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Istanbul Adventures IX: Random Act of Kindness

The Galata Tower, or Christea Turris in Turkish, is a medieval stone tower located in the Galata District in Istanbul. Locals gather, in the evenings, in the courtyard surrounding the tower and socialize, drink, and play tavla. Photo Credit: Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 30, 2011

It was nearly 10 p.m. I had gone to call on my multimedia teacher and his wife, at their apartment in Galata, seeking advice regarding the status my assignment. I was feeling completely overwhelmed and I knew my teacher could put my mind at ease. After a bus, tram and a bit of a walk, I arrived at the...

Istanbul Adventures VIII: Pride Parade

Kat Russell

November 23, 2011

Protests in Istanbul are an almost weekly occurrence. Whether it’s student protests, Kurdish protests, or workers’ unions, the people in Istanbul are not afraid to use their voices and are often dead set on making sure they are heard. Demonstrations almost always start or end in Taksim Square - the center of modern Istanbul – making the square symbolic of challenging social an...

Istanbul Adventures VII: Redefining Home

View of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historical district, from a ferry crossing the Boshphorus. Istanbul is the only city in the world that resides in two continents - Asia and Europe. Photo Credit: Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 16, 2011

I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life, but it has never felt like my home. I’ve never really felt like I belonged here or like I was meant to be here. I have always felt a little lost or out of place. In fact, the only times that I have ever really felt at home were when I was traveling. ...

Istanbul Adventures VI: Call to Prayer

Two muslim women stand on the bank of the bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country - approximately 99 percent. Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 8, 2011

It was 5:32am, on my first morning in Istanbul, when I was awakened by the loud crackle of a speaker. My hotel room was still shrouded in nighttime darkness. I rolled over, assuming what I had heard must have been the rickety air-conditioner, and invited sleep to return. Moments later the speaker crackled again, this time followed by a voice. It started as a low wail,...

Big bank fees have consumers looking at their options

Kat Russell

November 7, 2011

>>Correction Nov. 7: The original article had some misinformation. Marnie Nemcoff’s title is vice president of marketing for Matadors Community Credit Union. The article stated that “Unlike big banks, credit unions are not-for-profit organizations, meaning any money they do make is given back...

Bank of America dumps debit card fees

A bicyclist uses the Bank of America drive-through ATM machine. Bank of America has recently decided to not charge $5 a month to customers who use their debit cards that would have started in 2012. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

November 7, 2011

Bank of America has abandoned a monthly $5 debit card fee, which was scheduled to begin in early 2012. The announcement came after competitors, namely Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase, announced they were no longer going to exact similar fees. The bank cited customer feedback and a changing competitiv...

Istanbul Adventures V: A Pantomime in Istanbul

Janset Karavin is a pantomime performer who performs on the streets in Istanbul. She also teaches pantomime lessons, writes novels, hosts a radio show, and makes puppets. Photo Credit: Kat Russell

Kat Russell

November 2, 2011

Before I arrived in Istanbul, I had never done any sort of multimedia work. I am a photographer plain and simple. The idea of shooting video has never appealed to me. But as a journalist, being able to write, photograph, and produce multimedia pieces could make me more marketable, so I knew I wanted to tr...

Occupy CSUN

Kat Russell

November 1, 2011


City officials voice concerns about Occupy L.A. continuing

A little boy chooses a sign from a pile of protest signs on City Hall's north lawn in Downtown Los Angeles on October 8. Occupy LA participants are numbered at approximately 300 people of all ages. Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Kat Russell

October 30, 2011

Occupy Los Angeles has staked out the lawns around city hall for almost one month, but last week Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said they cannot continue indefinitely and asked city officials to draft restrictions as to when people are allowed on city property. LAPD has not yet made a decision if...

Istanbul Adventures IV: Street Kids

A small sign, nailed to a tree, that reads

Kat Russell

October 25, 2011

One of the most valuable lessons I learned while in Istanbul about being a journalist was that I have to be flexible.  Journalism isn’t something I can plan and doesn’t always cooperate. My first assignment in Istanbul taught me that. My first assignment was to profile a person. I decided, long before...

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