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Celebrating the dead

Benjamin Cruz • The Collegian

(Top) Celebratory pins at the sugar skull workshop, a two-day event hosted by the Cross Culture and Gender Center’s Latino/a Programs and Services to teach students how to make a sugar skull as well as teach about the history of Día de los Muertos on Oct. 30, 2017. (Center) Student-made sugar skulls in various colors.

By Hayley Salazar

reation Room, students were asked what Día de los Muertos meant to them. Answers varied from celebrating and honoring family deaths to making it a day when the dead can return in spirit. “It’s a day that we come together,” Breceda said. “The living come and give their time to remember those that are no longer in the physical world. It’s a day that we honor them with their memory.” The tradition has been around for the past 3,000 years, said Breceda, expanding from the Nahuatl tribes from Central Mexico down to El Salvador. And although the Nahuatl tribes spoke in different dialects, the tradition was similar, Breceda said. “Through the Spanish conquest, the tradition was almost eradicated,” Breceda said. “Many tribes were still trying to hold the tradition, but they had it in secret.”



ne cup of sugar, one tablespoon of meringue and one tablespoon of water were all students needed to create their own sugar skulls in preperation of El Día de los Muertos celebrations. Students of all backgrounds gathered Monday for a sugar skull workshop, hosted by the Cross Cultural and Gender Center Latino/a Programs and Services. About 30 students were taught how to create sugar skulls by Arturo Breceda from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). The center hosted a similar event last year. After a successful event, center officials decided to split the workshop into two days this year: one for creating the skulls and the other for decorating. During the workshop, which was held at University Courtyard in the Baker Rec-



For 24 hours, university will hold online fundraiser By Collegian Staff | @TheCollegian Take out those wallets. Fresno State will host a 24-hour “Day of Giving” (DOG) digital fundraising event all day Thursday. The university said the event is the first of its kind in Fresno State history, and it could become an annual event. The purpose of the event is to rally students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends in

order to give back and celebrate Fresno State, according to to Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. “Day of Giving gifts, no matter how big or small, will make an impact on the next generation of students and show the bold things we can accomplish when the university and community work together as one,” Castro said. Fresno State’s eight schools and colleges, along with a list of other university

departments, will take part in a friendly fundraising competition. Hourly fundraising challenges on Thursday will seek to increase donor participation throughout the day. And activities on social media will be featured on a live leaderboard, the university said. A “heat map” of donor support will also be live to show from which areas donations are coming. Donors can choose which school at Fresno State gets their funds. A list of those

schools is on the Day of Giving website. At 10 p.m. a “pajama party” will kick off the event on Wednesday in the Peters Business Building. At 5 a.m. Thursday, the Shehadey Tower at the Save Mart Center will turn red to represent Bulldog pride, according to the university. At intersections around the campus, mini rallies will be held by students to promote the 24-hour campaign. Expect to see students holding signs from 5 to 9 a.m.




Coming out should be an act of bravery, not a way out


From your editors Results from debates in The Collegian newsroom.

By Amber Carpenter | @shutupambs

In the midst of dozens of women coming out against Harvey Weinstein with allegations of sexual assault or harassment, the hashtag #MeToo has prompted many more survivors of sexual assault to come out with their stories. One of those survivors is actor Anthony Rapp, who told his own story of assault. At the center of it was a 14-year-old Rapp and a well-decorated actor and award winner – Kevin Spacey. A day after Rapp came forward with his experience of sexual assault, Spacey responded with a statement of his own, shared on his personal Twitter account. Spacey said that he did not remember the encounter because it happened more than 30 years ago. Not only did Spacey make this statement as a way out from the allegations of assault, he then deflected them by turning the statement into a coming out story. He said, “. . . I choose to live now as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior.” Spacey flipped the accusations and turned it into an opportunity to come out of the closet. In any other circumstance, this is a scenario that would be celebrated by

THUMBS DOWN Selena Gomez being spotted this past weekend hanging out with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber

THUMBS DOWN Candy corn during the Halloween season

THUMBS UP Christmas music on the radio the day after Halloween Robert Gauthier • Los Angeles Times/TNS

Kevin Spacey on stage at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2016.

the LGBTQ community. However, by using coming out as a means to deflect allegations of sexual assault, Spacey pushes back everything the LGBT+ community has done to shake preconceived notions that homosexuals are nothing more than pedophiles. By associating preying on a minor with coming out of the closet, Spacey has compromised the entire LGBT+ community all

in an effort to save his own reputation. What Spacey has done cannot be excused or swept under the rug. The fate of the Netflix show he stars in, “House of Cards,” hangs in the balances while production has been halted. Coming out of the closet is an act associated with immense bravery and pride. It should never be considered as a “way out” of a situation.

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THUMBS DOWN End-of-semester group projects

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Hall of Fame event to honor notable MCJ alumni By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

Ten alumni of the Fresno State media, communications and journalism department will be honored during the seventh MCJ Hall of Fame Induction and Scholarship Reception on Nov. 9 in the Speech Arts Building, Room 172. The event is hosted by the MCJ Alumni & Friends Chapter and the department’s public relations cases and campaigns service-learning course. The event will also be a fundraiser for future MCJ student scholarships. Brittany Sosa, a broadcast and public

relations double major taking part in setting up the event, said her class has been working with the chapter and its instructor, Jan Edwards, to plan the event. “We are all super excited to see what this event brings,” she said. “I hope everyone enjoys themselves. We want to make an everlasting impression on all who attend.” There will be eight fellows and two Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored for their “significant contributions to media, communications, journalism, and society,” according to the chapter. The professionals were chosen based on their volunteer and community involvement.

MCJ Hall of Fame inductees include: Joe Rosato Sr., former Fresno Bee reporter and Jim Tucker, professor emeritus of journalism at Fresno State MCJ fellow honorees include: Albert Cano, manager of local media research at Univision Communications Michael Carr, news director at ABC30 KFSN Television Chris Chiames, senior vice president for Corporate Communications at Sabre Betsy Hays, public relations professor for the department of media, communications and journalism at Fresno State Blair Looney, president and CEO of the

Better Business Bureau serving Central California and Inland Empire counties Paul McDougal, owner of Paul McDougal Marketing Jane Quebe, founder and president of JP Marketing Tom Uribes, Fresno State public information officer in University Communications Thirty students from the department who have received scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year will also be recognized at the event. Tickets to the reception are available at for $40 until Nov. 7. Tickets will be $50 at the door on the night of the event. For more information call 559355-7602.

Sugar skulls ease fear of death for some DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

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The tradition was eventually adopted by Catholic religious followers, and it was shortened to two days – to revolve entirely around family. “I know like myself, for me, it’s family first before anything,” Breceda said. “I always try to remember that. I think that’s why the tradition was able to survive.” The skull was adopted in the early 20th century, he said, after cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada created “La Calavera Catrina” as a parody skull. Now the symbol is decorated

in bright festive colors to help others not to fear death. “It’s a part of life. We shouldn’t be scared of something that is going to eventually happen,” Breceda said. “The skulls are a way to remind people that you will have loved ones who will care for you.” Brenda Garcia, academic and career coordinator for CAMP, said the best place to make the skulls is in a dry room, where air moisture is not sucked into the skull mix. “Once you pack down your sugar into the mold, you could just flip it over [onto your surface], and it should easily come out,” Garcia said.

The mixture resembles the consistency of sand, and it slowly released a sweet smell as skulls were molded. The skull-making made Karmelita Media feel happy. The sophomore majoring in kinesiology said that, while she doesn’t always celebrate Día de los Muertos, she’s always wanted to make a sugar skull. “One thing that I learned that surprised me was how Día de los Muertos was celebrated differently from other tribes,” she said. “I always thought it’s always been the same thing that everyone celebrated, but really it was completely different then it merged into one.”

