Tennis volleys with variety Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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U.S. men and women tennis players at Fresno State International tennis players at Fresno State Sophomore Emma Wilson serves the ball against Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
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Lobby efforts planned Academy prepares Fresno for a better to oppose tuition hike tomorrow
By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr
FA sea of pamphlets reading “Reclaim CSU” were held by students during an informational meeting on Feb. 1 to discuss lobbying on the possible tuition increase in the next academic year. “Given that most CSU (California State University) students already have to work one or two jobs, any extra money is going to make it hard on students to come to school, especially if they’re at work all of the time,” said Sam Retton, a student at Fresno State and an intern with Students for Quality Education (SQE), who held the event. The CSU board of trustees met on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to discuss a tuition increase for next year. In 2013, the CSU system placed a freeze on tuition increases for four years. Retton stressed that the increase would have a great impact on students. “I mean right now they’re only talking about $270 a year, but once they start going
they usually don’t stop,” Retton said. “Even $270 a year is a textbook, for some people it’s close to their rent as well.” SQE’s presentation acknowledged the decrease in state funding students in the CSU system. According to the California Faculty Association, the state of California spent 4.4 percent of the state budget on the CSU system in 1985. In 2015 only 2.4 percent of the budget went to the system. The discussion also shed light on the number of hours that students must work in jobs to cover the cost of tuition. In 1985, students would have to work 200 hours at a minimum wage job to cover tuition. In 2017, students must work close to 700 hours at minimum wage to cover tuition. For members of SQE, every minute at the university is valuable. Time spent working multiple jobs impedes student education. “I feel like people tend to listen to students,” said Cecilia Ruesta, SQE intern and
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By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
The Fresno State Division of Continuing and Global Education is hoping to enrich the Fresno community by offering free classes for persons wanting to brush up on their business skills through its Career Readiness Academy. The workshops, although part of a university division, are generally geared for those in the Fresno community who have been previously incarcerated, are in a transition period or need a refresher on their workplace skills. The division and the Bitwise educational hub, Geekwise, partnered to create the Career Readiness Academy. “This is a grant-funded program that our division developed specifically for the downtown center where we have classrooms in the Bitwise South Stadium building,” said Susan Hawksworth, marketing specialist for the division. “We were approached by Wells Fargo who said they
were willing to grant some money to our division and [asked] what we would like to use it for.” The division’s dean, Dr. Scott Moore had pitched the concept of providing workshops geared toward those who are low income and might not have had the opportunity to learn how to create an effective resume, or prepare for an interview and learn skills that will help them in their career. Hawksworth credits Wells Fargo for being the catalyst for the program because the academy would not have been possible without the bank’s funding. She said the division is completely self-supported, does not receive state funding and is a one-time-only program so far. “We offer a wide variety of programs through our division,” Hawksworth said. “The Career Readiness Academy is one part of that, but everything that we offer basically has to pay its way.” The division is partnering with organi
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GOT OPINIONS? We want to hear them. COLLEGIAN-OPINION@CSUFRESNO.EDU WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Students deserve to feel safe
By Editorial Board @TheCollegian
As Fresno State students, we are no strangers to crime alerts flooding our emails and receiving texts regarding attempted burglary, aggravated assault or a serial groper. Not only are we notified of the crime, but we are given a laundry list of safety tips to take note of: be aware of your surroundings, don’t walk alone at night, stay in well-lit areas, use the emergency blue light phones. Are those tips – which we have been told our entire lives – realistic? No matter the circumstances, we should always be aware of our surroundings, but being aware won’t stop the person walking behind from grabbing and assaulting the one that happens to be walking in front of them. The responsibility of campus safety falls upon two large and powerful parties: Fresno State Administration and Fresno City Hall. To ensure positive change and decrease crime in and around campus, students should be offered more than repetitive safety alerts stating the obvious. As college students, we are all busy with crazy schedules that differ from our friends and roommates, so we are inevitably forced to walk alone. Some of those times happen to be at night. Unavoidable things like late-running night classes and on-campus jobs make students more vulnerable by walking in and around campus after
