The Sundial

Say no to apathy and just protest

Say no to apathy and just protest

Calvin Ratana

January 22, 2014

Over the winter 1,566 students signed a petition voicing their dissatisfaction with the recent 2014 graduation changes. Students flooded Facebook and Twitter, and some protested in person at the Associated Students (AS) meetings. CSUN students will fight for what they believe is wrong. In a leap of fa...

It’s not if an earthquake will hit, but when

It’s not if an earthquake will hit, but when

Calvin Ratana

January 17, 2014

Over 50 people dead, 7,000 injured and 20,000 people displaced from their homes. Billions of dollars in damages. That was the extent of the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake that hit on Jan. 17, 1994 as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Here’s the kicker: For the past 20 years, no major legis...

Katy Perry: an unconditional racist

Katy Perry: an unconditional racist

Calvin Ratana

December 4, 2013

It was just a regular Sunday night after a busy shift, one hour before closing. My co-worker decided to change the TV channel to view the American Music Awards (AMA). Some odd twist of fate led me to witness the beginning of Katy Perry’s performance and that sense of dread creeped on me and I couldn't...

True hip hop music lies underground

True hip hop music lies underground

Calvin Ratana

November 18, 2013

I beat the p*ssy up, up, up. Hold on folks, what the hell? Did rapper LoveRance really say that he’s going to beat a vagina up? Oh yes he did. Folks, this is the state of the so called hip-hop industry today. I sadly announce that as of right now, hip-hop is malnourished and needs the love and attention th...

Israel, you don’t get peace with war

Israel, you don’t get peace with war

Calvin Ratana

November 13, 2013

War never changes. Ambiguous reasons, propaganda, pointed fingers, supposed peace talks and heated debate flow into a confused public all while people are losing their lives to reasons unknown to them. On Oct. 30, Israeli planes attacked a Syrian military base. To Israel, I ask to stop acting with a...

Fallen veterans honored with national roll call in celebration of Veteran’s Day

Fallen veterans honored with national roll call in celebration of Veteran’s Day

Calvin Ratana

November 8, 2013

CSUN held its first national roll call in honor of fallen soldiers from California Thursday for CSUN’s celebration of Veteran’s Day at the USU. “We want to honor every veteran at this event,” said Jorge Reyes, lectures and culture event assistant for the USU. “However we are conducting a...

CSUs need ethnic studies program

CSUs need ethnic studies program

Calvin Ratana

November 3, 2013

Take up your picket signs, raise your fists and get your voices out, brothers and sisters; ethnic studies is yet again under attack and it is our responsibility to save it. According to an LA Times article, various CSU campuses are looking to trim costs and ethnic studies programs are bearing the brunt of the cuts...

For this year, don’t be a racist for Halloween

For this year, don’t be a racist for Halloween

Calvin Ratana

October 31, 2013

Oh, Halloween. They say it’s fun to dress up and go to Halloween parties. But it isn’t – at least not when there’s rampant cultural appropriation and people dressed up in racist costumes running around everywhere. In this age, that’s exactly what Halloween has turned into: an ugly parade o...

Covered California representatives explain health care options for students

Covered California representatives explain health care options for students

Calvin Ratana

October 30, 2013

A representative from the CSU Health Insurance Education Project (HIEP) educated more than 50 CSUN students about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, and Covered California. “Covered California is the state’s marketplace to compare plans, qualify for subsidies and purchase coverag...

Stop treating college as a business

Calvin Ratana

October 29, 2013

For many students, college is the way for us to be able to obtain a secure financial future. Society tells us that if we want a future for ourselves and family, college is the way to go. Of course the matter of paying for college occurs, however many advisors tell students to apply for FAFSA or apply...

A grateful CSUN neighbor thanks campus police with lunch and dinner

Calvin Ratana

October 26, 2013

Living next door to a California State University can have its perks. For Scott Champion, a 60-year-old CSUN neighbor, the presence of CSUN’s Police Department (PD) is comforting and keeps surrounding communities safe, especially with Halloween fast approaching. In an effort to show his appreciati...

Job Fair will connect CSUN students to hundreds of potential employers

Calvin Ratana

October 22, 2013

The Career Center will be hosting the fall Job Fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the USU, Northridge Center. “We get a bunch of employers to come to CSUN who are all looking to hire either part time, full time or for internships,” said Hannah Pham, a student assistant at the Career Center and an e...

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