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By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

The 10th annual Projects Day celebrated more than 100 Lyles College of Engineering student projects on Tuesday in the Satellite Student Union. The free, public showcase exhibited year-long projects related to manufacturing and energy solutions, solar, wastewater treatment, security, irrigation and highway interchanges. The students from the college included computer, electrical, geomatics, mechanical engineering and construction management. Hernán Maldonado, director of student services for the college and coordinator of the event, said, “These are students that have been working on their projects all academic year.” For 10 years, Maldonado has been a part of the event and has been able to see it grow into what it is. He said the idea began when the dean of the college, Dr. Ram Nunna, attended other engineering project exhibitions and was inspired to create an annual event at Fresno State. Nunna said 16 students and 13 projects were showcased in the event 10 years ago. This year, more than 80 students with 100 projects showcased their projects. “Today is the day you show off all your hard work,” Nunna said. The engineering students took a two-part class, Senior Design EC 186A and Senior Design 186B over two semesters, to complete the project. Jose Camacho and his

project partner, Mauricio Cruz, who are both electrical engineering majors, created the “Object Tracker and Path Projection.” The project works by using a pingpong ball. When the ball is moved along the path under an overhead camera, it lights up LEDs upon movement detection. Data is fed into the computer program that relays it to a controller, to the “shift registers,” then it lights up the LEDs. Camacho said after watching tennis matches and seeing the current movement detection capabilities, he wanted to make a better version of it. “We wanted to basically make a better ball tracker just to make sure that the game is always fair,” Camacho said. Zachary Bailie and his project partner Maria Espinoza, who are both computer engineering majors, created the “Facial Recognition Security System.” “The way our project works is, it’s going to take a photo of you, then it’s going to use that as a sample to determine whether or not you are an authorized user,” Bailie said. With the project’s creators being authorized users, Espinoza demonstrated the project by taking a photo of herself, clicking a button to submit her photo and turned the door knob to reveal the project is in working order. In the future, Bailie said, he would like to make improvements to the project such as integrating infrared

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Fresno State students Jose Camacho (left) and Mauricio Cruz (right) give a demonstration of the project “Object Tracker and Path Projection” during the 10th annual Projects Day in the Satellite Student Union on May 9, 2017. The objective of the project is to track an object and indicate its path with the use of a camera, visual studio and OpenCV. For this project, students tracked a pingpong ball and used LED lights to illuminate its path.


Entrepreneurs showcase business concepts By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

The University Business Center breathed with accomplishment and innovation on Tuesday as young Fresno State student entrepreneurs showcased their business concepts during the third annual 157 Entrepreneurship Expo. Approximately 30 entrepreneurship students were required to participate in the expo as part of the ENTR 157: New Venture Laboratory class. The expo, hosted by the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, allowed for the students to receive feedback from judges and the public. “This is probably the hardest class that I’ve had the entire time I’ve been at [Fresno] State,” said Florenza Galbadores, an entrepreneurship student. “Some of [the information] was new, of course, but a lot of it was taking the entire four years [of knowledge] that we’ve been at State and

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Entrepreneurship student Florenza Galbadores shows and explains her in-home bakery business plan in the University Business Center on May 9, 2017. Baked With Love is the name of Galbadores’ company which she developed more in ENTR 157.





The journey to boldness does not end here By Diana Giraldo @diana_inspired

The years have flown past us, and the time has finally come. After hours of studying for stressful tests, countless sleepless nights, and a cellphone’s memory full of unforgettable events we are now at the final stretch of the race to graduation – a moment upcoming graduates have been looking forward to since we stepped foot onto campus. It is our time. It will be our names that the faculty, department chairs, deans and the president will call next week. It is our time to step onto the stage with a firm foot and our head held high because we have made it and we deserve it. If there is one lesson to never forget after we receive our diplomas, it is the mantra of our Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro who has preached from his first day leading this award-winning institution to “Be Bold.” I once asked Castro what the slogan meant during one of our interviews. His answer was something I will not forget. He told me that it means to be strong, to follow our passion, to break down barriers, to never be scared in the face of adversity and always be true to ourselves. That was the message our president told me as a sophomore. Be bold didn’t just mean success to him, it also includes the journey. And a journey it has been, with all of the above and more. It has been a journey that prepared each and every one of the graduates to face “the real world,” as everyone calls it. A journey that has molded us into the leaders of tomorrow. As The Collegian’s Editor-in-Chief, I

