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Kendalyn Mack gives reasons as to why she chose Fresno State as her college campus at the conference room in the President’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Mack is the first ever-presidential intern under Joseph I. Castro.

By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

Kendalyn Mack was once homeless, but now the public health major is Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro’s first-ever presidential intern. “I never expected to be here,” Mack said, “I never expected to have this role, to be so influential to the community and students.”

Growing up in Compton, Mack was surrounded by hardships before graduating high school. She was in the “lower end” of finances and knew nobody who had gone to college. “It was so far-fetched. Nobody in my family had gone to college,” Mack said. During her last years of high school, she split away from her parents. She had become homeless. “We had conflict types of is-

sues. It was best for us to separate at that time,” Mack said. Wanting a better future, Mack excelled to end her high school career with the support of staff who believed in her. “They [mentors] told me that I can do this. That I’m going to be somebody,” Mack said. “Those words are what allowed me to continue on, even when it seemed like it was impossible.” She knew that her ticket out of all her struggles would be an

education. That belief is what led her out of the environment she was in. “It was solely on my academic support. They really kept me going,” Mack said, “I couldn’t have done it alone; I would have to show respect to my counselors.” Hearing the experiences of other friends who were attending Fresno State only fueled Mack’s drive to pursue a higher education. Her dreams became

a reality when Fresno State became the first university to accept her. “It’s a feeling that’s hard to explain, but it was an amazing experience,” Mack said. Attending college was not only a new experience for her but for her family as well. Mack was now on a mission to support herself. Her life has been different since.

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Collegian adds 18 awards to collection

By Collegian Staff @TheCollegian

SAN FRANCISCO — Sitting in a room filled with their peers and competitors, five Collegian editors accepted 18 awards on behalf of the student-run newspaper Saturday in San Francisco for the 2017 California College Media Association (CCMA) awards. Student journalists from community college, California State University and University of California newspapers went head-tohead in the annual Excellence in Student Media competition for a chance to be the top in their re-

spective divisions. The Collegian competed in Division A, which is comprised of all university campuses with a student population of 10,000 or more. Division B includes university campuses with a student population of less than 10,000 and Division C, being community colleges. The Collegian was notified the organization placed in 17 categories. When the team began receiving the awards at the banquet Saturday evening, they were surprised with an unexpected award, bringing the total number to 18. “This year we did exception

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(From left to right) Chueyee Yang, Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, Diana Giraldo, Juan Alvarez and Daniel Gligich.





Let’s put the ‘social’ in social media By Amber Carpenter @shutupambs

Whether you’re a millennial or middle-aged, you probably have a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account. While it seems as though people can’t stop complaining about posting on the internet, they continue to do it – contributing to an online landscape full of personal experiences. The ability to post anything at anytime – Wi-Fi or mobile data permitting – gives any human with a smartphone lots of power. And, as we know, with great power comes great responsibility. Social media became an established part of society so quickly that those using it had to adapt to rules or social cues that may exist. Even now, so many years after the introduction of Snapchat or Instagram, there are many social media “no-no’s” we engage in. With the rise of social media, users have had to learn to adapt in all areas – including romance. In complete honesty, it’s hard to choose what’s worse: those who post cryptically or those who overshare. It’s done time and time again, from a cryptic song lyric after a fight with a significant other or an Instagram post of a lone streetlight after a falling out with a friend, cryptic posts are everywhere. For those who post cryptically, it’s hard not to wonder exactly why they would do such a thing, maybe it’s a means to keep nosy followers on their toes, or a message they’re trying to send to one specific person’s newsfeed. Compare this with Snapchat video after Snapchat video of your friend hitting the beach with her boyfriend, or your feed being flooded with #mancrushmondays or #womancrushwednesdays. How much is too much? People are live-tweeting their Tinder dates. When does it end?

