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RAMPAGE April 29, 2015 Vol. CXXVI I S S U E 6

In an interview with the Rampage staff, FCC President Cynthia Azari discussed the budget shortfalls, her background and the pleasures of leading this college.

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Q: Would you like to talk about budget cuts, regarding instructor support and counselor support? A: Yes, we still don’t have a budget from the state and that’s really what we are waiting for. We know we are going to have a cut as much or anywhere from $2 to $4 million. That’s a lot of money. However, all that could change because the governor comes out with proposal after proposal. The Democrats have a proposal, the Republicans have a proposal. Until they come together, we really don’t know. But we know we’re going to experience some cuts. Here’s my philosophy: Why are we here? We are here to provide a quality education for students; that’s the core of why

Dr. Cynthia Azari, who will be recommended to the board of trustees for consideration as interim president of FCC, could be confirmed when the board meets on May 5. Photos/Rampage Archive l SEE TURNING BACK THE CLOCK ON PAGE 4


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Fresno City College campus is abuzz with speculations that Cynthia Azari, the first female president of Fresno City College, is returning as interim president, to fill the seat vacated when Tony Cantu died on April 5. According to multiple sources, Bill Stewart, interim chancellor of the State Center Community College District, will recommend Azari’s appointment to the board of Trustees, and the board is expected to decide during its May 5 meeting in Oakhurst. Several faculty, staff as well as faculty and staff associations wrote letters to the chancellor in support of


Azari’s candidacy. “We need to come back with a dynamic pick to help heal,” said Rick Santos, Linguistics/ESL instructor who was president of the academic senate and held interim dean positions at FCC and Reedley College. “And that’s what Dr. Azari is; she’s a good listener; she follows through with what she is supposed to do.” Azari was president of the college from January 2009 to April 2011 when she became president of Riverside Community College. In July 2013, She was appointed interim chancellor for the Riverside Community College

District. Before she became FCC president, Azari was the vice chancellor for Workforce Development and Educational Services for the State Center Community College District. Vice President of Student Services, Chris Villa, was also considered for the top position. Villa has been in his current position since August 2009. Before then, he held a similar position at Long Beach City College. While he has never been at the helm of any college, Villa has been a finalist for the president’s position at several colleges, including Norco College in 2011, Hartnell Col-

lege and Contra Costa College in 2012, Reedley College, Ventura College and Antelope Valley College in 2013, and Salt Lake Community College in 2014. When the SCCCD community was notified on April 6 of Cantu’s sudden death, the chancellor appointed Cheryl Sullivan, vice president of administrative services, to oversee the college until George Railey, vice chancellor of educational services, was named acting president on April 13. The district has not named a starting date for the interim president.





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Survey addresses sexual assault BY CHUEYEE YANG


Fresno City College instructor, Karen H. Moseley held a rape and sexual assault survey event with students from her Sociology of Rape course at the main fountain on April 22. “We are trying to establish not only awareness by doing our pamphlets and our survey, but giving some type of demographic on what is happening on the campus,” Moseley said. The survey will allow others to get consensus about rape and sexual assault as well as bring awareness and share demographics. By students completing the survey, it will provide FCC access to locate hazardous spots on campus, and more while pamphlets informed students on who to contact if rape or sexual assault were to occur. Moseley said, “It is really difficult for students to tell even their family that they have been sexually assaulted or raped, because we have, in our society, a rape culture that blames the victim.” According to Moseley, 95 percent of rape and sexual assault is committed by someone the victim knows; five percent by strangers. “It doesn’t make any difference what age they are, or what gender they are because one in nine men are raped and one in four women are raped or sexually assaulted,” said Moseley. She believes that the event will make an impact by providing students with safe locations, where they can share their stories as many has already re-

vealed their stories to her during the event. Moseley started to develop the rape and sexual assault survey last fall and introduced the idea to her students enrolled in her courses [women’s study 5 and sociology 5] in March. Students can expand their knowledge by enrolling in a Sociology of Rape course as well as obtain advice from services such as the Rape Counseling Services of Fresno [RCS Fresno]. RCF Fresno gathered with Moseley’s Sociology of Rape course to help bring awareness to the campus. Moseley said, “We just want to make sure that they [students] have the information that they need in case something does happen.” Not a lot of people know about what sexual assault is or what the awareness is about, said Anna Her, RCS Fresno professional intern. RCS Fresno is a non-profit organization that was established in 1973 and strives to end rape and sexual violence and empower survivors while maintaining a supporting and safe relationship. English major Emoni Slocum participated in the survey and hopes that FCC organizes more awareness meetings about rape and sexual assault. “I know situations [rape and sexual assault] like that have happened on here and it’s scary because you don’t feel safe,” Slocum said.

