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Volume CXX, Edition 1

Special Centennial Edition

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Fresno City College

The OAB

September 8, 2010

Photos By Abel Cortez

As FCC Celebrates Its Centennial

West Lawn and Fountain

Photo Courtesy of Public Information office

Old Administration Building

One of two historical rooms with original architecture

Hallway of west wing will be open next spring.

East lawn


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2. Centennial. September 8, 2010

The Decades

of

By Aly Diaz Rampage Reporter

Fresno City College

Over the past 100 years, Fresno City College has impacted countless lives. Graduates of FCC can be found in all fields and industries, including education, health, entertainment, sports, and business. Current president of FCC, Cynthia Azari said, “We are an integral part of the Fresno County community and the whole Central Valley.” The college’s history is loaded with accomplishments, achieved through its 10 decades. Below is a tribute to FCCs collective history, including stories of lives that have been affected by the college, and milestones from each decade.

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An accessible education for all In 1910, the closest colleges to Fresno were at least 200 miles away. Parents were hesitant to send their children so far away, and some couldn’t afford to, eliminating the option of higher education. Charles L. McLane, the founder of Fresno City College, recognized this problem and this propelled him into action. He first attempt to start a college focused on training teachers in January of 1909, but instead formed the first junior college in California on the campus of Fresno High School in 1910. The first class of the Fresno Junior College took off with three instructors and 20 students at the Fresno High School campus which was then located at Stanislaus and O Streets, now the home of Cesar Chavez Adult School. The new college used its classrooms. Five instructors from Fresno High School also taught at the junior college, for a total of eight faculty members. In 1910, Fresno High School

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At the forefront of Community College movement By the 1920s it became apparent that Fresno Junior College was at the forefront of a movement. After the 1910 establishment of FCC, junior colleges began to sprout up all over California. In 1921 the District Junior Law passed, allowing junior colleges to work jointly with teachers colleges. The junior college would provide the first two years of general education, and the teachers college would continue for another two years of teachers training. Fresno, Chico, Arcata, San Diego, San Jose, and Santa Barbara took advantage of the law and joined forces with their local teachers colleges. Fresno Junior College collaborated with Fresno Normal School, an established teachers college. (Fresno Normal School later evolved into the California State University of Fresno) Accordingly, FJC moved into the same campus with the Normal School on University Avenue. The move was a big step for FJC because it marked the beginning of its independence from Fresno High School. In 1923, about 3,000 students were enrolled in junior colleges across California. FJC held the highest number of enrollment at the time, with 421 students attending.

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The historic library is built The Library is the biggest story of the 1930s. Construction began in 1931. The style was chosen to match that of the Old Administration Building. The library opened up in September of 1933 with a Latin inscription over the entryway; Bonus Intra; Melior Exi, Enter Good, Leave Better. This philosophy set the tone for the design, construction and development of the library. The construction of the library continued through the decades. For instance, when Jackson Carty became head librarian in 1952, he continued its development, working to build a functional collection and circulation of books. Carty reorganized the books, creating a core collection of 2,000 volumes. From there, the number of books increased each year, as did the number of students utilizing the library.

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The Rampage is born Like all American institutions of higher learning, the Fresno Junior College was impacted by World War II, the defining event of the 40s. College enrollment dropped when young men were shipped off to battle. The 1940s brought upon the separation of FJC and Fresno Normal School. In 1948 FJC moved back to its original location at Stanislaus and O Streets to operate as an independent junior college. At the time, the location was home to Fresno Technical High School as well. The high school, however, closed in 1950. There were a few distinguished firsts for FJC in the 1940s. The college saw a major shift from mere sports clubs, to an entire department devoted to Athletics. The Rampage, Fresno City Colleges newspaper began in 1948.

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What’s in a name? Dr. Thomas A. Blakely was named FJCs first president in 1950. The college was still growing, with 450 students and 48 faculty members. Records show a steady growth. The school consisted of three divisions: General Education, Industrial Education, and Business Education. In 1952 an earthquake shook central California. FJCs campus suffered the most damage in Fresno. It was decided that the college would have to move because of the damage, so by the fall of 1955, a majority of Fresno Junior Colleges classes and offices had moved to its current location. The Normal School with the new name of Fresno State College was moving from University Ave. to its present site on East Shaw Avenue. FJC also underwent a name change and in 1958 became officially known as Fresno City College. FCCs first state championship marks this decade. In 55, the basketball team took home the gold. The


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Students’ discontent and fight for equality The California law makers began to acknowledge junior colleges as a part of higher education in the 1960s which led to more funding for FCC. The campus saw both physical and program development. Clyde McCully, who became president of the college in 1967, remembers a desperate need for growth of technical skills and programs like Respiratory Therapy and Dental Hygiene programs. It was an exciting time, McCully said. Everything was sort of poised for major development. McCully recalls student discontent in those years as well. Students were protesting a lot, especially ethnic minority students. After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, students started to take action against racial prejudice. African American and Chicano students began to fight for a more diverse curriculum and staff. McCully said they were fighting for curriculum that reflected the ethnic diversity of the campus. They were interested in more diverse staffing as well. One of McCullys goals during this time was to recruit staff that met the students demands. During the 60s, historical figures, such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. visited and spoke at the FCC campus.

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Diversity & Development -- A modern campus emerges FCC evolved in a social context during the 70s. The school became more inclusive toward students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, and others previously not considered traditional students. In 1970, the Disabled Students Programs and Services was established. FCC became the first Junior college to offer a comprehensive program devoted to disabled students. Janice Emerzian has been the director of the program for the State Center District since 1982. “Each of our students with disabilities has the same dreams as other students,” Emerzian said. All persons, regardless of their level of cognitive functioning, have the right to attend and learn from the community college of their choice. The curriculum was also expanded to cover ground beyond Eurocentric perspectives. Both the Ethnic Studies program and the Chicano studies program were formed. Art Amaro, Chicano Studies instructor, and Kehinde Solwazi, instructor of African American Studies, recall the support of Franz Weinschenk, the dean of Humanities during the 1970s. Solwazi said, “he [Weinschenk] is our hero. We would not have gotten anywhere without his unwavering support. There was a tremendous amount of conversation about the civil rights and Vietnam in the 70s.” In 1975, FCC phone operators received bomb threats every day for about a month or so. For the first few days, the fire department would come out, but after that, the administrators became the bomb squad and did the searching, writes Weinschenk. In the midst of this continued dissent from the 60s, FCC was in the process of building a new campus. Tim Quinn who was hired in 1970 to assist in building a longstanding campus theater, said the theater team worked with a local architect, Paul Shoenwald to complete the work. Quinn’s most vivid memory of the 70s was how Proposition 13, the bill that put a cap on the yearly tax increase an individual would pay, created immense anxiety for people at FCC. The college was threatening to lay off teachers if enough money was not received, and Quinn was one of the teachers on the list to be booted. Fortunately, the money to fuel the college came. Former president McCully said the issue of Prop 13 was the only time he felt that the college was threatened. It looked as if the institution would have to be making major cut backs.

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FCC marks 75th anniversary It may have seemed like a quiet time on campus, but plenty was happening, and it all served the needs of Fresno and the Valley - the greatest tradition of Fresno City College, wrote Tim Quinn in the centennial book. Quinn remembers the 80s as a continuation of the 1970s progress. The Honors Program began with less than 25 students in the fall of 1988. The program focused on preparing students to transfer to a four year school and has since then developed into an award winning program, now serving over 250 students. In 1985, FCC celebrated its 75th birthday with a week of fun and festivities, including pie eating contests, tricycle races and root-beer chugging as well activities by the theater, dance, music, and art programs.

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Consolidating the gains of the 60s and 70s In 1991 Dr. Brice Harris joined the FCC family as the colleges president. Harris remembers the very active student body, growth in enrollment, and excellent leadership in FCC staff and faculty. FCC was Harris first presidency. He notes, it is safe to say the five years he spent at FCC were perhaps the most rewarding of his career. The college began to gain more balance in our diverse student population, with the addition of programs such as the Puente Project, IDILE, and United States Asian American program, which foster success in our Latino, African American, and Southeast Asian populations. Pride in this diversity continues today. The 90s also saw an addition to the library and the construction of the Health Sciences Building.

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The OAB Legacy is renewed In the past decade; unemployment rates have risen, causing many to seek new career training. FCC has also seen increasing demand for service from returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as well as students unable to attend University of California and California State University systems due to university cuts. However, FCC has remained committed to providing valley students with higher education. Cynthia Azari, president of FCC said she was attracted to the college because of the quality of our faculty and their dedication to student success. Representing FCCs historical and educational significance is the restoration of the Old Administrative Building. The OAB which was built in 1916 was declared uninhabitable in the 70s. Many community groups fought to save the building and it sat unused for nearly 40 years. The building is scheduled to be open spring of 2011 for the use of classes and offices. FCC currently serves over 24,000 students. As FCC marches into its next century, President Azari promises to raise the bar. “I want us to be the best in the state,” she said. “I want us to be among the best in the country.”


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African American Firsts Fresno City College Celebrates Centennial at Fresno City College By Homer Greene Educational Advisor, Fresno City College

As Fresno City College, the first junior college in California, celebrates its Centennial year, let us look back at a history of firsts, African American faculty and administrators hired by the college. From the college’s founding as Fresno Junior College in 1910 to the college’s name change to Fresno City College in 1958, there were no African faculty or administrators hired by the college. This changed during the early 1960’s. Alma Palmer, hired in 1963 as a nursing instructor, was the first African American faculty member at FCC. Ms. Palmer. The college hired William Day, its first African American male in 1964. Mr. Day was a chemistry instructor. The first African American administrator, Robert Fox, was hired in 1980 as Dean of Students. The first African American associate dean was Mr. Lee Farley. He was hired in 1981 as the Associate Dean of Students and Student-Affairs Counselor. The first African American female associate dean was Dr. Deborah Blue. Dr. Blue was hired in 1991 as the Associate Dean of Humanities. The first African American and first African male elected to the

State Center Community College Board of Trustee was Dr. Edward Mosley. He was elected in 1971. The first African American female elected to the SCCCD Board of Trustees was Ms. Dottie Smith. Ms. Smith was elected to the board in 1981. The first African American male President of Fresno City College was Dr. Ned Doffoney. Dr. Doffoney was hired in 2002. It is noteworthy that as the college turns 100 years old, the State Center Community College District, which FCC is part of, has hired its second woman and first African American chancellor. Dr. Deborah Blue has returned to Fresno and has been leading the district since July 1, 2010. Dr. Blue will manage and lead a district that is fiscally sound because of the prudent management of retired Chancellor Dr. Thomas A. Crow. It has been 47 years since the first African American professor was hired at FCC. Alma Palmer and William Day would be proud of the faculty members and administrators who have followed them. They would also be impressed with the appointment of Blue as chancellor of the State Center Community College District. Dr. Blue will now be the first chancellor to lead the district toward its bi-centennial year in 2110.

By Austin Verburg and Will Christensen Rampage Reporters

Fresno City College has been celebrating its 100 birthday since the last day of 2009. The festivities began last New Year’s Eve with the Centennial Ball at which the first 10 of the 100 Stars for 100 Years were honored. Through the last nine months, more stars, who were former students or staff members who made a difference over the college’s lifetime, were revealed. The last of the stars was revealed Aug. 29 by FCC president, Dr. Cynthia Azari. On March 16, the school celebrated with a Centennial History Night at the FCC theatre. The event was free to the public and involved local historians telling the audience the history of Fresno and FCC. The event also had musical performances from different decades. The Centennial Masquerade Ball, sponsored by the Associated Student Government, was held on April 16. “Since we hadn’t had a dance or school social for 30 years, I thought this would be the best time to plan one out,” said Erika Gutierrez who was on the committee that spearheaded the event. On May 1, the school held “Trees of FCC” a self-guided tree walk through the campus. This event focused on the natural beauty of FCC and also included

garden and food vendors. Some of the trees showcased were Heritage trees which are around 80 years old. On Aug. 30, the FCC Art Space Gallery opened a special tribute to the school’s 100 anniversary with a special exhibit titled “Our Journey to Now…The Centennial Exhibit.” The Exhibit shows FCC’s history from 1910 to now. Several items and memorabilia from notable figures, particularly the college’s founder, Charles L. McLane, show the growth of the college over the century. This Exhibit will end on Sep. 17. Several events are planned for each day of the final week of the celebration,. Yesterday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Car Show of the Decades was held at the Free Speech, Campus Mall and the fountain areas. Cars from all different decades were displayed for students to see, while a BBQ was held at the Student Activities Patio. A Centennial Cake Competition will also be taking place today. Thursday will be Spirit Day, and all students are encouraged to wear red. At 12 PM, the results of the Centennial Cake com-

petition will be announced. To bring the centennial to its conclusion, FCC will be holding a convocation at Ratcliff Stadium, Friday, starting at 9:00 am. The Convocation will host a multitude of to honor this milestone in FCC’s history. Past presidents who served the college, as well as Senator Jack Scott, Congressman Jim Costa, college presidents from all over California, the 100 Stars and other persons of importance will be attending. Together, they will honor FCC’s one-hundredth birthday, join the attendees in the singing of the alma mater, and invite everyone to enjoy a slice of cake. President Azari encourages faculty to allow students to go, and for students to attend, because this is a very historically significant event. “We were first in the state, second in the country, and that instills a sense of pride,” she said. “We’ve been here for 100 years, and changed thousands of lives and made a significant contribution to our community.”

