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Years of cuts have strained the CSU's pulse, and the future looks bleak Oct. 2008 CSU cut $31.1 million

If California does not take in $3 billion of the $4 billion projected revenues, CSU will be cut another $100 million on Jan. 1, 2012

Feb. 20, 2009 CSU budget cut $584 million Fall 2010 5% tuition increase

Jan. 25, 2011 10% tuition increase Jun. 27, 2011 CSU budget cut $650 million

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Jul. 12, 2011 12% tuition increase

Dec. 15, 2011 ? Trigger cut deadline

Another $100 million cut looms in December Andrew Lopez daily sundial

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alifornia’s revenues are below projections and moving the CSU closer to a trigger cut that could take an additional $100 million from the system, according to the first report of state finances since the budget was adopted in June. The possibility of more cuts is no different than years past and CSUN has an austerity plan, said Dr. Harry Hellenbrand, CSUN provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We’ve tried to build in a reserve to handle additional cuts,” he said. “What will be, will be.” CSUN sets aside millions through savings from over and

international enrollment, and frugal practices, such as replacing computers every four years instead of every three, Hellenbrand added. If less than $3 billion is earned before the end of the year, the CSU will sustain another funding cut, bringing total reductions for 2011-12 to $750 million, according to the CSUN Campus Budget News website. The budget relies on $4 billion of higher tax revenues, including personal income and sales tax, but the July report found revenues $538.8 million below projections. "While we hope for better news in the months ahead, every drop in revenues puts us closer to the drastic trigger cuts that could be imposed next year," State Controller John Chiang said in an Aug. 9 statement.

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CSU would likely pay about one-third of the reduction if trigger cuts are enacted, leaving the entity’s 23 campuses to make up for the remaining $65 million, Hellenbrand said. CSUN could pick up about 7 percent of the tab because its total student population accounts for about 7 percent of the total CSU student population, Hellenbrand said. CSUN could pay $7 million if the CSU does not pitch in, according to the campus budget website. Officials at the CSU said it’s too early to panic, but admit there is an uneasy feeling surrounding potential additional cuts. “It’s a question mark when the system will be notified of

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New administration gets political

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A.S. President Amanda Flavin and her senators vocally opposed Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, moving the student-run government out of their historically politically neutral position.

See p. 5 for A.S.'s objections to Gov. Brown's budget.

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Men's soccer team coach wins 100th game in season opener p. 19

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From the Editor

Dear Matadors, Another school year has begun and we find ourselves in a time of uncertainty. CSUN must find itself a new president and we continue to face disinvestment from the state. Decisions are being made that will affect the future of CSUN and all of public higher education. In this critical time the Daily Sundial will be here to keep you informed on issues and policies that are impacting our community; both locally and globally. In this era of social networking we are all more interconnected globally than ever before. News from Japan, Libya, England or almost anywhere in the world comes through instantly with new technologies, and we are a part of that community too. CSUN students study abroad or came from abroad to study here and often news that happens half-way around the world hits closer to home than we think. The Daily Sundial wants to be here to provide you the news that matters and much more. Using social networking we’d love for you to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and tell us what you think. We value community involvement and want to hear from you. Have a story idea, a news tip, an opinion, or criticism? We want to hear it. Through comments on our website, Facebook

or Twitter you can talk to us and become a part of your campus, and make sure we’re covering the news that is important to you. Thank you for picking up our first issue and the staff hopes you continue to do so. Enjoy and tells us what you think! Ken Scarboro Editor in Chief

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kin Eser does his best to avoid logging onto his Facebook account but often finds himself typing the web address into his browser without realizing it. “I know it is a bad thing to go on Facebook a lot,” said Eser, a pre-finance major. “I have to use an extension on my browser to prevent me from going onto Facebook.” For Eser and many others, Facebook and other social networking websites are a way of relieving stress. “It’s nice to see words of encouragement from my friends,” said Christopher Alvarado, a finance major. Reactions to posts are what help him relax when he is stressed with homework, he added. But there comes a point when logging onto these websites change from being about socializing online and develop into a more serious problem, such as addiction. Research done by a CSUN psychology professor, Dr. Delinah Hurwitz, suggests that people overuse Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites because of an addiction to endorphins released in the body during the process of posting. People become hooked to this process because endorphins, a chemical produced by the body that acts as a sedative, rushes through that person’s brain and body every time someone responds to their post, Hurwitz said. The symptoms are almost the same when comparing heavy social networking users to drug addicts. The mutual goal is to release stress. For drug addicts, a “high” could be taking methamphetamine or heroin. A social networking high would be composing a message on a wall or news feed and waiting for responses. For the technologically influenced masses today, receiving responses and comments on their Facebook gives a person that fix they need, Hurwitz said.

