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thecollegian Issue 9 • Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 •


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Single students connect on Valentine’s Day

‘Guess that Tune’ and match-making game, make up ASBG’s first College Hour by christina cornejo

Pizza places offers hookah retreat Page 5

Coaches vs. Cancer event draws crowd Page 7

TV/film producer comes to campus Page 3

UPCOMING Mustang Baseball vs. Beavers Nick Cecchetti Field Thurs. March 7 2:30 p.m. ‘A Lie of the Mind’ Studio Theatre Fri. March 1 and Sat. March 2 8 p.m.


Delta College students who were ‘single and ready to mingle’ this Valentine’s Day may have found the dating scene on campus a little less daunting and a little more fun. Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) representatives delved into the business of match making on Feb. 14 with a Love Connection College Hour event. Similar to the ‘80s television series, Love Connection, three candidates answered questions about their tastes and date ideas to win over the heart of a blindfolded single student. Candidates gave responses ranging from the serious to humorous. When asked what animal he would be, one student contestant replied: “A pit bull – I’d bite you and not let go.” Airrianna Valentine was one of the blindfolded volunteers. “It was really fun. There were a lot of different vibes, different people,” said Valentine. However, game show-style match making isn’t the only reason students were drawn to the quad. Groove Central, a local band, played instrumentals during the Love Connection and for a game of “Guess that Tune,” where people also had to sing along. “I saw the band setting up and wanted to be a part of it,” said Robert Duran, also known as Afex 209. “I support good things.” Duran performed a several songs for the crowd before the event hosts encouraged others to take a turn at the microphone.


LOVE GAMES: Top, Airrianna Valentine awaits the answer of a potential date. Right, students playing the “love connection” in the quad on Feb. 14.

Love Connection is part of a series of events that ASBG puts on every month, called College Hour. “It’s a way for students to relax and unwind,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Elizabeth Landa. While many enjoyed themselves out on the quad that day, perhaps the match making wasn’t as successful. Valentine may have chosen contestant number three, but wasn’t expecting a date with him that night. “He said he’d see me around, but he never gave me his number,” said Valentine.

Student government program gives back to campus by michael johnson

The Associated Student Body Government (ASBG) has opened a food pantry on campus. The pantry hosts monthly food distributions for students with a valid identification card. ASBG also offers weekly lunch giveaways on Tuesdays as part of the pantry. The Tuesday giveaway is called “Food for Thought.” “We’ve had more than 100 applications the Food for Thought program,” said Elizabeth Landa, vice president of student affairs for ASBG.

The pantry concept was introduce to provide students with food during the tough economic times, particularly when a student today may be paying for a car, cell phone, computer, rent and have other responsibilities. The addition of the pantry means students don’t have to question whether they will pay bills or eat. According to the official pantry website, the “ASBG Food Pantry contributes to the overall

health and wellness of the Delta College student body by providing free access to healthy food options students can use to create balanced meals for themselves and their families.” To receive food, students need to have a valid identification card and complete an online application, or intake form. The February distribution is today. The next one will be March 22. Landa said the pantry has received more than 300 items and

$2,000 to help feed students on campus. Last year, the pantry received 50 turkeys and 30 hams during a holiday drive. All of those items went to students. The pantry continuously accepts donations of nonperishable goods, including canned vegetables, soups, cereals, dried pasta and other shelf-stable items. Donations can be made in the Student Activities office in Shima 101C or the ASBG office in Shima 101F. Landa said the first time a student receives a “Food for

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Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2013 •

Are hackers a positive or negative force to the world? PRO: Actions expose corruption, lies

