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Friedman Recommends 'Enthusiastic Consent' Jaclyn Friedman speaking at theFresno City College Auditorium on Nov. 3. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez


Could It Happen Here? forASGMoreto Advocate Resources Is FCC Prepared to Handle an Active Shooter Situation?

for International Students BY CHUEYEE YANG

News Editor cyang@therampageonline.com

A State Center Community College District police officer near his patrol car at the back of the Old Administration Building at Fresno City College on Oct 28. Photo/George Garnica BY GEORGE GARNICA

Reporter ggarnica@therampageonline.com

A male freshman was arrested by California State University, Fresno campus police and charged with mak-


ing a terrorist threat, in connection with a posting he made on social media on Nov. 2. According to a post on the college website and various news organizations, Christian Pryor, 18, a football player, was arrested on

campus and interviewed within two hours after police learned of a Yik Yak posting threatening use of a weapon on campus. Shirley Armbruster, associate vice


The Associated Student Government [ASG] Student Trustee, Cody Sedano, expressed concerns over what he says is a lack of services for international students at Fresno City College and vows that the ASG will work towards resolving the problems. “Myself and other members of ASG, and ASG as a whole,” he said, “we’re probably going to move [Nov. 3] to make international students one of our top priority at the moment.” During the ASG meeting in the Student Chambers on Oct. 27, Sedano had said, “We have a problem on this campus, and it’s that international students have nowhere to go. They do not have a center.” Sedano said that international students do not have the luxury of having a center, similar to the Veterans Resource Center or the DREAM Center, that is dedicated to them, where they can seek advice. “A lot of them [international students] are failing their classes,” Sedano said. “These students need help.” Interim President Cynthia Azari dis-






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Tapingo Cuts Waiting Time for Cafe Food BY RUDY PEREZ

Reporter rperez@therampageonline.com

If you are hungry but too busy to wait in a long line at the cafeteria, Tapingo may be your solution. Tapingo, an app that allows people on the Fresno City College campus to order meals through their smartphones, could cut your waiting time to nothing. Yes, it’s that easy, or is it? Patrons can view the whole menu and then place their orders either through the app or on tapingo. com. Anita Handy, the food service director at the cafeteria, explained how the app works. “We’re trying to use it so if students or staff are busy, and they don’t want to wait in the long line,” Handy said. “All they have to do is get online; we get it and then prepare their food.” According to Handy, with Tapingo, you should be able to get online and order. Most of the time, however, the app doesn’t always work properly because the Wi-Fi on campus has connectivity issues. Another reason people are hesitant to use Tapingo is because of trust concerns of putting their credit card information online.

“It’s easy, but some people do not want to put their credit card online like that, because that’s what you’re going to have to do,” Handy said. “A lot of people think it’s not safe.” Most students said they had never heard of Tapingo. John Ball and Ryan Busby, both 27-year-old students music major, were shocked to find out there was such a service at FCC. “A timesaver between classes. You can type in your order, come pick it up real quick, and be on your way,” Busby said. “You can text in your order earlier which saves you time in line,” Ball added. David Saldate, a 20-year-old medical science major, was the only student who knew about the app. Saldate, however, said he chose not to download it. “It was posted over in the cafeteria,” Saldate said, but did not see the need for it. The app is free and is only used in the Campus Cafe, across the bookstore.

Zumba to Be Offered at FCC in Spring Semester BY MARSHAIE MORGAN

Reporter mmorgan@therampageonline.com

You want to Zumba? Come to Fresno City College. The college will be offering Zumba classes for students and staff in the spring semester of 2016. Lisa Chaney, health services coordinator, said she has been trying to get the Zumba classes approved for a few months; however, the plan is now in its final stages. These classes will be open to all FCC students and will be free of charge. Chaney says that staff

are also welcome to these classes but will have to pay a small fee. The Zumba classes will be offered a few days a week starting in the late afternoon and will also be an hour at a time. Chaney believes that the Zumba classes will be very beneficial to all students as research shows exercising and studying before tests helps people remember the materials they are studying a lot better. In addition, Chaney believes that academic achievement will

accelerate at FCC if students take Zumba classes. “I think Zumba classes will be a great way to relieve stress, especially during finals week,” Rebecca Mattar, a business major said. “I would want my friends to take Zumba with me,” said Emilee Deborde, FCC student. “I think it would be a fun class to take with all of my friends.”

resources l CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 agrees with Sedano’s assessment of the situation and said that the college provides adequate resources where international students can go to seek advice and guidance. “We actually have an office for international students, and there is a place for [international] students to go,” Azari said. The college president said that the international students office is located downstairs in the student services building where it shares a space with the DREAM Center. Additionally, Azari said the college is in the process of training two counselors -- Evie Contreras and Susana Garcia -- to work with international students. Meanwhile, international students counselor, Laura DeSantiago-Gomez is on leave till the end of the semester. Although Contreras and Garcia are still in training, Azari said, “They [Contreras and Garcia] have been working with international students to provide advising and

helping them plan their schedule for next semester.” Azari said that approximately 146 out of approximately 23,000 students who attend FCC are international students. “I’ve talked to them [international students] around campus,” Sedano said. “I know who they are; I know these students, and they have actual problems.” He said he has spoken to more than 20 international students who complain about the difficulties they are experiencing, including getting help to properly complete paperwork. “Not only do they [international students] go through so many departments of the U.S. government just to come to school here, they need help with certain paperwork and getting certain things through,” Sedano said. Sedano says that although there is an office for international students to go to, “They’re far from home, and I feel like they need the help more than others.” Sedano said there could be

more guidance and resources available for international students. He also said the ASG will try to get international students their own center, similar to the Veterans Resource Center or the DREAM Center, but would also want to work together with the FCC community in order to bring an international students’ center on campus. “We don’t have anymore space [for an international students’ center],” Azari said. “I’d have to dedicate a classroom, and then we would have to have fewer classes; that’s not going to work.” If an international students’ center were to be created at FCC, it would be ideal to have resources, studying areas and counselors, said Sedano. “We [ASG] just want to make sure that people know that there is a huge need for a place for international students to go,” Sedano said. “They need resources, and they need them bad.”




