CSUN feminist club, The F Word, run by Kendra Hamilton and Skylar Grogan seeks to raise awareness for issues like sexual assault on campus.
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CSUN’s production of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” sold out last weekend. The show took place Friday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets ranged from $20 for the general public, to $15 for students with a valid CSUN I.D.
Garry Lennon, theater department professor and chair, directed the show alongside musical director Philip Matthew Park.
“I think this is a really great cast and I think that this is really specifically our production. In (many) cases, we made our own choices that made the play really (fit) CSUN,” Lennon said. “I think (this) is good. The show relates more to our students and our interpretation of it.”
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is a historical, comedic and satirical musical that evaluates the life of the United States’ 7th president.
The Daily Sundial sat down with a few of the cast members from “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and asked them about their experiences during the production.
The Daily Sundial sat down with a few of the cast members from “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” and asked them about their experiences during the production.
Q: Describe your character for us.
A: I’m Andrew Jackson, and I am not necessarily the focal point of the show but I am in it all the time. Andrew Jackson is [the] President of our fine country and he is the one that really did come up with the democratic system of our country. It used to be passed down generationally…and was kind of an inside job until he came. He really was the people’s president [and] he took the world by storm. It’s kind of incredible.
Q: Would you say Andrew Jackson was a little violent?
A: Uh, yeah (smiles). He is probably by far the most crazy president we have had. He didn’t take shit. He was known to actually duel while he was president, pistol duel. There are about 13 recorded duels, none of which he lost. One [pistol duel] he took a hit to the shoulder but he kind of brushed it off and proceeded to win. He was the first president to use his veto power. So, he really didn’t take anybody’s mess, and he really did do what he thought the people wanted and what he thought was right regardless of all the opposition that he [faced].
Q: What challenges did you face having to play Andrew Jackson?
A: Really delving into his persona, if that makes sense. I don’t consider myself an angry person, I consider myself a very nice person. Bleeding [cutting] yourself is a very strange concept. Especially the feeling of that cold metal on your skin, it makes you tingle a little bit. It is a little weird but it was a common thing at that time. It was strange finding a connection [and] an arousal to that sort of thing.
Q: What was your favorite musical number to perform?
A: I think “Rockstar”. Just because it’s all that energy in the middle, it’s a ball, you can’t stop it. And quite frankly, I get to play with the audience so that’s fun.
Q: Name one of your favorite characters to work with?
A: I’d have to say one of my favorite characters to work with is definitely between Black Fox and my partner, Rachel. I’ll pick Black Fox because those scenes are really interesting and there’s a lot of depth in them. Initially there (doesn’t seem) to be a lot of depth in them. But then as the show goes on, especially in that last scene, it is kind of heavy and there are a lot of levels to play.
Q: Describe your character for us.
A: Amy is the youngest in her family and she is like the wild child. She has no filter (and) she’ll go out and make out with a girl or cuss just for the hell of it. She’s not very bright. So that’s what I think of Amy.
Q: What was it like being Amy?
A: Uh, fairly easy. (laughs) Nah, I’m kidding. It was really cool because I am a very serious person. I am very much a perfectionist and detail oriented. So it was really great to be in the show and to let it all out, [to] let the energy burst out of me and let myself be totally in the moment. It was very fun.”
Q: What was your favorite musical number in the show?
A: Probably “Rockstar”. The musical number where Andrew Jackson and the lead singer at that point are like rockin’ out and the chorus comes together and they’re like “why don’t you just shoot me in the head!” It’s the [song] that has the most energy in it and I feel like I just get to let loose. “Populism” and “Rockstar” are my favorite ones.
Q: What character did you play?
A: I play various characters. However the main character I played was Henry Clay. He was the evil villainous senator.
Q: Do you have a favorite musical selection?
A: I’d say my favorite is “I’m Not That Guy” because it kind of gets the feel of the show, how we want the audience to feel, and how Andrew Jackson is feeling at that current moment. It tells more of a story. It’s when we come out with all of the guns and we’re hittin’ it (does a silly dance move).
Q: Did you face any challenges trying to embody these different characters?
A: Yes, I did. Man, I played eight characters throughout the show, so constantly remembering which character I am is hard in its own right. But the challenge that I found was trying to distinguish a West Virginia accent from Henry Clay, and a Tennessee accent from everyone else I play in the show. It’s weird [because] they’re both similar, so I just tried to find the difference between the two.
Q: Do you sing?
