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Men’s Volleyball: Hawai’i dominates on-the-road CSUN

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The Matadors started their road trip off with two losses to the University of Hawai’i. Both matches CSUN(5-10, 3-8 MPSF) fell 3-1 and were out-hit by the No. 7 Rainbow Warriors (11-3, 8-2 MPSF).

In the first match, the Matadors fell 3-1 to the Rainbow Warriors. The first set was close, with Hawai’i taking it 25-22, while the second was dominated by the Rainbow Warriors 25-12. But the Matadors were not going away easy and fought back in the third set winning it 30-28. Hawai’i then won the fourth and final set with an identical score.

Leading the Matadors was junior outside hitter Sam Holt who had 13 kills, but hit 0.58 on 52 attacks. He also added six digs, three blocks and two aces in the match. Senior middle back Greg Faulkner had eight kills, hit .500 and added five blocks.

Starting in place of injured senior setter Travis Magorien, sophomore setter John Peachy added 27 assists and six digs. Coming off the bench, senior outside hitter Kyle Stevenson had five kills, hit .333 with four digs and three blocks.

The Matadors hit .126 to the Rainbow Warriors’ .217. With only 38 kills, CSUN also were outdone by Hawai’i’s 59. The Matadors also had 39 digs and three aces while the Rainbow Warriors put up 60 digs and nine aces.

Match two brought another four set Rainbow Warrior victory. CSUN took set one 25-23, but lost the next three 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22.

Freshman middle back Josiah Byers (.421), junior outside hitter Sam Holt (.368), senior middle back Greg Faulkner (.316) and senior outside hitter Kyle Stevenson (.241) each added 10 kills for the Matadors. Faulkner and Buyers each had five blocks and Stevenson added seven digs. Senior setter Travis Magorien had 39 assists and 6 digs.

Once again, the Matadors were out-hit by the Rainbow Warriors .338 to .246 and shut down with the Hawai’i’s 64 kills to their 48. This match had zero service aces for the Matadors, but five for Hawai’i. However, the Matadors did have 13 blocks to the Rainbow Warriors’ 8.5.

The Matadors continue their road trip, taking on the UCLA Bruins March 3 at Pauley Pavilion at 7p.m.


Water Polo: Ferreira’s goals couldn’t lift CSUN out of eighth at UC Irvine Invitational

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Correction: The original recap incorrectly stated CSUN finished seventh in the invitational. The Matadors finished eighth instead of seventh.

No. 9 CSUN water polo team finished the UC Irvine Invitational in seventh place after losing to No. 5 UC Irvine 8-3 and No. 6 Arizona State 9-7 on Sunday, Feb. 22.

This weekend’s tournament featured three top 15 ranked competitors, all of which were ranked above the Matadors.

The Matadors kept No. 5 UC Irvine to only one goal in the first frame. CSUN couldn’t hold off the Anteaters in the second frame, which gave the Anteaters a 5- 2 lead that the Matadors couldn’t rebound from.

The second match against No. 6 Arizona had the same result. In a much closer point differential, Arizona scored early on to cause CSUN to play catch–up the entire game.

CSUN fought back in the second half, outscoring Arizona 4-3. All of CSUN’s points came from multiple players, including senior Kelcie Ferreira who ended the day with three goals and the only player to score in both contests.

The Matadors have now lost three straight and look to end that streak against University of Hawai’i on Saturday, Feb. 7th.

Baseball: Batters stay hot, complete Seattle sweep with 7-3 win

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Second baseman Ryan Raslowsky extended his hitting streak as CSUN baseball completed a four-game series sweep of the Seattle University Redhawks after a 7-3 victory at Bannerwood Park.

This was the Matador’s first four-game series sweep on the road since 2010, as they’re now 8-1 to start off the season.

Raslowsky extended his hitting streak to nine games with a third-inning double to right field and going one-for-three with two runs scored and an RBI.

