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Photo by: Christianna Schiotis
The Flag of El salvador, Mexico and United States combined to represent my culture.

Children of immigrants know the feeling of being corrected for messing up a word in their parent’s native language.

The embarrassment of saying “troka” instead of “camioneta” or “parquear” instead of “estacionar.”

The idea is that our parents speak “correct and proper” Spanish while we speak more chill Spanish, with an English influence also known as Spanglish.

Spanglish acts like its own language. A version of Spanish that can be easier
to understand. It’s common here in Fresno, especially in the Mexican community.

This version of Spanish isn’t wrong, but it is looked down on as if it’s disrespectful or inappropriate. It’s the way most younger Spanish-speaking people talk.

I understand why my dad and people from his generation hold their language
so near and dear.

When my dad came here from El Salvador with his brothers in search
of a better life, Spanish was the only language they knew. They learned some
English in their country, but not enough to get by.

Being in a country and not knowing the language is hard enough, now imagine also being in that country and being worried about your legal status.

All that trauma my parents had to go through to be where they are and have a
family to depend on. Now imagine going through all of that just for your son to
butcher your language.

It makes sense why they don’t want their language to “go away” if we continue with a more Spanglish language.

But just like Spanish is their language, Spanglish is mine and for many other people.

That’s how we communicate. It may not be as proper as how my parents speak, but there is no reason why it has to be looked down on.

It’s nice when you can meet another student who can speak Spanish. You get to connect with them and the one thing we always bring up is where our parents are from.

We’re not thinking of how proper our Spanish is, we’re just happy someone can speak it as well.

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Fabio Saravia
Fabio Saravia, Sports Editor
Fabio Saravia is a 21-year-old journalism major at Fresno City College. Born in Fairfield, California, but raised in Vallejo, California. He now resides in Fresno, California and has been living there for about seven years and counting. He has hopes of one day becoming a lawyer in immigration. Look most students that attend Fresno City College, he comes from a family of immigrants. He knows the many hardships they face and hopes to one day be able to alleviate the pain. Fabio graduated from Central West High School as part of the class of 2019. When joining Fresno City College, he was able to join two clubs. The two clubs being PUENTE and the Law Pathways Club. He also was a part in creating the club IGNITE for a Fresno City College chapter, but the process was halted due to the pandemic. Fabio was able to work as a canvasser for nearly two years for the nonprofit organization called Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. At LCJA he was able to learn one-on-one communications skills as well as phone banking. He also had the opportunity to attack the problem of COVID-19 head on. For his work he was able to set up COVID-19 vaccine clinics and participate in them. He was also one of the main people to register people to get their vaccine in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare County. Fabio always had in interest in writing. His dream goal is to one day be a writer or actor/director along his friends who share the same passion.
Christianna Schiotis
Christianna Schiotis, News Editor
Christianna Schiotis is an 18-year-old who loves the color pink and dinosaurs; paired with that she has childish humor and enjoys a good joke. She graduated in 2023 from Sanger High School with plenty of merit and awards. She graduated with California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and a State Seal of Civic Engagement. She has made it clear that just because she is young, do not underestimate her. This is Schiotis’s second semester with the Rampage; this semester she is fulfilling the News Editor role. Schiotis was in journalism classes for two of her high school years. In her first year, she was the Photo Editor. Also in her first year, she was in charge of her school's Arts and Literary magazine, which got tenth in the nation at NSPA’s journalism conference. For her Senior year, she was her high school’s newspaper's Editor in Chief, where she led a group of 23 students. During her time, she made her mark and her story got third in the nation. She was ecstatic and will forever brag about it. She is also very thankful for the experience and the amazing staff she had. On top of that, she fell in love with photography. She entered many competitions and even opened her own small photography business. One of her pictures got first place in its division at the Fresno Fairs Junior Art Exhibit. She currently shoots with a Canon R6 and a 24-105mm lens. Schiotis also has her own pets who she spoils- her cat Mocha and puppy Azura. She loves to spend time with her best friend of eight years and her boyfriend of four years. She grew up in Fresno with her three siblings, all younger than her. She is going to do something in the journalism field, but doesn’t know what yet.  

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