Women’s Volleyball: Matadors come back to drop Aggies in five sets

The  Matadors (11-3) ran off three straight kills in the fifth and final set of their first Big West Conference game against the UC Davis Aggies (8-6), winning the match, 19-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-18, 15-11.

After watching their four-point lead dwindle to one late in the set, sophomore middle blockerCieana Stinson tapped one kill and spiked another, putting the Matadors just one point away from winning the match.

On the next play, junior opposite hitter Natalie Allen blocked a scoring attempt by junior outside hitter Valerie Brain, sealing the set and the victory for the Matadors.

“After that timeout, we knew we had to pull ahead,” Allen said. “Once we get on a roll, we stay on a roll. We just feed off each other’s energy and that’s how it went.”

The Matadors got off to a slow start, losing the first set 25-19 and committing six errors. The second set was contentious and had 19 ties and 7 lead changes. CSUN would score the last two points to win the set, 26-24.

Late in the third set, CSUN had an 18-14 lead, but a 6-2 push by the Aggies tied the score at 20. Senior opposite hitter Devon Damelio scored three of the next four total points, and the Matadors could never recover, losing the set 25-23.

With the match in jeopardy, the Matadors dominated the fourth set and recorded their highest kill and sideout percentages. They held UC Davis to a paltry hit percentage (16) and won the set easily, 25-18.

The fifth set was tied at eight apiece when the Matadors scored three straight points, forcing a UC Davis timeout. Junior defensive specialist Megan Lancaster then failed to return a CSUN serve, resulting in a 12-8 Matador lead.

The Aggies responded with two back-to-back points by junior middle blocker Katie Quinn and a service ace by sophomore outside hitter Kaylin Squyers, pulling UC Davis within one and forcing a CSUN timeout.

Matador head coach Jeff Stork huddled his team together and tried to motivate them to come up with a win.

“[I told them to] stay in the moment, get one sideout,” Stork said.

The Matadors would score the next three points, winning the set 15-11 and the match, three sets to two.

Haina felt that CSUN’s win came as a result of Stork always telling the team to “fall back on their training.”

“We made sure we kept the ball in, executed our plays, dug, covered,” Haina said. “That really helped, so that’s why we pulled out those last two sets. We really stayed disciplined in what our training was.”

Stinson led the way with a game-high 19 killswith 15 by both junior middle blocker Casey Hinger and senior outside hitter Mahina Haina, who recorded her 1,000th kill as a Matador early in the match. Two other Matadors had 10 kills each, and Allen led the way defensively with 13 digs.

“We have a lot of depth, we have a lot of strength at every position,” Stork said. “I’m not surprised by great results from all of our players.”

CSUN’s next game is on the road at UC Riverside on Oct. 4.

CSUN Pan-African department changing name to Africana

The Pan-African studies department will change its name to Africana studies after a recent unanimous vote by faculty.

The change comes years after students and faculty complained that the name on a graduating student’s degree did not match the department name, said Johnie Scott, chair of the Pan-African Studies department.

“Students historically have always wanted their degrees to reflect the discipline, the department or the school they were in, not only here, but in colleges across the country,” Scott said.

When the Pan-African studies department was founded the degree students received read African and African-American Studies, not Pan African studies, Scott said.

The name change has not officially been announced as new letterheads, business cards, etc., dawning the new name have to be finalized.

“It’s a whole rebranding of the department,” Scott said.

Breanna Irby, senior Pan-African studies major, disapproves of the fact that her degree does not reflect her studies at CSUN.

“That kind of upset me because that’s not the classes that you take,” Irby said. “You don’t take African-American studies classes. You take Pan-African studies classes. For it to say African-American studies it’s kind of like a slap in the face just a little bit.”

Scott said the new name will be reflected in degrees for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Scott views CSUN’s change as a stepping stone to consistency across the board in other African-based departments in California universities.

“The fact that being now able to have the degree matchup with the department, we look at it as a sort of forward step, a vanguard step, and hopefully, it opens the door for our sister campuses here within the CSU to do likewise,” Scott said.

Other schools in the CSU system like California State Universities Fresno and Long Beach already name their department Africana studies, while other schools such as California State Universities Los Angeles and Sacramento still use Pan African Studies. California State University, Fullerton names their African-heritage department African-American Studies.

Aimee Glocke, who teaches Pan African studies courses at CSUN, likes that not all CSUs have the same name for their departments.

“The great thing is it shows the diversity in the history of Black people but also, it shows the diversity in the African experience, so I love the fact that we’re not consistent,” Glocke said. “I think it’s really unique for us as a discipline.”

However, Glocke embraces the new name of the department.

“I think it will give us an opportunity to kind of rebirth ourselves in a way,” Glocke said. “We have new faculty, some of our faculty have retired or have made their transition, so i think we have a new energy. We have an attitude of recruiting more students to become majors and minors, and I think that the new name will give us an opportunity to do that.”

