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wo challenges to the health care reform law were dismissed on Sept. 8 by the Virginia 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled all legal disputes over the issue cannot be decided until the tax penalty provision of the law goes into effect in 2014. Federal law known as the Anti-Injunction Act prevented Chief Judge Diana Gribbon Motz and other judges from ruling on the issue before the tax came into effect, according to the Los Angeles Times. Uninsured students over the age of 26 will either have to buy insurance or pay the initial penalties when the law goes into effect. “It’s daunting to think I’ll have to pay to cover my own wellbeing,” said Jon Wyatt, 22, mechanical engineering major. Citizens with taxable incomes who do not have health care will be fined $95 under health care reform starting in 2014. This amount could rise to $325 in 2015 and $695 in 2016, according to Joint Committee on Taxation. “For some students, it may be worth it to just pay the fines,” said Shirley Svorny, economics professor at CSUN. Health care reform allowed students under

the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance starting September 2010. Effects of the penalty will depend on how students choose to react to it, said economics professor Ken Chapman. Finding a post-college job with a good health care plan is not the top priority for most students, Chapman said. “Most young people simply think they don’t need health insurance,” he added. But students are starting to think about how the health care law could affect them. Wyatt said he hopes to find a job that provides health coverage by the time he graduates. “I’m not looking forward to the day I’m no longer on my parents’ health care plan,” he said. The tax penalty will also have a significant effect on the economy, Svorny said. Employers who provide health-care coverage are likely to pay more when their employees are required to be insured, she said. Small firms that purchase insurance for their workers might have to hire fewer workers in order to save costs. The two challenges to Obama’s healthcare law were filed separately by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Liberty University. Both

SUN is under a microscope this week as an accreditation team roams campus to see if the university is maintaining its standards of education. “One of the things that our provost said at the beginning of this process was that this is something that we have to do,” said

Dr. Elisabeth Say, dean of humanities and co-chair of the steering committee. “We can either do it kicking and screaming and complaining about it, or we can take advantage of it and learn something about ourselves in the process. That’s the approach we chose to take.” A steering committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students examined the colleges for the past five

years to make sure they were prepared for the evaluation, Say said. In addition to the formal evaluation, student leaders and faculty have been chosen to discuss their university experience before inquiring accreditors. CSUN undergoes an accreditation every 10 years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a non-profit organization of three com-

missions which test the effectiveness of colleges and schools throughout California, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Basin. “What I got out of the process is a much deeper appreciation for how good this university is,” said Say, who leads the committee with Michael Neubauer, liberal studies director. “We have great faculty, we have outstanding students and we have an administra-

tion that really cares deeply about the success of this place.” Passing the WASC accreditation enables the university to continue receiving federal aid, Say said. Geography alumnus Mark Turgeon said he was able to get a job after graduating CSUN because of where he earned his degree.

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Description (cont.): This event allows our students to enjoy a suspenseful night with a date, friend(s) or alone by being a part fictional murder story; find the killer before they find you! Tickets will go on sale August 29 at the Associated Student (A.S.) Ticket Office for $5.

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Description: Our Matador Mall Vendor Fair brings a venue of wares that may not normally be readily available to students. Items sold include vintage clothing, messenger bags, guitars & other music equipment, skateboards, surfboards, posters, jewelry, hats, scarves, and other arts & crafts.

USU Noontime Concert

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: University Student Union Palaza Del Sol Description: Featuring Hopeless in Paradise

Akira Kurosawa Retrospective, hosted by Prof. Tim Halloran Time: 7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Where: Armor Screening Room Description: Stray Dogs

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Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Matadome Description: Women’s Volleyball and Youth Day. All fans 17 and under receive FREE admission! Hang around after the game for autographs with the women’s volleyball team! Serving contest between sets 2 & 3 for all fans!

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September 2011 20 CSUN Greens Discussion

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Continued from page 1 parties argued the provision is unconstitutional. Cuccinelli said that he was disappointed in the ruling and vowed to appeal the decision, according to a statement. “Our disappointment not only stems from the fact that the court ruled against us, but also that the court did not even reach the merits on the key question of Virginia’s lawsuit,” he said. “(Which is) whether Congress has a power never before recognized in American history: the power to force one citizen to purchase a good or service from another citizen.” Many more challenges to the law are expected to arise when it goes into effect three years from now, said Melanie Williams, chair of the business law department at CSUN. Although Virginia’s courts ruled out the cases because it was too soon, Williams said the issue is likely to reach the Supreme Court, which can take on cases earlier than expected if they are deemed urgent. “It’s like cutting the front of the line,” she said. “The Supreme Court will take on cases sooner than later, especially if it will greatly impact the lives of others.”

