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An alleged street robbery near campus last month raised concerns among student leaders about neighborhood safety. On Jan. 15, 2017, around 9 p.m. two Fresno State students said they were returning to their residence at Campus Edge when they were robbed of their wallets and phones. The computer science majors were held at gunpoint within the gated apartment complex located south of Bulldog Stadium on Bulldog Lane by a black male and female who demanded they empty their pockets of their belongings. The students said they were walking home from the convenience store when the male suspect told James Smith to tell his friend Chris Jones to stop walking and turn around or he was going to shoot him. Both victims real names are being kept confidential to protect their privacy. The students said the suspects fled the scene after gathering Smith and Jones belongings from the ground. The apartment complex requires a keypad code to enter, but Smith and Jones said everyone knows the code, or you can just help people get in. Smith said, “They used to have security there on the weekends. I don’t know what happened. They wouldn’t have done it if there was security.” Jones said, “It’s a small deterrent, but at least it’s a deterrent.” The property manager at Campus Edge said there are plans to set more lighting along Bulldog Lane and to eliminate the keypad entry by August. The goal is to make it safer to enter the complex. The victims said they reported the crime to the Fresno Police Department, but did not report it to the Fresno State Police Department even after visiting the on-campus station and asking for guidance. “The lady basically didn’t want to get the form. She said ‘It’s more of [Fresno Police Department’s] deal, because it was off campus,’” Smith said. The victims believe it is the duty of not only the Fresno police, but
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An emergency call box stands out of order near the Mckee Fisk building on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.
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With travel ban on hold, Castro and students hoping for repeal
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Muslim Student Association President Zakee Naqvi shares his thoughts on the travel ban on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.
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At its first meeting of the semester, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) had much to talk about. Among issues that were discussed was a travel ban imposed on several countries in the Middle East that was issued through executive order by Pres-
ident Donald Trump. Students opposed to the travel ban are hoping it is lifted completely. Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro offered the full support of the university to anyone affected by the president’s orders. But enforcement of two portions of the order are currently halted by the courts and not being enforced. The president issued the “Protecting the Nation From
Foreign Terrorists Entry into the United States” order on Jan. 27, which includes eight sections of new policies the administration hopes will protect Americans from terrorism. Critics have responded to the president by saying the ban shuns countries with a Muslim-majority population. One section of the order temporarily bans the travel from seven countries “of concern” to the president – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Another section suspends refugee acceptance for 120 days. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in San Francisco is expected to respond on whether it will get rid of a block to the president’s travel and refugee ban after a federal judge from Washington state filed a restraining order on Friday. Judge James Robart of the Federal District Court in Seattle filed the complaint along with the state of Minnesota. Robart’s complaint specifically invalidated the 90-day travel ban and 120-day refugee suspension portion of the executive order.
Expected now is a response from the Ninth Circuit court on whether it will allow the federal government to resume the full order by the president. The court meets Monday at 3 p.m. Trump didn’t hold back on commenting on Robart’s decision, saying Saturday on Twitter, “Because the ban was lifted by a judge, many very bad and dangerous people may be pouring into our country.” The court process that is examining the two portions of the order has Zakee Naqvi, president of the MSA and senior kinesiology student, thinking there is hope that the travel ban will be lifted completely. Naqvi praised the checks and balances system the country has. “I feel like it helps put faith in the system that we have and to show that it’s not a dictatorship or that it is not controlled by a few people,” Naqvi said. The order by the president did get personal for some members of his club, who either have family in one of the seven countries or know someone who
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With liberty and justice for all
Unless you’re black, gay, transgender or a woman By Amber Carpenter @shutupambs
As the dumpster fire we benevolently call the Donald Trump administration continues on, leaked drafts of executive orders lead people to believe that more rights are going to be suppressed for the sake of religious freedom. In a turn of events that surprises no one, the people who suffer the most at the hands of rich, powerful white men are women in
low-income neighborhoods and the LGBT community. This executive order would make it harder for women to acquire birth control and safe abortions, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community would not have mandated protections against workplace discrimination. This executive order draft comes less than two weeks after Trump attempted to push forward a now-suspended travel ban against seven majorly Muslim countries,
