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1. California

1,089 donations

2. Oregon

14 donations

3. Alabama 5 donations

Heatmap indicator of the states who donated the most for Fresno State’s first-ever Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraiser on Nov. 2, 2017.

Donations pour in from around the country By Collegian Staff @TheCollegian


onations poured in from more than half the country last week during Fresno State’s day-long fundraiser – Day of Giving. Students and alumni alike rallied at the corner of Shaw and Chestnut avenues on Thursday from 5 to 9 a.m. to generate awareness of the fundraising campaign. An estimated $431,395 was raised, according to numbers released by the university late Friday. The fundraising event was meant to fund schools, colleges and programs on campus that lack funding, according to the university. The university said it secured 1,316 gifts from donors. “Even a $10 gift is going to make a huge impact here on campus,” said Fresno State’s associate director of digital fundraising Jennifer Mariucci. Before donations began to trickle in, students at the Peters Business Building dressed in their coziest pajamas to kick off the fundraiser the night before for a movie night. “We really wanted this to be a student-run, student-driven event because

it’s for students,” said administrative assistant for the Craig School of Business Lauren Butler. “Having something like this that is philanthropically oriented and getting that message trickled down to our student population is important because when people give to Fresno State, they are really giving to our students.” When Thursday came around, the student rallies were vital to the goal of asking even drivers around the university to consider giving. “It feels so good when students hear and see the community supporting Fresno State and valuing this university. It lets them know that they have a community that loves and supports them,” said Lori Clanton, a Fresno State alumna. “They feel that in the honks, and they will really feel that in the donations.”

The rallies were intended to bring visibility to the fundraising event and make the community more aware, Mariucci said. Several news outlets showed up to spotlight the cheer event, which only helped to meet Mariucci’s goal of visibility. Mariucci said the student activities were helpful to the fundraising drive by encouraging others to give to Fresno State schools and college and special programs. Touger Moua, a Fresno State student who arrived at 5:30 a.m. last Thursday, said the loss of a few hours of sleep was worth it. “I can honestly say I don’t need the extra hours because I probably would have been up just touching my phone or laying around,” Moua said. “It’s a good motivation to wake up in the morning too, to

$431,395 Total amount raised in 24 hours for the Day of Giving event

come help support.” Mariucci said the decision to host the rallies around campus intersections early in the morning came from the amount of morning traffic before sunrise. But also, starting the day with excitement is helpful, she said. Mariucci believes the rally had a direct impact on the donations throughout the day. There was a hiccup during the fundraiser. Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the university tweeted that the website to donate was down. Accessing the website was a slow process, and if anyone did make it through, an error message appeared. By 6:20 p.m., the website was back up. Even in its final minutes, the university appeared to push for donations. In all, donors from 29 states gave money to Fresno State schools and colleges. California was the top state with 1,089 gifts. Oregon was the No. 2 giver with 14 gifts. In third place was Alabama with five gifts. According to the university, Fresno State Athletics received the most donations with 186 financial gifts. The College of Arts and Humanities, close to raising just as much, secured 179 gifts. William Ramirez, Jessica Johnson and Michael Ford contributed to this story.





Group projects have got to go By Amber Carpenter | @shutupambs

It doesn’t matter if it’s the beginning, middle or end of the semester and it doesn’t matter if you’re in your freshman or senior year at Fresno State – at some point in your academic career, you will have to do a group project, and it will be awful. Even under the most perfect circumstances, group projects are stressful and seemingly unnecessary. Most times group projects are portrayed as helping students learn how to interact with each other like they’ll have to eventually interact with co-workers in the “real world,” but this theory doesn’t hold water for multiple reasons. For one, if you’re doing a project in the professional world with co-workers, I doubt it will have to be a video displaying what you’ve learned from your job over the course of the year. I also doubt you’ll have to awkwardly stand with your group members in front of a PowerPoint and take turns reading from slides until it’s the next person’s turn. While it goes without saying that a huge part of the “real world” is taking part in collaborative efforts both in and outside of work, I doubt that anyone in the professional world is grateful for the dozens of group projects they had to do in high school and college. There are three key reasons why group

