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Want to be more connected to the CSUN community? Here’s how you can with campus clubs and organizations.
Want to be more connected to the CSUN community? Here’s how you can with campus clubs and organizations.
By: Brandon Zamora | Oct. 4, 2021

Walking along the paved pathways, CSUN students are engaged and ready to become part of a team and campus tradition. “Meet the Clubs” is an event that happens at the beginning of every fall and spring semester, and is put together by the Matador Involvement Center’s clubs and organizations team.

It’s a day to meet all of the clubs on campus and become part of a group that will help propel you into college success for today and into the future.

Since the pandemic, things have changed slightly. Meeting the clubs isn’t a walk in the park, but a Zoom call away.

CSUN has 263 active clubs and organizations that are created and run by fellow CSUN students. These clubs are designed and geared toward helping students develop leadership skills, teamwork, while learning, growing and having fun together. CSUN takes pride in helping students’ club experience become a memorable and meaningful experience that will go beyond their college journey.

Paige Hajiloo is a student assistant for the clubs and organizations team. She has been with the team for almost 10 months and plans all of the events, such as “Meet the Clubs.”

“‘Meet the Clubs’ event gives many students the opportunity to meet with the different clubs and organizations, as students get to know each club and their members. There is a club for every student that fits their interest and desires,” Hajiloo said.

Hajiloo said that although the pandemic has taken a toll on student involvement at CSUN, many students are able to join a club that fits their interest through Zoom.

“It is so wonderful that whether you are at home or on campus, you can be in your club meeting,” Hajiloo said.

Clubs are the cornerstone for campus life and connecting with each other while building your own personal identity and reaching your goals beyond the classroom. Joining a club at CSUN not only helps students partake in their interests, but also serves as an outlet for them to grow in different capacities.

Hajiloo said that joining a club is a way for students to get involved on campus, discover their passions and develop their leadership skills.

Many clubs host guest speakers to give motivational speeches, which brings insight and inspiration to the clubs’ purpose. Other fun activities include game nights, coffee talks, and showcases of club members’ talents and interest through different club projects. Club activities are a fun way to get involved and get to know different club members.

In addition, becoming a club member has helped many students become leaders on campus and within their community.

“I’ve become a more confident speaker and have learned to take initiative. Along with this, I’ve gotten better at delegating tasks,” said Almaas Jalal, a current member of the Muslim Student Association. “Our members build on skills being part of committees such as media, events, dawah (tabling and spiritual related matters), and web development.”

If you’d like to join a club,visit the club directory on the MataSync page.

 

Need help with taking care of your wellbeing? Learn more about the health services CSUN offers to students
Need help with taking care of your wellbeing? Learn more about the health services CSUN offers to students
By: Bryce Wayne | Sep. 30, 2021

Services are returning throughout CSUN’s extensive health system as we dive deeper into the fall semester. The Klotz Student Health Center, University Counseling Services and Oasis Wellness Center had initially limited or completely switched their services online during the 2020-2021 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they have resumed some of their much-needed resources available to CSUN students.

Student health can be considered many different things, but the Klotz Center refers to it as taking adequate care of the mental and physical aspects of your body. The Klotz Center aims to help students achieve overall wellness, while also promoting self-care through the services housed under the Klotz Center’s own programs, as well as those within the University Counseling Services, Oasis Wellness Center and Environmental Health and Safety departments.

“We’re all kind of holding hands together and doing what we can to help each other and our communities around us,” said Dr. Linda Chassiakos, the Klotz Center’s executive director and chief medical officer.

The Klotz Center will continue to offer telehealth appointments ranging from primary care to birth control education. As of Sept. 8, chiropractic care services resumed in-person, and physical therapy services returned to in-person services on Sept. 21.

The pharmacy also is available for students to purchase both prescribed and over-the-counter medications. Massage, optometry, acupuncture and dental services remain unavailable until further notice.