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digital drug Social networking becomes an addiction for students Withdrawal symptoms are also another characteristic social media users share with drug addicts. In order for her to do well during the summer session, Paola Santiago, a psychology major, had to deactivate her account so that she could focus on her class. But during that time, she had difficulty staying off her account and decided to reactivate it. “I have not been as focused during this second

half of the (summer) session and I blame Facebook for a lot of that,” Santiago said. Hurwitz explained that not all social networking users are addicts and that it depends on one’s self-confidence. She noted that a person with high self-confidence has the ability to limit their usage, but creates only temporary narcissism with them. However, a person that has lower self-confidence

tends to make multiple posts within a day, making their addiction worse. Consistently indulging wants is not healthy for a person, both mentally and physically, she added. “People should learn to use social media in moderation,” Hurwitz said. As a result to this addiction, people may appear to be narcissistic, a form of excessive love with oneself, on their accounts. The content of a post does not make a person a narcissist, but rather the extent of their addiction to the process, Hurwitz said. People who spent more time checking Facebook showed signs of being narcissistic, according to a study by York University in Toronto, Canada. However, being narcissistic is not what makes a person spend hours on end on the website. “Narcissistic posts are typical of social behavior,” said Dr. Mark Sergi, a clinical psychology professor at CSUN. “We all have narcissistic tendencies.” Sergi explained that a healthy form of narcissism would be when users when focus on those on those around them, instead of just themselves. Human beings have the need to be social with one another and sites such as Facebook and Twitter satisfies those needs, Sergi said. With new social networking websites emerging, Eser said he is fearful of what kind of side effects new social media will cause.


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Continued from page 1 the cut,” said Erik Fallis, CSU spokesman. “There’s no road map.” Campuses would have very limited options to come up with more money mid-year, Fallis said. The timing makes it more difficult to limit or halt spring enrollment, cut classes or raise tuition, which have been answers to cuts in the past. As for solutions, there is no clear one in sight. “We don’t know,” Fallis said. “It really depends on how much time we have.”

A.S. resolute in opposition to CA budget Brandon Hensley daily sundial

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ssociated Students passed a resolution in July objecting to Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget that would cut at least $650 million from the CSU. A.S. has been historically politically neutral, but this administration sent a message to Sacramento and CSU leaders condemning cuts to high-

er education and suggesting the state look at other options instead of cutting funding for the CSU and UC systems. “This year (A.S.) decided that the cuts in higher education have much more significance, and the effect on students is much more profound,” said A.S. President Amanda Flavin. “We (can) no longer maintain a position of neutrality and we have to somehow address (these issues).” The statement was passed

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over the summer as CSUN students sustained a 12 percent tuition increase in fall semester costs, which followed a 10 percent increase approved by the CSU board of trustees last November. There is a “lack of value placed by the state on higher education,” said Flavin, author of the unanimously passed resolution. Higher education has not been a top priority for the state, which has been battling a massive deficit, she said.

According to the resolution, the continuously rising costs are likely to cause many students to drop out, work more hours and spend less time studying, or take on debt to finish their education. “I think this is one of the ways that we’re showing students how we’re working for them, and one of the ways they can hold us accountable for representing them,” said A.S. Vice President Sydni Powell. Despite A.S.’s history of

not responding to politics in the capitol, Powell said this issue is more then about taking a Democratic or Republican stance. “This year, we’re taking a stance in favor of the students,” she said. As this administration begins a new school year, Flavin and Powell will install an ad hoc committee of several A.S. senators who will monitor dealings in the capitol and how they affect California students.


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Exporting knowledge

Professor teaches Tanzanian students foreign policy Rachel Costahaude Daily sundial

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CSUN political science professor Dr. James Mitchell lectures a class in Tanzania.

SUN political science professor Dr. James Mitchell left for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Aug. 20 with with one goal in mind. I want to be “part of the effort of American diplomacy,” Mitchell said.

Since Tanzania gained independence in 1961, the U.S. has been providing assistance in security, democracy and education. Mitchell’s office contributed to the education effort, and was overtaken by colleague Sylvia Snowies’ collection of Supreme Court Reporter books to be sent to students in Tanzania interested in studying law. Having been a Fulbright

Professor at the University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1997, Mitchell knows what to expect from his trip to some extent. Physical and mental preparations were taken for the busy 10-day jaunt. “I prepare like crazy,” said Mitchell. He created Power Point presentations and speeches about U.S. foreign policy toward Africa, which was the theme of the trip.

Following advice given by a colleague, Mitchell said he planned for his presentations to have the three B’s: “Be Brief, Brother,” in order to allow more time for open discussion. During a question and answer period, Mitchell said he was willing to talk to the students about any topic ranging from the World Cup to Jay-Z to American politics. “I want to show that we know (Tanzania) exists,” said Mitchell. As a physical preparation, Mitchell was immunized against several diseases including typhoid, polio and malaria.

“I don’t want to be irresponsible,” he said. Having visited Africa before, Mitchell described his attitude as been there, done. “Mentally, the main thing I’m preparing for is being on a 22-hour flight and jet lag,” he said. Mitchell described his trip to Tanzania as a significant step towards providing a greater understanding of the relations between U.S. and Tanzania. He said his trip, although not an extravagant or revolutionary action, is a part of a bigger picture. Mitchell said he wants to “just be a piece of the puzzle.”


