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ollege students have risen in solidarity across Southern California and joined the Occupy movement, albeit in small numbers. “It’s my life right now,” said USC student Alexandra Howland. Howland lives on campus, but has taken up a temporary home outside City Hall at the Occupy LA encampment. She sleeps in a tent on the lawn, wakes up every morning at 6:30 a.m. to drive to school, and comes back in the early evening to protest with fellow Occupiers. She starts homework around 11 p.m., goes to sleep and repeats
the routine. “It’s the most exciting thing I’ve ever been a part of for a very long time,” she said. “To have the youth and the American public finally waking up and rejecting the system that’s been forced on us, it’s amazing.” Ankur Patel, a CSUN graduate student, said this is a time for students to be more aware of their world. “We want people to start paying attention. We want people to know who their city councilman is, who their state assemblyman is, all of their elected officials,” said Patel, a committee member of Students Occupy Los Angeles. “Most people know more about American Idol and the Dodgers than they do about elected officials.” Occupy CSUN has gathered an average of about 50 students to its weekly rallies, said student organizer
James Ackerman, larger turnouts than USC or UCLA have had for their movements. Howland said 40 students showed up for USC’s first campus rally in late October, but the numbers decreased to about a handful the second week. There aren’t any more currently scheduled. “People got sidetracked with school and with their lives, I guess,” she said. The Daily Bruin reported UCLA’s Occupy movement has been slow to take off as well. Still, students part of Occupy UCLA participated in a rally that included 200 protesters against tuition hikes on Wilshire Boulevard last Wednesday, resulting in 11 arrests. Authorities have had to take action in Northern California as well. On Nov. 9 at UC Berkeley, police in riot gear moved in when protesters
refused to leave the encampment they had set up on campus. According to the school’s student paper, 39 people were arrested in a demonstration that was reportedly in the hundreds. At Occidental College, in Eagle Rock, student Guido Girgenti represents his campus in Occupy Colleges, a virtual network working in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. About 100 participants showed up at Occidental for the Nov. 2 National Solidarity Teach-in – a protest for campuses nationwide that brought students and professors together in an openended discussion about their school’s issues, Girgenti said. He called Occidental’s teach-in attendance “very surprising,” considering its student population hov-
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SUN’s Middle Eastern and Islamic studies (MEIS) program is hosting the second part of their symposium today at 2 p.m. MEIS hopes to learn from experts and scholars from other universities that are speaking at the event with the intention of adding to their curriculum. “Listening to what the
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A woman standing on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall speaks to occupiers on Friday, November 11.
Continued from page 1 ers around 2,000 and the school generally brings in higherincome students. The website occupycolleges. org had 87 schools registered in the U.S. for the teach-in, including 12 in California, and had helpful guidelines on how to handle the event. The 2008 financial crisis “has made tons of students’ middle-class living standards very precarious,” he said. Recent UC Irvine graduate Brendan Rosen attended the campus teach-in and said about 40 students showed up. “Indirectly, we’re protesting tuition increases,” said Rosen, who cited unfair government
spending as another problem he and Irvine students have voiced. The question now is where to go from here. USC and UCLA are not fully mobilized for the time being, and the main hub for students still seems to be downtown LA. “It’s easier for us to organize off-campus,” Girgenti said. Patel said different factors play a role in whether certain rallies or marches can be successful for students. “In some places they’re not going to run into police oppression, in some places they’re not going to get their permits,” Patel said. “In some places they’re not going to have enough people.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the LA Times that the City Hall protests “cannot continue indefinitely,” and he has told
city officials to draft a plan to relocate demonstrators. Rosen said he feared the long-term status of Occupy LA could be up in the air, so his goal is to further strengthen the campus protests. At Northridge, Patel said Occupy CSUN is taking “baby steps.” “No one ever knows how movements are going to end up,” he said.
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scholars have to say will help us develop our curriculum,” said Nayareh Tohidi, CSUN professor of gender and women's studies. “They will help us enrich the courses we’ve already developed for the minor.” The proposed minor should be approved by Fall 2012, and will offer courses in Middle Eastern languages, history, gender studies, sociology, political science and religion. Tohidi said the addition
of this minor would educate the student body about the Middle East and break stereotypes surrounding its culture and religion, Islam. The event is invite only and organizers hope to have interesting conversations between audience members and speakers. “We only expect about 50 people,” Tohidi said. “We made it invite only to have engaging dialogues between scholars and audience members.”
