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Student with Asperger’s syndrome speaks against changing definition of autism

Jeffrey Zide

January 31, 2012

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association is scheduled to make changes regarding the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autistic Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The APA is hoping to put all three disorders under the broad diagnosis of autism s...

International singer/songwriter comes to CSUN to study music therapy

Joseph A. Tomaszewski

January 31, 2012

Music is 27-year-old Arsi Nami's passion, and he wants to share that passion with the world. Despite his growing  international success  as a singer and songwriter of world rhythms, eurodance and electronica music, Nami came to CSUN in 2009 to study music therapy. Three years ago, Nami witne...

Weekly Column: Definitely Brady: Patriots QB cements rank as greatest in the NFL

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who's broken all kinds of NFL records, is on his fifth Super Bowl appearance. Courtesy of MCT

Ron Rokhy

January 31, 2012

Sunday’s Super Bowl, which is a rematch of the Giants’ 2008 upset victory over the then-18-0 Patriots, raises one question: can Tom Brady exact his revenge and bring home a fourth championship? The answer, undeniably, is yes. Not only has Brady played with a chip on his shoulder his entire career d...

Don’t be me: Why you should be determined to finish college

Jim McLauchlin

January 31, 2012

It was that great philosopher of our time—Chef from South Park—who reminded us that “There’s a time and place for everything—and it’s called college.” Well, here’s the corollary to Professor Chef’s postulate—there’s a time and place for college as well. At least a time. And that tim...

Fad diets lead to weight loss failure

Alexandra Riggle

January 31, 2012

From the semi-reasonable to the ridiculous, fad diets make promises that are simply not sustainable for long-term health:  Melt away the pounds with the miraculous acai berry diet, devour spare ribs and cheese on Atkins, or live it up like a Neanderthal on the Paleo diet. “Fad diets are extremely res...

One-time traffic ticket amnesty program offers half-off total balance

Laura Davis

January 31, 2012

The California Legislature has implemented a one-time traffic ticket amnesty program in an effort to collect revenue from unpaid violations. The program, which allows defendants to make a one lump sum payment of 50 percent of their balance, began Jan. 1 and will end June 30. People who choose ...

Universities begin to incorporate mobile applications in classrooms

Raewyn Smith

January 31, 2012

With the growing popularity of smartphones, some universities in the United States are incorporating cellphone use into class curricula, moving past online courses. A survey done by Ball State University found that 99.8 percent of college students own a cellphone and 27 percent of those are smartphones – compared to the national average o...

Women’s basketball: First-place Matadors aim to cut down on turnovers

CSUN center Jasmine Erving averages 14.1 points and 2.1 turnovers per game. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila / Senior Photographer

Anthony Carpio

January 30, 2012

There can only be so many things said about CSUN’s last two performances. Mainly, the team has tallied two more wins, but at a cost. The Matadors, who are in first place in the Big West Conference, have collected 106 rebounds in the past two games, but that statistic has been overshadowed by anot...

Men’s volleyball: Get to Know Julius Hoefer

Matador opposite Julius Höefer, left, averages a team-leading 3.95 kills per game. Photo Credit: Michael Cheng / Daily Sundial


January 30, 2012

Full name: Julius Höefer Date of Birth: March 10, 1992 Place of Birth:  Steingaden, Germany Height: 6’9’’ Position: Opposite hitter Major:  Engineering Year: Freshman Stats: 3.95 kills per game, 4.85 points per game FAVORITES Food: Lasagna Musician: Coldplay Movie: Into the Blu...

Question of the day: What CSUN-related apps would you like to see available?

Ron Rokhy

January 30, 2012

Recently, colleges have been creating various apps for Androids and iPhones. Though limited, there are currently some available for download, such as an app that tracks CSUN Matadors basketball, and an app that shows the university's maps. What other CSUN-related apps would you like to see available?

Communication department chair holds meeting to discuss unit caps

Stefanie De Leon Tzic

January 29, 2012

A meeting to discuss the cap on unit registration, why classes were cut and students inability to add courses was held Friday in the Aronstam Library by the Department of Communications Chair Dr. Bernardo Attias. The state calculates the number of students enrolled at CSU campuses by the number of ...

Non-smoker opposes campus-wide smoking ban

Joelle Katz

January 29, 2012

If there is one thing that I have made a promise to do (and have thus far kept) it is to not smoke. I plan to live a long, heart and lung disease-free life. However, I cannot imagine a world where I need to share company or a classroom with someone who cannot be granted their ashy relaxer whe...

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