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The Department of Physical Therapy held its annual fundraiser “Let’s Get Physical 5K Run/Walk” Feb. 25. The event’s start and finish was by the north gym, and had two routes: a one mile walk and a 5K run, which circled the campus perimeter twice. “A lot of people came with their family, their kids, their spouses, it was really good. We had about 90 people show up,” Said Nicholas Oifoh, a physical therapy student. Student Carolyn Collins said that the fundraiser goes toward paying for preparation for courses and exams, sending students to conferences and buying equipment and other things needed for training. Student Gina Horath said it was fun being at the event with her classmates because it goes to a good cause and shows how the department is a family. Horath said, “We do it every year, so we’ll be out here next year, and it’s a great event, a great time of the year, like perfect racing weather, so the more people we can get out next year, the better.”
New bill announced Collegian to to freeze tuition hikes claim victories By Daniel Gligich @DanielGligich
California Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva announced the Student Protection Act last week, which – if passed – will freeze tuition and fee hikes for California State Universities and California Community Colleges through the 2019-20 academic year. Quirk-Silva introduced the bill, AB 393, to the California State Assembly on Feb. 9 and publicly announced the bill at a press conference last week. The bill proposes that tuition and fees shall be frozen as charged since Dec. 31, 2016. “We know now, more than ever, our students are struggling not only to pay their rents, to be able to work, to pay for food and other essentials, but also to go to college,” Quirk-Silva said. She referred to the California Master Plan for Higher Education, drafted in 1960, which she said reaffirmed California’s longtime commitment to the principle of tuition free education to Cali-
fornia residents. “This moratorium will give students and their families peace of mind that the already high costs of higher education will be capped for the near future, as the Legislature works on long-term funding solutions for the three segments of our higher education system,” Quirk-Silva said. The California Faculty Association is sponsoring the act, and Dr. Kevin Wehr, sociology professor and president of the CFA chapter at CSU Sacramento, stood with Quirk-Silva as the bill was announced. “The California Faculty Association is sponsoring the Student Protection Act because the faculty members of the CSU see the impact first-hand of financial stress on our students’ ability to prepare for class, to buy the books and have time to study – not to mention their health and well-being,” Wehr said. Every fee increase and tuition hike leads to students working extra shifts and multiple jobs, Wehr said, and some students dropped out because they could not afford the tuition raises.
The CSU board of trustees is expected to vote in March on a 5 percent tuition increase for undergraduates, which is $270. CSU East Bay sophomore Isaiah de la Cruz also spoke in favor of the new bill during the conference. “I am working three jobs and taking 16-17 units a quarter,” de la Cruz said. “The board of trustees is considering a tuition increase of $270, which is a quarter of my paycheck.” De la Cruz said he is grateful to Quirk-Silva for introducing the bill, and that many students cannot afford an extra $270. Quirk-Silva said the bill could be approved by the end of the legislative session in September. It will need a simple majority vote to pass. “This won’t be easy, and we’re at the very beginning stages of this legislation,” Quirk-Silva said. “We know that we will have serious talks with our caucus members. We will have serious talks with our Senate friends and with our governor. The investment in education is the investment of our future.”
