Fall 2017 Issue 3

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RAMPAGE Student-Run Newspaper of Fresno City College

Fall 2017 Issue 3 Sept. 27, 2017


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Seth Casey | Reporter scasey@therampageonline.com

Sex in 2017 With so much information at our fingertips, why is safe sex still an issue in practice? SEE SAFE SEX, PAGE 5

Many students are not aware of the various platforms the police department of the State Center Community College District employs to communicate urgent information to students and faculty, including social media posts and text message alerts. For the past few years, the district has used a service called 1st2Know, a textbased emergency alert system, which is free for students and faculty. The mass communication system allows police to issue instant alerts regarding campus emergencies, hazards and safety threats to anyone registered with the system. Jose Flores, chief of the SCCCD Police Department, said the text-based system is just “one of the tools we use to keep our students informed.” Flores stated that the system will be used in addition to the police department’s Facebook and Twitter pages, in order to provide more comprehensive information. “We can send the text alert to quickly communicate with the students,” Flores said. “And they can check Twitter or Facebook for further information.” Continued on Page 3, SAFETY

Larger Space For Bigger Dreams Jorge Rodriguez | Sports Editor jrodriguez@therampageonline.com

The Dream Center has a new official home -- a new, much larger space in the Old Administration Building -- to better serve the undocumented students at Fresno City College. The move into the new Dream Center was marked with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony in the rose garden in front of the OAB at 10 a.m. on Sept. 21. Counselor Graciela Ramirez began the ceremony by introducing the Dream Center team: Perry Angle, director of TRIO, and counselors Erika Ramos-Cano, Wilfredo Felix Gamez and Sandra Velazquez. Paul Parnell, chancellor of the State Center

Community College District, spoke about how the district is proud of the dreamers and their struggle to achieve success. Carole Goldsmith, president of FCC spoke about the importance of getting involved in the fight to keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals because it was the right thing to do. She said no student is illegal and the college is here to create a pathway to a better life for students. “That so many people in the community came out to support the dream center really speaks volumes of the love that Fresno Continued on Page 4, DREAM

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From left: SCCCD Trustee Miguel Arias, FCC President Carole Goldsmith and Dream Center counselors cut the ribbon to officially open the Dream Center in OAB 137 on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Photo/Jorge Rodriguez

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FCC welcomes Green Day’s “American Idiot” to the stage

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Dancing, Beer at CityFest Samantha Domingo | News Editor sdomingo@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College will hold its third annual CityFest in the Old Administration Building Courtyard on Sept. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This year’s CityFest focuses on fundraising for the Social Sciences Dean’s Medallion Scholarship and will feature two live bands, dancing, wine, beer, and a silent auction in the OAB. FCC Dean’s Medallion winners represent scholastic achievement and perseverance, often having overcome great obstacles and contributed greatly to the community. Tickets are $35 and are available from the Business Office or EventBrite. For more information on CityFest, call 559-489-2232.


Immigration Conversation Takes Center Stage at BitWise Marco Rosas | Entertainment Editor mrosas@therampageonline.com

BitWise Industries in Downtown Fresno has hosted many diverse events in the past, but their most unique in recent time is the live podcast forum on Sept. 14. The Latino Paradox is a podcast starring nationally syndicated columnist and Fresno native, Ruben Navarrette and policy analyst and strategist, Arnold Torres. Torres and Navarrette brought their podcast to Fresno to discuss many issues relating to immigration and how recent events like the end of DACA not only relate to the Latino community, but also Fresno specifically. Navarrette grew up in Sanger while Torres is from Sacramento. The two have a friendship that spans three decades, during which they’ve had many conversations on hot button topics like immigration. “We used to have these conversations on the phone,” Navarrette said. “We got to talking about how we should record this...so we took to Skype and we did a webcast and called it The Latino Paradox.” “Latino Paradox refers to the fact that there are 54 million Latinos in the country,” Navarrette said. “They have a lot of buying power but no political power.” Navarrette and Torres have several videos on YouTube and The Latino Paradox Facebook page each spanning about 10 minutes or so. Wednesday was the first time the two had ever done a live filming of their podcast. The event itself was put together by Martin Chavez and funded by farmer Joe Del Bosque who was honored before the forum and presented with the Xenia Recognition by Rene Moncada, the former president of Arte Americas. Del Bosque is a Firebaugh

Arnold Torres and Ruben Navarrette at BitWise Industries during the Latino Paradox Forum on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 Photo/Marco Rosas

farmer who has played a significant role in the agricultural community. He even garnered the attention of former President Barack Obama through his speeches about issues in the agricultural community. “The Xenia Recognition is taken from the ancient Greek concept,” Moncada said, “the generosity and courtesy to those who are far from home.” Following Del Bosque’s speech, Torres and Navarrette began the forum with Chavez acting as a moderator between the two. “For 30 years Arnold and I have talked about immigration in New York, Washington and Miami,” Navarrette said. “Those people don’t understand immigration… you have to come to places like Fresno to understand immigration.” The first question the two tackled was the Raise Act and whether or not it served as adequate immigration reform. The Raise Act would allow employers to check the legal status of potential workers through the government as well as cut the

limit of visas to 500,00 and create a merit based system of immigration setting a preference for educated and skilled immigrants over all others. “It’s a phenomenal departure on what this country was built on,” Torres said. Torres stated that he believes the U.S. was built on the principle of nonexclusive immigration and that a merit based system would rob other countries of valuable resources. Navarrette also opposed the merit based system stating that a developed country like the U.S. does not need more educated and skilled workers but rather people to do manual labor that Americans refuse to do. Next, the two tackled the issue of whether migrant field workers were necessary in our advancing technology. The two quickly shot the question down citing several crops that would be ruined if picked by machines. “There are some interesting innovations, but if you go out and pick strawberries by machines, before you know it you end up

with jam,” Navarrette said. “How do we get Latinos to support Latinos?” Ricardo Franco, a candidate for the 22nd Congressional District, asked. “What sense of urgency are we giving our own community about the importance of voting?” Torres asked. “The million dollar issue is we’re always looking to the young; are they going to be the future or are they going to be the demise of our population?” Navarrette told Franco that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all ran for congress and lost the first time. Franco later said it is ironic that “as Latinos become a larger part of the population in California and other states, our voter participation continues to lag.” The podcast wrapped up but the discussions that were started that night continue. The Latino Paradox Podcast Forum is available on the podcast’s Facebook page in its entirety. “I was proud,” Franco said, “to be around people who shared that opinion at the forum.”

Latino Paradox refers to the fact that there are 54 million Latinos in the country. They have a lot of buying power but no political power.”

