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Fresno State amphitheater's unforgettable legacy By Jennifer Reyes Reporter

The 57-year-old historic amphitheater constructed in 1962 on the grounds of Fresno State University was a spotlight for many people. The venue seated 5,000 people and became a gathering place for students and the community. The space held all sorts of events--- political rallies, music concerts and movie nights. “We are very proud of what it was and added in its time. It was a very special place on campus,” said Lisa Boyles, public information officer for University Communications. “[It] brought people together, the community here to share a lot of happy memories, and significant ones, and sad moments too.” On Nov. 26, 1963 classes had been cancelled for students and faculty to attend a memorial service following President John F. Kennedy's assassination because the amphitheater was chosen to be a spot for a memorial serivce. One of many historic events that had happened was in April 1968 when Sen. Robert F. Kennedy stepped foot on campus to come and speak at the amphitheater for his campaign. Forty-eight days later, he was gunned down at a hotel in Los Angeles the night he won the California Presidential Primary. Kennedy’s visit prepared a speech followed by a question-and-answer session that had over 5,000 attendees.

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“I stand with the spirit of youth and that is where I think America stands. And, that is why I run for president,” Kennedy said in April of 1968. Kennedy’s question-and-answer session

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Sen. Robert F. Kennedy visiting the amphitheater to address an audience of 5,000 on Friday, April 22, 1968.

brought a variety of major topics such as riots, wars, poverty and so forth to his audience. His first stop on his 13-hour trip to Fresno was Fresno State. Kennedy’s campaign stop in 1968 was covered by Dennis McCall, The Collegian’s executive editor. “There was a really good atmosphere. The students and the campus were thrilled that Bobby Kennedy came to Fresno State to make a campaign stop,” McCall told The Collegian on November 2016 – remembering nearly five decades ago since he had covered. The history of the Fresno State amphitheater will continue to live through the attendees of the many events when it was in use. Jim Boren, former Fresno Bee editor and executive director of the Fresno State Institute for Media and Public Trust, says it is important that we acknowledge the history of the amphitheater because many huge events had happened and the history should always be remembered. He remembers the time he had graduated from Hoover High School with its ceremony being held at the amphitheater. Chicano/Latino Commencement held their ceremonies at the amphitheater from 1980 to 1994. The venue had also become a spot for Dog

Days and Vintage Days celebrations. Some concerts that were held during Dog Days were Jefferson Starship in 1982, Prince in 1985 and more. Mike + the Mechanics and Hootie and the Blowfish are band that have performed as well. Other singers, Tom Petty and Journey had also played the amphitheater in 1983. The final concert that was held at the amphitheater was country artist, Travis Tritt, who performed in 2002. The community had an opportunity to grab blankets for movie nights that hosted films like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and others while interacting with those around them. An outdoor venue had encouraged a different atmosphere for the community than in an arena like the Save Mart Center. One of the reasons why events had been stopped was due to campus expansion and noise complaints. The university plans to honor the history that was captured in the amphitheater by saving pieces of the big stones that said “amphitheater.” “What we are building in that space in the heart of the campus with the Resnick Student Union will be a spectacular new space on campus for current and future students to make their own memories,” Boyles said.




Keats Building has storied past on campus

By Edward Lopez Contributor

Following 63 years of service on the Fresno State campus, the Keats building is slated to be torn down some time in March to make way for the new University Student Union. As Keats Building was being prepared for demolition, remnants of its former self littered throughout the now crowded hallways full of shipping boxes. Throughout the cubicles, staff of the Keats Building decorated its walls with knick knacks and paraphernalia, ranging from old pictures of staff to decorative ceramic tiles, giving each cubicle a distinct characteristic of those who previously inhabited it. The Fresno State flag hung above all of the boxes, old magazines and paraphernalia. Staff said it will be the last article taken down from the office. The Keats Building is located just south of the water fountain in the center of the campus. The view from the building provided a vista that many in the building described as a tranquil spot to work in on campus. Its location on campus provided easy access to parking, food and entertainment, which the staff greatly enjoyed. Working in the building for many never really seemed like work. Frank Johnson, data entry technician of university advancement, said he often looks forward to waking up and coming to work in the Keats Buildings on Mondays. “Many people, you know, hate Mondays, but I don't,” said Johnson. “The work here doesn't feel like work. It feels like I'm coming to work with my family.” Supervisor of biographic and demographic information Maggie Espinoza said, “The natural, ambient noise and simply watching students walking about on campus provided for a truly unique working environment on campus.” Espinoza described life in the building as a self-sufficient one. “Everyone knew what to do. It was a laid back environment,” said Espinoza. The Keats Building began life on campus as the new university student-run bookstore in 1957, costing the university roughly $82,815. On the entrance of the old bookstore, papers filled the wall adjacent to it with notices of other students attempting to sell old textbooks. University special collections staff member Karina Cardenas said that the building, “Was named after Keats Avenue and not a person.” Not much about the Keats Building has changed since its construction in 1957, except for the campus surrounding it. In 1957, the Keats Building was surrounded

