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Volume 54, Number 8   October 2, 2006         

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On Gov. Schwarzenegger's remarks
Assistant Professor of Raza Studies Belinda Reyes weighed in on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's comments about "hot blooded" Latinos in reference to a Southern California legislator. Reyes told KGO-TV, Channel 7, news on Sept. 8 that Schwarzenegger has an issue when it comes to stereotyping.

Trusting Hewlett-Packard's reputation
Sally Baack
, assistant professor of management, discussed the controversy surrounding Hewlett-Packard's information leak investigation in a Sept.12 KCBS-AM story. "Some outline needs to be given to the public in terms of what action is going to be taken with respect to this problem either to correct the mistake, or to ensure that it doesn't happen again," Baack said. "We would see a conversation that really requires a lot of trust, and at this point within that HP board where we've seen breaches of trust before, that's a real challenge."

Women take to the sea
An educational sailing program of the Tall Ship Education Academy (TSEA), based in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, was featured in the sports section of the Sept. 14 San Francisco Chronicle. TSEA director Nettie Kelly said the program is "the only all-girls program like this in the country, perhaps the world. In the microcosm of a ship, (women) learn how they can all join in building a community."

Plagiarism ethics
The Sept. 14 edition of KQED-FM's "Forum," hosted by English Professor Michael Krasny, featured a panel discussion on ethics and academic plagiarism. Academic integrity has become a bigger issue in recent years, as the growth of the Internet has made it much easier for students to plagiarize. Panelist Elise Wormuth, College of Humanities associate dean, has established faculty guidelines to educate and discipline students regarding plagiarism. "Students aren't taught as much as they could be taught in high school about proper citations, sources and so on," Wormuth said. "I deal with enough students to know that a fair number of them are genuinely confused or just don't have the skills as developed as they could be."

New treasury secretary not a 'traveling salesman'
Economics Professor C. Daniel Vencill commented on Henry Paulson, the new U.S. Treasury secretary, in a Sept. 14 Bloomberg News article. Since taking over the position in July, Paulson has been more willing than his predecessor, John Snow, to acknowledge such economic problems as the gap between the rich and the poor, the story stated. "Paulson seems to want to come out with coherent policies instead of the cheerleading, traveling-salesman approach that Snow was forced to take," Vencill said. "Once you venture onto the rubber-chicken circuit, you lose something."

The long wait for a visa
Assistant Professor of Arabic Mohammad Ramadan Hassan Salama finally arrived in San Francisco on Sept. 17 after waiting at the Canadian border for a visa since June 20. Salama's name, which is similar to that of one of the men convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, was apparently the problem although Salama received no explanation about the unusual delay. Met at SFO by several television news teams, Salama told the reporters, "I don't have a problem with security procedures or being told that I will need to wait a week or so for a visa," he said. "That is much better than not telling me anything about when, where and how it will happen."

Citizen Welles
Joseph McBride
, assistant professor of cinema and author of the new book "Whatever Happened to Orson Welles," was featured in the Sept. 22 edition of The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.). McBride discussed his early career as a reporter and film critic, which led to a small role in one of Welles' films and a friendship. Several years prior, McBride watched the classic "Citizen Kane" about 70 times while working on a critical study of the legendary director. McBride, who attended University of Wisconsin, Madison, began to identify with Welles. "Some critics have said Welles never did much of value after 'Citizen Kane,'" columnist Doug Moe wrote. "McBride, in his personal and passionate book, argues otherwise. He sees Welles as a fiercely independent artist right until the end."


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