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Three years later, bikeway plans still hazy
She doesn’t own a car, but she likely paid your expired meter By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
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The bike path on Barstow Avenue between Cedar and Chestnut avenues on Nov. 27, 2017. Parts of the bike path are worn out or erased and at some points the path is nonexistent. The current bike path was not used with grant money.
By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2
n 2014, Fresno State got four grants designed to help construct a bikeway along Barstow Avenue. Three years later, the bikeway has not been built. The Collegian reported in 2014 that Cal-
trans Active Transportation program awarded $872,000 to the university. Additionally, the Fresno Council of Governments’ Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program gave $570,000 and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District awarded two grants that totaled about $200,000. Though a bikeway was installed on the south side of Barstow Avenue between Cedar and Maple avenues in May 2014, it was
paid for with a different set of funds, said Deborah Adishian-Astone, vice president for administrative services. Adishian-Astone said the bikeway project for which the grants were awarded was put on hold in January 2016 due to a number of factors. First, Adishian-Astone said that the grant money only provided enough for the bikeway to extend a half mile from Jackson
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You may have been spared lately of a parking ticket – all because of another student’s random act of kindness. A Fresno State English major, who asked not to be named by The Collegian for this story, said she wanted to repay others for a great first semester as a freshman. So on Nov. 15, she began doing so by paying for an extra hour of time on expired parking meters at university parking lots. One hour in the Henry Madden Library P30 parking lot costs 25 cents. So far, the student said, she has spent about $1.25 in feeding five expired meters and helping students avoid a ticket by parking police. She publicized the good deeds on the Facebook group Fresno State Book Trade & Advice, where hundreds of students share their Fresno State experiences. She posted photos of two cars, a Dodge Charger and a Toyota Tundra, for which she had paid a meter on Nov. 15. The students loved it. Immediately, her post received 231 reactions, and she was even named “The parking meter vigilante” by one student. But while others called her a hero, another student simply referred to the student as “an amazing human being.” And going around paying for the expired meters is simple for her. She said, “I usually
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What you should know about spending money – including these holidays By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
Some students will spend the money they earn, others will save it – some have managed to do both. Associate professor and chair of the department of economics at Fresno State, Dr. David Vera, has tips for those who have not mastered saving and spending wisely on their own. He uses the “50, 30, 20” rule. What it means: use 50 percent of your income for your needs; 30 percent for your nonessentials – such as dining out and coffee – and 20 percent to save or repay debts. For Vera, paying off loans, like student loans, and clearing oneself from debt “is a form of savings.” Michael Olague, a Fresno State alumnus
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Cash, department store cards, credit and debit cards are displayed to show the possible spending habits of students on Nov. 28, 2017.
with an accounting degree, said he began saving when he was a freshman at Fresno City College. In a smart move, he said, “I opened up investment accounts freshman year and treated long term savings like a bill.” Depending on his monthly income, Olague deposited a dollar amount each week into his investment account. Vera advises to have a savings account with a few months of income saved. And when you have an established career, open a money market account. It gives the user “liquidity but with higher return,” Vera said. Olague did just that. And although he qualified for financial aid, he still took out loans. He didn’t need the loan to pay to earn his degree or make ends meet, however. “I did it because I could put that cash to work,” he said. For example, if he borrowed $24,000 in loans at Fresno State, he would owe that amount plus 4 percent in interest each year. The benefit of that, he said, is that he put the money into an investment account that
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Transferring from community college is underrated
By Amber Carpenter | @shutupambs
When I think back to 2011 around this time, I am immediately brought back to overwhelming feelings in regards to where I was applying to college. At the time, my close friends were applying to juggernauts like UC Berkeley and Stanford. I found myself at a crossroads. I knew I could apply to schools like those, but when it came to talking to my parents about how my education would be financed, I was faced with a bitter truth. I could not afford going to a top-tier institution without acquiring mounds of student debt along the way. So I accepted my fate, but I did so with the tiniest bit of shame that no one talks about when it comes to attending community college. For some reason, some view the decision of going to a community college as one of resignation, without realizing how wise a choice it actually is. On Oct. 13, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 19 in hopes of establishing the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program, which will waive fees for first-year full-time students who complete a free application for federal student aid, or FAFSA. This would offer high school graduates the opportunity to pursue a higher edu-