A: I do sing. I have sung my entire life. I started in the church singing gospel music, which kind of led to me doing musicals, which eventually led to me doing straight plays, which eventually led to me doing commercials, which eventually led to me being here where I am right now. So singing started it all.
“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” will be performed this week starting Tuesday afternoon to Sunday afternoon at the Experimental Theatre in VPAC.
In an effort to comply with a federal court demand for California to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law with two plans to reduce the population size in prisons.
The law orders either the relocation of non-violent prisoners to mental health and substance abuse facilities or the relocation of prisoners to private prisons, county jails and other alternative facilities.
Long story short, Brown needs to reduce the population in California state prisons by 9,600 before Dec. 31. This order was issued in 2010 in response to California’s overcrowded prisons that are in conflict with federal safety standards. Brown had recently submitted a bill to three federal judges asking for a three-year extension to reduce the population size in prisons. If the bill passes, Brown will move inmates to mental health and substance abuse centers. If the bill is rejected, Brown will allocate $315 million from this fiscal year’s budget to relocate prisoners to private prisons.
From a progressive perspective, Brown’s plan to move repeat non-violent offenders to rehabilitation centers is sound. According to the Progress Report, California has the highest rate of imprisoning drug offenders in the nation. The Progress Report found that people imprisoned for drug offenses in California has increased 25-fold since 1980. There are also twice as many people incarcerated in state prisons for drug offenses compared to the entire state prison population in 1980.
According to a Justice Policy Institute (JPI) report, almost half of the inmates incarcerated for drug offenses are there for simple possession. JPI’s report also found that in 2000 it would cost Californians over $9 billion to incarcerate about 44,000 persons in state prisons for drug offenses.
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), for the fiscal year of 2013-2014, the CDCR was allocated over $8.9 billion. Well, at least there’s transparency about how much money is spent on California prisons.
Brown’s plan to move non-violent offenders to rehabilitation clinics is a step in the right direction. What people need is help from the state, not fear. While the bill will be ruled on later this week, one can only hope that the three-year extension for California to reduce its prison size doesn’t fall through. There is no need to relocate inmates to county jails, private prisons and other alternatives such as out-of-state prisons. California already has about 8,900 inmates who are housed out of state at the expense of Californians.
The alternative to the bill would cost about $315 million, but does California really have that money to do so? That $315 million could be allocated to better areas like education, or at the very least fund rehabilitation programs in California. On top of that, the alternative would only offer a short term solution to the overcrowding problem. While it will meet the federal deadline, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the overcrowding problem will come back by the years 2015-16. By then, there would be about 8,800 above the court ordered limit in 2015-16. In short, that would be wasted money and effort. Why bring up a terrible solution if it were to arise again in a matter of a couple years? Couldn’t Brown and the other leaders of California come up with a more comprehensive and progressive prison reformation plan since the order was issued in 2010? At the very least, it seems like the bill is a step in the right direction if the extension is granted.
The bigger issue to be addressed is why California prisons are so dreadfully overcrowded.
There are many issues behind the scenes in prisons. To sum up the issue, it is about the theory of the prison industrial complex.
The prison industrial complex (PIC) is a term used to explain the rapid expansion of prisons and increased incarceration rates throughout America. Although the PIC seems like a conspiracy theory, there is a strong correlation between the theory and what is happening now. To shorten a complex theory, the PIC explains that prisons benefit corporations that manufacture items in prison through contracts. These corporations make a living from offering items and workers to prisons. Also, to accommodate for a capitalist society and increased demands for more goods at a cheaper price, inmates are used as a labor workforce to manufacture items at a cheaper cost.
According to Global Research, conglomerates such as AT&T, Texas Instruments, Dell, Compaq, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Target and other big companies have production operations throughout the prison system. According to a Huffington Post article about the PIC, inmates are paid anywhere between $.23 to $1.15 an hour. Some are not even paid at all.
The intention for prisons to be a place of social reform changed into a profitable business venture that is created for the rich by the rich. The prison system in America and California isn’t broken, it works for the benefit of the few at the cost of the many. What needs to be done is a complete rework of the entire prison system. Brown’s plan to move non-violent inmates to rehab centers is a step in the right direction. What needs to be done is to actually help people, not to enslave the masses in the name of money.
Students wandered through the booths lining Bayramian Lawn, checking out what the vendors had to offer for the first Matador Mall of the new semester. Stuart Sidwell minded his booth, where he has been selling posters since 1994.
Sidwell fought in Vietnam, worked in the auto collision and jewelry business before selling posters in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona colleges to make a living.
“There are ups and downs to the whole business,” Sidwell said.
