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Brothers: a new movie making old mistakes

Kristopher A. Fortin

December 2, 2009

Not since the Academy Award-winning “The Deer Hunter” has a film expressed so viscerally the human cost of war like Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers.” Running one hour and 50 minutes, the film was able to touch on themes like family, war, love, forgiveness, redemption and guilt without undercutting...

Pay cut for finance committee

Kristopher A. Fortin

December 1, 2009

The Associated Students (A.S.) Senate voted to decrease the stipend amount for finance committee members from last year and eliminated one member from the recipient list. The annual budget hearing stipends were decreased for finance committee members to $200, $50 less from last year. Finance committee Senate representative Domingo Gonzal...

New Web site lists local discounts for CSUN students

Kristopher A. Fortin

December 1, 2009

The Web site matadordiscounts.com compiles discounts available to CSUN students from businesses like phone companies, hair salons and local restaurants. What started as a habit during Tuesday’s Associated Students (A.S.) Senate meetings for At Large Senator Bobby Tofig, the Web site’s creator, has turned into a campaign to make CSUN students aware of the discounts av...

Director nomination postponed

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 25, 2009

The Associated Students (A.S.) Senate approved two key director positions for Student Production and Campus Entertainment (S.P.A.C.E.) Tuesday, while one S.P.A.C.E. director nominee’s approval was postponed indefinitely. It wasn’t clear if Ian Umali, the S.P.A.C.E. director of finance nomine...

Senate hopes to improve on successful online election

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 10, 2009

No problems were discovered with the Associated Students (A.S.) online election system. However, senators seek to further improve the election process in the future. The election, A.S. Vice President Conor Lansdale said, went “flawlessly.” “Happy we finally got a system that worked,” A.S. President Abel Pacheco said. Critics agreed the elec...

A.S. online election successful after fourth try

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 5, 2009

We did it,” said Dan Monteleone, Associated Students director of elections, after the final results came in from the first successful A.S. online election. The total voter turnout for the two-day election was 1,600, a little more than 1,000 votes from last fall’s election. There were no major errors with the online election, Monteleone ...

A.S. fall election results

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 5, 2009

Here are the winners for the Associated Students fall election: Senator, At Large for II and IV Ashley Walker Cynthia Medrano Graduate Guyon McCormack Upper Division Nicole Evans Lower Division Mason Mendoza Arts, Media And Communications Alex Samovitz Business and Economics Jess...

A.S. Senate discusses reworking of enrollment policy

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 4, 2009

Eric Forbes, director of Admissions and Records, and Dr. Maureen Rubin, director of Undergraduate Studies expanded on the reasons why a resolution to separate add and drop deadlines would have little effect on students at Tuesday’s Associated Students (A.S.) Senate meeting. The resolution would have moved up the drop date three days, and kept the add dates the same...

A.S. Senate elections day one: glitch free

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 4, 2009

The Associated Students’ (A.S.) fall elections passed last year’s two-day electoral turnout on the first day of election. The total voter turnout as of 7:01 p.m. was 1,103, according to Dan Monteleone, A.S. director of elections. Last year’s fall election voter turnout was 656, after the online system failed and wen...

A.S. elections go paperless, online voting

Kristopher A. Fortin

November 3, 2009

The outlook for the third attempt to use an online elections system for the Associated Students (A.S.) elections in the past three years is optimistic, but no one is willing to say it will be a success just yet. Though the votes from the last two elections were nullified because of problems with the system...

Associated Students Senate discuss possible cutbacks in hours for employees

Kristopher A. Fortin

October 28, 2009

Associated Students (A.S.) Senate will be voting on an amendment next week that can potentially lead to cutting A.S. employee’s hours for five days out of the fiscal year. This amendment was a compromise reached by the Personnel Board and the A.S. staff to stave off potential layoffs. “So far, they have all spoke and rather do this than do what o...

‘Wild Things’ captures imagination and heart

Kristopher A. Fortin

October 22, 2009

“Where the Wild Things are,” the film adapted from the classic children’s novel, is an emotionally intricate, funny and playful film that portrays the throes of a child troubled with the changing world around him. Director Spike Jonze’s third film is an emotionally driven film that is challenging,...

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