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This week of Dinner Thyme we’re going over a common trend in some Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Fleeting are the days of buying a hot cinnamon covered churro off the cart vendor on York Boulevard in Highland Park. People may find themselves surrounded by a vegan, gluten free pizza shop. Gentrification ladies and gents, is not only painting Los Angeles’ streets a hot white but doing the same to your plates.

Gentrification is the notion of urban planning and developing moving into predominantly ethnic neighborhoods. Some, in more urban areas of Los Angeles, may have noticed their neighborhoods changing pretty fast. Places like Koreatown begin to devoid of mom-and-pop shops, and in place grows a big chain like Starbucks. There are those who don’t seem to mind, while others roll their eyes.

But what happens when the old so-called roach coach on Sixth and Western is replaced by gourmet tacos, with a Twitter handle to match? Do our curious taste buds follow the trend, or do we stick to the same mouthwatering noms? Maybe that snazzy restaurant that appeared like a weed in a garden isn’t so bad after all.

A stroll down to the Arts District, adjacent to Skid Row, follows the trail down the 700 block of Traction Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. You’ll likely see Banksy-style wheat paste street art posters, condemned buildings and an uber hipster joint cleverly called The Pie Hole.

Photo credit: Wahid Lodin

The Pie Hole is a mixture of sweet and savory pies. The menu includes classics like “Mom’s Apple Crumble” and more unusual choices like “Earl Grey.” Restaurant co-owner Lindsay Hollister had a few words about the place.

“We have a mixture of family recipes, and an amazing team of pastry chefs that think of new concepts,” Hollister said.

Hollister insists the eatery is not intrusive of the Downtown scenery.

“We’ve heard from a lot of the neighbors that have lived here 30, 40 years is when we came into the neighborhood,” says Hollister. “We didn’t try to change it. We fit right into it. We’re very simple and community driven.”

Yet, the people passing idly by with there selfie sticks and the Mercedes Benz outside tells a different story.

However, the food was a delightful surprise.

Photo credit: Wahid Lodin

The “Breakfast Veggie Hand Pie” was delicious and flaky. The half-moon shaped pie was filled with spinach and mushrooms. It had a fresh, savory and slightly tangy taste.

This was paired with an iced chai latte. That too was perfectly sprinkled with cinnamon, and was milky. The taste was not overwhelming and it was a great blend of original flavors.

This came out to around $9. The portions were small but filling.

The overall experience was a bittersweet one.

On the one hand the food was great, yet it was heart wrenching to see the homeless man pushing his cart, begging for money right outside.

The Pie Hole is located at 700 Traction Avenue in Los Angeles.


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Unless you have been living under a rock the last two weeks, you’ve heard about NBC’s lead news anchor, Brian Williams’ unforgivable lies about his time in Iraq in the early 2000s. Specifically, in 2003, Williams claimed he was in a helicopter struck down in Iraq, but in fact, was not in said helicopter, he was behind it.

After the original statement was made, the trail of falsities continued. On CNN this week, more “new” information came out about Williams’ time as an embedded journalist. This includes the information that he was given a piece of shrapnel from the helicopter, that went down during the SEAL Team Six seizure and the killing of Osama Bin Laden back in May 2011.

The first question that comes to mind: No matter how relevant of a journalist you are, how on earth would you get a piece of a helicopter from a strictly classified mission, seeking to kill a terrorist? What Williams is telling the public is just bringing his credibility to rock bottom.

Why is credibility so necessary in journalism? We watch or read news everyday, no matter how technologically advanced this world has become. We have 24 hour news channels, although highly produced, they bring us the breaking news every minute of every day, no matter what it is happening in the world. We are supposed to be able to trust them, but when something like this happens, how can we?

As a journalism student, Williams’ actions, no matter if there’s any truth behind them, are a total joke. A journalist should know never to do that. The problem with people like Williams is that they have now become celebrities, but that does not mean they can tell lies—it only discredits them even further.

