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20 years after Northridge earthquake, CSUN is ‘not just back, better’

20 years after Northridge earthquake, CSUN is ‘not just back, better’

John Saringo-Rodriguez

January 17, 2014

It was 4:30 a.m., a time when most are sound asleep in their beds. Then, in an instant, the lives of those in the San Fernando Valley changed forever on Jan. 17, 1994 when the area was ambushed by 10 to 20 devastating seconds of a 6.7 magnitude earthquake. CSUN was gravely affected as well. The campus ...

Undocumented students and their allies urge CSUN for a resource center

Undocumented students and their allies urge CSUN for a resource center

John Saringo-Rodriguez

December 13, 2013

>>> CORRECTION: Economics major and undocumented student is named David Gonzalez, not David Gonzales. Passions flared as CSUN’s immigrant rights advocacy group Dreams To Be Heard (DTBH) expressed why creating an undocumented resource center on campus is necessary. “We need a space whe...

Students learn the ropes of BDSM sex culture

Students learn the ropes of BDSM sex culture

John Saringo-Rodriguez

December 8, 2013

Bondage, discipline, domination, submission, sadism and masochism (BDSM) are occasionally practiced by 5-10 percent of Americans, according to a report by the Kinsey Institute. “Human sexuality helps us to recognize what makes us feel good. It’s about learning about one’s sexuality,” said ...

30th Annual CSUN Powwow attracts hundreds from the community

30th Annual CSUN Powwow attracts hundreds from the community

John Saringo-Rodriguez

November 30, 2013

American Indian dancers and singers wore their intricately-patterned garb and gave traditional performances for the hundreds of spectators during the 30th Annual CSUN Powwow. The event was hosted by the American Indian Student Association (AISA) at the Chicana/o House Lawn on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. T...

Studies show depression affects academic progress, causes stress and chemical imbalance

Studies show depression affects academic progress, causes stress and chemical imbalance

John Saringo-Rodriguez

November 21, 2013

There are many myths associated with depression. As mentioned in the article “7 Myths of Depression,” people often misinterpret depression as a phase that is not serious and will fade over time. Another misconception is that depression only affects the weak and lonely, and that medicine can hel...

LGBTQA students learn teamwork skills at retreat

LGBTQA students learn teamwork skills at retreat

John Saringo-Rodriguez

November 18, 2013

As a diverse group of CSUN students made an abrupt stop beside Lake Webb, the rush of wind caused ripples in the water to take shape. It is tradition for CSUN’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Alliance (LGBTQA) to host a retreat every semester. “One of the purposes of this retreat is t...

Unified We Serve displays donations on the steps of the Oviatt Library

Unified We Serve displays donations on the steps of the Oviatt Library

John Saringo-Rodriguez

November 14, 2013

For those living below poverty or working with a low income, a well-balanced meal may be a luxury. One cannot truly comprehend the value of a can of beans or a hand-me-down sweater unless one has also experienced poverty. Donated food and clothing can make a tremendous difference in a persons well-bein...

Organizations remember the lives lost to suicide at LGBTQA Candlelight Vigil

Organizations remember the lives lost to suicide at LGBTQA Candlelight Vigil

John Saringo-Rodriguez

October 26, 2013

Suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CSUN’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer Alliance (LGBTQA) community held their third annual Candlelight Vigil to shed light on the issues of suicide and violen...

Street Swag: Costumes on the fly

Street Swag: Costumes on the fly

John Saringo-Rodriguez

October 24, 2013

Cute or creepy: these are usually the typical college Halloween costumes. Some people find purchasing the costume in a bag the way to go. For you “Mean Girls” fans, it’s the excuse to wear lingerie, slap on some animal ears and be a mouse… duh! Let’s be frank, as college students, we need to be fr...

Students dream of a resource center

Students dream of a resource center

John Saringo-Rodriguez

October 16, 2013

“Go back to your country!” is often heard from anti-immigrant activists. Phrases such as these have a long-lasting effect on students and society as a whole. Immigration has always been a hot-button issue that sparks passionate responses from both sides.Some undocumented students are especially bothered by h...

LA AIDS Walk attracts a crowd of 25,000, including 250 CSUN volunteers

LA AIDS Walk attracts a crowd of 25,000, including 250 CSUN volunteers

John Saringo-Rodriguez

October 14, 2013

Unified We Serve (UWS), CSUN’s volunteer program, gathered hundreds of CSUN students to participate in the 29th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles where they raised nearly $2.5 million for HIV/AIDS research and advocacy. The crowd of 25,000 people met and surpassed their goal of $2 million by nearly 25 percent to ben...

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