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Let’s NOT talk about sex, baby

Kerstin Gupilan

May 9, 2010

When I was asked to pick what I thought the most memorable Life & Style story published in the last academic year was, I was stumped. Unlike the news or sports section many of the columns printed in this section aren’t really that groundbreaking, so I was really pressed to find something worth...

Keeping it face-to-face

Kerstin Gupilan

April 28, 2010

Modern technology is amazing. It’s helped to save lives, win wars and helped major networks choose the next biggest talent in this country. But the main use for technology that we have all come to embrace and rely on is something so medieval and so commonplace that I wonder if it’s more harmful than...

Hit songwriters honored and exposed

Kerstin Gupilan

April 28, 2010

Life & Style Editor Beyonce. Kanye. Jamie Foxx and T-Pain. These are just a few of the artists who had hit records over the last year, and yet as their songs were honored, they were nowhere around. Instead, the songwriters and publishers behind these hits were brought into the spotlight at the 27th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards on April 21 at the Renaissa...

Eco-beauty: Keeping it clean and green

Kerstin Gupilan

April 22, 2010

If the thought of using fragrance-free-all-natural-rubber-tree-extract shampoo or going days without showering isn’t your idea of an effective beauty treatment then maybe the eco-friendly movement just isn’t for you. Wrong. The hippie days of sacrificing beauty to save the earth is a thing of the...

Fairy tale beginnings for uncertain endings

Kerstin Gupilan

April 14, 2010

“Once upon a time…” In any language when a story starts as so we all believe that the plot will follow a simple line.  There are two people, usually a beautiful girl and a handsome boy, who will meet, fall in love, have some obstacle presented before them (varying in the form of a deme...

Smiling while singing the ‘Blues’

Kerstin Gupilan

February 24, 2010

Every Friday morning, when most college students are looking forward to starting their weekend, Stacy Merlos is trying to figure out how she can help out. “As long as I’m at CSUN I’m gonna be apart of this program. (They’re) never getting rid of me,” Merlos, 23, said with a wide smile. Merlos joined the CSUN Blues Project three semesters ago following the suicide of one of her close...

‘Vagina Monologues’ shows strength of women

Kerstin Gupilan

February 22, 2010

If what you’re looking for in a stage production is impeccable acting, fantastic stage settings and flawless blocking, then CSUN’s production of the “Vagina Monologues” is not for you. However, if dialogue meant to shake your core and make you reconsider any preconceived notions about...

The bureaucracy of dating

Kerstin Gupilan

February 17, 2010

I am often reminded of how much things have changed in the relationship game since I was in high school.  I have to say that it’s only been about five years since I left high school, but it already feels like a generation gap is forming. On a recent visit to my old stomping grounds I ran into a...

Relationships Happen: Even alone, singles have it made on Valentine’s Day

Kerstin Gupilan

February 10, 2010

For those of us counting down the days, Single Awareness Day (SAD), or more commonly referred to as Valentine’s Day, is a mere three days away.  And no matter what we call it, the name says it all. This time of year, every year, single people all over the world are reminded that there is a reason...

Relationships Happen: Never too old for crushes

Kerstin Gupilan

February 3, 2010

The symptoms are obvious: continuous silly smile, dazed look in the eyes and utter obliviousness to all surroundings. As we've gotten older and more "experienced" in the relationship game, most of us don’t refer to this condition as a "crush," anymore. Instead, we've tried to conceal the undeniable...

One in 33,000: This mother does it all, and then some

Kerstin Gupilan

January 19, 2010

Almost every night, after dinner, homework and some quality time together, Cristina Fraga tucks her two sons into bed. As she is saying her final goodnight to her youngest son he says to her, “Mom, make sure you make mistakes.” After the small pep talk Fraga now faces a night of homework...

We can’t avoid them if we tried

Kerstin Gupilan

December 10, 2009

Let’s face it. We’re obsessed with them. We tweet, Facebook and complain about them. And these days, they are the one thing that consumes our every waking thought. Finals. They’ve haunted us for months, and now they are finally here. Say hello to late nights at the Oviatt, girls with messy pony tails and no makeup, and long lines at the Fre...

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