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Spring transfer students safe from budget flux ABBEY SELTZER DAILY SUNDIAL

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SUN will accept new and transfer students for the spring 2012 semester even if trigger cuts go into effect, said Dr. Harry Helenbrand, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “If students are CSU eligible, they will be accepted,” he said. Should California miss its projected revenue figures, the

CSU stands to lose an additional $100 million in funding. CSUN would be responsible for about $7 million of those losses, but transfers will be spared. That has not been the case in the past, however. CSU campuses began accepting transfer applications last spring but did not accept any new students in spring 2010. With restrictions lifted, the CSU received an influx of priority applications for spring 2012 despite significant budget cuts to

California higher education. During the first week of the priority application period, more than 14,000 prospective CSU students submitted transfer applications, 5,000 more than last year’s opening week, according to an Aug. 8 CSU press release. “It’s important to provide students with the means of moving along in their education,” said Erik Fallis, CSU spokesman. “We want to serve students, and there is a huge demand out there for enrollment.”

The previous two years have added to demand with the state’s budget embattled and funding to higher education strapped. Some CSU funds can be earmarked for enrollment, as they were in spring 2010, but there is not always a required use for the money, Fallis said. In addition to state funding, the CSU is subsidized by student tuition. The cost to educate a student is a fixed number and does not vary much from year to year, Fallis said. Tuition fluctuation,

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Former Matador guard in ICU after hit-and-run

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SUN student and former Matador basketball player Joseph Frazier, 28, is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital after being involved in a hit-and-run incident on Thursday night, according to family members. Frazier, a men’s basketball guard from 2001-05, sustained a massive brain injury and is in critical condition. “He is basically hanging on to his life,” said Anita Frazier, the victim’s stepmother. Witnesses reported seeing a white or light-grey SUV run a red light and strike Frazier, who was riding his motorcycle, at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard. and Wilbur Street. around 8:45 Thursday night. The SUV then drove away frantically into a local neighborhood, Anita Frazier said. Joseph Frazier currently coaches the Calabasas High School junior varsity basketball team, and independently coaches other players. He was going to a business meeting the night of the incident. He had just received a contract to open a gym or coaching clinic, Anita Frazier said. “Basketball was everything to him,” she added. Anita Frazier described Joseph as passionate, generous and well-liked in the community. Friend and also-former-Matador Rob Haynes (2005-09) said he was “crushed” upon hearing the news. The family has requested that concerned

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Former Matador Joseph Frazier, seen here during a Big West game in 2004, was the victim of a hit-and-run on Thursday.

friends not call the hospital Joseph is staying in as it has been overwhelmed with visitors and phone calls, Anita Frazier said. The family appreciates the love and concern the community has shown and will be creating a website to inform family and friends about Joseph’s condition. They have requested that people check there for details. The link will be posted on our website when Frazier’s site is live. Anyone with information about the accident is urged to call detectives at 818644-8082.


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Cuts threaten nearly four decades of higher ed data Kristina Sanborn daily sundial

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n entity that gathers data across California higher education was among the casualties of the 2011-12 state budget. California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) cost the state $1.9 million annually and is the only independent California agency of its kind that collects data on the state’s higher education system, comparing them to other institutions across the nation. “The state loses the ability to independently compare information on higher education in California,” said Adrian Griffin, CPEC’s assistant director of research and policy development. “Costs, enrollment, legislation, advising—all that is lost when we go away.” It is not clear who will house the information after the CPEC and its website are shut down, Griffin said. But community colleges will likely bear the burden. Officials hope community colleges, which have sustained a $400 million cut so far, will at least be able to store the data so it will not be destroyed.

“That’s one of the challenges,” said Mike Uhlenkamp, CSU spokesman. Colleges would have to devote the resources necessary to fund and house the extensive database of information on California’s community colleges and universities collected since 1974. “The value (of this) was that you can see your rank against other colleges,” Uhlenkamp said. In addition to collecting national college data, CPEC reviews proposals for new public colleges and reports their findings to the governor. According to their website, CPEC also evaluates budget requests from state-supported colleges and universities. “While I appreciate the importance of coordinating and guiding state higher education policy, I believe CPEC has been ineffective,” said Gov. Brown in a press release. Brown inherited a $26 billion deficit when he took office in 2010, and “everything was on the table” when deciding which programs to cut, said Elizabeth Ashford, spokeswoman in the governor’s office. CPEC’s role was limited. When CPEC ceases to exist, their website, which

allows access to the database, will also shut down. The site generates graphs and charts of state and national data. Though funding for colleges in California is done by the department of finance, the data shows important statistics such as graduation rates, transfer statistics, and distribution of students, Griffin said. All of this information can inform and affect decisions in the long run. “We’re unique and there are a lot of organizations that use our data,” said Griffin. Journalists, researchers, and even legislators were among those that relied heavily on the data provided by the CPEC, he added. While higher education is important, Ashford said, California Republicans did not vote for measures that would have spared entities like CPEC. “The chips are really down,” she said. “We had to minimize cuts that would end up on the shoulders of higher education. We had to make some tough choices.” Database information will be accessible until sometime in September, according to the CPEC website. The commission will tentatively hold their quarterly and final meeting in September.

