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Volume 52, Number 8   October 4, 2004         

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Mozart marathon
Violinist and School of Music and Dance faculty member Jassen Todorov was featured in SF Weekly's Sept. 29 "Dog Bites" column. This semester, Todorov and pianist William Corbett-Jones are performing the complete cycle of Mozart's 18 sonatas for violin and piano, something that hasn't been done in the Bay Area in decades. "Some of them are gems that are never performed," said Todorov. "The difficulty of performing them is not just the playing, it is also the psychology. To really understand the composer, you need to play them all in a cycle, not just two or three."

A taste of the 88
"On the bus today I sat across from my dead Uncle Meyer, who died 17 years ago," begins an excerpt from a story collection titled "On the 88" by Peter Orner, assistant professor of creative writing. The excerpt ran in the Sept. 28 San Francisco Chronicle as part of its "Slice" series, which features works in progress by Bay Area writers.

Familial intentions
Mary Beth Love, chair of health education, was featured in a Sept. 26 San Francisco Chronicle story on the "intentional" family -- a close network of friends -- that she and her husband created more than a decade ago. Love explains that it's especially important for those living in fast-paced, urban environments to have a strong support group. "The more social networks the community has, the higher the index for every indicator for health, and the more well-being there is in our lives,'' she said.

Stuck in the '50s
"We really need to examine the cost structure and business model [of broadcasting] in this country," Miriam Smith, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communications art, told Fox News for a Sept. 22 story about some companies' concerns that TV broadcasts can be captured digitally and transmitted over the Internet. "The cost of programming seems to escalate every year and yet we're still using the same business models we’ve used since 1950," she said.

Workplace writing
Employees often aren't adequately prepared for business writing said Lu Rehling, director of the Technical and Professional Writing Program, in a CBS Marketwatch column that appeared in the Sept. 21 New York Daily News and the Sept. 27 San Antonio Express. For many workers, Rehling explained, the only experience they have is writing high school essays. "It's great if you want to write for the New Yorker," she said, "but most workplaces are looking for a different kind of writing."

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