Oct. 14, 1996 Vol. I, No. 5


Northridge in the News

Cal State Northridge was in the news because of the affirmative action debate between David Duke and Joe Hicks on the following dates:
September 4: KNBC Channel 4, KABC Channel 7, KCAL Channel 9, KMEX Channel 34
September 5: KNBC Channel 4
September 6: KNBC Channel 4, KCBS Channel 2, KTLA Channel 5, KTTV Channel 11, KCAL Channel 9, KABC Channel 7.

CSUN also was featured in the following publications on the same subject: L.A. Times, September 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29; The Daily News, September 6, 7, 10, 11, 13 15, 18, 24, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29; Sacramento Bee, September 26; The Washington Post, September 26; The San Francisco Chronicle, September 26; San Jose Mercury News, September 26; Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 27; San Francisco Examiner, September 24; La Opinion, September 21, 23.

In other news:

Shirley Svorny (Economics) wrote a perspective piece on the fallacy of federal funding that appeared in the L.A. Times, September 29. "Every time we cycle a dollar through the state and federal governments, public agencies take a large cut before the money ever returns to our community."
Svorny also was quoted in the L.A. Times, September 30, in an article discussing the debate over the move from welfare to work. About the issue of the move from welfare to minimum wage paying jobs, Svorny said, "The evidence is that most people do not stay on minimum wage for long," and most people rise out of low-paying jobs quickly.

Women at CSUN and Valley College linked up to a teleconference, including First Lady Hillary Clinton, to discuss health, economic and domestic issues addressed at last year's U.N. women's conference. More than 200 professionals, homemakers, students and senior citizens participated in the event. The Daily News highlighted the conference in a September 29 article, as did the L.A. Times, October 1.

CSUN AIDS Walkers found themselves in the Daily News and the L.A. Times, September 30. CSUN recruited a record 994 people. "What's different today from the past is that it's increasingly difficult to find someone who doesn't know someone who has AIDS--it's in the household," said Amy Reichbach, health educator and team leader.

Cal State Northridge was highlighted in a story that ran in the L.A. Weekly, September 20. The campus hosted an Environmental-History Conference with a keynote address by geographer Scott Stine and archaeologist Mark Raab. Teachers, scientists and experts gathered from around the region to consider the nature of Southern California's climate and ecology.

KABC Channel 7 previewed the Matador football team on September 3. The sports clip highlighted the team preparing for the Big Sky Conference season opener. Head coach Dave Baldwin and several players, including Scott Morehouse (free safety), Dave Romines (wide receiver) and Aaron Flowers (quarterback) were interviewed. Baldwin told Eyewitness News: "Our expectations are to win. We want to win quick and realistically be as competitive as possible."

Joyce Kennedy (director of CSUN's Ventura program), announced her retirement after 22 years as one of Ventura's top advocates for higher education. The center began with 75 students in 1974 and reached an all-time high this year with enrollment of nearly 1,500. Kennedy told the L.A. Times, September 28, of her efforts to open a four-year university in Ventura: "What started out as a relatively simple challenge, to fill the classrooms, became an Olympian struggle."

Ed Hall's biology class was featured in a segment of "Mr. Brain" on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on September 11. Mr. Brain is a character played by Leno, who is asked questions and gives answers, often with a funny twist. Students asked such questions as "Newton's law is for every action, there is a reaction. Is that true?" and "Why do you think American students score lower on tests than students from other countries?" The answers: "Newton was a fig!" and "American students get more of the questions wrong!"

James Elias (Sociology) and Patricia O'Donnell Brummett (Sociology) were asked to respond to the "On the Issue" question in the L.A. Times, September 24. The question was "Should paroled child molesters be chemically castrated?" Elias answered: "If we were treating a chemical imbalance in the individual and this would correct that imbalance, then it would work. The injection does not deal with the motivations or reasons for the sex crimes.... Simply using the drug treatment alone will make good news copy but incomplete therapy."

October 14, 1996