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Fresno City College Volume CXXI, Edition 3

October 05, 2011

Michael Guerra Resigns By Frank Lopez & Tomas Kassahun

Photos by Paul Schlesinger

Rampage Reporter

Fresno City College and district office staff were on hand to honor former VP of Administrative Services, Michael Guerra on Sept. 27 in the community room in the OAB. (Upper left) Public Information Officer Kathy Bonilla cheers at reception. (Upper right) Michael Guerra. (Bottom left) FCC’s interim president, Tony Cantu with Michael Guerra. (Bottom Right) Well-wishers line up to say goodbye to Michael Guerra.

Dozens of students and faculty bid farewell to Michael Guerra, Vice President of Administrative Services in the Community Room of the Old Administration Building at Fresno City College on Sept. 27. Guerra announced his resignation on Sept. 23. Interim President Tony Cantu opened the ceremony, and on behalf of FCC, thanked Guerra for his contributions to the college. Representatives of the Associated Student Government presented a wrapped gift to him. Cantu said that he will miss Guerra and the stability he’s provided over the years. “He [Guerra] has been with the college for a long time, and he’s been in that position for a long time. That’s a lot of history we are losing,” said Cantu. Cantu’s sentiments were echoed by several others. Lynn Mallory who has worked with Guerra in Administrative Services for more than 15 years said she’ll miss him. “He’s been a great boss and a good friend. He is very easy to work with, and I have really enjoyed it,” said Mallory. “He has so much historical knowledge about this campus, and that’s going to be missed.” Print, Media and Communications


FCC Braces for changes By Tomas Kassahun Rampage Reporter A mix of emotions has dawned over Fresno City College as longtime employees of the college and State Center Community College District take their talents elsewhere. Meanwhile, several key positions remain either unfilled or occupied on interim basis. Currently at FCC, the positions for president, the vice president for instruction, and dean of instruction, applied technology are held on interim bases, and the offices of the vice president for Administrative Services and director of financial aid are unfilled. Many are expressing concern about the departures and whether they could signal instability in the college or district, adversely impact FCC’s accreditation.        Tony Cantu, interim president

of the FCC says the college is stable. He is not concerned about perceptions of instability even with the amount of changes taking place in such a short time. “It’s part of the process. People make changes for a variety of reasons,” said Cantu, who has now held the president’s position since April 1 when Cynthia Azari departed to Riverside Community College. “People come and go. It just happens that this time, it’s one after another.”   A trend that began with the departure of Dr. Azari last spring has continued with other prominent members such as Rick Christl, dean of applied technology; Sonny Silva, interim financial aid director, and the latest, Michael Guerra, VP of administrative services.   “We’re doing well. The Applied Technology division is doing well. The position of the Director

of Financial Aid will be filled,” Cantu said. “Michael Guerra left. However, he has a wonderful staff. Any information we need will be available because Michael has worked very closely with his staff.”

discussion about combining positions because the positions will be filled. For any information they [accreditation team members] ask that have to do with financial resources, there will be staff who

“People come and go. It just happens that this time, it’s one after another.” -Tony Cantu FCC President

  Cantu explained that there is no need to worry about accreditation. “We have processes in place, so we know the positions will be filled,” said Cantu. ”There is no

can assist and answer questions, so it should not be an issue.”     Rick Santos, linguistics instructor and member of the FCC Strategic Plan-



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ning Council, said there is always a chance of instability when there is change in leadership, but that the college has not experienced that yet. “You can look up and down the state and find colleges that are on warning,” said Santos. “We have interims here, but they have been around for a long time. Our current president has been with the district for over 20 years. If all our interims were from the outside, there would have been a possibility to develop some instability, but that is not how we have done it here.” And in this tough economy, Santos says the new leaders will be faced with the challenge of keeping an eye on the budget. “We don’t know what the budget will be like. We’re going to face mid-year cuts because the state is not getting as much revenue as



Discipline of an Angel

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October 05, 2011

Campus Briefs Online By Alexis Abrahamson Rampage Reporter


Club Rush has been postponed from today to Oct. 12. All the campus clubs will be showing what they have to offer at this month’s Club Rush. Now is the perfect time to take a stroll around the fountain to checkout what  each club has to offer. There will be booths all around with brochures and club leaders to take you by the hand and explain the benefits of being a part of their club. Its time to get involved, and maybe even meet some other students with similar interests as your own.

“THROUGH MY EYES” Guest Speaker

To spread awareness of domestic violence, Fresno City College is having Marjaree Mason speak to students and staff about the horrible outcomes of domestic

violence. If you or anyone close to you can relate, it’s a great time to get together as one and listen, hopefully even take one step closer to stopping the violence. The speech will be at 10 a.m. in the student lounge on Oct. 12.


About 36% of Americans currently have at least one tattoo. When it comes to piercings, the amount is too many to count. That’s why it’s a smart idea to know what to do when you are preparing to change your body image. Many people get sick every year from un-sanitized tools used to get tattoos or piercings. That is why FCC is having “Be smart with body art” to make students aware of the problems that can arise from having a bad tattoo or piercing. Come by the student lounge on Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. to get some more information and learn about which questions to ask before you go under the needle.


Football and food. It does not get better than that. On Oct. 15 at Ratcliffe Stadium around 7 p.m., there will be booths of different chili for students and friends to try out before the game against Modesto. It’s time to support your Rams and get your grub on!

Annual WInter Clothes Drive

The Social Work Student Association of Fresno will be facilitating it’s annual clothes drive until Nov. 4, to benefit those in times of economic desparity. They will be collecting clothes, jackets, non-perishable foods, tarps, umbrellas, shoes, blankets, tents, and hygine products to distribut during Nov. Donations will be accepted in the Library, Student Activities, Business Education, Humanities, and the ASG Office.


Fresno City College is now providing free flu shots for ALL registered students this fall. It’s while supplies last, so if you are prone to getting sick or just want to make sure the student coughing next to you wont spread the love, come by the Health Services clinic to get your shot. Hours are from Mon-Fri from 89 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information please call 442-4600 ext. #8268.

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they anticipated,” Santos said. “We have to develop contingency plans, and we are going to need the help of as many people as possible.”      Santos said that while it’s always a challenge to have a change in administration, it’s a matter of doing enough research and making the right decisions. He has been with the district since 1994 but cannot recall witnessing these many changes in such a short amount of time within the district.

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Lacy Barnes, psychology instructor at Reedley College and president of the State Center Federation of Teachers, Local 1533, said the district needs unusual and creative leadership in these unusual times. Barnes used Chancellor Deborah Blue, who became leader of the district in the summer of 2010, as an example. “The chancellor was hired because her credentials are in order. We will have to depend

on that and hope for the best,” she said. “In a couple of years, we will know the answer. Only time will tell.” Barnes explained the importance of making decisions with students in mind as they are usually most impacted by changes. “Students are always the recipients of decisions made,” and the district must never forget that, Barnes said.                                She said students must hold the administration accountable, just as students are held accountable for what they are supposed to do in

the classroom. “We are here to serve students. The institution exists to educate future members of society and leaders in the Central Valley,” Barnes said. “That’s the reason students are engaged in the committee structure, and in the decision making structures, not just at the college level, but also at the district level.”

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Stories KIDmunity Educates Children -Sasha Bell

The afterschool music program at FCC enlightens young children with a hands-on learning experience focusing on various styles of artistic music, instruments, and culture from around the world.

“Everything on It” -Alexis Abrahamson

This review is a must read for all ages. Childhood memories will flood your imagination as you laugh and cherish the times of the famous poet, Shel Silverstein.

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Corrections -“Students Unaware of Budget Facts” by Frank Lopez in the Sept. 21 issue of the Rampage, has a factual error. Contrary to a statement in the story, ABX 132 does not result in a fee increase. In fact, it defers a proposed fee increase to the summer of 2012. We sincerely apologize for whatever inconveniences this has caused. -In “FCC ART SPACE GALLERY” by Alexis Abrahamson, she reported that the exhibit in the Art Space gallery was a student exhibit. It was in fact an exhibit


October 05, 2011


Job Fair Creates opportunities

but they told me my credits were ficers. D&H Distributing is hiring CAL Works Employment De- seasonal workers as well. “The too old, so I had to start over velopment is also offering emWhile the economy has not again”. Reyes was looking around ployment opportunities. They are economy has not affected us for seemed to turn around, Fresno the job fair and came across the always working alongside with the most part; we have been in has found a way to hire new Interim Healthcare booth, and the Workforce and with the FCC business for over 25 years and we employees. On Wednesday local hopes to seek possible employ- Workforce Development. Their have been very busy this year” said Matias Smith. They are lookbusinesses came to Fresno City ment there. website is always updated with Interim Healthing for candiCollege to hire possible FCC care was availdates that have students. Many different job opable to hire CNAs special skills of portunities were offered. (Certified Nurse distributing. The unemployed students of Assistant), HHAs W i L K S Fresno City College were thrilled ( H ome H ealth Broadcasting to know that hiring employers Group has full were coming to the campus. The Aid), LVNs (Lic e n s e d Vo c a and part time job fair took place in the FCC caftional Nurse), positions eteria and was filled with students. and RNs (Regavailable. For Cristina Johnson, a freshman and istered Nurse). sales opporbusiness major, has been looking A minimum of 1 tunities, they for employment since her junior year experience have Market year in high school. “I need a job is needed. “In Manager, because I need some extra cash for our job of work Sales Manlittle things I need.” says Johnson. we are always in ager, and Ac“I talked to the people from New need of help, so count ExecuRock and I thought it was cool job, FCC Students read the handouts at the Employment tives positions the economy does and I hope to hear from them”. Resource Center booth during the Fall Job Fair. available. For Nicole Kellogg, a freshman at not really affect us” says local hiring in Fresno.  Their office broadcasting opportunities, they Cat, a representative from Interim FCC, has been looking for emis located inside the Manchester have Program director, On Air ployment for a year and has not Healthcare. Some jobs such as the United Center. Talent, Board operator, Remote found any employment. “I have Several companies also of- Technician, and part of the producStates CIS had no jobs for the had trouble finding a job because fered seasonal jobs at the job of my school schedule and because Fresno area, but were hiring for fair. China Peak was one of these tion group. Internships are also available I don’t have a car, so it makes it national as well as cities around companies.  They are located in California such as Los Angeles through the Cocola Broadcasting harder for me to go from one place the Sierra National Forest and Companies. They have a sales area, Orange County, San Diego, to another” says Kellogg. She was are looking for employees for the glad to hear about the position and Sacramento areas. “We have winter season. They have 12 open position available and are lookseen a decrease in the count of ing for a responsible and reliable available at the radio station. positions and can be located in the worker with a 1 year experience in employees we hire due to the Photography major James McSierra Vista Mall. “We are hoping Guire has been in search of em- economy, but we have not had to hire friendly, Fresno residents” media sales. FedEx is looking for about 10ployment for over a year. “I have any layoffs” says Monica Cous- says Liz, the representative of ins, an employee of the CIS.  “If 15 seasonal part time employees. been looking for a job in lots of China Peak. we have an immigration reform warehouses around the city and I have also been looking for em- soon, we will be in search of more ployment in retail . As McGuire employees.” The job fair showed students was searching for employment he that there are numerous positions came across the D&H company varro. “Sociologically speaking, By Frank Lopez are available. IRS for the area of and hopes to hear back from them. those issues are really important Rampage Reporter There are also students like Fresno has the positions of internal to me and I really wanted to be Psych major John Reyes who are revenue, clerks, and data tranFresno City College provides a part of it.” He then asked FCC currently employed, but don’t scribers. High School diploma is many classes that teach a wide professor, Paul Gilmore, if he have the hours they need. Reyes needed and also 1 year of general- range of academic subjects. While could discuss social class for the has been searching for another job ized experience is required. United States Army came to the colleges stress and require courses American Pluralism sections. for about a year now. Reyes said, in math and science, they also “Dr. Navarro asked me to talk “I came back to school because I job fair looking for new recruits require students to engage in hu- about social class and alienation,” wanted to get my PhD in Psych, and aiming for college students manity courses. There are many said Gilmore. “While they dealt who would like to be army ofconcepts and ideas that students with many different cultures, they are exposed to throughout their hadn’t really dealt with the issue college career that can provide of class in America.”  much more than academic credit. One of the dynamics of the building services in terms of The American Pluralism course class is that there are more than Continued From Page 1 custodial, classified personnel, is a sociological class that can be just one instructor for the course. department manager, Richard categorical oversight and produc- personally and socially enriching Different professors come in and Harrison, said really cared about tion services. for those who embrace its teach- lecture on their area of expertise. the students. “Everything that he  Guerra earned his Bachelor ings. Notable instructors who teach the planned and did benefited stu- of Arts degree in Biology from What is pluralism? course are: Dr. Navarro, an expert dents,” said Harrison. “He did a lot California State University, Fresno Pluralism is a condition in which in American Indian studies; Paul to just keep the college running.” and a Master’s Degree in Human many different cultures coexist in Gilmore who lectures on social Guerra said he is glad he was Resource and Organizational De- a society and still maintain their class issues; FCC professor, Reable to help the college grow but velopment from the University of own cultural differences. It seeks becca Slayton, an expert on the that FCC helped him grow in many San Francisco. to overcome racism, sexism and social and psychological aspects ways. He added he will miss FCC He established the Fresno His- other forms of discrimination and of stereotypes; and FCC professor, because of the students. panic Scholarship Fund and also contends that diversity is benefi- Matt Espinosa Watson, a specialist “That’s what I’m going to the Eleanor Rico Ruiz Memorial cial for a society. The course cov- in Chicano history and culture. remember most; the students Scholarship, a scholarship award- ers these topics while focusing on Students are presented with a and how they enriched my life. ed to single Latina parents who how they have affected American variety of world views and ideas How a student would say what demonstrate academic achieve- society throughout history and in that deal with many social issues their dreams were,” said Guerra. ment while raising a family.  the present. prevalent in our society. “Dreams can come true. My dream Guerra had also participated FCC professor, Dr. Bernard Na“I think American pluralism is came true working here.” as a member of the Accrediting varro, has been teaching American an unusual class because it has so Michael Guerra began his career Commission for colleges such Pluralism since 2006.  Navarro many instructors. It’s a class that at FCC as bookstore manager in as Leeward Community College, became increasingly interested in gets at the incredible diversity of 1990. He began his current po- Moorpark College and Pasadena American Pluralism when former our society. It’s not necessarily a sition as VP of Administrative City College. FCC professor, Jerry Bill, asked social problems class,” says GilmServices in 1996.   His resignation took effect him if he would like to teach a ore, “But it’s an examination of With a lifetime Community on Sept. 30. He will be joining section.         the fabric of our society, the many College Teaching Credential in Modesto Jr. College as VP for “The class to me, when I started different threads that make up the Business and Industrial Relations, Administrative Services. learning about it, was just really fabric of our society.” Guerra had several responsibiliintriguing. I sat in on some of the Dr. Navarro also has his students ties, including,  budget develop- The reporter can be reached at classes and I just really enjoyed the participate in group discussions ment, bursar functions, safety, idea behind the class,” says Na- and exercises in which students