Fresno State staff wrote farewell messages on a wall inside the Keats Building. by green grass. As the campus evolved physically, the Keats Building also evolved, housing multiple departments within its walls and suiting the needs of the campus throughout the years. A total of 13 different departments in its 63 years of service would occupy the building. Among the more notable departments include The Kennel Bookstore, The Collegian, Learning Assistance Center and Smittcamp Honors House. Following the construction of the current Fresno State Bookstore in 1968, the Keats building transformed into the office of the Fresno State Collegian, which would occupy the building up until 2004. Alongside The Collegian, the Learning Assistance Center moved into the building in 1974, staying for a total of 20 years, making it the second longest departmental stay in Keats. Prior to its decommissioning, Keats served as the department of KeyCard, University Development and University Communication. In addition, Keats served as a meeting location for department heads across campus who often brought gifts for the workers inside. Currently Keats’ displaced workers can be found on-and-off campus in temporary office

spaces, awaiting permanent relocation due to the lack of space on campus. Espinoza and Johnson, along with their co-workers, were moved into the rather humid trailer offices located in between McLane Hall and the Engi-

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neering East Building. Despite losing the Keats Building, Espinoza summed the Keats experience best, saying, “As long as we are together, it doesn't matter where we go.”

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Program aids disabled students to succeed CBS News moderator to visit campus By Jace Dille Contributor

Disabled students at Fresno State are able to learn about living independently, as one result of the university’s Wayfinders program. The program, which started in the 20102011 academic year, is a two-year postsecondary independent living program that helps students with developmental and intellectual disabilities learn how to live independently. Chloe Hagen is a sophomore who has been in the program for two years. She says that the program “gives students the ability to transition more easily into being independent and living independently to the best of their ability.” The program has a residential domain, located at the Palazzo apartments, with the goal of helping students learn a variety of skills in categories such as residential, vocational, academic, social and transitions. According to the Wayfinders program’s website, residential skills refer to “necessary life skills such as maintaining a clean living space, maintaining good personal hygiene, time management, respectful communication with roommates, meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking.” The website also mentions how the program can help students transition into their futures once they complete the program, in addition to helping students improve their social skills by taking part in activities and attending social events. Students can learn vocational skills such as searching for jobs and filling out a resume. Students enroll at Fresno State through Open University and can take a minimum of three units of interest. They also learn academic skills such as university expectations, being a successful student, time management, study styles and many more. According to the program’s residential coordinator, Jasmine Rocha, the program’s “philosophy and expectation is that students will be supported by a team of family, friends, professionals and the student themselves to utilize their strengths, preferences, interests and needs to identify goals of competitive employment, independent living, continuing education and full inclusion in the community.” To apply for the program, all students must attend a program tour and submit an application. Then, the student will have an interview that determines if the student would be a good fit in the program. According to Rocha, applicants must be 18

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Wayfinder students at the Career Development Wayfinder workshop at the Kremen Building on Tuesday, March. 3, 2020. to 28 years old, have a diagnosed intellectual and/or developmental disability, complete high school prior to August 1, and have a desire to live independently after completing Wayfinders. Parents and guardians should be supportive of the student’s progress toward independence. Students are also expected to accurately and independently manage medications, access their physical environment, safely function with minimal to no supervision and complete their daily needs such as bathing, dressing and feeding. In addition, they must be comfortable with a dynamic schedule and participating in all components of Wayfinders' programming, in addition to having an alternate residence for holiday breaks. Participants are required to be currently working, or volunteering. Particpants be enrolled in high school, community college or a training program. Shail Lopez-Ortiz is the director of the Wayfinders program. “Wayfinders was funded by a grant from the US Department of Education nine years ago, Lopez-Ortiz said. “We are also vendored by the Regional Centers of California to provide post-secondary education services to their clients,” Lopez-Ortiz said. “This allows us to serve students from all over California.” When the program started, it was serving 10

students. As of right now, the program serves 44 students. With the increase in students involved with Wayfinders comes some challenges. Rocha referred to one of the challenges being the number of students that the program serves. “I would say that we want to be able to provide services to all the students who need it but can only work with so many at a time per cohort,” Rocha said. Lopez-Ortiz also mentioned some of the expenses that come from the program. “We are also an expensive program therefore we are not financially accessible to all who could possibly benefit from our program,” Lopez-Ortiz said. However, the program has achieved success. “Our data shows that given the appropriate support, students with intellectual disabilities can become productive citizens,” said Lopez-Ortiz. “Ninety percent of our students live on their own after graduation, and 70 percent of them have either continued on with their education or are employed.” Hagen discussed how the program has helped her. “The program has helped me in so many ways, but the main one I would say would be helping me with becoming confident in living independently,” Hagen said. “Our outcomes are better than the average college student,” Lopez-Ortiz said.

