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The Freshman 15: Fact or Fiction?

The freshman 15 is a topic talked about by college freshman all over the country – but is fact or fiction? KCSN’s Ashley Goossen debunks the myth.

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CSUN student survives four-story fall, overcomes Traumatic Brain Injury

CSUN student survives four-story fall, overcomes Traumatic Brain Injury

In a room filled with elderly individuals undergoing physical therapy, the youngest patient of the crowd, Adam Stelmach, sits toward the back of the room, switching from one workout machine, to the next. When slowly walking over to the abdominal machine, the 26-year-old CSUN student, struggles to hold onto the handle with his right arm. […]

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Philanthropic CSUN student organizes online fundraiser inspired by her birthmarks

Philanthropic CSUN student organizes online fundraiser inspired by her birthmarks

On a regular school day, walking around campus, Kelcie Berge blends in, unnoticed by the massively populated student campus that is Cal State Northridge. She goes to class, sits with the rest of her language pathology colleagues and goes on about her day, never to be perceived as “different,” unlike so many others. When not […]

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CSUN student rides on Rose Parade float after overcoming cerebral palsy

CSUN student rides on Rose Parade float after overcoming cerebral palsy

  CSUN communications student Precious Malumfashi, 26, was not only born premature at 24 weeks, but was diagnosed with cerebral palsy disorder soon thereafter. Malumfashi was kept in an incubator and stayed hospitalized for three months at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills. It was unknown what condition she had until she was 2 […]

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Student Spotlight: Engineering student works towards making CSUN a bike-friendly campus

Student Spotlight: Engineering student works towards making CSUN a bike-friendly campus

When Dennis D’Alfonso transferred from Santa Barbara City College to CSUN in 2010, he envisioned a campus that would accommodate students who used bicycles as a main source of transportation. Throughout his first year at CSUN, he became a founder and active member of the Bicycle Club on campus, whose name was later changed to […]

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Deaf studies and linguistics majors scrutinize word choice

Deaf studies and linguistics majors scrutinize word choice

Word choice can be tricky. In an age where filters only apply to Instagram pics, no one really stops to think about the words they choose and the meanings attached to them. But when you’re speaking to linguistics and deaf studies major Martin Watkins, 22, you might just have to think twice. Watkins can’t help […]

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Student finds passion in American Sign Language

Student finds passion in American Sign Language

For Spencer Logan, school had always been a struggle. He always had difficulty memorizing information in subjects like physics, history and math, and it was difficult for him to retain information. But he found his passion in American Sign Language (ASL). “I’m a very visual learner,” said Logan, 23, a deaf studies major. “I was […]

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Student hopes to use math to explain how biological cells function

Student hopes to use math to explain how biological cells function

Students may not appreciate their math education, but systems involving the subject are everywhere. William Sherman, a mathematics graduate student, notices that security systems, including entering a PIN at an ATM, are based off prime numbers, which can only be divided by one and itself. “The only people who can decompose (the systems) are the […]

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CSUN Bike Collective encourages alternative transportation

CSUN Bike Collective encourages alternative transportation

During his senior year at Downtown Magnet High School in 2009, David De La Cruz decided to pick up cycling on his own. And from time to time when his bike needed maintenance he would repair it on his own. When he arrived at CSUN the following year, he wanted to get involved in something […]

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Anthropology student finds excitement in the mundane

Anthropology student finds excitement in the mundane

As a 38-year-old graduate student watches volunteers go through archeological materials from the Leonis Adobe site in Calabasas, she becomes excited with mundane objects like a nail, a marble and broken pieces of ceramic. Ann Stansell, a second-year anthropology graduate student, works in CSUN’s Anthropological Research Institute once a week where she recently started overseeing […]

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Soul searching drives student to major in religious studies

Soul searching drives student to major in religious studies

The world is a place filled with people from different cultures and religions. That’s how Adam Cabral, 25, a senior religious studies major, sees it, and learning about cultures through the religious studies department at CSUN has given him a more complete worldview. Outside of the classroom, Cabral uses his knowledge to be a more […]

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CSUN violinist continues in mother’s musical footsteps

In a few months, Mary Keating will leave CSUN with a degree in music performance, a violin and a plan. This dedicated, classically-trained musician has already begun performing and recording professionally in the Los Angeles area. “It’s been difficult at times, but I’ve definitely grown a lot,” she said. The 24-year-old has been studying the […]

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