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RAMPAGE Student-Run Newspaper of Fresno City College

Fall 2017 Issue 2 Sept. 13, 2017


DACA President Trump is phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Here’s what you need to know. Page 4

El Presidente Trump elimina la Acion Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). Esto es lo que tienes que saber. Página 5

SCCCD Trustee Payne Under Investigation Frank Lopez | Opinion Editor flopez@therampageonline.com

A state agency that monitors election finances is investigating State Center Community College Trustee Eric Payne, for failing to file required documentation on time or not all. The Fair Political Practices Commission, a California political watchdog agency, is investigating complaints filed on Nov.


15, 2016, a few weeks after Payne’s re-election to a second term as trustee. According to a complaint filed by Jensen Vang, Payne allegedly laundered campaign contributions, accepted anonymous contributions, and failed to file mandatory finance reports required by all nominees on the Nov. 8 ballots. The complaint states that Payne has also not filed a 410


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form, which officially transfers his 2012 campaign fund into 2016. Payne said he knew of Vang before the complaint and that he [Vang] is a part of Pao Yang, his challenger in the SCCCD elections but did not wish to provide any more details about the nature of their relationship. In his complaint, Vang cites a Nov. 1, 2016 article from The Fresno Bee that reported that


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Payne had failed to file necessary financial documents on time. Payne said that he is working with the FPPC to try and give them all the information needed. “I look forward to complying with the requests with both the County Elections Office and the FPPC to resolve this matter,” Payne told GVWire on Aug 28. “We are working diligently to meet the timelines and the requests that

are being made of the committee.” An anonymous complaint filed on March 13, 2017, alleged that Payne failed to file his Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700), a requirement for all elected officials. The document shows a public official’s personal finances such as real estate and loans, and serves Continued on Page 6, PAYNE

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Chalk It Out Uses Uplifting Messages to Prevent Suicide Alejandra Flores | Reporter aflores@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College staff and students shared positive and uplifting messages about making a difference across campus during the Chalk It Out event on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the main fountain area. “We hold this event to inspire messages of encouragement with students who might be struggling with depression,” said Jennifer Zizzo who is in charge of psychological services, which organized the event. FCC participates in Chalk It Out every year on Suicide Awareness Month. “Every year that we do it, we typically receive students coming in, requesting services,” Zizzo said. According to jasonfoundation. com, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24, leaving school administrators and colleges concerned. “It’s important to reach out to students and let them know that they’re not alone,” Zizzo said, explaining why Chalk It Out is important. “I’m participating because Suicide Awareness Month is actually something really important to me,” Deanna Piseno, an FCC student, said. “I lost one of my really close cousins to suicide, so that’s why when I heard about this, it’s the first thing I came over to do.” Piseno said she believes the Chalk It Out event is extremely

necessary and would participate every year. “I think it’s important because someone might be having a bad day and see your message and that might make them feel a lot better about themselves,” she said. She added that she hoped that anyone who is actually contemplating suicide will be helped by the event. Student Angela Flores said this is her first time of participating in this supportive event. “Chalk It Out is important because a lot of people go through depression and think that suicide is their only way out,” Flores said. “Seeing this stuff around campus makes you feel like your school actually cares for you.” Other FCC students seemed confused as they made their way across the inspiring messages on the concrete walkway. “I saw some students walking around and respecting, just kind of not trying to step on basically what’s called beautiful art in a sense,” said Daine Terein, a student at FCC. Psychological Services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 559443-8687; the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800273-8255.

Students and faculty were invited to write inspiring messages on the cement at the Chalk It Out event to raise awareness about suicide on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Photo/David Hernandez

a lot of people go through depression and think suicide is their only way out.” -Deanna piseno

Fresno City college student

Fresno City College student Diana Teran writes an inspiring message near the main fountain at the Chalk It Out event for suicide awareness on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Photo/David Hernandez

9/11 Remembered with March, Speeches, Wreath Noah Villaverde | Reporter nvillaverde@therampageonline.com

Police and Fire Cadets marched on the Fresno City College campus on the morning of the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in remembrance of the victims. The short remembrance program involved cadets marching from the Main Fountain area to the 9/11 tree site and was followed by a quiet ceremony during which a plaque from the Veterans Peace Memorial Committee was presented. “I was preparing to go to work that morning and my son came in and told me a plane hit a building in New York City,” Geary Baxter, interim coordinator for fire technology, recalled his memory of when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. “So I got out of the shower and watched the second plane hit, and I knew we were at war.” Baxter was followed by Thomas Cope, Battalion Chief of the Fres-

no Fire Department. Before reflecting on where he was during the attacks, Cope acknowledged that he received his Firefighter 1 certification from Chabot College before being hired by the City of Fresno in 1996. He had risen in the ranks and four and a half years later was promoted to captain on Sept. 4, 2001, exactly one week before the attacks. “I was home in bed, and my wife and son were about to enter Legoland in Southern California,” Cope said. “And Legoland was closed because of the attacks, which, for a 4-year-old, was quite traumatic.” Cope recounted that after receiving a call from his wife that morning, he headed down to Station 9 near Fresno City College and spent time with his crew. Cope lamented that he felt inadequate with only four and a half years on the job when the attacks occurred. “Back then, I recall how the public showered us with praise

A 9/11 remembrance ceremony took place on campus on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Deron Walker and gratitude, which at the time, who died during the attacks, em- during the attacks playing through I didn’t really feel like I deserved phasizing the 343 victims who the speakers followed by a moment personally because of my inexperi- were from public safety. of silence before the cadets laid the The short event concluded with memorial wreath and marched ence,” Cope said. Towards the end of his speech, audio samples from the New York away. Cope honored the 2,996 people City Fire Department’s dispatch


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Transfer Fair for CSU/ UC Bound Students David Hernandez | Reporter


Fresno City College is holding a transfer day college fair on Sept. 13 in the University Mall area. For students who are unsure of where to continue their education, this event will provide loads of much needed information. The fair will feature many activities, and beginning at 9 a.m., representatives from CSUs, UCs and private colleges will be out in the mall area to answer any questions students may have. Workshops will run from 1p.m. to 4p.m. in Room 251 of the OAB. Historically Black Colleges and University Transfer Pathways will be featured. Director Helen Young and FCC Transfer counselors will talk

Seth Casey | Reporter scasey@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College administrators and faculty met with local leaders from the west Fresno community at the Economic Opportunity Commission center on Aug. 29, to discuss how a new satellite campus could positively impact the area and its residents. The event was coordinated by Carole Goldsmith, president of FCC, and Brian King, director of the EOC’s Fresno Street Saints, a southwest Fresno community outreach program. Leading the conversation was FCC’s vice president of administrative services, Cheryl Sullivan. “We can’t build a building and not know what programs are going in it,” Sullivan said. “We want to know what you want.” During the meeting, representatives of West Fresno discussed some factors that limited the ability of members of their community from attending college, as well as what programs and services they would like to see instituted in the future campus. In ensuing discussions, it was evident that the neighborhood was hungry for higher education. The groups discussed the programs they felt were needed in West Fresno as well as their goal to create programs that would draw students from outside the area to attend the new campus. Some of the programs most desired included robotics, computer coding and vocational training in areas such as construction, plumbing and aeronautics. Earl Canson Jr., a local pastor about the HBCU system and go over the requirements and transfer basics for the colleges. Later in OAB 251, representatives of the University of California will hold a panel to discuss the different majors offered at the different colleges and admissions requirements. They will also take questions about the nine different UC campuses. The Introduction to Transfer Workshop will be held at 12:15 p.m. and at 4 p.m. in ST-202. Students who attend this workshop will learn the basics of how to apply and transfer to the university of their choice, application periods, grade point average, unit requirements and major preparation. The Transfer Scholarship workshop will be taking place at 2:30 p.m. in ST-202. This workshop will provide guidance on how to apply for available scholarships for UCs, CSUs, and other California private colleges. The workshop will last one hour and will provide details on institutional and noninstitutional scholarships, different types of grants and resources for undocumented students.

FCC faculty and local leaders met on Aug. 29, 2017 at the Economic Opportunities Commission to discuss the proposed West Fresno satellite campus. Photo/Seth Casey

at the Fresno Westside SeventhDay Adventist Church, noted the need of a college campus in the area to introduce, familiarize and establish a culture of higher

Free speech should be a key element.” -Grover cobb

Fresno resident

education and community pride. “[Access] invites the community to feel like part of the institution,” Canson said. “This is our institution.”

