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#thisweek @csun Social Media Recap

A look at people, news and events at Cal State Northridge that made a splash on social media this week.

#thisweek @CSUN – 3/24

A look at people, news and events at Cal State Northridge that made a splash on social media this week.

Storified by Daily Sundial· Sun, Mar 24 2013 18:18:12

I love my weekends off! Meg
Got the Win && watches the CSUN game #CSUN#csun#game#softball#team#gameday#won#girls#boys#aoftball#baseball#mygirls#love#northridge#collagesoftball##crazygirl#cutaaayy#dirty#sliding#diving#bruses#softballprobelms#softballgame#hot#sexy#lmao#blueeyes#prettygirls#softballAlyssadlt
SOFT #CSUN drops third straight game to #HawaiiSB 9-3Daily Sundial Sports
Beautiful day for baseball. #csun #matadorsmatthsimpson
#CSUN Baseball taking on Utah Valley at Matador Field today at 1 pm. Special thanks to all the kids that showed up to support the team. #GoMatadorsMatty Matador
#CSUN #baseballMax
Congratulations @CSUNBaseball for the sweep over Utah Vallley #GoMatadors #CSUNAshlie Kite
@hay_ilaa #CSUN #Rugby #girls #beastmodeThe real Nene…
#Csun #Rugby #Mymomsaweirdo #Number1 #MyfamilyissosupportiveAaliyah
At Aaliyahs game! @hay_ilaa @tokyo_blunted #CSUN #Rugby #girls #girly #beastmodeThe real Nene…
Oh yeaaah CSUN Women’s Rugby did it yet again & pulled through w/ another win against CSUF 36-15 toughest game of the season, we brought it!Marisa N
With that being said CSUN WOMEN’S RUGBY WENT UNDEFEATED THE WHOLE SEASON AND WE’RE #1 for D-II SoCal!!! now that’s whsuuuup!!Marisa N
Congratulations to the CSUN Women’s Rugby !!!!!!!!!!Demetriaranae
CSUN WOMEN’S RUGBY is #1 for D-II SoCal!!! Good job ladies Jessica Murillo
Winning 4-1!!!! Vs Antelope Valley xD ….on the bench at the end haha With the homie @rogelioscores #CSUNFC #CSUN #Soccer #LIFE #love #Friend #Alwaystheretellingmetopushmyself xDLuis G.
Photo shoots and Film shoots
our #sweet and #spunky @winkyeunie knows how to turn up the #heat come #photoshoot time. She #dontplay!#90s #csun #csunhiphop #chh #northridge #matadors #werk #dancer #dancelife #windbreaker #peace #soasian #boomboxCSUN Hip Hop Team
Stuntin’ #VindicatedTheSeries #CSUN #Seniors #CTVAvindicatedtheseries
Stunt rehearsal w the gentlemen of #Vindicated #VindicatedTheSeres #CSUN #Seniors #CTVAvindicatedtheseries
#nw #TheWalkingDead & studying for my Psychology Physiological Correlates of Human Behavior exam. #csun #multitaskingDL Savonn
Serving some real Immigrant Realness! @beadsflowersglitter @graceyloufreebush #csun #ragtime #theatre #teamimmigrant #werk #models #familyphoto #watchout #noproblemsDanny Guerrero ?
So excited to give my brother a little culture Friday night by taking him to see CSUN’s Ragtime! @AllenMattox love you boo Sasha Fierce

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Softball: CSUN sweeped by Hawai’i in three game series

Pitcher Mia Pagano loads up a pitch against UCLA on March 6 at home. File Photo / Daily Sundial

Opening it’s Big West Conference play against the conference’s newest addition, CSUN’s softball team lost to the 20th-ranked Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine Sunday afternoon 9-3, culminating a three-game sweep by the Rainbow Wahine (25-7, 3-0 BWC).

After playing two tight contests on Saturday afternoon that Northridge (14-21, 0-3) lost 5-4 and 5-3, the Matadors would never lead or threaten Hawai’i throughout Sunday’s game.

“Competitively as a team we are right there, we are competing every day, every time at practice,” said senior third baseman Tiffini Lucero, who went 1-3 with an RBI. “We are looking pretty good for conference, all that hard work is finally paying off and its nice to see all of us coming together and working as a team.”

Threatening early, the Rainbow Wahine loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning off of a walk and two fielder’s choices. Senior pitcher Mia Pagano was able to escape the jam after allowing one run on a bases loaded walk.

Hawai’i again threatened in the third inning. With runners on second and third, Hawai’i senior shortstop Jessica Iwata hit a sacrifice fly to left field allowing a runner to score, but the third base umpire said the runner left too early and the Matadors escaped the third without giving up a run.

A reversed call in the fourth inning changed the fortunes of the game for the Matadors. What was initially called a line drive out and the doubling up of a runner at first base was overturned after a conference by the umpires. The reversal of the call gave the Rainbow Wahine runners on second and third with two outs.

Northridge would give up five runs with two outs to Hawai’i after that call, with the next batter hitting a two-run single.

“That’s the way the game goes,” said head coach Tairia Flowers. “Sometimes a tough break or the momentum shifts, we had opportunities to maybe not let it get so big, but they did a good job of capitalizing.”

