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February 16, 1998

Making the News

History professor Pedro Castillo was quoted in the Mexican newspapers--Diario de Chihuahua and El Heraldo de Chihuahua in Chihuahua and El Universal and La Cronica in Mexicali--after he presented a series of talks on Mexican immigration, the Mexican American community, and the Latino vote this past December. He was also quoted in El Norte and El Diario in Monterrey and Ocho Columnas and Publico in Guadalajara after a series of lectures on the same topics in January.

Psychology's Elliot Aronson recently gave a long telephone interview to Maggie Scarf of the New Republic magazine, who was writing about the public's reaction to the latest White House sex scandal. A lot of people are in a state of cognitive dissonance, wanting Clinton to stay in office because they think he is doing a great job while also thinking that, if he did lie and encourage others to lie under oath, he should be removed from office, explained Aronson. The polls reflect the ambivalence, said Aronson, whose analysis was at the heart of Scarf's column magazines.enews.com/magazines/tnr/current/diarist022398.html.

Santa Cruz County Sentinel sports writer Dan Fitch wrote a lengthy piece about Slug Sports, which are poised now to overcome the barriers of apathy and lack of funding and to be taken seriously, thanks, in part, to a pledge by Chancellor Greenwood "to put university dollars where its athletics are."

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Laura Helmuth from the Science Writing Program interviewed biologist Maggie Fusari and environmental studies museum curator Jeff Davis for a KUSP Field Notes piece about the mating behaviors of local animals. Davis talked about some mating rituals local waterfowl partake in over the winter, and Fusari talked about salamander mating rituals. . . . Also, in an interview with the Salinas Californian, Fusari gave a positive spin to this winter's deluge: She predicts Pacific tree frogs and the endangered red-legged frog will breed merrily in all the ponds and puddles.

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