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Let Them Cook

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Students will see new public-use microwaves at Fresno City College campus this calendar year.

Omar Gutierrez, FCC’s Vice President of Administrative Services, said up to three microwaves could be placed in the cafeteria by fall 2024. Another is likely to be placed in either the Health Sciences, Welcome Center or new Science Building.

Over this summer, the cafeteria will be closed for HVAC and roofing renovations. Gutierrez said the microwaves would be part of the additions.

The only public microwave available to students now is in the Associated Student Government (ASG) office above the Ram Pantry. Arianna Carbajal, a sitting ASG senator, said it is still being determined if they will replace it or if there will be two microwaves in the room.

“We want to make it [microwaves] accessible for everyone and not just over by the Ram Pantry,” Carbajal said.

Ram Pantry was not considered a possible location since they do not have a permit from the city of Fresno to serve hot food.

Administrative Services purchased the microwaves, according to Carbajal. The responsibility falls to Gutierrez to authorize the installation.

Gutierrez said there are four microwaves currently sitting in a warehouse.

The purchases come after an ASG bill passed on Oct. 24, 2023. Alongside ordering microwaves, ASG allocated $600 to purchase utility carts and power strips.

The bill was created by former ASG Trustee Jack Howard, who said it was necessary to meet the demand. “We’d typically get lines out the door during rush hour. That’s only with people in the know about the microwaves,” Howard said.

Carbajal said finding the location and shipping caused a delay from the bill’s passing to installation on campus.

Gutierrez pointed to the responsibilities a new microwave would bring to the institution, such as replacement if they break or get vandalized.

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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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