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Tales from the Third Rail Ep. 12: La solidarité

Ryan, Kenny, Nathalie and Sundial staff reporter Danielle Parmentier talk about the recent attacks in Paris and the Facebook responses the attack has garnered.


Transgender rights activist Janet Mock speaks at CSUN’s Trans Awareness Week

Author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock speaks on her experience and identity as a trans woman of color in the Northridge Center as part of Trans Week Awareness at CSUN on Nov. 16. (Christian Beltran / The Sundial)

Over 200 students gathered in the Northridge Center at the University Student Union for a discussion, Q&A and book signing with Janet Mock, the author of New York Times best-seller “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.”

As a contributing editor for Marie Claire and former staff editor at People magazine, she was listed in Advocate’s Most Influential LGBT People in Media.

She strives to guide the dialogue about trans people in mainstream media.

The discussion Monday evening was part of a week-long series of events at CSUN to celebrate and explore transgender identities and experience. The center was not open to the public and tickets were limited to two per student so they could bring in a guest. The Q&A was in the Northridge Center and continued at the Grand Salon with a meet-and-greetand book signing.

Mock spoke to a full room of students about what motivated her to share her story publicly through a memoir rather than selectively to a few people.

“After a while it just felt as if I was only expressing a fraction of myself and I was also dealing with having internalized so many of the myths and stereotypes about what it means to be a woman who is trans,” Mock said. “So much of that involves secrecy… involves believing that my experience is not, quote, unquote, normal or that normal is what the goal should be.”

With the recent hiring of the first openly trans White House staff member, the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner and the rise of Laverne Cox to fame, transgender is more visible than ever.

However, murders of trans people are at an all-time high at 15 this year. This is considering only 0.3 percent of the U.S. population identified as transgender in a 2011 Williams Institute study.

Also, 41 percent of transgenders reported attempts of suicide, in a recent survey, compared to 1.6 percent of the general population, with rates rising for those who lost a job due to bias [55 percent], were harassed in school [51 percent], had low household income, or were the victim of physical assault [61 percent] or sexual assault [64 percent], according to The National Center for Transgender Equality.

Mock said trans-women-of-color experiences represented in media are polarized and not varied.

“You walk on the red carpet, you’re on TV, you are being celebrated or, on the other end, you are in a casket, you’re an inactive body who is now being mourned by an entire movement that is saying your name,” Mock said. “But have never really given you any access to any kind of resource when you were actually an active body.”

She said that even though trans-womanhood is broad, the media is concerned with the transitioning narrative of transgender people.

“The kind of story that the media loves to tell is the story who, in my example, was perceived and presented as a little boy,” Mock said. “The media is enamored by that kind of narrative.”

Mock, at the event, said the trans community is grappling with telling the story of themselves which she described as complicated, messy, informative and inspiring at the same time.

“The real revolution will happen when trans people have more tools to tell their own stories,” said Mock. “When they’re not just hired as actors, or hired as reality-show talent.”

Students in attendance also weighed in on the issue after the discussion.

“The [trans] community is at great disadvantage in many aspects, no one talks about the issue on a serious tone,” said CSUN business major Afrah Clayton. “They are discriminated against within the LGBT community and in the open, general community.”

“It’s cliché, but the T in LGBT is indeed silent,” said Paul Muran, a Communication major at CSUN. “LGBT rights don’t end at marriage equality.”

Evening Update Tues Nov. 17

The Department of Veterans Affairs has paid 142-Million dollars in bonuses, which happened despite several scandals.

A public outreach campaign has been launched in Los Angeles aimed at reducing hit and run crashes.

Many of the owners of fitness trackers apparently lose enthusiasm for them once the novelty of knowing how many steps they’ve taken wears off.

Global warming is making California’s widespread drought significantly worse.

Many of the brightest students in public school feel bored and unchallenged.

Evening Update Mon Nov. 16

An L-A County Supervisor says not enough has been done by the Department of Toxic Substances to speed the clean-up of homes contaminated by the Exide battery Plant.

