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Friday, March 25, 2011 • Volume #48, Issue #11

March in March rallies students

ASBG sends students to Capitol protesting state-wide cuts to education By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor “Students united will never be divided,” chanted nearly 13,000 students at the California Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, March 14. The students came together from across California college campuses to protest budget cuts to higher education, including 70 from San Joaquin Delta College who traveled by bus sponsored by the Associated Student Body Government to participate. The event, known as the March in March, was organized to protest against $1.4 billion in total education cuts, including $500 million to University

of California and California State University campuses and $400 million to California community colleges. “The chance that future generations will not be able to afford higher education was the driving force behind Delta College’s Associated Student Body Government getting involved,” said Senator of Legislative Affairs Lilliana Magana, prior to the event. Students made signs and wore shirts stating “march for your right to learn” in protest of the budget cuts. The representation was diverse. All came together to send a message to Gov. Jerry Brown that cuts to education are not

acceptable. Delta Student, mother and grandmother Lily Warren, 50, said she was marching for herself, her children and grandchildren. “I am protesting to make a statement about the importance of education for our future,” she said. Oakland Resident Bertha Aviles, 40, said she was at the protest for her three children, one in middle school one in high school and one in college. “I want my children to have a future, if they cut funding to education the youngest one will not have a future,” said Aviles. Aviles was protesting with fellow parents and students of the Bridges Academy based in


EDUCATION: Thousands of students state-wide gather in front of

Sacramento’s Capital to rally against budget cuts involving education. Oakland. Patrice Burke who spoke at the The march lasted about rally, with her daughter at her three hours, with speeches from side, against cuts and the need members of the Student Senate to keep education low in cost of California Community for future students to have a College addressing budget cuts. chance. Speakers also included Delta College Associated Student To contact this reporter, email at: Body Government President

Delta responds to concerns about sending campus-wide emails By James Striplin Staff Writer Students are not receiving proper emails informing them of campus events or happenings said Associated Student Body Government President Patrice Burke. “Student Body’s job is to get students to the community,” she said. “But how am I supposed to do that with twentythousand or so students?” Burke said that the ASBG currently doesn’t have the authority to issue emails directly to students through

campus wide addresses. This means many students are left in the dark when it comes to surveys, school presidential interviews and parking fee hikes. Because of the process that regulates emails, a student could obtain an important email at an inconvenient time. On Feb. 28 an email was sent at 2:27 p.m. regarding a change in library circulation procedures that would go in affect the very next day. The email contains information for students that owe $5 or more in library fees whom will not be allowed to use Internet-access to computers or be able to check

out any library materials. Users will have to use a library card for service, and users will pay a $2 fee for library card replacements. Information, that Burke said, could be vital to students. “If they (ASBG) had the ability to send emails all the time it would create traffic,” said Mathew Wetstein, Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness. “Student Body is not the college,” said Wetstein. “And it would be a courtesy to let them freely send out emails.” A courtesy that’s “not sufficient,” he said. There is no policy forcing Delta to email students

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Issue 11 • March 25, 2011 •

Construction projects separates horticulture buildings By Charnae Davenport Features Editor

With spring time just around the corner, this season’s preparation for Horticulture students landed in the soil of construction. The horticulture program has been around Delta’s campus for many decades, and has expanded from an empty little catfish pond to a garden full of heirloom tomatoes, marigold flowers, petunias and more. Now, the program is moving backwards and could soon face extreme difficulties because of the current construction on campus.     “I don’t understand why they’re tearing out a building,” said horticulture student Julie Morehouse. “They totally ruined the sidewalk [outside the classroom] and there aren’t any lights over here anymore for our night classes.” The Shima expansion that has been under construction for years, splits horticulture literally down the middle. The main parts of the program consist of these components: the demonstration garden, the retail nursery, the soil bins and the greenhouse. The new layout moves the nursery, shade house, soil bins and storage shed across the street next to the dem-