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dark. Because of situations that leave students more susceptible to danger, the campus police department needs a more visible presence than ever. However, there are some ways campus officials, the police department, and even Fresno City Hall are responsible for crime in and around the perimeters of campus. Though the university sends safety alerts with the best of intentions, there is no ideal way to avoid assault or theft. When a safety alert is issued, students are instructed to do the same five or six different things to increase our on-campus safety awareness. A few of those things include being aware of our surroundings, using the blue emergency safety lights, and calling 911. Two of those three things, one previously mandated, have more to do with common sense than they do actual prevention. In regards to the blue emergency telephones scattered around campus, there are a few problems that come about when the thought of using them in case of emergency arises. For one, not all students know exactly what happens when someone presses the button on the
blue emergency telephones. The telephone connects you with an operator at the campus police department. In addition, there is zero chance that an emergency telephone will be conveniently located whenever someone chooses to assault or rob you. In the case that a telephone is readily available, there’s little opportunity while being assaulted where a victim could pause the situation and then call campus police. Students are better off calling 911 with their personal cell phones. In response to police department suggestions to stay in welllit areas on campus, it could be thought that while there are areas on campus that are heavily populated at all parts of the day and night, there are some more scarce areas that are also poorly lit. Parts of parking lot 20, located off of Cedar and Barstow avenues near the Industrial Technology building are poorly lit and the lot is adjacent to the vineyards that connect with Bullard Avenue. The farther the parking lot stretches back, the more scarce well-lit areas become. While the campus police department offers security escorts all over campus, even as far as this parking lot, various crimes are still
being committed close to this lot, off of Cedar and Barstow avenues. Annual security reports from the California State University system show that between 20132015, Fresno State reported 38 crimes, including rape, robbery and motor vehicle theft. CSU Bakersfield reported 11 combined reported crimes, and Stanislaus State University reported 33. The majority of Fresno State’s reported crimes are those of motor vehicle theft, with Fresno coming in at 30 reported offenses. Of those 30 offenses, 27 were committed on campus. The case is the same of reported robberies. Four of the eight reported crimes occurred on campus, while the other half occurred on public property on the perimeter of campus. The numbers offered only pertain to what is being reported to campus police. If there are that many crimes being reported to on-campus police, it’s fair to expect that many more crimes are happening off-campus in surrounding areas that aren’t reported directly to campus police, but instead, to the Fresno Police Department. In September of 2016, students
and residents of areas surrounding campus were to recieve a satellite police station in the El Dorado park area near Bulldog Stadium and Fraternity Row. The police station was promised to increase security and decrease crime and was to be built between one and two months after its initial announcement. However, after almost five months, the station still does not exist. When asked, District 4 Council Member Paul Caprioglio, who represents the Fresno State area, said City Hall is still looking for a solution. Newly-elected mayor Lee Brand now carries the responsibility to ensure expanded safety to Fresno State students by establishing the new satellite station as soon as possible. It’s ridiculous that the station has yet to be built, even with the promise for it to be built with a maximum of two months after its initial announcement. Crime will only be decreased when Fresno State administrators and those from City Hall come together to enact movements that will provide a campus and a perimeter safe for all. Students deserve more than safety alerts and repetitive emails. Campus administrators and Fresno City Hall must work together to enact positive change decreasing the climate of crime surrounding our university. Students, administrators and guests deserve a safer environment. When our campus and surrounding areas are safe, students and staff succeed and create a better, bolder university for all.
Jordan Bradley • The Collegian
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Yogurtland gives back Tuition to possibly on International increase next year FroYo Day TUITION from Page 1
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Customers pack their bowls with frozen yogurt and other food items at Yogurtland in Campus Pointe on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.
