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California State University police hold the line as protesters from ReFund California Coalition are forced out of Wednesday's board of trustees meeting for being disruptive. Four protesters were arrested after trying to forcibly reenter the building.

CSU raises Fall 2012 tuition by 9 percent Disappointing revenue and diminished state aid have increased CSU’s tuition by 31 percent since Spring 2011 Andrew Lopez dnline editor


SU board of trustees voted to increase Fall 2012 tuition 9 percent while protesters turned violent outside after being removed from the Chancellor’s Office Wednesday. Trustees voted 9 to 6 to raise full-time undergraduate tuition by $498 a year, bringing the total annual cost to $5,970. “(It’s) time to tell the legislature this is what we need to operate this system, and if they’re not going to act then we have to show the leadership and make those tough, hard decisions,” board member Bob Linscheid said. “I hate like

heck to make that decision, but I will.” Chancellor Charles Reed told the board that a vote on tuition needed to be made as soon as possible to give prospective and current students plenty of notice of the fee increase. “The timing of the (state) legislature is not congruent with the timing that the decisions that we have to make about the academic year,” Reed said. “We wanted to provide students and parents with as much notice as possible that tuition will go up in the fall.” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a board of trustee member, said the board needed to end their trend of raising tuition if they ever expected to receive more

Scan this QR code to watch exclusive videos of the clash between protesters and police state aid. “We’re a record with grooves and we need to scratch that record,” Newson told the board. “You did a very good job today trying to justify a bad decision.” Just outside the doors where the vote was taking place, several protesters with ReFund Califor-

nia Coalition clashed with police after being removed from the meeting for continuously disrupting board members. The board also voted to approve its 2012-13 budget, which pressures the governor and legislature to provide $333 million in additional funding to cover all of CSU’s essential costs,

including more classes, student services and faculty and staff health care, according to a statement from the CSU. Once outside, protesters demanded to come back in, chanting “Whose university? Our university!” When CSU police tried to close the doors on the protesters from the inside of the building, a struggle ensued. Demonstrators who actively tried to regain entry to the Chancellor’s Office were pepper sprayed and pushed out of the doorway by CSU police. When police regained control of the door, the scene calmed down. The violence picked back up when a student involved in an altercation with police was dragged

back inside the building, thrown to the ground and arrested. At the same time, two other female students were also taken to the ground and arrested by CSU police. Shortly after the three protesters were taken away by police, the glass front door was shattered. Protesters outside backed away from the scene when the door shattered, marking the end of the chaotic scene. A total of four people were arrested during the violent confrontation, including two students from San Diego State University and one student from CSU Long Beach, CSU spokesperson Erik Fallis said. Their charges have not been named.



gaming November 16, 2011


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ag head. Bomb maker. Camel jockey. These are just some of the racial slurs online gamers use to provoke each other. “It goes back to the beginnings of man,” said CSUN anthropology professor Christina Campbell. “As long as there’s been people interacting with each other who look different, there’s been xenophobia. As populations have gotten larger, there’s been more opportunities for racism.” Now, people are anonymously spreading intolerant views through the Internet – especially in the online gaming world. Xbox Live, the most popular online gaming community, is 35 million users strong and some players experience extreme racism.

Gamers experience racism and discriminatory harassment through online gaming world THE GAMER Some gamers, like Will Lane, said the ability of gamers to hide their identities with fabricated usernames makes it easier to get away with racist remarks. “Xbox Live gives racist people an avenue to lash out, it gives them the opportunity to say things they wouldn’t in real life,” said Lane, an avid 26-year-old gamer who frequently experiences racism over

the $50-a-year service. “I think being a racist online is cowardly. It’s like standing behind an unclimbable fence and throwing rocks at people.” Lane said he experiences the most racism over “Halo: Reach,” where people are quick to yell slurs at him. He said the best way to combat this is to ignore them or use Microsoft’s complaint system. “I’ve been called everything over ‘Halo: Reach,’” Lane said. “The ‘n-word,’ ‘blackie,’ ‘c**n,’ ‘colored guy’ – everything. It’s

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a shame, though, because this takes away from the fun aspect of gaming. Now, I rarely communicate with other players, I either ignore them or report them.” Stan Charnofsky, CSUN educational psychology and counseling professor, said the main reasons why people are prone to act or speak racially over the Internet are anonymity and past traumas, which cause them to stereotype. “If you do it anonymously, no one can get back at you,”

