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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.

Inauguration upholds fears for Fresno State students administration and the mood on

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Thousands of participants crossing the street during the Fresno Women’s March at River Park on Jan. 21, 2017.

Fresno’s women’s march gives a voice to thousands By Razmik Cañas @raz_canas

An estimated 2,000 people from across the Central Valley came to the Fresno Women’s March Saturday to express concerns they had about the current government. It was an opportunity for some to speak up for those who didn’t feel like their concerns about the new government transition were heard. Many anticipated the “mil-

lennials” to march but the sidewalks were filled with older people, families and young children. Although the march was not pointed directly at President Donald Trump, many expressed their dissatisfaction of his inauguration. The march was one of many that occurred throughout various cities across the United States and abroad on Saturday, a day after the inauguration. It was estimated that over 2 million marched, including over half a million in Washington D.C., just blocks away

from the White House. There were a number of signs that floated across the crowds of people protesting including “Equality is Not a Crime,” “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance” and “Stand Up, Speak Up, Don’t Ever Give Up”. The two-hour march began at the corner of Blackstone and Nees Avenues, went to El Paso Avenue and circled back to the busy intersection.

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The inauguration of the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 spurred millions to the streets in protest the following day. For Fresno State history graduate student Zacarias Gonzalez, the move to action happened in the months leading up to Donald Trump’s presidency. Gonzalez said the inauguration was just another reminder of a campaign filled with hatred from the start. “Personally, I don’t feel the inauguration had any more significance than just his general campaign and just after he was actually elected on election night,” Gonzalez said on Saturday. “We are just ready to try and get students involved.” Gonzalez is currently serving as the recruitment chair for the Chicano Latin American Studies Student Association (CLASSA). With Trump as the new president and who some view as unfriendly to ethnic groups, Gonzalez is reminded of an issue the ethnic studies program is seeing: low enrollment. Events organized by CLASSA also see little attendance, he said, adding there is a correlation between the new

“Apathy is our biggest opponent, it’s our biggest obstacle on campus and the community as well,” Gonzalez said. “The same apathy that allowed [Trump] to be elected president kind of runs rampant on our campus.” Trump’s early controversies included using harsh language to describe some Mexican immigrants and Muslim Americans. “He really set the tone when he first announced his campaign, vilifying not only Chicanos and Latinos, but undocumented people in this country,” Gonzalez said. “That is as personal as it gets for us because we all have family and friends and peers on campus who are undocumented and we saw the fear.” Trump brushed off every critic with loyal supporters in tow, some calling themselves “the silent majority.” “We are more determined than ever before,” Gonzalez said. “The fact that [Trump] is elected president and now that he’s been inaugurated, we feel like we have a fire under us.” Gonzalez said the Trump Administration should not be taken lightly, saying “it would be ignorant to underestimate what he can actually do.” Gonzalez cited the republican-controlled Congress and the

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He’s hired: now what? By Collegian Editorial Board @TheCollegian

Donald Trump is the President of the United States. To some, Trump seemed like the obvious choice. To others, it is nothing but a sign of the times, indicating that the end is near. But a feeling that conservative and liberal voters can agree with is that of uncertainty – what exactly is Donald Trump’s plan now that he’s president? He’s been loud and proud of his plans to do great things but never elaborated on how these plans would be executed or even what his plans were. However, some attribute his success as a candidate to his shameless and outspoken nature, with his supporters finding security in the way he spoke his mind and raised the middle finger to political correctness. Repealing Obamacare was one of the few decisions voters were sure of and one of his first acts as president was signing a bill to begin the process. However, though he is planning on repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act, he has promised to replace it with another accessible form of healthcare. It could be agreed that universal healthcare doesn’t fit within the beliefs of most conservative Republicans, so it’s brave of Trump to go against the belief of his own political party. Trump has not always had the best relationship with the press. But he has always loved the camera, offering the masses vague details of his thoughts and beliefs on social and political issues. Throughout his campaign trail voters heard Trump flip-flop and constantly back-track on many of the beliefs he stood for, but Trump’s long-running relationship with TV and radio interviews gives voters a history of foot-in-mouth moments dating all the way back to the late-90’s.

