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NCAA cancels seven championships in North Carolina

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NCCA logo, photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) relocated seven championship games in North Carolina in protest of laws targeting the transgender community in Charlotte.

This decision began with the NBA relocating its All-Star game in February from Charlotte to New Orleans as a result of the HB2 law, which states that transgender or other members of the LGBTQ community may only be allowed to use the bathroom of their sex that is in correlation of the gender on their birth certificate.

CSUN women’s soccer forward Justine Silvers, who is majoring in early child development, feels the games should not be moved because of the new law, but people should also not be discriminated against.

“I feel like if you are who you are, and should be free to use the bathroom, on what sex you are now,” Silvers said.

The seven events that will be removed from North Carolina are:

-The Division 1 women’s soccer college championship cup, which was slated to take place on Dec. 2-4 at Cary, N.C.

-The Division 3 men and women’s soccer championship at Greensboro on Dec. 2-3.

-The Division 1 men’s basketball tournament first and second rounds would have taken place on Mar. 17 and 19.

-The Division 1 women’s golf championship in Greenville, May 8-10.

-The women’s and men’s tennis championships in Cary, N.C., May 22-27.

-The Division 1 women’s lacrosse championship Cary, N.C., May 26 and 28.

-The Division 2 baseball championships in Cary, N.C., from May 27 through June 3.

CSUN accounting major Moses James said it would be nice to just have bathrooms for everyone and not just one gender.

“We should just have a single bathroom for everyone, so that we can maintain the peace,” James said.

James felt the NCAA did well in canceling the seven games because it does support the transgender community.

“It is a good indicator to the people that this is an issue and people are going to be very supportive,” James said.

James felt as if people should learn to support each other and if it means establishing laws favoring transgender people he is all for it. He said the NBA did a good job moving the All-Star game to New Orleans.

Cynthia Castaneda, an undecided major, does not agree with the NBA or NCAA.

“I feel like the games should not be removed and it should be voted,” Castaneda said.

Castaneda said there should be a legitimate reason as to why the NCAA and the NBA are taking strong actions towards North Carolina. She also said they both are bringing awareness to the new HB2 law issue.

The private tickets that have been already sold for the first and second round of the NCAA tournament will refunded.

The deadline for accepting bids for hosting the new championship events are slated to be submitted by Sept. 27. The announcement for the new cites in which the championships will take place will be announced on Oct 7.

This week in sports

Men's soccer plays a pair of conference games on the road this week. Photo credit: David Hawkins

Sept. 22

-Men’s Soccer vs. University of San Diego at 7 p.m.

Sept. 24

-Woman’s Volleyball @ UC Davis, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25

-Women’s Soccer vs. University of Nebraska-Omaha at 11:30 a.m.

-Men’s Soccer @ CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m.

Sept. 29

-Men’s Soccer vs. UC Davis at 7 p.m.

Sept. 30

-Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m.

-Women’s Soccer vs. UC Davis at 7 p.m.

Oct. 1

-Men and Women’s Cross Country @ Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, 7:30 a.m.

-Women’s Volleyball vs. Cal Poly at 7 p.m.

-Women’s Golf @ Cowgirl Invitational, all day.

-Men’s Soccer vs. Sacramento State at 7 p.m.

Geek Clash Ep. 56: Murder Most Fowl

This week on Geek Clash the guys talk more Destiny, with the Rise of the Iron expansion on the horizon, Danny retells a violent GTA V story, Felipe talks about two murderous podcasts and Drew plans the upcoming roast of Danny’s new iPhone 7.

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Monday news wrap-up

Syrian refugees pictured sleeping on the streets
Syrian refugees at the port of Tripoli, Lebanon, waiting to board the ferry Lady Su, which travels to Tasucu, Turkey, in a twelve-hour journey. The ferry, which was scheduled to depart at 10 p.m. on September 21, left the port at 10 a.m. the following day due to regular delays and an truck accident during loading. (Gaia Squarci/McClatchy/TNS/MCT)


Today, police arrested the man responsible for a hit-and-run that killed a man in a wheelchair on Sunday night in Pomona. An anonymous witness gave officers information on the driver who was later identified as Alejandro Ambriz, 44. The alleged driver of the four-door Saab did not have a valid license and called a friend to help him. Ambriz was arrested and booked on felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and hit and run. He is now held in a Pomona jail and has a court date scheduled for Wednesday.

