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Ana Lydia Chavez, now a student at CSU Fresno, remembers her favorite memory of Tony Cantu. “I graduated from Fresno City on May 2013, and during the Chicano commencement, he shook my hand, and he heard my story that I had come back to school after 25 years,” Chavez said. “When he gave me my diploma, he whispered, ‘Keep going; never quit.’” Dorothy “Dottie” Smith, former member of the State Center Community College board of trustees said, “Tony did not see a black student, white student, Hispanic student or Asian student. He saw a student. Tony saw people; he just saw all students equal.” Chavez and Smith were among the hundreds who gathered at the St. John’s Cathedral in downtown Fresno on April 10 for a memorial service for Tony Cantu, president of Fresno City College. The standing-room only event was filled with Cantu’s family, friends, and FCC staff and students. Cantu died on Easter day, four years after he took over the reins of the institution. “All we know is that he died over the weekend,” said Public Information Officer Kathy Bonilla. “A family member notified the district early morning [April 6].” Bonilla, who was friends with Cantu and last spoke with him about a week before he died, described him as a generous man who “always had the students in mind.” “He supported scholarships; he supported fundraisers, buying tables at dinners to support whatever cause,” Bonilla said. “Even when the concert band went to France to play at the anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, he supported them financially.” Cantu’s niece, Monica Marie Cantu Robarge said, “He loved theatre; he loved art; he loved music; he loved shopping, loved to cook.” Bonilla also said that Cantu will be missed on campus by the many who knew him. “He was kind of a no-nonsense type of guy; he told you what he thought, but he was also free with a compliment,” Bonilla said. “If he saw students that did well, he would always make sure to tell students what a good job they were doing and how happy he was to have them as Fresno City College students.” Cantu ascended to the presidency of FCC on April 3, 2012; he had occupied the position on an interim basis for a year before that. Cantu was the tenth president of the college and the third Hispanic to hold the position. When he was hired, a member of the State Center Community College Board of Trustees said the board chose a man with vast knowledge and much needed experience to lead the affairs of Fresno City College during the uncertainties of a daunting budget crisis. “There was a tremendous amount of input from the campus community that the board and chancellor considered [in choosing Cantu to lead the college],” said Randy Rowe, who was associate
The Tony Cantu memorial during the services held for him in the Old Administration Building auditorium on April 7, 2015. Photo/Ram Reyes. vice chancellor of Human Resources. “The result of that process is a quality individual, Tony Cantu, being named president of Fresno City College.” Having been in the position for a year, Cantu said he would continue in his role and move forward to meet the challenges the college was facing. And with over 23 years of experience in the State Center Community College District, he was confident in his knowledge of the college and the district. “I have learned a lot in terms of making sure communication is timely and consistent. I have learned there is a huge number of people here who are willing to work and do what we need to do to move the college forward,” said Cantu. “I am very proud of this college and the faculty and students committed to the college. Having seen it from a campus wide perspective, instead of just instruction, solidified what I had always thought.” During his tenure at SCCCD, Cantu has held several leadership positions, including serving as the vice president of instruction from 1999 to April 2011, as dean of humanities from 1994 to 1999. He has also held administrative positions at Reedley College and served as the interim president of Reedley College from 2003-2004. “I think it’s a good decision because Tony has been part of the college for many years. He knows the culture. He knows the process,” said Claudia Habib who was academic senate president when Cantu was appointed. “Right now, we’re making changes for the better. We’re making the transition so we’ll be able to keep the momentum because
he has been working with different committees on the strategic planning and on program review; being able to continue all that will help us.” Cantu said he was ready to work with the district and build on FCC’s accreditation report as well as the strategic planning process. He also wanted to make sure the college is well represented by individuals who work in different constituency groups. And even amidst a budget crisis and the uncertainties it brought, Cantu remained optimistic. “I think we’ve stayed the course when dealing with doubts regarding the budget. We continue to provide as many services as possible to students. I’m very proud of that,” he said. As the chief executive of FCC, Cantu focused on building a strong relationship with students. He hoped to share more information with students and to get them involved in the governance process. Cantu said he drew most of his strength and confidence from his upbringing in the small town of Mendota, California. He credited the small-town his strong sense of value. “You get a sense of how everyone is looking out for each other. Everybody knows you, and that was beneficial for me growing up in that environment,” he said. “I went to Tranquility High School and that was a very good experience. I benefited from having very good teachers. I have been fortunate to have very good mentors. I’ve had individuals who have taken an interest in me and have encouraged me.” After graduating from Tranquility
High, Cantu went on to pursue several degrees. At CSU Fresno, he received advanced degrees in Linguistics and ESL. He later received his degree in French from CSU Long Beach and completed graduate courses in French and Spanish Literature at UC Irvine. Even on his ascendancy, Cantu remained humble, giving credit to FCC’s past presidents with whom he worked closely and gained valuable experience. “Some people do something to be something, but Tony, he didn’t do president of Fresno City College to be something; he became president to do something,” Dottie Smith said. “And that’s what he wanted; it wasn’t about glory; it wasn’t about saying ‘I’m the president of FCC’; it was about ‘what can I do to make a difference in young people’s life.” His niece also said of her uncle, “I would say he was a missionary; he was a true example of discipleship -a selfless person who really knew his purpose, and his gift was, I believe, education and fulfilling that true love for family -- not just within his own circle, but the entire circle of life of people.” In his first interview with the Rampage after he became president, Cantu spoke about how he wants to be remembered. “I hope,” he said, “people will say that I cared and worked for the best interest of the college, the faculty and students.”
RAMPAGE April 15, 2015 Vol. CXXVI I S S U E 5
Student-Run Newspaper of Fresno City College
Many stories in this issue of the Rampage contain quotes from recorded interviews with Tony Cantu, president of FCC, who died on April 5, 2015. These interviews were conducted on March 26, 2015. For this issue, Cantu will be described as president.
Linda Sanchez, Student Activities accounting clerk being arrested by the State Center Community College District Police after an altercation with a student aide in the student lounge on March 20, 2015. Photo/Ram Reyes
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A brief altercation in the student lounge of Fresno City College on March 20 took a turn that very few saw coming. By the end of the day, Linda Sanchez, the accounting clerk for the Student Activities office had been arrested and charged with battery against Suzette Freeman, a student
aide in the same office. Sanchez was suspended and barred from all State Center Community College District Facilities until investigations were completed. Sanchez’s arrest came a few hours after she filed a report with the district police about funds she claimed were missing from the student activ
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CLERK ALLEGES COVER-UP OF FUNDS MISSING IN STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE BY PATRICK FORREST
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An accounting clerk is alleging that some money, totalling $2,110 is missing from the Associated Students Government’s account managed by the Student Activities office. Linda Sanchez, who is facing battery charges and is now on leave with pay, said she first brought the concerns to Cherryl Sullivan, vice
president of administrative services and later, the State Center Community College District police department. “I’ve done the chain of command,” Sanchez said. “I’ve done the police report and they’re still here. Nothing has happened.” Sanchez said she discovered the
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Student Who Called in Bomb Threat to Be Sentenced in July BY CHAD HORNE
On Jan. 22, 2014, a 22-year-old student called in a bomb threat to Fresno City College as a practical joke. Today, Judy Gutierrez is locked up in the Fresno County jail after pleading guilty to a bomb threat hoax. This is just a beginning of the trial process for Gutierrez who will be sentenced on July 27. Gutierrez, who was a student at the college at the time, had called in a bomb threat to her biology instructor either to get out of class or to retaliate for something relating to the class itself. Classes were cancelled that day and a heavy search was underway for the bomb which was never found. It turned out to be a hoax. “We assisted federal agencies on a search warrant where all sorts of things were seized,” said Bruce Hartman, police chief for State Center Community College District. The threat created anxiety for many on campus and shattered whatever level of comfort on
campus. “I was here that day and had a class in that building, but I couldn’t go,” said Alyssa Jones who was in her second semester of her first year. “We didn’t really know what was going on,” she added. “ I just don’t think about it.” But the police were, and are thinking about it. “We were able to identify the location of the threat in about six hours,” said Hartman. “We had a federal search warrant and served the search warrant on location within 24 hours.” Placing a false bomb threat has the same legal ramifications as actually placing a bomb and detonating it. “We wanted to put a stop to this,” Hartman said. “A lot of people think that you can just do something like this and get away with it, and nothing ever happens to anybody; well this proves to the opposite.”
