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Women’s volleyball preview

CSUN women's volleyball team poses for photo
Credit: CSUN women's volleyball team

The CSUN women’s volleyball team is set to bring new faces as they will have new players joining the team to represent the Matadors.

Head coach Jeff Stork expressed how excited the team is for the upcoming season.

“We’re undefeated right now, everybody is at this time,” Stork said.

Stork said this team has five freshmen coming in with great experience.

“We have Hayden [Warnock] who’s from Phoenix, she comes with [a lot] of success and is very coachable,” he said. “You got Kamalu [Makekau-Whittaker] who has performed in high levels.”

Stork said there is never enough time to be ready so he hopes the team can hit the ground running. Despite feeling like there’s never enough time for preparation, the team tries to be competitive during practice.

Sophomore libero Kristey Markle believes that competing against teammates during practice is great for them to develop chemistry.

Whenever the team scored a point, they celebrated amongst each other for a good job. During practice coach was applauding the team for doing the right things.

Freshman middle blocker Daniella Molinari believes that the team can do better than their 1-11 preseason record and she also said she looks forward to winning the conference.

Freshman setter Kamalu Makekau-Whittaker, a Hawaii native, said she’s thrilled to be competing at the college level.

“The level of competition here is one step up,” she said.

The season will begin with Pepperdine Asics Classic in which CSUN will face against Lipscomb University on Aug. 26 at 10 a.m.

CSUN Introduces Metro U-Pass

Students shown loading onto bus
Commuting students board the bus on Vincennes St. near CSUN campus. (Josue Aguilar/The Sundial)

Metro has partnered with CSUN to introduce Metro’s Universal College Student Transit Pass, also known as a U-Pass, this fall semester.

The U-Pass costs $95 for the fall semester and allows students unlimited rides on Metro buses and rail lines from the beginning of fall to the end of winter break.

Students who purchase a U-Pass receive a smart-chip enabled sticker for their student ID that turns it into a TAP card.

The new system is a welcomed change from the old application process, which was tedious and took six to eight weeks.

CSUN alumni, Lorenzo Mutia, said he wishes this process was available when he was enrolled.

“This is an improvement over what we had to do, which was get a paper application, get an original photo of ourselves on photo paper, get proof of enrollment, and then either send it in via mail or go in person to a Metro service center and pay $1, and there are no service centers in the San Fernando Valley,” Mutia said.

Although Metro offers a monthly student pass for $43, Mutia finds the process frustrating.

“I had to do this before October and March because the TAP cards would expire. The process was ridiculous and it pained me to see people shell out way more for passes because they didn’t know or didn’t have time to deal with this mess,” Mutia said.

Ken Premo, an Associated Students manager of support services, said the school used to offer a subsidy, but it didn’t help students as much.

“CSUN had subsidized students $15 a month when they purchased a monthly pass. It was some relief but it doesn’t relieve the process of applying,” Premo said. “We didn’t even sell passes for some of the breaks and just because the semester is over doesn’t mean students don’t need to take public transportation.”

Both Premo and CSUN’s transportation coordinator Astrid Logan said the new program is in response to the Valley Transportation Summit that was held on campus in March.

“We got complaints that the old system was just too much work,” Logan said. “So we wanted to do something that would make it easier for students.”

All undergraduate students enrolled in at least 8 units are eligible to purchase a U-Pass, as well as all graduate students enrolled in at least 6 units. Students can purchase them online through their portal or directly at the AS ticket office.

“Right now, online, you could purchase a U-Pass and then walk over to the ticket office and have it attached immediately, or you can simply walk to the ticket office and tell them you want to get a U-Pass and they can verify your information right then and give you the sticker,” Premo said. “We really wanted to expedite the process of getting these passes into students’ hands. Six weeks is ridiculous.”

Five other colleges in the Los Angeles area will be testing out their own U-Passes this fall.

Women’s soccer hopes to have winning season

Women's soccer team poses for a team photo
The 2016 women's soccer team poses for their team photo. Photo credit: Go Matadors

The CSUN women’s soccer is looking forward to the new season.