While it goes without saying that a huge part of the “real world” is taking part in collaborative efforts both in and outside of work, I doubt that anyone in the professional world is grateful for the dozens of group projects they had to do in high school and college. projects should cease to exist as we know them: 1. Someone will always end up doing more work than everyone else. There is no way around this. The reality of group projects is that the work is almost never equally divided among classmates. There seems to be no real solution for why one person always gets burdened with more work than other group members, and so the cycle continues year after year and project after project. A large part of this problem stems from the types of personalities that inhabit college classrooms: students who either rise to the occasion or fade into the background and become more passive when it comes to weightier decisions that the group makes. Students should not be penalized for being more introverted and independent when it comes to their learning, just like more outgoing or forward students should not be punished by taking work upon themselves over the course of a group project. Once in awhile, a second member of the group may also rise to the occasion and lighten the load of the previously overwhelmed

student. But even then, other students in group projects that care less about their grades or the class, in general, may get to float by without contributing to the project like everyone else in the group. 2. Communicating while doing group work instantly becomes 10 times harder. Every millennial has participated in group texting, whether they love being in constant communication with their friends or hate the constant notifications that they couldn’t care less about. Regardless of whether you hate it or love it, group texting is part of everyone’s life and helps maintain both work and personal relationships. This is, however, until you get assigned to a group project and have to exchange phone numbers with each other. First off, there’s a Murphy’s Law aspect to communicating with group members – anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Did you love group texting as a means to socialize prior to this group project? If so, prepare to say goodbye to that and imme-

diately hate the dozens of clarification texts you’ll get or at least two or three texts a night asking if you are all going to meet up soon. 3. No one in college has the same schedule. If college is preparing us for the “real world,” how can anyone be expected to go to school, work and maintain relationships with friends or family on top of tending to an arbitrary group project? There are few things in college that are more excruciatingly painful than trying to organize a time to meet up to work on a group project. For one, because we are adults in college, we are all maintaining and balancing busy schedules that make it extremely hard to meet in the same place at the same time and put in hours-worth of work. The truth of the matter is that, when trying to organize a meet-up for a group project, three things will happen: one person will show up at the wrong place, another will be late and someone will send a text at the last minute saying they are not able to make it. Once again, Murphy’s Law rears its ugly head and will make sure that even if most of your group shows up, very little will be done. The reality of the situation is that group projects are better left undone and reassigned as independently created and graded projects that are the responsibility of one student. Students in 2017 are balancing more than ever and with courseloads, jobs and family lives demanding their time, a group project is just another thing to be added to their lists of tasks and do nothing to help students learn about actual collaboration in the “real world.”


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This Fresno State debate team is becoming nationally-known By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

The Fresno State Barking Bulldogs debate team has been on a roll. The team competed in the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from Oct. 20-23 and talked its way through elimination rounds, defeating top debate schools along the way. The prestigious tournament featured 77 competitive teams. Tom Boroujeni, Fresno State’s director of debate, said debaters Primavera Leal Martinez and Hunter Sansom defeated the University of Iowa, Arizona State University, the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the University of Houston in the elimination rounds held recently. They lost to Univer-

sity of California, Berkeley in the “octo-final” round. “We are very proud of our debaters for this incredible achievement,” Boroujeni added. In September, the team scored second place at the Golden Gates Debate tournament when Leal Martinez and Sansom advanced to the final round after winning five of six preliminary rounds and defeating the University of Nevada in the semifinals. Boroujeni said he has Quinten Levin to thank for his “invaluable help as the assistant coach.” Also helping to prop up the team were the College of Arts and Humanities, department of communication, and Associated Students, Inc. The team is defying the odds, Boroujeni said, due to the budget and size of its coaching staff. “Debate squads’ success is often proportionate to their budget

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Barking Bulldog debaters Primavera Leal Martinez and Hunter Sansom. The two team members made their way through elimination rounds at the Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from Oct. 20 to 23.

