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It may be fall, but this greenery doesn’t change


Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

The misters inside this greenhouse refresh the plants inside one of the horticulture greenhouses on Oct. 9, 2017. The misters go off every minute or so to keep plants hydrated.


here is a place on campus where students can get their fix on student-produced plants and produce. It’s the Fresno State Horticulture Nursery. The nursery is part of Fresno State’s 1,011-acre farm. It produces house and landscape plants, trimmed flowers and vegetables. And it’s all for sale and good for use within the farm. “All of our plants are grown here, so they’re acclimated to our area,” said Calliope Correia, an instructional support technician at the nursery. “We focus on drought tolerance and things that are happy in Fresno, so it’s a good place for the community to come out to buy stuff.” The variety of plants and vegetables are sold directly to the Gibson Farm Market and also during some sale periods each semester. The public can view and purchase the plants sales typically held on Saturdays. The first pop-up sale of the semester took place on Sept. 30, and sales brought in $5,000 in revenue with vegetables and houseplants being the most popular items. By Hayley Salazar “All the money that we raise from sales goes back into @Hayley_Salazar the farm so that it can be supported financially to be there for students who come out for labs and to get hands-on experience,” Correia said. Correia focuses on horticultural therapy, which is facilitated gardening and plant-based activities by a trained therapist to obtain a therapeutic goal, as defined by the American Horticultural Therapy Association. The nursery at Fresno State has been an ideal environment for her to continue exploring the therapeutic gardening concept.


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Quarterback Marcus McMaryion on Oct. 10. A Dinuba High graduate returns to the Valley after transferring from Oregon State to Fresno State.

Home is where the heart is By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2

Fresno State quarterback Marcus McMaryion’s amatuer football journey began and will most likely end in the Central Valley. Throughout the way there was that detour to Oregon State. McMaryion, a Dinuba native, still remembers not being offered a scholarship by Fresno State during his senior year at Dinuba High School. “I think it’s crazy how God works. You didn’t think you were gonna play here at all, then come around your junior year and you have two years left to play in the Valley,” he said. “It’s a blessing for sure, that’s the only way I can describe it.” His first two years of collegiate

availability were spent at Oregon State, where he started seven games over the span of two years. He chose to transfer to Fresno State after Jake Luton was named the starter for the Beavers this season. McMaryion came to the Bulldogs in pursuit of playing time, and he found it — taking the starting job from Chason Virgil four weeks into the season. He also found immense support from the community, something missing for the past three years. “I expected some excitement, but just the response I’ve gotten from the Valley and the Dinuba community is just unreal and unbelievable,” the junior said. “It’s definitely pushing me that much more every day knowing how

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ASI vote was the wrong way to go By The Collegian Editorial Board @TheCollegian

Last week, after offering the paper for free to all students for at least 10 years, Associated Students, Inc. ended its contract with The Fresno Bee. Though price negotiations ended with The Bee compromising to lower the price to 15 cents for 400 papers, ASI unanimously voted to cut ties with The Bee and is now looking for new alternatives for a new readership program on campus. Yes, unanimously. This means that the

senator for the arts and humanities also agreed to end the readership program with The Bee. We believe the student leader in college of the arts and humanities should stick to promoting different media, especially when that college houses the journalism department. The ASI senate singularly made the decision. They did not bring it to a vote with their constituents – students. This is an executive decision we believe should be reversed. Our reasons are the following: Students in the media, communications and journalism department of the college of arts and humanities are amongst the

students most affected by this decision. Staffers at The Collegian look to The Bee for industry learning and this decision makes it harder for them to pick up a paper. Faculty might have also used The Bee in their classes. ASI plans to widen use their readership program to contract larger newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Supporting those papers does nothing to stimulate our local economy, and how much local or Fresno State news is likely to appear in those publications? Why is student government opting out of supporting local business?

Also, The Bee is a staple of the community, going so far as to sponsor events in the city for the community and at Fresno State. Now more than ever, local newspapers are suffering and rely on large accounts like that of Fresno State’s to boost business. Why would ASI vote to end that support? How many ASI members actually read The Bee? There are many questions that arise from ASI’s decision. But we believe that their decision to end negotiations with the largest newspaper in the region does not make sense.


