Volume 35 | Issue 4

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DECEMBER 3, 2019

VOLUME 35 · ISSUE 4

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News

· Scholarships offered to live on campus p. 6

Opinions

· Touchy Topics: DACA p.10

A&E

· Kanye West drops new album p.12

Features

· Fun Christmas activities that are local p. 17

· Community announcements p.19

Looking back at the events that have helped us celebrate 75 years of FPU Events set to honor the past while looking to the future Abigail Brown | Editor-in-Chief

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he 2019-2020 academic school year marks an important milestone of 75 years for Fresno Pacific. With events including Gather, 7 Weeks of Prayer, the 75th Birthday Party and the 75th Anniversary Gala, this year of celebration has set to commemorate the growth

and development of the FPU community and recognize the milestones accomplished the past 75 years. This year of celebration has had one goal in mind: to honor the past, while still looking to the future. Continued on page 3

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Why do we celebrate? Syrinx Staff Editor-in-Chief Abigail Brown editor@thesyrinx.com Production Manager Shelbi Hayzlett manager@thesyrinx.com News Editor 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 Social Media Editor Samantha Rhoden Chief Copy Editor Shelbi Hayzlett

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nce again, the holiday season is upon us. That means Jesus Christ. While these are very important reasons, there awkward family gatherings, annoying Christmas are also health benefits associated with taking time out of our music, and eating so much food that you need a lives to celebrate. When we celebrate something, whether it is wheelbarrow to exit your home. Right? Maybe we a birthday or a holiday, it means we are taking a pause; we should think about it a little differently this year. are taking a moment to reflect and appreciate someThe holidays have, strangely enough, thing that has happened. According to multiple garnered somewhat of a negative repupsychological studies, these small moments are When we celebrate tation in the last few years. It seems highly beneficial to our mental well-being. something ... it means that we can’t go a day without hearWe all know dopamine, the neurotransmitter ing someone say “Christmas is just associated with pleasure. When we eat really we are taking a pause; a consumerist trap,” or “I can’t good food, it releases dopamine. When we we are taking a stand having awkward dinner listen to our favorite song, it releases dopaconversations during Thanksgivmine. And when we take time to celebrate, it moment to reflect and ing.” While these things may have does the same thing: large quantities of dopaappreciate something some weight to them, they should mine are released, which positively affects not become the focus of the holiour mood. In short: celebrating can be healthy! that has happened. day season. Instead, we at the Syrinx We at the Syrinx encourage our readers to want to encourage you all to throw a notice and appreciate these moments of celeparty, go out with friends, have dinner with bration during the holiday season. In whatever your family, or go on a road trip; whatyou do during this holiday season, let it be full of fun, ever you decide to do this season, make it a celebration! love, and celebration; and of course, remember to be safe. Now, there are obvious reasons why we should celebrate The Syrinx staff would like to thank our devoted readers during the holiday season: Thanksgiving is a time to be with for another great semester, and we wish you all a Merry family and reflect on the things that we have been blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you next semester! with during the year. Christmas, to those in the Christian community, is a time to celebrate and rejoice in the birth of

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 3 on November 5th it was brought to our attention that there was a mistake in accuracy in one of the stories. 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 this discrepancy. 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. 15 incorrectly stated the office numbers of Melinda Gunning and the ASC. Gunning's office is located in Marpeck 104 and the ASC is located in Marpeck 105. WHAT IS “THE SYRINX”?

The Syrinx student newspaper is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press.

“The Syrinx” (pronounced sear - inks) is a monthly student newspaper at Fresno Pacific University. The Syrinx name refers to the vocal organ of a bird. Our mission is to foster dialogue about issues, events and ideas within our immediate FPU community and the world at large. We strive to be the voice of the Sunbirds.

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News (Looking back at the events that have taken place to help us celebrate 75 years of FPU cont. from cover) “It really is a time to reflect and remember God’s faithfulness. When you look back at the history of the past 75 years, it hasn’t always been easy, but through various people in leadership who continued to pursue what God was calling them to … It’s a chance to look back at what God has done, what he started, and how it has grown … and now we get to look forward at what else he will do,” Director of Public Relations and Community Engagement, Becky Bradley, said. The celebrations began in early September with the first event, “Gather.” Replacing the traditional convocation that usually takes place early after the beginning of a new academic school year, Gather set out to begin the school year with fellowship, worship, food, and a chance for the FPU community to join together to start off the year. “It was really fun to see that event [the convocation] be reworked for the 75th and making it more of a celebration and a kickoff party. It was just really fun seeing how many people showed up and seeing people really be in the spirit of the 75th,” Marketing Strategist, Sirly Carballo, said. After the Gather program held inside the Special Events Center, students and guests were welcomed to an afterparty on The Green where food trucks provided a free meal to attendees and there was live music, games and giveaways. The event was well received by the FPU community and beyond. “We maxed out all the tickets that we had available, which was 1000, and people were still calling for tickets,” Bradley said. Shortly after “Gather,” 7 Weeks of Prayer began on September 16th and set out to bring the community together to pray over different topics. Each week, a new area of prayer was introduced and the community gathered at the cross in the Alumni Plaza (also known as The Forest) to pray and worship. September 18th, which marked the official 75th anniversary of FPU’s (then called Pacific Bible Institute) first day of classes in 1944, was a day of fun activities for all members of the FPU community and included the regional campuses as well. “We had cupcakes and swag items out in the Alumni Plaza … but even though our main 75th birthday party was here [on the Main Fresno campus] we also wanted to be able to incorporate our regional campuses. So we put together what we called birthday

boxes and gave each regional campus all they would need to be able to set up a birthday display,” Bradley said. Although multiple events were dispersed throughout the fall semester, the largest and most extravagant event, “The 75th Anniversary Gala,” took place on Saturday, November 2nd. The Special Events Center was transformed for the event, where members of the FPU community, both past and present, gathered to recognize accomplishments and honor seven distinguished alumns. The event, which was initially thought of by President Joseph Jones, was mentioned in November of 2018 and from there, the team of faculty, staff, board members and others began brainstorming ways they could bring the gala to life. “Dr. Joe’s vision of wanting to have a really elegant evening where we were celebrating just the university as a whole was the larger framework and then from there we had to decide what to do with that, you know, we can make it look pretty, but then what other elements do we need to add into that?” Bradley said. The formal event began at 5:00pm with appetizers, photo opportunities with President and FirstLady Jones, live music and fellowship on The Green. At 6:00pm attendees were moved into the Special Events Center, where W. Marshall Johnston, associate professor & history program director, opened with prayer. After a brief video entitled “75 Years in the Making,” dinner was served. Jeff Jones, director of information systems and host of the evening, shared that this celebration was

