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How to waste time between classes 3.

Mona ADEM summer chief editor


hen classes are spread throughout the day and commuting back and forth is simply not an option, there are different ways CSUN students can best utilize their time on campus.





There will be times when we simply want to take a break from the mind and really don’t feel like working on the body. Don’t worry because the gameroom at the University Student Union (USU) will help you to do exactly that. Perhaps you feel like playing some table tennis or billiards with a friend. If you consider yourself a master in one of these games, you can register for the tournaments, which also include poker, held throughout each semester.


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Now, this may not be a college student’s ideal way to waste one’s precious freedom away from the classroom, but it needs to be said. If you want to avoid all-nighters or the creative, but transparent (often awkward) lies you have to tell your teachers for not doing the readings, don’t procrastinate.


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Sometimes, the craving for a cold beer or a glass of wine after a long and sometimes rough day is simply too irresistible. This is when the Pub at the USU will come to your rescue along with great campus food. melanie camero / Daily Sundial

Homework done and now what? Well, perhaps the best way to release stress while getting ready for the 2014 beach party is to visit the the Student Recreation Center (SRC). Perhaps more importantly, a membership at the SRC is already included in your full-time tuition so this should definitely motivate you to visit the gym.



CSUN students, staff and faculty have the privilege to log in to Oviatt library resources and watch a film for free. The Films on Demand multidisciplinary streaming video service provides access to more than 5,000 digital and educational titles.

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The 1.5-acre Garden and Greenhouse Complex is not only a collection of more than 1,000 plant species. Located between the USU and Chaparral Hall, the Botanic Garden is also a place for quite studying time or simply a getaway for the frustrated souls.

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letter from the editor


s you are embracing the Matador Spirit, the Daily Sundial would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to CSUN. The Daily Sundial is a student run paper for CSUN students and the campus as whole. We are your main source of CSUN news, reporting on issues affecting our campus both from a local and national perspective. As we continue to enter a phase where college life continues to become increasingly expensive, we feel it’s important that we cover news that has a direct affect on students life and the campus as a whole. This will include the most recent debate and the future of students loans, tuitions, classes, online learning and much more. Our opinion section will offer different point of views on both controversial and lighter topics. To our sport fanatics, we will cover game news on campus teams and clubs. Every Thursday, we also publish Culture Clash, providing you with updates and reviews focusing on fashion, movies, music etc., making the end of the school week shine brighter. Besides picking up a copy of our paper Monday through Thursday once the semester begins, you can find any story on our website,, or our Sundial Mobile app. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to receive any new updates and breaking news or perhaps participate in any online activities such as polls and questions. The staff at the Daily Sundial looks forward seeing you when visiting our office (MZ 140) for questions, feedback or criticism. Furthermore, if you like to write, take photos, multimedia and/or draw, then joining us might be the perfect option for you.


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CSU tackles alcohol abuse Mona adem SUMMER CHIEF EDITOR


SU board of trustee will futher implement alcohol prevention policies after an emotional presentation by parents who lost their son to binge drinking. “Perhaps our action will be one more step forward to making his death and all it represents to so many other families a little bit less painful,” said Chancellor Timothy White during the July 23 board of trustees meeting. In 2008, Julie and Scott Starkey lost their son Carson who attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Carson died from alcohol poisoning while participating in a fraternity initiation ritual. “Carson’s life ended there, but his legacy began there,” said Starkey. After their son’s death, the Starkey’s started the non-profit organization,, which provides tools to educate and prevent alcohol poisoning while giving students “the confidence to seek help without getting into trouble.” The Starkeys pointed out that every 44 hours, a college student dies of alcohol poisoning in this country. “With your support and our free tools, all CSU students can be empowered to know the signs and do the right thing, save their friends’ lives,” said Starkey. “Joy and I have maintained good friendships with many of Carson’s friends and have just recently celebrated graduation with them….Carson should have been there. The clock is ticking,” said Starkey.

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Chancellor Timothy White tears up in response to an alcohol awareness presentation by parents of a deceaased CSU student at the CSU board of trustees meeting, July 23.