Delta Board plans to cut $8.2M over three years By Alexandria Sanchez Staff Writer Determined March 15, the Delta College Board of Trustees voted to adopt the $8.2 million dollar budget cut scenario. The middle ground to three options proposed by the Community College League of California; worst case scenario being $12.15 million and best case $5.1 million. This decision comes as an inevitable result of Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for 2011-2012. Planned to put into effect over a three-year period, the $8.2 million dollar number is a set, but not concrete amount for the next few years. Depending on the outcome of both Proposition 98 —if funded will implement a minimum state budget percentage to fund education— and whether Governor Brown’s tax extension will make it to the June ballot, many state-wide political factors in which supply the outcome to Delta’s future are up in the air. On the curtain tails of the board’s decision came the state legislative pass to increase unit fees by $10 dollars, making for $36 per-unit. California is in an estimated over $25 billion problem. In an online address to the state March 21, Brown urges citizens to be informed about the possible outcomes that could result from his proposals. He said, “There’s been a tendency to avoid reality…this is a matter of we the people taking charge and voting on the most fundamental matters that affect all of our lives.” Outlined within the financial breakdown of the scenarios, the proposed budget choice reads an assumed $620 million reduction for the state’s community college system. This however comes with much uncertainty due to the lack of factors which have yet to be determined, allowing for the possible reduction numbers to lie between $290– $800 million. Mike Hill, Interim Vice President of Business


CONSTRUCTION: Work on the new math and science

building resides next to horticulture’s nursery building. onstration garden, leaving the greenhouse astray. “Our job is already hard enough, and the greenhouse is the only part that’s staying behind. The greenhouse is 50 years old. It has leaks and has other problems. It’s just not efficient,” said Morehouse. Between landscaping, selling domestic plants, and

Services shares the designed strategy to have a slight, gradual impact over the three-year period. As of now the outlined 2011–2012 reduction is $1.8 million, with $2.8 million and $3.6 million following in the years after. “The impact on students, on program is lessened in the first year and we have some time to do a better job at planning,” Hill states. He goes on to say that even if Prop. 98 fails and the extension is not received by legislature, which in turn would cause Delta to opt for the worst case scenario of $12.15 million, would have little effect on the 2011–2012 cost reduction. With each scenario, California will be reducing the amount of Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES) they pay Delta College for, going from roughly 16,300 to 15,500 students. This work load reduction is a part of the $290 to $800 million dollar reduction within the community college system. As a result of lower FTES pay the amount of section courses may be limited. With the Board of Trustee’s approval of scenario two comes Delta’s next action within developing a strategy of effectiveness given the harsh realities. As of yet no cuts have been made, or have been decided upon to meet the now $1.8 million reduction for the 2011–2012 year. According to Matt Wetstein, Dean of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness; a survey of possible budget solutions was submitted March 18 via email to addresses of both campus business and campus announcements. With a deadline of March 30, the survey will act as a starting point to create a list of specific financial deductions which will be in effect July 1, the start of the new budget year. Significant implementations could possibly start as soon as fall 2011. Hill states, “The goal here is to get the easiest stuff first that has the least impact and gives us the most toward that target.” As the next three years are critical for Delta’s budget, Mike Hill shares that if Delta can hold an efficient planned reduction of spending and end with a balanced budget and a small reserve, we as a college “would have survived the worst crisis in [California] community college history.” To contact this reporter, email at:

other features offered by the student’s, the program has always paid for itself. Horticulture never needed assistance in funding, until now.   The controversy caused by the new layout requires lights to be installed so the plants don’t die, added Michael Tuscano, instructor of horticulture in addition to the new layout. “It’s irresponsible to light a greenhouse when it should be all natural,” said second year horticulture student Greg Webber. A new building in place of the greenhouse will block the natural sunlight entering the nursery. This new project and layout could be costing Delta more than expected. Especially since these lights will have to be on for a possible 12 hours at a time. So while the school tries to save dollars by leaving the greenhouse where it is, they could end up spending more in electricity. “We have to work with PG&E as an energy efficient project. Until we have collected all the data we won’t know if it will cost more,” said Maria Baker, head of facilities. To contact this reporter, email at:

News in Brief

Delta College accepting applications for student speaker for graduation By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer Delta College is looking for a graduating student to speak for this semester’s 76th annual Commencement Ceremony. Whoever is selected as the speaker will have their biography and picture presented in the commemorative program. Applicants must meet 3 requirements in order to be eligible: The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA. He or she must be in good standing with Delta College. The speech submitted must be three minutes, typed and doublespaced, describing a personal positive experience at Delta. After the speech is submitted, applicants will be asked to present the speech to a student speaker selection panel. If chosen, the speaker will be able to meet with instructors to refine and practice their speech. If you are interested, submit your speech to the Office of the VP of Student Services at the Horton Administration Building, Room 107. The deadline is April 4 at 5 p.m.