A College For All Seasons Rampage Editorial

Fresno City College is 100 years old and deserves to be celebrated. For a century, the college has shaped lives and given hope to thousands of Central Valley residents. From its start, it has always been about people – the professors who taught, the students who learned, the classified staff who held it together and the administrators who facilitated and set the tone that set the college apart. Then there are the various Central Valley communities that nurtured and supported one of its major lifelines. It’s easy to step onto this campus and miss the history associated with it. FCC, then Fresno Junior College, was founded to give area students a chance to higher education. There had been no other; the nearest institution was over 200 miles away. For C.L. Mclane, it was all about providing equal opportunity and access, regardless of a person’s social class. FCC has more than embodied that vision in its 100 years. The 25,000 plus student body and the excellent academic and vocational programs are ample evidence that the college continues to live up to the dream of its founder. FCC can boast of an academic program that is comparable to what is obtainable in the nation’s best colleges. Its alumni staff the hospitals, schools and industries of the Central Valley. Those who choose to transfer go to the most competitive colleges in the country. Our athletic program is second to none. Our sports teams excel from football to basketball to wrestling and track. We are truly champions.

But FCC is much more than its academics and sports. The college has been on the right side of history and social movements, especially when the civil rights of others are involved. In the 1960s and 1970s, Clyde McCully shocked many in the state when he supported the development of ethnic studies programs. It was unpopular but the right one, McCully still insists. The college had to guarantee all students an education that is relevant to their experience. The college has shown a willingness to adapt to students’ needs. The Disabled Students Programs and Services on campus illustrate this. FCC was the first college in the state to create a program that is entirely devoted to the most helpless in our society. The program is still thriving and now serves thousands of individuals each year. FCC carries a social stigma as being “just a JC” but as the college unveiled its 100 stars to mark its centennial year, it is obvious that FCC’s reach extends way beyond the valley. The stars’ accomplishments range from successful entrepreneurs to politicians to professional athletes and media personalities. The college continues to make it possible for more people to obtain their education, especially now as the economic downturn forces employers to cut workers and four year institutions to accept fewer students. FCC continues to offer many displaced people a chance at a new life. From the initial 20 students of the first class, to our current enrollment that exceeds 20,000, FCC has been about improving lives and the community. Over the course of the last century, Fresno City College has faced challenges and met each. There is no doubt that FCC will rise to meet future challenges and be better for it. BRAVO! We are all proud to be a part of this great institution.


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Fresno City College How to pay less for Textbooks by

Kyle Barrett and Sydney Excinia

Rampage Reporters

Fresno City College student Ashley Jones, a science major said she’s unable to purchase the textbooks she needs to succeed in her classes. “I can’t afford to purchase my textbooks right now; I don’t have a job, and I won’t be receiving my financial aid check until September,” Jones said. “Some of my professors have assigned homework and chapters that I need to read so it’s important I get my textbooks.” Jason Russ, FCC business major said he is also having a tough time purchasing his textbooks. “Some of my textbooks are expensive, averaging from $80 to $100,” said Russ. FCC English instructor Michelle Patton said she knows how difficult it could get for students. “I understand textbooks can be expensive, about 20 percent of my students come to me or tell me they can’t afford their textbooks,” said Patton. Many FCC students agree that it can be difficult to purchase all the textbooks instructors require. Others say that textbook costs are almost higher than tuition, and the challenge for students is determining how to not fall behind in their classes. Students like Russ said they are discovering other ways to stay on top of their school work. The golden question that many students ask themselves is: how in the world am I going to pay for this? The answer is simple. There are ways of spending less for your textbooks. Getting your textbooks online is a simple way of acquiring your textbooks for less. The most common websites to get your textbooks cheaper are amazon. com and half.com. This is a lot cheaper than buying books at the campus bookstore, plus you can order them from the comfort of your own room. On the other hand, there are risks associated with buying anything online. It requires time to have them sent to you and it takes some time to find what you need online. Other disadvantages may include losing your order in the mail, getting mailed the wrong book, etc. Here is a little tip for you if you are planning on taking this route. Some websites like amazon.com will ship all your books for free if you pay a $75 fee up front. It is a lot, but shipping adds up. Also, it is always safer to use the ISBN number associated with each book when you order. Sharing is another way that students can cut the price of books in half, literally. Two or three people can buy the book and split the costs. This can be a big plus because the owners can have group

See “Textbooks” pg. 10

the Jerry

Lewis telethon raised more than $200,000 for kids with muscular dystrophy.

photo by abel cortez

FCC Hosts Telethon by

Sammy “Pro” Loproto Rampage Reporter

For the third straight year, the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon was held at the Fresno City College theatre. More than $200,000 was raised

for Jerry’s kids on Sept. 6, 2010, and the annual event, which has been going steady for 44 years, aired live on the KMPH network, and was hosted by local celebrities Kopi Sotiropulos and Kim Stephens. “ I just have to congratulate each

and every person in the valley that stepped up to the plate and made their donation count. They are the ones that should be complimented,” Sotiropulos said. “It is always good to come back to this campus and hopefully the education I received here can now come

back and help the community.” Kim Stephens , co-anchor of KMPH Great Day praised Sotiropulos for what he has done for the community. Stephens said, “Even if we only reached one person who wasn’t aware of the life these kids live, we did our job.”

Economy drives students to college By Angel Lopez Rampage Reporter Gloria Castillo, a 58 year old single mother of two is at her wit’s end. She lost her job 10 months ago and has not been able to find another job since. Hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t scan the newspapers or attend job fairs or make calls to potential employers, but she has had no positive result yet. To make matters worse, she does not have a car and must depend on public transportation. As a last resort, Castillo decided to enroll at Fresno City College to improve her chances. Castillo is not alone. She is one of a large number of students who are returning to college because of the economic downturn. As the nation toughs out the worst economic stretch since the great depression, both the young and old generations seem willing to study it out. According to records, FCC received 32,005 applications for the 2009-2010 school year, 6,071 more than in

the 2008-2009 year. Frank Roman, director of financial aid at FCC said he believes that the main cause for the increase in financial aid applications and the return of many students to college is the reces-

2010 academic year, the college disbursed a total of $58.5 million dollars in financial awards and grants. He expects that in 20102011 year, his office will receive even more applications and will disburse $60 million.

Gloria Castillo Studies at the library.

sion. “The economy has caused a lot of young and old students to come back to school for retraining, a lot of people are losing their jobs,” he said. Ramon said that in the 2009-

photo by

Kris Goka

Students who depend on Federal Work Study through the college could see a smaller paycheck due to a decrease in funding. Lorraine Doe, a 33 year old single mother of two who is currently finishing

her transfer courses said she is hoping for a better paying job, and sees school as a way out of unemployment. “It’s hard for single mothers; you have to work and go to school, then take care of your kids. Most single mothers just end up dropping out; you can’t deal with everything,” said, adding that she fears she’ll lose the Federal Work study job if more funds are cut. She said, “I have no other option; you can’t go out and look for a job that’s not there.” At 12.3 percent in July, California’s unemployment rate is at its highest in decades, according to a report from the Employment Development Department. Economists are predicting that the nation is heading towards or is at the beginning of an economic downturn. The unemployment rate for Fresno County is at 16 percent, lower than earlier in the year but high enough to encourage the return of many people back to school. Michael Guerra, vice president

See “FCC Offers Shelter” pg. 8


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Should Love Be Judged? by

Dylan Domingos

Rampage Reporter

Proposition 8: Fear Proposition 8 is an ongoing battle between religious bigots, politicians and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community (LGBT), and those that support this community, but the question is “why”? Why is a war waging against love? It is nothing but fear that drives those who fight against equality. Those who support Proposition 8 should remember that there was once a time when 41 states voted against interracial marriage. The 14th Amendment, which states that marriage is a civil institution, helped put an end to this. Now we face a similar feud, but this time it is about people’s sexual orientation. Last month, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker repealed California’s ban on same-sex marriages, giving couples their welldeserved right to marry. Although the voters of California voted for Proposition 8, many knew deep in their hearts that it was completely wrong and, as Judge Walker stated, unconstitutional. There is no reason that two men, or two women, should have to fight for an equal right to marry when the Bill of Rights has already given them this power. Seven million Californians voted for Proposition 8 and some argue that it is unfair that a single judge can overrule their votes. Ted Olson, a Conservative lawyer who was Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, argued, “We ask the judges to make sure that when we vote for something, we are not depriving minorities of their Constitutional rights… It’s not judi-

cial activism when judges do what the Constitution requires them to do…” In addition, what may seem unfair to those who voted for the proposition was their own equality in the first place. One cannot take away another’s civil rights, nor change what has been written in the Constitution: even if the majority of voters wanted to put a ban on same sex marriage. Now how does religion play a role in this battle? In 2008 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s prophet combined efforts with Catholics, their own disputes put aside, to instill fear into their followers to raise over $40 million to save the sanctity of marriage. That is money that could have been spent to address more important problems in the United States as well as many other countries. This was never meant to be a religious battle. The division of church and state is blurred, and because of it, so many have felt its wrath, and the violence of its followers. Some Mormons who have come out and are now openly gay are mainly excommunicated from their religious community; others simply commit suicide from the pressure and hatred they receive from their churches and families. When Todd Ransom, 28, committed suicide on the grounds of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints on July 19, he had a sign attached to his body: “Do not resuscitate.” Why? Because he was gay, and his Mormon background had brainwashed him that it was a sickness. Is this what we have become? A nation where we fuel fear into the minds of our younger generations?

That it’s a higher power’s way or death? This is only part of the spectrum. There is the positive side. There are those who already know that samesex marriage is okay, and that it is not a right to be taken away, when it was promised from birth. Jennifer Schwartz-Casey, a college English and writing instructor, is against Proposition 8. She said the fight for the Proposition 8 movement is a religious battle, but it derives from fear. She added, “Many religions are like cults, and they brainwash people to fear the things that a specific church is against. God created people; therefore people are created equal. As far as politics go, it goes back to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Cindy Osborne, step mother to a gay man, dismissed fears that having a gay person in a family tears the family apart. “There is no effect on the family. His sister and brother have no bother with it, and his father has really come around,” Osborne said. Another mother said, “Having a gay a son has enhanced my life because it has given me a broader view of unconditional love and tolerance. Like all parents, I only want the very best for my son and hope that his dreams will ultimately be realized.” That stepson, the mother’s child, is me. A 22-year-old American citizen, whose Constitutional right to marry the man I love is my choice. It is my right to pray to any god I choose to praise, vote for whomever I want to vote for, fight for the promised rights that the minorities of this country well deserve, and no one can take that away from me.

