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Shima Parking adds speed bumps By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor The first thing drivers on campus have to do is find parking. The removal of the berm between Shima One and Shima Two parking lots last semester was to alleviate some of these issues. With the parking lot opened, a runway that splits the middle of the lot has created new problems. Over spring break the issue was corrected. Five new speed bumps were installed along the runway. Ariela Cruz, a 19 year old freshman described the speed bumps as helpful “the cars can’t go as fast.” “The drivers entering from West Burke Bradley, on the Pershing Avenue side of Delta College campus rarely slow down to the posted ten mph speed limit,” stated Sergeant DiPiero at the beginning of the semester. Thus causing more issues. At the beginning of the semester, District Police barricaded the west entrance into the Shima lot until the problem could be addressed. These speed humps span the width of the runway and are about three feet across. Thirty-nine year-old sophmore, Matt Roche said “They don’t look effective they seem too wide,” while rushing off to his 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning class. These speed bumps went a day without being marked, and still have no signage to warn drivers of them. There are plans to add signage according to District Police, but the implementation date is unknown. “Hopefully the speed bumps will reduce accidents and traffic violations and increase pedestrian safety,” said DiPiero optimistically. These speed bumps do slow down traffic but some drivers have tried to drive very close to the shoulder of the roadway to avoid the speed bumps with no success. “They don’t bother me. It is what it is,” said sophomore Brandon Smith, 19, while walking from his car to campus Thursday. Currently District Police do not have any plans to add speed bumps or additional signage to any other lots on campus. To contact this reporter, email at: BRatto2002@gmail.com
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By James Striplin Staff Writer The reach of Facebook is far and wide, even extending its grasp to Delta’s very own library. Goleman Library joined the social networking site, April 22, last year and collected over 280 likes. If a student chooses to like Goleman, they can receive answers to library questions and frequent updates on library events. “It’s all about being on a medium that students are on,” said Steven Schermerhorn, Librarian of Technical Services and Systems. One example is the Facebook post informing guests of National Library Week, which starts at Delta, April 11, and ends, April 14. “Were trying to get as techie as we can,” said Joseph Gonzales, Interim Division Dean of Goleman Library. Attempting to turn a new page, Goleman Library even has a Twitter account so that students and fans can chase after this school library with ease. By following sjdclibrary on Twitter users can receive current updates. Both of these media outlets barely scratch the surface of technological advances Delta’s library has made. The library’s Facebook page and Twitter account started off as advertising for the expanding library website. On the library website, library.deltacollege. edu, students can check out the online catalog “Go-Cats,” which as a complete listing of available books at Goleman. Students can search the database for articles, statistics, and E-Books. “We have a virtual library out there,” said Gonzales. Unfortunately due to budget cuts and only a handful of librarians, Delta’s library can’t make the advancements it wants right away. That doesn’t stop the Goleman Library from taking baby steps towards the future. “A good chunk of our money is going to online resources,” said Gonzales. “We’re going to have ‘Films-On-Demand’ sometime this summer.” Films-On-Demand is a video service the
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Speech Showcase: Forensics team exhibits award-winning speeches. Page 7
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Students, faculty respond to budget proposal survey By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor In the midst of financial turmoil at Delta College, the administration has reached out to faculty and students alike to gather a general consensus of what should be fixed first on campus. Delta College sent out a campus-wide email in March that linked to an online survey. This survey asked participants to rank proposed budget ideas on which would be the easiest to implement with the most impact. “Budget cuts are never easy,” said Patrice Burke, president of the Associated Student Body Government. The proposals ranged from doubling the current cost per day to park, to eliminating teacher and administrative positions and building a solar energy facility to offset energy costs. The cost of building the solar energy facility would be approximately $5 million that would be paid off in 12 years. Once paid off though the expected savings in energy costs would be over $390,000 annually. Another proposed budget cut would be to eliminate more classes that have low enrollment, which could save an estimated $236,900. “The first priority is to preserve transferable classes,” said student Nick Aguirre. According to preliminary results of faculty voting the top recommended budget cut is an retirement incentive that would make 50 teachers retire and then re-hire 25 of them. The projected savings of this would be $2,132,800. The second highest ranked proposal is to eliminate a vicepresident position on campus, which would save Delta College an expected $190,800. The results of student votes are not available at this time. The parking fee increase ranked relatively low on the survey along with other proposals that would directly affect student’s wallets. “Students have already been hit hard,” said Burke. When asked what should be cut first, student Jimmy Altes said “The business office [on Pershing Avenue] should be cut first.” To contact this reporter, email at: Jessica.Blanke@gmail.com
News in Brief
Bucky Layland Softball Complex hosts dedication ceremony tomorrow Delta’s athletic program is hosting a dedication event for the Bucky Layland Softball Complex tomorrow, April 16. The event starts 11 a.m. and will go on until noon. After the dedication, the Delta College softball team plays their ranked match versus Sacramento City. The complex’s construction was funded by the $250 million Measure L bond given to the college in 2004. The field is named after Bucky Layland, Delta’s most successful softball coach ever.
