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Wednesday, February 22, 2017



SHOWCASING AFRICANA CULTURE Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

The Divine Nine performs during Africana Culture Night (top) and participants later perform the “cupid shuffle” dance (right) in the Satellite Student Union on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.


Campaign asks how ‘men can stop rape’ By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

Fresno State’s Cross Cultural and Gender Center (CCGC) is asking men on campus to take a stand against sexual assault by participating in the poster campaign, “Men Can Stop Rape.” The campaign consists of a series of images of men who pledge to advocate for all victims of rape. The posters will be released in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “Often times when we’re talking about how to stop sexual assault, how to end those types of things, men don’t see themselves as part of the equation,” said Jessica Adams, coordinator of gender programs and services for the center. “They are often feeling blamed or not able to be active. We wanted to reach out specifically to them so they knew there was a place for them to stop this horrendous crime.” According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in

5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college. For Adams and her student assistant, Jude Jackson, the movement is meant to shed positive light on the collaboration between all men and women towards the cause. “Some posters [for other campaigns] use images of specifically women in sexually precarious situations. I don’t think that’s beneficial,” Adams said. “I think that’s actually pretty harmful. We’re running a positive campaign that shows men in active roles putting a stop to this.” Jackson stressed the importance of support beyond the surface of the campaign and hoped his peers will view the campaign as a tool which dismantles the stigma posed on rape victims. “It gets thrown onto the victim whether it be through victim blaming or it gets thrown onto women as if it’s their burden to take care of it,” Jackson said. “It also disregards the fact that it’s not just women that get raped. People in the trans[gender] com-

munity, cis[gender] men, non-binary people are also raped.” The campaign already has a handful of participants from a variety of communities on campus, including Stefan Alvidrez, a junior majoring in pre-athletic training, who decided to get involved after receiving a Facebook invite from Adams. “When I saw the event notification, I immediately thought of ‘Take Back the Night,’” Alvidrez said. “Take Back the Night” is an annual event hosted on campus which promotes awareness of rape and sexual assault. “Advocating this cause is more than important, it’s necessary, essential and indispensable,” Alvidrez said. As for the outcome of the campaign, Alvidrez hopes other students will become more knowledgeable and active. “It still astounds me that I hear conversations on campus where students say things like, ‘We’ll



Diversity ‘makes us who we are’

By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

“Relationships are critical to our work,” Jendian said. “If we don’t recognize the role other people play in our lives, we won’t realize the powers that they bring to us, the energy they give to us.” He explained the different elements that make people diverse. He chose specific categories, including age and languages, then asked people who represent that category to stand. Those who remained seated were asked to applaud for those standing up in celebration of diversity. “The inner sections of these different dimensions of diversity really make us who we are,” Jendian said. “Each of us is a unique blend of the inner sections of these various forms of diversity.” Jendian said that knowing information about each other does not mean people can judge each

Fresno State professors who demonstrate the university’s motto of “Discover, Diversity and Distinction” were offered a platform to showcase their focus on diversity. Dr. Matthew Ari Jendian’s talk was one of three “TED Talk” style lectures at Fresno State. The speakers were nominated by students who believe their professors demonstrate the university’s motto. Jendian’s lecture, titled “FORWARD TOGETHER: Valuing Differences & Mobilizing Similarities to Achieve Common Goals,” began by thanking people he has formed relationships with over his professional career. They included past professors, current colleagues and students. See FRESNO STATE TALKS, Page 3





Bridging the gap through art

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By Richard Thistle @TheCollegian

