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Track and field: Photo slideshow of Northridge Invitational

Sophomore Emma Millard hurdles towards a victory in the women's 400 hurdles with a time of 59.73 during the Northridge Invitational at the Matador Track Complex on March 21, 2015. (Photo by Richard Kontas / Production Manager)

You can find video footage of this weekend’s track and field meet here, where 11 Matadors finished first in their respective events.

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A perfect circle: a look back at Dirk Nowitzki’s legacy

"Nowitzki snatched his 10,000th rebound after a missed corner 3-point attempt by San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in Tuesday evening’s game at home in the American Airlines Center. The fans were awarded that night with a 101- 94 victory and a little taste of history." Photo courtesy of TNS.

The only player to earn 25,000 points, 10,000 rebounds, 1,000 3- pointers, 1,000 steals and 1,000 blocks in NBA history. Dirk Nowitzki’s circles are exclusive.

The seven foot power forward welcomed that the moment he decided to spot up behind the arc instead of posting up on the block, something he was criticized for early in his career. However, the 2006 3-point shootout champion silenced the nay-sayers well before people began to lose their credibility as professional sideline talent scouts.

Every year, Nowitzki has improved his game. Going from playing 47 games his rookie year to contributing in all 82 contests the next, he worked at his craft in the off-season. Perfecting that one-leg turn around fade-away jumper was a part of his routine. Being able to solidify himself as a rebounding threat was another.

Nowitzki snatched his 10,000th rebound after a missed corner 3-point attempt by San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in Tuesday evening’s game at home in the American Airlines Center. The fans were awarded that night with a 101- 94 victory and a little taste of history.

The franchise player added yet NBA all-time category to his resume, each only bearing a few members. Each only bearing names that are recognizable among almost anyone that knows no matter how flamboyant Lebron James dunks the basketball, it’s still only worth two points.

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one player who has to share his throne with Nowitzki as being one of only two players in NBA history to record four consecutive 30 point and 15 rebound games during the post season.

In 2001, Nowitzki joined Detroit Pistons’ new wave of bad boy Rasheed Wallace on the list of the being the only two players to make 150 3-pointers while grabbing 100 rebounds in a single season.

That was just to name a few.

He is one of six players to be a part of the 50-40-90 club – individuals who average 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent from the free- throw line.

Nowitzki joined that list in 2007, the same year he became the first European player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

The Dallas Mavericks owe a lot of their firsts to Nowitzki. He led them to their first finals appearance in 2006 and their first and only championship in 2011, where he also earned Finals MVP. He is the first Maverick to be selected to an All-NBA team and has done so on 12 different occasions.

Nowitzki’s accolades are endless, ranging from his success with the German national team where he was voted best scorer in German national basketball team history, to being a six-time Euroscar recipient – an annual award given to the best European basketball player.

As the Mavericks’ all-time statistical leader in all but four categories that include regular and post-season, Michael Jordan once said that Nowitzki is one of the few players that could be almost as successful as him in this era.

Though Nowitzki doesn’t need Jordan’s acknowledgement to continue to prove that he is one of NBA’s all-time greatest big men, it is nice to know that Nowitzki accompanies Jordan on the list of 11 players to win a NBA Championship, finals MVP, regular season MVP and be voted an all-star 10 or more times.

His circles are, indeed, exclusive.

No deal with Iran is better than a bad deal

Photo courtesy of Rodriguez: Tribune News Service

There has been much debate around the fact that the United States has decided to work with Iran.

This new interim deal was signed by six powers in November 2013. There are some who say the deal isn’t going to last, and I agree because everyone wants power, and allies are going to form.

The interim deal made with Iran states that Iran cannot use its nuclear fuel cycle to make atomic weapons. Although the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany agree that Iran shouldn’t be able to make nuclear weapons, we are setting ourselves up for disaster.

There are others who may disagree and say that having six powers working together will make for a stronger union. Some may believe that a unity among the countries will form and we won’t be power hungry. Having multiple countries getting along well with one another may be better than being at odds, but something is bound to fall between the cracks.

