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SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATING UNIVERSITY LECTURER’S TWEETS "The University is taking this matter seriously and handling it in accordance with applicable law and policy, as well as our traditions of academic freedom and the requirements of the faculty collective bargaining unit agreement. "

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n investigation is underway after a Fresno State history professor used Twitter to express his disapproval of President Donald Trump by making what some are calling “violent” and “threatening” remarks. Currently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secret Service are looking into the intent of the tweets posted by Dr. Lars Maischak. On Feb. 18, Maischak tweeted “to save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.” A day later, Maischak tweeted, “Has anyone started soliciting money and design drafts for a monument honoring the Trump assassin yet?” Tweets from Maischak continued through March with a March 8 post showing his opinion of American capitalism: “Don’t tell me to ‘obey the Law.’ ‘The law’ in this country is one part racism, one part class oppression, all capitalism.” On April 8, the tweets were brought to the attention of Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. The university president responded in a tweet stating, “He is a lecturer at Fresno State. Statements on his social media accounts are his alone and do not reflect the position of the university.” However, Castro’s statement was not enough for those who were concerned about Maischak’s tweets. Many on Twitter expressed their concern over how Castro was handling the tweets, prompting the president to release a more elaborate statement. On April 10, in an email to Fresno State students, faculty and staff, Castro released a second statement. “Fresno State understands the deep concerns that have been shared as a result of personal comments made by Professor Lars Maischak, who is a lecturer in the History Department at Fresno State,” Castro said. He continued, “In response to these concerns, we have conducted a preliminary review to ensure that it is clear that the statements made by him were as a private citizen, not as a representative of Fresno State. Professor Maischak’s personal

— Dr. Joseph


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NOTICE: views and commentary, with its inclusion of violent and threatening language, is obviously inconsistent with the core values of our University.” Castro said the safety of students is his priority and that faculty have an obligation to establish and maintain ethical and professional conduct in and outside of the classroom. By April 12, Maischak, in an email to The Collegian said, “I

apologize for the tone and content of my statements made on Twitter.” Maischak said his intention was never to harm or encourage harm to anyone and that his tweets were an “end-point” of his dark train of thought triggered by the actions of the sitting president’s administration. “It felt cathartic at the time to write them down,” Maischak said.

With 28 followers on Maischak’s recently deleted Twitter account, he said he did not expect to reach anyone outside of his usual online acquaintances. “To treat Twitter as of no more consequence than a journal was a poor decision,” Maischak said. He said that to prevent others from possibly becoming inspired from his tweets, he found








Twitter debacle should be learning lesson for all By Collegian Editorial Board

uation is that no one seems to have learned from it. While his tweet is thought of as crude and tasteless, he is receiving equally crude and tasteless death threats and hate mail from those who disagree. Demanding he be fired is one thing, but demanding he also hang is very much another. Fighting with fire doesn’t get us anywhere, especially on the internet. When it comes to the internet, there seems to be no gray area. There are two extreme examples, each with their own soapbox to stand upon and scream their opinions. There seems to be no moderate voice of reason, only threats met with even more threats. While social media is blossoming with its own etiquette, there is no set standard of what to share and what not to share. While this was a personal tweet, there is a responsibility on the part of the university and President Joseph I. Castro. In terms of Fresno State’s possible response, the situation feels like a loss on both ends. In one scenario, the administration could fire the professor over comments on his personal account not at all affiliated with Fresno State and comes off as muffling his freedom of speech. On the other hand, Maischak could continue teaching at a university with students who have been exposed to his tweet and know that some of their beliefs could be condemned by someone who is supposed to teach an unbiased history course. In a situation like Maischak’s, there seems to be no happy ending. There is no possible solution that would remedy what he put out into the world via Twitter. Going forward, people in positions of leadership need to be consider the power their words wield. By no means should they censor every thought or feeling, but there is more power and solidarity in actions that move yourself and others forward than violence or hate speech that contributes to the troubled political climate we’re all experiencing.


