designed paper.

STEP 1: Lay the present on the paper to measure the amount of paper needed and then cut out the amount of paper

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STEP 2: Fold the longer sides up and tape it to the present.

THE COLLEGE COMPLEX by victoria davila



For this demonstration red, green, gold stripped paper was selected and embellished with a gold-embossed wired ribbon. The bow is hand made out of the same wired ribbon wrapping the present. To make the bow, just cut the ribbon about six inches of ribbon. Next fold the ribbon into equal sections and staple the folds on one side. Finally, fluff the ribbon and cut triangular sections out of the end.

STEP 3: Cut the corners to make folding the paper over the corners easier

STEP 4: Fold the shorter ends up by folding the paper at an angle and taping it to the present.

STEP 5: Once the present is wrapped next step is to add ribbons and a bow. Adding the ribbon is easy, all you do is cut the ribbon to the length of the present.



Issue 7 • Dec. 9, 2011 •

Lighting up the Stockton night

Downtown boat parade kicks off the holiday season by james striplin

The holiday season came early to Stockton this year as a crowd gathered around Weber Point Events Center to watch boats made of light travel from Buckley Cove off of March Lane. This is the 31st annual Lighted Boat Parade was hosted by the Marina West Yacht Club. A total of 37 boats displayed holiday flair around the Stockton Waterfront beginning at 6:15 p.m. giving visitors just enough time to watch the Weber Point tree lighting, complete with music from the from Stockton’s Cesar Chavez High School Honors Chorus. Stockton residents could also be part of “Cocktails for Claus,” a night out dressing in Christmas attire and raising a toast to Saint Nicholas. These three events make up the “Starlight Night” event in Downtown Stockton. “It kind of gets you in the mood for the season,” said Marlene Peterson, longlasting fan of the boat parade. “It makes you happy, maybe it’s the kid in me,” she added. The first boat to be seen was the Port of Stockton fireboat “Sunrise,” which took the position as leader of the pack. The other boats followed, present-

ing lights while passengers waved to the crowds wishing them holiday cheer. Some boats had presents, some boats had trees, some boats had music and dancing, but others had Red Baron Snoopy, Santa and even the Grinch. “We like the ones with Santa on them, and we like the ones that dance,” said Amy Duncan, waiting for the parade with her granddaughter Julianna Duncan. But a few budget cuts here and there has left this event cold for the Duncans. Amy said there used to be more going on during this time of the year, including hot chocolate given to kids. “Now it’s just a boat parade, it’s not as much fun,” said Amy Duncan. “It was much bigger before,” said John Randolf Smith, a San Joaquin Delta College student in the 1980s. “There were five times as many people at the Lodi parade as there were here,” he said. But variation in the lighted boats kept the holiday cheer alive at Weber Point. Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston said she’s comes to the event every year since she has been in office, and frequently since the parade started 31 years ago. When asked what she looks forward too at this year parade, Johnston responded: “The entire parade, they (the boats) get better each year.”


High expectations for new ‘Dragon Tattoo’ set to hit theaters Dec. 21 by chris howze

complexity of his creation “Hannibal Lecter,” there has been a gap needing to be filled in the genre of dark and disIn this post Twilight mega turbing crime mysteries. success age, it’s become hard That’s where Larsson to detect when the newest best swooped in and took the reins. sellers are legitimately wellWhile not enjoyable in thought and executed or over terms of contents, the writhyped half-witted fan fiction ing is strong if not a little level literature. overwrought, but the series’ So it would be easy to be apprehensive when coming into main draw is in the characters, particularly in its secondary a new series such as the late protagonist Lisbeth Salander. Swedish author Steig Larsson’s Salander is of the most “Millennium trilogy,” consisting bizarre, and downright unique, of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl who Played female characters for quite some With Fire,” and “The Girl who time. She’s a leather-bound, Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” pierced, hair-dyed character Happily this series is one with a bad attitude. worth having on your bookSalander has poor social skills shelf. and a genius level proclivity for After Thomas Harris went hacking. off the literary deep end with She is a weird amalgam of his laughable 2006 effort Sherlock Holmes, Joan Jett and “Hannibal Rising,” effectively Pippy Longstockings. destroying the mystery and

