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Kerstin Gupilan

September 22, 2009

Kathleen Burrell is fighting for vaginas everywhere, or at least is part of an organization that is.  The 19-year-old child development and sociology major is the vice president of the CSUN chapter of VDay, a "global movement to end violence against women and girls." Burrell, who her friends refer to as Katie, said with a bright smile she was “forcefully ...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

September 18, 2009

After spending a year studying as a jazz major, then another year as a general music major at CSUN, William "Will" Borza, decided to change his major to music industry studies to have more options and flexibility in the job industry after graduating. “Being a jazz major, I would only have one career path. But if I major in music industries, I can be a publisher, a...

Spotlight: One in 36,000

Michelle Nelson

September 17, 2009

Art inspires 20-year-old Jeromy Velasco. It even inspired his decision on what breed of dog to get – a Weimaraner, the dog that is the subject of artist William Wegman’s compositions. Velasco found out about the breed through Wegman, who is most noted for his fine art photography that features dogs with human arms dressed in costumes. Velasco, a third-...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

September 15, 2009

Jackie Phipps is an English creative writing major at CSUN.  Making the trek from Santa Monica, Phipps is in her junior year working towards a bachelor's degree. She doesn’t dedicate countless hours to any club or organization on campus, but she has been busy working on over 15 novels and short ...

Spotlight: One in 36,000

Caitlin McCarrick

September 13, 2009

After three years of studying architecture at College of the Canyons, 22-year-old Carlos Hernandez transferred to CSUN to pursue a major in urban studies. Hernandez, who is  environmentally conscious, spends most of his free time working with friends and people who also really care about their community. Hernandez even went as far as...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

September 11, 2009

Mahdi Baharan, a transfer student from Iran, was living abroad when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11. Baharan, 26, was born in Dezful, Iran during the time Iran was at war with Iraq.  After his birth, his family moved to Tehran. While living in Iran, Baharan witnessed the...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Aprile Sumague

September 5, 2009

Biboye Niweigha, a transfer student majoring in athletic training, considers himself an “endangered species” on campus due to the fact that he carries a boombox almost every day. Niweigha, 20, usually spends a lot of time practicing his break dancing moves on campus. Also known as Kuno, his ...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Aprile Sumague

September 2, 2009

For Christie Anna Casas, 30, it was never too late to go back to school. She describes the experience as one of the biggest challenges in her life so far. Her motivation was her boyfriend, who made her realize that it is never too late to make something of yourself and do something you believe you will love. She enjoyed her job as a legal secretary for a law firm...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

September 1, 2009

One challenge Vania Ellison, a junior deaf studies major, faced was growing up in a household with deaf parents. Leaving them behind to come to CSUN was difficult because during high school Ellison took care of her mother. “Before I left, I had to make sure everything was going to be OK,” Ellison said. Ellison had to find a caretaker for her mother, ...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

August 31, 2009

CSUN business major Lisa Lautman loves drawing and has used the career of Michael Jackson as an inspiration. This year was tough because of the loss of Jackson, who she’s looked up to the last seven years. Since Jackson’s death, she has listened to his CDs so much that they are now beaten up and scratched from use. Raised in Cali...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Abel Pacheco

August 30, 2009

Mahdi Baharan, a transfer student from Iran, was living abroad when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11. Baharan, 26, was born in Dezful, Iran during the time Iran was at war with Iraq. After his birth, his family moved to Tehran. While living in Iran, Baharan witn...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Michelle Nelson

August 26, 2009

Rebecca Gever can’t imagine life without music. Gever, a 20-year-old vocal performance major, is president of the Vocal Percussion Radio club. She is also a lifeguard and swim instructor, and volunteers at a hospital when she is not on campus. Gever wanted to get involved in campus life, but it wasn’t until last year when she joined Vocal Percussion Radio that s...

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