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San Jose Mercury News: Honda launches attack ad as new poll shows dead heat with Khanna

San Jose Mercury News: Honda launches attack ad as new poll shows dead heat with Khanna | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Democrat Ro Khanna appears finally to be gaining ground in his closely-watched race against Rep. Mike Honda, with a new poll showing a dead heat and Honda attacking his challenger for the first time in a television ad.


The Honda ad, launched Monday, claims Khanna is backed by right-wing billionaires, favors tax breaks for rich people and isn't committed to protecting Social Security.


Khanna emailed supporters Monday to say the ad is "full of lies," but he lacks the money to air a rebuttal. His campaign had less than $100,000 left to spend as of Sept. 30, while the seven-term incumbent had close to $1 million banked for the final weeks of the bruising battle between the two Democrats for the 17th Congressional District seat, recent reports show. [via @mercnews]

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"It's not just the poll -- the fact that the incumbent is running an ad hard against his challenger indicates he thinks the race is close," said Corey Cook, who directs the University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. "Honda's campaign thinks if they can persuade Democratic voters to stay with the 'more Democratic' candidate, they're going to be successful. It's a clear 'campaign to the base' kind of move."


Cook said the ad comes a bit late, given that vote-by-mail ballots have been in the field for two weeks already, and up to two-thirds of all voters are expected to use them. "But in a close race, it can certainly make a difference if the charges go unanswered."

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San Jose Mercury News: USF's annual Hilltop Cup Boxing Tournament

San Jose Mercury News: USF's annual Hilltop Cup Boxing Tournament | USF in the News | Scoop.it
The University of San Francisco held its 11th annual Hilltop Cup Boxing Tournament at USF’s Hagan Gym in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The tournament presented 14 amateur fights in different weight divisions from various colleges across the state such as USF, UCLA, UC Davis, USC, Cal State Northridge, CSULA and other Bay Area boxing gyms. USF boxing team competed in seven bouts, four victories and three losses. (Photos by Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
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Marketplace: Cable eclipsing broadcast for political advertising

Marketplace: Cable eclipsing broadcast for political advertising | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If you live in a state with a close race in this year's midterm elections, you know that candidates are carpet bombing the air waves with TV ads. But candidates and campaigns are increasingly airing their ads over cable instead of their local broadcast station, for a bunch of reasons, some specific to this year.   


“There’s just not a lot of competitive House races," says Ken Goldstein, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco. "We’re sort of in a dead-ball year, in terms of House races.”


And the House races that are close are in big cities, where it’s not efficient to advertise on local TV. Plus, there aren’t as many competitive races for governor, and those are mostly fought on local airwaves. 

But long-term trends also give cable an edge over local TV.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area schools scramble for qualified teachers amid shortage

San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area schools scramble for qualified teachers amid shortage | USF in the News | Scoop.it

A long-predicted teacher shortage has hit several Bay Area school districts this year, resulting in stiff competition for qualified candidates and more classrooms in the hands of temporary or emergency teachers who lack full credentials.

A combination of teacher retirements, high attrition rates, lack of new recruits and increased competition among districts in a postrecession economy has flip-flopped the education job market, school officials say.

“It’s become an employees’ market versus an employers’ market,” said Scott Gaiber, San Francisco Unified director of certificated staffing and recruitment. “There is a lot more competition for talent.”

Fewer people want to be teachers now, and that’s a big part of the problem. In 2008, there were almost 45,000 people enrolled in teacher preparation programs in California. By 2013, there were fewer than 20,000, according to the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Francisco Figueroa-Yanez teaches his first science class of the day at James Lick Middle School in San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Figueroa-Yanez received Bachelors degrees in Biology and Spanish before moving onto a masters program at USF. Figueroa-Yanez is in the San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) program.  SFTR is a partnership between SFUSD, USF, the UESF, and Stanford University to recruit and prepare teachers to work with the highest need students in San Francisco. 

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University of San Francisco's insight:

San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) is a partnership committed to preparing high quality teachers for San Francisco's hardest to staff schools and subjects. It is designed to train aspiring teachers who are committed to teaching in urban public schools in math, science, and Spanish bilingual literacy. When SFTR graduates become the teachers of record, they will have gained valuable teaching experience, an understanding of the challenges ahead, and an ever-expanding network of fellow educators to lean on for support and advice.