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One of the pieces of art that was on display in the stand for the rape and sexual assault survey held in Fresno City College on April 22, 2015. Photo/Ram Reyes

Chancellor forums in May BY PATRICK FORREST

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State Center Community College District Chancellor Bill Stewart, whose interim role is set to end in March 2016. Photo/Rampage Archive.

The State Center Community College District has begun the process of searching for a new chancellor to lead the district by seeking feedback from faculty, staff, administrators and students at all of the district campuses. Forums are scheduled on each campus so stakeholders can identify the qualities they would like to see in the chancellor. “The goal in doing this is so that the stakeholders get a chance to voice what they would like to see in their next chancellor,” said Diane Clerou, SCCCD vice chancellor of human relations. “Are they looking for somebody who is into technology, student success, participatory governance or are they looking for other things because the attributes that are identified will be used for the position announcement itself.” The forums will be held on May 13 at the Clovis Community College campus and on May 14 at Fresno City College, Reedley College, and the Madera and Oakhurst Centers. “I want to go, if I’m not busy,” said Chris Villa, vice president of Student Services at FCC. “And I would encourage a lot of people to go, especially our students.” The board of trustees voted at its April 7 meeting to receive assistance from Educational Leadership Search group in its search for a new chancellor. All forums are scheduled for an hour and a half and will be moderated by an ELS representative. Stewart, who was hired as interim chancellor on April 2, 2014 after former chancellor Deborah Blue retired, only planned to hold the position temporarily.


Consider Degree and Plans When Registering BY DAVID CHAVEZ


Are you returning to Fresno City College in the fall? Have you enrolled in the classes you want and in times that fit your life? Registration is underway and Fresno City College students are choosing classes to complete their major requirements or just the General Education classes for transfer. If you have not registered, you should consider several variables when choosing which courses to sign up for. Factors to consider include -- work schedules, transferable units and your requirements for your majors. No matter where you are in the process, you should sign up to meet with a counselor. Adjunct counselor Melissa Kent said students who are in the EOP or DSPS programs should meet with your designated counselor as soon as possible. The counseling office opens as early as 7:45 a.m. and is open until 5:00 p.m. “You should not guess or listen to your friends,” when considering what classes to sign up for Kent said. If you are planning to transfer, it is important to make sure you are taking the right classes --- those that are transferrable to the university you are hoping to transfer to and will count towards your major. “You don’t want to take the wrong classes and be here for a longer time than you should be,” said Saul Fernandez, an adjunct counselor for the Transfer Center. “You definitely want to plan ahead and meet with a counselor.” Fernandez also said that making and completing your Student educational plan is really important. Students who fill out an SEP get to register for classes earlier than others. You may also be eligible for the Board of Governors’ fee waiver which waives your enrollment fees. Students may apply online for the BOG fee waiver at the website.

Sound of Music Returns to FCC BY CRESENCIO RODRIGUEZ DELGADO Editor-in-Chief

Fresno City College students can once again enjoy the chimes of harmonious bells at noontime. A small ceremony in front of the library on April 22 officially marked the return of the newly refurbished carillon bells to the college. Retired librarian Ron Byrd and his wife Cecelia donated the funds for the repair of the carillon bells. The two were present at the dedication ceremony. Byrd, who worked at FCC from 1969 to 2001, said fixing and reinstalling the bells were a gift to the college. “The carillon does a lot to give the campus kind of an official collegiate atmosphere,” Byrd said. “When you go to many of the Ivy League schools and big universities, they all have carillons bells, and it becomes a part of the tradition for that school.” The bells were first gifted to the college by Martha J. Hoover in 1990; they broke nine years later, but there was no money for repairs. The carillon is installed on the second floor of the library and its four speakers will carry the sound of bells across the campus.

The plaque in the library commemorates the new Fresno City College Carillon of Bells, April 22, 2015. Photo/Ram Reyes



