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Friday, May 13, 2011 • Volume #48, Issue #14

Interview

Superintendant Jeff Marsee gives first impressions of Delta By Charnae Davenport Features Editor What traits about San Joaquin Delta College appealed to you? I love the diversity of the community and the students. There’s a wonderful cultural tapestry here that really makes it an exciting place to study and work. That for me is a wonderful part of this district. I think the other piece I like is the warm welcome from the community at large and more importantly the students and faculty.

Performing arts division to host cultural festival By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer Peace, Love, and You (P.L.A.Y.) is hosting an Artists of the Spirit event Saturday, May 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Warren Atherton Auditorium. P.L.A.Y. is the performing arts division of the Cultural Heritage Council of San Joaquin County, a registered non-profit organization established in 2007. “We represent the dynamic, multi-ethnic diversity of this region,” said founder and Executive Director of the Cultural Heritage Council, Robert Rojas. “Our mission is to bring this diversity to life by sharing the heritage, history, and traditions of the people of the region.”

In 2006, Rojas began to research Stockton’s demography and met up with leaders from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. “I discovered their similar goals of preserving their cultures, heritage, and histories; and a strong desire for sharing their traditions and values with the greater community,” said Rojas. He formed a team and together they created a community network connecting the county’s diverse ethnic and cultural groups. Since then, the group gas hosted more than 60 events and continue to be a resounding voice of the region’s artistic diversity. Delta’s Associated Student Body Government,

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Associated Student Body Government Elections

Do you have a vision for Delta? If so, what is it at this point? My first vision to develop is to build relationships. There’s an overwhelming desire from the employees to work well together to solve problems and avoid conflict. Trust is extremely important to me. Second related goal is to continue and improve the connection the college to its communities. There’s been a lot of dishevel and problems over the last couple years and its impacted the communities perception of Delta. And I would like to see it come back to being well-managed and out front education in terms of services and programs provided. What will you do to improve Delta’s financial status in wake of the fiscal crisis effecting California community colleges?

ELECTIONS: Students, top, voted Wednesday, May 11, to fill positions for next year’s Associated Student Body Government.

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Delta has already initiated some very important downsizing initiatives before I got here which established a strong reserve that will allow the college a year to do a soft landing. Most California community colleges are reducing enrollments and were holding status quo, which is the counter trend. We have the grace of one year to get our organization truly into financial balance, and while It’s going to be a very difficult year, we have more time than other community colleges in California have so well be using this year very wisely to right size the organization.

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The Associated Student Body Government elections started Monday, May 9 at the South Campus at Mountain House and continued at the main Delta campus in Stockton until May 12. All ASBG positions were open including student body president. The newly elected officers will be seated Wednesday, June 1. For complete results of the election please visit www. deltacollegian.net.

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Port City Roller Girls hit hard in the rink. Page 6

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Marsee: ‘The social life of our students and community is unbelievably rich...’

PLAY: Event to represent the cultural heritage of Delta’s diverse community

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What is your impression of student life on campus? It’s wild. My wife and I love the student activities. Me and my wife have been doing as many activities that we can find time for and we are having the time of our lives. This week alone I will be out every night at an event, last week was the same situation. The social life for our students and community is unbelievably rich and were having a wonderful time. I believe fully that if the social student life is rich it keep them engaged and it also creates leadership and networking. So it’s really important and my being there is an attempt to show the students and staff that I believe in this very strongly. What are you plans for the summer in terms of work? I’ve made a goal to meet everybody by summer. I have charts that I fill in and I use floor plans so I know who is where to make a visual connect. My second goal is to work with the board to develop goals for them and myself. The board and I finally finish building the staff several keys vacancies to work on that need to be filled so we can begin working on initiatives with the district that needs to be addressed. To contact this reporter, email at: NaeDave@gmail.com

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SELECTION: Superintendant Jeff

Marsee was selected among two other candidates after a public forum event in February.