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all for the sake of keeping “evil” out of our America, according to Trump’s personal Twitter account. Hopefully, anyone with critical thinking skills can see exactly why this situation is ironic. Unfortunately, it’s not even laughably ironic. It’s just sad – and that word is not being used sarcastically, as it is genuinely heartbreaking. Yet again, at the hands of a conservative party trying to Make America Great Again, the rights of the minority are being suppressed for the sake of “religious freedom.” The fact that Trump just tried to make it illegal for basically an entire religion to enter the country – one they are legally authorized to enter, at that – and then turn around and proclaim that the only recognizable marriage should occur between biologically affirmed men and women because that’s the way the Christian God sees it. This should not be considered political whiplash, but it should be seen for what it is: flagrant racism, sexism and transphobia. The leaked order also details that sexual relations are “properly reserved for such a marriage,” and that life “begins at conception and merits protection at all stages of life.” These two points should raise some flags: will the sex lives of the American people be as heavily regulated as women’s uteruses? Will the fetuses being protected “at all stages of life” include the lives of black, transgender, gay and immigrant people? Recent history proves that the answer to those questions is probably not. In light of the Muslim ban, many have been turning to a verse from the Old Testament, Leviticus 19: 33-34 saying, “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner resid-
ing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself…” Ironically enough, this verse lies amongst the same biblical evidence used to denounce things like homosexuality and tattoos. It feels important to add that within the Bible, things like the mixing of two different kinds of material, haircuts and trimming your beard are also condemned. That being said, there sure are a lot of people fighting for religious freedom who wear polyester suits, receive haircuts and are clean-shaven who live on Capitol Hill. When fighting for the protection of religious freedom, the pick-and-choose option isn’t enough. When you make laws that bar the rights of others for the sake of maintaining religious liberty, conservatives can’t afford to pick and choose what rules they want to follow and what teachings they deem should be followed as laws. The problem with religious freedom is that as genuine as its origins may be, many of its motives are rooted in racism, xenophobia and the repression of the rights of those who live outside the beliefs of mainstream Christianity. The layers of hypocrisy surrounding the topic of religious freedom could be dissected for many reasons, but the fact of the matter remains as this: when religious liberty is prioritized over the protection and needs of minority beliefs, the country no longer operates as a democracy. If Trump pushes forth this executive order that targets religious freedom, he reinforces the idea that America will become a Christian theocracy, and if that’s the case, we will still be one nation under God, but there will not be liberty and justice for all.
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University expresses dismay at Trump’s travel ban IMMIGRATION from Page 1 does, Naqvi said. “Regardless whether I know them, these are my people that [Trump] is banning. These are my people,” Naqvi said. “They are trying to seek refuge from violence, from all kinds of atrocities, all kinds of traumatic instances (and) denying them that is an incredible injustice to humanity.” Castro said there are 15 students currently at Fresno State who are citizens from the countries where Muslims were temporarily banned from traveling. Castro did not provide a specific number of faculty or staff who have ties to those countries, but did say a handful of them were also affected by the president’s order. “We’ve been in communication with them, and we are offering our support to them as well,” Castro said. The university president also issued a letter of concern in which he responded to the President Trump’s order, saying the campus will offer “unwavering” support to the students who are from the countries affected by the ban. “When I was appointed in August of 2013, on my first day in office I promised that I would serve every student, faculty, staff, alumni, friend,” Castro said. “This executive order unfortunately has a very serious impact on the lives of our students and faculty and staff who are affected. That’s why I expressed my concerns.” Castro said, immediately after President Trump signed the order on Jan. 27, he met with his cabinet over the weekend to examine what potential impact it would bring to the university. He joined California State University Chancellor Timothy White, 22 other CSU presidents along with the California State Student Association and the CSU Academic Senate in the statement of concern to the president. Castro also said he will continue to stay in touch with local elected representatives at the state and federal levels. He said he wants students to know the campus provides resources as the order is reviewed and a decision on whether the ban continues or is scrapped is made in court.
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Fresno State student members of the Muslim Student Association pose during a general club meeting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. The club discussed a travel ban issued by President Donald Trump.