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“The economy has affected us, but we are still able to hire “ says Queintin a FedEx employee. Fresno Economic Opportunities are looking for child development positions, and cashiers. Goodwill is in search for employees in 6 different departments. They have positions available in the two store locations in Fresno. They also have a store supervisor in Madera and a store manager in Visalia. “The economy has sure helped us, we have been increasing sales and expanding” says Vicki Nendin. Another company that has thrived despite the economy is Costco.  They are looking for 5-15 part time and seasonal workers. They have positions available in their two locations in the Fresno area. “The economy has not affected our sales, we have actually increased our sales by 10 percent,” says Veronica, a Costco Representative. Some companies such as Money Mart don’t require much experience. They are hiring managers and assistants. “We are looking for friendly hardworking people that are willing to be trained, even if they do not have much experience”, said Jenifer Wart. For the manager position a 1 year supervisor experience is required.

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Pluralism Course Enriches

Guerra Resigns

confront their own social standings and world views. The knowledge that American Pluralism provides can be an important tool to properly understand how American society functions and how social issues arise. “A student interested in learning about cultural diversity, issues pertaining to racism, discrimination, prejudice, that’s the class you want to take,” said Navarro. FCC student, Jennifer Vargas, took American Pluralism during her freshman year in 2009. Vargas says that she really enjoyed the class and that it influenced her to view the world differently and pursue her education. “We have such a linear way of thinking. When you’re in that class you see that there are so many different cultures and backgrounds and ways of thinking,” says Vargas. “You realize that there are other options and other ways of thinking.” American Pluralism promotes ideologies of equality and embracing the diverse cultures and customs of people from all over the world. It is an area of study that can help people overcome social prejudices and bigotry. “It’s good to take a class like this every once in a while, even if it’s not the thing you’re really interested in,” says Gilmore. “It’s a snapshot on another world. It teaches you a different language in a way; a different way of viewing the world.”   The reporter can be reached at


October 05, 2011


Behind The Counter

The Lives of FCC’s Favorite Chefs

seamless operation with his coworker, “I realized that we are like a football team. We all come the kitchen. They move swiftly I couldn’t find my gift,” Gonzales up to 200 tribal members, and if together to make it happen and get By Pabel Lopez and in rhythm, like a well-oiled said. “I always wondered what I was by myself, I had to learn credited for it.”  The staff of 15 Rampage Reporter machine. The sounds of clanking my gift was, and when I was in to handle it,” he said. Walker he people, including cashiers, keeps utensils and the sizzle of food on high school, I worked with a bud- enjoys the interaction with the things running smoothly and the dy in a kitchen of a restaurant he customers. “I could be having a years of experience shows through It’s the 11:00 a.m. brunch rush the grill mix with the conversaowned. I liked the environment.” bad day, but I don’t let it affect while watching them work. He tions and the temperature rises. on Monday morning at the Fresno Walker also said that he al- my relationship with the custom- said this teamwork and dedication Many FCC students and staff who City College Campus Café dining is especially important during the ways had a passion for cooking. ers,” he said. are patrons of the eatery know the room. The third member of the team, busy times of the day when a lot “I would help my mother in the three men by sight, but few know Dozens of students and staff kitchen when I was eight or nine, Steve Stephens, said he has al- of students need to be fed fast. stand in lines, waiting to order their stories and their commitment even though half of the time, I ways loved cooking. “I’ve had           All three look to the future to feeding the community. their food. The café is abuzz really didn’t know what I was the passion for cooking all my and would love to continue cookwith activities. ing and workStudents huddle ing in kitchens. around various For now, howtables, eating, ever, this team chatting, playof cooks will ing cards, or just continue to feed studying while the customthey await their ers at the FCC next class. Voices Campus Café. are occasionally   “In the future raised, and the I would like to chatter and acstart my own tivities stay conrestaurant, but stant, even as the not now with rush ebbs. the way the The students’ economy is, it’s relaxed mood is scary,” Walker in stark contrast said. “You can to the crew of jump in, but cooks noticeably can you swim? scrambling from That would be station to station, R amiro Gonzales (Left), Steve Stephens (Middle), David Walker (right), prepare food for hungry students at the FCC Campus Cafe later on.” taking orders, The ease with cooking orders and dispatching doing, Walker said. “I was just a life, and to get paid to do what which the three move around the Working in a kitchen takes foods to the patrons in quick sucyou like doing, that’ll work,” he kitchen and serve their customers kid trying to help his mom.” cession. The cooks banter with a certain sense of passion and In addition to his childhood said. Stephens is a graduate of the make it seem easy. It’s not easy,” dedication, said Gonzales who customers, ribbing and coaxing cooking experiences, Walker also FCC culinary arts program. As Walker said. “We got our rhythm them as they order and wait for has worked in the cafeteria for worked at Mono Wind Casino as a a student, he volunteered in the in the kitchen.” one and a half years. He said their food.     cook.  “I love it; it took me a while College Cafe and was hired after he loves the job and has always  On this morning, cooks David to adjust to it. While working at graduation. been drawn to work in a kitchen.  The reporter can be reached at Walker, Steve Stephens, and Ramiro Gonzales said of the the casino, I would have to serve “There was a time in my life when Ramiro Gonzales are at work in

By Jordan Russell Rampage Reporter Are you stressed? Are you having relationship problems, trouble sleeping, or difficulty handling you academic workload? Do you feel as though you can’t handle college life? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then perhaps a visit to FCC’s Psychological Services is in order. Psychological Services is the campus support network for students who are experiencing difficulty of any kind. According to their mission statement, they are “committed to enhancing and supporting the intellectual and personal growth of FCC students.” Through individualized therapy and a commitment to ensuring holistic wellness, the staff of Psychological Services works to assist students through life’s hardships. Dr. Brian Olowude, Coordinator of Psychological Services, said, “Change is never easy for anyone, and we are kind of like the coaches in people’s change process.” Psych Services welcomes any student who is experiencing any difficulty. “Our job isn’t to judge a person’s difficulties – it’s to help them with it,” said Dr. Olowude.

Psych Services offers Assistance On Campus This semester, the Psych SerThese results prompted Psych such as stress, depression, ADD/ vices staff is preparing for an Services to enact a “Stress Less, ADHD, and grief are available. unusually high number of apAchieve More” initiative, which Also available is a “Relaxation pointments after consistent inaccording to Dr. Olowude is “to and Wellness Center.” This feature crease in past years. According to help people recognize and under- provides free lessons in relaxation Dr. Olowude, the number of apstand what stress is.” He added, via downloadable MP3 files, bropointments last year rose to 1,139 “We’re hoping to help them man- chures on stress management and from 977 in 2009. These numbers age their stress, which will also sleep habits, and a PowerPoint do not include “crisis” appointhelp them manage their studies presentation on stress. ments, in which Psych Services the client realso partners with quires immediother campus serate attention. vices to provide The number of thorough, individcrisis appointualized treatment ments rose to Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-800-784-2433 for each student. 113 last year, “We work colopposed to 65 Rape Counseling Service (559)497-2900 laboratively with in 2009. all of our partners 1-800-246-7743 A factor that GLBT Nation Youth Talkline including Student is partially re- Domestic Violence Prevention (559)237-4706 Services, faculty sponsible for members, and our this rapid instaff members, crease is the because students level of stress at come in contact FCC. Last year FCC completed better and ultimately be more suc- with all of those people and we the American College Health cessful in their college careers.” want to make sure that we are proSurvey, which collected data To help students be more suc- viding the best services possible,” from more than 30,000 students cessful, Psych Services has posted said Dr. Olowude. He added, “We at 39 college campuses across the several resources on their website, want to be able to serve the entire country. “And we did find that the which can be accessed under the student. We may not be medical level of stress for our students on “For Students” tab of the FCC professionals, but we have mediour campus is unusually high,” homepage. Information regard- cal professionals on our campus, said Dr. Olowude. ing several mental health issues that is, our college nurses, that