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Email: Delta not forced to email students

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of recent events or changes to school rule, but in the California Code of Regulations it states that governing board would adopt policies and procedures to help students participate effectively in district and college governance. In the Education Code 70060 the governing board must recognize each associated student organization. But communication between

the Student Body and the School Board isn’t connecting. “We need to find a way to come together (ASBG and the Delta School Board) so that we can make sure students are informed,” said Burke. Wetstein on the other hand believes that Student Body needs to use the resources they have for disposal such as Facebook or collecting a captive audience in the quad. “There’s a way to do that information flow, and they’re not advocating it,” said Wetstein. To contact this reporter, email at:


Issue 11 • March 25, 2011 •


Collegian Production staff Editor-in-Chief Daryl Bunao News Editor Daryl Bunao

Editorial: Mourning a fallen comrade The ink of a fallen newspaper will be on the hands of the Yosemite Community College District Board of Trustees. In a 7-0 vote, the Board of Trustees agreed that the best way to satisfy the budget at Modesto Junior College was to cut whole programs. Among those on the chopping block was the entire mass communications division. Television. Radio. Journalism. All gone. MJC’s student newspaper “The Pirates’ Log,” which was established in 1926, will not be able to continue. This decision marked a sad day for journalism. What’s even more sad is the lack of understanding as to how negative an effect this could have. First, the basic rights of speech and press will be halted for MJC students. Is the school prepared to provide alternate sources of information? How inclusive will the information be if the student voice is silenced? In an attempt at justification, the Board of Trustees pointed out the low completion rate of the program – only five degrees in journalism in the last six years. This does not, however, account for the transfer rate. MJC is the type of school students can begin at as a stepping-stone to further education. The number of completed degrees does not accurately reflect the number of students who will go on to pursue journalistic careers. In fact, employers in this field will most likely be looking to see that you have a four-year degree and relevant work experience – the kind of experience you would get from working on a student paper. But the board seems to think there aren’t any jobs left

in this field anyway. Let’s be clear. Journalism is not fading away. It’s changing. While we may be moving away from print journalism, the writing and communications skills acquired through mass communications programs are still very much essential in today’s media. If anything, careers in journalism and mass media now require a larger skills set, which surviving programs are working to teach. Journalists are no longer expected to be trained in just one aspect of media. They need to be comfortable with everything from writing and design, to shooting photos and video, in order to keep up with the ever-evolving media. As journalists, we are concerned when we hear that we are expected to receive the same education in the “core disciplines” or art, music and theater. We are baffled when we are told broadcasting and print media have lost “cultural relevance,” as a means of reasoning for cutting a mass communications program. This occurrence is not exclusive to MJC. The newspaper here at Delta continues to publish a print product while moving to better integration of new media in the curriculum. We work hard to increase interest in our work, because unfortunately, we have to prove our relevance. Journalism and mass media may not look the same as they did in previous years, but the importance has not decreased. MJC should not be losing its programs. No one should. It’s our job as journalists to keep the masses informed. Where will students get information if mass communications programs are eliminated?

Tights a fashion accessory, not pants By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor There are many fashion trends that can be classified as odd or even inappropriate Wearing tights ­—a thin, form-fitting garment— as if they were pants falls into both categories. More and more I see women wandering about town wearing nothing but long shirts and tights. How is that possibly appropriate attire for going out? Women are not allowed out wearing nothing but a bra and a scarf, so why is everyone OK with a woman wearing nothing but her underpants and tights?

Tights are a fashion accessory, not an actual garment. Tights are meant to be a fashionable way to cover your legs while wearing dresses and skirts without going with our mother’s fashion staples: sheer pantyhose and thigh-highs. Women have apparently forgotten this fact. The effect is terrible. Anyone wearing tights as if they were pants looks awful. Modern day clothes have dualpurpose: to protect us from the elements and make us look better. How does showing every ripple and dimple on women, big or small, make us look better? I have tried to figure out how this tidbit of knowledge could

have been so easily forgotten. I have no good answer. The best explanation is this is just, the previous terrible fashion trend reinventing itself in a more terrible way. The 1980s gave birth to wearing over-sized sweaters with skin-tight jeans or leggings. The modern woman has just replaced the over-sized sweaters with flowing shirts, coupled with huge belts, to cinch the waist in an attractive way, and the leggings with tights. How does putting a new twist on something that was terrible to begin with make fashion better? Fashion, and possibly society as a whole, would be wise to realize that tights are not pants.