Pagano would be responsible for five of the runs that crossed the plate in the inning, pulled after 3.2 innings after giving up six runs, five hits and walking four with no strikeouts.

Senior pitcher Alexa Limon came in to stop the bleeding in the fourth, but was unable to record an out, giving up two hits and one run. The third pitcher of the inning senior pitcher Shelly Tait came in and recorded the final out for CSUN.

Held to one hit throughout the first four innings, CSUN’s bats came alive in the last three, recording eight of their nine hits.

“All of us went up there pretty relaxed looking for our pitch,” Lucero said. “We were just feeding off each other, reading (the pitcher’s) body language and knowing that we need to be attacking on offense.”

An illegal pitch by Hawai’i senior pitcher Kaia Parnaby in the fifth inning overturned a strikeout and advancing a Northridge runner to second. A wild pitch strikeout allowed the batter to reach first and the runner to score from second, the Matadors first run of the game.

Going into the sixth inning down 9-1, the mercy-rule was in effect for CSUN, needing to score a run in order to extend the game. Able to score a run off a single and throwing error, the Matadors extended the game into the seventh.

Only able to score one more run in the seventh off of a sacrifice bunt and throwing error, the Matadors rally came up short.

“That’s a good team and our girls confidence is getting greater and greater,” Flowers said. “Seeing that who we have played throughout the season, we can hang with anybody, we just need to do it a little sooner.”



H.O.P.E. Fellowship celebrates Jesus Week

Starting Monday, H.O.P.E. Fellowship will host Jesus Week, where they will fellowship with their peers in hopes of strengthening faith in God and providing students with resources.

H.O.P.E. stands for hope, opportunity, purpose and encouragement.

“The purpose of Jesus Week is to exemplify the love of christ through people,” said Jonathan Hollingsworth, 23, senior radiology major and vice president of H.O.P.E. Fellowship. “It’s not a way to shove Jesus down peoples’ throats, but it’s just to let other people know who Jesus is to us and to share that experience.”

In reflection on past Jesus Week events, Hollingsworth said it has had a tremendous effect on him both spiritually and professionally. It broke the stereotypes of what a Christian is and the stereotypes of religion that had him shy away from the church through interaction with others who were just like him.

Jesus Week began Sunday evening at 11:45 p.m. during the Jericho Walk. Students and members of H.O.P.E. Fellowship walked around the campus to “pray over it, pray against anxiety, for financial support, no injuries at Student Recreation Center, and for productivity on campus,” said Trudy Pilgrim, 19, sophomore and treasurer of H.O.P.E. Fellowship.

The Praise Yard Show will be held at the basketball courts in the dorms Monday at 7 p.m. Different organizations were invited to step in the show. The step show will provide attendees with opportunities to evangelize, and gift cards and food will be given out.

Unity Night will be held on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Northridge Center in the University Student Union. Students will be invited along with ministries from other campuses such as UCLA to discuss what it means to be a Christian and evangelize on campus.

On Wednesday, Cometry Night will be held at 8 p.m. in the Northridge Center, where special guests including comedian Jonnae Thompson will be present. Cometry is a mix of comedy and poetry.

“There is so much power in words and so much power in testifying,” Pilgrim said, who organized Cometry Night.

On Thursday, the Catwalk for Christ event will be held in the Northridge Center at 7:30 p.m. A fashion show will be held where students will model clothing from local designers. The entrance fee is $5.

“People get transformed (that night) – people who wouldn’t normally walk,” Pilgrim said. “We want to give them confidence and eliminate self-hate and be proud in the skin that God gave them.”

H.O.P.E. Fellowships will be raising funds on Wednesday and Thursday to give back to students.

“A lot of people are hungry and need books and tuition and things paid for,” Pilgrim said. “We are asking for green books, old textbooks, pens, paper, canned or boxed food and monetary donations.”

The final goal is to stock up a pantry for CSUN students to have when they are in need. All proceeds raised at the Catwalk for Christ will go toward providing students with these resources.

The last event of the week, Jamfest, will be held on Saturday at H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries at 10654 Balboa Blvd. It is a concert that will be promoting Darnell Edwards, a staff member at CSUN and member of H.O.P.E.’s House, who will be releasing an album.

Saturday morning, H.O.P.E. Fellowship will be having a resource fair where they will provide showers and a food bank for the homeless.

This year’s theme for Jesus Week is, “It’s Just Time to G.O.” G.O. stands for God-given opportunities.

Pilgrim said the G.O. movement is telling people to go for what they want and to embrace all the opportunities that CSUN has, whether being self-confident through the fashion show, expressing themselves through Cometry Night or just finding new people to fellowship with.

“There is a lot of stigma as to who Jesus is and about Christianity. It’s to show us having fun and what it means to be a Christian,” Pilgrim said of the events. “Over the years, it has evolved into a week full of events where we evangelize and give back to the community and have a good clean time on campus.”

Jesus Week 2013

H.O.P.E. Fellowship hosts Jesus Week, where they will fellowship with their peers in hopes of strengthening faith in God and providing students with resources.

