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Court awards anti-abortion group after campus debacle $15,000

Will be paid by the National Education Agency for student’s attorney fees and associated costs


In total will be paid by NEA to two students for damages

By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas


he Fresno State professor accused last semester of violating a campus club’s free speech rights claims he did nothing wrong. Greg Thatcher, professor of public health, said last week that he never admitted to any wrongdoing after a campus club accused him in court of violating its freedom of speech at an event on campus. Last May, “Fresno State Students for Life” claimed that Thatcher had advised at least seven of his students to erase anti-abortion chalk writings near the Free Speech Area. A video shows multiple students wiping out the messages as well as Thatcher. The club said it had permission from Student Involvement and facilities management services to write the “pro-life” messages on the sidewalks. But Thatcher disagreed, saying the incident had nothing to do with free speech. “This was simply a matter of policy,” Thatcher said. “I felt they were breaking university policy – this was never an issues of free speech.” According to Travis C. Barham, the attorney representing the club’s students, said Thatcher was ordered to pay $17,000 in fines. Thatcher, however, will not be paying the fines. Instead, the National Education Agency (NEA) will cover the costs since Thatcher was

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Public health professor Dr. Greg Thatcher seen in a YouTube video by student pro-life organization, Students For Life, erasing pro-life messages near the University Center in May.

included in its insurance policy. The NEA will pay the $17,000 – $1,000 for each student and $15,000 in attorney’s fees. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit were Bernadette Tasy and Jesus Herrera, student leaders of the club. Barham said that Thatcher had an obligation to allow all students to exercise their free speech rights. “As the video vividly demonstrates, Thatcher ignored this obligation,” Barham said. “What he did was wrong and blatantly violated the First Amendment.” Tasy and Herrera were chosen to receive the $1,000 each because they were the two club members involved in planning the chalk-writing event. “This sum compensates them for the lost opportunity to speak on campus—both that day and thereafter—and the bullying they endured,” Barham said. He added that the settlement represents a victory for free speech for students of all



Department recognizes its notable alumni By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

The green screens in the broadcast studio in the Speech Arts Building were traded for elegant black curtains last week as the media, communications and journalism department honored scholarship recipients, fellows and two hall of famers. Hannah Wrathall, a fourth-year student majoring in public relations, was one of six students to receive the Bernard A. Shepard journalism/public relations scholarship. She was among the 30 scholarship recipients. “I was in shock to receive this, and I’m just super excited for the opportunity, and I can’t express how thankful I am,” she said. Wrathall said she loves that the MCJ major has helped her become involved within the department. “I used to be super quiet and shy, and becoming an MCJ major has brought me out of my shell,” Wrathall said. One alumni of the MCJ department

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(Left) Fresno State professor emeritis Jim Tucker and (Right) alumnus and former Fresno Bee reporter Joe Rosato, Sr. gets inducted into the Media, Communications and Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 9, 2017.

who got his share of career experience after graduating from Fresno State was Joe Rosato Sr., a former Fresno Bee reporter. Rosato was one of two inductees into the

MCJ Hall of Fame. Rosato was a member of “The Bee Four,” a group of four Fresno Bee journalists who were jailed for 15 days in 1976 for keeping

their journalistic integrity in refusing a court order to expose a confidential news source. Jim Tucker, professor emeritus of journalism at Fresno State who served as chair of the MCJ department for 12 years, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. His greater achievements include laying the groundwork for diversifying the program. “This department is so special to me,” he said. “There’s something so special to me about Fresno State.” Eight fellows, who are at the prime of their careers, were also recognized in the Hall of Fame event. The fellows include: Albert Cano, manager of local media research at Univision Communications; Michael Carr, news director at ABC30 KFSN Television; Chris Chiames, senior vice president for corporate communications at Sabre; Public relations professor and soon-to-be chair of the MCJ department, Betsy Hays. Hays said she first stepped foot on the Fresno State campus in 1989 as a 19-year-

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A tale of two grad students and the GOP tax plan