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SolRuby Mendoza, 23. A commuter, Mendoza works several gig jobs in addition to accepting loans because of the affect her commute has on her class schedule.

Ohannes Atamian, 27, a transfer student, has taken out loans to pay for his tuition after having paid his entire community college himself.

Victor Zúñiga, 22, holds up one of his designs printed on canvas. As an AB 540 student, Zúñiga works two jobs to support himself, one of which is a freelance graphic designer.

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Ohannes Atamian, a 27-year-old transfer student, is dealing with the sudden jump in tuition, which is much higher than that of the community college he previously attended. “I was able to work and pay for all of my community college,” Atamian said. “But since transferring, I’ve had to accept the loans I was offered to pay for classes.” Like Mendoza, Atamian lives at home and considers himself lucky that he does not have to pay rent. But as a commuter, Atamian said purchasing the university’s $180 semester parking pass was also a big price jump from his last school. “The community college parking pass is anywhere from $30 to $70 dollars,” he said. “It is very cheap.” Currently unemployed, Atamian applied for and is hoping to earn scholarships. CSU scholarships are awarded to small groups of students studying in different areas for research, achievements or above par grades. Some of these awards amount up to $6,000, which is slightly more than the average cost of a CSU campus’ tuition, according to a report by California Colleges. One year of living off-campus, including tuition, room and board, and materials costs about $21,401, the report noted. Not all CSU students qualify for state-funded scholarships, however.

CSUN’s Reaccreditation Visit All Members of the Cal State Northridge Community are invited to speak with the team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as part of the University’s 10-year re-accreditation visit. CSUN’ s self study, the Educational Effectiveness Review, is available online at:

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Ohannes Atamian

SolRuby Mendoza SolRuby Mendoza, 23, has felt the burden of rising tuition costs. Extra money could have gone to pay for bills and cover the items she needs for school, like textbooks and gas money, Mendoza said. She commutes 45 minutes to an hour traveling to and from campus, resulting in an awkward class schedule which she said keeps her from holding a real job. Mendoza’s case is not unique, though. Ninety-five percent of CSUN students commute to campus, according to a report from CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability. Many of those students must pay rent to live off campus, gas or monthly transit passes on top of school supplies and textbooks. To compensate, Mendoza has become, in her words, a jack of all trades. She works an array of domestic gigs, from babysitting to plant sitting, along with tutoring and practicing nail tech. Almost 40 percent of workers aged 16-24 are full-time college students, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 report. The majority of these students work retail or hospitality jobs, as opposed to research assistant or educational jobs, according to the Bureau’s 2011 youth employment survey. Despite Mendoza’s struggle, she was attracted to CSUN because it was the most affordable four-year option. “You can argue that tuition here isn’t as expensive at other universities, but there’s a reason I’m not at another university,” Mendoza said. Mendoza took out a loan to help ease tuition costs, and she’s not the only one.

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graphic design, senior CSUN is home to a community of AB 540 students, undocumented students who pay in-state tuition and are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Legislators voted 51-21 on Sept. 2 passing the second half of the California Dream Act, which would allow undocumented students to receive state financial aid, including fee waivers, institutional aid and Cal Grants if funds remain after residents receive their rewards. Victor Zúñiga, 22, is an AB 540 student. Zúñiga works two jobs for 40 to 50 hours a week to support himself and pay for school. Along with his job at the mall selling T-shirts, he is a freelance graphic designer. Zúñiga has worked for published authors designing book covers, and created flyers supporting the Dream Act. He is also contracted to create art for businesses. “The tuition increase has been hard as an AB 540 student and a graphic designer,” Zúñiga said. “I can’t take any loans from the bank, so I’ve had to work more hours at the mall, and also take as many projects as I can.” Since he relies on his graphic-design work to continue to pay for college, Zúñiga must invest in materials, software and computers. He said the $294 increase in tuition was money he could have put toward art equipment. In order to lower housing costs, he shares an apartment with three other roommates, as he no longer lives at his parents’ home. Two months ago, Zúñiga was sharing a place with seven roommates to split costs. Zúñiga’s courses require him to buy expensive design materials on top of his tuition and textbooks, he said. “I can apply to some scholarships, but I don’t put much hope into them,” Zúñiga said.