Although students had completed their skulls, some stuck around to make more for other students to decorate Wednesday during the second workshop. The Sugar Skull Decorating Workshop will be held Wednesday in the Baker Recreation Room at University Courtyard from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. That same day, the CCGC and Student Involvement will host the 11th annual viewing of altars at Fresno State’s Speakers Platform from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The altars will be on display throughout Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aztec dancers will open and close the ceremony.


El Día de los Muertos une a los estudiantes By Francisco J. De León Alonso @frankiejda


ás de veinte estudiantes de Fresno State se reunieron el 30 de octubre en el Baker Recreation Room para construir calaveritas de azúcar y aprender sobre la tradición del Día de los Muertos. Esta actividad, patrocinada por el Cross Cultural and Gender Center, y el Latino/a Programs and Services llamó la atención de estudiantes de distintas culturas para trabajar juntos y producir alrededor de cincuenta calaveritas de azúcar. Monserrath Sánchez, coordinadora estudiantil del Latino/a Programs and Services, además de facilitar el evento participó en hacer las calaveritas de azúcar, dijo que el propósito de este evento era traer conocimiento de la tradición y el significado de la calaveritas. Cada calaverita contiene un color y diseño único, y con tan solo una taza de azúcar granulada, una cucharadita de merengue en polvo y una cucharadita de agua, rellenó un molde. La segunda y última etapa de este proceso es la decoración de las calaveritas que llevará a cabo el miércoles 1 de noviembre en el Baker Recreation Room de 4:30 p.m. a 6:30 p.m. Ahí los estudiantes usarán glaseado, compuesto de azúcar glas, agua y colorante de alimentos,

Benjamin Cruz • The Collegian

Estudiantes construyen calaveritas de azucar para celebrar el Día del los Muertos.

Tocamos todas las canciones favoritas de mi papá y compartimos nuestros recuerdos. - Yolanda Arreola Sandoval

para diseñar su propia calaverita. Los estudiantes, al terminar la etapa de diseño, podrán llevarlas a casa o utilizarlas el próximo día, el 2 de noviembre, en los altares levantados por estudiantes de español 3 de Fresno State. Será el segundo año para Alejandra López, profesora de español 3, en trabajar e informar a los estudiantes acerca de los altares. “El año pasado fue nuestro primer año, y recibí muy buenos comentarios por parte de los estudiantes”, dijo López. “Me dijeron que fue una buena experiencia y sobre todo que aprendieron el significado de ese día”. El significado de las calaveritas de azúcar es traer memorias y honor a los que han muerto, segun los que toman parte en eventos. Los estudiantes levantarán un altar en el Free Speech Area el jueves 2 de noviembre comenzando a las 7:30 a.m. hasta las 3 p.m. Yolanda Arreola Sandoval, estudiante de criminología con español como materia secundaria, será una de las estudiantes que participará en levantar el altar el jueves 2 de noviembre; y traerá dos marcos con las fotografías de su papá y su abuelo. “Hay un poco más cercanía en mi familia durante esos dos días. Tocamos todas las canciones favoritas de mi papá y compartimos nuestros recuerdos y recordamos todas las cosas buenas que hicieron cuando vivían”, dijo Arreola Sandoval. “Creamos nuevos recuerdos”. El papá de Arreola Sandoval descansa en Huetamo, Michoacán, México. Cada año van al lugar de fallecimiento de su papá, aquí en Fresno, donde se encuentra un cruz blanca desde hace catorce años. “Limpiamos el sitio y empezamos a decorar con pan de muerto, velas, flores frescas, su comida favorita, su fruta favorita y una Coca-Cola, su bebida favorita”, ella dijo.





Gone since 2006, the Bulldogs are ready to rise once again

Alejandro Soto • The Collegian

Head wrestling coach Troy Steiner talks with the team before practice on Oct. 30, 2017 at the Student Recreation Center.

