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DAKOTA PIPELINE: ARTIST RESPONDS SEE PAGE 4 Yezmene Fullilove • The Collegian
Spectators view Merritt Johnson’s art at the Artist lecture for multimedia art exhibition opening on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
Students seek inspiration for a Bold New U University performing arts center on the horizon By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
San Jose State University has an all new student union and Fresno State is hoping to lead by example with the Bold New Union. On Jan. 21, various members of
Fresno State took a trip to visit San Jose State University’s newly modernized student union envision how a new student union at Fresno State would look and feel. Andrew Esguerra, marketing coordinator at Fresno State Student Involvement said, “From a
staff perspective, we have listened to the student voice and our peers’ assessments of our student union facility through studies, and have received feedback that the USU is not able to fully serve the current
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Tires slashed across from campus By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
On the morning of Jan. 24, approximately 36 cars had their tires slashed at North Park Apartments south of Shaw across from Fresno State. Many students and alumni of the university call the complex home, but they are now weary of what living there entails. Teresa Abril, property manager of North Park Apartments, said security patrols the 20-acre complex during the evening, however since the property is so large,
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Jessica Johnson • The Collegian
A car with a slashed tied is parked on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 morning at the North Park Apartments across from Fresno State.
By Francisco De León Alonso @frankiejda
When proposing the performing arts center, at the State of the University address on Tuesday, campus officials did not only have the estimated 2,000 arts and humanities students in mind, but the Central Valley as a whole. An undisclosed number of people have joined the President’s Commission on the Future of Arts and Humanities to plan the project and present students and the community with answers on everything, from a projected completion date to the specific location on campus. Discussion for a new performing arts center began when Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval and Honora Howell Chapman, the dean and associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, came into office. “We thought the college needed a venue that was accessible to the community, and that was worthy of our productions as well,” Jiménez-Sandoval said. “We don’t have a venue that is big enough to accommodate the larger community.” The absence of a building, such as what is being proposed, has kept the university from dis-
playing the works of Mexican mural-artist Diego Rivera, said Jiménez-Sandoval. “The support is across the new cabinet,” Howell Chapman said. “The commitment to finding the actual footprint, the space for this building is there as well at the cabinet level.” The new building will welcome everyone to campus as by Cedar and Chestnut avenues, Howell Chapman said. The proposed building would do more than beautify the campus. According to Howell Chapman, the project would bring more classroom space and new dorms. It’s a win-win situation, Jiménez-Sandoval said – more classroom space and more reason for Fresno State’s more than 24,000 students to trek to the Shaw Avenue side of the campus. When asked if this consideration for a new performance art center was more of a possibility or probability, the dean and associate dean said it was a probability. “I think we have to think that way to make it so, because if you just dwell in the realm of it might happen – it won’t happen,” said Howell Chapman. Jimenez-Sandoval said, “It
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To have a seat or not to have a seat By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr
Blood pumping adrenaline, a bit of underarm sweat, the fear of ambiguity and – at times – the feeling of total disdain. This is not describing a trip to the gym, but instead the nightmare that is class enrollment. The buzz in the beginning of the semester always sounds like a broken record player year after year. Well into the second week of school, some students are still praying for a Hail Mary to receive a permission number into required classes. Not having a set schedule or the courses necessary to graduate stunts the future success of students and keeps them in the university system longer. Those who cannot get into their needed classes pick up
filler classes, accumulating more units. It’s a waste of their time and a waste of their money. Students who aren’t able to immediately enroll in classes have no choice but to course crash. Seniors like entrepreneurship major Andre Caminite are left at a stalemate due to communication errors between advising and the system that accepts course substitution applications. The prerequisites he took at a junior college had been accepted by one system, but left uncleared in another. This means he had no prerequisites, which meant he had no access to upper division business courses. The fact of the matter is our student body is too large for the amount of faculty and physical space the university provides. For students like the course crasher, with-