Delta to present multiple events celebrating Earth Day, April 21 With a month into the spring season, Delta College is hosting multiple events for Earth Day. The celebration takes place throughout the campus Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the quad area outside of Danner Hall will feature music, guest speakers and a “poetry slam;” the fashion department is hosting their annual Recycled Fashion Show; Delta’s Student Chefs are selling organic pizzas; and the Radio and Television program are broadcasting live on the outdoor stage playing music and hosting contests. To contact this reporter, email at: DarylBunao@gmail.com
Library: Website provides online services Some of the new changes include Wi-Fi, so that students library will be hosting online. could easily accomplish work It will allow students to choose within this institute. Not all features of Delta’s films that are vital to their work and use clips for demonstra- library website exist to aid stutions. Though the only known dents. The Goleman Library set back is that it cannot clearly has even provided a service for project itself onto a flat surface. teachers to reserve class materials The Goleman Library closed called ERes. “We would like to see more down in 2008 for renovation of our instructors use ERes,” and started anew last year.
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said Schermerhorn. With more work to do, the Goleman Library faculty hopes that it will someday be one of the most tech savvy libraries around. “What we have right now isn’t bad,” said Gonzales. “We’re along the lines of other libraries.” To contact this reporter, email at: JamesPie69@gmail.com
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Editorial: Crisis leaves Delta at crossroads
To say the future of Delta College is at a crossroads is, well, an understatement. Questions remain unanswered both locally and state-wide regarding the budget issues which in turn determine what we do and don’t have in the semesters to come. Stuck between what seems a rock and a hard place, the only answer that has yet to be determined is the painful $36 per-unit dollar amount coming out of our pockets next semester. The reality of the situation is that cuts are going to happen. As a state, California is more than $80 billion in debt. As a proposal to begin to re-energize the state into recovery, Gov. Jerry Brown set forth a budget plan which marked for a $290-$800 million dollar reduction of funding within the community college system. So where do we stand? This number, through partisan bickering over a June special election which could determine the two most important factors within this community college crisis has yet to be decided. If passed Prop. 98 will allocate a minimum percentage of state funding to education; along with a highly important tax extension will determine how much is cut. Our future remains up in the air floating atop a deficit gap of $510 million. As a means to prepare, Delta’s Board of Trustees made the choice to adopt a middle of the road budget deduction plan of $8.2 million over a three year time frame. This number, however, is likely to change to $12.15 million in cuts if those two highly important ballot initiatives crumble, or perhaps a special election does not even happen. More than anything, the general feeling of knowing little about
our educational futures is fear for what in fact could result. Aside from the anger students feel, the disappointment, or even understanding, as a community college many students already feel the burden of this country’s economic hardships. We are the single mothers, veterans, retirees, and students who perhaps couldn’t afford a fouryear institution. For many of us Delta College is the only opportunity for a higher education. Like the local retiree worried over Medicare and social security, the Delta student is clouded by the what-ifs that may potentially crumble their educational path. An email, issued by the Public Information Office to the student body was in order to gain the input of us all. Sent out March 30, with a deadline marked April 6, the notice involved a link to both a list of possible cuts as well as a survey for student opinions to be heard. Among the 27 ideas read big ticket reductions implementing 11-month operational years with the elimination of summer school, retirement incentive packages, as well as eliminating 20 positions for the next three years-all of which near or go beyond the $2 million reduction mark. Like it or not, as students and a community college system, Delta will change. Class listings may shrink, Delta child care may suffer, parking could become more expensive or perhaps a favorite teacher retires. These are the realities of a greater issue. An issue of California’s that affects not only those strangers you might see on your local broadcast news. No, these are our challenges that still seem more unknown then any one of us could have imagined for ourselves.