In an Oct. 1999 interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he stated that the Republican party was “just too crazy.” The same month, he informed NBC News that he was pro-choice. However, he ran a conservative pro-life campaign in 2016, going so far at one point as to say that women should receive some form of punishment for receiving an abortion. On the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, in an interview with radio personality Howard Stern he stated that he was in favor of the invasion of Iraq. During his campaign his position was against the invasion. Last February, in a GOP debate Trump belittled and lectured former Mexican president Vicente Fox’s lack of professionalism after using inappropriate language during a television interview in regards to the proposed wall along the Mexican border. There is video of Trump on the campaign trail using the same language he shamed former-President Fox for using. In a 2008 CNN interview, he called the impeachment of Bill Clinton “nonsense,” but spent the majority of his campaign using former President Clinton’s impeachment as fuel in the fire against democrat Hillary Clinton. He used the impeachment as a means to allege that neither Clinton is trustworthy. In addition to past verbal slip-ups, inauguration weekend was also met with conflicting facts and contradictory statements by both Trump and his cabinet. White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump’s inauguration audience was the largest to date. There’s no substantial evidence to support that claim. Trump himself said that the crowd reached all the way back to the Washington Monument, when aerial photos show otherwise. When Spicer went under fire for his mistruths, Trump’s counselor and campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway went on to say that the press secretary had simply offered

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“alternative facts.” “Alternative facts” have another name. They’re called lies. It seems as though Trump has adopted a familiar Vladimir Lenin quote as his mantra, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” He has won over supporters with his outspoken charisma, and he’s been so busy diverting the public’s attention with Twitter rant after Twitter rant, that very few have stopped to ask questions about his actual policy. Keep in mind that Trump is, at heart, a businessman. He’ll harp on and on when need be, but knows when to change the public’s attention to something else. So what do we do? We’ve just sworn in a Commander-in-Chief whose position changes more frequently than anyone can be comfortable with. The White House

spokesman has now coined a phrase that’s shorthand for lies. What made Trump so endearing to voters was his boisterous nature. His fearlessness kept him from filtering himself and won over the hearts and minds of the Republican party, or the “silent majority.” However, his inconsistency is unsettling. We’ve let this man bully and lie his way into office, so where do we go from here? We buckle down by demanding change and progress, and move forward while hoping “alternative facts” don’t run our country into the ground. As Barack Obama said in his first speech as a former-president, “This is not a period, this is a comma in the continuing story of building America.” This country is a work in progress and it’s clear that our president and all of his plans are as well.

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‘Never stay quiet, always speak up’ MARCH from Page 1 Erlinda Mejia, a Fresno resident, came to fight for values she has believed in for years. “I grew up in the 60s and 70s and I was there and voted for Roe v. Wade, women’s rights, for equality in the workforce,” Mejia said. “To see the possibility of everything being lost again for my daughter, for my grandkids I just can’t live with myself if I don’t do something.” Mejia believes current government officials are focusing on their own benefits. She hopes that the marches across the country show the impact the American people have. “I want them to hear our voices, I want them to understand that they shouldn’t be doing this out of money and out of profit,” Mejia said. “They got voted into office to be our voices and yet we’re the ones being ignored.” Speaking up against something that is wrong is what Mejia strived to do and encourages others to continue to do. “Never stay quiet, always speak up, you will be heard and change starts with one person,” Mejia said. There were groups of people that traveled from nearby cities to partake in what they believe is a “part of history”. Melinda Barrett and Diane Hagood from Oakhurst came to march for rights they felt passionately about. “It feels really important to let people know that we don’t all agree with what Donald Trump is saying. We feel everybody is equal and deserves their rights,” Barrett said. “There’s a lot of great things we have that he threatens like healthcare, equality, voting rights and the environment.” Backlash from those against their actions was a concern for Barrett and the group she marched with. She was pleased with the support they received from those

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Participants of the Fresno Women’s March crowd around the corner of Blackstone and Ness Saturday afternoon, on Jan. 21, 2017.

driving past the march. “We’re getting a lot of support from the people driving by and really this is why we live in America, so that people can make their voices heard,” Barrett said. The march also brought back a lot of memories for Hagood. This was not her first time being a part of a protest. Her actions began back during the times of the Vietnam War. She had the courage to come back and march for her beliefs. “It takes a lot for me to want

to go out in public and say I feel strongly and I do feel strongly about human rights,” Hagood said. After being asked why she believed so many older people were coming back to march Hagood said it was because of all the new changes. There were now things up for debate that affect millions of people in America. “This is kind of a big wake-up call,” Hagood said. “I feel so many factors that affect people are at risk.”

