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A total of 32 Fresno State students have begun campaigning for positions in Associated Students, Inc. for the next academic year. In addition to being able to choose who will become an ASI member, students will be able to vote for fees, potential new ASI positions and proposed facilities. Voting will be held online or at a polling station outside the Kennel Bookstore. Elections are scheduled for March 28, 29 and 30. The Collegian will be providing information regarding the upcoming ASI elections in the following issues. Meet your ASI candidates:
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Karan Purwaha I would like to announce my candidacy for ASI senator at large in the upcoming Associated Students Inc. election on March 28-30. There is a huge percentage of students who commute to campus daily, and most of them have faced parking-related issues at least once in their term here at Fresno State. Every other day a parking citation is issued. I feel the system is too harsh on students. I personally have dealt with parking citations on campus, and I feel that parking citations are not a solution. Authorities should approach different tactics to reduce parking-related issues on campus. There has not been any significant improvement in parking and safety for Fresno State students, which is why I am running this year. Increasing University Police Department’s presence on campus would help prevent crime. If I get elected for this year, the first task on my agenda is to reduce parking citations. Secondly, I would work on safety for my fellow Bulldogs on campus. Let’s fix it, Karan for senator at large
Primavera Leal Martinez Kevin Ngo
Amanda N. Smith
My name is Kevin Ngo, and I am running for ASI senator for the College of Science and Mathematics. I am majoring in computer science with a minor in philosophy. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue serving you. As a past student representative on the College of Science and Mathematics dean’s council and current president of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, I have the experience and initiative necessary to be the voice of our college. I have collaborated with student leaders, faculty and administration to ensure that our university continues to flourish. I am dedicated to increasing research funding, strengthening student leadership programs and providing all students an equal opportunity to succeed. My ultimate goal is to provide the means for our community to live well. I hope I have your support in this campaign. Let’s thrive together.
Hello. My name is Amanda Smith, and I would like to serve as your senator for the Jordan College of agricultural sciences and technology. I am a junior studying culinology and I am involved with various clubs and organizations on campus. As your representative, I vow to communicate concerns of us, agricultural students, to both the faculty of JCAST and the university administration. A few of my main concerns in our college are the shortage of qualified professors, availability of classes and our overall experience in the college. With my experience as a leader on campus and my relationship with many of you I believe we can plow the concerns head-on. Together we can work to harvest a better education for all.
Amber K. Malhi As a student with a double major in philosophy pre-law and political science and with a minor in general business, my ultimate goal is to be involved in our student body. I hope to find different aspects where Fresno State can prosper and become more substantial. As a senator, my main concerns would be either parking and safety or clubs and organi-
zations. As a student who also works, night classes are a great option that work around my schedule. Yet, my safety during and after night classes are a concern. I would hope to accomplish making the students who want to attend night classes feel safe to do so. I would hope to find solutions for the parking issue that we have on campus along with the
Casandra Ramirez-Sanchez Hello! My name is Casandra Ramirez-Sanchez, and I am running for an ASI senator at large position. I love working to meet the students’ necessities and would enjoy being your representative for the 2017-2018 school year. I am currently a psychology major, and in this past year I’ve been involved in student government as the ASI special projects officer. As well as a student representative in the budget advisory committee here on campus and recently the ASI activities committee. I am a transfer student from West Hills College Lemoore and was the associated student body president for the 2015-2016 school year, as well as the Student Senate for California Community Colleges Region V secretary. My involvement in ASI has made me aware of your necessities here on campus and I want to be the person to represent you, fight for your rights as a Fresno State student and make sure your voice will be heard. I am running on a slate with two other senator-at-large candidates. Cody Sedano and Travis Childress. Our involvement in student government at a local, regional and statewide level has given us a lot of experience in advocacy. Together we are “A Voice For All Students”
My name is Primavera Leal Martinez, and I would be honored to represent you as an ASI senator at large. As a freshman at Fresno State, I have been extremely active in my community and on campus. I am the secretary of MEChA, and a member of the Chicanx and Latin American Studies Student Association. My involvement in clubs has provided me with opportunities to volunteer, such as helping at events hosted by the Fresno Migrant Head Start. I am also on the ASI academics committee, where I utilize the public speaking skills I have acquired as a varsity member of the Fresno State Debate Team to advocate for students’ needs. Participating in ASI has made me realize the lack of interaction amongst students and their representatives. As senator at large, my first goal would be to ensure that ASI meets all students’ needs by closing the communication gap between students and student leadership. This absence of communication can be solved by hosting more student forums and promoting senate meetings. Once elected, I will apply the same dedication that I have demonstrated in clubs and community service to making Fresno State a welcoming and safe place for all students to achieve their academic goals.
