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Can Jews and Christians “break bread” together?

Cheryl Giraud

April 11, 2011

As the festival of Passover for the Jewish religion and Holy Week for the Christian religion approach, the age-old question emerges about whether people are tolerant of religious beliefs other than their own. Passover begins this Monday at sundown. The seven day festival commemorates the ancient...

Do you know the skinny on movie popcorn?

Cheryl Giraud

March 27, 2011

Part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires restaurants with 20 or more stores to provide calorie content on their menus. The government agency now aims to regulate food sold at concession stands at large movie theater chains, requiring...

How is Mexican President Benito Juarez remembered and what is the significance of his legacy?

Cheryl Giraud

March 20, 2011

Mexico’s esteemed five-term President Benito Juarez was born on March 21, 1806 in the small village of San Pablo Guelatao in Oaxaca, Mexico. Juarez’s unwavering leadership created a modern civil society in Mexico after the end of Spanish rule. He was appointed governor of Oaxaca in 1848 during...

New movie explores ‘Limitless’ brain power

Cheryl Giraud

March 17, 2011

The idea that humans only use a fraction of our brains, whether true or not, suggests an untapped mind power waiting to be harnessed. Using this as its premise, the new action thriller, “Limitless,” shows a world where human potential knows no boundaries. “Limitless,” which will be rele...

Leprechaun mint cheesecake recipe

Cheryl Giraud

March 17, 2011

If thoughts of Irish whiskey, corned beef and cabbage and visions of dancing leprechauns are clouding your head, you are probably right in thinking that today is March 17. Although some details are still unclear about St. Patrick’s life, March 17 commemorates the death of St. Patrick, Ireland’s...

What did you give up for Lent?

Cheryl Giraud

March 16, 2011

It’s been one week since Lent began last Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The Christian practice of penance lasts 40 days, ending on Easter Sunday. For some, sacrificing something you enjoy requires discipline and reflection during this penitential period. For others, it might...

Does the media have too much time on their hands?

Cheryl Giraud

March 9, 2011

Charlie Sheen has been everywhere in the media lately. With all that is going on in the world such as the conflicts in the Middle East, out of control gas prices in the U.S., mortgage meltdowns, deadly earthquakes and floods, there never seems to be a shortage of Hollywood news. There has been a recent...

Do the conflicts in the Middle East affect the lives of CSUN students?

Cheryl Giraud

February 28, 2011

It’s no secret the Middle East has been engaged in conflicts since ancient Biblical times beginning with the first century uprisings against the Roman Empire. Since then, hundreds of inflammatory confrontations have erupted throughout the complex and emotionally charged Middle East. Fast forward...

Cable drains public Lakers

Cheryl Giraud

February 22, 2011

Sports fans with rabbit ears on top of your TV sets, listen very closely.  You may be able to hear Time Warner's proverbial fat pockets bursting at the seams. The second largest cable provider in the U.S., Time Warner and the Los Angeles Lakers announced Monday, Feb. 14 they are entering into a 20-year...

HOV ain’t easy as 1-2-3

Cheryl Giraud

February 15, 2011

If anyone out there knows what HOV stands for, please raise your hand. Curious about the nebulous acronym with its questionable goals, I thought now is a good time to unearth what all the fuss is about along the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass, where the California Department of Transportation...

Bites on a Budget: Valentine’s Day cupcakes

Cheryl Giraud

February 10, 2011

Valentine’s Day is a day to honor love and shower your loved ones with gifts from the heart and there is no better way to say “Be my Valentine” than with something tasty to warm your heart on a chilly February evening. Chocolate Cupcakes 1 ¾ cups unsifted all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar ...

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