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Friday, April 29, 2011 • Volume #48, Issue #13

Middle College student ‘tased’ by campus security

By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor A stun gun was used on a 15-year-old Middle College High School autistic student by campus police on April 20, after officers were called to his class following an outburst, according to campus officials. Anthony Jones has Asperger’s

syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, according to a campus release. MCHS Principal Sherry Balian said Jones was not displaying “typical student behavior” during his class. His actions escalated to the point that campus police had to be called to calm the situation, she said.

Campus police confirm a taser was discharged on campus, but would not provide any additional information due to an on-going investigation. The following day, Interim Delta College President Dr. Susan Cota sent out an email to two campus email lists with the subject “student incident.” “The College cannot

comment on the incident because of the privacy rights of the student, and because there is an on-going investigation. The only comment that can be made is that a preliminary review of the incident indicates that campus police officers acted lawfully and appropriately to ensure the safety and security of students and staff at the

campus,” said Cota in the statement. The release also stated that Jones’ fellow students were fearful he might attempt suicide. A television news report on Sacramento-based KCRA 3 included an interview with Jones’ grandfather Don Arlt of

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Horton Gallery


Student Artists By Matthew Wilson Online Editor

The opening reception for the 12th annual Student Exhibition and Art Awards Competition was held April 21, at the L.H. Horton Jr. Gallery. Of the 63 artists of the 94 pieces of art on display in the gallery, 15 received recognition and cash awards for their artwork during an awards ceremony as part of the reception. Sophomore Brennan Jeffery, 21, had three paintings on display at the exhibit. All three won awards. “Mandela” and “Hope” both won Best of Show, while “Jazz” received the Dean of Fine Arts whose painting “The Harpist” received a Division Choice award. of Fine Arts Merit award. “I was excited and surprised,” said Jeffery about Gallery Director Jan Marlese was similarly his awards. “I thought I wouldn’t win anything.” impressed by the collection of work this year, “Mandela” is a portrait, which Jeffery says stating that it was the biggest student exhibition is his usual focus. “Hope” and “Jazz” are both ever during her speech before the awards assignments from his teacher, ceremony. Mario Moreno. “It’s about 10 to 15 pieces “He pushed me to expand bigger than last year,” Marlese beyond portraits,” Jefferey later said. “[The Student What: Student art exhibit said, explaining the inspiration Exhibition] always gets a lot of Where: L.H. Horton Jr. behind his work. traffic, but I’m pleased with the Gallery (Shima 144) “There are a lot of really big turnout this time.” When: April 21–May 18 good pieces,” Jefferey said The Student Exhibition runs when asked about the exhibit n Tues: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. until May 18. For more details itself. “There’s more compared about the exhibit or to schedule n Wed: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. to last year.” a tour, contact Jan Marlese. n Thur: 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This sentiment was echoed To contact this reporter, e-mail at: n Fri: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. by senior Jason Compton, 22,


Horton Jr. Gallery opened their new exhibit to the public, above topleft, displaying student art and sculptures such as Taryn Costello’s “Summer Elf,” above bottom-left. Delta student Brennan Jeffery, above right, received awards for both of his works. Student Jordan Clark, left, also won awards.

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Organizations spread eco-friendly ideas during Earth Day By Charnae Davenport Features Editor In this country, it’s no surprise California is the most polluted. What is surprising is that San Joaquin Valley nearly tops the list of most polluted places in the United States according to the Los Angelos Times. From Bakersfield, to Fresno and Modesto, cities not very far from Stockton have some of the lowest air quality. This is a matter that is often taken lightly by Americans. The problem cannot be cured, but on April 21, each year the goal is to help people understand the harm they cause to the earth during their day-today routines. This day, is Earth Day. Earth Day exists to inform people how to become active members in preserving the environment and it serves to encourage people how a few small changes in their lifestyles has the potential to make a huge impact on the environment, including do-it-yourself tips. “I’ve always been interested in gardening,” said student Joetta Matadi. “This was a good opportunity to get help with that.” Reusable versus waste. Car pooling versus driving alone. Biodegradable material versus harmful and unsafe ingredients.


