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REJECTING HATE Fresno State student Nicole Turpin leads the march during the “Fresno State Rejects Hate” rally in protest of Donald Trump being elected president on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.
By Ron Camacho & Diana Giraldo @TheCollegian
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, the hate has got to go,” the 150 students and faculty members chanted as they marched to protest President-elect Donald Trump at noon on Tuesday. “We wanted to represent our anger,” said Mayra Cano, a junior English and Chicano Latino studies major who defines as Chicana and is a part of Movimiento of Oaxaqueno Leaders in Education (MOLE). “This election shows me that change is necessary and now is not the time to be apathetic, and we are no longer afforded that luxury. It calls for action.” The protest, which was organized by campus Chicano advocacy group MEChA, the Black Student Union, CLASSA and MOLE, started in the Free Speech Area. After students and faculty voiced why they were protesting, they marched south toward Shaw Avenue and circled toward the
dormitories until they made their way back to the Henry Madden Library all the while chanting, “Fresno State united against hate,” and called Trump, “A cheater, a liar, a climate-change denier.” The protest was similar to other protests happening throughout the nation on college campuses, said Victor Olivares, president of the Latino faculty staff association. “Students are feeling unsafe because of the comments that were made during the election and now we’re wondering to what extent will those be pushed forward in terms of deportation, women’s rights, the LGBT communities,” Olivares said. “It is affecting the student’s ability to study and stay focused on campus, and our mission as professors on campus is to make a safe environment for all students. If we do that, all students can excel.” Olivares said professor have shared with him that the sense of discomfort the students are feeling is affecting their ability to study, and they have noticed student performance on exams are low, absenteeism is
higher, and there is a lack of participation because of the genuine fear the students feel. Joseph Anderson, third-year philosophy and Africana studies student, said he decided to protest to express his frustration with Trump’s election. “I’m an African-American male. I’m already perceived as angry,” Anderson said, “But the fact that someone who is so miniscule and so childlike, so uneducated in the world of politics, is actually going to be governing our country? That’s very angering.” Faculty members also stood up to voice their thoughts on Trump. Chicano and Latin American studies department chair Cristina Herrera said she participated in the protest to stand up for minority students. “The department of Chicano and Latin American studies stands against homophobia, racism, xenophobia, sexism and transphobia. Our offices are sanctuaries for the brown, queer and black folk.” Herrera said, “We will not stand compliant. We will not
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stand by while xenophobia takes over on this campus.” The Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association released a statement to the university Tuesday which read: “As we continue to hear of instances of harassment and intimidation of Latino students and others throughout the nation, we want our students to know we stand by them and will do everything in our power to ensure a safe environment on our college campus that is conducive to achieving academic success and community progress. We commend students for taking a stand and encourage them to do so peacefully and with civility. We also encourage students to participate in university-sponsored events designed to foster respect and constructive dialogue.” Sophomore student and MOLE member Mickey Chacon said he helped organize the protest after seeing other colleges stage their own large protests. “I was kind of mad that Fresno State
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Making Fresno State feel like home By Justus Neves
Special to The Collegian Inclusion, respect and equity – the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity is hosting monthly forums to promote those three qualities on Fresno State’s campus.
The commission has been on campus since 1991. Former University President John Welty established it after some incidents of concern took place on campus. He wanted the commission to serve as a pre-emptive measure so there would be something in place to address the campus climate in the future. The commission is a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and
administrators that assesses the campus climate. The next meeting is Thursday in University Student Union Room 312. The commission hosts the “Conversations on Inclusion, Respect and Equity.” This semester marks the second time these forum events are being held. Francine Oputa, co-vice chair of the com-
mission said the idea for the forums was sparked when Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro contacted the commission. Castro reached out after reading a tweet from a student on campus who had a negative experience related to comments about race.