By Conrad Kimball | @FS_entrepeneurs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Derek knew from the time he was 10 years old what he wanted to do when he grew up. On the first of a three-game soccer tournament, Derek forgot to stretch and tore a critical muscle with two minutes to go before halftime. His parents took him to the doctor and he watched as everyone around hung on every word that this man in a white coat said. He didn’t care about the pain, about the diagnosis. He even stopped worrying that his soccer career would be over. All he wanted was to learn how he could become like the man in the white lab coat. Growing up, Derek realized he had a knack for the sciences – biology and chemistry came naturally to him. He stopped thinking about becoming a doctor and more about becoming a researcher. What if instead of fixing a patient, he could prevent an injury from happening in the first place? This thought intrigued him and drove him to becoming a high school valedictorian. Every college he applied to accepted him, and he was able to get a full-ride scholarship toward his undergraduate degree, a necessity because he was a first-generation student with low-income parents. It was a dream come true. When Derek turned 21, he had started to think about his post graduate career. Which school should he go to? Tuition was not a worry. He knew as long as he could get a research assistant job at the university, his tuition would be waived. All he cared about was the quality of the program and the stipend he would receive for the position. He had two choices. The first was the “Dream University,” where he had always wanted to go since he was a kid. At this university, tuition was $40,000 with a stipend of $30,000 a year. The second was the “Other University” – the choice he would be happy with, but knew in his heart was a back-up choice – where tuition was $20,000 a year with a stipend of $23,000. Derek chooses to the “Dream University.” He is only taxed on the stipend he receives and pays about $2,500 a year in income taxes. While Derek is attending graduate school, he’ll still be able to keep

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, with GOP senators and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaks during a news conference on tax reform at the Capitol on Nov. 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

about $27,000 for rent, utilities, food, etc. Let’s set the scene now in an alternate universe, one in which the proposed GOP tax plan is enacted. The proposed GOP tax plan would realign tax brackets to shift the tax burden from the wealthy to freshly indebted graduate students balancing the responsibility of graduate school tuition with stipends. Although tuition would still be waived if Derek got hired as a research assistant, he would now have to pay income taxes for the tuition. At “Dream University,” income tax would cost him about $10,500 a year, while having to claim all $70,000 as income taxed when you add “Dream University’s” tuition of $40,000 and a stipend of $30,000. The tuition stays the same, it's just that now the Derek is being taxed for both the tuition and the stipend. At “Other University,” his income tax would cost about $4,000 while claiming all $43,000. What would you do if you were Derek? Would you keep about $19,500 to go to “Dream University,” where cost of living is much higher? Or would you consider going to “Other University,” where you keep $19,000 with a lower cost of living? Would you consider working to save up money for school since you would only be earning about $1,600 per month after taxes – even at a school like Harvard or Princeton? With the proposed GOP tax plan, grad-

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uate students will have an increased financial burden due to their tuition waiver being included in their income tax. The proposed GOP tax plan is not graduate-friendly. It causes graduate students to ask questions they hadn’t previously asked. Will it keep them from pursuing a graduate degree? Maybe not, but it will impact them financially. Private universities could lose talented students who have lower economic status or will have to offer programs that lower the cost for incoming students. Public universities and those that are instate will become an even more economical solution to many graduate students, which would mean an even heavier burden on the public schools. Think it’s hard to get in to a Cal-State masters program now? Graduate students should be worried about the currently proposed GOP tax plan. Or they might reconsider the university they think of attending because if the tax plan is approved, they will be taxed on their tuition waivers. I believe a student will still attend graduate school even if they have to pay an extra $1-4k a year at a public university with lower tuition. However, it might limit them from choosing a university such as Princeton because of the increased tax burden. The question isn’t whether students will continue to go to graduate school, it’s now a matter of which graduate school. This could mean more competition and

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MCJ department honors current, former students HALL OF FAME from Page 1 old transfer student. Decades later, she said of the job she has had for 17 years: “I’ve had the beautiful pleasure of working in a field I love, and I’ve had the added privilege of teaching the next generation of public relations practitioners.” Other MCJ fellows include: Better Business Bureau president and CEO Blair Looney; Paul McDougal, owner of Paul

McDougal Marketing; Jane Olvera Quebe, founder and president of JP Marketing; Tom Uribes, Fresno State’s public information officer at university communications. Uribes will retire from Fresno State in December. During his speech at the Hall of Fame event, he encouraged student journalists to keep sharing the truth with the community. “We’re counting on you,” he said. “There’s never been more of a need as

there is now for a strong and free press in our society. That’s big. I hope you understand that.” Each honoree received a glass plaque engraved with his or her names. The Hall of Fame event was hosted by the MCJ Alumni & Friends Chapter and the department’s public relations cases and campaigns service-learning course. The event is put on every two years by the department, according to Stephanie

Torralva, public relations major and the CEO for the service-learning course. Torralva said the students who put the event together were amazed at the professionals who were honored or attended the event. She said, “What blows my mind and what also I think a lot of students don’t realize is how many awesome people have graduated from Fresno State and have gone on to do some really amazing things.”