It’s impossible not to have heard about Lars Maischak, the Fresno State history professor now in hot water over a February tweet which many believe to suggest President Donald Trump should be hanged. As a result, Maischak’s Monday and Tuesday classes are cancelled and he has since offered an apology and deleted his Twitter account. If there is any lesson to be learned, it is of the sensitive privilege and right that freedom of speech embodies. While Maischak had the right to exercise freedom of speech via his own personal social media account, tweeting something as brash as the possibility of lynching President Trump breeches a line that bleeds into his position of power at a university, and his job as an unbiased professor of history. What place does social media hold when those with a position of power share their opinions? If all professors at the university shared their true thoughts and feelings about those in government or even in other positions at the university, surely their social media presence would be different from those they are perpetuating now – Maischak’s tweet and subsequent ordeal depict an extreme example of this. Social media outlets like Twitter make it so easy to say something offhanded that could explode into something greater. We are a generation of social media consumers learning how to balance the sensitive nature of serious subjects while also maintaining a genuine presence on the internet. While Maischak is entitled to his own opinion and has the right to share that opinion, it is his responsibility as a professor at a public university to uphold a persona that welcomes all students – not one that isolates those who support the president. What’s unfortunate about Maischak’s sit-

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Professor’s future unknown


it important to delete his Twitter, “to preclude the possibility that anyone reading my statements in the future would take them as encouragement to act violently or unlawfully.” Maischak concluded that he is willing to take full responsibility for his statements. Since the tweets, news outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Breitbart, The Fresno Bee and The Washington Times have reported on the controversy. That same day, Castro responded to Maischak’s apology saying: “I appreciate Dr. Maischak’s apology and willingness to take accountability for the statements made on his Twitter account ... However, Fresno State

has a responsibility to continue a review of the situation.” On April 13, it was revealed that university Provost Lynnette Zelezny notified students who are currently enrolled in Maischak’s courses that class meetings will be canceled for Monday and Tuesday. The provost said classes were canceled in an effort to “minimize disruption” and “ensure campus safety.” Currently, Maischak teaches five sections of History 11, which is American History up to 1877. Some 213 students will miss one day of instruction as a result of the cancellations. Raymond Rey, a senior history and Chicanx studies major who took his first upper division course from Maischak upon transferring to Fresno State, said, “...It was a new experience. A fantastic one -

where I learned a lot.” Rey described the classroom environment as engaging. “He sat among us, listened, took notes and interjected rarely. He offered a final word and conclusion to the day’s discussion before we were dismissed. His lectures were always engaging.” Although it has been two years since Rey has taken a course from Maischak, he said he cannot recall a time in class where the lecturer made remarks relative to the controversial tweets. Rey was included in Maischak’s 28 followers at the time of the tweet. “I thought nothing of it, completely harmless. Was he advocating violence? In my opinion, no. I stand with and by [Maischak’s] initial response that it was taken out of context,” Rey said.

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Fresno State history lecturer Dr. Lars Maischak.

As a student, Rey said that the idea of the tweet being a true threat is “laughable.” “I don’t feel endangered in any way. But I do understand the policy that a po-


Event shines light on sexual assault silence By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

Fresno State Athletic Director Jim Bartko and guest speaker Tim Mousseau spoke to students about an experience most choose to keep a secret – sexual assault. The talk titled “Retaking Our Story: Re-Framing The Sexual Assault Conversation,” was an alternative approach in talking about sexual assault and the way we talk about sex. “[It’s] a different way of framing and approaching the conversation,” Mousseau said. “Changing how we think about it and hopefully then providing some tools so that people can actually make an impact on it.” The event was an opportunity to expose the reality of sexual assault through their storytelling as survivors. The audience witnessed the highs and lows of what it takes to regain your strength after assault. The pair hoped more people became advocates in the issue that has left many silenced. “If I can affect one person or two people it means a lot,” Bartko said. Bartko said that he hopes events like these can motivate other victims to speak up and receive the help they need. He kept his assault a secret for decades and said that keeping it private only made the issue grow. “Don’t have the guilt. Don’t

