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Volume 54, Number 23    February 26, 2007         

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Latino opinions
Assistant Professor of Raza Studies Belinda Reyes was quoted in three La Opinion news stories in January that covered topics including the effects of globalization on Latino immigration and the effectiveness of the U.S. public schools for Latino immigrants. Regarding the fact that only 7 out of every 100 students who come from low-income families receive a university diploma, she said, "What we are seeing here is what will happen in the rest of the nation in about 30 years.  The economic method in which California confronts these problems is an indication of how to resolve these issues in the future throughout the United States."

Baggy origins
Connie Ulasewicz
, professor of consumer and family studies, was consulted for a Feb. 5 KPIX-TV story about the origin of baggy jeans.  She said the tradition began with the necessity for looser clothing for break dancing and hip hop. "We see it first in the '70s and the 8'0s. ... Then, as hip hop developed they (pants) got wider and wider, baggier and baggier."

Relationships not stats
"Sex education has to be relevant. Statistics and scare tactics don't work," said Health Education Lecturer Ivy Chen in a Feb. 11 San Francisco Chronicle Magazine profile about her work in Bay Area schools. "One of the key things I hit is healthy relationships. I try to talk about sexual decision-making as part of a healthy relationship, about ways to negotiate with a partner."  

Desire and adolescence
Deborah Tolman
, director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, discussed teens and sexual health in a Feb. 11 San Francisco Chronicle story on sex education and sexual health in the modern world. "Sexual health doesn't just mean saying no," Tolman said. "It might mean that, but it also might mean that a teen wants to have sexual experiences that don't involve anyone's genitals. We don't teach kids about desire. Desire is very pleasurable in and of itself. Learning about it is a wonderful part of adolescence, but we have this slippery slope mentality that if we talk to teens about it, they'll go out and have sex. But most teens aren't sex addicts."

Empowering Betty
A Feb. 17 Contra Costa Times story explored the significance of the title character of ABC's "Ugly Betty" to Latina fans. "We've been waiting a long time for a TV character who looks like her and has her voice," said Melissa Camacho, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts. "[The show] holds a significant place in television history, because it has given us an empowering representation of young women at a time when it is really needed. And at the end of the day, you realize she's not so ugly and that you love her all the more because she's nothing like Paris Hilton."

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