Fresno Pacific’s past presidents (from left to right, Edmund Janzen, Richard Kriegbaum, Allen Carden, Merrill Ewert, and Joseph Jones)

Sunny the Sunbird celebrating at FPU’s 75th birthday party on September 18, 2019 in the Alumni Plaza

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not only key in recognizing past accomplishments but also important to the future history of the university. “I think it’s always important to look back and reflect so that we can assess and see how we can move forward more effectively, more efficiently, and grow the institution and grow (continued on page 4)

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(continued from page 3) God’s kingdom,” Jones said. One of the key events from the evening was the recognition and awarding of the Distinguished Alumni Award, where seven FPU alumns were honored for their impact on the community since their graduation from Fresno Paficic. Among the seven distinguished alumns was Yammillete Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who is currently serving as the senior director of the Youth Leadership Institute, was recognized for her work in policy advocacy and empowering young people to make change in their communities. She described her role as “Giving young people the skill set so that they can work with decision-makers to make better and healthier places to live. And whether that’s through introducing new laws or through social change, it’s all about giving young people that opportunity and open spaces for them to be engaged,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez hopes that students recognize the legacy being built at FPU. “I can’t wait for the next 75 years because I know that Fresno Pacific is going to make an imprint in this community … So I can’t wait to see the more that they’re going to do, as far as impacting the community and changing the community for the better,” Rodriguez said. Those involved in the planning and participation of the 75th events want to make sure that students understand the effect they have had, and will continue to have on the future of the university. “Students are playing a part in this history, and even if it doesn’t seem like it, they’ll look back and see that while FPU played a role in their academic life and their personal growth, they were influential to the history of FPU,” Carballo said. Because students play a key role in the history of FPU, students are encouraged to post photos, both new and old, with the hashtag #FPU75 so that student experience can be highlighted as celebrations continue. “I hope they (students) take away that they are a part of history and a part of the story of Fresno Pacific … And as our students graduate and become alumni, they contribute to our story out in the community and out in the world,” Bradley said. Although the Gala was the last official 75th event for this semester, students are encouraged to visit 75.fpu. edu along with the @fresnopacific Instagram for any other events that might be occurring in the Spring semester.

The Special Events Center was transformed for the evening of the Gala.

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Distinguished alumni pose for photo with President and First-Lady Joseph and Yvette Jones (from left to right Joe Hernandez, Dean Lee, representative of Pascal Kulungu, Lynne Ashbeck, Priscilla Robbins, Yammilette Rodriguez and Max Steinert)

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Office of Spiritual Formation and Diversity holds informational forum discussing new changes The need for spiritual vitality and diversity across campus Michelle Legatova | Staff Writer

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n the wake of Pastor Angulus Wilson and Cindy Juardo Hernandez departing from Fresno Pacific University, the Office of Spiritual Formation and Diversity had a chance to sit down and ask students and faculty about what they thought the OSFD values represent and what the OSFD could possibly offer in the future. Many faculty members attended the forum, as well as a few alumns and past faculty members that believe that the OSFD is needed and appreciated on campus. Brian Davis, the organizer of the forum, began the forum by explaining why it is important for the OSFD to have an open talk with people who are on campus all the time. Having an open forum is very new to the OSFD, but Davis explained why it has been implemented. “We wanted to hear the collective thoughts and ideas from the whole community on how we can serve our students at FPU,” Davis said. Discussions were then held specifically on what the university’s values are and how the university practices them (or how the university should practice them better). Members of the forum were put into small discussion groups where they discussed the successes that the OSFD has had and what it could improve. One of the attendees was Professor Darren Duerksen, who has been a part of FPU since 2011, and he was very excited to be a part of this open forum. “I think it is wonderful that our university has an office devoted to student spiritual formation. I am also very interested in helping our university develop our understanding and practices of diversity,” Duerksen said. As the discussions began, Duerksen discovered that his group had the same feelings regarding diversity and spirituality. “Most everybody at my table felt that we needed to treat spiritual formation and diversity separately. Of course, they do relate – for instance, an office focused on spiritual formation should be attentive and sensitive to the diverse Christian traditions of our students … But the work of diversity at a university such as ours goes well beyond student spiritual formation, and should thus not be confined to that department,” Duerksen said.

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Another attendee was Professor Denis LaClare. He has just began teaching this fall and his motivation for appearing at this forum was different from his peers. LaClare, being new, wanted to understand the spiritual culture that Fresno Pacific values. He felt the forum was the best place to understand, “what it means for FPU to be evangelical, anabaptist, and ecumenical, and what the specific spiritual formation values are within that context.” In the discussions that LaClare had participated in, he came to discover and understand why spirituality and diversity were combined into one office. He was, “Glad to see the university discussing the priority of spiritual formation. As a Christian institution, it is very easy to succumb to mission drift, and losing our core spiritual value of being ‘Founded on Christ’ is not uncommon. Not only was FPU founded on Christ, but I think it is important to maintain the centrality of Jesus moving forward, whether we identify more with the ecumenical, anabap-

tist, or evangelical distinctives of our university.” Brian Davis was grateful for those who could attend, as they brought many new perspectives to the Office of Spiritual Formation. “One of the things that emerged was the scope and breadth of both spiritual formation and diversity on this campus. The work of both spiritual formation and diversity is very wide and encompasses every part of the university. We therefore need a very strategic and comprehensive approach to these initiatives … We can now use this as a basis for how we do the work of spiritual formation and diversity … My hope is that the forum will make a step toward a more unified approach to spiritual formation and diversity, with clear outcomes, and plans for how we achieve them.” The Office of Spiritual Formation and Diversity has changed a lot this semester, but they are continuing to grow and develop to better serve this campus and its students.


