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Future Bulldogs explore Fresno State

Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian

Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Frank Lamas (left) and Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro (right) dances and performs the “cupid shuffle” at the Fresno State campus on Preview Day, March 25, 2017.

By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

On Preview Day 2017, future Bulldogs stepped foot on campus to explore where they will spend the next chapter of their lives. Approximately 3,500 incoming freshmen and transfer students visited Fresno State on Saturday to preview what to expect at the university. The event included meeting Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. “Preview Day is such an exciting day of the year for us because we get a chance to show the university to a whole new group of students,” Castro said. Because many students have applied to other college campuses, Castro said, the event is a great way to showcase what Fresno

State has to offer. Nicolas Viorato, incoming freshman and Monterey native, said he enjoyed taking pictures with Victor E. Bulldog and exploring the campus, Viorato said he is excited to move into the campus residence hall this summer. “I’m already a Bulldog,” he said smiling. Castro said it was a great day for students to meet current students, faculty, staff and clubs. The advice Castro has for incoming students: take advantage of the different resources on campus. “I want them to be bold in reaching high to achieve their dreams and just to enjoy their experience here,” Castro said. “He added, he enjoyed the dancing and meeting the students and the parents. “I can see their ex-

citement in their eyes, and I remember that feeling.” Castro said for the first-generation college students, it is important as a university to show them what a university environment is like and to “humanize” the experience and make sure the welcoming is “warm.” Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, advised incoming students to “find the right fit for yourself to go to college – they are great years.” Lamas suggested that students get involved and engaged on campus and to “belong to the campus that you pick. Go out there, do great things, find that major, the career that you want and then be a successful alum.” Lamas said the event brought back mem-

ories of himself attending college for the first time. “I remember going to college with my mom and dad, I was [a] first-generation Latino going. It was a big deal,” Lamas said. Fast forward 30 years, Lamas said he continues to get goosebumps when he’s around students who are now experiencing what he once did. Lamas added, “It feels like I’m back to ‘Frank going to college’ again.” Students and their families were able to take campus tours, talk with their future campus leaders and win university-themed apparel. “I think it’s really interesting you learn a lot about the programs and all the clubs [Fresno State] has,” said Kassandra Cervant-

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Bigger and ‘Bold’-er, but at what cost?

By Collegian Editorial Board @TheCollegian

These days, students cannot navigate campus or even campus-run social media outlets without running into three words – Bold New U. It’s also completely possible to have seen students or administrators touting #BoldNewU gear including tote bags, wristbands and sunglasses at the many informational meetings and forums held in favor of the expensive and controversial proposed construction project. It’s true – our student population is growing, and with that has earned the need for a larger place for students to study, socialize or participate in on-campus clubs and organizations. However, what makes students so wary of the project that sounds almost perfect in theory are the contingencies. Students voting on the Bold New Union referendum are voting for increased student fees for middle and high school students who haven’t yet decided to attend Fresno State. A yes vote on the referendum seals the fate of future students. They will receive a shiny and new USU with all the fixings, but at the cost of a $400 annual increase to student tuition fees. This proposed fee increase follows this week’s news of a CSU tuition increase. While student population and need for updated facilities have outgrown that of our current USU and Satellite Student Union, there are shortcomings laced within the Bold New U referendum, on which students will be voting on this Tuesday. In theory, the proposed Bold New U, initiated by Student Involvement and various members of the administration, seems

as though it is something blossoming with growth and possibility. However, tensions between the upcoming student referendum vote, the proposed construction and subsequent repayment plan from students don’t seem to coexist as well as the administration would lead students to believe. The first unsettling thing about the nature of the referendum vote is how heavily it has been advertised by university-affiliated parties.

long the inevitable? Why invest so much in a 100,000 square foot ‘what if’? Though the act of voting and democracy reflects diplomacy, how fair is it for current students to predict and decide the financial futures of would-be students. How can students – some of whom are graduating less than two months after the vote is held – decide how students entering the university in six years are going to spend their money?