Storified by Daily Sundial· Mon, Mar 25 2013 10:20:56

Double Tap if you would like me and Hope Fellowship to pray for you, family, friend. Whatever it may be double tap! If you feel comfortable enough leave a comment below! OR I don’t ever do this but text me your prayer that is needed @562.326.2759. I highly encourage you to do either of the options listed because truthfully we all need prayer!. Keep in mind, a closed mouth doesn’t get fed…so be bold for once. This week is going to change MANY LIVES, I pray YOURS will be ONE of them!!! #Godbless #JesusWeek #Amen #csun #Prayer #powerful #GodMade #GoodLife #God #Christ #Jesus #King #Lord #BlessingsTabitha Bree

Jericho Walk

Jesus Week began Sunday evening at 11:45 p.m. during the Jericho Walk. Students and members of H.O.P.E. Fellowship walked around the campus to “pray over it, pray against anxiety, for financial support, no injuries at Student Recreation Center, and for productivity on campus,” said Trudy Pilgrim, 19, sophomore and treasurer of H.O.P.E. Fellowship.
Who do you know, that will come through at mid-night and pray over #CSUN until 2AM???… THESE PEOPLE—-> <a href="http://t.co/Mxrp13oJ3Q" class="">pic.twitter.com/Mxrp13oJ3Q</a>J. Hollingsworth
Train up a child in the way they should go…#JesusWeek #JerichoWalkangel4christ31
Jericho Walk #jesusweekDevon Johnson
What happened tonight at "Jericho Walk" was beautiful… #JESUSWEEK 2013 has lift off people!!!! :DJ. Hollingsworth
Jesus the most beautiful name of all names, Jesus the name the brings healing and strength #Jesusweeksakayi_iSing
The Precious lamb of God #JesusChrist #JesusWeekNathan J Gordon
Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me. #JesusweekSakhile Sharpe

Praise Yard Show

The Praise Yard Show will be held at the basketball courts in the dorms Monday at 7 p.m. Different organizations were invited to step in the show. The step show will provide attendees with opportunities to evangelize, and gift cards and food will be given out.
Plenty more opportunities this week to participate in #JESUSWEEK 2013!!! :)… Tonight @ 7:30pm; dorms basketball court.. PRAISE YARDSHOW :DJ. Hollingsworth
Good morning everybody! Day 2 of Jesus Week! It’s going down @ 7 in the dorms on the bball courts! #Yardshow #bethere #JesusWeek WHOOP!?ekaela

Catwalk for Christ

On Thursday, the Catwalk for Christ event will be held in the Northridge Center at 7:30 p.m. A fashion show will be held where students will model clothing from local designers. The entrance fee is $5.
Stupid juiced for Catwalk for Christ!!! You know it’s going to be something greater than u can imagine with a detailed flyer such as this!!! Thursday, March 28, 7:30pm. $5, Northridge Center, USU!. #CSUN #CatWalkForChrist #JesusWeek #matadors #God #Christ #JesusIsTheWay #Jesus #Faith #Grace #Mercy #Love #EternalLife #Peace #Joy #SalvationTabitha Bree
Rehearsal "Catwalk For Christ" #CSUN #JesusWeek 3/27/13Ivonnah Erskine
FYI! I’m doing a preview of my summer line on this Thursday during the Catwalk for Christ at CSUN (8pm) … Come through!! #JESUSWEEKHis Peculiar People


The last event of the week, Jamfest, will be held on Saturday at H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries at 10654 Balboa Blvd. It is a concert that will be promoting Darnell Edwards, a staff member at CSUN and member of H.O.P.E.’s House, who will be releasing an album.
We’re still in here… #simplicityofworship #jamfest #jesusweekDevon Johnson
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Assemblyman introduces bill to eliminate state sales tax on textbooks

Illustration by Sundial Production

A bill has been introduced to the California State Assembly to help counterbalance the rising cost of college tuition by making the purchase of textbooks exempt from state sales tax.

AB 479, the Textbook Tax Relief Act, was introduced Feb. 19 by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who said a major impetus in introducing this bill was from survey results conducted by the U.S. Public Research Interest Group.

“(That) study said seven out of 10 college students have skipped buying a textbook because they’re too expensive,” Donnelly said. “This is a way for students to be able to afford books they need to be successful.”

According to the National Association of College Stores, the average college student spends $655 a year on textbooks. With the Los Angeles sales tax of 9 percent, CSUN students have the potential to save an average of $59 a year if this bill is passed.

Employees of the Matador Bookstore see this as a plus for CSUN students.

“We are committed to driving student access with affordable textbook options,” Amy Berger, director of the Matador Bookstore, said. “We fully support efforts that contribute to this same mission.”

Berger said she is not sure if this bill would attract more students into the Matador Bookstore.

Donnelly said the biggest argument against the sales tax exemption is that it could cost the state money, but believes that income tax from graduated college students who enter the workforce would offset this potential cost.

“I’d argue that helping students get out of school quicker (by making school costs cheaper) will save the state money by getting student paying income tax quicker,” Donnelly said. “Personal income tax is the biggest way California makes money.”

Donnelly said that the Textbook Tax Relief Act could also benefit the state by encouraging out-of-state students to come to California schools.

“Giving students a little more money in their pocket could make California a more desirable place to go to school especially at a time of rising tuition costs, and particularly at a time of rising administration costs,” Donnelly said.

Some CSUN students were in support of AB 479.

“In community college I saw the value of education because textbooks were costing more than tuition,” said Jade Flader, 25, junior cinema and television arts major. “With the (Board of Governors) fee waiver, I was only paying $50 a quarter for tuition, but my textbooks were between $150 and $200.”

