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Throwback Thursday Playlist: The 1990’s

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Don’t believe the hype, the 1990’s will never die. There’s no doubt the era turned the music industry upside down.

The music was different than what was heard before, yet oddly familiar to the ear. Considered to be the golden age of music, where raunchy, yet family friendly, rugged, yet heart warming and politically diverse.

Its easy to say it was one of the best eras of music. We were educated The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, told to never chance waterfalls by TLC, and taught to, “never trust a big butt and smile” by Bell Biv DeVoe.

Here are five playlist created by the students of CSUN’s campus that prove 1990’s music was truly all that.

Lamar Johnson, Freshman

The “baby boomin” Playlist

1. R. Kelly- Bump N’ Grind

2. Ginuwine- Pony

3. R. Kelly- Honey Love

4. Janet Jackson- Anytime, Anyplace

5. Aaliyah- At Your Best

 

Jorge Valle, Sophomore

Then “funky” Playlist

1. 2pac- I Get Around

2. Dr. Dre- Forgot Bout Dre

3. Snoop Dogg- Gin and juice

4. Snoop Dogg- Ain’t No Fun

5. 112- Anywhere

Ricardo Reyes, Junior

The “Raw” Playlist

1. Biggie- Suicidal Thoughts

2. Biggie- One More Chance

3. Wu-Tang Clan- Method Man

4. Wu-Tang Clan- Protect Ya Nck

5. Wu-Tang Clan- C.R.E.A.M

Michelle Hernandez, Senior

The “Hood Sh***” Playlist

1. Cypress Hill- Insane in the Membrane

2. House of Pain- Jump Around

3. Warren G- Regulate

4. Coolio ft. L.V.- Gangsta’s Paradise

5. Ice Cube- Today Was a Good Day

Sonny Saiko, Freshman

The “off the top random” Playlist

1. Jagged Edge- “Any song, they all slap.”

2. 2pac- Hit ‘em Up

3. 2pac- Hail Mary

4. Jay-Z ft. UGK- Big Pimpin’

5. Biggie ft, Diddy ft. Mase- Mo Money Mo Problems

Meet the Clubs

CSUN student shares information about Hip-Hop club on campus.

The Sundial attended the Meet the Clubs rush on Tuesday, September 2, 2015 and asked some students what they were up to and which clubs they were interested in.

CSUN Rate My Professor: Dr. Henrik Minassians

CSUN teacher preparing to read his comments from students.

The Sundial asked Urban Studies and Planning professor Dr. Henrik Minassians to read his reviews from ratemyprofessor.com. This series is inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s, “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”.

 

Stand firm and hope for the best

Illustration by Julienne Shih / Illustrator

Volleyball players stand together after 18 vacated wins.

Matador News: September 15, 2015

Wildfires in Northern California leave hundreds of families without homes, and a flash flood in Utah devastates a community. Matador News reporter Caitlin Pieh has the latest on this morning’s rain in Los Angeles, and reporter Diana Jimenez reports on the new Oasis Wellness Center here at CSUN.

Anchors: Taylor Nwankwo, Carla Gutierrez, Carlos Gonzalez and Lisa Choe
Producers: Anna Logan and Daisy Lightfoot

 

Mantee Café: Cozy decor, but that’s about it

Photo of restaurant.

Every now and then you might stumble upon something that other people will rave about, and at first glance you might understand why. But if you look a bit closer, you start seeing the flaws, and once you notice one, along comes the rest. So was the unfortunate situation with Mantee Café.

 

What catches your eye first is the advertising easel in front of the restaurant saying “good Mediterranean food experienced in cozy back patio”. Cozy it is indeed; in fact, the entire restaurant has a romantic and home-like feel to it. It’s a place you want to bring your lover to, or your parents, or both.

The front part of the café recalls old, southern European-style restaurants. The back has a romantic-inspired décor that makes you feel like you’re at your grand-mère’s cottage in south of France, whether you are French or not. The patio follows these themes and has a peaceful presence with a little water fountain against the wall, surrounded by flowers and fruits. Seeing all of this, I found myself thinking about all those loved ones I would like to bring with me back here one day — until I ordered the food.

The waiter seemed distracted and unusually serious; if I didn’t know any better, I would think it was a crazy day at work with 20 other tables to serve, but there was just one other at that time.