out a proper class schedule, financial aid is dropped and the domino effect trickles into other areas such as buying textbooks, living arrangements, food, etc. All they can do is hope their number is called. Because he’s a transfer student, my course-crashing friend was left at a stalemate due to a communication error between advising and the system that accepts course substitution applications. The prerequisites taken at a junior college had been accepted by one system but left uncleared in another. Meaning no prerequisites, which meant no access to upper division business courses. The course-crasher, like so many others, turned into a number to be reached on a waitlist. As he sat in on a statistics class where
he along with 22 other people waited in the hall for 50 minutes for the magic permission number, after which his professor informed them that only seniors with the most units would make it into the class. On the first day of the semester, as students waded into classes, seats became scarce and those who straggled behind were left to the aisles and eventually the doorway. One section of a course may hold 11 people on a waitlist, the second section 14 people, with the professor only capable of taking 10. This leaves 15 students to take on filler courses and to take on the status of ‘super senior.’ Save the accelerated heart rates for the stair climber, these students are trying to complete their education. We need help waking up from this nightmare.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Remembering Benjamin Amirkhanian, 1915-2016 By Dr. Alex Vavoulis
Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at CSUFresno Benjamin Amirkhanian was a multifaceted human being. I was privileged to know him when he became a member of the Board of the Fresno Free College Foundation (FFCF), a non-profit organization committed to free speech and the enhancement of the cultural, artistic, and intellectual life of the community. Ben served as member and treasurer of the Foundation Board from
1979-1985. During this period he was also the chair of the Saroyan Festival and was very active in presenting the life & work of William Saroyan, a renowned literary author to the people of the Central Valley of California, where Fresno is located. Some of these festival events were also broadcast on KFCF-FM, a radio station owned and operated by the FFCF. Ben and his wife, Eleanor, participated in all of these events. Ben and the FFCF were instrumental in placing a Saroyan Monument at the courthouse park in Downtown Fresno to honor William Saroyan.
By a fortunate coincidence, when the FFCF established its radio station, 80% of its programming was that of KPFA in Berkeley, Ca., and the music director at that station was Ben’s son, Charles. After KFCF started broadcasting in 1975, artist Carol Law, Ben’s daughter-in-law, donated one of her art pieces to the foundation, which is now on the front and back cover of its 1975-76 Annual Report. Ben was also very pleased that Charles’ music programs can be heard in the Central Valley. Ben was a good example of an individual contributing to his community, to his nation and to the human race. His regular
attention to keeping a healthy mind in a healthy body – according to ancient Greeks who saw this as necessary to be able to serve the polis – as well as his service in World War II to defeat Nazi fascism and his devotion to promoting the arts and music. He proved himself a naturalist, cultivating his backyard at his beautiful home as well as being an expert in grafting his various fruit trees. Ben and Eleanor, without knowing it, also identified two blossoms on Carl Jung’s metaphorical “stem of the eternal spirit tree” and named them Jane and Charles; a fine contribution to the progress of the human race.
Jordan Bradley • The Collegian
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
THE COLLEGIAN • NEWS
More than 30 tires slashed
Jessica Johnson • The Collegian
Three cars at the North Park Apartments with slashed tires after they were vandalized on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
CAR from Page 1 controlling criminal activity is difficult. During shifts security guards walk and patrol the property in cars. Abril said this kind of incident has not happened at this complex prior to Tuesday and she is working with their security team to prevent this situation from happening again. “I feel for the residents,” Abril said. “It’s hard, and as students, that financial burden is something that is unfortunate for somebody to [place] on them.” Abril encourages residents to file police reports, as the complex cannot make reports on a resident’s behalf.
Armando Gurrola, Fresno State alumnus, said he walked out to his car around 7:30 a.m. and three out of four tires were slashed. “I’m trying to remain positive. It’s an annoyance, it shouldn’t happen – that’s why we pay [for] security,” Gurrola said, as he watched his car being lifted onto a tow truck. Gurrola said the incident takes away the feeling of security that he used to have while at home, where he has been a long time resident. “I love this neighborhood,” Gurrola said. “It’s my neighborhood.” Although this incident won’t break the bank for him, Gurrola said, it is an unnecessary expense caused by unnecessary behavior.
