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Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 • Volume #48, Issue #8

Student veterans sound off on college benefits after service By Alexandria Sanchez Staff Writer Navigating college is a process, both financially and academically. For veterans this process has evolved in the recent years with the signing of multiple GI Bills, and both state and national programs. Senior Financial Aid

Specialist Lakhana Saini makes clear that the most vital step for any student is to follow Delta’s five Steps to Success Checklist available online. For veterans, however, applying for benefits is the primary step when first entering a college setting. Depending on the factors of date of active duty entry and whether veterans meet

the allotted time frame of eligibility, financial programs include the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, fee waivers for dependents, along with the new GI Bill 2.0 signed into law by President Barack Obama at the start of the year and is set to be implemented this fall. For Rene Romero; retired

Air Force, in his second year at Delta; the financial support available after getting out of the military is what initially had him enlist. “I joined the military for school,” Romero said. These specific forms of aid are not exclusively for veterans of the Armed Forces. Along with retired military service members, those

eligible for such resources also include active duty, as well as dependents of those who are, or that have served. Benefits aside, Saini said all avenues -- including applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Pell grants, loans, and work study along with continual

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News in Brief

Interior designers to interact with students Feb. 23 By Maikalina Madali Staff Writer The Interior Design Program at San Joaquin Delta College will be hosting a “Meet the Industry Insiders” event on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Danner Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The program has gathered a number of professionals from various areas of the Interior Design field to share insights and advice with whoever attends the event. Attendees will have a Q&A with the established designers and a chance to have oneon-one conversations during breakout sessions. Those who are interested in pursuing a career in Interior Design are encouraged to attend so they can develop a greater understanding of the field.

Delta accepting scholarship applications until March 2nd By Daryl Bunao Editor-in-chief

Delta College’s Financial Aid and Veteran Services department released a press release announcing that they are accepting scholarship applications until Wednesday, March 2. Last year, 248 Delta students received over $245,000 in financial aid. A list of available scholarships can be found at:

Delta goes cold turkey PHOTO BY: BRIAN RATTO

Campus police enforces smoking rules, prohibits smoking on campus By Sean Reilly Staff Writer The drag of being a smoker on Delta College is not knowing where it’s allowed. Policy and Procedures Review Committee is in the process of revising existing smoking policies to limit the area where tobacco smokers are allowed to smoke. Sgt. Mario Vasquez of Campus Police said, “Due to numerous health and safety complaints by smokers and nonsmokers, police calls, loitering and continuous smoking policy violations, the Health and Safety Committee met to agree to enforce smoking on campus policies.” Last updated in 2001, BP Policy 3570 states that smoking is prohibited within 20 ft. of a main entrance, exit or operational window. Smoking is also prohibited inside any area. Since then Campus Police allowed smoking in the

grass area behind Shima as a compromise. “The smoking population is so big,” said student smoker Tim Corder. “You will have people going to Pershing Ave. and Pacific Ave to smoke. That will cause a hassle to the students because they could be late for classes.” Currently, the revised smoking policy is open for comment for the next 30 days to the various shared governance bodies, such as the Associated Student Body Government and Academic Senate. After the commenting period, the policy will return to be discussed during an upcoming Policy and Procedures meeting. Austin Wilkerson is a non-smoking student and he said, “I don’t see any issue with smoking in the parking lot. I think there should be an area where people are allowed to smoke.” To contact this reporter, email at:

‘I’ll Give All My Love’: Above the Rim:

Keith Sweat and others to perform Lady Mustangs basketball Valentines Day weekend. wins six straight. Page 5 Page 8 Follow the Collegian online:






