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CSUN hockey remains unbeaten

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David Valencia (5) of LMU looks on as CSUN's Quentin Abaya (15) controls the zone with the puck late Friday night at the Iceoplex Arena in Simi Valley. Photo credit: Solomon Ladvienka

The CSUN hockey team remains undefeated after a win against Loyola Marymount University, defeating them 4-3 in overtime.

In a quick start to the game, Loyola Marymount came out strong putting two goals past sophomore Vincent Sepe leaving CSUN down 2-0 in the first period.

“We have to take advantage of our opportunities, and keep playing the game,” said CSUN Head Coach JP Gale. “There’s three periods of hockey, 60 minutes to the game, and we have to play our game and let it happen.”

LMU took the lead late in the game with a score of 3-2, CSUN senior forward Evan Wright came through and tied the game 3-3 in the third period.

“We have to win the battle and get pucks down low,” said senior forward Ellis Bourgoujian. “Coaches told us (during intermissions) to keep playing our game and we’ll eventually get our opportunities.”

Captain Alex Reints (22) of CSUN awaiting the faceoff against Matt Boente (19) of LMU late Friday night at the Ice-O-Plex Arena in Simi Valley. Photo credit: Solomon Ladvienka
Captain Alex Reints (22) of CSUN awaiting the faceoff against Matt Boente (19) of LMU late Friday night at the Ice-O-Plex Arena in Simi Valley. Photo credit: Solomon Ladvienka

As the game headed into overtime, CSUN had completed yet another comeback, which they have done so well in the previous five games to start this season.

“It’s good in a way to be known as the ‘Comeback Kids’ because it shows how resilient we are,” said senior captain Alex Reints. “We needed to start stronger in these games and show the other teams who we are early in the game, instead of later.”

The Matadors would eventually win the game in overtime, defeating LMU, 4-3 behind freshman defenseman John Laurin’s goal.

“We have a new team that is bonding together, but we would like to start quicker in the game, but winning is always nice,” said senior defenseman Evan Sharpshair.

The CSUN hockey team is off to a 5-0-0-1 (5 wins, 0 defeats, 0 overtime losses, 1 tie). Their next match is Oct. 21 against Grand Canyon University.

CSUN women’s soccer set new school record

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The Matadors celebrate Senior defender (number 24) Nicole Thomson's goal. The Matadors would go on to win 1-0. (Josue Aguilar/The Sundial)

The CSUN women’s soccer team faced the UC Riverside Highlanders at the Matador Soccer field on Thursday and came away with a 1-0 win.

The Matadors came into the game ranking second in the Big West Conference standings with an overall record of 7-3-5 compared to UCR who was last in the standings.

The team came in winning their last two games with victories over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

CSUN Head Coach Keith West’s strategy for the game was simple to execute as much as possible.

“From the beginning of the season, I knew we had something special with this group,” West said.

The first half started off with the Highlanders pushing the tempo in Matador territory making the Matadors focus on defense and protect their goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill.

Midfielder Kourtney Kutscher, who helped put a stop to the Highlanders offense, said that she felt the team could have done better on the final third and finishing off the game.

“We’ve got to go game by game, keep getting wins because the points tighten up at the end of the conference, we need three points,” Kutscher said.

The Matadors drew a corner kick in the first half, but could not find a scoring opportunity. In the 26th minute, the Matadors had a shot on goal, but a save by the Highlanders goalie Annie Bailey kept the game at 0-0.

Through offsides and fouls, the game remained scoreless. The Highlanders threatened with a free kick, but were unable to score.

The scoreless game ended in the second half when CSUN defender Nicole Thompson made a long cross to the left side with an assist by Sylvia Trinh and Ariana Tran. This was Thompson’s first goal of the season.

“This is something we have been working on, so glad it finally came through for me,” said Thompson.

After a yellow card was given to UCR, the Matadors had another scoring opportunity. Kutscher had a free kick, but the shot went high.

With a win, the Matadors set a new school record for having 12 shutouts in a season.

The Matadors next game will be at UC Irvine on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

In The Dome

Chicago Cub fans gather outside Wrigley Field
Chicago Cub fans gather outside Wrigley Field to celebrate the Cubs clinching game 4 of the NLDS series over the San Francisco Giants. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS) Photo credit: Tribune News Source/ Chicago Tribune

We have all heard of the jokes about the Chicago Cubs and how they have not won a World Series since 1908. It’s become such a big part of MLB lore that MLB 12 the Show commercial sold the game using their struggle.

