The L.A. Times highlighted the Theatre Department's latest Theater for Youth production, "Mother Hicks," on Nov. 18. The production was a departure from traditional children's fare, appealing to older children and teenagers with present-day themes. Director Tekla Ackelson-Wright said of the production: "There is a whole world of dramatic literature for young audiences that people just don't hear about. The university is the perfect place to expose the community, and the students, to it."
Calvin Klein model and aspiring actress Jenny Shimizu, known for her unusual tattoos and past life as a Harley Davidson mechanic, recalled her brief tenure as a Cal State Northridge student in the latest issue of Face, an Asian-American-oriented fashion magazine based in the Los Angeles area. "I went for a year and a half at Cal State Northridge, and then left to educate myself. I educated myself at small jobs. And I got an education in Harley Davidsons," she said.
Donald Hall (English) reading from the Representing Bisexualities; Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire and Fixing Patriarch: Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists was recommended by L.A. Weekly in its Nov. 15-21 issue.
The Matador football team, which went 2-8 last season and was picked to finish at the bottom of the Big Sky Conference this year, went 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference this year. Northridge finished third in the toughest conference in Division I-AA football. "I'm lost for words," Coach David Baldwin told the L.A. Times in a Nov. 17 article.
Mike Davis (Geography) wrote an article that appeared in the Nov. 15-21 issue of L.A. Weekly. "Let Malibu Burn" discussed the political history of the fire coast.
Paul Krivonos (Speech Communication) was featured Nov. 8 in a KNBC Channel 4 segment on body language. Krivonos said "There's a lot of evidence that we make judgments about people in the first four minutes."
Rudy Acuna (Chicano Studies) was featured in a KTLA News at Ten segment on the tensions that arise from Los Angeles' racial diversity. "Twenty years ago, the word racism had some moral authority," Acuna said. "Today, racism doesn't have a moral authority. You can call someone a racist and they'll say you're a racist also."
The work of the Music Department was highlighted last month when alumna Carol Vaness performed the leading role in Puccini's "Tosca" at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In its Opera Notes publication, L.A. Opera General Director Peter Hemmings called Vaness "one of the leading singers of today" and also commended the work of David Scott (Music).