“I know it’s stressful for [students, faculty and staff], and I know they may be scared, and I’m very sorry that they are going through this experience,” Castro said. “At the same time, I want them to know they have the full support of our adminis-
ter. Noor Al-Hamdani, a public health and nursing senior, attended the meeting and was among a few of the members proposing the club begin to reach out to the community to teach about their religion. Al-Hamdani’s parents are U.S. citizens,
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tration.” Castro also pledged to support any efforts by students and faculty or staff to reach out to the community in efforts to reduce misconceptions of the Islamic faith. The MSA meeting in the Henry Madden Library last Monday brought old and new club members together for the new semes-
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but both were born in the Middle East. Her dad is from Iraq and her mom is from Syria. She said traveling will be tougher for her parents and for family abroad, especially a cousin who lives in Scotland but was born in Iraq and was supposed to visit her in May when she graduates from Fresno State. The president’s order also suspended
visa issuance for 90 days to people of the same seven countries. “He has to apply for a visa, so who knows if he could come,” Al-Hamdani said. “We are not sure, because it’s on his passport where he was born, which was in Iraq. So that has placed a lot of feelings toward my family.” Trump’s travel ban ordered a travel restriction from citizens of the seven countries for 90 days after the order was issued. Al-Hamdani said her graduation will likely come after the 90 days, but there is still uncertainty as to what will happen. “I’m sure my graduation will fall [after] those days, [but] there is a high possibility he will not be able to come,” Al-Hamdani said. “I didn’t know what to say. I never thought America would turn this way.”
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Fresno State alumna and new artists debut at ArtHop By Megan Trindad @megantrinidad
Crowds gathered inside the M Street Art Complex on Feb. 2 to meet the new members of Gallery 25: Iris Duarte, Judith Goulart, and Jeanette Goulart. The complex in downtown Fresno was open to the public during February’s first Thursday ArtHop and holds multiple pieces from the artists who are using their art to tell stories of environmental issues, personal growth and freedom of expression. “I always wanted to be an artist since I was a little girl,” Jeanette Goulart said. “This is my calling.”
Goulart represents freedom of expression in very personal ways through her art with acrylic paint. Pieces that were already sold hung on the wall next to those that were still available, each one embodying a different meaning or personal stage in her life. “You struggle until you get to a place where you’ve flourished, and I’m there,” Goulart said. An emotional Goulart said that she knows she is finished with a piece of art when she takes a step back and feels joy that is when it is complete. Across from Jeanette Goulart’s exhibit is Fresno State alumna Duarte’s gallery of artwork with encaustic paints.
Spectators view art during ArtHop on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
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Members of the Fresno community gather in Downtown Fresno during ArtHop on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
“I have been working with this medium for 15 years and I can tell you I am still learning,” Duarte said. “It is an amazing medium. It gives luminosity, it gives texture. There’s just an endless amount of things you can do with it which is why it appeals to me as an artist.” Encaustic paints are made up of heated beeswax, damar resin and pigment. Originating from Ancient Greece, the artistic technique is one of the world’s earliest art forms. Duarte uses this art style to exemplify social and environmental issues. “Right now, what inspires me to create art is what’s going on in our planet,” Duarte said. She dedicated a full wall to environmental issues and said each person has a role to play when it comes to the environment. More of Duarte’s work include symbolism of the lotus flower and representation of the cosmos. Parallel to Duarte’s showing is Judith Goulart’s fine art photography exhibit, in-
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spired by the Central Coast. “The reason that it is called fine art is because of the ink it is printed on and because the paper is hundreds of years old,” Goulart said. Giglée prints hang on the wall with enchanting colors of starfish captured by Goulart from a trip she took in Carlsbad with her son. An engaging fine art print of waves hitting the pier is the photograph Goulart calls her favorite. Capturing this image caused her to fracture her vertebrae after she took a step backward and fell on the rocks. “It’s kind of been a blessing,” Goulart said. “It has taken a year to recover, and through the process I’ve been able to have more time to do my photography.” Goulart said it is a dream come true to have her artwork displayed. The New Member Exhibit will run through Feb 25. A second reception will be held on Feb 11 from noon – 4 p.m.
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Food justice meets Black Lives Matter By Marina McElwee @MarinaMashelle
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Charie’ Payne shares one of her poems at the Henry Madden Library in room 2206 during the Poetry Jam event on Feb. 1, 2017.
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Students showed off their talents in poetry, song and rap at Poetry Jam: An Open Mic in honor of Black History Month. The Cross Cultural and Gender Center hosted the event in the Henry Madden Library on Feb. 1. Performer Kameron Brooks presented a poetry piece written by Langston Hughes, which expressed the everyday struggles as an African-American male. “It felt good to get my message out,” Brooks said. “To have the opportunity to express myself through poetry is an amazing feeling. I’m truly blessed.” Brooks was one of the veteran performers at the event. He mentioned this performance was just one of many he’s done in the community. Brooks said he will continue to perform when given the opportunity. Music was played along with unique storytelling that completely captured the audience’s attention. The audience laughed, cried, nodded and listened.