Students Learn Defenses Against Sexual Assault BY ALYSSA GARZA


One in five women and one in 16 men become victims of sexual assault on college campuses throughout the US. Forty seven percent of assaults occur in or near the home. State Center Community College District Police Lieutenant Richard Gaines and Henry T. Perea, representative of the 31st district in the California Assembly are committed to giving Fresno City College students the tools they need to avoid becoming victims. The first step is acquiring self defense skills, so Gaines and Perea sponsored Providing Safety, a self defense class on April 24 in the Old Administration Building. “This month April is Sexual Harassment Awareness month,” said Sandra Garcia of Henry T. Perea’s office. “We wanted to make sure to reach out to students and the public to make sure that they are aware of prevention.” This was the second of two presentations at FCC in recent weeks. There was also a similar prior event for the staff of FCC to attend. Perea said his office constantly changes and adapts the program to ensure that it helps students. “We try to evaluate based on questions that are asked,” Perea said. “Do we change the presentation a little bit? Do we add to or subtract from certain areas?” Perea said that after reviewing feedback, his staff evaluates the presentation to see whether or not to add something in a certain area or to take certain things out in another area. Throughout the event, the presenters provided tips for fighting back against attackers as well as techniques to avoid becoming victims. The tips include following your instincts and changing walking/driving direction. The presentation also included notes on Sexual Assault Prevention. Other tips on how to avoid situations that can put one at risk include submitting, passive resistance and active resistance.

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TURNING BACK THE CLOCK Cynthia Azari, president from 2009-2011 likely to lead college again BY SYDNEY EXCINIA

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Cynthia Azari, former and president of Fresno City College and likely to be named interim president when the board meets on Tuesday, learned the value of education when she was only a little girl. She was in the second grade when she became aware of the difference an education makes in a person’s life. Born in Austin, Texas to migrant farm workers, Azari’s childhood consisted of moving from place to place and attending several different elementary schools. She picked grapes and cotton with her parents and six siblings, hoping that one day, she would break her family’s cycle of poverty. Life was a struggle, and she watched her parents toil and knew she wanted a different life. After she learned how to read, she was able to escape in books, allowing her imagination to wander to places she herself couldn’t go. She said her first book was a collection of Grimm’s Fairy tales. Despite the hardships, Azari was determined to succeed. Education would be the key. Azari has stayed true to those values. She has an impressive portfolio of academic degrees and professional experience, and along the way, she accomplished a string of firsts, including becoming the first woman to be president of Fresno City College, California’s premier community college. She also served as president of Riverside Community College and interim chancellor of Riverside Community College District. In selecting Azari for the chancellor position, Virginia Blumenthal, president of the board of trustees of Riverside Community College District, had said, “ Dr. Azari has the experience to do the job and keep our colleges moving forward. We are very pleased to be able to tap someone with her talents and experiences during this period of transition.”

Growing up in Texas Azari’s life today is very distant from her impoverished childhood. Her parents were migrant workers from Tulare and they divorced when she was 10. Her father left the family, so her mother took her children home to Texas to live with her mother. Azari’s grandmother, a devout Native American from Western Louisiana, had only a fifth grade education, but was in every sense of the word, the matriarch of the family. She taught young Cynthia the importance of leadership and spirituality. Azari said she also learned from her grandmother the values of working together with others to achieve goals. “My grandmother insisted I gain an education; I believe she would be very proud of me,” said Azari. She also learned the love of music from her grandparents. Although a seamstress, her grandmother’s real passion was music. “She loved to sing, and my grandfather played the guitar,” said Azari who lived with her grandparents until she married at age 22. Working in Education Through college, as Azari contemplated career choices, she learned it was important to differentiate between one’s talents and skills. “I always wanted to be a teacher, so I developed those skills,” she said. “But I found that I was a better administrator.” In 1974, Azari received her bachelor’s degree in Government and History from Huston Tillotson College in

Austin, Texas. Azari decided to further her education and in 1977 earned her master’s degree from West Virginia University, majoring in Educational Administration. In 1996, she received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. After working her way through college with the help of scholarships and student loans, Azari worked as a technical coordinator at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. Azari has worked mostly in education, especially at the community college level. From 1987 to 1991, she was director of Education and Publications Division for the State Property Tax Board in Austin, Texas. Afterwards, she served as vice president of instruction at Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington, working with over 10,000 students, 150 full-time and 400 part-time faculty members. Azari came to Fresno in August 2007 as the vice chancellor for Workforce Development and Educational Services. She previously had been president of Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania, then a college of about 6,000 students.

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The Fresno City College community flocked to the Old Administration Building East Courtyard on Thursday for an ice cream social raising money for the Tony Cantu Memorial scholarship.. Nearly $14,000 of the $20,000 fundraising goal was raised by the end of the event. “If we can get to $20,000, then we can get it endowed and be able to offer it annually without having to come out and ask for more,” said Cheryl Sullivan, vice president of Administrative Services, who spearheaded the event. The State Center Community College Foundation has offered to double any funds that were raised by the campus, with the possibilities of offering a scholarship in the fall of 2015 if enough funds were raised. Employees could donate through payroll deductions, and the campus community was encouraged to place money in jars labeled, “Tips for Tony.” “I didn’t know him personally, but I knew the campus would do something after everyone heard that he died,” said Candace Young, FCC stu-