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cation, even if it isn’t among the ranks of schools like UC Berkeley or Stanford. But why does it matter if they don’t spend their first few years at a highly ranked or more prestigious school? When I told people I was opting for Fresno City College, I was met with mixed reactions – some thought I was wasting my talents, some commended me for making a financially responsible choice and others shared their less than great attitudes toward students in community college. Because of these mixed reactions, I personally struggled with the decision to stay local, live with my parents and opt to go to a community college. There are quite a few factors that feed into the negative stereotypes against students who choose community college over public or private four-year universities. Is it because of the production people
make out of sending their kids to college? Or the dozens of Target or Walmart commercials centered around moving into a dorm and buying cheap plastic wastebaskets or toaster ovens in preparations for dorm life? Part of the problem might be the way that America romanticizes the pomp and circumstance around high school graduation and the pressures that fall upon high school graduates thereafter. Another part of the problem stems from the fact that there is no soft transition between high school students having to ask permission to use the restroom to eventually having to make massively important decisions for their lives. From the second they enter college, first-year students are asked almost daily what their majors are and what they want to do with them. Community college students pursue
general education that allows them to get a foothold in different majors and possible career fields without pressure to make an immediate decision that they may end up regretting many semesters and thousands of dollars, later. On paper, choosing a city college is the best possible decision for incoming students, but there will always be naysayers that reinforce stereotypes that have long-existed around going to community college. However, choosing a community college does not reflect upon intelligence, work ethic or grand plans that you have for your life. If anyone knows that negative stereotypes of community college are untrue, it is students who have chosen the transfer or two-year college path before eventually transferring to a 4-year. When I chose to go the community college route, I was afraid that I would miss out on the “college experience” or feel robbed of independence if they choose to remain living at home. As time went on, I realized that while my college experience was different, it was still just that – a college experience. I made friends, grew academically and was able to work and save money for when I was ready to transfer to Fresno State – a decision I am grateful that I made each and every day. Students who choose community college aren’t resigning to an educational experience littered with mediocrity, but instead are choosing a financial or educational situation that is best-suited for them.
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Bikeway remains part of university’s master plan GRANT from Page 1 to Cedar avenues. The plan for the bikeway was for it to extend from Cedar to Chestnut avenues. “The bike path would not have connected to any other bike paths farther east on Barstow Avenue,” Adishian-Astone said. “The result could have created an unsafe situation for bicyclists if we could not build out the entire bike path.” Adishian-Astone added that the costs to finish the Barstow Avenue bikeway had continued to increase. The costs included upgrading the traffic signal at Barstow and Cedar avenues, which would have to be done with the help of City of Fresno. And, those accommodations were not included in the original bikeway plans. The contractor’s asking price also complicated the process, said Adishian-Astone, stating that the bid amounts exceeded the budget. Thomas Gaffery, Fresno State’s former parking and transportation
manager, told The Collegian in 2014 that the bikeway could cost upwards of about $2 million. The grants, in total, are about $1.6 million. Gaffery added that Fresno State could possibly rely on more grants, allowing it to allocate campus funds “for other priorities.” The Collegian has not learned of new grants awarded for the bikeway since those given in 2014. Adishian-Astone said it is not uncommon for the contractor bids to surpass the budget. She added that “planning efforts for projects of this type are dependent upon funding availability.” Since the construction costs have increased, Adishian-Astone said that the university has invested its time and resources in “projects that will have the highest and best use by our campus and community.” Adishian-Astone said the bikeway continues to be in the Fresno State master plan, but the timeline for its completion remains hazy.
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The bike path on Barstow Avenue between Cedar and Chestnut avenues on Nov. 27, 2017. Parts of the bike path are worn out or erased and at some points the path is nonexistent.
“There is no current timeline for when this [bikeway] project will be completed due to funding and other roadway and infrastructure projects that are currently in the planning phases,” Adishian-Astone said.