Center fielder Justin Toerner and catcher Dylan Alexander each recorded two hits, as they combined for three runs scored.

Toerner hit a two-run double in the second inning to give CSUN an early 2-0 lead.

The Matadors broke open the game in the top of the 6th inning after right fielder Chester Pak hit an RBI infield single. Raslowsky had a sacrifice fly RBI and Pak scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to give CSUN a demanding 7-2 lead.

Starting pitcher Angel Rodriguez received a no decision as he pitched 4.1 innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out two.

Relief pitcher Brandon Warner earned his first win of the season after throwing 3.1 innings, allowing only two hits and giving up one unearned run.

Relief pitcher Joey Deceglie recorded his first save of the season.

The CSUN offense has combined for 15 runs and 25 hits in their last two games.

CSUN Baseball returns home to take on the Grand Canyon University Antelopes at Matador Field Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.


The Set Show Episode 7: Oscars, Time Travel and the LA Raiders

The Sundial brings you the belated 7th episode of The SET Show. Hosts Ernesto and Conner talk with Emmy Award winner and current Financial Operations Manager of the TCM Film Festival Mira Hoffman. She lets us know what life is like behind the camera, winning an emmy, and her oscar predictions. She also gives a preview of House of Cards Season 3. As always we are happy to do this show each week, and to provide you the banter and talk to make your work, commute, and video game playing just a little bit more fun :). @thesetshow on twitter,, @faulknfootball on instagram. Our producer @danshinmachine on instagram and twitter.


President Dianne Harrison encourages higher education at “Super Sunday” event

President Dianne Harrison addresses members of H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries on Sunday, February 22. Photo credit: Leni Maiai

CSUN President Dianne Harrison was at H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries today in Granada Hills for the annual “Super Sunday,” a California State University-wide outreach program designed to increase university enrollment among students of African American descent.

“The purpose of our visits is not only because it’s black history month,” Harrison said during a speech in the middle of the church service. “But it is also an intentional effort to try and increase our outreach in the African American community.”

The program had its start in 2006, with faculty from the Cal State system visiting more than 20 churches in California. This year the number of churches visited has grown to more than 100.

“But Super Sunday is one day,” Harrison said. “And we don’t want to end with one day.”

This was the third year Harrison went to H.O.P.E’s house for “Super Sunday” while the Cal State program has reached its tenth year. In the past three decades, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of African American students enrolled in post-secondary institutions has risen from 10 to 15 percent. Meanwhile, according to the Los Angeles Times, enrollment at the Cal State system has declined from 5.8 percent of the enrolled students in 2004 to 4.6 percent in 2013.

Graduating within four years is also a problem, not only for African Americans but for all students. At CSUN, the most recent numbers suggest that 11 percent of the student population graduated within four years, down from 14 percent nearly a decade ago.

“For several years now, the CSU has pushed toward new and innovative plans to increase not just college attendance but college graduation rates,” Harrison said. “It’s not enough just to go. And part of understanding the importance of attendance and completion is to help parents understand the crucial role that parents play and their involvement in their child’s education at very early ages and certainly through high school and into college.”

Harrison noted that one-third of the students enrolled in the Cal State system are the first in their families to attend college. According to the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, one-third of students in the entire nation are first generation college students. While enrollment figures are promising, the same study showed that three out of five of those students don’t graduate in six years.

Encouragement and expectations of finishing college are factors in attending college. Of the major ethnicities in the United States, Asian Americans have the highest percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree. According to the NCES, they also have a higher percentage of parents – at 80 percent – who expect their children to finish college, compared to 64 percent of African American students. A higher level of expectation also corresponded with higher grades.

Harrison spoke to the attendants, which included alumni of CSUN, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, about her mother, a woman with four children who, after her husband died when Harrison was 14-years-old, had to go back to work to support her family.

