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C.J. Ramsey (guitarist) and Christine Ramsey (lead singer) play “Glory Days” in The Pit on March 15, 2017.


ASI organizes safety walk ahead of elections

Progress picks up in addressing campus safety concerns By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

Safety on campus was the priority of officials and Associated Students, Inc. on March 15 (ASI) as they went around to identify what students consider to be issues with safety. After sunset, campus organizations witnessed firsthand what needs to be improved during an organized Campus Safety Night Walk. “We went around campus last night and went to several different areas to see what are the dark areas around campus – what areas might need cameras and what places students may potentially be unsafe,” said Blake Zante, ASI executive vice president. The idea for the project came after students voiced concerns on social media after a spike in crime hit the campus last semester. Many emails were sent to the campus community regarding car

break-ins, an alleged serial groper and other incidents in which students were harmed. The emails listed resources to help avoid being in an unsafe situation, but an in-depth review of the campus was still needed, organizers said. “In December we decided to plan a safety night walk and we finally were able to coordinate with administration and campus police,” Zante said. “We wanted everybody to make sure that they also were there to know what areas needed help.” ASI senate members, including Michael Nzambi, senator for parking and safety, attended on students’ behalf. Deborah Adishian-Astone, vice president for administration and associate vice president for auxiliary services from the president’s cabinet, was also there. Representatives from different campus departments also participated in the safety walk. Plant op-

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Members of the Associated Students, Inc. and Fresno State representatives walk around Fresno State on March 15 to locate dark areas on campus

erations was there, taking notes of what repairs or additions need to be made. Representatives of traffic operations and campus police also came and provided information based on past police reports. Plant operations noted areas in need of new LED lighting or

cameras, such as at the broken call boxes and locations where potential attackers could hide. “They were constantly taking notes of the different things that were out of order, along with lights,” Zante said. He noted the biggest issues

they found on campus: The walkway from the North Gymnasium to the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane lacks sufficient lighting for those that live in neighboring apartments. The brick walls that face the Cedar Avenue sidewalks have recessed areas where an attacker could hide. “They’re looking at barring those up, and we pointed that out as a potential concern,” Zante said. The next issue for students was the area between the Satellite Student Union and the Science I building where students travel in the dark. “We noticed that there’s a made trail from students you can tell who’ve been cutting through, and it’s definitely not safe at night,” Zante said. “We really want to light that area up.” It was suggested that a larger wall mount light be installed over the Science I Building so that area could be visible at night. “It’s a really big dark area with a lot of bushes,” Zante said. “There’s a camera mounted on the building, but it’s so dark, it wasn’t going to be able to see anything.” Another area identified as needing more lighting was the back rows of parking Lot P20, which are adjacent to the univer

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Meet your ASI candidates

Blake Zante, Candidate for President:

Hey Bulldogs! My name is Blake Zante, and I am running to become your ASI President. I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in political science with a minor in business. I am currently the executive vice president of ASI, a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors Program and an active member

Cecilia E. Ruesta, Candidate for President: My name is Cecilia Ruesta. I am originally from Lima, Peru. I came to the U.S. when I was 17 and became a proud U.S. citizen last year. I am a queer female mother of a 6-yearold daughter, whom I am co-parenting with my partner of four years. Last year, I earned a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and a bachelor’s in crimi-

Cam Patterson, Candidate for Vice President of Finance: I’ve served my student body in ASI since the day I stepped foot on the greatest campus on earth. My experience speaks volumes and my ability to lead has been on full display during my 2½ years attending Fresno State. The memories I made running for ASI President (although unsuccessfully) shaped

Demi B. Wack, Candidate for Vice President of External Affairs: Hello! My name is Demi Wack, and I am running to become your vice president of external affairs. I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in criminology. I am currently on the Council of Presidential Scholars for the Smittcamp Family Honors

Epifania Mendoza, Candidate for Vice President of Finance: My name is Epifania Mendoza, and I am running for the ASI vice president of finance position. The role of the vice president of finance pertains to creating and maintaining ASI financial reports, reviewing grants and presenting them to the finance committee, and

Monserrath Sanchez, Candidate for Vice President of External Affairs: Hello, I am Monserrath, and I would love to have your support as a candidate for ASI vice president of external affairs. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in political science with a minor in public administration. I currently work in the Latino/a Programs