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Tim Mousseau, the guest speaker at “Retaking Our Story: Re-Framing the Sexual Assault Conversation” talks about sexual assault on Thursday, April 6, 2017

have the shame. Don’t have any embarrassment. You’re not by yourself,” Bartko said. “There’s a lot of us out there that have had it. Stick up for yourself, get some help – too many people male or female feel guilty. It’s not their fault.” Since his announcement of his assault, Bartko said, the transition has been both better and worse. He said that it has been difficult retelling his story to others, but he hopes from speaking up he can make a difference. Bartko plans to do more advocacy on the issue by speaking at conferences, working with the children of assault and potentially establishing a foundation for support. Across campus different people showed mixed feelings on

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Mousseau being a speaker. They argued that Mousseau was not the ideal candidate to address the issue to a diverse community. Mousseau was aware of the issue, but encouraged them to simply speak up against sexual assault. “I understand that identity does have an impact on this and how I approach it. I understand also my own privilege, as well. I get that.” Mousseau said. “My goal here is to empower individuals to have that conversation and to start that conversation. And to begin talking about it further.” Mousseau’s idea is that a victim’s voice needs to be heard during the time of healing. Supporters need to give them that platform and listen, he said. “A lot of the training and education we do on the topic doesn’t necessarily connect with people on an individual level or often times comes from a place of fear as imposed to a place of empowerment,” Mousseau said. His talk also focused on the idea that sex is something we need to talk about more openly. He explained that in society, sex is often something that is private; it silences those who may have ex-

perienced assault. “If we’re never talking about sex. if we’re never having positive conversations about it, if we can’t talk about it openly, then how can we expect to have any kind of difficult conversation on it?” Mousseau said. He hopes that the topic continues to grow in everyday conversations. Mousseau wants others to know that sexual assault always happens. “This is my job, this is my life, this is my purpose,” Mousseau said. “I don’t just do this in April. This is something I do full-year round.” The Fresno State Army ROTC was also in attendance. The program has an education program for their cadets on sexual assault, and used this event as an added learning experience. Hondo Arpoika, senior Army ROTC cadet, valued seeing the survivors share their stories in person. “It was good, it was better seeing people in person. Listening to their story and what they went through – and how they tackled it differently,” Arpoika said. “It definitely makes it hit home more.” Arpoika said that the event open their eyes to how vulnerable anyone can be to sexual assault, even more than they had known before. “It shows that no matter what – it can happen to anyone at anytime,” Arpoika said. “You need to be aware at all times, you need to be cautious.” The importance of togetherness was expressed throughout the entire event. “Assault is assault. You can take away male, female, skin-color whatever it might be. We’re all in this together, each person has assault in a different category, we’re all one,” Bartko said. “We have to work together as one and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

tential threat needs to be taken seriously and investigated,” he said. But, Rey is concerned that the university administration is being openly pressured by “conservative donors” of the university while masking their intentions with the reasoning of students’ safety. Reflecting on a memory Rey has of Maischak, he said he is most fond of the time Maischak marched alongside the university’s Cross Cultural and Gender Center and student organizations MEChA, CLASSA and Black Students United one week after the U.S. presidential election. “Dr. Maischak was one of a few from the [history] department who showed up and encouraged his students to do the same,” Rey said. “He marched alongside us and spoke to the crowd.”


Students step up for community building By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

Several Fresno State students spent their spring break developing a community garden at Stone Soup Fresno, an organization that strives for positive change in Southeast Asian refugee families. The students are part of Fresno State’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a program that gives students a chance to give back while also having fun and enjoying each other’s company throughout the weeklong break. Team leader Marisa Gutierrez, an English education major, said, “I wanted to do something meaningful for spring break. Usually, I enjoy the first few days of a break and then start to get bored or restless.” Gutierrez said the program allows her to channel her energy toward something positive. The four-day long process consisted of digging a trench for the irrigation system, building the planter boxes, installing pipes, filling in the trench, deciding where the planter boxes will go and filling the boxes with compost. It is up to the families and community to decide which vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers will be planted in the boxes. Gutierrez said, “The final day, we attached all of the drip lines that will irrigate the garden.” According to the organization’s website, one of its goals is to ensure the youth are staying true to their roots.




