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Bike thefts on the rise Madison Kaufmann Daily Sundial

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SUN may not have a new president before Jolene Koester retires in December even though board members voted to restructure the presidential search during Tuesday and Wednesday’s board of trustees meetings. Campus visits are now optional for presidential candidates and with details of the revised process out of the way, four trustees were appointed to work with a campus advisory committee to search for CSUN’s new president. “We hope to have a president by December,” said Herbert Carter, board of trustees chair. “If not, we’ll see if we can lean on (Koester) to stay for another month.” Koester, who attended the meeting, said she was pleased the search has finally begun, but an interim president would likely be needed before the position can be filled. “It’s unlikely they’ll get it done by December,” Koester said. “I could stay for a little while longer, but only a few weeks.” Carter chose the committee based on a few main factors, he said, including a familiarity with the campus and understanding the particular issues facing each school. The advisory committee for CSUN has not been finalized and there is no timeline for the committee to be chosen, said Liz Chapin, CSU spokeswoman. Bob Linscheid, who graduated from CSU Chico and served on the board since 2005, will head the main body for CSUN’s search. He will work with both the board selection committee and a campus advisory committee to choose a candidate with the right attributes for CSUN, Chapin said. Linscheid will also confer with Chancellor Charles Reed about possible internal hires, Chapin said. Other board members working with Linscheid include Carol Chandler, Glen Toney and Debra Farar, who received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSUN.

icycle thefts on campus have jumped nearly 80 percent since last year, according to CSUN police crime reports. From Jan. 1 to Sept. 20, 82 bicycles have been stolen on campus compared to 46 in the same period the year before. “It’s a tough problem, but not an unusual problem,” said Anne P. Glavin, chief of police. “It’s probably one of the most common campus crimes that there is.” Twelve of the bikes stolen so far this year have been recovered, but only two were registered with CSUN police. Since the beginning of the year 239 bikes have been registered and only one stolen registered bike was found. Because bicycle thefts fluctuate daily and are dependent on eye witnesses for leads, police spokeswoman Christina Villalobos said students should register their bicycles with campus police and lock them up in one of the three bicycle compounds on campus. A U-shaped lock could

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CTVA major Collen Joyce, 20, locks her bike in front of Manzanita Hall. Joyce says she is not worried about her bike getting stolen, but is worried about someone stealing her seat.

also decrease chances of theft, Villalobos said. “It is easy to use pliers to cut a cable lock,” she added. CSUN bike collective member Dennis D’Alfonso, 24, said it is important to lock bikes properly and use both a U-shaped lock and

a cable lock for secondary protection. Thefts have occurred all over campus, from Redwood Hall to University Park Apartments to the Oviatt Library, and a majority of them happen during daylight hours Villalobos said.

There have been 17 bikes stolen from campus since the semester started on Aug. 29, according to crime logs. All of them were locked and none were taken from the bike compounds. “If we have more students using those, the incidence of

bike theft will just plummet on campus,” Glavin said. “Convenience gets in the way of good security.” Bicycle security on campus could be achieved by registering with the police

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resident Barack Obama would love to know if his supporters are available. His 2012 campaign has sent emails asking recipients to join the president for dinner. Obama’s campaign created a contest, the prize for which is a personal dinner with the president — after they donate to the campaign, that is. “He’s making the White House more accessible to the public,” said Dr. Bernardo Attias, a political rhetoric expert and chair of CSUN communications department. “He’s done




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several things, the town halls, Youtube, Twitter. Anything he does to make the White House more approachable is a positive thing.” Obama’s twitter account, @ BarackObama, frequently sends followers updates and information about the White House, and his website continuously updates and allows registered users to leave comments. “The last 20 years, there has been an overwhelming sense of detachment from Washington,” Attias said. “Presidents and senators are living in a different world than the rest of us. Obama is inviting the public in.” Supporters of Obama during

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Continued from page 1 department, who attach a serial number to the bike which can then be used to find the owner if a stolen bike is retrieved, Villalobos said. To gain access to a secure bike compound, a students’ drivers license must be programmed with the police and can then be used as the key, she added. D’Alfonso is one of the 546 bicyclists registered with the free program, but does not use the bike compounds

because the locations are inconvenient to his classes. Students expressed desire for a compound in student housing and the police have been working with student affairs to fund additional locations, Villalobos said. Finance major Richard Sforza, 21, said he hasn’t registered his bike because he doesn’t think it is necessary unless the bicycle was worth at least $200 to $300. Although students are the primary target, not all bicycle thefts are committed by CSUN students. On Aug. 25, Edward Aznak,

41, was found in possession of a registered stolen bike, according to the CSUN PD daily crime log. He was arrested for bicycle theft and obstruction of a police officer. Another non-student was caught stealing a bicycle tire, but was released because he was a minor, said Villalobos. The suspect was also caught with possession of burglary tools and a bullet, noted the crime log. Because the campus is open to the public, Villalobos said students need to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Campus Voice

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Few bicycles sit in the matador bicycle compound in the B3 parking structure, located on the southwest side of campus.

