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Two students, one goal – the start of a holiday tradition


By William Ramirez @Willoveslakers2


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illions of families will come together this holiday season to enjoy festivities and new or old traditions. For two Fresno State students, a new tradition for them during the holidays will be to bring awareness about homelessness and delivering food to those who call the streets home. One of those students, Ryan Toole, third-year advertising student, went on a trip with the Advertising Club to an agency near the Poverello House and saw first-hand the conditions of the impoverished area around it. The Poverello House, which offers food, rehabilitation, hygiene products and a place for the homeless to sleep at night, is a shelter near downtown serving the homeless and hungry in the Central Valley. When Toole noticed on his recent trip that the Poverello House’s small housing community was overflowing with people in need of help, “the lightbulb clicked in my head that we needed to do something,” he said.

“The lightbulb clicked in my head that we needed to do something.” —Ryan Toole, Advertising So he called his friend, Adam Balakin, a fourth-year English major, to help purchase supplies and prepare sandwiches. They delivered the lunches on Thanksgiving Day. They ventured to a local Walmart, where they purchased cheese, ham, water bottles and chips before heading back to Balakin’s home to prepare 50 lunches. It took them no more than two hours, Toole said. Once finished, they loaded the lunches into a car and took them to the streets surrounding Poverello House.

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Boise State defenders bring down Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers (20) in the Mountain West championship at Albertsons Stadium on Dec. 2, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 17-14. See page 8.


Third downs converted by Fresno State on 13 attempts


Third downs converted by Boise State on 17 attempts

ictor E. Bulldog III is a step closer to having his own stage after three individuals and two teams were announced as the five finalists for the “Victor E. Bulldog III Design Challenge.” The competition, which began on Oct. 10, gave participants until Nov. 15 to turn in a three-page design narrative for a stage that could safely support and transport Fresno State’s live mascot, while also making him more accessible to those who have trouble kneeling low to the ground. The individual finalists are: Sreekanth Rudraraju, Pasan Liyanagama Kankanamge and Bhavesh Jeevanlal. The first team consists of Thomas Bayhi, Johnny Armanino, Garry Gong, Arnold Park and Rogelio Romero – all have taken part in robotics competitions in the past. “We entered hoping we would make it far enough to be finalists,” Bayhi said. “We were pretty sure we had a good chance, but it felt good to get the news that we would be one of the Top 5.” Bayhi said his title as “team lead” was more of a formality, stating that the title meant nothing to him or his teammates because the stage design was a team effort. He also said that each member contributed equal time and lined up their contributions to match up with what they had learned in their respective fields of study. Bayhi is a public relations major and said he chose to focus on the branding that would go on the stage. He left most of the engineering and robotics aspects to his teammates. The second team is composed of Miguel Ramirez, as team leader, Jordan Vasquez, Christopher Smith and Aizia Thao. Being an individual finalist, Rudraraju, a mechanical engineering graduate student, said he was really excited to be in the Top 5. What excited him even more was the opportunity to more thoroughly explain his design in front of the judges on Dec. 8 at the Fresno State Smittcamp Alumni House. “I can really explain exactly

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An Interview with Tyler Turk – Founder, Crated with Love

By Conrad Kimball | @fs_entrepeneur

Tyler Turk is a Fresno State Craig School of Business alumnus and the owner of Crated with Love, a business he started after a class project. Turk owns and operates his business in Fresno. Conrad Kimball: What does your business do and when/why did you decide to start it? Tyler Turk: Crated with Love is a date night subscription box that offers couples a date night every month. I launched Crated with Love in Dec. 2014. I saw it as an opportunity to grow my skills as an entrepreneur by creating a business that solved a problem in my own life. CK: Why is it important to be an entrepreneur? Why did you decide to be one? TT: Entrepreneurs are the ones who solve problems. I didn’t know what entrepreneurship meant. However, I always had dreams of owning my own business and coming up with creative solutions. Once I took entrepreneurship classes at Fresno State, I realized it fit perfectly with my personality. When I was a kid, I pretended to own my own business. My brother and I pretended to own our own restaurant when we were little. We would come up with fake recipes and pretend to serve guests. It was never about the monetary side of it. It was all about the idea of helping people