State Center Community Center District police patrol car parks in front of the main fountain at Fresno City College on Oct. 28. Photo/George Garnica president of university communica- the officers carry are standard as any Stephenson said. “That’s why the most tions posted a message on the college other agency, and we run drills month- recent concern of active shooters website to reassure students about ly that test the different systems that here.” their safety. would go with it.” FCC also has other safety plans in “Fresno State is taking the social Hartman also referred this reporter case of an emergency situation in the media threat received Nov. 2 very seri- to a “Run. Hide. Fight” video released college offices. ously,” Armbruster said. “We have tak- by Homeland Security two years ago According to Interim President en the most stringent action we can in to show what to do in an active shoot- Cynthia Azari, almost all the offices this situation, which includes keeping er situation. have a phone that has a button that the individual suspected of posting the The “Run. Hide. Fight.” video has the police department on it, and it threat off of campus, purdials directly to them. suing disciplinary action and removing him from the “If someone is bellig“This campus is wide open as most commufootball team.” erent, or if there is a probnity campuses are; there is no fence around, no Also on Tuesday, Fresno lem, or if somebody is security checkpoints, so we have to come to the State President Joseph I. concerned, I just push that realization that anybody can walk in here and we Castro addressed the terbutton and they come,” are vulnerable.” rorist threat made on MonAzari said. “It is an office day. phone, and we want to be “As campus safety is our able to get the police to prime concern, the police come as soon as possible.” team, members of the CabiAzari also said the colnet and I closely monitored lege will conduct a trainthe situation and worked ing in the near future that together to make decisions would help the college be throughout the afternoon,” ready. Castro stated. “Our team had a plan demonstrates an armed suspect going “I have talked to a district vice ready to support a campus closure. As into a building filled with employees chancellor over at the police departsoon as we were alerted that the sus- and starts shooting at random people ment, and we agree that we need some pect was in custody and assured that who come in his path. It then instructs active shooter training, so we are gohe acted alone, we notified the campus viewers on what steps to take to be ing to try to schedule that,” Azari said. that classes would continue.” safe. “Sometimes, it takes a little bit longer Castro also added that police presRUN. When an active shooter is in to schedule things, but we will do that.” ence on campus has been increased your vicinity: FCC students Allie Cisa and Devyn “to reassure the university communiIf there is an escape path, attempt Castro said they do not feel safe on ty.” Criminal action is pending against to evacuate. campus, and they rarely see police the accused. Evacuate whether others agree to around campus. The Fresno State scare brings the or not. “As a girl, you see people walking issue that’s becoming commonplace Leave your belongings behind. around that you can tell are not stuvery close to FCC. Help others escape if possible. dents here, and there are guys that Just five weeks ago, a shooting Prevent others from entering the are approaching you all the time, and at the Umpqua Community College area. that is really uncomfortable,” Cisa said. left 10 dead and seven injured in the Call 9-1-1 when you are safe. “There is no one around to see that southern Oregon town of Roseburg. If students and faculty can’t get out you are trying to get away.” In its wake, Fresno City College stu- safely, you need to find a place to hide. Castro stressed another concern dents are expressing concern about HIDE. If an evacuation is not possi- that might be a problem in an emertheir safety on campus. ble, find a place to hide. gency situation on campus. In a survey of 165 students on FCC Lock and/or blockade the door. “I like that they have text alerts, but campus, conducted between Oct. 12 to Silence your cell phone. I have not received one this semester, Oct. 30, students identified safety preHide behind large objects. and I know there has been stuff going cautions they would like implementRemain very quiet. on,” Castro said. “There needs to be a ed. 45 percent of responders say they FIGHT. As a last resort, and only if test text alert sent out, so we know it would like to see more police presence your life is in danger: is working.” on campus; 41 percent said they would Attempt to incapacitate the shootThe text alert that Castro is referlike weekly safety bulletins while oth- er. ring to is a program called 1st2know ers chose more interaction between Act with physical aggression. which is an SCCCD emergency alert students and campus police as well as Improvise weapons. messaging system. Students and staff more safety forums. Commit to your actions. can sign up through their webadvisor Seventy five percent of the responaccount. dents were between the ages of 18 and Those registered for the 1st2know 24. alert system receive a text message Almost 60 percent are female, notifying them when there is an emerand approximately 83 percent attend gency on campus. But in a survey school during the daytime. Two-thirds conducted by the Rampage, several are enrolled full time. students like Castro, said they had not Thirty five percent said they feel received any text messages at any time safe on campus all the time while 33 this semester. percent said they felt safe some of the This alert system is also being protime. The remainder of the students, moted by Austin Bailey, campus safe29 or 18 percent, said they did not. ty senator for the Associated Student Many on the FCC campus have exGovernment [ASG], who said it is the pressed concerns about the campus’ The “Run.Hide.Fight.” tips were also first tip he wants to give students. readiness to handle an emergency given to professors in a training last Bailey also said that he believes that such as the one that happened at UCC. month according to Wendell Stephen- overall, FCC is a safe campus. He wants What plans, if any, does the college son, president of the FCC academic students to walk into the ASG office have in the case of an active shooter senate who represents campus profes- and discuss whatever safety concerns on campus? sors. they have. Bruce Hartman, who stepped down “We had other trainings in the past “This campus is wide open as most as the State Center Community Col- where we talked about other issues community campuses are,” Stephenlege District chief of police on Oct. 14, such as earthquakes, bomb threats -- son said. “There is no fence around, said during an interview with KSEE24 that sort of issues, but most recently it no security checkpoints, so we have to News in Fresno, California on Oct. 2 was about active shooters because of come to the realization that anybody that there are armed officers on cam- obvious reasons,” Stephenson said. can walk in here and are vulnerable pus who are ready for any situation. “There’s been shootings, some if someone should take that into their “The training here is as in any most recently as it is well known up head, so we have to hope they don’t, other location for an active shooter,” in Oregon at their community college and that we are ready just in case.” Hartman said. “The type of weapons which comes very close to our home,”

-Wendell Stephenson Academic Senate President





HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS The annual Hope for the Holidays Committee is asking for donations from the college community as well as for nominations of a student worthy of a little appreciation during the holidays. Student nominations are due by Nov. 6. This charitable event aims to bring hope to students by awarding them with a gift; students who are nominated will receive their gift on Dec. 3 and 4. Donations are strongly encouraged and can be dropped off at the Student Activities office by Dec. 2. For more information on this event, contact Maile Martin at the Student Activities office at extension 8928.

CITY FEST Fresno City College will host the first-ever City Fest on Nov 6. The event will be filled with music, food, beer, wine and entertainment and all proceeds will benefit the Tony Cantu Outstanding Music Performance Scholarship. Cantu was the 10th president of FCC until his sudden death in April 2015. In 1999, Cantu established a music scholarship to support talented FCC students as they pursue their musical education. Dress code for the event is casual, and tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Tickets for this event can be purchased online at www.scccd. edu/cityfest or at the FCC Business Office (OAB 151). Call 559489-2218 for more information.

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY Fresno City College student veterans will be specially honored at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 6. The event will take place at the Veterans Peace Memorial, located between the cafeteria and bookstore, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the FCC Veterans Resource Center at (559) 442-8224.




Sign Language Interpreters: Gatekeepers of Communication BY VIVIANA VALDEZ

Reporter vvaldez@therampageonline.com

Jacquelyn Rubalcaba, deaf and hard of hearing counselor for Disabled Students Program & Services [DSP&S], describes her job as “gatekeepers of communication for our deaf and hard of hearing students.” Before she became a counselor, Rubalcaba served as a sign language interpreter for the State Center Community College District both at Reedley College and Fresno City College from 2011 to 2013. She said that at Reedley, she worked with three students, but that at FCC, the assignments were random. “Usually, you have from three to four deaf students. If one student was absent, we had to go in and reassign to other assignments. We were working with all the deaf students here on campus.”

Pushing Through the Limits. Rubalcaba recalls her first encounter with deaf individuals from the ASL classes she took while a student. She fell in love with sign language, and it is that love that motivated her into the path of becoming a sign language interpreter. To ready herself to help her students, Rubalcaba said she always wanted as much as she could get on the class or subject. The more an interpreter knows about the subject, the easier it is for them to interpret back to the student. She said that it is

important that teachers give access to books and assignments. “Interpreters have a well-rounded knowledge about a lot of things,” she said. “You always want to try to know as much, and being that we’re interpreters for all students; all students are interested in different things; multiple subjects.” Rubalcaba describes her training in California State University, Fresno’s interpreting program as “daunting” yet “humbling”. She said the program was very professional in teaching students the ethics they should know, including hard training as well. “Coming from a background in my native language, English, I excelled in academics,” Rubalcaba said. “Going into a language where I didn’t necessarily know, I had to work hard to prove myself.”

Roles and Responsibilities. Rubalcaba said that the two major components of interpreting include sign to voice and voice to sign. “When a deaf student is signing, I have to then interpret and use my voice so that hearing people or individuals in the classroom could understand the deaf person,” she said about sign to voice. Conversely, when instructors are speaking, she must voice to sign so the hearing impaired students can understand. “Your mind is always just going,” she said about being an interpreter. Rubalcaba said a lot of brain activity occurs and being an interpreter means you’re constantly thinking

with no room for downtime. Most interpreters have difficulty with lecture classes. Rubalcaba described interpreting lectures as “exhausting” because a lot of work is put into it. “If you go into something not knowing the appropriate words to use, in this case, the appropriate signs,” she said, “interpreting becomes a lot more difficult.”

Challenges Faced. Deaf and hard of hearing students face huge challenges in communication. Rubalcaba said she understands feeling out of place. While she’s very comfortable in arenas where people converse in English or sign language, she feels lost and very challenged when it comes to understanding languages like Spanish, for example. “I interact with a lot of people who know Spanish. When I go to events and everyone’s speaking Spanish, I’m left out,” she explained, “When you feel left out, you don’t feel comfortable. A lot of times, that’s what deaf students are facing here on campus.” She says a challenge for her as an interpreter is voicing. “I don’t consider myself an eloquent speaker, that’s something that I have always struggled with.” Another challenge she faced was scheduling conflicts. “My schedule was constantly changing, so that means you never know what your set hours are going to be. So that’s probably what interpreters are facing.” Rubalcaba says it takes a lot to interpret at a community college and

that interpreters are breaking signs down into concepts as best as they can. “When you come into an academic setting, there’s a lot of specialized vocabulary, a lot of jargon,” she said. “There’s not a specific sign; there’s a lot finger-spelling,” which takes up a lot of time. In an academic setting, interpreters want to get the content out as best as possible, and signing at the same time can pose a challenge.