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have begun my journey as a leader early and now more than ever, appreciate the strong leaders of our community. From National Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and former Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin to former Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr and Fresno’s first female fire chief, Kerri L. Donis, Fresno State Bulldogs have a wealth of leaders in all areas of society from which to learn and grow. During our final lap to graduation, let us not forget – just like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole university to

create a professional. To President Castro and the rest of Fresno State administration, thank you for being role models and encouraging students to follow our dreams and to never be scared of failure. The support you have provided the The Collegian to encourage open and healthy communication within the student community is appreciated every day. To faculty and staff: your never-ending lectures and pep talks have molded us into the professionals we hoped one day to be. To family and the rest of the Fresno State

community: your words and motivation are the reasons we have reached our goals. To all: thank you for continuing the success of Fresno State and The Collegian. As we prepare to shift our tassels to the left of our caps, and the memories we have created at Fresno State flood our minds, know that we are truly thankful for everything you have done for us. To graduates: it is now your time to continue the Fresno State legacy – walk the stage, celebrate your triumph and continue to #BeBold.

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1 in 5 adults in Valley lack clean water

By Judith Saldivar @judithgs__

The Institute for Leadership and Public Policy at Fresno State conducted a public opinion survey in March on issues and concerns in the San Joaquin Valley, finding that 21 percent of adults have little access to clean water. The survey touched on issues around water, immigration, deportation, the high speed rail project, Affordable Care Act and economic conditions. A total of 541 people were surveyed in eight counties. “We wanted to have a survey that focused more on the Valley itself and sort of gave voice to the people in the Valley,” said Dr. Lisa Bryant, survey director. “Our politics are different here and the issues that we face.” For a period of two weeks, students under the Institute made phone calls to random Central Valley residents. Dr. Jeff Cummins, co-director of the Institute, said the Valley tends to be neglected in some of the research and public opinion polls that are conducted at the statewide level. The poll was done specifically on the Valley so representatives and elected officials in the area know where their constituents are on political issues and on issues that impact living conditions. “Public opinion in essential in a democracy,” said Cummins. “Our representatives are supposed to reflect the views and attitudes of their constituents, and it’s hard to do that if you don’t have information on what those views and attitudes are.” The survey also found that a majority of adults in the Valley opposed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Some 46 percent worry that somebody they know could be deported, and 63 percent believe that deportations will be bad for the economy. Institute officials are working to disseminate the information. They’ve contacted media outlets both locally and nationally. They are also reaching out to elected officials in hopes of educating them on issues and concerns in the Valley.

In the project summary the team provided, their mission was to create a more convenient security system for home owners, where facial recognition will be

used as a security measure before allowing entry into a secured home. Awards were presented from Assembly Member Joaquin

Arambula, Sen. Andy Vidak and Congressman Jim Costa in honor of the events 10-year milestone. Hands-on demonstrations took place at the project tables to

give attendees a glimpse of what the students have been working on during the past academic year.

Student entrepreneurs receive public feedback on projects EXPO from Page 1 condensing it into five months of actually using it all.” Along with the expo display, the young entrepreneurs were required to write papers on their businesses that comprised of 70150 pages of information, said Nelson Sebra, the professor of ENTR 157. The students were given the opportunity to connect with graphic design students and public relations students to assist them with their business cards, posters and social media strategy, Sebra said. “That’s today’s world. If you don’t have a presence in social media, you’re from the Dark Ages,” Sebra said. The showcased business concepts varied in industry featuring clothing brands, health services, automobile services and food items. Galbadores displayed her plan for an in-home bakery, Baked With Love. What started as a love for baking with her family at the age of 6, turned into a business concept two to three years ago. “I planned on doing a local bakery that uses Fresno-based fruits and California-grown ingredients to showcase Fresno and everything that is California,” Galbadores said. Baked With Love has an eclectic assortment of pastries, but its

