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CELEBRATION

A message of love, peace Kelsey Meadows, Fresno State alumna killed in the Oct. 1 Las Vegas mass shooting, was remembered at the 27th annual observance of Mahatma Gandhi’s 148th birthday at Fresno State’s Peace Garden

Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

Fresno community members hold a garland made of white, red and yellow flowers in front of a Mahatma Gandhi statue at the 148th birthday celebration of Gandhi at Fresno State’s Peace Garden on Oct. 4, 2017.

By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

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n show of love, more than 100 people honored Kelsey Meadows, the former Fresno State student who became a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct.1. The crowd gathered

at the Peace Garden for the 27th annual Mahatma Gandhi birthday celebration last Wednesday. A moment of silence for Meadows was led by Associated Students, Inc. President Blake Zante. His remarks highlighted the “unique bond” that Fresno State students and alumni hold. University President Dr. Joseph

Castro previously proclaimed Sept. 27 through Oct. 7 as “Stop The Hate, Stop The Violence Week: Build A Culture of Peace Commemoration.” In the proclamation Castro said, “Each member of our community is asked to make a difference in the moral and social climate by participating in this effort to reduce

hate violence and build a culture of peace throughout the year.” And he said Fresno State will not condone or tolerate hate-related acts on campus. That sentiment was welcomed at an event honoring a former student killed in a violent

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

ASI suspends all negotiations with The Fresno Bee By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

Alejandro Soto • The Collegian

Associated Students, Inc. senators discuss agenda items during the Sept. 20 senate meeting.

The Associated Students, Inc. student senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to suspend all negotiations with The Fresno Bee. The senate voted against the latest potential deal with The Fresno Bee after reviewing the proposal that would have contracted ASI to spend $14,193.75 for an entire academic year. ASI is now looking into making a digital-only access deal with an alternative news media outlet such as The New York Times. Also during the meeting, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Man-

agement Dr. Frank Lamas announced that within the next two to three weeks, the Veterans Services Office will be adding a temporary resource space inside a trailer located across from the Engineering East Building. Lamas said the space will serve as an office with two full-time staff members and a fully furnished lounge where student veterans can relax. “A trailer can only be so nice,” Lamas said. “But it’s something where we can bring everything.” Lamas also said that the allocated space inside the basement of the University Student Union remains available to veterans, but does not give enough space for both an office and lounge.


OPINION

GOT OPINIONS? We want to hear them. COLLEGIAN-OPINION@CSUFRESNO.EDU MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017

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BIRTH CONTROL

Keep your moral beliefs out of my reproductive rights

By Amber Carpenter | @shutupambs

As the dystopian novel of the Donald Trump administration barrels on, irony layers upon itself as the president and his team move to roll back federal requirements issued by former President Barack Obama mandating insurance plans to cover birth control for most major employees. Trump moved for the roll back on the premise of religious freedom. And it was a nod to his many supporters enticed by the promise of allowing people of faith to no longer be “targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.” Were they ever? This mandate stands as a contradiction to another social issue amongst conservative politicians – abortions. Research showed that abortion numbers reached an all-time low in 2014, with around 1.5 percent of women undergoing the procedure. With the number of abortions going down and the number of yearly births staying around the same, it could be assumed that increased accessibility to birth control is responsible for the historically low public health statistic. So if conservatives are against abortion on the basis of religion, how could they possibly use the same moral loyalty to block the very thing that could be helping abortion rates reach the lowest they have been since 1973? By conservatives moving to make certain types of abortion illegal – the House just approved a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy – but not allowing the

