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Sundial Radio Hour Oct. 2

An airstrike in Idlip Province in Syria.
A video still showing the site of an airstrike in Idlib Province in Syria on Thursday. Credit Hadi Al-Abdallah, via Associated Press
  • Ronda Rousey to play Marvel’s Captain Marvel?
  • Mass Shooting on a Oregon college campus
  • Russia continues airstrike efforts in Syria
  • Will Smith returns to rap after 10 years.


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  • Miracle Evans


Bicycle thief arrested near University Park Apartments Toyon Hall

Map of CSUN campus.
The thief was arrested on Friday for stealing a bicycle from a rack located near Toyon and Shore Pine Hall. CSUN University Park Apartments map.

CSUN police arrested a bicycle thief today who was caught stealing a bicycle from racks located near Toyon and Shore Pine Hall at the University Park Apartment complex.

According to a mass email from CSUN student housing services, the male suspect stole a bike secured with a black cable cord.

CSUN police were not immediately available for comment, but asked any students whose bicycles were stolen and matched the given description to contact police services at 818-677-2111.

Scandinavian cuisine in Toluca Lake

Tourist poses with two guard statues outside of a tea shop.
Fortyone Fortyone's open-faced sandwich from the lunch menu. Photo Credit: Myh Lindstrom.

Los Angeles’ constantly expanding diversity allows the restaurant scene to be ever changing.

Many people are familiar with Latin, Asian, classic American and other types that our city has to offer, but a new trend sweeping L.A. is Scandinavian food. With an increasing number of Swedes coming to the U.S. every year, Swedish shops and cafés are blossoming in many corners of the city.

Enter Fortyone Fortyone; a breakfast and lunch restaurant in Toluca Lake with an international menu and Swedish specialties such as Swedish meatballs, Swedish pancakes, grav lax and much more.

The women-run business is a small restaurant with an uplifting presence that comes from its vibrant interior.

The chef, Linda Andersson, is the owner of Fortyone Fortyone.

It took Andersson many sleepless nights to get the restaurant running as she did doing everything by herself without any outside help or investors.

“Though it is still hard today and lots of work, I love what I do,” said Andersson “I have always said follow your passion, work hard, and you will do fine.”

The hostess and waitress, Tara DiBurro, is a former journalism student at CSUN and reporter for the Sundial.

“This was originally a catering firm, so Linda figured why not turn it into daytime restaurant as well,” said DiBurro, who has been working here since it opened a year and half ago.

Fortyone Fortyone specifically caters food to the film and TV studios that it’s surrounded by.

Their classic Swedish meatballs dish is the best you can get outside of Sweden. The meatballs are succulent and flavorful with gravy that compliments the meat and their mashed potatoes have great texture.

The dish, often eaten with pickled cucumbers, sticks to tradition with homemade pickled cucumbers. The only thing that lacked in this dish was the amount of lingonberry jam, but all in all a great dish.

By popular demand, the chef recently changed the shrimp salad back into the original shrimp sandwich. This traditional Swedish lunch item is served as an open-faced sandwich with a sliver of bread, which at Fortyone Fortyone is served as a brioche.

The brioche bun includes lettuce, a sliced hard-boiled egg, a dollop of mayonnaise, cucumber and dill, piled with shrimp and topped with a slice of lemon. The sandwich was a bit dry, which could have been better by adding more mayo and lemon juice on the shrimp.

Fortyone Fortyone is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast served until 10:30 a.m.


Men’s soccer loses 1-0 in Big West conference opener

CSUN loses its first game in four tries, after allowing Cal Poly to slip by in a 1-0 loss. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

CSUN (4-4-1) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end as they were beaten by the California Polytechnic State University Mustangs (6-2-1) 1-0 on Thursday night.

In their first home game since Sept. 13, the Matadors were looking to build on the successful road trip that saw them go 3-0 by opening Big West Conference play against a Mustangs team that hasn’t been great on the road this season.

Things would not go according to plan.

With defender’s circling around him, Cal Poly’s senior midfielder Chase Minter scored the only goal of the game with a stunning bicycle kick in the 11th minute.

“Ball came across, they flicked it back in the middle, the ball popped up, I couldn’t really see the ball anymore because he’s a little smaller than our defenders,” said CSUN senior goalkeeper Adam Hobbs. “But he got a good whip on the ball and it dipped just over my hand and right under the bar.”