“A lot of people think that you can just do something like that and get away with it, and nothing ever happens to anybody. Well this proves to the opposite.” -Bruce Hartman State Center Community College District Police Chief
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College personnel and SCCCD police remove caution tape after combing the area in response to a possible bomb threat in the Math/Science Building, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Classes were cancelled for the remainder of the day and resumed Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Photo/Rampage Archive
Carillon Bells Return to FCC, ceremony to be held BY CRESENCIO RODRIGUEZ DELGADO Editor-in-Chief email@example.com
The sound of music, once heard 25 years ago in 1990, has returned to Fresno City College with a newly installed harmonious carillon of bells. A dedication ceremony will take place on April 22 at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the FCC library building. According to Ron Byrd, a retired faculty member, the original carillon needed repairs several years
“Many colleges have carillons and it adds to the collegiate atmosphere, providing for lifetime memories.” -Ron Byrd Retired Faculty Member
ago, but parts were no longer available since the unit became so obsolete due to the newer electronic technology. According to Byrd, the new carillon has been installed on the second floor of the library and four speakers will carry the sound of the bells across the campus. Byrd says he spoke with FCC President Tony Cantu about the ceremony and said Cantu was “thrilled” and “looking forward” to it. After news of Cantu’s death, the carillon played at noon in his honor during the wreath-laying ceremony in the Old Administration Building auditorium on April 7. It was also played at the beginning of his memorial service in St. John’s Cathedral in Downtown Fresno on April 10. The carillon is said to be programmed to sound Westminster chimes on the hour and will play the college alma mater at 1:00 p.m. each day. The carillon will also play on special occasions and will provide noontime concerts from time to time. “Many colleges have carillons,” Byrd says, “and it adds to the collegiate atmosphere, providing for lifetime memories.” The new carillon is a gift to FCC from Ron Byrd himself as well as from Cecilia Byrd. Ron served as a librarian at FCC from 1968 to 2001. Byrds longtime desire to to have a carillon on campus became a reality when his friend, Martha J. Hoover, made a donation to the State Center Community College District Foundation to purchase the carillon.
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An accounting clerk is alleging that some money, totalling $2,110 is missing from the Associated Students Government’s account managed by the Student Activities office. Linda Sanchez, who is facing battery charges and is now on leave with pay, said she first brought the concerns to Cherryl Sullivan, vice president of administrative services and later, the State Center Community College District police department. “I’ve done the chain of command,” Sanchez said. “I’ve done the police report and they’re still here. Nothing has happened.” Sanchez said she discovered the discrepancy in accounting after she returned to her job after four months of “stress leave.” She said that after two weeks back on the job, she found that $181 was missing from the quarter machine in the game room, and also $1,000 and $1,119 missing from the adventure and communications committees respectively. According to business office records, a total of $2,119 was signed out of the Associated Student Government budget for use by both committees. Both of these withdrawals were signed off by Sean Henderson, director of student activities director and ASG advisor. Sanchez says that the $1,119 given to the communications committee is completely unaccounted for but the adventure committee money is a different story.
“I’ve done the chain of command, I’ve done the police report and they’re still here.” -Linda Sanchez
Student Activities Accounting Clerk II The adventure committee’s money was given to Garrett Hale, student trustee and adventure committee chair, who went to Best Buy to purchase a GoPro camera. He returned both the receipt and the change, totaling over $700, to Sean Henderson. This story is corroborated by Sanchez, Henderson and Hale. According to Sanchez, Henderson explained that he gave the receipt, among other proof of transaction, to “Penny in the business office.” She checked with Michael Coppedge, accounting technician at the business office, but couldn’t get any evidence of the exchange. In a Feb. 23, 2015 email from Coppedge to Henderson, Coppedge asked for the two receipts; he forwarded the email to Sanchez on March 16. “There’s no accounting for it,” Sanchez said. “I gave all of this information to Cheryl Sullivan on [March 18], to no response.” Sullivan, vice-president of Admin-
istrative Services, however challenged Sanchez’s claims. “There absolutely was [an investigation],” Sullivan said. “There was no evidence of some of the things that were being claimed, such as ‘embezzlement’.” The results of the investigation found that the missing funds were in Sean Henderson’s possession for too long, and that resulted in the ways that many of the things began to get “misconstrued.” “What I have learned from all of this is that there is a 15 day deadline to return funds,” Henderson said. “I didn’t know that before, but I certainly do know.” Henderson claims that with his accountant clerk being out for an extended period of time he warned that things “may get sloppy.” “I’ve asked for help,” Henderson said. “You leave us without executive, important staff members and we’re going to take a hit after that.”
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A brief altercation in the student lounge of Fresno City College on March 20 took a turn that very few saw coming. By the end of the day, Linda Sanchez, the accounting clerk for the Student Activities office had been arrested and charged with battery against Suzette Freeman, a student aide in the same office. Sanchez was suspended and barred from all State Center Community College District Facilities until investigations were completed. Sanchez’s arrest came a few hours after she filed a report with the district police about funds she claimed were missing from the student activities office. She said she had been off from work for four months and returned only to find that proper procedures for money transaction were not followed and that some money, totalling approximately $2,000, appeared to be unaccounted for. She said there were no receipts to explain its disbursement. Rodney Zumkehr, SCCCD police officer, said that there was no immediate determination that a crime had been committed in the allegations about the missing funds and that the college business office were investigating. Despite repeated requests, Zumkehr was unable to provide any further information on this case nor a copy of the police report on this allegation. A few hours after she filed the police reports about the funds, the 17year employee was escorted out of her office, toward a district police vehicle where she was handcuffed and placed in the back seat for “grabbing” a student aide during an argument. “We are still following up on witnesses, potential witnesses, making sure everybody who was there is being contacted, so it’s going to be a while,” Bruce Hartmann, SCCCD police chief said. A few days later, the Rampage obtained a letter from Diane Clerou, vice-chancellor of human resources at the district, made out to Sanchez, plac-
ing her on leave with pay and directing her to avoid conducting any district business while on leave. “Any violation of this directive will be independent grounds for discipline up to and including termination,” the letter stated. The letter also mentions that the investigation into the incident is being handled “as confidentially as possible,” consistent with a thorough investigation and appropriate resolution of the issues. Tony Cantu, FCC president, cited confidentiality concerns and would not comment on this matter. The battery charge against Sanchez resulted from an altercation which started when she told the student aide, Suzette Freeman to leave the office. According to both Sanchez and Freeman, the student refused to do so. “I was in the office, not on the clock,” Freeman said. “I got asked for assistance at the ID card machine, so I went to help the student because I work there.” Freeman said Sanchez questioned her presence in the office because she “was not on the clock” and asked her to leave. She refused, and soon after, Sanchez grabbed her from her backpack, pulling her back. “I stumbled back, but I didn’t get hurt, but technically, that is still battery because she put her hands on me,” Freeman said. Sanchez said Freeman was violating the standards of conduct for student aides working in the office and that she reminded Freeman about the employee handbook that states that all student aides sign off and are not allowed to touch office machines when they are off duty. Despite instructions to the student aide, she [Freeman] “kept on typing on the computer, so I pulled her back,” Sanchez said. Sanchez cited a passage from the employee handbook which states that a student may be disciplined under Administrative Regulation 5520 for “persistent, serious misconduct where
other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct.” The handbook also states that a student may be disciplined for “unauthorized entry upon or use of district facilities.” Sanchez maintains that Freeman violated those standards of conduct after she ignored repeated requests to leave the office and not touch office machines. Student Activities Coordinator Sean Henderson called the police who arrived within five minutes, according to Freeman. Most students in the student lounge at the time of the altercation and other student aides and staff would not comment on the incident. Diane Clerou said the police was still investigating the Sanchez case and that the district will follow a process similar to what it did in a few years ago, after an altercation between a staff and student at the college. In that case which happened in spring of 2013, a former instructor was charged with battery for hitting a student in the Old Administration Building. Immediately following that incident, the instructor, Brian Calhoun, was arrested, cited and released by the SCCCD police. Calhoun’s trial lasted about seven months before he was convicted of battery on Oct. 18, 2013 and sentenced to three years probation, 90 days in the adult offender work program and ordered to pay a $240 fine. During the investigation, Calhoun was ordered to stay away from all SCCCD campuses effective immediately. Likewise, Sanchez is specifically instructed to not come onto any district facility without the direct permission of Clerou and or the college president, according to the letter obtained by the Rampage. The district is withholding further information, including actual reports filed by Sanchez, despite requests from The Rampage. Clerou said that releasing more information go against privacy rules set by the district.
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DROUGHT BRINGS WATER RATIONING AND ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPING BY CHUEYEE YANG
“It’s [water] not falling out of the sky, it’s not running down the rivers and it’s not coming out of the springs,” said Jeannine Koshear, Fresno City College Geography instructor. The heaping warm weather and decrease in water from California has been taking a stroll since 2011 and is continuing to 2015. Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center shows that Fresno had 1.39 inches of rain throughout January 2012 while it dropped to 0.18 inches during January 2015. California has been suffering through the lack of water for four years while the weather has been increasing, which causes the dry environment. The average temperature during March 2014 was 62.4 degrees, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office. Koshear said that Fresno came across “record breaking temperatures” during the weekend of March 28, as it reached over 80 degrees. California’s supply of water has slowly been evaporating, leaving residents curious about upcoming drought conditions during the summer. “It’s going to be a long, hot and dry summer,” said Fresno City College Geology instructor, Craig Poole. Poole suspects that there will be more water rationing and “a lot of people are not going to be use to that,” he said. The City of Fresno has been on the second stage of the Water Storage Contingency Plan since November 2014 which enforces the community to
water their lawns twice a week, during the summer and once a week during winter. Both Koshear and Poole believes that the current drought condition calls for the possibility of reducing lush landscaping. “We can pay more attention by conserving as much water as possible and perhaps getting rid of our lush landscaping,” said Poole. Koshear said that turning lush landscaping into xeriscaping would be more ideal for the current situation. A bigger obstacle that residents cannot control as much is the amount of snow that is produced on the highest points of the mountains. The snowpacks that are created at the highest points of the mountains are slowly reducing the amount of water that is produced from the snowmelts. Poole has taken multiple trips to the mountains and “there’s just hardly any snow up there, which is scary,” he said. The snowmelt is a tool that gets California through the year as it keeps the creeks and rivers running overtime, says Poole. Some fracture systems in the rocks have not been replenishing as much, which will cause streams to dry up during the summer and the early fall, he said. Due to the low snowpacks, Governor Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25 percent decrease on water use throughout California. The amount of water that will be saved is approximately 1.5 million
Houses sit on Snob Hill in Porterville, California as dry grass and low water levels are evident due to the drought. Many households have stopped watering their lawns due to restrictions. Photo/Albertina Rodriguez Delgado. acre-feet of water. This 25 percent reduction will order residents to change to drought tolerant landscaping, replacing appliances with water and energy efficient models, and more. Users of agricultural water will also have to report their water use to state regulators. Eighty percent of water is currently going towards agriculture while about 20 percent of water is being used by residents, said Koshear. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA], over 2,400 gallons of water is used to produce one pound of meat. Koshear said, “you have to grow the feed for the steer, then you have the animal itself and then its drinking demands.” Some farmers in the San Joa-
quin Valley have stopped growing citrus “because farmers know that they do not have the water to keep them alive,” Koshear said, “farmers don’t have the option of depending on groundwater.” However, according to California Drought, Governor Brown signed a $1 billion dollar drought relief plan on March 27, which will allow communities that have lost a grand amount of water to have access to water and food service. $10 million in grants have also been provided by the California Department of Food Agriculture to help create more than 150 conservation projects for acres throughout the state. “I think that it’s a good response on the private estate because this is a crisis for pretty much the entire state as far as water availability,” said Koshear.
