January 23, 2019

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Women’s March 2019

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Supporters in Fresno carry signs and chant in unison in a show of solidarity at the third annual Women’s March near the River Park shopping area on Jan. 19.



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Women’s March strong in its third year By Christina Tran Opinion Editor

The Women’s March was back for its third year on Jan. 19, spreading to cities throughout the nation, and Fresno was no exception to the movement. Lead organizer Kim Slavan planned the day to begin in an empty parking lot near the River Park area on Nees Avenue at 10 a.m., with various speakers and performers expressing their support and solidarity for women before attendees began the march. Besides entertainment, the number of community partners tabling has had a considerable turn around over the past two years. Moving up from 10 to 30 active partners at this event has deepened the need for locals to provide what they can to the Women’s March now. Ranging from information and services about planned parenthood to organizations calling for volunteers to help the environment, the public had a wide array of locally offered support to show unity for the cause.

With 1,144 attendees registered online in support of the Women’s March in Fresno, the event drew an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 supporters present, marching together as they followed a circular route down Blackstone Avenue between Nees and El Paso Avenues. Sporting the infamous pink pussy hats, LGBTQ+ rainbow flags and signs advocating feminist messages for women. The crowd met little push back from a small group of about 20 counter-protesters with signs about pro-life rights while waving Blue Lives Matter and Make America Great Again flags. Popular chants that the crowd yelled in unison consisted of “my body, my choice” and “not my Jorge Rodriguez • The Collegian president.” In opposition, the Demonstrators walk in solidarity with women in a nationwide movement as part of the counter-supporters followed third annual Women’s March in Fresno on Jan. 19. suit with their own chants about making America great again and on both sides. From the start of the march at cars drove by and honked. immigrants needing to go back home. 10 a.m. until its end around 2 p.m., the crowds California State Senator Melissa Hurtado Police presence during the march stayed strong in their solidarity on the corners was one of the speakers who participated. Hurhelped supporters keep a peaceful protest of Blackstone and Nees Avenue as oncoming tado rallied the crowd with her speech about the importance of recognizing fear and being strong and courageous enough to keep working for something better. “The reality is it’s okay to be afraid but it’s not okay to leave it as is,” Hurtado said. “We have to continue to work hard. We have to stick together and we can’t stop. We have to be collective in this.” As both a member of organizing the Women’s March movement here in Fresno and involvement as a board member of Women’s March California, Slavan expressed the importance in the community gathering together to show concern for women’s rights and human rights. “We all have an obligation to protect our human family,” Slavan said. “And I would love to see out here next year a ton of volunteers from the university that want to help support that.”

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(Left) California State Senator Melissa Hurtado speaks to supporters about the importance of standing together at the Fresno Women’s March. (Right) Demonstrators carry signs in support of women’s rights and equality at the Fresno Women’s March on Jan. 19.

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Castro pushes for higher CSUF graduation rates

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Castro speaks to faculty and staff about the university’s plans for 2019 at the spring assembly in the Satellite Student Union on Jan. 16.

By Seth Casey Editor in Chief

Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro spoke to the university’s faculty and staff about the school’s projects, goals and outlook for 2019 in the annual spring semester assembly to faculty and staff on Jan. 16 in the Satellite Student Union. Castro began with a brief look back on the university’s past 10 years. He said that in 2009, the university was in a financial survival mode, dealing with budget cuts, furloughs and tuition hikes. He said that when he was appointed in 2013, the school was still dealing with aftermath of the economic recession. Since then, Castro said the state budget has increased each year, along with scholarship funding, graduation rates and staff and faculty pay. He added that between 2013 and 2018, Fresno State hired more tenure-track professors than all but one other CSU. Castro said that his mission of boldness for the university includes a graduation rate goal of 70 percent by the year 2025. “We will need to first get to 60 percent,” Castro said. “And we’re closing in on that.” Discussing efforts to achieve this 2025 target, Castro announced a partnership between