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Student Life offers Scholarships to live on campus A new method of incentivizing potential residents John Hipskind | Staff Writer

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n the fall semester of 2019, Fresno Pacific’s Housing Department has noticed a significant drop in students living on campus for several reasons. Over three quarters of total students at Fresno Pacific are commuters. Because of that, Fresno Pacific is missing out on a huge revenue source, which is living expenses. What Fresno Pacific has done to try to combat this problem is to offer a $500 scholarship for those looking to live on campus. Offering financial support for certain services can help with achieving higher attendance/outcomes. Amanda Wall, who is the assistant director of Residence Life at Fresno Pacific, mentioned three key points about the scholarship. First, the $500 scholarship will be applied immediately to anyone who decides to live on campus for the spring semester of 2020. It only applies for spring 2020, and students that are interested need to speak with Financial Services before December 1st of the fall 2019 semester. The second noteworthy point is that this scholarship applies to any

Jost Hall Housing on Fresno Pacific University’s Main Campus

and all campus housing. The third point is that Fresno Pacific knows that the cost of living on campus is pretty high, so they are trying to adjust their housing costs as necessary so hopefully more students can live on campus in the future. There are plans that have yet to be announced. The Vice President of Undergraduate Admissions, Jon Endicott, also had some input on these scholarships. He said that current commuters who want to move into campus housing for the spring semester can start the process now by meeting with Student Financial Services and submitting a roommate match form to Student Life. Any students that take advantage of the opportunity will see the scholarship on their student account in the spring. The scholarship will apply to all current commuters who move into campus for the spring 2020 semester regardless of the type of campus housing chosen. James Hernandez, a Fresno Pacific senior that commutes from off campus, was optimistic about the scholarship idea.

“A $500 scholarship would be a tremendous help to students who want to actually live on campus. Me, living approximately 40 minutes away, would definitely take up the opportunity of getting a scholarship to help me live on campus, which would increase my participation in school activities!” Hernandez said. This financial support may be onto something in terms of getting more on-campus commitment. “A lot of time is spent driving per week for commuters, so this would help lower costs for many students who wish they could afford on-campus living!” Hernandez said. Student Life is hopeful that its on-campus living scholarship will attract more students to live on campus. They also have more options if the scholarship does not bring in more students, but they are continuing to work towards achieving a better on-campus living rate in the future.

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Student services that are not utilized

Having the right tools and not taking advantage of them Fresno Pacific has many services that students do not take advantage of. College students run into all sorts of problems, including but not limited to academic issues, health-related issues, and organizational issues. John Hipskind | Staff Writer

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In terms of dealing with academic issues, we have an Academic Success Center on campus. It is located in the Marpeck Center, which is one of the round buildings on campus. Inside Marpeck, students will have access to the Writing Center, which is an area with tutors willing to help students with writing assignments. For those students that are new to Fresno Pacific, they will now realize or hopefully begin to realize that Fresno Pacific’s curriculum is heavily based around many writing assignments. Students need to take advantage of these services in order to maximize their success and well-being at Fresno Pacific University. The Academic Success Center.

Health issues, both physical and mental, are common in a university setting, and our resources for those include the school nurse, who is located by the forest close to the Straus apartment building and the ministry building. Mental health services are also offered for those who need it, but those are given off-campus. To get ahold of these services, one should use the Fresno Pacific directory to navigate to mental health services and speak with a representative over the phone, who can then lead the student to an appropriate counselor.

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Fresno Pacific Health Center.

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The school does a good job of explaining the services offered on campus, according to Fresno Pacific senior Morgan Scheidt, who is a graphic design major. “Overall I believe FPU does a very good job making its resources available to students -- whether they are transfers, residents, or commuters. I also do believe these resources are well designed and exist solely to help students as much as they can — for those willing to utilize those services.” Scheidt used to be an RA on campus and is familiar with the services on campus. She also knows that the services can be utilized by any student looking to succeed or if they need extra help, which is a huge help for Fresno Pacific students.

John Hipskind is a senior communications major and a staff writer for The Syrinx.

McDonald Hall, some academic advisors have their offices there. PHOTOS BY JOHN HIPSKIND


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Winter break breaks us Looking at the downsides of Christmas break Michelle Legatova | Staff Writer

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any people find Christmas to be the best holiday of the year, and as the year comes to a close, plans are already being made for the holidays. Students are sharing their plans to be with family and are already predicting the gifts they will receive, and it is making the campus buzz with excitement. Although many students are excited to have a break from school life, there are some who are not ready to leave campus. Trent Greene, a sophomore at FPU, is one of the students who are not excited for the break, and love is the reason why. “I enjoy seeing my little sister and my dad. Honestly, the biggest reason I am not that excited for Christmas this year is that I won’t be able to see my girlfriend for a long time,” Greene said. Greene’s family has lived in the Bay Area his entire life and he has always been excited to be at home. He described himself as being a “homebody,” but this year, his feelings have changed. He met his girlfriend, Jaalyn Mua Sotoa-Stuebing, at FPU last year, and they have been dating for about a year now and are going strong. Unfortunately, Stuebing’s family lives in San Diego, putting Greene and Stuebing as far apart as they

could possibly be during the holidays. “Yeah, we FaceTime a lot when we are apart for a long time, but it would be really nice to have her around during my favorite time of the year,” Greene said. Another student who isn’t excited for Christmas break is Alex Ferguson, who is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. Ferguson is currently on the basketball team at FPU and is beginning his sophomore season with the t e a m , hoping to be a starter. Although Christmas break is time off for most students, Ferguson is not off the hook. “Un for tu n ately I cannot go home for the holidays. I’m hoping my family will be able to fly to Fresno to celebrate for a while, but as we are in season, we have lots of training to do to have the best possible season. Being an athlete comes with a lot of sacrifices and missing out on flying home

for the holidays just happens to be one,” Ferguson said. Although Ferguson is going to be missing his family, he explains that his teammates are his family away from home and that he is grateful for their company. “They are like a second family to me. They help me feel more at home while away from home,” Ferguson said. Janae Bibby also wants to stay at FPU, since she has found great people around her who she will miss. “ I know I live pretty close to California and I could honest ly just drive back here to visit my friends, but I probably won’t have the chance to!” Bibby said. Not only will Bibby miss her friends, but her freedom away from home. “I have to remember that I am going to have to tell my parents where I am going every time I try to leave the house,” Bibby said. She goes on to say that she predicts getting very annoyed having to constantly remind her family where she

Although many students are excited to have a break from school life, there are some who are not ready to leave campus.

is going and where she is whenever she is out of the house. Although there are many things that can bring down the holidays, it is important to focus on the positive! Allow yourselves to enjoy time away from school, give your brain a break and get ready for the new year!