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we work collaboratively with to figure out how can we best serve this student.” Ideally, every FCC student would experience such individual care. Dr Guadalupe Vasquez, Clinical Supervisor, said, “I think it would be a great experience if everyone would try therapy at least once, but we can’t force people to do it. We’re here for them if they want to try it.” Dr. Olowude added, “Being open to our services is always a benefit because you don’t know what you can learn by just being still for a while and focusing on where you want to be in life.” College students have times when they feel tired, frustrated, and unmotivated. During these times, the staff of Psychological Services is here to help. Dr. Olowude said, “It’s a unique experience to have someone focused just on you and really listen to what you’re going through. And people are surprised at how much strength they have when they’re able to move some of the other stuff aside. Then they can realize ‘I can be healthy. There is a way for me to achieve and be successful.” Psychological Services is located in Room 216 of the Student Center Building. Simply walk in and ask someone for an appointment, and they will help you begin the scheduling process. The reporter can be reached at


October 05, 2011


A Mother’s Motivation Parents Struggle to balance Education and a Family

Rampage Reporter When at Freno State Mendez was no stranger to balancing education and parenthood. Now as department chair of counseling at Fresno City College, she can reflect back on her academic and parental achieviments. Enlightened by her personal struggles Mendez now seeks to help students overcome problems similar to those she encountered. Mendez is a widow. Her husband died at 34, leaving her with the sole responsibility of raising their young children. “Who would ever think that anybody is going to die that young and not plan?” Mendez said of her husband’s unexpected death. She depended on welfare to support her

out of that.” For Mendez and others like her, managing school and work can be challenging. Raising children, on top of that, is complicated. More than 50 percent of the students that are on academic probation at FCC are parents, according to Mendez, chair of the counseling department. Some are single parents; some are married, and some are not the biological parents of the children they’re raising. Some students have the responsibility of raising siblings and foster children. Student parents face a myriad of issues, including a lack of support, working too many hours, inability to prioritize and managing the children’s often complex needs and schedules. While they acknowledge that the job of parenting is a high-stress position, they say they Ryne and Tiffany Hatfield bring their 4-month old daughter, Savannah to FCC.

“When my husband died, my whole family, even extended family, was against me going to school” -Linda Mendez

and her children but soon found how frustrating it was to deal with the system. She decided to enroll in college. “They [welfare employees] are just very condescending in the way they talked to me,” Mendez said. “So, that was my motivation to get

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try to make school and parenthood work for them. Among those claiming a lack of support is Linda Mendez. She said her family did not support her decision to return to school. “When my husband died, my whole family, even extended family, was against


me going to school,” she said. With no support from family members, she was forced to wait to begin school until her youngest son was toilet trained and eligible to enter into a daycare program. Mendez worked 30 hours each day and carried 12 units at the same time. The stress of school, work and her husband’s death took a toll on Mendez as well as on her children. “I didn’t realize the children were going through such grief,” she said. “I knew I was going through grief, but the way they responded was different.”  She was shocked to discover that one of her

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children was suicidal. “And he was like 6, 7 or 8 years old,” she said. Drea Cerda, a 32-year-old majoring in drug and alcohol counseling, has been attending FCC for three semesters now. She is a single mother to 7-year-old Jonas. Cerda admits that balancing children and school are hard to combine because school work follows her home. “When you go to school, you come home, and you still have to deal with school because you have homework,” she said.  That is different from employment which you can leave once you leave the workplace. Cerda said that when she first started her college education, she was not entirely sure how to utilize that system. “Even when I did have people to help me watch Jonas, I felt like I had other things (besides schoolwork) that needed to get done,” Cerda said. Despite the hardships, the women are determined to make a good life for themselves and their children. Mendez presses on with her school work, trying not to ignore her obligations as a mother. She required her children to think through requests before they made them of her and to become more organized, and believes they are better people now for it. “They had an after-school program, and whenever they had to do anything at the school, they’d say, ‘Mom, you need to sign this’ or ‘so and so invited me to a sleepover.’” But to be able to go to the sleepover, the children would first have to answer mom’s questions so that I feel I can approve. “I would tell my children that if they cannot answer the questions, they won’t be able to go,” said Mendez. “I didn’t realize this, but it caused them to develop critical thinking skills. And they learned to be very resourceful, and they were good communicators.” Cerda said she too has found a way to combine school work and parenting responsibilities by doing her homework alongside Jonas when he does his homework. “We sit at the table, spread out our stuff, and he does his (homework) and I do mine,” she said.  Luckily for

her, she has an adequate support system, and she is better at prioritizing. She said, “This semester, I’ve learned to go ahead and realize that it’s ok to put things off for a while and do school stuff first.” Some new parents at FCC say they have not had experienced any difficulties combining their education with raising children. Twenty one year old Maricela Nava who has been attending FCC since summer of 2010 returned to school right after giving birth. Nava decided to return to class when her daughter was only days old. “I did not want to get behind in class or get dropped,” she said. Nava says her studies have yet to be affected by her newborn, as she completes her work while her baby is sleeping. And when she is in school, her boyfriend and his mother watch the infant. She said that her “good” schedule is also another element that makes her responsibilities a little easier. “My school schedule is only Tuesday and Thursday,” she said. “It works because I’m only away from her those two days instead of the whole week.” Another couple that has scheduled school around parenting is Tiffany and Ryne Hatfield. Tiffany, 21, is a child development major who has been attending FCC since 2010. Both she and her husband have deliberately scheduled their classes to fit around their 4-monthold, Savannah’s schedule. “We looked at our schedule, and we’re like, ‘ok, well if we stagger our courses, we can have time so both of us can be with the baby’,” she said. “And we made it so that if one of us is in class, the other has the baby. We do this on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.” Despite the different living situations, these FCC parents all stress the importance of resourcefulness and support.  “When you’re a parent, you’re so stressed and so tired,” says Mendez. “You need the whole community to come together and help you get through school.” The reporter can be reached at


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Popular Diets for Fall 2011 By Sasha Bell Rampage Reporter Are you looking to shed some of those pounds before the holidays? Or perhaps just wanting to get your body healthy? Considering some of the hot dieting trends this year? Here’s a list of them, as well as some things to consider before your choose which “diet” is best for you.

Paleo Diet:

This diet focuses on the foods that our hunter/gatherer ancestors consumed. With this diet you are limited to eating lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits and nuts.  How does it work? The foods listed above are high in beneficial nutrients (soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates) which promote good health and are low in the foods and nutrients such as refined sugars and grains, saturated and trans fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods.  Daily exercise is encouraged to help lose weight.( )

HCG: Short for the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone produced during pregnancy. One of its functions is to ensure the growing fetus receives enough nutrients to grow and develop normally. It does this by making the abnormal fat stored in the mother’s body available for use. The mother’s body is then able to use this fat for nutrients and energy despite her intake. How it works? With

this diet a person orally consumes a small amount of the HCG hormone, reduces their caloric intake to 500 calories per day. Exercise is completely restricted.  It is meant to loose weight fast, especially since you burn approximately 3,500-4,000 calories per day. (

Detox/Liquid Diet:

These programs help remove impurities and toxins from the body while replenishing it with vital nutrients. Some people on this program experience side benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, improved concentration, improved digestion, better sleep and reduced cravings. How it works? Your body stores fat and impurities regularly. To get rid of these impurities, you cleanse.  Afterward, the impurities are released, so the body sheds the fat.  Then you maintain your weight by keeping on a regular cleansing schedule. Exercise is recommended daily.  (

3-Day Diet: As it sounds, this diet is completed in 3-day regiments. It claims that a person can loose up to 10 pounds during this regiment.  It is a very specific food diet that must be followed precisely.  Portions must be eaten exactly as prescribed and you cannot overeat.  The 3-day meal plan is listed below: Day 1 Breakfast: Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal,1/2 grapefruit or juice,1 piece of toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter.  Lunch:1/2 cup tuna,1 piece toast, Black coffee or

tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal. Dinner:3 ounces any lean meat or chicken,1 cup green beans 1 cup carrots,1 apple,1 cup regular vanilla ice cream. Day 2 Breakfast: Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal,1 egg, 1/2 banana, 1 piece of toast. Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese or tuna, 8 regular saltine crackers.  Dinner: 2 beef franks,1 cup of broccoli or cabbage,1/2 cup carrots,1/2 banana,1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream. Day 3 Breakfast:Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal, 5 regular saltine crackers, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, 1 apple.  Lunch: Black coffee or tea, with 1-2 packets Sweet & Low or Equal, 1 boiled egg, 1 piece of toast.  Dinner:  1 cup of tuna,1 cup of carrots, 1 cup cauliflower, 1 cup melon, 1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream. In addition to its strict daily food prescription, dieters drink 4 cups of water or noncaloric drinks daily. How It Works?  The combination of the suggested foods included in this plan is supposed to create a unique metabolic reaction and boost fat burning.  You must alternate with four to five days of normal eating for this diet to work.  Exercise is not mentioned with this diet.  (www.webmd. com/diet/features/3-day-diet)   So which one is the best for you?  Perhaps you should consider advice from a nutritionist before going on a diet.   Ricarda Cerda, M.S., R.D., Fresno City College’s food and nutrition instructor, said that what she believes in is “a healthy life-

Breast Cancer Awareness at FCC By Maddie Hagobian Rampage Reporter Breast Cancer is the most common cancer seen in woman, besides skin cancer with an estimated 230, 480 new cases developing in 2011 alone. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Though death rates for breast cancer have been substantially decreasing, an overwhelming estimated 39,520 women will die from breast cancer in 2011, according to the National Cancer Society. Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, the chances that breast cancer will be the cause of death in a woman, is 1 in 35, about 3 percent. Breast Cancer can be fully treated if detected early enough. Professionals strongly urge women in their late teens up to early 30s to have clinical breast exams at least every three years. In between visits though, all women should know how to perform a self breast exam. Nearly 70 percent of cancer is discovered through self examination. Early detection has a 98 percent, five

year survival rate. Mary Smith and Jennifer Brennan registered nurses at Fresno City College, stress the importance of monthly self breast exams. “It is important to feel both breasts and compare, if one feels different, you should check with a doctor,” says Smith. There is a possibility that lumps, or abnormalities aren’t in fact, breast cancer but it’s better to be safe than sorry, the nurses said.

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Donay Butler is an Intern at the West Fresno Healthcare Coalition, promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. “There is no sure way to prevent Breast Cancer.

However limiting alcohol intake, eating healthy and exercising regularly will reduce risks. Early detection is key,” says Butler. When asked how to perform a self breast exam, Butler explained, “It entails pushing into the breast in a circular motion feeling for lumps, however breasts can be naturally lumpy so it has mixed results for early detection. Any lump, change in texture, dimpling, irritation in the breast, as well as any changes in the nipple such as inversion or swelling should be checked out by a doctor” For more information regarding health tips about breast cancer be sure to check out KSEE 24 Buddy Check on campus Oct. 11 at 12:30pm in the Student Lounge. Susan G. Komen Executive Director will speak about Breast Cancer awareness and prevention. KSEE 24’s Buddy Check also offers information on breast cancer and other vital self-help tips. You may register for your free Buddy Check kit at buddy-check. The reporter can be reached at

Some Dieting Statistics: According to

50% of women are dieting at any given time 25% of men are dieting at any given time 95%

of dieters regain the weight they lost within 5 years


of “occasional” dieters will turn into chronic dieters

style”, not dieting. This means to eat healthy foods and do some sort of physical activity daily.      The effects of most diets are the “yo-yo” effect.  This is when you get on a diet, loose weight, get off the diet and then gain back all (if not more) weight.  This is not only frustrating, but it is “hard on your cardiovascular system” said Cerda.  She mentioned that some diets emphasize one certain type of food group, you might end up getting too much of that group, such as saturated fat or fiber.       She suggests slowing down while eating, enjoying the taste of the food, the health it will give you and for the gift of food itself.    Eating a variety of colorful foods and including them into your daily diet is not only pleasing to the eye but the color represents the phytochemicals in that food and research has proven that it is an indicator of the health value of food, according to Cerda. 

