Fresno State hosts Armenian Centennial Concert

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Dance Medley of Armenian Dances began with male dancers with Armenian cultural clothing and later introduced the female dancers onto the stage.

Evening of dance, music in memory of Armenian genocide

As 2015 marks the 100th year of the Armenian Genocide, various of events are planned to commemorate this tragedy. One of which is the Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert on March 8 at Fresno State.

This unique event gather the dancing groups Hamazkayin Niari Dance Ensemble, The Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble along with hundreds of descendants of survivors from the Armenian Genocide. The commemoration was separated to several parts which included two speeches celebrating the survival from the hand of the Ottoman Empire.

The Armenian Centennial Concert included ensemble and dancing groups as they performed several different songs represent various parts of the Armenian history. From the male dances to impress females to the wedding dance, from the escape of the Turkish to the desperation of the existence of God, and the age-old song written by Harutyun Syatian in 18th centuries to a brand new song written in 21st centuries encouraging the young generation, the concert has shown numerous cultures of the Armenian.

Founders of the Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble, John and Barbara Chookasian started the program in 1994. With the goal to perform traditional yet rarely heard music, John and Barbara along with six other multi-award artists performed over 15 songs in the concert. Many of the performances were folkloric which were played in several different timeline.

Few of the performances stood out the most were “Khossek Hayastani Lerner”–Speak of the Armenian mountains, “Garno Sharjoum”–The Call (to arms) has sounded, and the “Armenian Folk Song Medley”.

Khosseck Hayastani Lerner, song sang by Barbara, is a blue folkloric described the separation of the young, the family and the mother who was forced to leave her child and home. Part of the lyrics describes an Armenian mother desperately wanting to know the news of her homeland and the miserable sadness of her losing her son. Throughout the song, words “Ararat” was mention multiple times, which is the name of the mountain where the song was written. Armenian had been living on the mountain for generation, but during the genocide, Turkish took over the mountain along with many others.

The Armenian Centennial Concert is a great success. Although myself do not relate to any Armenian, I could definintely feel the struggles and all the desperation of the Armenian. As a person who enjoy art and music, I can not express the emotion on many of the elders faces when the first song was sang. It was so emotional and so comforting at the same time. It seems like after hundred of years of suppressing anger and lost of family is now first being relief. –Junior Feather staffer Michael Fu

Garno Sharjoum is a nationalistic song of the historic uprising in Province of Erzrum during the Armenian Genocide. Even though facing with great treats and risking their own lives fought against Turkish, many of the Armenian got united and stood against the rival power. This song provided a powerful message uplift the hearts of many Armenian people and given them strength to endure through the Genocide.

One of the notable song performed by Hayka Nalbandyan with saz, a traditional Armenian double-bodied lute. Played like a guitar, lute is also called bazouk. The instrument can cover large range of area. The song was origin from the folk dance. This medley is quick yet simple allowed many quickly immerse into the music.

Beside performing music and singing, the concert also invited dance group from L.A., Hamazkayin Valley Chapter Niari Dance Group was found in 2000 with 27 dancers, it now has over hundred of dancers. From aged of 5 to 28 years old, over 30 dancers participate in the centennial concert here at Fresno State.

Dance Medley of Armenian Dances performed by many of the dancers was a joyful performance. Four male dancers started the dance with Armenian cultural clothing and later introduced the female dancers onto the stage. With quick beat and colorful costumes, they quickly bring the audience to a joyful world.

Oor Aeyir Asdvadz traslate to “Where Were You O’ God?” is also performed by the Hamazkayin dance group. Song wrote by Mesdjian. This is a song of Armenian crying to God asking of where is He. The performance was slow and probably the most broken-hearted to both audiences and all survivors. Wearing purple dresses, a powerful message has sent to many of the outsider. Several eyes were fill with tears.

The concert is a great success. Although myself does not relate to any Armenian, I could definitely feel the struggles and all the desperation of the Armenian. As a person who enjoy art and music, I can not express the emotion on many of the elders faces when the first song was sang. It was so emotional and so comforting at the same time. It seems like after hundred of years of suppressing anger and lost of family is now first being relief.

Outside of the CSUF Satellite Student Union, a genocide monument is currently building right now and will be complete on April 24. Students and families are all welcome to the ceremony.

For more information about Armenian Genocide article and picture check out Armenian Centennial Genocide article in photo section.

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By |2015-03-27T00:00:00+00:00March 27th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gazebo Gardens hosts food truck showcase

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Gazebo Gardens is on the corner of Shields and Palm avenues in Fresno; host a food truck showcase on Friday and Saturday nights.

Every Friday and Saturday, authentic food trucks from all over Fresno come to Gazebo Gardens to share tasty dishes and drinks with the people of Fresno. Each weekend different trucks with a variety of foods are lined up in the gardens under the twinkly lights.

Gazebo Gardens hosts food truck showcase and starts from 5 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. Different trucks arrive each weekend providing an assortment of food. To add the charm of the night, bands come together and perform genres of smooth jazz or R&B.

Once arriving at the entrance, I already heard faint sounds of welcoming music. The sun had set and the glowing lights began to flicker on. The trucks were ready and lines of hungry stomachs were forming.

On this night, trucks from Dusty Buns Bistro, Sno Cafe, Mattie’s Wood Fired Pizza, Tako BBQ, El Premio Mayor, P&R Fusion and Cowboy Shaman served varieties of unique American, Mexican, Korean and Peruvian-American food.

The first item that I chose were tacos from P&R Fusion (Peruvian-American). They tasted fresh and very flavorful for the small tacos that they were; the order came with two tacos for $3. This was a great deal considering that I wanted to try more food from other trucks.

The next food choice that I picked was from Cowboy Shaman (Chinese Food), and it was a meal that consisted of 3 pot stickers and 3 egg rolls with additional sauces for $8. The pot stickers were more crispy than others that I have had at other restaurants making it super delicious. The sauces that came along with it were a perfect match of sweet and salty.

For dessert I chose to try a snow cone in “Georgia Sunset” from Sno Cafe. The “Georgia Sunset” tasted of peaches and cream and was very tasty. The snow cone was a refreshing finish to the warm night at the gardens.

The food was prepared quickly and served hot so the wait was not that long. Towards 8 p.m. more people arrived making the wait for the snow cone 10 minutes. Overall the service and presentation of food was excellent.

While enjoying the food, locales from around Fresno chatted under the stars and listened to the music brought by the band. Near the end of the night, Gazebo Gardens was packed with people from all ages, enjoying the food and tunes.

The setting was laid back and relaxing, with the twinkling lights and aroma of roses surrounding; it was peaceful. The next time you find yourself open on Friday or Saturday, check out Gazebo Gardens for flavorful varieties of food.

Check out the Gazebo Gardens website for upcoming events and line up of food.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny.

For more reviews, read the March 17 article, Authentic Italian food offers traditional dining options.

By |2015-03-25T00:00:00+00:00March 25th, 2015|Community Events, Food, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW)

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With two days of touring behind them, Feather editors and adviser Greg Stobbe pose in from of the Freedom Tower in NYC before they visit the 9-11 Memorial Museum, March 19.

With two full days in New York under their belts, the editors prepared themselves for their third full day in the city. One more day and the team will spend the rest of the week at Columbia University for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st convention.

Warm clothes were strongly suggested and the group departed from the hotel at 9:30 a.m to take the subway as FC hits NY and visit the 9/11 Memorial.

The 9-11 Memorial has been in the stages of construction since 2007 and is still being added to. The highlight of the site was the museum dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives and their loved ones.

After the memorial, the editors made their way down Wall Street and popped in to the Trinity Church. Following the cathedral the group made their way to Battery Park where they watched street dancers perform and viewed the Statue of Liberty from afar.

From there, the girls made their way back to Times Square to shop freely and the boys took a trip to Grand Central Station before returning back to Times Square to shop.

The group met up at 7:45 p.m. to make their way to the 8 p.m. Broadway showing of An American in Paris and ate a late dinner at TGI Fridays.

First timer in New York City, Trevor Beal, shares his impressions of the city along with his favorite aspects of the trip.

“This is my first time ever being in NYC,” Beal said, “I have been to other big cities before but none compare to NYC, Grand Central Station and Wall Street have been my favorite parts of the trip so far, along with the Phantom of the Opera play and 911 Memorial Museum.”

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, says she will enjoy giving a session at the 91st CSPA Journalism Convention at Columbia University.

“This year gave me a new look on the trip because we are teaching sessions at Columbia University,” Mueller said. “But the sightseeing is still fun. I loved the 9/11 Memorial.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueros.

For more news, read the March 18 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO).

Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

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After alumna Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was injured in an auto accident, student leadership is organizing a blood drive, March 20.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is in two weeks, March 28, tickets are still on sale and will be sold up to the day of the event. Get your NOTS tickets soon to get a good table seat while you can!

Moving onto the next event put on by student leadership: Sadies. The event will be held on April 25 and the location is yet to be announced. The annual event is only three weeks after NOTS, so it is recommended that girls begin asking their dates out soon.

Student leadership has began talking about Sadies in class and is working on making event decisions. Although making big decisions for the event can be a stressful task, the students continue to keep the wants and needs of the entire student body in mind.

In planning activities, the goal of leadership is to include everyone in the school and consider everyone’s opinion. Even though not everyone will like the class decision, leadership still puts a lot of extra time and effort into the considerations of others.

On Friday, March 20, The California Blood Bank will be coming to FC from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. to get blood donations for Emily Krieghoff, ’09, a former FC student who was critically hurt in a car accident. Come out and show your support for the Emily Krieghoff blood drive, March 20.

Students who are 16 years of age must have parents’ permission to donate blood. However, students older than 16 years are able to come donate without parental permission. All students, regardless of age, must sign a waiver.

At the end of May, student leadership will be having ASB elections. Any student in the student body is able to run for an ASB position. It is not a requirement that students are members of leadership the year before running. Start thinking about running and your own personal goals for the school.

Look at future leadership articles to see what the ASB positions will do and require.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the March 17 article, FC hits NY: Day 2.

By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Alumni, Community Events, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

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While the group still needs to tighten up sessions for the CSPA convention, Feather editors gather in the lobby of Hotel Edison before they embark on a day of touring Manhattan, March 17.

The Feather editors started their first day of tourism in New York City on the holy day for the Irish: St. Patty’s Day, March 17. With a couple of days dedicated to checking out the Big Apple before attending and speaking at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) convention, today FC hits NY.

Attempting to avoid a sea of green chaos, adviser Greg Stobbe suggested the team spend most of their day in Little Italy and Soho, eating and shopping. The staff departed Hotel Edison at 8:15 a.m. and made their way to the nearest subway station before the parades and celebrators crowded Times Square.

Not eating before their departure, the staff insisted that the first thing they do in Little Italy was get breakfast before treading onward to shopping. Heading the cries of his people, Stobbe led his staff to Ferrara: an Italian bakery and cafe with a wide range of different kinds of food options. Though breakfast meats were available, many of the students opted for the pastries.

After finishing breakfast the female staffers abandoned their male counterparts to get an early start on their shopping, leaving the men behind in the cafe in favor of rushing to Soho and all its stores had to offer. Their shopping spree was short lived, however, as a couple of the girls fell ill and left Soho early to get back to the comfort of their hotel rooms.

Though the women were down for the count, the men endured through the elements and their check balances. Before impending bankruptcy set itself upon them, Stobbe intervened and called the men to Il Palazzo where they enjoyed an authentic Italian lunch. The boys left for the hotel at 2 p.m. and arrived at around 2:30 p.m.

Having about five hours of rest time before the first play of the New York trip, students took full advantage of this opportunity to get much needed shut eye. Many of the students stayed awake from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon without sleep, easily achieving an “all-nighter.”

After the five-hour nap, the students woke from their dens and began preparing for the first play of many on their trip. Upon departing the hotel 7:10 p.m. everyone soon felt the nose numbing wind that New York had to offer. Racing from the subways and the streets the team eventually made their way to the first play, The King and I, which began 8 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

Once the play ended, hunger soon plagued the students again. They left the theatre and moved to the subways to get back to Times Square. Upon arriving, the team immediately spotted an Applebees and moved like predatory animals towards this beacon. Once they finished their food everyone departed for the hotel and arrived at 12:30 a.m.

Most of the Feather staff went to their rooms and prepared the next day for the journalism conference at Columbia University.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @RRoggenstein.

For more about The Feather in NY, read the March 16 article, FC hits NY: Day 1 (Slideshow, Video).

Blood drive

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The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be on March 20. Please consider gifting blood to help a campus alumna.

Recently, one of our alumni was in an horrific car accident. Emily Krieghoff, ’09, was rushed to Community Hospital where if it wasn’t for the grace of God, the surgeons hands, and pints of blood she would not have survived. The Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive will be held in the FC parking lot from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., March 20.

The blood will go to the Central California Blood Center, then will be distributed to hospitals around the Fresno area.

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By |2015-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2015|Alumni, Community Events, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Blood drive honors FC alumna in recovery (VIDEO)

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The FCS community is again gathering support in a blood drive for Emily Krieghoff, March 20. Please donate for an Eagle alumna.

In the late hours of Saturday Feb. 21, FC alumni Molly Griffin and best friend Emily Krieghoff were victims of a fatal DUI accident. Molly Griffin was killed on site while Krieghoff is currently in recovery at Fresno Community Hospital.

Due to the essential role that blood donations have played in Krieghoff’s recovery and because of the tragic nature of the incident, the FC community will be partnering with Central California Blood Center in the first Emily Krieghoff Blood Drive, March 20.

The idea for the event was first purposed by Leadership and Economics teacher, Robert Foshee after Krieghoff’s mother suggested a blood drive. Foshee says that the event will provide an opportunity for both FC alumni and current students and staff members to come together as a community and support the Krieghoff family during a time in which they need it most.

“I think it’s a great way to give back to the community especially for our own alumni who have been touched by that,” Foshee said. “It’s something that you can do that’s easy. We’re also going to have a place where we can write messages and cards and if you want to help out the family during that time too there’s opportunities to do that. As a school it’s an opportunity to come together as a family.”

The Central Blood Center mobile will be stationed in the high school parking lot from 1-5 p.m., equipped with trained and experienced personnel. All potential donors are required to be in relatively stable health upon arrival at the mobile and must weigh at least 110lbs and be 16 years of age or older.

All student participants regardless of age, are required to obtain and present a signed permission slip upon arrival at the mobile. Permission slips are available for free download at Central Blood Center’s website. Students must also schedule an appointment for their donation prior to March 20 via email with either Foshee or school secretary, Vicky Belmont.

Central Blood Center holds all rights to deny donors participation if they fail to meet the before mentioned requirements or present any number of complicating factors such as abnormally high blood pressure or body temperature.

According to Central Blood Center, the process of blood donation works in a simple four step process. Firstly upon arrival participants must register with the use of a photo ID and social security number. These two items are required to register and those who do not posses proper identification will not be admitted into the Mobil.

The experience was fun and I felt important because I was giving to someone who needed it. I wanted to do it because I did it last year and I had a good time and wanted to do it again. I would encourage anyone who is able to participate because it is an easy and fast way to help people who are in need. –Senior Breanna Jennings

Secondly, Central Blood Center personnel will conduct a brief physical check up, measuring blood pressure and heart rate in order to assess the individual’s personal health. All health information that donors share with the personnel will be kept confidential.

The withdrawal of one pint of blood usually takes no more than 15 minutes and is a painless process. After completion participants will receive a T-shirt, a sweet treat and be encouraged to rest for a short amount of time before resuming daily activities.

Leadership member Breanna Jennings, ’15, previously donated at FC’s annual Max Hinton Blood Drive. She says that the opportunity provides a hands on and practical way to give back to the community and reach out to those who need love the most.

“The experience was fun and I felt important because I was giving to someone who needed it,” said Jennings. “I wanted to do it because I did it last year and I had a good time and wanted to do it again. I would encourage anyone who is able to participate because it is an easy and fast way to help people who are in need.”

Macy Mascarenas, ’16, knew both girls on a more personal level through her older sister. Mascarenas believes that the blood drive is a way to honor the memory of Molly Griffin and the generous sacrifice that saved Krieghoff’s life.

“I think the blood drive is a really good idea,” Mascarenas said. “These are young girls who went here and made such an impact on this school. I think the least we can do as a school is to dedicate it to them and to honor them.”

Update: Emily Krieghoff is scheduled to be released from Fresno Community Hospital, March 18.