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Entrepreneurship student Daniel Malcolm shows his display of ties in the University Business Center on May 9, 2017. The ties are made from bright fabric and studded with gems.

specialty is the “muffcake,” a hybrid of a muffin and a cupcake, said Galbadores. “[I want to] kind of just give a really great dessert that screams this is something you can only find in a special place,” Galbadores said. While some students hadn’t yet launched their concepts, others, like Daniel Malcolm, launched their business within the past few weeks. His business, Sparkle Ties, distributes glamourous ties made from bright fabric and studded gems to challenge the “status quo

of the cliche tie,” Malcolm said. “I lived in Korea for two years, and in Asia they’re not afraid to wear lots of colors, [dress] a bit brighter,” Malcolm said. “Men in Korea wore ties like these every day. I started collecting and when I got back to America, I couldn’t find them anymore.” Malcolm was complimented by friends, acquaintances and strangers for his ties, and that’s what inspired him to develop a business plan. While American business wear is traditionally conservative and mute in color, Malcolm foresees

“louder” pieces growing more acceptable in the business world. “It’s OK for men to wear pink now. With that, it really sets the stage for Sparkle Ties. If men can wear pink then maybe they can wear a little bit of sparkle,” Malcolm said. “I would feel comfortable wearing this to an interview. It shows [interviewers] my personality,” Malcolm said. “It’ll help them remember who I am because I will look different from other applicants. I believe change is happening already naturally.”


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The Collegian, Fresno State’s student-run newspaper has been awarded a grant from the California Press Foundation. On May 9, The Collegian was awarded the grant by Tad Weber, Metro Editor of the Fresno Bee. Throughout the month of May, 12 California campus newspaper programs will receive grants, which will go toward the purchase of new equipment to improve the publication’s work. Of the publications who received the grant, three include: San Diego State’s Daily Aztec, Harbor College’s Harbor Tides

and Long Beach City College’s Viking News. Editors of the newspapers applied by submitting detailed essays stating why their current equipment limits production and how new or upgraded equipment will improve their publications. Editors and publishers from 14 California newspapers reviewed and endorsed publications they felt would benefit the most from the grant. For more information, please contact Diana Giraldo at or 1 (209) 531-8636.





Parade of Lights is electric

By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon

 EXCELLENT Parade of Lights is an electronic rock band from Los Angeles that makes feelgood music one can dance and sing to. Formed in 2010, Parade of Lights consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan Daly, bassist Randy Schulte, keyboardist Michelle Ashley and drummer Anthony Improgo. The band has opened for bands like Imagine Dragons and 30 Seconds to Mars as well as having a spot opening for pop band R5 in early 2016. Parade of Lights has garnered a decent-sized following, something that is reflected in the 148,000 monthly Spotify listeners. The band released two EPs (extended plays), “Born to Live, Born to Love” in 2012 and “Golden” in 2014, before releasing its debut album, “Feeling Electric,” in 2015. “Feeling Electric” has two standout tracks. “Golden,” has over 6 million streams on Spotify and is the band’s most popular song for one reason – it undeniably makes listeners feel good. It’s a standard catchy pop song that’s easy to enjoy and tap your foot to.

Randy Schulte, Michelle Ashley, Ryan Daly and Anthony Improgo of Parade of Lights.

“Feeling Electric,” has over 4 million streams on Spotify. The song is upbeat and describes the feeling when you meet someone who you instantly click with and how it feels “electric.” The band said it will release new music

this summer. Frequent tweets and Instagram posts from the band over the past few months show members in the studio working on said music. Parade of Lights will play its first show in nearly a year on May 26 in Costa Mesa

Photo via the Parade of Lights’ Facebook page.

where it will debut some of that new music. Two days later, the band will perform at BottleRock Napa Valley. You can find Parade of Lights on Twitter at @paradeoflights and on Instagram at @paradeoflightsmusic.