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USF’s Engage San Francisco Initiative Announces Recipients of First-Ever Grant Program

USF’s Engage San Francisco Initiative Announces Recipients of First-Ever Grant Program | USF in the News | Scoop.it
The Leo T. McCarthy Center at the University of San Francisco (USF) is proud to announce its first-ever Engage San Francisco grant recipients. Launched in Spring 2014, Engage San Francisco is a new university-wide initiative focused on the Western Addition neighborhood—working in partnership with organizations and residents to improve the support for underserved children, youth, and families living in the often-overlooked corners of the neighborhood. USF will honor the five recipients during an evening reception on Tuesday, October 21, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the African American Art and Cultural Complex, 762 Fulton Street, to celebrate the grantees and their commitment to community. 

 

The Engage San Francisco initiative includes faculty, staff and students from all five colleges at USF, (School of Management, Nursing and Health Professions, Law, Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences), as well as the Division of Student Life. As part of Engage San Francisco, groups from USF partner with non-profits from the Western Addition to develop unique projects and community-based learning opportunities that support student learning and meet community-identified needs. Engage San Francisco’s goals and strategies are informed by the ongoing consideration of community assets and opportunities for partnerships. All grantees will share their outcomes at the completion of the projects. 
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Huffington Post: The Real Threat to Our Country

Huffington Post: The Real Threat to Our Country | USF in the News | Scoop.it

While the U.S. government and media are focusing on Ebola and ISIS as the principal external threats to our country, a potentially serious threat to public safety and domestic tranquility is growing 24/7. This threat arises from the deterioration of trust and escalating anger within African-American communities toward police, not just locally, but nationwide.


Protests against police brutality and perceived excessive use of force by police across our nation may appear to be limited only to the most vocal segment within African-American communities. However, this anger at, and distrust of, police lies like molten lava beneath the surface of many African-American communities, just waiting to erupt into violence. Only to be ignited by the latest police shooting of an African-American male.


The response and efforts to address this African-American anger at recent incidents in their communities in Missouri, Florida, New York City and elsewhere have been for civil rights and African-American political and religious leaders to intervene and try to address the various communities' concerns about the actions of their respective local police departments.

[via @huffingtonpost]


University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Jones is a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco.  


Clarence Benjamin Jones Sr., a former speechwriter, attorney, and advisor to the late Martin Luther King Jr., was named the first-ever Diversity Scholar at the University of San Francisco in 2012, and taught an undergraduate course this fall titled “From Slavery to Obama.”


“This course is fundamentally a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., my beloved friend and colleague, whose extraordinary leadership transformed America,” Jones said. “It is designed to enable honest and critical discussion of race in our country. “I look forward to engaging USF students in dynamic conversation and exploring ways they can use their knowledge to change the world for the better.”



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San Francisco Chronicle: Vatican’s startling remarks offers hope of equality for gays

San Francisco Chronicle: Vatican’s startling remarks offers hope of equality for gays | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Another startling statement on gays from the Vatican, another hint of revolutionary change that could resonate all the way to the Bay Area — and now it’s starting to get serious for those who long for equal LGBT rights in the Catholic Church.


Some advocates are daring to hope that in their lifetimes, the church will abandon its centuries-old condemnation of homosexuality.


It’s the sort of sea change few would have predicted before Pope Francis took his post in 2013. But then the newly installed prelate declared last year that he would not judge gays or lesbians on the basis of their sexual orientation. And on Monday, a gathering of bishops from around the world issued a statement at the Vatican declaring, along with openness to discussing divorce and birth control, that “homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community.” [via @sfchronicle]

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“I have no idea where it will all lead to, but the dialogue going on is definitely about recognizing the gift that everyone brings to the church,” said the Rev. Sonny Manuel, professor at the University of San Francisco, a Catholic college. “It’s a healthy, vibrant, even exciting dialogue. And it’s paralleling the dialogue going on in secular society.”

University of San Francisco's insight:

Fr. Gerdenio (Sonny) Manuel, S.J. is Director of USF's Saint Ignatius Institute and Professor of Psychology. He is also the Provincial Assistant for Higher Education and Prefect of Studies for the California Province of the Jesuits. Fr. Manuel's areas of scholarship include coping with stress and traumatic life events and the relationship of psychology, faith, and religious life. He is the author of Living Celibacy, Healthy Pathways for Priests published by Paulist Press. His teaching interests include positive psychology, abnormal psychology, and clinical psychology. He is a recipient of the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education, student learning, and campus life" and an American Council on Education Fellowship for Leadership in Higher Education. He has served on the Executive Committees and the Boards of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, Fordham University, and Santa Clara University. He currently serves on the Loyola Marymount Board of Trustees.

