The Sundial

Debate key to learning

Guest Columnist

October 31, 2005

I am always saddened and disappointed when university students, who are now passed the obligatory age of education, get upset about being "forced" to do things in their college classes (i.e. participate in peace or war projects, support anti- or pro-war demonstrations, do community volunteer work, attend...

Amnesty International condems the wrong side

Guest Columnist

October 19, 2005

In the wake of the London terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005, the United Kingdom has been working to enact new anti-terrorism laws and policies that would allow suspected terrorists to be detained for up to 90 days without being charged and would allow for the deportation of foreigners that "glorif...

Send professor to Guantanamo Bay

Guest Columnist

October 11, 2005

The fact is, there are many people in the world who will take advantage of something like music or performing and use it for their own sinister purpose. Arts and culture is something that carries with it a patina of goodness and purity, but it can be misused, and it's our job to see if somebody is ...

PETA’s neglect of Katrina survivors a blight on its image

Guest Columnist

October 6, 2005

It is difficult to become part of a group in which you agree with wholly on every issue they stand on. It is a part of being human. Although I have disagreed with some, never have I been disappointed with any of the groups that I am a part of until recently. PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatme...

Phone line dating: It’s no better than online

Guest Columnist

October 5, 2005

One of the reasons I started to consider the alternative to dating known as phone line dating was because I was not successful at meeting women in general places. They gave me many excuses, such as they were too busy, working a lot and the most common is they were just getting out of a long term relat...

CSUN’s health care system should be an example for the rest of the nation

Guest Columnist

September 28, 2005

Sitting in our own backyard is the key to solving the health care issue of our nation. Northridge's student health care is supreme in its execution and lawmakers should look at us to model how to fix the problem of the lack of decent health care that many of us face. The rise of the cost of health ...

Pledging Allegiance to the flag or God?

Guest Columnist

September 27, 2005

Two weeks ago, on Sept. 14, 2005, a federal district court in Sacramento ruled that public school districts may not require students to recite the words, "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance since it is unconstitutional, citing the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's ruling. The 9th Circuit ruled i...

Celebrate Banned Books Week by reading to kids

Guest Columnist

September 26, 2005

Who cares about books anymore? I mean, we have 500-plus cable channels, we can download any music we like, and we can surf the near-infinite Internet. In the sooner-than-later future, all useable and useless information may be accessible online. Until then, though, books are still very much a part ...

When a blackout occurs, there are no longer any lights to guide us

Guest Columnist

September 19, 2005

I left school on last Monday to get onto the normally congested 405, only to find the right two lanes almost not moving at all. My cell phone rang, it was my friend calling to let me know that there were blackouts all over the city. All I wanted to do was get home, but home was nearly 20 miles away ...

Will of the people shouldn’t always be priority

Guest Columnist

September 13, 2005

On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, the California Legislature barely passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. After being passed in the state Senate, the bill passed in the Assembly by 41 votes. It marked the first time that a state legislative body has voted to make same-sex marriages le...

Kanye West comments spur free speech debate

Guest Columnist

September 12, 2005

Many Americans – especially students – are naïve when it comes to issues of race and poverty. Whether by choice or conditioning, non-minorities and the upper middle class cannot understand, or refuse to acknowledge, the millions who struggle daily for existence in this nation simply because they ...

The nobility of a war all depends on who says it

Guest Columnist

September 6, 2005

In a recent column in the online publication Common Dreams, a colleague of mine chastised the media for not calling attention to the lack of military participation among the families of Iraq hawks. When confronted with a public figure who is decidedly vocal in expressing their support for the war, partic...

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