 “Get your greens, reds like tomatoes, red pepper and fruits like watermelon, get your oranges, and purple, like berries. We do eat with our eyes,” said Cerda.   FCC’s nutritionist agrees that portion size does matter.  “If you look at the portions that were served in the ‘70s to today,” said Cerda, “we are eating ginormous portions.”  She suggests to buy smaller plates to reduce portion size and caloric intake.     If you are looking to lose weight, “one hour of exercise a day” would be best, according to Cerda.  However, if you wish to maintain your weight, “30 minutes daily” should be best.  She suggests to take into consideration not only the number on the scale, but other important health signs like blood pressure, blood sugar level and cholesterol levels.  “The emphasis should be on health, than on weight loss or number on the scale,” said Cerda. The reporter can be reached at

“Be smart with Body Art” By Maddie Hagobian Rampage Reporter Be Smart with Body Art, an educational campaign informing students on the potential risks of piercings and tattoos, will be on campus Oct. 13. Representatives from UC Davis and Sacramento State will be at the Student Lounge at 11am. UCD and Sacramento State have teamed up to address the lack of awareness with an innovative new multimedia campaign that educates young people about ways to prevent the spread of viral hepatitis C when getting tattoos or piercings. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is called a silent epidemic because people with acute HCV often have no symptoms or mild symptoms such as fatigue and body aches. Though, it is the much commonly spread disease through needles that have not been properly sterilized. About 75 to 80 percent of people infected with HVC, develop chronic HVC and increase their risk for liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Adolescents and young adults are in danger of HCV because of an “incredible lack of awareness

and education regarding HCV,” according to research presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting. Research presented by UC Davis and Sacramento State showed that nearly 40 percent of college students believe that tattooing and piercing are unlikely to pose health risks. “It’s so important to know what questions to ask when considering a tattoo. That knowledge goes a long way to help prevent disease transmission,” said FCC RN, Mary Smith According to Be Smart with Body Art the most important questions to ask before receiving a piercing or tattoo are as followed: -Do you use new needles? -Do you use new ink caps for each client? -Do you sterilize all equipment that may come in contact with blood? -Do you wear single-use latex gloves? -Do you cover fresh tattoos to prevent infection or hepatitis C virus transmission? The reporter can be reached at


FCC workshop to showcase student dancers By Karina Ornelas Rampage Reporter

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The dance program at FCC has been generating student talent for more than 30 years, and with their annual Fall Workshop in addition to their Spring Concert, they are showing no sign of slowing. This semester, dancers are under the artistic direction of Jimmy Hao who has accumulated an extensive background in dancing, teaching, and choreographing at various professional schools and companies throughout the world. Hao believes the Fall Workshop

previous dance experience as well as auditions in order to be part of the more serious courses in the program. “An audition guarantees a performance,” he said. When you see students returning semester after semester simply to be a part of the program, at times staying for up to four years, you know they have something truly special there. “They trust us and we can polish our students’ skills in many ways,” said Hao. Carmen Kuykendall, a dance major, has been attending FCC and has been with the dance department for five semesters. She has been dancing for six years, and with this being her last semester at FCC she feels that being one of the several student choreographers for the Fall Workshop is her last shot at creating something for FCC. “Dancing is my main outlet of creative expression. It gets things out, like someone paints or draws,” Kuykendall said.

Alyssa Monisi practices for City Dance.

is a good way to present FCC dance to the community; it possess a lot of experimental pieces mainly associated with contemporary and modern techniques, all choreographed by the students themselves. “You want to give everyone the opportunity to dance,” said Hao. The dance program shows sttudents’ potential by requiring

Kuykendall was introduced to dance at a young age, focusing solely on musical theatre. This semester, she is co-choreographing for the first time, and although she has choreographed before, she still recognizes the difficulty and frustration drawn into the fundamentals of leading a group into one uniform idea in dance. “You Are My Alligator,” a dance piece Kuykendall has been

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collaborating on with dancer Ashley Allen, tells the story of an alligator personified as a human being. It describes a dysfunctional relationship between a man and a woman. They said, “We’re both really passionate about it, we both feel what the characters are going through.” In regard to the importance of the selected dance, Kuykendall stresses, “Every single person takes something different. Someone will relate or know someone who has gone through the same thing.” She said, “The audience will relate to what they see in the piece, even if it’s not what we try to convey. They’ll apply it to their life.” Like Hao said, the most important thing is a quality performance. Quality performance is something that 23-year-old Amanda Tannous knows a lot about. Since elementary school, Tannous has been involved in various styles of dance, ultimately being introduced to a more skilled form of dance at FCC. In addition to her artistic dance roots, Tannous has also choreographed; she is currently focused on transitioning a dance piece she began last year into a polished dance performance. “It wasn’t fulfilled enough for me. It’s more finished, and feeding it into a group of dancers works really well,” Tannous said of her yet-untitled piece about domination. Her concept for the piece is similar to a “last one standing” mentality. She explained, “Everyone has something in the world or life that they want to dominate and overcome.” For Tannous, and many others, dance is a stress reliever. It’s something people can turn to when they feel down but also when they feel happy. “It’s like something coming out from inside of you. I love seeing what people can do with what I create,” she said, “Some can do things I can’t do with it.”

By Tomas Kassahun Rampage Reporter Just two months ago, an aspiring young guitarist named Yafate Shiferaw an up and coming drummer named Jon Cuevas were part of a local band called Valley of Unrest. Since then, Shiferaw and Cuevas have left Valley of Unrest and joined guitarist Adam Ornelas, vocalist Sonny Westmoreland, and bass player Sean Westmoreland to form a brand new band known as Pillars. Their first song, “Broken Windows”, was written in four hours. Since then they have written three more songs and in the process have becomes closer to each other. “I noticed a lot of similarities with local bands here in Fresno. We have influence from other bands but I feel like we can bring something different to this area by combining different types of music that we all listen to,” said vocalist Sonny Westmoreland.   While the topics vary, the band is focused on always sending a positive message to their listeners. “I wrote the songs based on what I see nowadays. I write to those people who feel like they are not loved and I try to tell them to pick themselves up,” With that, she considers the importance of communication between choreographers and dancers. When she and the other student choreographers create a dance routine they seem to understand their vision and style, a common well minded talent some dancers share. Artistic director, Hao, compares the more formal side of the Spring Concert to the Fall Workshop. According to Hao, the Fall Workshop

said Sonny Westmoreland. Although it is a time in which many local bands are emerging, the Pillars say they are only focused on playing the music they love and they are not deterred by the current competition. The process hasn’t been easy concidering that the creation and management of a band normally requires precise communication, sufficient funding, energy and a lot of time. But through it all, the Pillars feel that they have made significant progress. On Oct. 22, the Pillars will be ready to show Fresno what they are made of as they perform for the first time at the Woodward Park Amphitheater. “The limits are endless. It all depends on how committed this whole band is,” said Sonny Westmoreland, “Our goal is to eventually go on tour. We are not going to rush anything, but we want to go out of state someday.” They hope to have more people discover their music as they promote themselves through their account on Despite the challenge, the band is enjoying the bond gained through playing together and also enjoying the simple joy of playing music. The reporter can be reached at

has a wide variety of creative pieces to offer, including “Dishes,” created by student choreographer Zachary Garcia. “The dancers in the program do a beautiful job and they will continue to do that. You will learn a lot from us,” Hao said. Be sure to check out the FCC’s Fall Workshop on December 2-4. The reporter can be reached at

Hemmingway’s Whiskey resonates By Nathan Alonzo Rampage Reporter

He is one of the fastest rising artists in country music with his flip flops and beach cowboy style. Kenny Chesney recently recorded his 15th album titled “Hemingway’s Whiskey,” which provides a vast collective of country musical styles. The album serves as a form of showing audiences that don’t necessarily listen to country on a regular basis that all country music and artists do not have the same sound. Inside listeners will find that the album seems to be a mixture between the new Nashville sound of contemporary country and the older “twang” that has been a staple in the genre. Songs such as “Coastal,” “Small Y’all,” “Where I Grew Up,” and “Round and Round” are some of those traditional songs. These traditional songs have lyrics that take listeners on a mental trip, or a flashback of growing up in the country. The lyrics to “Coastal” will most resonate with listeners who are looking to get away for a weekend and are looking for the

upbeat track to be their anthem. Another one of the great things about this album are the duets that Chesney performs with some great artists. In the song “Small Y’all” he teams up with Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones in a song that has a honkytonk “twang” to it, and shows just how great old school and modern country sound blended together. The second duet that Chesney performs in the album is with rock singer Grace Potter from the band “Grace Potter and The Nocturnals.” Their duet “You and Tequila” has become one of the most popular songs in country music right now, already reaching the No.1 spot in the nationally syndicated Country Top 40 countdown, and the American Country Countdown. Some of the other songs on the album that went on to earn the No.1 single spot in country music around the nation were “The Boys of Fall,” “Somewhere with you,” and “Live a Little.” The song “Boys of Fall” translated into much more than just a No.1 hit for Chesney. Shortly after

the album was released Chesney was the producer and co-director of the ESPN special titled after the song. The special outlined the making of the video, as well as the meaning behind the song, which was the adventure and spirit of the game of football for Chesney. The song “The Boys of Fall” would become the theme song for the game of football all across the nation, with fans singing along to it at games at every level, from pee-wee football to in cameos for the NFL. The new approach to country music apparently is being well received by listeners who have made “Hemingway’s Whiskey” one of the top-selling albums in country music within the past year. 183,000 copies were sold within the first week, and the album eventually went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America.) After the album release, Chesney has been touring the country in the “going coastal” tour, which is selling out arenas all over the country as well is in Canada. Recently Chesney was recognized

for being the only country artist since Willie Nelson to sell out the Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. This recent success, although great, pales to the accomplishments that Chesney has compiled in his time on the national country music stage. Since his appearance on the national stage in 1994 with his debut album titled “In My Wildest Dreams” Chesney has

released 15 albums, 14 of those have gone on to be certified gold or better by the RIAA. He has also amassed 30 top 10 singles, 20 No.1’s, and has been the American Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year six times. So what is next for Kenny Chesney? The reporter can be reached at


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Fuseing Downtown Music festival showcases mix of local talent By karina Ornelas Rampage Reporter For years there have been numerous music festivals around the country. Now, for the fourth year in a row, Fresno’s own music festival continues to thrive. The Fresno Urban Sound Experience Festival – or FUSE Fest for short – has for the first time expanded into a fullblown, two-day festival with more than seven venues and a line-up of more than 30 bands. Unlike some music festivals, the FUSE Fest is designed with no headliners among the all-local bands. This effortlessly emphasizes the wide range of musical talent found around Fresno. The

current state of the festival has been compared by some to the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) in its early stages. This year’s festival began on Friday with four venues: Joe’s