Senior foreign affairs correspondent and moderator of “Face the Nation” on CBS will speak at Fresno State on March 17. Margaret Brennan is the next guest for the President’s Lecture Series. The event will occur at 6 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. Brennan will speak about the stories that drive the 24 hour news cycle. Pulling from her experiences as a professional journalist and moderator, Brennan will localize global stories to demonstrate the impact foreign events can have domestically. Fresno State University President Joseph I. Castro said, “Bringing a prominent national journalist to share her perspectives on wide-ranging domestic and foreign news stories will shed light on topics that are of relevance to all of us in the region. I am delighted that this series, now in its fourth year, continues to attract national speakers, at no cost to our community members.” CBS News took on Brennan as a state department correspondent in 2012 where she covered stories pertaining to the state department, tax and health care reform, trade policies and national security. She has had the opportunity to cover news around the world and speak to influential political figures like President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Doors for the event will open at 4:30 p.m. and the event is free. After Brennan’s lecture at 6 p.m., there will be a question-and-answer period from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

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Fresno youth showcase films on community issues

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CMAC members attend the CMAC Youth Voices Film Screening and Q&A, showcasing their films on community health and social justice issues at the Maya Cinemas on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in Fresno.

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Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) hosted an event for its members who tackled Fresno’s community social and political issues through short films last Sunday, March 1, 2020, at the Maya Cinemas. CMAC is a member-based, nonprofit organization, which was created for people to better connect with media through the use of media. According to its website, its mission is to empower voices in the community to promote awareness, understanding, dialogue and civic engagement by providing media resources, access to training and media literacy. The free event was open to the public for people to come watch local students showcase their films. The event was put on in hopes to increase health outcomes of youth through video arts. With months of planning, producing, filming and editing by inaugural Youth Voices cohort, the event was put on by Kyle Lowe, training coordinator, who partnered with The California Endowment, Youth Leadership Institute and Maya Cinemas. The first film of the event, “Home For All,” was a six-minute film written by 19-year-old Raymart Catacutan. “The film is about the work that a lot of people have been doing for the past 10 to 20 years to help individuals in the community but how

we ended up in the situation that we are today,” Catacutan said. “The past couple of years that [situation] has been based on the Fresno City Council and affected the everyday lives of the homeless community.” Catacutan explained that for him, the biggest part of the process was scheduling everything to be prepared and how he wanted it to be. The draft was easy for him, but when it came to details of his film, he wanted to make sure he told it with accuracy. “I just wanted experience at first and was just going to be part of someone's team, but Lowe convinced me to do something I was passionate about, so I brought up homeless resources,” said Catacutan. Catacutan works with many homeless individuals in his day-to-day life in between attending Fresno City College, working in Tower District and living in southeast Fresno. “Seeing homeless [people] is just an everyday thing for me. When we hear the statistics that Fresno has the highest homeless rate in California, a lot that disregard comes from the work that members are doing,” said Catacutan. “I really wanted to highlight the good that Fresno is doing, not just the bad.” Ruben Diaz, 17, also created a six-minute film called “Candies Tolteca,” which highlighted key points of immigration and media stereotypes that block the ability for society to see the success of immigrants happening right in front

of them. "My film is about immigration, because whenever you see the news, you see an immigrant robbed this [place] or shot this [person], and yeah there are people who do that, but it doesn’t represent all of us,” Diaz said. “There are people that are just solely based on that. You can point out a whole bunch of other great things, but unfortunately those stories just don’t make it into the news.” Diaz decided to interview Aaron Ordaz, owner of Pops Emporium, Colosos Paleteria Y Neveria and Bocca Taqueria, for his film, to showcase the immigrants who created job opportunities and business in the U.S. “I chose him specifically, but I can go to the street and grab anyone, because most immigrants there are law abiding because they have a lot of things going against them,” Diaz said. “You get arrested? That’s a great chance for immigration to walk in and say let me introduce you to the door.” While Ordaz did provide pictures for the film, Diaz wanted to cover where he came from. Therefore, he filled that in by adapting his film into an animation. Ordaz wanted to remind people that Mexico is “just a regular city.” Gabrielle Rivas, 23, and Johnsen Del Rosoral, program coordinator for the youthship institute, worked on their 12-minute film, “Intergeneration Politics in Fresno,” which required them to do a lot of research in finding

