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Snap Those Selfies

By Katlyn Kielminski Camera on, arm extended, smiles ready, click, click, selfie snapped, a second later the picture is loaded on Instagram. A selfie is a spontaneous photograph usually taken armed-length and angled meant to be shared across social-media platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook. Smartphones have changed people’s digital lives by putting cameras in […]


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Congresspersons Horsford and Edwards Discussed Gender Inequality in Pay

By Courtney Nixon Congressman Steven Horsford and Congresswoman Donna Edwards hosted an event at College of Southern Nevada to bring light to women issues including inequity in pay that still exists across the nation. “When women succeed, America succeeds,” repeated Horsford throughout the event held at Cheyenne campus on April 16. Women should be equal […]


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Nationally Recognized Tutor Donny Watson Keeps Climbing

By Christina Quattrone Donny Watson, communication major at College of Southern Nevada, was the recipient of the highly-coveted Outstanding Tutor Award at the National Association of Communication Center’s Conference in Phoenix this past April. “It felt amazing,” Watson said. Humble and selfless to the core, Watson doesn’t do anything for acknowledgment or celebration but because […]


A Phoenix from the Ashes, Student Barbara Ayarza Rises from Difficult Past

By Eleni Parashos Barbara Ayarza never thought her life would turn out the way it did. In one fated moment of intervention she was connected with TRiO, a federally-funded program that provides resources and mentors for students who want to go to college. That set her life on a new path from the past of […]

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Student Carlos Holguin Finds Success in Music Industry

By Lizett Camarena Bass cellist Carlos Holguin works hard at school while kick starting his career in the music industry finding early success. Holguin plays an eclectic-musical repertoire from blues, jazz, country to Spanish up-tempo songs. He recently started selling his music through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. He sold approximately 80 downloads of his […]


Insights from Writer H. Lee Barnes

By Ashton Hall Published author and professor of creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada H. Lee Barnes released his latest novel “Cold Deck”. “Cold Deck” was presented at a book-signing event at the Charleston campus April 11, 2013. His new novel “Cold Deck” is the story of lead character Jude who finds himself […]


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Tips for Finals

By Taylor Shaw Cramming all night for finals is common practice for many students but it isn’t the best method for doing well. Getting a good nights rest the night before the big test and chewing gum during the exam can help students perform better. Some students don’t sleep much prior to finals, which has negative effects on performance. According to a 2012 study published by the University of California, Los Angeles, sleep is a chief ingredient in achieving good marks on exams. “The problem is the trade-off between study and sleep,” … [Read More...]

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Cheers! Great Job Graduates

By Jessica Sagawa As the College of Southern Nevada’s 2014 graduating class takes its commencement walk May 19, the students achieve their individual goals and the College achieves a larger national goal. “There has been a dramatic nationwide push to college completion in America,” said James McCoy, CSN’s associate vice president of academic affairs. In 2009 President Barack Obama set a goal for the nation’s higher-education institutions to graduate eight million more students by 2020. Colleges like CSN are to graduate five … [Read More...]


Students Learn the Business of Luck at Coyote Casino

By David Stepanian Sounds of dice hitting the craps table, cards shuffling on velvet and balls spinning around roulette wheels can be heard at Coyote Casino, at the College of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne campus, where students enroll to learn to become casino personnel including blackjack dealers, pit bosses or even slot technicians. From casino surveillance to baccarat dealing, CSN offers classes on many casino operations, which is required for employment at major casinos. A range of courses include the following: blackjack dealing, … [Read More...]

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Due Tomorrow? Do Tomorrow

By Sam Picazo Although due dates are usually posted in class syllabi at the start of each semester, some students opt to do their school work at the last minute. Procrastination is common but that doesn’t mean it is the best way to get things done. According to a report titled “Understanding Procrastination” published by the Academic Skills Center at California Polytechnic State University, “Procrastination is a complex psychological behavior that affects everyone to some degree or another. With some it can be a minor problem; with others … [Read More...]

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Typing Not as Beneficial as Handwriting for Learning

By Leonardo Schauer Ongoing research studies on the difference between typing and handwriting are yielding some preliminary results: handwriting is better for learning. “Based on my research, handwritten notes are more effective for learning,” said Dr. Daniel Oppenheimer, associate professor at University of California, Los Angeles. In an article called “The pen is mightier than the keyboard: advantages of longhand over laptop note-taking,” Oppenheimer and Pauline Mueller, graduate student at Princeton, revealed results from a recent … [Read More...]