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Has Chivarly Been Murdered? Two Sides of the Courtesy Coin

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Kyle Calvert

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Chivalry (n) [shiv-uh lree] 1. Courteous behavior, especially towards women. Some women want to be treated like women. I’m perfectly fine with that. I hold doors open for ladies. In general, I don’t treat them poorly and I’m typically respectful to anyone I meet right off the bat. I’m all for chivalry – except for the fact that it’s based on women acting a certain way. And it’s hard to ignore that some women want to be treated like men. Chivalry is most notorious for being an antiquated sense of general respect for ladies. It’s older than sliced bread. My problem with it is that its foundation lies in the notion that women are delicate, frail creatures who should generally be respected and treated nicely. I don’t know about some of you, but the women I roll with don’t desire or expect that kind of attitude towards them, and they are far from delicate. If I tried to open a door for one of them, they would kick it into my face. I have the crooked nose to prove it. Today’s women are all about empowerment and equality, jumping into the working world to show that anything ‘The Man’ can do, ‘The Woman’ can do better. I find more often that when I try to be accommodating and chivalrous towards women, they accuse me of being sexist.

And in a way, that’s what it All in all, chivalry is a There are many who beis – “special treatment” for nice concept. Be good to lieve that chivalry is dead— women can come across as people, and be especially a once a wild red rose of discrimination even if it’s good to women. You’d love, shimmering with the in a positive manner. think it would be commorning dew of honor and Have you tried talking mon courtesy. But this is love, now crushed beneath to girls on campus lately? a modern age, and while a cold, hard, feminazi’s They’re serious business! being chivalrous can cercombat boot and demoralThey don’t have time to tainly be appreciated, I ized into an insult against have you pull a chair out have trouble donating female independence. for them to sit in or open that extra attention to While this may seem doors for them. They’re people who either don’t an overly dramatic way to busy kicking ass and tak- deserve it or refuse it out word “chivalry is dead” it ing names, carving out their niche in the world. I mean, sure, every girl appreciates stray gestures of kindness, but most don’t expect that kind of treatment. Today’s woman has grown to know the cut-throat, competitive world we live in and has become adjusted to kick it in the jewels. Maybe the downfall of chivalry has something to do with the evolution of the general treatment of women in recent decades, particularly in the entertainment industry. Objectification, feminism and Cartoon illustration by Austin Verburg plenty of other things influence the personality of a profound desire for doesn’t change the fast that of a person to the point equality. it simply isn’t true. where it seems like there Chivalry is pretty Today’s modern ideas are only so many roles much dead, and femiof chivalry all originated that women can fill. But nism killed it. This is from the once prominent most often, the girls I run the age of the empowered and utilized Knight’s Code into either expect guys to woman and the WNBA. of Chivalry, which dates do everything for them The times have changed. back to the 8th century dur(which I’m very tired of) or Whether or not it’s for ing the time of William they want no help, instead the better remains to be the Conqueror. The Code desiring that satisfying seen, but I do know one states that a Knight must feeling of self-sufficiency thing – my girlfriend can always “exhibit manners, that doesn’t depend on beat up your girlfriend. be polite and attentive, be anyone. And it’s awesome. respectful of host, authority,

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and women” (Knights Code of Chivalry). Now, while there are many women out there who don’t always understand that it is courtesy to have a door opened for them or a chair pulled out for them to sit, this doe s not stop a man from doing it, and thus exemplifying chivalry. I, personally, am witness to chivalry on a nearly daily basis. If a man is going through a door, and a woman is approaching behind in order to go through the same door, he’ll hold it open for her. I see it every day, and have been a part of it. Have you ever truly seen a woman scream at a man for holding the door open for her? For pushing in her chair? For bringing her flowers and listening when she speaks? I think not! In this world where everyone suspects chivalry of being “dead” women are swept off their feet by true chivalry more than ever. The men most often portrayed in “chick flicks” are full of men who are chivalrous and strong, and women melt like warm chocolate. Admittedly, yes, women’s rights and the way men have reacted to them have changed the face of chivalry, but it has not killed it off entirely.

Chivalry exists, but it seems only to matter to the men who are put down for being different, and not by the women whom they are trying to be chivalrous towards, but by other men. As I have said, women’s rights changed the face of chivalry, but has not stamped it out, and in this new world where more and more people are forsaking their humanistic or “sensitive” side, chivalry is frowned upon in the male community. Chivalry isn’t what’s dead here, it’s the entire concept of being a gentlemen. The only men who exemplify chivalry now seem to be the men who learn about it in fantasy novels and roll playing games based off of the Dark Ages, and most of those guys aren’t exactly the most popular of gents. Chivalry never died, it never left, it has been around all this time, and will continue to be around so long as there are gentlemen who don’t second guess themselves. Chivalry exists in a smaller community of humans than it did 100 years ago, even 50 years ago, and so long as there are men who exemplify chivalry because they are trying to be decent gentlemen and not trying to trick a woman into bed, chivalry will never truly die. And if you’re one of those men who have been chastised and hurt for trying to be chivalrous, then I have just one thing to say to you: You’re doing it wrong.


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FCC offers shelter from economy

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of administration services, said that there’s actually been a decline in enrolment in the 2010/2011 school year. He explained, “We are currently at a maximum occupancy in all class offerings, and the college is limited in its funding by the state . . . we are funded for less students.” Gloria Castillo said she is returning to school at age 58 for a better future and to inspire her daughters to not lose out on education. “When you’re young you think you have more time... but you don’t,” Castillo said. She wants her children to get as much education as they can get. She said, “The more education you have the better job you get.” Ms. Castillo is planning to balance work and school as soon as

a job comes along. She strongly urges young people to get an education and have a positive outlook on life to do better. “Education will not fix your problems in life, but it’s very valuable,” she said. Castillo hopes that when the economy does improve, the students working hard now will have a good chance at a bright future. But even the dream of a community college education could be further out of reach for many California residents. A report about Community College Enrollment Demand Projection 2009-2019 on the website www. cpec.ca.gov outlines that by 2016, there will be more demands on the system, to serve more than two million students each fall, compared to the current two mil-

lion students annually. In the next two years, the state could be facing 400,539 students who will not be served because California won’t be able to provide enrollment growth funding. This is an issue because 75 percent of community colleges are serving more full-time students than recommended by the state classroom standards. Cynthia Azari, president of FCC said in an interview with the Rampage class that the college is looking for ways to cut down on the number of students it serves. Azari said, “We served thousands of students we didn’t get paid for. The legislature reduced our work loads. We were 17 percent over last year, and our goal is to be about 10 percent over this year.”

Dropping the ball

Many students drop out soon after the first few days Experts agree that there are varRampage Reporter ied causes for students drop out, especially from college classes. Do you wonder what hapIn Rampage interviews of pened to the students who filled about 100 students of differevery Fresno City College class- ent races and age groups, the room and formed the long wind- most common excuses given ing lines at the bookstore? Do by students included, cost of you know where all those who textbooks, inability to undercrowded the fountain area and stand the subject or a dislike of the walkways on the first days the subject. of school have gone? Linda Mendez, a counselor They drop out. They simply at FCC said there are numerous stop coming to their classes. reasons why students would Information on the State drop out. “They get employCenter Community College ment, carry too many units still District Instituthink they can tional Research keep up. Perwebsite shows sonal issues that during the include medi“Sometimes, it’s spring of 2010, cal reasons, harder than [the a large number not prepared students] think of FCC students for demands who started the and rigors it’s going to be.” semester did of course, or not complete it. their basic -Marilyn Glenn skills level Drop out rates vary by race Counselor is lower than and ranges from they need to about 10 percent for Caucasians handle the class.” and Asians, 16 percent for AfMarilyn Glenn, also counselor rican Americans, 11 percent at FCC said, “Sometimes, it’s for Hispanic students and 13 harder than they think it’s gopercent for Native Americans. ing to be.”Glenn states there are

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programs, including academic advising and the tutorial center to help students stay in college and finish.” Glenn said that these programs prepare students for the realities of how college is going to be and help them to choose the right classes appropriate for their levels. “It lets them know how classes are going to be,” she said. One of the students interviewed said he dropped out because “I had already graduated from FCC twice and was just here to take classes to keep busy.” Another added, “I was the only Asian in the class and didn’t like that.” A few students explained that the class was scheduled too early while others said that they were on the waiting list but never made it into the official roster. The students who have worked school around their schedule and have not dropped any classes said they stayed because they were taking prerequisite or core courses that they need to transfer to a four-year college and can’t take the risk of not getting in the classes they need in future semesters.

FCC Freshman Survival Guide Ten things to know about FCC campus By Phillip Romar Rampage Reporters

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It is big and crowded. Fresno City College is a 103-acre campus that serves more than 25,000 students. Unless you have a cell phone or a map, finding your friends or your class will be like trying to find a job.

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There is no Dress Code. Please do not abuse the privilege to wear what you want. Dress as if your principal from high school was watching.

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Parking is nearly impossible. Parking fee is $17 a semester. But really, what’s the point of buying one if you have to play road kill just to have a parking space? Victory to people who ride the bus to school. Ditch your car and buy a bus pass.

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There is no rule against smoking on campus. Smoking is unhealthy for you and others around you. Please remember that if you must smoke, you have to be at least 20 feet away from any building.

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Fresno City College is not a trash can. There is no excuse to toss your trash anywhere you please. There are more than 500 trash cans on campus. STOP BEING LAZY AND USE THEM.

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Know where the bookstore is. The bookstore is located straight across the cafeteria. Besides the bathroom, it is one of the most important buildings on the FCC campus.

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You must have your College ID to do just about anything here (Even Breathe). If you don’t have an ID card, drop this paper immediately and go to the business office with $5.00 in hand. Then go to Student Services and take your picture. Get one immediately.

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The teachers here don’t play. If they say turn off your cell phone, TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE!!!!

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What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours. Please keep your eye(s) on the things that belong to you. SCCCD Police say they get about nine complaints every three weeks about theft. Don’t forget to keep your belongings next to you.

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This is college Not a High School. You want to act like a kid? Fresno High is down the street. Buckle down and take advantage of all the resources at FCC.


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Q&A with Dr. Cynthia Azari

By Ramiro Gudino & Max Rosendahl Rampage Reporters

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What can be done about parking?

I’m thinking of a bumper sticker that says, “You will learn at FCC, you just can’t park.” I have noticed this semester, so many people riding the bus, carpooling; I have talked with the board members about a parking garage, maybe acquisition of more land, but we’re going to need a bond measure for that. So {I think we should encourage people to carpool, to ride the bus, those types of things. I wish I had} an answer, but basically, it’s just going to be money to either build a structure and one of the problems with building a structure is you have to build it on an existing parking lot. Ok, so you take 100 spaces and you build up and maybe you add 200 or 300 spaces. Well, you’ve already lost 100 spaces so your net effect is going to be 200 to 300, so it’s not a lot and it’s over $20 million, or do you buy more land, well we’re kind of landlocked right now because we have people living around us. I don’t know how an off campus site with shuttles would work or busses so you know we’re looking at several different things here.

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I meet with community members. I occasionally have parents, but that kind of dies down after the second week. Some parents are really interested in their students’ education, and I Well I’ve never have to remind them that our been a man so how students are adults. Because could I compare? You know, we’re a part of the district, I there are a lot of women my do have district-wide meetage who have gone through ings at the district office, at some interesting experiences least once or twice a week. in being told that or not being How are you told outright but sort of steered supporting in one direction. When I was other women to be sucin high school, there were cessful in their fields? basically two choices for me; I try to encour you could go into nursing or age people and you could go into teaching … empower them. I have and so I went into teaching. found that is the best thing But then, as I started moving Photo by Abel Cortez because people want to do up, I’m just like, “wait a min- fcc president Dr. Cynthia azari a good job, so you have to ute.” I remember there was one president that I had and I was ences as a woman, and I know that empower them. Sometimes you the vice president of instruction, there are men next to me who have have to set the parameters, but and I said, you know what? I can been promoted when they didn’t you have to let people grow. So do this job better than him and deserve it, but you know what, I I have seen people grow in their own jobs, men and women, and so not only was I smarter, I’m nicer. worked hard and I made it. I have encouraged them to go and He was a Harvard graduate, probably one of the smartest people What is your average get a master’s degree or profesI’ve ever met but also one of the day like as FCC presi- sional development or can to try something different. Sometimes meanest. I learned what to do dent? What do you do? that’s all it takes. and what not to do. And I learned I’ve had women who report that women, we can do whatever I have a lot of meet to me, who are just kind of in we want to do and we gain those ings; I listen to people; I leadership skills, but we also have respond to about 300 emails a day. their little shells, and I say, well that nurturing quality about us, not I have people come in to see me. I why don’t you try something difthat men don’t because, but I think try to walk around the campus at ferent, or maybe they’re doing the it’s easier for us, and so yes I have least once a day, even if I only go same thing over and over again, had some very challenging experi- through the quad and come back. and I’ll give them a project, and Would you say that you being a woman has affected your career at all, and if so how?

