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            [post_content] => Relay For Life is taking place at the California State University, Stanislaus Rec Field beginning this Friday at 5 p.m. and will continue for 24 hours until 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The events and ceremonies at CSU Stanislaus will be part of the movement the honors cancer survivors, remembers loved ones and raises funds towards ending the fight against the disease.

Survivors will have the first opportunity to celebrate their victory over cancer by taking the first lap around the track, other participants can then follow.

By nightfall, the Luminaria Ceremony will take place illuminating the field with customized paper lanterns made as tributes to those affected by cancer. A Fight Back ceremony typically concludes the event, encouraging empowerment and commitment

Teams are created in support of individual causes, setting up tents around the track for rests throughout the night. Food and activities are provided, and between survivors, the remembered, and supporters, the hope is that memories are created.

CSU Stanislaus currently has eight teams made official on the Relay for Life page, with a total of 114 participants that have raised approximately $2,600 thus far.

The American Cancer Society ignited and maintained this Cancer awareness event for nearly 16 years after Dr. Gordy Kratt made laps around a track in Tacoma, Washington for 24 hours. Battling stomach cancer himself, Gordy’s walk alone in 1985 soon became a tradition supported by the millions of participants and lives represented by the movement.

Students and company can rally for the cause by creating or joining a team, donating or volunteering for the organization of the event.

For further details contact Taylor Howard at 209-764-0383 or taylor.howard@cancer.org.  To donate visit Relay for Life of California State University, Stanislaus at the Relay for Life Webpage.
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            [post_content] => On April 20, President Sheley released his response to California State University, Stanislaus’ Campus Ad Hoc Parking Task Force's report and recommendations. After reviewing the recommendations, as well as the oppositions from Associated Students Inc. (ASI), Sheley has come to a decision.

CSU Stanislaus experiences issues with parking, as the parking ratio nears the 1 space to 3.2 students that caused problems almost 10 years ago. While there is a sufficient amount of parking spaces made available to students, they may often have difficulties.

“Based on the Campus Ad Hoc Parking Task Force report, my consideration of issues raised by ASI, and other inquiries I have made, I am prepared to accept, at least in modified form, much of what has been recommended by the Task Force,” Sheley said in his memo.

Sheley has announced first that parking fees will not increase in 2015-2016. He has also stated that a General Parking Fee Schedule and General Plan will come about set to begin with the 2016-2017 semesters and run through 2023-2024.

“To address inflation while maintaining (including providing for eventual paving), operating, and providing security to parking lots, parking fees for non-­‐represented employees and students will be increased each year by 1 percent,” Sheley said. These will take place in the 2016-2017 year.

Many changes will begin to take place in 2016. Such changes will include an economy parking lot, reduced evening parking passes and general parking permits.
“An economy parking lot will be set aside for students,” Sheley said. “The lot will contain 400 parking spaces reserved for students with the appropriate parking permit […]”

Sheley also stated that reduced student fee permits will be available at one-half the cost of standard parking permits. This reduced permit would be valid for evening parking only between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

As far as general parking permits are concerned, students who purchased parking permits for the fall semester can use the same permit for the winter semester. The same will apply to the spring and summer semesters.

Sheley mentioned the increases in response to the possible creation of a parking structure on campus. The 1.5 percent increase discussion would come in the late fall.

“The University should continue, directly and in partnership with appropriate regional entities, to encourage the use of alternative transportation,” Sheley said. “Including the use of public transit and ride sharing, in travel to and from the University by members of the campus community.”
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            [post_content] => With four candidates throwing their name into the hat for the 2016 presidential race, the race for 2016 has begun. One democrat, Hillary Clinton, and three republicans, Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) has have made their candidacy official.

Each one of these candidates are going to have a different campaign strategy and their own set of strengths and weaknesses.

Hillary Clinton has been involved in American politics for over 20 years. She is a former first lady, senator of New York and former Secretary of State and is attempting to become the first woman President.

Clinton's campaign strategy is going to try make herself appear relatable to the middle class and low wage-earning Americans. She made her announcement by making a video and she has said she is going to travel and talk to middle class and low wage-earning Americans.