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alternative of contraceptives, they are making a statement toward women all over the country: that it is our moral obligation to carry our children to full term, no matter how equipped we may feel we are to take care of them. It’s here that we reach another contradiction. In May, Trump released a national budget detailing slashed government assistance programs that would impact low-income households. So let’s get this straight – by making

moves that appeal to his right-wing Christian supporters, Trump blocks access to birth control. The decreased accessibility to affordable contraceptives could lead to unplanned pregnancies that may not be terminated due to abortion laws, and eventually access to government assistance will become scarce due to proposed budget cuts. If the hypocrisy and contradiction in this statement is troubling, it should be. But that’s only one issue surrounding

the movement of the Trump administration to block access to affordable birth control. Women rely on birth control for far more than preventing pregnancy. Contraceptives help those who suffer from extreme premenstrual cramps, as well as those affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition in nearly 10 percent of women in which ovulation does not regularly occur, causing symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, increased levels of androgens, hair growth and weight gain. Birth control is often a form of treatment that helps regulate periods or control androgen levels. Additionally, contraceptives are used to treat endometriosis, a disease that causes tissue that normally grows within the uterus to grow outside of it and onto the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. Birth control is used to treat endometriosis as a hormone treatment that helps regulate pain and make periods lighter and shorter. These are only a few cases in which birth control is used for reasons other than to prevent pregnancy, but prove that by making access more difficult to attain, it turns into a public health issue. If you have a moral issue with abortions, don’t get one. If it is against your religion to use contraceptives, don’t use them. It does not go against your moral or religious freedom if your next-door neighbor or classmate uses birth control or decides to have an abortion. There is no room for government mandates when it comes to the blockage of reproductive rights. Women should have the opportunity to front-seat their reproductive health and protect themselves from pregnancy or take agency of their bodies in the event of an unexpected pregnancy without fear of government agencies making decisions about the choices they make with their health and lives in general.

Jordan Bradley • The Collegian

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Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

Fresno community members are led in a moment of silence for Fresno State alumna and Las Vegas mass shooting victim, Kelsey Meadows, at the 27th annual celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday at the Fresno State Peace Garden on Oct. 4, 2017.

Gandhi birthday brings unity CELEBRATION from Page 1 mass shooting and remembering a man known for promoting peace. In his 27th year of observance at the university, Fresno State professor Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, founder of the peace and conflict studies program and professor emeritus of social work education, asked students from the program to make signs with their favorite Gandhi quote. Some students chose classic Gandhian quotes such as “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” while other students chose quotes that may be lesser known.

Freshman victimology major Devin Hernandez chose the quote, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” In a news release, Kapoor described Gandhi as an apostle of peace and nonviolence, the father of human rights in the 20th century and patron saint of peace movements globally. Hernandez said Gandhi’s teachings are “A good source of learning how to hold yourself in a peaceful status and a more positive lifestyle.” Vice President of Administration Deborah Adishian-Astone, Kapoor and other members of the

university administration held a garland made of red, white and yellow carnations and laid it on top of the statue’s base around the figurehead. Professor and coordinator of the peace and conflict studies program Veena Howard told the audience about her experience in celebrating Gandhi’s birthday as a child growing up in India. Similar to the garlanding ceremony at Fresno State, she said Indian children would place flowers around a statue or photo of Gandhi. The crowd was given flowers to lay on the statue, as well. Audience members formed a line and

took turns laying their flowers at the base. As flowers were passed out, Howard paraphrased Gandhi: “If the hate is thrown towards you, respond with love and never lose sight of justice, courage and nonviolence.” Various speakers addressed the crowd. District 31 Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula spoke about Ghandi saying, “It is imperative that we learn lessons from him, and we celebrate his life so that we can honor his legacy. ” Arambula said he believed Gandhi would have joined in the fight for equal rights concerning

contemporary issues of education and healthcare. “For when we don’t have access to things like education and healthcare, we don’t live [a] long, productive life,” Arambula said. Traditional songs and dances from India were performed in honor of Gandhi, as well as a moment for meditation led by Kapoor’s wife, Dr. Veena Kapoor. By the end, crowd members arranged themselves in a circle of unity and lit candles. They said aloud a condemnation of hate. The crowd said in part, “Hate crimes have no place in my future, not in my life. No way.”