He is more concerned about the impact the tire slashings could have on current students. “A lot of the people that live here are students, so that’s going to impact them a little bit worse than it has impacted me,” Gurrola said. Among this incident, Gurrola is also alarmed by other crime like recent sexual assaults and thefts that have been occurring on and around the university. Meng Xiong, Fresno State alumnus, said as he was about to leave to grab his morning coffee in his sister’s car at around 7:45 a.m., his neighbor stopped him to ask if he had seen his tires. His neighbor explained to him that almost everybody had their tires slashed, including the car he
was driving. Xiong then looked at his car that was parked, his other sister’s car and his girlfriend’s car, and saw the tires on those cars were flat as well. This incident will impact him financially, Xiong said, but sympathizes with students who he knows already struggle financially. “It’s not easy to get a tire fixed. A tire costs about 40 to 60 bucks for a used one,” Xiong said. “It takes money to just tow your car to the tire shop, and you don’t have the tools to do it yourself too. So financially, it’ll impact you big time.” Xiong said that knowing somebody invaded his privacy impacts him emotionally as well.
“It’s like someone just coming to your house breaking your stuff,” he said. He understands the complex won’t be able to do much in terms of catching the culprit, but would like the management to increase the amount of security walking around more frequently at night, he said. Xiong is a two-year resident at the complex and has also seen cars that were broken into. However, the tire slashing has been a first for him. The morning of the incident, Fresno Police Department received one incident report for vandalism at the complex. However, no other details were available regarding the incident reported.
Preparing for Bold New U referendum USU from Page 1 student population.” Fresno State’s enrollment has more than doubled since the USU opened more than 40 years ago, Esguerra said. Every day, he said, he sees the staff of the current USU “repurposing and retooling our union to make them operate at the peak of functionality” for the university’s “evolving students.” Staff was curious to see how another CSU has implemented and utilized a revamped Student Union. Throughout the tour, students and Fresno State staff saw the potential for what a student union could look and feel like on their own campus. The tour stops included: atriums; a billiard room; multiple lecture halls that can hold more than 100 people; Military and Veteran Student Services; a ballroom that can hold more than 1300 people; Student Involvement offices; a theater; a large Starbucks lounge and a dining hall with healthy food options. An old student union and the new student union was expanded into the new much bigger version of the building. The previous cement building
was rehabilitated to fit the structure of the new building, allowing the campus to maintain buildings special to the San Jose State campus. Fresno State’s current 52,000 square foot USU opened in 1968 and was originally intended for a campus of 10,000 students. The “Bold New Union” is planned to span approximately 100,000 square feet. The proposed three-story Student Union & Faculty Center plans to include: a welcome center, meeting rooms; retail dining space; study lounges and a campus living room; multipurpose rooms; a student leadership center; offices for Associated Students Inc. and Student Involvement and Engagement, outdoor terrace and a Veteran’s Center. Travis Childress, who is a junior political science major, said a new student union at Fresno State would benefit everyone differently. “Some people are looking for more space to hang out and relax,” Childress said. Some people are looking for more [space] to do activities and things of that nature.” To Childress, a veteran, having a Veteran’s Center would impact him the most. “If that were to happen, to get an established resource center,
that would benefit myself and the people around me.” But is Childress planning to vote “yes” in March? “Personally, I am still undecided. So, I am looking through committee minutes and trying to figure out for myself what the best course of action is,” Childress said. After visiting San Jose State, Childress said he has more information to work with as he decides how to vote. Brandon Sepulveda, a junior business administration in finance major, said a new student union would improve Fresno State by having a place for students to “come together, gather and have fun.” Sepulveda said he would like to see our university have the ability to have larger meeting rooms and space for students to be together what he saw at SJSU that. By having a new student union, Sepulveda said he thinks students would give a sense of pride. “I think students would get that ability to feel connected to the campus. A lot of times, students don’t spend that much time on campus,” Sepulveda said. They are either in the library where they are studying, or in our current student union – which isn’t as big as the campus needs. So, I think building that
new student union will add a lot of pride to students and make them a lot [more proud] to be Fresno State Bulldogs.” Current Fresno State students will have the opportunity to vote online for the fee referendum from March 28 through 30. If the referendum passes, a proposed annual student fee of $400
will go into effect once the building is complete, in approximately three to five years. If students receive financial aid, the fee will be added to cost of attendance budgets, which will be used to determine a student’s financial aid eligibility.
A possible new addition to the campus CENTER from Page 1 will be very probable that it will happen because we need it – we need something like this. There’s a certain level of maturity that comes with saying ‘I deserve this,’ and we as Fresno State, we as the City of Fresno, we as the Central Valley, we deserve this.” He added that “the arts infuse these ideas of civility, acceptance, and diversity.”
