The Sundial

What you really learned at college

What you really learned at college

Jim McLauchlin

December 4, 2012

  Greetings and salutations, Class of 2012, December division. As you leave the warm embrace of CSUN, you do so in the off-season. Everyone loves spring graduates, and you Decemberites are seen by the public at large as people with an unfortunate sense of timing, destined to show up for F...

Pros and cons of Measure B

Pros and cons of Measure B

Jim McLauchlin

November 4, 2012

Ballots in California are typically chockablock with voter initiatives and in Los Angeles County, voters will have a say in a major regulation affecting a significant back-yard industry. L.A. County Measure B, if passed, would require performers in adult films to use condoms. L.A. County is home to...

Theater review: the Book of Mormon

Theater review: the Book of Mormon

Jim McLauchlin

September 19, 2012

Many people have said that it is the job of art to imitate life. In today’s fast-paced and hyper-reflexive world, it is now the job of life to imitate art as well. And so, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—that’s right, the Mormons—have bought three ads in the Book of Mormon theater program. After you’ve wa...

Weekly Column: What sports personalities’ clichés really mean

Weekly Column: What sports personalities’ clichés really mean

Jim McLauchlin

May 9, 2012

Tuesday marked a full decade since former 76ers shooting guard Allen Iverson made his infamous “practice” rant. The now 36-year-old Turkish-league signee, had already earned three of his four NBA scoring titles. But he felt frustrated by his situation in Philadelphia and responded to media...

Save the date! El doce de Patrick!

Jim McLauchlin

April 9, 2012

Some say that the Roman Empire was a victim of its own weight, that the Empire added holiday after holiday, heaped fest upon fest, until citizens spent more time festing and resting from festing than taking care of the matters at hand. The Senate was always out of session, or hung over. Public g...

Weekly Column: Dear Lakers fans: I hate you. (P.S., I love you.) Observations of L.A. die-hards from a Celtics fan

Weekly Column: Dear Lakers fans: I hate you. (P.S., I love you.) Observations of L.A. die-hards from a Celtics fan

Jim McLauchlin

March 20, 2012

Let’s get this out of the way: My favorite NBA team is the Boston Celtics. Teams number two through 29 are…oh, who cares? It’s a big morass. Rank ’em as you will. Clocking in at no. 30, dead last on my hit list, are the Los Angeles Lakers. Live with it. That said, I will admi...

Academia for academia’s sake does not serve any purpose in life

Jim McLauchlin

March 12, 2012

John Seals is a software engineer who almost accidentally created a program that advanced bone marrow cancer treatment by decades. He’s also a car and motorcycle authority, and a regular writer for AutoTrader.com. Kit Kiefer has been the editor-in-chief of numerous sports publications, and has run...

Stop wearing bourgeois USC gear at CSUN

Stop wearing bourgeois USC gear at CSUN

Jim McLauchlin

February 28, 2012

Brothers! Sisters! Comrades! While high lifting the banner of International Proletarianism we do while heartily engaged in labors as shoulder to shoulder with you, Comrade McLauchlinovich must pull you into the aside! Staunch warning, Brother McLauchlinovich has for you! Take heed, brothers and sisters! For enemy of Northridge Unive...

CSUN should install Japanese sleeping pods

Jim McLauchlin

February 14, 2012

So. I have the greatest entrepreneurial idea ever. And I’m gonna give it to you for free. Just ’cause I really, really want someone to do it. Listen closely, I’m only gonna say this once… We need those Japanese sleep pods things on the CSUN campus. Now would be good. Like right now. Certai...

Don’t be me: Why you should be determined to finish college

Jim McLauchlin

January 31, 2012

It was that great philosopher of our time—Chef from South Park—who reminded us that “There’s a time and place for everything—and it’s called college.” Well, here’s the corollary to Professor Chef’s postulate—there’s a time and place for college as well. At least a time. And that tim...

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