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There were also a large number of families that marched together in support of each other and what they believed in. There were strollers in the march as well as small toddlers marching with their own small signs. Annie Flanagan came to march with her small children to show them the power and importance respecting everyone. “We wanted to show our kids our ideals and values. We respect everyone and we think everyone should have equal rights,” Flana-

gan said, “The things that Trump says are not OK, we don’t want to normalize those by remaining silent.” Flanagan is very pleased to see how large this movement was such a short amount of time. She believed that these issues affect so many people and they’re all raising their concerns. “There’s marches going on all over the country and the world, and I think it shows that there are lots of people that aren’t OK with the things that Trump says and that we don’t support those kind of policies,” Flanagan said. Flanagan traveled from Coarsegold. Her family debated on which city to attend the march. “We live in the foothills and we particularly came to Fresno because we knew it would be more diverse. It’s important for our kids to see that the world is diverse and our country’s diverse and that’s important and something to celebrate,” Flanagan said. Kevin Flanagan, Annie’s husband, said Americans have the right to protest things we see that are unequal in our country. “Welcome to democracy. This is democracy in action. It’s not always convenient but this is important and people fought and died for this right to be able to come out here,” Flanagan said, “We’re being totally peaceful, this is a beautiful thing especially here in Fresno. It’s beautiful to see other people here that share our values.” Flanagan said that the American people will fight for what’s right until the end of time. “I would say that the election was not the end but the beginning,” Flanagan said. “The fight goes on and we’re out here to show people that we’re going to fight for the things we believe in.”


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Computer science major Corey Nelson has been named the spring 2017 cadet wing commander for Fresno State Air Force ROTC Detachment 35. Nelson was installed during the Change of Command Parade on Dec. 6 at Bulldog Stadium and replaced former wing commander Donald King, a business administration major. At the end of each semester, the Air Force ROTC holds the parade to announce the new cadet wing commander for the next semester. Cadet Wing Commanders serve for one semester and lead over 50 cadets. Air Force officers who work as faculty in the Craig School of Business choose the commanders. Nelson plans to graduate in May.

The Fresno State Plant Science Club won the Agronomy Feeds the World national educational video contest which is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy. The Fresno State students submitted the 90-second video in November at the tri-societies national conference in Phoenix. The video described how the next generation of agronomists can feed a growing world population in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious manner. The club also won the President’s Trophy national contest at the same event for a speech by Elizabeth Diaz and a presentation detailing the club’s community service and educational outreach.

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Marimba, cello players steal the show

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Micah Davison plays the marimba at the Music Concert Hall during the Fresno State Concerto Competition rehearsal on Jan. 20, 2017. Davison was named one of the winners of the competition on Jan 21, 2017.

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Melodies echoed through the halls of the Music Building Jan. 20 and 21 as the Fresno State music department held its 10th annual Concerto Competition. Fresno State music students were featured both days as they performed a variety of pieces to judges. The performances ranged from works by classical composers to a 21st century concerto. Kelvin Diaz Inoa, who performed a cello concerto, and Micah Davison, who performed a marimba concerto won the competition

Davison, a second-year graduate student, started practicing his marimba concert in March 2016. He initially chose the concerto by Ney Rosauro for his graduate recital, but decided to perform it for the competition as well. “It always feels good to win, but I think I feel better about the fact that I just was really proud of my performance,” Davison said. “This [was] definitely one of my stronger ones.” The competition allowed for all types of instrumentation, featuring many strings performers, vocalists and a trumpet player. Valerie Loera and Ed Olivarez sung “Yiddishe Volkslieder,” a work by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. This 20th

century work featured unique harmonies and rhythms that contrasted some of the more conventional-sounding concertos. “This is a work that is not really performed very often so to be able to do it for an audience and to have them appreciate it is really awesome,” Loera said. The students performed for the audience made up of friends, family and the two judges, Dale Engstrom and Dmitry Rachmanov. Engstrom was the band director at Fresno City College and Rachmanov is the chair of keyboard studies at California State University, Northridge. “There’s so many things to listen for. Of course the technical part of it is very important but I also look for the musicality,

the confidence, the stage presence,” Engstrom said. “All of that equates to a good or bad performance. So there’s a lot of things and sometimes it’s like comparing apples and oranges; it can be somewhat subjective but we do have criteria.” After the competition, friends and family gathered around to congratulate the winners and talk to one another. “It was so wonderful to hear everyone because I know at the beginning of the week everyone felt nervous and didn’t feel confident at all,” Patricia Fronda, a second-year graduate student, said. “So now to see everyone come out and play their best was really inspiring.”

