Issue 4 Spring 2017

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Spring 2017



IN PLAIN SIGHT Spike in sexual assaults has students on edge

State Center Community College District Police Chief, Jose Flores, says Fidel Isaac Tafoya, center, sexually assaulted at least one woman in the Fresno City College library on Feb. 22. Two more women have come forward to report Tafoya’s suspicious behavior on campus. Tafoya has been charged for sexual offenses at Fresno State multiple times, but this is his first known offense on the FCC campus. Courtesy of SCCCD Police



One in three women in the world will become a victim of violence or sexual assault in their lifetime, according to a 2017 campaign to end violence against women by One Billion Rising. In the U.S., every 98 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted. Every year, 321,500 Americans age 12 and older are victims of sexual assault, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. One in five college-aged women becomes a victim of sexual assault, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This is the case across the state and the country. What this means is that approximately 3,278 of the 16,125 women [FCC’s 2014-2015 student success scorecard] attending Fresno City College have experienced sexual assault. “The United States has one of the highest rape cultures in the world,” Karen Moseley, professor


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WILL EXPERIENCE violence or SEXUAL ASSAULT Source: One Billion Rising

We [the SCCCD police] can’t be everywhere all the time. We must all be vigilant.”

Blake Shelton rocks Save Mart Center

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of women’s studies at FCC, said. “We are very lackadaisical about dealing with the concept of rape or what rape is.” Women’s History Month began March 1 and is a reminder of the many issues women still face including sexual assault and rape. Sexual assault refers to unwanted touching, caressing or groping and may also be called sexual battery. Attempted rape and forcing victims to perform sexual acts are also considered sexual assault. Because rape involves sexual penetration without consent, it’s often distinguished from sexual assault, but may still be included in the definition. Reportedly, a man groped a woman in the Fresno City College library on Feb. 22, but he was released due to lack of evidence, said the State Center Community College District police. As of March 7, a warrant for Fidel Isaac Tafoya’s arrest on charges of sexual battery has been sent to the district attorney’s office, according

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Artists End Black History Month with Gospel Presentation BY MARCO ROSAS


On Feb. 25, Fresno City College’s old administration building auditorium played host to an African-American gospel celebration in recognition of Black History Month. The celebration incorporated a variety of different performances including liturgical interpretive dance, spiritual singing and live skits. “Gospel music is a huge part of African-American culture,” event representative and English instructor Ria Williams said. “For

African-American history month, it means so much to bring people together.” As one of the last events on campus for Black History Month, the gospel celebration ended the month on a successful note, with a near full house in attendance. The event has been entertaining FCC audiences since 2005, according to Williams. Groups from churches throughout Fresno were present and each delivered diverse performances to reign in the festivities. A group by the name of In His Presence Mime performed the liturgical interpretive dance and inspirational spoken word.

According to group member Charlene Ross, the roots of the performance can be found in the book of Ezekiel when the messages of God were spread through similar interpretive dances. Audience members like Esther Walker were also treated to live music from Brothers Under Spiritual Testimony, or B.U.S.T. Walker said the band’s performance was one her favorites of the night and the music was uplifting and joyful as gospel music should be. Walker said she encourages people to come to events like this not only to enjoy the music but also to experience moving performances as well.

The Praise COGIC Youth Praise Team added some diversity to the line up. The group performed a skit depicting the freedom riders, protesters and victims of modern day shootings like Trayvon Martin together going through the same struggle of overcoming racial tensions and prejudice. Musician Ozell Thompson Jr. said, “It was touching and a lot of times here in California we don’t actually experience that sort of stuff. We all need each other.” The gospel celebration is an annual black history month event, so people can rest assured the music will return next year.

Tolerance, Forgiveness Part of Interfaith Scholar’s Speech in OAB BY ELIAS CARDENAS


A leading philosopher in Islam spoke about the “Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism” at the annual Interfaith Scholar Weekend in the Old Administration Building of Fresno City College on Feb. 26. Abdulaziz Sachedina, a professor in the International Institute of Islamic Thought and chair in Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, spoke at

the event, started in 1989 by the late Rabbi Robert Seigel with the purpose of finding an interfaith perspective from a specific religion the committee chooses each year. Fresno City College hosted the last discussion of the weekend. The weekend was full of discussions and activities. The event was based on Islamic religion and Interfaith, which is a way of relating to and understanding multiple religions, not just one’s own. “God wants us to live together,”

Sachedina said. “We should learn how to do that.” The Interfaith weekend recognizes that communities all over the country are not dedicated to one single religion anymore, like in the past, and are instead now living in a multi-faith society. “Now everybody is all mixed up,” Sachedina said. “And the more we know about each other, the better ways of appreciating and relating to them becomes possible.” At the end of the discussion, Sachedina said the “purpose [of humanity] is determined by God and God doesn’t want us to fight.”

He also said that it is critical to not just listen, but to respect each other and also work together to understand the many religions we are surrounded by. Sachedina concluded his speech by asking participants to understand forgiveness and how it’s the more important aspect in our daily lives, even more than religion itself. “It leads to improving of relationships. Forgiveness is necessary to improve the fractured relationships,” said Sachedina. “It’s true to all interfaith communities.”

Seminar offers help to immigrants BY MARCO ROSAS


A free “Know Your Rights” seminar regarding immigrant rights will be held at noon on March 10 in Room 251 of the Old Administration Building. Presented by the Education and Leadership foundation, the seminar

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The Rampage Would like to Rectify the Following Resources Abound to Aid Veteran Success

The Rampage printed in the Feb. 22 issue that the Veteran’s Resource Center was a function of the Veteran’s Administration and not a part of the district. The Resource Center is under the Student Services Department. The Rampage regrets the mistake.