In the video Clinton posted, she showed everyday Americans living everyday lives and she said "it's your time".

Clinton is going to have one advantage over other candidates in the race, Americans know who she is. Voters tend to vote for candidates who are familiar versus unfamiliar to the public.

Although Clinton is a familiar candidate, this doesn't mean the public necessarily likes her. Her recent scandal involving her using her private server has made some people question whether she's trustworthy or not.

While she has a lot of experience, Clinton's track record as Secretary of State is not the best. Clinton is held responsible for the tragedy that is known as "Benghazi" and with foreign policy a major issue in elections, that might come back to haunt her.

The three Republicans officially in the race are all first term Senators.Voters can either view this as they are young fresh faces or the don't have enough experience to be President.

Ted Cruz is the Senator from Texas. Senator Cruz is known for his passion when it comes to policies he likes and doesn't like.

Senator Cruz is going to try to appeal the the most conservative Americans. He might be the most conservative candidate in the field and he going to attempt to have the conservative base carry him.

Cruz passionately believes in his beliefs and he is unapologetic about them. This could help him appeal to the conservative base in the primaries.

These same passionate conservative beliefs might be his downfall in the general election. He is going to have to appeal to more than conservatives and his unapologetic approach could turn voters away.

Senator Rand Paul, current Senator, former optometrist and son of former Congressman Ron Paul might be the biggest wildcard in the race.

Senator Paul is a libertarian, and he plans on obtaining the youth vote. He also going to campaign that both Democrats and Republicans have hurt America, and he is the only one that can fix it.

Senator Paul has his own political views and does not go along with what his political party believes. While this could be a strength in the general election, Republican primary voters might be turned off by his positions on foreign policy and the legalization of marijuana.

Voters may also get the sense that Senator Paul does not handle the media well. On more than one occasion, he criticized reporters when he didn't like how questions were being asked to him, even going as far as shushing a reporter.

Senator Marco Rubio will attempt to become the first Hispanic President.

Senator Rubio won as an underdog in the 2010 Florida senate race. He has risen to become a prominent face of the Republican party since then.

Senator Rubio campaign strategy will be that it is time for a new generation in the white house (he is 43). He says that times are different and we need a President that can adapt to the times.

Senator Rubio's biggest strength is his broad appeal. The Republican party has embraced him and he has the confidence and charisma to appeal to voters outside of his party.

While both Senator Paul and Senator Cruz are freshman senators their vision is pretty clear. Rubio has backtracked on issues like immigration, and voters may question what they are getting with him.
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            [post_content] => Nu Alpha Kappa’s Fraternity Inc. Delta chapter invites the community to attend their eighth annual NAKland carnival on April 26 at Turlock’s public Columbia Park from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and is held to serve underprivileged families.
 
With the assistance of Greek organizations, attendees are offered a day dedicated to serve their families with free educational activities for children, entertainment and food. Children are free to enjoy the jump houses and free haircuts provided by a local barber. 

Stanislaus County agencies will be present to communicate with parents regarding plans available to them. Gifts will be distributed to the raffle winners during the event. 

“Come join us this Sunday April 26 and contribute to another successful NAKland in the Stanislaus County,” Delta Chapter President Jose Diaz said. “NAK strives to serve the community. Don’t hesitate to attend the event dedicated to provide parents and children a memorable day.” 

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            [post_content] => Students from the Communication Studies Department Senior Capstone class held an Alumni Networking event on April 20 in the Event Center. The eight Communication Studies senior students who organized the event were Oscar Tavarez, Diego Grant, Sara Marie Rangel, Victoria Johnson, Chris Guerra, Stever Barroso, David Perez and Erika Navarro

This event included many guest speakers who helped students recognize the importance of being an alumni from California State University, Stanislaus and great ways to get started in the workforce.

Guest speakers were present at the event to help students gain the importance of networking, but many booths also gave information on different organizations. These booths included Warrior Rewind, KCSS and Toastmasters International.