From day one, in any level journalism course, it is taught to be truthful, and to never make critical errors in your writing or reporting. We need truth in journalism in order to uphold the values we’re taught, and seeing someone as “credible” and powerful as Williams do this is absolutely unbelievable. Of course, he is not the first to tell fibs on air. I have seen and studied plenty of doctored photos in photojournalism classes, as well as many false news stories. I mean, who can forget the doctored image of John Kerry and Jane Fonda from the Vietnam era? There is no way anything of that nature should ever be passed as credible, and the general public realizes that, so that is why I believe NBC’s retaliation should be far more than just a suspension.

Viewers need trust and truth because similar to religion, news explains everything. Religion is a form of explanation, even if not believed by everyone. News is a daily reassurance to humans of what is happening around the world, and when one thing goes wrong, it is impossible to understand if things are true or not.

Yes, news may be a social construct to some point that keeps our daily lives entertaining, but people like Williams cannot make these mistakes and just go on without further punishment. I trusted his word, and I trust the words of many other journalists. The second the switch goes off and something is false, all credibility is lost, and that journalist becomes a target for constant joking and anger.

I believe what Williams did deserves more punishment, even termination.

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President Obama addresses discrimination against the Muslim community; the Siberian Express leaves Niagara Falls and much of the northeast frozen, and Matador News reporter Bianca Gallegos is in the Sundial Studio with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Officer Frank Alvarez to talk about measles and the UCLA superbug.

Anchors: James Lindsay, Stephanie Stanziano, Alicia Zerai and Joanna Guzman
Producers: Teresa Arevalo, Lindsey Karis and October Primavera

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With Chicago Blackhawks right-wing Patrick Kane the subject of this first edition of Sundial reporter Jordan Ball's NHL Column

This past summer, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed identical eight-year $84 million deals to extend their partnership with Chicago Blackhawks.

Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Anze Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, and even his teammate Jonathan Toews are all great players, but Patrick Kane is “Show Time” in the NHL.

From dazzling shootout goals, amazing puck handling, pin-point passes, vision and swagger, Kane has an IT factor unrivaled in the game today.

Kane has been in the NHL since 2007, where he was drafted first overall by the Blackhawks.

His first two years were productive seasons, securing 72 and 70 points. His third season was his breakout year pacing himself into the top 10 with a career-high 88 points.

Like the other big three professional sports, hockey is at its most thrilling during the playoffs, and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are where the best and brightest stars make their legacies.

Kane is one of those rare players who has the habit of making the stage his own.

In 2010, Kane’s third season, the Blackhawks made it to the Stanley Cup finals where they faced the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blackhawks were up 3-2 in the series and game six came down to overtime. Kane was on the left wing handling the puck, maneuvered by his defender, fired a shot and scored the game winning goal to win the Stanley Cup.

What’s so spectacular about the shot? How about the fact it appeared Kane was the only person in the arena who knew he scored, even the announcers were stunned. It seems like performing in big moments are what Kane thrives at best.

In the Blackhawks two Stanley Cup Championship wins, Kane had 28 and 19 points while constantly showing up in clutch situations with or without the puck.

In last year’s playoffs, Kane was once again sensational having a flare for the dramatic.

In game six of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, against the Minnesota Wild, the puck ends up on his stick and he makes a tremendous backhand shot in overtime to win the series. The goal was reminiscent of the Flyers game winning goal.

Certain players have an ability to always be nearby in those type of moments, so it was not a coincidence Kane made the play.

He did not stop there. The Blackhawks were now on a collision course to play their heated rivals, the Los Angeles Kings, in the Western Conference Finals for an opportunity at the Stanley Cup.

Kane not only struggled in the first four games of the series, but he had a shockingly noticeable one point and the Blackhawks were down 1-3 on the brink of elimination. Analysts and fans alike were criticizing his play, declaring the Blackhawks have no chance if Kane does not get more involved.

Not only was he more involved, but Kane was unstoppable. Game 5 was a double overtime classic where he made big play after big play proving his dominance. His presence on the ice helped set up the game winning goal by luring two defenders, giving his teammate a free lane to score. In games five and six he had a combined seven points.