Relationship Between Interpreters and Students. Overall, Rubalcaba describes being an interpreter as a cool thing. “As an interpreter, you know that you’re providing a skill that others are intrigued by,” she said. “But, what’s more important is that you’re providing it to a deaf student who essentially needs you as part of their education.” Most of all, she says, there’s a beautiful relationship between students and interpreters. It is a “formulated” relationship, she says; she wants to see the students succeed. A student of hers, one of the first students she worked with, graduated recently from Reedley College. “I was able to go back and attend his ceremony, and congratulate him,” she said. “He was like, ‘It wouldn’t have been possible without you,’ and that makes you feel good.”

Tutorial Center Offers Tips for Success in Tests, Organization

Students fill the Tutorial Center on Oct. 30. According to Eric Sanders ETC Coordinator, over 2,000 students have been assisted this semester. Photo/George Garnica needed help in math 103. The clerk BY GEORGE GARNICA looked at the schedule and told her a Reporter session would be starting in 15 minggarnica@therampageonline.com utes. This is all it takes for any State CenAs 25-year-old Ana Hernandez walked into the crowded tutorial cen- ter Community College District [SCter on the Fresno City College campus, CCD] student like Hernandez, to get she was a little reluctant to ask for help signed up at the tutorial center for because she had never sought help in help they need in any class they may be struggling in. any class she had taken before. “I have always had trouble in math, Hernandez, third year student and history major, walked up to the front so when I came in to the tutoring cencounter and told the front clerk she ter I was hoping to get help in under-

standing my crazy hard class,” Hernandez said. “At first I felt weird coming in, but once I saw there was other students like me struggling in the same class, I felt a lot better,” Hernandez said. “I am so glad they make it so easy to come in and sign up.” According to Eric Sanders, extending the class coordinator, the tutorial center is doing great this semester and is serving more than 2,000 students, including the Extending the Class Program [ETC], and the Drop in Tutorial Program. “Tutoring is always a good option if you are struggling in a class and there is some material you don’t understand,” Sanders said. “Tutoring is a great way to help you understand that particular material.” “It is also a great way to help you get organized; the tutor can help you with your lessons and have a strategy on how and what to study,” Sanders said. It is a sentiment felt by fourth year tutor for Statistics and Research Methods, Matthew Islas, who said learning how to study is key to understanding material. But, he said the student must take the first step to come in to learn these studying tactics. “I think that is the hardest thing for students, actively making time and setting time for them to come in,” Islas said. “It is always a struggle, it’s always

so difficult for them, so I would recommend for them to just come in so they realize that it is beneficial, and that they can get a lot out of it,” Islas added. “I think students are surprised when they actually do come in.” Islas said that tutoring is not a negative thing and students should change their views of it because any type of student can need help. “We get the A students, the B students and of course we do get the lower end as well, so it shouldn’t be looked at as a negative thing because a lot of good things have happened and it is what changed my career choice,” Islas said. “It can have that kind of impact if you let it and the first step is to come in.” Sanders also reminds students that the center is always looking for good quality tutors to meet demand and that anyone interested in tutoring could find the application link on the FCC Wise website. Other open positions include an extended class leader or a drop-in tutor. The tutorial center is located in the University Mall between the Library and the Learning Resource Center. The hours are as follows: Mondays-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.





Friedman Recommends Enthusiastic Consent before Engaging in Sex BY CHUEYEE YANG

News Editor cyang@therampageonline.com

Author Jaclyn Friedman told a large audience in the Old Administrative Building Auditorium on Nov. 3 that consent is a necessary condition before any sexual activity. The author of the books “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape” and “What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety”, said that “we retain the right to give consent or to withdraw consent or not to be given consent the whole time.” Friedman said during the event that the phrase “yes means yes”, is about giving consent prior to participating in sexual activity. “Sex doesn’t happen in an instant, it’s an ongoing interaction,” she said. “We remain human the whole time.”

According to the website on Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center [SAPAC], “Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says ‘yes’ to sexual activity with other persons.” An article published on CNN and written by Kelly Wallace on Sept. 23, 2015 stated that “Among female college students, 23 percent said they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact.” A powerpoint presented by Friedman revealed how students can use enthusiastic consent -- requiring both partners to discuss what activities will be part of a consensual sexual activity. This step affords both individuals to define boundaries on what they will or will not do. She says that the first step in enthusiastic consent is for people to figure out what they want and then ask themselves a few questions -- “What is it that I want from sex? What is it that I never want from sex?” (Top): Students listen as Jaclyn Friendman, author, speaks at the Fresno City College Auditorium about sexual consent. (Bottom): Jaclyn Friedman, writer, performer and activist speaks at the Fresno City College Auditorium in the Old Administration Building on Nov. 3. Friedman spoke about “Yes means yes”, a new standard of consent she helped popularize in the movement against sexual assault. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez

Other guidelines for enthusiastic consent, she said, were that “only yes means yes” and “if you can’t tell [if someone is giving consent], you have to ask;” also seek for “continuous consent,” and “no lying.” According to the Associations of American Universities, “11.7 percent of students respondents across 27 universities reported experiencing nonconsensual sexual contact [after enrolling in their colleges].” Friedman said, “Most rapist know their victim,” and “most rapist choose a target of their own race.” “Rapist are human beings who have wonderful, positive characteristics, but also, can make a terrible decision,” she said. Rape can also occur when a person is intoxicated. “[If a person was] unable to consent, it was rape,” according to

information on RAINN [Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network] website. Friedman says that alcohol is not an excuse for having sex with no consent. “I feel like it [Friedman’s presentation] helped me better understand sexuality and help me be more comfortable about it and also help me understand consent better,” said Bineet Kaur, journalism major. Friedman advised the audience to practice enthusiastic consent, make a plan about consent, have different conversations that address the topic of sex and more. Nathanael Torres, a mathematics major, said that the event gave him a new look on consent. “She gave a new way on how to look at it [consent]; it was really interesting.”

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Adjunct Teachers Continue Fight for Equity make less than $2,000 per class, that adjuncts do not have access to according to the flier, Adjunct Project. copying, library services, office space, Equally, about a third of adjuncts end as well as curriculum guidelines. up working part-time for 10 or more “I just met a student here who years. “It is very hard to live your life said that he was amazed. He did not when you are going by semester to realize that parking passes weren’t semester,” Franchini said. included,” said Moordigian. “He is a Despite having a doctorate degree student, however, he participated in in psychology, Moordigian is an a mentoring program during summer adjunct as well. “My student loans school and got a free pass for staff. I each month are over a thousand said, well I am looking to find parking dollars,” she said. “That’s just one bill, to teach a course; you are already and that is more than my monthly parked there.” income from here.” Such issues not only affect “I would hope that the students teachers, but students as well. “A lot of get aware,” Moordigian said. Part- students don’t know that if they sign time instructors are strictly paid for up for a class and their instructor turns in-class time only. However, many out to be a part-timer, they might not take on uncompensated work such have access to that instructor outside Abnormal and biological psychology instructor and adjunct faculty, Bernadette as prepping for new courses (takes of the classroom,” said Franchini. Moordigian speaks to Fresno City College students about the lack of benefits that about 12 hours a day), grading, Because adjunct teachers have to are offered to FCC adjunct faculty. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez mentoring and writing letters of scramble from campus to campus, recommendations. they are constrained, yet they higher education. BY ANDREA BRISENO Sujud Umar, an anthropology voluntarily schedule meetings with An adjunct is a part-time professor Reporter they are rushing to their abriseno@therampageonline.com without a permanent2-18_Distribution_final.pdf position. major at FCC, approached1Franchini 2/3/15students 9:36asAM at the booth to ask for support car. Adjuncts are obligated to re-apply “The thing about part-time In a continuing fight against every semester in order to maintain with school work. “I’m transferring unequal pay, Fresno City College their job at the college. “Once the this semester, and I’m not even his teachers is that you can’t distinguish adjunct instructors took a stance semester ends, we are technically student anymore,” she said. “But he’s them from full-time teachers, it’s not like they put in less effort or they put once again to raise awareness of the fired,” says Kellen Franchini, an still helping me out.” Instructors such as Franchini are in less work...” says Umar. injustice of part-time teaching by the anthropology instructor. Moordigian said students could business building on Oct. 28. In addition, two-thirds of part- forced to teach at multiple locations “The union is here, and we timers are notified of their course in order to sustain themselves and graduate faster if professors were full-time because more sections have a voice,” said Dr. Bernadette assignments about two to three weeks support their families. “Next semester, most likely, I will would be open, and instructors would Moordigian, professor of abnormal before classes start. Sometimes, and biological psychology, at the Franchini said, “We might get told be teaching seven classes at four be better focused. Franchini said he hopes students adjunct teachers’ booth. that we are going to teach one or different institutions,” Franchini said. According to information two classes and then a couple weeks “So even more than a full-timer does.” will support adjuncts as they demand Having to pay for parking passes for better opportunities. He stands in from the American Federation before the semester, we are told that is just one of the many disadvantages effort for his voice to be heard.“We of Teachers, adjuncts make up 73 that class was dropped.” percent of the 1.6 million personnel in One-third of part-time teachers of being an adjunct. An article want equal pay for equal work.” published in “Inside Higher Ed’ notes

