The Sundial

Cheech Marin hosts a night of Latin comedy and Chicano/a art

man in blue shirt holding a ukelele on stage

Marja Ziemer

October 4, 2017

Discussing comedy is famously likened to the process of dissecting a frog. The frog dies, and so dies the humor. But if that is the case for some humor, Chicano and Latin humor are exceptions, for all the discussing in the world couldn’t make it resemble anything close to a dead frog, especially if...

Book review: “Between the World and Me”

Illustration shows a man wearing a black shirt and the words,

Marja Ziemer

September 23, 2017

Students taking University 100 this year are discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ "Between the World and Me," but there’s no doubt that they’ll be bringing that discussion out of the classroom as well, for Coates hits hard and unapologetic on his views of what it means to be black in America wi...

Trina Teoh, renegade writer, on her debut book of poetry

Trina, a young woman with black hair and glasses sits in front of a colorful abstract painting

Marja Ziemer

May 19, 2017

CSUN alumna and Malaysian-born writer, Trina Teoh, has recently published her debut book of poetry entitled “Valley Deep Into You.” The book is now available on Amazon, which is becoming a more popular mode of self-publishing. For those lucky enough to live in the valley, it’s doubly rewarding t...

Editorial: CSUN, or where the foot of gentrification treads

illustration shows a giant man walking in a city to depict gentrification

Marja Ziemer

May 3, 2017

A form of gentrification is occurring on our campus, and whether we see it or not, it’s all around us. Typically, the images we tend to conjure when we hear the word “gentrification” are not always pretty. We can see the displaced people, forced out of their homes by raising rent—nearly di...

Editors-in-chief reflect upon the past and future

Dede and Liz pictured talking in the newsroom

Marja Ziemer

May 3, 2017

The Editor-in-chief holds the highest degree of responsibility at The Sundial, and each one has left their mark upon many pages, people and the publishing world. This week marks a special moment in The Sundial’s history and future as we say farewell to our current editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Va...

CSUEU members rally for workers’ rights

people protest union rights in front of the oviatt library

Marja Ziemer

April 27, 2017

Over 200 members of the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) rallied together around the Oviatt Lawn on Wednesday to raise awareness of the contract bargaining currently being held. The first bargaining sessions between the demands of the CSUEU and the Chancellor’s Office began in Fe...

Editorial: putting out the flames of fear

students gather to talk about border patrol

Marja Ziemer

April 23, 2017

Under Trump’s administration, and with recent ICE crackdowns, fear and tension can spread through Southern California like wildfire, preying upon our landscape and threatening our communities. Nestled in the northern San Fernando Valley, our campus climate can easily become consumed by these fl...

Editorial: freedom of speech in an era of political-correctness, part two

illustration depicts an interrupter

Marja Ziemer

April 4, 2017

Though there should always be legal and moral standards to how we go about exercising our freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition, "political correctness" does not actually infringe on anyone's freedom of speech.However, political correctness (PC) culture can contribute to social division or polari...

Dreams of being in STEM deferred

Photo shows two women studying together

Marja Ziemer

February 21, 2017

When I was a little girl I wanted to be an astronaut. Even as I’m writing this, I’m sipping on tea from a NASA mug that I got when I was 10 years old and went to a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) open house. I was convinced I would be a physicist one day in the JPL in Pasadena, and it wo...

Picasso exhibit answers aesthetic problem in art

Several people stand in front of picasso's

Marja Ziemer

February 6, 2017

I’ve heard the words, “but a child can do it,” uttered many times in museums. It’s the immediate response for many people when they view a work of abstract art, particularly work by Picasso. In fact, the phrase, which usually serves as a criticism against the work of art, has be...

Editorial: The reality of America first

Illustration shows Trump and the Statue of Liberty playing Tug-a-war with the American flag

Marja Ziemer

January 30, 2017

On Inauguration day, our “Leader of the Free World,” President Donald Trump, said “from this day forward, it’s going to be only America first.” Thus, this rally cry of “America first” will transcend his rhetoric and dictate the policies and political decisions of the next four to eight...

Revisiting images of First Ladies

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larraín's film, Jackie

Marja Ziemer

January 19, 2017

Imagine putting a hold on your life as you know it, uprooting yourself and your family and living in a quasi-museum of a house for the next four to eight years—all by virtue of marrying the man who became president.It seems almost incomprehensible to imagine the burden of responsibility a wife fa...

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