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich


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lthough Fresno State wrestling was cut in 2006, the program never completely died. Really, it went into hibernation. And it waited for the right moment to reawaken. That moment is now. “We’re excited to finally be back at it,” head coach Troy Steiner said. “We know we’ve got a heck of an opportunity here to get this program started out, and [we’re] just excited to get back at it.” The program returns to competition on Nov. 11 in San Francisco with matches against San Francisco State and Nebraska-Kearney. Former athletic director Thomas Boeh cut the wrestling team in 2006 in order to cut costs, a decision that was met with community disdain. The road to reinstatement started when Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro was appointed in 2013. Shortly after taking office, Castro removed Boeh as athletic director and replaced him with Jim Bartko, who started Jan. 1, 2015. In 2015, Castro and Bartko announced their plan to reinstate wrestling, as well as create a women’s water polo program. Steiner was hired in May 2016. He previously served as an assistant coach at Oregon State for 10 years and was a national champion wrestler at Iowa. Steiner said he is honored that Castro and Bartko trust him to lead the program back into competition. “I know that there’s a lot of responsibility that comes with that,” Steiner said. “We

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want to put a product out there that’s exciting and fun to watch, and something that people can be proud of – not just on the mat, but off the mat, as well.” After Steiner was brought on, the rest of the team started to shape up. Steiner hired assistant coach Israel Silva in July 2016 as well as assistant coach Jason Chamberlain in August 2016. Steiner rounded out his coaching staff by adding volunteer assistant coach Joe Colon

in July. Also in July, Fresno State officially joined the Big 12 for wrestling. In November 2016, Steiner announced his first recruiting class, which included many wrestlers from local high schools. He completed the recruiting class for the 20172018 season in May 2017. One of the recruits signed in May was Clovis native AJ Nevills, who spent last year grayshirting for Penn State. Nevills won the 2016 CIF State Championship

at Clovis High School at 220 pounds and joined his older brother Nick at Penn State before returning home. “My brother’s the heavyweight out there,” Nevills said. “I’ve been telling people I’d rather wrestle against him in a match than have to wrestle him off.” Nevills said it is special to be part of the first Bulldog wrestling team in over 10 years. He hopes to make Steiner proud as well as make an impact on the local high school programs. “We’re trying to keep a lot of people at home in California,” Nevills said. “We’re going to try to be the best recruiter in California – get the best kids to come here.” Another former Clovis High School wrestler is freshman Brandon Martino, who said he stayed close to home because of the coaching staff. “They’re great people,” Martino said. “They know what they’re doing, so it was just a perfect fit.” Martino said that Steiner is a very helpful and patient coach, and he is excited to be a part of the new team. “It’s a little nerve wracking, and it’s exciting at the same time – just because we’re going to be setting the standard, I guess you could say, for the recruits and people that are going to come in and be a part of this program in the future,” Martino said. Sophomore Richie Brandt, who attended Liberty Madera Ranchos High School and spent the last two seasons at Utah Valley, echoed Martino’s thoughts on the coaches. “Steiner’s awesome,” Brandt said. “He’s probably the best coach I’ve ever had. He gets a lot out of me. He gets a lot out of the guys.” After the weekend matchups in San Francisco, the Bulldogs return home for a much-anticipated duel against No. 14 Illinois on Nov. 17. Steiner hopes to have close to 10,000 fans packing the Save Mart Center for the home opener. “Illinois is a good program,” Steiner said. “They’re going to be ready and prepared when they come out here. So obviously at this early in the stage with our team, we’re not going to take anyone lightly. We definitely know that they’re going to be a team that will be ready to go, and we’re going to have to be at our best.” The wrestlers are just as excited as Steiner for the first home match. “I’m super pumped for that one,” Brandt said. “I have a lot of friends and family that are coming to see me. It will be a big one.” Besides the matchup against Illinois, Fresno State has home duels against Bakersfield, Cal Poly, Utah Valley, No. 21 Stanford and No. 3 Oklahoma State. The Big 12 Championships take place on March 3 and 4 followed by the NCAA Championships from March 15-17. With the season approaching, the team is ready to get on the mat to compete. “It feels great to be at this point,” Steiner said. “A lot of things have been put in place. There’s been a lot of people besides myself that have done a lot of work to get to this point. We’re excited to be here, and it’s finally around the corner.”

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