Someone to lean on
Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries discussed his study, "Friend and Family Contact and Support in Early Widowhood," which showed the key role friends play in helping widows survive loss for a Dec. 3 Elder Branch article. "Consider daughters coming to live with recently bereaved widows. In those instances they are all grievers of the death in the family. The daughter is grieving the death of her father and the mother is grieving the death of her husband. But those are different roles. That might challenge the extent to which family members can be supportive to one another," de Vries said.
In praise of a giant
Professor of History Trevor Getz wrote about Nelson Mandela's legacy for a Dec. 5 Mashable article. "As a historian, I am all too well aware that there are few 'great' men or women in history. Nelson Rohilhlahla Mandela, however, fit that adjective in every sense of the word. He was the embodiment of human dignity as well as reconciliation, a hero to the poor and downtrodden and a symbol of our capacity to be better than we are," Getz wrote.
Music to the ears
SF State artists-in-residence the Alexander String Quartet's album, "Bartok & Kodaly: the Complete String Quartets," was reviewed in a Dec. 7 Audiophile Audition piece. "If ever an album had 'Grammy nominee' written on its front cover, this is it. There have only been a handful of complete Bartok quartets recordings that one can call 'legendary'… without doubt these new readings will ascend quickly to that exalted status," the reviewers wrote. "In this new recording the Alexander String Quartet… touches all the bases in an unqualified Grand Slam."
Gambling for the kingdom
Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri commented on the power struggle that occurred between Sheik Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi and his half-brother Sheik Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras al-Khaimah, a region of the United Arab Emirates for a Dec. 8 The Fresno Bee article. "This kind of rivalry is very typical of Arab countries. There are a lot of things going on in terms of wealth, influence and competition among them," Monshipouri said. "They are trying to play that kind of politics (influencing American political views of each other). When they see a problem they throw money at it."
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