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Fresno City College President Tony Cantu has died

Fresno City College President Tony Cantu died this weekend, according to a statement from The State Center Community College District. Cantu, who worked with the SCCCD for over 26 years, has been serving as Fresno City College’s top official since ...

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ASI presidential candidate Ruiz talks campaign platforms

With Associated Students, Inc. elections approaching, two candidates have emerged to vie for the organization’s top role of president. Ralph Ruiz will face off against Abigail Hudson in the election. Voting begins March 24 and lasts through noon on March ...

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Former Obama pastor, controversial political figure Rev. Wright speaks on campus

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose relationship with then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama drew media attention during the 2008 elections, spoke at Fresno State Monday night to a packed crowd at North Gym Room 118 about race issues and the role of the ...

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Stewart leaves my ‘daily’ life

Jon Stewart announced Tuesday that he’ll be stepping down from his faux anchor chair bringing his 16-year career at the helm of “The Daily Show” to an end. When he does, he’ll not only be remembered as a court jester ...

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Fresno city council approves interception project

The Fresno City Council approved a contract Thursday that will add a left turn signal at the busy intersection on Bulldog Lane and Cedar Avenue west of the Fresno State campus. The $283,000 contract, which will fund new signs and ...

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Secretary of state candidate Pete Peterson shares vision for California’s voting future

  Pete Peterson, the Republican candidate for California secretary of state, doesn’t know if he will win come Election Day but he knows he should, he said in a one-on-one interview Monday with The Collegian. Facing off against state Sen. ...

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Fresno State gets a stellar experience during solar eclipse

The Fresno State community was treated to a stellar experience Thursday as the Central Valley Astronomers held a solar-eclipse viewing event outside the campus’ Downing Planetarium. Equipping onlookers with telescopes, pinhole cameras and tinted film, which allowed them to view ...

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CSU and CFA zeroing in on new contract for faculty

A tentative contract agreement has been reached that would increase salaries and address workload concerns for California State University faculty. The agreement with the California Faculty Association, the union that represents more than 23,000 within the CSU system, was announced ...

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Orange County congresswoman speaks on campus

Advocating greater representation of Latinas in public office Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Anaheim) spoke in Fresno State’s Education Building Tuesday about her 18-year-career as a congresswoman. “I’m excited this year because California has seven Latinas running for Congress,” Sanchez said. “That’s ...

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Faculty union asks Castro to “be bold” in contract talks

Fresno State faculty packed into the lobby of President Joseph Castro’s office Wednesday calling on him to “be bold” and put pressure on California State University administrators to adopt a new collective-bargaining agreement. The faculty, represented by the California Faculty ...

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Chick-fil-A closure leaves empty nest

      Students returning to Fresno State have one fewer food option on campus after Chick-fil-A’s long-rumored closure became reality over summer. Due to low sales and campus feedback gathered from a retail dining services survey conducted last year ...

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Fresno State President Joseph Castro takes the ALS ice bucket challenge

Fresno State President Joseph Castro participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge and donated money toward amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research Tuesday, answering challenges made by a number of students and administrators from the campus community over social media. Castro also challenged the ...

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No fee hikes for now

Governor asks CSUs to push talks of increased fees to later date   Students can afford to take a sigh of relief after Fresno State President Joseph Castro announced that he will not push forward with proposed fee increases for ...

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Fate of Fulton Mall decided

In a landmark five-to-two decision Thursday, the Fresno City Council ruled in favor of remodeling the Fulton Mall to allow through traffic, a key project in Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s Downtown revitalization efforts.

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Why we still need Black History Month

A viewpoint from someone who once thought we did not Black history is American history. Separating the two doesn’t unite us, it divides us. To truly reach the ideals of equality, we cannot dedicate months of the year to those ...

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Chancellor lays out agenda in State of the CSU speech

California State University Chancellor Timothy White discussed the need to produce more graduates to support the state’s economy in his State of the CSU address Wednesday. An additional $50 million will be invested in seven key areas to try to ...

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Obama: ‘America will not stand still’

President Barack Obama announced he will “not stand still” in combating America’s growing income inequality gap during his State of the Union Address Tuesday night. “Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been ...

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More than 3,500 denied fall admission

Fresno State will turn down more than 3,000 freshmen and 500 eligible transfer applicants for the fall semester. The excess of students applying to Fresno State has caused the university to use supplementary standards for admissions. While first-time freshmen from ...

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