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Monday, Sept. 11, 2017


ASI strips The Fresno Bee from campus

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By Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado & Jessica Johnson | @cres_guez & @iamjesslj

Fresno State students will not be picking up a print copy of The Fresno Bee daily newspaper on campus any time soon this fall. The Associated Students Inc. confirmed last Friday that it has decided to discontinue the subscription due to the cost. Last academic year, ASI President Blake Zante said ASI was paying for 1,200 daily newspapers at 9 cents each. Zante said The Bee asked for 38 cents per paper for the same amount this year. ASI then asked for a lower price: 15 cents for 400 papers, Zante said. The paper was provided free to the campus community. “When we presented it to the Senate, they decided that they did not want to proceed with this deal,” Zante said. The Senate voted 8 -7 to discontinue the contract. Last Friday was the last day The Bee was circulated at Fresno State. Zante said negotiations will continue to see if a new deal

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BBB offers DACA recipients legal advice By Jessica Johnson | @iamjesslj The Better Business Bureau, a company that provides the public with ratings on trustworthy businesses, is offering advice to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who may be seeking legal advice about immigration and their DACA status. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced DACA will be phased out in about six months. The Department of Homeland Security has begun the phasing out process. Ending DACA was a campaign promise of President Donald Trump. According to a news release from the BBB, the phasing out of the program will put nearly 800,000 young immigrants at risk of deportation since they were protected by the program in 2012. Halfway through this year, more than 200,000 immigrants have renewed their benefits, according to the news release. Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro announced on Tuesday that there are more than 1,000 students at the university who are DACA recipients. The BBB has some words of advice for


Breast cancer cells seen through a microscope Benjamin Cruz • The Collegian

Fresno State Professor Dr. Jason Bush shows containers that contain breast cancer cells (left) in his labratory in the Science I Building on Sept. 8, 2017

Fresno State professor gets funding for breast cancer research By Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado @cres_guez


biology laboratory tucked away in the Science I Building at Fresno State is home to several cancer diseases. And $300,000 in new research funds from the National Institutes of Health are now available to more closely study one of those diseases in particular – breast cancer. Dr. Jason Bush, a biology professor, works in the laboratory with his undergraduate and graduate research students. He said cancer and cells have been the focus of his research work since about the late 1990s. During his postdoctoral work, he became fascinated with breast cancer research. It’s led him to new discoveries. “Cancer cells like to grow,” Bush said. “They like to divide and proliferate abnormally. And in order to do that, cells need building blocks (like amino acids, carbohydrates and fats) and when cells can’t get that, they have to change their metabolism.” The process is referred to in the science community as “metabolic reprogramming.” And understanding exactly how and why metabolic reprogramming occurs will be the focus of the ongoing breast cancer research. “If we understand the kind of changes that are occurring (in breast cancer), we might be able to then use that as a strategy to specifically target specific types of cancer cells,” Bush said.

The laboratory will utilize the funds from the National Institutes of Health throughout four years to research and discover potential new strategies for treating the deadly cancer disease. “Every year in the U.S., 250,000 women are diagnosed with (breast) cancer (and) every year in the U.S., a little over 40,000 women die of breast cancer,” Bush said. “That’s something really significant and we want to have an impact in that by hopefully discovering some new aspects about breast cancer in biology.” Bush said the research from his laboratory will help guide the larger effort to better understand breast cancer and cancer, in general – a disease that is as old as dinosaurs and includes more than 200 different types. Students in the laboratory learn to isolate cancer cells and test different types of treatment on them, Bush said. Isolating the cancer cells allows researchers to study the genes, DNA and the proteins that turn a normal cell into a cancer cell. “If we know where the differences are, then we might be able to develop strategies to exploit those differences for therapeutic benefits with cancer,” Bush said. In a plastic container, Bush recently placed under a microscope some breast cancer cells that have reproduced. Clearly visible through the microscope lens, the breast cancer cells were among components that make up human blood – like salts, minerals, amino acids and sugars. Bush said the breast cancer cells are often moved around so they don’t overtake the cells in the plastic dish after it starts to divide.

