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CSUN wins both games, sophomore attacker sets new record

CSUN swept their games over the weekend due in large part to a brilliant performance by sophomore attacker Madeleine Sanchez, who scored seven goals against Pomona-Pitzer. (File Photo / The Sundial)

Led by sophomore attacker Madeleine Sanchez’s spectacular performance, CSUN’s women’s water polo team earned a 13-5 win against Pomona-Pitzer and a 16-7 victory over Concordia at the Cal Baptist Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Against Pomona-Pitzer, the Matadors held control of the game throughout each period. By the end of the first period sophomore utility Paula Abellan Garcia’s scored her first goal of the season right before the buzzer. In the final period, Sanchez broke her scoring record with her seventh goal in the game, also tying the CSUN record.

The record has only been achieved by three other Matadors: Chari Christopher in 2003, Whitney Delgado in 2011 and Lindsy Duncan in 2013. Sophomore center Amy Yule also achieved a record a hat trick and freshman utility Miranda Coleman recorded her first goal her career.

In the second game against Concordia, the Matadors led wire to wire again. Sanchez netted in the first minute as she did in the opening match. As well as Sanchez’s sensational play, eight different players scored goals in the second period to help win the game.

In the third period, sophomore attacker Katelyn Fairchild scored a couple of goals, and with a tally in the last period Garcia recorded the first hat trick in her career.

The Matadors do not play again until the Triton Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 at UC San Diego.

Geek Clash Ep. 44: Playing Catch-Up

Geek Clash is in full effect as Lita and Danny catch up on The Flash, Arrow and Sherlock.
Danny is excited for a new anime as well as Netflix’s addition of Better Call Saul and Lita geeks over recent GameStop purchases and the new featurette for Fantastic Beasts (and Where to Find Them).

Follow Lita and Danny on Twitter! @LitaKelly and @LDA3Danny

Football Friday: Superbowl Special

FOX Sports: NFL

Today’s special edition of Football Friday covers Superbowl 50! Tune in as hosts Harry Bennett and Matthew Wojtasiak talk about the games that landed the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers their spots in the Superbowl, as well as their picks for who will take home the Lombardi trophy this Sunday!

Super Bowl 50 is a tale of two quarterbacks

The Panthers are led by MVP frontrunner Cam Newton, while the Broncos will hope to get their first championship under veteran quarterback Peyton Manning. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

With just a few days away from the biggest sporting event in America, many football fans are still scratching their heads as to how Super Bowl 50 features two of the NFL’s least likely teams.

After defeating the New England Patriots in the AFC Title Game, it appears Peyton Manning is meant to win a ring during his last hurrah in the NFL.

Both Carolina states beg to differ.

The team nearly went perfectly this season but finished with a 15-1 record.

The Panthers led the league in points scored and hasn’t lost a home game since last year. The last loss came at the talons of the Atlanta Falcons, where Carolina scored less than 20 points for the only time that season.

The franchise’s turnaround is led by quarterback Cam Newton, who solidified his case as MVP after Newton’s team mauled the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, in the NFC championship game.

Newton’s dangerous pass attack and scrambling threat, paired with Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart and tight end Greg Olsen, leaves Carolina just four quarters away from being Super Bowl 50 champions.

Carolina’s opponents have given a whole new meaning to defense wins championships. Denver ranked in the top ten in pass defense and second in the league in run defense allowing only 64.5 rushing yards per game.

However, the real roller coaster for Denver barreled through the quarterback position.

Since Week 1, Manning looked as though he had finally lost his touch as every critic declared his career over. Week 10 may have been the darkest day in the Broncos’ front office, since the day John Elway retired, as Manning was benched because of poor play and injuries. Manning finished the regular season with nine passing touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 67.9 quarterback rating.

Playoff hopes rested on the shoulders of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler who amazed the NFL by helping Denver to a 5-2 finish and a division title.

More importantly, Osweiler granted Manning another chance to prove why he is a Hall of Famer.