Cultural Awareness Program and various clubs are also currently partnered with the organization. The Delta Graphic Arts Department helped design multiple layouts for the Artists of the Spirit flyer and advertisements. “We encourage more students to get involved,” said Rojas. “And to get the communities support by joining with us to promote and create more events.” The Artists of the Spirit is a cultural performing arts showcase. It will be P.L.A.Y.’s second multicultural production in San Joaquin County. The organization’s hope is to unite cultural groups and organizations using the arts as a bridge. The showcase will feature various cultures and ethnics through arts including Native American, Moroccan, Folklorico of Mexico, Tinikling Filipino dancing, instrumental and dances of India, American Tribal and more. “There are opportunities right here, right now to join the Cultural Heritage Council and represent our greatest strength, the diverse people in our communities,” stated Rojas. “If we pull together, we can really change the fabric of Stockton, San Joaquin County, and the region.” For tickets and additional information, call (209) 639-8009 or go to http://bit.ly/l8x7px. To contact this reporter, email at: MMadali@hotmail.com

Correction In the April 29 issue of the Collegian it was posted that Jasmine Ali, president of the Muslim Student Association, is a senior at Middle College High School. She is actually a sophomore.

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“I feel that it’s a great success for the United States of America. However, I believe that people are celebrating too soon. This conflict will not be over until every soldier is back home safe and sound,” said Kyle Boley, 23. “I thought he was dead already and I do not see the end in sight,” said Daniel Rubio, 20. “Maybe with his death our country can get back to doing what it does best — finding another enemy,” said Jason Cutler, 25. “The death of Osama bin Laden is an achievement for our nation and some closure for the victims of the September 11 attacks,” said Chris Sandoval, 25, former U.S. Marine.

Your Voice: The Collegian asks...

What is your reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death? On May 1, Osama bin Laden was killed in a mission by United States Navy Seals. The Collegian asked the students of San Joaquin Delta College what they thought about the death of the Sept. 11, 2011 mastermind.

“I think while some other leader will rise up and still lead, it is a big hit in morale to the terrorists and a big morale victory for the U.S.,” said Adam Hendricks, 24. “I am very conflicted, he was evil but it’s never a good thing to celebrate when someone dies,” said Joseph Robinson, 18. “The head of al Qaeda is finally gone so some peace of mind is given to the USA and other countries. However, we better think about his followers also because I am pretty sure that he will be a martyr setting a historical example for them,” said Jess Robinson, 20. “I don’t care if he is dead the issue I am worried about is our economy at home,” said Natalie Medina, 25.

Nation finds solace in ‘new reality’ without bin Laden By Alexandria Sanchez Staff Writer I sat glaring aimlessly over my sixth grade U.S. history text, not knowing the news in the following minutes would crumble the infrastructure of our national security. Word spread. Teachers hurried from one classroom to the next announcing what had taken place, enveloping the school in chaos unmatched by anything I’ve yet to experience. A reality so frightening, so hellish for all, let alone a child, was confirmed by one single word — terror. The memory of Sept. 11, 2001 thrives beyond the years of my adolescence. We, as a nation, heard the fateful words of vindication on May 1. Words many thought would never come — Osama bin Laden is dead.

For what seemed like moments stuck in time, as a country, and more importantly, as a global community we breathed as one. Losing sight of the petty politics, we found solace in the words of our Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama. Confirming the end of a near decade-long fight to bring justice to each life lost. Obama, although quick to point out the ongoing mission to eliminate al Qaeda, addressed his global audience with a presence of victory. Red, white and blue spewed from our entirety, flooding the nation in a state of patriotism not seen since that dark September day. An ironic similarity, isn’t it? For me, the fact that both in moments of heartache and euphoria our country can unite, brings about a sense of understanding for what

America truly is. Not just what I’ve been taught or the gravity of what I’ve lived through in my short time on earth, but the soul to a nation. United we stand. Against persecution, adversity, or global terrorism American’s have proven themselves an entity that demands justice for all. An idea that has grown roots in the Middle East with extremist ideology crumbling by the bravery and sacrifices of the regions people. United they stand, for their struggle remains in the cross hairs of gunfire, yet still as a people the need for change is greater than loss of life. Osama bin Laden was an individual of terror, killing thousands of lives without the slightest regard for humanity. I wish I could say no amount of death is worth

another life lost, but I can’t. People have called this victory closure, however, with all respect, that seems a disservice to not only the lives lost but their families as well; and for all Americans for that matter. Until our last days on earth we will hold with us the images of plunging bodies and collapsing buildings. Wives remain without husbands, husbands without wives, children without parents. Nothing will take back that wretched day, but as we enter into this new reality let us be thankful for the justice that has prevailed and cherish the days ahead, as we are that much closer in easing the fears that remain innate within us all since that symbolic day of terror. To contact this reporter, email at: sanchezam28@yahoo.com