Selling textbooks made easy By Hayley Salazar @Hayley_Salazarr

What if you could send all unwanted books to a place where they were put to good use? There’s a place for that. Bulldog Book Recycling, an online book recycling hub, allows students of all ages to sell or donate unwanted books. It’s a creation of Fresno State alumnus Andrew Gong. The idea began when Gong started dabbling in reselling books five years ago. He founded the resale store in 2016 after buying and selling at a book sale He launched the website last month.

“I decided a website was going to be the new front for diverting books from reaching the landfill,” Gong said. “My hopes for this website launch is to divert as many books as I can from the dumpsters to new homes.” The website has two forms for books: college textbooks and regular books. Anyone looking to sell their textbooks can refer to the “textbooks” section to insert their ISBNs. The form is sent to Gong, and then he generates price offers to students. Individual books or book collections can also be sold on the website. Bulldog Book Recycling buys paperbacks for $1 and hardcovers for $2. Users are also welcome to donate their books. Mostly, of the time the books are sent to Amazon’s warehouse where they are

brought in through the “Fulfillment by Amazon” program. This allows Gong to send thousands of books out to customers without heavy upfront investments. In high school, Gong said, he was an “upcycler” – someone who transforms waste materials into new products. On his second day of dumpster diving, he said, he and his friend stumbled upon a bin of fresh fruits and vegetables. “Looking back that amount of food could have been donated to charity, but instead it probably ended up turning back into compost,” he said. Gong said he saw the need to reduce wasted books in landfills and was inspired to get into the resale business of books. Though the website is new, Gong said

business is great. Since narrowing the model toward the resale of books, he’s seen an increase in sales and is making plans to expand. “I plan on opening a few positions for my business since it’s apparent this is not a one-man job anymore,” Gong said. He said he wants to make the website as user-friendly as possible for students. “I did have one person navigate and use a form on there [the website] with ease,” he said. “After launching the website for a few hours, it was apparent I needed to make some changes to further make it and the online forms student-friendly.” Students and community members can sell or donate their books at

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Public health professor Dr. Greg Thatcher seen in a YouTube video by student pro-life organization, Students For Life, erasing pro-life messages near the University Center in May.

Professor banned from interrupting free speech FREE SPEECH from Page 1 backgrounds. “So students of all persuasions at Fresno State should now know that they have the freedom to speak on campus and that if anyone tries to interfere with that right, the law offers them protection,” Barham said. “And university officials, including professors, are now all the more on notice that they should be encouraging free speech, not erasing it from existence.” University President Dr. Joseph Castro, in a statement to The Collegian, said the university will “continue to educate its students, faculty and staff about their First Amendment rights and support freedom of speech by all.” According to Fresno State’s Interim Policy on Time, Place and Manner of Free Expression, everyone has the freedom to express whatever they want as long as it complies with a number of guidelines. Some guidelines include: that the expres-

sion can’t interfere with university events or classes; it should not interfere with the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic; and it should follow federal, state, local or university safety codes. Thatcher will also need to undergo a First Amendment training as part of the settlement, which he said he will do. According to the federal court document outlining the settlement and obtained by The Collegian, Thatcher was ordered not to engage in the same behavior. The settlement said Thatcher is “prohibited from interfering with, disrupting, defacing or altering any future legal expressive activities that Fresno State Students for Life or its members.”

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Track-by-track review of Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ By Selina Falcon @SelinaFalcon