-Ruben Navarette

Nationally syndicated columnist

FCC’s Trustee to Represent Students in Entire District Alejandra Flores | Reporter aflores@therampageonline.com

The Clovis Community Associated Student Government trustee, Farhan Mohammadi, is resigning his current position to focus more on school and work, according to the associated student government at Fresno City College. This leaves FCC trustee Flavio Arechiga as the only student representative in the district. Arechiga said he is really eager to be representing FCC stu-

dents as well as students from the entire district. “I’m really excited to be able to represent all the students, which I think is a great honor,” Arechiga said. Arechiga will represent the interest of all the college students at all the meetings of board of trustees of the State Center Community College District. He will also serve as a voting member of the executive board and the finance committee. Arechiga would also have to serve as a student representative to the

Academic State of the college. Arechiga said he is supposed to work with the current trustees to determine what each campus of the district needs. This means he will “speak for all the schools,” he said. “My job is to be the messenger and deliver the message to the board of trustees,” Arechiga said, “which I’m excited to do.” The district’s new policy requires that one student trustee represents all the campuses. The position will rotate between sites. Arechiga was next in line

after the reassignment of Mohammadi. “The former Clovis Community trustee was going to represent all districts,” Arechiga said. “They were going to get the first year, then Fresno City was going to get it next year, and so on.’ Arechiga said he was more than happy to take the position as the trustee to represent the district. “My job is to represent our students,” said Arechiga. “I work for you guys.”

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“It makes me kind of both sad and scared. You never know what they’re going do to you now. Even taking a walk to the grocery store you can get deported without DACA.” Wallace Cortes, a dreamer, holds up a sign during the “March to Defend DACA” in Fresno’s Tower District on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo/Ram Reyes

FCC STUDENT ORGANIZES MARCH Ram Reyes | Art Director rreyes@therampageonline.com

A few hundred people marched across Fresno’s Tower District on Sept. 17 to protest President Trump’s announcement on Sept. 5 that he is phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A lively crowd of people, equipped with just their signs and their voices, started the march from the corners of Olive and Palm avenues and made their way across the Tower District and lasted an hour. Sophia Bautista, a Fresno City College student and political science major, said she was motivated to organize the event because of a personal connection to the issue. “I was guided by a sense of political objective anger, and now it turned into a much more personal and intimate thing,” Bautista said. “One of my closest friends is a DACA beneficiary, and in all of our years of friendship, which is a really long time, I had no idea until three months ago.” Many of the marchers said they


The systems are already in place to provide the FCC community with current and accurate information. However, these programs and services are limited because of student’s lack of awareness that these services are available. India Day, a sophomore, said she was not aware of the 1st2Know service, but expressed interest in signing up. Day also suggested that the availability of the service be displayed more frequently on campus. “Where they hang posters up for events, they should have [signs] over there, because I know

had other reasons for turning out. One of them is of the fear of losing their family. “My brothers, my sisters, they’re on DACA,” Luz Castillo said. “If I lose them, I lose my family.” Genesis Parra, a high school student, turned out in support of her Latin heritage. She said DACA’s end affects mostly Mexican people, and more importantly, it affects her family. Immigrants from Mexico and other Central American countries top the lists of DACA recipients, according to the most recent U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services data. California is also home to a majority of the recipients. Many of Parra’s classmates are DACA recipients. “I see other students who are under DACA and that go to my school,” Parra said. “And I saw how they had improved their lives. They learned how to speak English and [do] a lot of things that they weren't able to do when they got here.” Mike Yates, a middle school

counselor for the Fresno High area, said he came out to give voice to his students and friends who were too afraid for their safety. “DACA affects a lot of my families and a lot of my students. I have friends that are important to

I look at that,” Day said, regarding the limited supply of information about the alert system. Other students suggested promoting the service on the front page of the FCC website, in a very direct and straightforward manner. “Everyone has to go on there for Canvas or their student email,” Scott Okutsu, a graphic design major at FCC, said. “Right when you open it up... I’d put it right there.” The lack of awareness regarding the system has not deterred students from staying informed about campus activities, and many have sought information

from alternative sources. Sandra DeLeon, a freshman, said she too was not familiar with the 1st2Know service, but shared her primary source of campus news. “Fresno City [College] has social media,” DeLeon said. “I use Facebook mainly.” While most students show a desire to stay informed about campus news and current events, the source of information varies from student to student. This decentralized nature news sources indicates many students have taken it upon themselves to decide where to find information. Staying up-to-date on campus safety concerns is crucial stu-

me that can't be out here because they are scared to be,” Yates said. “I feel like I need to be out here to represent them and to be able to give them a voice on their behalf.” FCC President Carole Goldsmith turned out in support of the nearly 1,000 DACA

Sophia Bautista, organizer and FCC student, poses for a portrait during the “March to Defend DACA” on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2017. Photo/Ram Reyes

dents say, however, the method by which they do so is still very undecided. The 1st2Know alert system is a valuable resource for students, and a powerful tool for the SCCCD police, becoming more effective with each student that registers. The 1st2Know system was last used on Sept. 15 to alert FCC students and faculty of a power outage on campus. Flores also said that the system is tested once a month to ensure it is functioning properly. Because not all students are registered with the system, the SCCCD police does not rely solely on the 1st2Know service; they

recipients enrolled at the college. “Depending on what matrix you use, perhaps more than a thousand are DACA or eligible for DACA,” Goldsmith said. “They're scared and fearful, and I want them to know I'm here for them.” Despite the variety of reasons, marchers wanted the same thing: They want DACA to stay. Bautista, the organizer, said the best way for people to help is to call their state representatives and urge them to support DACA. She also urges people to get more involved in local politics. “Elect progressive leaders here in Fresno,” Bautista said. “A lot of people pay attention to national politics but not nearly as much as local.” Bautista said her job was to make these issues visible, start a conversation and hopefully elicit action and that this march would spark action in those waiting on the sidelines. “We’re not here to curse the darkness,” Bautista said, “but to light the candle to a better future.”

employ several alternative alert systems, including Voice over Internet Protocol, by which SCCCD police can use classroom telephones as an intercom system. Information regarding safety concerns can also be sent to student and faculty email, as well as posted on social media platforms. Students and faculty are encouraged to register to receive emergency alerts and safety updates from the 1st2Know service by visiting WebAdvisor. “The best thing you can do is be prepared and have a plan,” Flores said. “Imagine what you would do in that situation, so if it happens you are ready.”