different age groups and asking them about their political views in certain subjects. The two used video blogs and different experiences that they both had in Fresno. They were able to relate a lot of the topics discussed to events such as the Fresno’s Women March and March For Our Lives, national issues that they could localize. “We wanted to talk about local and national issues, we really wanted to highlight and focus the diversity of Fresno and how every person has a unique perspective on certain topics and how different age groups also have different ideas,” said Rivas. Rivas and Rosoral have been working on the project for seven months as it took a while for them to collect surveys and gather data on people's viewpoints. “Really honing in on the person’s main idea was really difficult because people have so many great opinions, but you don’t want to take their opinions out of context,” said Rivas. CMAC started the events with its members by doing weekly meetings. It continued to check in on the projects. “The company was hands-on with the creation of their concepts and helped us find interviews, assist in how to use video equipment, and editing,” said Rivas. “They helped with a lot of different things that we wouldn’t know how to do, but they also gave us a lot of room for creativity.”





Ceramics club offers new career-building opportunities By Melodie Aubinelliott Jones Contibutor The Ceramics Guild is a Fresno State club that is profitable and educational to its members. The club sells their items once a month at the Free Speech Area in front of the library. Most of the proceeds go directly into members’ pockets, but the club takes a small fee from the monthly sale to hire featured artists for their program. “The monthly ceramic sales are fun because the artists sell their art, and for some in the guild it is their first time selling their art,” said

Meaden received her Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio University and her bachelor's from Fort Lewis College. Meaden will be presenting a workshop to the ceramics students, then do a public presentation that is free to the public at 5 p.m. The guild also hosts a large display during Vintage Days from April 24 to 26. According to Fresno State's website, most of the member body consists of students who are currently enrolled in cermaics courses within the department of art and design. The ceramics department opens its doors to the public and does demos of ceramics making

Blanca Davila, president of the guild. “It is also a good opportunity for the artists to see what consumers are interested in buying, since pottery is such a niche art outlet.” Lorna Meaden will be one of the featured artists, who will be presenting Wednesday, March 11, at the Conley Art Building in room 111. Meaden is a studio potter living in Durango, Colo., whose work has been widely exhibited around the U.S.

and sells their items to the public. The club is for all, but only ceramics students may use the ceramic tools and machines. Those who want to stay connected in the art community continue in the club event if they are done with their ceramics class requirements. Joining clubs could be a good resume builder for students. “Those who want to seek employment in the art industry may add their participation with the club to their resumes to show their experi-

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Ceramics club unveiled their student art at their monthly sale on campus outside of the free speech platform steps on Wednesday, March 26, 2020. ence,” said vice president Shirin Rawls. For more information about the Ceramics Guild Club or to hear of their sales and events,

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Renowned Anton Belov performs at third annual art song festival By Breanna Hardy Reporter Chuckles murmured throughout a Russian art song performed by baritone Anton Belov on Saturday, Feb. 29. Belov's voice changed throughout “The Song of the Flea'' changed characters and told a story beyond mere language. The piano coupled with Belov's voice changes set a cartoon-like atmosphere, and music students seemed to appreciate his talent. “You have to make those noises,” Belov said, “If you don’t, the song doesn’t work.” Though Belov sang in Russian, he communicated beyond language and used his singing to share a story that painted visuals for all listeners. The audience laughed at the comedic skit-like art songs and listened quietly to heartfelt romantic pieces. Danny Sanchez, a music student, appreciated Belov’s approach to singing with different characters. “It was definitely super expressive and dramatic,” Sanchez said. “A lot of times, people really are scared to really portray those different roles and even go so far as to change their voice to something like that.” He said that it is notably easier for Belov to communicate the songs’ messages since his first language is Russian.

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Russian dramatic baritone, Anton Belov, performs opera with collaborative pianist Drew Quiring for Fresno State’s third annual Art Song Festival at the Concert Hall on Feb. 29, 2020. “It’s so much easier for him to really give the punchline,” Sanchez said. “His delivery was amazing.” Christopher Rodriguez, a graduate music student, remarked at Belov’s skill and the technique it takes for performers to sing in different character voices. “It’s so interesting because you’re having to change character within kind of a character of itself, and you see this kind of film score in front

of you,” Rodriguez said. Belov’s storytelling is profound enough to paint a picture with tone, facial expression, diction and technique. “If you don’t speak the language, you don’t necessarily know the context, but you see the character change; you see what’s going on with the story,” Rodriguez said. The recital was part of a greater series of master classes and a vocal showcase, which

concluded with Belov’s art song performance. Altogether, it made up the third annual Art Song Festival, hosted by Maria Briggs, assistant professor of voice at Fresno State. The event it was designed to challenge, showcase and enrich student participants and faculty. Briggs’ goal for the festival is that students walk away with inspiration to become a better artist. Briggs described Belov as dedicated and talented. She sought to book him to educate music students since the first year of the festival, and she was able to book him this year. “I think Maria originally found me because I am known as the Russian art song geek,” Belov said. He said that he is well-versed in helping students know how to sing foreign songs with the correct diction, even if they do not speak the language. Belov’s recital focused on retrospective Russian art song from early 19th century until beginning of the 20th century.