New Waitlist Procedure Gives Students Control BY GEORGE GARNICA

Reporter ggarnica@therampageonline.com

Priority Registration, which began Oct. 20, is underway, and Fresno City College students who qualify are filling up the courses fast. But, that doesn’t mean that those who do not qualify for priority registration will not be able to get into a class they need for eventual graduation or transfer. Pedro Avila, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, said that students who must wait for the Nov. 13 enrollment and registration date can take a few steps to secure seats in classes they need. “There is going to be opportunities to register at the end of the priority registration process,” Avila said. “For example, students that get on a waitlist have a pretty good chance of getting into the class. The earlier they can get on a waitlist, the higher the chances to get into that class.” Juan Gutierrez, who is a first year student, is one of those students who has to wait until Nov. 13 to register, but says he is not worried. “I think that even if I don’t get on the waitlist, I will still be able to walk in and get added like I did this semester,” Gutierrez said. Avila says that new waitlist procedures might be able to help students

getC into classes. The new procedure will give students control in managing their waitlist, so when a seat opens M they can decide how they want to enroll in it. Y “If there’s a conflict with another course on their schedule, they will be able to decide if they want to enroll inCMthe waitlisted course or keep their schedule the way it is,” Avila said. MY“The way it works is that it is automatic, so as soon as the seat opens they [students on waitlist] get an email CY letting them know that they must take action,” Avila added. “They will have five business days to log into WebadviCMY sor and register for the course.” “Previously, the enrollment manK agement office would manually move students when a space became available,” Avila said. This caused problems because if there were a conflict with the student’s schedule, the office was unable to move them, so the student would lose their waitlist spot. “Now [students] can modify their schedule to make room for their waitlisted seat,” Avila said. “When the seat opens, they get to modify their schedule to make room for their waitlisted course.”



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Annual Music Festival to Start Tomorrow BY RUDY PEREZ

Reporter rperez@therampageonline.com

Director of Choral Activities Julie Dana at the Old Administration Building Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2015. Photo/Larry Valenzuela

Head of the voice and choral music department, Julie Dana, has had a huge part in bringing not only local schools into the Choral Festival but also schools from Hanford, Dinuba, Kerman, and Bakersfield. On Nov. 5, Fresno City College will have its annual High School Choral Festival. On Thursday FCC will welcome local high school chorale ensembles to the festival in the OAB. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. “The festival has been going on for over 30 years and it started with being just a small, little festival to invite some local high schools into sing”, Dana said. She explained that at first it was an opportunity to recruit music students. “I started to see a changing opportunity because we were growing and programs had grown a lot since it first started so we moved into the theatre and eventually when the OAB opened we moved it there,” Dana said. Dana mentioned the growth of the festival a big reason for that is the growth of several high schools, local and non local, and their choral programs. “For us they get to come into our beautiful hall, which is amazing to hear choirs singing, and they get to share their music with their colleagues. We have some of the local schools like Buchanan, (Clovis) East and North, Clovis High, Cen-

tral, Dinuba, two schools from Hanford, Sunnyside, and Roosevelt so it’s a really cool mismatch of choral programs from throughout the valley.” Of course another good thing about the festival is that all choral programs can improve off of the feedback they will receive from the Director of Choral Studies at Cal State Bakersfield, Dr. Angel M. Vázquez-Ramos. “Now we have schools coming from as far as Hanford and Dinuba and I bring in a clinician, and after each choir performs he’ll go up and work something with their music, so they actually get somebody from a university that’s giving them some feedback on their music”, Dana said. Mrs. Dana “We usually do it one day, but we had so many people respond that we’re doing it two days this year, so we’ve got two sessions on Thursday and one session on Wednesday morning and Wednesday night Reedley and C.O.S. are going to come up and do a community college one-two.” Dana said “It grew from one little thing where everybody stood up to this huge thing it’s pretty exciting and a lot of fun plus you hear some pretty great music. Everybody is really supportive of one another so it’s not a competition it’s a musical sharing opportunity and recruitment for us.”

Best Places on Campus to Relax and Breathe Ian Gawaran majoring in Nursing at Fresno City College is relaxing in the OAB Court Yard Wednesday Oct. 28, 2015. Photo/Cyrel Mallory


Reporter cmallory@therampageonline.com

Each department on campus offers an area where students can relax or wait at a bench for their next class. “The best place I like to relax and take a breath is the OAB courtyard because it’s nice and quiet there,” James Nutt, an FCC African-American studies major said. “I like the scenery; I like how it looks.” “I think it’s important to have a place on campus for students to relax at,” Allyson Hildebrand, an FCC Studio Arts major said. “For me it’s either the section here in between the business building, a grassy patch by the Applied Technology and even the grassy area with all the palm trees out next to Van Ness,” Hildebrand added. “What makes those places unique is that there isn’t a lot of students who

hang out in groups around those areas.” Nutt also said that the back patio by the student lounge is another place to relax. There are not too many people there and you can take time to sit back and relax, get stuff done, get homework done and focus. The Student Lounge is a part of the Student Activities Office, which is next to the main cafeteria at FCC. Their hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday. According to www.fresnocitycollege.edu, the Student Activities Office’s mission statement is, “The Student Activities Office provide friendly and efficient service to students, clubs, and organizations while promoting an atmosphere of appreci-

ation and respect and respect for the diverse environment in which we live. We engage students civic, social, and cultural programs to enhance learning and create avenues for success.” According to Hildebrand, the campus is already really beautiful. “We have the Student Activities Lounge, but I think instead of having a place focusing on not so much having fun--because they do have games and pool tables to come and interact with--maybe something that is more geared to people who maybe want a quieter area or not something that produces a lot of commotion.” The Student Activities Office also manages the Game Room right across the office. The game room has pool tables, Juke-box, board games and you can even get your student ASB ID

card. “I personally like the Student Lounge and the pool room (Student Activities game room) because the Student Lounge has couches, free WIFI and the cafeteria close by,” said Chan Saelee a FCC student who majoring in Business Administration. what makes that place unique is that it has couches, computers to do your homework and access to WIFI said Saelee. “I think it’s really important for FCC to have a place to relax because we as students go through stress a lot not only in school but out of school,” said Sandra Basurto a FCC student majoring in kinesiology. I think we should be able to relieve stress a bit and relax somewhere said Basurto.