It takes up to three months to make a warhead. Enrichment plants are checked on a daily basis, which some say it would be impossible to make a weapon in secret. I don’t think that it would be difficult to make a warhead for those who work with nuclear weapons every day.

Those who make the weapons can be hiding them in other places to avoid being caught and breaking the deal. If the deal is to fall apart, who is to say that Iran won’t have weapons prepared for retaliation? The U.S. may think they have the best interest of everyone involved, but the government needs to consider the lives of its citizens as well.

Not only should the government be weary of weapons being made in secret, but also of the fact that the other five powers involved in this deal want power. Every country wants to be the best of the best. All countries want to believe they have the best military and government. We may be in agreement with Iran and the other powers, but there have been times when these countries have tried to overthrow each other. If a disagreement of some sort is to occur, one of the five powers can retaliate.

Seeing that the United States is a superpower, there are other countries who detest us. Some want the power that we have and will do almost anything to get it. Even though we have a strong government, we do not need to bring unnecessary war into our country. Agreeing to this deal means that anything can happen. If something bad were to happen, a war will most certainly break out.

Besides the possibility of countries seeking power, allies may form. If there is a fallout with any of the powers involved, they may decide to team up and attack another country. This could lead to the dividing of the powers. Similar to that of each individual country seeking its own power, war can break out between multiple countries. This will only cause more strife between the countries and won’t improve relationships. This could lead to War World III.

The U.S. is making use of the saying “keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” but I don’t think that will work with Iran. There is no knowing if these plans will backfire.

The United States needs to protect its citizens from any outside forces that can wreak havoc.

Baseball: CSU Bakersfield ends six-game winning streak, beats CSUN 10-7

Justin Toerner steals second during home game Saturday against Dartmouth. Halie Cook/Contributor

Despite jumping out to a 6-2 lead through four innings, the Matadors could not avoid allowing big innings as Cal State University Bakersfield scored four in the sixth and three in the seventh to secure the win.

The Matadors were hampered by five errors in the game, while the Roadrunners only had one error on the day.

CSUN starter Angel Rodriguez only lasted two innings as he gave up two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Junior pitcher Rayne Raven then pitched two scoreless innings in the the third and fourth.

Following Raven’s fourth inning, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for the Matadors, while giving up eight runs between four pitchers.

Leading 6-3 heading through five innings, the Blaze stormed back to take a 7-6 lead after scoring four in the sixth.

The Matadors would then answer right back in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a two-out RBI single by center fielder Justin Toerner to score Blaser from second to tie the game at 7-7.

However, the Roadrunners were able to answer right back in the top of the seventh inning, as they scored three runs to take a 10-7 lead and that proved to be the difference.

The CSUN offense tallied 13 hits in the game, right fielder Chester Pak and Toerner combined for seven of those hits.

Pak went 3-for-5 with two homers, three runs and three RBIs as Toerner went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

This was Pak’s second multi-home run performance in his career. Pak belted two home runs on Mother’s Day in May of 2013.

Along with Toerner and Pak, Bumstead swung a hot bat as well, as he went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

10 of the 13 CSUN hits came from the first four batters in the lineup and they also scored five of the seven runs.

CSUN returns to the diamond to open up conference play against Cal State Fullerton for the first of a three-game set on Friday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Matador Field.




Outside Lands’ outlandish lineup

The 2015 Outside Lands lineup is out, so be sure to check in and experience the festival in early August.

Vincent Nguyen / Sports Editor

How do you one-up a previous lineup featuring the likes of Kanye West, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Killers, the Arctic Monkeys, and Disclosure?

Well, you can’t. You just leave the past and look on to the future, only focusing on 2015 and nothing more.

And that’s what Outside Lands 2015 is looking like. This year’s lineup keeps the tradition of having fantastic music from the depths of classic rock, to present-day EDM and indie music.