Larsson’s Salander was brought beautifully to life in the 2009 Swedish film adaptation by actress Noomi Rapace. Rapace transforms herself to an almost unrecognizable degree to bring the page to screen. That’s why when Hollywood first announced that they would do an American adaptation of the material with all new cast and crew, its easy to get nervous. Thankfully all seems to be heading for fantastic, if bleak waters. The American adaptation hits theaters Dec. 21. It will be helmed by David Fincher, quite possibly the best man for the job, with his past efforts including “Fight Club,” “Zodiac,” “Se7en” and “The Social Network.” The gods of cinematic heaven appear to be smiling down at us.

shown what she’s capable of. All we can do is trust in Fincher to trust of her to deliver DIRECTOR: David Fincher as the marketing totes it “The Feel Bad Movie of the ChristACTORS: Rooney Mara as Lisbeth mas Season.” Salander, Daniel Craig as Michael On a closing side note, it’s Blomkvist interesting two female characters so wildly different as TwiRELEASE DATE: Dec. 21 light’s Bella Swan and Lisbeth Salander can be both popular at The new film looks fantastic the very same time and age. One is an incredibly flawed and on the money, while retainbut strong willed and capable ing the stylistic flourishes that young woman that won’t allow Fincher is now known for. herself to face her past traumas That includes a Stanley or allow the one man most Kubrickesque obbessive-comlikely able to help her and love pulsive disorder to his camera work, and having Trent Reznor her. The other is a selfish, vapid, composing the musical score. The only big enigma left to manipulative girl who lets the two men fighting for her do all audiences is in the casting of young Rooney Mara in the role the work. One character is a progresof Salanader. Mara is a relatively new face sive, one will set back the feminist movement twenty years. to the silver screen and has yet



club corner

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Writers’ Guild encourages wordplay on campus by brian ratto

The Writers’ Guild hosted the third Scrabble Tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the Cunningham Study Lounge. Participants had 30 minutes each round to rack up as many points as possible. After four rounds of game play Denise Maurer won with 702 points. The club planned for a $4 pre-sale and a $5 at the door. “The fee was withdrawn due to a lack of pre registration,” said club president Angela Bardot, 25. Members promoted the event with flyers and word of mouth as well as posting on the guild’s Facebook page. “I heard of the event on the Writers’ Guild Facebook,” said club member Nicholas Niggemeyer. The event had a low attendance, and it was club member versus club member. “The lack of participation in the event was related to the lack of participation in the promotion of the event” Said Bardot. The Writers’ Guild hopes to have a bigger and better event in the future.


BATTLE OF WITS: Writers’ Guild member Nicholas Niggmeyer challenges Lillian Taylor to a round, top. Writers’ Guild members play Scrabble at the third Scrabble Tournament in Cunningham Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

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Tutoring center helps athletes exercise mind

With finals coming up, athletes seek Zone to support their academic progress in college by justin tristano

Keeping up with grades while balancing other priorities is a difficult task for many students on campus. Athletes are no exception. Adding in games and practices, some may fall behind on studies. The Zone, located in Budd 205, is a hub of tutors specialized for athletes to keep up with their mandatory three-hour study requirements. Students using the center log in and out using their Delta identification number to keep track of their hours, and folders to keep track of the work that they do. Opened in fall 2010 the Zone is not just for athletes. “It’s primarily for athletes, but everyone is welcome,” Teresa Gutierrez, Instructional Support Assistant for Languages, Library, and Learning Resources said during an interview. A major complaint students that used the center had was that the center is often crammed with people. According to Gutierrez the busiest times are in the morning.