As of March 19, these were the letters to the editor submitted by the ASI presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity where I served as president. I firmly believe that people are stronger together and that helping each other empowers our Fresno State community. As your ASI President, I will make it my mission to make students the priority. With looming tuition increases and widespread concerns about campus safety, many challenges lie ahead that face our student body that must be addressed. I want to strive to

create a safe, inclusive environment for all Fresno State students. While it is important to focus on the strengths of our differences, I believe that focusing on what unites us as Fresno State students is critical. I will fight to make every student feel valued and heard. I will strive to foster a campus community where students can have fun and feel comfortable voicing their opinion. With my leadership experience, pas-

sion for Fresno State and determination, I believe that I can serve you as your ASI President. Additionally, I am on a slate called “Students United.” Please vote for Cam Patterson for vice president of finance, Demi Wack for vice president of external affairs and Josh Dowell for senator at-large. I would be honored to have your vote on March 28-30.

nology. Currently, I am a graduate student in the counseling program, where my goal is to become a professional therapist to help my community in the Central Valley. My involvement as a student organizer and providing leadership in different clubs and organizations has led me to understand the importance of using my voice to create change. As a Fresno State student, I know what it’s

like to struggle with everyday responsibilities while also worrying about tuition increases. I am concerned about the lack of funding the CSU is experiencing, the unease students are feeling due to the current political climate and the need to bring inclusiveness and diversity into “action” on our campus. If I am elected, my goal is to further utilize the ASI resources to lobby for more funding for the CSU. I am someone who represents

many minority groups, and we are in need of representation in our campus. I believe my years of experience as a student organizer has taught me to use my voice in order to create change. It’s time I share that knowledge with my peers and together allow our voices to be heard. I care about our community and am able to relate to a large part of our student body. I believe I would make a good ASI President.

me into the person I am today. Instead of taking a step back, I chose to take a step forward. I dedicated my time toward local charities because I know deep in my heart Fresno State isn’t just my school; it’s my home and a beacon of hope for the Central Valley. What separates me as a candidate is my vision to move forward and my inclination to look past our differences in hopes of shaping a better tomorrow.

I am proud to be a part of a diverse community that intends to make the world a better place. I have one motto in life “e pluribus unum” which translates to “out of many – one.” We are one student body with many differences but with one common goal of making our campus a better place. From the dozens of clubs I’m involved in to my Greek affiliations, I can wholeheartedly say I am the candidate for the people. I believe deep in my heart that I am the most

qualified individual for the position of vice president of finance. I have served as a senate member of our ASI finance committee, treasurer of a six-figure nonprofit and member of the USU Board of Directors’ Budget and Operations Committee. I have a vision, I have the experience and I hope to have your support. It would truly be the greatest pleasure of my life to serve as your vice president of finance.

Program, an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta and a committee member of Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity. I have chosen to run for the vice president of external affairs position because I believe I can make Fresno State an even greater place for the entire student body. To do so, I will create an environment which helps everyone feel comfortable discussing their opinions while ensuring every student’s voice is heard. By reaching out to students, faculty, clubs

and organizations, we can properly represent and gain from our diversity. Additionally, I hope to create a friendlier and safer campus by tackling the crucial challenges we are all facing, such as the rising cost of tuition and campus safety. I hope to foster a friendly, safe and fun community that will revolve around the students, ensuring the campus remains vibrant even after classes are over. College is a momentous period of time in

all of our lives. In order to make these years the best they can be for everyone, as vice president of external affairs I will represent each student’s interests and points of view. I also encourage you to vote for the other members of “Student’s United:” Blake Zante for president, Cameron Patterson for vice president of finance and Josh Dowell for senator at large. Thank you for your time.

recording all expenses. My mission is to be transparent with the student organizations on campus and to communicate the opportunities that ASI has for them. Previously, I was the director of finance for the Bakersfield College Student Government Association. While in this position, I was the chair of the finance committee. Some of my duties consisted of creating financial reports and recording all expenses. I also sat on the

Kern Community College District budget allocation committee, where I represented the Bakersfield College student body. I am currently an accountancy major and am the spring 2017 CalCPA campus ambassador. During my time here at Fresno State, I have joined and participated in a few clubs on campus, including Beta Alpha Psi and the International Business Association. One of the things that I enjoy most about being here at