The chance was crucial because opportunities came few and far between, as Hobbs would have one save as both teams would only have two shots on goal.

Before trailing early in the first half, the Matadors came with the same style of play that helped them win three consecutive games.

It actually took the Matadors only 10 seconds to get their first shot of the game when sophomore freshman Jeremy Degraffenreidt was able to beat Cal Poly’s defender on a through ball but had his shot blocked by Cal Poly’s senior goalkeeper Wade Hamilton.

CSUN would continue to put pressure on the Mustangs defense, as sophomore midfielder Steven Manios shot in the fifth minute hit the bottom right post.

Ten minutes later, CSUN senior midfielder Carlos Gonzalez almost had the equalizer when his free kick was blocked by Hamilton with a diving effort.

Before allowing the goal, the Matadors defense continued to play well as previous games as the Mustangs could not gain possession on the Matadors side and did not get their fist shot attempt until they scored.

Although the Matadors were in an early deficit, they had several opportunities throughout the game but they could not find the back of the net.

“You got to produce opportunities to make goals, I think we could have a little bit more quality upfront,”CSUN head coach Terry Davila said after the game. “We did very well in controlling the pace of the game, but we had to have more quality going upfront.”

The Matadors were unable to take advantage of them, as they outshot Cal Poly 7-5, they also took more corner kicks as they had six, while the Mustangs took four.

The game did not see many offensive chances for both teams as it was more of a physical defensive battle, both defenses tried to establish themselves from the beginning of the game and for the most part, the referee let them play on, but there were many fouls both teams thought went uncalled.

Both teams would be called for nine fouls for the game and CSUN’s junior midfielder Juan Samayoa and junior defender Patrick Hickman were given yellow cards.

CSUN would try for a late push in the final 15 minutes but the effort was to no avail, as they would only get one shot on goal.

CSUN will have to turn their focus onto their UC Santa Barbara and try to do what they did this game but with a different outcome that sees them earning a win.

“We’re coming for Santa Barbara, everyone is saying they’re pretty good, they’re this and that, we’re not too worried about what everyone else is saying,” Degraffenreidt said. “We’re going to come out and bring it to them, we’re not scared…we’re ready.”

The Matadors will have a short period to dwell on the loss and seek their first conference win as they host the University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos this Saturday at 5 p.m.

Black Male Initiative organization hosts PizzaRev fundraiser

CSUN student orders pizza at PizzaRev.
BMI advisor Sam Prater orders pizza for BMIs fundraiser at PIzzaRev Photo credit: Nicollette Ashtiani

Hungry students joined local restaurant PizzaRev’s lunch rush, this Thursday to help support the fundraiser for the Black Male Initiative Organization (BMI) at California State University Northridge that ran from 11 a.m. to10 p.m.

The BMI is a mentorship program that is aimed to motivate and support minority male students on campus in achieving academic success.

“These guys are already ahead of the game. A lot of people [come] from communities, at least I did, where a lot of guys didn’t go to college. But people are taking seven years to graduate, and that’s an issue,” said Sam Prater, a BMI advisor and a student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral Program with a focus in community college leadership privileges at CSUN. “The idea is to host events to get them together and support each other, whether it’s bowling or skating, to meetings about study skills or how to manage your money.”

Although the organization is only 2 years old, the group has increased significantly in size, starting at five members and currently holding 50.

“I like how it’s a safe environment. It’s a place you can come and talk about issues that normally wouldn’t be appropriate because you know the setting isn’t right,” said Robert Wilson III, a communications studies major at CSUN. “A lot of your friends don’t want to have a conversation about police brutality or other strange issues. It’s kind of cool there is a place you can come in and be a little vulnerable.”

Despite being an organization for African American males, anyone is welcome to come and attend a meeting.

“Everyone can come and support. I felt like at first I could never go to meetings because I was female. This was a safe place for males, I didn’t want the female presence to take that,” said Zakiyah Webster a communications studies major at CSUN. “Anyone is welcome, but at the same time we got to realize they don’t have to be inclusive.”

Prater explained that although the organization wants students to have fun, its main goal is to help minorities progress academically and improve retention and graduation rates.

“BMI prepares you for the real world, like passing your classes and taking enough units. It really puts things into perspective. It’s more of an internal-type thought process as opposed to them telling you to do something. When you hear about the issues and how hard life is going to get beyond college doors, it kind of makes you mentally tougher and want to strive for more,” said Wilson III.

Prater explained that despite the large amount of students on campus, only 2,000 are African American.

“There is a real need for African American men to come together to help fill a sense of support and belonging on campus. The student group exists to create a brotherhood–a family to support each other among black men,” said Prater.

In addition to academics and leisure, the organization goes a little deeper for some.

“Men are taught to not to be vulnerable or express their emotions. Its different when you have a place like BMI on campus where you can talk to men that look like you, have had similar experiences and can say, I get you. That’s rare to come by. Even if someone looks like you, it doesn’t mean that they understand you. BMI helps create that understanding of individuals,” said Webster.

Sundial Radio Hour Oct. 1, 2015

County Sheriff talks to media.
Douglas County Sheriff John Handlin gives a press conference Thursday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2015 in Roseburg, Ore. Hanlin said the man who opened fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday is dead. (Amiran White/Zuma Press/TNS)

The Sundial Radio Hour – news summaries for the day, today. Here are the headlines:

– 13 dead, more injured after lone gunman shooting at Oregon community college.
– President Obama criticizes gun control standards.
– Russia launches air strikes in Syria.
– Taylor Swift donates $50,000 to baby struggling with cancer.
– Kelly Clarkson cancels latest tour.

News: Daniel Shin

Entertainment: Angelica Pedraza

CSUN Rate My Professor: Dr. Claire White

Professor Dr. Claire White reads reviews from Ratemyprofessor.com

Inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s popular segment “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” the Sundial asked marketing professor Dr. Claire White, to read his reviews from RateMyProfessors.com.

RateMyProfessors allows students to anonymously review, rate and comment about college professors. According to the site, users have added more than 1.4 million professors and over 15 million ratings.

Check the Sundial every Thursday for a different professor or tweet @dailysundial for suggestions.

Thanks for watching!

Penny for Your Thoughts Ep. 2

Kenny, Jordan, Raul, and Brandon drop back in the booth to discuss the week ahead while Opinions Editor Ryan Mancini makes his debut and gives his to cents (two pennies) on the squad’s performance. They talk about deal breakers, their Big Show plans and what a meaningful relationship consists of.


Oregon college shooter identified, 10 dead, others injured

Birds Eye View of Community College in Oregon.
A shooting was reported at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg, Ore., on Oct. 1, 2015. (Google Maps)

*Update, 9:56 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Local law enforcement officials have identified the gunman of the Umpqua Community College shooting as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer.

Mercer killed nine people on the Oregon community college campus on Thursday morning and hospitalized seven others. Officials said he then committed suicide.

Investigators suspect Mercer may have been a student after they found a receipt for two books from the campus bookstore belonging to him.

On late Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Mercer owned three pistols, a rifle, and five additional magazines, citing a report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Investigators have not made any conclusions as to Mercer’s motive for the shooting, however a blog linked to the gunman suggests he was tracking high-profile shootings such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident and the murder of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward by Vester Lee Flanagan, who shot both while they were taping an interview in Roanoke, Virginia.


A fatal shooting at an Oregon community college has left at least 13 people dead.

The suspected gunman was identified as a 20-year-old male, said Oregon Governor Kate Brown during a press conference at Umpqua Community College, the site of the shooting. No further details were released.

Douglas County Sheriff Jon Hanlin later confirmed the gunman died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Map locating Roseburg, Oregon, where a shooting occurred at a community college. (Tribune News Service 2015)

This latest incident comes after the September shooting incident at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.

In the event of an active shooter near or on-campus on CSUN, campus police takes steps to first confirm any reported shooting incidents. Police services then communicate information and safety precautions to students, faculty and campus personnel through the university’s emergency broadcast system Blackboard Connect, according to CSUN Chief of Police Anne Glavin.

Blackboard Connect sends out information and details on response measures to emergencies using voice, email and text messages. Information is also relayed via screen alerts to campus computers connected to the CSUN server, according to the CSUN annual security report.

“The first message coming out would tell people to shelter in place, stay in place or leave a certain area,” said Glavin.

Evacuation measures, meanwhile, would take place according to the location and circumstances of the shooting. Glavin said it’s likely that the campus population will be told to stay in place and avoid the identified area of shooting.

Depending on the longevity of the shooting incident, emergency messages are relayed in about 20 minute intervals.

More details on specific safety measures to take in the event of an active shooting on campus can be found in the latest CSUN annual security report.