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The Collegian will be accepting 17 awards this weekend at the annual California College Media Association Awards Banquet in San Francisco. The awards – which include three first place, six second place, four third place and four fourth place – will be presented to The Collegian at the CCMA Excellence in Student Media banquet on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown San Francisco. As per the mission of the CCMAs, to honor excellence in journalism, the CCMAs was created to instill a unified voice representative of college news media, provide support and education, and foster, nurture and promote collegiate journalism. “I couldn’t be more proud of my team. We set out every
semester with a goal in mind – to inform the community of Fresno State’s news, arts and sports,” said Diana Giraldo, The Collegian’s editor-in-chief. “We look to find interesting stories of bold Bulldogs, inform students of campus happenings and always look to bring prominent topics of discussion to the forefront – receiving the awards are just the cherry on top.” The award nominations include: Best Website, Best Editorial, Best Column, Best Arts & Entertainment article, Best Newspaper Page Design, Best Headline Portfolio, Best Infographic, Best Use of Social Media, Best News Video, Best Black & White Ad, Best Color Ad, Best Sales Materials and Best Online Ad. Last year The Collegian was nominated for 13 awards, two of which were first place, beat
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It’s not about bathrooms, it’s about visibility By Amber Carpenter @shutupambs
Last week, the Trump Administration’s war on compassion raged on, this time with both the departments of justice and education each rolling back protections for transgender students and their right to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, regardless of biologically designated sex. Why do basic human rights make the conservative right squirm in their seats so much? It’s exhausting to see rights snatched away from one community to another, and even more disconcerting because the result is all too predictable – rich, white men experience no adversity but spend their time and energy proclaiming that forces are against them, complaining that mass media have waged a war against them. While tireless claims are made about “media’s war” on conservatives, it’s clear that the right wing continues waging war against basic human rights. Transgender lives exist. And they matter. And they’re beautiful. And their rights should be fought for. Instead, what little progress was made by the Barack Obama Administration is being undone. By rolling back the rights of transgender students to use their preferred bathrooms, the Trump Administration risks increased death and bullying amongst trans kids. The National Coalition of
Anti-Violence Programs reported in 2015 that 67 percent of hate-related homicides against the LGBT community were directed toward transgender people, with almost half of those homicides resulting in the deaths of trans women of color. Much of the argument in favor of suppressing trans rights revolves around transphobic ideology that is rooted in a lack of knowledge. Those who don’t fully understand the transgender community consider trans people to be “cross-dressing” or express concern about whether their sons or daughters will be sexually or physically assaulted in the bathroom or locker room. The scenarios used as fuel to reinforce the barring of bathroom rights are fear tactics. Rigid bathroom laws or not, people we do not know or trust can still enter private spaces and put others at risk. Regardless of whether or not trans students are able to use their preferred bathroom, rapists and murderers can still go above or against the law to find and assault their targets. In all actuality, is a piece of paper or a sign on a door going to stop someone from going in the opposite gender’s restroom to assault someone? What those fighting against transgender rights overlook is that transgender people have existed longer than bathroom laws and have been using their preferred bathroom with no cause for alarm. What people fail to realize is
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that this issue is so much bigger than doing your business – it’s about the right to exist freely and be seen as normal in society. If there are laws barring the trans community from doing something as simple as using the bathroom, their acceptance in the public sector will be even more limited than it already is. Trans people, like everyone else, deserve to exist and represent themselves in public spaces. Many universities, including Fresno State, have incorporated multiple gender-inclusive restrooms on
campus. How can we expect students, employees and citizens to thrive in a society that doesn’t deem them real or important? If Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions or President Donald Trump continue with the decision to rollback basic human rights, they cannot expect transgender students to succeed academically or as functioning members of society. If students do not feel seen, represented or visible in their
place of work or school environment, how can they be expected to succeed? It’s not about “special snowflakes needing a safe space.” It’s about letting trans students feel as accepted as the rest of their student body. Trans students have every right to feel as visible as every other student, and by adding to their visibility, we add to their success.
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Collegian wins 17 awards, most since 2009 AWARDS from Page 1 ing out larger college newspapers from UCLA, USC and UC Berkeley. This year, the student-run newspaper won more awards than it has since 2009, when the news organization received 18 nominations. “The number of awards actually came as a surprise to me,” Giraldo said. “This year the rules of the game changed. We usually compete with papers of our size who print daily, at a minimum of three times a week. Seeing as how so many student papers are now decreasing the number of weekly publications and migrating to online platforms, CCMA decided to break schools up into their respective enrollment numbers – meaning that this year we were competing against all California universities that have over 10,000 students.” Fourteen current and former Collegian staffers placed
this year. The students who won awards include: design editor Juan Alvarez, assistant sports editor Jenna Wilson, former art director Beth Izard, art director Casey Supple, assistant art director Kong Thao, visuals editor Khone Saysamongdy, photographer Christian Ortuno, social media director Jessica Johnson, social media reporter Hayley Salazar, assistant news editor Daniel Gligich, Spanish reporter Francisco J. De Leon, sports editor David Chavez, former editor-in-chief and managing editor Troy Pope, and Editor-in-Chief Diana Giraldo. “This is an immense victory for us,” Giraldo said. “We are the underdog compared to schools like UCLA which have a staff of over 500. Our staff, including editorial and arts, is comprised of 33 hardworking students. I like to say that we may be small but we are powerful.”
