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As night fell, A courage rose SEXUAL ASSAULT
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Benjamin Cruz • The Collegian
A group of women hold signs at the 38th annual Take Back The Night event at Fresno State on Oct. 24, 2017. Take Back The Night is an international event that raises awareness to end domestic, sexual and relationship violence.
Students lead New Student Union campaign By Jessica Johnson and Razmik Cañas @iamjesslj, @Raz_Canas
A campaign promoting a new student union is underway at Fresno State, after a separate, but similar, campaign last semester failed. This semester, student leaders like Juan Guzman, member of the New Student Union Leadership Committee and graduate student, say they’ve learned a few new things. Guzman said last year’s “Bold New U” campaign was led by a few student leaders as well as the Fresno State administration. This time, the administration has stepped out of the picture, he said. During last semester’s referendum, 1,846 students voted “no” while 1,217 voted “yes.” But Guzman said that a need for more student space remained. Student leaders then decided to search for reasons why the Bold New U referendum was voted down, he said. “Our first question was ‘Why? – Why didn’t this pass?’” he said. The student leaders conducted listening groups in May and throughout the
summer. The last group was heard from in September. Nine sessions were held for about 200 students, according to Guzman. Three of those sessions were open to all students. The other six included Dog Days orientation leaders, student staff from the Stu-
Rendering of the proposed New Student Union.
dent Recreation Center and University Courtyard, as well as a few university Greek chapters and clubs. Guzman said the students expressed concern about the cost of the Bold New U,
See CAMPUS, Page 3
New Student Union website
s the sun set over the Henry Madden Library Tuesday, male and female students huddled together, encircling the Free Speech Area. They were waiting for night to fall. Since the beginning of the semester, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center and the Women’s Alliance had been planning this night as the night to “Take Back the Night.” The event was aimed at raising awareness of sexual, domestic and other forms of abuse. Ayriese Smith, vice president of the Women’s Alliance, said the event was a reclamation of nighttime for those who have been assaulted not just on campus, but elsewhere as well. “One of our chants is ‘We have the right to not be afraid of the night,’” Smith said. “We have the right to be able to walk around our college campus and not be fearful. We have the right to be here and be safe.” The theme for the night, “The Time to Act is Now,” came with an urgency for students who attended to begin being active in their fight against forms of abuse on campus. “Each of us truly has the power to make difference,” Ashley Juskalian, president of Women’s Alliance, said. Juskalian asked students to take out their phones and other devices to take images of the event and to tweet them to Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. The goal: to raise awareness of understaffing in regards to Title IX on campus in regards to the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is a part of the United States’ Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions, public or private, that receive federal funds. There is currently only one interim Title IX coordinator on staff at Fresno State. Supporters of the night included organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Marjaree Mason Center, each with their own table with pamphlets and representatives giving information to interested students. “I heard about [this event] two or three years ago when I took a [general education] women’s studies class,” Summer al-Hamdani, a fourth-year math and biomedical physics major, said. Al-Hamdani hoped to learn more from the different organizations during the night. Other organizations also joined the event, such as Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, which supported the Raging Grannies, a singing group. Together they sang humorous songs that were critical of comments made against women. Nicole Linder, executive director of the Marjaree Mason Center, shared the story of Marjaree Mason as well as her own experiences as a Fresno State alumna. Linder said domestic violence is an issue of control and that “there is no rush in life.” She asked attendees to take their time when it comes to being in relationships with other people. The night culminated in a protest march, in which students walked around the campus to visit emergency poles. If the night did anything for Elizabeth Castillo, a volunteer for the event and political science major, it was finding the courage to speak up about abuse. “I just feel like people need to know about this issue and feel like they’re not alone,” Castillo said. “Before this I thought I was [alone], and now seeing these statistics really helps me feel like there’s a cause.”