Jimenez-Sandoval said the Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro and Provost Dr. Lynnette Zelezny have played a critical role in the project. “They see the value of how this is for the greater good,” Sandoval said. Future and newly released information can be found on The College of Arts and Humanities social media @FresnoStateCAH.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
Native American art exhibit is ‘history in the making’
Yezmene Fullilove • The Collegian
Left: Two art pieces by Merritt Johnson featured in her exhibition “This is a Creation Story.” Right: Artist Merritt Johnson speaks to audience members at the artist lecture for multimedia art exhibition opening on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian
With President Donald Trump advancing approval of the Keystone XL and North Dakota Pipelines, creating discussion and awareness of the issue is imperative to many activists and artists including Merritt Johnson. Johnson held a lecture on campus Jan. 24 featuring her work as a Native American artist which accompanied her exhibition, “This is a Creation Story,” at the Phebe Conley Art Gallery. The art on display uses a variety of different mediums to discuss and convey a multitude of different ideas, including communal connectivity, cultural appropriation and the importance of land conservation and appreciation. Many of her artworks and projects, including some featured in the Conley Art Gallery, focus on the people protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline. A featured work, “Prayer Mask,” is a dedication to the Oceti Sakowin Camp and the others at Standing Rock in North Dakota protesting the pipeline. It shows a modified gas mask with an added respirator which would have been used by protesters during prayer to avoid being affected by tear gas. While many of her works can be seen through a political lens, interpretation is ultimately up to the viewer. “What people get out of my work is really more about who they are, what they come from and what their context is than it is about me,” Johnson said. “I want people to get whatever they are going to get.” While Johnson is at the forefront of the exhibition, many of the works are collaborations with other artists who have different artistic capabilities. Cannupa Hanska Luger, one of John-
son’s collaborators, will come to Fresno State on March 27 to create an outdoor sculpture commissioned by the Center for Creativity and the Arts. Luger will work on the project through April 9 with students. The collaborations allow for a mixture of artforms to create art that is interactive or includes multimedia. “Land Phone” is a piece that features soil from Fresno shovelled onto a plastic tarp to form a small mound. Under the dirt is tin can with a string attached to another tin can set on a chair. Viewers are encouraged to pick up the other tin can telephone in order to listen to the local land. Johnson’s work is a contemporary take on Native American art. Many of the themes in her work are influenced by her background, but are not necessary traditional. Jazmine Miller, a fifth-year graphic design major and Native American student, found interest in the contemporary discussions formed by Johnson’s art. “I personally am somewhat involved with my culture and a lot of the traditional gatherings and powwows and whatnot – you see things that are traditional,” Miller said. “You don’t see things that are contemporary taking on such an active sense of what is going on with the world, so I thought it was really interesting and insightful to other native cultures.” Other students saw the importance that the artwork held in relation to the current political climate. “This is art history in the making,” said Meghan Cartier, an art history graduate student. “This is brand new work coming out of a very current political situation so I think we are very fortunate people to have it.” “This is a Creation Story” by Merritt Johnson and The Unnamed Collective is on display through Jan. 27.
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
Student Spotlight: ‘Incorporating art into everything’ “His art really resonates with a lot of people; his passion seeps through it and it’s always for a good cause or an interesting way of looking at things,” — Gaston Villanueva, Fresno State student
Daniel Avalos • The Collegian
Joe Montijo with his art collection and sketchbook at the University Student Union on Jan. 21, 2017
By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian
From French artist Henri Matisse’s vibrant collages, to Salvador Dalí’s distorted reimaginations of the world, nature has often had a big influence on the work of many artists. Another one of those artists is art major and music minor Joe Montijo. Montijo is an artist with a passion for the world around him. But he said studying art was not his initial plan at Fresno State. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be, so my mom convinced me to be a business major,” Montijo said. “I tried that for a semester, failed some microeconomics classes, [then] tried art and that’s when I decided to make the
switch.” Montijo said he never considered a career in art until he took a painting class after failing one of his business classes. During the class, he said he saw the potential of his work. Montijo has experimented with a variety of art classes including glass-blowing but said his favorites are drawing and photography. “You can be anywhere around campus or around the city and have a sketchbook and just start drawing that, so it was the most convenient at the time,” Montijo said. “For photographs, you can always carry around a camera, or smart phones have amazing cameras now so it’s nice to capture that in the moment.” During his time at Fresno
State, Montijo has had his work featured in Broadway Studios during ArtHop, an art event held in downtown Fresno on the first and third Thursday of every month. His work has also been displayed at the student art show on campus in 2016 and at UC Davis. Besides painting and photography, Montijo said he would like to branch out and create more work with larger scale ceramic sculpting. Montijo said he hopes to raise awareness to a variety of issues that he is passionate about and use his art as a form of activism. “I’m realizing with the direction of my art, I want to focus more on environmental issues or pollution issues,” Montijo said. “So maybe having it [displayed] places where a lot of people can see it and understand that feeling that I’m trying to convey.” In 2016, Montijo joined a nonprofit charity, Dig Deep, that does work in Kenya by providing help to communities in need. He is currently fundraising for both the charity and for funds to travel to Kenya to help in person. “With the art scene in Fresno, I’ve talked to some artists recently, and I’m trying to collaborate and get an exhibit in the March ArtHop,” Montijo said. Artists are encouraged to donate pieces to be sold during the fundraising exhibition.