To obtain permission slips or learn more information about donor qualifications, visit www. Centralvalleybloodcenter.com.

To follow Emily Krieghoff’s progress, visit caringbridge.org. Please read a guest post by Macy Mascarenas as she reflects on the life of Molly Griffin.

For another article news article read Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction.

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Student Leadership: 32nd annual FCS auction

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

The 32nd annual FCS Auction is upon us. Student leaders will help serve, the choral and drama programs will be a part of the program and countless others will help in support roles throughout the evening. The event is sold out and administration is confident the school community will gather for Superintendent Jeremy Brown’s first auction, hoping to raise over $100,000.

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The 32nd annual FCS Auction is meant to bring the Eagle school community together in hopes of raising over $100,000, March 14.

The night of the auction will be full of exciting bidding and silent auction prizes. While the leadership students walk around the will be selling raffle tickets for the big auction prize.

Career Fair is on March 11, after lunch, the bell schedule will be on half day. All seniors are not allowed to go off campus for lunch due to the event.

After lunch all students are required to gather in the FC gym to be introduced to the career fair guests. This event will continue on until the end of the school day.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) will be held at Wolf Lakes at 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Students can purchase NOTS tickets in the office with Vickey Belmont or at the ticket table at lunch. The first deadline for tickets will be this Friday, March 13.

The seating arrangement has been changed to seniors closest to the stage, the other table seatings will be first come first served. Although, if seniors do not have tickets purchased by the first deadline, they will be put in to first come first serve seating.

Table seats will no longer will reserved for any student past the first deadline. If tickets for reserved seats are not purchased the seat will be filled by a purchased ticket.

Ticket prices are at regular price which is $60, past the first deadline, the ticket prices will stay the same.

All students are encouraged to attend the event, whether it is with a date or a group of friends. The purpose of the event is to get the whole student body involved and to go out and have a fun time.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the March 10 article, Campus families gather to support school.

LETTER: Childrens Hospital thanks friends

Dear Editor:

You know how chatty I am. But this morning, I’m speechless (well, almost). It’s official. Kids Day 2015 had raised $535,000 for Valley Children’s! That money goes to patient programs and services, helping kids like Neymar, this year’s Kids Day Ambassador.

A special “thanks” to all my newsie friends at The Fresno Bee, ABC30 Action News, KSEE24 News, KMPH FOX 26, CBS47 Fresno, KMJ, 93.7 Kiss Country, UnivisionFresno, Fresno State Focus and The Feather Online for covering the event! This couldn’t have happened without your support, as well!

This was originally posted March 10 on Zara Arboleda’s Facebook page, linking The Feather Online and the other news outlets as Childrens Hospital thanks supporters.

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By |2015-03-11T00:00:00+00:00March 11th, 2015|Community Events, Letter to Editor, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Civil rights photojournalist: Matt Herron

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Photojournalist Matt Herron, and author of Mississippi Eyes, discusses his photo exhibit, “I’m Walkin’ For My Freedom -The Selma March & Voting Rights Act”, at Clovis Community College Center, March 9.

Photojournalist Matt Herron led a discussion at Clovis Community College Center to kick off his photo exhibit, “I’m Walkin’ For My Freedom -The Selma March & Voting Rights Act”, March 9. This exhibit includes 30 black and white photographs and is in the lobby of Clovis Community College Center Academic Center from March 9-April 13. All of the images were taken by Herron over a five-day period during the Selma to Montgomery March. Herron is also the author of a documentary book titled, Mississippi Eyes. It’s been 50 years since the Selma to Montgomery March; arguably one of the most significant Civil Rights marches in history. For more photos, visit Tennis schedule and Alive. Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|Community Events, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

LETTER: Spirit of serve day

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In response to “COLUMN: Service day brings out human kindness:”

Dear Editor,

I do believe that service day brings out the best in us and that we don’t need a reward for serving, as the gratification from it is reward enough. In Rees Roggenstein’s article, he talks about how serve day brings out human kindness.

I agree with your points of the warm and fuzzy feeling you get inside when you serve another, as well as the bleak, hollow feeling you experience after an act of selfishness. I can say that I have experienced both of these feeling many times and the spirit of serve day lives on.

However, I have one thing to add regarding service. I feel as though a more genuine motivation for my desire to serve is that God has given so much to me, his forgiveness, grace and mercy makes me want to give back to the rest of the world to show my gratitude and thankfulness for all of my unearned privileges.

For more letters, read the Feb. 24 article, LETTER: Respecting unique characteristics.

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By |2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|Community Events, Letter to Editor, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Armenian Centennial Dance

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The Centennial concert included a Melody of Armenian Dances by the Hamazkayin Valley Chapter Niari Dance Group.

The Ani Guild of Fresno hosted the Armenian Genocide Centennial Concert at California State University, Fresno’s, Student Union, March 8. Junior Michael Fu attended the concert as part of his Armenian three-part series on the Armenian hundred years memorial.

The Centennial concert included a Melody of Armenian Dances by the Hamazkayin Valley Chapter Niari Dance Group.

For more information on Fu’s first article, read the March 4 article, Armenian artist reflects on genocide, homeland culture. Please return to The Feather to read his review of the Armenian Centennial Dance concert in the next few days. Fu will also attend the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall’s March 18 session: Man’s Inhumanity to Man … The Last Hundred Years, a panel reflection on the Armenian Genocide.

Additional information on this an other cultural events can be found on the Armenian Genocide Centennial–Fresno Committee website and the Ani Guild’s Facebook page. The Fresno Bee also covered the event: Armenian musicians and dancers mark Genocide with benefit concert.

For more photos, check out Heritage Sweepstakes winners and “When you wish”.

The Centennial concert included a Melody of Armenian Dances by the Hamazkayin Valley Chapter Niari Dance Group.For more information on Fu’s first article, read the March 4 article, Armenian artist reflects on genocide, homeland culture. Please return to The Feather to read his review of the Centennial concert in the next few days. Fu will also attend the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall’s March 18 session: Man’s Inhumanity to Man … The Last Hundred Years, a panel reflection on the Armenian Genocide.For more photos, check out Heritage Sweepstakes winners and “When you wish”.

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By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Community Events, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Campus clubs sell Kids Day papers (VIDEO)

Editor’s Note: Check back later for more updates or via Twitter: @thefeather.

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The Feather staff joined the leadership class to sell Fresno Bee Kids Day papers to benefit Children’s Hospital, March 3.

Each year, the community, Fresno Bee and ABC 30 all join forces to earn money for the patients of Valley Children’s Hospital. For the 28th time, Kids Day has encouraged hundreds of individuals to take time selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers across the San Joaquin Valley to earn the money to help the cause, March 3.

Community members and campus students including notable figures and organizations from Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, and Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter to student leadership and publications from FC.

This year, according to the Fresno Bee: an estimated amount of $340,500 and counting, has been provided at the time of 5 p.m., March 3. Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Zara Arboleda has stated this year’s goal of $530,000 is reachable.

Since last year, Children’s Hospital has received over $6.3 million in donations. This year they hope to past $7 million in an even greater effort to support the patients of the Madera County hospital.

Student leadership, began selling newspaper at a dim and chilly 4 a.m., along with The Feather staff who came just about 45 minutes later to corners at Alluvial and Cedar as well as Cedar and Alluvial. For several years now both campus clubs have participated in Kids Day to help Valley Children’s Hospital.

With a total amount of 980 newspapers sold, campus representatives were able to contribute $1,954.13 to the cause. Students were able to sell all the way till 9 a.m., where they then headed to their classes for the day.

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For more on Kids Day 2015, read the Fresno Bee articles, A look back at Kids Day 2015: from celebrity corner to students in Oakhurst and Fresno’s Mendez family stays strong despite child’s medical battles.

For more videos, check out #SJW2015: Importance of Scholastic Journalism (Video).

Childrens Hospital drives central Valley volunteers (UPDATE, VIDEO, SLIDESHOW, PODCAST)

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Feather adviser Greg Stobbe hawks special edition Kids Day newspapers with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, March 3.

Feather staff joins student leadership to hawk special Fresno Bee Kids Day papers

UPDATE: March. 11
After an estimate was given, March 3, for Kids Day, Valley Children’s Hospital was able to count the remainder of the money raised with a total of $535,000. Last year’s Kids Day reached a total of $480,000, which set a record for future fundraising. While this is not the total final count, Children’s Hospital has passed the goal for this year’s Kids Day reaching over the estimated $530,000.

Each year, the community, Fresno Bee and ABC 30 all join forces to earn money for the patients of Valley Children’s Hospital. For the 28th time, Kids Day has encouraged hundreds of individuals to take time selling special edition Fresno Bee newspapers across the San Joaquin Valley to earn the money to help the cause, March 3.

Community members and campus students including notable figures and organizations from Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, and Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter to student leadership and publications from FC.

This year, according to the Fresno Bee: an estimated amount of $340,500 and counting, has been provided at the time of 5 p.m., March 3. Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Zara Arboleda has stated this year’s goal of $530,000 is reachable.

Since last year, Children’s Hospital has received over $6.3 million in donations throughout the course of its 28 year history. This year they hope to pass $7 million in an even greater effort to support the patients of the Madera County hospital.

Celebrity corner encourages notable figures from the community to volunteer

With the increase of involvement of a local whose who, Kids Day volunteers have deemed the corner of Blackstone and Shaw “celebrity corner”. Many notable figures from the community, as well as ABC 30 and the Fresno Bee, have used this corner to sell their newspapers for the last seven to eight years.

From the start of Kids Day, Fresno Bee has partnered with Valley Children’s Hospital. Each year they prepare these special edition newspapers for hundreds of individuals to sell. Fresno Bee Executive Editor Jim Boren has been apart of Kids Day since it’s beginnings. He really enjoys the chance the chance to help raise money for the hospital and thinks of the event as a symbol for the community.

“Well, Kids Day for one, raises a lot of money for the hospital, and does a lot of good things, but it’s also a symbolism of how important Valley Children’s Hospital is to our community,” Boren said. “This is a hospital that really cares for kids almost all of us have had either a child or a relative who has gone through that hospital and it does great work and we are just out here to help.”

Boren adds that the vision of Kids Day is expanding through the years. Along with just Fresno, efforts have been raised all across the San Joaquin Valley, including cities like Visalia and the youth of the community.

“More and more people are getting involved, we expanded across the Valley,” Boren said. “Visalia is a huge part of Kids Day, they do great work down their, especially in the high schools. So it’s expanded. This hospital has served the entire San Joaquin Valley and over the central coast, so it is an important part of the whole region.”

I have never been to this (Kids Day), and so it’s really nice seeing all these people trying to support us. Think about it this way: you are going to save a life, just by a dollar, you know, maybe fifty cents. You could spend five, ten dollars on something else, something you don’t even use. So you can make a difference with just a little bit of money. –-Juan Mendez, father of Neymar Mendez, 2015 Kids Day ambassador child

ABC 30 has also partnered with Children’s Hospital, along with the Fresno Bee, to broadcast Kids Day all day long, promoting the event. ABC 30 news reporter Amanda Venegas has estimated the volunteers of the event to over 5,000. Using the hashtag #KidsDay2015, people could promote over social media, which Venegas thinks has helped the event.

“If I could have all of our reporters out showcasing the different locations that would be really neat,” Venegas said. “But we just showcase different areas of Fresno that we can make it out to. Besides the dozens of people you see here, there is about 5,300 volunteers all over the County, like in Visalia and Merced. There is people even in the Oakhurst area that are selling newspapers right now that you don’t see. And I think social media has been huge because we can actually see what people are doing and we don’t have to be there.”

Valley Children’s Hospital Ambassador Family was able to come to support Kids Day and encourage others to donate to the cause. Juan Mendez, father of Neymar Mendez, the ambassador child, was excited to see the involvement the community offered during Kids Day and the chance to see others give their time and money for the cause.

“I have never been to this (Kids Day), and so it’s really nice seeing all these people trying to support us,” Mendez said. “Think about it this way: you are going to save a life, just by a dollar, you know, maybe fifty cents. You could spend five, ten dollars on something else, something you don’t even use. So you can make a difference with just a little bit of money.”

President and CEO of Valley Children’s Hospital Todd Suntrapak echoes Mendez’ sentiments.

President and CEO of Valley Children’s Hospital Todd Suntrapak, who was born and raised in Fresno, participated in Kids Day as well. As once a patient of Children’s Hospital, Suntrapak thinks of this event as a way to help out the children of the San Joaquin Valley.

“It’s the least I can do to take my time and come out here and thank all the terrific volunteers that are working on our behalf today,” Suntrapak said. “But more importantly on behalf of making kids well, I mean really, that’s what essentially is happening here. All these volunteers are donating their time and selling papers in partnership with ABC 30 and the Fresno Bee at the end to really a child. It’s my pleasure to be here; I wouldn’t miss it.”

Mayor Ashley Swearengin has been selling newspapers on ‘celebrity corner’ since it’s start. With other notable figures, Swearengin adds that it all comes back to help the patients.

“Every year it just gets more and more exciting,” Swearengin said. “More and more people are here, we have students from Fresno State and athletic coaches. We’ve got our law enforcement leaders other elected officials and people are out here for the same reason: to help Childrens Hospital.”

Campus works with San Joaquin Valley to sell newspapers

Student leadership, began selling newspaper at a dim and chilly 4 a.m., along with The Feather staff who came just about 45 minutes later to corners at Alluvial and Cedar as well as Cedar and Alluvial. For several years now both campus clubs have participated in Kids Day to help Valley Children’s Hospital.

With a total amount of 980 newspapers sold, campus representatives were able to contribute $1,954.13 to the cause. Students were able to sell all the way till 9 a.m., where they then headed to their classes for the day.

Senior John Dooman has been participating in Kids Day for three years. While he did not sell as many newspapers as he expected, selling one encouraged him to appreciate his time during the day.

“This year I was a little late waking up, but I was glad that I could make it to Kids Day,” Dooman said. “Even though I didn’t sell a crazy amount of newspapers, the chance to even sell one is enough to help a child in need. No matter how early it was, I’m happy I went.”

Freshman Jaden Ventura has never been part of Kids Day till this year. As a member of The Feather he was able to be encouraged by the community around him as they donated thousands of dollars to the cause.

“I remember that I was on the corner and someone gave $20 for a paper and it made me realize that people really do care about Kids Day,” Ventura said. “Being able to help be apart of such a noble cause really made the entire day worth it.”

Opinions Editor Rees Roggenstein, also contributed to this article.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more on Kids Day 2015, read the Fresno Bee articles, A look back at Kids Day 2015: from celebrity corner to students in Oakhurst and Fresno’s Mendez family stays strong despite child’s medical battles.

For more features, read the March 3 article, WWII Veteran receives long awaited medal.

California Boys Tennis Classic at FCC

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FC will be participating in the California Boys Tennis Classic, March 6-7. Over 100 high schools all around Central California will contend for first place.

Kicking off the tennis season, FC will be participating in the California Boys Tennis Classic. Boys will be coming from over 100 high schools all around Central California to contend for first place. The FC boys will be practicing with their team and  will take on the other high schools on Friday, March 6.

The FC tennis team will be competing at Fresno City College throughout the day, March 6-7.  FC will be hosting the tournament and will be versing three other teams that day.  FC will be playing against Atwater High School at 8:30 a.m.

Later on in the day at 11:30 a.m., they will take on West Bakersfield High School. Finishing off the day FC will go head to head against Kingsburg High School. The final outcome of the Friday games will be determining where the teams will be scheduled, March 7.

Each team will play five matches, Three matches on Friday and two on Saturday. The matches will consist of three singles and three doubles making a total of nine players. Times for Saturday will be available on the website by 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Tennis coach Robert Foshee, talks about his overall thoughts on the tennis tournament tomorrow.

“I think the tournament will be a good practice because a lot of our jv guys, our young guys, will get a chance to play so well know the first match,” Foshee said. “I’m really looking forward to a lot of good matches that well have the opportunity to play. Especially with our one and third players missing. never know but hopefully well as a team step up and I think well have a good chance.”

Senior, Jordan Castro, ’15, talks about his expectations on the tournament.

“I think it a great opportunity for us to practice as a team and get ready for league,” Castro said. “It takes a little bit more endurance since were going to be playing sets as opposed to an 8-game pro set so I expect our team to go out and play hard. I will be playing at the number two position which I’m not really used to but still I’m hoping to play well. As a team I hope we will be able to play well and go against these divisions two and three schools and putting up a fight against them. Its gonna be a lot of tough matches but I think FC will persevere.”