“Without a college degree it was tough,” Harrison said. “She worked in an emergency room in a hospital alongside nurses and she was basically doing the same job but [for] half the pay because she never got her degree. So she always told me ‘you get your education, you get your degree. Nobody can take that away from you.’”

Water Polo: No. 9 CSUN splits games at UC Irvine Invitational

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The No. 9 CSUN water polo team started off the UC Irvine Invitational on a high note with their 10- 9 overtime victory over No. 8 San Jose State, but No. 1 Stanford won 16 – 3 in the second matchup to prevent CSUN’s sweep on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The Matadors will move on to Sunday’s competitors, now only being able to come out as high as fifth place with a win in both morning games. Their first competitor is the host, No. 5 UC Irvine, and the other will be decided upon the tournament’s outcomes.

Saturday’s invitational round featured four ranked Top 20 teams, a first for CSUN this semester.

The undefeated Stanford unit led CSUN 8 -2 before halftime, scoring four goals apiece in the first two frames. CSUN would go scoreless for the third frame and score a single goal in the fourth to end the game.

No. 8 San Jose couldn’t turn their halftime lead into a victory after leading 5 – 4. The two team’s back and forth battle resulted in CSUN’s first overtime victory this season.

CSUN capitalized early by scoring two goals in the first overtime frame. Though they went scoreless in the second frame, their defense held San Jose to one second frame goal.

Senior Marisa Young had a team high with four goals against San Jose and Shannon Hovanesian was the only Matador to score in both of Saturday’s outings.


Women’s Tennis: Kim leads sweep in victory over CSU Fullerton

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The CSUN women’s tennis team (4-0, 3-0 Big West) refuse to lose as they defeated Cal State Fullerton 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Matador Tennis Complex. In the fourth match of the season, the Matadors swept the doubles matches to remain undefeated in the Big West Conference.

In doubles play, freshman Kiryang Kim and sophomore Vivian Lin won 8-5 in the top doubles match and junior Jessica Warren and senior Criss Rodriguez were victorious 8-5 in their match. After a hard fought battle that went into the 15th game, sophomore Mickey Hsu and sophomore Kristen Poei won 8-7 (5).

The wins in doubles play were important in the outcome of the match. The Titans won the first two singles matches but the Matadors displayed toughness and the will to win by defeating Cal State Fullerton in the next two matches. Poei and Rodriguez won in straight sets to take a 3-2 match lead.

The third singles draw between Kim and the Titans’ senior Megan Sandford turned out to be the decisive point for CSUN. Kim lost the first set 5-7, but came back to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-1 to secure the win.

The Matadors look to continue their winning streak and remain undefeated at home when they host Eastern Michigan at the Matador Tennis Complex on Tuesday, Feb. 24. First serve is scheduled at 2 p.m.


1. Lin/Kim vs Sandford/DeLeon 8-5
2. Hsu/Poei vs Pham/Valenzuela 8-7 (5)
3. Rodriguez/Warren vs Borkowski/Slevcove 8-5



1. Valenzuela vs Lin 6-1, 6-4
2. De Leon vs Hsu 6-4, 7-5
3. Kim vs Sandford 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
4. Rodriguez vs Pham 6-3, 6-2
5. Slevcove vs Warren 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Poei vs Erasmus 6-1, 6-0

Men’s Basketball: CSUN dominated on rebounds, lose to UC Irvine 67-59

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The Matadors’ (7-22, 2-11 Big West) inability to snag rebounds and contain the UC Irvine Anteaters’ (16-10, 9-3 Big West) 3-point shooting early doomed them as they lost 67-58.

After getting blown out in the first game against the Anteaters, the Matadors came out looking to prove a point, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. The early charge was due in large part to senior forward Stephan Hicks’s ability to find cracks in the defense, as he scored the Matadors’ first four shots.

“I came out with a lot of energy,” Hicks said. “I saw a couple buckets go in, and that was it.”

