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Athletic director resigns By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

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Jim Bartko smiles as he speaks to the media at the Save Mart Center for a news conference introducing him as Fresno State’s new athletic director Nov. 21, 2014, in Fresno, California. Bartko abruptly resigned on Nov. 6, 2017.

Fresno State athletic director Jim Bartko resigned Monday due to personal reasons, University President Dr. Joseph Castro announced. “Bartko focused on charting a new direction for Fresno State’s athletics program, and he took the lead in developing the vision for the Bulldog Stadium modernization project,” Castro said in a news release. “He engaged new supporters across the region and increased involvement in advanc-

ing our program.” Castro appointed deputy director of athletics Steve Robertello as interim athletic director. Robertello served as co-interim athletic director in 2014 when Castro reassigned former athletic director Thomas Boeh. The university said Bartko was provided with 90 days of salary aligning with the campus practice for CSU managers. He is not owed any more since he resigned. “Jim’s commitment to improving the student and fan experience has helped us

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By Daniel Gligich and Michael Ford @danielgligich & @ MFordCollegian

Having been in the military is a source of pride for Cody Sedaño. He spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corps and first served as part of an amphibious assault unit. When he realized he didn’t quite like the ocean, he became a translator for NATO units in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2013. Sedaño, now a senior at Fresno State, was honorably discharged in the late summer of 2014. Two days after that, he began taking classes at Fresno City College. The Marine turned student would later turn policy-maker. Sedaño was elected to the State Center Community College District board of trustees as a FCC student trustee. When he transferred to Fresno State, he continued his interest in student government, soon forming part of the Associated Students, Inc. He then founded the Veterans Caucus in Sacramento in 2015.


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One year later –



you don’t have to accept Trump

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One year ago today, Americans woke up to a reality that more than half the country desperately wanted to avoid. Donald Trump had been elected president. Reactions to Trump’s election were expected – complete shock, followed by the silent fear that set in with each American who did not empower Trump with his or her vote. The uncertainty behind Trump’s future presidency loomed over the American people until his inauguration, when the wheels of hate and prejudice were set in motion and he began to appoint his committee of “yes men” – an unqualified cabinet dedicated to affirming his every decision, no matter how irresponsible or irrational they might have been. For many, it was a bleak turn of events. Life as it was known

would be different because the man who had emboldened white supremacists and advocated for the hatred of different groups was now leading more than 300 million people. Since taking his seat as president, Trump has been steadily unraveling nearly everything set in place by his predecessor. His takeover of American politics came as a surprise to those who said he couldn't win the presidency. The ongoing list includes the court-blocked Muslim travel ban, failed efforts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, and federal judges blocking efforts to ban transgender troops from serving in the military. The projected end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the recently-announced end of Temporary Protected Status that enables Nicaraguan immigrants to reside in the United States are among the brash decisions made during the Trump Administration that leave the

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inexperienced, self-serving and a liar. Because of this, few substantial policies have been accomplished in nearly one year of presidency. Rather than for productivity, Trump has consistently used social media as a means to inform news outlets about what he believes is right for our country. As long as Twitter exists, Americans may never be able to escape Trump’s empty shouts about fairness he thinks he deserves and the improvements he wants to make for the country which, in fact, typically influence hate and bigotry among his supporters. While racists, sexists and homophobes are more empowered than ever, so are those fighting against Trump’s constant efforts to create injustice. We can not continue to kid ourselves. There is no easy solution to ending the Trump administration. But nevertheless, the administration needs to be challenged while it holds office.

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Shared experiences bring veterans together VETERANS DAY from Page 1 Sedaño, like other veterans who will be celebrated this year during Veterans Day events, credits his time in the military for shaping him into a responsible person finding a direction for his education. Like Sedaño, 300 other veterans study at the university. “I hadn’t been in education for four years so I knew I had to take remedial classes. I wanted to be five steps ahead of myself,” Sedaño said. “I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t confused – I am a very anxious person. I have really bad anxiety.” Despite a few setbacks, Sedaño’s desire to help others continued. His involvement in student government gives him that platform, he said. His position in student government as senator spurred him to improve the experiences for veterans on campus. “We all have different experiences and we’re all from different branches of the military but the one thing we have in common is that we are all going through these things,” Sedaño said. “And if there is one thing that we have, it is each other.” He has worked on campus to help veterans with their school work, including covering printing fees and getting work stations at the Veterans Services Center in the McLane Hall annex. “There is a lot more that I want to pro-

