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ARMENIAN AMBASSADOR VISITS Armenian Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian (left) and Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro (right), at the Armenian Genocide Monument on Jan. 28, 2017.

By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

It was an afternoon of remembrance and solidarity as Fresno State welcomed Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia, Grigor Hovhannissian, to campus Saturday. The ambassador was accompanied by Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro and honorary consul for the Republic of Armenia Berj K. Apkarian for a tour of the Armenian Genocide Monument, which was unveiled in 2015.

“This monument is a powerful pride point for us because it’s the only one of its kind on a university campus in the United States,” Castro said. “I think it says to our Armenian community and to all communities that we stand with them, that we support them.” Castro said the monument also honors the memories of those who paid a heavy price for people to be here today. “To have one of the finest universities in the state of California dedicate a place to erect this amazing monument, this [is a] powerful symbol that contains symbolism that we feel radiates solidarity,” said Hov-

Rally calls for sanctuary city in favor of immigrants By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced Fresno will not be a sanctuary city for its undocumented immigrants, and the people are responding. Jan. 25 Brand said he does not plan to make Fresno a sanctuary city because there is a possibility the city could be made ineligible to receive millions of dollars to fund new infrastructure and other projects. Sanctuary cities are jurisdictions that have laws or rules that deliberately obstruct immigration enforcement or shield undocumented immigrants from detection. In response, over 100 people made a trip to City Hall on Jan. 27 to voice their disapproval and concerns over Brand’s decision. Various members of the community addressed the crowd. Some spoke in Spanish,

others in English. Regardless of language barriers, the message from protesters was clear: “Fresno Stands With Our Undocumented Community.” Ariana Martinez Lott, Fresno State alumna, said this is important to her because of the relationships she has with families and friends who are affected by the recent immigration rhetoric. “This was almost like the breaking point,” Martinez Lott said. “Realizing that not even our local government and our mayor is willing to stand up for us.” She said she has witnessed an ongoing journey for the undocumented people she knows. “Not just with this new president, but with the hopes of Obama’s presidency com

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hannissian. The visit took place on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Armenian Armed Forces. The ambassador noted how significant the republic’s rebirth was to the Armenian people. “[The anniversary] is a very symbolic day for us,” said Hovhannissian. “I wanted to spend it with a powerful dynamic, a beautiful community that I like so much.” Following a moment of silence for those lost to the genocide 100 years ago, Castro gave the ambassador an official Fresno State souvenir. The two shook hands. Castro said the ambassador’s visit as an

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important representation of the growth in Fresno State’s relationships with universities in Armenia. “I think that is very important for our students to be able to have the opportunity to go abroad to study and for students outside of the United States to come and study,” Castro said. “It enriches the educational opportunities for everyone. So we’re honored to have the ambassador here today.” Among those in attendance was Congressman Jim Costa, who paid respect to


Fresno State providing ‘quality’ child care programs By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

Fresno State political science student will never forget seeing how happy her daughter is when she gets dropped off and picked up from Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center. The center, located in the Kremen Education Building, provides education and child care for Fresno State students who have children. Danielle Patch, a political science major has brought her 4-year-old daughter Briana to the preschool since she transferred to Fresno State in fall of 2015. Patch became aware of the program on campus from other friends, and she applied as early as she could. “It’s an immense help being able to know that I can sign up for the classes that I need to take because I’ll have somebody

to watch my daughter,” Patch said, “I don’t know I’d be able to go through school without having that resource.” The program began years ago with the idea of “quality” child care. A large part of that quality comes from the environment in which the child is being placed. “It’s possible to be a parent and truly succeed. These resources are there to help you so you can go to school,” said Chamroeun Yann, a masters teacher at the Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center in the Kremen Education Building. “Just because children are in school or daycare doesn’t mean they’re OK, but a quality site makes a difference.” Patch is glad that her daughter gets to learn things she will use in her everyday life as an adult. “They really teach the kids stuff. It’s not

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Executive orders spell public chaos By Richard Thistle @TheCollegian