She added that she understands the importance of the bikeway, seeing as “it would connect the campus community to neighboring city bikeways.” Former Fresno State director of university initiatives and projects,
Dr. Gillisann Harootunian, issued a similar sentiment in 2014 when he said: “[The bikeway] transforms the university from being a barrier of commuter bicycling to being a major access route.”
She spent $1.25 to help others avoid $50 parking tickets GIVING from Page 1 like to cut through the parking lot as a shortcut to the [library].” And though she doesn’t even own a car of her own, she said that still moved her to help the students out. The random act of kindness began ahead of the holiday break. She hopes this helps spark acts of kindness by others at Fresno State. “Kindness comes in many different forms,” she said. “You can’t look for it. It comes whenever,
and that’s the greatest moment of all because it always puts a smile on a person’s face.” The student’s kindness isn’t stopping soon, according to a statement she provided to The Collegian. On Monday, as students returned to campus after the holiday break, she posted once again on social media stating that she paid for three more expired meters with a few quarters she had in her purse. Although she has posted on the
group with her gestures, she said she’s not looking for attention. She said she helps students purely out of kindness. “I just want to see people happy and make their day and see them smile,” she said. “That’s all that is important to me.”
Daniel Avalos • The Collegian
An expired parking meter in front of the Henry Madden Library on Nov. 28, 2017.
Professor suggests ‘50, 30, 20’ rule for spending FINANCES from Page 1 earned him between 7 to 14 percent of his investment annually.
As for making payments on the loan, he said, “I’ll make minimum payments as long as possible because the earnings outweigh the
loan interest.” Olague said he had one credit card throughout college. But, he said, at graduation he didn’t owe a dollar. Vera, the economics professor, also suggests graduating without owing credit card debt. He encourages students to try to graduate with as little to no debt as possible. But, for those who have no choice but to take on debt, he said: use the 20 percent of income to pay the loans off. And Vera offered that “You should always have money to have a little bit of fun,” if paying off debt gets too overwhelming. Olague seemed to have followed Vera’s advice. Since graduation, Olague said he vacationed in Australia, New Zealand and Mexico before starting his desk job as an accountant in Fresno. He said he currently owes $2,900 on his credit card, but that his debt doesn’t worry him. “I valued the experiences way more than I did not having debt,” Olague said. “Reward yourself when possible, even if you have to borrow a bit or pull out of the funds.” He added, “You have no idea
how those experiences can alter your perspective and advance your growth.” During the holiday season, when it comes to holiday shopping, Vera said it is important to have a planned budget and a list before going into stores and buying gifts. “Have a list to determine how you’re going to spend your income,” he said. Part of the 30 percent for nonessentials goes to spending for the holidays, Vera said. Samantha Gomez, a master’s student in health promotion, said she was lucky enough to graduate without student loans also. She said she attended community college, where she received a presidential scholarship. However, her saving efforts didn’t end there. “I applied to many different scholarships, even ones that I knew I wasn’t going to get. You never know when something like ‘free money’ might land in your pocket,” Gomez said. To save money, she rented textbooks from Amazon. She rented international versions of books for way, way less. Like Gomez’s tips on saving
money on textbooks, Vera gave a few more tips on money-saving habits and explained why it’s important to save for the future. He said when paying off a loan, do not get yourself into paying for additional loans, such as a car. Vera said: keep the car and smartphone for as long as possible and stay focused on paying student loans first. But he warns of credit card interest going up the longer you have it. He said, at first, you may be offered a low interest rate – the longer you have the card, the interest rate goes up. “Be aware of terms and conditions,” he said. “Make sure to pay the balance.” Long term money-saving benefits outweigh not buying your Starbucks coffee or having the newest smartphone, Vera said. “There are things you need a lot of money for,” Vera said, like a home down payment, a child and retirement. And although those expenses may be far into the future for some, Vera suggests a retirement plan while also holding the possibility of taking care of other family members.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
Grammy nominations are in
Jay-Z performs on his ‘4:44’ Tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Nov. 22, 2017. The artist has been nominated for eight Grammy awards.