After a brief appearance in Denver’s comeback win over the San Diego Chargers in week 17, and the huge upset in the AFC championship game, Manning will suit up for his final game at the biggest stage and against all odds.

CSUN students had plenty to say about the Super Bowl 50 match.

Sophomore Naz Rob, a communications major, said he firmly believes in his Super Bowl 50 pick.

“The Panthers are going to take it,” he said. “Newton is a lot more athletic than Manning and, even though Denver has a good defense, I think Newton will be able to maneuver around them.”

Rob said he thinks Newton wants to win the game more than anyone else.

Freshman Corey Patrick, currently an undecided major, said he thinks the younger Panthers’ team will be a factor in the game.

“Look at Stephen Curry right now, ‘why is he unstoppable?,'” he said. “Age.”

Patrick said Carolina knows where it wants to go and Newton will go down in history.

“We are going to see something special from him and Curry for years to come,” he said. “I think they are going to be the [Dan] Marino and [Michael] Jordan type of players of our generation.”

Although it’s small sample size, it seems as though CSUN students are with the rest of the nation on who they think will take the Lombardi Trophy.

Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco on Feb. 7 at 3:30 p.m. and will air on CBS.

The week ahead in Matador sports

Junior Aaron Parks shows his emotions after making his lay-up while being fouled by the UC Irvine defense in the CSUN loss at The Matadome. (Patricia Perdomo / The Sundial)

February 3

  • Men’s basketball vs. UC Riverside @ UCR 7 p.m.
  • Men’s volleyball vs. Pepperdine @ home 7 p.m.

February 4

  • Women’s basketball vs. Long Beach State @ LBSU 7 p.m.

February 5

  • Women’s tennis vs. Long Beach State @ home 1 p.m.

February 6

  • Men’s basketball vs. Long Beach State @ LBSU 4 p.m.
  • Women’s basketball vs. UC Riverside @ URC 4 p.m.
  • Men’s volleyball vs. Stanford @ home 7 p.m.
  • Women’s tennis vs. UC Riverside @ home noon

February 8

  • Women’s golf vs. Matadors Invitational (TBA, all day)

February 9

  • Women’s golf vs. Matador Invitational (TBA, all day)

Man threatens to kill people near CSUN Transit Center

The Department of Police services building is located at the corner of Darby St. and Prairie St. File Photo / The Sundial

At approximately 4:02 p.m. on Tuesday a man reportedly approached people near the CSUN Transit Center and threatened to kill them, police said.

The suspect was described by Campus police as a 30-year-old black male dressed in all-black with headphones on and wearing a red backpack.

The suspect was also seen walking towards the area of the Oviatt Library, according to police.

The suspect was seen yelling obscenities at a woman from afar, she didn’t make contact and instead proceeded to run away, according to police.

Campus police asked that students walk in pairs or groups, especially at night.

Freshman forward wins second straight Big West player of the week

The freshman frontcourt player becomes the first women's basketball player to win consecutive Big West Player of the weeks since 2007. (File Photo / The Sundial)

CSUN women’s basketball Channon Fluker has won her second consecutive Big West Player of the week award; topping off a Matador’s season-high three game winning streak.

The 6’4″ freshman out of Maranatha High School established her dominance on both sides of the ball against conference rivals UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton averaging 27.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game. She also had a 71.4 shooting percentage from the field during both victories.

On Jan 28. Fluker finished with a career-high 33-points against Irvine, followed by a 21-point outing and 5 blocks against Fullerton two days later.

Fluker is averaging 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds through 18 games. She has only started six games this year which will likely change after her recent performances.

The lady Matadors look to extend the win streak to four games.

Thursday they will be traveling to Long Beach State for another inter-conference match up.


