The Sundial

Students react to report of suspected gunman on campus

Luis Rivas

April 24, 2013

Three hours after a fire alarm went off inside the Oviatt Library at approximately 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, many students reacted with surprise and fright when CSUN’s Department of Police Services sent out an emergency notification that a man with a gun was seen on campus. CSUN Police Department sent out em...

Media and culture continue to use derogatory language

Luis Rivas

April 23, 2013

Words are inherently powerful. So much so that often people, the very controllers of words, fail to understand their effects and ramifications. Simply, people do not really understand how powerful words are. At times, even the media is susceptible to this ignorance, which is a blatant act of negligence to their responsibility. The...

Political music was once mainstream, so what happened?

Political music was once mainstream, so what happened?

Luis Rivas

April 17, 2013

Once upon a time music meant something. Harsh, huh? Peaking in the '60s and '70s, protest music, music based on social justice, a call to change, a righteous condemnation of the Vietnam War, a ballad in support of Nelson Mandela and against the apartheid government of South Africa, songs abou...

CSUN shooting survivor supports gun ownership and restrictions

CSUN shooting survivor supports gun ownership and restrictions

Luis Rivas

April 16, 2013

Sometimes when he needs some peace and quiet on campus, he goes into Sierra Hall, takes the elevator up and walks out to the roof. Looking down at the pine trees from behind the rails at the edge of the roof, up there he feels separated from CSUN. He can sit, be calm and let his mind wander or just take a break from school, from stress, but mainly from painful memo...

A.S. proposes water refill stations across campus

A.S. proposes water refill stations across campus

Luis Rivas

April 14, 2013

The environmental affairs committee of Associated Students (A.S.) has approved a resolution to cut down on the usage of water bottles at CSUN. The committee is proposing to do this by allowing a company to put water-only vending machines on campus and install tall retrofit faucets on the water fountain...

CSUs exempt from ‘Athlete’s Bill of Rights’ to cover college costs for student athletes

Luis Rivas

April 2, 2013

A new California bill would allow university student athletes to get their tuition including their full cost of attendance paid in full and an additional yearly stipend from state universities that meet certain requirements in an effort to provide more aid and protection for student athletes. Senate Bill 1525, a...

Soul searching drives student to major in religious studies

Soul searching drives student to major in religious studies

Luis Rivas

April 2, 2013

The world is a place filled with people from different cultures and religions. That’s how Adam Cabral, 25, a senior religious studies major, sees it, and learning about cultures through the religious studies department at CSUN has given him a more complete worldview. Outside of the classroom,...

Orange Grove Campus Life

Orange Grove Campus Life

Luis Rivas

March 20, 2013

CSUN’s Orange Grove is located in the southeast side of campus, behind the Valley Performing Arts Center, Jeanne Chisholm Hall and Monterey Hall. Featuring more than 400 orange trees, this campus spot harks back to the San Fernando Valley’s heavily agricultural past. The Orange Grove is not just enjoy...

A look ahead to when the world ends

Luis Rivas

December 9, 2012

After the last 1,000-foot waves crashed onto the sinking shores of the east and west coasts of the United States, as the growing fires in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere refused to be extinguished, the helpless and doomed onlookers of the world announced almost in unison, “The Mayans were right!” ...

The man that makes CSUN athletics run

The man that makes CSUN athletics run

Luis Rivas

December 3, 2012

The sound of industrial washer machines and dryers turning, with the clanking of sport pads and uniforms tumbling on each other, is the only noise coming from Redwood Hall’s equipment room. Upon entering there is a faint smell of cleaning chemicals and musk. On the inside of the door is a post...

From Catholic, to atheist to spiritual: one student’s discovery of the science of the soul

From Catholic, to atheist to spiritual: one student’s discovery of the science of the soul

Luis Rivas

November 19, 2012

  Growing up Catholic makes it easy to become an atheist. Like most Chicanos in the San Fernando Valley, I was a small, unsuspecting baby when I was baptized by the Catholic Church – too tiny to offer any protest or clarification. I attended morning mass every Sunday, kicking or screaming. Well, al...

Students host a sit-in against tuition increases

Students host a sit-in against tuition increases

Luis Rivas

October 18, 2012

Amidst a bomb threat, midterms, an earthquake drill and preparation for this weekend’s Big Show, a little after 10:30 a.m. a group of students, led by the activist group Students For Quality Education (SQE), staged a sit-in in the lobby of the Oviatt Library to gather signatures to stop student ...

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