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‘The North Wind Knows My Name’ is ‘captivating’

Selina Falcon • The Collegian

By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

 EXCELLENT Albert McLeod’s “The North Wind Knows My Name” is a memoir worth reading. McLeod begins with Chapter 1: “Return,” which recounts a 2002 trip McLeod took with his son to his now-vanished hometown of Norgate, Manitoba, Canada. McLeod introduces the reader to Norgate, grounding us and giving us the backdrop of his first 17 years. From there he recounts memories of his childhood in the country. From the art and science of milking a cow to grieving over lost loved ones and all the way to hockey and a love for Grace Kelly, McLeod tells his story beautifully and with such reverie that it almost forces the reader to think back on their childhood memories and yearn to write them down. Without a doubt, my favorite part of

“The North Wind Knows My Name” was the hockey talk and references throughout. McLeod brings humor to his writing in many ways, whether that be through the way he writes or through a funny memory he recounts. But my favorite is his affirmation again and again that hockey is life and the reason that Canada is so peaceful. “Canada is a peaceful country with a small military and favors hockey wars over all others,” McLeod wrote. “Invasions into the territory of others, consists of crossing red and blue lines, even in the face of those out to slay you.” With Wayne Gretzky references in abundance throughout the book and McLeod’s belief that everything Canadian can be traced back to hockey in less than six steps (of which he gives examples), it was hard not to smile throughout much of the book. Though humor is woven through McLeod’s memoir, there are also moments that were difficult to read and brought me to tears. One example of a difficult moment was when McLeod talking about the death of his mother from cancer and the death of his neighbor Alvin in a bomber plane over

This week in entertainment Friday Fresno State Opera performs with live orchestra

The Fresno State Opera Theatre and the University’s Symphony Orchestra to perform a full opera production of Johann Strauss II’s “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) at 8 p.m. April 21 at the concert hall in the music building.

Vintage Days: student dance party

DJ Burns will host the Powder Paint Dance Party for students from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m on April 21. The dance party will be on the lawn north of the Lab School building.

Saturday New Music of America Concert Series

Local musician Evo Bluestein and friends will launch the new Music of America Concert Series at Fresno State, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Wahlberg Recital Hall in the music building. The series will be devoted to traditional American music — bluegrass, folk, blues, gospel, country, mariachi and zydeco.

Germany during the war. I didn’t expect to become as emotional as I did while reading about the people in McLeod’s life, but he writes about them in such a way that you can’t help but become emotionally attached and feel as if you know them personally. I had to put down the book when reading about Alvin and how long it took McLeod to finally mourn his 20-year-old neighbor who died when McLeod was 5

years old. Simply put, McLeod’s writing and storytelling is captivating, you don’t feel like you’re reading a memoir. You feel like you’re reading a novel, and you have to remind yourself that this is real. This was and is someone’s life. “The North Wind Knows My Name” is on the list of one of the best memoirs I have read. It’s captivating and beautifully written and something everyone should read.




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Asian Pacific Islander Diversity Month continues with one-woman show

Christian Ortuno • The Collegian

Nikiki Masumoto presents a special adaptation of her performance, “What We Could Carry,” as part of 9066 exhibition in the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room at the Henry Madden Library on April. 5, 2017. The 45-minute, one-woman show, developed by Masumoto, recalls the memories Japanese-Americans carry from before, during and after Japanese and Japanese-American internment in America during World War II.


Pianist Rafal Blechacz brings Fresno State to its feet By Sean Johnson-Bey @TheCollegian

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International award-winning pianist Rafal Blechacz brought his talents to Fresno State, performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin at the concert hall in the Music Building. Blechacz has performed around the world in countries in Europe, North America and Asia, organizing concerts in the most famous concert halls and in the largest music centers. On April 7 the concert hall filled with spectators from across the Central Valley, as many anticipated the performance from Blechacz, the Chopin Piano Competition winner. This performance was part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert Series that has brought several other world-renowned musicians to campus. Blechacz’s talent and showmanship has earned him many awards including the President of the Republic of Poland’s Medal, which was awarded following a concert at the National Philharmonic. As Fresno State audience members began walking to their seats, the anticipation of the performance could be felt around the room. Audience member Terry Finland had never seen Blechacz perform live in concert and was interested to see how the performance would pan out. “I read about him and wanted to see