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Hello Fresno State students, I’m Michael Merzoian, a sophomore double majoring in computer and electrical engineering. I’m running for the position of senator at large, with the hopes of becoming the senator of parking and safety. I understand that parking security is essential in providing a safe environment on campus and even more so during nighttime. In the four semesters I’ve been here at Fresno State, my car has been broken into on three separate occasions. As senator, I hope to work alongside the Fresno State Police Department to increase the number of patrolling officers at night to keep our students safe and keep personal property intact. Student security is my top priority. Fresno State is an amazing campus that strives for excellence, diversity and betterment of the city of Fresno. And I would be grateful to serve as your representative and be your voice for change on our campus. Thank you all for your consideration, and go ‘Dogs.
Hello Fresno State Bulldogs, My name is Alexandra Chavez and I am campaigning in hopes of being selected as a senator at large for your 2017-2018 ASI team. I first came to Fresno State in 2011 and graduated last spring with my bachelor’s in mass communication and journalism. I have returned to pursue my master’s in something that I am truly passionate about and that is student affairs and college counseling. My love for this university and its students are the reasons I decided to run for ASI. I worked with student service programs such as Dog Days and peer academic advising, and seeing the diverse backgrounds and struggles we go through inspired me to take initiative and get involved. I am running because I want to bridge the gap between administrators and students, so we can have a partnership rather than a divide. My goal is to ensure that our student services are being used, created and funded with current student needs in mind. In short, I want to serve students because I am one. I strongly believe in putting students first and, if elected, I will make sure that we are working toward making your college experience the best it can be. Thank you.
Kacey Jones My name is Kacey Jones, and I am a third-year kinesiology physical education major and I am running for a senator at large position with the intent to represent athletics and recreation. I currently work at the Student Recreation Center as a student assistant. I am the current Vice president of the Fresno State women’s rugby club team, and am an active member of the kinesiology pedagogy club. During my term, my plan is to help promote a healthy lifestyle through the services campus offers such as the Student Health and Counseling Center and the Student Recreation Center. My plan is to promote resources we already have available to us such as free group fitness classes offered at the rec center and the free availability of certified nutritionists at the Student Health Center. I would also love to implement other programs, such as a fitness and nutrition week or a field day, in addition to the ones we have in place already. My goal is for it to help make campus a healthier and knowledgeable community. I hope that you can see my passion for the importance of health education and promotion and will allow me to help make these, and other amenities, better known at Fresno State.
Sebastian K. Wenthe Hey Bulldogs. My name is Sebastian K. Wenthe, and I’m running to be ASI senator at large. My goal ever since I became involved with student government has never changed – to make progress for students and make decisions that will improve the quality of education for everybody. Whether it was during my time as an ASI finance committee member or during my time as the chair of budget and operations for the USU board of directors, I have always kept the needs of Fresno State students in mind. If elected as senator at large, I will work to preserve this mission as I represent student needs every day on campus. This includes implementing policies for the new and existing University Student Union, balancing the cost of education and promoting the unique talents and abilities of our student population. If elected, my greatest responsibility will be to help you, the student. Let’s make Fresno State a great campus for everybody, and make sure to vote for Sebastian Wenthe.
Ramiro Merino Diaz A third-year student majoring in communications and minoring in Spanish, I currently serve as the assistant student director for Fresno State Vintage Days, am the public relations & marketing coordinator for the alternative spring break program and serve as a reflection facilitator for the Richter Center. I understand what it takes to set smart goals and achieve them. By talking to students on a daily basis and myself being part of many organizations on campus, I understand what it takes to represent students. Serving you and addressing your needs is what drives me to run as your Senator at Large for student clubs and organizations. If elected, I plan to achieve the following goals: Ensure transparency between clubs and organizations and student government and voice those concerns, explore networking opportunities for clubs and organizations to collaborate more and provide better communication to clubs and organizations so they are more aware.
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About 467 members of Fresno State fraternities and sororities were invited on Tuesday to celebrate their 3.14 GPAs and above, on national Pi Day. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 in honor of the rounded-up ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, 3.14, which has been calculated to more than 1 trillion digits beyond the decimal point. Pi Day is celebrated by making puns, baking and eating pie, participating in pie-eating contests and much more. The Greek chapters on campus honored their academic achievements Tuesday for Pi Day by offering free peach, apple and cherry pie. Devin Blagg, liberal studies major, member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Panhellenic vice pres-
ident of scholarship, said it is important for the Greek community to support and encourage those in that community who have high scholastic achievements. “I think there is a misconception that, maybe, Greek students are not scholastic achievers,” Blagg said. She said one thing people may not know is that the Greek community on campus has a higher cumulative GPA than the general student population. “I think it’s important to reward students that are taking the time to push themselves in academics and being involved on campus,” Blagg said. Various Greek organizations on campus, Blagg said, promote high academic achievements on campus by having mandated study hours, rewards, scholarship banquets and financial scholarships. Blagg said she hopes such
events that celebrate academic achievements will encourage members to perform well in school and gain an academic support system within their chapters. Ahson Haider, sociology and pre-optometry major and member of Alpha Sigma Phi, said that before joining his fraternity, he had a lot of time on his hands and his grades were “average.” “Once I joined this organization, it got me really involved in other things such as philanthropies – it kept me really busy,” Haider said. “Because I was super busy, my grades actually improved because I didn’t have as much time to waste.” Haider said that joining a Greek organization has allowed him to learn time management skills, which can improve grades. “It makes me feel like I’m on the right track,” Haider said, referring to the feeling he gets when his academic achievements are being recognized. Haider said that because midterm season is here and “everyone
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is struggling to get by,” that encouraging events like Tuesday’s Pi Day help him see the light at the end of the tunnel. He said, “It makes me feel pretty proud of myself -- it allows me to strive for excellence.” Jacob Perry, biology major, secretary of Alpha Sigma Phi and scholarship chair for the Interfraternity Council said the emphasis of academics in the Greek community is important because it fights the stereotype of “Greek people, in general, aren’t that smart.” “This event shows that we do excel academically,” Perry said. “We had  Greek people get above a 3.14, so I thought that was really incredible.” He added that 467 members is more than one-third of the university’s Greek community. Perry, who is also a Smittmap Scholarship recipient, said he has always had a high emphasis on doing well academically. “It’s important to me, that I have to succeed,” he said “I just have that drive to.”