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Pictured left to right: Billionaires Michael Bloomberg ($60 billion), Jeff Bezos ($119.9 billion) and Mark Zuckerberg ($68.8 billion). Net worths valued as of March 2, 2020, via Forbes.

Can there be such a thing as an ethical billionaire? By Sam Domingo | Managing Editor


hat would you do with $5 billion?” That’s a question one of my professors posed as an icebreaker during roll call. Some students answered they would buy an island. Some said they would invest. Some listed the lavish items they would purchase. Some claimed they would donate a portion to charity or research. However, many people fail to realize how much $1 billion really is. If you spend $10,000 a day, it would take you 274 years to spend it. If you made $80,000 a year, it would take you 12,500 years to become a billionaire. Why would one person need such a massive amount of money? Personally, I think that there’s no such thing as an ethical billionaire. Becoming a billionaire means exploiting the labor of the masses.

Take Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, for example. His current net worth is a cool $119.9 billion. Although Bezos’ base salary is a modest $81,840 and his total compensation (which includes security and benefits) is $1,681,840, his massive wealth comes from his 16 percent stake in Amazon that he owns, which is valued to be over $1 trillion as of January 2020. Is it ethical for Bezos to be worth nearly $120 billion, when Amazon warehouse employees make $15 an hour and skip bathroom breaks to avoid being fired by machines monitoring their productivity? Is it ethical when employees have to give back some of their meager income in taxes, but the company as a whole paid no federal taxes in 2018? Was it ethical for Steve Jobs to be worth $10.2 billion, while his factory employees in

China were living in such devastating conditions that they had suicide nets outside their dormitory windows? Is it ethical for anyone to have that massive amount of money, while there are people dying because they can’t afford the life saving medications or health care that they need? You can argue that some billionaires donate a portion of their wealth to philanthropic causes, and that should be enough. Let me remind you that last year, Bezos donated a whopping $98.5 million to charities across the U.S. helping the homeless -- a mere .082 percent of his net worth. That’s 2,814.286 times the salary of a warehouse employee. Bezos also bought the most expensive house in Los Angeles: a $165 million purchase, only .138% percent of his net worth. For even more comparison, I made about

$10,000 working part-time last year at Fresno State. A purchase that’s .138 percent of my income would be $13.80. With that kind of money, I could buy a double quarter pounder with cheese combo meal from McDonalds, not a whole house in one of the most expensive cities in California. Sure, you might argue that trickle-down economics will bring the money back to the working class and be good for the economy. But in reality, instead of all of that money going toward the cost of labor, to paying employees fair wages and benefits, it goes straight to those who are already wealthy: the CEOs and owners. Billionaires hoard the wealth created by other people, yet people continue to support and defend billionaires. Eat the rich.




Masks aren't enough. Wash your hands! By Rachel Lewis Reporter

The world has been hit with a tragedy: an illness that has the potential to escalate into a pandemic and whose antivirus is a year or two in the making. This has become the tragedy of the coronavirus. As people are spending weeks in quarantine and in hospitals due to the unrelenting characteristics of this virus, those of us privileged enough to have escaped the clutches of this illness are acting in irrational and dangerous ways. People are buying masks to prevent catching the virus and are limiting, even ceasing interaction with people for fear of getting this deadly virus. Granted, I understand the fear and I know that it is deadly, but it has also come to a point

where irrational behavior could lead to the worst possible outcome. I do not ask for people to continue living their lives as if there weren’t a deadly virus spreading around the globe. I just ask for people to do one thing: do not buy masks. Though masks are helpful for those who are sick or have to interact with those who are sick everyday, they do nothing for the layperson who will most likely not come into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. Masks need to be reserved for those who are sick and for doctors, nurses and other health professionals. The sick need them to ensure that they limit

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their ability to spread the virus to other people who may not be infected (i.e. family members, friends and health professionals). Those who are health professionals need the masks to limit their chances of catching the virus from those they are treating. Because they are in direct, intimate contact with these patients, health professionals are at an extremely

high risk of contracting the illness themselves. The layperson is in less need of a mask because of the limited, if any, contact they will have with someone who is infected. So, I urge everyone to abide by the normal rules surrounding illnesses: wash your hands regularly, wash your surfaces and only buy a mask if you or someone you know is infected.

Group therapy is actually very helpful By Anjanae Frietas A&E Editor

A little over a year ago, I decided to join group therapy. Let's be real here, I was scared out of my mind. I have been open about my experience with individual therapy but private about my experience in group therapy. That is, of course, for confidentiality reasons, but more so because it has been such an uncomfortable yet comforting experience for me to actually enjoy group therapy. As someone with generalized anxiety, I am hesitant about any frame of group work,--both professional and personal.

