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 

CSUN alumni and business professionals from surrounding communities teach classes for a day

The annual Professors for a Day event brought alumni and successful business professionals to CSUN in hopes of imparting wisdom upon current students within the business department Tuesday.

“Our career path or our path in life is often influenced by impactful people that we meet along the way,” said entrepreneur Paul Jennings, who graduated from CSUN in 1985 with a degree in marketing. “So walking into a classroom, the hope is something we say or share will have a very positive impact on one or several of the students.”

The two-day event is between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., tomorrow being the last day. Nearly 40 professionals assumed a teacher role in classes focused on marketing, business management, finance and more. A total of 95 businessmen and women will comb Juniper Hall and surrounding buildings for the two-day event. The College of Business and Economics has organized this event for the past five years.

“They’re getting exposure to some phenomenal people [and] they’re building their network of contacts,” said Kenneth Lord, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “They’re getting some keen insights into what leads to success in the corporate world and what skill sets they need to develop in order to aspire to get there one day themselves. It’s incredible professional development for them.”

Lord has worked for four other universities in his career, but said “nothing rivals” CSUN’s event that brings business professionals directly to students.

“Every place I’ve worked, students might have gone years into their profession without being able to actually interact with someone of the caliber of people who are coming here today and tomorrow,” Lord said.

Gil Breakman, a financial executive at Warner Brothers, hopes students took away some valuable lessons after his short teaching stint.

“It’s an opportunity to give back and share some of the experiences that I’ve learned in my career, some of the things that I learned here at CSUN and other things I learned in the business world that is not taught in the university,” said Breakman, who graduated in 1990 with a degree in marketing.

Omar Aldousari, sophomore finance major, felt the experience of having Breakman speak in his class was “a really good experience” and “an eye-opener kind of thing.”

“They show you a live example [of] someone you can be someday, especially if someone’s successful,” Aldousari said. “You feel like you can relate to them [and] ask them questions if you have anything to ask about the real world and all that.”

Shannon Tang, senior finance major, enjoyed the guest speaker that taught her class. Tim Wahl, general council for CitiCorp and FDIC, passed out information about current court cases to the class and told students that they should always be informed about what is going on in the real world.

“The most important thing that he told us was for all of us as students to be updated on current events. As students we go out into the real world and not many of us are updated with the current events,” Tang said. “He told us that [paying] attention to detail is the most important thing.”

Wahl told students that the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are good sources to refer to when they want to read about current events.

“I definitely feel a lot more prepared,” Tang said. “The class was very interactive and he was a very good speaker. If someone did not understand he would explain.”

Phil Mundy, vice president of business development and sales for Pacrus Medical, warned of the struggle students may have getting a job after graduation.

“I really wanted the students to understand that while they’re here, take advantage of everything they can because when you get out of here, it’s not going to be as easy to get an interview with a company.”

Mundy graduated CSUN in 1971, a time in which the university was named San Fernando Valley State College. He said his experience of being teacher for a day was “fun” and would come back “in a heartbeat.”

“I didn’t see anybody sleeping [during my class],” Mundy said. “I was very happy about that.”

Erin Goldfarb, development associate for university advancement, hopes that students gain “mentoring experiences” from the event.

“Almost every single classroom will have a speaker in it and I think that’s pretty successful in itself that we’re reaching that many students and they will get to hear stories and messages from our alumni and successful CEOs.”

Goldfarb said many students have previously obtained internships as a result of meeting their class’ guest speaker.

In the past, other colleges on campus have opted to bring industry professionals to teach students how to succeed in their respective fields in the past. The College of Health and Human Development held their Professors for a Day event on March 14.

Maxwell Owens, senior communication studies major, felt that having a successful professional in his class gives him more insight into his chosen field.

“It’s just more convincing in what I’m learning and kind of connecting what my professors are saying with real life and bringing both outside of the classroom and inside the classroom together,” Owens said.

Study shows racial discrepancy in selective colleges

recent study reveals a trend in which the most selective universities in the country are enrolling more White students compared to African American and Hispanic students.

Anthony Carnavale, author of the study, calls the findings “a good news, bad news story.”

“We’re getting more access, but we’re getting more inequality within the system at the same time,” Carnavale said.

According to the study, 82 percent of White students at the top 468 schools — i.e. Yale University, Harvard University, Stanford University and the like — accounted for all new enrollment from 1995 to 2009.

By comparison, new enrollment of African American and Hispanic students was a combined 22 percent to those same 468 schools.

The study suggests that family income does not fully explain the divide in new enrollment.

Low-income Hispanic and African American students graduate at a lower rate compared to White students with the same economic background, according to the study.

Selective universities are known for their high tuition. For example, Stanford University can cost around $42,000 per year compared to just above $6,500 for CSUN.

Carnavale said that even low-income minority students who are academically qualified to attend the top 468 schools often times don’t apply, and the reasons for this are still unknown.

“It’s difficult to go searching all of the country for qualified low-income and minority students,” he said.

However, in a study by Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University, highly-selective universities not only want low-income students with good test scores, but also strive to fund their education should they apply and get accepted.

The study states that “high-achieving, low-income students are considered very desirable by selective colleges.” Because of this, “students tend not only to be offered admission by selective schools if they apply, they also tend to be offered very generous financial aid.”

Former Georgetown student Ali Sharrow, 24, is a prime example. She received a significant amount of grants and scholarships because of her grades, ethnicity and family circumstances.

“Actually, Georgetown footed most of the bill for my education,” said Sharrow, who is Hispanic. “They wanted me enough that they gave me more money to make it work.”

Having worked in the admissions office while she attended Georgetown, Sharrow said that the prestigious Catholic university works very hard to be racially diverse.

“Admissions takes into account every single factor that could possibly affect a student’s performance in school,” Sharrow said. “If [they] see that a student comes from a rough neighborhood or had a tough family life, they are given more leeway in terms of grades than would a student who had higher grades but a perfectly supportive family.”

While the Georgetown study argues that racial diversity is floundering in the top 468 colleges, it also reveals that more minority students are enrolling in schools like CSUN, which are called “open-access,” or less selective (in terms of admission), schools.

According to the study, Hispanic and African American students account for 68 percent and 72 percent of new enrollments, respectively.

In 2012, CSUN had 29.2 percent White students, 35.3 percent Latino students and 6.1 percent African American students, according to the Office of Institutional Research.

Freshman mechanical engineering major Alex Marks, 18, said he chose CSUN not only because he has family and friends who have attended or are attending the university, but also because it makes the most sense for his career.

Marks is also impressed with the racial diversity that makes it one of the most diverse universities in California.

“There’s so much of an evening out of all the borders that there’s no one actual majority, or at least such a majority that it’s noticeable,” Marks said. “It’s actually really refreshing to see such a nice mixture that everything is balanced out and everyone has a fair opportunity and everyone gets to actually come here and learn what they want.”

The study was released by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.