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BRAD HUFFT

Hopes, dreams live on after Hufft’s death By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

The hopes and dreams of Dr. Bradley Hufft still seem to be alive at Fresno State as student music echoes the halls of the music

building where roses were placed outside his office door. The passion for music continues with those he left behind, just

days after losing him forever. On April 13, Dr. Hufft was

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SPECIAL REPORT

CREATING THE ULTIMATE TEAM

Diana Giraldo • The Collegian

Third Platoon attacked the enemy village where the MS 4s and cadre were waiting with simulated fire and smoke grenades on day two of the annual spring Field Training Exercises, Saturday April 8, 2017 at Camp Roberts in San Marcos California.

By Diana Giraldo @diana_inspired

Last week, like many other Fresno State students, Army ROTC cadets prepared for a weekend adventure – an adventure where learning was the mission. The three-day getaway took 68 cadets on a fight against the elements, a journey trekking through Camp Roberts in San Miguel and a life-changing experience that will mold them into officers of the military. “They come together in a mixed formation of people and go out and do what it is that our seniors – when they commission to become lieutenants – will eventually be doing in the Army,” said Major Boyce Buckner, department chair and professor of military science and leadership. “And then for our freshman, sophomore and junior classes to train and prepare them for their summer camps that they go to in Fort Knox, Kentucky.” The Fresno State Bulldog Battalion was joined by two more units: the Mustang Battalion from California Polytechnic State Uni-

versity and the Surfrider Battalion from University of California, Santa Barbara at the camp. The Field Training Exercise (FTX) planning was in the works since April of last year. Throughout the fall semester, cadets learned basic military and team building skills. In the spring semester, training was ramped up, Buckner said, to prepare them for spring training. The AROTC program, offered in many high schools, colleges and universities, is geared to prepare students to become military officers once they graduate. Day 1 of FTX began at 4:30 a.m. Friday as all cadets and cadre (military science professors who are also active-duty Army officers) arrived at Fresno State. Dressed in full uniform with rucksacks on their backs, packed with personal belongings and sleep equipment, the cadets listened to Buckner as he kicked off the weekend’s events. “If you haven’t flipped your switch on for game time – it is game time,” Buckner said as the cadets stood in formation. “We have an awesome chain of events ahead of you. I promise you. We

Diana Giraldo • The Collegian

An Army ROTC cadet ruck marches through Camp Roberts during the a lane exercise the second day of the annual spring Field Training Exercises, Saturday April 8, 2017 at Camp Roberts in San Marcos California.

are going to go out, and we are going to have some fun because this is really what it is all about. So if you haven’t gotten yourself hyped yet, if you haven’t gotten motivated yet, if you are not excited to go out there, you have a nice bus ride to get that right. And as soon as we get out there, I want you guys to go out and kick some butt.” During the two-hour drive to the camp, the cadets who were unable to sleep talked about the rainy weather and how it would

have a heavy impact on the day’s events. “They need to accept it,” said Cody Friend, Fresno State’s cadet battalion commander and nursing major. “The faster they accept they are going to be soaked, the less it is going to suck.” Once arriving at Camp Roberts, the sleeping cadets awoke and peered through the windows of the bus to the world that awaited them – the rain had only just begun to drench the landscape.

Stepping off the bus the fourthyear students, better known as the MS 4s, began taking charge, guiding the lower-level cadets. “Because they have been through the program for four, five years, they are helping us manage the training event,” Buckner said explaining the seniors’ roles. “They are basically becoming part of the cadre through this whole operation. They will be the ones teaching classes – cadre will be backing them up, of course. And they will be the ones who are walking with the platoons trying to coach the leadership.” The first order of business was three-small unit classes in which the cadets learned Level 1 skills, such as basic land navigation – how to plot and do route planning with just a compass, a military map and a protractor – tactical combat casualty care and Army communications. “In the classes we are teaching some of the basic things that you would use as a soldier. Hopefully our cadets can walk away with this and be able to apply them to the skills that we are going to be using

