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Volume 51, Number 8   October 6, 2003         

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Even marketers dislike telemarketing
Telemarketers are pushing the whole concept of marketing downhill, said Sanjit Sengupta, professor of marketing, in an article that appeared in the Oct. 2 edition of the Contra Costa Times. All that may change if the federal do-not-call list goes into effect, but so far telemarketers are fighting it. Sengupta deplores their methods. And he also thinks that the field of marketing will have no problem adapting if the law eventually is enforced. "Marketers are very creative people," he said. "Communication is their lifeline, so they will find new ways to do it. This is a strong message to the industry and they will take this message seriously."

Fallout from Sept. 11 fears
International students have been especially singled out by the Patriot Act reported KTVU-TV on Sept. 11. Most troubling for Ann Ginger, lecturer in global peace studies, are the provisions that allow for greater surveillance, especially electronic surveillance by the government. "I am upset," Ginger said. "This is worse than McCarthyism. And I lived through McCarthyism … I am a constitutional lawyer. I'm not just making this up. If you read the First Amendment, the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and 14th, what the U.S. government is now doing violates these sections."

Great products -- across the board
Instead of going for the big video game money, San Francisco-based University Games creates board and card games and puzzles, according to the Sept. 10 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. The company focuses on games that children will enjoy -- games that don't take too long to play and don't lead to only one winner. Charlotte Ferretti, director of SFSU's Marian Wright Edelman Institute, approves of their efforts. "The most important thing is that they're creating a product that's enhancing the time a parent spends with a child. It's not something you see very often that a parent gets down on the floor and plays a game with a child."

The breath of Buddha
The Sept. 4 edition of the Gainesville Sun featured an article on a Gainesville exhibit that includes "Paranirvana (self-portrait)" by Lewis DeSoto, professor of art. "Paranirvana" is a large blow-up figure of Buddha that explores perceptions of death and life. The sculpture, which is Buddha-shaped but features DeSoto's own face, is inflated each day by an industrial-size fan and then deflates when the fan is turned off at the end of the day. "The concept of dying is probably one of the biggest ones you can wrestle with, but the reality is, what can I say, 'immaterial' ... the immateriality of the air keeping the sculpture formed is a way of saying that I don't understand dying because I have not personally experienced it."

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