By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
Giving back to the Fresno community was the goal of the Yogurtland Campus Pointe team by celebrating International Frozen Yogurt Day with free yogurt on Monday. Green and pink decorations lit up the business, and more than 1,000 Fresnans came out to get free frozen yogurt and toppings from 4 to 7 p.m. “Our goal [was] to run out,” said Ajay Hira, owner of Yogurtland Campus Pointe and Yogurtland River Park. Hira said giving back to the community through free yogurt was the least he could do. “It’s about the community. This is a way for us, and for me as a business owner, to give back,” Hira said. Setting aside time by giving back and showing gratitude, Hira said, has always been a part of his business plan. He gives back to the community through educa-
tion and health. “We believe in promoting education for our youth, living an active lifestyle and also eating healthy,” he said. “That’s why we have fresh-cut fruit.” Hira said he wants the event to set an example for other businesses and for those in the community who experience food insecurity to have a place where they can eat for free. “People like [Yogurtland], they are good people,” Rodrigo Cabrera, a Bullard High School student, said. “They are volunteering their [yogurt] for free. It’s just good what they are doing for people that come out here and need more food.” When asked at 5:30 p.m., Cabrera said that he had been waiting in line since 3:40 p.m. Manuel Orozzo, a shift leader at Yogurtland, has worked with the company for three years. He said,Yogurtland has many fans and likes the support from customers. “It’s amazing to see where the line goes,” Orozzo said. “It’s just
great to see all this support.” Seeing all kinds of friendly faces was Orozzo’s favorite part of the event. He said, he also enjoyed seeing different yogurt creations, some measuring more than six inches. “My favorite yogurt is the vanilla bean with the strawberry lemonade sorbet,” Hira the owner said. “You’ve got a little creamy, and you’ve got a little sweet.” Giant green and pink Yogurtland spoons were handed out to the first 100 customers. Deejay D. Soto provided the music for customers along with hip-hop artist Zee Will, who sang his own tunes for the crowd. Hira said he noticed the connection made among people from all parts of Fresno who came together to enjoy each other’s company and frozen yogurt. “We want to give without the expectation of receiving,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the Fresno community, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
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Fresno State graduate student. “[College] is a place where you grow as a person, as an individual, mentally [and] physically. You create friendships here. You get educated. You mature here.” The organization encourages students to become proactive in the use of their voices. “It’s the perfect place where you build your individuality and your identity,” Ruesta said. “It’s becoming strengthened here in the CSU. That is why it’s important to raise your voice because this is the space that we have.” For students like Jamie Garcia, a history major and member of Chicanx and Latin American Studies Student Association (CLASSA), tuition costs limit her educational ambitions. “If tuition was free, I would probably pursue a higher degree than just a bachelor’s,” Garcia said. “[I] would probably get a
master’s in either education or history or maybe both if it was free.” Ruesta said Students for Quality Educations advocates for every student need and that it’s especially important in the current era of political uncertainty. “Certain students are being discriminated, oppressed, being hated, and we want to give our space, our meeting times and our organizations to support those students,” Ruesta said. Regardless of the issue, SQE members stressed their mission of helping students understand their impact on the future. “We are the youth,” Ruesta said. “We are the future cops, the future counselors, the future poets or the future doctors. We are the future, so it’s important for us to speak now. To make sure that we understand that these issues are important to us, they are affecting us.”
Workshops focus on career skills ACADEMY from Page 1 zations in the Fresno area such as the Fresno Rescue Mission. The Mission is helping people by referring them to the Career Readiness Academy to help them find jobs when they finish the Mission’s program. “They have hundreds of men in their program who are trying to get back on their feet after either being incarcerated or perhaps having substance abuse issues,” she added. Hawksworth said the division is working closely with United Way, which is an umbrella organization for more than 100 nonprofits in the Fresno area. University students are not discouraged from participating in the workshops. However, Hawksworth encourages students to utilize resources that are already provided by the Career Development Center at Fresno State. David Hoff, degree certificate and early start specialist of the division, said his role in the program is to locate instructors, attract students, determine lesson plans and accommodate any requirements necessary to instructors. Hoff said the programs are important to Fresno because they will help people who are looking
for a few extra skills land jobs and improve their economic situation. One of the goals of the academy, Hoff said, is “helping people make sure they can get a job to help them feed their family and potentially improve their situation in life.” Geekwise CEO Bethany Mily said that since the classes are being held in the Bitwise building, the environment will be opportunistic for the students. “I hope that holding courses in the Bitwise building with more than 100 technology companies under one roof will give students the opportunity to network, get to know folks in the technology industry and enable them to make connections and establish relationships that could lead to future employment,” Mily said. She added that when participants take the workshops at a technology hub where people work and collaborate daily, it will give them an opportunity to see where and how they can use their newly acquired skills. At the end of the workshop series, the students will receive certificates of completion to add to their resumes to help on their journey along their chosen career paths.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Black Students United push for inclusivity Diamond Morehead, club president, stands in front of the Black Students United club booth on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.
