The Sundial

Organic food labels are no fresh guarantee

Theresa Wray

June 28, 2008

Erin McCaslin, a former CSUN student, picked up a plastic container of strawberries at Whole Foods Market and made sure it had the green and white "USDA Organic" seal on it. "You never really know what you're getting," McCaslin said. "But at least when I buy organic food, I know my family is not ea...

Smarter cars debut to American drivers

Denise Vastola

June 28, 2008

Increasing gas prices and American motorists' greater awareness of the environment's fragile state have driven up sales of cars that look as though they are related to the talking vehicles in Chevron's Techron gasoline commercials. The country's first microcar was deemed a success before its first dea...

L.A. residents swap their vintage clothes toward higher career goals

Monica Duester

June 27, 2008

Young women from across Los Angeles gathered their vintage clothes and participated in a clothes swap on June 24. Beth Jones, a 27-year-old fashion Web blogger and self-proclaimed society girl, hosted a 'Society Swap' in which women exchanged their unwanted outfits for something better. After separating the i...

A.S. senators approve annual campus budget after vetoes, recommendations

Dessiraee Eleby

June 27, 2008

The Associated Student Senate approved the 2008-09 A.S. budget for the second time at the June 24 Senate meeting. University President Jolene Koester recommended 13 item changes to A.S. budget and the Senate voted in agreement, but made two modifications to Koester's recommendation in her June 16 memo. ...

Student dies before finishing thesis

Denise Vastola

June 27, 2008

Memorial services were held for CSUN student George Mark Clark on Sunday, June 22 at the campus' University Club near the Orange Grove. Doug Yule, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, presented a master's degree in geology posthumously to Clark's wife Kathy and daughter Cindy during the memor...

GM takes motorists on test drive of its hydrogen fuel car

David Moll

June 27, 2008

In an age of soaring gas prices, economy and ecology have ousted horsepower and torque as the buzzwords in today's automotive market. From ethanol-intensive blends of gasoline to soy-based plastics used to furnish interiors, environmentalism has become a means to combat rising material costs and...

Veteran Kingsley, Peck add depth to new movie

Denise Vastola

June 27, 2008

A movie about a young man who trades pot for counseling sessions may not sound as great to watch as a masked man kicking the butts of freaks and crime lords, but it is. "The Wackness," by writer/director Jonathan Levine, is set in 1994 and takes place in New York. The main characters, Luke Shapiro (...

Canines, their owners meet and greet in downtown L.A.

Libby Johnson

June 27, 2008

Pussy ' Pooch teamed with Bark Avenue Foundation to present Furlicious, a special outdoor evening event for pet owners and their furry friends on June 23 at J Lounge in downtown Los Angeles. More than 100 humans and approximately 70 dogs attended. Guests enjoyed a variety of activities from placing b...

Villaraigosa officiates at same-sex wedding

Salena Barcenas

June 27, 2008

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa officiated the wedding of the producer of the Oscar-winning film "American Beauty" and his partner of five years on June 23. Villaraigosa, who was deputized to perform marriages, married Bruce Cohen, the producer, and Gabriel Catone, his partner, inside the mayor...

Pundits say any UV tan is unsafe

Denise Vastola

June 27, 2008

When someone asks if you want a cocktail or a triple dip, hopping between a tanning booth and a UV-free spray tan booth are not the first things that come to mind, but that's what Mimi Jensen, proprietor of A Tan for All Seasons in Northridge, said she offers her clients. Jensen added the Magic spr...

WALL-E may not speak, but he speaks to everyone

Dessiraee Eleby

June 27, 2008

Imagine if the waste, toxins and everything people have ever thrown in the trash covers the entire world, making it inhabitable for humans. Fast-forward to 2700 and you have the beginning setting of Disney and Pixar's new animation hit "WALL-E." Waste Allocation Load Lifter- Earth, also known as WA...

Alumna’s life trek shapes island adventure tale

TINA HELWAJIAN

June 24, 2008

An ugly duckling turned into a swan. This is how a CSUN alumna describes her life's journey from an awkward and lonely childhood to a satisfying adulthood filled with a lot of companionship. Linda Jane Ballou, 61, realized early in life that she did not fit in with kids her age. She always felt like...

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