A peek into Craig’s last Bond movie BY LARRY VALENZUELA

Multimedia Editor lvalenzuela@therampageonline.com

Bond is back as Daniel Craig takes his final ride in the literal driver’s seat as the famous spy James Bond. In this outing we find James right where he left off in the previous film “Skyfall” as he begins his search for the top secret crime organization known as Spectre while MI6 fights its own political battle of possible termination. As normal, the wellknown formula in a Bond film starting from when the franchise was created more than 50 years ago, we find our protagonist traveling the world, racing fast cars with bad guys and finding a lovely companion along the way. But with Craig’s version of Bond it has always been a tad rough giving rid of his campy feeling as opposed to Sean connery, Pierce Brosnan, and the clown that is Roger Moore. Daniel Craig’s Bond is like the Dark Knight of the Bond franchise throwing away the campiness creating more of a dark and gritting side. In

this outing though we see a lighter side of our protagonist as he comes out beginning stages and becomes more similar to a Bond we all remember growing up. The film also used the classic Bond theme song that

our hero. The action is as can expect from Bond films as we see him dodging bullets and finding his way out seemingly certain doom. The film is definitely thrilling and throws great Easter eggs linking to our old clas-

“Craig’s Bond is like the Dark Knight of the Bond franchise.”

fans always remembered to get you excited at the beginning and the end. Sam Smith sings the new intro song and has great of a singer he is the song comes off as kind of annoying and Smith pretty much sounds like an alien. “Spectre” is definitely a real thriller. It will keep its audience at the edge of their seat as they root for

sic Bond. One fatal flaw that can be seen is its inability to utilize it’s all-star cast. The film has a great amount of star power but fails to use their acting skills to create a better final cut. “Spectre” is a B- for its great nostalgia of old Bond but its failure to execute. Photo/MGM

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Monster “Chalk Bombed” Murals BY JASMINE YORO BOWLES

Arts & Entertainment Editor jyorobowles@therampageonline.com

Have you seen the monsters around campus? Fresno City College’s Art Community Transformation Club put their creative minds together to bring a little bit of Halloween life to campus. The Art Community Transformation Club created monster murals around the FCC campus during Oct. 26 to Oct. 31. The club split up into groups and each group created their monsters

on various parts of campus; the club dubbed their work as “chalk bombing.” Walking up the stairs in the arthome economics building, a Vincent van Gogh vampire can be found on the wall. At the top of the staircase, a wolf can be found among the forest mural. The parade of monsters can be found by the art department.

(Far left, middle amd top right) art department “chalk bombings” on the art building; (bottom right) Bobby Brown working on the his art project at the art building. Monday Oct. 26 2015 Photo/Larry Valenzuela




Where Are the Eligible Black Men? BY TYLISHA RILEY

Reporter triley@therampageonline.com

My sisters and I are finding that dating in the black community has been extremely disappointing. I love a dark chocolate, hazelnut, caramel man, but I can’t seem to find one who meets my requirements or wants to date black women. Where have all the eligible black men gone? Are there any black men who actually want to date black women? Where are the men who embrace the black culture? Where are the men who love my afro, who love my beautiful brown skin? When I go out to clubs, bars, or get togethers -- black men up turn their noses at me. They look at me and other black girls as if we are some weird species.

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I have had numerous black men tell me that the reason they don’t date black women is because the women have an afro, are too eccentric, too dark, or too ghetto. So I’m “too black” for you? It breaks my heart every time. How could so many young black men be so self-loathing? It shows a lack of understanding of the history of black people in America. I would not want to start a relationship with a man who has no knowledge of where he came from. Every time a black man has an option to choose between someone his color and someone different, he rejects the black sister time after time. I always hear, “Why do black women get so mad when they see a black man with someone who isn’t black?” To tell you the truth, I don’t even

get mad anymore. I see those black men as lost boys; they don’t know where they come from and don’t know our history, and have no appreciation of our culture. When I approach a black man, it is not because I automatically want them as a partner. I’m just acknowledging you. I see you my brother, and I just want to acknowledge you. If only they took the time to know our history, they would love themselves, which would make them more appreciative of black women and see no need to disrespect them. A black woman may not be your first choice for a partner. That’s ok; it’s a free country. But you should respect her and honor her. You should still appreciate your people, your black women, and most importantly, love yourself.

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Understanding the Youthful Hobby that is Binge Drinking BY RYAN HOLQUIN

Reporter rholquin@therampageonline.com

One tequila, two tequila, three vodka...four beers. Just like my busy schedule: so much in such little time. I’m sure a lot of you reading this are aware of the harm in binge drinking, but still do it. I get it, you show up late to a function and have to “catch up” to everyone else at the event. I’m guilty too. Since when did it become a thing to see how fast you can get drunk? I thought it was perfectly fine to just have a beer or two and enjoy socializing but every party I go to I’m asked to play these drinking games: Ace to the Face, King’s Cup, Rage Cage, beer pong; they are fun I will admit, but what isn’t fun is the hangover the next day and the beatdown your liver takes.

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Illusrtation by Bobby Brown Slut was a word I became familiar with at a very young age. Probably too young but by the time I had realized that I was already deep into my proud “hoe” lifestyle. For a long time, the shame I felt because of my comfort with my sexuality was lying heavy on my conscience. I was in the seventh grade the first time I was called a slut (to my face) and it hurt. I felt attacked. It was ridiculous considering I hadn’t even had my first kiss and I didn’t have the faintest idea of what a penis looked like. It turns out when confidence seeps through your pores and you get curves faster than a lot of girls your age, you’re a massive slut. As a society we are conditioned from childhood to believe that good women are virginal and modest. Good women don’t laugh too loud or wear skirts too short. Good women save sex for marriage. I understand what morals are. I completely understand what it means to respect yourself. Why does that mean women are not allowed to enjoy sex freely without having their character reprimanded? I know what

a good woman is and I know that has nothing to do with their sexual lifestyle. The ugly cousin of slut shaming is rape culture. Rape culture is a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality. Could you imagine what it’s like to have something so awful done to you, then be asked what you did to cause it? As if there would be any kind of reason to justify the action of rape.

“Women are not looking for an excuse to be ‘hoes’”

Watching the cult classic movie “Grease”, there’s this scene where the pink ladies are mocking the main character, Sandy, for being a modest virgin and it’s so funny to me thinking about it now. Girls who are like Sandy in this day and age are somewhat

like unicorns and literally endlessly praised. Amber Rose is a crusader in the battle against slut shaming and rape culture. Amber Rose’s slut walk was on Oct. 3, 2015. Slut walks are a powerful movement with a strong message attached. Hundreds of people turned out for Rose’s walk. There were men and women all dressed up or not at all, everyone sending the same message. It doesn’t matter what you wear, you don’t deserve to be raped. It doesn’t matter how much sex you have or how many people you have it with, you are still worthy. Women are not looking for excuses to be “hoes”. We are sexual beings, we’ll be open about it if we please. I am so deeply in love with confident women who show no fear in the face of slut shamers. Women who have learned to have pride in who they are and stand their ground. Women who aren’t trying to hide who they are and what they want. We are sexually confident, proud, and comfortable.

I’m not completely sure if it’s an age thing. I know when I began college, and even in high school, I was seeing it being done. My friends and I had midnight curfews and tried to get as intoxicated as we could before getting a ride home; don’t tell my mom. I don’t see the point of why we would do that, our brains were obviously not fully developed. Now that I am old enough to go to bars and hang out with older crowds, I don’t see it done as profusely. The end result will never change though, going home drunk. Drinking games don’t really take place at bars, it’s more socializing, but it’s a lot of money spent on trying to get someone to go home with you; another reason to watch your intake. Binge drinking is dangerous and I sometimes forget. A lot of people don’t really consider alcohol as a drug, just like a lot of people don’t really consider caffeine as a drug. It’s obvious that they are both addicting. I have a Starbucks problem and for a while I was drinking pretty frequently; it wasn’t just drinking moderately on the weekends. I have definitely calmed down and don’t drink as heavily but I love going to happy hour with some friends. Day drinking, or as college students like to call it “day fade,” is really popular too. I’ve partaken in this as well and it is fun. It’s not my favorite thing to do but when you have no school, no work and no homework what else are you supposed to do? I don’t think it’s fair for people to get on others about drinking, it’s normal. Yes, it’s bad for us but so are the hundreds of other things we consume. There won’t be another prohibition of any sort. Yes, the U.S. runs on Dunkin’s, but it also runs on McDonald’s and beer.