with a problem. CK: What was the biggest challenge for you and did you ever want to give up? TT: There was never a point where I wanted to give up, but there were plenty of times where I asked myself, “Why did I do this?” or even more importantly, “Should I keep doing this?” There was never a particular moment, but you start a business with this perceived idea of what owning a business means, and too many times we think about the glamour side of owning a business – being your own boss or setting your schedule. It’s a lot more stressful than I thought, and that has been the hardest point in owning the business. Most people don’t understand how much work it is. CK: What was your experience as a student entrepreneur? TT: It was the best thing that I could have done while I was at Fresno State. The lessons I learned while I was running my business were invaluable, and I was able to apply the things I was learning in my classes. Instead of studying just to take a test, I was studying to help my business. CK: What advice can you give to future entrepreneurs or those who have just started a business? TT: Be fluid. Be able to adapt. There is a 99 percent chance that it doesn’t go the way you think it will. There will be failures. There will be rough days and sleepless nights. You have to be able to adapt. Once you’re through learning, you are through. As soon as you think you know everything that’s when you should give it up. Every day I wake up and ask myself what is something I can either improve in myself or in my business. CK: Where will you be in the next 10 years?

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Tyler Turk, pictured on March 7, 2016, shows a Date in a Crate box, now known as Crate with Love.

TT: I don’t know. I say that on purpose. I don’t want to know. I never have a goal of where I’ll be in the long term, I am just worried about where I’m going to be tomorrow. I think more about how am I going to get 1,000 more subscribers this month. – If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, consider joining the Entrepreneurship Club! All majors welcome. The club’s Facebook page is @CEOfresnostate

Conrad is an entrepreneur by nature. He currently runs an online marketing business, UNICO Marketing LLC, while serving as the current president of The Entrepreneurship Club at Fresno State and finishing his last semester at the university. He says he has had more failures than successes, but is always looking for new ways to innovate. Additionally, he says that financial literacy is extremely important no matter the profession students choose and having the ability to live a life without worrying about a bank statement.

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Students hope to get more volunteers to feed homeless GIVING from Page 1 Toole and Balakin filmed the process to document the hardships faced within the homeless community and to offer a chance for others to help. The first part of the mini-documentary was released to YouTube on Nov. 26 and has quickly gained views. Toole described the sight as “overwhelming,” as video showed lines of tents covering four blocks and people with their scarce belongings. Many told Balakin that they were veterans. “Even though we expected a lot of people to be there, the sheer amount of tents and people we saw was startling,” Balakin says in the video. Some people asked not to be filmed so Balakin honored their request. In less than 15 minutes, the lunches were nearly gone. “They were helping each other out,” Balakin said. “Some people were handing out bags to people in wheelchairs. They were being generous with each other.” Toole said that handing out lunches was overwhelming in itself. Although he was happy to be able to give some help to the homeless, he knew that there is more that people do. He said he was humbled by the overall experience and enjoyed a few long conversations with the people between their stops. “If more and more people take action


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and they try to help in whichever way they see they can, maybe we could prevent it before it becomes something like Skid Row in L.A.,” he said. The students decided to bring food to the area again. The second time they set a goal to double the amount of sandwiches and to bring blankets, as well. Since posting their video online, many have reached out to Toole and Balakin asking to help. “We have so much help now, we feel like we could do so much more,” Balakin said. “Whatever we get is going to get sent out.” Toole and Balakin are looking to rent a location for their second trip on Dec. 16. They planned it to take place after finals in hopes to get more students involved with the effort. Their goal is clear – begin their own new tradition of exhibiting the good that there is within individuals during the holiday season. Daniel Avalos • The Collegian The two students have set up a donation page to collect funds for supplies. Their CONTEST from Page 1 initial goal was to raise $30, but due to an increase in interested volunteers, they are looking to raise it. how I thought of the design and how I “People want to help, they just don’t really made the design,” Rudraraju said. know how,” Balakin said. Rudraraju said he chose safety as the focal point of his stage and feels like this is what sets his design apart from the others. “I feel like the safety of Victor E. Bulldog WATCH: for video on this is most important,” he said. “In all design story, visit our website: considerations, I made sure to take care of the extreme safety needed.” Jeevanlal, another of the individual