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Fresno City College president Carole Goldsmith greets students at the new Dream Center ribbon cutting in OAB 137 on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Photo/Jorge Rodriguez DREAM, FROM PAGE 1

has for our students,” Goldsmith said. “Today is one of the best days I have had in my whole tenure here.” Trustee Miguel Arias presented a $1,000 check to Goldsmith to be used for an endowment for the Dream Center. He said everyone in the district has a role in serving students. Dream Center students -- Flavio Arechiga and Rebeca Bautista -- were also present at the ceremony. They both spoke about the support they have received from the Dream Center. Arechiga said the Dream Center team was always there for him, and Bautista said she could always count on the help and support of

We want to let our dreamers know that the dream continues, no matter the obstacles, and we’ll always be here for them.” -Wilfredo Felix Gamez Dream Center Counselor

the Dream Center. “Expanding the Dream Center really goes to show how much the school supports the dreamers here,” Arechiga said. English instructor Marisol Baca read a poem she wrote specifically for dreamers. Lucia Aguilar and Delia Vasquez of the Mexican American Political Association presented two scholarships to two DACA students, Arechiga and Franchia Sanchez. Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula gave a special recognition to Goldsmith to commemorate the opening of the new Dream Center. Ramos-Cano gave the closing remarks and invited everyone to

walk over to Room 137 for the ribbon cutting ceremony. She urged everyone to take advantage of the booths of the Puente program and the Mexican Consulate among which had information for both students and attendees. Goldsmith and trustee Arias cut the ribbon and then everyone was invited inside to tour the new Dream Center. “We want to let our dreamers know that the dream continues, no matter the obstacles, and we’ll always be here for them,” Wilfredo Felix Gamez said. “We wanted to expand our services and that is why we wanted a bigger space for the Dream Center.”

FCC -- the Foundation for Pappy’s Fine Foods Jimmy Heng | Reporter jheng@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College is credited with being the stepping stone in the life of a well known Fresno resident. Edward Papulias, owner of Pappy’s Fine Foods, is an FCC alumnus who had a dream to bring his family business back into limelight. Pappy’s Fine Foods is known for its specialty seasoning, Pappy’s Choice Seasoning. The business was previously known as Pappy’s Meat Company and was founded in 1960. It specialized in the wholesale meat business and although the company changed its direction, it is still located in Fresno. Papulias was only 18 when his father, Alex, who was the owner of Pappy’s Meat Company, died. This loss did not stop Papulias, now 54, from pursuing his dream. “I lost my father my senior year, which was my fuel,” he said. “It gave me fuel and the fire to get me going.” He turned his father’s busi-

ness into the successful Pappy’s Fine Foods which produces and distributes sauces and seasoning. To do this, Papulias made it his mission to complete college, and he did so with perseverance and hard work. Papulias attended FCC because he felt he was not ready for Fresno State at the age of 19. “I don’t think I was quite ready for state college or a big university,” he said. “I like the smaller feel of a community college.” It took Papulias three years to graduate from FCC because he was simultaneously a student and a business owner. Papulias says it took him eight years to earn a bachelor’s degree and encourages students who are unsure about school to keep going and that their hard work will pay off. “When people are thinking about quitting college,” Papulias said, “you have to put your nose to the grindstone and get to it.” Papulias says completing college -- whether a community or a four-year university -- is priceless.

He believes college builds the foundation for success and that all the effort one puts into earning a degree is something that can never be taken away and that it is an accomplishment to be cherished. Although Papulias is the head of a successful business, he shares that there were some tough times that he had to power through. Pappy’s Fine Foods did not profit for the first five years, but he never gave up, resulting in the successful business that it is now. “It takes you to build that business, Papulias said. ”When it seems like everything is at its worst, things do get better.” He speaks at FCC two times each year and has been doing so for seven years now. He says he enjoyed listening to successful people lecture when he was in college because it made his dreams and aspirations more attainable. He wants to do the same for FCC students. When Papulias speaks at FCC, he tells students to always stay true to their word because it car-

ries into their future careers and lifestyle. He wants students to know that hard work will always pay off, sometimes in funny ways. Papulias remembers an FCC professor who told him that suc-

cess it is not about quickly doing better than the person next to you. He says it takes time and work to be truly successful. “It’s not a foot race,” Papulias said. “It’s a marathon.”

Edward Papulias, owner of Pappy’s Fine Food, in the office of his established business donning his FCC pin on Sept. 19, 2017. Photo/Jimmy Heng

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Safe Sex: The Millennial Problem Samantha Domingo | News Editor sdomingo@therampageonline.com

Romance was just a swipe away for Louis, a 22-year-old student at Fresno City College. Fresh out of a long-term, serious relationship, Louis knew that he wasn’t looking for love, but rather, someone to pass the time with. He took to the dating app Tinder and eventually met Ava, a 21-year-old student, whom he hit it off with fairly quickly. The two exchanged numbers and began texting, eventually sending each other risque photos and sexting. The next day, they met at his apartment, and after a few drinks to loosen up, they had sex. In the heat of the moment, Louis and Ava were reluctant to stop to get a condom, and instead engaged in unprotected sex. Louis’ case is like many others’ his age: a shocking amount of millennials don’t use condoms all of the time. According to the 2017 SKYN Condoms Millennial Sex Survey, 60 percent of millennials who are currently in college (age 18-24) are having sex at least once a week, but only 54 percent of them are using condoms “always” or “most of the time.” College provides a great opportunity for young adults to experiment with sex. For those who choose to experiment, practicing safe sex is common knowledge. So why is it that only a little over half of college students use condoms consistently and effectively? “Of course sex feels better without them [condoms], but it’s still important to use them nevertheless,” said Josh, a 22-yearold FCC student. “Although if I do end up in a serious relationship with someone I trust, I’ll eventually stop using condoms with them.” Josh says that being in college has provided both a negative and positive outcome for his sex life. Although college has provided the opportunity to meet different people, many students are too busy to form a “real relationship” and opt for simply hooking up instead. “It’s OK to sleep around and experiment with your sex life at this age,” said Shelby, a 20-year-old student at FCC. “I always use a condom if I’m sleeping with

someone for the first time, even though I’m on birth control.” Shelby claims that her high school did not offer an adequate sex education program, and the optional course was eventually phased out of the curriculum entirely. The same goes for Drew, a 21-year-old FCC student. “I never really learned about all of the different kinds of birth control, other than condoms and the pill, until years after my high school sex ed class,” said Drew. “There’s a lot more that I’ve learned in experimenting and just going through life.” According a recent Public Religion Research Institute research study, 23 percent of millennials report they did not have a sex education class in middle or high school. Additionally, 37 percent of millennials say that sex education classes were not helpful to them in making decisions about sex and relationships. “Condoms are definitely important, even if a woman is on another form of birth control,” said Drew. “Condoms should still be used to prevent from STIs. It’s a little more reassuring to have two forms of birth control working at the same time.” Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, are defined as any infection that is characteristically transmitted by sexual contact and may either clear up or develop into a sexually transmitted disease. The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) states that one in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25. Even though young people account for half of new STI cases, a recent survey showed only about 12 percent were tested for STIs in the last year. The ASHA statistics also show that rates of the three most common STIs— chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis— reached a record high level, with approximately 1.5 million cases in 2015. Those aged 15 to 24 years old accounted for 65 percent of chlamydia diagnoses and 50 percent of gonorrhea diagnoses. “Not a lot of people will ask the person they’re hooking up with when the last time they got checked for STIs was, so it’s important to use condoms just in case,”


of millennials have been tested for STIs in the past year.