Elton John, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar and the Black Keys are among the headliners of the festival held in San Francisco from August 7-9 – a weekend where Outside Lands attendees can roam around the Golden Gate City and Northern California.

Other artists include Tame Impala, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Slightly Stoopid, Billy Idol, Chet Faker and DJ Mustard. With this kind of lineup priced at under $300, this is definitely a festival worth experiencing.

Both D’Angelo and the Vanguard returning to the airwaves, the “Black Messiah” will definitely be a must-see. The legendary Elton John is obviously someone not to overlook, either, and Tame Impala are fantastic performers with their trippy visuals. The Black Keys should be a great performance, and with a new album out for Kendrick Lamar, his show should be nothing less but spectacular.

For EDM lovers, Odesza and RL Grime are ones to check out. For hip-hop heads, DJ Mustard is there along with Lamar to fulfill your needs. And Billy Idol should be one to rock the Bay Area for the weekend, too. If you’re looking for something more chill during the day before you head out to check out the headliners, Lake Street Dive and Leon Bridges would artists to check out. Nevertheless, any musical taste will be fulfilled with the artists on paper.

The only downside to Outside Lands is the conflicting time slots when the headliners perform. Last year, Kanye West played at the same time as the Arctic Monkeys, and this year might be the same deal. Kendrick Lamar may be playing at the same time as Sam Smith, or Elton John with the Black Keys. Audiences will have to decide on who to pick, and this tradition might carry on to this year’s festival, too.

Outside Lands would be a great substitution for those who missed out on Coachella, so be sure to check tickets out and experience the Golden Gate Park to close out your summer.



AS senators pushing budgetary limits

Faculty advisor Veda Ward reminds AS senate members about award-winning student research papers and advocates for the funding of showcasing those students' work. Wynnona Loredo / Staff Photographer

Two AS senators increased the requested allocations for club-sponsored programs due to the benefits it provides for students.

AS requested to allocate $5,400 from Student Travel and Academic Research funding to allow 10 students to attend the Association of Asian American Studies Conference this April. Senator Brianna Wilcox requested to increase the funding by an additional $2,400 for a total of $7,800. According to AS the travel cost per student is $540, whereas the original cost was set at $5,400.

“If it’s for educational purposes I don’t see why we can’t add an extra $2,400,” Wilcox said.

AS senators did not approve Wilcox’s recommendation of $7,800. Allocation was lowered to $6,000.

AS Attorney General Adan Garay said senators are showing passion and support for their constituents by making motions on their behalf and increasing their financial recommendations. The senator’s personal experiences and beliefs help determine their vote behind certain issues.

The benefits of holding these events outweigh their costs, Garay said.

When discussing SB 2011-12-03, the “Resolution Instituting the Tradition of the Rose,” Senator Orion Block made a motion to strike down resolution 6A “flowering plants are replaced or added to the campus, that they be Matador Red roses”, in hopes of persevering water during the drought.

As AS was voting on Successful Transfer, Senator Dikran Khodanian said having a program that helps successfully transitions transfer students into CSUN comfortably will greatly benefit the students and how he wished he could of been part of this program when he transferred to CSUN.

Successful Transfer, said Khodanian, is a program that helps student get familiar with CSUN programs, important locations such as the Klotz center, the Oviatt and SRC and campus events; it is much like freshman orientation.

AS also passed a motion to allocate $3,945 to Project D.A.T.E to help fund their week long sexual assault awareness and prevention program event known as Sexual Assault Awareness for Everyone.

Originally, project D.A.T.E had requested $2,500, but senators recommended to increase that amount by adding an additional $1,445. The funding will be split up as followed: $1,972 will be allocated from Unassigned Contingency and another $1,972 will be from The University Corporation (TUC).

When funding a club or organization, the AS finance committee looks at the club’s previous funds allocated with AS to determine how they used the funds or if they used all the money for the purpose they requested it for. The main issue debated when discussing increasing their funds was if AS can fund certain items.