Student Te’Szhia Walker. said this was her first time at a poetry jam “All of the performers were so good. I plan to attend every year if I’m able to,” Walker said. While there were exceptions, for many performers it was their first time in front of an audience. Cheryl Kingston said she was proud of the first time performers. “I remember my first time performing in front of an audience. It was nerve-racking,” Kingston said. “It reminded me of how important poetry jams use to be to the communities everywhere. I’m glad they are giving the students and community this opportunity.” Kingston thanked the university and faculty for hosting the event. Fliers were passed out for the event, but word of mouth through students and faculty contributed to the success of the event, organizers said. Kingston said poetry jams inspire young artists to share their thoughts and experiences with the community.
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Why is it so special? Are there memories attached to that meal? Is there a tradition associated with it that makes it so special? The Food Justice Series at Fresno State is taking a closer look at food culture and encouraging students to think about their food beyond calories and nutrition. This year’s Food Justice Series kicked off with a screening of the documentary “Soul Food Junkies” on Feb. 3 in the library. The film tells the story of a man who decided to trace soul food to its roots and find out why unhealthy comfort foods are such a staple in black communities. After the film, Dvera Saxton, an anthropology professor, lead a discussion which touched on topics like access to food and how food affects individual cultures. “[The film] makes you start to think about how different types of inequality go together, and that food justice is a Black Lives Matter issue,” Saxton said. The discussion echoed the film’s theme that black communities often do not have access to health food stores. Audience members added their concerns for student’s access to healthy choices on campus. During the discussion, Saxton asked the group to pass on its ideas about food justice to the coordinators for the proposed new student union – Bold New U – to create larger access to healthier and more cultured foods on campus. Saxton started the Food Justice Series
three years ago when she got hired at Fresno State. “I was excited to come to Fresno State as a professor because I knew I would be working with the children and grandchildren of farmworkers and people in agriculture,” Saxton said. “But when I got here, I observed that there wasn’t really a culture of acknowledging where our students come from.” Saxton said she was inspired by other communities to start the Food Justice Series. “Nationally there is this movement called Farmworker Appreciation Week, where college campuses and other communities take time to thank the people who grow our food and to learn more about their history and culture,” Saxton said. “As an anthropologist, that’s some of the kind of work that I can do. I have the skills to pull together that kind of programming.” The events are designed for people to realize and appreciate their culture’s connection to food. “Initially, it was an effort to kind of allocate where our students come from. But now it’s become a semester-long series to think about food,” Saxton said. “Oftentimes, food and agriculture are just framed as economics or health, but we don’t take time to think about the other values and meanings that food has in our lives.” The next Food Justice Series event is a discussion with Dr. Breeze Harper about veganism in black communities on Friday, Feb. 10, from 2-3 p.m. in Kremen Education Building, Room 140.
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Anthropology professor Dvera Saxton introduces the film ‘Soul Food Junkies’ on Feb. 3, 2017 in the Henry Madden Library.
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Aiming for a safer community, campus
SAFETY from Page 1 also Fresno State police because the complex is so close to campus. Among other safety issues near campus, Fresno PD sent an email at the end of november warning students about an apparent serial groper who had struck at University Village and Plaza Apartments near Fresno State In December, Fresno State student Deandre Jean-Pierre was arrested on suspicion of groping women near campus. On Feb. 1, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed a misdemeanor criminal complaint against Jean-Pierre. The Fresno State community is being encouraged to take up safety measures and be aware of available resources. Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), campus administration and campus police are planning a Campus Safety Night Walk this semester. The walk will be aimed at observing areas around campus that need extra attention to increase campus safety. The walk was announced in December at the final ASI meeting of the fall 2016 semester. It was planned the week of “Dead Days,” but was postponed until the spring semester. ASI Executive Vice President Blake Zante said that examining areas on campus ahead of time will help prevent future unsafe incidents. “What we’re looking for [are] areas that aren’t well-lit or areas where students could be susceptible to crime or a robbery,” Zante said.