“Students […] seldom give thought to networking while at University,” David Perez (senior, Communication Studies) said. “We do it usually after.”

As soon as students graduate college, the one thing they want is a good job. Applying to positions they really want is a great way to begin a search for a career.

“Apply to positions that you want,” Nicki Arno, a 2008 CSU Stanislaus alumni, said. “Apply to positions that you’re like ‘I know I’m going to excel at that and I’m going to be good at. I want to work for that company.’”

Most students go to college to earn a degree to begin a career in what they love. With this in mind, Arno’s gave advice to those who are graduating.

“A lot of people think ‘I just want a full-time job,’ ‘I’ve gotta start making money’ and it’s not about that,” Arno said. “It’s apply for what you want to do, rather than, you know, 10 positions in two years.”

Arno, a sales manager for Carmax, warns students that applying for position after position right out of college does not look good to a manager. Managers want their employees to be confident in themselves, especially in their work environment.

“Be confident. Be very, very confident,” Arno said. “When you are applying yourself and talking to people that you see and know you want to be a part of […] be confident.”

Networking is important for all CSU Stanislaus students. With this, it can help students go further in their future careers.

“How does it look when you don’t show that personality,” Arno said. “Show that humor, just being kind to one another. Managers like myself want to see that. We want to see how you act on an everyday basis.”
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            [post_content] => Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come and gone. Running for two weeks in April, it is the most anticipated festival for many college students hoping to relax before finals start to creep up. Better known as simply Coachella, it's a star-studded weekend that sends numerous celebrities packing to Indio, CA.

“With finals coming up soon and everybody trying to pick their grades up last minute, it was definitely a nice break and brief escape from reality,” Alfredo Montes (junior, Criminal Justice) said.

Many can say that this year’s lineup might not have been as strong as previous years since it seemed to cater more to the large electronic dance genre. The list included mainstream artists such as Drake, The Weeknd, Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso and a few others.

There were acts like the legendary AC/DC, Florence and the Machine, Gesaffelstein, Jack White and Kaskade-- who ended up having the most attendance in Coachella history for the two weekends he performed. The first weekend came with the big surprise as Drake brought out Madonna.

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How was weekend two going to top this? By having the Weeknd bring out Kanye West. As far as you could see, people were running towards the Coachella Stage, hoping to catch a glimpse of Yeezus. Coachella might be hyped up to be this expensive festival that only brings artists that are not about the music or fans anymore, but that is far from the truth.

It is also an art festival. Throughout the venue you see massive art sculptures placed in certain locations. This year they retired the famous spaceman and replaced it with a caterpillar the first day. The second day it would become a butterfly.

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They also focus on sustainability and making sure that everyone participates in recycling their plastic water bottles in the right bins. Coachella catered to everyone since it is an all-age festival, so they made sure the bins were family friendly.

One thing Coachella did triple was the amount of outlets for phone chargers. In their booklets for both camping and festival it said to BYOC (bring your own charger) for when you took breaks from watching the acts.

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Another integral part to enjoy the Coachella experience is to participate in the camping aspect. This allowed the festival-goers to participate in different activities whether it was music, supplies, sustainability, wellness or cleanliness. There were free services where the only requirement was to leave a tip. At the end of the night, there would be silent discos and a “turn-down” tent to continue the musical experience.

[caption id="attachment_5235" align="alignnone" width="3264"]To truly be part of the Coachella experience, one should camp at least once in their lifetime. To truly be part of the Coachella experience, one should camp at least once in their lifetime.[/caption]

“Being a local, I always put going to the festival off because its pretty much down the street from my house and I figured I could attend any year if I wanted to," Montes said. "But after going this past weekend I realized that I was wrong and that I should have gone a lot sooner. The music was amazing, the crowd was really laid back and polite for the most part and the people I was with were simply incredible."

If you wish to be part of this experience and pay for the early bird special-- which is normally around $375 a ticket-- then keep an eye out around mid-May.
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            [post_content] => The Ladies of Delta Phi Gamma are anticipating their annual Project Cinderella tonight on campus from 6-8 p.m. 

