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Student Perspectives: San Fernando Valley High School Newspapers

Student newspapers offer insight into the types of issues and events that were seen as newsworthy to the student body. They are generally written by students, for student readers, often as part of a writing or vocational curriculum. As well as having a full run of our own Daily Sundial student newspaper, we also have several student papers from local high schools that document early 20th century youth culture in the San Fernando Valley.

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Historic Strikes Across Los Angeles

The Urban Archives, part of Special Collections & Archives, collects materials that document the history of Los Angeles, and includes the records of many labor unions, guilds, and affiliated labor organizations that have operated within Los Angeles since the early 20th century. Many of these collections include records documenting labor strikes, or work stoppages ....

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Suicide Prevention Week

CSUN’s University Counseling Services recently hosted Matadors Unite: Suicide Prevention Week to create “awareness…promote mental health and help prevent suicide”. The campus is equipped with crisis/urgent care walk-ins, a crisis hotline, and other resources to assist the campus community when necessary. In Special Collections & Archives there are materials that reference college students who have succumbed to suicide.

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(Re)Introducing the CSUN Snacketeria

The University Archives and Digital Collections in the University Library house a complete run of the campus newspaper, the Daily (and Summer) Sundial. A lot has happened in CSUN’s 64 years, and for some things our only record of them exists there. While that will hopefully change, for now let’s get (re)acquainted with the CSUN Snacketeria. 

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The Daily Sundial: What’s in a Name?

The Daily Sundial, the student newspaper of California State University, Northridge, began its print publication in 1957, and started to be published online in the fall of 2014. Print issues have been digitized and made available online as part of the University Library Digital Collections. Student newspapers play a vital role in presenting news about campus life and activities, as well as cultural, political ...

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Chicano Art in Unlikely Conversations

In a previous blog post titled Selections from the University Art Collection, we highlighted some art pieces that were donated to CSUN to illustrate the importance of the contemporary art and culture of Southern California. This post will focus on the giclée prints that were acquired from Cheech Marin, comedian, actor, writer, Chicano art collector, and CSUN alumnus...

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CSUN’s China Connection

In 1978, CSUN President James W. Cleary began working on a plan to improve the campus’ international reputation. Step one; initiate an international student and teacher exchange program. As one might expect, it took several years for such a program to become firmly established. In November 1983, Cleary’s administrative assistant Kay Kellogg said, “… the program is just now becoming operational.” By this time, exchanges with China, Brazil, and Poland had occurred, and an estimated dozen students and a dozen teachers had already participated in exchanges with China...

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