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"What Trump Could Learn from the Warriors:" SF Prof Bruce Wydick Explains in SF Chronicle Opinion Piece

"What Trump Could Learn from the Warriors:" SF Prof Bruce Wydick Explains in SF Chronicle Opinion Piece | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Both have faced challenges in their own spheres, the complexities of 21st century global politics and the quest for an NBA championship, respectively. [...] consider how their different understanding of competition and cooperation have influenced the way they have engaged their respective challenges — and how these different approaches have influenced their degree of success.

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To obtain lucrative individual contracts, NBA players are understandably concerned with “putting up good numbers” before their next salary negotiation. There is more joy among the Warriors from a sneaky pass to a teammate than in individual scoring records. [...] rather than perceiving the mutual gains from cooperation with other countries in areas such as international trade and global environmental issues, Trump pledged to put America first, a pledge consistent with a zero-sum understanding of the world.

 

The undertakings of previous U.S. presidents, such as the signing of the Paris climate agreement, the U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the NATO alliance and various international economic treaties have partially restrained American self-interest to collectively benefit the global community. [...] even if he had, consider how different a group of talented but self-interested players would have looked from the athletic harmony in motion we witnessed in the postseason.

 

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[via sfgate.com]

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Campbell Elementary District Names USF School of Ed Ph.D. Shelly Viramontez as Superintendent

Shelly Viramontez has been named superintendent of the Campbell Union School District. She will succeed Eric Andrew, who is retiring at the end of June.

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Viramontez earned education and administrative credentials from Santa Clara University and San Jose State University, a master’s in special education from San Jose State and a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco.

 

The Campbell district serves more than 7,500 students in preschools, nine elementary schools, three middle schools and a home school program in parts of six cities in Santa Clara County.

 

[via@mercnews]

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"When you pull out your gun, the immediate alternative is to use that deadly force,” USF Prof Tony Ribera comments on SF police use of force in SF Chronicle

"When you pull out your gun, the immediate alternative is to use that deadly force,” USF Prof Tony Ribera comments on SF police use of force in SF Chronicle | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Francisco police officers, who were required in the aftermath of a disputed shooting in the Bayview neighborhood to document every time they point their guns, reported doing so 3,130 times in the first 15 months, or about seven times a day, records show.

 

In nearly half of those cases, the person at whom the officer pointed a gun was African American, though black people make up less than 6 percent of the city’s population.

 

 Police officials say officers are following California law and department policy, which states they may point a firearm when they “believe it may be necessary for the safety of others or for (their) own safety.”

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Tony Ribera, a former San Francisco police chief who teaches law enforcement leadership at the University of San Francisco, said he recalls pointing a gun four or five times over his 28-year police career.

 

“The reality is, when you pull out your gun, the immediate alternative is to use that deadly force,” he said. “It is a very, very serious thing.”

 

 

[via @sfchronicle]

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USF (which no longer plays football) has more Pro Football Hall of Famers than all but one SEC program (Alabama) 

USF (which no longer plays football) has more Pro Football Hall of Famers than all but one SEC program (Alabama)  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The 30 college programs that have developed the most Pro Football Hall of Famers. Some of the schools will definitely come as a shock...

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More members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame attended the University of San Francisco (5) — a school that no longer plays football — than all but one current SEC program (Alabama). The same can be said for historically black colleges Grambling State (4) and Morgan State (4).

 

[viafansided.com]

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USF's St. Ignatius Institute few Universities with Great Books Author Study Program

USF's St. Ignatius Institute few Universities with Great Books Author Study Program | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Which books would you include if you had to add to the list of Great Books, and how would you decide? The Great Books is that list of the most essential works of law, philosophy, religion, science, arts, and fiction we need to really understand Western society, and how it has developed and diverged since ancient times."

 

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"Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute, University of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Institute, the Universities of Dallas and Michigan, Notre Dame, Boston College, and the newer Christendom and Thomas Aquinas Colleges all offer students the opportunity to study and discuss Great Books authors."

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USF Men's Basketball Prepares to go full 1950s in Games Against SFSU

USF Men's Basketball Prepares to go full 1950s in Games Against SFSU | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Wednesday marks an intra-city college basketball game at a classic venue. The University of San Francisco men’s basketball team is playing San Francisco State University at Kezar Pavilion on Wednesday. 