Sophomore, Julian Castro, ’17, shares his thoughts on his first tennis tournament.

“Since this will be my first time playing in a tennis tournament I don’t know but I think I’ve definitely improved from last year so im hoping for the best,” Julian said. “Since im playing in the six im hoping to improve overall as a player and see how I match up against the other more dominant players. As a team I think we will do great since we have such a great team this year.”

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By |2015-03-05T00:00:00+00:00March 5th, 2015|Community Events, Spring, Uncategorized|1 Comment

BRIEF: Choir to attend Heritage Festival, March 5-8

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The choir, ladies ensemble, jazz band will all attend the Worldstrides Heritage Music Festival, March 5-8.

The FC band and choral groups will be traveling to the Los Angeles area to participate in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival program, March 5-8.

The choral groups sing and play prepared repertoire for three judges, or adjudicators. These professional musicians and college professors grade each group based on a series of various factors such as tone, balance, diction and musicality.

Another reason to sing and play at festivals is to hear other groups perform. This gives students a chance to listen to other music, and inspire them to become better musicians. The highest score is usually 100 points, with 90-100 being “Superior.”

This festival hands out rankings as well, with trophies awarded in several categories. If a group is particularly advanced, the adjudicators can invite them to a “Gold” festival, which is usually held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The FC women’s ensemble has been invited to the Gold Festival before, but has not attended. All the choral groups are working diligently on festival repertoire. Each song must have a high level of difficulty, and cross over different eras and styles of music. For example, the HS choir will sing a Latin piece called “Jubilate Deo,” performed acapella.

They will also sing a Canadian folk song entitled “Rattle on the Stovepipe.” Lastly, they are singing a spiritual melody, “1 Peter 3:15”, which features soloists Andrew Guthrie, Elise Winegarden and Ivette Ibarra will be presenting to the judges. This year, ladies ensemble will attend Heritage as well as the junior high choir, high school band and choir. The groups will depart from school at lunch on Thursday, March 5, and will be traveling to their hotel in Irvine. Dinner will be provided at Medieval Times, and Friday will be spent at Disneyland.

Newly appointed high school choir director Susan Ainley, talks about the Heritage Festival.

With this being my second year on the Heritage trip, I’m really looking forward to Disneyland which is gonna be a lot of fun especially with friends. I’m also really excited to stay at the hotel because the previous year we had a really great time watching movies and hanging out. I am very confident in our ability to execute our performance perfectly and with no setbacks. We have really go soloists that really set us apart from other choral groups. –Junior Andrew Moore

“I am especially looking forward to the day at Disneyland, since my daughter, Bree Ainley, works there,” Ainley said. “Saturday will be spent at the Rose Center Theatre in Westminster, performing the set of songs prepared. Once the festival has finished, the students will eat dinner, then head back to Disneyland for the awards ceremony. The long weekend will likely finish in the early hours of Sunday morning, as the bus rolls back into the FC parking lot.”

Andrew Moore, ’16, talks about his experience and thoughts on the Heritage Festival.

“With this being my second year on the Heritage trip I’m really looking forward to Disneyland which is gonna be a lot of fun especially with friends,” Moore said. “I’m also really excited to stay at the hotel because the previous year we had a really great time watching movies and hanging out. I am very confident in our ability to execute our performance perfectly and with no setbacks. We have really go soloists that really set us apart from other choral groups.”

While singing is the reason to head south, Hannah Nale, ’17, has another reason to travel.

“I’m super stoked for going to Disneyland with all of my friends and just having a bunch of fun,” Nale said. “We have super cool songs and a super cool conductor and we have a super cool group of people. With this being my first time on the trip, it would be an amazing experience to get the gold and hopefully we as a family will be able to come together and accomplish that.”

While freshman Celeste Counts is excited about Disneyland, she is concerned about her role in the festival.

“I am most looking forward to hanging out with my friends at Disneyland,” Counts said. “I’m not exactly sure how I’ll stand out from the competition, but I hope that my good vowel shape and discipline will help me with that. This is my second year going to the Festival trip and it seems to get more and more fun every year.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_jadenventura03 and @Devin_pits1735.

For more news, read the March 3 article, Student leadership: FCS 32nd annual auction is March 14.

By |2015-03-04T00:00:00+00:00March 4th, 2015|Community Events, FC Arts, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Armenian artist reflects on genocide, homeland culture

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Original Armenian sculptures and paintings are displayed at the new exhibit at the Fresno Art Museum. Including pieces from Arminee Shishmanian.

Fresno Art Museum displays Armenian Genocide art

Fresno Art Museum currently features an emotionally moving and historically important exhibition to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Named “1915-2015: Tradition, Legacy, Culture“, the exhibit reflects the the very first massacre in the 20th century.

All of the exhibit art pieces, including painting, sculptures and mixed art, are created by Armenian descendant artists.

Arminee Shishmanian, a local Armenian artist who participated in this exhibit, shared her family’s experience during and after the Genocide as well as her journey in the world of art.

On April 24, 1915 the Ottoman Empire gathered hundreds of Armenian community leaders and started the elimination targeted on the Armenian population inhabited in Turkey.

Between 1915 and 1923, three fourths of the Armenian population was wiped out of the world. The luckiest of all escaped from this massacre and emigrated to United States and several European countries. Many of them eventually settled down in Fresno due to the agricultural tradition they are familiar with.

Born in a family consist of Armenian culture, Shishmanian’s father formed a band when he came to the United States, which allowed her to witness the treasure culture even when the entire country is long lost. Shishmanian inherited the spirit and transform applied it into her art.

Sculpture of couple dancer facing each other is one of the bronze sculptures Shishmanian has made. The expression of the male dancer shows his deep devotion into the music and the hanging leg seems like it is still waiting to land on the ground. The female dancer has her dress floating in the air waiting to let it freely pulled by the gravity.

Arminee Shishmanian was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, the fourth city her family settled in. She eventually moved to Los Angeles with her mother and got married in Fresno.

Although Shishmanian did not experience the genocide in person, the tragedy befell on her parents when they were teenagers.

Shishmanian’s mom was 13 years old when Mehmed Talaat Pasha (the interior minister of Ottoman Empire at the time) ordered Turkish troops to remove all Arminians from the villages. Fortunately, she went to Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) for an Adenoidectomy right before the Turks started gathering Arminian in the villages and sending them on the death march to Syria. Most of her extended family members passed away during the death march due to deprivation of food and water as well as frequent rape, robbery and massacre.

I thought about it {relating her work to genocides}, but my personality and disposition does not want to dwell on sadness, because genocide is just a brutal thing. I actually was considering making a painting relating to the genocide, particularly to the removal of the people sent onto the death march. I have planned on this but it just wouldn’t come out. Most of the works I do has sort of an upbeat and positive angle. –Arminee Shishmanian, a local Armenian artist

Her father, ironically, was serving in the Turkish army at the time; while his family, along with some others in the area, gathered in the Armenian church and burned alive. When he found out the truth, he defected from the Turkish army and joined the French Foreign legion to fight the Turks.

After World War II was over, knowing zero English words, her father moved to the United States to attend Ohio State University.

As international students, we know how hard it is to come to America with limited English skills. But the courage he had that led him here is simply unimaginable.

Unlike most of the artist, Shishmanian have not been introduced to art until when she was 60 years old.

Guided by her neighbor and good friend, painter Marcia Freeman, Shishmanian developed the skill of watercolor. Later in 1995, dedicated to improve her skills, Shishmanian decided to join the art program at California State University, Fresno where she found another interest in clay.

Despite her tragic lost of the family, Shishmanian rarely reflect sadness or anger on her art work.
“I thought about it {relating her work to genocides}, but my personality and disposition does not want to dwell on sadness, because genocide is just a brutal thing,” Shishmanian said. “I actually was considering making a painting relating to the genocide, particularly to the removal of the people sent onto the death march. I have planned on this but it just wouldn’t come out. Most of the works I do has sort of an upbeat and positive angle.”

Shishmanian rarely have any preference to her pieces since she regard her pieces as many of her children. Each of them have a special spot in her heart. However, Shishmanian does have a favorite piece.

Using bright red, green and yellow in the art work, an oil painting of her four grandchildren was her favor piece in the house. With the bright colors, the painting delivers viewers warmth and happiness. The fact that children wearing jeans and long clothing suggest the cold temperature, but the bright sunshine came from the top right corner and the distinction of the shadow under the woods gives a warm feeling the viewers. Four children looking at the same direction over the edge brings the curiosity of the viewers along with them. Seems like something interesting is far in the background. A still picture brings the viewers back into their naive childhood.

Armenian Genocide is just a tip of an iceberg that represents the cruelty in human history. The suffer of Shishmanian’s Family and many others can not be changed. For people living in 21st Century, it is hard to imagine that these tragedies happened only a hundred years ago.

However, in the news we still see people committing terrible things to each other due to cultural and religious differences. Although we cannot change the past, our generation can definitely help to ensure that some certain parts of our history will not happen again.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather,  Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @MojunPan and @MichaelFu.

For more opinions, read the Feb. 27 column, Thankful for Scholastic Journalism Week 2015.

By |2015-03-04T00:00:00+00:00March 4th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Opinions, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Student leadership: 32nd annual FCS auction is March 14

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Student leadership is joining forces with The Feather Online staff to sell Kids Day papers, March 3, and the 32nd annual FCS auction, March 14.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement throughout this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

Student leadership is gearing up for three events in the next month: Kids Day, the 32nd annual FCS auction and NOTS.

Kids Day, March 3, all leadership students were required to be at Maple and Alluvial by 4 a.m. The ASB members must be there at 4:30 a.m., and journalism students must be at Cedar and Alluvial by 5 a.m.

Night of the Stars (NOTS) is on March 28 and early bird ticket prices are being extended from March 2 to March 6. After early bird prices of $55 is unavailable tickets will be raised to $60. In order to attend NOTS, a ticket must be purchased. If students desire to go with a date, start asking and buying tickets.

As far as seating goes, seniors will be granted a first row seat. All other students will be given spots based on a first-come-first-serve system. It is recommended that pupils hurry and get seating arranged if they want to claim a desirable spot.

The next special day event will be March 4, Western Day, in which all students are encouraged to dress in anything western themed. As a reward for dressing up, students will be given root beer floats at lunch.

The next event will be March 17, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The activity will be a scavenger hunt. The prize students will look for are pots of gold, and once found, they can be brought to the office in exchange for a gift card.

The school’s 32nd annual FCS Auction is coming up on March 14. There will be a competition between all grades to see who brings the most auction items. The rewards granted per item will be listed in the hallway downstairs in Building 5.

Leadership students will be selling raffle tickets at the auction, so look around for any students to buy raffle tickets. At the auction there will be a silent and a live event.

Basketball intramurals took place last week, Feb. 26 and 27. Each team went into the FC gym and played against each team in a type of tournament form or playing. At the end of the event, the winning team contained, Tyler Breedlove, ’16, Justin Houts, ’16, Chris Kollenkark, ’16, and Bailey Brogan, ’16.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the March 2 article, BRIEF: Leadership, journalism students to attend Kids Day, March 3.

Early morning

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Leadership students and The Feather staff woke up early this morning to sell Kid’s Day papers, March 3.

Leadership students and The Feather staff woke up early this morning to sell Kid’s Day papers, March 3.

Groups of students arrived to school at 4 a.m. to get busy selling. “The morning started off slow because there aren’t may cars on the street at 4 a.m.”, said Senior Callista Fries. Students eagerly sold papers till 9 a.m. Later, when the total number of papers sold is determined we will let you know.

Newspapers can be sold until 3 p.m. so theres still time to donate to Valley Children’s Hospital and grab yourself a newspaper!

Update: According to Leadership Adviser Robert Foshee we made $1954.13 and sold about 920 newspapers.

For more information about this event click Kid’s Day; also look at the Feather’s Instagram and Twitter. #KidsDay2015

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BRIEF: Leadership, journalism students sell Kids Day papers, March 3

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Student leadership and The Feather Online staff will join thousands of community volunteers to sell special edition Kids Day papers, March 3.

Kids Day began in 1988 as a charity to support Children’s Hospital in Central California, a non-profit children’s hospital.

Kids Day this year will be held on March 3. Volunteers all over Fresno County and beyond will sell Kids Day papers, special edition copies of the Fresno Bee. The proceeds from everyone in the city go to Children’s Hospital in Central California. The hospital will then spend the money to help kids or improve their experience.

Everyday commuting routine will be broken by thousands of volunteers lining the streets and selling newspapers for the 28th annual Kids Day. The issues feature stories and profiles of young patients at the hospital.

This year Kids Day will give FC students a chance to help support the cause. Leadership students will be at FC at 4 a.m. on the Day while Feather staffers will be here at 5 a.m. We will be on the corners of Maple and Alluvial and Cedar and Alluvial. Kids Day edition papers are $1.

While Kids Day edition papers cost $1, many people give a bigger donation. All proceeds are returned to and help Childrens Hospital Central California.

Kids Day offers everyone in the community the opportunity to sell papers. Schools all over town, members of the police force and many others gather along the streets to sell papers.

Who wouldn’t want to wake up at 3 a.m. and go out and serve in your community and make a positive difference in kids lives. It’s tiring but it is what you make out of it, getting through the rest of the day is always tough but in the end it is always worth it. — Senior Aaron DeWolf

Aaron Dewolf, ’15, has participated in Kids Day since his freshman year and looks forward to his last year serving with FC.

“Who wouldn’t want to wake up at 3 a.m. and go out and serve in your community and make a positive difference in kids lives,” DeWolf said. “It’s tiring but it is what you make out of it, getting through the rest of the day is always tough but in the end it is always worth it.”

Robert Foshee is in charge of all Kids Day operations here at FC and gives insight into the upcoming.

“It is a great opportunity to serve in the community because Children’s Hospital helps so many kids. My own daughter had heart surgery there and they were wonderful,” Foshee said. “Our goal is to sell 1,000 newspapers and beat last years total of $1,700. I enjoy Kids Day because it is a great opportunity for students to wake up early and sell papers together.”

If you don’t see one of the volunteers, there are other ways to help. Text GEORGE to 90999 to make a $5 donation to Valley Children’s Website.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @dawsontriplitt.

For more news, read the Feb. 26 article, BRIEF: Teachers prepare to serve at McDonalds, Feb. 26.

By |2015-03-02T00:00:00+00:00March 2nd, 2015|Community Events, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Serve day unites student body, spreads joy (VIDEO)

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The second school-wide Serve Day rallies the whole campus to volunteer in multiple places across the city including painting over graffiti near railroad tracks, Feb. 19.

The second annual school-wide serve day took place, Feb. 19. Students signed up for their location of choice earlier in the week during chapel and prayed to leave a positive impact on the community.

The different service sites include: the Community Food Bank, Poverello House, park clean up, Neighborhood Thrift, two graffiti clean up sites, connecting with students at Kepler Elementary School and a yard work group.

The students were assigned their chaperones and buses after a rally like chapel and were encouraged to serve with a joyful heart and spread the love of Christ.

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont gives insight into the second annual FC serve day.

“After last years first serve day and it being pretty successful, we were already planning on continuing the service,” Belmont said. “We work some of the kinks our from last year and improved in some areas. I think that this year was a great success and I am looking forward to the many more serve days to come.”

Freshman Erin Wilson found serve day to be much more rewarding than she had originally thought.

“I was expecting it to be a lot less fun than it actually was, I thought it was going to be boring but I had a really great time helping out at the Neighborhood Thrift Store,” Wilson said. “I think we were a big help to them we hung up two giant boxes of clothes and I’m really glad the school put this day on.”

Sophomore Julian Castro helped clean up an elderly man’s yard with his friends and enjoyed shining the light of Christ to him and others.

“We mowed his lawn, picked up piles of leaves, and picked up logs and branches from his property. To be honest I had a really great time, even though im not one to enjoy yardwork I found myself workng hard and having fun,” Castro said. “I do feel like we made an impact on his life because it makes him feel better when he looks out his window and sees a freshly cleaned yard. I think it’s the least we could do for him.

Junior Maddie Luginbill was in the graffiti clean up group and found that serving with friends makes the ward work fun and worth it.