All of this goes back to the Cubs’ curse, which dates back to 1945. In brief, the Cubs were in the World Series at Wrigley Field when they asked Billy Sianis to leave the stadium with his pet goat as the goat’s odor was bothering the fans around him.

The curse of the Billy Goat has been blamed for the many times the Cubs have failed to win a series or when something no one expects happens. Take a look at their postseason history and you can see that the Cubs have suffered many agonizing defeats.

We have seen the Cubs blow an eight and two run lead in the same series. The Cubs have seen players make simple errors like the ball rolling between their legs on what should have been an easy out. Then there is that one moment where the Cubs were about to win a championship series and a fan interference gave their opponent the win.

Yet against the Giants in Game 4 of their Division series, the Cubs made history. In that game the Cubs were looking to eliminate the Giants and move to the National League Championship Series, but were trailing in the top of the ninth inning, 5-2.

One might have expected the curse to rear its head and make the Cubs’ bats go quiet, but that night the curse took a break. The Cubs were able to make a rally that resulted in a 6-2 win for them, and they became the fourth team to rally from a three run deficit to win a game.

In that rally we saw that Joe Madden, the Cubs manager, has plenty of talent to turn the table in his favor. His moves in the ninth inning showed that many of his players are versatile and can play more than one position on the field. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is capable of playing left field and he is not the only player who can play multiple positions.

With this versatility and with a great coach like Joe Madden, the Cubs are in great position to reach and possibly win the World Series. With their performance against the Giants, the Cubs are the favorite to win the NLCS against the Nationals or Dodgers. This squad is set to finally end the 107 years of misery their fans have endured.

This could and may very well be their year to host the trophy, unless the curse of the Billy Goat decides to rear its ugly face dooming them once again.

A How to on Voting

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Student voters prepare to cast their votes Tuesday at the Satellite Student Union polling place at the dorms. Photo Credit: Armando Ruiz / Staff Photographer

With this year’s presidential election nearing, one of the frequently asked questions is, “Who are you voting for?” It seems that candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are inevitable.

However, there are many questions and uncertainties on how to go about voting. It’s not just a matter of who you want to vote for, but also how. How can you participate in this presidential election?

First, you want to ask yourself, “Am I registered to vote?” If the answer is yes, you’re one step ahead. If the answer is no, the steps are easily accessible online on http://registertovote.ca.gov/. Make sure you have your California identification card or driver’s license and social security card, as the voter registration application will require this information.

Once completed, a voter registration confirmation card that you need as proof to be eligible to vote will arrive via mail within 30 days.

The voting process can be done in two different ways, in person, and by mail.

If you choose to vote through the mail, make sure to download, print and fill out the California ballot application found on http://www.sos.ca.gov. It must be mailed and received by your county elections office no later than Nov 1. Once the ballot material has arrived, fill out all personal information, vote, and send to the returning address.

Voting in person may be an easier option. You may find your local polling place on the back of your sample ballot mailed to you, or by looking it up online. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Time in the voting booth is limited, but any further assistance, such as how to use the voting machine, reading the ballot, or even marking your votes on the ballot can be answered by a poll worker.

Presidential election information and how to vote instructions are provided on campus in a fun, yet informative way.

The Associated Students have created events, such as the Big Politics fair held last Thursday, Jokes For Votes comedy show on Friday, Oct. 14, and the documentary, “Bring It To the Table,” will be shown on Oct. 18 at the theater in the University Student Union.

“Our job is to try and get students involved, get them informed about the national elections, and get them registered,” Kevin Mojaradi, the marketing coordinator of AS, said. “That’s our purpose.”

He stated that they try to have these events every year for students and it has been a huge success.

“Every year is a different form,” Mojaradi said. “Because this is such a huge election, we made it grander and bigger to draw more people.”

Even students have their own opinions as to why voting for this presidential election is so crucial and important or even not worth their time.

Biology major, Azita Panahpour, stated that voting is a privilege and that everyone should take advantage. She believed students don’t vote because they’re either not informed or don’t know how the system works.

“I don’t think they realize they’re the ones who will be affected by it,” Panahpour said. “I want to have a say in the voting system because it can either destroy us or make America better.”

Kinesiology major, Kristel Bushner, admitted she was not into politics. Like many others, however, she still feels every vote counts and can make a difference.

“If they don’t like the candidates, then they won’t feel the need to vote,” Bushner said. “But not voting still gives the other person an advantage.”

