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Sean Penn is powerful as first openly-gay politician in ?Milk?

David MacNeal

December 10, 2008

Like most history-rich films pertinent to our times, we could only wish they'd been released earlier. This rings true about 'Milk''mdash;the new Gus Van Sant-directed biopic about Harvey Milk and the gay rights movement expanding from the Castro District'mdash;and the recent firestorm over Proposition 8....

The Golden Toilet does exist on campus

David MacNeal

December 10, 2008

I'm surprised first of all that I enjoy a CSUN toilet long enough to space out, but the University Hall bathroom is near perfect, lacking only that of a bathroom attendant ('A spritz of Ralph Lauren before criminology, sir? Perhaps, a Mentos?'). But it's not the best on campus. As my parting gift for ...

Porn Connection: A Tale of two stashes

David MacNeal

December 4, 2008

CSUN is located in the heart of the Porn Valley. The tale has been told in movies such as 'Boogie Nights' and 'Wonderland,' but what might be surprising to many students is the amount of literature the Oviatt Library has about human sexuality, which may be the second largest private collection on hu...

New Year?s Nerdolution

David MacNeal

December 4, 2008

Justine Joli'mdash;one of her pictorials has her passed out in the hands of a robot circa 'Lost in Space''mdash;is shirtless using Nerdcore emblazoned stickers to cover her nipples, somewhere near 10 p.m. after my two drinks of Johnny Walker Red, and schmoozing with Members Only-clad hipsters and au...

‘Sweeney Todd’ comes to CSUN

David MacNeal

December 3, 2008

The blood-thirsting musical 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' is back and in new form for a special one-day engagement this Sunday at CSUN's Plaza del Sol Performance Hall. Tony Award-winner John Doyle led the original direction and design of the 10-member cast in his 2005 revival....

The blunders of online dating

David MacNeal

November 13, 2008

Strange how most of these encounters were done at Coffee Bean. Whether the oak-paneled walls or free Wi-Fi of this common spot had any role hindering my dating atmosphere, I doubt it. Sitting there, both of us one foot apart starring in one direction talking about John Steinbeck, I knew this would end...

Despite harrassment, McCain volunteers continue working

David MacNeal

November 5, 2008

Shelly Levy, a semi-retired professional fundraiser, was shopping in her local 99-cent Store when two people cornered her, objecting to the McCain-Palin pins on her jacket. 'They started harassing me,' she said while sitting at the West Valley Republican Club desk. 'So I dialed 911.' In another part of ...

When monsters grow up

David MacNeal

October 23, 2008

One night of the year we permit the inner villain to come out, like a horrible monster revealed at the end of a movie. Fictional horror'mdash;whether in movies, books, or costumes'mdash;playfully scare us away from true world turmoil and degenerates. We reserve the right for spooks and candy. We earned...

Program encourages students to overcome academic anxiety

David MacNeal

October 22, 2008

English professor Michael Schofield recalled an analogy made by Director of Counseling Mark Stevens where he took out a folded up dollar bill. 'You look at it, and all you see is a figure on it,' said Schofield. 'Unfolding it, you find it's a $20 bill; and the point is that we don't know the value of ...

?Robot Chicken? and censorship; good and bad

David MacNeal

October 21, 2008

It's been said television personalities double their laughs whenever they drop the f-bomb. Bleeping out those fantastic and, sometimes, excessive words displace the sincerity they'd usually have uncensored. That's where uncensored cartoon shows (or, in this case, stop motion) lose their flare. The third sea...

Little Big Planet Preview

David MacNeal

October 16, 2008

Given the beta test a go, the design of Media Molecule's 'Little Big Planet' for Playstation 3 proves practicality and simplicity (and an immense understanding of physics) go a long way. The story mode is basic: 3-D graphics with 2-D platformer style levels, and a itsy, burlap 'Sack Boy' performing standard ...

Reporter recounts evacuation experience

David MacNeal

October 15, 2008

Part 1 of 2 We're in a home, my mom, sister and I. The house belongs to Sylvia Hariton, the mother of my mom's best friend Paula Gutierez. Sunday I made the decision to quit smoking till Thanksgiving; 30-plus days without a cigarette might keep me off for good. 'That's a good goal,' my dad said. And t...

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