Freshmen entering CSUN in fall 2014 will be reading The Postmortal: A Novel by Drew Magary as part of the Freshman Common Reading Program.
Nominated by Kimberly Embleton (Oviatt Library) and written in the form of a blog, The Postmortal takes place in a not-too-distant future when the cure for aging has been discovered. The cure doesn’t confer immortality; it just stops the aging process. This book raises questions about ethics, morality, overpopulation, mortality, the environment, families, birth, marriage, and interpersonal relationships. The book is both gripping and thought-provoking. Look for more information in the months ahead. (1/15/14)
CSUN has launched a new mobile app (as of 8/21/13) for iPhone and Android with a mobile webpage for all other smartphones at m.csun.edu. CSUN students can use their smartphones to add or drop classes and access Moodle. The app also includes the campus directory and campus map navigation--great for finding your way to office hours or a new-to-you part of campus. Additional functionality will be added throughout the year. (read more...)
Matador Exchange is up and running! The Matador Exchange is "a marketplace exclusively for CSUN students to buy, sell, or trade items with other CSUN students" including "furniture, electronics, and sports equipment" as well as "textbooks and school supplies." (8/14/13)
Available now : free access to Lynda.com for CSUN students! Lynda.com offers video tutorials on how to use many software programs as well as lessons on photography, slideshow presentations, public speaking, career development, and more. Log in with your CSUN credentials at lynda.csun.edu.
CSUN has subscribed to a terrific new online magazine focusing on health: Student Health 101. You can also apply to write for Student Health 101.
"Live and Learn: Why We Have College" by Louis Menand. The New Yorker, June 6, 2011. If you wonder whether college is worth it all, take heart: professors are asking the same question. However: "Higher education is widely regarded as the route to a better life. It is sometimes pointed out that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were college dropouts. It is unnecessary to point out that most of us are not Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg." That is, if you're thinking critically.
"Books, Stress, Pizza: A Recipe for the 'Freshman 15'?" This NPR radio story discusses why some first-semester freshmen gain unwanted weight and what you can do if this problem applies to you.
Do you need money to buy your CSUN textbooks? If you are not receiving Financial Aid, you might consider applying for the Bookstore Debit Card Loan Program. If you are receiving Financial Aid, contact Financial Aid and check on the status of your aid. Got Financial Aid questions? Try CSUN's Financial Aid TV. UNIV 100 textbooks, by the way, are available via the library's Course Reserves under UNIV 100. Finally: what if you rent a textbook but later decide you want to buy it? The bookstore says: "From now until around week ten of the semester, students will be able to just pay the difference between the rental fee and the price of the book (new or used, depending on the condition the book that they rented) to convert a rental to a purchase. After week ten, students will have to pay 110% of the retail price to convert from rental to purchase."