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Into the cow graveyard

A family hikes towards an exposed dike at Mount Diablo State Park. Photo Credit: Kristin Hugo / Opinion Editor

Kristin Hugo

December 7, 2011

Is your hometown or residence a smallville, with all the excitement of a patch of dirt? I come from “The Bubble” consisting of cows, single-family housing and grass. I’m hardly inclined to return there during breaks in the school year because there seems to be simply nothing to do. I’d much rather spend my time traveling. Los Angeles on the other hand is an...

Using drugs to get through school

Students across the country use illegal and legal substances to concentrate in college.  A CSUN student, who preferred to stay anonymous, said he takes a hit before sitting down to study. Photo Illustration by Tessie Navarro / Visual Editor

Kristin Hugo

December 7, 2011

Drug users are often stereotyped as party goers or addicts, but what might be surprising is that some students, like one CSUN senior – who chose to remain anonymous – actually use drugs to help them buckle down and get through their school work.The journalism major student first used marijuana recreationally...

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid

Illustration by Kristin Hugo / Opinion Editor

Kristin Hugo

December 1, 2011

Scientology and Jim Jones may be visualized by those presented with the world “cult.” There are many more cults out there, although the definition of the word is vague. It is important to consider the warning signs of a cult before paying to be a member of any group that offers enlightenment. ...

Question of the Day: Has over population affected your family planning?

Kristin Hugo

November 20, 2011

As the world grows, there are less resources for each person. The costs of education are still rising, and the future is looking bleak for jobs and resources. In reality, when students graduate they aren’t guaranteed good jobs and enough disposable income to support a child. How have these diminishing...

‘Delusion’ is a dark, scary indulgence

An actor portraying a mental patient stares down the hall at her potential victims during Haunted Play's 'Delusion.' Kristin Hugo / Opinion Editor

Kristin Hugo

October 27, 2011

  “Delusion” blends together the storyline of a play and the heart-pumping thrill of a haunted house. The audience is guided through an old mansion (made out to be a mental hospital) where patients with supernatural powers watch, seethe, threaten and even touch you. The story begins as audience members arrive at an old foreboding house where an insane ps...

Question of the Day: How has your experience abroad changed your perspective?

Kristin Hugo

October 25, 2011

Study abroad programs and vacation companies often venerate the idea of travel because it will change your perpsective. Seeing people in different countries and situations and meeting groups with different cultures is supposed to open your mind and change the way you think. Have you had an experience...

Why you should talk to strangers

Illustration by: Kristin Hugo / Opinions Editor

Kristin Hugo

October 18, 2011

      I get into cars with strangers. Sometimes I organize these rides online, sometimes I’m offered rides when waiting at the bus stop. I also stay on strangers’ couches and beds when I’m traveling. I’ve probably done all those things 25 times, and I am still alive. Strangers are a l...

Halloween Horror Nights filled with spooks and surprises

Kristin Hugo

October 12, 2011

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is a dark mixture of lines and festive mazes, with clowns and masked ghouls jumping out wherever you are in the park. As many other theme parks, such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, are doing fun Halloween-themed events until the...

Question of the Day: What do you do when something goes wrong while traveling?

Kristin Hugo

October 4, 2011

When you’re in a foreign country or just on a road trip, things go wrong. No matter how meticulously you plan your itinerary you are often met with unexpected challenges inherent in the process of traveling and experiencing new surroundings. Maybe you lost your passport, or there were language barriers,...

How getting the GPA doesn’t guarantee happiness

Kristin Hugo

October 2, 2011

Remember in high school when people you knew could be put on a linear scale of success? Basically all you had to do was look at a student’s GPA and maybe extra-curriculars, and that would determine the caliber of school that they went to. The university, in turn, would probably determine their success in...

Question of the Day: Would you live as a human pet?

Kristin Hugo

September 20, 2011

Free housing, good food, a warm bed and a loving family: These are things we all want. There is a community of people who offer them to certain people, and all they ask in return is for a loyal human pet. These arrangements vary in their details, but the general idea is that a person or group of people...

Get published in the Daily Sundial

Kristin Hugo

August 26, 2011

This is the semester you get published. Imagine when your article gets accepted. Your words go to print, being reproduced 6,000 times. Your words, your opinions, your interviews, your story, your name are put online and into 6,000 papers. Papers that are distributed at 40 locations across campus, picked...

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