EARTH DAY: Representatives of programs on campus and community organizations help spread eco-friendly ideas during Delta’s Earth Day

celebration Thursday, April 21. Automotive students took intrest in two hybrid cars, left, and the horticulture department sold plants, right. These eco-friendly terms were used all day throughout campus during its annual Earth Day celebration. A variety of vendors bombarded the quad with helpful tips on the effective way to be more earth friendly in everyone’s own home. “[We’re here] to make people aware that they can contribute to save land space. At the same time we’re saving the earth. It’s a win-win situation,” said Kim Sawyer, a representative for the city of Stockton. “Something as easy as composting waste could keep food

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Stockton. “I believe tasers are used too freely these days,” he said. Efforts to contact Jones’ mother through social-networking site Facebook were unanswered. Delta College Police Sgt. Mario Vasquez answered questions about campus police policy, but would not talk directly about the case. Stun guns, he said, are a last resort for ensuring safety on campus, he said. Officers are trained to use non-physical means of controlling a dangerous situation first, he added. “If someone is acting violent, we try to use verbal commands,” he said. “If they do not respond to verbal commands, we then move

and other things from going into landfills. If you compost, it decreases trash and green waste and even saves money for your garbage bill.” Campus organizations like the Fashion Program joined this green event in full swing. Fashion students were challenged to create a biodegradable outfit. The students completed this task by stitching together tough material like newspaper, plastic bags and one even made with broken cd’s. Fashion student Tien Nguyen contributed. “The dress I made was from

onto force.” Campus police have carried stun gun style weapons since 2002. Vasquez said in the more than nine-year period since they were issued, the weapons have only been discharged five times. “Normally, they are used as a deterrent,” he said. Both Cota’s statement and Balian praise police action. “The police acted very appropriately and I am very thankful for their help,” said Balian. Cota ended the statement with similar sentiment. “The student and the Susan campus community are Cota fortunate that we have a campus police department that acted in such a swift and appropriate manner,” she said. Officials from both Delta College and MCHS are unable to comment on whether Jones will be returning to campus. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

rice bags. Instead of throwing them away, I just turned it into a dress,” she said. This event was a resourceful experience for everyone. Collectively, there was something in the quad to represent every aspect of going green. There were representatives teaching people how to cut out the middle man and make their own compost, unclog our air by carpooling, riding a bike as transportation, or using hybrid vehicles. Automotive student Shawn Powers has had the opportunity to work with the newer technol-

ogy on hybrid cars, including the kind that plug in. “It’s definitely more ecofriendly. But it’s not that useful for me because I live an hour away and it has to be charged every 40 miles,” said Powers. Some techniques can be more Earth-friendly but may seem harder to understand than others. Delta’s Earth Day is a stepping stone for people to learn that anyone is capable to do something small to make a big difference in the ecosystem. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

News in Brief

ASBG election applications due May 4, elections to take place May 9 Elections for Associated Student Body Government will be held starting May 9, and running until May 12. Campaigning started April 25 and runs until May 6. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, May 4 at 5 p.m. Applications can be submitted to the Student Activities Office. The Student Representative to the Board of Trustees position is also available. Applications for the position are due April 29. The student trustee is an appointed position, with applicants being interviewed during a special meeting. Applications and other details can be found on the ASBG’s website, html.

Correction In Issue 12 of The Collegian, published April 15, the name of our contributing artist for the story “Genre Fights Live Burial” was mispelled. The artist’s name is Victoria Davila.