“Last year I was at the food bank and this year I was with a lot of my friends and I was more interested in painting than I was about bagging food so I was more excited to help out this year,” Luginbill said. “The chaperone told us that by this time next week all the graffiti would be back up and it made me sad that people don’t respect the community but we poured ourselves into our work and it was worth it.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more features, read the Feb. 24 article, Speaker educates on body language, power of communication.

Cuddy educates on body language, power of communication

Harvard professor Amy Cuddy shares at San Joaquin Valley Town Hall

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Harvard graduate Amy Cuddy shares her expertise about body language during the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, Feb. 18.

As a continuation of the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Lecture Series, Harvard graduate Amy Cuddy made a pit stop in Fresno to share some of her knowledge, Feb. 18. Row after row in the William Saroyan Theater was filled with listeners, eager to hear what the renowned speaker had to share with them.

As a pretense, I was aware that Cuddy spoke in one of the most viewed, most influential TED Talks online. I had also heard that she worked in the field of Psychology. However, I did not expect such a hands-on, applicable lesson from the Harvard professor.

Before the official speech, Cuddy spent some time with the attending Merit Scholars (various recommended students from schools scattered along the Central Valley) answering personalized questions. From the moment she spoke, it was clear that Cuddy did not let her vast knowledge and academia lead her onto a track that was difficult for audiences slightly less educated on her topic (such as I) to understand. She chose simple wording to explain fascinating phenomenas.

When asked about her realm of study, Cuddy explained her particular field of work within psychology.

“I study normal people; I’m not a clinical psychologist so I don’t take patients,” Cuddy said. “What I do is follow the Scientific Method in a very literal and precise way. For example, I will ask a question and randomly assign participants to one condition or another and then we will study the results.”

As her pre-speech audience was formed of primarily merit students, still enrolled in high school, there was much interest around Cuddy’s work on her college campus. Upon questioning about her methods, Cuddy gave examples of her teaching style – and that of Harvard Business School.

“We teach using the case method, and the students have to read a business case, which someone at Harvard Business School has written,” Cuddy said. “It might be about a traditional business predicament or a more advanced case, but the students are left with a question at the end of each case and are expected to come to class and start a discussion.”

I find it very obvious when someone is scripting their body language, so I wouldn’t advise someone to do that. I think that it’s good to understand what different queues signal. I teach an approach that I developed with some other practitioners, its called ‘Inside-out’, and it’s based upon method acting. So people are much better at projecting real ordinated synchronized body language when they are doing it from a honest place, so they get themselves into that frame of mind. — Amy Cuddy, Harvard professor

While the question-and-answer session orbited around topics such as college and majors, her lecture session was based on a plethora of facts and findings on the topic that Cuddy gravitates towards most: body language.

However, when many hear the phrase ‘body language’, they tend to think of how their movements affect others. On the contrary, the majority of the lecture was focused on how our personal body language can affect us and Cuddy educates on body language.

A major theme was the encouragement of using ‘power stances/positions’, in which the human body becomes large and takes up space (ie., raising your arms to the sky). These positions – as studied in Cuddy’s lab – are directly correlated with a rise in testosterone levels and a plummet in cortisol levels. This balance creates a motivated human being with low stress levels.

Now, while much emphasis was put on positive positioning, Cuddy also warned against ‘faking it until you make it’. Unnatural stances (positive or not) are easy to detect, and can actually have a negative effect. So, rather than forcing yourself into a broad position during a job interview, practice making yourself comfortable in a confident position at home!

Cuddy explains the reasoning behind avoiding false body language, and explains her theory which she calls ‘inside out’.

“I find it very obvious when someone is scripting their body language, so I wouldn’t advise someone to do that,” Cuddy said. “I think that it’s good to understand what different queues signal. I teach an approach that I developed with some other practitioners, its called ‘Inside-out’, and it’s based upon method acting. So people are much better at projecting real ordinated synchronized body language when they are doing it from a honest place, so they get themselves into that frame of mind.”

The next San Joaquin Valley Town Hall will be March 18 when scholars and religious leaders will host a reflection on the Armenian Genocide, discussing issues from reconciliation to contributions to American culture, arts and sciences. The presentation is Man’s Inhumanity to Man … The Last Hundred Years. Look for a review after that session by The Feather staff.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more features, read the Feb. 23 article, Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion.

By |2015-02-24T00:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion

StaffSJWJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

As The Feather has been headlining student events, featuring stories about Homecoming, issues of social equality and the sport season beginnings, this week the tables are reversed. To promote the importance of school publications, the Journalism Education Association (JEA) has sponsored the annual Scholastic Journalism Week, Feb. 22-28.

The organization encourages student journalists to raise awareness, promoting its significance to the community. Along with a student created poster template, the JEA has listed several ideas for student and publication adviser participants.

While the event is geared towards those apart of a educational journalism program, community members, including readers and students can get involved. Throughout the week, The Feather will be watching social media including Twitter and Instagram, by creating a hashtag: #FCJW as well as #SJW2015 which will appear in a Storify collection.

National Scholastic Journalism Week was created for the support of the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Responses from staff writers, editors and advisers, were documented in order to highlight the significance of journalism education not just nationwide, but locally.

The Feather wants to encourage students and readers to submit their opinions in the comment section on the effects of journalism and why seeking out and reporting the news is important. Please consider adding to or joining Scholastic Journalism Week 2015: Join the discussion.

Relevance of the world
Emily Ladd, ’16
Feb. 27, 2015

“What’s going on in the world is extremely relevant, especially seeing as everyone lives in it. Journalists and people alike should seek news, but journalists make what’s important known and more accessible to everyone, finding all facts they can. Journalism raises awareness for the events around us.”

Freedom of speech: A beautiful gift
Rees Roggenstein, ’16
Feb. 27, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is incredibly important, and not just to journalists and those involved with media. It exemplifies the right to freedom of speech that we as Americans have been afforded, which is a gift that is not freely given. It is a time to express one’s opinion in complete and brutal honesty. It is a time to truly express one’s freedom of speech. This is a week that all who practice freedom of speech can celebrate such a beautiful gift.”

Epitome of student journalism
Kathryn Damschen, ’15
Feb. 27, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is the epitome of student journalism. It is a week solely dedicated to the media, news, and information that we gather each and every day. I personally believe it is a great endeavor to be a part of, as it brings awareness to what we do as a whole (being a part of a journalism staff). It is critical to be knowledgable of the work you do and why you’re apart of such a ting, if anything. My thoughts are, what good is doing something if you don’t know what it is or why you’re doing it?”

News 24/7
Michael Fu, ’16
Feb. 27, 2015

“The importance of journalist went out to seek the new and report it is because without the motivation to seek the news or to report them. The society has no way other than having the eye witness the even that happened in front of them to discovered the things happen in school, town or the whole nation. The journalist who seek the news allow the people to connect each other and form a bobble where everyone know what is going on in this very moment. Without the journalist, the people have to look for the news 24/7 by themselves in order to keep up with the world. As a conclusion, we as a journalist who seek the news and report them allows others to be aware of things happened around them and bring the community closer than it was before.”

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StaffSJW15Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

 

Face and fix society
Toby Pan, ’15
Feb. 27, 2015

“America is not the only country that have the freedom of speech stated in the Constitution, but it is one of the few countries that have this important right widely applied to their people on a daily basis. Unlike some of the countries whose media industries are controlled by the government, the journalists here are endowed with considerable freedom to express their own opinions. On top of that, the journalists’ good work ensured that the public are informed of what’s happening domestically and globally; so that Americans, although have made a lot of mistakes, can always face and fix their society on time.”

Spreading the Word
Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief
Feb. 26, 2015

“On campus, I don’t think journalism is viewed as relative to the lives of students unless they are directly involved with the class. This week gives us – as journalists – a chance to spread the word and importance of journalism to our classmates who don’t prioritize it.”

Exposing the Truth
Justin Houts, Writer
Feb. 26, 2015

“It’s important for journalists to seek the news and report it; by doing so we can insure that our rights and enforce rules and laws. It’s news reporting that exposed Watergate, the Clinton scandal, and many other historical events that wouldn’t have otherwise been made known had they not been exposed by journalists. The U.S. is one of the few countries that allows it’s citizens to speak freely about their beliefs and ideas, and if we don’t use this opportunity to the fullest potential its being wasted and not taken as the privilege it truly is.”

Week of opportunities
Olivia Quebe, ’16
Feb. 23, 2015

“I see Scholastic Journalism Week as an opportunity to make people aware of the importance of journalism. It is a way to get the students involved and informed not only during this week, but for the rest of the year. I’m excited to see the responses of the students and special events to come.”

Educate ourselves
Trevor Beal, News Editor
Feb. 23, 2015

“In my opinion it is important for journalists of all ages to seek out the real news because without that key characteristic we risk becoming mindless believers of mass media. Our job is to educate ourselves and others in current affairs and how we are affected by them.”

Its a big deal
Sydney Belmont, ’17
Feb. 23, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is a huge deal. Students are encouraged to promote journalism. It is a way to get the student body involved and informed about what is going on during the week. I am looking forward to all the excitement involved in this week.”

Journalism happenings
Natalia Torres, ’16
Feb. 23, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism week is the week to promote journalism. Students who are already in journalism should be informing others about what journalism is about and about joining journalism. This way the student body can be updated on what events are happening as they are happening.”

A journalist’s perspective
John Dooman, Reviews Editor
Feb. 23, 2015

“Every journalists needs to report on certain stories to provide their own take on it. Two journalists would report a story in their own way from their own, unique point of view. This allows readers and/or viewers to come to their own conclusions on how news is covered.”

Club recognition
Jenny King, ’17
Feb. 23, 2015

“Scholastic Journalism Week is really exciting; as a club on the campus, this week is a recognition of the hard work that the staff puts in. It’s a fun way for students and staffers to be involved in their school newspaper.”

Effective reporting
Sara Peterson, Editor-in-Chief
Feb. 23, 2015

“Journalists need to report because it gives themselves and people around them insight into what is happening locally or in the world. Our job as journalist is to effectively report and share these stories with our fellow man.”

Think, Engage, Teach
Greg Stobbe, Publications Adviser
Feb. 23, 2015

“Journalists, and I’m being inclusive of Feather reporters, have an obligation to seek out and report the news, profiles, stories and issues that are important to their constituencies {peers} and community. This is an obligation, not whether they ‘feel like it.’ The Feather staff in particular is charged to present to the greater Fresno community who Fresno Christian citizens are and represent them. The journalists on this campus need to bear witness and independently write and comment on the news and the controversies, its peoples’ failures and success, struggles and the stories of overcoming, calling into question when peers are not morally or ethically responsible and report the accomplishments and/or consequences. The Feather staff must give fair, accurate perspective to the goings on, in and around the Fresno Christian community. They are not just to watch but to stimulate conversation so as to engage fellow students to listen, dialogue and act on truth so that the community not only knows it but also uses it in relationship. Think responsible. Be engaged. Teach the tools of citizenship.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @rynnking_.

For more features, read the Feb. 20 article, Fresno hosts horror movie, to be released nationally.

By |2015-02-23T00:00:00+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Community Events, FC Arts, Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Fresno hosts horror movie, to be released nationally

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FIlm producers Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing have brought Fresno-based horror film to the big screen.

Although Fresno is conveniently located in the Central Valley, between entertainment capitals such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, the city itself is rarely considered a prime area for national attention. However, the minds of Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing have brought together a film that takes place primarily on the streets of Fresno.

The film, which is set to be released July 10, is titled The Gallows. The movie piqued the interest of many major film labels, but was eventually bought by New Line Cinema. The piece also has been worked on by Jason Blum, the producer of franchises such as ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘The Purge’.

The Gallows will fall under the horror genre, and focuses on an eerie event that supposedly took place in the midwest. Because of this, a few of the scenes were filmed in parts of Nebraska. However, the primary landscape seen in this film belongs to Fresno.

The purpose behind the setting is co-producer, Cluff’s association with Fresno. Cluff discussed the convenience of Fresno’s location for filming.

“I currently live in Fresno with my family,” Cluff said. “I met Chris when he was here filming for school in LA, and we decided to come to Fresno to film because it is less expensive to film here. Fresno is in close proximity to Hollywood, but far enough away to have some fun.”

Areas that have been utilized throughout filmmaking include everywhere from local high schools (such as Clovis West and Madera High) to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Downtown Fresno.

The pair of directors have done one previous film together. The project was titled Gold Fools and was a faith-centered movie. Now, the two are formulating a horror movie, which may seem like a stark contrast from their old interests.

Lofing discussed how the duo jumped between genres, and how finances affected this choice.

“We wanted something cheap,” Lofing said. “We knew that we didn’t have much money, and the horror genre fit the budget. Horror also fits well in the market place, selling well overseas.”

Lofing goes on to share how his personal background shaped his work with The Gallows.

“We thought a ‘Paranormal Activity’ style movie would be cool. The story is based on events from where I’m from [/fusion_builder_column]

[Nebraska],” Lofing said. “And when I was making my first movie project, I dabbled in horror. It has always interested me.”

Although the movie is debuting in July, it has been worked on for many years and is a long awaited project. The pair began writing the film back in 2011, and shot a promo trailer the same year. A good chunk of the movie was filmed during 2012, and now, in 2015, the crew is putting together the final pieces.

The Gallows will be released nationwide in over 2,500 theaters. Depending on the overall success of the film, Lofing and Cluff may continue down the road of filmmaking. The two may further delve into horror, or may even try their luck in the field of television.

“The Gallows has been a long road,” Cluff said. “While we have enjoyed ourselves, we are, of course, clad to wrap it up. We are not entirely sure what we are moving onto next, that really depends on how well the movie does.”

For more features, read the Feb. 12 article, Substitute teacher makes the most of her experience.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

By |2015-02-20T00:00:00+00:00February 20th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Movies/TV, Uncategorized|7 Comments

FC community invited to aid Community Food Bank, Feb. 21

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 8.32.36 AMFresno Community Food Bank

Juliana Rosik, ’16, first purposed the project to the FC community. Rosik mentioned the idea not only because she was obligated to do so for a leadership position but because she believes that service coincides with God’s ultimate will for the body of Christ.

Leadership Student suggests idea to help the food bank

Students and their families are encouraged to offer their services at Fresno’s Community Food Bank from 7-11 a.m. as part of the organizations 10,000 Hour Volunteer-A-Thon. This event aims to complete a total of 10,000 hours of service throughout the course of four non-consecutive volunteer days: Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7 and March 21.

Community Food Bank has been in commission since 1992 and currently feeds over 220,000 needy San Joaquin residents a month from throughout its multiple locations in Fresno, Madera and Kings County.

Juliana Rosik, ’16, first purposed the project to the FC community. Rosik mentioned the idea not only because she was obligated to do so for a leadership position but because she believes that service coincides with God’s ultimate will for the body of Christ.

“Initially I was making this service project for a director position that I have in my leadership class,” Rosik said. “But in the end I realized that I really wanted more service projects at the school. It’s something that’s really important to me. Service is important as a Christian and also just to be a part of your community so I think giving people opportunities to serve is a really good idea.”

While at the bank, participants will aid in sorting and packaging food for the needy. This is of upmost importance considering one out of three children in the San Joaquin Valley struggle daily to find adequate nutrition.

Leadership advisor, Robert Foshee says that the Community Food Bank provides a unique and simple way to serve the people of Fresno and invite others to do so as well.

“The Community Food Bank does so much in the valley for people who don’t really have a lot of stuff and they need a lot of help to keep things running,” Foshee said. “I know Juliana has a heart for the Food Bank and so she brought it up. You can go with friends, with family. It doesn?t have to be with someone from FC. It can be anyone that you know so I think it’s just a great opportunity to give back on a day where maybe you might sleep in otherwise.”

Jenny King, ’17, plans on attending the event in order to both obtain hours for CSF and future college transcripts as well as aid the less fortunate. She encourages others to bring friends and family members.

“Well first of all I enjoy doing service projects and helping out with the community,” King said. “It’s also good because I can put it on my college transcript. I?m also doing it because it counts for CSF service hours. Also I think it will be fun to go and hang out with my friends who are going. So if you have friends that may be interested in going make sure to invite them because it will be more fun that way.”