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Fresno City College buildings have fallen into disrepair. Sizeable patches of paint are missing from classroom walls, some for many years. Many of the facilities on campus are in so much need of repair that they pose a danger to students. It is so much of a concern that Cheryl Sullivan, interim president of the college, gathered a group to conduct a walk-through of the many facilities around campus. Sullivan is also concerned about meeting accreditation standards. “One of the accreditation standards is, ‘how do you evaluate the space, and make sure that everything is okay?’,” Sullivan, in her second year as a member of the college facilities, committee said. Sullivan says that a fix is coming to FCC soon, starting with the remodeling of at least 10 faculty offices, beginning in May. “It became very apparent that we had not kept up with faculty offices,” said Sullivan, citing some faculty offices with carpets installed in the 1970s. Sullivan says it takes the facilities committee nearly eight months to complete a walk-through of the whole campus each year, with about three spaces left to look at this year. Using a scale of one to five, Sullivan says the walk-through inspects everything, from flooring to paint. Each room likewise each building is ranked and given different priorities depending on the needs of each space. Seth Yates, chair of the committee, said he is well aware of the poor con-
ditions and dated infrastructure on campus. “I think half of the buildings on campus are not in a state of repair that we would like them to be,” he said. But Yates says the discussion of how to better deal with the aged campus should not fall solely on the committee, but rather, on students, faculty and the community who should contribute to the discussions on what needs to be done. Yates said that is why the committee held four forums last year in which they hoped would bring students, faculty and community members together to discuss their main concerns regarding campus infrastructure. Those efforts proved to be unsuccessful as the forums were poorly attended, Yates said. “It was really disappointing because, we are really trying to do the best for the campus,” Yates said. “I can’t know of every issue on every building and nor can certain people on the committee.” Yates also said that the facilities committee can only make recommendations on what they think should be fixed, but that the committee has no authority to enforce anything. “We are not a decision-making body,” Yates said. “We are only [a recommendation body].” He said that sometimes, repairs on campus can take years to accomplish due to many factors -- most important of which is the lack of funding. “If we recomend something, if there is no money, you can’t do it,” Yates said. In addition to lack of funding, the
facilities situation is exacerbated by a shortage of manpower, especially custodians. “We are short staffed right now,” said Ernie Martinez, head custodian. Martinez says that since the opening of the Old Administration Building, additional custodians were required to maintain it. This made way for an even greater shortage of custodians according to Martinez. Consequently, the current custodians began practicing what Martinez calls “team cleaning”. Martinez said this approach makes for better cleaning of classrooms and
other spaces and has led to substantial improvements in and out of the buildings. This means that “[a custodian] has two people to do the same amount of time but now you have two [custodians] doing those man hours so it kind of doubles the man hours,” Martinez said. The Language Arts building has been subject to numerous complaints according to Sullivan and according to Martinez, has improved since the beginning of the “team-cleaning”.
The bathroom in the Pacific Cafe features filthy floors and aged pipes for their sinks on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Fresno City College Facilities Committee has taken initiative to remodel and fix damaged buildings and college facilities. Photo/Ram Reyes
COLLEGE LAUNCHES ASIANAMERICAN MONTH CELEBRATIONS Asian American Club Committed to Fostering Culture BY CHRISTOPHER DEL CASTILLO Reporter email@example.com
The Asian American History Month celebrations were kicked off at Fresno City College on March 25. Throughout the month of April, The Asian American club will host numerous events for students, their families and the entire community. John Cho, who has been an adviser to the Asian American Club since 2001, said, “This year will be the best year yet because of the active involvement with the student and the community.” The club promotes Asian American culture and teaches positive understanding of the world around them. Club members encourage the college community to attend to their meetings every Friday at 2:00 p.m, so they could listen, learn and discover the Asian culture, a whole new culture which is rich in tradition that goes back thousands of years. The Asian American is believed to be one the most successful clubs on the FCC campus. With more than a dozen club members, the group is active and strong in promotion of Asian culture. Members say there are many things to learn and gain from different cultures. Professor Cho said the club is deeply supported by the students and the community as well in its quest to “open your world view in things.” Club member Ratana Serey said she joined the club because “it
helps [others] understand my culture and who we are as people and helps communicate and bond between friends.” Learning from other cultures provides different worldview of things. Cho said that is the benefit of joining college clubs. The adviser’s hope is to open all minds to different cultures and show a positive perspective of traditions different from their own. He said that people have a higher purpose in life and being in a club helps students broaden their perspectives on history, religion, and cultural philosophy. What makes the club so active is the strong involvement within the students. And the students within the club is what makes the Fresno City campus rich in cultural identity. Professor Cho is very excited about this year’s event and hopes all people from all cultures come and enjoy the celebration of art, music and a rich understand of the Asian American culture. The club hopes for a large turnout. Anyone looking for something different and new should join a college club like the Asian American club. It will help the person look at cultures differently; additionally, the person will learn a thing or two about himself and others.
The dance group “M!” performing the song “Let’s Get Drunk” signifying the values of being happy and having a good time during the Asian-American 2015 Celebration Night Show at the FCC Theatre on March 27, 2015. Photo/ Ram Reyes
Dancers from the Khmer Cultural Preservation performing the Robam Phuong Neary, a classical Khmer dance that compares the beauty of a Khmer woman to a golden flower, during the Asian-American 2015 Celebration Night show in the FCC Theatre on March 27, 2015. Photo/ Ram Reyes
Rampage Wins Honors in State Conference BY CHUEYEE YANG
Spring 2015 Rampage editorial board on Saturday, April 11, 2015. (from left to right) Daisy Rodriguez, Jasmine Yoro Bowles, Chueyee Yang, Patrick Forrest, Cresencio Rodriguez Delgado, Dympna Ugwu-Oju, Charlotte Mackay, Keaundrey Clark, Ramuel Reyes, David Chavez. Photo courtesy to the Rampage.
Fresno City College’s student-run newspaper, the Rampage took home five awards from the 60th Journalism Association of Community Colleges Conference held in Sacramento last weekend. The three-day conference allowed journalism students from community colleges statewide to participate in competitions, workshops and experience completing their assigned projects before the deadline. Four Rampage editors were awarded for their hard work and skills while the Rampage Online was recognized and awarded for its General Excellence. News editor and production manager, Patrick Forrest and editor-in-chief, Cresencio Rodriguez Delgado both took home awards for creating well-written articles under the category, feature writings. Forrest placed first for his article about immigration after President Barack Obama announced his executive order and Rodriguez-Delgado was awarded as honorable mention for his article about veterans which were both written in the fall of 2014.
“I was in complete shock,” and “did not expect to win first place,” said Forrest. Co-photo editors, Ramuel “Ram” Reyes and Daisy Rodriguez both received an award for their photographs. Reyes’ third place award for the news photo category made him recognize his skills in photography he said. “[The award] is a sign that I’m doing the right thing,” Reyes said. He believes that the camera equipment has is not fully why he was awarded, “it’s not what the gear is, it’s what you do with what you have,” said Reyes. Reyes captured the third place photo during an hour presentation from Above the Fray CEO, Thomas Dodson. Being recognized as honorable mention in the feature photo category, Rodriguez spent three hours at a local event capturing photos and spent only 10 minutes editing her photographs for her feature photo. When Rodriguez was presented with an award, she said she felt pleased with herself. “Winning an award within a three day period really shows that I can be able to do this,” Rodriguez said.