Daniel Avalos • The Collegian

Fresno community members gather at the 27th annual celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday at the Fresno State Peace Garden on Oct. 4, 2017.


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REVIEW

Fresno Foodie: The Big Fresno Fair edition

By Álvaro Lozano @TheCollegian

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Fairs have been widely known to be a haven for food adventurers. With the rise of social media and Instagrammable food, more than ever there is a race for food vendors to create the next best thing. In comes The Big Fresno Fair and their long list of food vendors with worthy foods to try. Here is a list of some of the new enticing items at The Big Fresno Fair, as well as a few fair classics.

Turkey Leg for $13 at Big Bubba’s BBQ If you’ve ever wanted to have the main course of a Thanksgiving dinner on the go, then this giant turkey leg is for you. This fan favorite is one of the classic fair foods you can get. A giant turkey leg, hot and ready to eat as soon as they hand it to you. Be sure to have a friend handy to help you eat because these things are no joke. Pro tip: remember to grab extra napkins because you will need them. Your fingers and face will thank you.

Worth it?

Yes, if you’re the type of person who likes to eat savory meat right off the bone. This is really a (pardon the pun) bare-bones food item that fills you up, should you choose to buy it.

Bison Taco for $10 and S’Mores Fry Bread for $5 at Indian Fry Bread Another Fresno favorite: the Indian taco. A large piece of frybread, with all the taco fixings, but this year, with a slight twist. The bison taco is a normal taco with chunks of ground up bison on top. There is a reason these frybread tacos are such crowd pleasers – they are flavorful and filling. They can be shared with another person or they can be eaten solo, either way, they are satisfying. For those of you with a sweet tooth, frybread is offered with a number of sweet top-

Álvaro Lozano • The Collegian

A Turkey Leg can be purchased for $13 from Big Bubba’s BBQ at the Fresno Fair.

pings, such as the s’mores fry bread, topped with marshmallow fluff and chocolate syrup. It’s a simple mix that goes a long way.

Worth it?

Oh yeah. This place will keep people keep coming back, especially since it offers vegetarian items.

Eton Mess for $6.75 at The Gingerbread Shop For those who want something more simple and not deep-fried, this item is for you. This item includes fresh strawberries, raspberry puree, ice cream, crushed up madeline cookies and whipped cream. The whole thing comes in a fancy looking cup, and the advertisement states that this was one of the dishes that was served at the Royal Wedding. Well, if it’s good enough for William and Kate, then it’s good enough for me.

Worth it?

Yes. This item is perfect for sharing, and is delicious enough to satisfy the strongest of sweet tooths. It also makes you feel like royalty, which is a plus.

Nitro Cereal Treats for $7 at The Nitro Shack I know you’ve seen them somewhere online – puffed cereals that are mixed with liq-

uid nitrogen to create a spooky smoky effect. Well, now you can try it. The novelty of this item is that if eaten properly, you can exhale the smoke out of your nose like a dragon. Although, there is a small window for you to try because the moment you’re handed a styrofoam cup with the cereal in it, the nitrogen begins to escape. Wait too long and what you’re left with is a cup of really cold cereal bites, which are tasty, but not worth the price.

Worth it?

No. Maybe as a novelty. I know that small children would get a real kick out of it, but for $7, you’re better off spending that money elsewhere.

Pink Champagne Gelato (two scoops) for $8 at Fabe’s Churro and Gelato For those 21 and older, this is a treat that can’t be beat. This year, Fabe’s has whipped up something cold and refreshing that doesn’t need to be served in a fancy champagne glass. The pink champagne gelato is a mix of champagne and bits of peach. This adult spin on a childhood classic is perfect when you want the best of both worlds. Just make sure to get a wristband that shows you are of age to drink at any of the authorized stands throughout the fair if you want to pick up this tasty treat.

Álvaro Lozano • The Collegian

Two scoops of Pink Champagne Gelato can be purchased for $8 at Fabe’s Churro and Gelato.