dent who attended the social. “You hear the stories about what a nice and generous man he was, and you really want to help do something. So I put a dollar in the jar.” Donations to the scholarship fund may be done by check, credit card or online. Check donations may be made out to SCCCF with a notation in the memo: “Tony Cantú Scholarship.” All donations are tax deductible and can be accepted at any time. They could be mailed to State Center Community Foundation at 390 W. Fir Avenue, Suite 300 Clovis, CA 93611. Wrist bands in Cantu’s name will also be available for purchase in the FCC bookstore for $2. The proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund. Eligibility details for the scholarship are not yet available but will be released by the family soon. “This is something that is set up by the family,” said Bill Stewart, SCCCD interim chancellor. “But we do agree with that decision; he loved students, and we all hope that this scholarship in his memory lives on.”

“If we can get to $20,000, then we can get it endowed and be able to offer it annually without having to come out and ask for more.” -Cheryl Sullivan Vice President of Administrative Services

A bowl of ice cream at the memorial scholarship ice cream social Tuesday April 21, 2015. Photo/Patrick Forrest


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The Associated Student Government elections have begun, and Fresno City College students who do want to vote are left with little options after Toni Sandoval, candidate for president, dropped out of the race on Monday, leaving Maize Lee as the only one vying for the top office. “I am passionate about making constant improvements and changes and believe ASG, as well as myself, can benefit from me becoming president,” Lee said. Lee said she plans to use her future position as ASG president to benefit students the best way she knows how. “ I would like to raise awareness to all of the programs and benefits Fresno City College has to offer,” she said. “With student becoming more aware, they will become more opinionated and thus involved with FCC. Students who attend FCC deserve to have is-

“With students becoming more aware, they will become more opinionated and thus involved with FCC. Students who attend FCC deserve to have issues resolved without having to jump through hoops.” -Maize Lee Presidential Candidate in 2015-2016 ASG elections sues resolved without having to jump through hoops.” All the candidates for other ASG positions are running unopposed; only one candidate is running for each of these positions -- Executive Vice President; Student Trustee and President Pro-Tempore. Only two candidates are running for 16 senatorial positions. “It’s disappointing that we can’t get more people to run,” said Sean Hen-

derson, ASG adviser. “But that’s how it happens; they’re going to be out at Keys to the City and Welcome Week next semester to recruit.” Henderson said there is need to train incoming “student government leaders” in the summer so they can “hit the ground running.” There is also a need to fill the legislative vice president position, for which has no one is running.

ASG has, in the past, struggled to get candidates and votes for its elections. In 2013, only 189 votes cast, an all-time low, translating into only 0.9 percent of the student body participating in a college-wide elections. “I read the article in the Rampage ‘What is ASG?’,” said Matthew Scott, a senatorial candidate. “As a student at FCC for the last year, I have never seen the student government and until the article, I was not aware we had one. I believe if you are a representative, you must act as a delegate which requires talking to your constituents.” A link sent to the student email accounts of all Fresno City College students has an individual username and password used for all students to cast a vote for the candidate they would like to vote for.

Cody Sedano, Briana Herrera, Maize Lee, Kou Xiong and Matthew Scott. Only candidates running for 2015-2016 ASG offices. Photos/Student Activities


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A short line, an almost empty venue, and an hour long wait before the opening band, it seemed as though the fun was never going to arrive at Strummer’s, Fresno, on Monday night. However, Kingswood, a rock ‘n’ roll band from Melbourne, Australia surprised the crowd with their first song “She’s My Baby”. With the guitar lines similar to that of KISS and vocals like David Lee Roth from Van Halen, they really got the small crowd tapping their shoes and swaying from side to side. Comprised of vocalist Fergus Linacre, guitarist Alex Laksa, bassist Mango Hunter and drummer Justin Debrincat, Kingswood had become close with the crowd answering questions like if they had ever eaten kangaroo or telling stories about their days in Nashville. The crowd was left loving something new and imported from Australia. Another hour passed after Kingswood, creating more anticipation for what was to come. We Are Scientists is what the crowd came for. Made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Keith Murray and bassist and backup vocalist Chris Cain, with the occasional touring drummer, the group was spotted setting up and taking shots before they were set to start the fun again for the rest of the night. The majority of the crowd filed to the front of the stage as the band started off casually with their song “Impatience” and sped it up with “Dumb Luck”, adding a little more heavy guitar to get the crowd dancing and rocking out. Like Kingswood, We Are Scientists interacted with the crowd telling their stories and dreams, and asking if being a junkie in Fresno was a good thing. Even though the night was filled with a small crowd, it made for an intimate, different and everlasting experience with these two bands, rather than if the venue was overflowing with people. For more information on Strummer’s shows visit