He was in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1967. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, but chose to be a Marine.
“I (didn’t) want to have them tell me that I have to go. I want(ed) to make that decision myself,” Sidwell said. “I always liked the Marines because they were part of the Navy and they were the first to go in. I was all gung ho.”
Sidwell’s views on the war changed after his comrades kept dying and his best friend was killed.
“When we were there we were losing about 500 guys a month, I always asked myself ‘why we were here?’ It was basically a civil war and we shouldn’t have been involved,” Sidwell said.
After Sidwell’s departure from the Marines in August 1968, he began a career as an auto collision insurance appraiser that lasted 25 years.
He moved on to sell jewelry for six years.
“Back then I was selling rings for under ten dollars, it would take a girl 15 to 25 minutes to make a seven dollar decision. I had to watch that,” Sidwell said. “I mean nothing against [women] but women just like to shop. With posters it goes a little faster.”
After seeing a man selling posters next to his jewelry stand, he decided to change his business product.
“Unfortunately, jewelry gets a lot of theft. It’s very difficult to have to watch everybody all the time,” Sidwell said. “With the posters I feel much more relaxed and it attracts both males and females. It’s a more enjoyable business dealing with the pictures.”
Some CSUN students said Sidwell’s booth is interesting.
“The posters [attracted me to come by] because I like to decorate my room. Every couple of months I like to switch out the posters,” said Eddie Mendoze, a freshman at CSUN.
Sidwell sells posters seasonally. The posters include a variety of movies, music, celebrities and art. During the fall, he also sells comic books, vinyl, records and CDs.
When his poster shop, Accent Design, isn’t selling, he moves on to self-employed construction work.
“I know that it is going to be difficult [to sell posters] especially if you are traveling. I’m sure stores are going to be more expensive,” said Michael Davis, CSUN student.
Sidwell describes an experience from his past poster shop in Santa Barbara. After Sidwell finished organizing his poster shop, a young customer pulled out about 100 posters and destroyed Sidwell’s categorized display. Sidwell asked the customer if he was planning on buying the posters he was pulling out. Although the customer said he wanted to purchase them, Sidwell doubted he was going to buy $900 worth of posters. The customer returned in the afternoon and bought over $500 worth of posters.
Although Sidwell’s poster stand was full of student customers yesterday, he claims to be having a low moment in his business.
“Probably one of the things that affect me most, which is one thing that is happening this week, campuses keep expanding…traffic flow is somewhere else,” Sidwell said. “In order for any business to be accessible it’s all about location. You have to be in a high traffic location.”
CSUN students will be able to catch up on some retail therapy everyday this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Matador Mall.
A variety of vendors set up theirs booths along the Bayramian Hall Courtyard Monday morning to prepare for the day of selling an assortment of items, and trinkets including key chains, posters, shoes, and clothes.
“Matador mall is really to give our students the experience of outside vendors on campus,” said Audrey Martinez, events supervisor. “It gives our outdoor community to come to campus and sell their items.”
Seemingly, one of the more popular booths that students gravitate towards is Sidwells “Accent Design” which sells a variety of movie and music posters.
“I pride myself in bringing a wide variety of inventory. The kids can look at hundreds of posters in a short amount of time before they have to get to the next class.”
Well aware of college student’s budget, Sidwell sells the posters at an affordable price, $10-$15, and at different sizes to account for small spaces such as dorm rooms.
Kate Rosen, 20, an art major, junior, came to check out the booth to find the famous sailor and nurse kissing poster and found exactly what she was looking for within five minutes.
“I was so happy to find it because I’ve been looking for it for ages,” Rosen said. “I’m going to put in my room probably above my bed.”
There were plenty of jewelry and accessory booths to be seen at the vendor fair, attracting handful of students.
Aneela Manori, independent owner of her “London Manori” booth has been selling her “edgy and sophisticated” custom made jewelry for three years at CSUN.
Setting her unique items apart from other jewelry, “London Manori” custom makes their pieces with 14kt gold, and sterling silver pieces that range from $10 to $100.
“I love jewelry and I needed earrings,” Sara Sham, 21, criminology, junior, said. “I only needed one set of earrings, but I bought two pairs.”
CSUN students can visit the vendor fair until Thursday, Sept 26, to browse through the booths, or to kill time in-between classes.
“I was just passing by because I have work next, so I just came to get my mind off a bit,” Alexis Gonzales, 19, undecided, sophomore, said. “This is my first time and I like because it’s so convenient and economical for us as college students.”
