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Protestors marching on the corner of Blackstone and Ness avenues at River Park Shopping Center on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2016. The protest was in response to Donald Trump being elected president.


TV star tells story of substance abuse to ‘full house’ at SSU

By Troy Pope @troycpope

“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with the least I’ve ever had. Life feels full again.” TV star Jodie Sweetin talked to a full house in the Satellite Student Union Thursday night to discuss her life in front of the camera and her life of substance abuse. About 500 people showed up to see the “Full House” star talk very casually about her life on the TV show and what happened after – and the crowd loved it. During a Q&A period after her talk, she was asked to say her character’s signature catchphrase “How rude” – which she did – and the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. Sweetin, now 34, was born to a drug-addicted mother who was serving a sentence in LA County Jail. Her father, who was serving a prison sentence, was stabbed to death in a prison riot when she was 9 months old. Family friends took care of her as a baby until she was adopted a year later. Sweetin spent eight seasons portraying Stephanie Tanner on ABC’s “Full House” in the ’80s and ’90s. After the series ended, she said the loss of everything she’d grown used to for eight years felt like a death to her. “Full House” ran from 1987 to 1995, and it was a part of ABC’s flagship TGIF programing. In order to not feel the pain of the loss, she turned to alcohol and eventually hard drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. “What I realized is I took those skills

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Jodie Sweetin shares her story of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as her journey to recovery at the Satellite Student Union on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Sweetin is known for her role as Stephanie Tanner in the show “Full House.”

of pretending and acting along with me throughout my whole journey of my life,” Sweetin said. “This time, I started pretending that I knew how to act – how to have friends – how to be normal. And inside, I was alone and scared, and I had all these feelings that I had no idea how to deal with.” She said she had trouble coping with her new reality and integrating into real life. “I started getting really depressed, but I couldn’t talk to anybody because I thought

if I talked about how I was feeling, that something was wrong with me,” Sweetin said. “But inside I felt alone, and I felt ashamed, and I felt scared.” She said she was trying to figure out how to feel comfortable in her own skin, so she turned to alcohol at 13. She described herself as a “blackout drinker” and did everything she could to not remember what was going on. She got sober and relapsed several times

over the years. She’s been through two marriages, had a daughter, and now she’s engaged again. Sweetin, who has been sober more than five years now, went to college to get her certificate in drug and alcohol counseling. She tours the country to speak at colleges to tell her story because she said that if you tell your story, “it no longer owns you.”

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A meat-free Thanksgiving, but why? By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

Mashed potatoes and gravy, a warm dinner roll, stuffing, pumpkin pie, yams, green beans and Tofurky. Wait, Tofurky? Let’s take a step back. Let’s start off with honesty and allow me to admit that I’m biased. My argument will get us nowhere if I try to convince you I’m not coming from a standpoint of someone wanting to save animals. This isn’t about the potential health issues that not eating meat may prevent. This is also not about about a recent trend of “going-green” or about saving the planet from further pollution caused by factory farming. Rather, this is solely about a holiday meant to give thanks and gather with loved ones– which traditionally entails or evokes a notion of consuming once-living animals. Let’s call it what it is. The conscientious raising of living, sentient beings for personal consumption. And in days following Thanksgiving, consuming a few more leftover meals. We’ll differentiate between the vegans and carnivores for clarification purposes. When I, a vegan, ask my counterparts, carnivores, why they eat meat, I get responses such as “God put animals on Earth to be eaten,” “I could never give up meat,” “I never really considered not eating meat” or “I don’t really care.” Along with such responses, I also hear something to the extent of animals and hu-

