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CSU and CFA Mediation Unsuccessful

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The California State University Board of Trustees and the California Faculty Association met today for their Oct. 8 mediation in Sacramento to reach a compromise regarding salary negotiations for all Cal State Faculty.

Unfortunately no settlement was made so both groups will be moving on to the fact-finding process.

“We basically discussed if the CSU was going to budge on any of their offers, and they said no,” said Antonio Gallo, CSUN lecturer and member of the CFA bargaining committee. “They didn’t even counter offer. They stuck to the two percent because they said that’s all they can give.”

During the fact-finding process, a neutral third party is chosen to hear both sides. Representatives are then selected from each bargaining team to gather information and issue a report to a neutral third party. The neutral third party then writes a report that recommends how the settlement could be compromised.

“Whenever we have gone to fact-finding in the past, the CSU never sided with the fact-finders decision, even though they select their own representative,” Gallo said. “The thing that we find is every time it comes down to fact-finding, they side with the CFA.”

As of now, no date has been selected for fact-finding.

If fact-finding proves to be unsuccessful, there will be a 10-day media blackout. After the blackout the parties will present their best and final offer.

If no agreement is made, the idea of a strike remains a possibility. The CFA will vote Oct. 19 to determine if they will go on strike if they are unable to settle.

“Of course we are hoping not to strike, and I am sure if you ask most faculty members they don’t want to,” Gallo said. “They love what they do, but they need to be properly compensated.”

Penny For Your Thoughts Ep. 3

The Sundial Logo: News, Sports, Lifestyle

The boys hit the booth to discuss “Netflix and chill,” relationship queues, and sexual performance.

What is good sex?

Evening Update Wed Oct. 8

Panoramic photo of melting ice caps,
Ice Caps Melting (New York Times)

The nation’s criminal justice system is being overhauled, and judges will have the discretion to give lighter sentences to non-violent drug offenders.

Google launches a program to provide new ways to keep smartphones online, while lowering the cost for streaming video.

The interaction of a warming climate with a growing and shifting population could subject more people to sweltering conditions.

Law enforcement is increasingly using G-P-S trackers on suspect’s vehicles or possessions, raising many questions from legal experts.

Nearly 75 percent of teen daters say they spend time texting daily with their partner.

CSUN Rate My Professor Dr. Mary-Pat Stein and Dr. Cindy Malone PART 1


The Sundial asked Biology professors Dr. Mary-Pat Stein and Dr. Cindy Malone to read their reviews from ratemyprofessor.com. This series is inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s, “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”.

Tune in next Thursday for Part 2!!! Thanks for watching!!!

ZBT Get On the Ball for Children’s Hospital LA

Students part of Beta Beta Tai takes picutres with giant ball around campus for Children Hospital in LA.

50 year old fraternity ZBT rolled around a giant ball on campus in efforts to raise money for the Children Hospital in LA. Stop by Sierra Center’s quad to donate today at their table!

CSUN Matador News – October 6, 2015

A U-S Commander apologizes for the deadly air strike in Afghanistan; National Coming Out Day at CSUN, and students take precautions to protect themselves on campus

The Adventures of Jack Kirby

On Point reports on legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby, who work is currently on exhibit at the CSUN Art Gallery, with curator and English professor, Dr. Charles Hatfield, comic book illustrator and instructor Scott Fresina, and Earth-2 Comics store owner Carr D’Angelo

CSUN Matador News – September 30, 2015

Students react to the Dodgers winning the National League West. CSUN Faculty considers a strike as negations with the CSU stall. Oviatt Library adopts a new quiet policy.

Day of the Dead festival returns to the Fairplex

Photo credit: Thomas Gallegos

The Day of the Dead festival is returning to the Fairplex in Pomona this Halloween on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Some of the big headliners include Deadmau5, Skrillex, Flying Lotus, Gessaffelstein and Nero. This festival is run by Hard events, the same people who produce Hard Summer.

This years lineup has a variety of music genres other than the usual EDM music that people love. Method Man and Red Man will be performing, along with A$AP Ferg, XXYXX and many more. Hard events are known to bring a little hip hop and indie to the lineup, which is probably why young people enjoy attending.

“The only people who I would see at Day of the Dead are XXYXX and Cool Cats,” said 18-year-old Melissa Mendoza. “I don’t get why it’s 21+ because people can overdose anywhere. Just because it’s a festival doesn’t matter where they do it. They are losing a lot of money over changing the age limit.”

This year, Hard Summer caused quite a controversy after the first night due to the deaths of two young women from overdosing on ecstasy. Temperatures were scorching as soon as the festival started at 11 a.m., but that didn’t stop people from drinking and doing drugs.

“I would be excited to see Jauz, Destructo and Nero. Raising the age limit is pointless because people are still going to find a way to get in and it’s not going to stop anyone from buying and consuming drugs. 21-year-olds are still as naive as 18-year-olds, so it wouldn’t make much of a difference. I think the festivals would be losing money as well. There should just be more emphasis on drug control and more paramedics on site in order to help those who look like they are feeling sick,” said Vivian Garcia, 21, public health.

Due to the deaths of the two young women at Hard Summer this year, the age limit has changed from 18 and over to 21 and over. The number of attendees is capped at 40,000, instead of the 65,000 people that attended Hard Summer, which made lines extremely long and bathrooms were a mission to use. The curfew is set at 11 p.m. due to the location of the festival and also trying not to get EDM festivals banned for good in Los Angeles County, although Gary Richards (aka Destructo, creator of Hard events) stands by calling his events music festivals, not raves.