Flader also said this bill has the potential to help students permanently keep their textbooks to reference throughout their college career.

“With the lower cost, this would give most students a chance to own their books instead of rent them,” she said.

Other students disagreed with one of Donnelly’s perceived perks of the bill.

“I don’t think this would encourage out-of-state students to come to California schools,” said Mercedes Ortiz, 22, senior urban studies major. “They would have to pay out-of-state tuition so how would this save them money?”

At this time, the text of the bill is unclear whether digital textbooks would be exempt from sales tax, but Donnelly said he would want this act to make them exempt as well.

“The whole point of this bill is for it to apply to educational tools that help students succeed,” Donnelly said. “I’m in favor of (the bill) applying to all types of textbooks.”

AB 479 has now been referred to the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. They will consider the bill on April 1.

New assembly bill proposes removal of healthcare caps

UC Berkeley graduate student Kenya Wheeler and Asseblyman Dr. Pan at the office of the UC President. Photo credit courtesy of the Office of Dr. Richard Pan

CLARIFICATION: The following quote has been changed to reflect the CSU wanting to provide access to education for students, not just healthcare. “Our main mission is to provide access to students. Whether or not you have health care or not, we want to provide higher education,” said Stephanie Thara, web communications specialist for the CSU.

California Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan, representative of the 9th district, has introduced new legislation that would impact student health insurance for UC and CSU students.

AB 314 was introduced to the Assembly Health Committee, which passed March 19. The bill would end medical coverage caps for students under the UC health plan and is now going to the assembly floor.

“AB 314 ensures that students have the same insurance coverage any other employee gives under the Affordable Care Act,” Pan said of the bill.

UC schools require their students to have medical insurance and has created its own health plan to provide for students. UC Berkeley graduate student Kenya Wheeler has been heavily involved in the fight to pass the bill.

Wheeler was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called primary CNS lymphoma located in his brain in October 2011. Surgery and chemotherapy were part of his treatment. Wheeler quickly found that he was reaching the caps to his medical coverage and eventually faced bankruptcy.

“Not only did I have cancer but how would I afford the medications,” Wheeler said during a press conference.

Wheeler said that just the medication alone was expensive because he needed a special kind of drug to treat his illness. Wheeler even married his girlfriend of three years so he would be eligible for Caltrans health insurance.

But the UC cap on medical coverage wasn’t enough.

Wheeler joined Pan at the State Capitol to testify before the Assembly Health Committee about the need for the lifetime caps to be eliminated. He said that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act made it illegal for there to be lifetime caps on medical coverage, a detail which Pan recognized as well.

“The Affordable Care Act does not address student health plans. And it is not regulated by the federal government, but states can regulate it,” Pan said.

The CSU system is different than the UC when it comes to health insurance because the CSU system does not require that students have health insurance.

“Our main mission is to provide access to students. Whether or not you have health care or not, we want to provide higher education,” said Stephanie Thara, web communications specialist for the CSU.

Pan said that currently the CSU system contracts their student health coverage plans out to other companies, but that if in the future the CSU formulates and offers their own plan these lifetime caps would be eliminated.

“We want to make sure that that health plan doesn’t have lifetime caps. The UC is currently in with this issue but it’s something we want to protect all students from,” Pan said.

Pan also said that many CSU students go to UC schools for graduate programs and that they may finally be able to get treatment for something that they were diagnosed with during their undergraduate education.

“I’m very proud to carry these bills. We want to ensure that students have all the protections that other Californians have,” Pan said. “It’s all about empowering students.”

Spring elections start Tuesday

The Spring 2013 elections for both Associated Students and University Student Union are being held Tuesday and Wednesday.

Students can vote for a new A.S president and vice president, senators from colleges and divisions (lower, upper and graduate), and members of the USU Board of Directors.

Bijan Nasseripourtowsi, broadcast journalism major, is running for president alongside Sahar Maknouni, business law major, for vice president.

Christopher Woolett, current A.S. vice president and liberal arts major, is also running for president with Senator Talar Alexanian, journalism major, running for vice president.

The voting will be available online for students from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 7 p.m. Wednesday with email access on or off campus.

Polling stations on campus will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oviatt Library, Bookstore Lawn, and outside the entrance of the SRC. Voting will also be available at the Satellite Student Union from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A.S. Elections

Students vote for a new A.S president and vice president, senators from colleges and divisions (lower, upper and graduate), and members of the USU Board of Directors.