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Consult checks and balances before assuming the country is crumbling By Austin La Salle

Special to The Collegian I am certain there are many things Ms. Carpenter and I would agree on in today’s age. I am confident we both did not vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. It is definite that we would agree there is no place for violence in the political sphere, and supremacy of any race – especially Caucasian – is utterly intolerable. As I read her Aug. 30th opinion editorial, I couldn’t help but notice the half-truths, falsifications and double standards that were articulated in the op-ed. Being a skilled journalist includes doing research on all sides of an issue to get facts. In any work of writing, your argument is

strengthened by appealing to logic, emotions and facts. The article exceeded in emotions, but where was the appeal to facts and logic? Even opinion editorials should have facts and logic for support. On the subject of a perceived “white silence,” apparently, she did not attend Fresno’s anti-hate rally on Aug. 12th. If she had attended, then surely she would have noticed that the vast majority of attendees were in fact white. This has even been the case in more conservative areas such as Missoula, Asheville, Phoenix, etc. All races, especially whites, have chastised white supremacy deafeningly. A website was provided – – that encourages people to boycott businesses for their remotest connection to Donald Trump. Bigotry by definition is the

intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself. You wouldn’t be wrong by calling DJT a bigot. But boycotting a business just because you don’t agree with it is also a sign of bigotry. “Instead we received a phoned-in press conference in which he attributed the fault to many sides,” she states. Yes and no. He did blame many sides. It would be on the verge of ignorance to say otherwise. However, he held a live press conference where he condemned white supremacy two hours after the attack in Charlottesville. What did former President Barack Obama do with Ferguson? It took him a whole day to address the violence. Are those circumstances comparable? Of course not! Obama is from the other side of the political spectrum! “The country as we know it is crumbling,”

saith she. Nope. Racial issues are no less resolved than under Obama’s administration. If there are infringements on any social issues, the courts will resolve the issue. That is the system of checks and balances. Also, think to yourself, has there been any large change to your lifestyle since Jan. 20th? Oh wait! The country is crumbling! It’s crumbling because people inhale information that is true, false and worst of all, misconceived. The country is falling apart because journalists are no longer interested with what is true, but with what is popular. Rather than condemning an illusory “white silence,” we should be condemning all violence in the name of political ideology. For that’s what happened in 1860.

The Fresno State Twitter page admits to bias in the “New USU” campaign By Megan Bronson

Special to The Collegian Does the university stand on the side of student voices? Clearly not. Or maybe, the voices of a select few. After a long and annoying campaign, the “Bold New U” referendum failed last year for a plethora of reasons. But, awkward, it is back this year.

On Aug. 30th, students were voicing their frustrations with having the university waste funds and time once again on the concept of a new student union. They were doing this via Twitter. The Fresno State Twitter page responded that this second push was from students who were leading this, insinuating that Fresno State was not involved in all the ads and surveys being distributed across campus and in all our inboxes.

Less than three tweets later, arguing with students and passively liking the comments of students who showed support of the new USU, the Fresno State Twitter page said their “goal is to use the USU for more student services. We just need a big enough space, and a new USU allows us to.” Does the page speak for the university? Is the new push really from students? It seems like Fresno State has an agen-

da for a new USU after all, not just from the students trying to revive it. Fresno State’s own Twitter page just verbalized its bias. Its “goal” does not include listening to the campuswide vote that took place last semester. Keep that in mind as you move forward in your education at Fresno State. Your voice is not valued unless it fits the agenda of Fresno State.

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Funds help research

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“They will just continue to divide and divide indefinitely,” Bush said. When they are not being tested or manipulated in sterile hoods available in the laboratory, the breast cancer samples are kept in an incubator that is set at the temperature of the human body – roughly 32 degrees Celsius according to Bush – so they can live and be available for more testing. Some cells are frozen in liquid nitrogen to preserve them in case the laboratory needs more cells, Bush said. “The things that we do in my laboratory and in the cancer community in general is trying to understand the early changes – how we can detect it early and what new strategies that we can use to treat it,” Bush said.

He said research funds are critical to advance the knowledge of deadly diseases like cancer, so the search for those funds can never stop. “I always have to be finding other ways to fund my projects and fund my students and other ways to bring money into the laboratory,” Bush said. The hopes Bush has for the next four years is that breast cancer becomes much easier to detect. He said he hopes the cancer community can understand the changes in a cell’s metabolism and for scientists to use that knowledge to develop new treatments. “We might be able to use that or exploit that knowledge to develop some kind of new treatment – new drugs or earlier diagnosis,” Bush said. “If we know there is a change in the metabolism, that might lead

to one day a blood test that could detect that change to say that there is cancer in this individual and we catch it at an early stage.” The earlier breast cancer is detected, Bush said, the better. And though a cure for breast cancer may be years away, Bush said he is already seeing the work of research pay off. “We are seeing a decline in mortality which means we are seeing an impact,” he said. “We are saving lives because of all of the knowledge and research funds that are going into understanding cancer to improve survival.” The process for getting the funds was lengthy. Bush first submitted a proposal laying out his specific project or research question. That proposal is then peer-reviewed at the National Institutes of Health using a scientific method, he said. And it’s after that step that science experts review the peer-reviewed work and decide wheth-