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Humans of Fresno State: ‘Missoula’: St. Patrick’s Day edition A sexual assault story that ‘needs to be read’ By Hayley Salazar | @Hayley_Salazarr
The Collegian created @HumansOfFresnoState, an Instagram account focused on profiling all walks of life on campus. From students to faculty, the account aims to show the different personalities, beliefs and thoughts of those people who make up the Fresno State community. This week’s the account focused on finding out how students feel about St. Patrick’s Day.
Q: Would you consider yourself a superstitious person?
A: “Oh heck no, I’m not a superstitious person. I’m far from it. I just don’t believe in superstition. I would say being kind to people, trying in school, working hard and being an overall good person [is what brings success].” — Cobi Roeloffs, Junior, Agricultural Communications
Q: Do you have any plans for St. Patrick’s Day?
A: “No. In elementary school I used to wear green. I think when I was thirteen I was over it already. I was just like, what’s the point?” —Mirella Veoasco, Freshman, Pre-psychology
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MASTERFUL Q: Do you have any good luck charms?
A: “I do have a pretty fancy pair of underwear that I think are pretty lucky. They’re the prettiest underwear I’ve got so I think they’re my lucky underwear. I don’t know if [good] has happened [while wearing them], but nothing bad has ever happened while I’ve worn those underwear, that’s for sure.” — Joe Montijo, Senior, Art
Q: Are you superstitious? A: “No not really, just because I don’t think anything is really kind of set in stone.” — Steven Gutilla, Senior, Ag Business
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In 400 pages, Jon Krakauer investigates the college town of Missoula, Montana and a series of campus rapes that took place between 2010 and 2012. He documents the experiences of five victims and the aftermath of their assaults. “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” is, without a doubt, one of those books that you read and instantly know will have a lasting impact on your life. “Missoula” is split into six parts, the first being “Part One: Allison.” In September 2010, Allison Huguet was raped by University of Montana’s Grizzlies running back and close childhood friend Beau Donaldson. Part one details Missoula’s passion for football and its loyalty toward the Grizzlies, the before, during and immediate-after of Huguet’s rape, her post-traumatic stress and ultimately her journey toward reporting Donaldson to the police. Interwoven into part one are introductions to other rape vic-
tims from the University of Montana, some of whom were also raped by members of the football team. Throughout the next five parts of the book, the reader is presented with details of what the five victims had to go through physically, emotionally and legally. What Krakauer is doing with “Missoula” is providing a case study. He uses Missoula as an example of the difficulty sexual assault victims in college towns across America have in reporting their assaults to their universities and/or local authorities. He points out that the justice system may too often fail in sexual assault cases, often victim-blaming and letting rapists go free, which hinders victims from coming forward because they think there is no point in going through the added trauma. “Missoula” is not an easy book to read, but it is absolutely one that needs to be read. Krakauer has provided us with the harsh truth that rape is one of the most common crimes, college women are more often than not, the victims and it is common for victims to not report the crime to the authorities. While Krakauer focuses on females assaulted by males, he does take time to provide examples and focus on the fact that there are men who are falsely accused of rape and who suffer ruinous consequences because of it. He explores the seriousness of falsely accusing people of rape because not only can it harm an innocent person, but it adds to the stereotype that false rape allegations are a common occurrence, which only harms victims of rape and sexual abuse. Krakauer looks at rape and the justice system through many lenses and has provided a well-written and important read on what that entails. He also provides hope in what can be a hopeless situation through his dedication toward sharing the story of the Missoula victims. “Rapists rely on the silence of their victims to elude accountability. Simply by recounting their stories and breaking that silence, survivors of sexual assault strike a powerful blow against their assailants,” Krakauer said in the book. The 24/7 National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline number is 1-800-656-4673.
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