The Sundial

Do we still need the Second Amendment?

Aaron Helmbrecht

December 6, 2010

To be clear, I love guns. I own all the Rambo movies. If it weren’t such an expensive and impractical hobby, I would probably own lots of guns. What I’m not crazy about is being shot by people with guns. And I find little comfort in laws that promise strict penalties against people who commi...

The top five: worst 2010 election candidates

Aaron Helmbrecht

October 24, 2010

Earlier this month, voters in Brazil elected illiterate clown Francisco Everardo Oliveira  Silva “Tiririca” to their Congress. And no, that wasn’t a jocular insult. Silva actually works as a clown and is unable to read. He beat out the second-place finisher by more than double the votes using...

The top five: most erroneous political talking points

Aaron Helmbrecht

September 26, 2010

Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity comes to our nation’s capital on Oct. 30.  I’d like to take this opportunity to lay my political cards on the table. I am what you would call a radical moderate. I’m sure many people consider that to be an oxymoron and I think that’s sad. Now I’m...

The top five worst businesspeople turned politician of the past 10 years

Aaron Helmbrecht

August 27, 2010

Republican Meg Whitman has been touting her experience as chief executive officer of eBay as her primary qualification to be governor of California. But being a CEO does not necessary equal success in politics. Let’s take a look at the top five worst businesspeople turned politician of the past 10...

Eating disorders have a hold on college students

Aaron Helmbrecht

March 1, 2010

Aaron Helmbrecht When we think of an eating disorder, most of us might conjure up an image of a privileged Caucasian woman with nothing else to worry about but her vanity. And in some instances that might be the case. But if that is the public image of an eating disorder, then entire groups of people...

Where’s a real candidate?

Aaron Helmbrecht

February 15, 2010

Aaron Helmbrecht Contributing reporter California had already long since been in a state of economic turmoil when the country was hit by the 2008 recession. In 2003, we recalled our governor for the first time over economic mismanagement and a majority of us thought it was a good idea to elect the ...

Weighing the good and the bad on health care reform

Aaron Helmbrecht

January 19, 2010

By: Aaron Helmbrecht Contributing reporter Now that the health care reform bill appears to be in its final stages, what are we getting? Will it achieve the objectives set out by President Obama: lower costs and improve coverage and efficiency? While I admit I have not read the whole 2,074 page ...

Some alternatives before we break out into protests

Aaron Helmbrecht

December 8, 2009

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 vide...

Conference sought to promote advocacy and break Iranian stereotypes

Aaron Helmbrecht

March 2, 2009

A CSUN conference about the different views on Iran and Iranian women was held yesterday in the Oviatt Library presentation room in an attempt to make students more aware of the discrimination towards women in Iran. The organizers promoted ways for students to get active regarding the Iran oppressio...

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