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ashion industry frontrunners will be passing along knowledge on their competitive field to the CSUN community during the TRENDS Career Symposium on Friday from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Grand Salon. TRENDS, a student organization focused on all things fashion, offers its members opportunities to network and acquire experience and expertise on the ins and outs of the fashion business. The symposium
is one of the group’s annual events that provide a realworld connection to fashion students and their potential careers. They also hold weekly meetings on Tuesday afternoons where they continue to arrange opportunities for students to expand their fashion enterprises. “We’re all students with different interests in the industry,” said Charlotte Armstrong, TRENDS vice president. Armstrong said the threehour Symposium will feature a range of guest speakers, including Marc Perez, human resource director at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dr. Vera Bruce Ashley, fashion advi-
sor at El Camino College, and fashion designer Evelin Skoroff. Each speaker will address students about their career options and how to break into the various fields in the business. Previous symposiums have provided opportunities for fashion students to network and apply for jobs and internships within the industry. There may also be a special surprise guest this year, Armstrong said. “We are opening up to so many different people and anyone can come,” she said. Anyone in the CSUN community is encouraged to attend, regardless of their fashion experience.
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Filler words are OK for casual chats, not so much in the working world place in the turn-taking roundrobin of conversation,” Galasso said. “One thing about fillers I notice, it sucks up the silence, and for many, silence is a kind of death for conversation.” Interview and employment websites, such as Monster. com, list listening as a key part of a successful interview, and thus filler words may be taking away from this. Mitchell said he doesn’t find himself using many filler words with the exception of “um” and “you know what I mean?” “I definitely change how I speak when I am talking with friends and when I talk in class or other places,” Mitch-
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he way students talk around school may be fine for now, but when they begin to interview for jobs they may want to watch what they say if they have any hope of landing their dream job. Filler words, such as “like” “actually” and “you know what I mean,” are commonly used during conversations. “I know I do it,” said English major Kara Keans, 20. “I don’t notice I’m doing it most of the time and I only sometimes notice other people, only if they do it a lot.” Keans said she tries to talk to her professors and managers in a different way than her friends, but it can be hard. “I try to think more about how I say things (when I talk to people of authority),” Keans said. Words such as “like” and “actually,” along with slang terms, are listed on various interview advice websites as ones to avoid during job interviews, and college and graduate school interviews. Brad Remillard, a founding partner at Impact Hiring Solutions, told The OC Reg-
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ister that a crucial aspect of interviews is how the applicant speaks and whether they use proper sentence structure. He said avoid using the word “like.” CSUN's Career Center also offers advice about interview language. “You can always pause,” said Dorothy Chien, a peer educator who works in the career center. “This way you can avoid saying too much.” The Career Center offers mock interviews so students can practice speaking in that
situation, which could alleviate the nerves most people get when it comes time to find a job. “I think it’s more of a thing that girls do,” sociology major Deron Mitchell, 19, said. Joseph Galasso, a CSUN English and linguistics professor, said fillers may be used as a way to keep the conversation rolling while the speaker forms their next sentence and may also be used as a way to avoid a lull or silence during a conversation. “The filler ‘like’ saves our
ell said. Political science major Irene Soto, 18, said using filler words could make a student seem unprofessional and hinder a job quest. “I know a lot of people who do it all the time,” she said. “It’s really annoying because it just sounds like they don’t know how to speak properly. “No one wants to hire someone who sounds immature or who doesn’t know how to speak properly,” Soto said. “When someone says ‘um’ all the time, they sound stupid.”
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When do you try not to use filler words? How do you avoid using them? tatiana pirim business management "I have a speech class now, which is helping. We get marked off if we use 'um.' I practice a lot in front of the mirror for class."
ari seidman english literature "I don't really try because I use them all the time. I only try to avoid using them in essays."
benjamin lee computer engineering "I try to avoid using them when I talk to professors. I think about what I need to say when I am walking up to them."
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Students participate in the watermelon rolling contest during Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity’s Watermelon Bust competition. The greek organization collected canned foods for The North American Food Drive on Sunday.
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The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity held their first Watermelon Bust Competition to collect canned foods for The North American Food Drive. With the help of sororities and generous donators, the philanthropy event raised around 200 canned foods, adding to the fraternity’s tally of about 1,000 collected cans. “We hope to raise enough cans that will go out to families before thanksgiving,” said Vahan Khodanian, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity president. “This event was just our last push to collect more cans to donate.” Participating greek organizations included Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Alpha Omicron Pi. Trophies were awarded to the top three teams, with the first place trophy going to Alpha Omicron Pi after each teams’ scores were tallied. “It felt great participating in another Greek organization’s philanthropy event,” said Rachelle Bowen, Alpha Omicron Pi member. “Winning the event was just the cherry on top.” The winners were chosen based on three competitions that included a watermelon-eating contest,
a watermelon toss and a watermelon roll. Winners were also based on who donated the most cans, the best-decorated watermelon, and attendance of sorority members. A raffle was held during the Watermelon Bust which winners were given gift certificates to H&M, Bath and Body Works, Forever 21, and Bloomingdales.