By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian
The Professional Human Services Building echoed with music and laughter during Fresno State’s Black Student United club meeting where students discussed events for Black History Month on Feb. 6. Club president Diamond Morehead started the meeting by leading the room in a game where teams competed against each other and completed the lyrics to songs by
artists like Erykah Badu and Jazmine Sullivan. “Every time we have a meeting, it’s kind of like a game in a sense,” Morehead said. “We have games to prepare ourselves for the meeting to get [excited] before we start talking about a serious subject.” During the club’s second meeting, Black Students United focused the dicussion on academic probation and what students can do to help each other if they are struggling at school. Ciara Armstead, the previous club pres-
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ident, opened up about her own academic struggles during the meeting and encouraged the other members to ask for help if they were struggling. Club members were also excited to discuss one of their biggest upcoming events: Africana Culture Night on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. The community is invited to dress up in their best attire and participate in a bestdressed contest and enjoy performances. “There’s a whole entire list of events that are coming up, literally like one a day, so it’s hard to know absolutely everything,”
D’Aungillique Jackson, a first-year philosophy major, said. “But I’m excited for everything coming up, especially since it’s Black History Month.” Black Student Union’s goal is to serve as a comfortable place for black students. However, all students are welcome to join. The club has meetings every other week and holds study sessions for club members during weeks it does not have meetings. The 60-member club is involved in community service events such as helping out with food donations at the Bulldog Pantry. The club also goes to similar clubs for black students at high schools to give students information about college. For many students, the club is a way to meet other people on campus with similar interests or who face the same issues. “I like that we all have the same struggles,” Storm Harvey, a first-year political science major, said. “Someone talked about looking for another black person in class and I thought I was the only person that did that, but other black people do which makes me feel better.” Morehead said that it’s the sense of togetherness that makes Black Students United special. “It’s a community, it’s a family and we are always together,” Morehead said. “We’re comfortable with one another and it’s just a great experience to be around people who have like minds like yourself.”
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Ruth Griffin is ‘opening their eyes to all the arts’ By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon
Professor Ruth Griffin is teaching dance and the power of ideas this semester at Fresno State. Griffin was raised in Ohio and majored in music on an opera scholarship during her college years. As a music major, she became interested in poetry and English. That led to her double major in music and creative writing. Griffin said she became interested in dance through poetry and had always loved to move, she was a cheerleader between the ages of 12 and 18, but it was a choreography class that showed her a way to combine the various art forms she loved. “When I took my first choreography class, it lit me up,” Griffin said. “I realized that within choreography I could use all my love of all of the arts – visual, literary, music and kinesthetic movement – and then I resolved to become a dancer and a choreographer.” Griffin began teaching in New York as a graduate student. After she got her master’s degree in dance, she made something she loved to do into her job. “In New York City, you work part time
jobs and then you go to the studio, so you’re not doing what you love all day long,” Griffin said. “And I thought, ‘I want to do what I love all day long.’” She applied at Fresno State and began teaching the dance program. This semester Griffin is teaching dance choreography. Her syllabus states that the goal of the class is to open creative channels. Griffin said she is also interested in theater. She directs plays and said she brings this experience into consideration to for her choreography class. Students in her class can expect not only to look to dance for inspiration, but to other art forms as well. “They’re going to, at one point, be looking at abstract art and they’re going to start from an abstract painting for the genesis of a choreography,” Griffin said. “And at one point they’re going to be inspired by a poem.” Another assignment students can look forward to includes looking at the style of another choreographer and emulating their style. “We really want to open their eyes to all the arts, so that all the arts become a place from which to generate dance composition,” Griffin said.
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Sarah Verheul performs her dance routine in front of her dance class on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.
