As college students, we have better things to do than go around shopping online for health insurance. In this technical age, we rely on web-based portals for quick information. But when technology fails us, as has been the case with healthcare.gov, going directly to the source can be a better use of our time. That’s why when it came time to renew membership for my Los Angeles County health coverage program, I felt more than a little annoyed. As a… Read more
A late afternoon math class is taking place in CSUN’s in Sierra Hall. It is midterm day, and as students ponder the solution to the next question on the test, the third story Sierra Hall floor starts moving beneath their desks. A magnitude-7 earthquake, centered in the Salton Sea about 100 miles south of the Cal State Northridge campus, is in progress. The quake’s S- and P-waves are rumbling their way through the Los Angeles basin, toppling infrastructure and creating… Read more
Walk into Genein Letford’s classroom at NEW Academy in Canoga Park on any given morning, and you may hear the unmistakable sounds of plastic recorders being played by a chorus of students. Letford is the music educator and works in the gifted program at this kindergarten to fifth-grade charter school of about 500 students, located six miles southwest of the CSUN campus. Letford’s assignment at NEW Academy is her first full-time teaching job since graduating from CSUN with her teaching… Read more
CSUN alumna Genein Letford teaches third grade at NEW Academy in Canoga Park. She integrates music into her lesson plan and has been nominated for People magazine’s “Teacher of the Year” award. To read the story and watch the video of the other CSUN alumna Kaylie Gomez who is also nominated for the award click here.
Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists teacher Kaylie Gomez’s classroom is not large by any means. In fact, Gomez’s classroom is one of several makeshift teaching spaces set up in a converted chapel in this Salvation Army building at the heart of South Central Los Angeles. And it’s not exactly soundproof, either. The voices of other teachers and their students can be heard as they interact throughout the morning’s activities. But Gomez makes the most out of her space, which her… Read more
CSUN alumna Kaylie Gomez discusses her teaching style and the characteristics she wishes to share with the children she teaches. She works at the Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists in Los Angeles. To watch the video of the other CSUN alumna Genein Letford who is also nominated for the award click here.
>>> CORRECTION: Discounted parking permits for students who park in F10 began in 2008. Refunds for permit exchanges are not immediate and may take up to six weeks to process. In response to the daily demand for on-campus parking, CSUN police services this semester are offering parking permit discounts for students who choose to park further away from the campus core. Parking Lot F10 is located at Lassen and Lindley avenues, at the extreme northeast end of campus. The lot accommodates about… Read more
Ciudad Juárez. Its very mention connotes images of shootouts in the streets, bodies lying on the roads, mass graves and newspapers filled with the photographs of yet another score of young men and women gone missing in what once made Juárez the murder capital of the world. The Juárez I describe is not the Juárez that has always existed. My parents describe “el Juárez de ayer,” the Juárez of yesterday, replete with dance clubs, movie theaters and bars. They describe… Read more
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