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Final Fresno State Talks shines light on Bob Dylan’s poetry
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Dr. Timothy Skeen speaks to the audience during the Fresno State Talks event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr
Fresno State Talks concluded its fifth year as a lecture series on Feb. 22 with a discussion by Dr. Timothy Skeen, who analyzed Bob Dylan’s contribution to poetry. The talk titled “The Times They Are a-Changin’: Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan and the Beat Poets” focused on Dylan, Nobel laureate singer and songwriter, and the reshaping of poetry in American literature through beat poets. Skeen described the impact of tone – defined as the artist’s or writer’s relationship to the subject – on the delivery of the piece as a whole. “To me one of the great things about Dylan was the fact that he did establish his tone so quickly with people, with the audience,” Skeens said. “It’s amazing, quite astonishing.” He said poets use language and rhythm to establish tone in the two modes of poetry, the lyric and the narrative. “The very fact that we’re here talking about Bob Dylan as a songwriter and a poet is a testament to that. That we’ve broadened our horizons so to speak,” Skeen said. “The Swedish Academy has
broadened their horizon. They’re proclaiming [that] the very definition of literature is expanding. I think that’s brilliant.” Each year, students are encouraged to nominate their professors to be chosen to give one of three lectures hosted at the Satellite Student Union. This year, 30 nominations were submitted. The chosen professors represented the chemistry, sociology and creative writing departments. “I think Fresno State Talks is an awesome opportunity for students to get to hear from professors in other departments,” said Hannah Poore, a senior double majoring in sociology and media, communications and journalism. “I’ve never taken a poetry class before, so this will be a new thing for me, and I think it [will] be that way for a lot of other students, as well.” Skeen was nominated by former student Boris Pavich, a senior majoring in biology. When Pavich discovered he was required to take a writing class for his premed major, Skeen’s positive reviews emboldened him to sign up for the professor’s class. “Throughout the semester, Dr. Skeen emphasized the ability to write something you enjoy and you’re proud of,” Pavich said. “His whole message throughout the se-
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mester was the power and ability of language to change perspectives and to influence ideas.” It was Skeen’s message and teaching style that inspired Pavich to nominate him for Fresno State Talks. “I thought it was very interesting and powerful, especially as someone who is more science-oriented,” Pavich said. “It really spoke to me.” But the series is not just for students. Members of the community are encouraged to join the discussion, as well. “What I’ve noticed with the talks is the variety of it,” said Zebur Karkazian, a second-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary in Fresno. “How you hear from different cultures, different departments, different issues, and I like how it encompasses all. It touches from art, to music, to medicine, to politics. I really like that.” Karkazian is the mother of Tamar Karkazian, a Fresno State alumna who was part of the team that introduced Fresno State Talks to the university. “This is one opportunity to connect faculty, the public and the students,” Karkazian said. “[It’s] a nice way to bring all three sources together.”
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By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon
MASTERFUL Los Angeles-based punk band The Regrettes played in front of a sold-out crowd at Strummer’s on Friday, Feb. 24. The band opened for San Diego-based band The Frights and Orange County duo The Garden. The Regrettes’ lineup consists of 16-yearold frontwoman Lydia Night, 18-year-old drummer Maxx Morando, 19-year-old bassist Sage Nicole and 19-year-old guitarist Genessa Gariano. Morando, the only male member, was the first one onstage and opened the set with a heavy drum beat. Moments later, Night, Nicole and Gariano walked out to cheers from the crowd, and for the entirety of the 35-minute set, the band introduced its unique sound and honest lyrics to Fresno. The Regrettes’ sound can be best described as doo-wop-punk that meshes perfectly with the feminist outlook the band has – both in song and as individuals. The band formed in 2015 and is signed with Warner Bros. Records. It released its debut album “Feel Your Feelings Fool!” on Jan. 13. The album includes tracks such as “A Living Human Girl,” which explores the truths of what it is like being female, as well as a track called “Ladylike / WHAT-
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Lydia Night sings with the audience on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.