Issue 8 • Feb. 11, 2011 •

Construction continues on contemporary Cunningham replacement By Matthew Wilson Online Editor Construction continues on campus with work on the 70,000-square-foot Cunningham replacement building ongoing and several other projects planned to start. The Cunningham project began in early 2010 and is scheduled for completion in spring of 2012. The three-story structure is intended to replace the current Cunningham building, which opened in June 1973, according to campus history. The new building is intended to replace the current building with new classrooms and stateof-the-art science laboratories. Demolition of the current building is slated for 40 years after the original opened, in spring 2013. Maria Baker, Director of Facilities Planning and Management, said a landscaped

area is planned for the location, allowing for a larger quad for student use. There are other projects that the demolition of Cunningham necessitates, as well. “We are having to modify the exterior sculpture lab at Shima,” said Baker. “We are also remodeling the second floor of Danner to accommodate a couple of departments that are displaced because of the Cunningham demolition.” Students have mixed feelings on the projects, however. “It seems pointless to build a new building when they’re not fully using the old one,” said Jason Larkin, 18. Justin Tristano, 22, doesn’t think too much of the plan to expand the quad. “I think it’s stupid,” he explained. “It is nice that we’re getting some new facilities, though.” Finishing work is also currently being done on the

Veterans: ‘Troops for College,’ Resource Center inform college options cont. from Page 1 utilization of available scholarships -- are all available to veterans. “[Veteran students] tend to think that they’re double dipping; however, it’s not,” she said. Romero is the exception to Saini’s observation. “Take advantage of it all. Life is unexpected,” he said. Non-financial resources include Delta’s Veteran Resource Center which opened in spring 2010. As a non-profit organization, the center gets most of its community support for fundraising through the help of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Because the resource center is not a club, elements of fundraising carry restrictions in terms of on-campus support. As of this semester the center has seen more than 100 veterans utilize the services which include tutoring and available computers, as well as peer interaction with other veterans in turn allowing for what many believe to be a better transition into civilian life. The center holds bi-monthly meetings, that are welcome to all. Programs include “Troops to College,” a state-wide initiative implemented by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 as a means to keep veterans informed about their educational options. Working alongside the program this year is the Department of Veteran Affairs in conjunction with the Employment Development Department Office’s “California Operation Welcome Home Program.” With an employment officer available Mondays and Wednesdays in the Budd 310 resource center, its main objective is to both inform veterans of benefits available, as well as help them navigate the job arena. In an online address for the “Troops to College” program, Schwarzenegger shared his regard: “With your military experience, and a college degree your opportunities are boundless.” To contact this reporter, email at:

new athletics field, with a ticket booth for gate collections and traffic flow to be installed by the end of spring this year. All of these projects are being funded by Measure L, a $250 million bond measure passed by voters in March 2004. Projects completed as part of the bond include the Goleman Library renovation, the DeRicco Student Services Building and the current infrastructure of Delta College’s South Campus at Mountain House. A list of all Measure L projects can be found at http:// bond. To contact this reporter, email at:


Completion of the building to replace Cunningham projected for spring 2012. PHOTOS BY: CHRIS MICHELSEN


Issue 8 • Feb. 11, 2011 •


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

Editorial: Issues with e-learning The rising costs of class materials has caused major inconveniences for San Joaquin Delta College students, particularly in this tough economic climate. This is especially true of the books we buy. We’ve noticed, though, a trend toward online learning in recent course enrollments pushing students to buy new books in lieu of inexpensive used books. Why? Access to online learning tools. These online tools have added extra costs, as many classes now incorporate Internet-baed learning as a course requirement at Delta College. Adding access codes to online learning portals, also known as companion websites, to the already high priced texts, not only increases financial burden; it also affects workload. We believe that students take courses on campus because there is an appreciation of face-to-face learning. Other students take courses online because it is convenient. Delta College lists some courses as “hybrid” courses, where there is an expectation that students will be required to work online. However, we are finding that—as students —we are being asked more and more to log on and learn through our regular courses. Because of this, there is an additional requirement to buy new textbooks that contain access codes, which enable us to connect to websites. These are only in new books. We are