The event was created to help young high school female students experience a great Prom night. DPG allies with both Turlock and Denair High School, and allows high school students to rent a dress for prom night. 

Project Cinderella occurs annually during the spring semester. Students are invited to come and mingle with DPGs as they find a dress of their choice. DPGs provide the high school students with a variety of different styles and dresses, for the rental price of only ten dollars. 

This year, the high school attendees will receive a discount from hair and makeup stylists who will be present. Stay tuned for new additions to Project Cinderella for the upcoming year as DPG will continue to work with the community.

“Our goal is to have every girl's prom night to be memorable,” Project Cinderella Chair Consuelo Garcia said.  “We are going above and beyond to make this night special for them.” 

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            [post_content] => The Signal staff was concerned with a video posted on the Stanislaus Sophi Facebook page on March 23 in association with the sorority's Women's Symposium, which focuses on women empowerment. The video included fraternity members describing their "ideal woman." We found the video to be counterproductive to the message that the sorority's annual symposium has traditionally delivered quite successfully. Many members of the campus community shared our opinion. Watch our alternative video to find who we think ranks as an ideal person.

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            [post_content] => 

This is a letter written by the "Not Your Girls" columnists in response to a Letter to the Editor written by a concerned reader questioning the choice of the women to pose in lingerie.

Hello Carrie!

Thank you for the positive reinforcement on our article Not Your Girls. While reading your comments and concerns I couldn’t help but to agree.

As we went through the process of coming up with a photo idea and choosing just one, we were both struggling with what to do. We were both aware that peers, professors, family, and members of the surrounding community would view this image.

We both took into account the positive and negative comments we would receive with such a controversial topic. And this is exactly why we chose the photo with us both in our undergarments. We feel as though this society puts too much pressure on women to “cover up” but we view women and men both on the beach or at a pool with a revealing or modest bathing suit. We posed the question “What is the difference between us being in our bathing suits or us being in our bra and underwear?”

Our answer was simply nothing.

Whether we were in a bra and underwear or our two piece bathing suits, we would be showing the same amount of skin. We chose the undergarment photo to represent the fact that no matter what we wear, no matter how much we show OR how little we show, the human body, specifically the woman’s body, will be mocked, judged, devalued, sexualized, or praised.

We believe that the messages we have and are continuing to convey in our article will show our intelligence.

As women, we deserve to be taken seriously by what we bring to the table, not by what we wear. We should be treated like ladies, because we are ladies.

We should be respected because we are human beings. We, as intelligent, strong-willed young women, hope that this article is a stepping stone to realizing that barriers, such as how we dress or look, need to be taken down before they take us down.  If someone is focussed on how amazing we look in our skivvies and take what we have to say for granted, then they have missed the message in the article.

We are not defined by our outfits.

We are not defined by our weight.

We are not defined by the societal views that have brought so many women down.

We are defined by our own definitions of who we are.

I hope you continue to read our articles and enjoy the boundaries that we break!

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Not Your Girls

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Reading the issue dated 2/19/2015, I am impressed with the wide variety and professionalism of the articles.

I've worked on campus for 27 years, and the Signal has never looked better.  I do have a question about the article on Body Positivity.  Absolutely, I agree with everything written in the article and appreciate their honest and genuine thoughts.

However, I wonder if the women realize by posing only in their lingerie, understand that some men, and perhaps women, reading the article might get the wrong idea?

Especially since on the same page there is an article against sexual assault.  Their point could have been clearly made had they dressed in a modest bathing suit, workout clothing, or simply a t-shirt and shorts.

When they interact with faculty, staff and peers, will they be met with someone remembering what they look like in their lingerie, or taken seriously like the intelligent, striking women they are?

As women, if we want to be treated like a lady and be respected, we need to convey that with our dress, words and actions.  The young women have some great things to say, and I admire them for bringing to light and discussing these sensitive topics.

Carrie Dugovic

Database/PeopleSoft

Administrator, OIT

Read the columnists respond to the letter here.