What occurred to me the second time I glanced through the menu was that the food wasn’t particularly Mediterranean. For those who may not know, the regions of Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, and, recently added into that category, Cypress and Croatia are all considered Mediterranean. Mantee Café mainly serves different kinds of hummus, tabouleh, and kebab skewers.

This all sounds Middle Eastern to me, and understandably so because the owners, Rafi and Silvia Gabrielian, are an Armenian-Lebanese couple. And there is not a single Mediterranean on staff. However, the restaurant was so enchanting that I gladly ordered two of their popular appetizers anyway.

Let’s start with the Hot Feta — oven-baked seasoned feta cheese topped with tomato and jalapeno. Fifteen minutes after ordering, I got a small plate of the feta with four weirdly chopped tomato pieces, no jalapeno in sight. I asked the waiter about this, upon which he offered a small bowl of chopped jalapeno on the side. The flavors were decent, but the poor presentation, especially for its price, docked off points for this dish.

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Hot feta

Next up was their famous Mantee, originally an Armenian/Middle Eastern/Asian dish that consists of noodle dumplings filled with seasoned red meat and topped with garlic yoghurt. The dumplings in my dish were stiff as old pasta, even though they were drenched in red sauce and the garlic yoghurt on top of that. The meat inside the dumplings were dry as well.

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Mantee hot appetizer

When asked what items he thought drew customers in, the waiter, Marko, answered bluntly “food,” and quickly disappeared to the other table.

The chef, Rico Fernandez, has been part of the restaurant since its opening five years ago. He was a bit more cheerful and said the Mantee was one of the more popular dishes.

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Chef Rico Fernandez in the kitchen

With over 500 reviews on Yelp, the majority of them rating the restaurant 4–5 stars, I was lost in confusion. Maybe the entrées are better? Maybe the staff was having a bad day? Could the heat wave have gotten the best of them? I don’t know. What I do know for certain is that, if I ever came back to this place, it would be to sip on a glass of wine or two with a loved one on their cozy patio to forget this whole experience.

Champions League Opener at The Pub

Students made their way to The Pub to watch their favorite European teams play soccer. (Photo credit / Halie Cook)


It’s September, which means means the elite teams in European football are now going head to head in the Champions League.

With the best teams in Europe set to square off, CSUN students flocked to The Pub to see their favorite teams play.

Moreover, we were able to catch up with them, and ask them who they were rooting for, why they decided to watch at The Pub and whether or not that changes their viewing experience.

 

What to expect at Diavolo: architecture in motion

Photo courtesy of Valley Performing Arts Center

Architecture and dance, two things you wouldn’t imagine going hand in hand, unless you’re Jacque Heim. His visions of movement and lines are manifested in his dance company Diavolo: Architecture in Motion, and the Valley Performance Arts Center is to showcase their work this week.

What architecture in motion is:

Diavolo, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1992, has been compared to Circe de Soleil, circus acts, and ballet, but Heim argues that its nothing like those whatsoever. The real answer lies within the mind of Heim. From an early age he had an immense fascination for geometric shapes and environment.

“The French love eating croissants in the morning, I love architecture,” said Heim, but he admits he’s never had the discipline to sit behind a desk and actually do architectural design or engineering, but movement and dance he knew, so he found a way to combine his one passion with the other. “Architects have the same language as choreographers; talking about space, mood, pattern, motion, our environment, lighting and textures,” Heim explained while wafting and waving playfully, like an excited child on Christmas day with a hint of mischief.

He continued to describe passionately how he believes architectural structure affects the human condition,“As soon as you put structure around humans it reflects on who they are, on their weakness, strength and thinking process, that’s what I’m interested about.”

The root of his interest, and the seed of this art seem to be existentialism, or even spirituality; the question of God, our existence, the reason of our origin, and what we are moving towards. The type of questions most of us ask ourselves at one point or another, especially young students trying to find their place in this world.

Marketing director of Diavolo, Chisa Yamaguchi had her first encounter of the troupe as a student herself during her years at UCLA, and from her experience as a young spectator she felt it was more than a dance performance, “It was a lifestyle and career path,” Yamaguchi said, and hopes the students of CSUN will have the same experience.

“The performances should be viewed as a monumental event, inspiring students to work hard and follow their path,” said Yamaguchi.