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In this day and age, your emotions have an audience. This audience includes your friends, family or even someone you happened to meet just once in passing and ended up exchanging Twitter handles with. Because of outlets like Snapchat or Instagram’s new “Moments” feature, anyone can know what you’re doing at a moment’s notice. However just because this feature exists, doesn’t necessarily warrant an invitation to share every waking moment of your life. This includes, but isn’t limited to: what you ate for breakfast, the homework you’re doing in the library or the music you’re listening to on Spotify. That being said, we are all guilty of taking adorable Boomerangs and posting them in hopes of garnering all the likes. Sometimes, the mistakes don’t happen when we’re the ones posting – they also occur when we’re the ones browsing.

I don’t believe anyone who says they haven’t browsed two or three years back on someone’s account. But no reward comes with this risk, only the gut-wrenching worry that you will accidentally like a post that’s more than 300 weeks old. If you aren’t guilty of doing such a thing, consider yourself lucky. There is nothing quite as embarrassing as knowing that a friend or potential suitor has been notified that you now know what their great-grandmother looked like at her high school graduation. With all of the worry and stress social media gives us, why continue to use it? Besides the obvious answer – pictures of cute animals – the underlying reason why we care so much what and why everyone posts is the sense of community we gain by sharing our lives with others. Social media accounts could be thought of as an online scrapbook to save your own

memories or the memories of others, or as a means to congratulate or motivate one another to hit the gym or ace the last of the classes someone needs before they graduate. While it’s easy to criticize and pick apart the food posts that pile on one another, or judge the drunken antics of college roommates, it’s the social media moments that bring us together – the engagements, the weddings or the documentation of new lives brought into the world – that create the community that has made social media so lovable. Find the online community you feel a part of the most. And while moments will arise where your first thought is to judge, remember that online communities, just like the physical communities cultivated through work or school, are created to build upon each other and reach toward a common goal.

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From poverty to the president’s office: Castro’s first intern PROFILE from Page 1 When Mack’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer, she stood by him during his chemotherapy. Seeing how much of an impact the disease and the treatment had on her father, it got her thinking about her own future. She always had an interest in health, but after seeing what was going on with her father, she knew that passion could be used for something new. “Seeing that, it just put a new drive in me to inform the community on how to make healthy lifestyle decisions for the mind, body and spirit,” Mack said. Mack decided to major in public health with a concentration in community health and hopes to graduate in spring 2018. She wants to be a health education specialist with a focus in holistic health. Mack said she began college with the mentality that she needed to focus on making the most money as possible to not end up in her previous financial situation. “Now I’m in a place where I’d rather do something that I love, do something where I’m helping people,” Mack said. “I’m serving the community, and that satisfaction for me is much more than any financial gain.” Last spring was the first time Mack met

Castro. She admired how the president was so active with students on social media and in person. At that time, Mack helped organize an art show of work done by people with autism. A room in the University Student Union had been transformed into a museum, and Castro was invited. To her surprise, he showed up. From that moment, Mack admired his leadership. “I didn’t have any major pulls to Fresno State, and he still came. It was just amazing,” Mack said. Mack continued being involved in other organizations over the summer. During those times, Castro was also there seeing the contact she was developing with the student body. When she saw the job posting for the internship, she hesitated, wondering if this opportunity was actually for her. She told herself: “I’m not ready to work with the president. Me? I’m from Compton. There’s no way I’m going to work for the president.” But after encouragement from professors and fellow students, Mack applied for the position. After meeting with the chief of staff and with Castro, she was hired. Thirty people had applied. Growing up, Mack learned to think

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Presidential Intern Kendalyn Mack in the conference room at the President’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

small. She was brought up with limited opportunities. Having this new venture in life will lead to her goal of becoming somebody, she said. “Wake up everyday and work for a purpose towards a goal. Nothing’s stopping you,” Mack said. One of Mack’s special projects was working with the Fresno Street Saints, a nonprofit organization in Southwest Fresno, whose mission is to expose the students to things outside their often violent environment. On Feb. 4 Mack planned an on-campus event for more than 100 of their members. The event includes campus tours, a basketball game and lunch. The organization had a strong connection to Mack because she was in the same shoes as a number of the students who will be visiting. She said that even stepping foot on a college campus can make a large im-

