Fall 2016 Issue 4

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Student-run newspaper of Fresno City College


October 12, 2016 Fall 2016, Issue 4

FAIR SATISFIES BIG TIME F air attendees enjoy “Inversion,” the new thrill ride at The Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 8, 2016. The Big Fresno Fair is back with new rides, new concerts and new attractions along with the old favorites that people have come back to throughout the years. The fair began Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 16. An estimated 66,000 people attended the big event last year.


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Anger, Confusion Over Shutdown of NAISA Club BY LARRY VALENZUELA

Broadcast Editor lvalenzuela@therampageonline.com

Native American students are outraged over the sudden shutdown of the Native American Inter-Tribal Student Association club on campus. Members of the club were notified on Oct. 3 that their club was being shut down, effective immediately. Enrique Jauregui, club adviser, reportedly informed the students that the club was being shut down by the student activities office.

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But Linda Gardner, club secretary, told the Rampage that she’s having a hard time believing the college is shutting their club down. Gardner says the club president had been told by Janice Wong, student activities assistant, that the club was still active on Monday. On Thursday, however, Wong told the president something completely different. Jauregui spoke briefly to the Rampage, saying that the shutdown had come from the Inter Club Council and the Associated Student



Government and that he was only doing what they said. Gardner said, “He [Jauregui] was blaming them [ASG and ICC] when I talked to him on Tuesday. So, somebody is lying.” ASG President Kou Xiong denies any involvement from the ASG in the shutdown of the club. “ASG doesn’t know anything about NAISA.” Kou said. “That’s all student activities, and they take care of their paper work and usually our adviser [Wong] takes care of the paper work.”


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Kou added, “Before we make any decisions that affects our students, we usually put it out as a vote in the ASG.” Wong stated that Jauregui came to the decision to shut down the club on his own and that the student activities office had just agreed with his decision. Wong said the reason Jauregui gave for shutting down the club was that it was not meeting certain guidelines to remain active.





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The Fresno City College Unity Walk took place on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Students walked from the college free speech area to the Old Administration Building where they pledged for unity. Photo/Ram Reyes

Unity Walk Marks 100th Anniversary of OAB BY ASHLEIGH PANOO

News/Managing Editor apanoo@therampageonline.com

Students, faculty and staff participated in a unity walk and oath at Fresno City College on Sept. 28, in an effort to unify the community and mark the 100-year anniversary of the Old Administration Building.

The walk, which was organized by the Associated Student Government, began in the free speech area and ended at the Old Administration Building where a photo, which will be placed in a time capsule, was taken. Participants received free lunch and dessert after the walk.

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Current and prospective college students will now be able to complete and submit their Federal Application for Free Student Aid and California Dream Act applications at an earlier date. Effective this year, students can turn in their applications as early as Oct. 1, a change from the previous Jan. 1 date. The FAFSA now obtains income data from the Internal Revenue Service website, which allows applicants the ability to use financial information from the previous year’s tax returns. As a result, students will no longer need to manually

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FAFSA/DREAM Act Students can now submit financial aid applications beginning Oct. 1.

Proposition 55 will replace Prop 30

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FAFSA, Dream Act applying starts early

input income data. In a letter on the California Department of Education website, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, said that “the earlier window will provide more time for students and their families to plan and prepare for college.” Information about the FAFSA and CADAA, including help with completions of the applications, can be obtained at a free Cash for College workshop. Students are encouraged to attend between Oct. 1 and March 2, the deadline to apply for Cal Grants. Students looking to locate a workshop should visit the Cash for College website, cash4college.com.

Reporters Jorge Alamo Sage Arthur-Flores Payton Hartung Thomas Hawkins Aly Honore Cedric Hood Destinee Lopez Frank Lopez Savanna Manzo Michael Mendez Jose Orozco Eric Zamora

The election is on its way and with Nov. 8 closing in, local teaching groups are in hopes of pushing for prop 55. Prop 55, also known as the “Children’s Education and Health Care protection Act of 2016,” is a ballot measure created to extend prop 30, which was passed in 2012. Prop 30 helped to stabilize school districts statewide by raising income tax by three percent on the wealthy and increasing sales tax. Lacy Barnes, President of State Center Federation of Teachers, expresses her support of prop 55 and helps to promote it. “Prior to prop 30, our district and a lot of the other college districts were cutting courses. It was impacting students because they were not able to get into the courses that they needed to matriculate and to articulate to four year institutions or finish up their degrees to go into the workforce. Proposition 30 allowed for [SCCCD] to stop cutting

courses so we were able to expand the offering of classes to students.”

Prop 55 will: - Prevents $4 billion in new cuts to education - Mandates audits and transparency requirements - Addresses California’s teacher crisis - Expands health care access for low-income children - Does not raise taxes - Money for local schools

Source: Yes on 55

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Author Endows Scholarship, Encourages Sharing Stories BY ALY HONORE

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resno City College’s own Soul Vang is leaving his mark in the Hmong community by providing scholarship opportunities for fellow writers and poets attending Fresno State. Vang, an English instructor at Fresno City College, is funding a scholarship available for an undergraduate, a graduate, and a poetry prize that will “hopefully help writers get exposure and support if they need it” in their educational and writing careers. Vang, who has a master’s degree in creative writing, has had a groundbreaking writing career deeply influenced by his experiences as a Hmong-American. He said writing has helped him in several ways and inspires him to provide opportunity for fellow writers. “Writing has helped me to find out who I am, where I come from, and what I want to do for the future,” Vang said. “It situates me in life in a way.” He hopes that it can provide the same comfort and knowledge for others. This scholarship and annual poetry prize endowment will be available starting in the spring of 2017. Vang encourages young writers to continue to write about the Asian-American experiences for themselves, others and generations to come. Vang said literature and writing


Fresno City College English instructor Soul Vang. Photo/Larry Valenzuela

From left: Robin Buendia, Emilie Buendia, Lyle Buendia and Malaika Buendia. Emilie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, despite having no history of breast cancer in her family. She ended chemotherapy in September 2014 and ended radiation therapy in October 2014. Photo Courtesy/Emilie Buendia

Family History Not Always Related to Breast Cancer BY CRESENCIO RODRIGUEZ DELGADO

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reast cancer isn’t part of Emilie Buendia’s family history, but at 47, the mother of two is in remission after being diagnosed with the disease two years ago. “It hit me like a wrecking ball,” Buendia said. “It hit me so hard.” About 85 percent of breast cancer cases often occur in women who have no history of the disease within their family, according to U.S. breast cancer statistics. When she was diagnosed at 45, Buendia considered herself a healthy person. In April 2014, as she scrolled on Facebook, she came across a friend’s post claiming she couldn’t afford her chemotherapy after she had been battling breast cancer. Quickly, this prompted Buendia to self-examine herself for possible symptoms — she located a lump in her left breast. As a nurse, Buendia was already 70 percent sure the symptoms were of breast cancer. A visit to her primary care doctor for a biopsy confirmed her fears. Her doctor wasn’t sure if the lump was harmful, but further checks would reveal she had invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common form of breast cancer in which the cancer spreads to other tissue.

If a woman has a history of breast cancer in [their] family, it’s really important that she follow [up with a doctor].” - Lisa Chaney Fresno City College Health Services Coordinator Immediately, Buendia began feeling differently, contrary to her feelings before she was diagnosed. “I knew for a fact I was not having these symptoms before,” Buendia said. A team of people joined to aid Buendia, from an oncologist, social workers and doctors. As a nurse who works at Saint Agnes Medical Center, she took charge of her disease by using any measure to stay healthy. Buendia was eventually diagnosed with three tumors in her left breast, leaving her scared it may have spread to her right breast. That was not the case, however, and she was last listed in stage two cancer. She is currently being treated with a daily dose of Tamoxifen, which she must take for five years. She is currently only a year in. After that, it is not certain whether she will be free of cancer, she said, but at the moment, the medication helps reduce cancer cells and gives her

Domestic Violence Highlighted in October BY PAYTON HARTUNG

Reporter phartung@therampageonline.com

The Women’s Alliance Center at California State University is staging a “Take Back the Night” on Oct. 19 in honor of national domestic violence awareness month. The event, including a march, testimonials, and activities, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Karen Moseley, women’s studies professor at Fresno City College, said that domestic violence is a problem, not just in Fresno County but also at the state and national level. “Part of it is, domestic violence is really not taken that seriously,” she said. “Today in 2016, it is taken

considerably more seriously than it was 10 years ago.” Moseley said that domestic violence needs to be addressed more to help fight it. “As long as the issue of domestic violence is not addressed as well as it should be in our judicial system and politically, people still think they can get away with it,” she said. The Fresno Police Department

has a team dealing with domestic violence. According to information on the city of Fresno’s website, the “Fresno Police Department is dedicated to helping domestic violence victims.” The department also established a Family Justice Center to pool agencies’ resources together in one location with one common goal -- to help domestic violence victims. The