During the meeting, union leaders for CSU employees decried the proposed 1.2 percent salary increase. CSUN President Dianne Harrison said it’s about time CSU employees get adequately recognized, as recent years of budget reductions steered the CSU system in a wrong direction. “Everyone is tired of hearing, we are going to have to do more with less. The patience is wearing because it’s just been so long,” said Harrison. While Harrison acknowledges that the proposed salary increase is not enough, she does believe the CSU system is moving forward rather than backward. This new direction will affect people’s morale and what “they are willing to do and not do for students” and the campus as a whole. “It has to do with retaining good

staff, good faculty. It has to do with morale and just trying to make sure our employees are compensated for their work as much as possible because we do value our employees,” said Harrison. CSU employees have not seen a pay raise since 2007 and while $38 million will be allocated for salary increases for all CSU employees, this may be offset by a proposed increase in health care contributions. “The cost of living rises every day. The cost of gas rises every day. I’m at a point for the welfare of my family and the families I represent, if you give a dollar, I have no choice but to take it because I have nothing,“ said John Orr, a dispatcher at CSU Fullerton parking services who also represents clerical workers.


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he virtual world has no end of sight and here are some free apps, vital facebook-pages and new software programs that CSUN students should plug into.



ant to find a restaurant or movie theatre nearby? There’s an app for that. Want to lose weight? There’s an app for that. Want to keep a virtual copy of your closet in your phone so you can pre-pick your outfit for tomorrow? Well, there’s an app for that too. With thousands of apps to choose from, it can be challenging and simply too time consuming to figure out which ones are worth your time. So, we’ve done the research for you. Here are some popular apps that every CSUN student must have.


TOP 5 APPS CSUN STUDENTS MUST HAVE CSUN Mobile App – Launching this fall, this app will allow students, faculty and staff view maps of CSUN and campus directories. It will also gives students direct access to Moodle and will be available on all mobile devices. Daily Sundial App – Almost tied for first place, this app is crucial for every CSUN student to have. The Daily Sundial app makes it possible for anyone to access CSUN’s award winning student run newspaper any time during the day. This app will not only keep you updated on local and breaking news, but also keep you informed about any activities taking place on campus. Evernote – This free note taking app will save anyone during a lecture class. Not only does it give you the ability to take notes on your tablet or mobile phone, but lets you record audio and take photos at the same time. Whether you want to record an important lecture or snapshot an important slide from a presentation, this app has everything readily available in one place. Better yet, you can send your notes, audio or photos to yourself or to an absent friend from class via text, email, Twitter or Facebook. Istudiez Lite – This app comes to the rescue for any student who wishes they could manage their time more efficiently when it comes to finishing assignments on time and studying (pretty much everyone, right?). This app lets you add your class schedule, including your professor’s name and the class room number. You can also add detailed homework assignments and reminders about when they are due and your assignments will automatically be displayed in your daily calendar on your phone. The lite version is free, but an upgraded pro version is available for $2.99. Mint – When it comes to keeping track of your finances, Mint is the best free app on the market available for college students. Once you link all your bank accounts, credit cards and even loans to Mint, it will keep track of any of your transactions. This app can even create a customized budget for each user based on his/her spending patterns. And don’t worry about forgetting to pay your bill on time because Mint will send you reminders and alerts straight to your phone or tablet.

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Wi-Fi Finder – Probably one of the most important apps on the list, the free Wi-Fi Finder is a necessity for every college student. This app does one thing and one thing only: it tells you the Wi-Fi hot spots that are closest to your current location. Whether you’re looking for a late night place to study or a place to take a break in-between classes, this app has you covered. iSlick – Similar to the famous Groupon App, iSlick gives you the 411 on every kind of deal you can think of. This app differs from Groupon for a few reasons. First, it lets you customize the categories that you are interested in. Games, DVD’S, food, gift cards, and health are only a few of the many categories available. iSlick will notify you when a new deal is available, and it even lets you see what deals your friends and followers on the app are liking. MyFitnessPal – From the freshman trying to avoid the freshman 15 to the college student who is trying to get in shape, this free app is one that will help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Not only does the app recommend a daily calorie intake based on desired results, it also has a food database with over three million different foods and their nutrition information. It’s a fast on the go app, making it easy for college students everywhere to stay on track with their healthy lifestyle, even if they are out with friends. Chegg – While our very own bookstore offers all the textbooks we need, they are not always the most affordable. This is where Chegg comes in. Chegg is a free app that lets students rent their textbooks for a reasonable fee. You can scan the barcode, enter the ISBN, or search for the book’s title or author. But either way, Chegg will find your rentable textbook straight from your mobile or tablet device.