Art & Entertainment


Travel Inspires Writers to Set the Scene

By Eleni Parashos Author Valerie Miner, Stanford University professor, lives a life of adventurous journeys. From Asia to Africa her explorations of the world have inspired her literary works and broadened her ideas of people and culture. On April 16, 2014 Miner’s journey brought her to College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston campus. She shared details […]

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Binge Watching Takes Couch Potatoes to Next Level

By Sam Picazo Binge watching is a new practice that has changed how we watch TV. In the past viewers would watch one episode a week of their favorite shows. Today viewers watch several episodes in one sitting streaming from the Internet. “One key to understanding the addictive nature of television is the on-demand feature,” […]

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Audience Laughed Night Away at Students’ Short Acts

By Taylor Shaw Student actors and directors showcased their talents and charmed audiences on opening night of the College of Southern Nevada’s One Act Festival on March 14. “The purpose of the One Act Festival is to give acting and directing opportunities to as many theater students as possible,” said Richard McGee, music professor at […]

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Celebrities Influence Students in Real Ways

By Katlyn Kielminski Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus are some of the top artists making headlines weekly. Their influences in our culture are real and young people are affected by them in many ways. Michele Fogg, a professor of journalism and media studies at College of Southern Nevada, said that she […]

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Mayumi Amada’s “Eternity in Mortality”

By Taylor Shaw Art is one of the many ways people choose to express themselves. For Japanese artist Mayumi Amada, art is not only a medium of expression but also a dream come true. Her latest exhibit “Eternity in Mortality” opened to the public at the College of Southern Nevada’s Fine Arts Gallery on Friday, […]

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Shakespeare’s “Shrew” Entertains and Educates Students

By Christina Quattrone Actors performing William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” captivated audiences at College of Southern Nevada’s Nicholas J. Horn Theatre in early February. Utah Shakespeare Festival puts on a Shakespeare-in-the-Schools Tour performed the epic play with skill. The actors held various workshops for young students including stage combat and improvisation after the […]

Science & Technology

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CSN Mobile App, Resources at Your Fingertips

By Courtney Nixon Did you know you can check your grades on your smartphone? College of Southern Nevada’s mobile application, recently launched to increase connectivity with students, provides quick resources. “Approximately 55 percent of Americans have smartphones,” says Dr. Darren Divine, … [Read More...]


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Record-Setting Softball Season Leaves Coyotes Hungry for Postseason Glory

By James Hernandez Wrapping up the most successful regular season in program history, the College of Southern Nevada’s softball team looks to close out the regular season with a bang and make a championship run in the postseason. Despite the team’s impressive regular season, which included a third-place poll ranking in the National Junior Athletic […]

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Coyote Baseball Team Poised for Conference Title

By James Hernandez After a four-game sweep over the Colorado Northwestern Community College Spartans, the College of Southern Nevada Coyotes has evened its conference record at 8-8. With 16 games left, the Coyotes appear poised to make a run at the postseason. Freshman pitcher David Kuzma is confident that his team has the talent and […]

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Sign up for 5-on-5 Hoops League

By James Hernandez For the price of a latte any student can become a member of the College of Southern Nevada’s Sports Center and gain access to an exciting sporting activity: 5 on 5 Intramural Basketball. “Five dollars for access to a full sports facility is pretty good,” said Andrew Farrar, coordinator and director of […]


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‘5, 6, 7, 8’ Melt Stress Away

By Lizett Camarena High-tempo music loudly fills the dance studios as students drop in for Latin Fusion and hip-hop dance classes. Most have goals of shedding pounds while releasing stress. There are four weeks left for students to participate in the spring Coyote Fitness Classes at the CSN Sports Center at the College of Southern […]

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Event Presents Truth and Promotes Testing

By Eleni Parashos College of Southern Nevada’s African American Heritage Committee hosted an HIV and AIDS awareness event on Wednesday, Feb. 12 as part of Black History Month. “This disease is a global epidemic,” said Kimiko Walton, CSN recruitment coordinator and co-chair of the African American Heritage Committee. “College students should understand that they are […]

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Stress can be Detrimental if Ignored

By Amber Sampson For college students, stress can either plant a seed of destruction or spring things in to motion. Managing stress relies on understanding how the body responds to it and how the mind can fix it. “Feeling stressed acts as a warning, requiring us to take some action,” says Michael Bakst, a professor […]


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Allegiant Air’s CEO Maurice Gallagher Discusses Business in the Skies

By Alina King From the bags checked in at the counter to the warm nuts served during the flight, arriving to a final destination is not just a form of leisure, it’s a business. CEO of Allegiant Travel Company Maurice Gallagher discussed the ins and outs of taking on the airline industry. Gallagher spoke at the College of Southern Nevada’s … [Read More...]

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UFC’s Dana White Shares His Success Story with Students

By Alina King Dana White, president of the multi-billion sports organization Ultimate Fighting Championship spoke at the College of Southern Nevada’s Elite Business Series on March 25. During his presentation, White discussed overcoming personal obstacles on the way to achieving success. “I did not grow up with money,” White said. “I was … [Read More...]

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Rick Harrison of ‘Pawn Stars’ Spoke to Students

By David StepanianRick Harrison from the popular TV show “Pawn Stars” from A&E Television Networks spoke at the College of Southern Nevada’s inaugural Elite Business Series, which helps students become future business leaders. Harrison stood at the podium telling his story about finding success operating Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, his Las … [Read More...]


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Don’t Text and Drive

By Joaquin Lomeli Jr. Texting while driving is dangerous; distracted drivers are to blame. Students should take steps to drive safely. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor-vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011, according to U.S. Department of Transportation report … [Read More...]


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