However, building the campus is only part of the battle. Participants at the meeting discussed some obstacles facing students in the area such as childcare options, financial aid and a lack of parental support, as well as numerous poverty-related issues within the neighborhood. Grover Cobb, Fresno resident and community leader, proposed that children be exposed to the college experience at an early age in order to familiarize them with the concept of higher education, and make the idea of attending college a very real possibility for them. “What are we doing with Head Start and other things that are preparing children to not be afraid of higher education?” Cobb asked. “First Five California and Head Start are in southwest [Fresno] already, then we need them involved in this.”

Throughout the conversations, there was a sense that a college campus in the neighborhood represented more than a center for classes and schoolwork, but would also be a beacon of culture, sophistication and independent thought. “Free speech is what colleges were known for,” Cobb said. “Free speech should be a key element of this new campus.” The campus to be constructed in the west Fresno area will be funded by Measure C, a ballot initiative passed in 2016, granting a $485 million bond to the State Center Community College District. The Fresno Interdenominational Refugees Ministries will host another open forum on the proposed campus at the FIRM center, located at 1940 N. Fresno St. on Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Students Look to Real Estate Courses as Markets Surge

David Hernandez | Reporter dhernandez@therampageonline.com

When you think of real estate, Fresno City College doesn't really come to mind. What some may not know is that there have been real estate courses offered since 2005. As the real estate market has gotten progressively better since 2006, more people have looked to the FCC Real Estate Program to obtain knowledge and pursue a realtor’s license. FCC offers RE 40 Real Estate principals and RE 41 Real Estate Practice every semester and even in the summer. In these courses, students will learn learn how to evaluate different types of housing, on the job training, and gain information they need about passing the state exam to obtain a realtor's license. The instructor also brings business professionals from the field to talk about their experiences. Loretta Oliveras is a student taking Real Estate 40 to get a better understanding of the real estate. She thinks it is the best class to help students get ready for the state real estate license test. “It's a great class, a lot of information,” said Oliveras. She

was a loan processor for 6 years, but never pursued it fully. She is now motivated to get her licence. For those looking to gain more knowledge on the subject, look no further than instructor Gary Carter’s evening courses. Carter is an adjunct professor at FCC. He teaches Real Es-

I do see more people getting involved.” -Kashief Jackson Fresno City College Student tate Principles and Real Estate Practice. He has been teaching since 2005. Starting in 2001, he worked for real estate companies like Guarantee and London Properties for 9 years. He has a broker's license and started his own

company G&G Realty. He is now working for Motovo as a Team broker and has 5 realtors that work under him. “We are now at a point where individuals that are in the community are getting their license and are coming back after three or five years,” he said. “[They are] saying that they remember being in my course and that it really helped them out. I'm very proud of Fresno City College in that we can be a part of growing real estate sector community.” Kashief Jackson is another student currently taking the Real Estate 40 class to gain more knowledge. He has been involved in real estate for about 5 years now, and he hopes to learn enough so that he too can take the state exam. “Mr. Gary Carter keeps us alert and keeps us informed about what is going on,” he said. “As far as the future of course, I do see it expanding, especially with how the real estate market is getting better. I do see more people getting involved and wanting to be a part of the real estate market.” Call the business division at 559-442-8222 if you have any questions on these courses or about the whole Real Estate Program at FCC.

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FCC Community Vows to Stand by DACA Recipients Ashleigh Panoo | Editor-in-Chief apanoo@therampageonline.com

Community college leaders and Fresno City College faculty say they are standing behind the more than 1,200 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the State Center Community College District despite President Donald Trump’s announcement Sept. 5 that he is phasing out the program. DACA has aided about 800,000 undocumented young people in the U.S. since its inception in 2012, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “Ending DACA is a heartless and senseless decision that goes against American ideals and basic human decency,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley in a statement on Sept. 5. “Those who are affected by this decision were brought to this country as children and are pursuing an education and making contributions to their communities. In California, we don’t put dreams -- or dreamers -- on hold.” At Fresno City College, one of those 1,200 dreamers in the district is a 20-year-old biology major, who is in college to become a sonographer. Although she declined to give her name for her safety, the woman said she was just offered a managerial position at her job, which she’s held since she applied for DACA in 2015.

from college and are contributing to our economy as well as enriching our communities,” Parnell stated. “We will actively advocate Congress to find a permanent resolution to this issue.” “The truth is, DACA works,” Goldsmith wrote in a college-wide email. She also stated that she stands behind DACA students and wants to see legislation that “includes protection for DACA as well as creates a pathway for citizenship to ensure those that seek to live the American dream can live it and achieve it as so many others have before them.” The term “dreamer” has been used to describe undocumented young immigrants, who may have benefitted from the Dream Act, which was similar to DACA, but was never passed in Congress, according to the Associated Press. FCC’s Dream Center was busy all week with worried students, according to counselors. The Dream Center, which opened in September 2015, is like a mini-counseling center that provides all the same services as the larger counseling center on campus, explained counselor Graciela Ramirez. Ramirez said even though the center is geared towards undocumented students, anyone is welcome to come in for counseling or to sit in on workshops.

Your dreams don’t stop because DACA has ended. Your degree will always be your degree. No one can take that from you.”

-Erica Ramos Dream Center Counselor

She came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 3, and said she belongs here as much as anyone else. “I am Mexican but this is my country too,” she said. “Others with much better opportunities waste their time in drugs and commit crimes. I don't feel like that’s right.” The woman is eligible to renew her DACA status before the deadline on Oct. 5, but now her dreams are up in the air. “It’s sad to know that after those two years are gone, I won’t have any help,” she said, “and that means I’ll probably have to be working in the fields and probably give up school.” She’d like to at least see DACA become permanent. “A pathway to citizenship would be the best thing ever,” she said. SCCCD chancellor Paul Parnell and Fresno City College president Carole Goldsmith also released statements after the announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions of DACA’s end. “We have witnessed [DACA’s] success with those who have proudly served in the U.S. military and those who have graduated

Dream Center counselor Erica Ramos said the center’s services will remain the same. “I think more than ever, the doors are open for all the dreamers,” she said. “This is when we all need to come together and keep going.” She wants students to know that the center is not closing. “Your dreams don’t stop because DACA has ended,” Ramos tells students. “It should be the opposite. You should continue to get an education, regardless. Your degree will always be your degree. No one can take that from you.” During the summer break, the center moved into a new space in OAB 137 from the Student Services building. “We used to share a tiny little space with three different programs over there,” Sandra Velazquez, who is a counselor said. “Here we each have our own office and it's a little bit more secluded and students feel a little bit better. We’ve gotten a lot of really great feedback from staff and students as well.”

Counselors say the most important point they want to get across to students is to keep getting their education. “There were thousands of students being educated even before DACA came,” said Ramos. The counselors say there are other programs besides DACA that assist undocumented students at FCC. The Dream Act allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to apply for and receive certain non-state funded grants, scholarships and fee-waivers. Ramos said the center is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new space at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21 in the OAB rose garden. English instructor Marisol Baca will read poems and numerous groups and services, including the Mexican Consulate in Fresno, will pass out immigration information. The center is also rolling out a new event for dreamers this semester. “Un Rinconcito para Soñadores” or “A Little Corner for Dreamers” is a concept Ramos thinks will help students feel like they’re not alone. For an hour each month, the Dream Center will be open for dreamers to meet and hang out. She thinks it’s important for students to get to know each other. “Just to talk about life, just what is going on,” she said. “This is a place to laugh, cry, scream, whatever they want.” “Use our services; here we are,” added Ramirez. “Un Rinconcito para Soñadores” dates are Sept. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m.; Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon; Nov. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m. and Dec. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. The Dream Center is also holding several community workshops in OAB 126, including one on Sept. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. sponsored by the Insure America Project and Self Help Bank that will provide free immigration services and DACA loans. Wilfredo Felix Gamez, counselor at the Dream Center, said a lot of things could happen between now and when DACA recipients graduate. “Maybe in six months, Congress will pass something similar or better than DACA,” he said. “Who knows? Maybe between now and when they graduate, there will be a pathway to be[come] a resident. I push them and motivate them to stay in school and graduate.” The Dream Center can be reached for more information at 559-443-8570, by emailing migrantsss@fresnocitycollege.edu or by visiting OAB 137. Protesters took to downtown Fresno the day of the announcement, rallying outside the federal courthouse, and a “Defend DACA” march is planned for Sept. 17 on Olive and Palm avenues from 6 to 7 p.m. FCC will also host a DACA town hall meeting on Sept. 20 in the Old Administration Building from 5 to 7 p.m. with Radio Bilingüe and FCC staff, including Goldsmith.

What is DACA? The Obama Administration established DACA in 2012 to give undocumented immigrant youth protection from deportation and eligibility to legally work in the U.S. for a period of two years, when it may be renewed.