Today in 2016, it is taken considerably more seriously than it was 10 years ago.” - Karen Moseley FCC Women’s Studies Professor

hope it may not return. Still, a visit to her oncologist is required every three months. Regular check ups are encouraged for even men and women who may think they have no risk of developing breast cancer. Fresno City College Health Services Coordinator Lisa Chaney said, “Sometimes you don’t know you have a risk.” Chaney’s health office, located on the bottom floor of the student services building, teaches students how to identify a lump in their breast. Several students come for questions, but several others have been referred for further testing, Chaney said. “The earlier you get a diagnosis,” Chaney said, “you can make a more informed decision.” A lumpectomy is a process of removal of a lump at an early stage, but Chaney advises lifestyle changes to students at FCC. Her advice: exercise, weight control and cutting back on alcohol. About one-third of breast cancer cases are preventable when changes such as these are in place, Chaney said. “It’s about being healthy, and doing more of that,” Chaney said. “If a woman has a history of breast cancer in [their] family, it’s really important that she follow.” Less than 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family history of it, and the risk nearly


center has six detectives and one supervisor. Domestic violence is not just limited to physical violence. It is also psychological and emotional abuse. “It is not just the battering part. Your body can heal,” Moseley said. “It is the destruction of trust, not in just your partner but in everybody else.” Moseley explained that the motive for committing domestic violence is control through manipulation, “a lot about control. . . [and about] making another individual do, say, become something that they are not.” Moseley said there are beliefs that people who were battered will become batterers. “Anybody can be a batterer, absolutely anybody,” Moseley said. “There is no pre-described personality that can be a batterer.”


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Dutch Bros. VP Shares Recipe for Company’s Success



FROM PAGE 1 NAISA Vice President, Levi De La Cruz said that Jauregui and Wong came to the decision after an impeachment process that was not being done correctly. “[Jauregui] said it was just best if they just dropped NAISA for now and restart it fresh and start it better,” De La Cruz said.

Somebody is lying!” Students wait in line for free Dutch Bros. drinks during a speech about the chain in the Old Administration Building on Oct. 4, 2016. Photo/Savanna Manzo BY CEDRIC HOOD

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Brant Boersma, vice president of culture for Dutch Bros. Coffee spoke about the history of coffee to a Fresno City College audience on Oct. 4. He shared free coffee and the story of how Dutch Bros. became the successful coffee chain it is today. Boersma captured the audience’s attention in the Old Administration Building with his humor and style. His stories resonated with college students and his message to FCC students was to “write down goals, outcomes, and results that you want, and then strive for them.” The speaker is the son of Dutch Bros. founder Dane Boersma, and

a nephew to the co-founder, Travis Boersma. The idea for the company came in the very early 1990s when Dane Boersma and his brother were forced to close down their dairy business due to government regulations. Boersma said a common question the company gets is what the secret to Dutch Bros. is. “We don’t have one,” he said. “We just love people.” This is a key factor for the company -- building relationships with customers. The company enforces three main values at every location: speed, quality and service. “We just want to love each other and everyone,” Boersma said. Joey Sherry, a Fresno State

student and Dutch Bros. employee, said, “I love the opportunities the company gives us to grow within.” Sherry, 23, who made free drinks for the first 50 people in line at the company’s mobile truck, said he hopes to become a manager one day and continue to help out with Dutch Bros. events. The company is working on bringing more programs and opportunities to its staff and college students along with giving back to the community. Boersma said, “We just hired on a career development person, and it’s something we want to focus on and contribute to.” According to information on dutchbros.com, the Dutch Bros. company has more than 260 locations in seven states and over 5,000 employees at the moment.

- Linda Gardner NAISA club secretary

De La Cruz claims he was not an active member of the club after the impeachment was carried out against him. But Gardner says that is false and that their was no impeachment happening at all. De La Cruz went on to say that Jauregui had been meeting with Wong prior to the shut down but when asked Jauregui refused to comment on the matter. ICC President, Mando Manfredonia, said the ICC had nothing to do with the shutdown of the NAISA. “We had no idea about the shutting down of the club,” Manfredonia said. “I’m here for the students; I’m not into shutting down clubs.”

District May Retain Auditor for Voter Registration ends Oct. 24 Classification Study

Voting Rules How to Vote

Be a U.S. citizen Live at a California address Be 18 years old on voting day No prison, parole, felony ONLINE: Have a California ID, driver’s license, last 4 digits of Social Security number to register online MAIL: Obtain voter registration form by calling the Fresno County election office at (559) 600-8683; fill out form approrpriately; send form to county election office by Oct. 25

Illustration/Frank Lopez

IN PERSON: Pick up form at election office, DMV, post office; fill out form appropriately, submit form by Oct. 24 at county election office

Source: California Secretary of State office



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he State Center Community College District may hire an auditor to help with the ongoing classification study affecting classified staff around the district. The human resources department and the personnel commission disagree about the status of the study. In the September meeting of the personnel commission, the human resources department and the PC director offered conflicting reports in the status of the classification process that had been accomplished. The Personnel Commission director, Elba Gomez, told the commissioners that they had completed up to 75 percent of the task. Whereas Samara Campbell, the director of human resources for SCCCD, stated that progress was only 15-20 percent finished. “We can’t even agree where we are,” Personnel Commissioner Tim Liermann said in the meeting. Gomez offers some reasoning behind the discrepancy. “Our process is different from theirs,” Gomez said. “When we finish a job description on our side, we need to get feedback from the manager to see if the job description and the duties are really accurate.

Once we get that feedback, we have to get feedback from the employees.” Other complications come in when the matter of collective bargaining agreements over job descriptions and contracts come into play. “A lot of the stuff that HR is wanting; we can’t give to them,” Gomez said. “We can’t share information with them without sharing it with the unions.” The last time the district conducted a classification study was in 1990. One of the problems with outof-date job classifications is that technology has changed. “Technology, services and equipment have significantly and dramatically changed since 1990,” Miguel Arias, the trustee for area five said. “Yet folks are still using those same job descriptions to do their current work. There has to be hundreds of staff working out of their classifications.” The Rampage has been reporting on an on-going complaint about a similar matter with classified staff. Making the matter worse is that when the classified study was approved back in 2012, the commission made it so that classified staff could not change classification while the study was being conducted. To help expedite the process, George Cole, the executive director


5 9/11 Responder Spreads Message of Love and Hope RAMPAGE 10.12.2016



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ric Field sat in the emergency room of a New Jersey hospital around 2:30 in the afternoon on Sept. 11, 2001. Field noticed the nurses, orderlies and doctors staring at him and the other patient in his room. Dazed and feeling self-conscious, Field asked the doctors and nurses why they were staring at them. A nurse told Field that he and his roommate were the only survivors of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center who were admitted to the hospital. The doctors had been waiting for more survivors to come into the hospital since the first plane hit the North Tower at 8:45 a.m. but had seen no others. For most Americans, it is quite daunting and to comprehend what has been said about 9/11 in the 15 years since the tragedy; the fury of blind patriotism that swept the nation after the attacks; the invasion of Iraq; the rising fear and mistrust within the population and the politics of hate. But for New Jersey native, Eric Field, relating his experiences as a first responder in the 9/11 attacks remind Fresno City College students about the human element of a historic tragedy that took nearly 3,000 lives. Field’s love for God, his sense of justice, his empathy for others and his sensitivity is powerfully relayed when he recounts his life story and what he went through on that September morning. Born in the early 1960s, Field recalls his childhood with his four siblings as a typical suburban and religious upbringing. His parents divorced when he was about six and remarried other people. “It was a good move; they did not do well with each other at all,” Field said. “Things happened in their lives. They found other people, married them. They have had awesome marriages since.” He grew up in the Tri-State area during the the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s. Field said he was aware of the social and political upheaval that was shaking the nation at the time. His parents instilled in him a sense of fairness and responsibility for others. “I was raised by my parents in a very multicultural sense,” Field says. Field and his family moved to a number of little towns near New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. He moved to Philadelphia in the 1980s to attend the Philadelphia College of Art to study figure painting and sculpting. Field admits that he had a hard time explaining to the elders of his church that he was leaving to “draw naked fat people.” He eventually lost interest in art and wanted to start working with people so he decided to study journalism. He quickly found out that he was not suited for journalism because it is “math with words” and began to get into more social work. He continued to work in diverse fields and situations so he could help people. He worked as a missionary, a lifeguard, in healthcare and in mental health services. In the mid-90s, he was also attending Nayak University in New York to become a priest.

