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A thirst for cleaner water in Uganda

A thirst for cleaner water in Uganda

Jonathan Nelson

April 21, 2014

The Thirst Project, an international group that works to bring clean drinking water to developing nations, came to CSUN almost by accident. “I first heard about the Thirst Project through my cousin, Michael Welch, who is an actor that works with the organization,” said Sarah Johnson, department c...

Taking a look at marijuana in the law and in the movies

Taking a look at marijuana in the law and in the movies

Jonathan Nelson

April 17, 2014

Pot continues to be just as hot topic in Hollywood as it is on Capitol Hill. In the mid-1930s, marijuana began cropping up in films around the same time that the government was taking legislative steps to control it. Today, stoner films have become wildly popular with more mainstream stars picking up...

Documentary shows the difficulties women face once they leave prison

Documentary shows the difficulties women face once they leave prison

Jonathan Nelson

March 27, 2014

Marta Lopez-Garza, Chicana/o studies and gender and women’s studies professor at CSUN, talked about some of the realities women encounter after leaving prison in her documentary “When Will the Punishment End?” on Wednesday. The 60 minute film follows a group of women as they struggle to r...

Hula app lets you stay safe when it comes to STDs

Hula app lets you stay safe when it comes to STDs

Jonathan Nelson

March 27, 2014

Ramin Bastani had no idea his life would change forever when he was slapped in the face by a date in 2010. “I was shocked. It all happened in a few seconds,” said Bastani. He got hit not because of inappropriate behavior, but because he was curious about whether or not the woman had been tested for sexually transmitted infections recently. Fastforward t...

Valley ink runs deep: student trends and culture in tattooing

Valley ink runs deep: student trends and culture in tattooing

Jonathan Nelson

March 6, 2014

Once the accessory of choice for sailors, junkies and juvenile delinquents, tattoos are now about as common as a ham and cheese sandwich. In fact, a 2012 Harris Interactive Poll revealed that 21 percent of adults in the United States have at least one tattoo. In the Daily Sundial archive alone, ther...

CSUN students and professors work on research projects alongside NASA, US Air Force

CSUN students and professors work on research projects alongside NASA, US Air Force

Jonathan Nelson

February 27, 2014

While most students hurry from class to class, a small group is working on projects for NASA and the U.S. Air Force in an inconspicuous lab located on the first floor of Jacaranda Hall. A collection of tube benders, a plasma cutter, milling machines, and hydraulic shears fill the room. Unmanned aeria...

The State of Social Media: the Internet’s future is in photo

The State of Social Media: the Internet’s future is in photo

Jonathan Nelson

February 5, 2014

In 1968 a shy, gaunt artist named Andy Warhol wrote: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Had Warhol survived to witness the “selfie,” Facebook and Youtube, he would undoubtedly feel very smug. In a New York Times article about Twitter, and social media in general, technology rep...

CSUN alumnus Levi Ponce makes a name for himself as a muralist

CSUN alumnus Levi Ponce makes a name for himself as a muralist

Jonathan Nelson

February 3, 2014

The section of Van Nuys Boulevard between Woodman Avenue and Foothill Boulevard has the same family-owned restaurants, cell phone retailers and gas stations. It might seem nondescript until you come across a psychedelic portrait of Frida Kahlo or a mural of the Mona Lisa in a sombrero holding a knife...

CSUN art gallery hosts young artists in 17th Annual High School Invitational

CSUN art gallery hosts young artists in 17th Annual High School Invitational

Jonathan Nelson

January 22, 2014

The Main Gallery in the California State University Northridge (CSUN) art department is buzzing with the work of young local artists for the 17th Annual High School Invitational art exhibit. Since 1997, high school teachers from around the San Fernando Valley have been asked to recommend up to six st...

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