Michelle Legatova is a sophomore communications major and a staff writer for The Syrinx.

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Christmas at FPU

Events FPU students can look forward to on FPU campus

Madison Alley | Guest Writer

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ith bellies still full from Thanksgiving, people turn to bust out the Christmas decorations and start building gingerbread houses. FPU gives special attention to cater to students that are stressing about finals being around the corner. How does a broke college student with no time to spare enjoy the festive holiday before leaving campus for the spring semester? The answer lies with students being spontaneous and looking out for any of the events planned on campus. The academically important event is “‘Twas the Night Before Finals,” because staff members come together to give courage to students that need the high spirits going into finals week. It has always been on the Sunday before finals start. It is a night where students can grab food and a free bluebook or scantron and have a relaxing moment of peace. The night is mainly focused on giving students a relaxing atmosphere and helping students destress. Students are not required to stay; the event was created with the idea that students can come in, grab a free bluebook, and leave if they wish. Rayna Harris, resident director for undergraduate women, remembers the “‘Twas the Night Before Finals” event when she was a student at FPU: all fun times in pajamas and eating late-night breakfast foods. “They try to add something different each year, and it is always fun. This year they want to do a DJ Santa for music,” Harris said. One thing students can always plan on is the extensive Christmas decorations that FPU does throughout the campus. Students d on’t g e t to see all the effort

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professors and staff put into decorating offices, hallways, or dressing up for fun. Sophomore, English major Kaitlyn Doolittle, reflected on the decorations last year. She loves the lights that are set up in front of McDonald Hall and the little trees that are found in the offices. Doolittle said she goes to the tree-lighting ceremony at her church and would like to see it added in this year’s decorations. “I feel like they do a good job of putting up the lights and the decorations, and it gets everybody in the holiday spirit,’’ Doolittle said. She looks forward to decorating her dorm and celebrating Christmas with her family. Out of respect to the squirrels, facilities workers try not to do too much to the trees, but the lights are always hung outside McDonald Hall with the giant wreath to top it off. For an FPU student, decorating on a budget does not have to be overkill, but can be another destresser that makes students feel

creative. Taking inspiration from Christmas Tree Lane or doing door decorations in offices, FPU has the Christmas spirit when it comes to decorating. Mandie Wall describes decorations on campus as very festive. Sometimes residents will get competitive and see who has the most creative decorations. “Depends on the year and depends on who is in leadership, but there is a lot of good, f u n , a n d e x c it i n g t h i n g s ,” Wa l l s a i d . Christmas is always told to be a holiday that you spend with family. Going to any of these events is the best way to have quality time with your FPU family until the spring semester starts. At this time of the year students need to find time to destress and move forward as another fall semester comes to a close. The timing we bring this year will be memories that we can look back upon as happy times. People say Christmas is a time for family, and whether you view it from a religious background or as a holiday with Santa Claus giving out presents, for many graduating FPU seniors this is the last sleigh ride until graduation. Come caroling with the choir, check out the office decorations, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Experience many more happy memories with your FPU family and have a happy holiday. Madison Alley is a sophomore English and theatre major and a guest writer for The Syrinx.


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Touchy Topics

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Jesus Gomez | Opinions Editor

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n November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the US held a hearing on Trump v. NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), along with the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. Both of these cases are vital in the decisions for DACA’s (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) future. DACA is a program that grants deportation protection and the opportunity to obtain a work permit to immigrants brought to the United States as children. This program became effective as of August 15, 2012, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services started accepting applicants. The issues in motion were the debates over whether there is an opportunity for judicial review on the DHS’s take on DACA, as well as its lawfulness. The DHS took down DACA on October 6, 2017, the day all first-time applications stopped being accepted. The National Immigration Law Center website explains the regents of the University of California’s argument that DACA’s termination is “arbitrary and capricious,” which makes it unlawful. On the other hand, DACA’s opposing side argues that DACA is unconstitutional because the program came to be as a result of an executive order that was above the President’s jurisdiction. Trump’s administration simply rescinded the program and addressed Congress as the source of a solution to the issue. The outcome on the hearing of November 12 has decided that further action on the case will be made until January through August of 2020. Because no immediate actions are taking place after this hearing, it is safe to say that DACA’s recipients have nothing imminent to fear yet.

The monarch butterfly is an immigration symbol used to represent causes like DACA and Dreamers.

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s a DACA recipient, I do not feel that DACA’s future compromises my future. The only stake on the line is my path to citizenship, not my individual potential. For many in a position like mine, DACA’s complete termination may be a threat. I, however, take it as a challenge, and an opportunity to go beyond the barriers that have already been placed for me. I also understand that these issues will have to be set straight, and if DACA is not the way, I’ll be more than willing to wait for further options to be made. The Constitution of the United States of America has strived to make this a better country from generation to generation. It’s provided a myriad of opportunities for those wanting to call the United States their home, and I believe there’s still an opportunity for me and others. I feel that some DACA supporters/recipients are only thinking about themselves and not considering the long-standing institutions that this country has practiced since the forming of the Constitution.

If immigrants would really like to make the U.S. their home, they should consider as well how DACA affects the Constitution and respect or at least understand the foundations which they wish to be a part of. I believe DACA’s existence compromises the powers of the Constitution, and as a law-abiding non-citizen, I want nothing more than to play by the same rules that every other citizen plays by. For now, DACA has been the way that’s granted me that comfort I seek in getting just a bit of equity as an individual living in the United States. But I know that for there to be an ultimate win for all, there mustn’t be any compromises, and there should simply be unity. I won’t wait for that to be made because I know that it’s within every individual to be able to do that, and I’ll have to make that unity possible if I truly believe I have a place to call home. Jesus Gomez is a sophomore political science major and the opinions editor for The Syrinx.