CON: Hacking causes destruction

by devin valdez

by sean mendoza


he art of hacking has become a popular trend to “shed light into darkness” in the Internet world. Hackers, or “hacktivists,” as they are now being called, are using their computer intelligence to bring down major corporations and governments, that they believe to be corrupt. Wikileaks is considered one of the top “hacktivists” groups to fight the recurring “cyber wars,” and one of the groups that has received the most attention from the media. That attention caused mixed feelings among media audiences around the world. Over the years Internet hacking has been used for many different activities. Hackers hack websites to steal private and personal information, they have hacked for their own entertainment of outwitting security breaches and most recently, hackers are hacking to bring awareness to issues of today’s times. The long list of why hackers hack brings up a good question: is there such thing as a “good” hacker and a “bad” hacker? I believe there is. Is it right for hacker groups to use computer skills to leak secret information on the Internet and release it to the public? I would again have to say, yes. As a journalist, I feel it is my job and responsibility to report the whole truth of a story, in an ethical way. Hacktivist groups, such as Wikileaks and journalist Julian Assange, are also a part of the journalism world and have the right to report any truths they may come across, popular or not. In Wikileak’s statement about who they are on their website, they state they are “an organization whose most important activity is to publish original source material alongside their news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of truth”. They have an extended, ethical process

of verifying all news stories and evidence that they receive and publish. So why not bring truth to lies or misguidance that the government or major corporations have fed to the people? Is it not the citizen’s right to know what truly is going on behind closed doors of meetings regarding war, finances, and even censorship? Are we the people not allowed to call out an official when we feel certain rights are being revoked from us? That is what Wikileaks has done. It has become a voice for the people questioning and fighting against any and all corruption created, through hacking. The site has shed light to stories regarding war killings, torture and detention. Stories regarding censorship broke out, such as the story about a secret gag order on UK Times and how it prevented publication of a story about the Minton report into toxic waste dumping back in Sept. 2009. Wikileaks also leaked stories with evidence regarding government corruption, financing, taxes and trading like the looting of Kenya under President Daniel arap Moi and how he used $3,000,000,000 to swing the election in Dec. 2007. These examples are just a condensed list compared to all other issues of corruption Wikileaks has touched on. Some people say revealing the uncut and often raw footage to the public is an act of a criminal or someone who is unpatriotic. I would disagree and plead the opposite. These “hacktivists” are putting themselves out there for judgment, scrutiny and even in some instances, incarceration, all for the sake of a better future for citizens all over the world. Their only hope is to see evil and corruption cease to exist in the leadership of the nations and they are willing to stand up and fight for justice when no one else will. Unpatriotic? No. Honorable? Yes.


acking usually happens on social network accounts, government servers, online gaming accounts or just someone’s personal computer or laptop. A lot of people have been hacked countless times. What is the logical definition of a hacker? According to, a hacker is a “microcomputer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to proprietary computer systems.” Which means someone trying to break through the security of any computer or computer system attached to a network. Now what is the definition of hacking? A free dictionary website states that hacking is when someone seeks and exploits weaknesses in a computer system or computer network. Some of us admire the intelligence that hackers possess to be able to get into the computer’s mind, but most of us simply despise the fact that they can just steal important information from other people whenever they desire to. It’s true that hackers can be helpful at times but they have more negative effects than positive to people. About 2 million PlayStation 3 users accounts were compromised and Sony’s entire online network suffered a full scale black out that lasted for weeks a couple years ago when a group of hackers decided to hack the system. Most social networking users have been hacked and had their identity drastically changed or had false posts put up about them. Facebook users, for example, have an option where they can post a status

which they can type anything that’s on their mind. Hackers could jump in and post a status that contains nothing but lies about the person hacked but sometimes people just leave their accounts logged in. I’ve had experience being hacked on Facebook before, and sometimes it’s funny but most of the time it can get annoying. Sometimes it can cause family drama when a hacked account begins posting damaging messages to those on the profiles friends list, leaving the victim having to talk down upset family and friends over comments they didn’t even post The most important part of why most people hate hackers is how they can get into and steal private information. In Feb. 2011, a hacker by the name of “Night Dragon” took highlysensitive information about oil and gas field operations, project financing and bidding documents. The companies agents have traced the hacker’s tools to China. Just in the last few weeks we’ve had the high profile hackings of Facebook and traditionally hack-proof Apple both were attacked by the same malware and sources lead to it being done by the same group of hackers It’s obvious that hackers have more of a negative impact on the world than they do positive. I think that they should get more than a minor punishment when they get caught in the act, just to send a message to other hackers that they shouldn’t even try. With everything running on computers now all it takes some clever anti social troll to rain destruction upon someone’s life.