Just a week into the new administration and many are questioning if we are living in a regime oddly reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel, “1984.” In only the first week, the swift move on many issues such as building The Wall, blanket mistrust of an entire group of people – Muslims, in addition to freezing of funds and grant opportunities for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the controversial media blackout have elicited many concerns on both sides of the aisle. Many who were holding out hope that the rather extreme rhetoric brandished during the campaign was simply theatrical hand-waving meant to attract attention, but are now beginning to realize that those policies are actually what the new administration and its leader believe in. All of these topics shine a light on the potential governing style that this new administration is preparing to adopt, with regards to not only domestic, but foreign affairs as well. The harsh and unbending bargaining style that is being displayed, especially pertaining to the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico, is one example. The administration has stated openly that it wants Mexico to pay for The Wall. This has clearly angered leading, high-ranking Mexican officials, who have refused to meet with the administration to further these discussions. This is rather puzzling behavior considering that Mexico is an ally of the United States, and we rely heavily on its oil, agricultural goods and other trade items. With regards to the blanket mistreat-

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ment and mistrust of Muslims, citizens of seven countries such as Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya, are currently believed by the U.S. government to be connected to terrorism or terrorist activities. Because of a potential Muslim ban, legal residents who hold green cards, residents like groundbreaking scientists from John Hopkins University, are being denied reentry into the country. A study done by the Libertarian Cato Institute concluded that over 700,000 asylum seekers and 3.25 million refugees, between 1975 and 2015, have been admit-

ted into the United States. Out of that, only four asylum seekers and 20 refugees have actually become terrorists. The freezing of funds and grant opportunities for the EPA is a blatant example of anti-intellectualism and science denial. Global warming, outside of nuclear war, is the greatest threat to the continuation of the species. This thought was echoed in a recent speech given by long-time social commentator and public intellectual Noam Chomsky. The MIT professor of linguistics has had a reputation over many years of be-

ing critical of U.S. policies both foreign and domestic, in hopes of keeping the public informed. This is an important sentiment held by many who hope to uphold the most important tenets of a true democracy which is the freedom to openly question leadership without fear of reprisal. Almost immediately after the freezing of funds and grant opportunities for the EPA there was a media blackout enacted for all those employed by the agency and other connected groups. This is a form of censorship that borders on being unconstitutional and violates the free ability to disseminate information across open and public space, namely the internet. It is essentially silencing any and all who oppose the current regime which is oddly reminiscent of George Orwell’s popular novel, “1984.” Already these executive orders have had an immediate impact as multitudes across the country have begun protesting in airports from LAX to LaGuardia to express a wide range of emotions from fear to anger in response to these new restrictions. Many, in spite of the muzzling job done at the EPA, have also taken to social media to voice its opinions and possibly unify a populace who fears that their government is on an unprecedented path of power abuse. The worry that these executive actions are setting an unwanted standard for future decisions that will have far greater implications and repercussions is very real for many across this great nation and those looking to be welcomed into its ranks as future citizens. The new administration is running at a fever pitch and testing its legal boundaries in many areas including public dissonance but we as a populace refuse to remain quiet. We will not be silenced.

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New positions added in the president’s office and ASI By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro formally introduced

his first-ever presidential intern, Kendalyn Mack, at the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) meeting last Wednesday. Mack is currently studying public health and will be working alongside Castro on special

IN BRIEF Plant science student wins award Vivian Maier, a junior at Fresno State, came in second place in the oral research presentation contest at the California Weed Science Society annual conference on Jan. 18. Maier’s presentation focused on the dormancy requirements of the herbicide-resistant hairy fleabane weed. The hairy fleabane weed is a problem in orchards, vineyards and noncrop areas. Plant Science students May Yang and Samikshya Budhathoki made research poster presentations at the conference. Dr. Anil Shrestha also presented on the Palmer Amaranth weed, which in 2016 was ranked as the most troublesome weed in America by a Weed Science Society of America survey.

Maier won $300 for her presentation. The conference was held in Monterey, California on Jan. New study abroad course offered A new three unit study abroad course will be offered by the Department of Recreation Administration to travel around New Zealand and Australia from May 25 to June 5. The class, called RA 130 International Tourism, will experience different attractions such as snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef, visiting various cultural sites, and touring Auckland, Rotorua, Sydney and Cairns. A meeting for the study abroad course will be held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library Room 2127.

projects. She will also be in communication with ASI, working to identify potential needs for the student body. “She is a passionate advocate for all of you, and especially for community service,” Castro said.

