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The Collegian followed the top three Kids Day sellers from 2016.
ROAD TO KIDS DAY SEE:
Fresno State Army ROTC makes effort to stay warm with pushups and running across the crosswalk. Pi Kappa Alpha visits McDonalds, drinks a lot of coffee and huddles together with blankets in lawn chairs. Sigma Phi Epsilon members make coffee, food-runs and some do homework.
About 30 Fresno State Army ROTC members gather to raise funds. Pi Kappa Alpha sells 500 out of 800 newspapers, and gives up one of their corners to Target of Clovis. Approximately 15 Sigma Phi Epsilon members sell newspapers. Low number of participants due to early class sessions.
Fresno State Army ROTC raises approximately $5,000 and continues to sell more. Pi Kappa Alpha sells more than 800 newspapers, leaves corners due to everyone having classes. Newspapers sellout. Sigma Phi Epsilon raises more than $2,000. Khone Saysamongdy & Yezmene Fullilove â€˘ The Collegian
Fresno State organizations participate in Kids Day 2017 in Fresno on Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017
GOT OPINIONS? We want to hear them. COLLEGIAN-OPINION@CSUFRESNO.EDU WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017
Consent is a lot like a Chipotle burrito bowl
Marina McElwee • The Collegian
By Marina McElwee @MarinaMashelle
Most female college students have probably attended what seems like a million sexual assault seminars. These seminars tend to follow the same pattern and talk about the same issues. First, the speakers explain what sexual assault is; they drag on about the term “consent”; tell their story about when they became a victim or ambassador of sexual assault; and then leave the audience with a list of resources to consult if they are ever sexually assaulted. Earlier this week, I attended a similar talk on campus, but this one stood out among the masses. Sexual assault advocate and survivor Bonny Shade presented “Just Another Assault” in a way that was personal and honest. She was funny, truthful and
most importantly, relatable. Shade is a Panhellenic woman – an alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha – and gave her talk to a roomful of Fresno State sorority women on Badge Day. She said it’s important that we talk about sexual assault because it is meant to recognize the crest worn as sorority women who uphold the standards of those organizations. Those standards aren’t met if we don’t know how to support a sister in a time of need or recognize when she needs help. Shade began her talk by dancing on stage and singing along to the Spice Girls hit, “Wannabe.” She told us all about her sorority life and joked with us about going to fraternity parties and drinking more than she should have, but still having a fun and safe night. I think that’s when most of us gained some respect for Shade, because she was honest and outspoken. Shade told the audience that she didn’t
fully realize she was a survivor of sexual assault until 3,136 days after she was assaulted. She said her lightbulb moment was when she finished reading “Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” by Jon Krakauer. Most sexual assault presentations will tell you not to drink more than two drinks an hour and that putting yourself in a situation where there will be pressure to drink is increasing your chances of being sexually assaulted. I understand these statistics, but the fact of the matter is, these abstract numbers aren’t going to stop women from going out and having a good time. Alcohol consumption is a part of college culture, and it surrounds our campus in Greek and non-Greek life. What Shade did during her talk was tell us it’s OK to go out and drink and be a part of that culture, but understanding how alcohol impairs the body differently for men and women can
help you avoid overconsumption. The usual buzzword when talking about sexual assault is “consent.” People are so tired of the “no means no” and “yes means yes” lectures that are given on college campuses, and so is Shade. She compared sex to ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle. She said we are allowed to ask for extra rice and beans, but no tomatoes if that’s what we want. Consent is not one word or a signed contract. Shade said that consent is a conversation between partners and understanding what is OK and what is not. This idea of consent being a dynamic interaction, and more than just yes and no, was really refreshing for me. The one thing about this talk that was problematic was its audience. Yes, women need to know about sexual assault and be aware of the resources provided to us. We need to understand that it is never the victim’s fault, and that we have the power to fight and say no or change our mind during intercourse. But where are the slides that are telling our male colleagues that assaulting someone is not OK? Why wasn’t this presentation given to a roomful of young men, the main demographic perpetuating the problem? We won’t see change and end sexual violence and assault until we start telling young men that enough is enough. We should be teaching them that when a girl has had too much to drink and doesn’t say “no,” that doesn’t mean “yes.” Young men should have these talks twice as much as women do to understand just how much sexual assault hurts physically, emotionally and mentally. Shade’s presentation was informative, moving, inspirational and entertaining – but we are targeting the wrong audience when we give the talk exclusively to women.