Despite the fluctuating possibilities on who will or will not vote, Mojaradi explained that this generation of students are very smart and highly informed. It was all a matter of giving them that extra push.

“They know the issues, they study it up, and don’t take words at face value,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a lack of information, but a lack of motivation to go out there and actually do it.”

Don’t forget to have a say in this year’s presidential election and vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov 8.

CSUN promotes voting participation through “All In Democracy Challenge”

File photo/The Sundial

During this tumultuous election year, CSUN has put together several programs and events in an attempt to spur student engagement and rev up student voter turnout.

This is all due to the campus’s All in Democracy Challenge, a campus-wide initiative that looks to educate new and existing voters about the democratic process.

One of the ways they’re doing this is with the help of TurboVote.

TurboVote is a third party, non-profit, non-partisan national voter registration service that when activated will send the user emails or text messages regarding election information, such as voter registration deadlines; polling place locations, how to request an absentee ballot, and ballot measures issues.

They are looking to promote civic engagement among not only students on college campuses but also within companies. Last week, TurboVote announced a partnership with 35 corporations such as tech giants Instagram, Google, Facebook, and Tumblr in an effort to reach as many new potential voters as possible.

Sevag Alexanian, President of Associated Students, said the initiative started earlier last month after AS officers met at a monthly meeting of the California State Student Association. There, Alexanian said different CSU leaders noted the significant increase in participation they saw after partnering with TurboVote.

“They talked about how TurboVote had really helped to engage their student body and increase voter registration, so that’s when we decided to take a closer look at the program itself and see how we could go about implementing it here at CSUN,” said Alexanian.

Events such as this month’s Big Politics Fair and the Funny or Die: Jokes for Votes comedy show are all ways CSUN is trying meet their goal of registering 2,016 voters by the October 24 deadline. That particular number was decided by AS as this is the 2016 election year, according to Alexanian.

AS Chair of Legislative Affairs and member of the All In Democracy Challenge campus team, Jeremy Mauritzen, partnered with the IT department to make the TurboVote icon and link visible on Moodle’s homepage.

“Ultimately, here at CSUN, the goal is to create conscious citizens after we graduate and to be knowledgeable about the issues. So, we took part in this to kind of make more of a finiteness or concreteness to our plan to really civically engage our students,” said Mauritzen.

Due to the polarizing nature of the candidates and the frenzied media circus that surrounds it , many students may be turned off to voting entirely. This is something Mauritzen would also like to undo.

“People so often focus so much of their attention on the presidential candidates, which is an important part, but more than that, I think they should shift the focus to the propositions and to our local officials,” said Maurtizen.

Edwin Lopez, a 20-year-old criminal justice major, who is voting in his first election and registered online, said he is still on the fence about his choice of candidate, is not familiar with any of the propositions, and come November 8, is just going to “wing it”.

“I don’t know yet, who I’m going to vote for. When I get there, I’ll see. I saw the TurboVote thing on moodle and it looked interesting, but I didn’t get it,” said Lopez.

Nicole Smolen, 19-year-old film major, would use TurboVote had she not registered to vote at the DMV. She thinks that many of her peers would benefit from social programs such as the All in Democracy Challenge and TurboVote in the sense that many remain either uneducated or apathetic to matters of democracy.

“I’m taking political science right now and I love that my professor is giving us all these resources to use to help educate us about the issues,” said Smolen. “When I ask some of my friends who they’re voting for, they say something like ‘Oh whoever this celebrity is voting for.’ and that annoys me. I think that voting is a privilege and shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

CSUN has also not forgotten about their large number of students who are unable to participate in the excitement of the election process and included a message on their flyer for the All in Democracy Challenge:

“Because of the significant number of international and ‘Dream’ students, who are not eligible to vote, we encourage ways of participating that build self-efficacy and encourage lifelong civic engagement.”

For more information, visit the TurboVote website.

National Coming Out Day Celebrated with Variety Show

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Grey Valdez, a 19-year-old creative writing major, delivers a spoken word poem to the audience on Oct. 13, 2016. Photo credit: Anthony Martinez

Students mingled and watched performers deliver jokes, speak and sing on a blue and purple-lit stage as part of a coming out day celebration in the Northridge Center.

The celebration is the Pride Center’s way of acknowledging National Coming Out Day even though the event did not land on the day itself. The event is typically held on a Thursday regardless of when the holiday is because more students can attend, according to Sarina Loeb, coordinator for the Pride Center and LGBTQ initiatives.