the College of Arts and Humanities and the Division of Continuing and Global Education that will offer an online degree completion program with a major in liberal arts for students who have left the university in good academic standing, but did not complete their degree. The first group of qualified students has already been invited to begin this “new pathway” in the fall semester. “I’ve heard countless stories from former Fresno State students who earned a substantial number of academic units, credits. But for a variety of personal reasons they were never able to finish their degrees,” Castro said. “We want you back to finish your degree at Fresno State.” Fresno State’s Visalia campus has also added new degree programs, including business, teacher education, multilingual/multicultural education and a planned RN/BSN program in nursing, Castro said. Castro discussed several campus construction projects planned for the upcoming year, such as the design and renovation of three high-impact science labs in the College of Science and Mathematics, as well as the renovation of several laboratories in the Lyles College of Engineering. Castro said the university will also begin the process of issuing a request for proposals for a public-private partnership to fund the

development and construction of a new $125 million central utility plant to provide sustainable, cost-effective heating and cooling to the campus. The design phase for the new University Student Union will begin this year, Castro said. A feasibility study for a new performing arts facility will also be initiated. Castro said the university invested more than $94 million in construction and deferred maintenance between 2014 and 2017, and invested $24 million in 2018. Castro announced the university’s first Principles of Community, a guiding set of ethical and behavioral values. The principles were drafted by a task force of 23 faculty and staff members based on the results of focus groups, polls and surveys, in which faculty and staff participated in over the past two years. Castro invited the faculty and staff to share their thoughts on the initial principles. He said that these principles would not be enforced, but would “exemplify what we aspire to be.” Castro also recognized four faculty and staff members whose work has exemplified these principles, including Dr. Benjamin Boone, professor of music performance and composition; Louise Pacheco, recruitment counselor in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment; Ashley Ilic, director of Brand Strategy and Marketing; and Larry Salinas, executive director of Governmental Relations.

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$24M was invested by the university into construction and deferred maintenance on the campus in 2018.

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A storm on Sunday night damaged two Greek life booths on campus.

Storm damages booths By Larry Valenzuela News Editor

A powerful storm drenched the Clovis and Fresno areas Sunday night, bringing gusts of wind that caused damage to a few student organization booths directly in front of the University Student Union. One booth’s roof caved in on itself and another was pushed over by the high winds. According to Meteorologist Kevin Durfee from the National Weather Service, a thunderstorm brought gusts of wind that reached close to 45 miles per hour, causing some power lines and trees to fall over throughout the valley. Rain reached up to sixth-tenths of an inch. The booths belonged to the Beta Gamma Nu and Phi Delta Theta fraternities. According to Phi Delta Theta treasurer Joseph Almeida, the funds for booth repairs will come out of the fraternity’s budget. Alameida said the fraternity is currently rebuilding and remodeling its booth.

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Superheroes take center stage at ‘Ohana Con’ By Paige Gibbs Reporter

What do Deadpool, Pikachu and Captain Marvel all have in common? They were all in attendance at Fresno’s Ohana Comic Con Sunday afternoon. Nearly 300 people of all ages gathered at the Ramada Inn on East Shaw Avenue for an afternoon of fun. The convention, or “con,” was co-founded by a small video game store owner from Turlock who goes by the name Ziggy Star. “Ohana” in Hawaiian culture means “family,” a fitting name for the con organized by Star, his wife and their children. “We wanted to create a place for nerds to come and feel like it’s OK to be a nerd,” Star said. Back in my day, we didn’t have that. Today, nerds and geeks rule the world.” The highlight of the con and what draws the crowd is the cosplay (costume)contest, which was held outside this year. Ohana Con invites featured cosplayers to attend, interact with attendees and act as judges for the contest. The featured cosplayers were Fresno Dead-

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A group cosplays as Optimus Prime f rom the blockbuster f ilm series “Transformers.” pools, a husband and wife cosplay duo, as well as Princess Anna from Disney’s “Frozen.” Some crowd favorites included a family of Optimus Prime Transformers and a young Superwoman.