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I remember being in elementary school and my teacher putting us in group work. I would go to the bathroom to avoid having to introduce myself to people. I was not sure why that brought on so much stress for me, but the anxiety of groups has definitely stuck with me as an adult. I started college and had to take the worst class of my life . . . group communication. Something about having to voice my opinions and thoughts aloud with others made me think I was being judged. Yet the only person who was doing the judging was myself. In November 2018, I joined a group therapy class at the urging of my therapist, telling me

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it would be beneficial to share my experiences with other. Mind you, I fought with her for seven months before finally agreeing to join the group. I wasn’t in a good place in my life, and she was sure that this would be a great way for me to build more supportive relationships and get through personal situations by being open with others. I remember walking in and everyone was staring at me. I thought, “I could leave now?” I also thought, “This is stupid, why would anyone willingly go share their life with strangers?” I decided to sit through my first day at the group and give it a try before checking out men-

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tally or literally running out the door. Suddenly 30 minutes into my class, my group members started sharing painful experiences of abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, anxiety, addiction, depression, divorce and so much more. I remember thinking, “Wow, why am I so anxious to share with these people? They have and are sharing the same experiences and pain I am going through.”

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Women’s basketball reels in program-high postseason honors By Marc Anthony Lopez Reporter

Following one of the best regular seasons in program history and earning a place in the Mountain West (MW) Tournament title game, the Fresno State women’s basketball team reeled in nine MW postseason honors Sunday -- the most in program history. Fresno State head coach Jamie White, forward Maddi Utti and guard Haley Cavinder took home three of the top four awards including coach of the year, player of the year and freshman of the year, respectively. Utti became the Bulldogs’ second player to win MW Player of the Year and the sixth player in Fresno State history to be named player of the year after averaging a double-double (15.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg) during the regular season. She was the only player in the MW to rank in the top five in scoring (fourth), rebounding (third) and steals (first – 2.2 spg), also earning her All-MW and All-Defensive team honors. Utti was second in the MW for the most double-doubles in conference games with eight. She is also the only player under 6 feet with more than five double-doubles. During the MW Preseason Awards Haley Cavinder was selected as Co-MW Freshman of the Year,

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Maddi Utti (11), Hanna Cavinder (0) and Haley Cavinder (1) on the bench before player introductions against Wyoming at the Save Mart Center on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. along with New Mexico’s Corina Carter, and she fulfilled that prediction. She is the third Bulldog to be named a conference’s freshman of the year. Haley finished the regular season as one of the two players in the league to rank in the top 10 in scoring (10th - 14.7 ppg), rebounding (8th - 7.6 rpg)

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and assists (5th - 3.9). She also ranks sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.40) and fourth in 3-pointers made per game (2.28). Haley’s twin sister Hanna Cavinder joined her sister on both the All-MW and All-Freshman Team following an outstanding regular season perfor-

mance herself. During the regular season Hanna Cavinder ranked fourth in the MW in scoring (15.4 ppg), seventh in assists (3.7 apg) and seventh in assist-to-turnover (1.40). The Cavinder twins are also the first two freshman from the same school to earn All-MW honors in the same season. During the regular season the Bulldogs went 23-6 (16-2 MW) and won the regular season conference championship. This turnaround was due in large part to the coaching of White. On Feb. 12, Fresno State became the first NCAA Division I women’s basketball team this season to clinch its conference title. The Fresno State women’s basketball record breaking season is also not over yet. The No. 1 seeded Bulldogs reached the 2020 Air Force Reserve MW Women’s Basketball Championship game on Tuesday with a 94 - 68 victory against the fourth seeded San Jose State. The 'Dogs will be facing No. 2 seeded Boise State in the MW championship final. This will be the second matchup between Boise State and Fresno State. The Bulldogs came from behind to win against Boise on road, 85-80. This will be Fresno State’s fifth appearance in the title game and the first since 2017. The Bulldogs are now 15-5 all time in the MW tournament.

Equestrian ranked in top five By Marc Anthony Lopez Reporter

In a list of new rankings released by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, the Fresno State Bulldogs rank among the top 15 in the country in all events. As a team, the Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 5 as a team, according to a Fresno State Athletics press release. In all four events, Fresno State broke the top four. The Bulldogs’ reining squad is No. 2 in the nation with a 34-20-6 record and leading the way is freshman Bailey Alexander with a 9-2 record. In the flat, the ‘Dogs moved into the top five after sweeping TCU 5-0. Fresno State is led by sophomore Cecily Hayes with a 9-3-1 record in the event. The Fresno State riders are ranked No. 4 in horsemanship with a 35-22-3 record. Senior Nicole Campbell sits atop all riders with a 9-31 record as well. The Bulldogs’ fences team ranks at No. 11 with a 33-36 record in the event. Both senior Erica Rosinski and Hayes headline the fences

