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Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

December 1, 2009

Devan Baez is a freshman deaf studies major at CSUN. Baez grew up in Monterey Park, Calif., but is currently living on campus with her best friend, but likes going back home to see her family. “It’s my first time away from home, but I like going home on the weekends...I can never miss hom...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Michelle Nelson

December 1, 2009

Christina Handal isn’t a person that can be pigeonholed. The free-spirited, confident 21-year-old business management major said that concrete life plans scare her. “I don’t like to project out that far and try to plan my life that far in advance,” Handal said. “Even a month ahead, you...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Jaclyn Rymer

November 29, 2009

In a medium pan, toss in one part daughter, one part sister, one cup Christian, a drizzle of cook with a dash of baker, and a healthy pinch of friend. Cover the pan and allow it to simmer for 18 years to create Melissa Simon. Simon was born in Huntington Beach but grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and it was the 1994 Northridge e...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Wendy Barba

November 22, 2009

Some children grow up admiring their science teacher. Others want to grow up to be just like their history teacher. But unfortunately, not all children grow up with a figure of inspiration they can look up to within the educational system. Juan Preciado, Jr. said he grew up with little incent...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

November 17, 2009

Deon Goggins' interest in dance began as he watched his little sister during her dance class. What was then a passing interest of a 16-year-old can now only be described as a passion he hopes to pursue for the rest of his life. As he watched his sister in dance class for eight hours every Saturday, his interest in dance grew, but he was always discouraged to pursu...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Roxanne Estrada

November 16, 2009

By Roxanne Estrada To Ricardo Rodriguez, music is more than just a few notes strung along a treble clef; it’s a way of life. “It’s the music, the scene, the whole culture of music, it’s almost like a ritual, a religion,” he said. Rodriguez is an amateur roadie for his many friends ...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Caitlin McCarrick

November 15, 2009

Mario Perez is a testament to the importance mentors can have to motivate and inspire youth to make the right choices and get on the path to success. Now majoring in biology with a minor in Chicano studies, Perez has struggled to heal and get to this place of success. “Keeping in contact with my mentor helped mo...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

November 10, 2009

For Yeami Kim, playing the flute and following her heart has led her to pursue a major and future career in music. The 25-year-old music performance major began taking an interest in the flute in the third grade when she first heard and saw her mother playing. Kim used to watch her mother in awe as she played the flute in the house, dreaming that one day she c...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Aprile Sumague

November 5, 2009

Nathan Maurice challenged his neighbor and former teammate as he hit a four-bagger, four consecutive strikes, during a game of bowling. The outcome being whoever loses will buy dinner and another hour of bowling. “It’s on,” Maurice, who has yet to decide a major, said. Maurice has been bowling since the age of nine, after being invited to a classmate’s birthday ...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

October 28, 2009

Shanell Mondane, a 20-year-old business major, is currently working as an actress on a dramatic film. She loves acting and is trying to establish herself in the field. During her off time, she attends church with her brother. “I feel like nothing is impossible. I mean, as long as God is around, nothing is impossible,” Mondane said. Raised in San Di...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Michelle Nelson

October 27, 2009

Fraternity life for Gabe Zeladita doesn’t involve hazing rituals or wild keg parties on campus. His fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, focuses primarily on philanthropy and community involvement. Zeladita, a 21-year-old business management major, said he joined the fraternity because he had a lot of free time on his hands. He sa...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

October 22, 2009

Alexander “Z” Kuretski waited patiently for his dad to pick him up from day care each day as a 3-year-old. His thoughts were filled with excitement to leave day care and head over to the nearby train tracks with his dad. “We would wait for half an hour sometimes to see if the train wa...

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