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

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SURPRISE SHAKESPEARE By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer

PHOTO BY: JAMES STRIPLIN

CLASSIC PLAYS ON CAMPUS: Jacob Garcia

delivers an intense scene as Richard III (above). Steven Amaral engages in a sword fight in “Twelfth Night.” (right).

Imagine you’re walking through campus, minding your business, when all of a sudden you hear shouts. Curious, you head towards the commotion and find yourself in the middle of a Shakespearean play. Well, more like a scene from a Shakespearean play. But just as quickly as it all started, everyone runs away and the scene ends. The gathered crowd claps and cheers and then continues on its way. It’s called guerrilla Shakespeare and it’s the brainchild of Delta College English Instructor Paula Sheil, who teaches Shakespeare in her repertoire of classes. Sheil was inspired by the surroundings and thought it an ideal location for the performances. “Flash mobs, so popular now, were the inspiration,” Sheil said. “The idea would be to ‘expose’ students to Shakespeare in a novel way.” Guerrilla Shakespeare is a type of street theater where actors perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Delta Drama Professor Harvey

Jordan cast the actors for the Drama 26 course, part of the Repertory Workshop, and prepared the scenes from:  “Hamlet,” “Taming of the Shrew,” “Twelfth Night,” “As You Like It,” “Richard III” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This unique type of performance provided a new, entertaining c h a l l e n g e for the students involved. “I actually thought it was a fun and unique experience,” said Jacob Garcia, who played Richard III. “The fact that nobody knows it, the fact that we can watch our friends perform scenes and only [we know] the times.” The cast put on 14 performances from May 3-13 all around campus, as well as a performance at nearby Stagg High School for students in an afterschool program on May 10. To contact this reporter, email at: jpgr1964@comcast.net PHOTO BY: KIRSTIE HARUTA

— Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

This weekend in local entertainment MAY 13

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Artists of the Spirit Warren Atherton Auditorium, SJDC, Stockton @ 6 p.m. For tickets, call (209) 639-8009

Delta Drama presents “Ordinary People” Studio Theatre, SJDC, Stockton 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $12

Sarx, Graves 33, Nathan Wolfe, The Masked Avengers Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $5

Saturday Afternoon Children’s Music Show Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 2 p.m. $5 A Faylene Sky, Rosaline, As Artifacts, Still Fighting, Divided We Fall Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $8

The Atom Age, Static Thought, Creature Colony, The Crunchees Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 6 p.m. $5

16th Annual Galt Strawberry Festival Veterans Field at Caroline and Chabolla, Galt 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun.


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Delta performing ensembles wrap up spring semester JAZZ The Delta College Jazz Ensembles performed on Wednesday, May 11 in the Tillie Lewis Theatre. The concert featured guest trumpet player Mike Olmos (right).

STRINGS The SJDC string ensemble will perform their final concert of the semester on Monday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tillie Lewis Theatre. The concert is free!

BAND & WIND The Delta Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, featuring student soloists and conductors, and the Galt High School Symphonic Band will perform in the Atherton Auditorium on May 18 at 7:30. $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

CHORALE Contemporary Gems: The Chorale Finale Concert will feature Delta Vocal Jazz, Delta Singers and Concert Choir, and the Lodi High School Meistersingers. The concert will be held on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Atherton Auditorium. $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Thuggdork spreads laughs through community By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer Stockton born and raised Reggie “Thuggdork” Galindo discovered his love of making people laugh at the age of four. At 17, he did shows here and there. In 1997 he began his first serious attempt at stand up comedy. Since then he has grown into a local favorite, performing at fundraisers and conventions for local organizations. Galindo said he tries to stay tied to the community. His last sold out show was Feb. 11 at the Empire Theatre in Stockton. His next show “Thuggdork Unscripted” is July 16, at the Empire Theatre.