pact in the future of the students. “Having this type of exposure, meeting President Castro, meeting me and other representatives on campus will show them it’s actually possible,” Mack said. Her goals don’t stop there, she said. She would like to be certified in yoga and become an advocate for alternative healing options other than pharmaceutical medicine. “There’s other options to treat yourself when you’re going through something or have a disease,” Mack said. Mack is a strong believer in the power the mind has over the body. She said her mental motivation led her to gain a number of life-changing opportunities. “It’s a life-changing experience when you start thinking positive,” Mack said. “You start thinking positive, and positive things start happening.”

Collegian surprised with one more award AWARDS from Page 1 ally well. When my team found out about the nominations you could visually see how proud they were for their work,” Editor-in-Chief Diana Giraldo said. “Each and every one of them spends countless hours in thinking of new and creative ways to showcase stories, whether it is through words, pictures, videos or graphics.” Managing editor Cresencio Rodriguez, news editor Chueyee Yang, assistant news editor Daniel Gligich, design editor Juan Alvarez and Giraldo attended the CCMA awards. “We dedicate our time, creativity and motivation into our organization because we genuinely love bringing the students information about things that directly impact their lives,” Giraldo said. “From editorial to our art and advertising staff, they are each a piece of what makes this award winning puzzle – The Collegian.” 1st Place Best Sales Promotional Material (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Advertising Media Kit)

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COUNTRY CONCERT By David Chavez @d23chavez

Save Mart Center was the place to be on Friday night when Blake Shelton made his stop in Fresno to bring the “Doing it to Country Songs” tour to a full house of country music fans. The Oklahoma native and coach from NBC’s “The Voice” demonstrated his fun-loving, charismatic energy throughout the evening. Shelton’s ability to relate to the fans in attendance gave the concert the feeling of a backyard party. Joining along on the tour were two former Voice contestants, both of whom were coached by Shelton. Season 11 winner Sundance Head got the night started, followed by Season 2 alum Raelynn. With songs like “God Made Girls” and “Love Triangle,” Raelynn brought the people to their feet as they continued to file in and fill up the venue. The crowd sang along as she performed a cover of Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving.” Shelton came to the stage next, and the arena was filled with roars and screams. Donning an acoustic guitar, the multiple award-winning country artist opened his set with “Neon Light.” “It’s going to be a long night, Fresno,” Shelton said. He explained to the crowd that in this instance, “long night” was used in a good context that meant the night would be filled with new and old songs. He played many of his hit singles like “Some Beach,” “Sangria,” “Lonely Tonight,” “All About Tonight” and “Honey Bee.” During the middle of his performance, Shelton took a break to play an acoustic set when it was just him and his guitar. He played one of the crowd’s favorites, “Austin.” He spoke about meeting and getting to talk with Fresno State head football coach Jeff Tedford.

Blake brings buzz to Fresno

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Blake Shelton performs at the Save Mart Center on Friday, March 3, 2017. “Fresno, there’s a lot of crazy country fans out there,” Shelton said during a small break in between songs. The country singer made a stop in Fresno for his Doing It To Country Songs tour and throughout the night would shake hands with the audience as he performed.

“No ’Dogs down,” Shelton said about what stuck with him after talking with Tedford earlier that day. He explained how that is the way we should view our fellow neighbors. After the break, he sang a cover of George Strait’s “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” and everyone was dancing and grooving. Erica Lopez, a Fresno State student majoring in public health, has been a fan

of Shelton for over three years, and Friday marked the first time she saw him live in concert. “It was an awesome experience,” Lopez said. “He was very interactive with the audience, and he would move all around the stage instead of being in just one place. If he were to come again, I would totally go.” Head and Raelynn joined Shelton on stage to sing “Boys ’Round Here.” As the

performers walked off the stage, the fans were yelling for more songs. The request was answered as the musicians came back out along with Shelton and started the encore with a rendition of “Footloose.” The evening had laughter, cheers, tears, singalongs and friendly moments. Shelton definitely had everyone showing off that “Hillbilly Bone” on Friday night.