“For us at the Pride Center, it’s not about really encouraging people to come out,” Loeb said. “It’s about encouraging people to be proud of their own identity.”

Attendees were given black shirts with the words ‘I Am’ printed across the chest, which was derived the celebration’s theme, a hashtag of the same two words. A white box was printed underneath the words, which people could fill in with whatever they wanted.

Besides the hashtag being a way for people to express their identity, the meaning also relates back to the Pride Center itself, for which the slogan is ‘Be You.’

“One of my students thought [of the hashtag] as a response to ‘Be You,’ proclaiming ‘I am’ proud…gay…an ally…beautiful, whatever people want to put in there,” Loeb said.

The night started off as a small social event before opening up to a variety show showcasing student and professional art.

Among some of the performers was 19-year-old Grey Valdez, a creative writing major, who performed spoken word for the audience. One of Valdez’s poems discussed the concept of the “dead name,” which he explained is someone’s birth name that they no longer go by.

Although Valdez said he still occasional gets “dead-named” by some people, but the campus allows him to embrace his identity.

“When I’m at CSUN, [the campus] is my safe haven where no one knows, or if they do know, they respect my real name,” Valdez said.

Because CSUN is such a personal place for Valdez, he felt honored performing for his peers at the event.

“It’s special that I was even chosen to do poetry for this because two out of the three people who performed are cisgender,” said the young performer. “And I think it’s really important to have representation, and have trans representation.”

Valdez went on to say that while representations of transwomen are more commonly accepted now, visibility of transmen and transmasculine individuals is still lacking.

Another performer, although not a student herself, had a special meaning to the identity-celebrating event.

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward played a handful of songs with her band towards the end of the night. Ward thanked the previous performers for sharing such personal stories to the audience before sharing her own.

“I just want to say today is my coming out day,” Ward said.

CSUN Clubs and Organizations Hold Welcome Party for New Students

Welcome Black is an annual event hosted by the Black Leadership Council. The event includes free food, performances and tabling from organizations that focus on the success of African-American students.

This year, the spotlight was on the members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as the Black Greek Letter Organizations or the Divine 9. The organizations gave their history, chants and performed strolls for the crowd in order to encourage involvement.

Other organizations present included CSUNaturals, the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Black Student Union who serves as the umbrella organization.

Valley View News Reporter Ebony Hardiman has more on the events and student reactions to how it brings the black community at CSUN closer together.


Acclaimed Journalist Greg Palast Screens Film at Oviatt Library

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Greg Palast introducing himself to his audience before screening his movie at the Oviatt library at 5 pm october 12, 2016 Photo credit: Alejandro Aranda

Investigative reporter Greg Palast visited CSUN to show his new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tail of Billionaires & Ballots” at the Oviatt Library on Wednesday.

The film talks about billionaires manipulating the election process with their money and how they are accomplishing getting away with this.

“I’m always open to new information and I felt like I was really interested in how specifically Republicans or Democrats were using their power to scrub voting off like not taking colored people’s votes,” said Mariah Cortez, a business law major. “I felt like it opened up more of what is exactly going on here.”

Freshman Erin Brown said that he would still be voting and that the film had not affected his participation in voting.

This event was beneficial to the students attending, as it shed some light on the reality of the situation we are dealing with today with voting.

“This will change your life because it shows you that there’s another world possible and you get it by fighting for it,” Palast said. “…voting isn’t enough you have to act,”

He also added that in order to create change, one must make sure to take action, especially after watching the movie.

Palast decided to make this film because he believed it was the only way to present his research and to teach people to vote regardless of what the government wants.

He said that none of the major media outlets would take his findings and make a story.

After having his findings rejected, he saw that the only way to get his ideas out into the world would be to make a movie that anyone interested could access.

The film’s purpose is to educate and to encourage students to fight for what they want in their future.

The Countdown: The Male Entitlement Episode

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Ebony Hardiman joins Dede And Henry for an animated discussion about how our culture enables the grotesque, sexually violent comments said by Donald Trump in a leaked video. Along the way, they also discuss Nate Parker and whether or not his history of sexual assault allegations should impact the support of his standout film, “The Birth of A Nation.”


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Gentrification of Los Angeles Creates New Troubles for Low Income Families

Gentrification in Los Angeles may be making it difficult for low-income families to keep their homes.

Gentrification is when urban neighborhoods are renovated and middle-class residents are moved in. Many cities in the Los Angeles area are now experiencing this phenomenon.