Students need to watch ‘13 Reasons Why’ – with caution By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

  MASTERFUL Netflix dropped an instant hit among millions of viewers in March with “13 Reasons Why.” The 13-episode series touched on topics like: alcohol abuse, rape, stalking, sexual abuse, anxiety and of course, suicide. The television-adaptation is based on the 2007 best-selling book by Jay Asher. The show uses flashbacks to tell the story of what led up to the suicide of Hannah Baker played by Katherine Langford. Hannah Baker leaves 13 cassette tapes in the hands of her friend Tony Padilla (Christian Navarro). On the tapes, Baker voice-records 13 reasons why she felt classmates drove her to kill herself – all of the classmates listen to the tapes, except one, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette). Part of the show’s popularity is credited to the complicated, romantic dynamic between Hannah and Clay. Their relationship has the viewer rooting for the duo for all 13 hour-long episodes, giving the series a glimmer of hope – which sometimes overshadows the over-arching topic of the show. The show will leave you questioning “What would I do in this situation?” and “Would I forgive this person if I were in Hannah’s shoes?” Oftentimes, the answer is simply no. However, the show is so

Dylan Minnette who plays Clay Jensen in “13 Reasons Why.”

well-written and is shot in a way that allows you to get a glimpse into feeling what the characters are feeling in that moment, goosebumps and all. The show is more than a typical high school bullying scenario. It shows moments that are intensely graphic and real for many, including victims of rape and sexual abuse. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s executive producer,

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Selena Gomez, said, “I wanted it to feel like anyone can see themselves in this.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in America, suicide is the third-leading cause of death of people between the ages 10 and 24. Many say the show glamorizes suicide but Kelsie Barry, media, communications and journalism student, disagrees. “‘13 Reasons Why’ raises awareness about the causes and effects of suicide,” Barry said.

She said the show gives viewers the opportunity to witness how suicide affects your loved ones and how important it is to reach out for help if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Megan Bronson, a Fresno State alumna, said she believes the trigger warnings, which the show displays at the beginning of episodes with graphic scenes, are not necessary. “I’m not usually one for trigger warnings because I generally think that media has the right to expose underrepresented images and ideas, but that being said, I don’t know if ‘13 Reasons Why’ did that exposing in a very responsible way,” Bronson said. As a survivor of sexual assault, Bronson said various scenes in the show were triggering. “I’m sure many women, like me, went to sleep that night trying to stop reliving their own sexual assault,” Bronson said. “I think there is a difference between exposing an issue to people and exposing people to trauma.” According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), on average in America, there are 321,500 victims of rape and sexual assault each year, ages 12 or older. Bronson said the topics are necessary to discuss, but shouldn’t be used for “shock value.” If you choose to watch the show, be prepared for an emotional, self-reflective, thought-provoking journey with Clay as he listens to Hannah’s tapes.





Four binge-worthy Netflix Originals you should watch this summer By Marina McElwee | @MarinaMashelle

Now that the school year is coming to a close, students finally have time to catch up on entertainment. In the past few years, Netflix has produced its own original shows that have got TV junkies begging for more. Here are a few of the best Netflix Originals you should watch this summer.

“House of Cards”

If you’re looking to learn how politics works, but don’t want to leave your couch, “House of Cards” is definitely the closest thing on Netflix that will give you a taste of America’s ruthless political and media systems. Kevin Spacey, as U.S. President Frank Underwood, is the big man in charge with his illustrious and equally tough wife Claire by his side. In the politically charged 2017 climate in the U.S. and abroad, “House of Cards” will leave viewers thinking 13 episodes is not enough. Anyone not burnt out from the 2016 election drama is sure to enjoy another season of a similarly sensational original series. Season 5 premieres May 30, and it promises to pack just as much thrill as the previous season.

“Orange is the New Black”

The women’s prison system is probably the last thing people think of when it comes to crime. “Orange is the New Black” – based on the New York Times best selling book – exposes what the women’s prison system is like and how incarceration changes a person’s perspective on life. The series follows Piper Chapman and her jail-time journey. The fifth season will be released on Netflix June 9, where many cliffhangers will be resolved and storylines will continue.