Alpha Omicron Pi sorority wins Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity’s Watermelon Bust competition on Nov. 12.
Jaryd Tashiro, business management major, counts cans during Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity’s Watermelon Bust competition.
Brittney Hoogervorst, junior art major, tries to eat her watermelon quickly during the Watermelon Bust competition.
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Having Hart after serious health scare Student does not let unexplained stroke distract her from future plans in athletics NANCY PRIDE CONTRIBUTOR
hile all of her friends were getting ready to graduate high school, Jasmine Hart, 19 was in an induced coma struggling to survive a massive stroke. May 21, 2010, just five days away from her high school graduation and a few weeks shy of her 18th birthday, Hart felt a strange sensation in her face while at home in her bathroom getting ready for school. She did not realize that she was experiencing the beginning stages of a bleeding stroke, also known as Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). Brain AVM is a rare stroke caused by the bleeding of poorly formed blood vessels, which is thought to be congenital. When it occurs in the brain it can cause severe damage including permanent paralysis, according to the Toronto Brain Vascular Malformation Study Group. “At first it wasn’t painful, it just happened and I couldn’t feel the right side of my face," Hart said. "I tried telling my family what was wrong but my throat began to
paralyze, a few minutes later it felt like someone hit me in the head with a baseball bat. Once I collapsed my family called 9-1-1 and that is the last thing I remember." Hart had been awaiting her first day of CSUN since May 21, 2010, when she nearly died from a stroke. When she awoke from her coma she was confused. She had to be retold every day what had happened to her, due to temporary short-term memory loss. She said that one of the hardest things she had to deal with was waking up and looking at the calendar on the wall realizing she had missed her Hesperia High School graduation. Then she began to suffer from depression. “I was like, 'Oh wow, why me? I am only 18, I thought strokes could only happen to old people,' ” she said. Hart was in the hospital for four months battling her way back to normalcy and although she had to postpone her college plans, she finally made it to her freshman year. Before her stroke, Hart was just like any other healthy and active teen girl who loved sports. She played basketball, soccer and did shot put in track. She can
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Jasmine Hart, kinesiology major, wishes to pursue a career in the NFL as an athletic trainer or physical therapist.
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no longer run or be as active as she used to be and misses that ability. “I was an athlete, I was a strong girl,” Hart said. Ironically, Hart had decided to become a kinesiology major and been accepted to CSUN before her stroke. Until Hart could even think about going to college she had to get her life and her body back into order. She was under suicide watch and had to attend physical and mental therapy for what she had gone through. While in the hospital Hart had a difficult time doing things she was used to doing with ease, such as eating solid food. She could not move the right side of her body and was at least grateful for being left handed so she did not have to relearn how to write. She went from using a wheelchair to a cane and then to walking in less than a year, the doctors did not believe how fast she was recovering. Although she took a year off to recover before starting her freshman year at CSUN, Hart still felt as though she was not completely ready. “I had my doubts. I grew so self conscious. I felt like this is not my body,” she
said. Now, she lives in the dorms, which has helped her feel more comfortable and accepted. Some people stare at her for walking with a limp, but she tries not to let it get to her. Although Hart has made a progressive recovery after her stroke she has been prepared for complications. This semester Hart suffered from brain seizures but continues to persevere and work towards her degree. She said she tries to take the good out of all the bad in her journey and to live as normal of a life as possible. Her plans for the future include becoming an athletic trainer or physical therapist specializing in sports injury. Someday, she wants to work for the NFL. She feels that although she wanted to be a kinesiology major before her accident, now she has even more drive to do it. She does not consider her AVM as fate but it will benefit her relationships with patients in the future. “I want to help people. My mom said that ‘No (physical therapy) patient can now say I don’t understand what they are going through,’” Hart said.