It has been a controversial issue with both positive and negative sides. On one hand, the beautification of a neighborhood attracts wealthier homeowners and elevates the status of a neighborhood.

The effects of gentrification are noticeable in poorer areas. The process of gentrification has been known to push out lower-income families who can’t afford to stay in the newly renovated neighborhoods.

Valley View News Reporter Dazhanae Howard has more on how gentrification is affecting Los Angeles residents.


New Study Reveals Consistency In Latino Voting

Despite the radical comments made by Donald Trump, Latinos views on political parties are not much different than they were in 2012.

Over half of registered Latino voters still believe the Democratic party has more concern for the community than the Republican party. Of the remaining voters, 11 percent believe the Republican party is more concerned while 28 percent believe there is no difference between the parties.

Over the year that Donald Trump has campaigned for the presidency his comments about the Latinx community, as well as other ethnicities, have resonated with the with them.

Of the registered Latino voters 75 percent said they have talked about Trump’s comments with friends or family and 74 percent have said they are certain they will vote in this year’s election.

Matador News Reporter Josue Bran has more on what CSUN students and faculty think about the study.


Matadors finish in a 1-1 draw against rivals

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Sophomore midfielder Jules Cailliau argues the foul called against him for a tackle in Matador Stadium, October 12, 2016. Photo Credit: Max Zeronian/ The Sundial

The Matadors and Cal State Fullerton Titans played to a 1-1 overtime draw in 120 minutes at Matador Stadium.

The Matadors returned home after enduring a two-game losing streak. They were looking to continue putting pressure on UC Riverside and keep the Titans from overtaking them for second place.

Aside from being a Big West Conference game, it was also the first ever Pride Night where students received shirts in support of the night and brought attention to the awareness that fan acceptance was important to the athletics program.

In the first half the game, there was a back and forth affair as both teams looked to control the ball and flow.

Defenses were tested as both teams looked to stop any attack. The Matadors defense looked second best with keeper Kevin Marquez being called into making plenty of saves to keep the game alive.

When asked about his and the team’s performance, Marquez said it felt good to get the saves and help the team.

“This is a big point, Fullerton is not a bad team,” Marquez said. “They were the Big West champs the last two years in a row. We showed we could compete with them.”

The second half of the game is when all momentum changed and Titans took control of the ball.

In the 63rd minute, the Matadors found themselves losing when the Titans attacked through the right side of the field. They sent a pass into the heart of the box where defender Alex Heilmann put the ball out of Marquez’s reach.

The night got even more complicated in the 66th minute when forward Papi Diouf was sent off the field with a direct red card for sliding with both feet and cleats up.

This was Diouf’s first game back, which he had to play with a face mask, after recovering from a facial bone injury.

According to NCAA rules, when receiving a red card, a player could be suspended for one additional game.

The titan player, who did not appear to be touched in the slide, sold both the referee and fourth official into giving the card leaving the Matadors with 10 players on the field.

The Matadors did not fold and showed some character in taking possession of the ball in looking for an equalizer.

Matadors coach Terry Davila compared his team’s performance after the red card to the Rocky Balboa mentality, they needed to be punched to get going.

“To come back with ten men and tie it up at 1-1, says a lot about our character. I’m very proud and happy for them,” Davilla said.

The Matadors saw the Titans defense fail to clear the ball letting midfielder Juan Fernando Samaya and midfielder Jules Cailliau send a pass to forward Bar Shem Tov, who shot the ball into top left corner for his second goal this season.

When asked how it felt to be the hero of the night, he said he wasn’t.

“We have a great team behind me and they helped me. They all deserve credit for this result,” Shem Tov said.

After the Matador goal, the Titans went forward again and had three chances but were unable to get past Marquez.

He made a crucial save when his defenders were beat and he was in another one on one situation where he stopped the Titan forward’s shot.

Marquez was able to stop a rebound header and again saw a third block from another shot which led to his defenders finally sending the ball out of their box.

In the extra twenty minutes of overtime, Marquez made some impressive saves as the Matadors dominated the first 10 minutes but were unable to get more than one shot on goal.

In the second 10 minutes, both teams seemed content with the tie as players looked fatigued. Marquez was called on to stop one shot from over 25 yards and preserve the tie.

The Matadors, down a man, were able to earn a draw against the Titans.

The Matadors’ next game is against UC Irvine at home on Saturday, Oct. 15.

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