Another interesting point that connects us closer to Diavolo is that the troupe has invited CSUN’s own students to participate and be part of the performance. When I went to VPAC for the interview with Heim, they were just wrapping up a master class that the company had offered our students. Diavolo has been residing on our campus for the last month, and as a preview for their upcoming show, they set up a dance performance inspired by the skateboard culture, in the beginning of the month by Sierra Quad.

“That’s one of the things we want to do with VPAC, is figure out ways to integrate the artist that we present on stage and their professional capacity with student and campus life,” said Terrence McFarland, associate executive director, in regards to the CSUN student body’s interaction with Diavolo.

The reason Diavolo is performing at CSUN’s campus in the first place, Yamaguchi said is because of VPAC’s executive director Thor Steingraber, whom has been a long time fan of Diavolo. Steingraber has wanted a colossal event, and believes this will fill that goal, according to Yamaguchi. The performance will for the first time be accompanied by a live orchestra, and on a stage like VPAC it will most likely be a magnificent experience, as the walls of the theatre are custom made out of the same wood guitars are, for better acoustic.

It’s been a dream for Heim as well, he raved about VPAC, saying he has always wanted to stage something there, and expressed that it is one of the most beautiful theaters in Los Angeles.

See Diavolo: Architecture in Motion on September 19th and 20th at the VPAC.

CSUN to increase graduation rate by 2025

CSUN Students walk along the Sierra Quad on the way from and two their classes. (Juan Parado / The Sundial)

Less than half of first-time, full-time freshman students graduated from CSUN in six years in 2014.

The full-time freshman CSUN graduation rate for the 2008 – 2014 cohort came in at 46.8 percent, according to the CSU Division of Analytic Studies. A Sundial analysis shows CSUN is ranked 16th out of the 23 CSU campuses in terms of this rate.

On Aug. 20, President Dianne Harrison declared new goals for CSUN, including an increase in the graduation rate for first-time freshman to 60 percent by 2025.

“Important initiatives have already been taking place at CSUN to help students achieve their graduation’s goal without losing track to get there, ” CSUN Vice Provost Michael Neubauer said.

In order to graduate on time, a student should enter in 15 units per semester said Neubauer.

“Some students change major, which take more time to graduate,” Neubauer said. “Others work several hours every week and they are not able to take as many as units as they wish to graduate on time.”

CSUN has been working on initiatives to improve graduation rate, such as the math program called Early Start Math.

The program was first launched in 2012 and is mandatory for freshman. Incoming students are able to take Early Start Math classes over the summer before entering CSUN.

“It’s very successful,” Neubauer said. “In six weeks, students can take the course online and then improve their math score so they can be ready to start at CSUN.”

Another initiative placed by CSUN has been the advisement program. The pilot program in 2015 has been a success and will be fully in function for next year, Neubauer said.

The online program has the function to track students according to their achievement and goals toward graduation. The analytical tool will be able to identify students and send reports back to the university. CSUN will then be able to track students and follow up with them individually. It will help students readjust to their planning.

“From what we know, work commitment, switch of major and family obligation lead students to graduate on a longer period of time,” Neubauer said.

Neubauer said CSUN’s focus is to make sure students are prepared before taking classes and to follow up with them along the way.

For students like 26-year-old CSUN marketing graduate Claudine Rubangura, a program like this one might have helped her to efficiently select classes in her major.

“I mean, I certainly took units I did not need. I wish as soon as I started college CSUN had this plan established already,” said Rubangura.

Weekly Events: Blood Wedding, John Perry, Oktoberfest

A parade marcher quenches his thirst while a policewoman looks on during the Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany. (Thomas Swick/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/MCT)

Sometimes it can take a while to get back into the swing of things. Sometimes it takes a few weeks, and that’s okay. Most of the time trying to get into the swing of things can be more exhausting than the work itself. Whatever it may be that’s tiring, a break is absolutely needed. Human’s were not meant to work incessantly without fun or a break. Work to live, not live to work! Here are some things out in the world to help break away from the monotony.

Wednesday 16th

Faculty artist Recital

John Perry

Master of the piano John Perry will perform at CSUN for and incredible night of music. The piano professor studied with  Cecile Genhart and has been a CSUN faculty member for years. With decades of experience under his belt, this is a great opportunity to listen to a professional at his best.

7:30 p.m.