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JeffreeStar x ShaneDawson Conspiracy Collection surpasses records

Despite technical difficulties, over 1.1 million palletes sold in less than a week Abigail Brown | Editor-in-Chief Shyanne Mortimer | Staff Writer

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n October 1st, Shane Dawson once again took to YouTube to create yet another series with Jeffree Star. With past series including features of other pop culture figures like Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul, this series, entitled “The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star,” set out to highlight elements of the beauty/makeup community that have been kept under wraps from consumers. Including topics like cost of production, upcharging, and the ways big companies have taken advantage of consumers and collaborators, it was evident after the first episode that this series would be far different than Dawson’s previous work. While elements of Star’s life and career had been present in the series, the focus became more about what goes into making and selling makeup and what the consumer doesn’t always see. Dawson, an individual with little to no experience with makeup or the community around it, set out for a large task: to learn the ins and outs of the beauty community by producing his own makeup line in collaboration with Star’s cosmetic company, Jeffree Star Cosmetics. The seven-part series (and counting), which was pre-filmed over the course of a year, covers everything from the first pitch meeting of Dawson’s collection to design elements, creation of colors, color names, merchandise, etc. Although the series was well received by fans, moving to the #1 trending video on YouTube after every release of an episode, no one was prepared for the pandemonium that ensued on November 1st, the day the “Conspiracy Collection” was released worldwide. The palette was set to be available at select locations including Morphe stores across the country, and select websites including jeffreestarcosmetics.com and beautybay.com. Those who opted to purchase online were faced with a series of technical difficulties upon the collection’s release at 10am. Before a minute had passed, the entire website crashed and most fans were at a standstill, unable to even get to the products page. For those who were able to view the products, the products couldn’t be

The "Conspircay Pallete" pictured above was the focal point of the collection, retailing for $52.

moved into the cart and checkout couldn’t be completed. After these technical difficulties became the number-one trending topic, Star took to Twitter and Instagram to update frustrated fans about what exactly was causing the website to glitch so significantly. “You guys CRASHED the site! … Working on getting everything back up!!!” Star wrote. He later took to Instagram stories, saying, “Thousands of people are being checked out every 30 seconds, but it still isn’t fast enough to accommodate everyone.” Due to the amount of traffic on the site, some products weren’t able to post with the other products at 10am, and weren’t posted until later that afternoon. Despite the technical difficulties, every unit of the Conspiracy Collection sold out online in under five hours (this includes the time the website was down and purchases were unable to be completed). Meanwhile, on store fronts, the chaos was exactly what you would expect. Fans took to Twitter and Instagram to share posts of the lines at Morphe stores all throughout the United States. In some cases, these lines were miles long. Knowing the product was in such high demand led many to camp out overnight in front of stores, waiting as little as two hours or as long as 14. The Fresno Morphe store experienced the same

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amount of chaos. Beginning at the Ulta, the line went past multiple store fronts, extending for roughly half of a mile. This led to the arrival of many mall security officers, who rushed outside to manage and maintain the lines in an attempt to avoid fire hazards. By 2pm, the collection in its entirety had sold out. Dawson took to Instagram, saying, “I can’t believe it. Everything in the Conspiracy Collection sold out. I can’t believe how supportive you guys have been through this. I genuinely can’t put into words how overwhelmed I’m feeling. We’re internet dinosaurs and the fact that you guys are still there for us is insane.” On November 6th, Star announced on Instagram that, to date, over 1.1 million palettes had been sold. Star and Dawson plan to continue this collaboration as a permanent collection with Jeffree Star Cosmetics. And for those who were unable to buy products from the collection before they sold out, no need to worry! The pair has made an official announcement that upcoming restocks are planned for release in early 2020. The series concluded November 22 on Dawson’s YouTube channel and included details of release day drama and excitement along with sneak peeks as to what will come next for the ShanexJeffree collaboration.


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Kanye West proclaims “Jesus is King” Students share reactions to West’s new album and conversion

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n August 29th of this year, Kanye West released his new album, “Jesus is King.” To the surprise of many, this new album was exclusively Christian, which is completely different from Kanye’s discography. The album has had mixed reviews and has received criticism from many people in the Christian community. As expected, a lot of Christians are skeptical of West’s conversion because they believe he is not being sincere. However, West has done nothing to deserve that criticism. So far, he seems very serious about his conversion. This “new version” of West is showing his religious commitment to the Christian community by having Sunday services at the Forum Theater in Inglewood, California that are available for the public to attend. Despite these efforts, West has still been judged harshly by critics. One article on the Daily Beast, written by Stereo Williams, declares the album as “fake Christianity at its finest.” Isaiah Vega, a senior student here at Fresno Pacific University, gives his opinion on t h e n e w fou n d go s p e l a l bu m by We s t . “I don't like it; he has forced fake love. The beats and background singers are not genuine and seem forced in a few songs,” Vega said. Vega also believes that Kanye is using his celebrity status to profit from Christianity by selling clothes and merchandise during his service. “Churches ask for offerings to continue the service, not personal wealth,” Vega said. As mentioned before, it seems that West has fully committed himself into Christianity. He initially released his Sunday service choir earlier this year, and its first public performance was on Easter Sunday. West has struggled with mental illness, which even impacted us here in Fresno; it was the main reason why he canceled

