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A new generation of poets on social media

Phone, Notebook, and Pen

Ivan Salinas

January 31, 2020

If you've been on social media long enough, it's likely you've encountered a few lines of poetry. It may have popped up on your feed or a close friend shared it on their story. Millennials paved the way for digital literature as early as blog posts and fan-fiction to now posting poems and short fiction on...

“Easy Rider” in 2020: Born to be dead

CSUN Reviews

Ivan Salinas

January 25, 2020

If there is a scene that could sum up the theme behind "Easy Rider," the unforeseen Hollywood 1969 hippy counterculture classic, it is when George Hanson, played by Jack Nicholson, tells Billy: “What you represent to them is Freedom.”Billy, played by director Dennis Hopper, is confused by this, ...

Madus, VOVE’s Artist of the Year, set to release EP in spring

A talent show

Ivan Salinas

January 22, 2020

The finalists for Artist of the Year contest, Madus, made their live performance debut at CSUN last December, previewing a much-expected EP set to release this spring.Five of Five Entertainment, also known as VOVE, CSUN’s student-led record label, chose Madus — a four-man alternative rock band...

Rushing Waters: A Mural that Celebrates the History of Pacoima

A man

Ivan Salinas

November 20, 2019

What was once a giant gray wall, and a favorite spot for local graffiti artists, is now becoming the home of a new mural made by Levi Ponce and his team of artists from the San Fernando Valley. “Rushing Waters,” the name being given to the mural, will depict life in the neighborhood of Pa...

Culture a l’Aztlán: Fobia Celebrates 30 years headlining at Tropicalia Music Festival 2019 and a US Tour

5 men

Ivan Salinas

November 7, 2019

With a band name that reminds people of their worst fears, this Spanish-speaking alternative rock band is one of the most fun and versatile to come from Mexico City. Fobia has shared their music with the world since the early 1990s with an audience that continues to grow. This year, they are a headlining gr...

Tunes to Relax Your Mind: A Playlist Curated by CSUN Students

CSUN Playlist

Ivan Salinas

October 31, 2019

"Under the Light" - FleeceSubmitted by: @tyewriteIncluded in the indie rock band's sophomore album "Voyager," Fleece's "Under The Light" is an adequate intro to set the listener in a state of deep relaxation. Carried by a melody of soft acoustic guitar chords, a soulful rhythm and psychedelic keyboards, it creates a bright colorful set of i...

Pa’l Norte: A Sundial Curated Playlist

A calendar advertisement (CSUN Playlist)

Ivan Salinas

October 21, 2019

Calle 13 - "Pa’l Norte"Puerto Rican rapper Calle 13 takes on a rebellious and positive approach to the experience of many immigrants. Highlighting the strength and resilience of people looking for a better life, the lyrics state: “Being an immigrant, that is my sport. Today I go up north without a passport without transport. On foot.̶...

Regenerating Environmental Beauty and Justice

A man

Ivan Salinas

October 9, 2019

Artists have long been involved in progressive movements throughout history for the sake of a better world, believing in a cause that could surpass the legacy of their own artwork. Miles Lewis has turned his creative focus not only to the fine arts, but also to contributing solutions to the worsening en...

Pop Culture for Change

Two ladies holding posters together

Ivan Salinas

September 27, 2019

On Sept. 20, the first day of the Global Climate Strike, students from all over LA County skipped class and took to the streets of Downtown LA, urging world leaders to implement environmental changes during the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Messages like “There is no Planet B” or...

Gun Accessibility Near CSUN

A map

Ivan Salinas

September 21, 2019

The San Fernando Valley is no exception to the overwhelming options for locals to obtain a gun. The CSUN campus is surrounded by five gun stores and shooting ranges within a 10-mile radius, not counting many of the pawnshops that may carry firearms. According to the latest crime statistics of the We...

Film & Identity: A Closer Look at the Hollywood Hobo

A movie poster

Ivan Salinas

September 15, 2019

"There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." This quote was said by main character John Sullivan in the 1941 comedy classic "Sullivan's Travels." Sullivan, played by Joel McCrea, i...

8 one 8: Brewing Culture in the Valley

A man standing in front of a brewing machine

Ivan Salinas

September 5, 2019

Out of all the beers on tap available at CSUN's Pub Sports Grill, there is one popular option among students — a household name known as Matador Red. This Red Ale is a crafted drink locally brewed in the San Fernando Valley. Situated in the neighborhood of Canoga Park, founders Derrick and Bryan Ol...

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