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Making it to May and surviving senioritis

Illustration by Maria Palacios

Samantha Lieb

April 28, 2015

Being a senior is both an exciting and challenging time. You are so close to being done, but there is so much to do to prepare for the next step. Some of you are applying, or even have been accepted, to grad school, while others are going off to work. Some of you are just trying to make it to May. Wh...

Book bicycle giving to the community

Photo credit: Jessica Castellanos

Jessica Castellanos

April 27, 2015

She politely greeted everyone with a gleaming smile as children and adults gravitated toward her colorful cart. Her contagious laughter spilled onto everyone around her. She happily handed a glossy new book to an excited child. She lets out a sigh of satisfaction. Ednita Kelly rides around the greater Los ...

The road to happiness,one step at a time

The road to happiness,one step at a time

Kathleen Johnson

April 25, 2015

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”-Dalai LamaHappiness is a state of being, not a destination. Yet living a happy life takes conscious effort and constant committed action. Being dedicated to positive thinking can alter your quality of life and increase y...

Self-taught CSUN student offering free course

Photo credit: Raul Martinez

Keila Vizcarra

April 25, 2015

Follow @KeilaViz_ // Junior Ibram Uppal’s hard work paid off when an online course he created attracted over 1,000 and counting. His course, The Comprehensive Guide to Swift, teaches users with little or no coding experience to learn Swift, Apple’s new programming language that is used to create iOS and OS X applications. This programming language is essential for the development of iPhone, iPa...

Fitness Friday: let them drink wine and eat chocolate

Double dark chocolate bark with nuts and red wine make for great brain food. (Karen Elshout/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/KRT)

Jamie Perez

April 24, 2015

It is easy for someone on a strict diet plan to want to stray away from eating healthy greens all the time. As humans, we like to indulge and treat ourselves every now and again. Enjoying a sweet snack won’t be detrimental to your overall health, if done in moderation. However, there are two th...

Best options for cruelty free products

(July 13) Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. (cdm) 2004

Madeline Sensibile

April 22, 2015

If you're tired of constantly hearing about beauty and food products containing the latest thing thats bad for you, then its time for you to turn to cruelty free products. As the global climate changes both economically and environmentally, lots of new companies are coming up with products that do...

Whipping up your own lotion

The final product in its own mason jar. Photo credit: Cicely Chisholm

Cicely Chisholm

April 21, 2015

Making your own cosmetics, lotions, sunscreens, or other products you might use everyday, can have an impact on not only you, but the environment.Using ingredients you know, can pronounce and easily buy, can mean you know what exactly goes into and on your body. Since the skin is the largest organ on ...

CSUN professor gets first-hand experience of what she teaches

Photo courtesy of Erica Wohldmann.

Jamie Perez

April 20, 2015

In 2012, after spotting a freshly killed red fox on a country back road, Erica Wohldmann decided to pick it up and take it home. When she got home, she skinned it, cooked the leg quarters and even decided to cook the heart and eat that as well. As a long time-vegetarian, this is something she normally do...

Teaching yourself how to forgive

300 dpi Fred Matamoros color illustration of stained-glass image of one hand offering a white rose to another hand. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) 2007.

Kathleen Johnson

April 18, 2015

Learning to forgive is difficult to do. When controversy arises between individuals, there is often an expectation that an apology is owed, or an action needs to take place in order for resolution to be achieved. However, at times relationships are ended or hurt because that expectation is not met. ...

Fitness Friday: sing your way to better mental health

Rick Nease illustration of woman singing at a summer concert. Detroit Free Press 2011.

Jamie Perez

April 17, 2015

Singing is a very intimate activity that people can engage in on their own or in a group. It brings about feelings of happiness and unity in people. You never see people who are in a bad mood while singing. It’s the people that are feeling cheerful that will usually break out into song. When you sing,...

Protected bike lanes debut on Reseda Boulevard

Part of the Great Streets Project, the new parking-protected bicycle lanes along Reseda Blvd., will be from Plummer St. and Parthenia St., protecting cyclist for a one-mile stretch (Matthew Delgado / Staff Photographer)

Matthew Delgado

April 15, 2015

Reseda Blvd. received more than just a much needed road repair, it received the City of Los Angeles’ first ever parking-protected bicycle lane. The new parking-protected bicycle lane will have a one-mile stretch on Reseda Blvd., from Plummer St. to Pathenia St. – allowing cyclist to easily, and...

Waist training: the dangers behind the trend

Waist training: the dangers behind the trend

Esmeralda Ramirez

April 14, 2015

When I first saw waist trainers I saw them on Instagram as I would scroll around through the people I follow. At first I thought they wear just more trendier versions of sweat wraps. According to Perfect Definitions, "Waist training is a gradual process of waist reduction using a latex waist cincher or corset, Also known as waist cinching this practice ca...

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