Climate change could push more than 100-Million people into extreme poverty by 2030.

The Veterans Administration is focused on getting the homeless into housing.

A new report gives poor marks for diversity in leadership positions at major college football schools.

The New York Attorney General says two fantasy sports sites are actually illegal gambling operations.

Evening Update Fri Nov. 13

NASA and the University of Washington will use global satellites to measure rain and snowfall

With El Nino approaching Ventura County officials plan to clear homeless encampments

Many children have a traumatic experience that leads to falling back in school

SeaWorld says it will end the Shamoo Killer Whale Show in 2017

Two Man Weave Ep. 4: Houston, We Have a Problem

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The Houston Rockets have fired Coach Kevin McHale.
Who’s the best player in the NBA right now?
The rise of Porzingis.

Students demonstrate in support of Missouri protest

CSUN students stood in front of the library to show their support for the University of Missouri and their discontent with CSUN staff diversity at the CSUN Oviatt Lawnon on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. (Raul Martinez / The Sundial)

CSUN students and clubs came together and held a march across campus to demonstrate and bring awareness to what they say are the struggles that African American and Hispanic students face on university campuses.

The demonstration comes two weeks after the University of Missouri took a stance on their campus to remove Timothy Michael Wolfe, the then president of the University of Missouri System.

The CSUN students will march to deliver a letter to CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in front of University Hall, requesting a meeting to understand what the university and other CSUN department are working towards deconstructing and challenging institutionalized racism at CSUN.


Matadors struggle again, losing streak hits three

Sophomore Tessa Boagni notched 10 rebounds in the Matadors' 27-point win over the California State University, Fullerton Titans on Jan. 30. (File Photo / Raul Martinez / The Sundial)

The CSUN women’s basketball team remained without a win as they fell to the University of San Diego Toreros 86-64 on Tuesday night.

CSUN head coach Jason Flowers had hinted about a possible change in the starting lineup following the loss to Saint Mary’s University. While the Matadors did make a change and trotted out their third different lineup in as many games, it still was not enough.

The loss is the third consecutive for the Matadors who once again struggled defensively. They trailed for most of the game and fell behind by as many as 30 points.

The Toreros shot 46.6 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from behind the arc. They pounded the Matadors in the paint, outscoring them 32-14.

On the offensive end, the Matadors were unable to put the ball in the basket, shooting only 37.1 percent from the field. They also struggled to hold on the ball, turning it over 24 times which lead to 28 points by the Toreros.

Rebounding was also an issue as the Matadors gave up 19 second chance points as compared to their nine.

Despite the loss, the Matadors saw big performances from a couple of freshman. Guard Nautica Morrow led the team in scoring with 18 points and added eight rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Center Channon Fluker finished with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

The Toreros were led by senior guard Malina Hood who had a game high 25 points. She shot 60 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent from the three point line.

The Matadors will look to end their losing streak as they continue their road trip with games at the University of Idaho on Nov. 20 and at Eastern Washington University on Nov. 22.

They will return home on Nov. 28 for the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Classic against Pennsylvania State University.

CSUN Matador News – November 17, 2015

CSUN students react to Paris attacks and to Charlie Sheen’s announcement.

Student recipes to try this Thanksgiving

A brined and raosted turkey recipe. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and so here are four different dishes to get inspired by for the Thanksgiving holiday.

1) Mama Ramirez’s Mashed Potato: Amanda Ramirez, 23-year-old geographical information systems major, shared her favorite Thanksgiving recipe, which she got from her mother. Mashed potatoes are a well-known traditional item during this holiday, however, the Ramirez family put their own special spin on it.

– 10 lbs bag of potatoes

– 2 cans of condensed milk

– 2 teaspoons sour cream

-1 stick of butter

– Packet of ranch mix

Peel the entire bag(s) of potatoes and boil them until soft. Whip them and place in a huge bowl. Add the condensed milk, sour cream, butter, ranch mix and stir.

2) Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese: Claudia Andersson, 26-year-old political science major said she likes to put a luxurious spin on a good old mac and cheese for Thanksgiving.