“The Defenders”

After establishing the superheros of the Netflix Marvel extended universe, the time for them to team up is at hand. With previous stand-alone shows introducing Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist. It’s time for them to assemble. With each character having a season or two of backstory, there is plenty of binge-worthy content for you to go through. And with the constant Easter eggs and allusions to the Marvel ECU, you will find yourself immersed in the darker, violent and more gritty underbelly of the world the Avengers and other heroes inhabit. The show is premiering August 18 on Netflix.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” How much does the world change in 15 years? “Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt” follows Kimmy Schmidt through her new life in New York after she was held captive in an underground bunker for 15 years as part of a mythical apocalyptic cult. Kimmy’s attempt to adapt to society is comical and refreshing, and proves the shows mantra “females are strong as hell.” The third season premieres May 19 and is sure to bring more lighthearted comedy to Netflix.

Álvaro Lozano and Cresencio Rodriguez contributed to this story.

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Finals hacks that’ll help you survive By Amber Carpenter @shutupambs

It’s the beginning of the end. Finals week is near. Though it feels as though it may be impossible to go on, there are measures that can be taken that can ensure finals week can go as smoothly and successfully as it possibly can – provided that you’ve studied. Here are some finals hacks that will help you slay your exams, and guide you to the light at the end of the tunnel that is summer break.

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1. Best places to study: If you need

complete silence, I recommend the Table Mountain Rancheria Reading Room on the top floor of the Henry Madden Library. If you need some ambient noise and a good view for daydream breaks, there are the large tables on the west side of the second floor of the library. For an outside study space on days that aren’t ruined by blistering heat, there are shaded tables on the perimeters outside of the University Student Union.

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study jams: For focusinducing ambient music, I recommend the many focus playlists on Spotify. My personal favorites are Deep Focus and Ambient Chill – many of the songs are without lyrics, causing no distractions while studying.

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3. Self-care

matters most: Whatever you do, prioritize taking care of yourself. If you find that studying nonstop becomes too much, take a bubble bath or even just half a second to meditate.

4. Most importantly: Stay off of your

phone. I know that Instagram and Twitter seem most tempting when you’ve got a ton of other things to do, but do whatever you can to keep

away from your phone while lastminute cramming for that final. Think about it this way – the less you’re on your phone, the sooner you’ll be done with your work. And what could possibly be the most important tip of all – no matter how finals turn out, don’t let your grades or GPA define you. Sometimes test anxiety gets in the way of an A+, but so long as you made the effort and gave yourself the chance to succeed, remember that you are enough.

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May 19, 2017 9 a.m. Student Recreation Center

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Cultural Asian American and Pacific Islander Graduation Ceremony May 20, 2017 12:30 p.m. Student Recreation Center

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May 20, 2017 3 p.m. O’Neill Park

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May 12, 2017 4 p.m. Satellite Student Union

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‘It’s a great privilege to be trusted by the school, by the fans’ BROADCASTING from Page 20 called the “Bulldog Wire.” Fresno State students in what was then called the mass communications and journalism department worked on the show’s production, which is how Loeffler met his wife, Tonia, a Fresno State student at the time. While at Channel 47, Loeffler started to air segments telling veterans’ stories. His interest in veterans comes from his grandfather, a World War II veteran. His grandfather never told his story before, which got Loeffler thinking about all the other veterans who had never told their stories. Loeffler started broadcasting Fresno State baseball games in 2001 in addition to his television job. In 2008, Loeffler wanted to quit his job at CBS and turn what he started to do with veterans on TV into a syndicated TV show, but he had to finish the baseball season on radio first. It turned out to be a very special season. “That’s when they won the College World Series, which they had no business doing,” Loeffler said. Unbeknownst to Loeffler, Fresno State was searching for the next football and basketball voice to take over for longtime broadcaster Bill Woodward, who was retiring. When the Bulldogs won the College World Series, everything changed. Fresno State offered Loeffler the position of voice of the Bulldogs after hearing his call of the championship season. “To me, that was God’s plan being better than mine, where I got to do all three sports, keep interviewing veterans -- just do it on the radio -- and have a lot more time with my family than I had when I was in TV,” Loeffler said. He took over Fresno State basketball in 2008 and started calling football for the 2009 season. Along with his “Hometown Heroes” radio show, Loeffler helped start the Central Valley Honor Flight, which sent its first group of veterans to Washington in 2013. Loeffler has worked with many color analysts for football, basketball and baseball.