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Failure is your friend By Conrad Kimball @FS_entrepreneur
When you decide to start a business as a student, you have to realize one important thing – you don’t know anything. The truth is, most students will never take a “how to start a business 101” class because we’re all busy trying to pass our regular classes. If you are interested in starting a business – especially if you’re planning on starting a business in college – the best advice I can give you is to realize that you are going to fail. Entrepreneurship, no matter what anyone tells you, is about persistence. If you are willing to work through an idea and stay focused enough to see that idea through, you will be successful, even if the final product wasn’t your original idea. Persistence will lead you to the right answer over time and bring opportunities that were never in the original business plan. Life, and the business, will have peaks and valleys as you try to figure out how to navigate the real world while continuing to improve your work processes and output for your customers or clients. As an entrepreneur, especially a student entrepreneur, you can’t possibly know all the aspects about running a business, the sooner you realize that fact is the sooner you’ll start looking for help from mentors and strategic partners – a key to business. I started my business, UNICO Marketing LLC, on the idea that businesses
hadn’t started to realize how effective Snapchat could be for their business. My first idea was to upload a Snapchat filter over a business and then go out and promote the filter directly to the customers. This means that for the first client we had, I created signs, graphics, flyers, digital creatives, and posters all trying to get customers to use our Snapchat filter. We had 14 people use our Snapchat filter that day. When you start a business, there are registration and filing fees, graphics and printing fees, website hosting fees and the list goes on. At that point, I had put in everything I had from my bank account into the business. If no one used the Snapchat filters, essentially, I had put all my money into a marketing business that didn’t market. Luckily, my client stuck with me, and he was willing to pay for an annual filter over his location, which means that the Snapchat filter would be over his location an entire year. That was five months ago and he is still our client to this day. I encourage everyone who is looking to become an entrepreneur to fail hard and fast, because once you fail, you will be one step closer to the right solution. “The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” – Thomas J Watson Sr., Founder of IBM. If you’re interested in Entrepreneurship, come join the Entrepreneurship Club! All majors welcome, you can find us on Facebook: @CEOfresnostate You can send me questions here: @FS_entrepreneur
Conrad Kimball, president of the Entrepreneurship Club and founder of UNICO Marketing LLC, poses on the grand opening of Rita’s, a local business who is a customer of UNICO.
Jordan Bradley • The Collegian
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
THE COLLEGIAN • NEWS
National Park fees could double
Brian vander Brug • Los Angeles Times/TNS
Traffic is at a standstill and visitors are out of their cars on the valley floor while a bus lane is empty and off-limits to visitors at Yosemite National Park on July 15, 2017.
By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas The Trump administration announced Tuesday that the entrance fee to 17 national parks may be increased up to $70 per car.
The parks include Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the increase will go toward maintenance costs such as repairing roads, bathrooms and campgrounds. The potential fee increase would af-
fect the parks during “peak season” when attendance is highest. The remaining months would stay at the regular price. The current price to enter the park is $25 to $30 per car. A final decision by Zinke will be made within the next few months.
New USU campaign focuses on student concerns CAMPUS from Page 1 projected at $80 million. Now, the new student union is projected to cost $60 million, with hopes to raise $15 million in private donations. Guzman said the marketing of the Bold New U may have led to the failed vote. He said the administration may have pushed for the Bold New U without considering student concerns about parking and classroom upgrades. About thirty student leaders make up the committee on the New USU. It includes students from the Student Involvement Office, the USU board of directors, and Associated Students, Inc. Guzman said ASI collected data through a survey that was available to students for three weeks. And last year, ASI also added the Bold New U referendum to the voting ballot. Blake Zante, ASI President and member of the New USU leadership committee, hopes the new project moves forward. “I was very disappointed that the Bold New U didn’t pass at first, but also in a way I’m glad it didn’t pass,” Zante said. “It brought a lot of concerns to light that lots of students were having very valid concerns on our campus.” He said he wants the New USU to represent what the campus actually wants. Zante plans to address concerns students might have about the new project and other cam-
"Not only do we want a product that all students are happy with, but we also want a product that all students vote for and approve of." — Blake Zante, ASI President pus issues that may set this project back. “Not only do we want a product that all students are happy with, but we also want a product that all students vote for and approve of,” Zante said. Both ASI and the New USU board hope to improve another issue from last year – student voter turnout. About 14 percent of the campus voted last year, Zante said. Student leaders are now planning ways to get more students aware and actively participating in the voting process. Ideas include a kickoff event and more than one polling station on campus. A survey released to students earlier this semester asked for what their thoughts for a new student union were and why they might have voted yes or no on the referendum last semester. It also gave students a chance to list what they want in a student union, in terms of services and spaces. About 1,607 students replied to the survey,
Guzman said. “Every single thing embraced by the new student union, from the cost, location features, timeline, it’s all the product of what students told us through the survey,” Guzman said. One of the hindering factors of why the Bold New U did not pass was information surrounding its cost, said Zac Jones, USU Board of Directors chair of budget and operations. The Bold New U fee was proposed to raise the student fee by 3 percent — $200 per semester. Now, it proposes a $149-per-semester fee. The fee, according to the newly launched new student union website, will cover the cost of construction and operation of the new building and will be imposed on students once the building is actually opened. Once the bond or loan is paid off for the proposed student union, the fee advisory committee will revisit the $149 fee and ex-