mans are not equal, physically or mentally, and for that reason, animals do not necessarily deserve to live out a natural life. However, this isn’t a plea to make you go vegan or even become vegetarian. This is meant to evoke critical thought – through a tinge of humorous humanity – about why during the aforementioned holiday, we feel it is ok to take away the life of another living being. Therefore, for one holiday, I am challenging you to go meat-free. But why? I’m about to reference PETA, so go ahead shoot me. According to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, 45 million turkeys are killed each year for Thanksgiving. Have you seen PETA’s ad, “Grace?” If your answer is no, I’m not surprised. Not many have. It’s because NBC rejected running the ad during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In my opinion, it’s because they don’t want to air something that could interfere with America’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner. As a Millennial, I constantly hear two things. The first is that we are just told what they want us to hear. Why do you think Sen. Bernie Sanders is so popular among young voters? Because he broke the mold and told us unpleasant truths about our country. The second is that we need to wake up and stop being sheeple, sheeple being the combination of the words sheep and people. Sheep are easily herded. In other words, we are people who are easily herded by groupthink. If the youth are constantly question-

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ing what they’re told, why not question what we are consuming? Did you know that turkeys and domestic pets like cats and dogs are alike? They enjoy bathing themselves, creating shelter, caring for their young, having their feathers stroked and will even gobble or chirp to their favorite tunes. For all intents and purposes, they’d make great pets. Thanks for hitting me in the feels with those facts, PETA. These days, it’s considered cool to go against the norm and not conform to stereotypical ideals about your race, gender, age and sexuality. It’s the 1960s’ counterculture revolution all over again. For as many celebrities you are following on social media, you can’t say their opinions don’t have at least a little sway on you. I’m not asking you to commit to a lifetime of being meat-free – I’m just asking to live like

famous vegans Miley Cyrus or Paul McCartney for the day. Questioning what we’re told, not being sheeple and living like a celebrity for the day is my lighthearted way to encourage you to think twice about having either a cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal or one that involved killing a turkey that would have liked to live out its natural life. Let us give thanks, but also consciously spare the life of another being that would have liked to spend time with its loved ones as well. Cesar Chavez once said, “I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.”

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A march against racism and the ‘downhill slide’ of America By Diana Giraldo @DianaInspired

The political unrest continues in Fresno as almost 100 protesters assembled at the corner of Blackstone and Nees avenues in front of River Park Saturday at noon for another Rally and March Against Trump. The protesters held signs. Some read: Progression not Regression,” “The White House is not a locker room,” and “ICE out of Fresno.” They chanted: “Liberation not deportation,” “When women are under attack what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “The people united will never be defeated.” The protest was coordinated by Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action. It’s goal was to create a space for people who are going to be directly impacted by a Donald Trump administration, a place where they are able to connect with others who are like-minded, said spokesman Luis Ojeda. “We are bringing together people of color, undocumented folks, Muslims, queer, trans folks and other people that we know are going to suffer under this administration. We are here to remind them and let them know that they are not alone, and we will continue fighting for all of us,” Ojeda said. “We are committed to making sure that over the next four years there isn’t a rubber stamp on Trump’s policies but instead there is an active resistance. We are on the right side of history, and we are going to continue fighting the policies that Donald Trump is proposing.”

As an undocumented queer person of color, Ojeda is committed to ensuring that his voice is heard and that others are inspired. “Seeing stories of kids being taunted at school, getting their hijabs pulled off and others getting fake deportation letters at school which used to be unacceptable are now happening publicly because they feel empowered. They feel that this is now Trump’s America, and they can be openly racist,” Ojeda said, “and for us that is not OK, and we are not going to stand for it. We are not going to allow it, and we are going to continue fighting against these issues.” Another protester, Steve Claassen, a Fresno State alumnus, said he was not going to stand by and see his country “go in the wrong direction.” “We have a future president who is doing things that are scary, saying things that are scary and promising things that are scary, and I don’t think he represents America,” Claassen said. “He doesn’t have the mandate to round up all the Mexican-Americans, to target all the brown-skinned people, to round up Muslims and put them in concentration camps until they are extreme vetted. “This is not America; this is Germany in the 1930s. These are the first steps to a downhill slide that has no happy ending. We want to stop it here.” An hour into the march, the protesters descended down Blackstone toward the entrance on West El Paso Avenue into the River Park Shopping Center. Angel Sanchez, a student from