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How are bike thefts affecting your on-campus cycling?

Saul Asperceuta Freshman “Honestly, I’ve known that bikes get stolen, but it doesn’t matter to me that much.”

Joaquin Benavente Sophomore “My freshman year my bike got stolen. So yes, it has affected me. I still second guess when I’m locking up.”

Dylan Beatty Sophomore

Mustafa Zeno Senior

Julio Guerrero Graduate Student

Shuo Peng Junior

“I’ve got two locks and take extra precaution after hearing about others experiences.”

“I just started biking and that’s why I have a foldable bike so I can bring it into class with me and not worry about it getting stolen.”

“I used to park it outside, but a friend got his bike stolen so I park it inside (Santa Susana Hall).”

“I live nearby. I don’t really worry about it while I’m in class.”

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Help might be on the way, CA September 22, 2011 • Daily Sundial • CSUN •

Public and private leaders gather to discuss the disintegrating base of California's higher education Irene Moore daily sundial


igher education officials brainstormed ways to deal with California’s funding crisis and the future relationship between strapped schools and the state’s economy. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom led the work group last week and focused on the derailing public school systems, which are facing their lowest level of state funding in 12 years. “The purpose of bringing this group together, in particular, is to bring labor issues to the table with a leadership system across the university spectrum, not just CSU’s but UC and Community colleges, to leverage our collective wisdom, to connect the dots and to align a new narra-

tive,” said Newsom. Focus needs to shift from pointing the finger at whose fault the failure the school systems are and to take responsiblility to create collective action moving forward, Newsom said. According to the Public Policy Insitute of California, if trends continue, only 35 percent of working aged adults in California will hold a bachelors degree although 41 percent of jobs will require one in 2025. They estimate a shortage of onemillion graduates by 2025. Public and private sectors need to work together to reinvest in higher education and help boost the economy at the same time, Newsom said. “Education is affecting businesses ability to compete in a global economy,” said Newsom. UC Berkeley student

Jeremy Pilaar, a participant of the workgroup, said he was pleasantly surprised that everyone in the group was on the same page in terms of assessing the problem. “It is a structural state revenue problem that the state of California is not bringing in enough money to fund higher education and other essential services,” said Pilaar, senior policial economy major. “Something is going to have to be done about that to find a sustainable way to reinvest in higher education.” CSU and UC systems sustained a $650 million cut in their state funds this year, and California’s 112 community colleges lost $400 million In the event the state is unable to generate an additional $4 billion in higher tax revenues, a $100 million cut will be made across the three systems.


Information in the preview “Wanted: Calling all slam poets,” published Wed. Sept. 21, incorrectly noted the details of the event. Espressions is a monthly event, which takes place in the USU Games Room, located under the Fitness Centre. The source from the poetry team is Samantha Liu.

Cal State schools have turned away 10,000 new students, and if budget cuts continue that number could grow, said Liz Chapin, CSU spokeswoman. CSU officials are unsure how students will be affected in the upcoming years. “The states aren’t contributing their fair share,” Pilaar said. “This is the first year that tuition accounts for more than 50 percent of the UC’s funding. To stop the blood letting we’re going to have to find new revenues for higher education, the question is how we go about doing that.” The two hour closedpress meeting was attended by the UC president, CSU chancellor, Community College chancellor, UC union president, CFA president, a representative from the CSU board of trustees, UC regents chair and two students, one from UC and another from CSU. Leaders from outside the higher education system also participated in the discussions, including the former director of finance for Govs. Davis and Schwarzenneger, Tim Gage, Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs, and a

According to The Public Policy Institute of California: * In 2006 55 percent of CA highschool graduates went to college; only 26 percent went to four-year universities * One in ten community college students transfers to a four-year university. Of these students only one in four of their classes successfully transfers * Three out of four transfer students completes a bachelors degree * About half of CSU students graduate within six years of entering as freshmen * About four of every five UC students graduate within six years of entering as freshman

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Continued from page 1 the 2008 election and anyone who has contributed to the 2012 campaign have received this email, and CSUN students are no exception. “I signed up to receive the 2012 Obama sticker,” said English literature major Carmen Ruiz. “I don’t have a lot of money to donate, so I can’t enter the contest. I am a huge Obama supporter, and would love to help him get re-elected.” CSUN alumnus and practicing lawyer Abe Berger said he receives emails like this all the time. “In the past, I did donate through these types of emails; I did not donate at this time,” Berger said. “If I am going to donate again, I will wait until the campaign draws closer.”

The 2012 presidential election is 14 months away, and Obama’s newest campaign effort comes after a Sept. 8 jobs speech, which slightly raised his approval rating, though the numbers fell again later in the week. By entering people in the contest after they’ve donated, the campaign can screen out nonsupporters, but another group is alienated, Attias said. “People who can’t contribute are a different population,” Attias said. The minimum donation allowed on the website is $10, and participants are required to provide their name, address and employer, if the contributions exceed $200, according to the website. But the amount of money donated will not increase their odds of winning. “People will contribute along ideological grounds,” Attias said.