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OPINION

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Fresno State administrators show their ‘hypocritical’ leadership By Terry McManus

Special to The Collegian Even though I did not vote for either poor candidate for president I could not believe the varied violent, hateful and sickening comments made over time by Dr. [Lars] Maischak. Allowing and validating some of the worst and most heinous rhetoric depend-

ing upon whether he spoke representing the university or as a public citizen is totally moronic and one of the shallowest excuses to be made. Nobody else in this country would remain in any position after such threats and violent incitement, yet he is put in a position of teaching our students. It is absolutely disgusting, and Fresno State has shown itself to be the most hypocritical leader in the growth of violence,

hate and the degradation of our society. As for the leadership at Fresno State, your lack of any real governance is appalling. In the event you haven’t read all of his Twitter rhetoric, you should also be fired immediately.

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Disparaging article should bring shame for Collegian staffers By Richard Shore

Special to The Collegian EDITOR’S NOTE: This letter refers to an editorial featured in the Feb. 22, 2016 edition of The Collegian. As a former student who earned his BA and MA at Fresno State, I wish to express my disgust to the staff of The Collegian, its faculty adviser(s) and the school for the disgusting sight seen on the local news this evening. ‘Seig Heil’ written in approximation of a picture of our current president is an affront to all alumni and students at Fresno State. To believe that such an insult could be displayed as it was on the local news is despicable.

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Oh, yes, what was the award for – did someone on the staff finally learn how to spell Collegian? Has any of your staff been to Germany? If you knew anything about Germany history and the Nazi movement, you would know and realize that the Republican party and President Donald Trump do not represent those beliefs – certainly not as much as your naïve minds might wish. I graduated in 1963 from Fresno State and returned, while I was working, to gain my master’s degree. Maybe I should explain the term “work” as that seems to be so greatly misunderstood in today’s world. Where does anyone attending college in the United States feel emboldened enough to construct a student newspaper

with a disparaging picture and statement of Donald Trump who was elected by the populace?* The Collegian staff should be ashamed of themselves! You young folks will learn, possibly the hard way – that those politicians who espouse “free” education for all – that education is not free and should it be! So, continue on with your “education.” Enjoy your student loans and the time it will take to pay back those loans. The real education in your life will be when you venture out to find employment. Hopefully you will learn sometime soon that there is no such thing as a free lunch. *EDITOR’S NOTE: Trump was not elected by popular vote, he was elected President by the electoral college.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

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‘Brilliant’ professor remembered BRAD HUFFT from Page 1 found dead in his vehicle near Coarsegold. Vocal performance professor Dr. Maria Briggs shares an office across from Dr. Hufft. She remembers how welcoming he would make the work environment. “He was an extrovert, full of energy and fun. He energized the hallway when he walked down it,” Briggs said. Dr. Hufft’s wife, Ellie Choate Hufft reflected on her husband as she visited the place where he had inspired many minds. “He wanted them to fall in love with music as much as he had,” Mrs. Hufft said. Dr. Hufft and Mrs. Hufft met in middle school. Reminiscing about a recent school reunion, Hufft said the impact her husband had on others will stick with them forever. “Brad was ‘that guy’ in school,” Hufft said. “People did not forget Brad. He was brilliant and funny and involved in so many things and knew so many people.” As a colleague, Briggs looked up to Dr. Hufft as a leader in the department. His expertise in the field is what amazed her, she said. “He was very knowledgeable. He was a master of his craft as a composer and an educator,” Briggs said. “He was a Renais-