The Dons used to play at the gym located in Golden Gate Park and to commemorate their return, they’ll be dressed like it’s the 1950s, the last time USF played there. That decade matters a lot to the program as it hearkens to the last time they won a National Championship." 

 

[Via @sfexaminer] 

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USF Theology and Religious Studies Professor John Nelson on Whether Buddhism is Theistic or Non-theistic

USF Theology and Religious Studies Professor John Nelson on Whether Buddhism is Theistic or Non-theistic | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"In the comments on our Nov. 21 story, "Some, None or Done: A Zen Atheist," listeners discussed whether Buddhism is theistic or non-theistic. We asked  John Nelson, a scholar of religion who serves on The Spiritual Edge's academic advisory committee, to help us understand the issue:"

 

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"One of the most common assumptions about 'Buddhism' that persists in places without a long social history of Buddhist institutions is that it is optional for Buddhists to believe in deities. Since there is no such thing as 'Buddhism' in a singular, monolithic sense, we can find numerous examples in diverse cultural settings where a dizzying array of deities is valued, venerated, and absolutely central to religious practice."

 

[Via @KALW] 

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USF President Father Fitzgerald Recognized for Support of Undocumented Students

USF President Father Fitzgerald Recognized for Support of Undocumented Students | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"WASINGTON, D.C. - Before he joined more than 100 leaders of U.S. Catholic colleges and universities to sign statements of support for undocumented immigrant students, Jesuit Father Paul Fitzgerald, president of the University of San Francisco, came face to face with the human side of the immigration question.

One week before signing the Nov. 30 statements, the priest met with 15 undocumented students attending his university and heard their stories."

 

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"They’re wonderful young people, passionate about their studies,” he said in an interview with Crux. “They’re pursuing degrees to become nurses, advocates and attorneys. They want to give back to a society which has been so good to them.”

The priest said that encounter was for him, “a beautiful pastoral moment. For me, it was very emotional.”

But there was another aspect to his meeting with those students, in the wake of the election campaign, when candidate Donald Trump pledged to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and immediately begin deporting some of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, and in the uncertainty about what will unfold in the president-elect’s administration.

“I could see the fear in their eyes. The fear is not for themselves,” the university president said."

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USF Long Time Game Announcer Patrick Olson on the Broadcasting Industry

USF Long Time Game Announcer Patrick Olson on the Broadcasting Industry | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Around 70 students fill two sections of the class, which blends hands-on experience with media history and law. Students watch and discuss pivotal moments in TV and radio history, study the First Amendment and libel laws, and then put it all into application with daily news updates on video and in print on the web. Olson has been teaching the class for more than a decade, and he runs it with the vigor and skill of an experienced producer — which he is."

 

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"Olson worked for nearly a decade as the sports director for sports radio station KNBR in San Francisco before turning to education, and he continues to announce games for the University of San Francisco men’s basketball team. So far, he’s broadcast more than a thousand sports events for the college. He also manages and shoots videos for Cabrillo Unified School District’s YouTube channel. “I tell students this is a huge growth industry, said Olson. “There are jobs and they pay well — camera person, producer, editor.”

 

[Via @hmbreview]

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USF Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Donald Heller on Trump's choice for Secretary of Education

USF Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Donald Heller on Trump's choice for Secretary of Education | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"By selecting Betsy DeVos to become the next secretary of education, President-elect Donald J. Trump has signaled his commitment to an ambitious plan to reform elementary and secondary education. But after a campaign during which Mr. Trump offered few details on higher education, the pick does little to clarify his vision for that sector."

 

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"But Ms. DeVos’s nomination also met with some sharp criticism from both the left, where some see her as an opponent of public schools, and the right, where her stance on Common Core standards has come under scrutiny. Donald E. Heller, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Trump’s pick "could have been worse. But not much."

 

[Via @chronicle]

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KTVU Fox: USF Politics Professor James Taylor on the Push for a Recount

Professor James Taylor predicts that the recount results will not change outcome of election
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USF School of Management Names Lori Bush Executive-in-Residence

USF School of Management Names Lori Bush Executive-in-Residence | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Lori Bush, former president and CEO of the premium skincare company Rodan + Fields, has been appointed to serve as the first-ever executive-in-residence at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management, Dean Elizabeth Davis has announced."

