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KEEPING THE MEMORY ALIVE Community remembers Armenian Genocide victims By Hayley Salazar | @Hayley_Salazarr

About 100 people gathered around the Armenian Genocide Monument on Monday night for a ceremony commemorating the 102nd anniversary of the tragic occurrence. Attendees made their way through the monument where they laid bouquets and wreaths of colorful flowers on the floor of the monument to pay tribute to the 1.5 million Armenians massacred over 100 years ago. The commemoration began with a religious ceremony where listeners joined in prayer and heard from the Rev. Kevin Kasper, associate pastor of the Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church in Fresno. As dusk fell to night, the Armenian Genocide Monument glowed with orange, red and blue to represent the Armenian flag. Master of ceremonies, Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, who is the coordinator for the Armenian Studies program, welcomed Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro to share a few words with the community. “Fresno State pledges to keep the remembrance alive with this monument. It is a symbol of hope, education, memory and inspiration,” Castro said. “It demonstrates the university’s commitment to human rights and justice.” The establishment of the monument two years ago

was one of the most significant milestones in the 106year history of the university, said Castro. “We, of course, are an educational institution, and education is at the core of the Armenian Genocide Monument,” Castro said. “This monument informs people of Armenian history and brings awareness to the tragic events of the 20th century. I urge all of us in our community to become aware of the history of Armenia and the genocide. We will never forget.” Castro also commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Fresno State Armenian Studies Program. Since its founding in 1977 the program’s courses have reached approximately 12,000 students and has graduated about 131 students with minors in Armenian studies. Following Castro’s address, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand spoke. Brand recalled his time growing up and learning about the genocide. Above all, the mayor stressed the importance of remembering the history of the genocide. “Make sure the eternal light stays lit,” Brand said. “Remember the [villages] that were wiped off the face of the map; remember the death marches across the Syrian Desert to come to concentration camps. Remember the many executions and massacres and

See COMMEMORATION, Page 3 Khone Saysamongdy and Megan Trindad • The Collegian

The Fresno State community gathers at the Armenian Genocide Monument on campus during the Armenian Genocide Commemoration Monday night, on April 24, 2017.





Let’s taco ‘bout it: the end of affordable food at Fresno State By Amber Carpenter @shutupambs

You may want to sit down for this. The Taco Bell Express on campus near the University Student Union is closing its doors during Dead Days in May. Originally, employees were given a notice that their days at Taco Bell were numbered only 10 days in advance – leaving students and employees high and dry. Sources are saying that the spot Taco Bell currently occupies will be replaced by a healthier alternative, but there are concerns about food security on campus. Students, including myself, are gutted by the news – not only because Crunchwrap Supremes are delightful and cinnamon twists make an excellent snack, but because there is no promise that the next choice in university dining options will be replaced with something as cost-effective. While on paper it seems as though replacing Taco Bell Express with a healthier alternative seems like the right thing to do, students are losing what could possibly be the most inexpensive place on campus to eat. The “healthy alternatives” already being offered on campus are outrageously priced for what they truly are – chicken caesar wraps being sold on the lower level of the USU and other places on campus are almost $6 – but contain only a tortilla, romaine lettuce, chicken and parmesan cheese. A healthier alternative doesn’t have to be more expensive or time-consuming, and with this new eatery on the horizon, the opportunity to deliver healthy food at a reasonable price could finally come to fruition. However, whatever this new on-campus dining experience decides to be is still up in the air. Fresno State offers extended resources

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

The Taco Bell restaurant at the Fresno State campus on April 23, 2017. The fast food restaurant is expected to close during Dead Days.

to students on campus who suffer from food insecurity by means of the Student Cupboard in the Industrial Technology Building. However, food security stems from more than what the Student Cupboard has to offer. We need to treat the myth that healthier food is more expensive as just that – a myth. There is no reason why the healthy alternatives already being sold on campus are expensive as they are. The closing of Taco Bell Express creates issues for many of those on campus, including the displacement of student employees with little time in advance to figure

out where to go from there. If this new eatery wants to truly address student needs, administrators need to keep in mind those on campus who want access to inexpensive dining options that will keep students fulfilled longer. While the thought of a $5 box doesn’t sound like an appealing dining option to all, students rely on the affordability that made Taco Bell Express more accessible to students eating on a budget. Students rely on eateries on campus to fill their needs for reasonable prices. However, dining options on campus have

been lackluster when it comes to just that – the current offers of Robertito’s, Panda Express and Subway are not entirely affordable and only give off the appearance of healthy, sustainable food options when, in reality, further action needs to be taken. Though chalupas and crunchwraps are delicious and their presence on Fresno State’s campus will be missed, the issues are larger than that. It’s about the institution doing what can be done to create opportunities for students to obtain healthy and filling food at a price that doesn’t affect the skyrocketing living and school expenses students are already dealing with.

Jordan Bradley • The Collegian

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Ag secretary witnesses ‘the future’ of agriculture

By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

On Monday, Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, spent the day visiting the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. Ross saw what students have been working on in the agriculture department. Her visit included a tour of the new Jordan Agricultural Research Center and campus agriculture facilities and classroom visits. “This is my chance to visit this beautiful new facility and see about the capacity that is being built for the future of California agriculture and to visit some of the classrooms and go out to the farm - have a chance to meet as many students as I possibly can,” Ross said. Ross said Fresno State is a large contributor in the world’s agriculture. “Fresno is the Ag world. When we think about California agriculture in the Central Valley, this is the heart,” Ross said. “Having this school here is a big reason for the success of Ag.” Ga-Lhiel Dillard, Jordan College senator for Associated Students, Inc.had lunch with Ross and toured the research center. “It’s a big deal here at Fresno State and in the Central Valley to have someone as influential as her be here in the hub of agriculture,” Dillard said.

Ross believes the future is in good hands after seeing the work the students do. Sandra Witte, dean of the Jordan College, said Ross would speak to multiple classes within the department as a networking opportunity for students. “It’s an excellent opportunity for the students to see how engaged their university is with the secretary of agriculture and food here in California,” Witte said. “I also think that all of our students benefit when they can interact with public figures and with people who are committed and have become role models for them and demonstrate successful careers.” Witte also said Ross would speak with individuals on ways to improve water conservation and sustainability for the upcoming seasons. She said that Fresno is an “area of excellence” for advancements in issues pertaining to the drought. “I think it’s a mutually beneficial opportunity for her to see what we’re doing and give us input on what we can do to further her agenda,” Witte said. “It’s [also] an opportunity for us to share with her what we’re doing and what she can do with us going forward. We are all dedicated to California agriculture. We’re here for the same purpose.” Ross saw first-hand what students are working on when she visited the advanced cooking techniques class in the culinology department. Megan Cunningham, a senior culinology

“I knew a J.D. would provide me with the tools I need to represent my community. I chose SJCL because it allowed me to stay active and connected to my local community while pursuing my degree.”

Razmik Cañas • The Collegian

Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross, observes Fresno State students in the advance culinary art course in the Family and Food Science building Room 108 on April 24, 2017.

major, and her team worked on two dishes as Ross observed them working in the kitchen. “It’s pretty exciting. Our program doesn’t get a lot of recognition, I think on campus and a lot of people don’t really know what it is. It’s pretty special,” Cunningham said. “She picked a good day to come.” The class was working on its poultry unit and was assigned to cook a duck and a Cornish hen using the techniques it had learned throughout the semester. “We are in the heart of agriculture and food, so I think it’s important for us to have

a program like this that takes the food that we grow and do something with it that’s productive for the community,” Cunningham said. “[It’s] something a lot of us aspire to do when we graduate.” Ross said she is very optimistic about the future of agriculture from the effort students are putting in today. “You will make a big difference. There’s nothing more satisfying than having a career in agriculture,” Ross said. “Being a part of nourishing people and caring for our environment.”

Community gathers to honor 102nd anniversary of Armenian Genocide

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Rev. Kevin Kasper gives a speech during the Armenian Genocide Commemoration on April 24, 2017. The event marks the 102 anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

COMMEMORATION from Page 1 never ever forget the men and women and children who perished in this terrible genocide, whose dreams were never fulfilled so many years ago.” For student Michael Rettig, a second-year graduate student in the history department and member of the Armenian Students Organization, the monument and the commemoration ceremony served as a great reminder for those not informed on the genocide. “I think just in general with everything that’s happening right now, with the commemoration there was a lot celebrities talking about it and with the movie that just came out, ‘The Promise,’ this weekend, it’s in discussion more,” Rettig said. Rettig said it made him feel very proud that there is an entire monument dedicated to remembering the tragedy faced 102 years ago. “My grandparents, my great-grandparents all have their stories,” Rettig said. “Just to know that students pass it every

day, and they’re able to learn about the genocide. The monument is going to be here for decades and decades, and they will be able to learn about our families.” Kara Statler, a sophomore theater major and also with the Armenian Students Organization, attended the ceremony and said the most important way to keep the memory of the genocide alive is continued awareness. “I think it’s just about keeping aware. Because our families and the people that we know have experienced something like this, we’re more inclined to stay informed,” Statler said. “We, at least the people I know, try very hard to keep in touch with things that are going on.” Rettig said that continued awareness of world events helps keep people informed. “As Armenians, our ancestors have been through it,” Rettig said. “We’re kind of more sensitive when it happens in other places in the world, such as the Yazidis massacres a couple years ago in Syria. It’s reminiscent to the Armenian experience.”





Highlighting educators’ excellence in the arts By Marina McElwee | @MarinaMashelle

At the end of every academic year, Fresno State professors and faculty are nominated and selected for a variety of awards. Of the 12 faculty members who were recognized this year, four of them were awarded for benefiting the lives of students in the field of art, entertainment and culture.



Dr. Benjamin Boone

Dr. Victor Torres

Boone, who has taught at Fresno State since 2000, recently brought one of the world’s greatest string quartets, Germany’s Verdi Quartet, to campus to aide music composition students. His musical compositions have earned him 18 national and international honors and awards.

Torres became a faculty member at Fresno State in 1996. He has displayed leadership and commitment to service through his work with the Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association. Torres has directed the highly acclaimed Mexican dance troupe, Los Danzantes de Aztlán, and led them to earn awards. His dedication to the university shows through his service in the Academic Senate and as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department.


Dr. Cristina Herrera While serving her students in the classroom, Herrera has also been published in reputable journals and books in the fields of Latina/o studies, literature and women’s studies. Her book, “Contemporary Chicana Literature: (Re) Writing the Maternal Script,” was a groundbreaking depiction of motherhood in Chicana/Latina literary studies.”


Dr. Alison Mandaville Mandaville joined Fresno State in 2013 and has contributed to teacher education, graphic novels and Azerbaijani literature. Her research on the poetry of Azerbaijani women has made much of the poetry accessible to English readers. Mandaville received the California State Classroom Teaching Excellence Award for 2016.

This week in entertainment Wednesday MCJ students film to show in theater Maya Cinemas Fresno 16 opens for the event at 8:45 p.m., and the film will start promptly at 9 p.m. After the 20-minute film, there will be a Q&A with the creators: Jacob Alvarado, Nick Ryan, Chad Saechao, and Derek Contreras.

Thursday Don’t Be Self Conchas Make conchas with the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, Gender Programs and Services, LGBTQ+ Programs and Services and Latino/a Programs and Services from noon to 2 p.m. in Thomas Building Room 110A.

Friday ‘I Can and I Will’ A social justice leadership experience with Gina Rodriguez from “Jane the Virgin” will be hosted by Cross Cultural and Gender Center and Student Involvement at 7 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union.

Saturday Filipino Culture Night: ‘Katipunan’ Magkaisa Fresno State will host an evening of Filipino culture from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union.

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Financing festivals: What’s worth your money? By Marina McElwee | @MarinaMashelle

With summer around the corner and festival lineups blowing up Twitter feeds across the country, it’s common for music lovers to feel their wallets shrink. So many great music festivals happen over summer, but which one gives you the most bang for your buck? Here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest music festivals to hit the West Coast this year.