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Huffington Post: Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign

Huffington Post: Jerry Brown Can't Be Bothered To Spend Money On His Own Campaign | USF in the News | Scoop.it

With a 20-point lead over his GOP challenger and $23 million burning a hole in his pocket, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is funding and appearing in two ads promoting ballot issues without even mentioning his own re-election -- a move his strategists say may be a first.


Brown's two 30-second spots advocating for the passage of Proposition 1 to secure a $7.5 billion water bond, and Proposition 2 to stabilize the rainy day budget, began airing Wednesday. [via @huffingtonpost]

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"He's been so effective in being above the political fray that he can just swoop in and say, 'I'm Jerry Brown -- and I'm done,’” Corey Cook, a University of San Francisco professor, told the Chronicle last month. "Jerry is operating as if he's at the start of his next term, not as if he's seeking re-election."

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National Law Journal: 'Best' Law Professors

National Law Journal: 'Best' Law Professors | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The authors of a new book purporting to identify the "Best Law Teachers" in the country initially received more than 250 nominations and spent four years interviewing alumni, weighing ­student evaluations and observing ­classes. In the end, they selected 26 professors who they believe exemplify superior teaching methods, positive relationships with ­students and a commitment to art of teaching. Here are their picks.


  • Julie Nice, University of San Francisco School of Law
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  • Patti Alleva, University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Rory Bahadur, Washburn University School of Law
  • Cary Bricker, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Roberto Corrada, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Bridget Crawford, Pace Law School
  • Meredith Duncan, University of Houston Law Center
  • Beth Enos, Lewis & Clark Law School (retired)
  • Paula Franzese, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Steve Friedland, Elon University School of Law
  • Heather Gerken, Yale Law School
  • Ingrid Hillinger, Boston College Law School
  • Steve Homer, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Don Hornstein, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Nancy Knauer, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
  • Larry Krieger, Florida State University College of Law
  • Susan Kuo, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Andy Leipold, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Nancy Levit, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
  • Paula Lustbader, Seattle University School of Law
  • Nelson Miller, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • Hiroshi Motomura, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Julie Nice, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Philip Prygoski, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
  • Ruthann Robson, City University of New York School of Law
  • Tina Stark, Boston University School of Law (retired)
  • Andy Taslitz, American University Washington College of Law (died on Feb. 9)


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San Jose Mercury News: Jerry Brown endorses Libby Schaaf in Oakland mayor's race

San Jose Mercury News: Jerry Brown endorses Libby Schaaf in Oakland mayor's race | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Gov. Jerry Brown inserted himself into his hometown's mayoral race on Monday, endorsing a former staffer, Councilwoman Libby Schaaf, for the job he once held.


Appearing together at a boisterous campaign rally, Brown praised Schaaf as a "down-to-earth person" with "a lot of common sense." "She knows the city," he said. "There are a lot of good candidates. I'm not here to point fingers at one or another, other than to say I know Libby. I think she can do a good job."


Brown's endorsement is expected to help Schaaf, although campaign experts questioned whether it would be enough to catapult her above her two better-known rivals: Mayor Jean Quan and Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan. [via @mercnews]

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Corey Cook, director of the University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, expected the endorsement to help Schaaf, but said it might have had a bigger impact if it came several months ago.


"This is the one endorsement from an elected official that every candidate would really want, but at the same time you already have two front-runners who have emerged," he said.


"It gives her a little bit of gravitas that she didn't have," he said. "But does it propel her? I don't see it."

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San Jose Mercury News: Peter Thiel wields political influence on GOP

San Jose Mercury News: Peter Thiel wields political influence on GOP | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Peter Thiel has built and funded some of the most successful Silicon Valley startups, but the influence he wields in politics may be the cornerstone of his next legacy.

Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and billionaire tech investor, has become one of the most highly sought endorsements for conservative politicians looking to capture votes from Democratic-leaning Silicon Valley and the good will of powerful tech tycoons. A longtime political enthusiast -- which friends say dates back to his unsuccessful run for class president in high school -- Thiel, 46, has given millions of his self-made fortune to Libertarian and Republican candidates and advised them on business and technology matters.

