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Volume 53, Number 35   June 19, 2006         

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Commencement wrap
SF State's 105th Commencement received media coverage on the May 27 KTVU-TV and KRON-TV evening news. The honorary degree awarded to Pegi and Neil Young, Bridge school cofounder and fundraiser, were featured in several Alameda Newspaper Group papers May 30-31, including the Oakland Tribune and San Mateo County Times. President Robert A. Corrigan said: "The mission and principles on which The Bridge School was founded mirror the values and beliefs of San Francisco State: 'Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential.'"

Preschool -- a worthwhile investment
An opinion piece by President Robert A. Corrigan on Proposition 82, the "Preschool for All Act" was published in the May 31 edition of the San Francisco Examiner. "Providing younger students with a more solid foundation, and an early introduction to the structures, peer support and goal-oriented academic environment does help fix K-12 education," Corrigan wrote. "Like any investment, the benefits accrue and compound over time -- as other states have proven."

The politics of athletes with prosthetics
MSNBC posted a story on May 31 on a bioethics conference at which Anita Silvers, professor of philosophy, discussed the use of prosthetics by amputee athletes. "There are those who would deny them what any other runner would earn by running this fast time just because their feet are metal rather than flesh…" she said. "Without the right to opportunity free of penalties for being biologically different, amputees may be denied participation with the old prosthetics for not being competitive enough, and then denied participation with the new prosthetics for being too competitive. This is undemocratic whiplash exclusion."

Amazing amalgamation
Peter Orner
, assistant professor of creative writing, was profiled in the June 4 Contra Costa Times. His debut novel "The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo" has received favorable reviews. He took a different approach to the novel -- the chapters are short, often a page long or less. The novel is "an amalgamation of moments," Orner explained. "Plots usually fall out of my hands and break. I love short things. I read a lot of poetry, so that may have something to do with it."

Visionary Dellums
Political Science Professor Robert Smith told the Oakland Tribune that Oakland mayoral candidate Ron Dellums "has always been a visionary." He said, "It's clear the voters were responding to his vision of how the city should be governed and his promise to bring citizens into the process." The story ran June 8 in the Tribune and several other Alameda Newspaper Group papers.

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