“In theory, the Bold New U sounds like a perfect idea, but it doesn’t feel as though it’s the right time to impose such a large financial burden on future students at this institution.” It’s completely fair to publicize the opinion of on-campus organizations in favor of the new USU. However, there is no reason why tote bags and sunglasses screaming the hashtag #BoldNewU need to be handed out by the hundreds on the campus mall. Student Involvement, ASI and campus administrators are well-respected, so why do they feel like they need to buy the approval of students with swag? The heavy publicity tactics of campus organizations leaves an air of skepticism amongst student voters. Why front the money for swag bags and pizza for endless on-campus informational meetings if there’s a possibility the collective answer could be a “no” from students? It could be thought that the vote is a mere formality for what could eventually be in the concrete future of Fresno State – regardless of how the Bold New U referendum fares after the election. So if that’s actually the case, why pro-

While our student population is largely helped by financial aid, not all of that aid comes purely from grants. Students are taking out loans with astronomical interest rates just to attend school, so advertising a fee increase of $200 a semester on top of the recently passed CSU tuition increase feels counter-intuitive to conclusive and comprehensive student success. Student fees cover services such as the Recreation Center and the Student Health and Counseling Center that exist on campus to aid student success and reduce stress. The same student fees would go towards the construction of the Bold New U. But how productive is it to induce a fee for a building students may or may not use dependent upon their preferences – especially when a portion of students are already suffering from something as mentally and physically daunting as financial stress? Let’s call it what it is – the Bold New U

is realistically a want and not necessarily a need. If it really is within the best interest of students to build a new facility for their use and enjoyment, the administration should be working harder to fundraise. Much like students who don’t mind a room in the Henry Madden Library being named after Table Mountain Rancheria, it’s doubtful that anyone would mind an Apple-sponsored technology hub in the Bold New U. Before any further decisions are to be made about fee increases, more should be done to reduce the proposed student fee increases. And realistically, there are needs to meet student growth and success that must to be prioritized before any talk of a new student union. Arts and humanities students don’t have a building to call home and, instead, are scattered all over campus. Buildings like Social Science and McKee Fisk are dilapidated and in need of dramatic improvements. These are issues that influence student development and success every day. If offered the promise of fixing already dilapidated classrooms or finding a solution for scattered arts and humanities students, it could be more plausible for a vote in favor of the Bold New U. In theory, the Bold New U sounds like a perfect idea, but it doesn’t feel as though it’s the right time to impose such a large financial burden on future students at this institution. Student needs will be met by the new USU, but not in the ways they could be met with the improvement or development of other new facilities on campus to improve the lives of all students – not just the ones who will use the Bold New U.

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ELECTIONS

KNOW YOUR 2017 ASI PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATES By Razmik Cañas| @Raz_Canas

Blake Zante Focusing on students Born and raised in the Valley, Blake Zante is no stranger to Fresno State. He remembers coming to football games as a child and realized that Fresno State was the school for him. “I live and breathe Fresno State. I’m really passionate about all of the things going on in this campus,” said Zante, a candidate for president of the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), “That sense of passion for this Fresno State community is something that I believe that I have that would really help me in that role.” Zante said his motivation to run comes from the values he was taught as a child. His family always stressed to him the importance of being the solution to an issue, rather than being a bystander. “Yes, it’s important to take care of yourself and motivate yourself,” Zante said, “But also it’s even more important to help other people and help empower other people and raise them up. Especially if they may not have the tools and resources to do that.” Zante became involved as soon as he arrived at Fresno State. He was approached by former ASI president Moses Menchaca and was motivated to participate. He started being a part of an ASI committee, later becoming senator-at-large for resident affairs, and is now executive vice president. Zante wants to continue being in leadership to advocate for the needs of Fresno State students. His main focuses, if elected, will be campus safety, food insecurity for students and making sure students are successful regardless of the political climate of our national government. “Ultimately, we come here to learn. We come here to grow as people. And it’s really important that you feel safe while you’re doing that in that environment,” Zante said. “Those are the types of things I want to continue to address within the next year.” Zante is part of a slate named “Students United,” along with Cam Patterson, Demi Wack and Josh Dowell. As a team, they hope to reach out and help different student populations on campus while instilling unity. “What we’re about is making students a priority, first and foremost, but also we have a greater message of why,” Zante said. “We really want to emphasize bringing students together because we really believe that we should recognize the importance and strengths in our differences. But we should also emphasize what unites us and our common humanity.” Never giving up is what Zante says sets up him up for the position of ASI president. He said he doesn’t give up easily when tackling problems that impact students. “I have a really strong sense of determination, especially when it comes to helping other people,” Zante said. “I really do believe in continuing to try and try again at something until I get it right.”

