The Sundial

The long and often arduous commute of freeway professors

Cindy Von Quednow

March 27, 2009

One day last semester, Michael Powelson, a part-time lecturer at CSUN, was scheduled to give a midterm exam to a class he was teaching at California State Channel Islands in Camarillo. The exam was scheduled at 4 p.m. He left his home in Van Nuys in the morning to ride public transportation to his fi...

Elections mark a change in history of El Salvador

Cindy Von Quednow

March 17, 2009

The streets of San Salvador were red on the night of March 15. Not from blood, which was shed during the 12-year civil war, but from the victory of the revolutionary party that defeated the 20-year rule of the right-wing government. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) lead by Mauric...

MOSAIC mentors those left behind

Cindy Von Quednow

March 12, 2009

Jose Tribaldo never liked school, skipping classes all through elementary until high school, but today, at the age of 21, he works at different schools teaching art to troubled youth. Five years ago he was a student at Jack London Continuation School in Van Nuys. Now as a maturing artist, Tribaldo works as ...

Aspiring filmmaker, mentor dies at 20

Cindy Von Quednow

February 8, 2009

Diron Rivers had two passions in life: basketball and film. The 20-year-old CTVA major who passed away on Feb. 3, wanted to be an NBA player, like his idol Ray Allen, for most of his childhood, but came to CSUN to pursue a career as a director or producer. For most of his young life he played with the ...

Obama ‘opening up’ doors

Cindy Von Quednow

January 21, 2009

Sitting on the shoulders of his grandfather, 4-year-old Sean Patrick Henderson knew why he was at the nation's Capitol on Jan 20, in 20-degree weather. 'I want to see the president,' said the toddler awaiting the inaugural parade of recently sworn-in President Barack Obama. His grandfather, Rev. Lee Henders...

A historic day in America

Cindy Von Quednow

January 20, 2009

I had planned out my perfect trip for this winter break a long time ago. I bought my plane ticket from Los Angeles to Houston, and from El Paso to Washington, D.C. I figured I'd kill three birds with one stone and visit as many people as I could over our extra long vacation. I also thought I'd head ov...

Journalists debate influence of media on election

Cindy Von Quednow

November 3, 2008

An odd couple of journalists and media critics from both sides of the political spectrum debated on the media's role in the upcoming presidential election last Wednesday evening in the Grand Salon. Norman Solomon, co-founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, and Cliff Kincaid writer and editor of...

Teacher Feature: Prof. Dommeyer Dominates Badminton

Cindy Von Quednow

October 6, 2008

At first glance, Curt Dommeyer might look like a typical professor. He's tall, has a commanding voice that lets him effectively lead lectures, and his glasses give off an air of authority, but there is one thing that sets him apart from his CSUN colleagues.' He is an avid badminton player. Before you scoff...

The goals of journalists: Seek truth. The goal of government: Control truth

Cindy Von Quednow

May 9, 2008

Seek truth and report it. Minimize harm. Act independently. Be accountable. These are the four main principles of the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, what aspiring and professional journalists should live by and faithfully follow. It describes journalists' responsibility to the pu...

The goal of journalists: Seek truth. The goal of government: Control truth

Cindy Von Quednow

May 9, 2008

Seek truth and report it. Minimize harm. Act independently. Be accountable. These are the four main principles of the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, what aspiring and professional journalists should live by and faithfully follow. It describes journalists' responsibility to the pu...

Animated ‘Persepolis’ captures the hearts of viewers and critics

Cindy Von Quednow

May 9, 2008

When Marjane Satrapi was a young girl in Iran, there were two things she most looked forward to: shaving her legs, and becoming the last prophet in the galaxy. Now, she can add winning an Oscar to her list. Her film, "Persepolis," based on her autobiographical graphic novel series, is nominated for best ...

Iraq War veteran opposes army recruitment of Latinos

Cindy Von Quednow

May 9, 2008

As a recently-arrived immigrant from post-war Nicaragua, Camilo Mejia felt out of place in the United States, his third home in three years. He decided to join the Army in order to find his place in the world. "I was lacking social contact and I didn't feel part of anything," Mejia said. "I felt like...

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