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 Cameron Bryant 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 Heidi Sharp Sofia Sher Devin Valdez Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2012 •


10 Percent

with brian ratto

Small steps toward a much more open community


his past weekend, I did something that up until recently, I would have been afraid to do. I walked hand-in-hand through downtown Lodi with my partner, Cris. It was a nice day. We had gone to a Lodi Rainbow Project (LRP)meeting. The meeting was at a downtown business and we discussed plans for the year. The Lodi Rainbow Project is a lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) organization founded in 2012 to be a catalyst for personal growth, acceptance and equality for LGBTQ+ people and their allies in the Lodi area. The LRP is the only community LGBTQ+ organization besides high school Gay-Straight Alliances. After the meeting ended, we window shopped. We stopped for food and then walked home. In the past I would not have done this. I was too afraid of the reaction of others. I cared too much about others opinions and actions. I was scared and was not wanting to be so noticeable in a town I viewed as ultra conservative. Yes, we did get some reaction. Passersby looked longer than usual. A woman passing in an SUV drove by with her jaw dropped. The walk was only about an hour and a half around downtown, but taking note of my surroundings it seemed longer. “Oh my god, gay people,” said teenagers riding by on bikes. Some people pointed from their cars, but nothing more. We were not harassed or harmed in anyway. I was surprised. To me Lodi had a vibe of “ultra conservative.” It comes across as a “hold your Bibles and shun the rest” type of community. While growing up in Manteca, I heard people talk about Lodi as the conservative small town that clings to religion.



with haley pitto

with people?


hate you. You break-up. I love you. You make up. Feelings change at the drop of a hat. It happens regularly. Any intelligent human would see the relationship is clearly not working. He or she would move on to greener pastures and not wither away in the desert wasteland that they call a “relationship.” He wants children. She doesn’t. He cheats on her. She forgives him. I’m sorry, but am I missing something here? Are you completely stupid? Or do you enjoy this sort of emotional abuse on a regular basis? I’m going to go with you’re a total idiot. Yep. Definitely what I’m going with. People wake up! If your relationship is that messed up why do you choose to stay together? “Oh I’ve been with him for three years or “she’s the first girl I’ve ever been in love with” are NOT good reasons. It’s a cop-out. Plain and simple. You don’t want to be the “bad guy” by ending it so you


But we were not shunned in a way I was expecting. I felt we were a normal couple accepted by most, and ignored by the rest. This may be due to Lodi becoming more like home to me, or as my partner would say I am part of those that come to Lodi and fall in love with it. I agree, I do love the town. I understand that being in a new place may take a while, but I was also apprehensive because of what I have heard before moving here. I grew up in southern San Joaquin County. Manteca is my hometown. Lodi is my new home. Since moving to Lodi in 2012, the town has grown on me. I am also slowly learning the ultra-conservative view I held is only partially true. Lodi does have a long way to go toward being a truly equal place, proven by the reaction to the Lodi Rainbow Project being in the Parade of Lights last December. While the parade was in progress, members of the LRP did get glares and stares by people, and some chose to yell obscenities at us as we passed. Parents told their children to make rude comments and gestures. All the while members of the LRP did not react; we smiled and waved, wishing everyone cheer in this holiday season. These letters to the editor in the Lodi News-Sentinel claimed that we were strutting our sexuality around and how we forced our views on the parade, which was not a religious event. The parade was a holiday light parade to celebrate the Lodi Community as a whole, and that is what we in the LRP did we walked wishing everyone holiday cheer, next to a car that was decked out in Christmas lights. But I think Lodi will become more accepting in the future.

