Volume 35 | Issue 3

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NOVEMBER 5, 2019




· Swim & Dive hires new interim coach p. 6


· 80s style in pop culture p.8


· The controversy behind “Joker” p.12


· Sunbirds share their Thanksgiving traditions p. 17

· Community announcements p.19

The tradition behind the annual Thanksgiving luncheon

How the luncheon originated and how it has evolved

Hannah Hamm | News Co-Editor Shelbi Hayzlett | Production Manager very year, FPU hosts a luncheon in the Special Events Center for faculty, staff, students, administrators and regional centers to celebrate a Thanksgiving meal together. There is food provided, a table decor competition, a message of encouragement and the Parade of Nations. “This event is what sold me for this university when I did


my tour of the campus. The tour guide was like, ‘Once a year it’s like Hogwarts here, they decorate the tables and there’s a big lunch; it’s something that a lot of people look forward to every year,’” FPU’s Events Manager, Hannah Becker, said. continued on page 3

Editorial 2

The power of thankfulness Syrinx Staff Editor-in-Chief Abigail Brown editor@thesyrinx.com Production Manager Shelbi Hayzlett manager@thesyrinx.com News Co-Editors Hannah Hamm Parker Lewis news@thesyrinx.com Opinions Editor Jesus Gomez opinions@thesyrinx.com A&E Editor Robbie Hill arts@thesyrinx.com Features Co-Editors Dani Mercado Nikki Campos features@thesyrinx.com Visual Editor Brittney Banta


very Thanksgiving, millions of Americans gather around the dinner table and give thanks for good food, family bonding, and a break from school and work. While these are all good blessings to appreciate, so many others get ignored once the holiday is over. Gratitude is not limited to a single Thursday in November, and practicing thankfulness throughout the year could be a way to put things in perspective and relieve stress in hard times. For a college student, life provides no shortage of challenges—loans, exams, and deadlines, to name a few—but taking a moment to step back and evaluate the situation from a thankful perspective can reframe it entirely. Instead of groaning about loans, what if we remembered that we couldn’t receive an education without them? Instead of stressing about an exam, what if we saw it as a reminder that we’ve learned something? If we make a conscious effort to be

thankful, we can find a positive side to almost any challenge. This concept does not apply exclusively to the university, but any other setting as well. Whenever the going gets rough, there are blessings to be grateful for all around us. When we have a long and tiring day, we still have a bed to sink into. When we disagree with someone, it means we’re all allowed to have our own opinions. When we get sick, we can buy medicine. Even the most trivial of daily activities can be blessings. Food, clothing, running water, and electricity, which many people struggle for or simply do not have, are available to us on a daily basis. The list continues. Thankfulness won’t change our circumstances or make negative emotions vanish, but it will give us light to look to in difficult times. So this year, the Syrinx staff invites readers not to throw it away with the Thanksgiving leftovers, but instead carry it with them through every month of the year.

Thankfulness won’t change our circumstances or make negative emotions vanish, but it will give us light to look to in difficult times.

Social Media Editor Samantha Rhoden Chief Copy Editor Shelbi Hayzlett Copy Co-Editors Nate Van Dyke Francesco Parisi Staff Writers Shyanne Mortimer John Hipskind Michelle Legatova Alex Rivera Faculty Adviser Leann Lo

Editor’s Note: Shortly after the release of Issue 2 on October 8th it was brought to our attention that there were mistakes regarding accuracy and artist credit. Our website has been updated to reflect the correct information. We have contacted those directly affected by these mistakes and would like to express our sincerest apologies for these discrepancies. It is always our goal to print accurate and reliable information within our newspaper. We would like to thank everyone who brought these mistakes to our attention, as it helps us become a better newspaper. If you have any questions regarding these mistakes, please feel free to email editor@thesyrinx.com. *Correction, Oct. 8, 2019: Pg. 9 The column interviews of Kyana Espinosa and Danielle Roznovsky were interchanged. *Correction, Oct. 8, 2019: Pg. 15 The artist who created the FPU Community Spotlight graphic was not given credit. This graphic was created by Brittney Banta. WHAT IS “THE SYRINX”?

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ecently, the Events Office on campus took over the event; there are eight people on the board for the luncheon that have different roles and meet a few times during the planning process and then come together to debut it. The event itself is more than just a lunch, seeing as there is a service project that takes place in which members of the FPU community help the community around us. Last year, FPU partnered with Every Neighborhood Partnership, and collected school supplies to go towards elementary schools in need nearby. The service project itself takes eight weeks to prepare for. “This year, though it hasn’t been announced yet, we’re doing something more internal with the service project; it’s a way for us to help other students in need or families in need that are in our FPU community,” Becker said. A big part of the luncheon is the Parade of Nations, in which FPU’s international students have the opportunity to display their pride for their home country by carrying their native flag at the beginning of the event. In the case that there is more than one representative from one country, priority is given to seniors, then to whoever signed up first. If space allows, often two or three people from the same country will walk together, but have somebody to place the flag in the fixture. There will be 40 different countries represented this year, including the US flag. “The 1981 completion of the SEC was the first year we had the Thanksgiving Celebration in the SEC. I think it is safe to say that was the beginning of the Parade of Nations,” Gary Nachtigall, alumn and former director of the international office, said. This day is to honor the international students and how FPU values diversity. “The Parade of Nations has been around for over 20 years and FPU has kept this tradition. The heart behind this is to have a day to honor our international students and give them the opportunity to showcase their country and show that we value diversity on campus and that every student from every country matters,” Director of International Services, Angela Chapa, said. Jeff Jones, FPU’s director of information systems, will be speaking at this year’s luncheon, as he has done in the past. He once attended the luncheon as a student at FPU, and since has gotten the opportunity to run it as a staff member of the university. “It’s been neat to see it continue as a tradition

These flags are used to show the diversity of the student body by representing the different countries that FPU’s international students are from.

because there’s been lots of things that have changed over the time that I was a student here; but now since then having a lot more years as a staff member, seeing the opportunity for truly what Thanksgiving is, it’s not just a couple days off, or, you know, time to go watch football with family, there really is just a lot more going on. This place absolutely changed my life and I love being a part of this to potentially do the same for hundreds every year,” Jones said. Throughout the 20 years this event has been on campus, one of the main goals is to enjoy the company and community we have on campus. “This event is really all about gathering together


as a campus community, pausing to enjoy a meal and time together in light of all that we have to be thankful for. It really is a special time and a unique tradition for Fresno Pacific,” Director of Public Relations & Community Engagement, Rebecca Bradley, said. Students can help foster this tradition by showing up for the luncheon, participating in the service project by donating items such as canned foods or pencils, and even volunteering to help set up or tear down for the event. This year’s luncheon is taking place on Tuesday, November 26th from 12:00PM-1:30PM. The cost is $4 with the exception of students with a full access meal plan, in which case it is free.