During the meeting ASI proposed opportunities for student achievement in the spring semester which includes adding two new senate seats to the student government. The spring semester is election

season for the senate positions and referendums. One large referendum item will be the “Bold New U” in which students will have the deciding vote on building a new

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Creating a stronger relationship with universities in Armenia AMBASSADOR from Page 1 the Armenian community and honored the ongoing relation between the Armenian presence in the San Joaquin Valley and Armenia. Costa said, “I’m very proud of the Armenian families that have made this Valley what it is today. Truly, generations after generations of Armenians have come to our country and have come to this Valley to have a better opportunity for themselves and their families. Their success has been our success.”


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Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro (left) and Armenian Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian (right), shares a moment a moment during their visit to the Armenian Genocide Monument on campus Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Standing up for undocumented immigrants

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Participants of the “Fresno Stands with our Undocumented Community”rally gather in front of City Hall on Jan. 27, 2017.

CITY HALL from Page 1 ing out with immigration reform. [They] are trying to figure out what is going to happen – what’s coming up for them,” Martinez Lott said. She said undocumented families need to see others are standing up for them and with them. “There’s such a false perception of who [the] undocumented are,” Martinez Lott said. “They’re not criminals, but they’re also not victims.” She said the community needs to realize that immigrants are not here to just take things, but that

they are actively participating in society. “It’s heartbreaking and it’s infuriating to see the kind of rhetoric that our [president] is trying to tell about our undocumented community, and also our Muslim brothers and sisters,” Martinez Lott said. Connie Vang, a Fresno State graduate student, said that she has been politically active all her life. Once she started college, her political voice took a back seat. However, once the political climate shifted and Donald Trump took office as president, she felt inclined to become politically active again. “It fuels something in you, and

it really [made] me realize that I do need to make a difference,” Vang said. She said people may discredit the value of a rally, but said it is symbolic and important. “I want to be here. I want to show that I am here physically and that I support all of Fresno,” Vang concluded. Zacarias Gonzalez, a Fresno State graduate student said, “I am here in solidarity with my undocumented brothers and sisters. We are here to resist the [alternative] right, conservative agenda of Lee Brand that he’s now imposing.” Gonzalez said the announcement of Fresno’s sanctuary city

status isn’t surprising. “We all have family and friends and peers who are undocumented, on campus as well,” Gonzalez said. “So we are here to show that we are not just going to sit back and allow this to happen.” He said his initial reaction to Brand’s decision was anger, but he then realized it fueled his actions and determination to continue advocating for immigrants. Daisy Cruz, a Fresno State student, said, “I am here because I am fighting for my people.” Cruz said the issue is very personal because her family is made up of immigrants who have been deported multiple times. Her goal

for coming out to the rally was to to ensure that all people feel safe in Fresno. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of being a sanctuary city. But I feel that, with this going on, we will be able to make that happen for our people,” Cruz said. Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula for District 31 first spoke in Spanish to address the Spanish-speaking audience, then addressed the rest of the English-speaking crowd. “Those who are fighting to become members of our community are still dreaming. I have a dream – that we are all the same, and that we all have the same basic rights,” Arambula said. Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria said her family members who were immigrants were able to go through the legalization process, raise five children and become civically engaged in their community. “I am a very proud child of farmworkers, so that’s why this issue is very personal to me,” Soria said. She said it was very disappointing to hear that Brand would not grant Fresno sanctuary status. Soria said she spoke with Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who said the existing policy of local law enforcement only enforcing local laws will continue to be upheld. “We see you. We stand with you,” event organizer Martinez Lott said.


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Remembering the passengers of the 1948 Los Gatos flight By Jessica Johnson

ed his three children, Quetzani, 22, Rumi, 12 and Salvador, 8, onto the stage.

were grouped as “28 Mexican deportees.” The crew that was identified by media in 1948 included: Frank Atkinson, pilot; Marion Ewing, co-pilot; Frank Chaffin, immigration guard; Bobbie Atkinson, stewardess. Shortly after the plane crash, singer-songwriter, Woody Guthrie, wrote the poem “Deportee” to commemorate the unnamed victims in the wreck. He gave them symbolic names such as Juan,

ence: Pete Seeger. Shortly after Hoffman added a melody to Guthrie’s poem, Seeger began including Guthrie’s “Deportee” poem-turned-song at his concerts, and the song quickly became popular. Hernandez shared a story with the audience about when Seeger contacted him personally. “Here I am one day at the Brooklyn Book Festival [in 2013] and I’m walking in Manhattan going to the festival, and I get a phone call. I didn’t recognize the phone call, so I kept walking,” Hernandez said.