Libyans look for ‘road map to peace’ By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer The uprising in Libya began nearly two months ago and not much has changed. The only difference is foreign intervention, which leader Moammar Gadhafi supporters strongly oppose. The United Nations have authorized a No-FlyZone in Libya. This means unauthorized planes are not allowed to fly over the country. On April 10, African Union mediators arrived in Libya to attempt to negotiate with Gadhafi. Some of the requests were a “consideration of demands of the Libyan people,” and to cease fire, or what they call a “Road
Map to Peace,” according to news outlets covering the events. South African president Jacob Zuma stated the Gadhafi had accepted the proposals. However, many anti-Gadhafi people and opposition leaders were not optimistic. “They’re a group of dictators themselves and they won’t be taken very seriously given that they’re from very brutal regimes which are in many ways far worse than the Gadhafi regime,” stated Nabila Ramdani, a French journalist and Middle East expert for Al Jazeera in an article online. Most of the fighting is going on in the western part of the city. Civilians have escaped to the east, where the opposition still has a stronghold on Benghazi.
African Union leaders were “seeking Tripoli cooperation” in reaching the opposition leaders in Benghazi, according to Al Jazeera. But how can a decision be reached and the violence against civilians be stopped when no one is willing to negotiate? “The Tripoli side won’t negotiate without (Gadhafi), and the Benghazi side won’t negotiate with (Gadhafi),” said Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught. Protesters insist Gadhafi be removed from power before any negotiations can begin. Foreign intervention has kept pro-government supporters at bay at least, despite rising death tolls. One concern about helping the rebels is who exactly
inspired and led them. “We need to support countries going toward a more democratic framework. Refusing a paternalistic approach, we have to encourage, to support, to help,” Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini, according to Al Jazeera. Does it matter who started what? No. What matters is the cause. What matters is that violence against civilians has to stop. The people of Libya are demanding a change for the better. They are tired of being oppressed by a dictator. They want a democracy. They won’t get it without help. To contact this reporter, email at: email@example.com
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GENRE FIGHTS LIVE BURIAL
By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor
While on the Stockton Campus of Delta College, one hears rap, hip hop, R&B, heavy metal, rock, and pop music. But what one rarely hears, unless they have their headphones on, is country music. There may not be many overt fans of country music wandering the campus, but the genre is not dead. This is proven by the radio station KATM 103.3 FM, which is bringing country superstar Mark Wills to the Empire Theater today. His show is to promote his latest works and give the fans in the area an enjoyable evening out on the town. To some, this only proves that country music can only fill a small venue. Yet many times, the San Joaquin County Fair has played host to up-and-coming as well as big-name country stars. For example this summer
country group Lonestar will be at the County Fair. Not only can one see live country music in Stockton, one can watch country crooner Scotty McCreary on American Idol, or catch Nashville Star on Country Music Television, and watch Great American Country anytime. These shows and channels prove that country music has a wide following. Many who have watched American Idol seasons one and four know the winners were Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, both award winning country singers. Some say this only proves a love of reality shows and not an appreciation of country music. Yes, this does prove Americans love reality shows, but having two out of the ten American Idols be country superstars says a lot about country music and its popularity. The genre has been popular in the mainstream in the United States since the 1920s,
but Stockton in general does not embrace country music. Some people still think it is all about drinking and losing everything. The critics of country music have proof of that, with songs like Toby Keith’s “Beer for my Horses.” Yet, when you hear the song “Skin (Sarabeth)” by Rascal Flatts, you can really feel the emotion the singers are portraying. “Skin” is about a girl who has cancer. “‘Cuz it would be a mistake/for someone to take/a girl with no hair to the prom/… That boy’s at the door/her daddy ushers him in/ and when he takes off his cap/ they all start to cry.” Songs that express emotion and the good things in life can be found in the country music genre more often than not. In 2010 country music had a big year at the Grammys. Lady Antebellum won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Best Female Country Vocal Performance went to
Miranda Lambert, and the Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Keith Urban. This proves once again country music is still going strong. “Oh she looks out her window and wonders again/ is there life out there,” Reba McEntire sings about life beyond what you already know. What many think they
This weekend in local entertainment APRIL 15 Generation4Change Variety Show and Ice Cream Benefit Upper Danner Hall, Delta College, Stockton @ 6 p.m. $3
The Angel & Robot Show: Dino the Girl, Arthur Leon Adams III, 8Bit Bruno, Johnny Young Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5 Stockton Asparagus Festival Downtown Stockton Waterfront, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Caravanserai @ 1 p.m. Pride & Joy @ 4:30 p.m. General admission $12
APRIL 16 Judgement Day, The Burden We Bear, Abriel, Symbolik, and more Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 2:30 p.m. $6
Stockton Asparagus Festival Downtown Stockton Waterfront, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Department of Rock @ 1 p.m. Smash Mouth @ 4:30 p.m. General admission $12
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know of country music is stereotypical. Take five minutes to actually listen to a country song, whether it is by Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Mark Wills, Patsy Cline, or even Taylor Swift, you will appreciate what country really is. To contact this reporter, email at: email@example.com
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APRIL 17 Hands Across California Delta College Campus, 2 p.m.
