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Last minute Halloween events

John Niell shows off his pumpkin carving skills on CSUN campus.
John Niell carves a pumpkin across from the Matador Statue. Alejandro Zizumbo/The Sundial

For some it’s a holiday of costumes, ghouls, party celebrating all night and coming into work late the next morning. Regardless of reason or tastes, there are tons of events on Halloween to go around to stay fully entertained.

Here’s a selection of things to do on Halloween night.

Panic Mountain

Have you ever been dropped off in an isolated place? Well now you can. The overnight stay is in an isolated mountain. It is aimed to attempt these type of distinct courses in an attempt to get away from the zombies, including mental and physical group challenges. Zombies will be all around the woods stalking you and your every move. Do you think you can survive all night? The facility location will be taking place at Running Springs in the San Bernardino Mountains running every weekend from Oct. 2 – Nov. 1.

For more information and ticket prices, visit the website.

Graveyard of Pastries

This “Haunted Hollywood” theme party in Santa Monica forces individuals to come dressed as their favorite dead celebrity and dance the night away. The first 100 people who come to the event will receive bags filled with all kinds of goodies. There will be a dance floor, a DJ, surprising gifts at the door and let’s not forget about the cocktails that will be served all night long just.

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

$25 if purchased before event, $30 at the door (includes drink upon ticket purchase)

For more information visit

King Tut’s Tom @ the Egyptian Theater

In the popular Grauman’s Egyptian Theater Courtyard, “King Tut’s Tomb” makes an epic appearance. This event features Mummies, Pharaoh’s, Egyptian gods and goddesses and so much more. It has three rooms and two dace floors with a huge stage and the famous courtyard with a DJ and bars. It has awesome lighting and big screen projectors with Go-Go dancers and so much more.

6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood


Egyptian themed preferred

For more information visit

Nightmare Before Christmas at The Hollywood Bowl

Danny Elfman will step into the role of Jack Skellington for a live performance and screening of the classic film. John Mauceri will conduct a full orchestra and choir, while Elfman and special guests will be on lead vocals.

8 p.m.

2301 Highland Ave.

Los Angeles


The Rocky Horror Picture Show

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery will screen the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween night.

7 p.m.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles


Scary, urban tales for a Halloween haunt

Dwayne Boulter of Solida, California shows off his Halloween decorations that he participates in every year.
Dwayne Boulter poses for a portrait on Oct. 24, 2013 at his home in Solida, Calif. Boulter has been decorating his Salida yard for Halloween over the past sixteen years with many of his own original creations. (Andy Alfaro/Modesto Bee/TNS)

As Halloween rears its claws around the dark corners, talk of monsters and supernatural myths resurface to fuel our nightmares.

The classic monsters are vampires, werewolves and zombies and well-known myths include the hook-for-a-hand, the right-behind-stalker and the moving eyes.

Recently, the Internet has allowed for new supernatural legends to be made and spread.

Sites like 4chan, Creepypasta and Reddit dedicate pages to discussing myths and monsters. Forums are dedicated to debating which creature or myth is the scariest.

One of the most popular urban legend to surface was of Slender Man. In 2009, Eric Knudson created Slender Man, a thin, humanoid creature in a black suit with a round, ball face and sharp tentacles slithering off his body. Slender Man has since become a meme, often being the stuff of Creepypasta stories and slipping into real life pictures.

Tiptoeing behind is another urban legend that surfaced sometime in the late 1990s –the black-eyed children. Apart from soulless, fully black eyes, devoid of anything else besides black and a cold stare, the “Black-Eyed Children” myth is said to have these creature approach someone and ask for help. It is said that if the victim does anything to help these children, they’ll meet with a gruesome end – whatever that end is, is debatable.

Among the monsters is a urbane legend ritual, called the “Elevator Game.” The place of the myth’s origin is unknown, being somewhere in Asia, from Korea to China to Japan. It is a ritual that has a brave someone enter an elevator in a building with 10 floors and press the buttons in a sequence to travel to an alternate dimension. The “Elevator Game” is popular with daredevils who claim to have completed the ritual, saw the other side, and returned to tell the tale.