Bernabé López Garcia, Miguel Negrete Álvarez, American Book Award-winning author “There are people out there Tomás Tim Z. Hernandez drew an audience of over who need to hear these stories,” Aviña de Gracia, Francisco 100 people to officially launch his novel “All he said to his children as they Llamas Durán, They Will Call You” at Fresno State’s Satel- looked out into the audience. Santiago García Elizondo, lite Student Union on Jan. 27. Hernandez asked the audiRosalio The novel takes readers on an adventure ence to picture themselves in Padilla Estrada, through Hernandez’s research of locating 1948 being asked to transport Tomás Padilla Márquez, the unnamed victims of the Jan. 28, 1948 28 Mexican nationals from Severo Los Gatos Canyon plane crash in western Oakland to the San Diego borMedina Lára, Fresno County. der of Mexico, Elías Trujillo Macias, Hernandez’s journey began in 2010. El Centro. José Rodriguez He made it a personal goal to identify and He revealed that the screened call was Macias, share the stories of the passengers whose Seeger. Moments later, he had a voicemail Luis López Medina, names had been overlooked by media at from Seeger that he played to the audience. Manuel the time. Seeger said, “This is Pete Seeger … I got José Baldomero Calderón Merino, Valdívia Sánchez, Marcas Torres, Assistant professor of history Romeo your beautiful letter and I need to talk to Luis Wenceslao Ramón Guzman prefaced the event by pointing you.” Cuevas Miranda, Flores Ruiz, Paredes Gonzalez, Martin out its relevance to the national In between performances, Razo Navarro, Apolonio Salvador rhetoric surrounding MexiHernandez shared stories Ramírez Placencia, Sandoval Hernández, Ignacio can immigrants. that he uncovered Pérez Navarro, Guadalupe Maria Guzman said through his reRomán Hernández Rodríguez Santana Rodríguez, Ochoa Ochoa, he hopes the search of the Guadalupe cumulaHernandez did not Rosalita and María. passengers Ramírez Lára, tion of have a lot of information to begin To accompany Hernandez’s and their Alberto artists working with. He said all he had stories of the families, he invited families. Carlos Raygoza, Juan and hiswas a headline of “Thirty-two die various people from his archival Valenzuela Ruiz, torians will in farm labor accident.” journey to help the audience viThe next performance was from Jesús counter the rhetoric by utiHernandez said the names, sualize the lives and culture that Raoul Hernandez, a mariachero who perMeza Santos, lizing a “fact-based narrative.” ages and hometowns of the belonged to the passengers. formed the song “México Lindo y Querido” Joseph Rios, a Fresno native and poet, two pilots, stewardess In 1958, a decade originally performed by Mexican composer took the stage to introduce Hernandez. He and the immiafter “Deportee” Chucho Monge. Crowd members warmrecalled the first time he met Hernandez gration guard was written by ly received the performance as they sang and their journey together. were includGuthrie, Mar- along with smiles on their faces. Before Hernandez took the audience on ed, but the 28 tin Hoffman The next performance of “Deportees” a visual experience of his research, he invit- p a s s e n g e r s put the iconic was by John Boomer, who was one of the poem to a melody. Singer-songwriter producers of the song with Hoffman. Joel Rafael, performed Guthrie’s “DeThe evening’s last performance was by portee.” Rafael’s career has largely con- Lance Canales, a local musician, who sang centrated on Guthrie’s work as he released “Deportees” while the audience and Heran entire album covering Guthrie’s songs, nandez recited the recovered names of the entitled “Woodyboye,” in 2005. passengers one-by-one. Hernandez came in contact with various The audience and Hernandez said in musical artists through his research and See BOOK LAUNCH, Page 5 one in particular has been a major influ-


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Award winning author comes to Fresno State BOOK LAUNCH from Page 4 Spanish “presente” after each name was called. In 2013, the passengers were buried in a mass grave at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno. A majority of the names were missing until Hernandez installed a monument at the cemetery identifying all 28 passengers. Veronica Aguirre, a Fresno State alum, said she attended the event because she took interest in the stories that were being presented on. “It’s Valley -- I’m Valley born and I want to know more about the people who came before me,” Aguirre said. Aguirre’s husband, Pedro Aguirre, also a Fresno State Alumni, said he felt the need to come to the event to explore deeper into the topic of immigration. “It’s something our parents grew up with and you kind of just get comfortable,” Aguirre said. “Especially now with things in politics that have drastically changed, it’s good to get a refresh-