Grammy-winning cellist performs with Fresno State music faculty By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

In the music industry, many artist’s break off from a group to start a solo career, but self proclaimed team player Lynn Harrell enjoys performing with others. Harrell, two-time Grammy Award-winner, performed with other guest artists in a string Chamber Music Extravaganza at Fresno State on March 4 in the department of music Concert Hall before a full audience. Harrell, who describes himself as a team player, often performs as a soloist with orchestras around the world, which is why he enjoys playing with smaller, more intimate chamber groups. “There is much more responsibility playing in chamber music because you’re not the main protagonist. Occasionally, of course, the cello has the solo and people will be obliged to follow the soloist,” said Harrell.

“But so often I have to fit in with others, and I love doing that.” The other performers included: Stephen Boe and Limor Toren-Immerman, a music professor at Fresno State, on violin; Michael Chang and Paul Coletti on viola; and Thomas Loewenheim, head of strings and conductor of the university orchestra at Fresno State, on cello. The sextet performed two works by Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, both Romantic era composers. Throughout each movement of the two works, a wide range of emotions was felt by the audience and the performers. “I grew up playing the Tchaikovsky with my teachers when I was a young kid, so for me I always see my teacher playing the first violin part when I play,” said Coletti, a Grammy nominated recording artist. “When I look at the first violins I don’t actually see [Boe], I see my teacher sitting there, so it’s a chance for me to see him again because he’s

been dead for many years.” Of the two pieces, Harrell prefers the Brahms because of the “infinite truths about humanity” in the work, and he specifically enjoys the first movement. “It’s, of course, the longest because there’s a big repeat, but it’s just so tender and warm and loving. But it has some anger also,” Harrell said. For this concert, Harrell was the main attraction for most of the audience. “Lynn Harrell is such an incredible character in the first place. He is so warm and he embraces [you] just through his speaking and his playing and his being. So having him on stage is like being invited into the music,” said Julia Copeland, executive director of Youth Orchestras of Fresno. While Harrell’s presence was a major reason audience members attended the concert, many attendees were also fans of the works chosen by Loewenheim. “I love listening to this repertoire;

Brahms is amazing, and it’s rare to hear a sextet. Usually it’s the normal quartet,” Erin Adams, music performance master’s student, said. “And to get all of these colleagues from different schools, it’s really interesting to see the interplay between the musicians while they’re playing.” This chamber concert was a way to raise awareness for the FOOSA Summer Orchestra Academy, an orchestra immersion program on Fresno State’s campus. The twoweek summer program is how college and high school students to receive daily individual lessons, orchestra rehearsals and more. Which all culminates with a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. For Harrell, he enjoys using music as a way to reach out to students. “It’s always a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with friends here and to make music on this level,” Harrell said. “And the students and what this is for, for the young people, is very close and dear to my heart.”





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Medieval comedy troupe performs on campus By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian

Fresno State students were transported back in time with a performance of two medieval comedies on March 4 in the Satellite Student Union. Le Cercle Français, the French club of the modern and classical languages and literatures department, brought Les Enfans Sans Abri, a comedy troupe, to Fresno State. The comedy troupe’s goal is to show how the sense of comedy in medieval times is similar to current times in regards to themes and how jokes are told, illustrating how people still laugh at the same things. “I hope [students] realize that we haven’t changed that much from 900 years [ago],” said Natalie Muñoz, professor of French classes at Fresno State, said. “But also that they understand a little bit about what makes medieval people think; that they were highly religious but also that they could laugh at themselves.” The troupe consisted of three actors for the performance: Sharon Diane King, Curt S. Steindler and Barry Scott Silver. However, there are many more members that make up Les Enfans Sans Abri. The first performance was “The Saintly Mister Louse” which featured Steindler dressed as a giant louse interacting with the audience. Throughout the performance, King described the louse in a praising manner, as well as the trials and tribulations of the louse’s life. King said that there were a variety of performances of fake sermons such as this one during medieval times of other mock saints, such as Saint Onion. “The Joyous Farce of Martin de Cambrai” was the second performance by an anonymous 15th century author. A cobbler (Steindler) and his wife (King) get into an argument, causing the cobbler to lock the wife in their house. The local priest (Silver) and the wife then create a plan in order to get her out so that she can stay with the priest. “I just enjoyed the light-hearted humor and the kind of universal themes, the cuckold husband, the naughty priest,” Muñoz said “I still think they’re funny today even though these taboo subjects [are] something we’re not used to seeing.” Many students attending had been encouraged to do so by their French classes. However, they were able to both enjoy a comedy show while also learning. “It was interesting because it taught me about the history of the past people in medieval times,” said Iris Medina, a thirdyear psychology major. Traveling comedy group performs on Saturday in the Satellite Student Union on Mar. 4, 2017.