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Now out of League of Arab States, Syria will become more violent katherine o’neill hansook oh
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hen I first saw news reports of civil unrest and violence in Syria when the “revolution” broke out in March, I was terrified for my family living there. In May, I decided to visit my home country of Syria to witness for myself what was taking place. As the captain announced our approach to the capitol Damascus, I peaked out the window thinking I would see sparks of bullets firing in the darkness, but everything was quiet. I walked out of the airport expecting to see military forces and tanks everywhere, but instead I was welcomed with the sound of taxi horns and cheerful humming, and the smell of barbecue and boiled corn filled the air. During the next month, Al-Jazeera and western media outlets reported instances of military violence inflicted on protesters in Damascus, although nothing of the sort happened while I was there. I wondered why the reporting was not accurate and how that would influence what the rest of the world thought about my home country’s internal affairs. Since these protests against the government began in Syria, the nation’s struggle with discord and violence resulting in more than 5,000 in military and civilian deaths has become worse and worse. The Arab League officially suspended Syria Monday, only three days after warning Syria they would do so if the country did not take immediate action to end killings of civilians. Suspending the Syrian government, one of the most important members and founders of the League, is a reckless mistake caused by faulty politics, and is counterproductive to the nation’s safety. The Arab League, also known as the League of the Arab States, is an alliance of countries in the Middle East, founded in 1945 by Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The purpose of the League is to unify the Arab countries and establish their independence and sovereignty, to better the Arab countries socially, politically, scientifically and economically. The League holds member countries’ governments responsible for their countries and serves as a critical political watchdog, shielding its members from outside intervention.
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The League of Arab States emblem over map of Syria. After the League’s suspension of Syria, riots occurred at four international embassies within Syria.
Not abiding with any of the rules of the League can result in suspension. The league rationalized their decision using the continuation of violence in the country, blaming the Bashar Al-Assad government for not halting military violence against citizens. On Nov. 2, the League gave Syria only ten days to pull back its military and tanks. On Nov. 12, the League warned the Syrian government of suspension if the violence did not end in four days, and Syria was suspended shortly on the 14th. The League claims the suspension was inspired by great safety concerns for the Syrian citizens but, on the contrary, this action will cause more chaos and violence for the people. The cause for violence in Syria is more complicated than what western media outlets show. Unlike in Libya, where Gaddafi and his government were the only force inflicting violence on the people, Syria’s violence can be attributed to armed forces causing havoc on both civilians and the military. My 18-year-old cousin, who was fulfilling his mandatory military service, was shot and his body disfigured by armed forces. He was killed trying to protect civilians. Without the League, the military will face no consequences if the violence against citizens continues, giving the armed rebel groups in the country more freedom to ter-
rorize. Syria will also lose protection the League provided against international intervention and now the country will become vulnerable to invasion by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). They risk a fate like that of Iraq and Libya, two countries that were invaded soon after suspension from the League. Both civilians in support of or in opposition to the government will be negatively impacted by the suspension, especially financially. Syrian businessman Rasheed S., who would not provide his last name due to safety concerns, lives in Damascus and opposes the current president. He thinks the League’s decision is not going to change anything for the better. “The current decision of the Arab League towards Syria only has a negative impact on Syria in the country’s security and financial stability,” Rasheed said, in Arabic. “Their decision is a big threat. We have learned the lesson previously from what happened in Iraq and what’s happening in Libya now. “The near future of Syria is very unclear, terrifying and is promised of more bloodshed. Sadly, there is not a single country which sincerely cares about the well-being of Syria.”
letter to the editor In the wake of the fallout from the Penn State Football child rape scandal, I think many people are wondering if CSUN should have a football team. The short and long answer is no. No, no, no. Here’s why: 1) If there is one thing we have learned from the Penn State scandal, it is that college football makes highly rational people extremely irrational. I mean, it’s child rape that is alleged of Jerry Sandusky, who was the
assistant head coach of the Penn State Football team. The president of Penn State resigned and the head coach who is, quite frankly, a legend in the history of college football, was fired because he knew what was going on and he, along with many others, did very little if anything to stop the abuse and alert the authorities. This speaks of incredible corruption and is exactly why college football is racket in my eyes. The fact that universities will go great lengths to
cover themselves over a piece of pigskin is ridiculous. 2) The second reason why CSUN shouldn’t have a football team is quite obvious: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE. Football players take a lot of hits, especially to the head, and it sometimes catches up to them in regrettable ways. Isn’t the point of college and higher education to become more rational and civilized, not less? How can we do this if we are focused on watching
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November 15, 2011
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Hot start for the Matadors Northridge takes down Lions for first 2-0 start since 1998-99 anthony carpio ron rokhy daily sundial
econd chances and points off turnovers gave CSUN (2-0) the win Monday night as it steamrolled Loyola Marymount (0-2) 79-62 at the Gersten Pavilion. The Matadors capitalized on turnovers and offensive rebounds, scoring 14 points off throwaways and 18 points off second-chance opportunities. With the win, CSUN started the year 2-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. “It means absolutely nothing,” Matador head coach Jason Flowers said in a postgame interview with the GoMatadors.com broadcast team. “It means we got to go back to practice tomorrow and we have to prepare for Oregon State. We just got to continue to get better. “Obviously, our kids feel good about their efforts, it’s not to knock the accomplishment,
up next: CSUN @ Oregon When: Thursday Time: 7 p.m.