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Senior day was a complete success for the Warrior tennis team as they showcased shut out wins over Notre Dame de Namur University with a 9-0 win to end their season. The day started with the No. 3 doubles and the No. 5 and No. 6 singles to take the match lead to 3-0.

The No. 2 doubles were also able to take a win starring Warrior seniors, Kaitlyn Ireland and Jessica Stokes as they beat Gabby Reyes and Alley Martinez 8-1. J'Ana Diamond and Analyssa Tallas snatched the No. 1 doubles match away from Olivia Laws and Lauren Newman ending in a shut out with the score of 8-0. As the heat was brought from the weather and our Warrior tennis team, the singles matches were continuing the winning streaks in all four spots.

Ebone Qualls' shut out wins over Reyes started off the matches with the scores both ending 6-0. A rare appearance from Malorie Nordahl also resulted in wins to continue the winning streak. She was able to rally through and win the matches 6-3 and 6-1 over Martinez.

Only four Notre Dame de Namur players were dressed out to play, giving Ebone Qualls and Sarah Cardenas an automatic win by default. This was also the case for the singles play for the Warrior seniors, Kaitlyn Ireland and Jessica Stokes. The Warriors were able to finish strong and dominant. They end their season 7-11 overall and three of the 11 losses came from Division I teams and the rest from nationally ranked teams.

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The Warriors improved in L.A. this weekend starting with the L.A. Twilights having all eyes on them, the Brian Clay Invitational with runners improving or picking up qualifying times and the Mt. SAC Relays produced a season best. The middle distance runners had plenty of highlights to start the weekend off. Friday, Aman Hundal and Kyrah Vaughn both competed to the best of their abilities during their 800-meter race. Vaughn improved her time from April 10 in Chico to 2:13.33 and after Friday it was 2:12.14. Hundal had a stunning performance improving her time by nearly two full seconds from the previous season. Chavariana Ryan also improved with a time of 56.80 with a second place finish.

Abraham Alvarado ran a 3:47.23 in the 1500-meter race beating the standard time of 3:52:04. If you remember, Alvarado came close to beating that time at the start of the season during the Aggie Open in Davis on March 13, with a time of 3:52.72. He has clearly surpassed it and is now looking forward to the next weekend to keep his improvements alive. The long jumper, Cierra Booz, also shattered her improvements moving to 17 feet, 2 1/2 inches. In the men's short distance, James Nelson improved his time to 11.03 in the 100-meter dash. His teammate, Anthony Riggins, was quick off the blocks as he was able to catch up to Nelson and jump in front to receive the time of 10.88.

In the 4x100-meter relay, the quick Riggins and Nelson were at it again alongside Alex Walker and Novaleen Thiara to finish the race at 42.45- a new season best. During the L.A. Twilight, the throwers were able to compete and come up with some great distances. None other than Gary Randolph was able to throw a distance of 58.30 meters taking third overall. For the women, Krystal Alnas and Lindsay McKee were also able to finish in the top ten with the hurling distances of 54.17m (Alnas) and 53.84m (McKee). The other throwing scores were unavailable to recover during the Mt. SAC Relays.

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            [post_content] => Turlock City Council announced further water restrictions for the City of Turlock.  

California's first ever water restriction came on April 1 when Governor Jerry Brown directed the State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) to cut water usage by 25 percent across the state, and on April 14, Mayor Gary Soiseth announced that the City of Turlock needs to reduce water usage by 10 percent more as Turlock is one of several communities mandated by the SWRCB to cut their usage by 35 percent. Modesto, Merced and Riverbank are just a few of the 100 towns that share the same reduction rate.

The new water conservation laws went into effect on April 14, including significant cuts in water use for landscapes: Residents that live in odd-numbered houses are allowed to water on Wednesdays and Sundays; even numbered houses can water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Previously, Turlock residents were allowed to water three times per week. 

Now, watering is also prohibited between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays. On the weekends, watering is only allowed from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Other restrictions include washing down or hosing of sidewalks, gutters and outside structures without permission of the Municipal Services Department. Slip-n-slides are also prohibited, and car washing is restricted to once per week.