Changes in ASC provide more assistance for all students Vision is to implement a more cohesive program on campus Hannah Hamm | News Co-Editor Shyanne Mortimer | Staff Writer


PU’s Academic Success Center (ASC) recently made changes within the department in order to add more structure and ensure that all students have access to exam proctoring services, especially those who need it most. These changes took place over summer break under the administration of Director of Student Support Services Kerry Sue Brown, Writing Tutoring Coordinator Leann Lo, and Tutoring and Operations Supervisor Francisco Carrillo. “We now require students to make an appointment to make up a test. The primary reason is that we were finding that students who had registered accommodations weren’t getting those accommodations; we wanted to make sure that we were really serving them well,” Brown said. Space is another reason that some changes have been made. According to Brown, there were a number of times last year where more students came in to take tests than the ASC had space for. The team then came up with a system to help eliminate that problem so that students would be prepared and able to take their tests at the time that they’re expecting to do so. “The major change has been exam proctoring becoming appointment-based only. So the students


need to make an appointment 48 hours before they take the exam just to allow the professor to drop the exam or email the exam to us; I’m trying to condense it to be very efficient,” Carrillo said. One of the newest changes about the ASC is academic coaching. They are implementing workshops such as time management, in which they try to tackle the questions of “How can you better use your agenda?” or “How do you plan by color coding?” “We have more hours of tutoring. I’ve added a few more hours of math and biology because those courses are always more intimidating for freshmen. They have the help and support. We collaborate with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] with SI [Supplemental Instruction]. This is Monday to Thursday from 8AM to 6PM and Fridays from 8AM to 4PM,” Carrillo said. Lo implemented a new platform online called NetTutor over the summer. It is a convenient tutoring platform providing students with help in both math and writing from real graduate students. This is free of charge and available for all Fresno Pacific students twenty-four hours a day as long as you are on any device that is connected to the internet. NetTutor is especially useful for commuters or athletes who may be in need of support and do not have the time to go to the ASC on campus or are in need of support over the weekend. This may have come as a shock to students who were not aware of these resources. Despite

the sudden changes, students are especially grateful for the ability to make up tests in the ASC rather than their professors’ offices. “Compared to the professor’s office it would be more helpful; because then they at least have a quiet area where you’re separate from everybody. Whereas, in the professor’s office, I feel like that would be a little more difficult and a little more distracting,” junior liberal studies major, Michelle Kochergen said. With all of these changes, the ASC continues to act as a resource for students’ academic needs. If you are seeking assistance from the ASC or would like to use NetTutor, all you have to do is log onto Moodle, click on the main menu, click on Academic Success Center, and that will take you to the ASC’s page. This page has a lot of information for exam proctoring as well as accessing NetTutor and other writing tips, study strategies and different tours. You can also either call the ASC, email or come by in person for any assistance. “The long-term vision is to have a more cohesive Teaching and Learning Center, which would include a stronger relationship with the library and the Center for Online Learning. We want to be a part of the study hall that the athletic teams have; we would really like to be able to do a more cooperative kind of study hall where they would be in charge of it and maybe have a couple of tutors present, or study groups when there are certain classes with a lot of athletes,” Brown said.



Facilities hires new Buildings and Maintenance Supervisor Norman Schuurman joins Facilities team Parker Lewis | News Co-Editor


resno Pacific University’s Facilities Department has hired a new buildings and maintenance manager recently, after Arnold Nakamura decided to retire. This job requires someone to supervise all of the workers that keep this school and its housing areas functioning, including painters, locksmiths, carpenters and student workers. Nakamura had previously worked as the facilities supervisor at the Fresno County Library System and decided that he wanted to spend his last few years before retirement working in a Christian environment. This year was his last after he worked at this school for four and a half years. “It’s tough. It’s not an easy job because you’re pressed with projects throughout the year, and then

Norman Schuurman posing in front of the Facilities Building

all the moves that go along with it. You have to try to figure it out and make it all work,” Nakamura said. Facilities has now hired Norman Schuurman to take over the position. Schuurman has been a California resident most of his life. He recently moved to Fresno from Modesto with his new bride to work at this school. Schuurman officially started working on October 7th, 2019, and is getting acquainted with the responsibilities that this job demands. “This position includes leading a group of maintenance staff and students to maintain the buildings at FPU while listening to the needs of the campus. There are many important parts in that role. First is to build a safe and positive learning environment for students. Second is to help faculty and staff


maintain a creative and inspirational climate. And third is help maintain cooperation and productivity with teamwork in the facilities department while having fun in our work days,” Schuurman said. Skyler Starbeck, the Facilities carpenter and one of the maintenance technicians, talked about his expectations for this position and what that entails. “I just expect someone who is not going to be unrealistic with their expectations and who is willing to train and help those who don’t necessarily know everything, and so far it seems like he’s doing that,” Starbeck said. Fresno Pacific is thankful for Nakamura and his service and welcomes Schuurman to this position. “I am looking forward to serving the needs of FPU,” Schuurman said.



Building Peace with Our Religious Neighbors event calls for conversation FPU students and faculty hold Interfaith Dialogue Luncheon to build interreligious relationships Hannah Hamm | News Co-Editor


PU students and faculty joined together to put on an Interfaith Dialogue Luncheon on the topic of Building Peace with our Religious Neighbors, tackling the concept of Islamophobia on October 26th at 12PM on campus. Students, faculty and members from the community were invited to share a meal and share their faith with one another in the hopes of opening up a dialogue and building authentic interreligious community. Senior intercultural studies major Sam Witt and sophomore accounting major Lucina Jarquin came

together to structure this event with the guidance and support of Brian Davis and Darren Duerkson. “The director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Fresno and his wife will be there answering questions and talking about experiences they’ve had. Staff and students are welcome to come and talk with Muslim students and adults about what each other’s faith means to them. It’s just a way to learn about and build relationships with Muslims,” Witt said. At the event, many FPU students and students from various other colleges gathered in North Hall to share a meal and converse about discussion questions placed on each table. Tacos were provided that had been prepared with traditional halal meat, so that all could partake in the meal. Attendees were encouraged to sit at a table where they did not know anybody in order to form new relationships. “It’s definitely been challenging because, especially with the food, because you are embracing another culture in which they need their meat prepared a certain way,” Jarquin said. Jarquin was in charge of getting the food put together, and with the help of the caterers, all were able to enjoy the meal