But after getting hit early, the Anteaters would punch back by switching to a zone defense and going on a 14-4 run, taking a 16-12 lead on a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Luke Nelson.

“They went to zone, because they couldn’t guard us in man,” CSUN head coach Theus said. “Which is okay.”

Refusing to let this matchup mirror first one, CSUN responded with a 7-0 run of their own, capped off by a 3-pointer by junior guard Landon Drew, that quieted the crowd at the Bren Events Center.

But when it seemed like the Matadors were ready to take control of the game, the defensive issues that plagued them in their first matchup with UC Irvine reemerged. Over an eight-minute stretch, the Matadors couldn’t close out on the Anteaters’ shooters quick enough, as they allowed UC Irvine to shoot 5-7 from beyond the arc for the remainder of the half.

“There’s no rhyme or reason,” Theus said. “They just make threes.”

Even though CSUN played the Anteaters evenly for the majority of the first half, two 3-pointers in the final two minutes put the Matadors in a 41-34 hole at halftime.

After running precise offense and leading for over eight minutes in the first half, the Matadors, who played seven players (all of whom played at least 23 minutes), looked tired and disinterested to start second half. Their first two offensive possessions featured two missed shots, a lot of standing around and very little communication.

Theus blamed the lack of a guiding force or voice as the reason for the inauspicious start to the half.

“It was just a lack of leadership and a lack of toughness, in the start of the second half,” Theus said, as he shook his head.

In addition to their lackadaisical showing on offense, the Matadors looked equally as fatigued and disengaged on defense. Less than six minutes into the second half, the Matadors surrendered five offensive rebounds, after only allowing that amount in the entire first half.

“There’s a certain amount of toughness that when you get tired, you have to it,” Theus said. “And when the game is on the line you have to have it.”

As a result, the Anteaters were able stretch the lead to as much as 18, due in large part to the 16 second-chance points the Matadors yielded in the game, and essentially put the game out of reach.

“It’s hard for us to come back when we’re down,” Theus said. “We don’t have enough shooters, we don’t have enough bodies, and we can’t press very much.”

Although CSUN clamped down and held UC Irvine to 1-10 shooting from the 3-point line in the second half, the game was decided on the boards, where nine of the Anteaters’ 23 second half rebounds were offensive rebounds.

Despite the Matadors’ apparent lack in desire and toughness, they just didn’t have the legs or the energy to get up and take the ball.

“When you get tired, the game changes,” Theus said.

After losing another crucial road game, CSUN will return to the Matadome to play the Cal State Fullerton Titans at 7 p.m. Thursday, for what will most likely be a de facto elimination game in the Big West.

Women’s Basketball: CSUN rises to third in Big West with win over UC Irvine

Freshman Tessa Boagni doesn't let a hand her face stop her from going up for a shot against UC Irvine during the first half of the Matadors' game on Feb. 21, 2015. (Trevor Stamp / Multimedia Editor)

It’s looking like last year’s Big West champs are continuing to pull away from their mid-season lackluster and gain their bearings as the conference tournament nears.

The Matadors racked up their fourth consecutive win against the second to last place University of California, Irvine Anteaters Saturday night 82-60.

“I think we’re starting to put things together,” CSUN head coach Jason Flowers said. “Our effort overall was a lot better.”

Irvine’s mostly green team were playing with veterans — champion veterans at that. Most of the Anteaters lineup consisted of freshmen and sophomores that couldn’t hold against the time-hardened seniors CSUN brought to the table.

“Anytime you’re up by 30 in the game, you’re doing something right,” Flowers said.

CSUN has no problem doubling up on an opposing power offender and pushed the Anteaters to a couple of backcourt violations in the process. Irvine’s top shooter Mokun Fajemisin was completely scoreless for the game, despite playing 27 minutes against CSUN.

“We were just making sure that they didn’t have open looks,” CSUN senior guard Jasmine Johnson said.