Last season the Matadors finished with an 11-8-1 record. They went 7-2 at home and 4-5-1 on the road. During Big West Conference play they posted a winning record of 3-1 at home, but struggled away finishing 1-2-1.

Head coach Keith West is excited for the season to get underway.

“Me and the girls are excited to get this season started,” West said.

During their practices before season commences, they take part in scrimmages against each other. The team has already had two games, a 1-0 victory over Portland State and a 1-1 tie against Oregon State.

Redshirt senior Kourtney Kutscher was impressed by what she saw during the win against Portland State.

“It was a great team effort, we were grinding hard during camp,” Kutscher said.

Senior defender Nicole Thompson gives credit to the coaching staff for having the team prepared for games.

“We owe it all to our coaches for giving it one hundred percent every time to get us better,” Thompson said.

The Matadors are without their full compliment of players however. Junior right striker Desiree Raygoza suffered an ACL tear which will keep her on the sidelines until she’s cleared to play. She is scheduled to have surgery on her knee soon and hopes to recover quick to come back.

Another member of the team who is out with an injury is freshman defender Karly Ironside. She is waiting to be cleared to play after a failed heart stress test. Although she is sidelined, she hopes to pick things up from her teammates just by being around them.

“Watching them [my teammates] and learning from them will help my game,” Ironside said.

The Matadors home opener will be Friday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. against North Dakota State.

“Kobe Day” Celebrated At Los Angeles City Hall

Kobe Bryant has taken over the Lakers offense, providing them the spark needed to reach the playoffs. Photo courtesy of MCT

The Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant was honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday with an official ”Kobe Day,” at an event held at the Los Angeles City Hall to celebrate the shooting guard’s illustrious career.

The event was put together by Councilman Jose Huizar in celebration of Bryant’s efforts on and off the court. It was also held to pay homage to Bryant’s two numbers he wore throughout his 20 year career with the Lakers, 8 and 24.

Many Lakers fans showed up to the event in order to show their support for Bryant.

“The event was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever gone [to], as a Laker fan and as a sports fan – it was like a dream come true,” Laker fan Sergio Salazar said. “I think it brings people together, sports in general its like music, it brings people together regardless of where you come from.”

Bryant spoke in front of a crowd of fans at the event and thanked them, along with the city, for their support. He was given a framed proclamation by Council President Herb Wesson and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Fans lingered around the area after Bryant left the scene and shared their favorite Bryant moments over the years.

“I’ve been a die-hard Laker fan my whole life,” Salazar said. “The first championship that he won with Shaquille O’Neal, that was the best Kobe moment for me, but also the last game that he played. I was outside Staples Center that day and I saw a lot of people and I haven’t seen that many people since they won the championship.”

Current and former CSUN students also weighed in on the basketball star’s day of celebration.

“It’s just crazy to me. I started watching basketball at age six, which is when Kobe was a rookie and I have watched his career from start to finish, and have experienced his highs and lows as a diehard fan as if they were mine,” Tigran Martiosyan, CSUN alumnus said. “And now I have to get used to watching the Lakers without him on the court.”

Some fans, however, are skeptical if they will ever see this kind of determination and passion from any of the Lakers who are currently on this year’s team.

“I just hope the young players on this team understand how important winning is to us as a franchise,” Darrel Boyle, a fan at the event said. “We have been a winning team and have a very proud tradition to carry on in terms of being successful. We celebrate the career of Kobe Bryant today to show gratitude to someone who put his heart and soul in this city and the Lakers organization. I hope the young guys will approach the game in the same way.”

Although Bryant is not longer on the team, fans
can still reminisce on the legacy of one of L.A.’s brightest stars on this day.

New wrestling coaches have high expectations

Two students battle at the CSUN wrestling club
Brian Iguaran (left) sizing up Guy Kedjejian (right) at the CSUN wrestling club. (James Fike/The Sundial)

The CSUN wrestling club will be adding Mike Murphy and Evan Hess to its coaching staff this fall, both coming from the University of Southern California (USC).