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Nursing Department changes lottery system

New multi-criteria screening will narrow down applicants waiting to be accepted through the old lottery system, but the new process will be more efficient in getting people in the program,” Jessie Santos, who started the program in Spring 2016, said. “The new changes could make potential nursing students more conscious of their grades and more willing to gain experience that could help them in the nursing field.” Kathleen Caliwag, who started the nursing program in Spring 2017, also commented on the modified lottery system. “I think that the new process will lead to higher qualified nurses,” Caliwag said. “With weights being assigned to the criteria, students will have to prioritize their time, efforts, and resources.” Both Santos and Caliwag waited a year before getting accepted into the program. “I was initially selected as an alternate, meaning that I would only be accepted into the program if there was room for me,” Santos said. “I didn’t have too much of a problem with the old lottery sys-



The nursing program at Fresno City College rolled out its new multi-criteria screening application process on Feb. 1. This new process requires students to meet several academic standards to qualify for the RN program lottery. The multi-criteria screening application process, according to Stephanie Robinson, director of nursing, is more beneficial than the traditional lottery system, because it results in better prepared students entering the program. “If we look at academic performance and other elements that would provide more well-prepared students, then the attrition rate would go down,” Robinson said. “We would have students who could finish the program and pass the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt.” The change in the admissions requirement is also expected to increase National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) success rates. In the 2015/2016 school year, the 221 FCC nursing graduates who took the NCLEX-RN passed the examination for a 76 percent pass rate. The multi-criteria screening application process also provides an opportunity to have a better look at the type of students who are selected for the nursing program. Until the new standard, nursing program applicants had to have a minimum of 2.5 overall GPA, a grade of C or better in all prerequisites, and a score at least 62 percent on the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). In addition to this, the new process now requires that students meet a minimum cut-off score to participate in the modified lottery process. Points are given based on students’ ATI TEAS total adjusted scores, GPA in prerequisites, previous academic degrees, relevant health care certifications and life experiences. Fresno City College has the largest community college nursing program in California, and the second largest program in the U.S. Many aspiring nurses have tried their luck in getting into the program each semester, but were instead forced to wait up to five years to be accepted because of the sheer amount of students applying to the program and the college’s randomized lottery system. “In the past, we would get anywhere from 300 to 600 students applying to the nursing program and had over 900 waiting in the lottery,” Robinson said. “Approximately 110 are accepted each semester, but the number could change depending on grant funding.” Applications for the upcoming semester were accepted until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. “There were so many people

In the past, we would get anywhere from 300 to 600 students applying to the nursing program and had over 900 waiting in the lottery.” - Stephanie Robinson, director of nursing at FCC

tem; a year-long wait wasn’t too bad, but I know of people who had to wait for three to five years.” Caliwag said it was hard to see people who finished their prerequisites after her get in before she did. “There was a lack of academic differentiation between applicants,” Caliwag said. Applicants are notified whether or not they are selected for the nursing program via mail. Those who are not selected in the lottery receive a form that must be sent back to the department Secretary indicating interest in participating in the next lottery. “With the Multi-Criteria Screening Application Process, we have an opportunity to look at the type of students that we would select,” Robinson said. “The RN program is a very demanding program, and the new application process ensures students are fully prepared to take it on.” Photo Illustration/Ram Reyes





Rams’ Debate Team Takes home Gold and Bronze at Long Beach Invitational Tournament BY JORGE RODRIGUEZ


The Fresno City College Forensics debate team won gold and bronze medals at the 2017 PSCFA “Char Arnold” spring championship in Long Beach during the weekend of Feb. 24 to 26. Students Brandon McQueen, Jeremy Ott, Jordan Popps and Briana Bailey won bronze in the novice category, and Alexis O’Casey and Edward Smith took bronze in the open category. In the junior category, the team of Hunter Radford and Matthew Cuevas won gold, and Radford won sixth place in speaker awards. The Forensics team took 13 students and three coaches to the regional championship that included 34 schools. The schools range from two-year colleges to four-

The FCC debate team celebrates multiple wins after a long day of competition at Long Beach State University on Feb. 25, 2017 . Photo Courtesy of Scott Hughes

year universities. FCC students partnered up and competed in three different categories -- Junior Parliamentary, Novice Parliamentary and Open Parliamentary. “Only having 20 minutes to prepare for a debate, while having six of them in a day can become really challenging,” Radford said. “It’s hard to debate against seniors from a four-year college, but fortunately, our coach prepares us very well.” Radford also said he wanted to recognize his partner, Cuevas, for competing at the highest level and for being “vital in our success.” Coach Eric Fletcher and assistant coaches Dan Scott and Cyndie Luna run the program

Only having 20 minutes to prepare for a debate, while having six of them in a day can become really challenging.” -Hunter Radford FCC Debater


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which has between 70 and 90 students competing in an intramural league. The coaches prepare the students to perform at the highest level. “This year the kids worked hard and it finally paid off,” Fletcher said. “They [students] have to be very knowledgeable on everything that’s going on,” Fletcher said. “And [they] need to look at both angles because they don’t get to choose which side to be on.” The forensics team will be unable to attend the state tournament in Woodland Hills due to budget constraints and debater availability.