Water conservation is vital to our community, and many are doing everything they can to help. Turlock resident Carrie Dugovic is using her water as efficiently as possible by saving her cold shower water in a bucket until it gets hot, then using it to water her garden.

“It takes four gallons - that’s 1,460 gallons per year, and if everyone in Turlock did this we would save over 100 million gallons per year,” Dugovic said. She has also reduced her watering to 30 minutes once a week.

For the City Water Schedule, visit cityofturlock.org. If you have any questions regarding the city’s Water Conservation program or if you observe water wasting, call 668-5590.

 
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            [post_content] => With the determination of the Library of the Future (LotF) Steering Committee, big plans are finally set in motion for California State University, Stanislaus’ campus library.

The LotF task force is holding an open forum on March 19 at noon in the South Dining Hall on campus.

Ron Rodriguez, Dean of Library Services, encourages all students to attend and voice their opinions about how the library should improve.

“What can be done better?” Rodriguez said. “What can we do in terms of what the students want?”

The committee wants to focus on re-imagining the library’s entire experience, as well as the shape of the layout of what goes where.

Rodriguez said he wants the library to be more than just a place for students to walk in, get things done and leave.
  
He (and the rest of the LotF unit) wants to provide for the future a place that people will genuinely enjoy.

To help give feedback on the library, students have taken surveys around campus and online over the past few months.

“I heard that they are going to put a cafe in the library that serves probably just coffee and sandwiches,” Danibel Pourbabaei (senior, Communication Studies) said. “There might be a Starbucks but I’m not sure.”

When addressed about this rumor, Rodriguez could not help but chortle a little bit because while the idea remains true, the specifics are premature.

“I’m sure the students would like a mini-Starbucks in the library tomorrow,” Rodriguez said and then chuckled. “We’re just not there yet.”

The construction details for the university’s library have yet to be determined; however, Rodriguez has already been envisioning.

“The ideal scenario would be to have funding similar to the Science Building, where the outside stays the same and the inside is completely redone.”

Make sure to attend the open forum in order to be involved in the process.
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Imagine a cold, delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two warm, cinnamon and sugar coated donuts, drizzled with a thick maple syrup.

Is your mouth watering yet? This is not a dream. It is called an ice cream donut sandwich, and yes, it is a real thing.

The miraculous creation is just one of the many fair foods offered at Mariah’s Fair Treats, a mobile food trailer owned and operated by Mariah Vitoria of Hilmar.

Vitoria, 22, has always known that she had a passion for cooking sweets. As a high school student, she spent her summers baking breads, pastries and cookies. Her creative mind experimented with new dessert ideas and soon her dreams of opening up her own restaurant blossomed.

While attending California State University, Stanislaus as a Business major, Vitoria realized that she was ready to start making treats professionally. She took time away from school to focus on her business.

After getting the thumbs up from her mom, she purchased a mini donut maker off Craigslist and got cooking.

“I thought, ‘I’m just gonna buy this, see what happens. I’m just gonna go for it,’” Vitoria said.

Originally called “Soooo Yummy Mini Donuts”, Vitoria started out selling her donuts underneath a little red tent.

She traveled to local farmers markets, festivals and events offering delectable mini donuts by the bucket. She soon realized that she would need to expand if she wanted her hobby to turn into a successful business.

Rather than take out a loan, Vitoria was able to fully fund her business through her self-proclaimed profession of “sweepstaker.”

Through online sweepstakes and contests, Vitoria has won $400,000 to $500,000 in various trips and prizes over the years, including five cars. She was even featured on the reality television show “Sweepstakers” in 2013.

“That’s how I was able to buy my trailer and start my business with, luckily, zero debt,” Vitoria said.

Today, that trailer is known as Mariah’s Fair Treats and offers food 365 days a year - traveling to private parties, corporate events, county fairs, festivals and farmers markets.

The menu includes staple fair food items such as corn dogs, French fries and funnel cakes.

Vitoria offers an array of deep fried snacks (including Oreos, Twinkies and Snickers), but also enjoys creating treats that set her truck apart from others at events.