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Family Fun Zone. Arts and crafts, food, games and lots of fun. When: 4-7 p.m. Where: The OST Lawn at the USU (behind the Sol Center)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. When: Sept. 23-25 & 28-30. Curtain time at 7:30 p.m, Sunday’s at 2p.m.

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Safety net off the table Social Security reform not included in Obama’s deficit cutting plans KARLEE JOHNSON DAILY SUNDIAL


ocial Security reform will not be included in President Obama’s proposal to cut the national deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade, the White House confirmed last week. Obama, who had previously proposed a $250 onetime payment to seniors through the Recovery Act to strengthen Social Security, said in a speech on Sept. 19 his plan to reduce national debt will focus on taxing high-income earners and corporations. Those who first received Social Security benefited most from the program

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because they pulled out more money than they put in, said Dr. Shirley Svorny, CSUN economics professor. But with the retirement of baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, the system has a huge liability. “There is not enough money in the Social Security system to cover all of the promises that have been made to workers,” said Svorny. “The baby boomers are starting to retire, and as they retire there are fewer workers contributing to Social Security and more receiving benefits.” Svorny said without significant reform, Social Security could be depleted by the time the current generation, or millenials, are eligible to collect.

Reform could come as changing the eligible age and means testing, or providing Social Security to those below a certain income, Svorny added. Social Security “doesn’t exist in the way that anybody thinks it does,” Svorny said. “You do not get as much as you put into it. It is not sustainable.” Creative writing senior Max Beaulieu, 22, has a few decades before he can start collecting and said he supports Social Security, but can understand others’ apprehension in trusting the program. “I think it’s a broken system,” said Beaulieu. “It would be best to save some money under your mattress (as well as) have the government save some.”

Other students, like English major Randy Carter, 62, insist the Social Security system is fine the way it is. “Social Security is not an investment scheme,” said Carter. “Star Wars memorabilia is an investment scheme. Social Security is a very modest insurance program to see that old people are not eating cat food.” Carter said conservatives do not support Social Security because it requires a portion of employers’ money be given to the employee. “We are 70 years into conservative propaganda telling us what Social Security isn’t,” Carter said. “This is not an investment in the stock market. It is insurance against extreme poverty in old age.”

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September 22, 2011


“Louis helps to provide that sense of connection to something … bigger than running a record label.”

“I saw a vision for a business I had never noticed before.” -Louis Posen, Hopeless Records president and founder

- Al Person, general manager of the label and co-worker of 13 years

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CSUN alumnus Louis Posen sits in his office, surrounded by certificates, posters and a guitar signed by Elvis Costello. Posen founded pop punk/rock label Hopeless Records and Sub City Records.

Rocking with a CSUN alumnus transcends music industry with record label

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n exercise mat and a punching bag are located in the back of the record label office for sessions of Krav Maga training. Hundreds of stacked boxes in the storage room hold CDs and other music items. A guitar signed by Elvis Costello is hung on the wall of the record label founder’s office. Vinyl records, music posters and government recognition certificates for charity work adorn the space alongside artwork given to him by his young daughter. All of this would not have been possible if it was not for a turning point that shaped Louis Posen’s life. At 19 years old, Posen had dreams to be part of the film industry. He was studying film at Cal State Northridge at the time, with a job as a camera assistant for music videos and movies. His plan was to spend his life looking through a lens capturing what he loved. However, his best laid plans of


becoming a future film director changed. A trip to the optometrist’s office in 1990 would test his persistence. He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a genetic eye condition that eventually leads to incurable blindness. However, it did not stop him. “If it’s not affecting me now, why should I spend my time wallowing in it?” Posen recalled about the early stages of the diagnosis. Three years later, a botched procedure that was supposed to help his vision permanently detached his retina and left him completely blind in his right eye. “I’m not one to ask the question, ‘What if?’” Posen said. “I don’t find that has much positive effect, so I usually ask myself, ‘What can I do? What should I do?’” In 1993, he stepped away from the camera. With $1,000 in his pocket and no tangible business plan, he bought the book “How to Run an Independent Record Label,” and soon enough Hopeless Records was created. “I saw a vision for a business I had never noticed before,” Posen said. Posen is now 40. Currently married, and father of 4-year-old

daughter Ellie, he runs the record label out of Van Nuys. Hopeless Records has been home to an array of rock bands like All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard and Thrice. The title of the label is not some ironic take on his struggles, though he admits it does lend itself to a punk rock culture it tries to reach. The name, Posen admits, comes from the first track off of the Orange County punk band Guttermouth’s “11oz.” record, which was the first ever release by Hopeless Records. It started as a hobby in 1993, but two years later he committed full time, Posen said. One of the most exciting moments while seeing the label grow, he said, was when they got their very first water dispenser and when the monthly fees came forth. Posen saw no boundaries for the label. The business expanded into a charitable arm in 1999 called Sub City, which raises money for non-profit organizations and promotes social awareness for certain causes by releasing special tracks. One of the first ones to hop on board was Fifteen, the band,