Charnofsky said. “It shows how biased and treacherous people can be, and it’s sad to see.” “It takes a wounded personality to do this kind of thing, all it takes is one traumatic event and people start to generalize.” THE RULES The complaint system allows players to file grievances on others. If a user accumulates numerous grievances on their record, they get warned. If the

behaviour continues, they’re suspended. Severe racial remarks will result in a permanent ban, according to Xbox Live’s code of conduct. But because Lane has never seen a repeated offender get into trouble, he doesn’t have much faith in the system. “I usually encourage people to use the complaint system, but it rarely works,” he said. “I’ve never seen anyone suspended. If Microsoft was serious, and it really seems like they don’t care, they’d allow users to forward messages to moderators for review.” THE EXPERIMENT More than half of 14 to 24-year-olds said they experienced some form of digital abuse, according to a recent study by the Associated Press and MTV. So, to find out just how

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“It shows how biased and treacherous people can be, and it’s sad to see. It takes a wounded personality to do this kind of thing, all it takes is one traumatic event and people start to generalize.” — Stan Charnofsky CSUN educational psychology and counseling professor


loosely Xbox Live enforces its rules, the Daily Sundial conducted an experiment. An Xbox Live account was created, under the name “MiddleEastMan34,” and Gears of War 3 was played for 30 minutes without any communication with other players. After the matches ended, the account’s inbox was flooded with mail. Most of them were short, generic quips such as “you suck” or “go back where you came from,” but three players took it up a notch: “No one can makes bombs like you,” one player said. “Lol......get a life......better yet, get a job, raghead,” was sent the following day by a different gamer. Lastly, another player sent a hate-filled voice message too vulgar to print.

After reporting them to no avail, Microsoft was contacted. They had no comment as to why people reported for severe verbal abuse were not reprimanded as per the company’s code of conduct.

over online PC games. “I get the occasional ‘n*****’ here and there,” he said, being African-American himself. “But it’s rarely directed at me. Sometimes people will go off on random tangents hating on black people, but it’s


never directed at one person, it’s just put out there. “Sometimes I wonder to myself ‘Where did that come from?’ But overall, I don’t encounter it much and generally feel comfortable playing,” he added.


Xbox vs PC games Steam is a PC-based engine with 30 million users, and, according to its terms of use, accounts may be immediately terminated for not only harassing other users, but also for cheating and sharing accounts. Games are routinely patrolled by moderators and automated machines, neither of which are featured in Xbox Live. Ryan Cowan, 18, a CSUN electrical engineering major and an ardent PC gamer, said he rarely experiences racist remarks

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Students mock to make a point Katherine O’Neill Daily Sundial


tudents for Quality Education (SQE) held a mock demonstration of the CSU’s presidential selection process Wednesday in front of the Oviatt Library. A crowd of about a dozen students mocked the Associated Students presidential election, comparing it to that of the CSU’s decision to choose CSUN’s next president. A panel of three students sat at a table behind signs that read the names of CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, board of trustees member Herbert Carter and A.S. President Amanda Flavin. “We are just trying to make that buzz and to start that noise to awake the community, because it will only get worse,” said student organizer Cathie Pacheco. Flavin joined the crowd, but expressed disappointment with how the organization was protesting. “I think it is really sad, I think it is a two way street,” Flavin said. “If they feel the need to communicate with me, I have an office. It’s always open and I’m always open to students’ inputs.” Flavin said she was not sure how mocking the A.S. body election is an effective way to convey disappointment with the CSU’s presidential selection process, which has never

included a public election. “If they really have interesting, changing things they can use one of the rooms available to them to communicate their thoughts instead of protesting in the middle of campus where students walk by and have no idea what’s going on,” Flavin added. The protest came the same day as the CSU board of trustees approved a 9 percent tuition increase for Fall 2012, and a week after CSUN announced a 15-unit cap for Spring 2012. The CSU system has endured tuition increases for the past five years, and faculty and staff have not received raises for four of those years, according to CSUN Foundation Vice President Vance Peterson. “Faculty working condition is student learning condition,” said Ashley Luke, an SQE organizer. Graphic design major Alejandro Hernandez said he is tired of “hustling” to achieve the minimum level of education. Because of inadequate funding for the music program, art major Edgar Ramos said his dream to become a high school band teacher is shattered because of the lack of funding. “I’ve applied to the program three times and was rejected because of insufficient funds available to the program,” Ramos said. He said he had to go through therapy to help him deal with the distress and disappointment.