Who QUalifies For Daca To qualify for DACA you must have: •Been under the age of 31 and present in the U.S. as of June 15, 2012 •Come to the U.S. before the age of 16 •Continually lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 •Graduated high school, have a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces or currently be in school •Not been convicted of a felony or be a threat to national security or public safety.

What you need to know •Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is being “phased out.” •New applications that were submitted before Sept. 5 will still be processed. •Those who have their DACA expiring between Sept. 5 and March 5 may submit a renewal application by Oct. 5. Source: SCCCD Chancellor Memo

From August through December 2017


people are set for their DACAs to expire. Of the 201,678


have already submitted for renewal Source: Department of Homeland Security

REsources California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

559-486-6278 Fresno City College Dream Center

559-443-8570 The Dream Center is hosting a “Free Immigration Services and DACA Loans” workshop through the Insure America Project and Self Help Bank on Sept. 14 in OAB 126 from 10 to 11 a.m.





Comunidad Promete Estar con Afectados por DACA Traducido por Jorge Rodriguez, Frank Lopez and Marco Rosas

Líderes de colegios comunitarios y facultad de Fresno City College dicen que van a apoyar a más de 1,200 destinatarios de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus iniciales en inglés) en el Distrito de Colegios Comunitarios del Estado (SCCCD) aunque el Presidente Donald Trump anunció el día 5 de Septiembre que se va deshacerse del programa. DACA ha ayudado a casi 800,000 jóvenes indocumentados desde su inicio en el 2012, según dice el Servicio de Inmigración y Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos. “Poner un fin a DACA es una decisión cruel y sin sentido que va en contra de las ideas de los Estados Unidos y lo decente,” dijo Canciller de los Colegios Comunitarios de California Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Esos afectados por esta decisión fueron traídos a este país desde niños y están en busca de una educación y contribuyen a sus comunidades. En California no paramos a los sueños o a los que tengan sueños.” En Fresno City College, uno de los 1,200 estudiantes con un sueño es una joven de 20 años que está estudiando Biología para ser Ecografista. Aunque se negó a dar su nombre por su seguridad, ella dijo que su trabajo, que ella ha ocupado desde el 2015 cuando aplicó para el DACA, le acaba de

congreso para que encuentren una solución permanente.” “La verdad es que el DACA sirve,” dijo Goldsmith en un correo electrónico mandado a todo el colegio. También dijo que ella está a favor de los estudiantes que están bajo el DACA y quiere ver leyes que “incluyen protección para DACA y crean un camino hacia la ciudadanía para asegurar que aquellos que quieren vivir el sueño Americano pueden vivirlo y obtenerlo como muchos antes que ellos.” El término “dreamer” ha sido utilizado para describir a los inmigrantes indocumentados jóvenes quienes pueden ser beneficiados del Dream Act, un acto similar al DACA pero que nunca paso el el congreso, según la Prensa Asociada. Conforme a un artículo de la Prensa Asociada, legisladores de California anunciaron el 12 de Septiembre que $10 millones de dólares serán designados hacia ayuda financiera para los destinatarios de DACA en el estado, que incluyen $7 millones específicamente para los colegios comunitarios. De acuerdo a consejeros, el Dream Center de FCC estuvo ocupado toda la semana pasada con estudiantes preocupados. El Dream Center, que acaba de abrir en Septiembre del 2015 es como un mini centro de consejeros que provee todos los mismos

Tus sueños no paran solo porque DACA ha terminado. Tu licenciatura siempre será tu licenciatura. Nadie te la puede quitar.”

-Erica Ramos

consejera del Dream Center

ofrecer una posición de mánager. Ella llegó a los Estados Unidos a los tres años y dice que pertenece en este país igual que cualquier otra persona. “Soy Mexicana pero este es mi país también,” ella dijo. “Otros con más y mejores oportunidades desperdician el tiempo con drogas y cometen crímenes. No siento que eso sea correcto.” La joven estudiante es elegible para renovar su estatus de DACA antes de la fecha tope del 5 de Octubre, pero ahora sus sueños están en un limbo. “Es triste saber que después de dos años yo no tendré ninguna ayuda,” ella dijo, “eso quiere decir que probablemente voy a tener que trabajar en los campos y salir de la escuela.” Dijo que le gustaría ver el DACA volverse permanente. “Un camino hacia la ciudadanía sería la mejor cosa en el mundo.” El canciller del SCCCD Paul Parnell y la Presidenta de Fresno City College Carol Goldsmith también dieron sus pensamientos después de que el Fiscal General Jeff Sessions anunció el fin de DACA. “Hemos visto el éxito de DACA en los soldados del ejército Estadounidense y los estudiantes que gradúan del colegio y contribuyen a la economía y además llenan nuestra comunidad de riqueza,” dijo Parnell. “Vamos a abogar al

servicios que un centro de consejeros grande, explicó la consejera Graciela Ramirez. Ramírez dijo que aunque el centro está hecho para los estudiantes indocumentados, cualquiera es bienvenido a hablar con un consejero o sentarse en un taller. La consejera del Dream Center Erica Ramos dijo que los servicios del centro seguirán siendo los mismos. “Creo que hoy más que nunca, las puertas están abiertas para todos los soñadores” ella dijo. “Ahora es cuando tenemos que juntarnos y seguir adelante.” Ella quiere que los estudiantes sepan que el centro no va a cerrar. “Tus sueños no paran solo porque DACA ha terminado,” Ramos les dijo a los estudiantes. “Al contrario. La educación tiene que continuar independientemente de las circunstancias. Tu licenciatura siempre será tu licenciatura. Nadie te la puede quitar.” Durante el verano el centro se mudó del edificio de Servicios Estudiantiles y ahora está localizado en el Old Administration Building 137. “Allá teníamos un espacio pequeño que compartimos con otros tres programas diferentes,” Consejera Sandra Velazquez dijo. “Aquí tenemos nuestras propias oficinas, está un poco más aislado y los estudiantes se sienten un

poco mejor. También hemos tenido muy buenos comentarios de los estudiantes y la facultad.” Consejeros quieren que todos los estudiantes sepan que lo más importante es que sigan con su educación. “Miles de estudiante tuvieron una educación mucho antes de que hubiera DACA,” dijo Ramos. Los consejeros dicen que a pesar de DACA también hay otros programas que asisten a estudiantes indocumentados aqui en Fresno City College. El Dream Act les permite a estudiantes indocumentados que cubren ciertos criterios que apliquen y reciban ciertas becas que no sean financiadas por el estado. Ramos dijo que el centro va a tener una ceremonia de apertura el 21 de Septiembre a las 10 a.m. en el jardín de las rosas del OAB. La profesora de ingles Marisol Baca leerá poemas y también varios grupos y servicios incluyendo al Consulado Mexicano de Fresno quienes tendra informacion sobre inmigración. El centro también tendrá nuevos eventos para los dreamers este semestre. “Un Rinconcito para Soñadores” es un concepto que Ramos piensa puede ayudar a los estudiantes para que no se sientan solos. Por una hora cada mes, el Dream Center abrirá sus puertas para que los dreamers se junten y se conozcan. Ella piensa que es importante que los estudiantes se conozcan entre sí. “Solo para que hablen sobre sus vidas, y que está pasando,” dijo ella. “Este es un lugar para reir, llorar, gritar, para lo que quieran hacer.” “Aquí estamos; utilicen nuestros servicios,” agregó Ramírez. Los días y horarios de “Un Rinconcito para Soñadores” son Septiembre 20 de 1 a 2 p.m.; Octubre 18 de 11 am a mediodía, Noviembre 8 de 10 a 11 a.m. y Diciembre 13 de 1 a 2 p.m. El Dream Center también tendrá varios talleres en el OAB 126, que incluyen uno en 14 de Septiembre de 10 a 11 a.m. patrocinado por Insurance America Project y Self Help Bank que proveerán servicios de inmigración gratuitos y préstamos DACA. Wilfredo Felix Gamez, consejero del Dream Center dijo que muchas cosas pueden pasar entre hoy y cuando los destinatarios de DACA se graduen. “Quizás en seis meses, el congreso pasara algo similar o mejor a DACA,” el dijo. “¿Quien sabe? Alomejor entre hoy y cuando me gradué, habrá un camino hacia la ciudadanía. Los motivo y empujo a que se queden en la escuela y se gradúen.” Para más informacion pueden contactar el Dream Center al 559443-8570, también pueden contactarlos por correo electrónico migrantss@fresnocitycollege.edu o pueden visitar los en el OAB 137. Manifestantes se proclamaron en el centro de Fresno el día del anuncio del fin de DACA, congregados afuera de la corte federal, y la marcha “Defend DACA” está siendo planeada para el 17 de Septiembre en las avenidas Olive y Palm de 6 a 7 p.m. FCC será anfitrión de una reunión sobre DACA el 20 de Septiembre en el OAB de 5 a 7 p.m. en conjunto con Radio Bilingüe y incluirá a la presidenta Goldsmith.

