Joe Macias

Sports Editor


The CSU Bakersfield athletics program received eight Automated External Defibrillators on Thursday as a donation from Bakersfield Mayor and Founder of Hall Ambulance Services Harvey Hall.

An AED is a portable electronic device that is used to treat life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias through the application of electrical therapy, which stops the arrhythmias allowing the heart to reestablish an effective heartbeat.

“I care so much about our student athletes and the last thing I want is for someone’s heart to stop and us not have the resources to be able to save a life,” said CSUB Athletics Director Kenneth Siegfried. “It’s the same with our fans too. I want to be able to save someone if at all possible.”

Before receiving the defibrillators from Mayor Hall, the athletics program only had two defibrillators available. This donation gives each of the facilities their own defibrillator and would make the process of delivering a defibrillator to a student athlete or fan much faster.

“We focus on four things: academic excellence, student-athlete welfare, competitive success and our community,” said Siegfried, “and it fits into one of our top priorities, which is taking care of our student athletes.”


By Patricia Rocha

News Editor

Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the CSUB Foundation David Melendez has resigned from his positions as of February 12, according to a Memorandum from CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell.

Until the position can be permanently filled, the memorandum states, current Associate Vice President for Development Victor Martin will serve as interim for these two vacant positions through the calendar year.

Melendez began at CSUB on August 20, 2012 and was responsible for “fundraising efforts, alumni, and community and governmental relations,” according to the CSUB press release following his appointment.

Prior to his positions at CSUB, Melendez worked for UCLA, CSU Northridge and Chapman University as well as nonprofit organizations. –Patricia Rocha