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Susana Garcia (center), 18, plays ‘Candidate 3’ in SQE’s mock presidential selection meeting, mimicking a marionette under the control of the board of trustees.

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Students participate in SQE’s mock presidential selection meeting at the Sierra Quad Wednesday.

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CSUN talent lights up stage CSUN students and faculty showcase their original pieces from different dance genres Christianna Triolo senior photographer

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Dancers perform in “Blue Skies From Pain,” part of the student-choreographed pieces of the Colaboratoria dance concert.

The lights on the Plaza del Sol stage came on Tuesday evening to illuminate the smiling faces and dancing feet of students and faculty from the CSUN Department of Kinesiology. The department premiered their fall dance concert, Colaboratoria, to an eager audience. The concert is a showcase of student and faculty dances that have taken months of work to present. Going from the dance studio to stage, students participated in choreographing and performing original pieces. This is the first year that Colaboratoria has had three separate performances, said Liz De Guzman, graduating senior and kinesiology major with a dance option. Two other performances were held on Wednesday. “Dance majors or minors participate in Colaboratoria as a part of their grade,” De Guzman said. Student-choreographed dances provide the ability to display their understanding of the complexity of the human body and its limits. At the same time, these student dancers are learning about their bodies as instruments of art and are enriching their soul and expressing their passion for dance. “It’s been phenomenal,” said De Guzman, who performed in the piece, “Reminiscent Journey of a Broken Heart.” “It’s a great feeling being on stage. It makes me feel at home.” Colaboratoria provides the platform

for a wide range of dances, incorporating classical ballet techniques and modern dance moves, as well as dances from around the world. The Spanish gypsy style dance of flamenco was vibrant with colorful backgrounds to match the dancers’ costumes, and their castanets clicked in time to the stomping of their heels. The audience was also treated to live music from a cellist and guitar players while dancers performed around them. A dueling tap group and hip-hop troupe were also featured in the program. The hip-hop piece, “Reminiscent Journey of a Broken Heart” was co-choreographed by CSUN graduate student Mariko Iwabuchi and Jonathan Lorico. All participants came together to show a variety of elaborate forms of dance that were weaved together to form a stunning evening of performance art. “It has been a great experience,” said Julian Recio, sophomore and performer in the hip-hop piece. “I can’t put into words how great it has been, it has been so much fun. We have received really good feedback (from the audience).”

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CSUN professor uses poetry to capture human suffering ron rokhy daily sundial

CSUN professor of religious studies Mutombo NkuluN’Sengha’s collection of melancholic poems, “Bela-Wenda: Voices From the Heart of Africa,” tell vivid tales of human vigor and ambition through the eyes of afflicted Congolese villagers. Originally written in French, the poems capture a genuine African aura as they blend powerful emotions with burlesque humor. The poems brood over the despair caused by dictatorial regimes, shattered American dreams and the seemingly impossible struggle to obtain world peace. Nkulu-N’Sengha, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, does well to con-

vey the culture and beliefs of his people and their struggles against oppression. The most noteworthy poem, titled “Like a Saw,” describes the emergence of democracy like an angel descending from the heavens to slay demons. “Like a saw It has awakened The law of democracy It saws the wood of injustice It saws the wood of arrogance It saws the wood of intolerance It saws the wood of egoism Democracy saws” The poem symbolizes the freedom brought forth by a democratic revolution as a liberator of sorts, freeing people from the chains of political injustice, prejudice and human rights violations. Nkulu-N’Sengha also ven-

tures into the difficult endeavors Congolese immigrants face in the United States. Problems such as cultural shock, homelessness and racism are prominent themes, as shown in the verses of the poem titled “Homeless in Philadelphia.” “At the intersection of Broad Street and Market Stands someone frail beneath the hail Lost in the abyss of civilization Soulless, faceless, visionless Tossed out like waste by the competition. Behind this lost and broken mind Hides an intellectual never employed In the city corrupt with egoism And debauched and fat with fetishism.” Here, the author portrays

the helplessness of an immigrant who couldn’t adapt to the capitalist, every man for himself frame of mind the United States holds. The person isn’t physically alone but feels lonely and irrelevant due to the pressure of not being able to keep up with the opposition. Even though he or she may possess the intelligence needed to get by, society’s emphasis on selfcenteredness wouldn’t allow success. The somber odes of “BelaWenda” take readers through a trip – one that thoroughly captures the essence of Congolese culture. Nkulu-N’Sengha, who himself immigrated to Philadelphia from the Democratic Republic of Congo, earned his doctorate in philosophy and religion from Temple University with a focus on human rights.