In the eventual game seven overtime loss, Kane continued his hot streak by racking up two more points. Nine points in three crucial, win or go home, games is just unreal.

This year, Kane leads the NHL in points (63) and is on pace to break his career high (88). At the rate he’s playing Kane could win his first individual award since garnering the Calder Trophy, rookie of the year, in 2008. He’s in contention to win his first Hart Trophy (the league MVP) and his first Art Ross Trophy (league leader in points).

The individual accolades would definitely boost his career resume. With only 24 games left in the regular season though, Kane’s real stage is awaiting. When the lights turn on and the pressure intensifies, as he would say it’s “Show Time”.


Call it an album, call it a mixtape or call it an EP, Drake’s “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late,” will quench fans thirst for new music from the young money artist.

What to Expect

The Toronto artist took a page out of Beyonce’s book when he dropped the project without any real promotion or notice. “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” is not any more lyrical or vocal than any other Drake album or mixtape. Even though it is less vulnerable than his cult mixtape “So Far Gone,” or last album, “Nothing Was The Same,” it still has enough catchy hooks and bangers to be a stable for the Drake faithful.

What’s Hot

“Know Yourself”

More than just a catchy hook, the song tells about the artists’ problems, even if they are money and women. Either way, the hook, “I was riding around the six with my woes,” is catchy enough to sing along to, and the bass knocks enough to bump in the car or your headphones.


Disregard the inaudible mumbles of the hook, as this is probably the best beat in the album. There are some live instrumentals combined with “a little more” Ginuwine sample that make the beat easy on the ears.

No Tellin'”

The song tells about Drake’s struggle with there being no telling where his life or success is going. He reassures his identity by saying he isn’t the same Drake he was four years ago as he is in a higher place. Not to mention the punchline, “I mean besides Ricky Ross, Aubrey the biggest boss here,” will be stuck in listeners’ heads.


The opening song sets the tempo for the album by utilizing Ginuwine’s “So Anxious” instrumental to tell about his death making him a legend. It’s relatable, as Drake repeats he can’t tell where he’s going but he’s got it mapped out strong.

“Used To”

Surprise, a Lil Wayne feature? Even if the beat sounds like something you would expect from Cash Money, Wayne and Drake both bring heat. Even when you know what to expect, the duo’s exciting new punchlines in this song is about dealing with the pressure of blowing up to the top and staying there.


As one of the few features on the project, Travi$ Scott is always a name that excites fans. Scott brings a nice contrast to Drake’s slower flow through most of the album. Plus, the slow gritty beat brings some G.O.O.D Music swag to the album.

“You & The 6”

Probably the realest song on the project, Drake talks about conversations with his mother. Anyone who has dealt with pressure and advice from their parents can relate to the frustration Drake expresses to his mother through this track.

What’s not

6 God”

If you know any Drake fans or are one yourself, you would have already heard this song. He falls into a familiar formula with lots of repetition of the ad-lib boi. As if hip-hop needed anymore of that.

“10 Bands”

Telling his ex he’s moving on to new things and saying he needs a Nike fit band to count the run are both great lines, but outside of those punchlines, it follows the familiar Drake flow.


Unless you’re a fan of the “Partynextdoor” sound, this song is nothing more than another repeated hook, on a slow beat, with some more auto-tune.


As if hip-hop needed another rapper talking about his haters, Drake figured why not throw some gunshots at the beginning? The Eazy-E sample is cool, but not enough to listen to Drake say he has enemies about a hundred times.

“6PM in New York”

Drake concludes the album with an upbeat extended verse and no hook. He reveals everything about his success with women and whatever else is on his mind, but it just sounds like rambling. Even if he manages to flow well and stay on beat, he could have ended it on something more compelling or vulnerable, rather than trying to go off on a beat since his rhymes aren’t the best selling point.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the album, which has cover work reminiscent of a suicide letter outlines, Drake’s struggles with money and success similar to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die.” Despite the nostalgic theme of more money and more problems, the mixtape reflects the way hip-hop has changed by utilizing vocal hooks, samples and lots of bass.