Music Monday: The Frights By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

Hailing from San Diego, The Frights are a three-piece surf punk band that formed in 2012. Their style is a form of punk-rock music derived from surf culture. The current lineup consists of singer and guitarist Mikey Carnevale, bassist Richard Dotson and drummer Marc Finn. After a slew of EPs (extended plays) and an album, The Frights signed to indie label Dangerbird Records in 2015 and released a second album “You Are Going to Hate This” in 2016. The album was produced by FIDLAR frontman Zac Carper. “You Are Going to Hate This” is the best album to listen to when getting into The Frights because it is the most recent and, sound-wise, perfectly describes where The Frights currently stand at as a band.

The lead single from the album is called “Kids” and describes the need as a young adult to leave your parents’ home and the subsequent pressure of living on your own, getting a real job and missing how easy you had it living with your parents. The Frights have approximately 77,870 monthly listeners on Spotify. That number could grow with The Frights’ track record of constant touring with popular groups in the underground punk scene, where they share their music with a wide variety of audiences. The band is co-headlining a California tour in February with Orange County-based band The Garden. There is a Fresno date on the tour scheduled for Feb. 24 at Strummer’s, a local venue in which The Frights played twice in 2016 — once as a headline and once with Oakland-based band SWMRS. You can find The Frights on Twitter and Instagram at @thefrights.

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Many concerned with uncertain future TRUMP from Page 1 anticipation of Trump appointing multiple Supreme Court justices. He believes those powers could derail progress made by previous administrations. Gonzalez added that control in the new government is coming from “not just conservatives, but at the moment there is a very small rightwing conservative movement that has come to power.” The new challenge student leaders like Gonzalez now face is to resist decisions by the new government that “could really turn back the clock on the progress that we’ve made.” Gabriela Encinas works with undocumented students as the coordinator of the Dream Success Center. The students she works with, who qualify for educational resources under the state’s Dream Act legislation, and who are also eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), currently have mixed feelings under Trump. Some students are hopeful, optimistic and ready to move forward. Others are fearful and do not know what to expect. But overall, many are just confused, Encinas said. Encinas said she was personally scared for the students she works with immediately after Trump was elected. She felt she needed to be prepared. “I don’t want to cause any panic,” Encinas said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen and what to expect, so I feel that this is a time to be resilient, this is a time to be hopeful.” Encinas said that the political rhetoric has mentioned nothing about the students’ future, which leaves them in a waiting game. However, she feels cautiously optimistic. “The not knowing is what really has our students really scared and concerned,” Encinas said. “I wouldn’t say that we’ve eased up in our feelings, our fear – it’s just there, we’re in suspense right now, literally. If I could say anything, it’s we’re in suspense right now.” Students like those who belong to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender groups are also ex-

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Total approved DACA applicants in the U.S. from 2012 to 2016, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services




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periencing similar fears and confusion. “Yes, there is [notable] fear, or nervousness across the campus,” Jessica Adams, coordinator of gender programs at Fresno State’s Cross Cultural and Gender Center said. “I’ve had a lot of interaction with the LGBT community, they have come to me with the most concerns.” Adams said regardless of who is president, fears among different student groups are always there. But a slight uptick was no-

ticed in the summer, when Trump was officially nominated as the GOP presidential candidate. Adams said most students fear for their personal safety after Trump promised during his campaign to create a registry for Muslims and deport undocumented immigrants. She added that the fears grow when racist people become more brave in public. “We’re not starting from [square one], so that’s a good thing,” Adams said. “(Students) have to trust that we are going

to be there and protect them. I will protect the students who are here when Trump is talking about deportations, when he’s talking about sexual harassment.” Adams said the language used by the new president makes her angry. In her focus with women’s issues in a center that provides resources for about seven different student groups on campus, Adams said the topic of sexual assault on campus is something she feels is under a cloud of uncertainty after Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos,

“If white folks are not willing to address their own privilege, even when they are president of the United States, nothing is going to change.” — Jessica Adams Coordinator of gender programs at Fresno State’s Cross Cultural and Gender Center

couldn’t commit to continuing to fund resources for victims of campus sexual assault. The center currently employs a sexual assault victim advocate. “The potential of losing our victim advocate on campus and losing Title IX funding have such a negative impact on campus for all victims,” Adams said. She added that while Fresno State may not experience extreme cases of sexual assault, they may still occur and the only thing that is uncertain is how the college addresses it. Adams wishes the new administration was friendlier and would support all communities equally. “If we want to represent what America is supposed to be, ‘home of the free’, then everybody needs to be treated equally,” Adams said. “If white folks are not willing to address their own privilege, even when they are president of the United States, nothing is going to change.”