But Irvine wasn’t rendered useless by the offensive lockdown and the Anteaters sniffed out some scraps with guard Tierra Hicks. The freshman landed 16 points for the game, with three from within the paint, two outside the arc, and landed four out of five free throws for her team.

“She was athletic,” Johnson said. “We had to really make sure we put extra effort into boxing her out.”

The Anteater was bested by CSUN’s guard Ashlee Guay who can put the ball in the basket when determined. The senior secured the game high with 18 points and put down two 3-pointers.

Senior Ashlee Guay gets fouled on her way to the hoop during the second half of the Matadors' game against UC Irvine on Feb. 21, 2015. Guay led the way with 18 points. (Trevor Stamp / Multimedia Editor)
Senior Ashlee Guay gets fouled on her way to the hoop during the second half of the Matadors’ game against UC Irvine on Feb. 21, 2015. Guay led the way with 18 points. (Trevor Stamp / Multimedia Editor)

In fact, a good portion of CSUN’s team can manage the ball like a precision instrument and Irvine had trouble following suit.

“When we’re on the same page, we are unstoppable,”  Johnson said.

When under pressure, senior Randi Friess could work the ball into the arc, dodging smaller and quicker opponents.

Johnson played the five effectively, collecting rebounds and setting up nice breakaways for her team’s guards.

When CSUN plays a team like Irvine their strengths stand out as much as their weaknesses.

Northridge’s guards face some stoppage in the key against Irvine’s taller defense and had difficulty driving the ball early on.

Some of the rookies and taller defensive players flopped passes and gave away plays in sloppy turnovers, but the bench needed to play too.

CSUN, with this victory, stands tied at third in the Big West with Cal Poly.

Next, the Matadors will face the California State University, Fullerton on Feb. 26, another lower ranked Big West team who was defeated by the now 1-24, University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Titans still stand at a lowly seventh place in the conference, despite losing out to the dead-last Gauchos.

“I think our best basketball is still ahead of us,” Flowers said. “I like the direction we’re going.”


Senior Cinnamon finds an opening to the hoop during the second half of the Matadors' game against UC Irvine on Feb. 21, 2015. (Trevor Stamp / Multimedia Editor)
Senior Cinnamon finds an opening to the hoop during the second half of the Matadors’ game against UC Irvine on Feb. 21, 2015. (Trevor Stamp / Multimedia Editor)


Baseball: Raven pitches complete game in Seattle series shutout

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The Matador’s got a stellar complete game shutout from starting pitcher Rayne Raven on the way to a 1-0 win against the Seattle University Redhawks at Bannerwood Park Saturday afternoon.

Raven improved to 2-0 on the season as he went the distance and struck out ten batters after striking out a career-high 16 in his previous start.

Matadors scored in the top of the first inning after center fielder Chester Pak scored on a wild pitch and then the offense went scoreless the rest of the game.

Short stop Yusuke Akitoshi, second baseman Ryan Raslowsky, first baseman Albie Weiss and catcher Nick Murphy each recorded a hit in the game.

CSUN later improved to 7-1 with an 8-3 win at Seattle in game two of the double header.

Pitcher Jerry Keel received his first win of the season as he pitched six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out eight.

Akitoshi and first baseman Albie Weiss each had two RBIs. The offense had 14 hits which is a season high.

Left field Nick Blaser went three-for-five with an RBI and third baseman William Colantono went two-for-four with two runs scored and an RBI.

A total of five Matadors recorded two hits or more hits.

Relief pitcher Andrew Weston recorded the save as he pitched three shut out innings, gave up one hit and struck out four.

CSUN will look to win its fourth straight and sweep the series with Seattle University on Sunday afternoon. Angel Rodriguez (1-0) will take the mound for the Matadors, as he will face Redhawk starter Tarik Skubal (0-1). First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.