vide for veterans that they deserve, as much as I can give them. I will say in the same breath, I am very, very grateful for the contributions the administration has made for us,” Sedaño said. Sedaño is not the only veteran on campus to come to the aide of former military men and women. Froylan Zavala, president of the Student Veterans Organization at Fresno State, is also a known contributor. Zavala spent six years in the army as a gunner and sergeant between 2007 to 2013. He began at Fresno State in spring 2017. His studies focus on business with an emphasis in human resources. The leadership skills that he developed in the military helped him manage people at his job as president of the Student Veterans Organization, he said. He’ll often distribute office tasks so other student veterans who work with him can feel like part of a team. “In the military, you would die for the person on your left and on your right. Whatever they need help with, I am behind every single one of them,” Zavala said. And though the support for veterans may be available at Fresno State, some never intended to return to school. George Cordoso, president of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity, once believed he would work after finishing his Navy service. Cordoso, 38, who is married and has

two children, thought he would he would find a full-time job that could pay his bills. But then he began speaking to other local veterans. “They said, ‘Use the GI Bill. You’re stupid if you don’t use it. They’re paying you to go to school.,’” Cordoso remembers. “I was like, ‘Oh wow, I didn’t think about that.’” He enrolled at College of the Sequoias in Visalia under the GI Bill. It wasn’t until he spoke to counselors there that Fresno State became a promising option for him. “I didn’t think it was a possibility for myself, being that I’m a little bit older when I came out,” Cordoso said. “I have a mortgage and a family to support, but the GI Bill has been a saving grace. It’s opening up opportunities that otherwise never would have been afforded to me.” Cordoso had served in active duty until 2011 as a logistics specialist in the Navy. He deployed four times, including a 12-month tour in the Middle East. He then transferred to the reserves, which he finished in 2015. The transition to civilian life was a major one. “It was definitely an eye-opening experience,” Cordoso said. “Having served for 15 years, I’m used to the structure, lifestyle, the routine and being at a place at a given time and doing what you’ve got to do.” For veterans like Cordoso, there often comes a stigma for being older than the

most students. But some, like Cordoso, feel that they are more prepared emotionally and mentally for the challenges of school. “We may be a little bit more on guard, if you will, on campus, but that doesn’t mean that we’re broken, that we can’t learn,” Cordoso said. “We just have a little more struggles that we deal with on an everyday basis.” Cordoso is studying criminology with an emphasis in corrections. He is graduating in the spring and is considering entering the graduate program. The fraternity Cordoso leads was established in 2011 from a group of 12 veteran students. The role of the organization is not that of the typical campus fraternity, but it is service oriented with volunteer work. Its goal is to promote veterans resources and camaraderie. “We get each other,” Cordoso said. “We understand each other. We all speak the same language, no matter what branch we served in. So we feel more comfortable with each other.”

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How you can honor veterans this weekend By Brandon Rowe @brandonrowe14

Fresno State is hosting a week of recognition for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces before the campus closes in observance of the holiday on Friday.

Fresno State’s Veterans Day service will be held on campus Friday at 10 a.m. The event will take place near the monument at the Thomas Building flagpoles where the Army ROTC will present colors. The Armed Forces Walk of Honor will directly follow that event and will lead spectators to the Henry Madden Library. An exhibit will be opened by Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. It will feature items donated by Fresno State students, faculty and staff. On Saturday, the city of Fresno will hold a Veterans Day Parade that will feature two Fresno State veterans’ organizations, the Fresno State marching band and ROTC units. Celebrations in honor of the holiday began at the beginning of the month with the opening of an exhibition at the M Street