forced to buy a new version of the text to accommodate. We don’t believe this is fair. We see the campus leaning toward an environmentally friendly learning area, but what’s green about submitting one assignment electronically and then printing out another one and turning it in? We know it happens on campus. Even more so, there’s an issue of access. Although most Delta College students are technologically savvy, it is still a hassle for those who have limited access to computers to do homework and take time out of the day. This is especially true when a student’s schedule consists of working a job that allows him or her to pay for school. We know there are on-campus computers, but some have limited access. Professors may argue the cost of books and course materials is part of education and necessary. We think it is still unfair to us as students to have to pay exceeding costs. There are alternatives to lower the cost, such as renting textbooks, or visiting the Goleman Library if the professor has provided a text there, but once again, this causes a hindrance on our already taxed time. Lowering book fees, allowing us to purchase used books with access codes, or changing the course requirements — maybe even letting us know before we enroll— would be the ideal solution for Delta College students who wish to succeed without going broke.

Writer connects with Kinect despite initial suspicions By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor The new Kinect system for the Xbox 360 was suspect at first. There were rumors of third-party developers, such as Netflix, being able to watch users while they used the software. The interactive menus seemed very bulky and well... ugly. Upon further review, and

actual use of Kinect, I see that Microsoft’s first foray into motion gaming is a success. Besides needing a large room for best use of the Kinect maneuvering, the new Xbox Dashboard and Kinect Hub is very streamlined and surprisingly easy to use. And the voice controls are very well integrated into the system. This was perhaps my biggest point of complaint about the

Kinect system. To access the voice controls you simply said “Xbox” out loud. As said in its Kinect review, “As you can imagine, the likelihood of someone saying the word ‘Xbox’ while you’re fiddling with your... Xbox, is quite high.” While that statement is still true I have not yet encountered this problem while playing

Kinect games with my friends. Kinect is truly fun to have around. Its $149.99 price tag may cause sticker shock at first but anyone looking for a fun, interactive and easy to use gaming experience will not be let down by the Kinect system. In theory, I hated the Kinect. In practice, it’s fantastic fun. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

Entertainment Editor Kirstie Haruta Club Corner Editor Jessica Blanke Sports Editor Eric Culpepper Copy Editors Charnae davenport Evelyn Palacio Online Editor Matthew Wilson Staff Writers Maikalina Madali Sean Reilly Alexandria Sanchez Cassandra Sellers Valerie Smith James Striplin John Wallace Faculty Adviser Tara Cuslidge-Staiano

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Entertainment Issue 8 • Feb. 11, 2011 •

Sounds of heart and soul: Reggie Ginn By Kirstie Haruta Entertainment Editor

With spectacular command of a keyboard and (MAMA) for best unplugged performance, has a classically trained voice, Reggie Ginn has been been featured on Good Day Sacramento, as well making an impression up and down the west as several radio stations and has performed at coast. three “Twilight” conventions. The 26-year-old musician from Currently, Ginn is working on Sacramento combines heartfelt writing and recording her third lyricism with an indie-alternative album. sound in her records and Though she feels it will be For music, show captivating live performances. difficult to follow “Sing for the dates, and more info Voiceless,” she is looking forward Ginn, a singer all her life, taught herself how to play about Reggie Ginn, to its completion. keyboard during her junior year “It’s coming together really visit of high school, and began writing well,” she said. “I’m working with For video of Ginn songs soon after. some really talented musicians. It wasn’t until after college that I’m excited. It’s time to release performing at she began pursuing a musical new material.” the Plea for Peace career. To get the full effect of Ginn’s Center visit youtube. Her inspiration to begin talents, she urges people to catch com/deltacollegian. playing piano came from Tori one of her live performances Amos, and other comparable with her “one-man band” - her influences include Imogen Heap keyboard. She prefers to be able and Ani DiFranco to perform up close to the audience. But Ginn has a sound all her own. “It’s such a release to be able to share my music, “I sing from my soul,” she said. “What inspires she said. “Being able to release my emotions in a my songwriting is the hardships of life, whether creative way is a gift. And having people want to it be heartache, or lacking in something, or losing listen... I’m so grateful.” something.” Both of her albums are available on Amazon Songs such as “Outta My Mind” and “Smile,” and iTunes, as well as at all of her shows. featured on her November 2009 release “Sing for Catch Ginn on March 2 at Delta College’s the Voiceless,” deal with just that. Generation 4 Change club’s benefit show at She also has an earlier self-titled release, which the Plea for Peace Center, 630 E. Weber Ave., includes memorable songs such as “I Wanna Stockton. Come Down” and “Bruises and Bloodstains.” Her songs and performances have generated a buzz about her in the Central Valley. To contact this reporter, email at: She won a 2010 Modesto Area Music Award