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we’ll talk about it because I don’t want to set anyone up for failure. I think that’s the key, to empower people to know what their limitations are and to guide them. And when they can go on their own, just step back and let them be successful and acknowledge that success because success breeds success.

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What immediate plans do you have for Fresno City College?

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Certainly to work on the accreditation self-study, and we want to make sure that we send out the first draft some time in October. So accreditation is really big on our agenda, also ensuring that our instructional programs have the equipment that they need. We’ve had to cut back on expenditures but we need to update our technology plan for example because that was one thing that I liked about Fresno City when I looked into it. There was a technology plan, ok were going to replace things every three years, but as soon as I got here the budget collapsed and so we started to pull back a little bit. We had some money at the end of the year that we hadn’t spent but we devoted that to technology. So I think upgrading our technology plan, making sure that we continue to offer the programs and support those programs for our students.

City, State, and National Headlines impact FCC By Tania Tran Rampage Reporter

New Age Limit at Starline in the Tower District

Starline in the Tower District has changed its age limit from all ages to 21+. Fingers were pointed at the club after reports from the July 22 car accident involving three underage girls in which two showed high alcohol levels. The girls were at the club the night of the accident attending an all ages dance where they allegedly had been served alcohol despite not being of age. Although others at this event boasted the security at Starline, city officials demanded a change in the age limit. This change doesn’t only affect the 20-year-old and younger of Fresno County. Local artists are running out of venues to hold shows for their younger audience. “It’s hard enough to be heard in the local scene, and now it’s going to be even harder for fans under 21,” says Steve Tran, bassist of Fresno band Down Word. “There was a significant drop in audience numbers on our Aug. 14 show compared to one we just had in July.” Starline officials deny the women were drinking at the club, but have agreed to change the age limit to 21+, hoping this will only be a temporary change. But, there is no news on how long this will be.

FAX Route Change Now in Effect

If you’re wondering why you see less FAX buses around Fresno, it is because the new routes are now in effect. This might be an inconvenience to some Fresno City College students, make sure you have a new bus schedule to get to your classes on time. Changes include more time between buses and no service on some holidays. Services now run every 15 minutes on Route 28, 30, 34, and 38 during the peak times of 6:30am-9:30am, and 2:30pm5:30pm, and at a 30 minute interval all other times. Route 28 no longer services Clovis but instead turns south on Willow Ave. Route 9 now provides services to Sierra Vista Mall every 30 minutes. On weekdays, fixed-route service ends at 10:00pm. After 7:00pm, frequency changes to every 60 minutes. The south end of Route 34 has been adjusted. The bus now travels to Elm St. and Church St. turning right into Jensen Ave., and loops back to Elm St. from Jensen Ave. There will be no service on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. changes are available on the City of Fresno website under the public transportation link

Fresno City College Stops Using Personal Email Accounts for Students

Fresno City College has stopped using students’ personal e-mail as a means of communication. Students are required to activate their student e-mail account through the State Center Community college District. It is a free e-mail account that is accessible from any computer. If you’d like to receive your correspondence through the postal service there is an online form titled “Change Your Correspondence” available on web advisor or in the records web room. The e-mail address will be your last name and student ID number (e.g., Thompson_1234567@ my.scccd.edu). Step by step directions for setting up your e-mail account are available on the FCC website or talk to an advisor in the web room.

Classes Filling Up Fast at Fresno City College

If you procrastinated getting registered for your classes this semester, you might be out of luck in getting into the classes you need. Budget cuts and an increase in students is making it difficult for students to enroll in classes. “In the past, students could come the first day and get a full schedule”, said John Cummings, vice president for admissions and records and institutional research at the State Center Community College District that doesn’t happen anymore. Every campus in the district

has made cuts with Fresno City College (the largest campus) making 3% in cuts. With less classes comes longer waitlists. At the start of a semester, the district has an average of 18,000 names on waitlists. The start of this semester had a staggering 24,000 names waitlisted for classes. With competition for seats so high, college President Cynthia Azari has said “If you are enrolled and you don’t show up to your classes, you may be dropped” SCCCD schools aren’t the only ones seeing a rise in enrollment. Colleges all over Fresno County are filling up due to the poor economy and never ending lay-offs. More valley residents are looking to learn new job skills and further their education. “We’ve seen the number of students enrolled rise greatly from the beginning of the year,” said Rita Huerta, admissions counslor at ITT Technical Institute in Clovis, CA. Fresno Pacific University has also seen a major increase of 20% in enrolled students, 1,100 new students.

Community Center in New York causes Trouble in Madera “No temple for the God terrorism at ground zero” read a sign found on the property of a Madera, CA. mosque. Backlash from the controversial community center in New York, which have

the top two stories of the 13 story building serve as a Muslim prayer space, has hit close to home. Muslims in the community fear that some radio talk show hosts fuel the flame by openly expressing, and letting listeners call and openly express, their anger about the community center in New York. Some radio personalities such as Ray Appleton, host of a radio talk show on KMJ (AM 580), try to calm the situation “The audience is pretty much whipped into a frenzy. I’ve done my best to hold the rhetoric down,” he says. This sign was not the first attack on the Islamic Center on Road 26. A brick nearly smashed a window after being hurled at the center, and another sign had previously been seen on the property reading “Wake up America, the enemy is here,” allegedly placed there by a group called the “American Nationalist Brotherhood.” The Madera County Sheriffs department knows little of this organization and is treating these attacks as hate crimes. “Hate crimes victimize the direct target and the larger community,” said Fresno-based Assistant U.S Attorney Mark Cullers. “They are intended to destroy the peace, harmony, and unity of the community and we are determined not to let that happen” Law enforcement officials, and other community members joined Muslims at the Islamic Center to show unity.


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Hidden Gems on campus By Karina Ornelas tool for art students at FCC. It Rampage Reporter

Everyday, Fresno City College students walk on campus and see the same exact things as they always do. As they make their way through campus, not many think about some of the best kept secrets the campus has had for years. The most common one might be the Art Space Gallery, while the others might be relatively unknown. The Anthropology Museum, Botanical Garden, and Peace Garden each serve a different purpose, but their doors are open to anyone who wishes to see what they offer. The Art Space Gallery, which has three exhibits planned for this semester, is currently showing a centennial related exhibit. According to Bob Kizziar, chairman of the department, the most important thing about the gallery is that it “gives us a broader view of what’s happening out there in the world of art.” Kizziar added that when students see art showcased by living artists, they [students] start to believe they can do it too. Through the years, the gallery has become a powerful community outreach tool, as well as a strong teaching

does a student exhibit once a year, allowing students to showcase and sell their artwork if they wish. The gallery is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. The Anthropology Museum, located in the Social Sciences building, runs entirely on student volunteers and is open to all, although it usually doesn’t fully open until about the third week of the semester. Jill Minar, PhD, Chair of the Anthropology department, has worked hard during the past 10 years to ensure that students are involved and that they are learning from it. For example, FCC students are able to learn how to make bark paper and study in villages in Mexico for two weeks. Minar, whose office is next door to the museum, contributed her own collection of basketry for the current exhibit on Western Mono basketry technology which dates back to the early 1900s. “It’s unusual to have it in a community college, but it’s very important,” she said of the museum. The museum is open when student volunteers are available, and tours are also available by appointment.

Another great find hidden on campus is the botanical garden located near the science building. It was built back in 1974 as part of the biology department’s plan to include a 10,000 gallon fish pond and a greenhouse. Its current director, Steve DaSilva, is aided by student volunteers in keeping the garden looking good. Some students volunteer under a work study program, and some do it as part of an adaptive horticulture course in which they care for plants they grow from seeds. In addition to that, adaptive horticulture students also maintain the rose garden by the administration building. Steven Taylor, a student volunteer said, “Being outdoors, you get dirty playing in the dirt. It helps with therapy and keeps you calm.” Although outdoors, it’s a non-smoking area, but as long as the garden’s gate is open, everyone is welcome. The last on this list is perhaps the least known. Students pass by the library every single day, but very few know about the Peace Garden located outside the building. A relatively small space, but open to anyone who desires to be there. The purpose of the peace garden is to provide students with a space to “breathe” or think.

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readings which will make it easier to understand the material. The down side is that the person that you are sharing the book with might forget to bring it or just not come to class in general. If you do share, make a detailed calendar outlining who gets the books and at what times. This will eliminate problems that will arise later. Using the books on reserve in the library is another way to cut the costs. Some teachers put the required textbooks on reserve. Gene Tognazzini, FCC Math instructor, said he has found that keeping a copy of his textbook on reserve for his students makes a huge difference. This allows students to go to the library and check out the book. You can photocopy it or just go in weekly and read it. Not many people think of this idea, it’s a secret worth exploring. A nice thing is that it costs basically no money at all. The only disadvantage with the book on reserve is that you will not be able to study at home. If you’re not sure if your instructor has your textbook on reserve, just ask. Jason Russ said “I utilize books on reserve or borrow a book from a classmate.” Buying books off campus is illustration by

a really good way to get your textbooks. There are many places in Fresno to get textbooks. Two shops, right next to the FCC campus sell their books for less. Additionally, the books are also going to be available to you right away. The down side is that the stores might not buy back your books. A good thing to do is to make sure there is a return policy because sometimes in off campus bookstores, they‘re sales are final. Photocopying is the final way you can save

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money. There are three ways to go about doing this. The first one is to borrow the book from a friend or classmate and photocopy the textbook. The second way is to photocopy it from the reserve. The last one is to actually go and buy the textbook and photocopy the pages; when you are done, return the book. A good thing with doing this is that it saves money by only photocopying what you actually need. The bad thing is that it wastes paper and takes a lot of personal time. You should use recyclable paper and photo copy front and back and make sure you bring a friend to help. Instructors also try to help students as much as they can in so many ways, including using the same textbook for several years. “A new Math book edition comes out about every three years, so I utilize the same textbook for that same time frame,” said Tognazzini. Patton said she also has certain criteria for choosing the right textbook for instruction, including “the cost of the book, if it is student friendly and if it fulfills my requirements for the course.” “I use a textbook that is relatively helpful, easy to understand and not too complicated,” said Patton.

photos by Gabriella Ramirez Shown above: * The Anthropology museum highlights a collection of basketry from the early 1900’s. * The Botanical garden maintains a koi pond. Shown below: The Botanical Garden highlights a mixture of Botanical flowers and Plants.


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Best Places to Eat around Campus by

Laura Bradley

Rampage Reporter

We’ve all heard the term “starving student” before, and with the way things are nowadays, some of us may be living it, but being low on cash doesn’t mean you have to suffer the taste of poor food. If you’re looking for something great and within walking distance so you don’t have to give up that ever elusive parking spot, there are some excellent choices nearby that will help you keep some spending money in your wallet. The nearest is Wendy’s, located on the corner of Blackstone just past the Health Science building. This particular Wendy’s comes highly recommended, and serves some excellent product at a low price, fit just for college students. Of course, if burgers aren’t your thing, there is a KFC just north of Wendy’s on Blackstone where students can get Photo By Laura Bradley their hands on some well priced The peach pit on olive and echo is known for their burgers and deep-fried mushrooms . chicken. On Tuesdays, KFC offers a thigh and drumstick, Cheeseburgers, and let’s face well worth the excursion. Now then, if burgers are more a regular side and a biscuit for it, how many places offer deals If you’re willing to go on a your thing, walk down the street $1.99, with the option of adding like that? drive, why not mosey on down to a bit and take a look at the Peach a drink for $1 more. Sounds like On the other side of the street the Tower District? We all know Pit located on Olive and Echo, pocket change goes a long way! is the famed Taco Bell, where the famous Teazers, and if you next to the tattoo parlor. Once If you’re still feeling like you the prices are always low and the don’t, then this is your chance to you try one of their deep-fried need something else, there is a food is always spicy. If you’re discover them. Among a myriad mushrooms, you may never eat conveniently placed Carl’s Jr. looking for just a light snack, try of choice teas, Teazers offers a anywhere else! on Blackstone right next to the the Echo Café on Echo and Wel- selection of pork buns and sandIf you’re looking for some railroad tracks where they are don, right across the street from wiches that are out of this world, authentic Italian subs, give a still offering a Two-for-$5 deal Fresno High School. It may be a and will keep you coming back gander across the street and look concerning their Western Bacon bit of a walk, but the prices are for more. into Piemonte’s. It offers more

than meets the eye, both with taste and quantity. If you have a spare $5 and are looking to spice up your diet, grab a turkey sub from Piemonte’s and enjoy all the Tower District has to offer as you munch. For those of us who have some late night classes, and need a place to unwind and to grab a bite and maybe a show at the same time, Starline offers several venues when the night life comes alive. Starline is notorious for having band performances on a constant basis, and great food and drinks to enjoy after a long day of class. Its nestled between the Brass Unicorn and Bank of America behind the Dollar Tree in Tower, you can’t miss it, just head south on Weldon and make a right on Fern. And what would lunch time be if there was no pizza? As far as pizza parlors go, Me-n-Ed’s may be one of the more expensive ones, but where else can you find oven baked pizza so close to school? It’s a great way to mix things up when you’ve exhausted your reserves for subs, burgers, and enchiladas. Me-n-Ed’s is located across the street from Starline. So make sure to give some of these places a try when you have the time and money, and explore your other options as well. Bon appétit!