Jordan Bradley • The Collegian
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Khone Saysamongdy &Yezmene Fullilove • The Collegian
Fresno State students from Army ROTC, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon sell The Fresno Bee newspaper on Kids Day, Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
years of Kids Day
By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
It was a race to the top spot Tuesday for Fresno State organizations who wanted to give back to the community for Valley Children’s annual Kids Day fundraiser. In 2016, Fresno State Army ROTC placed first by raising $7,603, Pi Kappa Alpha came in second place and raised $2,890.60 and Sigma Phi Epsilon raised $2,397.38, placing third. For 30 years, Kids Day has been a Valley tradition put on by Valley Children’s Hospital, the Fresno Bee and ABC 30. Millions of dollars have been raised throughout the years to cover costs that cannot be paid privately to treat a child with a life-threatening condition. On average, 6,000 volunteers from more than 20 communities come out in the early hours of the morning and throughout the day on street corners to sell special editions of the Fresno Bee. Last year’s top three university fundraisers found themselves competing this year for the best street corners, most newspaper sales and most donations. Hot coffee, blankets, lawn chairs and big sweaters were a major part Kids Day’s success. The top three fundraisers set their sights on their corners
months in advance and remained tight-lipped on their locations until they staked out their territory, as early as 8 p.m. the night before. Battalion civil operations leader Clare Wardle, exercise science major and lead coordinator, said ROTC started planning six weeks before the day of the event. “[We were] deciding which corner we wanted, how we would try to promote donating money for the cause, making signs, creating shifts to stake the grounds over night [and] getting our program excited for the event,” Wardle said. ROTC’s choice for its corner was at Herndon and Blackstone avenues and the team arrived there at 8 p.m. Monday night. Its goal was to raise more than $8,000 this year. By 10 a.m., Cadet Carlos Guzman said they reported an approximate donation amount of $3,500. Wardle said the real fun begins once they start selling the papers, because they do pushups to promote them. It’s normally $1 per newspaper – the pushups are incentives to rack up more dollars. Guzman said, among the entire battalion, approximately 1,000 pushups were done to sell papers. Wardle said the fundraiser is important for ROTC to partici-
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pate in because it not only serves others, but it teaches and develops leaders within the community. “Kids Day is an event that serves the community and, as leaders, we want to take a stand and fulfill the important event of raising money for Valley Children’s Hospital while encouraging others to do the same,” Wardle said. She added, “We believe in deeds, not words. By partaking in Kids Day, we are showing what it means to be a leader and to serve – not just speaking about it.” Bronson Booth, kinesiology major and past president of Pi Kappa Alpha, said that last year, the first order of business was to camp out at their corners to claim prime selling locations. This year, they did the same. “We have a bunch of people assigned for different time slots – a night shift, a super early morning shift and a [mid-morning] shift,” Booth said. To raise more than last year’s total, Booth said they were putting more emphasis on attracting more drivers, marketing themselves by wearing their Greek letters and claiming more corners. “Last year, some organizations beat us out to some spots, so we’re going to try to go there earlier and camp out. It’s going to be tough, but that’s why we got coffee,” Booth said laughing. Three of the team’s corners were located at Shaw and Clovis avenues where they began to set up at 10 p.m. the night before the event. By 6 a.m., they gave one of their corners to the Clovis Target. Booth said their goal this year was to raise more than $3,000. “Last year was the first time we ever placed on the top three on campus,” Booth said.