ABUSE VICTIMS SHARE STORIES, STATISTICS BY CHARLOTTE MACKAY
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A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds, resulting in more than 3 million reports each year. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused prior to the age of 18. For both Dakota Draconi and Janessa Willar, child abuse is not only a statistic, but also a memory. On March 20, 2015 Daroci enlightened Fresno City College faculty and students with the unspoken aspects of child abuse at her Breaking the Silence forum. “One child hurt is too many,” said Draconi. As a survivor of child abuse, domestic violence and rape, Draconi established this nonprofit organization as a way to not only bring awareness to the community of young abused individuals but also to comfort those who have been abused and reassure them that they are accepted. According to safehorizon.org over 45 percent of abused children are under the age of five and four to seven children are lost everyday to child
“I think the worst part about it wasn’t that I was molested but that I cared about him.” -Janessa Willar abuse and neglect. While contrary to the popular belief of stranger danger, it is often family members who partake in the abuse. “The reality is, in more than nine out of 10 cases of child abuse, the perpetrator is somebody in the child’s circle of trust.” Draconi said. “It is not the slimy stranger with candy, nor is it the Internet predator, who poses the greatest threats to our children. Although both exist, they are truly rare.” Janessa Willar, 21-year-old FCC student who has attended the forum twice, is much too familiar with emotional and physical abuse from her parents.
Although Draconi did not feel comfortable sharing her story in depth, Willar had very little shame in coming forward. “I think the worst part about it wasn’t that I was molested but that I cared about him and I thought it meant that he cared about me because he showed a lot of interest in me,” said Willar. Growing up in a Mormon household, Willar was not only forced to practice the religion but also to believe that being molested as a child was just another display of affection. Both her biological father and stepfather sexually abused Waller until 10-years-old.
“There’s just like a part of me that wishes I had a parent who wants to talk to me,” said Willar. While the days of childhood molestation are behind her, Willar still suffers from psychological abuse from her mother as well as depression, social anxiety and panic attacks. “I have had depression, and I’ve recently been able to say I’ve had depression,” said Willar. “My mom is really psychologically abusive; she calls me all of the bad things in the book...and doesn’t think depression is a thing.” As Draconi discussed in her talk, many survivors are scarred with longterm consequences: fear, anxiety, depression, relationships and trust issues to name a few and for Willar, nothing is more difficult than not having anyone to talk to. “Let people know and understand how you feel so they can help you find out about yourself; how to improve it,” Willar said. “Depression isn’t a category, it’s a way that you’re alive.” Reporter, Albertina Rodriguez Delgado contributed to this story.
Temporary President ASG Candidates list reveal low numbers, high hopes Named for FCC BY PATRICK FORREST
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The State Center Community College District has named George Railey, vice chancellor of educational services, as Fresno City College’s acting president until an interim president is chosen. The position of president at FCC was left vacant after FCC President Tony Cantu died suddenly over the Easter weekend. “[Railey] is the type of man that we know can fill in and take over the job in this most unfortunate of situations,” said Bill Stewart, SCCCD interim chancellor. “He was one of the finalists for the job a few years ago and I’m sure he will
step in nicely.” Railey, who has been in multiple educational positions since 1980, has been with the district since 2012 and has used his position in a multitude of ways. Following the news of Cantu’s death, Cheryl Sullivan, vice president of administrative services was asked to step in as acting president for the college. “We are very grateful for the job that [Sullivan] was able to do for us with no notice,” Stewart said. “But we need to make out our budgets for the upcoming year and need all of her attention on that.”
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“I want to help everybody, and mainly the students is my focus,” said Associated Student Government presidential candidate Toni Sandoval. The Associated Student Government elections have begun once again, and candidates will now have to campaign around the campus asking for support as they look to fill the leadership positions of ASG. All positions from president to senator are available to any student on campus with a 2.0 GPA and at minimum six academic units. Outside of the ASG Presidential race every other candidate is running unopposed. Running for President Pro - Tempore is Koua Xiong, Gardenia Lopez and Matthew Scott are running for the two senators positions. Brianna Herrera is running for Executive Vice President. The candidate list is highlighted at the top this 2015-2016 election season with Toni Sandoval and Maize Lee running for president. “I’m running because I really like ASG and when I first came to FCC I didn’t know about all the cool things on campus,” said Lee The issues and topics each candidate will be running on will largely be based on school safety and how they would each make the ASG more visible to students. “Campus Safety at night time is a big priority,” Said Sandoval. “Asking a couple of students around campus and this is something they worry about, I’d like to work with Campus Police Department and Administration. One issue that is a major problem on campus is parking. With less space and increasing fees, students would still like a reasonable resolution to the problem. The candidates will attempt to con-
vince their fellow students to vote, as an average of 600 people vote in these yearly elections.Very low for a campus that has around 21,000 students. In 2013 it reached an all-time low with only a total of 189 votes casted. With a student, that means 0.9 percent of the student body voted. This year they hope the turnout will be higher. “I think communication in general on campus is hard because administration has a problem with doing that with students too.” said Sandoval “But I think being visible about it with signs on campus, I’d get in touch with the public information officer Cris Monahan-Bremer and I’d work a deal out with her and advertise ASG on campus.” Sandoval and Lee will have until April 28th to campaign from ASG President. Votes will be held on online. All students will receive a link to the votes through their student email. The winner will hold the presidency for a full year and work with Administrators and campus leaders to make FCC a better place for students to learn and grow. “I think being part of ASG and being the president and advocate for the students who don’t know about the programs on campus that help them,” said Lee A group on campus who is sure to make their voices heard during the campaign process is the Veterans that attend FCC. One of their own Marine and ASG Trustee Candidate Cody Sedano. “Before I didn’t really care for ASG, until I learned we could be representatives in ASG,” said Sedano. “Then I thought why just represent the veterans on campus why not represent the whole student body.”
The Color Morale
The crowd reaches out to vocalist Garret Rapp of The Color Morale. Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Photo/ Daisy Rodriguez BY DAISY RODRIGUEZ
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From Rockford, Illinois, The Color Morale has made its way to Strummers here in Fresno, California on their Hold On Pain Ends tour around the US. Consisting of vocalist Garret Rapp, guitarists Devin King and Aaron Saunders, drummer Steve Carey, and bassist Mike Honson. As the recorded music playing throughout the venue fades out and the lights on stage go dark, the small and squirm-ish crowd yell in excitement. Starting the show was Tamerlane coming from Los Banos, California. The five-piece giving great energy to start off the night. From Eugene, Oregon, was Alive Like me. An alternative rock four-piece band playing songs like “We’re Better Off Without You” and “Wreckage”. Alive Like Me had kept the crowd wanting more as some of the audience reached and grabbed as some of the members neared the edge of the stage. The singer, Jairus Kersey, with hypnotic blue eyes and stunning voice, had women reaching out for more of him almost pulling him into the crowd. Post-hardcore and hardcore punk band Vanna, comes from Boston, Massachusetts causing chaos in the audience and at one point caused a ceiling panel to fall onto the floor. Luckily, not hitting anyone on the top of their heads. This band had caused the second most lively mosh pit I had ever seen. The first was when I went to see The Ghost Inside and still have the bruise on my leg to prove its insanity. Even though Vanna had its crazy music, it did
have its heart-felt moment when singer Davey Muise jumped into the crowd making himself level with everyone, as if showing his equality with the audience. Saying how he “see’s no sexism, racism, or homophobia”, showing his appreciation for all. At this the crowd yells, almost howls, in agreement and appreciation of the band. The music dissipates and the crowd calms into the normal chatter that lives in between set-up and soundcheck. This time the crowd has grown so much I dare not move from the spot I’ve chosen to take the best of pictures, otherwise my spot is gone for the rest of the night to excited, enlightened, even crazed fans of whoever is playing. A lone scream comes from the crowd and then more sound. People who were scattered throughout Strummers now flock to the stage watching as the next band sets up. Although, there was a difference. This particular band had brought their own light show for the audience. Two triangles were sat on each side of the stage with standard light bulbs you’d find at home. Next on the lineup was Slaves, hailing from Sacramento, California. Barely a year old, Slaves had built up quite the crowd in Strummers. Almost filling up the venue entirely towards its entrance. Also a post hardcore band, the five-piece had performed songs such as “The King”, “The Fire Down Below”, and “Ashes”. With its enticing light show, Slaves had produced such an audience that people were sit-
ting on each other’s shoulders singing along. Much passion had passed from the band to the audience. One of their last songs was an acoustic version of “There Is Only One God and His Name Is Death”. Slaves leaves the audience wanting more, but when no other song appears and the recorded playlist starts up again, almost two-thirds of the crowd leaves. Whether it be to the next room to buy merch and wait to meet the band or head on home. Slaves seemed to be the band to watch, for the same amount of people did not reoccur. About half the crowd had returned for the headlining band, The Color Morale. Lead vocalist, Garret Rapp, had stated that they still had the “same great feeling as performing for 10,000 or 200 people”. The Color Morale played songs like “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Prey For Me”. Rapp sits on the edge of the stage and guitarist Devin King play an acoustic version of “Hold On Pain Ends”, pouring out their talent to the crowd with a jaw-dropping voice. The audience quiets and enjoy the closeness of the two and pulling out phones to take video of the experience. Towards the end of the song the rest of the band plays adding more emphasis in feeling of the music. The crowd cheers and howls as The Color Morale play a couple more songs and ends the night. Leaving everyone in awe of what had came to Fresno and anticipation of waiting for them to come again.