They are also not sexy and they are most certainly not appropriate to be trotting around town in by themselves. Plus, tights aren’t practical for the cold. The thin material doesn’t do much for protecting the body from the elements. Consider the basic Urban Dictionary definition of tights: “they are not pants.” So please ladies, do everyone a favor and wear real pants instead of a pair of tights. Take my word for it, after the trend is over, your children will be happy to not find photos of you in tights. To contact this reporter, email at:

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

Collegian Newspaper Policies Advertisements The Collegian offers display and insert advertising at competitive rates. Call (209) 954-5156 or E-mail for more information. Letters to the Editor Letters raising issues and opinions not represented by the newspaper are encouraged and appreciated, but should not be taken as a reflection of the opinions of the staff or the adviser. Editorial Unsigned editorials reflect the position of the entire Collegian staff. Comments, letters and editorials with a byline represent the opinion of the writer, solely. This paper does not endorse or represent the opinions of the adviser, mass Communications Department, Fine Arts Division, printer or San Joaquin Delta College Administration. Mission statement The Collegian is a student run first amendment newspaper that prides itself on its commitment to the students of Delta College while maintaining its independence of any outside influence. The Collegian will reinvigorate the credo that The Collegian speaks for the students, checks abuses of power and stands vigilant in the protection of democracy and free speech.



Issue 11 • March 25, 2011 •

SJDC arts hosts spring benefit showcase By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor

The Delta College Arts and Communication Division hosted “Primavera: A Musical Showcase” on Saturday, March 19. Students, faculty, friends and family gathered at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodi for a variety of performances, which highlighted the talent and diversity of Delta College. First on the program were solo performances by six applied music vocalists: first year students Aaron Berdahl, Yvette Quintana and Miguel Chicas and advanced students Zackery Alcover, Joel Scantling and Heather Anderson. Matt Baer accompanied the vocalists on piano. Next were the Three Guitars, a collaboration between David Chapman, Guy Powell, and Travis Silvers, Directors of Guitar Studies at Modesto Junior College, Columbia College and Delta College, respectively. They played Scarlatti’s Fugue, Claude Gagnon’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Paulo Bellinati’s “Baiao de Gude.” After a brief intermission, the SJDC Delta Singers and String Ensemble took the stage for the main performance, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. The prominent Baroque piece featured solos by Amanda Fleig, Jennifer Young and Sadaf Ahrari. Money from ticket sales will go to benefit scholarships for Delta’s applied music students. The Delta Singers and String Ensemble performed together again last night in the Warren Atherton Auditorium, along with the Delta Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz, and Chavez High School Concert and Honors Show Choir. To contact this reporter, email at:


SPRINGTIME MUSIC TO SUPPORT THE ARTS: String ensemble members Guadalupe Vega and Brenda Luna prepare for the

collaboration with Delta singers (top). One of Three Guitars Travis Silvers, tenor Aaron Berdahl, and Delta Singer Sadaf Ahrari contributed their talents to the Primavera showcase (bottom, left to right).

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Stockton Critical Mass #9 Stockton School for Adults, Stockton @ 5 p.m.

MARCH 26 Save the Swimteam, Rule 5, The Caps, The Electric Shoes Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5

4th San Joaquin International Film Festival The State Theatre, Modesto “Road, Move” @ 7 p.m. $10


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MARCH 27 The Sawyer Family, Viva Le Vox, Johnny Young Blackwater Cafe, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5

4th San Joaquin International Film Festival The State Theatre, Modesto “The Illusionist” @ 2 p.m. $8 “The Frontier Boys” @ 4:30 p.m. $8 “Vincent Wants to Sea” @ 7 p.m. $10