The difference between last year and this year’s fundraising efforts, Booth said, is more people in the organization know how fun and exciting Kids Day is and he is hoping that energy attracted more donors. “There’s a lot more excitement. There’s a lot more involvement,” Booth said. Preparation began at the beginning of the semester, Booth said. They passed out sign-up sheets with schedules, designated corners and time slots for volunteers to choose from. Their plan was to use an online group page, assigning designated drivers, delivering newspapers and finding corner leaders. Booth said Kids Day is important to him because he grew up in the Valley and has participated since elementary school. “It’s a tradition,” Booth said. “It’s for a good cause.” As for why it’s important to Pi Kappa Alpha, Booth said, “We want to be known for actually benefiting the community, as well. That is why we take pride in [receiving] ‘Community Service Organization of the Year’ last year on campus.” Representing last year’s third top fundraising group, Branden Cancino, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, said the fundraiser is one of the biggest philanthropic activities they participate in. Cancino became president at the beginning of the year and said planning Kids Day has been in the works since then. “Since we have past ranked consecutively in the top three, we try to beat ourselves [from] the past year,” Cancino said. When he joined Sigma Phi Epsilon, it was one of the first things he did, Cancino said, and he realised that it is one of the
most important things that his fraternity does. “We try to make it fun every year for the new guys,” Cancino said. Sig Ep placed in the top fundraising spot consecutively before ROTC took over last year. Cancino said their goal this year was to beat their personal record and raise approximately $6,000. Monday night, Sig Ep was found on all four corners of Herndon and Willow avenues. Cancino said his favorite part of Kids Day is being in the “late night crew.” “It’s something you’ll never do again. You don’t camp out on corners for fun,” Cancino said. “Peak hours is also fun, just because everyone has energy. They are tired, but they have energy.” Cancino describes the process of Kids Day as a “well-oiled machine.” “We have a guy going around collecting all the money, and then they take it to one guy who drives to [Joyal Administration] to count the money,” Cancino said. “Everyone has their own role and knows what they are supposed to be doing.” Cancino said Pike sets aside money from house funds to accommodate necessities for the event such as coffee, food and gas. Cancino said, “It’s going to continue to be one of our top priorities for a very long time.” The newspapers have been sold and the donation totals have been counted. Totals will be announced early Wednesday, March 8. WATCH: For video on this story, visit our website: http://fresnostate.edu/collegian
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Influencing history and the books
By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian
California politician Carole Migden talked to students on Monday following the screening of “Political Animals” in the North Gym. The documentary film “Political Animals” follows four women and the work they did fighting for the civil rights of LGBT people in California, and the impact their work had on the nation as a whole. Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg and Christine Kehoe introduced legislation in the 1990s and 2000s that gave protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and LGBT youth in schools. The documentary shows how legislation by four openly gay women not only created changes in California laws, but also inspired societal acceptance and understanding of the members of the gay community. The film has been shown internationally, including screenings in Australia, Spain and Uganda. Migden said she will travel to Amsterdam for another viewing of the documentary. After the screening, Migden explained how California passed a law requiring textbooks to include information about LGBT history for students as early as the second grade. She also encouraged students to use their voice in order to get involved in poli-
tics. “It’s important to call out lies, not insults,” Migden said. “Have them vote against your bill, but not against you.” Migden took questions from audience members, with some students asking for advice on running for office in student government at Fresno State. She emphasized the importance of running with a focus on policy and giving concrete examples of what the students would like to achieve at Fresno
State. For some students, this was their first time hearing about the revolutionary work done by these women. “I learned about the four pioneer women,” said Monserrath Sanchez, a second-year political science major. “It’s not really put into history books, [so] you don’t really learn about this.” “Political Animals” has also been edited to shorter lengths in order to be shown in
schools ranging from elementary to high school. This made it possible for the film to become an educational tool, teaching students of all ages about their legislative work regarding LGBT issues. “I just liked learning about the history of policy, especially in California, regarding LGBT issues because I’m part of the community,” said Andrew Dadasovich, a Fresno State alumnus. “I’m also politically involved, so it’s pretty interesting to me.”
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017
Fresno State alumnus A.J. Lacuesta will ‘move’ you By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
A group exercise instructor, veteran, fitness program director and choreographer walk onto campus. What do they all have in common? They are the same person. Meet A.J. Lacuesta: a man who does it all and still has time to fundraise for charity. As a Fresno State alumnus, Lacuesta works at Kids Moving Inc., a fitness organization that sends Lacuesta to schools to coordinate dance and fitness classes for students ranging from preschoolers to eighth
graders. Along with getting kids moving and grooving, he also teaches fitness classes for adults. Lacuesta said kids are taught in the morning while the adults and parents have their classes in the afternoon. Currently, Lacuesta is at West Fresno Middle School, where the program is funded through a grant. He said this all began when he was a student at Fresno State and worked for the Student Recreation Center on campus. “I became a group fitness instructor,” Lacuesta said. “I started with dance first, and that’s how it all started.” Later, he began leading the fitness classes himself.