Through Unassigned Contingency, AS will not fund for events off campus, food, class group projects, DJs, T-shirts and marketing.

The newly appointed Assistant Chair of Finance, Zoya Zehra, stated that Project D.A.T.E should use their assets from CSUN to receive free to little-to-no-cost for printing marketing materials. Zehra noted that a large amount of the funding is going toward paying interpreters to communicate with the students, mainly the deaf.

“The main thing is to look at the previous year to see how they spent their money,” Zehra said.

After much debate between senators, they voted on bringing the total funding price back down to the original price of $2,500. The major factor into their decision was the limit AS has for funding their marketing.

March 23rd Meeting Highlights:

Appointed Tom Conaway a senior majoring in Computer Science to become the Senator for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Appointed to approve Zoya Zehra as Assistant Chair of Finance.

Approved SB 2014-15-006 which is known as “Successful Transfer”. The bill was then renamed to “Improving orientation process for transfer students”

Allocated $1,500 to African American Music Association for Music and Entertainment Summit.

Allocated $800 from Unassigned Contingency to Delta Sigma Pi for the event “DSP Presents”. Their original asking price was $5,000.

ICYMI: Track and field highlights from this week’s CSUN Invitational

Senior Joseph Blue competes in the shot put event during the Northridge Invitational at the Matador Track Complex on March 21, 2015. (Photo by Richard Kontas / Production Manager)

Junior Elizabeth Nelson shined and 10 other athletes finished first in this weekend’s CSUN Invitational. Here are highlights from the weekend event.

Here’s highlights from March 14, where CSUN saw seven track and fielders finish first.



Women’s Basketball: Legacy Lives on after NCAA exit

For the 13th-seeded public school who gave a top-tiered private university a tough fight in the first round of the 2015 NCAA tournament Saturday, it was either show up expecting to win, or not at all.

Despite falling 73-60, there was a point in the game where CSUN overtook fourth-seeded Stanford University, and had the Cardinal swaying wildly in the wind.

“We aren’t the little engine that could,” CSUN head coach Jason Flowers said. “We shed that a while ago.”

This loss marks the end of the 2014-2015 season for CSUN, as well as the college career for its starting seniors, that, over the past two seasons, led the program to a glory it has never seen before.

Five years ago, CSUN was the bottom conference team and only pulled four wins for the entire 2010-2011 season.

It wasn’t a good first year for Flowers, but with time he would assemble a team that would put CSUN on the women’s basketball map.

Starting last year, they came back from a slow start to the season, and went on to take both regular season and tournament titles for the Big West.

This year, they lost the outright championship to the University of Hawai’i, but came back in the Big West Tournament to shut down the Rainbow Wahine and claim the tournament championship.

For the five starters that led them to success, the game against Stanford was their last under the Matador name.

“Going from freshman year to having just our family in the stands to having a full crowd at our senior night (this year),” Guay said. “I didn’t expect any of this.”

CSUN at first looked like it was going to live up to the expected predictions as they battled against the PAC-12 team in Stanford, California. They fell behind quickly after tipoff, and Stanford pulled an 8-0 run before CSUN responded with a jump shot from senior guard Ashlee Guay.

From there, CSUN treaded water for much of the half, but starting at 8:41, CSUN began an 11-0 run that put them one point ahead of Stanford at the halftime buzzer..

“There wasn’t jubilation in the huddle when we were on a 16-2 run, because that’s what we do,” Flowers said. “It didn’t matter that we were playing against Stanford.”

CSUN pushed Stanford to their limits — racking in rebounds and stressing their offense to shoot outside of the key. Northridge also managed to slap down some shots from the taller team and render their wing shooters ineffective.

Coming into the second half, CSUN kept up their groove for a short while and pulled a six-point lead over Stanford at 18:05. But things took a turn for the worse shortly after for Northridge.

“We had way too many breakdowns in the second half,” Flowers said. “I thought they were way more solid than we were in the second half.”