FCC’S Zombie Survival Speech BY PATRICK FORREST
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Renowned author Max Brooks visited the Fresno City College Old Administration Building for a speech, reception and book signing. Brooks, who reached fame with zombie writing such as “World War Z” and “the Zombie Survival Guide,” spoke to students about the importance of going after passions no matter how farfetched others may believe them to be. “We can do great things, we are resilient beings,” Brooks said. “Go forward and dream and with that dream I do hope you find success.” Brooks used humor throughout much of speech to connect with the crowd, telling jokes and using the laugh as a tool to gauge whether or not the audience understood his references. “This is much different for me, I’m a writer,” Brooks said. “I don’t usually have to prepare myself for this type of instant feedback.” Many of the 100s in the crowd waited in lines that stretched the length of the OAB in order to get copies of his most famous works signed by the author, who left inscribed messages in the work to remind attendees of the inspiration that he tried to provide. “It’s cool to know that people like your work,” Brooks said. “But to be honest, I try to write things that I would like, and apparently there are a lot of people out here like me.”
Brooks tried to use his platform to ask his readers to “be zombies, not vampires.” According to Brooks’ philosophy Vampires do not adapt, and are trained for things to go their way. While zombies, work and struggle and as he put it “vampires will always be left wiped out after zombies take everything from them with their struggle.”
“This is much different for me, I’m a writer, I don’t usually have to prepare myself for this type of instant feedback.” -Max Brooks
Max Brooks, zombie lore expert and best selling author, speaks at Fresno City College Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Brooks explains his own experiences with writing books about a zombie apocalypse. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez
A&E 4.15.2015 Schooling you in fashion
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How do professors manage to keep their own style, but still look professional while doing it? English Professor Juan Guzman, tells all. Guzman didn’t want to limit himself with how he dressed for work when he became a professor, so he decided to combine casual and formal. Guzman doesn’t like to limit himself with only one style. When it comes down to fashion, Guzman likes to get creative and has done some weird and strange looks when he was younger. Although many thought it looked strange, his mother would always encourage him to wear whatever he wanted to wear. That has encouraged him to be himself. “I kinda like to put looks together, it’s fun for me,” Guzman said. Guzman also feels like the way a professor dresses also affects how the student will learn, he believes it is easier to approach a professor when they’re wearing jeans. Be-
cause students don’t always want professors to be in a suit and tie. “Dressing as a professor means dressing at a level where students are still able to approach me but also at a level where my colleagues are still going to respect me.” Guzman said. But when Guzman isn’t at work and is dressed down, he likes to be in a t-shirt, a pair of Ralph Lauren polo shorts and wear a pair of sperrys, better know as boat shoes. Guzman is able to combine his outside style with his work style by also adding little accessories, like his Nixon watch and his sunglasses. Guzman likes to look at how he can take something that a student is wearing and make it look more professional because “it’s hard to stay fashionable in work attire but I’m always looking at what students are wearing too.” To keep up with the latest trends, Guzman likes to read from his favorite magazines Detail and GQ. He also enjoys websites like J.Crew, Urban
Outfitters, The GAP, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. Guzman also loves to shop at Nordstrom Rack for the deals. “I love good deals. So I follow the deals.” Guzman said. Guzman’s go-to items are jeans and a solid color t-shirts with long sleeves or a v-neck. “It depends on the season. For winter time I wear a black v-neck, sweater, and jeans. So I wear a lot of navy, black, and grey.” Guzman said. “In the spring time, solid color v-necks are number one for me and either jeans or those polo shorts.” One trend that Guzman doesn’t like that is coming back are bucket hats because “they were so in, in the ‘90s, and I do not approve.” Guzman said. He hopes that Birkenstocks come back because “Birkenstocks are awesome, especially now that it’s beginning to warm up a little bit. I’m waiting for this trend to come back so I can own a pair.” Guzman said.
Navy Penguin Blazer-Nordstrom Rack Plain long sleeve t-shirt-GAP Jeans-GAP Paul Haan boots-Nordstrom Rack Watch- Nixon. Photo/Ram Reyes
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11 4.15.2015 A&E Erven’s play “Vertigo” opens in Art Space Theater on Friday BY DAVID CHAVEZ
Theater instructor and playwright Chuck Erven will be premiering his play “After Vertigo” this Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. The play will run until Sunday in the FCC Art Space Gallery. Inspired by the classic Hitchcock film “Vertigo”, the play revolves a character named John who is trying to write a story about his murdered wife but can’t figure out the plot because he doesn’t have all the clues. “He doesn’t know if he’s writing it or dreaming it necessarily. The movie ‘Vertigo’ is more-so where all the clues are coming from,” Erven said. “A lot of things are parallel with the movie.” When Erven initially began to write the play, he wanted to do a stage adaptation of the film. He then decided he would instead use the movie as a basis to tell a different story. Erven says that the play isn’t “Vertigo” Part Two. The play carries a lot of the same themes as the film such as obsession, identity and the question of what is real versus what is imagined. “After Vertigo” will include community members as actors and will not feature any students. All the actors have acting experience, and some have acted professionally. “They’re really really great actors,” Erven said. “They’ve really helped develop the script.” Erven said he wants people to walk away from the play feeling like they have been on a journey.When the play is done, he hopes everyone will have captured the same story but that they will each have different theories about who did what and what is going to hap-
pen next. In fact, that is one of the reason why he chose to have the play performed in the FCC Art Space Gallery. “When you look at a piece of art, it is about interpretation,” Erven said. Like a painting, the play will mean something different to every individual. “I want people to walk out feeling like they get a bit of an immersive experience in a dream,” Erven said. If the play is successful, Erven feels like “After Vertigo” would fit well at Rogue Festival. He believes that because the play only has four characters, not much space is needed, and it only lasts about 55 minutes and can “definitely” fit into a festival setting. “After Vertigo” will have six performances -- Friday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. All performances will take place in the FCC Art Space Gallery. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Erven has enjoyed great success as a playwright. His “The Ballad of Chet” won third place in the David Mark Cohen Award category at the 2012 Kennedy Center Awards. In 2006, he was the John Wall Playwriting Fellow at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South. In 2009 Charles was nominated by the Kennedy Center as a “Teaching Artist.” Many of Erven’s plays have been produced at various places, including the BoarsHead Theatre in Lansing, Michigan.
Director Charles “Chuck” Erven of “After Vertigo” explaining his own take about the story of Vertigo. Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez
Why you should listen to K-Pop Tower Car Show BY CHUEYEE YANG
The cultural music phenomenon that incorporates the use of pop, hip-hop, R&B, eye-catching music videos and more, are all part of the growing music genre, Korean pop [K-pop]. K-pop has made its move from South Korea to being a global sensation as millions from other countries are now rooting for this music genre. The music genre is known to be the source where lovers of music are able to gravitate towards the unique and flashy outfits, hairstyles, makeup and more. “It’s different. It’s unique. It’s eye-catching,” said biology major, Choua Vang. With bright colors and different music video concepts during new releases, listeners are continuously experiencing new elements that are added. Clare Anzolegaga, Fresno City College communication arts instructor, describes K-pop as, “colorful, flashy, highly energetic, emotional, and beautiful music that sticks with you for a long time.” The unique components that are included in K-pop such as the funky outfits and synchronized choreography, are things that fans learned to love that are from the ‘90s boy bands and pop artists. Growing up with music from Madonna and New Kids on the Block, Anzolegaga feels that K-pop is a “newer and hipper type of pop music.” Although not everybody who listens to K-pop understands the language, it allows listeners to break language barriers and focus on the emotions that Korean artists are conveying. “You can’t help but feel the emotion they
are trying to portray,” said Anzolegaga. Anzolegaga gets “a sense of the story by the artists’ acting on screen,” although she does not understand Korean. According to Korean Culture and Information Service [KOCIS], K-pop started to gain global attention during the late ‘90s when Korean TV dramas [K-drama] started to rise in popularity. Since then, the Korean wave, also known as “Hallyu,” which means the growing popularity of K-pop, has been making its way outside of South Korea. More recently, artists have held concerts in the U.S., and in additional countries. From sold out concerts to the annual Korean convention [KCON] in the U.S., fans of K-pop have been expanding their knowledge on not only the music and cultural aspects of Korea, but broadening their view when it comes to other music genres as well. Vang says, “It [K-pop] opens a broader view about music.” Rather than focusing on American music, “it’s best to go out of your box because it’s different.” K-pop has been recognized worldwide, however, CL, leader of Korean girl group 2NE1, will be making her debut as an artist in the U.S. this year. CL has proven that music has the power to crossover to different countries. The rapper has collaborated with Skrillex, Diplo and more. Creating art in different countries “has the power to affect and move artists in new ways and also impact their life,” says Anzolegaga.
BY ANGELA TUTTLE
On the first Thursday of every month, Fresno artists get a chance to get their names out there and, more importantly, turn the public on to their creative work. Art Hop has proven itself year after year as the first stop in many very successful careers. One such success story is sci-fi artist Ben Short. Short started off in the Fresno City College art program but left because he was “always pushed in a certain direction and I knew I had something else in me, and this was it.” He then moved on to the San Francisco Art Academy but left shortly after because of financial issues and it was “too difficult to manage,” Short said. “I got so many parking tickets, it’s not even funny because I was always running behind.” After dropping out of art school, he went on to paint murals in Sacramento. But it wasn’t until moving back to Fresno and meeting his wife that he got into sci-fi art.