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Who are the performers that have influenced you the most? “Everyone says Richard Pryor, but it was him. ‘Live on Sunset Strip’ was my all time favorite. Yet when George Lopez hit the scene it sort of paved the way for Latino comedy to be a bigger commodity,” he said. Why Thuggdork? Where did that come from? “THUGGDORK is a way in,” he said. “On the outside, I don’t really look like a comedian; tattoos on the arms and neck. When I look in the mirror I would see a thug but, when ever I made a girl laugh they would always say, ‘you dork.’ Dorks are sexy, funny and friendly so I combined the two but added the “G” in the middle, that’s for GOD. Because he gave me the inspiration and gift, he is always in the middle, the center.” Do you feel you are at an advantage or disadvantage being from Stockton? “Advantage. My platform for growth starts in the most miserable city in the USA. Anyone can make people laugh in happy town. I do it where it’s needed the most, the coliseum of misery, Stockton, California.”

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ON STAGE: Reggie “Thuggdork” Galindo performs.

Who inspired you to become a comic? “My mother — RIP — she used to look me deep in the eyes and say I had a gift and that I could be whatever I wanted in life. Despite the external circumstances around me, she somehow convinced me and I owe it all to her,” he said.   Can you describe your home or neighborhood? “[My] house looked like a chicken coop in southeast Stockton and my neighborhood was super ghetto. Although, I did enjoy my childhood because of the closeness of our community. Being poor makes the greatest material; simple beginnings make for great humility and gratitude,” he said.   What is the main message you try to put out there? “That each of us was born to do great things with this life no matter the circumstances, no matter how big your life is or how small you think it is each person has their own song to sing,” he said. “Sing it!!!” To contact this reporter, email at: cassandrasellers85@yahoo.com


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FOOD REVIEW

Downtown grill packs on the toppings By Matthew Wilson Online Editor Cali Street Grill, a newcomer to the downtown restaurant scene located at 36 N. California St., opened in July boasting a menu ranging from ribs to deep-fried Twinkies. The main dishes, advertised both on the menu and on the restaurant’s window, are the Cali Cheese Steak sandwich and the Cali Stuffed Big Dog. Both deserve special attention. The Cali Cheese Steak consists of tender, juicy sirloin topped with onions, bell peppers, and cheese, with spicy peppers available as an option. The basic sandwich is sweet and juicy, but the addition of spicy peppers lends a serious bite to the otherwise tame dish. The cheese then becomes an important part of the meal, providing relief from the burn of the peppers. The Cali Stuffed Big Dog, on the other hand, is simply full of rich flavor. A beef hot dog or Polish sausage, combined with bell peppers, onions, potatoes and cheddar cheese, all stuffed inside a bread pocket, the Big Dog is full of a variety of rich, hearty flavors. It’s a little spicy, but the bite is almost unnoticeable next to the richness of the potatoes and the subtle sweetness of the bread. The Cali Stuffed Chicken Sandwich is also delicious. Based on the same principles as the Big Dog, it shares many of the same ingredients, simply substituting an excellently grilled, soft and moist chicken breast for the hot dog. Unlike the Big Dog, there is no spice to this sandwich, although a spicy variant is available at no extra cost. All of the above entrees come with a basket of fries that are, refreshingly, not covered in grease. The dessert options, displayed rather prominently on the menu, are a rather daunting concept. Deep-fried Twinkies or Snickers bars topped with sugar, caramel, chocolate or berries are available. Both options are delicious, almost overpoweringly sweet, and very frightening. While worth a try, they are not recommended for more than occasional enjoyment. Service was average. Some order details needed to be repeated several times, but the meals came out correctly. The staff is also very friendly and courteous. To contact this reporter, email at: matthew.dl.wilson@gmail.com@gmail.com

PHOTO BY: MATTHEW WILSON

STUFFED: The Cali Cheese Steak is one of the

offerings at the Cali Street Grill.