The Collegiate Guide to Financial Literacy: Cars By Conrad Kimball @fs_entrepeneur

Every time I look at the Fresno State parking lot, I always wonder: How do students afford to buy their cars? Some ideas of how they could are that their parents love them, are secretly rich, leased their car or make payments. There are obviously other ways to own a car, but buying or leasing a car can be one of the most important financial decisions you make in college. That’s why it is important to know the impact your decision will make on the piggy bank. If you need a car, there are three alternatives to consider: buying new, buying used or leasing. Alternative 1: Buying a new car. According to, one of the big three credit scoring agencies, the average car price is at $32,000. Gulp. For our purposes, let’s cut that price in half, and say that we, as

college students, are looking for a car around $16,000. What would the financial implications be in purchasing a car around that price? The first important thing to note is that the sticker price of a car is not the actual cost of the car. This is an important distinction. You may walk out of the dealership thinking you got an amazing deal at $16,000, but in reality, the auto loans you take out will add up to more than you might think. We’ll come back to auto loans. If you were only to pay off the $16,000 (excluding the interest on a loan), you would be paying about $267 a month for the next five years. Five years! That means even if you are a freshman, you wouldn’t be done making payments until you graduated. What could an extra $267 a month buy you? Some basic examples are a month’s worth of groceries, a utility bill or even cover part of your rent. These are just some of the options, and we

haven’t even taken into account what you’ll pay with interest. What would the car payment look like with a 5 percent interest rate on that $16,000 if you paid it off over five years? Every month you would be paying $302. The total amount of that $16,000 car would end up being $18,116. If buying a new car isn’t a good choice for you, what about leasing? Alternative 2: Leasing a car. You pay for the heaviest depreciation of the car, are not allowed to keep the car after said depreciation, and have costly mileage limits. Here is the only reason to lease a car while on a college budget: to look cool and impress friends. If you have ever heard the phrase “new cars lose a lot of their value once driven off the lot” you have heard correctly. If you lease a car, guess who is paying for that lost value? You! So buying and leasing a car may not be the

best options. What else can you do? Alternative 3: Buying a used car. I know. Used cars are not sexy. In fact, they are probably one of the unsexiest things to purchase. You know what is sexy though? Having a bank account with actual money in it! Let’s say you were able to get a used car with decent gas mileage, without too many miles and air conditioning (a must in Fresno) for around $6,000 with a 5 percent interest rate. Everyone’s financial situation is different. If you can afford to buy a new car and really need one for whatever reason (safety reasons, comfort, etc.), then buy a new car and enjoy it! If you are operating on a college budget and are looking to pay for a car while still being able to pay for rent, tuition, books and food, a used car will be a lot nicer to the old piggy bank. Have specific financial questions? Send them here to:

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Fall Festival at Gibson Farm Market set for Oct. 21 Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

The misters refresh the plants inside one of the horticulture greenhouses on Oct. 9, 2017. The misters go off every minute or so to keep plants hydrated.

HORTICULTURE from Page 1 “We have kids with disabilities that come out and plant gardens,” she said. “We do a garden at the children’s hospital, and then I do gardens in prisons.” The idea is to get gardens planted in the community, Correia said. “It’s very healing to get out and work and [to] get dirty,” she said. “There’s actually bacteria in the soil that releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel better.” But Correia said her favorite part of the job is working with Fresno State students and seeing their outlook on plants evolve. Crestina Batchelor was one of those students who had an evolving outlook on plants. She now works as a student assistant while

continuing school for her teaching credential. Batchelor grew up on a dairy farm where, she said, ag was all around her. But, after taking a ornamental horticulture course, she got a newfound appreciation for horticulture. “[The course] kind of helped me when I took the class last spring to realize how cool it is to watch something being planted, three days later a pop up, and a week from there it’s flowering and blooming. It’s crazy,” she said. “It just helped me realize how much plant science is really hands-on and benefits me to know more than I did before.” Batchelor conducted a tour through the different glass houses, each of which holds plants and vegetables at various stages of their development. Inside the warm, sun-lit nurseries are

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rows of “six packs” – planting containers with six inserts – all with various lengths of thin green strands reaching toward the sun. After the seeds are planted and the roots have something to hold onto in the soil, the plants are moved to a greenhouse with a controlled atmosphere to aid growth. The mothers of all houseplants, literally, are held in what staff members refer to as the “Mother House.” These plants are the only group in the nursery not up for sale. Instead they’re used for the cuttings that students need to grow even more houseplants. The tour of the nursery ended outside the central work area, next to a small, shaded courtyard with benches. “You don’t have to be ag students to go and look at things on the farm,” Batchelor

said. “The facilities are designed to be opened to the public, to educate the public.” Educating students of all ages how to get more people interested in the affairs of local agriculture, Batchelor said. “Ag is so concerned about people knowing our business that we forget to educate the public,” she said. The more kids know at a younger age, the more they become interested.” And Batchelor encouraged community members that are interested in agriculture and horticulture to ask questions about the gardening process because their “question is never dumb.” The Horticultural Nursery will be selling its greenery at the Fall Festival at the Gibson Farm Market on Oct. 21.