Stockton Asparagus Festival Downtown Stockton Waterfront 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Life in the Fastlane @ 1 p.m. Little Texas @ 4:30 p.m. General admission $12
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Women of Hip Hop empower through music By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer “Hip hop is the love of my life – more specifically, a culture, a movement, an art form, a tool for positive change,” said Nina Rebultan, Women of Hip Hop founding member. A few years ago, Rebultan shared the same vision with a B-Girl Temper, real name unknown, and a woman named Natalie Pohley. As three strong women in hip hop, they were determined to see their fellow sisters shine. Together the women used networks collectively to build a community event. This year they are planning something a little bigger for
the fall, on an as yet to be determined date. The three are also refocusing their energy on Women Empowerment as opposed to just Women in Hip Hop. The Hip Hop Sisters hold an important part of the event, but Women of Hip Hop hopes to empower all the women, even those that aren’t into the hip hop genre. The event will be three days and include performances, workshops and sessions all put on by the females in our community. Women of Hip Hop is not yet an organization, but a collective of women from several different organizations hoping to make a bigger change. “I think it’s important for
Women of Hip Hop mission statement “Because we are women... compelled to unify using Hip Hop Culture, we mobilize and raise awareness of female empowerment. By using our artistic expressions, we educate through creativity. Our purpose is to encourage women to find their inner voice and ignite their inner passion. We wish to promote leadership among women of all ages. By breaking stereotypes and barriers, we bring together multicultural and multitalented individuals to praise the hard work of the women in our community. Together we shall rise above the glass ceiling and dignify feminine nature while retelling history through HERstory. Because we are women.” - Women of Hip Hop us as women to start building bridges instead of burning them. Women are stereotyped as being catty and jealous towards each
other and constantly hating on one another,” said Rebultan. “It saddens me because its attitudes like that perpetuates
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Stockton rapper strives to be a role model By Valerie Smith Staff Writer
Budget crunches may have other schools cutting courses, but Brandman is expanding. We’re adding business classes to meet the increasing demand.
Greg Rodriguez, 22, is a San Joaquin Delta College student known in the hip hop community as G3. The Stockton-raised Rodriguez started thinking about rap as a serious career in early 2010, looking to make a difference in the world, be a positive influence in the community and a role model for children. “I want to make the world a better place through the art of rapping,” Rodriguez said. “Why not motivate kids with music? I can just express myself more clearly, and be a positive role model.” His style of rap contains positive messages, from how to overcome obstacles, to living your dreams. It seems as if anything is possible in his lyrics and eyes. Growing up in a musically inclined household jump-started G3’s interest in music at an early childhood. His father was a classic rock fan listening to bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Beatles, while his mother was a disco funk fan. “When my mom put on her old school mix on Sunday morning I knew it was time to clean,” he said. Rodriguez’s older brother listened to ‘90s rock and hip hop, which allowed the artist to expand his listening range at a young age. While in elementary he played clarinet for two years. “I quit because I didn’t want to be a band geek, to be honest,” he said, laughing. “But if I could go back I would have stuck to it I would want to learn how to play the piano, and flute as well, not care about what kids said.” As he grew older his love for rap and hiphop progressed with his main influences being Eminem, Nas and Lupe Fiasco. “No rapper is as superior as Eminem,” he said.