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to Jose Flores, chief of SCCCD police. According to Flores, there have been four reports of sexual assault on the FCC Campus this year. These cases all involved sexual battery. There were four cases of sexual battery reported in 2016. In 2015, there was one case reported involving sexual battery. District police now plan to be more visible on campus in response to the recent report. Preventing sexual assault involves everyone from the police to the students. “There are a lot more people than there are police,” Flores said. “We [the SCCCD police] can’t be everywhere all the time. We must all be vigilant.” Three factors that can create a crime are the suspect, the victim and the location. Flores said students can be proactive by being aware of their surroundings, walking in groups and trying to avoid locations where crime rates are high. FCC, however, should not be a location where crimes should occur, said Flores. Part of the SCCCD police’s plan is to eliminate the location factor of the triangle. An escort service is available for students. A police department member will walk students or staff members to a part of the campus or to their vehicle.

Some students said they were concerned about their safety after hearing stories about sexual assault on campus. Hawon Jang, art major, said she is feeling anxious after hearing about students being sexually assaulted in the parking lots on campus.

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Jang said that since she was highlighting women’s experiences, an international student, her men can also be victims of sexual counselor suggested she avoid assault. taking night classes for safety “Men should be careful as well,” reasons. Jang said other students Gagan Singh, pharmaceuticals may want to take the same major, said. “It’s generalized that precautions. mostly women are attacked, but “I think the police could be anything could happen to anyone.” more present at night,” Shauna The FCC community was Floyd, communications major said. notified on March 3 that a male “Our campus could have more subject exposed himself and began emergency “performing a phones.” lewd act” in front On the other of a male student hand, one on March 1. student said she Sexual assault felt safe because victims can seek she had never immediate help heard of sexual at the Health assault crimes Services Center, occurring on located in the campus. Student Services “I never office, Room 112. really heard Victims can about the speak with a nurse campus not about assault and being safe,” may be referred Source: SCCCD Police Yuna Sakamoto, to Psychological art major, said. Services for “So, I don’t really think about that.” further consultation. According to Moseley, the word Students may also contact prevention can’t be applied to cases the campus wide safety senator, involving sexual assault. Martin Guadalupe, with any safety Moseley said that addressing concerns at 559-283-1861. the issue is a more accurate phrase, If students are victims of sexual and education about sexual assault assault or want to use the escort is a way for people to help protect service, they can contact the themselves and others. SCCCD police at 559-244-5911. Although this month is

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Controversy Surrounds District’s Solar Project BY ASHLEIGH PANOO


A controversial districtwide solar panel project was passed during the SCCCD board meeting on March 7 at Reedley College. The board voted four to three to OK the project for construction, which would take place during the summer. Trustees Richard Caglia, Ronald Nishinaka, Bobby Kahn and Deborah Ikeda voted in favor of the plan, while Miguel Arias, John Leal and Eric Payne voted no. Every campus in the district is scheduled to get solar panels, but according to Christine Miktarian, associate vice chancellor for business and operations, the only campus showing resistance to the project is Fresno City College. Miktarian said the solar panels are proposed for parking lots B, C and D, which face McKinley Avenue. Miktarian said she doesn’t understand the opposition for the project because it seems “almost too good to be true” for the district. She said the installation of the panels is free, and the company, Forefront Power, will maintain the panels during the 20-year lease. It is expected to save FCC about $500,000 on its PG&E bill during the first year, and $8 million over the course of the lease. Part of the opposition is be-

cause a new parking garage is in the plan to build the garage in lots B, C works, but Miktarian said the park- and D because of space restraints. ing garage has always been slated Arias said he is opposed to using for parking lot E, near Carls Jr. The a solar firm that is not local to the solar panels are not being installed area. Miktarian said the bidding in lot E for that specific reason, said process was very competitive and Miktarian. that no other company provided a Among the three members of the fixed rate over the 20 years like the board of trustees who voted against company that won. There is also the project, Arias, said he has gotten an educational curriculum that the nothing but opposition from neigh- company is offering that would bors. teach students about the solar panel Some of those neighbors showed construction. up at the meeting on March 7 to Arias is skeptical about the the voice their concerns about the projected benefits of the solar projproject. ect to students. Arias also said that beginning “The only benefit as it’s currentthe project before discussing the ly written for students and staff is parking garage is detrimental. For that it’s going to give you shaded one, it limits the options available to parking,” Arias said. “The millions of the college. dollars that we save are going Once the to go to the general fund for solar panels the whole district.” are installed, Arias said that parking the parkpermits will continue to Here we are ing garage increase every year if somecould not thing is not changed. generating more go up where Four electric vehicle revenue from solar panels charging stations will also are already be installed and Miktarian students when installed, limsaid it is possible that they we’re not alleviating could be free of charge to use iting where the parking any of their parking for students and staff. Arias garage could isn’t sure this would come to be built if the issues.” fruition. designated “They see that as a revlocation does enue generator,” Arias said. -Miguel Arias not work out. “Here we are generating Trustee Miktarian more revenue from students said there has when we’re not alleviating never been a any of their parking issues.”

Arias says a better way to install the solar panels is by using rooftops. “In most urban colleges,” he said, “solar panels are done on rooftops of buildings and not in parking lots because there’s very little parking space.” Arias and other opposing board members say they have not had enough time to look over the project before voting on it. Miktarian said although there was talk of the project in past board meetings, the official proposal was only brought to the board in the February meeting. “We started discussions with the vendor last August,” she said, but that there is good cause to move forward quickly. The California Public Utilities Commission announced in January that it was changing its peak hours to the evening instead of midday for the district. Miktarian said that because the district is beginning a new project, it applied to have its old rates grandfathered in, saving the district money on electrical costs. The other concern, Miktarian said, is what students would do for parking during construction. She says as of now, they are aiming to begin construction in the summer and have it finished before the fall 2017 semester. “We’re trying to accelerate our schedule. That’s why we’re saying we need to move forward,” Miktarian said. “We have a great plan here.” Broadcast editor Larry Valenzuela contributed to this story.