er to expose yourself to how it used to be. If you don’t learn from history, it tends to repeat itself.” Before Hernandez concluded, he asked his family, as well as everyone who helped his research, to stand up and be honored. Once everyone took the stage, a brief Q&A took place. Before and after the event, the audience was able to view historic photographs and documents found during Hernandez’s research. Hernandez is a finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for innovation for the novel’s literature and activism. At the end of the event, the audience had the chance to purchase the novel and have it signed by Hernandez. The event was co-sponsored by The Valley Public History Initiative with additional support by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Latin American Studies Department and the university’s new Fresno State Valley Public History Initiative: Preserving our Stories program.

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Author, writer and poet Tim Z. Hernandez brings his children on stage with him in the Satellite Student Union during his visit to the Fresno State campus on Jan. 27, 2017.

Wednesday Poetry Jam


Watch or present your own stories, poetry or spoken word at this open mic event that will feature black artists to kick off Black History Month from 7-9 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library Room 2206.

Art Hop: Gallery25

Artists Iris Duarte, Judith Goulart and Jeanette Goulart will present their paintings, photography and mixed media from 5-8 p.m. at 1419 M Street Fresno, California 93721.


“Soul Food Junkies” Film

Screening & Discussion Food Justice meets Black Lives Matter. Join the discussion from 12-1 p.m. in the Henry Madden Library Room 2206.



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University offers on-campus resources for students with children

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CHILDREN from Page 1 just the boring ABCs and numbers. They really engage them,” Patch said, “It’s very interactive, and they get to learn about all different parts of life instead of just doing worksheets.” Patch said that the teachers at the preschool play a large role in getting the kids up and motivated to learn. They join the kids in participating in the lessons and actively have conversations with them. “The whole environment is very positive. I feel such a focus on learning and the kids instead of just a regular daycare where they’d just be sitting there playing with toys,” Patch said. Knowing children can stay on campus while their parents learn brings peace of mind for some. “The support we offer and knowing that they’re in good hands at a quality site gives them the opportunity to finish school and stay focused to study,” Yann said.

Patch highly recommends this resource to students who are struggling being both a fulltime parent and student. She can now fully focus on her academics knowing her daughter is in good hands just across campus. “You don’t always get to pick when the classes you need will be available so having someone to watch your kids when you know it’s quality care is really something they (students) should look into,” Patch said. The university offers these sources at three different locations on campus – the Kremen School of Education and Human Development; Family & Food Sciences in the College Science Building; and near the dorms. Each location offers different classes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The four main programs offered to students are infant and toddler programs, preschool classes and an afternoon dual-immersion class. The classes are different from

others around the community because they use the “Reggio Emilia” approach. This approach focuses on early education in which children are seen as the “protagonist.” The children are capable of questioning things and finding the answers with in-depth investigation. “They are the ones working in small groups, finding the answers by themselves. As the teachers, we are the facilitators,” Yann said. These classes also serve as a lab site for students on campus who are studying in the fields of education, child development and psychology. The facility has twoway mirrors to conduct observations of children and provides an opportunity for aspiring professionals to receive lab hours for their credentials. “We’re mentoring the future teachers on how to be great facilitators and hopefully keep in mind that the idea of projects that go off a child’s interest will build a better curriculum,” Yann said. They also offer a family resource room where university students can study and print out assignments without having to be far from their children. Yann said parents come back and tell the teachers how much more mature their children are in elementary school after being in their classes. “They really have the opportunity to problem solve but build relationships with other peers and think outside the box,” Yann said. These classes are also “full inclusion” classes, meaning that they partner with Fresno Unified School District to include students with special needs. Along with the diverse campus, students are introduced to different cultures and languages, teaching them to be respectful. “It offers the children that idea of being accepting and culturally

diverse. They’re going to elementary school with that understanding,” Yann said. The students learn all of these life skills in a one-of-a-kind facility equipped with different learning environments. In the Reggio Emilia approach, children are given “a hundred languages” which are different outlets they can use to express their ideas. The children learn from different places on campus created to enhance their learning. These places include an art studio, chicken coop, vegetable garden and a turtle pond. University professionals also play a part in helping educate the children by being invited to teach lessons about their profession that correspond with what

the children are learning. All of these different experiences are displayed throughout the halls on “documentation boards” that showcase to parents and visitors what the children have studied. Whoever is interested in volunteering or enrolling their child is encouraged to contact the Early Education Center Office at (559) 278-0225 for more information. Tuition for the children’s education varies based on the parents’ financial aid status. Most children attend for free or a very small monthly fee. “These children are our future. They’re not just children, ... they’re able and capable to do anything as long as we give them those opportunities,” Yann said.