finalists and an engineering graduate student, chose to focus on the portability of the stage. Jeevanlal said his stage can be folded, thus making it easier to transport when Victor is on the move in his vehicle. He also credited being a graduate student for the knowledge to create his design. He said his background gave him an advantage over those still in their undergraduate studies. “Being selected, that shows that my knowledge on the subjects and the core is good, that makes me proud enough,” Jeevanlal said. Rudraraju, also a graduate student, agreed with Jeevanlal. Following the design presentations on Dec. 8, the winner will be selected during finals week. That winner, or winning team, will be awarded $1,000. Each of the finalists have different plans for that money, if they were to win. Rudraraju said he plans to give his money to charity, but he is unsure which one. Jeevanlal said he would use the money to pay for his graduation project. Bayhi and his group are thinking along the festive side of things. Still unsure of where all of the money would go, Bayhi hopes the first few dollars will be spent on a celebratory pizza party.





Foo Fighters finally visit Fresno By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon



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Foo Fighters’ lead singer and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl gives an electrifying performance, Dec. 1, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.

If Dave Grohl, lead singer of the Foo Fighters, says it is going to be a long night – believe him. Last Friday night, the rock band played to thousands at Fresno’s Save Mart Center for over three hours straight on the band’s “Concrete and Gold” tour. The show began at 7:30 p.m. with English rock band The Struts, which had high energy and brought the crowd of those who showed up early to its feet. At one point, Luke Spiller, vocalist for The Struts, said he was aware many in the audience were not there to see them, but he thanked the crowd for showing up early anyway and for supporting them.

At 8:50 p.m., the Foo Fighters took the stage. Right off the bat, the band had the crowd on its feet, head banging and singing along to every song. Grohl gave fair warning to the crowd that it was going to be a long night, which made perfect sense considering the long list of songs the band has released over the past 22 years. Over the three hours, the band did a good job of playing songs from throughout their career, making sure to satisfy both old and new fans. “I’m sorry it took us 22 years to come here,” Grohl said before playing a number of encore songs. A few highlights of the night: • Grohl asking what day it was, then proceeding to sing a line of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” • The crowd singing along to “My Hero.”

Grohl asking the crowd when the last time the Foo Fighters played Fresno was, and him not believing it: “Are you [expletive] serious right now? Whoops. Sorry.” • At one point, the stage lights went dark, so the crowd turned on phone flashlights to light up the room and the band. • Drummer Taylor Hawkins and Grohl switching roles, and bringing out Spiller to do a cover of “Under Pressure” by Queen. • The tribute to Tom Petty with a cover of “Breakdown.” The Foo Fighters played until just past midnight, and managed to keep the crowd engaged the entire time. That in itself is a testament to the band and its music. Here’s to hoping Fresno won’t have to wait another 22 years for the Foo Fighters to be back in town.


Brush up on your Shakespeare for ‘Verona’ By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian


EXCELLENT I’m going to be honest. I had no idea what was going on while viewing the latest production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” by Fresno State’s University Theatre. This adaptation, directed by Brad Meyers, takes one of William Shakespeare’s earlier comedies and updates it to the 1950s. Other than the time period difference,

setting and costuming, the story is essentially the same. One of the issues is that I did not know the story. Unless you are heavily involved in theater, really love Shakespeare or were forced to read “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” while in school, then you may end up a bit confused. Or like me, you will end up so confused that during the intermission, you try looking up the plot on Wikipedia before you have to go back in to make sense of what is happening. So, here’s what I learned. The play focuses on two friends, Valentine and Proteus, both from Verona (what a surprise) with Val-

entine getting ready to leave Verona for Milan. Proteus, however, is in love with Julia, a girl from his town who he cannot bear to leave. The plot twist isn’t really a surprise – Proteus ends up leaving Julia anyway to chase after Valentine, which then causes Julia to chase after Proteus, and a big mess ensues. The actors all did wonderfully. Kai DiMino and Steven Weatherbee, who played Valentine and Proteus, respectively, had great chemistry on stage. They both brought their characters to life with intense physicality and emotion. However, the real star of the