how good he was,” Finland said. “He blew my mind away, I didn’t think he would be that good.” The reaction from Finland was one of many as Blechacz began playing the keys to legendary musician J.S. Bach. Blechacz’s stage presence was second to none, often playing the keys with his eyes closed, looking into the air and feeling the music. After Blechacz performed two to three numbers, the audience members would rise to their feet, giving Blechacz standing ovations. During the brief intermission, many groups throughout the hall engaged in conversation expressing their thoughts of Blechacz’s performance. Audience member Kaitlyn Miller said she was impressed by the performance. “I’ve been to many performances in music hall,” Miller said. “This is one performance that stands out to me because of the difficulty of the music he is playing.” Once Blechacz finished his last performances by Chopin, the audience stood to its feet and gave Blechacz an electric round of applause. Audience member Daniel Moretti said he believes the performance by Blechacz was the best performance he’s ever seen by a pianist. “Hands down, Blechacz is the best pianist I’ve ever seen,” Moretti said. “Hopefully, he comes back to Fresno so I’ll be able to see him perform again.”



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Students spend spring break alternatively SPRING BREAK from Page 3 “Bridging the best of both worlds, they are retaining and integrating cultural heritage as they strengthen their skills for leadership in everyday life,” stated the website. First year ASB member Shelby Miller, a kinesiology exercise science major, said the purpose of creating a garden was to invite Hmong community members to come to Stone Soup and be able to create a hobby of gardening with others in the community. Miller said she felt it was important for her to get involved with a community she is unfamiliar with. “I got to learn about the Hmong community, which was new to me,” Miller said. The best part of the project, Miller said, was the collaboration of the team to put together a project that none of the members had any experience in. “We were able to design and implement the garden together by using each other’s ideas,” Miller

said. “With a lot of hard work and determined attitudes, we got a lot done in a short amount of time that will hopefully last for generations.” Mai Kou Vang, liberal studies major who participated in her first ASB project, said participating in it helped her learn leadership skills. “I learned to be a leader and be out there – such as putting yourself in front, standing out and not being afraid to voice your opinion,” Vang said. “I really want Fresno State students to take their time out of their day and volunteer to see that it is great to give back to the community.” One of the organization’s values is extending and uniting generations of families by maintaining traditions through culture, dance, gardening and cultivation. Gutierrez said that because parents will work during the day, often-times children are looked after by their grandparents. “The garden is a space for the grandparents to work in and interact with the kids, which will

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

The newly built garden at Stone Soup Fresno on April 14, 2017. A team of Alternative Spring Break students spent three days (April 10-13) on the project that included a maintenance continuation from last year’s Alternative Spring Break project at Stone Soup and the creation of their own irrigation and pipes from scratch. The project also included interactive activities for children and families.

hopefully boost attendance at the preschool at Stone Soup,” Gutierrez said. Miller said the goal of the project is to welcome grandparents in the Hmong community to come to Stone Soup Fresno and create a gardening tradition with their

grandchildren. “We hope that the grandparents will bring along young ones who can partake in the preschool and education programs that Stone Soup has to offer,” Miller said. “I hope to see this plan become a success in the future.”


Fresno State music educator found dead during break After being reported missing, a Fresno State music professor was found dead inside his vehicle April 13, Sierra News reported. Dr. Bradley Wayne Hufft, 59, was last seen on April 12. His family filed a missing person’s report with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office on April 13. On April 13 around 10 p.m., the Madera County Sheriff’s Office along with Cal Fire, and Madera County Fire responded to a location where Hufft was found dead inside of his 2013 Toyota Prius. The vehicle was found with minor damage near Hufft’s residence in Coarsegold. According to MyFresnoState, Hufft taught a pop music jazz and rock course as well as a listener’s guide to music course at Fresno State. He was scheduled to teach the same courses in the fall.