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Luis Ojeda led protesters in the Rally and March Against Trump through River Park before ending up at Edwards 22 & IMAX on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

Fresno City College, marched with his sign which read: “Undocumented and Unafraid.” He explained that for him the march was a way for him to show his discontent with the outcome of the election because Donald Trump is the opposite of what America is. “He is a racist, a white supremacist, and he doesn’t really care about the minorities in this country. Personally, because America is a country made of immigrants, I think his point of view is very backwards because immigrants are what make this country what it is,” Sanchez said. “Most people aren’t affected by what he says so they don’t really take a stand, but once he starts doing things that affect them then it will be too late. A president should inspire unity, love and respect in people not empower them to yell what they are yelling at me right now.”

Through their trek, the protesters received supportive honks and thumbs up, but also were shouts of “Go Trump,” “I voted for Trump” and “Get out of my country you immigrants,” from passersby. The protesters continued marching into the shopping area, passing Rubio’s, GMC and H&M as they received stares and claps from the customers. There finally stopped in front of the Edwards Fresno 22 & IMAX. “We are committed for the next four years to making noise. We are committed for the next four years to making people uncomfortable,” Ojeda said as he addressed those who had begun to stop and listen. “What we want is for each and every one of you to join us, to come together and fight a Donald Trump administration because our lives are literally at stake.”

The people in line for the theater, those who were eating and shopping began to come out of the stores and see what the noise was. About 50 of those patrons stopped to hear what the protesters were saying. “Two to three million undocumented people will be deported. Obamacare will be gone. Folks will lose their health care. People will have to cross state lines to get reproductive health access,” Ojeda continued. “The only way we are going to change this country, the only way we are going to move in a better direction, is if we come together and fight each and every step of the way.” After a few minutes of speaking, the marchers then walked back to the corner of Blackstone and Nees and continued their protest.

‘Inside, I was alone and scared, and I had all these feelings that I had no idea how to deal with’ SWEETIN from Page 1 “I hope the students walk away tonight feeling a little bit more connected and a little bit more like they have important stories to tell, too,” Sweetin said before her talk Thursday. “If they can go out and share their stories and help other people and be of service to others, I think that’s the most important work that they will get to do. I hope that when they leave tonight, they feel like they can share the struggles and triumphs that they’ve been through with other people.” Now, Sweetin and company are back on the small screen because Netflix revived the series 2016. Now called “Fuller House,” the show follows Sweetin and her “Full House” costars in a mirrored sitcom of the original series with three women raising children. The original starred three men. Season one is already on Netflix, and season two hits Netflix on

Dec. 9. Sweetin said each episode is a holiday episode. Sweetin’s talk was sponsored by University Student Union Productions, the Student Health and Counseling Center and Bulldogs For Recovery. After receiving a grant from Transforming Youth Recovery in 2015, Fresno State launched Bulldogs for Recovery, which includes resources such as Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) meetings and Bulldogs for Recovery open meetings. Along with AA meetings, students have the option to attend Bulldogs for Recovery open meetings which happen Mondays at 12:30 p.m. in the Health Center library. There’s a meet and greet on Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Henry Madden Library Room 2108. For more information, contact Bulldogs For Recovery at 559278-6727 or bulldogs4recovery@



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Too soon for tinsel? Marina McElwee | @MarinaMashelle

Starbucks holiday drinks are released the first week of November and many people agree that it’s never too soon to get in the Christmas spirit. Here’s what Fresno State students think about holday music and movies that are played before Thanksgiving.

“The day after Thanksgiving is OK. That’s when my family does [starts decorating]. I don’t think it’s annoying or anything, I’m just not in the Christmas vibe or feel until Thanksgiving.”

“I’m not decorating yet because I just put up Thanksgiving stuff. But I mean Christmas lights are for sure being put up, and I started listening to Christmas music last week.”