Hard events are the only real festivals in Los Angeles County that have big EDM producers performing. Since Electric Daisy Carnival had its last festival in LA back in 2009 due to a 15-year-old’s death, the city has been trying to ban these types of music festivals. Come this Halloween, be on the lookout for more security, free water to keep hydrated and fewer people so you can have a little more elbow room when going from stage to stage.

“I really like Deadmau5, Vic Mensa, Skrillex, A$AP Ferg and Juicy J,” said 22-year-old molecular biology major Harvey Reyna. “I would go but these festivals focus more on EDM and I like other genres as well. I think since it was overdosing on drugs, it makes sense why they changed it to 21+. The older you get, the more you’re not into stuff like that.”

Day of the Dead tickets are still on sale through ticketmaster.com and they are offering payment plans or single day tickets. In the meantime, here is a playlist to get people pumped for the festivities that is about a month away.


Women’s soccer looks to snap winless streak in return home

CSUN student (in red) keeps ball away from Riverside soccer player.
The return of sophomore forward Cynthia Sanchez is key in the Matadors' pursuit of their first conference victory. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

The Matadors (7-5-1, 0-0-1), will be looking to bounce back, after being winless their last three games, in their game against conference foe, UC Irvine (5-6-1, 1-0), this Thursday.

Last week, the Matadors followed their first losing streak of the season with a tie against UC Davis.

The Matadors offense has been shut down over that three-game span, only scoring two goals to the opposing team’s six goals.

However, the offense has been able to keep pace with opposing teams in terms of shots, shooting 45 times to the opposing teams 46.

In spite of the power outage offensively, the team will look to get their offense rolling again when sophomore forward Cynthia Sanchez returns to the pitch this weekend.

Defensively, the Matadors are still looking in prime shape. Senior goalkeeper Cynthia Tafoya continues to protect the goal, posting 13 saves over the last three games.

She shut out UC Davis with six saves in their last game.

UC Irvine is coming off a win against UC Riverside on Sunday and having won two of their last three games.

UC Irvine has only been able to score more than one goal in a game once this season and has a 7.1 shot percentage on the season.

Many of their wins are rooted in their defense, particularly senior goalkeeper Corey Tobin who has 51 saves and five shutouts this season.

Ultimately, this match up will be about which offense can step up.

The Matadors have been struggling the last three games but UC Irvine’s offense has been struggling all season, which is auspicious for CSUN.

The Matadors currently also lead the conference with 24 season goals while UC Irvine is last in the conference with eight total goals.

Both defenses will be looking to continue stellar play and both goalkeepers will try to keep their high skill of play going against the two struggling offenses.

The players to watch for the Matadors are Sanchez and junior midfielder Kourtney Kutscher who have been the stars of the offense leading up to the offensive drought.

The player to watch for UC Irvine is sophomore forward Kiana Palacios who leads the team with three assists, as well as having one goal on the season. Also, Tobin who has not let up her high level of play.

The Matadors face UC Irvine at Matador Soccer Field on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Letter to the editor: don’t forget the social sciences

Workers set up display for African American art.
(Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

While I appreciate the passion and emphasis behind your September 24th editorial (“Time to make science popular”), I’m concerned about its limited conception of what science includes. A focus on “chemistry, biology, physics and astronomy” ignores systematic inquiries into nature that occur in a wide range of other disciplines, particularly those in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Some of those disciplines are even increasingly scientific, with significant advances in testable ideas about observable reality.

Consider, for example, social geometry, a theoretical strategy in sociology which has generated scores of general, simple, testable, valid, creative propositions that explain and account for a wide range of behavior at individual, group, organizational, and societal levels. Ideas within this strategy – such as that legal behavior varies curvilinearly with relational distance, that genocide is a function of social distance, or that everything “wrong” is a function of movement in social space – apply anywhere on earth, and any time in human history. Social geometry even predicts the degree to which ideas and individuals are scientific, and therefore informs the few disciplines you mention, instructing students and colleagues there (as elsewhere) how they might become more scientific.

If your interest is in a “stronger fascination [with] science” and providing “the minds that the world needs in order to move on as a species,” it might even be more important to laud and parade successes in social and behavioral sciences. They connect clearly with aspects of our everyday lives. They more directly address more problems facing individuals and society. And, despite their theoretical and epistemological advances, they continue to get the short shrift in opinion pieces about science.


Ellis Godard

Associate Professor

Sociology Department

Idiot’s Delight: What to expect from a WWII dramatic comedy

Photo courtesy: Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, Communication

Idiot’s Delight will have its opening night Friday, Oct. at 7 p.m for everyone’s entertainment.

This student production is based off of a 1939 movie where people are caught stuck in a hotel lounge just when WWII is about to loom. Because WWII was just a hard time for everyone, traveling became harder and many people had to stay where they were, it wasn’t safe to be traveling around and the borders were closing. Characters in the play will portray the hardships, but will provide a comedic twist to it all.

Tickets range from $15 for CSUN students, $20 for general admission $17 for seniors and $16 for CSUN employees. Seating is reserved as tickets are being purchased, so there will be no late seating.

For more ticket information you can call 818-677-2488 and reserve your spot.

They will also be performing on Saturday at 7:30 p.m and Sunday at the Nordhoff Hall’s Little Theater. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The show will also run on Wednesday, Oct. 14, all through Sunday, Oct. 18 at the same time.

If you have an questions Shad Willingham, an assistant professor and director at the theater department, would be the best person to contact via email shad.willingham@csun.edu.