Griffin said a background in dance is needed for the course she teaches. “If you don’t know the language of French, you can’t write a story in French,” Griffin said. “There has to be a sense of some vocabulary.” Perhaps most refreshing in Griffin’s teaching style is her understanding that art is personal and each student isn’t doing something in a right or wrong way. Rather,
they are simply addressing an idea in their own way. “Ideas are free and freeing,” Griffin said. “Like, say the idea of Black Lives Matter, that’s an idea. Another idea, all men, and I like to say ‘and women,’ are created equal. That’s another idea. And so those ideas lead to processes. And so the love of ideas, I think, is available for people in college.”
These stories are available on The Collegian website in English and Spanish. Estos artículos están disponibles en el sitio web de The Collegian en español e inglés. MIÉRCOLES, 8 DE FEBRERO DE 2017
Los Dreamers se preocupan por sus futuros
Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian
Raúl Moreno (izquierda) revisando su correo electrónico con su asistente Jacqueline Delgado (derecha) en su oficina dentro del University Center el 7 de febrero de 2017.
Escrito por Rebeca Flores @RebecaaFlores
Bajo la administración del Presidente Donald Trump, los estudiantes con Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) temen por su futuro y seguridad. La orden ejecutiva realizada en 2012 por el entonces Presidente Barack Obama continúa en limbo ante las amenazas de Trump de revocar las órdenes hechas por él. “La mayor preocupación es la deportación”, dijo Raúl Moreno,
coordinador del Dream Outreach Center de Fresno State, quien comenzó su carrera trabajando con inmigrantes y Dreamers. Moreno dijo que los estudiantes temen en cómo serán sus futuros sin DACA. “Tenemos muchos estudiantes que han obtenido DACA”, dijo Moreno. “Están trabajando y contribuyendo a nuestra sociedad, pero si el presidente firma la orden ejecutiva, estamos en problemas”. El Presidente Trump dijo durante su campaña que eliminaría a las órdenes ejecutivas de
Obama, y DACA es una de ellas; sin embargo, no ha hecho ningún avance hacia el programa DACA desde que empezó su presidencia el 20 de enero. Moreno dijo que la eliminación de DACA puede traer consecuencias devastadoras. Aproximadamente 752.000 estudiantes perderán su autorización de empleo si Trump aprueba la orden ejecutiva para eliminar DACA. Estos estudiantes usan esa autorización para trabajar y así poder pagar por su educación, explicó Moreno. El Presidente de la Universidad de Fresno State Dr. Joseph
Castro dijo que continuará monitoreando las actualizaciones sobre inmigración. Igual, mantendrá contacto con los líderes electos del nivel federal y estatal. Si DACA llega a ser revocada, él apoyará el BRIDGE Act, otra protección temporal para los jóvenes indocumentados. El BRIDGE Act concederá una protección provisional de tres años a personas indocumentadas quienes cumplan ciertos requisitos. Quienes beneficiaron de DACA podrían esencialmente ser elegibles bajo el BRIDGE Act. Hasta el momento ha logrado apoyo
bipartito. Mientras tanto, el Dream Outreach Center ofrece sus servicios para preparar a los estudiantes para lo que pueda suceder. “El presidente le ha dado mucho dinero y poder a ICE para escudriñar realmente a cada persona que quiere venir en los EE. UU., le llamamos racismo”, dijo Moreno. “En la comunidad los inmigrantes no están seguros. Dentro del campus la mayoría de la gente son muy agradable, esta es una zona segura”. Castro dijo que su administración va “hacer todo lo posible” para que los estudiantes logren sus metas. Un Dreamer de la Universidad de Fresno State dijo que se siente que Fresno State podria haber hecho algo diferente para ofrecer protección. Su nombre no será divulgado para proteger su privacidad. “Como inmigrante indocumentado que vive en los Estados Unidos, hay niveles de incertidumbre. No sólo mi futuro, sino el futuro de los que me conocen. La gente que conozco, especialmente mis padres”, dijo el estudiante. Con tal incertidumbre, el estudiante dijo que teme en seguir usando DACA si continúa en efecto. El estudiante dijo, “No creo que haga otra solicitud cuando expire la que la tengo, no quiero exponerme más de lo que ya estoy”. Contribuciones de Francisco J. De León.
