CSUN was the sight of a reptile show, featured in the L.A. Times, Aug. 26. The Greater Los Angeles County Herpetological Expo Galapagos Island benefits raise funds for preservation on the island. About 300 people viewed the show.
The CSUN Matador Marching Band was highlighted in the L.A. Times, Aug. 24. CSUN students and local high schools participated in a three-day summer camp for percussionists, wind instrumentalists and color guards interested in joining the ranks. Genre-bending routines and choreography have earned the band a reputation for creativity, as well as appearances on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "The VH1 Honors," a live cable television broadcast at Universal Amphitheatre.
President Blenda J. Wilson was quoted in the Daily News, Aug. 26. The article focused on CSUN's student government association pushing the issue of free speech by planning an affirmative action debate Sept. 25 between former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and civil rights activist Joe Hicks. "The important principle underlying freedom of speech is not to protect speech we like but to protect speech we don't like," Wilson said.
Janet Sherman (Athletics) was quoted in the L.A. Times, Aug. 7. The article highlighted the Southern California Stealth, the San Fernando Valley-based women's softball club, which is among the most successful and recognized clubs in the country for 12- to 18-year-olds. Sherman, like other college coaches, uses the summer to get a look at recruits. "These young teams are so important because we are always looking down the road," she said.
Glen Omastsu (Asian American Studies) taught a cross cultural course in Asian American, Chicano and Pan African studies with Professors Verne L. Bryant and Roberto Sifuentes over the summer as part of CSUN's Summer Bridge Program. More than 130 incoming freshmen are provided with tools to succeed in college through an intensive five-week program. Omastsu was quoted in the Daily News, Aug. 8. "The whole concept of Summer Bridge is the basis for creating confidence in people and providing them with the knowledge they didn't get in high school," Omastsu said.