Issue 11 • March 25, 2011 •

Warning: ‘Red’ may cause snoring By James Striplin Staff Writer Suppose hundreds of years ago, a fraction of our ancestors lived a grim life inside a fairy tale. Among the mountains and plains sprinkled with flakes of snow lies a small village made of Lincoln Logs in the heart of a dense forest. This small community is subjected to constant werewolf attacks. This is the world of “Red Riding Hood,” a film directed by Catherine Hardwicke, known for her directing of the original “Twilight” movie. Valerie, played by Amanda Seyfried, is the protagonist of this film and takes up most of the spotlight. Even though her village is under attack by a ferocious beast of damnation, her main concern is men. She must either follow her heart and give her love to the rebel Peter, played by Shiloh Fernandez, or marry the respectful man named Henry, actor Max Irons. This love triangle goes on for most of the movie, and plays out like old fashion high school drama. To deal with the task at hand, the men of the village raise arms and hunt down this wild beast, only to fail miserably without realizing it. Luckily an old cleric appears - on schedule for this type of movie - with impressive military force. Solomon, played by Gary Oldman, giving the audience of this bland story something to rejoice about in the hope of real talent. This demon-slaying cleric warns the town of its mistake, and that the head of the beast they thought was their enemy was just the cranium of some random wolf. Ignoring the cleric, the town decides to party. During this cheesy festival of bad acting, the public takes pride in watching men play the parts of the three little pigs while pretending to be drunk with eyes wide open. Valerie continues to make Peter jealous, Peter pretends not to care and Henry acts like a clingy stalker. Not long into the ceremony, the werewolf attacks again, killing a small percentage of the villagers and injuring many soldiers. Solomon decides to boast out loud that he was right and takes control of this small village with his mighty military power. Through torture, this new divine leader sets up a religious tyranny. These are the three main conflicts of this film: Who is the werewolf? How will the villagers rid themselves of this wild animal and the clerics grasp? And the most important question in this time of catastrophe, who will Valerie go out with? Failing to pierce the interest of viewers, audience members will only get a yawn out this turmoil. “Red Riding Hood” is ultimately unfulfilling. Not because it finishes as expected, but because you simply don’t care anymore by the end of this film. This movie is full of cliché statements, stale acting and dull drama. One good note: the costumes were well done, elevating this dismal film to two goodie baskets out of five. To contact this reporter, email at:

International film festival brings ‘Sunshine’ to Delta By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief San Joaquin Film Society featured four short movies produced by Delta’s RTV students during the organization’s 4th San Joaquin International Film Festival on March 20. The movies – “Blur,” “Lockdown,” “Illusia,” and a 30-minute preview of “Broadcasting Sunshine” – were part of the festival’s “Delta Day” program held in the Tillie Lewis Theatre. “The goal for these students is to pick up momentum for future film festivals. As a filmmaker, it’s best to try to get as many people to watch your film,” said SJFS Board Member Shane Williamson. “I think the event went amazing today. The amount of support was outstanding and it was an honor to include Delta’s program to inspire future filmmakers.” The main attraction of the event was the 30-minute

preview of “Broadcasting Sunshine.” The movie is a collaborative effort of more than one hundred students over the course of two years. The movie centers on radio DJ Sue Del Sol, played by current Delta student Curissa Mitchell, and the misadventures of her first day hosting the station’s morning drive show. RTV instructor William Story said, “The whole purpose for Broadcasting Sunshine is for these students to learn how to put together a movie first hand and they did.” Fantasy adventure movie “Illusia” is written and directed by student Curtis Wilson. Wilson said inspiration for the movie came from a dream he had that was similar to “The Wizard of Oz.” The 30-minute feature received high praise from the audience for its use of special effects and storytelling. “Lockdown” is a dramatic telling of a school shooting written and directed by students Carla Jara and Nik Castanon. The movie was screened two days prior as part of SJIFF’s “Teen Truth” program at the Empire Theatre. “Blur” is the product of a collaborative effort from members of the other three movies. The team traveled north to participate in the Sacramento International Film Festival’s 48-hour film competition. In two days, the group wrote, shot and edited a short film from scratch. “It was a struggle to complete a movie in two days after working on a movie that took two years,” said student Manuel Garcia. Story said, “I’m satisfied that these young filmmakers had their afternoon to exhibit their best work.” The RTV program plans on debuting the full-length, final version of “Broadcasting Sunshine” May 21. It will be the main attraction to the department’s annual Media Fest, a full-day event exhibiting the work of students studying in the video production, graphic design, photography and journalism programs. To contact this reporter, email at:


FILM FEST: ‘Sunshine’ co-directors Fia Delgado, Carla Jara,

Rick Cortez, Manny Garcia spoke about their production process (top). RTV student Matt Fernandes viewing film trailers (above). Former RTV students Hugh Litfin and Kathy Angel return to Delta to view finished work (right).