squad with a 8-6 and 8-5 record, respectively. Last time Fresno State equestrian competed, the team traveled out to Texas to compete against No. 7 TCU and No. 9 Baylor. The Bulldogs edged out their victory against TCU by one point (10-9). However, they were not able to get past Baylor as they lost by a total of three points (11-8). The last time they were in the student horse center, The Bulldogs swept No. 10 UT-Martin (14-4) and UC Davis (14-5). This time, the riders will be celebrating their seniors on senior day against the No. 3 SMU at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 6. SMU is currently on a six game winning streak and last beat No. 7 TCU 17-1. On Saturday, March 7, only jumping seat will be competing against the visiting University of Lynchburg. Lynchburg, who have not recorded a win this season, will face SMU in Davis, Calif. in the jumping seat only before both teams travel to Fresno to compete against the Dogs. Lynchburg has also been out of action since October.





Fresno State faces tough road ahead By Zaeem Shaikh Sports Editor

effort and want-to, but it does have some technique to it.”

As Fresno State men’s basketball heads to the 2020 Air Force Reserves Mountain West

First-round matchup In the first round of the tournament, Fresno

Championships Tournament, many questions still remain. The Fresno State Bulldogs (11-18, 7-11 Mountain West) head to the tournament as the eighth seed, and many people, including Fresno Bee sports writer Robert Kuwada, have hailed them as a potential “credible threat.” However, there’s evidence against that. To start, the Bulldogs are 0-7 against the top four seeds in the conference. For Fresno State, one glaring issue stands out — rebounding. Against the best teams in the MW, the ‘Dogs have been outrebounded by 42 (276-233) in seven games. Bulldogs' head coach Justin Hutson addressed the rebounding issues in a press conference after Fresno State lost by 12 to Utah State. “Some of it (rebounding) is desire, some of it is a feel for a game. If I didn’t see the ball shot, then he (the opposing player) has an advantage on me,” Hutson said. “...Rebounding is mostly

State faces the No. 9 Air Force Falcons at noon on Wednesday. The Bulldogs swept the season series against the Falcons, scoring an average of 75 points. At the Clune Arena in Colorado, the Bulldogs won convincingly, 71-59, and had three players score in double digits — New Williams, Nate Grimes and Jarred Hyder. When the Falcons came to the Save Mart Center, Noah Blackwell lifted the ‘Dogs to a 71-62 win. To hold off the Falcons, the ‘Dogs have to do one thing — defend the 3-point line. This past season, Air Force made 37.2 percent (257-of690) of their 3-pointers, and made 24 against the Bulldogs. Falcons’ guards Sid Tomes and Caleb Morris combined to make 13 of their 24 3-pointers against the ‘Dogs. After the last game against the Falcons, Hutson stressed the importance of holding on to the lead and not making silly mistakes. “Once we get a 14-point lead, and then we

Armando Carreno • The Collegian

New Williams (0) is defended by San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn (22) in the first half at the Save Mart Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. shoot ourselves in the foot three, four, five, six times in a row, you’re making it too easy on the opponent,” Hutson said. Injuries derail the Bulldogs This past season, nine Bulldogs, including four starters, have missed time due to injuries. With players moving in and out of the lineup, it’s been difficult for Fresno State to adjust game-to-game. “When you've had so many injuries like we've had and guys in and out of the lineup, you're playing different rotations,” said Hutson after the loss to San Diego State on Jan. 14. “It's

Armando Carreno • The Collegian

Orlando Robinson (10) shoots a field goal over Air Force defender Lavelle Scottie (12) in the first half at the Save Mart Center on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

not gonna be very easy to flow.” It hasn’t been very easy to flow for Fresno State as it dropped five non-conference games and seven conference games by a margin of seven points. The Bulldogs haven’t been able to figure out how to close games. Two weeks ago, Fresno State trailed by two points against Nevada with 30 seconds left in the game. The Bulldogs ran a high pick-and-roll with Blackwell and Grimes that ended in a miss ed 3 by Williams. Rise of Niven Hart The Bulldogs have struggled to find a consistent scorer, but they may have found one in freshman Niven Hart. Over the past seven games, Hart has averaged 17.3 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field and grabbed 4.3 rebounds per game. On Feb. 12, Hart became the first freshman in program history to score 30 points since Randy Holcomb in an overtime road win at San Jose State. Hart has the ability to score on his own, play off the ball and be a spot-up shooter. Quarterfinal Matchup If Fresno State wins in the first round, they’ll advance to play against No. 1 San Diego State. The Aztecs swept the season series against the Bulldogs and were the lone undefeated team in the country until losing to the UNLV Rebels on Feb. 22. For the Bulldogs to compete, they have to find a way to stop the Aztecs’ trio — Matt Mitchell, Yanni Wetzell and Malachi Flynn. If the Bulldogs want an automatic NCAA bid to March Madness, they’ll have to be at their best to beat the best.