"Peter is on the cutting edge of rapidly changing views inside the Republican Party," said Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based Republican consultant who worked on President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. "He's had an increasing influence as a major donor."

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Corey Cook, a professor of American politics at the University of San Francisco, said Thiel offers the GOP a doorway to where Democrats have had a stronghold, but where business values more closely align with Republicans.


"This is about the Republicans cultivating a donor base and an industry base," he said. "They are trying to get a toehold in Silicon Valley." [via @mercurynews


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Inhabitat: INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

Inhabitat: INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Last year INTERSTICE Architects unveiled an "Innovation Landscape" for the new University of San Francisco Center for Science that beautifully merges the building's indoor and outdoor space. The unique multi-level plan places laboratories and classrooms underground, with a green roof, outdoor plaza, and skylights above. New plantings throughout the landscape feature gingko trees – not only a unique and attractive tree, but one with special significance to the university as it changes from green to gold with the seasons - which conveniently match the school colors! 


With students studying and socializing all over the site, it’s easy to see that INTERSTICE has achieved their goal of creating a landscape design that works as a hub for science, learning, and sustainability visually and metaphorically, signifying a renewed focus on environmental stewardship at USF. [via @inhabitat]


University of San Francisco's insight:

Nestled in the center of the university’s urban campus, The John Lo Schiavo, S.J. Center for Science Innovation is a gathering and study space for the entire campus community, with the particular purpose of strengthening scientific preparation for all undergraduates and nurturing the growing links between the sciences and other disciplines.

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Janice Mirikitani and Chip Conley Speak at USF

Janice Mirikitani and Chip Conley Speak at USF | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The University of San Francisco is proud to host its Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor Janice Mirikitani along side veteran CEO/Hotelier Chip Conley in another installment of “DiversityTalks,” annual discussions that spotlight critical diversity issues and local leaders working on these issues daily.  Sponsored by USF’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, the event is free, open to the public, and will take place on Tues., Oct. 7 in USF’s Presentation Theater (2350 Turk Blvd. at Tamalpais Terrace), from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

“DiversityTalks: The Power of Human Connection” aims to inspire the community through the stories of two distinguished and recognized leaders based in San Francisco. Mirikitani, co-founding president of the renown Glide Foundation, will discuss her life-long work as a social justice leader in San Francisco, dedicating more than 50 years to the city’s poor and marginalized.

 

Chip Conley, one of America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, whose success affirms the importance of relationships, will join Mirikitani in the conversation on how transformational focusing on others can be. Conley is also a New York Times bestselling author with his book “Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success.” During the Oct. 7 event, he will talk about his latest travels around the globe and his curiosity of how other cultures find happiness. 

 

“Both Janice and Chip share the selfless quality of putting others first,” said Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, USF’s vice provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. “They are successful in their individual professions, but are like-minded in their approach—hard work, service to others, and dedication to the common good. This DiversityTalks event is a chance for Janice and Chip to talk about the value of human connections— in business, in school, in life.”

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Tuesday at USF: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Discussion

Tuesday at USF: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Discussion | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Oakland Museum and Galería de la Raza Curators Speak at USF’s Day of the Dead Event, Oct. 21

WHAT:  USF’s Thacher Gallery will be hosting “Day of the Dead: A Conversation with Community Curators Evelyn Orantes and Ani Rivera,” to discuss the role that Day of the Dead programming plays in community-building and celebrating Mexican culture. Orantes, curator of Public Practice at the Oakland Museum, and Rivera, executive director of Galería de la Raza, will examine past programming, current community and institutional challenges, and share their hopes and insights for future programming.

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  McLaren Conference Center 252 on USF’s main campus at 2130 Fulton St.

ABOUT:
The Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery is housed at the core of the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library/Geschke Learning Resources Center. For more than 12 years, it has been a cultural crossroads at the heart of the USF campus. “Day of the Dead: A Conversation with Community Curators Evelyn Orantes and Ani Rivera” is in conjunction with Thacher Gallery’s current exhibition, Dobles Vidas: Folk Art from The Mexican Museum. Orantes has been with the Oakland Museum for 15 years and has led various Day of the Dead exhibitions and celebrations. Rivera has been involved with the nonprofit community-based arts organization, Galería de la Raza, for more than a decade. Located in the Mission, the Galería featured one of the first visual arts exhibitions that started the Day of the Dead cultural observance in the nation. With Orante’s and Rivera’s experience in meaningful community-engagement surrounding culture, the event will include a dynamic conversation about the ways in which culture, identity, and community can come together.