SING FOR THE VOICELESS: Reggie Ginn performing as an opening

act to The Material at the Plea for Peace Center last Monday.

This weekend in local entertainment FEB. 11

FEB. 12 Bike-in Movie Night: “Breaking Away” Port City Cycles, Stockton @ 7 p.m. Free admission (donations accepted)

Bastards of Young, The Bombpops, 9:00 News, Unko Amata and Point of View Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 7 p.m. $6

Comedy Night at the Empresso Empresso Coffeehouse, Stockton @ 8 p.m. FREE The Rocky Horror Picture Show University of the Pacific, Stockton @ 11 p.m. $5 or free with Pacific student ID Ages 18+ Feb. 11-12

John Vanderslice, Filbert Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 8 p.m. $10


Visit us online at for more events.

FEB. 13 For the Love of Hip Hop: Ill.Literate, Masked Avengers, Kidd ATL, Urban the Element, Milya Brethren, more TBA Plea for Peace Center, Stockton @ 6 p.m. $5 or $8 for couples

Cinematic Treasures Series: King Kong (1976) The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy @ 2 p.m. $2.40-$3



Issue 8 • Feb. 11, 2011 •

Tickets to a happy Valentine’s Day By James Striplin Staff Writer


Every year around Feb. 14, we offer our lovers chocolates and carnival prizes. But what about something less artificial than artery clogging candy or cotton filled pets?  This Valentine’s Day, take your special partner somewhere and let us be your guide. Keith Sweat will be performing R&B live at the Bob Hope Theatre on Feb. 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. According to, Keith Sweat started off as a worker for the commodities market in the New York Stock Exchange. He sang at nightclubs until he was discovered, and in 1987 he released his debut album Make It Last Forever, which sold four million copies. Orchestra seating and balcony seating start at $39.50, and balcony seating is $34.50.  All tickets come with an $11.50 fee, and a $4 order charge.  For tickets visit or call (209) 337-4673. If you’re not interested in a concert, than perhaps you would prefer seeing a play with that special someone.  “In The Mood” is a musical performance at the Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre in Lodi that highlights the music and dance of the early 1940s. The theater is located at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., and the doors open at 4 p.m. on Feb. 13. Adult tickets are between $32-$42, senior tickets range between $30-$40.50, and kids seats are just $15-$18.50.  For tickets, visit Concerts and plays are all good fun, but maybe you just want a relaxing dinner. At the Downtown Stockton Marina, The Island Girl is having a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise.  Participants have a choice of a chicken or beef dinner, and the yacht has musical entertainment, a professional staff and a full premium bar.  The silver package costs $44 a person, and the gold package cost $59.  The gold package comes with premium seating, a complimentary glass of champagne, a complimentary cup of coffee, and a rose for the ladies.  All cruise tickets have a $3.96 sales tax and a $7.75 shipping and handling fee. The cruise begins at 5:30 p.m., and ends at 8:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.  For tickets visit or call (209) 639-4808.