Glocke feels the name change delay was not “a big deal” for the university.

“It just might not have been on their radar screen,” Glocke said. “For African, African-American Studies [and] Pan African Studies, naming is really important for us, but I don’t necessarily know that everyone shares that [feeling],”

Pan African studies department and ethnic studies as a whole was “born out of protest,” Glocke said.

In 1968, the Black Student Union and the Third World Liberation Front staged a strike calling for “a larger black studies program,” according to the SFSU website. A year later, the College of Ethnic Studies began, paving the way for other schools in the United States to follow suit.

“If the students want the name change for the degree, then of course, we’ll help to fight for that,” Glocke said. “We come out of protest, so if we see injustice, we’re going to stand up for it. That’s our legacy, that’s our lineage.”

A look into the new iOS 7 system from Apple

Now that the new iPhones 5S and 5C have been released, it’s time to talk about the operating system which comes installed out of the box.

iOS 7, which debuted two days before the latest Apple devices hit stores, boasts many improvements to the previous operating system, iOS 6.

First, the look of the OS is completely overhauled. Icons are more two-dimensional and flat, colors more vibrant, and many apps have changed face, which could cause early-adopters to search for their Photos, Game Center or Newsstand apps unsuccessfully at first. Other app icons look fairly similar to their iOS 6 counterparts and will be easier to find.

Another major update is Siri, which can now understand and execute more commands such as checking the score of your favorite sports team’s game, searching the web for photos of a particular subject, and more. Apple’s personal assistant also includes a new male voice, which can be toggled through the phone’s settings.

Native apps received new features as well, most notably the camera. Video, photo and panorama modes are accessed by a simple swipe to the left or right. Debuting with this update is a square mode, which makes it easier to take Instagram-ready photos. Nine filters were also added to the app.

While iOS 7 brings major updates to other pre-installed apps such as Messages, Voice Memos, Phone, Calendar, Safari and others, it also is introducing new features.

Apple is debuting Control Center, which can be accessed by swiping upwards from just above the home button. Here, users will find icons for their Bluetooth, Wifi, Camera, Calendar, Calculator, Airplane Mode, and a native flashlight, which is another new addition. Gone are the cumbersome days of having to go through the Settings apps of an iPhone or iPad to locate these heavily-used functions.

Music lovers now have a new option for discovering new artists in iTunes Radio. The feature lets users pick from radio stations based on popular artists or decades, or they can create their own, mimicking what can be done on Pandora.

The Notification Center is also receiving a new view called Today. The feature gives a summary of the weather, what is on a person’s calendar, the day’s stocks, and any reminders that a user has set. Viewing other notifications can be accessed by pressing the All option, which is right next to the Today and Missed options.

Not all iDevices are eligible for this new operating system. The iPhone 5S, 5C and 5 all have full iOS 7 functionality, as well as the third generation, fourth generation and mini iPads. Older devices, like the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, will be shorted certain features, such as the camera’s new features or Airdrop, which allows users to send files over the air to other nearby devices.

iOS can be downloaded by going to the iPhone or iPad’s settings, choosing Software Update, and following the steps. At least three gigabytes of space is needed for the OS to download and install.

The latest iPhones come with iOS version 7.0.1. All other devices that upgrade to the new iOS will receive version 7.0.

Apps you didn’t know you needed: know when to run and pee

RunPeeAPPIn a movie theater, it is expected to ignore a phone call while the film is playing. But when nature dials your body’s number, that’s a call that may not be possible to leave unanswered.

The problem is a trip to the bathroom could mean missing key plot points, resulting in the tricky decision of “hold or go.”

Luckily, there’s an app for that.

RunPee lets the viewer know, down to the minute, when and for how long to get up and use the facilities during a movie. The app gives an overview of what occurred during a trip to the loo.

A timer can be set within the app to let movie-goers keep track of how long they’ve been gone.

There are 636 movies in the app’s database. They can be sorted in order of release date in time intervals of six, 12 or 24 months. Films can also be sorted alphabetically.

The app also provides a synopsis of a movie’s first three minutes in case of a late arrival.

An additional feature is the app shows whether or not there is more movie after the end credits.

RunPee costs 99 cents and is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as Windows phones.

Student passes out near Matador Bookstore

A female CSUN student was carried away on a stretcher near the bookstore after she passed out Thursday.

“The guy [sitting with the student] yelled ‘babe,’ we turned around, she was sitting down, [we] noticed her eyes roll back, the guy pulled out a phone and I assume he called paramedics,” said Jonathan Silva, 19, mechanical engineering major.

Paramedics arrived on the scene at 1:09 p.m.

Luis Medrano, 18, mechanical engineering major, was sitting at a nearby table when the incident occurred.

“The man held her and both of them walked over to the bench, she laid down, and he held her head,” Medrano said.

Captain Jim Bates of Los Angeles Paramedics said the student was evaluated and would be transported to a nearby hospital.

This story was co-written by Esmeralda Careaga