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Collegian Production staff Editor-in-Chief Daryl Bunao News Editor Daryl Bunao Feature Editor Charnae davenport

Editorial: Softball easily steals No. 1 ranking Who say’s girl can’t play ball? As one would assume to be the “most miserable” campus due to Stockton’s notorious reputation, Delta College sure has a lot to cheer about these days. Ranked number one among California community colleges, Delta’s softball team proves that at the heart of community, sports shall conquer misery. With a 21-0 standing in the Big 8 Conference, the Lady Mustangs finished the regular season undefeated with a 37-0 total record. The term sweep has never felt so literal, as the team ended their home play with a double-header; two consecutive wins against Sacramento City College on April 16. So what makes this season a stand out? Centerfielder and first baseman Stephanie Leles is one of five returning 2010 players, who accounts much of the new team’s success to camaraderie. “We all get along with each other and hang out…On the field we work hard together and put a lot of effort into everything we do,” said Leles. Ending the season last year with a record of 33-10, numbers prove the Mustangs haven’t just gotten good, they’ve topped their already dominating game. Among the roster’s 14 active players there is an even distribution of freshman and sophomore athletes, one of whom seems to be electrifying the masses. Pitcher Katie Cotta, a sophomore, joined the team entering her second year at Delta proving that an athlete’s time may never be up for good. With the lowest Earned Run Average (ERA) in the

Big 8 Conference, as of now is set at .46 which equates to runs by percentage given up through pitching, Cotta leads with not just consistency but precision. Winning not only by superior defensive skill, no one can ignore the fact the team puts numbers on the board. When it comes to offense the proof is undeniable with leads as much as 4-14 runs. If you haven’t made it out to the diamond this season, well, sadly your chance is gone to see the number one team in the state. This, however, is no time to turn your back. Feel the spirit, show pride and support your Lady Mustangs all the way to the title. The latest game played by the Lady Mustangs versus Consumnes River College added to the team’s winning streak and proving the Lady Mustangs are the team to beat going into upcoming championship games. While “Forbes” magazine said we are the most miserable city in the United States, the Lady Mustangs show that not everything in Stockton is looking down. The Collegian staff appreciates Mustangs softball and what it has done for Delta College and the community at large. We applaud the team’s undefeated season, including the 6-0 win against Modesto Junior College on Tuesday, April 26. And we wish the Lady Mustangs the best going into the NorCal Region Championships in May. We are confident in the team’s continued success and the player’s ability to bring Delta College home a championship.

LETTER: Campus should take pride in Men in Black Conference Editor: I want to thank Gwendolyn Primous, president of San Joaquin Delta College Black Student Union, and Sister Diana Murphy, for both, inviting me, and the extraordinary Men in Black Conference, convened on April 12 at Danner Hall. San Joaquin Delta College

can take pride in the conference that was held addressing issues/ concerns/responsibility of men, in character, and their role as a person in today’s society. The presentation by each speaker was educational and relevant, with message of family values. I was further moved and touched by the humble service of the women, who were

beautiful in the splendor star of their presence. As an alumni of San Joaquin Delta College, and the walk of life I strive to live in guidance of the Spirit of the Higher Authority I was moved, touched, and fulfilled to have been a part of this experience. San Joaquin Delta College/ Black Student Union are to be commended for a conference

well done. Again, my personal thanks to Sister Diana Murphy for the consideration in invitation. Blessings! The Rev. Willie A. Douglas

African American Chamber of Commerce of San Joaquin County, Stockton Black Family Day, Inc., California State Conference NAACP, Black League of Voters

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 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 email 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 13 • April 29, 2011 •

‘Golden God’ rocks the Greek

Artist considers music his ‘therapy’ By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer “Music is my therapy,” said Alex Krishna, 21. At the age of 16, Krishna picked up a pen and paper and started writing the thoughts and emotions that ran through his head. His dream of being known as rapper “AK” was born. “Anything I went through, whether it was a positive or negative, I put it into a song,” said Krishna. Krishna has attended Delta College since 2008 and is transferring to San Francisco State University for the fall semester. He began sharing his lyrics with friends who became adamant for him to begin his career. “After my dad passed away last year, he has become my motivation to really get started,” said Krishna. Being introduced to people with the right equipment, he finally began moving his lyrics from paper to tracks. “I know Kobe Bryant has nothing to do with music, but his drive and how he approaches the game inspires me,” said Krishna. “No matter what’s going on, he gives 100 percent.” Having a few tracks recorded, a friend who works for Bad Boy Records in New York, founded by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, submitted some of Krishna’s work. The label liked it, he said. “They contacted me and told me I was good, but they want to hear more,” said Krishna. “Just so that they know I’m not just a one and done type of artist.” Krishna also had some tracks sent to Black Wall Street Entertainment in New York, founded