plore the possibility of reducing the number to “prevent putting unnecessary fees on students.” Student leaders aren’t only focusing their efforts on a new student union. They also took into account issues that students reported through the listening groups and surveys. “Their [students] concerns were outside the USU, and a new USU being built, other than the cost,” Jones said. As far as parking, Jones said the student leaders are working on a bike-share program on campus to help students get from Point A to Point B quicker. To address students’ concerns about classroom upgrades, Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro announced plans to invest $26 million to modernize campus infrastructure at the beginning of the semester, including $11 million going toward classrooms. This money would not go towards the construction of a potential new student union. “Our goal this year is just to bring a little bit more awareness to the different things that Fresno State’s doing to hopefully to alleviate these problems,” Jones said. Jones said the New USU committee wants to do a better job at highlighting the issues expressed by students. He said that solutions are coming. “We want this to be a product the students say yes to, not only some,” Guzman said.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
Academy Award-winner visits campus
Benjamin Cruz • The Collegian
Academy Award-winner Michael Fink, during his presentation on Oct. 20, 2017, in the Speech Arts Building at Fresno State. Fink is a visual effect artist who is known for his work on “Avatar;” “Life of Pi;” “Braveheart;” “Batman Returns” and many more.
By Christian Mattos @ChrisssyMattos
cademy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Michael Fink visited Fresno State last Friday to speak on his time in the film industry and the advancements in the field of visual effects. Fink’s presentation and visit to Fresno was part of the Big Tell Showcase, a mini-documentary film festival focusing on stories about the Central Valley put on by the Central Valley Community Foundation. Fink got his start in film after working as a money manager and then a starving artist. The first film he worked on was “The China Syndrome” in 1977 after a friend offered him a job. He, along with other crew members, built a computer to simulate a nuclear reactor. “The film was on schedule, on budget. It was perfect in every way,” he said. “Everyone was super-collaborative. The script was good. The actors – Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas – the principle cast was spectacular. I’ve been looking ever since to repeat that experience, the on-schedule, on-budget part, along with everyone being nice.” Fink went on to work on “Startrek: The Motion Picture,” “Blade Runner,” “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension,” and “Project X.” He received his first credit as visual effects supervisor for his work on “WarGames” in 1983, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for “Batman Returns” in 1993.
"I can’t watch ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ without cringing all the way through, and those effects were considered fantastic at the time." — Michael Fink Fink won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for the movie “The Golden Compass.” “The interesting thing about ‘Golden Compass’ is the techniques from [this presentation] and the methods we used [and] we developed to make this film are still used,” he said. “There were almost no live-action animals that were used.” Fink explained that he had to animate the animals in the movies as they interacted with human actors, the physical environment and other animated sets and characters. “What you don’t think about are all the reflections and the shadows,” he said. “Animating a character is one thing, but animating a character and making that monkey [in “The Golden Compass”] walk next to Nicole Kidman and look like they’re as much in the film as Nicole Kidman is – that’s where the art is.” Fink said that while his work implementing computer graphics with live action has shown the development of technology over time, he still thinks back to what he might have done differently on past projects. “I still wake up in the middle of the
night about shots I had done 35 years ago,” he said. “I can’t watch ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ without cringing all the way through, and those effects were considered fantastic at the time. Oh my God, they’re embarrassing.” However, Fink is still proud of many of his earlier works, including designing the flux capacitor in “Back to the Future” and animating Nightcrawler in the opening sequence of “X2,” the second “X-Men” film. The process is what makes the films special, he said. “I love preproduction because it’s filled with all the hope and the wonder and the imagined excellentness of everything you’re gonna do,” he said. For art animation major Cadence Calvert, hearing from Fink provided good insight into the industry. “I want to go into movies, and so you gotta take whatever opportunities you can to learn about it and make connections,” Calvert said. She said she has seen many movies Fink worked on, and though some of the effects are less modern, much of the animation has held up over time. “I thought that it was very useful to get
a perspective by someone who has worked in the industry for a long time, has seen it change and has a good feel for where it is right now and just to be aware of the changes that are going on right now, where the technology is, where it’s headed,” she said. Calvert said her biggest takeaway was to make friends within the industry and to be versatile. “You gotta learn photography. You gotta learn the computer programs. You gotta learn the art stuff, all the lighting and pick up as much as you can,” she said. “And, of course, everything comes down to the story.” Paul Luna, a junior majoring in media, communications and journalism, said he was attracted to the event for both a class assignment and potential career advice. “I’ve always wanted to get into film, and you always just kind of look at what’s in front of you and take that for granted. But really getting opportunities like this to see what goes on behind the screen makes you see the hard work that goes into it,” he said. “It also goes to show how great [Fink] is because he takes into consideration all those little details.” Luna said he attended another workshop as part of the Big Tell Showcase, and he appreciated Fink explaining that work in film can be done anywhere. “It just seems really far-fetched when you tell somebody that you want to get into film and stuff, and having people from that profession come in and let you know that it’s possible. It kind of helps broaden your horizons and see that there’s more,” Luna said.