SOME RELATIONSHIPS NOT WORTH SAVING stick around and act like a thorn in the other’s side until they’ve had enough. I see people do this all the time. It bugs me every time You see the relationship is crumbling yet you cling to it. Let me ask you something; if you saw a house engulfed in flames would you just skip in and have a tea party? No. That’s just ridiculous. So why then would you stay in a relationship that is crashing and burning? It’s sad and you know that eventually you may get that scrap of a relationship back, but you’re constantly going to be wondering when you’ll be cut off and be told no more. Maybe you’re afraid to look elsewhere, scared you’ll end up alone in the end. How will you know if you don’t try? I don’t know about you but I’m not a dog. If something isn’t working and hasn’t been don’t put on your puppy dog face and beg. Move on. Be an adult. Quit acting like a Taylor Swift song. Get a hold of yourself. Don’t say you are “never ever ever getting back togeth-

er” one day then be making goo-goo eyes at your other half the next. Nothing has changed other than you got too lazy to do something about your situation. It’s like saying you’re going to clean your room and the next week it still looks like Hurricane Katrina hit. Find someone who respects you and loves you and treats you how you want to be treated. Don’t stick around hoping for change. People don’t change overnight. If things haven’t gotten better over the course of your relationship then they aren’t going to. The only way to get what you want out of life is to take matters into your own hands and do something about it. It’s not a Disney movie with a happy ending. Things don’t just go “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” and work out. There is no Cinderella fairy godmother to fix your problems. It’s real life. Accept the situation instead of being one of those couples that people talk about behind their back, saying “what’s wrong with people?”



Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2013 •

Film and television producer returning to Delta by jermaine davis

Marsha Posner Williams will be visiting Delta College once again this March. The RTV Department is excited to welcome back an established TV/Film Producer, willing to give career advice, listen to students and critique demo reels. With new students enrolled in RTV courses this semester, the opportunity to meet Williams may be just the inspiration some students who feel uncertainty need, in pursuing a career in the industry. It is expected that she will announce that another MPW scholarship is up for grabs, to a dedicated RTV student. The Delta College RTV Department is one of the few Radio/Television programs still standing at California Community Colleges. “For some serious TV/Film students, the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from multiple Emmy winner Williams will be a positive life altering experience,” said William Story, instructor of RTV. “Besides sharing her wealth of knowledge about working in film and television, she inspires students to achieve

their career goals with motivational lectures and one-on-one discussions.” Several RTV students have developed personal relationships with Williams and have been able to stay in contact with her via Facebook/email and video chat. In May 2012, Williams spent time getting to know a few RTV students as they greeted her at the airport and served as an escort to her hotel. As a special guest at Media Fest last year, she awarded the first ever MPW Scholarship in the amount of one-thousand dollars to winner Shallena Johnson. During her visit, she also looked at projects and socialized with students who have an interest in production and film making. The impact Williams has had on students in the RTV Department can be felt just by talking to some of the people that have been fortunate enough to interact with her. “Each time seeing her is such a great opportunity because she always brings knowledge to a craft that I’m in,” said Miquan James, a student enrolled in RTV. “Also, to see an executive producer… how often does that come around especially to Delta College or a community


PROFESSIONAL FEEDBACK: Marsha Posner Williams and husband Wayne Williams.

college in general?” Williams is probably most known for her contribution as a producer on the 1980’s television show “The Golden Girls” but that’s not all she’s had her name attached to. She’s written two books, “How to Get Even with Your Ex” (1987) and “How to Get Even with Your Exes” (1992). Mrs. Williams also made a contribution to “Night Court” (a popular show in the 80’s) as an executive producer, and as of 2000

she’s produced several health & fitness videos on Yoga and Pilates. “When someone like Marsha comes to Stockton, and takes interest in Delta College students…somebody of her level of professionalism and somebody who has achieved the level of success that she has, is validating their dreams and that’s huge. You cannot put a price on how much that can mean to a student,” said Adriana Brogger, MCOM 2 instructor.