Worth it?

Yes. It’s delicious and everything a person of legal age could want in a gelato.

Krispy Kreme chicken ice cream sandwich for $12 at Chicken Charlie’s Yes. That is a real thing. I am not joking. The fine folks at Chicken Charlie’s have outdone themselves this year with their latest exercise in excess. A jelly-filled Krispy Kreme donut is cut in half while a scoop of vanilla ice cream is added, soon followed by a piping hot piece of fried chicken, then topped with the other half of the donut and covered in Fruity Pebbles cereal. Listen. It’s good. I don’t know what else to say. It’s amazing the way the spices of the chicken are countered by the coolness and creaminess of the ice cream, and the way the sweetness of the jelly in the donut mixes with the savouriness of the chicken. The sandwich is an experience, plain and simple. You can share this thing, but honestly, why would you want to?

Worth it?

Yes. Partly because it’s every bad decision you could make at a fair in one bite.

FILM

‘Bitter Harvest:’ Romance during the Holodomor By Sabrina Stevenson @TheCollegian

Director George Mendeluk invited people to “enter the world of the lovers” at Fresno State CineCulture’s screening of “Bitter Harvest.” “Bitter Harvest” is about Yuri’s (played by Max Irons) struggle against Stalin (played by Gary Oliver) and the Holodomor, a manmade famine that took the lives of millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s, to save Natalka (played by Samantha Barks), his lover. Mendeluk said he made the movie to make people aware of the Holodomor. “My mother and my aunt went through it, so I grew up as a child listening to some

of the horror,” Mendeluk said. “This [‘Bitter Harvest’] is more than the making of a movie for me. This is a calling.” Mendeluk added: “This is really the darkest secret that exists in modern history. The reason this is a look back in the past is to have our spiny feelers out for the same kind of things that are perhaps happening now.” The screening took place on Friday in the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center Auditorium. Monica Goatz said “Bitter Harvest” taught her things she missed in her modern history classes. “I definitely recommend it to my fellow peers,” Goatz said. “Even though some aspects of the film were horrific and may impact children, we have to learn about the

history in some way and realize that.” Fresno State student Ivan Ignacio said he thought the movie was exceptional. “It opened up my eyes,” Ignacio said. “I never knew about all the genocide that was going on in this world and the history.” Ignacio said he didn’t expect the director to speak at the event, but it was good to hear background information from him. He said the scene where the devotional icon (which symbolizes the farmers’ faith) was shot was a significant moment. “It seemed to create the feel that love did conquer all,” Ignacio said. “That bullet hitting the icon didn’t even touch them, it just kept them going. It was remarkable. It completely reflected their culture and the people.”

Mendeluk said some signs of totalitarianism are censoring art and limiting freedom. “What I want people to take away is that totalitarianism in any form – whether it’s left, right or whatever you want to call it – is a heinous, dangerous form of government, and we should see the signs,” Mendeluk said. He said many in the free world don’t know many great artists from communist regimes. “Why? Because they [totalitarian regimes] suppress freedom, and they suppress the individual and an artist is an individual,” Mendeluk said. He concluded: “I think this film is going to outlast certainly me and all of us sitting here. I think it’s going to grow as time goes on.”


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017

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Diversity Dance Workshop 5 – 7 p.m. Vintage Room

National Student Day 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lawn in front of Kennel Bookstore

Lip Sync Battle 7 – 9 p.m. Satellite Student Union

Spirit Craft 11 a.m. – 1 p.m Bulldog Zone (USU Lower Level)

Step & Stroll Showcase 12 p.m. USU Pit

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Pep Rally 7 – 9 p.m. Lawn South of Science I Building

Bulldog Bowl Special 2 – 5 p.m. Bulldog Bowl

Women’s Soccer vs. UNLV 7 p.m. Soccer Field

Student Tailgate 5 p.m. Red Lot Space #57 (Cedar and Bulldog Lane)

Homecoming Football Game vs. New Mexico 7 p.m. Kickoff Bulldog Stadium

Outdoor Movie Spider-Man: Homecoming 8 p.m.

