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Students Colorful event celebrates express Fresno State’s ‘global citizens’ gratitude By Razmik Cañas | @Raz_Canas


all is upon us. The trees on campus are turning a bright gold and a crisp wind fills the air. The line at Starbucks grows for warm beverages and final papers make their usual appearance. And with the change in season, students are getting ready for the highly-anticipated holiday season. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, many look back at what has happened in their lives throughout this year. The Collegian went around campus and asked students, in one word, what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Performers at the International Student Night in the Satellite Student Union on Nov. 19, 2017. The event was a showcase of different arts and fashion from cultures around the world. Arturo Delgadillo, Dietetics

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Fresno State students and guests celebrated diversity Sunday night through music, dance, food and fashion at this year’s 34th annual International Culture Night. The theme of the event was “global citizens and the generation of the future,” said Shady Nicolas Misaghi, a senior and lead coordinator for the event

The multicultural event took place at the Satellite Student Union and was organized by the International Student Services and Programs Office (ISSP). The event was the finale of International Education Week, celebrating the university’s international student community. Nicolas Misaghi said the theme was chosen primarily to give a voice to the arts and to highlight how technology has lead the way for easy communication around the world.


‘Never seen anything like’ US opioid addiction By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian

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An alarming 66,000 people died in the United States in 2016 from opiate drug overdoses. That number of fatalities is higher than the death tolls in the worst years for HIV/AIDS, gun violence and the Vietnam war. Those alarming numbers were part of a presentation on Opioid addiction by Robert Pennal, former task force commander of the Central Valley High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA). Opiates are substances that act on brain receptors to release chemicals that produce euphoria and pain relief. They can be highly addictive. Pennal’s presentation at Fresno State last week to discuss the crisis detailed the rampant abuse of opiates in

the U.S. and California. He said the abuse of the drug is the single greatest drug epidemic in the history of the U.S. “We have never seen anything like this in America.” To illustrate the concerns, Pennal turned to news clips that shed light on the opiate crisis. He showed a “60 Minutes” clip that showed how the pharmaceutical industry has pushed doctors to overprescribe painkillers to patients, leading to the addiction. “The pharmaceutical companies are so powerful and have so much money. It’s all about making money,” Pennal said. “This world of synthetics is a nightmare and we are not sure what we are going to do about it.” Pennal said that some experts estimate heroin made from poppy plants will not exist in five years because most of the drugs being abused are becoming synthetic.

“Especially in this moment in history, I feel like coming together to celebrate different cultures and be all together and celebrate unity and diversity is a big deal,” Nicolas Misaghi said.

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And although Oxycontin has become the most commonly abused prescription pain medication in the country, the most powerful medications include Fentanyl and Carfentanil, Pennal said. Fentanyl is an opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Carfentanil is 50 to 100 times more powerful than Fentanyl, Pennal said. Carfentanil is especially dangerous, Pennal explained, because it is not made for humans – rather, it is a tranquilizer made for large animals typically found in zoos, like elephants. And when people overdose on carfentanil, it is difficult to revive them because of the potency of the drug. “We’re talking about amount as little as grains of salt that can kill you,” Pennal said. Pennal pointed to the Mexican and Chinese drug cartels as sources who have brought the drugs into the U.S. and led to purchase by American consumers. The drugs are mostly bought on what is called the Dark Web, the seedy underbelly of the internet in which most illegal and illicit business activities take place.





Stop gaslighting survivors and believe them

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ver since Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct accusations, alleged sexual abusers are being outed left and right. Little is being left behind in the wake of empowered survivors of sexual assault finally feeling able to admit the trespasses of their harassers. Every day, more and more people affected by sexual assault are coming forward with their experiences and, in their solidarity, are finding an audience of listeners ready and willing to validate their plights. While this age of empowered survivors coming forward is more important than ever, it feels crucial to acknowledge the history of people revealing perpetrators of sexual assault, including the experiences of women like Anita Hill, who disclosed her experience with sexual assault in the 1990s. Men didn’t start abusing their power and privilege in 2017 – sexual assault, abuse and misconduct have been alive and well for far longer. Because of the patriarchal society that we live in, societal norms enable powerful men to use their power to take advantage of men and women alike. By placing the majority, if not all, of societal power on men, we are teaching women from a young age that their experiences


Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca offers commentary on the widespread nature of sexual abuse and assault in America.

are lesser and that their existence revolves around pleasing and accommodating men. From elementary ages, patriarchal societal norms condition girls to see themselves and be seen by others as sexual objects. More often than not, young girls are victims of body policing rooted in things like school dress codes. Dress codes have given a structured platform for our patriarchal society to exercise ownership over the bodies of young girls. It tells them that if boys can see their shoulders or bra straps, they will be distracted and it’s not the fault of young boys, but instead the girls that choose to wear spaghetti straps or shorts that go above their knees. By suggesting that from the age of 5, the appearance of young girls can be a distrac-

tion for boys sexualizes girls on the most basic level. By saying that a pair of shorts can’t go above a 7-year-old’s knees, the society we live in internalizes seeing young girls as sexual objects capable of distracting boys with their physical appearance. If you are surprised that so many people, from Hollywood and beyond, are coming out against sexual abusers, don’t be. Sexual assault and misconduct have always existed. The only difference is that now society is less likely to enable abusers despite their power. Survivors of sexual assault and abuse are finding solace and empowerment in each other’s experience and know that there is power in numbers. Judging from the droves of men and women alike speaking out against sexual abuse and assault, this long-standing prob-

lem has no immediate solution. So what do we do? How do we end the silencing of survivors of sexual misconduct and assault? As long as we enable powerful men to pay women off and silence accusers with threats of slander or physical violence, sexual violence will always be a problem. The solution instead can come from a readjustment of attitudes and the way we view those who have experienced sexual assault and by dismantling misogynistic mindsets toward them. Undoing our patriarchal society we live in by holding men accountable is not easy, but is happening with every brave survivor telling his or her experience. Unfortunately, not everyone has that privilege and it’s important to recognize that. Survivors of sexual abuse, assault and misconduct everywhere remain muzzled, afraid to lose their jobs or risk their credibility being questioned. This is why the droves of people speaking out against celebrities like Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein are so important. There is power in numbers. But to continue encouraging people to speak out against the powerful who perpetrate sexual abuse, we must stop gaslighting survivors. We must believe them. We have to stop enabling a society that treats those who have experienced sexual assault as people who should be paid off or afraid to come forward.

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Students take to street demanding reform By Daniel Avalos @thedanielavalos

Fresno State students are holding their government accountable for reforming the country’s immigration system. The university’s Social Work Student Association (SWSA) led a march in Reedley on Saturday, where more than 50 people called for immigration reform that includes permanent legal status for undocumented people and Central American families who have lived in the country under Temporary Protected Status. The march was the latest in a series of “Defend the Dream,” a campaign going all over the Central San Joaquin Valley, said Rosa Salmeron, co-organizer and treasurer of SWSA. Stops have already included Visalia, Madera, Merced and Modesto. Porterville and Fresno are to come. The goal, Salmeron said, is not just to defend the undocumented students, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” but now also families with Temporary Protected Status, which the government said it is doing away with. “This is the highest turnout that we've had,” Salmeron said of Saturday’s protest. “We love that the kids took charge of the march and the chanting, and that was very empowering for us because they are the future, and they are being empowered and involved.” The group marched down Manning Avenue, expressing to vehicle traffic and passersby that immigrants living in the country without legal status are “not shadows, they are people, people, people.”

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The university’s Social Work Student Association led a march in Reedley on Nov. 18, 2017, where more than 50 people called for immigration reform.

And although the group was not large, it seemed larger with the support it got from those who observed. “All the people that help, honk at us. All the people that yell at us and scream and are shouting their approval and stuff like that, they are also walking with us and were the voices of millions of people,” said Janneth Rodriguez, a student at California

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school, said Adriana Alderete, co-organizer and officer of operations for the group. Liliana Sandoval, who studied social work at Fresno State and lives in Reedley, heard about the march on Facebook and through others. She said the march was a reminder of the work still left to do in reforming the country’s immigration system.