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his concerts during the Life of Pablo tour. Many believe that this is just a celebrity cult, but other sources state that he will be releasing Gospel albums going forward. Adam Tyson is the senior pastor at Placerita Bible Church, 30 miles northwest of LA, and for the past few months has been leading West in a Bible study. Tyson declares that West “is living and walking with God. He’s in the Bible. He’s in prayer.” It seems to be hard for many to believe that West is fully committed, but he has people in the community backing him up that he has converted. There have been many extreme stories that have surfaced since his newly claimed religion. For instance, in an interview with Zane Lowe from Beats 1, West talks about his newfound life. "Now that I'm in service to Christ, my job is

to spread the Gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me," West said. "I've spread a lot of things. There was a time I let you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting you know what the Hennessy had done for me ... now I'm letting you know what Jesus has done for me," West said. What sticks out the most during this interview is what West is seeking from his collaborators. "There's times where I was asking people to not have premarital sex while they were working on the album," West said. "There were times when I went to people who were working on other projects and said, 'Could you please just work and focus on this?’" Emmanuel Villagomez, who is a finance major here at FPU, believes that having West fully convert to Christianity is a good thing. “The message he is sending is positive, and that’s what the Christian community needs: more representation in mainstream America,” Villagomez said. Some students claim not to be skeptical, but are just confused about his conversion and hope that it really is sincere. Justin Neisler, a communication major at FPU, shares his thoughts. “I’m not sure if Kanye is fully committed to Christianity. But he probably is and will need compassion. I feel that as a new Christian not all of his beliefs will be correct, but that he should be helped and ministered by other Christians,” Neisler said. Even though West’s ninth studio album has received criticism, it has not stopped it from rising to the top of the Billboard charts. West has been quoted as saying that a “Jesus is King” tour is coming, but nothing has been formally announced. West’s ninth studio album is available now on all streaming platforms.


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Classic and corny Christmas movies Movies to watch while waiting for Santa

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John Hipskind | Staff Writer

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hen it comes to the holidays, we have it pretty lucky in 2019. Today, there are so many ways you celebrate and get into the holiday spirit. The stereotype about us having so many choices is true, especially when it comes to movies. Some of the best holiday flicks are chock-full of terrible, cheesy writing and acting, but are so enjoyably cliche at the same time. Regardless of any critic’s reviews, they remain classics among the people. Here are a few of my favorite movies to binge during the holidays. The first movie on this list is “Lethal Weapon,” starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Lethal Weapon literally brings explosiveness to the pile of old Christmas movies gathering dust in your closet. While the movie is drenched with over-the-top action, it still has that comedic and corny cop-movie feel. The next movie on our list takes us to “Home Alone,” starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and John Candy. This classic comedy has many surprises because of its creative plot and intricate pranks. It’s

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almost every kid’s dream to come up with devious plots to thwart possible home-invaders, and “Home Alone” brings that dream to life on screen. It is a fun ride throughout the entire movie because of its fast pacing and constant slapstick comedy. For those who are solely looking for a comedy, “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, is a holiday classic. “Elf ” is one of those movies where the main character is out of place the entire movie. “Elf ” is also a great family movie since it only has a rating of PG. Will Ferrell is truly a class of his own when it comes to comedy, and he loves to play characters that are completely clueless and be considered what we call an idiot. “Elf ” does not have the same wild ride vibe as the other movies on this list, but it is an engaging movie throughout the whole film and there are moments that can make an audience member cringe with laughter. Another great Christmas comedy, but not necessarily family-friendly, is “Bad Santa,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac. This dark comedy deals with themes of alcohol, depression, and more, all

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while keeping the laughs coming. The premise of an alcoholic and depressed mall Santa makes this movie inherently funny. “Bad Santa” is rated R for a reason, so this movie should be watched with heavy discretion. In my opinion, the movie still remains a classic as it portrays a unique and ugly side to a typical mall Santa. The final movie that is a must-watch for the holidays is “Die Hard,” starring the one and only Bruce Willis. One of the most used one-liners of all time can be credited to him. Because this famous quote contains profanity, you’ll have to just go watch the movie yourself to find out what it is. Profanity aside, this is a classic that many families enjoy around the holidays because of its crazy stunts and corny writing. It’s a long movie, but remains a “must watch” for a holiday season movie night. On top of all this, these films are, in fact, very critically acclaimed. But the reason we as a society love them is for their memorable one-liners and explosive, fun action.


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Celebrating Christmas in November How early is "too early" to get festive?

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hen people begin to see Christmas advertisements on their television during the month of November, the reaction usually involves a groan or an eye-roll. If someone is humming the tune of a Christmas song before December, they will often be accosted because “we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet.” Here’s my response: so what? So what if someone wants to start celebrating Christmas a little early? In fact, I encourage it. There are tons of Christmas traditions that begin in November, which a lot of people may not be aware about. Let’s take a look at how some people traditionally start Christmas a little early. The season of Advent usually begins in the month of November. In Western Christianity, Advent typically falls between November 27th and December 4th. This is usually the time where people say it is “acceptable” to begin celebrating Christmas. However, in Eastern Orthodox churches, Advent begins on November 15th and lasts for 40 days. Eastern Orthodox congregations take this time for reflection and preparation by doing what they call “The Advent Fast” or “The Nativity Fast.” While this is not a widely practiced tradition, it is an example of celebrating Christmas in November. Another example is the many Christmas events, festivals, and parades that happen around the country during the month of November. Fresno’s own Simonian Farms, a popular venue to buy fresh-cut Christmas trees and enjoy holiday festivities, begins pulling

Fresno's Simonian Farms decked out for Christmas.

out the Christmas decorations after the first week of November. Disneyland, aka “The Happiest Place on Earth,” begins decorating their amusement park as early as November 8th. About midway through November, pictures of the magical winter wonderland begin to appear on Instagram. If Disney deems it acceptable to begin celebrating Christmas a little early, then so do I. Also, Louisiana has a huge festival called the “Cajun and Creole Christmas” that begins on November 18th and runs through Christmas Day. Oregon has a large county fair called “The Country Christmas Bazaar” that happens on November 10th that brings in thousands of attendees. Even the Los Angeles Zoo celebrates Christmas early by covering its ground in twinkling lights for “Zoo Lights” starting on November 15th. Many people have a problem with Christmas music being played too early. This is the argument that I can understand. A lot of the popular Christmas songs are way too overplayed and can become incredibly annoying after a short time. In a viral article written in 2018 by Olivia Petter, journalist for The Independent, it is stated that listening to too much Christmas music could be bad for one’s health. The article, however, does not provide many sources that present evidence to support their claim. The overall conclusion of the article is that listening to Christmas music makes it harder for people to focus. In my opinion, this could be said for any music genre that contain lyrics and a