“The Community Food Bank does so much in the valley for people who don’t really have a lot of stuff and they need a lot of help to keep things running. I know Juliana has a heart for the Food Bank and so she brought it up. You can go with friends, with family. It doesn’t have to be with someone from FC. It can be anyone that you know so I think it’s just a great opportunity to give back on a day where maybe you might sleep in otherwise.”–Robert Foshee

To become involved in the 10,000 Hour Volunteer-A-Thon, students and adults must sign the school registration sheet as well as acquire and fill out a release form by the day of the event. Individuals who do not adequately complete this procedure will not be allowed to participate in the 10,000 Hour Volunteer?A-Thon.

Fresno’s Community Food Bank is located at 3403 E. Central Ave., in southwest Fresno. For more information, contact Juliana Rosik in person or via twitter @julesrosik.

For more news, read the Feb. 13 article, Student Leadership: Serve Day approaches

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2015-02-18T00:00:00+00:00February 18th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Leadership, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Arte Americas offers culturally diverse art pieces

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Arte Americas displays paintings by famous artists.

Until Feb. 15, the Arte Americas Museum is having a one of a kind exhibit to showcase the collections of Calixto Robles, Lylia Carr and Jason Bonilla as well as many other artists. The temporary exhibit hopes to bring in new visitors to the gallery to see these new forms of unique modernism and abstract art.

Calixto Robles is an artist from Oaxaca, Mexico. In addition to being a painter, Robles also is a sculptor and print maker. Robles is a very well respected artist and has been displayed in many countries over the years. One of his biggest collectors and supporters is international Spanish rock star, Carlos Santana. Over the years Santana continually supports and promotes Robles’ art. Rebecca Caraveo, a museum curator, believes Robles’ art is a great addition to the current collection.

“Calixto Robles is an incredible artist,” Caraveo said. “I truly appreciate his art and style. It’s a great honor and privileged to have his work on display here in our museum. Hopefully people will take advantage of this opportunity to come and see his unique collection.”

Arte Americas also enjoys appreciating aspiring local artists. Another collection on display is the works of local abstract artist Lylia Forero Carr. According to Arte Americas, Carr’s recent works are mostly considered mixed media. This means that the piece of art employs more than one medium, and often combines various traditionally distinct visual art media. Her works are contemporary and bold, and provide a unique perspective on a popular art form.

Currently at the Arte Americas museum the Hallowell family, who are local philanthropists, host a temporary exhibit that is their families personal art collection. It includes paintings, sculptures, pottery and even fine antique silverware. The family enjoys collecting art on their trips to Oaxaca, Mexico. Rebecca Caraveo hopes that the community can appreciate the Hallowell collection as long as it is on display.

“It was very generous of the Hallowell family to temporarily donate their art to the museum,” Caraveo said. “We hope the community will come out and see this exhibit, as it is only here temporarily. Their collection includes all types of art from sculptures to paintings and fine handmade jewelry. It has something for everyone to see.”

Another artist on display at Arte Americas is Jason Bonilla. I personally found Bonilla’s paintings to be the highlight of the experience. My favorite piece was the painting, “Where Dreams come from.” It is very unique and original, and something that is open to individual interpretation. Some of his other works include, “Goodbye fried rice, Hello friend Chicken” and “Family Trip”.

Calixto Robles is an incredible artist. I truly appreciate his art and style. It’s a great honor and privileged to have his work on display here in our museum. Hopefully people will take advantage of this opportunity to come and see his unique collection.

Arte Americas provides a view of all sorts of art forms and styles. Their mission is to bring art to Fresno to enrich the community, and these exhibits are great opportunities to go support local and international artists.

Admission to the museum is free, however, donations are welcome and encouraged. The museum is located at 1630 Van Ness Fresno CA 93721. For any questions or concerns they can be reached at 559-266-2623.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more news, read the Feb. article, BRIEF: RAK week is here, beginning Feb. 9.

By |2015-02-13T00:00:00+00:00February 13th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Tulare hosts annual World Ag Expo

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Sophomore Jenny King gives impression to Tulare’s World Agriculture Exposition.

Annual Tulare fair showcases technology for farmers in the Central Valley

Another year of farming and dairy has begun, and for farmers it means to check out the biggest advancements and tools. Since 1968, World Ag Expo in Tulare has been in motion; starting out with 157 exhibitors and 28,000 to 100,000 attendees. Every year it continues to expand and attract more viewers.

World Ag Expo is held every year at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California. From all around the world, visitors come to experience different technologies and the latest equipment for farming. After years of growing popularity, the show has outgrown its grounds, leading to a shortage of space. In spite of the space shortage, the show directors decided to form an association that would establish an international agribusiness show within Tulare. This lead to the formation of International Agri-Center, Inc. The new location became the first facility in the Western United States to hold an agricultural show.

Each year, the Expo showcases the newest top ten products. This year, DairyProQ, shows off their first fully automated robotic rotary milking parlor; with this invention it changes the future for milking. The show features agricultural tours, seminars, top ten products and delicious food sponsored from different locations.

Pete DeGroot, local farmer in the Central Valley, has gone to the expo for more than 30 years. He enjoyed the time spent with family and friends and looks forward to the new technology the show displays for farmers in search of new equipment.

“The expo is a place farmers can go and see a lot of new equipment and technology in one place, which helps us make decisions when looking for new equipment,” DeGroot said. “It’s a long and tiring day, but worth the time. It is also a good time to see and meet new people and say hello to old friends. My family and I have attended for over 30 years. I took my Grandson, Blake, yesterday to educate him on what was going on in the farming and dairy world.”

The expo is a place farmers can go and see a lot of new equipment and technology in one place, which helps us make decisions when looking for new equipment. It’s a long and tiring day, but worth the time. It is also a good time to see and meet new people and say hello to old friends. My family and I have attended for over 30 years. I took my Grandson, Blake, yesterday to educate him on what was going on in the farming and dairy world.–Pete DeGroot

Popular food vendors surround the grounds, supporting local schools or non-profit organizations. Everything from barbecue tri-tip, peach cobbler to nachos are served throughout the walkways of the Expo.

The show also provides high school students scholarship for those majoring in agricultural education. E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo have paired up to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarships for high school students. Two $10,000 scholarships are awarded to those who want to attend a four-year university and who major in agricultural education.

Sophomore Hannah Nale and her family go every year to the show. This year was her first year going and looks forward to attending next year.

“My dad usually takes siblings every year but this was my first year going, which was really fun,” Nale said. “There were lots of booths. I got this lotion from this dairy booth that you put on the utters to make them softer. I saw Joseph Lange. I walked by him and I thought I don’t talk to you at school so I’m not going to talk to you here. If I go again I would probably look at the map beforehand because I got really lost.”

Blake Deffenbacher, ’19, toured the grounds with his grandpa, Pete DeGroot, this year. He took a special interest in the new robotic milking equipment presented.

“There was a lot of farm equipment like tractors, plows and harvesters to look at,” Deffenbacher said. “I saw some milking machines. They were pretty cool. They now have machines that milk the cow automatically so a person doesn’t have to do it. It?s just a robot that makes the work a lot easier. A person doesn’t have to go through and milk the cow.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @nhudecek16 or through email [email protected] and @jennypenny8835 or [email protected].

For more news, read the Feb. 6 article, Students chosen for honor choir, perform with community.

By |2015-02-12T00:00:00+00:00February 12th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

BRIEF: RAK week is here, beginning Feb. 9

RAK_Week_2015_ImageAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Often in life people are subject to hard time and trials, but with the help of others, those times are more easily endured. Feb. 9-15 will serve as Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Week, in which students are encouraged to look past their own desires and put others before themselves.

Student Leadership and The Feather staff will be teaming up during RAK Week to take the extra step and challenge students to step out of their normal routines and comforts zones to help one another with a random act of kindness.

Participation in RAK week is quite simple, such as giving a compliment to people you normally do not talk to, making a new friend, telling someone you appreciate them or offering someone your help.

To promote the concept of RAK’s, classes such as student leadership have hung banners through halls for students to write how they will participate on. The Feather has stepped in as well, advertising the hashtag ‘#RAKweek‘.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to serve and show kindness, Feb. 19. The high school students will be off campus to engage with the community and help with graffiti removal, Neighborhood Thrift, the Poverello House and others. Junior high students will be staying on campus to help teachers and custodians.

As an example of RAK week, ABC’s Primetime: What would you do? TV series showcases actors being put into real life situations with hidden cameras to see how people react to conflict, illegal activities, etc. Recently, a segment from an episode published in 2011 resurfaced via social media just in time for RAK week. The video featured a single mother who was unable to pay for her family’s groceries, but was assisted by other shoppers. You may be surprised by what happens.

Clink to watch grocers help a single mother at the check stand.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather and Instagram @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson.

For more news, read the Feb. 5 article, Students chosen for honor choir, perform with community.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00+00:00February 10th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|2 Comments

BRIEF: Hope Fresno, Feb. 6-7

hope-fresno-calendarThe Well Community Church

In light of the recent issues surround racial and social justice, the Well decided to address the controversy, hosting their event: Hope Fresno.

Recently, international headlines have been filled with issues centered on social justice. The most prominent of these particular topics is racial justice. An epidemic has broken out surrounding racial issues, partially due to a new concern for social issues and also a disregard for them.

Locals have decided to address the roots of the issue hidden in their own community. The Well Community Church is taking on the challenge of facing these inequalities head-on. On Friday, Feb. 6, The Well and Faith In Community will be hosting their event: Hope Fresno.

The purpose of this event is to more deeply unite the community. The church is gathering with prominent African American leaders within Fresno to discuss everything from racial injustice within our own city.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Well’s north campus, located on Nees and Maple. However, the doors open to the public at 5:30 for early entry. There will be another program the following morning from 9 a.m. until noon.

The doors are open for anyone from the general public who is interested to attend. Several Feather staffers will be there to report on the event and talk to church officials. The Well encourages anyone from the Fresno community to attend the event.

Chris Schultz, pastor at The Well, encourages students to attend Hope Fresno to hear a new side of the story and open their minds to new perspectives.

“The purpose of Hope Fresno is to literally create a space to listen.” Schultz said. “So often in relationships with people we make assumptions, we jump to conclusions and we don’t hear the other person. In this case, it’s literally the African American community sharing with us what it’s like to be an African American in this city and what some of the struggles and inequalities they have experienced are.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller.

For more news, read the Feb. 6 article, BRIEF: Winter guard scheduled to compete, Feb. 7.

By |2015-02-06T00:00:00+00:00February 6th, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Former CIA agent, Valerie Plame, speaks out

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Valerie Plame, former CIA agent, speaks out against Bush administration and actions taken in the Iraq war.

With the Feather staff, I had the opportunity to travel to The William Soroyan Theater to attend another installment in the San Joaquin Valley Town Hall lecture series. This particular session was focused on former CIA agent and spy, Valerie Plame, Jan. 21.

Although, to my own misfortune, I had not done extensive research on the speaker beforehand, I heard a few stories about her prior to the trip. I caught phrases such as ‘retired spy’, ‘wife of a spy’ and ‘dangerous’. Due to my lack of personal analysis, I was not entirely sure what to believe, and headed to downtown Fresno a bit skeptical.

Upon arrival, I saw a book with a well-kempt woman on the cover, bearing the title ‘Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House’. This piqued my interest, to say the least.

Through the Honors Student Program, the handful of staffers that went were not only given free admission, but also got the priceless opportunity to speak with Plame in a smaller setting before her official lecture.

The question-and-answer session offered a more personalized look at Plame and her more raw beliefs. Topics covered varied from her view on nuclear weapons (very opposed to them) to her application process for the CIA.

Eager eyes followed her as she spoke about her life and interests. Plame even touched on the misfortune that occurred with the government, in which she lost her private identity as a CIA agent after her husband, Joe Wilson, exposed inaccuracies of the government’s assertion that Iraqi was trying to buy weapons of mass destruction in 2002.

Of course, the whole room was waiting for her to gush her perspective on the happening, but she held back major information for her actual lecture.

Once seated in the theatre’s lecture hall, we got to watch a more serious, prepped Plame tell her story. She filled the audience in on the details of her work for the CIA and her mishap with the George Bush administration which led to her resignation from the CIA, a work environment she loved.

In 2003, Plame’s husband, Joe Wilson (former U.S. ambassador), published an article challenging Bush’s reasoning for going to war with Iraq. The controversy stirred by this piece stuck a nerve with many men, particularly Robert Novak, a right-wing journalist. In response to Wilson’s writing, Novak openly identified Plame as a CIA officer in an article. This choice eventually ended her career and left her exposed in a dangerous position.

The full details of the scandal can be found in Plame’s autobiography, Fair Game, which now holds a major movie adaption. Plame has also written two novels, Burned and Blowback, featured around a female spy.

Upon questioning, Plame showcased a very humble attitude about her crisis in 2003. A man from the audience asked about the ‘tragedy’ that fell upon Plame and her family, she responded with grace.

“What happened to my family and me was very unfortunate,” Plame said. “But it was not a tragedy. A tragedy is the loss of a child or a loved one. What my family experienced was difficult, but not on the same scale as a tragedy. We went through a hard time, but we have survived. We simply experienced a great misfortune.”

For more articles, read the Jan. 23 piece, Student of the Month: Poojan Gopal strives toward profession in mechanical engineering .

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This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_chloemueller. Valerie Plame can be reached via Twitter: @ValeriePlame.

By |2015-01-23T00:00:00+00:00January 23rd, 2015|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual camp focuses on trusting God, builds relationships

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The churches of the San Joaquin Valley join together for a weekend of worship and community at Hume Lake Winter Camp.

Hundreds of youth crowd into the small doorway of the chapel building, dressed in puffy winter apparel. While they wait for the sermon to begin, friends both new and old, chat amongst themselves about tube runs, box sleds and broom hockey.

From Jan. 9-11 the churches of the San Joaquin Valley joined together for a weekend of worship and community at Hume Lake Winter Camp. This particular trip was estimated to be amongst the greatest attended with 15 charter buses and approximately 1000 high school, junior high and elementary students. During this annual trip, campers are provided the opportunity to attend daily worship services and sermons, participate in a plethora of activities and simply escape the stresses of daily life.

The theme of Hume’s 2015 winter camp was “Ordinary Things”. Its main focus was complete trust in God centered upon the key passage, Proverbs 3:5. Timothy Nyberg,’,16 says that the camp?s straightforward yet integral message taught him to rely upon God in all circumstances.

“I think the theme of this year was a simple but powerful message,” Nyberg said. “Although, it was on a verse that most of us know and a story that is common to us all, it was a refreshing reminder. It reminded us all that we are never alone and that no matter what God will always keep us on the right path.”

The speaker for the weekend was Jeff Gokee founder of non-profit organization Wallets for Water and Executive Director of outreach program, PhoenixONE. First time attendee, Michael Gibson, ’17, enjoyed the way Gokee balanced humorous storytelling and deep theological reasoning within his sermons.

“It was a good experience and they definitely did a good job of presenting God?s word,” Gibson said “I thought the speaker (Gokee) was very good. He was very animated and had good way of tying his stories to the message.”

The band responsible for leading worship during the 2015 camp chapels was The Advance, a young contemporary trio. Alexis Kalugin, ’16, says that The Advance made worship a very personal and unique experience.

“I really enjoyed the worship band, Kalugin said. “They were really refreshing and not what I expected but they made worship with God very intimate. My favorite song would probably be ‘Give us Faith’ or ‘Cornerstone'”.

“I thought it was a really amazing experience and I think that everybody should be able to go on it if they can with their church,” Vanderlin said. “It’s just a really good opportunity to connect with friends and get closer to God while you’re up there. You go up to the camp with different friends each time but you always get this same experience.”

Besides being a time for renewal, Winter Camp provided an opportunity for snow sports and rare contests. Broom hockey and box sledding are amongst the camps most revered traditions. In one, campers compete in a shoeless ice hockey tournament using brooms for sticks. In the other, each church is required to make a functional sled out of duct tape and card board boxes.

Triton Siebert, ’17, says that he enjoyed the free time and wacky church contests most. Although, he believes that the camp impacted him spiritually as well.

“My favorite part was playing broom hockey and snowboarding,” Siebert said. “Also chucking ice snowballs at my friends. But I also took away a better understanding of how God works in our lives.”

The campers loaded back into their charter buses at approximately 1 p.m., on January 11 and arrived between 3 to 4 p.m. at the People’s Church parking lot.

Multi-time camper Tyler Vanderlin, ’17, says that Hume Lake always provides an opportunity to both bond with friends and draw near to God.