Sweet treats from a growing business By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer Former Delta College student and entrepreneur Veronica Maydahl is proof that exploring creativity can lead to sweet success. “I love the freedom to make my own decisions, I don’t have to go through any one but me...very liberating!,” said Maydahl of her chocolate-covered strawberry, gift basket venture Maddippers. One holiday like so many others, Maydahl was asked to make a platter to bring to the family get together. Sick of the typical dips, veggie and cheese platters, she began to experiment with fruit and chocolate. The response was astronomical, way more than she could have ever expected. A business plan came into play soon after. “You will never go wrong doing what you like to do, rather than a job you have to do,” she said. “That for me is motivation.” Inspired by her three children, Madison “M,” Andru “A” and Dominic “D,” Maddippers was created. Her home-based business has now delivered over 3,400 strawberries to customers in Stockton and surrounding areas. She has produced designs for occasions such as weddings, baby showers and, of course, Valentine’s Day. There is also a “Just for the Cause” package where your strawberries will display the ribbon color of your cause (breast cancer awareness, etc.) and 20-percent of the proceeds are donated to that charity. Business at the moment fluctuates due to holiday demands, but Maydahl has high hopes that her business will flourish into something even greater in time. “I find as long as I produce high quality product, cheap prices, outstanding customer service, and a satisfied customer base, your business will do nothing but grow,” she said. For more information about Maddippers, visit or email Maydahl at

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Revamped club attracts a wide variety of entertainment By Cassandra Sellers Staff Writer


PERFORMANCE VARIETY: Living on Titan performing at Club Vybe

on the first Thursday of this month.

Under new ownership, club Vybe, formerly known as Envy, is looking to dominate the Stockton entertainment scene. Owner and President Everett Hunter is revamping club life, bringing the 21 and up crowd a variety of music, fun and -- most importantly for those who crave more during the week -- a place to party every night of the week. Monday is game day, where the offerings include beer pong and other drinking games. There’s no cover charge for students of age with a valid and current college identification. Tuesday night is networking night. Whether you are a model, singer, bartender or all of the above, come in and meet a variety of people that can help you in whatever your endeavor might be, said Jordan Severson, Vybe employee and manager. After all it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Wednesdays feature jazz. There is wine tasting,

appetizers and a relaxing atmosphere where you can get your grown and sexy on with a mature crowd. The first Thursday of every month features rock music. There are live bands, drinks and a disc jockey spinning some of the best rock from the 1980s and after. The second Thursday features hip hop and includes live performances from the area, a DJ spinning today’s top hits and drink specials. Fridays bring out the Mega 100 Party Live team. There is happy hour, drink specials and a live DJ spinning some of the best rhythm and blues, as well as old school hits. Saturday nights are the theme parties. Friday and Saturday nights there is also a taco truck so you can eat and dance the night away. Sundays feature salsa dancing lessons. Club Vybe located at 600 W. Longview Ave., Stockton. For more information call (209) 4777200 or visit facebook/vybestockton. To contact this reporter, email at:



Issue 8 • Feb 11, 2011 •

Campus Safety

How safe do you feel on campus?

Delta police advises vigilance

By Charnae Davenport Features Editor Stockton is known for its high foreclosures, unemployment rate and crime. Delta College, on the other hand, has been considered an “island of safety” compared to the city itself, according to Delta College Police Sgt. Mario Vasquez. But the community college is not void from crime. A strong-armed robbery at the beginning of the semester serves as a reminder that students on campus should be aware of their surroundings. A student was approached from behind while walking through the Shima parking lot and listening to his mp3 player, during the incident. The suspect snatched the mp3 player and fled. “It’s unfortunate when strong-

arm robberies occur, but you have to be aware of your surroundings,” said Vasquez. “Trust your instinct.” Campus police notified students, faculty and staff of the incident and provided tips for crime prevention. Vigilance is the bottom line. Big dollar items such as cell phones and laptops are often left unattended with trust that a classmate or someone nearby will keep an eye open for theft. It’s a recurring problem not only on Delta’s campus but something to look out for wherever you are. The advice: Don’t do it. Landscaping has contributed to safety measures by raising tree canopies to a minimum of four feet to ward lurkers from hiding in the brush. Custodians lock the campus no later than 11p.m., an hour after late classes dismiss. Crime on campus has left

