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Graduating CSUN students continue to pay graduation fee despite cancellation of in-person commencement ceremonies

Graduating CSUN students still have to pay the associated fees, even though in-person commencement ceremonies have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shannon Carter, Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2020

As CSUN continues to follow social distancing guidelines, there has been a noticeable impact on the university’s programs. One of the altered programs in light of the pandemic includes the cancellation of commencement ceremonies. While the administration plans and presents graduation alternatives,...

College during COVID-19: Teaching associates Alexsandra Pakhomova and Maya Borstein

Courtesy Maya Bornstein and Alexsandra Pakhomova

Tiago Barreiro

October 22, 2020

Alexsandra Pakhomova and Maya Bornstein are teaching associates in the CSUN English department’s T.A. program. Fall 2020 is their first semester teaching and they have to learn how to teach remotely. Both Pakhomova and Bornstein acknowledged how hard this pandemic has been — a less polite word...

Associated Students moves to support Propositions 16,18,20

Senator Adriana Coronado addresses the Associated Students Senate regarding the benefits of Proposition 16 on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

Shannon Carter, Assistant News Editor

October 20, 2020

As election day approaches, Associated Students established a resolution to mark its position on the 2020 general election ballot items. On Monday, the senate voted to change its stance on three of the 12 propositions on the California ballot. According to the statement, AS is the institutional voice of over 38,000 CSUN students and is responsible to endorse and oppose ...

‘Zoom University’ is taking a toll on students as they try to finish their education

Cruz does her homework at the kitchen table at night when her family sleeps.

Mayra Lopez, Reporter

October 16, 2020

Lively classroom discussions turned into muted Zoom meetings. Quiet libraries turned into distracting family kitchens. The CSU system determined that online instruction is the safest way for students to continue their higher education during COVID-19, but some students face challenges to complete their...

AS Senate recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day; reveals low engagement with clubs and organizations

Associated Students held their weekly virtual meeting on Oct. 12, 2020.

Samantha Bravo, Assistant News Editor

October 13, 2020

During the Associated Students meeting on Monday, senators and faculty members discussed clubs and organizations engagement, acknowledged the history of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and celebrated the Lakers championship win. Nikiya McWilliams, a CSUN Clubs and Organizations coordinator, said there has...

Results in 15 minutes: Rapid COVID-19 testing at CSUN available next week

CSUN'S Klotz Student Health Center will begin rapid testing in October. Rapid testing will serve as a quick and affordable solution for the campus community.

Angelina Cayabyab, Contributor

October 9, 2020

CSUN will soon be home to a rapid COVID-19 testing site, where students can get their results in just 15 minutes. The Antigen test kits are set to be available by the end of next week, according to Sharon Aronoff, a health educator at the Klotz Center. The health center is waiting for reagents, a critic...

Oviatt Library installs high-tech lockers to provide students with safe, faster access to library materials

The Oviatt Library is installing a touchless locker hub that will be ready in November. Students can unlock the locker and collect their reserved library materials by using a self-checkout app.

Trissean McDonald, Reporter

October 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter the daily lives of the CSUN community, the Oviatt Library is creating new ways for students, faculty and staff to have books and other materials delivered by locker pickup and mail. The Oviatt Library is still closed to the public, but has since adjusted...

College during COVID-19: Psychology professors adapt to online learning using a lightboard

Professors Andrew Ainsworth and Thomas Chan perform a live demonstration.

Tiago Barreiro, Video Editor

October 7, 2020

  The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first time Andrew Ainsworth, a psychology professor, has had to adapt to a challenge while at CSUN. “I started as an undergrad here in 1994, the semester after the earthquake. At first, I knew nothing but trailers. I don’t think I had a class in a building until I was a junior,’’ he said. ...

CSUN students speak on the Armenia and Azerbaijan conflict during the AS Senate meeting

Associated Students held their weekly virtual meeting on Oct. 5, 2020.

Samantha Bravo, Assistant News Editor

October 6, 2020

The weekly Associated Students meeting lasted longer than usual this week. The open forum portion of the meeting was focused on students raising awareness to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Three CSUN students used the open forum portion of the meeting to speak on the attacks on Armenia...

A California survey reveals roughly 71% of students have been financially impacted due to the pandemic

A California survey reveals roughly 71% of students have been financially impacted due to the pandemic

Jazmin Navarrete, Reporter

October 6, 2020

The California Student Aid Commission released the results of the "Spring 2020 COVID-19 Student Survey," which found 71% of currently enrolled college students have lost some or all of their sources of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statewide survey, conducted between May 15 and June 1, was emailed to a random sample of 76,000 college and hi...

CSUN student sheds light on campus wildlife; some species thriving during campus closure

An Argentine ant on a goosegrass — a summer annual grassy weed.

Trevor Morgan, Contributor

October 5, 2020

From a native species of squirrel that once burrowed in the hollows of our campus’s trees being driven out by a territorial new species that dominate campus today to a warring army of foreign ants that threatens the indigenous monarch butterfly population, CSUN’s campus is filled with lessons of natur...

Abolish Campus Police-CSU leads protest against campus police

A woman holds a sign that says,

Samantha Bravo, Assistant News Editor

October 2, 2020

On Thursday afternoon, students from various California State University campuses rallied at the Chicanx House at CSUN to demand that police be removed from CSU campuses. The protest was organized by the Revolutionary Scholars, Youth Justice Coalition L.A., Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlande Cal State Los Angeles and Student for Qua...

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