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Austin Verburg Rampage Reporter

Bungie Studios, game developers behind the Halo franchise, will be releasing a new title, “Halo: Reach” on Sep 14. “Halo: Reach” will be a prequel to the original Halo trilogy, portraying events that lead up to the first game, “Halo: Combat Evolved”. The campaign will follow the story of Noble Team, a group of military super soldiers known as Spartans. When the planet Reach is invaded by The Covenant, a collection of alien species whose religion claims the human race is a plague which must be wiped from the galaxy, Noble Team must take the mission of defending the planet and insuring that the Covenant does not discover

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the location of Earth. On May 3, 2010, a Beta was released on Xbox Live which allowed gamers to test Halo: Reach’s multiplayer. This Beta was only accessable to anyone who owned a copy of “Halo 3: ODST”, a game released Sep 2009. The Beta allowed for many of the game’s competitive multiplayer features to be tested, such as new game playlists, as well as the classic playlists brought over

Madden NFL 11

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Kevin Rodriguez Rampage Reporter

The notorious videogame Madden NFL 11 released its 22nd version August 10. Madden NFL has been a popular videogame for years and is one the best football videogames of the century.

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Every year EA Sports designs new features with intense visual detail leaving Madden gamers breathless. “Madden 11 is incredible, they upgraded new graphics and game modes which makes the game seem realistic,”said Fresno City College student Rufino Beniga. Madden NFL dominates other competing video games because of their upgraded game modes, realistic graphics and online game-play. Cannon Ailey, a Gamestop employee said, “The game comes out every year and people are always lined up for its public re-

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from “Halo 3”. Also tested were changes in the game play, such as the addition of armor abilities such as sprint and the jetpack. Many new weapons were added as well. All features from the beta will be returning improved, as well as many new things not seen in the Beta. Returning from “Halo 3” is lease, this year Madden 11 had roughly one hundred pre-orders.” In Madden NFL 11, video gamers will experience a new addition called GameFlow, which is a technique used to increase the speed of the game. In the past, games would take forty five to sixty minutes to complete. Now, you can play an intense game for less than 30 minutes. Additionally, GameFlow doesn’t allow you to choose your own plays from the playbook, instead the game gives you a choice of plays for your offense and defense. Another key addition to Madden NFL is the physics engine, which was added because of past complaints due to the difficult level of the running game. Now, it’s no problem running free for a touchdown or getting over 100 yards rushing in a game. With the improved physics engine your teammates will be forced to block their opponents, giving you enough time to score. EA Sports upgraded the control moves such as the stutter step, hit stick and the spin, making them more efficient and effective just like a professional NFL game. The graphics are also a big upgrade, creating intense high defini-

the game’s forge mode, which allowed for players to modify objects in each multiplayer level. However, the forge mode in “Halo: Reach” has been improved in order to allow for more customization, giving players the ability to edit walls, as well as improving previous editing tools to make placement of objects and walls much easier. Firefight from “Halo 3: ODST”, which let

the player fight endless waves of alien enemies, also returns improved. As opposed to its previous version, Firefight in “Halo: Reach” will allow for players to edit what types of enemies you fight, as well as the weapons you fight them with. Another change is the new Firefight matchmaking option, which matches you with teammates equal in skill to fight along side you. Game editions for “Halo: Reach” include Standard Edition, which includes only the game. Limited Edition includes reading material that opens up secrets about the Halo universe, as well as a few in-game armors. Legendary Edition includes everything from Limited Edition, as well as more armors, and a collectable statue of Noble Team.

tion elements and detailed visual aspects from every angle of the game. The NFL players and fans in the crowd look very realistic including details like sweating and facial expressions. This creates an intense aspect just like watching a game on television. Another positive aspect to consider is their online game play. It offers online team play which allows three on three teams. A new feature only offered in Madden 11. Overall Madden NFL 11 is a great game; it includes new

features, intense graphics and a realistic atmosphere. According to FCC student Josh Fakava, “I will always play Madden, simply because it never gets old.” Madden 11 is a must have game for all the dedicated football fans and fantastic online gamers. All in all, you’d be crazy not to pick up this game next time you get a chance, after all, this game comes highly recomended from those who know, and when it comes to Madden, you can never go wrong.


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Movie Reviews:

A Look at Today’s Newest Cinema Going the Distance

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Sebouh Simonian

Rampage Reporter The film is about two people    “Going the Distance” which kas) and friend Dan (Charlie Day) opened Friday August 27. Stars Gaert(Justin Long) who works while Erin receives often unwantJustin Long, Drew Barrymore for a recoding company and Erin ed and unsolicited advice from her , and Christina Applegate, is (Drew Barrymore)  who is an older sister (Christina Applegate) directed by Nyvette Burstein intern at the Chicago Sentinal who who a few times threatens and written by Geoff La Tulippe who meet and quickly start a Garett with harm if her sister is       Nyvette Burnstein was also in- relationship but six weeks after hurt. Geoff  La Tuliippe’s script volved in “American Teen”(2008), meeting she has to move  away has some high points doing a good “On the Ropers” (1999), and and they struggle to make a job of combining comedy with “American Shopper”(2007) which  long distance relationship work. some points about how difficult a Their friends and families try long distance relationship can be. were executive produced.  This to help and sometimes try to talk is the first film written by Geoff  But sometimes the movie tries them out of the relationship Garett to hard to make the audience La Tullipe. Breathers: A Zombies Lament is  still in production. has his roommate Box(Jason Sadu- laugh. An example is scene involv-

Takers

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Ashley Aguilar

Rampage Reporter The title of the film says it all. are in the process of completing If moviegoers were afraid of Tak- their fourth heist and as you watch ers being your typical Cops and you get an idea of how these guys Robbers action movie then they work. They aren’t just the type to will be in for a pleasant surprise. waltz in with guns and take money, In the first five minutes there are they plan out the heists with preexplosions, gunfights, and car cision and style. Because of that chases that are sure to capture your you almost are rooting for them attention and have you hooked to succeed. They all have likable and ready to enjoy the rest of the personalities and suave style, and movie. Takers follows a band of that makes the audience want to bank robbers that consist of five see the heists work out in the Takmen who are more very close knit ers favor. For the first part of the family of criminals with one thing movie their heist seems flawless in common: a love of money. until a workaholic cop played by In the beginning of the film they Matt Dillion gets in on the inves-

Vampires Suck

“Vampires Suck” is a paraody of the acclaimed “Twilight” films, and follows the life of one Becca Crane, who is forced to move to a small town to live with her father, who can’t seem to remember that she is a teenager, and attempts to buy her love with a beat up truck. That’s when Jacob White, appears and begins to set the tone for the awkwardness of the film, which covers the basic story outline for Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse movies.

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ing  Garett (Long), Box(Sadukas),  and Dan(Day) their other friend are talking about relationships he refuses to close the bathroom door not wanting to be left out. The director Nyvetteb Burstein doesn’t do a very good job visually in this film using what is obviously prerecorded back drops rather then shooting live on location like many director’s do. I give the film a B-      

tigation and starts to piece the puzzle together. Dillion plays cop named Jack Wells who is totally engulfed in his work because he is going through a divorce, and this does not work out in the Takers favor. He and his partner Eddie Hatcher, played by Jay Hernandez are on the case but are always a step behind the Takers. Rap artist TI also appears in the movie and most will agree that his acting is quite superb through out the movie, and take into consideration this is only his third movie. He plays Ghost who used to be a member of the Takers group but he has been in jail for

five years. When he gets out of jail he pays a visit to his old comrades and it seems that they owe him some money. Instead of just taking money he has a proposition for his old friends. He got some inside information from when he is in jail and the amount of money involved is much bigger than any of the heists they have done before. The movie is definitely surprising and there are many twists in the story that are sure to have you wondering what is going to happen next. Anyone one who wants to enjoy a great action film should go out and catch “Takers”, you will not be disappointed.

the Vampire Slayer, and simply references the book/movie series at any given moment. The film also makes reference to the ongoing Edwards vs. Jacob preteen battle royal, portraying a group of young girls in the beginning of the film brutally beating each other with shovels, planks of wood, and anything else they can get their hands on, shouting loudly for their favorite heartthrob. The fan jokes don’t stop there, as Vampires Suck also takes several cracks at those who watch

the films, but do not read the books that inspired them. With its almost cartoony humor and surprisingly intellectual jokes hidden under layers of slap-stick, Vampires Suck is a film I would recommend to anyone who is not a fan of the Twilight Saga, and would caution die-hard fans that dislike any jokes made about the series to stay away. All in all, I rate Vampires Suck as a B-, and wish it the best of luck in the box office.

Laura Bradley

Rampage Reporter Friedberg and Seltzer (writer/ directors) spare no jabs to the fourth wall in this new film. The characters in this film, of course, are oblivious to the fourth wall’s mangled body and move on as though nothing has happened, save for vampire boy, Edwards Sullen, who seems hyper aware of every jab. Ironically enough, Vampires Suck takes far more shots at reality television and modern media than at the actual Twilight Saga, even featuring a cameo by Buffy


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Shelf Life:

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Older but still worth a look by

Kyle Calvert

Rampage Reporter

THIS WEEK: videogames turned film

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Silent Hill Original release: April 2006 When Rose DaSilva (Radha Mitchell, becomes plagued withnightmares about a town called Silent Hill that has a dirty history involving some cultists, unsolved murders, and a colossal fire, mother Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) thinks it the best idea to take her daughter to the town to uncover the truth only to be stranded upon

arrival. When Sharon disappears and grotesque monsters begin to appear, Rose makes her way through the hellish town in order to save her daughter – even if it means losing her soul. As far as horror movies and/ or videogame adaptations go there have been plenty worse. A cast full of relatively unknown actors and plenty of scenes that can definitely cause you to shudder makes Silent Hill worth the rental. As a whole, the Silent Hill series didn’t become great until the second game. If a sequel to this movie is made, I certainly

hope they follow game developer Konami’s footsteps by ditching the cult and focusing on what works – the freaky, psychologically horrifying town and its hideous denizens. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Street Fighter Original release: December 1994 When tyrannical dictator M. Bison (Raul Julia) takes Allied Forces relief workers and U.N. soldiers hostage with a three-day ultimatum and a ransom demand for $20 billion, it’s up to Colonel Guile (Jean-Claude Van Damme)

and his team to save the day with the help of Chun-Li (Ming-Na), Cammy (Kylie Minogue), Ryu (Byron Mann), Ken (Damian Chapa), and some other Street Fighter 2: The New Warriors characters. I, as well as many others, find this movie terrible and corny. Anyone can tell that the film exists because somebody thought it would make money by bringing all the game’s fans to theatres. It’s full of poor one-liners and small homages to the game, but overall it’s just another awful fluffed-up fighting movie. Though if you’re willing to stomach the absurdity and inanity of it all it is wonderfully entertaining, because it is that bad. If you’re renting movies for a bad movie

night (which is a fantastic evening for any group with a sense of humor), Street Fighter will not disappoint. Rating: 2 out of 5. Movies based on videogames are typically not the best, whether considered as adaptations or not. Most often, fans whine and complain about how terrible they are and how if they followed the style and direction of the games, they’d be much better. Honestly, though, making the transition from game to movie has never been easy, or very good. Go with the medium you prefer, of course. There’s entertainment abound either way.


