May 21, 1996Inaugural Issue


Northridge in the News


Louanne Kennedy (Provost) was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, April 3, in an article about Academic systems, a software system used on campus in developmental mathematics and credited with improving the pass rate in some classes from below 50% to more than 70%. "Before this, I've always felt I never met a technology that didn't ultimately cost me more money," Kennedy said. (Note: according to Elena Marchisotto, head of the Developmental Math Program, this statement expressed Kennedy's hope; it was not a statement of fact.)

Adele Scheele (The Career Center) was a guest on NBC's "Today Show" on March 28, discussing careers after 50. Her career column appears in Singapore's "Her World" magazine.

Blase Bonpane (Political Science emeritus) and his wife, Theresa, were featured in the L.A. Times on April 7. The Bonpanes are founders of the Office of the Americas, a program designed to help the poor.

Barbara Polland (Psychology) lend her expertise to a story in the Daily News, April 14, about hypercritical parents who forget that Little League is supposed to be fun. "Little League is definitely problematic," Polland said. "There are pluses and minuses, but it's a problem when parents become overinvested in the process of winning as opposed to the joy of being a part of a team."

Catherine Jeppson (Accounting and Management Information Systems) was profiled in the Daily News April 14. Jeppson has volunteered for 17 years as faculty advisor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), which has helped file over 10,000 tax returns per season for free. "I've been doing the program so long, I have seen (the students) first as gawky and now they are managers, partners...I watch a lot of them spread their wings and fly," Jeppson said.

Steven Oppenheimer's (Biology) Journal, which records experiments of the Valley's aspiring scientists, received a story in the Daily News April 22. His publication is one of a few in the nation which highlights research by students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. "The students are learning science by discovery. If all the schools in the country did this sort of thing, we'd have kids who loved science," Oppenheimer said.

Raul Ruiz (Chicano Studies) was quoted in the Daily News April 7 after marching in a downtown rally protesting the beating of two illegal immigrants by Riverside County Sheriff's deputies in South El Monte. "We don't want to have a divided community, but if that's what it has to take before justice can happen, then that's what will have to happen," Ruiz said.

Julian Nava (History) wrote a piece in the L.A. Times April 21, concerning U.S. policy toward Cuba. "We cannot expect Castro to confess the bankruptcy of the communist regime, but he has chartered a course that will surely dismantle the system," Nava wrote.

Lucy Parakhovnik (Computer Science) was in the Daily News April 21 in an article on computer trends and the Internet. On keeping up to date on the Internet for her classes: "It's the kind of thing where teachers are learning just ahead of the students," she said.

Del Stelck's (History emeritus) work as a volunteer at the Library Adult Reading Project was recognized in the L.A. Times April 28. Stelck is part of a 12-year-old federal program administered through public libraries with over 400 volunteers and 480 students nation-wide.

Lorenzo Flores (Chicano Studies) was interviewed by Channel 34 (KMEX) on the whether goat suckers, vampire-like monsters that kill goats and suck their blood, are myth or fact.


Candice O' Campo's mural design of endangered species was featured in the L.A. Times April 8. The mural, eight feet high and 120 feet long, spans both walls of the 405 Freeway and Plummer Street underpass. Intended to beautify the community, the project brought together businesses, volunteers, law enforcement and schools.

Patrice Pinachio's research on exercise machines was highlighted in the L.A. Times April 20. Her conclusion: Those "rider" type exercise machine you see on late night T.V. don't work up as much sweat as treadmills do. Her full report can be read in April's American Council on Exercise.

Members of CSUN's marching band percussion unit appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" April 26 with singer Gloria Esteban, doing back up for her band. The group also performed in a live telecast for VH-1 Honors, a music channel awards show. Vladimir Cerna was featured on Channel 9 news, in the L.A. Times and Daily News, April 13. Cerna was recently elected CSUN's Associated Student's president and received legal permanent resident of the U.S. this year. "They (people) don't attribute the same level of respect, or the same level of humanity, when it comes to people who are undocumented," Cerna said. CSUN Engineering students were featured on Channel 5 after competing with Cal State San Luis Obispo in a student-built robotic mouse race.

May 21, 1996