Source: Los Angeles Times


Human rights groups criticized the global leaders’ promises to better protect the rights of refugees and migrants and undertake a more coordinated response to the world’s deepening crisis of displaced people. The human rights groups felt the agreement was too weak and fails to address the magnitude of the problem. The human rights groups feel there is no concrete action that obligated countries to do their fair share to help refugees and migrants. Recently, protests have occurred in some nations such as Slovenia and London, to show the difficulty displaced people go through.

Source: Los Angeles Times


A suspect in the bombing that occurred in New York and New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, had traveled to both Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years, according to a U.S. official. Officials said he traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan three separate times on month-long trips. Rahami was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon in New Jersey on Monday. After Rahami’s arrest, New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio, said authorities were not looking for any other suspects.

Source: Los Angeles Times


On Monday, professional boxer, Canelo Alvarez was diagnosed with a fracture in his right thumb. He will not fight for the remainder of the year, according to Golden Boy Promotions. His diagnosis was made after Alvarez visited Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, a hand specialist, in his hometown of Gudalajara, Mexico. Alvarez will not need surgery, but will be immobilized for the next six weeks which will prevent him from fighting again in 2016, according to Stefan Friedman, Golden Boy spokesman. Alvarez said he hurt his right thumb in the second round of his fight against Liam Smith.

Source: abc7 news


Actor Jim Carrey spoke out against a new lawsuit claiming he obtained prescription drugs for his late girlfriend, Cathriona White. The lawsuit was filed by White’s husband, Mark Burton. In a statement, Carrey said White’s troubles began before they met and her death was beyond anyone’s control. The lawsuit claims Carrey obtained prescription drugs under a false name and gave White the drugs even though Carrey knew it was not right for her to consume the drugs. Burton is suing for wrongful death and violation of the drug dealer liability act.

Source: E! Online

Crime Blotter for September 12-18

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Monday, September 12

  • The sliding glass door of a University Park apartment was shattered by an unknown suspect.
  • Three students and one resident of the University Park Apartments were referred for disciplinary action for a drug law violation.
  • A victim reported that their unattended skateboard was stolen from a classroom the week before classes started.
  • An unattended wallet was stolen from a woman’s restroom in the Valley Performing Arts Center.
  • A skateboard was stolen from Manzanita Hall by an unknown suspect.

Tuesday, September 13

  • A backpack was stolen from a secured locker at the Student Recreation Center by an unknown suspect.
  • A student reported that an unknown suspect was sending them various annoying messages electronically.
  • CSUN officers arrested four suspects for trespassing on private property near the school. Two were released at the scene with notices to appear and the other two were transported to Van Nuys jail for booking for outstanding warrants.
  • A student reported that another student had challenged them to a fight after a disagreement during class on September 6.
  • An unknown suspect collided with a victim’s vehicle in the B5 parking structure and failed to report the incident.

Wednesday, September 14

  • An unknown male suspect collided with the security arm of the G9 parking lot on his bike. The arm broke and the suspect did not return to the scene of the crime.
  • A victim and their partner were involved in a physical altercation at the University Village Apartments.
  • A ‘No Parking’ sign was knocked over in the G3 parking structure by an unknown suspect.
  • A victim’s secured bicycle was stolen from a rack outside UPA 14. The suspect is currently unknown.

Thursday, September 15

  • CSUN officers arrested a suspect for driving without a license and for having no front license plate. The suspect was released at the scene with a notice to appear.
  • A suspect was arrested by a CSUN officer for driving with a suspended license.
  • Two male suspects approached a victim in the B6 parking structure and demanded his wallet. When the victim told them that he did not have it, one suspect hit the victim multiple times. The suspects fled when witnesses told them they were calling the police.
  • A suspect collided with a vehicle in the G3 parking structure and left without reporting the incident.

CSUN women’s soccer falls short in final minutes

CSUN player takes the ball from opposing team
Breanna McCallum keeps the ball away from North Dakota player on 8-26-16. Photo credit: Kendall Faulkner

The CSUN women’s soccer team played the Marquette Golden Eagles in the final game of the Marquette Invitational, losing 3-2.