Nevertheless, if you’re a Drake fan you are sure to hear a few of the tracks off of the new project, even if the content is not super innovative. If you want light music to turn up to or slow music to cry to, Drake brings it all.

“If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” is just the next example of the versatility that makes Drake so appealing. Hence, the seventeen tracklist earns four out of five stars, as it should satisfy hardcore and casual Drake listeners’ need for more until his next studio album.

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Sometimes it’s difficult for students to find a cheap and reliable method of fixing utilities in their homes. Serviz provides that method. Students can book appointments to meet with the trained professionals they choose for the price they want.


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Sophia Bracho gets enrollment information from Blue Shield of California last fall in Los Angeles. The insurer faces questions about its 2015 networks. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

There is a question about whether there is any real competition between Obamacare or the university Insurance. In reality, I believe they have more similarities than differences.

Both programs have been created to provide healthcare for individuals and families at affordable rates. Both have their benefits, but I believe it is a matter of preference for CSUN students, faculty and staff.

The Klotz Health Center has actually teamed up with Covered California, which is the health care initiative in the state.

The Klotz Health Center website shares this statement, “Together they have to provide participants with programs such as Family Pact and Medi-Cal, which can help eligible students who need free or low-cost services. The Student Health Center is opened to students for a free consultation with a doctor, nurse or health educator to find out about their options.”

Knowing your options is important.

Obamacare is a federal law providing reform of the U.S. healthcare and health insurance system signed by President Obama in 2010. Obamacare is also known as the Affordable Care Act or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for Obamacare ended Feb.15, 2015.

The regulations for Obamacare are less strict, and will provide care for patients regardless of any already existing health conditions. Before, it was a little more difficult to get insurance because insurance companies had very strict regulations, and a lot of people were getting denied or getting cut off from insurance plans in which they were already in. This is something I learned from my sister, who has worked as a healthcare professional for Covered California. I believe this will help provide good quality care for people of all different income levels to receive the best quality of care.

Many people before this initiative were working to essentially pay their medical bills.

Covered California gives individuals, regardless of a preexisting condition, to get a safe type of insurance that is regulated by the government. Depending on one’s financial income, individuals may qualify for financial help, making it more reasonable to purchase health insurance, and most importantly, to have a safe place to go and receive medical assistance.

Now let’s take a look at the benefits the university has for us:

The university insurance is one of the many things that is provided to us through our tuition. Why not use it? I believe this is a great thing, especially for students that do not have any other form of healthcare.

Convenience should be at the top of our lists. It is easy to go to the Klotz Student Health Center coming from campus.

I have medical insurance, but I have made appointments here on campus just because it is closer to school, and work, for me. I was attended to immediately and was out of the doctor’s office ready in time for my next class.

My advice to everyone would be to know your options!

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A 90-year-old water main breaks in Hollywood; East Coast residents dig out from under their latest storm, and a beagle wins the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Matador News reporter Ashton Smith talks to Chicano Studies Professor Jorge Garcia about the delay in President Obama’s immigration executive order.

Anchors: Victor Park, Jessica Atkins, Cassie Yanagacio and Danielle Pendleton
Producers: Jordan Saucedo, Jennifer Guzman and Juaneeq Elliott

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Current New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. performed well in last year's combine. Who will be a boom or bust at this year's NFL combine?

A small battalion of NFL officials, coaches and scouts marched into Lucas Oil Stadium to determine if the Marcus Marriota’s of the 2015 collegiate draft class are who they claim to be, or if they’re closer to the infamous JaMarcus Russells of football lore.

The combine, the last stop before the annual NFL draft, is one of the single most important stretches of days in any prospective college draftee’s life. From Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, players get to show, on sheer athletic ability, why they deserve to be drafted by one of the 32 teams that make up the National Football League. Its almost Olympian in its simplistic concept – a celebration of the physical accomplishments of the American football player.

The scouting combine has evolved into its own media circus recently, a far cry from a time when cameras were banned from the stadium grounds. The annual event first aired on television in 2004, coinciding with the newly christened NFL Network.