Fresno State is the atmosphere that the campus brings, especially the spirit that comes with being in student organizations. Student governance is more than planning events. Student governance is about listening to students and projecting that to the respective officials. Student governance is choosing to serve the student body. I am here to listen and serve. #PeopleofAction #LessTalkMoreAction.

and Services at the Cross Cultural and Gender Center. There I am able to work with students to listen to their concerns, educate the community and celebrate the Latinx culture. Last summer, I had the honor to be an intern in the office of former congressman Xavier Becerra, who is now California’s attorney general. During my internship, I was able to listen to the concerns of the district’s constituents and ensure they were brought up to other

staff as well as the congressman. Additionally, I led and aided numerous projects for Congressional staff, including coordinating legislation with foreign-language governments, drafting media and press releases and writing constituent response letters. One of the key issues I want to address is the ensurement of accessible education for all students, regardless of their individual

identities. I will push for affordable tuition. It will be my goal to hear and voice any current concerns or issues that the student body is experiencing. I hope to increase the transparency between ASI and the student body in an effort to facilitate a campus inclusive of all students. Together we can fight for students, celebrate diversity and keep Fresno State accountable. I hope you’ll take this journey with me.

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Walk focuses on a safer campus IN BRIEF CSU students to protest board meeting for vote on proposed tuition hike Students from the California State University system will protest on Wednesday against a proposed tuition increase. The CSU board of trustees is meeting in Long Beach and is scheduled to hold a vote that day. The action is spearheaded by Students for Quality Education (SQE). Students who plan to protest the hike argue that the increase would create a financial burden on all students. The board has proposed a 5 percent increase to tuition in order to fund a graduation initiative. But students and SQE say the raise follows a trend toward privatization of higher public education. They want the board to hold the governor accountable for properly funding the CSU. Students will voice their concerns with the board during a public comment session on Tuesday before Wednesday’s vote and protest. The Finance Committee will meet at 8 a.m., and the board will follow with a vote.

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sity vineyard. “They’re also looking at installing new light fixtures out there in those back rows so that students can feel safe when they park out there,” Zante said. Plant operations also has plans for alleviating parking issues for students who park far away from class in the dark. They plan to remove the metered parking spots

in front of the Joyal Administration Building that are not in constant use and turn them into green parking spots. Plant operations will be in charge of taking care of what needs to be fixed moving forward. “They gave us an estimate of about eight to 10 weeks, which is kind of a long time, but at least it’s later rather than never,” Zante said. “It’s good that things are moving and happening.”


Border Patrol at Save Mart Center job fair draws protest

Foundation offers 60 $1,000 scholarships for students The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation has opened up the chance for 60 students to receive $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are meant to provide students with financial assistance. Eligible students are being encouraged to apply. Requirements for applying include: being a full-time student in good academic standing; being a graduating high school student with proof of college acceptance; having a minimum GPA of 2.5; submitting all supplementary documents with the completed application. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is June 1. The application is found online at

Kinesiology lecturer to lead physical education association Fresno State physical education lecturer Tim Hamel was named president-elect of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Hamel lectures in the department of kinesiology and will begin his threeyear term as president of the association in June. The association has more than 1,500 members from across the state who participate. Hamel previously served as vice-president of physical education for the organization.

CORRECTIONS: In the Associated Student, Inc. election issue printed Wednesday, March 15, Mariaka Kuipers-Sharsher was listed as an eligible candidate. She is not. In the same issue, Lance Rodriguez should have been listed as a candidate for the senator of College of Science and Mathematics position. Chelsea Haflich should have been identifed as a write-in candidate for senator of Health and Human Services. She is one of eight write-in candidates.

Those who attended the safety walk plan on doing more in the future if new issues come up. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, but I’m really excited that things are moving and steps are being taken,” Zante said. “And that campus police and the administration are on board helping improve the safety around campus.”

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The U.S. Customs and Border Protection table at the Save Mart Center during the “Recruit Down the 99” career fair on March 15, 2017. The table included business cards, lanyards, pamphlets and pens.