Hess attended USC and was the wrestling team captain from 2005-2007.

“I’m looking forward to working with these student athletes, and looking to compete at a high level,” he said.

Hess believes that having a lot of discipline and dedication to the sport is the key to a successful team.

“We set our standards high so that we can compete at a national level,” Hess said.

He added that they have plenty of student athletes who are trying to balance school and military affiliated activities so they can still wrestle and compete.

Coaching alongside Hess is Murphy who has been coaching wrestling for 16 years. He has coached youth clubs, summer wrestling schools and high school teams. He was also a state champion at the high school level.

“There have been many accomplishments. I’ve placed many times at the high school,” Murphy said. “Coach Hess called me and said that he needed me and wanted to bring me along to CSUN.”

Murphy has spent a lot of time watching the team work out this summer and so far, he said he likes what he sees

“The team has the potential to take two or three wrestlers to the national tournament,” Murphy said.



The previous version of the article has been changed. It previously read that Hess had stated “school athletes,” when he actually stated “student athletes.” There was also a quote that stated, “three golden national awards,” which should have been stated as “the team has the potential to take two or three wrestlers to the national tournament.” It states that Hess said “compete at a high level,” which should have been stated as ” compete at a national level.”


The Pride Center Offers Anonymous Online Chat

Pride center logo
The Pride Center's logo and values add a splash of color to the white wall it rests on. The rainbow motif became a symbol of the LGBT community in the late 1970s. Photo credit: Anthony Martinez

The Pride Center, located in the University Student Union, is offering a Peer Mentor Online Chat this semester for students who have questions regarding the LGBTQ community.

According to Sarina Loeb, the Pride Center coordinator, this program was created for CSUN students who want to anonymously chat with their peers and receive advice on topics such as coming out.

Loeb said it is important for students who are not comfortable speaking out to have a place to seek advice anonymously.

“A few years ago, we really wanted to be able to outreach the students who weren’t completely comfortable with walking into the space yet so we did some research on what other campuses were doing,” said Loeb.

UC Riverside also has a similar program to the Peer Mentor Online Chat, giving their students an outlet to anonymously contact and chat with their peers.

Loeb said UC Riverside’s program influenced the anonymous chat the Pride Center provides to CSUN students.

“A big part of the peer mentor program online chat is that some people are not comfortable to speak on the subject yet, so they want to provide as much for people who are not ready to come out so they can do so anonymously,” said Cheyenne Chavez, the public relations assistant for the Pride Center.

There are other resources outside of campus where people can get help or advice on the LGBTQ community. However, the online chat program offers other advantages for CSUN students.

“It’s different than the Trevor Project Hotline in that, the Trevor Project is more of a crisis intervention and this is more for students who are trying to connect with somebody or have a question,” said Loeb. “Another difference is that students who are logging in are going to be connecting with CSUN students who know the campus and know the resources in the San Fernando Valley as well as at CSUN.”

Students are encouraged to be themselves and feel comfortable with who they are and the online chat is a way for questioning students to get the help and advice they need anonymously, said Chavez.

“I think it will be beneficial for students because it provides an additional resource for students who might not ever feel comfortable walking into the center because they’re not out or not comfortable with their identity,” said Loeb.

Students can connect to the online chat through the CSUN website and create an anonymous account to start chatting with their peers. The program will be available every Monday beginning Aug. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Weekly Editors Picks: Selena Wax Figure Unveiling, “This Week Had Me Like,” Hero Jr.

Selena Quintanilla pictured singing
Selena Quintanilla performs during the Seventh Annual Tejano Music Awards on March 23, 1987 in San Antonio, Texas. Mac Cosmetics just announced plans for a Selena makeup line after an online campaign drummed up 37,000 signatures. (Philip Barr/San Antonio Express-News/Zuma Press/TNS)

Monday, 8/29

Karla Klarin: Subdividing the Landscape |Art/Campus

San Fernando Valley artist Karla Klarin’s work on the otherwise ordinary parts of the Los Angeles landscape will be on display at the Main Gallery at the Art and Design Center. The exhibit runs until Oct. 8 and focuses on Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley over the span of the 1980s to the present.