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GOT OPINIONS? We want to hear them. COLLEGIAN-OPINION@CSUFRESNO.EDU WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Turn post-election fear into determination By Diana Giraldo @dianainspired
A week ago, the nation was presented with news many did not expect – come Jan. 20, Donald Trump will become president. Emotions flew high whether people supported Trump or not. A few hours before the election results were announced, my father called me. With a sense of urgency in his voice, he asked for my opinion on a situation he could not yet grasp. Earlier that night, while visiting my aunt’s house, a neighbor became irate because there were two more cars than the usual number parked outside. He began asking why these people were here – these Hispanic people. The neighbor, again visibly showing his irritation, got into his car, turned it on and backed up – into my cousin’s car, barely missing my father when he accelerated. The man then tried to take off, but seeing as it would be a hit and run, my father told him he could not leave because that would be a felony. The man jumped out of his car and began yelling obscenities at my father. “I can’t wait until Trump is elected president,” he said aggressively toward my dad, “then people like you will have to leave my country.” “Your mother is scared,” my dad concluded. “Do you think he can really win?” I’m sorry dad, but the person who advocated for racial intolerance, hatred, bigotry, sexual assault and xenophobia won. When Donald Trump was named president-elect, I saw my opportunities as a His-
panic female dwindle. I saw my value to the American people spiral downward and my future, once saturated in color, went gray. A tear fell from my eye considering all of the violence, hatred, intolerance and racism my people and other minorities will encounter even more frequently in the nation. Racism and sexism have always existed – I understand that – but now people are not scared of showing or speaking their true feelings.
they took to social media to release their frustration. Although public demonstrations have been shown to change the course of history, this is not the only way the community needs to be engaged. Once Trump is sworn into office and the protests, marches and rallies begin to decrease, our – your – work is not done. If you feel passionate enough to take to the streets, write a message on a sign and use your voice to show people the injustice
"Racism and sexism have always existed…
but now people are not scared of showing or speaking their true feelings"
I, like many others on campus, felt angry, scared and even sad that the country I had adopted let me and so many other minorities down. Although it felt like the end, I saw it was also the beginning – the beginning of a new era of people standing up and voicing their concerns, fears and hopes, just as Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of others did during the civil rights era, and Cesar Chavez and thousands of others did during the farm workers movement – the beginning of our generation’s interest in politics. A few hours after the election results were announced, it started. Several cities around the country were seeing floods of people protesting. The hashtag #NotMyPresident began to trend. And as people tended to do throughout the campaign,
you experience – feel passionate enough to use your written words to illustrate your concerns to your state senators or your house representatives. Feel passionate enough to pick up the phone and call their offices. Feel passionate enough to become involved in politics – not only with your vote. Contemplate running for office. If you are willing to invest your time standing up for what you believe in, then invest that time where it will be most fruitful. I came across a tweet that went viral this week from Emily Ellsworth, a Salt Lake City-based writer and editor who worked for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, and Rep. Chris Stewart, – both Republicans – as a liaison between the people and federal agencies. “I worked for Congress for six years,
and here’s what I learned about how they listen to constituents,” she tweeted. “First, tweeting or writing on Facebook is largely ineffective. I never looked at those comments except to remove the harassing ones. Second, writing a letter to the district office [state] is better than sending an email or writing a letter to D.C.. But, the most effective thing is to actually call them on the phone. At their district [state] office. They have to talk to you there.” She went on to explain the number of emails and letters they received were impossible to personally respond to, but “phone calls! That was a thing that shook up our office from time to time.” She explained how a radio host gave out her district office phone number on air, and all day long the office was receiving calls: “You can bet my bosses heard about it. We had discussions because of that call to action.” “If you want to talk to your rep, show up at town hall meetings. Get a huge group that they can’t ignore. Pack that place and ask questions,” she continued. “We held town [hall meetings].. consistently that fewer than 50 people showed up for. And it was always the same people. So, shake it up.” When Trump takes office, don’t take that as a defeat or as a wall that you and your beliefs cannot overcome. Don’t stop pursuing what you think is right. There is no time more important to be more politically proactive. Look up your state senator at www. senate.gov, find your house representative at www.house.gov, or go to www.whoismyrepresentative.com
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THE COLLEGIAN • NEWS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
‘Everybody had to take some time for themselves first’ TRUMP from Page 1 wasn’t protesting, and a lot of the other organizations were mad that no one else was speaking out about this. That’s why we got together and started planning something over the weekend,” Chacon said. Since Trump’s victory last week, massive protests have been held in many major cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco. Several college universities have also held their own protests. Universities are a place for students, as well as community members, to express ideas in a place that is safe to share divergent view, explained Kevin Ayotte, Communication professor and Academic Senate chair. “This is a place that is fundamentally founded on the idea of debating ideas and disagreeing in a manner that is civil yet also safe for all of those participants,” Ayotte said. “I think this election in particular has the additional significance in that there were a number of policies that were on the
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table that affect a number of our students and their families. There is legitimate fear when they have heard people say that those individuals may be deported.” Ayotte said the key is to respect each other and to respect those disagreements. On Fresno State’s campus, Chacon said he thinks students had to take their time to process Trump’s victory before immediately protesting. “You have to look at how people react to these things in the student body. Maybe we’re just putting on fake smiles,” Chacon said, “I think Fresno State took a somber, personal approach. Everybody had to take some time for themselves first.” By organizing the protest, Chacon hopes to encourage students to become more involved in political activism. “Hopefully we get people out to these clubs to participate in political activism,” Chacon said, “Maybe some of the black and Latinx and Asian committees, Middle Eastern committees, maybe they can come together a little bit more and push for some change.”