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The third children’s room on the bottom floor of the Kremen Education Building on Jan. 17, 2017. Fresno State Programs for Children, Inc. provide services to children of the California State University, Fresno student body, faculty and staff and the community.

ASI building up student success and inclusion ASI from Page 3 student union, along with electing new senators. “If we are to pursue adding additional senate positions, [it will need to be put] forward to a


vote this semester by the student body,” Ryan said. The two new positions include a senator for veteran and transfer affairs and a senator for diversity. The senator for veteran and transfer affairs would be the voice for students who are veterans and

Spring 2017 May 30, 2017 - June 20, 2017

transfer students of the university. This senator will work with these groups of students, helping them with concerns or goals they have. This senator will also be vocal, by sharing what those students have to say, to the senate. The senator of diversity will play a key role in continuing Fresno State’s motto of “Discovery, Diversity and Distinction.” This senator will serve as a liaison between cultural groups and campus administration, as well as planning and attending cultural events on campus. The positions are to expand student representation in ASI. Tim Ryan, ASI president, said the

positions that would be decided upon by ASI will then be put in a referendum for students to vote on in the March 28-30 election. Students interested in running are encouraged to pick up an election petition and visit the ASI office with questions. Multiple senators had the opportunity to share what they have planned for the upcoming semester. Alex Gallo, senator at-large for academic affairs introduced the Student Success Summit which is planned for Feb. 28. “The summit is for students, faculty, staff and administration. All to help understand each other’s role in student success,” Gallo

said. The event will include an open panel and motivational speakers. It was also announced at the meeting that ASI received a national award for the Central Valley Student Leadership Summit hosted in October. ASI received the bronze level excellence award in civic engagement from Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The event hosted colleges and universities throughout the state. ASI meetings are every other Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the University Student Union rooms 312314 and are open to the public. The next meeting will be Feb. 8.




‘No matter where you’re positioned, it’s a thrilling game for everyone’ RUGBY from Page 8 game for everyone,” Arevalo said. Arevalo said it’s easy to get nervous at first during a game, but the key is to turn that nervousness into confidence and desire to want to go out and want to make the big plays and perform the best that you can. Jay Miranda, one of Arevalo’s teammates and a member of Chi Delta Beta as well, said he knows this is a different kind of sport for Arevalo but he is proud that he is out there trying. “He’s relentless when he’s out there, and he really puts in a lot of effort,” Miranda said. Also cheering him on this season is Arevalo’s older brother, Fernando Arevalo. Fernando is a fourth-year criminology student who said his brother’s involvement on the team is a good thing because rugby is such a unique sport. “My main hope is for him to have fun and enjoy the season,” Fernando said. Arevalo said he is looking forward to improving with each

game this season and making memories with good friends. The team will have a home game on Feb. 4 against the University of Nevada, Reno, on the kinesiology field behind the tennis courts.

Courtesy of Fresno State Men’s Rugby Club

Sports Briefs



David Chavez • The Collegian

Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno

Men’s Basketball (13-8) Conf. (5-4)

Utah State 78 Fresno State 65

Women’s Basketball (11-9) Conf. (4-5)

Utah State 52 Fresno State 47

Chukchansi Park to hold job fair The Fresno Grizzlies will hold their annual job fair on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Chukchansi Park in Downtown Fresno from 9 a.m. to noon. Each season the organization employs

around 400 game-day workers for the Fresno Grizzlies, Fresno Fuego and other stadium-related events. Jobs available include ticket office, merchandise, on-field entertainment,

Former Auburn basketball guard to arrive at Fresno State

Swimming & Diving (4-2)

FS 172

SJSU 128

UC Davis 144 Fresno State 139

Women’s Tennis

Auburn 4

Fresno State 0

Rice 4

Fresno State 0





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video crew, housekeepers, grounds crew, bat boys, security, concessions and catering staff. Resumes are welcomed but not required. Applications can be filled on site.