provided and even go for seconds and thirds as they so pleased. “I think the event was an incredible success, particularly in the response that we had from both the Muslim student groups who were invited and our students at FPU. We had quite a few students here and it certainly looked like they were eager to have great conversation and build relationships with a part of the Muslim community in Fresno,” Davis said. Muslim communities were able to come to FPU and have extended the hospitality towards us to come to their space. Davis said that they would love to see students and faculty and staff continue to pursue these relationships by attending those events. “Sometimes people say negative things about events like this and even the word ‘interfaith’ brings a lot of negative discussion, but I do think that God calls us to love our neighbors and those who are different than us. So, I think this is a part of doing it because it all starts with relationship-building. It’s kind of just been a process of God like softening my heart. For people who are often misunderstood,” Witt said.

FPU Swimming and Diving finds interim head coach Adrian Aleksandrowicz steps into vacant position Parker Lewis | News Co-Editor


Photo of new interim coach Adrian Aleksandrowicz


PU Athletics has appointed a new interim head coach for the Men and Women’s Swim and Dive teams. Adrian Aleksandrowicz has taken up this position recently, after coming to FPU this August as a graduate assistant coach. Aleksandrowicz was a swimmer at the Georgia State University and from the national team back in Poland, where he was born. “I started swimming when I was 8, now I am 24. It has been quite a journey,” Aleksandrowicz said. Trey McDaniel, a sophomore swimmer, talked about the search for a new coach and what he expects from the position. “It’s been a long process ... [but a coach’s job is to] ultimately, lead the team and to see that figure that the team looks up to and wants to compete for and wants to do good for. We basically give them ourselves and they turn us into better swimmers,” McDaniel said.

Aleksandrowicz also talked about his experience and what he thinks a coach’s responsibilities should be. “Looking at my collegiate career and how I adapted to coaching after it, I believe that experience gave me the right tools to make my athletes better both inside and outside of the pool,” Aleksandrowicz said. The school has been searching for a new coach after Katelyne Herrington left this year, two months before the season started. With Aleksandrowicz accepting this new position, he can take on these new responsibilities and lead the team through the rest of their season, while the school continues its search for a permanent head coach. “The swim team is very grateful for Adrian and his big step up into this hard, unpredictable situation that he wasn’t expecting. And all of the swimmers - the seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen - have all done a great job stepping up into bigger roles,” McDaniel said.



Black Friday is more popular among students than Cyber Monday Students share their preferred shopping method Alex Rivera | Staff Writer


or some students, Thanksgiving is a great time to gather with family and catch up, but once that is over many students start thinking about shopping on Black Friday. Black Friday seems to be happening earlier and earlier each year. But is it really worth it to end your Thanksgiving early to go wait in those long lines to save money, or is it better to wait until Cyber Monday and just purchase those items online from the comfort of your own home at your convenience? Leslie Higareda, a sophomore at FPU, shared her thoughts on what students should consider when shopping during these national savings events. “Black Friday certainly has some perks over Cyber Monday, especially when it comes to shopping for clothes and being able to see what each store offers, rather than competing with dozens of people online to buy a certain item that may even be out of stock,” Higareda said. Higareda also prefers being able to visit physical locations, and shared her personal favorite stores that she goes to during Black Friday.

“I like to go to the Nike store and the Vans store and seeing all the different sales they have. What’s good about it is that you can actually try it on before you get it . . . Online you have to go through the hassle of returning it,” Higareda said. A lot of Black Friday shoppers go with the mindset that they’re planning on spending money, whether it be for personal reasons or even getting a head start on Christmas shopping. But as college students, is it worth it to spend a lot of money these days, especially with winter break being short and the spring semester approaching quickly? With a new semester approaching, that money could be wisely spent on books for the upcoming semester. But it turns out some students are savvy shoppers and don’t spend too much. “The most I’ve spent is like 100 d o l l a r s ,” Higareda said. Emma Montoya, a junior here at FPU, also prefers Black Friday as her shopping choice. “I probably prefer Black Friday shopping. I remember good memories about walking around with my


family and shopping,” Montoya said. Montoya, who likes to go for the experience of Black Friday, also shares that she spends typically 100 dollars. Matt Wilfong, a junior at FPU, also believes Black Friday is the best shopping method. “Probably Black Friday for the experiences like having friends come with you. Just being able to have a few people that you can go out with, it can be kinda fun,” Wilfong said. Some of the items and stores that Wilfong and his friends go to are ones that usually advertise the biggest sales on Black Friday. “I hit up Best Buy a lot just because sometimes you get good stuff. I like looking at the video games and things, but more so now probably I would look for some shoes, jeans and stuff like that,” Wilfong said. Wilfong, even though he prefers Black Friday shopping, also does a little bit of shopping online on Black Friday, trying to get ahead of some of the deals in store.

“The cool thing to Cyber Monday versus Black Friday is that even a lot of the online sites do deals on Black Friday as well,” Wilfong said But even though Wilfong looks for electronic items and clothes, he still tries to stay within his budget while shopping. “I try not to spend more than 100 bucks at one time just because I don’t want to feel guilty,” Wilfong said. It may be tempting to shop on these money saving days, so it’ll seem to be that everyone still works with a budget of one hundred dollars. In a generation where E-commerce is so high, it is surprising that many students still prefer to go shopping on Black Friday rather than Cyber Monday. The convenience that online shopping has become over the past few years can’t surpass the idea that many students still love to experience the shopping extravaganza.

Alex Rivera is a junior communications major and a staff writer for The Syrinx.