ByJessica Johnson @iamjesslj

The “Recruit Down the 99” Career and Internship Fair at the Save Mart Center brought opportunities, job possibilities and a protest, last week. The first and second floors of the Save Mart Center were full of employers looking for students in multiple industries to join their company. Many companies were flexible on the students’ majors, while others were very specific in who they were looking for. E.&J. Gallo Winery, a family-owned company founded in Modesto, mainly looked for interns and was searching for engineers to join their team. Out of 202 booths set up at the fair, there was one, in particular, that was controversial to many – the United States Customs and Border Protection agency. The Border Patrol attended the career fair to offer job opportunities. However once groups who advocate for the protection of undocumented immigrants heard of the Border Patrol’s booth, a protest was quickly planned. “These agencies and the work that they do should not be normalized,” said Luis Ojeda, one of the protest’s coordinators and a Fresno State alumnus. Ojeda said the protest was planned on March 14 when he received an email with the information regarding CBP’s planned attendance at the fair. Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro scheduled a news conference the day of the fair to address the concerns. The fair had various federal, state and local government agencies and the intentional exclusion of any government agency

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Fresno State Presdient Dr. Joseph Castro at a press conference at the Henry Madden Library on March 15.

recruitment on a public campus is prohibited by federal law, administration sources noted. “I empathize with those who are concerned about that. On the other hand, I think it’s important to note that this is an event purely for the recruitment of students for employment,” Castro said. He said that a week before the fair, DREAMers, undocumented students brought to the U.S. as children, had been informed about the Border Patrol’s attendance and no concerns from that group were raised. “I think it’s important for us to provide opportunities for our students to work wherever they choose,” Castro said. Border Patrol agent Lilian Segura said approximately 40 students at the fair showed interest in working for the agency. “We are here to recruit for [the] border patrol and customs as well,” Segura said.

“The beauty of this career is that it’s so diverse – there is not a specific schedule or routine that we have.” Segura said one day she’ll be assigned one area in the field, and the next she’ll be patrolling the border. She said many don’t know there are different aspects of patrolling such as by horse and all-terrain vehicles, as well as serving as emergency medical technicians. “It’s been a blessing for me to be able to serve my country in this way. And as I’ve mentioned, it’s very diverse – there’s no such thing as ‘you know what, this is getting old,’” Segura said. She said the most rewarding part of being a Border Patrol agent is getting to talk one-on-one with people and giving a better insight of what the CBP is about. “People have the wrong perspective of what we do, what our mission is and what we’re trying to do,” Segura said. She said there are a lot of misconceptions in the media about what they do and how they “cover us and portray us.” She added, “We’re just here to serve our country, and there’s a proper way of doing it.” In regards to the protesters, Segura said the agency is there for everyone who wants to pursue a career with CBP. “We understand not everyone is going to [agree] with what we do, and it’s understandable. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but we’re here more to speak to the ones who are interested,” Segura said. Octavio Ruvalcaba, a criminology major with an emphasis in law enforcement, said he approached the Border Patrol’s booth because a career in law enforcement is his goal. However, a job with the Border Patrol is not necessarily his No. 1 goal. Regarding law enforcement, Ruvalcaba said, “There’s a lot of problems in the law enforcement field – some bad [and] some good – but you [have] to know both sides of the story. You can’t go in completely blaming someone else.” However, Ruvalcaba said it is different with the CBP. His parents are both immigrants, and the idea of having a career that prevents people from coming to the U.S. like his parents, makes him feel “really awful.” The Border Patrol booth was not grouped with government and law enforcement agencies at the job fair. They were placed in the school district both area. Segura said they were not notified of their placement and did not know why they were among school districts.

Megan Trindad contributed to this article.



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Disney gives timeless remake of a ‘Tale As Old As Time’ By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

 EXCELLENT The world received a brief first glimpse at Disney’s live-action re-adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” last spring when a teaser trailer was released. Nearly one year later, the film is out and capturing the hearts of audiences of all ages. “Beauty and the Beast” centers on Belle, an independent and beautiful village girl, and the Beast, a prince who was cursed by an enchantress because he had no love in his heart. When Belle’s father is imprisoned by the Beast, Belle takes his place as prisoner, unaware of the curse put on the Beast and his servants. The story follows Belle as she learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior to see a kind and loving heart within.