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Former student performs at The Big Fresno Fair By Christian Mattos & Hayley Salazar @ChrisssyMattos, @Hayley_Salazarr

A musical act at The Big Fresno Fair this year is a familiar face. Local musician and former Fresno State student Travis Brooks will play at the fair through Oct. 15.

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Brooks, a Hanford native, performed with his blues band Saltwater last Friday at the fair, and performs his solo act at the fair’s Blue Moon Yosemite Station each day. “I really enjoy playing blues and folk music. That’s what I’ve really stuck to, and my original music is very rooted in blues and folk music, as well,” said Brooks, 33. During his solo gigs, Brooks plays the guitar, harmonica and a homemade stomp box as a kick drum. He also performs with other musicians in the Valley, playing the banjo, slide guitar and electric guitar. For performances at places like the Fresno Fair, Brooks tends to play more cover songs people are familiar with, and he throws in a few original pieces during the set, he said. He sings songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Neil Young and Tom Petty. One of Brooks’ favorite songs to perform is “I Can’t Be Satisfied” by Muddy Waters, which he plays at an upbeat tempo. He also enjoys playing his original song “Woman With No Name,” a folk-country tune that follows a man waiting in

a bar for an unnamed lover. Brooks said he loves the reaction he gets from people when he performs, no matter how small or large the crowd is. “The feeling stays the same, and that’s why I feel like it’s good for me to keep doing it,” he said. “If the fire isn’t really dying, I might as well just keep going until it starts to dim down a little bit. Then I might change my course.” Brooks was excited to be brought back to the fair this year after the “changing of the guard” transition the Fresno Fair experienced when it decided to hire acts in house rather than going through an entertainment agency, he said. He said he spent a lot of time emailing people, trying to make sure his name would come up in the lineup of performances at the fair. He contacted the right people to be hired again. “I play pretty much everywhere and anywhere I can,” Brooks said. “I’ve always been really, really enthralled with music. It’s something that’s always been a part of my life.” Brooks first became interested in music in elementary school,

where he was required to take music classes. “[In fourth grade] I had a really good music teacher, and he changed my life forever in a really good way,” he said. “He kind of made me fall in love with music, and I’ve been playing ever since.” Brooks said he played the trumpet and French horn throughout high school. He went on to attend Fresno City College and studied music composition before transferring to Fresno State. He focused on the French horn, learning and growing as a musician, and spent two years as a member of the Bulldog Marching Band. “I’ll never forget that time that I had there,” he said. “That’s really important for me. I don’t really promote too much that I’m a Fresno State [alumnus], but I probably should. It’s really cool. I hope that I represent the school in a positive way.” Though he said he hasn’t touched a French horn in over a decade, he thinks about maybe picking up the instrument again when he’s a little older and has





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more free time. Brooks gave a laugh when asked what inspires his lyrical content. “It’s funny because a lot of times, I read something or I see something that really inspires me,” he said. “I’ve had a pretty simple life, nothing too extravagant, nothing too crazy, so my life is a little boring, so I can’t really say that I’ve gained from personal knowledge.” While Brooks said that he had his “fair share of heartache,” most of his life has been positive. Unlike the many musicians who draw from the negative aspects of their lives, Brooks says he focuses on experiences of many aspects. The writing process for Brooks involves thinking of an idea and finding the right words to convey that idea. Inspiration for the tracks on “Blackwater Flow,” the debut album by his band Saltwater, came from the time spent in Mississippi during his early 20s. “That’s where I really learned to understand and love the blues music,” he said. “Just learning about the culture [of Mississippi] and the vibe that they have and the types of music that they play all the way down to the dingy, grungy bars that I played in. All sorts of things kind of gave me that inspiration to write that record in that way.” It was after college and his time in Mississippi that Brooks came back to the Riverdale-Hanford area of his youth, where he met his wife and settled down. “Right about that time, I was very unhappy with the job that I was at, and I was already playing music on the weekends and