HackFresno turns ideas into prototypes By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

HackFresno took over the North Gym Friday as over 100 students came to make a simple idea into a benefit for the community. Students arrived last Friday and were split into five-person teams, then assigned to create a prototype based on a specific category. The categories included: education, environment and agriculture, health and wellness and social good. The students had 24 hours to work on the idea as a team and then pitch their prototype it to judges. The lead organizer of the event, computer engineering student Rahul Nunna said, “The word ‘hack’ means collaborating on a task, usually with code, to solve a specific problem.” Once the event commenced,

Nunna said the mood initially was “shy.” Once a top 40 music playlist played throughout the gym, the hackers became much more comfortable. Nunna said around 4 to 5 a.m., students were losing their energy and some went home to get some sleep. Approximately 40 students stayed and continued on throughout the morning. Giveaways and activities were used as incentives to stay awake and build team morale. Coding problems were displayed and those who got the answer first won prizes from the event sponsors. Around noon, Nunna said, the energy picked back up and students worked throughout the evening until 6 p.m., when the projects were due to the judges. Nunna said space, power, WiFi and food are the biggest components considered when creating a hackathon event. “You want to give them a place to work, give them all the power

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Students working together to finish their projects in the final hours of the 24-hour HackFresno hackathon i the North Gym on April 15, 2017.

and internet that they need to get connected, then get fed,” Nunna said. The atmosphere was very friendly, and everyone was helped each other due to it being a smaller event, Nunna said. She added that three goals were put into place for the event. The first goal is for students to get exposure to the real expectations of the technology industry. The second goal is for university students to form a relationship with Silicon Valley technology companies to benefit their future careers. “We want to start that conversation. In the past, Fresno State hasn’t been a school that had a very close relationship with that industry,” Nunna said. Lastly, Nunna said a goal is to get students to begin thinking about how they can use their technology knowledge to benefit the community. Victoria Fall, a double-major in computer science and business administration with an option in information systems, said her team Prestige Worldwide chose the theme social good. The app they are creating is called “OmmNomNow,” and Fall said the goal of it is to help local food truck businesses and the community by building an app to find where nearby food trucks are. Fall is the back-end developer of the team meaning she will create codes to communicate to the server to display information. Jonathan Castro, a graphic design major with an emphasis in multimedia, said inspiration for the event came from seeing “mom and pop” food trucks that he said need to be highlighted in the community.

Castro is the front-end developer who designed the graphics. “I make it look pretty,” he said. “[I] pretty much just style it with graphic design and do coding here and there.” After almost 24 hours of working on the prototype, Castro said he finds his motivation in knowing he is helping to create something that can be of use to everyone in the community. “That’s what keeps me going, that this could be a possible app that you could use,” Castro said. By the end of the night, the team won first place in the social good category, winning $500 to share. “When I first saw our name on the projector and called out -- the hours spent staying up and working felt worth it,” Castro said. The group’s project will continue to be proposed. “Our group is savvy in coding and development – we would love to redo the design better, this was just something we could push out real quick in the 24 hours we had,” he said. Nunna said that he saw a change in students’ mentality as opposed to passed hackathon events he has attended. “Instead of thinking, ‘How can I make something cool?’ it was, ‘How can I make something that actually impacts somebody else?’,” Nunna said. The event was coordinated by computer engineering and computer science students as well as faculty and staff from the Lyles College of Engineering and College of Science and Mathematics. Teams worked on projects such as automatic pill dispensers and a system to connect students and tutors. All student coordi-

nators are also members of the university’s Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. The hackathon provided workshops by Adobe, Apple and 59 Days of Code. One of the event sponsors, Major League Hacking allowed students to borrow gaming consoles, laptops, technology resources, tablets and technology attachments to help students with their projects. MLH representative and hacking coach Yacoub Oulad Daoud said it is important to provide these resources to students because it helps them cultivate their ideas and expand their knowledge beyond their means. By 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, students finished their prototypes and presented their hacks to the judges. Top four awards were given out for each category, and first, second, and third place prizes were given for overall winners. Adobe and OneSense both gave out awards to those who utilized products related to their brands. Students were judged based on their ideas, technical quality and pitch of their prototype. The four judges were Pratima Sakinala from Shift3 Technologies, Orlando Leon from the university’s Technology Services, Dant Morris from LinkUs and Ram Nunna, dean of the Lyles College of Engineering Nunna said he would love for HackFresno to become an annual event at Fresno State. “We want to continue this, we want this to be a first step to getting our students more tech ready and more involved in this area,” he said.


