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CSUN student aspires to make a difference in kids’ lives

Elsa Tejada, a 20-year-old child and adolescent development major, stands in front of Buchanan Street Elementary School, where her volunteering helped her see that she was making a difference. Photo Credit: Andres Aguila / Daily Sundial

Andres Aguila

August 31, 2011

After graduation, Elsa Tejeda sees herself 3,000 miles away in New York City where she plans to take her passion for teaching elementary students with autism. The junior, child and adolescent development major, believes that special needs children need a lot of visual work and undivided attention to help them...

Independent Nutrition Students will conduct fundraiser

Rocio Romero

June 23, 2011

  To alleviate the harsh reality of not having adequate nutrition or even the basic day-to-day sustainable resources in the lives of two of the most impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic, the Independent Nutrition Students from CSUN are raising money to fly across the country and...

A student defined by war

Andrew Lopez

June 16, 2011

It is hard to imagine how senior sociology major Zinaida Hozdic can be so engaging given all she has been through. With her ear-to-ear smile, piercing blue eyes and rosy cheeks, she lives her life happily. It’s as though the first half of it never happened. “I have to,” Hozdic said. “If I...

CSUN grad still hunting for her dream job

Alison Geller

May 16, 2011

Getting the job of your dreams isn’t as easy as it sounds, even with a college degree, at least that is what Adriana Fonesca, 26, has found out since graduating from CSUN in Fall 2010. Fonesca graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animation and even after an 8-month internship with animation studio, Film Roman, she is still...

Student saved by soccer

Samantha Tata

May 16, 2011

As one of CSUN’s thousands of commuter students, Evelyn Vasquez does not exactly break the mold. But she has broken the constraints of the daily drive and integrated herself within the campus community using a lifelong passion: soccer. The sophomore commutes 40 miles from Compton multiple times a...

Multi-tasking music major kickstarts his career

Ashley Soley-Cerro

May 12, 2011

Senior Joseph Field, 24, knows how to keep busy. He is in five bands, and about to take on a new challenge, turning his passion into a profitable career. Field learned how to play the trombone at the age of 10 and hasn’t put it down since. In addition to the bands he is in, he does freelance work. His performances have included v...

Film student overcomes obstacles, showcase similar stories

Brian De Los Santos

May 11, 2011

Luz Sanchez has been through a lot. She was mugged for her school books. She also saw her mother become a victim of domestic abuse. She was also forced to move to the United States in search for a better life for her and her son. But these obstacles have not stopped Sanchez. The cinema and television arts major took on mo...

Marketing student tackles the entertainment industry

Jessica Estrada

May 9, 2011

Hakeem Animashaun has accomplished more at 20 years of age than most people his age. The second year marketing major is the co-founder of Cokeem Media an up-and-coming production business where everyone is a celebrity. It is an attention-catching website with an artistic feel that serves as a place to network and promote their busi...

Student pursues passion for community service

Kristin Hugo

May 5, 2011

Donning a shirt with a cartoon skeleton on it, colorful beaded bracelets and safety pins for earrings, Terry Marshall proves that things are not always what they seem. The transfer student, double majoring in child development and music therapy said she remains dedicated to community service, children and her Catholic faith. Mar...

Cancer survivor learns about true beauty

Steffanie Tate

May 4, 2011

Growing up, Tina Maskan was always the center of attention and the class clown. You could always count on her to turn any dull moment into a hysterically funny one. In 2007, at the age of 19, Maskan realized that something wasn’t right with her body. She went to the doctor and found out some things c...

Student learns life lessons on and off the ice

Christiaan Patterson

April 28, 2011

For CSUN’s Ice Hockey goalie Ron Dierkes, 29, getting back to school and finishing proved to be a rewarding challenge that was met with a hockey puck.   Dierkes started his college career at Florida State University in 2000, majoring in creative writing. Unsure of which direction he should go, he dropped out of school in 2003. After attending var...

Student chooses bike riding as his main mode of travel

Kristopher A. Fortin

April 27, 2011

“You hear all the sounds, you smell all the smells, the hearsay that you hear from the side,” he said. “It’s an entrancing, engaging experience.” Each squeaky pedal that Hakeem Davis makes on his bicycle as he reaches the top of Griffith Park is like a cross-country train entering a station. Davis rides around at the top for a few minutes to catch his breath and wipe the sweat trailin...

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