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photos by Christianna Triolo / Senior Photographer Dancers perform in “Blue Skies From Pain,” part of the student choreographed pieces of the Colaboratoria dance concert.

Tharini Shanmugarajah performs in a piece she choreographed called “Nandi Chol.”

Dana Fukagawa and Logan Schyvynck embrace in Fukagawa’s choreographed piece, “No Harm.”

Dancers perform a hip-hop piece called “Reminiscent Journey of a Broken Heart,” which was co-choreographed by CSUN graduate student Mariko Iwabuchi and Jonathan Lorico.

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The CSUN theatre department’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s classic “Caucasian Chalk Circle” opens Friday, Nov. 18 in the VPAC’s Experimental Theatre. “Caucasian Chalk Circle,” based on a Chinese parable of two women who claim one child as their own, is one of experimental playwright Bertolt Brecht’s most wellknown pieces. “Brecht was a game-changer of play writing,” said Bill Taylor, theatre manager. “He aimed to demystify theatre, and in the process he made it all the more magical.” The play has a cast of 89 and 17 separate sets, said Taylor. The production also includes masks, puppetry and music. “It’s a unique opportunity to see something we don’t see that often,” said Taylor. The Nov. 18 performance is already sold out, but tickets are still available for Nov. 19, 20 and 30 as well as Dec. 1 through 4. “Bertolt Brecht was an utterly original visionary,” said Melissa Chalsma in her director’s note for the play. “I find his belief that theater can change the world for the better to be almost unendurably touching and deeply inspiring. It is an earnest, revolutionary (quite possibly delusional) idea worth fighting for.” Early bird student tickets are $9, but will increase to $15 after opening night. General admission is $20, and senior and faculty tickets are $17 and $16, respectively. The Nov. 30 performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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Women's basketball

Matadors try to stay unbeaten, face Pac-12 teams Anthony Carpio Daily Sundial


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Haley White and the Matadors travel to the Northwest.

efense was the key factor that has placed the CSUN women’s basketball team in a 2-0 start to its season. The Matadors round out their four-game road trip with games against Oregon State (2-0) tonight and Washington (1-1) Saturday. Though the Matadors have played two games this season, stats show their effectiveness so far on the defensive end. The team has contained their opponents to 28.4 percent shooting and 32 steals. Center Jasmine Erving and guard Janae Sharpe lead the team with eight steals apiece. “From the beginning, we talked about that being the key for us this year, especially compared to last year,” CSUN head coach Jason Flowers said. “It’s good for the kids to see their focus on the defensive end pay dividends as far as winning basketball games. I think the steals represented their aggressiveness that they have on the defensive end.” CSUN, which only

allowed Loyola Marymount to score 16 points in the paint, didn’t just protect the inside. The Matadors also carried their defense out to the perimeter, preventing LMU from making a single shot from long range. “We wanted to limit their shooters. We felt that they had a couple of kids who can really shoot it from the three,” Flowers said. “And part of our defense is contesting everything, so I think it became a situation where we did a pretty good job on those shooters.” An area that Flowers’ team needs to make adjustments in is rebounding. CSUN allowed 23 offensive rebounds in its season opener against San Francisco and trails its opponents overall 102-89. “The more shots they miss, the more opportunities for offensive rebounds,” Flowers said. “Even with that being said, we still need to do a much better job at boxing out and putting a body on people before we go for the basketball.” The Matadors’ defense will be tested when they play Oregon State. The Beavers have blown out both of their



Tonight 7 p.m. at Oregon State

Saturday 2 p.m. at Washington

opponents, defeating Western Oregon 96-32 and Montana State 83-53. “Just like any other game, we just need to go out and just focus on what we do best,” Flowers said. “Different teams challenge you in different ways. They shoot a really high percentage. They do a good job at taking quality shots. It’s going to be a test to how well we can be disciplined within what we do and go out and execute our game plan.” Oregon State forward Earlysia Marchbanks leads her team in scoring, shooting 53.8 percent in the first two games. As a team, the Beavers shot 53.3 from the field, with 39 points coming from behind the arc. After their game with Oregon State, CSUN heads farther north to play Wash-

ington. Under first-year head coach Kevin McGuff, the Huskies are looking for their second win this season. This meeting will be only the second in the history of both universities. “They’re under a firstyear head coach whose had a tremendous success rate at his previous job, and obviously he’s trying to change things around much like what we’re trying to do with our program,” Flowers said. “They have a big post presence on their team, and so our post defense will be challenged.” The Huskies’ first lost was a close one, losing 69-68 to UC Davis in the final seconds. Washington tried looking for the game-winning shot after letting the Aggies into the paint for the eventual game-ending layup.