Fresno Bee contract up in air

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can be reached. During Wednesday’s meeting, ASI Executive Vice President Brandon Sepulveda said ASI’s budget for the “readership program” is $18,000. He said ASI intends to explore online subscriptions and possibly strike subscription deals with larger newspapers. “The business school, they often ask their students to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, and I believe Arts and Humanities appreciates the New York Times for their arts coverage,” Sepulveda said. Newly-elected ASI Sen. Cody Sedaño,

who said he reads The Bee daily and believes in freedom of the press, voiced opposition to continuing the contract. In a video from ASI’s Sept. 6 meeting, Sedaño said, “It’s 2017. We could get news for free on our phones.” At one point, questioning the ASI’s stance on sustainability, Sedaño referred to The Bee subscription as “24-hour trash,” and saying “as soon as the next day comes, whatever is left over is trash.” In an interview with The Collegian last Friday, Sedaño admitted he was “a little emotional when I was speaking.” But, he said, he still believes the print newspaper is not a sustainable investment

for ASI. He also listed his belief that there is an increase in advertising content in newspapers and his dislike of the proposed price hike by The Bee as reasons for voting against renewing the contract with Fresno’s largest newspaper. Zante said ASI could still negotiate a

PAGE 3 er funding is deserved. For someone whose curiosity is abundant – someone who enjoys asking scientific questions and hoping for answers – Bush knows the funding will help his research in many ways. The biggest benefit, perhaps, could come in the way of passing down the enthusiasm of science and research to students who could be tomorrow’s scientists, he said. “Science moves forward incrementally, but it does move forward,” Bush said. “It takes dedication. It takes a team effort, and it takes time to be able to develop results and have a story to tell about what we are doing.”

contract with The Bee. Or, he said it could offer students a free online subscription to the local paper. But the free online subscription is also not available to students anymore. A meeting date ASI and The Bee has not been set. The Collegian has reached out to the The Fresno Bee’s Audience Development Department for comment and are waiting for a response.

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‘It’ humor ‘pales in comparison with the horror’

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Finn Wolfhard (left) and Jaeden Lieberher (right) star in 2017’s “It.”

By Eric Zamora @TheCollegian


ACCEPTABLE “It” does exactly what it was expected to do. It scares and it frightens. For many, it will induce nostalgia for the novel or original miniseries. However, for those new to the story, it may confuse. The film focuses on the “Loser Club,” a group of six, young outcasts in middle school. Following the disappearance of his

younger brother, Georgie, Bill Denbrough, the leader of the pack (played by Jaeden Lieberher), plans to find out what happened to him. While on the search for his brother, the club soon discovers why Georgie and many more children have gone missing in the town of Derry. Obviously, this movie does not need much of an introduction. “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” has become a staple of pop culture, even to the point of Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise becoming an online meme. This new iteration of “It” tries to balance humor and horror. The humor, however, pales in comparison with the horror. Many of the jokes tend to be sexual.

Richie Tozier (played by Finn Wolfhard) always has a one-liner ready about the length of his penis or a crude joke about another club member’s mother. Throughout the movie, the sexuality of these teens is often paired up alongside the intense gore, which starts right at the beginning and never relents. This pairing makes for uncomfortable and, at times, distracting viewing. It is understandable that this is a comingof-age story. The young kids face their fears together in order to move on to the next chapter of their lives. However, in a story which focuses mainly on the fears of the children, the sexual aspects of the film feel out of place.

Using sex as a main theme of a comingof-age story works when the other parts of the film complement that theme. Here, amongst the scenes of arms being bitten off or metal rods being forced through a person’s skull, it is just jarring. For some, that may be a deterrent. For others, that may be perfect. It does add another level to the discomfort already present, and in a movie that shows it all, that extra step might be what works for many people. This movie is far from realistic, and that should be expected. It’s exaggerated, from the characters, to the jokes, to the gore. It’s an assault to the senses, which is why, in a way, “It” works.