Michael Prince, 20-year-old CSUN Japanese major, wasn’t so scared of the Elevator Game as he was interested at the thought of it.

“It all depends on what the dimension is like,” Prince said. “I mean you could go to a really cool dimension, potentially.”

Have any other scary stories? Tweet @CultureClashSN and share your frightening tales!




Evening Update Thurs Oct. 29

The White House will spend another 110-Million dollars to help western states deal with the devastating drought.

Many Social Security payments are going to people who earned too much to qualify for benefits or to those no longer disabled.

A study says discrimination is embedded in the criminal justice system when it comes to police brutality and jury selection.

College adjunct instructors are rarely protected from last minute job losses.

Researchers say for young people, the recall of the presidencies of Harry Truman and Gerald Ford are fading from memory.

Evening Update Weds Oct. 28

Nearly two dozen states have filed a federal court petition in an effort to block the Obama Administration’s plan to cut emissions from power plants.

More than 23-Million Japanese made driver and passenger air bags have been recalled and repairs are slowly being made.

Corporate greed often occurs when there are times of company stress.

The U-S Secret Service will be allowed to use equipment which mimics cell towers to scoop up electronic data.

The President is in favor of legislation that would significantly reduce mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes.

Penny For Your Thoughts Episode 6

The crew is back this week to discuss the friend zone, relationships involving age disparity, and briefly touch on gay relationships.

Football Friday

Sundial Radio Hour Oct. 30

Selena Gomez comes to Netflix.
Paul Ryan is now Speaker of the House.
Raven Symone causes a stir.
The Royals beat the Mets 2-0.

Healthcare to be given to California’s undocumented immigrants

Julienne Shih / Illustrator

California passed a bill which will allow undocumented immigrants to join the Obamacare heath coverage plan. If signed into law, this bill will make California the first state to permit these immigrants to buy health insurance – a right not granted to them in the original unveiling of the Affordable Care Act.

California is a prime state to flex the muscle of accessible services for the undocumented; only last year, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that the Golden State happens to be home to more undocumented immigrants than any other in the nation. That’s approximately 2.5 million people in California alone that have been legally prohibited from buying health care under the mandated Affordable Care Act.

That’s not to say they don’t still do so, just that they are left with limited sources beyond expensive private health insurance (bearing in mind that this is only an option as long as it’s not purchased through Covered California) or Medi-Cal coverage. The report cites the excruciating burden these illegal immigrants place on Californian taxpayers via costs that are predominantly educational and, you guessed it, medical.

With the American taxpayer quaking in their boots at the thought of millions of hardworking residents surrounding them with access to medical care, the contribution that this expansion of the Affordable Care Act would make to the economy is often overlooked. The generally negative attitude toward this expansion has flourished under the misinformed pretense that it would cost the American taxpayer so much more. A FAIR report presented in November 2014 claimed that this extension of the ACA would cost the American taxpayer “billions of dollars.”

Claims like this can’t be made without the acknowledgement that undocumented people are also taxpayers who contribute to the economy every year. calculated that between 2000 & 2011, “undocumented immigrants contributed $2.2 and $3.8 billion more than they withdrew annually to a Medicare program known as the Hospital Insurance Trust fund. Unauthorized immigrants generated an average surplus of $316 per capita to the trust fund, while other Americans generated a deficit of $106.”

This math was broken down to simplistically lay out the many government programs to which undocumented immigrants contribute to – including Social Security and Medicaid – which they themselves (including those whom are not using a valid Social Security number or won’t stay in the country long-term) will not benefit from.

Even if we were to sidestep the fact that undocumented immigrants are contributing far more money towards the national health care system than many taxpayers care to admit – the claim that allowing them to buy access to health insurance via Obamacare would fall on the taxpayer forgets that the taxpayer is already paying for these immigrants’ healthcare – in the way of emergency room visits. In another FAIR report, the total cost of emergency room visits for undocumented immigrants came up to an annual $10.7 billion.