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CSUN President Jolene Koester addresses faculty, staff and students at her 12th annual, and final, President’s Convocation.

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ver 600 faculty, staff and students gathered on the Oviatt Lawn Aug. 25 for President Jolene Koester’s final convocation. Koester, who will retire at the end of fall semester, spent much of her time focusing on goals such as academic excellence and building a stronger off-campus reputation, while touching on continuing budget issues. “We must assume continued disinvestment by the state,” Koester said. A 10-year plan to manage limited resources was mentioned, though details have yet to be determined. “It’s not a dollars and cents plan,” Koester said. “It’s an idea plan.” Faculty in the crowd said

they were content with Koester’s job performance, but nervous about the next president’s policies. “It seems things were very

“We have become loud. In the future, we’ll have to become louder still.” — Jolene Koester CSUN president

well-managed,” said Paul Wilson, biology professor. “I’m a little fearful about the future.” Becoming more involved with the local community is also key to the school’s continued growth, Koester said, mentioning the Valley Performing Arts Center as a way to give CSUN an identity, presence off-campus. “We have become loud,”

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Koester said. “In the future, we’ll have to become louder still.” Koester praised faculty for their ongoing commitment to

students since she began her presidency in July 2000. “The core of this university’s abundance remains the same as when I arrived 12 years ago,” she said. “Our faculty and staff were intensely devoted to students.” Koester also spent time honoring faculty, staff and students on their achievements, including Ryan Grady, winner of the CSU Trust-

ee’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. “The CSUN community is more than just faculty and students,” said the graduate student earning his master’s degree in social work. “I hope the next president is a dedicated educator.” Provost Harry Hellenbrand, Faculty President Steven Stepanek and A.S. President Amanda Flavin joined Koester on stage during her nearly 45 minute speech. “It’s sad. It’ll be hard to fill her shoes,” Flavin said. “We hope (the new president is) as wonderful as Jolene is.” When she retires in December, Koester said she plans to take some time to herself. “The first thing I’m going to do is rest, sleep a little,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to new challenges.”


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Remembering professor, actress Annette Cardona

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SUN communication professor Annette Cardona, known for her iconic role in “Grease” as Cha Cha DiGregorio, died Aug. 3. She was 63. Cardona, a seasoned dancer, singer and actress, died of lung cancer although she was not a smoker. “Her illness was very fast

and did not give any of her closest friends time to have closure,” said friend and Chicana/o studies professor Renee Morena. “There are no easy words to describe Annette or who she was. She was my big sister, my friend and my colleague—all rolled into one.” Cardona joined CSUN as a lecturer in the Chicana/o studies department in 2002 after a long career on stage. The actress-turned-pro-

“My life is forever changed in knowing her, and the world is a little less without her.” — Renee Morena

Chicana/o studies professor fessor was perhaps best know for her electric performance in Grease, where she played “the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s.”

The film’s cult following spawned a Barbie doll collection, including one for Cardona’s character, and a popular

sing-along show at the Hollywood Bowl. “Imagine 18,000 die-hard Grease fans in poodle skirts and leather jackets singing their hearts out in front of a screen the size of Texas,” said Brittany Maiman, CSUN almuna and usher at the Hollywood Bowl. “(Cardona) is part of that legacy.” Cardona also made occasional guest role appearances in episodic TV shows and per-

formed at the White House for former President Ronald Reagan. “Annette was an amazing person,” said Dr. Ana SánchezMuñoz, assistant professor of linguistics in the Chicana/o studies department. “She was so talented and so passionate about everything she did. She had a fascinating background, yet she was very devoted to our

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Continued from page 12 students.” Cardona’s friends and colleagues describe her as extremely driven. That drive, they said, compelled her to push students to reach their full potential. Recently, Cardona was involved with the McNair Scholars Program, designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies. “She drilled them and drilled them, critiqued them and gave them harsh words of advice,” Moreno said. “But everything came from her desire to make

them better, and they responded.” Her career in theater helped Cardona with public speaking and was especially helpful in teaching students, she told the Sundial in 2010. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cardona began her long history as a dancer. By the age of 14 she had developed into a serious performer. She landed a role as a chorus member with a local production of “Westside Story” and by 21 she had performed on Broadway alongside Katharine Hepburn. Cardona went on to work on a Tennessee Williams play, “The Red Devil Battery Sign,” along-

side celebrated Mexican actress Katy Jurado. The multi-talented artist continued to star in various productions such as Haskell Wexler’s “Latino,” and Jorge Diaz’s “A Cry in the Distance,” at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. It was there where she showcased her talent off stage as co-writer and -director of a musical theater production, “Second Chance,” with Amy Weinstein. “I cannot imagine life without Annette,” said Moreno. “I will miss her. I already miss her. My life is forever changed in knowing her, and the world is a little less without her.”