¿Que es DACA? La administración del presidente Obama estableció DACA en el 2012 para darle a jóvenes indocumentados proteccion de ser deportados y elegibilidad para trabajar legalmente en los Estados Unidos por un periodo de dos años, y después ser renovado.

¿quien califica para daca? Para calificar como destinatario de DACA tienes que: •Ser menor de 31 años de edad y estar presente en los Estados Unidos desde 15 de Junio, del 2012. •Haber entrado a los Estados Unidos antes de los 16 años de edad. •Vivir continuamente en los Estados Unidos desde el 15 de Junio del 2007 •Haberse graduado de la preparatoria, tener un GED, haber sido dado de alta honorablemente de las fuerzas armadas o estar en la escuela •No haber sido convicto de una felonía o ser una amenaza a la seguridad nacional o a la segurid

Lo que tienes que saber •Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia dejará de existir •Nuevas aplicaciones que fueron sometidas antes del 5 de Septiembre aún serán procesadas •Aquellos a quienes se les terminara DACA entre el 5 de Septiembre y el 5 de Marzo pueden presentar su aplicación de renovación hasta el 5 de Octubre Tu DACA es válida hasta el dia en el que expira Fuente: Memorándum SCCCD Canciller

Desde Agosto hasta Diciembre del 2017, a

201.678 se les terminara el DACA

De todos ellos solo 55.258


han entregado sus peticiones para renovar Fuente: Departamento de Seguridad Nacional

Recursos California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

559-486-6278 Fresno City College Dream Center

559-443-8570 El Dream Center tendrá un taller en el OAB 126, el 14 de Septiembre de 10 a 11 a.m. patrocinado por Insurance America Project & Self Help Bank que proveerán servicios de inmigración gratuitos y préstamos DACA.

6 NEWS 9.13.17 PAYNE, FROM PAGE 1 as a reminder to the official to abstain from making or participating in government decisions that might be a conflict of interest. Payne told GVWire that it is not uncommon for documents to be filed late and that he filed his Form 700 with the Fresno County elections office. GVwire reported that Fresno County Clerk Brandi Orth said the office has no records of Payne’s other Form 700 filings or another document which lists contributors to a campaign. Payne said that he filed his 2016 form at the County Elections office and if they lost any of their forms then they he would try to rectify it with the problem. This is not the first time that Payne has had trouble during his time as a trustee of SCCCD. In February of 2015, The Rampage reported that Payne had been reprimanded by the board of trustees for allegedly pressuring Reedley College president and dean of instruction to select a candidate he preferred for a position and for making “baseless and misleading” report of concern to the college accrediting body. He was also castigated for plagiarizing a column he wrote for The Fresno Bee. In December 2016, GVwire reported that Payne was fined $200 because he had failed to pay a $50 annual fee to the Secretary of State’s office. Fellow SCCCD trustee Miguel Arias said that trustees typically hire an accountant to file campaign reports and that trustees being fined for filing forms incorrectly or late is not uncommon. Arias said that other board members do not have a say in reprimanding other board members and that its up to district constituents and a judge. “As a trustee, he’s performed at the highest level in focusing on student outcomes and college success,” said Arias. “What he does in his campaigns and in his personal life, is not for me to judge.”


Larry Honda— Instructor, Musician and Athlete Marco Rosas | Entertainment Editor mrosas@therampageonline.com

Larry Honda, jazz instructor at Fresno City College, may be in better shape than most of his students. Honda does crossfit, a variable sport consisting of olympic and powerlifting as well as gymnastic movements all performed at a high intensity. Honda has been doing crossfit for the last six years and, through an odyssey of trying different forms of training, has found a sport which has allowed him to excel and even compete. As far as the competitive aspect of the sport, Honda compares his drive to compete in crossfit to his experience as a musician. “There must be a nature in me to perform,” Honda said, likening the butterflies he feels on stage to what he feels before a crossfit workout. Crossfit has become a recognized global sport with a community of people from several different walks of life. Honda competed at the Central Valley Throwdown, the largest crossfit event in the central valley on Aug. 26, along with his team The New Era Ninjas. Although his team did not win, Honda said he is happy with his team’s performance. “We pulled it together and really had a great time,” Honda said. Honda has also competed in five crossfit opens -- a series of workouts in which athletes across the world participate -- and are then ranked on Crossfit’s official site. At one point, Honda was the ninth fittest man to compete in the open and first in the Northern California region in his age group. “I felt pretty good about that,” Honda said. “Last year, I tied for first in Northern California...in the world I went down to 30.”

Larry Honda participates in a Crossfit competition. Photo Courtesy of Larry Honda

I told a man working out there alone I was interested. he said go put on some gym clothes and come back.” -Larry Honda

crossfit competitor and Fresno city college music instructor

Honda’s journey to becoming the athlete that he is today began with the idea that he wanted to be a healthy grandfather. “I started going to GB3,” Honda said, “with the idea that I want to be able to play with my grandchildren.” He began using the machines and taking classes at the gym, but after some time, he began training a bit more seriously at his friend’s garage. After sustaining a few serious injuries, Honda’s doctor recom-

mended he stray from his extreme exercise. “I don’t know why I decided to press 80 pound dumbbells,” Honda said. “My arm went 90 degrees...my doctor told me ‘don’t do anything stupid again.’” Honda chose to go back to GB3 for a while to try to avoid further injury. One night while jogging, he decided to visit the recently opened crossfit gym near his home. “I told a man working out there alone I was interested,” Honda

said. “He said go put on some gym clothes and come back.” He began training there and saw significant results with the functional movements he was learning. Honda found a training regimen that served the exact purpose that initially started him on his fitness journey. “I started learning about the crossfit philosophy,” Honda said. “If you let your body atrophy, that’s where you have problems.”

9.13.17 NEWS 7



ncertainty and mixed feelings loom over our campus, city, and country with North Korea continuously escalating their nuclear missile program. Near the main fountain of Fresno City College, a dozen students huddle; in the students lounge, they sit tensely, in deep conversations. In their classrooms, students are checking their news feeds every few minutes. All are nervously awaiting news on the standoff between the United States and North Korea. They all expressed their concerns about North Korea’s nuclear missile tests. North Korea claimed that they have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb which according to a Fox News article published on Sept. 5, is estimated to be four to five times stronger than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. “Those tensions go back to 1950, the start of the Korean War,” said Lee Herrick, instructor of English and Fresno Poet Laureate Emeritus. “Many people are unaware that the war never technically ended. The border between North and South Korea is the heaviest militarized border in the world.”

Herrick, who was born in Korea, said a North Korean attack is unlikely. “The U.S. has about 7,500 nuclear weapons; about 1,700 of them are active,” he said. “North Korea has about 40 nuclear weapons, and it’s debatable how many are active.” Saying that he believes North Korea is not the aggressor, Herrick added, “The U. S. has conducted over 1,000 nuclear tests. North Korea has conducted about 10.” He said he hopes for peace for all people. An Aug. 3 article in Newsweek stated that North Korea’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) display a level of performance that experts say have major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles in range. At approximately 219 miles away, Fresno is close enough to warrant concerns from some citizens in the valley. “I’m not scared,” said Cheryl Gardner, journalism instructor. “I’m obviously concerned because we are on the West Coast,

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and I think all of us should be a little bit concerned as to what’s going on, especially with the testing over the weekend.” Gardner suggests that North Korea’s nuclear threat is comparable to a game of chicken, and that North Korea will eventually back down. “I really think North Korea is pushing it,” she said. “Will they go so far as to actually launch a nuclear device towards U.S. territory, the U.S., or an ally? That’s a big risk on their part.” Kaitlyn Vang, a child development major, said that the U.S. should be prepared for a nuclear attack. “We should prepare high schoolers for safety,” Vang said. “I think that’s just really important because children are like our future.” Although she is concerned about America’s safety, Vang said North Korea is more likely to attack Japan and South Korea since they are closer. Despite popular belief that North Korea’s technology was underdeveloped, recent missile tests reveal they

are advancing faster than anyone expected. A Sept. 3 article in the Washington Post, updated Sept. 3, 2017, notes that North Korea test launched 18 missiles in 2017 and that 13 were considered successful. Some FCC students do not seem to be too afraid of these advancements. A political science major, Steven Martinez says he does not believe North Korea will act and he is not afraid at all. “It’s just North Korea trying to prove themselves as a legitimate country,” Martinez said. “Their technology is improving; they’re still far behind everyone else, but they’re just trying to show off.” Martinez he is not afraid is because during the 2016 presidential election, “Kim Jong Un expressed support for President Trump.” He added, “It’s just a very weird situation.” “We have engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime and time after time, they have not worked,” Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said during the emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sept. 4. “We must now adopt the strongest possible measure.”