— Emily Chavez Liberal Studies Freshman

— Christian Juarez Information Systems Junior

“You do not listen to Christmas music or start decorating until the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday. Why do we forget it? And why is there no Thanksgiving music? If I had the time, I would write a Thanksgiving song.” — Elisabeth Parra Psychology Senior

“Honestly, whenever you want if that’s what you like to listen to. I haven’t started [listening to Christmas music] yet, but if someone else wants to do that, they should be able to do that whenever they want.” — Rogelio Garcia Business Information Systems Senior

“I have no problem with it. It’s time to prep for the holidays. It’s already come to the very last part of the year where you just want to relax and get into the season. At first I did have a problem with it, but know I think, ‘You know what, it’s only one time a year. Go ahead.’” — Carlos Pedraza Kinesiology Senior









Black Friday do’s and don’ts By Samantha Mehrtash @SamMehrtash

Most people look forward to Thanksgiving so they can see family, consume an unnatural amount of carbs and, most importantly, go shopping on Black Friday. If you have ever been Black Friday shopping, you know that it can be considered a tactical sport, and all shoppers should proceed to shopping outlets with a strong defense. Here are some tips to take with you if you are brave enough to join in on the holiday tradition.


Don’t get your hopes up too high. Black Friday is a competitive sport so don’t expect everything to be in your size. There will be plenty of other opportunities to find what you need.

Do: Research sales ahead of time so you can map out all of the stores you want to hit first. With hundreds of other shoppers on the prowl, you want to make sure you find what you want first.



As you shop for that perfect sweater, take this opportunity to knock out some of your Christmas shopping while the sales are on.

Avoid large crowds. Although there will be massive amounts of people wherever you are, if you see an unusual swarm, don’t find out what they’re about to fight each other for.


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Avoid impulse buying. With almost everything marked down, it can be easy to give into the temptations, but before you commit, ask yourself: “Do I really need this food processor?”

Do: Grab some coffee or an energy drink on your way out, because there’s nothing worse than the food coma that follows a good Thanksgiving feast.

Do: Consider waiting for Cyber Monday deals when it comes to electronics. Large websites often save their big TV or laptop deals for the following Monday, while stores only carry a limited quantity.

Don’t: Don’t be turned off by the crazy lines to purchase your Black Friday finds. Part of the compromise is waiting to get things on sale so if you’re impatient, just wait till Saturday.




’Dogs lose in dramatic fashion

head coach Eric Kiesau said. Kline started for the first time this season but did not get his passing game in top form until the last drive. He ended the game with 13 completions on 23 attempts for 108 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. After the game, Kline was very emotional, tearing up slightly in the press conference. He is a fifthyear senior, but is in his first season with the Bulldogs, because he came in as a graduate transfer. Even though Kline has not been with the team for years, he showed how much he cares about the program and his teammates, especially the other seniors who are preparing for their last Fresno State game. Very rarely do players show the emotion he did as he delivered every word with poise and composure. “I’ve had a really long road,

been bounced around, and having a coach like coach Kiesau… all these guys to give me this opportunity,” Kline said. “I’ve waited my whole career for this, and I put it all out on the field just like every one of those guys in that locker room.” Although Fresno had its most heartbreaking loss of the year, there was at least one positive to take from it. True freshman running back Josh Hokit broke out, racking up 97 yards on 18 carries. Hokit, a Clovis High graduate, is listed as an outside linebacker on the depth chart and has played the running back position at Fresno State for only three days, Kiesau said. Hokit used his 6-foot-2 frame to provide the offense with steady runs as he powered through the line for what seemed like a solid gain each time. “You saw guys step in there that haven’t played positions that they played all year, like Josh Hokit, a freshman, just coming in and run-

ning like Toby Gerhart out there,” Kline said. “The guy was running with a purpose, and when you see a guy that young, with that much heart and that much fight in him, it makes you think that this program’s in good hands.” The run game with Hokit was effective, but the passing game of Kline suffered because of many dropped passes, especially in critical moments. The receivers struggled as too many balls slipped right through their hands. With 2:46 left in the first half, the Bulldogs and Rainbow Warriors got into a scuffle, Hawaii linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard punched a Bulldog in the facemask and was ejected. Tyquwan Glass led Fresno State’s defense. He had one interception and made many other key plays, including breaking up a potential touchdown pass in the end zone. “It was super close,” Glass said.