Opinions 8

Back to the past: the 80s in the 21st century A look into how current trends are influenced by past styles Jesus Gomez | Opinions Editor


hether you’ve noticed it or not, it is evident that one side of our current popular culture is heavily influenced by 80s and 90s styles. It’s noticeable through mainstream platforms such as web television shows like Stranger Things, social media trends like the VSCO girls and constant celebrity renditions to those past eras. Does this shift in American popular culture matter, or is it bound to cease as easily as other styles have? If scrunchies, handheld instant cameras, oversized t-shirts, and Brandy Melville clothing all sound familiar to you, then perhaps you’ve heard of the VSCO girls. VSCO refers to a camera filter that has grown very popular over the last few months because of its vintage-like effect. However, this filter now reflects the aesthetic of what the VSCO girl trend is. This trend brings together these 80s-90s influenced styles into our current culture, which gets embraced by various younger audiences. If you recognized the listed items previously mentioned, it might be because you are familiar with the styles of the 80s and 90s, and it is interesting to see how throughout 39 years, popular culture is still influenced by the past. In different forms of media trends, television series are also getting the 80s treatment. The most popular example would be Netflix’s Stranger Things. The setting takes place in 1983, and throughout the progress of the show, merchan-

dise comes in the form of 80s-styled toys, apparel, and other utilities. In addition to Stranger Things, another series that has been running longer that is also currently getting the 80s treatment is American Horror Story. The latest season, set in 1984, gives a look into the world of the 80s slasher film era. It features acts of famous serial killers of the time, like Richard Ramirez, and also a summer camp thriller vibe like the 1980s Friday the 13th. Briana Nino, a senior majoring in ministr y and marketing, gave her opinion on this matter. Nino believes the 80s-90s influence is present in our popular culture. “I feel like I see a lot of the early 90s, like overalls for instance,” Nino said. Another example Nino gave was the take-back to 80s and 90s music. Nino brought up how younger generations that did not grow up in the 80s and 90s still find the genres of those eras and play them now. “I’ll still hear younger people like age 18, singing hits from the 90s, and it’s really funny that you think ‘this is an awesome song,’ because it was a hit when I was younger,” Nino said. Nino suggests that the influence is more than likely to stay strong for a few years, fade out, and then make a comeback. “It will phase out for sure in the next few years, maybe like less than three, because everything’s changing so quickly, but it will come back because like everything else, it just


keeps coming back,” Nino said. Now that this has been brought up to your attention, maybe you’ll begin to notice how many of the trends and aesthetics of our time take back elements and influence of the 80s-90s era. For an older generation, this shift in culture might be a load of nostalgic satisfaction,

and for younger generations, this might be a great opportunity to connect and learn from the styles of past generations. Jesus Gomez is a sophomore political science major and the opinions editor for The Syrinx.



Student fashion choices for autumn How students style up their look for the new season Jesus Gomez | Opinions Editor

Summer’s out and autumn is in! Which means that many of us are also adjusting our wardrobe to fit the chilly fall season. These are some of the fashion preferences students on campus have during this time of the year.

Luke Colvard


Freshman pre-law major

olvard suggests a large, comfortable sweater is a must for the fall. “I think it’s much easier to fall into a rout i n e of ‘f i n d a c om f or t a b l e , l a r g e sweater, put on, go to school,’” Colvard said. He considers weather as one of the primary factors in deciding. “Weather is the largest factor, but I also think that there’s a lot of room for accessorizing and stylizing,” Colvard said. Other factors such as color, to Colvard, are not as important. “I think that color is a very personal choice … But I don’t think colors are seasonal,” Colvard said.


Alexa VanHooser

Sophomore business-accounting major


or VanHooser, a jacket that can match with multiple outfits is what she would lean more towards. “In the fall, I really like to get at least one jacket that I can mix and match,” VanHooser said. One of the factors that VanHooser considers in deciding her pick is the way that it makes her feel. For instance, a certain jacket may make her feel cold, and so she feels there’s variation in clothing to make her feel more comfortable or differently. “I would say it’s about how it makes you feel, not just appearance … I would say something that I know that I can either dress up or dress down, but it’s more about how it makes me feel,” VanHooser said.

Alondra Bautista

Sophomore pharmaceutical sciences major autista’s pick was a cardigan because to her it’s just about right for the autumn weather. “I love to wear cardigans, it’s good since it won’t be that cold, but still cold enough,” Bautista said. Something that Bautista keeps in mind when thinking of her pick is the weather. She prefers to wear something that won’t make it too hot for her, but still be warm enough. “I always look at the weather app just to make sure it won’t be too hot, so that way I don’t wear a big jacket and get sweaty,” Bautista said.




How apathy can change holiday traditions A different perspective on the holiday experience, and how it has affected my life Jesus Gomez | Opinions Editor


here are different ways of approaching the holidays. Some people don’t even celebrate them, and whichever position you may be on is completely fine. For me, I’ve grown up with a family that once valued these traditions very much, and now that there’s this involvement of apathy which has invaded the sense of family community, I get to miss the past more than I get to anticipate the future during these holidays. When I was younger, Thanksgiving in my family would receive the same treatment as Christmas: getting the family together at someone’s house, with the main dish either being tamales or posole, and there was no time constraint for the fun. Now that I’m older, it seems that traditions like those have easily swayed away from my life, and I find myself thinking of how to get back to the past. For many Thanksgivings now, all there is to look forward to is the small family-size meal my family and I make at home. There are no guests, no big meals, and no talking about how Christmas will be. I think back to when those changes came to be, but I’ve yet to figure out any concrete reasons why, and my best guess is apathy. Apathy has been a constant reminder in my world of how life could be for me, just plain and simple.


And though it’s been playing that role through the way I’ve experienced many things, I guess I’m disappointed the most for letting it take over traditions, and as a result, there’s a lack of action when it comes to these seasonal holidays. I’ve done my part to combat apathy, and I take a

Apathy has been a constant reminder in my world of how life could be for me, just plain and simple.

I often think many are lucky to still be able to keep those traditions with their families and make ties that last and don’t break as fast. Even if it’s a process of growing up, I think letting go could be done differently and not so abruptly. Perhaps this is why I continue to live with ghosts of memories of when things were just a little more tasteful than they are now. But overall, I’m still grateful to come home to my family and appreciate that there’s still hope for those days to come back some day. I know they won’t come back on their own, but if I can do something about it, maybe they will. If you can’t relate to my story, perhaps you can think about the elements that make traditions, like celebrating Thanksgiving, stick or what make those traditions special. And if Thanksgiving isn’t such a big deal to you, maybe think about why that is so. If you can relate to my story, perhaps it’s time that we stop dwelling over the past, and think about the future ahead of us. Simply because traditions have stopped, it doesn’t mean that new ones can’t be made. And even if they are different from the traditional way of celebrating Thanksgiving, we can come close to making something just as meaningful as it is to others.

Simply because traditions have stopped, it doesn’t mean that new ones can’t be made.

stand where my values are when it comes to traditions. I like to celebrate and enjoy traditions just like most do in their own ways. However, I understand I can’t fight the apathy in the lives of my other family members. If they’ve grown distant to family traditions, or if they’ve grown close to another family, I understand they have the absolute right to do so. I will say, however, that it carries a toll on the relationships and trust that had been part of me and those I grew up with: my sisters, my cousins, and the image of what once was a large family.