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ex can be rough. It seems like though our society condemns sexual promiscuity, it tells us that sex is also the key to happiness and fulfillment – if you can’t find sex in your city, go become a hermit and live in a cave. If you are happy not getting any and you have no desire to get lucky, tell people who pressure you to get laid to go screw themselves. Having no sexual attraction toward others does not have to demonstrate a social problem or a sexual disorder, but can indicate an asexual orientation. According to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), an asexual is “someone who does not experience sexual attraction” to others. According to a study published in 2007 called “Asexuality: Classification and Characterization” by Nicole Prause and Cynthia A. Graham, people with asexual orientations may be mistakenly diagnosed with sexual disorders such as “hypoactive sexual desire disorder” or “sexual aversion disorder.” “Indeed, a decrease in sexual desire can signal psychological or physiological disorders (e.g., depression, hypothyroidism),” the study states. “Currently, evidence does not suggest that cognitions and behaviors associated with asexuality necessarily signal a problem.” The study also mentioned how research done in 1994 in the United Kingdom found that asexuality was found more in females, older people, single people, people with higher religiosity, low education, socioeconomic status and poor health, among other variables. However, current analysis of this older study showed that it had lim-

itations – participants were asked to identify as asexual using a very narrow definition of asexuality; questions about arousal and measures of attraction was limited; and no questions about masturbation were asked. Research is growing in the medical and psychological world about asexuality, which gives hope for asexual people seeking help from those resources. However, asexual people still have much more difficulty finding validation and acceptance from popular culture, especially in American society. “The world, at least our world, does seem obsessed with sex,” wrote Hara Marano in a 2005 edition of Psychology Today. “Whole industries are devoted to making people think everyone else is having more, doing more, doing it better. It’s a principle of Marketing 101 that anxiety about one’s ultimate desirability as a mate is a great sales tool.” “You don’t have to have a low sex drive to understand that the reality is not quite so florid. Human endowments, like sex drive, are generally distributed along the infamous bell-shaped curve; most people cluster in the middle. There are fewer people with high sex drive and similarly few who feel asexual. Culturally, we’ve acted as if everyone were at the high end.” Fortunately, more activists in the asexual community are working to increase visibility through education and outreach so that asexual individuals can accept and empower their identity. “Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are,” AVEN’s website states. “Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or any better, we just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people.” “People feel if you’re not sexual then there’s something wrong with you,” said Gaia

Steinberg, an asexual activist from Israel. Steinberg educates people from around the world with her web presence. In a YouTube video, Steinberg explained why it is important for her to raise awareness about asexuality. “A lot of asexual people live their lives not knowing that it’s legitimate to not want sex,” Steinberg said. “A lot of asexuals have this feeling of feeling “broken” a feeling like something in their lives needs to change in order for them to function as normal human beings. A lot of asexuals just don’t understand ... that it’s really okay to not want sex and that’s just how they’re made.” Being asexual does not doom someone to a life of loneliness and isolation. Asexual people can have meaningful romantic or nonromantic relationships and just like sexual people, they can identify as lesbian, gay,

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Eye on a second-place finish Matadors trail Gauchos by game in standings, take them on at home Ron Rokhy Daily sundial


he Matadors (14-12, 8-6 Big West) plan to keep their hopes of finishing in second place in the Big West Conference alive as they once again face the Gauchos (16-11, 9-5) Friday night at the Matadome. The teams faced off on Nov. 9 with UC Santa Barbara coming up with the 3-0 victory and knocking CSUN a game back in the standings. While Long Beach State (19-6, 13-2) has first place locked up, the Matadors could finish alone in second if they win their two remaining conference games and Santa Barbara loses both. If CSUN wins out, they’ll be assured at least a share of second place. CSUN is having its best season since 2004 and head coach Jeff Stork said finishing in second place would be a milestone compared to