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Fresno State students marching through campus during the “Fresno State Rejects Hate” rally in protest of Donald Trump being elected president on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.
Chacon said he will continue to fight against bigotry by continuing his own education. “What’s a better way to beat a racist than gaining a degree?” he said.
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University High School students ranked among the best in the world University High School was recognized for its students outperforming students from across the world in the 2015 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Test for Schools. The test evaluates 15-year-old students in math, science, reading, critical thinking and problem solving. More than 50 nations participated. The test allows schools from other countries to compare themselves to each other as well as compare local students to other students in the U.S.
Unwinding the history of popping An effort to document and preserve the origins of popping will be launched. It is part of the “Valley Public History Initiative: Preserving our Stories” project. The project was created by a group of Fresno State history professors. Saturday’s event will include walk-in oral histories and digitizing photographs that document the early history of popping. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be followed by a discussion with historian Sean Slusser and B-Boy Goku, which will start at noon. A lunch and a dancing demonstration will run from 1 to 2 p.m. All activities will be in Room 2206 of the Henry Madden Library.
The next Fresno State Rejects Hate will be held Wednesday at the Free Speech Area at 11 a.m. A Rally and March Against Trump will be held Saturday at noon near River Park at Blackstone and Nees avenues.
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TEXTING & DRIVING
App aims to prevent texting and driving By Razmik Cañas @raz_canas
A former Fresno State student and his team have created an app that is tackling an issue affecting students every day. Connor Myers is the co-founder and CEO of Spacebar Technologies, Inc., a local company in which one of its projects is the app “Passenger Mobile.” The app’s goal is to get drivers to stop texting and driving. They are monitored by how many miles they drive; the longer they drive without texting the more points they receive. If they do end up texting while driving they will lose their points and start back at the beginning. These points are converted to coupons for free items or discounts at local businesses. The local businesses include Beach Hut Deli, Marble Slab Creamery, Baja Fresh, Yosemite Falls Café and many more. Myers thought of the idea while he was texting and driving.
He stopped what he was doing and asked himself, “Why is there not a better solution to texting and driving?” Myers is currently taking a break from attending Fresno State to pursue this project, but what he accomplished here made a big difference, he said. He took a programming class that “rekindled my love for software development,” he explained. The most beneficial thing he gained on campus was the connection with fellow students, he said. “The connections that I made at school through the Greek system and through the people around is what truly helped me in terms of chasing this endeavor and chasing my dreams,” Myers said. These connections grew into the business partners he has today, including his co-founder, Jim Nakamura. Nakamura was a victim of a texting and driving incident during his time at Fresno State. A driver who was texting rear-ended him, landing him in a
coma with severe brain damage. After a lot of hard work, Nakamura came back and graduated on time, taking 29 units a semester. Today Myers has a team of seven people with four of them connected to Fresno State. Their goal is to continue moving forward in Fresno to eventually give back to the community with different apps they are planning to make. “I’m being bold in our community. The company is not going anywhere, no matter how big we’re getting,” Myers said. “We’re staying in downtown Fresno. We’re building the city, and we’re going to build Fresno State.” Myers says he hopes to gain support at the high school and collegiate level. He is in the process of speaking with high school leadership classes to get the student leaders on board with this project. At the collegiate level, he is waiting on plans from Associated Students, Inc., and the Student Health and Counseling Center to get the word out on campus.