CSUN alumnus expresses Haitian culture with art exhibit and film screening

A lot of people who visited the debut of the Haitian gallery, stopped to admire Francois Cauvin's "Femme Poisson" during Jacquil Constant's "Haiti is a Nation of Artists" on Saturday, Feb. 21. Photo credit: Jordan Ball/Sundial Reporter

In the opening reception of the gallery exhibit, CSUN alumnus Jacquil Constant debuted his film “Haiti Is A Nation of Artists” and displayed various pieces of Haitian art. Constant wanted to display these pieces for the CSUN community because this is where his vision started.

Haitian art is rarely fore fronted and because of the 2010 earthquake, art has not been the general focus according to Jacquil Constant.

Constant, who has Haitian origins, stayed in Haiti for a year and a half in 2011. This was his first visit to the Island nation. Before he left, he did extensive research to learn more about the culture because he felt he had to do something since he was in graduate school during the earthquake. His extended stay in Haiti was the big break for his vision to actually become a reality.

The film “Haiti Is A Nation of Artists” is about Haitian artists portraying their culture in a manner unrecognized by other cultures, while creating transformational art after 2010. It’s also about people sharing or delving into a world they are unfamiliar with.

Every artist has different philosophies because of what they’ve gone through. Their own struggles and hardships makes their art unique. People do not see Haitian art consistently displayed in an art gallery setting which does not allow them to view the culture from their perspective according to Constant.

Ashley Flores, CSUN gallery assistant and Art History major, said,” Before I saw this, I didn’t realize there was a large cultural production of art coming out of Haiti. It’s really insightful because I don’t know much about the country, so it’s good to know they’re still producing art and it’s a good indicator of the culture moving forward.”

The exhibit lured in various people from dissimilar ethnic and cultural backgrounds who interpreted the art in different ways.

Deedee Holguin, CSUN Business Law major, said,” I feel like (Haitian art) can be a little complex to understand. It’s different, I haven’t seen art like this before. We (Americans) are close-minded and we don’t take the time to think outside of what is our everyday norm. We’re so used to simple things like social media and this opens up your mind.”

Constant says bringing people who are unaware of the culture makes the project feel more fulfilling.

Constant’s wife, Berenice, has been with him throughout this journey, witnessing this project being an idea in its infancy and has watched it turn into something real. She says, “I’m Mexican-American and what I’ve learned about the culture is that it’s such a resilient culture. In his film you will see a lot of that expertise and presence intertwined.”

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a tragic event, but it has not defined the culture and has not halted the artistic motivation of Haiti citizens according to Constant.

This gallery exhibition is happening February 21-26. It will be held in the West Gallery inside of the Art and Design Center.


Baseball: Albie Weiss solo shot leads CSUN over Seattle University

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CSUN improved to 5-1 on the season as they defeated the Seattle University Redhawks 1-0 at Bannerwood Park on Friday night.

The 5-1 record is the best start in 18 seasons, as the 1977 team was the last team to win five of their first six games to start a year.

The Matadors and Redhawks went scoreless for six innings. Calving Copping earned his second win of the season. He allowed four hits, four walks, four strikeouts and zero earned runs.

Freshman first baseman Albie Weiss hit his first career home run, notching the game winner in the top of the seventh inning. He was the only CSUN batter to record multiple hits.

Weiss’s solo shot came off Seattle pitcher Will Dennis, who had a 1.50 ERA on the season and pitched all nine innings and struck out seven batters.

The Matador’s bullpen came up big in the victory after they combined for 3.1 scoreless innings, no walks and two strikeouts.

Relief pitcher Conner O’Neil received his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and struck out one.

The Matadors will return back to the diamond for a double header with Seattle University Saturday afternoon in Bellevue. CSUN and Seattle University will face off first at 1 pm, then followed by a second game tentatively slated for a 4 pm start time.

Jerry Keel (0-0) will start the opener against Skyler Genger (0-1) and Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week Rayne Raven will face Ted Hammond (0-1) in game two.