1 in 2

sexually active persons contract an STI by age 25.


of millennials are using condoms “always” or “most of the time.”




cases of chlamydia, gonnorhea and syphilis in Fresno County as of 2015.

said Shelby. “It’s not just about not getting pregnant.” According to the California Department of Public Health, the number of reportable STIs in the state is at a 20-year high, with nearly 250,000 cases as of 2015. Fresno County has some of the highest STI rates in the state, with over 10,000 affected by chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early latent syphilis. Lisa Chaney, the Health Services Coordinator at FCC, encourages students to come to the health services for any questions they might have regarding their sexual health. “We provide counseling about birth control methods available, and encourage students to go to a [medical] provider so they can decide what’s best for them,” said Chaney. “Students can come here and really ask all of the questions they wonder about and get good answers to help them make good decisions about their own sexual health.” Student Health Services at FCC is located in the student services building, room 112. Although they don’t offer STI testing on campus, Health Services brings in HIV and HEP-C testing to their office on the second Wednesday of each month. “Some people are reluctant to seek information, said Chaney. “We try to destigmatize the negative stigma surrounding STIs and encourage people to seek medical treatment if there’s a concern.” Although getting tested for STIs may seem intimidating, the process for most tests is fairly simple, consisting of either a blood or urine sample. Many STIs are curable or have some sort of medical treatment available to ease the symptoms. Of course, it is always easier to prevent an STI than it is to treat it; latex condoms are highly effective against the transmissions of most STIs when used correctly, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. “Sometimes we get distracted by how fast-paced things are going and just forget to use protection,” said Louis. “Hooking up is fun, but we really should be more careful.”




Chuck Erven Brings Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ to FCC

“American Idiot” actors rehearse on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 before the musical opens at Fresno City College on Oct. 6. Photo/Ram Reyes Mariah Garcia | Reporter mgarcia@therampageonline.com

Theater arts instructor Chuck Erven is bringing a hit Broadway musical “American Idiot” to life at Fresno City College in a community theater performance of eight performances from Oct. 6-14. The cast includes actors from FCC and Fresno State as well as actors from the community. Erven is the director of the play. “American Idiot” is a musical version of the Grammy award-winning album by Green Day and was written by the lead singer of the band, Billie Joe Armstrong. The political viewpoint of

the album is depicted in the story of three young men named Johnny, Tunny and Will and their journey in a time when everything is not so well in America. “There is a political background and real situations to it that’s really interesting,” Erven said, adding that audiences will enjoy the musical. He said it will be a fresh feel to the campus and audiences from Fresno and Clovis. Erven said the actors are adjusting well to the play, given that their characters are not typical because the storyline strays from the typical love story scenario. He also said that this is the first time “American

Idiot” will be performed in the Fresno area. “American Idiot” is unlike most musicals and contains characters with traits these actors are not used to portraying. However, under Erven’s direction, the actors are feeling more confident in their roles. Aaron Pierce, a Fresno State acting major, plays St. Jimmy in the musical. He describes Erven’s method of directing as “taking us into directions that are challenging. I appreciate how he’s pushing us forward and not just having us be in our comfort zone.” Marisa Sanchez, who plays

Whatshername, says that Erven is very precise in his directing, but also allows the actors to be free and explore the characters on their own before he gives specific and concise direction. Joshua Taber, who plays the main character, Johnny, is a history major at FCC. Taber said Erven met with all the actors individually to talk about the play and to talk about their characters. To prepare for their roles, the actors said they often avoid talking during the day in order to have their voices at their full potential during rehearsals. All three actors said the

characters are heavy and they must stay in their mindset to accurately portray them. Both Erven and the actors agree that any audience will enjoy this show, as they believe there is something they can take away from it. For fans of Green Day, it will be interesting to see how the album is turned into theater. “American Idiot” will be performed at the FCC Main Stage Theatre on October 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and October 8, 13, 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for students, staff and senior citizens. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $8.

Rebozo Revival Brings Life To Hispanic Heritage Month Marco Rosas | Entertainment Editor mrosas@therampageonline.com

The first event of a week-long celebration called the Rebozo Revival was held on Monday Sept. 25 at Fres.co in downtown Fresno. A rebozo is a sort of Mexican shawl made by hand in many different parts of Mexico. The Rebozo is also something that event coordinator Lourdes Sevilla holds near and dear to her heart. “My grandfather was a weaver,” Sevilla said, “to me it was always mesmerizing how other weavers would make pieces like this with all those threads.” Sevilla would often wear the rebozos out with a sense of pride, she said. “Nobody was wearing them but I would take them, make a little v-neck or something and go out dancing,” Sevilla said.

Her love of the rebozo, both as an article of fashion and a symbol of Mexican femininity drove her to start an event recognizing the rebozo. “I’ve been doing it for almost 13 years, this event was a fundraiser for Arte Americas” Sevilla said. The the rebozo festival as a fundraiser was put on hold for three years after no longer being held at Arte Americas. This year, Fresno State helped organize a week of events to recognize the Rebozo for Hispanic Heritage Month. “I always envisioned having this event with Fresno State,” Sevilla said. “I envisioned all the Latina students and everybody from all groups embracing the rebozo to rescue and revive it by wearing it.”

Lourdes Sevilla, left, speaks at Fres.co during the first night of the Rebozo Revival Celebration on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Photo/Marco Rosas Through the collaborative efforts of Sevilla and all the people from Fresno State, the Rebozo Revival event went from one day to a week-long celebration with a variety of exhibits. Other events taking place this year include a rebozo making how-to film Tuesday, Sept. 26 held at the Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center from 6 to 8 p.m., a Rebozo fashion show Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Fresno State’s North Gym in Room 118 at 6 p.m., educational workshops with the weavers Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Henry Madden Library

in room 3212 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a closing ceremony Friday, Sept. 29 at the Mexican Consulate from 6 to 8 p.m. During the first event on Monday, attendees walked around Fres.co looking at several rebozo displays as well as Mexican and Chicano inspired artwork. There were also four expert weavers from Zinacantan, Chiapas, who had Rebozos they made for sale in the venue. The weavers informed people that the process of making a rebozo takes up to two months. “It’s not a hard process but it takes a

lot of work,” weaver Luisa Govea Cruz said. Sevilla and the weavers also told event attendees that some of the proceeds from the sale of the Rebozos that night would go to a family in Chiapas affected by the recent earthquake in Mexico City. Tony Carranza with Fres.co was happy to host the Rebozo Revival in the recently opened venue. “We’re a new and small space so we like getting as many people as we can to come out,” Carranza said. “We were happy to get on board and pick up the event.”