“He is my biggest influence because I can relate to his music and lyrics, now I feel like I should pay it forward.” Rodriguez said he wants to take the talent he has, spread it throughout Stockton and not stop until his dream of landing a record deal comes within reach. He has done about 13 shows in total throughout Stockton and Modesto, the most major being at the Plea for Peace Center, a nonprofit organization located downtown off on East Weber Avenue. “That was my first time performing on a big stage by myself, without my group,” he said. His group’s name is Port Sity, named to represent Stockton. The group consists of producer Kevin Villarin, also a Delta college student, Keith Davis, also known as “Trust,” Derek Graves, also known as “Phreygo,” and Leland Madrazo. The group made a mix tape titled “The Introductory” last year mid summer. Rodriguez’s next solo mix tape titled “Love, Samples, Snares” is scheduled to drop April 19. He is excited, because he said he feels as if he has progressed as an artist. The plan is to promote this mix tape and stay in the studio until it is finished. “On this next solo mix tape, it’s feel good music for everyone. Kids, girls, fellas, they’ll all wanna hear it,” he said. He wants to establish his name, as a serious white rapper, which he says, is difficult. Nothing will stop him, he said. “I want to establish myself as a local Stockton rapper, get a record deal and then bring my whole group Port Sity to the top,” he said. He can sum his passion up in one verse: “I don’t do it for the VIP, I do it for the kids who wanna be like me.” To contact this reporter, email at: email@example.com
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Two programs, training for one career
By Charnae Davenport Features Editor
PHOTOS BY: CHARNAE DAVENPORT, BRIAN RATTO
TRAINING: Student Service Officer Tiana Torres,
top, issues a ticket. Police academy student Ralph Dominguez, bottom, holstering his practice gun during drills.
Two rules: give it your all and be honest. Student Ralph Dominguez has big goals to achieve just like any other college student. His long-term goal? To become a police officer. In shortterm, Dominguez’s goal is to attend and graduate from Delta’s Police academy. The police academy is an intense 17-unit course offered by Delta to train and prepare students leaning towards a career in criminal justice. The course offers off campus training in shooting, and intense driving alongside guest speakers and weekend workouts. “It’s been a great experience. I’m learning so much more than what a normal class could’ve taught me,” said Dominguez. Dominguez is performing at the top of his class and already has an
advantage after earning his degree in criminal justice from Sacramento State. He currently works for Target’s loss prevention as a security guard. “It’s a head start at dealing with the public. It’s similar to what a police officer would do,” he said. Not everyone in the academy is involved in campus justice. The academy is not a prerequisite to be a student officer. Student Service Officer Tiana Torres joined forces with campus police over a year ago after holding an array of jobs on campus. Torres has worked in food services, admissions and record’s, the career transfer center and also in the bookstore. This job though, she notes as her favorite. “I’ve changed my major so many different times. I definitely love this job more,” she added. “I never want to take a day off.” Now that Torres has found her niche on campus, she is now interested in joining the Police Academy.
Before her student officer position she was interested in joining the military. “I originally wanted to join the military and I applied for this position to get to know the campus better. Now that I’m apart of it, law enforcement seems a little bit awesome,” said Torres. If you’ve ever gotten a parking violation ticket on campus, it is possible it came from Torres. “It’s a daily occurrence, and the biggest annoyance,” she says. Throughout the semester hundreds of tickets are written for no permits, parking in red zones and even for creating their own park. “I’ve seen it all,” said Torres. Students involved in these opportunities are getting the hands on experience they’ll need to be successful in the future of law enforcement. To contact this reporter, email at: NaeDave@gmail.com
Ongoing Bring Me a Book campaign continues to raise books, money By Sean Reilly Staff Writer A campus club’s small idea has spurred a continued campus book drive that recently netted more than 700 books and over $1,000 in monetary donations for local organizations in need. It started in spring 2009 with the PIPELINE Club. The officers of the club wanted to find a way that could help out the community and do community service. “We decided to bring to speaker on campus to speak on the literacy program so we invited Dr. Robert Morrow the regional manger of the bring a book foundation,” said Hatch. In the past two years the foundation has donated children’s books to home
shelters and low income preschools. The Bring Me a Book Foundation has raised over $2,000 within the last two years. Over the two year period the foundation has collected between 1,600 to 1,700 books to be donated to the lowincome program for children. Hatch and Morrow themselves have donated over 150 books to the low-income children and shelters so far. “The Friday before vacation, you’ve donated 715 books and $1,110,” said Hatch. Over the last two years the students and faculty at Delta College have been so generous by helping out with book donations. Several people on and off campus were helpful putting together a literacy inventory.