students without transportation, via bicycle theft and without other high priced items. If you wouldn’t leave your car unlocked, why your bicycle? According to Vasquez, the best way to secure a bicycle is to use a U-shaped Kryptonite Lock. “It’s the best kind,” he said. Although the cost of this lock starts at $50, the investment is worth it, he added. Other locks such as cable chains and combinations should be avoided due to the high probability of defeat. “I’ve had a chain before, and I seen guys trying to pull on it and see if was loose. Then I got a bar because its not easy to brake into,” said student Raul Silvestre, 18.

Tips to Stay Safe n Program campus police number in your phone (209) 954-5000 n Request police escorts when walking to your car n Sign up for Alert U text messages n Visit Emergency info on Delta’s website

A packed parking lot is not the sight anyone wants to see when running late for class. Delta College parking lots fill instantly each new semester. Recently, with the closure of the Cunningham 5 and 6 lots for construction, as well as the redesign of the Shima lots has made parking more confusing than needed. The Shima 1 and 2 lots were joined when the berm in between the lots was removed last summer semester. The lots have not been renamed, they still remain Shima 1 and 2 lots. The added parking has made for more traffic in the lots. “There have been approximately 8 accidents in the Shima 1 and 2 lots, three of which have had reports taken,” said Sgt. Di Piero, of District Police. “Sometimes I am scared to drive in the parking lot,” said student Valerie Scott, 18, “It is because of the layout and the fact that there are a lot of blind spots entering and exiting the lots.”

Jasmine Ali, 16 Sophomore, Middle College High School

“I feel safe when there are lots of people on campus.” Liliana Magana, 19 Sophomore

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Remodeled parking lot creates traffic concern By Brian Ratto Opinion Editor

“I feel safe on campus because of my friends.”

“The parking lot needs more restrictions for student safety. Drivers need to be more aware of pedestrians,” said ASBG President, Patrice Burke, 45. “The campus needs to work together with the Health and Safety Committee to make the lots safer for students.” Campus Police has barricaded the west entrance to Shima 2 lot until the traffic flow slows down, “When drivers entered the west entrance of Shima 2 lot, they only slow to make the turn and then maintain approximately 15 mph, when the parking lot speed limit is 10 mph.” Sergeant Di Piero stated. The combination of the lots is a welcome sight to the south entrance of the Shima 1 lot. The extra parking helps students as well, and the added handicap parking is more available. The “runway” as Sergeant Di Piero calls it, creates a speedway for drivers. Students, Faculty and District Police officers have had close calls. The District Police are working on the issue. To contact this reporter, E-mail at:

“I really feel safe on campus.”

Logan Hutch, 18 Freshman

“I feel somewhat safe on Delta’s campus.”

Eli Wengrin, 18 Freshman

“I feel extremely safe on campus.”

Steven Richardson, 18 Sophomore

— Compiled by Sean Reilly

Club Corner


Issue 8 • Feb. 11, 2011 •

Clubs come out in force

Clubs’ Rush week began Monday, Feb. 7. Campus clubs have came out to show their spirit and hopefully build membership rosters. The rush is a mandatory event held at the beginning of each semester that gives campus clubs a way to reach out to other students.



P.A.S.A., left, and Alpha Gamma Sigma, top right, were out on Monday of this week. LULAC, bottom right, had a table set up on Tuesday.