First held officially in 1987, this year’s event will stretch over seven days, with each day’s events differing depending on which group a player is in. The prospects can expect to participate in eight athletic evaluations including the bench press, vertical jump and the always exciting 40-yard dash.

In addition to the physical evaluations and position specific drills, athletes are expected to participate in a battery of character and mental examinations. By the end of the combine a prospect has gone though an interview process, drug screenings, and the NFL’s general knowledge exam: the Wonderlic test.

The player interview process will likely prove to be more of a focus than ever before due to the leagues increased focus on domestic abuse and criminal activity. Each team is allowed a 15 minute interview with up to 60 players of their choosing. A players draft stock can easily rise or fall courtesy of a string of good or bad interviews.

The combine Is where we’ll try to determine just how good a player like quarterback Jameis Winston can be. All eyes will be on the two most sought after quarterbacks: Florida State’s Winston and University of Oregon’s Mariota. Both players suffered unfortunate losses to close out their college playing careers, but can easily make up for it with a high draft selection. Which of the college stars will be taken number one overall will be a major story line leading up to the draft in April.

Everyone will of course be looking for the next J.J. Watt, an undervalued college prospect whose 2011 combine was the beginning of a marvelous career in Houston. Equally, millions of eyes will be on this years 40-yard dash, one of the combines most valued metric. Adidas has already offered a cheetah inspired Porsche to the player with the fastest 40 time.

Certain 40-yard dashes have become the stuff of legends, and few are more legendary than Bo Jackson’s almost freakish 1987 combine performance. The former Los Angeles Raiders running back had a short, but memorable, football Acareer full of impressive feats, greatest of which might be his combine. The Auburn standout ran a blistering hand-timed 4.12 40-yard dash, which is still believed to the fastest 40 time ever. There are perfectly healthy adults who can’t get out of their chairs in 4.12 seconds

Hall of Famer Deion Sanders skipped every event except the 40-yard dash during the 1989 combine. The story goes that Sanders didn’t stop once he ran the 40 yards, sprinting straight out the tunnel to a limousine that was waiting to take him to the nearest airport. Oh yea, and he supposedly ran a 4.27, one of the fastest 40 times in combine history.

The emergence of “Neon” Deion Sanders, one the NFLs greatest showman, happened at a combine.

Unfortunately, freakish combine numbers don’t always equal success on the gridiron. A number of combine workout warriors have wowed fans with their strength and speed only to fizzle out in the pros. Mike Mamula’s 1995 combine remains the staple cautionary tale for general managers hung up on a prospects combine numbers. The Boston College star worked his gaudy combine performance into a 7th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. In five years, Mamula’s playing days were over thanks to a debilitating knee injury.

Mamula’s combine story is a good example of why some draft analyst consider the scouting combine to be an unnecessary event. Mamalu’s short five year career wasn’t exactly terrible, but his numbers just don’t seem to match up to his near herculean combine performance and high draft selection. No matter how much you test a player, you can’t determine how well they will perform in an actual NFL game.

The combine isn’t the only way to make the transition from college to the pros. But it is the most likely. Every year there are a few uninvited players who performed well enough at their schools pro days to warrant a late round draft selection, but its rare. A prospects draft odds increase mightily with a combine showing, but sadly the NFL only invites around 300 of the thousands of available college players.

Somewhere in this year’s group of invitees is the next Odell Beckham Jr. And during a seven day stretch in February, everyone will get a chance to see the future stars of the NFL take their first steps towards football immortality.



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Despite being an institution of higher education that is tasked with producing the next generation of outstanding professionals, crimes do happen, and students commit crime.

Last week saw a few instances of vandalism, petty theft, assault and drug and alcohol possession on and near the CSUN campus. Here is a breakdown of all the down and dirty to go on:


Partying too hard is possible and for several individuals the next morning carried a different kind of headache.

An unlucky seven individuals were arrested Friday for alcohol possession and referred for further punishment in one case, but a total of 12 were arrested for the offense that day.

Excessive drinking that puts others in harm’s way is no laughing matter, but drugs, in the immortal words of “South Park’s” Mr. Mackey, “drugs are bad.”