Since hospital emergency rooms are barred from rejecting patients based on their insurance status, the bills stacked up after these last-resort services are often subsidized at the federal and state level, driving up costs for these services for everyone.

Elizabeth Whitman of International Business Times points out, “…if [immigrants] develop chronic illnesses like diabetes that go undetected or untreated because of a lack of health insurance, the cost of treatment would be far higher down the road.”

By allowing immigrants access to health insurance, they could get these problems diagnosed and treated at early stages, thus minimizing the cost overall.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a long-time immigration reform supporter defended this concept when he introduced the bill. Gutierrez said in a speech to the House floor on September 30, “As a nation, we all benefit when we spread the risk, invite younger, healthier workers to join our exchanges, reduce the costs of compensating hospitals for caring for the uninsured and reducing the number of uninsured who live and work here.”


Civil Rights Movement Exhibition Opens in Los Angeles

Museum intern, Amelia Castaneda, 27, looks at a photograph at the Museum of Social Justice for the Civil Rights Movement L.A. Exhibition on October 17. Photo Credit: Pablo Estrada

Down the narrow stairs of the basement inside the Los Angeles Methodist Church are a series of little-known black and white photographs of the civil rights movement in LA. The photographs are part of “The Civil Rights Movement Exhibition” at the Museum of Social Justice that opened on Oct. 17.

The exhibition, which will run through the end of the year, is located on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles and showcases the historic and continuous fight for racial equality in America with recent movements like #BlackLivesMatter.

Keith Rice, curator of the exhibition works at CSUN’s Tom and Ethel Bradley Center where he prepares postwar African American photographs into archives, some of which were used for the exhibition.

The exhibition includes work by African American photographers from the early to mid-1900s, Charles Williams, Harry Adams, Guy Crowder and Lena Nozizwe who provided the contemporary photos.

The idea of this exhibition began with Roberto Martinez, a museum volunteer, who pointed out the resources of photos and the impact this exhibition could make.

“His parents who are of Mexican descent didn’t know anything about the civil rights movement, which in context, was something I hadn’t thought about,” said Rice.

The museum, located across the historic brick-lined Mexican marketplace of “Calle Olvera” is home to street vendors and restaurant owners that attract Spanish-speaking angelenos.

“We get international audiences from different ethnic groups at the museum,” said Rice. “But people do not associate Los Angeles with the civil rights movement, they think everything was just honky dory happy but the early angelenos know it wasn’t.”

The exhibition documents parts of the Los Angeles riots, hate crimes against African Americans in the mid-1900s, and crowds gathered to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak.

Abernathy explains the importance of teaching children the history that would have once denied them education.

“It’s not about you and me, we need students in droves to come to this museum and have them learn not to repeat this history,” said Abernathy.

The museum preparation took about eight months and everything was done in partnerships with student interns and volunteers according to Leonora Barron, director of the museum.

Museum volunteer, Jesus Galeno, 20, reads the description of a photograph at the Museum of Social Justice on October 17. Photo Credit: Pablo Estrada

College interns and volunteers selected the photos, researched and created the descriptions for different parts of the exhibition with the help of Rice.

“I feel so lucky to be part of a transformative period,” said Amalia Castaneda, 27, intern and graduate student at Cal State Los Angeles. “More people are becoming aware about #blacklivesmatter and issues like the mass incarceration of people of color.”

The goal of this exhibition is to inform people about what happened in Los Angeles for the past 70 years and open dialogues about what is happening today, said Rice.

Photojournalist Lena Nozizwe, who has covered more than 15 years of demonstrations and protests explained the power of the lens.

“It’s important to record and document what people are saying and doing,” said Nozizwe. “From [anti-police brutality] protest people want accountability for policing and safekeeping on behalf the state.”