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rdinary lectures were transformed into realworld narratives Tuesday when local business professionals became professors for the day in the college of business and economics. Over 60 business experts gave students a taste of what to expect after they’ve received their diplomas, said Erin Goldfarb, volunteer and donor relations coordinator and development and alumni relations for the college. “It’s not just teaching students out of the book,” Goldfarb said. “It’s about building one-on-one connections with and knowing people in the business world.” When the college created the event four years ago, Goldfarb said the professionals were given a script sheet with general topics they might want to cover in their lectures, ranging from what their first jobs were after college, how they received that job, and how they arrived to where they are today. The event is an opportunity for students who would

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LEADERS. Larry Block, senior vice president of Bank of America, laughs with students after he asks Professor Adam Gifford if he wouldn’t mind answering a question a student asked during his price theory economics class. Block is one of 60 local business leaders participating in Northridge’s College of Business and Economics “Professor for the Day.”

not otherwise have access to CEO’s or key business leaders, Goldfarb said. Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice president

and artistic director for OPI, a leading nail care company, took center-stage in front of packed Noski Auditorium for one of the

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final classes of the day. “I set the trends, I don’t follow them, and that’s how it’s been for 30 years,” said Weiss-Fischmann, who is

also known as the first lady of nails. Weiss-Fischmann focused her presentation on marketing, which accounts for 85

percent of their revenue, she said. “Having a good public relations agency is priceless,” Weiss-Fischmann said. Rameez Ahmed, first year MBA major, said Weiss-Fischmann’s presentation educated him on the many facets of marketing. “It’s not a simple endeavor of putting money in a magazine,” Ahmed said. “It’s the steps you take to make the common uncommon.” OPI, which began as a dental supply company and began using polymer technology in their acrylic nail products, has become a beauty icon over the past 30 years, Weiss-Fischmann said. A successful brand is more than a product, and the key to success is coming up with something outside of the box that will excite the consumer, said Weiss-Fischmann, who has participated in several other similar college events. “I learned that students are really smart and eager to learn,” said Weiss-Fischmann. She said she will continue to lecture students in events such as the Professors for a Day.

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Continued from page 1 “It was a great program that I was in,” Turgeon said. “I think that CSUN has one of the best geography programs in the country.” Turgeon said he returned to CSUN for his master’s degree because he wanted to continue learning. His experience gave him an opportunity he would not have had otherwise, he added. Senior psychology student Alexis Milne has a different impression of CSUN. She transferred from Santa Monica Community College where, she said, the classes were more rigorous. “I have a professor this semester who told the class that the whole point of the class was to be present,” Milne said. Students are losing the ability to explore college and broaden their knowledge base because of the urgency to graduate stu-

dents, Milne said. Milne described CSUN as a factory instead of a place of higher education. “If their goal is the grad rate, that doesn’t mean much,” Milne said. “What are we coming out with and what kind students are leaving here?” Over the past five years, Neubauer and Say have studied and prepared for the accreditation. Neubauer said the university has made great strides, but there is still work to be done. “We were in charge of making sure the process moved forward, we were on the right timeline, and the right people were involved,” Neubauer said. “The three things we proposed were, learning as an institution, faculty and staff support for university success, student success through engagement and learning. We wanted to make sure to involve the right people for each theme.”

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collage of Jillian Ibarra and her best friend lies on one side of the bedroom facing gleaming silver words: dream, believe, imagine. Her six-year-old nephew grasps her around her neck. Ibarra, a junior theatre and screenplay writing, major, is the youngest of three. Her mother is a paralegal, her father got injured while working when she was young and is now disabled. She has two nephews, Charlie who is four and Angel who is six. “The most important thing is that they are ours, they have a family, they

have that structure and they are very comfortable and living life,” Ibarra said. “We are providing as much as we can.” From the boys’ births, Ibarra has seen them as one of her own, and she said they are part of the reason why she works so hard. “My last summer as a high school student, I had to learn how to raise a baby, and my first year at (College of the Canyons), Charlie was born,” said Ibarra. Ibarra graduated Saugus High School in 2006, and education was the last thing on her mind. “I was unsure at that age, I didn’t know where to fit in,” Ibarra said. “I didn’t like the bullying or the cliques, I tried to get out as

soon as possible.” Studying didn’t make sense early on, but Ibarra said she realized how easy it was to put time aside for school work and enjoyed the feeling good grades gave her. She decided to go to College of the Canyons near where she grew up, even though she was accepted to the psychology department at USC. She wanted to save money by going to a community college. “When I got to (College of the Canyons) it was a complete transformation, I began to love college life and got straight A’s on my own,” said Ibarra. She was accepted into the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).

“They really focused in on me and made me feel comfortable, they helped me to focus in on my academics,” said Ibarra. She credited the program for getting her out of her shell and finding her true passion in theatre. “My dream would be to act in a movie that I had written” said Ibarra, “I would use my fame to create non-profits that help abused or needy children.” Ibarra said she the good things in her life are reflective of her faith and hard work. “I’m going to win an oscar, dang it,” she said. “I’m just a regular student that is paying off loans and trying to make it through and hoping that one day my dreams will come true.”