Graduate Studios in downtown Fresno. The exhibition is entitled “Unsung Heroes: Do You Know Who I Am?” and highlights the contributions made by African-American veterans. This exhibit will be on display for eight days beginning on Friday. The third annual Veterans 5K Run and a Salute to Services veterans tribute football game were held earlier this month. The Fresno State Veterans Council organized a Bowling and Billiards for Veterans Day on Monday, and a Veterans Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday. This lunch featured U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jarrett Kraft as its guest speaker. Kraft is a Fresno native and was awarded the Navy Cross in 2004 for his efforts in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

iOS 11.1

How to fix that awful Apple glitch By Brandon Rowe @brandonrowe14

When updating an iPhone, most users likely expect to see flashy new features. Users who updated their iPhones to ios 11.1 last week may have gotten a little more than they bargained for in the form of a pretty obnoxious glitch. Users are reporting that any single lowercase “i” that they type is converted to an “A” with a question mark or, in some cases, an “A” with six horizontal lines to the right. However, messages sent from these devices can display evidence of the bug on other iPhones, iPads or Macs on any update level.​ Apple is said to be working on a patch that will be released soon. In the meantime, Apple is advising its customers to use a workaround cheat as a short-term fix to the problem. By adding a text replacement shortcut that replaces each single lowercase “i”with

an uppercase “I”, users are able to hide the bug behind the scenes. This setting can be found by navigating to the “Keyboard” section, which is located under “General” in the phone’s settings app.

iPhone users who downloaded the newest iOS, 11.1, are having issues when typing “i.” The “i” changes to “A” with a question mark in a box or six horizontal lines to the right.





The latest ‘Thor’ film is not worth your time. Here’s why.


Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor in Marvel’s latest, “Thor: Ragnarok.”

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

SHOULDN’T EXIST “Thor: Ragnarok,” directed by Taika Waititi and written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, is the third movie focused on Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, and his adventures as Asgardian royalty. In this go around, Thor faces off against The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, in a gladiatorial contest before defending his home Asgard from being destroyed by the villain Hela, played by Kate Blanchett. The storyline is comparable to a student essay done with minimal effort, knowing that the teacher will barely give a passing grade. It’s as if the writers did the same with this shallow-minded film that fails to appeal to critical thinkers. The short version of this review is simple: two thumbs down. In the longer version, sadly, I will attempt to put more thought into than the actual movie. First, there are too many attempts at humor – which were all predictable and, frankly, not

funny. This is just another mindless Marvel film that hardly differs from the last few offerings. Do Disney and Marvel have any respect for their audience? All they do is throw together film after film with no actual legitimate story. Oh, and why so many cast members? Having The Hulk try to fit into a Thor movie is enough. And then Dr. Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, comes out of nowhere and offers absolutely no substance. Leave the ensemble casts to the “Avengers” movies. Thor’s adopted brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is predictably untrustworthy and doesn’t contribute to the role of the character. Hela was a fine villain with the most developed backstory of the new characters, but it wasn’t enough to captivate. Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, should have been an exciting new addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, but instead she was just used as an attractive alcoholic girl who can beat up some guys. The attempt at creating an emotional backstory for her was a joke. Valkyrie could have been the highlight of the film if given the chance. Notably absent from the movie was Natalie Portman, who was Thor’s love interest in the previous films.

How do you not include one of the greatest actresses of her generation in a film series that was only interesting because of her? Portman made the first two films worth watching. I guess this is what the first two movies would’ve been like without her – boring, predictable and simple. The slight attempt at a romance between Thor and Valkyrie failed, especially when compared to Portman’s performances in the previous films. Portman was sorely missed this time around. I wonder if Marvel just tried to find any attractive girl they could throw at Thor, without considering that Portman’s talents would have complemented Thompson’s perfectly. That would have created a compelling trifecta of Hemsworth, Thompson and Portman. And you never come to really care for any of the characters – maybe for Skurg, played by Karl Urban, but even that one ultimately fails.

The attempted character development of The Hulk is painful too. Marvel would have been better served leaving the character out and giving Ruffalo a stand-alone film. Disney must have realized they were incapable of that. Good for them. The convoluted story features a pit stop on a junkyard planet ruled by the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum. I have no idea what this character contributed besides the headache with which I left the theater. All the actors did good jobs embracing their characters. I don’t blame them for the film’s problems. I give high praise to Hemsworth and Thompson, but the story failed them. I don’t care if the great Harrison Ford had been in it. Even he couldn’t have saved this debacle. One more thing: Have a title that the average person can say, not just the fanboys and fangirls who read the comics. Seriously, “Ragnarok?” It was bad enough finding out Portman wasn’t in it. Not being able to say the title

without thinking twice is just salt in the wound. By far the best part of the movie was when the Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” played, only because of Zeppelin’s greatness. Jimmy Page’s riffs and Robert Plant’s vocals don’t deserve the punishment of being played over the mindless, predictable fight sequences seen in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Disney should apologize to Plant, Page and John Paul Jones as well as send an apology to the late John Bonham’s family. Besides Zeppelin, the only redeeming quality was the fact that it ended. If you haven’t seen the first two movies, don’t see this one. You’ll get lost. If you have seen the other films, you still shouldn’t see it. Portman isn’t in it. The story is a mess and Disney made another blatant money grab that’s not worth the time. “Thor: Ragnarok” is in theaters now.