Dolores Huerta poses for photos during the premiere of ‘Dolores’ at Maya Cinemas in Fresno on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Photo/Marco Rosas

Civil Rights Activist Visits Fresno For ‘Dolores’ Premiere Marco Rosas | Entertainment Editor mrosas@therampageonline.com

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta was present for the premiere screening of her documentary film “Dolores” on Monday Sept. 25 at Maya Cinemas in Fresno. The event was a part of Huerta’s ongoing tour promoting the film and the Dolores Huerta Foundation, and Fresno was just one of the many busy stops on Huerta’s tour. Huerta, who is known for her work alongside César Chavez, made sure to shake hands, say hello and take a picture with every single person who lined up to speak to her. Huerta was also able to speak a bit about the film as well as its impact and significance in relation to the current political climate. “It was very emotional, the first time I saw it,” Huerta, 87, said. “I had to see it three or four times before I could even grasp the many messages of the film.” One of the film’s recurring themes is Huerta’s struggle, including police force used against her, the establishment opposing her and the sacrifices she was forced to make for the cause she believed in. “I hope people will get the inspiration,” Huerta said, “when they see what the farm workers were able to do to beat the president of the United States.” Huerta compared her protests and struggles to those of NFL players protesting the national anthem for the lives taken by police.

“If you are a true patriot, then you’re supposed to point out what’s wrong with your country to make it better,” Huerta said. Huerta suggested that the players should be praised for their efforts. “It takes a protest to bring attention to racial wrongdoings that are going on and have been going on in our country,” Huerta said. Huerta was asked if she thought college players protesting the anthem would be a good idea, and

It takes a protest to bring attention to racial wrongdoings...” -Dolores Huerta

she responded with an emphatic, “That would be awesome!” She said if players were benched or kicked off the team, students should take action. “The entire school should do a walk out,” she said. The film, which highlights her trials and accomplishments, is now in theaters.

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CAMPUS VOICES How many dates do you go on before you sleep with someone? By Julease Graham | Broadcast Editor


Labels are Ruining (Potential) Relationships Samantha Domingo | News Editor sdomingo@therampageonline.com

With a plethora of websites, dating apps and social media platforms at our disposal, meeting new people for a possible romantic connection is easier than ever. However, the struggle of dating in our modern society is because of the blurred lines between “talking,” “dating,” and “in a relationship.” Since there are so many options available to us, dating has become somewhat of a game: we choose a main character to focus on, but have a variety

David Araujo “I usually leave it up to the woman. I might feel like I’m ready after a week, but she might not. I would rather just ask and know what she is comfortable with.”


“It totally depends on her, but I would say four dates. That gives me enough time to figure out if I want to hit or not.”

Kaela Joaquin “I don’t really think it matters how many dates you go on with someone. If there is that connection, it’s going to happen regardless.”

Now I know what you’re thinking: “How could I ever be friends with anyone who hurt me?” The last person you probably ever want to be friends with is someone you shared emotions, interests, and pizza with. I’m fully aware of the fact that you probably want this person to jump into a pool of hungry alligators. Regardless of what your ex did, time cures any single kind of heartbreak; how long it takes to heal is a different story. Given the correct time that each person needs to get over

Anonymous “If I don’t really like her, I’ll smash on the first date, but if I like her, I won’t have sex with her until after I meet her mom.”

on your Snapchat story. Their presence is known among your friend group, and they aren’t as easily disposable as someone you’re just “talking” to. Being “in a relationship” means a secure, committed relationship— the two of you are a confirmed couple. This is when labels like boyfriend/girlfriend/ significant other come into play. This is the stage where couples can change their relationship status on Facebook and post pictures with them on Instagram with captions from that Khalid song you both like. These labels can be confusing, and everyone can interpret them differently. When in doubt, the best thing to do is to is just ask the person exactly what they mean.

their ex, exes could go back to being friends. Now, I’m not necessarily saying you could go back to being best friends who hang out all the time, go to brunch, and talk about each other’s days. I’m talking about genuinely feeling comfortable speaking to them from time to time, an acquaintance perhaps. What if couples had the same group of friends and after splitting up (and waiting the appropriate amount of time) go back to being friends, and they only see each other when they’re meeting up with their group of friends? That’s perfectly acceptable. Many people believe that you have to automatically hate your ex even after time has gone by. Imagine having ten years go by and still feeling hatred towards an ex. That seems a bit insane.

Let’s say the breakup was mutual and both partners got what they wanted. It would obviously be easier for them to go back to being friends after time because they’d have nothing to be “salty” about. Unlike couples who break up for other numerous reasons, such as cheating, abuse, etc. who obviously need more time to heal. If given the certain time to fully heal, exes could still be friends/ acquaintances. There has to be a certain point where you no longer feel bitter or hatred towards your ex. Picture this scenario: You’re walking down a crowded street and you see your ex eating outside a bagel shop whom you haven’t seen in four years-- do you say hi? Or do you keep walking? An ex was once a part of your life, they made you go through a

good/bad experience that helped you grow as a person. Regardless of what you and your ex went through, they were an impact in what made you become who you are. Feeling bitterness and hatred towards an ex shouldn’t last forever. However, it’s up to you to determine exactly how long you want to wait before you consider ever talking to an ex again. (That’s if you’re even considering it.) Becoming friends with an ex is totally up to the type of person that you are. I just don’t see why people look down upon it. If two people who were once in a relationship break up and were given enough time to get over each other, there shouldn’t be harm in them being friends.

Porn, While Free Speech, Tests the Limits of Decency in Sex Frank Lopez | Opinion Editor flopez@therampageonline.com

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stage, the relationship between two people typically isn’t too serious. Clearly both parties are interested in each other, but still weighing their options as to how they want the relationship to go and can be talking to other people simultaneously. In some cases, “talking” can just mean hooking up with no other expectations. “Dating” is now a looser term for relationships— it can include both exclusive and nonexclusive relationships. Similar to the “talking” phase, people often date more than one person at once. Dating is fairly casual, but the label does suggest some level of commitment. When in the dating stage, things can get a little more serious: Maybe they’re in the background of your #foodporn post or the subject of a second-long photo

Yes, Exes Can Still Be Friends Alejandra Flores | Reporter

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of others waiting in the wings, keeping them hooked just in case the main one falls through. This fear of missing out, that there might be someone better and that we should keep our options open, makes it difficult for many single young adults to want to commit to one person. And since no one wants to commit, we resort to awkward titles, because maybe the person you’ve been seeing just doesn’t want to put a label on the relationship— “we’re just talking” for one person can mean “we’re dating” to another, and “we’re dating” could mean “we’re in a relationship” and so forth. So, what really is the difference between just talking, dating, and in a relationship? Many people view “talking” as the pre-dating stage. During this

