John King, in his Feb. 27 San Francisco Chronicle column, lauded the newly unveiled design plans for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center, which will house some College of Creative Arts departments and add several performing arts venues. He called the planned site "one of the Bay Area's most architecturally provocative landscapes."
An opinion piece by President Robert A. Corrigan appeared in the Feb. 26 San Francisco Examiner. Corrigan cited SF State's successes in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and offered that they are examples for others to emulate. "The University's stem cell biology training program is preparing a skilled work force to keep California on the leading edge of stem cell research, training students from diverse backgrounds to support work in this exciting field," Corrigan wrote.
Threats unite unions
Professor of Labor Studies John Logan was quoted in a Feb. 25 Los Angeles Times report on union-opposed legislation making an appearance in more than a dozen states. Public- and private-sector unions have been pushed "closer together than has been the case for many years, and perhaps closer together than ever before," Logan said.
Doing good has its price
Associate Professor of Social Work Sonja Lenz-Rashid commented on the financial hardships and often confusing bureaucracy faced by foster parents and other child custodians for a Feb. 24 New York Times report. Custodians often find themselves being bounced between various agencies in the absence of guidance from judges and local officials, which is "…pretty typical for families that are living in poverty," Lenz-Rashid said. "Unfortunately, they aren’t told what they should be told." The result is a greater burden on those who can least afford to bear it.
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