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catchy melody. Some people would argue the opposite of the opinions expressed in the article previously mentioned. There are many people who find immense joy in Christmas music, especially in beautiful pieces such as “Oh Holy Night” and “Coventry Carol.” My simple solution to avoiding the repetitive, boring old Christmas music: make your own Christmas playlist of some cool Christmas covers, like “O Come O Come Emmanuel” covered by the Civil Wars. If you can’t stand what everyone else is listening to, find something better that you enjoy! The point of this think-piece is not to encourage or advocate that you should celebrate Christmas early. It is completely understandable that some people may become burned out on the “holiday cheer” if those around you begin celebrating Christmas before December. Rather, this piece is showing how some people choose to celebrate Christmas in a unique way that is different from how you or I celebrate. Some people love Christmas so much that they want to start decorating in November and listen to Christmas music in the car on the way to work. I think that’s awesome. So, if you catch one of your friends, classmates, or co-workers humming “Jingle Bells” a little early, don’t yell at them for “skipping Thanksgiving,” just let them celebrate how they want to. And, don’t be so bitter just because Halloween is over. Christmas is better, anyway, right?


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Discovering the community behind FPU Getting to know our regional staff members

Fresno Pacific University has several campuses throughout the valley aside from the main campus. There are locations in Bakersfield, Merced, North Fresno, and Visalia. Within these regional campuses there are staff members that also deserve recognition, such as Melissa Perry and Ashley Nevarez.

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elissa Perry is a former student who works at the Bakersfield campus and has worked with FPU since 2017. Melissa works as a writing tutor and within the educational technology program as a graduate mentor. Perry became a writing tutor by the hands of fate. Perry’s mother recommended that she apply for the job due to her passion for writing. It ended up being a wonderful opportunity for Perry and something she loves to do. “Working in this position has been such a blessing, because I am able to bless other students and help them to become better writers,” Perry said. Perry’s passion lies within helping to bring clarity to students within their writing and provide a positive learning experience. “Knowing how overwhelming it can be for students to write a thesis, I wanted to give graduate students the support, encouragement, and resources they would need on this last stretch of their master’s journey,” Perry said. Perry helps students better themselves on a regular basis at the Bakersfield campus and supplies the tools they need to improve. When she is not working, she spends her free time volunteering around town and learning about Japanese culture.

Ashley Nevarez

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shley Nevarez is an alumn of FPU, traveling from Visalia to the main campus for classes. Nevarez’s official title is the assistant director of operations for the Visalia regional campus and has been working with FPU for ten years. “I have watched the Visalia Campus grow from 7 classes and numerous offsite meeting locations to a standalone campus with 21 classrooms at capacity space. I love my team and am blessed,” Naverez said. Nevarez applied for the student assistant position based on the advice she received from a close friend who was an academic advisor. Nevarez worked her way up the ladder within the office and now holds the position of assistant director of operations. Nevarez’s devotion within her job is helping students. This dedication to the student body is evident in her response to being asked what her favorite part of her job is. “It takes a servant’s heart not only to manage a campus but know your calling to help people succeed and believe in themselves. It is very motivating to watch the students through their journey,” Nevarez said. Nevarez helps operate various avenues within the Visalia campus and is proud to do so for students. In Naverz’s spare time she enjoys baking and attending sporting events.


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Christmas around the world

Students share how they celebrate Christmas

Alex Rivera | Staff Writer

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hristmas is not only a day that is celebrated in the United States; it is celebrated all around the world, with many different traditions that families do every year, which makes Christmas throughout different countries so unique. Christmas fundamentally brings families together for a special midnight mass, food, gifts, and games. Many different countries celebrate this glorious day many different ways. At FPU we have many students that come from different parts of the world. Eduardo Villar Arango is a junior student athlete on the men's soccer team. Villar Arango comes from Gijón, a town located on the north coast of Spain, and shares how his family celebrates Christmas.

“On Christmas Eve the family gets together and we have dinner with typically seafood soup or shrimp and then steak,” Villar Arango said. For Villar Arango and his family, Christmas is very similar to many Christmases located here in the United States; it’s all about catching up with family and eating some great food. But something that Villar Arango did share about Christmas in Spain that is different from most is that there is no exchanging of gifts. For that, they wait until another holiday that is popular in Spain. “The other tradition celebrated is the Three Wise Kings, and it’s the day where we exchange presents with each other,” Villar Arango said. Food is what is always one of the first conversations that is brought up amongst families. That way, there is not only a variety of food, but a lot of it to go around. Second, it seems to be the games that are played or other forms of entertainment. But in Spain it is mainly about enjoying everyone’s company and sitting to talk rather than playing and activities. “We just talked between each other, no games needed. It’s just good to catch up with everyone,” Villar Arango said. Spain is not the only country that is represented here at FPU. Hector Wilkinson, who comes from Nicaragua, is a freshman at FPU. Wilkinson

shares his country's traditions. “[On] The 24th we had a huge dinner with every family member and friend we could invite. They all pretty much stayed until the 25th, drinking and celebrating,” Wilkinson said. Even though these two countries are different culturally, it seems ultimately that celebrating the birth of Jesus is not forgotten. There is still time for plenty of fun and games, whether it be doing a secret Santa exchange and enjoying the food. It all does not start without a prayer and being grateful for the chance to be able to accompany one another. Wilkinson celebrates Christmas for two days rather than just one. In Nicaragua, Wilkinson and his family wake up early on Christmas Day to begin the traditional celebration. “[On] The actual 25th we wake up early and open gifts, and then go watch fireworks. Nicaraguans always go crazy with them,” Wilkinson said. Russel Laforteza, who is a history major and a junior at FPU, reiterates that Christmas is a time for families to gather and celebrate the birth of Jesus through gift exchanging. Laforteza was born and raised in the Philippines and has had the luxury to celebrate Christmas in the Philippines and the United States. Laforteza shares his experience in celebrating Christmas in two different countries. “Christmas is very huge to us Fili-

pino people. You may find it funny, but the Philippines celebrates Christmas the longest time. As we hit the ber-ber months, September to December, we start putting Christmas trees up and playing Christmas music,” Laforteza said. Laforteza’s family participates in many different activities during Christmas. “In the United States it’s different compared to back home. We started decorating for Christmas in September, and on December 25th we go house to house caroling while singing Christmas songs, and in doing so people would give us either candies, money, or rice. It is similar to Halloween, but in the United States, Halloween is more celebrated than Christmas,” Laforteza said. Laforteza believes that Christmas should be celebrated for a longer period of time in the United States because it is about Jesus Christ. “We believe that even though Christmas is already over it should always be celebrated every day because it is the time [the] Lord Jesus Christ was born,” Laforteza said. Even though we come from different parts of the world, it shows that we are all not so different. Christmas, no matter what part of the world we are in, is a day for family and prayer. Whether we participate in a midnight mass, exchange gifts, or even gather around the dinner table, it is all for one important reason: the birth of Jesus Christ.