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A Lenten journey begins on campus

By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

Students started their annual Lenten journey last week on Ash Wednesday, continuing to give up pleasures in honor of the religious practice. “Ash Wednesday is such an important day,” said Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro, who is Catholic. “I think it’s important for our community to have lots of different kinds of celebrations.” The Catholic religion observes Lent in a 40-day period, not including Sundays. The season includes fasting, repentance, self-reflection and preparation for Easter. The Lenten season ends the evening before Easter, which is called Holy Saturday. Hundreds of university students, faculty, staff and Fresno residents began Lent in the Satellite Student Union with a Mass last Wednesday. The event was co-sponsored by the Newman Catholic Student Association and the St. Paul Catholic Newman Center. Student Romyna Teale, who is Catholic, said she is giving up fast food for Lent. “This is important to me because the Lord saved me from my sins, and he died for me, and I’m only giving up something so small for him,” Teale said. Student Miko Lababit, who is also Catholic, said, “I’m giving up unhealthy foods and soda.” Lababit said Lent season is important to her because it teaches her how to sac-

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Bishop Armando Ochoa ashes the foreheads of the Fresno State community in the Satellite Student Union on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The markings represent the start of the Season of Lent.

rifice the simple things “just as the Lord sacrificed his life for all of us.” She added, “I think it’s important for students at Fresno State to celebrate [Lent] so it teaches us how to appreciate what the Lord did for us.” Susana Zantoz said, as she laughed, that she is giving up watching YouTube

videos for Lent. “It’s important to me because it’s one of the seasons where, as a Catholic, I get to change up my lifestyle and just kind of get away from the things that bring me down and come closer to God,” Zantoz said. Castro said that when he was approached by the university Catholic Stu-

dent Association to set up the event, he did not hesitate in saying yes. Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno celebrated the Mass and distribution of the ashes. The Mass included passages from the Bible, songs of prayer, an offering, prayer, communion and a final blessing. “A change of heart – that is what the Lenten season is all about,” Ochoa said. “A time of looking in ourselves – where we’ve been, where we are, but where possibly we can be.” Castro said instead of giving something up, he decided to do more: “I’m going to try to do more to serve others and give more in different ways – that’s my goal.” In addition to Mass, Castro provided lunch. “I noticed that people couldn’t eat lunch if they came here, so it was a way to help them so that they could do it during their lunch hour or between classes,” Castro said. Castro said Ash Wednesday is one of many religious expressions on campus. “We have prayer space in the library. We have lots of events on campus that are religious in nature, and it is really up to the student groups to decide what they want to do,” Castro said. “They have the ability to sponsor any kind of event like this.” Castro said it is important for the university community to observe various religious traditions, and that the university is always welcoming of those traditions.