Steakhouse, Downtown Club, Hero’s Sports Lounge, and Club One. “The best thing [about FUSE] is that it brings people together and they go see live music instead of just going to a bar or watching a movie,” said Tom Walzem, guitarist for surf-rock band, The Neptunes. Friday night at Hero’s Sports Lounge was not their first FUSE appearance though. They were a part of the first FUSE Fest back in 2008, and they see firsthand the impact the festival has on the community of Fresno. “The crowd [at Hero’s] really listened carefully. All the people who came to FUSE came out because they really wanted to hear the music,” Walzem said. Seeing how smoothly the festival ran, Walzem credits the festival with helping The Neptunes reach wider audiences for their music. The festival is a good method of showing the central valley that Fresno has a great music scene of many different genres. One way the FUSE Festival is able to expand the number and distance of the people that they reach is with the help of the Dirty Dowdy Podcast by Chris “Dirty” Dowdy from Fresno’s New Rock 104.1 radio station. “As far as mainstream, some people don’t know what it is,” Dowdy said about the FUSE festival. He hopes that with the involvement of New Rock 104.1 this year, more people w i l l start g e t ting the m e s s a g e a n d h e l p spread it even further. A l though this year the fest i v a l has expanded in days, v e n ues and bands, Dowdy believes t h e r e is still room for growth;

“There is talent, Fresno breeds talent. Fresno has had a unique, rich music scene for decades; we need to celebrate!” Adam Lee Lets Go Bowling especially with the occasional difficulty of trying for events in the downtown area of Fresno. Still, he remains positive in that these issues will simply take time. A big contributor to keeping up with the positive assurance is the feedback received from festivalgoers. Some audiences are already supportive to begin with, and the wider the festival opens up those doors, the more open people will be to local music they have never heard before. That positivity doesn’t only reach audiences, but also the bands themselves. Spanish experimentalrock band, Dia Del Astronauta, had their first experience with the FUSE Fest as a result of Aire Espacial’s unfortunate last-minute cancellation due to an emergency. “We enjoy playing, we never play for the money,” said Dia Del Astronauta drummer, Angel. “With more unknown small bands, you don’t feel anyone is better than the other,” added singer and guitarist, Abraham. With the adrenaline rush that they get from being on stage, the festival shows that hard work pays off, and it has

now opened up more doors for Dia Del Astronauta, who played at Fulton 55 on Saturday. While their original ideal was to create music for soundtracks, after seven years of playing together, Dia Del Astronauta is inspired by the FUSE Fest to keep going and do more. Serving as Saturday’s headquarters for the festival, Fulton 55 in downtown had double the acts by

splitting them up between the main stage downstairs and the smaller and more intimate Coffeehouse Stage upstairs. While most of the acts that performed upstairs were mainly acoustic – such as Heather & Joe, and Suicide Lounge – the bands that played downstairs had a lot more noise to make. “There is talent, Fresno breeds talent,” said Adam Lee of Let’s Go Bowling, “Fresno has had a unique, rich music scene for decades; we need to celebrate!” That is by no means an exaggeration, Let’s Go Bowling has been around since the 80s and they have traveled far enough, performed with bigenough bands, and remained true to Fresno to know that first-hand. Let’s Go Bowling’s ska sound had the crowd at Fulton 55 dancing and jumping during their entire set. W h i l e they may be widely known, the FUSE Fest gives audiences the opportunity to sample some great music and remember it later. As 1 0 4 . 1 ’s Dowdy put it, “It’s all u n d e r the umbrella of FUSE.” P a u l Miskulin of Let’s Go Bowling, echoes The Neptunes’ Tom Walzem when he says that with the festival, he hopes people are inspired to text each other and actually meet up in person. Clearly, the FUSE Fest is an event no one in Fresno should miss. It comes once a year, and each year

it’s better than the last. Besides being about the music, it’s also about demonstrating what downtown Fresno is and can be. As says, “Forget what you’ve heard or think you know about Fresno’s music scene. Experience it for yourself.”

(Left to Right) Victor DesRoches of Boxcar Figaro at Hero’s Sports Bar, Blake Jones and The Trike Shop at Tokyo Gardens, (Center) , Eddie Arellano of Irie Sun, (left to right) Lance Canales and Adan Infante of Lance Canales and the Flood at Hero’s Sports Bar


“The Illusion” Delivers The stage of the Fresno city College Theater will be transformed into a cave for a few weeks in October for the production of “The Illusion.”

In rehearsals, the rough texture of the cave walls was already set, giving the actors a feel of what they would be working with on opening night.

The play delivers all of the elements, humor, dialogue, twists and turns of the story add up to a wonderful production. The actors nail every emotion, be it happiness, sadness or confusion. “The Illusion” by Tony Kushner is the story of a remorseful father, Pridamant, played by Luis Ramentes. With the help of a magician Alcandre (Keshawne Keene) and his assistant Amanuensis (Ben Mcnamara), Pridamant gets a chance to see his son, whom he sent away 15 years ago.   Many of the actors in this works play characters with three different names, so the play is constantly changing characters’ names, motives and allegiances until a twist in the end brings all of the small confusions together. The magician Alcandre tells the father to “expect nothing from these visions” but procceds to show him three visions of how his son, going by the names Calisto, Clindor and Theognenes, played by Jano Cota, is living his life.   In the first vision, the son is a young brash character full of swagger who tries to seduce a young maiden by the names Melibea, Isabelle, and Ttippolyta (played by Bridgette Manders). He seems to fail until her maid and friend, a character who goes by Elicia, Lyse, Clarina (played

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By Pabel Lopez Rampage Reporter by Lena Aguilan) helps him. Melibea’s suitor played by Josh Hansen (Pleribo, Adraste, and Prince Florilame) confronts him and is sent away. At this point, the story is sent to the second vision in which the son


dialogue. The playwright uses words and their multiple meanings in a masterful way. The actors seem to be aware of just how important this is to the play and succeed in simplifying the dialogue and its multiple meanings throughout the play. Humor is a recurring element in this play. But the play also deals with serious issues such

“The heart chases memory

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through the cavern of dreams.”

Alcandre (Kesahwne Keene) and Amanuensis (Ben Mcnamara)

is a servant to Matamore (David Manning) who is interested in Isabelle. Meanwhile, Isabelle and her suitor (Hansen) are in the middle of an argument about their relationship. After this argument, Clindor and Isabelle are shown to be in love after a passionate affair. Shortly after, Clindor is in a relationship with Clarina, Isabelle’s maid and a discussion on love and money follows. The play uses some of the same actors to play different roles which could be pleased. For example, the son goes by a different name in every vision that the magician conjures. The magician tells the father and the audience to “stop acting like a lawyer” and not focus so much on trivial things like names. One of the play’s biggest strengths is the wordplay in the

as love, abandonment, and fate. Matamore (David Manning), a deluded “conqueror of empires” is especially humorous, but every character in the play gets a chance to show off their sardonic sense of humor at some point in the production. The difference between young and old is shown throughout the play. The son is shown as full of hope when discussing love and life. The father is shown as more pessimistic and cynical. The characters played by Josh Hansen are rich and condescending, while all three characters that the son in the story are shown as poor and humble. “The Illusion” will be playing Oct. 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30pm. General admission will be $14 andcan$12 for students. The reporter be reached at


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Phillip’s Korner 10 Tips for the Big Fresno Fair By Phillip Romar

Rampavge Reporter


    BRING A CELL PHONE!! YOU W I L L G ET LO S T I F YOU DON’T HAVE ONE!! There’s going be a kabillion people over there so if you don’t stand out in a big crowd, you will get lost . Or you can do what I do whenever I’m looking for my frie nds: Scream their names like you don’t have any sense until you find them.

could’ve just bought a paper wrist band for $30. It gets you unlimited rides. Makes no sense to even sell the tickets then, right?


    Guys, if your girlfriend or your friend who screams like a girl, does not like rides or heights, don’t bring them if you’re tr ying to have fun. If you do, don’t force them on any rides, because that’s just going   This year, they’ll to ruin your relationship. be having one dol      Don’t be weird. lar carnival ride Please. It’s like Wednesdays. So every year someif you want to save some thing bizarre hapdough, bring a few dollars and have some fun. pens to me and my friends. I remember one time these   Want a friend girls threw ice cubes at me to get you in the saying, “OMG A BLACK GUY!! fair for free? Do- HEY ICE CUBE, RAP FOR ME!! nate Blood at the SING ME A SONG!!” Not Cool. Blood Center for a buy-one      As a matter of get-one-free fair pass!! You fact, if you want to, have until the end of this go ahead. Do someweek to do so. Besides, thing crazy. You’ll hurt and sick people can always use a donor for the ju st ge t a r r e ste d. T h e y right blood type. If your have police over there for a scared of needles, tragic. reason. Though if they ask where you got that idea, you       Don’t buy the didn’t hear nothin’ from me. tickets. Just buy       If you don’t want the paper wrist to lose anything, band. I remember DON’T BRING ANYone time somebody spent THING!!! I have $60 on tickets when she



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been hearing the craziest stories about the things people lost at the fair. “I lost my life savings, my social security card, my birth certificate, my baby, my girlfriend, my life…” DON’T BRING THEM THEN!! Just bring money, NOT ALL OF IT, a phone and a camera. What more do you need?


    Almost everything at the fair is fried. It’s delicious, but fried, as in unhealthy, so eat at your own risk, especially when it comes to the deep fried Klondike bars...those are a death sentence all on their own.


. If you think you’re going to throw up, DON’T RIDE ANYTHING!! One time, somebody who rode “Super Shot Drop Tower” (Second best ride in my opinion. “The Starship 3000” being the first) and had to throw up but he threw up as they were speeding down. So yeah, it was raining throw up for a few seconds.Gross. Save us all the trauma of having to see your lunch and hold it down folks.

8. The D-Pad The fall season is new game release season. It’s right before Christmas, so it’s completely reasonable that the distributors would want their new games being released when the most shopping is being done. Thus, we see some of the biggest titles of the year come out between the months of September and December. This year in particular is seeing some amazing releases. Games like “Gears of War 3” and “Dues Ex: Human Revolution” have hit the store shelves and were immediate successes. But the season

isn’t over and there are still many big releases to come. Here are a few I’m definitely keeping an eye on:


Batman Arkham CityThe first release in this series, “Arkham Asylum”, was probably one of the better super hero games I had ever played before. Fans of the darker movie trilogy, the third installment, being released in 2012, should definitely see to getting their hands on this video game series, with the new one releasing in Oct. 18.

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While the two are not tied together, the game series definitely pays homage to the grittier Batman we’ve all come to love. Golly gee-willikers! Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3While I normally wouldn’t throw two different games into a single category and talk about them together, I find exception in the fact that these two titles are in a competitive race to be the better of the “modern war” genre. While I have yet to truly introduce myself to the “Battlefield” series, the little I have played is amazing,


“Inheritance” is at hand By Laura Bradley Rampage Reporter

In 2003 everyone had their noses buried in a blue book with a sarcastic young dragon smiling up from the front cover. Christopher Paolini’s debut novel “Eragon” had hit shelves. Its fan base exploded across the nation, selling 2.5 million copies and topping the New York Times Children’s Books Bestseller list for 121 weeks. Still, critics and reviews were quick to point out the similarities between the book and movies such as “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings.” Despite the less than savory reviews, Paolini’s fans were calling for more, more, MORE! Unfortunately they would have to wait a full two years before Paolini released “Eldest” in 2005. The second installment in the Inheritance trilogy topped charts once again and together with “Eragon” sold over 15 million copies. “I was glad his writing had improved so much,” says English major Will Christiansen, “I had to respect that he had changed in such a good way, but then I realized that maybe not all the changes were for the best.” Critics once again were eager to point out the similarities between Eldest and other works such as “The Lord of the Rings” and the “Dragonriders of Pern.” Still, that didn’t stop fans from grabbing the ruby red books off the shelves and gobbling up the words hungrily. After two years of waiting, they were eager to know more. Eldest was the first of the Inheritance books to tell the story through the eyes of Roran, Eragon’s cousin. In 2006 the Inheritance series took a big fall. The “Eragon” and everything I’ve heard is positive. I have played each “CoD: MW” game, and haven’t been disappointed, despite it seeming like that game hasn’t made a new engine since “Call of Duty 3”. It’ll be interesting to see which of these FPS giants takes the crowd when “Battlefield 3” is released on Oct. 28 and “CoD: MW3” is released on Nov. 8.