This event during ArtHop is one of the ways Montijo hopes to raise enough money in order to travel to Kenya. “His art really resonates with a lot of people,” said Gaston Villanueva, a Fresno State student and friend of Montijo. “His passion seeps through it, and it’s always for a good cause or an interesting
way of looking at things.” S Montijo said focusing on art has made a large impact on his life. “Incorporating art into everything has changed how I view everyday life,” Montijo said. “I notice that there is art in everything, and a lot of people say ‘Oh, I’m not good at drawing’ or ‘I probably can’t be an artist,’ but I think everyone has that potential once they find something that they love.”
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Daniel Avalos • The Collegian
Joe Montijo, draws in his sketchbook at the University Student Union, on Jan. 21, 2017
A&E Briefs ‘All They Will Call You’ book reading on campus
Award winning author Tim Z Hernandez will be reading and signing his newly released book “All They Will Call You”. The book retells the story of “the worst airplane accident in California history” that killed 28 mexican farmworkers who were being deported. Students can attend the event for free at the Satellite Student Union on January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
‘Soul Food Junkies’ film screening Food Justice @ Fresno State will be screening and discussing the film “Soul Food Junkies” which addresses the link between the Black Lives Matter movement and food justice issues within the black community. The event is open to the public in the Henry Madden Library room 2206 on Feb 3 at noon.
These stories are available on The Collegian website in English and Spanish. Estos artículos están disponibles en el sitio web de The Collegian en español e inglés. MIÉRCOLES, 25 DE ENERO DE 2017
Inauguración del nuevo presidente provoca temor en los estudiantes Escrito por Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado y Daniel Gligich @cres_guez and @DanielGligich
La inauguración del cuadragésimo quinto presidente de los Estados Unidos el 20 de enero, provocó la manifestación de millones de personas, quienes llenaron las calles el día siguiente. Zacarías González, un estudiante de posgrado de historia en Fresno State, dijo que el movimiento hacia la acción ocurrió los meses antes de la toma de presidencia de Donald Trump. La inauguración era otro recuerdo del odio de Trump durante su campaña para ser presidente, dijo González. “Personalmente, no siento que la inauguración tenía más importancia que su campaña general”, dijo González el sábado. “Estamos listos para intentar de involucrar a los estudiantes”. González está encargado como la silla de reclutamiento para Chicano Latin American Studies Student Association, mejor conocida como CLASSA. Trump, como nuevo presidente, se le considera antipático a los grupos étnicos por su retórica. González ve los problemas que los estudios étnicos tienen como poca inscripción. Eventos organizados por CLASSA también tienen poca presencia, él dijo, agregando que hay una correlación entre la nueva administración y con el estado de ánimo en el campus. “La apatía es nuestro mayor oponente, es nuestro mayor obstáculo en el campus y en la comunidad también”, González dijo. “La misma apatía que permitió a [Trump] ser elegido corre incontrolable en nuestro campus”. Las primeras controversias de Trump incluyeron el uso de un lenguaje fuerte para describir a algunos inmigrantes mexicanos y estadounidenses musulmanes. “El dio el tono cuando anunció por primera vez su campaña,
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Fresno State students from all over campus come together for solidarity in the Henry Madden Library on Jan. 22, 2017. Students who came together were representing organizations such as: Cross Cultural and Gender Center, MEChA and CLASSA, to name a few.