When he was a student fitness instructor at the university, he enjoyed seeing people of all majors, interests and backgrounds come together to enjoy each other’s company and live an active lifestyle. Lacuesta said, “You wouldn’t think an engineer would dance with an art major.” Lacuesta’s Midnight Dance Team recently performed at the Aid 4 Aleppo fundraiser, in which they raised over $1,000. All of the proceeds were donated to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Syria Humanitarian Fund. “We used what we do best, our dance,” Lacuesta said. The inspiration came from Lacuesta wanting to contribute toward the relief of suffering in Aleppo and Syria. “Most people don’t think about it. There are refugees that come into America, and they are away from their families. They are away from their homes,” Lacuesta said. Besides using dance as a way of fitness or fundraising, Lacuesta also choreographs flash mobs to bring “togetherness” to the community. Lacuesta partnered with Get Fit Clovis to coordinate a flash mob to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller” around Halloween time last year at Woodward Park, Fresno State and Sierra Vista Mall – all in one day. The “Thriller” flash mob had kids and people outside of Fresno participating. What impressed Lacuesta the most was that “they didn’t know each other at all,” and they still came together for one purpose. Lacuesta is most recently recognized for choreographing and organizing the video of
a surprise flash mob proposal at Riverpark shopping center. He said he loves “any event where I get people that don’t usually dance together.” The dance classes that Lacuesta holds at West Fresno Middle School are not limited to students of that middle school. Anyone who wants to get involved, can simply show up. Lacuesta said what he does is a labor of love. “Most of the stuff I just do for free. Just seeing people smile -- I always get people who say, ‘I would have never done this if you hadn’t done this event,’” Lacuesta said. The fitness classes benefit both youth and adults as well. A parent of a 40-yearold woman who Lacuesta met three months ago, approached him to express how her daughter looks forward to his dance classes. Her mother also explained that her daughter had not often worked out until his class. Not only do others benefit from Lacuesta’s dancing abilities, he himself finds dance as a way of escape. “When I was growing up, I was really shy. People from high school and middle school, they were surprised today that I’m doing all this,” Lacuesta said. “I pretty much live by dance,” he said. “Dance is a big thing for me.” When asked about the emotions he feels when dancing, he said, “Freedom, happiness, getting lost in a different world.” Lacuesta plans to do more events like Aid 4 Aleppo and encourages those who want to participate to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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El bisnieto del revolucionista mexicano comparte su historia Escrito Por Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
Diego Flores Magón, el bisnieto del revolucionista mexicano intelectual y periodista Enrique Flores Magón, instruyó el rol de su bisabuelo en la Revolución y como él está preservando y compartiendo su legado. Magón visitó la universidad de Fresno State el 21 de febrero. Romeo Guzman, profesor auxiliar del departamento de historia y director del <<Valley Public History Initiative>>, dijo que él y Magón eran amigos mucho antes del comienzo del proyecto. “Antes de que el archivo de Magón fuera una realidad, se encontraba en ruinas”, dijo Guzman. “Ese momento siempre ha estado conmigo. Antes de que Diego tuviera el archivo, eramos amigos, y activamente pensábamos sobre [el archivo]”. Él dijo que cuando comenzaron el proyecto, el propósito de ellos era conocer la “verdadera historia” y cuánto de esa historia se puede recuperar. La próxima pregunta para ellos, dijo Guzman, era, “¿Qué es un archivo y cómo lo construimos”? La historia con Enrique Flores Magón comenzó cuando un semanario mexicano, el hijo del Ahuizote, fue publicado, criticando el creciente gobierno “fascista” de 1903. Magón dijo que el régimen en México había perpetrado abuso de poder, reprimido la libertad de expresión y el proceso electoral. Cada nombre asociado con el artículo fue publicado con un seudónimo. Sin embargo, la foto en la primera plana de la publicación reveló las caras de cada
autor, incluyendo a Magón. Él dijo que el acto de revelar sus caras era para probar su dedicación. Justo después de la publicación de los artículos los autores fueron encarcelados. Al comenzar la Revolución de 1910, dijo Magón, los radicales, como se les llamaba a los revolucionistas, se hicieron cada vez más aislados y los EE. UU. se hizo hostil hacia los radicales. Él dijo, “Enrique, él tuvo una vida dificultosa. Fue encarcelado varias veces, incluso en México”. Magón dijo que su bisabuelo solía “escribir su propia autobiografía y cultivar su archivo. Lo hizo como intento para ser reconocido como un revisionista porque la Revolución había perdido”. Él dijo que su bisabuelo les preguntó a todos los miembros del partido revolucionario que declararán sus actividades para que él pudiera hacer un archivo que incluyera todo. Ahora, Magón tiene más de 12,000 documentos y 25,000 imágenes – historia de Sudamérica y los EE. UU. Él dijo que el acceso a un archivo no es fácil y se preocupa de cómo se usará la información y por quién. “Hay algo muy feo sobre [la idea de un] archivo”, dijo Magón. También, dijo que se preocupa sobre la delicadeza de los archivos y su bienestar con respecto al mantenimiento de su calidad. “Tengo mucho optimismo en que la colección se convierta a digital”, dijo Magón, riendose. Por lo tanto, ellos han creado su propio archivo. Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote es el nombre del archivo, y está localizado en la Ciudad de México. “Este proyecto se [ha] creado
Khone Saysamongdy • The Collegian
Diego Flores Magón, bisnieto del periodista y revolucionario mexicano, Enrique Flores Magón, habla en la biblioteca Henry Madden en 23 de Febrero. Magon presentó la historia, misión y los proyectos de La Casa.