12 p.m.

Monday 8/29

King Trivia Night @ The Federal Bar | Entertainment

Looking to step back into the 1930’s? The Federal Bar is set in the time of prohibition, with stuffed leather chairs and resurfaced with industrial brick walls, giving it that speakeasy feel.


8:30 p.m.

5303 Lankershim Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tuesday 8/30

“Shakespeare at the Bowl” @ Hollywood Bowl | Music

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey (part of Classical Tuesdays) are performing at the Hollywood Bowl. The performance will include work from composers like Korngold, Schmitt, Berlioz, and Tchaikovsky.


8 p.m.

2301 N Highland Ave

Los Angeles, CA, CA 90068

Tuesday, 8/30

Selena Quintanilla Sculpture Unveiling @ Madame Tussauds Hollywood | Museum

A little over two decades since the posthumous release of Mexican-American singer Selena’s album “Dreaming of You,” the famous wax museum will unveil a sculpture in the Latin artist’s likeness. Only the first 300 passholders in line will be allowed into the event.

$30 online, $50 in person

10 a.m.

6933 Hollywood Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Wednesday, 8/31

“This Week Had Me Like” Live @ The Virgil | Comedy

Caroline Goldfarb’s pop-culture podcast brings together so-called experts and “plebes” to discuss the bizarre moments in celebrity happenings, with topics such as athleisure clothing lines and Eric Clapton’s chase after a large salmon in the recent episode titled “Orlando Bloom’s Windsock.”


8:30 p.m.

4519 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Wednesday 8/31

Hero Jr. (Band), performs @ Viper Room | Music

Hero Jr. is bringing its mix of hard-hitting Midwestern rock and 60s British invasion to the Viper Room. This bar was known for its cutting-edge music and celebrity scene

8:00 p.m.


8852 W Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Thursday, 9/1

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screening @ Oviatt Lawn”This | Campus

The Summer Movie Fest draws to an end with the latest entry from a galaxy far, far away. Set about 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” the film’s enemy presence, the First Order, seeks to bring down the New Republic. New and familiar faces band together to bring down the big bad of the film, KyloRen, with the series setting up for two more episodes.


7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 9/1

Mar Vista Art Walk – Music Edition, The Coffee Connection, Los Angeles

This art walk takes place between Inglewood Boulevard and Beethoven Street and offers live street painting, art installations, live music, and hip restaurants.


6:00 p.m.

Venice Blvd. at Centinela Av.

Friday, 9/2

Mission IMPROVable @ Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater | Comedy

With over 15 years under the show’s belt, the comedians of the Mission IMPROVable team bases each show off the audience’s ideas and runs with them on the fly. Essentially, the show is only as good as the concepts the audience throws out. Doors open at 9:45 and audience members must be 21 years old and over.


10 p.m.

1323-A 3rd Str. Promenade

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Friday, 9/2

Metro Art Presents: INGA @ Union Station | Art

INGA is an art and culture showcase at Union Station put on by Metro Art. While offering music, poetry, and creative expression, the showcase is also designed to engage the Los Angeles community and to activate the station.

4-6 p.m.


800 N Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA, CA 90021

Sports Calendar Aug. 29

The Women Matadors answered back after the Anteaters scored a goal. Photo Credit: Kelly Rosales/ Contributor/ File photo

September 2

  • Women’s volleyball vs. Hofstra (Las Vegas, 12 p.m.)
  • Women’s volleyball vs. Sacramento State (Las Vegas, 5 p.m.)
  • Men’s soccer vs. New Mexico (University of New Mexico, 6 p.m.)
  • Women’s soccer vs. Ball State (Matador Soccer Field, 7 p.m.)