Homecoming Big Show featuring Adam Devine 7 p.m. Save Mart Center

Fireworks Show After the Football Game Bulldog Stadium

Women’s Soccer vs. Nevada 12 p.m. Soccer Field For full event information, visit: www.fresnostate.edu/homecoming Homecoming brought to you by: Athletics, Alumni Association, Associated Students Inc., Cross Cultural and Gender Center, Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dog Days, Greek Life, Kennel Bookstore, Staff Assembly, Student Involvement and USU Productions with special thanks to the Office of the President. All participants are welcome. For questions and accommodations call Student Involvement: 559.278.2741

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TIPS

Here are nine ways you can stay safe at Fresno State By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj

In light of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1, Fresno State released a video on social media with nine safety tips from Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta.

“You’re in charge of your own safety,” Huerta said. From the point of a call to police to the arrival of officers, Huerta said, the caller must take responsibility for maintaining his or her own safety. With police on their way, Huerta says these nine tips could ensure a person’s safety:

Have a mental plan. Think about what you would do if something happened. Where would you go first? How can you let your family know you’re safe?

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See something, say something and do something. Huerta said if you second guess anything and if the hair on your neck stands up, consider calling the police. There is a reason why a particular action caught your eye.

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Use the blue call towers on campus for emergencies and even non-emergencies. It is a form of communication with campus police dispatchers, and you are “generally safe” at the towers, Huerta said.

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Call “Tip Now” at 559-664-3204, to make a safe and confidential report. Huerta said the report will be prioritized and investigated immediately.

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Everyone should have the Fresno State Police phone number, 559-278-8400, in their phone. But Huerta forewarns, it will take time for the officer to arrive to your location.

someone” when walking somewhere at night time, Huerta said. He encourages students to ask a friend or others leaving in the same direction to walk with them.

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While walking alone, day or night, don’t watch your phone. You should watch your surroundings, Huerta said.

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Plan on on how to get from Point A to Point B. Keep your car keys in hand and focus on your destination. “Get in your car, lock the doors, start the engine and then go about other business,” Huerta said.

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Lastly, but not least, you can call campus police, at 559-274-8400, to escort you to your car. “That’s what we’re here for,” Huerta said. It may take a few minutes to get to the caller, but be patient. Overall, “Fresno State is a very safe campus,” Huerta said, but anything can happen anywhere at anytime. His final message: “Don’t risk it.”

6. Don’t travel alone. “Buddy up with COMPETITION

Debate team scores second place at tournament

Fresno State Barking Bulldogs Debate Team

By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian

Fresno State’s Barking Bulldogs Debate Team gave a strong performance at the Golden Gates Debate tournament at San Francisco State University, said Tom Boroujeni, director of debate at Fresno State. Barking Bulldogs team member Primavera Martinez and Hunter Sansom advanced to the final round after winning five of six preliminary rounds and defeating the University of Nevada in the semifinals held from Sept. 22-24. “I am very proud of them,” Boroujeni said. He said that he admires how his stu-

dents juggle both maintaining good grades and still manage to prepare for upcoming competitions. In the final round of the tournament, the pair faced Chabot College. Martinez and Sansom lost by a 2 to 1 judge’s decision, but Sansom said she was happy with how they performed. She focused more on gaining skills than the results. “Getting second place was such a big confidence booster because debate is not an easy thing by any means,” Sansom said. “It’s a lot of research and hours.” Sansom, who is in her second semester on the team, said she relied on her experienced partner. “Having Primavera as a partner has been such a blessing because there are times in rounds where I’m not sure what