Some of them were former coaches, some of them players and some of them longtime broadcasters. Loeffler said he has learned a lot from all of them. Marc Q. Jones, commonly known as Coach Q, joined Loeffler as the color analyst for the 2016-17 basketball season. Jones considers Loeffler a “bona fide genius,” and said this is the most fun he has had in his over 20 years of being around organized basketball.

with the best in the business. He’s as good an interviewer as I’ve ever been around.” Rosenbloom said that Loeffler was a model of consistency, was prepared for the job from Day One and never had a weakness or a hole in his broadcasting. “It’s not all about just calling the games on the air,” Rosenbloom said. “You want the right image, and Paul gives you a great image. He’s the perfect image for any university.”

“It’s not all about just calling the games on the air. You want the right image, and Paul gives you a great image. He’s the perfect image for any university.” — Randy Rosenbloom Longtime broadcaster “And Paul really helped settle me down and say, ‘Hey man, I’m going to work with you. Don’t worry about anything. We’re going to make it.’ He just reassured me,” Jones said. “When he figured out how to help me, he stepped in and did that.” Jones said that Loeffler is now a close friend and considers him a teammate. He said Loeffler has a very strong moral compass. During broadcasts, he sometimes wonders how Loeffler thought of the words to describe what they just saw, which shows how talented Loeffler is. “He always says ‘God’s plans are better than ours,’” Jones said. “That’s his thing. God’s plans are better than ours. And that story on how he ended up becoming the voice of Fresno State, I think he had no idea that was coming his way. Even if you don’t believe in God, you’ve got to admire someone who walks the walk that he talks.” Before working with Jones, Loeffler worked basketball with longtime broadcaster Randy Rosenbloom. “He’s a consummate professional,” Rosenbloom said. “He’s very solid. He’s unbelievably well-prepared. He’s as smart as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I’ve been in the business a lot of years, and I’ve worked

It is not uncommon for former athletes to move into the broadcast booth. However, Loeffler competed in the national spelling bee as a child, and may be the only former competitor who is broadcasting the event for ESPN. His mom encouraged him and his sister to compete, and in 1990 he tied for 13th place in the nation. In 2006, Loeffler received a call from a producer from ABC Sports asking if he would be interested in joining the broadcast team for the spelling bee. “I don’t know how long I was silent, but I’m thinking, ‘OK, which one of my college roommates is this trying to prank me?’” Loeffler said. It was a legitimate call, and Loeffler said his theory as to why he was chosen is because he must have been the only ex-spelling bee competitor who was broadcasting on television somewhere. Along with the College World Series, Loeffler has had many great moments as the voice of the Bulldogs. One of his favorite moments was during the 2009 football season when Fresno State played at Illinois. The Bulldogs were attempting a 2-point conversion at the end to win a back-andforth game. Loeffler was also broadcasting

basketball at the same time, and he had a cold, so his voice was getting hoarse. The play broke down and went horribly wrong, but an offensive lineman caught a tipped pass to score the game-winning two points, which made Loeffler very excited. His excitement led to his voice cracking during the call. “It was so awesome the way they won the game,” Loeffler said. “So then Sports Center takes my call of that [2-point conversion] and blasts it all over the place, so all of my old college buddies are texting me and calling me and making fun of me for my voice cracking all over the place.” Although his job requires much traveling, he has built up many frequent flier miles and is sometimes able to take his family on trips, or just one of his daughters. “Obviously, being away from your family is the downside of the job,” Loeffler said. “In the summer, I’m not away at all. They’re off from school, and I’m home, and I don’t have any games. But if I can turn a weekend where I’m supposed to be away from the family into taking them or one of them with me, then to me that’s like a win-win.” Loeffler said that if his priorities are not in the order of God, wife, kids and then job, something is out of order. The travel can be a burden on Tonia, and he wishes people knew the great job she does with keeping the family stable when he’s on the road. “A lot of times, people will come up and say nice things to me and compliment my work or something like that,” Loeffler said. “And if I could, I would pass all those off to her.” Loeffler is very happy with where he is now and said he does not think there is a better job for him in the country. “I believe that God has a plan, and his plan’s better than mine, that his timing is perfect,” Loeffler said. “So if things stay the way they are right now, I’m perfectly content to stay here and do this as long as they trust me to do this. It’s a great privilege to be trusted by the school, by the fans, by the radio station to do that job. I don’t take that responsibility lightly.”