ast Friday, Taylor Swift released her sixth album, “Reputation” — possibly one of the most anticipated releases of 2017, and certainly one of the most talked about whether you’re a fan of Swift or not. Three years ago, Swift ditched her country roots and released her debut pop album “1989,” and it seemed she was on top of the world. That is until her feud with on-againoff-again frenemy Kanye West came to a head, and she couldn’t seem to escape the backlash. What followed after Swift finished her 1989 World Tour in December 2015 was a hiatus – she left the public eye for over a year, returning this past August with the announcement of her sixth album. Now that album is out worldwide, and it details not only the hit Swift’s reputation took post-1989, but what she was up to during that hiatus. The following is a track-bytrack review of “Reputation.” ‘…Ready For It’ Swift opens the album with the current single, which works. The chorus of “...Ready For It” sounds like it was pulled right out of “1989,” while every other part of the song is what you will find sprinkled in throughout “Reputation.” “...Ready For It” is still one of my least-favorite songs, mostly because the chorus just makes me want to listen to “1989,” but I understand that Swift was trying to ease listeners in, and I can appreciate that. ‘End Game’ Track 2 is the only collaboration found on the album and features rapper Future and singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. Upon my initial listen, I found this track a bit underwhelming. The only part I thoroughly enjoyed came from Sheeran which, to my surprise, many people disagree with because they found it odd that he raps on the track. Surprise, Sheeran has been rapping for as long as he’s had a career and has songs other than “Thinking Out Loud” and “Perfect.” ‘I Did Something Bad’ Swift comes out guns-blazing on this track – there are faux gunshots backing parts of the chorus. “I Did Something Bad” features Swift’s first in-song expletive, makes references to her celebrity feuds with West and Kim Kardashian during the “1989” era, and is one of the tracks that best defines the album’s overall sound. It’s a song that can make those listening feel empowered and ready to face their enemies. Swift sings, “They’re burning all the witches/ Even if you aren’t one/So light me up, light me up.”

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Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album, ‘Reputation,’ on Nov. 10, 2017. Her fifth album, ‘1989,’ was released in October 2014.

‘Don’t Blame Me’ Swift slows things down in a gospel-like way in “Don’t Blame Me,” a track where she takes on the media’s obsession with her love life, but here, she’s unapologetic and frankly, badass. “Don’t blame me/Love made me crazy/If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right,” she sings. Swift majorly wins with this track, not only lyrically, but vocally, and it would be interesting to hear her make more songs that have this gospel-vibe. ‘Delicate’ Swift tones down the revenge-pop completely and showcases an incredibly vulnerable side, which is highly refreshing and makes for one of the best songs on the album. “My reputation’s never been

worse so/You must like me for me,” she sings, and your heart almost breaks at the vulnerability in Swift’s voice every time she sings this line. The song details the beginning of a relationship and how fragile it can be if things move too fast: “Is it cool that I said all that? Is it chill that you’re in my head? Cause I know that it’s delicate.” ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ If we are speaking in terms of listening to the album front to back, “Look What You Made Me Do” isn’t a track I want following the perfection of “Delicate.” It should have followed “...Ready For It.” “Look What You Made Me Do” was the first single from “Reputation,” and it confused a lot of people. Hearing it now with the rest of the album, it makes a lot more

sense. ‘So It Goes…’ “So It Goes...” immediately reminded me of “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” Swift’s collaboration with former One Direction member Zayn Malik for the “Fifty Shades Darker” movie soundtrack. I applaud Swift for unapologetically embracing her sexuality with lyrics like, “You know I’m not a bad girl but/I do bad things with you,” and “Scratches down your back now/So it goes...” ‘Gorgeous’ “Gorgeous” is the track that you would most likely find on “1989,” which is the reason I preferred it over “Look What You Made Me Do” and “...Ready For It” when it was released as a single. There isn’t much to say other than it’s amazing and any casual

listener of Swift will most likely enjoy it. ‘Getaway Car’ If “Gorgeous” was a track you could most likely find on “1989,” then “Getaway Car” was pulled directly from “1989” at the last minute and saved for “Reputation.” This track has the key ‘80s pop sound and storytelling style found on “1989,” and I wouldn’t be surprised if Swift and her team make this a single. This particular sound has been very popular lately – it can be found on Aly & AJ’s comeback single “Take Me” and Bad Suns’ latest “This Was A Home Once.” ‘King Of My Heart’ Swift sings about getting over bad relationships and finally being

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content with being alone, but then out of nowhere, finding the one she has been waiting for. It’s a sweet song about finding the person you’re meant to be with, that only gets better with every subsequent listen. ‘Dancing With Our Hands Tied’ At best, I would consider “Dancing With Our Hands Tied” a filler track. There is a part of me that thinks this might be chosen as a single because it’s a somewhat catchy pop song, but I hope I’m wrong. ‘Dress’ Another track wherein Swift is embracing her sexuality, and is the second song to remind me of her “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” collaboration with Malik, though I easily prefer this track over “So It Goes…” Swift’s voice is highly reminiscent of the Malik collaboration, and the lyrics are more risqué than anything she has previously done: “Carve your name into my bedpost/‘Cause I don’t want you like a best friend/Only bought this dress/So you could take it off.” ‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’ Finally, I can talk about my favorite song. While “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” is the song that most directly addresses Swift’s longtime feud with West, its overall theme is about a friendship coming to an end because as it turns out, the ex-friend in question has always been shady. The track is reminiscent of Lorde’s 2013 single “Royals,” and is the most fun song on the album.