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CSUN NETWORK continued

CSUN Facebook Pages 101


ike it, tweet it, post it. Whatever it is, college students worldwide are addicted to social media. Online networking is a way to keep people, communities and even businesses connected to one another. CSUN is no different. While CSUN students may be online friends with one another, there is an entire Facebook community for the CSUN campus that sometimes may go unnoticed. From secret crush pages, to club pages, to department pages that keep students updated on current news and information, CSUN’s Facebook pages have much to offer. Here are the most interesting, outrageous, uncensored, and informative Facebook pages to like and follow. CSUN Crushes/Secrets/Hot Topics – Despite its name, this page is actually more of a place for CSUN students to connect and communicate about their daily lives. Issues with relationships, friends, and family are all discussed on this page. Oviatt Library – Most likely one of the most popular spots on campus for students to be, it is essential to like this page. It will keep students updated on computer lab hours and daily events and news happening at the library. Student Recreation Center – Stay motivated to be in shape all year long by being a dedicated follower of this page. Known for posting inspiring photos and slogans to bring students into the gym, this page will also keep you updated on classes being offered at the SRC as well as hours of operation. CSUN Dining, Cal State University Northridge – One of the most important Facebook pages, the CSUN Dining page keeps you informed on the latest deals at your favorite food hot spots on campus such as Arbor Grill or Freudian Sip, as well as daily hours of operation. CSUN Confessions – Students from all over CSUN use this page to confess anything about their lives. From self insecurities, bad days at work, too opinions about music and TV shows, this page can be seen as an outlet to freely vent about daily struggles and hardships of the typical college student.


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SUN students will enjoy additional software for free as well as free file-sharing programs and tutorials. Chris Olsen, senior director of infrastructure services at CSUN, said the new resources available to students in the fall will include Microsoft Office through the Virtual Software Library (VSL), CSUN Box accounts and free access to According to Olsen, these services were selected to enhance service quality and increase students access to learning resources. “ has thousands of video training titles on topics that span a variety of disciplines, from photography to computer programming to project management. has the potential to help students develop a new skill or enhance an existing one,” said Olsen. The training can also be applied to myCSUNtablet program, which begins in the fall semester because offers various tutorials for understanding how to use the iPad. “I am thinking about buying an iPad next year because I see so many people using them in class and I want to get more tech savvy. It’s sad that I’m so behind on technology that I’m afraid that I’ll waste my money on something I don’t

know how to use,” said Cassandra “If I could have Word and Hernandez, 21, an English major. PowerPoint free on my computer Students will be able to log in I would use it without a question. to, myCSUNbox and I just bought a new MacBook Pro Microsoft Office with their current because my old computer broke CSUN portal login. Both Micro- down and I miss having Word to soft Office and will be do my homework,” said Natalie funded by the Campus Quality Fee Tatoian, 19, an undecided major. included in students tuition. The myCSUNbox will allow The 2013 version of Microsoft students, faculty and staff to store Office costs $140 for one PC or and share their coursework or Mac and a fourprojects. Stuyear subscription dents will have for two PCs or 5GB of space Macs with Office available to “if i could have Word and them while fac365 University Powerpoint free on my costs $80. ulty and staff computer i would use it However,by will be able to making the softaccess 10GB of without a question.” ware available for storage. free. it will help “Each of the alleviate costs for services men—Natalie Tatoian students who are tioned can be CSUN student; undecided major not able to afford accessed via the purchasing either web by visiting options. the following “Having access services pages. to Microsoft Office More informafrom any device enables students tion about these services can also to write papers, formulate spread- be found on the [CSUN] Informasheets, create databases and devel- tion Technology (IT) website,” op presentations from anywhere at said Olsen. any time,” said Olsen. Students will be able to access Current programs available to their box accounts from multiple students for free on the CSUN VSL devices including tablets, smartincludes LibreOffice, Mathematica, phones and computers. Adobe Acrobat Professional, Pho“I’m always emailing my toshop, InDesign, Illustrator among homework to myself or putting others. it on a flash drive when I don’t According to Olsen, students bring my laptop to school or print will also be able to download the on campus,” said David Carrillo, software on their computer avail- 20, a geography major. “I haven’t able on the IT website while also heard of Box but sounds like it’ll have the chance to keep a copy of be an easier way to keep track of Microsoft Office upon graduation. my work.”