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stuff,” he said. “I just talked to my wife and told her that I think I could do this full time, and she’s been very supportive of that and said, ‘Yeah, you’ve got six months to do it,’ and that was 2 1/2 years ago.” Brooks said that while he does some traveling for shows, he chooses to remain rooted in the Central Valley community where his family and wife’s family live. Though Hanford may lack a variety of live-music venues, Brooks, along with other

musicians from Hanford, is working to create a scene within the community. It doesn’t matter the music or genre they play. It’s just about supporting local musicians, he said. “[Local musicians] do it for us. They do it for you. They do it for me, for the love of music, and that’s why I truly think that the more that people stick around in their scene and create that scene together, the better off a community will be,” Brooks said. Brooks has a simple piece of advice for

students looking to break into the industry: Friends and fellow musicians are probably the best thing musicians can have in the music world. “For me, I would tell them that you just gotta get out there and put yourself out there no matter what, no matter what you think, what you may think about yourself or what you may think of what other people may think of you,” he said. Finding a fitting atmosphere to play in is also a factor Brooks considers as a musician. “Goldstein’s [Mortuary & Delicatessen in Fresno] is probably one of my favorite places,” he said. “I like that there’s no TVs there. When people are there, they’re there either to listen to one another or listen to live music. For me, that’s a really solid environment for a musician like myself to get somewhere and be a part of.” Brooks said he also enjoys playing at Lush, a small wine bar in Hanford because, like Goldstein’s, there’s no TV. “The environment that you get with not just some bright screen playing live sports or whatever the case may be, it’s much more fitting for an atmosphere for a musician to come in and do their thing,” Brooks said. An audience’s ability to identify truth and reality in people is something Brooks finds spectators latch onto during a performance. “I think people are always striving for something real in their lives,” he said. “And when they can sit in a bar with no TVs and then a guy comes out there and just pours his heart out, it really, truly can take ahold of anybody.”

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Designs begin for Victor E.’s stage By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2

Victor E. Bulldog III strutted his paws during a meet and greet Tuesday morning. Participants in the “Victor E. Bulldog III Design Challenge” met the live mascot to better understand the requirements of the stage they are volunteering to design. The challenge asks Fresno State students to design a stage for Victor E. One that can safely elevate the mascot for those who have a problem kneeling low to the ground. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize. “Right now, when we go to events, everybody has to get down onto his level,” said Asheline Beeson, community relations and new media coordinator for the Fresno State Alumni Association. “We’ve noticed that with older fans, girls in dresses or even someone who is nicely dressed, doesn’t want to get their knees dirty. Lifting him up will allow easier access for everybody.” Victor E. was at the foyer of the Engineering East Building for participants to come and measure him. Also, the car in which the stage will be carried was on display, so students were free to take measurements of the trunk space that would be used for the winning stage. Beeson said she hopes Tuesday’s event is helpful to those creating a design, especially to those who are visual learners. “We gave them a creative brief and wrote

everything down, but we have different kinds of learners,” Beeson said. “Some people read something and get it right away. Some people need to see it.” That creative brief provided contestants with what is required for the stage. These requirements included portability, durability, functionality and safety. Beeson said 15 to 20 people were at the event. Many spent a lot of their time asking the Alumni Association employees questions about Victor E. and the car. Dillon Alameda, a civil engineering major, said the event was helpful in several aspects. “It gives the students an idea of what Victor E. is about, promoting school spirit,” Alameda said. “And you kind of get an idea of exactly how the design needs to be portable and other certain mandatory things that they want.” Srikanth Varemearudrarehau, a mechanical engineering graduate student, said the event convinced him to participate in the competition. “It is motivating me. I was thinking whether or not to participate. Now with these conversations with [the Alumni Association employees], I have decided to participate,” Varemearudrarehau said. Students have until Nov. 15 to submit their three-page design narratives. Five finalists will be selected on Dec. 1. Judges will review the designs on Dec. 8. And a winner will be selected during finals week.

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‘I just hope to leave a legacy’ PROFILE from Page 1 many people are behind me.” Supporting McMaryion is his high school football coach, Kevin Scharton. Scharton coached McMaryion for two years on Dinuba’s varsity team. The coach had no shortage of positive things to say about McMaryion. “Team leader, hard worker, gosh, nothing but good things to say about him,” Scharton said. “Whatever sport he was in.” But Scharton made it clear that McMaryion’s efforts extended far beyond the football field and basketball court. McMaryion worked hard in the classroom, never dropping below a 3.75 GPA, and for his community. “He’d take the time to go to the elementary schools and speak to them, maybe drop by during a youth football practice,” Scharton said. “At the elementary schools he would talk to them about making the right decisions or he would play with them.” McMaryion said he does his best to give back to the community. The “Helper Helper” app is his primary source of volunteer hours, he said it makes it easy to be vigilant of any good volunteer opportunities. McMaryion said those actions were a product of the philosophy instilled by Scharton. “[Dinuba High] developed the attitude in me of a hardworking mentality. Not always being the most athletic, fastest or strongest, but no one was going to outwork us,” McMaryion said. “That was something that coach Scharton really prided himself on, so I’m just thankful that I got that attitude and mindset out of that program.” McMaryion said he and Scharton text regularly. Their conversations usually consist of Scharton wishing McMaryion good luck before a game — it’s a tradition that

