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CSUN soccer teams announce competitive 2005-06 schedules

The CSUN men’s and women’s soccer schedules were announced last month, with both teams facing tough competitors this coming season. The men’s team has scheduled 20 games, five of which are against teams that made the 2004 postseason, with two of the games against NCAA Championship finalists Indiana and UC Santa Barbara. “We feel confident playing any NCAA team,” said head coach Terry Davila. “If we bring our ‘A’ game, then we are tough to stop.” The team will open its season against Oakland Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Matador Soccer Field. Coming back from having its best season in three years, the women’s team is set to play 19 games, seven of them at the Matador Soccer Field. Last season, Davila’s arrival as the team’s new head coach helped improve the women’s win count by seven games from the previous year, and he said he plans to do even better this season.

Student clubs and orgs need to apply for orientation table spot

As freshman orientation quickly approaches, university-recognized clubs and organizations have until Aug. 5 to submit forms in order to register for a booth at orientation. Hilda Garcia-Putzel, assistant director for new student programs in Student Development and International Programs, said any club or organization that is university-recognized and A.S.-chartered could have a booth at orientation. According to Garcia-Putzel, clubs and organizations must submit a “sign-up” form via e-mail, complete the registration form and attend the mandatory meetings. Meetings will be held at 10 a.m. in the Johnson Auditorium in Jacaranda Hall before the beginning of each orientation session. If a club or organization fails to attend the meeting, it will not be eligible to participate at orientation, she said. “After a survey was conducted last year by (SDIP), new students expressed that they were overwhelmed by the clubs and organizations fair, so (this year) each club and organization is only allowed to bring a max of three representatives to its booth,” Garcia-Putzel said.

Statewide student association elects new 2005-06 leadership

The California State Student Association has elected its new executive leadership for the 2005-06 year. The new Executive Team was elected at Sonoma State University June 19 and consists of Julio Velasquez from Sacramento State University as chair, along with students from CSU Fresno, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Marcos, CSU Long Beach and San Diego State University. The CSSA represents each of the CSU’s 23 campuses and provides a voice for more than 400,000 students “who want to bring unity by addressing campus and statewide issues affecting individual campuses.” According to Susan Gonzalez, executive director for the CSSA, anyone can run for a position in the CSSA if he or she is from a dues-paying campus, meets CSU student leader eligibility requirements and is the proxy-holding member of the campus, the official CSSA elected representative or the A.S. president from his or her campus. The last time CSUN had a representative in the CSSA was in 1997 when Tony Teresi was chair.

Disney’s new “Sky High” film

produces $100,000 for CSUN

As Walt Disney Pictures is set to release its new movie, “Sky High,” July 29, there should be some familiar scenes for many CSUN students. The exterior of the Oviatt Library was transformed, from September to early October 2004, to double as a high school for teenage superheroes, the centerpiece of the film. CSUN Facilities and Trademark Licensing Manager Karla La Rosa said Disney paid the university around $100,000 in total costs for the shoot, and a portion of that sum, around $16,000, was given directly to the library for various services. The filming started Sept. 30 and finished Oct. 1. The film crew added temporary walls on either side of the Oviatt Library, installed a concrete sidewalk through the library lawn and hung giant banners from the top of the library. Although the cast and crew of around 500 people were a large presence on campus, there was minimal damage considering the size of the production, La Rosa said. “In all of the windows (in the front) of the library, they had to take lights down and put up screens with backlights,” she said. “They did manage to break a window, but they had it replaced within 24 hours.”