DOWN & DERBY

Port City Roller Girls find sisterhood and fun in revitalized sport

By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor Members of Stockton’s Port City Roller Girls have just kicked off their fifth season and are looking to continue their tradition of aggressive but friendly play and avid community involvement. Initially popular in the 1970s, roller derby has made a comeback in recent years, with teams appearing in different cities. The PCRG are the only team in Stockton.  The team has come a long way from session skating at Hammer Skate and practices, rain or shine, at Peterson Park. The roller girls began their 2011 season on April 30 against the Redwood Rollers at a brand new home venue. “We used to practice out at Peterson Park,” said PCRG president Lisa “2 Quik” Anderson. “After practicing out there and sweating our butts off, we came to the fairgrounds, and now we have our home bouts at the Stockton Indoor Sports Complex.” Along with the venue change, the PCRG have been rebuilding, as players come and go. New recruitment is never really a struggle, as the team is open to women of all skill levels. “There’s about 28 of us girls, all different ages,” said Anderson. “You have to be at least 18 years old to skate, and our oldest member is in her 60s.” The team is coached by Will “Roadkill Will” McNeel, with the help of his parents, known as “Mama and Papa Roadkill.” For safety, team member must pass certain endurance and skills tests before they’re allowed to bout. “We teach you all the fundamentals,” said Michelle “Malice” Storrs. “We’re not going to put you in before you’re ready.” Those who have seen the 2009 film ‘Whip It’ may have an idea of how the sport works, but someone who has a true interest in roller derby should bear in mind that scripting and dramatization take away from the core sport. “I think (Whip It) captured the love of the game. I don’t think it captured the true sport,” said Storrs. There really isn’t any need for the Hollywood glamorization. Even without the thrown elbows, which would be illegal by the PCRG’s league’s rules, it’s a fast-paced, hard-hitting game.

PHOTO BY: KIRSTIE HARUTA

ROLLING ALONG: Members of the Port City Roller Girls practice at the

Stockton Indoor Complex.

“It’s the only women’s sport where you can actually beat the crap out of each other and drink a beer with each other later,” said Storrs. The camaraderie is not only within the team, but between the other teams as well. “It’s like a sisterhood,” Maria “Harley Misbehavin’” Ramos added. “It’s not just about derby. We’re very family oriented.” Ramos, who watched roller derby as a kid in the 1970s, joined the team in 2007. “It’s really neat because there are so many different walks of life that come together, and derby is our common bond,” she said. The PCRG team is one of great diversity, not just in age. Women on the team come from many different professions, from nurses to train conductors. “It’s pretty diverse,” said Storrs. “You have your straights, your lesbians, your bisexuals. That’s part of it too, we welcome it all, we love them all. We don’t discriminate.” Overall, these women have found a place to make friends, get a work out, give back and have fun.  “It looked like a good

way to meet people,” said Brenda “Mean Mothertucker” Ramsey, who can no longer skate due to injuries, but is still very much a part of the PCRG family. “I work with predominantly men, I needed to meet more women around my age, and get my butt off the couch.” “We’re a great group of women,” said Storrs. “We’ve got people who are professionals, and we have some housewives, and this is their after dinner drink. This is what we do. This is how we get our aggression out. On the track, we’re a family, off the track, we’re a family, and I think people who come out can see that.” Catch the PCRG’s next home bout on May 21 at the Stockton Indoor Sports Complex. To contact this reporter, email at: kirstieharuta@gmail.com


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Guild provides creative outlet for aspiring writers By James Striplin Staff Writer According to renowned novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the pen is mightier than the sword. Without literally testing this theory, the Writers’ Guild is looking for members wishing to sharpen their skills in reading, creative penning and photography as part of their scholarly army. This practice is sacred, and all work is confidential. No criticism is involved and only positive feedback is accepted. The stories are assumed fiction, unless requested by the writer as an autobiography as mentioned in the five essential practices for Amherst Writers. “It’s fiction unless we say otherwise,” said Mary Blackford, English instructor and workshop advisor. Those interested in the workshop can find a tranquil area free of distractions. This zone focuses on creative writing until the club’s 12:30 p.m. meeting. The meetings are far more rowdy than the workshops, feeling similar to a gathering. During meetings members review the Artifact, the crown jewel of Writers’ Guild. It is a magazine produced with the artistic work from members of the Guild. It also holds