THE COLLEGIAN • A&E
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
This Week in Entertainment Moctesuma Esparza to visit campus Fresno State will honor award-winning producer Moctesuma Esparza on the 20th anniversary of his film “Selena” during a fundraiser celebration at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Maya Cinemas. Reservations for the private reception are $60 and include admission to a viewing of the film at 7 p.m. and movie treats. For reservations: http://bit.ly/Selena-Anniversary. Proceeds will support students of the Dream Success Center at Fresno State, known as Dreamers. Student tickets for just the film viewing are $6. There will also be free festivities for the general public sponsored by Student Involvement from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Campus Pointe that will include dancing, a live singer, performances and a Selena look-a-like contest. Prior to the 20th anniversary celebration, Esparza will take part in a lecture and Q&A in North Gym Room 118 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information on these events, contact Yvette Angeles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-278-7137.
‘Native Son’ opens Friday Fresno State University Theatre presents its second show of the 2017-2018 season, “Native Son,” by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from the novel by Richard Wright, directed by Thomas Whit-Ellis. Opening night is Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre. The production will run Oct. 27 through Nov. 4. For specific times, dates and ticket prices, visit fresnostate.edu/theatrearts or contact the box office at 559-278-2216 or email@example.com. Due to adult language and themes, “Native Son” is intended for mature audiences only.
CineCulture to screen ‘Nowhere to Hide’ CineCulture presents a screening of “Nowhere to Hide” with a discussion led by director and writer Zaradasht Ahmed on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium. The film runs for 86 minutes, is in Arabic with English subtitles and is free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
TALK students host workshop for local authors By Matthew Roby @MattRoby__
Alejandro Soto • The Collegian
Fresno State Public Relations students Nancy Barragan (Center) and Stephanie Torralva (Left) teach Susan Lowe (Right), a local author, how to use twitter during the Sassy Scribes digital marketing workshop on Oct. 24, 2017.
When a group of local authors realized they knew “very little” about marketing, they turned to a Fresno State professor who might know a thing or two. The Sassy Scribes group reached out to Public Relations professor Betsy Hays and students from TALK, a student-run public relations firm advised by Hays, for tips on digital marketing. Then, a workshop was put together. “I went up to her [Hays] and said, ‘I have a bunch of old ladies who don’t know anything about social media and we would love to have you help us,’” said local author Lynda Bulla. The authors, known as Sassy Scribes, is a group of 10 women who meet and critique each other’s work. “Any author now that is published is given the task of getting out there and doing their own marketing,” said local author Susan Lowe. During the workshop, students from TALK divided
into groups and taught every author how to use social media as a marketing platform. “We paired up in groups, each took a social media platform, researched it and created worksheets,” said Laura Ramos, a member of TALK and public relations major. Members of Sassy Scribes learned how to create a social media account and how to navigate apps such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. The Sassy Scribes accomplished a few things, like posting their first tweet and learning how to link their Amazon page. Hays said workshops like these are what TALK students are taught to do – to connect with real clients and gain experience in public relations. She said the workshop was a great opportunity for her students to not only help the local authors, but to also add a “real life” element to their learning experience. The TALK program is considering expanding similar workshops for other clients. “My perception is that this was a very successful model,” Hays said. “So I can definitely see something like this for other clients in the future.”
