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From Bollywood to Hollywood: CTVA major’s transition to Los Angeles

Tanya Ramirez

February 22, 2012

Minoti Vaishnav has accomplished more by age 25 than many will in a lifetime. The CTVA screenwriting major grew up in Mumbai. By age 18, she was already an Internet pop sensation, a novelist and media specialist with a promising career at IMG Fashion. Despite her successes, she was restless...

CSUN student learns about activism by traveling abroad

Stefanie De Leon Tzic

February 19, 2012

While most 10-year-olds spend their vacations at camps or summer schools, Steve “Chiru” Singh Gill, 22, spent his in the streets of downtown Los Angeles. A native of Echo Park, Gill grew up in the marginalized community nestled between Temple and Rampart. He was surrounded by violence, poverty a...

CSUN grad student turns to activism as a way of life

Luis Rivas

February 8, 2012

The walls inside Room 130 in Jerome Richfield Hall are nearly completely covered with Chicana/o and Latina/o art, protest posters and photographs of demonstrating social justice activists who all happen to be young students. A red flag with the United Farm Workers’ black eagle in the center hangs above...

Life lessons lead to a successful business

Fredy Tlatenchi

February 7, 2012

Victoria Khaze began to learn business lessons at the age of 5. Now 22 years old, the CSUN student applied these lessons during her freshman year and founded, a site that offers business owners the opportunity to hire bikini models to sport painted ads on their bodies for a reasonab...

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...

CSUN student sets goal of space travel, sends camera to space

Alexandra Riggle

January 23, 2012

For 29-year-old Ahmad Alromeadheen, the sky is not the limit.  Originally from Kuwait, Ahmad moved to the U.S. six years ago on scholarship to pursue a degree in astronomy. After choosing California as his destination, Ahmad had to decide where to study. “I heard CSUN was the most diverse school in Ca...

CSUN student continues to smile despite life changing car accident

Gerardo Garay, kinesiology major, continues his college career despite a traumatic car accident that left him with brain damage. He said his life is not the same. Photo Credit: Ken Scarboro / Editor in Chief


November 28, 2011

By Erika Yasuo It's been nearly five years since Gerardo Garay's world was turned upside down after a major car accident that permanently affected his view of the world. On Dec. 9, 2006, Garay, a 24-year-old kinesiology major at CSUN, was coming back from Las Vegas with his friends when his b...

Kinesiology major overcomes stroke to pursue career in physical therapy

Jasmine Hart, kinesiology major, wishes to pursue a career in the NFL as an athletic trainer or physical therapist. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila / Daily Sundial


November 15, 2011

By Nancy Pride While all of her friends were getting ready to graduate high school Jasmine Hart, 19 was in an induced coma struggling to survive a massive stroke. May 21, 2010, just five days away from her high school graduation and a few weeks shy of her 18th birthday, Hart felt a strange sensation in her face while at home in her bathroom getting ready for school. She...

Biology major uses past tragedies to reach dreams of medical school

Matt Landesman, 21, is currently a biology major who will be graduating early to enter medical school. Erin Herle / Contributor


November 7, 2011

By Erin Herle For most people, college is a time to figure out their options and where life takes them. Although encouraged, most do not find passion in what they choose for a career, but Matthew Landesman is an exception. Landesman, 21, is a biology major and pre-med student set to graduate within three and a half years. One could say ...

Escaping the wrong path with a passion for activism

Daniel Santana-Hernandez, 22, Senior, History and Chicano Studies Major. Photo Credit: Kat Russell / Daily Sundial

Samantha Tata

November 1, 2011

  Daniel Santana-Hernandez, 22, grew up with the cards stacked against him, although he probably wouldn’t tell you that. Santana-Hernandez grew up in Lynwood, Calif., near Los Angeles. At the time, Lynwood was an area that fell prey to multiple rival gangs and an ever-increasing epidemic of violent crimes. While his older broth...

Freshman dances toward his dreams

Photo Courtesy of Taylor Villescas

Taylor Villescas

October 26, 2011

With over 33,000 students, CSUN is no stranger to colorful personalities, and a new freshman has danced his way onto campus. “Right now, I’m planning on going out for the dance team or the cheer squad,” Christian Vidaure said. A dancer for six years, Vidaure has performed tap, jazz, ballet, ...

Semester at CSUN Student Adjusts to Life Away From Home

Claudia Julien is spending a semester at CSUN and says the green house and garden remind her of Belgium. Simon Gambaryan / Daily Sundial

Rachel Costahaude

September 25, 2011

Claudia Julien starts each day 5,628 miles away from her home in Namur, Belgium. Julien, a student in the Semester at CSUN program, was attracted to the Northridge campus because she felt her passion for language could thrive in southern California. “I want to study Spanish,” she said.  “I tried to go to Spain, but it was too expensive. So I...

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