TA B****,” which Night told the crowd she wrote about herself. In the song, Night discusses expectations women constantly have to deal with and then pokes fun at herself with lyrics like, “I heard that she’s a feminist, so she
must not shave her pits,” and, “I heard she’s in a band like, ‘Wow, you’re so cool, we get it.’” The audience was engaged the entire time The Regrettes were onstage. In the crowd, someone was always dancing, jump-
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ing, crowd-surfing or stage-diving. The Regrettes captured Fresno’s attention Friday night and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next time the band comes here it manages to do the same.
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Graphics of barbed wire and “Executive Order 9066” decorate the elevators, display cases and Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery in the Henry Madden Library. This exhibition is part of the library’s “9066: Japanese American Voices from the Inside,” which includes several displays of events related to the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that led to the internment of Japanese Americans. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the order mandating racial discrimination against Japanese Americans and their forced internment in government-run camps. Rebecca Reid-Johansson, who works in maps and government information in the library and helped set up the display, said that not everyone knows about this period in history. “I heard about a professor at Georgetown [University] who didn’t know about this episode in history,” said Reid-Johansson. “That’s kind of scary if a professor doesn’t know. It’s a huge, ugly part of our history.” Roosevelt signed the order about 10 weeks after Japan attacked American forces at Pearl Harbor, plunging the United States into World War II in the Pacific. Roosevelt and his advisers were suspicious of those who were of Japanese descent, believing they could be spies or saboteurs. The government’s response was an exec-
utive order that created internment camps in many parts of the country. Families were separated. Living conditions were harsh. Roosevelt allowed those who were interned to be released in 1944. Years later, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians was founded, which was composed of individuals who studied Executive Order 9066. They found the order to be unjustifiable. The display’s glass cases at the library are filled with DVDs and books on the internment camps. There is also a map that shows where the camps were located, including the one in Fresno. One of the books displayed is “Nisei Linguists: Japanese Americans in the Military Intelligence Service During World War II” by James C. McNaughton. It’s about Japanese soldiers who worked as translators for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Service during the war. “A lot of Japanese Americans wanted to prove their loyalty, so many of them – for World War II – joined the military service,” said Olivia Estrada, who works in digital services and information technology in the library and helped set up the display. Estrada also said she feels that the internment of Japanese Americans relates to current politics. “[The display is] kind of timely with President Trump campaigning about the Muslim registry,” Estrada said. “If I were Japanese American and [knew] my family was in an internment camp, that would really strike me very hard.”
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
Great-grandson of Mexican Revolutionist shares history
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Diego Flores Magon, great grandson of Mexican Revolution intellectual and journalist Enrique Flores Magón, speaks at the Henry Madden Library on Feb. 23, 2017. Magon discussed La Casa’s history, mission and current projects.
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Diego Flores Magón, great-grandson of Mexican Revolution intellectual and journalist Enrique Flores Magón, visited Fresno State on Feb. 21 to shed light on his great-grandfather’s role in the revolution, and how he is preserving and sharing his legacy. Romeo Guzman, assistant professor at the department of history and director of the Valley Public History Initiative, said he and Magón were friends long before the project began. “Before the Magón archive was a reality, it was a ruin,” Guzman
said. “That moment has been with me forever. Before Diego had an archive, we were friends, and we were actively thinking about [the archive].” He said when the project began, the intent for Magón and himself was to see what the “real history” is and how much can be retrieved. The next question for them, Guzman said, was, “What is an archive and how do we build an archive?” The story began with Enrique Flores Magón when a Mexican weekly journal, El Hijo del Ahuizote, was published criticizing the ever growing “fascist” government in 1903.
ASI referendum Ballot Language ASI is made up of 15 Senators and 4 Executives. ASI is proposing a change in Article IV of its bylaws which will change the representation of the board by adding two new Senate positions: The Senator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Senator for Veterans and Transfer Affairs. This will expand ASI to 17 Senators and 4 Executives. The Senator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Senator for Veterans and Transfer Affairs would be elected by the student body as Senators-at-Large.