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SUN was awarded over $3.7 million in August to fund a program that encourages students from minority and underrepresented communities to complete doctoral programs. “A person’s socioeconomic standing determines (their) health, but more importantly, (their)

access to education,” said Maria Elena Zavala, director of the program and CSUN biology professor. Most if not all of the money from the National Institutes of Health will go to students in the Minority Biomedical Research Support Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS RISE) program, which pairs students with CSUN researchers. Zavala said she is concerned with the statistics

involving education and minority students. One in 10 members of underrepresented communities complete college, compared to the one in four members of Anglo and Asian communities that earn a degree, she said. Student dropout rate for doctoral programs is near 40 percent, according to the Council of Graduate School’s Ph.D. Completion Project Report. These rates are higher

for women and minorities at about 50 percent, Zavala said. Steven Oppenheimer, director of summer MBRS RISE, said the selection process is rigorous, because the program yields results. “Fifty percent of all Ph.D. students earn their degree, 30 percent of minority Ph.D. students earn their degree,” Oppenheimer said. “But 85 percent of MBRS RISE students go on to complete their Ph.D. program.”

CSUN’s undergraduate researchers will be financially compensated for their contribution, and graduate students will receive tuition remission in addition to compensation. In addition to funding, students in the program will be mentored by science, mathematics, health and human development, and social and behavioral science professors, because dropouts lack more than just financial support, according

to the completion report. The MBRS RISE program will receive the $3.7 million grant over five years, and Zavala said it is worth the investment. It will support 20 undergraduate and six graduate students. Students are selected from admission records, screened for the appropriate majors and underrepresented or minority backgrounds. The program requires students maintain a 2.8 GPA.

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CTVA seniors keep film rolling thanks to grant

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CSUN film program still recognized for excellence at the Beverly Hills Hotel provides a more than helpful amount of money to their budget. “Help is an understatement,” said Beneyam Wolde-Yohannes, film production major. “Most of us film students are broke, so the money is really important to make our films the best they could be.” The film major is different from other majors on campus, for which money is not usually needed to complete a project, WoldeYohannes said. Less senior film projects would’ve been possible had the money not been given to them this year, Moore said. That could also result in students not getting the opportunity to try out the position they want to go into professionally, she added. HFPA has been awarding grants to universities and other film programs for 17 years, and for all but the first year CSUN has won grants from the organization. “They’re happy with the kind of work that we’re doing,” said Nate Thomas, a CTVA professor and the

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he Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) awarded CSUN’s 2011-12 senior film project students with a $50,000 grant for the 16th consecutive year. “It’s a huge help,” said Jaclyn Moore, film production major. “I don’t know what we would do without it. It would be a struggle.” In addition to the grant, each student involved in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts’ (CTVA) senior film project must raise at least $1,500 themselves. “Fundraising is difficult enough as it is to get people to give you money just so you can go off and make a movie,” Moore said. There are about 30 to 35 members working on a project. Through various fundraisers and having jobs on the side, earning the required $1,500 can be a struggle for students. With film budgets ranging from $30,000 to $50,000, the grant awarded Aug. 4

head of the film option at the university. Thomas applies and writes a grant proposal to the HFPA in order for CSUN to win the award. At the end of every school year, he writes an end of the year grant report to the organization, showing proof that the program has met its goals. “I’ve watched this program grow and flourish and I’ve watched our students be considered in the company of the other major film schools,” he said. During the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, Thomas was fearful that grant money would not be awarded that year. Much to his surprise, the organization granted money to film schools from their reserve accounts. HFPA recognized that the money is more important now because of the budget crisis, Thomas said. “Many of our students are working class, and that’s a constituency that’s in need of help,” he said. “Because making films are expensive. We make real motion pictures here.”

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Public higher education in California has been pushed into a precarious predicament over the past few years due to a slew of state-sponsored budget cuts and university fee hikes. Are our policy makers truly “tightening the belt” and “cutting out the fat” or are they grafting from our education to save a little face? It is difficult to tell if the rise in the cost of education for Californians is a terrible failure by the state and the CSU Board of Trustees to commit to the Master Plan, or if the extra money from students’ pockets is a solution to our financial problems and will sustain the rate of enrollment and strengthen the quality of our curriculum for a new generation. The most recent cuts come from Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011-2012 budget, passed this July, decreasing allocations for higher education by over $2 billion and slimming down the CSU budget by about $650 million. The state trimmed down other departments as well, such as Health and Human Services and Environmental Protection, but padded others like Business, Transportation and Housing and the department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The steepest student tuition fee hike was issued for the 2011-2012 academic year. Undergraduate students taking 6.1 or more units have been demanded to pay $621 more for the Spring 2011