Stanford made adjustments that allowed them to shut down CSUN and work defense that stressed the opponent’s offense to depend solely on one player.

Though senior guard Ashlee Guay pulled the game-high 27 points that afternoon against Stanford, there wasn’t enough support from the team members to close the gap.

“Guay is obviously a really, really good player and difficult to guard,” Stanford guard Lili Thompson said.

No other CSUN player scored in double-digits, but Stanford managed a nice spread on the stats that saw four players pull more than 10 points each.

“We wanted to take away (Guay’s) favorite things, and I think she did a good job going to her second and third option,” Thompson said.

Though CSUN insisted that Stanford’s height did not affect them, the guards struggled inside the key. Senior guard Cinnamon Lister, along with Janae Sharpe and Guay, would go in to the key only to be pushed out by Stanford.

Stanford, on their side of the court, was working sophomore guard Thompson and with ten minutes left in the game she dealt damage that would seal a victory for her team.

CSUN fell behind by double-digits again as the game winded down, but they fought to the last minute and pulled up from Stanford’s runs.

“We’ve always been taught that you play through adversity,” Guay said. “That’s what we did this the whole season when we had losing streaks and we were not united as a team yet.”

Though the win went to the favored team, who has years of experience in the NCAA tournament and will be advance to the third round — they sure had to fight for it.

“This is the best team they ever had in their program. I can attest to that.” Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, who secured her 800th career win against CSUN.


Keeping your make up fresh under harsh music festival conditions

Photo credit: Esmeralda Ramirez

Here are some tips and tricks for amazing makeup that is long-lasting, even in the mix of the heat and dusty scene of music festivals. With Coachella and Stagecoach right around the corner, many of us might now be thinking of products to keep our faces looking fresh, flawless and sparkly.

Many girls can agree that music festivals are really fun opportunities to express yourselves in a creative and bold way.

Here is a really big tip: make sure to apply moisturizer to your face with SPF. You will be out in the sun and your face needs to be well protected. Also, depending on what type of skin you have, you will either need to apply oil-free or regular moisturizer.

Shown are products that girls can use to doll up festival style. Photo credit: Esmeralda Ramirez
Shown are products that girls can use to doll up festival style. Photo credit: Esmeralda Ramirez

The next steps would be to apply…

Eye shadow Primer

I would recommend using any eye shadow primers from Urban Decay because they are all long lasting and they will work so well with preventing eye shadow from rubbing off.

Tip: Eye shadow base also helps to keep your eyeliner in place without smearing on your upper eyelid.

Eye Shadows

Be open to fun, bright and glittery colors. If you have a big makeup pallet with a variety of colors put it to use! I recommend using makeup eye shadows from Sephora, Urban Decay and Too Faced.


For mascara I highly recommend using Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara I have been using it for several years it is so long lasting you can even go into a swimming pool with it on and it won’t come off. This is very important at a music festival because your face might get wet by a random persons flying water bottle.


I have been using Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Gel Eyeliner since I was in high school, and it is the best non-smearing eyeliner I have ever used. I definitely recommend it!


For music festivals, I personally wouldn’t recommend using heavy foundation, regardless of how much coverage you think your face needs. It is so uncomfortable wearing lots of face make up, because you’re going to sweat it off on other peoples arms or cloths if you get an arm or shoulder to the face from how crowed it gets. I would recommend using Clinique Age Defense BB Cream (it has SPF 30) as well as Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup. I mix both of these products together, and together it gives me the perfect coverage that looks very natural and feels so light on my face.

Tips: Sometimes it is difficult to find the perfect color that matches your skin, don’t be afraid to mix colors, similar to painting and mixing colors. I also suggest using your fingers to apply it because makeup brushes collect bacteria if they are not cleaned (my cause of acne), and sponges soak up all your makeup (something I learned through experience).

Finish Power

Depending on how you face feels, you might want to add a little bit of face power to make your face look less shiny. For this, I sometimes use bareMinerals Original Face Powers.

