January 25 2016

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Collegian recognized in statewide competition with 13 nominations By Collegian Staff @TheCollegian

The Collegian is proud to announce it has been nominated for 13 awards by the California College Media Association — an annual competition including schools in the California State University and University of California systems.


Construction zones persist to be a norm on campus

The award nominations include: Best Website, Best Editorial, Best Column, Best Arts & Entertainment article, Best Newspaper Page Design, Best Headline Portfolio, Best Infographic, Best Use of Social Media, Best News Video, Best Black & White Ad, Best Color Ad, Best Sales Materials and Best Online Ad. An award nomination means a con-

firmed award placing in a category, but the award placement won’t be announced until the awards banquet in February. Awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention. “I’m very proud of my team and our accomplishments. We’re not always the most popular organization on campus because of the nature of what we do,” said Troy Pope, Collegian Editor-in-Chief. “These awards

keep our heads in the game and remind us that what we do is important. We often work ourselves ragged, but at the end of each semester we go home with an immense sense of pride.” Nine current and former Collegian staffers placed this year. The students who won awards include: former art director Tim McAtee, general advertising manager Lau-

See AWARDS, Page 3

Bulldogs ground Air Force

By Diana Giraldo @dianainspires

For the last of couple semesters, students have detoured their trip to class in order to avoid construction equipment, gated areas and gaping holes in various parts of campus. Most of the visible construction is due to the $31 million electrical infrastructure upgrade, which aims to renew the aging electrical infrastructure. The project began February 2015 and is expected to be completed by this September. “The old system is 60 years old and it’s failing,” said Mike Mosinski, the grounds manager in plant operations. “The new system will actually have monitoring so we will now how much power each building is using. If we have power outages, we will also know exactly where the problems are so stuff can be fixed.” According to the Facilities Management section of the Fresno State website, the upgrade will consist of approximately 44,000 feet of trenching and backfill to install new underground electrical lines. The old equipment will be replaced with the latest technology to improve safety, modernize infrastructure and increase potential capacity for future growth.

See PROJECTS, Page 3

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

Fresno State guard Shauqunna Collins drives the ball toward the hoop against two Air Force defenders during their 76-46 win Saturday night at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs are undefeated in the Mountain West and travel to face Wyoming Wednesday.


Fresno State partners with American University of Armenia By Razi Syed @TheCollegian

Courtesy Photo • University Communications

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro shakes hands with American University of Armenia President Armen Der Kiureghian on Jan. 7 in the Henry Madden Library.

A pact signed early this month between Fresno State and American University of Armenia (AUA) could potentially bring student exchange programs and opportunities for joint research between the schools. “The groundwork for the agreement really started last February, February 2015, when a delegation from the American University of Armenia came to Fresno State to visit, to look at our facilities, and the like,” said Paul Hofmann, assistant vice president for inter

See ARMENIA, Page 4




SNAPS WE ARE TIRED OF SEEING From the mundane to the narcisistic

By Megan Bronson @Bronsosuarus


Videos of you singing. You are not Beyonce. You cannot hold a note for as long as Adele can. Stop trying. And there is always a lag between the music and your voice. Or, you can try to be smooth and lipsynch, but we totally know that hollow sounding voice is not yours, and we have to wonder if there are other people in the car who are seeing you sway back and forth or nay nay while lipsynching. We’d rather have a video of their reaction to your stupidity, than have to see your stupidity.


Videos of anything, actually. Phones are kept on vibrate in this day an age. So when your video is opened, chances are, there is no sound. We will always miss the first three seconds of sound on your snap video. So keep that in mind as you record concerts and your child’s first words. The rest of us aren’t really interested in it anyways. We cannot differentiate songs at concert venues, nor know that your child is saying “goodbye” when it sounds more like “gooboo.” More than likely we double tapped long ago, and just respond with “YASSSSS” no matter what you actually sent us. If we actually respond at all.