In an attempt, as a nation, to understand our socio-political climate, artists have a perspective that is worthy of our attention. Art that sparks contemplation can have a significant impact on individual views and how they continue to shape them in the future, even if it’s for just a moment. Arresting images have always had a powerful ability to draw viewers in and elicit a wide range of responses – from disgust to illumination. A key theme throughout the range of emotions is an inevitable crossroads between the

reactions and the thought processes that are shaped. In a culture oversaturated with short-lived images which are largely meant to be eye-catching and nothing else, it would be a welcome reprieve to witness a grassroots approach to a national civic unrest that grows louder and larger by the day. Artists have the ability to offer an outside lens from which to view the ongoing fray. More philosophical, big-picture kinds of questions can be formulated from these artistic endeavors to continue exploring ideas like civic unrest. The art that is produced will provide a platform on which enriching conversations can be

started that lead to healing from divides that have come between communities. This is not a novel idea by any stretch of the imagination and is merely recognition of the role the arts have played in shaping public consciousness. From depicting bloody crusades to the tyranny of an oppressive government, art has been a faithful historian, diligently documenting the ages. It has even acted as a moral compass, asking questions of establishments like religion and social norms that were rarely openly criticized or questioned. Many people hold dearly to beliefs that are delicate in nature. These strong beliefs are tested

on occasion and could become the norm with repeated interactions of like-minded people. Also, the very real phenomenon of confirmation bias strangles the ability to be flexible upon receiving new data that doesn’t fit old beliefs. For instance, if a person has a particular view of undocumented immigrants but spends little time with them during the day, it is no surprise that they have a difficult time understanding their plight or situation. That same person can go to an art exhibit that displays the facets of the human experience that an undocumented immigrant undergoes, a bridge is created. The problem becomes more real and concrete, and a human

element not present before is added. A pathway to understanding is instituted, rather than barrier to misinformation. Art has always been a deep yearning of the human species to better understand ourselves in this vast cosmic experience. It is, like anything else, a tool that can be used to alleviate problems or induce more suffering. Hopefully, we choose the former and recognize the opportunity that we have to create and foster connections through the vehicle of art.


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Students learn of sexism in the black community By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

A Black Lives Matter organizer and Los Angeles professor examined sexism within the Black community during a speech on Feb. 17, helping students find ways to equality. The Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s African-American and Gender Programs and Services welcomed Dr. Malina Abdullah to Fresno State to give a talk titled, “Sexism in the Black Community.” Abdullah, a professor of pan-African studies at California State University, Los Angeles, focused her talk around the historic stem of sexism in the black community and how it further manifested into the issues seen in the present. In her research, Abdullah discovered the societal structures of pre-colonial Africa were non-hierarchical. Men traditionally hunted because women often were with child or nursing. The absence of the men placed women as the power holders to make and enforce rules.

Abdullah said most people view the making and enforcing of rules as the essence of power. “What was acknowledged in those societies is it’s not more valuable to make and enforce rules than it is to hunt,” Abdullah said. “We need both of those things.” Abdullah credited civil rights activist Angela Davis for pinpointing post-emancipation as the beginning of the demise of equality between black men and black women in their efforts to attain freedom. The scholar spoke of the attempt to position black men on an equal playing field as white men, whom she identified as the most free in society. “It’s important that we understand this is something foreign to who we are as black people,” Abdullah said. “It doesn’t mean it’s not a part of the black community now, but it comes from somewhere else rather than being indigenous.” Abdullah stressed that the way to freedom for women in the black community is by disputing white patriarchy. “We’re taught to kind of subsume our interest to allow black men to really be agents

of white patriarchy, and we have to resist that,” she said. For Abdullah, women shouldn’t be afraid of challenging patriarchy. “It means lovingly challenging it, and sometimes vigorously challenging it, but always challenging it,” she said. The scholar suggested the “liberation” of women in the black community will lead to freedom of its men. “We often raise our boys with very narrow definitions of what manhood is, what boyhood is. This idea that you can’t be sensitive, you can’t be affectionate,” Abdullah said. “This notion that your manhood and your power comes from the oppression of women.” Following the talk, Abdullah encouraged open discussion between audience members. Students like Crea Jackson, a junior majoring in public relations and the lead student coordinator for African-American programs and services, were able to ask questions and share personal experiences. “[The talk] made me feel really empowered as a black woman and also more knowledgeable,” Jackson said. “I’m in-

spired to do more work, to challenge myself to speak more on certain issues and to challenge others within our community.” Jackson said she plans to go forward with advocating for gender equality by avoiding bringing men into the conversation. “So I think for me [I’ll go forward] being more intentional about our space and not always having to include everyone else in our space. Kind of focusing on ourselves, then uplifting each other and how we can be stronger women,” she said. For Cira Armstead, a senior majoring in public health administration and a member of Black Students United and African Black Correlation, the key to equality comes from education. “One of the students said it best,” Armstead said. “With teaching each other and understanding one another in order to form a better union to move forward.”


