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


Northridge In The News

Carol A. Docan (Business Law) was featured in the Valley Newswatch column on the front page of the Nov. 11 Los Angeles Times. The column included a special report on women veterans. Docan pointed out that women veterans got short shrift before a 1992 law improved services for them.

A documentary on Cuba by Julian Nava (History) was featured in a Los Angeles Times article Nov. 25. Nava raised questions about the U.S.-Cuba relationship. "We have relations with other countries we don't agree with, including Vietnam and China. Why not Cuba?" he asked.

A CSUN conference targeting reentry students was featured in a Nov. 23 article of the Los Angeles Times. "We are encouraging people to come back to school and we're showing them how to do it," said Dominic Grano, the workshop's coordinator.

The Associated Student Senate's unanimous decision to establish a $1,000 annual scholarship in the name of Charles "Chris" Mann, a political science major killed in October by a hit-and-run driver, was featured in the Valley Newswatch column on the front page of the Nov. 27 Los Angeles Times.

Alum Yvonne Chan (Special Education) was the subject of a lengthy profile, which included her alma mater, in the Nov. 28 issue of New Times, which called her a "blackboard warrior," a "superstar principal (who) has made a career of sticking it to L.A. school district bureaucrats."

Jeanette Mann (Equity and Diversity) was quoted in the Nov. 28 issue of the Daily News as saying the university has not been affected by Prop. 209. "Our understanding was that we were in compliance with Proposition 209 even before it passed," Mann said.

Rudy Acuľa (Chicano Studies) and student Filiberto Gonzalez (CSUN MEChA) were quoted in a Nov. 28 article in Black Issues in Higher Education on the statewide MEChA conference held at Northridge last fall. Referring to increased political activism among students, Acuľa said "Students feel the pressure. They're under attack."

Student Angelita Rovero made both the Daily News on Dec. 1 and KCBS Channel 2 on three news broadcasts on Dec. 4 for her efforts to find a bone marrow donor for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Silvia Smith, who has leukemia.

Adele Scheele (Career Center) was the featured guest in a NBC Today Show segment titled "Forever Young: A Guide to Life after 50" on Dec. 4. Scheele talked about the skills needed for older workers who find it tough working for younger bosses. One piece of advice Scheele had for older workers: "The thing that should never come out of your mouth is 'When I was your age╔.'"

The reopening of the university's foundry made both the Daily News and the Los Angeles Times the week of Dec. 1. In the Times article on Dec. 7, Dave Elder (Art) was quoted as saying, "Bronze does its thing in the most gorgeous kind of way. It has always been considered a noble metal. It has a richness, an aesthetic."

Student Sassan Masserat discussed in the December issue of U. The National College Magazine his feelings after learning he had been the victim of a scholarship scam.

Several Northridge professors were featured in a Dec. 8 article in the Los Angeles Times that looked at the university's broad array of on-line courses. The Cyber Seven, as they were dubbed by the Times, included Jerald G. Schutte (Sociology), Carlos Maldonado (Music) and Ben Attias (Speech Communication). The article included quotes from John Hartzog (Learning Resource Center) and Margaret Fieweger (Undergraduate Studies), who said, "These are new methods of delivery, and we can't assume that the past methods we used for teaching and learning are the best for this new system."

Robert Krol and Shirley Svorny (Economics) wrote an opinion piece for the Dec. 8 edition of the Daily News on the hidden costs of pro-environment legislation, illustrated by Price Pfister's decision to close its foundry in Pacoima.

The university, under the name "Calstate Northridge," received a mention in a Time magazine essay by Charles Krauthammer on Dec. 9 that looked at the Prop. 209 vote.

Lewis Yablonsky (Sociology) appeared on several segments of CNN on Dec. 11, including Prime News, offering his analysis of the tape of the police interrogation of O.J. Simpson in connection with the murder of his ex-wife. "Clearly, he's getting the celebrity treatment," Yablonsky said. "If he was someone else, just the average guy and they had blood evidence, they would be very aggressive, almost threatening."

Several Northridge administrators and the university's television studio (complete with logo) were featured in the background of a CNBC Money Wheel and NBC Morning News segment on Dec. 12 on media training.

The Valley Newswatch column on the front page of the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 13 featured several tidbits about the university, including a state report that ranked Northridge last fall as tops among CSU campuses in attracting new students. The column also noted that the university is becoming more diverse.

Joseph Holloway (Pan African Studies) was asked by KNBC Channel 4 on Dec. 19 for his opinion on the Oakland school board's decision to begin using ebonics in the classroom. "I think it's an excellent idea," Holloway said. "For the first time, it allows African Americans to receive training in their home language."

Steve Oppenheimer (Biology) and his Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 19 when the center received a grant from the Joseph Drown Foundation. "If the wrong cells stick to the wrong cells, you have totally messed up embryos," Oppenheimer said. "An understanding of the concept of adhesion is crucial to being able to stop birth defects as well as cancer."

Jerry Shaw (Psychology) and Jack Solomon (English)>/i> gave differing views about the Tickle Me Elmo craze in the Dec. 21 edition of the Los Angeles Times. Shaw said, "It creates a sense of temporary community because people are focused on something in common." But Solomon said, "It is keeping up with the Joneses at the nursery school level and that is what makes it particularly unappealing."

Julian Nava (History) was asked for his opinion by the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 24 on the proposal for dual citizenship between Mexico and the United States. He responded, "It would be one way of bringing resident aliens closer into American society where they are already raising children and paying taxes."

Robert Krol (Economics) wrote an opinion piece in the Dec. 26 edition of the Daily News about how facts show that corporations are not abandoning the United States for low-wage countries.

Several Northridge students were featured in a Dec. 27 Daily News article on the hundreds of people who volunteer to decorate Rose Parade floats, including more than 100 Deaf Studies majors. "I got a chance to communicate with people, learn more signs and interact with more people," said student Pearl' Yvene Boston.

Rudy Acuľa and Jose Hernandez (Chicano Studies) were quoted in a Dec. 29 Daily News article about the Valley's emerging Latino leadership. "They are the heroes we sometimes don't hear about," Hernandez said. Among those tapped by the Daily News as emerging Latino leaders were CSUN student body president Vladimir Cerna and alums Irene Tovar andXavier Flores.

Dave Pier (Performing Arts Center) was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on Jan. 2 highlighting the Valley's cultural emergence. Pier acknowledged that the university is still looking for ways to draw attention to its new Performing Arts Center. "We've got out work cut out for us in terms of raising awareness and building the audience," he said.

Jerry Rosen (Mathematics) decried the decline in math competency among today's students in a Los Angeles Times article on Jan. 5. "Things the average students would know backward and forward 12 years ago, these students don't know at all," he said.

The Los Angeles Times noted on Jan. 7 that the Matador Bookstore was among the winners of the 1996 American Institute of Architects/San Fernando Valley Chapter Design Awards. n

January 13, 1997