Storified by Daily Sundial· Mon, Mar 25 2013 15:54:54

AS Election Kick Off! Make sure you vote tomorrow and Wednesday! #MakeTheRightDecision #Greek #ExperienceNeeded #Debate #Vote #CSUN #ASEric Planas
Election Kick -Off
#CSUN AS President/VP debate for elections! We’re proud to support Bijan Nasseripourtowsi & Sahara Mankouni for President & VP!CSUN Young Democrats
Make sure to get out and VOTE 4 BIJAN AND SAHAR! A.S. ELECTIONS START TOMORROW AT 8am ! Check your CSUN EMAIL for the link! @bijanblast #csun #askickoff #studentgovernment #aselections #csunas #vote4bijanandsahar #vote #bijan #saharvote4bijanandsahar
Pledge bros #??? #pledgebros #photobooth #SAE #hats #ASelections #visionunityErick Aguirre
To CSUN come to Bayramian Lawn and check out Bijan and Sahar, your choice candidates for A.S. President and Vice President! #ngage #voteforbijanandsahar #csun #aselections #matadorsEmmy Fresh
Candidates in action @bijanblast #csun #associatedstudents #askickoff #elections #ngage #vote4bijanandsaharvote4bijanandsahar
Candidates on the campaign trail
Woolett/Alexanian are passionate about #volunteerism and #service to the community. Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life is an example of the amazing things we can accomplish as long as we strengthen our #collective #voice & have a #visioninunity at #csun @csuncac @talaralexanian @wooly20 #votevu #ASelections #thisweek #tues #march26 + #wed #march27Visioninunity
Tray is running for a seat on -AS Senate & Myself -USU Board of Directors. Voting is March 26&27 online and at the #Oviatt Library. @uwastedmytime #TwInspire #PowerTeam #ASElections #USU #CSUN #ContinuousImprovement #Politicians Thanks you all. Share for support:).realistictae
#cssa #csu #studentleaders #environment #sustainability #woolettalexanian #voteVU #ASelections #march26 + #march27 @wooly20 @talaralexanian @dweezyprezVisioninunity
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President Candidate Christopher Woolett @wooly20 & VP Candidate @talaralexanian stand up against #violence & discuss #csun campus safety at Take Back The Night #voteVU #ASelections #march26 + #march27 #woolettalexanian #gwrrc #collective #voiceVisioninunity
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President Candidate @wooly20 & VP Candidate @talaralexanian discuss issues relating to gender inclusivity, sexual assault prevention & greater accessibility for students with disabilities on a statewide level with the 2 #CSU student trustees #woolettalexanian #ASelections #voteVU #march26 + #march27 #vote #collective #voice #studentleaders #cssa #csunVisioninunity
Do you want change? Are you tired of the status quo?! N-GAGE: VOTE 4 BIJAN AND SAHAR on March 26&27 ! #csun #csunas #aselections #csunaselections #csunpresident #csunvp #bijan4prez #sahar4vp #ngagevote #ngage #bijan #saharvote4bijanandsahar
AS ELECTIONS ARE TOMORROW, March 26 & Wednesday, March 27th! Make sure you vote! Your voice, your choice. Vote Vision in Unity! #ASelections #visioninunity #dontforgettovoteAmber Bynum
#VisionInUnity flyers have arrived! Elections are only 1 week away so grab a stack from us & start passing them out to your #csun friends. #ASelections #march26 + #march27 #1weekaway #voteVU #woolettalexanianVisioninunity
Stop by meet us and discuss what you want at CSUN!! Candidate debate today at 1pm!! N:Gage-VOTE 4 EXPERIENCE ! VOTE 4 CHANGE! VOTE FOR BIJAN AND SAHAR! @bijanblast #csun #associatedstudents #aselections #vote4bijanandsahar #vote #askickoff #csunas #studentgovernment #ngage #electionsvote4bijanandsahar
"The 2 most profound moments in life is the moment you were born and the moment you discover why." – Kevin Carroll #USU #ASelections #AS #Lovewhatyoudo #Leaders #BoardofDirectors #Voting #FunWithBusiness #TwInspirerealistictae
As an #international student from Saudi Arabia and a New Student Orientation Leader @bassamjamalalail aims to unify the diverse cultures of #csun and hopes to expand campus resources #voteVU #woolettalexanian #aselections #march26 + #march27 #1weekaway #iescVisioninunity
"When someone shows you who they are and where they’re going, you believe them." #ASelections #USU #SRC #CSUN #picoftheday #boardofdirectors #twinspire #studentgovernment #leaders Vote on March 26&27threalistictae
Christopher Woolett @wooly20, @talaralexanian, & the #visioninunity slate value the diversity at #csun & hope to increase the amount of multicultural events on campus. #proud #matadors #president #vicepresident #voteVU #ASelections #march26 + #march27 #spreadthewordVisioninunity
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Education Senator Candidate Sarah Garcia has advocated for the deaf community and branded #CSUN #AS on a national level by organizing donation drives for hurricane sandy as chair of the external affairs committee. #woolettalexanian #voteVU #ASelections #march26 + #march27 #collective #voice #matadorsVisioninunity
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#AS #elections are only 2 weeks away! Do you want your #voice to be heard? Do you want your vision to become a reality? Then don’t forget to #vote for me as your next Vice President, @wooly20 as your next president & the rest of the #visioninunity slate! Find out more by following @visioninunity #voteVU #woolettalexanian #ASelections #march 26 + #march27 #gomatadorsTalar Alexanian
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You may have seen Upper Division Candidate Jesus Martinez-Ramirez make classroom presentations about A.S and all its resources as chair of the Internal Affairs Committee this year. #woolettalexanian #visioninunity #csun #matadors #ASelections #voteVU #march26 + #march27Visioninunity
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Have a say in how Associated Students spend your money

Illustration by Taylor Villescas/ Production Designer

This isn’t high school anymore, kids. This is college. Student government can make more important decisions than what color palette should be used for prom this year. And as the annual elections for Associated Students dawns upon us, it’s important that we the students stand up and take notice of who is representing our interests, what they’re doing and consequently, flex our voting power.

