Graduation may signify the culmination of a student's academic career but learning does not end with a diploma or cap and gown. Education becomes a choice.
Learning moves out of the classroom into daily life and professors are replaced by friends, family, acquaintances and personal experience. Simultaneously class schedules become work schedules while assignments and grades become projects and promotions.
The arrest and imprisonment of Iranian-American graduate student Esha Momeni received national attention last semester when she was jailed while working on her thesis project in Iran.
Momeni, 28, was arrested and held without bail Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 for allegedly passing another vehicle illegally on Moddaress highway.' She was held in solitary confinement at Evin prison for roughly two and a half weeks before being released and the deed to her parents' home taken as bail.
Finally the end of the school year has come. After what felt like the longest semester ever, it is time to relax and enjoy the sun over summer vacation.
One would think that living in LA means never wanting to be anywhere else since there are so many places to check out, but it seems that most CSUN students would much rather get out of the valley.
Finding a job right out of college is not the sure thing it used to be as budget cuts and layoffs plague all divisions of labor. Some arts and media majors have panned ahead and prepared themselves with jobs and internships after graduation to help them get their foot in the door, though even work experience won't necessary guarantee a job.
If you spend any time in the University Student Union you may have noticed the colorful, artistic mural hanging on the wall near the International and Exchange Students offices.
Last year's NBA finalists, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics, both gave up home court advantage after dropping their playoffs second-round opener at home Monday night.' Many people in Bean Town are probably pressing the panic button and thinking the Celtics will not get past Dwight Howard and his Orlando magic without Kevin Garnett. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, many Lakers fans left Staples Center on Monday wondering if the Lakers are tough enough to win an NBA championship.
The United States has a terrible history of mistreatment towards African Americans in this country. Although we now have the first black president, I wonder if things have changed that much. As Attorney General Eric Holder said back in February in reference to race relations in the country, 'Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot in things racial, we have always been, and we, I believe, continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.'