The Matadors had a lackluster first half and Marquette took control and played most of the game in front of the Matadors goal.

The Golden Eagles scored early in the match as a loose ball went to senior forward Meegan Johnston and she was able to tap the ball in from the left side of the goal line.

They would score again in the 11th minute as senior defender Morgan Proffitt was able to cross the ball into the box and send her header into the upper right corner for a 2-0 lead.

The Matadors only shot of the half came in the 21st minute from senior midfielder Camille Watson who sent her ahttps://thedailysundial.camayak.com/#packages/f295dc62-018c-4f4e-8741-67b3cc382cc7ttempt wide.

Facing a deficit after halftime, the Matadors came out with more shot attempts in the first few minutes than they had the entire first half.

They would finally break through when junior goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill was able to make a save that turned into an attack where sophomore defender Lindsay Kutscher was able find her sister, senior forward Kourtney Kutscher. She was able to control the cross and the strike it into top right corner where the keeper was unable to reach it.

The Matadors would tie the game up in the 64th minute off a timely goal by Watson. She was able to get the ball on the right side of the box, take two defenders and send a left footed shot into the top left corner

The turning point in the game however, came with seven minutes left to play when the Matadors gave up a foul in their half of the field. The cross went into the box and no Matador player was able to clear the ball. It landed in front of Marquette junior defender Madison Dunker who sent the ball into the far left post and gave the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead that proved to be the final score.

The Matadors will return home against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday Sept 25 at 11:30 a.m.

METALab helps students learn web-app development

Student works on computer
Senior CIT major Ashley Vargas is searching creative tools for some new ideas.

The Matador Emerging Technology and Arts Lab held an information session for students interested in working on web-based applications along with design solutions.

METALab specializes in web-app development engaging and supporting students with a career in the industry by providing hands-on experience.

METALab’s goal is to help students graduate with job-ready skills in the web-app development field by teaching them about collaboration, teamwork, and knowledge of current design software and programming languages.

Ed Preciado, a computer science major, has increased his skills in web development with the help of METAlab.

“I started during the summer, and it has been a great opportunity as it allows everyone to become part of a team, it definitely has been an eye-opening experience,” Preciado said.

Rosemary Babajanini, a computer engineer major, is interested in programs outside of campus and discovered METALAB through a friend.

“I am signing up after this session because I want to increase my skills and hopefully get a better understanding of this field,” Babajanini said.

METALab works with the front end of the web, in which designers deal with JavaScript, jQuery and HTML. Students also learn to work with the back-end, consisting of the server and database. Back-end technology works with languages like PHP, Python, and Ruby.

“When I came here I didn’t know anything about coding, it was intimidating, but I started learning and kept going,” Claudia Ramos, a business marketing major, said.

The organization is currently working on many projects; one of these applications is called “Faculty.” Faculty syllabus, stories, and research interest are areas displayed within this application. This tool allows students to engage with faculty on a different level.

METALab marketing lead, Edgar Limon, said that a majority complete projects as a team and learn something new from each other.

“It’s an extension of the academic unit, you’re outside of the classroom,” Limon said.

Ashley Vargas, a computing and information technology major, said that one of the benefits of being a part of METALab is that it prepares her for the real world. She said that she appreciates the guidance and support given while allowing her to make mistakes and correcting them while enhancing her skills every day.

“I think this program will give me an insight on tools needed since one of my goals is to work with Cyber Security,” Vargas said.

Yazmin Peebles, METALab Operations and Business Manager, believes that work ethic and being committed is what will help students go far.

“Students need to be committed and display work ethic. You can be smart, but it’s not going to help you if you don’t portray these qualities,” Peebles said.

To become a part of METALab email info@metalab.csun.edu for more information.

New lactation education class offered at CSUN

women shown at lactation class
Photo Credit, College of Health and Human Development

An increasing demand for lactation education has surfaced this fall semester at CSUN, and thanks to Dr. Merav Efrat, those demands are being met through courses, research, and curriculum development.

In 2010, Efrat began her first lactation education course at CSUN with the support of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. She has 10 years of experience as a health educator, and most recently, she has years of experience as a lactation educator and consultant.

Before Efrat’s push for lactation education at CSUN, the nearest training courses were offered at UC San Diego.