Have you seen the ‘incredible’ surprise Disney just put out? By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas


EXCELLENT My eyes lit up as I watched that lowercase “i” turn into Roman numeral number “ii.” And yes, it was totally “WICKED!” The teaser to the trailer that is 13 years in the making finally graced all Disney media platforms this weekend. “Incredibles 2,” the sequel to the beloved superhuman family movie, will be in theaters June 15, 2018, in 3D, according to information on the official Disney-Pixar YouTube account. The video, all 52 seconds of it, gave me a rush of adrenaline I was not expecting. We see a “random baby” crawl onto our screen using his laser vision to change that iconic one-letter logo. Then we get a quick shot of Mr. Incredible himself excited to see that his very own baby has superpowers. But what are those powers exactly? – We get laser, thunder and flames all coming out of this toddler’s body. I’m guessing his “official” power will be revealed in the film. I’m going to be completely honest, something happened to me that immediately aged me more than

‘Incredibles 2’ is scheduled to be in theaters on June 15, 2018.

I ever wanted. For a good few minutes, I was ready to congratulate the Parr family on its newest addition – baby number four. But wait, this is no new baby. It’s Jack Jack! This most likely means the new film will resume exactly where we left off in the first one, which is pretty cool for the most part. I’m not gonna lie, I was excited to see Dash go off to college, Violet get engaged and the Incredibles live as almost-retired parents with their one child left at home. But this is Disney after all, which means



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that everything’s got to stay relatable to those second and third-graders for whom this franchise was originally intended. But that’s far from what I think will be filling aisles of theatres next summer. I and other “‘90s babies” will be flocking to theaters at midnight to see the film that left us with many questions throughout much of our adolescence. It’s a moment we know that has been long overdue for those who are now almost-to-be college grads. The comment section lit up with the requests of all children to stay out of theaters

for that June weekend. One commenter said, “Keep your kids out of the theaters for the premiere. This is for the adults. Then they can come the next day.” One thing I also realized is the fact that this is only a “teaser trailer.” We have no character list, no storyline or even the slightest idea of how this movie will start off. But if there’s anyone at Pixar who understands the importance of this sequel, they know that the infamous “Underminer” has to be the star villain of the next film. (If you don’t know who that is, you deserve to lose your ticket to the midnight premiere.) One thing I can say is that this moment is truly nostalgic and, wow, we’re getting old. But I think Disney has something up its sleeves with this movie. Would we have had the same affection for this comeback if it happened in 2006 or 2007? I think the long wait is part of the hype for the sequel. It’s been over a decade, and our interest in this movie has exploded, probably even more so than when the first one came out. Everyone at Disney knows what they’re doing, and I’m sure they won’t disappoint when we see those black-masked eyes pan our movie screens once again.





Hmong author discusses the ‘bride price’

Mai Neng Moua speaks to an audience about her book “The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story” at Fresno State on Nov. 17, 2017.



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Mai Neng Moua, a pioneering Hmong author, read from her new nonfiction book last Friday, which questions a common Hmong tradition. Moua said her book, “The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story,” is a memoir of her “journey from trauma,” finding herself and becoming whole again. The event was held in McLane Hall, Room 161. It was presented by the Hmong American Writers’ Circle and the Fresno State Writing Minor. Moua’s reading included discussing a “bride price” with her mother who asked, “What parent does not select the bride price?” “The elders say that ‘the bride price is a promise that the groom and his family will love and care for the bride, and they will not abandon or beat her because they invested good money in the bride

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and she is valuable,’” Moua read. “Although I didn’t fully understand it at first, I said, ‘I understand what it is. I just don’t want it.’” Although Moua seems to be beginning a discussion around the “bride price,” she admitted she may be inviting backlash, since it’s a controversial issue to question. “I wrote this book for young Hmong Americans who also have these questions,” Moua said. Fresno State student Sandra Arezalo said she learned about the Hmong culture, which she is not regularly exposed to. “It’s really important to showcase the differences to embrace the cultural diversity that we see every day,” Arezalo said. “We both thought that this is something that is really monumental.” Arezalo said it’s even more important that the cultural practice is being analyzed in literature. Student Mai Lai Vang said the event brought awareness. “I’ve had conversations like this many times, and it’s just great that she came out with a book to bring more awareness to [the bride price],” Vang said. “I definitely recommend it because it is a big issue in the Hmong community, so people should be more aware of it and know what it’s about.” Student Dylan Strobel said the event helped him understand the Hmong community a little better. “Events where you get to hear about what people are writing and what people have been through – I think that’s always a very important thing,” Strobel said. Moua encouraged young Hmong women in the audience to use the book to start a conversation of their own. “Ask about, ‘What is the bride price? How do you feel about it? Why do you want to collect one or why don’t you want to collect one?’ And then, figure out how you feel about it,” Moua told the audience. “We can start these conversations early before it’s too late.”