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FCC Rams Run with the Wildcat FCC football will feature new formation hoping to throw its competition off balance. by

Marcell dilworth Rampage Reporter

 The Fresno City College football team will open its 2010 season with an added piece of arsenal to its already potent offense.  The team will be featuring first year player, Larry Overstreet, in the “wildcat” formation. “We are going to force teams to defend the entire field, because he’s a running threat, and he can throw the ball well,” said FCC coach Tony Caviglia. In the wildcat formation, a team replaces its quarterback with a running back who can be a threat throwing or running the ball. This formation causes the defenders to be more off balance because of the formation’s unique style. The quarterback lines up as

a wide receiver and the ball is snapped into the backfield. The whole goal is to give the running back/quarterback an extra blocker because there are three running backs in the backfield. Caviglia said he believes that the new play formation will make the Rams even more competitive  “We have some really strong freshmen; we have a great returning class of sophomores, and they are playing very well together in camp,” Caviglia said, adding that the team’s running back position is at least “five or six players deep.” Caviglia said that his two quarterbacks Morgan Hall and Lance Orender will be competing all season for the starting job. “It’s a day to day battle,” said Caviglia. “They both have strengths and weaknesses.”

 On offense, the Rams are looking to play with balance. “We want to be able to run and pass the ball about 50 percent of the time,” Caviglia said. “We have to be able to run the ball to win, and we feel very good about our ability to do that this year.”        The defense may not be very big upfront but they are very fast. “We are going to play up to 12 defensive linemen,” said Caviglia. “They are very agile and quick and they love to play tough football.”    The Rams will open their season this weekend against College of San Mateo, in San Mateo. FCC will then have another road game against West Hills on Sept. 18 before hosting their first home game of the season on Sept. 25 against Merced at 7 p.m.  

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Chris Jackson runs the ball in for a touchdownin in a scrimage game against ram’s defence at Ratcliff Stadium on August 25.

A love that knows no boundaries A player by heart, Germond has transformed his love for soccer by becoming a coach. by

Quinn Robinson Rampage Reporter

Oliver Germond roams the soccer field at Fresno City College when others are casually enjoying their summer break by sleeping in. He has no time to rest. It’s shortly before 7 a.m. the young women start to trickle in one at a time and then in groups of two or three before there are about 50 of them. As they’re getting ready, so is he. He’s walking on a pristine green field, one you would think belonged to a major league team. This one doesn’t, though. This field belongs to Germond. His teams have owned it for the past decade. Entering his 10 th season, Germond has compiled a record of 142-44-24 with five Central Valley Conference titles and

eight consecutive trips to the state playoffs. The last six years, Germond’s teams have finished the season ranked 20th or higher in the nation. “He always made sure we improved,” former Rams player Tiffani Moore said. “He stayed after [practice] with us all the time. He was my best coach all around.” Returning Rams player, Miko Elliot shared the same sentiment about Germond. “He cares a lot about each player individually on and off the field,” said Elliot. “I think that each one of us has improved a huge amount just because of his confidence in each one of us. When Germond took over in 2001, things weren’t always easy. Germond was hired a couple of weeks before the start of the season. The late hire didn’t allow him to recruit play-

ers for the season and the results showed. Germond’s team went 7-10-5 in his first year, suffering his first losing season ever. “I went and recruited the best athletes I could find,” Germond said. “The second year, that team probably ran more than any team that I’ve had here because I didn’t want the first season to happen again.” FCC assistant women’s coach Drew Mattos explained that Germond’s approach to the way the Rams play soccer is important when recognizing the success this program has achieved over the past decade. “It’s pretty cool because it’s all local kids getting opportunities,” Mattos said. “They’re not just coming here and playing two years, then going back home and not doing anything. It’s cool and I’m honored to be a part of a program like that.”

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Oliver Germond prepares the women’s soccer

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7 match against Las Positas.

Germond grew up surrounded He took the school to six by soccer in Neuchatel, Swit- straight conference titles. In zerland. His grandfather was 1999, the team won the Califorpresident of the soccer team in nia Interscholastic Federation his city. Southern Section title. “When I first started playing Germond left after the chamsoccer, I wanted to be a goal- pionship season to be assistant keeper,” Germond said. “The coach at College of the Canyons problem was I was so short under women’s soccer coach Phil and none of the coaches He always made sure we wanted improved...He stayed after [pracme playtice] wih us all the time. He was my ing goalbest coach all around. keeper,” said Ger- Tiffani Moore mond, with a laugh. Marcellin. At the age of 10, Germond Hart High Athletic Director moved to Santa Clarita, Calif. Linda Peckham said that it was Speaking only French, Germond hard to see Germond go on after turned to soccer to help adjust the 1999 season. to his new life in a new country. “To this day, Oliver was our “When you’re the only kid that most successful coach,” Peckdoesn’t speak the language, it’s ham said. kind of intimidating,” Germond In 2000, Germond put his said. “Soccer came in to play name in for the vacant coaching right away. It was an outlet of position at FCC. where I could just play soccer Canyons soccer coach Phil and not worry about speaking Marcellin said he had mixed English.” emotions about Germond leavGermond attended Hart High ing for the head coaching posiSchool in Newhall, Calif., before tion at FCC. going to college at Cal State “He’s one of those guys you Northridge. Soccer followed have on your staff and hope the Germond to college. He loved best for his career, but you’d playing, but he would have to like to see him continue on with take a different road if he wanted you,” Marcellin said. soccer to remain in his life. Germond has contemplated “I dealt with a lot of injuries. I moving to Division I. He applied could tell my playing career was for Fresno State’s position a dwindling down,” he said of his couple of years back and though soccer career. he didn’t get the position, the When he was a freshman at thought of coaching Division I Northridge, he started coaching still intrigues him. the boys JV team for Canyon “It would be nice to pursue a High School, his alma mater’s four-year job and see how I do rival. Then, the varsity girls at that,” Germond said. “At the coaching job at Hart High School same time, I came here to win a opened up and Germond never state championship and I haven’t looked back. won one.”


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SPORTS SCHEDULE FOOTBALL Sat. Sept. 11 College of San Mateo Away Sat. Sept. 18 West Hills College Away Sat. Sept. 25 Merced Home Sat. Oct. 2 Sacramento City Home Sat. Oct. 9 Laney College Home Sat. Oct. 16 Modesto Away Sat. Oct. 23 Sierra College Away Sat. Oct. 30 College of Sequoias Home Sat. Nov. 6 San Joaquin delta Away Sat. Nov. 13 Reedley College Home

2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S SOCCER

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FCC Men’s soccer practice to stay one of the elite teams in california. by

Marcell Dilworth Rampage Reporter

  Back in 1998, Eric Solberg, Fresno City College’s men’s soccer coach, was hired to take a pretty good soccer team and turn it into one of the elite teams California. That is exactly what he has done. His winning record at FCC speaks for itself. He has won eight conference titles, and the Rams have made the final four on six different occasions. Additionally, the Rams men soccer team has made the playoffs every year that Solberg has coached. The Rams men soccer team starts the 2010 season with a team of mostly freshmen, and they are going to be tested because they have some tough games early in the season.  The Ram’s coach also

says that a team can go a long way without being the best team if the players buy into working as a team.   Solberg said that his team’s defensive play has to be solid early in the season or they will struggle. “If you can’t defend in this sport, you are not a very good team” said Solberg. “If a player makes a mistake on offense, he may not score; if he makes one on defense, he will usually give up a goal.”  Solberg also said that his team will have a great season if his team leaders, along with his goalie, play well and aggressively.  The men’s soccer team leaders include Tyler McCuin who plays the forward position. McCuin led the team in scoring last season. Solberg expects McCuin to lead the team to victory this year. Another leader, Victor Amarillas, is known for his aggressive play in the middle of the field. “I am

expecting him [Amarillas] to lead, attack, dish the ball off, and be very creative,” said Solberg, the Rams coach.      Another leader on the soccer team is William Hall who plays on the back line. Hall started the whole second half of last season and is one of the captains. Solberg said Hall leads by example on and off the field and that he is also a great student.   Garret Aragon plays in the center of the backfield. His role is to be very vocal on the field because his position allows him to see practically everything, so his main job is to direct traffic, so to speak.       Solberg said that his team’s strength is how they attack with the ball. “I thing we are really good on the outside,” said Solberg. “I think that we have the deepest outside midfielders we ever had.”  

Fri. Sept. 10 Contra Costa Away 4:00 p.m. Tue. Sept. 14 Las Positas College Home 4:00 p.m. Fri. Sept. 17 Canada Away 4:00 p.m. Tue. Sept. 21 Allan Hancock Home 4:00 p.m. Fri. Sept. 24 Lassen TBA TBA Fri. Oct. 1 College of Sequoias Away 4:00 p.m. Tue. Oct. 5 Modesto Away 4:00 p.m. Fri. Oct. 8 Taft Home 4:00 p.m. Tue. Oct. 12 Delta Home 4:00 p.m. Fri. Oct. 15 West hills College Home 4:00 p.m. Fri. Oct. 22 College of Sequoias Home 4:00 p.m. Tue. Oct. 26 Consumnes River Home 4:00 p.m. Tue. Nov. 2 American River Away 3:00 p.m. Fri. Nov. 5 Taft Away 3:00 p.m. Fri. Nov. 12 West hills College Away 3:00 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER Fri. Sept. 10 Diablo Valley Home Tue. Sept. 14 Consumnes River Away Fri. Sept. 17 American River Home Tue. Sept. 21 Sierra Home Fri. Sept. 24 West Valley Home Tue. Sept. 28 DeAnza Away Fri. Oct. 1 Cabrillo Away Sat. Oct. 9 Santa Barbara Home Tue. Oct. 12 Sequioas Away Fri. Oct. 15 Taft Away Tue. Oct. 19 West Hills Home Fri. Oct. 29 Ventura Home Tue. Nov. 2 Solano Home Fri. Nov. 5 West Hills Away Tue. Nov. 9 Sequioas Home Fri. Nov. 12 Taft Home

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Women’s soccer team prepares to build momentum FCC Women’s soccer face ‘one of the hardest’ non-conference schedules in the state. by

Quinn Robinson Rampage Reporter

The FCC women’s soccer team kicked off the 2010 season as they look to make another run deep into the state playoffs. Ranked No. 7 to start off the 2010 season in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, the Rams made the trek down to Orange, Calif. to take on the defending state and national champion Hawks of Santiago Canyon. The Rams played a tough match against the No.1 ranked Hawks, but in the end Santiago Canyon proved to be too much for FCC on this day as the Hawks closed out the Rams with a 2-0 defeat. Freshman defender Paige Mason thinks that the Rams will be able to bounce back from the opening game and return to the winning ways that have made this team a viable threat the past decade. “We put up a good fight,” said Mason. “[Santiago Canyon] is the defending champs. We just need to be more aggressive on the field

year. “Every year I feel we have one of the hardest if not the hardest non-conference schedule in the state,” Germond said. “It’s paid off because we’ve been the No.1 or the No. 2 seed for six years in a row now.” FCC looked to bounce back from their season opening loss as they traveled down south to play in the Ventura tournament over the past weekend. FCC’s first opponent of the tournament We just need to ... was Orange Coast. The establish a nice rhythm Rams weren’t going early on in the games. to allow their season to start off 0-2 as they - Paige Mason took care of business against the Pirates of Orange to finish.” The Rams continue to live by Coast on their way to a 1-0 victory Germond’s philosophy. 10 of the behind a Jesslyn Fagundes goal Rams’ non-conference opponents that developed with an assist from participated in the 2009 state play- Ashlynn Marino. On Saturday, the Rams took to offs. Seven of those teams were seeded 10 or higher in their respec- the field against Cuyamaca looktive regions in playoff brackets and ing to build off their momentum both No. 1 seeds from last year’s established the day before against tournament (Santiago Canyon and Orange Coast. FCC continued their solid play Solano) are on the schedule this and establish a nice rhythm early on in the games,” said Mason. Although FCC isn’t used to starting off a season with a loss, coach Oliver Germond is never one to shy away from competition. “Our philosophy is to try to play the best so we can see where we’re at,” said Rams coach Oliver Germond. “We had some good quality chances [against Santiago Canyon] and unfortunately we weren’t able

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Women’s soccer team prepares for upcoming game against Las Positas and their first home game against Diablo Valley. on both sides of the ball as the Rams dispatched the Coyotes for a 3-0 win. Sophomores Megan Hinson and Carley Griffin each scored a goal for the Rams. Freshman forward Liliana Ruiz scored the final goal of the day for FCC as the Rams completed their second consecutive shutout. The Rams return six starters from the 2009 campaign, most notably Jesslyn Fagundes who racked up 23 goals last season and is 11 goals short of holding the all-time career record at FCC after scoring

her first goal of the 2010 season against Orange Coast. Up next for FCC, the Rams will face Las Positas on Sept. 7 before hosting their first home game of the 2010 season against Diablo Valley on Friday at 4 p.m. The Rams will then face tough back-to-back games against Cosumnes River and American River. Both opponents reached the state final four last year. American River reached the final four by defeating FCC in the third round 1-0.