Diamond 'Dogs walk-off against Seton Hall By Jamal Ahmed Contributor

Fresno State had the bases loaded in the 11th inning. Catcher Zach Morgan swung and missed, and it looked like Seton Hall’s catcher Staus Pokrovsky caught Ryan Higgins trying to steal home for the win. Pokrovsky fired the ball to third baseman Casey Dana, and he followed Higgins on a rundown to home plate. Dana thought he was making a routine throw to his pitcher Corey Sawyer for an easy out, and confusion ensued. The home plate umpire told Sawyer on home base to move off the line, so when Dana threw it to home, there was no one there to catch it. Higgins slid home and the Bulldogs won in a thrilling 11-inning battle with Seton Hall, 5-4, ending their homestand with a six game winning streak. After Higgins scored, Seton Halls’ players were seen trying to explain to the umpire that he was in the way of the throw. Seton Hall Pirates' head coach Rob Sheppard said, “The umpire was telling our players to move out of the way, and I don't know why they moved out of


Vendila Yang • The Collegian

Infielder Ryan Higgins hits a home run in the bottom of the second against Seton Hall at Bob Bennett Stadium on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. the way. It was because the umpire was telling them to move out of the way.” Sheppard was furious at the home plate, screaming at the umpire after the errant throw, as Fresno State was celebrating. Sheppard said he asked the umpire for an


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explanation, “He [the umpire] goes, 'that’s where I’m supposed to be', but I said the players are supposed to be there too.” The Bulldogs’ pitchers got off to a bad start. Pitcher Nik Cardinal gave up one run on two hits in the first inning.

He was pulled after the first and was replaced by Jake Harrell. The senior left hander struggled mightily in the second inning, giving up three runs on six hits. Pirates’ freshman left fielder Devin Hack singled to left center and scored Pokrovosky. Seton Hall’s right fielder Christian Del Castillo followed with a RBI single to left center and scored center fielder Tyler Shelder. Another RBI single by Dana to left field and Seton Hall was up 4-0 in the second. Like Cardinal, Harrell only pitched one inning and was pulled. The Bulldogs' pitching settled in after the second inning. The bullpen pitched a shut-out for the rest of the game. Kyle Pruhsmeier, Robbie Peters, Kevin Larson, Ryan Sullivan, Alex Kendrick and Julian Sotelo pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only three hits. Redshirt freshman Sotelo earned his first career win in his sixth appearance on the mound this year. Higgins' home run in the second was a huge momentum shift for Fresno State. Higgins wnet 2-of-6 with two RBI's, two runs and hit his second home run of the season.

Softball ranked nationally By Marc Anthony Lopez Reporter

For the first time since 2017, the Fresno State softball team returns to the USA Today's ranking. The Bulldogs entered on Tuesday, March 1, at the No. 25 spot. The ranking comes off the heels of the 2020 Judi Garman Classic where the Dogs faced two top five softball programs in the nation. Fresno State first battled against a hot No. 3 Texas who had beaten the then undefeated No. 1 UCLA (6-4) and No. 2 Washington (8-6) days before their contest against the ‘Dogs. The Saturday afternoon bout saw Fresno State the No. 3 in the nation by one run (4-3), extending its winning streak to seven games. The team competed against two-time All-American pitcher, Miranda Elish, who entered the game with a 1.11 ERA and a .136 opponent batting average. Fresno State scored four earned runs against Elish. However, the winning streak ended against No. 2 Washington as Fresno State was held scoreless. Washington's starting pitcher Gabbie Plain threw a complete game shutout and halted the Fresno State offense to one hit. She also struck

out nine Bulldog batters. Senior Kaitlyn Jennings singled to center field was the only hit for the Bulldogs against Plain. The Bulldogs also added four more triples this past weekend, keeping them at the top of the nation for most triples (19). Along with the ‘Dogs entering the top 25, the Mountain West conference awarded Fresno State's junior right-handed pitcher Hailey Dolcini pitcher of the week, according to a Fresno State Athletics press release. Dolcini finished this past weekend with a 2-0 record at the Judi Garman Classic, winning against Texas and Cal State Fullerton. Dolcini pitched 13 innings, struck out 15 batters and held opposing batters to a .208 batting average. Texas had entered the game against Fresno State with a .404 batting average and averaged8.3 runs per game. However, Dolcini held the Longhorns to a .192 batting average, allowing three runs and dishing six strikeouts. In the 10-2 victory against Cal State Fullerton, Dolcini pitched a complete game and struck out nine batters. This accolade was Dolcini’s first of the season and sixth in her career.

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