sance man, because he was good at so many different things.” Hufft never knew her husband had a passion for music until her first day of college when they were enrolled in the same theory class. She knew he excelled at so many other things, but she never thought music composition was one of those things. “He’s done so many things, you have no idea. I don’t even know all the the things he’s done,” Hufft said. During their time in class, Dr. Hufft once opened a book and pointed at a picture of music composer Pierre Boulez. He told Mrs. Hufft that Boulez was a key person to know in order to be successful in their music field. He said, “You see this guy Pierre Boulez. You need to know about this guy.” After college, the pair went their separate ways. Both continuing on to excel in their craft. Some 20 years later, Mrs. Hufft got the opportunity to play with none other than Boulez himself. She was awarded two tickets for guests, one was for her daughter the other ticket went to Dr. Hufft. “I didn’t want to give the [other] ticket to somebody who wasn’t going to get it,” Hufft said. “I [had] to get Brad to go because he’s the only person I knew that would get it.” But Dr. Hufft declined the in-

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vitation because the performance was on a school night. Mrs. Hufft was allowed to invite Dr. Hufft to an earlier rehearsal, however. That’s when the two actually meet face-to-face for the first time in years. “It was so thrilling to do that piece and for him to have a chance to meet this renowned composer,” Hufft said. This summer would have marked four years of marriage. Hufft’s fondest memories of her husband their car rides together, always driving to their next adventure. “He particularly loved to drive on roads he’d never been on before. One reason that we always enjoyed driving was because it really gives you a chance to really be who you are and just talk about everything,” She said. “I can’t think of a time we’ve been able to travel together anywhere and we haven’t just had fun.” Admiring her husband’s career as an educator, Hufft was amazed at Dr. Hufft’s dedication to his students. She said that he would put so much consideration in student backgrounds when reading their term papers. “I can’t think of anyone who is anymore devoted to serving his students and to serving his fellow faculty members,” Hufft said. “I appreciate that he cared about each student and understood each

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Flowers left at the office door of music professor Bradley Hufft on Monday, April 17, 2017. The flowers were placed in the music building to honor the late professor who passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017.

student.” Rachel Gascon, a counseling graduate student remembered Dr. Hufft being one of her first professors when she arrived to Fresno State in 2012. “I was intimidated at first because this was one of my first classes I ever took at Fresno State. In the end, I truly enjoyed going to class because we were able to discuss and listen to music,” Gascon said. “When Dr. Hufft found out I was musician, we talked almost every morning about what instruments I enjoyed playing the most. These small conversations always brightened my day.” Dr. Kenneth Froelich, a professor in the music department worked with Dr. Hufft and the music composition students. Froelich remembers how passionate

Dr. Hufft was in making sure the students stayed authentic. “He just needed to make sure that the music the student was writing actually had a soul,” Froelich said. “To make sure it actually sounded like them.” Gascon believes that Dr. Hufft’s enthusiasm for student success was motivating for those that had the opportunity to work with him. “I would like people to know that the music department is a family filled with incredible musicians and professors,” Gascon said. “Dr. Hufft will always be a part of that family, and his legacy is reflected on the students he taught.” Jessica Johnson contributed to this story.


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Humans of Fresno State: coachella edition By Hayley Salazar | @Hayley_Salazarr

Fresno State students attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 14-16 and many more may attend the festival’s second weekend, April 20-22. The celebrity-filled event is best known for its amazing headliners and expensive tickets.

This week, The Collegian’s Instagram page, @HumansOfFresnoState, asked students: Are you “Coachella” or “Nochella?” Is the event worth your money?

Jennifer Sanchez, Freshman, Criminology “I feel like [camping out is] too much, then again it’s adventurous. I think the fashion is great. Everyone is unique with what they wear. They really express themselves.”

Saul Ortiz, Sophomore, Criminology “I think [seeing a lot of artists] would be worth it. But not probably, school-wise. When you come back, you’re probably stressing out with the money loss.”

Samantha Gonzalez, Freshman, Nursing “I think [Coachella] is sometimes overrated, but I think I wouldn’t mind going if there’s good artists. A lot of students complain that they’re broke, but then they go to events like that.”