Standout lyrics: “But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately/If only you weren’t so shady.” ‘Call It What You Want’ This was the fourth and final song released before the album officially came out, and it is easily my favorite of the four. Swift opens this song by mentioning damaged reputation, but goes on to say that it’s OK because she has found someone who loves her despite the hit her reputation took. It also gives fans a glimpse into how she was feeling and what she was doing when she took time away from the public eye prior to “Reputation.” “Call It What You Want” was released more as a promotional-single rather than a regular single, but I think it deserves to be given the full treatment–music video, radio play, press, etc. ‘New Year’s Day’ “The Old Taylor,” as mentioned in “Look What You Made Me Do,” is not completely dead. I could practically hear the collective sigh of relief from fans as we all listened to “New Year’s Day” for the first time. Finally, a ballad. Swift sings about cleaning up after a New Year’s party, focusing on the person who is there for you after the party ends. It’s about the endurance of a relationship. It’s about promises of forever. It’s about a fresh start. Swift uses the metaphor of New Year’s Day to bring “Reputation” to a close. It’s as if she is washing her hands of one of the darkest times in her career, and though she won’t forget what she has gone through, she’s ready to move forward with those who stood by her.

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Why Fresno State’s first lady believes in giving students a hug By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

Graduation hugs have become a custom for Fresno State’s first lady Mary Castro. It was a recent topic in an article from local news source, GV Wire. Castro told The Collegian that her embraces are not limited to any time and place – however meaningful they are. Castro began her hugging tradition in 2014 when she was first invited to join in on the platform during the Chicano and Latino commencement ceremony. Prior to that event, Castro had attended an end-of-the-year Renaissance Scholars banquet where many students shared that

they would not have any relatives in the audience at commencement. This hit Castro in the heart. “I found the idea of them crossing the stage alone heartbreaking,” Castro told GV Wire. Seeing the first batch of Chicano and Latino graduates cross the stage gave Castro pride. She wanted to show her joy. So, naturally, she held her arms out for to hug the first graduate to cross her. She did that for the next 859 students, she told GV Wire. “I knew many had overcome great challenges to get their degrees,” Castro said in the article. “The least I could do was gift them with a hug from someone who was truly proud of them.” Following Castro’s warm em-

braces, students took to social media to express their own gratitude. They considered her show of love amazing, to say the least. One can still catch the first lady at Fresno State still giving hugs to students during graduation ceremonies – so long as she is invited to join the platform. Castro told The Collegian that many students will find her before and after the ceremony just to get their hugs. And Castro’s now-famous hugs are not exclusive to graduation ceremonies. She said that students and even alumni ask for hugs on a daily basis, sometimes when she is walking across campus or attending different events. “[Alumni] remind me of the year they graduated and share that it was meaningful to them,”

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Fresno State First Lady, Mary Castro, hugs a graduating student. It has become customary for Castro to hug students walking across the stage when graduating.

she said. The sharing of those memories will often lead to another hug, she added. Castro said she feels honored that students continue to ask for supportive hugs. She calls the ex-

perience “magical.” “They know I believe in their ability to make a positive impact in our community,” she said. “Giving them a hug is the least that I can do.”


Castro and Zante go digital for feedback By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian

Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro and Associated Students Inc., President Blake Zante fielded questions last week from students and alumni via Facebook Live during a student forum. Students asked about issues ranging from campus parking, student safety and having different options for food on campus. ASI senator Cody Sedaño asked a question about parking. He wanted to know whether unused campus parking spots behind the Joyal Administration Building could be redistributed to

the student population. Castro responded to that question. He said, “We did parking demand studies and the idea is to have the right number of parking spaces for each group.” “We just made the change a few years ago when at [6] p.m., faculty and staff parking becomes student parking. That has been a big help.” A question from Samantha Mallory, who is on the student health advisory committee, asked why the university doesn’t have a permanent Title IX coordinator. The university has an interim coordinator, Erin Boele. “We have recruited for that position for some time. We have had

a couple of searches that did not result in the right candidate and so we continue to search,” Castro said, responding to the question. He added, “You have my full commitment that there will be a full-time person here very soon, as soon as we identify the right person.” The forum lasted for about 50 minutes and was got more than 2,000 views on Facebook Live. More than 50 students watched on Instagram’s live feature. Questions were submitted through the university’s social media accounts. Another student asked if there can be any improvements to campus safety measures at night. The

