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Friday, March 11, 2011 • Volume #48, Issue #10

Clubs’ Night celebrates group spirit PHOTOS BY: BRIAN RATTO

Event encourages inter-club networking, competition By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor Clubs gathered for Delta College’s Clubs’ Night, a nighttime event of fun, challenges and music. The festivities were organized by the InterClub Council and was held last Friday, March 4. The event was held in Danner Hall, and was a mandatory event for all clubs to attend. Clubs compete in games and contests to earn additional funds for their club. The Clubs’ Night Committee consisted of two members who had two weeks to plan this event. With the short notice, the previous semesters

CLUB PRIDE: Various campus clubs applaud during the opening

program was carried over including some games that were not played last semester. Clubs’ Night Chairperson, Nicholas Aguirre, planned an allindoor night, due to unpredictable weather. The night included Extreme Musical Chairs, where yoga balls replaced the chairs; Knowledge Bowl, a competition similar to the game show “Jeopardy;” Name That Tune, where teams had to guess song titles; and Freeze Dance, a dancing version of playground game “Red Light, Green Light.” “The games were fun and the food was great,”

See Club Night, Page 2

ceremonies of Clubs’ Night, top left. Delta Pride member Mike Dupont, top right, shows club spirit as all the clubs exited into the quad.

List of Clubs’ Night competitions Extreme Musical Chairs: n Club reps compete to sit on yoga balls as music ends.

Knowledge Bowl: n Group competition testing clubs’ general knowledge.

Name That Tune: n Groups of 1–5 members attempt to guess pop songs.

Freeze Dance: n Two club reps dance unless the music stops.

ASBG to bring students to Sacramento’s March in March rally By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor The fiscal problems state wide prompt students to plan protest at the state capital. Students from all over California’s community college system will be marching at the capital Monday, March 14. Delta College’s Associated Student Body Government is hosting a protest trip to the California state capital, in Sacramento. The event aims to

protest against proposed budget cuts and fee hikes. “The time to act is now,” said Student Government President Patrice Burke at Clubs’ Night on Friday, March 4. Burke informed the clubs attending that night’s events of the march and that students need to speak up to get the legislature and Governor Jerry Brown to listen up and stop cuts to education. Senator of Legislative Affairs Lillian Magana had a sign-up sheet in the Student Activities

Office, Shima 101C, for the past month. The student government is looking to take 100 students to help protest. Students will be marching from the Tower Bridge to the state capital, to inform legislators and Governor Brown that cuts to education and fee hikes are not the way to balance the budget. “The protests might help get the message across, but I’m not sure if they will stop the cuts entirely,” said sophomore Joseph

Parodi when he was informed of the March in March protest. Some clubs will dawn skeletal face paint, representing the death of education; others will be making noise and holding sign to inform the state that the cuts are not reasonable. There will be a number of student speakers, and many hope the governor and legislature will listen to the students and spare education. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

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Background The March in March rally began last year in response to California lawmakers passing budget cuts to schools K-12 and colleges state-wide. This year, legislation is proposing more cuts to education and increase tuition fees to balance the Calif. state budget.

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Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •

Generation 4 Change hosts Plea for Peace benefit event Delta club Generation 4 Change held a benefit event to help raise money for the Invisible Children campaign against child abuse in Uganda. The event featured MTV’s Duncan Penn from the show “The Buried Life” and musical performances from Lynsie McRoberts, Landen Belardes, Reggie Ginn and Filbert.

News in Brief

Student film produced by Delta RTV students featured in local film festival By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief PHOTO BY: KIRSTIE HARUTA


Duncan Penn, top, spoke at the event while the Invisible Children roadies, left, helped sell shirts to raise money.

Club Night: Event included food, entertainment for clubs cont. from Page 1


COMPETITION: Delta Psi members participate in the “Name that

tune” competition during Club Night.

said Maryann Sandoval, a 53year old Delta Psi officer who attended the event. Food was catered by San Joaquin Delta College’s Food Services, who served a pasta dinner with alternative vegetarian cuisine, various deserts, and a variety of drinks. “I enjoyed Clubs’ Night because of the club interaction,” said Pipeline’s Diana Akbari. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

The 4th annual San Joaquin International Film Festival is featuring a 30-minute preview of “Broadcasting Sunshine,” ­a student film produced entirely by students of Delta College’s RTV program. The screening will take place Sunday, March 20, in the Tillie Lewis Theater as part of the festival’s “Delta Day” program. Tickets to “Broadcasting Sunshine” and the rest of the “Delta Day” program are free to students, faculty and the general public. The premise of the film centers around radio DJ Sue Del Sol, played by student Curissa Mitchell, and her first day holding down the studio during the coveted morning drive show.