By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer

IN STUDIO: Rapper Alex Krishna records tracks

with a friend’s in-home equipment.

by Jayceon “Game” Taylor. “My dream is to get signed so I could make this a career, not just a hobby,” said Krishna. When asked to choose one track that would best describe him as an artist, his song “Hero” came to mind. Not only was this the track that was submitted to the record companies in New York, but it is also the one dedicated to his father. “I don’t really confide in anybody,” said Krishna. “In that song you hear a lot of pain and emotion. I just want to leave a legacy for him.” To contact Krishna and listen to some of his work, email him at

“I am a Golden God!” Robert Plant is said to have yelled out the statement from a balcony back in his glory days as the front man for Led Zeppelin. Decades later, the exclamation still rang true when Plant took the stage on April 22 at University of California, Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. The concert began 8 p.m. with the North Mississippi All Star Duo as the opening act. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickenson, sons of Memphis musician and record producer Jim Dickenson, played a lively set of southern rock/blues that went down well with the audience. A little after 9 p.m. Robert Plant and the Band of Joy took the stage to a full house. Plant began with a folk/country rendition of Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” and continued on with a few more covers, ranging from songs by Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, as well as a couple songs found on his latest album, Band of Joy. The other Band of Joy members got their share in the spotlight as well, with guitarist Buddy Miller, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott and singer Patty Griffin managing to hold their own during the two-plus hour concert set. Miller and Scott do a good job of musically re-inventing what some consider untouchable songs such as “Tangerine” and Griffin’s voice lends the perfect harmonies to songs like “Ramble On.” This was definitely not a Led Zeppelin-style concert as Plant interpreted the play list much differently than he would have when with the legendary band. Plant still managed to wow the audience, hitting all the right notes and doing some of his signature dance moves, albeit much more tame than back when he was in his 20s. If you want to hear Plant’s music, go buy his albums. If you want to really get a feel for a true rock icon, there is nothing more exciting and amazing than watching Robert Plant perform live.

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This weekend in local entertainment APRIL 29

APRIL 30 Memphis May Fire, Us from Outside, The Romantic Tragedy, Too Late the Hero, and more Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 5 p.m. $10

Poor Bailey, Filbert, Whiskerman, Backwards Beast, Pilot Roster Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5

Pops & Picnic – Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles with the Stockton Symphony Alex G. Spanos Center, UOP, Stockton Doors at 5:45 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. Tickets $22-$60

Roller Derby Bout: Port City Roller Girls vs. Humboldt Redwood Rollers Stockton Indoor Sports Complex @ 7 p.m. $15 at the door


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MAY 1 Left Alone, Peaceable Jones, The Somniacs, and special guest Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 6 p.m. $10

Cinco de Mayo Family Festival Weber Point Center, Stockton 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. General admission $2 Kids 10 and under FREE

Entertainment Issue 13 • April 29, 2011 •



An impossibly brilliant start to season six


hovians everywhere donned the bow ties and fezzes on April 23 to celebrate the return of British sci-fi phenomenon Doctor Who. The sixth series took off at full speed with “The Impossible Astronaut” most of which takes place in America. Fitting to the setting, the episode premiered in the UK and the US on the same day instead of the usual two weeks apart, and became BBC America’s highest-rated show ever. — Kirstie Haruta, Entertainment Editor

PREVIOUSLY ON DOCTOR WHO Viewers who tuned into series five last year caught the Doctor in a time of transition. The classic series, which originally ran from 1963 to 1989, was renewed in 2005 by Russell T. Davies, picking up with the Doctor’s ninth regeneration, portrayed by Chris Eccleston. After one season with Eccleston, and three with David Tennant as the Doctor’s tenth regeneration, Davies turned over the reigns to veteran Who writer Steven Moffat. Moffat made his debut as head writer last year with Doctor Who’s fifth season, and a cast of almost completely new actors. The character of the Doctor, a 900+ year old Time Lord, had just regenerated, as he does any time he is dying, and the role was passed from David Tennant to Matt Smith. Smith’s charmingly quirky Doctor and his companions, the sassy Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), her husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and occasionally, the illusive River Song (Alex Kingston) traveled through time and space in the TARDIS, braving everything from the Weeping Angels to the very end of all existence. Season five varied between excellent and lukewarm episodes, but very literally ended with a bang with the Pandorica story line, a second, universe-restoring big bang and loose ends promised to be tied up soon — and according to River

