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Late CSUN alumnus dies in motorcycle accident, remembered by campus

Late CSUN alumnus dies in motorcycle accident, remembered by campus

Jason Gallaher

May 9, 2013

CSUN alumnus Jesse Wilkes died April 27 in a motorcycle accident. He was 27 years old. Wilkes graduated from CSUN in the spring of 2012 with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts in the multimedia option. “Jesse lived and loved life like very few people I’ve known,” said Mary Schaffer,...

Sororities and fraternities at CSUN don’t follow the bad stereotypes

Sororities and fraternities at CSUN don’t follow the bad stereotypes

Jason Gallaher

May 7, 2013

We’re all familiar with the image of the meathead, drunken frat boy and the ditzy, promiscuous sorority girl. From “Van Wilder” to “The House Bunny,” stereotypes of Greek life abound in the media. The CSUN Greek community, consisting of 26 fraternities and 26 sororities, is anything but the stereotype. While there may...

Daily Sundial talks modeling with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ winner Laura James

Daily Sundial talks modeling with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ winner Laura James

Jason Gallaher

May 6, 2013

“You wanna be on top?” That’s the question Tyra Banks asks at the beginning of each episode of her hit reality competition “America’s Next Top Model.” Winning the competition leads to modeling contracts, photo shoots, ad campaigns, and cold hard cash. Laura James, 22, the most recent winner o...

Equal work, not equal pay for CSU salaries

Equal work, not equal pay for CSU salaries

Jason Gallaher

May 5, 2013

Financial discrepancies persist as professors in different academic departments are not paid equally, even if they hold the same position, according to the Human Resources department of the California State University system. In the HR department’s most recent Faculty Recruitment and Retention Surve...

Campus figuring out ways to offer online classes out of state

Jason Gallaher

May 1, 2013

CSUN is in the beginning stages of figuring out how a proposed interstate reciprocity system for online courses could affect online education at the university. The Commission on the Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education released a report in April proposing a new system to authorize institutions to t...

CSUN students discover a short snooze academically beneficial

CSUN students discover a short snooze academically beneficial

Jason Gallaher

May 1, 2013

According to the most recent health assessment by the American College Health Association (ACHA), of the CSUN student body, 20.8 percent of Matadors claim sleep difficulties affect their academic performance. The ACHA said these students who don’t get enough shuteye reported receiving lower ...

STEM event pushes for more science and engineering class in K-12 schools

Jason Gallaher

April 29, 2013

The college of engineering and computer sciences and the Michael D. Eisner college of education came together Monday night to host “Enhancing the T-E in STEM – Technology and Engineering.” The event, held in Nordhoff Hall, emphasized introducing engineering into K-12 curriculum and getting childr...

Tuition freeze could cap UC, CSU costs at 2011-2012 academic year’s price

Jason Gallaher

April 23, 2013

Students support the joint efforts of three California State Assembly members to freeze tuition throughout the UC and CSU systems. Assembly Bill 67, authored by Assembly members Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto), Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) and Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) would freeze tuition at the rate of ...

Graduating from college with a debt-free degree has its costs

Graduating from college with a debt-free degree has its costs

Jason Gallaher

April 22, 2013

As concerns about national student debt crossing the $1 trillion mark flood the media, CSUN students are finding ways to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree debt-free. CSUN students said their concern about taking out loans comes from uncertainty in being able to pay them back. ...

Matador Nights returns with New York theme

Jason Gallaher

April 22, 2013

The University Student Union is putting on Matador Nights this Friday, April 26 from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. in the Plaza del Sol, Grand Salon, and Northridge Center. The theme for this semester’s Matador Nights is New York City, complete with a Coney Island carnival-style atmosphere that includes a f...

Professor forages spring water for consumption

Jason Gallaher

April 18, 2013

The debate of whether tap water or bottled water is better to drink still rages on, but there’s also another option to consider: foraging your own spring water. That’s just what Erica Wohldmann, professor of psychology at CSUN, has been doing for the past three years. Once a month she g...

LGBTQ individuals discuss their experiences with immigration law

Jason Gallaher

April 15, 2013

Multiple CSUN departments came together Monday night to host the “I Am Also Undocumented” presentation, a discussion on the ways in which Asian Pacific Islander and LGBTQ communities are affected by immigration law. Dr. Martha Escobar, a professor of Chicana/o studies, said the event includes commun...

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