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At age 18, Cecilia Ruesta, knowing no English, immigrated from Peru to the United States as an undocumented student. “It’s almost like you don’t have an identity, you don’t have something that can prove that you are you,” said Ruesta, a candidate for president of Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) “I left a lot of family back home and we were here and couldn’t leave anymore. If we went back, we weren’t able to come back here.” Ruesta said the sacrifice of leaving is what let her move forward to get an education and learn English. She learned English from listening to music, writing down the lyrics and reading them to herself. “If we’re going to be here at least we have to have a purpose,” Ruesta said. Ruesta identifies as a queer, a female, a mother and much more. She believes that those elected to ASI need to reflect the entire Fresno State student body. “There has to be people up there (ASI) that are truly representing us,” Ruesta said. “We need to make sure that we remind everyone that we are here, that we’re all accepted, that we’re all welcome, [and] this is not a judgmental community.” As an undergraduate and a full-time mother to her daughter, Ruesta didn’t have the chance to be as involved on campus as she would have liked. As a graduate student, Ruesta hopes she can now advocate for people who are in similar situations. “The very first two years of my undergrad it was very difficult,” Ruesta said. “I had to literally just get to class and run out the door and go get my baby. I couldn’t stay for [anything] that was related to getting involved.” As her daughter grew older, Ruesta got the chance to become a woman in a leadership role. She was an intern for the California Faculty Association (CFA) and was president of “P.O.W.E.R” People Organized for Women’s Empowerment and Representation. “That’s pretty much when I was able to finally have the full experience of what being an undergrad at Fresno State was,” Ruesta said. “I was able to start connecting with people. I was able to learn leadership and teamwork.” After receiving her bachelor’s in women’s studies and criminology, Ruesta planned for her future. She plans on staying local after receiving her graduate degree. She wants to work for communities she identifies with in the Valley. “I represent a lot of minorities – I know what the struggles are, I know what the struggles are to be part of this vulnerable population,” Ruesta said. “These are the people I want to work with.” Having conversations with others is what Ruesta says can make students more aware of issues on campus. She said she hopes that asking questions can lead to connections that will stop stereotypes in society. “I want unity between us and to learn from each other,” Ruesta said. “We need to celebrate diversity.”

John Richardson travels up and down campus talking to students. He wants their voices to be heard, while campaigning as a candidate for Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) president. “My campaign has been [about] talking to students,” Richardson said. “Students have ideas it’s just no one’s ever asked them.” After working eight years in business, Richardson is now a Fresno State student, majoring in biology. He said he hopes that, in the future, he can have a career in the medical field. He believes that helping students reach their “one goal” of graduating creates the most success for students. He added that currently there are ideas around campus that may limit student success in reaching their goal. “I would say that impact would be helping someone achieve the goal for which they’re here at school, not a new, shiny building,” Richardson said. Richardson’s passion began when he was studying last semester on the bottom floor of the University Student Union. On the computers, he saw the advertisement for the proposed “Bold New U” campaign which was still in its beginning phase. Curious to learn more, he clicked the link that sent him to the “Bold New U” website. That was when he felt like he needed to speak up. He had to go through lot of information to find what he wanted -- the cost. He said his background in sales helps him understand why the cost was not presented upfront. “That was upsetting. I get that. That’s salesmanship. It still felt wrong,” Richardson said. “I clicked cost. It tells me, don’t worry about it, you don’t have to pay. We won’t be changing anybody until it’s built.” Richardson calls the marketing brilliant, but is concerned about the student body’s lack of knowledge. So his campaign for campus outreach began. He wanted students to be aware of what they were being asked to vote on. Now, he wants students to speak up. He believes goals are not achieved by just planning ways of achieving it, but with acting on it. “The idea is not what’s important, execution is, and the reason for it,” Richardson said. Just as he did when he first began reaching out to students, Richardson says he believes the best way to interact and create change is by talking about it. Creating an environment where students are informed on what’s affecting them is what Richardson thinks is most effective. He knows the student minds think alike and says that one mind can not prosper alone. “Whatever ideas you have for ASI or students, in general, you can’t do it if you don’t have students attention,” Richardson said.

