Jan. 13, 1997 Vol. I, No. 10


News and Briefs

Olympic Medalist Anita DeFrantz to Speak at Commencement

Olympic medalist Anita DeFrantz, president of the Amateur Athletic Foundation and a member of the U.S. and International Olympic committees, will be the speaker for the 1997 commencement of the College of Health and Human Development.

The ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, on the Oviatt Lawn. Times, dates and locations of the commencements for Cal State Northridge's other colleges also have been announced.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 28:

Thursday, May 29:

Friday, May 30:

The Honors Convocation is scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, at the University Club.

Associate Dean Dianne Philibosian said DeFrantz had accepted the College of Health and Human Development's invitation to be its commencement speaker. The college also has nominated DeFrantz for an honorary doctorate, Philibosian said.

DeFrantz won a bronze medal in rowing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. She has been named one of the 100 most powerful people in sports by the Sporting News for five years. She also has been mentioned as a possible successor to International Olympics Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain.

DeFrantz's father, Robert David DeFrantz, was head of the NAACP's Indiana University chapter, and her mother, Anita DeFrantz, was among the first African-American women to integrate on-campus housing at that university, according to Philibosian.

Campus Gets Preview Look at Information Kiosks

The company that is designing electronic kiosks for Cal State Northridge demonstrated what they will look like and sought suggestions from the university community last week.

Representatives of Pixie Touch of Ontario showed how keyboards for the information kiosks, which could be installed at various campus locations as early as April, will look.

The keyboards will contain a main menu that will lead users to maps, directories, student services, their own personal records, academic requirements and deadlines and schedules of athletic, cultural and social activities. The system uses the World Wide Web to serve information to the kiosks.

Ron Heeb, project coordinator for CSUN, said answers to questions frequently asked by students and the public also can be obtained at the kiosks. The same information will be available to anyone on the Internet, he said.

Initially, the plan is for six kiosks to be installed in various locations, including the Oviatt Library, Matador Bookstore, Satellite Student Union and Ventura campus, Heeb said.

The kiosk effort is part of Project LookingGlass, which began advising students of the availability of classes through a new web site in July. LookingGlass can be accessed through the CSUN homepage at http://www.csun.edu or at http://lookingglass.csun.edu.

"Serving students, that's what it's always been about," Heeb said.

Senate Commends Performances by Wilson, Two Others

The Faculty Senate at Cal State Northridge has commended President Blenda J. Wilson and two other campus administrators for maintaining their composure while being interrogated during a controversial state legislative hearing last year.

The resolution, passed unanimously by the Senate at its December meeting, praised Wilson for her "grace under the demagogic attack" by state Assemblyman Bernie Richter (R-Chico) and attorney Robert Corry during the October session on affirmative action.

The resolution added, "We are proud of the way she stood up to their insensitive badgering and for her defense of the integrity of California State University, Northridge and the entire statewide system." The resolution also sought an apology from Richter to Wilson.

The hearing called by Richter, intended to expose supposed quotas and other problems with CSU affirmative action policies, backfired politically when Corry began his questioning of Wilson by asking if she had been taking any drugs that might influence her testimony.

That exchange, widely reported in the media, caused an uproar and brought calls in the Assembly that Richter be censured. The CSUN Senate also commended the two other CSUN administrators summoned to testify with Wilson, Jeanette Mann and Mary Sosa.

January 13, 1997