Soon after the closing of the Silver Dollar Hofbrau in 2015, Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine, expressed interest in opening one of his chain stores in its place. Silver Dollar Hofbrau was a landmark restaurant in Fresno and had been in business for more than 30 years. As expected, Flynt’s expression of interest to open Hustler Hollywood was met with resistance. He sued the City of Fresno, alleging that the city targeted Hustler’s business, changed development codes, and took actions “specifically designed to preclude (Hustler) from opening and operating its desired establishment.” Hustler, of course, is protected by the first amendment. Whether the founding fathers intended that material depicting sexually graphic acts be protected under the freedom of speech statute is

anyone’s guess, but Hustler Hollywood won its case, and the City of Fresno had to pay $15,000 to cover their legal fees. The Hustler Hollywood shop is now open, and Larry Flynt will be present for the celebratory grand opening on Sept 30. Flynt, a self-described “first amendment defender,” has had many public legal battles on the regulation of pornography and obscenity laws and has garnered scrutiny for Hustler Magazine, his most popular publication, which in the early 1970s was thought to be crossing the lines of decency by displaying women in themes of bondage and restraint. Hardcore pornography depicting women in forced and violent situations might have been in the outer edges of the industry in its early days, but since then, it has become normalized. Videos that portray women having sex with strangers for money, or a woman who is hard on her luck, resorting to work as an adult performer, aren’t the majority of porn produced, but are still popular. There is a demand for material

depicting women in rape and sadomasochistic situations that usually leave women subjected to the sexual whims and dominations of a male (or, males). Of course, the purview of all this is not to apply any moral standards on people who view this kind of material, or pornography in general, or, to imply that violence in porn leads to violence in real life. People are now more open to different ideas about human sexuality, especially since the Sexual Revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s. There have been social constrictions on women’s sexuality for centuries, and though society has a long way to go, it is more accepted for women to be open about their sexuality and desires, which may include acts or habits that many might find outside the norms. However, the pornographic films, along with Hollywood films and television, have followed the trend of becoming more violent and sexual, and it doesn’t show signs of taming down. People can now access porn through their smartphones on de-

mand, another access for instant gratification. According to the American Psychological Association, the average age that people first view porn is at 13 years old. The content of current pornography heavily focuses on genitals and penetration and pays little attention to the story or the aesthetics. Many fear that this can give young people very warped and extreme views of sexuality. If more violent pornography, using degrading women as its selling point, becomes more of the norm, ideas about sexuality might be moved to more extreme sexual acts. What is extreme now might be seen as tame. What we enjoy and what arouses us sexually say a lot about ourselves and society. Just because one enjoys being dominated or dominating others sexually doesn’t mean they cannot try to analyze why they enjoy these activities. The direction that porn has been heading leads to the inevitable question: What next? where will our sexual appetites lead us?

9.27.17 OPINION 9


Mr. Arpaio, how many licks does it take to get a pardon?

Illustration/Frank Lopez

Arpaio Doesn’t Deserve a Pardon Rampage Editorial Board | editorial@therampageonline.com

There might not be any discernible political ideology or values that are held by the current president of the United States, but what is obvious is that there is one thing he holds in high importance -- undying loyalty. Trump showed his ironclad loyalty when he gave his first pardon to the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio, or “America’s Toughest Sheriff ”, as the media has dubbed him. (A nickname Arpaio embraces, by the way). This pardoned criminal will, on Sept. 29, visit a county which according to the Migration Policy Institute, is made up of a population that is 52 percent Hispanic and Latino and has, according to estimates, about 85,000 undocumented immigrants. In a slap to the face to a large part of the community, the Fresno Republican Party has invited Arpaio to be a special guest for a GOP fundraising event on Sept. 29. Local community leaders and officials who support Arpaio should be ashamed for choosing this

“In its endorsement of Arpaio, the GOP is showing it is not working in the interest of Latin and Hispanic people, or undocumented immigrants.”

man over the members of their own community. In its endorsement of Arpaio, the GOP is showing it is not working in the interest of Latin and Hispanic people, or undocumented immigrants. It’s no surprise that Arpaio and Trump found respect for one another given that Trump spearheaded the Obama Birther Movement, started his presidential campaign on an antiimmigration, xenophobic platform, enacted a travel ban against predominantly Muslim nations and continues to espouse disparaging stereotypes towards immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries. That this is the man to whom Trump gave his first pardon to is unsettling. Who knows what other crimes against humanity the president will later pardon. Besides being a fan of Arpaio for supporting him early on, sending a deputy to Hawaii on taxpayers’ dime to locate Obama’s birth certificate, and in Trump’s words, doing a lot “in the fight against illegal immigration,” Arpaio represents what Trump would like to be: an authoritarian. The documented abuses of power that took place under Arpaio’s jurisdiction and in the jails he ran really calls for him to be redubbed “America’s Cruelest Sheriff.” In the sidebar to the right is just a quick overview of some of the inhumane activities that Arpaio perpetrated in the jails and county he supervised, but a more indepth look would illustrate Arpaio’s disdain for the rule of law or human compassion. Critics of Arpaio are planning to protest the former sheriff ’s visit to Fresno, starting at 5:30 p.m. at 5707 E. Blach Ave. in Fresno.

Timeline of Arpaio’s career as Sheriff of Maricopa County: 1994:

Arpaio erects a tent city for inmates which he describes as a “concentration camp.” Amnesty said the tent city was not an “adequate or humane alternative to housing inmates.”


The Justice Department sues Maricopa County for using excessive force and inmate mistreatment, but charges are later dropped.


Maricopa County awards $8.25 million to the family of an inmate who died after a struggle with guards in 1996.


A federal judge rules that conditions in Arpaio’s jail are unconstitutional after a lawsuit is filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.


Arpaio is found guilty of defying a federal judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latinos and faces up to six months in jail. He is later pardoned by President Trump.

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Miguel Ruiz, right, stares down his Santa Rosa Junior College opponent during a home match on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Photo/Jorge Rodriguez

Wrestling Takes Victory Over Santa Rosa Jorge Rodriguez | Sports Editor


Coming off an impressive first place at the KLS Air Express Invitational tournament in Sacramento on Sept. 16, the Fresno City College wrestling team was ready to face Santa Rosa Junior College in their first conference match of the season. The Sept. 22 match was also their first home of the season and the team didn’t disappoint the home crowd winning 42-7. The bout began with a couple of exhibition matches, FCC’s Josh McMillon pinned his opponent in the first round to take the win and Bryant Franklin won his match by majority decision 12-3.