Data Center dedication and open house to be held Wednesday, March 23 By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief

Delta College is hosting a dedication ceremony and tour of the newly built Lee Belarmino Sr. District Data Center at 2p.m. Wed, March 23. The building is one of the construction projects funded by the passage of the $250 million bond measure awarded to the college in 2004 To contact this reporter, E-mail at:


Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •

Editorial: Fiscal future uncertain Budget cuts for up coming semesters are in the air here at San Joaquin Delta College. That means the cost per class unit may, again, go up. The goal is to increase costs for students in order to adjust college revenues and expenditures. The current cost per unit is $26 dollars. We understand the board wants to raise the price per unit to $66, though the state has only recommended $36. What does this entail for us as students? The possible delay of graduation, and transfer due to the cost increase on unit classes. Students who started at a twoyear college to be able to afford school may be out of luck. This also means many students will be staying longer then anticipated, while some students may have to stop going to school as a whole. Others may argue that there is assistance such as financial aid as well as the Board of Governors’ fee waiver that will help students. What about students who do not meet requirements for the financial assistance offered? The situation for many students would change if these budget cuts go into effect. The suggestion of $66 per unit would be the worst case scenario. Although there was a seminar at Delta explaining all three suggestions for Delta’s budgeting in depth, it is still stressful not knowing the school’s fiscal future. The pay to stay procedure of paying enrollment fees within 10 days of registration makes these changes harder and adds to student’s financial struggles. Expecting to pay enrollment fees with a possible rise in price per unit could definitely diminish the student community.

Some may be able to afford the new price rise, while others will only be able to afford one class or none at all. Aren’t we encouraged to move on? The answer is yes, but how can we when student fees may be increased. How do we plan? Students will have to deal with the unit increase, alsorising book prices as well as other materials and necessities. The financial burden on students seems as if it is increasing on a day to day basis. We hope the increase will only rise $10, which is a more realistic, but still difficult, number for a struggling student’s pocketbook. Our staff does not believe the budget cuts will get any better; in fact, this problem may get worse. Also budget cuts mean more classes will likely be cut, yet again furthering the possibility of graduation and transferring. Student enrollment for California colleges has decreased by 165,000 during the past year, even as there was an increase to get into college. Community colleges accounted for the bulk of the decrease, the largest in a single year since 1993 according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. What does this say to us as students? Yes, there are rising costs at Delta, and there may be an increase in enrollment fees, but the state realizes many community college students are struggling. The Delta board, on the other hand, seems to only be interested in the college revenue and profit, instead of looking at student circumstances.

Ignorance wrong approach to Libya situation By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer What would you die for? Democracy? Freedom? Most people that live in democratic countries and have freedom take these things for granted. It’s important to know that not everyone lives in a country with a democracy. Not everyone has their freedom. And it is important to be aware of this, because some people are willing to die for democracy. Some people are willing to die for their freedom. That is what the protesters in Libya are doing. The Libyan government has attempted to blackout information of what exactly is going on in the country: Internet connections have been almost

entirely cut-off, cell phone service is down and foreign journalists are not allowed to enter. Most of the information regarding the revolt is coming from telephone interviews from people within the country. For 41 years Libya has been ruled by Dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Tired of being oppressed and inspired by the pro-democracy uprising occurring in the Arab world, Libyan dissidents planned a “day of rage”on Feb. 17 in the city of Benghazi. Protesters clashed with the government security forces and so the killings of antigovernment protesters began. On Feb. 20 the protests spread to the capital, Tripoli. Protesters took over state television headquarters despite

facing well-armed pro-Gadhafi militias who fired into the crowds. Warplanes are also being used to bomb protesters. Armed forces that refuse to shoot protesters are being massacred. The death toll is varied, reaching up to 1,000 according to a New York Times report. No concrete numbers are available. The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has warned that the widespread attacks on civilians “amount to crimes against humanity” and has called for an investigation in possible human rights violations, according to an Al Jazeera report. As of today not much has changed, especially since international support is still not strong. However, protesters are

prepared for a prolonged campaign to overthrow Gadhafi. “It’s a war,” said CNN’s Ben Wedeman in Ras Lanuf, one of the towns taken over by demonstrators. “The protests are now over.” Meanwhile Gadhafi still denies that an uprising is in progress and his government claims that everything is under control. What can we do? It’s important to be aware and informed of what is going on. It is important for the media to cover what is happening in Libya. Ignorance is the root of situations like this and being ignorant of what is occurring right now is one of the worst things a person can be. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:


Collegian Production staff Editor-in-Chief Daryl Bunao News Editor Daryl Bunao Feature Editor Charnae davenport Opinion Editor Brian Ratto Entertainment Editor Kirstie Haruta Club Corner Editor Jessica Blanke Sports Editor Eric Culpepper Copy Editors Charnae davenport Evelyn Palacio Online Editor Matthew Wilson Staff Writers Maikalina Madali Sean Reilly Alexandria Sanchez Cassandra Sellers Valerie Smith James Striplin John Wallace Faculty Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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Entertainment Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •

Bands and orchestras come together for festival By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor Delta College hosted a two-day Band and Orchestra Festival on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4. Bands and orchestras from nearby high schools and middle schools performed in the Warren Atherton Auditorium and the Tillie Lewis Theatre beginning at 8 a.m. on both days. Guest clinicians recorded notes during each performance and conducted brief clinics after. Master classes and clinics were offered at 2 p.m. on both festival days. Delta College’s own Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, directed by Arthur J. Holton, Jr., gave performances on both afternoons as well. The performance consisted of four pieces, including Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concert Mvt. #1,” featuring guest trumpeter Joe Mazzaferro. The event concluded with a dramatic piece by Robert W. Smith called “Promising Skies,” commemorating the changes in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

Clapton still rock’s God By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer

TWO DAYS OF MUSIC: Christensen Middle School Orchestra, top,

North Middle School Band, middle, and Joe Mazzaferro, bottom, were among the festival’s performers.

This weekend in local entertainment

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MARCH 11 Versus the Nothing, Renegade Conspiracy, Machuko, Built By Stereo Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5

Back in the sixties Eric Clapton was God. On March 3, the legendary guitarist played at the Power Balance Pavilion, formally known as Arco Arena, in Sacramento to a solid crowd. The show began after 7:30 p.m. with Tex Mex rock band Los Lobos as the opening act. Los Lobos played for an hour serving as a warm up for the audience, who were clearly there waiting for Eric Clapton judging by the lukewarm response to the openers. The audience clapped politely after a nice set, for those who enjoyed the type of music Los Lobos played. The crowd cheered and stomped when Clapton took the stage. The musician played a two-hour set with a total of 18 classic songs from his favorite blues covers to songs from his days in the sixties super group Cream. The crowd erupted into excited applause when he played his most famous solo hits “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Although it was not a total sell out, there were a handful of empty seats, from the shouts of awe and approval during solos and the dancing that went on in the audience, the concert was a success. Clapton has a very casual way about performing, he doesn’t say much. Instead, he lets his guitar do the talking for him. Cream became famous for its solos and Clapton, as a solo artist, continued on with the tradition. The audience sat mesmerized as they watched “Slowhand” work his magic on the guitar. The only three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Clapton is a living legend who is definitely worth seeing anytime he plays close by.

Delta Drama presents “Pastorale” Studio Theatre, Delta College, Stockton @ 8 p.m. $12

Delta Drama presents “Pastorale” Studio Theatre, Delta College, Stockton @ 8 p.m. $12 Viscera Film Fest with live music by Offshore Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $7

Sonic Shift Blackwater Cafe, Stockton @ 8 p.m.