El film ‘Camino a La Paz’ da bienvenida a la diversidad pese a lo sucedido Escrito por Francisco J. De León @frankiejda
El film, “Camino a La Paz” del guionista y director Argentino Francisco Varone, proveyó un punto de vista único y un mejor entendimiento a la audiencia sobre la comunidad musulmana. Durante el film los miembros de la colectividad musulmana fueron mostrados mientras hacían sus rituales cotidianos. “No hay actores. Es un grupo musulmán verdadero”, él dijo. Debido al metraje, Varone a veces se refiere a su film como un documental dentro de un film. Varone dijo que antes del comienzo de la filmación él sabía muy poco sobre la comunidad musulmana y su fe. “Lo que sabía en ese momento sobre Islam era muy diferente a lo que veía en aquel momento en los periódicos, la televisión y en films”. Varone, al no ser musulmán,
estuvo preocupado que se film fuera ofensivo o posiblemente irrespetuoso hacia los miembros de la comunidad musulmana. Pero después de recibir buena crítica de Doha en Catar, incluso al haber tenido buena recepción en Palestina, Varone halló alivio. Después de la presentación del film un musulmán en la audiencia del film festival dijo, “Fue hecho muy bien”, las preocupaciones de Varone, una vez más, terminaron, él dijo. Varone, tal como otros directores y productores quienes han tenido sus films mostrados en el Latin American Film Festival,
viajó más de mil millas para poder acompañar a la audiencia para probar la diversidad de la región y en sí Latinoamérica, dijo la Dr. Annabella España, una coordinadora del festival. Una persona de la audiencia dijo, “Este fue un extraordinario primer film. La cinematografía fue excelente. Tus [actores] fueron excelentes. Agradezco la educación de la fe musulmana”. Jessica Bustos, otro miembro de la audiencia, dijo, “[El film] mostró una mezcla de alguien que es musulmán y alguien que no sabía mucho de esa fe, el tener ese aspecto fue muy importante
especialmente durante este tiempo cuando nuestra nación está demasiado dividida por raza”. Continuando la hora de preguntas y respuestas con Varone, un miembro religioso de la comunidad añadió “Ahorita hay mucho odio hacia los musulmanes”, lo dijo casi terminando en lágrimas. Ese mismo día había formado parte de una manifestación en la alcaldía de la ciudad de Fresno, tras el anuncio del alcalde Lee Brand que Fresno no será una ciudad santuario para la población indocumentada. “Sucede que este film fue todo un éxito en su presentación y con
el público, pero lamentablemente por lo que está sucediendo hoy en los EE. UU.”, dijo España, refiriéndose a la correlación entre la presentación del film y las tensiones políticas. “Podemos tener una conversación aún más positiva, en la cual podemos aprender del uno al otro y terminar aprendiendo algo nuevo no sólo sobre la otra persona sino sobre nosotros por igual”.
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Equestrian v. SMU @ 8 a.m. Dallas, Texas
Men’s Tennis v. Oregon @ 5 p.m. Eugene, Oregon
Track & Field @ TBA Albuquerque, New Mexico Lacrosse v. LIU Brooklyn @ 5 p.m. Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium
Softball v. Indiana & Oregon @ 8 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Tempe, Arizona
Men’s Basketball v. Wyoming @ 6 p.m. Laramie, Wyoming
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Senior forward Karachi Edo dunks in Saturday’s home game against San Diego State at the Save Mart Center on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.
BASKETBALL from Page 8 his rotation around, and the players have responded. Since moving to the starting lineup, sophomore guard Deshon Taylor has upped his scoring and has played well on both ends of the court. Junior guard Jaron Hopkins and senior forward Karachi Edo both come off the bench and provide a spark and create matchup problems for the opposing team’s second unit.
Freshman center Bryson Williams has played well in his first year of collegiate basketball, and junior guard Jahmel Taylor’s shooting has him in the top of several statistics in the conference. Senior forward Paul Watson has provided leadership throughout the season, and his consistent style of play has played a big role in the ’Dogs’ success. The ’Dogs will travel to Wyoming and face off against the Wyoming Cowboys (15-9, 5-6 MW) Wednesday at 6 p.m.