September 3

  • Men’s cross country – USF invitational (University of San Francisco, 7:30 a.m.
  • Women’s cross country – USF invitational (University of San Francisco, 7:30 a.m.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

(Kiv Bui / The Sundial)

While it has not been 19 years after the last book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a direct follow-up to the previous book in J.K. Rowling’s series about a wizarding world and “The Boy Who Lived.”

The story focuses on Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, named after two of Harry’s professors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Albus’ worry of joining the disliked, villainous house of Slytherin starts a negative trajectory for his character. This tosses him into a turmoil that is endlessly linked with his famous father.

It must be noted in advance that “The Cursed Child” is presented in a script format, for the novel is based on the play of the same name recently released in London. Written by Jack Thorne, and story by Thorne, John Tiffany and original “Harry Potter” author and creator J.K. Rowling, the book serves a great deal of fan service.

In fact, the story has been described as being “canonized fan fiction.” While the story centers around the Potters, it relies heavily on events previously mentioned in the series. While in the right hands this can work, a la “Doctor Who,” it falls flat in “The Cursed Child.”

Additionally, all of the original characters behave and interact with one another as fans know them to. While this can be seen as following the set story, a fan of the series could conjure up similar dialogue and attitudes based on what has been read in the books and seen in the movies. It reaches a point to where it becomes pandering.

“The Cursed Child” also breaks from the tradition of spending a year at Hogwarts with Harry to cutting across a couple of years and focusing on dark magic not seen since Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents when he was an infant. Rather than following the Harry Potter formula it borrows a more repeatedly used plot device, time travel, to create alternate realities.

This may seem normal in recent “X-Men” or “Star Trek” films, yet it feels awkward in a “Harry Potter” story. As in, “Shrek Forever After” awkward. The third novel in the series, “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” includes a pivotal moment using time travel. This new book goes, as said in “Doctor Who,” wibbly wobbly with the “what ifs” and blatant disregard for the rules of time travel according to fiction.

Lastly, the book deals with a possible return of Voldemort through a similar plot twist recently seen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Without revealing it, this realization serves as a great shrinking of the wizarding world and rehashes something that can be seen as grossly cliché.

Rowling has been compared to filmmaker George Lucas, whose obsession with the “Star Wars universe” has been met with mixed reception by fans. Rowling’s efforts to bring forth a sequel story and a prequel, with the upcoming spinoff film “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them,” are warmly received.

Nevertheless, “The Cursed Child” acts as a hastily made tale about what is likely to be the last major event in the life of Harry Potter. It will not be a surprise if Warner Bros. asks Rowling to help develop it into a movie, but it will need to be touched up to live up to the awe and epic scale of the previous eight films, as this book did not for the previous seven.

CSUN men’s soccer play to a stalemate against San Diego State

CSUN soccer player hugs staff member
Sophomore forward Papi Diouf celebrates with a member of the CSUN staff after scoring the game-winning goal against UC Riverside. (File photo)

The CSUN men’s soccer team tied with visiting San Diego State Aztecs in a 0-0 draw on Sunday night.

The first half saw the Matadors attempt four shots, but none were on target. Their attempts came from first year forward Bar Shem Tov, sophomore midfielder Nicolas Grinde and freshman midfielder Edwin Quiroz.

The team’s defense played well, keeping the Aztecs with only two chances on goal in three attempts.

In the second half, the Matadors’ offense created eight goal opportunities with six shots almost finding the back of the net. Junior forward Papi Diouf had two chances, a shot wide left and a saved header.

Tov had three chances to score. A header which hit the crossbar and stayed out, a shot over the crossbar and a bicycle kick over the bar. Sophomore midfielder Andrew Rizeq saw his attempt blocked and Quiroz’s last second attempt went wide.

Senior goalkeeper Kevin Marquez was able to make a save on the Aztecs’ only shot in the half. Marquez credited the team’s improving defense in keeping the Aztec’s off the scoreboard.

“We are moving, the ball was moving a lot faster in the back. We are getting our men back, we are not getting caught too high anymore, we are actually moving the ball and it is getting more sharp,” Marquez said. “Overall just a great defensive team. We are starting to build from the ground up.”