By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon
t’s the most wonderful time of the year for music – nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Leading with the most nominations this year is Jay-Z, with eight: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Album, and Best Music Video. Following with seven nominations is Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar with six, and Childish Gambino with five. This year is the first year in Grammy history that Album of the Year, one of the most prestigious categories, has no white males nominated. Up for the category are Gambino for “Awaken My Love;” Jay-Z for “4:44;” Lamar for “Damn;” Lorde for “Melodrama;” and Mars for “24K Magic.” Nominated for Best New Artist are Alessia Cara (who has a total of four nominations), Khalid (two nominations), Lil Uzi Vert (two nominations), Julia Michaels (two nominations) and SZA (five nominations). SZA leads as the most nominated female of the night with bids in the following categories: Best New Artist, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance. But while many are celebrating their favorite artists being up for a Grammy, some have taken to social media to voice opinions about artists they believe have been “snubbed.” Some artists include rock-band Paramore for its album “After Laughter,” singer Harry Styles for his self-titled debut and singer Demi Lovato, who just managed to release her latest “Tell Me You Love Me” in time to be eligible for this year’s Grammys. To be eligible for a 2018 Grammy, al-
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bums and recordings must have been released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. Lovato released her album on Sept. 29, but didn’t manage to grab a nomination. Fresno State Freshman and agriculture education major Fernando Garcia, who said he has been watching the Grammys for three to four years, took to Twitter to say he was “heartbroken” that Lovato didn’t get any nominations. “I felt like Bruno Mars, Jay Z [and] Childish Gambino shouldn’t have been nominated for Album of the Year,” he said. “I felt like Demi Lovato, along with Sam Smith, should have been nominated instead of those three.” For others, the Grammys are just not that interesting. In a comment on a discussion post in the Fresno State Book Trade & Advice Facebook group, post-baccalaureate student Dan Waterhouse said he occasionally tunes in to the Grammys, but is “lukewarm” about it. “Sometimes nominations seem to be a popularity contest,” he said. Other notable nominees this year include Ed Sheeran for Best Pop Solo Performance for his song “Shape Of You,” and Best Pop Vocal album for his album “Divide.” Taylor Swift has two songwriter nominations for Best Country Song (for “Better Man” by Little Big Town) and Best Song Written for Visual Media (for her song with Zayn Malik, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”). With two nominations as well is rapper Logic in the Song of the Year and Best Music Video categories for his song “1-800273-8255.” With an impressive three nominations in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance categories is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber. The 60th Grammy Awards will air Jan. 28 on CBS.
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
‘Mr. Either/Or’ is actionpacked and worth your time By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon
‘Mr. Either/Or’ is the latest book from Fresno State professor Aaron Poochigian.
Reading and understanding poetry can be a challenge for some, but with Aaron Poochigian’s latest work, “Mr. Either/ Or,” it can also be very immersive and have you on the edge of your seat. “Mr. Either/Or” is a novel written in verse that tells the story of Zach Berzinski, an undercover FBI agent tasked with bringing in the “Dragon’s Claw,” a jade box that, according to Chinese legend, contains the apocalypse. Set against the backdrop of Manhattan, Berzinski faces off against Maoist gangsters, comes across mole-men in subway tunnels and tries to save the human race from human-hating aliens. Berzinski does all this while grappling with a potential romance with Li-ling Levine, curator of the Met Museum’s Asian Wing. While “Mr. Either/Or” was initially difficult to read – I don’t generally enjoy reading poetry – I was surprised to see how quickly I caught on to the flow of the writing. I think this largely has to do with the fact that Poochigian made the story itself very modern and fast-paced. I found that once I got into the flow of
the writing and could focus on the story, I didn’t want to put the book down. There are intense action scenes where you aren’t sure if Berzinski will make it out unscathed, and then there are scenes just as intense where you find yourself rooting for Brezinski and Levine’s romance. I would have to say the romance aspect was one of my favorite parts of the book because it wasn’t overbearing. Once it was introduced, it served as a nice reprieve and breather from the fight scenes and alien invasion. It wasn’t an in-your-face romance. It was subtle and honest. I also enjoyed the language Poochigian used, not just to tell the story, but in every character’s dialogue. Berzinski, for example, is in his 20s and speaks like he is in his 20s – he doesn’t come across as older than he is, which a lot of fiction writers tend to do to their main characters. Speaking of characters, my favorite has to be Levine. Not only is she incredibly smart, but she is, frankly, a badass who isn’t hesitant when it comes to saving the human race from an invasion of aliens who literally kill humans and wear their skins. “Mr. Either/Or,” once you get into it, is an exciting and inventive story that is full of action, and I can easily picture it being adapted for film or television one day (preferably television so we can see multiple Berzinski/Levine adventures). It’s a novel in verse that those who typically steer clear of poetry should try.
