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Volume 52, Number 28   April 4, 2005         

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A clear response to violence
The San Francisco Urban Institute's Community Leadership Academy and Emergency Response project (CLAER) was the subject of a March 31 story that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. CLAER project members help the friends and relatives of victims of street violence by providing therapy, helping to pay funeral costs and more. "It's an incredible group," Sharen Hewitt, CLAER project director, said. "They live in Sunnydale or Bayview, and they have to deal with gunshots at night and come work for me the next day." According to the article, "the organization has helped 580 individuals and is currently handling 87 cases involving 273 people."

Rapping out an essay
Jamal Cooks, assistant professor of secondary education, was featured in the March 29 edition of the Oakland Tribune. Cooks, who began his career teaching in Oakland, serves as the track coach for Skyline High School. He uses his experiences in the Oakland schools to inform his research on using pop culture in teaching. "Our students are coming into class with strategies and skills that are untapped," he said. "It makes our job easier if we get them engaged and motivated. Why can't you talk about similes and metaphors, plot and character analysis in rap lyrics? You can look at the artist's purpose and audience. Look at issues of race and class. You can use rap as a pre-writing draft and show them how to move from that to a five-paragraph essay."

Evangelical Asians
Asian Americans are becoming an increasing part of the evangelical Christian movement, reports the San Jose Mercury News in its March 27 edition. "They're more evangelistic. They put more money into church planning than mainline churches,'' said Russell Jeung, assistant professor of Asian American studies. "They're the biggest minority in the campus Christian groups that are spawning many of the new congregations' pastors." Jeung is the author of the new book "Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches."

Boxed out
The March 25 edition of KQED-FM's "Forum" featured a discussion on the recent California court ruling on big box stores such as Walmart. The court ruled that the city of Bakersfield should have included long-term physical decay -- such as abandoned buildings of stores driven out of business -- as part of the environmental impact report. Philip King, chair of economics, said he doesn't see the ruling as unreasonable. "Planning ahead means looking down the road 3 to 5 years," he said. "I don't think that it is an unusual burden to ask cities to do the planning, and as was mentioned earlier the developer has to pay for the EIR (Economic Impact Report) ... this is an honest extension of what you normally expect city planners to do."

Acquiring English
According to a March 14 San Francisco Chronicle article, a U.S. English Foundation report on linguistic diversity in the United States is being used to promote legislation to make English the country's official language. "When they say 'English first' or 'English only,' it seems to put out the argument that people are not learning English, but immigrants are learning English more than ever," said Debra Luna, assistant professor of elementary education. "People are eager to learn because they know it's the doorway to better wages and a better standard of living."

Honored pioneer
The news that Paul Longmore, professor of history, has received the Henry B. Betts Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities was reported in the March 9 editions of the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. Longmore was honored for his scholastic contributions in the emerging field of disability studies. "When I was growing up, I was the only visible disabled person I saw in places. Now you see disabled people all around," he told the Chronicle. "Expectations have changed. Not only among people with disabilities themselves, but expectations have changed in society. People with disabilities ought to be able to participate in society, and we did that. We changed American values."

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