8 SPORTS 9.13.17


Women’s Soccer Dominates Cypress College Michael Fulford | Reporter mfulford@therampageonline.com

The Fresno City College women’s soccer team defeated visiting Cypress College Chargers in a dominating fashion, with a score of 7-0 on Sept. 6. The Rams were back in action following a 5-0 drubbing against the Moorpark College Raiders. On the other hand, the Chargers are coming off a hard fought game against San Francisco College in which they were defeated 2-1. The game got out of hand rather quickly as the Rams imposed their will early in the game.

Our big emphasis in recruiting this year was to find people to score.” -OLIVER GERMOND Women’s Soccer Coach

In the first eight minutes of the match, the Rams already created four scoring opportunities but were not able to capitalize. Eventually, the relentless offensive pressure was too much for the Chargers to handle as the Rams turned up the heat. Rams’ left-wing Sophia Zertuche carried the majority of the playmaking responsibility. Although officially only registering 1 assist, Zertuche repeatedly sent passes from the left wing for scoring opportunities. At the 10 minute mark, center Ariana Rodriguez received a tremendous volley and scored the game’s first goal. Franki Navarro covers the ball from Cyprus College players during their home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Photo/Ram Reyes Two minutes later, center Jasmine Garibay sent a whistling forward Taylor Alkire. Two minutes later, defender score goals. One of our big shot from the top of the box that At the end of the first half, the Cassie Sandoval assisted on a emphasis in recruiting this year found itself in the top left corner Rams held a commanding 4-0 goal scored by forward Anissa was to find people to score,” or the net. lead. Wilson. Sandoval was also able Rams coach Oliver Germond It wasn’t until the 25 minute The Chargers seemed to start to assist the last of the Rams’ said after the game. mark in the first half that the the second half with a bit more goals of which was the second “I feel like we’re doing a good Chargers were able to get a shot fight, but all attempts were scored by Alkire in the game. job, not just scoring, but playing on goal, which speaks to the quickly thwarted by the Ram’s The coaching staff certainly the way the coaches are teaching defensive brilliance of the Rams. stifling defense. The Rams seems to have the Rams playing them to play,” Germond said. Rams weren’t done just yet— they quickly went back on the prowl in post-season form already as “That’s what makes this team capped off their first half offensive with a quick score by forward they have tallied 23 goals and so good in the fact that they brilliance with a goal in the 34th Raina Wristen at the 54 minute given up zero in their first four are going out of their way to do minute by right wing Makayla Pena mark, who also notched an assist games this year. what we have been working on and another one in the 38 minute by in an earlier goal by Garibay. “Last year we struggled to during practice.”




GGG VS CANELO Boxing’s Next Big FIght Marco Rosas | Entertainment Editor mrosas@therampageonline.com

The boxing world is still reeling from the events that unfolded during the Mayweather vs McGregor match Saturday Aug. 26. On Sept. 16, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the biggest name in boxing, will face one of the most feared knockout artists in combat sports today, Gennady Gennadyevich “GGG” Golovkin. The matchup is one that boxing enthusiast have been waiting for since GGG’s rise to prominence in the sport. The two athlete’s styles are nearly complete opposites: Canelo is a crafty, fast and explosive counter puncher while GGG is an aggressive fighter willing to take a punch to land one, and is always looking for the finish.

What they do have in common is the ability to knockout their opponents with a single punch. Canelo has won 34 of his 49 victories by knockout and has only ever lost by decision once to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Other than the Mayweather fight, Canelo has looked nearly unstoppable against top tier opponents like Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan. However GGG will be the biggest power puncher Canelo has ever faced and boxing fans still wonder how Canelo will react to the pressure and artillery GGG brings. Can Canelo avoid the brawl with GGG, and if he can’t, can he withstand GGG’s power and land the better punches in the exchanges? GGG also has many questions

to answer in his fight with the Mexican star Alvarez. Golovkin boasts and impressive undefeated record of 37 wins with 33 knockouts and never being dropped in a single contest, as well as claiming to have never even been dazed. GGG’s forward pressing, aggressive but overall accurate and measured style has helped him stop David Lemieux, Willie Monroe and Dominic Wade dead in their tracks. The Kazakhstani fighter has looked less than overwhelming in his last two outings. Kell Brook was able to handle GGG’s power very well and proved to be a bigger challenge than expected before Brook’s corner threw in the towel in the fifth round. Following the fight with Brook,

Daniel Jacobs gave GGG the hardest fought contest of Golovkin’s career. Jacobs was able to recover after being dropped early on and just lost the fight to GGG by a razor thin margin. Canelo will undoubtedly be GGG’s most high profile and arguably his most skilled opponent. Canelo is more explosive, faster and a powerful counter puncher, seemingly tailor made for a fighter who comes in and takes punches to give them like GGG. GGG will have to show respect for Canelo’s power and try to use his jab and timing to offset Canelo’s speed and power like he did against Lemieux. But Lemieux and Canelo are very different fighters and GGG will still have to be prepared to make adjustments and avoid Canelo’s best punch-

es, the left hook to the body and overhand right. Canelo’s keys to victory lie in not allowing GGG to get comfortable and controlling the exchange. Canelo has to land single punches to wear GGG down and wait for the opportunity to land his shots. A brawl will only benefit GGG. Canelo also has to be careful to avoid GGG’s left hand, which can be used as a power punch regardless of if it’s thrown as a jab or a hook. The fight can go down a number a ways and both fighters will have to bring their absolute best to beat the other. The slightest mistake can cost either one of them their consciousness, and the only thing that will truly dictate who wins this fight is who shows up to win on Sept. 26.

10 SPORTS 9.13.17


Ram’s forward Johnny Rodriguez takes on three LA Mission defenders during the home opener win on Sept. 8, 2017. Photo/Jorge Rodriguez

Men’s Soccer Defeats LA Mission in Second-Half Dominance Jorge Rodriguez | Sports Editor jrodriguez@therampageonline.com

Facing an undefeated rival was a tough task for the Fresno City College men’s soccer team, but the players were up for the task and ended up with the victory, defeating LA Mission College in the first game of the season in front of the home crowd on Sept. 8. Coming off a 0-0 game against Cerritos College, the Rams were looking for their second win of the season and the first one at home. Their opponents were coming into the game undefeated, and the Rams knew it was going to be an uphill battle. The Rams took immediate control at the beginning, keeping the

ball away from LA Mission for the first 10 minutes of the game. After the initial surge by FCC, LA Mission finally settled into the game and began to take control. FCC looked out of place for rest of the first half and had control of the ball for just a few passes to then give the ball away to LA Mission who took advantage of the opportunities and tried goal shots but no scores. Only a handful of opportunities to score came to the Rams in the first half and most were from set pieces. By the end of the half both teams seem to be affected by the heat because the pace of the game slowed to a crawl. LA Mission went into halftime believing that they were the better

team, but with an 0-0 score which made for a very interesting second half. The Rams came out ready to play in the second half, and with just 8 minutes in, midfielder Alex Covarrubias got a shot past the goalie for the first goal of the game, thanks to an assist by forward Johnny Rodriguez. The first score of the game boosted the Rams’ confidence and they played a lot better while the LA Mission team were not the same after taking in the first goal. With more confidence came better handling of the ball, which meant better passes and more control of the game and the game time. The LA Mission team seemed to have been affected greatly by the

score and were not able to make the same plays they did in the first half. FCC was dominating the half and because they created scoring opportunities, it was only inevitable that a second score was coming. The second score of the game came in minute 72 when Rodriguez took a shot on goal and with poor communication between the defender and the goalie, they found themselves having to clear the ball from the goal line and onto midfielder Arturo Ceballos feet who took the shot in front of the goal and finally scored. This second score took all the spirit from LA Mission and made it so that FCC could cruise through

the rest of the game. It wasn’t until the last 5 minutes of the game that LA Mission begin to take more shots on goal, but by then it was too late. In the end, the Rams won their first home game of the season 2-0, bringing their record to two wins, one loss, and two draws. The Rams next game will be against Canada at home on Sept. 16. “We knew the heat was going to be a factor for them in the second half and defensively we made a couple of adjustments,” said coach Eric Solberg about his strategy for the second half of the game. “Overall, I didn’t love the way we played, but at the end of the day, we are trying to win and move on.”