Author speaks about saving western Armenian literature By Christian Mattos @ChrisssyMattos

Author and translator Christopher Atamian visited Fresno State last week to lecture about the book “Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France” by Krikor Beledian. He discussed the historical significance of the book Armenian literature. Atamian’s translation of the book, originally written in French, was published by the Armenian Series of The Press at Fresno State in October 2016. Atamian said the book describes a generation of post-genocidal writers who came from the Ottoman Empire after the genocide and who wrote in Armenian in Paris. “The thing that is unique about what

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Christopher Atamian (seated left) and Barlow Der Mugrdechian (standing far right) with students from the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State.





Deaf artists put on show at Poetry Jam

Tamae Clarke, an organizer for Poetry Jam, expresses her support for the deaf community near the Poetry Jam sign.

By Sabrina Stevenson @TheCollegian

Though they can’t hear, deaf artists were heard by others Wednesday as they expressed their views on how society may sometimes interpret deafness as a disability. The deaf artists were featured in the Cross Cultural and Gender Center’s Poetry Jam event in The Vintage Room at Fresno State. The judgement-free event allowed students of various backgrounds to perform songs, poetry and raps amongst other things. Tamae Clarke, event organizer, said it is important for deaf students to speak about their experiences at these events because

there are few events like this for them. “One of the deaf performers said, ‘I walk alone.’ She added, ‘Why don’t you accept me as well?’ and this is like saying that, ‘We accept you. We want you to be joining in. We don’t want to put you as separate,’” Clarke said. Participants in the Fresno State deaf studies program became the event interpreters for the night after the original interpreters did not show, Clarke said. “The fact that we had so [many] students and former students willing to actually interpret for us was awesome,” she said. The deaf performers gave a voice to their oppression by using their hands. They showed metaphors for personal

growth. And they sometimes made the audience laugh. Tracy Weber, a deaf performer who used sign language to tell her story, wants others to know that though people may forget deaf students cannot hear, they are trying to pursue their dreams like everyone else. “I want to show people here that deaf people can do it. They are not alone, and I want to expose people to sign language so they can see that they have something that is the same as talking – a language, dancing hands,” Weber said. Fresno State student Annadina Garcia said she liked the event. “It was more like learning everyone else’s experiences,” Garcia said. “I felt con-

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nected with them as well. I had the same kind of experiences.” Similarly, student Meng Thao said the performers and student interpreters did well. “I like how they express themselves with the poetry, and their emotion fascinated me,” Thao said. Clarke said the Cross Cultural and Gender Center will look at different groups on campus to make it easier for people from different cultures to interact with others. “Next month, we’re going to feature Hispanic, Latinx and different Chicano [and] Latin studies, departments and individuals [who are] part of that community so that they can represent during Hispanic Heritage Month,” Clarke said.

‘I really am invested in trying to save western Armenian’ LECTURE from Page 4 they did is that they wrote for each other,” Atamian said. “And they had this entire community of Armenian writers who were poets, translators, but also people that wrote philosophical treatises, medical treatises.” Barlow Der Mugrdechian, coordinator and director of the Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State, said the book and its translation are a step toward educating about the history of Armenian literature and writers, especially after the genocide of the early 20th century. “The important point that [Atamian] brought up is just the question of bringing to the attention of a broader audience some of the masterpieces of Armenian literature,” Der Mugrdechian said. “And a book like this really does bring that attention to some very important Armenian

writers whose works have been understudied in Armenian literature.” Atamian said the book details writers who came out of the diasporan literary movement called the Menk, which took place in Paris from 1922 through 1972. Beledian, the author of “Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France,” studied the works of 40 Armenian writers, provided examples of their writing and offered his own theory that the move to France allowed them to see who they were as people and come back to those roots, Atamian said. “There are very few examples of people who are able to transplant their entire culture to a completely different country and actually write and produce literature for 50 years,” Atamian said. During his lecture, Atamian recounted the lives and writing of the authors in the Menk movement, such as historian and

critic Kegham Sevan, poet Nigoghos Sarafian and novelist Shavarsh Nartuni. “I think there is a need for people to understand where Armenian culture comes from but also to understand the depth of it, that it actually has this beautiful literature,” Atamian said. “It’s the literature of exile.” George Vargas, a fifth-year criminology student, said he attended the lecture to learn about the literature and culture. “I want to learn [the language] one day,” Vargas said. “I’m taking the Armenian [148] class right now, and I just thought it was interesting. The land is beautiful.” Kara Statler, a theatre major who is president of the Armenian Students Organization, said she enjoyed the lecture and, being half Armenian herself, it was interesting to learn about literature related to her own culture. “I know about William Saroyan and