We are Scientists’ Keith Murray (front) sings to the crowd while Chris Cain (back) plays on bass at Strummer’s, April 27, 2015. Photo/Daisy Rodriguez


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Noche de Danza



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Fresno City College’s Folklorico group put on a Noche De Danza Mexicana [Night of Mexican Dance] at the Fresno City College Theater on April 25. The show was composed of Chicano-Latino Studies students at the beginning and advanced levels. Students got the chance to dance in front of family and friends. “This helped them find their culture, traditional style,” said FCC Instructor Raymond Ramirez. “From old to present

day dance, they showed the public what they can do and to be proud of their heritage. Some of the groups that performed included El Alma de Clovis High School, Danzantes de Aztlan Juvenil and Los Danzantes de Aztlan de Fresno State. Victor Torres, Chicano-Latino studies teacher said, “these students take what they learn in class and apply it to the stage.”

The Fresno City College’s Folklorico group dancing during Noche De Danza Mexicana on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Fresno City College Theatre. Photo/ Ram Reyes

Asian Fest Closes Off Cultural Month BY ALBERTINA RODRIGUEZ DELGADO Reporter

The Laos-American Community of Fresno Dancers performing during Asian Fest on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the cafeteria on Fresno City College. Asian Fest featured many different performances from that reflect the diversity of cultures in Asia. Photo/Ram Reyes

Dozens attended Asian Fest on Saturday, April 25, where food, games, and culture ran wild. Asian Fest is one the biggest events Fresno City College has annually, to celebrate Asian culture throughout the month of April. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate a group that is very important here on campus; it’s a chance to celebrate some of the diversity we have here at City College,” Michael Takeda said. “I like seeing all the different Asian cultures come together

and just collaborating,” Alexis Blunkhoun, performer, said. “In spite of the climate problems, people are still coming so I know Fresno is so supportive. If the sun comes out we knew the people would come to the event,” Maile Martin said. With events like Martial Arts, Kata performances and demonstrations on traditional Asian games, Asian Fest closed off Asian American month at FCC.












In 2013, I was in high school, preparing to graduate and deciding where to attend college. The thought of attending a community college only crossed my mind when I wondered if my family and I were going to be able to afford to pay the high prices of a university. With no financial aid and an older sister attending college at the time, my family and I decided I should enroll myself at Fresno City College. That was my last option, but the start of my community college journey. This is my fourth semester at FCC, and I used to mumble the phrase, “I go to FCC” because I was afraid of negative reactions.

Now, I’ve been through it all; negative reactions, dirty looks and more whenever I inform family and friends that I attend a community college. I let their negativity affect my attitude and was ashamed to see any benefits to my situation. I was rude, closed minded, and even arrogant, and I viewed community college as a place where only students who did not get accepted into a four-year college would attend. However, after spending four semesters at FCC, I have learned to ignore the negative reputation that community colleges tend to have and have in fact learned to love it here. I learned I wasn’t thinking outside of the box or considering the pros of a community college. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve been afforded here. I know I am not alone. Between 2012 and 2013, 45 percent of undergraduate students were enrolled in a community college, according to the Community College Research Center. Community colleges are perfect for a student who is deciding between multiple majors. When I was deciding on my major, I never knew that I was going to be a mass communication/journalism

major; in fact, I came to FCC as a nursing major, with a minor in business. I came to the conclusion of becoming a mass communication/ journalism major because FCC allowed me to explore classes outside of the required courses for the RN major. When I enrolled in my first journalism class, I viewed it as just another class where I would obtain credits. But if it weren’t for the flexibility in community colleges that allow students to pick a variety of courses, students, including myself would not have the opportunity to explore other majors. Students can also extend their learning experience by enrolling in more classes because of the reasonable price that community colleges offer. At FCC, it cost $46 per unit compared to over $2,000 for up to six units at California State University, Fresno, according to their website. Attending FCC or other community colleges means students can save thousands of dollars each semester. The reasonable prices also allow students to use their money on other school supplies such as textbooks and perhaps a laptop. During my semesters at FCC, I have also managed to get an internship. I

worried that it would be difficult to balance school and a job, but I was worried for nothing. Community colleges offer not only a wide variety of courses, but also a variety of time slots for classes. It was as easy as choosing a Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule or a Tuesday and Thursday schedule. When I registered for my spring 2015 course, I was able to create a schedule that would allow me to work, do homework, have a social life and more while getting an education. My sister who attends a four-year college has difficulties creating a school schedule that allows her have free time to volunteer. At times, my sister would end up staying at school from as early as 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. because that’s as good a schedule as she can get. I am grateful that community colleges are available for all students; this particular community college has allowed me to explore courses outside of my major at reasonable prices and flexible schedules. Being a student at a community college has truly made me appreciate what they have to offer.