FPU Theater prepares to debut “Leaving Iowa” Emotional familyfriendly comedy opens November 24th Abigail Brown | Editor-in-Chief


resno Pacific’s Theater program is setting the stage for their fall production. “Leaving Iowa,” a family-friendly comedy, will debut November 14th in North Hall and will be a great production to get a good laugh out of, as well as touch your heart. Mark Tyler Miller, assistant professor & program director of theater and director of the show, describes the immersive-style show as a story about a family grieving the loss of their father, and a son who takes a journey to find a place to spread his father's ashes. “As he [the son Don] goes on this trip to find the perfect place to spread his father, he has all these flashbacks to road trips that they went on as a kid and remembers all of the crazy things that happened on their family vacations, and so it's really like a memory play,” Miller said. In terms of production, “Leaving Iowa” will be unique in style, seating, and use of technology and props. The seating will be thruststyle, meaning the stage will extend into the auditorium, creating three sections of audience seating. “What we’re doing with it is what I would call immersive-style theatre. So the audience is going to feel like they’re a part of the show in some way, not necessarily meaning audience participation, but the audience will be surrounded and enveloped by the set in some way. … We’re also trying to think of how we can expand what we do technically,” Miller said. With the production quickly approaching, members of the cast are hard at work preparing to bring this story to life. Each cast member is using their background and life experiences to not only

The cast of "Leaving Iowa" during a rehearsal.

engulf themselves, but also the audience, into the story. Alexa “Hardy” Heinrich, a senior at FPU who plays the clever Sis in “Leaving Iowa,” has been a part of the theater program since her freshman year and has enjoyed the time she’s spent in the program. Although preparing for a role is hard work, Heinrich says it’s ultimately worth it. “When preparing for a new role, my process is to do the research behind the character and show, so I understand the background and time period. I then read the script specifically looking for moments where I would have similar experiences in life that I can connect to,” Heinrich said. Drew Haleigh Anderson, a junior transfer student from Ohio, also shares Heinrich’s sentiment about the level of preparation and work that goes into a production. Anderson, who plays multiple roles, including a mechanic, an Amish flea market salesman, an angry professor and a one-armed farmer, has to find ways to differentiate her characters and present them in a unique way. “A lot of my preparation begins with forming and planning each character’s particular specifications that make each character different and


unique [from one another],” Anderson said. Cast member Tiana Gabel, who portrays The Mom, describes that while this show has many elements of comedy, it is also emotionally captivating. “It’s a hilarious show, but it's also down to earth and wi l l touch your he ar t and may b e make you tear up a little bit,” Gabel said. Other members of the cast shared the same sentiment. “People should come and see this show because not only is it laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s also entertaining for the whole family, even for the people who may not be ‘into’ theater typically. It’s truly a universal show that every family will love,” Anderson said. With less than a month until the debut of the production, anticipation grows for this new comedy being brought to life. Actors and actresses will continue their hard work, embodying their characters, memorizing lines, and doing what they love. It will truly be a show to remember. Ticket prices start at $5 for students, and can be purchased on eventbrite.com, but be sure to get them quickly! For other updates on the show, make sure to follow @fresnopacifictheater on Instagram.

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"Joker" creates new controversy Film succeeds despite widespread anxiety Robbie Hill | A&E Editor John Hipskind | Staff Writer


oker,” starring Joaquin Phoenix, has been widely anticipated for over a year. Unlike recent blockbuster flops, “Joker” has lived up to expectations. According to Scott Mendelson of Forbes Magazine, “Joker” was projected to reach $350 million in overall sales by October 10th, only six days after its release. Despite its success at the box office, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film. “Joker” deals with very prevalent issues in our society today, especially related to mental health and gun violence. Because of the recent tragedies involving mass shootings, this film has caused mass anxiety. Theaters across the country have increased security during screenings of the movie. According to an article on CCN titled “‘Joker' hits movie theaters with controversy and extra security,” American citizens were concerned about this movie’s premier due to the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting that occurred during a midnight screen of the "Dark Knight" in 2012. As a result, police were on stand-by at many theaters during the premier of “Joker.” This was especially true for major cities such as Los Angeles and New York. FPU senior, Isaiah Vega, thinks we should be trying to do more for those that suffer from mental illness, but also not support the violence shown in the film. “The murders and those who commit them should never be given praise, but we should find something for members of society that are struggling,” Vega said. Although the collective society would agree that people affected by mental health issues need better care, the wide array of differing opinions in this country make it difficult to find a solid solution. Despite the dark subject material, Vega does not think that

“Joker” needs to be censored, as it is still a film trying to showcase an issue at the end of the day, but just should not be making those who wish to kill look good. FPU senior, Caleb Loving, had a similar opinion, and disagrees with those who wanted to censor the movie. “The movie was made to shed particular light on issues, and it did a good job with it. As someone who appreciated the movie in its theatrical elements, I would hate for it to be censored,” Loving said. Junior English major Adam Dueck believes that “Joker” is receiving an unnecessary amount of complaints, especially because there are already tons of violent movies available to the public. “I hear concerns and complaints from people about it being ‘ultra-violent’ and harmful to children. But it’s a rated-R movie. Of course it’s bad for children,” Dueck said. Despite the controversy, Dueck thought the movie was masterfully made from an artistic standpoint. “A lot of times in comic books, the villains become very plastic. Like, ‘Oh no, they fell into a vat of acid and now they’re evil.’ ‘Joker’ doesn’t do that. This is a man struggling with mental illness,” Dueck said. Although he enjoyed the movie, he understands the concerns of some of the worried viewers. “I think it’s because this one is a little too close to real. With this, it is very, very close to real life, and our lives. It scares people. It also can maybe motivate people to act out negatively,” Dueck said. According to popular sites such as IMBD and Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has received mixed reviews from critics, but overwhelmingly positive reviews from audiences. Even though there is an overwhelming sense of anxiety and fear surrounding “Joker,” Amer-

“Joker” deals with very prevalent issues in our society today, especially related to mental health and gun violence.

"Joker" showing at Fresno's Regal Edwards.


ican audiences continue to make it the most popular film of the season. To FPU students considering seeing the film, be aware that there are disturbing scenes and images shown throughout the movie relating to mental illness, child abuse, and more. Those willing to look past these things and appreciate the artistic vision and message of the film will surely not be disappointed.