show was Steve McQueen, the real, amazing, fluffy-eared, scruffy dog, who played Crab, the pet of one of the characters, Lance. The play had some ridiculous moments. During one scene between Valentine and Sylvia, played by Lauren Folland, the background cast breaks out into this weird spoken word song, reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, also known by its opening line “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” Another time one of actors starts speaking in Spanish, to which Valentine then responds back in Spanish. So while it seems that most of the play stuck to the original text,

they included parts that deviated so far from the original that it left me confused. It was entertaining, but did not make sense to me. The setting was another aspect that did not fit. For this production of the play, the setting was changed to the 1950s, but it seems like that was done just to have the characters dress in leather jackets or look like beatnik poets while they recite poetry set to a guitar; then they went back to speaking in Early Modern English. While this production definitely had entertaining moments, it may be difficult for those not already familiar with the work. It would be wise to brush up on some Shakespeare just to understand what the actors are saying. Otherwise, you’ll end up like me: lost, confused and reading the plot description online.


‘Photos With Santa’ is festive family fun By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

Fresno State got into the holiday spirit on Saturday at the Fresno State Alumni Association’s ninth annual “Photos With Santa” event. Although the event has been happening for nine years, it was the first year the Alumni Association partnered with the Fresno Police Department’s “Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life” to put on the event. Matthew Schulz, director of engagement for the Alumni Association, said every year the event averages around 500 people over the four-hour period it takes place.

“The Fresno PD has done their own Santa event, and they were looking for a new home,” Schulz said. “So they reached out to campus, and they connected with [Associated Students, Inc.], and ASI knew about the ‘Photos With Santa’ event, so they referred the Fresno PD to us.” “[The Police Department] said they averaged about 1,500 [people] for their event, so we figured, well, hey, that would make our event that much stronger if we’re combining forces, I guess you could say,” Schulz said. The event began at 10 a.m. at Smittcamp Alumni House and went on until 2 p.m. Photos with Santa and Fresno State mascot

TimeOut took place inside the house. Victor E. Bulldog III was also available for photos for $10. “One of our sponsors of the Victor E. Bulldog program, Plato Pet Treats, they actually support local no-kill shelters,” Schulz said. “So half of the proceeds that people pay for [a photo with] Victor E. Bulldog, half of that actually goes towards no-kill shelters.” After every photo, kids were given a teddy bear, a piggy bank shaped like a paw print, a sticker and a candy cane from the Fresno Police Department. Out on the back lawn, Christmas music played as parents and kids did arts and crafts and enjoyed cookies. Kids made snow-

flakes out of coffee filters, candy canes from red pipe cleaners and white beads, wrote Christmas lists for Santa, and there was also a coloring contest of a drawing of Victor E. The Kennel Bookstore also was there, selling Fresno State gear and clothing at reduced prices. Kremen School of Education faculty member Jessica Hannigan said she came to the event to show support and to bring her 1-yearold to see Victor E. and Santa. She said it was her first time attending the event. “I think this is critical to just bring all the kids together and keep the families off of their phones, off of technology, and be

together doing things like this,” Hannigan said. Fresno State alumna Liz Molina said it was her third or fourth year attending the event with her family. She said each year is a little bit different. Molina sat at a table with her daughter, Eliana, and said having events like “Photos With Santa” is important for the community. “This event, in particular, it’s a free event, and some families don’t have the extra resources to go do extra things during the holidays,” Molina said. “They’ve got lots of crafts for the kids to do that are free, and it’s just–” “It’s fun,” Eliana said. “It’s fun,” Molina agreed.