 

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"Bush’s career launched as a research scientist in med tech and culminated as the President and CEO of Rodan + Fields where, under her leadership, the company launched a transformative social commerce marketing platform and grew to become one of the largest premium skincare brands in the country. Bush retired from operational management in January, 2016, and now enjoys the diversity associated with consulting, speaking and corporate board service."

 

[Via @nbcbayarea]

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KTVU: USF to Host Debate Between State Senate Candidates

USF Professor of Politics James Taylor to moderate debate between Scott Wiener and Jane Kim in the USF Presentation Theater, Monday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

 

[Via @KTVU]

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ABC7 News: Student and US Navy Veteran, Joe DeLaurentis Comments on Service, the GI Bill and Being a Student at USF

USFCA student and US Navy veteran Joe DeLaurentis is interviewed by ABC7 on his experience in the Navy, the GI Bill and getting his BA in international business at USF.

 

[via @ABC7News]

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$1 Million Pledge to University of San Francisco Establishes New Scholarships for East Bay Students

Anonymous donor to support African-American and Latino students from the East Bay with 10, 4-year scholarships to the University of San Francisco.

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Should Berkeley's Boalt Hall be renamed? Berkeley Law Prof cites USF's Phelan Hall example in case for renaming building 

Should Berkeley's Boalt Hall be renamed? Berkeley Law Prof cites USF's Phelan Hall example in case for renaming building  | USF in the News | Scoop.it
Under what circumstances should an institution remove a historical name from a building or other campus space, and what principles should guide such a decision?

 

Since 2010, institutions across the country have renamed buildings associated with white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members, while others have chosen to retain the status quo.

 

Earlier this month, the University of San Francisco changed the name of a residence hall named for James D. Phelan, a former mayor of San Francisco, U.S. senator and alumnus of the school. Phelan campaigned for re-election in 1920 with the slogan “Keep California White.”

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Recognizing the limits of California’s power in the federal system, Boalt proposed an unprecedented move — holding an advisory ballot measure to send a message to Eastern elites that California spoke with one voice on the Chinese. The Chronicle praised this proposal and the Legislature agreed; it was signed into law late in 1877, and two years later the voters by large majorities voted to advise Congress to put an end to Chinese immigration. Boalt’s virulently racist “The Chinese Question” was included in an official report of the state of California, thousands of copies of which were distributed to influence newspapers and elected officials throughout the land. In 1882, largely as a result of California’s lobbying, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law banning a group of immigrants solely on the basis of race or nationality. [...] records of his accomplishments are few — and it is noteworthy that a biography appearing in the year of his death pointed to “The Chinese Question” as his greatest public service.

 

[via @sfchronicle]

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Anthony Ribera, USF School of Management Prof and Director of Criminal Justice Leadership Program Cites Golden Rule in 2017’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer

Anthony Ribera, USF School of Management Prof and Director of Criminal Justice Leadership Program Cites Golden Rule in 2017’s Best & Worst States to Be a Police Officer | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"What are the biggest issues facing police officers today?


Talking primarily about our larger cities, I would say the two main issues are public trust and crime."
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"What measures should police undertake to improve relationships with the community, especially in minority communities?

I believe the key element here is “mutual respect.” The police and the community need to get to know each other and treat each other as they would want to be treated."
 
[via@wallethub.com]
 
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USF International Studies Professor Stephen Zunes on Trump Protest outrage

USF International Studies Professor Stephen Zunes on Trump Protest outrage | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The New York Observer, a newspaper owned by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, published an opinion piece on Friday calling for the FBI to launch a coordinated crackdown on nationwide anti-Trump protests, mobilizations and recount efforts."

 

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"Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, told AlterNet that the demonstrations that the New York Observer article took aim at “are constitutionally-protected exercises in free speech.” He warned that, “Combined with the recent bipartisan legislation in Congress to crack down on pro-Palestinian activism on college campuses, this may presage a serious crackdown on civil liberties in the coming years.”

 

[Via @Alternet]

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KGO-TV: USF​'s Tony Ribera on Police Officer's Responsibility to Protect

"USF Criminal Justice Professor Tony Ribera comments on the San Francisco Police Officers Association's recent dramatization which posed the question of whether or not police officers should be allowed to shoot at moving vehicles."