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Flourish in CSUN’s diverse landscape MONA ADEM SUMMER CHIEF EDITOR



SUN might not have well-designed mascots or cheerleaders shouting slogans to get the football team riled up. Nor is the school known for having a typical on-campus community, considering CSUN is mostly a commuter college where students live off-campus. Despite lacking such elements of the classic college lifestyle, CSUN has a unique environment that provides a learning experiences often unavailable at colleges across the nation: diversity that can be seen, felt and heard everwhere on the campus. According to the CSUN Office of Instiutional Research, the major ethnic or racial group is Latino/a, (35 percent), followed by white students (30 percent), then Asian Pacific Islanders (11.4 percent) and then African Americans (6 percent). International students comprise 7 percent of the student body. With great diversity, comes great responsibility. Here are some things students should be mindful of when interacting with others in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and socially and politically varied environment.

English is not everyone’s first language and does not have to be the only one you know.

Americans often take for granted that English is a dominant and powerful language not only in the United States, but in many parts of the world. Achieveing academic success at an American university can be more difficult for international students and even American students who learned English as a second language. CSUN hosts many

international students–almost 1,500 students from different regions of the world will come to learn here this fall. Thus, make it a habit not to expect these students to be masters of the English language. Instead, try harder to understand them and perhaps even challenge yourself to learn a second language. More than 10 different languages are offered at CSUN, an opportunity which Joseph Galasso, a English and Linguistics professor at CSUN says will also broaden students’ understanding of the small world we live in. “A lot of people (in America) say ‘Oh, English is an international language anyway, so why study another language?’ But they are missing the point,” said Galasso. “There is an added value to learning English or any other languages as a second language.” Galasso also pointed out that learning another language has become more practical in a globalizing world. “Knowledge of other languages and cultures prepare you well for the 21st century and make you more marketable,” said Brian Castronovo, the chair of the department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.

Your way of living is not the only way.

Cultural norms and customs are not the same for all people, so it is important to understand others’ points of view, even if you do not agree. Bekir Eroglu, a senior finance major who came from Turkey six years ago said the use of personal space is different in his home-country. “In Turkey, we don’t walk with shoes in the house and people are closer when it comes to personal spaces.” said Eroglu. “It’s common that men hug and kiss each other during (greetings).” Abdullah Almatham, 18, an international student from Saudi Arabia who is currently enrolled in an English as a second language (ESL) program, said it’s rare to eat fast

food in his home-country. He also said the cultural dresscode in Saudi Arabia differs from the United States. “Women should wear something that covers (their) body,” said Almatham.

Different groups on campus deserve higher sensitivity.

CSUN is home to many different groups who have historically been oppressed or discriminated against, such as minorities, the LGBTQ community and undocumented students. One does not have to agree politically or religiously in order to show sensitivity to a fellow human being. There may be times when you are having a discussion with a friend without considering that the person next to you might be the subject of your topic, thus being oblivious to her/his feelings.

Diversity can be learned.

By enrolling in an ethnic studies or gender studies class, you could broaden your human understanding of the world. CSUN has eight different departments specializing in ethnic and gender studies and is the only campus in the region that offers a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies for undergraduate students. CSUN also established the nation’s first Central American Studies program and is home to one of the first Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies programs.

If you have hobbies or special interests, there are others who have the same.

There are also more than 300 different clubs at CSUN that students can join or explore to get to know people with the same or different persepctives. “It is a space of learning, space of growth and just a networking of expanding,” said Grace Casaneda, the president of CSUN LGBTQA club.

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LETTER FROM A.S. Welcome Matadors! As the Associated Students (A.S.) president and vice president, we would like to welcome you to California State University, Northridge for the 2013-2014 academic year. Whether it is your first semester, graduating year or anywhere in-between, we hope that your time here at CSUN ends up being a fulfilling experience that prepares you with all the skills necessary to become a successful citizen of this world. All of us at A.S. are here to represent and advocate for the needs of all students in any way possible. You will see the many amazing programs and services this great university has to offer in the coming year. Make sure to come out on Tuesday, Aug., 27, to the Matador Bookstore Lawn, where A.S. will be hosting a fair to help students understand our organization. There will be free giveaways and food! We encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities, programs, and services available on this campus. If you have questions or need any assistance, always feel free to visit us at the A.S. office where we, alongside any of our amazing student and professional staff, will be more than happy to help you. This year, A.S. will be focusing on collaboration. We will be working with the university, other CSU’s, state and national officials, and of course students, to improve our campus. We have many goals that will be outlined at our first meeting on Monday, Aug., 26, in the USU. We hope that you can make it and speak to us about A.S. and CSUN. If we were to lend you any advice at all, it would be this… get involved! Being involved can be defined by so many different things. Join a club or organization, volunteer your time, attend the events that are advertised around campus or even run to be part of the student government. While those are not the only ways to get involved, it is definitely a start. This university has several resources that will provide you with the tools to succeed after you leave. But keep in mind that there is so much that can be learned when you take initiative and get involved outside of the classroom. We hope that your time here will be as amazing as ours and that you feel at home. Know that you are and will always be a MATADOR!