ASI approves New USU for spring ballot, senator calls it ‘harassment’ action item until the next senate meeting. Childress said that voting to allow the New USU’s referendum to appear on the ballot would be remiss because it was the first time the senators had seen the updated language. He was concerned senators would be unable to speak to their constituents prior to the vote. But without support, Childress’s motion failed. Senator of Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs Primavera Martinez said that even if Fresno State students do not have time to speak with their representatives on the issue, they still have the power to vote against the New USU in the spring. Still, Childress expressed his concern on allowing the referendum to reappear on the ballot at all after last year’s Bold New U campaign failed, saying that placing such a measure again on the ballot for students to vote on

By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

The Associated Students Inc. Senate voted on Wednesday to allow the New USU referendum on the voting ballot in the spring semester. At least one Senator voiced his concerns on the latest vote by the student government. The vote had been scheduled for action at the Nov. 1 meeting, but after language revision was requested, the senate sent the ballot to the Campus Fee Advisory Committee to draft the new language. It was later sent back to ASI for further review. With revised ballot language in hand, a majority of senators voted to allow the New USU to appear on the ballot. One objection was made by Senator of Greek Affairs Travis Childress, who initially motioned to move the

“would be akin to harassment.” As senate support for placing the New USU referendum on the ballot appeared to be locked in, Martinez said supporting such a project and supporting its appearance in the ballot were different actions. She also said the Senate should focus on things that are “more worthwhile.” “Obviously students want to use their voice to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and we should grant them that,” she said. The USU Board of Directors hosted a support rally on Nov. 13 for the New USU. Student leaders who are leading the campaign had a chance to share why they believe Fresno State needs the New USU. The campaign is student-led and student-funded, according to Lauryn Flores, a member of the USU board of directors and a sophomore Communications and Agricultur-

al Business major. “You really see the voice of the students in the project and every event that we do,” Flores said. The board members had been working for the last few months to put the event together. Students who walked by the USU stopped by the event, where they were provided with free pizza and had the opportunity to win prizes such as water bottles, candy and pens. Students placed hand paintings on a canvas provided by the board. If the New USU is built, the canvas with the hand prints will be displayed inside, Flores said. The hand-printed canvases served as a creative way for individual Fresno State students to show their support for the project. Building the new USU will take about three to five years. It will be funded through fundraising and student fee increase of $149 per semester, according to the Fresno State New Student Union website, Reporter Aly Harrell contributed to this story.


Se crea club de lenguaje español Escrito por Francisco J. De León Alonso @frankiejda

Aproximadamente 40 estudiantes de Fresno State se reunieron el 9 de noviembre en el edificio Kremen para practicar su español con otros compañeros nativo hablantes y aquellos que estudian

el español como una lengua extranjera ELE durante la primera junta del nuevo Club ¡Hablemos español! Ahí los estudiantes junto con la mesa directiva del club y la profesora Elsa Castillo, la consejera, tuvieron la oportunidad de conversar entre sí para mejorar el conocimiento del español fuera del aula. Los estudiantes que no pudieron asistir la primera junta po-

drán hacerlo en la siguiente junta la cual tomará lugar en Kremen 181 el jueves 30 de noviembre a las 5 p.m. La profesora Castillo y la mesa directiva de ¡Hablemos español! han estado colaborando desde el comienzo del semestre para ser un club reconocido por el Student Involvement Center de Fresno State. Una vez reconocidos, avanzaron a la próxima etapa de realizar la pri-

mera junta del semestre. Castillo dijo que hay clubs en Fresno State como el Club Austral y APCE que se enfocan principalmente en la cultura, arte, literatura, etcétera; por esa razón ella quiso establecer un club que solamente se enfocará en la práctica del idioma con estudiantes de ELE. Castillo y Pamela Rodríguez, la presidenta del club, junto con la