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Blake Shelton serenades the crowd at the Savemart Center in Fresno on March 3, 2017. Photo/Larry Valenzuela



Flannel, boots and denim. Fresno’s Save Mart Center was the place to be for country lovers on March 3. Singer, entertainer and coach on the hit show “The Voice,” Blake Shelton gave Fresno a night to remember with his “Doing It to Country Songs” concert tour. The night started with “The Voice” Season 11 winner, Sundance Head, who gave the already nearly filled arena a bluesy kind of country rock beginning. His range and rich tone gave soul into every song he sang. His cover of Alicia Key’s “No One” definitely gave “The Voice” fans nostalgia and had audience members singing along.

With his long beard, cowboy hat and guitar, Sundance Head was able to captivate with his voice and soul. Second to open was Season 2 contestant Raelynn, who came on stage in all of her glittering glory with her shimmery dress, tights and voice. Raelynn has the potential of a country pop princess in the making with her wholesome Texas roots, her blonde girl-next-door persona and her twangy, Southern voice. Her songs “WildHorse” and “Love Triangle” really showcased the depth of her voice. Blake Shelton opened his set with “Neon Light” and had the entire crowd on their feet, which is how most of them remained for the rest of the night. The countryman had the ability to entertain a crowd in a way that did


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Fresno ‘Does it to Country Songs’ with Blake Shelton not need to involve choreography, backup dancers or costume changes. His ability to entertain and engross his audience was by being himself. Shelton was able to create a familiarity and atmosphere that made an audience of tens of thousands seem intimate. He sang to his audience with heartfelt emotions and they returned it wholeheartedly. He sang songs, old and new, and the crowd followed every note. He invoked a hospitable atmosphere where people were comfortable to get to know their neighbors in the seat next to them. People were drinking merrily with their arms around each other, singing their hearts out to “Hillbilly Bone” and “Some Beach.” Shelton sang with so much emotion in “Who Are You When

I’m Not Looking” and “Every Time I Hear That Song” that couples around the arena slow danced. As the two hour show came to a rest, Shelton brought his former pupils and opening acts onto the stage to help him end the night with “Boys ‘Round Here.” As he thanked the crowd and the lights grew dim, the audience stomped, cheered and chanted for “one more, one more.” The stage lights brightened once more as the band began to play the familiar melody of “Footloose,” and Shelton came sauntering up the stage once more. And to truly end the night, he gave the crowd one last ballad, “God Gave Me You,” as a final thank you to his fans for the evening.


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Orchestra Brings the Romantics to Life

The Fresno City College Community Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of conductor Jeffrey Sandersier in the OAB autitorium on Feb. 28, 2017. Photo/Cheyenne Tex



The Fresno City College Community Symphony Orchestra performed for FCC students, relatives and community members on the night of Feb. 28. The performance featured the works of musicians Ambroise Thomas, Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Strauss II. In the Old Administration Build-

ing auditorium, conductor Jeffrey Sandersier directed the orchestra in hopes to leave the audience with an impactful performance. “I like having these concerts so people go away happy,” Sandersier said. “They can leave with goodness, which is great especially in today’s time.” After John Morrice, the concertmaster, led the orchestra in its tuning, the orchestra began their performance with “Raymond Overture,” by Thomas.

Thomas’ piece began with the entire orchestra and continued with a pleasing melody that started with the violins and was later met by the sounds of woodwinds. For the end of the overture, the entire orchestra played together to create a slow build up to an exciting ending. During each piece, the orchestra members played their instruments with furrowed eyebrows, their fingers moving swiftly across the strings and their lungs filling with

Fans Animated by Convention’s Return BY MICHAEL MENDEZ

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Pop culture fans rejoice as anime, video games, comic books, sci-fi and cosplay fans come together for the sixth annual Ani-Me Con. The two day event will be held on March 18-19 at the Fresno Fairgrounds. Ani-Me Con 6.0 is a convention that spreads to all things of pop culture from anime to comic books. The event features vendors, concerts, gaming tournaments, art work, a cosplay contest, maid cafes, special guest speakers panels and more. The event features 138 vendors from all over the Central Valley selling different forms of merchandise from pillows, keychains, figurines, comic/manga, DVDs and food. In charge of the event is coordinator Rick Phoeung who has ran it since its debut in 2011 at the Manchester Mall. He has seen the event come a long way and his goal is to be the biggest anime event in the central valley. “I feel we have a strong anime community that has been growing, and we wanted to put on an event that everyone will enjoy,” said Phoeung. “Our event has been getting bigger with every passing year. We

started having free admission events at Manchester Mall with over 100 vendors and special guest at the fairgrounds. With every growing event, we are constantly trying to put together the best con that we can.” The event will feature some of the popular celebrities that have become convention regulars. Returning to the event will be

voice actress Sarah Anne Williams, Kinu Cafe, TVN Sports & Collectibles, Kamikazegames, voice actress Erika Harlacher and more. “After hearing feedback from our attendees, we are happy to bring vendors and special guests that they enjoy,” Phoeung said. Attendance grows each year; last year’s event had 6,000 attendees and