A Piece of History “ An educated society is a forward-moving society...we leave this institution of learning with the knowledge that we have the resources to truly make this world a better place in which to live.

Here, students of every age, race, creed, religion, and nationality can and do come together in a peaceful and productive environment to work together for a common goal. And that goal is out education.

This condom was the first sold after a long battle to install machines as a means

of

survival.”

By Max Rosehdahl Rampage Reporter In 1988, a student trustee wrote a letter to future students of Fresno City College.  In the letter, enclosed in s time capsule excavated from the concrete of the Fresno City College sign on August 11, Bryan S. Lampson, articulated the concerns of his peers as well as his hope for the college and its community. “The letter to the class of 2010 indicated that students in 1988 were concerned about the threat of nuclear warfare and the threat of AIDS. The author was also concerned about the fate of the

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Old Administration Building,” said Cynthia Azari, president of FCC. “While we have not achieved world peace nor eradicated AIDS, as a society, we have made some progress, and we will be moving into the OAB this fall.” The time capsule was planted by the class of 1988 and included various objects from that period such as old issues of the Rampage and the Fresno Bee and an envelope containing the letter. Inside the envelope containing the letter was also a single condom to represent the students’ efforts to install condom dispersers in certain campus restrooms.  “This particular condom was

the first condom sold at Fresno City College after the students convinced administration to install the machines.  It took us two and a half semesters to achieve this goal,” Lampson wrote. The condom dispersers are still in use to this day Lampson’s letter explained that in 1988 the condom was “a means of sociological survival from the threat of AIDS and the HLVT III virus.”  He stated that convincing the administrators to install the condom vending machines was a big accomplishment.  He wrote, “We truly believe you will thank us in 2010 for our efforts today.”

Letter written in 1988 by Bryan S. Lampson to the Class of 2010

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Rampage serves as a voice for student body as whole Rios umns such as, “‘Steady lists’ or Former Editor in Chief ‘Whose Going Around the Hall by Joseph

To scan throught the archives of the Rampage is to study a microcosm of national history. Each story within the scope of its more than 60 years of existence offers special significance to what is imagined about some of the most important periods of the 20th century. From its first fledgling issues in 1949 under the name: “The Fresnan,” to the sophisticated online editions of today, the newspaper at Fresno City College has played an intergral role as the central venue for student ideas, thoughts, events, and general documentation of the campus and its people. The history of Fresno, of California, of the nation can be found in the columns of the Rampage. The summation of its parts act as a testiment of a country’s confrontation with education, social contructions, fashion, and politics. While the world wrestled with international conflicts, gender and racial movements, educational innovations, new technologies, political races, and tragedy, the Rampage continued to publish stories. Within its pages we find articles referring to World War II, Vietnam, the Black Power and Chicano Movements; we find articles about racial conflict and the emergence of ethnic studies departments; we find photographs of famous figures like Robert Kennedy, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, and others. There is a conversation there, a constistant historical record of thoughts, ideas, and even hair styles. The product of this toiling is a wonder to say the very least. Whether consciously or unconsciously this endeavor continues to compound its importance as time separates us from the past, as the people involved disappear and, with them, their memories.

The Beginning

Early issues of The Fresnan seem consumed with little more than the social happenings on campus. Each issue devotes editorials to the lack of school spirit on campus or a sense that students lacked a “genuine enthusiasm and loyalty.” Student leadership sought different modes of engaging students fresh from high school in hopes of fostering school pride. At the same time, there is an attempt to distiguish the exprerience of high school from the collegiate one the young campus was trying to create. The paper ran an editorial titled “Let’s Have a College Paper” on Oct 13, 1949 claiming that col-

Holding Her Hand’” were “high school trash – and not even good trash.” Editorials like this and others encouraging readers to attend classes regularly and take care of the school buildings begin what will become an ongoing conversation between the newspaper staff and its readership. It is a conversation that doesn’t remain so tame. Yes, the paper does appear ridden with superficial pieces on fashion, class size, and the ubiquitous parking complaints, but it succeeds when it captures the stories of individual lives. Occasionally, readers were treated to a look at the histories and human narratives woven into the campus cloth. A story chronicling the survival and exodus of a Holacaust survivor offers a snapshot of the kind of students attending the college at that time. The article itself, published Nov 9 1949 – just four years after the fall of Germany and Japan, does little more than nuance the horrors of a young girl’s capture and her stay in Auschwitz. Francis Kline, an adult woman in her mugshot that accompanies the story, is treated lightly by the reporter. The truth of her situation, however, cries through the brevity of the piece. The implications are profound. Approximately nine years after the Nazi occupation of her hometown in Poland, she found herself at Fresno Junior College. She lost her entire family and was attempting to adapt to what the story calls “the American way of life.” The newspaper’s role here is a familiar one. Journalism, possibly in a romanticized sense, is supposed to seek out stories like these and bring them to the forefront of the community discourse. In the moment, students gain a greater understanding of their peers. With 60 years of hindsight, though, we have the privilege of understanding the relelvance of these events and the reverberating impact they have.

Rampage

The name “Rampage” first appears in the masthead on Nov 17, 1949. Within that issue, editors began a section called “The Exhaust Valve.” According to a blurb on the bottom of page two, readers approached editors of the paper about having a column devoted to the opinions of readers. The request was met. The first edition came from the “Ramble Inn Council” and read this way: “..students at Fresno Junior College please refrain from: Scuffling in the fountain or lounge.

Dropping cigarette butts on the floor. Marking up walls and furniture. Gambling. Eating home lunches in the fountain (please use the lounge).” The section began with a sort of condescending didacticism. The paper becomes an extension of the administration or of the institution. As this article demonstrates, there is an apparent disconnect between the ivory tower reporting and the student readership. This changes dramatically during the 1960s as student unrest reaches its peak and groups call upon their newspaper to reflect their evolving and diversifying interests.

What’s In a Name

When the 60s came around, the Rampage already had ten years under its suggestive banner. The name itself implies an active or even militant sort of journalism. In 1960, though, this was far from the case. The drama club was still making the front page, they ran consecutive issues stories about student elections, football games, and dances. The gritty journalism was no where to be found. Even by 1963, the paper still had not embraced its role as the fourth estate. Even prominent national stories went almost unnoticed. The paper ran its eighth issue of the year on Nov 21, 1963 – just one day before President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. Granted, there is no way they could have foreseen this tragedy. However, in the following issue on Dec 5, there is almost no mention of this event. The top three stories of the day were the Christmans Formal, pre-registration, and the arrival of a “lively negro quarter.” On the bottom of page-one there was a two inch mention of students sending condolensces and a pagethree story on a conference being dedicated to the fallen president’s memory. Two years later in 1965, the campus sponsored a food drive to help aid the people of South Vietnam. The campus sent 3,000 pounds of food along with a $120 money order for the children at an orphanage in Da Nang. The arrival of the food coincided with the arrival of the first U.S. Marines in Vietnam on March 8, 1965. The Rampage covered this aidstory as a triumph, an unbridled success. Colonel William O. Ezzel of the United States Air Force said, “You now have a part in the war here in Vietnam – the war against poverty and disease.”

Further comments from Col. Ezzel ran in an editorial from the same issue. He went on to say, “We feel that if we can help in their hour of need, they will never forget. And what better weapon against the Communist ideology than to hold the hearts and minds of the people.” As history tells it, this wouldn’t be the students’ last or only contribution to the war in Vietnam.

An Awakening

The Civil Rights Act was four years old. Brown v. The Board of Education was almost 15 years old. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X had been assasinated. John F. Kennedy too. His younger brother, Robert, was running for president. Chicanos were walking out of highschools all over the state of California. Black people everywhere were staging demonstrations and boycotts struggling for rights already granted. On May 16, 1968, just a little over a month after the assasination of King, the Rampage ran an editorial that began this way, “Does the Black Student Union want human rights or Negro privileges?” The rest of the piece criticized demonstrators for their use of foul language and reverse-racism. The editorial, written by then editor in chief Rita Johnson, called the event “a funky failure in the sense that it did not accomplish anything that would further their cause.” This sparked an argument between the editor and the BSU that played out in the pages of the paper. Students themselves had begun to take action against racial inequalities. Some left the state to join movements in Alabama and throughout the South, the paper reported. They demonstrated, had sit-ins and teach-ins. Along with that, students began to demand more of their newspaper. These simultaneous movements of Black and Chicano students erupted amidst a battle between then President Clyde McCully and each respective group regarding a more relevant education, a curriculum that reflected the ethnic diversity of the campus. This fight reflected the efforts of the “ThirdWorld Liberation Front” at the University of California which eventually lead to the creation of Ethnic Studies. Wi t h i n t h e pages of an issue that included front-page converage of the demonstrations and the publication of the Chicano student demands, the Rampage printed a staged photograph of three black children in a “hear no evil...” pose. The photo was supposed to exemplify the administrations stance against art on campus. However, for Black and Chicano

students, this was the last straw. The Ram, a year-end publication of the college, ran a chronilogical timeline of the events that followed. After the morning publication of the photo on May 8, “a group of angry Blacks stormed into the Rampage office, verbally abused Mr. Phil Smith and members of the staff, tore up some papers and hurled others around the room.” Later, members of the Black and Chicano community camped outside McCully’s office, demanding to see the president. The next day, McCully issued a statement suspending the publicaiton of the Rampage for the remainder of the school year (two issues). This moment campus history marked a stark shift in expected role of the newspaper. The Ram staff wrote, “It would be easy for a college publication to ignore [the events] – to dwell on sports, dances, pep rallies, club activities... We think such publications should do what all publications worthy of the name do – tell the truth...whomever that truth may offend.” By the Fall of 1970, the Rampage had a new face. Janet Morris, then editor in chief, wrote in an editorial, “Journalists, even at the community college level, occupy a position of public trust in a society in which we have been guranteed the right to freedom of press and free expression of opinion. The Rampage is put together by young journalists who enthusiastically believe in the responsible application of these rights.” The paper began a culture of diversified reporting. Playing on the theme introduced by “The Exhaust Valve,” the paper began to run columns focused on minority issues and ideas. It took on different names like “The Third World” or “Los de Abajo,” but continued to be a voice for the burgeoning ethnic voice on campus throughout the 1970s.

Echoes

The events of 1969 challenged future Rampage staffs to take a more active role as reporters of the news. For decades, the paper had been asking readers to take ownership of their college, to show school spirit. They finally got what they asked for. Students from then on began to hold their paper accountable. Students and staff expected the Rampage to do more than just report football and baseball scores. They wanted a paper that would not only report on events, but ask questions, be a voice for students as a whole and not just a handful of privileged staffers. Present and future staffs are beholden to the history of the publication and the campus they serve. History and the echoing voices of history demand it. Joseph Rios grew up in the Fresno area and is currently a student in the English department at UC Berkeley. He was editor in chief of the Rampage from 2007-08 He is a published poet/journalist and a former gardener/landscaper.