Myers believes that these specific age groups should be responsible for tackling this issue since they make up two-thirds of the texting-and-driving deaths. He said he is also is very interested in hearing the stories of others who have been affected by this growing issue, inviting them to contact him through their website at spacebartechnologies.com. Students can also visit the website to download the app which is currently only offered for iPhones. Myers says his company is always hiring and has internship opportunities for the potential
students who think this field may be interesting. “Don’t be afraid to contact us. We’re looking for good, smart, intelligent people to bring into the company,” he said. Passenger Mobile is an example of a dream that would have never happened if Myers didn’t move forward with the idea. It was something he was passionate about and worked hard to make a reality. “Live the life that you want to live while you’re here because there are no second chances,” Myers said. “You get one shot and one shot only.”
ARTS & ENTE
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“I like to wear a lot of basics, so I have a basic tee that I cut up on my own. I got it at the thrift store for like $2, and I decided to cut it. I am wearing Nine-West women’s loafers from this year’s collection. They are super in, and I love loafers. I am wearing a GUESS poncho and some simple accessories from Forever 21.”
Walking in a fa
Jazzmyn Ochoa Major: Fashion merchandising Year: Senior
“I wore corduroy overalls from Target because they are thick and warm. [Since] they are bell bottoms, it makes it very comfortable. I wore a knit sweater from Urban Outfitters because it’s very cozy. As for accessories, I wore a vintage gold and pearl necklace that I found at a thrift store. I had a gold Michael Kors watch in the style “Parker” and rings from Tiffany & Co. I also wore a knit beanie from Target. I wore boots that I bought from Jeffrey Campbell with a heel for the extra height. And I decided to wear colors such as burgundy and blush pink in the winter because it’s very fun and playful. I basically love to mix really expensive things with inexpensive prices. For example, a $300 watch with a $2 necklace.” Cindy Garzon Major: Fashion merchandising Minor: Entrepreneurship Year: Junior
“I’m wearing Yeezys in pirate black and black jeans [with] custom distress and zippers. I’m layering a Fear of God T-shirt with a denim jacket and a hoodie and a Bape mask from Tokyo. It’s a fashion accessory, but it helps when it’s cold.” Juan Echeverria Major: Communications Minor: Fashion merchandising Year: Senior
“My style is really chic, at least I would think so. I decided to have a simple knit sweater. I think that’s really important in the winter. I’m wearing some black skinny jeans because they go with everything. Boots are really warm, but I decided to make my outfit a little more fashionable by adding a heel instead of a flat boot. And of course a scarf and a wool hat. It’s super cute and makes it [the outfit] a little more girly.” Ellen Phetsa Major: Fashion merchandising Year: Junior
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
ashion wonderland By Marina McElwee @MarinaMashelle
Even though the weather is still warm and sunny, soon the winter chill will make its way to Fresno. Winter is arguably the coziest time of year, perfect for sweatpants, UGG boots and oversized hoodies. But what about that date night at Christmas Tree Lane? Or Christmas parties at work? What will you do when the temperature drops below 70 degrees, but you still want to look your best? Fresno State fashion merchandising major Jazzmyn Ochoa said the newest winter trends are ordinary shoes, with a twist. “Loafers for females are really in – and backless loafers,” Ochoa said. “Ankle boots – for female fashion – are boots that are about mid-calf, a little higher than
your ankle, and it’s a solid color.” Ochoa is the club secretary for Fashion Inc., a campus club at Fresno State. The club has three main goals: community service, connecting students to behind the scenes work in fashion and participating in outreach programs for kids at local elementary and high schools. These programs are designed to inform students about fashion merchandising degree opportunities at Fresno State. Ochoa has dreams of becoming a stylist for runway and magazine fashion. “I want to work [with] more of the backstage of styling. Like helping with a fashion show, styling what every girl will wear head to toe,” Ochoa said. “And also maybe working for a magazine as an assistant stylist or maybe end up being an editorial stylist.” Carolyn Maxwell, the club president, said she’s more interested in jewelry.