air to support their wind instruments. “[Performing] is exhausting,” violinist Souvixada Somsacksy said. “It’s a culmination of all our hard work. You get to show people how much you care about the music.” The concert continued with a piece by Mendelssohn, called “Symphony No. 3 A Minor, Op. 56.” Mendelssohn’s piece started slow and gloomy, picked up the pace with a section dedicated to the clarinets, continued with a march-like theme and concluded with an aggressive, striking ending. Between each piece the audience applauded the orchestra. Linda Chueng, an audience member, said she thought the orchestra played well, especially Mendelssohn’s difficult piece. Strauss II’s “Nordseebilder (North Sea Pictures) Waltz, Op. 390” ended the concert. Members of the symphony orchestra include FCC students, community members and semi-professionals. “We work hard,” violinist Derrol Keith said. “This is test night. I get to show what I am capable of, and we get to show what we are capable of.” In 1969, Alex Molnar and Robert Kazanjian founded the orchestra and it has continued to perform since. Sandersier has been the conductor since 1991 and enjoys the emotional impact these concerts can have on an audience. “These concerts can move people emotionally,” Sandersier said. “Then when they leave, they can do something positive.”

this year is expected to have 6,0007,000 attending the event, according to Phoeung. Ani-Me Con is trying to top themselves each year by adding more vendors and guests to each event. The new vendors and guests who will be featured in this year’s event will be WWE hall of famer Rikishi, cosplayer D-Piddy, DJ Royal-T, cosplayer Tsukino Mari and Corps Dance Crew. Over the years, Ani-Me Con has left its impression on fans, especially first time attendees. “We try to make everyone feel welcome in these events as we cater to everything in pop culture from anime to sci-fi,” Phoeung said. “As long as we can make guests feel safe and have a good time in our event, then I think we’ve done our job.”

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How Do you Feel About Pacific Cafe Closing? BY MARCO ROSAS PHOTOS BY JORGE RODRIGUEZ

Wiberal Varenga Criminology

“I find it a bit ridiculous...I see a lot of students go there and relax, do their work and things like that.”

Kara Gonzales Nutrition

“I wouldn’t eat any of that food because it doesn’t really look healthy.”

Chincheng Lee Kinesiology

“It’s a good place to hang out with friends, really good food, so it’s pretty disappointing.”


Are Protests Truly Effective? BY NOAH VILLAVERDE


On Jan. 20, after perhaps the most divisive election in modern American history, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump’s victory evoked fear within many Americans. In particular, women, immigrants, Muslims and LGBT citizens have voiced their concerns. On Jan. 21 following President Trump’s Inauguration, a worldwide protest was held. The Women’s March boasted an estimated 4.8 million participants on a global scale, making it the largest political demonstration since the anti-war Vietnam protests. The Women’s March was held in opposition to Trump’s previous comments about women during his presidential campaign - particularly the leaked Access Hollywood tape. As it turns out, the Trump Administration has received a significant amount of scrutiny through more protests after a little over a month. Many protested at airports following Trump’s executive order that barred Muslims and refugees from Muslim majority countries. It seems that every week since he was sworn into office, millions of Americans have held protests in solidarity against the president. Peaceful protests are a hallmark within American history. If it were not for the protests against segregation and racial injustice, discrimination against minorities would still be mainstream. But are we in danger of having too much protest? This question may seem odd for many to consider, but although it is important that citizens publically voice their sentiments in times of division, would it really provoke change that is desired by these different groups? An argument that can be made is that doubling down with these protests on a weekly basis would only further sharpen the divide between Trump and Clinton voters. Remember, despite Trump win-

ning the electoral college, Clinton won the popular vote. Both the Women’s March and protests against the travel ban have brought significant media attention. Also, the vocal protests from artists at both the Grammy Awards and Academy Awards have hit the headlines. Critics of the Trump Administration have the right to continue their resistance against it. But the energy within individual’s echo chamber of choice can cloud their judgment

from looking into the big picture. That’s not to say that people should stop protesting. If groups are truly passionate about the issues that matter to them, by all means continue to do so. But continuing ad hominem attacks against the opposition will lessen the opportunity to have a civil discussion over policy. It is on both sides of the political spectrum to reach a compromise on what is best for the American people as a whole.

Low-income Students Deserve Free Lunch BY ADRIANNA JOHNSON


All through grade school till high school, low-income students would line up in the cafeteria of their schools for their lunch. Students at the time did not realize these lunches were free. As adult students in college, we are constantly on the hunt for cheap, fast meal options. Fresno City College has restaurants on and nearby campus, as well as a cafeteria that you can purchase food at. However, the system we know as children of lining up for our free lunch is just a memory at this point. What you pick up and place on your tray you are calculating how much it will cost instead of anticipating enjoying your lunch break. “My kids get free lunch at their elementary school and I am grateful, but it would be a great stress reliever if City gave us free lunch,” Michelle Gonzalez a student at FCC said while on her lunch break between classes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program operates in over 100,000 schools, including residential child care institutions, so why should low-income college students not be on this list?

Many students are guilty of not eating proper meals or even skipping meals. This lack of nutrition could lead to lack in performance in students’ school work. Providing low-income students with free cafeteria lunches could be beneficial to their education as well as balancing diets. Students already fill out a FAFSA form each year, said Michelle Gonzalez . She mentioned the idea of adding free school lunch qualification forms to the application. Michelle Gonzalez seemed to be onto something with this idea. It makes sense, seems efficient and the majority of students would take the extra minute or two to fill out a form if it benefits them. This simple addition to the FAFSA application could relieve a lot of stress from students’ daily college lives, allowing as much focus as possible on education. The Free School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program just like the FAFSA is a federal program and is administered by state agencies, meaning this concept is not far fetched. The USDA food and nutrition services website encourages people to contact the school to apply for free school meals. People on SNAP and unemployment benefits already qualify.

