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Student Spotlight: Student wins national civil rights competition

Stephanie Bermudez

April 25, 2010

Ask a college student about his or her favorite interest and most likely you will hear, “music” or “film.” Ask Missy Dominguez what her number one interest is and her answer will always be “civil rights.” At only 19 years old, Dominguez has plenty to put on her resume. The commu...

Looking forward to a life of happiness and success

Geraldine Marquez

April 12, 2010

In her last semester at CSUN, Ashli Smith, 24, communications studies major, is eager to be done with school but is also nervously anticipating what the future holds for her. After spending several years at her local community college, Smith said she finally got motivated enough to transfer to CSUN...

Embracing life through fear

Alexandra Brell

March 29, 2010

Big Bear, the television show “Lost,” the U.S. road infrastructure and nyama choma, which is Swahili for grilled goat meat; these are a few of Doris Magiri’s favorite things. Magiri, a grad student in her last semester at CSUN, is a Kenyan native and has found herself a home away from home in California. She c...

Success holds the same meaning in any language

Kristin Hirai

March 24, 2010

At a first glance, Candice Chen, humanities major, seems like the average CSUN student, just trying to get through classes day by day. However, upon meeting Chen it is apparent that she possesses an analytical frame of mind, intelligence beyond most 22 year olds, and a passion for learning. “I actua...

A modern ‘Jack of all trades’

Chelsea Underwood

March 22, 2010

Quintuple threat Brian Tran, 22,  screenwriting major, sings, acts, directs, plays the saxophone and does magic. Tran fell in love with film in the 6th grade when he had to do a project and didn’t want to write an essay. “I made a film instead, with my family; a documentary,” he said. From then ...

Writing a prescription for success

Amber Green

March 17, 2010

The frequent sound of pages being torn from doctors’ prescription pads and the growing lines in pharmacies is the reason why Tashawnna White, 19, is planning to change her major to pre-med. Handing a patient a four-by-six piece of paper with scribbled handwriting is not always the answer, White said.  Instead, finding the cause o...

On the line to helping others

Stephanie Bermudez

March 15, 2010

Brandon Tong came to CSUN with an interest in the music program, five years later Tong is working on getting his master’s in Clinical Psychology and helping others by volunteering his time as a trainer for the CSUN hotline. “I auditioned and got in the program to see if I would like it an...

3 in 33,000: Keeping it all in the family

Kristin Hirai

March 10, 2010

For most, college is a time to test our independence, transition into adulthood, and establish our own lives usually without parents. However, for the Adelmann family, it is quite the opposite. After being a stay-at-home mom since the birth of her children and running an independent portrait s...

Smiling while singing the ‘Blues’

Kerstin Gupilan

February 24, 2010

Every Friday morning, when most college students are looking forward to starting their weekend, Stacy Merlos is trying to figure out how she can help out. “As long as I’m at CSUN I’m gonna be apart of this program. (They’re) never getting rid of me,” Merlos, 23, said with a wide smile. Merlos joined the CSUN Blues Project three semesters ago following the suicide of one of her close...

1 in 33,000: Driven by big dreams and Post-its

Victoria Hernandez

February 23, 2010

Toting a Hello Kitty backpack around campus, Abbey Ronquillo said her first name comes from the Beatles album “Abbey Road” because her parents are huge fans of the band. She is happy her parents named her Abbey instead of Lucy or Jude. The 19-year-old psychology major and minor in broadcast journalism has a l...

One in 33,000: Student fights for equal rights though the arts

Jennifer Zeitlin

February 17, 2010

Kathleen Jaffe, a 23-year-old theatre major,  has found a way to combine her love for theater and film with her passion of spreading the message of equal rights for the LBGT community. Jaffe has worked with several organizations with the mission of promoting equality, the most recent being Ou...

Capturing every moment

Amber Green

February 16, 2010

The first time Nigel Jones fell in love with photography was when he was 15 years old. Jones developed a passion for film from a girl he dated, since then film has become his number one passion. Jones, a freshman film major once had dreams of becoming a professional basketball player but knew he w...

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