Slamming smack can smack you in the face. Two individuals were arrested in UPA building 16 for possession of a “controlled substance” and hypodermic needles. One reportedly possessed burglary tools.

Yeah, weed is pretty much legal in California, but if the line is crossed then the law will be enforced.

There is always that dude who just doesn’t care who sees him lighting one up. A individual was cited for blazing in the G9 parking structure. Hey, school is stressful, but tickets are worse — especially when they cut into your stash fund.

In all, a total of four drug violations were reported last week and seven instances of alcohol fouls. Turn it down, folks.


Sometimes crazy things off-campus become on-campus. Last week a suspect was cited then released for hitting someone during an argument.

Other times a bunch of hormonal teenagers get into it at Northridge Academy High School. The pair fled before the arrival of the CSUN Department of Police Services last Thursday.

The two incidents mentioned above are no bueno, but beating someone up for $12 is just cheap.

Two individuals were arrested last Monday for attacking someone because they owed them a small amount of money. The investigation is ongoing.


Stealing stuff while playing the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim or Thief, can be a fun in-game hobby that can really improve your lockpicking skills. But to do it to poor CSUN students who shuffled all their money into a brand new Apple laptop only to have it lifted the next day — is the action of a jerk.

Putting a lock on a bike is a must when rushing to library start a class project 10 minutes before you have to be there. Let it be hoped that the victim who locked their bike up the right way outside of the dorms Thursday, gets it back.

Now everyone knows someone who set their phone down in the bathroom while they were relieving themselves, but doesn’t think it can ever happen to them. Hope whoever left their phone in the University Student Union Sol Center has a lot of friends who won’t make the same mistake in the ongoing theft investigation.

But making sure precious items are secure in public is one for common sense. It’s the ones that happens in a safe spot that aches the most.

For one victim, Valentine’s Day saw no remorse as heartless thieves lifted a laptop from her residence. The suspect has not been identified and the CSUN PD are investigating the case.

In all a total of seven burglary/theft cases were logged last week.

Traffic Collision:

Don’t back into someone’s car and then run off without exchanging information with the owner. It is a classic jerk move.

To the person that hit someone’s car in the G3 parking lot last week and got away with it – not cool.

Unreasonable Noise:

Sometimes fighting for the right to party can just end up in a pissed off neighbor screaming “turn that crap down” and the cops showing up to reinforce that request.

Students having a not-so kickback, kickback, in the University Park Apartments building 14 had their party broken up Thursday night at the request of their next door neighbor and the CSUN PD. Those involved were referred to student affairs for disciplinary action.

Little Jon might ask, “Turn down for what?” But at CSUN the answer to that question is — the police. That’s a must.


Half-assed scribble graffiti is a hard thing to pass off as art. In two separate reports, blue marker was used to write something on a trashcan and on the side of the Sierra Center. No suspects were apprehended.

For a comprehensive and untainted view of the crime on campus, visit the CSUN PD’s website:

–Senior Sundial Staff

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Sundial reporter Julius Lasin pays a tribute to legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Photo courtesy of Tribune News Services

Legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas coach Jerry Tarkanian, died Wednesday Feb. 11 after battling mounting health issues recent years.


Tarkanian was initially taken to the hospital on Feb.9 as a result of low blood pressure and an infection.


He is widely recognized as the architect of the behind the UNLV dynasties in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and during his tenure at UNLV, he led the Rebels to one national title and four Final Four appearances.


In addition to his success in college, Tarkanian was able to groom and produce a multitude of pro prospects. One of his most notable pupils is current CSUN head coach Reggie Theus, who was drafted ninth overall in the 1978 NBA Draft after spending four years under Tarkanian’s tutelage.


“He contributed so much to the game,” Theus said. “He was an innovator.”


Moreover, he was known for his jovial attitude on and off the court, which helped him become a “player’s coach.”


“He was a very funny man,” Theus said. “He was always saying a lot of funny things, a lot of jokes.”


Despite his affable personality and buoyant nature, his most amiable quality was his commitment to winning.