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Students choose professor to give talk FRESNO STATE TALKS from Page 1 others. He reflected on a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that said, “Unity is the great need of the hour.”

“Unity and community starts with knowing who you are and where you come from, and being open to understanding that about others,” Jendian said. He added that empathy makes people more united as a human race.

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“The first step of empathy is seeing ourselves in other people,” Jendian said. “Empathy is the key to understanding others.” Jendian said there are more similarities than differences among humans. Humans have a similar outlook on five social institutions: family, education, religion, economics and politics. “It’s a biological fact through the human genome project that every human being on the planet is at least a 50th cousin of every other human being on the planet,” Jendian said. Jendian explained that having all this knowledge lets people have the potential to make a difference in our world. “Ultimately it comes down to action,” Jendian said. He said humans must act on their knowledge to see a difference in society. He added that the audience members should apply what they learn. Navmit Dhesi, a senior marketing major, was the student who nominated Jendian. “He was a great fit for Fresno State Talks because I think he has a lot to share with the Fresno State community as a whole,” Dhesi said.

Dhesi has known Jendian for more than three years by being a part of the humanics program at Fresno State, where Jendian serves as director. The program offers students a hands-on experience to gain a certificate in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations. “The relationship goes beyond being a faculty member because humanics is such a hands-on program,” Dhesi said. Last year, Dhesi had Jendian as a professor and she shared that his class was very eye-opening due to all of his work in the community. She said that the extra effort he puts into his teaching style made an impact on her. “He’s someone that’s been very involved in our community and definitely has a lot that I think should be shared outside of those that get to directly interact with him,” Dhesi said. Dhesi was impressed during the lecture when Jendian spoke about how shapes are like people. He explained that if you need a specific shape for a job, substituting another shape will not work. “There’s strength in our differences, and at times we need those differences to solve our issues and problems,” Dhesi said.

Advocating for rape victims

SEXUAL ASSAULT from Page 1 just give [them] a few shots, and they’ll loosen up,’” Alvidrez said. “I think it’s vitally important that students know how to recognize and engage when they are encountered with risky situations where one person is trying to take advantage of another.” How can female students get involved? Adams encouraged students with experience in this area of activism to share their knowledge and to dispel myths.

“Those little things really matter, and when [others] see that people are paying attention or that their peers are not acting like that, it helps change behavior,” Adams said. “If we don’t address behavior that happens in a climate, nothing is going to change. A poster is not going to matter.” The “Men Can Stop Rape” campaign will accept participants through February and begin photoshoots in March. Interested participants may sign up in the Cross Cultural and Gender Center in the Thomas Building, Room 110.






Dancing through stress and the Valley By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

Stress and rebounding from crisis inspired “Resilience,” the seventh annual performance by the Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Fresno State. The show opened on Feb. 17 and featured students from Dance 163, a course in which the dancers rehearse and ultimately perform for audiences on tour. Students are admitted to the course by audition only. There are six performances, each created by a different choreographer. Some were created by the artistic director and Fresno State professor Kenneth Balint while others were done by choreographers from out of town. “We had a lot of residencies where we had to train three days straight for eight hours every day,” said Nathalie Quiros, one of the dancers and an incoming Fresno State student. Each performance evoked a different mood, which was done through music, costuming and movements of the dancers. “I really liked how there was a wide variety of types of dances,” said Jenna Scordino, a third-year theater major. “Like they weren’t all the same dance over and over.” “Genesis, Exodus, Evolution,” choreographed by Janelle Paris, began with