The Klotz Center’s acupuncture and aromatherapy services at the Oasis Center will also be unavailable for the moment. Although a majority of the services at the Klotz Center are offered for little to no cost due to the required $3 health facilities and $77 health services fees students pay, students have to pay out-of-pocket for services like chiropractic care as well as for products at the pharmacy. Payment can be done through the myNorthridge Portal.

The UCS and Oasis Center will also be operating during the fall semester, but some of their services will continue to be conducted online. Appointment scheduling and crisis walk-ins can be done in person at the University Counseling Office on the fifth floor of Bayramian Hall in room 520 during their normal business hours. While their individual, couple and group therapy sessions are still being provided through Zoom, students are allowed to call and reserve private spaces in the UCS office for them to attend these in-person sessions.

Supplementing the Klotz, Oasis and University Counseling Services is the department of Environmental Health and Safety. The department, with the assistance of CSUN’s Physical Plant Management team, have been at the forefront of the efforts in creating a safe campus for students to return to by providing them with information on vaccinations, safety protocols and new cleaning procedures for students, faculty and staff.

One example of how the university is helping to create a safe environment is through the Matadors Forward website, which has a form for employees and students to self-report their confirmed COVID-19 case or exposure, as well as a COVID-19 dashboard that directs you to a number of services. The site also includes a regularly updated report of COVID-19 cases on campus. Meanwhile, classes and buildings across campus have been adapted to accommodate new heating, ventilation and air conditioning air filtration systems that will help reduce the risk of virus transmission.

“We want to ensure the safety of students,” said Daniel Castellón, interim director of the department of Environmental Health and Safety. “[With COVID-19], we’re providing training [and] signage around campus saying, ‘Wash your hands, try to keep your distance, and wear your face covering indoors.’ Communication will probably be key.”

 

CSUN Matador of the Week: Tiffany Pak
CSUN Matador of the Week: Tiffany Pak
By: Vanessa Garcia | Sep. 28, 2021

Sophomore Tiffany Pak helped her golf team win on Sept. 27 at Rustic Canyon Golf Course against CSU Bakersfield 301-314. Pak shot a one-under 71 with an eagle and one birdie to go with it — something she has never done before.

“I shot an even par, but never a low score like that,” Pak said. A score one-under 71 was her best golf game in her career, even dating back to high school.

“I didn’t even realize I shot that until I finished,” Pak said with a bolt of excitement.

Each player is on the course alone most of the time, unless they meet each other on the same hole is when they are able to give each other motivation. In this match, Pak was able to motivate herself through the rounds.

“Take things hole by hole,” she said. “It’s really easy to get caught up in the game.”

Not getting too caught up into the game is what Pak has been able to do since she was six. Pak’s golf idol, Tiger Woods, had the ability to stay focused and take the game hole by hole.

Pak watched golf a lot with her dad, as well as playing at a course every weekend, and she loved to watch what the golfers were able to do each weekend to make themselves better.

“It’s amazing to see what they are able to do on the course,” she said.

Pak’s biggest supporters are her parents. She said that none of what she is able to do would be possible without them.

CSUN women’s golf team travels to Seattle on Oct. 11 to compete in the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational at Seattle University.

 

CSUN alumni’s film festival HollyShorts returns in its 17th year
CSUN alumni’s film festival HollyShorts returns in its 17th year
By: Margot Rowe | Sep. 27, 2021

HollyShorts has become one of Los Angeles’ more prominent film festivals in the recent decade, growing in size every year, along with the number of submissions and awards given to the film winners. The event continues to provide an environment for networking opportunities in the film industry.

Daniel Sol, CSUN alumni and co-founder of the HollyShorts Film Festival, is hosting the 17th annual festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres from Sept. 23 until Oct. 1.

The show will feature various styles of short film, such as animation, documentary, music video and more. Past industry attendees include HBO, Kodak, Hulu, Netflix and Google Play.

Throughout the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic, Sol and his partner Theo Dumont were able to organize the festival functionally and effectively online while still offering the same level of exposure and networking as in-person events.