CSUN’s A.S. wields around $7 million worth of power over students and clubs across campus this year alone. That kind of money shouldn’t be thrown around while the student body isn’t paying any attention. It could end up funding something incredibly pointless, like a Matador football team.

The power of A.S. is supplied by students. I’m not speaking metaphorically here, I mean literally. Students paid a fee of $84 a semester and summer students paid $49 so that A.S. can disburse funds as they see fit. We also pay other additional fees that A.S. has control over. For example, students pay $15 for the “Instructionally Related Activity Fee” (IRA) that helps fund academically-related events. There is also the ‘Campus Quality Fee,’ which is $104 per semester for students and supports a range of on-campus things, like Intercollegiate Athletics and student support services.

That is $203 a semester, $406 a year of your money (let’s not get into what happens if the fees go up next year). Aren’t you interested in what they’re doing with it?

You should be.

The 2012-2013 budget is posted online on their website, along with every agenda and its corresponding list of minutes from every meeting since Spring 2009. Like everything in the world, the information is easily available at our fingertips. And to their credit, the Senate is open about the decisions they make every week and maintain decent transparency. However, they are not very loud about any of it so students never know where to look for information or help.

So what are they doing with everyone’s money? Giving it away of course! A.S. rations out money to different clubs and organizations. From the entire Greek system down to the Daily Sundial itself, just about everyone on campus is getting a little money from the Senate. Most of the funds go toward helping to pay for certain speakers and fund some club travel, or sometimes they will even sponsor events.

A.S. can also approve the creation of clubs and organizations. Last week they approved the creation of a new dance club and before that, they approved the creation of a fast-pitched softball team on campus. However, organizations also have to have their constitutions approved.

But between midterms, chapter readings, 10-page papers and a part-time job, it’s hard to stop and look over what is on the agenda for this week’s meeting. This partly explains why barely 8 percent of the student body participated in last year’s student elections, but by no means does it excuse it.

By taking the time to read about the candidates and their positions, students can start working on being well informed citizens. In our democratic society, knowledge is power, and voting is how we flex it. By practicing being a good citizen here in school, students can take those skills along to the mayoral election later in the spring, the next congressional elections and the presidential election in 2016.

Students have the chance to go even further than voting and actually speak directly to the Senate itself. Every meeting, there is an ‘Open Forum’ section of the agenda where anyone in the public has three minutes to speak about issues concerning CSUN. Usually, clubs who are up for financial recommendations use this time to make their case, but the microphone is open to anyone. Students need to take advantage of this face to face time with the Senate and speak about important issues on campus.

For those of us with stage fright, speaking to the entire Senate can be a near death experience. But you would be surprised how different the meetings go when there is actually people in the audience.

During a meeting a few weeks ago, Dr. Bernadean Broadous brought her Pan-African studies 161 class in and filled the entire Senate gallery. The audience made the senators act more professional: they sat up straighter, spoke clearly and explained everything to the audience. Perhaps more importantly, they smiled.

By attending meetings, students can hold their senators responsible and remind them who they are working for.

Paying attention to politics can seem tedious, but by taking an active role in what’s going on around you, you can actually make a difference. It’s a sign of maturity and like paying rent and establishing credit, it’s something you need to learn the importance of during college.

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CSUN students embrace a vegetarian lifestyle and go meatless


Heather Swann, 20, junior microbiology major and vegetarian enjoys a refreshing salad at the CSUN Botanical Gardens. Photo credit by John Saringo-Rodriguez/ Daily Sundial

Heather Swann first decided to become a vegetarian after seeing what she called a “horror film” of an animal slaughterhouse. In the beginning of her quest to go meatless she actually had a dream of an emaciated cow with doleful eyes staring back at her asking, “Why?”

Swann, 20, junior and microbiology major, has been going meatless for three years now and can finally be in good company with the rest of Los Angeles. Well, at least on Mondays anyway.

Last February the Los Angeles City Council became a supporter of the international campaign, “Meatless Monday.” According to a webpage on the campaign’s website, the campaign intends to reduce the consumption of meat for health and environmental reasons. It started in 2003 with the help of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has spread to 23 countries.

According to an article written by that same school of public health, there are several environmental health repercussions from industrial agriculture. They include a devastation in animal and plant biodiversity from the use of monocultures, water, air and soil pollution from fertilizers and pesticides, soil erosion and unsustainable water consumption.

“It’s our general responsibility to take care of the environment,” said Shlomit Ovadia, 20, sophomore linguistics and Japanese major.

Ovadia has been a vegetarian for almost five years. She took an environmental science class back in high school where she learned about the meat and fishing industry’s unsustainable effects on the planet.

There are some health-related consequences of eating too much meat as well. According to a report from the Environmental Working Group, eating large quantities of meat is linked to higher rates of health problems including heart disease, cancer and obesity.

Junior cinema and television arts major Garrett Kynard, 20, became a vegetarian with the help of his mother, a doctor and former vegetarian. He began limiting the amount of meat he ate to improve his future health.

Ellen Bauersfeld, registered dietician at CSUN’s Klotz Student Health Center, thinks that the campaign is a great way to educate the population about the many possible benefits of going meatless.