sounds of a jungle and the dancers emerging in the seats behind the audience. Slowly, they moved onto the stage and danced to bass-heavy electronic music. Unlike the other performances, like one which featured an excerpt of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech or another with orchestral music, “Genesis, Exodus, Evolution” had the students dancing to pop music in a more hip-hop style. Another performance, “Empty Spaces,” was choreographed by Rogelio Lopez, a faculty member at Saint Mary’s College. In this routine, dancers used self-held lights which were shined onto the other performing dancers and traded among one another. Besides those lights, the room was in complete darkness. The diversity in the performances was a quality that the audience appreciated. For many students, this performance was their first time watching a dance ensemble. “It’s unique in its own ways,” said Cha Yang, a second-year theater major. “Every dance, every movement has its own meaning. But there’s no line, no dialogue for you to decipher that meaning; this is more abstract.” The ensemble will travel later this spring to the 2017 American College Dance Association’s conference in Modesto to perform two of the routines. “Resiliance” runs through Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the John Wright Theater.

Just another list book


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By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

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College years can be some of the best years in a person’s life. Next to getting an education, the best thing about college is the memories made that can last long after walking across the stage at graduation. “The College Bucket List” by Kourtney Jason and Darcy Pedersen tells students just how to make those memories. The guide offers 101 “fun, unforgettable and maybe even life-changing things to do before graduation day.” Initially, I was hesitant to pick up this book for the simple reason that I’ve seen this type of “how-to-bucket-list-book” geared toward college students more times than I can count. Ironically, my least favorite thing about college is people trying to tell me how to enjoy my college experience. College is different for everyone. However, “The College Bucket List” did have its ups. It didn’t completely impress me, but I can see how it might be valuable to an entering freshman who wants to make the absolute most out of his or her time in

college, but doesn’t know where to start. The bucket list is split into nine sections. A few tips include how to ignite your school spirit, another on what to post on social media and the other on things to not tell your parents. I was surprised to find that I had done a good amount of the things listed on the bucket list in my three years as an undergrad, but I was even more surprised to find things listed that I hadn’t even considered doing and now can’t imagine not doing before I graduate. I now have a little over a year to get a psychic reading, go to a film festival and find a place to watch the sunrise. The charm of “The College Bucket List” lies in its ability for the reader to flip to any page and begin crossing off things on the list. Not every item is easy to conquer right then and there (go on an epic road trip, do a summer internship, learn to cook), but most are (start a blog, create a playlist of college jams, call your family), and that’s what I enjoyed most about this book—that it listed the small bucket list items you tend to not think about. While it’s not the most impressive book I’ve read this year, overall “The College Bucket List” does a good job of guiding and giving ideas for creating memories during a student’s time in college. For that, I commend it.





An evening of elegance for the black community

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

Frankie Juarez (second from right) wins the “best dressed” contest during Africana Culture Night in the Satellite Student Union on Feb. 17, 2017. Five male participants signed up and were narrowed down to top three where the audience got to vote for the winner.

By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

Black Students United were even more united when they presented “Africana Culture Night: An Evening of Black Elegance” on Friday, Feb. 17.

Educational Opportunity Program counselor Davion Baker hosted the event in the Satellite Student Union where students dressed to impress and danced the night away in celebration of black excellence on Fresno State’s campus. Students were encouraged to take photos at the photobooth set up at the back of

the SSU and to eat food provided. Black Students United handed out awards to students for their work in helping the community, including awards for the most supportive student in the organization and students making a difference in the African-American community. “I think my favorite part was probably the giving the awards out,” said Alexis Aljandali, a second-year business major. “I like that they recognized people for their achievements.” In between the awards, students danced to music, creating a welcoming environment. Certain songs were crowd-pleasers and brought everyone onto the dance floor to line dance to many songs. There were many performances throughout the night. One was by members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations, also known as the “Divine Nine.” The members of the historically black fraternities and sororities performed step routines for the audience while friends and other fraternity and sorority members cheered them on. “My favorite part of the night would be

seeing [the] NPCH getting all together and uniting as one,” said Ashlyn Davis, a second-year theatre arts major. “I think it’s a beautiful thing that everybody actually came out.” The night culminated with a bestdressed contest. There were separate contests for men and women, each set up the same way. One by one, the audience cheered for each person who entered the contest, and the person with the loudest cheers won. Frankie Juarez, third-year liberal studies major, was the winner of the men’s contest. He said he appreciated the purpose of the event. “I think that this is something great that [we] can get involved on our campus and get people to come together,” Juarez said. “This is something our community needs.”