I just think our group has a goal, and part of that goal is to get progressively better as the season goes on. It’s not a twogame season.” Northridge center Jasmine Erving’s double-double of 28 points and 14 rebounds led the Matadors’ offensive assault along with Janae Sharpe’s 11 points and eight assists. Matador forward Violet Alama’s back-to-back 3-pointers in the middle of the first half gave her team the momentum for the rest of the night as the Matadors took a nine-point lead and never looked back. Guard Kaitlyn Petersen contributed three treys of her own, her first giving Northridge its first lead, 13-11, with 11:55 left in the first half. Along with freshman Sharpe, guard Ashlee Guay had subtle impact on the court, adding eight points, five assists and two steals. “(Sharpe and Guay) are fearless,” Flowers said. “They’re our two smallest kids, but they’re fearless. (Guay) came up with big rebounds, (Sharpe) came up with big rebounds when we needed them, and that’s been the case all year long. “It makes my job a little easier to have players like that
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Forward Jasmine Erving, left, had 28 points and 14 rebounds for CSUN. The Matadors beat LMU 79-62 Monday night.
in the program.” Defensively, CSUN held LMU to 28.1 percent shooting and nothing from deep. Lion forwards Alex Cowling and Emily Ben-Jumbo led their team in scoring, putting in 22 and 15 points respectively. “It’s always coming down to defense for us,” Flowers said. “That was our Achilles’ heal last year, we had a tough
time guarding people, and I think with the newcomers that we’ve added along with the returners dedicating themselves to being in better shape and dedicating themselves to the defensive end, it helps us to compete in every single game.” Northridge forced 15 turnovers with Sharpe leading the way with five steals. The
team finished the game with 12 steals. LMU started by scoring the game’s first eight points, but CSUN kept it close as Guay scored her first points three minutes into the game, sparking a 6-0 Matador run. Led by Ben-Jumbo’s 14 rebounds, the Lions outworked CSUN on the boards as they hauled in 50 rebounds to
Northridge’s 41, but the Matadors were more effective at moving the ball as they more than doubled Loyola’s seven assists. LMU crept back in the second half, cutting CSUN’s double-digit lead to 54-46 with 9:56 to go in the game, but the Matadors held off the charge and pushed their lead back up to 20 in the last minute.
Get to know ... #9 Natalie Allen Full name: Natalie Allen Date of Birth: June 13, 1992 Place of Birth: Riverside, California
Food: Macaroni and cheese Singer: Tim McGraw (country) Movie: "The Notebook" Song: “Any country song, I don’t have a favorite.” Athlete: Misty May (volleyball)
Greatest Difficulty: “Getting over injuries throughout the year.” Greatest Goal Accomplishment: “I won the Junior Olympics when I was a junior in high school. I have a gold medal for volleyball.” Most embarrassing moment: “I was playing volleyball and I was running underneath the net, and the back of my shirt got caught in the bottom of the antenna and it flung me forward and straight on my back.” Hobbies: Volleyball and beach volleyball
Best part of my game:“Probably my court sense, knowing where to put the ball.” Part of my game that needs improvement: “My jumping.” Best player I’ve played against so far: “Outside hitter Alex Jupiter from USC.” Player I pattern my game after: Ali Troost (former
Height: 6’1” Position: Opposite Hitter Major: Liberal Studies
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Class: Sophomore Avg: 2.49 kills, 3.35 digs per set
University of San Diego player) Pregame rituals: “I always drink an energy drink before the match. Nothing caffeinated, just Crystal Light or ZipVit.” Superstitions: “If we win and play good the night before, I wash and wear the same clothes all over again the next day.”
Team: “To get second in league and next year I want to go to the NCAA (Tournament).” Individual goals: “Be the best." Future: “I want to coach college volleyball.”
My first sports: “Tee ball because I didn’t want to play softball because I thought the balls were too big and I wanted to be like all the boys.” Other sports I played while growing up: Basketball, soccer, volleyball. When I started playing volleyball: “When I was seven years old.” What I do to stay in shape during the offseason: “I have a personal trainer at home and I run a lot. I come (to CSUN) and work out here. We have printed-out workout packets that we have to follow during the off-season.” People I would like to meet: "My great grandparents." Herber Lovato / Senior Photographer