How to Balance Creativity and Academia



The general thought is attending college, holding a job finding time to express one’s creatively is hard accomplish,

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between tests, homework and hectic work hours, most students hardly have time to sleep and eat, let alone create anything. This assumption is false. There is plenty of extra time in a student’s life.. We must, however, learn to seize the moment. The first step is to recognize those moments, like the periods after completing homework or studying but long before having to go to work. Those are the times to stretch your creative muscles. Yes, I get it; it can be difficult mentally. You just want to relax or do something fun. Trust me on this -- when you get back into doing something you love, it makes all the pain from the mundane work of your education and job disappear.

Whether you are a writer, a photographer, a painter, an actor or something else, you deserve to be creative and to spend some time with your imagination. So, when you are tired from school work or your job, take a deep breath and clear your head. Then just delve straight into your art. Now, I’m not saying completely forget about homework or studying. Your education is important, but so is your need for creative expression. If you can intertwine the two, then you are golden. Instead of playing that video game or visiting with friends during your rare free time, do something for yourself. Your mind needs attention too. If you are like me, you find it hard to focus on anything creative during the semester out of fear of forgetting

something from one of your classes. That is understandable, but here is the thing -- if you have kept good notes and stayed on top of your assigned work, you should be fine. As students, our default is to overwhelm ourselves and stress out over all the chaos in our lives. Just take a moment to calm down and write a list of what tasks you need to do. Then get to it. Make the time. Remember that your creative life is as important as your other responsibilities.Do not quell the creative fire that burns in you. You should not hold back, not with anything that counts. Don’t be afraid to stand out either. You can do this.





It has been three weeks since former president Tony Cantu’s unexpected death, and while a cloud of sadness still hovers over the college, it is time to wipe away our tears and continue with our lives. That is what Tony Cantu would want us to do. Whether we think we are ready or not, the semester is speeding to conclusion; there is graduation to be planned; awards ceremonies to celebrate high achievers; summer and fall registration to be managed, not to mention the day-to-day running of these campus of more than 20,000 lives. We cannot dwell on the past, we have to find a way to move on. The first step in forging ahead in these times is choosing a leader, even if on an interim basis -- a president who can provide the vision we need at this time. These difficult times call for great leadership – a person who is transparent; compassionate; hardworking, loyal and resolute on matters that count. In considering the qualities of this interim leader, the board must consider the unique nature of Fresno City College. According to information on the Institutional Research site, the college had 22,701 students enrolled in the fall of 2014. Of that number, at 51 percent, Hispanics represent the largest group. Fifty two percent of FCC students are female; 55 percent are younger than 24 years, but a sizable 23 percent of our students are more than 30 years old. Fifty nine percent of our students are enrolled part time. While racial and ethnic diversity is one of FCC’s strengths, it can present its own difficulties at times. Namely, how can the college, in these periods of uncertainties, ensure that all students stay on track to completing their goals. While the vice presidents are holding their own and the academic deans and other leaders are doing all they can, the college needs a president, for logistical reasons as well as for morale purposes. We need the security of having a trusted leader setting the pace and the agenda

for the college. So what do we want in our new leader? A good leader must be transparent and willing to be subjected to scrutiny. She/he must give students unrestricted access to the presidency and should be willing to listen to their goals as well as their complaints and grievances. Our new leader should champion the students’ causes. The new president should treat faculty and staff as partners in our students success. She/he should respect all the constituents and what they bring to the table. She/he should hold forums and listen to others’ concerns and be willing to advance other perspectives at the district level. She must recognize the importance of all stakeholders. We need a leader who is compassionate and understanding of our population. She/he has to be willing to reach out, to step out of their comfort zones to connect with the college community in this time of grief. At this particular time, she must champion our quest to raise enough funds for the Tony Cantu memorial scholarship and help us all heal from this grave loss. We want a president who works hard to advance FCC’s goals. She/he must be a fighter for our needs in the district’s budget allocations process and fight for our entitlements. Our need leader must be loyal and commit to the college for the entire contract period. Our leader should be aware of the instability that is created with each change in administration and always put FCC first. We do not want a leader who is so interested in self-promotion that he/she fails to focus on us. We want a leader who is resolute. Yes, while able to consider many perspectives, a good leader is not afraid to take unpopular decisions. We want a leader who can lead and, who could, once again, inspire the entire college community.