which was the first to release music through Sub City. This type of attitude has spawned the Take Action Tour, of which various bands participate, along with annual compilation releases, all in the name of doing good. “I’ve always subscribed more to the positive side of punk and alternative than the negative side,” Posen said. He hopes the bands stick to positive messages as part of their music agenda. Posen does not seem to care for pity or negative energy. “I don’t spend a lot of time feeling sorry for Louis and Louis doesn’t spend a lot of time feeling sorry for us,” said Eric Tobin, Hopeless Records vice president of business development. Posen said his work model has been influenced by Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues and the late UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden, who became a mentor after Posen attended one of his basketball camps as a kid. Although Posen said the duties as president of the label are not the same every day, he likes to schedule out his week, along with goals and strategies for the company.

“The work and the vision and passion for the company are a complete focus for him,” said Al Person, general manager of the label and co-worker of 13 years, who has taught music courses at CSUN. The first time Person met Posen was in the mid-1990s when he answered an ad to be Posen’s roommate. Person said he wouldn’t think of working for anyone else now. “Louis helps to provide that sense of connection to something … bigger than running a record label,” he said. When asked what has been the best experience as founder of a record label, Posen could not decide. “It’s tough to pick the best experience,” he said. “If I had to choose, it would be overall the ability to do it for 18 years.” Scan this QR code to check out our interview with Posen.

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No horsing around

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Student turns childhood passion into future career Rachel Costahaude Daily Sundial


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Molly Gold has formed a bond with horse, Dusty, that has led to trust and friendship.

olly Gold ditched the stereotypical girly activities when she was growing up. “Every little girl wants to take ballet and gymnastics,” said Gold, a junior child and adolescent development major. “Well, for me, I liked watching bullriding on TV.” After convincing her parents, Gold received her first horse, Dusty, when she was 4 years old. Her great uncle breeds Arabian horses, and Gold said she was lucky enough to get his first foal. With little room to ride a horse in her hometown of Woodland Hills, Gold jumped at the chance to become a horse counselor at Camp Keystone in Malibu when she was 17 years old. The summer camp combined her love for horses and her passion to work with disabled children. Children with disabilities ranging from autism to

down syndrome to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) attended the camp. Gold wants to become an occupational therapist for children with disabilities, so she can help them gain independence and give them access to more opportunities, she said. “I loved working with them and helping them overcome any barriers they had, any fears they had about approaching a horse or touching a horse,” Gold said. “By the end of the summer, if they wanted to get a step closer, that just meant so much to me that I helped them get to that point.” After taking a six-year break from competing, Gold jumped back in the saddle herself, inspired by “Texas Women,” a show on Country Music Television, to begin conditioning for barrel racing again. “There is no way I can just sit by and watch other people do it,” Gold said. “I need to be out there.” Gold began to ride her horse Dusty two months ago to condition herself for barrel racing, and said her

trainer thinks she will be ready to compete in about two months. Competition and training aside, Gold said any time spent with Dusty is therapeutic, whether it be riding, grooming him or braiding his tail. “There’s a bond between you and your horse that if you have other people around, it just isn’t the same,” Gold said. Some of her most enjoyable moments with Dusty are when she lets him be himself for a while, she added. “I’ll take him over to the arena, and I’ll just let him go and he’ll just run and buck and get all of his energy out,” Gold said. “It is the most liberating experience, just to see how much power they have and to see them let it all out.” Gold said she wants to move from the San Fernando Valley to more wideopen spaces, like Indiana or Montana. “I want to move to the middle of nowhere so that I can have all the room in the world to have horses and cows and goat,” Gold said. “I want a farm.”





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Do video game companies deserve their tax breaks? Braulio Campos daily sundial


he video game industry receives huge tax incentives, taking advantage of every tax deduction, credit and subsidy available to it, according to a New York Times article from last week. The problem is, these companies are receiving tax incentives meant to advance technology to better humanity, such as sustainable energy, agricultural and urban development. As much as I enjoy “Marvel vs. Capcom 3” online and shopping on the PlayStation Network or Steam — and I’m aware of how used-game sales and piracy are hurting the industry — government funding should not be going toward making these experiences better, especially when that money could be going to medical research or food production. Jeff Brown of Electronic Arts (EA) told the Times that not taking the tax breaks would be like insisting on paying full price during a store sale. “Yes, it’s there, but they don’t need to take it,” Eduardo Leon, a 23-year-old art major and avid gamer said. “A handicap zone is technically a parking spot, but that doesn’t mean you should park there.” Game companies give their consumers hours of entertainment, yes, but they do not provide a necessity like other organizations receiving tax breaks, Leon said.