Cheer and Stunt Team Makes Cheerful Return to Campus after Nine Month Hiatus Alejandra Flores | Reporter aflores@therampageonline.com

The cheer and stunt team is returning to Fresno City College and coach Hope Villines is enthusiastic to start this upcoming school year with a new cheer team. Villines was previously the cheer coach at FCC for eight seasons, but left in July of 2016 to become the cheer coach at Fresno Pacific University. Unfortunately, the year that Villines left didn’t go well for FCC. The cheer team disbanded, leaving the basketball team to play with no cheerleaders for the first time in 20 years. Villines wasn’t sure if she wanted to come back to FCC to coach, considering her busy schedule. “My heart has always been here,” Villines said. “This was a program that I worked hard with some assistant coaches over the years just to build. It was such a

strong cheer program and it broke my heart when it fell apart.” Villines was happy that FCC was able to work it out for her to come back with two assistant coaches to help her rebuild the cheer program again. “We have such great sports programs here,” Villines said. “I’ve always felt strongly that the cheer program should be as strong as the sports programs, so I came back after being gone for nine months.” Villines has high expectations from this cheer team and has made sure the team understands that they are “a part of a rebuilding program.” “This is the smallest team in numbers that I’ve had in nine seasons, but it’s one of the stronger teams,” Villines said. “They’re mentally strong, they’re physically strong, and they all get along very, very well.” Villines’ motto for the team is

“unity through diversity.” “We live by that, we train by that, we practice by that and amazingly enough, this is the team that lives by that better that any teams I’ve had in nine years,” Villines said. Villines suggests that keeping the cheer team at FCC will take strong coaching, commitment, organization and passion for the sport. “The coaching staff must continue to have the passion, drive and determination and we need athletes that have that exact same thing,” Villines said. The administration has also been putting time into helping the cheer team. Cheer falls under the ath-

letic department at FCC, which doesn’t happen at many schools. “I’m just really happy to be back at Fresno City College be-

cause this is home and just to rebuild,” Villines said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what this team can bring.”

The FCC cheer and stunt team practices on the track at Ratcliffe Stadium. Photo/Jorge Rodriguez


Volleyball Captain Brings Laser Focus to Court and Classroom



Anthony DeLeon | Reporter adeleon@therampageonline.com

Makayla Cervantes, Rams volleyball captain and rising star, exhibits a mental toughness and patience that eludes most young people. She said she learned and developed those character traits through sports and life experiences at a young age. Born in Clovis, Cervantes’ family is a big part of her life both figuratively and literally. She is one of seven children and grew up with three brothers and three sisters which she said can lead to many moments of differences and bonding. “I shared a room with a sibling up until I was 16,” she said. “A while back, there was one point where all of us kids had to stay in one room. I’d say we would have our fair share of arguments.” Cervantes’ family has always been immersed in sports. Both parents were athletes and instilled that competitive attitude in their children. Cervantes has brothers who competed on the gridiron, but it seems that the main sport in the Cervantes household takes place on the volleyball court. “My mom used to play volleyball when she was younger and my sisters used to play volleyball in high school,” Cervantes said. The presence of volleyball in the household led Cervantes to begin her volleyball career in the sixth grade and develop a passion that made it her main sport of focus while at Central West High School. Since then, it has been volleyball all year round, but while at Fresno City College she has begun to develop a new passion. In her third semester at FCC, she is currently a nursing major and is quickly realizing that science is the field that she is most passionate about. With ambitions

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Makayla Cervantes is a nursing major and volleyball captain at Fresno City College. Photo/Ram Reyes

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“Sometimes I do wish I had more spare time,” she said. When she does have spare time, she spends it just like a typical college student with time on her hands. “If I have any spare time I usually stay at home and watch Netflix,” she said. When she is not binge watching episodes of “The Office” or “Grey’s Anatomy,” she spends time playing the piano and has a vast love of music. Head volleyball coach Kieran Roblee has high praise for Cervantes as both a player on the court and student off. “Makayla is the Arctic fox, that is what we love about her, she is very unassuming but her consistency to make great things happen on the court is invaluable,” Roblee said. “She is a leader for us through her calm demeanor and competitive focus.”

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Cross Country Focusing on Pace for Season Omari Bell | Reporter



The Fresno City College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed against some of the top runners in the state of California on Sept. 9 at Woodward Park. The Rams practice at Woodward Park regularly, and although the team did not get the result they wanted from all their runners, they still focused on training through it. The meet featured seven colleges for the women’s invitational and 14 colleges for the men’s. The confidence was high from all the Fresno City College runners, especially for Ivan Cisneros-Rodriguez and Vanessa Chavira. The two were the top runners in their group, with Cisneros-Rodrigue reaching a new personal record, finishing in under 20 minutes, and Vanessa Chavira competing in her very first college meet.

“I’m in greater shape than I was In last year,” Cisneros-Rodriguez said before the race. C i s n e ro s - R o driguez plans on pursuing cross country next season, hopefully at a four-year college of his choosing. “Running is something that Fresno City College cross country teams ran against top competitors in the state at Woodward Park on Saturday, you can’t do every- Sept. 9, 2017. Photo/Omari Bell day of your life,” Cis“I know that as the year pro- coach Gary Bluth said. neros-Rodriguez said. “I might as gresses I will get better,” Chavira “If you don’t know your pace, well embrace it while I’m at that said, “and that’s something I’m and most people don’t, you’ll die elite level, because you won’t al- looking forward to.” off in the race,” Bluth said. ways be in your prime for life.” The first race can be difficult for The team will travel to Santa Although Chavira has been runners involved in cross country, Clarita on Sept. 15 to compete in going through foot problems, she and the team will take it one step the So-Cal Preview Meet at Coldid not let that affect her and her at a time to becoming the best lege of the Canyons. confidence going into the race. team in the Central Valley, Head

Saturday, Sept. 16

Men’s soccer vs. Cañada College at noon Women’s soccer vs. Evergreen Valley at 2 p.m. Football vs. College of San Mateo at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Volleyball vs. West Hills College at 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22

Women’s soccer vs. Lake Tahoe at 5 p.m. Wrestling vs. Santa Rosa at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

Men’s soccer vs. Clovis - 3 p.m. Women’s soccer vs. Taft at 5 p.m.

12 OPINION 9.13.17

CAMPUS VOICES Should undocumented immigrants brought over as children be protected by the government?

Jared Cosio Munoz Art & Design Major

“If they go to school, get a job and support the economy they should be able to stay in the country.”

Hailey Bentancourt Criminology Major

“They’re children. It’s not their choice. If the government doesn’t protect them, they’re going to end up on the streets and how is that going to look as Americans on our part?”


Are Combat Sports Ethical Entertainment?


Marco Rosas|Entertainment Editor mrosas@therampageonline.com

Mayweather versus McGregor brought both regular fans as well as those who do not follow boxing together for one night to celebrate the battle for supremacy by two elite fighters. The fight between the undefeated Mayweather and the UFC’s two division champion McGregor broke the pay-per-view record in the United Kingdom. But is it morally correct for people in contemporary society to be so enamored and spend money to watch fighters beat each other into submission? While society as a whole should strive for less violence, combat sports encompass more than blood and gore. Boxers and other combat sports athletes like kickboxers, Thai fighters, mixed martial artists and grapplers put their bodies on the line for much more than entertainment. These athletes spend years on end, and just like any other competitor perfecting their craft, it is a discipline first and foremost. The dedication professional fighters put toward their sport is not only what sets them apart from meatheads looking for a fight, it is also what makes them worth watching. Fight videos on YouTube that show people being knocked out senseless are not the same as two professional fighters putting their skills to the test to see who is the best. For many fighters, combat sports are also a way out of poverty and a way to put their anger and frustrations toward a constructive end. Former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson had no father, a mother who was on

drugs, and was in juvenile hall when his trainer Cus D’amato gave him a place to stay and something to do. Though Tyson faced many difficulties as a celebrity and is not necessarily a role model, he undoubtedly escaped poverty through putting all of his energy into boxing. Simultaneously, Tyson learned self-defense, gained self esteem and stayed in phenomenal shape, like many children, young adults and grown ups who will never become professional fighters. While some may argue that similar traits can be gained through less destructive means the fact of the matter is those traits are as much ingrained into combat sports as they are any other discipline. Through fighting, one can also learn the consequences of violence and value peaceful resolutions that much more. Too often videos are shared on the internet showcasing random people getting into fights and hurting themselves along with others over petty grievances. But martial artists are taught and encouraged to stray away from violence and not escalate volatile situations outside of competition and self-defense. If everyone at least understood the principles of fighting the way a professional fighter of martial artist do, people would see a decrease in petty violence which could lead to serious injury. If combat sports can help the average person be a better person and gain many resourceful skills like peaceful conflict-resolution, self-defense, personal fitness, and self-discipline, why wouldn’t it be acceptable to praise those who dedicate themselves to fighting?


