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Cecilia Ruesta: Reflecting campus diversity

At age 18, Cecilia Ruesta, knowing no English, immigrated from Peru to the United States as an undocumented student. “It’s almost like you don’t have an identity, you don’t have something that can prove that you are you,” said Ruesta, ...

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John Richardson: Giving a voice to new ideas

John Richardson travels up and down campus talking to students. He wants their voices to be heard, while campaigning as a candidate for Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) president. “My campaign has been [about] talking to students,” Richardson said. “Students have ...

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A blooming passion for success

Jessica Adams once wondered what her purpose was. She was alone without an education and needed to move forward. “I ended up getting kicked out of school, so I ended up getting addicted to drugs. I had a really big ...

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ASI organizes safety walk ahead of elections

Safety on campus was the priority of officials and Associated Students, Inc. on March 15 (ASI) as they went around to identify what students consider to be issues with safety. After sunset, campus organizations witnessed firsthand what needs to be ...

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The first intern

Kendalyn Mack was once homeless, but now the public health major is Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro’s first-ever presidential intern.   “I never expected to be here,” Mack said, “I never expected to have this role, to be so ...

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Dropping in numbers, African-American students are left behind

The African-American student population at Fresno State and in the California State University (CSU) system is facing a continual decline, even though general enrollment is at an all-time high. According to the Fresno State Office of Institutional Effectiveness, from 2012 ...

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Diversity ‘makes us who we are’

Fresno State professors who demonstrate the university’s motto of “Discover, Diversity and Distinction” were offered a platform to showcase their focus on diversity. Dr. Matthew Ari Jendian’s talk was one of three “TED Talk” style lectures at Fresno State. The ...

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Participation leads to advocacy, ASI gets students involved

Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc. is searching for ways to get students involved after several projects have failed. Last year, the ASI executive team decided to discontinue “Thirsty Thursdays.” The event was an opportunity for students to meet their ASI ...

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Letters to legislators ask for student love

The California Faculty Association (CFA) spent Valentine’s Day obtaining signatures across campus in support of student success, hoping Sacramento can return the love. Diane Blair, a professor in the department of communication, serves as the president for the CFA Fresno ...

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Panelists tackle ‘fake news’ urge public to fact-check

It was standing room only at the Alice Peters Auditorium last Thursday for a lecture on the emergence and threat of “fake news.” The Leon S. Peters Ethics lecture, a series sponsored by the Ethics Center, was a panel discussion, ...

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March referendum to include two new senate positions

Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc. has approved a referendum for adding two new senate positions for the student body to vote on in the March election. The positions are for senators of veteran and transfer affairs and diversity, equity and ...

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University offers on-campus resources for students with children

Fresno State political science student will never forget seeing how happy her daughter is when she gets dropped off and picked up from Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center. The center, located in the Kremen Education Building, provides education and ...

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New positions added in the president’s office and ASI

Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro formally introduced his first-ever presidential intern, Kendalyn Mack, at the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) meeting last Wednesday.   Mack is currently studying public health and will be working alongside Castro on special projects. She ...

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Election spurs political awareness in classrooms

The 2016 election in the United States made a historic impact on the country, especially to those who examine it closely. Educators and students who study political science they knew from the start that this election would change things in ...

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Fresno Women’s March gives a voice to thousands

An estimated 2,000 people from across the Central Valley came to the Fresno Women’s March Saturday to express concerns they had about the current government. It was an opportunity for some to speak up for those who didn’t feel like ...

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Transportation ease equals student success

Commuting to campus can become less of a hassle with new transportation options provided from the campus and city. Since Fresno State is located in the “heart” of the Central Valley, the university has a large percentage of students that ...

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Giving hams to those in need

The Fresno State community is giving back to those in need this holiday season with their fourth annual “Helping Hams” campaign. The Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market hosted the annual event, and manager Jeremy Lewis said it was a ...

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Approved motion ensures equal opportunity on campus

Fresno State’s Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) approved a motion on Dec. 1 to adopt the Academic Senate Resolution in Support of Campus Diversity and Freedom of Expression, which was passed at its final meeting of the Fall 2016 semester. The ...

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