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First Monday
 Volume XII, Number 1              Sept. 8, 2003

More to the story of Jewish Studies on campus
The positive picture for Jewish Studies at SFSU goes untold said Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman chair in Jewish studies and social responsibility, in an opinion piece that appeared in the Aug. 29 edition of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. While Dollinger deplores the tensions between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel groups that occurred on campus in May 2002, he writes that the media coverage of those events "sensationalized extremists at the cost of a more nuanced and accurate understanding of campus life." Dollinger fills out the rest of the story: "A comparative religion course on Judaism, Christianity and Islam fills to capacity with representatives of all three faiths. Jews and non-Jews sit together and debate the question of intermarriage in a class on the Jewish family. For the first time ever, students can now graduate with a major in modern Jewish studies."

Vote with your stomach
It's just part of the ongoing merger of pop culture and politics, said Francis Neely, assistant professor of political science, during an Aug. 21 KRON4-TV report on Taco Bell's stunt to tie its products into the California governor recall election. The fast-food chain has decided that all crunchy tacos bought at its more than 1,000 California outlets will count as votes for Arnold Schwarzenegger, soft chicken tacos are votes for Gray Davis, and grilled burritos are votes for all the other candidates. "This is just another example of the silliness of [the recall election]," said Neely. "I don't think there's a great danger in affecting votes one way or another."

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People on Campus

Johnetta Richards -- Traveling the world
When Johnetta Richards graduated from high school in Richmond, Va., her parents surprised her with a sleek set of Hartmann luggage and the promise that "You are going to travel and learn about the world." She proved them right -- and she's made learning-based travel possible for dozens of students, too.

This summer Richards, an associate professor of Black Studies, completed her sixth visit to Africa with SFSU students.

She views the travel study classes as a way to help shatter the myths of Africa for students...

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This month's Insiders items include, a paper on store brand preference by Ana Valenzuela of International Business, a book by Adrienne Anderson of the Division of Information Technology, a paper by the Library's David Hellman on the publishing industry and profit margins and many more...

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Grants and Contracts

SFSU was awarded an additional $25,000 in March, and $336,956 in April and $8,198,433 in May.

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