del deseo”, dijo Magón. Él dijo, actualmente, que el archivo sirve en reconstituir la red de revolucionarios, si es necesario. Magón dijo que el archivo probó que el discurso sobre la Revolución es neutralizada por la historia. Fue entonces que compartió su favorito dicho, “El momento en que se convierte historial, cesa en convertirse amenazante – entre más minimices la historia, más se convierte en amenaza”. Radicado en Los Ángeles, el estampador y primera generación mexicano-americano Daniel González dijo, “Encontrar mi lugar en L.A., significó haber tenido que recordar su historia y inmigración”. González, quien es de Boyle Heights, un lugar conocido por su inmigración, dijo, “Estuve muy consciente de la historia y lo im-
portante que era para Magón en visitar esos lugares en L.A.”. González estaba trabajando en un proyecto el cual perdió su financiamiento, fue entonces que se encontró inmerso, poco tiempo después, en un proyecto diferente. Decidió que tenía que crear estampados emulando la publicación “El Hijo del Ahuizote”. Creo 3,500 copias y las distribuyó a lo largo de la Ciudad de México. González dijo que estaba preocupado que los residentes no supieran lo que eran sus estampados, pero no fue así. Las personas supieron exactamente lo que estaban recibiendo, y “amablemente” recibieron el arte, él dijo. Aunque los estampados fueron todo un éxito entre los residentes, quiso hacer más. Se preguntó a sí mismo, “¿cómo podemos activar
este lugar con el material del archivo”? González puso su talento a prueba y imprimió letras grandes con la fuente Francis Gothic, las bañó en pintura y las pintó con palabras del archivo sobre las paredes de una estación de metro en la Ciudad de México. Poco después, la estación de metro cubrió las palabras con periódicos. A sorpresa de González, solicitaron que las fuentes y el nombre de los archivos fueran pintadas en la pared, para que las personas de la Ciudad de México pudieran aprender más. González dijo, “creo que es valioso establecer este tipo de relación como artista y como ser humano”. Artículo traducido por Francisco J. De Leon.
Abogados dan consejos a la comunidad indocumentada Escrito Por Rebeca Flores @rebecaaflores
La comunidad local fue bienvenida al campus de Fresno State para informarles sobre sus derechos y qué hacer si los oficiales de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas mejor conocidos como ICE, por sus siglas en inglés, se presentarán en sus hogares. Este taller tomó lugar el 27 de febrero en el edificio Industrial
Technology, habrá otro taller en North Gym el 9 de Marzo. “Tiene el derecho a un abogado”, dijo Mariah Thompson del National Lawyers Guild. “Guarde silencio y nunca hable a menos que un abogado esté presente, y nunca abra la puerta – a la policía ni a ICE – sin una orden judicial firmada por un juez”. El taller informó a la comunidad acerca de las dificultades que ICE puede presentar y de qué estar atentos. “Ellos sí tienen el derecho
de mentir y engañarte”, dijo Thompson. “Mantente precavido sobre esto, y francamente, sé sospechoso”. El taller también repasó cuáles oraciones usar si un oficial de ICE confronta a una persona indocumentada. “Tres de esas oraciones son: ‘Estoy ejerciendo el derecho a guardar silencio, ‘Quiero hablar con un abogado’ y ‘No consiento a una inspección”, dijo Thompson. El taller señaló los temores
provocados por la situación política y el tono en cómo se dirige a las personas indocumentadas. “Estás preocupado por tu familia, por ti mismo, por tus comunidades y eso es válido”, dijo la abogada Aida Macedo. “Lo que está sucediendo no es algo que debería estar sucediendo en los EE. UU. Depende de todos en la comunidad indocumentada para cambiar la locura política que está sucediendo. Para informarnos y ser realmente rígidos acer-
ca de nuestros derechos “. Luis Ojeda, un activista local dijo, que algunos estudiantes sienten que es importante informar al público sobre sus derechos y el tipo de protecciones tienen. “[Esto] es un suceso revelador”, dijo David Vargas, un estudiante de Fresno State. “Aunque no apoye el debate de la inmigración, por lo menos es importante tener una perspectiva de las personas indocumentadas y lo que les está sucediendo”.