stuff like that, but I don’t know much about specific Armenian-American writers,” Statler said. “So even just to have something about French-Armenian writers is really interesting, and it’s cool to hear.” Atamian, a New York native, said he learned French and English concurrently as a child, and that he began learning Armenian 10 years ago with a tutor. Now working as a writer, filmmaker and translator, Atamian said he works to preserve and spread Armenian culture among all peoples. “One of the things that I’m very interested in as I look at my own writing and what I’m going to be doing in the next couple of years, [is] I really am invested in trying to save western Armenian and the language and investigating how as either a translator or a researcher I can help do that,” Atamian said.





Speaker encourages nonviolent parenting

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Educational Psychologist Diane Tillman gives a presentation on peaceful parenting to Fresno State students, faculty and staff in the Peters Building on Sept. 6, 2017.

By Victoria Cisneros @TheCollegian

Educational psychologist Diane Tillman offered nonviolent parenting skills last week to an audience of more than 100 in the Alice Peters Auditorium. The discussion centered on instilling peace and tolerance in children. Fresno State professor Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, founder of the peace and conflict studies program and professor emeritus of social work education, arranged for Tillman to speak about parenting to give the campus community a chance to learn new skills. Tillman addressed the use of electronic devices and a lack of quality family time. “There’s a time for you to be mindful, put down the cell phone and to also enjoy yourself,” she said. Tillman challenged the audience to limit

electronic usage, designate time to turn off electronic devices and play with their children. “You enjoying your child protects your child,” she said. Tillman also suggested her audience implement what she calls “active listening” techniques. She said the technique is used to help children understand why they are having a problem and empower them to find their own solutions. “The time when it is essential to listen is when a child is having a problem,” Tillman said. “Children become aware of their feelings when they are listened to.” Speaking about youth who are involved in gangs, Kapoor said, “Many of these kids never learned how to really respect each other in the home.” He added, “The parents never had those kind of skills to teach them or deal with the conflicts in a family like that.” A student from Kapoor’s peace building

and conflict transformation course, Ricardo Gonzalez, attended the lecture with his daughter. He said he was hoping to learn effective parenting skills that do not involve violence. “I wanted to come to the lecture to pick up on some things that aren’t necessarily being given to parents through the media,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t want any outside influences on my parenting skills.” In light of recent violent events like the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August. Tillman asked what her audience is doing to guide their children through “confusing times.” “As a parent, what are your messages and attitudes? What are you modeling? Are you modeling acceptance of others?” Tillman asked. On the topic of racism, Tillman said parents should exercise “assertive benevolence” by voicing disagreement and giving children meaning that empowers them.

Tillman said those steps could lead to raising more tolerant children. Tillman asked the audience of parents and non-parents alike how they implement peace in their lives and whether or not they practice the strategies she presented. “If we do have values of peace, love and respect, do we only use them with our friends and family?” Tillman asked. “Or do we use them with everybody all of the time?” Tillman offered the idea for audience members and their children to have “a wider view, an inclusive view” of life. Kapoor, who founded the university Peace Garden in 1990, said he has spent his life advocating for peace. He believes internal peace is essential for the well-being of the world. “There is a direct relationship and connection with the peace within me, peace at home, the peace in the community and in the world,” he said.


Volunteers break community service, economic records

By Alexandra Harrell @AlexandraHarell

Fresno State broke a record after completing more than 1.3 million hours of community service during the 2016-17 academic year. The university accumulated 1,386,449 hours of community service completed by about 14,565 volunteers, according to a Fresno State news release. The economic impact of the community service exceeded $40 million, which itself is a record for the university, according to a university statement. The Jan and Bud Richter Center hosts an annual community service opportunities fair at the start of each semester. Nonprofit organizations from the Central Valley and beyond attend the event and provide students with information about volunteer opportunities. Liliana Toste, who was a student leader at the center for five years, said, “You can tell when you come on our campus that ours is a