Student-led journal provides unique outlet for creativity FPU’s Green Light accepting creative writing submissions Robbie Hill | A&E Editor


PU is home to a wide array of clubs, ranging together and see what we can do with it,” Larson said. from the Anime Club to the Shalom Club. FPU alumn Laurel Samuelson was one of the For students who are looking to express their founding members of the Green Light. Although Samucreativity in a new way, the Green Light may be elson played a major role in helping the journal grow, the club for you. The Green Light is a short literary she does not credit herself as the one who came up with journal that is published on a yearly basis. the idea for an undergraduate literary journal. Dr. Daniel Larson, associate profes“I was hanging out with a freshsor of English and faculty adviser man English major named Brenfor the Green Light, has had the den Nielsen. He was fired pleasure of watching the club up about all the things he "I noticed that there were wanted to happen in the grow and change in a positive way over the years. Larson English major, and he a lot of people who were became involved with the really wanted to start writing on campus and Green Light after students a literary journal on struggled to get the club campus. I happened are interested in that kind off the ground on their to be sitting with him own during its early stages. one day when Adam of stuff, but there was no “They worked on it for Schrag came over to outlet for them." a while, but there was no approach him about place to put it. They didn't starting the journal and - Dr. Daniel Larson have any kind of institutional he assumed I was involved housing for it,” Larson said. too, but it was all Brenden’s Larson was aware that people idea first,” Samuelson said. on campus had a desire to publish their For the first volume of the Green creative writing, but did not have a lot of opportunities Light, Nielsen and Samuelson served as to do so. Former Communication Professor and Faculty co-editors. Shortly after the first volume was released Adviser for the Syrinx, Adam Schrag, approached in Spring 2016, Nielson transferred to a different Larson about overseeing the club, because the Green school, leaving Samuelson as the Editor in Chief. Light was attached to the Syrinx during its formation. At first, this was difficult for Samuelson, because “He [Schrag] said, ‘Hey, we need someone to do the journal suddenly became her responsibility. this, would you be interested?’ Since I was teaching “After Brenden left, I didn’t really ‘want’ to be a creative writing, I noticed that there were a lot of part of the thing, because it wasn’t my idea. But, he people who were writing on campus and are interested poured so much care into it that I didn’t want it to go in that kind of stuff, but there was no outlet for them. away after all that effort we put in,” said Samuelson. Now, we also had this journal that needed some sort After 2017, the club found their rhythm and of shepherding. So I figured, let's put those two things produced the 2nd volume of the Green Light with


great success. A major change in the production process from the first volume was the exclusion of faculty from the readership board. “We decided that the readership board wasn’t going to be a mix of faculty and students anymore, since we were focusing on ‘student’ publication. Because of that, I got to meet a lot of cool underclassmen and make friendships that would not have been possible. It turned us back towards our original purpose of publishing works for people who are scared to publish and need a reason to try it,” Samuelson said. The Green Light staff are currently hard at work to produce the 4th volume of the journal. Junior English major Taylor Benton is the Green Light’s format editor and is in charge of structuring the entire journal. Despite the large workload, Benton loves being a member of the Green Light staff because of the sense of accomplishment that comes after producing a new volume. “I really enjoyed having the experience of editing a journal. It’s just nice to be a part of it. At first, I thought I would be really bored with just editing structure. But, then I realized I was a part of this journal that is now going to be published into a little book that I get to take home. It’s awesome,” Benton said. The Green Light is still accepting submissions to the journal until December 31st of this year. The Green Light staff encourages all students to get involved and submit to the upcoming volume. All short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, scripts and more can be submitted to green.light@fresno.edu.

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The history of FPU's Lessons and Carols Students and faculty reminisce ahead of traditional holiday concert GRAPHIC COURTESY OF THE FPU MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Robbie Hill | A&E Editor


resno Pacific has many traditions that date back to the university’s formation. One of FPU’s longlasting traditions is the “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” While many students and faculty may have attended one of these holiday concerts in the past, they may be unaware of its history and why our school participates in this tradition. This tradition can actually be traced back hundreds of years, before Fresno Pacific was even an idea. The Festival of Lessons and Carols dates back to 19th century England. The festival closely resembles that of an average Christian worship service, but there is a specific structure to it. Usually, it is celebrated on Christmas Eve; choirs would gather and sing hymns, but in between songs, readers would come before the congregation and read specific verses out of the Bible dealing with the Fall, the promise of a savior, and the birth of Jesus Christ. The tradition was passed down through time and eventually made its way to the FPU campus. FPU’s Choral Director, Dr. Bethany Alvey, credits former choral director, Dr. Roy Klassen, as the one who brought the festival to our campus. “Before me, Dr. Klassen had been here for decades and he was the one who initiated Lessons and Carols here at FPU. He had taken a sabbatical to England, and while he was there he saw a presentation of Lessons and Carols that was really moving to him, and he thought it would be a great addi-

tion to our musical life here at FPU,” Alvey said. After Dr. Klassen retired, FPU’s Lessons and Carols began to take a new shape. Before Dr. Alvey was hired, there were two other directors who aimed to involve the entire music department in the festival, rather than just the choirs. Dr. Alvey loves having such a large group of performers come together for this performance because it creates somewhat of a magical atmosphere. “There’s an atmosphere in the church when we’re all getting together to observe this holiday that is so important to all of us. The feeling that we get of revisiting these songs that we have heard since our childhoods and getting to reinvision them in a new way is so fulfilling. When everyone sings together, the choirs and the congregation, and the whole hall is filled with the sound of people singing, there really is nothing like it,” Alvey said. For senior music education major Courtney Smith, this will be her fourth time being in the Lessons and Carols performance. Smith enjoys the feeling of unity that Lessons and Carols brings to the FPU music community. “Having everyone involved in the music is my favorite thing about Lessons and Carols. Joining all the choirs, and even including the congregation in the hymns, is such an incredible experience. There is nothing like sharing that

kind of energy with so many people,” Smith said. Communication Program Director Dr. Billie Jean Wiebe has been involved with the festival multiple times in the past; however, she performs as a reader, rather than a singer. “I'm always honored to be asked. Lessons and Carols is an event that has a certain status among all of our performances. It's an event that friends of the university, constituents, family, current students and faculty attend and make sure that they do not miss that particular event. It, in some ways, opens the Christmas season and calls people to that time of Advent,” Wiebe said. Dr. Wiebe has performed in Lessons and Carols multiple times as a reader, but she greatly appreciates the opportunity every time it presents itself. “I was first asked by Dr. Roy Klassen to participate as a reader. As a performer, the opportunity to participate and the invitation was very meaningful to me. I've been able to do that a couple times since and each time, each invitation, continues to be something that I think honors me as an artist and as a reader-performer. It's not something I take for granted,” Wiebe said. Lessons and Carols will be held at First Presbyterian Church on November 24th. More information and tickets for this year’s Festival of Lessons and Carols can be found on https://www.fresno.edu/events/music.