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Crusade against pornography: Evangelists cross with XXX

Letter to the editor Dear Editor, In response to your article "PETA Goes Too Far With Trick Porn Site" (13 Sep. 2011), I would like to give some insight into the motives behind PETA's website. PETA's job is to draw attention to animal suffering, and we have found—and your article confirms—that people do pay more attention to our racier actions. As a result of our tactics, PETA representatives have been interviewed, and our ads have been run—for free—to audiences numbering into the millions. This means that people across America are hearing about how animals suffer in the industries that use them and that more people than ever before are taking a stand against such companies. All the activists featured on are adults dedicated to helping animals by drawing attention to how foxes are electrocuted and skinned by the millions for the fur industry; calves are torn away from their distraught mothers and slaughtered for the meat industry; elephants are beaten bloody and forced to live in chains year after year in circuses; rats, mice, rabbits, cats, dogs, primates, and other animals are confined to cages and mutilated in laboratories; and billions of animals suffer torture, maddening isolation, starvation, terror, and violent deaths for various human amusements and industries. We must make our message impossible to forget, and launching a website with an .xxx domain name helps achieve that goal. For more information, please visit, where you can also request a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit. Sincerely, Amelia Jensen College Campaigns Assistant

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40-year-old Christian evangelical movement condemning pornography has gone viral. Christian groups are using the Web to encourage men and women not to view porn and resist lust in its entirety. They say pornography is a dangerous addiction that can ruin marriages, families and morals, supporting their claims with Christian “science.” The real reason the church hates pornography is its continuing patriarchal and homophobic view of human relationships. Religious condemnation of pornography has been fervent since Denmark legalized it in 1968. Pornography became popular in the United States with the film “Deep Throat,” by Gerard Damiano, and the Golden Era of porn stretched from the 1970s to the 80s. With the advent of the Internet, it has become a fixed part of today’s popular culture, and unavoidable for

evangelicals and porndogs alike. That is why they are starting to speak openly about repressing pornography, masturbation and even sexual thoughts with the hopes of changing not only their sects, but sex in American society., a nonprofit organization created by Fireproof Ministries, seeks to promote awareness and prevention of the “No. 1 most destructive force in our culture” — pornography. “Indifference under the banner of ‘freedom’ will lead to the collapse of society,” states XXXchurch. com. “Through constructive efforts to challenge the notion that porn is not dangerous, it is possible to change the sexually intoxicated nature of our culture. By providing hope, satisfaction and healing, life can be lived with a purpose beyond personal self-gratification.” To follow the talk with walk, XXXchurch goes to colleges, churches and even crashes porn shows and conventions to “take love into places where most wouldn't expect to find it.” There, they hand out free Bibles and “support those who leave the industry.” Beyond moral outrage, the concern is more for Christian men than for Christian women. Christian “scientists” such as Dr. William M. Struthers claim that pornography is dangerous for men because it “hijacks” the male brain. In an article by the Christian Post, Struthers explains his book, “Wired for Intimacy: How

Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. “ "The simplest explanation for why men view pornography ... is they are driven to seek out sexual intimacy," he writes. "Satisfying this drive is pleasurable. Sexual intercourse and the naked form of women are enjoyable, as designed by God to be." He describes male brains as one-track, goal-oriented and visuospatial, "making it the perfect playground for sexual fantasy,” and that "every woman (men) come into contact with is objectified, undressed and evaluated as a mental sexual partner." Contrary to Struthers’ argument, a study released in 2009 titled “Pornography, Public Acceptance and Sex Related Crime: A Review,” by Dr. Milton Diamond, finds adult pornography to be positive for relationships and attitudes about sex. “If anything, there is an inverse causal relationship between an increase in pornography and sex crimes,” Diamond writes. “We see that objections to erotic materials are often made on the basis of supposed actual, social or moral harm to women. No such cause and effect has been demonstrated with any negative consequence.” Diamond concludes that the only direct causal relationship between pornography and illegal activity is in child porn. Struthers’s view is blinded by his patriarchal ideas about sexuality. He assumes that all Christian men are heterosexual and do not watch pornography involv-

ing same-sex acts, while implying that women were designed by a creator to be enjoyed only by men. He completely ignores the existence of gay, bisexual or transgender men and women who share sexual and intimate relationships with individuals of the same sex. This may be because the only kind of sexual relationship evangelicals approve is that between heterosexual married couples, and pornography certainly does not exclusively depict that kind of sex. The link between homophobia and the crusade against porn is present in Uganda, where the social and political climate makes this African country one of the most dangerous places for queer people to live. A Ugandan cleric showed gay pornography to his congregation February 2010 to gain support for anti-gay legislation, which proposed the death sentence for gays and lesbians. "We are in the process of legislation, and we have to educate ourselves about what homosexuals do," the cleric told the BBC. “In Africa, what you do in your bedroom affects our clan, it affects our tribe, it affects our nation.” Christian evangelicals will continue to propagate that sexual repression is the best approach to maintaining sexual health and moral code in society. Ironically, Diamond concludes "what does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing."

