Jul 22, 2019

Letters to the editor

Disappointing seasons separates true Bulldog fans from the rest

For those of you who had high hopes of our football team going undefeated and crashing the BCS party, wake up.

If there’s anything you could learn from watching Fresno State football for the past decade, it’s to not buy into the hype. It’s great to set high goals, but you’re only setting yourself up for failure when those goals become expectations like they have here with our fans.

When the season gets tough like it has this year for our team, our fans leave the games early, don’t even show up to the games at all, or even boo our own student-athletes.

These “fans” aren’t true supporters of the team. They support the team’s success, not the team itself. They’re not there when the team needs them the most.

Sure, everybody wants to win all the time, but that’s not the reality of the situation. The reality is that the team needs us there in the stadium cheering for them and to show the other team how intimidating it is to play in front of the Red Wave.

I’ll be there next season win or lose.

Will you?

Kyle Pope
Civil Engineering

Academic scholarships outdone by athletics, to students’ loss

Fresno State favors athletics over education, and has caused many students to question this school’s main purpose.

Fresno State’s football team is provided with full payment of tuition, board, food, and first-priority registration. Not even the Smittcamp Family Honors College, Fresno State’s highest awarding academic scholarship, is provided with all of these benefits.

Why do athletic scholarships prove to be superior to academic scholarships?

Unfortunately, the factor of money has manipulated the essence of this school’s duty. The income for sports, specifically football, is so great that it is given higher priority than the education of students.

I agree that athletics bring spirit and excitement to the school, but ask this question, “Who deserves the most reward, those here to learn, or those here to play?” Fresno State’s first concern should be to teach, not to entertain.

Jack Kuipers

‘Uneducated voters’ should not expect ‘change’ too quickly

Uneducated voters need to quit wishing for the unfeasible just because the president-elect is Barack Obama. This nation should not let the uneducated vote or have a voice in government issues.

I’m tired of hearing so many ignorant people shout and scream that all their problems are going to go away just because Barack Obama won the presidential election. These uneducated voters think that they will get their foreclosed homes back and that the price of gas will always remain low.

It’s extremely annoying hearing these people say that now the government will pay all their bills and magically all their problems will disappear. These people see Obama as the new modern-day Robin Hood.

I just can’t wait to see how these so called citizens will react when they come to find out that there is no instantaneous solution to all the problems that our country is facing.

Don’t get me wrong, I too believe that this country is ready for “change” but I know that it is going to take a while and I’m not expecting any miracles to happen anytime soon.

Christopher Elledge

Animals rights, human rights not comparable or connected

Stop comparing animal rights with human rights. I’m tired of hearing people complain about how the passing of Prop 2 and Prop 8 means that society cares more about animals than human beings.

There are plenty of factors that played into how both got passed, none of which mean that we value animals more than people.

While discrimination is an issue in our society, it does not mean that the two are connected.

Jenna Stanton
Mass Communication and Journalism

Time for Californians to reconsider the value of education

Did anyone notice how there was no single proposition in this year’s electoral ballot regarding education? Instead we were presented with propositions that would focus on bonds for veterans, and a proposition to increase the amount of funds that are given to the law enforcement to have better rehabilitation programs as well as a better victim’s protection program.

What many people do not understand is that crime doesn’t just happen; crime is committed mainly by subjects that lack a good quality education.

A good education does not only promote tolerance and knowledge, but also strong social skills which are what many criminals are in desperate need of.

Instead of investing in criminals and people who already are doomed to spend the rest of their lives in jail, we should focus and push for a better education system.

The governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, decides to constantly cut funds from education whenever he finds California in a budget crisis. He also constantly justifies this by saying that all that money is going to be refunded within a couple of years.

It is time to value education and see the importance it really brings into our communities. It is time to push for change and better quality schools.

Rocio Ortiz

Heightened presence of letters to the editor a refreshing change

Kudos to the Collegian staff for incorporating more letters to the editor within the paper in the last several editions.

While I don’t always agree with the ideas and opinions presented by the Collegian, I commend you for allowing others’ voices to be heard.

As a college paper, it is important that the opinions and thoughts of the diverse student population on campus are heard.

Inclusion of these truly helps make this paper a true campus institution.

Tori Kennedy

New library will be worth students’ wait, inconvenience

While Fresno State’s library construction may cause some minor inconveniences at the moment, as someone who has been inside both the old and new library, I can tell you it will be well worth the extra five minutes one has to wake up to walk around the construction zone or wait a day for your books -— which would not be a problem if students began looking for sources more than one day before their essays are due.

There are probably many of you on campus who did not get the pleasure of walking through the dark, cramped stacks to look for your books in the old library.

For you, the transformation may not be as drastic as it was to me, but as a student assistant who works in the library and has experienced the difference between them, the new library is so superior to the old that once it has opened most will think it was worth the bother of having someone bring books to you rather than you going down to look for them.

The old library had low ceilings, dim lighting, and was crammed with books from floor to ceiling. There were few study areas and no computer labs, although you could check out a laptop.

The new library, in comparison, is huge, has a ton of natural light, study areas, and a café in the works.
Once opened, this library will be a much improved resource for all of the students and a pride to our campus.

Jenneva Cantido
Speech Language Pathology

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