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Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro and Associated Students Inc. Blake Zante hold a live stream open forum on Nov. 9, 2017 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

ASI president responded to that question. Zante formerly campaigned on a student safety platform. “This is something that I know ASI is actively working on,” he said in response to the student’s concern. “We just had a campus safety night walk around our campus to look at lighting areas and to see if there are places that need cameras or more lighting and we have great support from our campus police department and also our campus administration.” Food options were also a concern. One student asked if there could be healthier and vegetarian food options. Castro said with

Taco Bell on the verge of leaving last semester, a replacement might have included options for vegetarians. “Taco Bell is here now so we are going to have to look at some other ways to do it,” he said. The New USU was also a recurring topic. A student asked if any major projects to improve the campus were taking place. Castro, in his response, reminded students of the student-led effort to bring a vote for a new student union. “If the ASI decides to put that on the ballot it would be next spring. It would be a slightly smaller facility as I understand it,” Castro said.





Ramirez knocks out Reed in second round

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Fresno State alumnus Jose Ramirez defended his WBC Continental Americas title against Michael Reed on Nov. 11, 2017 at the Save Mart Center. Ramirez knocked out Reed in the second round.

By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian

Fresno State alumnus Jose Ramirez defended his WBC Continental Americas title in grand fashion Saturday night with a second-round knockout of Michael Reed in the Fight for Water 7 at the Save Mart Center. Ramirez came out of the gates firing against Reed, landing several big punches in the first round and had Reed on the ropes. But he was unable to finish him before the round ended. Appearing to smell the blood, Ramirez started the second round even more aggressive than in the first, scoring a knockdown. Ramirez pinned Reed against the ropes as the former Bulldog threw his fists back and forth like pistons firing. The referee stepped in to stop the fight before Reed hit the ground, awarding Ramirez the knockout. The victory improves Ramirez’s professional record to 21-0 with 16 knockouts, while Reed suffered the first loss of his pro career. The event featured several undercard fights, including two additional title fights.

Fresno State sits in first place FOOTBALL from Page 8 Tobenna Okeke forced a fumble which defensive end Robert Stanley recovered, giving the ‘Dogs the ball at the 50-yard line. Okeke had three sacks and forced two fumbles. He credited the defensive backs for giving him the time to make an impact. “They held the receivers long enough for me to get back there and make those plays,” Okeke said. Starting at the 50-yard line, Fresno State drove down the field and finished with another McMaryion touchdown. Wide receiver KeeSean Johnson caught his second touchdown of the game. Hawaii answered with a scoring drive of its own. Quarterback Dru Brown com-

pleted a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dylan Collie. The Warriors made the 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 31-15. On the ‘Dogs’ next possession, the Warriors capitalized on one of McMaryion’s few mistakes. Linebacker Solomon Matautia intercepted a pass and took it for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. With under five minutes left in the game, the Warriors came up with another interception, though this one was on a tipped pass off the hands of tight end Jared Rice. With a chance for Hawaii to pull within three points, Fresno State defensive back Anthoula Kelly intercepted Brown in the

Cavey finishes with team-high 21 points WOMEN’S BASKETBALL from Page 8 ment, culminating in 25 assists on 31 baskets. Each player who entered the game for Fresno State registered at least one assist, but the team was led by freshmen Bree Delaney and Aly Gamez who combined for nine assists. “A lot better movement than I feel like

we’ve had maybe in a couple of years,” White said. “That might be a record or it might be tied for the best. But that’s great to see.” The ‘Dogs opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run and never looked back. Their offense was steady throughout, shooting over 50 percent from deep along with from the field. Behind 14 steals and strong perimeter

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stole the ball once and put his body in the line for a charging foul. The charge appeared to be extra special for his teammates. In the ensuing timeout, he was showered with high-fives and a “Let’s go, Sam!” from Carter II.

When asked about his performance, Bittner expressed how much more important his defensive contributions were than his offensive efforts. “I’m not really concerned about the way I shoot, I’m more focused on my defense and the way our team performs on the defensive end,” the junior forward said. “We

end zone for a touchback, sealing the victory for the ‘Dogs. McMaryion finished with 226 yards and four touchdowns. Running backs Jordan Mims, Ronnie Rivers and Josh Hokit combined for 152 yards on 33 rushes. Fresno State is in first place in the West division with games against Wyoming and Boise State remaining. The Bulldogs only need to win one of the games to clinch the division and punch their ticket to the Mountain West championship game. “When you are in first place in the division, teams are going to be coming for you,” Johnson said. “Hawaii is a good team, and we didn’t take this game lightly. Every game is a big game.”