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What do seniors think is the Do’s and Don’ts to make the most out of college life?



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“Take your time and pursue what you love. There will always be an opportunity for a career.”

“Try to get to know more about your classmates and teachers and try to get more involved in clubs and campus activities.”

“Being an older student, I can say that it is never too late to start rebuilding your future.”


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“Talk to strangers because that’s the only way you will develop an awareness of the world around you. Step out of the fear of the unknown.”


“School is important but make sure you get involved outside the classroom. Develop a network and connect to other people.”


“Try to get a job in your field on campus so you can have experience, experience is everything.”



Healthy, cheap but good food options JACLEEN JANZER DAILY SUNDIAL


t’s a problem all students face – how to eat healthy, but do it affordably. Whether on campus or in town, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the task of choosing cheap options that are actually healthy. Worry not. There are many options for CSUN’s healthy eaters on a shoestring budget, and they go beyond kale and power bars.

Eating on campus; Sierra Center Marketplace

On campus, you’ll find eating hubs in which many types of freshly cooked food can be obtained. Knowing which options are the healthiest will make all the difference, and you may want to start at the Sierra Center Marketplace. Away from the counter, you’ll find pots of hot soup – a different choice of soups every day. Vegetablefilled soups are always a good bet for a nutritious lunch or dinner, and at around Salad bar at Sierra $2.50 for a small bowl, it’s an inexpensive choice. Meanwhile, the salad bar is another excellent option, offering a variety of fixings such as romaine lettuce, carrots, olives, and hardboiled eggs. Lidded take-away containers

both price and health value; save the other half for dinner. Look for them in the refrigerated section at the campus convenience stores, such as The Edge inside the Bookstore Complex. At The Edge, you’ll also find a microwave toward the back for warming up homemade soup or pasta. Nearby, you’ll also find a coffee & tea section with a wide selection of both choices. Go easy on the sugar and cream in these drinks to stay on the healthy side.

oz. size is the most affordable and provides a good portion of fruit without going overboard with the sugars. Add a free “Boost” of vitamins if desired. If you’re feeling more like tea or coffee, you can always stop by one of several Freudian Sips located throughout campus (including a cart just inside the Oviatt Library). Iced or hot tea can be very healthy, and the Freudian Sip offers many choices, from black, green to herbal. Be sure to pick up a loyalty card and have it punched each time you Familiar fast-food purchase places on campus a FreudThere’s much more to the Chicken ian drink. Bookstore Complex, of course. taco Al Carbon, After 10 Namely, some very familiar fastpunches you’ll get food eateries: El Pollo Loco, Panda El Pollo Loco a free drink, and the Express, and Burger King. TUC’s card does fill up. Healthy Eating guide has more sugLastly, a good tip for Where to find sandwiches on gestions for these, but some are any on-campus location is to campus especially affordable. At El Sandwiches are always a Pollo Loco, for example, use a MataMoney card, which can be purBestway sandwich good choice for something both the BRC (Beans, Rice, chased at most eateries and refilled at any both healthy and filling, and Cheese) Burrito and the of them, including the Freudian. It will get sandwich choices are Chicken Taco Al Car- you ten percent off of any purchase of food plentiful on campus, bon are healthier or drink, and as a bonus, will allow you to between the Subway choices that will bypass the minimum required for cards at located in the Unicost you less than two most locations, which is usually two dollars. Food options off-campus versity Student dollars. At Burger King, What about off-campus? If you’re lookUnion and meanwhile, a good option the fresh, is its value chicken wrap, also ing for something not offered at CSUN, you packaged for around two dollars. Try the don’t have to go far to find more choices for daily sandwiches availRanch Chicken Wrap, and order the healthy eating. Reseda Boulevard, in particuable at the campus convenience stores. grilled, rather than crispy version. BK also lar, has a wide variety of nearby eateries. The absolute cheapest choices, of course, At Subway, the ‘6 inch subs,’ with wheat offers a very cheap Side Garden Salad. bread is the best option, and go easy on conYou’ll need something to drink along with can be found at McDonald’s and Jack In diments. Alternatively, CSUN’s packaged your meal, and if a smoothie sounds like just the Box, both located along Reseda. While sandwiches and wraps tend to range from the thing, head over to Juice It Up!, also menus at both of these are largely unhealthy, $4.00 to $6.00 and are best cut in half for located in the Bookstore complex. The 16 one can still find nutritious items if one is are provided, and you can fill the smaller size with anything you want for $3.79. Additionally, behind the counter, you’ll find a range of deli dishes such as Italian, Mexican, and Asian variety. To help students choose Smoothie healthier items from from its eateries on campus, the University Juice It Up! Corporation has posted a flyer online entitled “Healthy Eating on Campus”. From the Marketplace, TUC recommends the pasta marinara from Pizazz, the Italian counter. Indeed, this dish is one of the least expensive suggestions, costing around three dollars and the portion is more than enough to split with a friend or save half for later.