Makeup highlighter

We cannot forget about highlighting your upper cheek bones with a good highlighter. Highlighters are used to give your face a nice movie star type of glow. I recommend using Mineral Veil from bareMinerals.


For lipstick I recommend using any Mac The Matte Lip Lipsticks. It is great lip wear, because you can drink and eat and it doesn’t come off easily. I just recommend kissing your significant other with this lipstick on, they might not be big fans of it on themselves.

If you don’t plan on wearing lipstick, I recommend using Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm they keep your lips feeling so soft even after it comes off. Your lips will not only feel soft but will also be protected from the sun because they have SPF.

Tip: Apply any form of lip balm before applying lipstick (this helps in applying lipstick smoothly, especially when using matte lipsticks).

Now your ready to dance night and days away with a flawless face. Be creative and have fun with it!

CSUN’s crime blotter: love, pain and stolen turtles

(Sundial Illustration/ Thomas Gallegos)

Last week was a good week for utter decadence and debauchery, but there was one crime that really hurt the heart. It’s buried deep, like all bad wounds are. But let’s not get all Drake about it. Now, here’s the crime log.

Alcohol/Drug Violations:

For some reason, officials decided to report 10 drug and booze violations on St. Patrick’s Day.

There is no worse way to ruin a national decadent holiday by serving them a citation for something that happened two months ago — not sure what the bigger crime is?


So if you’re not Beyonce, Solange and Jay Z, you can not commit spousal abuse, or “significant-other abuse,” or “sister’s boyfriend assault” and expect to get away with it.

The person who assaulted their ex last Saturday near parking lot F10, learned this the hard way. They were arrested for injuring their former significant other and transported to the Van Nuys jail.

If you love someone, then hitting them is not a good way to show that. Stop doing it.

Car Crimes:

Stop Justin Biebering people by running off after you hit their car. Own up and take responsibility for your actions.

There was…Counterfeit:

It would be really cool if you could just print money out of your little desktop machine at home and just get by on how much ink you could acquire. But you can’t, because it’s a crime.

Someone passed off a dirty bill in the Sierra Center Thursday and got away with it. Police are still looking for the person.

Theft Crimes:

Someone stole a poor defenseless turtle out of the Orange Grove Pond Thursday and fled eastbound on Nordhoff Street.

This is a serious crime people. What kind of monster would take one of those chill little turtles out of their habitat?

This is so bad it calls for people to actually get up and go vote in the upcoming Associated Students Elections and ask, “What are you going to do to secure our campus’s turtle population? Will you deploy the Matador Patrol to safely watch over our turtle and duck friends? Or will you give them secret ooze so they can transform into badass, pizza-eating ninja form?” Something needs to be done about this travesty.

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In all, there was 10 theft cases filed last week at CSUN. Most of them were bicycle thefts. The lesson: don’t ride bicycles to school.It will get stolen because they robbin’ urybuddy up in here. Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ bikes.


Dude, stealing a damn turtle from the pond is really hard to get over. Don’t do that again, people! #Iliketurtles

For an untainted view of the crime on campus, visit

-Sundial Staff


Islam is not terrorism

(Marice Cohn Band/Miami Herald/MCT)

Muslim immigrants and the United States need to join forces.

President Barack Obama provided a press conference two weeks ago in the attempt to show that western communities can coexist together. The United States has had difficulty with accepting Muslims for so long that we sometimes lose track of what we stand for as a nation.

If the United States and Muslim immigrants put aside their differences, we could coexist together. Doing this will help reduce violence and help communities come together.

When thinking about Muslim immigrants, some of us can’t help but think of negative stereotypes. People view that part of the world as being associated with war and terrorism.Some of us may even see Muslim Americans and fear that the person is a terrorist.

What many people fail to realize is that just because a person is a believer in Islam or an individual identifies themselves as being Muslim American—it does not mean that they are bad people— It just means that they are human. We may be different but in reality we are all the same. People need to learn not to be so judgmental of one another. Instead, we should learn and grow with one another.