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A “best dressed” contest is held for female participants during Africana Culture Night in the Satellite Student Union on Feb. 17, 2017.


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Cientos marchan en Fresno para una ciudad santuario

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Participantes de la “Marcha de Solidaridad y Santuario para Todos” caminan en el cruce de P Street y Fresno Street el sábado, 18 de febrero de 2017.

Escrito por Francisco J. De León @frankiejda

Aproximadamente 600 personas marcharon en la “Marcha de Solidaridad y Santuario para Todos” que fue dirigida por We Are Fresno/Somos Fresno el 18 de febrero, la cual comenzó en los peldaños de la alcaldía de Fresno. Estudiantes de la Universidad de Fresno State, madres, padres e hijos marcharon aproximadamente una milla y media, llegando a un alto en ocho lugares los cuales incluyeron edificios locales, federales y estatales. Afuera de cada edificio, los participantes de la marcha coreaban frases en inglés como, “No exclusión, no frontera, santuario para todos” y “Muéstrenme cómo se mira la democracia, así se mira la democracia”, refiriéndose a su derecho de una manifestación pacífica. Los letreros que cargaban y exhibían los participantes de la marcha mostraban una variedad de pensamientos y comentarios en inglés, como, “Refugiados e Inmigrantes Bienvenidos”; “Pelear


contra la ignorancia y no los inmigrantes”; “Deportación = Separación”; “ICE fuera de Fresno”. Igual, la ropa de algunos participantes tenía palabras dirigidas al Presidente Donald Trump, la cual leía “Dump Trump”. La organizadora de la marcha, Ariana Martínez Lott, se graduó de la Universidad de Fresno State en el año 2010 y recibió su licenciatura en desarrollo infantil. Ella dijo que conoce a inmigrantes indocumentados los quienes han trabajado y han sido voluntarios por años para hacer su comunidad un lugar mejor. “Me canse de ver todo el dolor

y la separación cuando lo único que ellos quieren hacer es ser miembros contribuyentes de la sociedad”, Martínez Lott dijo. “Con esta administración presidencial llegó a un punto en donde decidí que es todo lo que puedo contener, esto es una injusticia y tenemos que estar al lado de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en esta lucha”. Erika Castanon una estudiante de comunicaciones y periodismo fue atraída a la marche en parte por las recientes interacciones entre los medios de comunicación y la nueva administración presidencial.

Christian Ortuno • The Collegian

Participantes de la “Marcha de Solidaridad y Santuario para Todos” caminan a lo largo de P Street el sábado, 18 de febrero de 2017.

“Para mí esto fue una oportunidad educativa”, dijo Castanon. “Se oye hablar mucho sobre la democracia y recientemente oí un profesor hablar sobre, especialmente aquellas personas estudiando para una carrera en los medios o su licenciatura, cuánto confiamos en los medios y el valor en decir la verdad”. Castanon agregó que empezaba a sentir un poco de apatía hacia la situación política. “Me sentí un poco vencida porque tan pronto que los resultados de las elecciones salieron sentí que no podíamos cambiar nada, pero yo creo que esto demuestra que cuando las personas se reúnen hay potencial para un cambio”, dijo Castanon. “Hay esperanza para el futuro de lo que nuestra ciudad puede ser”. Estudiantes de la Universidad de California de Merced también estuvieron presentes en la marcha. Omee Herr una estudiante de UC Merced estudiando la carrera ingeniería de ciencias materiales explicó que la razón por la cual ella estuvo presente y participó en la marcha fue debido a que, en un tiempo, sus ascendientes fueron refugiados.