“Some of the trends in jewelry right now are statement necklaces, statement earrings, statement bracelets and minimalist jewelry outside of that statement piece,” Maxwell said. “During the holiday/ winter time, pearls are really in right now, and the color black.” Maxwell’s career path is ever-changing, but she said she is currently interested in sustainable fashion. “It’s basically eco-fashion,” Maxwell said. “I’d work with traceability so consumers know where their clothes come from, where the textile was grown and created.” Maxwell said she has noticed a pattern in menswear for the upcoming season. “I’ve seen a lot of guys wearing cozy knits and long cardigans, and I think that will be trending for the winter,” Maxwell said. Ochoa and Maxwell agreed that cre-
ativity is a huge trend right now that might even save you some money. “Thrifting and making your own stuff has been hot lately,” Maxwell said. Ochoa said thrift store shopping is one of her favorite ways to shop. “It’s a huge trend right now to take older more grunge stuff and make it more polished,” Ochoa said. “It’s taking an older thing [and] a newer thing and making it your own.” Maxwell said it’s more important to feel good about your outfit than to worry about keeping up with the trends. “The important thing is that even if something is ‘out’, if you’re rocking it and [it’s] your style then there should be nothing stopping you,” Maxwell said. “If it makes you feel confident, then that’s what you need to wear.”
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Woman wearing hijab describes San Jose State attack
By Mark Gomez & Jason Green
The Mercury News/TNS SAN JOSE, Calif. — Esra Altun was walking back to her car at San Jose State University on Wednesday afternoon when someone grabbed her hijab from behind and yanked it backward. The 19-year-old sophomore psychology struggled to breathe as the man pulled hard at her headscarf inside the third floor of the West Garage. “I was trying to gasp for air,” Altun said. “I couldn’t say or do anything. I was paralyzed.” The attack lasted just a few seconds. Altun fought back by leaning forward, and when her attacker let go she fell hard to her knees. The attacker did not say a word during attack, Altun said. The attack came a day after the election, which saw a charged presidential campaign season culminate in the election of Republican Donald Trump, who at one point proposed a total ban on the immigration of Muslims to the United States. University police told Altun they could not treat it as a hate crime, but she be-
lieves it was racially motivated. “It happened a day after Trump was announced as president-elect,” Altun said. “If it was for another reason, it’s such a weird coincidence.” A Muslim student at San Diego State University was assaulted and robbed in a campus parking lot. Authorities say the woman, who was wearing a hijab, was targeted because of her faith and that the suspects made comments about Trump’s election, according to Associated Press. The assault and robbery are being investigated as a hate crime. The woman was not injured, The suspects stole her keys and the vehicle was later reported missing, AP reported. In a statement, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman denounced the assault, calling hate crimes destructive to the spirit of the campus. San Jose State university police issued a campus alert Wednesday about the attack on Altun, which happened at about 1:15 p.m.. She was walking with a group of friends from the Student Union to the garage. She opened her trunk to get something when she her headscarf was yanked backward. Doaa Abdelrahman, president of the Muslim Student Association at San Jose
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State, also believes the attack was related to the election and Trump’s campaign. She said racism has always existed, but now “it’s fueled by Trump.” “I’ve experienced racism for my religion since age 9,” Abdelrahman said. “I think Trump is the cause of a lot of segregation and division between people. “I think racism always occurs around the world. This is a topic that needs to be addressed. I’m glad it’s out in the surface.” University spokeswoman Pat Harris said the case remains under investigation. “We are of course very concerned that this has occurred on our campus. No one should experience this kind of behavior at San Jose State,” she said, adding that the university “encourages faculty, staff and students to report all incidents so that we can track trends and respond appropriately in addition to conducting investigations of all cases.” In the first 24 hours after the attack, Altun said she has received tremendous support from the SJSU community, including people offering to walk her to her car. “On Twitter, people were posting about it and they were outraged,” Altun said. “They don’t even know who I am.
That’s an amazing thing to see. And I hope that support goes out to every group that needs it.” San Jose State students reacted to Trump’s election by staging a rally early Wednesday morning at the Tommie Smith and John Carlos statue. The event was largely peaceful, though a fight did break out between Trump supporters and other students. The university followed-up with an open mic at 11:30 a.m. at the Student Union and held a “guided conversation” at 7 p.m. at the statue. Harris estimated that 300 people attended the latter event. In a message to the campus community, SJSU President Mary Papazian recalled President Barack Obama’s remarks Wednesday that “We are not Democrats first. We are not Republicans first. We are Americans first.” “To the president’s comments, I would add this: as members of the San Jose State community, we, too all are members of one team, and one family,” she wrote. “And, as a community devoted to preparing students to be engaged, informed citizens, it is critically important that we provide ample room for diverse opinions to be expressed safely and civilly.”
