The 40,000 students at California State University (CSUN) at Northridge (also known as the Matadors) don’t back down from the bullfight that life can sometimes seem like. After all, by attending, they’ve sought out the best teachers (eight faculty have been awarded Guggenheim fellowships, and 59 have won Fulbright awards), prepared themselves for bigger and better things (the National Science Foundation ranked CSUN second in preparing graduate students for doctoral programs) and “gone where no man has gone before” (the campus library was used as Starfleet Academy for the 2009 film Star Trek.) Trailblazing efforts on campus include the recent establishment of the nation’s first collegiate department of Central American Studies and sociology projects designed to research people’s pathways to nonprofit services. CSUN even became a completely smoke-free campus in 2015, citing the need to promote “a healthier learning environment,” and is home to the National Center for Deafness. With all these ways in which CSUN stands out from the crowd, calling its conscientiousness and dedication to improving society as a whole anything short of remarkable would be, well, a little like waving a red flag!