Canonizing genocide

Illustration of Pope.
Illustration by Thomas Gallegos / Culture Clash editor
Illustration by Thomas Gallegos / Culture Clash editor
Illustration by Thomas Gallegos / Culture Clash editor

Pope Francis I contemplates the sainthood of Junipero Serra, who started the California mission system, resulting in the deaths of millions of indigenous people across the state for over a century.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October Playlist

A pink ribbon on top of a background of music notes. Illustration for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Photo credit: Thomas Gallegos

October kicks off breast cancer awareness month, bringing attention to the approximately 3 million people in the United States that are living with the disease according to the American Cancer Society.

According to the American Cancer Society’s facts and figures from 2013-2014, “A woman living in the US has a 12.3%, or 1 in 8 lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Although this disease usually attacks later in life, the Youth Survival Coalition said, about 15 percent of the 70,000 people ages 15-39 diagnosed with cancer are suffering from breast cancer.

As young college students we can educate ourselves about this disease and learn about ways to detect it. This disease may mainly affect women, but it also has effected men.

“In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women,” according to the American Cancer Society while, “about 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men.”

The playlist has songs from artists Melissa Ethridge, Carly Simon, Olivia-John Newton, and Sheryl Crow who are all survivors of breast cancer, along with other songs for the fight that will inspire you.

Access the Breast Cancer Awareness Month playlist here and add sundialmusic on Spotify.


VPAC: Rediscovering Linda Ronstadt’s life

Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir
Photo Courtesy of Luis Luque

Although she may have stopped singing indefinitely, Linda Ronstadt is certainly far from giving up her role as an entertainer.

As part of a new conversation series with the seminal Mexican-American songstress of the ’70s and ’80s, Ronstadt expounds at great lengths about her life and career on stage – all the while without actually performing.

“I can’t think of a time that I wasn’t surrounded by music,” said Ronstadt. “Even growing up in a pueblo in Tucson, I can remember singing songs as soon as I could make noise.”

Detailing her life through the music of Mexico, Los Angeles and the American Southwest, Ronstadt sat down with Los Angeles producer Dan Guerrero at the Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University Northridge on Tuesday night. Despite Ronstadt’s massive acclaim since her flower power days in the Stone Poneys, one may not realize that her career has been much more complex than simply a pop singer in the United States.

The conversation, led by Guerrero, took the audience through a chronological survey of Ronstadt’s life, starting in Arizona and ending up as Ronstadt’s career began to slow down in the ‘90s.

“Think of it as if you’re at a really boring party and you happen to overhear two old friends having a really interesting conversation,” said Guerrero. “You can’t help but to slide over and listen.”

The crowd at the VPAC gave Linda a standing ovation as the curtains parted to reveal her on stage, looking comfortable in an oversized chair.

Having famously given up the stage in 2009 due to Parkinson’s Disease, Ronstadt was nonetheless open to speaking about her time in the music industry and her multi-faceted career.

“I’ve lived so many different genres of music – rock, country, American standards, folk, traditional Mexican music – it’s been a full life,” said Ronstadt.

As master of ceremonies, Guerrero took Linda and the crowd through a series of pictures and video clips from her life, ranging to the early days of the Laurel Canyon music scene to country music styling with Dolly Parton to the later years of Ronstadt’s return to Spanish-oriented music.

The crowd wildly applauded and hollered at nearly every sentiment Ronstadt had to offer, from the minutiae of her horse’s name to stories about sharing the stage with Aaron Neville. Such adoration soon turned from reverent to insufferable, with the hooting and applause often drowning out Ronstadt’s storytelling.

Still, Ronstadt’s insight wasn’t marred by the uncouth nature of the crowd or the technical deficiencies of the VPAC, with the slideshow of pictures presented often delaying the flow of conversation; Her natural ability as a storyteller saved the evening.

Following the conversation was a performance from CSUN Chicano studies professor Conjunto Hueyapan and his daughter Ixya Herrera, who performed two songs in honor of Ronstadt. “Linda was the one that taught me how to sing!” Ixya exclaimed after belting out an enormously talented number that brought the crowd to its feet.

The evening was capped off by a few pre-screened questions from the audience, most of which ended up as a sentiment thanking Ronstadt for her music.

“Music makes the mind better,” said Ronstadt. “Teach music to children, teach it to people you know. It will make for better people and a better world.”