“I thought it was a really amazing experience and I think that everybody should be able to go on it if they can with their church,” Vanderlin said. “It’s just a really good opportunity to connect with friends and get closer to God while you’re up there. You go up to the camp with different friends each time but you always get this same experience.”

For more information on Hume Lake Winter Camp visit www.humelake.org.

For more features, read the Jan. 15 article, Math teacher travels through Europe over break.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2015-01-16T00:00:00+00:00January 16th, 2015|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Sophomore attends Rose Bowl Game, gains new experiences

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This year I went to the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Ca, to watch my favorite team, the Oregon Ducks, take on the Florida State Seminoles, Jan. 1. We had to arrive around 10 a.m. in hopes of finding a parking spot at least two miles away.

From our parking spot we had to walk to the Rose Bowl Stadium where the UCLA Bruins typically play. As we walked into the stadium grounds we saw loads of tailgaters and fans parked. When we got closer to the stadium itself, the crowds were heavy and there were tons of merchandise tents.

We got into the stadium grounds at 10:30 a.m., but the stadium did not open until 12 p.m. When we were in line to get into the stadium, the team buses pulled up with the players inside.

Both teams’ buses had their team names on them and rose petals painted on the bus. When the players started to get off the bus there was a sea of people making a tunnel for each of the teams. Everyone was cheering and thousands of people were crowded together in the tiny area.

When we got into the stadium we went to find our seats. Once we found our seats we walked around the stadium to explore a bit, since it was our first time there. We watched the teams warm up. About half an hour before the game started, both teams’ marching bands played. Then the national anthem was sung and a dead silence rung throughout the stadium as a plane flew over head.

From my seat, the majority of the stadium looked green and yellow because the majority of the people filling the seats were Oregon fans. There were very few Florida State fans there.

When the game started the rows were packed. You only had a few feet to sit in your row. My knees hit the back of the seats in front of me, 91,322 out of the 92,542 seats were filled at the 2015 Rose Bowl.

At halftime the score was 18-13, to the Ducks. After halftime the game became not so close when the Florida State Seminoles became infected with the turnover plague. In the 3rd quarter the Seminoles turned the ball over six times! This took them out of the game and Oregon won, 59-20.

This game was part of the first ever College Football Playoff. It was televised on ESPN.

Watch the Oregon Ducks take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Jan. 12 starting at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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For more opinions, read the Dec. 15 article, College Corner: Conditional acceptance.

By |2015-01-08T00:00:00+00:00January 8th, 2015|Community Events, Sports Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Applebee’s fundraiser set, Jan. 15

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Join and support the FC family by coming to the Dining To Donate fundraiser at Applebee’s on N. Cedar Ave, Jan. 15. Come enjoy a meal that’s filling and fulfilling, support the school from 3 to 9 p.m.

Join and support the FC family by coming to the Dining To Donate fundraiser at Applebee’s on N. Cedar Ave, Jan. 15. Come enjoy a meal that’s filling and fulfilling, support the school from 3 to 9 p.m.

As families dine, Applebee’s will donate 15 percent of the bill, only if the flyer is shown to the server, which can be picked up in the high school office in Building 6.

The fundraiser is only valid at the Cedar and Herndon Applebee’s for family and friends and flyers cannot be given out in the restaurant or in the parking lot. If otherwise done, the donation will be voided.

Nikole Tucker, Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) president, stated that the purpose of the fundraiser is to have fellowship with the school and the rest of the community.

“Money is acceptable, but the main purpose of the event is to advertise the school and to have a fellowship dinner together,” Tucker said. “The reason PTF chose Applebee’s is because a worker there contacted Gary {Papa’} Schultz and brought the fundraiser to his attention.”

The fundraisers purpose is to raise money for the school and get the community involved. The school has another fundraiser event coming up in March, the annual silent auction. The silent auction is to also raise money for the school and to get the community involved. There will be opportunities for a live auction as well as silent.

That event will be held in the FC gym. The event consists of certificates, services and desserts. Dinner will be served and the live auction will soon be followed.

Come support the FC family at both fundraiser events to help fund the school for future events.

IMPORTANT: Print the flyer and bring to Applebee’s on Cedar and Herndon so donations go to FC, found here.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @sbbelmont98, Email: [email protected].

For more news, read the Jan. 6 article, BRIEF: National Bubble Day, Jan. 8.

Home economics whips up treats for a good cause (VIDEO)

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Students in Sharon Scharf’s home economics class are preparing treats to send to soldiers overseas.

Class makes cookies for Army Member

For years, the home economics department has worked to touch others with their handiwork. In the past several years, home economics is striving to not only benefit members of the school and community through their work, but to stretch their reach beyond the bounds of Fresno County.

Friday, Nov. 21, both periods of home ec. whipped up piles of cookies for a noble cause. Home ec. teacher, Sharon Scharf, has connections to a member of our Army member LTC Eric Ogborn, and decided to support his cause through her work on campus.

The batches of cookies were sent to LTC Ogborn, who is currently stationed in Germany but deployed in Afganistan. Scharf explains how the cookies were made.

“We made 16 dozen cookies,” Scharf said. “We use a recipe I have that uses coconut and the coconut keeps them fresh and prevents them from breaking up. Then, we wrap each one individually in aluminum foil, which cushions them and keeps them fresh.”

Scharf and her home ec. crew began shipping out their treats thirteen years ago. The tradition started with her nephew, who was stationed in Afghanistan.

“We started making cookies in 2001,” Scharf said. “The first set was to my nephew who was with the 82 airborn. He was one of the first ones to go into Afghanistan. When LTC Eric Ogborn gets the cookies he distributes them to all of his men. By sending the cookies it gives the men and women who are over there the feeling that they are being supported, and people are thinking of them.”

For more features, read the Dec. 4 article, Featured app: RETRY.

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By |2014-12-05T00:00:00+00:00December 5th, 2014|Community Events, FC Arts, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Food drive donates, makes difference in community (VIDEO)

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Student leadership is sponsoring the Yes We Can food drive. Consider helping out this cause by donating canned food. Donations will be accepted from Nov. 17 – Dec. 12.

Food Drive scheduled from Nov.17-Dec 12

The ‘Yes We Can’ food drive is a volunteer food group that is dedicated to doing everything they can to help the people of Merced. The food that is donated is received by the crisis ministry in Merced County.

This year volunteers have collected 17,521 lbs. of donated items for The Crisis Ministry. Yes We Can Food Drive now provides 15% of the food that The Crisis Ministry distributes each month to its 3,000 men, women and children.

FC students are being asked to help out this cause by donating canned food and help in any way they can. Donations will be accepted from Nov. 17 – Dec. 12.

The FC community is encouraged to donate as much canned food as possible, in order to help less fortunate people throughout Fresno and surrounding cities. In the past years FC has donated enough to feed over 200 people. Students look forward to this opportunity to donate to the less fortunate.

Sophomore Hannah Nale shows how she feels about how the food drive donates, make a difference and feels it helps the community in many different ways.

“I know about the food drive because I’m part of the people who are in charge,” Nale said. “I am definitely going to participate in it this year because its a great way to get involved in your community and knowing that lots of people who don’t have dinner or Thanksgiving, I mean why not? I am definitely going to give mashed potatoes and gravy because that like my favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving. I will take part in doing this more in the future.”

Freshmen Roman Endicott is excited to participate in the Yes We Can food drive to try and make a difference.

“I am participating in the Yes We Can food drive because I think that it is a good way to give food to people who don’t have any,” Endicott said. “It makes me feel like I’m making a difference in the community. I’ll just probably give general canned foods. I learned through all of this that if we come together as a community then we can save lives and make a huge difference. In the future I will definitely be part of more food drives.”

I know about the food drive because I’m part of the people who are in charge. I am definitely going to participate in it this year because its a great way to get involved in your community and knowing that lots of people who don’t have dinner or Thanksgiving, I mean why not? I am definitely going to give mashed potatoes and gravy because that like my favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving. I will take part in doing this more in the future. –Sophomore Hannah Nale

Freshman Erin Wilson likes how she can be apart of the food drive this year and believes food drive donates, makes difference to our community.

“I am also involved in the food drive because its good to help people who aren’t as fortunate as you and it would be a really nice thing to do,” Wilson said. “I know I’m helping someone eat who otherwise does not have food. I will mainly just donate canned assorted vegetables to help this cause.

“The most important thing about all of this is that you can instead of thinking of yourself you can think and give to the less fortunate people. My advice to everyone is to keep doing this through their high school years because this is one of the great things to get involved in.”

Food drive items needed:
— Potatoes
— Canned vegetables (multiple varieties)
— Canned fruit (multiple varieties)
— Spaghetti Sauce
— Tuna
— Beef ravioli
— Soup (multiple varieties)
— Cereal (multiple varieties)
— Apple sauce
— Peanut Butter
— Spaghetti
— Mac and Cheese
— Canned Beans
— Eggs
— Milk

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @nate10messi and @devin_pitts1735.

For more features, read the Nov. 17 article, Citizens compare pros and cons of flu vaccinations.

By |2014-12-03T00:00:00+00:00December 3rd, 2014|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

COLUMN: Ice rink festivities offer Christmas atmosphere

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Feather staffers comment on their Holiday experience at the Fulton Ice Rink.

Seasonal rink scheduled to open Nov. 13

During the Holiday season many people in Fresno are looking for a way to cool down and have a fun winter experience. This year, along with many of the Christmas events happening around town, the Fulton Mall will be hosting the Downtown Fresno Ice Rink this winter.

The ice rink is located at the Fulton Mall in Mariposa Plaza and is open from Nov. 13 through Jan. 19. The Ice Rink is a family oriented event and hopes to see those values on the ice.

For some that means, having some eggnog and sitting by the fire. For others it could be going to the downtown ice rink for an icy experience.

By the time we arrived at the rink, there was already a lot of people on the ice. As we got on the rink, it was a little difficult to glide amongst the professional figure skaters.

They made it look so easy, but to our surprise we soon discovered that it was quite the contrary. Right when we got the ice skates on, it was like a completely different atmosphere.

Most people’s first reaction would be to stop and get balanced, but as we found out, the only way to keep balanced was to just keep moving. While we skated, we were accompanied by a diverse selection of today’s popular music.

The scene of the rink quickly helps you forget about being in Fresno and instead in the snowy wonderland. Aside from it being somewhat tiring, the entire experience was exhilarating in every sense of the word.

We definitely recommend going down to the ice rink whether it be solo, or with a group of friends. Either way we are sure it will be a fun activity for all.

The ice rink opens daily at 11 a.m and closes at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. From Sunday through Thursday the rink opens at 11 a.m., and closes at 9 p.m.

On the weekdays, the price for admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children who are 12 and under. On the weekends, The prices for admission is $12 for adults and the cost for children is $10. The cost for admission includes skate rentals and the ability to skate as long as desired for the day.

Season passes are also available to purchase for individuals or for a family. The cost for an individual season pass can be purchased for $49 for and adult and $39 for a child.

Family passes are also available, which includes as many as four children and two adults for a price as low as $99. For $20 more, additional children can be added to the family pass. You can purchase your tickets and season passes here, or on their website.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @nate10messi, @_jadenventura03 and @Devinpitts.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 24 column, COLUMN: Winter school spirit.

By |2014-12-02T00:00:00+00:00December 2nd, 2014|Column, Community Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Christmas Tree Lane scheduled to open, Dec. 2

Christmas Tree Lane, located at Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave, was founded in 1920 by a residing family after the death of their child.Meredith Monke | The Feather Online Archive

Christmas Tree Lane, located at Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave, was founded in 1920 by a residing family after the death of their child.

Christmas Tree Lane celebrates 92 year anniversary

The Christmas season is quickly approaching with stores and TV stations bolstering low prices for early shoppers and decorated trees popping up in windows across the country. Fresno like any other town or city during this season, contains several unique events and spectacles. One of which is the color display at Christmas Tree Lane.

Christmas Tree Lane, located at Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave, was founded in 1920 by a residing family after the death of their child. The bereaved loved one’s lit their house in brilliant Christmas lights and decorations, in order to honor their child’s memory.

The family’s example was contagious. Soon the street was engulfed in the twinkling lights of remembrance and Christmas Tree Lane was born.

Since its humble beginnings 92 years ago, Christmas Tree Lane has accumulated 140 participant homes and accommodates an average of 100,000 visitors per-year. Recently, Washington Post deemed the lane a holiday tradition.

Sophomore Amber Wilson attends Christmas Tree Lane annually with family. She says that the bright lights and lavish decorations add to the Christmas atmosphere within the city.

“I just love how every single house is decorated,” Wilson said. “It’s a very spectacular thing to see because when your in the Christmas mood it just works perfectly. It make you feel really happy and excited about Christmas.”

Christmas Tree Lane’s opening day is Dec. 2 and will continue every night until Dec. 25.

Admission is free although donations are appreciated due to the fact that the lane is a non-profit organization and supported solely through sponsors. A sum of all donations will be dedicated to the Tree Fresno, a local forest support group and partner of Christmas Tree Lane.

From Sunday through Thursday the gates will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Tuesday Dec. 2 and Wednesday Dec. 10 are walking nights. During these dates Christmas Tree Lane will be closed to all vehicle traffic in order to insure safety for visitors on foot. Bus rides from Figarden Village will be provided by Tree Fresno for these two nights.

For more news, read the Nov. 25 article, BREAKING: Night of the Stars venue changed.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00December 1st, 2014|Community Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fulton ice rink adds community aspect to downtown area (VIDEO)

Since it's beginnings the Fulton Ice Rink has  accommodated thousands of visitors and continues to thrive during Fresno's chilly months.Emily Ladd

Since it’s beginnings the Fulton Ice Rink has accommodated thousands of visitors and continues to thrive during Fresno’s chilly months.

Seasonal ice rink opens to Fresno public

The air is frigid and people dressed in heavy jackets and miscellanies winter wear stop to watch their breaths swirl into a thick mist above them. Couples skate hand in hand, friends laugh and families prop wayward toddlers upon makeshift ice walkers. Music plays over the sounds of blades against ice as each figure travels around the circular rink.

The holiday season in Fresno and in nearly every city or town is characterized by traditions, events and special activities. Among them is the Fulton Ice Rink, located in the Fulton Mall on Mariposa Plaza.

The rink was implemented into Fresno holiday traditions several years ago. It is currently financially supported by a board of generous sponsors.

Since it’s beginnings it has accommodated thousands of visitors and continues to thrive during Fresno’s chilly months.

Richard Roman, assistant manager of the rink’s evening shift believes that the annual event prompts Fresno’s residents to gain a deeper appreciation of their city and community as a whole.

“I think the rink adds a positive vibe {to the community} and I think that’s something that the Fulton mall and this downtown area really needs right now,” Roman said. “It’s a positive vibe with people loving their city. If people don’t love their city it isn’t going to change positively it?s going to change negatively. That’s one thing that Fresno people need to realize: if you don’t love your city your city’s not going to love you back.”

This seasonal attraction is open Nov. 13 through Jan. 19, to the general public and to single parties upon prior contact and negotiation.

The rink is open for daily sessions Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On week days, admission is $8 for children and $10 for adults. Saturday through Sunday admission runs at $10 per child and $12 per adult.

Parking validation at Garage 8 located at 1077 Van Ness Ave, is included in admission cost. However, it should be noted that parking in any city lot with a parking meter, after 6 p.m., on week nights and on weekends is free of charge.

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[last name withheld], has a history in gymnastics and fencing. Her children as well as herself are frequent visitors of the Fulton Ice Rink. The mother of four says she appreciates the serene atmosphere and the rink’s cost efficient family plan.

“I love that it’s outside, it’s so beautiful under the stars to bring the community together,” Kimmy said. “It’s different people every night. There’s fresh air and it’s not freezing cold like it is indoors. It’s fun and people usually come out once or twice a year here and their all beginners. It’s also affordable here. The family pack is a great deal and makes a big difference.”

First time attendee Shani [last name withheld], enjoyed a night of laughter on the ice with a group of friends. She purchased a season pass in order to skate more often and plans to return many times within the next few weeks.
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“Skating is fun but hard,” Shani said with a laugh. “We will definitely come back because we got a whole season pass. My favorite part would probably be me falling.”

Skates in all sizes are available for rent. The charge is included in admission. However, those with their own skates are welcomed to bring them as well.

Seasonal passes are available for families and individuals who plan to attend the rink frequently. An adult seasonal pass is $49 and a child’s pass is $39. A family of two adults and four children can by a pass bundle for $99, but $20 is required per every additional child past the quantity of four.