The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimThe highly anticipated next chapter of the “Elder Scrolls” saga finally hits story shelves on Nov. 11. Taking you to the kingdom of Skyrim, players now get to take on dragons as they go on a new epic quest. I’ve yet to play a Bethesda game that has had

movie was made, and fans groaned through an hour and a half of cheap graphics, a plot that didn’t follow the book, and characters that seemed more like caricatures rather than the Eragon, Arya, and Saphira the fans had come to know and love. “The only character that remained the same was Brom,” says European History major, Al Grant, “The other characters were so far gone it didn’t seem like I was really watching Eragon.” Despite displeased fans, the “Eragon” film played on over 3,000 screens and made over $23 million in its first weekend. Fans were nonplused after the movie, and rants on the internet became common. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the third and final book in the Inheritance trilogy. Rumors on the forums gave way to ideas of a green colored book with a dragon looking to the right entitled “Empire.” However, the pattern of six lettered titles beginning with the letter “E” was broken in 2008 when Paolini released “Brisinger.” Fans were surprised and anxious to learn that the Inheritance trilogy was now to be the Inheritance cycle. “Brisinger” sold over 550,000 copies on its first day on the shelves, and fans ate it up. “Brisinger” offered even more character point of views, expanding on the story even more. Now, eight years after “Eragon” first hit shelves, “Inheritance”, the fourth and final book in the Inheritance cycle is at hand. The release date is set for Nov. 8 of this year, and many fans are excited to finally see what Paolini has made us wait for. The reporter can be reached at

any disappointing aspects other then a one-time glitch where I got stuck inside a rock in “Oblivion”. I can’t wait to play this new title. Assassin’s Creed: RevelationsThe new “AC” game continues the story of Ezio and the protagonist of the first game, Altair. Releasing on Nov. 15, this game was intended to be a game for the Nintendo 3DS, until the developers decided to make it a new console release! With an upgraded and reshaped multiplayer mode, “AC: Revelations” brings us back into the shoes of the assassins, and hopefully paves the way for “Assassin’s Creed 3”.


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Views 11 October 05, 2011 America’s Obsession with Relationships Rampage Reporter

No matter how easy it is to point out

the problem in a place that you live in, it does not exclude other areas from the problem’s base. Meaning that the issue at hand isn’t exclusive to just America. However, America is most definitely one of the most relationship focused countries in the entire world and there could be a few definitive reasons for that:

America is a melting pot of numerous cultures and therefore has no elicit traditional courting method. There are a lot of things that make a relationship happen in most countries; religion, race, social status, economic wellbeing, location, height, weight, appearance, parental guidance, education, and many more. The difficult part about subjecting America to cultural courting methods is that we blur the lines on most of the things that other countries have held as standard. Having no clear definition on what it means to traditionally pursue or have a relationship with someone may in fact be a leading cause in America’s

love sick obsession with romance; chasing what we may not understand.

America’s media focuses on having a relationship and being suited for a relationship. As many times as it has been said before it is true, the media focuses on personal image and sends the message, “You are only happy when you are beautiful. Real Women have curves, Beyonce at her best,” says Vogue Magazine. Unfortunately this isn’t something uncommon to see it today’s world. Magazines, television, and movies alike have been promoting the idea that if you change yourself or become more fitted towards what we are presenting then you might find true happiness in

life. Which brings forth a few questions; Who is to blame? The consumer or the producer? Are we just as guilty by feeding into the idealism that Hollywood and iconic romances put forth? Furthermore, are the images put forth in the media all bad? Do they somehow give the populace hope that maybe somewhere there is love that is almost on the fantasy level? Maybe, but the real caliber of the issue is determined by us as individuals. 

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By Dylan Picazo

America is so relationship focused that Singleness is often looked down upon.

Unfortunately being single can be difficult for many reasons, but the elevation in difficulty can be partially accredited to the

image that America has often set with it. There is a huge often unnoticed problem here, so much so that the only articles I could find on singleness itself were how to survive singleness and several articles reminding people that singleness has purpose. Both of those ideas, despite intentions, set a tone; being single is looked down upon, and needs reassurance. Everything today is romantically charged, it has seemingly put down one of the biggest and most important parts of life, singleness. 

    I am by no means a relationship expert, and this article was written to point out that there may be a few problems in America’s obsession with romance and relationships. The lovesick atmosphere in America has been led by lack of understanding, inflated imagery, and social stigma on singleness. There are many other reasons America is this way when it comes to romance. These are just the few on the surface. And of course, the real effect of the romanticism that we feel on an everyday basis is determined by us as single beings. The reporter can be reached at

Are Students Complacent & Apathetic? Rampage Reporter


resno City College is home to the minds that both contribute and determine our future. These students hold change in the palms of their hands but they have become apathetic and complacent. The ignorance of the student population is alarming. Not all students choose not to be informed but a great number do. I discovered this as I made my rounds through the campus asking students their views on the upcoming presidential elections. As students, I expected their responses to be passionate and firm. I was confronted with the opposite in most cases. “What do you think the biggest issue of the 2012 elections is”? A simple enough question that would give anyone a chance to have their voice heard. The responses I received though shocked me into silence and fear. The interviewees said, “I don’t know,” “I’m not into politics” and “What election,” I found myself in disbelief. Surely I was hearing things, surely there was a mistake. It worries me that decisions and issues are

decided upon by people that do not care or are simply uninterested in things that will affect their lives and the lives of others. Some students do not even take advantage of the simplest form of action our country offers; voting. We as students have the minds to change the world and as citizens with the right to vote, we have the tools as well. Being in college gives us an extra step forward to informed and educated about what is going on in the world around us. All it takes is us, as a community, to pay attention and act. We have the power to vote but that does little when we do not know what we are voting on. How can we make the right decision if we do not first look around and gather information? Of course there are reasons that we may not know what is going on as our lives are hectic but there is always five minutes to catch up on current events. Living in the age

of information, where the world is literally at our finger tips, gives us no excuse to not be informed. I am not just talking about national or political issues either. There are changes happening on campus that not many people know about. When students are asked about budget cuts and how they feel about them, the reporter is greeted with “We have budget cuts”? As I walk the campus, I hear students talking to each other about not being able to afford a book or having to carpool. Their tones sadden me as they seem to just accept it and not ask questions. We have become lazy, as students, when it comes to finding ways to get by or taking action against something that we feel is unfair. Times are hard right now and everyone understands that. Each person has been affected by the economy in one way or another Illustration by Austin Verburg

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but that is no reason to be disheartened. There are ways to voice your discontent and there are ways to accomplish your goals. With the campus in emotional limbo over the coming changes, it is no wonder that there are not lines of students waiting for deans or voicing their opinions. Tuition is being raised again and there is not even a whisper of it going through the students. Many, when asked about it, reply with a shrug of the shoulders and say “It’s still cheap”. It may be cheap in comparison to other colleges and universities but where is the response? I want the student body to care what happens to their education and take charge of it. Pick up a newspaper more often or even go online and get up to date on the events happening around the world. Learn about what is going on so that when the issue arises, something can be done about it. Change does not happen on its own. It has to be forced into existence and who better to be the voice of change than the minds of the future? The reporter can be reached at

Troy Davis’ Possible Impact On the Death Penalty By Tomas Kassahun Rampage Reporter


he death penalty has been a huge debate in America for many decades, and although a 2010 study by Gallup’s annual crime survey shows that 64 percent of Americans approve the punishment, (in murder-related cases), the worldwide media coverage of the Troy Davis case may change people’s outlook on the debate. On Sept. 21 2011 Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection after a highly publicized outcry in which seven of the nine eye-witnesses who originally testified against him in his case, recanted their testimonies. Davis, an African-American, was convicted of murdering Mark Allen MacPhail, a Caucasian police officer, in 1989. Doubts about Davis’ guilt began to arise after many of the prosecuting witnesses on the case began to recant their stories in 2000, nearly nine years after their initial testimonies. Some witnesses even alleged that they

suspected one of the most important witnesses to the case, Sylvester Coles, to be the actual shooter. Coles, along with Davis, were both suspects in the murder, but after Coles confessed to police that Davis was the shooter; Davis was declared the suspect. However, Davis never publicly admitted to the murder and maintained his innocence up until his death. Troy Davis’ impending execution quickly became worldwide news after figures such as Pope Benedict XVI, former President Jimmy Carter, former FBI director William Sessions, and a group of six former wardens and correctional officials spoke against the execution and called for clemency from the Supreme Court. Many contributing facts such as the seven of the nine prosecuting witnesses recanting their testimonies, the police inability to find any DNA evidence, and the mistreatment of Sylvester Coles as a main suspect had left too many doubts in the minds of jurors, lawyers, judges, and people familiar with the case.  Since Davis’ death, many have begun

to wonder if the death penalty is working. Former President Jimmy Carter said of the Davis execution, “If one of our fellow citizens can be executed with so much doubt surrounding his guilt, then the death penalty system in our country is unjust and outdated.” Today, in the United States, 14 of the 50 states, including the District of Columbia do not allow the death penalty as a form of punishment. Surprisingly, most taxpayers do not realize that carrying out one death sentence costs two to five times more than keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of their life. Along with the argument that killing a prisoner is the “easy way out” compared to life in prison, studies show that states without the death penalty have consistently had a lower murder rate than states that do. However, the most important argument against the death penalty is the possibility of an innocent man or woman being executed on the grounds of insufficient evidence and unreliable testimonies, i.e. the Troy Davis

case. Before the Troy Davis case, I never really was opposed to the death penalty. However, after this case and learning all the facts, I have changed my view on the matter. Although I’m a firm believer in justice being served and people having to take responsibility for their actions, the death penalty is not a fair punishment. It sends the wrong message to our citizens. If murder is against the law, as well as a sin in the Bible, why is it okay for prisoners to be executed? Also, in my opinion, a life sentence in prison would be much worse than being euthanized, as it is a slow, horrible way to live the rest of your life. The thought of an innocent man or woman being executed because of some shady witnesses and overly eager police officers does not sit well with me. The most unsettling thought about this case is this is just one of the thousands that gained national notoriety. How many more Troy Davis’ are out there? The reporter can be reached at


October 05, 2011 By Kaitlin Regan Rampage Reporter


Campus Voices

By David Thammavonga Rampage Reporter

Where Is Your Favorite Inexpensive Place To Eat Lunch and Why? Darelle Harvey, Creative Writing & African American Studies “I go to my friends John and Sara’s house because they don’t charge me.”

Harmony Royer, Business

Tania Moguel, Mathematics

“I go to El Pescador because their food is really fresh and they have amazing Mexican food.”

“S21 because I love sushi and they have happy hour. You get all you can eat sushi for $20.”

David Semsem, Asian Languages “I like a place called Thai Gem. It’s relatively inexpensive but I rarely eat out anyway. I enjoy the atmosphere there because it is nicely decorated and has great service.”

Shayne Lusala, Computer Technology “I like McDonald’s because it’s good, cheap and usually I can find one wherever I’m at.”

Veronica Nuon, Criminology “I go to Taco Bell because it’s close to campus and really cheap.”

Armando BeLeon, Welding “Jack in the Box because it’s cheap and close by. The food is okay and I like their curly fries.”

Tabitha McCann, Clinical Psychology “Probably McDonald’s because you can get full for two bucks.”

Rebecca Carey, Business “I like Au Lac cafe because it’s all vegetarian and vegan food. It’s delicious.”