Society Is All of Us

Categories. Labels. Races. Ethnicities. Gender. BY DAVID CHAVEZ

Copy Editor dchavez@therampageonline.com

The first thing we do when we meet or see someone new is try to identify them by how they look and/or speak. It seems as though we are inclined to categorize people into groups. After that, we internally decide how we will act towards one another. Defining society should be a simple thing to do, but in reality, that is not the case. A quick Google search will show you that society is “the aggregate of people living together in a more or less ordered community”. In other words, the community, general public, people or overall population--we all make up society. That brings up the question, is the society we hate the society we create? Society gets both blamed and applauded for a variety of preconceptions and actions that take place around the world. Society takes credit for what is accepted or not, how and when to judge, what is right or wrong and there are instances where society takes responsibility for why something happens. Even though everyone has their own individual beliefs and values, when we think of society we group these thoughts together and assume we all believe and think the same things. According to the Centers for Dis-

ease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. More than 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. When statistics like this are made known, it is easy to blame society for not being accepting, it’s easy to say that society hasn’t raised children right or that the media tells society how to think and there is no resistance from society about that. On the other hand, on June 26 of this year when the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are allowed to receive marriage licenses nationwide, society got praised for their acceptance and willingness to embrace change. Now, does that mean there are two types of societies or does the definition and concept of society need to be changed? Whether “society” is on the way up or down, what needs to be understood is that society is a reflection of who we are. If we want society to improve or to be better, we as individuals must improve and become better ourselves. We must learn to accept people from all kinds of lifestyles and beliefs even if we don’t agree on the same things.

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Setting the record straight is important. Nobody, especially not a large school district superintendent, should misinform the public when it comes to education. That is unacceptable. According to the State Center Community College District Interim Chancellor, Bill Stewart, the Fresno Unified School District Superintendent, Mike Hanson, provided a crowd of approximately 400 with “erroneous information” about the community college district. Hanson reportedly stated at the FUSD State of Education Luncheon on Oct. 26, that “a community college system [SCCCD] here locally [is] underperforming both in their training programs and their academic programs.” Stewart’s response came in the form of a memo, written on official SCCCD letterhead. In that memo, Stewart attempted to correct the record by refuting Hanson’s comments. Stewart slammed Hanson, reminding the superintendent of the fifth largest school district in California, that 78 percent of FUSD students who come to the community college system are “unprepared” for college. Stewart ‘s letter stated that FUSD has the highest percent of unprepared students in comparison to the other local school district’s -- Clovis Unified School District, Kings Canyon Joint Unified, Madera Unified and Central Unified School District. Was Hanson not wearing his thinking cap while he spoke? Or is he not knowledgeable about the community college district in which a majority of his students enrol? These actions are not acceptable. Being the leader of one of the state’s largest school district should come with full accountability, but it doesn’t seem like that is the case. Who provided Hanson with this information? Did it just seem easier to misinform rather than to take the time to find the facts? What was his point? With numbers that grim, Hanson should take a couple of steps back and maybe, just maybe, consider fixing his own problems. Community college is

“No, I felt like I prepared myself more than what the school had to offer.” Laurent Mendoza, Psychology (Mission Oak H.S.)

“They had a broad range of studies and they had college status professors teaching us.” Allie Clarno, English (University H.S.)

“Yeah, they had cool teachers. They gave us really good advice.” Claudia Uribe, Criminology (Fresno H.S.)

“Yeah, they really pushed AP curriculum.” Juan Morales, General Biology (Herbert Hoover H.S.)

“Definitely no. Honestly, I was a delinquent.” Sen Vang, Aerospace Engineering (Duncan and McLane H.S.)

“Yeah, University High is harder. I got really good at procrastination and that prepared me for procrastinating in college.” Jacob Perriguey, Philosophy (University H.S.) Photos/Daisy Rodriguez

not his business; k-12 education is his business, but with the abysmal API scores and graduates placing in remedial classes for the most part, Hanson needs to focus his attention where it is really needed -- fixing the problems within FUSD and preparing the children to compete in this increasingly challenging world. When a high school senior enters any of the SCCCD campuses or Fresno City College, whose fault is it if they are unprepared? Is it their grade school? Their middle school? High school? Their parents? Or is it their

own problem? The purpose of a K-12 education is not to sit around and wait for graduation day. It is to engage students and to ensure they are prepared for college, whether they decide to go across the country to attend an Ivy League or travel only a block away to FCC. Why is 78 percent of FUSD students unprepared for college? Who bears the responsibility for this disgrace? Hanson should focus on why 78 percent of FUSD’s students are unprepared for college. That should be the

subject of his speeches from now on. Maybe, if he dwells on it, he will figure out how to improve the level of preparedness and the 78 percent will start decreasing. Rather than accusing a local community college district of “underperforming”, Hanson should focus on why FUSD students are so not ready for college. When Hanson opened his mouth, he also opened a can of worms. Our hope is that he turns his criticism inward and focus his energy on Fresno’s children.

My YouTube Days May Be Gone, but Benefits Remain BY CHUEYEE YANG

News Editor cyang@therampageonline.com

I started my YouTube channel, ChueyeeHeartsBeauty, in 2012. The idea of starting a YouTube channel drifted into my head as I was watching another YouTuber’s video; I was inspired by her. After hours of filming and days of editing, I was a “YouTuber”. Half of my high school life and my first two years college were spent creating YouTube videos. In my time as a content creator on YouTube, I loved how I was able to

have a hobby that I was absolutely in love with. It gave me so much power. I was able to be creative when editing as well as have the freedom to talk about things that I found interesting such as beauty, fashion, Korean pop [K-pop] and much more. The first few years of YouTubing were filled with excitement. I felt very gratified every time I completed and uploaded a video. It meant that all of the hours and days that I spent editing and filming one video was worth it. But life intervened. In addition to operating the YouTube channel, I took on an internship, plus of course,

being a full-time student. At that point in my life, school and work were a priority, and my passion for making YouTube videos disappeared; sadly, I began to view my hobby as a chore. I was so occupied with school and work and the pressure to make time to make videos; invariably, my hobby was no longer enjoyable. It became a chore. It has been nine months since I last uploaded a video onto my channel, and it stays at the back of my mind. I recently filmed a video, but I wasn’t pushing myself to finish it. I remember how I was once so ea-

ger to develop whatever ideas I had -- film and edit it. Today, I’m not in a hurry. It takes me days and maybe weeks to even get myself to edit after filming a video. Although my passion for making YouTube videos disappeared, the amount of experience that I gained over the years is irreplaceable. Looking back at my YouTube videos made me realize how much I’ve grown as a video editor and a content creator. Making YouTube videos was like creating video diaries. I was able to see how much I’ve grown over the years.





Work, School and Social Life Do Not Mix Well BY LARRY VALENZUELA

Multimedia Editor lvalenzuela@therampageonline.com

There it goes again, that sound that haunts me every morning. I had just fallen asleep three hours ago, but the sound doesn’t care; it shrieks relentlessly. Like clockwork, it goes off every day at the same time as a signal to start the chaotic juggling act I do every day. What am I juggling? It’s a series of responsibilities of school, work and a social life. It’s a juggling act that we all participate in college. Last semester, I learned the hard way how chaotic life could get when I decided to work three jobs and go to school full time. Like every horror film, everything starts off sweet and simple. You go to school and have a job to help pay your way through school, but soon you realize that one job isn’t enough, so you find another, and then, in my case, another. I started the semester working on a food truck, but I also had a job as a disc jockey on the side. It was simple, but then work slowed down at the food truck, so I took up a position at my old job at a winery and soon started a routine that gives me chills whenever I remember it. A typical day was a constant shift between work and school. Every day had its routine. On Mondays and

Wednesdays, I would get up at 6 a.m. to go to the winery and finish at 3 p.m.; go to school at 4 p.m. and stay in class till 10 p.m. and do homework until late at night. Tuesday would be a full shift at the winery and then off to my night classes. On Thursdays and Fridays, I would pull a full shift at the winery from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., then go to the truck from 5 p.m. to midnight. The weekends were always a little more chaotic. As a DJ, work is very unpredictable it could come in very steadily like a light rain or extremely slow like a drought. During the spring semester, work came crashing down like a huge flood. Saturdays and Sundays became a running match of meeting the food truck at its location and racing to whatever venues I was covering that night. The constant moving had taken its toll on me after four months of the same routine. I was so tired that I walked out of a Bar Mitzvah, where I was a dj to have a screaming match with myself in my car in the parking lot. Yeah the stress was getting a bit too much. This much moving had even taken its toll on my grades. I was focusing my attention on so many different things that i neglected my

anthropology class and ended up with a D in the course. I tried to get use to the life of having three jobs and going to school but it was beginning to wave heavy on me. After much consideration I decided that I should cut down to only two jobs so, I decided to put in my two weeks notice at the food truck. T o d a y I currently still work at the winery and as a deejay along with being a student. There is Illustration by Bobby Brown still a little stress but not to the working at the same time, do not extent it used to be. overload yourself too much or I learned a valuable lesson you’ll pay for it somehow. If you’re not to bite off more than I can chew. thinking of getting more than one I learned that you have to be able to job, take a second to ponder if you learn to moderate your time and try really can handle both work loads to figure out that balance, and if you and go to school. Really think about can’t, then you have to make a change it before adding a third job to your somewhere. already busy schedule. If you’re going to school and