“I learned that someone could make a living as a sci-fi artist, a character designer, a monster maker,” Short said. “That’s when I went nuts. I was like, this is what I have to do.” He has now been a sci-fi artist for eight years. The world of sci-fi art is vast; what is in the artist’s mind can be brought to life, whether it be making someone into a monster, designing monsters, or as in Short’s case, creating monster sculptures and characters that are so detailed they almost look life-like. So what inspires a sci-fi artist like short? “I was originally inspired in the fantasy direction by “Dungeons and Dragons”, and then I got into ‘Vampire the Masquerade’. I get a lot of inspiration from fantasy books and fantasy games,” Short said. “I watch old horror movies, like ‘Hell Boy’, I’ve watched it a million times but always find new inspiration from it, also ‘Legend’, or ‘The Labyrinth’, things like that.” However, what was revealed at the last art hop is that Fresno artists are struggling a bit more than artists in other large cities. Art hop doesn’t get nearly enough recognition around this community. Art is barely coming out of the shadows in the Tower and Mural Districts. So, how does this impact a talented artists like Short, who creates one-of-a-kind and sometimes unusual pieces. The answer is -- it affects him like the rest. Short said, “It’s been difficult to actually make a living. The art community is just now coming to light.” He said aspiring artists should consider taking extraordinary steps. “Move out of Fresno,” he said laughing. “Seriously though, marketing is key. Mainstream is key if you want to make a living. If you don’t mind not making a living, then do what you want.” Short is currently trying to sell all his work so he can start on a new project based more on reality. If you are into the Sci-Fi or Horror genres and want to see more of his work check out his website www.goblintowncreations.com. He stays optimistic. “If you want to change the world,” he said, “then by all means, do it the hard way.”
Various cars displayed at Tower’s 15th Classic Car Show, Fresno, April 6. Photo/Rebecca Gelle BY CHAD HORNE
The Tower Classic Car Show opened with a little controversy over the $40 entry fees ($35.00 if purchased before April 6), but patrons flooded streets, filling local venues, reviving the Tower District with life while the sound of ‘50s music blastic from a Deejay on April 11. The car show has been a great hit with the local community for the last 15 years. It started with a group of eight men who had grown up together in 1999 and wanted to show off their cars to the community for free. Streets were at maximum capacity and parking spaces were hard to find. Precision for alignment was picturesque. Hot rods are most commonly associated with the rockabilly lifestyle, which was the norm between the ‘40s and ‘50s. This led to the psychobilly stage, with the same pinup and greaser themes as rockabilly but with a punk edge. Rat Rods are one of many popular vehicles exhibited at this event; the vehicle is created out of whatever the owner had to work with. Street rods, fat fenders, roadsters and muscle cars were also some at this show. Attendance was a little down from last year, with exactly 440 vehicles on display compared to the 2014 attendance of 491. Hot rods with brand new edelbrock engines glistened in the sun, adding to the excitement. If you’re thinking to purchase a classic car, this event had lots to choose from and these cars were clean enough to eat an egg off of the carburetor. Vehicles in this show were very clean, little to none milage of actual rode driven miles and detailed to perfection for a picture perfect display. Pre-registration on next years Tower Classic Car Show is available online.
Join a Movement, Bring about Change
BY CALEB OWENS-GARRETT
Lost in the World BY RAM REYES
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Being an immigrant is difficult. Being an immigrant as a child is even more difficult. I was 7-years-old when my parents moved my 3-yearold brother and me from the Philippines to the United Arab Emirates. But at 7-years-old, I left everything and everyone I knew behind and flew to a new world. Even while we lived in the blazing deserts of the UAE, I never dreamed I would get to the United States. For as long as I can remember, I always dreamed of coming to the US. I already knew English pretty well; I watched American cartoons, American movies and ate American fast food. We weren’t poor, but we weren’t exactly rich. To put things into perspective, I remember my childhood dream was being able to buy all of my relatives, who lived with us, a bucket of KFC. After five years in the UAE, my parents and my newborn brother went first to the US while my brother were sent back to the Philippines to stay with our Lola (grandmother) for a year before there was enough money to move us too. That was when I first felt the immigrant isolation. I had been gone for five years. Things had changed. My relatives were all grown up. The culture had changed. And of course I had changed, I had forgotten the deeper dialect of Tagalog and struggled to relate to all the kids at my school. Adjusting was difficult, but I managed. But as soon as I got comfortable, I had to say goodbye to everyone and everything, again. I finally made it to the US and lived in Rhode Island. I was in sixth grade and had my first contact with “white people”. I have literally only seen one white person before coming to this country, and now they’re everywhere. I adjusted to life in Rhode Island, but a year later, I had to move,
again, this time to Fres no, California. Middle school was horrendous. If I would have to describe my version of culture shock, it’d be going to middle school. Being an immigrant, I already felt out of place but compound that with being in middle school -- the worst place to being different -- and the world seems like a scarier and hopeless place. I was already shy so making friends was difficult. High school was much better, but I had always felt out of place, like I simply didn’t belong. I’ve lived in Fresno for eight years now. This is equivalent to my whole time in the Philippines, my home country. For most of my life now, I’ve moved everywhere. This is the longest I’ve stayed in one place, and simply I am stir crazy. I have come to expect to say goodbye to everything and everyone I know, because I’ve come to expect the inevitable move. The saddest thing about being an immigrant is you really don’t belong anywhere. You can’t go back to your home country since you’ve been gone for so long and you don’t really fully belong there now either. It’s a perpetual feeling ofisolation. Immigrants are somewhat always lost in the world and living in no man’s land. That’s the sacrifice people like us made leaving our home countries for a better life abroad. My quality of living has increased..But it is at the cost of being uprooted from my roots, my extended family that raised me. I would love to believe that as an immigrant, I am one of the bravest people in the world. It gives me solace in the loneliest times of my life. I remind myself that though I feel I may be lost in the world, I have not lost my way.
Why do some in society spend countless years trying to tell people how to live their lives? As someone living in modern day America, I have come to take for granted how much more accepting people are of differences and different lifestyles, but I am fully aware that there are those who prefer that we return to the dark ages and that they dictate how people should live their lives. I am realizing that we must work to silence who block progress, and I had the honor of getting involved in the activism that the GayStraight Alliance Network was organizing for youth in Fresno. Additionally, the Fresno chapter of GSA Network convinced me to work with the Statewide Advocacy Council which consisted of 10 to 20 young people from all across California. High school students from all around the state are banding together to initiate legislative action and gain the rights that they ultimately
deserve. The Queer and Trans movement has been active for centuries now. Recently, it has become more socially active in -- restoring justice, protecting the rights of students and keeping them in schools instead of prisons. We are committed to making lots of changes for students who are LGBT and/ or disabled who are being pushed out of schools and into juvenile detention for ridiculous reasons or sometimes, for no reason at all. Working with the GayStraight Alliance Network, in both the Fresno region and the Statewide Advocacy Council, taught me how to vigorously pour passion into my beliefs. In 2014, the GayStraight Alliance Network proposed a bill pertaining to the rights of transgender individuals in California. This bill, commonly known as the School Success and Opportunity Act, or more formally, Assembly Bill: 1266, would give transgendered people freedom to use restrooms, play sports and use the locker room facilities which match up with their gender identity. I joined other individuals to lobby for this bill in 2014. There were, of course, backlash from those opposed to according transgender students that right, causing concerns that those the law are meant to protect could suffer because of it. It was a long fight, but the bill passed and and because of it, transgender individuals like myself now have access to public restrooms. However, it hasn’t always been a complete success for other folks; in fact, there have been quite a few down-
falls. As a member of this movement, it has been quite difficult for me to deal with those who aren’t open to the idea of same sex couples or the queer and trans movement itself. No matter how much I try to stay positive, I continue to hear the negative comments and I must use all of my mental strength to not throw back derogatory and hurtful words at them. Activism has been taking place for centuries, and it is possible you know someone who is involved or you may even already be a part of it. It‘s important to know that this movement is highly impacted by our youth. The youth are currently turning it into a fight of a lifetime for the rights of all people -- people of color, undocumented folks, disabled people and many more. The beneficiaries become the benefactors -- all giving back to further protect the rights of others who are being disenfranchised. Our ultimate goal -- our brothers, sisters and everything in between will one day be protected by the law, free of discrimination. Until that day, some in our society will continue to battle for what is right. It is important to know that people are slowly, but surely, opening their minds to differences. Being different is not and will never be a bad thing. There are always going to be looking down on others for the way they are born. It is up to you to take a stand for what is important to you. Meanwhile, nothing can change you, so learn to accept and love yourself and the ones around you.