and the size of their coaching staff. The bigger budget a debate squad has, the more tournaments they can attend,” he said. “The same goes with coaching.” However Boroujeni said, one way for a small team like the Barking Bulldogs to receive national attention is to break into elimination rounds of a national tournament like this. “Making it to the elimination rounds put Fresno State’s Barking Bulldogs in the crosshair of other teams and established us as a contender in the national arena,” Boroujeni said. To win the rounds, Boroujeni said, the team has to predict the arguments the other teams may

make and research how to answer those arguments. “This makes debate an iterative activity where every argument is countered by better arguments so teams have to improve and evolve their arguments in order to stay competitive,” Boroujeni said. “We welcome the challenge because debate is about education rather than winning.” The team is searching for students who would like to become members. There is no major requirement or experience restriction to become a team member, Boroujeni said. Being a member on the team gives students three elective units per semester. “If the coaching staff selects

them to travel with us to tournaments, we pay for all the expenses,” he said. “We are one of the few university-sanctioned teams that do not require prior experience or knowledge in order to join.” Sansom, who Boroujeni said is one of the team’s top debaters, never debated before joining the team. But, Boroujeni said, students will learn everything they need to know in order to debate. “The only thing you need is the will to learn and commitment to do the research,” he said. The team will be participating in the Robert Barbera Collegiate Forensics Invitational Tournament at Cal State Northridge from Nov. 10 -12.


ASI discusses New Student Union, New York Times By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

After severing ties with The Fresno Bee earlier this semester, Associated Students, Inc. voted on Nov. 1 in favor of a new partnership with The New York Times as a part of its campus wide readership program. This, along with lengthy discussion about putting the New Student Union referendum on the ballot, was discussed during the regular senate meeting. ASI Executive Vice President Brandon Sepulveda’s proposal to begin a partnership with The New York Times passed in the senate with a vote of 11-5. The deal will include a year long subscription with unlimited digital access granted to students, staff and faculty and may start as soon as Dec. 1. The total cost of 22,536 subscriptions is projected at about $14,175. However, with financial pledges from various campus departments, ASI will spend about $8,175. According to Sepulveda, six different departments on campus, including the Henry Madden Library; Kremen School of Education; College of Health and Human Services; College of


Cost of proposed digital subscription to The New York Times for one year

[Campus Fee] Advisory Committee to place the language on the ballot,” clarified Sepulveda. “I think the recommendation should be: we ask the advisory committee to write the language and then bring it back to us for final approval.”

ASI is only responsible for voting to allow the referendum to appear on the ballot, while the Campus Fee Advisory Committee is responsible for drafting the language for the ballot measure.

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Social Sciences; Student Affairs; and the office of the president, are all “supportive of this idea to bring in The New York Times and they’ve [each] donated $1,000.” New York Times California education manager Tyler Horken spoke during the meeting via phone and said the year long contract will give students access to the newspaper. Horken suggested that the senate should consider giving access to faculty so they can work the news material into next semester’s courses. “The gateway to get through to students is through faculty,” Horken said. “It takes time for the word to propagate. You’ll have a much better start if you [release] in December versus January.” Although some senators had concerns about readership program materials doubling as course content, Sepulveda re-

minded them of the departmental contributions. Student supporters of the New USU project voiced their opinion before a vote on whether to allow a New USU referendum to appear on next semester’s ballot. Many students mentioned the phrase, “Give the students the final say.” Although the senate had been scheduled to vote on allowing the referendum to appear in next semester’s ballot, the vote was rescheduled after a motion by senator of Greek affairs Travis Childress to send the referendum to the Campus Fee Advisory Committee so it can draft the language of the referendum. Concerns about the specific language that would appear on the ballot were mostly in response to misconceptions that ASI drafted the language last year on the Bold New U. “[ASI] did not approve the language. We approved the

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‘Dogs are bowl eligible!

Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

Fresno State wide receiver KeeSean Johnson attempting a catch against BYU defensive back Chris Wilcox on Nov. 4, 2017 at Bulldog Stadium. The ‘Dogs won 20-13 and are now bowl eligible.