Your Starbucks cup. Unless they wrote your name next to an obscenity, we don’t really care that you got coffee this morning. We do see that you are lazy enough to not make your own coffee, and also that you are bad enough with money that you will spend $5 a day just to send a snap of your sugared caffeine. Although, if your friends are baristas, you can bet that they are looking closely at the tag to what you ordered, and are judging you for ordering a caramel frappuccino with extra caramel. You fatty. No one needs that much caramel.

Snapchat users can expect a string of new features in 2016.


Any picture that you send to your story, and to me. Excuse me, am I not special? Why do I want to see something you sent to everyone? Just put it on Facebook if you care about it so much. When you send me a snap of something you added to your story, I will passive aggressively not watch your story for a full 24 hours. You probably sent it to me anyways. Heaven forbid any one of us miss something that you did today. Like eat tacos and watch Netflix all day. Oops, did I just summarize your entire life? My bad.


Sending stand alone selfies. You are narcissistic and you think you are cute. We get that. We think we are cute too. But that does not mean we send selfies about our eyebrows every single day. What would be more useful is if you sent us a photo of your brows, with the name of the person who did them for you, so that we can hit that place up, too. What we would like to see more of is all the times you have bad hair days, or can’t wing your liner equally.

Photo courtesy Snapchat • Tribune News Service

Those are priceless moments worth documenting.


Gym Selfies. Yes there are mirrors everywhere at Planet Fitness. Those are there so you can look at your form. Not for selfies of your gains. An occasional one is acceptable. We are generally interested in you being healthy. But If you send one every day, we cannot see your progress. We just see that you have bad sweat stains. Or worse, no sweat stains. Because you are not working out, you are just at the gym to take selfies and leave weights on the ground everywhere. Scale back on the gym selfies.


Darkly lit photos of yourself. We know what you are trying to do. You are not setting any kind of mood. We can’t see your face, and we have no desire to see your penis. We see the weird glint in your eyes and the fact that you are randomly shirtless does not go unnoticed. Put your clothes back on and forget about sending a picture. No one wants to see your ding-a-ling.


Yaks of the Week From the bowels of the anonymous app Yik Yak – a five mile radius from Fresno State

The day an ice cream truck comes on campus is the day we could make that ice cream man a millionaire. WHY IS THE WEEKEND ALREADY OVER, BABY COME BACK. Only the first week of school and I already have to buy Plan B. Can’t wait for all the parking to open up in two weeks when people stop going to class. There’s no more seats so yeah, I sat next to you, I pay tuition too, so you can wipe that ugly facial expression off your face. People who create flashcards on Quizlet are the real MVPs

Paul Vieira • The Collegian

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Award placements to be announced in February AWARDS from Page 1 ra Maciel, former editor-in-chief Jesse Franz, former news editor Ricardo Cano, photo editor Darlene Wendels, opinion editor Megan Bronson, news editor Paul Schlesinger, former multimedia journalist Jonathan Roque and editor-in-chief Troy Pope. The most nominations went to former art director Tim McAtee with four, and current edi-

tor-in-chief Troy Pope with eight. “This competition means a lot because we’re up against bigger, richer schools like UCLA, UC Berkeley and USC,” Pope said. Several Collegian staffers will go to Universal City in February to attend the annual CCMA Awards Banquet. The Collegian has been serving the student body at Fresno State since 1922.

The complete list of award nominations is below: Best Editorial Troy Pope Best Newspaper Column Megan Bronson Best A&E Story Troy Pope Best Newspaper Page/Design Spread Troy Pope and Ricardo Cano

Best Headline Portfolio Troy Pope Best Infographic Ricardo Cano Best Website Jesse Franz and Troy Pope Best Use of Social Media Troy Pope and Paul Schlesinger Best News Video Jonathan Roque Best B&W Advertisement Tim McAtee

Best Color Advertisement Darlene Wendels, Laura Maciel, Troy Pope and Tim McAtee Best Sales Promotion Materials Laura Maciel, Tim McAtee and Troy Pope Best Online Advertisement Tim McAtee

Some construction projects come to an end, others begin

Darlene Wendels • The Collegian

A fence surrounds a construction site, by the faculty parking lot near the Keats Building, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2015.

