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Hammy’s Smash Burgers opening 3rd location

I have no clue what is meant by a smash burger, and I’ve certainly never eaten or been to a place that uses such a name (at least that I’m aware of). I just happened to sight a building with a flyer on it that essential read, “Coming Soon, Hammy Smash Burgers.” My curiosity has led me to now know that Hammy’s Smash Burgers already has 2 locations in Fresno (W Shaw and Clovis), with the new location in East Shaw (Fresno State area). And what;s a smash burger? It is simply a beef patty that is made by smashing ground beef on a grill with a spatula, a technique that results in an exterior sear and juicy flavor on the inside.

Time to see for myself how it is, once it’s opened and a mere mile away from me via electric scooter.

Fresno Philharmonic: Boléro Blowout

“Why be a second-rate Ravel when you can be a first-rate Gershwin?” Thus said the great French composer when the great American song writer asked him for lessons. Gershwin’s jazzy tone poem about the City of Lights pairs wonderfully with Ravel’s Boléro, a provocation inspired by the rhythms of the fandango and the factory. Between these two popular pieces, we welcome back the incredible Joyce Yang to perform Samuel Barber’s titanic Piano Concerto. This cinematic and passionate work is a true American masterpiece.

Immediately recognizable and completely entrancing, An American in Paris is arguably one of the greatest works to arise from the 1920s. Gershwin’s epic symphonic poem evokes the unparalleled romance and energy of France’s iconic capital, and transports us to a time and place where the wonders of art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture abound. Boléro Blowout is on Sat, July 1, 7:30pm and Sun, July 2, 3pm at Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall.

Kingdoms of Asia

Transforming the heart of the Zoo, Kingdoms of Asia immerses guests in the culture and wildlife of Southeast Asia. Themed after Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the exciting Kingdoms of Asia project creates expansive new exhibits for Malayan tigers, Komodo dragons, sloth bears, Asian songbirds, and more.

Our local zoo is pretty awesome and hosts 39 species and boasts over 90 acres of grounds and exhibits. The African section is super legit, and I know firsthand if you visit, you won’t be sorry. Here are some photos I snagged from the official zoo exhibit page:

Fresno State: What I wish I knew

Having finished my 2nd semester at Fresno State University, I can certainly say I finally know my way around the campus and the California State University system. So here’s a piece of of advice to students that may plan to transfer to or start their first semester of college at Fresno State University (you really should go to a Community College first to save a lot of money to get certain, “simple” classes out of the way first!).

Do not overburden yourself with more than 4 classes or 12 units at all, and prepare yourself for big projects that some teachers may expect you to work on as soon as the semester starts. Virtually all classes will require projects, which are usually in the form as an essay, with strict rules depending on the teacher. A research paper may require primary sources, library sources (yes, physical paper, or scans of physical paper), and scientific journals/research articles ONLY, and might be restricted to a specific citation style (lest the teacher grants you a zero).

Projects like these can be very intimidating, and failure to turn one in will result in a failure of the class even if you have a passing grade or higher. As tough as that is, these assignments don’t have to be perfect. You merely have to demonstrate understanding and your own effort and try to meet the requirements (even halfway can be OK); at least early in your life at FSU. The projects themselves don’t destroy your grade if you do most of your assignments, but will destroy all your efforts in that class if you don’t even try.

Think of these projects as a way to prepare you for really serious thesising, which is generally a requirement for when you obtaining your Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate degree in something.

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