The areas with high risks will be considered for new LED lighting or emergency call boxes. Zante is aware that these changes “can’t be fixed overnight” but does want students to help find solutions moving forward. Lack of funding and a shortage of campus police are examples of challenges students can help resolve. “That’s when it comes to being creative and try to find different ways we can make sure students are still being safe,” Zante said. According to the university police Annual Safety and Security Report for 2016, vehicle break-ins have been on the rise. Zante himself has been a victim multiple times and said that keeping valuables out of sight helps prevent break-ins. Participation is needed, Zante said, so students can voice the growing concerns on campus. Zante said a way students can help is through advocacy. Students can help in advocating in support of better funding for campus police to obtain more officers to help. Zante added that the advocacy doesn’t end on the campus but extends to the neighborhoods in the the surrounding areas. Students who commute from neighboring apartments near the university are concerned with the lack of lighting along the sidewalks of the busy streets. “Campus PD tries to do the best that they can, but sometimes even with their officers and their whole staff, they can’t cover the whole area,” Zante said. He recommends students contact cam-
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The Campus Edge apartments located on Bulldog Lane on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
pus police when an incident occurs rather than assuming they already know. “If Campus PD knows it’s happening, then they’re going to spend more time patrolling that area, making sure it doesn’t happen,” Zante said. Fresno State police public information officer Amy Luna said off-campus housing is the Fresno Police Department’s jurisdiction. She said the university police would also take part, if necessary. “We don’t want the campus community to hesitate to call us at all. We are always there to assist and take reports,” Luna said. “We are very mindful of what’s happening, and we watch very closely what is happening on the perimeter of campus and how we
can kind of help Fresno PD address those issues.” Plans for a satellite station in El Dorado Park, west of campus, near Bulldog Stadium and Fraternity Row, were said to be underway in September. The plan was to open the station within 30-60 days, said Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd. Fresno City Council President Paul Caprioglio, who represents the Fresno State and El Dorado Park areas, said, “Fresno State is important, and I believe [a satellite police station] will bring more security for Fresno State students. It absolutely will reduce crime.” Nearly four months later, the station has yet to be seen.
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Fresno State Softball Assistant Coach Justin Shults.
SOFTBALL from Page 8 ship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2016. Shults will be performing some of the same duties as the ’Dogs’ assistant coach. “I was in charge of the offense, infield and recruiting coordinator,” Shults said. “I’ll have all of the same duties here at Fresno State. There is a lot more film available to me in the conference, so I’ll definitely do more scouting in terms of watching our conference opponents.” The Miami RedHawks broke six school records under Shults’ tutelage: runs (302), runs per
game (5.21), RBIs (274), doubles (83), home runs (56) and walks (200). Shults’ ability to get the best out of his players was evident after one of his many players was named MAC Player of the Year. His ability to teach and nurture players will bring an added dimension to the reigning Mountain West champions. After back-to-back conference titles for the Bulldogs the past two seasons, expectations are high for the ’Dogs, but Shults said that’s part of being associated with such a successful program. The ’Dogs come into the 2017 season ranked No. 24 in the
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nation in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Coaches’ Poll. “Anytime you come to Fresno State and you talk about softball, the expectations are always extremely high — where you expect to go far in our conference and have a chance to win it — also pushing into the postseason and making some noise as well,” Shults said. The ’Dogs open their season at home against Cal Poly on Friday, Feb. 23. The ’Dogs look to improve on a 42-12-1 season along with capturing a third consecutive Mountain West title.
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SUPER BOWL LI
Big game features former Bulldogs
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Even though Fresno State boasts 13 players on active NFL rosters, no Bulldogs played in the New England Patriots’ 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday evening at Super Bowl LI. While no one left their Bulldog spirit on the field, two coaches on the winning side have ties to Fresno State. New England Patriots’ head strength and conditioning coach, Moses Cabrera, coached for the Bulldogs from 2002-09, and offensive assistant Cole Popovich played for the Bulldogs from 2004-08. Cabrera served as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs in 2002-03 and then as an assistant strength coach through the 2009 season. Popovich, in his first full season with the Patriots, was a four-year starting offensive lineman for the Bulldogs. He was the first true freshman in the era of Pat Hill, the former Falcons’ offensive line coach (2012-13), to earn a start on the offensive line. Because
of an injury, his first season was cut short causing him to medically redshirt. Popovich started a total of 25 games for the Bulldogs. With the help of Cabrera and Popovich, the Patriots were able to secure their fifth Super Bowl title. The Patriots’ offense had a total of 546 net yards with an average of 5.9 yards per play, with 37 first downs in more than 40 minutes of possession. Former Bulldog Richard Smith, in his second year as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator, found himself on the other side of the victory. Smith was an offensive lineman at Fresno State in 1977 and 1978 and helped lead the Bulldogs to the Pacific Coast Athletic Association title in his first year with the program. Falcons’ cornerback Robert Alford picked off Tom Brady for the game’s only interception and ran for a touchdown. Cornerback Jalen Collins led the defense with 10 tackles and with three sacks. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett led the Falcons’ defensive line.