pieces created by outside contributors. According to self-proclaimed Shakespeare fanatic and club advisor Paula Sheil, Artifact is one of the few remaining art magazines produced locally. “Most people have gone online because costs are so high,” said Sheil. One day, the Writers’ Guild hopes that art publications will begin to sprout and they can compete with other schools for titles of mastery. During the May 3 meeting, members discussed the grand Scrabble tournament and cheered because of its financial success. “I find it humorous to how people say ‘Wow, its just like the phone game,’” said Sheil, referring to the tabletop Scrabble tournament. Thanks to the support of Hip Hop Congress and others, the Writers’ Guild raised enough money to print their last Artifact magazine for the spring semester. Going into the summer this association of authors will find itself filling in five open officer positions. The group anticipates relocating to a new room in the fall as well. For more information on the Writers’ Guild visit their Facebook page. They also can be contacted via email at artifactsjdc@gmail.com. To contact this reporter, email at: jamespie69@gmail.com

Puente celebrates Cinco de Mayo By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor

PHOTO BY: JESSICA BLANKE

CELEBRATING MEXICAN HERITAGE: The club

sold candy and sodas. Puente brought in outside help to sell tacos from a popular restaurant, Taqueria Carolina, 4555 Pershing Ave., Suite 18C .

The Puente club held a small fundraiser on Cinco de Mayo, selling candy and food near Danner Hall on the holiday. Cinco de Mayo, translated into English means simply May 5, is a holiday Mexicans celebrate in honor of the day that the French were defeated in 1862. For more information about the Puente club e-mail the organization at deltapuenteclub@ gmail.com or find them on popular socialnetworking site Facebook by searching “Delta Puentistas.” To contact this reporter, email at: jessica.blanke@gmail.com

PHOTO BY: JAMES STRIPLIN

AT WORK: Writers’ Guild members hone their skills by composing

practice pieces, including fictional work, during regular meetings, top. Rita Okoro reads her short story during the May 3 meeting, bottom.

Delta Pride to participate in May 14 AIDS Walk Delta Pride will be participating in the 17th annual AIDS Walk San Joaquin taking place on May 14 at Delta College. The club registered as a team and is supporting this event as part of their “Equality through Visibility” mission statement. Members will walk a circuit from Delta College’s DeRicco Student Services Building, down Pacific Avenue to Brookside Road, back up Pershing Avenue, across Robinhood Drive and back to campus. Pride has been active on campus since 2005, advocating for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community. For more information about AIDS Walk San Joaquin visit awsj.org.

ICC meeting to cover status during summer The last Inter-Club Council meeting for this semester is May 19, in the Shima 101A. All clubs are required to have one representative in attendance. This meeting will cover the Summer Semester Active Status Bylaw, which enables clubs to be fully active during the summer semester. There will be a presidential mixer following the meeting which is open to up to three members per club.

Calling all clubs Would like to have club or event featured in the Fall 2011 issues of The Collegian? Send an email to the Club Corner Editor Jessica Blanke at jessica. blanke@gmail.com or deltacollegian@gmail.com with any details.


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Softball, baseball advance Baseball

By John Wallace Staff Writer

The fourth seeded Delta College Baseball team took care of business over the weekend, ending the thirteenth seeded Cabrillo Seahawks season with a 4-1 victory on Friday and a 5-2 win on Saturday. Game 1: The Friday, May 6 victory was hard earned as Cabrillo threatened in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and zero outs. The Mustangs then turned to closer Mark Scott who came up big striking out the first batter and then proceeded to force a game-ending double play. Starter Jake Cose got the win for Delta after giving up just one run and allowing just four hits in seven innings. Game 2: Things weren’t as easy on Saturday, May 7 for the Mustangs. Through six innings Delta trailed 2-0. They needed a spark and shortstop Ricky Acosta gave them with a lead off home run to start the sixth. Acosta’s first career homer cut the lead to one run. After that the momentum began to swing in Delta’s favor. Four more runs were put on the board, led by Josh Grijalva’s two RBI’s. The Mustangs advance to the Super Regional Championships on May PHOTOS BY: JOHN WALLACE 13–15 at Cecchetti Field. Delta’s next opponent will be No. 15 CoLOOKING ON: A Delta player takes sumnes River at 4 p.m. swings before an at bat.