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Intramurals back in season

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Fresno State kicked off the spring semester with leagues for male and female students. The intramural program offer a host of activities aimed at promoting exercise and social interaction. “Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to continue to play sports that they love,” intramurals sports coordinator Dominiqic Williams said. “A lot of people will meet one another through intramurals, especially if you don’t have a team. Williams said that students can sign up as a free agent and have the opportunity to be placed on a team and meet other people. Williams added that many players met for the first time during intramurals and go on to play on other teams together. “Some of them are going to be playing together for indoor soccer, so that social aspect is definitely one of those things we’ve been pushing,” Williams said. The more popular sports offered this year are 5-on-5 basketball along with

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Members of Fresno State intramural sports at the Student Recreation Center.

6-on-6 indoor soccer. Softball and ultimate Frisbee are also being offered to students. Along with sports leagues, Fresno State


Men’s Basketball

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Redshirt junior guard Jaron Hopkins (#1) goes up for a layup against the Colorado State defense on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the Save Mart Center.

Swimming & Diving The Bulldogs returned home from their Southern California winter road trip to defeat Cal State East Bay 177-144 at the Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon. Fresno State started the meet strong taking first and second place in the first event, the 400-meter Medley Relay. "I was really happy with the way we performed today,” head coach Jeanne Fleck said, "I thought our butterflyers made great adjustments. Our individual stroke swimmers were right on in their races today and that gave us a huge advantage." Sophomore Ugne Mazutaityte placed first in the 1,000 Freestyle with a time of 10:12.39, the fastest time by a Bulldog in this event this season. Junior Casey Kennemann finished right behind Mazutaityte with a time of 10:49.18 to take second place. The Bulldogs had eight additional first place finishes in the other events at the meet to improve to 4-2 on the season. They return to the Aquatics Center on Saturday, Jan. 28 at noon to take on conference rival San Jose State.

is also setting up multiple tournaments throughout the spring semester. “For our tournaments we have a 3-point

shootout, three separate billiards tournaments, badminton, pingpong and the March Madness brackets,” Williams said. Michael Nzambi, a senior, said he had never done intramurals before but would definitely give it a try and also said the social interaction was important to him. “I’m interested in intramurals this semester, preferably basketball,” Nzambi said. “The fact that you can get together with people that you don’t know and just get together and play is exciting.” Students have two options to sign up for the either the tournaments or the sports leagues. The first option is to download the app “REC*IT.” Students can sign up for teams, search for sports to play and also communicate with intramural staff. The other option is to go to the “IMLeagues” website ( where students can find a more interactive layout. The cost is $20 to create a team, while joining a team is free of charge. Along with intramural rules and regulations. Signups for intramural sports opened Jan. 9 and end Feb. 10 for all sports leagues.

Maintaining its hot win streak, the Fresno State men’s basketball team secured its third straight win on Saturday in Reno, NV, after a hard-fought 81-76 win over the conference leading Nevada Wolf Pack. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by junior guard Jaron Hopkins who had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists on the day. Underclassmen Deshon Taylor and Bryson Williams followed suit with 18 and 14 points, respectively. The Bulldogs converted a season-high 80 percent of their free throw attempts (20-25), an area that the team often struggles with. Head coach Rodney Terry said, "We're just taking it possession by possession and in practice going as hard as we can go, and then game by game as hard as we can go. That's our approach.” With a bye this week, the Bulldogs (13-7, 5-3 MW) will travel to Logan, UT, next week to take on Utah State (810, 2-5 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

Weekend of wins By Jenna Wilson | @fsjennawilson

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Freshman Kimberly Harbert prepares for her race on the platform at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Aquatics Center.

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Sophomore guard Candice White (#10) drives to the basket for a reverse layup in the team’s win over the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.

Women’s Basketball Returning home after a tough loss to Colorado State, the Fresno State women’s basketball team defeated Nevada 68-54 after a slow start on Saturday afternoon to improve to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in conference play. “We had a little bit of layover from the Colorado State game, but Nevada is a good team,” head coach Jaime White said. “Not quite pleased with our rebounding and foul trouble. We mixed it up in the second half and I think our kids really answered the call.” Led by redshirt sophomore guard Tory Jacobs, who had a season-high 21 points and season-high four steals in 39 minutes of play time, the Bulldogs edged the Wolf Pack to snap their two game losing streak. Junior center Bego Faz Davalos secured her 14th double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Candace White had 15 points and scored three 3-pointers in a season-low 20 minutes of action. With a week break, the Bulldogs will host Utah State (9-9, 2-5 MW) at home on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

January 23, 2017  
January 23, 2017