Song, that’s when everything will change. ART BY: VICTORIA DAVILA

After the traditional Christmas special, Who fans had to wait four months to see what the Doctor and his companions would get into next.

THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT Leave it to Moffat to make the wait worthwhile by providing fans with one of the most mind-boggling Who stories yet. Part one of the season opener, “The Impossible Astronaut,” kept viewers on the edges of their seats, and those who have not seen it yet should brace themselves for emotional whiplash. It’s not advisable to be drinking anything within the opening seconds of the episode, because it may end up all over your TV or computer screen. But don’t get comfortable with the Doctor’s string of goofy antics, or with the warm reunion with his latest three companions. Ten minutes in, Moffat manages to kill off a very important main character. But thanks to the “wibblywobbly” state of time, the episode carries on with all the main characters, and the secret of the ominous astronaut hanging overhead. After the appearance of the astronaut and the

sudden death, the four time-travelers must go to 1969 America, during Richard Nixon’s presidency. The president has been receiving mysterious calls from a child, warning him about monsters and a space man. The Doctor and his companions stumble into the Oval Office and set off to find the child, with the aid of former FBI agent Canton Delaware (Mark Sheppard). Viewers also catch a glimpse of one of the many horrifying monsters promised to appear on the show this year. Ghastly, skeletal-like aliens in suits referred to as the Silence begin appearing to the Doctor’s companions. The catch is, the Silence are only remembered when they are perceived. The Silence were alluded to in the previous season, and are sure to play an important role as the story progresses. Because Amy, River and Rory all forget that they’ve seen them, they are in constant danger. In the midst of the secrets, allusions and potential peril, relationships develop and are put to the test.

The Doctor and River Song, who have been meeting each other in the wrong sequence of time since Tennant’s days, increase their flirtatious banter, further suggesting the romantic nature of their relationship, which is still partially shrouded in secret. Amy also has a secret of her own, but as she and Rory are newly married, it may not be as hard to guess as River’s back-story. Moffat, who proved to be a big fan of two-part episodes in the last season, gave viewers a cliffhanger that will have kept them asking, “What in the world is going on?” all week. The episode reached its climax with the Silence, the astronaut, the child, a gun and no answers until the next episode.

NEXT TIME Tune into BBC America Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m. for part two of the episode, “Day of the Moon,” followed by “Doctor Who in America” for behind the scenes of the Doctor Who cast and crew’s time in the states.

WHOISMS GALLIFREY: Home planet of the Time Lords, destroyed with the Dalek Empire in the Time War by the Doctor himself. DALEKS: The most infamous of the Doctor’s enemies, appearing throughout the show since it originally began in 1963. Daleks are mutants from Skaro, encased in mechanical armor. Known for “exteriminating” their enemies. TARDIS: Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. The Doctor’s means of travel through time and space, “borrowed” from his people on Gallifrey. It is disguised on the outside as a blue police box, but is much bigger on the inside. SONIC SCREWDRIVER: The Doctor’s multipurpose tool for scanning, unlocking, tracking, remote control, etc.

Goodbye, our Sarah Jane The premiere was dedicated in loving memory to Elisabeth Sladen, who passed away on Tuesday, April 19 at age 65. Sladen was known for her role as the Doctor’s companion, journalist Sarah Jane Smith.



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Writer tests body, mind on energy drinks By James Striplin Staff Writer

Finals are coming to a campus near you! Students frantically run about, flailing their arms in panic and studying late at night until their eyes slam shut. Powered by the stimulant caffeine, students can only hope to stay awake during this testing time. But which one is best? James Striplin, loyal Java Jitters customer, will go through the challenge of drinking these various poisons so that you don’t have to. Don’t try this at home.