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While Halloween may have passed, the theatrical nature of the holiday lives on in “And Then There Were None.” The upcoming Fresno State Experimental Theatre Company’s production takes the celebrated novel by Agatha Christie and transforms it into an immersive work for the stage. The popular novel’s storyline focuses on a group of 10 people lured to an island by the mysterious Mr. and Mrs. Owen. When they are all together, a record accusing people of murder plays while they are stranded on the island. “There is so much of our pop culture that uses this story… yet when I talk to people about the play, they’re like ‘yeah, I have no idea about the play,’” said director Jana Price. The Experimental Theatre Company is an entirely student-run organization. Students make up all of the roles from the actors, the director and costuming. “It’s student-run and we’re putting it on in less rehearsal time,” Price said. “We can only be in [the lab school theatre] for a certain amount of time, and we don’t get the four hours that a show like ‘Native Son’ would get to rehearse at night.” Preparation for “And Then There Were None” began six weeks ago, with students rehearsing during the week for two hours from 4 to 6 p.m. “This is my second ETC production

I’ve done so far and I’ve really liked it, just through the kind of personal feel that ETC has and everybody working together,” said Michael S. Flores, an actor in the play. As a student at University High School, Price was a part of the production of “The Mousetrap,” another play by Agatha Christie which was performed at the Lab School 101 Theatre. “Murder mystery feels so cool in [the lab school], but what if we, instead of building a set, had the building itself be the set so [the actors] actually go outside when they go outside and use the windows as windows,” Price said. With the unique usage of the setting, audience members become a part of the production, rather than just viewers looking at the 11 actors in the play. “It’s not too crazy stressful [rehearsing for the play]. You still have fun,” said Ian Jones, an actor in the play. Along with the actors leaving the theater, special effects add to the immersive qualities of this production. “We’re hoping the audience leaves scared, on the edge of their seats, [and] a little unsure of going into the dark parking lot,” Price said. “And Then There Were None” will be showing Nov. 9 at 4 p.m., Nov. 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in Lab School 101. General admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at or by calling 559278-2216.





To pay his parking ticket, GoFundMe was there By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

With the stress of midterms and work, the last thing Kevin Lor wanted to see was a parking ticket on his windshield. But one Friday morning in October, the junior anthropology major knew he had taken a risk. Running late and with a presentation due in class, Lor parked in a carpool parking stall just before 10 a.m. General parking in that lot does not begin until 10:30 a.m. “It was very surprising because before, I would park there for weeks around 10 and nothing really happened,” Lor said. “Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you don’t.” Lor is a dishwasher and busboy at a local restaurant. He said his paychecks go straight to bills. Anything left over is from his tips.

“I was already stressing out on financial issues. How was I going to pay my bills?” Lor said. Last semester, he had also gotten a parking ticket. He turned to GoFundMe, a fundraising platform, to raise the money. After reading other posts on the website, Lor felt guilty. He said his need for cash was not as severe as some others published online. So he decided to take down the post and paid the first citation off himself. One semester later, he was in the same situation, and now more than ever he needed the help. Amy Luna, manager for emergency operations and business continuity, said the cost of parking tickets is based on what other California State University campuses are charging. She said since 2011, the cost of tickets has not been raised.

If a student can’t afford to pay the ticket, Luna said students can follow the appeal process, which puts the fine on hold during the citation review. “There is also pending legislation regarding payment options for parking citations.,” she said. Luna said that between Jan. 1 and July 1 of this year, 6,342 citations were written, and if a ticket is appealed, they review it on a case-by-case basis. Unable to pay his ticket, Lor decided he would post another GoFundMe request. “Got a parking citation, broke college student please help,” read a portion of the post. He went on to explain that even though the citation was for $50, he was going to raise $53 to cover the fee GoFundMe charges users. Any leftover, Lor said, would go towards coffee in order to survive midterms week.

