The Sundial

Hashish Punk, a trio of do-it-yourself musicians

Liana Aghajanian

May 1, 2007

With their unique sound, energetic personalities and international appeal, Hashish Punk, hailing from Argentina, are trying to earn their place in the music industry. Performing in English, Spanish and Armenian, Juan Abajian, Levon Hassassian and Ernesto Vaneskeheian have been crunching out pop- and ...

Armenians need to move beyond genocide, open dialogue

Liana Aghajanian

April 26, 2007

Ninety-two years ago, 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered in cold blood by the Ottoman Empire. Ninety-two years after the fact, we still struggle to have it recognized by not only the world, but by the very country and government that carried out the mass killings. What has happened in the 92 ye...

Chocolate industry gears up for Valentine’s Day

Liana Aghajanian

February 7, 2007

With its rich creamy texture, irresistible flavor and lingering aroma, it's no wonder chocolate was once considered "the food of the gods." Chocolate, or cacao, from which chocolate is derived, has captivated society for thousands of years, from the Mesoamerican civilizations that created it, to the Ma...

Their great odyssey

Liana Aghajanian

January 31, 2007

God Grew Tired of Us" is a heartbreaking and heartwarming documentary that chronicles the story of three Sudanese refugees who have been displaced from their country due to a bloody civil war and resettled in the United States of America. After escaping Sudanese death squads, boys and young men walke...

Magic more popular than ever due to current culture

Liana Aghajanian

December 15, 2006

Originally Published November 9, 2006 Mention magic to a typical college student and they are bound to think of one of two things: David Blaine or the more recent magician who has been making headlines, Criss Angel. If their knowledge of magic is tied to the glitz and glamour of Vegas life, they might...

Damien Rice’s sophomore album ‘9’ delivers

Liana Aghajanian

December 14, 2006

Irish songwriter Damien Rice's sophomore album "9" is an emotional, ballad-filled record with substantial tracks that do not disappoint. Other tracks, thoughs, with their perplexed lyrics and awkward pauses, act as cushioning in between, hardly supporting the other well-written songs with enough padding to...

‘Off the Black’ examines the role of friendship

Liana Aghajanian

December 14, 2006

Off the Black, a coming of age story about a disheveled and disillusioned high school umpire who forms an unlikely friendship with a teenager who is coping with his own distant father, is in the long term a major home run. Written and directed by James Ponsoldt whose credits include "Junebug and Hurri...

Professor’s travels in Iraq with Chuck Norris

Liana Aghajanian

November 29, 2006

When public relations professor Jeffrey Duclos went on a five-day United Service Organizations tour that took him all across Iraq, he encountered a country constantly brewing with violence, risky and sometimes dangerous situations and, perhaps most important of all, soldiers who in the midst of war we...

‘Cautiva’ explores the ‘Dirty War’ of Argentina

Liana Aghajanian

November 22, 2006

While Argentina is consumed by celebration after winning the World Cup on June 25, 1978, a girl is born to a mother who will never see her daughter again, as she becomes one of the thousands known as the "disappeared" of Argentina. In "Cautiva," meaning "captive" in Spanish, Cristina, portrayed by Barbar...

Magic more popular than ever due to current culture

Liana Aghajanian

November 9, 2006

Mention magic to a typical college student and they are bound to think of one of two things: David Blaine or the more recent magician who has been making headlines, Criss Angel. If their knowledge of magic is tied to the glitz and glamour of Vegas life, they might even mention Siegfried and Roy or La...

Retired professor still advises CSUN pre-medical students

Liana Aghajanian

November 1, 2006

Few people on campus remember the inception of CSUN as well as pre-med advisor Daisy Kuhn. This is due to the fact that Kuhn has seen this campus go through many changes, from only one permanent building and Zelzah Avenue being a dirt road to becoming part of the California State University system in...

New film shows fight for freedom

Liana Aghajanian

October 26, 2006

Through the shackles of Apartheid that gripped South Africa and its people for over 40 years comes the true story of Patrick Chamusso, an accidental freedom fighter. Chamusso is caught between his life as an apolitical foreman for the local refinery and being a devoted family man, and his new responsibility as...

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