President Obama may have shocked many when he said that the United States should embrace Muslims. Some people were in approval and others were disgusted. I for one think that Obama is trying to make amends with those who seek it.

What would be so wrong about accepting Muslim immigrants? We already live in a nation where there are 41.3 million immigrants. Some are Hispanic, European, Chinese, African and among others. I don’t see why we can’t welcome Muslims as well.

CSUN is a diverse campus that has students from different parts of the world, including western communities. In fact, the university opened up a new program known as the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies program where students can learn more about Islamic history. With the university being more open about Islamic studies, it is only a matter of time before more people begin to take notice of this unique community.

Coexisting with Muslim communities should be viewed as a good thing because it will help in minimizing violence. Of course violence is not going to disappear into thin air, but violence will reduce.

Using military force should not be the answer to everything. We should not have to constantly be at war with one another. Sometimes all we really need is a mutual agreement. Everyone is not going to agree on the same terms, but if a consensus can be met, we might all live in a better place.

Not only will coexisting lead to less violence, but it will also help people growing closer together. If we all took the time to understand one another, I think that we would all benefit. We would not have to live in fear and isolation from one another.

The United States stands for freedom and unity. Are we really living up to this standard of equality and justice if we keep distancing ourselves from one another? In order to make a change, we have to make sacrifices.

The United States and Muslims don’t always have to be at odds with one another.

Obama made the right decision in trying to embrace Muslim immigrants. If we don’t at least try to make something work, we will be in the same place in which we started. By trying to embrace others, we won’t just improve as a nation, but the world will begin to see change.

This is a first step in the right direction.

Artist documents migration of Central Americans through photography

Walter Iraheta showed viewers some photographs from his collection called "Cemetery of Shoes" during his presentation at CSUN on March 25. Photo credit: Betsy Belle Camacho

Walter Iraheta, a renowned El Salvadorian artist, visited CSUN on Tuesday to show the hardships immigrants face through photographs. With his Encontrados (Found in Spanish) photography collection soon to be displayed in the art department’s West Gallery, the Spanish speaking Iraheta explained his images.

Iraheta, 46, wanted to experiment when it came to doing his next project. He grew up witnessing his country’s poverty and native’s desire to “crossover” to America and live the “American dream”. Being educated in art schools in El Salvador and even in Chicago, Iraheta found a great time to experiment with his drawings and photography.

“I wanted to change traditional styles”, he says. “I wanted to experiment with different styles of drawings and experiment graphically, [with] larger kinds of ideas and colors.”

Iraheta is most known for the powerful photographs he had taken documenting migration and other hardships many Central Americans go through when traveling to a different country.

What caused this spark of interest in the artist to turn to photography was the death of the famous El Salvadorian pastor, Oscar Romero. This pastor had influenced people across Central America during the Communist and Sandinista wars that had plagued these countries for decades.

When Romero died in 1980, all it took was one photograph Iraheta saw of the dense crowd that showed up to the pastor’s funeral outside of a cathedral to change his path from drawings and paintings to photographs.

Some of Walter Iraheta's early drawings were shown during his lecture on March 25. Photo credit: Betsy Belle Camacho

One thing that seemed to fascinate him were shoes and the story behind them.

Iraheta had found thousands of lost shoes that were left behind or buried in pathways that lead to other Central American countries. It wasn’t the shoes themselves that had a profound impact, but it was the idea of the people that wore them who were in search of a new life.

He calls this particular collection the “Cemetery of Shoes” that depicts thousands of shoes in a collection and detailed photographs of individual shoe collages.

More than 50 people came to see Iraheta’s lecture in the Sequoia Hall as he spoke about his art. Iraheta said he wanted to show the extent people took with these shoes to get achieve their dreams.

“[I was] just interested in him as an artist and if he can further explain his work,” Art major Theresa Knopf said.

Walterio Iraheta’s art will be shown in Sequoia Hall’s West Gallery and will be there from March 24-27.