PROJECTS from Page 1 “The basic idea about the project is that we are replacing the electrical infrastructure on the whole campus,” Mosinski said. The project is in its last months of construction, Mosinski said. Approximately 95 percent of the underground conduits are installed and the switchgear sta-

tion, designed to protect and isolate electrical equipment, located east of Jackson Avenue, south of Barstow Avenue by the Engineering East Building is partially completed. The last step would be to switch over the power in each building from the old system to the new one. “This semester you won’t see as much construction related to

this project but we still have a lot of other projects up and coming,” Mosinski said. “We tried to mitigate the impact as much as we can and do it over breaks or weekends and off hours and we have impacted a few parking stalls but we have been trying to do everything we can to try to mitigate that as much as possible.” One of the newly initiated

projects is the Fresno State’s Warmerdam Field $2.6 million facelift, which began Dec. 14. The current nine-lane, 400-meter track, which was constructed in 1976, is utilized by the athletics department, kinesiology classes, reserve officer training corps (ROTC), students and other university employees. During the reconstruction process the Track

& Field team will be practicing at Buchanan High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. “The tra ck i s comp l e te l y demolished now and the reconstruction process has begun,” Mosinski said. “The rain just saturated the site and has made it hard to work now, where there will have to probably pull out for a few days.” The new facility will include a safer, newer, more modern layout, Mosinski said. According to the Track & Field Fresno State website, the track will include a wider shape, eight-lane, all-weather track which will accommodate more infield activities, along with a high-jump area, long- and triple-jump runways, two pole vault runways, hammer cage and javelin improvements. The new track will still be a practice facility and will not be set set up for campus track meets, Mosinski said. “The track facility is an area we have identified as needing improvements,” Fresno State Director of Athletics Jim Bartko said. “The Warmerdam Field project will greatly benefit our student-athletes and the university as well, and the improvements represent an investment in our track and field program as it looks to restore its proud tradition.” The project is scheduled to be completed by this summer.





Bulldog cadets honored at commissioning ceremony

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

(Left) Kenneth Bautista and (Right) Toney Doan’s family pin the second lieutenant gold bar onto their shoulders after receiving the rank during a ceremony inside the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center on Saturday.

By Justin Johnson @TheCollegian

Fresno State proudly honored Kenneth Bautista and Toney Doan, Saturday with their 2nd lieutenant Air Force bars at the Peters Education Building. These dedicated gentlemen

worked for four years to get where they are today. They both credit the support of family and friends in their success. Bautista said he always wanted to be an officer and remembers as a child he wanted to fly. He is now graduating as a combat systems officer. He previously served in the U.S. Navy, he then joined

the Fresno State four-year ROTC program. He says that consistency and learning from his mistakes were the toughest challenges in getting where he is today. Bautista hopes to make a lifelong career in the Air Force, hoping to someday retire from his duties in the service. Doan says his toughest strug-

gle in his journey was the 28-day field training in Alabama at Camp Shelby. “It was tough being away from family and friends, where the only communication was through written letters,” Doan said. He credits his service as a thank you to a nation that has helped him and his family pros-

per, and said he sees a great career for his future in taking care of other people. Both men are highly motivated and have worked hard to be where they are today.

Partnership could lead to student exchange program ARMENIA from Page 1 national affairs. “What we had at the signing ceremony was the culmination of that vision.” AUA is a U.S.-accredited institution located in Yerevan, Armenia and is affiliated with the University of California. “The agreement that was signed on Jan. 8 will really pave the way for Fresno State students to go abroad, for faculty to have

joint research projects,” Hofmann said. In a news release, Fresno State President Joseph Castro said, “Our event today will help pave the way for subsequent agreements to create exchanges that will provide educational and research opportunities for members of both learning communities. The history of the Armenian community in Fresno is intimately intertwined with the region’s

rich agricultural tradition, as well as local business and government roles.” Study abroad programs are one of the potential opportunities that could come out of the pact. Fresno State currently has numerous study abroad programs, which include short-term faculty-led programs as well as semesterlong or yearlong immersion programs, said Cynthia Trent, coordinator of international initiatives and special projects. One example of a student exchange program that has come from a university partnership is the the program with the United Kingdom’s University of

