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Learn from the past (or we’ll all be doomed to repeat it)

a large green tree on top of a shattering Earth thats floating in the sky
Benjamin Verheiden April 19, 2018

The Cretaceous asteroid impact is probably the most well-known mass extinction event, but it is the 250 million-year-old Permian mass extinction event that applies to our current planetary situation. The...

The parking problem: A sustainable future

red bus at stop
Benjamin Verheiden February 13, 2018

The last installment on this subject proposed having a “true university bus fleet, renewable fuel infrastructure for turning food and yard waste collected on campus into alcohol/ethanol fuel, more...

The parking problem

full parking lot
Benjamin Verheiden January 25, 2018

With the news of improvements to campus parking opportunities, and what's being discussed and done about it, many are optimistic about their chances of finally finding a parking spot. However, as an urban...

Water-less World

mountainside with clouds looming overhead
Benjamin Verheiden December 12, 2017

We now have a dangerous first in climate change. Venezuela has just become the first country doomed to lose all of its glaciers to climate change. The country is already in one of the most dire and dangerous...

Men, Feminists and the Media

young looks on at a woman with awed expression while boy looks at man while mimicking him
Benjamin Verheiden November 6, 2017

Many think, and are often taught by the media, that being male and a feminist is opposite, but that's wrong. I myself am male and feminist, and proud of it. So what does that mean then? If you're truly...

Upgrading the Metrolink to the CSUN experience

Bus pictured in the CSUN transit center
Benjamin Verheiden October 3, 2017

I have thought about upgrading the Metrolink shuttle ever since I rode the campus' dorm tram in the fall 2016 semester, and found out that the tram and the Metrolink Shuttle are run by a private contractor...

Hurricane Maria: The third deadly blow

Photo shows two men walking through an allyway of partially destroyed houses
Benjamin Verheiden September 24, 2017

The Tropical Atlantic has not given the US a break since Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas with a Category 4 landfall and over 50 inches of rain in late August. A mere two weeks later, Hurricane Irma exploded...

Hurricane follow-up: a brutal one two

photo shows a house collapsed after hurricane irma
Benjamin Verheiden September 19, 2017

It has been nearly four weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane before stalling and dumping 50 inches of rain on Houston in just over a week. Then, just two weeks...

Between a rock and a Harvey place

houses and cars submerged in water
Benjamin Verheiden September 6, 2017

Trump and his administration are stuck between a self-inflicted rock and a hard place. It has been just over a week since Hurricane Harvey made its catastrophic landfall in Texas as the first major hurricane...

Public transit proposal pushes for convenient schedules

Commuting students board the 744 Metro bus on Vincennes St. near CSUN campus. (Josue Aguilar/The Sundial)
Benjamin Verheiden April 11, 2017

On March 29, 2017, I published a letter to the editor pushing for a public takeover towards the CSUN Dorm to school and Metrolink shuttle. Now I will start proposing a solution to this issue. In this follow-up,...

Letter to the editor: why buses should be publicly owned and specialized for university students

Students board the CSUN bus which goes to the dorms
Benjamin Verheiden March 28, 2017

I have ridden public transit buses for six years in Los Angeles and I am a regular rider of the dorm to school bus tram. As an urban planning major and as someone who is registered with the disability...

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