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Being a renegade Indian is my destiny and only path to happiness


When you think of the word “renegade,” what comes to most Americans’ minds? “Renegade” is a term for a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles. What is really mind blowing is that to me no is a renegade anymore. The days of being right and true are all but gone. Today’s modern American does not recognize that this country started in rebellion; a rebellion that created a new country that defied an empire. But those days are over, America has changed since then. The days of Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and Geronimo are long memories. Everyday during the sunrise and sunset I wonder what might have been. We live in a so-called democracy

that gives the freedom to express our rightful way of living but it comes with a price. It seems every now and then a new generation comes to challenges the old guard to change the very fabric of society. There are days I wonder walking across the city that I realized that am the last of the renegade Indians. In my very heart I believe that in this day in age that being anti-establishment and a renegade in the U.S. is a dying art. Today’s America is not the America back during the civil rights era of the ‘60s or that peace and love generation that we all know and love. More Americans are fed up with the phony democracy that exists in the United States. Across the nation people are engaged in democracy rebellions as many re-examine the nation’s roots. According to John Taylor Gatto, who upset many in attendance by stating “the truth is that schools don’t really teach anything except how to obey orders. There are many hard cold evidences that we really don’t teach our young people to be free to express themselves because being open minded and questioning the powers of the establishment is very wrong and goes against what they see as downright criminals.” What really grinds and my gears is that that we teach history that has double standards and is Eurocentric from one point of view. From within

these teachings we are forced not to question history and that if we do we are bullied by the establishment of the system. To a person who is part of the anti-establishment and a person of free will it’s my dysentery to be a renegade Indian because it’s the only hope I have in this so-called free democracy of America. There are days I remember reading the pages of history and realized that the very culture throughout human civilization had some form of renegades living in a time of need. There were renegades in ancient Greece, China, and even in our modern times. Throughout history a people change the very fabric of society in order to find a higher purpose in life. What the Native Americans did during the last decades of the eighteenth century was act of rebellion because for example is the Apache way of life. I remember the great renegade Apache warrior Geronimo said “The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of the Indians.” with so much power that Geronimo had he show himself as a warrior and leader of his people. But the American establishment depicted him as savage and trouble maker. Like all who go against the establishment of the government they will paint a picture of false depiction

and give little evidence of what really happened. And the old saying goes in this country that is very unfortunate is that history is written by the winners. With no evidence of what really happens in history and all the hire garbage that is written, no one really knows what history is and what is it. It really funny to me to see that we are told to obey orders and never to question the powers at be. I remember a quote from George R.R. Martin the creator of Game of Thrones said “ and they all lived happily ever after, that’s not what I write.” America is not a Disneyland story or is it rays of sunshine and on a spring day. For most people it is and for some it is. Not to an Apache. For years I seen our freedoms being taken away like how a spiders web traps its prey. For over a decade I wanted to be a renegade Indian and if the powers to be wants me to be then so be it. As many as you read this think to yourself what is a renegade? What is purpose of a renegade? People have a higher purpose in life, my goal is to be one last free renegade Indian and that’s OK. And if being a renegade Indian is my path in life then I am the last of the last renegade Apaches because that’s who I am and that’s what makes the world around.





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Freshman pitcher Shane Desmond throwing against Taft College, on Friday, April 24. Photo/Keaundrey Clark BY DAVID CHAVEZ


The Fresno City College baseball team is hoping to build on its regular season success in its road to the state championship. The Rams enter the playoffs with a 29-7 record and ranked No. 2 in the CCCBCA Coach’s Poll. “The regular season went better than I expected,” said Head Coach Ron

Scott. “I didn’t expect to be 29-7 with our difficult schedule.” Before the season started, Scott mentioned he wanted to implement “small ball” much like the San Francisco Giants did last year. “I believe we are one of the best bunting teams in the state. When we needed to bunt, we did it and it helped us win.” Sophomore shortstop Zak Taylor has been someone Coach Scott feels has helped the team maintain a high

level of execution. “Several players have stepped up, but I think Zak Taylor has been just fantastic. He’s been outstanding at shortstop and has been the same as a #2 hitter. He is one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever coached,” Coach Scott said. Taylor was sensational for the rams, he hit for a .385 average. He had 16 runs RBIs in the regular season. “Playoff games are special. There is a bit of a sense of urgency. You have to

be at your best,” Coach Scott said when talking about the difference between a regular season game and a playoff game. Playoffs present the opportunity for an athlete to create a legacy and to add something to their collegiate careers. “My message, is to be themselves. They don’t need to be any different. Play the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” Coach Scott said.