During the bout FCC’s Jacob Delgado, Dylan Martinez, and Bobby Miguel all received wins thanks to forfeits from Santa Rosa. The first official match of the bout was the 125 pound weight class where FCC’s Brandon Betancourt faced Santa Rosa’s Brian Padilla. In a well fought match Betancourt defeated Padilla via pin in the first period of the match. The next match was at 133 pound weight class in which Isaiah Perez from FCC and Santa Rosa’s Tyler Poalillo faced each other. Isaiah got the fall over Poalillo and took the victory giving FCC a commanding lead

in the bout. Next up at 149 pound was Ryan Zaragosa from FCC facing Austin Graves in three well fought rounds. Zaragosa won the first round 2-1, then the second round ended 5-5 making the last round very exciting to watch. Graves went ahead in the start of the second round and Zaragosa just couldn’t catch up and at the end Graves took the decision 9-5. In the 165 pound match, the Ram’s Conrad Lopez went up against Cameron Casey from Santa Rosa. The match went all three rounds with the first round going to Casey 5-2. In the second round Casey took a commanding lead of 12-3 and by the third and

last round Casey was able to shut down Lopez and not allow him to gain any more points ending the match 16-3 in favor of Casey. For the next match at 174 pounds FCC’s Miguel Ruiz faced Ian Black from Santa Rosa. In a very competitive match that had Ruiz up 2-1 in the first, then in the second it was all tied up 2-2 and finally by the third Ruiz got the decision with a final score of 5-2. The 197 pound match saw Jay Johnson from FCC take on Diego Lopez from Santa Rosa. The match was a quick one that only lasted one round. Johnson got the fall over Lopez in the first round. The heavyweight match was the last one of the day and it had

Casey Jones from FCC up against Karim Shakur from Santa Rosa. Jones defeated shakur in all three rounds finishing the match 6-1 in favor of Jones. FCC took the team win with a score of 42-7 giving the Rams the first win of the conference at home. “It was exciting to see Isaiah Perez, who is a freshman from Dinuba come and pin his opponent who was in the finals in the Sac city tournament last week.” said assistant coach George Moreno. He also said “I was very pleased with the way our guys performed we had to juggle the lineup, but overall we had a pretty good performance.”

Rams Crush Clovis In 3-1 Conference Opener David Hernandez | Reporter dhernandez@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College men's soccer was looking to continue their positive streak facing off against neighboring rivals the Clovis Community College Crush on Sept. 26. The Rams defeated Clovis 3-1 in their first conference game of the season at home. The first half was scoreless until the 17th minute mark when midfielder Jose Aguilera scored the first goal of the game, getting the momentum going for the Rams offense. The Rams were playing mostly defensive ball on their end of the field, fending off Crush players and looking for an opportunity to attack. Still struggling to maintain offensive momentum, the Rams and the Crush contin-

ued to battle it out on the field. There were few moments where the Crush offense slipped and allowed the Rams to have a breakaway. In the 28th minute, the Rams got their chance. Forward Manuel Lopez scored the second goal on a breakaway chance and was assisted by forward Johnny Ramirez. For the remainder of the first half, the Rams offense took control of the ball but were unable to score before the whistle. “We were really not playing that good the first 10-15 minutes and that first goal really sparked the momentum and got things going for us,” said forward Jose Aguilera. Coming into the second half, the Rams and the Crush continued to battle for dominance on the field. The Rams remained

unable to connect with plays and this cost them a goal scored by foreword Sergio Gonzalez. With just a few minutes remaining in the second half, the two teams seemed equally matched in their offense, fighting back and forth between the ends of the pitch. Fortunately for the Rams, forward Armando Gonzalez broke through a battle and scored the third goal of the game resulting in the 3rd goal of the game. “We were not really doing anything the start of the second half and we gave them a goal that we should not have given them and that changed the pace of our game,” said coach Eric Solberg. “Anytime you are playing a conference game and Clovis being our rivals, it is always a good win.”

A Fresno City College defender, right, guards his position against Clovis Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Photo/David Hernandez

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Logan Fogg: Defensive Powerhouse Julease Graham | Broadcast Editor jgraham@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College freshman linebacker, Logan Fogg, recorded six tackles, four for losses and two sacks in his debut college game. He was named The Defensive Player of the Week for the National Division.

Logan Fogg Courtesy of FCC

“I was surprised I was picked out of the entire conference,” said Fogg. “It was confirmation that my first game was good. It is great way to get my name out there and show division one coaches I have something they might want. I have the skills and the heart that they look for in a college player.” Fogg graduated from Buchanan High School in 2017. He came to FCC in hopes to win a state championship. “This school has not won a championship in a long time, and I’ve been told FCC has one of the best JC football programs in the state,” said Fogg. “The team has really come together and I think winning is something we deserve.” At first Fogg was unsure if playing football in college was the right decision. Football Coach Tony Caviglia helped him realize he had the ability to go far. “When Coach Caviglia reached out to me I was unsure,” he said. “I had some interest from Fresno State and Oregon State, but nothing real. Caviglia basically told me he wanted to work with me and that I was not reaching my full potential.” To Fogg, football is a story. “Each player has a reason behind why they do what they do, why they work hard. Not a lot of people know that I am dyslexic. I’m not good in the classroom but I am good at football, and that makes me feel good.”

Fogg said “no one dreams of playing football of Fresno City,” but the coaches explained how FCC is a tool to help players get to where they want to be. “They do a really good job of recruiting players and making them believe they can fulfill their dreams, [and] not a lot of junior colleges do that,” he said. Fogg’s interest in football started in the 5th grade. “I was never really athletic as a child,” Fogg recalled. “I never got into sports, and my family is not an athletic family. My fifthgrade teacher encouraged me to play because of my size.” Although he was interested, Fogg was not eligible to play because of his weight. So, Fogg waited and played his 7th grade year. Fogg started out on the JV team because he didn’t know how to play football. “I didn’t know what I was doing,” said Fogg. “Apparently, everyone starts playing football at 5 years old. I had no idea what I was doing.” Once Fogg learned the game, he quickly moved up and developed a love for football. “My love for football is obvious but hard to explain. Football is fun to play, but I love being part of a team,” said Fogg. Watching professional and college football motivates Fogg to be the best, he says, and football is his way of working hard. “I want to do something successful,” he said. “I want to be the best. I want to be admired like the guys I see playing. I don’t know if I would work hard in school or anything else if I wasn’t taught that through football. It taught me if you work hard, you can have anything you want.” Fogg hopes to play at a division one school and play professional football. He would also like to teach and coach football at a high school. “I have really admired all the football coaches I have had growing up. They were more than coaches, I liked everything they were about. I want to be that inspiration to someone.”