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September 8, 2010. Centennial. 19

FCC’s Star Power

Year-long selection process honors influential alumni and faculty Centennial Ball

Opening Ceremony of African American History Month

Larry Fortune, Alumnus  Dr. Odell Johnson, Alumnus  Don Larson, Faculty Emeritus  Dr. Clyde McCully, Retired College President  Dr. Pete Mehas, Alumnus  Sarah Reyes, Alumna  Kopi Sotiropulos, Alumnus  Gary Soto, Alumnus  Franz Weinschenk, Faculty Emeritus and current adjunct faculty  Charles “Tom” Wright, Faculty Emeritus 

Robert Fox, Retired Administrator  Keith Kelley, Alumnus  Marshall Kelly, Alumnus  Dorothy “Dottie” Smith, SCCCD Trustee  Cynthia Sterling, Alumna  Dr. Bill Stewart, Retired SCCCD Chancellor

Women’s History Panel

Sheriff Margaret Mims, Alumna  Supervisor Susan Anderson, Alumna  Dr. Leticia Escoto, Alumna 

FCC History Night

Elizabeth Balakian, Faculty Emerita  Walter Brooks, Faculty Emeritus-Counselor  Dr. Shirley Bruegman, Retired Administrator  Sara Dougherty, Faculty Emerita  Gervase “Gerry” Eckenrod, Faculty Emeritus / Administrator  Sherian Eckenrod, Faculty Emerita /Administrator  Dr. Arthur Ellish, Retired Administrator  Mike Kilijian, Alumnus  Dr. Edwin C. Kratt, Retired Fresno County Schools Administrator  Dr. Dan Ozier, Faculty Emeritus  Bill Riddlesprigger, Faculty Emeritus  J. Gerald “Gerry” Stokle, Faculty Emeritus / Administrator  Joe Williams, Alumnus Theatre Production Exonerated

C. Tim Quinn, Faculty Emeritus 

Asian Fest

Stars were honored in special events like the time capsule excavation ceremony

And I was in awe. I mean all these people started here at Fresno City, and they graduated and they all went on to do incredible things. People started here and they went on to make a difference throughout the world. - Dr. Cynthia Azari

Baseball Dinner

Len Bourdet, Faculty Emeritus  Mark Gardner, Alumnus  Ted Lilly, Alumnus  Tom Seaver, Alumnus  Woody Wilk, Retired Staff  Jason Wood, Alumnus 

Football Wall of Fame

Scott Leonard  Randy Rowe  Clare Slaughter  Hans Wiedenhoefer 

Brass Bash

Robert Nielsen, Faculty Emeritus 

Art Hop

Photo by Ramiro Gudino

FCC President

Time Capsule Ceromony

Jonell Beal  Cruz Bustamante  Richard Caglia  Dr. Robert Cargill  Dr. Harry Edwards  Dr. Kenny Guinn  Jack Hansen  Irv Hunt  Dr. Christine Johnson-McPhail  Judge James Kelly  Richard “Rick” Lehman  Dr. John Oller  James Parks  Maxie Parks  Dr. Oralia Puente  Dr. Richard Rose  David St. Louis  Tom Vidmar 

ASG Leadership Awards

Henry T. Perea, Alumnus

African American Graduation Ceremony

Dr. James Aldredge, Alumnus  Dr. Jannett Jackson, Alumna, former staff member  Dr. Robert Mikkell, Alumnus

Media Reception

Ray Appleton. Alumnus  Stefani Booroojian, Alumna  Jim Boren, Alumnus  Cary Catalano, Alumnus  Lisa Dorman Boyles, Alumna  Al Geller, Alumnus, FCC Supporter  Mike Hartman, Alumnus  Dr. Art Margosian, Alumnus, Former Faculty Member  Beth Marney, Alumna  Angie Rios, Alumna, FCC Supporter  George Takata, Alumnus 

Latino Graduation

Robert Arroyo, Faculty / Administrator Emeritus  Helen Chavez-Hansen, Alumna  Angela “Angie” Cisneros, Alumna  Venancio Gaona, Faculty / Administrator Emeritus  Frank Quintana, Alumnus, Retired Faculty/Administrator  Julian Torres, Alumnus  Gloria Torres, Alumna

Nursing Program Pinning

Employee Recognition Awards

Dr. Tom Crow, Alumnus / Chancellor

Cen-Tree Walk

Lisa Gunlund-Jura, Alumna  Margaret Hudson, Alumnus  Gladys Brown, Friend of FCC  Ara “Corky” Normart, Alumnus  Frank Helling, Alumnus  F. John Sierra, Alumnus Ledio Fanucchi, Alumnus

Dr. Victor Takeuchi, Alumnus  Rinko Yoshioka, Alumna  Dr. Michael Yoshikami, Alumnus

Cinco de Mayo

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez, Alumnus

Russell G. McIntyre, Alumnus  Dr. Carl Waddle, Alumnus / Retired Administrator  Carolyn Webster, Alumna

Commencement Ceremony

Tom Flores, Alumnus 


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20. Centennial. September 8, 2010

A Parade of Presidents:

by

Sammy ‘Pro’ LoProto Rampage Reporter

They led the college in tumultuous times, in periods of uncertainty, and in prosperity. They took the blame and the credit for Fresno C i t y C o l l e g e ’s g r e a t accomplishments and stumbles. They are the presidents that have led California’s premier community college, from its start in 1910 to the present.

Looking Back on Clyde McCully’s Legacy

How does it feel to be the president of FCC?

Very few individuals can answer that question. For Clyde McCully, FCC president from 1967 to 1986, it meant keeping an open door to the entire community during one of the college’s most turbulent times. McCully’s successor Ernest R. Leach, remembers the FCC presidency as “the best job he ever had.” He served from 1987 to 1991. Brice Harris, who replaced Leach and was president from 1991-1996, said his favorite part of leading FCC was “walking the quad during springtime and chatting with the students and staff.” For Dan Larios, president from 1997 to 2001, it was all about the students and about programs that benefitted them and improved their lives. Ned Doffoney, 2002-2008, focused on the arts and sports programs and on the public image of the college. He is particularly proud that the reconstruction of the Old Administration Building started during his administration. Cynthia Azari who has been the president of FCC since January 2009, said “Each person who comes into this office brings a little bit of themselves to the job.”

What do presidents do?

The president is the chief administrator of FCC and is appointed by the State Center Community College District Board of Trustees who delegates to him or her, the day-to-day running of the college. Presidents set their own standards, manage their own budgets and play an important part in college-wide planning and strategy. Because FCC is a community College, presidents must also extend their reach beyond the campuses and engage community leaders in meaningful ways. Thevy are the face of the College and a major player in the Fresno community.

Dr. Ernest R. Leach June 1, 1987 to June 30, 1991 Fresno City College continued to grow during the tenure of Ernest Leach. Under him, the award winning Honor’s program started. Leach told the Rampage that he was proud of the way the college “reached out to the community and made our programs and class offerings more visible to our constituents.” Another of his accomplishments is the outreach to the various ethnic communities in the Fresno area. “We went out to the local businesses and set up training facilities right on the spot, with emphasis on the outlying areas, reaching out to Native Americans, Hmongs, among others.”

Brice Harris Dec. 1, 1991 to Oct. 20, 1996 The college’s growth exploded during Harris’ years as president. Under him, diverse programs such as IDILE, Puente, and the U.S. and Asian American program were developed. The Health Science building was constructed during his reign. Harris currently serves as the Chancellor of Los Rios Community College in Sacramento. Of the mark he left on FCC, Harris said, “Legacies are better determined by others.”

Dr. Dan Larios April 1, 1997 to June 30, 2001

Larios said he is most proud of the Partners in Pride program which he started at FCC. As part of the program, the neighborhood and the campus joined together to complete improvement projects at Heaton Elementary School and other locations surrounding the campus area. “I enjoyed seeing the youngsters wearing their red Pride T-shirts, and years later seeing them all grown up in the same shirts,” he said. “The kids were able to use the FCC Library for study, and swim in the pool all day for 25 cents.” When Larios left FCC, he became the president of Antelope Valley College until he retired in 2003. He currently operates Fresno CORAL, an after school program that mentors disadvantaged youth. “It’s all about the students,” he said. “FCC serves its purpose very well. It’s a fantastic college.”

Dr. Ned Doffoney July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2008

Doffoney, the first African-American president, said he is most proud that the reconstruction of the OAB started when he was president. “I do consider that project to be my lasting legacy,” he said. Doffoney is credited with many accomplishments, including starting the SYMBAA program and for leading the college out of probationary accreditation status. Doffoney is the current Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District. He oversees 55,000 students in his district. “The focus here is on the students and the ever increasing need for quality education.”

Clyde McCully, the longest serving FCC president recently recounted his memories of the college with the Rampage. McCully recalls his most turbulent years at FCC from 1967-1972. Like other colleges in the country, “Student dissent was running high, and they let the administration know they wanted more minorities on the staff,” McCully said. There were protests over the Vietnam War and the assassinations of both Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. In his essay, “A History of Teaching,” Franz Weinschenk, Dean of Humanities during McCully’s era, recalls the turbulence of the time. “I shall always remember Dr. Clyde C. McCully July 1, 1967 to Nov. 30, 1986 President Clyde McCully, probably half exhausted at the time, sitting in his office or in a conference room somewhere, patiently writing down what some students were telling him,” Weinschenk stated. “Even though he probably knew he couldn’t do much but listen, listen he did, because listening does makes a difference.” McCully remembers that although considered mild compared to the pulse of the nation’s other campuses, many FCC student groups staged boycotts and sitins to demand the hiring and recruitment of minorities. Both the Black Students Union and the Chicano group MECHA pushed hard for an ethnic studies program. McCully took a brave and huge risk by hiring a Chicana counselor and an African American faculty member. Both Art Amaro (Chicano Studies) and Kehinde Solwazi ( African American Studies) say that the two programs would not exist today if McCully had not pushed for them. Among his other accomplishments were creating programs to accommodate the returning Vietnam veterans who were flooding the campus at the time, starting the FCC childcare center and expanding both the infrastructure and the programs that the college offered. Under his reign, the campus was expanded to make room for development projects to facilitate the growing need for technological and vocational classrooms. Buildings and PHOTO BY LYSSETTE TRUJILLO programs started under McCully included expanded parking areas, and 12 new buildings to accommodate 70 new programs. Many consider this to be the most monumental accomplishment, transforming the FCC campus to a modern 20th century college. McCully’s legacy truly lies in this wave of change as nearly 20,000 students stumbled through the maze of construction debris to have a campus rise from obscurity to a highly respected institution. He was able to supply instructors and volunteers to staff over 42 locations across the valley that were offering courses such as Vocational and Registered Nursing programs, Respiratory and Physical Therapists, Dental Hygienists, Firemen and the Police Academies. “It was an exciting time,” he said, as the community stepped up and formed committees and became board members. “It is the people that gave their heart and souls to the cause, that have kept this campus in it’s functional and supportive capacity,” he said. “Without the support of the District’s Board of Trustees and Administration, we could not have achieved the success we have today.” Dr. Azari said of McCully, “He did a great job, and created a beautiful campus. I have had friends visit the campus from all over the country, and they all say ‘This looks like a university; it’s so beautiful.’”

The First Three Presidents

Dr. Thomas A. Blakely Sept. 1 1950 to Aug. 30, 1953

Stuart M. White Sept. 1, 1953 to June 30, 1964

Archie Bradshaw July 1, 1964 to June 30, 1967

Interim Presidents

Dr. Cynthia E. Azari January 2, 2009 to present The first woman to lead Fresno City College, Azari said she feels privileged to be the president at this time of Centennial celebrations. She said her first priority is always students and hopes that she will be remembered for her policy of “putting the students first.” When making decisions, she asks herself, “How will this affect the students? If it is a budget matter, I want to know where do we cut, and how does this decision impact the students?” She also she hopes to be remembered “for being student oriented, and wanting them to be successful.”

Dr. Art Ellish Dec. 1, 1986 to April 30, 1987 June 30, 1991 to Nov. 30, 1991 Oct. 21, 1996 to March 31, 1997 July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2002

Dr. Guy Lease July 1, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2008


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