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50 students will witness Mountain West Conference football championship By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj
The university’s student government is busing 50 students to the Mountain West Conference football championship in Boise, Idaho. Tuesday morning, dozens of students lined up outside the Associated Students, Inc. office, in hopes of getting their hands in the limited amount of round-trip tickets, which were priced at $15. The tickets were sold out before noon Tuesday. ASI said the tickets were made possibly by a collaboration among ASI, the Daniel Avalos • The Collegian President’s Office, Administrative Services Students wait in line in the ASI office in USU Room 316 on Nov. 28, 2017. The students pur- and Student Affairs. chased $15 tickets to go on a round-trip bus ride to Boise, Idaho to support Fresno State at the When ASI announced they were selling Mountain West Conference championship game against Boise State.
the tickets, a former student had replied on Twitter asking if he could buy and donate a few tickets to students. ASI said the man reached out to Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro in a direct message, and the president provided a link where the man could make a donation to buy the tickets. And he did, ASI confirmed. Students are scheduled to check in at 10:30 p.m. Friday at the roundabout near the Joyal Administration Building on Maple Avenue. The bus will depart at 10:45 p.m. The championship game will kickoff at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The bus with the students is estimated to arrive back at 9 a.m. to the Fresno State roundabout on Sunday, Dec. 3.
Caffeine, finals go together like peanut butter and jelly for some
ing small breaks in between works for me.” Other Fresno State students said they try to plan ahead of finals weeks to avoid cramming and to prevent themselves from unnecessary exhaustion which could inhibit their performance on exams. Summer Al, a fourth-year double-major in mathematics and biomedical physics, said she usually aims for healthy sleep and eating
habits. “So that I don’t lose my focus during the actual exams from the exhaustion/hunger,” she added. “I also avoid drinking coffee before an exam; the caffeine makes me more nervous.” Other students shared caffeine alternatives such as green tea, naps and walking breaks to help fellow students reboot during long study sessions.
By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazar
In the next few weeks, university students across the country will stock up on scantrons, barricade themselves in the library and fuel up on caffeine as they prepare for finals. But are some Fresno State students too dependent on caffeine to keep them awake? The Collegian took to campus grounds to find out. Bill Her, a fourth-year English education major, said that cold brew is go-to stimulant to get into study mode. “It’s a bit better than coffee because it’s more concentrated and cheaper. It’s just water and you grind the beans yourself,” he said. Her said that playing games and taking a cold shower have also helped him stay awake, but he has never depended on coffee to stay alert. For Saerina Baisdon, sophomore speech pathology major, and Sarah Verheul, junior speech pathology major, a stop at Starbucks is a daily routine. “I’ve been known to get Starbucks twice a day,” Baisdon said with a caramel macchiato in hand. “And then it’s something I like to drink while doing something I don’t like to do, study.” Baisdon adds four shots of espresso to help her power through her study schedule. Though she’s tried energy drinks, she prefers coffee, she said. “I feel like I’m more awake,” added Verheul, who had ordered an iced coffee. “It’s kind of like a motivation. I’ll come here, get Starbucks, then sit down to study.” Sara Vidiro, the shift supervisor for the Henry Madden Library Starbucks, said that while the store has a consistent influx of students, the upcoming Dead Days week as well as finals week are the busiest times. Vidiro has worked for Starbucks for 2 1/2 years. She said she’s worked mainly closing shifts during finals weeks and noticed the shop would fill up before closing at 9 p.m.
