Feb. 24, 1997 Vol. I, No. 13


Northridge In The News

James Elias (Sociology) was on the evening broadcast of KCAL Channel 9 on Dec. 23. It was part of the show's package on the murder of Los Angeles police officer Mario Navidad by a teen-ager stealing a six-pack from a convenience store. Elias was asked to give some insight into what kind of person might commit such a crime. "It's basically young. It's basically male. These are where we're getting our violence from," he said.

Barbara Polland (Child Development) was featured in a January Parent Magazine story on managing 2-year-olds. "Obviously, manipulations is not a concept a 2-year-old understands-not in the same way adults do," Polland said. "Your child is really saying, 'I used to get fed as soon as I was hungry, put down the minute I was tired, and changed as soon as my diaper was soiled. How come now you're not willing to drop everything to attend to me?' "

Art Elbert (Administration and Finance) was all over KABC's evening broadcast on Jan. 17. Channel 7 remembered the third anniversary of the Northridge earthquake with an update on CSUN's recovery. "While it's pessimistic that three years later we're still trying to get back into some of the facilities, it's really good news to say we can build a campus for the 21st Century," Elbert said.

Barbara Polland (Child Development) again was asked her opinion of child beauty pageants, this time for the Jan. 26 edition of The Star in Ventura County. Pageants are "not celebrating God-given childness that's gorgeous on its own," she said. "They're celebrating how closely they can make them look like the sexiest adult possible."

Catherine Davis (Family Environmental Sciences) was billed as KNBC Channel 4's supermarket expert in a Jan. 31 segment that offered tips on how to save money. Davis accompanied a woman on her weekly grocery shopping trip and suggested ways to economize.

Graduate student Marcee McAfree-Clark gave the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 4 an update on the university's Black History Month celebration. "We have students from a lot of different backgrounds at CSUN and many don't know very much about black history," she said. "We tried to tailor our events to appeal to all types of people."

Sylvia Snowiss (Political Science) was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on Feb. 5 about a Feb. 7 book signing by Robert Horn, a former department colleague with Lou Gehrig's disease. "We not only wanted to celebrate Robert's book, but to honor him as a human being as well," she said.

The Los Angeles Times on Feb. 6 made note of the $7,500 the university's Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program received for a portable, 4,000-gallon saltwater tank. "It's a good example of how scientists and private industry can work together for a common goal," said Larry Allen (Biology).

José Hernandez (Chicano Studies) was featured in a Daily News article on Feb. 6 about a debate between the candidates in next month's San Fernando City Council race. "My campaign ... is about helping families and children," Hernandez said.

Former professor Richard O'Connell (Psychology), who died last year of cancer, was remembered in a Feb. 9 column by Dennis McCarthy in the Daily News. "Right from the start, all Dick really wanted to do in life was save the world," said his wife, Clair.

About 20 students from the university's Latino Business Assn. were featured in the Daily News on Feb. 10 for spending every Thursday tutoring students at Maclay Middle School in Pacoima. "I had a lot of problems with pronunciation like Janet," said CSUN student Carmen Montecinos. "But somehow I always had a professor here that took the time to motivate me. What I'm doing is trying to give back what somebody gave to me."

Barbara Rhodes (Pan-African Studies) was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on Feb. 10 about the inauguration of the Du Bois-Hamer Institute for African American Achievement. "Over the years, several members of our faculty expressed concern about declining numbers of black and Latino students at CSUN," Rhodes said. "Many are first-generation college students who came from environments that didn't emphasize the value of education."

René Engel, the new general manager at campus radio station KCSN, was featured in an article in the Feb. 10 edition of the Los Angeles Times. Engel said his main goal is to "make sure 88.5 is a preset in everybody's car radio. For KCSN to be successful, we need to get more and more into the consciousness of listeners and potential listeners."

Aida Metzenberg (Biology) was quoted in a Feb. 11 article in the Los Angeles Times about a pending speech by Hlne Langevin-Joliot, daughter of two Nobel laureates and granddaughter of Pierre and Marie Curie. "Dr. Langevin-Joliot is an amazing personality and one of the greatest scientists I've ever known," Metzenberg said. "We were thrilled when we found out that she would be able to speak at the university."

Fidel Ramirez (Future Scholars Educational Enrichment Program) was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 13 about "College: Making It Happen," a seminar for middle and high school students and their parents hosted by the university. "Going to college has to be a mutual goal not only for students but for their families as well," Ramirez said.

Blenda J. Wilson (President) joined former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, gospel record label owner Vicki Mack-Lataillade and Danny Bakewell, president of the Brotherhood Crusade, in being named Modern Day Black History Makers by L.A. Focus. "You need to have a purpose that is larger and more noble than yourself," Wilson said. "I chose education as a career because it's my passion."

February 24, 1997