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Magón said the regime in Mexico had perpetrated abuse of power, quelled freedom of speech and repressed the electoral process. Each name associated with an article was published with a pseudonym. However, the photo on the front page displayed the faces of each of the authors, including Magón. He said the showing of their faces was to prove their dedication. They were jailed shortly after the articles were published. Once the revolution began in 1910, Magón said, “the “radicals,” as the revolutionists were called, became increasingly isolated and the U.S. became hostile toward the radicals. He said, “Enrique, he had a very rough life. He was put in jail several times, even in Mexico.” Magón said his great-grandfather would “write his own memoirs and cultivate his own archive. He did it as an effort to be recognized as a revolutionary because the revolution lost.” He said that his great-grandfather asked all members of the revolutionist party to state their activities so that he could make an all-inclusive archive. Magón now has more than 12,000 documents and 25,000 images – history from South America and the U.S. He said that accessing an archive is not an easy process and that he worries what the information will be used for and by whom.
“There is something really ugly about the [idea of an] archive,” Magón said. He also said that he worries about the delicacy of archives and their safety in regards to maintaining their quality. “I am very optimistic about having the collection made electronic,” Magón said, laughing. Therefore, they created their own archive. Casa de el Hijo del Ahuizote is the name of the archive, and it is located in Mexico City. “This project has [been] constructed out of desire,” Magón said. He said, in the present, the archive serves as a way to reconstitute the network of revolutionaries, if needed. Magón said the archive proved that the discourse about the revolution is neutralized by history. He then shared his favorite saying, “The moment it becomes historial, it ceases to become threatening – the more you minimize history, the greater it becomes a threat.” Los Angeles-based printmaker and first-generation Mexican-American Daniel González said, “Finding my space in L.A., meant having to look back into its history and immigration.” González, who is from Boyle Heights, a place commonly known for its immigration, said, “I was really conscious of the history and
how important it was for Magón to visit spaces in L.A.” González was working on a project that had lost its funding, so he found himself immersed in a different project shortly after. He decided to create prints emulating the “El Hijo del Ahuizote” publication. He created 3,500 copies and passed them out throughout Mexico City. González said he was concerned residents would not know what the prints were, but he was wrong. People knew exactly what they were receiving, and they “warmly” received the art, he said. Although the prints were a hit among residents, he wanted to do more. He asked himself, “How do we activate this space with the material in the archive?” González put his print skills to the test and printed out large Francis Gothic font letters, dipped them in paint and painted words from the archive on the walls of the Mexico City Metro Station. The metro station covered the words with newspapers shortly after. To González’s surprise, they requested the sources and the name of the archives be painted on the wall, so that the people of Mexico City can learn more. González said, “I think it’s valuable to build these relationships as an artist and as a human being.”
Senator of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Description The Senator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves as the campus liaison on issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This Senator is the liaison to cultural groups, clubs, and organizations, etc. They shall represent students’ voice in matters pertaining to diversity throughout Fresno State. The senator will work closely with the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, the Dream Center, and more. The senator will plan and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion related events. They will recommend policies and programs that will enrich diversity, equity, and inclusiveness on campus. The Senator will challenge practices and policies that do not align with the University and ASI’s vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This senator will attempt to serve on committees such as the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity. This Senator will strive to increase retention of Fresno State students by promoting and celebrating diversity on our campus. They will work closely with administration to ensure there is leadership on all matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This senator will serve as a voting member within ASI.
Senator for Veteran and Transfer Affairs Description The Senator of Veterans and Transfer Affairs serves as the student representative for students who classify as veterans and/or transfer students. This Senator is the liaison to the Office of Veteran's Services, clubs, organizations, etc. They shall represent students’ voice in matters pertaining to issues that have to do with both veteran and transfer students. They will recommend policies and programs that will benefit their constituents and promote the welfare of veterans and transfer students at Fresno State. They will work closely with administration, the office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and all other related departments that pertain to veteran and transfer students. This senator will serve as a voting member within ASI.
There does not need to be additional Senate positions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as veterans and transfer affairs, because there are already positions and senators that represent all students on campus. Additionally, there is already a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee that may allow various perspectives to all be heard at once. There does not need to be a Senator for Veterans and Transfer Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion because these already fall under the Senator of Student Affairs. By increasing the number of positions, the overall voting powers of current Senate positions are diminished.
