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It’s OK to apologize for a graduation mess-up

It’s OK to apologize for a graduation mess-up

Luis Rivas

May 8, 2014

After years — on and off a total of 13 — I finally did it. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a university. The first in my family to do so, although my brother technically beat me to it  graduating early from DeVry earlier in the year. It was a great accomplishment, in spite of many setbacks. ...

Hip-hop is resistance against the inequalities in society

Hip-hop is resistance against the inequalities in society

Luis Rivas

April 2, 2014

When I tell people that hip-hop can save the world, I am usually met with confused looks, blank stares or people rolling their eyes. But it’s true. Hip-hop can fight against racism, sexism and other injustices. Here’s how: First step is to forget everything you think you may know about hip-hop. I want you to clear out all the top billboard hip-hop hit...

America is not the moral beacon of the world

America is not the moral beacon of the world

Luis Rivas

February 18, 2014

When President Obama expressed concern over the plan of Ugandan President Yoweri Museven to pass a law which criminalizes lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities, perhaps he was thinking to himself, “How can a nation do this to an already-marginalized people?” Perhaps he had a relaps...

Everything I learned was wrong

Everything I learned was wrong

Luis Rivas

December 9, 2013

In the newsroom at the Daily Sundial we often talk about the concepts of balance and objectivity. Reporters and editors have always shared opposing arguments. Our stories are an extension of this discourse. But it’s not our fault. We are conditioned We are all conditioned, and we are taught that we are not conditioned. Especially journal...

African-American enrollment drops

African-American enrollment drops

Luis Rivas

December 3, 2013

Dawaun Lucas, 21, an African-American senior majoring in marketing and finance, and also a member of the Black Student Union (BSU) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has noticed the low numbers of African-Americans at CSUN. “It’s evident,” Lucas said. “Coming in as a freshman until now, I’...

Enroll in college and don’t ever enlist in the service

Enroll in college and don’t ever enlist in the service

Luis Rivas

November 11, 2013

For this Veteran’s Day, I’d like to encourage everyone to honor the memory of fallen service men and women of this country by lighting the American flag on fire and burning down military recruitment centers - so that the cycle of creating veterans can end. But if that doesn’t seem appropriat...

American amnesia may lead to war with Syria

American amnesia may lead to war with Syria

Luis Rivas

September 4, 2013

President Obama just recently announced that he is seeking congressional approval for a military strike against Syria. This time though really guys, he said, it’s gonna be different. Like, seriously. More or less, that’s what the president said, with witty paraphrasing done by the author of thi...

Obama is not a sign that racism is gone

Obama is not a sign that racism is gone

Luis Rivas

August 28, 2013

In commemorating the 50th anniversary March on Washington on Aug. 28, the role that race plays in the U.S. has come back into the spotlight. But, really, it never left. Many might like to think that racism is nearly obsolete. After all, we do have our first ever African-American president. But contra...

CSUN student rushed to hospital after alleged overdose

CSUN student rushed to hospital after alleged overdose

Luis Rivas

May 22, 2013

At approximately 5:30 p.m. yesterday a CSUN student allegedly overdosed on sleeping pills according to witnesses. The incident took place on the second floor of the B3 parking structure on the southeast side of campus. The male student was examined at the location and rushed to Northridge Hospital ...

Inspired seniors celebrate during 2013 Aztlan Graduation

Inspired seniors celebrate during 2013 Aztlan Graduation

Luis Rivas

May 19, 2013

Adjacent to the Chicano House on the northeast side of campus, graduating seniors, families and professors gathered for the Spring 2013 Aztlan Graduation Ceremony on May 18. This year’s theme was “Our Inspirations: The People, Places, and Things that have Inspired us to Progress”. The gradu...

Barber shop LA City Clips in Boyle Heights thrives

Barber shop LA City Clips in Boyle Heights thrives

Luis Rivas

April 29, 2013

Starting a business takes courage, creativity and an understanding of market saturation. But Alonso Romo, 26, was only motivated by two things: he wanted to cut hair and not have a boss. He opened up LA City Clips on Fourth Street in Boyle Heights seven months ago. Success or failure was not pa...

Confessions of a former strip club manager

Confessions of a former strip club manager

Luis Rivas

April 28, 2013

When I tell people that I worked at a strip club, the response is usually predictable and uniformed: “How cool, how awesome, how great it must have been working there, seeing tits and asses all day long.” They’re anxious to hear about the details of naked women, happily prancing around, men thro...

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