Discovering the community behind FPU Melinda Gunning creates accessibility for those with disabilities Dani Mercado | Features Co-Editor


resno Pacific University prides itself on creating accessibility for members of the community who have disabilities. Although a campus can advertise their policies and the department where disability services are provided, students may not feel welcome unless the person they face is welcoming themselves, and that is the case here with Melinda Gunning. Melinda Gunning is the director of disability access and education. She has been working at Fresno Pacific University for over 25 years and has lived in the Central Valley her entire life. Gunning attended Fresno State University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in English literature. Gunning began working at FPU as part of the adjunct English faculty. After some time, she was in charge of disability services and made the suggestion for a writing center, and thus a quest began. “I also told them, well, you don’t have a writing center/tutoring center and you need one and I’ll make one for you,” Gunning said.

“But what I loved about tutoring, and what I love about my job now is getting to interact with students oneon-one; it’s really where my heart is.” -Melinda Gunning Gunning worked with faculty and staff in order to work with what FPU already had in regard to a writ-

Melinda Gunning posing for a picture in her office .

ing center and tutorial services, and used that as a foundation for what is now the Academic Success Center, or ASC. Up until last summer Gunning was handling both the ASC and disability services, but she handed off the program to the group who had been working there since the start so she could focus solely on disabilities services. “But what I loved about tutoring, and what I love about my job now, is getting to interact with students one-on-one; it’s really where my heart is,” Gunning said. Gunning’s passion is helping students, and by being appointed director for disability services, she is able to serve students and faculty in a way


that helps them achieve their goals and know that they are not alone. Gunning believes that empathy is the key to success in helping others. “And when you’re working with disabilities, you absolutely have to have empathy. Right?” Gunning said. Gunning’s role within the ASC and disability services benefit from her creativity, empathy, and drive to help others. Gunning is excited to take on disabilities services alone and be a safe space for students and faculty alike to share their struggles. The disabilities office is located in Marpeck 114 and the ASC is located in Marpeck 112.

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Discovering your personality

Sunbirds share their experiences with the Enneagram Nikki Campos | Features Co-Editor


ave you ever done something and felt the world judge you for why you did it a certain way? Or have you ever watched someone else do something a certain way and thought that is the “wrong” way to do that? Ultimately this goes back to our personalities and who we are at our core. The Enneagram is a tool and resource to help individuals discover who they are, why they act a certain way, and help them improve their weaknesses.The Enneagram works in a circle and has 9 types of personalities. Type 1 is known as “The Perfectionist.” They tend to like order, plan their schedules, and have a hard time letting go and going with the flow. Type 2 is known as “The Helper.” They enjoy serving and helping others, but they often expect something in return. Type 3 is known as “The Achiever.” They are often the 4.0 students who strives for the best. Type 4 is referred to as “The Individualist.” They are the people who are creative. They are often our musicians and artists. Type 5 is known as “The Investigator.” They are often secretive and have a sense of innovation. Type 6 is known as “The Loyalist.” They are committed and responsible, but they can be suspicious of who to trust in life. Type 7 can be called “The Enthusiast.” They are typically full of energy and spontaneous, but they can oftentimes be scatterbrained and unorganized. Type 8 is called “The Challenger.” They show power and dominance. They enjoy being the leader and have no problem with confrontation.The last type is Type 9. They are known as “The Peacemaker.” They are easygoing and will go with the

flow even if they don’t like something. They often make sacrifices for others in the process of being complacent. Many students have benefited from the Enneagram. Junior Matthew White identifies himself as type 7, “The Enthuanist.” White was exposed to the enneagram through FPU’s Residence Life to help each individual grow as a leader. White has greatly enjoyed the journey of discovering who he is by using the Enneagram as a tool to help him. “It reveals what people you tend to work better with and ultimately being the best version of yourself,” White said. Junior Marnie Debardeleben is a new transfer student and has benefited greatly from the Enneagram as well. She identifies herself as type 2, or “The Helper.” “I like that it tells you your st rengt hs and we a kness es. It shows you how you can improve yours elf,” D eb ardeleb en s aid. Sophomore Elizabeth Huerta Chaidez is another student who has benefitted from the Enneagram. Others encouraged her to take the Enneagram test before this school year started. She identifies as type 1, which is “The Reformer” or “The Perfectionist.” “I really love that through the Enneagram, I may learn more about myself and others. Personally, I like to use it as a tool to see how I can better love someone,” Chaidez said. These three individuals took similar paths in discovering what type, or number, they are. There are a few ways to find your number. One of those ways is by taking a test. A great test that can be taken for free is on a website called eclecticenergies.com.


The Challenger



The Enthusiast

The Perfectionist


The Helper

7 6

The Loyalist


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However, there are several other tests; this is just one of the many. Each test ranges from 100 to 200 questions to help determine who you really are. Another way to find out your number is by simply reading about all the types’ descriptions. There are several books and websites that provide this information for you to read through what every type truly means, allowing you to find the one that fits you best. Debardeleben explained how she believes both reading descriptions and taking a test are important to f inding your numb er. “I recommend both. Definitely take the test first, so you’re not biased towards one number you like from having read the types descriptions beforehand,” Debardeleben said. Finding your type is a process and will typically not happen overnight. Remember that just because you take a test and receive a number does



The Achiever


not mean that it is necessarily your number. Sometimes the test can be inaccurate, and that’s why it’s beneficial to read over the descriptions. Take and your time and truly discover who you are by using the enneagram. Within your number there are different levels and different stages of your number. Some people can be extremely unhealthy in their number while others can be healthy and know how to manage their weaknesses and strengths. Although each of us will strongly identify with one number above all else, every person has a little bit of every number in them. There is no certain number that is better than the other. Each type, or number, provides something valuable and also has a weak point, thus helping make the world a diverse and unique place. (2017).The Nine Enneagram Type Descriptions. The Enneagram Institute. Retrieved October, 2019 from https://www.enneagraminstitute. com/type-descriptions