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‘We train for game day just like the players and the coaches’ FOOTBALL from Page 8 tape as possible so coaches can go in and watch it to evaluate kids.” Dimmitt has worked in sports video since 2002, when he was at Boise State. He came to Fresno State this spring. He said it is crucial for the team to be able to have the video available for them as soon as possible because the faster the coaches can see the film, the faster they can evaluate it and get it to their players.

“I have been doing this for a long time,” Dimmitt said. “We can take a 24-period practice and have the film uploaded and ready in 15 to 20 minutes.” In a separate building, detached from the locker room and amidst rows of training tables, is a group of athletic trainers quickly taping ankles. Athletic trainers are some of the most important members of the athletic community, especially in football. A contact sport like football will always

have banged-up athletes, and it is the trainer’s responsibility to take care of the athletes and return them to the field as quickly as possible. Craig Tweedy is the head athletic trainer at Fresno State. He said the training staff’s day starts just before 6 a.m. when it prepares for the athletes and whatever they may need. “Our days are usually about 12 hours long,” Tweedy said. “We try to stay as readily available for the athletes as possible.”

Tweedy and his staff are also responsible for the well-being of the athletes on the field during all training, practices and games. They must constantly be on their feet and focused, remaining ready for any situation that may present itself. “We train for game day just like the players and the coaches,” Tweedy said. “We always hope for the best, but injuries come up and when they do, we are confident that we can handle them.”

‘It is amazing how this game is. You just show up and do your thing.’ BASEBALL from Page 8 er Rickey Ramirez and an offense led by Scott Silva’s three-run homer along with RBI singles from Jesse Medrano and Korby Batesole, the team won a tough series in walk-off fashion. “It is amazing how this game is. You just show up and do your thing,” Fresno State head coach Mike Batesole said. “It’s amazing to come and watch these guys fight every game. What Rickey did out there was really special. He pitches with so much heart, it’s hard not to pull for him.” Game 3 started off fast for Ramirez when he opened the competition with a first-pitch flyout and seemed to gain confidence as the game went on. With one out in the top of the fourth,

Falcon shortstop Tyler Zabojnik hit a double to the left- center gap, giving the Falcons a runner in scoring position. However, Ramirez got out of the inning with a strikeout to preserve the scoreless tie. The action picked up in the top of the fifth inning after Ramirez surrendered a one-out, two-run bomb to right center. Senior Austin Guibor gave chase, but was unable to reel the ball in. The Falcons’ leadoff hitter, Adam Groesbeck, launched his fourth home run of the season. The damage was contained after Ramirez retired the Falcon batter for the final out. The ‘Dogs responded in the bottom of the fifth with two hits to give them runners on first and second. After a flyout by Silva, Guibor attempted to steal second base. The throw from the catcher missed

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its target, and the ball rolled into center field, allowing Carter Bins to score from third. Guibor made it to third on a close play at the bag. Atkins drove a pitch into center field with two outs, and the ‘Dogs tied the game on Guibor’s run. With runners on the corners, the game was tied 2-2. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Bins laid down a perfectly executed bunt to give the ‘Dogs runners on first and second with one out. Silva stepped up to the plate and crushed a three-run homer to center field past the 400-foot sign. It was his sixth home run of the season and second of the series, giving the ‘Dogs a 5-2 lead. After consecutive hits in the top of the seventh inning, the Falcons had the bases loaded with one out. With the lead hanging in the balance, Ramirez struck out the Falcon third baseman for an important second out. The Falcons would get back into the game after consecutive run-scoring singles brought them back to close the deficit. With one out in the inning, the ‘Dogs lead was cut to 5-4. In the top of the ninth, in need of a run, the Falcons scored three runs on a home run to right field into their own bullpen. The ‘Dogs’ relief pitcher, freshman Ryan Jensen, allowed a hit and hit a batter before giving up a three-run homer. In the bottom of the ninth, in need of a comeback, the ‘Dogs started off hot when Stone smacked a double down the first