Eric Field, survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, hugs a student during a speech at Fresno City College. Photo/Frank Lopez In 2001, Field was living in a small New York town near the woods where the Tri-State points met. He liked the quiet seclusion that the woods brought him, and he was also just a train ride away from Manhattan. On Sept. 10, 2001, he received a call from the city of New York notifying him that he had underpaid a speeding ticket by a few dollars and that a bench warrant would be issued for his arrest if he did not pay the exact amount. The next morning he was on the train to Manhattan to pay off his ticket. He talked with a regular rider named Frank, whom he had met earlier. They did not know each other very well but they would always greet each other and make conversation on the ride into the city. When they reached their stop, Frank said goodbye and headed to work in the WTC. It would be the last time Field saw Frank. After exiting the traffic court building, Field noticed burning papers falling from the sky. He called his work and they told him that a plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers. The buildings were too high for Field to get a clear view and he simply thought that a pilot had accidentally crashed a small plane into the building. He remembers a lady in a work suit walked past him in a state of shock, mumbling, “It’s gone. The whole 95th floor is gone.” Field could not make sense of her statement and continued towards the post office to send the money order. As he left the post office, a large man was running down the street yelling, “We’re being bombed!” The second plane had hit while Field was inside the post office. Field pulled out his cross, ran towards the WTC, and said aloud, “God, please don’t let me fuck this up.” The first thing Field tried to do was meet up with the other chaplains and get into the building. He met up with an Italian priest who could not speak English, and they went inside together. Many people still in the building were of different beliefs, but everyone was scared, believing they were living their final moments. Field thought that if he couldn’t save them, he could be with them when they all died. “When I asked people, ‘Can I pray with you?’ nobody said no,” Field said. “We all figured, we’re

300 to 400

Number of people Field helped pull from the first tower of the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. probably going to die, and we just needed to know God was with us in the middle of this horrible thing.” Because of speculation about a third plane heading towards the building, people were forced to evacuate. Field said he picked up the Italian priest he was with and carried him out of the building against his will just before the first tower fell. Field said he ran from the cloud of dust and debris that swallowed the streets and escaped the cloud by running into a building. He then ran outside to pull people from the debris. He would drag them into the safety of the building and head back outside to bring more people in. With the help of some other people, Field pulled in 300 to 400 people. A few hours later, Field was rounded up, hosed down, and admitted to a hospital in Hoboken, New Jersey. He sat in a numb state of shock as the doctors and nurses desperately looked in on them. The room’s second occupant had worked in the WTC and so did his daughter. Field was with him when he received the call that his daughter was alive. After being released from the hospital, Field rode the train all the way home curled in the fetal position. Even months after the tragedy, Field would suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The sound of UPS truck coming down the road would send him cowering behind the toilet. He says that since then, he pays a lot more attention to his surroundings and the people in it. The U.S. was in shock after the attacks on 9/11. After the initial mourning, anger, fear and unbridled patriotism began to cultivate around the event. Field condemns the spectacle that has been built around 9/11, the following war, and the rise of hostility towards Muslims, and people that appear Middle-Eastern looking. “People who were in the WTC attacks generally don’t hate other beliefs,” says Field. “We realized there is just no room in life for that. We’ve been through it. We were

all attacked together. We all cried together. We all died together.” Field has also dealt with issues of survivor’s guilt, and has been asked by people if he had wished he had died that day so he could be with God. He said that he has to continue his life after having survived such a horrible ordeal because the people that lost their lives that day would want him to. “My being born at a certain time, and my dying at a certain time are appointments,” said Field. “They’re appointments that I have to keep. I’m not going to get out of it. It was not my turn to die on 9/11. I am in a way, kind of a tribute. I’ve had dead people in my lungs.” Field continues to wrestle with what he went through but keeps moving forward. He came to Fresno in 2005 for a girl he had known since his college days back east. She was from Clovis, and they had kept in touch over the years. They began dating and after about a month, they broke up and Field never saw her again. Field began taking classes for nursing at Fresno City College and was taking a political science class taught by Professor Mark Trezza. When he offered to share his experiences on 9/11, the instructor gave him the entire class session. Though Field doesn’t tell his story too often, he recounts the WTC attacks the only way he knows how: as a human being who survived the horrific event. He tells students what he and other people went through, even if it is extremely morbid and graphic.

I can’t just let it be a historic event that happened 3,000 miles away. I’ve got to connect with it, and convey it, and it’s got to be personal.” - Eric Field 9/11 survivor who spoke at Fresno City College

“Before I talk to anybody, or give a lecture, I’m praying God will remind me of stuff that will tear me up,” says Field. ”Because I can’t just let it be stale history. I can’t just let it be a historic event that happened 3,000 miles away. I’ve got to connect with it, and convey it, and it’s got to be personal.” Field was developing his own business in the manufacturing of bicycles, gym-sets and playsets, when a back injury prevented him from that work. Now he is now shifting gears towards more clinical work. He plans to continue his social work, get back into chaplaincy, and working with people at risk. Field’s bravery in the face of horror is rare and genuine. Though he is modest, his courage and love for other people is what is truly inspiring. “People call me a hero. I’m not a hero,” Field says. “I’m a regular guy who’s helping people out. There is no hero thing here.”



FROM PAGE 3 was new to him when he first came to the United States as a child because of the loss of the Hmong writing system and subsequent lack of written history. “It wasn’t until 1953 that our writing system was devised again for us to record our histories,” Vang said. “So written stories, poetry and literature is very new to us; it’s been only 60 years.”

new to us.”

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Written stories, poetry and literature is very

- Soul Vang Fresno City College English Instructor

Because of this, Vang said his goal is to help Hmong-Americans in their endeavours to document stories. Vang said that writing down experiences will ultimately benefit their culture generationally, but “there are so few Hmong writers in America.” Vang added, “We need to document and write and create because we don’t want to lose our stories.” Born in Laos, Vang has much to write about. The English instructor, author, and esteemed poet has felt compelled to write about his experiences with loss, travel, assimilation and the Hmong culture from a young age. He encourages young writers, Hmong-Americans, and people in general to “be a writer, and be a poet.” Vang said it is important that everyone “writes their own stories for themselves or for their families to share later on in life.”


FROM PAGE 3 doubles when an immediate relative is diagnosed. Younger women who acquire breast cancer often face a more aggressive case of the disease, Chaney said. She said early detection prevents the risk of more chronic conditions in the future. When Buendia discovered she had breast cancer, she didn’t realize how it would affect her two children -- a 17-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter. For a while, her son would stay in his room, often crying. Her daughter asked questions, one time even asking, “Are you going to die, Momma?” Buendia said she found strength because of her children’s pain from seeing their ill mother. “It made me realize that I need to fight,” she said. Now in remission, with a chance she could be cancer-free some day, Buendia says her kids respond to her normally. “We are living normally right now,” she said, but she still has pain in her bones from the medication she takes. She says her medication affects the calcium in her bones, something she was surprised to find out after living an active, healthy lifestyle. “It will just come,” she said, explaining that cancer doesn’t have preferences in who it chooses. Her immediate family is often all she has in her journey to recovery,

Fresno City College President Carole Goldsmith speaks during a reception welcoming her in the Old Administration Building, Room 251 on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Photo/Ram Reyes. since Buendia moved to Fresno from the Philippines in 2006. But in her journey and even before she was diagnosed with cancer, Buendia had friends she met through her participation in races for cures organized by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She said she ran her third race in September. “Every time I run, I hope there will be news...that a cure is found,” Buendia said. She knows, however that there is no specific day when a cure will be found for the disease that affects at least one in eight women in the U.S. Wearing costumes and running in all pink is one way Buendia advocates for breast cancer victims. She’s even created friendships with people she has run with, often whole families and whom Buendia treats as close relatives. “It’s been like our get-together,” she explained. Before she was diagnosed, her nursing background allowed her to remain somewhat knowledgeable about the disease. She now finds herself connecting directly with patients who find themselves in the same situation, she says, acknowledging some may

be in more severe stages of cancer. “I’m lucky I am in a stage two,” she said. However, all the fears are still there for Buendia, who says she reminds herself that “life is short.” “In the back of my mind, I always have that thinking that one day I will end up dead,” she said. Until she met a friend, Sherol Naguiat, who is in stage four of cancer and who has been an idol -- an inspiration -- for her in the recovery process. Naguiat, according to Buendia, is a happy person. “Talking to her made me realize that it’s not the end of the world,” Buendia said. The two women consider each other “chemo buddies.” As she continues to recover, Buendia notes that the most important part of the recovery process is to take control of her journey. It is something she learned from her friend. Remaining hopeful and often praying, Buendia treats herself to relaxation which she has learned to embrace through her friends. “Always be in control,” she said. “It’s not the end of the world.”

Emilie Buendia is pictured with several other advocates for breast cancer victims during races and events aimed at raising money to find a cure for the disease. Buendia is currenty in remission from breast cancer. Photo Courtesy/Emilie Buendia.