Central Lancashire (UCLAN). “This is a semester-based exchange program, and it goes both ways,” said Kathryn Morrissey, coordinator of study abroad. “We get to send Fresno State students out to Central Lancashire and their students actually get to attend here at Fresno State as well.” Students studying abroad in these types of exchanges are treated by the receiving university as regular students, Morrissey said. Additionally, the pact could provide a pathway for faculty to conduct joint research. “It’s really an opportunity for joint research in a wide range of disciplines: agriculture, engineer-

ing, business,” Hofmann said. While the agreement signed is similar to those that Fresno State has with other universities around world, Fresno’s demographics have not been lost on university officials. “What makes this agreement significant, I think, is the fact that there’s a large Armenian diaspora in Fresno County, in the Central Valley of California,” Hofmann said. “Also, it’s signed on the heels of the dedication of the Armenian Genocide Memorial on campus.” Last April, at the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the university dedicated what is the only memorial of its kind on a U.S. college campus.

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QB Zack Greenlee granted release from team

By Collegian Staff @TheCollegian

Sophomore quarterback Zack Greenlee has been granted a release from the football team, the Fresno State Athletic Department announced Sunday. Greenlee will finish out the spring semester here at Fresno State before transferring to another school. The university’s policy on granting transfer release states that student-athletes are not allowed to transfer to another school within the conference or three other schools of the coaches choosing. “I am very thankful for the dedication

Darlene Wendels • The Collegian

that Zack brought to our program,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said in a statement. “He was a good teammate and a good player to coach. He now wishes to pursue other avenues with his education and football career and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.” The Stockton native led the Bulldogs in passing last season, completing 74-of156 passes (47.4 percent) for 866 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Bulldogs begin spring ball on Tuesday, Feb. 23 with three quarterbacks on the roster that started at least one game in 2015 in Kilton Anderson, Ford Childress and Chason Virgil.

























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‘Dogs take down winless Air Force to capture seventh-straight win

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

Fresno State senior guard Alex Furr drives to the basket during Saturday’s 70-46 win over Air Force.

By Daniel Leon @DanLeon24

The Fresno State women’s basketball team improved its win streak to seven Saturday with a dominant 70-46 home win over Air Force. The Bulldogs (11-7, 7-0) started the game on a 25-7 run and got up 41-17 at half but their momentum came to a halt in the third quarter, where the Falcons (0-18, 0-7) went on a run of their own. “I really thought we were focused and ran our stuff well,” Fresno State head coach Jaime White said. “We had good intensity

the whole first half and felt good about that. W kind of had a bump in the third quarter, we were trying to play some people and run some different things. I thought Air Force never went away though and kept playing hard.” Air Force’s 7-0 run to begin the third quarter provided them with some momentum and made a small dent in the Bulldogs’ lead, forcing them to call a timeout and regroup. Coming out of the early, third-quarter timeout, Fresno State bounced back and continued to roll using its efficient shooting, which was present all afternoon along with its suffocating defense, making it dif-

ficult for the Falcons to establish any sort of rhythm. “Really our focus was about defense today,” White said. “I thought we did a pretty good job. We held them in the first half right at about what we wanted to. You just have to kind of focus on something else besides the other team, you have to focus on yourselves. Defensively, we just wanted to play good defense whether it was man or zone.” Offensively, the Bulldogs converted on 24-of-50 attempts (48 percent) and on the defensive end, forced 14 turnovers. Four Bulldogs recorded double figures with freshman Breanne Knishka leading

all scorers with 15 points and sophomore center Bego Faz Davalos added her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. “It was a good win,” Knishka said. “I think the whole team was focused and everyone was on the same page.” The Bulldogs stand alone atop the Mountain West Conference standings, with a half-game lead on Colorado State (16-1, 6-0). “We’re just going to have to be focused on getting better,” White said. “And [focus on] the little things that have got us here and keep moving.”


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Women’s Basketball @ Wyoming, 6 p.m.






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