The Sundial

Trial for suspected CSUN gunman postponed

Samantha Tata

November 17, 2011

CSUN philosophy student Gahren Moradian, accused of allegedly claiming to have a gun in the Oviatt Library on Sept. 27, appeared in the North Valley Municipal Court on Thursday. Thursday’s scheduled preliminary hearing was moved to a later date after Judge Lloyd Nash denied Moradian’s lawyer to...

Reasons for unit caps explained by CSUN and CSU officials

Reasons for unit caps explained by CSUN and CSU officials

Samantha Tata

November 10, 2011

CSUN students received an email earlier this week announcing new restrictions on spring registration, including a 15-unit cap and less class seats. The decision to tighten registration rules was implemented to avoid a $7 million penalty from the CSU by reducing students’ unit loads, according to cam...

Combating Asian-American stereotypes as a young female

Combating Asian-American stereotypes as a young female

Samantha Tata

November 3, 2011

I grew up feeling more or less ugly. Like many girls, I stood in front of the mirror obsessing over all of my imperfections, wishing everything were different. I wanted to be taller, thinner and have whiter teeth. But most of all, I wanted to become something that was incredibly impossible — a pretty little white girl. I dreamed of ...

Attendees of free steak dinner met with surprise

Attendees of free steak dinner met with surprise

Samantha Tata

November 3, 2011

Unified We Serve hosted a free steak dinner for students and faculty in the Northridge Center Tuesday night, and guests were in for a surprise. The dinner was, in fact, a poverty simulation, in which only some guests would actually sit down to steak, said Eunice Eugenio, member of Unified We Serve. “E...

Cost of living in L.A. County increases sharply over last decade

Samantha Tata

November 2, 2011

The cost of living in Los Angeles County has increased more than 18 percent in the last three years, and 46 percent in the last eight years, according to a new study. “We take deep looks into the costs between counties,” said Jenny Chung Mejia, attorney and program manager for Insight Center for...

CSUN photo exhibit captures Black culture in postwar L.A.

CSUN photo exhibit captures Black culture in postwar L.A.

Samantha Tata

November 2, 2011

Images of tragedy, celebration, Hollywood life and urban culture line the walls of the CSUN Art Galleries in an exhibition detailing the artistic growth and development of African-American identity in postwar Los Angeles. Available for viewing until Dec. 10, the “Identity and Affirmation: Po...

LAUSD below state average of high school graduates attending college

Samantha Tata

November 1, 2011

Only 63 percent of LAUSD high school graduates go on to college, 12 percent less than the state average, according to the California Department of Education. Students in surrounding districts, such as Glendale and Arcadia, go on to college at higher rates, over 75 percent. The national average is...

Escaping the wrong path with a passion for activism

Escaping the wrong path with a passion for activism

Samantha Tata

November 1, 2011

  Daniel Santana-Hernandez, 22, grew up with the cards stacked against him, although he probably wouldn’t tell you that. Santana-Hernandez grew up in Lynwood, Calif., near Los Angeles. At the time, Lynwood was an area that fell prey to multiple rival gangs and an ever-increasing epidemic of violent crimes. While his older broth...

Proposed changes to CSU selection process slows search for CSUN’s next president

Samantha Tata

September 18, 2011

The search for CSUN’s next president is running behind schedule thanks to a restructuring of the selection process by CSU officials, who will vote on the proposed changes Sept. 20 and 21. Recent controversy over president salary raises and simultaneous tuition hikes prompted the board of trustees...

Professor and “Grease” actress Annette Cardona dies

Samantha Tata

August 26, 2011

CSUN communication professor Annette Cardona, known for her iconic role in “Grease” as Cha Cha DiGregorio, died Aug. 3. She was 63. Cardona, a seasoned dancer, singer and actress, died of lung cancer although she was not a smoker. “Her illness was very fast and did not give any of her ...

Student saved by soccer

Samantha Tata

May 16, 2011

As one of CSUN’s thousands of commuter students, Evelyn Vasquez does not exactly break the mold. But she has broken the constraints of the daily drive and integrated herself within the campus community using a lifelong passion: soccer. The sophomore commutes 40 miles from Compton multiple times a...

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