Sol and Theo Dumont’s friendship dates back to their highschool days where they would host numerous different events such as movie nights and pay-per-view boxing fights. They also rented out venues for parties and sold food and refreshments.

“We learned to hustle at an early age,” Sol wrote in an email to the Sundial. “Mix that in with our love of movies, filmmaking, public relations, events and parties … It was only fitting we decided to try our hand at a film festival.”

After high school the pair moved to Los Angeles where Sol attended CSUN. He pursued a kinesiology degree and gained firsthand experience while working on film sets.

“I loved my time at CSUN and learned to persevere through adversity, finish off my degree which helped me and my first studio job at Lionsgate,” Sol said.

Sol and Dumont have organized the Academy Award-qualifying film festival since 2005, offering awards, prizes and opportunities to film creators from a multitude of different countries, including the U.K., Poland, Thailand, Canada and more.

The first Hollyshorts film festival screened 23 submissions during a two-day event. Fast forward to this year, the festival spans over nine days while screening 400 films out of the 5000 submissions they’ve received year round.

“[We’re] continuing to grow the festival activities and more opportunities for filmmakers to connect with execs in the business and overall more high profile events,” Sol said.

The festival has accumulated a positive reputation and community throughout the years. With over 100 five-star reviews in all categories on filmfreeway.com and a consistent review on the “MovieMaker Magazine Top 50 festivals worth the Entry Fee list.”

“Truly amazing festival,” attendee and reviewer Samuel Romero said. “They somehow made an online festival seem almost as if it were in person.”

Now that in-person events are starting to make a return, the festival will be a special showcase of screenings from Film Independent and Netflix Film Club.

Sol and Dumont have set new plans on organizing potential events such as, “HollyShorts Paris,” “HollyShorts London” and “Bitpix.”

Created from the HollyShorts Festival team, Bitpix is a new premium advertising-based video-on-demand platform that features short films and can be downloaded on Airplay, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and more. The service is free, which allows short film enthusiasts and those interested to watch some of the best short films collected across the world.

“[Through] 17 years of relationships, friendships, stories, it has been a pretty neat ride … All the while doing it with my childhood friend,” Sol said.

 

Protesters gather in Porter Ranch to rally against SoCalGas’s settlement for 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak
Protesters gather in Porter Ranch to rally against SoCalGas’s settlement for 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak
By: Bryce Wayne | Sep. 26, 2021

About two dozen members of the nonprofit organization Save Porter Ranch gathered at the intersection of Tampa Avenue and Rinaldi Street in Porter Ranch Tuesday morning to call for Gov. Gavin Newsom to shut down the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility.

The call to action was sparked from the announcement that the Southern California Gas Company and its parent company, Sempra Energy, agreed to pay $1.8 billion to settle claims from more than 35,000 plaintiffs affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak that occurred in October 2015.


Matt Pakucko, the president of the nonprofit organization Save Porter Ranch, speaks to the media regarding the $1.8 billion settlement between SoCalGas and the 35,000 victims affected by the Aliso Canyon gas leak in Oct. 2015. (Chris Torres)
“Let’s do the simple math. $1.8 billion divided by 35,000 plaintiffs minus attorneys fees and expenses comes out to about $28,000 per person,” said Matt Pakucko, the president of Save Porter Ranch.

A settlement has not yet been reached because it requires 97% of the plaintiffs to accept it in order for it to be finalized. If an agreement cannot be finalized, the case will go to trial, according to attorney Brian Panish.

During the demonstration, the protesters broke out in chants repeating “go to trial” and “shut it down.”

Pakucko listed multiple health issues Porter Ranch residents are suffering from six years after the blowout, including reports of “ongoing heart issues” and residents “dying of cancer.” Multiple residents have also reported experiencing nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and brain fog.

“Does $28,000 cover [the medical expenses] for the rest of our lives being health monitored because of the ongoing issues?” asked Pakucko. “It doesn’t even come close.”