Vendors who are interested to sell their products on campus can sign up at usu.csun.edu/matadormall and reserve a spot
The next Matador Mall vendor fair is set to take place November 18-21, 2013.
It is still September and the playoff aspirations for certain NFL teams with seemingly high expectations have already been derailed. With six teams sitting at 0-3 , here are three teams that have crashed and burned early in the season with little to no chance of reviving their putrid start.
New York Giants – Just two seasons ago, the Giants won the Super Bowl against the big, bad New England Patriots. This season, they look like a high school team trying to compete in the NFL. On Sunday, the G-men suffered a 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers who were 0-2 coming into the game.
In one of the biggest eyesores of the season, the Giants only mustered up a paltry 150 total yards of offense which was largely due to quarterback Eli Manning being on his back for most of the game as the Panthers racked up seven sacks and forced three turnovers.
The biggest problem with the Giants through the first three games is their lack of balance. Rookie runningback David Wilson has amassed a total of 75 yards total through three games. With no running game, opposing defenses can easily scheme and take away the passing game.
Look for the Giants to ride this nightmare deep into the season and miss the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I had high hopes for the Buccaneers coming into this season. With second-year runningback Doug Martin coming off a 1,454 yard rookie campaign and offseason acquisitions such as star cornerback Darrelle Revis and hard-hitting safety Dashon Goldson, the Bucs looked poised to compete in their division.
Three games into the season, the problem doesn’t seem to lie with the players. It’s the coach. Head coach Greg Schiano has had a reputation of being a control freak, something that may work in college but has no place in the NFL. Schiano’s military style has turned off many players such as Revis, who publicly expressed that he was unhappy with Schiano’s style of coaching.
Quarterback Josh Freeman was a captain of the team for the last three seasons but this season, for a reason that is beyond me, Schiano stripped Freeman of his captaincy right before the season began. In the NFL, being receptive to your players is key and a motivated locker room translates into wins and they have been hard to come by for Schiano. He has a 7-12 overall record since he took over the Buccaneers and is 1-8 in the last nine games.
Schiano needs to go back to coaching at the college ranks if Tampa Bay wants to get back to winning games.
Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars may possibly be the worst team in the history of the NFL. That may sound dramatic, but they have only tallied 28 points combined in three games and are ranked 30th in rush yards per game and 28th in pass yards per game.
In the first game of the season, the Jaguars suffered a lopsided 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and on Sunday suffered an embarrassing, but expected, 45-17 beating at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.
To add salt to the wound, quarterback Russell Wilson who torched Jacksonville for four touchdowns on Sunday, was passed up in the draft by the Jaguars for Bryan Anger, who happens to be a punter.
The Jaguars passing up on one of the best young quarterbacks in the league for arguably the least important position on a roster accurately sums up one of the most laughable organizations in all of sports.
An overwhelming majority of college students don’t want concealed handguns on their campuses, a recent study found.
The study, conducted by Ball State University’s Global Health Institute, found that 78 percent of students in the Midwest oppose the idea of allowing concealed weapons on campus and would not obtain a permit to get one if made legal.
The results obtained by surveying almost 1,700 undergraduate students also found that 66 percent of those surveyed would not feel safer if they were allowed to carry a gun. Seventy-nine percent said they would feel unsafe if other students and faculty/staff were allowed to carry guns.
“Firearms equal opportunities for accidents and opportunities for being angry. If you arm the students, the students can actually use those arms,” said James Ballard, CSUN professor of sociology.
The study’s co-author, Jagdish Khubchandani, a professor at Ball State University, said in a media release that the study is just one part in a series of surveys examining gun violence in the United States.
In a 2009 study, he found that the majority of campus police chiefs are in favor of informing students and parents about “no firearms” policies on campus.
Though all CSU campuses have a no firearms policy (excluding police officers), CSUN has seen its share of gun scares over the last two years.
In January 2011, 22-year-old David Everson, a CSUN student, was caught with a shotgun and explosive materials in his dorm room.
In September 2011, sophomore philosophy major Gahren Moradian was arrested following an incident in which he allegedly claimed to have a gun near the entrance of the Oviatt Library as he was shouting at a pillar.
The threat prompted an extensive police search of the library which yielded no results. Moradian later turned himself in and pled not guilty to felony criminal threat charges.
In April, a suspected gunman was spotted leaving the Oviatt Library. Though police detained five students that fit the description of what he was wearing, the suspect, along with his alleged gun, were never found.
CSUN has also seen gun fatalities. On Feb. 6, 1987, a 25-year-old former student shot and killed an associate professor in a stairwell following an argument about a grade he received a year ago. He then fatally shot himself.
