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Ashley Swearengin taking care of business

Ashley Swearengin works on a daily basis with Fresno State students, staff and businesses in Fresno. Swearengin has been a common face around the Lyles Center, where her office is based, as director of the Office of Community and Economic Development since 2000. She is currently involved in her campaign for mayor of Fresno.
“I love Fresno; I never want to move.” So said Ashley Swearengin, the seven-year director of Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED).

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Pick up your butts

A large bag of cigarette butts sits atop the AMSA club's table. They were gathered up from all around campus, almost exclusively from non-smoking areas. Club members plan to present the collection of butts to President Welty, along with a 'smoke-free campus' petition.
Ciggy Buttz thinks that smoking on campus is out of control. So does Kelly Miller, a senior biology student and president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) campus chapter.

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Johnson-Klein has day in court

Two weeks into her trial, Stacy Johnson-Klein finally took the witness stand Wednesday. She accused top university athletic officials of sexual harassment, the university of preferential treatment for men’s sports over women’s sports and an all-out effort on the part of university officials to get rid of her when she dared to speak up about gender equity issues.

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New law curbs credit card marketing to college students

The business of offering credit cards to students just got a little harder with the signing of a new law that slaps a number of restrictions on credit card solicitors.

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Latino summit to address academic achievement gaps

Educators are preparing for what promises to be a lively discussion on the somewhat taboo topic of why academic achievement gaps continue to exist for Latino, African-American and Southeast Asian students.

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International students persevere amid drop in numbers

International students have become a fixture at Fresno State and at many other campuses throughout the country, albeit a declining fixture in recent years.. While seeking an education in a foreign land, international students also have to pay many times more money than most students in order to attend, while also abiding by a myriad of government restrictions on their activities in the United States, which is tied to a clampdown on immigration generally.

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Wellness Carnival places emphasis on alcohol

Wellness Services will be putting on the Wicked Wellness Carnival on Thursday. Starting at 10 a.m., students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous “safe” activities, including paying a dollar to dunk a professor. Proceeds from the anti-drinking-themed event will benefit Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Milutinovich lawsuit settled out of court

A three-year-old lawsuit filed against Fresno State by a former associate athletic director came to a close Thursday when an out-of-court settlement was announced in the amount of $3.5 million. Diane Milutinovich, whose gender discrimination trial was set to start this month, agreed to the settlement.

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California DREAM Act vetoed

The “dream” part of Senate Bill 1, the California DREAM Act, was snuffed out, at least for now, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto pen.

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Judge slashes Vivas discrimination award damages to $4.52 million

With the stroke of a judge’s order, monetary damages from former Fresno State volleyball coach Lindy Vivas’ sexual discrimination lawsuit, awarded during the summer, were slashed by $1.33 million on Friday — from $5.85 million to $4.52 million.

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Dan Walters takes on California at symposium

California is essentially ungovernable, the current political system needs to adopt European-style reforms and the needs of college students are largely ignored because young people don't vote.

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Newly renovated Lot V now open for campus parking

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After four months of construction, Lot V reopened today for parking by students, faculty and staff.

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CSU executives’ pay rises, so does student fees

The California State University Board of Trustees voted to give CSU executives a pay raise at their meeting last week in Long Beach. This decision comes as student fees are set to increase by another 10 percent approximately, a topic that was also discussed at the meeting.

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Campus Pointe moves forward

Campus Pointe, the multi-use retail development planned for just east of campus, can go forward. The city of Fresno reached a settlement with Fresno State Tuesday, ending a long-standing legal battle. The $167-million project was held up for months over ...

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Black Tuesday marks protest for school employees

Observant students may have noticed “men in black” and “women in black” walking about campus yesterday, and it wasn’t because of the cooler weather.

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Walled exterior to put new face on library this week

The Henry Madden Library will be closed Tuesday until 3 p.m. during the initial installation of the outer walls of the new building on the east side, close to the current library entrance. In addition, the popular walkway between the library and the University Center will also be closed but for a longer period. During the installation process, this walkway will be inaccessible from today through Friday, Sept. 21.

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Matson: parking structure ‘inevitable’

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In a dramatic change of course, Fresno State may soon start building up instead of out for parking facilities to alleviate the ever-increasing traffic congestion around campus.

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Grace period for adding, dropping classes nearly up

September 10 is approaching fast. That’s the last day students can add or drop a class “without special privilege,” university Registrar Tina Beddall said.

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