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CSU Channel Islands President Erika D. Beck announced as next CSUN president

CSU Channel Islands President Erika D. Beck announced as next CSUN president

Sloane Bozzi, News Editor

October 29, 2020

The CSU Board of Trustees appointed Erika D. Beck, the current president of CSU Channel Islands, to replace CSUN’s current president, Dianne F. Harrison, during their meeting on Thursday. Beck served as president of CSUCI since 2016. She was previously the provost and executive vice president of...

Faculty Senate condemns Azerbaijan aggression against Armenia and Artsakh region

The Associated Students Faculty Senate meeting held via zoom on Oct. 22.

Shannon Carter, Assistant News Editor

October 27, 2020

The Faculty Senate unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday in support of the Armenians of CSUN and the Republic of Artsakh that condemns Azerbaijan aggression toward Armenia and the Artsakh region. The drafted statement of solidarity outlines that on Sept. 27, Azerbaijan's government started a war on the Republic of Arts...

AS to share feedback to CSU on ethnic studies requirement

AS President Rose Merida discusses the ethnic studies feedback form with the Senate on Oct. 26 via Zoom.

Shannon Carter, Assistant News Editor

October 27, 2020

Associated Students President Rose Merida has been tasked with submitting feedback from AS to the CSU on the implementation of ethnic studies courses through AB 1460. During Monday's AS meeting, Merida asked the senate to fill out a feedback form that collects general comments, recommended revisions...

The University Corporation avoided projected deficit through cuts, Chartwells Higher Education group to rebrand CSUN dining

The University Corporation board of directors meeting held via zoom on Oct. 19.

Shannon Carter, Assistant News Editor

October 26, 2020

The University Corporation held its triannual board of directors meeting on Oct. 19. The meeting addressed the unsteady budget and provided a formal introduction to the new campus dining programs. TUC Executive Director Rick Evans provided the board an update on the current budget status for the current...

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 and Jazmin Navarrete

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. ...

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