The Sundial

Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN

Alexandra Brell

May 14, 2010

Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN held their seventh annual Folklore de Mexico on May 1 at Birmingham Community Charter High School. The event celebrated 40 years of Mexican dance, culture and education at CSUN. The annual event included traditional dance of different regions accompanied by live music f...

Five things behind me to help you move forward

Alexandra Brell

May 5, 2010

Don’t have any regrets when you graduate. Take advantage of your freedoms and the diverse education while at CSUN. Photo Courtesy of Alexandra Chavez At the beginning of the year, I thought May would never come. I was ready for the end of the semester as soon as it began. The end is now six days away and ...

Music students head to jazz festival

Alexandra Brell

May 3, 2010

CSUN jazz students will be playing among the biggest names in jazz at the 53rd annual Monterey Jazz Festival Sept. 17 to 19. The Jazz “A” Band received top honors in the college big band division and the student jazz combo group. The Josiah Boornazian Group were the winners of the open combo divi...

CSUN confronts moral dilemma: Ng’s unhidden agenda displayed on the web

Alexandra Brell

April 28, 2010

This past weekend, CSUN econ professor Kenneth Ng “reluctantly” removed information about Thailand’s sex tourism from his personal website, www.BigBabyKenny.com. Ng’s website is his outlet for promoting “no hidden agenda, no censorship, no bullsh*t.” Ng feels he is a resource for general...

With paper or plastic, pick neither

Alexandra Brell

April 21, 2010

Paper or plastic? My head says paper, my dog walking side says plastic, and my heart says neither. When you look at the facts, it is hard to accept that “paper or plastic” is still a viable option in the retail world. Because consumers are given the option, does not mean that they must take either...

Green design slowly becomes priority in the classroom

Alexandra Brell

April 21, 2010

Color is no longer the first association with the word green. It is now about reducing, reusing and recycling, not just trash, but in every facet of living. Today, greening, or sustainability, marries with every industry and area of study, including interior design. Some CSUN teachers regularly incorporate this into their classroom curriculum but on...

CSUN obtains federal grant for special education

Alexandra Brell

April 20, 2010

CSUN’s College of Education and Humanities received a federal grant of $8.4 million for a new certification and master's program. The funding, which will be distributed over a five-year period, will be used to train special education teachers to better handle students with disabilities. The award...

Prisoners can’t vote, but do count

Alexandra Brell

April 14, 2010

Ten years ago, I did not think twice about the census. I filled it out and sent it in, no questions asked. However, this time, I got to thinking about the logistical nightmare in attempting to count every single body, especially the hard-to-reach people like the homeless. Another group then crossed...

Music professor receives awards for excellence

Alexandra Brell

April 2, 2010

A second CSUN faculty member has received an award from the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) honoring their excellence in music education. Music professor Larry Stoffel was awarded earlier this month with the John Swain College/University Educator Award, as was professor Mary Schli...

Embracing life through fear

Alexandra Brell

March 29, 2010

Big Bear, the television show “Lost,” the U.S. road infrastructure and nyama choma, which is Swahili for grilled goat meat; these are a few of Doris Magiri’s favorite things. Magiri, a grad student in her last semester at CSUN, is a Kenyan native and has found herself a home away from home in California. She c...

Move over Farmville, here comes Yoo-Mee

Alexandra Brell

March 15, 2010

Much of life takes place in a virtual world: communication, shopping, education, activism and entertainment. However, Yoo-Mee takes social, online activity to a different level. Yoo-Mee is a new gaming platform from Hooked Media Group in San Francisco. Yoo-Mee, which launched Feb.1, engages players...

The offensive ladies’ lavatory at CSUN

Alexandra Brell

March 9, 2010

I have something to say; it has been on my mind for two and a half years and I have to get it off my chest: Ladies, you are slobs. Yes, I said it. Girls, you can be gross. What hurts the most is that you messy gals are more than likely among my own people: the ladies of Mike Curb College. I don’t know you by name; I don’t even know your faces. I know you by the toilet paper...

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