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REVIEW

By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

 EXCELLENT Thousands of people made their way to downtown Fresno on March 25 for Tioga-Sequoia’s annual FresYes Fest, a celebration of local beer, food and music. The festival took place at the brewery’s beer garden with Fulton Street being blocked off between Inyo and Mono for food trucks and vendors. FresYes Fest, a free, all-ages event, began at 1 p.m. and lasted until about 11 p.m. Four specialty beers were on tap specifically for FresYes Fest as well as all of Tioga-Sequoia’s regular beers. Brewery officials said over 2,000 gallons were poured. Over a dozen food trucks with food items ranging from pizza to tacos and ice cream lined the streets. The line for Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream became quite long once the sun decided to come out around midafternoon. Stoneshiver, a four-piece hard rock band, was the first to take the stage at 1:15 p.m. It played a 40-minute set that showcased a mix of songs old and new. Since Stoneshiver began playing just as the festival began, there wasn’t much of a crowd, but it still managed to provide quality entertainment to kick off a fun afternoon. The BOX, described as a “new, old

FresYes Fest shines a light on local music The crowd lifts up their drinks to the sky at the 2017 FresYes Fest at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. on March 25, 2017.

school” cover band, began playing at 2:30 p.m. and performed covers of ‘90s hip-hop, R&B, dance and pop songs for about an hour and a half. It performed a cover of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet that many sang along to, and it even covered a song by Selena, which was my personal favorite. I did have to take a break during The BOX because the set was so long, but I think

overall, they brought a different vibe to the festival and gave attendees a chance to sing along to songs they were familiar with. At 4:30 p.m., was alternative-pop band Amoret who, while usually a three-piece, had a backing band just for FresYes Fest that included a small horns section. Amoret played a 50-minute set that included original songs and covers, and it managed to draw a good-sized crowd that sang along and danced to every song. Amoret’s music targeted a lot of the young adults present, myself included. But I think that the fact that when I looked to

Christian Ortuno • The Collegian

my right, I saw an elderly woman giving her all as she danced to the music, says a lot about the band. It makes music for everyone. The rest of the evening’s live music schedule included the John Clifton Blues Band playing at 6 p.m., indie rock duo Strange Vine at 7:45 and DJ Jess at 9 p.m. FresYes Fest brought people from around the Valley to downtown Fresno and showcased some of the best that Fresno has to offer. It certainly has the potential to grow and continue for many years.

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The Box performs at the 2017 FresYes Fest at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co on March 25, 2017.

•Tues., March 28, 3:30 pm: Gloria Orenstein (Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, University of Southern California), "Jewish American Women Artists: Intersections of Feminism and Jewish Identity in Contemporary Art." Industrial Technology 101.

•Wed, April 5, 3:30 pm: Max Baumgarten (Jack H. Skirball Fellow in Modern Jewish Culture, UCLA), "What Makes the Neighborhood Jewish?: Contesting and Promoting Gentrification in 1980s Los Angeles." McKee Fisk 208.

•Wed., April 19, 3:30 pm: Alma Heckman (History and Jewish Studies, UC Santa Cruz), "A Republican Betrayal? North African Jews and the Holocaust on the Eve of Independence." Library 3212.

Christian Ortuno • The Collegian

A row of food trucks at the 2017 FresYes Fest at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. on March 25, 2017.

•Tues., April 25, 6 pm: Denial (US, 2016). Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, the film recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. McLane Hall 161.


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‘The Great God Plan’ recounts distorted memories of abuse By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

How well do we really remember the past? Do we filter pleasant and unpleasant memories in different ways? “Memory runs murky” is the theme of “The Great God Plan,” the play that opened at Fresno State’s John Wright Theater on March 24. Written by American playwright Amy Herzog in 2010, the play focuses on a 32-year-old journalist, Jamie, and his encounter with his childhood friend, Frank. During their meeting Frank, played by Benjamin Garcia, opens up to Jamie, played by Steven Weatherbee, and tells him that he is suing his father for sexual abuse. After, Frank asks Jamie if he has any information about possible abuse from his father toward other children, including Jamie. From then on, the play centers on Jamie and the turmoil he faces in his life on whether or not he was also abused. “To me, [the play is] not about abuse, it’s about memory and self-discovery,” Herzog said in an interview with the U.S. magazine Playbill. The issue of memory being unreliable is strung throughout all of the characters in the work. Using memory as a main theme allows for there to be a wide variety of diverse characters and topics which are able to be all tied together through the unifying theme. “I thought that in particular topics concerning violence or sex, there wasn’t any gratuitous content,” said Aaron Pierce, a fourth-year theater major. “It was pre-

Benjamin Garcia and Steven Weatherbee in rehearsal.

sented in a way where you understood the topic and you took away what the situation was, but you weren’t inundated with information.” The relationships between the characters, such as Jamie and his mother Cathy, stuck with audience members for how realistically they portrayed relationships between parents and their children. Jana Price, a costume shop assistant

