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Apps by major: an interactive way to study

Apps by major: an interactive way to study

Nicole Socala

July 15, 2014

Cramming for an exam the traditional way demands traditional tools. You’re staring at a computer screen then your eyes start to glaze over, you’re hunched over a textbook then your shoulders start to ache, you’re typing at what seems like a hundred words a minute and start wondering if you’re...

Roommate survival guide: tips for a crisis-free semester

Roommate survival guide: tips for a crisis-free semester

Nicole Socala

July 15, 2014

The roommate from hell: An obnoxious individual who insists on scattering Geronimo’s wrappers on your side of the room and listening to Gangnam Style for the hundredth time on full volume. They come back at 3 a.m. and assume you won’t hear them or their overnight guest as well as the shuffling ...

Matadors defend the Matadome in college boxing tournament

Matadors defend the Matadome in college boxing tournament

Nicole Socala

May 13, 2014

    >>CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Aaron Goldwyn of USC a McArio Del Castillo's opponent. Goldwyn pulled out of the match and was replaced with an unidentified competitor. CSUN became a rare venue for the first boxing event to be held on a college cam...

Four ways to maximize your summer

Four ways to maximize your summer

Nicole Socala

May 8, 2014

It's that time of year again, when students begin to simultaneously echo the phrase, "I can't wait for summer." After the excruciating hours of cramming for tests and working on term papers, the semester is immediately followed by a sigh of relief and a restful night's sleep. Although downtime is encouraged, it is important not to let the extra time go to waste by spending your break glued to a computer screen and couch potato-ing your way th...

New bill could change how sexual assault crimes are reported

Nicole Socala

May 5, 2014

One in five female students is assaulted during their time in college, according to the National Institute of Justice. Colleges throughout the United States are accused of underreporting sexual assault crimes and as a result, State Assemblyman Mike Gatto is planning to push for tougher laws against s...

Studies show Facebook may affect mood more than previously thought

Studies show Facebook may affect mood more than previously thought

Nicole Socala

April 30, 2014

Social media boils down to an emotional whirlwind of status updates, tweets, retweets, selfies, shares, likes and tags. Twitter users tweet 400 million times a day, and over 4.75 billion pieces of content are shared daily on Facebook, according to Zephoria Internet Marketing. This constant influx o...

Taming the jitters of public speaking

Taming the jitters of public speaking

Nicole Socala

April 28, 2014

Breathe. Focus. Take your time. Speak clearly. Stand tall. Make eye contact. Sweaty palms and a knotted throat. Listen to the magnified taps of feet. Watch the clock smooth its hands over every increment and avoid the blur of glares at all cost. The knots, the taps, the thumps and the ripples of uninvit...

USU is transformed into Las Vegas casino for Matador Nights

USU is transformed into Las Vegas casino for Matador Nights

Nicole Socala

April 27, 2014

The spring installment of Matador Nights brought together the old and the new with a club scene outdoors and a classic Las Vegas theme indoors. The event was hosted by the University Student Union (USU) and was filled to capacity despite the rain. A crowd gathered behind the velvet ropes and rushed in...

Future athletic trainers promote national training awareness month

Nicole Socala

April 16, 2014

March is National Training Awareness month with the purpose of shedding light on the frequently understated responsibilities of athletic trainers (ATs). In order to help others better understand what athletic trainers work toward, the Athletic Training program and club at CSUN created t-shirts that...

Pole dancing is left up for interpretation of the performers

Pole dancing is left up for interpretation of the performers

Nicole Socala

April 14, 2014

A stream of blue lights reflects across the mirrors in the dimmed studio perpetuating a Zen feel, similar to a yoga class. Stretching ensues for thirty-minutes, followed by the gradual progression into gritty aerial inversions, climbs and spins. Spotters are needed to help prevent injury in the even...

The city of San Fernando finds its voice in a blog

The city of San Fernando finds its voice in a blog

Nicole Socala

March 19, 2014

The San Fernando Valley is wedged into a corner of complaints and stereotypes: A blur of 105 degree summers, a sparse night scene and scattered X-ratings. When stripped of these misconstrued layers, the small community cities within the Valley have a lot to offer. The blog, i am san fernando, id...

Gala Flamenca dances across VPAC stage with style

Gala Flamenca dances across VPAC stage with style

Nicole Socala

March 16, 2014

The curtain is raised and a single beam of light spills over Carlos Rodríguez, a member of the renowned flamenco dance group Gala Flamenca. He moves his hands towards the light and suddenly clicks his heels across the floor like the finger-snapping of a beat poet. There is a sharp progression, the tapping...

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