By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2


fter a hiatus, Fresno State football returned to its winning ways against BYU Saturday night, beating the Cougars 20-13 with a stellar performance from the defense. Fresno State, with their non-conference victory, is now 6-3 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. Sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Allison continued his defensive play Saturday night with 14 total tackles― six of them solo, and a sack. Defensive end Robert Stanley contributed a sack of his own. Tank Kelly led the way in passes batted down with three, two of which came early in the second quarter on back-toback Tanner Mangum passes thrown in his direction. This crucial effort was followed up by a Stanley sack on third down and then a Cougar punt. “Overall, [our defense] made some mistakes. They were a good team that took advantage of our mistakes, but we had to buckle down. We had to fight,” Allison said. “The coaches were talking to us making sure we stayed in the game. We talked to each other making sure we stayed in the game.” The Bulldogs went into halftime with a 13-6 lead, built by a pair of Jimmy Camacho field goals and a Jordan Mims touchdown run. The defense forced a three-and-out

and a turnover on the Cougars’ first two drives of the game. The Cougars were scoreless in the first quarter and without a touchdown for the first half, but the defense did concede a pair of field goals in the second quarter. The third quarter also brought a touchdown for the Cougars. Tail-back Squally Canada capped off an 11-play, 75yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to tie the game 13-13. Canada gave the Bulldogs trouble on defense, rushing for 84 yards on 12 carries. “[Canada] had big holes. Their offensive line is a really good offensive line. They were spreading us out, and they were creating gaps in there, so he had a lot of space to run,” head coach Jeff Tedford said. “You have to give them a lot of credit. They were very physical up front, and they did a nice job of blocking us.” BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum succeeded in the passing game despite the Bulldogs’ efforts, throwing for 163 yards with a 61 percent completion percentage. His night was almost cut short after an apparent leg injury late in the second quarter, but he returned for the second half. The injury bug could not leave Mangum alone. He was forced out of the game again in the fourth quarter with a noncontact right leg injury. “He’s an awesome competitor,” Tedford said of Mangum. “It didn’t surprise me at all that he came back in the second

half. I knew he’d come back because that’s just the type of competitor he is.” ‘Dogs’ quarterback Marcus McMaryion struggled to get any sort of rhythm going with his receivers in the first half. He was 8 of 11 on throws for 95 yards in the first half. Fifty of those yards came on a bomb to Da’Mari Scott, but none of his other throws went for longer than 18 yards. The Bulldogs revitalized their passing game and scored a touchdown during the second half, taking a 20-13 lead. McMaryion was able to establish a rapport with KeeSean Johnson and Scott on their second drive of the third quarter, finding Johnson twice for 19 yards and Scott once, deep for 35 yards. This drive was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Mims. McMaryion finished with 174 yards, a 70 percent completion percentage and a 143.1 quarterback rating. “We went into the locker room, and we talked to our coaches and they made the adjustments that we needed to make to have our offense execute at a better standard,” Johnson said. Mims, while only rushing for 54 yards on 20 attempts, scored both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns and was responsible for a number of first downs on third-andshort. Josh Hokit found a little more success in the run game, rushing for 59 yards on 13 attempts. Ronnie Rivers carried the ball three

times for 14 yards. Tedford said this had nothing to do with anything negative Rivers was doing or had done during practice. “A lot of it was inside stuff, and I thought Mims was doing a really good job, and Hokit was doing a good job. They were pounding it up in there,” Tedford said. “It wasn’t anything negative at all, or that we were trying to save him, or anything like that. Those other guys were playing fine, and we just wanted to keep feeding them.” But in crunch time, the fate of the game was left in the defense’s hands. The group forced a turnover on downs and a fumble in the fourth quarter, the most crucial of the two being the latter. With a little over three minutes left, Mike Bell made a rattling tackle that shook the entire stadium while forcing tight end Matt Bushman to cough up the ball. Allison caught the ball, and the ‘Dogs started their final drive on the Cougars’ 25-yard line. “It feels amazing right now,” Bell said about being bowl eligible. “The guys in there are all loving it, all enjoying it. Everybody’s playing for one another right now it’s just an amazing feeling in the locker room right now. It’s a great place to be right now.” The ‘Dogs ran out the clock and with the win became bowl eligible. Fresno State will resume conference play on the road against Hawaii on Saturday.