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Men’s and women’s tennis give Fresno State unique edge By Jenna Wilson @fsjennawilson
Fresno State athletics have long been the pride of the Central Valley, but that pride mostly concerns football, basketball, baseball and, at the most, softball. Coaches pride themselves on finding talent in the Valley, but in some sports, like tennis, it is virtually impossible and many times requires outside help. “Tennis is a worldwide sport, and we want to make sure we have the best team in the country,” said head women’s tennis coach Ryan Stotland. “It’s not as big in the Valley as other sports, and we just get the best talent we can.” With eight players on its roster, the women’s tennis team has six international players and two out-of-state student-athletes. “Unfortunately, tennis isn’t the biggest, and it needs to grow, and that’s what we need to promote here,” Stotland said. Even without the vigor student-athletes born and raised in the Valley bring to the university’s sports programs, women’s tennis was a top 20 team last year with its international helping hand. After beating top programs like UCLA and Duke and remaining undefeated the past three seasons in Mountain West conference play, Stotland said there is a reason behind the staff’s recruitment of international players. “Tennis is a unique sport. It’s an inter-
national sport,” head men’s tennis coach Luke Shields said. “In the United States, it’s probably the 10th biggest sport, but internationally it might be the second-orthird biggest sport. In some countries, it’s the biggest sport.” Shields said his players are grateful for the opportunity to attend college and play tennis in the United States because their living situation is so much better and they actually want to be here. As far as the team consisting of mostly foreign student athletes, Shields said there are two ways of looking at it: embrace it and realize that it’s what makes the program so special at Fresno State or only look at the negatives. The nine-man roster of the men’s team consists of eight international players, and one natural-born citizen, Bailey Gong, a proud Exeter native and Smittcamp Family Honors College member. “I think it is really cool to be able to actually represent the Valley not just as a student-athlete at Fresno State, but also since I am truly representing the Valley as being Valley born and bred,” Gong said. “I get the honor of continuing to wear the V on my back now literally instead of just figuratively.” Gong said that seeing all the talent around the world and getting to learn a bit of culture from each of his teammates’ home countries has been eye-opening and humbling. Shields said Gong is one of the best players the Valley has had in a long time. “I think there will be some changes
Freshman Bailey Gong of Exeter, California.
in the future to draw more Americans,” Shields said. “Obviously, we want more local talent. We all want to keep things cen-
Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics
tral here, but it’s just not realistic, I don’t think, at this point.”
Focused on finishing
By David Chavez @d23chavez
With seven games to go in Mountain West conference play, the Fresno State men’s and women’s basketball teams look to finish the regular season strong going into tournament play. Both teams find themselves in the top five of their respective standings. The men have a record of 14-9, 6-5 Mountain West (MW), and the women have a record of 139, 6-5 MW. The women’s team has won its last two games and has fallen in a groove as of late. The Bulldogs are led by the trio of junior center Bego Faz Davalos and sophomore guards Tory Jacobs and Candice White. Davalos was named Mountain West Player of the Week for averaging 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in the team’s victories against Air Force and San Diego State. Freshman guard Kristina Cavey and senior forward Emilie Volk have stepped up
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Sophomore guard Tory Jacobs attempts a shot during Saturday’s game against Utah State at the Save Mart Center on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.
for the ’Dogs after losing sophomore guard Breanne Knishka early in the season, The team will host second-place Wyoming (17-5, 9-2 MW) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The men’s team will need to rebound quickly after seeing its 13-game home win-
ning streak come to end when the ’Dogs lost to San Diego State on Saturday. Despite being productive at home, the team has gone 1-4 playing away from the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs have played well against the top teams in the conference, defeating Boise State (15-7, 8-3 MW), Colorado State
(15-9, 7-4 MW) and beating Nevada twice (18-5, 7-3 MW). But they have struggled playing against teams in the lower standings, losing to San Jose State (11-10, 4-6 MW) and Utah State (10-12, 4-7 MW). Head coach Rodney Terry has shifted
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