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Do Award Shows Matter? generation of creative forces to continue to innovate with their craft. Fascinatingly enough, beyond the recognition given to these acclaimed works of art, the performance by the host, musicians also play into the entertainment value of the ceremony. Jimmy Kimmel, who’s known for his late night talk show on ABC, found a proper balance between the divided political landscape in America while also making both sides of the aisle laugh. But during this year’s Oscar telecast, a moment that shocked millions occurred. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly announced “La La Land” for Best Picture. The producers then went up to the stage to deliver their acceptance speech only to realize that Dunaway and Beatty were given the wrong envelope and that “Moonlight” was the true winner for Best Picture. Despite the mistake, seeing “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz graciously hand over the trophy to the “Moonlight” producers promoted not only both films to the audience, but also epitomized what this year’s sentiment was all about: diversity and unity. Seeing both the predominately white producers of “La La Land” and the predominately black producers of “Moonlight” embrace one another and celebrating each other’s accomplishments at the ceremony represented love and compassion despite this unfortunate circumstance. Moments like these keep viewers talking. How else would these two films would be more discussed between the mainstream audiences? Now that both films are still in theaters, more will have the opportunity to see these stories on the big screen.



Awards shows are the perfect opportunity to promote and commemorate some of the greatest achievements in the arts of the previous year. In particular, the annual Academy Awards ceremony has the special opportunity to showcase some films that the majority of mainstream audiences have not seen or even heard of. Ever since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) expanded the number of nominees added to the Best Picture category, films from both the studio and independent circuit get to enjoy the limelight. Out of this year’s Best Picture nominees, only “Arrival,” “Hidden Figures” and “La La Land” grossed over $100 million worldwide, whereas the other six films haven’t reached that mark. Thanks to the Academy Awards, viewers also get the opportunity to see how much of a collaborative process filmmaking really is. With different categories exploring some of the behind-the-scenes work that artists contribute with, it can inspire young people with those sensibilities to pursue their creative side and perhaps join the industry. Award shows matter because it showcases a diverse array of artistic achievements. Celebration of the arts also influences the next

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This year’s Oscars and Grammys award shows have just passed and were subject to some controversy, with La La Land accidentally being named best picture and Beyonce fans’ outraged at the pop icon’s loss. Adele beat out Beyonce for album of the year and “Moonlight” beat out “La La Land” for best picture. By this reasoning, everyone has now accepted that Adele and Moonlight are superior to Beyonce and La La Land. Now that the facts and the alternative facts are out of the way, it is time to discuss the matter at hand. Do awards matter? The answer is yes and no, but mostly no. Human beings have accomplished a variety of extraordinary things throughout history, and many of those feats should be celebrated and recognized. However, awards are not to be confused as equal to the effort that it took to achieve those feats. Actors and recording artists much like athletes sacrifice years of their lives in the hopes of wooing audiences with stunning performances throughout storic careers. With that in mind, does it really make sense to quantify all of their professional worth with a trophy or plaque? The arts are not appreciated for being critically acclaimed or even fiscally successful necessarily. People enjoy watching movies and listening to music when artists put their best effort into projects and deliver great performances. If an award were an actor’s sole motivation for doing that audiences would be robbed of performances that take chances and are not afraid of scrutiny or losing. The Grammys and Oscars are not judged by the public, even




though both industries would not exist if not for their respective audiences. Critics subjectively decide that one work of art is better than the other and for what purpose exactly? Adele and Beyonce have not gained or lost any fame from the results of the Grammys. It seems as though award ceremonies are just pretentious and self-glorifying events that people watch much like they watch a commercial. They are both just on television. Oscar viewers are not getting all dressed up to watch the ceremony in their homes. The audience plays such a small role in the ceremony despite being the driving force behind the industry. How could anyone be excited to not actively participate in an event with no action other than acceptance speeches, a few musical performances, and political speeches. Actors, musicians and athletes all deserve respect for their accomplishments. It takes years of hard work to be able to perform and create spectacles in the way they do. But at the end of the day an award is a meaningless trinket that does not equal for the hours of practice alongside one’s peers in the pursuit of creating something greater.

More Food Options On Campus BY EDITORIAL BOARD

It is doubtful that anyone has ever said that college is easy. With so many things that students have to worry about, getting lunch should not be one of them. As things stand now, students do not have many options for lunch or any food on the Fresno City College campus, and the options will be more diminished in the fall semester. FCC has not renewed the contract for Pacific Cafe to continue running the food establishment beside the bookstore. Instead, Ram Pantry will occupy the space and provide free food and provisions to students. While the food at the school cafeteria is reasonably priced, the eatery closes at 3 p.m. Students wishing to grab a meal in the afternoon or evening must walk to one of the fast food places near the campus. The food cart in the fountain area sells mostly small snacks and beverages, and only accepts cash. Students may not have enough time between classes to go off campus, have lunch, and return in time for their class. Those enrolled in

night classes do not have any food options besides the food cart, or nearby fast food. These lunches can quickly add up. The nearly 25,000 students enrolled at FCC deserve cheaper and healthier food options. At Fresno State University, students have the option of Subway, Robertito’s Taco Shop and Panda Express, along with other food vendors. The FCC campus could benefit from more diverse eating options. Expanding food options could also have the added benefit of creating employment opportunities for students on campus. The college could also allow local food trucks to come on campus for healthier options that won’t break the bank. FCC must meet the needs of the student body and help ensure that its students have healthy and inexpensive food options readily available to them. The life of a student is complex enough, with the process of registering for classes, getting into them, passing them, ensuring one takes all the necessary classes and gaining an education that will be useful in a career is long and arduous. Getting a good meal on campus should be the last thing a student worries about.

