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Childish play, adult message

Alfredo Madrid

February 12, 2009

Purple colored squares decorate the center of the floor in the dimly lit Studio Theatre setting the tone for an adventure quite similar to Alice's in Wonderland. The carnivalesque music is merry and cheerful, much like a child's ride at Disneyland. Several seats are literally on the stage of 'Bill's New ...


Alfredo Madrid

February 5, 2009

Children are expected to conduct themselves according to conventional gender roles taught early in life.' CSUN's latest theatrical piece presents this idea with a comedic, insightful twist. 'Bill's New Frock,' scheduled to run in Nordhoff Hall's Studio Theatre Feb.6 through Feb.15, focuses on the ...

Night Horse?s blues-tinged ?Dark Won?t Hide You? mixes aggression with optimism

Alfredo Madrid

December 10, 2008

Aloud medley of hard rock meshed with bluesy sounds best describes Night Horse's latest album.' 'The Dark Won't Hide You' is an aggressive depiction of fading love and a prospective spiritual future.' Although the album barely tops half an hour, the six tracks deliver a screeching tour de force pa...

Younger students score higher in grad school exam

Alfredo Madrid

November 19, 2008

In preparing for a future after college, students are now more than ever urged to continue their education due to a wavering economy.' Attending graduate school is an alternative that many students would find beneficial if their goals are uncertain.' ' ' Students unsure of what they will do upon g...

Lustra finds a new sound

Alfredo Madrid

November 18, 2008

Lustra's latest album, 'What You Need and What You Get,' is either a blatant misogynistic attack or the group who collectively enjoy promoting the belittlement of women following the cold end to a relationship.' Lustra originally formed in Boston in 1996 under the name 'Seventeen.'' The original members i...

Untold glory of a hometown hero

Alfredo Madrid

November 11, 2008

Heroes are born when their lack of selfishness shines through and overcomes all obstacles.' At the height of the war in Vietnam in the late 1960s, one young man from the San Fernando Valley displayed unrelenting bravery by placing the safety of his fellow countrymen, Marines and soldiers before his ow...

Student?s film on life of Vietnam combat photographer to air on PBS

Alfredo Madrid

November 6, 2008

Courage is a characteristic that stands out prominently when applied to former veteran Bill Perkins, a San Fernando Valley native who died in the Vietnam War.' A short film, 'Above and Beyond The Story of Cpl. William T. Perkins, Jr. USMC,' created and produced by 58-year-old French major Debora Ma...

The ?Morel? of good music

Alfredo Madrid

October 28, 2008

Morel's melodic music emits space station sounds on a screeching keyboard in their upcoming album that delivers a poignant coming of age theme. 'The Death of The Paperboy,' set to be released, Nov. 4, is Morel's latest experimental output combining rock and electronic components with synthesized dance mu...

Professors discuss issue of race in classrooms

Alfredo Madrid

October 28, 2008

In the midst of the political transformation the country might face, as a result of the upcoming presidential election, race has never seemed to be more relevant to American life than now.' How this influences our higher educational institutions is a great concern to the community.' A panel of profes...

Teacher Feature: Sirena Pellarolo?s commitment to a better world

Alfredo Madrid

October 15, 2008

Dr. Sirena Pellarolo sat in her office chair one afternoon perusing a book by Chicana poet and radical feminist Gloria Anzaldua called 'La Frontera: The New Mestiza.' Her fourth-floor office is typical of an intellectual, swamped with stacks of documents and books on the shelves or her desk. As a s...

Dark and melodic, The Dears sing with sorrow

Alfredo Madrid

September 23, 2008

The Dears, a Montreal-based indie rock group, recently released 'Missile,' an album that overflows with melodramatic symphonic sounds accompanied by sulky lyrics. The charismatic frontman, Murray Lightburn, has a lugubrious performance in this latest recording. The music and lyrics deal with depressin...

Not enough funding for financial aid applicants

Alfredo Madrid

September 16, 2008

The increasing cost of living in the U.S. is not only affecting housing, food and gasoline prices, but also educational services. Several colleges and universities nationwide are being dealt a decisive blow by an ailing economy, while many students are being denied sufficient loans and financial ai...

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