ROCKSTAR This energy drink won’t make you famous, but it does have the power to wake up even the most exhausted student. It takes about ten minutes to chug this drink, and is reliable for up to two hours of hyperactive fun. Not only does it make you want to jump, dance, and scream, but it also reawakens your mind and is particularly useful at helping the drinker accomplish the task at hand. It should be noted that though useful, Rockstar has a strong sour taste that makes it a burden to finish off and crashing is a slow, enduring process.

Like most energy drinks, Amp attempts to increase energy and flavor without killing you. Nothing here is special, though, and it really is just another energy boosting beverage. It will slightly irritate your stomach and make it hard to concentrate.

AMP ELEVATE Giving Amp another chance, one can find Amp: Elevate on campus. The label on the can states that this form of Amp will help you focus thanks to L-Theanine. Elevate can’t help you focus any better than the next energy drink, but at least it doesn’t cause you to be distracted. If anything else, it receives credit for having the taste of mixed berries.

WRITER’S CHOICE: RED BULL Only one word can describe Red Bull, Potent. Is it the strongest energy drink on the market? Not at all, but it’s probably the strongest energy drink commercialized. It can give you the same burst of energy of a 15 oz. can from an eight oz. dosage. It is so strong, that by drinking just one vessel you can feel your heart pump blood throughout your chest and limbs. Red Bull is more likely to give you a heart attack before it will give you wings. Though lethal as Red Bull feels, it does have a lot of benefits. It produces a lot of energy in a short time. An 8 oz. container of Red Bull can be downed in under 5 min. and last longer than two hours. The best part of Red Bull is that crashing is mild, and can be summed up as bearable.

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SOBE: NO FEAR Very similar to Rockstar in many qualities, Sobe’s No Fear is only noticeably different in taste. It has a lighter flavor that makes it easier to finish off without barfing. It also has a tendency of lasting longer then Rockstar. On the downfall, it is more likely to upset the stomach when compared to other energy drinks, making any user slightly gassy.

STARBUCKS: DOUBLESHOT Its easy to become sick of carbonated energy drinks, considering the way they affect our bodies and often leave us bloated. Starbucks took advantage of this, and decided it would be a great idea to blend their coffee with various energizing ingredients. As a tasty treat this combination is fine, not so much true as an energy drink. Doubleshot gives off a small boost of energy that doesn’t last long and when this energy disappears it causes the body and mind to spiral into slumber.

MONSTER This energy drink has truly earned its name. Like swallowing a wild animal, this drink will tear you from the inside out. First it lures you in with a sweet taste, which becomes overwhelming and your lips will begin to pucker. Then you begin to have stomach aches, mostly from having gas. Concentrating is nearly impossible, and you become dizzy while crashing. On the bright side, if you can handle the side effects, the power from this energy drink will last a long time.


Japanese tutor embraces role on campus By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer

More than a month after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that hit Japan, the country is beginning to recover. The tragedies brought an outpouring of international support, but Delta College Japanese tutor Kazuko Apcar, a native of Japan, felt helpless knowing her home country was suffering and she could not physically be there to help. “I’ve never had that kind of feeling before,” said Apcar. “I felt like I was defeated, like Japan lost.” Aware that it was impossible for her to go there, Apcar looked

for other ways to support her country. “I struggled so much inside because I wanted to go and help,” said Apcar. “I kept asking myself ‘what can I do?’” She found a way to help by donating to the Japanese Red Cross and various causes that her church is supporting. “It’s the least I could do,” she said. “I am okay now that they are in a recovering process.” Apcar emigrated from the prefecture, which is equivalent to a state, Ehime and lived on Shikoku Island. After receiving her twoyear degree and teaching credentials in Japan, Apcar set out to America with a group of Japanese students in 1978. They

were all involved in a program at California State University, Sacramento that paid for tuition and dorm living. Apcar dreamed of studying English and saw the advantages of doing so in America. When her time in Sacramento came to an end, she headed back to Japan and taught English. However, she still had a desire to return and continue her education. She found another program that allowed her to attend University of California, Davis where she met her future husband and her reason for making America her new home. “I had no intention to live here,” said Apcar. “You never know where life will take you.”