choosy. At McDonald’s, try the chicken snack wraps. These are under two dollars and can be had with apple slices or a side salad. For the ultimate penn y - p i n c h e r, there’s Jack In the Box’s offer of two Tacos, Rolls from which can be purchased for 97 cents with CSUN I.D., as this location offers ten percent off of every purchase for CSUN students. Believe it or not, this is actually less calories and half the sodium of a half-can of Chef Boyardee Mini Ravioli. So, maybe not a bad choice after all. Well-known Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle is also located on Reseda Boulevard, and splitting a veggie or salad bowl with a friend can give you a healthy meal. Try the salad bowl with brown rice, black beans, and fresh tomato salsa. Asian food can also be found on Reseda, whether you’re in the mood for pho, Boba tea, or Korean BBQ. You might like to try Bun Me!, a small Vietnamese eatery located next to Pizza Rev and Starbucks. Bun Me! offers sandwiches, rice plates, and rolls, along with many different flavors of tea. For a healthy and affordable choice, try the Vegetarian Summer Rolls, which are made with tofu, carrots, cucumber and herbs, costing less than four dollars. The sizable portion comes with dipping sauce and is enough to share with a friend. Finally, if you’re in the mood for a hearty but healthy meal, check out

California Chicken Café (CCC). Specializing in rotisserie chicken but also offering a variety of wraps and salads, CCC is the spot for a home-style, fullon meal. White meat chicken is often the healthier choice and you can Bun Me! try the half white chicken with a side of broccoli soup meal. Even though it may cost you over eight dollars, CCC does have larger portions that can be saved for dinner as well, so for two wellrounded meals, it’s well worth it. Also, CCC gives free drinks to CSUN students.

Here are a few more tips for staying healthy at CSUN: Carry snacks. The healthiest way to eat is to “graze” throughout the day, and in any case, hunger can drain you of energy and the ability to think straight. Don’t go hungry. Also carry a water bottle and/or a thermos. Having a drink on hand is easier and cheaper than always having to buy one. Carry a small container, for that leftover pasta. Bottom Line: Eating right means eating real food.



ot too many CSUN students actually take a moment to investigate where their money is allocated or what kind of services they are paying for, but may never end up using once the tuition fee is paid. The total cost of these fees depends on whether a student is full time (6.1 units and above) or a part time (6.0 units and below). Total cost for attendance for a full time student is $3,260 and a part time student pays $2,111. Students who are not residents of California must pay an additional $372 per unit to the undergraduate tuition and fees. Campus quality fee: $106 Implemented in 2008, the campus quality fee is allocated to improve and/or build any student support services, technological advancement and necessary structural upgrades on campus. Student Union Fee: $256 With this fee, students are paying for a membership to the Student Recreation Center as well other activities, facilities and services offered at the University Student Union. This includes the 20 pages that students can print for free each day at the computer lab.

Associated Student Fee: $86 Once you pay this fee, you automatically become a member of the Associated Students and the money is used to support clubs, organizations, any leadership programs and intercollegiate athletics and financial aid on campus. Student Health Service: $58 The most basic services, which include annual physicals, cold and flu care as well as care for injuries are free for any registered CSUN student. The Klotz Student Health Center also offers services such as dental care, immunization, physical therapy, eye-exam, acupuncture and massage therapy for a low cost. Furthermore, students can also buy over-the-counter medicine at the center for a lower cost than in pharmacies.