Thomas Wright, Senior, Liberal Studies “It’s a bunch of people drinking and getting high in the desert? Who would want to do that? It’s not really my thing.” Photos by Marina McElwee • The Collegian

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LGBT PANEL

Eastern faces find their place in Western LGBT culture By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

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Karen Vang (left) and Vanna Nauk (right) laughed during the Queer Asian Pacific Islanders panel at the Cross Cultural and Gender Center on April 18, 2017.

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The idea of having a sexual identity – like being gay or transgender – is a western concept that is not easily translated in Eastern cultures. During a Queer Asian Pacific Islander Panel held in the Thomas Building on April 18, sophomore social studies major Vanna Nauk said this makes it difficult for many people from Asian countries to assimilate and/or connect with the LGBT community in the United States. “In Asia, [people] have never given themselves a specific identity. It’s pretty much been very open,” Nauk said. Nauk, a gay Cambodian man, and Karen Vang Hmong, a transgender woman, led the panel discussion. Throughout, the two students explored their cultures and the differences between the Western and Eastern ideas regarding the LGBT community. Nauk opened up about his own self-discovery of his background and how it “freed” him to express himself in whatever way he wanted, without adhering to the Western concept of gender identities. Vang presented a PowerPoint showing her progression with her identity as a transgender woman throughout her years in high school and college. The presentation showed multiple images of Vang and the progression of her confidence in transgender identity. Lady Gaga was one of her “greatest influences” and pushed her creativity and confidence. “I wanted to create this event because I thought it was really important to have a platform for Asian Pacific Islanders,” said Shai Chang, a fourth-year sociology major and host of the event. “Especially queer Asian Pacific Islanders to be able to talk about their experiences and different cultures and especially as we saw there were a lot of cultural factors that played a role on them being [LGBT].” The panel concluded with a Q&A with the panel. Questions from the audience were about the panelists’ relationships with their families and how they feel about the LGBT community in Fresno and on Fresno State’s campus. “The experiences that they were talking about – the personal experiences – I really enjoyed [them] because me being a straight man, I don’t understand that,” Kou Yang, a Fresno State graduate student, said. The next event at Fresno State that celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is “Asia in Fresno: A symposium on campus and community partnerships” on April 20 in the North Gym 118 8:30 a.m.

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NEWS

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Maischak placed on paid leave after Trump tweets Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro announced Tuesday that history professor Dr. Lars Maischak was immediately placed on paid leave for the remainder of the spring semester. The decision came after deliberation between university adminis-

tration and the California Faculty Association. Maischak’s standing for next year is still being decided. Maischak was temporarily suspended from teaching classes after a federal investigation was opened up on him for statements he tweeted about President Don-

ald Trump. Tweets from February which included him stating that Trump should “hang” were brought to light in an article by Breitbart News, a far-right news and opinion website. The news quickly worried some members of the

campus community about their safety leading to Maischak’s immediate suspension. Students were notified during the weekend that their class with Maischak would be canceled on Monday and Tuesday until the university reached a decision on

the future of the lecturer. Maischak currently teaches five sections of American history to more than 200 students. Substitute professors have been assigned to cover the classes for the remainder of the semester.

AROTC cadets spend weekend Army Style – rifles and ammo included

Day 1

Diana Giraldo • The Collegian

Bulldog Battalion cadets stand in formation at 4:45 a.m. as they received instructions from Major Boyce Buckner before leaving to Camp Roberts in San Marcos California, Saturday April 8, 2017.