Frank Lopez | Opinion Editor flopez@therampageonline.com

What we do for fun says a lot about us. What entertains the masses is more often than not, a reflection of the times that the people of a society find themselves in. Fishermen would climb into their boats, go out to the Nile and beat each other with their oars and pointed gaffes to entertain the pharaoh, and the blood would attract crocodiles and hippos to get into the fight. In the days of Ancient Rome, the colosseum would be filled with men, women, and children who wanted to see slaves fight each in gladiator battles, or see a man fight a tiger to the death. As of 2017, we are paying professional boxers such as Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champions like Connor McGregor hundreds of millions of dollars to punch each other until blood pours and eyes swell while millions watch them on the flickers of their TV or cellphone. Though the content of these sports might be a different, they all share one thing in common: they are all organized violence. Most people abhor violence and try to avoid it in their own lives, but there are many people that pay to watch two people get into ring and punch, kick, slam and choke each other till one or the other is writhing on the floor covered in blood, or knocked out completely. Though in cases of self-defense and the prevention of further violence combat is sometimes nec-

essary. However, violence should always be seen as a last resort that is only to be used after all other options have failed. Television and movies so often display violence as being the solution to any problem, and as a way to show masculinity and domination. Combine this with the proliferation of boxing and other combat sports that have gained popularity in recent years, and you have an exaggerated but accurate representation of a lot of issues faced in the world today. Seeing someone smashed to a bloody pulp has been cheered for so long, that we have almost become desensitized to it. We cheer for it. We become less wary of it and allow it to become an expected and trivial part of our society and everyday lives. Entertainment serves as an escape for people; a way to leave the troubles of the world and have fun. There is violence in our world, and for the most part, people are not entertained by it. It brings pain, destruction, and sometimes death. What reflection can one get from escaping one violent world, and excitedly going into another? Perhaps people are not trying to reflect, but give in to the visceral and primal experience of seeing one being fight another. With the entertainment of combat sports, we have become more of a society that accepts violence, and wash over the destruction it can bring until a more extreme act of violence shocks us out of complacency.

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Melissa Moua | Reporter mmoua@therampageonline.com

If you take a good look around the Fresno City College campus, what do you see? How many people dressed in T-shirts or hats or other clothing with the FCC logo do you see? Probably too few to notice. When it comes to representing FCC, most students fail to show school pride. When was the last time you spoke with a student who asserts they are at FCC because that is where they want to be? “I’m here to do my general ed.” “I’m waiting to transfer to Fresno State.” “I’m here to get some classes out of the way.” Our students never claim they are here because they chose to be here.

One of the exceptions, Alyssa Ysais, a student on campus, was seen sporting a Fresno City College T-shirt while waiting for her class. She said she likes to support her college and show off that she is in college. “A lot of people like to make fun of it,” she said. “I had worn my first shirt and they said ‘oh, you attend Fresno City College?’ in a tone that sounded disgusted.” Irvin Amaya, a civil engineering major, said that even if FCC gave out free shirts, she would still be wary of wearing it on campus. “I would wear it outside of campus, but not on campus,” Amaya said. Compared to four-year colleges such as Fresno State, FCC students seem shy to show they love their school. Even on the FCC campus, you would notice a lot more students wearing Fresno State T-shirts or their old high school shirts, than

clothing bearing FCC insignia. Ranging in price from $17.99 to $39.99, depending on the apparel, Fresno City College shirts cost as much as a regular shirt for Fresno State, according to information on both institutions’ websites. Last fall, the FCC bookstore sold about 2,100 pieces of apparel, according to Janet Santillan, a staff member at the bookstore, not including “program clothing such as nursing, police academy, rad technology, etc.” The Fresno City College bookstore also has sales once a month on shirts that can be as low as $5.99. In addition to the sales, the bookstore organizes special events where they will raffle off amazing gifts. During Student Appreciation Week, the FCC bookstore “gave away a 42’ soundbar and a couple of movie packages,” Santillan said. The bookstore plans all types of deals and specials in the

future, and students should take advantage of cheap affordable merchandise at the bookstore. Showing pride in the college one attends should not be embarrassing, but a privilege, and being humble in the small steps in life, regardless of if it is a city college or an Ivy League college brings successes. “FCC has many merits,” said Erica Barton-Muller, a philosophy instructor, “one of which being its focus on providing education to individuals who may not be able to afford or otherwise have access to University education.” With its beautiful architecture and academic and career options to students and teachers, FCC offers a lot to be proud of. Let us show our pride in the institution that offers so much to us by wearing FCC merchandise now.



Rampage Editorial

Affection is Needed in a Healthy Relationship

Protect the Dream In keeping up with its attempts to erode basic human rights and civil liberties, the Trump Administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump chose to target young people who were brought over to the U.S. as children by their parents in the midst of forest fires, hurricanes, and a mounting

Vote. Protest. Speak out and defend those who cannot always defend themselves. ” nuclear threat from North Korea. In his address to the Department of Homeland Security on Sept. 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescinding of the program and said, sounding eerily nationalistic and extremely hypocritical, “We inherited from our Founders— and have advanced—an unsurpassed legal heritage, which is the foundation of our freedom, safety, and prosperity.” The GOP and the Trump administration can actually be seen to have some ideas in common with founding father Benjamin Franklin, who feared that “swarthy” German, French, Spaniards, and people of other European races would make Pennsylvania a “Colony of Aliens” that would never “adopt our

languages or customs.” Though put less eloquently, these types of comments can also be found in the Facebook comment section of any news story regarding immigration. While news of DACA ending is upsetting, it is certainly not unexpected. Since Trump took office, there has been a toughening of immigration law enforcement, deportations, and the rising rates of hate crimes against minorities -- and the fears in the communities he has targeted since his presidential campaign are becoming reality. Republicans and Trump supporters lauded Trump’s plan to deport undocumented immigrants with violent or criminal history. Yet, immigration officers are arresting fathers on the way to take their children to school, college students speaking at pro-immigration rallies and other hardworking immigrants with no criminal history. Are these immigrants really threatening the safety and security of the United States? Are these the people that Trump supporters and conservatives want deported? If so, then they can drop the guise of supporting legal immigration and wanting to rid the country of dangerous criminals, and be upfront about their xenophobic and possibly racist stances. Those in the DACA program were brought over as children, through no choice or fault of their own, by immigrant parents who were escaping poverty, persecution, and violence, to provide for their families. Punishing the children for the actions of their parents is unjust, cruel, and devastating to hundreds

of thousands of people trying to be productive members of their community. Many DACA recipients are brought over as babies, grow up here, and have no connection to their home country. Many could be in jeopardy of being deported to a country they did not grow up in. Many of these students have become doctors, lawyers, and teachers and are now uncertain of how much more time they will have in this country. By targeting immigrants who are law abiding, enrolled in school and involved in community building, Trump is making it abundantly clear that he has no interest in representing minorities and immigrants. DACA recipients and other undocumented immigrants do not qualify for many government benefits but still put money into the U.S. economy by paying taxes. Since Trump and the GOP have for years blamed immigrants for job loss, crime, and cultural corrosion, tougher immigration legislation is in the works, and it is clearly a political move in an attempt to try and preserve a system based in racism, exploitation, and brutal enforcement of the law. For those who care about civil rights and justice for all, stand up now. Vote. Protest. Speak out and defend those who cannot always defend themselves. Every voice, no matter how small, can make a difference.


Alejandra Flores | Reporter aflores@therampageonline.com

The honeymoon phase is great. You and your significant other are beginning to learn about each other, you’re anxious to see him/her all the time, and you get that warm fuzzy feeling in the pit of your stomach whenever they lay eyes on you. It’s all sunshine and rainbows for the first couple of months, but what happens after the honeymoon stage is over? Should all the affection that was once displayed be gone as well? Affection is definitely important when it comes to expressing it to your partner, whether it’s been three months or three years. It lets the other person know that you still care and that you are one hundred percent invested in the relationship. Affection shouldn’t just be shown at the beginning of one’s relationship, it should be shown all the time, regardless of how long the relationship is. Affection gives your significant other reassurance. Without it, the other person might start to feel doubt or even insecure because they sense signs of feelings fading from their girlfriend/boyfriend. They start to think, “If he/she isn’t expressing affection to me anymore am I worth it? Did I do something wrong, can I be better?” A person shouldn’t be feeling this way if they’re in a relationship and no one deserves to be in one that lacks affection.