VICES & VIRTUES: the effects of video games on our culture

Sifting through the moral panic for the truth

A new addiction for the digital era?

by chris howze

by andrea masuret

Last years gun crimes reached a devastating new level, giving a new rise to a single word question: Why? What caused these horrible acts? President Barack Obama is asking for a government study to be conducted on the effects of violent media. More specifically, violent video games come to mind. Hopefully, now we’ll get an answer that will silence parents groups and out-of-tilt news organizations. But the answer more than likely will not make the critics happy. Whenever a horrible crime is committed someone, somewhere will get on a soap box and blame some form of pop culture for the event. Video games are the new kid on the block. Once cars were considered brothels on wheels. Comic books were censored for years based on the ‘findings’ in Dr. Fredrick Wertham book ‘Seduction of The Innocent.’ Music was said to shift the masses away from God. Controversy once occurred over the way Elvis Presley shook his hips. The issue always is that of language. Whenever a new form of media emerges to be embraced by the youth, members of other generations freak out because they don’t understand it. People fear what they don't understand. Its been said that gaming makes a person antisocial. Or it's been said that games

can make a person violent. Dr. Henry Jenkins director of comparative studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology has stressed for quite some time that these fears go unfounded. Of over 300 case studies on media violence and its effects the vast majority have found no causal link between real world violence and video game violence. In fact, the most common prevailing thought is a possibility of increased aggression after playing a video game, buttrying to link aggressive thoughts with violent actions holds no sway. Games are competitive by nature so if you lose or if you're stuck frustration it is a natural reaction. That has nothing to do with the actual content of the game. I’ve seen just as many guys fuming over missing a line in ‘Tetris’ as I have getting upset after losing a round of deathmatch in ‘Halo.’ Gaming nowadays is not the same as it was 35 years ago when the Atari 2600 was all the rage. Gamers have grown up and as such so have the games. The average gamer now is almost 30 years old, thus the types of games most prevalent today cater to their tastes. The issue lies with the parents and adults who don’t pay attention, who don’t know what games are despite gaming having the most thorough rating system possible to inform. Gaming isn’t the problem, neither was Batman, The Beatles or Tarantino.

Addiction is lack of self control. Any form of entertainment or enjoyment can be obsessed over. Video games by their design can be very addictive. They are power fantasies that make any Average Joe become the most important man in the world if only in the confines of their home. It seems that every year there is a new game coming out with more advanced graphic fidelity or gaming strategy that it’s no surprise that people would rather be shut ins then actually do activities that involve social contact with others. Research shows that that only 10-to-15 percent of gamers actually get addicted to video games. The American Medical Association defines heavy game usage as more then two hours per day. But lets be honest what true gamer only spends two hours gaming a day. Gaming can be appealing to any average person being allowed to escape your regular life into a virtual world. They take you to places impossible to this world be it magic, elves and dragons or maybe an interstellar war between humanity and alien invaders. Gaming allows a cathartic release

of the daily stresses of life, of the responsibilities around you. The need to balance jobs, family, and friends can be an overwhelming feeling of responsibility that stepping into an alternate reality can be like a home away from home. Though sometimes gamers can over step there gaming sessions and play for hours on end. Although gaming addiction doesn’t have some serious physical consequences such as drug and alcohol addictions, medical studies by CRC health group gaming can cause carpal tunnel syndrome from the overuse of a mouse or game controller, migraines for continually focusing on your computer screen or TV for to long. For some people the social consequences can be neglect from other relationships out of the video game world. But like all addictions you can kick them. And the only way to do that with video game addiction is to mediation on how long play. I know the fact of “leveling up” continuously wants to makes gamers want to game on but the facts are gaming is the can be addicting just like comics, movies, music and alcohol but you just have to proportion your gaming time. As Charles Dickens once said: “Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess”



Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2013 •



Pizza place, hookah bar, Pepperoni’s is a spot for students to unwind

by christian covarrubias

including Starbuzz, Fumari and Fantasia. Beyond the prices and quality, the Finding yourself completely bored out of your extravagant decorating helps make a mind, stuck on the Delta College campus be- visit that much more pleasant. tween classes? The hookah area is located in a red There’s finally a solution to the boredom. and gold tent outside the main building. Gather your friends for a quick lunch break at Middle Eastern decorations are all over. Pepperoni’s Pizza & Hookah Cafe. Fluffy pillows and couches give the smoking The cafe opens at noon area a mellow vibe. and is located just a block PEPPERONI’S It is almost as if you are from the campus at 4641 in a foreign country. The Location: 4641 Pacific Ave. Pacific Avenue. set up alone makes this “Pepperoni’s is a cool Prices: $5 pizza, $10 hookah a truly unique space in place to go when you need Contact: (209) 943-0055 Stockton. to escape the stress from Online: The Lodi family that school,” said Delta student runs the cafe are always Albert Alaya. friendly and helpful no Prices are reasonable with pizza starting at $5 matter if you a regular or a new face. and hookah at $10. Pepperoni’s has been dominating the hookah The pizza quality is good considering that it is scene in Stockton since it opened in 2001. only a $5 dollar pizza. The café hosts events nearly every weekend, The hookah is the main focus of the cafe. most of which are usually party mixes from “We have hundreds of different hookah flavors popular DJs. and we offer Delta students a $1 discount with a “The music is always good. That’s one valid school ID,” said manager George Hu. of the reasons I prefer this place over any The cafe serves high-quality hookah brands, other hookah cafe in Stockton,” said Alaya.

Fashion to host art, gift fair in Danner by jermaine davis

The Fashion Club at Delta College will be holding its annual Spring Art & Gift Fair from March 6-7 inside of Danner Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. The fair will feature rotating vendors with a wide variety of items to look at and purchase, including scrapbooks, lotions, fra-

grances, candles, soaps and more. Students at Delta College involved with the Fashion Club will also have items on display. The fair has been a part of Delta College for the past 17 years. It brings exclusive designs and creative styles for those who enjoy artistic creations. The Fashion Club continuously hosts two separate events, one

THE COLLEGE COMPLEX by victoria davila

in the spring and another in fall. “The Spring Art & Gift Fair is to teach students … if you ever wanted to start a business, these are the people to talk to,” said Leslie Asfour, instructor of the Fashion Department, with over 20 years of experience. “Magic Sense” a soap company in California that specializes in vegetable glycerin soap, that does not dry your skin, will

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also be on hand at the up coming fair. Since founding the company in 2005, Betty and Mike Miller have made a mark in Hollywood by presenting generous gifts to countless celebrities. Students that take part in events presented by the Fashion Club walk away with a feeling of gratitude. “I get the experience in organizing an event that brings different vendors, with different products at different prices,” said Daniel Gonzalez, a member of the Fashion Club. “The vendors

are happy to see us and I’m always happy to see them back…you build relationships with people that you may not have otherwise, and network with people.” The opportunity for future potential business owners, to experience what it is like, dealing with multiple customers at once is priceless. At the Spring Art & Gift Fair, students from the Fashion Club show off their socializing and customer appreciation. “Students that want their own brand, have to learn how to recruit vendors,” said Asfour.



Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2013 •

Speech and debate team heading to April nationals for second year in a row

Gospel Fest 2013 to be held at Delta College

by salvador ortiz

by valerie lancer

For the second year in a row Delta’s Speech and Debate Team is going to nationals in April, after ranking second place in last year’s national event. Speech and debate does not function the way sports function. Sport teams have seasons. Depending on how well they perform during a season the team goes to playoffs. In speech and debate every tournament is its own. This means Delta can lose the statewide tournament and win Phirhopy, which is the national tournament. Another national title under the team’s belt can mean a lot for Delta. Students who are not able to attend four-year universities seek community colleges that have a decent program that meets their needs. Because Delta has a strong speech and debate team it leads to more students and more attention to the school. “My goal is to get students to be the best so they can get scholarship to four year colleges,� said Kathleen

Bruce, Delta speech and debate coach. Bruce said this also brings more attention to Delta because students earning scholarships and the team winning state and national tournaments can result in people from other areas in the state or country coming to Delta. It gives the team a chance to start recruiting. Alexis Lopez, a speech and debate team member, said there are many scholarship opportunities, but the chance at a scholarship is not why she is on the team. “It started out as fun and I’ve been falling in love with,� it, she said. Lopez was asked why speaking in public is one of the top fears for Americans. “It’s scary and terrifying at first, but it gets easier with time,� she said. Lopez’s personal aspirations have changed because of her interest in speech. She hopes to earn a double major, with one subject being communications, or minor in the subject. “Speech and Debate doesn’t sound appealing, but once you get in it you realize there is a whole other world out there,� she said.

San Joaquin Delta College and Tri-Valley Pastors and Ministers Fellowship present the 2nd Annual Black History Month Gospel Fest 2013. This event takes place today at 7 p.m. in Warren Atherton Auditorium on the Delta College campus. Admission is $10 per person. There is a $3 dollar handling fee for phone and mail orders. A $1 dollar facility fee will be added to all tickets processed. Performers include Emmanuel B. C. Choir Stockton, Families Together M. B. C. Choir Stockton, Tri-Valley Community Choir Stockton, Delta College Choir and Delta College Jazz Ensemble. For more information, contact the Delta College Box Office (209) 954-5110.



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Playwright BronchĂŠ Tayson emerges as prominent force in musical theatre by wisdom-shallena johnson

“I am the master of my own abilities.â€? Delta College student BronchĂŠ Tayson is a socially engaged, positive and motivational artist who has become the young Tyler Perry of musical theater. The writer, singer, and actor has dedicated his life to pursuing his dreams in performing arts. Targeting social issues in his newest development, the BronchĂŠ COURTESY OF BRONCHÉ Tayson Project. TAYSON Tayson hopes to prevent individuals from sinking into the dark- ARTIST AT WORK: Bronche Tayson performs ness of society. Instead his wish is to uplift the in his play, “Dam/Aged.â€? youth and young adults through his play “Dam/aged.â€? Dam/aged is an abstract drama with musical components that are used to intertwine different story lines. It is a fusion of urban contemporary theatre and traditional American musical theatre with a jazz, hip-hop, soul, alternative and gospel music influence. Dam/aged expresses stories of fatherless homes, broken hearts, suicide and dysfunctional families. It vividly paints the picture of violence in urban communities across America and brings to light the societal effects of drugs, alcohol abuse and unprotected sex. “Dreaming is believing and I believe that it is my responsibility is to use my gifts to change the world. And I believe that it will,â€? said Tayson. For more information on BronchĂŠ Tayson’s projects visit



Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2013 •


Games take on double duty as fundraiser, teacher awards ceremony by chris howze

A NIGHT OF FESTIVIES: Top, A crowd of Delta students attend the double header basketball games and fundraiser. Left, No. 22 Nyaa Davis launches a throw during the Feb. 12 game. PHOTOS BY CAMERON BRYANT

Baseball starts season off strong after disappointing end to last season by darrion dunn

Coach Reed Peterson reflected on the past season while looking ahead. The new team is coming back from a disappointing end to last season when the Mustang’s won all but one game, losend the team’s season and a state championship run. The team is currently leading the league in strike-outs.

The key area the Mustangs need to work on is defense to perfect the game. Sophomore Stevie Roberson said the team is doing good and working together. The team now is running a 6-2 record after Tuesday’s 4-3 win against Cabrillo College. Coming up next is the team’s third game against Cabrillo College on Sat., Feb 23.