Illustrator/ Austin Verburg
BEING NATIVE AMERICAN IN AMERICA
BY CHRISTOPHER DEL CASTILLO Reporter email@example.com
During the summer of 2012, I started to pursue a degree in American Indian Studies and Mythology at Fresno City College and found my true calling. Reading the pages of old world lectures was always a deep passion of mine. I have always been fascinated by the creation legends of Native America; they remind me of the mythologies of the Old World and the Far East. My hope is to understand the world around me and to gain knowledge from the ancient world. Being Native American
in America is one thing that gives me hope in this ever changing world we live in. The stories I heard many years ago sparked my passion and zeal for learning about my culture. There is so much to learn and so little time. Most of my knowledge of my Apache heritage comes from the generations that came before me and many hours of research through the oral and written histories of my ancestors. I know there is a warrior spirit inside me because I am of Apache descent. Now I know that the word “Apache” is derived from a Zuni word meaning (“enemy”) but it is could also mean (“fighting men” ) in the Comanche language. Apaches are indigenous to the Southwest -- Arizona, New Mexico and Northern Mexico. The Apache language is Athabascan which originated in their former homeland of Northern Canada. Legendary Apache warrior Geronimo Goyathlay (“one who yawns”) is probably the greatest warrior who ever lived. This greatest Apache fighter of the old west,was born in the upper Gila river country of Arizona (1829-1909)
He defied the US government for more than 25 years, and while he surrendered twice, he was never defeated. When I think of the past, of the grave injustices done to my people, I hear the war cries of my ancestors. In my dreams, I see a thousands souls begging for help, and when I wake, I weep for long hours, wondering what might have been. This is hard to understand, and it has haunted me most of my life. Then I found something. I remember having hope for a better future and opening my mind to a more positive aspect in life. It is because I remember the stories of the elders who came before me. It is their struggles that help me find my past and a future. The story of Native Americans in the US is a much different tale from what the history books tell us. Most of what is written about our ancestors is false and from only one point of view. Either that or we are often treated as if we have no history, and if you’re a Native American, that is hard to comprehend. Throughout my schooling, the American history I was taught was about European
forefathers and Christopher Columbus discovering this land in 1492. But we all know that’s not true. They were people here. Before Columbus ever set sail to the New World, about 90 to 100 million American Indians already called the Americas their home. It hurts the very soul of my heart when I think of all the injustices done to my ancestors. Geronimo articulates the concern that most of us continue to feel about the state of the Native American.“I cannot think that we are useless or God would not have created us,” he had said. “There is one God looking down on us all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to say.” If that’s the case, how come my people suffered and continue to suffer? Why are we so misunderstood and why is our history largely untold? Most times, I choose to look at the positives and the rich legacy that I have inherited. I know that the Apaches guerrilla war tactics come naturally and are unsurpassed. Even the name Apache would put fear into the hearts
of their enemies for they were the most skilled warriors that ever lived. Since coming to Fresno City College, I have gained so much knowledge from my American Indian professors Dr.Bernard Navarro and Matt Espinoza-Watson who are rich in wisdom and help students gain what cannot be taught in a classroom. They have guided me to finding who I am and shown me pride in my ancestors. My non-Native American friends ask me the craziest questions. “Why were the Apaches so war-like?” “Do you have casinos?” and “ I think I have an Indian great grandmother.” I laugh because today, I have answers to their questions, and I take great pride in answering them. Yes, I’m Apache, and I’m a warrior. Knowing where I come from gives me great hope but great responsibility. It is up to my generation to continue the ancient ways so future generations can learn them. Knowledge of the ancient ways guides me to the right path and yes, much hope for a better tomorrow.
CAMPUS VOICES: WHAT WILL YOU DO IF WE RUN OUT OF WATER?
Simon Avery Liberal Arts “Get dehydrated.”
Steven Arvido Undecided “I wouldn’t drink water. I don’t know, I would die.”
Misty Collin Liberal Arts “I would basically try to eat fruits or stuff that has water in it to try to survive.”
Jesse Romero Criminology Law Enforcement “Without water in general we would pretty much overtime die because we kind of need water to survive obviously.”
Sean Lisle Electrical Engineering “I would probably go back to the medieval times and drink beer.”
HOW THIRSTY ARE WE? BY THE RAMPAGE EDITORIAL BOARD
California has one year of water left. In a recent airing of Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO, University of California at Irvine Professor and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Water Scientist, Jay Famiglietti spoke about just how dire the water crisis is in the Southwest portion of the United States, especially in California. Famiglietti explained a basic model of just how exactly water in California works. Simply put, Famiglietti compared the natural water distribution in California to any given person’s bank account. He put it this way: the rain is the income that comes in weekly, monthly, yearly etc which builds up as snow in the mountains or simply water for the valleys. Our checking account represents the amount of water used daily in California for crops and household needs or in money terms, the money we tend to spend daily, which is a tremendous amount. Your savings account, or reserve, resembles the underground water that we are depleting
at a rate higher than ever because we have ran out of income (rain) and have drained our checking and savings accounts and we need a source of water from somewhere. We don’t seem to be slowing down at any point. Just as we are in a drought, the extreme usage of water by the nearly 40 million people in California resembles the reckless spending by any given individual that would eventually leave them broke and bankrupt. There has to be a point where we say enough is enough and begin to take responsibility for our destruction of nature. We have taken our resources for granted and now we are paying the consequence. Communities in the Central Valley are already beginning to understand what it means to be out of water and eventually more than half of us will too. This has been a long time coming and we did not heed the warnings that mother nature has been giving us for the past couple of years and
now it has gotten this bad. We need to act and passively hope that the politicians and agriculture industry will come up with an answer. We all live in this state and we all need water to live. A new era of politics is emerging which is one that we should have, at one point or another, seen coming. What exactly is that new era of politics? Water disputes and water rights. We are inadvertently waging war on each other over the most precious resource on earth, water. So what can we do? Some simple advice is as follows: Firstly, we need to stop watering our lawns. Just get rid of lawns. Remove it, kill it, do whatever you want with your lawn but just stop watering it. Lawns have no practical use at all other than be an aesthetically pleasing site in front of your house. But it is bleeding the state dry. In their book “Reimagining the California Lawn: Water-conserving PLants, Practices and Designs,” Carol Bornstein, David Fross and Bart O’Brien estimate that 300,000 acres
of lawn use up 1.5 million acre-feet of water per year. This water is being wasted on useless turfgrass that does not feed us or do anything practical. Even though we’ve known we’re in a drought, I still see green lawns and all I see are people that do not care at all of the dire situation we are in. The California Drought has affected millions in the Golden State with no end or resolution in sight. This drought has cost the state millions from farmers that have taken a loss close to $1.5 billion dollars and a loss of over 17,000 jobs. A solution that the state can take is storing water underground in giant reservoirs. To regulate how the state would distribute the water, a bill would have to be put in place to fairly and accurately give the water to people who are deserving. Many farmers around the valley are removing their vineyards and turning to alternatives like almonds that would require less water. Although almond trees require less water, farmers face a
risk due to the time it takes for the trees to produce and provide enough to harvest. The almond tree has an average lifespan of 20 to 25 years but it does not produce fruit during the first three to four years after planting. That means someone who plants an almond tree would have to wait nearly five years until they can harvest. Farmers who decide to keep grape vineyards will be rewarded by the demand of grapes but because of the extra work and labor put into providing care for the crops, farmers may be forced to raise prices for consumers. Less vineyards will mean less work for many people around the state who rely on working in agriculture. Thousands of Californians will lose jobs and be forced to find work elsewhere and that can be hard for someone who may not have a high school diploma. Many people rely on seasonal work in California to provide for their families, houses and other essential living expenses.
Illustrator/ Austin Verburg
Badminton Team Eager for Success in 16th Season
BY DAVID CHAVEZ
Mattali Sood and Belinda Vue are warming up before first home game of the year on Tuesday, April 14. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez
The head coach of the badminton team at Fresno City College, Coach Carol Kadingo, is eager to see what this year’s team can do. The team won its first match of the season last week against Mission Community College 21-0. They were triumpant again when they defeated Skyline College 15-6 last Thursday. Coach Kadingo has been head coach since badminton began at FCC in 2000 and she says the most enjoyable part of coaching is “just getting to know the student athletes on a probably different level than you get to know a student who comes into your class.” “We’re like a family. We travel with
them, we eat with them, we go on the road with them,” Coach Kadingo said. This year’s team has seven players, six freshmen and one sophomore. Like tennis, badminton uses a ladder system to seed a team’s best player when going against an opponent. Sophomore Mittali Sood is FCC’s number one player in badminton. She started playing badminton when she was still in India. “The team is stronger this year,” Sood said. Assistant Coach Benne Azali has been helping since 2006. He focuses on running drills and pushing the players to get the best out of them. Coach
Fresno City College softball on the rise, tied for first place after rough start BY KAGEANNA GARZA
The Fresno City College softball team is back and stronger than before leading the season tied for first place against Reedley. Pressure can be high for these girls knowing they want to take this season as far as possible. Reedley being their toughest match, they don’t doubt themselves on getting the win. “I feel a little bit of pressure but not so much because I know we can handle it, we know we’re the better team.” said first year, Sarah Santana. FCC softball team had a rough start and not everyone was confident they would be better than last year. Although the softball team’s current record is 12-16 they have more games to go to defeat the rest of the remaining teams. “We had a rough preseason.” said returning player Jackie Anzaldo. “I feel like we’re doing a lot better than I thought we were going to,” said Santana.
FCC players and staff are more than motivating and encouraging towards each other. They get along and always have each other’s back. “They’re motivating, they’re a perfect balance of motivating and strict.” said Santana. “They motivate each other and I hope we do the same for them also,” said head coach Rhonda Williams. The team has new players than returners can be difficult but the coaches are more than confident that they’ll beat Reedley and take first place. “We always expect to be the top teams, it’s a standard we live up to.” said Williams. The team is more than confident they will win conference and move on to defeat bigger and better teams that come in their way during playoffs. “I’m very proud, and like I said before we have high expectations and we always expect to be one of the top teams.” said Williams.