Together they moved to Stockton and started a family. She began to attend University of the Pacific and received her Bachelor’s Degree in English. Apcar is now in her fourth year as a tutor at Delta College. The students she tutors encourage her to become a professor here. “She is awesome,” said Phalla Ouk who came to Delta College for the Japanese language class. “She’s very knowledgeable, animated, and she makes it fun.” Not only does Apcar make the experience enjoyable, she also makes sure her students grasp the material. “She really manages to put everything in really easy

and straightforward terms,” said sophomore Caleb Neal. “Kazuko-sensei really makes an effort to answer all of our questions so that we understand and she doesn’t get frustrated.” Apcar believes that her move to America has opened many doors and has taken her on a journey that she would have never anticipated. “I never thought I would be teaching Japanese,” said Apcar. “In America you never know what is going to happen because there are so many opportunities here.”

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Club Corner


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RTV, Pride bond over bowling By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-Chief The thunderous crash of bowling balls and pins meeting across a hardwood lane echoed throughout Pacific Bowl as members of Delta Pride and the Radio and Television Club gathered last Thursday, April 21, to play out a friendly challenge. Two hours and 220 frames of bowling later, both clubs settled for a draw winning one game apiece. Delta Pride member and Pacific Bowl employee Dominic Hernandez demonstrated years of experience in the first game of the day. Hernandez helped Delta Pride establish an early lead by opening with four strikes and a spare in his first five frames. Delta RTV trailed the entire match and lost 517-611. “It was a fun experience,” said Hernandez, who led all of the bowlers with a score of 196. “RTV’s team was outstanding even though some of them don’t bowl regularly.” RTV Club member and station manager of Delta’s radio station Marcus McConico originally approached Delta Pride with the bowling idea. Afterwards he said “I didn’t think Pride would be that good and we’d be that bad.” As the first game came to a close, both clubs took a break partaking in the various snacks and drinks brought to the event. A second, 5-on-5 match followed pitting the lesser experienced club members against one another. RTV member Orlando Jose scored a 108 and led RTV to a narrow 428-406 victory. “All in all, everyone’s having fun and I hope we can do more with this,” said McConico. Neither club is expressing the need for an immediate rematch but McConico said that the RTV club is open for any and all challenges. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:


FRIENDLY COMPETITION: Diana Akbari, right, from

Delta Pride, hides her eyes as her ball rolls down the lane during the April 21 bowling match. Norman Rockwell, left, and Sam Johnson played for the RTV club.

Club unites Muslims on campus By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor


GATHERED IN PRAYER: MSA club members pray,

or perform dua’a, before every meeting. They pray to gain understanding from that week’s Halaqa.

The campus population at Delta College is served by many clubs, with interests ranging from academic to lifestyle to religious. The growing Muslim Students Association (MSA) is one such club offering students a place to discuss religion, while working to unite the student population. The main goal of the MSA is to bring together the Muslim population at Delta College, as well as working to join the Muslim and non-Muslim local community. Another goal is to promote Islam. “MSA members are taught in the beginning of each semester that if someone confronts them about an issue with Islam to always reply respectfully and kindly,” said Club President Jasmine Ali. Ali, a senior at Lodi Unified’s Middle College High School which is held on the Delta campus, called the

Tuesday, April 19 meeting to order at 11 a.m. in the Shima Boardroom. Before the start of the meeting there was a dua’a, a short Islamic prayer. It was to help those in attendance during the weekly Halaqa, an Islamic discussion, absorb and put into practice the discussion topics. “As a Muslim student, I am thankful for being allowed a prayer room, Although the room could be a little closer to the center of campus, possibly in the library,” said Sana Saidfuddin The club gathered to plan separate socials for men and women, the endof-the-semester games day and to nominate new officers for the club. MSA has held many events on campus, from an informational table near Danner Hall where the Quran and pamphlets explaining Islam were handed out, to fund raising by doing henna body art. MSA has also held dinners, which are open to all, with differing Islamic guest speakers and the chance to meet