SPECIAL REPORT from Page 1 later on in training,” Friend said. “We are going to be putting them in situations that are a little stressful, and they are going to have to make decisions under pressure. So, hopefully, this will help their decision-making skills, improvisation, make them better cadets and, hopefully, better leaders in the future.” Once classes were over it was time for chow, as the cadets called it. Lunch was an MRE (Meals Ready-to-Eat), which is an individually packed field ration. Each MRE includes a different entree that is heated up with a special heating pad. Inside the brown plastic bag, other items can be found like and a side dish, dessert, patriotic cookies in the shape of the Liberty Bell, powdered beverages, gum, etc. Upon finishing lunch and classes, the three battalions received their weapons and integrated. The cadets walked through a simulated village of concrete buildings with wooden doors and windows, then lining up outside one of the buildings. “They will be coming into an unfamiliar environment, mixing with people they have never met before and becoming a team, and being able to train and to grow and learn from each other,” Buckner said. “The way that we train in the Army ROTC across the nation is every single ROTC program sends its cadets to Fort Knox, Kentucky, to train. When you think of how large of a group that is – how diverse of a group that is – you are taking everything from the culture of California and mixing it with the pride of Texas and everything else that you could possibly imagine, so we want to expose them to that.”

Day 2

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Army ROTC cadets run through the simulation villages as they attacked the enemy and tried to take over the buildings on day two of the annual spring Field Training Exercises, Saturday April 8, 2017 at Camp Roberts in San Marcos California.

After integrating, each platoon left the village and went into an open field to find the area in which they would select as their sleeping grounds. Each platoon patrolled their area and secured its perimeter, just as it would if it was in enemy territory. “The reason why you create patrol bases is to avoid detection by eliminating movement,” said an UCSB cadet. “When you are out in the field and you are in enemy territory, you have to make sure to have a secure place where you can continue to do mission prep where they enemy won’t be able to find you.” To familiarize themselves with the environment, the last order of business was a nighttime land navigation. Using their basic soldier skills and a red-light headlamp to see, the cadets were given five points to plot on a map and find in their nearby environment. During the night, a third of each platoon stayed up, protecting the rest of the troops from any enemy activity while they slept under the night sky. They looked for anything in the distance, listened for sound and smelled anything to detect the enemy, said Tyler Fry, an MS 4 criminology major. Day 2 started at 5 a.m. with hot chow for breakfast. The rain had subsided and the cadets were looking forward to their boots drying. The first lane, or event, of the day was a reconnaissance mission, where cadets went out into the field to observe and/or identify enemy activity. Each lane, a different MS 3 cadet was put to the test to act as team leaders. “It’s random, and you never expect it,” said Alfredo Hernandez, an MS 3 criminology major. “They throw you a mission, which you have to conduct, and you have little time to rehearse for it, so that’s

Day 3

Cadet Cody Friend, MS 4 nursing major, congratulated one of the lead cadets in his platoon after awarding him with a metal for an outstanding job during the annual spring Field Training Exercises, Saturday April 8, 2017 at Camp Roberts in San Marcos California.

"Being at this point in my career to be able to see who is coming in next into the Army and the potential they have – the drive, the determination, the selflessness – those are things that I think America really hopes for in its leaders" — Major Boyce Buckner, Department chair and professor of military science and leadership a challenge.” During the recon lane, Diana Vargas, an MS 3 public health major, was in charge of the first platoon. Her job was to make sure her cadets were safe as they scoped out the enemy and their equipment and ultimately completed her mission. “It’s a personal challenge. You have to lead so many people. It’s kind of nerve-racking when you think about how many people you are responsible for, and you have to make sure they are OK at all times and getting everyone through the mission together,” Vargas said. “I tried to be very confident in myself – at times it’s very hard but at the end of the day, you have to remember you know what you are doing.” Meanwhile, the enemy – which were the MS 4s – were back at the village preparing for an attack from the three platoons. “We are on the rooftop scouting out, guarding these buildings, and we are waiting for them to come over a hill or bridge,” said Hondo Arpoika, an MS 4 criminology major. “When we see them, we are going to initiate fire. They will come in, wipe out the enemy and take over the village.” Using AK 47s, RPGs and 50-caliber simulators for noise making with no bullets, the incoming cadets were pressed to see how they move their platoons tactically and how they were thinking. “It’s to give you a heads-down,