 

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USF Criminal Justice Professor Tony Ribera Weighs in on Oakland Mayor Hiring New Chief of Police

USF Criminal Justice Professor Tony Ribera Weighs in on Oakland Mayor Hiring New Chief of Police | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"OAKLAND — After months of gathering input from the community, Mayor Libby Schaaf is poised to make what is perhaps her most important hire yet: the next Oakland chief of police."

 

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"And the next chief must keep the peace among a variety of groups — including the powerful police officers union — that demand a say in how the department should operate.

“The police chief can make or break a mayor,” said Anthony Ribera, a retired San Francisco police chief.

That’s especially so in Oakland, where police chief turnover is high and federal monitors, the mayor and a new police commission all wield power and influence over the top cop."

[VIa @mercnews]

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President Paul Fitzgerald S.J. Maintains Support for Undocumented Students

President Paul Fitzgerald S.J. Maintains Support for Undocumented Students | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON DC – Responding to the growing fear that undocumented individuals may face marginalization from President-Elect Trump’s administration, twenty-seven Jesuit college and university presidents and the president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities released a statement today."

 

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"Numerous Jesuit university presidents have already been outspoken advocates for undocumented students in recent weeks, including Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., president of University of San Francisco, who clearly showed his support during an interview with CNN earlier this month, saying “We will use every legal means to protect [undocumented students].' "

 

[Via @IGsolidarityNET]

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USF Theater Professor Michelle Maxson Brings Bay Area Talent to the Screen

USF Theater Professor Michelle Maxson Brings Bay Area Talent to the Screen | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"On a recent fall afternoon, I found myself seated on a casting couch — but in Michelle Maxson’s airy living room in Petaluma, I found the inversion, or the evolution, of that icky backroom stereotype. Maxson is the local casting director for the upcoming independent film Burn Country, directed and co-written by Sonoma County-raised filmmaker Ian Olds.

Burn Country, which stars Melissa Leo and James Franco, finds an Afghani war zone “fixer” arriving, safely away from home, at a fictionalized but highly realistic version of small-town Northern California. After its star, Dominic Rains, won Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival, the project was picked up for distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films — this small film has hit the big time."

 

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"“When I was first learning acting, I was told that the most important person on stage is not you, it’s your partner,” Maxson says. “And it’s your job to make your partner as good as they can possibly be. I’ve always made it a priority to champion my fellow actors.” She stresses the importance of “reading” actors as an actor, not just as a passive voice flatly providing responses during an audition."

 

[Via @KQED]

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USF One of 200 colleges Urging Trump to Expand and Protect DACA

USF One of 200 colleges Urging Trump to Expand and Protect DACA | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Undocumented students who are studying abroad are being urged by college administrators to return home before Donald Trump's inauguration in January, new letters from the University of California and the California State Universitysystem show."

 

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"As part of that effort, over 200 college and university presidents from the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara University, the University of the Pacific, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz and Pomona College have signed a statement urging Trump to protect and expand DACA."

 

[Via @SFBusinessTimes]

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USF Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Donald Heller on nominee for Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos

USF Provost and VP of Academic Affairs Donald Heller on nominee for Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"President-elect Donald J. Trump last week announced one of his first cabinet nominees, naming Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, as his nominee for secretary of education. If confirmed by the Senate, DeVos would bring to Washington a well-defined agenda in the K-12 education arena. What she would bring to higher-education policy is less clear, but we can find clues in her free-market outlook."

 

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"Former governors who have led the Education Department, like Richard Riley and Lamar Alexander, had track records in all aspects of education. Newcomers to policy making, like DeVos, are harder to predict, but extrapolating from her advocacy work we can make some good guesses."

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San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams Speaks to USF on The Economy

San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams Speaks to USF on The Economy | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Speaking at the University of San Francisco, Williams said the U.S. economy is close to maximum employment and inflation is poised to rise back to the Fed's 2-percent target, and that therefore it is time for the central bank to increase rates gradually.

"It makes sense, I would say, to ease off on the gas a bit," Williams said. "We do want to run a hot economy for a while (but) we don’t want it to be too hot for too long."

[Via @nytimes]

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