– 1 lb macaroni

– ½ stick butter

– 3 teaspoons truffle oil

– ¼ cup flour

– 2 cups of milk

– 1 cup half-and-half

– 1 ½ cups Gruyere cheese

– 1 ½ cups white cheddar cheese

Cook the macaroni in boiling water and a pinch of salt, until al dente. Drain when done cooking and drizzle with truffle oil. Set aside.

Next, in a big saucepan melt the butter. Once melted add flour and stir well. Whisk in milk and half-and-half, add a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Once removed from heat, immediately add both cheeses and stir. When the cheese sauce is smooth, pour it onto the macaroni in a baking dish. Sprinkle cheese and bread crumbs on top. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

3) Novin’s favorite Brussels sprouts: Tahla Novin, 27, a communication major shared the only way she will eat Brussels sprouts.

– 2 lbs Brussels sprouts

– ½ package quality bacon

– Handful of fresh thyme (chopped)

– Handful of chopped walnuts

Slice the Brussels sprouts in the middle and place them on baking pan. Chop and cook (without adding any oil or butter) bacon on a stove pan until done but not crispy. You’ll utilize bacon fat to cook the Brussels sprouts. When the bacon has finished cooking add that onto the Brussels sprouts along with the chopped walnuts and thyme. Blend and season with pepper (no additional salt in needed as bacon is salty on its own). Bake at 370 degrees in oven until Brussels sprouts are soft.

4) Jamie Oliver inspired Turkey: Novin also shared a roasted turkey recipe she saw on TV once by British chef Jamie Oliver.

“It’s a Christmas recipe but it works great for Thanksgiving, too,” Novin said.

– 1 whole turkey

– Oranges/or Clementines

– 3 sticks of room temperature butter

– 1 cup of dry cranberry

– 2 handfuls of rosemary

– 2 handful of thyme

– 1 clove of garlic

Clean the turkey by washing it and removing giblets.

Chop dried cranberries, rosemary and thyme, press garlic, and mix everything together with butter. With the flavored butter, slide under the skin of the turkey so it covers the entire meat underneath the skin. Slice clementines and put them inside the turkey instead of stuffing. Set oven to about 325 degrees in order to roast turkey. Cooking time depends on how many pounds the bird is, but it usually takes around 3 hours for an 18 lb turkey. A thermometer is recommended for roasting a turkey.


Student Travel Column: Destination Israel

Matthew Levine spending summer in Israel on August 5, 2015.
Matthew Levine in Negev, Israel on August 5th, 2015. Courtesy Photo by: Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine, a 23-year-old, accounting student talked to The Sundial about his trip to Israel.

Q: Where did you travel?

A: Israel

Q: What is your favorite place you visited?

A: Jerusalem

Q: How long was you trip for?

A: 10 days

Q: What did you do?

A: I traveled around the entire country, from the Dead Sea to the Jordan River. We learned about the history, geography, culture, and current political climate of the region. We were accompanied by 10 Israelis to help us.

Q: What was your favorite dish?

A: Shawarma

Q: Did you go with friends? Family?

A: A group of 40 people from all over the West Coast of the United States.

Q: Mistake you’ve done or something you would have done differently?

A: Not packing enough clothes! Make sure to do so or have some laundry arrangements available. Luckily I found one.

Q: Do you have any trip advice for a student who wishes to travel?

A: Be open to new experiences. Just because something seems weird or different does not mean you should not participate.

Q: Best travel quote?

A: “When is the best time to travel? Yesterday.”

Q: Where would your next trip be to?

A: Domestically, Washington State. Internationally, China.

Q: Have you ever traveled alone? Would you wish to do it? Why or why not?

A: I have traveled alone and I am glad I experienced it. You learn a lot about how to be somewhere unfamiliar and it helps to be able to do whatever you choose!

Q: In one word, what does traveling means to you?

A: Exploration.