Entertainment Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •


Purp Reynolds makes a difference with music By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer

Miami was number two on publicity, Reynolds’ music has that list, and how great is that spread beyond California lines. city?” said Reynolds. “Hip hop His sophomore album “Music Deon “Purp Reynolds” Wat- is a way of life. Without music, & Money,” released October kins has been in the music in- then the world would be a dan- 2010, is available on iTunes dustry for about six years, but gerous and and he also he began writing his first raps m i s e r a b l e has Purp when he was still just a child. place.” Reynolds Born and raised in Stockton Reynolds b r a n d Catch Purp Reynolds on by his grandmother, Reynolds has been T- s h i r t s , March 17 at Charlie’s at has always wanted to make a nominated tank tops, difference in the community, for Best 48 S. American St., Stockton. t h r o w and he now does that through M a l e pillows and his music. Artist, Best For music, visit purpreynolds. s w e a t e r s , With a unique style and a Album and in addition very smooth delivery, he dem- Grinder of to a mini onstrates how the greatest mu- The Year movie due sic and artists can come from at the 2011 out this desolate places. 6th Annual 209 Music Awards. summer. He also delivers, mails “I don’t pay any mind to the His music and brand are starting out, and sells albums from the reputation of Stockton being to spread. trunk of his car; proving self America’s number one miserWith radio play, steady promotion is one of the best able city, just for the fact that show appearances, and lots of forms of advertising. “It is a must that you put money into your dream, simple as that, if you want to stand out from the rest,” he said. “I spend countless dollars on radio play WE’LL NEVER PUT YOUR around the world. Plus, keeping BUSINESS DEGREE DREAMS my name buzzing on all these ON HOLD media sites is crucial.” As a father of two daughters and the bind that holds his family

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together, Reynolds feels he has been a star in his family for years. He has many ties to his community with numerous p ro j e c t s coming up for children and the homeless within the next few weeks. He also helps around his neighborhood with food, clothing, and advice. Adults and kids describe him as being PHOTO COURTESY OF PURP REYNOLDS a “gentlemen” and “having a MUSIC & MONEY: Purp Reynolds sells copies of his big heart.” CDs out of the trunk of his car. “You don’t make great music. That’s what need tattoos all over, or have to I’m bringing back.” be gangsta, and you certainly don’t need to think you’re the To contact this reporter, e-mail at: best,” he said. “You just have to


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More than five years after the puck dropped at the inaugural hockey game that opened Stockton Arena, the facility is under new ownership. After years of issues with International Facilities Group, Inc., the city council voted 7-0 to approve a five-year contract with worldwideentertainment group SMG. The deal moves control of the arena, Stockton Ballpark, Bob Hope Theatre and Oak Park Ice Arena, to the new vendor. The new ownership took over Feb. 25. The hope is that the arena will see more bigname acts – such as the Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Carrie Underwood – and the arena will not be dark most nights of the week. Because we need it. Forbes Magazine ranked Stockton the most miserable city in the United States for the second time in three years. Vacant facilities add to that perceived misery. Big-name acts would bring people to downtown Stockton.

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Bring in more family-friendly events such as the circus or Disney on Ice. Bring in music that mixes popular with the fringes, everything from Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Metallica. National touring acts would be nice too. We’re tired of driving to Sacramento or San Francisco to see our favorite bands. As college students time and funds are limited. We want to be close to the action. Downtown is close. Plus, it exposes other people to Stockton. Philadelphia-based SMG manages more than 220 entertainment venues throughout the world, including venues in Fresno and Bakersfield. The company’s $2.2 million contract lasts five years with the City of Stockton. In that time, the venues need to change. More needs to be done to pull in crowds. Hopefully the agreement with SMG will do that. Only time will tell, though, if the company really makes a difference in the local entertainment scene. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

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Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •

Wings make saucy landing in Stockton By Matthew Wilson Online Editor

Barbecue, Thai Curry and classic mild. All wings were cooked well, with meat that almost fell right off the bones when bitten into. The Asian Zing wings were sweet and tangy with a spicy undertone, and left a slight aftertaste of garlic. The Honey Barbecue wings were incredibly sweet and mild, with no spiciness to them at all. The Thai Curry wings had the densest concentration of flavor, with an explosion of curry spice and taste in the first bite, quickly followed by the rather tame chicken. They were very spicy, but with a lot of flavor to accompany the burn. The classic mild sauce wings were the most underwhelming of the bunch, with generic Buffalo wing sauce, no kick, and nothing to really make them stand out. The appetizers are varied, but not to the degree of the wings, and the portions were rather disappointing for the prices. The mozzarella sticks were delicious, with almost molten cheese contained within a wellseason breading shell, but the sticks were on the small side, and a single order only contained six. At $6.39, and with other sides ranging from $3.99 to $11.99, I'd rather focus on the wings. Especially when the price is considered. Wings are usually priced at $5.29 for a minimum order of six, but on Tuesdays any traditional wings are 50 cents a wing, minimum four wings per sauce and Thursday has 60 cent boneless wings, with similar restrictions.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar opened Dec. 2010 in the Target parking lot on Pacific Ave. The chain first opened in Kent, Ohio in 1982, under the name Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck. The restaurant’s opening adds a bit of spice, a dash of variety to the culinary options surrounding Delta College. ATMOSPHERE As expected of what is, at its heart, a sportsthemed restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings has a sports bar feel to it, especially at night. Numerous televisions adorn each wall, playing a number of sports programs or displaying trivia and poker games diners can join. The sports games would lead to a noisy atmosphere by themselves, but the interactive trivia and poker games really ramp up the competitive feel of the place. It's not a restaurant to go to for a quiet meal, but the same could be said of all wing joints. Buffalo Wild Wings is a good place to go with a group of friends, especially if you take part in the trivia and poker games. SERVICE Where: 4751 Pacific Ave., Stockton Service at Buffalo Wild Wings was good, overall. Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mon. -Thurs.; 11 a.m. to 2 Servers were friendly and professional, giving a.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sun. instructions to new visitors about how ordering Information: (209) 478-4351 or worked, any current specials or deals, and about features such as the Buzztime game devices. Requests were answered fairly promptly, although service speed did become FINAL THOUGHTS somewhat sluggish when busy and one order of teriyaki wings was mistakenly Buffalo Wild Wings offers delicious wings with good, if sometimes slow, service brought out as Thai Curry, though a sudden influx of customers and increase in and excellent prices. The highly competitive and social atmosphere makes it a great noise could explain that. place to go with a group of friends, even if none have an interest in sports. It's FOOD definitely worth at least checking out. The main attraction of Buffalo Wild Wings is, of course, the Buffalo wings. To contact this reporter, e-mail at: They did not disappoint. Several different kinds were ordered: Asian Zing, Honey

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New director gives Delta choir positive outlook By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer “The general consensus is that he has been the best thing to happen to the choir department,” said Choral Union CoPresident Amanda Fleig, sophomore, of Director of Choral Studies German Aguilar, 31. Since his arrival at Delta last semester, Aguilar has made huge advancements for the vocal area of the music department. He has helped revive the jazz program, began a caroling group and hosted the first of many choral festivals. “He brings an energy that wasn’t here before,” said other co-president Jennifer Young, sophomore. “Something fresh and new,” added Fleig. Originally from Arizona, Aguilar, known as “Mr. A” by his students, attended Northern Arizona University earning two bachelors degrees in music/music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting; all the while being a choral conducting assistant there. After receiving his degrees and seven years of teaching, he was hired at Delta. “[Delta] is such a great place to teach because I feel like we can make a difference with music here in lots of different

ways,” said Aguilar. “It’s a place in which music can be used not just for entertainment but also for service.” Currently a full time professor but a temporary for this year, he oversees the Delta Singers choir, the Concert Choir, the Jazz Choir, and the newly added caroling group. If hired as a permanent staff member, Aguilar has hopeful plans for the future of the Choral Department. “I’d like to start some traditions more than anything,” he said. “Something outside of just a traditional in-theauditorium kind of concert.” Aguilar also encourages students in the music program to become more active in community outreach. “I think that the lifeblood of our future is making sure that we’re in the community, really visible,” he explained. “Finding people that would want to be music majors but don’t necessarily know how to go about doing it.” With a desire to become more involved and expand the program, Aguilar is definitely not looking to leave any time soon. “Here [at Delta] we are not necessarily confined just to being performance oriented, there’s a lot more we could do here. I love it,” he said. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:


NEW TUNE: German Aguilar conducts the concert


Club Corner


Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •

Talking it out with Delta Psi

The Collegian speaks with President Nicole Paiste By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor

Q: What is the purpose of the club? A: “We started in 2005, as a way to help

psychology minded students who were looking for opportunities for transfers in the field of a psychology. We are also a community service project. We help out at local homeless shelters and provide services to San Joaquin County.”

Q: What events, if any, do you have planned for this semester? A: “We have a house full of clothes waiting to be donated. We will also be

feeding roughly 200 homeless people and provide them hygiene kits.” (This event will be on March 26.)

Q: How often does Delta Psi have a table set up in the quad? A: “We are typically open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Unless the weather won’t let us.”