Issue 11• March 25, 2011 •

Would you Chuck? You should! By Matthew Wilson Online Editor

Long considered to be a Stockton institution, Chuck’s Hamburgers has been in the same location for more than 50 years. It has survived over five decades of social change, economic recessions and recovery, multiple generations of family owners and a near-fatal lawsuit over handicap accessibility in 2009. “Best burger and fries I’ve ever gotten,” said Justin Tristano, 22, of the restaurant’s lunch menu. “A half basket [of fries] is pretty much more than a large at all major food chains.”  But surely in bad economic times such as these, in a city as miserable as Stockton, no restaurant could live up to that kind of hype...could it? FULL HOUSE If the parking lot at 10 a.m. on a recent Tuesday was any indication, the wait would be considerable.  The place was, quite literally, packed.  Not a single seat inside was available and there were a few people lingering outside.   While it was somewhat annoying to have to wait 15 minutes or so to get a seat, it spoke well of the quality to have a full dining area plus people waiting to get in.   Once seated, a waitress promptly took orders. It took another 22

minutes for the meal to arrive, an acceptable wait considering how busy the restaurant was and the fact there was just one cook. TASTE A basic breakfast included: an egg, two slices of bacon, kitchen fries, and a pancake. Other options include hash browns, sausage and omelettes. The hash browns and kitchen fries were both a perfectly cooked golden brown, with very little grease, which is very refreshing in any sort of fried potato dish.   The hash browns were soft and juicy, while the fries had a slightly crispy exterior with a soft interior. Both had a clear potato flavor, without the overpowering taste of grease or salt. The fries tasted delicious when paired with the hot sauce, a somewhat spicy sauce with a delicious zesty tomato flavor.   The bacon was perfectly crisp, also with very little grease or fat. It was very salty, with a sweet maple aftertaste. Simply put, it was some of the best bacon I’ve ever had.   The pancake, unfortunately, was not manhole-sized. Regardless, it still ranked as one of the biggest pancakes

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in Stockton, dominating an entire full sized plate and almost dwarfing the plate with the egg and fries. It was fluffy and light. It had a slightly moist, creamy and sweet flavor to it.   The omelette smelled fantastic, a peppery aroma with a slight onion tinge.  The eggs were light and fluffy, while the onions and peppers inside were well-cooked ­—soft, juicy and surprisingly sweet for what they were.   Lunch fare, included a King Burger with jack cheese and bacon. This 1/3 pound patty was monstrous, with too much content for the bun to fully contain.  The meat was rare, but fully cooked, and was very juicy.   The burger came with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions, with items like cheese, bacon, avocado, bell peppers and mushrooms able to be added separately, for a price.  MANHOLE-SIZED?! Sadly, not quite. Portion sizes have diminished over the years, so the pancakes aren’t quite the manhole covers of legend.   Portions are still quite large, though, with most meals having more than enough food for a single sitting. PRICE And the portions are definitely worth the price. Each breakfast ordered was $6.75, and came with the entree, hash browns or kitchen fries, and a single pancake.   The King burger was priced at $4.25, with jack cheese and bacon added for $1.75 extra.  FINAL THOUGHTS Chuck’s Hamburgers definitely lives up to its reputation, with large portions of delicious food available for a low price. A wait is to be expected during the brunch and PHOTOS BY: MATTHEW WILSON lunch rushes, but the food is worth the wait. Chuck’s is truly a restaurant ON THE MENU: Over sized portions of tasty brunch worthy of being a local institution. is served at Chuck’s Restaurant To contact this reporter, email at:

Choir students attend National Conference in ‘Windy City’

By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer

Since the beginning of last semester, the Delta choirs have made it a goal to branch out of our own auditoriums and into the community. From March 9-12, the groups were able to do just that but further than just our community – they reached as far as the “Windy City” Chicago. German Aguilar, head of the choral department, and six choir students were invited to go to the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) National Conference.

