The No. 2 Matadors concluded their seven-match homestand on Saturday by sweeping Hope International 3-0. The sweep was the 12th in 22 games this season for the Matadors (19-3) and served as preparation for an upcoming road stretch.

The Cal State Northridge softball team (20-9) kept rolling Saturday afternoon as they swept Cal State Bakersfield in back-to-back games at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.' In game one, Debbie Duran '- once again '- pitched a complete game for the Matadors in a 10-5 victory.

CSUN may have found a new and innovative way to help increase voter turnout in this years Associated Students elections, which has gone through some difficulties in the past three attempts.

Even though it wasn't noon yet the walls of the Pub were packed wall to wall with people. Despite it being hard to move the campus community was yelling and cheering in excitement for the men's basketball team as they played the first round in the NCAA Tournament.

A multiple-choice exam begins and students hurry to take out their pencils and scantrons. They all have fifty minutes to complete the exam. Fifty minutes spent in a lecture room with 100 students tapping their pencils, anxiously scribbling, flipping pages, and teachers making last minute announcements, while students concentrate on successfully finishing their test.

Boredom can often be a factor while studying, so every once and a while every student needs activities to break the monotony.' Students who want to let loose on their free time might want to check out www.hammered.org.

There are a frightening number of challenges facing students today: a recession, dismal job market, budget cuts and impaction. The Associated Students (A.S.) is charged with acting as the conservators of our trust '- not to mention our money. There has been a lot of healthy debate between candidates over the past few weeks addressing the very issues students are concerned about.

There is a lot of rhetoric thrown around during the Associated Students presidential election.' Four sets of presidential/vice presidential pairs are campaigning for the highest elective office at CSUN.' A position that includes a $1,200 a month stipend, free tuition, a free faculty parking pass, an extensive executive travel budget and probably the most important, access to the most exclusive university officials and the ability to have your personal opinion heard by the University President, Jolene Koester.

The Matadors jump out to an early lead and the entire Cal State Northridge campus lies asphyxiated, unable to breathe and worried that if they gasp, even if just for a moment, they might wake from their reverie.

Maybe there isn't much respect for the Matadors coming from the Memphis side. Maybe there isn't even disrespect. As far as Tigers star point guard Tyreke Evans is concerned, there is nothing.

The men's basketball team gave No. 3 Memphis all it could handle Thursday morning at the Spring Center but ultimately lost 81-70 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The mood around the Matador locker room was that of accomplishment.

The madness begins today.' CSUN will be looking to shock the world in Kansas City, Miss., today at 9:25 a.m. as they play a Memphis team that is arguably one of the top defenses in the country.