vilipendiado no sólo a Chicanos y Latinos, sino a personas indocumentados en este país”, dijo González. “Es lo más personal para nosotros por qué todos tenemos familiares y amigos y amistades aquí que son indocumentados y vemos miedo”. Trump eliminó a todos los críticos con partidarios leales, algunos llamándose “la mayoría silenciosa”. “Estamos más decididos que nunca”, dijo González. “El hecho de que [Trump] es elegido presidente y que ahora ha sido inaugurado, sentimos que tenemos un fuego debajo de nosotros”. La administración de Trump no debe de ser tratada ligeramente, sería ignorante subestimar lo que realmente puede hacer”. González citó el congreso controlado por los republicanos y la anticipación de Trump de nombrar varios jueces para la Corte Suprema los Estados Unidos. El cree que esa potencia podría descarrilar los progresos de las administraciones anteriores. González también dijo que el control en el nuevo gobierno proviene “no sólo de los conservadores, pero por el momento hay un movimiento conservador que ha llegado a poder”. El nuevo desafío que enfrentan los líderes estudiantiles como González, es resistir las decisiones del nuevo gobierno que “podrían realmente dar la marcha hacia
"Sería ignorante subestimar lo que realmente puede hacer." — Zacarías González Silla de reclutamiento, CLASSA atrás en el progreso que ya hemos logrado”. Gabriela Encinas trabaja con estudiantes indocumentados como la coordinador del Dream Success Center. Los estudiantes con quien ella trabaja, que califican para los recursos educativos concedidos con la legislación del estado, Dream Act, y que también son elegibles para Consideración de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia, mejor conocida como DACA, tienen sentimientos mixtos bajo Trump. Algunos estudiantes están esperanzados, optimistas y listos para seguir adelante. Otros tienen miedo y no saben qué esperar. Pero en general, muchos están confundidos, dijo Encinas. Personalmente asustada por los estudiantes con los que trabaja, inmediatamente después de que Trump fue elegido. Ella sentía que necesitaba estar preparada. “Yo no quiero causar pánico”, dijo Encinas. “No sabemos qué
va a pasar y qué esperar, así que siento que este es un tiempo para ser resistente, este es un tiempo para tener esperanza”. Encinas dijo que la rhetorica política no ha mencionado nada sobre el futuro de los estudiantes, lo que nos deja en un juego de espera. Sin embargo, se siente prudentemente optimista. “El no saber es lo que realmente tiene a nuestros estudiantes asustados y preocupados”, dijo Encinas. “Yo no diría que nos hemos bajado nuestra guardia en respecto a nuestros sentimientos, nuestro miedo - pero permanece ahí, estamos en suspenso en este momento, literalmente. Si pudiera decir algo, estamos en suspenso ahora mismo”. Los estudiantes como aquellos que pertenecen al grupo Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y personas Transexuales, LGBT, también están pasando por temores similares de confusión. “Sí, hay miedo y nervios en todo el campus”, dijo Jessica Adams, coordinadora del Cross Cultural and Gender Center de Fresno State. “He tenido mucha interacción con la comunidad LGBT, han venido a mí con más preocupaciones”. Adams, dijo que sin importar quien es presidente, los temores entre diferentes grupos de estudiantes siempre están ahí. La mayoría de los estudiantes temen por su seguridad personal después de
lo que Trump prometió durante su campaña para crear un registro para los musulmanes y deportar a los inmigrantes indocumentados. Agregó que los temores crecen cuando las personas racistas se ven más valiente en el público. “No estamos empezando desde el principio, eso es lo bueno”, dijo Adams. “(Estudiantes) tienen que confiar que nosotros vamos a estar ahí para protegerlos. Yo voy a projeter los estudiantes que están aquí cuando Trump está platicando de deportación y cuando él está hablando de asalto sexual”. Adams dijo que el lenguaje usado por el nuevo presidente la enfurece. Ella dijo que el tema de la agresión sexual en el campus es algo que se siente bajo una nube de incertidumbre después de que el candidato de Trump para el secretario de Educación, Betsy Devos, no podría comprometerse a seguir financiando recursos para las víctimas de asalto sexual en el campus. El centro actualmente emplea a una defensora de víctimas de agresión sexual. “El potencial de perder a nuestro defensor de víctimas en el campus y perder la financiación del Title IX tiene un impacto negativo en el campus para todas las víctimas”, Adams dijo. Ella agrega que aunque el estado de Fresno no puede experimentar casos extremos de asalto sexual, todavía pueden ocurrir y lo único que es incierto es como la universidad lo aborda. Adams desea que la nueva administración sea más amigable y apoye a todas las comunidades por igual. “Si queremos representar lo que se supone que es los EE.UU., ‘el lugar de la libertad’, entonces todo el mundo necesita ser tratado por igual”, dijo Adams. “Si los blancos no están dispuestos a admitir su propio privilegio, incluso cuando sean presidente de los EE.UU., nada va a cambiar”. Traducido por Rebeca Flores.