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performances propel ’Dogs to semifinals By Jenna Wilson @fsjennawilson
The Fresno State women’s basketball team needed no luck in Las Vegas as standout performances by sophomore guard Candice White and junior center Bego Faz Davalos allowed the ’Dogs to corral the Wyoming Cowgirls, 58-48 ,on Tuesday evening at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Bulldogs made history in Tuesday’s game as it was the first time in women’s basketball conference history that the No. 7 seed beat the No. 2 seed. Faz Davalos, who was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season earlier in the week, posted her 19th double-double of the season with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and a block and a steal. Faz Davalos credited her performance to her teammates pushing her and never letting her down. “My teammates had my back the entire game and I’m so happy,” Faz Davalos said. White, an All-Mountain West Honorable Mention, also scored 19 points and had three steals for the Bulldogs. The guard was 3-for-3 from behind the arch and shot 80 percent from the free-throw line. Senior forward Emilie Volk contributed seven points, seven rebounds and led the team in assists with five on the night. “I thought our full-court pressure was great,” head coach Jaime White said. “I thought Candice had
a great game. Bego started again great tonight. Just good team basketball.” The ’Dogs never forfeited the lead to the Cowgirls, leading by as much as 24 early in the final quarter. As the fourth period wound down, Wyoming was within six points of Fresno State, but six free throws and a steal in the final minute allowed the ’Dogs to edge the Cowgirls for the second time in three meetings this season. On the Cowgirls closing the Bulldogs lead, Faz Davalos said she started to become a little worried, but had faith in herself and her teammates. “It was amazing how my seniors stayed calm,” Faz Davalos said. “They were like ‘No, we got this, we worked for it and we want to win this.’” The third year-head coach said the team is appreciative and excited to be in the semifinals of the conference tournament. “I think for us it’s an opportunity to get better, every quarter, every minute and to advance,” White said. The Bulldogs will play No. 3 UNLV in the semifinals on Wednesday, March 8 at 9 p.m.
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Fresno State forward Karachi Edo (#4) dunks during a Mountain West Conference game against San Diego State at the Save Mart Center on Feb. 4, 2017.
On the attack to make it back-to-back By David Chavez @d23chavez
The Fresno State men’s basketball team will get its first taste of Mountain West Conference tournament play this week as it is set to defend its title, facing off against the New Mexico Lobos Thursday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs are riding a five-game winning streak heading into the tournament and have wrapped up the regular season going 19-11 overall and 11-7 in conference play. Fresno State enters the contest against the Lobos as the No. 4 seed. New Mexico (17-13, 10-8 MW) enters as the No. 5 seed. The ’Dogs split the season series with the Lobos with each team getting a win as it defended its home court. After defeating UNLV last Saturday afternoon, head coach Rodney Terry said the team needs to focus on defense if it hopes to repeat
last year’s success. “We won some big ballgames down the stretch and in difficult places last year. I think our defense has been really good, and it was pretty good at this time last year, as well,” Terry said. “When you go on the road in postseason play, you win with your defense. Everything we have done here over the last five games that we have been able to win has been predicated on our solid defense and finishing possessions.” Fresno State redshirt sophomore guard Deshon Taylor and redshirt junior guard Jaron Hopkins earned Mountain West honors. Taylor was named to the All-MW third team by the conference’s head coaches and was also named to the All-MW second team by a MW media panel. Hopkins was recognized for his skills on the defensive side, earning a spot on the Mountain West’s All-Defensive Team by the conference’s coaches and named to the All-MW third team by a MW media panel. Hopkins reiterated Terry’s thoughts about carrying the defensive mentality going into the tournament. “Our defense has really picked up, and we are paying attention to our strategies from coach [Jerry] Wainwright,” Hopkins said. “He has done a really good job on those. Hopefully, we can take all of that down to Vegas with us.”
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Fresno State junior center Bego Faz Davalos (#4) jumps for the ball during tip-off against Wyoming at the Save Mart Center on Feb. 8, 2017.