Despite the high-tech jobs gaming advocates say the industry provides, they fail to acknowledge that companies outsource jobs to off-shore facilities in order to get further tax advantages. The tax code in 1954 gave tax breaks to businesses’ research and development. This was revised in 1969 to include software development, about a decade before the big boom in video gaming. The Clinton administration attempted to limit the tax break to research that would produce actual innovation, but the restriction never happened. A new revision is needed as companies with little technological background can receive the break and game developers can receive tax incentives on the research and development for each game they produce. Research game companies receive the credit regularly, but their purpose is to make better games, not to benefit society. Outside of hand-eye coordination, there’s no real benefit from playing video games, said John Lehigh, business major and gamer, who would prefer the tax incentives go toward more meaningful research. “From the business side of things, they are legally entitled to the tax breaks, and should take them,” Lehigh said. “However, much like the oil and corn farming industry, game companies can abuse the system.” Considering research and

Kindle kills Borders Illustration by: Kristin Hugo / Opinions Editor

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arlier this week, the Northridge Borders book store closed its doors. The company filed for bankruptcy after losing profits and competing with e-readers, such as the Kindle and iPad. With technology changing so much, it is good that books are becoming available in a digital format, but books will always exist in a physical form. Feeling a textbook, reading old writ-

development receives a break, the government funds every release of downloadable content, software patches, digital re-releases and remakes. Companies often release incomplete games at full price, only to patch it later or worse, make consumers buy it as downloadable content. Midway’s “Mortal Kombat” was criticized this year when hackers looked at the code and saw some of the game’s downloadable content was already on the game disc. Consumers were paying to activate the content. Nintendo’s 3DS system, which boasts glasses-free 3D

ing or even the smell of a hard-bound book is something that can never be replaced. “For me, I still prefer the textbooks, even though they are more expensive, because I don’t really like using the touch screen to read articles and books,” said political science major Paula Newman, 18. “I rather just have the book right in front of me so I can highlight (and) turn the page.” The transition from paper to digital books has been a process that has taken many years and a lot of digital process to make happen.

portable gaming, retailed for $250. It promised feature such as an Internet browser and an online shop which would not be included until a later update. Outside of strong launch sales, the system resulted in meager profits. Within six months, the price for the 3DS was dropped to $179.99, and the online store was up and running. Early adopters paid more for an unfinished product. This industry shouldn’t receive tax breaks meant for other causes. To receive them and profit from incomplete games and products is unacceptable.

“When it comes to the question of if the digital books are here to stay, I would say so, because everything these days are headed into an age where everything will be electronic of some kind, and people will have to get use to it,” business management senior Antwon Jackson, 21. There will always be new developments — from digital readers to HD televisions, and so much more. While the sales of books are on a sharp decline, there are still enough bookstores left that I do not think paperbacks will go extinct any time soon.

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Women's Soccer

CSUN back in action after long layoff Christina Azouz Daily SUndial




ollowing almost two weeks of rest and recovery, the CSUN women’s soccer team will look to keep the scoring up when it returns to action Friday afternoon in a visit to crosstown foe Loyola Marymount. “It’s going to be a good one,” CSUN head coach Keith West said. “I think they’re No. 32 or 33 in the RPI (NCAA rankings) right now. We match up great with them. Look at all the teams we’ve matched up with — we played great, we just need to score more.” The Matadors (1-5-1) used the layoff to work on finishing their scoring opportunities, West said. CSUN only scored one goal through the first four games of the season (all losses), but the offense has picked up since. In their last three games, the Matadors have recorded five scores. “We’ve got to score goals,” West said. “Every team we played so far, I felt like we were in the game. If we just put a couple away, the game changes. We’re getting great opportunities and great chances, but if

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you can’t score, you can’t win.” Senior forward Heidi Farran is CSUN’s leading goal scorer with three goals. The Matadors are averaging 0.86 goals per game and have a .079 goal-per-shot percentage, having scored six goals on 76 shot attempts. LMU, on the other hand, has no problem with scoring. The Lions (6-2-1) have a total of 14 goals and have been shut out only once this season, during a 0-0 tie vs. Fresno State. The Lions are averaging 1.56 goals per game and have a .136 shot percentage, 14 goals out of 103 shot attempts. Sophomore forward Tawni Martino and senior midfielder/defender Brittney Sanford lead the Lions with three goals apiece. It will not be easy for CSUN to score on LMU. The Lions have shut their opponents out six out of nine times.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Jagger has been spectacular at the net this season with a save percentage of .898 and a goals-against average of 0.60. The Lions have had two three-game winning streaks in 2011 and are coming into the match against the Matadors looking to start a new one following a 3-1 loss to No. 2 UCLA on Saturday. LMU leads the series history 10-2, but CSUN won the last meeting (3-0) in 2009. The Lions will not be the Matadors’ only challenge this weekend. CSUN will host Portland on Sunday. The Pilots (4-4-1) are not as potent on offense as LMU is. Portland has eight goals this season on 119 shot attempts (.067 shot percentage) and is averaging 0.89 goals per game. Senior forward Danielle Foxhoven is leading the Pilots