Cypress Recital Hall

$15

Student Event

Latino Americans : Prejudice and Pride

During CSUNs “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” event that will be going on throughout the fall semester, they’ll be having various educational events on campus. This night will be a film showing just a bit of the history of what Latinos have gone through in their centuries of being here in America.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Oviatt Library Presentation room

Free

Art

Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

A large percentage of Americans use some form of a car in today’s world. Matthew Barney will take those who want to join him on a journey into the history of the automobile industry. At this exhibit is a 6-hour-long film split into 3 different acts that explore different aspects of this. Included in this exhibit are images that showcase Barney’s process of making this film that took 7 years.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art (The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA)

152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-626-6222

$7 with Student ID

Thursday 17th

 Campus Event

Orson Welles Retrospective : Stranger

Another week has come and It’s time to soak in more history of the talented Orson Welles, and this week is his film Stranger. For those who haven’t seen this or just don’t know much about Welles, come learn and see a bit of history.

7 p.m.

Armer Screening Room (MZ100)

Free

Film/Museum

Jimi Hendrix : Electric Church

Jimi Hendrix was and is considered by many to be one of the fathers of modern rock. This documentary showcases behind-the-scenes side of putting together the last concert Hendrix would do before his death. The documentary includes interviews with Hendrix himself, concert organizers, and his band members.

7:30 p.m.

Grammy Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

213-765-6800

$15 – Buy Tickets Here

Friday 18th

Student Event

Blood Wedding

“Blood Wedding” is a CSUN student produced show that encompasses “an explosive of lust, love and rebellion in rural Spain.” Opening night starts Sept. 18, but will run throughout the month before the department holds another highly anticipated show.

7 p.m.

Experimental Theatre of the Valley Performing Arts Center

$15 for students

Comedy

Iron Comic

For those who are familiar and enjoy Iron Chef as well as those who enjoy laughing will love this. Nato Green and Moshe Kasher are putting together a blend of these two worlds. They are setting up four comedians who have to put together a routine based on audience input, and they’re competing for the coveted Iron Comic title and all it’s bragging rights.

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics

7522 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046

$8

Saturday 19th

Comedy

You guys! Becky’s Dead!

A comedy routine with a bit of a twist: five men take on the role of five teenage girls at a sleepover. Suddenly, one is dead and according to Siran Bibayan “a sleepover turns into a Clue-meets-‘80s-slasher-film whodunit when a body turns up dead. Help look for the killer, and bring your own pillow.” There are normal stand-up comedians, and then there’s this.

10 p.m.

iO West (Improv Olympic)

6366 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

323-962-7560

$8

Comedy Festival

Los Angeles Podcast Festival

During this three-day festival, comedians, voice actors, podcasters will be answering questions live and talking about how to make successful podcasts. On top of this there will be a preview screening of Earbuds: The Podcast Documentary, which goes into the scenes look of big-name podcasters.

10 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Sofitel Los Angeles

8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

310-278-5444

$31 – $63

Sunday 20th

Art

Frank Gehry at LACMA

A major restrospective looking back at Gehry’s designs going all the way back to the 60’s. This giant exhibit will focus through six themes of Gehry’s work and look at his style of “urbanism”.

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

323-857-6000

$15

Food & Drink

Oktoberfest

An internationally-known event that brings together thousands of people from across the globe to unite over one common love: booze. Disclaimer: you may not have a good if you’re under 21

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Alpine Restaurant

833 W. Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90502

310-327-2483

$6 – $70

 

Monday 21st

Music

Danger Collective Residency

What is it: Danger Collective, a group from the Valley, is starting a non-profit show started. The group was responsible for the Runaway Festival at Los Globos and shows at the smell. September marks the start of a free Monday night residency at the Bootleg with sets from Dream Panther, Billy Changer and Sugar cube.

8:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

2220 Beverly, Westlake

Free

Comedy/Literature

The Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Family Men – Masters of TV Family Sitcom

Norman Lear, creator of beloved American classic All in the Family, has come to discuss the makings of a good T.V. show. In this discussion, Lear will go through his work and help inspire and encourage people to go out and write. For those who are aiming for this kind of career, this is a must.

8 p.m.

Largo at the Coronet

366 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

310-855-0350

$30

Art

The Coaster Show

Dozens of artists ranging from sculptors to painters, illustrators, animators and more join now for the 3rd annual “the Coaster Show.” These artists, using only using four-inch coasters, create some of the most unique and amazing pieces of are one would see. Also, free beer!