“We were fighting. Kept fighting. Never gave up. We went through a little adversity, and it just came down to the wire, and the reason why it hurt so much is because everybody was putting their all into it, and just to see that block, it just hurt everybody.” With this loss, Fresno State is now the last remaining team of the 128 FBS schools to not beat another FBS opponent this season – Fresno State’s lone win came against lower tier FCS school Sacramento State. Before Saturday, the Bulldogs and Kansas were the only teams without an FBS win, but Kansas beat Texas 24-21, leaving Fresno State all alone. The Bulldogs have one more chance to pick up that elusive FBS victory. Fresno State hosts San Jose State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. It is the last time the seniors will play in Bulldog Stadium, and they want more than ever to finish their careers on a high note.

“I can’t harp on it enough. This next week is huge, and this next week we’re going to take everything that just happened and fuel this fire, because this isn’t just a game for the end of the year. This isn’t just a game for me, Tyquwan, Jeff, all the seniors. This is a game for Fresno State coming up,” Kline said. “This is huge, because this sets the tone for the entire offseason and entire next season. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve seen it happen with other programs.” “This game is huge, this next game, so if there’s anything that’s going to be established coming Sunday, Monday, throughout the week, is that this week and this game, Fresno State is bigger than yourself, and you have to understand how huge it is for the seniors, for the university, for the program, for everybody, for the fans,” Kline said. “I think that’s going to be our job – that’s our job to do, and carry the torch, pass it on to the guys.”



Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

Fresno State 3 Utah State 1

Hawaii 14 Fresno State 13

Fresno State 83 Lamar 64

CSUN 61 Fresno State 57

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a flashy end-to-end dunk that got the crowd going. Senior forward Paul Watson scored 17 points and also had some highlight-reel plays. Watson was again a critical player as he had been in the previous two games. He had an amazing put back dunk, and followed it up shortly with an emphatic slam over a Lamar player. “Once I saw the lane, I just

thought, ‘Take off,’” Watson said. Guard Jahmel Taylor and center Terrell Carter II had great games on both ends of the court. Taylor had 16 points and made 4-of-6 3-point attempts. Carter had 15 points and six rebounds, and he played an integral role in Fresno State’s physicality in the paint. Overall, the Bulldogs had an excellent shooting performance, making 56.6 percent of their shots. Their defense stifled La-

mar, holding the Cardinals to only 40.4 percent shooting. Once Fresno State took a 14-12 lead with 10:34 left in the first half, it never trailed again. Although the Bulldogs led for the rest of the game, Lamar pulled within four points with 7:41 left. That was as close as Lamar would get. Fresno State reeled off a 13-0 run to pull away and seal the win. Fresno State forward Sam Bittner did not show up much in the

box score, but he was as important as any player on the court Saturday. Bittner came off the bench to provide excellent defense, and he made great offensive plays with his ball movement. Fresno State next plays its first away game of the season on Tuesday against CSU Bakersfield. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs continue their road trip at Oregon State on Friday before returning home Nov. 30 to play Menlo College.