‘Christmas in Mexico’ bring holiday spirit By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2

Los Danzantes de Aztlán tapped their shoes, waved their dresses and welcomed in the Christmas season in front of a packed Satellite Student Union (SSU) on Saturday with the 30th rendition of their “Christmas in Mexico” show. The audience made its presence known throughout the entire night. The dancers’ Mexican shouts were echoed with an equal amount from the audience. The 800 seats in the SSU had trouble seating everyone. Some people were asked to stand. That caused a security problem, and in order to get everyone into a seat the music was stopped in the middle of Los Danzantes de Aztlán’s performance of a dance from the Hidalgo region. The dancers finished their performance nonetheless. The audience rewarded them with the most thunderous cheer of the night. “To be honest, it was really freaking empowering,” said Austin Romo, a dancer and Fresno State student. “It was like we said, ‘Screw you, man. We’re gonna do this.’” Parra added that it felt good to

have “la raza” behind them in such a difficult moment. Los Danzantes de Aztlán, according to its website, was founded in 1970 by professor Ernesto Martinez in the department of Chicano and Latin American studies at Fresno State. The goal of the group was to showcase the many regional dances of Mexico. The “Christmas in Mexico” performance was a two-hour showcase of folklorico dance. The Danzantes received help from a number of other dance groups. Fresno City College, Central High School and Clovis High School all contributed their own performances. Los Danzantes Juvenil, an all-children extension of Los Danzantes de Aztlán, also performed. The night opened with speeches of gratitude. The first was from Dr. Victor Torres, professor in the department of Chicano and Latin American Studies at Fresno State and director of Los Danzantes de Aztlán. “We are happy that 30 years later this tradition has continued here at Fresno State,” Torres said of the show. Dr. Christina Herrera, chair of the department; Dr. Michelle

DenBeste, dean of the College of Social Sciences; and Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, all followed suit. “For over 40 years, Los Danzantes de Aztlán have served as a symbol of the beauty of our Mexican-American and Chicano culture, and the resiliency of our people,” Herrera said. “I’m deeply honored to be here at an event that not only showcases Dr. Torres’ commitment to folkloric dance, but also the students’ hard work.” After the opening speeches, the performers were able to begin their dances. Each performance showcased a different region of Mexico in its dance. There were 11 dances and 11 regions represented. Each region gave its own flare and uniqueness via attire and dance styles, making no dance too similar to the next. The Yucatan region, performed by Los Danzantes de Aztlán, featured the women decorated in colorful floral dresses and had their hair dressed with flowers similar to those on their dresses. The dance incorporated handheld fans and rebozos into the choreography.

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Dancers take the stage in the Satellite Student Union for the 30th annual Christmas in Mexico Folklorico Show, Dec. 2, 2017.

“As we learn new material, we’re learning about the culture. When we learn a new region, it’s like ‘Wow,’ you know?” Estevan Parra, one of the Danzantes, said. “It’s beautiful to know the origin of how this song was created, [and] how this dance was created.” Parra added how much his time as a dancer for this dance company has helped him garner pride in his Mexican heritage, something he said he never really felt before. Some of the dances, like the one that showcased the Baja California region that was performed by Fresno City College students, featured a fast-paced rendition of the folkloric dance – a style influenced by Europe that was heavy with tapping and traditional Mexican shouts. Other regions, like Veracruz –

performed by Clovis High School students – took a much more patient and serene route. This dance emphasized slow music, long and fluid motions, and the female dancers balanced a candle on their heads throughout it all. Julisa Maldonado, who came to watch her niece, said, “I was Googling some of the Mexican states that they were mentioning, just looking at the geography, and the costume changes.” After all of the performances were through, the show transitioned into a raffle of gift baskets and an auction of some PINK clothing. Torres concluded the show with an extension of gratitude to each and every one of the dancers in his group.