The Senator of Student Affairs encompasses many programs and services. Creating a Senator for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and a Senator for Veterans and Transfer Affairs, would allow more attention and effort towards addressing issues of equity and inclusion, and concerns of veterans and transfer students on our campus, as well as narrowing the scope of services within the Senator of Student Affairs. Adding a position that is explicitly focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion would allow a representative to concentrate on the many diverse student populations. Similarly, adding a position that is explicitly focused on veterans and transfer students would helpthem gain access to the services they may need to succeed as a student on our campus. There needs to be a voice for diversity and inclusivity that will fight for historically underrepresented student populations and veterans and transfer students.
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Windsor continues to bring talent to the Valley TRACK & FIELD from Page 8
scored in the conference meet, with three of our top athletes out. I couldn’t be more proud of the group we brought.” The Bulldogs return to action at the NCAA indoor championships on March 1011 in College Station, Texas. With the first home meet approaching, Warmerdam Field is still under construction. The renovations include an eight-lane, all-weather track, an improved high jump area and two new pole vault runways. The recent string of storms has hindered construction. The team is excited to practice at the new facility, but is in no rush. Winsor said the facilities at Buchanan High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium are more than adequate.
Fresno State head track and field coach Scott Winsor.
The Coach With over 30 years of experience, Fresno State track and field head coach Scott Winsor continues to provide Fresno State athletes with a vast array of knowledge not only gathered through coaching, but also by once being an athlete himself. This season marks the ninth for Winsor in charge of the Bulldogs. He said his introduction to the sport came early when his brother was an athlete. “My brother was a world-class high jumper when I was in sixth grade,” Winsor said. “Naturally, I took up sports — football, basketball and track. I got into jumps and sort of followed that collegiately while I got my teaching credentials.” With help from Notre Dame track head coach Joe Piane and Kevin White, who is now the vice president of Duke University, Winsor found himself in the Central Valley.
“I sent out my resumes and letters of interest to all Division I schools looking for a graduate assistant position,” Winsor said. “Everyone had their positions filled. I faced rejection after rejection until Kevin White advised I send a letter to Notre Dame.” Winsor graduated from Loras College in 1987 and was a standout performer in athletics. Not only was he a captain for his track team, he was also a record holder in the outdoor high jump. His success in the sport led him to coach for a short time at his alma mater before accepting a job from Piane as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame. A big step-up at the time, Winsor had to adapt to the change of pace in South Bend, Indiana.
“Piane hired me as a young know-nothing with the understanding that I would be coaching and also getting my master’s degree,” Winsor said. “I had to adjust to being in these kids’ living rooms to sell them on the idea of coming to our school. It definitely took time, but now I have no problems sitting with a young man or woman with their parents selling them on attending Fresno State. It’s really easy when you’re confident in the product you are selling.” Winsor brought a treasure trove of experience with him to Fresno State in 2008. His tenure at Notre Dame included 14 All-America certificates, 107 all-conference honors and 21 Big East championships. Winsor brings the same winning mentality to Fresno State.
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Daniel Avalos • The Collegian
Fresno State sophomore Alexandra Dirickson during a competition on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Fresno State Animal Science Pavilion.
By Lauren Mueller @lauren_equine
The Fresno State equestrian team is gearing up for two more regular-season competitions before it heads to finals and then nationals. There is one home competition, scheduled for March 3 at 10 a.m. against the Georgia Bulldogs. Senior Taylor Brown said the most recent competition was dragged out by the rain, but the team made it work. “Animal science has an indoor arena, and we’re really fortunate that we get to use it,” Brown said. “We usually show two competitions at a time because we have two rings here [at Fresno State], but we could only show one event at a time over there, so it dragged out our day a bit.” Assistant coach McKenzie Lantz said the day was 18 hours long, starting at 6 a.m. and ending midnight. The team’s determination mostly comes from their 28-member roster, with young women ranging from freshmen to seniors.