Gobbling up Thanksgiving traditions Students share their traditional Thanksgiving Alex Rivera | Staff Writer


hanksgiving is a holiday that many of us look forward to for many reasons, whether it be food, family, or playing games. Thanksgiving is filled with many traditions for many different families, which is what makes Thanksgiving so unique. Even though the concept is gathering with family, many of us spend time with our families in many different ways. Senior Naomi Guzman really enjoys the Thanksgiving holiday. The best part of Guzman’s Thanksgiving holiday is the food. “Food, I’m not going to lie. We’re very proud to be both Mexican and American. Our Thanksgiving is very Americanized and usually the only one that is,” Guzman said. Guzman and her family gather for Thanksgiving and have a traditional holiday, with some of the items that are featured to eat being turkey, stuffing, green beans, ham, and mashed potatoes with gravy. But like Guzman says, they are very proud to be Mexican Americans and they do something very unique to their turkey that usually isn’t a custom in a traditional American home. “We put mole on our turkey,” Guzman said. Once they are done eating, Guzman and her family play another traditional hispanic game which is called Loteria, which is very similar to bingo. Also, once they are ready to eat they have seating arrangements. “At my grandmother’s house all of the adults sit on one table and all the kids sit on another, but even if you are twenty years old you’re still a kid,” Guzman said. Not many families have seating

arrangements for their Thanksgiving holidays, but Guzman loves and hates these seating arrangements. “Sitting with all of the cousins is nice to talk and tease each other, but I didn’t realize that they give us smaller plates while sitting at the kids’ table,” Guzman said. Guzman explains the difference between her Thanksgiving holiday in the United States versus celebrating the holiday, one year she spent Thanksgiving in Mexico. “They didn’t do anything. They just had nachos, played, and watched the soccer game. And I was very d i s app oi nt e d ,” Gu z m an s ai d . FPU junior Maddie DeLuca has an Italian father and an American mother, and celebrates a very traditional American Thanksgiving. “We play games like Scattergories. Our food is very traditional — turkey, ham, mashed potatoes with gravy — and then the younger kids usually play video games after dinner. We have a Mario Kart tournament,” DeLuca said. DeLuca always looks forward to her aunt’s sugar cookies. “My aunt has her own sugar cookie recipe and those are a big deal for Thanksgiving every year,” DeLuca said. Before DeLuca and her family eat, they say grace, and this is a time she realizes the value in Thanksgiving. “I am thankful for being able to do a nice Thanksgiving, because I know a lot of people do what they can, but we usually have a pretty big and nice Thanksgiving,” DeLuca said. Junior Lorinda Tapia always has Thanksgiving at the same location.


“We gather at my grandparents’ house and my grandma takes care of all the food,” Tapia said. Tapia and her family have a very traditional Thanksgiving that focuses on the turkey as a main dish, but she and her family look forward to all of the available desserts. “My grandma is big on baking. She usually bakes a lot of things, but her pumpkin pies are really good,” Tapia said. After Tapia and her family eat, usually the adults and kids break off and do different activities. “Football is really big in my family, so it’s usually on, and all the kids keep

active playing puzzles and board games,” Tapia said. Tapia and her family get together e ver y ye ar at Than ksg iving. “I’m thankful for the fact that we are able to get together and how close we are even though we don’t see each other all the time,” Tapia said. Even though there are many different cultures and traditions that all families may do differently, there are some common traditions that many of us do. Thanksgiving is a time to sit and reflect and really be grateful for all we have in life. Thanksgiving is a time for families to eat, play games, and enjoy each other’s company.


18 Shyanne Mortimer | Staff Writer GRAPHIC BY BRITTNEY BANTA

The Syrinx would like to feature sophomore athletes as they continue their adventure as student athlets here at FPU.

Cameron Olson

Alyssa Regier

Water Polo



ophomore Alyssa Regier is a firstyear tennis player f rom Dinuba, California majoring in liberal studies. Last summer Head C oach Priscilla Jensen asked her to join the tennis team. “Priscilla is extremely passionate about what she does … With her as coach, the team will be pushed to their limits and grow physically, mentally and as a family,” Regier said. Regier picked up tennis when she was 12 years old and began her competitive career once she started high school. Her biggest motivation as she enters this new chapter of her life is her coach. “She never accepts defeat, and that teaches me to live and play with the same mentality,” Regier said. Regier has had a smooth transition from a gap year to jumping back


out on the court. Playing with new teammates, who are already like a second family to her, has been easy. “Because the team is passionate, encouraging, and the energy that they have is amazing, it makes playing for each other so easy,” Regier said. She has been excited to begin her tennis career for the women’s tennis team this season, but she has been most excited to bring her good work ethic to the team. “I plan on bringing a positive attitude . . . to be always uplifting and encouraging,” Regier said. Show your support for Regier and her teammates as they start their season this spring!


ccounting major Cameron Olson is returning to the men’s water polo team from Lemoore, California. “The guys here are like family. Because Nathan [Olson’s brother] had been here for two years I was already integrated into the program through him and I just wanted to play with these group of guys,” Olson said. He also enjoys creating new traditions with his team at the start of every season. “At the beginning of every road trip we sing the Fergie National Anthem,” Olson said. He began to swim competitively when he was 4 years old and play water polo when he was 9 years old. When asked his biggest motivation throughout the years, his response was instant. “The idea that you can always get


better. Get a better shot, be a smarter player, be a better teammate … You can never be your best,” Olson said. Olson feels he has grown tremendously as an individual as he enters his sophomore year. “Coming off of shoulder surgery in March, I was extremely headstrong. I have since learned to take care of my body outside of practice to avoid injury… letting my body recover, eating healthy and drinking water. It’s a lifestyle, not just practice,” Olson said. As Olson starts this new season, he has most enjoyed getting back into the action with his teammates and getting to show his competitive side. Support Olson and the water polo team as they take on the Air Force on Friday, November 8th at 7:00PM at Clovis West High School.

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Lingo for Life at FPU Fakesgiving

f Ä ks-giving noun Pretending to have your life together for relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. Ex:) I had a really awkward Fakesgiving this year.

Section editors of The Syrinx were asked to share their current favorite song. Based upon those results, we have created this Syrinx Shuffle.

1. Got Her Own- Ariana Grande feat. Victoria Monet 2. Halo- Hayley James Scott 3. Lmknow- Sumbela 4. Quarter Past Midnight- Bastille 5. Future- Madonna feat. Quavo 6. Permanent Holiday- Mike Love 7. Allergic- Post Malone 8. Ocean Eyes- Billie Eilish 9. Who I Am- The Score 10. Wake Me Up- Avicii