IN BRIEF Redditor YouTubes his way to more than $20,000 misuse A Fresno State library employee may have cost the university as much as $22,208 by misusing his time watching videos online, playing video games and visiting non-work related websites. The California State Auditor received a complaint that the unidentified employee used his work computer to visit nonwork sites during business hours. The state asked the university to investigate the complaint. The audit said the employee’s computer contained more than 48,300 webpage visits, which were not work-related. His duties include supervising student assistants, training staff, shelving library materials and supporting building security. The websites that the employee visited

include YouTube, Game Box, Drudge Report, SiriusXM, and Reddit, according to the audit. Deborah Adishian-Astone, vice president for administration at Fresno State, said in a statement that the university is taking the matter very seriously, but does not comment on the specific issue. “There are instances where such conduct could result in findings of suspension or termination of employment,” Adishian-Astone said. The investigation prompted a series of recommendations to Fresno State, including assigning more work to the employee, limiting his internet use and providing more direct supervision of the employee to ensure that he uses his work time to benefit the needs of the library. w According to the audit, Fresno State reported in February that it is following

the recommendations and provided the employee with a formal notice outlining the recommendations. Court denies Save Mart Center tax refund A court ruling has left the California State University, Fresno Association without access to a tax refund on the Save Mart Center due to late filing on the associations part. The nonprofit association operates the Save Mart Center, a nearly 430,000 square foot arena that holds up to 16,000 people east of campus. Fresno County, about a decade ago, computed the association’s tax bill over a multi-year period. The association did not agree with the county’s process, and the dispute was argued in several venues. The association

argues that the correct tax code was not applied between 2003 and 2006, but said they recognized the court’s position when it ruled they filed the claims too late. At one point, a Superior Court judge agreed with the association. The county appealed the Superior Court decision to the Fifth Appellate District Court. In a 22page decision, the Appellate Court came to a single conclusion: the association missed the key deadline for acting. The association has already paid the tax bill and penalties. Debbie Adishian-Astone, vice president for administration associate vice president for auxiliary services said in a statement, that while the association is disappointed with the court’s decision, they will not appeal the decision.

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Bowling club gives students sense of belonging By Bineet Kaur @hellobineet

A sense of wonder inspired Hailey Ganiron to join the Fresno State Bowling Club. Ganiron, a child development major, was competing in a junior bowling league when she noticed a talented bowler nearby. She learned he was in college. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow, what are they teaching him in college that’s making him so good?” Ganiron said. Glenn Carlson established the Fresno State Bowling Club in 1969. The men’s team was National Collegiate Club champion in the 2014–2015 season. The club typically participates in 11 tournaments every season, mostly in California and Nevada. Chris Preble, the club’s current head coach, said he became interested in bowling while growing up because there was a bowling alley only a bike ride from his home. He bowled for Fresno State from 1985 to 1989. There are no prerequisites for joining the club. Some members are part of the travel team, while others are in a development team. “As long as you help with fundraising and attend practices, we will work with you to improve your game,” Preble said. “It’s not unheard of for someone with very little experience in the game to improve so much that they work their way onto the travel team.” Kiana Rowe, a member of the bowling club who is majoring in deaf education, has been involved with bowling since the age of 5.

Members of the Fresno State Bowling Club gather before tournament play for the Tony Reyes Memorial on Feb. 18, 2017.

“Bowling challenges my mental and physical abilities and allows me to grow not only as a player but as a person,” Rowe said. Although bowling can be done individually, Preble said collegiate bowling gives those who love the sport the opportunity to be a part of a team. “My favorite thing about the bowling

club is that we are like family,” Ganiron said. “We try our best to help each other, and we take care of each other. I also love the feeling of a bunch of people working together to achieve something great.” In addition, collegiate bowling gives people more opportunities to travel. Ganiron said she was amazed by the big screens and how many lanes there were when she

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competed in Las Vegas. Rowe said she enjoyed visiting Chicago and said she appreciated getting to do so with good company. Preble said the bowling club has been invited to compete in the Dallas sectional for collegiate bowling this year. “Joining this club makes you feel like you belong somewhere,” Rowe said.