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“People would rush in because the library closed at midnight,” she said. “They would try to get their last fix of coffee before we had to leave.” The Henry Madden Library Starbucks report a 10 to 12 percent increase in sales the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of finals week. Vidiro said that the on-campus shop’s lower prices also drive students in. Vidiro said students tend to purchase caffeinated drinks. “They add shots to their frappuccinos, if frappuccinos are their favorite drink, or they try to get Americanos or shaken double shots which have the most amount of caffeine,” she said. Shaken double shots have five shots of espresso in a venti (large) drink, while the Americano have nothing but espresso shots and water, skipping sweetness altogether. But caffeine intake is not limited to coffee. When asked on Facebook, many students said energy drinks like Red Bull help them remain awake. Other stick to products with no caffeine. Pazao Yang, a junior majoring in social work, has tips for fellow students: “Snack on fruits (apples and grapes are my fav) not chips and dips. Drink plenty of water. I also take 5 [to] 10 minute breaks, get up and walk around. Caffeine [doesn’t] work for me… tak-
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Bold, fearless and won’t back down By Vanessa Romo @VanesssaRomo
Candice White is aiming to lead the Fresno State women’s basketball team this season with her love, support and passion for the game. Starting off this year, White was named All-Mountain West Honorable Mention for the second time in her collegiate career. “The fact that coaches are recognizing that I’m a talented player means a lot to me because I put a lot of work into trying to make this team successful,” White said. White, who was born in Modesto, has been putting in work at a local YMCA since she was 5. She played a different sport every season. In fourth grade, after playing with sixth graders, White put down the basketball to play soccer at a competitive level and do so faithfully. “It was just playing with older girls, not knowing your role, being a lot younger,” White said. “I would get the ball stolen from me a lot. I would get shot-blocked. I didn’t want to do this anymore.” When she joined basketball again in middle school, White balanced that sport along with soccer. But it was in high school, after an ACL tear, that she decided to let soccer go for good. Focusing on basketball after an eightmonth rehab, White returned to her team with enough time to lead Modesto Christian School in 2014 to its first CIF Division
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Candice White playing offense against the University of San Francisco in 2016.
III Championship. Even after winning the championship and many player of the year awards, White always wanted to better herself. “I realized that there were girls that were better, and I always tried to be the best in the area, so I just practiced continuously, trying to [be the] best, and I developed a passion for the game at that time,” White said. After receiving scholarship offers from many colleges, White was recruited by Fresno State’s assistant coach Mandy Carver. “It was just her confidence in me and
how she felt I would be a fit for the [basketball] program,” White said. “She played WNBA and knowing that, it was like, ‘Obviously, Candice, she sees something in you.’” Coming into Fresno State was tough, to say the least. There were two senior players in front of her for the point guard position. “I averaged about eight minutes [that year], but that was because I played a 22-minute game because both seniors were in foul trouble, so that averaged it out,” White said, laughing. It was tough that year for White to feel
part of the team, but she found her role. “I found different ways to help my teammates. The ones that were playing, I would go early and rebound with them,” White said. “Looking back on it, it made me that much of a better player and teammate overall.” Breaking out in her sophomore year, White was that better player for her team. She ranked No. 15 in the NCAA in free throws, led the team with 34.1 minutes per game, had 50 steals and ranked 37th in 3-point percentage. “I have a lot of pride playing for Fresno State,” White said. “I didn’t realize it my freshman year, but just being bold, being fearless and not backing down to anyone or anything.” Now in her junior year, White is expected to lead the underclassmen through the season, and, she said the pieces should fall together at perfect timing. Along with being a standout basketball player, White looks to get her nursing license, then become a neonatal practitioner to work with babies. “I always wanted to work with kids and build a connection with people,” White said. White has visited many elementary schools, inspiring young girls around the Valley. She has a message for them: “Continue working hard at your craft and just putting time in the gym every day, or the court, or the field, whatever sport you’re playing,” she said. “But, ultimately be a good person, and good things will happen.”