Being British Is a Lot More than Tea and Scones BY JASMINE YORO

A&E Editor jyoro@therampageonline.com

Have you ever met a British person? Did you ask them if they’re from London or how much tea they drink or if they know the Queen? I was an international student before I regained my California residency. Being California born and England raised, I’ve heard many typicalities once it has been made known that I lived there for 16 years; I was often asked if I was Australian or from the East Coast when my accent was stronger. Although debunking most stereotypes would be the most pleasurable, a few do hold some truth! One of the biggest confusions is what the UK is Britain. The United Kingdom and England are not the same thing; and it’s technically called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In layman’s terms, the United Kingdom is composed of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Great Britain is majorly England, Scotland and Wales; excluding most of the small islands on the outskirts. Ireland is not one, but two different countries; the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Secondly, London is not England! London is the capital and it’s pretty big. England’s size is always underestimated; however, it is somewhat smaller than California. It’s one of many amazing places, but is, undoubtedly, the biggest tourist area, packed full of sightseeing destinations, markets, museums, galleries, concert venues etc. Many think that the British live in expensive and lavish old-style homes. This is the biggest “unfortunately” of all, they don’t all live in fancy manors or live in beautiful remote countryside cottages with cobblestone paths that lead to the Queen’s home where they drink tea and and eat scones together. Depending on where you live, most of the houses are small semi-detached two-story houses and compared to Fresno, the houses in my home town are tiny in comparison. Just like the US, there are regional accents. Whenever I meet new people, I’m always asked to say “water” in a British accent and I’m then quizzed on Cockney slang. Britons don’t really speak cockney slang anymore and we don’t all sound like Eliza Doolittle from “My Fair Lady”. Maybe you’ll hear it from the old blokes at the pub, but the slang itself is not really a thing

anymore. Now onto the biggest stereotype-tea. Tea is often a staple within most British homes. I’d be lying if I said the rumors weren’t true. Although not everyone loves tea, it’s by far one of the most truthful stereotypes. It’s practically impossible to find no tea in the average household, it would result in anarchy! If you can make a good cuppa, then we’ll be the best of friends! They also don’t always have scones with tea...but there are biscuits, which I suppose could be classed as really dry cookies. Another common misconception is the difference between drinking tea and going to someone’s house for tea; the latter is another way of phrasing that you’re going to someone’s house for dinner; however you can also go to someone’s house to drink tea... But if there’s tea with tea then I’d happily oblige! The next one is about as bizarre as saying all Americans drink a beer with Barack Obama on the regular. No, the British are not all friends with the Queen and unfortunately, no, they do not have tea and scones with her Majesty. The Brits are always pinned as having bad teeth thanks to the likes

of Austin Powers. The dental issues are trickier to define. If you put it on a scale of Hollywood pearly whites to Hillbilly, it would justifiably place in the middle. It’s not as much of an issue as it was 20 odd years ago, but not entirely untrue. Americans often think of the British as notoriously introverted, rude and dry-humored, which in general would also not be entirely untrue...when compared to the average American. It’s harder to appreciate a stereotypical British personality if you haven’t spent much time around it to understand it fully, but they’re not all that different! Generally speaking, Brits aren’t quite as outspoken or outgoing in the same way that Americans are. Lastly, Britain is notorious for terrible food! I can agree to an extent, but it does depend on where you eat. Asking locals where the best places are will be a tourist’s best bet. England has good Indian food and there’s always the local fish and chip shops scattered across town. Plus, nothing beats a good fry-up (or full English breakfast, if you please) from your local cafe to nurse the aftermath of drinking too much at the pub.




Rams Lose Homecoming Game, Still Hopeful for Playoff Spot

Wide receiver James Whitfield, of Fresno City College, looks for an opening and evades defensive back Javaughn Iverson of San Joaquin Delta College at Ratcliffe Stadium at the homecoming game Oct. 31, 2015. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez BY MICHAEL FORD

Reporter mford@therampageonline.com

Homecoming week game is usually a time when the home team rolls over whatever poor opponent they schedule. It is a time for Rams alumni to come back home and watch their team make them proud of being part of school tradition. Unfortunately for Fresno City, things didn’t turn out quite the way they had planned

as they lost their homecoming game against San Joaquin Delta college in an extremely entertaining shootout 47-40 on Oct. 31 at Ratcliffe Stadium. Delta started the game with the ball and were able to string together some positive plays until they made their way deep into Rams territory when they capped off the 10 play, 75-yard drive with a 23yard touchdown pass from quarterback Arnold Kimble to Alec Von. Kicker Joel Chavez missed the extra point, leav-

ing the score at 6-0. The quick score by Delta did nothing to deter the Rams from responding in kind. Star quarterback Christian Rossi dropped back and threw a strike to wide receiver Kailon Carter for a 73-yard touchdown pass giving Fresno the lead 7-6. Penalties were a major problem for both sides in this game. Each team had several big plays that were negated by back-breaking penalties. Delta had a long kickoff return for a touchdown brought back due to a holding penalty, and they were unable to do anything with the drive.

26-23. The Rams took the first possession of the second half all the way down to the Delta 14 yard line but failed to come away with any points as they turned the ball over on downs. “I thought that we had a play. We had the matchup that we wanted but we weren’t able to complete it,” Caviglia said. Delta was able to make it hurt as they took the ball and scored yet again on a 2-yard touchdown pass, making the score 33-23 with 5:41 left in the third. Fresno was in dire need of a defensive stop early in the fourth and they were able to

“I think that we played pretty subpar, could’ve played better.” -Wide Receiver Kailon Carter

Fresno City College safety, Tajhe Moore, argues with a referee about a foul at the homecoming game, Oct. 31, 2015. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez

A roughing the passer penalty in the first quarter set up Delta deep in Fresno territory giving them a prime opportunity to capitalize with a score. Fresno’s defense was able to hold strong and block a field goal attempt to escape with no points allowed on the drive. Rams head coach Tony Caviglia questioned whether the officials called all the penalties correctly against his team, but he also wouldn’t allow that to be an excuse for losing. “For some reason we were getting some calls on things that I am not sure about,” Caviglia said. “We’ll look at the tape and find out what’s going on and we have to make sure that the guys know the rules.” Back and forth the two teams went, trading score for score until the game reached halftime with the score line at

come up with it in the clutch. Fresno forced a safety by Delta giving them two points and the ball back on a free kick. No matter what Fresno did on offense, Delta seemingly always was able to respond with a score as Fresno had no answer for their attack. Running back Evan Owens took the ball into the endzone on a two-yard run to give Delta back the lead 40-33 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the ballgame. At this point, Fresno really needed a spark to get them going again. They got just that as returner Briquez Alvies took the following kickoff back to Delta’s 40 yard line, setting up Fresno for a much needed score. Rossi threw an interception in the endzone which prevented the Rams from capitalizing on the great starting field position.

Delta took the ball down the field and made Fresno pay for the turnover as Owens scored again to make it a 47-33 game, leaving Fresno in dire straits with only five minutes left in the game. Rams football never goes down quietly into that good night and they responded on the following drive. Rossi hit James Whitfield with an absolute missile on a 47-yard touchdown pass making it once again a one score game. The Rams defense was able to make one final push as the came up with a crucial stop on third down forcing a punt by Delta with just three minutes left in the game. Fresno couldn’t do anything with it though as Rossi threw a killer interception backed up deep in his own territory, essentially sealing the victory for Delta and putting a damper on the homecoming celebrations. Carter was disappointed with his team’s performance, but won’t let it stop his team from continuing to push hard for postseason play. “I think that we played pretty subpar, could’ve played better. Moments in the game we should have capitalized on, like I dropped a touchdown pass. Everybody makes mistakes but we’ll get it back on track next week,” Carter said. The Rams now need to run the table in their next two games plus have some other teams lose in order to have a chance at postseason. “We’re in a position where we are going to need some help to get into that playoff. I think that if we get into that playoff we can make some noise,” said Caviglia. “I think that we have a good team but we’re very young. We’re just starting to reach our peak although we took a little step backwards.”