“Yo sé lo difícil que es cuando no hay muchas personas a tu lado y especialmente en la comunidad indocumentada”, dijo Herr. “Yo quiero estar al lado y ser parte de los que necesitan una voz cuando están asustados o tienen miedo, quiero ser la voz que ellos puedan usar”. Christina Quintanilla, una ministra para el InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dijo que hoy estuvo aquí como un miembro de la comunidad. También, dijo que lo que la atrajo a ella y aquellos cerca de ella fue el “afecto por las personas indocumentadas y el llamado y nuestra fe en preocuparnos de la comunidad”. Martínez Lott y otros miembros de We Are Fresno/Somos Fresno planean en hacer otra reunión el 16 de marzo para hablar sobre la participación futura de la comunidad y hallar formas de comunicarse con los gobernantes de California.

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Voluntarios proveen ayuda gratuita de impuestos para los estudiantes

Escrito por Rebeca Flores @rebecaaflores

Estudiantes de Fresno State están ofreciendo su servicios como parte del Programa de Ayuda Voluntaria a los Contribuyentes, también conocido como, (VITA, por sus siglas en inglés) para ayudar las familias de los estudiantes con bajos ingresos con sus impuestos. “Entrenamos a los estudiantes en cómo hacer los impuestos, cómo operar el software y cómo presentar las declaraciones

de impuestos,” dijo Tim Baker, el intermediado de La Oficina del Controlador del Estado. El objetivo del programa VITA es eventualmente mantener el sitio en Fresno State para que siga dándole servicios a la comunidad. “Esperamos mantener el sitio abierto incluso cuando la oficina del controlador ya no pueda ayudarnos, queremos usar estudiantes avanzados para ser los administradores del sitio”, dijo Baker. José Moralez, con la carrera de contabilidad en Fresno State, ha sido un voluntario en el pro-

grama VITA por dos años. “Preparo impuestos, también revisió los otros trabajos de los [voluntarios]”, dijo Moralez. “Reviso todos los documentos y me aseguro que sean introducidos correctamente en el software de impuestos”. El programa VITA ha estado disponible desde el mes de febrero y ayuda a personas en diferentes lenguajes como español, mandarín y punjabi. “El coordinador está aquí, y nos anima a salir de nuestra zona de comodidad y ayudar a las personas que no necesariamente hablan Inglés”, dijo Moralez.

La estudiante Yohana Nava, quien usó el programa el año pasado, dice que no muchos usan el programa VITA pero ella desea que más lo aprovechen.

“Es difícil que lleguen [los estudiantes]”, Nava dijo. “Tratamos de sacar la noticia pero no saben mucho sobre el [programa]”.

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’Dogs split opening weekend with Ducks Senior outfielder Austin Guibor (#33) high-fives senior outfielder Jake Stone (#51) at home plate after scoring a run on Feb. 18, 2017, at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

The Fresno State baseball team split its opening homestand of the 2017 season against Pac-12 opponent Oregon, 2-2. The ’Dogs had slugged their way to consecutive victories to start the series. Junior pitcher Ricky Tyler Thomas continued the ’Dogs’ streak of nine consecutive opening-day wins. Thomas recorded 12 straight outs in six innings, allowing only one run. “We had some chances [to score] early, in the middle innings,” said head coach Mike Batesole on the win. “We had some guys in scoring position, but our veteran guys were able to put in work - being able to stay back and hit doubles to the opposite field. When you have a team of guys that can do that, you’re going to see some success.” Fresno State’s offense had its say after a five-run second inning pushed the game out of reach. Senior outfielder Austin Guibor and junior infielder Aaron Arruda each hit home runs to add to the 15-hit total in the 9-1 win over the Ducks. The ’Dogs fought through rain in game one of a doubleheader to prevail against the Ducks, 8-3. Oregon committed a school record six errors in the game, leading to a ’Dogs comeback. After going down 3-1, senior Scott Silva and Guibor reclaimed the lead for the ’Dogs when they combined to drive in three runs in the third inning. The pair combined again in the seventh inning to drive in four runs. Senior infielder Jesse Medrano and Guibor contributed with RBI singles in the inning. Fresno State scored seven unanswered runs to beat the Ducks. In the second game of a wet and frigid doubleheader, the Bulldogs were unable to repeat their early success and were defeated 13-1 after allowing 18 walks. With only 30 minutes between games, the