direction we should take or what arguments we should go for or the responses I should have,” she said. Sansom said Martinez is someone she can depend on during prep time before a debate and ask for guidance. Martinez said she and Sansom might have been caught off guard by an “unorthodox approach” by Chabot. But, Martinez said both performed well enough to be recognized in the tournament. Martinez won a fourth-place speaker award and Sansom won an eighth-place speaker award. Nick Mirza and partner Correll Vaughn are new to the team this semester and both fared well in their first tournament. As partners, Mirza and Vaughn won four of six preliminary rounds and missed

making the elimination rounds by less than a tenth of a speaker point. Vaughn won a 10th place speaker award, which he said caught him off guard. “I was really surprised, I wasn’t expecting that when I would get up there. I would be saying things but I don’t know if I would be saying the best things,” Vaughn said. Mirza was also surprised at how well he and Vaughn did given their little experience. He said the atmosphere was intimidating at first, but the feeling went away as the tournament progressed. “Overall, it went a lot better than expected considering that it was my first debate ever. Most of the things that I did were wrong, but the entire thing was a learning experience,” Mirza said.


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CHEERLEADING

Dancing dreams come true

LSAT Are you ready?

Informational LSAT Night Monday, October 9 • 7-9pm 901 5th Street, Clovis, CA 93612 • Room 207 Join us for a free session on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) led by San Joaquin College of Law Dean Jan Pearson to develop strategies to approach the analytical thinking questions on the LSAT. You will receive information on registering for the LSAT, see sample LSAT questions, and obtain information about LSAT prep tools.

Register: www.sjcl.edu or 559/323-2100

Mackenzie Domingues

Sacramento Kings’ dancer and former ‘Dog, Mackenzie Domingues. Domingues will be making her debut Oct. 18 at the Kings’ season opener.

By Vanessa Romo @VanessaRomo_

Former Bulldog Mackenzie Domingues is making her dreams come true this year with the Sacramento Kings’ dance team. “This was my dream, and I was going to achieve it,” Domingues said. “When I set my heart to something, I do not like to let it get away.” In the midst of an internship this summer at a public relations firm, Catalano Fenske & Associates, LLC in downtown Fresno, Domingues decided to take some time off to attend a Sacramento Kings’ audition. “This was my second time auditioning [for the team], so I kind of had an idea of how the audition was going to go,” Domingues said. “But again, you never know what the judges are looking for this time around.” In the two-day tryout, Domingues had to learn multiple routines from different genres as well as make up her own routine. “It was very nerve-wracking because cuts are being made constantly,” Domingues said. “It was always a relief knowing I made it past that round.” At the conclusion of Day 2, the women were told to step forward if their number was called. “I was anxious and nervous,” Domingues said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”

Of the 40 girls who made it past Day 1, only 20 made the team. Domingues was one of them. “When my number was called, my heart dropped, and in my head I could not help but think, ‘I did it,’” Domingues said. “I was finally accomplishing what I had always dreamed of – to dance professionally.” Dancing by the age of 2, Domingues trained at many dance studios throughout Visalia. At first, it was her mom who pushed her. Then, she took it on herself. “I continued to do it because I love getting to perform whether it is on a stage, field or court,” Domingues said. By the age of 14, Domingues got involved in her high school’s dance program, In Motion. It was there when she first gave cheerleading a try. “I really took to the sport because it was similar to dance but had elements that pushed my athletic abilities in different ways,” Domingues said. After graduating from El Diamante High School in 2013, Domingues tried out for Fresno State’s dance team. Knowing a couple of girls on the team, Domingues was comfortable showing all of her dancing capabilities. She was notified via email she made the team. “All my greatest moments are from my first season,” Domingues said. Those moments include the Fresno State football team winning the Mountain West championship with quarterback, Derek Carr, going to a bowl game and being selected to represent Fresno State in Las Vegas for the Mountain West tournament where the women’s basketball team was named champions. In 2015, Domingues parted ways from Fresno State’s dance team to dedicate more time to her sorority and future. “Being a part of the Fresno State dance team was an unforgettable experience,” Domingues said. “From all the early-morning practices [to] band camp, football games, pregame performances and being on the sidelines with a record-setting team.” Domingues earned her Bachelor of Science degree in recreation administration with an emphasis in commercial recreation and event planning when she graduated in May 2017 from Fresno State. That summer, Domingues interned for the public relations firm. She was given the opportunity to work in the community with nonprofit organizations and businesses. But she knew bigger things, like her dream awaited. “I would have continued on my work there if I did not [take that time to] pursue dancing immediately after college,” Domingues said. Making the move to Sacramento, Domingues feels so lucky to represent the organization. “[The dance team] is so involved with the community, and I get to see firsthand the impacts we have on these community members lives,” Domingues said. “I can already see how much we are appreciated.” Domingues will perform at the Sacramento Kings’ season opener on Oct. 18.