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welcoming party was held for the new Fresno City College President Carole Goldsmith, welcoming all FCC staff and faculty to come and meet the new president. “I think it’s a great way to know the president in an informal way,” FCC marketing director, Cris Monahan Bremer said. “There’s so many people that work at the campus, it is almost impossible for her to get to know everyone in a short amount of time.” Various FCC faculty members were there to enjoy food and music from FCC’s own guitar students. “I think it’s wonderful that people come out and actually have a chance to meet our new president,” Lucy Ruiz, executive director of public legislative relations said. “This is another opportunity [to say] what they think about the college and goals they have that she could help them with.” Goldsmith spent a majority of the event talking and listening to the faculty that attended, continuing her stance of listening to the community since she started as president. “The first word in our business is ‘community,’ we’re a community college,” Goldsmith said. “We have to connect with the community both on campus and externally.” She emphasized that the focus has and always be students first and it is events like these that help her gauge students’ needs. “I need to talk to students to find out what it is they’re getting here and do more of it,” Goldsmith said, “and really engage with them and have a vertical integration of hopes, dreams and aspirations.”


of the California School Personnel Commissioners Association, has been named as a possible resource for assisting with the process. However, Gomez reported to the commission that his would only be an advisory position. “He has no interest in doing a classification study,” Gomez said. He would be available to conduct an audit on the progress completed, according to Gomez and the human resources department. Annette Loria, the interim vice chancellor of human resources, said that a contract for Cole’s work had already been written and was awaiting approval. Both the personnel commission and the California School Employees Association raised a concern that conducting an audit might result in a delay of the process. If work was to be halted for the audit, a request to do so would have to first be submitted as an action item on the agenda for the commission’s next meeting. “It’s hard to ask the staff to continue doing work until we hear from Mr. Cole,” Loria said. “I would hate to have us do something and then go in a different direction.” Barbara Wilson, the first vice president for CSEA, said that the union’s position is that the process is taking too long. “We’re having someone come in to tell us where we are,” Wilson said. “We already know where we are.”


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Kings of Leon release new album Friday BY PATON HARTUNG

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ings of Leon will be releasing the album “Walls” on Oct. 14. It has been three years since the band has released an album, leaving

Mark Hoppus, lead singer of Blink-182, gives an electric performance at The Save Mart Center on Thursday Oct.6, 2016. Photo/Larry Valenzuela

BLINK-182 TAKES FANS BACK TO THE OLD DAYS Tyson Ritter, the band’s vocalist, BY DESTINEE LOPEZ

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he chairs and floor filled the Save Mart Center with eager fans on Oct. 6 to watch The All-American Rejects, A Day to Remember and Blink-182. Fans cheered as The All-American Rejects took the stage first with their upbeat song, “Dirty Little Secret.” The crowd sang and danced along with the band. The band teased the crowd for the bands that would soon perform on the stage.

spoke freely with the crowd, readying them for a night filled with mosh pits and crowd surfing. The All-American Rejects ended their time on stage with “Gives You Hell” and “The Last Song.” A Day to Remember came on stage starting their show with “The Downfall of Us All.” ADTR’s vocalist, Jeremy McKinnon, moved around the stage, singing to both sides of the audience. The band played their set and released rolls of toilet paper into the crowd. The tissue was tossed around the crowd and thrown back onto the stage. McKinnon asked the crowd to turn on their phone lights or hold up lighters, and the crowd lit up the

Student Reunites with His Sax BY ERIC ZAMORA

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Fresno City College student has been reunited with his saxophone one week after it was stolen. Steven San Sebastian’s saxophone was stolen a week before the opening of “Waiting for Lefty,” the theatre department’s play in which the theatre arts major portrayed an ensemble character, playing music during the show. The instrument was stolen early in the morning on Sept. 23, while San Sebastian was having a game night with his friends. He said he usually does not leave his belongings in his truck, but because he parked alongside his friends’ cars, he did not think he would have an issue. However, at 2 a.m., San Sebastian saw that his truck was broken into, with the back window shattered. His saxophone and two backpacks were gone. San Sebastian called the Fresno Police Department and filed a police report, providing information about the saxophone, except for the instrument’s serial number. He then called The Horn Shop, where he got the instrument, in order to obtain the serial number. San Sebastian called the Fresno Police Department, adding the serial number to the case report. “I was under the assumption that it would be done by the end of that day,” San Sebastian said. While this was happening, the people who stole the saxophone

went to Gottschalk Music Center in Clovis, attempting to sell the instrument to the music store. “They gave us a story that it was an heirloom from their family,” said Giovani Clemente, an instrument technician from Gottschalk Music Center. “But it was new, so I don’t know how it could have been an heirloom.” Clemente told them to come back later, so that the store manager could take a look at the saxophone. They came back later, and Clemente and his boss took the instrument to “do some research on the saxophone and get a price.” From there, the two Gottschalk Music Center employees called Fresno Police Department and Clovis Police Department, but neither had information on the instrument. As a result, not much could be done. Online, San Sebastian asked friends to be on the lookout for his instrument. His post was shared more than 250 times on Facebook, and his story was featured on local news stations. “It’s amazing that I put that post out at 3 a.m. and then by 3 p.m., it was already everywhere,” San Sebastian said. The saxophone was found at the Fresno Hock Shoppe, a pawn shop where the instrument was sold for $600. The Fresno Police Department then notified San Sebastian on Sept. 30 that his instrument was found. “I rushed down there immediately after work, and I picked [the saxophone] up,” said San Sebastian. In order to get his instrument

stage as they played “If It Means a Lot to You.” The last song they played was “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle.” Blink-182 came on stage with a bang; the f-word burned behind the band as they played their opening songs “Feeling This” and “What’s My Age Again.” As the band sang their popular songs from the late 1990s and early 2000s, the crowd went crazy, jumping and singing along with the band. Blink-182 also played their new song, “Bored to Death,” from their seventh album, “California.” The band hyped up the crowd with fireworks and sparklers that rained from the stage behind them. Many fans crowd-surfed their way to the front of the stage. Blow-up dolls were released into the crowd as people rocked out to Blink-182’s songs. The band gave a show to remember in Fresno. The band brought together the young and old with their pop punk rock music, ending their show with some of the most popular songs, “All the Small Things” and “Dammit.”

back immediately rather than go through court, San Sebastian paid the pawn shop the amount that they paid for it. San Sebastian said the saxophone means much more to him than its price value. His father gave it to him when he transferred to University High School. The instrument is named after his great-aunt, Jessie, who first got him into music. “She passed away about four years ago, so the saxophone has a lot more sentimental value than the $2,700 that it cost,” said San Sebastian. Reunited with his saxophone, San Sebastian was able to share his instrument’s smooth sound with audience members during the opening night of the first FCC play of the fall semester.

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many fans patiently waiting for the rock band’s seventh album. They have released four singles so far, each of them very different from each other. They were most likely chosen to show the sonic diversity of the record. The first song they released was “Waste a Moment.” The song sounds a lot like what we already expect from the band; an upbeat pop tune with a catchy chorus. The main concern from people is that the song lacks good lyrics. The best part of Kings of Leon was the deep meaningful lyrics that were embedded in the tune, perfectly harmonized with the tonal quality of the song. In this first single, that crucial quality is lacking. The second song off the album was “Walls.” This song shares the name of the album, showing that this is their flagship song, and is how they want people to think about them as artists. This soft ballad does an amazing job respecting that. The lyrics are well rooted in emotional pureness. The track is raw and uninhibited. This is the kind of song that people have been waiting for for so long. The only critique is the guitar work. The leading melody by the acoustic guitar is very repetitive and continues uninterrupted throughout the whole song. Although considering that, this song gives the album a level of integrity that people can be excited for. The Third single was “Around the World.” This was another upbeat song. This well-written song really does give the effect that the title suggests. It feels like you are being adventurous and inviting new experiences in when you listen to the song. The song really takes people on a journey sonically. No one could really ask for more. The last single they released was “Reverend.” This tune is very different from any other songs they have written. It sounds more modern than any other song from Kings of Leon. It’s a new sound that shows the listeners that the band is still evolving musically. All of these songs are worthy of multiple listenings. If the record as a whole can fashion these songs together into a story like their previous albums, than most people will be happy with the outcome.


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Pop megastars Jason Derulo and Daya commanded the stage, performing chart-topping hits. Derulo impressed fans with his dancing skills during “Get Ugly,” while Daya encouraged fans to sing along to her breakout hit “Hideaway.” Banda MS packed the theatre with adoring fans, all waiting to sing along to their corridos. Gabriel Iglesias got his audience laughing, and The Cult rocked the night away.

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Artists from all genres came to The Big Fresno Fair, entertaining attendees during the multitude of shows at the Table Mountain Concert Series in the Paul Paul Theater. Each artist brought something new for a wide range of people.



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f you are planning to go to the Big Fresno this year, it could be a little bit intimidating choosing what to do and what places to go. This is a list to help you maximize your fun at the fair.


be aware of your surroundings. The Fair can get very crowded, and people are walking in all sorts of different directions, and all of the spectacles of the fair might distract you into walking into another person. Keep the flow of the crowd going and if you need to stop and take a photo, move aside and let the crowds go.


