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ASI President Former student guilty of Zante’s next sexual battery By Jessica Johnson step: Finding the student voice @iamjesslj

By Razmik Cañas| @Raz_Canas Associated Students, Inc. President Blake Zante wants to hear from students. Heading into his third year in ASI, Zante hopes his listening skills can help set the agenda for this new school year. “Instead of telling them Daniel Avalos • The Collegian [students] to ‘come to ASI with your concerns,’” Zante said. “ASI is now going to students and saying, ‘what are your needs?’” Zante plans on asking for more feedback from students during his time in office. He said he wants the voices of everyone to be included. “Our goal is to talk to as many students as possible,” Zante said. “We have a senator that’s working on marginalized and unofficial groups and how to talk to them.” Zante is aiming to conduct networking opportunities known as “listening tours.” ASI members will head to different student groups on campus to listen to what the students have to say. “It’s a time for them to share their concerns or share their frustrations and share the things they enjoy about Fresno State,” Zante said. He said he plans to move forward with these conversations and use them to implement “better” change for the student body. “It’s about showing students that your voice matters, your vote matters, you’re an equal part of the process no matter where you are in the world,” Zante said. “Especially on Fresno State’s campus.” Zante said he also plans on building better relations with the surrounding campus community. His push on safety is already paying off with the opening of a satellite police station in the El Dorado Park neighborhood. He plans to work closely with the University Student Union Board in creating a new marketing plan for the new USU referendum. He said he plans on getting more student feedback on the proposed project. Ahson Haider, Zante’s chief of staff, will serve as Zante’s “right-hand man.” Much like Zante, Haider has a passion for speaking with others. He said he hopes that he can use that skill when assisting Zante with this year’s projects. “I love talking to people,” Haider said. “I would love the opportunity to talk to as many people as possible, learn as much as I can and gain real leadership skills.” Haider is a transfer student, and when he first arrived to campus he said he didn’t feel like it was the right fit for him. After getting involved with different organizations on campus, he realized that Fresno State was actually the best choice for him.


Former Fresno State student Deandre Jean-Pierre, 23, was found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery last Friday in Fresno Superior Court. Jean-Pierre, who once played the role of Fresno State’s mascot, TimeOut, was taken to jail from the courthouse, according to The Fresno Bee. At the end of November 2016, the Fresno Police Department notified university students that multiple victims had come forward with similar reports of alleged groping. Police said the incidents occurred from October through December. The victims told police they were sexually harassed

near University Village and Plaza Apartments. Jean-Pierre was arrested on Dec. 2 as the prime suspect. He was bailed out the next day. Jean-Pierre pleaded not guilty in February to five misdemeanor charges of sexual battery. Prosecutors dismissed one charge and Jean-Pierre later faced four charges of sexual battery. On Friday, a jury found him guilty of two counts. Jean-Pierre is now in custody and awaiting sentencing on Sept. 13. Jean-Pierre’s attorney, Franz Criego, argues that his client is a victim of mistaken identity and an “overzealous prosecutor,” The Fresno Bee reported. The Collegian could not immediately reach him for comment Friday.

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Former Fresno State mascot and student, Deandre Jean-Pierre, 23.


Freshmen voice ambitions

Dog Days offered students a glimpse of their future By Hayley Salazar

Michael Sanchez


Summer: the long-awaited rest period when college students pick up full-time work schedules or get ahead on units and save the weekends for traveling with friends or binge watching Netflix series in the dark. For newly graduated high school seniors now officially college freshmen, June and July was a transitional period in which they kissed what was once familiar good-bye and journeyed their way to Fresno State where their new chapter was set to begin. The Collegian sat down with three incoming students during Dog Days orientation to meet the new humans of Fresno State. “It’s really nice because I get to have a feel of what’s going to happen next year,” freshman Alek McDowell said. “I’m a criminology major, and I’m going to do the Air Force ROTC [program].” McDowell said he wants to join the military after graduation. He realizes he can fulfill his dream through the program at Fresno State. Times weren’t always so easy for McDowell. “High school was a lot of hard work, a lot of perseverance. Times were tough, but it’s all about going towards a goal.” Now, McDowell finds himself at Fresno State where the slogan is “Be Bold.” To him the phrase means being confident in oneself. “Be strong and just pursue your goals. Don’t let anybody drag you down,” McDow-

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ell said. Michael Sanchez, a Lemoore native said he plans to change his major to biology. “The first major I picked was actually not really clinical. I wanted to change it to something more accurate,” he said. Sanchez said he wanted to go to school where he’d be close to family. “I didn’t want to go too far, plus my mom would die without me,” Sanchez said. His mom said it’s true she would be at a loss. Rosamaria Jaramillo, Michael’s mother, stood by her son when she said,. “I think it came too quick in life. I think the hardest part for me is seeing him move out of my house and into Fresno.”

After graduation, Sanchez said he wants to join the Army and become a doctor. “I’ve always had an interest in the Army, and my girlfriend’s dad is a doctor and it kind of inspired me to follow that path,” he said. Sanchez’s mom said she was apprehensive when he said he wanted to join the military because although he would be a doctor, the opportunity to be deployed is a possibility. Chris Sanchez, Michael’s father, said his son has his plan together. “There’s a lot of kids who don’t know what they want in this stage in life, but he’s already got a plan in place, so he’s already ahead of the game,” Michael’s father said. “I’m proud of him.” Briana Rose Hernandez, a political science major and Bakersfield native, said she was inspired to pursue her major because of her experience in her high school’s mock trial team. “I played the victim a lot, so I had to do a lot of crying,” Hernandez said. She added, “I feel like victims are kind of silenced because they’re too afraid to get involved. Mostly because the character I had to play was an immigrant. With today’s immigrants being silenced, I felt a lot of emotions playing that character.” Hernandez said she wants to join groups on campus who advocate for immigrants’ rights. She also said being bold is to be oneself. “I’ve never really been a follower,” she said. During Dog Days, incoming Bulldogs were separated by major and led by Dog Days orientation leaders to different workshops and presentations. For George Cardoso, orientation leader and senior criminology major, this was his second summer with Dog Days. He found himself taking on a stronger leadership role this ear. “Since I’m a returner, I find myself answering questions instead of asking questions so it’s a lot of responsibility in teach






Did a “no” vote on the USU referendum matter?

A campuswide survey implies otherwise

By Amber Carpenter | @shutupambs Last week, the New Student Union Leadership Team sent out a campuswide survey to Fresno State students about the possibilities of, you guessed it, a new student union on campus. The survey is straightforward in its nature, and the student team administering it boasts the possible prize of an Amazon gift card for some lucky participants. But there is one flaw – it is biased beyond belief. The student survey comes after a semishocking “no” vote on the Bold New U referendum last semester, especially after the heavy push from members of the campus administration and students spearheading the movement toward a new student union. The survey feels as though there had been a “yes” vote on the Bold New U last semester. It addresses possible eatery options, as well as the accommodations and spaces to come in the new USU. There is even an option to outline the “ideal location” for the new USU.

“At this point, it feels as though those in charge of the new USU initiative are moving forward with or without the support of students who might think differently than those who want a shiny new USU.” However, what is alarming is an open-ended question at the end of the survey – “If you voted yes for the Bold New Union, Why?” It is clear from that question alone that leaders in charge of the new USU initiative are no longer interested in hearing why students would oppose a new student union, much less the costs or the students who are going to be affected by that cost. From this question alone, it is clear that they only want to hear from those who said “yes.”

At this point, it feels as though those in charge of the new USU initiative are moving forward with or without the support of students who might think differently than those who want a shiny new USU. While an obvious rebranding of the Bold New U, it feels underhanded simply because the students were asked to voice their opinions last spring. The vote was a hard ‘no’ and now it’s as though the vote didn’t matter. On paper, the new student union initiative seems perfect. Who could deny a student union that rivals that of San Jose State? Who wouldn’t love a full-fledged relaxation room or whatever else those in favor boast? Might students on campus love a new student union with eateries and state-ofthe-art facilities for clubs on campus to use? Possibly? But the student population has spoken. Whether or not they are being truly heard is the question. It feels as though the survey and vote were all a formality to a fate that has ultimately already been decided. Had a new referendum been brought about reviving the now-defunct Bold New U vote, the tone would be different. However, without an effort to observe a change-in-attitude with students in regards to the referendum, this survey seems more underhanded than anything else. There are strides being made to im-

prove the overall infrastructure of campus by Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro, but why not wait until problems with existing buildings are solved before we push the possibility of another – very expensive – building? The legacy of the campus might hang in the balance for those instrumental in this movement toward a new student union. But a legacy might mean losing favor from the students who vocalized a strong opposition in the first place. What’s the hurry to make sure we have more nap pods or vegan options? If the New Student Union Leadership Team can justify the need for a new student union at this very moment in time at the cost of Fresno State students who do not have a voice yet, and will not for a few years after the union is built, I invite them to. The New Student Union Leadership Team is welcome to write a letter to the editor addressing the need and necessity for a new student union. Has the financial situation changed? Or would this still increase costs to students? Explain. I’m sure students are eager to hear what the committee has to say, and they deserve an explanation.


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‘It’s about showing students that your voice matters’



STUDENT GOVERNMENT from Page 1 “I came to love Fresno State. I did not want to come here but now that I’m here, I absolutely love it,” Haider said. “I want everyone else to have that same amount of joy and excitement when they come on campus.” Zante said he admires how connected students become when when they’re part of bigger things at Fresno State. When talking to students he said he sees how much of an impact they are giving back to themselves and those around them. “All kinds of students here are either starting a new legacy as a first-generation college student,” Zante said, “or they’re following [a legacy] that their parents or family were Bulldogs.” Zante said he is also planning a community interfaith event in the spring with different local religious leaders as an opportunity to showcase diverse beliefs among students. By reaching out to many students, Zante said, he hopes differences can be used to unify the students throughout their academic journey. He hopes the diversity of the campus can showcase how each person plays a part. “We have students from so many different cultural groups, so many backgrounds. We have students who have different ideas, ways of thought,” Zante said. “When we bring that together, it’s like a beautiful mosaic.”

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Crowd gathers to rally against racism across the street from the Tower Theater on Aug. 26, 2017. The crowd joined together with chants and picket signs.

Rallying through peace, Fresno State protesters stand against hate By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

As Charlottesville, Virginia recovers from racial violence, Fresno’s Tower District bloomed Saturday morning with unity at a rally against white supremacy. “I wish all the rallies are as well-organized and coordinated as this one,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. The event involving more than 200 people ended with the same intentions of both organizers and law enforcement: peacefully. Dyer said he was happy to see the public interacting well with law enforcement. The chief was welcomed by many handshakes, pictures and “thank yous.” “We met with the organizers and found out what they want - and what their expectations are,” Dyer said. “Then we shared

with them what our expectations are and how we can help them have a safe event.” One of the rally organizers, Simone Cranston-Rhodes, took part in planning the rally after seeing the different racial issues occurring across the country. “Our rally was organized in response to the events in Charlottesville and the white supremacist rallies that are happening across the nation,” Cranston-Rhodes said. She preferred the Tower District as the backdrop for an event where individuals came and reflected on their differences. “We wanted to provide something in Fresno where people could come and stand up for love, unity and peace against white supremacy,” Cranston-Rhodes said. Fresno State student Harrison Schmitt, a psychology major, and his two friends came to the event with signs in hand. He said he knew he had to stand up for those individuals who are not having their voices

heard. “I think that the three of us have an immense amount of privilege being white individuals, and I think it’s really important that we show our support and we don’t stay silent,” Schmitt said. Fellow student Micah Olivas, a biochemistry major, said he came to the rally with the intentions of highlighting the racial tension and promoting diversity. “To enjoy freedom, we must be all-inclusive,” Olivas said. “Having this kind of conversation to become more of our national dialogue is really when change starts to take off.” The event included speeches by different cultural leaders from the community and various musical performances. “There are more people who stand up for civil rights and liberties for everybody in the United States than there are people who are white supremacist,” Cranston-Rhodes said.

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HUMANS OF FRESNO STATE from Page 1 ing the new guys the ropes,” Cardoso said. It’s humor and energy that helped Cardoso facilitate the morning ice breakers. This new leadership role has helped him to grow as a person, he said. “Personally, I gained the ability to talk to people. I learned how to talk to people, how to relate to people more and just kind of not to judge people. Everyone is coming from a different place and a different background,” Cardoso said. Maya Castellanos, orientation leader and junior, used her major in deaf education as a subject of interest to connect with her group of freshmen. “There was one girl that didn’t really know a lot about deaf education but decided that she wanted to major in it,” Castellanos said. “That was pretty exciting for me to see somebody that might follow into my career path.” Castellanos also offered advice to incoming students on their first year at Fresno State. Castellanos said that although it sounds

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cliche, she hopes the the students get involved and find their niche at Fresno State. “It’s such a big campus, but if they can find that one club, that one department that they really click with, then they get involved and make their mark here.” Castellanos said.


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Deals and dancing at Fresno State Night By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

Fresno State Night brought the first week of the semester to a close with a variety of activities for students to enjoy last Friday. Local businesses at The Square at Campus Pointe helped the student body to relax after their first week at school. Throughout the night, different activities were organized such as a DJ, salsa dance lessons and a concert featuring Call Me James, a band from Visalia. The event was planned by the Student Involvement Office with the intention of welcoming back not only students, but campus faculty as well, said Juan Guzman, a graduate assistant for the University Student Union. “We actually decided to do that at Campus Pointe because it’s a new space. It was built less than two years ago, and we want to showcase what this space has to offer to students,” Guzman said. “So there’s specials going on. Of course we have games and music, and it’s really an opportunity for the Fresno State family to get to know the space.”

Many of the businesses at Campus Pointe were involved in the event, with booths set up letting students know about their specials. Collect Coffee Bar, a local cafe opened in 2016, offered a discount to all students with their Fresno State ID and offered a free mug with any purchase. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Cold Stone Creamery each offered prizes to people who played one of the games offered at the event. Maya Cinemas Fresno 16 also had discounts on tickets later in the evening for students. Many people joined the activities after watching a movie. “It has so much liveliness to it, and people are so friendly. It’s so nice to have a little event off campus for everyone to go to,” said Frances Lundez, a first-year animal science major. Even students from out of town and other schools joined the event with other Fresno State students. “There’s a lot of people into it. You don’t get that over there at [CSU] Long Beach,” said Phillip Lopez, a second-year computer engineering major. With the amount of activities

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Students learn salsa dancing during Fresno State Night at Campus Pointe on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

available at the event, organizers wanted to show the campus community the full extent of what Fresno State has to offer. “[It’s] just another way of en-

gaging [with] the campus,” said Gerry Elizondo, assistant director of Student Involvement. “This is a great place to go out, but also to help students show different

outlets and things to do whether it’s on campus, [or] whether it’s here on Campus Pointe.”

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Fresno Foodie: Quesadilla Gorilla By Selina Falcon | @SelinaFalcon

Worth it?

Where is it?

What’s the hype?

Quesadilla Gorilla is serving gourmet quesadillas to the Central Valley and it is showing no sign of stopping anytime soon. The restaurant, which opened up its third location in July in downtown Fresno, offers unique combinations of locally sourced, fresh ingredients that take the average quesadilla to the next level.

Quesadilla Gorilla opened in March 2017 near Fresno High School at 608 E. Weldon Ave. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Their phone number is 559-412-7168. Another location opened soon after in July in downtown Fresno and is located at 744 P. St. It is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Their phone number is 559-272-8129. The first location opened in Visalia in October 2013 at 302 W. Main St. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Their phone number is 559.636.6375. There is also a Quesadilla Gorilla food truck. The schedule for the truck can be found on

What’s the cost? Quesadilla Gorilla’s “Unique Combinations” range from $4 to $8. You can also build your own for $8. Building your own quesadilla includes one choice of meat, one choice of cheese, two fillings and two sides. I decided to build my own, and with a soda, I paid $9.99.





Quesadilla Gorilla is one of Fresno’s newest gems and is well worth your money. The service is great, and you get a filling meal at an affordable price. Not to mention, there’s something there for just about everyone. The vegetarian option called the Atomic Veggie, or you can order a plain cheese quesadilla. They also offer a peanut butter and jelly quesadilla and a Nutella quesadilla. If you go to the Weldon location, after your meal you can head next door to Ampersand Ice Cream for dessert. If a coffee and a pastry is more your style, a few doors down from Ampersand is Kuppa Joy Coffee House. Whether it be a simple meat and cheese quesadilla or one stuffed to the brim with fresh ingredients, look no further than Quesadilla Gorilla for all of your quesadilla needs.

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A shredded beef quesadilla with cheddar cheese, tomato and cilantro, with two of Quesadilla Gorilla’s seven homemade salsas on the side.




Black eyes, black whiskers, a yellow nose and a big red bow it’s Hello Kitty. The iconic Japanese character was introduced to the United States in 1976. Since her debut, Hello Kitty has been sold in various forms, whether it be plush toys, on shirts, mugs and accessories. Now, she has a cafe and a cafe truck. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck made its second visit to Fresno on Saturday at the Fashion Fair Mall. The Hello Kitty-themed cafe truck sells Hello Kitty memorabilia and food items such as macaroons and cookies. The van itself is light pink and decorated with images of Hello Kitty and various treats. Fans of the iconic kitty stood in line to purchase items and take pictures in front of the van with their purchases.The first person in line at the event in Fresno was Salina “Sunshine” Barbo. Dressed in a Hello Kitty shirt, bow headband and accessorized in Hello Kitty items, Barbo said she arrived at midnight because she wanted to be the first person

to make a purchase. The last time the truck visited Fresno, Barbo said, she was also the first person in line. An avid Hello Kitty collector, Barbo has 971 items, not counting the day’s purchase. She has collected since she was a child. Longtime fan and Fresno State alumna Erica Sanchez-Barber said she arrived at 5:45 a.m. to buy her memorabilia. Sanchez-Barber said she purchased $200 worth of items for herself and her daughter. Like Barbo, Sanchez-Barber said she has been a Hello Kitty fan for as long as she could remember. She takes pride in being a Hello Kitty fan and felt saddened that she must leave behind her collection, as she is moving to Australia for work. Brian Malony, senior manager of marketing for Fashion Fair Mall, said he always looks for interesting entertainment for the mall and shoppers. Last fall, Malony was in contact with the the cafe truck for an appearance at the mall. After the truck’s successful appearance in March, Malony decided that the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck should pay Fashion Fair Mall another visit.


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Despite one year guarantee, Taco Bell faces uncertainty

By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

After announcing its closure at the end of April, Taco Bell Express is set to remain open for the 2017-2018 academic year It’s long term future, however, is up in the air. Megan Sarantos, manager of university dining services, said demolition of

Taco Bell Express came to a halt to ensure broader feedback regarding a replacement dining concept. Feedback from the campus community is at the top of the list for Sarantos given the financial and physical impact in changing a dining facility. “There is a significant financial investment required by Taco Bell for brand updates ​if the decision is made to extend operations

past May, 2018,” Sarantos said. Associated Students, Inc. Vice President Brandon Sepulveda said ASI will begin talks with Fresno State Vice President of Administration Deborah Adishian-Astone, Sarantos and the Food Services Advisory Committee to explore options for replacing Taco Bell Express. Some students were upset when a story about Taco Bell’s fate came out in The Col-



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legian. They felt blindsided. Adishian-Astone expressed regret over the process. Meanwhile, plenty of students were found eating inside the facility around lunchtime on the first day of school. Tables were occupied and the customer line stretched around the corner of the cashier counter. Maria Antonio-Pacheco, a second-year pre-nursing student, spent her first lunch of the new year enjoying one of her favorite food spots on campus. “[I felt] kinda sad because I always come here,” Antonio-Pacheco said. “It’s really fast. It’s much faster than all the other ones.” For students like Antonio-Pacheco who visit the facility at least once a week, the future of their dining options lies in the kind of feedback received by University Dining Services through dining surveys. Input from the campus community and students alike is a vital part of determining the overall desire to keep Taco Bell Express intact or replace its location with a new dining option, Sarantos said. “[Taco Bell Express] is really cheap. You can’t beat it,” said third-year kinesiology student Alex Ramos. “If they did replace it, I would hope that they can accommodate with the prices.” Similarly, Antonio-Pacheco mentioned that upon potential replacement of the Mexican-inspired food chain, she would want to see it succeeded by a healthier food option that also

offered reasonable prices. Sepulveda said healthy food and its affordability are the concerns he hears most from students. However, another goal for dining on campus is variety. “We strongly believe that Fresno State students deserve the best. We will be taking a long and detailed look at how we can better be serving our students,” Sepulveda said. Focus groups are a way ASI hopes to address concerns of affordability and how much students are willing to pay for healthy foods, Sepulveda said. “Considering the large amounts of students on our campus who are food insecure, taking away the cheapest food option on campus does not seem like the best decision,” he added Surveys will be designed in the coming weeks, Sepulveda said. The surveys will pinpoint student needs and wants for dining and are planned to be sent to student emails in late September or early October. “When decisions are made, like removing Taco Bell, ASI’s goal is to ensure that the student’s voice is involved in those decisions,” Sepulveda said. “We believe that we will come to a successful solution by the end of the school year.” WATCH: For video on this story, visit our website:




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Senior Lauren Torres (#2) celebrates in a volleyball match while playing for Fresno State.

‘I want to give everything I have left to the team’ VOLLEYBALL from Page 8 as a freshman to leaving as a senior,” Hutcheson said. “You mature, and Lauren [Netherby-Sewell] helps you through it all. Whether it’s school, food or anything, she’s there helping us.” Torres echoed Hutcheson’s sentiments. “Lauren helps you grow,” Torres said. “She helps you see things in perspectives that you probably would’ve never seen before. She not only teaches you how to be a better player, but also a better individual.”

Netherby-Sewell could not help but have a little fun with her players’ high praise for her. “They said that?” Netherby-Sewell questioned jokingly. “I know they think it, but they won’t tell me.” She went on to praise Torres and Hutcheson just as highly. She commended the strides the two have made academically, athletically and personally. “I think they both have made changes, adapted and matured in our program,” Netherby-Sewell said.

Torres and Hutcheson hope to take these strides into the next chapters of their lives. Hutcheson will be graduating in three semesters but is still unsure what she will be doing after college. Torres is planning to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree in sports psychology. She is in her last year of her undergraduate studies. Her dilemma lies in whether or not she wants to continue her education at Fresno State. “I’ve been in the Valley my whole life, so

I want to get out of here and see what else is out there,” Torres said. As for now, the focus is on this season for both players. The Mountain West Coaches’ Poll has Fresno State finishing 10th in the conference, Hutcheson and Torres hope to help lead the team to prove that poll wrong. “I want to give everything I have left to the team,” Torres said. “I know once the season’s done, I’ll be done because I don’t plan on playing overseas or going pro. I just want to end on a bang.”

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Defense seeks fresh start

Junior inside linebacker George Helmuth hits a blocking sled during practice on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

Fresno State’s defense is entering this season with a fresh mindset and new direction under defensive coordinator Orlondo Steinauer. The defense ranked 68th in the country in yards per game allowed and sixth in the Mountain West Conference. The coaching staff has been working hard since it arrived to transform the defense from the middle of the pack into one of the best in the conference. “We just had to build a strong foundation,” Steinauer said. “We had to let [the players] know what our standards were and what our expectations were, because just holding them accountable to stuff that

they don’t know makes it tough and frustrating for any individual.” The defense looks different from recent years, transitioning to a 4-3 base defense from a 3-4 scheme. New players will fight for playing time with the new game plan. Johnny Johnson and Kesomi Mafi, two transfers who could be key players at the cornerback and safety positions, offer promise that the ship can be turned around. However, the goal is to have at least two quality players in each position defensively, head coach Jeff Tedford said. “Every position on defense is competitive and up for replacement,” Tedford said. “It’s important to have depth, so we’ll trade guys in-and-out to have at least two deep in every position that’s quality. Very few guys have a lock on a position.”

While some players look to gain a spot on the depth chart, others look to lead. “James Bailey has been a consistent leader,” Tedford said. “Through spring football, summer program and through camp, he’s been very consistent and does a great job motivating the defense.” As a freshman in 2015, Bailey played in all 12 games with three starts. He accumulated 47 tackles that season, which tied the record for most tackles by a Bulldog freshman. Kevin Adams accomplished the same feat in 1995. Bailey ranked No. 5 among true freshmen in the Mountain West in tackles that season. His numbers only improved his sophomore year in 2016, and now in 2017, the leash to the defense is his for the taking. “I think [Bailey] has taken another

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step,” Steinauer said. “He’s been more vocal but most of all he comes to work every day and works hard.” Steinauer said that Bailey has something called “a care factor,” which is hard to evaluate on tape. “He really cares, and the good thing is he’s not alone. I would echo what coach Tedford said, he’s got a bright future ahead of him if he keeps his head on straight.” Bailey agreed with Tedford and Steinauer’s assessment. “I consider myself the leader of the defense,” Bailey said. “I’ve been here since my freshman year, and now I’m coming up on my junior year. Just growing up and being here, I had to sit back and learn from other guys and learn from their mistakes so I could become a leader.”


Senior duo looks to lead volleyball to success By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2

Lauren Torres and Jacqueline Hutcheson are looking to make the most of their final season playing collegiate volleyball for Fresno State. Torres and Hutcheson are two of five returning starters, but more notably are the two lone seniors on the team. “I’m pretty excited, and it being our last season, it just makes me want to give everything I have to give to this team and finish on a high note,” Torres said.

Hutcheson led the team in service aces with 53 last season. She said another huge part of the excitement is their six new teammates – four transfers and two freshmen. Torres said new and returning teammates are looking to her and Hutcheson for leadership due to their unmatched experience. “We’re basically the ones that have to lead by example and show them how it’s done,” Torres said. “We’re not so much vocal, but we just show them the way drills are supposed to be done.” Both Torres and Hutcheson had much to say on the impact that being a student-ath-

lete has had on various aspects of their lives, starting with their time management ability. “You’ve got to go to class, do volleyball, leave on a Wednesday and come back on a Sunday, and then have two days here and then leave again,” Hutcheson said. “It teaches you how to be really responsible with your time.” Torres said that being constantly in motion because of volleyball has taught her to love the “grind” that comes with balancing school and the sport she loves. “It changes you, and it’s a good change,” Torres said of her experience as a stu-

dent-athlete. These changes are reflected in the efforts that both have made academically. Hutcheson and Torres have both made the Academic All-Mountain West Team, three times and once, respectively. Both players advised student-athletes and students alike to stay organized and plan ahead in order to be successful. But as for their own success and growth, they attributed a lot of it to head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell. “You just grow a lot from coming in