‘Underdogs’ embracing title on journey to playoffs
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Tom Brady hoists the Lombardi Trophy, winning his fifth Super Bowl title, as the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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Fresno State’s Sarah Bloise (#23) runs past a New Zealand defender during a game on Oct. 18, 2016 at the Fresno State Soccer and Lacrosse Field.
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Diamond ’Dogs add firepower with Shults’ hire By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13
The 2017 Fresno State softball season begins in less than two weeks, and new assistant coach Justin Shults intends to provide an offensive punch, due to a strong background in the sport. Shults explained that a strong relationship with his former high school baseball coach along with a family background in the sport contributed to his success. His sister, Jessica Shults, a former national champion softball player and Oklahoma University staff member, is currently the assistant coach at the University of Houston. Justin Shults aimed at continuing the coaching background after his baseball career. “My high school coach, Jared Snyder, really got me on the path. He allowed me to come back and coach there during my college years,” Shults said. “Also just growing
up in a softball family, my dad has coached forever and my sister now coaches. So I think that’s always kind of been my path.” He earned 2010 All-Region/All-American and honors as a junior at UC Riverside. He was also a two-time All-Big West selection. Shults holds the program’s single-season record for runs batted in (62) and the single-game records for home runs (3) and total bases (16). He later joined the Houston Astros organization for one year before becoming a softball coach. He landed his first job at Southwestern Oklahoma State where he assisted on hitting and recruiting. He also helped guide six players to All-Great American Conference Team honors. Before Shults landed in Fresno, he helped lead Miami University (Ohio) to back-to-back 30-win seasons, a Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion-
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The Fresno State women’s lacrosse team has one goal: Playoffs. The lacrosse team began practicing a month in advance of the upcoming season – three hours a day — weekends included. The Bulldogs have 19 returning players, including 14 letterwinners and four seniors. The team added 10 freshmen. Last season, the Bulldogs came up short in a number of games, but head coach Jessica Giglio said the team is ready to settle some unfinished business. Last season ended with a 5-10 record. “I think they’ve invested more. I feel like the off time when they come back, it’s the best we’ve ever come back from vacation from holiday break, and I think that makes it a little easier,” Giglio said. “I think the more that you unite for a common goal, the easier it is to rally against someone.” Giglio said that common goal is the playoffs. Caroline Dineen-Carlson, a senior psychology major and second-year captain, said she’s excited to start the season. “We’ve been playing the same people, just our team, for the past two months, so I’m excited to play someone else and kind of get to showcase what we’ve been practicing,” Dineen-Carlson said. “I’m excited to make it to playoffs. I think this year’s the year. I re-
ally think that.” The team ranked second to last in the preseason Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coaches’ poll . Alex White, a senior broadcast major and first-year captain said the Bulldogs are ranked below a team they had beaten. “It kind of makes you a little bit angry and kind of fuels the fire when you’re practicing, but at the same time we know how well we’re playing and we know what we’re capable of,” White said. “So we’re not really worried. We’re actually really excited to be the underdog and to prove everyone wrong.” White said it’s encouraging that the freshmen are stepping up and fitting into the program. In order for the Bulldogs to make it to the playoffs, they must place in the top six of their conference of nine teams. “I think this year we’re more versatile as a team, but we have a lot of people that are stepping up to the plate. We’re kind of using everybody on attack and all around the field,” Carlson said. “So I think people in our conference are going to be surprised with us this year. I think we have a lot to offer.” “4-24” is the team motto. “It’ll be April 24 — if we’re still playing and practicing by then, that means we made it to conference playoffs,” White said. The season begins Friday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Fresno State Soccer and Lacrosse Field.