New rules go into effect for food sales and catering on campus

By Jessica Blanke Club Corner Editor

The Food Services Department, led by its manager Fidel Cabuena, has made many changes in an attempt to bring itself out of the red. A few changes were welcome but the suggested changes to AP 3560, the rules governing catering and food sales on campus, met with stiff opposition. On Jan. 18 those changes were finalized. Clubs on campus are now required to sell food that is sold by Delta’s Food Services Dept. at the same price. The biggest change though is AP 3560, Section 1: “The District’s Food Services Department has primary catering rights on all District properties...Food Services will provide catering to District departments/groups and outside groups granted the use

of campus facilities...” Simply put, any catered event on campus must be catered by Food Services unless its manager gives you permission otherwise. “It is really helping us now,” said Cabuena, when asked if the new policy is effective. “Sales have gone up by 10 percent already.” The catering services out of Danner Hall have began to boom. Cabuena noted that with the sudden influx of business, he is already having to re-evaluate how catering is ran to make sure quality expectations are being met. Some other notable changes include a 15 percent discount for students who bring in their Delta school identification. There is also a new dollar menu in Danner Hall to help feed students with small budgets. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:

A.R.T. looks for creative types By Evelyn Palacio Staff Writer

On Feb. 9 Alpha Rho Tau, or the A.R.T. Club for short, hosted its first meeting of the semester. “Club is a fun meet-up,” said Tara Danielson, vice president of the club. “We plan activities for our group like workshops, demos, visiting artists, art projects, community art volunteer, field trips, art sales, etc. At meetings we enjoy contributing to group projects, planning activities, food, and fun creative ‘shop talk’ on a variety of mediums.” Last semester the A.R.T. took a field trip to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The club is in the middle of planning another trip, this time to the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art in Davis, which runs April 29–May 1. For students majoring in art or just interested in the visual arts, this is the club to join. “I love being part of a group that shares my same interest in individual artistic development, as well as contributing to and encouraging the arts locally (on and off campus). With the art club, I am able to get more out of my time here as an art student, exposure to planning art events, workshops in various mediums, and learning tips from other students in ways I might not always get in a specific class,” Danielson said. The club also encourages all students to visit the L.H. Horton, Jr. Gallery on campus. The A.R.T. Club has arranged a “Mentors Show” at the gallery, a demonstration from artist Ehren Tool. The event, which features two-hour sessions that begin at 10 a.m. and noon, is free and open to the public. There will also be a raffle of cups designed by Tool. Each cup is a political statement on the war, inspired by Tool’s time in the military. The A.R.T. Club meets every other Wednesday in the Shima sculpture room at 2:45 p.m. To contact this reporter, e-mail at:



Issue 8 • Feb. 11 2011 •

Lady Mustangs hitting a powerful stride at just the right time By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor

Athlete of the issue

The Delta women’s team is playing their best basketball of the season. Coming off of six straight wins against conference opponents the Lady Mustangs have put themselves in position finish the season as one of the top teams in the Big 8 Conference and make a post-season run. “We want to be champs,” said freshman guard Rechel Carter. “The last few games we’ve been picking it up hard, real hard.” The Lady Mustangs may have found their niche in defense. “Last week we started pressuring teams having found success in it,” said head coach Gina Rechel Carter, #33 Johnson. An uptempo aggressive style on the defensive Age: 18 side has translated in to better offensive production for the Lady Mustangs. Position: Guard/Forward “We’re trying to force opponents out of their rhythm, we’ve struggled at times scoring so we’ve PPG: 8.5 got to do something on the defensive end,” said Johnson. Favorite Athlete: Rajon “We’re shooting 40 percent from the field PHOTO BY: ERIC CULPEPPER Rondo (Boston Celtics) which is a high for the conference, so I feel like PUSHING THROUGH: Two Lady Mustangs working through the opponents for the offensively we have got into rhythm.” rebound. The Lady Mustangs have taken advantage of deep as its roster is an edge that others teams may not their athletic roster and deep bench in forms Today the Lady Mustangs have a chance to win of guard/forward Rechel Carter (8.5 points-per game) have. seven straight games and avenge every loss thus far if Even with an impressive stretch of wins, Delta’s with a victory over first place Santa Rosa Jr. College. and guard Anna Nguyen (8.2 ppg). To add to the mix is 6-foot tall forward Gabby women are still looking to improve. The home game tips off at 6 p.m. in the Blanchard “It’s still frustrating at times, I think we could Gym. Munsch who’s rebounding and scoring ability is a capitalize on more turnovers,” said Coach Johnson. mismatch for teams inside. To contact this reporter, email at: With the teams style, having a bench that goes as “But hopefully we’ll get better.”

