The cost of boycotting
During March 31 and April 1 ABC 7 News broadcasts about public pressure for President Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, Associate Professor of International Relations Jean-Marc Blanchard suggested the boycott may be counterproductive to U.S.-China relations. "They would take this as a real slap in the face on an event they've been preparing for quite some time," Blanchard said. "The U.S. works with China on so many different things, from North Korea to trade, to the war on terror and the like. And while China doesn't have to oppose, they certainly could stonewall or not make progress with the U.S. on various issues."
Dancing toward self-esteem
A March 30 San Francisco Chronicle article featured Professor of Music and Dance Albirda Rose, who received the Jefferson Award for her work with the Village Dancers, an SF State Community Service Learning program she founded to help low-income children through dance. "Some of our children are coming from a mean, cruel society out there, and I try to get them to understand that they are somebody and they are doing fine and that they have a right to be who they are, say who they are and to project that," Rose said. "Someone asked me, 'Why do you do this?' I said, 'Well, if somebody didn't do it for me, I wouldn't be here.' It's called reciprocity -- that's my other favorite word. If you don't give a little, you're not going to get back. I think about the biblical scripture, 'to whom much is given, much is required.'"
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