Dr. Josh Sides speaks on LA’s post-war economy and culture

Dr. Josh Sides spoke to 75 students about various social and economical issues on Tuesday, Feb. 2. (Ellen Choi / The Sundial)

Around 75 people, including students and professors attended the Black History Month event held in the Oviatt Library’s Ferman Presentation Room, Tuesday. Speaker, Dr. Josh Sides, author of “L.A. City Limits: African American Los Angeles from the Great Depression to the Present” and CSUN professor, spoke on the city’s post-war economy and how urban America was both a beneficiary and disadvantage for Black migrants from the South during times from the Great Depression to modern day.

Sides delved into South Central Los Angeles and how it became the grounds for Black migrants during the twentieth century. “African Americans had to reconcile what it means to be African American in Los Angeles,” he said. Through various slides, he presented how recent Latin Americanization of South Central foreshadowed significant regional demographic shifts.

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Students gather on Sierra Quad for spring Meet the Clubs event

CSUN Boxing Club members Ramon Ramirez and Saul Hernandez spar on Sierra Quad.


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More than 250 CSUN clubs and organizations set up booths on the Oviatt Lawn for the first day of the Meet the Clubs event.

At the beginning of every spring and fall semester CSUN clubs showcase their various agendas to the campus at the event.

Augustin “Augie” Garibay, activities coordinator for clubs and organizations for the Matador Involvement Center,  said the event helps students become familiar with the campus and helps them think of CSUN as more of a home than just a school.

“On the surface, students will get the benefit of exploring and making new friends. The idea that CSUN is a commuter school is challenged by an event like this,” Garibay said. “This gives our students an opportunity to grow as leaders. For me, it’s exciting for a student to come to the event with no sense of direction and leave with more knowledge.”

Garibay hopes students get excited about campus organizations and services.

The event also provides student with the benefit of getting their information out there for new and returning students.

“Our main goal is trying to get outreach,” said Jesus Suarez, finance and Chicana and Chicano studies major. The 19-year-old is also the treasurer of the fraternity Sigma Tau Alpha.

Suarez said the fraternity reaches out to Veterans who are caught in the cycle of staying in school after their service.

“This way, we can [reach out] to those people so we can provide them the services,” said Suarez.

The event is scheduled to continue at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on Sierra Quad.

Tom Bradley’s documentary kickstarts black history month at CSUN

The panel of guests at the documentary screening of Briding the Divide on Monday, Feb. 1. From left: Lorraine Bradley (Tom Bradley's daughter), Alison Sotamyer (producer), Lyn Goldfarb (producer), Kent Kirkton (director of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation at CSUN).

A viewing of “Bridging The Divide,a documentary featuring former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, was shown in the Armer Theater at CSUN.

The event was one of the first to be held on campus to kickstart Black History Month on Monday, Feb. 1.

“Everyone should watch this film,” CSUN political science major Zakiyyah Babatunde-Bey said.

The 18-year-old said she found the documentary truly inspiring.

Bradley was the first African American to be elected as mayor of a significant U.S. city. Having won by the majority vote, he served five consecutive terms as mayor from 1973 to 1993 and completely changed the structure of L.A.

“He made L.A. a contemporary city,” producer Jacquil Constant said.

He said that without Bradley, L.A. would not have the same diversity that it does today.

The “Bridging the Divide” team credits Bradley with setting the pace for the country in terms of minorities holding government positions, including that of President Barack Obama.

Shanté Morgan, the founding president of the CSUN Black Alumni Association, said that Bradley was a “savvy political leader,” and that he “changed the perception of African Americans in terms of their public image.”

The film travels through important landmarks of Bradley’s life with a combination of historical photographs and modern digital media, more of which can be found online through the Oviatt Library website in digital collections.

“I love the purpose and meaning … [it was] more than what I was expecting,” said Michelle Partida, 21, cinema and television arts major.

Following the documentary, a panel was held and audience members had an opportunity to ask questions to producers Alison Sotomayer and Lyn Goldfarb, Bradley’s daughter Lorraine Bradley, and Kent Kirkton, the director of the Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation at CSUN.

Goldfarb grew up in L.A. before the reign of Bradley and said she often felt that the city was misrepresented by the world.

But after Bradley became mayor, she thought of L.A. as a “model for coalition politics.”

