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IRA Committee: Faculty and Staff Profiles: James Walton

Currently one-sixth of the board that divvies up Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funds at Fresno State, Walton’s experience as a record-setting college athlete gives him an appreciation for students trying to improve their educations.

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IRA Committee: Student Profiles: Lauren Johnson

As ASI’s vice president of finance, Johnson, a business accounting major, manages a budget of more than $700,000 and sits on ASI’s finance committee.

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Tea parties lack strong principles

It was Dec. 16, 1773, when thousands of Bostonians huddled in the city’s harbor to protest a massive tea tax imposed by the British Parliament.

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Everything in moderation

Watching the commentaries on Fox News about President Obama’s most recent press conference, I was irritated, but not altogether surprised with the way Republicans pundits judged him as boring and dodgy while the Democrats applauded him at every turn.

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Infestation

The Afghan Pine, like the ones that grow on the Fresno State campus, is a 30- to 40-foot evergreen tree with a fragrance that makes it an ideal at Christmas time.

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Another day at the office

The Associated Students Inc. (ASI) office is covered wall to wall with Bulldog paraphernalia, half-empty boxes and piles of paper.

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Zogby’s Ziegler is ‘a f*cking idiot’

Barack Obama may have demolished John McCain in the Electoral College, but he really only had 52.3 percent of the popular vote while McCain had a close 46.2 percent.

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CSU trustee appointed

After a stint as Associate Students Inc. (ASI) vice president of finance at Fresno State, Russel Statham is continuing his administrative career as a student trustee of the California State University (CSU) system.

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Increase in grad- school interest

Between 2006 and 2007, the Craig School of Business at Fresno State saw a 25 percent increase in the number of graduate students enrolled, more than any other department.

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Budget cuts force cap on enrollment

In order to help the state close an $11 billion budget deficit, Fresno State will be accepting 500 fewer students in the fall, putting it in the same league as over-enrolled campuses in Fullerton, Northridge, Long Beach and San Diego.

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Apocalypse Now?

MY GRANDMOTHER, WHO USED TO DRAG my brothers and I to church every Sunday, was a hardcore fanatic of the book of Revelation.

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Survivors of the Holocaust heard

It was at the height of World War II when more than 10,000 Jews fled the ghetto of the German-occupied city of Minsk in Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.

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A new look at space

The stars show up much more clearly at 6,100-feet where Fresno State’s newest observatory is nestled near Shaver Lake.

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SPREADING THE WEALTH

A MAN NAMED JOE WURZELBACHER NOT LONG AGO asked president-elect Barack Obama if his new business would be subject to increased taxes.

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Strides made in biofuel research

More than 20 years after Kesterson Reservoir was linked to adverse health effects in wildlife, intensive research is still being done to find new ways of controlling the selenium that poisons drainage water in the Central Valley.

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Strides made in womens’ sports

It was more than 40 years ago when Kathrine Switzer upset officials at the Boston Marathon by sneaking into the traditionally all-male event under a gender-neutral name. Dozens of marathons and several books later, she speaks to colleges and communities worldwide on the advancements women have made in sports and culture.

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Former Nirvana member speaks about political involvement

Formerly the bassist for legendary grunge band Nirvana, Krist Noveselic visited Fresno State yesterday to enlighten students on innovative ideas regarding voting and political participation.

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Rock’ n politics

Music meets politics on Thursday as Fresno State invites legendary rock icon Krist Novoselic to speak at Henry Madden Library’s endowed Womack Lecture Series.

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