Efrat lists some of the barriers that women face when trying to breastfeed, such as lack of support in the workplace, knowledgeable healthcare providers, and accurate information regarding the topic.

“When I first breastfed my daughter, it was really hard,” said Efrat. “I was really embarrassed to breastfeed in public – and after a couple of months, it became easy and natural.”

She did not have a lot of support besides her colleagues, but it was an interest of hers as a public health educator.

“I didn’t care. I knew it was something I wanted to do and it was good for my kids,” said Efrat.

According to womenshealth.gov, breastfeeding lowers the baby’s risk of asthma, childhood leukemia, childhood obesity, ear infections, eczema, type 2 diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome, and other health problems. Simultaneously, it also lowers the mother’s risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

“We do speak about [breastfeeding] a lot in classes,” said Ana Maria Anguiano, a public health major, “and if more students became aware of the health benefits, maybe the stigma would go away.”

Efrat uses an infographic, created by the program “Women, Infants, and Children,” to explain why healthcare providers’ leniency towards infant formula is not always the best supplement. It displays a side-by-side comparison of all the nutrients found in breastmilk as opposed to formula. Among those nutrients, breast milk surpasses infant formula with nine extra nutrients.

“This class is my contribution to promoting breastfeeding in the community,” said Efrat, “because I am educating not only future healthcare professionals, but the students who take my class are future parents.”

Though she enjoyed her journey from health education to clinical consultations, she missed teaching. She went back to school and got her doctorate’s degree from UCLA, and is now a professor at CSUN.

She remembers thinking, “I need to teach again because that’s what I love the most.”

Efrat teaches mostly undergraduate and graduate students who are public health majors. Her favorite teaching moments are witnessing students’ excitement and engagement on the topic of breastfeeding and seeing how they apply it to everyday life.

“It helps bring more practical experience to the classroom,” said Efrat. “I think it makes a difference when you know what it is really like. It’s more interesting to students than when you’re just talking about the textbook.”

This semester, Efrat’s lactation education class was quickly filled with eager students who have recognized breastfeeding as an important public health topic, and the wait-list contains approximately 30 names.

Tiffany Huang, a public health major, tried taking the class this semester but did not reach capacity. However, she is going to try again next semester.

“I think it’s really cool that we have that class,” said Huang. “I would like to become certified one day. It’s nice to have an extra skill.”

Food Truck Fridays on Chatsworth

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Local residents attend "Food Truck Fridays" every Friday on the corner of Chatsworth and Zelzah.

Every Friday on the corner of Zelzah and Chatsworth, from 5pm-11pm, food trucks of all kinds line up to serve unique dishes to hungry locals. Here are some of our favorite trucks.

crepesStuffed Crepe.

What is your most popular dish?

“That would be the number 19—Grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, sundried tomato, mushroom and pesto sauce, or the number seven—fresh strawberry, banana and Nutella,” said Par.

v-chosV-CHOS, Salvadorian Pupusa food truck

What is your best dish?

“Around here, in Granada Hills, most customers order the pork, bean and cheese pupusa or the chicken, spinach and cheese pupusa—so I would have to say those are at the top of the list,” said V-CHOS employee, Alex Mondragon.



Mainsqueeze LA

What is your most unique drink?

“Well we specialize in lemonade, but we also sell boba with our drinks, which people are surprised to hear, but we aren’t allowed to sell it while we’re out here in Granada Hills. Our boba is marinated in brown sugar and has become very popular at our other locations,” said worker Carl Silva.

tamalerosLos Tamaleros

How long have you been coming out here to Granada Hills on Friday nights?

“It’s almost going to be a year, we’re expanding—we just bought our second truck, so we also go to places like North Hollywood, Sylmar and Lancaster,” said worker Julie Vargas.



What type of events do you tend to cater for?

“We host a lot of fundraisers, sometimes high schools and other times elementary schools–we love helping out the schools as much as we can,” said owner Joseph Lavering.

Pastry passion leads to sweet lifestyle for the Duke of Donuts

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Ilya at Voodoo Doughnuts with one of the shop's employees. Photo Courtesy of Ilya Albert.

He has visited dozens of donuts shops all over the city and on his quest to find the best donut’s LA has to offer.

He has a passion for food blogging and documents his countless adventures all over social media, calling himself the Duke of Donuts.

