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Letter to the Editor

A calendar advertisement (Letter to the editor)


March 23, 2019

Dear Editor: I am writing to respond to some misleading and inaccurate statements in The Sundial article March 5, 2019 titled “Students displaced after EO 1110 implementation.” The article suggests that more students are failing the single semester version of GE University Writing (115). I...

The reality of the lack of body diversity in the modeling industry

A drawing of three ladies and a man

Ashley Hawn

March 13, 2019

When you sit down and open up a fashion magazine, what do you see? Tall, skinny, white women. It’s the same in almost every magazine except a few.The diversity in the modeling industry is improving, but slowly. This hyper-skinny look has been defined as the ideal beauty standard in the American ...

Stop labeling the black community

A digital illustration of a man

Jordan Campbell

March 12, 2019

I remember the first time I got called whitewashed. I was in my junior year of high school, eating my lunch when a puzzled girl asked me why I spoke so proper — so white.I was confused, because I had never heard that term before. Other classmates listening in nodded their heads and agreed with her ...

‘Green Book’ and the trope of the white savior complex

A movie poster (Green Book)

Destiny Nadeau

March 5, 2019

"The Negro Motorist Green Book," commonly nicknamed “The Green Book,” was published by an African-American mailman by the name of Victor Hugo Green in 1936, during the era of Jim Crow Laws.In response to pervasive racial discrimination that could prove to be fatal, Green published the bo...

The damage done by the Smollett case

A calendar advertisement

Ashley Hawn

February 28, 2019

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has surrendered to a felony charge of filing a false police report.A week after writing himself a threatening letter, he staged a fake assault to gain publicity for himself. The letter that arrived at the filming studio contained a homophobic death threat. A...

‘Psychiatry: An Industry of Death’: An intriguing, but skewed exhibit

A picture of the front side of Psychiatry An industry of Death Museum

Ben Walker

February 27, 2019

Psychiatrists are responsible for mass murder, eugenics, 9/11, the deaths of countless celebrities and the proliferation of school shootings. They are the most criminal of all professions and the least fit to treat mental health.These and other equally extreme messages and impressions are what attendees...

East Coast interns: Students represent CSUN in Washington, D.C.

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Sloane Bozzi

February 24, 2019

A month has passed since the CSUN in D.C. Internship Program sent 22 students to Washington, D.C. to begin their four-month internship endeavors. As one of the interns in the program, I’m learning how to navigate life in Washington while interning and going to school. Prior to this month, I had...

White women and their reinvention as black women on Instagram

A calendar advertisement illustrating banning blackfishing

Destiny Nadeau

February 24, 2019

Let’s take a minute to discuss the topic of “blackfishing.” This is the contemporary evolution of blackface where white women on Instagram have reimagined themselves to look like a person of color — specifically black women.This is done through exaggerated tanning, tightening their thi...

Consequences of childhood bullying

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Jordan Campbell

February 20, 2019

We've all been bullied at one time or another. I remember one morning in seventh grade when I was frantically searching for a piece of gum before the class session began. Before heading off to school, I had a few boiled eggs for breakfast and was overly concerned that my breath would stink during my...

How big companies use blackface

A calendar advertisement called Black History Matters

Jordan Campbell

February 19, 2019

The racist, disrespectful act of blackface developed during the 19th century. Widely recognized as “The Minstrel Show,” white performers popularized the idea of transforming into characters of African descent by putting on black face paint and drawing over-exaggerated big, red lips. In ad...

Be a victor not a victim

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Ashley Hawn

February 13, 2019

In recent years many people around the world have become proficient in the art of "being oppressed." There is conflict between choosing the victim or victor mindset in how one chooses to live.“Your attitude determines your altitude,” says American author Zig Ziglar. The victimhood narrative...

How students cope with loss

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Katharine Charnay

February 6, 2019

While many students were gearing up to head back to school after a long winter break, perhaps dreading having to deal with the habitual grind of being back in the classroom, I was dreading something different. For the past few weeks, I had been taking care of my dad who had recently been told that he o...

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