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VOLLEYBALL from Page 8 The third set saw eight ties. Tied at 21, Fresno State scored the four points needed to secure the set with a pair of kills by redshirt freshman setter Madelyn Halteman. The final set was hardfought as it featured 16 ties and six match-point chances for the Bulldogs. With the score at 31-30, a kill by Coates secured the victory. “We were shaky in the beginning of the match, and I just knew that they were going to come around. They settled in and they started fighting,” head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell said. “I love seeing the seniors just play and not think too much, and that is what Aleisha Coates did. She was an amazing outside hitter tonight. She had a great match.” Coates led the Bulldogs with 23 kills, one shy of her career record, and added 12 digs, three solo blocks and two service aces. Libero Eppright added 21 digs for her third match this season and setter Legeaux added 16 assists, seven digs and one kill. “We would not have wanted to go out any other way than with a win and winning after a tough few matches,” Eppright said. The Bulldogs (14-14) finish their season on Tuesday traveling to San Jose State to take on the 12-16 Spartans at 6 p.m.






Resurgence Recognition

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Fresno State guard Jaron Hopkins (#1) soars to the rim in the ’Dogs 83-64 victory against the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.

From left: Seniors Maggie Eppright (#23), Brooke Legeaux (#14) and Aleisha Coates (#3) are recognized at the Save Mart Center for Senior Salute Night before Wednesday’s game against the Utah State Aggies.

Bulldogs bounce back in win over Cards

’Dogs shine on Senior Salute Night

By Daniel Gligich | @DanielGligich The Fresno State men’s basketball team bounced back in a dominant way, picking up an 83-64 win against the visiting Lamar Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. In their previous game, the Bulldogs struggled to play good defense and play physical on both ends of the court, but that was not the case against Lamar. “I was really pleased with our effort and energy today,” head coach Rodney Terry said. “That was the one thing I felt in our last contest, we didn’t have great


Kroening’s kick blocked, Red Wave leaves shocked

energy and activity, especially defensively. I thought today our guys came out with great intensity defensively – they were engaged; they were talking; communicating; and we had much better effort in that regard.” Guard Jaron Hopkins led the Bulldogs with 23 points and provided great defense, racking up a game-high five steals. Hopkins was locked in all game and had


By Jenna Wilson | @fsjennawilson The Fresno State volleyball team defeated Utah State 3-1 on Wednesday evening at its Senior Salute Night at the Save Mart Center with standout performances by the team’s graduating seniors, Aleisha Coates, Maggie Eppright and Brooke Legeaux. After dropping the first set 25-20, the ’Dogs bounced back to defeat the Aggies in three straight hard-fought sets 25-23, 25-22, 32-30. The ’Dogs fell behind 20-8 in the first


By Daniel Gligich | @DanielGligich Fresno State was right there, but could not catch a break in a 14-13 loss to Hawaii, extending its losing streak to nine games – longest in the nation. After leading for most of the game, the Bulldogs gave up a touchdown run with 59 seconds left, giving Hawaii the one-point advantage. On the arm of starting quarterback Zach Kline, the Bulldogs put together a drive like none other all season – nine plays for 49 yards in only 54 seconds. The Bulldogs were finally in a position to win. It was all set up for kicker Kody Kroen-

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Hawai’i celebrates after Fresno State kicker Kody Kroening (#48) has his potential game-winning field goal blocked resulting in a 14-13 loss for the Bulldogs on Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.

set, but a 9-2 run trimmed the Aggies’ lead. Despite cutting the lead to five, the Bulldogs could not hang on and lost the set by that margin. Down 23-21 in the second set, the Bulldogs came out of a timeout and managed to tie the set with kills by Coates and Haile Watson. Two Utah State attack errors gave the ’Dogs the advantage and tied the match 1-1.


ing to win the game as time expired with a 43-yard field goal. Kroening had only missed one field goal in 16 attempts this season, and that was in the first game. After a Hawaii timeout to ice the kicker, Fresno State was ready to pick up an elusive victory. The players locked arms and kneeled on the sideline – some said prayers as they waited for the most important play of the game. It was over fast. Kroening’s kick was blocked, dashing all hope Fresno State had to leave Bulldog Stadium happy. The Bulldogs left dejected once again. “It just burns because these kids are working really hard. They really are, and you just like for it to pay off for them on a Saturday afternoon one time. I’m really proud of them. Great effort. They fought,” interim

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