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Discrimi-Nation: Mexican-American

Originally Published November 6, 2007 I am Mexican-American. I was raised in a household where my father was employed by a white man and from the ages of five to about eight, one of my best friends was white. But in a way, I was taught not to trust white people or “gabachos” as my parents called them.

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Health center offers students relief to finals week stress

Stress is something most college students deal with during their university life. Considering all the factors that contribute to stress such as jobs, friends, family and school. As finals week approaches, stress can consume students’ lives. Sharon Aronoff, health educator for the Klotz Student Health Center, said stress and people’s reactions to it are different for everyone.

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Game educates on immigration

Breakthrough, an international human rights group, has created a video game called ICED that teaches players about the “unjust nature of the 1996 U.S. immigration policies, which deny due process and violate fundamental human rights.” ICED, which is a play on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department, stands for “I Can End Deportation.

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Public Safety tests emergency message system

CSUN’s Department of Public Safety conducted a test of their mass emergency notification system on Monday, Nov. 19. This test-run of the system, aimed at contacting students through voice, e-mail and text messages, was first conducted with faculty and staff earlier this semester.

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Panel discusses life trials for transgender prisoners

The Center for Sex ‘ Gender Research at CSUN co-sponsored a panel discussion with UCLA’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy about queer and transgender politics of prison abolition on Nov. 15. The discussion focused on how queer and trans communities and organizations are confronting issues of criminalization and imprisonment.

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Matador Nights held by USU

The University Student Union held its biannual Matador Nights festival this past Friday at the Satellite Student Union. The circus-themed event was free to CSUN students with a current student identification card and they were allowed to bring one guest with a current college identification as well.

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Campus offers course schedule only on Web

CSUN will no longer be printing copies of the Schedule of Classes Enrollment Guide starting with the 2008 spring semester. Instead, students and faculty will have to access the schedule online through the campus Web site. Eric Forbes, director of admissions and records, said the main reason for the change was to keep all the information current.

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Discrimi-Nation: Mexican-Americans

I am Mexican-American. I was raised in a household where my father was employed by a white man and from the ages of five to about eight, one of my best friends was white. But in a way, I was taught not to trust white people or “gabachos” as my parents called them.

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L.A. County event promotes saving energy

An event to encourage people not to use electricity if it’s not essential in powering their homes, offices, or where they are from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. was held on Oct. 20. Southern California Edison partnered with the offices of Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke for the County of Los Angeles and Wendy Greuel, president pro tem for the Los Angeles City Council, to organize Lights Out Los Angeles, the energy saving event in question.

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For the multimedia generation, lectures, presentations go high tech

CSUN is creating new opportunities in teaching and learning by integrating networking, digital and audio visual technologies into classrooms throughout the campus with media packages. Standard “chalk-talk” lectures can’t hold the attention of a generation whose brains are wired to MTV, YouTube and MySpace, as youth are more able to figure out how to manage PDA systems, MP3 players and digital cameras.

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Firm chosen to design new student center

The University Student Union has chosen LPA, Inc. as the design firm for the new Student Recreation Center. CSUN students voted last April to approve an increase in the USU fee to support building the center. LPA, Inc. previously designed a 55,000-square foot recreation center, which was completed in August 2004, for Sonoma State University.

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Move over British pop, the Swedes are coming

In the 1960s America called the influx of English artists into the states “The British Invasion,” but it seems that Sweden has now taken the pop crown away from the Brits. Sweden is now the third biggest exporter or pop music-behind the U.S. and the U.K. When you think of Swedish music, you probably think of Abba or Ace of Base, but bands like The Sounds and Peter, Bjorn ‘ John have helped elevate the status of Swedish music in recent years.