Brandon Burns, Liberal Arts “I’d have ro say Wing Stop because on Mondays and Tuesdays they have 50 cent wings.”

Ena Kurene, Nursing “The student cafe because it’s inexpensive and it’s in the proximity. You are around college students and the campus atmosphere.”

Zong Lor, Nursing “Robertito’s because they have great food and I love their burritos.”

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Educational Planning For Your Future By Frank Lopez

Rampage Reporter “Education seems to be in America the only commodity of which the customer tries to get as little he can for his money.” Max Leon Forman, Jewish-American writer.


ince we were children, American society has placed an increasing stress on its citizens to attend college. We were taught in elementary to try and succeed in order to prepare for high school. High school is preparation for college, which once we finish, will guarantee us a successful career that will provide financial stability. Students work through college with the ambition to be a doctor, an engineer, a scientist, or a number of different occupations. Many students take out loans that they will have to pay back and spend years in college to try and graduate with a degree in their chosen profession. While I respect the romantic ideal that perseverance in college will help them accomplish their goals, a college education

does not necessarily guarantee a college graduate employment once he enters the work force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for college graduates is at 4.3 percent and with more college graduates entering the work force, there is more competition for jobs. There is no question that students should strive to be as successful as they can during their college career, however, they should also ask themselves if the education they are pursuing will adequately support their future needs. Because of all the stress that has been placed upon attending a college or university, a subconscious elitist view of education and the work-force is held by many people. Students will study for years in their field of interest and almost exclude other fields of study because they are preoccupied with finishing college. Since they spend so much time pursuing their studies to gain knowledge, it is difficult to get a job in their chosen field or gain any experience or skills. During these economic times of hard-

ship and tribulation, it is not surprising to see former white collar employees with graduate degrees working blue collar jobs. We are familiar with a CEO working at a restaurant or graduate students with four year degrees waiting tables. Their college investments have yet to compensate them with a secure job. Because of all the stress that has been placed upon attending a college or university, a subconscious elitist view of education and the work-force is held by many people. Most people do not choose to go to a technical school and gain technical degrees for jobs that are in demand. People are more likely to want to go to college to become a doctor than a plumber because a doctor makes more money. A doctor gains much more respect because of his training and his title. In order to become a doctor one must complete many courses over a number of years. Ask yourself however, who has done more for public health; a doctor or a plumber? Even after a student does graduate college

he will not be guaranteed a job. He will have spent many years of his life at school and may have astounding student debts to pay. It is important of course, for students to strive to succeed through their college career. It is important that they complete the work that will guarantee them their desired degree. However, it is also important that they gain other forms of knowledge that may not pertain to their future profession. There are opportunities in college to gain a diverse collection of knowledge. Colleges do provide courses that offer technical degrees and training. Students can earn a degree to support their school career and also to have experience to fall back on in case their plans do not come to fruit. I do not contend that students should drop out of high school or stop pursuing their aspirations. But they need to question their place in college and what they really want to do. I mean, it only affects their future. The reporter can be reached at


October 05, 2011


Did Berkeley’s “Racist” Bake Sale Go too Far? T Pro Con Rampage Reporter


t has come down to this. A bake sale is the new way to make a political statement. Not a strike or a protest, but a bake sale. The credit for this latest innovation goes to the group of students at UC Berkeley who decided a bake sale would be the best way to bring attention to the debate on Affirmative Action.   Baked goods were sold to white male students for $2.00, $1.50 for Asians, $1.00 for Latinos, 75 cents for African Americans, and 25 cents for Native Americans. The prices for female students were discounted 25 cents in each of the above cases. If the goal is to merely bring attention to the issue, then perhaps it has worked. With the help of the media which has covered the bake sale from all angles and thanks to almost eight thousand views on YouTube, the bake sale has definitely attracted attention. However, it’s hard to believe a bake sale is what it takes to change the course of Affirmative Action. And in a country where people have marched hundreds of miles just to have their voice heard, it’s odd that anyone would use bakery as a way to fight for equal rights.  From one of the most prestigious universities in the nation, it’s safe to expect a student body with a sufficient knowledge of history. It’s hard to believe the students at UC Berkeley would completely disregard the fact that so many people put their lives on the line in hopes of attaining equality. It wasn’t a bake sale which brought them this freedom they fought so hard for. But if it takes a bake sale to take away the right many minorities enjoy today, what does it say about this nation? Are the students of UC Berkeley oblivious to the fact that so many immigrants went through so much just to own a small piece of land in this country? Have they never heard

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he media, bewildered bloggers, and even their own school have demonized the Berkley Republican Club for their satirical ‘Racist’ Bake Sale, an event on campus meant to show the illogic of affirmative action. However, perhaps Berkley administrators should ask their history department about America’s long past of political theater before rebuking it. Political theater has been a decorated concept in America, even before its founding. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 is the prime example. Three years before the Revolution, American colonists overtook British ships and dumped the tea that they were caring into the harbor to protest the Tea Act. This act was so celebrated that nearly a quarter of a millennium later, an upcoming political party took its name. Surely, this act, if committed today, would be called a domestic act of terror, however we celebrate it, but inexplicably, by in large remain critical of subjectively priced baked goods. The bake sale is neither as disruptive nor outlandish as people dressing as Native Americans and disrupting commerce either. It raises a valid point: any system in which people are categorized by ethnic background, such as Affirmative Action is by definition discriminatory. Some may see it as a necessary evil, but that does not change the programs faults. As long as we segregate ourselves by race, we fall prey to ever increasing bigotry. Why must race even be an issue when one looks for a place of higher education? In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Yet even today we still are trying to justify laws that will allow us to see someone by the color of their skin sooner than the content of their character through Affirmative Action. He said, “I have a dream that one day Illustration by Austin Verburg

By Tomas Kassahun

of the sit ins, or Emmit Till, or the four little girls that were bombed in a church? Nothing justifies these senseless tragedies; especially not a bake sale. The bake sale only resurrects an issue that shouldn’t be an issue at all. It diminishes a policy set to create diversity and equality in universities. It diminishes a policy set to make up for over 400 years of atrocity. And yes, we have come a long ways in this country, but we have certainly not come all the way. Discrimination is not blatant, but it still hovers above us. To make matters worse, minorities don’t have nearly as much resources as whites. Many of them grow up in a world where survival is the goal and mediocrity is the norm. Through Affirmative Action, they have at least a fighting chance. How do the students of UC Berkley fight for their right by baking cupcakes, while so many underprivileged kids fight with their life? Maybe what this bake sale is really telling us is that we are making a mockery of our freedom in this country. Take a look at the world today and maybe you will understand what I mean. Last I checked, Libyans didn’t bake cupcakes to take down Gadhafi. Not that I’m suggesting starting a riot, but we could do a whole lot better than baking cookies. Throughout history people have done very creative things in the midst of fighting for freedom. We have seen the best paintings, songs, and writings come from those who needed their voice heard. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this pales in comparison. To the University of Berkley, this bake sale only brings negative attention, but hopefully it’s not a reflection of the overall student body. It is after all a school with a 4.19 median grade point for admitted freshmen and an average SAT Composite score of 2031 for admitted freshmen. You just wouldn’t know it judging by the bake sale.

By Jesse Franz Rampage Reporter

this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” However, Affirmative Action gives a deafening blow to this idea of equality, proposing a governmental distinction saying that people of this ethnic background are created equal, but people of this one are created just a little more equal. Yet again he said, “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.” How can we ever come together if we make such arbitrary distinctions that drive us apart? When we categorize ourselves by race, an act that Affirmative Action promises to accomplish, we no longer can sit at that table of brotherhood as family, but only as a white man, a black man, and a Mexican, with no room for us to be mutually American. There is no such thing as white America, or black America, or Mexican America, or any other racial distinction one would have you put on it. There is only America. It has no color, it has no religion, and therefore enables the individual to have the freedom to choose who they want to be. Now surely, there are people in America that will try to define someone by their ethnic background, and the vast majority of Americans are correct to believe that those people should be punished. Now, perhaps, some of that vast majority should ask themselves why they are trying to define someone by their ethnic background, through Affirmative Action.

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10 Places To Take A Nap Between Classes By Joshua Sheppard Rampage Reporter

10. A nice shady tree:

The rule of a good nap under a tree is cleanness. You do not want to fall asleep under a tree and roll into a pile of poop. Most of the popular trees are near the grassy null next to the café. The nice cool breeze from the north is a plus on the warm days.

9. The grass lot next to the Clinton side of the campus:

It has all that you would want in a place to take a nap. Most of the time it is covered in shade and there is less chance of the traffic invading the z’s you might be catching. The only down fall is the idea of not being able to hear the noise of school to remind you that you are at school.

8. Nearby concrete bench next to your class: Just be sure not to sit in old chewing gum or spilt soda. This could really make the day long.

7. Nap club:

Not sure if there is one but there should be.

6. Nearby fast food stop:

The Taco Bell on Blackstone and McKinley is my favorite. Just order something. Bean burrito easy onions works for me (extra red sauce).

4. The library:

Just remember to place a book in front of you and all is well … as long as you do not snore of course.

5. Pacific Café:

Most of the time there is a booth open for a quick air conditioned power nap. I recommend purchasing a soda or a small bit to eat just in case the employees want to intrude your nap. It is never a quiet place to nap but ear buds can fix this problem.

2. In your car:

3. The Old Administration Building inner court yard:

It definitely has that Harry Potter Hogwarts feel. Most of the time there is no one around. If there are people, they are looking for a quiet place to study or nap as well and there is usually benches open overlooking the beautiful remodeled courtyard. Just be careful because the sound of the fountain may make you want to go to the bathroom sooner than you would like.

If you are the very few that get prime parking under a shade, your car is a home away from home. Just be sure that you don’t accidentally forget you are at school and sleep the day away. And just a heads up, most of the time there will be other students that think you will be leaving so be kind and place a note on the back window stating you’re not leaving, but just napping. That’s a good way to stop the confusion or the line of cars to back up behind you.

1. In your bed: If you live nearby.

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October 05, 2011


Women’s Soccer Recovers By Maddie Hagobian

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Rampage Reporter

Midfielder Dawna Davis (11) and midfielder GG Garcia try to wrestle the ball away from De Anza College player during , defeating De Anza College 7-0 Sept. 30.