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Christmas events in the Valley

Sunbirds share their favorite Christmas events Nikki Campos | Features Co-Editor

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s the fall season comes to an end and winter approaches, the Christmas season begins. FPU Sunbirds both enjoy going out to places like Christmas Tree Lane and staying at home having a white elephant game with friends. In the Fresno and Clovis area there are a few standard things to do with friends in the Christmas area. There’s Christmas Tree Lane, Candy Cane Lane, and even the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Lights. Freshmen Annika Klassen has gone to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo Lights and has found it enjoyable. Klassen looks forward to going to the Zoo Lights with friends every year. “The Zoo Lights at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo is something me and my friends like to go to, and we always take hot cocoa to drink as we walk through the zoo,” Klassen said. Along with the Zoo Lights there’s also the traditional Christmas Tree Lane. However, sophomore Adam Lopez has a twist on how he likes to spend his time at Christmas Tree Lane. Lopez enjoys going on nights where you can walk Christmas Tree Lane instead of driving through it. “Sometimes not all your friends fit in one car, but you want that ‘traditional’ Christmas Tree Lane experience, and being able to go walking through it with a big group of

friends is so much fun,” Lopez said. Lopez continued to explain how his friends take a speaker to play Christmas music to sing along to as they walk through Christmas Tree Lane and have mugs of hot cocoa. Senior Amanda Reyes attends FPU but lives in her hometown Visalia. Every year the city of Visalia puts on a parade called Candy Cane Lane Parade. “It happens on Main Street, and a lot of schools and organizations participate in the parade,” Reyes said. The Candy Cane Lane Parade will take place on Monday, December 2nd at 7pm in downtown Visalia. Another local Christmas event to go to is the live nativity scene in Riverdale, called The Living Nativity. The Living Nativity is essentially a retelling of the Christmas story told in the Bible. As you drive through, you’ll see different scenes from the story of Jesus’ birth with live actors and animals. The Living Nativity takes place at the Riverdale Assembly of God church off of the corner of Marks and Mt. Whitney. The dates for this event are on December 22nd-25th from 6 to 9pm. The Zoo Lights and Christmas Tree Lane are great things to do if you want to go out somewhere with friends. However, there’s also the alternative of having a Christ-

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mas Party, or Friendmas, at someone’s house to celebrate the season. Sophomore Marislaysis Flores enj oys gett ing toget her w it h friends and enjoying each other’s company for the Christmas Season. “I love getting to play white elephant with friends and spend

time with everyone while listening to Christmas music,” Flores said. Whether you are going out to the Christmas Tree Lane to celebrate Christmas or having a Christmas Party with friends, there’s always something fun and exciting to do to celebrate the Christmas season!


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The Syrinx would like to feature junior athletes from soccer and baseball as they continue to play and enjoy their season.

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ia Jager is a junior soccer for w ard f rom Fre s no, California, majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-occupational therapy. Jager chose Fresno Pacific for the community. “As soon as I took my tour my junior year of high school, I felt an instant connection,” Jager said. Jager feels she has grown as a player tremendously throughout her third season playing for FPU. “I have made a lot of great friendships and as a player have grown skillwise, and I’ve become a lot stronger in my position. I have more knowledge about soccer in my position,” Jager said. She picked up the sport of soccer at an early age of 5 years old. Over the years two things have stayed the

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same: her position as a forward and her positive energy. Jager feels she brings a lot of positivity to her team. “We haven’t had the best season, but it’s getting better, and positivity helps that,” Jager said. As a junior, Jager has found continued motivation within herself. “I think there is always room to grow, and trying to be better for myself is something that I like to do,” Jager said. She is also grateful for her teammates, who she described in one word: family. “I think it’s a big thing for a team to have a relationship, and I think we have that. It’s also a really important part of sports to have that with each other,” Jager said.

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ichael Warkentin is a junior f rom R e e d l e y, C a l i fornia majoring in kinesiology. Warkentin had always dreamt of playing at a four-year Christian college and was delighted when FPU reached out to him. “Hirschkorn [head baseball coach] has a way of talking to us and connects with us really well … He understands how to coach us better, how we think, how we learn, and how to explain different perspectives to us,” Warkentin said. He is also extremely grateful for his teammates, since they are a great group of guys who are always trying to bring the best out of one another. Warkentin feels he has grown a lot as both a player and teammate as he enters his fourth season with the team. “I’m not just concerned with how I’m doing, but I’m more focused on

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the team and how I can contribute to them and on winning, rather than my personal stats,” Warkentin said. As he prepares for his upcoming season, Warkentin is looking forward to playing with his class members one final time and seeing how they’ve grown as they enter their last season playing together. “I want to bring positive energy and be a good role model to the underclassmen on the team … be someone they can look up to,” Warkentin said. Warkentin’s biggest motivations to play are his dad, team, coach and God. “God gave me this skill of being able to play baseball, and playing to the best of my ability is a way that I can glorify and honor Him through what He’s given me,” Warkentin said. Support Warkentin and teammates at their home game on January 31st, 2020


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Christmas Maze Help the candy cane make it through the stocking in time for Christmas!

Christmas pick-up lines 1. Can I take a picture of you, so I can show Santa exactly what I want for Christmas? 2. Are you an ornament? Cause I’d like to hang out with you.

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