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fter finding the back of the net only once in the first four games of the season, CSUN (1-5-1) has picked up the pace offensively with five goals the last three games. CSUN head coach Keith West doesn’t exactly see it as a scoring explosion, though. “We’re starting to score some goals, but it is not a burst,” he said. “The scoring better continue or we’re going to be in for a long season.” When CSUN has multiple goals, it usually finds itself on the winning side. Since 2008, the Matadors are 19-1-1 when they score two or more goals in a game. This season, they’re 1-0-1 in the occurrence. Senior forward Heidi Farran has been the main contributor to CSUN’s recent scoring increase. She has half of the six goals the Matadors have scored this season, scoring two of those in the Matadors’ only win of the season so far, against Princeton on Sept. 4. Farran recorded her third against Purdue in the Boilermaker Challenge on Friday, but she doesn’t take all the credit for her goals. “The goals aren’t a result of individual play, they’re a result of

team play,” she said. “I’m happy that I scored and I’m also happy when someone else scores.” Farran is tied for sixth in goals and is seventh in goals per game in the Big West Conference. She also leads the Matadors in shot attempts with 21. Jacobo nearing records Junior goalkeeper Cynthia Jacobo continues to make her way up in the Matadors’ record books. Jacobo has the fifth-most saves in school history with 134, nine saves behind all-time leader Leah Elliot (2006-09). “It’s just another accomplishment added to the list,” Jacobo said. “It’s something I know I’m getting better at and I’ll just keep getting better.” The junior is also approaching the record for most shutouts and wins in school history. Jacobo is second in shutouts with 12 and third in wins with 17, just one behind April Cline (2005-06). Long layoff The Matadors have 12 days off before playing their next game, at Loyola Marymount on Sept. 23. This will be the team’s first week off since the season started a month ago. According to West, the break is positive for the Matadors because it’s "time to recover." This is the first time the Matadors will have this long of a break in six years.


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Northridge senior forward Heidi Farran (3) has a team-high 21 shot attempts and three goals this season.

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Men’s Soccer

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fter letting New Mexico score three goals in 70 seconds on Sunday, the Matadors (2-3) are looking to regain control of their season in their road match against Cal State Bakersfield (2-0-1) tonight (7 p.m.). On paper, CSUB stacks up to be a tough team to beat, but CSUN head coach Terry Davila believes both teams are evenly-matched. “The only advantage (CSUB) have on us is that they’re at home,” Davila said. CSUN has to worry about two key players from Bakersfield: midfielder Jesus Sanchez, who scored eight goals and had two assists last season, and forward Gyasi Zardes, who had an equally impressive 2010 season with five goals and seven assists. Zardes already has six goals and an assist in 2011. The Lobos put CSUN in an unenviable position on Sunday, but showed the Matadors areas where they need development. “New Mexico’s defense is very good, in the way they keep the ball offensively,” Davila said. “That made us play defense a lot. When a team’s that good offensively, they make you defend.” Playing on their heels for most of the match led the Matadors to have a breakdown. “We were so focused for 80 minutes that I think that

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(first) goal kind of broke us down mentally,” CSUN goalkeeper Michael Abalos said. “I think we showed a little bit of inexperience.” Abalos added he couldn’t recall the last time he had three goals scored on him in that short amount of time. “Within the span of three minutes, it kind of felt surreal,” he said. “I’m still pretty bitter about it.” Davila pointed out that most of their losses this season have come late in the game. CSUN’s first two losses, against UNLV and Akron, happened in extra minutes. The Rebels were able to win in the match’s first overtime while Akron won in overtime No. 2. In terms of scoring, CSUN has scored five of its eight 2011 goals in the second half of matches. Though the Matadors scored first on Sunday, they would have needed a Lobo-like scoring-burst to be able to come back against New Mexico. Matador forward Edwin Rivas took three shots and scored once during Friday’s 3-0 win over Missouri State, but failed to tally any shots against the Lobos. Thursday’s match with

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CSUB will be the 23rd meeting between the teams. The Matadors are more than dominating the series with a record of 22-0 . The Roadrunners finished first in the Pacific division of the MPSF with a record of 11-6-3 last year and have yet to lose a game this season. CSUN midfielder Chris Smith thinks the Matadors’ losses have made them mature. “The tough games have helped us out by (letting us know) who can help us out,” he said. Smith adds that playing challenging opponents has given the team an idea of where they should be. The Matadors have done well defensively, making sure their opposition does not score on them early in the game, but Davila feels they need to maintain focus for the entire match. “You don’t come out to any game trying to plan to get players behind the ball,” Davila said. “What you’re trying to do is get your lines on top of theirs, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that against Bakersfield. I thought that New Mexico’s line dominated ours.”