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m iss the agriculture exhibits. If you’re like me and don’t really know the first thing about agriculture despite living in Fresno, the agricultural exhibits might not sound appealing. However, it is definitely worth checking out especially the Livestock Pavilion with the display of the Valley’s animals such as cows, goats and ducks. Kids will especially love interacting with the animals. Even if you aren’t the farming kind, you’ll still enjoy it.


try to win the carnival games. OK, the games at the Fair might sometimes feel a little bit… unfair. But that shouldn’t deter you from trying. There are tricks to winning those carnival games for the big stuffed animals for that special someone you go with. Research it and try your luck. Just don’t get too caught up in trying to win; you’ll lose all your money.


be afraid to try new foods. There are a ton of new food items at the Fair this year. You may feel compelled to stick with the tried-and-true corndog, but get a little bit out of your comfort zone this year and maybe break your diet a bit. Go ahead and try that deep-fried bacon-wrapped guacamole you thought looked good.


have fun. At the end of the day, the Big Fresno Fair is all about fun. Whether it be with your significant other, family or friends, the important thing is that you have fun together. Whether you are enjoying a corndog together or freaking out before getting on the “Inversion,” it’s about the experiences you’ll share with those people who are important to you.

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forget to bring cash: One of the best things about the fair is the food and the rides, but you’re going to have to pay with cash for most of them. Some do take ATM cards but there is often a minimum charge fee. ATMs are available but they have a $4.50 charge, and you do not want to do that. Do yourself a favor and remember to bring cash ahead of time.


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Do Promiscuous Politicians Deserve your Vote?


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he 2016 Presidential race has brought many political issues to the spotlight, and Republican candidate Donald Trump has pushed many of them to further his campaign. Trump has repeatedly called out Hillary Clinton for sticking by the side of her husband, former president Bill Clinton, for having extramarital affairs with other women in the past. Trump has claimed that he would invite one of Bill’s former mistresses to be present during a presidential debate. The romantic and sexual habits of our political leaders should not


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n an ideal world, politics are supposed to represent what is best in humanity. Recent accusations from elected officials have re-earthed allegations and controversies that the American people might have just as soon left buried. Most famously were the accusations between Bill Clinton and the numerous women with whom he was said to have had relations. The main job of the government is to maintain order and provide a route for citizens to air their grievances. In order to govern,

influence voters to be swayed in choosing one candidate over the other. Focusing on a politician’s scandals and infidelities only distracts people from important political issues that may have national effects. There is no good defense for cheating on a spouse, but personal moral convictions have to be carefully weighed when playing the game of politics. While we shouldn’t condone the infidelities of our politicians, we must realize that the results of their political actions and policies are what ultimately matter. That is not to say that the character of a civil or political leader is not important. We must certainly pay attention to the history and work of people that are going to be at the helm of a nation. However, we must use the evidence of their policies and actions and their effects in order to better gauge the people we elect into office. One could believe something to be morally wrong and still realize that their beliefs might not be shared by everyone. Supporting the reasoning for certain laws and government policies does not mean you are abandoning your moral positions. Combining one’s own moral philosophy with scientific information and the viewpoints of others is how we can make more rational choices in our civic responsibilities.

A politician’s affair will affect their spouse and close family members, but it will not have an effect on economic policies, the violence in the Middle-East, or the racial tensions our country is facing. It is no secret that John F. Kennedy was having affairs with multiple women, yet we still look back fondly on him. Franklin D. Roosevelt is often said to be the best president of all time, and with all of his accomplishments, the case could be strongly argued. However, FDR was a notorious womanizer who constantly cheated on Eleanor; this was no secret to her, or the press. Martin Luther King Jr. indulged in extramarital affairs with a number of women, and the FBI even tried to use the information to discredit him. Though this is not common knowledge, there are biographies and news articles on MLK that discuss his affairs with other women. One would have to be very hardpressed to argue that MLK’s accomplishments didn’t matter because he was unfaithful to his wife. Cheating on a spouse is wrong, and cannot be morally defended. Unfortunately, we cannot base our political structure simply on moral convictions. We must judge a politician based on their moves in office, not in the bedroom.

candidates and officials must be have the ethos and credibility to be able execute law. One cannot point fingers with dirty hands. Nor can they wear the robes of justice with dirty laundry. Fidelity represents a consistency and a loyalty that people, almost universally, hold as honorable. People take oaths before the law, before their beloved and sometimes before God to announce to the world that they would have no other person beyond their espoused. While some may claim that the crime of cheating is merely one between consenting adults, there are other forces to take into consideration. When it comes to cheating, many people reduce the offense to one of passion; a mere temptation of the moment. But for our elected officials, they need to be held to a higher standard. Honesty and integrity are all determined in a moment. One can be an upstanding citizen their entire life, but it only takes a moment to change a reputation. Eliot Spitzer prosecuted some of the worst offenders and secured justice for many American citizens, but when it came to light that he had been paying women for sex, the worst imaginable consequences

happened. One of the women tried to extort money from the governor. The person knew the official was vulnerable and his actions compromised his status. For an official in charge of a population, an act of infidelity could cost someone their effectiveness, their trustworthiness or even their own honesty. In a worst-case scenario, it could have been just as easy to get a politician with a dirty past to pass a piece of legislation or exempt someone from the law. In the 1950s, the government opened up divorce for any reason, and even though it is a sad occasion when two loved ones decide they are no longer in love, it can be a responsible way for two adults to tell one another that things have changed. In the case of an extra-marital affair, it may be a way to say that a person has found another love. Unfortunately, sometimes people seek the quicker and easier fix. While forgiveness must always be an option, when it comes to our elected officials, they must be held to a standard worthy of the law they represent. It may be one thing to look back at a politician and say that they did good things, but infidelity cannot be something the public can condone.



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Cameron Aguilar-Johnson Liberal Arts “...if they [politician and spouse] cannot keep a relationship together, they are not in a position to keep a country together.”

Danasjah Britton Biology “I don’t feel that it is right. You are supposed to be setting an example.”

Jon Wilder Computer Engineering “What [a politician] does in office and what he does in his personal life should be two different things.”

All candidates on the ballot should appear in televised debates LETTER TO THE EDITOR I believe any candidate that attains enough states to win 270 electoral college votes should be in the debates (Go Jill Stein). I also believe the debate commission should be independent of the Republic National Committee and Democratic National Committee

that run it now. We should return the debates to the League of Women Voters. The polls are rigged as well. A majority of Americans want more than two parties; we should move in that direction. We should also encourage the millenials to take part in voting and the political system on which our country runs.


Morgan Grisby Nursing “Do they have good ideas, good policies and actual plans to help people? Then you vote for them for that reason.”



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More kids should be encouraged to be artists


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A stage is set for performers during a tour of the Schools Not Prisons campaign which stopped at Fresno City College on Sept. 25, 2016. Photo/Ram Reyes

Pay Now or Later — Money Invested in Education Reduces Prison Population


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alifornia hasn’t always been known for having a vast number of prisons, but a recent trend in locking up criminal offenders has led to overcrowding in all of the 33 prisons in California. In 1975, California only had 20,028 prison inmates. In 2006, the California prison population peaked at 167,000 inmates, according to the California department of corrections. In a span of three decades, the prison population had increased by over 700 percent. In 2009, because of overcrowding in all of California’s 33 prisons, the U.S Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of institutional design capacity. This meant that the department of corrections and the governor needed to take drastic measures to reduce the overcrowding, also considered a health concern. According to the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, California’s adult imprisonment rate in 2007 was 471

per every 100,000 people in the overall population, a higher number than the national average of 447 per every 100,000. The U.S incarceration rate has been touted as the highest in the civilized world. Rules like the “Three Strikes” law and mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses have led to the overpopulation of nonviolent criminals in state prisons. In order to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision to reduce prison inmates, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 109 and AB 117 into law, kicking off the “Public Safety Realignment,” an initiative aimed at dropping the overcrowded prison population to the mandated threshold. With the combination of reforms and new facilities, the California Department of Corrections was able to bring the inmate population down to 112,300 or 135.8 percent of capacity as of March 2015. “For too long, the state’s prison system has been a revolving door for lower-level offenders and parole violators who are released within months—often before they are even transferred out of a reception center,” wrote Brown in April 2011. “Cycling these offenders through state prisons wastes money, aggravates crowded conditions, thwarts rehabilitation, and impedes local law enforcement supervision.” California’s prison population is 26.0 percent white, 29.1 percent black, and 39.0 percent Hispanic, according to records. Statistically, blacks and Hispanics have a higher rate of being incarcerated. According to the public policy institute of California, black and Hispanic men make up three of every four men in prison. Among adult

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Prisons built in California since 1980 men in 2013, African- Americans were incarcerated at a rate of 4,367 per 100,000, compared to 922 for Latinos, 488 for non-Latino whites, and 34 for Asians. Additionally, 68 percent of all males in prison don’t have a high school diploma. According to Californians for Safety and Justice, since 1980, 22 prisons have been built in California, compared to only one university. According to Scott Graves of the California Budget Project, the state was expected to spend more than $62,000 on each inmate in 2014 to 2015, in contrast to only $9,000 for each K-12 student; numbers that illustrate the very low educational attainment of prison inmates. According to various sources, dropouts are three and a half times more likely to get arrested than high school graduates. This means that black and Hispanic men who have higher dropout rates are more likely to end up in prison and stay in the the system. Education is critical in reversing this problem. The more kids graduate, the fewer the number of California adults in prison. Instead of building more prisons, california should focus on building more schools and universities.