Following a rocky start to the season, the Fresno City College women’s soccer team has won three consecutive games. They currently have a record of 6-3, and are ranked 2nd in the state in Power Points. “They are learning about what

it takes to be a successful studentathlete. We just want them to keep improving and compete every day.” This is Germond’s 11th year at Fresno City College. He has led the women’s soccer team to 1st place in the conference for

the past four years, and is hoping this year will be no different. The team’s record last year was 19 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties. Their playoff record was 3-1. Germond says everyone has a role and everybody is different, but what he wants most is

for each student-athlete to give their best on the field and in the classroom. And although the team features many talented individuals, Germond says he doesn’t like to point out any individuals. “We expect all of our players to perform their

best and give everything they have to the team in order for us to succeed,” said Germond. The Rams next home game is against Cabrillo College this Friday. The reporter can be reached at

By Kaitlin Regan Rampage Reporter

Learning to juggle is one of the key concepts of any college education. Athena “A.T.” McCowan, a 29-year-old student athlete, has mastered this and so much more. As a full time student working two jobs, she still finds time to play women’s professional tackle football for the Central California War Angels. Majoring in foreign languages with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, McCowan is a full time student. She is enrolled in two classes here at Fresno City College while taking 16 units at Fresno Pacific University. While engaging in her studies, McCowan works 19 hours a week in the Fresno City College library. “It’s hard,” she says, “but it’s very doable if you have the right type of discipline. It’s pretty much ultimately where you want to be and if you really want to get there or not”. Alongside her foreign languages major, McCowan can read, write and speak Armenian fluently. Furthermore, she hopes to enhance her studies by learning Hebrew, Greek and possibly Arabic. These, she says, will help her interpret and transcribe the bible. “To be honest, I wanted to go where God wanted me to be. I feel that he has given me the natural ability to learn language. For me, it’s very exciting to read and understand ancient text”, she says. Sara Lickk, a friend of McCowan’s and a fan of the War Angels says that A.T. is a very driven and sincere person. Lickk also says that McCowan stands up for her beliefs but remains grounded. “She stands up for what she believes in. She doesn’t force her beliefs on other people and she

practices what she preaches”, says Lickk. Even though she studies the bible, McCowan embraces the rough sport of football with open arms. As the center for the War Angels, she works hard to maintain her fitness and aptitude for the game. McCowan calls herself a physical person and describes how football helps her relieve stress. “I’m more of a physical person. It just allows for me to get my aggression out,” McCowan says. Football also helps balance out her personality. It allows her to separate her talents and stimulate them both. Her hunger for knowledge is met with her academic work while her physical side is able to appear on the field. Since women’s professional football is not widely known, it is a wonder how she got interested in the sport and how she came to play. According to McCowan, she has always wanted to play football and a news ad gave her the chance. “I’ve wanted to play for a woman’s tackle league for I don’t know how long. And, all of a sudden it just showed up so I said ‘I’m there. I’m going to do whatever I have to in order to play,” McCowan said. After seeing the ad and vowing to find out how to play, McCowan contacted Lisa King, the president of the War Angels and the wide receiver. King spoke highly of McCowan and emphasized all of the work that she puts in to being the best player that she can be. She also describes McCowan as a fearless team leader. “A.T. is hard working and shows no fear on the football field. She is small for a lineman, but is strong enough to compete against players who are much bigger. To be a center and have to snap the ball to the quarterback when larger play-

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No halftime for McCowan

McCowan, War Angels center. ers are trying to knock you over is not an easy job and takes a fearless attitude,” King says. According to King, McCowan goes above and beyond for her teammates. She says that she [McCowan] is always positive and will do anything to help out a fellow

player. In this, she agrees with Lickk who also goes on to talk of McCowan’s humor. “She’s really funny,” Lickk says, “Always making jokes. She’s like Joe Pesci in pads”. It’s not all fun and games for McCowan though. She takes the sport seriously and studies it on her own outside practice. Working out on her own serves as a way for McCowan to focus on her responsibilities to her team while she nurtures her academic responsibilities. This is where the time management matters the most, McCowan says. She constantly has to manage her time and make sure that she keeps up with both her school work and the demands of her practice schedule.

Somehow though, she finds the time to complete her homework and continue on towards her degree. With all of the time and effort it takes for McCowan to succeed, she will accept none of the credit. She says her strength comes from her faith. “If I wasn’t serving God, I couldn’t do it,” she says. “When I’m weak, He’s my strength.” McCowan will be playing in the upcoming season with the War Angels as they strive to make the playoffs. Look for number 54 on the offensive line during any War Angels game and you will see Athena McCowan ready to snap the ball and help her team to victory.

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October 05, 2011

Players Adapt To Life Of JC Football Rampage Reporter The Rams defensive coach sends in the play, “base jet 3”, a blitz package that sends in linebackers Caleb Justice, and Adam DeCosta to either pressure or sack the quarterback, or to crush the running back in the backfield. When the opponent chooses to run a pass play, the two blitzing linebackers make their way towards the quarterback vigorously. Justice sees the play transpire. DeCosta, the other linebacker, gets to the quarterback fast. When quarterback scrambles, he throws the ball in panic. He misses his target and allows Justice to intercept the pass. From there Justice knows exactly what to do. He jets towards the end zone hoping that the would-be tacklers wouldn’t catch him as he rumbles in for a score. This type of play from Justice is one reason why the Rams are undefeated this season. The former Bullard High

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By Marcel Dilworth

The Rams at practice

Knight got his football philosophy from his former head coach, Donnie Arax, who instilled into him the value of hard work. “He actually helped me become a good football player because there we had to work hard. We got there early in the morning and left late at night. It was almost like a real job,” said

the Rams linebacker. Justice understood that if he wanted to play on the field on game day, he had to “work hard every day, every night, every practice and every workout.” “It started with 7 a.m. runs, and right after that we worked out in the weight room,” said Justice. Though Justice was exhausted

by the time he got to the weight room, he pushed himself to the max because he desperately wanted a scholarship. Even after all the hard work however, Justice didn’t get his scholarship. With his scholarship aspirations gone, Justice was ready to give up. But along came coach Tony Caviglia, who convinced him to join Fresno City

College. “It was weird going from being an all-star in high school to being a nobody on a city college team,” said Justice. “I was playing on special teams and if I were lucky I would get in the game for about five or six plays.” After an injury to one of the

Team’s 52nd straight win is coach’s 100th By Nathan Alonzo Rampage Reporter The Fresno City College volleyball team prevailed in a home match against College of the Sequoias last Wednesday night. The Rams defeated COS in three sets. They won the first two sets with a score of 25-18, and the third set with a score of 25-20. The game stood apart in many ways for FCC. It was the Rams’ 52nd straight victory in the Central Va l l e y

starters, Justice stepped in and found his opportunity. In the championship game against Sacramento, Justice finally became a starter. “I was a little nervous because I hadn’t started a game, being that it was my first game and it was against one of the best teams in our league,” said Justice. In the days leading up to the championship game, Justice believed Sacramento City would see him as a weak link, so he worked hard to prepare for the game. Justice played well, but the Rams lost that game. This season the Rams have become one of the hardest hitting teams and Justice is a big reason why. He tries not to get carried away with the physical play, but he knows that many of his teammates will replay the big hits over and over. “We can’t really hit each other in practice, so we get off all the pent up anger in the game.”

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Game Schedule

Volleyball Serves Milestone Conference, as well as the 100th career win for Head Coach Tracy Ainger-Schulte in her tenure at FCC. “Hopefully this will be the start of another 100 wins for coach,” said sophomore Ashley Ferguson who had nine kills and ten digs. Sophomore Alex Paredes continued her strong start to the season against COS as she recorded 13 kills and eight digs. Paredes was an All-American selection this pre-season as well as the CVC Player of the Year at the conclusion of last season. Along with freshman Kamaya Dixon (Washington Union), Paredes has put forth a performance that has fans wondering how far the Rams


Oct. 7

Women’s Soccer Cabrillo College 4 p.m.

will go this season. Freshman Middle Blocker Lizzie Barrow says, “I think we played well [against COS] every time we stepped on the court we played as a team, not as individuals,” Barrow said. With the win, the Rams improve their overall record to 8-4 and their CVC record to 2-0. Twelve games into the season, they are on track to accomplish their goals by the end of this season. “We want to be state champions,” said Barrow. The Rams will be traveling to Columbia College this Friday.

Oct. 11 Women’s Soccer COS 2 p.m. Oct. 11 Men’s Soccer Modesto JC 4 p.m. Oct. 12 Water polo Sierra College 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 Volleyball West Hills College 6 p.m.

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Oct. 13 Women’s Golf Fi Garden Golf Course 12 p.m. Oct. 14 Women’s Soccer Taft College 4 p.m. Oct. 14 Volleyball Porterville College 6 p.m.

Kamiya Dickson, Middle Blocker

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Paul Schlesinger

Oct. 15 Football Modesto JC 7 p.m. Oct. 19 Wrestling Sky-line Dual 7 p.m.


October 05, 2011


the Fresno Fair is back in town Rampage Reporter Fresno is currently plastered with the phrase “Big Times Are Back”. The Big Fresno Fair is right around the corner and have been preparing to put on a show with attractions both new and traditional, starting today. Some changes to expect will be an added bridge between the Meyer’s Water and Wildlife Tree and Catfish Falls, located in the Table Mountain Rancheria Park. The Pirates in the Park pirate ship and Fort Fresno playgrounds will still be there as well. The Greenhouse which replaced the reptile room will be in the same area, but the reptile exhibit will once again be brought back as the Rainforest Adventure, located in Kids’ Town. A mural dedicated to the cattlemen and women of Fresno will be added to the livestock pavilion. Located in the Sports Zone will be the bull riding attraction, the ESPN booth, as well as an added video game area. The kids section of the carnival has now been moved to the area in between the horse racing tracks, by the parking lot in the same area.

This change has allowed for more rides to be added to the regular carnival section, as well as helping prevent crowd congestion by allowing families with younger members to enjoy the kid rides in a separate area. Every year, the Big Fresno Fair brings new changes and attractions as well as keeping the ones that crowds have already come to love. However, one might wonder what the people who put on the Fresno Fair are up to when the event isn’t going. “You work at the fair? What do you do the rest of the year?” is a question that Lauri King, the Big Fresno Fair Deputy Manager, is asked quite a bit. “We get asked that by so many people,” said King. “To pull off an event like this, it takes an entire year.” As soon as the fair ends, the crew takes about 30 days to wrap up the event, checking up on things like how much revenue did that year’s fair bring in and what attractions were more successful than others, critiquing certain things in order to contribute to the planning of the next year’s fair. This time is also the budget season, where they find out how much they’ll be able to spend

the following year. Next come the conferences, one in December and another in January. December is the International Association of Fairs in Las Vegas, with many attendees from all around the United States, as well as Canada. In January is the Western United States of Fairs. These conferences are where many ideas for the next fair come into play. “We’re looking at entertainment, and we’re looking at different theme ideas. New concessioners, new vendors,” said King. “That’s where a lot of our planning really starts.” Between the months of February and July, the fair grounds are used as rental facilities. However, July is when “we really start ramping up”, as ticket sales begin coming in and plans start to happen. “Once September rolls around, it’s go time,” said King. “You usually find that we don’t take days off from September to the end of the fair. Labor Day weekend is that last weekend you have off at this business.” The process for setting up the fair follows checking many lists for various departments. Each section of the fair has its own attractions and plans different from that of

another. These lists are checked multiple times, making sure every department from maintenance to agriculture has everything it needs. They also follow various calendars to help make sure they are where they’re supposed to be at certain times. During the weekend before, submitted work for the Home Arts department and Juniors department are judged, and the winners are named with ribbons displayed by the time the fair begins. Exhibitors and concessioners begin moving in around two weeks before. Some of the exhibitors and concessioners are at the Bakersfield and LA county fairs until the very last day of those events, and then pack up and start setting up at Fresno the next morning, the Monday before the fair starts. This same day is the day all FFA and 4-H begin bringing in their livestock. Because of all this, Monday is a very busy day. From Monday to the end of the fair, there is always a crew on the grounds 24/7. Tuesday, the day before the fair opens, is still a work day. However, Tuesday to Wednesday morning is an inspection time where many things are checked on and they

make sure the fair is in good shape and ready for the crowds. And finally, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Big Fresno Fair opens to the general public. However, during all this planning, building, and enjoyment, there’s always something for the crew that puts on the fair to work on. “That’s the fun about this job,” said King, “No day is ever the same.” The reporter can be reached at

Behind-the-scenes at the Fresno Fairgrounds as exhibitors, competitors, and concessioners prepare for the opening day. Most rides and other attractions were previously at the L.A County and Kern County fairs the previous weekend.

Photos by Jesse Franz, Ramiro Gudino, Brendon Raley, Paul Schlesinger

By Austin Verburg

Rampage Fall 2011 Issue 3  
Rampage Fall 2011 Issue 3  

Rampage Fall 2011 Issue 3