Mustang Q&A with Rich Ressa Rich Ressa, head coach of the Mustangs men’s basketball team, gives his thoughts to John Wallace of “The Collegian” staff on the team and how the season is progressing up to this point


: Can you try and give a quick summary of the season so far?


: “We started off slow, (we) really had a lot of new faces and new people that are new to the program but were coming together and we’re doing really well. We’re playing our best basketball at the right time of the season.”

a team) what were getting better at. We are feeling each other out. Like I said, we have a lot of new faces that need to understand how to play together and what exactly we want as far as what’s expected for Delta basketball.”


Who would be your MVP at this point for the season? Not just on the court but the player you can always count on and is a good example for the rest of the players.



: “Well our team captain is Richard Perry who does a great job at making sure the rest of our guys know exactly what’s expected of them.”

A: “I think we’re playing well

: Finally, what is your final goal for the rest of the season?


: “Well, our final goal is to play the absolute best we can every game. We can control what we can control and then whatever happens at the end of the season will happen at the end of the season.”

: What do you think is your team’s biggest strength? as a team. We’re understanding our roles well and really making a point of playing our roles to the best of our abilities.”

: What’s area has your team improved the most on?

A: “I think that’s (playing as


Recent games roundup Delta dries up American River, 92-70 By John Wallace Staff Writer The men’s basketball team continued their surge on Feb. 4, dominating American River College throughout the game for a 92-70 win. Marcus Beaird led the Mustangs with 20 points but no player was more important than James Lake, whose 18 points, constant energy and crowd pleasing plays fueled Delta. Delta opened up a 12-point lead at the four minute, 38 second mark in the first half thanks to an alley-oop dunk from Pat Livingston to Lake. The Mustangs then cruised to a 49-36 halftime lead. Delta College kept a consistent doubledigit lead throughout the second and Beaird’s turnaround jumper with four and a half minutes remaining put the Mustangs up by 20 points. Austin Vonasek led American River with 18 points but it was to no avail as the Mustangs proved to be too much. To contact this reporter, email at:

On a mean streak By Eric Culpepper Sports Editor Tenacity and teamwork. The women’s basketball team brought them both early and often on both sides of the court. The Lady Mustangs avenged a 51-59 loss to American River College with a hard fought 6550 victory over the Beavers, Friday, Feb. 4. “We knew the way they had beaten us wasn’t good enough, so we knew we were gonna come out and get revenge,” said freshman guard Rechel Carter, who is the team’s leading rebounder (8.3 rpg) and scorer (8.5 ppg). With American River’s quick sophomore guard Kirsten Shimizu coming in the game (13 ppg), the Lady Mustangs had to come out early with an aggressive full court press. “She was a great player,” head coach Gina Johnson said. “We just tried to trap her.” The defensive pressure seemed to frustrate the visitors. The Mustangs took advantage of their mistakes to take a 38-20 lead into the half. Behind guard Charisse Williams’s 24 points and forward Gabby Munsch’s 16, the Lady Mustangs maintained a double digit lead in the second half to coast to their 5th straight victory to bring their overall record to 17-9 and 7-3 in league. To contact this reporter, email at:

The Collegian -- Feb. 11, 2011  

Issue 8 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.

The Collegian -- Feb. 11, 2011  

Issue 8 of The Collegian, the student newspaper at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif.