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Jose Romo for The Collegian • Fresno State wide receiver KeeSean Johnson stands amid snowfall during the Mountain West Championship game against Boise State on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, idaho. The Bulldogs won 19-16.





Lamas is finalist in Weber pres. search By Seth Casey Managing Editor

Weber State University has listed Dr. Frank R. Lamas, Fresno State vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, as a finalist in its search for a new university president, according to the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah. Lamas will join the other candidates on Dec. 5 at the WSU Ogden campus to meet with groups representing the university’s students, staff, faculty, trustees and admin-

istration, the newspaper reported. There will also be an open forum for the public to field questions for the candidates. The State board of regents will interview the candidates in a closed session on Dec. 6. The interviews may be followed by a public meeting that same day to make a selection, but the decision may not be made and announced until a later date. The finalists were selected from a pool of candidates by the 21-member WSU Presidential Search Committee over a several-month process of interviews and public meetings, the Standard-Examiner reported.

Lamas said he feels fortunate to be selected as a finalist in the search process. “I’ve aspired to being a college president, and when nominated for this great opportunity I decided to pursue it,” Lamas said. “Although I am very happy and love being a Fresno State vice president and serving our students, this gives me a wonderful opportunity and challenge to advance my career to the next level serving another great university.” Lamas has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. He has served in his position at Fresno State since May of 2014.

Previously, he worked as vice president of student affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington for more than nine years. Lamas earned his bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York at Potsdam and received his master’s and doctoral degrees at the State University of New York at Albany. The selected candidate will fill the position of president left vacant by Charles Wight, who announced his leave in January after a five-year tenure.

Forum targets sheriff’s work with ICE By Seth Casey Managing Editor

Local immigrant rights advocates from the ICE Out of Fresno Coalition and other community members met on Sunday to discuss the cooperation of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office with Immigrant Customs Enforcement (ICE). The meeting, held at an east Fresno church, aimed to respond to a previously held forum required by law by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 7. That forum meant to provide details about the sheriff’s office’s collaboration with immigration enforcement agencies. Sunday’s event featured speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and the Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), as well as individuals from the Central Valley affected by immigration laws. Gonzalo Melchor, a public health major at Fresno State and member of the Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action who served as one of the volunteers at the forum, said the goal of Sunday’s meeting was to make individuals aware of their rights when interacting with ICE. “What I would like people to take away from this forum is to gain knowledge that there are laws that the board is supposed to follow, that they’re [the board] not doing,” Melchor said. “A big issue that they have in Fresno is that ICE is arresting people in the courthouses.” Such arrests by ICE were deemed unlawful by Senate Bill 54, a bill signed last year by Cali-

view you to get information to deport you.’” Melchor also attended the Board’s Aug. 7 forum. He said the forum had been ended early and did not allow all the individuals who wished to voice their opinion to do so. “[The supervisors] weren’t paying attention to us. They were laughing and talking while the people were talking,” Melchor recalled. “They have responsibility over the sheriff’s office, but they’re not doing anything to prevent what the sheriff is doing.” Alexander Orozco, a political science student at Fresno City College who attended the event, hopes meetings like Sunday’s help educate community members on immigration law to better protect their civil rights. “It’s important that people know what rights they have in order to be safer,” Orozco said. “You can’t really depend on the governSeth Casey • The Collegian ment, considering all of the things they do that Maria Romani, ACLU immigrant rights policy attorney, speaks to Central Valley community members about the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s cooperation are detrimental, especially to disadvantaged communities.” with ICE at a public forum on Dec. 2, 2018. Orozco said he hopes to aid disadvantaged fornia Gov. Jerry Brown, which also states that This cooperation, Romani said, included communities by attending law school to serve police and sheriffs may not detain individuals 18,000 ICE interview consent forms being as an attorney, focusing on immigration law. for extra time that may lead immigration agents issued to individuals in the sheriff’s custody Melchor added that he would like to see to pick those individuals up. The law also proin 2017, of which 15,000 declined to be intermore Fresno State students take part in the hibits police and sheriff’s offices from allowing viewed. She also said that 223 individuals had discussion, and floated the idea of forming a individuals to be interviewed by immigration been transferred into ICE custody in 2017, of student group to provide an opportunity to adagents without the individuals’ written consent. which four were U.S. citizens. dress such issues on campus. Maria Romani, an immigrant rights policy “Mims was letting ICE into the jails, and “I know, as college students, we’re all really attorney from the ACLU Foundation of Calipeople would do interviews with ICE without busy in school,” Melchor said. “But, a lot of the fornia, spoke about the rights provided in SB knowing that it was ICE,” Romani said. “Now, students in Fresno State are from the area of 54 and offered statistics provided by Fresno law enforcement needs to let somebody know the Valley, and they need to be aware of what’s County Sheriff Margaret Mims regarding the in writing, ‘Hey, this is voluntary interview with going on.” sheriff’s office’s cooperation with ICE. ICE; you don’t have to do it. They might inter-


Solace in a poet’s presence By Melina Ortiz | Reporter


ireyda Barraza Martinez, once a Fresno State student who was better known as Mia, embodied a modern-day Chicana poet and activist hungry for progress, change and art. Barraza Martinez grew up in East Porterville, a low-income community with just over 7,000 people. The unincorporated area in eastern Tulare County is infamous for having been greatly affected by the recent drought. Issues such as those likely provided inspiration for Barraza’s work. “She had a lot of passion for the real world and for real community work,” said Jefferson Beavers, English department communications specialist. Tragically, Barraza Martinez’s life ended after a car crash at age 29 on Nov. 20, 2016. That reality continues to have a great impact on those who knew the selfless, encouraging student and teacher. But even after her death, Barraza Martinez remains everlasting through her radical poetry and its unique Latina perspective. Those who knew her say that her background didn’t define her. Instead it refined her into the empowered young woman who once walked through the halls of Fresno State. “She did everything with conviction, and I think this is apparent in all of her art and activism. It all comes from a proud heart, but also a heart of humility,” said Monique Quinta, Fresno State alumna and close friend of Barraza Martinez. Today, in her honor, a student can find peace near a Valley Oak tree and can rest upon a custom bench, both of which are located on the west lawn outside the Conley Art auditorium in memory of the late poet. The bench features handmade tiles, derived from Barraza Martinez’s art, by Una Mjurka, an assistant professor in the department of art and design. A plaque lies in between the tiles with lines from Barraza Martinez’s poem, “I am suddenly myself again,” from her manuscript “Brown Girl Noise.” Barraza Martinez was just a few months shy of graduating from the Master of Fine Arts program. She was also an associate instructor in the English department and a graduate assistant in the Laureate Lab Visual Words Studio. She did more than just put words on paper; she was a prominent figure in the Central Valley for her work as an activist for immigrant rights. She was involved in marches for immigrant



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A bench located near the Conley Art Building was erected in the honor of a late Fresno State student and poet. rights, Beavers said. Her parents were farmworkers, and Barraza Martinez and her sisters worked in the fields seasonally. “For a project in one of our graduate courses, we were Contributed asked to share Mireyda Barraza Martinez about our vision as writer artists. I remember Mia saying that she most wanted to be known for her politics and how proud she was of her people,” said Quintana. Barraza Martinez was multifaceted, often describing herself as “poeta,” “campesina” and “xicana.” “She was on a trajectory to have a very successful life in poetry and writing, in addition to her teaching and activism,” said Beavers. Soon after her death, her closest friends and colleagues wanted to honor her. One of those people was Dr. Magdalena Gilewicz, professor of English and director at the writing center. Barraza Martinez had been a longtime tutor at the center, and according to Beavers, Gilewicz had the idea to plant the tree in her honor. On Dec 9, 2017, a dedication ceremony was held in honor of Barraza Martinez, in which her family was posthumously awarded her master’s

