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Op-Ed: The Orange Fury in the White House – as seen from abroad

President Donald Trump.

Katarina Machmer, Contributor

October 26, 2020

As I am writing this I’m sitting in my backyard in Munich, Germany, far away from the U.S. and yet so connected to it because of all that is happening in this country where I lived for half a year as a student and have close friends. Here in Germany I am breathing clean air — although the smoke...

Op-Ed: Artsakh is under attack before our eyes

A protester holds an Armenian flag among the crowd of protesters outside the Azerbaijan Consulate in Brentwood on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

Levon Satamian, Reporter

October 12, 2020

Once again, the world is looking away while atrocities and war take place in a faraway land. More than 100 years ago, Turkey killed over 1.5 million Armenians while the world did nothing. Today, backed by the Turkish government, Azerbaijan is bombing Armenian churches and killing native Armenians...

Mastering makeup: From hiding insecurities to making art

Belen Hernandez, 25, covers half her face with a colorful eyeshadow palette in her North Hollywood, Calif. bedroom on Sept. 15, 2020. Hernandez uses makeup application as a creative outlet while being home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Belen Hernandez, Contributor

October 8, 2020

As Frankie J’s “Canciones Que Recuerdo” plays in the background and I light my spearmint candle, I sit at my vanity and slowly feel the stress of the day fade. I take out my eyeshadow palettes and start creating. With every product applied step by step, an artwork is created, thus making me feel...

Column: Tracking Trump in 2020

President Donald Trump.

Michaella Huck and Orlando Mayorquin

August 27, 2020

The country is in flux as it reckons with long-standing racial injustice while experiencing the worst handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the world. Surely, this is a moment for the president to attempt to pull together a polarized nation? Well, not if your country’s president is Donald J. Trump. ...

Column: Could a bubble work for college sports?

Professional leagues like the NBA have successfully enforced a bubble environment in order to resume games — a move college sports could possibly make.

Mano Baghjajian, Assistant Sports Editor

August 24, 2020

With the fifth month of the COVID-19 pandemic coming to a close, attending Zoom meetings and wearing masks out in public have become normal parts of everyday life. However, some sectors of old life are starting to return. Although mass gatherings are still prohibited, one of the main comebacks in recent...

Op-Ed: Fail fall 2020

 the Performance Ensemble: Creatives for Social Change

August 22, 2020

For college students across the country, the memory of spring 2020 is now fading away as we face the beginning of fall 2020 online, in-person or some strange hybrid of these. But let us not allow that chaos, those struggles and even the failures of the COVID-19 half of the spring semester fall too far...

Op-Ed: Void for its vagueness: CSU Board of Trustees passes social justice requirement, ethnic studies community stands in support of AB-1460

Op-Ed: Void for its vagueness:  CSU Board of Trustees passes social justice requirement, ethnic studies community stands in support of AB-1460


August 3, 2020

On July 22, 2020, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees passed Chancellor Timothy P. White’s “Ethnic Studies and Social Justice” (ESSJ) requirement (Board of Trustees, July 21, 2020). The Chancellor’s Office developed its own proposal that allows undergraduate students to fulfill ES...

Editorial: CSUN needs more diverse faculty that reflects the student body

While CSUN has a diverse student population, its faculty population does not mirror that.

The Editorial Board

July 22, 2020

In 1968, students of color led strikes across California campuses, from San Francisco State University to CSUN, to demand the establishment of ethnic studies departments and to hire faculty of color to lead those departments. The fight to have faculty of color in universities continues today, as students...

Op-Ed: We can’t and we won’t stick to sports

As the protests begin to slow, conversations around the Black Lives Matter movement continue to take shape, especially in the world of sports.

Andres Soto, Sports Editor

July 9, 2020

In early June, right-wing political commentator Ben Shapiro went off on a rant against professional athletes who have used their platforms to speak out against racial injustice. Shapiro lamented that sports were no longer an escape from reality for him. “It’s getting to the point where I don...

Op-Ed: Why Does California Need AB-1460 (Ethnic Studies Requirement)?

Students protest against CSU Chancellor Timothy White at the 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies at SFSU in 2019.


July 8, 2020

When the California State Senate voted in favor (30-5) of Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s bill AB-1460 — a state law that will require every California State University (CSU) undergraduate to take an Ethnic Studies course in Black Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Asian American Studies, or American...

Opinion: Being a Black journalist when Black lives finally start to matter

A protester holds up his fist as demonstrators hold a moment of silence for George Floyd outside of City Hall on May 31, 2020.

Michaella Huck, Opinion Editor

June 29, 2020

My whole life being Black and being a journalist remain in sync. I was a strange child. Some kids watched the “Teletubbies,” I watched the 5 o’clock news. My mom calls me nosy; I’d say I’m curious, especially when it comes to issues that I care about. I was raised in a household that taught...

Column: Is it the right time for sports to return?

CSUN Women's soccer team stretches after the game

Mano Baghjajian, Reporter

June 26, 2020

It has been over three months since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. As lockdowns began to set in all over the world, normal parts of everyday life started to disappear. Schools, restaurants and local businesses all began to close their doors as fear regarding...

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