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where they’ve been the last several years. “Getting second place in the Big West, which is the second best conference in the West coast, would be a huge accomplishment,” Stork said. “It says a lot about the way that this team has focused, remained committed and played during the season.” Freshman middle blocker Casey Hinger said she would “kick their butts” next time when they faced Santa Barbara in last Wednesday’s postgame interview, and she’s ready to back up her statement. “There’s a huge revenge factor here,” Hinger said. “They’re at Northridge, they’re in our house, and they’re going down. There’s no question about it.” During their last meeting, UCSB’s rock-solid defense halted CSUN’s offensive efforts, allowing them to hit just .116 for the game. This time around, however, Northridge plans to enact their vengeance by throwing different looks at the Gaucho’s seemingly impenetrable defense. “They’re a really scrappy defensive them, but they’re in for quite a surprise,” Hinger said. “We’re going to have to work hard to win those long

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The Matadors need to win their last two Big West games to get at least a share of second place in the standings.

rallies, but we’re definitely going to do it. We’ve been working on different things like knowing when to hit different areas and when to hit hard, they’re not used to that from us.” “We’ve been scouting them all week so we know what they tend to do,” sophomore setter Sydney Gedryn added. “We know where they block so now we know where to hit.”

The Matadors also struggled last game to hamper the UCSB offense as the Gauchos hit .311 percent and had three players (Stacey Schmidt, Leah Sully and Kara Sherrard) with 10 or more kills, and another (Lily Lopez) with eight. To slow them down, CSUN plans to disrupt Santa Barbara’s offensive flow by serving better. “It’s up for us to exe-

cute the game plan and stop them,” Stork said. “We have to serve a little bit tougher and get them out of system.” Gedryn added, “I’m going to block them. We’re going to make it so they can’t set up the people they want to set up.” The Matadors, who are in the midst of a five game home winning streak, are confident that having the home court advantage will give them the edge they need

to beat USCB. “Home court is going to make a huge difference,” said Gedryn. “Having a crowd that supports you is always helpful. We know what our gym is like, so we won’t have to deal with anything new, it’ll be easier.” After facing the Gauchos, the Matadors face their final Big West opponent Saturday night as they face Cal Poly (11-16, 6-8).

Men's basketball

Matadors travel to Boise, look for first win Gilberto Manzano Sports Editor


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Redshirt freshman guard Stephan Hicks (3) scored 22 points and recorded 17 rebounds in a losing effort against Hawai'i on Tuesday.

he Matadors were only down four points at halftime against Hawai’i Tuesday morning, but a 11-2 run by the Rainbow Warriors to start the second half paved the way for CSUN’s 86-67 lopsided loss. Fatigue could have played a factor in the Matadors’ second-half collapse with a long flight to Honolulu and a 11 p.m. (1 a.m PST) tip-off time, but senior guard Vinnie McGhee doesn’t want to make excuses. “We should be able to play at any given time of the day,” said McGhee, whose team has two consecutive losses to open the season. McGhee had other reasons why CSUN struggled against Hawai’i. “We weren’t hitting our shots, we had sloppy execution and we weren’t getting back on defense,” McGhee said. “(Hawai’i) raised the bar and we stayed at the same level.” The Matadors had similar prob-

lems in the season opener against USC Friday. CSUN shot a cold 25 percent from the field and struggled to execute down the stretch, but McGhee said the Matadors need to forget the two defeats and focus on their game at Boise State Saturday afternoon. Northridge will face a Broncos team that finished 22-13 last season and advanced to the WAC Tournament championship. Boise State was picked to finish eighth in its first season as a Mountain West Conference member. Hawai’i will also leave the WAC next season and will join the Matadors in the Big West Conference. “It was a real good experience, now they (CSUN) know what they have to go through when they go out to Hawaii next year in conference,” McGhee said about his young teammates. “It was good for them to get that environment. It was fun, wish we could have gotten the win but things happen.” CSUN redshirt freshman Stephan Hicks had a superb game against the Rainbow Warriors, scor-

vs. Saturday @12:05 p.m. at Boise State ing a game-high 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Hicks also had a game-high 19 points against the Trojans. “Going to the offensive glass and getting the easy buckets and playing defense is allowing me to score easily as well,” Hicks said. Hicks said missing the entire 2010-11 season was beneficial. “I got a lot stronger and more experienced,” he said. “It was (tough missing the whole year) because I want to play instead of watching. I got more eager to play this year.” Besides Hicks, CSUN has a tough time shooting from the floor. For the season, Northridge is 28.1 percent from the field and 15.9 from three-point range.

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