Courtesy of New Williams’ Twitter

New Williams, a four-star prospect coming out of Santa Monica High in 2015, is expected to enroll in classes at Fresno State by the end of the week. The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard dealt with a knee injury in his freshman season at Auburn and had not seen any minutes this season with the Tigers. Williams announced his decision to transfer to Fresno State on Twitter on Jan. 16.

Fresno State transfer student New Williams

Signing Day Reception 7

7 in course

The Fresno State football team and the Bulldog Foundation will host a special signing day celebration at the Falls Event Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Bulldog fans will have the opportunity to meet head coach Jeff Tedford and his staff during a one-hour social. Starting at 5 p.m., dinner will be provided and each position coach will present and inform everyone of the new Christian Ortuno • The Collegian Bulldogs joining Fresno State. Fresno State head football coach Jeff Tedford





Batesole and Bulldogs gear up for new season


Years as Fresno State head baseball coach


National championship (2008) Christian Ortuno • The Collegian

Fresno State head baseball coach Mike Batesole speaks to the media on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Pete Biden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

Fresno State head baseball coach Mike Batesole said his father’s love of baseball, along with his advice, shaped him to be the two-time Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year. “My dad gave me some great advice. I wasn’t necessarily excited about going to school all the time, but you have two choices,” Batesole said. “You can have a career for 30 or 40 years depending on how long your working life is or you can suck it up for a few years, get your degree and now that 30 or 40 years of your working life you get to choose your job.” After seven successful years as head coach at Cal State Northridge, Batesole accepted the job at Fresno State and has

been in charge of the Bulldogs baseball program for 14 years. “You’ve got to just love the crowds and the support they have here,” Batesole said. “One of the things at Northridge was that it was a baseball team, while at Fresno State

town atmosphere really brings a sense of excitement to all sports not just baseball. Batesole compared the atmosphere to some of the bigger universities across the country. “That’s what I really like about it. You get the football, the basketball and it’s almost

“You’ve got to just love the crowds and the support they have here,” — Mike Batesole, Fresno State head baseball coach it’s a program. This community and our alumni are a big factor. When everyone is pulling on the same end of the rope, it can be a pretty powerful machine.” Under his leadership, Fresno State has won multiple conference titles along with the 2008 National Championship. Batesole said Fresno State’s college-

like Stillwater, Oklahoma. Like Oklahoma State dropped off in California where you still have that college-town feel. You’re not getting that anywhere else in California. It’s just really cool to be a part of something bigger than a baseball team.” Last season, the Bulldogs secured their first-ever Mountain West Conference

regular-season title, and for the 2017 returning players, the goal is to achieve more. With a majority of last year’s team back in the fold, Batesole expects his team to capitalize on its experience early on. “Generally, if you can have two, man I would die for three returning seniors,” Batesole said. “We’re looking at eight. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a team this old and that have won. We’ve got our entire starting lineup back plus our best reserve.” With a combination of experience and talent, the Bulldogs have their sights set on improving on last year’s ring-winning season. Fresno State opens its season with a three-game homestand against the Oregon Ducks on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs begin the year with 14 straight games at home. In total, the ’Dogs will be playing in close to 70 games this season.


Bloody noses and a band of brothers By Yesenia Candelaria @yesiamanda6

Fast, skilled and team-oriented is how Armando Arevalo describes the game of rugby. “The best part is definitely the culture of the sport itself,” Arevalo said. “You play 80 hard minutes of tackling each other and getting bloody noses, but at the end of the day you have these teammates that are like brothers to you.” Arevalo is a second-year student who

plans to declare political science as his major. He is a member of Chi Delta Beta, a multicultural fraternity. And he loves rugby. He joined the rugby team last year after speaking with team members at their recruitment table and jumped in right away. “I’ve never been part of a contact sport like rugby, so my first impression was that it was an insane and tough sport,” Arevalo said. He wrestled for two years in high school and played water polo, but had never experienced running full speed after someone to catch up and tackle them before

they have a chance to score. “Practices were tiring, but I enjoyed it, and I still enjoy it now,” Arevalo said. In rugby, there are two rows of seven or eight players from each team. The front row is responsible for making the big hits and passing the ball to the back row, whose members make the longer passes and run the ball. Arevalo’s spot is in the back as a wing. “I’m the last man on the outside, and no matter where you’re positioned it’s a thrilling

See RUGBY, Page 7

Courtesy of Fresno State Men’s Rugby Club

Armando Arevalo

January 30th 2017  
January 30th 2017