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Ed Madec’s 400th Win – just Another Stop Along the Way

Ed Madec File Photo/ Ram Reyes



Coming off a loss in their first conference game of the season against College of Sequoias, the Fresno City College softball team was facing Merced College at home and looking to gather some momentum in league play. The Rams began the game with freshman pitcher Mayra Mendez on the mount, who quickly found herself in trouble when Merced College’s infielder Arisa Nishibe hit a homerun in the first at-bat of the game. The inning turned worse when the next three consecutive players reach base loading the bases. After getting the first out of the inning, Mendez had her next batter hit a single to right field that brought in two runs, making the score three to zero. Mendez finally got out of the inning when Merced College’s catcher, Elizabeth Cuevas was forced out of second base. Next batter, infielder Brianna Flores hit to right field and was caught by FCC’s outfielder Alyssa Geiger. The Rams had little luck finding their stride in the bottom of the the first and it wasn’t until a pop fly that was dropped in the outfield that catcher Karen Zamora reached base, but after a walked batter, the next batter struck out ending the first inning. In the top of the second inning,

Mendez’ pitching struggle continued giving Merced College more opportunities to score by allowing two more runners to reach base, and then giving up a double to center field, which allowed Merced College to score and make the game four to zero. At that point, coach Ronda Williams decided to change Mendez and bring in freshman Anisha Navarro as a reliever. Navarro finished the top of the second by getting the last two out


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Success is not just a measure of one’s achievements but the measure of the impact one leaves behind. For Fresno City College men’s basketball coach, Ed Madec, racking up 400 wins in his career during the 2016 season is just a stop along the way. In his 11 years at FCC, Madec’s resume includes three junior college California state championships, 11 straight winning seasons and seven straight Central Valley Conference championships. Madec has also overtaken former Rams basketball coach Joe Kelly for most wins in program history. Madec attributes his success to a trial and error method he learned when he was a former athlete. “I’ve been coaching for 15 years, learning so much through trial and error being fortunate to have great coaches that I played for,” Madec said. “That is a reflection of how I coach and the connection I have with my players and staff.” Madec said he figured out that relationships are important in basketball and that having the right people on his coaching staff brings out the best in him so he can build that strong relationship together. “Since day one, coaching here has always been a culture of building a brotherhood,” Madec said.

SPORTS “We focus on the things that we can control by working hard and playing smart, unselfish ball.” He said the success of his program is not from having the best talent in the past 15 years, “but we were able to maximize our talent in order for us to be a great team.” Madec was not aware of reaching the 400 wins club until he was later told by his coaching staff. He said he was flattered and honored to earn such an accomplishment, but it was not something he aspired to achieve. The sport of basketball has given Madec a life that goes beyond wins and losses. From players he coached and the coaches in his staff, the only thing that mattered is the people with whom he was able to share memories. “Basketball gave me that kind of relationship with the people that is worth more than all the wins and losses,” Madec said. “I was just happy that I could be a competitor in this sport for this school. It allowed me to compete with men that I call my brothers, that carried over to when I was a player.” Madec has no timeline for when he will retire from coaching basketball. “I enjoy everything about coaching and want to do it for as long as I can,” Madec said. “As long as I am having fun, I will continue to do it, but when it stops being fun, then it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter.”

Rams Suffer Tough Loss at Home with some help from her defense. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Rams’ offense started to have success. After the first two batters struck out, Merced College’s pitcher Brianna Lopez walked the next two batters and then allowed a single to center field by FCC’s infielder Alyssa Caballero, which allowed infielder Jackie Mendez to score. Then, infielder Sara Specht hit a triple to left field which brought in outfielder Madison Forester and Caballero, bringing FCC to one run of tying the game. The rallying inning ended and FCC was within distance of making a comeback in the late innings. At the bottom of the fifth inning, outfielder Kourtnee Dillard hit a

solo home run, tying the game and giving the Rams hope for a comeback win. The hopes for a comeback were diminished when in the top of the sixth inning, Lopez hit a homerun with a runner on base giving Merced the lead by two. FCC tried to come back in the bottom of the sixth and the bottom of the seventh but with no luck, and the game ended with FCC losing four to six. “We didn’t play poorly, we just didn’t cash in on the opportunities we had,” said coach Williams after the game. “We are having to play catch up, so if we can keep them from scoring early, things might be different.”