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semester than for the Fall 2011 semester, rounding out the semester charges to $2,736. It is true that when compared to other state university student fees, the 2011-2012 CSU tuition rates run relatively low. According to the CSU, this is due to the California Master Plan for Higher Education created in 1960, which sought to maintain low costs for students, encourage increased access to Californians and provide a high quality education. According to a memorandum from CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, sent January this year, this golden age for higher education may be beginning to end. “After several decades of extraordinary commitment to fulfilling the promise of the Master Plan, the cur-

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rent period of unprecedented economic stress in California has resulted in the state's inability to sustain its historic level of support to higher education,” the memorandum read. “The burden of ensuring that the state assumes its fundamental responsibility to provide adequate support for public higher education must remain with State policy makers,” Reed states. “...CSU enrollment levels have always been, and will continue to be, determined by the level of support provided by the state budget.” Since 2006, Full Time Equivalency (FTE) enrollment decreased by 13% by the fall of 2010, whereas fee rates increased by 68%. From fall 2008 to fall 2009, enrollment decreased by 55,596 students while fees for the fall 2009 semester increased by $489, the second largest semester-to-semester increase after the most recent hike. In this depressed economy, where unemployment is high, consumer power is waning and the gap between the richest and poorest citizens is increasing, we need to be able to count on a quality education to continue to lift people out of poverty, raise educated critical thinkers who uphold our democracy for the generations to come. A solution may not be clear cut, but the people of California cannot afford to sustain any more drastic cuts to the University of California and Cal State University systems.

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Banished from postseason play due to past teams' poor grades, senior guard McGhee finds new motivation gilberto manzano sports editor

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innie McGhee watched from the bench as his new team, Cal State Northridge, was minutes away from pulling the improbable upset over the No. 2 seed, Memphis, in the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. His Matadors faltered down the stretch, but the game will forever be remembered as one of the most illustrious games in CSUN March Madness history. Witnessing the near upset reassured McGhee then that he had made the right choice to transfer to Northridge from Sacramento State after his freshman season. McGhee couldn’t be on the court with his teammates during the 2008-09 season because he was redshirted, but the 5-foot-10 guard knew he still had three years of eligibility to get back to “the dance.” CSUN failed to make the NCAA Tournament the next two years, making the 2011-12 season, his senior one, the last opportunity for McGhee to reach that goal. However, that final opportunity was taken away from him in May. Academics (low grades), among other factors, won’t allow the Matadors to even attempt to repeat the 2009 feat as the NCAA decided to ban them from all postseason play for the upcoming season. CSUN has had

continuous sub-par marks in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rates (APR) report, an account which measures eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes and is an indicator of graduation rates, and will also lose two scholarships. The Matadors posted an APR score of 871 for the 2009-10 season, well under the NCAA’s required 925. It was a minimal increase from the 870 score the 2008-09 team recorded. Since the NCAA started using the APR in 2004-05, Northridge has never come close to the 925 it’s needed. The Matadors highest score came in that inaugural year (885), and the lowest was in 2006-07 (860). Then, the NCAA put CSUN on notice of its shortcomings and followed up with yearly penalties of scholarship takeaways and practice-time reductions. “When I heard about the ban I was like 'wow' and I flashed back to Sac State,” McGhee said. McGhee, one of two seniors on the roster, thought about leaving CSUN, but, in the end, he didn’t want to go through another transfer. “I did want to play in March Madness, but at the end of the day, I’m a Matador and this is my team and my family,” McGhee said. “I (transferred) once and it hurt a lot." CSUN head coach Bobby Braswell and his coaching staff spoke with McGhee and senior forward John Hayward-Mayhew first,

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Guard Vinnie McGhee, seen in action here during a 2009 game, won't get a chance to go to the postseason this year.

before addressing the team about the ban, and discussed their options, including transferring. “I had the (option) to transfer with what went on, but I've been here for three years and I saw the team that went to the tournament,” McGhee said. “I've been on the team with all the adversity and I just felt like it wouldn't be in my character to leave the team.

“They (coaches) weren't sneaky about it and said they would support us if we wanted to transfer. They showed us they cared about us. That really made me feel like I wanted to come back,” he added. McGhee, who averaged 6.7 points per game and made a team-high 51 3-pointers a year ago, now has new goals for the season.