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culture of service.” Toste said she believes serving the community enriches the lives of students. She said she hopes more students get to experience the service opportunities that the university offers. “The terms ‘millions,’ ‘billions’ and ‘trillions’ are thrown around these days like they don’t mean anything at all,” said Chris Fiorentino, director at the Jan and Bud

Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State. “Our students are doing over 1 million hours every year.” Fiorentino said students are offered all types of service activities, like three-daylong blood drives at the university. In fact, a blood drive is scheduled for Sept. 12 to 14. The first day of the drive begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Residence Dining Hall until 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the drive will move to Maple Mall and the University Student Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ruby Sultan, a senior at Fresno State and a member of The Diabetes Coalition, said she thinks it is great that other students are volunteering. “Everyone is seeing the importance of giving their time,” Sultan said. “It’s not about donating money. It is more about learning about your own community that you live in and helping your community as a whole.” Fiorentino says the Richter Center’s goal for next year is to engage more students in service that is meaningful to them and the community. He said he had never experienced an activity like community service. The act of giving back, Fiorentino said, provides personal, professional and academic development. “Our students are doing incredible work to make this place a better place for all of us,” Fiorentino said.





Runners aim for faster pace By Michael Ford @MFordCollegian

Fresno State’s cross country running team had another strong showing Saturday at the Fresno Cross Country Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno. It was the second event of the season. The Bulldogs joint hosted the event with Fresno Pacific University. As a team, the men finished fourth behind Cal Poly, San Jose State and cross town rival Fresno Pacific. The women finished third behind San Jose State and Cal Poly and just ahead of Fresno Pacific. Bulldogs seniors Joel Gonzalez and Efren Reyes paced the team on the men’s side, a four mile run, with times of 20:52 and 21:10 respectively. Gonzalez finished fifth in the field overall and Reyes finished ninth. “I’m a little upset that I wasn’t closer to my teammate Joel,” Reyes said. “ He really left me out there in the middle of the course.” Gonzalez was surprised on how well he was able to stick with some of the runners from schools known for their good running programs. “I was thinking that Cal Poly is a really good running school and I didn’t know why they were sticking with me. I was thinking I could hang with these guys and it gave me some confidence.” Gonzalez said. Senior Kathleen Dunne and freshman Lydia Scott were the Bulldog’s top performers for the women’s 5k race with times of 18:19 and 18:24. “I felt pretty strong,” Scott said. “ This is the second meet so there are definitely things that we can improve on but my body felt good during the race.” “I was expecting all three of our top girls to work together out there and that was exactly what happened. I am really impressed on how the race went.” she added. “Going into the race I knew I was going


Finding time for fun during an intense soccer season

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Sophomore Michael Viano competes in the Fresno Cross Country Invitational at Woodward Park on Sept. 9, 2017

to feel tired during the race just because it is so hilly.” Dunne said. “Just to be at a home meet, it was good to treat it almost like a workout because we do our workouts here and that made it a little easier mentally.” Head coach Christine Engel was happy with how her team performed, especially as the team is still in the early part of the season. “I think that it was a definite improvement from a week ago. We don’t have a lot of depth on either side. That forces each individual to be accountable and know that they really have to perform.” she said.

“I think that Joel and Efren were good for us up front. Our goal is to learn from each competitive opportunity.” Still, Engel knows that there still is a good margin for improvement. “Obviously we look at the championships as what we gear everything toward at the end of October. In another six weeks we are going to be more experienced, tougher, have more strength down the line.” she added. Fresno State will look toward improving for their next meet on Sept. 30 at the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento in an event hosted by Sacramento State.

Mountain west Scoreboard Utah State 51 Idaho State 13

Nevada 24 Toledo 37

Hawai’i 23 UCLA 56

New Mexico 28 New Mexico State 30

Colorado State 38 Abilene Christian 10

UNLV 44 Idaho 16

San Jose State 0 Texas 56

Wyoming 27 Gardner-Webb 0

Fresno State 10 Alabama 41

San Diego State 30 Arizona State 20

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Fresno State forward Myra Delgadillo (11) runs with the ball against UC Davis on Sept. 7, 2017 at the Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium.

