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Swedish Ark’s new glam-rock gospel of love

Daniel Harju

May 1, 2007

Once in a while a band comes along that sweeps people off their feet through sheer talent and charisma. Swedish glam-rockers the Ark have attracted a small but religiously committed group of American fans who are sure to embrace "Prayer For the Weekend," their fourth album. The Swedish glam-rock sextet ha...

Special Report: Grade inflation rife on campus

Daniel Harju

December 15, 2006

Originally Published November 14, 2006 In 2004, CSUN instructors assigned twice as many As as Cs in upper division classes. The overall percentage of A grades at CSUN increases every year, which does not necessarily mean students are performing better. On the contrary, it gives cause to believe that ...

Another one bites the dust: Tower Records to close its doors

Daniel Harju

December 15, 2006

Originally Published November 2, 2006 The iconic Tower Records is preparing to close its doors forever in Los Angeles and around the country in the continuing systematic shift of the music industry from high-priced music stores like Tower Records, Wherehouse Music and Sam Goody to online sales and large ...

Let’s talk about Iraq, since no one really wants to

Daniel Harju

December 15, 2006

Originally Published Nov. 2, 2006 The political season is upon us and the war in Iraq has become the major midterm election issue as the Republican Party fights to keep control over both the House and the Senate. In September, 2,600 Iraqis were killed in Baghdad alone, while Democrats and Republicans ...

Starting professor pay varies greatly at CSUs

Daniel Harju

December 15, 2006

Entry-level salaries for tenure-track professors in different disciplines at CSUN vary by as much as $30,000, the 2005-2006 salary report suggests, a trend that reflects market forces largely outside of the university's control. Accounting, business, economics and mechanical engineering are among th...

The attack on Christmas

Daniel Harju

December 14, 2006

While many good-hearted people struggle to figure out how to afford the necessary purchases in order to uphold good relations with family and friends, others express religious outrage about how a holiday that is significant to Christians came to be referred to as just "the holidays." No matter if yo...

CSUN planetarium to host show about possible life in space

Daniel Harju

December 13, 2006

Is there life on Mars? Astro-biologists, scientists who study the possibility of extraterrestrial life, have moved beyond the red planet to pose the broader question by asking if we are alone in the Universe. "The Search for Life in the Universe" is the title of a CSUN planetarium show that explores ...

Business mixes with pleasure in Second Life

Daniel Harju

December 6, 2006

The latest online phenomenon is the much-hyped virtual world Second Life, a vibrant social outlet that resembles a mixture between a happy version of the Matrix and the networking site Myspace.com. Second Life has attracted the interest of millions of people around the world, including educators, co...

Local unsigned band Matcli balances school and gigs

Daniel Harju

November 30, 2006

For Northridge-based pop-rock band Matcli, the music is the priority. Unlike many Los Angeles groups that focus extensively on image, either dressing down in designer jeans and T-shirts or donning glammed-out latex gear and cheap feather boas, Matcli avoids such trend traps. "We're very modest, fairly no...

Ren? Magritte’s ‘treacherous images’ at LACMA

Daniel Harju

November 22, 2006

In a dreamy gallery environment turned upside down, carpeted with a blue sky dotted by puffy clouds and decked with freeway intersections on the ceiling, Belgian surrealist Ren? Magritte's work is playfully featured in a current exhibit that looks at the pop-culture icon's impact on American and European po...

Voter apathy is still an ongoing issue today

Daniel Harju

November 16, 2006

During the recent midterm elections, voter turnout once again became voter "tune-out" as 60 percent of eligible voters stayed home and misguidedly contributed to a historic legacy of democratic "couch potato-ism." Most Americans did not make it to the local polling place because of various personal ...

Special Report: Grade inflation rife on campus

Daniel Harju

November 13, 2006

In 2004, CSUN instructors assigned twice as many As as Cs in upper division classes. The overall percentage of A grades at CSUN increases every year, which does not necessarily mean students are performing better. On the contrary, it gives cause to believe that academic standards are being lowered. CS...

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