Dec. 1, 1997 Vol. II, No. 8

Northridge in the News

Adele Scheele (Career Center) made a lengthy appearance on NBC's Today show Oct. 14 to talk about what people should do when they return from work after a major illness. Asked how much they should tell their employers and fellow employees, Scheele replied, "There are two answers-the first answer is you would really love to tell everything. But the experienced answer, this is for most people who have gone through this, they learned through hindsight that they wish they had not told so much."

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) wrote a letter that appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 19 agreeing with an opinion piece that Melanie Havens (Business Law) wrote earlier on how many academic institutions unnecessarily handicap students from diverse backgrounds in their admissions policies. "Over and over, I see some of the best students in practical application of science do very poorly on the Graduate Record Exam. Here again, institutions should be very careful not to exclude students based on standardized tests," he wrote. "It is more difficult to examine the variety of other criteria that make up a student's portfolio. This nation, however, is at risk of losing the services of exceedingly talented individuals by reliance, often primarily, on standardized tests."

Carolyn Ellner (College of Education) was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article Oct. 22 on a poll that found a gap between what education professors value and what most parents, teachers and even students say they need. Ellner said the study set up "false dichotomies." "Some of the things the public thinks are important, like discipline and punctuality, are really motivational factors," she said. "They are the byproduct of a rich learning environment." Freshman Maylynna Kelly and Lorraine Newlon (Admissions and Records) were featured in a lengthy Daily News article Oct. 24 on Tidal Wave II and its impact on higher education. Newlon pointed out that the expected flood of new students over the next few years is causing a quandary on many campuses. "It's a complicated prediction. There's discussion, talk and speculation," she said. "It isn't just about the number of human beings who will be 18-to-24 years old. It's also the question of the number that will be interested, eligible and those who can afford it."

Dianne Philibosian (Health and Human Development) was asked by the Daily News to comment on President Clinton's proposals for affordable child care for an Oct. 24 article. Philibosian said "quality child care should be universal" but that it's difficult to balance affordability and quality. "It's very expensive to attract teachers who have the necessary educational level," she said. "That's going to take some financing and subsidies other than the parents themselves."

Barbara Osborn (Journalism) was profiled in the November issue of Buzz magazine. Osborn has a radio show on KPFK that serves as a kind of reporters' roundtable on what's going on in Los Angeles. "Ninety-five percent of what journalists see and hear ends up between their ears and not on the printed page," she said. "Every reporter has those little juicy things that never appear in their stories."

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