This donut aficionado is none other than CSUN business marketing major, and USU Student Building Manager Ilya Albert. He recently also participated in the USU Student Summit where he presented a workshop called “Donut Give Up: The Sweet Secrets to A Proactive Lifestyle.”

“My inspiration came from my love of the Food Network, eating, and passion for acting,” Albert said. “I had dreamed of [hosting] my own show on [the] Food Network, however I knew I needed to start from the ground up.”

Throughout his childhood, Albert would often spend time at donut shops with his step father and step siblings.

“Donuts continued to follow me throughout my life, from attending church events with friends, boy scout meetings, and so on,” Albert said.

Albert also said one of the things he loves about donuts is that they bring people together because they gather in order to socialize and share the treats.

When Instagram launched in 2010, Albert saw the social media app as an opportunity to channel his passion for photography, especially food photography.

“I began to notice trendy donut shops opening throughout cities,” Albert said. “With my curious nature, and desire to explore, I began going to each of them and sharing my quests through photos on Instagram.”

A donut revolution began to emerge on scene, and with it came the creation of a new and exciting kinds of donuts. These specialty donut shops put a modern twist on the iconic pastry, and eventually transformed the donut industry.

“Before meeting Ilya, when someone said ‘donuts’, I instantly thought of Krispy Kreme,” Heather Ticzon, a marketing major said. “After meeting Ilya, I was introduced to a world of crazy and awesome donuts!”

In late 2014, Albert began documenting his donut travels after friends motivated him to share his unique findings. He describes his eccentric style of food blogging as a combination of both William Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss.

Albert credits his friend Nick for giving him the nickname, the “Duke of Donuts,” but it all came together after his friend Wes discovered the perfect shirt for him, which as expected, was covered entirely in donuts.

As for the top hat Albert wears, Albert said it serves as the eye catching object for my audience.

“I love to wear it because the hat helps to hone in the theme behind my blog,” Albert said.

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Ilya wearing his entire Duke of Donuts attire. Photo courtesy of Ilya Albert.

Albert’s friends also accompany him on his various trips to local donut shops, and refer to themselves as his “Donut Diplomats.”

He is currently working on is his Donut Documentary Series, which is featured on his Youtube channel.

“Currently, I’m planning to get a total of ten episodes finished and uploaded onto YouTube, and follow up the following year with another ten or so as the second season,” Albert said.

No matter where Albert might find himself, he still takes every opportunity to venture into new or unfamiliar donut shops.

“I remember going to a conference in New Orleans [with Ilya],” Ticzon said. “And I don’t even know how many miles Ilya ran [during] our breaks to stop by a popular local donut shop.”

Albert has many different aspirations for the future and what motivates him the most his drive to succeed.

“I hope to still also pursue one of my life long dreams of owning a small business as well, particularly a donut shop!” Albert said.”So keep your eyes peeled for the next sprinkled sensation on the donut market.”














KCSN Evening Update: 9/16/16

KCSN anchor Jasmin Nevarez takes you on a journey thru the day’s news, including Donald Trump’s reversal on claims President Obama was not born in the US, Hillary Clinton’s criticism of Trump, and some Apple stores had hundreds of people lining up for the new iPhone 7.

Tonight’s update also featured reports from KCSN’s Eric Kaback, Angely Levis, Ashley L’Heureux and Michael Ramirez … and CSUN Journalism students Ebony Hardiman, Morgan Bertolotti and Jocelynn Castro.

The KCSN Evening Update — a production of the Cal State Northridge Journalism Department — is heard every weeknight at 6 on latinalt.org and 88.5FM HD-2.

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KCSN Evening Update: 9/15/16

KCSN anchors Curtis Poindexter & Nick Torres run down the day’s top stories, including Samsung’s recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones, Ohio police explain why officers shot a teenager who had a BB gun, and how CSUN students feel about the back-in-LA Rams.

Tonight’s Evening Update also includes reports from CSUN Journalism students Samantha Shankel, Justin Styles, Alfredo Perez, Scott Sanders, Cynthia Marin, Kendall Faulkner, Michael Ramirez & Serafina Maulupe.

The KCSN Evening Update — a production of the Cal State Northridge Journalism Department — is heard every weeknight at 6 on latinalt.org and 88.5FM HD-2.

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