MUSTANG OF THE MONTH Alex Simmons, men’s basketball Freshman Hometown: Stockton High School: St. Mary’s Averaging a team leading with 19.1 points per game in the Big 8 Conference play, Alex Simmons secured his spot as Mustang of the Month. In January, Delta upset Santa Rosa Junior College with Simmons leading with a score of 24 points. Fifteen of the points were from the three-point line.


On Feb. 12, the Delta College basketball teams held both men’s and women’s games against Sierra College. While putting up good fights, Sierra walked away with victories. But the overall mood of the evening was one of energy and enthusiasm. The night also acted as a fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer and included a fan shooting contest during half time. Also during the women’s basketball game, instructors Paula Sheil, Diane Oren and Steve Graham were honored at a “Favorite Teacher Award” celebration. While all three instructors have unique philosophies and teaching skills, the student-athletes that awarded them expressed the shared appreciation for their passion for the job, with a general love of teaching and the willingness to challenge their students to work for their education.

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Issue 9 • Feb. 22, 2013 •

Delta sees major evolution over five decades

When Delta College opened its doors in 1963, a gallon of gas went for the whopping cost of 30 cents, a stamp cost 4 cents and the average cost of a home was under $20,000. Today, gas prices are slowing climbing back towards the $4.50 mark, stamps just went up to 46 cents each and homes in Stockton sell for around $200,000. Much has changed in those years, but one thing remains the same: Delta College continues to be a go-to location for decent, affordable public education where students can complete lower-division units before transferring to fouryear colleges. The school celebrates 50 years this year. In the early 1960s, Delta opened as Stockton College near Pershing Avenue in buildings now occupied by our educational neighbor, University of the Pacific. In 1963, with a move across the Calaveras River to our own space , once occupied by a state mental hospital, the school became San Joaquin Delta College. The first classes were offered at the now Pacific Avenue location in the Cunningham Center in 1973. The college’s history is vast, with many big names gracing the halls and walls students walk through every day. The Tillie Lewis Theatre is named after Stockton’s “Tomato Queen.” The Shima Building is named after George Shima, the first Japanese-American millionaire also known as the “Potato King.” As part of this celebration, The Collegian will feature historical photos of Delta College through the years that celebrate this historic anniversary.




— information compiled by brian ratto and alyssa gress

THROUGH THE YEARS: Top, Delta College’s 5151 Pacific Ave. site in the early 1970s. Right, the main building of the original Stockton College in the 1960s PHOTOS COURTESY DELTA COLLEGE

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KEY EVENTS AT DELTA COLLEGE 1960 Stockton College opened, south of the University of the Pacific campus, between N. Kensington Way, W. Mendocino Ave. and Pershing Ave. 1963 Name changed to San Joaquin Delta College.

1973 The college began offering classes in the Cunningham Center. 1973 Disney’s film “The World’s Greatest Athlete” was filmed on campus.

Horton Gallery to feature ‘Art of Jazz’ exhibition by brian ratto

The art of Jazz Exhibition opened on Feb. 21 with a presentation by Jazz poet Charles Blackwell accompanied by Delta Jazz Studies instructor Brian Kendrick on drums. The exhibit which runs from Feb. 21 until March 21, is a visual musical experience, featuring works by ten national artists including Ceramics professor Joe Mariscal, and Lodi Artist Jim Coston. “Art of Jazz” is funded by a grand awarded to the Delta Center for the Arts

coordinated by Jan Marlese, L.H. Horton Gallery Director by the Stockton Arts Commission. The gallery is located in Shima 144 and is open Monday by appointment, Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed and Thurs., 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and selected Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Feb. 23 and April 20. A Gala reception and concert will be held March 21 at 5 p.m. in the gallery and 7:30 p.m. in the Atherton Auditorium. For more information check out the website: dept/dca/gallery.html

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The Collegian -- Feb. 22, 2013  

Issue 9 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.

The Collegian -- Feb. 22, 2013  

Issue 9 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif. for the 2012-13 school year.