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Did this campus ad go too far? It was taken down By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

An advertisement in front of the Fresno State Henry Madden Library drew criticism last week from one professor who said it went too far. The ad was later taken down. It began when Fresno State English professor Randa Jarrar tweeted a photo on Nov. 29 of an ad suggesting to students who are in need of money to donate plasma. “Bank account low? No Worries. Donate plasma,” a portion of the ad reads. Donating plasma involves removing blood from a donor’s arm, according to Grifols, the advertised company’s website. Plasma, as described by the company, is the “liquid portion of your blood.” “It contains important proteins that are responsible for vital functions such as helping your blood clot and defending your body against infections,” according to the website. It also says plasma is “quickly” and “easily” restored to a donor’s body. Despite that Jarrar, called the ad “shameful.” “Please help keep our campus free of dangerous solutions to our students’ financial troubles,” she said in the tweet, tagging Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. It’s unknown how many others on campus thought the ad was offensive. But its criticism from the professor was elevated when a campus official responded. In a reply to the tweet, Deborah Adishian-Astone, vice president for administrative services, said the vendor will be asked to remove the advertisement. It was unclear if the ad violated any rules. Adishian-Astone suggested Associated Students Inc. be reached for comment on the ad. Gina De Young, communications assistant for ASI, told The Collegian the ad was put up over the holiday break by a third party kiosk vendor. “It’s up to the company’s discretion to de-

“Thanks to the plasma donations made by [Fresno State] students and others in the Fresno community, patients are able to live healthier and more fulfilled lives,” Hakes said. Betsy Hays, public relations professor and future chair of the department of media, communications and journalism, said it is always good when consumers critically evaluate public messages. Advertisers, she said, should want to be ethical in their advertising. “I love it when people use critical thinking and evaluate messages,” Hays said. “As consumers that’s really one of our jobs. We shouldn’t passively receive messages – we should actively be seeking them.” With the plasma donations ad at the university, Hays believes there are two messages being conveyed. First: it’s a way to make money. Second: it is potentially a way to help people. But, since the ad is calling for a medical procedure, Hays said that the advertisement should have disclosed that it is asking consumers to undergo a medical procedure. Said Hays: “Language that reminds people to educate themselves whenever they choose to do something with their bodies feels like that would be a responsible addition.” Professor Jarrar did not comment further on her concerns. Staff writer Razmik Cañas contributed to this story.

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An advertisement outside of Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library suggesting students to donate plasma if they are in financial need. University English professor Randa Jarrar tweeted criticism for the advertisement on Nov. 29, 2017. The ad was removed by Dec. 3, 2017.

cide what ads they display,” De Young said. ASI President Blake Zante also responded on social media saying the ad would be taken down. Grifols director of public affairs Vlasta Hakes responded to The Collegian by email and stated: “We realize that this advertise-

ment may not effectively highlight our mission of helping save lives with the Fresno State community, and we are working with the vendor to swiftly replace it.” The company, however, acknowledged the good the Fresno State community has done when donating blood plasma.

A Nov. 29, 2017 article, “She doesn’t own a car, but she likely paid your expired meter,” inaccurately stated that it costs 25 cents for an hour in parking lot P30. One hour at a meter costs $1. A Nov. 27, 2017 article, “Students kickoff the season of giving early,” inaccurately stated the class delivered the crayons to the children on Nov. 24, 2017. The crayons were delivered on Nov. 17, 2017.


ASI talks software, positions and free scantrons By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

Associated Students Inc. heard last week from journalism students who seek to convince the university to fund Adobe Creative Cloud software for their studies. The ASI Senate also discussed whether to add new positions and provide free supplies for the study season.

Senate positions revisited

The Senate discussed whether to add new positions to the student government or if updating titles and purposes in some positions is necessary. ASI President Blake Zante offered the idea of adding two new senator positions next semester to address the inclusion concerns expressed by graduate and international students. While most of the senators agreed that adding new positions would be helpful, senator of greek affairs Travis Childress suggested that a revamp of all senator titles and purposes may prove more effective in solving the representation problem. Vice president of finance Cam Patterson agreed with Childress and said that after last semester’s addition of senator of veteran’s and transfer affairs and senator of diversity,

equity and inclusion seats, there is a clear cry for re-evaluation of senator purposes. “If we’re adding four new senate positions within the span of a year, I think that’s more of a need for reorganization as opposed to adding more positions,” Patterson said. The senate decided to appoint Childress and senator of diversity, equity and inclusion Amber Malhi to devise a restructuring plan.

