The Sundial

Broadcast networks finally get a ‘decent’ ally

Guest Columnist

May 12, 2005

The ugly word "censorship" conjures up images of Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," a frightening look at a supposed Utopian society in which the government has banned all forms of entertainment. But ever since Janet Jackson's now infamous 2004 Super Bowl Sunday "wardrobe malfunction," lawmakers have increas...

Childhood norms could be root of dating problems

Guest Columnist

May 11, 2005

Before a newborn has a chance to utter his or her first word or take a first step, gender norms are already present. Male or female gender norms are embedded into our surroundings. They are blended in our institutions, toys, and the way mothers, fathers or prime caretakers raise children. Perhaps eve...

In mayoral race, the city of L.A. will be the loser

Guest Columnist

May 10, 2005

After a slow start following the March primary, the race to become the next mayor of Los Angeles has heated up in the past few weeks. At first, the candidates seemed to be hiding. The first debate took place at 5 p.m., when most Angelinos were stuck in rush-hour traffic, while the second debate was i...

Bigger effort needed to reach minority students

Guest Columnist

May 9, 2005

The renewed experience of going back to college, after almost six years of working full-time at a newspaper in Los Angeles has turned me into a pragmatic student of media issues with an even keener eye when it comes to classrooms' ethnic makeup. Perhaps even worse than in 1997, I've noticed the lack ...

Energy bill ignores elusive long-term fix

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May 4, 2005

Much like almost every other American today, the rising gasoline prices are really starting to have a substantially adverse effect on my daily finances. As my checking account balance draws closer and closer to negative numbers, I have become increasingly interested in the finite details of President Georg...

A controversial pope in a controversial time

Guest Columnist

May 3, 2005

Dieu n'est pas serieux!" (God is not serious). We know that after the long reign of Pope John-Paul II, Catholic bishops and cardinals wanted an elderly person who could not hold power for too long. At 78, the former dean of the College of Cardinals, Joseph Ratzinger, was a good candidate, since Carlo...

Underage drinking not a problem for legislators

Guest Columnist

May 3, 2005

Does anybody else remember when they were in high school and going to parties where the parents of the "party-thrower" were home, and beer and loads of other kinds of alcoholic beverages were made available for tons of no-worries indulgence? At these parties, I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, I wis...

Passover tradition spreads education

Guest Columnist

April 26, 2005

This past Saturday, I went to a Passover Seder. I entered late, like Elijah, downed the mandatory four glasses of wine, sang, and did my Passover duty of passing over not a bit of food. Three pieces of gefilte fish, two helpings of brisket, turkey, two helpings of meatballs, two helpings of kugel, brown...

Saving CSU system a crucial fight for all

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April 25, 2005

The students of the CSU system are being forced to pay more but will ultimately get less in return, because enrollment will be impacted and classes will still be eliminated in accordance with the governor's cuts to higher education in California. In reaction to this, CSUN students are organizing a tea...

Pickwick’s fire ends a CSUN, Valley tradition

Guest Columnist

April 25, 2005

I turned 21 two months ago, but had been looking forward to it for a long time, if only for the ability to go to shows that were 21 and over, and have new places to hang out late other than the dorms. Shortly after my birthday, I recalled a place to go that my mother used to visit during her 20s and ...

Society’s dependency on cell phones might be too much

Guest Columnist

April 20, 2005

Is there anything teachers despise more than being interrupted by a rock star tune, or a Ludacris rap beat blaring out of a cell phone during a lecture? That annoying buzz that keeps going off in class, usually has students' faces looking around trying to figure out which backpack the noise is coming fr...

One man’s take on the PDA double standard

Guest Columnist

April 20, 2005

As I walk past the Oviatt Library, a couple basking in the sun by one of the library's lawns diverts my attention. A man lies resting his head on his girlfriend's lap. She runs her fingers through his hair and fondles his hand in love. Their eyes lock and their gazes into each other's eyes scream to th...

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