Author Archives: Katrina Garcia

Welty takes a hit, ponders future

President John D. Welty responds to questions from The Collegian in a one-on-one interview in his office on Friday. The popular expression may be “three’s a charm,” but for Fresno State, three is the multimillion-dollar straw that may break the university president’s back.

But whether that moment is now, the man in question won’t say.

Three lawsuits over gender equity have rocked the campus in recent months, sending shockwaves and a powerful message to college athletic programs both in the California State University system and nationwide.


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University beefs up grade security in response to computer system hack attack by students

Most students appeal to the student Academic Petitions Committee to contest a grade, yet in 2005, some Fresno State students took a different approach — they hacked into the system. After those students hacked into Fresno State’s system and made unauthorized grade changes, the university improved its security measures and increased the checks and balances in place to prevent that scenario from happening again.

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Fresno State Army ROTC in the hot zone

Jon Bosch, 10, sleeps behind the plaza level seats at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 22, after he and his family were evacuated from Poway.  Bosch was one of thousands of evacuees making a temporary home of the San Diego Chargers
While thousands of students are cramming for midterms and writing essays, eight Fresno State cadets have pushed their textbooks and Scantrons aside to complete a different assignment.

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‘The era of cowboy diplomacy is over’

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton draws a large crowd Monday during a rally at Fresno High School.  Clinton was making her first stop in Fresno as a presidential candidate.  The would-be first female commander-in-chief maintains a healthy lead in the polls over her fellow Democratic rivals, both in California and nationally.  Compared to states with earlier primaries, California has attracted relatively few presidential contenders this campaign season, and the Central Valley fewer still.
Buttons, bundled babies and coffee — lots of it — were scattered among a crowd of thousands who heard presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speak in central Fresno Monday morning. “Are you ready for change?” Clinton yelled at the beginning of her speech, against the backdrop of a giant American flag spread across the entrance of Fresno High School.

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ASI calls for parking equity

Associated Students, Inc., agreed yesterday to request that the California State Student Association push for the renegotiation of collective bargaining agreements, which the California Faculty Association made regarding parking equity.

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Who’s in charge?

A Collegian inquiry into an alcohol-related incident involving the Delta Zeta sorority found that the group did not inform its faculty adviser of its subsequent investigation. The inquiry has raised questions about what goes on the record for the university ...

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Vivas case not over yet

This summer, former Fresno State women’s volleyball coach Lindy Vivas won $5.85 million in a gender discrimination suit against the university, a verdict the school has since appealed. Meanwhile, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed criticized the award and continues to stand behind University President John D. Welty, saying he felt the jury “was essentially trying to punish the CSU.”

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Students study … wherever

Jonnie Crowe, a junior, studies on the third floor of the Science II building in a hallway.  "I don
Junior Ortega sits in an uncomfortable chair in the University Student Union, focused on his botany book, study notes sprawled out in his lap and on a small end-table. Students hum all around him. People on laptops, people on cell phones, people eating Panda Express.

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With library construction ongoing, some students still find comfy study areas on campus

n_0906_study_areas_2502.jpg David Finnegan, above right, a student in the credential program, studies Thursday afternoon before class in the lower lobby of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. One of the designated alternate study areas, this location is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some buildings, such as the Science building, house more than one substitute study space. Lobbies on all three floors of the building are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Big Fresno run fundraiser this weekend

Training is involved in preparing for a marathon, but for Tim Borland, running 63 marathons in 63 consecutive days requires more than just stamina. What he needs are runners who can support his cause to follow him on his journey.

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What is ASI?

While many students are crashing classes and begging instructors to add them to their roll sheets, a few have been checking out classes they don’t plan to add. That’s because they’re just stopping by to introduce themselves. They’re students who want to tell the story of what it’s like to be involved in the campus community and inform their peers about what Fresno State has to offer. And they only need a few minutes to tell students what Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) can do for them.

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Student held in shooting death

Walking toward University Village, Fresno State student Evan Young passes by SWAT team members heading out after a shooting incident late Monday.
A 19-year-old Fresno State freshman was arrested late Tuesday morning and is being held on $3 million bail in connection with the deadly shooting of one former student and for wounding two other people at University Village.

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Wisdom gleaned from college years

THE CLOSING OF the spring semester signals the end of many college careers. But not for me. I’ll be back for one last hurrah in the fall, with some knowledge as to how the world works. I know not to ...

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UPDATE: Shooting suspect in custody

Suspected shooter, Jonquel Brooks, 19 UPDATED: 12:32 p.m. The suspect in a shooting near the Fresno State campus that left one dead and wounded two others has been apprehended. Fresno State criminology major Jonquel Brooks was arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m., Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a press conference held at the Fresno Police Department. Brooks was found in the vicinity of Peach and Olive avenues.

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UPDATE: Fatal shooting near campus

Drew Pfeiff, 22, a Fresno State junior from Releigh, N.C., left, walks with a Fresno police officer after he was injured in a shooting incident in Fresno, Calif., Tuesday, May 8, 2007.UPDATED: 9:51 a.m.
The search for the suspect in the fatal shooting at University Village continues, and students who live in the complex are returning to the residence where three people were shot, one fatally.

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400 evacuated from education building

Students, faculty and staff were evacuated Wednesday night from Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education building after a call was made to the University Police Department concerning an unattended briefcase.

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Learning from his past mistakes

Dr. John Welty admits he’s made mistakes. Everyone does. But Welty’s missteps are on display to the students in the Fresno State community and locally for the public to criticize.

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From the office of the president

Dr. John Welty previously served as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is in his 16th year as Fresno State president.
If it weren’t for the President’s Gallery that’s right outside his office, it seems hard to believe that the main office in the Thomas Administration building belongs to Dr. John Welty. Simply decorated, the office doesn’t have the ambience of someone as prominent as Welty, who has served as campus president for almost 16 years.

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