The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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Letter to the Editor

In light of all that is going on at CSUN with budget cuts, schedule changes and the decimation of summer school, I strongly feel that students must be given a voice in a time where other students may feel discouraged in efforts to fight back against this budget crisis. In regards to this very timely issue, I have written a slam poem piece that I feel many students should read as this poem encapsulates much of the frustrations and feelings surrounding all that is happening. We have to make it known that our voices can and will be heard. I propose this slam piece written with the future of our education system and future generations of students in mind. It was also used for the Performance Ensemble’s installation piece last week where students conveyed their connection to the crisis at hand.

In solidarity,

Asena Taione-Filihia
Transfer Student Association, President

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I thought about what I should say

Something meaningful

Something real

Something relatable’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘

Something that would rock you to your core

I thought about that seat you’re in

I thought about this room we’re in

I thought about the blue up in the front

Purposefully articulated to keep your attention

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Surrender to the conformity of society

Society that wants nothing to do with you

Society versus your life

Society versus your struggles

Society, feed me scraps

Infuse apathy

Inscribe fear’mdash;

Students demand, that President Koester take a

Stand! Hiking 10 percent, fifth time around, your education

Swift as a thief in the night

It took the words and ran fiercely

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Something about our school

Something about CSUN

Something about CSU

Something about State schools across the nation

Sweeping like a plague

Steering right, then left, then straight

Shut up, shut down, shut out

Something about UC

See you? Conformity is a bitch’hellip;

Six heads and a fat ass wallet and keys to

A Rovin’ Ranger

A Ranger that wants you to say nothing

A Ranger that keeps you at bay

A Ranger that doesn’t care to range your gain but only geared to track your losses

Arranged to make you kick, scratch, beat your way to the

Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday

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Block schedule

Monday-Wednesday, Tuesday-Thursday, Friday-Saturday

Believe not in six days and six years

Saddest day, we sit idly

But, I shot the sheriff’hellip;but I swear it was in self-defense

Besieged, police state in this mind exists no longer

Blame it on the vodka
Blame it on the henny
Blame it on the blue top
Got you feeling dizzy
Stay sober, keep the mind clear

Because we need you to do your part

Power of your mind

Where as the mind cannot be limited

What it can

What it does

What it thinks

What it says

When it thinks, what it thinks

Conformity bka imprisonment, aka confinement, regulate, restrict

Relegated to scrapin’ and scroungin’

Wreck your mind of its fullest potential

The potential that you know

You understand

You comprehend

They dare say

More money for less education

The day I believe in that sham

To forget the shoulders upon which I stand,

Bent, so that I may stand and dare look over to the promise-land

To minimize the number of students

To cut the life line to my community

To sever the potential of our rise

Nation of the impoverished,


Underprivileged and


Under those circumstances

Love the sinner, hate the sin

Love the education,

But not what some educated have chosen to do with their power

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