“There are certain diseases to lower your risk of getting including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, diabetes, obesity and possibly hypertension,” Bauersfeld said. “Plus, an increase possibly in your life span.”

Bauersfeld said that the immediate perception is that people won’t know where to get their protein from, but said that it’s not that difficult if somebody is really educated about food.

“You can be as unhealthy as a vegetarian as a meat eater,” Bauersfeld said. “The key is education and doing it correctly.”

Bauersfeld said there are some nutrients that vegetarians should focus on: protein, iron, calcium and zinc. Making good choices is key to meeting your protein intake as vegetarian, she said.

Beans, nuts and tofus are a source of protein.

Iron can be found in dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, dried fruits such as apricots and raisins, whole grains and iron fortified breakfast cereals.

Calcium and vitamin D can be found in milk and soy milk.

Zinc can be found in kidney, garbanzo and white beans.

“The most basic referral would be the United States Department of Agriculture’s government website,” Bauersfeld said. “It’s a good starting point to see what makes a healthy meal.”

This is the same website Bauersfeld uses in her one on one sessions with students. It also provides examples and ideas for vegetarians.

Swann said that one thing she really needs to do is pay attention to her body.

“If I’m feeling lightheaded I need more iron or a supplement,” Swann said. “If my nails are getting brittle I have to start upping my calcium intake.”

Vegetarians have to be in tune and comfortable with their bodies, Kynard said. Listening to his body has become even more crucial with his meatless diet.

“Your body goes through a lot of changes getting used to not having meat in it,” Kynard said.

But both Kynard and Swann said that the lifestyle change has given them more energy and made them feel lighter.

Aside from health benefits, a meatless lifestyle can also help save money. An entry from the journal Health Prospect stated that a vegetarian diet is cheaper than a meat inclusive diet. The raw ingredients and vegetarian choices at restaurants often cost less money. Lentils, beans and other nutritious foods can maximize the savings.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be a vegetarian,” Kynard said. “Fruit and vegetables fill you up. The more healthy the food you eat is the more it fills you up.”

Swann said meat is expensive and that her grocery bill has definitely benefitted from this meatless lifestyle, totaling only $20.

When it comes to campus cuisine, however, options at CSUN can become a little pricey.

“They have the tiny little packs of veggies that are horrendously expensive,” Ovadia said. “I’d rather just get the $1 energy bar.”

Kynard said that he’ll get a Subway sandwich on campus sometimes but doesn’t like that he has to pay for avocado.

“Things that should be free for vegetarians, such as avocados, aren’t free,” Kynard said.

However the overall added benefits that come from a meatless lifestyle like reducing the risks of cancer, reducing a carbon footprint and saving a little money can make buying that pesky avocado an easier pill to swallow.

Seasoned CSUN vegetarians recommend Subway, Arbor Grill veggie burgers, Bamboo Terrace tofu salads, pasta, pizza and El Pollo Loco bean and cheese burritos to prospective vegetarians.

Baseball: Matadors sweep doubleheader against Utah Valley

Senior outfielder Nathan Ring readies to swing at an incoming pitch against St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 16 at Matador Field. File Photo/Daily Sundial

Winning both games in Saturday’s doubleheader against visiting Utah Valley University, the CSUN baseball team broke out of their four game losing streak, winning 4-3 and 5-4.

Striking first in the first game, the Matadors jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by the third inning with a succession of singles.

The Wolverines were able catch up to Northridge in the sixth inning. Loading the bases with one out, Utah Valley scored three runs without getting a hit once the bases were loaded as walk, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch brought in the runs, giving CSUN a slim 4-3 lead heading into the seventh

CSUN won the game after setting down the Wolverines in the seventh, allowing just one runner to reach base on a throwing error.

“We needed a weekend to get some momentum going into conference play,” said head coach Matt Curtis. “We played a really difficult schedule.”

Going into the second game of the doubleheader, redshirt sophomore designated hitter Kyle Ferramola was the hero for CSUN.

Recently converted from a pitcher to be the team’s new designated hitter, Ferramola struck out in his first two at-bats.

In the sixth inning, however, Ferramola smashed a ball over the left field fence, giving CSUN a two run lead and himself his first career collegiate home run.

“One day coach pulled me aside and told me (to get in some batting practice and I just got in a few games ago,” Ferramola said.

For a second straight game, the Matadors struck first against the Wolverines, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the third inning on a double by sophomore second baseman Ryan Raslowsky, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch.

Utah Valley would chip away at the CSUN lead one run at a time over the next two innings, cutting the score to 3-2 in the fifth.

Holding the Wolverines to two runs over five innings of work, junior starting pitcher Brycen Rutherford gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Handing over the ball to the middle relievers, Northridge needed to use four pitchers to close out the final four innings.

“Overall the pitching was fine, (we had) quality middle relief,” Curtis said.

Sophomore pitcher Brandon Warner was handed the reins at the top of the sixth with a 4-2 lead, and he shut down the Wolverines offense over his two innings pitched, allowing only two hits.

Unable to match the performance of his pen mate, freshman pitcher Oscar Sandoval was pulled after one out. Getting roughed up for two runs, walking two batters and recording two wild pitches, Sandoval allowed Utah Valley to tie the game 4-4 before being pulled.

Freshman pitcher DJ Milam came on with a runner on first and got the next two batters out.