Junior Marissa Jonigan is familiar with the Fulton mall, but was unaware of the annual ice skating event. She thinks the idea of an outdoor ice rink in the midst of the mall is a both interesting and fun concept.

“I’ve been to the Fulton mall, but have never heard or been to the ice rink before,” Jonnigan said. “It sounds really fun to go to. I would definitely go if I had the time and a good group of friends to go with.”

Bailey Brogan, ’16 visited the rink last year with a group of friends. He enjoyed the family oriented setting and the overall experience, despite the fact that he slipped a few times.

“There were lots of families there taking their children skating,” Brogan said. “It was nice to see all the dad?s spending time with their kids and laughing. For me it was fun even though I fell a few times because let’s face it, I’m pretty clumsy.”

For more information about the Fulton Ice Rink local events, check out the Downtown Fresno Partnership.

For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Jack Leonard: A veterans perspective (PODCAST).

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-11-25T00:00:00+00:00November 25th, 2014|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Fresno churches host Christmas concerts

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As we come ever close to Christmas time, concerts and events are becoming ever more prevalent. Fresno in particular holds several events which are a must attend opportunity to the citizens of this community.

The main event following Thanksgiving is called the Messiah Sing-Along. It was started by Sam Barkman 38 years ago who directed it for 20 years, where upon his retirement the new worship leader of The First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Julie Carter took his place. It is currently in its 38th annual event and is looked forward to by hundreds, the average attendance is between 600-700.

Director Julie Carter, has been directing this event for the past 18 years and every year she looks forward to directing and putting the event together.

“I love directing the orchestra because they are all professionals,” Carter said. “Along with the orchestra, our church is oblong, which creates a delay, making it quite a difficult task to keep everyone together. Unlike most performances of the Messiah, anyone in the community has the chance be apart of it. Along with just singing parts of it, the audience also has the chance to sing the solo’s. This is unheard of because of the level of difficulty which the piece is.”

The event is free yet the event planners request for people to bring canned goods for the needy. Gottschalks Music Store in Clovis sells Messiah scores at the door for $10 and following the sing-along is an event called soup-along. It is put on by the church worship ministry team and a small donation is collected at the door.

The event begins at 3 p.m., yet for good seating, it is advised to arrive an hour early. Along with the Messiah, Fresno is holding a multitude of events, each with a similar rich history. The Feather hopes that the students and readers will attend the Messiah or one of the following Christmas concerts.

Nov. 30: Messiah Sing-along, 3 p.m. First Presbyterian church
Dec. 5: Women?s and Men?s Choir from Fresno Pacific University present their concert at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Mennonite Church. Call the FPU Music dept. for more info.
Dec. 6: Fresno Philharmonic Christmas Concert.
Dec. 6: San Joaquin Chorale and Fresno Pacific Concert Choir present a Christmas concert at the Shagoian Hall, 7:30pm.
Dec. 8: Fresno Christian JH/HS program, 8 p.m.
Dec. 14: Bach Children?s Choirs Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church, performances at 4 and 6 p.m.
Dec. 13: Earl Meyer?s Christmas concert.
Dec. 24: First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve services: 4 p.m. Children?s service, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. choir, orchestra, message.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more news, read the Nov. 24 article, Fall sports athletes awarded at sports banquet.

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Community Events, FC Events, Music, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Winter school spirit opportunities

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Senior Christopher Grossman share Winter school spirit ideas to get involved during the winter season.

So, we have made it through the first few months of school; there’s only a couple weeks left. Now what?

Well, we’ve already passed Homecoming, fall sports are over, and holidays advocating “family time” are upon us. So how are we to stay involved in school? Well, Student Leadership has your back. There are a few different ways to get involved before we all buy new calendars. New winter school spirit opportunities to get involved are lining up.

The first is the annual Fall Festivus, to be held Nov. 25. Tickets are only $15, and can be bought in the High School office. Just as last year, dinner will be served, and we’ll be watching a movie outside. That being said, make sure to bring your own blanket! There will be fire pits, complete with “s’more stations” to accommodate all of your marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker needs.

This is sure to be a chill, relaxing night with your friends and a great way to meet and socialize with other students. It will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and if you have any other questions, be sure to ask myself, or any other member of the Student Leadership team.

An ongoing event that will be ending December 9 is the Canned Food Drive that we participate in every year. Students are encouraged to bring canned food for families in need in the Pinedale area. Each class will have their donations recorded, and whichever class brings the most will be rewarded before the semester comes to a close.

A new event that is starting up this year is the Christmas Tree Lane Walk, where all students are invited to meet at Fig Garden to walk Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10. Student Leadership would love to see you participate in a Ugly Christmas Sweater competition, and the student with the ugliest sweater will win a free Starbucks drink.

After meeting to hold the contest and take a few pictures as a group, students are free to break off and walk the lane with friends.

While this is all going on, be sure to be preparing for your NOTS movie, as filming and editing always take longer than expected. Classes should be deciding on what movies they will be recording during advisory periods, and script writing should be wrapped up by Christmas break.

All this aside, involvement starts with you. Student leadership would love to see every student be a part of some sort of school event, and if you have any questions or comments, my door is always open.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Chris_Grossman.

For more opinions, read the Nov. 20 article, College Corner: Financial Aid. For more ASB columns, read the Oct. 27 article, COLUMN: Be a spirited participant at homecoming.

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Column, Community Events, FC Events, Uncategorized|1 Comment

COMMENTARY: Response to Fryberg shooting

It is always a low moment for the whole nation when a student decides to murder his fellow classmates. Our own seemingly innocent youth becoming the dangerous enemy is something that tears at the hearts of each American.

The attacker in these cases is often a troubled kid, either the victim of bullying or some kind of depression. However, the youth in question, Jaylen Fryberg, was seemingly enjoying his time in high school. This makes me think that there were some underlying circumstances to this shooting.

Clearly, Jaylen had bottled up some sort of negative feelings inside of him. He may have felt anger at society for some reason, or sadness about something that happened to him, or guilt over some past event. These things devoured him and in the end, resulted in murder and suicide.

This brings a question to mind: How could this tragedy have been avoided? I think that if he was able to open up and talk to people about the things troubling him, he would not have gone to this extreme.

My challenge to myself and others is that if someone looks sad or troubled is to make an effort to talk to them and resolve whatever is wrong. I think encouraging words could have healed the emotional wounds that Jaylen Fryberg apparently had.

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For more opinions, read the Nov. 24 column, Winter school spirit.

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Community Events, Letter to Editor, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Christian bands inspire spiritual growth at Winter Jam (VIDEO)

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Thousands of people gathered at the Christian concert, Winter Jam 2014, Nov. 11, to see Hillsong United and Newsong.

Newsong, Hillsong United highlight Winter Jam 2014

Thousands of people gathered at the Christian concert, Winter Jam 2014, Nov. 11. This nighttime concert series, hosted on Veterans Day by the popular Christian band, Newsong, provided a powerful night of worship for many Fresno-area Christian music lovers.

The admission price to Winter Jam, held at the Save Mart Center, was kept at the low price of $10, to give everyone an opportunity to worship and hear the gospel.

This year Winter Jam featured Christian artist’s Hillsong United, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Colton Dixon, Disciple, NewSong, Trip Lee, Everfound, About A Mile and Veridia. Visual artist Jared Emerson and speaker Tony Nolan also participated.

Winter Jam ’14, was a concert like none other. The interest was so high the tickets sold out leaving people having to stand wherever they could find room. Hundreds were turned away at the door. However, various bands put on an acoustic show outside for those who were denied entry.

Senior Elise Winegarden enjoyed listening to Hillsong United, because of the overall worship experience and that the Christian bands inspire at Winter Jam.

“My favorite band was definitely Hillsong,” Winegarden said. “I really liked how they can express their hearts. They really got to bring people into worship. They got to show what worship is really about and how it’s just between you and God. You can enter in to that worship and just let God reign down on you.”

Winter Jam continues to encourage and bring an empowering atmosphere wherever they go. This concert is an amazing opportunity to worship as a community. Please check the Winter Jam 2015 website for upcoming concerts or follow them on Twitter: @winterjamtour and/or on Winter Jam Facebook page.

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By |2014-11-19T00:00:00+00:00November 19th, 2014|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

95th Annual Veterans Day Parade (VIDEO)

VeteransDayParade1Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

The Fresno Veterans Day Parade is known to be the largest parade west of the Mississippi river, and this year’s 95th annual presentation did not disappoint.

The Fresno Veterans Day Parade is known to be the largest parade west of the Mississippi river, and this year’s 95th annual presentation did not disappoint. Over 200 entrees and 10,000 participants snaked throughout Downtown Fresno with over 20,000 spectators, honoring those who served our country, Nov. 11.

This year’s special honorees were those veterans who served in the Coast Guard and Korean War, along with WWI, WWII and Vietnam. Many different organizations paraded with the veterans as well as countless schools throughout Fresno county.

The 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade began with opening ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. in front of City Hall with many bystanders. The ceremonies included the 21-gun salute, singing the National Anthem and releasing of white doves. With help from The Fresno area Coast Guard auxiliary, Flotilla 10-5, Coast Guard Capt. Edward A. Westfall, a commanding officer based in San Diego, was this year’s Grand Marshall. Shortly following opening ceremonies, Fresno State Marching Band opened the parade.

For more media, watch the Nov. 15 video, National Kindness Day, Nov. 13, 2014 (VIDEO).

By |2014-11-17T00:00:00+00:00November 17th, 2014|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Broadway Studios displays local cultures, backgrounds

unnamed-1Ryan King | The Feather Online Archive

The first and third Thursday of every month, ArtHop, a free event, held by the Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is presented to the community.

The first and third Thursday of every month, ArtHop, a free event, held by the Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is presented to the community.

Since 1979, a non-profit organization founded by the FAC allows local artists in Fresno to present their works and get connected with the community. Over 50 studios, galleries and museums participated in ArtHop makes this a unique and special event in Fresno.

Local artist Mimi Mott-Smith has participated in ArtHop for fifteen years, her latest exhibit Views of Fresno was presented in Broadway Studios.

“I have had a studio for ten years and I show here every month,” Mott-Smith said. “I think that people need to understand the importance of art and that we should have art and music training in schools. These are basic human activities. It is something that humans do that make us human. The fact that we make things that’s what artists are all about.”

Views of Fresno is a series of minimalist painting. Mott-Smith uses simple lines and basic color to represent her hometown. This series includes houses, schools and children playing in the yard.

“These particular paintings are different from my previous style. I wanted them to be sort of minimalist,” Mott-Smith said. “I want the focus to be on the color and the shapes because they are all about Fresno. In Fresno we have really good light. I think the flat shapes and the really precise line makes me think about good things that I love about Fresno.”

Living in L.A., artist Michelle McCreary joined this distinctive event with her friend April Alkema and experience this special culture of Fresno.

“My friend April decided to do a pop art show in this place and she wants me to be a part of it,” McCreary said. “I think it is a really neat thing to see people engaging with culture and being able to be inspire and sharing common space from all ages.”

McCreary has been doing art throughout her adult life. She finds her interest in collage and fascinated with given new life to the old objects.

“I think I do collage most of the time,” McCreary said. “I feel very inspiring to take things that had a life in some way and to re-imagine them into something else. Things like common torn out a piece of paper and make them beautiful.”

Photographer Jesse Merrell, starts his journey of ArtHop this year in May. He has been participated ArtHop ever since in the Broadway Studios.

“The ArtHop has already been established in the Broadway studio, so once I got into this space it was already set up for the event,” Merrell said. “Artist should get involved with it because it is a promotion of their work, it brings solidarity between artists and different mediums. Our work brings us back into reality and brings us back to our humanity.”

Starting not in photography, but three dimensional art, Merrell, exploring in several medium, finds photography most favorable at the moment.

“Actually my first degree was in three dimensional art so I did metal, sculpture, jewelry work,” Merrell said. “My work and my schooling in the past has always been very technical and very structure. Working in different ingredients of art has been a way for me to express a creative site to be more creative and to be able to explore more about myself.”

The upcoming ArtHop will be held from 5-8 p.m., Nov. 20, in Metropolitan & Outlying Areas. For more information check out ArtHop schedule.

For more details, check out interview of Mott-Smith on FresnoBeehive.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

For more features, read the Nov. 12 article, Fresno salutes Coast Guard, veterans.

By |2014-11-14T00:00:00+00:00November 14th, 2014|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freshmen earn Clovis Art Guild honors

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Freshman Sally Rudolfs “Girl with Freckles,” is displayed at the Clovis Art Guild Fall Show in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis, Oct. 20-26

Art teacher Sharon Scharf entered campus artwork in the high school section of the Clovis Art Guild Fall Show in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis, Oct. 20-26 to represent Fresno Christian.

“I’m a firm believer in getting our name out there,” Scharf said. “It’s only been in the last three years that the Clovis Art Guild has opened the high school division up to schools other than Clovis schools. We want them to know that we appreciate it.

“The members of the Art Guild always remark at how professional and talented out students are,” Scharf continued. “They appreciate the young up-and-coming artists.”

Freshman Cayla Rivas was awarded third place with her watercolor, “Heartbreak.” She also earned an honorable mention for a pen/ink drawing, “Speak from your heart.”

Scharf said each semester she picks student artwork she feels reflects a quality effort and technique. Each of the student work this year is no exception.

“I saw a couple of pictures on the Internet and thought they would be a cool drawing,” Rivas said. “I saw pictures of an old speaker and a human heart from a couple of websites that I thought were kinda cool. An artist from my church did something similar with a heart and flowers intertwined so I thought I would try it.”

“I really didn’t think about going to see the pieces at the Clovis show,” Rivas continued. “It actually slipped my mind. My mom said she was proud of me so I guess that’s pretty good.”

Rivas went on to say that she got the idea for her Heartbreak watercolor on the Internet as well. I thought the girl would be pretty to paint. I’m glad it turned out.”

Freshman Sally Rudolfs also earned an honorable mention with her prismacolor, “Girl with Freckles.”

“I was looking through a social media site,” Rudolfs said, “and I saw a girl whose face stood out to me so I thought it would be really cool as an art piece. I changed some of the facial features to make it my own and altered the structure a little. I think I could have made it better so I’m a little surprised I got honorable mention.”

She has no plans to hang the drawing and actually thinks she will just stick it in a drawer for now.

The Clovis Art Guild invites art students who have entered the show were also encouraged to join the judges and artists at their meetings – where there is always a demonstration. Sydney Belmont and Michael Fu also had entries in the show.

“I enjoy talking to the art teachers from the other schools, getting idea to bring back to our school,” Scharf said. “I wish more of our students would take advantage of the Art Guild shows.

Be sure to check out freshman Cayla Rivas’ watercolor, “Heartbreak.”

The next Clovis art show will be in conjunction with the Clovis Rodeo in April. Please check out the 2014 Old West Rodeo Art Show. FC’s own Michael Fu was one of the winner’s last semester.

For more photos, visit The Feather’s photo section or check out Twin Day is underway or King dance tomorrow.

By |2014-10-28T00:00:00+00:00October 28th, 2014|Community Events, FC Arts, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clovis Art Guild rewards Eagle entries

ART CarlaRivas2Ryan King | The Feather Online Archive

Art teacher Sharon Scharf entered campus artwork in the high school section of the Clovis Art Guild Fall Show in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis, Oct. 20-26 to represent Fresno Christian.

Art teacher Sharon Scharf entered campus artwork in the high school section of the Clovis Art Guild Fall Show in the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis, Oct. 20-26 to represent Fresno Christian.

“I’m a firm believer in getting our name out there,” Scharf said. “It’s only been in the last three years that the Clovis Art Guild has opened the high school division up to schools other than Clovis schools. We want them to know that we appreciate it.

“The members of the Art Guild always remark at how professional and talented out students are,” Scharf continued. “They appreciate the young up-and-coming artists.”

Freshman Cayla Rivas was awarded third place with her watercolor, “Heartbreak” (pictured). She also earned an honorable mention for a pen/ink drawing called “Speak from your heart.”

Scharf said each semester she picks student artwork she feels reflects a quality effort and technique. Each of the student work this year is no exception.

“I saw a couple of pictures on the Internet and thought they would be a cool drawing,” Rivas said. “I saw pictures of an old speaker and a human heart from a couple of websites that I thought were kinda cool. An artist from my church did something similar with a heart and flowers intertwined so I thought I would try it.”