Junior Taylor Dixon described the team as a “well-oiled machine.” Dixon talked about equestrian as an individual sport, explaining how the members of the team don’t start out in this sport in a team setting. “You’re used to being with your own horse and trainer and [having] parents supporting you to be the best you,” Dixon said. “But when you come here, you have to be the best you for them. It’s ‘Bulldogs,’ not ‘Taylor Dixon.’” The student-athletes ride team horses, some bring their own for the team to use. When it comes to competing, they don’t know which horse they are going to ride; the horses are drawn at random. The team also uses horses from the schools in which they compete.. “I personally find it thrilling,” Brown said. “We really get to test our skills on different horses.” That is part of the sport. Signs on the barn door near the entrance and exit warn that the sport has inherent risk purely because the second half of the team consists of 1,200-pound animals, with minds of their own.
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Fresno State sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung started playing softball when she was about 6 years old in Hawaii. “I started with tee-ball, and I was the absolute worst on the team,” Dung said. “I would be chasing butterflies in the outfield — just horrible on the best boys team. So I
wanted to quit.” Dung then made the switch over to softball. One day the team was out of pitchers and they asked who wanted to pitch. Dung raised her hand and was surprised by how well she did. “From then on, I just started pitching on my free time,” Dung said. “My dad took me out and made me pitch every single day, and my mom was there for moral support. From then on, it all took off.” Over the years of coming out and playing on the mainland, people discovered that she didn’t have any prior pitching experience or any type of training with pitching coaches. “They just started to tell me that I learned off of YouTube,” Dung said. “They just started to say that I was the ‘YouTube Pitcher’.” The sophomore pitcher credits her father as the reason she started pitching. On her mom’s side, she said her mom worked hard and made sure that she got the life she needed to pursue her dream and to get to college. Dung thinks the biggest difference in her career is that she now has pitching coaches at Fresno State. After dealing with coach [Jodie] Cox, I’ve learned so much this year. I’m a totally different pitcher from last year,” Dung said. “She’s just taught me so many new things and new pitches. She’s just teaching me how to learn the game inside and out.” She hopes to continue being a better pitcher and to serve her team by working
hard every day. Dung plans on not only focusing on herself but focusing on what the team needs most. “This year I just want to work harder and push myself,” Dung said. “Test my limits and see how far I can go. I want to be driven.” Fun Facts Favorite Hawaiian food: “My favorite food in Hawaii would probably be chicken long rice — which is just a mixture of noodles and some chicken.” Favorite food here on the mainland: “My favorite food here, I’d say Mexican food.” Favorite movie: “I don’t really have a main favorite movie. I’d say ‘Eagle Eye.’” Favorite music or artist: “Bruno Mars. He’s from Hawaii, so that’s kind of cool.” On pregame routines or rituals: “Not really. I kind of just eat and maybe dance around and get a little loose.” On what it means to be a Bulldog: “Being a Bulldog means making the Valley and community proud. It means setting a good example for the fans and supporters, as well as giving my best in all I do.”
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
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Sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung in stride after pitching the ball against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Feb. 23, 2017 at Margie Wright Diamond.
TRACK & FIELD
’Dogs return to a new track with new medals By Nugesse Ghebrendrias & Jenna Wilson @nugebear13, @fsjennawilson
The Team & Track
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Senior Annemarie Schwanz finishing an event at the 2016 Mountain West conference outdoor championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, California.
With a slow start to the year and missing several important athletes due to injury, expectations for the Fresno State track and field team this season are high. The ’Dogs met those expectations over the weekend at the Mountain West indoor championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after earning first place titles in three events. Senior Annemarie Schwanz captured the fastest mile with a time of 4 minutes, 48.49 seconds, becoming the first Bulldog in school history to earn first place in that event. Sophomore Tiffany Gilmore was
crowned as the weight throw champion with a mark of 20.10 meters. Fresno State’s first Mountain West pentathlon title was secured by sophomore Jestena Mattson as she clocked a time of 8.99 in 60-meter hurdles and cleared 1.64m in the high jump. Mattson struggled in the shot put event with a throw of 10.63m, but set a new personal record in the long jump of 7.53m. In the final event, Mattson ran an 800m in 2:22.16 to win the title by 45 points. “I’m very proud of our group of 14 student-athletes. We wanted to see heart, competitiveness and toughness, and we saw all three this weekend,” Fresno state head coach Scott Winsor said. “We scored the most amount of points that we’ve ever
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