Following the success of its first year, Ohana Con will travel up and down the state, holding 40 conventions this year, Star said. What makes Ohana Con different from other comic conventions is its affordability. Star

has 17 grandchildren. It’s difficult to take his large family anywhere without spending too much, Star said. General admission tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children 12 years old and younger get in free. Group discounts are also available. Fresno’s convention included over 20 vendors. Vendors sold miscellaneous fan apparel, vintage toys, handmade novelties, comics and collectibles. First-place winner in the adult category and former Fresno City College student Joseph Pallares attended with his friends. He has attended conventions like Ohana Con for four years. Conventions are a chance for him to showcase his original character costume inspired by “Doctor Who,” Pallares said. His cosplay called “Dimension Doctor” is complete with top hat, long coat and steampunk-style goggles. The next Ohana Con will be held in Hanford on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Ohana Comic Con’s Facebook page.

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Spring dance breaks the winter ice By Marilyn Castaneda A&E Editor

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DJ Kay Rich pumps up the crowd of Fresno State students during the Winter Wonderland Dance at the Atrium Patio on Friday, Jan. 18.

The spring semester has officially kicked off, and what better way to start it than with a free dance and tacos. Before we say goodbye to winter, the University Courtyard and ASI Senator of Resident Affairs Elizabeth Rocha Zuñigaheld held a Winter Wonderland Dance, welcoming dorm residents back on Friday night at the Atrium Patio. “The purpose of the event is to welcome people back and provide a fun activity for dorm residents, so they can learn more about how ASI can help them thrive,” said Gina De Young, communications assistant at Associated Students Inc. (ASI). About 250 students made an appearance, where they had free access to tacos, three s’mores stations and a dance floor with a DJ. Although there won’t be similar events to this one in the near future, each ASI senator is working on unique projects that will be specifically focused on constituent outreach, De Young said. Jose Romo Jr. contributed to this story.


EVENT CALENDAR 2/1- Fresno State CineCulture Movie “Women of the Venezuelan Chaos” @5:30 p.m. in Peters Education Center Auditorium 2/6 - Bulldog Wednesday @11 a.m. in Speaker’s Platform 2/8 - Fresno State CineCulture Movie “Maborosi” @5:30 p.m. in Peters Education Center Auditorium 2/8 - KISS concert @7:30 p.m. in Savemart Center 2/15 - 2/23 - Contemporary Dance Ensemble in John Wright Theater 2/15 - Fresno State CineCulture Movie “The Elephant and the Butterfly” @5:30 p.m. in Peters Education Center Auditorium 2/15 - Dierks Bentley concert @7 p.m. in Savemart Center 2/22 - Fresno State CineCulture Movie “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” @5:30 p.m. in Peters Education Center Auditorium 2/23 - 2/24- HackFresno 24 hrs at Fresno State 2/28 - Fresno State Wind Orchestra @8 p.m. in Fresno State Concert Hall

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Fresno State students dance during the Winter Wonderland Dance at the Atrium Patio on Jan. 18.

Events coming to campus By Marilyn Castaneda A&E Editor

If you’re looking for a way to connect with students, learn more about clubs on campus, or simply curious, you should check out this year’s Spring Club and Organization Fair/Club Sports Expo/Greek Day. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 30 at the University Student Union Balcony. As for now, the Spring 2019 Community

Service Opportunities Fair will take place on Wednesday Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union. The fair will showcase over 50 community benefit agencies that will provide information about different volunteer and service learning opportunities, and internships. Students, faculty and staff are invited. On the same day, Fresno State’s Student Involvement will host a welcome back for campus commuters by offering on campus services at the Bulldog Zone. Free scones will be given with student ID.





Gillette razor ad ignites a controversy By Christina Tran Opinion Editor

The popular and well-known razor brand, Gillette, recently released an advertisement on Jan. 13, which has sparked a controversy from consumers throughout the nation. Its video initially debuted under the title of “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be,” which seems to be speaking to a new generation of men, urging them to step away from toxic masculinity by becoming better men that hold themselves and each other accountable for their actions.

