The Sundial

Beating to the drum of life


October 12, 2010

Behind the pupil of the human eye is a layer comprised of light-sensitive patches known as rods and cones that help the eye to focus on light and darkness. Rod-cone dystrophy is the underdevelopment of rods in the back of the eye, which results in a diminished ability to focus light properly. This state of near-blindness is what Umair S. Ibrahim, a Muslim Amer...

Conquering the art of learning

Angela Melero

October 11, 2010

Josh Dominguez is learning to be a man of many words. It’s hard to believe the bright and chatty deaf studies major ever struggled with anything, including school. Dominguez grew up with a learning disability that affected his auditory processing. “I don’t fully grasp things the firs...

Sept. 11 survivor realizes true passion in life


October 10, 2010

At just 33 years old, creative writing graduate student Brian Palagallo has traveled the country, tested the waters of corporate America, witnessed a national tragedy and ultimately found his passion. Reading “Interfictions: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing” in the Sierra Hall lobby, Palagallo kept...

Aspiring fashion stylist has deep appreciation for art

Christina Toroyan

October 6, 2010

Most 23-year-old aspiring fashion stylists would flaunt working on sets with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Cirque de Soleil. But humble, graduating senior Houri Mahserejian knows it’s nothing worth talking about yet. “I’m nobody right now,” Mahserejian said. “I just want to mak...

Student posesses unique passion for literature and music

Antoine Abou-Diwan

October 5, 2010

Mary Estrada is looking forward to next year. “By this time next year, I won’t have to take a math class ever again,” Estrada said. On the surface, Estrada seems like a typical English major.  English classes are usually her favorite classes, although she said that the books that were assigned ...

Financial downfall led to dramatic lifestyle change


October 4, 2010

Trips from Paris to Brazil and suites at lavish hotels, along with international cuisine and Swedish models, make for a scene resembling an over-the-top pop video. Throw in some special effects and pyrotechnics and you’ve got a Kanye West performance. For 21-year-old Jesus Hernandez-Rangel, th...

Re-discovering passion for hockey


October 4, 2010

Kamron Javaherpour will be the first one to tell you that he is a computer geek. He has always been fascinated by electronics and how they work. This fall, 22-year-old Javaherpour began his first semester at CSUN. For Javaherpour, it wasn’t just as simple as going to school and working toward a fut...

Finding identity after 15 years of searching


September 27, 2010

Jacob Rostovsky, known as Jake, may look like an ordinary college student. However, his trials and tribulations distinguish him from most students at CSUN. Jake has undergone a change of gender – he was born a girl. Named “Julia” by his parents, Jake has lived with the insecurity of feel...

Student finds inspiration through Charlie Chaplin

John Michael Simko

September 26, 2010

From an early age, Janelle Goforth knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up, an actress. That didn’t mean she couldn’t also be a Renaissance woman. Acting, writing, directing, photography, sewing, and volunteering are activities the 23-year-old CTVA senior performs on a regular basis...

Student shows appreciation to police by preaching

Rima Bek

September 21, 2010

Marilyn Ee, a CSUN international student, has watched many cop shows, one of the earliest being “World’s Wildest Police Videos.” Ee has had an interest in cops  since she was 8 years old, she said. She doesn’t want to become a cop, she wants to minister to cops, she said. Ee, who is ...

A true creator in life and in art

Liana Hofer

September 20, 2010

At a cursory glance, some might say there are two distinct sides to senior Jeremy Quant’s life: the creative and the ambitious. There is Quant the artist, who surrounds himself with other creative types and craves all that is imaginative, colorful, and strange.  And then there is Quant the busin...

Overcoming single-parenting and financial insecurity for education

Karoline Steavenson

September 19, 2010

Graduate student Kim Kramer didn’t plan to complete her master of science degree in geology as a single parent living in student housing while raising her 5-year-old son. When she realized her marriage was over, the 46-year-old mother of a kindergartner and two adult sons, decided to attend...

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