The film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, as well as Luke Evans as Gaston, the narcissistic villain constantly after Belle’s hand in marriage. Disney’s animated “Beauty and the Beast” (1991) is a classic Disney movie that is loved by many – myself included – so skepticism was present and expectations were high when I sat down to watch the live-action remake. However, that skepticism was quickly brushed aside, and exceeded my expectations. “Beauty and the Beast” was a stunning film, from the costumes, to the choreography and cinematography—everything about it visually felt and looked magical. Watson was a perfect Belle and shined in her role, and Stevens managed to make a computer generated image (CGI) Beast feel believable. However, Evans is the one who stole the

show. There were moments as I watched Evans portray Gaston that I completely forgot about the film being live-action because he captured the animated Gaston I grew up with so perfectly. “Beauty and the Beast” was true to its word in being a re-adaptation of the animated version – a lot of the lines were verbatim from the 1991 film – but it did add a few new things including some background on Belle’s mother, as well as the Beast’s childhood. With those additions came a few new songs, a standout being “How Does A Moment Last Forever (Montmatre).” Sung by Watson, the song narrates a new scene in which Belle learns of her childhood and what happened to her mother. This particular scene and song were easily my favorite parts of the movie. The new scenes and music, however, managed to not overpower the film and served to only add to it.

While I loved the new additions, nothing beats seeing live-action version of Belle fighting off the wolves, or walking into the Beast’s library for the first time or seeing her in her yellow dress. Hearing and seeing “Be Our Guest” was exciting and weirdly emotional – made even more weird, but also completely awesome by the fact that Ewan McGregor plays Lumiere – but nothing could prepare me for the wave of nostalgia and emotion I was hit with while watching Belle and the Beast dance to “Beauty and the Beast,” sung by Emma Thompson who plays Mrs. Potts. Overall, I enjoyed “Beauty and the Beast,” and I would watch it again. If you’re expecting something wildly different from the animated movie, you will probably be disappointed. If you’re just looking for a live-action re-adaptation of the animated movie that will make you smile and fill your heart with nostalgia, you’ll get that and more.


Smittcamp comedy group raises money for Camp Kesem By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

Organ harvesters. Lacrosse-playing flounder experts. Thigh modelling. Stay-at-home fathers. While these things may not seem like they have much in common, they were all topics covered in the improvisational comedy show by FLOCC, the Smittcamp improvisational comedy group, on Friday. While the show was free, attendees were encouraged to make donations, with all proceeds going toward the Camp Kesem chapter at Fresno State. The group’s goal was to raise over $48,000 for the camp, which supports children whose parents have cancer or are cancer survivors. FLOCC often collaborates with charity organizations for performances, much like the performance on March 17. Previous shows supported groups like the Bulldog Pantry. The comedy group was created in fall of 2015 by Zac Emerzian, a third-year math and history major, because of the lack of improv comedy groups at Fresno State at the time. “I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make one that would span all of campus and include every student,” Emerzian said. “But I

still wanted to make something [so] that we could have shows, have fun and donate to any charity that we pretty much want to.” Camp Kesem was chosen because many people involved in FLOCC are also a part of Camp Kesem, making it the “perfect fit” as a collaborator for the group. During the show the cast members will play a variety of games. Each has a different set of rules, with aspects of the theme being set by the audience. “I like Dr. Know-it-all,” said Bryce Granata, a FLOCC cast member and first-year biology major. “Because the doctor is divided among three people, all three have to equally contribute to something that we don’t know ... and roll with whatever that is.” During Dr. Know-it-all, four cast members come up to the stage, with one being an interviewer and the other three linking arms and having to answer questions about a topic in which they are supposedly an expert. Each member can only say one word at a time to form a sentence and answer the question. The audience decides the topic, which in this case was about flounders that play lacrosse. Another game is Pocket Lines, in which audience members submit papers with one line that the cast members would then have to deliver at some point during a skit.

“My favorite to be in right now is Pocket Lines, just because it’s fun to see what the audience comes up with,” said Claire Evangelho, a FLOCC member and first-year recreation administration major. Although the show lasted for almost two hours with a short intermission, the audience

was fully involved throughout the night without losing energy. Abbie Sanquist, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major said, “It’s so much fun because it keeps changing, so you don’t get bored.”

