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FAFSA, you are not a comedian

FAFSA, you are not a comedian

In preparing for college, students from any socioeconomic level should view their next four (or more) years with a preparation for struggle regarding exams and an open mind for meeting various people and thinking differently, thoughts shifting between educational, psychological, religious, philosophical and sexual. While taking words of wisdom and warning on occasion do prove […]

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Letter to the Editor: UNAM is not a conspiracy

I am writing to correct several factual errors in Professor Acuña’s account in the May 7, 2014 Daily Sundial article about CSUN’s relationship with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).Chicana/o Studies was consulted on multiple occasions during the development of CSUN’s new Center on Mexico and Latin America. It is inaccurate to say otherwise. The […]

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It’s OK to apologize for a graduation mess-up

It’s OK to apologize for a graduation mess-up

After years — on and off a total of 13 — I finally did it. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a university. The first in my family to do so, although my brother technically beat me to it  graduating early from DeVry earlier in the year. It was a great accomplishment, in spite […]

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The Catholic Church needs to modernize to catch up with a new generation

The Catholic Church needs to modernize to catch up with a new generation

  Having declared two former popes saints, Pope Francis is seeking to push the Roman Catholic Church in a new direction. His actions to modernize the church are evident here with the sainthood of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. The process of becoming a saint, or canonization in the church, is the […]

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CSUN’s UNAM partnership could spell disaster

CSUN’s UNAM partnership could spell disaster

A recent speech by Asian American studies professor, Glenn Omatsu, reminded me of the importance of Asian American and ethnic studies in combating stereotypes. Omatsu is a pioneer in ethnic studies. For more than thirty years he has explored the rich history of Asian Americans, such as all Asians do not all look alike, and many […]

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A smoky situation on e-cigarette regulation

A smoky situation on e-cigarette regulation

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become the latest trend among the current generation of smokers. There is also an ethical dilemma of e-cigarettes being promoted as a“safer solution” to cigarettes. However, e-cigarettes are still a tobacco product and must be monitored accordingly. Currently, there is no federal oversight on the e-cigarette industry, which has expanded into a multi-billion […]

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Sterilizing women prisoners is denying a human a life, future and humanity

Sterilizing women prisoners is denying a human a life, future and humanity

The California Senate Health Committee was presented with a bill on April 2 that aims to close loopholes that allowed for the sterilization of women prisoners without state approval. While this bill has not been passed yet, it is a step toward preventing the unjust treatment of women behind bars and raising further awareness of an issue reminiscent […]

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Promise zones don’t seem to be much of a promise

Promise zones don’t seem to be much of a promise

Remember back in February when President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that he would find a solution to the problem of poverty and homelessness in America? Well, Obama’s answer is the Promise Zone program. But what exactly is the Promise Zone program? The US Department of Housing and Urban Development […]

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Our seafood could possibly be contaminated with radiation

Our seafood could possibly be contaminated with radiation

The federal government needs to comprehensively test seafood coming from the Pacific Ocean for radionuclide contamination because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan and make this data available for the public. The triple nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) have continued to cause contamination of […]

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Unknown lethal injections are a cruel and unusual punishment

Unknown lethal injections are a cruel and unusual punishment

*Update (4/30): On Tuesday night, Oklahoma death row inmate, Clayton Lockett, died due to a heart attack more than 40 minutes after receiving a  botched lethal injection. Lockett is another victim of being an experiment for testing lethal injections. Lockett’s injection was mixed with three types of chemicals.   “I feel my whole body burning,” Michael […]

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Bundy, Sterling’s comments prove we are not in a “post-racial society”

Bundy, Sterling’s comments prove we are not in a “post-racial society”

  In the beginning, the notion that all men are born equal was a quasi-lie. The notion, in substance, was idealized by a renaissance man from Philadelphia, a stubborn lawyer from Braintree, Massachusetts, and a Virginia slave owner. Within its very genesis, the most memorable part of the Declaration of Independence did not apply to […]

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A renewable energy economy is possible and needed for our future

A renewable energy economy is possible and needed for our future

    Trillions of dollars have gone to bailout Wall Street fraudsters, provide tax-breaks for the wealthy, maintain our military and the pointless wars and operations since Sept. 11. If we have this kind of money to undermine our democracy and promote inequality and destruction on a massive scale, we could easily come up with […]

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