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Vintage Days The annual student-run event returned with familiar and new attractions

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Attendees at the 45th annual Vintage Days visit student-run food booths and partake in various activities on April 28 at Fresno State.








Institute to reinforce Portuguese-American ties By Payton Hartung Reporter

Fresno State’s Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute has been developing programs aimed at reinforcing the Portuguese-American communities and provide opportunities for research, education and outreach. Last year, Diniz Borges was named the founding director of the institute. “It’s an honor for me,” Borges said. “I mean, I’ve been involved with the Portuguese community all my life since I came here from Portugal at the age of 10.” Last year, the institute accepted a $130,000 grant from the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD). The foundation was created in 1985 by a joint venture between the Portuguese and American governments to advance relations between the two countries. Borges said that in addition to any funding from foundations like FLAD, he believes that the Portuguese-American community will help fund programs that the institute envisions in the near future. Lauren Silva, a liberal studies major, served

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as a representative for Tulare-Angra do Heroismo Sister City Foundation. Silva said that the Portuguese Institute has been a remedy to the lack of representation for Portuguese students on campus. The institute has been hosting a series of lectures, including a visit from the Azores President Vasco Alves Cordeiro back in February of this year. “It was awesome to see the president here really interacting with students and breaking ground here for the Portuguese community,” Silva said.

Fresno State Provost Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval has been involved in the institute since the beginning. Jiménez-Sandoval said that living in the Valley most of his life and studying in Lisbon, Portugal's capital, has made him keenly aware of the cultural ties between the Valley and the Portuguese communities. The institute also has been collecting and archiving oral histories from Portuguese-American communities from Bakersfield all the way to the Stockton and Sacramento areas. “I’m excited to see the oral and video history project grow through documenting and

preserving the memory of the Portuguese immigrants that made our Valley their home,” Jiménez-Sandoval said. “This multiyear project will yield a wealth of information and treasured memories that will manifest the power of love of family, the value of hard work and the resilience of the human spirit to innovate, reinvent and thrive in the fertile land of the San Joaquin Valley.” Borges said he is excited to see research and publishing from the institute, whether it be research-oriented or creative arts, like fiction and poetry. Fresno State also has a new Portuguese club that was created last year to promote the Portuguese language and culture. Currently, there are 15 members and the club expects membership to grow in the future. Blake Garcia, president of the club, said that institute has been a welcome addition to the university. “Diniz Borges, President Castro and so many more people have been working tirelessly to make this institute a success for our university and community,” Garcia said. “I am very honored to be a part of it and hope to see this institute thrive in the coming years.”




Professor going to D.C. fellowship A media, communications and journalism assistant professor has been awarded a fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 to 2020 school year. Dr. Bradley Hart was awarded the fellowship that is designed to place academic experts in policy-making environments and make their expertise available to political leaders while providing insight to enhance their teaching, research and administrative abilities. Hart plans to continue teaching classes online in the upcoming year. “I think this is a very exciting opportunity for me and very exciting for our students to benefit from first-hand experiences in the policy-making world,” Hart said. “I look forward to returning in the following year and really putting what I learn in D.C. into practice.” The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the U.S. and other countries. -Larry Valenzuela

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Gender, Race and Sexuality conference By Vanessa Rios | Reporter The Henry Madden Library hosted a “Gender, Race and Sexuality” undergraduate conference, presented by the women’s studies department last Friday. The conference ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and featured four blocks of panels with several presenters who discussed topics related to gender, race and sexuality. The first panel in the third bloc, titled “Shifting Narratives: Eradicating the Dynamics of White Heteronormativity Through Media Representation,” drew in a big crowd. Fresno State women’s studies student Emalee Farley was the first speaker of the afternoon panel with her presentation: “Queering YouTube: A Queer Analysis of the Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallow.”