Her ice cream donut sandwich was such a hit that Food Network’s show “Carnival Eats” featured it on an episode.

Of all the food vendors at the fair, Vitoria and two others were chosen to be filmed for the television show when Food Network came to the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair.

Hoping to recreate the success of the tasty ice cream treat, Vitoria went back to the drawing board and came up with another invention which is sure to take fair food where no one has gone before.

“Another thing I created is the funnel cake bacon cheeseburger,” Vitoria said. “People are hesitant to try it, but once they do they really like it.”

The funnel cake bacon cheeseburger is exactly what it sounds like: a bacon cheeseburger with funnel cakes instead of buns. To add to the explosion of flavor, Vitoria also drizzles maple syrup over the top of the burger.

She hopes that this new menu item can be as successful as the ice cream donut sandwich has been and plans to advertise it heavily on both Facebook and Instagram before the upcoming fair season.

At the 2015 Stanislaus County Fair, the Mariah’s Fair Treats trailer will also be accompanied by two Dippin’ Dots stands, courtesy of Vitoria’s business partner, Ron Whiting.

The food truck life is not an easy one. The inside of the trailer can reach extremely high temperatures during the summer months.

Despite the hardships, she makes each and every fair treat she sells with passion and truly enjoys serving fair-goers wherever she travels.

“The most rewarding part is seeing the smile on someone’s face when you hand them a funnel cake,” Vitoria said. “People get so incredibly excited. They’ve been waiting for that funnel cake all year long.”

In the future, Vitoria hopes that Mariah’s Fair Treats can attend even more fairs and establish a consistent, year-round schedule. Based off her success so far, that should not be difficult to accomplish.

If your stomach rumbled while reading this article, do not worry. You can catch Vitoria’s treats at numerous upcoming events: April 11 and 12 at the Manteca Street Fair; May 14 through 17 at the Chowchilla Madera Fair; and May 29 through 31 at the Patterson Apricot Festival. They will also be at all 10 days of the Stanislaus County Fair.

If you would like Mariah’s Fair Treats to cater your party or event, you can email Vitoria at fairtreats@yahoo.com or call  209-623-5622.

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Starting this summer, the Stockton Center of California State University, Stanislaus will offer evening classes for the Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSCP).

The center has not been able to offer these classes for the past five years.

CSU Stanislaus students persuing a career in teaching can now take classes at either the Turlock campus or Stockton Center – or both.

“I am really happy because I commute everyday to Turlock,” said Natalie Ungson (junior, Liberal Studies).

In an effort to increase the Stockton Center production level, CSU Stanislaus reached an agreement with Aspire Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton to allow the student teachers the opportunityto put their knowledge into practice.

The fields that have the most openings are Science and Math, though the Special Education sector is another area in need of teachers.

“There are a lot of jobs,” Elmano Costa, Professor of Teacher Education, said. “Better grapes make better wine. I believe we have really good students.”

The CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center is located at 612 E. Magnolia Street in Stockton.

For more information regarding the MSCP, email Dr. Anne Weisenberg, Multiple Subject Coordinator, at aweisenberg@csustan.edu or call 209-667-3474.

You can also stop by the Credential Services Office in Demergasso Bava Hall 303 on the Turlock campus.

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            [post_content] => Dr. Katherine McReynolds, associate professor at California State University, Sacramento, joined the Chemistry Research session at California State University, Stanislaus on April 17 to present her research.

“Exploring Glycodendrimers as Antiviral Agents” is research by Katherine McReynolds that gives background information on HIV. What she and her team of researchers are predominantly looking at is trying to develop new molecules that can inhibit HIV entry. So, stopping the virus before it gets into the cell- because if it enters the cell, the cell will die.

As of 2013, 35 million people are living with AIDS. Only a third of the people are getting treated for it. Tenofovir Gel reduces HIV by 39 percent- but that still is not enough.

Everything the researchers make is water soluble and it works to help block HIV and the attaching molecule. Sugars can help block HIV from entering the cell.

Dr. McReynolds and her graduate students at CSU Sacramento have come together to build various polysaccharides such as dendrimers, glycodendrimers and molecules to prevent HIV.