There are additional fees students have to pay during their years at CSUN: • • • • •

CSUN ID card fee: $5 Writing Proficiency Exam Fee: $20 Diploma Application: $ 47 Books: Varies Parking permit (if needed): $180 each semester


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STUDENT GOVERNMENT (818) 677-2477 Associated Students is the official seat of student governance for the campus. The Student senate and executives represent the student body and advocates their needs and interests in dealings with faculty, campus administrators and government officials. Many leadership positions available for students. CHILDREN’S CENTER (818) 677-2012 The Children’s Center offers education for children of CSUN students both on campus and in a network of licensed family child care homes. Subsidized care is available for low-income CSUN student parents. CAMPUS RECYCLING SERVICES (818) 677-4262 The A.S. Campus Recycling Services offers a variety of collection and educational programs. Bottles and cans, mixed office paper, cardboard, pallets, inkjet and laser toner cartridges, and cell phones are recycled through the program.


FUNDING (818) 677-3869 Accounting and Financial Services offers a variety of accounting services to recognized CSUN student clubs and organizations. Funding available for student projects, clubs and organizations.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES (818) 677-4453 Outdoor Adventures provides students with the opportunity to explore and enjoy the outdoors with a wide range of activities such as day hikes, backpacking, camping, kayaking, and more. For a list of trips, visit our office in the SRC or visit SPORT CLUBS (818) 677-3225 Sport Clubs is designed to allow students an opportunity to participate in regional and national competitive sports and recreational activities. For a list of clubs, visit our office in the SRC or visit A.S. TICKET OFFICE (818) 677-2488 Located in the University Student Union, they offer ticketing services for nearly all on-campus arts and athletics events. In addition students can purchase discounted tickets to the movies, theme parks, MTA passes and much more! Transportation subsidy is offered for students. STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE A.S. offers students low cost health insurance. Visit for more information.

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fter paying tuition fee and students settle themselves into the college life, they often struggle to cover unexpected textbooks expenses, which is still at an all-time high level. In recent years, the price of college textbooks have surpassed tuition and other fees. As reported in 2012 by the American Enterprise Institute, since 1978 the price of textbooks have increased more than 800 percent, “risen more than three times the amount of the average increase for all goods and services.” It is estimated that college student at a four-year public college will spend more than $1,000 for required textbooks and course materials. However, options to save money does exist such as renting the text, buy the eBook version, or check if the specific textbook is available at the Oviatt Library.

renting a book as opposed to buying them. Some include upfront cost savings, the ability to treat the book as if you own it (highlighting and note taking is allowed), and payment flexibility. However, not every student has the opportunity to rent books. “A customer must be 18 years or older because rental agreements are legal contracts,” said Acero.

A+ Textbook

Instead of visiting the Matador Bookstore, another option would be to visit the A+ Textbook, located on Reseda Blvd, which buys and sells textbooks that are used in CSUN courses. They use a spread sheet that states the prices of the new, used and rental books at the Matador bookstore and then offer five percent less. Public health major and employee of A+ Textbook, Gloria Jea, only keeps the books related to her major and sells back the books used in GE classes. However, Jea points out that it’s important for students to keep their textbooks clean because this is usually the only way for them to sell books back for the maximum price.

Internet to your rescue

The endless realm of the Internet might be one of the best option, which helps students to compare book prices. Sites like, and have been popular because of their competitive prices and vast seller options. These sites does not only sell, however, but also buy back books. Furthermore, Amazon also has a student program called Amazon Student, which is essentially a prime account that provides free two-day shipping, deals and promotions. Additionally, students can also receive a five dollar credit if a friend is referred. The program is free for six months.

The library

Rent, don’t buy

The Matador Bookstore provides renting as an alternative option to buying books, saving most students almost 50 percent of their money. According to the bookstore’s assistant director, John Acero, there are many advantages to

“If there is any water damage or if it is really dirty or ripped, we won’t accept it at all,” Jea said. “Depending on the condition we see the price (on a system), so for example, if it is $30 and if the condition is good, we’ll give it $30, but if it is really bad we’ll give $25 and we will lower it from there.”


