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Student voices: Maintaining heritage languages

Student voices: Maintaining heritage languages

Negin Daneshfar

November 22, 2014

There is an overwhelming lack of foreign language education throughout schools in the United States. Many individuals experience a withdrawal from their mother tongue and either speak English with their families or drop out of foreign language programs at a young age. In Europe maintaining one...

Broken screens and malfunctioning phones make big business

Broken screens and malfunctioning phones make big business

Negin Daneshfar

May 8, 2014

Pulling out a smartphone only to watch it free fall onto the concrete is not a pretty picture — in fact, it’s probably one of the worst things a college student can witness. Without a cover or case, it only takes one clumsy accident to break a phone or electronic device, regardless of how recent...

Sign n’ Run event draws big crowd

Sign n’ Run event draws big crowd

Negin Daneshfar

April 28, 2014

CSUN National Center on Deafness celebrate American Sign Language with festivities. CSUN students gathered in front of the Klotz Health Center to socialize back and forth in ASL with family, friends and children to celebrate deaf culture. The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) hosted their 5th...

Students share religious sacrifices they make for Ramadan, Yom Kippur, and Lent

Students share religious sacrifices they make for Ramadan, Yom Kippur, and Lent

Negin Daneshfar

April 16, 2014

For many, the purpose of Lent, Ramadan and Yom Kippur is to sacrifice personal desires to develop a closer bond with God and personal faith. This time of the year represents a time for confession, repentance, prayer, fasting and abstinence. Ramadan signifies the time of spiritual reflection of one...

Professor of religious studies starts Peace Institute in Congo

Professor of religious studies starts Peace Institute in Congo

Negin Daneshfar

April 14, 2014

In summer 2011, Mutombo Nkulu-N’sengha started a Peace Institute in Camino, Congo to address the causes of violence and poverty in the area. N’sengha travels to Congo every winter and summer break. The violence is defined by a pattern of human rights violations and conflicts between interreligious mi...

Poet holds workshop to spread awareness of indigenous languages

Negin Daneshfar

March 24, 2014

Xanath Caraza, award-winning poet and professor at University of Missouri, Kansas City, (UMKC) stood reading poems from her book “Conjuro” to a room full of students repeating words and sounds in a verse that flowed in a rhythmic beat. In a poem read out loud called, “Matra” students wrote down wo...

Faculty, alumni perform as part of Pan-African studies talent show

Negin Daneshfar

February 27, 2014

As part of Black History Month, the CSUN Black Alumni Association and faculty members of the Pan-African Studies department held a talent show filled with poetry, dance and music. Each performer was introduced individually in front of the Grand Salon Tuesday. This is the first professor showcase set...

AS to screen ‘Mean Girls’ as part of spring movie series beginning Thursday

Negin Daneshfar

February 12, 2014

Associated Students Productions is hosting a free screening of the cult-hit “Mean Girls” at the USU Northridge Center Thursday at 7 p.m. The film stars Lindsay Lohan as a home-schooled girl raised by her zoologist parents.  She enters a public high school for the first time and gets involved with a gro...

Men’s Volleyball: Matadors confident following strong homestand

Men’s Volleyball: Matadors confident following strong homestand

Negin Daneshfar

January 31, 2014

  Following a strong showing during their most recent homestand, the Matadors (2-3, 2-2 MPSF) will head into the bulk of their tough schedule with a renewed certainty. CSUN will be entering the Alex B. Spanos Center in Stockton on Friday to face the Pacific Tigers (1-6, 0-4 MPSF) on somew...

CSUN students discuss New Year’s resolutions for 2014

CSUN students discuss New Year’s resolutions for 2014

Negin Daneshfar

January 21, 2014

Yet another year has come and gone. At the end of every New Year’s Eve party, Americans gather round to set ambitions for the upcoming year. Promises of eating healthier, being kinder to friends and family, procrastinating less, and studying more. CSUN students are keeping their New Year’s re...

Matador Patrol student honored for bravery, heroism

Matador Patrol student honored for bravery, heroism

Negin Daneshfar

January 14, 2014

A Matador Patrol student, who was injured while helping another student, was honored at the Department of Police Services Annual In-Service for heroic service on Wednesday. Alberto Dejesus Muñoz, 23, senior urban studies and planning major, received the Chief’s Award, which is the highest award given...

Well-known surfer encourages students at ‘Speak Your Blues’ night

Well-known surfer encourages students at ‘Speak Your Blues’ night

Negin Daneshfar

November 22, 2013

Jesse Billauer was surfing the waves on a typical day at Malibu Beach when he pulled out on a wave and another wave rushed in that forced him headfirst into shallow water and broke his neck. “At that moment my whole life just stopped,” Billauer said. “I didn’t really know what to think. I wante...

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