“Be a doctor. Be a lawyer. Be a scientist. Be something other than an artist.” These are the words that are forced on children’s minds. As soon as we start talking and realizing that we are growing up, adults start asking what we want to be. As you age you start saying, “When I grow up I want to be blank.” After all the years spent in elementary school your answer changed from being a firefighter, doctor, veterinarian, teacher, cop and scientist. We are congratulated because having those goals shapes us into being “productive adults in society.” As a society, we want children to reach for the stars and for the impossible dream of being happy. The amount of money they make as adults is worth more than the happiness they can find doing something they are passionate about. Ask yourself when was the last time you heard an adult tell a child to be an artist, to create the world as you see it or to never let go of your imagination. When you tell children this it sounds a lot like “do not grow up.” And if you do grow up like this, how do you become a productive adult? There is so much negative connotation in being an artist. They are not “real adults.” They do not actually have a day job. Living in a world where artists are deemed as less important is sad. Where would the world be if an artist never created? It is difficult to get what you imagined out of your mind and into the reality of the world and to have people understand what you are trying to say. It does take talent. You still do have to study to be the best because there is someone always better than you. Someone had that story before you, or drew the same picture before you ever thought of the idea. The art world is always changing and evolving. There is a lot of judgement and rejection that an artist receives. Maybe it is for that reason we do not allow our children to be artist. The world need more creators. Artists help move the world forward. It is when the art world and the educational world collides with each other that it creates the world we have today. The mix of both worlds creates the beauty we need to get past the problems we face. Please, tell your children, little siblings, cousins, nephews and nieces; that it is OK to be an artist.




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Trump’s behavior is not presidential “Extreme conservatism has actually become advantageous for him.”


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Donald Trump’s crude behavior never ceases to astound America. On Oct. 7, a video of Donald Trump surfaced exposing a blatantly vulgar and misogynistic conversation between him and Billy Bush from 2005. In the video Trump admits to trying to swindle a married woman into sleeping with him and brags about his celebrity power making him exempt from the consequences of sexual harassment. He says that stars like himself can simply, “Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.” Of course by “them” he means women and by “you” he means himself and celebrities alike. But don’t worry, it’s okay. Trump is only human right? And after all, he did apologize. Trump actually said, “I apologize,” before diverting the attention to his democratic opposition, Hillary and Bill Clinton, accusing them of being just as awful as though that were relevant. However, whether or not Americans even consider Trump’s apology, it is important to first acknowledge the man’s dishonesty. The public cannot be sure that Trump has changed or regrets his behavior if he displays no moral responsibility, trustworthiness or consistency, three attributes he has lacked his entire career. A master of deception, or perhaps

just extremely indecisive, Donald Trump has consistently changed up his political approach to every topic imaginable. Nevertheless, I find that not enough citizens know exactly why he’s not actually as credible as he may seem. First of all, let’s explore his stance on abortion. On NBC News in 1999, Trump stresses the fact that he is “strongly pro-choice in every respect.” However, during his campaign on Aug. 6, 2015, while giving a speech in Cleveland, he stated he was “very proud to say that [he’s] pro-life.” Keep in mind that in 1999, Donald Trump was not running for president on behalf of the Republican Party. So at the time, being prochoice did not cost him any votes. Fast-forward to 2015, and now he’s pro-life. Extreme conservatism has actually become advantageous for him. Not only does Trump flip-flop on more than a handful of political issues, he’s unclear about his values on education. In 2009, before his presidential campaign, he saw “no value in believing ignorance to be an attribute,” according to his book, “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire.” But the tables have turned and now it’s 2016. He’s got some lower-middle class votes to pull and he “love[s] the poorly educated.” Also, he confessed to believing in “hate, when it’s appropriate,” and feeling good about “hitting ‘sleazebags’ back,” on Twitter in November of 2012. However, his tone about moral responsibility was the stark opposite on Twitter in June of 2015, encouraging the public to “be tough, be smart, be personable, but don’t take things personally.” It is possible that Trump simply

gained moral ethics within these three years, but that’s pretty convenient considering the timing of his campaign, is it not? Let us not forget his versatile ethics on women, marriage and family structure. Trump has made countless sexist comments, not only about women in general, but specifically directed towards his opponent Hillary Clinton. For example, in April 2015, when he tweeted, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?” Many young voters did not experience Trump in the early 90’s. Therefore, I’ll briefly sum up his previous responses to the media in regards to women: in the Nov. 1992 issue of “New York” magazine, he said, “Women. You have to treat ‘em like s---.” But during his campaign in Aug. 2015 on CBS, he proclaimed, “I will be phenomenal to women. I mean, I want to help women.” Our prospective president, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s not forget 2004, when Trump professed his love for his children to “Playboy”, saying, “I think I’m a good father,” only to divulge during “The Howard Stern Show” in 2005, “I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds, and she’ll take care of the kids.” Excavating this man’s ever-changing beliefs has been interesting to say the least and should shed some light on the various aspects of accountability that will befall our future president. So, when (if) voting, please remember that words, to some people, are fleeting, and hold little or no weight upon actions. What is an apology worth to Donald Trump? History has shown that he will inevitably disprove this feigned remorse.

Recent events surrounding certain politicians’ behavior have reignited the debate about privacy but especially about respect for women. The latest controversy revolves around comments reflecting how some women are viewed by men, whether in private or in public conversations. We need some discussion on when speech goes too far and what is acceptable response to speech that is damaging or derogatory to women, men, or any segment of the society. The acknowledgment about the worth of each and every one of us begins with the language we use towards one another. Language is the key to the soul. It is how we interpret one another’s intent and how we communicate ideas and needs. We use language to express love, to ask for help, or even to simply understand each other. In terms of understanding public figures, it is often the best indicator of who they are, and in the case of Donald Trump, the leaked comments that we are all now familiar with, may be a very telling inside look into Trump’s personal life. This election season, in light of the abhorrent comments that describe sexual assault, the voting booth may be the best avenue the public has to announce, aloud and united, that certain behavior and language is unacceptable. We live in a land of free speech, and for some, politics is limited to policy, but for others, it is symbolic of what we stand for and value in this country. It may be one thing to act on words and another thing entirely to speak without thinking, but what those famous words describe is the taking away of a woman’s dignity and equality. Actions such as those work only to hinder women from the position they have been fighting for so long to achieve. Carrying out the actions described in Trump’s speech suggests that women are mere sex objects whose sole purpose is to satisfy men’s pleasure; this discounts the inherent worth in each and every individual. Those comments bring into question the ethos of the man who stated them. Words such as Trump’s indicate the epistemology with which he makes decisions and, at first glance, would characterize a man who would do little to advance the state of women in this country. The ballot is where this country should declare what we value and what we will not tolerate. It may not be too late for absolution for the man who made such vile comments, but now is the time to consider carefully what a vote for an apparent chauvinist might mean. Some of the worst sinners have become the biggest reformers, but not first without a genuine admission of guilt, a deep introspection, contrition and then the time to demonstrate that change.


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Trump Blew Opportunities to Discredit Hillary in First Debate BY PAYTON HARTUNG

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After the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the general consensus in media is that Clinton won. The conservative party expressed their disappointment— This isn’t supposed to happen. How could somebody so unpalatable and unrelatable as Hillary Clinton ever win a debate? The answer, of course, is Donald Trump. First off, Donald Trump seemed surprised that the NBC moderator was biased even though everybody and their mothers knew that Lester Holt, anchor for a left-leaning

media company, would go easy on Clinton and hard on Trump. Trump should have known this and adjusted his strategy. The second reason Trump lost was because he isn’t a trained politician like Clinton. He feels the need to answer every question directed at him to the fullest extent. Clinton knows how this can be counter productive. She knows to give a quick answer and then pivot to the point she wants to make. Lastly, Trump was too focused on protecting his ego rather than trying to win the presidency. In the first 30 minutes of the debate, people were saying that Trump was going to be president. He was mercilessly attacking Clinton on policy while Clinton was trying to attack Trump’s personality. Clinton was therefore on the backfoot and was falling apart. Then, Lester Holt and Clinton started attacking Trump and his name. Trump took that bait and started to defend himself

incoherently for the rest of the night. That was the point where Clinton won the debate. Donald trump just needed to defend himself through attack. When the moderator went after Trump on his tax returns, he should’ve just said that his lawyers advised him not to release them during the audit and moved on. That would have allowed him to stay on the offense. When Clinton talked trash on his business, Trump went on saying that his business was great and continued with his accomplishments. This was very ineffective. He just seemed smug and petty. He should have thrown the heat back at Hillary. He should have just expressed that Hillary Clinton never ran a business or employed anyone in business and that she takes in more than she gives out. Hillary Clinton spoke with great authority and knowledge when Lester Holt asked about cyber se-

curity. This was a huge opportunity for Trump to bring up Clinton’s e-mail scandal. Trump should’ve remarked that Hillary set up an unsecure private email in order to hide classified document. That she compromised the security of america and lied about it countless times. Trump did not bring up Benghazi when discussing national security. He had the duty of shaming Hillary Clinton for the death of four Americans in Benghazi. He could have cited the Benghazi Report, a two-year-long investigation of the incident, to show how corrupt, careless, and devious Hillary Clinton is. None of this ammunition was used by Donald Trump. If Trump loses this election, people will cite this first debate as the turning point. If he really wants to win this election, he needs to go after Hillary Clinton on every policy, mistake, and scandal.