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University presents 1st black musical Pop duo at By Marilyn Castaneda A&E Editor

Fresno State’s University Theatre proudly presents its last production of the semester and its first ever African-American musical, “Carmen Jones,” directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis on May 3 through 11 at the John Wright Theatre on campus. According to a University Theatre news release, the musical features an all African-American cast in Ellis’ new, original concept of a 1970s fictionalized version of a historically-black college based on Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy’s adaptation of Prosper Merimee’s “Carmen,” written by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Georges Bizet. The original story comes from a 1940s parachute factory. “The major thing with this production, which hasn’t been done before, is it’s taking place on a black college campus during the early 70s,” professor Ellis said in the release. “This lends itself to black college life; step shows, black nationalism, etc. We also see a schism between the black fraternity/sorority community

and the noncollege-educated workers who render support services to those students.” Performances on May 3, 4 and May 7 through 11 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The May 5 performance begins at 2 p.m. Latecomers will be seated at the house manager’s discretion. Tickets are available on the University Theatre website. They are priced at $20 for adults; $18 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military; and $12 for all students. Children under 5 are not admitted. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Box office hours are open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance.


Grizzly Fest By Paige Gibbs | Reporter

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This production is sponsored by Fresno State’s Office of the President. Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday nights, parking permits are required and can be purchased for $4 at dispensers in parking lots on campus. For more information, contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or at universitytheatre@

Catch indie/electronic dance duo Matt and Kim performing at Grizzly Fest this weekend, alongside G-Eazy and Young the Giant. “We made 1,000 nude blow-up dolls with our faces on them,” band member Matt Johnson said. “We usually throw a couple of those into the crowd and we bring enough confetti and balloons to make a mess.” Their idea of a good time is having fun and “getting weird.” Their live performances are very dance-oriented and have a fun vibe, Johnson said. Matt and Kim will perform Sunday, May 5 on the Sequoia stage from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets for Grizzly Fest are available for purchase at General admission tickets for both days are $130 and Sunday only are $75.

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What you missed at this year's Vintage Days By Jennifer Reyes Reporter

Vintage Days welcomed locals to Fresno State campus last weekend with hot smokey bbq, ice cream sandwiches, a dunk tank and sunny weather. Community members swarmed throughout the campus lawns as they explored student food booths, the beer and wine garden, obstacle courses and craft vendors. Fresno State greek clubs, organizations and sports clubs all lined up as they sold a variety of food, like chicken tacos and pineapple fruit cups under dark blue tents near the Speech Arts Building and the Satellite Student Union. Kids rode on the train as it circled around trees in front of the Joyal Administration Building. Over on the northwest side, the crafts faire was filled with over 100 handmade unique craft vendors selling various items, such as jewelry, artwork, balsamic vinegars and clothes. One vendor traveled down from Chico to sell sweets, like taffies, vanilla caramels and chocolates. There was plenty to see and buy from, but one section was exclusively made for Fresno

State students to enjoy. The student zone was Vintage Days’ newest addition, inviting students to enter with a valid I.D. All three days featured new activities, such as a mechanical bull on Friday, a wing eating contest on Saturday and a donut eating contest on Sunday. “This year for vintage days we wanted to have a student zone out there for students. Specifically just an area for students to come out and hang out enjoy games like food eating contests, giveaways, prizes and just a free area and to have a good time,” said Whitney ballard, one of the student activities coordinators. This year’s festival also included the popular automotive event this year on Sunday. The car show was back for its second year after a long hiatus. The community had the opportunity to admire the many different cars in the show with family and friends. The car show was a first stop for people parked in Parking Lot 1 on the corner of Maple and Shaw avenues. “Our ultimate goal is to re-establish our car show’s strong reputation throughout the Central Valley,” said Rafael Mendoza, the car show coordinator. Erin and Cleadus Shelton said they have a

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One of the several cars included in the car show at Fresno State's 45th Vintage Days on Sunday, April 28, 2019. passion for cars. They brought Erin’s father’s car, a 1977 Chevrolet Stepside in color Tango, to Vintage Days to showcase for the public. “This is actually our first time here at Vintage Days,” Erin said. “We are enjoying the event, and it is interesting to see other cars here as well.” Vintage Days is a student-planned celebration that attracts visitors from all over. The event usually lasts three days with food, game booths, live entertainment, arts and crafts and

much more. Marie Flynn, a regular Vintage Days attendee, said she believes that Vintage Days is a great way to pass time with family and friends. "My family and I have come to Vintage Days for multiple years,” Flynn said. “We enjoy coming, because there is so much to do with family.”