Softball The undefeated and top ranked Delta softball team dominated Mendocino College Saturday, May 7, in game one of their best of three playoff series winning 9–1 in game that was stopped early in the sixth inning due to the mercy rule. Star Pitcher Katie Cotta shined once again, giving up only a single hit, striking out fifteen batters and allowing one unearned run. A day after the mercy rule stoppage to a dominant performance by the Lady Mustangs, Mendocino came back with some fight. Sunday’s game was no easy task for Delta as they narrowly escaped extra innings, with a 4–2 victory. Katie Cotta once again was solid, tossing a three hitTAKING A PITCH: A Delta College player takes a pitch ter with fifteen strikeouts and allowing two runs. Mendocino opened up the sixth strong, with a walk during a 4-2 victory on May 8. and two singles. Mendocino sealed its fate when Jackie Carr was called out at home plate after trying to tie the Delta now has its sights set on the Super Regional score at three. Championships which will begin Friday at 2 p.m. with Genevieve Reyna was the main offense generator for the opponent still to be determined. the Lady Mustangs as she went 2-for-2 with a two-run To contact this reporter, email at: home run. JohnnyDeTsunami@gmail.com

Bowling popular class choice By Vincent Dinublio Contributing writer San Joaquin Delta College offers many different courses every semester from math to language arts and science, but there is one that stands out from the pack — bowling. It is the sport that involves picking up a 15-pound ball, throwing it 60 feet down a wooden lane and hitting pins to score up to 300 points. What is it about this class that makes it so popular? “The extra unit,” said Bryan Kendall, a student in the class who has been competitively bowling for about three years and is one of the top junior bowlers at Stockton’s Pacific Bowl.

Kendall said this sport is enjoyable especially when his ball is, “going to the pocket,” a bowling term describing when a ball hits the sweet-spot between the middle pin and the one to the left or right. Another student, Richard Wheeler, is also in the class for the extra unit. He points out that this class is not only for credit but also the enjoyment. “It’s fun,” Wheeler said. “The fact that not everyone can do this sport repeatedly just makes it pleasurable.” Course instructor, Gary Scott, who has taught at Delta for 30 years, agrees that the class is great for students. “It’s different from other classes,” Scott said. “Seeing kids relaxing and having fun is always great to witness.”

Many students who are in this class have never bowled before in their lives. “Offer this class possibly at different times or even another class,” Scott said. “That way there are more opportunities for students who want to come out and have fun.” Pacific Bowl manager David Hepperle proposed a special singles tournament for the current bowling classes at Delta College. “The top winners would be paid in cold, hard cash,” Scott said. The event could happen in late May although specifics have not been finalized. The bowling classes here at Delta College are offered at Pacific Bowl every semester, excluding summers. The class is usually held on Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Students earn one unit and pay an $80 lab fee.

Delta diver competes at state level By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor After a long season of twisting, leaping, and turning off the diving boards, first-year diver Shaynna Hockett, along with one other teammate, qualified for the state diving championships. Shaynna surprised herself and her coaches by placing in the top six at the Nor-Cal diving championships for both the one meter and three meter dives at Los Posedas College, April 16, which was enough to earn Shaynna Hockett a trip to Pasadena Junior College to parFreshen ticipate in the State Diving Sport: Diving Championships. Highlight: Qualified for the Shaynna state diving championships had been regin the one meter and three ularly placmeter dives. ing in the top three in meets with her one meter dives, so the results were expected. However, with the three meter board it was a different story. “I usually hate the three meter board,” Hockett said. “I just had a good meet and a good day. Some of the dives that were usually harder for me I was throwing with ease. “ Out of roughly thirty divers and more than a dozen schools, Hockett placed fifth in the three meter board and third on the one meter board. At the state championships at Pasdena Junior College Shaynna performed valiantly as she finished her way to tenth place on the one meter board and eleventh on the three meter board.

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PHOTO BY: DARYL BUNAO

STRIKE: Elaine Williams celebrates after nearly

bowling a strike. Williams takes the bowlimng class with her husband, Melvin Williams.


The Collegian -- May 13, 2011