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The Matadors (6-5) will look to close the non-conference part of their schedule Saturday against BYU.

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Chris Smith (right) and the Matadors travel up north to face the Roadrunners in a nonconference match tonight. CSUN is 22-0 in games against Cal State Bakersfield.

SUN head coach Jeff Stork saw three teams during the Matadors’ 3-0 Monday loss at No. 6 UCLA: the Bruins, the Matadors and … the Matadors again. One CSUN team played up to the level of UCLA, and even beyond. The other didn’t look good enough to make the Bruins’ practice squad. “Consistency is always something we’re trying to achieve,” Stork said. “Production of points, and consistency, which means removing some of the errors we’ve been making.” An avalanche of errors (19 total) at crucial times prevented the Matadors (6-5) from following through on their remarkable first and third-set jump on UCLA and sent them home with a head-scratching loss. It doesn’t get much easier as BYU will be visiting the Mat-

adome Saturday afternoon in what will be CSUN’s last game before Big West Conference play starts. Stork said the focus of practice this week would be “highball hitting,” aka getting kills. During Monday’s loss, the Matadors, who at times looked brilliant only to then break down midway through the sets, ended up hitting only .079. “You got to play at a certain level,” Stork said. “I feel we’re capable to make the jump to that type level.” Though BYU isn’t in the ranks of the Bruins, it’ll certainly prove to be a formidable challenge. Coming into this weekend, the Cougars (10-2) are riding a nine-game winning streak that includes a sweep of Utah, team the Matadors faced and lost to, 3-0, on Aug. 27. Last week’s Big West Player of the Week, CSUN kills’ leader Mahina Haina, would definitely like to close the non-conference season with a confidence-build-

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ing win. “We want to carry momentum into our (conference) season,” she said. Haina, a sophomore outside hitter, will square up against a rising star in BYU sophomore Jennifer Hamson, the current West Coast Conference Player of the Week. The Cougar outside hitter is outstanding on both offense and defense and has recorded 41 kills and 29 digs over BYU’s last three games. BYU will play at Cal State Fullerton a day before visiting the Matadors. Besides “consistency,” Stork

feels intensity and homecourt advantage will have a role in how the Matadors finish their non-conference games. He, however, is not putting any extra emphasis in the match only because it’s the pre-conferenceseason finale. “(All the games) are important,” said Stork, whose team will be playing at home for only the second time this season. “I don’t care where it is or when it is. They’re all important.” What Stork will likely care about on Saturday, however, is not seeing two different teams wearing Northridge jerseys.

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Student Danny Escalante, who is working on his masters degree in art, admires the installation currently exhibited at the CSUN Art Gallery.

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'Tales of Our Time' China's rapid development visually displayed at CSUN art gallery Andrew lopez daily sundial

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CSUN plays host to its newest exhibition, “Tales of Our Time: Two Contemporary Artists From China,” until Oct. 10, which focuses on the relationship between growing urban development in China and its effect on the traditions and people living in the changing landscape. “The exhibition, together with related events such as the publication of an exhibition catalog and artist lectures, will provide a great opportunity for various campus communities to experience contemporary Chinese art and culture and to come to a better understanding of what is going on in this rapidly developing country,” said Meiqin Wang, CSUN art history professor and exhibit curator in an email interview. “The exhi-

bition actually addresses the growing interest worldwide in knowing China, its people, and its culture.” Artists Chen Quilin and Weng Fen are both featured in the exhibit, altogether contributing a total of about 40 pieces of art. Fen was on campus Wednesday and to speak to over 100 students about his investigation into the processes and consequences of what he views as a rapidly developing China. Wang translated for Fen during his lecture. After graduating from art school, Fen went back to his home province in Hainan and saw the beginnings of transition. “Since 1980’s, and particularly 90’s, things were changing,” Fen said. “People always seem busy and buildings were all rising up so I intended to use these (his photos) to observe my experience with what

was going on around me, everything changing so fast.” One of Fen’s first series of photo art began in 2001 when he started focusing on aesthetics of photography while continuing to explore his interest in urbanization. The result is “Sitting on the Wall - Haikou” collection, which highlights yearby-year the quickly growing urban development by placing a high school aged girl sitting atop a wall, staring directly into the change. “Walls like that were everywhere in the city,” Fen said. “In Chinese culture, a wall is a symbol – largely a separator of two worlds, past and present.” As years pass, the girl, different in each photo, looks out in the distance to an urban landscape that gradually moves closer until there is no wall, only buildings and parking lots directly in front of her.

