Feb. 10, 1997 Vol. I, No. 12


Northridge In The News

Two CSUN alumni and one of our professors, José Hernandez (Chicano Studies), are running for seats on the San Fernando City Council, according to a story in the Jan. 20 edition of the Daily News. The two alums are Silverio Robledo (Engineering) and Robert Villafana (Sociology).

Graduate student Debbie Joseph's (Art) quilt project at Grant High School attracted the attention of the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 22. Joseph is helping ninth graders put together a quilt that illustrates the elemental themes of air, earth, water and fire. "Kids were able to see that all of their individual qualities can be used for the greater good," Joseph said. Joseph's quilt project also drew attention from the Daily News on Jan. 24. "At first they didn't know each other that well because they're all new students. They didn't always agree," she said in that article. "Through the semester they've gotten to know each other real well and it's sort of a byproduct of the quilt."

The Daily News asked Victoria Brinn-Feinberg (Family Environmental Sciences) how urban trends affect the development and planning of cities for an article on the future of Ventura Boulevard in its L.A. Life section on Jan. 22. "The whole idea of the urban space becomes vastly different in the coming of the automobile," Brinn-Feinberg said.

The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 23 did a profile of soprano and CSUN alum Carol Vaness (Music). Vaness was called a "down-to-earth diva" in the article. Vaness' voice professor, David Scott (Music), recalled: "She said she wanted to sing at the Met. Well, everyone wants to sing at the Met. But she said it in such a way that I believed that she would cross over that patio."

Catherine Davis (Family Environmental Sciences) offered college-bound students and their parents some financial tips in the Jan. 23 edition of the Daily News. "As a blanket statement, everyone should apply for some sort of financial aid. There are a lot of scholarships out there that nobody is aware of," Davis said.

Miriam Pivon Cotler (Health Science) was asked by the Daily News in its Jan. 24 edition what she thought of the recent debate by national health experts over the value of mammograms for women younger than 50. "I'm not comfortable with guidelines that, say, only give mammograms after a certain age," she said. "Insurance agents can then justify not paying for them at younger ages, especially when there may be indicators for high-risk patients."

The Daily News on Jan. 24 recommended the public visit an exhibition of Japanese illustrated books in the Oviatt Library, and suggested while they were on campus, that visitors check out the new spray-paint mural titled "Legal" on one of the construction walls along the library's west wide. Joe Lewis (Art) was quoted as saying that "spray-can art can raise a lot of people's hackles. But I was prepared to deal with the issues and comments."

William Bowen and Michael Swift (Geography), and in particular CSUN's Geography Map Library, drew the attention of the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 26. The newspaper did a story on the 40th general meeting of the California Map Society, which was held at the university and included a tour of the library. "In a sense," Bowen said, "maps allow you intellectually to stand back from something and see the whole."

CSUN's map collection also made the Los Angeles Times News Challenge on Feb. 1. The first question on the challenge was "Michael Swift, curator of maps at Cal State Northridge, pulls out one of the university's prized Sanborn maps. The collection of Sanborn maps:

Barbara Anthony Rhodes (Pan-African Studies) wrote an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 26 on the use of Ebonics in education. "Ebonics is but a strategy proposed to address the problem of African American children being penalized at the starting gate because of their linguistic presentation of self," Rhodes wrote. "Why is such broad-based dialogue and such heated passion connected to Ebonics, but not to the issue of 75 percent of urban black youth being failed by the education system."

The Los Angeles Times editorial page on Jan. 26 paid notice to Jerald G. Schutte's (Sociology) recent experiment that found those students who used computers in one of his courses did better than those who didn't. The Times wrote: "The lesson from Schutte's research is clear and has little to do with the computer: Students need to challenge each other more."

The Times on Jan. 29 had a blurb reminding readers that CSUN alumnus Scott Horowitz (Engineering) was scheduled to embark on his second Space Shuttle mission this month.

The Times that same day noted that CSUN's spring enrollment will be close to capacity. "Demand is really up on our campus and throughout the CSU system," said Spero Bowman, director of academic resources. "We're just trying to provide as many course opportunities for our students as possible."

CSUN President Blenda J. Wilson was among those who testified at a congressional hearing on reathorization of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, according to the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31. Wilson noted that the federal regulations governing financial aid contained more than 7,000 separate sections. And those regulations "include 38 different definitions of 'students.'

Graduate Marcee McAfree-Clark was quoted in a Times article on Jan. 31 about U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Los Angeles) visit to campus to speak on the CIA and its supposed link to crack cocaine on the streets of Los Angeles. "She is the most knowledgeable person about this issue and since our aim this year is to be proactive, we figured she was more timely rather than bringing someone to talk about what happened in the past for black people."

Kenyon Chan (Asian American Studies), Tony Gardner (Special Collections) and Robert Marshall (Urban Archives Center) were featured in a Los Angeles Times article on Feb. 2 profiling CSUN's new effort to collect and save newsletters that record the Asian American community's experiences. "This is a view of history created by the communities themselves, not as reported by a newspaper, written by an author or portrayed by Hollywood," Chan said.

Mari Womack and Laurel Ashley-Petersen (Anthropology) were featured in a Daily News L.A. Life article on Feb. 2 about the decline in the use of bumper stickers. "You don't want to identify yourself as pro-abortion or a pro-lifer because people are shooting car windows," Ashley-Petersen said.

February 10, 1997