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Submissions open for San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction

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Christine Martinez

October 16, 2018

The Friends of the Oviatt Library are sponsoring and holding open submissions for their annual San Fernando Valley Award to any author, student or non-student to submit an original piece of writing about the San Fernando Valley. The award alternates between nonfiction and fiction every other year, wit...

English department introduces Pop Culture as new minor

movie characters

Christine Martinez

September 29, 2018

The English department has introduced a new minor that students can begin declaring this year: Popular Culture.“What we are doing is trying to bring together skills of the English department and interpret them into everyday life,” Professor Charles Hatfield, a professors teaching classes i...

Former local Catholic priest arrest sparks conversation

church member touches feet of the cross

Christine Martinez

September 25, 2018

Former Roman Catholic priest and middle school dean was arrested for allegedly sending nude photos to an account operated by the police department on Aug. 23.Charles Patrick Mayer, formerly from of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Northridge between 1996 to 2000, was arrested in Banning Unified School D...

Professor harvests honey on campus for research

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Christine Martinez

September 18, 2018

Apiphobia is the fear of bees or bee stings, and while it is easy to profile bees as a dangerous threat, Rachel Mackelprang, associate professor of the biology department, gets up close and personal with them first as a hobby and now as a research study. Eight years ago, Mackelprang helped her fathe...

Raquel McPeek Rodriguez, a young, deaf Latina actor in Hollywood

girl posing by stairs

Christine Martinez

September 9, 2018

The life of an aspiring actor in LA is rife with contradictions that weave between the presupposed glamour and the not-always-so reality that CSUN alumni, Raquel McPeek Rodriguez, is becoming all too familiar with.A last-minute interview with The Sundial was granted, sandwiched between Rodriguez’s 9-to-5 re...

What to expect when getting First Aid/CPR/AED certified

2 guys practicing CPR

Christine Martinez

August 21, 2018

The Red Cross is providing a one-day first aid course on campus for $52. Any CSUN student can walk out educated and Aid/CPR/AED certified.Ryan Hairapetian, the aquatics coordinator, said that participants should expect a full day of instruction, usually held on Saturdays. Class begins at 9 a.m. and ...

Meet the new dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Christine Martinez

August 9, 2018

Yan Searcy begins his new position at CSUN as dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, replacing Stella Theodoulou. He was drawn to CSUN because of our mission statement and vision. The prospect of being in an urban area with a vast, diverse student body was an inspiration and a major mot...

The 5 best vegan food options around CSUN

soup with vegetables

Christine Martinez

July 23, 2018

The ever-present expansion of businesses around CSUN campus lends to the certainty of bountiful and diverse foods. Vegan and vegetarian options are no longer just niche preferences as it is becoming increasingly common to cater to those who seek out non-meat meals.Here is a compiled list of vegan/vegeta...

Northridge Metrolink redevelopment still in the works

blue and white train

Christine Martinez

July 19, 2018

The Northridge Metrolink Station has been undergoing a potential redevelopment over the past few years with discussion of relocation or enhancement of the existing site.The diversity of CSUN students and the university being primarily a commuter school allows students from all different backgrounds to have a...

Putting Angelenas on the Map

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Christine Martinez

April 3, 2018

The City of Los Angeles and Mount St. Mary’s University came together in an effort to address the lack of women representation within the existing names of the city’s landmarks and in doing so, through extensive research, have begun the process of increasing how significant women throughout hi...

Pride Center’s Sex Week – Sex Toys 101

woman wrapped in scarf holds purple dildo in palm while speaking to an audience

Christine Martinez

March 28, 2018

If you’ve ever felt intimidated to walk into a sex shop or unsure of where to even begin, Pride Center kicked off its Sex Week with a sex toys workshop on March 16. Hunter Kelch, a sexual health advisor at A Touch of Romance in Tarzana, brought in a plethora of toys, and knowledge about each, to...

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