degree. “Brown Girl Noise” wasn’t always the title of her manuscript. It was a theory developed by Barraza Martinez, according to Quintana, her freind. “She created a theory called ‘Brown Girl Noise,’ in which she examined the ways in which brown women were labeled as agitators when they articulated their thoughts, criticisms and desires in academic, creative, personal and other politically charged spaces,” said Quintana. Beavers remembers Barraza Martinez as the person who invited him to share his own work. He recalled a time she stood by the door of his office, introducing herself and asking what kind of work he had been doing. Beavers, at the time, didn’t have many personal writing projects, rather just blogs and work-related writing. “She said something to me that I’ll never forget, and to me it really encapsulates the person that she was: ‘When you hit a productive period, you’re welcome to join us any time for workshop,’” said Beavers. Quintana mostly yearns for those quiet moments from Barraza Martinez, “like finding her sitting alone in the Red Wave Bar, reading Galeano, or seeing her ride her bike down the sidewalk early in the morning,” Quintana said. “She found a lot of joy in those moments of solitude, and I think that’s a powerful thing, to be alone.”

Bush senior once called Red Wave tailgate the ‘fanciest’ Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush died Friday evening at the age of 94. Bush was no stranger to the Central Valley. During his presidential campaign in 1988, he visited a Fresno State football Homecoming tailgate, along with his wife and son, Barbara and Jeb, as the final stop in a six-city bus tour of the San Joaquin Valley, according to Collegian archives. During his brief appearance, he was given a red Bulldog sweatshirt by then-Fresno State President Harold Haak. Bush commented that the gathering of over 1,500 Red Wave fans was “the fanciest tailgate party I’ve ever seen.” Bush’s death comes just several months after the death of his wife Barbara, earlier this year. Bush served as the 41st president from 1989 to 1993. He is the father of both former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. -- Seth Casey

Student robbed A Fresno State student was robbed on campus in broad daylight Nov. 30, according to police. University Police said a student was walking in parking lot P6, east of the Peters Business Education Building, around 9:30 a.m. when a man came up and grabbed the student’s cellphone then pushed the student to the ground. The suspect then got into a car with two other people. Police said the car traveled toward Woodrow and Barstow avenues. The car is described as a 4-door light-colored newer model SUV. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 20s, with light facial hair. He was reportedly wearing a black baseball cap, black sweatshirt, black athletic shirts and gray sweatpants. Anyone with information is asked to call University Police at 559-278-8400. -- Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado


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First MW championship in five years By Jorge Rodriguez Reporter


n a snowy and wet Saturday night in Boise, Idaho, Fresno State emerged victorious by defeating the Broncos 19-16 to become the Mountain West Conference champions for the first time since 2013. The highly-anticipated rematch of last year’s championship started with Fresno State on the defensive side, stopping Boise State’s run and pushing for a fourth down. The play continued after a targeting call gave the Broncos 15 yards and a first down. In that same targeting play, the Bulldogs lost defensive back Arron Mosby, who was ejected for targeting. The Bulldogs got some help from the freezing rain and some pressure from the defense, which caused a fumble by Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien. This set the ‘Dogs up with good field position and a chance to take the lead. Fresno State took advantage of the fumble and scored the first points of the game, thanks to a 15-yard pass from quarterback Marcus McMaryion to wide receiver Michiah Quick. The Bulldogs’ lead wouldn’t last for long and in the very next series, the Broncos answered with a touchdown pass of their own. The touchdown was reviewed and upheld, and the game was tied at 7. The ‘Dogs scored two more field goals in the first half. They went to the locker room knowing they soon would receive the second half kickoff. The Broncos tried to get their running

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Fresno State defensive end Mykal Walker holds the Mountain West Championship trophy with head coach Jeff Tedford as President Dr. Joseph I. Castro cheers, following the ‘Dogs’ win over Boise on the blue turf. game going, since that has been a staple for them the entire season. However, the run plays were not able to get them into the end zone, and they settled for a field goal — which they missed. Not until the fourth quarter did the Broncos score again, thanks to a 34-yard rush by running back Alex Mattison. With that score, the Broncos tied the game and needed just an extra point to go up. That never came. Dogs’ defensive back Matt Boateng blocked the kick.

With the game tied 13-13, it became more competitive. Both teams fought for every yard in every play. The Bulldogs’ defense continued to play outstanding football, keeping the Broncos’ offense and their star running back Mattison from the Bulldogs’ end zone. The Broncos had possession of the ball with less than two minutes in the game, but the ‘Dogs’ offense denied them any yards, and Boise State decided to run out the clock and take the game into overtime.

During overtime, the Bulldogs elected to play defense first. That forced the Broncos to try and score first, which gave the advantage to the ‘Dogs, who held them to only three points. After a rush for no gain, the Bulldogs gave the ball again to running back Ronnie Rivers, but this time he was able to get in the end zone. That gave Fresno State the 19-16 win and ultimately, the Mountain West Championship.





KEESEAN JOHNSON WIDE RECEIVER Johnson had his most productive statistical season in 2018. The star pass-catcher set a career-high in receiving yards with 1,307 and tied his career-high in touchdowns with eight. In his last campaign as a Bulldog, Johnson proved to be quarterback Marcus McMariyon’s most reliable target. McMaryion often looked toward Johnson when the team needed a crucial first-down to keep a drive alive. Johnson had his greatest performances against Mountain West competition, registering four games of at least 100 yards, including 149 at New Mexico, 173 against San Jose State and 141 and 102 against San Diego State and Hawaii, respectively.

MARCUS MCMARYION QUARTERBACK In his last season as a Bulldog, Marcus McMaryion had top career numbers, accumulating over 3,000 yards in the season with 25 touchdowns and only giving up three interceptions. His season-long pass went for 86 yards against San Diego State University and his best game for the season was against Toledo, where he had a passer rating of 213.3 and a completions percentage of 77.4. For this season, McMaryion got All-Mountain West honorable mentions and got named as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award. McMaryion will now go on to face Arizona State University in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 15.



Rivers made a huge impact in his return to action following a spring practice foot injury. The sophomore scored eight rushing touchdowns in 10 games to go along with 531 rushing yards and three additional touchdown receptions, making him the highest scoring position player on the team, other than kicker Asa Fuller. Rivers averaged 4.9 yards per carry and was often relied upon to pick up first downs in short yardage situations, including at the goal line, which contributed to his high touchdown total. Rivers figures to be an even bigger part of the offense in his junior season, but will still split carries with running back Jordan Mims.

Senior Jeff Allison has been a tackling machine as a Bulldog. Allison led the defense in tackles for the second consecutive season. He recorded 126 tackles in 2017, followed by another highly-productive 2018, bringing down ball carriers a total of 109 times, including 59 solo tackles. The veteran led Fresno State’s defense to become one of the best in the nation. The ‘Dogs ranked second in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in scoring defense, allowing a miniscule 13.7 points per game. Allison was a driving force for a defense ranked No. 2 in FBS for defensive touchdowns with seven.

Where do we go from here? By Michael Ford | Sports Editor With the Fresno State Bulldogs at the top of the Mountain West Conference after their historic victory, it may be hard to imagine a scenario in which the university’s football team can ascend to even greater heights. Well, Fresno State Athletics Director Terry Tumey sees a way to do just that. But it won’t be easy. The ‘Dogs stand to lose a large segment of their veteran leadership with 26 seniors graduating, making the experience gained by under-

classmen paramount to the success of the 2019 football team. “You can’t replace those guys. What we can do is go out and find the new versions of those guys in order for us to be successful,” Tumey said. “As soon as [the Mountain West championship game] was over, we wanted to enjoy the championship a little bit, but the next day our coaches were out planning recruiting to find that next generation of Bulldogs.” The ‘Dogs already have landed a highly-coveted recruit to help restock the proverbial cupboard. Buchanan High receiver Jalen Cropper

verbally committed to Fresno State on Nov. 25. Cropper is the highest-rated recruit that Bulldogs head coach Jeff Tedford has landed in his two seasons. But with the looming uncertainty of Tedford’s future with the Fresno State program, it may be difficult to get recruits to commit until Tedford aptly declares his plans going forward. In the end, Fresno State teams come and go, coaches come and go. And championships come and go. As athletic officials ponder the football program’s next steps, the athletes also have plans of their own to draw out.


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Bulldogs who left a mark

Mykal Walker is a rising star. He accumulated 37 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles, amounting to a total of 78 total tackles, second only to Jeff Allison. Walker had more tackles for loss than any other defensive player on the team, and second most sacks on the team. Walker also had two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, with one interception. Walker was named defensive player of the championship game against Boise. Walker had career high numbers and will be looking to continue with that dominance for the Bulldogs’ next season. Writing by Michael Ford and Jorge Rodriugez.

And where athletes go after their collegiate athletic careers depends on their nurturance in the classroom as much as on the field. Fresno State president Dr. Joseph I. Castro, speaking with The Collegian before the championship, said that the university’s priorities are still with the academic development of the student athletes. “I think the definition of success is so important and, for me, the most important thing is that our student athletes and all of our students get a high-quality education and are well prepared for careers and for life,” Castro said. “Most of our student-athletes are not going to play in the NFL or Major League Baseball. There will be some … but most of our folks do other things.”







End of semseter survival Football tickets, donations By Yesenia Candelaria | ASI communications coordinator

By Leslie Weiser Psy.D., psychologist Stress. It’s unavoidable, especially if you’re struggling with exams and due dates during finals week. If you’ve been tempted to complain about all that you need to do or avoid doing your work until there’s no time left to waste, you might have noticed that these strategies don’t really help. The work remains hanging over your head; the pressure increases; and it feels like everything is going to come crashing down. When stress is rising, you might notice changes: headaches, sleeping more or less than usual, overeating or not eating much at all. You also may feel exhausted, anxious or just not care anymore. If this sounds like you, there’s good news. You don’t have to keep feeling this way. These signs and symptoms of stress are indicators that our body is in fight or flight mode. Fight or flight is an adaptive reaction that protects us when we are in life or death situations. The trouble is that looming exams and due dates can trigger the flight or fight response even though these situations are not threatening our life or may cause death, but our body doesn’t know the difference. So if you’re in fight or flight mode and you’d like to downshift out of it, here are some options: Try using deep-belly breathing. When you breathe slowly and deeply into the bottom of your lungs, it causes your belly and chest to expand and activates your parasympathetic nervous system (the system that tells your body that all is well). Deep-belly breathing releases oxytocin, which lowers the cortisol level in your body and allows your body to relax.

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At the same time, if you focus your awareness on your breathing, it takes your mind away from things that are contributing to your stress and into the present moment. That’s being mode. Maybe you have already been there. It’s when you’re out in nature and have to stop to look at something because it’s so beautiful you can’t do anything else. It could be when you’re so focused on a sport that you are aware only of what you are doing. Focusing your mind on deep-belly breathing can take you there too. It’s a powerhouse of relaxation. Another way to stop that fight or flight response is by putting your hand over the center of your chest (your heart chakra). When you focus your awareness on the space between your hand and your heart, you’ll notice a sensation of warmth there. That’s a sign that your body is releasing oxytocin. Stay with it and in just a few minutes you’ll be feeling good. If you couple that with deep-belly breathing, even better. Still feeling stressed about the looming finals week and final projects? Participate in one of the Student Health and Counseling Center’s end of semester survival training workshops. No appointment necessary, and drop-ins are welcome: December 5 at 2 p.m.; December 6 at 9 a.m.; December 7 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.; December 10 at 9 a.m.; December 11 at 9 a.m.; December 12 at 2 p.m.; December 13 at 9 a.m.; December 14 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the ‘Dogs at the Las Vegas Bowl! ASI is selling tickets for the Fresno State football game against Arizona State University on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas. The $25 ticket includes transportation and entrance to the game. Tickets are first come, first serve and can be purchased in USU Room 317. Students must show their student ID and driver’s license or California ID to purchase a ticket. Also, join us for our last Snacks With Senators of the semester! Meet your representatives and enjoy free Hungry Bear cookies from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the ag quad, located in the Agricultural Sciences Building!

Lastly, the 2018 Helping Hams campaign is seeking final donations and applications. If you would like to make a donation toward the campaign, donations will be accepted at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market in increments of $5 until Thursday, Dec. 6. If you or an organization you may know is in need of a meal this holiday season, there is still time to be considered for holiday ham donations by applying online at from now until Thursday, Dec. 6. The campaign’s goal is to raise $7,500 to purchase 250 hams for area families and students in need. For more information on the campaign, call 559-278-4511. ASI At a Glance is a weekly column written and provided by the office of the Associated Students, Inc. president.


Fresno needs Voter’s Choice Act Making voting accessible to everyone is a growing concern that has yet to be fully addressed by Fresno County. Those individuals who are disabled, who have English as their second language or who are unable to visit the polls the day of the election also have the right to make their voices heard. The state of California passed the Voter’s Choice Act in 2016, but only five counties -Sacramento, Nevada, Napa, Madera and San Mateo -- decided to adopt the act for the 2018 elections. Under the Voter’s Choice Act, voters will receive their mail-in ballots 28 days prior to Election Day. Citizens will have the opportunity to request ballots in their preferred language. The law also

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requires all participating counties to expand in-person voting early. This will open more vote centers within the county and will allow voters to drop off a mailin ballot, get a replacement ballot, update their registration or even register to vote. I think Fresno County should adopt the Voter’s Choice Act before the 2019 elections. It would really allow voters to have accessibility to voting and may mean greater voter turnout. While adopting the act may not guarantee greater voter turnout, it will be a start to promote voting and make the change for future elections. Learn more at -- LUZ ELENA ESTRADA, Fresno State student

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Tower Theatre hosts 10th annual Swede Fest By Paige Gibbs Reporter

Over 300 people gathered for Swede Fest ‘18 Monday to view 28 sweded films on the big screen in the historic Tower Theatre. Swede Fest is not to be confused with a Swedish festival, which is a common mistake, hosts of the film festival said. According to the Swede Fest website, “a sweded film is a low-budget, summarized re-creation of a popular Hollywood movie or TV show.” They’re essentially home video versions of films that inspire creativity. This year’s festival included re-creations of titles, such as “The Sandlot,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and a one-man-show version of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” -- all of which were crowd favorites. Sweded films are fun and aren’t taken too seriously, which allows both skilled and aspiring filmmakers to submit to the festival, according to the organizers. Participants included young producers from as far as Minarets High School

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Tower Theatre hosts the annual Swede Fest, a film festival featuring low-budget, summarized re-creations of popular Hollywood movies on Dec. 1, 2018. in O’Neals, California and Parlier High School. All films are required to have a running time of five minutes or less and contain family friendly content. This was particularly evident in the “Pulp

Catch a shuttle to Christmas Tree Lane By Marilyn Castaneda Reporter

Christmas is right around the corner, and we all know what that means ... Christmas Tree Lane is here! The Fresno tradition of driving down a 2-mile stretch of North Van Ness Boulevard started Dec. 1. The Christmas stroll takes people through a path of Fig Garden homes decorated for the holidays. Every year, two nights are made just for walking. The next night will be Dec. 11. A Shuttle Express, sponsored by Tree Fresno, wants to get you there. A pickup and dropoff station, called the North Station, will be located at Palm and San Jose avenues, near Shaw in the Guarantee Real Estate parking lot. A second station, the South Station, will be located on Van Ness Boulevard and Shields Avenue, near the Gazebo Gardens nursery. The parking lot in the North Station has a

lot of parking space that is safe with security, according to Lee Ayres, CEO of Tree Fresno. “People come from all over,” said Ayres. “As many as 50,000 people will come in one night.” The buses at the North Station will run from 5:45 to 9:15 p.m. South Station buses will run from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets to ride the shuttle are $8, and can be purchased at They may also be purchased on the Tree Fresno website and Facebook page, or on site the day of the event. Children on laps ride for free and assistance will be available to help load strollers. A wheelchair-accessible vehicle will also be available. Christmas Tree Lane is open from Dec. 1 to the 25, with only two nights open exclusively to pedestrians. Quick tip: If you are attending a drive night, drive south on Blackstone Avenue and take a right on Shields Avenue to enter Christmas Tree Lane. The traffic in through there is controlled with traffic cones, according to Ayres.