5 $23


5 $27

Life is Beautiful 9 $29



Hard Summer


When and where? July 21-23 in Los Angeles, California How much does it cost? $299 + taxes and fees Who’s headlining? Missy Elliot, Bjork, Frank Ocean, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest and Erykah Badu What’s the hype? While most festivals feature electronic music as the focal point of the event, FYF is bringing a Hip Hop, R&B, and rock vibe to Los Angeles. FYF will be hosted at Exposition Park, in the heart of Los Angeles, which is sure to make your trip exciting and worth while.

Life is Beautiful

When and where? Sept 22-24 in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. How much does it cost? $275 + fees and taxes. Who’s headlining? Chance the Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz, Lorde, Blink 182, The XX, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa and Pretty Lights. What’s the hype? Life is beautiful is known for stacking its lineup with well-known artists who give you the most bang for your buck. In addition to music, the festival hosts comedy shows, art galleries and, this year: a talk on “Ideas” hosted by Bill Nye the Science Guy.


When and where? Sept 1-3 in Seattle, Washington How much does it cost? $235 + fees and taxes Who’s headlining? Flume, Lorde, Odeza, Weezer, Big Sean and Dillon Francis What’s the hype? The weather in Seattle at this time is perfect for a weekend spent outdoors. Bumbershoot features a crafts and vendors village where Seattle locals share their passions and sell their art and merchandise. The festival also offers free yoga classes in between intense performances.

Hard Summer

When and where? Aug 5-6 in Fontana, California How much does it cost? $179 + fees and taxes Who’s headlining? DJ Snake, Justice, Rae Sremmurd, Zeds Dead, Snoop Dogg, Dog Blood, Bassnectar and Migos What’s the hype? Hard Summer, like Coachella, offers camping at the venue. This amenity makes it more convenient to get to the event each day, and offers exclusive shows on the campground before and after the main events.





Women’s Tennis MW Championship Las Vegas, Nevada

Softball @ UNLV 6 p.m. Las Vegas, Nevada Baseball v. SJSU 6:05 p.m. Pete Beiden Field

Softball @ UNLV 4 p.m. Las Vegas, Nevada


This Week in Sports

Men’s Tennis MW Championship Boise, Idaho

Track & Field Baseball v. SJSU Fresno State Invitational 6:05 p.m. Clovis, California Pete Beiden Field






Softball @ UNLV noon Las Vegas, Nevada Baseball v. SJSU 1:05 p.m. Pete Beiden Field

‘I’m satisfied, but I know I can do better.’ TRACK AND FIELD from Page 8 DG: How did it feel to get a personal best and place first last weekend at the Bulldog Invitational? VS: It felt great. I got a personal record and set the national record back home. I’m satisfied, but I know I can do better. I want to throw over 50 meters, so I’m just looking forward. I’m satisfied, but not done. I want to break 50 meters, and I want to break the

school record of 51. DG: So you set the national record also for Bosnia and Herzegovina? VS: Yes, I have been the record holder for Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2014, so each time I break my record, I break the national record. I just want to go for more and hit the European standard for back home, which is 50 meters. DG: What is your favorite thing about being an athlete at Fresno State?

VS: I like how it is organized. Here, I can study and train in the same time that I don’t have at home. It feels great because at the same time I can do what I like the most, which is track and field, and study and be able to get my college degree. DG: Who is your favorite professional athlete? VS: I like our Serbian girl, Ivana Spanovic. She’s right now the best long jumper in the world. She was third in the Olympic Games, and is one of the best long jump-

ers ever. She’s really inspirational. DG: What are the biggest differences from living in Bosnia and America? VS: Everything is very different. Here, you have more opportunities for everything. It’s different. My hometown is very small, and you don’t get a chance to try each sport, whatever you want. Here, you have everything. It’s better for general conditions of life here, and sports especially. Back home, I didn’t have anything. DG: How do you like living in

Fresno? VS: I like it. It’s nice. But most of the time I just focus on training and studying, so I don’t go out too often. I like the weather here the most. I like warm weather, and I like sunny days, as it is here. DG: Is there anything here that reminds you of home? VS: Yes, the church that I go to, St. Peter Serbian Orthodox Church. Also, my hometown is very close to the ocean, so living here reminds me a little of that.