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with five goals for the season. “I’m looking forward to it,” West said. “I know Portland’s not having the best year, but they’re still a great side. They’re a great team.” The Matadors will try to take advantage of Portland’s winless road record. The Pilots are 0-3 away from home, a

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streak they’ll look to break at UC Irvine tonight. Portland beat the Matadors 2-1 the first and only time the teams played each other, last year. This will be the last chance for the Matadors to iron out any wrinkles before Big West Conference play starts on Sept. 30.

improving, but we have to figure out a way to win those games,” he said. “We have to give a solid 90-minute performance, and we haven’t done that yet.” Someone who had a solid performance was Ramos, who recorded the first goal and assist of his career against CSUB. Those numbers helped him earn Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday. He had no idea of the kudos until a teammate brought it to his attention during practice that day. “Before (lifting) weights, (Rafael Garcia) told me, and I was just smiling,” Ramos said. “It was exciting, but I didn’t know (before that).” Through six games last season, CSUN had no wins. At the same point this season, the Matadors already have two, which has Davila looking at the brighter side. “It’s so early, but I’m very optimistic that it’s going to be a better season,” he said. “We’re working towards making it a better season. Talk is cheap. You have to perform it on the field.” The match against the Mustangs will be the second meeting between the teams ever. CSUN won 2-1 at Dallas, Texas on Sept. 20, 2009.

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Women’s Volleyball

First Big-West serve at Riverside Matadors start conference play on the road, face Highlanders Julian Reyes Daily Sundial


he Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball team will put its respectable 6-6 non-conference record behind as it starts Big West Conference play Saturday night at UC Riverside. The Big West is arguably the second toughest conference in the west coast, behind the Pac-12. Having battled teams from that league as part of their non-conference schedule will benefit the Matadors in conference play, CSUN head coach Jeff Stork said. “We played three Pac-12 teams (Utah State, USC, and UCLA) in our preseason and I thought we were in some of those matches some of the time,” Stork said. “We did some real good things against some real high-quality teams. The question becomes if we can sustain high levels of play over a longer period of time. I think we can.” The Highlanders come into the match with a 3-10 record. They will face a Matador team that’s been anxious to prove their critics, who picked them to finish near the bottom of the Big West, wrong. “Riverside has been play-

ing well of late. They had two wins this past weekend against a very good (Loyola Marymount) team and an OK Cal State Baskersfield team,” Stork said. “But we are confident going into the match that the high level and consistent play is going to hold out.” The Matadors are going to need that confidence, as they will look to improve on their hitting (.130) from Saturday’s match against BYU. CSUN hasn’t been able to get any wins against highpowered teams so far, but it feels the experience from the losses made it better as it begins league play with a fresh attitude. “We learned to rely on each other and we’re going to do everything we can to keep them (UC Riverside) off-balance,” CSUN opposite hitter Mahina Haina said. Matador freshman Casey Hinger, who last week said she “couldn’t wait” to go to UC Riverside and get a win, will try to back up her talk by exploiting one of CSUN’s strenghts: passing. “We are a great passing team, that has been our consistently strong point throughout the whole season,” said Hinger, a middle blocker. “We pass very well, so if we can get that consistent pass that we have been

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Matador Mariah Counts (4) had an ace in defeat against BYU last week. CSUN opens conference play at Riverside Saturday.

doing, it sets it up for the setters and for hitters to get their kills.” The team is road-tested as they have only played two home games this season. That’s why Stork gave the team a day off this week. “We gave the girls a day off (Monday) because we have been burning on both

ends now for six weeks,” he said. “We are only given a couple of weeks to prepare for competition and I think those early weeks there was a feeling-out in essence, getting back into volleyball shape after a long summer.” The Highlanders, who swept both Loyola Marymount and Cal State Bakers-

field, will be having their home opener against CSUN. Neither fact fazes Hinger. “We are really excited to have (Big West play) open with Riverside because we did well against them last year,” Hinger said. “I am looking forward to going in there and beating them again.”

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Men’s Soccer

Matadors look to fix mistakes in homestand Anthony Carpio Daily Sundial


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Following a three-game road trip, Carlos Benavides (21) and the Matadors will host two games this weekend.

fter a three-game road trip, the Matadors (2-3-1) return to Matador Soccer Field to play Southern Methodist University (3-3) Friday night. Coming off a 2-2 tie with Cal State Bakersfield last Thursday, CSUN head coach Terry Davila noticed improvements in his team. “Overall, the defensive performance is a lot better and much tighter,” Davila said. The Matadors allowed CSUB forward Gyasi Zardes to score two quick goals that put the Roadrunners up 2-0 in the first half, but they were able to slow him down for the rest of the night. “After (Davila) talked to us at halftime, he told

us that this is not the way that we play,” co-captain Joe Franco said. “We came out in the second half and put it to them. We played our game.” Though the team was able to prevent the Roadrunners from scoring on them thereafter, midfielder Thomas Ramos wasn’t all that satisfied. “There’s been a couple of mistakes that killed us,” he said, “but most of the time, our defense does really well.” Franco said the team was not going after the ball against its opponents, and he thinks the key to winning starts with defense. “We have to work defensively first,” Franco said. “If they don’t score, then they don’t win.” SMU has had a slow start compared to last season when the Mustangs had a nine-game winning streak