CONTACT: For more information, please contact Glori L. Simmons at 415.422.5178 or simmons@usfca.edu.

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Blooomberg News: Steyer Deploys Ark, and a Flood of Money

Blooomberg News: Steyer Deploys Ark, and a Flood of Money | USF in the News | Scoop.it

As rising seas threaten Florida, billionaire Thomas Steyer is floating an $8.6 million campaign to save the state, opening 21 offices, dispatching more than 500 staffers and volunteers and deploying a rolling ark.


The founder of hedge fund Farallon Capital Management LLC is pouring $36 million into seven states to show climate change can swing elections. That helps make him the largest individual U.S. political donor during the past two years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.


Through his NextGen Climate, a super political action committee, Steyer is seeking to persuade voters that sound environmental policy will help the economy and protect public health. He’s made Florida his primary battleground, contending that the state lacks a progressive energy policy as rising sea levels threaten its shoreline. [via @BloombergNews]

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Steyer’s climate-change activism may position him to run for statewide office in California, said Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.


Unlike Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, who spent $140 million of her own money in an unsuccessful 2010 campaign for governor, Steyer’s issue-based effort “establishes his political bona fides,” Cook said. “He’s picked an issue that is near and dear to Californians.”

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Bloomberg Law: Texas Abortion Clinics Can Reopen (Audio)

Bloomberg Law: Texas Abortion Clinics Can Reopen (Audio) | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Maya Manian, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and Mary-Anne Pazanowski, a legal editor for Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter, discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to order Texas to stop enforcing new restrictions on abortion clinics. They speak with June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law."

University of San Francisco's insight:

Maya Manian, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and a visiting scholar at the Columbia Law School Center for Gender and Sexuality Law for the 2014-2015 academic year, focuses her research on access to reproductive healthcare and explores the relationship between reproductive rights and gender equality. She publishes and presents regularly on abortion rights and related constitutional issues. She previously served as a Blackmun Fellowship Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, where she was a visiting scholar for a series of events during the 2011–2012 academic year. Professor Manian received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review.

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Newsmax: Negative Ads Can Increase Voter Turnout

Newsmax: Negative Ads Can Increase Voter Turnout | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Ken Goldstein, professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, joined John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Wednesday to discuss the role of negative ads in the current election cycle.

University of San Francisco's insight:

Ken Goldstein is a professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco and Faculty Director of the USF in DC program. He also teaches in USF's Masters' Program in Public Affairs, which focuses on the skills needed to run a modern political campaign.

Before joining the University of San Francisco, Goldstein was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he won the University of Wisconsin's Kellet Award for his career research accomplishments and the Chancellor's Award for excellence in teaching. Goldstein is one of the country's premier experts on the use and impact of political advertising. He has authored or co-authored four books, and scores of refereed journal articles and book chapters. These publications on political advertising, voter turnout, survey methodology, presidential elections, Israeli politics, and news coverage have appeared in top line political science journals and major university presses as well as in refereed law and medical journals.

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San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Bay Guardian shuts down after 48 years

San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Bay Guardian shuts down after 48 years | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The San Francisco Bay Guardian weekly newspaper, a leading progressive voice in the city for 48 years, is closing for financial reasons, its publisher said Tuesday. Its final issue will come out Wednesday.

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“The Guardian was truly a kingmaker on the left,” said Eric Jaye, a San Francisco political consultant. “For progressive candidates, the Guardian’s endorsement was ... the progressive primary.”

Supervisor David Campos knows what that’s about. In 2008, he was one of three left-of-center candidates running to replaceTom Ammiano in District Nine, which includes the Mission District. The Bay Guardian’s endorsement pushed him to the front of the line and helped carry him to victory.

“It was an important progressive endorsement in a progressive district,” said David Latterman, founder of Fall Line Analytics, a political research firm in the city. “It had an impact on the vote.”

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But even moderates and others who haven’t been fans of the Bay Guardian’s politics realize that it’s important to find something that will take its place, Latterman said.

 

“The Guardian dove deeper into local politics than anyone else,” he said. “Who’s going to take up that mantle?”