The study also found that 16 percent of undergraduate students own a gun and 20 percent of them have witnessed a gun-related crime on campus.
Though CSUN may have had gun incidents, the school is generally considered a safe university.
“You may get somebody who has a mental illness, under stress, or in the moment becomes irrational,” Ballard said. “But most of the time, this campus is very safe, we’re a suburban campus.”
In December of 2012, to further increase the school’s safety, CSUN police and other agencies conducted a drill which would prepare them in case an active shooter were on campus. Coincidentally, the exercise took place days before 20-year-old Adam Lanza slaughtered 26 students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. with an assault rifle.
However, some groups believe that allowing guns on campus could be beneficial to safety.
“We don’t believe in any gun-free zones. We believe it should be up to the school itself,” said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California. “We support responsible faculty members that hold concealed weapons licenses because they have successfully prevented tragedies in the past.”
Obtaining a firearm in California can be difficult, as it has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws.
Open carry of any handgun is prohibited in public. In January 2012, the open carry of unloaded handguns became illegal as well after measure AB 144, which was signed in late 2011, came into effect. The sale, use, possession or manufacture of assault rifles is also barred in the state.
To be able to legally purchase firearms, one must be 18 years of age or older, pass a background check and take a handgun safety test, according to the Office of the Attorney General. To purchase a handgun, one must additionally show proof of California residency and be at least 21 years old.
In May, Gov. Jerry Brown passed SB 140, a bill which allocated $24 million to seize illegal assault weapons held by convicts and people with serious mental illnesses.
California sheriffs hold the power to grant citizens permits for concealed carry of handguns or revolvers. However, they are often reserved for those who have a “good cause,” such as having a clear and present danger that can’t be resolved by other means of security, according to an article published in a California Rifle and Pistol Association newsletter.
Concealed carry without a license holds a mandatory minimum of 90 days in jail and may be prosecuted as a felony.
California’s laws are far more restrictive than those of Arizona, its neighbor to the east. Arizona doesn’t require a permit to purchase firearms, including handguns and assault weapons. Open carry is allowed everywhere, and if over 21 years old, concealed carry is permitted as well with no license needed.
Though California may have harsher gun penalties than most other states, Ballard said that though the law is perfectly capable of handing down punishments, it’s more of an after-the-fact scenario rather than one of prevention.
Currently, Utah and Colorado are the only states that permit concealed carry of weapons on some of their college campuses.
Major: Kinesiology- Exercise Science
Food: Mashed Potatoes and Gravy/ Pickles
Band:Goo Goo Dolls
Athlete: Tobin Heath
Sports Team: US Women’s National Soccer Team
Hardest part about being a student athlete: Motivating yourself to do well in classroom and on the field
Greatest Accomplishment: Making it to the NCAA tournament
Hobbies: Watching Movies when I have time
Best part of my game: Playing with Energy
Part of my game that needs improvement: Staying composed while having energy
Best player I’ve played against: Alex Morgan/Hope Solo/Megan Rapione/Sydney Leroux
Player I model my game after: No one
Pre-game rituals: The team does a scream to get all nerves out and spit into a team circle
Difference between this year’s women’s soccer team and previous ones: This year we are more youthful, but have lots of speed
Team: To win the Big West Conference again!
Personal: To score goals
Other sports played: Gymnastics/Cheerleading/Volleyball
When I started playing soccer: 4 years old
How I stay in shape during off-season: Play with the LA Strikers in the W-League
Life after CSUN: To gain job experience in athletic administration, and receive my masters in sports management
Where I imagine myself in 10 years: At a Division-1 school, working in athletic administration
CSUN Matador Mall vendor and Vietnam War veteran Stuart Sidwell tells how he began his career as a vendor and how his job works.
A male CSUN student was carried away on a stretcher after he passed out on the second floor of Sierra Hall on Monday.
The following stories will be covered tonight on KCSN:
- The chief of instruction for the Los Angeles Unified School District resigns as key reform initiatives are being delayed.
- There is a salary gap between professors at private colleges and those at public universities.
- The White House takes steps to tighten up gun security regulations concerning weapons that are imported.
- Thousands of children under the age of 18 are treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered from amusement park rides.
- There is a shortage of foster care homes in Los Angeles County, which may be due to financial pressures.
To listen to these stories, be sure to tune in to KCSN tonight at 6 p.m.
According to CSUN IT, internet services were down from 10:30 a.m. but the issues have been resolved and internet has been restored on campus.