Nozizwe noted that the majority of organizers at these protests are millennials using social media to promote events and movements like #BlackLivesMatter.

During the gala fundraiser for the museum, actress and civil rights activist Donzaleigh Abernathy told guests what the opening of this museum meant.

“Here on this street, in this museum, so much history has occurred,” said Abernathy.

“It’s an opportunity to bring Latinos and Black people together…and keep the movement moving.”

Captured: The Neighbourhood

Fans experienced a flood of sounds from West Coast rockers the Neighbourhood at the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 29.

Photos and recap by Martin Sarabia

The Neighbourhood returned to Los Angeles and performed at the Shrine Auditorium on Oct. 29. Coming off of a show in San Diego the night before, the band played an hour-long set in front of a home crowd. Led by front-man Jesse Rutherford released their new album “Wiped Out!” later that night, featuring their newest single “RIP 2 My Youth.” Bad Suns and Hunny were openers for the Neighbourhood.

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For more of Martin’s work, you can find him on Twitter and Instagram @mf_king.

Take a look inside the Broad

Inside The Broad, 1st floor.

There’s been a lot of hype behind the Broad, downtown Los Angeles’ newest museum. Through exhibits like the lighting room or perhaps the long line to get in, the new museum is definitely attracting a lot of art fans.

Built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad and designed by Diller Scofidio, the museum is free for the public. The contemporary museum offers more than 2,000 pieces works of art.

82-foot-long painting by Takashi Murakami

The building itself is a peace of art. The concept of “veil-and-vault” is innovative to see – a 120,000-square-foot, $140-million building features two floors of gallery. The experience of the Broad makes it unique and spacious. The elevator takes visitors to the top of the building where they enter a room with art from Jeff Koons named “Tulips”.

By Lari Pittman
By Lari Pittman

From Andy Warhol to Basquiat, the Broad’s art room offers enough diversity for all ages. The private collection by the philanthropists also offers different paintings, sculpture, music movie and sound that will leave anyone inspired.

The most talked about exhibit is the installation by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama titled “Infinity Mirrored Room-The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away.” The room is small and is surrounded by mirrors and water. The viewer enters the room and stays on a small platform to experience the light for 45 seconds. It is an interesting experience that each visitor gets the privilege to experience alone if he or she has the time to get there early and sign up at the entrance.

The free tickets at the Broad can be reserved on the museum’s website. If the selected date is sold out, visitors are welcome to wait in standby for availability. The Broad is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.


Reggie Theus signs contract extension

Reggie Theus coaching the basketball team at CSUN along side with his son, Reggis Theus Jr.
After an up-and-down first two seasons, CSUN has decided to extend Reggie Theus' contract through 2020. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

CSUN men’s basketball head coach Reggie Theus and the athletics department have agreed to a four-year contract extension.

“I’m very excited about it,” Theus said. “Anytime your university bosses agree the direction is going well, and have lofty visions for the program and where we can take the program.”

Over the course of his two seasons at CSUN, Theus has amassed a 28-42 record.

However, after going 18-18 and going to the Big West Tournament championship game in his first season at the helm for the Matadors, CSUN went 10-24 last season, as an academic investigation loomed over the program and forced several players to sit out.

In spite of a disappointing 2014-2015 campaign, Theus does return all of the missing players from last season, and is optimistic about where the program is trending, especially with time that was provided to him with the extension.

“We’ve got a young team, we’ve got guys sitting out,” Theus said of his recruits and transfers. “So the future is really bright.”

Over the past year, Theus has been able to recruit and sign “power five conference” transfers such as Dylan Johns from Texas A&M, Darin Johnson from the University of Washington, Rakim Lubin from the University of Connecticut and his son, Reggie Theus Jr. from the University of South Carolina.

In addition to his time at CSUN, Theus coached at the University of New Mexico, where he led the program to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2007, as well as a stint in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, and the NBA D-League with the Los Angeles D-Fenders.