To his surprise, Lor had $60 in his account within a couple of days. The donations were from close friends and their family members. He said he’s very thankful to those who donated. “It’s not the value of how much they donated, it was the action that they took,” he said. He had never shared the GoFundMe post on his social media pages. Instead, his friends helped get the word out. All in all, Lor learned a lesson. He said he will be more cautious when it comes to parking on campus. And, he no longer plans to use GoFundMe in order to pay for another ticket. “I don’t want it to become a habit, and I don’t want to take money from other people where it could go to a great cause,” Lor said. Staff writer Jessica Johnson contributed to this story.


The Alpha Gamma Rho house, home of the newly-recognized fraternity after being suspended in 2015 for allegations of hazing and providing alcohol to minors.

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Once suspended, fraternity aims to be ‘shining light’ By Christian Mattos @ChrisssyMattos

After being suspended in 2015, the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity is fully recognized once again by Fresno State. Cole Hutton, president of the agricultural and social-professional fraternity, said that the organization was reinstated after following procedures by the university and the Interfraternity Council. Their suspension came after evidence surfaced in 2015 of hazing and providing alcohol to minors. The members attended meetings, exchanged emails with the school and attended risk management classes in order to be reinstated, Hutton said. The fraternity kept meeting during that time. They operated independently from Fresno State. Now they’ll operate just like other fraternities. “Going through all this really drove us to be more organized and conscious about the things that we do,” Hutton said. “At

the time [before the suspension], there was kind of a separation between brothers, and I think this has brought the house a lot closer together and we’ve all become really, really good friends.” The fraternity has a long history at Fresno State ever since the house was built in the ‘60s. Hutton said the brotherhood originated when two separate fraternities joined together to form the current organization. “Fresno State [has] such a large ag program,” Hutton said. “Us, as an agriculture fraternity, we should be one of those shining lights for the ag college and Fresno State in general, and that’s really what we’re trying to strive for.” Fraternity vice president Nathaniel Roberts, who has been a member since fall of 2014, said the fraternity’s biggest changes were to make community service and academics a priority. “We’re more focused on the things that we should be focused on as a fraternity […] a lot of stuff like [community service and academics] previously kind of got pushed

to the wayside,” Roberts said. Hutton and Roberts said that hazing is a thing of the past and they have committed to stop that. Recently, the alcohol-related death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge from Florida State University led to the shutdown of all Greek life activities on that campus. Several other deaths recently have also been linked to hazing. “We want these guys to be as good of brothers as we are and have those friendships too and singling somebody out like that, that’s not brotherhood,” Roberts said. Hutton said keeping the morale of the members up as they carried out sanctions was difficult to work through. “It’s hard to go through school and be in a fraternity and not get those benefits from your university,” he said. “It just feels good now to walk around with letters and know that your fraternity is represented in a good light now and you’re proud to wear it.” Breanne Scogin, the senior program coordinator with Student Involvement at Fresno State, also serves as a Greek advisor for campus. She said she wants the students

to get “the full Greek experience.” She added that a goal of Fresno State is to help students involved with Greek life balance academics with their social lives, while staying safe. She said the campus follows Matt’s Law, a state law, in situations involving hazing and that there are risk management policies for fraternities to follow. “The goal is to provide [Greek life students] enough education and understanding of the issues that plague our Greek community so that they’re making the important choices and making good choices, whether that is for themselves or when they see someone else in distress, they’re able to get them help,” she said. Scogin said the university has worked with Alpha Gamma Rho advisers at the local chapter and national office levels to ensure they are making positive changes. “I would say at this time, the university has a great relationship with the chapter and I look forward to seeing them flourish and grow as we move forward,” she said.




Allison named defensive player of the week Sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Allison was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance on Nov. 4 against BYU. Allison had one sack and led the Bull-

dogs with 14 tackles in the 20-13 win, tying his career high he set against Alabama on Sept. 9. Late in the fourth quarter, Fresno State safety Mike Bell forced a fumble which Allison recovered, sealing the victory which made the ‘Dogs bowl eligible. This is the second time in three weeks that Allison has been named defensive player of the week. He previously was honored on Oct. 23 for his performance against San Diego State on Oct. 21.