When fire ripped through a community, a Fresno State alumna knew how to help
(Left) Fresno State alumna, Kasandra Brooks, is selling T-shirts on the Etsy shop, BasiK, to raise money for those affected by the Northern California fires and her hometown, Redwood Valley. (Center) Brooks at her family’s vineyard in Northern Califoria wearing one of her handmade T-shirts. (Right) Brooks (right) and her sister Kortney Morris (left), who designed the T-shirts.
By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian
Amid loss and destruction caused by the recent North Bay wildfires, a Fresno State alumna is using the power of T-shirts art to aid relief efforts in and around her hometown of Redwood Valley. Kasandra Brooks said her family, being from one of the areas affected in Mendocino County, wanted to give back to those in their hometown who lost their belongings and homes. “These devastating fires got within a mile or so of one of my family’s vineyards – Testa Vineyards – and my brother and sister’s homes in Redwood Valley,” Brooks, who graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in child development and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration in 2013, said. The family vineyard is 105 years old, and Brooks said she and her sister are the fifth generation that cares for it. Brooks, her sister and several of her family members decided to design seven different T-shirts that commemorate the tragedy and raise financial relief for those affected.
“We hope this gives people, near and far, an opportunity to give back and lift spirits of those in need,” Brooks said. The T-shirt designs were created as Brooks and her sister and fundraising partner, Kortney Morris, were evacuated from their own homes. Brooks said she could not have done much of the work without her sister. The T-shirts are up for sale in the family’s online Etsy store, BasiK Shop. The store guarantees that 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward helping the victims. Donations will be made to The Community Foundation of Mendocino County, North Coast Opportunities and Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Brooks said. She said that the three organizations will direct the money to aid victims in Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties. People can also donate directly to the organizations. Since its debut on Oct. 12, the online store has sold 285 shirts and raised $2,655 that will be divided among the organizations. “People have bought shirts from all over the country,” Brooks said. “It is simply amazing the support we have gained from not only our community in California but from all over.”
Shirts are offered in various colors and designs when adult sizes are selected, including some that read “Nor Cal Strong” and “Left My Heart in Nor Cal.” The California bear logo is the only design that comes in adult, toddler and youth sizes. Although prices range by size, most T-shirts’ prices are $24 plus taxes and shipping, Brooks said. A donation for disaster relief is included in the $24 when purchasing a T-shirt. Brooks said the store was launched earlier than expected due to the fires. “When our hometown was affected by the awful fires in northern California, we wanted to be able to do something to give back to our dear town of Redwood Valley and all surrounding areas,” Brooks said. She said the rest of the T-shirt products will launch later this year. The “Nor Cal Strong” line will remain available for purchase and the proceeds will continue to go to the victims of the wildfires. “We are so thankful that our family is safe and our land went unharmed,” Brooks said. “But many of our neighbors, or extended family and our employees lost everything in these fires. We did this to help them.”
THE COLLEGIAN • SPORTS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
Inside UNLV football: A conversation with The Scarlet & Gray Free Press assistant sports editor By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich
Fresno State football is coming off a 27-3 dominant road win against San Diego State. The Bulldogs are 5-2 this season and 4-0 in conference for the first time since Derek Carr was quarterback in 2013. This week, they face 2-5 UNLV, which is coming off a 52-28 loss to Utah State. The Collegian spoke with Faryn Duncan, the assistant sports editor at UNLV’s student-run newspaper, The Scarlet & Gray Free Press, to discuss the upcoming game. Priscilla Rogers, the sports editor at the Free Press contributed to Duncan’s answers. DG: Sitting at 2-5, UNLV is having a rough season so far. What are your thoughts on the season? FD: It is a rough start, but, unfortunately, that’s been the trend for the last few seasons. The Rebels often have a lot of talent on the team. However, this doesn’t seem to translate onto the field. The Rebels biggest downfall this season has been their defensive presence in the second half of the game. They have dropped a two-touchdown lead in the last two games. Although the scores are not showing it, the Rebels have had a lot of success in other areas such as their running game. Running back Lexington Thomas continues to break records every game, putting up really strong numbers.