Marilyn Castaneda contributed to this story.





Trump's rhetoric leads nation negatively

By Christina Tran Opinion Editor

President Donald J. Trump’s rhetoric has provided a platform for followers to perceive white nationalism and xenophobia as acceptable, leading to increasingly violent incidents across the U.S. The way Trump speaks to America has fueled more racist behavior because, as president, his leadership sets precedent for citizens to follow. These types of verbally abusive interactions between individuals have elevated into aggressive physical altercations between white nationalists and those they oppose.

This divide in the country has increased as the first term of his presidency nears its end. But this kind of verbal and physical violence stems from individuals who believe it’s OK to harass, hurt and even kill others to support the president’s message about who is truly American. However, the increase in violence among Americans has not been addressed by the president himself, as he seems to gloss over the fact that the violent actions by his supporters are the results of his own speech. The recent number of anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic incidents, more specifically mass shootings, that have occured in the U.S. has proven that Trump’s response to the nation is lacking in his attempts to unify and provide comfort to the victims who have continuously been targeted.

This lack of denouncement and instead opting to side with white nationalists while one terrorist attack happens after another contributes to making racists and extremists, who resort to such violence, feel more comfortable with being overt in their own bigotries. Just like the president does in front of the entire country. If everyone continues to follow in the negative rhetoric that Trump uses during national crisis events where violence and deaths occur, there will be no end to the growing racism and xenophobia prevalent in the U.S.

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Reading program for kids needs volunteers By Clarissa Villela Fresno State student

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Last weekend, the Fresno State men’s tennis team made history by winning its first Mountain West (MW) Championship in program history, defeating No. 4 San Diego State 4-2 at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. The journey for head coach Luke Shields has been one that saw him take a last place team at the time of his hire and reach the MW Championship finals, only to lose in disappointing fashion last season to winning the first MW title in Fresno State history. "It's been a journey … There were a lot of ups and downs to get to this point, it was emotional," Shields said post-celebration. "We finished last in the conference my first year at Fresno State, and now we are champions.” With the win, Fresno State punches its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 and the 14th appearance in program history, facing No. 12-seed Stanford (17-6, 5-3 Pacific 12) in the first round set for Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at Taube Family Tennis Center. The Cardinals

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own the all-time series record against the Bulldogs, 18-1.







Player of the Month Last month Derkas was named the 2019 Mountain West (MW) Player of the Year after a stellar season playing at the No. 1 position, owning a team-best 23-9 overall singles record and a 19-6 mark in dual play. To go along with his MW Player of the Year award, Derkas was an All-MW singles selection, finishing conference play as the only player to go undefeated with a 7-0 record at the No. 1 position and failed to drop a set against conference opponents. The Czech Republic native is already used to accolades, as this years’ awards make it four career All-MW honors for Derkas over his three years at Fresno State. He was named the 2017 Freshman of the Year and a 2018 All-MW Singles selection. Derkas was an instrumental part of the Bulldogs’ lineup as his stellar 2019 has led the Fresno State to its first-ever MW Championship and integral in the Bulldogs punching its ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.



Water Polo finishes 3rd in GCCC By Jorge Rodriguez Reporter

The Fresno State women’s water polo team took third place during the Golden Coast Conference (GCC) Championship, defeating San Diego State University 15-10 in the final day of the championship. The Dogs finished the season with an overall record of 14-15 and ranked third place in the conference, making this the best season in the program’s two year history. After a 4-3 conference record, the Bulldogs entered the championship seeded in the fourth place and facing Azusa Pacific University in the first game. During the regular season, the Bulldogs and Azusa Pacific both had the same conference record, but Fresno State had the tie breaker due to them defeating Azusa Pacif-

ic 11-8 during the regular season. The Bulldogs won the first game of the championship, defeating Azusa Pacific 8-6 and advancing to the semifinals against Pacific University. Pacific was seeded as the No. 1 team in the championship and had defeated the No. 8 team Concordia University 17-2. Fresno State fell short of its goal and was defeated by Pacific 11-7, sending the Bulldogs to fight for third place against the No. 2 seed San Diego State. The Aztecs had defeated the ‘Dogs during the conference play 9-7 in a tough home match at the Fresno State aquatics center. In the final day of the tournament, the Bulldogs faced the Aztecs in a very intense and competitive game. The Bulldogs would take the lead early in the match, finishing the first quarter of the match on top of the Aztecs, 6-1.