“Between 7:45-12:30 it’s pretty packed. Later on it usually dwindles down,” he said. The tutors are usually athletes who have taken courses in the subjects that they tutor in. Focusing strictly on general education, they are required to have multiple subjects that they can cover. “English tutor, study skills. I also do psychology and history. Took English so I can help with that too,” said Sean Fenner, a Zone tutor. The subject matter that each tutor covers is printed on their badges so students know whom to approach with their questions. Though athletes are only required three hours of study a week, some coaches require more. “I play basketball, requirements are four hours, mandatory 1 hour every day except Friday, allowing leniency for students with classes,” said Fenner. Students also said they enjoyed the friendly staff environment and the ability to use computers required for studying.

THE ZONE: Sabas Herrera, a baseball player, and Lixsa Sandoval, a soccer player study inside The Zone, above. Athletes study at the tutoring center, right. PHOTOS BY JAMES STRIPLIN

Lady Mustangs honor former coach by uri piterberg

The tournament set to tip off Dec. 19 at the Blanchard Gym will take on a different feeling than other preseason tournaments the Lady Mustangs have played in this season. This tournament will honor the late Jocelyn Mancebo, who starred as a player for Delta in 2003-2004, and went on to a brief coaching career that ended in 2009 As a player, Mancebo was named to the Bay Valley all-conference team and led the Mustangs to a conference title. She then poceeded to play at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she led the Wolf Pack in PHOTO BY URI PITERBERG scoring and steals. Her passion for the game of basketball, described PRACTICE: The Lady Mustangs basketball team fondly by Delta Athletic Director Mary Anne Paz, practices for upcoming preseason games. would naturally lead her to pursue coaching. “Jocelyn had a great passion for basketball and ALSO for the program, and impacted everyone around her,” said Paz MEN’S BASKETBALL Head Coach Gina Johnson’s team currently Dec. 16-18 stands at 5-5 going into the Santa Rosa tournaBlanchard Gym ment this weekend with a young roster that has The men’s basketball team will host a Holiday been getting better with every game. Tournament. San Francisco City College, Napa According to coach Johnson, the team’s strong Valley College and others will be participating. work ethic and coupled with strong backcourt play so far have been the main reason behind its ability to overcome the inexperience factor so far. have some good hustle from our guards and we “I think we play hard as a team, but that’s what drive well to the basket and we’re just learning to we demand…I think that we have been shooting play well together, and be more consistent.” the ball well…this past weekend we’ve had ShiThe Mustangs open the tournament against anne Solomon and Anna Nguyen shoot the ball Feather River College. really well over the weekend, and I think that we



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Campus police offer holiday safety tips

CARD: New system to deal with demand

by heidi haack

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With the holiday season comes a need to be more aware of your surroundings, specifically to avoid becoming a victim of crime. In the current economy, crime rates are worse than normal. San Joaquin Delta College Police Sgt. Mario Vasquez has a few tips to keep yourself, and your belongings safe this winter season:

1) This may seem obvious, but be aware of your

surroundings. Watch out especially for people who do not look like they are students.

2) Don’t carry large amounts of cash in your purse or wallet, and keep the purse size to a minimum. Large purses can be easier to grab.

3) Never leave any personal property unattended anywhere on campus.

inside your vehicle to leave.

5) Never leave anything of value in your car,

such as a purse, keys, books, laptop, stereo face or a GPS device.

6) Walk in groups after leaving class, and do not

socialize in the parking lot, especially during the evening hours.

7) Remember your keys can be used for your protection.

8) The campus police are available 24-hours a

day, all seven days of the week for escorts to your car and encourage all to call them immediately for help.

9) Program the number (209) 954-5000 into BRIEFS your phone under “aadeltapd” so it appears No. 1 on your contact list.