Azali has been playing badminton since he was 14. “I love badminton; it’s in my blood,” Azali said he believes the popularity of badminton is growing slowly. “Just how football is here in America, that’s how it is for badminton in Indonesia. I want to contribute to Fresno.” Coach Kadingo says that one of the biggest challenge is that when the badminton program began in 2000, a lot more schools were supposed to be participating. “It was supposed to be an emerging sport,” Kadingo said. There are over 100 community colleges in the state, and only four have badminton.
The four schools are Fresno City College, Mission Community College, Skyline College and De Anza College. “I believe our biggest challenge is De Anza College,” Kadingo said. FCC plays De Anza next week at home. The team plays two games next Tuesday and Thursday at home. The games start at 3 p.m. “Wins and losses come and go; no one remembers that when it’s all said and done,” Kadingo said. “What you do remember is the good times you had with the people you spend so much time with.”
Athletic Program to Add Swimming and Diving Team BY KEAUNDREY CLARK
Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Fresno City College will add another team to its athletic program in the spring of 2016. According to Loraine Smith, dean of applied health, physical education and athletics. A women’s swimming and diving team will be created to meet Title IX requirements. “We are starting a swim team next year, it’s exciting new program,” said Water Polo Head Coach Gianna Rossi. Rossi will be also be the FCC’s new Swim and Dive in the Spring of 2016. This allows FCC and volley swimmers to have a sport to compete all year around. “We have 19 sports teams with another being added,” said Smith. “We will be competing” Fresno City College has one of the most successful athletic programs in the state. One of Smith’s goals is to upgrade the facilities, particularly the main gymnasium which needs safer bleachers and handicap accessible accommodations. “I hope the new upgrades will allow for everyone to come and enjoy
our games as comfortably as possible,” said Women’s Basketball coach, Brian Tessler. A possible future addition to the sport offering at FCC is Sand Volleyball. Smith said these options will increase the appeal of the athletic program at FCC. Meanwhile, Smith has been overseeing the athletic program since Susan Yates retired at the end of the Fall 2014 semester. “As dean of athletics, I’m above the Athletics Department,” said Smith. “We are in the process of looking for a new athletic director.” Smith has high hopes for FCC athletics, including getting students to attend more athletics events and show more school pride at the games. In 2012, the FCC Athletic Department received the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, the crowning achievement in college athletics. It honored institutions offering a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men’s and women’s.
8 Sign Letters of Intent for FCC Women’s Soccer
Oliver Germond and his players who will be transferring and playing Division 1 soccer in the fall, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Photo/Keaundrey Clatk
BY KEAUNDREY CLARK
Sports Editor email@example.com
Makayla Godden - San Francisco of Art University they’ll be starting a new soccer program that I think I can come in and be an impact player as well.”
Maria Magana - UC Irvine “I felt the environment was great. I like the competition there. I hope to learn a lot when I get there.”
Eight Fresno City College women’s soccer players announced which fouryear universities they will be continuing their education and playing careers during a news conference at the Soccer stadium on March 24. Women’s Soccer head coach, Oliver Germond, announced the transfers of Kate Garcia and Vanessa Penuna,
Vanessa Penuna - San Francisco St “The coach gave me a good vibe on my visit.”
both headed to San Francisco State; goalkeepers Maria Magana and Gabie Flores will be going to UC Irvine and Texas A&M University - Texarkana respectively. Forward Janelly Rangel will be attending Minot State (North Dakota) while midfielder Maricruz Chapa will be attending San Jose State. Germond said the success of the
Janelly Rangel - Minot St. “Coach has taught me to push myself, never settle for less and everything we do on and off the field is helping others as well as ourselves.”
Maricruz Chapa - San Jose St.
Gabie Flores - Texas A&M University–Texarkana
“A good vibe and I really like the coach, that’s why I chose to go there.
“Coach, has made me an all-around better person. I’ve matured on and off the field.”
student athletes “is the best part of our program and our job. We give female student athletes in the Central Valley a chance to come here and compete.” Sophomore Midfielder Nicole Mahoney will be attending Fresno State University to continue her education, and Central Valley Conference player of the year, Rianna Chavez, is yet to decide where she will transfer after track season. All Conference forward Jannely Rangel (Minot State) who finished her final season at FCC with 16 goals and 12 assists talked about what leaving will be like. “The closer it gets to me leaving, the scarier it gets,” Rangel said. “I know I can be strong enough to make it work.” The 2014 team is coming off of the best season in FCC history season, winning the Central Valley Conference Championship and finishing the season with a record of 22-1-2, breaking numerous school records in the process. “The journey here will prepare me for the bigger steps in my life,” Rangel said. “I think that I will be okay even though it will be hard.”
Kat Garcia - San Francisco St. “I hope to be a starter when I get there. I want to be a leader and make a difference on the team.”
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4.15.2014 TONY CANTU UNDERSTOOD, RESPECTED AND ENCOURAGED STUDENT MEDIA BY RAMPAGE EDITORIAL BOARD
Tony Cantu understood the life of a journalist. He always seemed to know exactly when we needed him and he treated us like he thought our time was just as important as his, a rare trait in college administrators. He not only welcomed college media into his office, he treated us with kindness, encouragement and respect. Tony Cantu offered this to the Rampage and so much more. Throughout the years of Tony Can-
tu bouncing from one important campus role to another, he recognized the role of the Rampage on this campus and he provided us the tools we needed -- namely, reliable and credible information. He also ensured that other college leaders were receptive to Rampage reporters and encouraged them to grant us access. At this time, as stories roll in about the man that Tony Cantu was, and the life he led and the
memories we will keep, know that not a word of what anyone says will be disputed; he truly was a kindhearted man who always had a smile on his face and was ready to welcome anyone in with respect. We were only student journalists, but he treated us like professionals. He pushed students and encouraged them to make the most of every opportunity that presented itself. One of his most important messages was
to never give up and it is something that has resonated every day of our lives. Cantu simply changed lives with his passion for students and education. He brought learning back to life. He showed an honest interest in the lives of those around him, and for that, he should be honored. He loved and respected the work that the student body of Fresno City College put together, and for that he should be remembered.
BY TOMAS KASAHUN
BY PATRICK FORREST
News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Interviewed Tony Cantu 2012-2015
My final interview with President Cantu was March 26, 2015. Multiple subjects were covered, but the special moments were before or after. This interview went similarly to others that I had held with him, I stuttered through words, froze before questions, and misunderstood answers. But through it all he would just stay on the other end of the table and smile. He may of been known the mistakes that I was making but he never let me know it, and that always let me feel a little bit better when walking out. On this particular day however, after the interview had ended he stayed in his office with me for about 20 more minutes to discuss a college interview that I was to be traveling for. After giving all of the advice he could muster, he opened the door for me and shook my hand. He then told me that I could be successful and that my success, would make him proud. Knowing that, I do hope to one day make him proud.
Former Rampage Reporter Editorial@therampageonline.com Interviewed Tony Cantu 2010-2013
Sometimes we needed 30 minutes. Other times we needed an hour. But Cantu was always willing to grant our wish. For a young journalist, walking into the office of the college president is one of the most intimidating ventures. But Cantu made me feel welcome since my very first time in his office at FCC. He would offer a soda. Then he would ask how school is going and we would make small talk before finally proceeding with the interview. Cantu didn’t allow recorders at first. But he gave in eventually and gave us permission to record. He must have felt sorry for me as I frantically scribbled in my
notebook. In all our interviews, Cantu didn’t spend much time talking about himself. Instead he focused on the big picture. He was more interested in the budget crisis that was daunting the district. Even my attempt to write a Cantu profile didn’t go as I planned. Cantu kept his personal life brief, and focused on the task at hand. Cantu understood the significance of the Rampage. He knew that we are the watchdogs. He understood the Rampage’s role in documenting the history of FCC. So he gave us his respect and his time.
Photos/Fresno City College Public Information Office
BILL STEWART CHANCELLOR He was just the absolutely nicest guy, and he always was willing to help out with any assignment that we gave to him. As a matter of fact, he was just the kind of guy who could tell you to go to hell
and you would be looking forward to the trip. But that was just the kind of guy that Tony was. You can always count on him to come through and he will be sincerely missed by everyone here at the district.
BY KAITLIN REGAN
Former Rampage Editor Editorial@therampageonline.com Interviewed Tony Cantu 2010-2013
I was a brand new reporter when I first met Cantu and the thought of interviewing him terrified me to no end. Most of the editors and returning reporters assured me that I had nothing to worry about but when you’re new to the game, just about everything scares you. He is one of the most patient sources that I have ever come across, though. It was obvious that I was nervous and obvious that I was second guessing myself. In our first interview, he nodded patiently as I stammered through questions and offered to give me a moment to take a breather. Admittedly, that first interview wasn’t my best but Cantu made the process seem easier and helped me remain relaxed enough to get through it.
SEAN HENDERSON DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES
During President Cantu’s first year on the job, I lost the silver medalion that the president would wear during graduation so we had to give him a bronze medalion like the students wear. Well after I found it we asked him which he would
prefer. He chose the bronze medalion, and as soon as he did I knew we had to get it engraved. The one thing is we were completely prepared to give hinm the medalion during his retirement because no president will ever again wear a bronze medalion.
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The funeral services for Fresno City College President Tony Cantu who died on Sunday, April 5, 2015 of unknown causes were held on Friday April 10, 2015 at St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral. Photos/Michael Monroy