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bullets-flying scenario,” concluded Arpoika. When the cadets revealed themselves from the landscape, they came face-to-face with the enemy and suffered casualties, but ultimately took over the village. To finish off the day, the platoon’s last mission was to seal the village. To do so, they went on a 5-mile ruck march around the perimeter of the village. During their excursion, the cadets were given intelligence that the enemy was throwing what seemed to be grenades from a white van. The platoon leaders took precaution and, soon enough, encountered the van, which attacked the platoon in the dark resulting in casualties. “It was chaotic. At first my head was head-spinning,” said Hernandez, who was one of the leads of the first platoon [during the last mission]. “I didn’t know what was happening, but I stuck through it and got the mission done. They challenged us in a variety of ways. Squad leaders, team leaders and even squad members have to take charge and lead sometimes.” “We found out the enemy was in the area, so we are likely to expect activity tonight,” he added. And, in fact, the enemy did attack as the cadets slept. At 5 a.m. on Day 3, again the noise simulators and pyrotechnics were put to use as the MS 4s and cadre ambushed the sleeping cadets. Everyone woke up, grabbed their guns and pushed back as the

enemy tried to regain control of the village. “The cadets were introduced to simulations where they took simulated casualties, and they had to react to that and be able to react when losing leadership and step up into the spots they weren’t originally assigned,” Friend said. “They handled it very well and reacted quickly. That was the whole goal of our training – to use critical thinking and make them make decisions under pressure. I think we accomplished our mission.” The three-day FTX came to an end with each of the cadets learning valuable skills, which would help make them agile leaders in the military. “I feel like our cadets came out here with the best of attitudes. It was raining on Day 1. It got cold and they were tested and yet you still see smiles on their faces. You see how motivated and how hard they are working and that they just really want to take the most out of this opportunity,” Buckner said. “Being at this point in my career to be able to see who is coming in next into the Army and the potential they have – the drive, the determination, the selflessness – those are things that I think America really hopes for in its leaders.” Editor’s note: Editor-in-Chief Diana Giraldo joined the Bulldog Battalion for its annual Field Training Exercise, April 7-9, 2017 at Camp Roberts in San Marcos California. Giraldo followed the cadets throughout the entirety of the training exercise to report on the story. WATCH: For video on this story, visit our website: http://fresnostate.edu/collegian


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This Week in Sports Wednesday

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Softball v. San Jose State 6 p.m. Fresno, California Women’s Tennis v. Nevada 1 p.m. Fresno, California

‘The sun aligned with the moon, and we shot real good.’ CLUB SPORTS from Page 8 the team. In Boise, individuals on the team placed first through third in every event, and the team as a whole placed first. Engelman won first in trap and skeet shooting. “That was probably our best shoot we’ve ever had,” Engelman said. “Five of us went up there, and we all shot really good for whatever reason. The sun aligned with the moon, and we shot real good.” Engelman said the team did not perform as well in Arizona. They had some decent scores, but they were not good enough to beat the other colleges. The most important shoot of the year was in San Antonio, and the team’s third place finish was their best showing in a national competition. “It’s really hard to shoot there, because you pretty much have to shoot a perfect score to get into a shootoff,” Engelman said. “I shot 100 straight, which means I didn’t miss any targets in trap. There were 12 of us that did that, so I was in a 12-way shootoff for first place.” Engelman ended up placing third, and said that shooting a perfect score does not guarantee a victory. The shooting team grew out of the for-

mer gun club, which recently ended due to a lack of interest. Engelman said that most of the club participants were more interested in competing than casual shooting, which was what the club was geared toward. Engelman said members of the gun club figured out that they could go to competitions, and if they won, they could win money for the club. None of them had ever shot at a competition before, Engelman said, so they were unsuccessful. The shooting team started up and improved every year, even though it does not receive much financial support from Fresno State. Because of the small amount of school funding, the club relies on fundraisers, and members have to pay the rest of the expenses out of their own pockets. Placing third in San Antonio was great for the team, Engelman said. The seniors were especially happy because that was their last experience. “There's three of them there that are not going to be able to shoot with us next year, and this is the way they're going to be able to remember their senior year,” Engelman said. “Especially because we've never placed at the nationals in Texas in any event as a team or individuals, so it was a big relief that we made something big happen that year for those seniors."