Already giving the Matadors a lead earlier in the game, Ferramola came up with another big hit in the bottom of the eighth. A second home run to left field gave Northridge a 5-4 lead, which it was unable to extend after loading the bases with two outs.

Redshirt junior utility player Joshua Goossen-Brown locked up his second save of the day with a 10-pitch ninth inning as the Matadors closed out.

Water Polo: Matadors overpower Pacific late to win fifth in a row

Junior attacker Lindsy Nelson (5) fires a goal against Marist College at Matador Pool. File Photo/Daily Sundial

Coming out fast and firing in goals at a furious speed, the 13th-ranked Matadors (20-8, 2-1 BWC) women’s water polo team fended off 20th-ranked Pacific’s (15-8, 0-1) mid-game surge and came away with a 9-6 win to finish off a perfect three-for-three homestand Saturday afternoon.

Scoring three times within the first two minutes of the game, Northridge looked as if it was going to cruise to victory over a seemingly overmatched Tigers team.

Led by sophomore center Marisa Young, CSUN would head into the second quarter up 4-0, aided by two of Young’s three goals on the day.

The next two quarters were not as friendly to the Matadors as the Tigers rebounded and start putting balls into the net. Pacific outscored Northridge in the second quarter  2-1, getting on the board early in the quarter and scoring their second goal with seven seconds left before halftime.

“I’m not sure if they figured something out, or we just had a quick lull, but it was two quality opponents going at it,” Young said.

Northridge was unable to come out of halftime and do anything to separate themselves from the Tigers. For the third straight period a team scored a goal within the first minute of play. Pacific came out looking to even the score with the Matadors and scored the only two goals of the period in the first and sixth minute.

“Pacific’s defense was very strong and we just needed to get our shots on cage and needed to be patient and play our game,” Young said.

Ahead by only one goal heading into the fourth quarter and being held scoreless for 10 minutes, the Matadors struck first on a goal by junior attacker Celena Photopulos within 30 seconds.

Pacific would get the next two goals by freshman two-meters Gracie Smith, tying the game for the first time of the day with 5:32 left to play.

Answering back, Young scored the game winning goal, bouncing the ball underneath Pacific junior goalkeeper Michelle Relton’s right arm with 3:48 left to play. The Matadors would tack on two more goals for extra measure over the next two minutes, winning the game 9-6.

CSUN sophomore goalkeeper Kiernan Davis ended the game with 12 saves to Relton’s nine. Six different Matadors scored at least one goal, including two by senior attacker Leah Janke.

“It’s exciting. It’s a good start to our (Big West) season and it really shows that what we’ve been doing and how hard we’ve been working has paid off. I’m just having fun,” Young said.

Northridge has now won five games in a row and will head on the road for a three game trip against Big West opponents Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Hawaii before their final game at home against UC Santa Barbara on April 19.

CSUN students protest violence against women at Take Back the Night rally

Story by Shaleeka Powell
March 22nd, 2013
Section: News

As more than 100 students, faculty and staff marched through campus with candles and picket signs in their hands, chants of “No more silence! No more violence!” could be heard.

Students marched from Plaza del Sol to the Women’s Research and Resource Center as part of the tenth annual Take Back the Night event which aims to raise awareness about violence against women.

According to an annual crime awareness and security report from CSUN’s police department, two reports of rape happened in 2009 and four reports in 2010 on campus. The Project D.A.T.E. organization said in 2012 the university police received 12 reports of rape and three sexual assaults.

Shira Brown, director of the women’s resource center and gender women’s studies professor, said the event is an opportunity for the campus community to publicly confront violence against women and it is important to have this event on any college campus.

“There is a higher rate of violence and sexual assault on college campuses and I think it is really important that we acknowledge that and take a stand,” she said. “We need to inform the members of the community to do what we need to do to make sure people are protected.”

She added that there is an important lesson young men can learn.

“It’s unfortunate that everyone knows the statistic that on a college campus one of three women are going to be sexually assaulted in some way,” Brown said. “We need to figure out whatever the solution is to not teach our girls how not to get raped, but teach our boys how not to rape.”

Brown said preparation for Take Back the Night started in December and the gender women’s studies department, The F Word club, Interfraternity Council, Gamma Rho Lambda and Lambda Sigma Gamma co-sponsored the event.

President Dianne Harrison spoke at the event and there were special performances by Natalia Zukerman, Yazmine Watkins and VDAY Vagina Monologues as well as speeches from organizations on campus.

The campus police department, women’s research and resource center, Project D.A.T.E., Matadors For Equality, University Counseling Services, and more organizations had tables at the booth.

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Reports of lewd conduct in bathrooms

University Police Services is looking for an unknown suspect who is using a cell phone to take photos of women in bathroom stalls.

The first incident was reported in Sierra Hall on March 14 between 9:30-9:45 p.m. A woman noticed a person standing outside her stall and then saw a cellphone at the top of the door as the person took a photo and ran. The woman was unable to describe the suspect.

Another woman reported a man slipping a cell phone into her stall and taking a photo before running away in Nordhoff Hall on March 20 around 6:55 p.m. The woman described the cell phone as a black iPhone 5 and said the suspect had an olive complexion and wore a long-sleeve green patterned shirt.

If anyone has further information, please contact CSUN’s investigations unit at (818) 677-3826 or (818) 677-3901.