Junior welterweight Alex Saucedo won the World Boxing Organization Latino Title and the North American Boxing Association title with a knockout of Gustavo Vittori in the third round. Fernando Fuentes defeated Vislan Dalkhaev by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout. Super lightweight Amir Imam knocked out Johnny Garcia in the fifth round, improving his record to 20-1 with 17 knockouts. Evan Torres defeated Quilisto Madera in a split decision in a middleweight bout. Two judges had Torres winning, while the other had Madera. Artur Beterbiev captured the vacant International Boxing Federation light heavyweight title against Enrico Koelling with a knockout in the 12th and final round. In a lightweight match, Bryan Lua defeated Eric Rodriguez by unanimous decision. Super lightweight Max Dadashev knocked out Clarence Booth in the fourth round. Andy Vences defeated Jairo Ochoa by knockout in the second round of a super featherweight bout. With the win, Ramirez is set to fight Imam in February.


‘Dogs split first two duals since 2006 By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

defense, the Eagles had very little breathing room. Although Delaney Hodgins scored a game-high 28 points along with 10 rebounds, the ‘Dogs collective effort stymied the rest of the Eagles. The Eagles were held to below 30 percent shooting in both the second and third quarters. The lead ballooned to 33 points early in the fourth quarter, and the ‘Dogs eased their way to a dominate showing in front of the Red Wave. The 25-point win is Fresno State’s biggest margin of victory since 2014. With PAC-12 opponents Arizona State traveling to Fresno on Wednesday, the ‘Dogs will look to continue their selfless ball movement and tough perimeter defense.

pride ourselves on setting a tone defensively, so it just felt good to have a good defensive night more than it did to go perfect from the 3-point line.” The ‘Dogs continued their rout of the Banana Slugs in the second half, extending their lead to 45 points at one point. With Fresno State up 95-50 late in the second half, the Banana Slugs went on a 15-1 run to close out the game and cut the deficit down to 31 points. The Bulldogs’ next test will be against California State University, Northridge. That game tips off at the Save Mart Center on Monday at 7 p.m.

Fresno State wrestling returned to the mat Saturday for the first time since 2006 with a 35-12 win over the San Francisco State Gators and a loss to the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers 19-17. Both duals took place at San Francisco University. “It was a great first day, and it is nice to get the season rolling,” head coach Troy Steiner said in a news release. “We have a gauge of where we are at now, and it is time to get back to work for Illinois this week, but we are excited to get going.” The Bulldogs pulled out to a 35-0 lead over SFSU by winning the first eight matches. Freshman Chris De Loza wrestled in the program’s first dual since reinstatement, winning the 141-pound weight class. Fresno State held a 10-3 lead against Nebraska-Kearney, but lost three straight matches which gave the Lopers the lead. Freshman heavyweight AJ Nevills responded with a takedown of Kevin Barrett to win the match and tie the dual at 13-13. The ‘Dogs lost the lead after forfeiting the 125-pound match because they did not have an eligible wrestler, giving the Lopers a 19-13 lead which proved to be insurmountable. The ‘Dogs will return to Fresno on Friday for the first home match of the season. Fresno State faces Illinois (0-1) at 7 p.m.




’Dogs hold on in Hawaii

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich


ehind the arm of quarterback Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State beat the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 31-21 on the road


Saturday. The Bulldogs had a 24-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but some costly mistakes allowed Hawaii to close the gap. “We had some good times in the game, and down the stretch we made a few mistakes that

hurt us, but thankfully we made an interception at the end of the game to wrap it up,” said head coach Jeff tedford. Fresno State received the ball to start the game but gained only 23 yards and was forced to punt. The Warriors and Bulldogs traded punts before Hawaii opened

up the scoring on its second drive of the game with a 7-yard touchdown pass. The Bulldogs stormed back in the second quarter with three McMaryion touchdown passes to put them up 21-7 at halftime. Shortly after the game was tied at 7-7, it was delayed for 41 minutes in the second quarter because of lightning. This gave Fresno State the opportunity to make some adjustments.

