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

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

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 parallels are alarming. It is potentially apocalyptic, even by mass extinction standards. A re...

The parking problem: A sustainable future

The parking problem: A sustainable future

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 renewable electric power, a reduction in the size of the CSUN vehicle fleet and the remaining fleet ...

The parking problem

The parking problem

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 planning major with a focus on transportation and disabilities, I felt the need to explain why I ...

Water-less World

Water-less World

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 political and economic climates of any nation in the world, and this will almost certainly make it f...

Men, Feminists and the Media

Men, Feminists and the Media

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 feminist, you believe firmly in gender equality whether you are male or female. Feminism is often tw...

Upgrading the Metrolink to the CSUN experience

Upgrading the Metrolink to the CSUN experience

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 called Keolis. Ever since, I have felt the shuttles should be run by the university. Further research...

Hurricane Maria: The third deadly blow

Hurricane Maria: The third deadly blow

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 into a 185 MPH Category 5 that left behind complete destruction in the Caribbean, and ended by...

Hurricane follow-up: a brutal one two

Hurricane follow-up: a brutal one two

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 after Harvey, Hurricane Irma hit and raked all of Florida after nearly obliterating numerous Caribbean Is...

Between a rock and a Harvey place

Between a rock and a Harvey place

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 to hit the US since 2005's record-breaking Hurricane Wilma, and the first Category 4+ storm ...

Public transit proposal pushes for convenient schedules

Public transit proposal pushes for convenient schedules

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, I would like to address some of the broad service and bus fleet proposals. As I mentioned in m...

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

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

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 office, I am impressed with its frequent service, but have concerns. Currently, the dorm trams, along...

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