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias | @nugebear13

Senior forward Myra Delgadillo is known for her toughness and passion in the game of soccer. However, it’s her love for jokes and pranks that makes her distinct. “I’ll never forget the time we were doing a team meeting and we were trying to be serious and make sure everyone was focused,” Fresno State head coach Brian Zwaschka said. “[She] and her compadre, Maria Gomez, both went up to the board to diagram tactics, and they both had cowboy boots on for some reason. I have no idea why, but I’ll never forget it though.” Delgadillo didn’t deny it. She thought it would be a fun joke. Delgadillo thought “‘Let me just go to the team meeting and wear the cowboy boots to see what they’d say about it’.” “I like to be the clown on the team,” she added. Though student life and being a top player in the conference has its time constraints, Delgadillo still finds time to hide in her teammate’s truck. “She stopped at a light and heard a noise so she started pressing the gas,” Delgadillo said. “She heard us laughing so she turned around and started screaming.” She may be quiet at first but once comfortable, she opens up, Zwaschka said. Along with jokes and playing soccer, Delgadillo is a big fan of the game. “She loves Barcelona and Neymar,” assistant coach Sean Steele said. “We’re always texting back and forth with the latest updates on Barcelona and Neymar so I think soccer is something she enjoys.” Delgadillo expects to score more goals, collect assists and continue the pranks as the Bulldogs fight for the top spot in the Mountain West.





By the ‘Bama takes care of ‘Dogs Behind strong offensive line, Fresno State improves in loss numbers

101,127 The announced crowd at BryantDenny Stadium, the second-largest crowd Fresno State has played against


Fresno State linebacker Jeffrey Allison had a career high 14 tackles

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Fresno State linebacker Jeffrey Allison (9) tackles Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) during the game on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Alabama beat Fresno State 41-10 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

The Alabama Crimson Tide proved to be too much for Fresno State on Saturday, backing up its No. 1 ranking with a 41-10 victory over the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In head coach Jeff Tedford’s second game at the helm, the Bulldogs struggled to defend against the run, a problem that has plagued the team for years. Although Fresno State lost by a substantial margin, Tedford found positives in the team’s performance. “Of course we didn’t accomplish what we came here to do, but I was pleased with the team in the second half,” Tedford said after the game at the press conference. “It would have been easy to roll over. We had a couple of goal-line stands in the second half, so I thought the guys competed all the way through.” Fresno State quarterback Chason Virgil led a few long drives against the Tide’s defense, but only pushed the Bulldogs to

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the end zone once. Virgil completed 21 of 34 pass attempts for 180 yards with the one touchdown. He also threw an interception in the fourth quarter. “I kind of already knew what type of team we were,” Virgil said. “I knew we were some guys that are tough, and we can play with anybody. This is the No. 1 team in the country, and it was a great opportunity to play, and we played really hard.” Alabama quarterback and reigning SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts impressed with his arm, but sliced up the ‘Dogs’ defense with his running. On the second play of the game, Hurts ran right by Fresno State’s defense for a 55-yard touchdown, giving the Crimson Tide the early momentum. “You get down so early like that, and the momentum really goes in the other direction,” Tedford said. “It would be really easy to say, ‘Yeah, that’s what we thought it would be; these guys are unbelievable.’ But we kept playing hard.” Hurts ended with 128 yards and a touchdown through the air, as well as

“They played hard, and that’s really a sign of what we’ve been preaching – to compete every single play, and I thought they did that. But there’s a lot to learn from this game of course.” – Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford

a game-high 154 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. “He did a great job today,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “He threw the ball to the right place, was accurate with the ball, he kind of took what the defense gave.” Fresno State wide receiver Derrion Grim scored the ‘Dogs’ lone touchdown – a 26-yard catch from Virgil in the fourth quarter. Bulldogs’ linebacker Jeffrey Allison was the leader on defense en route to a career-high 14 tackles. Fresno State’s offensive line set the tone for the offense and continually gave the team a chance to make something happen. Alabama’s front seven consists of multiple four- and five-star recruits, but the ‘Dogs’ offensive line gave up only one sack. Although Fresno State does not have to play the No. 1 team in the country again next week, the ‘Dogs have another tough game. The Bulldogs travel to Seattle to play another College Football Playoff team – the University of Washington.

“I do not think that we played quite as well on defense today. They hit a lot of screens and quarterback draws. They did a really good job of attacking us – sort of nickel-and-diming us – to be able to keep the ball and shrink the game.” – Alabama head coach Nick Saban


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“We played really well, and we played for each other. We need to build off this and carry it into the rest of the season.” – Fresno State quarterback Chason Virgil

“Defensively, we beat ourselves with the minor mistakes that we had.” – Fresno State linebacker Jeffrey Allison

September 11, 2017  
September 11, 2017