began during McMaryion’s time as a Beaver and continues into his tenure as a Bulldog. “[The community] is all very happy watching him go out and represent Dinuba,” Scharton said. McMaryion has made one appearance at a Dinuba game, not because he’s neglecting his former high school, but because he’d rather be supporting his little sister at her middle school volleyball games, a luxury he never got to enjoy while at Oregon State. “It’s just really convenient, I mean,



Two Fresno State athletes named Mountain West Players of the Week Ugne Mazutaityte Junior swimmer Ugne Mazutaityte was named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week for the first week of the 2017-18 season. Mazutaityte swam the seventh fastest time in the nation for the 200 backstroke at this week’s Chick-Fil-A Invitational, winning the NCAA B as well as beating out Olympian Robin Neumann for second place in the 100 back. The two-time Mountain West champion also owns the all-time Lithuanian and Fresno State program record times in both the 100 and 200 backstroke.

Juju Hughes Fresno State’s defensive back Juju Hughes has been named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, a first since Kyrie Wilson in 2014. The sophomore racked up six tackles, two for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble, an interception and a quarterback hurry in the win last Saturday against San Jose State.

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Junior quarterback Marcus McMaryion making his second-straight start against the Spartans this past Saturday at San Jose State. The ‘Dogs winning 27-10 regained the Valley Trophy.

more than anything it’s just convenient,” McMaryion said of the distance between Dinuba and Fresno. McMaryion has so much to prove in his remaining time in collegiate football. “I just hope to leave a legacy, to have a memorable 2017-2018 campaign,” McMaryion said. “Whether I’m throwing five touchdowns or no touchdowns, the No. 1 goal is to keep the wins coming in.” He has led the team to consecutive conference victories over Nevada and San Jose

State. The latter was special for McMaryion because of the Valley Trophy the team brought home. “It was good. It was exciting. Definitely, I know it means a lot to the community,” he said. “Really we just did it for all of our seniors — guys like Aaron Mitchell that have been here for a long time that haven’t been able to bring it home.” The homecoming game against New Mexico on Saturday is next for McMaryion and the Bulldogs.

Media day creates buzz By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

Media day for the upcoming men’s basketball and wrestling seasons took place Tuesday at the Save Mart Center, and it’s safe to say, there is a buzz generating around both teams. The men’s basketball head coach Rodney Terry is preparing to build off a 20-13 record and an impressive 13-2 at home, while newly appointed wrestling coach Troy Steiner starts from scratch.


Although the ‘Dogs basketball team had a winning record, the team finished fourth last year with a record of 11-7 in the Mountain West Conference. Losing three of their seniors, Karachi Edo, Paul Watson and Cullen Russo, the team is in safe hands. With leading scorers Jaron Hopkins and Deshone Taylor returning to the fold, the ‘Dogs’ punch remains. In fact, sophomore Bryson Williams’ development is a key storyline moving forward. It opens its exhibition series on Oct. 30 against Pacific Union College before it jets off to Mexico for two weeks to feature in the 2017 Cancun Challenge.

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Sophomore wrestler Isaiah Hokit during media day on Oct. 10, 2017.


Creating a foundation for a successful wrestling program starts with a vision, Steiner said. “It is like life in a lot of ways, there are struggles,” Steiner said before their first

practice. “Bringing a new program back in this first year recruiting, we have nothing to sell, no facilities, no workout partners and a lot of it was Coach Israel Silva and myself and really selling the vision of this program.” The 19 athlete roster will be consisting of 14 freshman, three sophomores and two juniors. Most of those freshmen are transfers from other collegiate programs. AJ Nevills, a Clovis High grad and former Penn State Nittany Lion, returns home. “Personally, I am very excited to be back out on the mat competing,” Nevills said. “We have a lot of fans who are excited to see what kind of team we have and we want to go out there and put on a show for them.” His teammate, Isaiah Hokit, revealed his excitement for the program after 11 years. “It is very exciting,” Hokit said. “Being from this area, I know a lot of people are really excited about it coming back. I know we will get a lot of other people from around the state of California to come out and support as well.” The ‘Dogs’ opener on Nov. 17 against Illinois is a date everyone is looking forward to, Nevills said. “It’s on the front of my mind everyday and I can’t wait to get out there and compete.”

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