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Christmas shopping on a student budget

With Christmas approaching, college students everywhere are scrounging up their loose change in attempts to pay for all of the gifts they still need to buy. Considering students are notorious for not having enough money to buy themselves a proper ...

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A merry movie marathon

With the harsh winter season approaching and finals coming to a close, students will soon have time to binge-watch holiday favorites without having school lingering in the back of their minds. People’s taste in films usually differ, and friends can ...

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ROTC cadets experience culture outside the US

Fresno State’s Army ROTC cadets visit developing nations over summer where they do volunteer work and gain cultural experience for the future. A select number of Army ROTC students are chosen to travel every summer with The Cultural Understanding and ...

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is compelling, romantic and inspirational.

The World War II film, starring Andrew Garfield, is based on a true story. It follows the heroic journey of Desmond T. Doss, and how his devout commitment to his faith leads him to be the only man on the ...

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Fresno Foodie: They rolled one for ‘Mi’

What’s the hype? I always love a good pun so a sushi restaurant named “Roll One For Mi” tempted me to try it out. The clever name holds up to its high standards. With a great patio, good service and ...

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Nightmare on your street

  With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, it makes for the perfect opportunity to stay in and binge watch the best movies. Halloween and horror movies have always gone hand in hand. But finding one that doesn’t make ...

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DIY Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank

    As Cady Heron from “Mean Girls” once said, “Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total s*** and no other girls can say anything about it.”  But perhaps this year is ...

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The real scream of the crop

Hobb’s Grove succeeded at bringing horror films to life and placing me in the midst of several creepy situations. The Central Valley haunt offers three main attractions: a haunted house, haunted forest and haunted hayride priced around $30 for all ...

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Program aims to provide college necessities for students

Fresno State’s Renaissance Scholars Program received national attention when Kleenex made a video showing the difficulties of move-in day at the dorms when student don’t have family there to support then. The video features Kizzy M. Lopez, director of the ...

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How dry shampoo saved my life

If you’re like me and you’re trying to balance school, two jobs, a boyfriend and a social life, washing hair can become a luxury. Luckily dry shampoo has become my new savior. In theory, washing your hair is a really ...

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Jonathan Lopez: an artist to look out for

Local artist Jonathan Lopez, displayed his one-of-a-kind painting alongside other “Simpson’s” themed work Thursday evening for September’s ArtHop. Arthouse held its third annual “Simpson’s” themed night called “Eat my shorts 3,” allowing each artist to have a personal spin on ...

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Fresno State gets its first Outdoor Recreation Program

Fresno State begins its first year providing an Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP) that allows students to travel and experience California’s great outdoors.   Creator of the program, Dr. Jason Whiting, of the recreational administration department, said, “With Yosemite and all ...

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Netflix original “Stranger Things” is no stranger to me

This summer’s Netflix original series, “Stranger Things” left me in tears and suffering withdrawal from the eight-episode season. Netflix released the series July 15. It’s already rated five out of five stars with over 3,000 user reviews, making it one ...

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Latin-American music legend Juan Gabriel dies in the midst of his tour

Latin-American star Juan Gabriel, scheduled to play at Fresno’s Save Mart Center in September, has died at the age of 66. The singer-songwriter was well known in the Latin-American community for his unique style. The star was pronounced dead at ...

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Gwen Stefani shook up the Save Mart Center Saturday night

Gwen Stefani blew away the audience at the Save Mart Center Saturday night on her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour. When she came on the stage, followed by four dancers and the full band, the crowd went ...

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Frank Ocean’s yearlong awaited album finally drops

Rapper Frank Ocean’s long-awaited album “Blond” was released this weekend alongside a surprise visual album “Endless”, exclusively to Apple Music. His latest album, “Channel Orange,” came out in 2012, making this a four-year break for Ocean. “Blond’s” release was a ...

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One-woman project Your Friend visits Strummer’s with Kurt Vile

Up and coming musical project Your Friend starring Taryn Blake opened for Vile at The Tower District’s Strummer’s Aug. 10. The woman behind the project, Kansas native musician Blake, played the venue as a stop on Vile’s summer tour. The ...

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Music festival takes over downtown Fresno

This Saturday, thousands came out to Fresno’s Chukchansi Park to enjoy Grizzly Fest’s second annual music festival featuring local artists as well as popular headliners like the reggae band, Slightly Stoopid. The festival kicked off at 3 p.m. with non-stop ...

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