[via @sfchronicle]

University of San Francisco's insight:

David Latterman is a Public Research Associate of USF's McCarthy Center. He is a renowned political analyst in the San Francisco Bay Area, with expertise on the political, campaigning, and public opinion process. His main quantitative research focus is on how voters' demographics and opinions influence an election. His former company, Fall Line Analytics, has provided work on aspects of political campaigns, advertising campaigns, business development projects, and organizational surveys. Latterman has worked as an exploration petroleum geologist, a public think tank research, and public-sector utility analyst.

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National Catholic Reporter: Jesuit Institutions to Honor James Foley

National Catholic Reporter: Jesuit Institutions to Honor James Foley | USF in the News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, DC – The death of James Foley two months ago was a tragedy felt across the world. To members of the Jesuit network here in the United States, we lost one of our own: a proud alumnus of Marquette University whose love for and pride in his alma mater is seen in his widely-read piece, “Phone Call Home.” Foley’s death at the hands of ISIS is a stark reminder that life is precious and that our prayers for peace are needed now more than ever.


This weekend, when Foley would have celebrated his 41st birthday on Saturday, Oct. 18th, Jesuit colleges and universities across the country will join his family in solidarity, as they celebrate his life at a memorial service. [via @NCRonline]

University of San Francisco's insight:

On Sunday, October 19th, at the 8:00 PM Mass at St. Ignatius Church, the University of San Francisco will offer a Mass of Peace for Foley with Presider Rev. Sonny Manuel, S.J. (Director of the University's St. Ignatius Institute). 

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The Boston Globe: Bill Russell and K.C. Jones treated like ‘Rock’ stars at Alcatraz in 1956

The Boston Globe: Bill Russell and K.C. Jones treated like ‘Rock’ stars at Alcatraz in 1956 | USF in the News | Scoop.it

On that day, USF’s starting five — Russell, Jones, Hal Perry, Carl Boldt, and Mike Farmer — received an unprecedented tour of the prison while it still housed the worst of the worst, a collection of rotten apples US officials feared couldn’t be confined in any other barrel, a place especially suited for kingpin gangsters such as Al “Scarface” Capone, Meyer “Mickey” Cohen, and James “Whitey” Bulger.


But this crop of most-wanted murderers, mobsters, and bank robbers didn’t greet the players like cold-blooded convicts known for their ruthlessness. Instead, they bubbled like giddy fans and treated them, as those on the trip recall, like “rock stars,” like “gods.”


“The [convicts] looked at Russell and they were just in awe,” said Boldt, 81, a forward.


Typically, civilians were never allowed beyond the visiting room, where they were separated from convicts by a thick glass partition, using a phone to communicate. Yet the players not only walked through the cellhouse, kitchen, hospital, recreation yard, and industry (where convicts worked), they even ate alongside them and met one who was segregated from all others: Robert Stroud, the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz,” a diagnosed psychopath serving a death sentence after killing a prison guard, his second murder.


“In my time, I never saw any other civilians inside the [cellhouse],” said Hernan, who escorted the players down “Broadway,” the central walkway between C and B blocks. “And now that you mention it, they would be the only civilians who walked down Broadway like they did.”


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On a little-known visit to Alcatraz in 1956, the NCAA champion San Francisco Dons — including Celtics greats Bill Russell and K.C. Jones — turned hardened convicts into adoring fans. [via @BostonGlobe]

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San Francisco Chronicle: Oakland’s shrug-inducing, overstuffed, unexciting mayoral race

San Francisco Chronicle: Oakland’s shrug-inducing, overstuffed, unexciting mayoral race | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Many Oakland residents say they would like a mayor other than Jean Quan, but they’re having a hard time settling on exactly who that should be.


A surprising 39 percent of Oakland voters haven’t made up their minds about who should run the city with less than a month to go before election day, according to a recent survey.  [via @sfchronicle]

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Corey Cook, a political science professor at the University of San Francisco who studies Oakland politics, said Kaplan and Quan have emerged as front-runners but that could change as more voters make up their minds.


“I think what we’re seeing,” Cook said, “is the emergence of two clear front-runners and maybe with enough time for a third candidate to emerge in the race.”

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The Washington Post: Michigan State AD Mark Hollis latest university official ‘embarrassed’ by student turnout

The Washington Post: Michigan State AD Mark Hollis latest university official ‘embarrassed’ by student turnout | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Despite its 4-1 record this season, Michigan State has a football attendance problem. Fewer and fewer students seem to be showing up at Spartan Stadium to cheer the team on, and Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis isn’t happy about it. He called the noticeable pockets of empty seats in the student section on Saturday night, when the Spartans beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 27-22, a “disappointment and embarrassment” on Twitter and declared he would look into ways to entice students to come back.