Free testing materials for finals week

Students may be receiving free scantrons and bluebooks for finals week. Joseph Blair, senator of resident affairs, and Cody Sedaño, senator of veterans and transfer affairs, brought forth the idea of allocating about $1,000 to cover the cost of scantrons and bluebooks that would be distributed to students for free. Sedaño said there are benefits to offering supplies to students out of the ASI offices. He said students get to visit the ASI office and engage in face-to-face conversation with their representatives. Sedaño added that in-person meetings are better than communicating with students through mass emails. “You are physically showing students, not sending them a message,” Sedaño said. “You’re building that relationship that wasn’t there before.” Executive vice president Brandon Sep-

ulveda asked the senate to try to make the materials available to students before finals week. Although the initial proposal was not labeled as an action item and there was no official vote, the senate appeared unanimously in favor of implementing the services soon.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Media, Communications and Journalism students and College of Arts and Humanities faculty began a grassroots effort to spread the word of their need to access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. They shared their needs during the ASI meeting. The MCJ representatives asked ASI for help in spreading the word about the project in hopes that students at Fresno State will pledge to purchase the software package at the discounted rate. Faculty members and Daniel Avalos, an MCJ student who also works at The Collegian, addressed the senate during the public comment section. He discussed the campuswide need for updated Adobe Creative Cloud software, which includes graphic software like Photoshop, InDesign and Premier Pro. Avalos stated that he and his classmates have run into problems with outdated software when trying to generate media content or open image files created with outdated software.

Assistant professor of graphic design Rusty Robison described the compatibility problem as “apparently urgent,” and stated that “[the software] is not an added bonus, it’s not an augmentation to our curriculum, it is our curriculum.” Other faculty members said that not only do these software applications allow students to work on course projects, they equip them with skills necessary in the workforce. Dr. Wes Wise, advertising and public relations professor, said, “Anything that involves content generation, whether you’re talking about websites, content marketing or social media, these [software programs] are applicable in all these areas.” Assistant professor for broadcast journalism Faith Sidlow said the College of Arts and Humanities has made a deal with Adobe for 2,600 Creative Cloud licenses – that is contingent on funding. Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro has agreed to fund half the total cost of the project, she said. “The President would pay for $30 a [license], or $75,000, and all we need are 2,600 students, faculty and/or staff to pledge that they will make that $30 payment,” Sidlow said. If a minimum amount of student pledges are received by the end of the fall semester, the Adobe program is set to roll out at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester.





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Hopkins leads ‘Dogs in record-setting road win By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

The Fresno State men’s basketball team cruised to a record-breaking 106-70 road victory against Long Beach State on Saturday, improving to 6-2. The 36-point margin of victory is the largest for a road win in program history. The previous record was a 32-point win at UC Davis on Dec. 3, 1981. Senior guard Jaron Hopkins led the way with 26 points, his second-straight

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game of over 25 points. Junior guard Deshon Taylor scored 23 points, while senior guard Ray Bowles Jr. led the team with seven rebounds. The ‘Dogs jumped out to a 21-1 lead and never looked back, leading by 37 at one point in the second half. They made 10-of-20 attempts at 3-point range, and they also shot 20-of-22 from the freethrow line. Fresno State returns home for a fivegame homestand, starting with California State University, Bakersfield on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.


White shines, ‘Dogs fall short By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Despite junior guard Candice White’s career-high 34 points, the Fresno State women’s basketball team lost on the road to California State University, Northridge 85-72 on Saturday. The Matadors started hitting their stride about halfway through the first quarter, taking a 25-18 lead at the end of the quarter. The ‘Dogs struggled in the second quar-

ter as the Matadors surged, leading to a 50-27 CSUN lead at halftime. Fresno State mounted a comeback in the second half with a 22-2 run to end the third quarter, but the Matadors held on in the fourth to secure the win. Freshman forward Maddi Utti was the only other Bulldog to score in double digits with 13 points. The ‘Dogs fall to 2-5 and return home to play Pacific (4-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.





Bulldogs come up short in championship game

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Boise State wide receiver A.J. Richardson (7) makes a first half catch against Fresno State in the Mountain West championship at Albertsons Stadium on Dec. 2, 2017 in Boise, Idaho.

