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Unemployment rate finally below 8%

The national unemployment rate fell to its lowest percentage in the last four years, suggesting job growth during the summer. The drop could shift the presidential election and be a possible boost for President Barack Obama. The Labor Department’s report showed an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in September, dropping below 8 percent for the […]


Study shows economy worries students

The recent economic downfall has severely affected senior Erik Maynard’s craft of music. “As a musician, I’ve noticed a lot less gig opportunities and I’ve had to change my tactics as far as making money,” he said. Maynard, 21, jazz studies major, said he has turned to website design to make extra money between music […]


Journalist and award-winning writer discuss solutions to California’s financial crisis

The Golden State has lost its luster with its improvising ways and a fundamental reason why California remains a disorganized and disheveled state. Journalist Joe Mathews and award-winning writer Mark Paul spoke to an audience about their new book, “California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It.” They discussed […]


CSUN professors say nation’s economy will ‘continue to grow, just not as robustly as it has in the past’

It should be no surprise to anyone that the economy is not at its best. With all the jargon about the Federal Reserve and banks, and the new health care plans, it is enough to make anyone confused about what is going to happen. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate […]


The audacity of leave-us-alone

Barack Obama is a friend of mine. Well, on Facebook. President Obama has seized upon countless opportunities this summer to promote his economic vision for America, defend his spending habits, and excoriate his political adversaries for opposing his fiscal policies – all in the form of status updates. They said he’d bring change to Washington, and he’s exceeding expectations. Seriously, though. I […]


President Obama, Stop the Deficit Spending

President Obama says one thing and does the opposite. In his recent budget proposal, he said Americans should save more and spend less. Then he proposed a $3.8 Trillion budget plan. The gap between what the government earns and spends will be 1.5 trillion for 2010. The president said that spending was necessary to fight […]


Floor mats, gas pedals and recalls

As of November 2009, unintended accelerations in Toyota vehicles have accounted for 20 fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The acceleration concerns, explained by Toyota, were problems with the floor mats and suspected vehicles in the United States were recalled. Later, another recall, extending to China and Europe, took place involving the […]


Some alternatives before we break out into protests

Aaron Helmbrecht CSUN operated in the midst of an approximately $41 million budget cut in the Fall 2009 semester, which led to cutbacks, including faculty furlough days, class cancellations, and tuition and fee increases. In response, students and faculty held numerous protest rallies and created video petitions venting their frustration at Sacramento. All of these […]


Staff Editorial: A sliver of activism brightens CSUN

The other day in class I witnessed something I have never seen in the four years of my college life. It happened during what I expected to be a three-hour lecture about media law when a student from our class received permission from the professor to speak to us about something that affects us all: […]


Sarah Palin is not so different than we are

Jesse Bob Harper Just to be clear, topping the short list of things I wouldn’t do to win a bet is casting a vote for Sarah Palin. For anything. Even as a joke, like writing her name in to be mayor of San Francisco. The lady frightens me. However, there is one thing I do […]


Priority of distribution is disturbing

On Nov. 5, Trish Regan, the anchor for CNBC’s ‘The Call,’ reported that some Wall Street firms had received significant doses of H1N1 vaccines. Goldman Sachs reportedly received 200 doses, and Citigroup received 1,200 doses. “I’m six weeks away from delivering twins, and I couldn’t get the H1N1 vaccine from my obstetrician or the hospital […]


Hope for California’s future in 2010

Meg Whitman is the best candidate for governor in California. Whitman believes in better education, cutting spending by reducing the number of government workers, no more tax raises and promises to cut taxes for small business owners so they can expand. Whitman is smart (having graduated from Princeton and Harvard), driven, tough and has an […]

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