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Police brutality continues unchecked

Police brutality continues unchecked

Calvin Ratana

October 21, 2013

Dear Miriam Carey, I don’t know who you are or what your motives were, but on behalf of humanity I apologize for what has happened to you. Recently Carey made headlines on Oct. 3 when she was gunned down by the police in Washington, D.C., after a car chase. The story goes that Carey was at a checkpoint n...

Statewide Shakeout to commence

Calvin Ratana

October 16, 2013

CSUN will be joining millions of Californians in the ShakeOut Drill today at 10:17 a.m. in an effort to learn the necessary safety procedures in the event of a future earthquake.The ShakeOut Drill is a statewide program that happens every year in October with schools and various organizations througho...

National survey shows that most Americans don’t think colleges are fully preparing students

Calvin Ratana

October 10, 2013

A college degree should be a student’s golden ticket to securing a career, but higher education seems to be only doing a fair or poor job at preparing recent college graduates for the workforce according to a new study. “A lot of people just graduate and they don’t know what it’s like to work o...

You had one job to do, government

You had one job to do, government

Calvin Ratana

October 6, 2013

Everybody, brace yourselves. The government of the United States of America has officially, as of Tuesday morning last week, shut down. Yup, the government in all of its infinite wisdom, failed to do the one thing they were hired and elected to do: keep the government running. Despite the various Facebook references between the government shutdown and the movie ...

Faculty and students celebrate at the grand opening of the Learning Commons

Faculty and students celebrate at the grand opening of the Learning Commons

Calvin Ratana

October 4, 2013

Thursday afternoon marked the official opening of the Library Learning Commons that was made available to students this semester. “I’ve been asked many times what is the Learning Commons?” Mark Stover, dean of the Oviatt Library said. “Well it’s a place for students to study, learn and explore. And they can drink coffee now.” The library’s first fl...

New prison population reduction law is a step in the right direction

New prison population reduction law is a step in the right direction

Calvin Ratana

September 23, 2013

In an effort to comply with a federal court demand for California to reduce its prison population, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law with two plans to reduce the population size in prisons. The law orders either the relocation of non-violent prisoners to mental health and substance abuse facilities or the relocation of pris...

Oviatt Library renovations bring Learning Resource Center and new Learning Commons facility

Oviatt Library renovations bring Learning Resource Center and new Learning Commons facility

Calvin Ratana

September 9, 2013

With the start of the Fall 2013 semester CSUN students were greeted with a renovated Oviatt Library. The revamped first floor of the Oviatt is now called the Learning Commons where new carpet, furniture, tables, study rooms and new sections like an IT Help Center have been built. “The library is...

SAFE Act is unsafe for undocumented immigrants

SAFE Act is unsafe for undocumented immigrants

Calvin Ratana

September 4, 2013

In a push for immigration reform, the GOP gave their latest conservative piecemeal: the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act. Proposed by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the SAFE Act aims to fix the immigration system in America “step-by-step and increment-by-increment” according to Gowdy. In short, the SAFE Act, if passed, will automatically m...

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