The Sundial

Student headed for the spotlight on stage

Ashley Soley-Cerro

April 11, 2011

Many people aren’t lucky enough to find their life-long passion as a child, but DeAnne Destler found just that at 6 years old when she discovered acting. Destler, 21, theatre major, said she first discovered acting after seeing a family friend in a play. Immediately awestruck, Destler convinced ...

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...

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...

Overcoming hardships to help others succeed

Stephanie Bermudez

February 14, 2010

David Meraz’s lifelong goal is not to be doctor, not to be an actor, or not even to be rich and famous. Instead, Meraz’s goal in life is to change the world in some way, shape or form. “I don’t know where to begin, or why I haven’t begun, but I’m going to do it,” said the 21-year old p...

Finding inspiration through struggles

Anna Osipova

February 11, 2010

For Roberto Saravia, 25, his earliest memories are of marches, protests and "big old red flags." The red flags stand for El Salvador's current president's political party, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN. Both of Saravia's parents, who met in the United States, have been staunc...

1 in 33,000: Finding passion and inspiration through art

Alan Der Ohannessian

February 7, 2010

Most typical teenagers go to the movies, watch games or play sports for fun. However, Hector Hernandez isn’t your typical teenager. The soft spoken and long-haired student with eye glasses has a passion for stencil art. For those who aren’t familiar with this concept of art, it’s really simp...

One in 33,000: Player turned coach now inspires young water polo players

Kimberly Krieger

January 25, 2010

When Angel Hernandez, a 19-year-old undeclared sophomore, left the Roosevelt High School water polo team in 2008, he vowed to one day take away his coach’s job. “I hate that guy,” Hernandez said. “I dislike him with like, a passion.” Now as a Boyle Heights Variety Boys & Girls Club water polo coach, Hernandez pushes his students to d...

One in 33,000: This mother does it all, and then some

Kerstin Gupilan

January 19, 2010

Almost every night, after dinner, homework and some quality time together, Cristina Fraga tucks her two sons into bed. As she is saying her final goodnight to her youngest son he says to her, “Mom, make sure you make mistakes.” After the small pep talk Fraga now faces a night of homework...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Angelica Bonomo

December 7, 2009

Living in Los Angeles, it isn’t rare to meet local musicians striving to be the next big act. What is rare is Jarred Tibbetts, 22-year-old creative writing English major and History minor, a musician striving to have a career emphasis in writing songs, not performing them. Tibbetts, who is self-taught, has been playing the...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Christine Chen

December 6, 2009

Madison Cottrell is sitting inside the Freudian Sip at CSUN, reading a 2,500 page book. “It’s a collection of stories for my English class,” Cottrell said. Cottrell is an English major with a creative writing emphasis. She enjoys reading and writing fiction and fantasy. Cottrell chose ...

Spotlight: One student out of 36,000

Aprile Sumague

December 2, 2009

Desiree Haro confesses that she is a “big-time wolf girl.” From “The Twilight Saga” series, her favorite character is Jacob Black, who happens to be a werewolf. “I can talk about him all day,” the 19-year-old art major said. Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner in the movie, is Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) best friend. Their friendship grows stronge...

Spotlight: One in 36,000


December 2, 2009

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