The Sundial

Price hike at campus Burger King breaks one student’s spirits

columnist

July 11, 2005

I have been a CSUN student for three years now. During this time, my school has shamed me many times. Our baseball stadium was ranked the worst in the entire National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level. Commentators from Fox Sports West publicly mocked our basketball '?arena' ?'#8209;t...

Social Security reform not simply a bureaucratic duty

columnist

May 23, 2005

The Bush administration has been indicating that the first order of business the president would like Congress to address is Social Security reform. This is because a crisis is looming in the Social Security system that will cause its eventual collapse. Even the president's critics do not doubt this ...

Education a priority for spend-happy California

columnist

May 19, 2005

Governor Schwarzenegger is once again taking heat, and this time, it's from the education establishment. Howls of protest have greeted his new budget proposal, with many educators claiming that Schwarzenegger is shortchanging education. This cacophony of condemnation directed at the gover...

Business majors take note: Philosophy is simply the coolest

columnist

May 18, 2005

All the cool kids are doing it. When I enrolled at CSUN, I decided I was going to follow in the footsteps of the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of students before me, and become a bona fide, certified, business major. When I told people I was a business major, they would nod in approval. "Busi...

New anti-smoking campaign unfair to vilified tobacco execs

columnist

May 12, 2005

Being a smoker is a problem. It's bad for your health and it endangers the health of the people around you. Smoking leads to cancer, heart disease, lung damage, and other horrible diseases. The cost of treating these illnesses is astronomical. What is more important, and perhaps more dangerous than these p...

Governor’s comments spark immigration debate

columnist

May 12, 2005

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's newest crusade against the entrenched special interests in Sacramento involves the always-sensitive subject of illegal immigration. While his drive to push for a more responsible border policy has elicited the predictable outrage from the usual suspects, his attentio...

U.S. newspaper circulation still down, but why?

columnist

May 5, 2005

On May 2, the Los Angeles Times reported that newspaper circulation for its Monday through Saturday daily editions fell from 1,253,849 to 907,997, a drop of 6.5 percent. The Times' Sunday edition also had its circulation drop by 7.9 percent. On the same day, the Associated Press reported that overall newsp...

Meat-eaters not justified in ‘healthy and natural’ defense

columnist

May 5, 2005

I am a vegetarian for moral and health reasons. When I debate with people about the morality of consuming meat, inevitably the conversation turns to the human body's natural predispositions and needs for protein. The assumption is, if a human being needs protein to survive, and we need meat to get p...

Religion has justifiable effects on U.S. politics

columnist

April 28, 2005

It seems like the new political touch of death these days is to be identified as a Christian or be associated with Christians. That at least seems to be the feeling held by our good friends in the press, as evidenced by the coverage surrounding Republican Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. At issue ...

Men’s child support responsibilities not clear-cut or obvious

columnist

April 28, 2005

The federal office that oversees child support estimates Americans owe over $100 billion in child support per year. The average rate of collection from state to state is about 50 percent, though this number varies greatly, as the District of Columbia has a collection rate of just 16 percent, while Utah ...

What can be done to stop power-hungry judiciary

columnist

April 21, 2005

The federal judiciary has amassed unprecedented power. The courts have used their authority to void legislative acts by declaring them unconstitutional in ways that were not intended by the authors of the Constitution. The result is a judiciary that now controls a large part of our lives by fiat. That ...

Trying minors in court as adults unfair, inconsistent

columnist

April 21, 2005

To Americans, the concept of youths committing violent crimes is not anything new. In a 1996 speech, Florida Congressmember Bill McCollum summarized America's fear by warning us of a generation of "super predators," an alert of an underage crime wave yet to come. There is a general consensus that those m...

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