The Bring Me a Book Foundation will be accepting book donations through Friday, May 20 at San Joaquin Delta College. You can make your checks payable to the Bring Me A Book Foundation or through campus mail. To contact this reporter, email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Delta Forensics showcase award-winning team By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief
As a group of six rushed down the eastern stairwell of Holt, student Bronche Taylor brings up the rear dressed in formal gear. Taylor is one of the seven students that participated in Tuesday’s Spring Speech Showcase, a public demonstration of various speech and debate performances by Delta’s award-winning forensics team. Students Dumarruis Steen and Johnny Williams started the presentation with a duo oral interpretation of an excerpt from the movie “Babyboy.” The two-man team recently traveled to Portland, Oregon and took first place in the national speech and debate tournament with the same performance. Graham said, “We took a small team —six individuals— and they did fantastic. For all six people to place in their events is incredible. Considering that they were competing against four-year students, these guys did fantastic.” Williams, a first year speech student, and Steen, a returning speech student, brought the room to applause with their choreographed movements, intricate dialogue and team synergy. Student Maria Byington said, “I’m excited to see Dumarrius’s duo with Johnny because he expresses his
pieces beautifully. They feed of each other’s energy.” Taylor, who received a silver award at the national competition, followed with a dramatic interpretation of literary prose. He performed a selection out of “Truth Behind the Melody,” a narrative piece about the sex scandal between administration and students among the Harlem School of Boys. His fidgety motions and soft inflections helped PHOTO BY: DARYL BUNAO illustrate the innocence AWARD WINNING SPEAKERS: Dumarrius Steen and Johnny Williams perform their and fear of the young protagonist throughout first-place award winning duo-interpretation of “Babyboy” on April 12 in the West Forum. the performance. However, Warheit’s arguments of foreclosures, Addressing the topic of Stockton’s status as most unemployment and Delta students wanting to leave miserable city according to “Forbes” magazine, the Stockton resonated with the audience earning the event ended in a debate between first-year speech student Bo Howard and veteran Benjamin Warheit. laughter and applause of students as they filed out of Howard, who was opposing the statement, brought up the room. To contact this reporter, email at: topics of city pride and growing employment. DarylBunao@gmail.com
April 5th was a day without shoes for some Delta College students. Signs carried by students let passersby know about the challenges faced by children in Africa who live without shoes daily. PHOTOS BY: SEAN REILLY
Going without shoes for change By Sean Reilly Staff Writer The Generation For Change club, a joint organization of the Tom’s Shoes and Invisible Children, participated in a nation-wide One Day Without Shoes on April 5. Club members went shoe less in solidarity for those around the world that go without daily. During the day, members also marched from Delta College to
University of the Pacific. The day with out shoes is to show the community what it was like to live in different countries without shoes. “I really liked this event because it raises Awareness even if you don’t have money to donate you still can help out some how,” said student Amy Lewis. To contact this reporter, email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Softball team on beat, ranked No. 1 By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Zac Brown Band. Rock. Country. Music. This is not a story of songs, but of a team playing on the same beat. These artists, along with many others, are part of a playlist blasting off of an iPod at the Delta softball team’s afternoon practice as the team prepared for the upcoming week. The vibe was casual, not what you would expect from the state’s number one team currently sitting at 31-0. “He (Coach Jim Fisher) turns the music up really loud so we can communicate on the field. It’s so we have to be louder,” said infielder Katie Etcheverry. What is so special about this team? What ingredient does this group of women have that others don’t? There is pitcher Katie Cotta, undefeated this season and averaging nearly two strike-outs an inning. Adding to the mix is Erica Mireles (.530 in league), Rachel Borges (returning all conference,
.500 in league), and Mia King, who Fisher is says “is having an incredible year.” From the outside looking in, the obvious answer would be these players. But the players say it’s about team unity and working together. “I love my team. Seriously, that’s what it’s about. When I go out there I just don’t strike everybody out,” said Cotta. “People have to field behind me.” The unity and love between players continues off the field as well as on it. Team members say they spend time together on weekends and hangout together. That fact is evident by the laughs and nicknames being shouted around during drills. The women say they are more than teammates, they are friends. Somewhere in the laughs and the smiles is a team that is mean, a team that’s worked hard. The players do plyometric and body weight workouts daily and directly credit the shape they are in to their success. In the past month, the Lady Mustangs have only allowed