Weekly Events: Pre-gaming for Thanksgiving

Photo courtesy: The Sundial

The time has come, its pre-Thanksgiving week and finals are around the corner. Christmas music is playing and people are camping out for black friday already. Skipping class is becoming ever more tempting but to preserve and make it to the end of the semester without giving into the temptation of sleeping in is worth it! Counting the days gets too painful, distractions help pass the time between class, thanksgiving, and winter break! Come check out whats happening this week and take some time to forget about school!

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Campus Event

LA’s First female orthodox congregational Rabbi

Alissa Thomas is the first female orthodox congregational Rabbi, and will be here at CSUN answering questions and talking about what it means.

Jerome Richfield 217

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


Campus Event

Fall 2015 Bi-Annual Men of Color Enquiry and Student Research Poster session

UC Irvine Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry Dr. Joseph L. White will discuss the image of African Americans. He’ll delve into the struggles of stigmas and teach how to unlock African American psychological strengths.

Northridge Center, University Student Union

2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.



Thursday, Nov. 19

Campus Event (movie)

The Immortal Story

This week’s movie from Orson Welles’ repertoire is “The Immortal Story,” a tale of an aging European merchant who hires a sailor to sleep with his wife. This is just a giant ruse, but beings to create a giant story of intrigue in itself, much more than he planned.

Armer Screening Room (MZ100)

7 p.m.



White Boiz, Peanut Butter Wolf

White Boiz, a hip-hop-rap group, will perform along with eclectic artist Peanut Butter Wolf.

The Regent Theater

448 S. Main St.
Los Angeles

8 p.m.

$10 – $15

Friday, Nov. 20


Los Angeles Comedy Festival

The festival is filled with laughter and fun. It will feature surprise celebrities. It will showcase shorts, films, stand-ups, TV spots and much more for all to enjoy. Food trucks will be provided around the festival grounds, so prepare to feast as well.

The Actors Company

916-A N. Formosa Ave.
Los Angeles

7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 21


Stouts n Staches

Every man should be aware of what Movember is: a month to grow out all facial hair without shaving to spread awareness of a multitude of diseases and illness. This festival celebrates and encourages everyone to show off their staches, or buy some sweet looking ones for those who can’t grow them. Enjoy some live music, food and, of course, beer.

1697 Pacific Ave

Los Angeles

2 p.m.

$10 – $50


David Sedaris

Contributor to “This American Life,” essayist David Sedaris will be having an open discussion about the people he met and got to know and shares about his experiences.

Valley Performing Arts Center

8 p.m.


Sunday, Nov. 22

Ice Rink

Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square

How often do we in L.A. get the opportunity to go ice skating? We have no nearby lakes or rivers and are in a drought. Nothing says holiday romance/fun than a fun trip to an ice rink.

532 S Olive St

Los Angeles

10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Car Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

Car lovers united. Come join and see the newest, shiniest, fastest and most furious cars that are coming to the market.

Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 S Figueroa St

9 a.m. -10 p.m.

$12 – $15

Monday, Nov. 23


Thenardiers Inn – A Les Miserables Caberet

Come enjoy and relax with a retelling of the classic “Les Miserables” story. This time experience it in a 360 immersive experience where you’re escorted through this inn with the owner himself. Doors open early for some drinks and refreshments. This is a 21-and-over event.

123 Vine St.


8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

$15 – $30


Community Mosaics Workshop

What is it: Most people haven’t made mosaics in their life, but most people have seen them, and they’re common in churches and religious buildings. This is a chance to make a small one that can be hung on the wall, most of the people who attend won’t be professionals, so feel free to let the creative side out.

Star Apartments (Downtown LA)

240 E.6th St.

Los Angeles

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 24

Campus Event

CSUN wind Ensemble

What is it: Enjoy a night out with one of CSUN’s wind ensemble as they take audiences on an adventure with some exciting Italian band music. Some of the featured songs include Frank Ticheli’s “Sanctuary,” Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento,” Edward Cupero “Honey Boys On Parade.”

Plaza del Sol Performance Hall

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.



Contributed by Joseph Jackson