The photos in the exhibit are sharp in color, looking so surreal they take on the feel of a painting, forcing viewers to pay attention to every single detail. “I love the vivid colors, it stands out,” said Javier Gallardo, a first year CSUN student of Fen's photos. “It’s really multicultural. I really understand what his thinking.” Also on display at the exhibit is Quilin’s photos of urban decay and its affect on the humans who live among it. In Quilin’s photos, “Solidified Scenery” and “Twilight,” a woman wearing a wedding dress and makeup smeared across her eyes looks away from decrepit, rotting structures that has become part of everyday life for so many citizens of China. Though Fen said his intentions

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food Reviews

Don’t give a flying pig about this food truck Hansook Oh daily sundial

I don’t understand the craze over most fusion-food trucks, part of the growing “roach-coach” takeover of Los Angeles. With long lines, lessthan-exciting attempts at food fusion and deceptively high prices for snacksized menu items, I’m skeptical of most. Pigs don’t fly, and the Flying Pig food truck is no exception. Following on the heels (or should

I say wheels) of the Kogi taco truck – the extremely popular KoreanMexican fusion vendor that started it all – the Flying Pig has been featured by major media, such as LA Weekly, NY Times and Oprah. To avoid long lines at the Flying Pig, the food truck’s owner, Chef Joe Kim, opened a brickand-mortar restaurant in the heart of Little Tokyo in July. I waited in line for about 30 minutes to pay more than $14 for four items — one of its famous pork belly buns and three “tacos” — which left my tongue confused and my stomach

still growling. The pork belly bun, a Chinese bao bun lightly stuffed with braised pork, red onion escabeche, pickled sesame cucumber and “death sauce,” is about the size of a fist and costs $4. The only thing deadly about this item is the amount of money wasted on not-so-great tasting food. The tacos were more satisfying, but at $3 each, I’d rather go to Taco Bell. You can choose from carne asada, spicy pork, tamarind duck, smoked chicken or peanut butter carnitas, but the only item that’s

really worth trying is the duck taco, which involves duck confit topped with “red beets, toasted almonds, radish sprouts, mandarin orange and tamarind gravy,” according to the menu. The Flying Pig’s trough does not serve “the perfect blend of Asian & Pacific Rim flavors with French technique,” but offers mediocre Asian slop at sky-high prices. Hansook Oh / Daily Sundial



People wait in line for the Flying Pig Food Truck on Abbot Kinney Blvd, Friday, September 2.

Falafel Palace gives CSUN students local spot for cultural cuisine Angela Braza daily sundial

The area surrounding CSUN is home to a variety of hidden culinary gems that are often overshadowed by more widelyrecognized establishments. Among these lesser-known treasures is Reseda Boulevard’s Falafel Palace, a staple in the community known for its diverse selection of Greek and Mediterranean food. On a typical school day, the restaurant is often packed with CSUN students chowing down on Greek favorites: from Greek gyros to falafel pitas to pizza pitas, there seems to be something for everyone. CSUN students are in for a particular treat as the Falafel Palace offers a 10 percent discount to all students and employees who provide proper CSUN identification. Those without identification need not fret, as menu prices stand fairly. For roughly $7, customers can order a meal consisting of Greek gyros, a side of their choice — either fries, rice or salad — and a fountain drink. Greek gyros are made with the

meat of the customer’s choice, ranging from lamb, beef, turkey, chicken or vegetarian, rolled in soft, handmade pita bread. Topped with sizzling grilled onions, fresh lettuce, juicy tomato slices, Greek tzatziki sauce, the Greek gyro is the perfect selection for an empty stomach. With falafel in the name of the restaurant, it is an absolute must to try out the falafel balls. Available in small, medium or large quantities, falafel balls are a delectable, deep-fried dish consisting of blended spices, vegetables and garbanzo beans. Light yet flavorful, this crunchy treat packs a punch. While the food at Falafel Palace serves the main attraction, it is evident that droves of people also frequent the place because of its welcoming casual dining experience. For almost 40 years, the Falafel Palace has built and maintained a positive reputation reflected in its customer service. Upon entering the restaurant, guests are instantly greeted by the staff with a friendly smile and, sometimes, free samples of falafel balls or pieces of

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Falafel Palace has been serving Greek and Middle Eastern food since 1972.This restaurant offers falafel, shawarma and chicken pitas, gyros, pizza and salads. It is located on the corner of Prairie and Reseda. lamb. Those unfamiliar with the menu and Middle Eastern food in general are treated with patience and guidance as they try to decipher the meaning — and pronunciation — of terms that might seem alien, such as gyro and shawarma. The interior of the restaurant reflects the warm and pleasant attitudes of the employees

 Book

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In a world of websites such as StumbleUpon and Tumblr that encourage fast-paced readership, it is always refreshing to see young authors dedicated to creating a fully developed collection of literature. “Planet Theory” is CSUN communications student Kenyatta Gilliam’s first book. The self-published poetry collection is a compilation of pieces inspired by Gilliam’s experiences as a CSUN student and downtown Los Angeles bartender. The poems in “Planet Theory” have a loose chronological arc, beginning with Gilliam’s move from his native, Tallahassee, Fla., to Los Angeles with “Fast Landing,” and ending with “A Seasonal Passing,” a

center of the room stating, “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” In the case of Falafel Palace, this statement rings true, so grab a friend and enjoy wasting time at this local treasure.



