California State University, Northridge’s Associated Students (AS) is encouraging students, faculty and staff to show some “Matatude” every Tuesday by wearing red or any CSUN memorabilia that promotes campus spirit.
Matatude Tuesday, which was originally instituted in 2009, is meant to encourage members of the CSUN community to showcase their Matador pride.
“[AS] really wants to improve school spirit here at CSUN,” said Kevin Mojaradi, AS coordinator of marketing and public relations. “Similar to how it’s a tradition for students to set roses next to the matador statue, we want it to be a tradition for Matador students and staff to wear red every Tuesday.”
AS also came up with the idea for a “street team” to walk around campus and reward those who are wearing Matador gear.
“This summer AS will be looking for student volunteers who want to go around campus every Tuesday during the fall semester and see who is wearing red,” Mojaradi said. “Those who are wearing red will receive a small gift, which will hopefully encourage students to be more spirited.”
AS will also be encouraging the Office of Student Involvement and Development to promote Matatude Tuesdays at new student orientation to all incoming students and explain the tradition and incentives they can earn by participating.
CSUN senior Ron Jaradat said he envisions students — young and old — really catching on to Matatude Tuesday.
“It’s great to see a movement on campus that encourages people to support their university,” Jaradat said. “It’s definitely refreshing that our student body is getting more excited about being a Matador.”