Toward a fuller history
Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon was interviewed for an Oct. 5 Global Nation Inquirer report on a new California law that requires schools to teach aspects of Filipino-American history. "Right now, only university and college students taking Asian American and Filipino-American Studies courses and specific history courses have the opportunity to learn about Filipino American labor organizing," Mabalon said. "This law makes it possible for young people of all backgrounds, in classrooms in elementary, middle and high schools, to learn about how people came together to protest injustice and demand humane working conditions and wages."
Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin commented on the discovery of the mushroom Spongiforma squarepantsii, named for its resemblance to the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants, for an Oct. 4 article in Jobs & Hire. "It's just like a sponge with these big hollow holes," Desjardin said. "When it's wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size. Most mushrooms don't do that."
Running out the clock
Director of Labor Studies John Logan wrote an opinion piece about negotiations and a possible BART strike in the Oct. 9 San Francisco Chronicle. "Contrary to the public statements of the region's major business organizations, BART management is relying on pressure from the public and hostile lawmakers to force the unions to accept a contract," Logan wrote. "But the public and the governor should be under no illusions as to whose actions have driven this dispute toward a strike. A fair settlement, not a strike or a strike ban, should still be the focus for all the parties involved."
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