This conference is known as one of the best events for choral directors and musicians to learn more about their craft. “Membership in the ACDA National Honor Choirs is highly prestigious, and it pairs singers of the chorus with some of the most renowned choral conductors in the country,” said Aguilar. “When the opportunity arose, it was too good to pass up!” The conference had the students participate in intense music rehearsals from Wednesday thru Saturday for about ten hours. Students also attended the International Concert where

they got to hear choirs from Taiwan, Korea, Canada and the U.S. It also gave the students an opportunity to network with singers from all over the U.S. The Delta choir students that attended were Zackery Alcover, Heather Anderson, Miguel Chicas, Jr., Arnold Cruz, Danica Ran and Jennifer Young. Young, sophomore, went there with great expectations. “I heard it was going to be a life changing experience and for me it was once in a lifetime,” she said. Although the rehearsals were strenuous, the students

were able to enjoy themselves at the same time. Being in a big city was also not too bad of an incentive. “The last day of rehearsals were so stressful,” said Anderson, a sophomore. “But fun at the same time because our director believed in us and made it exciting. But I definitely enjoyed being able to have extra time to check out the city.” Having the conference in an exciting city made the experience that much more enjoyable for the students. However, they didn’t forget that they were there to learn above all.

“I learned a lot from those five days,” said Cruz, a freshman. “The main thing that I brought back was that I should actually listen to the choir as a whole more than sing.” As for the trip as a whole, Aguilar saw it as a successful experience for the students. “It was evident that the students learned a lot about singing and themselves,” he stated. “Would I do it again? Absolutely!”

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Club Corner Issue 11 • March 25, 2011 •

Club members finally coming together By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor


MIXING IT UP: Delta Microscopy Society members play with balloons

at club mixer (top). Diana Akbari leads students in team building game (bottom).

Communications between clubs has been difficult in recent semesters mainly due to a lack of an Active Clubs List, but that’s changing thanks to a Facebook page established this semester. Without an Active Clubs List it is hard for clubs to get in touch to coordinate events or get updates on how clubs are doing. To solve this problem the Vice-President of the Inter-Club Council (ICC) Diana Akbari has taken it upon herself to give clubs a way to mix, mingle and update one another between ICC meetings. She has created a Facebook group for the ICC. “I wanted people to know what was going on with other clubs,” said Akbari. “Everyone is on Facebook. And it has already been really effective.” Within two days of creation, the Facebook group had more than 60 friends. These friends are not limited to club presidents or ICC representatives. Regular club members or any Delta student who just wants to know what is going on around


campus are encouraged to join. One of the first things Akbari did with the new Facebook group was schedule a club member mixer. The mixer was on March 10 and gathered members from a wide range of clubs. Members from the Delta Microscopy Society, Writers Guild, Alpha Rho Tau and Delta Fencing were some of the clubs members who attended. Patrice Burke, associated student body president, is also pleased to see that clubs are reaching out to one another. “When we work together, everything gets better,” said Burke. Director of Student Affairs Aja Butler agreed. “This is a good way for everyone to connect,” she said. “This is exactly what we all needed to release any tensions.” Student club members can join the group for more information. Find the group on Facebook by searching for “SJDC ICC.” To contact this reporter, email at:

Calling all clubs Would like to have club or event featured in an upcoming issue of The Collegian? Send an email to the Club Corner Editor Jessica Blanke at or Editor-inChief Daryl Bunao at

Event brings affordable fashions to Delta students By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor How does one have a fashionable wardrobe and home while on a college student budget? One way to have both is to attend the semi-annual Nearly New Sale on April 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Danner Hall. The San Joaquin Delta College Fashion Club hosts this event to give hands-on experience to students in the Fashion Club. The Fashion Club has been around for more than 15 years, each year taking members to either New York or Europe to learn more about the fashion industry. “Upon that trip we will get to spend an entire week getting major insight in the industry ,and meeting some fantastic people that even most of the fashion trade schools will not even get to meet or experience,” said Vice President Adrianna Gutierrez about this year’s New York trip. The club hosts a number of events similar to the Nearly New Sale to raise funds. During the preparation for the Nearly New Sale club members employ techniques learned in the fashion classes such as visual merchandising, marketing, advertising and gathering inventory. The sale includes apparel, shoes, household goods, jewelry and other items at discounted rates. While the event is happening club members use customer service and sales skills learned in fashion classes. Besides learning more about the industry and taking a trip to New York or Europe the club also helps the community by participating in local charities, and gathering donations for the local homeless shelters. To contact this reporter, email at:

M.E.Ch.A. hosts blood drive The Movemiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) Club brought the Annual National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge to Delta College on March 18. Students donated pints of blood to celebrate Cesar E. Chavez’s legacy of leadership and community service. Organizer Anthony Martinez came to the Inter Club Council to gather participation at the event. GIVE A LITTLE:

Students Matt Montalv and Kimberly Gaines give blood during the blood drive (left). T-shirts were handed out as thanks to those who donated (bottom). Student Eric Bruce is prepped to donate blood (bottom left). PHOTOS BY: KIRSTIE HARUTA



Issue 11 • March 25, 2011 •

On track despite weather

Athlete of the issue Kyle Hassna #23

By John Wallace Staff Writer The gloomy weather this weekend had most people staying indoors. That wasn’t the case for the track and field teams from more than 10 community colleges, who showed off athleticism at the Raydell Barkley Relays on Saturday. March 19 despite the cold, rain and wind. Delta College, the host if this years relays, had four first place finishers and came in fourth place overall for men and women. Fresno took home the win for the men while Hartnell was victorious for the women. Delta Freshman Alex Ballard came in first in woman’s shot put and discus two of the four throwing events while other Mustangs Ray Garcia (sophomore) and Amanda Carter (freshman) both won the 300-meter steeplechase. “I was feeling pretty good, the weather didn’t affect me too much, I like running in cloudy weather like that,” said Garcia Though Garcia has ran all personal records this season he is still seeking improvement. “I’ve got to keep working hard during practice and it will pay off,” said Garcia. The Mustangs will next meet on Saturday, April

Sophomore Position: Pitcher Favorite Athlete: Roy Halladay Season Stats: (5-1) 3.00 era 29 strikeouts

Soccer to host clinic

FIGHTING THE ELEMENTS: Ray Garcia pulls away from the competition in the 300-meter steeple chase.

The Delta Baseball Team opened up league play on March 15. with a road victory over Consumnes River with a score of 4-3. In the following week, the Mustangs suffered two losses from Sacramento City, 4-1 and Modesto Junior College, 7-5. In week two of league play, the Mustangs bounced back with a 4-3 victory over Santa Rosa and a 3-2 win over American River. College.

— Eric Culpepper

Softball schedule April 3. vs. Cosumnes River, 12 p.m. (DH) Elk Grove April 6. at home vs. Santa Rosa, 2 p.m. (DH) April 10. vs. Diablo Valley College, 12 p.m. Pleasant Hill

— Eric Culpepper

2. in Sacramento for the American River Invitational. To contact this reporter, email at:

Upcoming Schedule Baseball

The Women’s Soccer team will be hosting a soccer clinic from March 28-31 for girls ages 6-13. Adrienne Sorenson, Delta’s head coach, will run the clinic with a staff made up of current Delta Women’s Soccer coaches and players. Girls will be placed in groups based on skill level. The cost to attend is $75. For more information contact the Delta College Athletics office at (209) 954-5176.


March 26. at home vs. Sierra College, 1 p.m. March 29 at home vs. Cosumnes River, 2:30 p.m. March 31 vs. Cosumnes River, 2:30 p.m. Elk Grove. April 2 vs. Sacramento City, 1 p.m. Sacramento. Track Today, Compton invitational at Merritt College, 10 a.m. Oakland April 16. Woody Wilson Twilight at UC Davis, 9 a.m. Davis


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Budget crunches may have other schools cutting courses, but Brandman is expanding. We’re adding business classes to meet the increasing demand. Brandman partners with community colleges to make transferring credits simple, and that can make earning your business degree a lot more affordable.


Golf April 5. Big 8 Conference #7, 11 a.m Delt Hosting at Elkhorn CC Stockton

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The Collegian -- Published March 25, 2011  

Issue 11 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif

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