Sotomayer said she was inspired to create this documentary with Goldfarb in 2008 because, as a Latina producer, she felt an obligation to share Bradley’s story in order to publicize social issues that resonate in communities.

Through her research, Sotomayer found that the image of L.A.’s mayor was being forgotten and distorted.

There were no “scholarly blogs,” she said. And the history of Bradley’s impact on the city was not being taught in classrooms.

With this film, she said she hopes to grab the attention of younger generations and raise public awareness about Bradley and his role in creating the diversity of L.A. that is present today.

“I’m even more determined to make sure his legacy is not forgotten,” Sotomayer said.

“Bridging the Divide” will air publicly on PBS on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 8.p.m.

More information about the documentary can be found online where you can purchase the DVD and contact the producers directly.

CSUN Men’s Volleyball comes up short against top ranked UCLA

Errors cost the Matadors as they fell to the No. UCLA Bruins on Saturday. (File Photo / The Sundial)

The 12th-ranked CSUN men’s volleyball team took its second straight loss Friday night in a road match against No. 1 UCLA. They gave the Bruins a good fight falling in four sets, 20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19 at Pauley Pavilion.

The Matadors (7-2, 2-2 MPSF) had several high points in the match after freshman Dimitar Kalchev had 25 kills and five aces, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bruins (10-0, 6-0) squad.

Kalchev, who hit .311 on 45 swings, and a majority (30.5) of the Matadors’ 71.0 points. Junior Jakob Ciesla added 12 kills on .258 hitting. CJ Suarez had a match-high 11 digs.
CSUN started off strong, taking the opening set 25-20, and hit .522 on 23 attacks. An ace by Eric Chance gave the Matadors a 10-8 lead and held that lead until UCLA drew even at 12-12.

The Bruins closed to within 16-15 but two more CSUN points pushed the lead back to three and UCLA would only get within three the rest of the way.

The next two sets were deuce games and both ended in set losses for CSUN. With the score tied at 19-19 in set two, the Bruins took five of the next six points and clinging to a 24-23 lead, Micah Ma’a put down a kill to even the match.

The third set was just as close. With set point at 24-22, Kalchev answered with a kill. Blocks from Ciesla and Chance on the next two Bruin attacks set CSUN up with set point at 25-24. It wasn’t enough as a 3-0 run capped the win by consecutive kills from Jake Arnitz.

Both teams had 53 kills, but the deciding factor in the match was the errors. The Bruins made nine less than the Matadors.

CSUN returns to The Matadome next week as the Matadors host Pepperdine University on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and Stanford University on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Tattoo Tuesday: CSUN student has small tattoos with big meanings

Cory Tatum, 37, is a CSUN student majoring in psychology and minoring in queer studies. (Ashley Grant / The Sundial)

Cory Tatum, 37, a CSUN psychology and queer studies student, has a couple of tattoos on his body but plans to get a full sleeve on his left arm.

Tatum’s first tattoo was an outline of a star on his left hand between his pointer finger and thumb.

Cory Tatum, holds out his hand to show off the small star that connects him to his best friend.
Cory Tatum, holds out his hand to show off the small star that connects him to his best friend.

“I had a friend in high school I hadn’t seen in a really long time,” Tatum said. “After years of being away from each other, we finally saw each other and realized we had been drawing a star in the same place. So we went together to get it tattooed, and now we are always connected.”

Along with the star, Tatum also has “1 Corinthians XIII” written in script on the inside of his right forearm.

“Growing up I was a church kid. One day I was writing in my take home bible study and I asked myself ‘what is love?’” he said. “My bible was closed, and I just opened it to the exact chapter. This was the first time I was like God heard me and answered me. It was so direct.”

A close up of Cory Tatum's bible verse tattoo located on the inside of his right arm.
A close up of Cory Tatum’s bible verse tattoo located on the inside of his right arm.

Although he said he is no longer religious, the sign he received that day still remains valid and important.

“It has always stayed with me,” Tatum said.