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to start the year and finished with a record of 16-2-2. CSUN has to worry about two key SMU players: midfielder Arthur Ivo and forward Juan Castillo. Ivo and Castillo had 10 goals each and combined for nine assists last season. This season, Ivo and Castillo have only scored a goal apiece in what’s become a balanced Mustang attack. SMU has nine goals this year, all scored by a different player, while CSUN has scored at least once in every game this season. “We’re creating a lot of

opportunities,” Davila said. “But we need to keep creating opportunities to lower our ratio of shots-to-goals.” Following a 3-1 loss to New Mexico on Sept. 11 in which they were ahead for most of the game, the Matadors were glad to be on the right side of a comeback against Bakersfield. Davila says the team has learned from its tough losses. “Losing to Akron and New Mexico the way we did is showing that we’re

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Bronson Canyon is a 1.5 mile hiking trail in Griffith Park. Free parking is availale for visitors and it is known as the "Bat Cave" due to many Hollywood productions in the canyon.

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Ball gown, Paris, France. c. 1854-56.

Chanel, Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen are just a few of the designers featured at the “FABULOUS!: 10 Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions, 2000-2010” at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum and Galleries in downtown Los Angeles. Showcasing over 200 years of fashion, anyone with a thirst for style or appreciation of the art will bare witness to the iconic wardrobe pieces dating back to the 1800s. “These are really, really rare objects and they are not displayed very often because they are so delicate,” said Kevin Jones, FIDM Museum curator. Upon entering the dimly lit gallery, black ceilings dotted with small track lights and matching walls lined with glass-encased artifacts; 38 man-

nequins are displayed among three seemingly floating silver platforms. The first of three platforms display an eclectic compilation of styles from the modern era. Soft classical music compliments the cold, contemporary atmosphere. Gowns for every occasion, evening coats, leather pants and even a $1,000 priced rhinestone swimsuit from 1955 are brought together from all around the world. Without question, Paris, Milan, London and New York dominate the scene. Heading toward the back of the exhibit, the second platform features fashion styles from the 1800s and early 1900s. These mannequins adorned in head to toe couture, defined the fashion silhouette for women in the 1830s with bell-shaped dresses. Most wore bonnets or other head accessories, in addition to detailed broaches, jewelry and gloves. The third section of the exhibit, Courtesy of FIDM Museum and Library

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Although it is the second largest park in Los Angeles, O’Melveny Park has mostly remained a hidden treasure in Granada Hills. The secrecy of the park allows hikers to enjoy their outing in peace. Like most parks, O’Melveny is home to several hiking trails. The Sulpher Spring Trail provides hikers splendid views of downtown Los Angeles and the neighboring Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley areas. The 672-acre park is filled with a variety of lemon, grapefruit and tangerine trees, filling the air with familiar citrus smells. Grassy slopes dominate the park, painting every inch of the landscape with a fresh green look. Hidden in the Santa Monica Mountains, the tree-lined trail of Escondido Canyon is more than just an adventure in the woods. Hikers are sure to get dirty making their way through the challenging trail, which is often shared with mountain bikers and equestrians. The Escondido Canyon Creek crosses the trail at various points, adding further mud and moisture to the rugged terrain. The trail ends with a breathtaking payoff in the form of a multitiered, 150-foot waterfall. A deep pool sits at the base of the waterfall, serving as the perfect place to relax before trekking back down. The Los Liones Trail is a single track that leads hikers to the popular Parker Mesa Overlook. The trail is anything but easy, as it winds up and over a series of short, steep hills, but the landscape along the path is nature at its finest. Lush canyons, blooming flowers and a mass of greenery emerge to shade hikers on their trek. At the final destination of Parker Mesa, hikers can take in tremendous views of the Pacific Coast and beyond. Visitors of the Will Rogers State Park enjoy exploring what was once a private ranch owned by Hollywood icon Will Rogers. The Inspiration Point Trail is an ideal place for families with young hikers. The hiking route offers remarkable views of the Santa Monica Bay, San Gabriel Mountains and, on a clear day, Catalina Island. In addition to these spectacular views, hikers can get close — but not too close — to the many animals living on the ranch grounds, including rabbits, squirrels, gophers and lizards. Bronson Canyon provides visitors the perfect trail for a short hike. Hikers can opt to follow the trail up to the famous Hollywood sign or make their way to the Bronson Caves, where countless Hollywood movies and television shows were filmed, including old Westerns and the classic “Batman” TV series. Many hikers even refer to the caves as the “Bat Cave.” The park also offers picturesque views of nearby facilities, including the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Reservoir. The heavy foliage of the park helps drown out the sounds of the surrounding city, making hikers truly feel as though they’re in a different world.

