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Hye Sharzhoom Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

Marine Vardanyan Editor Hye Sharzhoom, the only university published Armenian student newspaper in the United States and the oldest in the world to be continuously published, is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014. The first edition of Hye Sharzhoom was published on April 18, 1979, as part of Armenian Martyr’s Week at Fresno State and marking the anniversary of the ...

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Armenian Students Organization Enjoying Active Semester

Emma Shaljyan Staff Writer The Armenian Student Organization (ASO) tries its best to stay in touch with the Fresno community and with the members of the organization itself. Thus, throughout the year many activities are organized to bring students at Fresno State together. As the Fall semester began, ASO worked immediately to organize activities such as the Annual Car Wash, ...

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Society for Armenian Studies Holds 39th Annual Meeting at MESA in New Orleans

Staff Report Armenian Studies Program faculty, Professors Barlow Der Mugrdechian and Sergio La Porta, traveled to New Orleans, October 10-13, to participate in the Middle East Studies Association’s (MESA) 47th Annual Meeting, as well as the Society for Armenian Studies (SAS) 39th Annual Meeting. The Society for Armenian Studies, the professional association that represents scholars and teachers in the field ...

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New Book-The Armenian Epic “David of Sassoun” Released

Suren Oganessian Staff Writer “David of Sassoun”is an Armenian Epic whose impact on Armenian culture has been great, from statues commemorating “David” both in Fresno and Yerevan, to commemorative coins and stamps, to an annual holiday in Armenia where the Epic is celebrated with recitations and music. On Thursday, November 21, 2013, the Armenian Studies Program announced the official launch ...

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Second International Armenian Studies Congress Organized by Academy of Sciences in Yerevan

The Second International Congress on Armenian Studies “Armenian Studies and the Challenges of Modern Times,” was held October 17-19, 2013 in Yerevan, Armenia. The Congress was sponsored and organized by the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, under the Presidency of Dr. Radik Martirosyan. The Congress coincided with the 70th anniversary celebration of the founding of the ...

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Staff Box

Editor Marine Vardanyan Layout Barlow Der Mugrdechian Photographers Vartush Mesropyan Barlow Der Mugrdechian Staff Writers Denise Altounian Andrew Esguerra Tatevik Hovhannisyan Tamar Melkonian Suren Oganessian Ruzan Orkusyan Emma Shaljyan Advisor Barlow Der Mugrdechian barlowd@csufresno.edu Armenian Studies Program Faculty: Barlow Der Mugrdechian, Coordinator, Armenian Studies Program and Director of the Center for Armenian Studies, ASO Advisor, Hye Sharzhoom Advisor (barlowd@csufresno.edu) Sergio ...

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“The Don Juans in Marseilles” Comedic Play at Fresno State

Marine Vardanyan Editor Fresno-Armenians enjoyed an afternoon of laughter on Sunday, April 7, when a comic play “The Don Juans in Marseilles,” sequel to the original “Don Juan Avia,” made its return to Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union. The Armenian Studies Program and the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School co-sponsored the event, with help from the Armenian Students Organization. Garbis ...

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Comedian Kev Orkian in Fresno

Andrew Esguerra Staff Writer Friends and patrons of the Charlie Keyan Armenian Community School assembled at the Paul Shaghoian Performing Arts Center located on the Clovis North Educational Center campus for an evening of side-splitting comedy this past September 7th. The Fresno audience was treated to a light mezza, a throwback performance to the fabulous ‘50s by none other than ...

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Students in Elementary Armenian Class Enjoy Learning the Language and Culture

Marine Vardanyan Editor A classroom of students reciting the Armenian alphabet may not be an image that is very surprising, but in Prof. Barlow Der Mugrdechian’s elementary Armenian course, Armenia 1A, it is definitely an impressive sight. What may also be a surprise are the number of non-Armenian students sitting side by side with Armenians and working together to learn ...

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Eench Ga Chga

Tatevik Hovhannisyan Staff Writer What is the importance of an independent Republic of Armenia? Danielle Tanielian Freshman Major: Biomedical Physics It is important that we can say we are an independent nation. Independent Armenia signifies a group of thriving and surviving Armenians who refuse to give in to anyone’s commands any longer. Personally, I am filled with pride knowing that ...

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