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Classrooms Forgot Their Umbrella on Rainy Day

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The affected areas of the flooding are mostly dry but remained quarantined as of Feb. 2, 2024.

The lower level of Fresno City College’s Math, Science, and Engineering Building was closed due to flooding on Jan. 22. Several rooms have been closed for six to eight weeks according to Vice President of Administrative Services Omar Gutierrez.

Lab room S-20 was the most flooded alongside three offices and a server room next to it. Another two classrooms and faculty offices were partially affected by the flood, according to Gutierrez.

Carol Curtis, a math instructor at FCC, said she was fortunate enough that this time her office wasn’t flooded. But one of her classrooms was closed due to flooding.

“It is not the first time we [fellow faculty members] have experienced flooding on the courtyard level of the science building,” Curtis said.

Curtis was originally placed in a classroom that was too small for her class.

Jessica Nijjar, a student in Curtis’s class and a Pre-Allied Health major, said by the next time their class met, they were relocated to a classroom bigger than they needed.

“Before in that small class everything just felt really tight and just like suffocating with not a lot of room to scoot in. Now you have your own little space,” said Nijjar.

Rainwater entered through a pipe and began leaking out into the lower courtyard. This follows a trend of flooding into the lower levels of the MSE building according to Gutierrez.

“We didn’t know that piping was going to be active, so did our contractor. We didn’t see that connection,” Gutierrez said.

Repairs and renovations regarding a damaged wall had already been underway when the rain arrived due to the previous problems with water leaking into rooms of the building.

Gutierrez states that the flood had been contained to a concentrated area before it could become worse.

An email sent out by President Robert Pimintel on the day of the flooding indicated that the affected faculty would work with the Dean of Math, Science and Engineering Shirley McManus to find new offices and classrooms to move in while repairs occurred.

“Thankfully, our division dean, Shirley McManus, was extremely diligent about finding classrooms for all of the classes that had to be relocated,” Curtis said.

Nijjar struggled to find the first classroom they were relocated to since it was back by the tennis courts. Then they moved again, and she attempted to locate her new class for the next eight weeks.

“At the beginning, I was kind of annoyed because we had to move classes several times,” Nijjar said.

Gutierrez concluded that he was generally satisfied with the response to the situation. He felt the staff had a timely response to drain the flooded areas while administrators successfully relocated faculty and their students.

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Matthew Echavez is a 19-year-old student majoring in the field of journalism. He has lived in Fresno all his life but has visited numerous countries like Japan and Russia. Journalism was not always his first career choice. For the longest time, Matthew juggled with various interests and beliefs. His lack of direction led nowhere concerning a solid idea of what he wanted to do as a career. From history to video games and sports, he developed all sorts of fads and enjoyments, but not truly anything he could see himself make a career in. It would slowly begin to change when he started involving himself in amateur writing. Matthew’s interest in expressing himself better and talking about topics that came to mind allowed him to realize his enjoyment of writing. He took an interest in researching and attempting to convey stories. Though relatively short, this stint nurtured a small audience that encouraged him to continue forward with his self-expression. Further interest in writing would mature with Matthew’s interests in hard conversations, politics, and social commentary. He wanted to be the one to ask questions and do something meaningful to him. Despite some initial reservations about journalism due to its implausibility as a career, he took the chance after some encouragement. In his spare time, Matthew loves to play games with friends. He also likes to listen to all types of music, especially from abroad and plays guitar. He hopes to experience journalism at The Rampage and learn more about the profession while growing as an individual.
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Devin Taing is the Multimedia Editor of the Rampage. He is 21-years-old and is majoring in mass communications journalism. He is born and raised in Fresno California his entire life and attended Sunnyside High. There he attended the "Video Production Academy" (VPA) program and took three years of video production. There he learned everything behind videography, editing, audio, and design. With this multimedia background, he was a perfect fit for the multimedia editor position in the Rampage. He has been a part of the Rampage for three semesters now and provided lots of help with the social media website as well as helping students with their cover photos. Other than being the multimedia editor, Devin loves to game on his downtime. He enjoys a variety of genres like combat, rhythm, strategies, and RPG. Some other interesting hobbies he enjoys is solving Rubik's cubes and photography. He started solving Rubik's cubes in middle school and ever since then he's been hooked. He can solve one in under a minute and enjoys other types of twisty puzzles as well. He didn't get into photography until he started college because he prioritized video as a profession instead. However, he feels like editing videos can take up to hours at a time and he eventually gets burnt out. Photography was a new and refreshing way for him to still apply his skills without spending hours on end in the editing process.

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