Slugging his way to Rookie of the Year THE PAWSPECTIVE from Page 8

Courtesy of Vanja Spaic’s Instagram

who’s historical comparison is Mickey Mantle. Expecting Judge to play at Trout’s level is ridiculous, simply because no one in baseball plays at Trout’s level and given that Trout is playing like Mantle. Although Trout is baseball’s best, he plays for the Angels, which are not one of the historically great and popular teams. The faces of baseball have typically been Yankees, such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, Mantle and Jeter. Judge has the potential to be next in line, and he has the demeanor, too. He seemingly never

takes credit when the Yankees win, instead he defers all praise to his teammates. Even after he hits monster home runs, he never puts himself above the team. After a 9-1 win on April 19, in which Judge blasted a 448-foot home run, a reporter for YES Network asked Judge if he surprises himself with his power. He replied in typical Judge fashion: “I’m just trying to make contact, swing at the right pitches. If I can do that, good things will happen.” Judge is a legend in the making, and as long as his success continues, baseball needs to rally around him like he’s Jeter.





Vanja Spaic

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Sophomore Vanja Spaic has earned the Top Dog of the Week honors for setting a new personal record at the Bulldog Invitational over the weekend with just her second throw that landed at 49.15 meters (161-3). Spaic is now ninth on Fresno State’s all-time javelin records in women’s track and field. DG: How did you end up at Fresno State? VS: A lot of colleges recruited me, but the coach from Fresno State, ex-coach Chris

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Baptista, recruited me. He found me, and that’s how I came here. When he recruited me, I talked with him about everything. And I liked the conditions here, and the weather here. DG: How did Baptista discover you? VS: He had a friend originally from Hungary who is coaching in America, and he told him about me. He found me from the European Championships results. They are always looking for new athletes to recruit, so he recommended me to him. DG: Is it difficult for you to be away from your family for nine months out of the year?

Sophomore track and field athlete Vanja Spaic

Year Sophomore

VS: It is difficult, but I talk with them often. I don’t have any problems because I know why I am here. I know my goals, and I’m not thinking in a negative way, so it’s fine. DG: How did you get started with javelin throwing? VS: When I was small, I tried every-

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thing. I did long jump, ran the 100-meter and other events, and I tried javelin when I was 13 years old. I continued doing javelin, long jump and everything. In the end, javelin was the best event for me. I went to my first competition and won, so I just kept doing it.



All rise for the honorable Aaron Judge By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Aaron Judge flies out in the second inning.

Arturo Pardavila III • Flickr

Former Bulldog Aaron Judge has arrived in the Big Leagues and is putting on a show with the home runs he launches into orbit. A rookie, Judge is currently the most captivating player in baseball and is a must-see every time he comes up to bat. Standing at 6 feet 7 inches and weighing in at 282 pounds, the Yankees’ right fielder is a behemoth. His humble approach to the game makes him the superstar Major League Baseball has been craving. Although he is only 24 years old, his home runs have pushed him to the forefront of baseball this season. The rookie is tied for third in the league with six home runs. The last two have been moonshots,

registering at 457 and 451 feet. When Judge first tasted the big leagues, he was immediately the center of attention. He started in legendary fashion, homering in his very first plate appearance. Although it is very early in the season, no rookie has stood out more than Judge, putting him on the inside track to win Rookie of the Year. At the end of the season, assuming Judge continues to produce, he should be honored as the league’s best rookie. Regardless of what the voters decide, Judge is as worthy a candidate since Derek Jeter retired in 2014 to be the face of baseball. Even though Jeter was the greatest player of his time, he wasn’t necessarily the best. This works in Judge’s favor. The best player in baseball is Mike Trout,


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