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Editor Tamar Karkazian Layout Barlow Der Mugrdechian Photographers Barlow Der Mugrdechian Erica Magarian Staff Writers Armen Arikian Evelyn Demirchian Andrew Esguerra Armen Melidonian Ruzan Orkusyan Advisor Barlow Der Mugrdechian barlowd@csufresno.edu

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Controversy Over “Friendship Statue” in City of Kars, Turkey

Turkish-Armenian Friendship State in Kars, Turkey.

Photo: ASP Archive

Armen Melidonian Staff Writer The City Council of Kars has decided that the Turkish-Armenian Friendship Statue in the Kars Province of Turkey, whose existence was subject to political debate, will be demolished. The statue is of a human figure divided in two, with each facing one another and one extending its arm to the other. Currently unfinished, it is 100-feet ...

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Benefactor Alice Peters Passes Away

Staff Report Longtime California State University, Fresno friend and benefactor Alice A. Peters passed away Monday, Jan. 24. She was 97. Mrs. Peters was the widow of business leader Leon S. Peters, who died in 1983. After Mr. Peters’ death, Mrs. Peters served for many years as board president of the Leon S. Peters Foundation, a charitable organization that has ...

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Hasmik Harutyunyan Leads Armenian Dance and Song Workshop

Students learning to Armenian dance at the workshop.

Photo: Erica Magarian

Armen Arikian Staff Writer Internationally recognized performer and teacher Hasmik Harutyunyan led an exciting Armenian Dance and Song Workshop for more than twenty-five students and community members on Saturday, March 5. She taught traditional Armenian folk songs such as Koon Yeghir Balas, Garun A, and Sona Yar, and also the steps to many traditional Armenian dances. Dances included the Gyovend, ...

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Armenian Students Organization Has Many Activities in Semester

ASO members demonstrated their school spirit by attending a Fresno State men's basketball game.

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Tamar Karkazian Editor Considering that Fresno State is three-quarters done with the 2010-2011 academic year, I feel that now is a good time to reflect upon ASO’s goals and accomplishments. The main goals for the Armenian Students Organization (ASO) for the 2010-2011 school year have been to 1) bring more young Armenians together 2) increase cultural awareness on the Fresno ...

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Walter Sepetjian Scholarship Fund Established with $25,000 Gift to ASP

Staff Report The late Walter Sepetjian of Fresno has bequeathed $25,000 to the Armenian Studies Program to establish a scholarship fund in his name. The income from the fund will benefit Fresno State students taking courses in Armenian Studies. Mr. Sepetjian passed away on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Walter Sepetjian was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts on November 2, 1933. He ...

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Armenian-American Literature Focus of Der Mugrdechian Lecture

Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Photo: Erica Magarian

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer Armenians in America, often find themselves torn between two cultures—the Armenian and the American. They often struggle to find a balance between the two. This struggle is so evident that one can find a reflection of this in Armenian-American literature, beginning with the first wave of Armenian-American authors. Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator of the Armenian ...

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Dr. La Porta Speaks on Genocide

Dr. Sergio La Porta speaking at Sonoma State University

Photo: ASP Archive

Staff Report On February 22, Dr. Sergio La Porta lectured at Sonoma State University (SSU) as part of the 28th Annual Holocaust Lecture Series organized by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide of SSU and the Alliance for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide. Dr. La Porta participated in the same series last year and ...

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12th Annual Armenian Film Festival Features Directors from France, Lebanon, and Armenia

ASO members with Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Photo: Erica Magarian

Evelyn Demirchian Staff Writer There was a buzz in the air and the anticipation mounted as more than 180 people filled the Industrial Technology Building auditorium for the 12th Annual Armenian Film Festival held on Friday, March 5. The Festival showcased a variety of short films submitted by Armenian filmmakers. The Armenian Film Festival is an exciting event held by ...

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