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mesa directiva harán lo posible por llevar alimentos a las juntas para que los estudiantes pueden comer si aún no lo han hecho y así puedan concentrarse mejor en su práctica del idioma. Durante la última junta el club proveyó pizza, sándwiches y pastel de chocolate. Para la próxima junta se espera que los estudiantes lleven un alimento para hacer un pot luck. El Dr. Robert Arnold, profesor emérito de matemáticas de Fresno State, estuvo presente en la primera junta y participó en las actividades del club. Durante la primera actividad los estudiantes y el Dr. Arnold escribieron en un papel su nombre, su comida favorita, su film favorito y otros datos que luego compartirían entre sí. Una vez que llenaron los datos continuaron a doblar el papel para convertirlo en un avión que sería lanzado al centro del aula haciendo que dos estudiantes al azar comenzarán una conversación. Aprender un idioma es aprender una cultura. El hecho de que los estudiantes puedan establecer una conversación con un compañero en español o inglés fomenta el bilingüismo, dijo Castillo. La profesora Castillo y la mesa directiva de ¡Hablemos español! planean enviar una invitación al Dr. Robert J. Blake director del centro de aprendizaje de lenguas en UC Davis para dar una charla sobre la lingüística. Blake es el autor de El Español y la Lingüística Aplicada, el texto primario del curso de español 137, lingüística aplicada, en Fresno State que prepara a estudiantes que serán maestros de escuelas secundarias o TA’s en las universidades. Este tipo de presentación beneficiaria a todos interesados en aprender más sobre los aspectos en el área académica de la lingüística dijo Castillo.





‘Dogs dig deep on ‘Senior Day’ By Vanessa Romo @VanessaRomo_

The Fresno State volleyball team defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls 3-1 on Saturday at its Senior Celebration in the Save Mart Center. “I think it was the most important win since I’ve been here,” senior Jacqueline Hutcheson said. “We haven’t had the best season, but finishing strong and beating the second team in conference was really exciting.” Winning their first set 25-20, the ‘Dogs trailed 11-10 before taking a 5-0 run to take the lead. Unable to dodge a third set point, the Cowgirls gave in to an attacking error. While struggling in the second set, the ‘Dogs were unable to contain the Cowgirls, 25-14. “Second set has been tough for us this year,” head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. “We can’t really figure it out, but they definitely start picking on us, and we start passing pretty poorly.” The ‘Dogs and Cowgirls tied the match 13

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Seniors Lauren Torres (2) and Jacqueline Hutcheson (1) after winning 3-1 against Wyoming at the Save Mart Center on Nov. 18, 2017.

times, causing five lead changes in a battle for the third set. Fresno State hit a match-best .439 with 19 kills, while Wyoming hit a day-high of

.341 with 18 kills. The ‘Dogs, trailing Wyoming 22-19 in the set, scored four straight points to take the lead. Tying the game once again, the Cow-

girls eventually fell to the ‘Dogs 25-23 after kills from Aubrey Folk and Taylor Slover. Wyoming outhit Fresno State .214-.167 while leading for most of the set. But it was the ‘Dogs’ perseverance that scored five of six points to trim the lead to 23-22. After a match point by Wyoming, Fresno State went on a 3-0 run to take the lead and finish 27-25 after a Cowgirl service error. “We just came together as a team, and we kind of just said, ‘We want it, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get it,’” senior Lauren Torres said. Torres hit .364 with two blocks and six kills for the match. “Every single year, [I’m] just getting better and learning new things and just getting to grow with these girls, growing as a person and growing as a player,” Torres said. “It’s just been a great four years.” Hutcheson set a match-high of 17 digs and is now 10 digs away from 1,000 career digs. She has one more game to make history as the 10th player to reach this milestone. “It’s been a really good experience, especially being a local girl from the Valley, representing as a Bulldog. It’s been fun,” Hutcheson said. The senior duo will be competing in their last collegiate game against the UNLV Rebels at the Save Mart Center on Monday.