Rams Stretch Conference Winning Streak to 57

Head Coach Tracy Ainger-Schulte talking to her team during a timeout versus College Of Sequoias, at FCC Gymnasium Oct. 28, 2015. Photo/Keaundrey Clark BY KEAUNDREY CLARK

Sports Editor kclark@therampageonline.com

Fresno City College Head women’s Volleyball coach Tracy Ainger-Schulte stepped on Fresno City’s campus in the fall of 2007, and the Rams have dominated the Central Valley Conference ever since. In her nine years here Ainger-Schulte as the FCC coach has coached 5 All-Americans, 7 All-State Players, 7 Conference MVPs. Yet that doesn’t much to her if her girls don’t graduate from FCC and become successful players at other schools and more importantly successful off the court. They’ve won 58 straight conference games their last loss dating back to

the 2011 season vs Reedley. Praise she doesn’t take on herself but gives praise to the group of players she’s coached in her tenure here. As a coach, she doesn’t coach for the awards, doesn’t look at the accolades she’s receives at the end of the year, she coaches for her players “It speaks volumes of the caliber of players we’ve had come here,”said Ainger-Schulte. “I feel pretty proud of the coaches we’ve had come in and help develop the program.” This dominance over their conference can only mean one thing. In the nine years here the brand of FCC volleyball has become one of the marquee names in the state of California. “To be winning like this with local kids, I couldn’t be more pleased year

in and year out,” said Ainger-Schulte. “The girls here have set the standard for players coming in after them.” With a new group of player this year the Rams continue to dominate. Players like Freshman Outside Hitter Jenna Goldsberry (Clovis West) who leads this year’s group with 155 kills. “I knew after high school I wanted to continue playing volleyball and to be able to play for a school like this is an honor,” said Goldsberry, The Rams have won their conference eighth straight season. They are looking for their ninth with a 10-0 conference record, a 16-4 overall record. They have four games remaining to see what this group of players (including 11 freshman) is made of. The only thing standing in their way is them-

selves. After dominant performances over Reedley and COS (winning a combined six sets to zero). The Rams have four game remaining before the playoffs start and getting to 61 straight conference wins. “It’s been a total team effort everyone doing their part and doing the little things to win,” said Freshman Middle Blocker Alexis March. The Rams have won 63 consecutive home conference matches as well. “If we keeping working on the small things in practice and ask ourselves every day, “Are we getting better?” said Ainger-Schulte. “And do everything to ensure everytime we step on the floor we’re better than the last time.”

Caviglia Close to becoming winningest coach in FCC football history. BY MICHAEL FORD

Reporter mford@therampageonline.com

When Rams head coach Tony Caviglia first came to Fresno City College, no one could have predicted he would have the career that he has had. With 134 career victories, Caviglia is just three wins away from passing legendary FCC football coach Clare Slaughter to become the winningest coach in FCC football history. Caviglia came to FCC 17 years ago as an already established and successful coach having been an assistant at Purdue and Ohio State as well as head coach of Chabot College. He came to Fresno with the plan to not only to win games but also help student athletes transfer. “I just wanted to put a good program together where kids would come into the program motivated to transfer, have enough units to transfer,” he said. What Caviglia is on the cusp of doing was thought to be very improbable when he began his tenure. Former FCC sports publicist Woody Wilk remembers the attitudes that many had of Clare’s record. “Many thought Clare’s re-

cord was unreachable. But, here we are ‘only’ 37 years later,” Wilk said. Caviglia came into the 2015 regular season with a record of 130-46 and so far his team has a record of 4-4 with two games remaining. Those 134 wins have helped him accomplish some pretty special things. In his 16 completed seasons as coach, his teams have won nine conference championships, including five straight from 2009-2013 and have qualified for postseason play every season, which he has a remarkable record in at 61-19. He did all this while maintaining the integrity of the football program that has been established over 67 years by teaching young men how to play football correctly. “I wanted as a coaching staff to teach them how to play the game of football the way it is supposed to be played,” Caviglia said. “I wanted to put a product on the field that Fresno City could be proud of.” Since he is so close to the record Caviglia reflected on what he thinks it will be like when he passes Slaughter.

“I think that it will be special moment. It means I’ve been here a long time,” he said. “These wins aren’t about me, these wins are about the coaches and the players each and every year for 17 years that were a part of this program that put the time and effort and work, their blood, sweat and tears out on the field to play the game we all love.” “So it’s really our record; it’s not my record,” Caviglia added. “There have been a lot of great players and people that have come through this program; they’re all going to share this record also.” That’s that attitude that Caviglia has, remaining humble and always quick to point out how others have contributed to the program’s success, including both his players and his coaches. “Our coaching staff and the coaches that have been here, they’re all stand up guys who place the players interest at the forefront,” he said. “So just our consistency and a great coaching staff. Rick Scheidt, our defensive coordinator, has been here the whole time and

he has a big role in the success of our program.” Still with all that he has accomplished on the field, Caviglia is more proud of how successful his former players become later in life, both academically and professionally. “I am very proud of my players who transfer and get their degrees. It beats any win or loss. We’ve had countless players in the NFL that play football for a living, but when a player gets his degree and has become successful at whatever endeavor they choose,” he said. “Then they come back maybe with their children and come to a game and stop by the office, that makes me more proud than anything.” As far as accomplishments that relate solely to football, Caviglia is most proud of the great alumni he has been able to coach as they come through the program. “I also am very proud of our wall of fame. The wall of fame is a tradition of our football program. It’s really unique and special to Fresno City College football,” he said. “The wall of fame is really a product of the players that

come through this program and become productive after they left.” Still there is one thing that Caviglia has yet to accomplish, and that is to win a state championship. “That’s always been one of our goals, to do that. We just haven’t been able to reach that point.” When Caviglia retires, whenever that may be, he doesn’t just want to be remembered for the number of football games that he won but the impact that his program has had on the lives of the young men that he coached by instilling values as a foundation of his regimen for success. “I prepared young men how to succeed in life and win,” Caviglia said. “Gave them confidence that they could do whatever they put their mind to and I want these guys to carry with them the things they learned at our football program, and I know they do, for the rest of their lives.”




Women’s Water Polo Team Poised to Meet Goal

Fresno City College Water Polo team captain, Sophomore Saylene Servin, fires at the goal in practice, at Fresno High School Oct. 30, 2015. Photo/Keaundrey Clark BY KEAUNDREY CLARK

Sports Editor kclark@therampageonline.com

This year’s Rams women’s water polo team’s regular season is over after finishing in fifth place in the Big 8 conference. Their goal of making it to the Northern California Championships is still in tact. “We’re at the end of our season and gearing up for our

conference tournament,” said Head Coach Gianna Rossi. “It should be exciting because this a rematch with Sierra, a team we played on Oct. 22 and went into overtime with.” They are trying to repeat that feat this year. They start their quest with the Big 8 Championship on Nov. 6-7 at American River College in Sacramento. Sophomore team captain

Saylene Servin’s experience she brings to the pool has been invaluable as she helps eight freshmen adjust to college water polo. “They’ve adapted pretty well; they look up to us,” Servin said. “You work hard to get to this level and it feels good to share my experience with them.” The team is so young, yet plays with confidence and




poise beyond their years. “With the talent we have this year, this team can go to NorCal,” Servin said. This year’s team is led by freshman Kallee Olivas, who is top 15 in the conference in goals and second in goals scored per game. “It’s a lot different [playing college water polo], playing with a group of new girls and a much different and

faster pace for sure,” Olivas said. “Since Coach Rossi is experienced at the sports she’s taught us so much and pushes us to work harder.” With players like Olivas and teammate, another freshman, Ashley Gibbs (second on the team with 28 goals), the sky’s the limit for the Rams. Olivas said, “I feel like if we play to our potential we can go far.”

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