base line. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Medrano connected for a base hit over the second base bag, bringing Stone home. The lead was cut to 7-6. Ashford stepped up to the plate and hit a bloop single to left, giving the ‘Dogs runners on first and second with one out. The ‘Dogs scored the tying run when Batesole knocked in Medrano. Still with one out, the ‘Dogs winning run was 90 feet away. However the ‘Dogs were unable to capitalize. In the bottom of the 10th after a leadoff single by Arruda, Stone hit a double down the first base line, giving the ‘Dogs’ runners on second and third with none out. Jeremiah Burks stepped up to the plate and patiently earned himself a walk. With no outs in the bottom of the inning, the ‘Dogs had the bases loaded. After a force out play at home, Ashford delivered the game-winning RBI after a sharply hit ball passed the first baseman, giving the ‘Dogs the series win. Although the ‘Dogs earned an important victory, there is still a long road ahead of the team. “I don’t know what is in front of us. We were pretty locked into this weekend,” Batesole said. “There are no easy D1 college baseball wins, and that’s what we know.” The ‘Dogs return to the diamond on April 19 at nonconference opponent Pacific.



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The cogs of the Bulldogs Redshirt freshman inside linebacker Chris Paz performing drills at Fresno State football’s first spring practice on March 27, 2017, at Bulldog Stadium.

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When the lights come on at Bulldog Stadium, most fans think about the players and the coaches. They are the focus of each game and receive all the praise and criticism. What most do not realize is the importance of the people behind the scenes who are the gears that keep the machine that is Fresno State football running smoothly. “The support staff, in general, makes the whole place run,” head coach Jeff Tedford said. “When you have 110 kids, you really rely on them to do things.” Tedford is talking about the many people who work to make Fresno State foot-

ball operations run smoothly, including the equipment managers, video crew and athletic trainers. Each of these groups play a pivotal part in the success of the football team. On a typical Monday morning, before the players even arrive for practice, there is a group of volunteers trekking back and forth between the equipment room and the field, setting up for practice. These volunteers make up the equipment staff and are tasked with, not only making sure the athletes are always fitted with the gear they need, but to also run specific parts of practice, from holding the yardage markers to shagging footballs. “There’s a whole variety of things that go on over the course of a practice,” said Mark Younger, the head equipment man-

ager. “You need to be able to adapt and move around.” Younger has worked for Fresno State’s equipment room for 25 years. He oversees his group of volunteers so they are always prepared and ready for whatever the players and coaches may need throughout the practice. He explained that equipment managers are unsung and never really thought of until something happens. When something goes wrong with equipment, suddenly everyone knows about the equipment managers. “I do love my job,” Younger said. “I love that people count on me, and I love the responsibility.” Younger said that if one thing goes wrong in a practice, it may waste a couple

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seconds, a “rep” that cannot be returned for the players and coaches. “Competitive people want to compete,” Younger said. “So, we need to make sure they are given every opportunity to do that.” One of the most vital aspects of a successful football team is how much film on itself and its opponents each team can watch. This is where video coordinator Matt Dimmitt steps in. Dimmitt and his staff are tasked with filming every play and drill at each practice, along with breaking the film down for the coaches and players to learn from. “We film five to six angles of practice,” Dimmitt said. “We try to get as much on

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’Dogs show resilience with walk-off winner to take conference series By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

Returning to Fresno after being swept by Michigan State in Grand Rapids, the Bulldogs baseball team rebounded to take two of three games over Mountain West Conference foe Air Force at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. The ‘Dogs took care of business Thursday night after sophomore Edgar Gonzalez tossed 7 2/3 strong innings to go along with a career-best eight strikeouts. Senior outfielder Jake Stone belted a three-run bomb to go along with a career-high four RBIs in a single game.

Fresno State defeated the Falcons 7-5 in the first game of the series. In a game that featured 15 runs and over 20 hits, the Bulldogs were unable to match Air Force after giving up nine unanswered runs to lose Game 2 of the series on Saturday, 10-5. After battling back and forth in Game 3, the Bulldogs (18-17, 7-6) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings against Air Force (1518, 5-12). The ‘Dogs eventually walked off on Zach Ashford’s game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th. Behind eight solid innings from pitch-

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Shortstop Korby Batesole hits the ball against Air Force on April 15, 2017, at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.

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