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and third-year theater arts major, said that what resonated with her was, “the relationship between the son and his parents, and how it’s hard to talk about these things and that parents have issues that we aren’t able to talk about. And when you get older and you hear about them and you didn’t know they were happening, it’s just like real life.” The actors all had to play distinct characters with very realistic problems. Their unique roles coupled with the serious topic, pushed them to work harder for the production. “I remember in high school I used to play a lot of [elderly] characters, and this one was like the first one that required for me to do intense work because this woman

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had dementia and you just can’t play what you think,” said Arium Andrews, a second-year theater major who played Polly. Other actors said they were thankful for Kathleen McKinley’s direction, which pushed them to achieve more for the play. “I knew going into this that she would push me,” said Weatherbee, a third-year theater arts major with an acting emphasis. “Whatever my training is up to this point, that wouldn’t be enough for her, and I’m very happy that she’s continued to push me and really forced me in the best way to grow as an actor and as playing the part of Jamie.” “The Great God Plan” will show at the John Wright Theater through April 1.

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Fresno State freshman Michal Chrissakis. “He definitely speaks to the times without being alienating,” said Ashley Flowers, a Fresno State graduate. Flowers said she felt Kite did well at improvising responses to what audience members said. “Almost the entire first half of the performance just seemed to be ad-libbed, and I was pretty impressed with his quick comebacks,” Flowers said. Kite said he performed improv comedy while in college. Although many people might know him from “2 Broke Girls,” Kite said his stand-up comedy differs from his role on the show. Regarding his work acting on “2 Broke Girls,” Kite said, “I play a character in a diner on a make-believe show.” Kite began performing stand-up comedy because he found himself with the time to do it. “I think to get to good, it takes a very, very, very long time. And so, you have to have that time to give,” Kite said.


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Bulldog pride showcased for incoming students

ELECTIONS

Ballot offers two referendums ASI referendum

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Fresno State mascot TimeOut poses for a picture with visitors on Preview Day, March 25, 2017.

PREVIEW DAY from Page 1 es incoming freshman who will be majoring in criminology with an emphasis in law enforcement. Certaves said “it gives you the feeling of home” and also allowed her to explore the possibilities in for her future for the next four years. Not only were students getting to know the educational aspect of the university, but they were able to enjoy campus-exclusive entertainment.

The university’s Mexican folkloric dance team, Los Danzantes de Aztlan, performed for a crowd of hundreds. “I really want [students] to thrive and succeed. I look forward to being with them at the Save Mart Center to graduate,” Castro said.

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Associated Students, Inc. is proposing a referendum to add two additional senate seats to its current body of 15 senators and four executives. The addition would change Article IV of its bylaws. The two proposed senate positions are: A Senator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; A Senator of Veteran and Transfer Affairs. The two senate positions will be selected from the group of students who win Senator-at-Large. For: You would allow Article IV of the bylaws to be changed to 17 senator positions with the addition of a Senator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Senator of Veteran and Transfer Affairs. Against: You disapprove of the changes to Article IV of the bylaws that would add a Senator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Senator of Veteran and Transfer Affairs to the senate.

Bold New Union fee referendum The referendum proposes a potential student fee increase for the cost of constructing the proposed facility. The cost of the project would be $80 million that will be paid off through a $200 per semester student fee. The fee would be implemented once the facility is up and running, with an inflation increase of 3 percent a year. For: The approval of a $200 University Student Union (USU) student fee and the construction of the proposed facility. Against: The disapproval of a $200 University Student (USU) student fee would halt the planning of the proposed facility.

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BASEBALL

Seniors step up to the plate, Aztecs take series

Senior Austin Guibor (#33) swings the bat in attempt to hit the ball against UC Riverside on February 27, 2017 at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.