Ram’s Tale: Let the Filipinos Make Their Own Choices, Ignore Western Criticism


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Everytime Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gets in the news, I have an internal battle about how to feel about him. As a native-born Filipino and an American citizen, I am torn by the polarizing new leader of the country of my birth as well as my fellow Americans’ kneejerk condemnation of his actions. On one hand, most Westerners condemn Duterte’s brashness, extreme policies and threats to cut ties with the U.S. because they are decisions that will ultimately hurt Filipinos and Americans. Still, Westerners who condemn the elected president of the Philippines may be doing so in a vacuum. They have not lived there, nor have they experienced the extreme poverty and the lawlessness of the drug-stricken country. The perspective of most Western comments is pretty simple. Duterte has exceeded his power and should be stopped for his drug war and extra-judicial killings. He is constantly described as the “Donald Trump of the Philippines” or even worse, “Hitler.” These outsiders do a disservice to the people Duterte was elected to serve. First of all, the Philippines is not the U.S. The drug problem in the United States is not at all comparable to the drug problem there. Poverty, drugs and the government are all tied together and it is very difficult to distinguish one from the other. Where the U.S. can manage a drug problem because of

a stable government, the Filipino government is rather prone to corruption. Corruption is one of the leading causes of the drug problem in the Philippines, according to the 2016 International Narcotics Strategy Report by the U.S. Department of State. Many of the offenses involve officials and police accepting bribes. You can pretty much pay anyone off in the Philippines. Money is short, and people are willing to do anything to get ahead. Sometimes, it’s drugs that gets them there. Twenty-six percent or 25 million Filipinos live in poverty. Selling and doing drugs is an escape from poverty, and with no police force stopping them, the population is stuck and too drugged out to move to economic prosperity. Without the safety nets many Western countries enjoy, the drug problem between the West and developing countries is incomparable. The special interest America has in the Philippines is in our history with “our little brown brothers.” Ever since the Philippines became independent from the U.S., their “white big-brothers” have loomed over them for their foothold in Asia. Now that Duterte is talking of cutting U.S. ties and making deals with China and Russia, suddenly the U.S. seems very stern about the unscrupulous leader of the Philippines. This is why the U.S. cares about the Philippines so much. Not because of the human rights concerns of its people or to economically support the Philippines, but because they are concerned about possibly losing a former colony to China and even Russia. This imperialistic view of the Philippines still runs straight through the comments of any Duterte article you come across. They show the arrogant and somewhat-racist taunts of letting Duterte have his way and watching the Philippines crumble.

The privileged people in America do not know what is best for people in a different country. Duterte has had “very good” ratings from Filipinos, with only 11 percent “dissatisfied” with his term. This is not a defense of Duterte. This is a defense of Philippine sovereignty. What would the West have them do? The perceived U.S. superiority is seen in the comment of Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, who told the Associated Press that “it would be a serious mistake in a democratic country like the Philippines to underestimate the power of the public’s affinity for the U.S. That’s people power.” People power? If the population of the country overwhelmingly voted to elect a candidate, isn’t that people power? So again, the U.S. is questioning whether this third world country should stick with their own leader or overthrow him, with U.S. support of course. This creates the impression that the Filipino people cannot even be trusted to elect their own leaders. If Duterte is as dangerous as “Hitler”, then should we consider intervention? The history of intervention did not turn out so well in South America. Or maybe we should just ignore all of it, as we have with all the other troubled thirdworld nations, or maybe even sanction an embargo like Cuba. The U.S. itself helped create the Philippine government, and now that it has resulted in Duterte as the president, the U.S. is suddenly not OK with that because this

president doesn’t want to play nice with its “big white brother.” At the end of the day, the best course of action would be to just let the Philippines be. Let them be their own country. I am proud to be a Filipino. I’m proud that the Filipino people have decided that there was need for a huge change. And it saddens me that people are making the issues out to be so simplistic and painting Duterte as a pure villain. The people who live in the Philippines now know too well how life is like over there and if they decided Duterte is the person they want to lead their country, let it be. It is not our place to judge. Mabuhay Kababayan!

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Rams’ Squad Controls College Volleyball

Sophomore Jessica Luplow digs out a volley during volleyball practice.Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Photo/Larry Valenzuela BY MICHAEL FORD

Sports Editor mford@therampageonline.com

Want to know what a dominant college volleyball team looks like? Look no further than FCC’s Rams squad. The Rams have been nothing short of stellar thus far into the campaign. Through 17 matches, Fresno is 16-1, good enough to earn the fifth spot in the state rankings. The team has been so great, in fact, that they didn’t suffer their only loss of the season until their eighth match against Cabrillo. Players can not help but be happy about their level of play. “I’d say we’re playing pretty consistently. We work together as a team really well and we get it done.

We finish games pretty well,” said sophomore player Jenna Goldsberry. Perhaps more than anything else, depth and offensive balance is the key to the teams’ sustained success, and Rams first year head coach, Kieran Roblee, stated that she likes the makeup of her squad. “One of the great things about our squad is we are very balanced with our offensive attack. If you look at our stats you will see the balance of kills dispersed amongst our hitters,” she said. “I don’t know if you can say that about a large percentage of other teams. It is a compliment to our back row play to keep our team in our offensive system to allow our attack to be successful.” With such a great season in the making, one might wonder how much the team has been tested, to see how much resolve they have.

Raiders Poised for Playoffs BY MICHAEL FORD

Sports Editor mford@therampageonline.com

Five years from now, this season will be the one that the Oakland Raiders will remember as the launching point to what will become a perennial playoff team. Reggie McKenzie, Raiders’ general manager, has finally started to reap the benefits of his excellent draft picks that he has

made since he was hired in January of 2012. The last two drafts in particular have been very fruitful for the team as

Those questions can be put to bed as the Rams have beaten multiple top 25 ranked programs including fourth ranked Cabrillo, ninth ranked Sierra, eleventh ranked Gavilan and twenty-second ranked Butte. The Rams have quite a resume indeed. The key is that the Rams are a battle tested squad that doesn’t back away from any challenge that they encounter. To perform at such a high level, a team must be driven and that drive comes from within, according to sophomore Jennifer Luplow. The desire to get better even though

Oakland landed Khalil Mack, the dominant pass-rushing defensive end from the University of Buffalo, who led the NFL in sacks in 2015. Him and former Fresno State Bulldog and local favorite, Derek Carr. These two, along with stud receivers, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper and a top offensive line have been the catalysts for an Oakland Raiders team that is off to a 4-1 record through five games. That is the best record the team has had through five games since 2002, when the team went to the Super Bowl and lost in an embarrassing fashion to the Buccaneers. If the Raiders plan on making the playoffs and making a deep run, they will have to get past their division rival and defending Super Bowl champion, the Denver Broncos, who are also off to a 4-1 start. There is not much doubt that the division will be won by one of the two teams, as Kansas City and San Diego have both underachieved so far, given the level of talent on their rosters. Oakland’s biggest strength is their offense. They boast an attack ranked fifth in

SPORTS they are good is what makes a good team a great team. “I feel like we mostly challenge ourselves and it doesn’t matter who is on the other side of the net. We just always want to be better, even if we win by a ton of points we are like ‘what can we do better’,” said Luplow. That is the mindset this team possesses, and it starts with the head coach and trickles down to the players, which is a sign of good coaching and players that are receptive to being coached. Not all players are like that. The season is far from over though and the Rams still have aspects of their game that they need to improve in order for the team to achieve their goals of winning the conference and state championships. Roblee said that in order to get better, they need to keep their focus on the task at hand and not look too far ahead in the schedule, and the players feel the same way. “We have a bit more to do before playoffs and if our vision jumps too far ahead, it will create roadblocks. Have we made growth since the beginning of the season? Absolutely. Do we still see growth coming for the second half of conference? Yes,” Roblee said. Luplow echoes her coach’s sentiments. “We kind of agreed that we would take it one game at a time. Of course our overall goal is state but other than that we are just like ‘who are we playing next?’” With almost exactly one month left in the season, the Rams are undoubtedly on the right track to accomplish winning themselves a state title.