11:00a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-666-7667

Free

Tuesday 22nd

Historical Exhibit

Dead Sea Scrolls

For those history buffs out there this should be an exciting moment. Most things relating to the Bible in a historical context are kept in Israel. However pieces of the Dead Sea Scroll are on exhibit to view.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

323-724-3623

$12.75 – $19.75

Art

Signs & Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, 1970-2015

Margaret Nielsen and Scott Grieger were two artisits that weren’t in collaboration with eachother. However both used their art to critique the political system at the time. This exhibit is far too big to take in on just one visit and should be visited multiple times to soak everything it offers in.

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Temporary Space LA

5522 Wilshire blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036

323-297-8464

Free

Film

LACMA Classic Movies

LACMA presents matinees of classic movies on 35mm in their theater every Tuesday. It may be possible to find these movies online, but pretty much impossible to view them easily in the 35mm glory.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

323-857-6000

$4. RSVP Online

Wednesday 23rd

Art

My LA

Los Angelenos know that LA is not a seasonal city. We have season in that its less hot during times, but we dont see a large change in color. Michael Ribaby wants to show his side of LA through use of photography. Showing the bright lights and styles of LA Ribaby will bring us on a journey through LA.

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Hive Gallery & Studios

729 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

213-955-9051

Free (although advised to give a donation)

Art

La Vida Es un Ring

Lucha Libre, a timeless, honorable profession of being a wrestler. Luchadors are held in the highest regard and are stars in the culture. La Vida Es un Ring pays tribute to these masked wrestlers who honored their family, and Mexico.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

562-437-1689

$15 for non-members $10 for members

Music

Shannon and the Clams

Shannon and the Clams will grace the El Rey with hits “Sleep Talk” and “The Cult Song.” The Oakland-based punk-rock trio not only has a rocking sound, but a classic, 1950’s doo-wop sound.

 El Rey Theatre

9 p.m.

$20

 

Contributed by Joseph Jackson

Editorial: Uber drivers are people, too

Photo courtesy of Uber

In a busy area such as Northridge, with college students walking, living and driving, somebody is bound to bump into someone else. Alcohol may be involved, or some other intoxicating substance. If that person still has a charged phone, he/she can call on an Uber.

This advantage saves anyone who may put their life in danger. It is also convenient, for Uber and other services are now providing rides to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). With cheaper prices, it should come as a benefit to those who need to get to their flight.

Adding on to this is the likelihood of Uber providing its services to other companies and industries that could benefit from it.

A side effect, however, is how it will hurt taxi driving jobs, cutting the amount of money that yellow cab businesses make. Although some fares between taxis and Ubers may be close to identical, but that does not mean that one does not have a greater reach than the other.

Although there is concern among the members of the Sundial Editorial Staff about the loss of taxi jobs, there is a substantial worry about who the Uber jobs are going to. Background checks are used in hiring people to drive, but this does not always assure people who put immense trust in Uber.

Several cases of student harassment have been documented in Texas, New York, Florida and North Carolina. Many of these cases affected college students who wanted put their trust in a stranger, a stranger who serves the same purpose as any driving service person would have.

If there is a lack of trust there between the passenger(s) and driver, perhaps it begins with helping out the driver, particularly if the driver happens to be a student. Pushing the assaults aside, the low insurance and non-minimum wage level prices likely do not give some Uber drivers enough confidence in their job. Further regulation and add-ons to the background checks will also push away any interested soon-to-be Uber employee.

Fees may go up, but this will not strengthening an already burgeoning company. So as this may not be the best option that ties with their best interest, free rides for college students could be a viable option, no? Then where does the money come from for the employees?

Tying all of this together is the other suggestion provided by the Editorial board: an indoor camera. This addition may ensure the enduring security of all passengers and also the prevention of some (perhaps most) of the assaults that can happen in an Uber.

Revisions clearly need to be made to Uber cars, especially after listening to Editorial board members who have had bad experiences in the back seat or bad experiences in the front behind the wheel. Either way, the college student/Uber driver relationship needs to improve. Do not forget, those who drive Uber cars are as human as everyone else.

Tales from the Third Rail Episode 2

The Sundial: News Sports Lifestyle

This week, Kenny, Ryan and guest Sarah discuss the CSUN volleyball investigation and sports promotion on campus.