Both SoCalGas and Sempra have denied wrongdoing, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Alexandra Nagy, the California director of the grassroots organization Food & Water Watch, said although residents are concerned about not getting enough in reimbursements, they have not lost sight of the bigger goal in getting the Aliso Canyon gas facility shut down permanently.

“Gov. Newsom is the one with the power and responsibility to close Aliso Canyon down,” Nagy said. “We need your help to put pressure on him and hold him accountable to his promise.”

 

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KCSN Editorial Assistants

Bryce Wayne
Bryce Wayne
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Bryce Wayne is KCSN’s resident cool-guy extraordinaire. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in History and Marketing. When he’s not working in the news business you can find Bryce reading American History Books or Comics, helping his sisters with their homework or looking desperately for time to sleep

 

Vanessa Garcia
Vanessa Garcia
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Vanessa is a senior at CSUN majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Musical Theatre. Creating video packages is her favorite part of journalism, so after receiving her bachelor's degree, Vanessa plans to further her education and attend graduate school for a master's in Broadcast Journalism. She plans to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist or a sports sideline reporter. In her free time, Vanessa likes to film and edit vlogs for my personal YouTube channel.

 

Margot Rowe
Margot Rowe
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Margot has had a passion for storytelling since high school. From performing on the stage to announcing the news on her high school's news program, she always knew that stories had the power to change the world. Margot is proficient in journalistic video editing, reporting, and multimedia and won the 2019 award for the JACC On-The-Spot Video Story Competition.

 

Jeanie
Jeanie
KCSN Editorial Assistant

Student Anchors and Reporters

Brandon Zamora
Brandon Zamora
Student

Brandon is an avid fanatic of sports. He roots for the Lakers, Dodgers and Eagles. He developed his love for basketball while watching Kobe play for the Lakers. Brandon's dream job is to one day work for the Lakers as either a sports broadcaster or analyst. He is set to graduate in Spring 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism.

 

Lupita Baltazar
Lupita Baltazar
Student

Lupita is a first-generation Latina attending college. She loves to read and collect mugs with bible verses or inspiring quotes on them. Lupita aspires to be a news reporter or anchor and work for a Spanish-Language network. Her dream network is Univisión.

Shivonne Peart
Shivonne Peart
Student

Shivonne is a junior majoring in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast and a minor in interactive marketing. Down the road, she has big plans to take over radio and television!

Reyna Torres
Reyna Torres
Student

Reyna discovered her passion for writing and interviewing while working at El Camino College’s student newspaper,The Union. She especially loves working on Feature Stories. She hopes to one day report for KUSI, a news station in San Diego. Reyna enjoys meeting new people and learning from them. Among her ccore values are efficiency, honesty, and positivity - always.

Emelie Cuellar
Emelie Cuellar
Student

I am an aspiring broadcast journalist with a passion for family!

Gitanjali Mahapatra
Gitanjali Mahapatra
Student

Gitanjali is a filmmaker, writer, and producer whose work is inspired by all things ranging from sci-fi to social justice. She has over half a decade of experience creating films and enjoys working on documentary and narrative projects. She is excited to be working in the CSUN Newsroom this semester as she completes her major in Documentary and minor in Broadcast Journalism.

Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona
Felicia Louis Y. Valdescona
Student

Felicia is in 4th year at CSUN. Originally from Phillipines, she grew up in East Los Angeles/Montebello. She is studying broadcast journalism and music. Felicia is a proud sister of Sigma Omega Nu Latina Interest Sorority, Inc. She has always considered news writing has her back up “passion” to music and sees it as a way to get her voice out there.

Jordan Puente
Jordan Puente
Student

Jordan is hard of hearing in both ears, but that does not stop him. Jordan hosted his own show on 90.1 MT.ROCK at Mt. San Antonio College and was also a student representative for the station. Jordan "loves loves loves" the Pittsburgh Steelers and he hopes to be a part of their media team one day in the future. Now at CSUN, he is a writer in the KCSN Newsroom and also a Sports Assistant Editor for The Daily Sundial.