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Amoret rocks the USU during ‘Tunes at Noon’ Marina McElwee • The Collegian

Amoret plays live in The Pit on March 15, 2017.

By Marina McElwee @MarinaMcElwee

Every Wednesday in March, when the clock strikes noon, The Pit comes to life with USU Productions’ “Tunes at Noon.” “Tunes at Noon” brings a different local band to the The Pit to play live music from noon to 1:00 p.m. Last Wednesday’s featured band was Amoret, composed of lead singer Christine Ramsey, her husband and guitarist C.J. Ramsey and his brother and drummer Josh Ramsey. The pop/rock band inspired by The Killers and Paramore performed music from its new EP (extended play) “Glory Days” and played covers of more popular songs like “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy. Christine said Amoret started in Fresno in 2011. “I had been wanting to pursue music for a long time, and my husband – back when we were dating – encouraged me to pursue it, on the condition that he got to play too,” Christine said. Christine, a Fresno State alumna, said that there is an art culture at Fresno State, and she enjoys coming back to play on campus. “It’s good to be at the old stomping grounds. We did [shows] a lot when I was

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A student looks at Amoret’s merchandise table in The Pit on March 15, 2017.

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a student here. We even played at Vintage Days,” Christine said. “All of the students here are sharing their artistic endeavors, and it’s cool to come back here and share ours.” The Ramseys said they appreciate efforts like “Tunes at Noon” to bring exposure to local music. “Fresno’s music scene is always going in waves. Right now, it’s great but there aren’t always a lot of places for local bands to play and display their craft,” C.J. said. “So having something like this is super-important and super-incredible.” Pete Duarte, a third-year Spanish major, said he has seen Amoret perform twice before and has become a loyal fan and follower of the band. He said he really enjoys “Tunes at Noon.” “I think it’s cool to keep everything local so that people that have talent can be supported like this,” Duarte said. He said if there was more live music in The Pit, he would visit it on a more regular basis. “I don’t come down here often, but I’ve seen bands play here, and I love it.” Amoret plays often in Fresno venues like Strummer’s, Frank’s Place, Fulton 55 and Tioga Sequoia. It’s next big appearance will be at FresYes Fest at Tioga-Sequoia on March 25.

C.J. Ramsey (guitarist), Christine Ramsey (lead singer), and Josh Ramsey (drummer), play “Glory Days” in The Pit on March 15, 2017.

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Greeks discuss how to become better known, reduce stigmas

Clubs, fraternities and sorority booths at the campus mall on Feb. 14, 2017.

By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

The Greek chapters at Fresno State are on a mission to be taken seriously and lose the stigma surrounding Greek life on and off campus. There are 11 affiliated fraternities and five affiliated sororities at Fresno State, and all 16 chapters want people to take a second look at what Greek life really means. Recently, at the Greek Life Presidents Retreat, members of Greek councils discussed how to rehabilitate the image and create a more honest perception of sororities and fraternities on campus. Panhellenic president and student Taylor King said, “A major topic of discussion

at the Greek Life Presidents Retreat was the beginning draft for a mission statement for all Greek organizations. Each different Greek council has their own governing documents, but the hope for this new mission statement is to create common goals that all Greek organizations can strive to achieve.” King said a main goal of the image rehabilitation is to improve relations with students, organizations and clubs. Another goal is to collaborate with non-Greek-related organizations on campus. “A significant portion of Greek individuals are involved with a variety of phenomenal non-Greek related organizations and are striving to pursue collaborations,” King said. As a Greek leader, King said, one of her biggest priorities is to listen to the concerns

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of her peers. “It is a part of my job to initiate and implement policies and goals to strive for that change,” she said. Last semester, the Student Involvement Office learned about what the Greek community does and, in turn, the office wanted to promote it to the community. Rachel Gascon, the Greek life graduate assistant at the university’s Student Involvement Center, said her role is to “listen and be an advocate” for students involved in Greek life. Gascon said, “Our Greek life community does a lot of wonderful events to improve our surrounding community as well as national philanthropic organizations.” She said a majority of Greek life members are involved in other departments on