Q: When does Delta Psi hold its meetings? A: “Our meetings are every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Shima 101.”


ALWAYS IN THE QUAD: Delta Psi members were out on Tuesday selling sodas and snacks

to raise money for their club.


How can potential members contact the group? Do you have a website or homepage?


“The way we are set-up there are several levels of membership. Once you have participated in enough events and paid all of your dues that is when a member will be allowed to go on field trips and other events for free. We have a Facebook page but the best way for members to see how they stand in the group is to visit the Delta College page.” To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

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Issue 10 • March 11, 2011 •

Coach: ‘Our goal is to win a championship’

us, we’re playing really good baseball,” said Hassna. “Just working hard and trying to improve.” Not to be outdone is the Mustangs Two years ago Delta’s Head Baseball offense, which has averaged over eight Coach Reed Peters got to that champi- runs a game this year thanks to league onship game, falling leader in RBIs Randy Villa one victory short. and Ricky Acosta, who leads This year Peters the league in batting avermight just get anage, on base percentage and other shot as the is tied for league lead in hits. n at Cosumnes Delta Mustangs are As good as it has been River 1:00 p.m. off to a excellent for Delta, the season is still start. young and Peters knows n vs. Sacramento “It was a lot of there is room for improveCity 2:30 p.m. fun, and we know ment. what it takes to get “Consistency, just playing there,” said Peters. good baseball every single n at Modesto It’s a month into day, we have a very deep team Junior College 2:30 the season with offensively and defensively p.m. league play apit’s just a matter of bringing proaching and so far it everyday,” said Peters. n vs. Santa Rosa the Mustangs have With the most important 1:00 p.m. looked very imprespart of the schedule apsive going a near proaching, the Mustangs are n at American perfect 12-1. ready to make a statement River 2:30 p.m. The hot start has and achieve the goal of winalso put the team ning a championship. atop the NORCAL n at Diablo Valley “We’re off to a good start poll. and if we keep improving I 2:30 p.m. The top ranked think we’ll have a shot at Mustangs main playing for a championship,” weapon is a very deep pitching staff led said Peters. by undefeated starters Trevor Miller (5The Delta Baseball team starts league 0) and Kyle Hassna (4-0) who provide play on March 12, when the team travels a dynamic one-two punch at the top of to Elk Grove to take on Cosumnes River. the rotation. To contact this reporter, e-mail at: “Our coach is expecting a lot out of

By John Wallace Staff Writer

Upcoming games


SPRING TRAINING: Starting pitcher Eric Watts and teammate get in swings before

Tuesday’s game.

Softball starts season strong

Athlete of the issue

By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor

Despite a perfect non-league record to start the season Delta College’s third-year softball coach Jim Fisher is focused on what his team can do to get better. “I’m expecting a little more offensively,” said Fisher. “I feel like we’ve had a hard time producing runs.” While trying to find their way on the offensive side the team has relied on defense and pitching to carry them through nonleague play. “Strengths, probably our three pitchers,” Fisher stated. “(Katie) Cotta, (Genevieve) Reyna, and (Andrea) Lutz, they have all done a great job for us this year.” Coach Fisher was not looking to give any predictions when asked about the upcoming season.

Rachel Borges #15 Sophomore Position: CF PHOTO BY: ERIC CULPEPPER

PRACTICE: Coach Jim Fisher works with players in preparation for the upcoming season.

Favorite Athlete: Buster Posey

“Win or lose we want to do the best that we can, everything else is out of our control,” Fisher said. Instead of stats or star players Fisher was quick to turn the conversation into team play and leadership, something he is looking at within his team. These traits along with many others are building blocks of

Highlight: Selected for her leadership and on field performance in recent games

“The Pyramid of Success,” a coaching philosophy made famous by former UCLA Men’s Basketball Coach John Wooden which Fisher said he likes to use in his coaching. The coach’s message has been made clear to leaders on his team. When asked about her expec-

tations of the season ahead, second year player Rachel Borges mimicked her coach. “We can win it all if we play to the best of our ability,” said Borges. With the building blocks in place the softball team is poised to make a run at the Big Eight Conference title when the team opens up the regular sea-

son schedule on the road to play American River College, March 12. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

The Collegian -- Published March 11, 2011  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Published March 11, 2011  

Issue 10 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.