Trail: Escondido Canyon Park Distance: 4.2 miles round-trip Location: 27200 Winding Way, Malibu, CA 90265 Parking: Free parking available along the PCH and in a small lot on Winding Way East. Pets: The Escondido Canyon trail is pet-friendly, but dogs are required to be leashed at all times.

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Continued from page 1 hidden from the front of the gallery, is tucked away off to the left in back, featuring more unique 20th century pieces. Featured on a rotating platform is the famous Alexander McQueen evening dress, a cream silk and black lace strapless bodice and full skirt. Other items vary from a 1907 court gown and train to an evening tunic and headdress from 1913, these items reveal more modern fashion concepts for their time. “This is my only extra day in L.A., so I went online looking for clothing exhibits and

found a link to this (exhibit),” said Lisa Brumm, 43, from St. Paul, Minn. “The website featured the Alexander McQueen gown, and I figured if that was one example of what I’d see here, it would be worthwhile.” Salacious undergarments ornament the walls behind this motif, with brassieres, bust enhancers and men’s “Personality (boxer) Shorts” with the phrase “Everything Grows Big in California” printed on them circa 1950. All items on display are used for in-class instruction for students at FIDM and also fully illustrated in a 375-page catalog on sale at the museum shop, which is located

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By designer Gianni Versace, Men’s and Women’s ensembles, c. 1994 right outside the exhibit. The catalog, “FABULOUS!,” features other historical fashion pieces not on display at FIDM, and will soon be turned into a textbook. “The really great part about being in this school is we get access to all of these beautiful costumes and designers,” said Anna Ramirez, 25, a first-year merchandise and marketing major.

FIDM Museum & Galleries Location: 919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250 Los Angeles, CA 90015 213.623.5821 Hours: Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sun., Mon., and Holidays (except for pre-arranged tours) Admission: Free to the Public The exhibition ends Dec. 17, 2011

The upcoming Big Show 11 will feature performing artists B.o.B, The Cataracs and Dev on Oct. 1 in front of the Oviatt Library. Audience attendance is expected to increased from last year’s approximately 9,000 people to 12,000 people for this year’s Big Show, said Dinia Sepulveda, assistant to the executive director of A.S. who is in charge of volunteers for the Big Show. A.S. has put together a large number of volunteers and staff to monitor this event. “Right now, there are going to be around 120 volunteers,” Sepulveda said. “We want to make sure everything is going to be OK. We’ll be monitoring to make sure that nobody is under the influence.” Besides the featured performers, guests can enjoy food, beverages and other fun activities, Sepulveda said. There will be 10 food trucks on Sierra Lawn with food ranging from $3 to $12, Sepulveda said. Everything is cash only; ATM machines will available during the event. A 12-foot wall will be set up on the grass by the planetarium for the attendees to express themselves with paint, said Austin Ysais, marketing graduate assistant for the Big Show.

Big Show 11 Headlining B.o.B, The Cataracs and Dev Date: Saturday, Oct. 1 Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 pre-sale & $20 at the door “The wall with glow paint was a big hit last year, so we decided to make it even bigger (by three feet) this year,” he said. The people that work on Horror Night at Universal Studios will be bringing a taste of Halloween fun to the Big Show, as well. “Those people that dress up and jump out and scare you (from Horror Night) will be there,” Ysais said. “It should be great.” Tickets will be sold at the A.S. ticket office, the Matador Bookstore, all Freudian Sips and several other campus eateries and stores. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $20 day of for CSUN students with an ID. Students, faculty and staff can purchase up to 5 tickets per ID. Doors open at 4:30 pm and music should begin by 5:30 p.m., Sepulveda said. T-shirts ($10) and glow sticks ($1) will also be sold at this event. All proceeds from the T- shirts and glow sticks sales will donated to Autism Speaks, Ysais said.

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Trail: Sulpher Spring Trail at O'Melveny Park Distance: about 2.6 miles Location: 17300 Sesnon Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344 (the northern end of Neon Way in Granada Hills) Parking: Free parking Pets: Dogs are allowed but must be leashed at all times.

Trail: Bronson Canyon at Griffith Park Distance: 1.5 miles round-trip Location: 3200 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068 Parking: Free parking in a small lot on Canyon Drive. Pets: Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.

Trail: Los Liones Trail to Parker Mesa Overlook at Topanga State Park Distance: 7.28 miles round-trip Location: Off the PCH on Los Liones Drive in the Pacific Palisades Parking: Free street parking. Pets: No pets allowed.

Trail: Inspiration Point Trail at the Will Rogers State Park Distance: 2 miles round-trip Location: Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers Park Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (Located in Santa Monica, just off Sunset Blvd. about a half mile east of Chataqua Blvd.) Parking: $12 parking fee Pets: Dogs must be leashed and are not allowed on any trails.



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