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Bulldogs clinch West division

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resno State clinched its spot in the Mountain West Championship game with a 13-7 win on the road against Wyoming on Satur-

day. “That was a physical football game,” head coach Jeff Tedford said. “Give Wyoming a lot of credit. They’re a great football team, and those are two of the top defenses you’re going to see around. It was a defensive battle.” Fresno State had been picked to finish last in the division in the Mountain West preseason poll. “We just won the west, and we are going to the Mountain West Championship,” Helmuth said. “I want to thank all the new coaches. When they got here, they changed

the whole culture of the program and got us to this point.” With the win, the Bulldogs knocked Wyoming out of the Mountain division race, meaning that Boise State clinched the Mountain division. Not only will Fresno State play Boise State at home next Saturday, but the teams will meet the following week in the Mountain West Championship. “I can’t be prouder of this team, and I can’t be happier for them,” Tedford said. “The turnaround that they’ve made – the belief and confidence – the hard work they’ve put in. The coaching staff has done a phenomenal job. It’s a great feeling when all the hard work pays off.” Because a section of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, was closed, the team arrived at War Memorial Stadium about two hours before the start of the game. They were supposed to arrive earlier in the morning.

Tedford said he was anxious about not arriving on time and having the normal amount of warmup time. “It really throws off your timing as far as warmups are concerned, but we made some adjustments,” Tedford said. “At that point, it’s out of your control really. We got here and did the best we could to get warmed up.” The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Fresno State was forced to punt, but the Wyoming returner fumbled, and Bulldog linebacker George Helmuth recovered the ball deep in Cowboy territory. “I broke past my blocker, and when I saw it bounce off his chest, I jumped on the ball,” Helmuth said. “We had confidence in our defense today. We knew we could get stops.” The ‘Dogs scored on their first play – a 21-yard pass from quarterback Marcus

McMaryion to running back Ronnie Rivers for the touchdown. Fresno State added another field goal in the third quarter. Wyoming starting quarterback Josh Allen did not play because of a shoulder injury he sustained last week against Air Force. The ‘Dogs held the Allen-less Cowboys to only seven points, with the lone touchdown coming late in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys then made a late push with under a minute remaining in the game, driving into Bulldog territory, needing a touchdown to take the lead. Defensive end Robert Stanley crushed Wyoming’s hopes of winning late, sacking quarterback Nick Smith on fourth down to seal the game. McMaryion finished with 186 yards and one touchdown. Running back Josh Hokit led the ‘Dogs’ rushing attack with 69 yards. Wide receiver KeeSean Johnson led the team with six receptions for 48 yards.


‘Dogs lose, but fight hard in first home dual

Fresno State wrestler Khristian Olivas after winning the 149-pound match against Illinois on Nov. 17, 2017 at the Save Mart Center.

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Even though the Bulldogs’ wrestling team lost 33-10 to No. 14-ranked Illinois last Friday in the long-awaited first home dual since 2006, they had some performances that gave the crowd plenty of reason to cheer. “It’s a start,” head coach Troy Steiner said. “I talked to the team before, and I said, ‘The biggest thing here is that I want to see hustle, effort and fight.’ And I thought, for the most part, I saw that.” The ‘Dogs started off slow, losing the first

three matches to go down 13-0. Freshman Khristian Olivas, wrestling at 149 pounds, was the first Bulldog to get on the board. Olivas won in a major decision, earning Fresno State four points. Olivas’ win was the Bulldogs’ first at home for the reinstated program. The 6,840 people attending – the third-largest crowd in program history – were mostly quiet to start, but started buzzing with the Olivas victory. Freshman Greg Gaxiola followed Olivas with a win by decision, giving the ‘Dogs three more points and riling up the crowd even more. “I thought [Gaxiola] did a nice job of cre-

ating a lot of action and then giving himself opportunities to put points on the board,” Steiner said. The ‘Dogs couldn’t keep up the momentum though, running into four straight losses – starting with a loss to Lemoore native Isaiah Martinez. The crowd cheered Martinez after the win, even though he was the opponent. Fresno State finished on a high note, with heavyweight freshman AJ Nevills defeating Duece Rachal at 285 pounds. Nevills and Rachal were tied 5-5 in the third round when Nevills made his move. With 10 seconds left, Nevills scored a take-

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down, putting him up 7-5. He won by decision. Steiner said he was happy with the atmosphere and grateful for the hard work that everyone has put into the program. “I have worked on one aspect of it, but so many others should get the credit for the atmosphere that was there tonight,” Steiner said. “The amount of people that were there doesn’t come from me. That comes from marketing and the facilities staffs. The way they had it all set up was awesome.” The Bulldogs face Air Force in the Battle on the Midway in San Diego, California, on Tuesday.

November 20, 2017  
November 20, 2017