For the second quarter, San Diego State University cut the Bulldogs’ lead down. However, the ‘Dogs still managed to keep the lead 8-5 to going into halftime. In the third quarter, the Bulldogs kept stayed in front, thanks to great defensive plays and great goalkeeping. Fresno State held a 10-6 lead into the fourth and final quarter. Fresno State held off the Aztecs’ attack and managed to complete some counter attacks that ended in points for the ‘Dogs. The Bulldogs finished the game with a score of 15-10, taking third place for the first time in the program’s history.

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Lacrosse underperforms, coaching the problem?

By Jorge Rodriguez Reporter

The Fresno State women’s lacrosse season once again came and went without a whimper last Friday night when it lost to the San Diego State University Aztecs 18-15 in the semifinal of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship Tournament. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 7-7 overall record, a 0-2 conference record and a four-game losing streak, finishing last in a conference that consists of only three teams. This season marks the second time in backto-back seasons the team has finished with a win percentage of .500, which is the program’s second-best win percentage. This is also the second year in a row that the lacrosse team failed to win a single game in

conference. It seems as though there is a lack of competitiveness when facing the challenge of playing conference opponents, and the main question is why? The women’s lacrosse team had its best season in 2017 when it had a 9-7 overall record, but a 2-6 conference record. Before the 2017 season, their most productive season had been the previous year, when they went 5-10 overall and 2-7 in conference in 2016. In the 10 years the women’s lacrosse program has been active at Fresno State, the team has never won more than two games in conference play. The current head coach, Jessica Giglio, has been with the team since 2012 and has been part of the team’s current success. Giglio’s overall record at Fresno State stands at 41-80, but what is more concerning is her conference record, in which she is 8-45. In 2017, Giglio's overall record was 16 wins and 57 losses, yet the administration gave her a contract renewal that included a raise and added two more years to her stay at Fresno State, which is scheduled to end June 30, 2019 pending a contract renewal.

The team’s recent success comes in part due to its schedule, which has it playing east coast programs that are equal to or below the talent level that Fresno State has put on the field. Take, for example, this season, in which the team had seven wins and from those, only one team, Bryant University, had a winning percentage of .500 with an 8-8 record. The rest of the teams they defeated this season all had losing records. The women’s lacrosse team had experience this season and proven scorers, including juniors Tiffiny Wallace (54 pts) and Marino Mayo (32 pts), along with senior Ryleigh Bone (37 pts). Couple that core with young talent like sophomore defender Abbigayle Roberts and MPSF Rookie of the Year Sydney Skalstad. The trio of Roberts, Wallace and Skalstad were All-MPSF selections, along with Kayla Galet, Olivia Mannon and Laurel Maunder, showing there is talent on the field that you can build a program around. One question that needs to be raised is, why, with the talent that is currently on the roster and the talent that has been on the rosters in the past, is the team underperforming and lacking the competitiveness to have success year after year?

Giglio’s contract is once again up for renewal as of June 30, 2019, and the uncertainty of whether or not the Bulldogs are a team that is on an upswing or a team whose fate will always be stagnant and filled with mediocrity should come into play for the university. Two sports that are examples of enormous success in recent years would be the men’s basketball program and the football program, which, despite different circumstances, have led to success due in large part to coaching changes. Why should we hold lacrosse to different standards and expectations than many of the sports that take up residency at Fresno State? Giglio’s lack of success in the years leading up to her third contract negotiation with the university should bring into question what the basis would be to bring her back for another contract? The bottom line is that Fresno State wants to have a competitive women’s lacrosse program. This regime’s time may have run its course, and it might be time to move on.

Anthony De Leon contributed to this story.