If students decides to go on with the semester without the required readings, they should check to see if their professor has the book on reserve so they can check it out for last minute studying sessions.

Civil Engineer major, Arash Saberi, has worked for the Oviatt Library for two years and has seen many students check out the required readings. “The newer books are most likely only [available] for two hours but older books, you can check them out for seven days or two weeks.” Saberi said. “The ones that are for two hours, people try to take copies but the ones for two weeks, people just take them home.” Not having the book might result in trouble though, since the reserve readings are very limited and might be checked out by another student. “Some of them are really famous but it’s only one copy so everyone wants to use it, so they will try to come and check it out but it’s already gone,” said Saberi. Saberi’s best advice for students trying to save money on books is to go and take photocopies of the sections needed. The printing cost is only ten cents a page.

Ask your professor

Finally, there will always be a time when a professor asks for a specific book, but the book ends up being unused until midterms or when finals roll around. The best option for these type of classes is to check for any indications that could result in not needing to purchase the textbook. An email to the professor asking to purchase an older edition could also help save money.

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The ABC’s of completing your degree claudia gonzales daily sundial


hould you manage to graduate within four years of entry, consider yourself a lucky one. According to a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education, only about 35 percent of college students enrolled in California’s public universities graduated within four years in 2010, while more than 65 percent graduated in six years. At CSUN, 14 percent finished their degree in four years while more than 47 percent received their degree within 6 years. While there are various hurdles that students can face in receiving their diplomas before a sexxenial, simply navigating the logistics of completing a degree might be one of the toughest challenges. Undergraduate students should be mindful of the following basic elements for a quicker exit.

UNIT COMPLETION Using the Degree Progress Report and My Academic Planner CSUN students should use two tools in order keep track of units and coursework – the Degree Progress Report (DPR) and My Academic Planner (MAP). The DPR lists all courses available to complete their General Education and major requirements, and includes other details such as grade point average. The MAP is an interactive DPR that allows students to plan their courses ahead. It visually illustrates a student’s progress, such as the total number of units taken and the total upper division units that go towards one’s major. “It wasn’t until this year that I knew how to really use it (DPR) and I realized the mistakes I made in the classes I picked,” said Lorena Martinez, 20, an undecided major. “For the most part I just go off of the MAP because it’s easier to follow,”

Both the DPR and MAP can be accessed by students when they sign into their portal, located on the CSUN website. “The MAP is basically what I do in advisement and it really helps me stay on task,” said Dominic Barrett, 22, a political science major. “I know if I don’t take these classes this semester then I’m not going to graduate on time.” But for some students, understanding the DPR and MAP can become overwhelming due to unfamiliar terms and technical language. “The DPR is a lot of words, letters, numbers and is four or five pages long. It’s overwhelming for students so I help to break it down for them section by section,” said Claudia Richarte, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) academic advisor. Richarte has offered workshops during the summer and fall semesters to help students better comprehend the DPR. She said the best way for students to understand the DPR is to avoid looking at it as a whole, but rather section by section. Sections A through F in the DPR list classes that are available to complete mandatory units. Section A starts with basic skills requirements such as mathematics and expository writing. The following sections describe general education subject exploration coursework, such as natural sciences, comparative cultural studies and Title 5 American history and government. The rest of DPR shows progress on units toward completion of a student’s major. When a ‘NO,’ exists anywhere in the DPR list, it means students have not met the requirements needed to complete the specific section. “The NO will eventually turn into an Ok, which indicates that the section has been filled.” said Richarte. “Once students are enrolled in the courses, an IP (in progress) will be shown.”

Declaring a Major According to Richarte, students are expected to declare a major by approximately 45 units and are required to declare a major by 60 units. If students already have a major in mind before declaring, they can double up their courses to meet the requirements for both the general education and their major.

“Students would just have to look up the college catalog under general education pattern modification and see what courses they can apply to their major,” said Richarte. Students who are undecided can take a course to test whether they like the major and feel that it is the best fit for them. Once students have declared their major and/or minor, the additional work required of them will appear on their DPR and MAP.



Take UDWPE (Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam)

When students have reached 56 units, they can qualify to take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE).The UDWPE is a short essay exam students must pass to graduate. It can only be taken after all lower division writing requirements are finished.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND: • Try to take 12 units each semester • Take your GE courses in your freshman/sophomore years • Take lower or upper division classes that can count towards your collateral/minor • You need at least 120 units to graduate


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