‘Dogs picked to finish fourth MEN’S BASKETBALL from Page 7 Edo gave them. Terry also hopes his team commits fewer turnovers. The Bulldogs ranked eighth in the Mountain West in turnovers last season. “It’s something that we’ve stressed all spring and summer. We knew it was something we needed to build on from a year ago,” Terry said of the team’s turnover struggles. Terry wants fewer turnovers and more assists. He expects the ‘Dogs to move the ball each and every game, and hopes to see that reflected in the statistics with 16 to 17 assists per game. Free throws are another point of emphasis for Terry and his team. The ‘Dogs shot 69.7 percent last year, which ranked ninth in the conference. He said his guys have worked and will continue to work on that aspect of their game, adding that they need to “trust the process.” But most of all, Terry wants the Bulldogs to be defensively oriented. That is a mentality the team has already adopted, as made evident by guard Jahmel Taylor.

“The team is constantly excited about learning. Each game we’ve tried to improve and get our defense better and better,” Taylor said. “As we get along during the season, we know it is going to be tough. We need to gel now so that when we get into those really tough games, we understand each other, and we won't have any problems with communication." The ‘Dogs ranked second in opponent fieldgoal percentage and first in turnovers forced last season. Terry wants to make sure those trends continue into this season. “Everything is on the defensive side for me,” Terry said. “We will figure out ways to score the basketball, but we are stressing the importance of making stops and getting the defense set on that end of the court.” The ‘Dogs were picked to finish fourth in the conference in a preseason coaches’ poll. But for now, they are zoned in on their matchup with the Banana Slugs, Terry said. The coach wants his team to approach the season one game at a time. The game against UC Santa Cruz tips off at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Save Mart Center.


Consistency key to success WOMEN’S BASKETBALL from Page 7 rebounds per game led the team, while also ranking third in the nation in blocks per game with an average of 3.5. She also averaged 14.6 points per game, which was second on the team. White said that she is excited to see how all of her players will contribute, especially experienced ones such as sophomore Kristina Cavey and junior Breanne Knishka. But after one exhibition game against Fresno Pacific University, White feels sophomore center Katelin Noyer will be a worthy replacement for Faz Davalos. “I think [Noyer] has done a nice job of filling some of that. She almost had a double-double in this last game,” White said. “It’s just gonna take a little bit more attention to the blocking out and the rebounding.” White said the Faz Davalos’ blocked shots will be very difficult to re-create – the ‘Dogs ranked first in the conference in that category last season – but she hopes that they can avoid relying heavily on blocks by relying instead on team defense and keeping the ball out of the paint. One key contributor who will be returning for the ‘Dogs is their leading scorer and starting point guard, junior Candice White. She averaged 14.8 points last season, which ranked sixth in the conference. Now on a team without any seniors, Candice White is being looked to for her leadership as much as for her scoring. “I still have some work, and I think it’ll come throughout the season,” she said of her leadership ability. “I lead by example, but I have to be more vocal. It’s something I’ll get better at as the season goes on.”

Her head coach echoed those sentiments. Jaime White said she fully believes in Candice White’s abilities as a leader. “I think that she has the physical ability to step on the floor and maybe take a big shot or put the team on her shoulders at times, so that’s nice,” the coach said. “She’s been working hard verbally to make sure everybody falls into place at times.” Both Jamie White and Candice White want to see the team improve in several facets of the game. Candice White stressed the team’s need to rebound better. The Bulldogs ranked seventh in the Mountain West in rebound margin, with a minus-0.5 differential. Jaime White said she wants the team’s offense to score more points, while also putting in the effort to stop the opposing team from scoring on the other end. The team averaged 60.1 points last season, good for ninth in the conference. But the word “consistent” was a common theme between both the head coach and the point guard. “It’s that consistency – whether it’s the effort or the offense or the defense or keeping somebody in front of them or blocking out every time – that consistency is very important because we’re building habits right now,” Jaime White said. Candice White added how important consistency is this time around because of the way last season panned out. She expressed that the goal of consistent play is just as crucial as the one of winning the conference. The Bulldogs will get their first opportunity to showcase their consistency at home against Eastern Washington this Friday. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m. at the Save Mart Center.