Dr. McReynolds has been studying this for years.

“I have worked on this research my entire time at CSU Sacramento," McReynolds said. "So, the whole 14 years. I originally started doing this research as a graduate student. By the time I became a professor, I continued studying it and kept coming up with different ways of going about it, so I actually have been doing this for 20 years.”

In conclusion, research shows that 4000 is the smallest molecules the researchers have been able to test; they have tested others but none are big enough to have successful binding with gp120. They are just now looking at change to improve results.

Lastly, chemistry students were able to gain insight on how to apply for their master degrees in biochemistry or chemistry at CSU Sacramento. To sum it up, you need to have your BA in chemistry or equivalent, a 2.5 GPA and have 2 letters of recommendation. The CSU Sacramento deadline for graduate students is May 1.
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            [post_content] => California State University, Stanislaus will be hosting an on-campus garden market, selling produce from its own garden.  The exact time and date have yet to be established, but Dr. Rebekah Shrader, Assistant Professor of Economics, says the event is intended to be held sometime in the first week of May.

"This produce sale is intended as a long-term development through the Agricultural Studies department," Dr. Shrader said. "The sale will be developed and headed by one or two agricultural classes a semester, and this semester my Agricultural Markets and Pricing courses is leading the logistics and planning phase."

This market project also aims to give agriculture students direct exposure to the world of produce marketing and selling fruits and vegetables they have helped grow themselves. The produce will come from CSU Stanislaus' very own sustainable garden with the possibility of including guest partners from Turlock or the surrounding areas.

"The goal of this semester is to lay a foundation for a market to provide our campus' very own supply of produce with any existing demand on campus or in the community," Shrader said. "The students will put to use their knowledge of agricultural markets and the pricing to provide future classes an understanding of precise characteristics of potential supply and demand regarding this market."

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            [post_content] => A 4 a.m. wakeup call sounds like the least appealing thing to anyone- unless you are farmer Mike Staack, who often sees the sunrise during harvest season.

Staack is an almond farmer out of Denair, Calif., who lives his everyday life doing something he never thought he would.

[caption width="300" id="attachment_4625" align="alignnone"]Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut  Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut[/caption]

Staack moved from Iowa to California after being in the Air Force. His original plan was to be an air traffic controller, but that all changed after he met his wife-to-be in 1986.

“I ended up going to work for [my wife’s dad]. I didn’t know anything about almonds…,” Staack said. “So I ended up going to work for him and I worked for him for 18 years and helped build his business. I was a student of the industry, of the almond industry, and bought some land myself with my wife.”

Now, Staack’s life revolves around his almond business. It involves early mornings and lots of hours. As the owner, his responsibilities extend far beyond simply monitoring what his crews are doing.

[caption width="300" id="attachment_4623" align="alignnone"]Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut   Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut[/caption]

“Most of the crews usually work 10 hour days, six days a week,” Staack said. “Me, as an owner, I work more than that. So we may have repairs to take care of and other things that force us into more hours…”

“Additionally we have a processing plant too, it’s Grizzly Nut,” Staack said. “So that starts earlier in the morning with marketing overseas with brokers. Sometimes I’m up at four o’clock in the morning talking to different countries, people who we’re selling to and marketing to…”

[caption width="300" id="attachment_4624" align="alignnone"]  Outside view of the Grizzly Nut plant. Mike Staack/Grizzly Nut[/caption]

Staack not only has Grizzly Nut, but he also sends his harvested almonds to the company "Madi K" based out of Los Angeles, Calif. The company sells chocolate covered almond clusters, in milk or dark chocolate, with caramel, among others.

“We raise the almonds, we harvest them, we process them and then we ship them to L.A.,” Staack said. “And then he [his partner in the nut business] takes them, roasts them and then he sells them all over the world. They’re even on airlines.”

For more information, you can visit Madi K’s website at madiks.com. You can also like Grizzly Nut’s Facebook page.

“A lot of people think that we go on vacation… we go when the time’s right to go. We put a lot of hours in.”
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