DG: What have the Rebels done best so far? FD: Like I said before, Thomas puts up great numbers every game. He is a big reason why the Rebels start off with such strong leads, but the momentum doesn’t carry over into second halves very well. But what I can say is that even in tough times and situations, the guys never seem to hang their heads. They’ll take a loss but will continue to keep moving forward. DG: Starting quarterback Armani Rogers was injured in last week’s loss to Utah State. How serious is the injury, and will he be able to play against Fresno State? FD: Rogers’ injury against Utah State was a head injury after he slammed onto the turf. It is still unknown to us whether he will be able to make an appearance in Saturday’s game. Coach Tony Sanchez is optimistic that he will be cleared to play, though. He will be going through the concussion protocol this week. If he is unable to play, Kurt Palandech or Johnny Stanton will be starting. DG: The Rebels’ defense has really struggled this year, allowing 36.1 points per game. Is there any reason to think that the defense will improve this week against the Bulldogs? FD: After the game against Utah State, Coach Sanchez admitted that the defense was lacking. He seemed disappointed in the team’s performance. I am sure that is what the majority of their practices have been focused on
Barbara J. Perenic • Columbus Dispatch/TNS
UNLV Rebels running back Lexington Thomas (3) scores a touchdown while defended by Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Baron Browning (5) during the second quarter on Sept. 23, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 54-21.
this week. If there is one thing the Rebels can do, it’s work hard and bounce back. After a week of focusing on defense, I think that the Rebels’ defense will be able to show some turnaround from the game against Utah State. DG: What’s the feeling with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas and the brand new stadium that they will share with UNLV? FD: As a city, I think everyone is really excited to have the Raiders move to Las Vegas. It will be great for tourism, entertainment
and just great for the city. As for UNLV and the Rebels, it’ll be a huge boost. Playing in the stadium of a professional team will be exciting for both the players and the fans and could help with the attraction and recruitment of future players. DG: Tony Sanchez was a very interesting and unconventional hire in 2014 coming from Bishop Gorman High School. How would you assess his performance, and where do you see him taking this team in the future?
FD: You know, with every sports organization whose teams are suffering, it isn’t always the athletes. DG: What is your game prediction? FD: I think that the Rebels are going to have a strong start, like they always do. I think that it will be a tight first half, maybe even in favor of the Rebels. The Rebels are a tough team, so even with the Bulldogs being the favorites, the Rebels can still get the W. But, we’ll see.
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Fresno State sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Allison was named the Mountain West defensive player of the week following the Bulldogs’ 27-3 road win against San Diego State. Allison led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles against the Aztecs. He forced a fumble on the first series of the game, stopping a 16-play, 83-yard drive. The defense held Aztec running back Rashaad Penny to 69 yards rushing. Before Saturday, Penny was averaging 149 yards per game. Penny has also been named offensive player of the week four times. Allison is the second Bulldog to be named a Mountain West football player of the week. Sophomore defensive back Juju Hughes was named defensive player of the week for the game against San Jose State on Oct. 7. The linebacker has 58 tackles (38 solo) on the season, including 3.5 for loss and one sack. He has two forced fumbles.
UFC fighter Cub Swanson at the UFC Media Lunch on Oct. 19, 2017 at the Elbow Room in Fresno.
‘I’m here to fight the best’ FIGHTING from Page 8 His opponent on Dec. 9 might have the experience, but Perez has the benefit of fighting near his hometown. He’s fought in Sacramento, Southern California and other places around the state, but this
fight will be special. “I’ve got a lot of my friends, coaches and teammates coming,” Perez said. “They’re all coming down to support me, so it’s exciting. I mean, my family alone bought over a hundred tickets, so I just can’t wait for the opportunity here.”
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UFC Fight Night comes to Fresno By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13
The UFC is coming to Fresno on Dec. 9 at the Save Mart Center with a featherweight bout between Southern California fighters Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega, along with the debut of Central Valley native Alex Perez. “It’s that Cali on Cali war,” said Ortega, ranked No. 6. “It’s great because we can bring that to the state. This is the first time a UFC event is going to take place in Fresno. I feel honored to be a part of this.”