Cynthia Gonzalez
Cynthia Gonzalez
Student

Cynthia is a Senior this year at CSUN. Her major is Broadcast Journalism with a minor is Spanish-Language Journalism. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, recording her podcast, and making Tik Toks.

Daniel Sandoval
Daniel Sandoval
Student

Daniel is a Senior, majoring in broadcast journalism at CSUN. He is a huge Laker and MMA fan and is looking forward to a career in sports media. Daniel is originally from North Hollywood.

Liz Campos
Liz Campos
Student

Liz is a Senior at CSUN and has a love of all things social media. She's been in social media management for 4 years and enjoys news writing.

Natalie Sierra
Natalie Sierra
Student

Natalie Sierra is a bilingual student majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She has already completed a Communication and Liberal arts degree from Bakersfield College, Natalie has a passion for investigation, representation, and the arts and has experience in writing, editing and producing stories within the community.

Cynthia Puga
Cynthia Puga
Student

Cynthia is a Senior studying Broadcast Journalism at CSUN. Originally majoring in Radiology, she quickly realized that wasn’t her true passion. While taking a year off, Cynthia worked as a background actor for a host of shows including Jane the Virgin, S.W.A.T., M.C. Mayans, Euphoria. She returned to CSUN in 2018 with a new direction – working in the entertainment field as a producer and writer.

Nicole San Juan
Nicole San Juan
Student

Nicole is a Junior majoring in Journalism Broadcast at CSUN. She hopes to work in the entertainment journalism spectrum either as an interviewer or producer.

Jonathan Greenstein
Jonathan Greenstein
Student

Jonathan Greenstein is in his Senior year at CSUN. Being a sports journalist has always been a dream of his. He's passionate about sharing that love of sports through the stories he writes and the content he creates.

Tatiana Ramirez
Tatiana Ramirez
Student

Tatiana is also known as Tatis Iolani and is a bilingual Mexican-American also with a basic knowledge of Mandarin. She holds an AA in Communication Studies and hosted a biweekly segment at LA Valley College's KVCM Monarch Radio where she interviewed Latin Boy Band CNCO and Yashua Camacho. In the future she sees herself interviewing celebrities, hosting live segments on the radio and covering movie premieres and album releases.

Andrea Gonzalez
Andrea Gonzalez
Student

Andrea like to be called 'Drea'. She says she takes photos to thrive and really likes french fries.

Richie Quintero
Richie Quintero
Student

Richie is a seniorcurrently working towards his BA in broadcast Journalism. He is on the Dean’s List at CSUN. Richie’s dream job is to be a TV news reporter – mainly focused on entertainment. He’s passionate about everything involving storytelling, writing, reporting breaking news, and creating content for social media. He’s always been fascinated with pop culture and an entertainment enthusiast. 

Kobe Siy
Kobe Siy
Student

Kobe is majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in broadcasting at CSUN. He is a huge Los Angeles sports fan, avidly following the Dodgers, Lakers and Kings all season long. He is from the Santa Clarita Valley and loves hanging out with friends and family and trying out new foods and visiting new places. 

Camille Aceveo
Camille Aceveo
Student

Camille is a junior majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. From the moment she joined my middle school newspaper, Camille knew that she wanted to pursue a career in journalism. Writing is her passion, but she also enjoys reading, playing volleyball, traveling, and of course, shopping!  

Isabella Warren
Isabella Warren
Student

Isabella is a junior at CSUN.  She is a Broadcast Journalism major originally from San Diego. 

Andre Lopez
Andre Lopez
Student

My name is Andre Lopez and I am a broadcast journalism major and political science minor in my final semester at CSUN. My passion for journalism actually started because of my desire and interest in politics. As a journalist, I like to focus my storytelling on politics and government especially from people who aren’t always given a seat at the table. Not only do I anchor on Latin ALT 88.5 HD 3 but I also have a sports podcast that is focused on the pro teams of Los Angeles. My passion for journalism and politics will be a driving force for the work I produce.