campus such as Associated Students Inc., Dog Days, University Student Union board and many more. “Overall, we want to improve and enhance the Greek life experience for students at Fresno State,” Gascon said. Austen Radke of Sigma Chi said the biggest stereotype Greek life faces is obvious: large amounts of alcohol consumption, hazing and “obscene debauchery.” Radke said if he could urge others to understand one thing about Greek life it is that many members are a part of leadership organizations who strive to make a positive impact on the community. He said, “Greek life is there to give young adults an opportunity to learn and grow while greatly contributing to those around them. The positives of Greek life are often [over]shadowed by those who are selfish and act in a manner that is unbecoming of a member of their organization.” Radke challenges those who do not understand the Greek life system fully to sit down and have a chat with a member to understand what the values are of a particular fraternity or sorority. Angelique Ojeda of Kappa Alpha Theta said she is tired of others judging her for wearing Greek letters. “I’m tired of guys not wanting to take me serious[ly] because they think I’m a ‘party animal’ when in reality I’m always at the [Henry Madden Library],” she said. As for the stigma of drug use, Ojeda said, “I have sisters in my sorority who have never even tasted alcohol or [used] drugs.” Ojeda said the three words she would use to describe Greek life are: family, honesty and commitment. Danitsa Cochran of Kappa Alpha Theta said TV perceptions of fraternities and sororities can be blown out of proportion. She said, “Most people in the Greek system are hard-working, intelligent and kind. We have a negative reputation that is undeserved, and we wish our community wasn’t viewed in such a harsh light.”


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‘nothing beats competing on our home turf in front of our fans’ EQUESTRIAN from Page 8 Fogelberg’s journey from the Great Pacific Northwest to the Central Valley has been long but successful. She was born in Seattle and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, a midsized city south of Seattle. At age 6, Fogelberg began riding horses and taking part in competitions to better her skills. She then received her first horse at age 12. It helped Fogelberg practice on a daily basis

while developing a friendship with her new riding buddy. Through her years as an equestrian athlete, Fogelberg won five state championships and in 2012 was ranked fifth in her region. Fogelberg said she created great memories in Washington state, feels homesick and misses her horse. She said the Central Valley is fine, and she loves Fresno State and the sunny and warm weather.

Fogelberg will be graduating this year with a degree in media, communications and journalism with an emphasis in multimedia. She plans on using her degree to work video production for professional sports teams and has already applied to her near hometown team, the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Being a student-athlete, Fogelberg dedicates a lot of time into her craft, but loves to workout and make YouTube videos

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The Fresno State women’s lacrosse team earned its record-breaking sixth win last week, beating Quinnipiac 9-8 and improving its record to 6-2, the best start in program history. Since head coach Jessica Giglio took over in 2012, the team had its best season last year at 5-10, and now is in position for its first winning season. Freshman Tiffiny Wallace scored two goals, increasing her season total to a team-high 24. Sophomore Sarah Bloise led the team with three goals and is second on the season with 19. The Bulldogs have eight games remaining, with half of them at home, where they are 4-2.


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petition, Fresno State’s overall series record against Oklahoma State was a modest 1-5. The lone Fresno State victory came in 2008 and still remains the only Bulldog victory as Oklahoma State defeated the ‘Dogs 14-5. Fresno State ended their regular season with an overall record of 7-6 and 4-1 in conference play. The team returns to action at the United Equestrian Conference Championships on March 24 in Dover, Delaware.



The Fresno State softball team won two of three games against San Diego State over the weekend in its Mountain West Conference series opener. The Bulldogs hit four home runs Friday to win 10-7. Sophomore Vanessa Hernandez hit two of them, her third and fourth of the year. The softball team won its fourth straight game on Saturday, beating the Aztecs 7-6. The teams combined for 29 hits, and the lead changed three times. Sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung entered the game in the fifth and picked up her 13th win of the season. The winning streak stopped Sunday, with a 6-3 loss. Although the ‘Dogs did not sweep, sophomore Morgan Howe went 6-for-10 in the series, which raised her season batting average to .470. The softball team sits at 19-10 and 2-1 in conference. The Bulldogs return home for an eight-game homestand, starting Tuesday against CSU Bakersfield.

when she isn’t dominating the Student Horse Center. Fogelberg said she loves traveling and competing in other centers, but there is no place like the Student Horse Center at Fresno State. “It’s fun traveling other places, but nothing beats competing on our home turf in front of our fans,” Fogelberg said. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 6, traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma, last week to compete against Oklahoma State. Before com-