Relationships are built from affection, without it what do you have? Even friendships need some sort of affection. Relationships need that devoted, warm, sentiment feeling. It could be as simple as holding their hand, unexpectedly brushing their hair to the side, or a random hug. Anything that basically shows you still care and want to continue to be committed in the relationship. According to Psychology Today, affection is the number one reason couples seek therapy. Couples don’t take into consideration that many of their dilemmas often start with no affection. Of course, many relationships fail for other reasons as well, but it’s important to understand that affection is extremely important. It’s the foundation of a relationship. If you bring up the fact that you’ve been noticing lack of affection from your significant other, and they respond with, “I’m just not that type of person to express affection” and you know that they’ve shown it earlier in the relationship, then it’s best to consider ending the relationship. Affection shouldn’t be forced, it should come naturally. It is tough accepting the fact that someone has lost feelings or lost that affection they once expressed to you, but a relationship without affection is nothing. If you’re in a relationship and notice your significant other lacking affection, don’t ever think it’s your fault or there’s something wrong with you. They’re simply not worth keeping around romantically.

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Electric Fairy Tale Comes to Chukchansi Paige Cervantes | Reporter pcervantes@therampageonline.com

Electric Fairy Tale made an appearance for the seventh year in a row at Chukchansi Park on Sept. 9, 2017. Patrons 18 and older listened and danced to techno and house music from the opening of the gates at 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Electric Fairy Tale is a place where people can let go and feel free to express themselves through clothing, dancing, and singing. Gonzalo Gomez, known as Gbeats, was one of the many artists who performed at Electric Fairy Tale 2017. He has been mixing music for three years in places such as Fresno and San Francisco. Gomez has a huge passion for mixing music and said he cannot express how much he enjoys performing. “The crowd is always fun and energetic,” he said. “You can tell they love bass music.” Another local artist, Rism, also performed. He has been mixing for four years and producing for three. Rism started out working with people in New Mexico and then eventually worked his way to Fresno. He now performs throughout California and New Mexico. Rism said his fan page “rismmusic” on

Instagram, motivates and inspires him to continue his passion for mixing music. This was Rism’s first time playing for Electric Fairy Tale and he said he couldn’t be more thankful

many different people regardless of age, color, or gender. Ashley Hawkins, 22, said that events such as Electric Fairy Tale can be stress relievers. “I can forget about stress by

selves without feeling judged. The term PLUR which stands for peace, love, unity and respect, is used quite often. “My favorite part at Electric Fairy Tale is dancing on the dance

Techno and house music plays at Electric Fairy Tale on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno. Photo/Paige Cervantes

to be chosen to perform at such an outstanding event. “The people are awesome; the vibe is incredible and the music is unique,” he said. “We can only continue to try to spread the name of our youth and once I perform, the night can only get better, so stay tuned.” Electric Fairy Tale welcomes

dancing it off and meeting new people,” she said. She claims that events such as Electric Fairy Tale are filled with positive vibes where you can escape reality for a while. Hawkins said she has met many people who have traveled all over the world to enjoy events such as Electric Fairy Tale, coming together as one to express them-

floor, because when you look around and see everyone at their happiest moment, you feel as one,” Hawkins said. Instead of a handshake, a popular way to say hello is by exchanging bracelets that were made especially for the event. This is a way to share one’s creativity and have it passed

down to many different people. Tasha Prez, a nurse in Visalia at Kaweah Delta Health Care, said it’s been more than 10 years since she’s attended a rave but it feels like home. Prez, who is a mother to a high school student, enjoys to rave. Her daughter loves making bracelets and helps her mother prepare for events such as Electric Fairy Tale. Prez claims that she’s never had any bad experiences over the years at events such as Electric Fairy Tale. “Everyone is friendly and shows nothing but kindness and love.” Her favorite part about Electric Fairy Tale is that she gets to experience the event with her friends and her husband. Vincent Juarez, owner of Madness party shop, said that his shop is the first rave store in the central valley. Juarez started eight years ago by first selling a $100 worth of glow sticks from the dollar store. He now travels to California raves selling glow items and owns his own video arcade shop. Juarez recently traveled to San Francisco and Hollywood to sell his glow items. “I’m living the dream,” Juarez said. “The fun thing about it is that I get to meet new people all over California.”



Can You Handle ‘IT’? Mariah Garcia | Reporter mgarcia@therampageonline.com


tephen King’s Pennywise the Dancing Clown hit the big screen on Sept. 9. This film version of the 1990 two-part miniseries and character based on the 1986 horror novel, “IT” successfully brings to life childhood fear. People may say remakes are never as great as the original, but there are many aspects of this film that prove otherwise. The film is set in Derry, Maine, a town with a gruesome history. It is a story of seven kids, who call themselves the Loser’s Club, and their encounter with Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The ragtag group of children use their friendship to defeat Pennywise, an evil clown who lures children with its funny face and then becomes that child’s worst nightmare turned reality. Actor Bill Skarsgård gives

Pennywise a personality far more terrifying than can be imagined, through his evil laughs and eerie body movements that send chills down everyone’s spine. In comparison to the an older version of the film played by Tim Curry in 1990, Skarsgård’s depiction strays away from the typical circus clown look and depicts what one would imagine a killer clown would look like. This adaptation bears many similarities to the original version. The trailer shows the famous scene in which the character Georgie first comes in contact with Pennywise in the sewer, and it is closely resembles the way it occurred in the miniseries. The scene sets the thrilling mood for the remainder of the movie, giving the audience a sense of what this clown’s intentions are. Director Andrés Muschietti, who is no stranger to creating thrillers, does a wonderful job in capturing the notorious frightening clown. Fans of the clown can expect to see more than was captured in the original. From 1990 to now, movie production and special effects have come a long way,

which give the miniseries the visuals of the modern film. This film strays from the horror genre and fits more under the thriller and suspense category, leaving audiences biting their nails and wondering what would happen next throughout the film. Viewers that have a tough time with horror films should give this one a shot. Although frightening, Muschietti throws in bits of humor to lighten up some scenes without messing with the film’s overall tone. Audiences who were fans of the original should also see this version for themselves. Not only will it bring a sense of nostalgia, but the special effects that 2017 has to offer bring one to the edge of their seats.

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‘Brick Madness’ has fresno roots Frank Lopez | Opinion Editor flopez@therampageonline.com

Laughter filled the Tower Theatre on Sept. 9 for the premiere of “Brick Madness”, a mockumentary film shot in Fresno that revolves around a LEGO building, or what builders in the movie call “brix”, rivalry, and the eccentric personalities. The film is crafted to look like a real sports documentary; the editing and story make it easy to take serious a subject that most might think is odd or just plain silly. Justin McAleece is the cowriter, director and star of the film. He told the nearly 500 people in the audience that the community was really supportive during the entire production process. He said he got to work with people he admired and wanted to be around, and that he was excited to show people what they all made together. McAleece, who grew up in Fresno and studied broadcasting and mass communications at Fresno State, has worked on numerous films as a producer, actor and cinematographer, said he got the idea for “Brick Madness” while working on a short film in 2009. “I wanted to do something that was underrepresented and that no one would think they would have a real competition and tournament for,” McAleece said. “Something that you’d hear about and immediately say, ‘no they don’t do things like that,

that’s funny.’” The film has a diverse array of actors that make you care about the characters and who know how to employ the comedy in the writing. Though it is shot to look like a documentary on a sports competition, each cast member brings their own brand of humor and heart to their roles, and it is evident that the cast and crew had fun making this movie. There is an underdog element in the film with brix competitor Seth Paxson, played by Matthew Albrecht, who is trying to reclaim a charity he runs and clear the name of Max Grand, a legendary brix builder who was shunned after using glue in a competition. Albrecht plays the wellintentioned, almost normal guy, especially when compared to other more animated characters in the movie, but he does bring the heart to the film, and he is a talented actor. The seriousness and intensity that actor Alan Agazarian delivers with Max Grand is hilarious because he brings the image of the embittered fallen athlete that is trying to teach a potential great the necessary grit to be an ultimate champion, only it involves LEGOS. Conflict arises when Ricky 6, the arrogant and self-absorbed six-time Brix champion played by Anthony Taylor, is set to be director of Seth’s charity assuming he wins the competition. Taylor has good comedic timing and can really bring the tone of a guy

who lets a little bit of fame get to his head. The film took nearly nine years to complete, but the story and visuals really flow well into one another. “What’s really amazing is that it took eight years to make that movie, but you watch it here and there is no separation in time and filming,” said local news personality Kopi Sotiropulos. “Everybody did a great job. The nuances, the comedy, the looks, the delivery, just great acting.” Local actress Rease Eztler said she really enjoyed the film and that it really made her laugh. “It was great. Justin, he’s the main brain behind all this, and he’s funny,” she said. “It was very creative and it’s one of those Photo courtesy of brickmadnessthemovie.com underdog movies and he hopes that his film will where you want the have a lot of replay value, and that underdog to win.” McAleece said that he was people watch it more than once. happy with the film’s reception He plans on trying to get more

distribution for his film and make it available on more platforms for more people to enjoy.

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