Tracy Mejia
Tracy Mejia
Student

Tracy Mejia is a Broadcast Journalism major set to graduate in Spring 2022. She hopes to work for NBC one day and use her voice for the good of the community. An interesting fact about Tracy is that in the summer of 2021 she took a road-trip with her boyfriend to Portland, Oregon driving 23 hours non-stop up the coast.

Ruby Cordova
Ruby Cordova
Student

Ruby Cordova has always loved writing and watching the news. In her sophomore year is the year she realized she could turn her passion into a career and since then, has really tried to work her way up. She loves working on local and personal stories because it allows her to connect with people. Ruby is planning to graduate in the Summer of 2022 and hopes to land a job in the radio business and eventually work as a field reporter for ABC News.

Dominique Silva
Dominique Silva
Student

Dominique Silva is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Communications. She has always loved journalism and was the Editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She is a Yankee, Dodger, New York Giants, UCLA and Clipper fan and enjoys keeping up with sports news on a daily basis. Dominique is a member of the Asian American Journalist Association and on CSUN’s Diversity and Inclusion Commitee. Dominique is looking forward to a career as a News/Sports Reporter.

David Reyes
David Reyes
Student

David Reyes is a former writer for the Moorpark Reporter and his dream is to become a sports broadcaster/journalist after getting his bachelor's degree in journalism here at Cal State Northridge.



Newsroom Management

Tammy Bio


Tammy
Trujillo


Tammy has worked as a morning co-host, sportscaster, news anchor and traffic reporter on many of Southern California’s largest stations including KNX, KFI, KEZY, Power 106, The Beat, Channel 4 News, KFWB and currently at NPR’s 89.3 KPCC while also hosting the public affairs show Community Cares on AM830 KLAA. She has been honored with numerous RTNA Golden Mike Awards, one of the broadcasting industry’s highest honors. She also hosts two award-wining podcasts - Talks with John and the United States of Animals. Tammy has authored two textbooks Intern Insider – Getting the Most Out of your Internship in the Entertainment Field and Writing and Reporting News You Can Use. She earned her Associates Degree at Long Beach City College where she is member of the Hall of Fame. Tammy completed her BA in Communications at Cal State Fullerton and Master’s Degree in New Media and Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a certified animal behaviorist and among her causes is responsible pet guardianship.

Aron Bio


Aron
Bender


Aron Bender is a professor in the Journalism Department at his alma mater, Cal State Northridge. He’s been on the faculty since 2013. After graduating from CSUN in 2001, Professor Bender worked at radio stations KMPH in Fresno, WIOD in Miami, and KFI in Los Angeles. In addition to teaching the next generation of broadcast journalists, he’s a Girl Dad of two daughters, and hosts The Aron Bender Podcast and The Santa Clarita Valley Signal News Podcast. During his award-winning career, Aron has driven through hurricanes and wildfires, and helped start Biloxi-Gulfport's first news-talk station after the region was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He just started playing golf in 2021, is vegan-ish, and hopes to attend his first music festival abroad in 2022.

Ben Bio3


Ben
Davis


Benjamin A. Davis is a board member emeritus on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations at Princeton University. He served on the launch team for MSNBC.com as an Interactive Producer/editor, was the Washington Editor for NPR and a former Executive Producer for NPR’s Special Projects department. He also served on the Assignment Desk for ABC News in New York and was a CBS reporter at WBTV News in Charlotte, N.C. In 1992 he was the inaugural Burton R. Benjamin Fellow at the University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellowship in Journalism. Ben has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Alfred I. duPont awards for broadcast – one for reporting and the other as Executive Producer. He created a writing model, that builds on the century-old analog-based Inverted Pyramid, called the Digital Media Pyramid about which he wrote the e-book, “The Digital Media Pyramid: A Guide for 21st Century Bloggers, Reporters and Citizen Journalists.” Ben graduated from Whittier College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and studied international relations at the University of Copenhagen. He taught journalism at Rutgers University and at Florida A&M University before coming to CSUN.



Contact

Tammy Trujillo: News Director
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