The team also noticed the small crowd, which dwindled as the night went on despite it being one of the most anticipated Big Ten games of the year. [via @washingtonpost]

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“Current students are not that important [to ticket sales], per se,” Dan Rascher, a sports management professor at the University of San Francisco, told InsideHigherEd.com. “But you’re trying to turn those current students into former students who are still fans decades later. You want students, when they become alumni, to have that attachment and come back for the games, and that’s what’s concerning athletic departments.”

University of San Francisco's insight:

Dr. Rascher is Professor and Director of Academic Programs for the Sport Management Program at the University of San Francisco, where he has taught sports economics and finance, business research methods, and master's project. As President of SportsEconomics, his clients have included organizations involved in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, PGA, NCAA, AHL, sports media, minor league baseball, Formula One racing, CART, Premier League Football, local sports commissions, and various government agencies. He has authored articles for academic and professional journals, book chapters, and a text book in the sport management and economics fields, has been interviewed hundreds of times by the media for his opinion on various aspects of the business of sports, and has given over fifty presentations at professional and academic conferences. Dr. Rascher has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, International Journal of Sport Finance, and the Journal of the Quantitative Analysis of Sports.

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San Jose Mercury News: November's election begins today

San Jose Mercury News: November's election begins today | USF in the News | Scoop.it

For many Californians, the election starts today.


Vote-by-mail ballots for November's general election are now on their way to mailboxes across the state, so the next few weeks are crucial to many campaigns. Several Bay Area registrars agree that of the 50 to 60 percent of registered voters projected to cast ballots, up to three quarters probably will do so by mail before Election Day, Nov. 4.


That means the recent flow of radio, television and direct-mail advertisements is about to turn into a fire-hose torrent, said Corey Cook, director of the University of San Francisco's Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.


"Campaigns have money -- they just haven't spent it yet, which is an interesting strategy given how little time is left before Election Day," he said. [via @mercnews]

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Except for a few ballot measure campaigns, there hasn't been much advertising since Labor Day, the general election season's traditional start. "Campaign season seems to be starting very late this year," he said.


Americans, numbed by presidential prognostication and aspirations that start years in advance, often wish we had a campaign schedule more like those in many European nations, where all is said and done in about a month, Cook said. "It seems like in California this time, we're doing that." But "there's still time for candidates to get people's attention," he said, so expect "nothing but commercials and mailers in the mailbox" from now until the polls close.


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The New York Times: Democrats Lean Heavily on PACs in Coordinated Push to Counter G.O.P.

The New York Times: Democrats Lean Heavily on PACs in Coordinated Push to Counter G.O.P. | USF in the News | Scoop.it

With the battle for the Senate tilting toward Republicans and President Obama’s approval ratings hovering near his all-time low, Democrats are more reliant than they have ever been on the very kind of big-money groups they have spent years trying to outlaw.

They are countering the Republican Party’s expansive and formidable outside spending network this fall with a smaller but more tightly knit alliance of groups that share donors, closely coordinate their advertising and hit harder than their conservative counterparts.

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“The advantage on the Democratic side is with a more top-down approach,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco who specializes in political advertising. “Not only does it mean you don’t waste resources in terms of targeting, but your message can be consistent.”

[via @NYTimes]

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US News: Top Online MBA Programs in California

US News: Top Online MBA Programs in California | USF in the News | Scoop.it
California students considering the prospect of investing extra time and money in the pursuit of an MBA will find there are a number of compelling reasons to do so. A large majority of those who earn a MBA say it was worth it, even during times of recession. For those in California, there are many excellent choices to earn a MBA.


A Look at California’s Top Online MBA Programs

California residents and those interested in attending one of the state’s many schools will find there are a number of online MBA programs available. The following are some of the highest ranked programs in the state by U.S. News & World Report:


University of San Francisco, Masagung, San Francisco

This private school is ranked 87th overall. Its online programs are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

·         Total enrollment – 36

·         Tuition - $1,080 per credit in and out-of-state

·         Admissions deadline – June 13

[via @usnews]

University of San Francisco's insight:

USF’s Master of Business Administration develops the analytical, practical, and interpersonal skills managers need to make crucial decisions in an increasingly complex business environment. The MBA is an advanced professional degree designed to prepare students for a versatile and challenging management career.

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