Fiction” sweded film titled “Swede Fiction” by Kevin Searcy. Guns were replaced with bananas and long monologues of Bible references were switched out for humorous self-references to the fact that a sweded film has a time limit.

Swede Fest is hosted by Dumb Drum, a YouTube film duo consisting of Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley, and FresYes Realty. Dumb Drum started the festival with the sweded film that prompted the team to organize Fresno’s Swede Fest 10 years ago, a sweded version of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” This version included a bright blue jump rope for Indy’s whip and a giant cardboard “ball” that rolled toward him, like in the famous scene where Jones narrowly escapes. Dumb Drum also premiered its “Captain Marvel” sweded trailer. Last year, Rodriguez and Harley sweded a shot-for-shot version of Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer. Dumb Drum films are characterized by their unique acapella versions of the accompanying film scores. Last year’s sweded films can be viewed on their website. Dumb Drum prompted community members to get inspired and submit their best sweded films for next year’s Swede Fest ‘19.

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A Bulldog fan waves a banner during the second half of the Mountain West Championship game between Fresno State and Boise State on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Boise, Idaho. The Bulldogs won the championship for the first time in five years, with a score of 19-16.

Bringing back the glory days By Michael Ford Sports Editor


hen Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers turned the corner, hurdled a defender and charged into the corner of the end zone on that snowy night in Boise, Idaho, history was made for the Bulldogs. The No. 25-ranked ‘Dogs clinched the Mountain West title for the first time since 2013, when the likes of quarterback Derek Carr and receiver Davante Adams dominated the conference. So it’s no wonder the win means so much for a program and fanbase that had starved for another championship – and a return to glory. “It was emotional,” said Brandon

Pollard, Fresno State band director of recruiting and a cymbals player. “I have been following Fresno State football since 2007 now, and it was magic. I cried, for sure. I screamed. We played the fight song right away.” It was the first time that the Bulldogs had won in Boise at Albertson Stadium since 1986, before the Broncos changed to their signature blue turf. That has been seen by many as a jinx for the ‘Dogs. “We knew the history of the teams, the history of that blue turf,” Pollard said. Fresno State Athletic Director Terry Tumey, in the midst of his first season at Fresno State, described the win as a seminal moment in his professional career as a college athletics administrator. “It was what I would really call the pinnacle of my career as an athletic

director, to be in a championship setting at this level with so much on the line. And really, most importantly, representing our institution as a whole,” Tumey said. “The game is really an example of where the institution is going.” The victory resonated with ‘Dogs fans, no matter where they were. Fresno State Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Chief of Staff Piper Walker was watching the game on television. “Everybody in the house I was in was super excited [and started] cheering,” Walker said. “Everybody in ASI was texting each other about how excited we were about the win and definitely looking forward to getting students to the bowl game.” Walker said that Fresno State’s win is an opportunity to revitalize pride in the campus and in the football program.

“I think that there is a new sense of energy on campus and everybody is throwing their support behind the athletics department and our football team,” she said. “[We are] definitely rallying behind them and showing as much of support as we can, win or lose.” Fresno State business management major Brianna Alberto said she thought the win could be a galvanizing force for the Fresno State student body. “Honestly, I feel very powered up. It makes our school feel closer together,” Alberto said. “I feel a lot more enthusiasm toward our football team. Everyone is just very excited and I think a lot of people are trying to go to the bowl game out there, so it’s pretty cool to see that in our community.”

December 5, 2018  
December 5, 2018