“I'm trying to get a regular season title,” he said. One of the reasons CSUN has poor graduation rates is that players tend to focus on playing overseas and not on receiving a diploma, CSUN Athletic Director Rick Mazzuto said. That was the case with guard Mark Hill during 2009-10. Hill left school early to turn professional. McGhee is doing his part academically. He’s only 13

units shy of becoming a CSUN graduate. Though unofficial until the NCAA releases its next APR scores results, Mazzuto said that last season’s team had a perfect score of 1,000. “The team is doing better (academically) from when I started,” McGhee said. “The newcomers are buying into it and having some of the

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women's soccer

Expectations high for early-struggling Matadors christina azouz daily sundial

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Marie Hirsch, 22, overtakes a Bruin on August 19, day in which the Matadors lost to UCLA 2-0. CSUN has struggled in the early stages of the season, but still hopes to recover in time to make a run at the Big West Conference championship.

he CSUN's women soccer team didn’t start off its season on the best note as it dropped its first three games of the season. The Matadors lost their season opener to No. 9 UCLA, 2-0, on Aug. 19 and dropped another one to Baylor, 1-0, on Friday. Then, on Sunday, they got thrashed by Texas by a score of 5-1. It is a less-than-auspicious start for CSUN, but there is plenty of time to get things corrected. CSUN started the 2010 season 0-2 before getting things together and making a run at the Big West Conference title. The Matadors finished that season third in the Big West. That pitted them against second-seeded Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament semifinals. CSUN lost to the eventual-champion 49ers 2-1. But while past success is a positive, the Matadors aren’t looking to live off the

memories only. “We have high expectations for this season (as well).” CSUN head coach Keith West said. The team put in a lot of hard work during the offseason to try and meet the expectations West has set for them. “They did a lot of things as a team,” West said. “They worked extremely well individually also.” Junior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo spent her summer getting better at her craft. “I trained with the USL (United Soccer League) all summer,” Jacobo said. Jacobo has needed the Matadors to convert offensively, though. It hasn’t been easy so far, especially due to a couple of key losses this offseason. The first was forward Farryn Townley, who led the team in 2010 with 15 points. Townley, who graduated, had seven goals and one assist and played every game of the season. The second one is midfielder Desiree Cardenas, who also graduate. Cardenas was second on the team in scoring with five goals (10 points). There are plenty of returnees who need

to step up, however. There are five seniors returning and 10 freshmen joining the team this year, making the Matadors a team with a good mixture of experience and new talent. Even with the loss of Townley and Cardenas, the Matadors should have plenty of offensive power. Sophomore forward Brittanie Sakajian had four goals and two assists for a total of 10 points in 2010, her debut season with the Matadors. Junior forward Melissa Fernandez, tied for third in points scored in 2010 with seven, was a 2010 All-Big West Conference Honorable Mention. West hopes that some of the freshmen will have an immediate impact on the team on both sides of the ball, especially defender Leandra Walker. The business-management major is a tough defender and can play on the outside and center of the defense. And while they have yet to win a game, the Matadors remain positive. “We want to set standards at CSUN that have never been set before.” West said.


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men's soccer

This one's for Coach Davila

Matadors give Davila 100th win as Big West Conference member in season opener

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he CSUN men’s soccer team (1-0) was able to give head coach Terry Davila his 100th win as a Big West coach with a 2-0 victory against Canisius on Friday night to open the 2011 season. “I’m just glad to get a home victory,” said Davila, who start-

ed his 12th season with the Matadors. “I guess when I get a bit older, I’ll look at it and savor it.” It was the first time CSUN faced off against Canisius, which came all the way from Buffalo, New York. Midfielders Chris Smith and Yarden Azulay made sure the ball moved around efficiently throughout the match. The even distribution allowed CSUN to execute its plans with ease.

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The first goal of the match came in the 26th minute from Smith, a redshirt sophomore, with a powerful shot from 30 yards out. “I ripped the shot and hit the sweet spot on my foot,” Smith said. “I knew it was going to be a goal right away, and I knew it was going to be a good shot.” Freshman forward Christian Gonzalez Diaz added another goal for CSUN in the 67th minute, connecting with a far side

corner kick ground lob from midfielder Gustavo Villalobos. “As a freshman, it’s always good to be on the field,” Gonzalez Diaz said. “And to score to extend the lead, it’s a good feeling.” CSUN came out taking every opportunity they could to score in the first half with 10 shots taken and four shots on goal. The Matadors finished the game with 24 shots, 12 on goal, compared

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Defender Jose Luis Garcia takes a free kick during the Matadors' 2-0 win over Canisius on Friday night.

to Canisius’ six shots and four on goal. Matador forward Edwin Rivas came out strong with three early scoring opportunities. Two of those shots missed wide. Rivas finished the game tied with Gonzalez Diaz with a team-high of four shots. Canisius came out pushing its offense in the second half in hopes to clear the 1-0 deficit, but CSUN was just as offensively-minded. “We definitely wanted to keep them on their heels,” Smith said. The offense continued to look in tune. The Matadors had defeated Cal State Dominguez Hills 5-0 in a preseason game a week before, and while that match was only an exhibition, the number of goals they have been able to put up in front of the home crowd is impressive. But it wasn’t all offense, the defense also stepped up. Goalkeeper Manabu Kaji had a busy night defending the net and had a crucial save in the second half to keep Canisius scoreless. Kaji finished with two saves. Co-captain Rafael Garcia did not play due to an injury, which will be clarified on Tuesday, Davila said. The Matadors will face UNLV on Thursday and Akron on Saturday at the Cal State Northridge Labor Day Classic, which will be held at Matador Soccer Field.