The main card features Ortega, 26, who is a jiujitsu black belt and undefeated. His opponent, No. 4-ranked Swanson, 33, defeated Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206. The fight won “Fight of the Year” at the World MMA Awards. Although Swanson has over 10 years of experience as a professional fighter, the matchup feels different for him. “He’s an undefeated fighter, so that confidence is huge,” Swanson said. “I think we’re both California guys who like to throw down, and that’s exciting. I’ve been asking for a fight closer to home, and I’m sure he’s got a lot of people coming, so the crowd will
be crazy.” Ortega has an unblemished record in the UFC, but he said it isn’t the most important thing in his eyes. “The funny part is, I actually never cared about my record. I don’t care about losing,” Ortega said. “I go in there, and I want to leave there knowing I put it all on the table. Then I walk away happy. They say, which is true, there is no losing in this game. Only winning and learning, and that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to fight the best. It’s all about testing yourself.” Although Swanson and Ortega have combined for 43 more UFC fights than Pe-
rez, 25, the Lemoore fighter is just excited for his opportunity. Perez fights Carls John De Tomas (6-1) before the main card. “It couldn’t have happened at a better time,” Perez said. “I feel like I should’ve been in the UFC a long time ago, but it didn’t work out that way. I got signed, and the first show is in Fresno, so I’m pumped and excited.” Although Perez is making his debut, he’s had over 20 MMA fights. He has a combined record of 18-4, with seven first-round finishes along with three wins by KO.
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Top Dog of the Week: Josh Hokit
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Fresno State running back Josh Hokit scores on a 26-yard touchdown run during the second quarter against San Diego State at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Oct. 21, 2017. Fresno State won 27-3.
By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2
Running back Josh Hokit scored all three of Fresno State’s touchdowns in the win 27-3 win at San Diego State Saturday night. Though he can’t quite share the touchdowns, he made sure to share everything else – the backfield and the praise. And, if it were up to him, he would share the honor of being this week’s Top Dog. In his postgame press conference, Hokit was quick to deflect any praise being thrown toward him for his 77-yard, three-touchdown game. Instead, he turned the spotlight to the offensive line. “Forget about what I did. The offensive line, I’m gonna have to buy them a meal or
something,” he said after the win Saturday. “They opened the holes. I just carried the ball.” The Bulldogs beat San Diego State on the road Saturday 27-3. On Tuesday, Hokit elaborated further about what the offensive line means to him, the rest of the backfield and quarterback Marcus McMaryion. “[The offensive linemen] mean everything to me. They were making my job a lot easier, opening holes,” Hokit said. “All you have to do is run to the right spot, hold onto the ball and make something happen. They’re protecting the quarterback. You can’t ask for much more.” Even when speaking about his most explosive play of the season, a 26-yard touchdown run that featured a forceful stiff arm
on Aztec safety and captain Trey Lomax, Hokit could not help but let his selflessness seep through. “You have to look on film, how the right tackle [David Patterson] blocked one dude, got to the second level and chipped the corner,” Hokit explained. “I just cut right off of it. We practice off-hand stiff arm, and you know, I just put that into execution and got into the end zone.” Hokit is loving his role in the offense, and, most of all, he loves the fact that it’s a role he can hone into and master, unlike last season when he fluctuated between linebacker and running back. Hokit will still be in a state of flux athletically, but this year it will be a transition to another sport rather than to another position on the football field. Hokit may join
the newly reinstated wrestling team after the football season. He was ranked as high as third in the country during his senior year at Clovis High School, but, ironically, it’s his battles on the mat that he considers his “side job.” “I’m here to play football. That’s my first priority. I feel like wrestling is like a little side job,” he said. “It’s a tough side job, probably the toughest side job, but [football] is my main focus.” Hokit, a Clovis native, signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Drexel University, but gave that up in favor of staying close to his family and being able to participate in both of the sports he loved at Fresno State, even though he would have to walk on as a football player. “Philadelphia is a long way away,” Hokit said. “It sounded cool in the beginning, until you had to find a place to live over there.” Hokit said his family wouldn’t be with him in Philadelphia, and he would have missed playing football. “At the end of the day, it was a great decision to come here and stay and play football for Fresno State.” Hokit’s brother, Isaiah, followed in the footsteps of his younger brother and transferred from Drexel to Fresno State to wrestle after a redshirt freshman season for the Dragons. Hokit said his brother has also found a home and a brotherhood among his teammates. “Everyone is encouraging each other. It’s like one big family,” Hokit said. “We all come from different backgrounds, but to come together – it’s something special. It’s a blessing to be on this team.” McMaryion couldn’t help but show some of that brotherly love Tuesday after practice. The quarterback playfully threw a football at Hokit during his interview and deadpanned, “Josh Hokit’s the greatest” into the iPhone recording Hokit’s interview. But as much as Hokit loves his teammates, his family and the two sports he takes part in, he is always looking for ways to improve. “I’ve got to keep mastering my craft – keep getting bigger, faster, stronger,” the running back said of his goals for his time as a Bulldog. Hokit’s next opportunity to showcase his development will be Saturday in a home game against UNLV. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.