Have your phone out and ready to dial 4) Lock your vehicle at all times, when leaving it 10) (209) 954-5000 in case of an emergency. unattended to go to class and again once you get


Event connects veterans to services

A “Veterans Screening and Referral Event” was held on Nov. 30 to help promote a successful transition from military to civilian life for veterans. The event was co-sponsored by San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System, VA Northern California Health Care System Mather, Calif., San Joaquin County Veterans Services Office, Veterans Center Modesto, Soldier’s Project – Stockton and Modesto, Delta College, University of the Pacific and the State of California Employment Development Department. “This [event] started out to screen veterans for depression and it morphed into a benefits event,” said Catherine Mooney, San Joaquin Delta College Director of Admissions and Records and Troops to College Coordinator. All veterans in attendance had access to professionals from various organizations committed to supporting veterans. Information regarding education, financial

Bookstore to offer textbook rentals by matthew wilson

HELPING VETERANS: Gary Prost from Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office discusses McNerney’s involvement in the event with volunteers and attendees.

by brian ratto

In order to ensure the switch goes smoothly, Perry stressed the importance of students updating address on file at the financial aid office, as well as selecting a refund preference as soon as the card is received. When asked about the reason behind the switch, Denise C. Donn, Delta College Director of Financial Aid & Veterans Services, wrote in an email it had to do with increased demand, with over 37,000 checks being mailed in the 2009-10 fiscal year. “The switch will help the financial aid office improve our services to our students, which is our ultimate goal,” she responded. The new system will also save on postage. “This service will have a positive impact on the general fund. The OneDisburse Program’s annual cost of $7,500 will be funded from the budgeted postage account. A savings of $15,884 on postage is expected each year,” wrote Donn.

aid, employment, and mental health services were also available. Student veteran Jennifer Foster-Hayes, 26, a volunteer at the Veterans Resource Center, was able to benefit from the information regarding Veteran Affairs. “I was able to learn about filing VA claims and disability, which is an issue for veterans,” said Foster-Hayes. More than 60 veterans took advantage of the event and Gary Prost from Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office also attended the event as a show of support from McNerney for this initiative, according to an email sent out by Ejaz Ahmed from San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services. All in attendance at the event were informed of the Delta College Veterans Resource Center located in Budd 310. The center provides a place for student veterans to do homework, get a tutor and meet fellow veterans. The resource center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information regarding Delta College’s Veterans Services call (209) 954-5185 or visit the website deltacollege. edu/dept/troops.

The San Joaquin Delta College Bookstore is now offering textbook rentals for the spring 2012 semester. According to Sharla Perry, a bookstore customer service associate, this is first time the bookstore has offered rentals on campus instead of using a third party service. In order to rent a textbook, students must fill out a rental agreement form, available in the bookstore, and agree to have a credit card put on file as collateral in the case of late book returns. “[Textbook rentals] are a wonderful thing for students. They just need to be careful to return them on time so they don’t get charged,” said Perry. For more information on the rental service, visit the bookstore on campus or online at

Delta internatonal students can apply to attend conference in Washington, D.C. by jung min hong

San Joaquin Delta College international students have been invited to be a part of the President Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Conference March 30-April 1, 2012. Each year, the CGIU hosts a meeting where students from across the world, national youth organizations, topic experts and celebrities discuss solutions to pressing global issues. The CGIU will be held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Making a commitment to action is required in order to attend the meeting. Commitments range from installing energy-efficient light bulbs on campus, to distributing life saving water filtration kits to nomadic doctors in Africa. Applicants must make a commitment in order to apply. There is no charge for applying to or attending the conference. CGIU also provides a great opportunity to students’ future careers. “This is an incredible opportunity, especially for those of you who want to transfer to extremely competitive schools like UC Berkeley. Participation in this event would definitely add impact to your application for transfer admission,” said International Student Program Specialist Melissa Black. The final deadline for the CGIU 2012 application is January 17. Students can apply as a group or individually to attend. Visit to apply for the meeting and get the commitments ideas. For more information contact (212) 397-2255 or

The Collegian -- Published Dec. 9, 2011  

Issue 7 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2011-12 school year.

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