El nuevo centro de las artes escénicas es mas probabilidad que posibilidad Escrito por Francisco J. De León @frankiejda
Cuando propusieron el centro de las artes escénicas, en el State of the University address el martes, los oficiales del campus no sólo consideraron a los aproximadamente 2,000 estudiantes de las artes y humanidades, también tomaron en cuenta la totalidad del Valle Central. La cantidad de personas, una cantidad aún no divulgada, en la Comisión del Presidente para el Futuro de las Artes y Humanidades planeará el proyecto y presentará a los estudiantes y a la comunidad con respuestas a preguntas como, una estimación del
tiempo que durará su construcción hasta el lugar específico del nuevo edificio en el campus. La idea de este centro de las artes escénicas se mencionó por primera vez cuando Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval y Honora Howell Chapman, el decano y la vicedecana de la Facultad de las Artes y Humanidades, tomaron sus puesto. “Creímos que esta facultad, la rama de las artes y humanidades, necesitaba un sitio que fuera accesible para la comunidad y que también fuera digno de nuestras productions”, dijo Jiménez-Sandoval. “No tenemos un sitio que sea lo suficiente grande para una comunidad [como la nuestra]”. La ausencia de un edificio, tal como el que sea ha propuesto,
le ha quitado a la universidad la oportunidad de hacer una exhibición con los trabajos del artista y muralista mexicano Diego Rivera, dijo Jiménez-Sandoval. “El apoyo se encuentra a lo largo del nuevo gabinete”, dijo Howell Chapman. “El compromiso para encontrar el lugar exacto para este nuevo edificio está ahí”. El nuevo edificio dará la bienvenida a todos [por ahí de] Chestnut [y] Cedar, dijo Howell Chapman. El propuesto edifico hará más que sólo embellecer el campus. De acuerdo con Howell Chapman, el proyecto traerá con él más aulas y nuevos dormitorios. Es una situación en la cual todos ganan, dijo Jiménez-Sandoval – habría otra razón para que los
más de 24,000 estudiantes caminen al lado a la par de la Avenida Shaw. Cuando se les preguntó que si esta consideración para el nuevo centro de las artes escénicas era una posibilidad o probabilidad, el decano y vicedecana contestaron que era una probabilidad. Yo pienso que debemos pensar positivamente y así hacerlo una realidad, porque si sólo lo dejamos en el quizá – entonces no sucederá”, dijo Howell Chapman. Jimenez-Sandoval dijo, será muy probable que sí suceda porque lo necesitamos – necesitamos algo como esto. Hay un cierto nivel de madurez que se asocia con decir ‘yo merezco esto’, y nosotros como la Universidad de Fresno State, como la ciudad de
Fresno, como el Valle Central, lo merecemos”. También agregó que “ las artes fusionan la ideas asociadas a la cortesidad, aceptancia y diversidad”. Jimenez-Sandoval dijo que el Presidente de la Universidad de Fresno State, Dr. Joseph I. Castro, y el rector, Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, han jugado un rol fundamental en el proyecto. “Ellos ven el valor en como esto es para el bien de todos”, dijo Sandoval. Cualquier nueva y futura difusión de información sobre el asunto se puede encontrar en las redes sociales de la Facultad de las Artes y Humanidades de Fresno State @FresnoStateCAH.
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
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Two Fresno State Rodeo Club members compete in a team roping competition in June 2016.
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continue being part of the team for at least another year. “It's amazing to see how the club has grown over the past four years. When I was a freshman we had about 12 members and now we have thirty plus members,” Arakelian said. “In a way our club is like a mini family, we all have each other's backs in and out of the arena. Everyone supports everyone. From helping you get your barrel horse in the arena, to helping each other study for exams.”
