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Volume 53, Number 31   May 1, 2006         

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April 2006 Newsmakers

Rebuilding with pagodas
Marlon Hom
, chair of Asian American studies, commented in an April 13 San Francisco Chronicle story on how Chinese Americans rebuilt San Francisco's Chinatown after the 1906 earthquake with a focus on stylized, tourist-attracting architecture such as pagodas. "It was an ingenious move, selling a fake China to those white folks who didn't know any better; and the Chinese community since survived with a degree of prosperity on its own despite intense racial prejudice and discrimination," he said.

Mastering growth
The San Francisco Examiner reported on SF State's project to develop a 20-year physical master plan for its growing campus. According to the April 13 article, the key features of the plan "evolved from the vision statement for the college to have a 'visible and active presence in The City' and a 'myriad of programs and events [that] draw the greater community to the campus.'"

McClellan tips his hand
An April 15 Houston Chronicle profile of now former White House spokesperson Scott McClellan hinted at the pressures and discomfort that would lead to his resignation just a few days later. "Poker players will tell you that everyone has a 'tell' when they are trying to conceal something, and it's the same with public speakers like Scott," said Joseph Tuman, professor of speech and communications studies. "At a nonverbal level, it's clear he's immensely uncomfortable."

Winning talent
"There's a new war for talent, but most companies aren't bothering to fight," John J. Sullivan, professor of management, told The New York Times for an April 23 article on how many companies have yet to update their hiring practices. "Whether it's a store manager or a software developer, there's a huge gap between the business results that average employees deliver and what stars deliver," he said. "If you want to win the battle in the product market, first you have to win the battle in the talent market."

Legislating noninterference
Rachele Kanigel
, assistant professor of journalism, commented on a proposed bill from Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, that would limit the role university and college administrators could take in controlling the content in student newspapers. "I think that press freedom is a big part of our history and culture," she said. "If administrators are interfering with that, it's sending a very bad message to young journalists."

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