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The Fresno State baseball team won its series against Air Force over the weekend, taking two games out of three to improve its record to 11-7. The Bulldogs lost Friday in an unusual outing for ace pitcher Ricky Tyler Thomas. He gave up seven runs in only five innings, bumping his ERA up to 3.06. In his previous four starts this season, he gave up a combined four earned runs. The Bulldogs bounced back from the series opening 14-5 loss and won 10-8 on Saturday. Freshman catcher Carter Bins hit his first home run in the ninth inning to give the Bulldogs the lead. In Sunday’s 15-7 win, the Bulldogs hit five home runs, with senior Jesse Medrano contributing two, the first of his Fresno State career. The baseball team now has a 4-2 Mountain West record and returns home Wednesday to resume a suspended game against Pepperdine from March 7.




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Paul Watson picked for Slam Dunk Contest

Fresno State senior forward Paul Watson will compete in the 29th annual College Slam Dunk Contest March 30 at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix. Watson will compete against seven of the best collegiate dunkers in the country, and this will be the last time he represents Fresno State on the court. Watson’s inclusion in the event comes after the men’s basketball team fell short in the first round of the NIT to TCU, losing 66-59. Watson led the team with 38 minutes played, but was third with eight points. The Slam Dunk Contest will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. PT, and the event will include the men and women’s 3-Point contests.



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Sports tournament challenges Air Force ROTC to be warriors

Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

Air Force ROTC cadets competing in a portion of the combat fitness relays at the Nor Cal region games on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Warmerdam Field.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

The Fresno State Air Force ROTC hosted San Jose State, Sacramento State and UC Berkeley for the annual Nor Cal co-ed region Warrior Challenge on Saturday. The four schools competed in a sports tournament held in the South Gym and at Warmerdam Field. The events included basketball, ultimate disc, flag rugby and combat fitness relays. “This event is our annual warrior challenge. It’s a Nor Cal (Northern California) tradition,” department chair Lt. Col. Kenneth Bourque said. “It goes back about 20 years with the four Nor Cal ROTC detachments. It’s a series of athletic competitions for a particular trophy that has been handed down for years.” The trophy itself has a special nickname from Bulldog cadets and cadre, which are an assembly of enlisted and active-duty Air Force officers and Fresno State staff. The trophy is referred to as

“Petey” because, dating back to 2003, the ‘Dogs won the annual event consecutively until 2009. The term “repeat” was shortened to fit the nickname. Each school fielded a team to play basketball early in the morning, ultimate disc after that, rug-

by in the afternoon and finally a combat fitness relay to finish the day. The Fresno State AFROTC detachment boasts around 45-50 members, and approximately 30 cadets competed on Saturday, according to senior Cadet Vice Wing

Commander LaVincha Wilbon. “It’s for those who want to be apart of something bigger than themselves,” Wilbon said. “It makes you a better person.” He said that other than bragging rights for a year and a trophy, the cadets earn valuable social ex-

Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

Members of the Sacramento State, San Jose State, Fresno State and UC Berkeley Air Force ROTC detachments on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Warmerdam Field.

perience and important qualities needed to succeed in the military. Sacramento State won first place at the games, followed by San Jose State. UC Berkeley took third, and Fresno State placed last. Although the ‘Dogs did not bring home the trophy at this year’s event, Wilbon said the camaraderie and leadership skills that the cadets develop through the event is the most important thing. “It’s fun to come out and compete against fellow ROTC detachments,” Wilbon said. “We’re hanging out, enjoying the weather and music and eating some good food, too. So it’s just a lot of fun.” The four school AFROTC detachments will meet again next year at San Jose State for the annual tournament. Fresno State will look to bring a “Petey” back to the Valley. WATCH: For video on this story, visit our website:


Bulldog reins in her place at the Student Horse Center By Sean Johnson-Bey @TheCollegian

With spring sports teams such as baseball, softball and track attracting the headlines, Fresno State’s senior Genna Fogelberg is quietly leading the equestri-

an team to a winning record in the 2017 season. “It’s going well,” Fogelberg said. “We have a winning record so far, which is good because last year we only had a few wins.”


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Hunt seat Genna Fogelberg during Fresno State’s red/blue scrimmage on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Student Horse Center.

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