By Daniel Gligich & Jenna Wilson @danielgligich & @fsjennawilson

A Fresno State baseball ninth-inning walkoff win in the final game of the series against San Diego State University kept the Bulldogs from being swept and allowed the seniors in the lineup to shine. Coming off of a lone Jesse Medrano hit and 12-0 defeat in the second game of the series in Saturday’s doubleheader, the ‘Dogs had their work cut out for them for Sunday’s showdown against the Aztecs. In the bottom of the ninth, the Diamond ‘Dogs were down 7-5 after giving up two runs in the top of the inning, and a group of se-

niors was due up to bat. “How beautiful was that when I looked up and I saw we were at the top of the order with those four seniors coming up, and they all went out and had great at-bats,” head coach Mike Batesole said. Every Bulldog in the lineup chalked up a hit on the board in Fresno State’s 8-7 win over SDSU. Batting leadoff Medrano’s streak continued into Sunday with three hits, including a double and two runs. Senior Austin Guibor had one hit with a sacrifice bunt and one run scored. Senior Scott Silva homered in the third with 2 RBIs, and senior Jake Stone scored the walk-off run after a fielder’s

choice. Stone had a .600 on-base percentage with two walks and a hit. Competition on Sunday saw five Bulldog pitchers with redshirt junior JJ Santa Cruz and sophomore Edgar Gonzalez each giving up three earned Aztec runs. Gonzalez walked five in three innings and etched the most strikeouts out of the bullpen with three. “There’s all kinds of things you could point to in the last couple days that didn’t go our way. What makes this even sweeter is the seniors fighting through that,” Batesole said. “They did a heck of a job. That was four great at-bats by them in the last inning.” The doubleheader Saturday was a far different result for the Bulldogs. Saturday’s first game was an all-too-familiar sight for Fresno State. Ricky Tyler Thomas pitched six innings, giving up only two earned runs, but the bullpen blew another one of Thomas’ starts. When Batesole took Thomas out after six innings, Fresno State was up 4-2. In the seventh inning, reliever Ryan Jensen came in but allowed two unearned runs, due to defensive woes. Reliever Fred Schlichtholz came in at the end of the seventh, but gave up the deciding

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run in the eighth, which put the Aztecs up 5-4. Thomas was visibly disappointed after the loss, but did not put the blame on the bullpen. “I feel like I could do better, but it’s just another game,” Thomas said. “Stuff happens.” He threw 116 pitches, which prevented him from playing farther into the game. He said that he needs to attack the strike zone to get his pitch count down. The tough end to the first game gave San Diego State the momentum heading into Game 2. The Aztecs pounced early, scoring five runs in the second inning, and followed with two in the third and another one in the fourth en route to their domination. “Everybody around here is acting like we’re in last place and we haven’t won a game in a month,” Batesole said. “I’m telling you, 90 percent of the teams out there would like to have the last 16 games like ours have gone. And that’s what these kids – they’re fighting some of that too. Some of them individually aren’t doing as good as they expected, but the bottom line is while they’re not, we’re still winning. Wait ‘til it starts going right.”

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ly to challenge for the job. Reyna threw for 3,646 yards, 39 touchdowns and only eight interceptions last season in junior college. Tedford should make a choice early on to breathe stability and confidence into the program. But whoever ends up taking the first snap at Bulldog Stadium Sept. 2 against Incarnate Word should not be expected to lead the Bulldogs to the Mountain West Championship, let alone a winning season. People should not expect Tedford to replicate the quick turnaround he managed at UC Berkeley in 2002, when he came into a 1-10 situation and led the Bears to a 7-5 record. Yes, Tedford has a history of a quick turnaround, but the current Fresno State team is in very bad shape coming out of the DeRuyter era. The Bulldogs’ future is unknown. The offense returns 10 starters, including all the offensive line, but there were times last season when the production was nonexistent. The defense returns six starters.

On the plus side, punter Blake Cusick, the ‘Dogs’ best player last year, returns for his sophomore year and should continue to provide the defense with good field position. Last season, the defense failed to stop the run when it mattered, which kept the ‘Dogs on the field for far too long. Factor in the tough schedule, and any expectations for this team should be tempered. The Bulldogs travel to national champion runner-up Alabama in Week 2 and have a date with College Football Playoff participant Washington in Seattle the next week. The nonconference schedule is rounded out with a home game in November against Brigham Young University. Besides the daunting nonconference schedule, the ‘Dogs face Boise State at home in the last game of the season. It looks like Tedford is reinstalling the culture of the Valley into the program, with phrases like “No ‘Dogs Down.” But he needs time to get this team back on top to clinch the transformation. My suggestion: Choose a quarterback early with confidence.


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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017

SOFTBALL

Runners left on decline ’Dogs’ sweep

Sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung (#27) pitches the ball against Boise State on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Margie Wright Diamond.