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Bartko leaves groundwork for successor JIM BARTKO from Page 1 recruit talented athletes and coaches,” Castro said in the release. “We are appreciative of the groundwork he has laid for continued momentum and growth of Fresno State athletics.” Before starting at Fresno State in January 2015, Bartko served in various forms with the University of Oregon athletic department from 1989 to 2006. From 2006 to 2007, he was the senior associate athletic director for development at the University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Oregon as senior associate athletic director until November 2014 before he was hired by Castro. Bartko announced plans to renovate Bulldog Stadium in June 2015, which could cost up to $70 million. In September, Bartko told The Collegian that the athletic department had over $10 million in commitments, and fundraising was on track. Bartko also oversaw the reinstatement of the wrestling program, which has its first duel since 2006 on Saturday, as well as the addition of women’s water polo. In October 2016, Bartko fired former head football coach Tim DeRuyter. He hired Jeff Tedford one month later. In addition to hiring Tedford, Bartko brought on wrestling coach Troy Steiner; women’s water polo coach Natalie Benson;

softball coach Linda Garza; and men’s tennis coach Paluka Shields. He also signed men’s basketball coach Rodney Terry to a contract extension. Associated Students, Inc. President Blake Zante, who is on the Athletic Corporation board and attended meetings with Bartko, called him “a good guy who genuinely cared about making Fresno State athletics better and bolder.” Zante said he is sad to see Bartko leave, adding that he is confident in Castro’s ability to find the right person for the job. “I also think the next athletic director needs to solve a big issue: attracting younger fan bases to sporting events,” Zante said. “This is crucial for the survival and support of our programs.” The Collegian contacted Bartko for comment. Bartko’s resignation was due to “personal reasons,” but there were no further details given. In January, Bartko revealed that he was molested as a child by his Catholic priest, and he talked about how he planned to advocate for victims. “I’m hoping that if I have any influence in the community, I can make people realize that you can go on with your life and be successful and be happy – put it behind you and help others,” Bartko said to The Collegian.

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Fresno State Athletic Director Jim Bartko in his office at the Duncan Building on Jan. 26, 2017.


Bulldogs back on the court By William Ramirez | @willoveslakers2

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Fresno State senior guard Jaron Hopkins drives to the basket (1) against UC Merced on Nov. 3, 2017 at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs won 79-39.

Junior point guard Candice White against Fresno Pacific at the Save Mart Center on Nov. 3, 2017. White has been selected to the preseason All-Mountain West Team

A new identity for men’s basketball

Women’s basketball is young and hungry

Prime time, here come the ‘Dogs. Fresno State kicks off its 2017-18 men’s basketball campaign on Friday against UC Santa Cruz. The ‘Dogs finished 2-1 in exhibition play, which featured routs of 43 and 40 points over Pacific Union College and UC Merced. Saint Mary’s was responsible for the one loss, beating the Bulldogs 85-76 in a game that raised $6,400 for the Northern California Fire Relief efforts, according to Fresno State Athletics. Head coach Rodney Terry has made the most of the team’s three exhibition games, stating how important that time was in establishing the team’s identity. “It is not so much about the opponents that we play,” Terry said. “It is about us having a staple for what we are doing on defense and a staple for what we are trying to do on offense.”

An identity is important for a team that has lost three major contributors from last season. Forwards Karachi Edo, Cullen Russo and Paul Watson have graduated. Together they averaged a total of 26.9 points and 16.2 rebounds per game. “It’s a new team. It’s a new season – new opportunities for other guys to step up,” Terry said. “Bryson Williams I think is going to be a guy that grows all year long in what we’re asking him to do.” Williams averaged 17.2 minutes per game last season, but his role on the the team will be more prominent this time around. Terry said he hopes to see the same amount of scoring and rebounding output from Williams that


The Fresno State women’s basketball team is coming off a tumultuous 2016-17 season that saw the Bulldogs finish seventh in the Mountain West, while also coming within one game of calling itself conference tournament champions. “I don’t think we can drop close games. We need to win close games,” head coach Jaime White said. “To be in the tournament with fresh legs, you have to place in the top five.” The Bulldogs dropped one game each to Boise State, Utah State and Colorado State by five points or less last season. Placing in the top five in the conference would mean the Bulldogs could subtract one game from their path to a conference championship.

White is fully aware that her team is completely different from the one she had last season. The Bulldogs lost three regular starters from last season. Emilie Volk and Kendra Martin graduated, while Bego Faz Davalos chose to transfer and play out her final year of eligibility for the Duke Blue Devils. “We’re really young, but I think we’re hungry,” White said. “I think the kids have worked really hard. Very talented in some of our positions.” The departure of Faz Davalos will leave the largest hole in the ‘Dogs’ rotation. She is the reigning two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year whose 11.2


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