As a sophomore, Dias said the club has also helped her in many ways. “They are more than just my teammates—they are my closest friends,” she said. “We are a close knit group. I have gotten a lot of academic advice from the other members.” Aside from practice, the club is planning their annual banquet to raise funds for their upcoming rodeo in March. The next club meeting will be held on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in the club can contact Brittany Dias at britdias@ mail.fresnostate.edu.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
Letter to Jim Bartko By Jenna Wilson @fsjennawilson
It would be hard to disagree that this is not an exciting time in Fresno State athletics, specifically for Bulldog Football. New coaches. New players. Plans for a newly improved stadium underway with a potential new name. We are on board with all the changes backing our Bulldogs 100 percent. As part of the Red Wave, we are rooting for Jeff Tedford to bring in elite student-athletes you call “Dog Wired Dudes” to win championships. We are all for it considering we could, in the near future, be watching the pride of our Valley in a modernized stadium that witnessed to many defining moments in Fresno State’s history. There is hope that Fresno State football will get back to the days of winning records and championship games, but the facts are that as we continue to rebuild, so do other programs in our conference and across the nation. Tedford is not some magician who can redeem us from our worst season in school history in just one year.
Factor in the opponents of the 2017 schedule, football operations and marketing have their work cut out for them. Next year will be no walk in the park for the Bulldogs, traveling to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama (top ranked until dethroned by Clemson in the national championship) and facing the Huskies in Washington (who gave Alabama a run for their money in the semi-final). As history has taught us, the score is likely to be a bit lopsided in favor of the opponent. Not to mention the difficulty of getting bodies in the chairs when hosting Incarnate Word (wait, who?), and overcoming the skillset of Boise State’s wideouts coached by our former interim head coach, Eric Kiesau. We are looking forward to a new stadium, the Tedford era and cheering on the newest additions to our Bulldog family. The road ahead won’t be easy, but we are with you and stand by your plans for the future of Bulldog Football. Sincerely,
The Red Wave
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The Dog Pound cheering on the Fresno State football team at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 10, 2016.
Former Bulldog coaches find new homes By David Chavez @d23chavez
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Former Fresno State football head coach Tim DeRuyter speaks to reporters following a loss to San Diego State at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 14, 2016.
Tim DeRuyter was named defensive coordinator at UC Berkeley, three months after he was fired as Fresno State head football coach. DeRuyter will now take the helm on the defensive side under new head coach for the Cal Bears, Justin Wilcox. DeRuyter was relieved of his coaching duties in October after a 1-7 start to the season. Before his time at Fresno State, he served as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. While he was there, he coached
all-pro linebacker for the Denver Broncos, Von Miller. As for the man who was named interim head coach after DeRuyter was let go, former offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, Eric Kiesau, was hired as the wide receivers coach for conference foe Boise State. Lorenzo Ward, former defensive coordinator for Fresno State, was named defensive backs coach for Louisville. Ward previously served as defensive coordinator for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
Fresno State Bulldoggers remain strong 68 years later By Judith Saldivar @judithgs__
Slip on your boots and tighten your belts ‘cause the Rodeo Club is still around. The Fresno State Bulldoggers Rodeo Club is the oldest club sport on campus. It has been around since 1949 and plans to continue with its success. The club hit the ground running when it came to getting the semester started. The Bulldoggers held their first meeting on Jan. 19, just two days after the start of the spring semester. Club President Brittany Dias said she has high hopes for the club. She hopes the club will continue to grow with members and continue placing in competitions. The Bulldoggers compete in only collegiate rodeos in various events. These events include bronc riding, bareback riding, steer
The 2016 Fresno State Rodeo Team.
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wrestling, tie down roping, bull riding for men, barrel racing, goat tying, breakaway roping for women and team roping for both men and women. Team coach Tony Branquinho said it takes much commitment when it comes to being part of the club. “There is actually a class that most of students take Thursday nights from 6 to 7 p.m., we meet once a week for our meetings but we practice Monday through Thursday all week long,” Branquinho said. Branquinho has led the team to success for two years. The Bulldoggers had a total of four women and two men place is last year's College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Wyoming. Taylor Arakelian, a senior and a fourth year member of the club, said she plans to
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