’Dogs came out red hot. Junior pitcher Fred Schlichtholz shut out the Ducks in the first two innings. The offense took shape after Guibor knocked a two-out single into right field and later scored when Arruda smacked a double into left field. However, Schlichtholz would not last much longer. He was pulled in the fifth inning. He gave up three earned runs in four innings. Although a few of the 18 walks were intentional, the pitching staff was unable to find the strike zone for much of the night. Other than Arruda’s RBI double in the bottom of the first, the ’Dogs were unable to muster any offense. Oregon loaded the bases early on several occasions, leading to 13 unanswered runs. On the last night of the four-game series, the ’Dogs were unable to overcome the Ducks, losing 3-2. During the game, Fresno State honored its Japanese-American heritage. Fibber Hirayama and Kenichi Zenimura, both Bulldog Baseball Hall of Famers, were honored before the game. Their contributions to the school’s program over the years was acknowledged in front of the home fans. The game started off in favor of the ’Dogs after sophomore outfielder Zach Ashford and senior infielder Scott Silva combined for a 1-0 lead. After a wild pitch, Silva was able to bring Ashford in on a single up the middle. Making his debut with the team, freshman pitcher Davis Moore was able to hold the Ducks at bay until the third inning. Moore then allowed two runs, giving away the lead. Silva responded by tying the game shortly after. Fresno State allowed eight walks in the contest, leading to the game-winning hit in the fifth inning. The Ducks closed out the final frames to split the series. Fresno State will begin a three-game home series against UC Riverside, starting Friday night at 6:05 at Pete Beiden Field in Bob Bennett Stadium.

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Three Bulldogs earn MW honors Three members of the Fresno State swimming and diving team were named to the 2017 Mountain West All-Conference Team. Seniors Esme Gullick (pictured left) and Shelbie Holden and sophomore Ugne Mazutaityte (pictured right) were recognized for their performances during the 2017 Mountain West Championships last weekend in College Station, Texas. Gullick earned honors in the 200 meters individual medley, 400 IM and 200 butterfly. Mazutaityte was named to the all-conference team for the second year in a row for her performance in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Holden, a diver, earned honors for her performance on platform. Holden will compete at NCAA Zone Diving on all three boards on March 6-8. The team capped its season with record-breaking performances and two athletes winning medals. Mazutaityte took home the gold in the 200 backstroke, and Gullick won the bronze medal in the 200

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butterfly. Overall, the team finished in seventh place in the MW Championships. On Day 2 of the competition, Gullick broke the Fresno State record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.18. The previous record was 2:01.79 which she had set during the 2016 MW Championships. Mazutaityte broke the Fresno State record in the 100 backstroke on Day 2 which she had previously set with a time of 53.88.

Dung throws no-hitter in Puerto Vallarta

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The Fresno State softball team returns home to Margie Wright Diamond on Thursday night after going 2-3 in the Puer-

to Vallarta College Challenge in Mexico last weekend. The Diamond ’Dogs started the tournament 0-2, losing to Mississippi State 4-1 and Florida Gulf Coast 4-3. The team rebounded to win the next two games, no-hitting Florida Gulf Coast 9-0 in the ’Dogs’ second game against the Eagles and beating Cal State Fullerton 12-11 before falling on the last day to Texas Tech, 6-9. Sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung walked three and struck out six in Fresno State’s 9-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast. Dung is the 21st pitcher in Bulldog history to throw a no-hitter. She is 5-2 on the season, with a 2.12 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

Feb 22, 2017  
Feb 22, 2017