the NFL in points per game at just a shade over 28. So scoring hasn’t been a problem. If anything is going to hold this team back, it’s going to be the defense. Oakland ranks dead last out of 32 teams in total yards allowed while also surrendering over 27 points per game according to ESPN and NFL’s official statistics. It has not shown up in the win-loss column yet, but the team is playing with fire when they are giving up so many yards and points. That won’t last forever. At some point you are who you are and the results will eventually bear the fruit of their labor. That is not to say that the Raiders are not a good team or that they are overrated. They earned their 4-1 record. Still, if the defense does not get substantially better throughout the season, the Raiders will be headed for a quick exit in the playoffs if they get there, which is no guarantee at this point. With 11 games left in the season, there is still plenty of time to get these concerns straightened out, but the AFC is a tough conference and Oakland will be tested. Seven of the final 11 games will be against teams that made the postseason, with five of them being against divisional opponents, which are the most crucial games on any team’s schedule. Playing well against San Diego, Kansas City and Denver will go a long way in determining whether the Raiders will finally break their long and miserable playoff drought.

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Rams Pull Audible With Two Quarterbacks

My teammates are what make me better. This is the best time I’ve every played.”


- Jonathan Rodriguez FCC men’s soccer forward

Sports Editor mford@therampageonline.com

The Fresno City College Rams football team is doing things unconventionally this year by starting two different quarterbacks throughout the first half of the season. Sophomores Anthony Monken and Andrew Zimmerman have been sharing duties behind center for the sixteenth ranked team in the California Community College Athletics Association statewide rankings. Monken returned to the Rams after backing up former Rams’ signal caller Christian Rossi while Zimmerman is a bounce back from Fresno State. Playing with two quarterbacks has the potential to bring about dissension in the locker room, with players not being happy with their playing time, but both players have denied that this has been a problem. I’m not really like that. I’m not going to be like, “hey I think I deserve more. If I deserve more, they will notice me. I won’t have to ask for more,” said Zimmerman. “I went through it during my senior year with a kid on our team who is actually playing at Northwestern right now,” Monken said. “At the quarterback position you are with these guys every single day and so you become pretty good friends with them over time. It’s not a big deal, it’s one of your buddies.” Head coach, Tony Caviglia, stated that both quarterbacks are capable of getting the job done, and that has been a factor in there not being a full time starter. “They both have talented arms. They have college arms and are really bright students of the game,” Caviglia said. “Both of them possess great leadership qualities. Getting to learn the system and getting to learn the things that they have to do to be successful are really what we wanted to get them ready for.” One of the main concerns on


Jonathan Rodriguez. Photo/Eric Zamora

Standout lays goals BY MICHAEL MENDEZ

Reporter mmendez@therampageonline.com


he Fresno City College men’s soccer team is continuing their strong start to their season, with

the field with starting multiple quarterbacks is the possibility of not developing a good rapport with the rest of the offense. Timing is a crucial part of football and if that is disrupted, it could lead to bad results on the field. Timing is often developed through countless repetitions during practice. The way that the reps are split can have a direct impact on the quality of play. In order to combat that, Caviglia typically allows each quarterback to take roughly the same number of reps so both can be ready to start or come into the game in relief of the other. “Whoever started that week gets a

a strong defensive front and the top scorers in the league. Forward Jonathan Rodriguez has scored 12 goals this season and hopes to continue the strong start to his rookie season. Jonathan Rodriguez is a 22-yearold physical education major, who has been playing soccer since he little bit more reps, but we’re spread pretty evenly in the team drills. Whatever drills we are on are split evenly. The starter will usually get a couple more reps,” Zimmerman said. Despite all of the unconventional circumstances regarding who plays, both quarterbacks have had good success at certain points during the season. Monken has played very well in particular as he ranks third in the state in pass yards per game and third in touchdown passes with seven. Zimmerman is the eighth ranked passer in the CCCAA, averaging 103 yards per game and five touchdown passes.

Anthony Monken against Santa Rosa College Bearcubs at Ratcliffe Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Photo/Ram Reyes

was nine. Rodriguez first got into soccer through his local youth soccer leagues where he took a liking to the sport, playing soccer for Washington Union High School where he would win a valley soccer championship in 2015 before enrolling into Fresno City College. Rams’ men’s soccer coach, Eric Solberg, saw Rodriguez as a star prospect, after seeing how talented he was during his time at Washington Union. Solberg sees Rodriguez as a strong forward who is able to keep the ball on the opponent’s side of the field. He kicks aggressive strikes at the goal and Solberg was pleased to recruit Rodriguez onto his roster. He is not surprised about the kind of season he has been having this season and hopes he finishes the year the way it started. “Jonathan is a great guy. I’ve watched him for three years at Washington Union. He was one of the top players that I wanted to get. He has everything you want in a player; being a good finisher; great in front of the net. and getting whatever the goalkeeper gives him,” said Solberg. “I hope he continues doing much of the same to stay aggressive and get him in more free spots at goal”. Soccer is now at its halfway point, and Rodriguez knows there is still more work to be done this season. Everything they do is to get to the state championship. Rodriguez always finds a way to improve, and the 12 goals he scored so far this season are just the beginning of what he and his team can achieve this season. “I have to get better and stronger because everything that I do is to get to where we need to be at the end of the season,” said Rodriguez. “My teammates are what make me better. This the best time I’ve ever played, getting more opportunities at goal and giving us better chances to win”. The Rams roster know they have a great athlete in Rodriguez, and believe they are meant for big things with him on the roster. Rams’ soccer player, Jorge Garcia, believes that Rodriguez is one of those rare talents that come around every so often, and the kind of player they need in order to win a championship this season. “He is a natural forward and knows how to finish strikes. It has been awhile since we have had that kind of player and he is what we need to win a championship,” said Garcia. Rodriguez is always looking ahead to what comes next in his life. He plans to transfer to Fresno State to continue his collegiate soccer career once his time at Fresno City College is done, he hopes to go professional playing for any soccer club that is willing to have him. Bring hard work, striking power, knowledge of the game and the will to succeed.


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Leila Monzon fights for ball during the match against Clovis Community College player at Ratcliffe on October 7, 2016. Photo/ Savanna Manzo

If we are able to do that better, we can continue doing what we have been doing all season long.”

- Oliver Germond Head soccer coach


Reporter mmendez@therampageonline.com

The Fresno City College women’s soccer team controlled every aspect of the game in their 2-0 victory over Clovis Community College. The win improves the Rams record to 7-2-1 while extending their four game winning streak, while Clovis now has a 2-2-5 record. The game started off in a hurry with the Rams taking control of the game, moving the ball into Clovis’s side of the field. This aggressive play resulted in Rams’ freshman forward Sophia Zertuche scoring the opening goal five minutes into the first half.

Zertuche stated that her team likes to set the tone of the game early as to not allow their opponents a chance to build any kind of momentum. “It was great to score the go ahead goal in the first half as it eased the pressure of getting that first one, allowing us to just play our game of staying aggressive and always keep the other team on their toes,” Zertuche said. The Rams continued their aggressive play keeping the ball on Clovis side of the field, controlling time of possession limiting Clovis’s shots at goal to only three in the first half. Despite the Rams controlling the tempo of the game, they failed to make their lead bigger due to a lack of execution, making late passes and

missing makeable goals, ending the first half with a 1-0 lead. Rams head coach Oliver Germond liked how dominant his team was performing, but was not pleased with the lack of scoring, feeling like they had left points on the field. Germond wanted his team to be patient in their strikes, making every shot on goal count and put away their opponents in the early going. “It was frustrating that we weren’t able to score as much as we did with all those opportunities. I felt like we were rushing our process not taking our time with our shots,” Germond said. “If we are able to do that better we can continue doing what we have been doing all season long, putting our opponents away in the early going.”

The second half started similar to the first half with the Rams maintaining control of the game, keeping the ball in Clovis’s side of the field. They wore their defense, allowing the Rams more strikes at goal. The Defensive pressure took its toll on Clovis and it showed when Rams freshman Tori Coles scored their second goal 20 minutes into the second half, sealing the Rams 2-0 victory. The goal had a special meaning for Coles. That game closing goal was also her first of her college career. Coles was happy she was able to get the goal and the win for their team, but knows that they need to take their time and play the game at their own pace in order to perform well for the season ahead. “That goal was a very special feeling as my team was behind me and helped set me up for that goal,” Cole said. “We just have to focus on our game, playing sharper by fixing the little things and once we do that everything will push us to success for the rest of the season.”