“I really didn’t think about going to see the pieces at the Clovis show,” Rivas continued. “It actually slipped my mind. My mom said she was proud of me so I guess that’s pretty good.”

Rivas went on to say that she got the idea for her Heartbreak watercolor on the Internet as well. I thought the girl would be pretty to paint. I’m glad it turned out.”

Freshman Sally Rudolfs also earned an honorable mention with her prismacolor, “Girl with Freckles.”

“I was looking through a social media site,” Rudolfs said, “and I saw a girl whose face stood out to me so I thought it would be really cool as an art piece. I changed some of the facial features to make it my own and altered the structure a little. I think I could have made it better so I’m a little surprised I got honorable mention.”

She has no plans to hang the drawing and actually thinks she will just stick it in a drawer for now.

The Clovis Art Guild invites art students who have entered the show were also encouraged to join the judges and artists at their meetings – where there is always a demonstration. Sydney Belmont and Michael Fu also had entries in the show.

“I enjoy talking to the art teachers from the other schools, getting idea to bring back to our school,” Scharf said. “I wish more of our students would take advantage of the Art Guild shows.

Readers might also check out freshman Sally Rudolfs “Girl with Freckles” in Freshmen earn Clovis Art Guild honors.

The next Clovis art show will be in conjunction with the Clovis Rodeo in April. Please check out the 2014 Old West Rodeo Art Show. FC’s own Michael Fu was one of the winner’s last semester.

For more photos, visit The Feather’s photo section or check out Twin Day is underway or King dance tomorrow.

By |2014-10-27T00:00:00+00:00October 27th, 2014|Community Events, Uncategorized|0 Comments

85th Caruthers Fair leads to unity, participation (VIDEO)

For the last 85 years, the citizens of Caruthers have come together in order to celebrate their community's unity and achievement.Emily Ladd

For the last 85 years, the citizens of Caruthers have come together in order to celebrate their community’s unity and achievement.

Small town fair continues in traditions

For the last 85 years, the citizens of Caruthers have come together in order to celebrate their community’s unity and achievement. From Sept. 24-27 several hundred people from Caruthers as well as outlying communities convened on Tahoe Street for their annual county fair.

Toby Alvares, Director of first aid, security and safety for the Caruthers Fair was raised in the town and has been a part of the fair board for the last 38 years. He says that the event provides a social outlet for Caruthers residents and connects those who once lived there.

“You see people who you haven?t seen in years,” Alvares said. “It?s like coming home for a lot of people. They come to the Caruthers Fair to rekindle relationships that they haven?t had for years and years. There are people here who haven?t seen each other in thirty or forty years and come here to get reacquainted with their friends.”

During these four days, spectators were able to partake in various rides, contests and games. More than 2 dozen independent and church sponsored food booths were available for public enjoyment, boasting an abundance of diverse menus.

Agriculture and live stock from the Future Farmers of America (FFA) was also presented and judged in addition to the valley?s arts and crafts.

Vanessa Subuin, ’16, attends the fair annually with her family. This year she enjoyed the animals and fair rides most.

“I liked to poke the animals,” Shubin said while laughing. “I liked the food too, they have really good corndogs. I also liked the fair rides. My nieces and I went on the Farris Wheel. It?s a family tradition to go every year and I am excited to go back next year.”

On Sept. 27 the fair unleashed its grand finale. FC’s music department has been involved in the Caruthers Parade for several years. This year Color Guard and the Percussion Ensemble marched the streets alongside bands from across the valley and lines of colorful floats.

FC’s new Instrumental Director, Lesley Bannister says that the Caruthers parade was an opportunity for her students to further develop their skills.

“I think it was a great learning experience for the students,” Bannister said. “This was the first parade and marching experience for several of our students. It also gave us some time outside of class to get to know each other better, and to just let loose and have a little fun.”

According to three year color guard member, Rory Culton, ’17, the group performed better than in previous years and conquered their initial fears.

“It was a pretty fun experience,” Culton said. “This year we did way better than last year so it made everyone feel really happy. My favorite part was walking through the competition zone, because we were pretty nervous and we had to overcome that fear.”
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After completing the 40 minute march, color guard and percussion ensemble were allotted time to enjoy the fair’s numerous attractions. They then attended the band award ceremony where FC received a plaque of participation.

Although band and color guard members continue to struggle with rhythm and unity, Bannister believes that the Caruthers parade was a major milestone in their learning experience. She says that the skill growth in these individuals was visually evident at the event.

“My favorite part was seeing how far the students have come,” Bannister said. “Watching them progress over the last seven weeks has been so exciting. Their movements are getting better, and they’re really working on keeping the beat steady, moving together as one.”

For information on the 84th Caruthers fair, be sure to check out Caruthers Fair presents small-town attractions.

For more features, read the Sept. 23 article, Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message.

Follow The Feather via Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlilne. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @skylerklee.

By |2014-09-30T00:00:00+00:00September 30th, 2014|Community Events, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eldery Fresno resident uses talents to benefit community (VIDEO)

For the last two and a half years, Charles Owens and his wife Patricia have come to play Farmers Market nearly every Friday, with violin in hand.Emily Ladd

For the last two and a half years, Charles Owens and his wife Patricia have come to play Farmers Market nearly every Friday, with violin in hand.

Clovis Fiddler Charles Owen’s shares story

Amongst the carefree chatter and the distant rumble of cars a lone violin can be heard. The instrument’s melody escapes into the warm summer air and a few bystanders stop to listen.

A black violin case with a bright red interior sits open inches away from the violin?s owner, a few abstract dollars scattered about inside.

The eldery gentlemen smiles warmly as a little girl drops a shiny quarter into the case.

Most often its in Old Town Clovis. Charles plays traditional hymns and manages to generate a considerable profit in donations by the nights end. The Owens then donate this sum to areas of need within both the San Joaquin Valley and Charles home state, Oklahoma.

Charles says that the charity or need that they choose to fulfill each week depends upon God?s lead.

“Generally speaking the Lord will tell us by Monday who we are to send it to,” Owens said. “We send it to the Salvation Army. We send it to the Fresno Rescue mission. We send it to Valley Children’s Hospital. Sometimes we just give it to people on the street who seem to have an immediate need. We don’t know until after we leave here where the Lord wants us to send it.”

Owens was originally born on a farm in Oklahoma. At the age of 8 he learned to play the violin and has continued to practice throughout the last 82 years. After graduation from high school Owens spent some time working on his family?s farm.

During WWII Owens abandoned his farm work for a uniform. He served for three years under the US navy. At the end of those years Owens returned to the states and decided to settle in the Fresno area, where he met his wife. After WWII he learned the art of plastering and assisted several churches in the creation of their facilities.

Owens says that despite, being raised in the church, he officially became a Christian in 1946 after attending a meeting at Blackstone and Clinton 67 years ago.

“I officially accepted Jesus in 1948,” Owens said. “When I first came to Fresno a man held a tent meeting off of Blackstone and Herndon. One night I went down there and gave my heart and dedicated my life to God”

Currently Owens is 90 years old and has been a member of People’s Church for the last 40 years. His wife was a charter member of the early church.

For the last 46 years up to present day, Owens has worked as an insurance agent. He also plays his violin occasionally for the People’s Church Sunday school.

Owens says that the couple first became interested in Farmers Market because they noticed a lack of Christian influence at the event.
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“We decided with all these people that we would like to play before them and bring the story of Jesus to them,” Owens said. “The place has been very courteous with us and very helpful. They allowed us to come and play. God has been blessing us and those in the Fresno area. We love to do this”.

The Owens continue to come to the Farmers market every Friday. This is often made difficult due to Fresno?s summer temperatures. However, Owens says that his ability to persevere through the heat comes from the Lord.

“The good Lord has endowed me with the ability to take the heat,” Owens said. “I can stand it however hot it gets. There are so many wonderful people who will come by and give. It?s a pleasure and a joy to give to those who have needs.”

The Owens family bestows all honor and profit to God.
Charles says that the Lord values service regardless of the amount of talent one possesses.

“To God be the glory we just come out here,” Owens said. “I know I am not a great fiddler but here?s the thing about it, when I fiddle the tunes are great, the songs are great, because Jesus came into my heart. You don?t have to be great. God will take what you have and use it to the purpose he has intended.”

For more features, read the Sept. 23 article, Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message.

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Caruthers Fair celebrates 85th anniversary, Sept 24-27

The small community of Caruthers rallies together to throw their annual fair, Sept. 24-27. This rich traditional center has been in commission since 1923 and was the first fair implemented by a small community within the San Joaquin valley. Emily Ladd

The small community of Caruthers rallies together to throw their annual fair, Sept. 24-27. This rich traditional center has been in commission since 1923 and was the first fair implemented by a small community within the San Joaquin valley.

Traditional country fair unites community

A diverse and disorderly array of people mill about the fairgrounds, some talking, others sampling an assortment of country styled deep fried delights. A few appear rather ill after riding the Zipper or the Graviton.

Livestock bray in the distance over the sound of live country music and a variety of vegetables are displayed for judging. The Caruthers Fair has arrived once again.

The small community of Caruthers rallies together to throw their annual fair, Sept. 24-27. This rich traditional center has been in commission since 1923 and was the first fair implemented by a small community within the San Joaquin valley. The function was originally held on the Caruthers grammer school grounds. Later, the fair took residence at an old horse track in the area.

Due to a lack of funds, the Caruthers fair was originally quite small with very few attractions. It was a community effort to continue the event with only $165 in funds put aside for the second fair. In 1925 the Caruthers District Fair Association was formed in order to promote agricultural achievement.

The expanding fair was halted during WWII and served as an emergency labor camp. After the war?s end the Caruthers community felt the need to continue the tradition. However, unfavorable conditions and damaged facilities hindered the grand reopening for several years. In 1946, the Young Famers , a group of recently returned veterans, decided to restore the grounds. Under the leadership of John R. Adams the Young Farmers resestablished the Caruthers fair.

The event continues to flourish today and is considered the largest free gate fair in California. This year marks the events 85th anniversary. It is funded primarily by raffle tickets sold by Caruthers Queen Candidates. The young lady who accumulates the highest ticket sales is deemed Queen of the Caruthers fair. Raffle ticket winners receive various degrees of prizes the most valuable of which is a new car.

In addition to amusement rides and prizes, the fair also displays the arts, crafts, food and agricultural achievements of the outlying community. Future Farmers of America (FFA) students throughout Fresno County come to exhibit their livestock with the hope of a blue ribbon. Similar contests occur for floriculture, horticulture and the arts.

Morgan Miller,’16 attended the Caruthers fair about two years ago. She says that the combination of rides and the food made for a very memorable experience.

“I remember the food most,” Miller said. “There was so much and it was all really good. It seemed like all I did was eat. My favorite thing was the rides. They were a lot of fun.”

One citizen of the Caruthers community is chosen yearly for their contributions to society and given the honored position of Grand Marshall. This year Fred Helm , age 91 was chosen as the community?s representative.

Helm was born September 22, 1923 in Selma CA to Juanita and Fred. Soon after he and his parents moved to Fresno, and then to Caruthers where Helm attended the first grade. When in high school Helm lettered in varsity football for four consecutive years and won several track and field medals at the West Coast Relays. Upon his graduation in 1942 the town?s sport programs were temporarily cancelled in preparation for the war.
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From 1943-1946 Helm served in the navy. Upon his return the veteran continued to work at Caruthers? local market, Andersen?s, as a meat cutter. After several years he and a friend Sam Ulmer bought the store and renamed it F&S. Helm retired in 1987 after 58 years in the grocery business.

Currently Helm has four children, nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. As Grand Marshall Helm will partake in the Caruthers Parade. He will enter the scene in a vintage car accompanied by his four granddaughters.

Helm recalls the progress that the fair has undergone since his first visit in 1929. The Grand Marshall enjoys the company of old friends who continue to attend.

“When I first started going to the Caruthers fair my favorite thing was the Ferris wheel,” Helm said as he recalled a day at the fair more than 70 years ago. “When the fair started the only thing it really had was the marry-go-round and the Ferris wheel and not that much else. They used to have a booth that had tri-tip every year that was my favorite thing but they?re no longer there. Now my favorite thing is visiting with the older people who still go to the fair every year.”

The Caruthers fair will open daily Wed-Fri at 8 a.m. and close at 12 p.m. On Sat Sept. 27, due to the parade the fair will open at 10 a.m. and close at its usual time. For more information about specific dates visit the Caruthers Fair Calendar.

FC marching band and color guard will be participating in the Caruthers Fair Parade at 10 a.m., Sept. 27.

For more news, read Sept. 24 article, Student leadership: See You at the Pole, Sept. 24
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By |2014-09-23T00:00:00+00:00September 23rd, 2014|Community Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Annual ClovisFest inspires community

ClovisFest is currently one of the largest annual attractions of the area with over 230 craft and business booths, about 12 dozen food venders, live entertainment, a carnival and hot air balloons.Emily Ladd

ClovisFest is currently one of the largest annual attractions of the area with over 230 craft and business booths, about 12 dozen food venders, live entertainment, a carnival and hot air balloons.

ClovisFest celebrates 40th anniversary

In 1974 a small craft fair was held in a parking lot in Old Town Clovis. Throughout, the last forty years the roadside attraction has grown to encompass a total of eight blocks

. ClovisFest is currently one of the largest annual attractions of the area with over 230 craft and business booths, about 12 dozen food venders, live entertainment, a carnival and hot air balloons. This year Clovis Fest was held Sat.-Sun. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at its traditional location on Pollasky Ave, Sept. 20-21.

Long time ClovisFest attendee Ron Sundquist founded The Clovis Museum in 1987 and served as the foundations first director and curator for 16 years. He is currently a photographer for the Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Round up Newspaper. During ClovisFest, Sundquist often doubles as Sheriff Clomar, a legendary lawman from Clovis?s lesser known history.

Sundquist says that ClovisFest acts as a prelude to the fall season and is among the numerous events offered within the community

“The ClovisFest is the first introduction into the fall season,” Sundquist said with camera in hand. “It is one of the last big events of fall until the Christmas Parade in December. Other organizations have antique fairs in Clovis during the interim between what the chamber has. Clovis is an active community it has many activities for you.”

Various booths lined the streets, some with vibrant colored banners and advertisements. One of these booths was that of Arlene Cromer. Cookie Lee is a second year returning booth that advertises “fine fashionable jewelry at affordable prices”. Cromer says that she enjoys the large crowds of people and hopes to return in future years.

“My favorite thing about this year is that there are so many people and so many venders,” Cromer said. “Today we have been fairly successful. Hopefully, God willing, we will be able to return next year.”

In addition to crafts several charities adorned Polasky Avenue including Pink Heals, a foundation for Cancer awareness. A large pink fire truck signed by those effected was parked in front of the booth alongside a similarly decorated police car.

The Society of Cruelty Prevention(SPCA) also made an appearance. They offered pet adoption for a variety of dogs and cats. The Grey hound adoption center was present as well with a number of their dogs.

Spectator Mark (unidentified last name) lives in Springfield Missouri. When he visits relatives in the area he often attends ClovisFest. Mark says that he partakes in ClovisFest because of the unique products sold there.
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“I come just for all of the different things that they sell here that they don?t sell back from where I?m from,” Mark said. “I like the friendliness of the people and the open air feel about it.”

A number of street performers also contributed to the festivities drawing large crowds. Among them was a magician, a woman dressed as Disney’s Ariel and a women dressed as Disney’s Elsa who performed “Let it go” acapella.

Courtney Lowitz attended Clovis Fest with her booth Leah B Boutique this year. The 22 year old grew up in the Clovis area and recalls attending the event from a young age. She says that the best thing about the ClovisFest is the liveliness and unity it brings to the surrounding community.

“I like the diversity of the venders including the food and selling venders,” Lowitz said. “The balloons and the little train that comes around makes it?s a great experience. I think it just allows people to be free and take pride in community involvement.”

Aside from the variety of booths, attractions and food offered at ClovisFest, there is also a Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly. The balloonist arrive as early as 5:45 a.m. and are scheduled to fly from 6:15 a.m.-7:15 a.m.. The Fun Fly has 8-10 participants and occurs both Sat.-Sun., Sept. 20-21.

For more information on ClovisFest, Sept 22 article, Flying high, Clovisfest excites crowd (SLIDESHOW) or last years article ClovisFest hosts 39th annual event, flies hot air balloons.

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