By Jenna Wilson @fsjennawilson

What started off as a grand slam of a series with the Fresno State softball team up two games over Boise State heading into Sunday morning’s game, ended in unassumed fashion as the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in nine innings at Margie Wright Diamond. The ‘Dogs were untouched by the rain and the Broncos in Friday’s game after mercying the Broncos 9-0 in just 41/2 innings. Fresno State junior pitcher Savannah McHellon and sophomore outfielder Vanessa Hernandez each hit a grand slam in consecutive innings for the first time in program history giving the Bulldogs the edge. “It’s always great when you can get some offensive performance, especially in these type of conditions,” head coach Linda Garza said. “For us to be able to get that big hit

when we needed to in those critical situations to make this a quick game is definitely something we’re proud of.” Sophomore Kamalani Dung pitched a five-inning shutout, giving up just three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in 19 batters faced. “You leave a lot of things when weather comes in,” Garza said. “You never know if a pitcher is not going to be able to manage the game and manage throwing strikes, so I thought Kamalani did an amazing job.” Execution at the plate and smart base running in Saturday’s 8-2 victory allowed Fresno State to clinch the series over Boise State. The Bulldogs walked nine times with five sacrifices and seven RBIs on just three hits, including an inside-the-park homer by freshman Miranda Rohleder. “Sacrifice flies and a squeeze gave us momentum in a game where we couldn’t get the ball to fall for hits,” Garza said.

McHellon pitched the full seven innings, giving up five hits with one earned run and striking out five batters. The junior tossed 99 pitches, 63 fewer than the three Boise State pitchers combined. With 11 left on base in Sunday’s game, in what seemed to be the opposite of the previous game as far as executing, the ‘Dogs were unable to complete the sweep, despite a career-high nine innings pitched by Dung in their 2-1 loss in extra innings to the conference matchup Broncos. The right-handed pitcher allowed just two runs – one earned – on four hits, striking out five and walking none. “After today, it’s kind of just a learning experience and just work on getting better in practice this week,” Dung said. “When I’m pitching in like the ninth inning, 10th inning, I try less for the strikeouts and I go more for saving my arm and just letting the fielders do some work. Easy ground balls. That’s what

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I’m trying to do. Short innings, four pitches, that’s the goal.” Senior outfielder Kierra Willis was walked twice in the final game of the series and three times in Saturday’s competition, leaving her tied for second place on Fresno State’s all-time walk lists with 111 career walks and 21 on the season. Willis needs four more walks to break the program record for career walks. “We need to be able to get the bunt down. We need to be able to keep the ball down when it’s a tight game and just better execute at the plate,” Garza said. “We had opportunities with runners in scoring position throughout the game, and we just weren’t able to make the adjustments that we need to make if we want to win a conference championship.” The Bulldogs (22-11, 4-2 MW) take on the Pacific Tigers (17-17) at home on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m.

THE PAWSPECTIVE

DeRuyter’s despair becomes Tedford’s main affair By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

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Redshirt freshman Quarterback Chason Virgil carries the ball at Bulldog Stadium against San Diego State on Oct. 14, 2016.

Spring football starts Monday, and that means the Bulldogs are practicing for the first time under new head coach Jeff Tedford. For the ‘Dogs to have a fighting chance at having anything close to a good season, Tedford needs to name his starting quarterback early on, and back his choice with confidence. What was often missing during former coach Tim DeRuyter’s tenure was the inability to name a starting quarterback and stick with the choice. The choices this year are third-year sophomore Chason Virgil, redshirt freshman James Quentin Davis, senior Christian Rossi and junior West Los Angeles transfer Jorge Reyna, who is the only Tedford recruit of the group. Even though Fresno State endured the worst season in program history last year, the team had stability with Virgil starting 10 games.

A simple trip down memory lane reveals the pitfalls of not choosing a starting quarterback and backing him up with confidence. In 2014, Brian Burrell was the starter but split time with Brandon Connette in the opener at USC. Burrell never received the full confidence from the coaching staff that he deserved. In 2015, Kilton Anderson, Zach Greenlee and Virgil all received meaningful playing time, but the coaches never settled on one. Both seasons proved unsuccessful, though the ‘Dogs did make the Mountain West championship game in 2014. That was due to the abysmal West division. It would seem that Virgil is the favorite for the job given his experience. But he is coming off shoulder surgery and will be limited in spring practice. Also, Tedford is implementing a pro-style offense, which will be dramatically different from the spread system that Virgil is experienced in. Virgil may be the incumbent, but Reyna is the most intriguing candidate and most like-

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