“The best thing was the winning,” Theus said. “The moments that we had as a team winning.”

In his 20 years as head coach of the Rebels, Tarkanian cultivated an up-tempo, aggressive playing style that was instrumental in his teams’ success.

“He showed me as a player that the game was about hard work,” Theus said. “He showed me as a player that the game can be played at a tempo that is pressure offensively and defensively. He made defense important to me.”

But with the winning came controversy. His head coaching stops at Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State were all marred with probation and NCAA investigations.

Every step of the way, Tarkanian stood firm in his belief that the NCAA was out to hinder him.

Amidst the controversy, however, Tarkanian remained the fun-loving, towel-chewing head coach that those around him adored.

Tarkanian was born on Aug. 8, 1930 in Euclid, Ohio, to a pair of Armenian immigrants.

He eventually moved to California to attend and play basketball at Pasadena Community College from 1950-1951, before transferring to Fresno State, where he played from 1954-1955.

After college, Tarkanian went directly into coaching, and became the head coach at multiple high schools and community colleges (including Pasadena Community College) in California, before landing a job at Long Beach State.

At Long Beach State, Tarkanian was able to lead the program to four NCAA tournament births in five years (1968-1973).

Following his stint at Long Beach State, Tarkanian spent the next 19 years (1973-1992) at UNLV, where he helped elevate a program and city, with his success, before an NCAA investigation prompted his exit.

The sudden end to his time at UNLV led to a brief tenure with the San Antonio Spurs. However, a 9-11 led to his firing.

The last stop of Tarkanian’s coaching journey would be at his alma mater, Fresno State, where he led the Bulldogs to two NCAA tournament appearances from 1995-2002.

All of Tarkanian’s coaching success came to fruition when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Tarkanian is survived by his wife, Lois, and his four children, Danny, George, Jodie and Pamela.


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Senioritis, According to

“a crippling disease that strikes high school seniors. Symptoms include: laziness, an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts, and sweatshirts. Also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude. The only known cure is a phenomenon known as Graduation.”

Sounds familiar, right? I’m sure we have all dealt with this at one point as high school students and has come back to us our senior year in college.

Many of us during our freshman year would try and put our outfits together—look nice and presentable for school. Now, most of us could care less about how we look.

I’m curious to know if dressing “bummy” would change my attitude for school.

I challenge us all to try this out: Come to school in workout clothes or sweatpants one day, and the next day come to school in whatever your idea of nice clothing is. Pay attention to your confidence level. Is it the same? Does it affect our attitude about school?

Besides the way you look, it is important to remember you are still in school.

Here’s a little reminder I tell myself and others when motivation is lacking: studying isn’t as bad as failing. We might not want to study or do our homework sometimes, but it is better than failing.

It’s your choice.

Sometimes we need a wake up call. Such as missing an assignment or not doing as well as we wanted to on an exam.

No one is ever excited about failing and it is usually very upsetting.

Good news—if you actually care about failing something, chances are you don’t have senioritis.

It is hard to stay focused sometimes, especially when you are in your senior year, or your super senior year, or even your super, super senior year.

If this something you can relate to, then this is a little reminder:

If you are still here getting your work done you are on the right track. I personally catch myself feeling upset or sorry for myself for not graduating in four years, but then I think about everything that has gone into these past few years and I do not regret a single thing.

Everything I have done, from changing my major and taking less units, to focusing on getting the best possible grades in my classes has had its benefits.

If we think school is difficult right now, the real world out there is even more difficult. What we are learning right now is what is helping to shape us into well-rounded and educated individuals. Nonetheless, if what you are studying isn’t what you will be doing in the future, any higher level of education will only benefit you.

The way that I see it—sometimes you have to deal with doing what you don’t want to do for a period of time in order to get to where you want to be in the future.

Most university graduates I know wish they were still in school, “living the easy life.”

We get winter, spring and summer breaks. We will never again have breaks like these after we graduate.

We are actually pretty lucky if you think about it.

If we think we can be lazy after we graduate, chances are we will miss many big opportunities.

Like Andrew Carnegie said, “do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.”