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

THE PAWSPECTIVE

Paul George to the Purple and Gold

Leah Klafczynski • Akron Beacon Journal/TNS

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert double-team Indiana Pacers forward Paul George during the third quarter in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference playoff game on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers 117-111.

By Jenna Wilson @fsjennawilson

Let’s face it. The Indiana Pacers’ small forward and best player, former Bulldog Paul George’s legacy began and is now coming to an end in NBA legend Larry Bird’s organization. In his sixth season with the Pacers, George has yet to overcome Lebron James in the playoffs. In his Miami Heat days, James and George battled with James coming out on top every time. This year it seems that George won’t be able to overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers, not just because of James and the rest of the Big Three (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love), but because of George’s post-game press conference behavior. It is inevitable that what is said off-thecourt during any series will affect the way the players play and the way the coaches

coach. This is not to say that George is a bad person or a toxic player, but more telling of his what’s been expired time as the franchise player of the Indiana Pacers. It is without a doubt that George should exercise his unrestricted free agency in 2018 and leave the organization that saw enough potential in his lackluster college career at Fresno State to draft him in the first round of the 2010 draft. George has grown immensely since entering the league both physically and in terms of his performance going from 6’7” to 6’9 and increasing his average points per game from 16.8 in his final year as a Bulldog to 23.7 points in the 2016-17 regular season and 30.5 points in the postseason. Even with a team-leading 29 points in the Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers, though, the Palmdale native made it clear that he does not want the rock in his hands in pressure situations after passing the ball

to 5 point bench player C.J. Miles who missed the shot to lose the game. More alarmingly is what George said after what shoud have been a Pacers win. “I talked to C.J. about that,” George said. “In situations like that, I’ve got to get the last shot.” George had the opportunity to take the possible game-winner, decided not to, and selfishly blamed the loss on a player who saw an opportunity and took it. After their larger margin loss in Game 2, George called-out newly acquired Lance Stephenson at the postgame presser saying that Stephenson, a so-called leader for the Pacers, needs to control himself and improve his body language. While George is not wrong as Stephenson is known for being a blatantly emotional player, a public display of what could have been a locker room chat between George and Stephenson has turned into real insight into George’s woes in In-

diana. Coming to a young Los Angeles Lakers organization in 2018 as a free agent under new president of operations Magic Johnson would be the best move for Paul George in this stage in his career. More importantly, though, picking up Paul George would give the Lakers an actual franchise player since the departure of Kobe Bryant. Signing George would not be without precautions, though, as he would be the veteran on the purple and gold dealing with fresh-out-of-college players without his same basketball mind in an organization that has not been to the playoffs since 2012. Even with an unlikely 2-0 comeback over the defending champion Cavaliers and possibly filling the Eastern Conference spot in the NBA Finals, George’s time with the Pacers is, without a doubt, coming to an end.

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’Dogs shoot their way to the top By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Courtesy of the Fresno State shooting team

Junior Logan Engelman holding a plaque he won for placing third in the nation in the open class for trap shooting on April 2, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Fresno State shooting team recently wrapped up its fourth year with the most success in team history, sending off the seniors with a third place team finish in a national competition in San Antonio, Texas. The team is a club sport at Fresno State and is the only collegiate shooting team in California, which means all competitions take place out of state. The Bulldogs placed third in Division 3

in the Association of College Unions International Clay Target Championships in San Antonio. The shooting team also participated in the Upper West Coast Championship in Boise, Idaho in October and the ACUI Western Super Shoot in Tucson, Arizona in March. Junior Logan Engelman is one of the team leaders and specializes in trap shooting. He has been shooting competitively for almost 10 years, and brings experience to

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