In the first half of overtime, the Matadors had a chance to score but Quiroz sent a free kick wide right. The second half saw a few more chances created. Their attempts came from a header from senior defender Gabe Robinson and Grinde’s blocked shot.

Marquez was able to make a save on the Aztecs’ only scoring opportunity.

After the game, CSUN head coach Terry Davila was satisfied with the team’s improvements in their second match of the season.

“I thought we were getting a little more confidence in our midfield,” Davila said. “Our goal keeping was outstanding, and I’m happy with it.”

Senior defender and team captain Patrick Hickman was also impressed by the team’s adjustments.

“We got a young team so we had four days of practice before the first game and now we feel a lot more comfortable with each other,” Hickman said. “We are starting to buy into the concepts we are practicing and the new guys are giving us a lot more, and I think this was a lot better than last week.”

Tattoo Tuesday: Bringing a Long Distance Friendship Closer

Two women pictured with coordinates pictured tattooed on their shoulder blades
Amanda Ray (L) and Amy Sennewald (R) show off their matching best friends tattoos. Photo credit: Ariane Azar

Amanda Ray, a 19-year-old undecided CSUN freshman, has four small tattoos that all mean the world to her.

All of her tattoos are located on her left wrist, except one.

“My best friend Amy lives in Maryland and I live in San Bernardino,” Ray said. “We met on Twitter through bands and mutual friends and our friendship just blossomed from there.”

They were online friends for three years and finally met in person at an In-N-Out located near LAX.

“About two months ago I decided to fly out and meet up with her in Maryland, for the second year in a row,” Ray said. “After a few days of hanging out we decided to go for it and just get our best friend tattoo.”

They both agreed on getting the coordinates to the In-N-Out location tattooed on their left shoulder blades.

Although the feeling of having a needle poke them repeatedly for a rather long period of time isn’t the best feeling, Ray said it’s a rather calming feeling.

“I got my other three tattoos during some tough times in my life,” Ray said. “I got ‘just breathe’ the day I turned 18. It’s a great reminder for me. Dealing with anxiety isn’t an easy thing. It’s easy to look down at my wrist and know that ‘hey you can do it’.”

Along with this, Ray’s other tattoo is of a treble cleft because she said there is nothing else that can comfort her and music is always there to make her feel better.

Ray also has a tattoo inspired by the “Harry Potter” series.

“‘Harry Potter’ brings so much joy in my life, and I grew up with the films. I can easily put on one of the films and instantly be happy.”

Ray plans on getting more tattoos in the future, and although it started as a coincidence that everything is on her left side, she plans to continue the pattern she started.

Crime Blotter for August 15-21

Art piece shows the words

Monday, August 15

· An unknown alleged suspect stole a CSUN parking permit from an unlocked vehicle north of Oviatt Library.

· A vehicle’s tire was punctured in the F5 parking lot by an unknown alleged suspect.


Tuesday, August 16

· Unknown alleged suspect(s) ripped a toilet paper dispenser off the wall and carved graffiti on wall tiles of a bathroom in Redwood Hall just after midnight.


Wednesday, August 17

· An alleged suspect was apprehended for driving with a suspended license and expired registration near Nordhoff Street and Darby Avenue.

· An electronic cart was stolen from the F8 parking lot in the early afternoon. The cart was later found, the alleged suspect is unknown.


Thursday, August 18

· Two suspects were arrested on separate occasions for driving with suspended licenses and having outstanding bench warrants. One failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and the other had inoperable lighting equipment. Both were booked at the LAPD Van Nuys jail.

· An unknown suspect crashed into vehicle’s passenger side and failed to report the collision or leave any information.


Friday, August 19

· CSUN officers issued a citation to an alleged suspect for driving with a suspended license and failing to obey the “No Turn on Red” sign at the corner of Nordhoff Street and Zelzah Avenue.

Saturday, August 20

· A citation was issued to a suspect for driving without a license near White Oak Avenue and Nordhoff Street.