FCC Women’s Tennis ends the season Water Polo players choose 4-year colleges at the Ojai Valley Tournament BY KEAUNDREY CLARK

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Fresno City College’s women’s tennis team ended it’s season with two crushing defeats. They were eliminated in the 115th Annual Ojai Valley Tournament after losing to Modesto Junior College in playoffs. The women’s tennis team had a good run this year. Players said they played a good game but lost. “I think we wanted it more than anybody, and we were so close,” said Macy Elliott, sophomore. Freshman Marifer Ochoa agrees, “We try our hardest on everything, in improvement, and we practice really hard.” Assistant Coach Roni Monreal disagrees. “I don’t think we came in at our best,” she said. Although the team came home defeated, playing in the the 115th Ojai Valley Tournament was on their priority list. They were not intimidated by the tough opponents they faced in the tournament. “I’m going to try my best to go as far as I can,” Elliott said. “I think it will be tough for half of them to get past the first day because it is a higher level of competition,” said Monreal. “But the good thing about

this sport is that an individual can go as far as they can go, but you have to work very very hard.” The coaches were very encouraging even though two of them are brand new to the college. “Mental toughness and staying loose is something the girls have to do to help them in the upcoming tournament. and having fun,” monreal said. “They have to have fun.” Ochoa said the coaches are supportive and use several techniques to motivate the players. “I love the speeches before the matches,” she said. “They really know how to get us pumped.” Elliott credits the coaches with the team’s successes so far. “They know how to give constructive criticism and they know how to give compliments,” she said. “They are really good at what they do.” The tennis team accomplished as much as they could this year. Coach Monreal said the key goals to a great season would be supporting each other and being good competitors. Monreal said, “This is a very good group of girls, and speaking for the other coaches, it has been great coaching them.”

Three Fresno City College women’s water polo players announced which four-year universities they will be continuing their education and playing careers. Kaylin Drum, Sydney Luna and Kellie Flores will all be continuing their playing careers and education in the fall of 2015. All-American Goalkeeper Drum will transfer to Fresno Pacific University.” With visits, the school being Christian-based and the coach recruiting me, I just really enjoyed the environment,” said Drum Luna, a defender and team captain, will go to Cal State Monterey. Versatile Flores will be playing for CSU Channel Islands. “These three young ladies show our community that we are a program that breeds success in the classroom and in the pool,” said Head Coach Gianna Ros-

si. “These three athlete set great examples that prove to our community that our women’s water polo team mission is to breed both academic and athletic success.” Drum holds the school record of 270 saves in a single season and a career of 371 blocks. Luna was FCC’s leading goal scorer with 29 goals this past season. She is tied for second place alltime with 50 career goals. Flores was spectacular in her first season at the college. She scored 31 goals for the Rams and currently has third highest points scored in a season at FCC. She is tied with Luna for 2nd with career goals of 50. Rossi said “the students are highly driven, and I know they will take on the same passion and work ethic that they had as a Ram.”

Kaylin Drum, Kellie Flores and Sydney Luna on Thursday, March 26. Photo/Keaundrey Clark




FCC Legend, Musick Dies

In 22 seasons at FCC, Musick won 247 matches, 19 conference titles, 12 NorCal titles and four state titles. Photos/Public Information BY KEAUNDREY CLARK

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Bill Musick, former Fresno City College football and wrestling coach who led the wrestling team to four state titles, died on Wednesday at the age of 77. “His wrestlers absolutely loved him,” said current wrestling head coach Paul Keysaw. “Coach Musick just had a way with relationships he was very special in that way.”

Musick started at FCC as a football coach, eventually earning the position of head coach. He Coached the football team through 1987, posting a 30-20 in conference play and a 41-47-1 overall record. “Bill Musick was a great Ram; he was a giving person,” said current Head Football Coach Tony Caviglia. “He helped and aided many FCC students and coaches, and he was respected.” Eventually, Musick stepped

down as head coach of the football team and took over the wrestling program. That was where his true impact was felt. “I knew Bill Musick long before I came to FCC; I met him coaching my first year of California community college wrestling in 1991,” Keysaw said. Musick coached for 22 seasons at FCC, earning a 247-495 overall record. During his tenure, the Rams captured 19

conference titles, 12 NorCal titles, four team championships, and four dual state titles. “Bill had a lot to do with getting the program to where it is today,” said Former Athletic Director, Emory Luck. “He was a real force here.” With stars like 134-pounder Yeo Washington, 142-pounder Eddie Ramos and heavyweight Chad Mast, FCC was 18-0, capturing a state title. The perfect record was the first in state history and landed the Rams a

No. 2 national ranking. “He was an inspiration to so many,” said Yeo Washington. “He was passionate, caring and loving to all around him.” He entered the Fresno City College Football Wall of Fame in 1992 and the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He is survived by his wife Marlene, two daughters, Amy and Monique, and two step-children, Kevin and Martina Miller.