Continued from page 18 best grades on the team. “We will keep that up. We finished out real strong, one of the top programs in academics. The team that lost to Fullerton (in the first round of the 2010 Big West Tournament) had that stuff (troubles with grades).” The rest of the team also had a tough time with the ban, but now the goal is to send their senior leader off with a Big West regularseason title. “I was heartbroken when I found out the news that we weren't going to compete in postseason,” sophomore guard Aqeel Quinn said. “But we want to finish well for our brother (McGhee) with this being his last year.” And McGhee didn’t really want to leave the team, made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores, without a leader. “I felt like me staying, I can teach them about how college is going to be like,” McGhee said. “(The sophomores) and all the freshmen are like my little brothers and they look up to me."

tomorrow Freshly-signed Matador freshmen Allan Guei and Stephen Maxwell taken by surprise by NCAA ban.

women's volleyball

Matadors get a win out of Utah as challenging season begins

CSUN goes 1-2 in Utah Classic, still hopes to prove 2011 Big West Conference Coaches' poll wrong julian reyes daily sundial

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oaches’ polls are the opinions of experienced officials ranking their competition’s overall talent. According to the 2011 poll from the Big West Conference, the Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball team, which finished seventh in the league last season (13-19, 5-11 Big West), will be a big underdog this time around and fin-

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Matador Monica McFarland dives for the ball during a game against Utah on Saturday.

ish eighth. That’s what the “experts” say. “A poll is a poll. We still have to play the matches and also, if you look at last year, Irvine was picked No. 2 and they wound up eighth,” head coach Jeff Stork said. “We are committed to doing what we can do better than we did last year and that’s all I have to say about polls.” And while the Matadors have potential for an exciting season with a young core returning, they didn’t start off on the right foot. The team struggled during the weekend in its first tournament of the season, the Utah Classic, and went 1-2, their win coming in the last match against Weber State by a score of 3-2. During their losses, the Matadors failed to win a single set and were swept by Northwestern and Utah. Mahina Haina led CSUN with 10 kills in the Northwestern loss on Friday. Freshman Casey Hinger had six kills while Haina and Allen contributed with five kills each against Utah early Saturday. Haina then went on to record a career-high 28 kills against Weber State later the same day. Not a perfect start, but the Matadors are a team led by

young players gaining experience one day at a time. Natalie Allen and Haina, who combined for nearly 600 kills together last season, are returning sophomores who will have the responsibility of leading the Matadors against a tough Big West conference. Haina was third in kills on the team last year with 196 and will be a “player to watch,” according to Stork. “Mahina is a very positive person who plays with a lot of energy,” he said. “Very explosive and dynamic player. She’s gotten better as double (practice) days have gone through.” “I think I am going to do the same thing I did last year,” Haina said. “I am just going to compete. I don’t have any other expectations than to just do my best.” Stork also praised freshman Casey Hinger, who had nine kills of her own versus Weber State. “She has the characteristics of a natural leader who is willing to voice her opinion on the team,” Stork said. “She is dynamic, quick, can hit a variety of sets. For her high school team, she passed, hit middle, blocked middle and hit out of the back row, so she

is able to do a lot of different things offensively.” Allen was named to the Big West All-Freshman team last year and is expected to have a big role for the Matadors this season following the departure of senior, 2010 Big-West Honorable Mention Lynda Morales. “When you have good vision and good hand control, that’s a very good combination,“ Stork said. “(Allen) adds a third dimension, which is, she can hit the ball hard. What you will see a lot from her is that she can overpower an opponent, but she can also play with a lot of finesse.” Allen attributed the weight room and the conditioning coach for helping her get in shape. “We will be better than last year, I think we have a better base this year,” she said. Stork, entering his tenth year at CSUN is leading the Matadors into their 37th season. He also has some experienced players, two of them being senior Samantha Orlandini and junior Monica McFarland. Stork described Orlandini, who led the team with 1,009 assists in 2010, as being a “good leader” and

mentioned the “commitment” and “focus” of McFarland. The Matadors have another tournament coming up this weekend, the Sacramento State Invitational, and will face Marist on Friday and

Fresno State and Sacramento State on Saturday. “I think the Big West is always tough, but we have depth in every position,” Stork said. “So there are a lot of options for us. We’re eager to get started.”

csun sports this week Thursday 9/1

Men’s soccer vs. UNLV 7 p.m.

Friday 9/2

Women’s soccer vs. New Mexico 7 p.m. Women’s volleyball* vs. Marist 5 p.m.

Saturday 9/3

Men’s soccer vs. Akron 7 p.m. Women’s volleyball* vs. Fresno State 10 a.m. Women’s volleyball* vs Sacramento State 7 p.m.

Sunday 9/4

Women’s soccer vs. Princeton 1 p.m.

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