Athlete of the issue
Katie Cotta #3 Sophomore Position: Pitcher PHOTO BY: ERIC CULPEPPER
WARMING UP: The Delta softball team gets ready for a game with
stretches on Tuesday. three runs, compared to seventy-one scored. Team members acknowledge that opponents give them their best shot every outing. “My mentality is that any given day someone can come and knock you off,” said Borges. “Everyone is going to be gunning for us because we’re undefeated and they want to be the
one to knock us off.” Despite an unblemished record they aren’t a arrogant bunch. “I don’t measure us against anyone but ourselves,” said Fisher. “However, it works out, that’s how it works out, but so far we’ve answered the ball every time.” The Lady Mustangs continue their winning run on Saturday at home when they take on
Favorite Athlete: Tim Lincecum Highlight: Katie struck out 12, threw a no-hitter , and had a solo home run in a game against American River College. Sacramento City College for a double header. The games are set to start at 12 p.m. To contact this reporter, e-mail at: email@example.com
Bay Area teams look for talent in the NFL Draft By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor
By John Wallace Staff Writer
OAKLAND Last year the Oakland Raiders failed to make the playoffs despite going undefeated in the division, Head Coach Tom Cable was ﬁred and replaced by offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson. With a possible lockout looming, free agency has been halted putting a even greater emphasis on the NFL Draft. Without a ﬁrst round selection the Raiders are going to have to ﬁnd value in the later rounds. OFFENSIVE LINE: Robert Gallery, Langston Walker, Samson Satele, Mario Henderson and Khalif Barnes are all free agents which means a few key linemen will have to be replaced. POSSIBLE PROSPECTS: Benjamin Ijalana (Villanova), Stefan Wisniewski (Penn St), Rodney Hudson (Florida St), Marcus Cannon (TCU) and Danny Watkins (Baylor) are all valuable picks that could be available. CORNERBACK: The Raiders made the decision to let shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha walk in free agency. It is possible they will be looking for his replacement in the draft. POSSIBLE PROSPECTS: Aaron Williams (Texas), Brandon Harris (Miami) or Ras-I Dowling (Virginia).
The 2011 season was a disappointing one for the San Francisco 49er faithful. Heading into the season with playoff aspirations the 49ers stumbled out to a woeful 0-5 record and ultimately ﬁnishing 6-10. Like the Raiders, the 49ers made a coaching change ﬁring defensive minded Mike Singletary and hiring hot commodity John Harbaugh who is considered an offensive specialist. The 49ers have the seventh pick in this year’s draft and have many prospects available that could make an immediate impact. QUARTERBACK: The Alex Smith saga looks to be coming to an end. Who to acquire to take the starting spot? Do the Niners use the ﬁrst round pick on Heisman Trophy winner Cam New-
Staff top ten mock JOHN’S TOP 10 1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn 2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama 3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU 4. Cincinnati Bengals: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M 5. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina 6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia 7. San Francisco 49ers: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri 8. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, QB, Washington 9. Dallas Cowboys: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn 10. Washington Redskins: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
ERIC’S TOP 10 1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn 2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU 3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT/ DE, Alabama 4. Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn 5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri 6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia 7. San Francisco 49ers: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M 8. Tennessee Titans: Da’quan Bowers, DE, Clemson 9. Dallas Cowboys: J.J Watt, DE, Wisconsin 10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
ton (Auburn) or choose between Blaine Gabbert (Missouri) and Jake Locker (Washington)? It is possible that they wait until the middle rounds to select a quarterback. CORNERBACK: The 49ers are very weak in the secondary and it would be a dream come true if Patrick Peterson (LSU) fell to them. If not, the Niners will have to decide if Prince Amukamara (Nebraska) is talented enough to be selected seventh or if they want to wait until the middle rounds for a Cornerback. MILLER OR QUINN: Von Miller (Texas A&M) or Robert Quinn (North Carolina) are considered elite 3-4 pass rushers and would be ideal at seven. The Niners haven’t had a ten sack player since Andre Carter.