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From Los Banos to the limelight: Paul Loeffler’s journey to being the voice of the Bulldogs

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Paul Loeffler, the melodious voice of the Bulldogs, remembers a time when his voice was not so smooth. In fact, it may have been a little high-pitched when he was a young rookie announcing youth football. “The story I always tell is I’m 12 years old, I’m announcing a game, and, in between, somebody walks up to this press box, opens the door,” Loeffler said. “He looks inside. He looks all the way around at five, six people in there. He looks all confused, and he says, ‘Well I don’t know where she went, but when that girl comes back, tell her she’s doing a great job announcing the game.’” Loeffler, 40, got his start in announcing when he was watching a 49ers game with his father at their home in Los Banos and could not keep quiet. The announcer said something that Loeffler knew was wrong. Loeffler told his father, “That guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” His father laughed at him, and responded, “Well, if you think you can do better, maybe you should be a sports announcer.” His father told him to get on his bike, and they rode a few blocks to the home of a man who did all of the sports announcing in Los Banos. Loeffler’s father asked if Paul could follow him around and help out. Loeffler started by acting as a spotter, looking through binoculars to see which players were involved in a play. Within a few weeks, Loeffler was already announcing Pop Warner football games. When it came time for Loeffler to go to college, he only applied to one school, Syracuse, because he heard it was the best school for broadcast journalism. He graduated in

Paul Loeffler (right) broadcasting with former Fresno State football head coaches Tim DeRuyter and Pat Hill.

1998 with a dual major in broadcast journalism and policy studies. After he graduated, he applied for a job at a TV station in Syracuse, but did not get it. “I was kind of bummed,” Loeffler said. “I graduated, don’t have a job, coming back here, but I tell everybody that God’s plans

are always better than mine, and I see that reflected in a lot of things that have happened in my life.” Not getting the job was a blessing in disguise. Loeffler returned to Los Banos, and his father passed away three months later. If he had stayed in Syracuse, he would not

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have had those last three months with his dad. After returning home, Loeffler was hired in Fresno at CBS 47, where he worked for 10 years. On the side, he hosted a cable show



Bulldog standouts celebrated at Gala By Jenna Wilson @fsjennawilson

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(From left to right) Football player Kyle Riddering, baseball player Ricky Tyler Thomas, track and field athlete Annemarie Schwanz, and women’s tennis player Olivia Noble at the 10th Annual Night of Champions Gala at the Save Mart Center on May 8, 2017.

Fresno State Athletics hosted its 10th annual “Night of Champions” Gala at the Save Mart Center on Monday to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of its student-athletes from the 2016-17 academic year. Junior baseball player Ricky Tyler Thomas was awarded male Bulldog of the Year. A First-Team All-Mountain West selection in 2016, Thomas led the conference with 108 strikeouts and finished second with 104 innings pitched and a 2.16 ERA. The social work major pitched over the summer for the USA Collegiate National Team where he led the team in strikeouts and helped it clinch its first-ever series win over Cuba. Thomas received the Richard “Dick” W. Case Award given every year to USA Baseball’s top player. Senior track and field athlete Annema-

rie Schwanz received female Bulldog of the Year and Most Memorable Moment for a woman athlete after becoming the first Bulldog to win the women’s mile at the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship. Receiving her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and currently working on her master’s, Schwanz is a five-time All Mountain West honoree and has won three Mountain West championships. In 2016, she was named to the cross country NCAA all-region team. Basketball player Jahmel Taylor was awarded the men’s Most Memorable Moment after scoring the game-winning 3-pointer to beat New Mexico in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each of the graduating athletes received a Fresno State Student-Athlete sash to wear during the commencement ceremony on May 20.

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