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‘Won’t Back Down’ transforms a failing school system

Terese Torgersen

October 9, 2012

The American educational system is failing and two determined mothers stand up for their children’s rights in the new drama “Won’t Back Down” directed by Daniel Barnz. Jamie, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, is a lower class single mother and Nona, portrayed by award-winning Viola Davis, is a v...

Butter carving turns brutal in ‘Butter’

Terese Torgersen

October 9, 2012

 Butter sculpting turns political in Jim Field Smith’s new comedy “Butter” as one contestant is determined to win by any means. Laura Pickler, played by Jennifer Garner,  does everything in her power to keep the crown in the family when her husband Bob, played by Ty Burrell, is asked to s...

None for all and all for none

None for all and all for none

Terese Torgersen

October 7, 2012

Growing up in Norway, we are taught Jante’s Laws by Aksel Sandemose. These laws say that everyone is equal. The laws teach Norwegians to be modest and to not show off our wealth or financial achievements. I think Jante’s Law has shaped Norway into the successful social welfare state that i...

Too broke? Why not take a trip to a county near you?

Too broke? Why not take a trip to a county near you?

Terese Torgersen

October 3, 2012

Driving up Pacific Highway 1 is something I have always wanted to do. The deep blue ocean scenery complements the setting sun. It doesn’t get better than this. I decided to stop by three towns in Ventura County: Oxnard, Ventura and Ojai. None of these destinations are too far away for a weekend...

Saudi National Day is celebrated at CSUN

Saudi National Day is celebrated at CSUN

Terese Torgersen

September 30, 2012

The Saudi Student Association celebrated Saudi Arabian National Day at the USU Grand Salon on Friday and featured traditional food, clothing, music and dance. The Grand Salon was decorated in green and white, the colors of the Saudi Arabian flag. The men wore thobs, which are traditional Saudi Arabi...

‘String Theory’ transforms Flyaway into music spectacle

‘String Theory’ transforms Flyaway into music spectacle

Terese Torgersen

September 24, 2012

At most concerts the audience enjoy the music while the artists are doing the work. This was not the case at String Theory’s “Composition of Sound + Space” performance at the Van Nuys FlyAway this weekend. String Theory is a hybrid performance group that has performed across the nation and ab...

Artists Showcase Their Work at Canoga Park Art Walk

Artists Showcase Their Work at Canoga Park Art Walk

Terese Torgersen

September 24, 2012

Barbara Katz Bierman was 21-years-old when her mother passed away and she had to paint to be able to breath. She never plans a piece beforehand. She starts with a plain canvas and goes from there. Bierman is one of the oldest artists at the art walk and her paintings reflect her life and what...

‘Fantastic and Strange’ displays classic science fiction at Oviatt Library

Terese Torgersen

September 24, 2012

The first Science Fiction magazine is on display at the “Fantastic & Strange” exhibition in the Oviatt library. Mark Joseph, a CSUN instructor in developmental mathematics department was surprised to find the Amazing Stories edited by Hugo Gernsback among the books at the exhibition. “You...

CSUN Police Department holds safety workshops

Terese Torgersen

September 19, 2012

Safety workshops that could help prevent crime and violence are being hosted by the university’s police services throughout the year. For the last five years the CSUN Police Department has hosted free safety workshops for students, faculty, staff and the community during the fall and spring semesters,...

String Theory to perform at FlyAway free of charge

String Theory to perform at FlyAway free of charge

Terese Torgersen

September 14, 2012

Performance group String Theory will perform their act “Composition of Sound + Space” at Van Nuys FlyAway on Sept. 22 and 23. The bus station will be transformed into a musical instrument and an interactive performance environment for travelers, visitors and the bus station’s staff. “St...

CSUN Lecture is educating students about American Sikh community

Terese Torgersen

September 11, 2012

The Department of Religious Studies at CSUN is hosting a lecture on the American Sikh community to explain the Sikh belief system. The lecture “From Stockton, California to Oak Creek, Wisconsin: A Sikh Century in the United States” is open to students, faculty and the general public. Sikhs have...

CSUN features ‘Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body’ exhibition

CSUN features ‘Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body’ exhibition

Terese Torgersen

September 5, 2012

Individuals were once well-respected and considered useful members of society, until they became unemployed and irrelevant, tells the Chinese artist Liu Bolin. In his exhibition, “The Sociology of the Invisible Body,”Bolin features nine photographs and one silver statue at the CSUN Art Gallery t...

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