Muslims from diverse cultures. Many know Muslims have five daily prayers and as a student it can be hard to find a quiet location to pray. “I am very thankful for MSA. Through this club I have been able to meet new Muslims and able to make new friends” said Fareshta Shafaq. MSA offers the Muslim population places to pray each day, from a vacant classroom, to a secluded section of campus. The club has worked with the student activities office and Inter-Club Council to secure these locations. Ali would like the club to continue to reach out to the campus and the community as well as inform Delta College that Islam is a peaceful religion that promotes tolerance and love. “With education about Islam and Muslims, the world can be a place with a far-deal less animosity or hatred towards Muslims,” she said. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:



Issue 13 • April 29, 2011 •

Hard work pays off in the long run By John Wallace Staff Writer

What inspires a person to take the challenge and run long distances? Is it the drive to compete? The satisfaction of accomplishing a personal goal? Or can it even be a persons way to relax? No matter what the reason is for running, if an athlete fails to work hard they will fail to get results, according to track team members. “I try to run at least ten miles a day, whether that be two runs a day or just one long run, at least sixty miles a week,” said sophomore Ray Garcia, a Delta College track team member who specializes in distance events. Being a distance runner takes an incredible amount of dedication, sacrifice and hard work, said Garcia. When watching a race one people tend to admire the speed, grace and perceived natural ability, but what is hidden from most eyes is the hard work being put in every single day. The real question is what fuels this fire? For Garcia, competition is the burning desire. “(It's) competition among teammates and athletes from other schools, I work to be better than the faster runners that I have grown to know," he said. If competition is a main factor how do students who

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redshirt, a technique used to lengthen an athlete’s eligibility time by suspending their participation, keep up the motivation to work hard every day? “It’s tough red shirting and staying focused on your goals because some days it’s easy to skip a workout and make excuses because your not competing, you always have to look at the bigger picture and remember what your trying to accomplish, not only for you but for your teammates and coaches," said Alex Chavez, a red shirt freshman whose goal for next season is to break two minutes in the eight-hundred meter run. Another important part of a runner’s preparation is diet. Running long distances requires energy. Energy is increased which means a lot of carbs, proteins and plenty of fluids. “During my training I do my best to cut sweets out of my diet, like soda or candy. I'm drinking water constantly,” said Chavez. “I do my best to eat multiple fruits and veggies along with carbs, which are a big part of my diet." Both Chavez and Garcia run with a purpose to be the best they can be. “The greatest feeling for me is finishing a late night run while I look up and see the moon and stars,” said Chavez. “I can feel myself improving and that's what I live for.” To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

Delta women’s basketball hosting summer camp By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor The Delta College women’s basketball coaching staff will be hosting a summer basketball camp from June 14-16. The camp will be led by the women’s head coach Gina Johnson, along with other staff. The camp is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 5-13. Participants will have the opportunity to learn basic basketball fundamentals and develop individual skills. The cost to attend is $75, which will include a Delta College basketball shirt and a basketball. If any camper brings a friend or sibling their cost is reduced to $50. For any information contact the Delta Basketball Office at (209) 954-5726

Softball finishes season undefeated By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor The Delta Softball team capped off a perfect regular season tuesday with a 6-0 victory over Modesto Junior College. The Women finished with a 37-0 final record and enter the playoffs as the number one ranked team in the state. The team will begin postseason play on May 7 against an opponent yet to be determined.

Recent scores April 19 at Cosumnes River, 6-0 win April 23 at Diablo Valley, 13-0 win April 26 at Modesto Junior College, 6-0 win

Upcoming schedule Golf May 8-10. NorCal Regional trials Softball May 7-8 NorCal Regional Playoffs

Track and field May 6. NorCal Championsip at Modesto Junior College

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The Collegian -- April 29, 2011  

Issue 13 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- April 29, 2011  

Issue 13 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.