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he Fresno State Bulldogs’ pursuit of a Mountain West Conference title came to an end in a 17-14 slugfest in the championship game against rival Boise State at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday. “I’m really proud of this team and our staff,” said head coach Jeff Tedford despite the loss. “We fell short tonight, but this team has accomplished so much.” The Bulldogs finished the regular season 9-4 with the Hawaii Bowl to look forward to, but their turnaround can’t be understated. Coming off a 1-11 campaign in 2016, the ‘Dogs completed the biggest turnaround in college football, winning eight more games than last year. “We have a lot to be proud of. These guys worked really hard to get to this point,” Tedford said. “I told them in the locker room that they shouldn’t hang their heads, because they accomplished a lot this year when no one really believed in them

after last season.” Junior quarterback Marcus McMaryion had two rushing touchdowns on the night but also threw a costly interception on the final drive of the game. Although Fresno State missed an opportunity to win a championship, the team now shifts its focus to the bowl game coming up. “This stings, but we have one more game to play, so we’re going to watch the film and get better from it,” McMaryion said. Defensively, the ‘Dogs continued to compete. For the second week in a row, Fresno State held one of the highest scoring teams in the MW to another season low. Unfortunately for the ‘Dogs, Fresno State couldn’t generate any takeaways, and at the end, that was the difference. Linebacker Jeffery Allison, fresh off an All-Mountain West First-Team selection, said the team just came to play. “We wanted to stay together and give our offense the chance to get out on the field,” Allison said. “We just wanted to compete.” The Bulldogs opened the championship game with strong intent after methodically

moving the ball down the field. The ‘Dogs set up for a 41-yard field goal try, but senior kicker Jimmy Camacho was unable to convert. The missed field goal would loom large for Fresno State. After Boise State scored on a field goal, the ‘Dogs got it together. McMaryion orchestrated a drive that culminated in a fourth-and-1 run that ended in the end zone for six. McMaryion surveyed the defense before he tucked the ball in and beat the Broncos to the goal line for the early score. Boise State wouldn’t be held out of the end zone for long before running back Alexander Mattison took a run up the middle from 3 yards out. Down 10-7 late in the second quarter, the ‘Dogs scored their final touchdown of the night on a five-play, 77-yard drive. The coaches called McMaryion’s number again, this time for an 8-yard touchdown run. Fresno State led 14-10 heading into halftime. Although the Bulldogs had the lead

coming out of the break, their offense sputtered throughout the second half. “We had poor field positions during the third quarter. They had us backed up,” Tedford said of his team’s second half struggles. “I thought we flipped it in the fourth quarter, with hopes we could make something happen. We just didn’t capitalize during the second half, and we didn’t convert enough third downs.” The Broncos broke the scoreless spell when a 59-yard pass to wide receiver Cedrick Wilson set up a 2-yard run by running back Ryan Wolpin. With 2:23 left on the clock, the ‘Dogs had a chance to save their title aspirations but couldn’t convert when McMaryion was picked off by Mountain West defensive player of the year Leighton Vander Esch. Although the Bulldogs walk away empty-handed, their knack of proving the critics wrong all season is something to be admired. “Even though we fell short tonight, I am so proud of these guys, and I love them,” Tedford said. “We’re going to go back to the drawing board, and we’ll be back.”


What’s next for the ‘Dogs? Hawaii By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Even though Fresno State lost in the Mountain West Championship game, the team gets somewhat of a consolation prize: a trip to the Hawaii Bowl against the Hous-

ton Cougars. “Every team in college football wants to extend their playing season, and I am thrilled for our players and staff,” head coach Jeff Tedford said in a news release. “We are pleased to represent the Mountain West in the Hawaii Bowl against a very good Houston team, and I look forward

to preparing our team for a well-deserved bowl game.” The ‘Dogs (9-4) are playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2014 when they lost to Rice in the Hawaii Bowl. This is the third time in the last six seasons that the ‘Dogs are playing in the Hawaii Bowl. The Cougars (7-4) are playing in a bowl

game for the fifth-straight year. Last year they lost to San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. PST on Dec. 24 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will air on ESPN.

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