Women’s Volleyball Dominates West Hills

Rams right side Mia Corippo spikes the ball in front of her West Hills opponent on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Photo/Jorge Rodriguez Jimmy Heng | Reporter jheng@therampageonline.com

The Women’s Volleyball team defeated West Hills College 3-0 in their first home game of the season Sept. 20. These powerful players returned with a great performance after a tough loss against Sacramento City over the weekend at Cabrillo. The Rams started the match strong. They performed well, blocked spikes, spiked against West Hills, and earned several aces. The Rams won their first set with a score of 25-12. The first match led to a greater second set where our Rams dominated West Hills. West Hills keeps up an intense rally against Rams, but FCC takes the match win with a score of 25-5. The third set began with a rough start and West Hills took the lead by several points at the beginning of the set. It seemed likely that they were going to

9/16 FCC 19 - San Mateo 21 9/23 FCC 35 - American River 42

Sports Men’s Soccer: SCORES

9/16 FCC 3 - Cañada 3 9/19 FCC 2 - Canyons 1 9/22 FCC 2 - Bakersfield 1 9/26 FCC 3- Clovis 1

make a comeback. However, the Rams reconvened during a timeout and they regained their composure, got their head back into the game, and took back the lead. The Rams continued to widen the score gap and when they reached match point, the crowd began chanting again. Outside hitter Brittany Olivares earned the winning point, and finished the game at 25-18. “I thought we played pretty calm. First two sets, we served aggressively. We were able to stay in our system of play,” Keiran Roblee, head volleyball coach. said. “Third set, we had a lot of unforced errors, but we didn’t let it rattle us and we were able to finish strong with our serving.” Roblee said the key to Wednesday’s victory was the team’s versatility. Although the number one outside hitter was out, the team changed its line up and remained calm. The win showed that they

responded very well. Outside hitter, Katie Emmerling, performed well on the outside by keeping the ball in and worked the middle with her blocking. Emmerling was a standout player throughout the game. She amounted 8 kills, 13 digs, and 2 aces. Roblee applauded middle blockers, Shanea Laird and Sarah Milliser, saying “Our centers always do a really nice job of distributing our offense. I’m always pleased with their performance. They kind of run the show for us.” Setter, Jenna Guinn, performed 7 digs, and accomplished the most assists at 15, and the most aces at 5. Libero, Destiny Vang, accomplished 6 digs and 3 aces. “The team was happy to finally play at home after always being on the road.” Coach Roblee said. “They are excited to get ready and in the right mindset to open up conference.”

Our centers always do a really nice job of distributing our offense. I’m always pleased with their performance. They kind of run the show for us.”

Women’s Soccer:

9/16 FCC 5 - Evergreen Valley 0 9/20 FCC 3 - Cerritos 2 9/22 FCC 3 - Lake Tahoe 0 9/26 FCC 7 - Taft 0

Women’s Volleyball: 9/20 FCC 3-0 West Hills 9/22 FCC 3-0 Reedley

-Kieran Roblee

Head Volleyball Coach


9/16 FCC 1st place in Sac City Tournament 9/22 FCC 42-7 Santa Rosa 9/23 FCC 1st place in West Hills Tournament

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A Fresno City College running back is tackled by a San Mateo College defender during a home match on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Photo/Marco Rosas

Football Loses Home Opener vs. San Mateo Jorge Rodriguez| Sports Editor jrodriguez@therampageonline.com

The Fresno City College football team faced one of the toughest challenges of the season so far when they met the College of San Mateo Bulldogs on Sept. 16 at home. The Rams had a difficult time getting the ball in the end zone all game and ultimately ended losing the game by two points in a final score of 19-21. With both San Mateo and FCC undefeated, the game looked to be a great one from the start. The first period was a tough one, but neither team could get in the end zone and it ended with a 0-0 score. FCC scored the game’s first points when kicker Evan Rios put one through the uprights from the 35-yard making it 3-0 in the second half. The defense

came out more aggressive in the second quarter and forced a safety that put FCC up 5-0. Just minutes before the end of the first half, FCC was driving down the field when quarterback Trey McJunkin threw a ball that was intercepted by San Mateo’s cornerback Jamarri Jackson who returned the interception for a 54-yard touchdown. After the kick San Mateo went up 5-7 and took the lead into halftime. The Rams finally got in the end zone in the third quarter when wide receiver Cotlin Velazquez caught a 4-yard pass from McJunkin to put FCC up 12-7. The Bulldogs answered three minutes later with a touchdown of their own when quarterback Shank Akina called his own number and runned it in for four yards. With the score 12-14 in favorw

“We played a tough team, a top 10 team in the state and we made too many mistakes.” -Tony Caviglia Head Football Coach

of San Mateo, the fourth and final quarter of the game was going to be crucial for both teams. The Bulldogs added to their lead early in the fourth quarter when running back Cameron Taylor ran for three yards, giving San Mateo the decisive touchdown and making the score 12-21. With time running out, FCC needed to score at least one touchdown and a field goal to have a chance of winning. The Ram’s opportunity came when wide receiver Ontario Johnson made a nine-yard catch from McJunkin. With the score 19-21, all FCC needed was a field goal to win the game, but San Mateo was not about to let the lead go that easy. FCC had one last shot at winning the game. Starting from their own 5-yard line with 23

seconds left in the clock and no timeouts, it looked possible to get within distance of a field goal. Winning became more of a possibility when McJunkin completed a 39-yard pass to Velasquez putting the Rams on San Mateo’s 44-yard line, but after a spike of the ball to stop the clock quarterback Chris Dye was sacked during the very next play of the game and the time expired. The final score was 19-21, giving FCC its first loss of the season. “We played a tough team, a top 10 team in the state and we made too many mistakes,” said coach Tony Caviglia after the game. “But we still could have won that game. If we just keep progressing and believe that we are a good team this loss won’t affect us.”

FCC Women’s Soccer Scores Another Win Against Taft Melissa Moua | Reporter mmoua@therampageonline.com

Rams center Consuelo Luna passes the ball during a home game against Taft College on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Photo/Melissa Moua

The Fresno City College women’s soccer team won another victory at home against the Taft College Cougars with a final score of 7-0 on Sept. 26. After knocking down the number one team in the nation Cerritos College on Sept. 20, the FCC women’s soccer team remains undefeated and is now number two in the nation. The Rams continue to prove their hard work by scoring the first goal within the first five minutes of playing time. Left-wing Sophia Zertuche scored the first goal against Taft College, giving the Rams a head start in the game. While going back on the field,

the Rams were quick with their defense, making sure the ball remained on their side of the field. Thanks to an assist by center Jasmine Garibay, forward Raina Wristen was able to score the team's second goal of the match. Eager to score, Taft College tried their hardest to get the ball past FCC’s goalkeeper Kailey Lemon, but failed to do so. The Rams were able to maintain their dominance by scoring 4 goals total in the first half and having a great lead for the second half. Once the second half started, the Cougars seemed determined to score a goal against the Rams. Unfortunately for Taft, the Ram’s center Ariana Rodriguez did not let the team down by scoring the 5th goal for the Rams.

The Rams next two goal came thanks to forward Ashtyn Bracamonte in the 54th minute and forward Taylor Alkire in the 82nd minute. With their quick reflexes and teamwork, the Rams finished strong, ending the game at 7-0. “We did exactly what our coach wanted us to do,” defender Alyssa Damien said. “Everyone’s goal in our league is to beat us.” “Our biggest concern right now is to continue getting better every game,” head coach Oliver Germond said. “The big picture for us is to try to win the state championship.” FCC now has an undefeated record of 9-0 and is now ranked number 2 in the nation, according to the 2017 Junior College Women Poll 4.