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ASI greets students By Demi Wack | ASI President Welcome ‘Dogs! We are Associated Students Inc., known on campus as ASI, a public benefit corporation and the official student government. We are student leaders elected by you, the student body, during the spring of every year. As the official student voice, we work to protect student rights and interests by advocating on your behalf from a federal, state, local and campus wide perspective. ASI invests in programs and services that help meet your needs on campus. Some of these programs include LEAD Academy (Legislation, Education, Advocacy and Democracy), our student advocacy-training program, and keeping the Henry Madden Library open 24 hours during finals week. The ASI business office provides club account services and grants for research and on

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campus events. Sometimes the best learning happens outside of the classroom! We provide grants for new clubs, club sports, undergraduate/graduate research and instructionally related activities. There are plenty of ways to get involved! Volunteer with us, join a committee or run for a position as an elected representative in schoolwide elections. Petition packets are currently available if you are interested in running for an executive, senator for a college/school or senator at-large position. Packets are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6. To learn more, find us on our social media platforms with the tag @FresnoStateASI, or come visit our offices in the University Student Union’s room 316 and 317.

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In the advertisement, Gillette uses major issues that have been highlighted in recent years, like the #metoo movement and bullying, as examples of why its audience should work toward change, starting with how its male consumers act now. Advocating against gender inequality, sexual harassment and how we treat one another, this advertisement both presumes that its consumers are the type of people who commit misogynistic acts while imploring them all to change the way they interact with children, peers and their elders for future generations. While Gillette’s message in its advertisement claims to join in on a social movement to become a better generation, it’s also important to consider what the company assumed would happen after it released its controversial commercial.

Spreading the popularity of the brand name through the controversy of the topic they decided to tackle, Gillette’s decision to open itself to public criticism by siding with a social movement has created a considerable amount of media coverage. Using this controversy to further its own agenda and popularity, consumers continue to spread its brand name over social platforms as a hot topic. Whether the audience condemns Gillette as another company that has lowered itself to using social issues to sell a product, or praises Gillette for stepping outside of its comfort zone as a major corporation by taking a stand on important social issues, one thing remains clear. The way our society perceives brands is changing, for better or worse.


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Basketball on a roll during winter break By Anthony De Leon Sports Editor

The buzz around the Fresno State men’s basketball team has grown exponentially over the past month as a once dim, barren Save Mart Center became jam-packed with 9,586 in attendance for the home game against No. 10 Nevada. With a win against Boise State on Saturday 63-53, the Bulldogs moved to 13-4 on the season and 4-1 in conference, good enough to currently sit second in the Mountain West. The ‘Dogs’ four wins in their last five games have come against San Jose State, Utah State, Boise State and Colorado State, with their lone loss coming against Nevada. In that game, the Bulldogs played tough throughout, but let the game slip away in the second half. Bulldog basketball has been on a roll, due in large part to the play of seniors Deshon Taylor, Braxton Huggins and Sam Bittner. While the Bulldogs are averaging 73.2 points per game over a five game span, many of

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Fresno State men’s basketball team players Sam Bittner and Christian Gray have a laugh during a home-game win against Colorado State on Jan. 5. their wins have been mostly a team effort with ball movement being the key, but they are highlighted by the play of the scoring duo of Taylor and Huggins. Taylor has averaged 14 ppg since returning on Jan. 2 against San Jose State from an elbow injury that kept him out for three games, while

averaging 16.6 on the season. During Taylor’s absence, Huggins filled the role of scorer for the ‘Dogs. His ability to create scoring opportunities and consistently drain shots has led to him leading the team with a season-high 18.4 ppg and a 43.8 field goal percentage.

With a team full of offensive weapons like Taylor, Huggins and the emerging play of junior New Williams who are able to score at a moments notice, the unsung workhorse of the season has been Sam Bittner. The description of Bittner’s play this season can only be described by onlookers as gritty, nasty and passionate. Each game has been highlighted with plays that exemplify Bittner’s unselfishness. Bittner’s contribution to this team does not show up on the stat sheets because his game consists of being a defensive maven, making diving attempts for loose balls and taking the brunt of punishment while taking charges. This year’s team has exceeded expectations so far, and with the Mountain West tournament seven weeks away, this team could easily win the majority of their remaining schedule. Currently sitting in second place, it does not seem too far-fetched that this Bulldogs team could end the regular season with 25 wins under their belt and have the No. 2 seed locked up going into the Mountain West Tournament in March.


