How well do you know CSUB history?

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What local company donated the land for what became CSUB? Fifteen years of the library was celebrated with the donation of a limited edition of what book? Who turned the first shovel of dirt for the university?

We posed those and other trivia questions at our annual Campus Alumni Lunch & Social Feb. 21. It was a hit, so we thought you might want to play, too. So here goes: How well do you know CSUB?

(The answers are at the bottom of this page).

1. What local company donated the 375-acre parcel of land along Stockdale Highway to the state of California for the building of a university?

A. Stockdale West Company

B. Tenneco West

C. Buttonwillow Land and Cattle Co.

D. Kern County Land Company

2. The final vote for a CSUB mascot was between the Roadrunner and what other figure?

A. The Kit Fox

B. The Kangaroo Rat

C. El Cid

D. The Tule Elk

3. There was a college newspaper before The Runner. It didn’t last long. What was it called?

A. The Rag

B. The Statesman

C. CSUB Chronicle

D. The Roadrunner Rundown

4. What was the first site offered for what’s now CSUB?

A. McAllister Ranch

B. Coberly West

C. Rio Bravo

D. White Wolf Grade

5. About how many students were enrolled the first year of CSUB, in the Fall of 1970?

A. 450

B. 600

C. 1,000

D. 1,600

6. Fifteen years of the library was celebrated with the donation of a limited edition of what book?

A. The Divine Comedy

B. To Kill a Mockingbird

C. Mean Justice

D. The Grapes of Wrath

7. Who turned the first shovel of dirt for what is now CSUB?

A. Walter Stiern

B. Buck Owens

C. Ronald Reagan 

D. Richard Nixon

8. What was CSUB’s original name? ________________



ANSWERS:

1. D 2. C 3. B 4. D 5. C 6. A 7. C 8. California State College, Bakersfield



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