Fresno State guard Jaron Hopkins (#1) attempts a layup against the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

On the night that the Fresno State men’s basketball team celebrated its senior class, the ’Dogs capitalized on a dominant first half 35-24 to beat the visiting UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 72-59. The ’Dogs improved to 11-7 in the Mountain West Conference and 19-11 overall. Seniors Paul Watson, Cullen Russo and Karachi Edo were honored in front of friends, family and fans for their collegiate careers with the Bulldogs. Head coach Rodney Terry said watching them grow over the years was particularly pleasing . “Time flies,” Terry said. “I remember when Paul and Karachi were freshmen; they had to start their first game here because we had some injuries. They never really looked back from that point on.” Terry credited the trio for helping to elevate the program. “Those guys have had the opportunity to be on two postseason teams already, with the opportunity for a third. That is a pretty good career for guys who came in and were stumbling around as freshmen,” Terry said. “I have seen those guys go from young boys to young men who are going to be productive guys and have a degree to show for it.” With the help of Jaron Hopkins, Deshon Taylor and Terrell Carter II, the ’Dogs closed out the regular season in winning fashion continuing their win streak into the Mountain West Conference tournament. Taylor finished the game with a teamhigh 19 points, while Hopkins and Carter chipped in 16 and 15 points respectively. Freshman Bryce Williams opened the scoring for the ’Dogs with a post hook after shaking off a defender. After the Rebels (11-20, 4-14 MW) opened the game on a 5-2 run, Hopkins crossed up his defender for a layup to cut the deficit to one point. With 15 minutes left

in the half, Russo got his name on the scoreboard with a putback. The ’Dogs took the lead after Jahmel Taylor connected from long range for a one-point lead. After the Rebels scored on a breakaway layup, Jahmel came back again with a deep 3-pointer. With 11 minutes remaining, the ’Dogs led by two after a 12-7 run.

with another strong layup after he outmuscled his opponent for the two points. After a strong defensive effort with 8 1/2 minutes left, Deshon hit a shot just inside the 3-point line to give the ’Dogs an 11-point lead. The ’Dogs capitalized on a 13-1 run pushing the lead to 13 points with seven minutes remaining.

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Left to right: Senior Karachi Edo, head coach Rodney Terry, senior Paul Watson, and senior Cullen Russo on Fresno State men’s basketball senior night at the Save Mart Center on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Carter and Hopkins combined to score six straight points after Hopkins assisted on Carter’s layups inside. Hopkins then pushed the fast break to score on a finish with his right hand. Carter scored his sixth point in the half

Williams showed his defensive prowess after he flew from the help side to deliver a crowd-cheering block on the UNLV center. Williams’ length continued to bother the opponent’s front-court players. Deshon executed a timely block to give

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the ’Dogs a fast break chance. He later dribbled around a screen by Williams and threw down a one-handed tomahawk dunk. The home crowd leaped out of their seats. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half, Fresno State had a strong 15-point advantage. The ’Dogs ended the half up 11 points after a Rebels rally. After Taylor hit an open shot for the first two points of the second half, Williams scored on a tough layup in the paint followed by Hopkins’ breakaway two-handed slam. Four minutes into the second half, the ’Dogs were up 14 points over the Rebels. After Carter entered the game, the ’Dogs battled out to a 19-point lead culminating after Carter scored on consecutive baskets. The Rebels made a comeback with under 10 minutes to go to cut the deficit by eight points. With 4 1/2 minutes left, Fresno State’s lead slipped to 11 points. With three minutes remaining, the ‘Dogs stepped up defensively to keep the lead intact. Taylor connected on a deep 3-pointer to push the lead to 16, bringing the bench to its feet. Hopkins followed suit by drilling a three of his own. The ’Dogs closed out the game after they held the Rebels to four points in the final three minutes. The Fresno State defense held the Rebels to 35 percent shooting, going 19 of 53. The ’Dogs will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed. Terry said it’s all about finishing at this point in the year. “Postseason play starts for us in Vegas,” Terry said. “If you are able to finish at a very high rate and execute at a very high level, then you advance. That is what this time of the year is about.” The defending champion Bulldogs take on No. 5 seed New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

March 6, 2017  
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