Falafel Palace Place: 9255 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, CA Phone Number: (818) 9930734 Hours: Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Credit cards accepted.


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who cook, clean and cashier. Personal home-style touches of brass kitchen trinkets, framed photographs and small, worn travel posters scattered along the walls add to the rustic, intimate atmosphere. Long, clear windows line three-quarters of the building, allowing a flood of natural light into the dining room. A small sign hangs in the

meditation on life’s ups and downs. The content in between include examinations of self-worth, emotional economy and falling in love. Though some of Gilliam’s poems has vivid imagery, many explore topics in such broad terms that they lose relatability. This is to be expected when the author takes on the “Planet,” but the consistent use of buzz words such as “freedom” and “happiness” make the poems read as though they are from a self-help book. The book ends with a summary of the collection, which seems as though it is meant to defend Gilliam’s work instead of serving as an epilogous sign-off. Though the scope of “Planet Theory” seeks to reach a large audience, it still seems to be tailored to Gilliam himself. The language is cryptically copious, evident in his

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CSUN senior Kenyatta L. Gilliam, a liberal studies major and poet, recently published his book “Planet Theory Words of Treasure From Within: Poems”, a collection of thoughts, insights, and poetry. description of the book’s contents as “deep thoughts from (his) secret past.” Perhaps the connection to Gilliam’s audience comes in his summary of the book: “Influence and the experience we share from the person we are today.”

The 2005 Tony award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed at Nordhoff Hall’s Little Theatre starting Sept. 23. The play is based on a book written by Rachel Sheinkin and is being directed by Garry Lennon. “On one hand, it’s simply the story of a junior high school spelling bee, but it goes into whole other things,” said William Taylor, theatre manager at CSUN. The theatre department tries to diversify the types of plays it puts on each year, Taylor said. “Sometimes, it’s tough in theatre to get really current musicals because they keep running forever,” he said. “It’s not like doing the 500th version of ‘Oklahoma.’” It’s something people haven’t seen, and it speaks to today’s generation.” The plot is centered around six students competing in the spelling bee, who come from different backgrounds and deal with their own

unique problems, said Alana Cheuvront, assistant stage manager of the play. “It’s a coming-of-age story,” Cheuvront said. “Everyone has their own individual challenges. Even the adults in the play have their own issues that they are dealing with.” What makes this musical different from others is that they ask for audience volunteers to participate with the show, Taylor said. “Each evening they are going to ask for volunteers from the audience to come up,” Taylor said. “The show changes depending on who the attendees are.” Taylor said that he would like President Jolene Koester to participate in the play before she retires. Some essential characters of the play include a student who has two gay fathers, another who was raised by hippies and another student who spells by drawing the words with their feet, Taylor said. This 90-minute play is meant to inspire and connect with the audience, Cheuvront said. “We all have a battle to face and this is their battle,” she said. “It’s fun to see how these characters overcome their battles.”

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Danny Escalante looks at photographs that explore the urbanization and its impact in contemporary China; the work of Chen Quilin and Weng Fen.

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Meiqin Wang looks at a series of photographs by two contemporary artists from China currently exhibiting their work at the CSUN Art Gallery.


Continued from page 1 in taking photos of the rapid development in China was to record the speed at which it was happening, he also wanted to imply there are many problems and uncertainty facing Chinese citizens. In his photo, “Staring at the Sea” series taken in 2006, five teenage girls stare into a serene body of water from a ledge high above, far from any kind of con-

struction which has run rampant in the cities of China. Fen explained his fears about what development might mean for scenes such as this. “I took my parents, my wife, my daughter – we were all observing, appreciating this beautiful scenery and now it’s all going to be transformed,” Fen said. “The government has other plans to transform this place into an international tourist site.” Still, the high school students Fen interacts with who

eventually become the subjects of his photos give him hope regarding the future. “They seem to point to a better future,” Fen said. “I know the future is full of excitement and uncertainty but I like to think more positively.” Fen plans to continue with his study of the relationship between urbanization and the people who live amidst it. “My art is my way to investigate and also make a relationship with this world,” Fen said.

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