The Sundial

Meet upcoming CSUN rapper Metaphaurus

Metapharus pictured performing on stage

Jessica Herrera

May 10, 2017

Metaphaurus started rapping in high school when he would write raps for his family members on their birthdays. After getting positive reception, he decided to dedicate himself to the art.The name "Metaphaurus" is a combination of the words “metaphor” and “dinosaur.” It is als...

1&1: Creating a new kind of college parties

man pictured carrying a bag with donations for salvation army

Jessica Herrera

May 9, 2017

When 23-year-old junior and business major Langston Ennin is not making music or working, he’s planning what he’s going to do next with 1&1, a company he created in January 2016.With 1&1, he throws donation-based parties at different college campuses and so far has gathered over 14,0...

CSU system-wide ‘Day of Action’ protest advocates against tuition increase

students participate in silent protest

Jessica Herrera

May 2, 2017

Students gathered at Matador Square Tuesday during a silent protest in response to the California State University tuition increase.Students involved in the protest put duct tape on their mouths and made signs with statements about public education and the lack of state funding.Jeremy Mauritzen, and 21-year-old junior and ...

DJ advocates for Chicano activism

man pictured posing next to a cactus wearing a green flannel tshirt and a fedora hat

Jessica Herrera

April 18, 2017

George Grunauer, also known as DJ Mestizo, is an activist, teacher’s assistant and MEChA de CSUN member, in the Chicana/o masters program. Since 2008, the 30-year-old DJ has focused on tying his music with organizations and fundraisers relating to social justice. When he DJ’s, he plays mus...

Thomas DaVinci brings Chicago talent to Los Angeles

Thomas DaVinci pictured perusing the records in a record store

Jessica Herrera

April 3, 2017

Thomas Gentry, also known by his stage name Thomas DaVinci, is a 24-year-old Chicago-born artist who moved to L.A two years ago to get a change of environment and pursue his art.The rapper, singer, actor, music producer and piano player's stage name was inspired by mathematician Leonardo DaVinci after fin...

CSUN poet talks motivation, self-expression

Brandon Hudson pictured writing in his notebook

Jessica Herrera

March 14, 2017

Self-expression comes in various forms and gives people the platform to be who they want to be. Brandon Hudson, a junior and business management major, said self-expression through poetry has given him the voice he never had. On stage, Hudson is better known as Taylor Martin. Hudson described his...

CSUN alumna finds herself through yoga

Two women participate in a yoga session

Jessica Herrera

March 14, 2017

CSUN alumna and yoga instructor Karina Winkler now provides the San Fernando Valley community with a place to unwind. The 24-year-old recently completed her yoga teacher training and has big plans for her journey. "Like all yoga communities, the San Fernando Valley yoga community serves a diverse...

BUILD PODER program fosters growth in biomedical research

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Jessica Herrera

February 21, 2017

The undergraduate biomedical research training program is looking to recruit 75 new students for BUILD PODER, a program that offers research training, faculty mentorship and financial assistance for immersing students who wish to pursue careers in biomedical research. Hansook Oh, the communications ...

Bernie Sanders and ‘Our Revolution’

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Jessica Herrera

February 21, 2017

Bernie Sanders supporters gathered at a sold out event at The Theater at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles Sunday night to listen to the Vermont senator speak about issues in America and his new book "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In." Sanders' book, which was published three months ago, focuses...

The vital role of music in cinema

Illustration depicting a woman listening to music with her headphones one. An illustrated brain is shown.

Jessica Herrera

February 13, 2017

One of the few soundtracks to make more money than the actual film was the conscious soundtrack of the 1972 blaxploitation film "Super Fly." Written and produced entirely by Curtis Mayfield, the soul singer took the opportunity to address situations such as drugs and crime, much to do with the film. Whether...

Introducing: Souleaux

Jacques Guidry performs at a CSUN event

Jessica Herrera

February 6, 2017

The creative talent at CSUN grows immensely every semester whether through singing, rapping, producing, photography or painting. Students form clubs, small shows, and open mics on campus; including get-togethers off campus to express their art. All artists, no matter what platform, have their own st...

The Duolingo Effect

Duolingo logo shows a bird perched on a globe

Jessica Herrera

February 1, 2017

With the diversity in Southern California, it’s always a plus to know a language other than English. People regularly take language classes and purchase Rosetta Stone, or study a foreign dictionary inside and out, but Duolingo is for those who prefer something quick and free.Duolingo was launc...

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