Bulldogs slam SDSU Jackrabbits

By Jorge Rodriguez Reporter

The Fresno State Bulldogs wrestling team returned home to face the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits in their first Big 12 conference match of the season. The Bulldogs defeated the Jackrabbits 38-3 for their first win at home of the season, improving to 6-6 overall and 3-3 in conference. The dual got started with the Bulldogs’ Robert Garcia IV facing the Jackrabbits’ Gregory Coapstick in the 125-pound division. Garcia, a redshirt freshman, headed to get a quick victory, pinning Coapstick in the first period and getting his second straight win this season. For the second match, the Bulldogs’ redshirt freshman Gary Joint faced the Jackrabbits’ Rylee Molitor in the 133-pound weight class. Joint won the match for the Bulldogs on points and enabled them an early 10-0 lead in the dual for the ‘Dogs. In the third match, Chris Deloza of Fresno State faced Aric Williams of South Dakota State in the 141-pound division. Deloza came out on top with a second round pin of Williams, giving the dogs a third straight win.

The next match was in the 149-pound weight class and it would face two nationally ranked wrestlers, with the Bulldogs’ No. 15 Khristian Olivas against the Jackrabbits’ No. 12 Henry Pohlmeyer. Olivas would win the match with a pin in the second period, bumping Bulldogs’ lead to 22-0. In the next match, Fresno State’s Jacob Wright would face South Dakota State’s Colten Carlson at the 157-pound weight division. Wright would continue the Bulldogs’ shutout by defeating Carlson in a decision win. Leading 25-0, the Bulldogs went into intermission. In their next match the ‘Dogs would see Isaiah Hokit replace Brandon Martino due to injury in the 165-pound weight class. Hokit would defeat the Jackrabbits’ Logan Petersen 11-5 and get another win for the Bulldogs. In the next match, Dominic Kincaid of Fresno State would face the Jackrabbits’ Samuel Grove in the 174-pound weight class division. The Bulldogs would keep the shutout going, thanks to Kincaid defeating Grove, giving the Bulldogs a 31-0 lead. Fresno State’s first and only loss of the night came in the 184-weight class, when the Bulldogs’ Jackson Hemauer lost a tough match to the Jackrabbits’ Zach Carlson by one point, 4-3.

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Fresno State’s Jacob Wright defends a takedown attempt during the Bulldogs’ victory over South Dakota State at the Save Mart Center on Jan. 20. In the second to last match of the dual, the 16th -ranked Josh Hokit defeated Martin Muller in the 197-weight class 18-5, adding more points to the ‘Dogs’ lead. The last match of the dual was the heavyweight match between AJ Nevills for the ‘Dogs and Blake Wolters for the Jackrabbits. Nevills would go on to defeat Wolters in a very competitive matchup that saw Nevills win by one point, 2-1.

Fresno State would get its second consecutive win in the new year and its first home conference win of the season. After the match, head coach Troy Steiner commented to the Fresno State Athletics about the win over South Dakota State. “It was a battle, and we knew they would come out and fight,” Steiner said. “It was great to see [our] guys come out aggressive.”





‘Dogs play in East-West Shrine Game By Anthony De Leon Sports Editor

All eyes were on Fresno State’s dynamic duo of quarterback Marcus McMaryion and wide receiver Keesean Johnson this past Saturday as they looked to improve their draft stock by participating in the 94th annual East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida on the

NFL Network. The former Bulldogs luckily turned heads during their week in Florida, because their performances did not make the impact that many expected going into Saturday’s game. McMaryion did see some time at quarterback as the West team featured a three-quarterback rotation in order to allow each quarterback prospect to showcase their talents in front of scouts and a national audience.

However, his stat line did not reflect the expectations of him, as he went 3 for 11 with only 22 yards and a passer rating of 39.6. Johnson played a limited amount of snaps in the game, failing to record a single reception or target. However, Johnson was able to impress all week in practice as numerous analysts dubbed him a player to watch, including NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, who said, “Johnson is

smooth and fluid as a route runner.” After coming off of an incredibly productive collegiate career, which saw Johnson produce back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons--finishing his career with the Bulldogs’ all-time record in receiving yards with 3,463 yards and receptions (273), while scoring 24 touchdowns--is still expected to hear his name called on draft night despite his limited performance.

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