Final Score Anisha Navarro pitching five innings against Merced City College’s Blue Devils on March 2, 2017. Photo/Larry Valenzuela




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The coming of March can mean only one thing to sports fans -- the start of the NCAA college basketball tournament. March Madness is one of the best sporting events due to its unpredictability, upsets, gaming winning shots and the possibility of seeing underdog schools that go the distance. The madness is scheduled to begin March 14 through April 2, with the field of 68 still to be determined. The top 68 college basketball teams from 32 conferences face each other in a single elimination six round tournament to determine a national champion. Anything can happen and every team has an equal chance to win. What makes the March Madness tournament a spectacular sight to see is how unpredictable it is. Seeing teams heavily favored go far in the tournament only to lose in the early rounds, gives hope basketball fans from around the country. Whoever said Cinderella teams don’t make it far in the tournament has clearly never heard of the teams throughout history who have defied the odds the nation gave them. In 1985, the Villanova Wildcats shocked the college basketball world by winning the national championship as an eighth seed. The Supernovas set an NCAA record of being the lowest seeded team ever to win the tournament, a record that still stands to this day. In 2006, the George Mason Patriots became only the third lowest seeded team ever to reach the Final Four as an eleventh seed along with Louisiana State in 1986 and Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. What sets George Mason apart from the rest is the teams they had to beat to reach


RAMPAGE 3.8.2017 the Final Four. They defeated teams like Michigan State, Wichita State, Connecticut and that year’s defending champions, North Carolina. They may not have won it all, but it wasn’t a bad run. When it comes to determining a team’s chances, the higher the seeding, the better your chances are of winning. History has, for the most part, proven this to be true. The top two teams have claimed the most titles, and teams seeded one or two have won the last five years. Villanova in 2016, Duke in 2015, Connecticut in 2014, Louisville in 2013, Kentucky in 2012, Connecticut in 2011 and Duke in 2010 evidence the fact. Out of all of the teams that have been involved in the NCAA’s 78-year history, there is one team that stands out among the rest. The UCLA Bruins are kings of the March Madness tournament winning a record-setting 11 times, and second place Kentucky’s behind them with eight wins. With the tournament set to begin, time is running out to pick a favorite. Good luck filling out your tournament brackets and in words of “The Hunger Games,” “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Badminton Team Seeks to Repeat State Title Success BY MICHAEL MENDEZ

Sports Editor

Success is a privilege many teams enjoy, and being able to achieve it twice in a row is almost impossible, but not for the Fresno City College badminton team. The Fresno City College Badminton team ended their 2016 season with a perfect 10-0 record, earning a Coast Conference championship, as well as capping off their season with a 11-10 win over Pasadena City College in the state finals for their second California State championship in program history. The Rams are scheduled to start their season on March 16 when they go on the road to face San Francisco City College. The Rams are heading into the season as the defending state champions and carry a lot of weight on their shoulders as they try to repeat last season’s success with only two athletes from their championship roster. But they are determined to make this season just as successful as the last. Leading the charge for the Rams is head coach Carol Kadingo, who has an optimistic outlook on the season. Her team has yet to play a preseason scrimmage match, but she remains confident and looks forward to see how her athletes, especially her

freshmen, would perform. “We are hopeful about this season, expecting a lot from our players both new and old,” Kadingo said. “I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on our players. We do want to succeed, but we don’t want that to be the only reason why we we succeed.”. Returning athletes know what is expected of them and what it takes to repeat last season’s success. Rams’ sophomore Panhia Vang said she is ready to head into this season to use what she had done last season as a source of inspiration to get her through the tough matches ahead. “There is a little pressure on us to repeat last season’s title run, but I am looking forward to the challenge of wanting to play and get that championship again,” Panhia Vang said. “I know what we need to do in order to win; to be able to play your game effectively to get the upperhand on your opponents.” For freshmen athletes, joining a championship team can be daunting -- learning a new system while performing on the high level that the the badminton program is accustomed to. Freshman athlete Amy Vang knows what her team achieved a season ago and is open to the challenge. “I am excited to be a part of this team. We have been working really hard to get us ready for the season and I think we will do very well,” said Amy Vang. “Even though we only have two returns on our roster, we are looking forward to having a great season and possibly winning a state championship this year.”


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SPECIAL Chinese Lion Dancers delight Norma Rodriguez and Ryan Herrera during the 17th annual Chinese New Year’s parade in Fresno’s Chinatown on Saturday, March 4. Photo/Ram Reyes

Fresno Celebrates Chinese New Year BY JORGE RODRIGUEZ


The 17th annual Chinese New Year’s parade in Fresno’s Chinatown celebrated the year of the rooster on March 4 with thousands of people in attendance. The Fresno City College Asian Club participated and featured a dragon dance team in the parade. By 10 a.m., vendors had set up food and booths for information, ranging from political parties, pet adoption, banking entities health clinics. The main events started just before midday with a performance by the Tai Chi club of Fresno. The parade began with the introduction of John Chow, the grand marshal, who rode on a vintage Model-T car. Other parade performers range from the Hula School in the Sun a Hawaiian dance class, the Tang-Yuan Seafood restaurant lion dance performers and even the Fresno Pirate Festival had a float that looked like a pirate ship. The parade lasted 45 minutes and went south on F Street, turning left on Kern Street and ending on E Street. “This is a chance for the community to see that there are historic parts of Fresno that many don’t know about,” Kathy Omachi, de facto parade president, said after the parade. “We’ve had some difficulties with the city of Fresno,” Omachi also said about the City of Fresno’s increases in the fee for the street closures. “We continue to work with them, and as a community group, we take care of all the expenses.” FCC’s Asian club will be presenting Asian Fest, a cultural celebration which will be held on campus on April 29. “Celebrations like this promote and inform people about the Chinese culture and heritage,” William Choy, a parade goer, said. “The community put a lot of effort, and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association put in a lot of energy to make this events happen.”

A Chinese Lion dancer wows children on F Street in Fresno’s Chinatown on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Photo/Larry Valenzuela

Taiko Drummers get ready to perform at the Chinese New Year’s celebration in Fresno’s Chinatown on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Photo/Larry Valenzuela