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Songstress paints the silence with music

Having the support of her parents and being self dedicated, Chandler Juliet  has released her first EP,

Allessandra Lopez

November 5, 2014

After working as a camp counselor and singing to young girls at an arts camp in Michigan, 20-year-old business marketing major Chandler Juliet decided she wanted to make her music known to the world. “Hearing the girls sing the lyrics to my songs over the summer... and seeing how they related...

Grad student driven to succeed despite challenges

woman reading a book at a cafe

Silvia Gutierrez

October 27, 2014

At the age of 12, Mayra Roxi Diaz, a graduate student enrolled in a masters program for counseling, was put in her grandmother's custody while her mother faced issues with drug addiction and her father was never present. Diaz who was raised by women through her life, has always focused on stayi...

CSUN student rides on Rose Parade float after overcoming cerebral palsy

Precious Malumfashi, 26, shows the pin she received for participating on the Festival of Roses Parade on Jan. 1.

Araceli Castillo

January 27, 2014

  CSUN communications student Precious Malumfashi, 26, was not only born premature at 24 weeks, but was diagnosed with cerebral palsy disorder soon thereafter. Malumfashi was kept in an incubator and stayed hospitalized for three months at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills. It was unknown what condition she had until she was 2 years old.  Cerebr...

Student geeks out over winning blog at the first annual Geekie Awards

Student geeks out over winning blog at the first annual Geekie Awards

Lisa Anderson

December 8, 2013

Emily Kelley, a self-proclaimed “seventh year senior,” is finishing up her college adventures here at CSUN, bringing with her several writing awards to the big finish line. Most recently she won a Geekie Award in August alongside her boyfriend for the blog they created together. “The whole night we we...

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...

Humanitarian works for smiles

Martel Okonji, social welfare major and queer studies minor, is part of various LGBT advocate programs.


November 8, 2011

By Joel R. Paramo Despite the fact that social welfare major Martel Okonji, 22, is up to his neck in homework, he refuses to take a moment to sit down and relax. In his final year at California State University, Northridge, he is active in many organizations on campus, but they’re all inclusive to his m...

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...

CSUN student stands up to cancer

Liora Paniz, 26, is a second BA student majoring in religious studies and also a professional ballroom dancer. Courtesy of Liora Paniz

C. Megan Diskin

October 16, 2011

It’s no secret that bad things happen to good people. Some ask ‘why’ they were a target for life’s misgivings and others find solace in the belief that everything happens for a reason. When Liora Paniz was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a type of cancer that affects the lymph nodes, she chose the latter. Paniz, 26, is studying for her second BA in...

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...

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 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...

Student travels the world as a humanitarian

Elano Pizzicarola

April 14, 2011

Kristina Maglic got her first glimpse of poverty as a toddler when her father’s love for surfing brought her and her family to Mexico. While there, Maglic spent a significant part of her childhood living in a motor home with her family. Her parents had her bring her toys to Mexico and distribute them to homeless child...

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