Make a lasting impact on campus INCLUSION from Page 1 “We do not want students having these experiences,” Oputa said. After the commission members talked with each other, they developed the idea of having monthly conversations to gauge the campus climate on issues of inclusion, respect and equity. The commission wanted to create a place “where people can talk about those things, what’s going well, what’s going not so well and where we can begin to take action,” Oputa said. “Ultimately with these conversations, it’s about getting information about how we can do better as a campus community,” she said. Oputa and Dr. Ignacio Hernandez, who also serves as co-vice chair, said they share the same thoughts about the forums and what they can do for Fresno State. Hernandez said the forums can bring about an informed dialogue on campus and create understandings within the campus community. This is Hernandez’s first semester working on the commission. He said the forums are beneficial to Fresno State and help the campus continue its progress in the right direction for inclusion, respect and equity. Hernandez said he hopes the forums will bring members of the campus community together. Orlando Leon, a member of Castro’s
cabinet, attended the first forum held Sept. 15. Leon said, “The PCHRE forums and events provide a great amount of value for our campus and an avenue for our students, faculty and staff to discuss potentially difficult or controversial topics.” He said the forums can have an even bigger impact if students become more involved over time. “I would like to see students lead these types of discussions, as well,” Leon said. Hernandez and Oputa both want the forums to have a lasting impact on Fresno State’s campus. “My hope is that people feel at home here and if they ever don’t, that we do what we need to do actively to address that,” Hernandez said. “Our No.1 business is to do good by our students.” Oputa hopes students will see that their voices are heard and that a change will be made. “What would be rewarding for me if we were to assess individuals that have come to this is that they had spoken some concerns and then, over time, they saw the result of something positive happening based on what they shared,” Oputa said. The forums are held every third Thursday of the month. Upcoming forums are on Thursday and Dec. 15 in USU Room 312.
THE COLLEGIAN • SPORTS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
By David Chavez @d23chavez
Mazutaiyte was chosen as our Top Dog of the Week after remaining undefeated in the 200 backstroke this season with a season-best time of 1:59.06 this past weekend when Fresno State hosted a meet with Fresno Pacific, University of Pacific and UC Santa Cruz. After her strong showing, she was also selected as CollegeSwimming.com’s Swimmer of the Week
Name: Ugne Mazutaiyte
for the Mountain West. DC: How long have you been swimming? UM: I’ve been swimming since I was 5 years old. My parents are swimming coaches. My grandparents are swimming coaches. My godfather is a swimming coach. My uncle is a swimmer. Everyone in my family is a swimmer, so it had to happen. DC: What’s it like living in the States? How has the transition from Lithuania been? UM: It’s been pretty easy. I’ve
been traveling a lot since I was a little girl, so it’s not like I got homesick very much. I did, but it’s not like I was crying all the time. But it is really different from where I come from because here it’s all about the team. It’s all about team building. It’s all about one goal, one purpose. It’s a really interesting experience. I really like it, and I’m just really glad to be here. DC: What’s your favorite thing to do in Fresno? UM: It’s rock climbing. I go to MetalMark, and I love this place so much. It’s a really cool place. I really like Fresno. You can get in a car for two hours and be at the beach, or an hour and you’re in the most beautiful national parks. You can hike here, go to Shaver Lake. I like Fresno State. It’s the perfect place to work hard because there are not a lot of temptations. People might say, ‘Oh, there’s not a lot to do.’ Sure, but that’s what I like about it. I come here. I work, study, I sleep, I eat, I go rock climbing and that’s it. I like it. Four
PAGE 7 years and then I’m free, and I can do whatever I want. DC: What are your plans after college? UM: Definitely 2020 Olympics. I would like to go pro for some time because, why not? I just want to travel. I just know what I don’t want. I don’t want to like work in the office or just sit and do nothing. So I’ll definitely try to see the world or travel as much as I can. DC: Who is your favorite swimmer or athlete? UM: I would say my friend Rūta [Meilutytė]. She won an Olympic gold in London when she was 15. She is a very good friend of mine. These [Rio] Olympics weren’t that great for her, but that’s what I like about her. She’s not sad about it, and she’s going forward. She’s a big star in Lithuania. DC: How do you prepare for a meet? Do you have any superstitions? UM: I listen to music all the time. That’s something that I like to do, is relax. I listen to K-pop
Year & Major: Sport: Swimming Sophomore, MCJ (Public Relations)
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(Korean Pop) a lot, artists like Jay Park. I like to tell myself just to relax, but at the same time I have to be focused – not too much, not too relaxed. DC: What does it feel like to break records? UM: You put your name in the history books, and that’s pretty cool. If the record belonged to you, and you’re breaking your own record, it’s just like you’re moving forward. You’re progressing. I think the best feeling is when you break a very old record. It’s like, ‘Yeah, I did it.’ It’s a great feeling. Just swimming and doing your best is the best feeling in the world. DC: What does it mean to you to be a Bulldog? UM: It’s an honor. To be a Bulldog, it means being aggressive, but at the same time staying focused. Not overly aggressive to the point where it’s crazy, but bulldogs are like cool and strong. I think that’s a really cool part about it.
Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Banners unveiled, ’Dogs’ defense unravels
Senior Paul Watson’s (#3) layup attempt is blocked by Prairie View A&M’s JD Wallace (#12) on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Save Mart Center.
By Daniel Gligich @DanielGligich
The Fresno State men’s basketball team unveiled two banners Monday night but was unable to pick up its second win of the season, this time against the Prairie View A&M Panthers, losing 84-78. The main problem was the defense. The team failed to play cohesively and struggled to make the required defensive switches on the fly that must be made on the collegiate level. Failing to perform defensive switches is usually a high school-level problem, but in Fresno State’s case it could be attributed to the team not getting its new players on the same page. Head coach Rodney Terry after the game was disappointed in his team’s effort but acknowledged that the season is young and the team is still coming together. “I’ve got one guy right now that’s playing the way I want to play and the way we played here in the past,” Terry said. That player is guard Deshon Taylor. Terry lauded Taylor for his effort, which stood above the rest of the team. Taylor did not show up much in the stat sheet, but he played a strong role through his relentless effort and leadership. He suffered a leg injury in the previous game, and it was a game-time decision if he would play Monday. Once he got on the court, he never looked back, saying that he felt good once he ran up and down the court. “My team was there for me through the
whole process. They were praying for me to make sure I didn’t tear anything, and I didn’t want to let them down by just sitting out,” Taylor said. “If I was able to run and walk, then I was going to play.” The game went back and forth and was close for most of the night until Prairie View led by 12 with 43 seconds left. There were 11 lead changes, and the score was tied seven times. Fresno State’s largest lead was seven with just under a minute left in the first half. Although the Bulldogs went into halftime with a five-point lead, they came out weak to start the second half, which ultimately cost them as they were outscored by 11 points in the second half. Fresno State struggled with fouls. Cullen Russo and Terrell Carter II fouled out, and Paul Watson and Jaron Hopkins each had four fouls. Besides fouls, the Bulldogs had a series of officiating calls go against them with about five minutes left in the game. The crowd vehemently voiced its displeasure with the referees as a loud chorus of boos rained down on the officials. One of the referees was Bill Vinovich, who more noticeably serves as an NFL referee on Sundays. With 5:33 left in the game, Terry received a technical foul from the officials after reacting to a call against the Bulldogs. Although Terry felt that specific call could have gone a different way, he said that Vinovich is a good official and that he has nothing negative to say about any calls, just that he is emotionally driven and that he needs the team to take initiative.
The team’s lack of toughness may be due to the absence of senior power forward Karachi Edo who is out because of academic issues and will most likely make his season debut Dec. 20. “We’re not a tough team right now,” Terry said. “We’re going to have to build some toughness and some grit. We don’t have enough of that right now.” Watson led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 10 rebounds but also committed six of the team’s 18 costly turnovers. Hopkins
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was second on the team in scoring with 19 points. Russo put together a solid game – 11 points and nine rebounds. Another issue was free-throw shooting: Fresno State was 13 of 22 from the charity line. Freshman forward and Fresno native Bryson Williams started his first game but scored only three points and grabbed two rebounds. The Bulldogs host Lamar on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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The unveiling of the men’s basketball 2016 Mountain West Conference Championship and NCAA tournament appearance banners preceding Monday’s game at the Save Mart Center.