An article in the March 5 edition of the Tahoe Daily Tribune discussed
the appeal of the HBO show "The Sopranos." Stephen
of the Cinema Department, commented that the show was helped by being on
HBO, which gives it high production quality and allows for more adult content. "There
is [also] the universal appeal of the gangster who is sympathetic because
we're privy to his problems, his family -- as in 'The Godfather' -- and
everyone who is out to get him," Ujlaki said. "It's all in
the point of view."
Conflict of interest?
The San Francisco Chronicle's decision to pull a writer and photographer,
both lesbians, off the paper's ongoing coverage of the same-sex marriage
story in San Francisco prompted criticism from some quarters, reports
the San Francisco Examiner in its March 19 edition. Gay activists in
particular were unhappy about the move. John Burks, chair of the Journalism
Department, agrees. "The people who know about it are the best
people to write about it," said Burks. "[Gordon and Mangelsdorf]
are very serious journalists; honest and straightforward about what
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Where are the activists?
A March 21 San Francisco Chronicle article explored anti-war activism
since the large demonstrations that occurred last year at the outset
of U.S. action in Iraq. "Rather than everybody going to a peace
march in San Francisco, they're going to their local city councils," said
Philosophy Professor Ann Fagan Ginger. "The antiwar movement is
now pervasive in other agendas."
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Teaching at San Quentin has revitalized my teaching at S.F. State," said
Judy Breen, professor of English, in a March 29 San Francisco Chronicle
article. "I'm doing things freshly and differently." Breen has been teaching English 101 to inmates at San Quentin for the past
two years as part of a volunteer program. This spring she also recruited
nine SF State students as teaching assistants for the class. They read
the same works as the inmates and led small group discussions of the
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Walking a path of hope
Lois Lyles, professor of English, discussed Alice Walker's The
Color Purple March 29 on KQED Forum as part of its California Reading series.
Lyles and Forum host and professor of English Michael Krasny, talked
about (among other things) whether the novel has a happy ending. "I
think while avoiding a kind of specious happy ending, the writer does
direct us towards a different path -- the path of reconciliation, the
path of hope, the path of love and unity within the African American
family," said Lyles. "She shows the process for which that
happens. She shows the hard work."
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