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FOOTBALL

‘Dogs recapture Valley Trophy

Nugesse Ghebrendrias • The Collegian

Fresno State players celebrate with the Valley Trophy after defeating San Jose State 27-10.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias @nugebear13

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resno State spoiled San Jose State’s homecoming Saturday with the defense setting the tone and leading the Bulldogs to a 2710 victory, recapturing the Valley Trophy for the first time since 2014. “It’s always nice to come away with a victory,” head coach Jeff Tedford said. “We can get a lot better, but it’s great to bring the trophy home. That’s something we talked all week about, and we take pride in that.” Behind a defensive effort that culminated in four turnovers and nine tackles for loss, the ‘Dogs moved to 3-2 on the season, but more importantly, 2-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Senior defensive tackle Malik Forrester contributed two sacks, three tackles for loss and was in the Spartans’ backfield all game. The ‘Dogs’ tenacious defensive line sacked Spartan quarterback Josh Love four times and picked him off once. “The coaches demand more of us,” Forrester said. “They aren’t letting us slack. They’re pushing us past our limits.” Forrester said the defense is playing more aggressively this year. “We’re making a statement,” Forrester said. “The old Fresno State football style is back.” While the ‘Dogs took care of business in the trenches, the team’s secondary issued a no-fly zone, allowing less than 100 yards passing. Sophomore defensive back Juju Hughes showcased his versatility with an interception, a sack, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, all contributing to recapturing the trophy. “It’s big for us,” Hughes said. “There is a lot of history behind it. Our coaches played in this game, so it meant a lot to them. We

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Fresno State freshman running back Ronnie Rivers attempts to score on Oct. 7, 2017 at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, California, but ultimately falls short of the end zone. Rivers scored two touchdowns, and Fresno State won 27-10.

had some people come back this week and talk to us about what it meant to them, so it was big for us.” Although the ‘Dogs scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half, the offense did not produce down the stretch. A combination of penalties and lack of explosiveness cost the ‘Dogs points throughout the second half. In the third quarter alone, the ‘Dogs’ were unable to pick up a single first down. Besides the ‘Dogs’ successful rushing attack, kicker Jimmy Camacho had a career day. He converted field goals from 38 yards and a career-long 50-yarder in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Marcus McMaryion started his second game but didn’t find the success he had last week. He finished the game with 15 of 26 passes completed for 136 yards. The ‘Dogs’ rushing attack picked up the slack on offense. Led by Ronnie Rivers, who accounted for more than 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the Bulldogs punched the Spartans in the mouth early with a 14play drive that lasted over six minutes and ended with a Rivers touchdown. “We really wanted to step the run game up this week,” Rivers said. “Our O-line focused on run blocking this past week. We just wanted to do better than previous weeks. There are definitely some things we can improve on, but we worked as a team and just got the job done.” Running backs Jordan Mims and Josh Hokit each carried the ball more than 10 times. Hokit contributed with a 1-yard touchdown dive to cap off a 17-play drive. The Spartans found the end zone in the third quarter when Love hit Josh Oliver for a 6-yard touchdown pass, but by that time the game was out of reach. The ‘Dogs welcome the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for homecoming.

October 9, 2017  
October 9, 2017  
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