Longtime coach will not be retained By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich
Interim athletic director Steve Robertello announced on Tuesday that 10-year head volleyball coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell will not be retained. “Making a coaching change is never easy,” Robertello said in a news release. “Lauren worked tirelessly for Fresno State and the women’s volleyball program and always operated with the highest of integrity and in the best interest of the stu-
dent-athlete.” The ‘Dogs finished the 2017 season with a 12-18 record and 7-11 in conference. Netherby-Sewell’s 132 wins at Fresno State are the third-most in program history. Netherby-Sewell led the team to three berths in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Her conference record since Fresno State moved to the Mountain West in 2012 is 42-66. Assistant coach Sarah Chlebana will direct the program until a new head coach is hired.
McMaryion named offensive player of the week By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich
Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. The honor comes after one of the best performances of his career last Saturday at home against Boise State. He was 23-of36 with two touchdowns and a career-high 332 passing yards with no interceptions. McMaryion also had the longest com-
pletion of his career, an 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver KeeSean Johnson to put the ‘Dogs up by 9 points with 8:45 left in the game. Heading into the championship game Saturday, McMaryion has thrown for 2,212 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He took over the starting job in Week 4 against Nevada. McMaryion is the fifth Bulldog to be named a Mountain West Player of the Week this season, following four defensive players of the week.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
The chance to be champions
Eric Paul Zamora • Fresno Bee/TNS
Fresno State wide receiver KeeSean Johnson (3) makes the catch for an 81-yard touchdown ahead of Boise State’s Kekoa Nawahine (10) in the fourth quarter on Nov. 24, 2017, at Bulldog Stadium. Fresno State won, 28-17.
points scored per game, 73rd in the country.
points allowed per game, 12th in the country.
Daniel Gligich • The Collegian
By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich
resno State managed to beat Boise State 28-17 last Saturday, but if the ‘Dogs want to win the Mountain West Championship, they have to do something they’ve never done before: beat the Broncos on their home turf. Head coach Jeff Tedford said at his press conference Monday that the team won’t prepare any differently than it has all year just because it’s the championship game. “If we prepared any differently now, just because it’s a championship game, then that’s the way we should be preparing all year long,” Tedford said. He said he’s fully aware of Boise State’s history and traditions. The Broncos’ 83.7 winning percentage since 2000 is the best in the country. But the Bulldogs aren’t concerned about the past, only about Saturday’s game, he added. “They’re a great football team, and they’re very tough at home,” Tedford said. “It’s a hostile environment. The place is always packed, and their fans are always into it. But what’s happened in the past is really not our concern. We have great respect for them, and that’s not going to change.” Fresno State was a co-champion in 2012, along with Boise State and San Diego State, and in 2013 they won the inaugural Mountain West Championship game to become outright champions. The College Football Playoff Committee ranked Fresno State No. 25 on Tuesday and left Boise State unranked. But unfortunately for the ‘Dogs, the Mountain West Conference decided to award Boise State as host instead of waiting for the committee poll to come out. Had original procedure been followed, Fresno State would be hosting the championship. Regardless, though, this challenge is just another for the ‘Dogs to overcome in a season that saw a complete reversal from last year. During that 1-11 season – the worst in program history – head coach Tim DeRuyter was fired, and Tedford was pegged to resurrect the team’s fortunes. Tedford brought on Kalen DeBoer to lead the offense and Orlondo Steinauer for the defense. The results have been dramatic. Last season, the ‘Dogs offense averaged 329.3 yards per game. This year, that number is 393.3. As much as the offense has improved, so has the defense. The defense gave up 415.1 yards per game last year, compared with 315.3 this season. The ‘Dogs have a chance to become champions. Before the season, they were picked to finish last in the West Division in the Mountain West Preseason Poll. But they proved everyone wrong.
points scored per game, 34th in the country.
points allowed per game, 41st in the country.
Darin Oswald • Idaho Statesman/MCT