“We went in and made some adjustments and came out and got 14 points afterwards, which was critical for us,” Tedford said. The Bulldogs stopped the Warriors’ offense after halftime and responded by driving downfield and finishing with a field goal by kicker Jimmy Camacho. On Hawaii’s ensuing possession, Fresno State linebacker

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‘Dogs rout Banana Slugs in season opener By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2

The Fresno State Bulldogs’ offense and defense were firing on all cylinders in their 96-65 victory over UC Santa Cruz on Saturday at the Save Mart Center. The ‘Dogs made seven 3-pointers before their first miss from beyond the arc, which came nearly 15 minutes into the first half. They finished with a 50 percent 3-point percentage for the game. Guard Deshon Taylor was extremely effective on the offensive end, sinking 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and a perfect 4-of-4 shooting performance in the first half. He also moved the ball and accumulated six assists. Taylor was equally effective on the other end of the floor, pressuring the Banana Slugs’ guards with a ferocity that resulted in three steals. “That’s our strategy going into the game, pressuring the ball. We’re trying to be the best defensive team in the [Mountain West],” Taylor said. His night also included a memorable highlight play midway through the first half in which he dunked on the Banana Slugs’ Haakon Ulrich. While the ‘Dogs shot effectively

from deep, the momentum originated from their efforts up close. Bryson Williams immediately got the crowd off of their seats with a thunderous dunk that was responsible for the first two points of the game. Not soon after, Taylor grabbed a rebound, started a fast break and finished it on the other end with an alley-oop pass to Jaron Hopkins. Hopkins made sure to finish the dunk with authority, and the crowd rewarded his dunk with a boisterous cheer. Williams chipped in 15 points and six rebounds. He was second on the team in scoring behind only Taylor. “The best teams in the country are the teams that, on any given night, you can have a different guy that leads you in scoring, and I think that this team has that type of makeup,” head coach Rodney Terry said. The ‘Dogs’ established a 13-3 lead early on and never looked back, with the Banana Slugs’ only lead coming early in the first half when they led 3-2. Fresno State went into the locker room with a 52-25 halftime lead. The start of the second half proved to be eerily similar to the start of the first. The ‘Dogs once again established momentum early on via four early dunks, which

came off four steals. Those steals were a testament to the effort the ‘Dogs put in on the defensive ends. The team forced a total of 23 turnovers, 12 of them being steals. Nineteen of the ‘Dogs’ points came off of turnovers. There was a three-minute stretch late in the first half where the ‘Dogs held the Banana Slugs scoreless. Center Terrell Carter II proved to be a defensive force in the paint. He blocked a shot, got two steals and made it difficult for any Banana Slug to finish in and around the paint. “This month is huge for our growth in terms of our defensive intensity, and we’ve got to start setting the tone defensively every game,” Terry said. “We don’t know if we’re going to shoot the ball well every night, but we’ve got to know every night we’re coming in that we’re going to compete really hard, and we’re going to have each other’s back in terms of communicating and getting after it defensively.” Forward Sam Bittner was a jack-of-all-trades for the team. On the offensive, Bittner was responsible for 14 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from 3-point range and three assists with no turnovers. While on the defensive end, he


Alejandro Soto • The Collegian

Fresno State forward Bryson Williams (11) attempts a dunk against UC Santa Cruz on Nov. 10, 2017. The Bulldogs won 96-65.


Starting off the season with a win By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2

Megan Trindad • The Collegian

Freshman Bree Delaney shooting 15 points and leading the ‘Dogs with 5 assists in their win against the Eastern Washington Eagles 56-81, Nov. 10, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.

The Fresno State women’s basketball team opened its season with a dominant 81-56 victory over Eastern Washington behind tough perimeter defense and a career day from sophomore Kristina Cavey. Cavey led the way when she was a perfect 4-of-4 on her shot attempts in the first quarter,

team is determined to attack using a variety of guards. “We knew we were going to be more guard-oriented this year, and we wanted to make sure our offense reflected that,” White said. “I think our kids have all really bought into it, Kristina being one, obviously, and transition leads right into it. There’s no stop-and-go action, which was kind of slowing the game down a little bit.” The ‘Dogs’ offense didn’t skip a beat. After leading by two after the first quarter, the ‘Dogs erupted for a 24-point quarter, outscoring the Eagles by 14. Fresno State’s offense showed quick and instinctive ball move-

finishing with a team-high 21 points. “A lot of it obviously comes from the assists,” Cavey said. “I credit all that to my teammates. There was a lot of that, and we really worked through our motion really well and then also just got into our offense really smoothly.” The ‘Dogs are shifting their focus this season, head coach Jaime White said. After losing some height from last year, the See WOMEN’S BASKETBALL,

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