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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.

 

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USF School of Law Graduate Jonathan Madison on Restorative Justice

USF School of Law Graduate Jonathan Madison on Restorative Justice | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Every election cycle, we see new ballot measures that promote initiatives to shorten prison terms and lessen criminal offenses. Unfortunately, these initiatives do not fully address the issues that arise when offenders return to crime-plagued communities. Rather, you and I are the balancing force in rehabilitation efforts."

 

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"In the 1970s and 1980s, many communities began to evolve toward an entirely new concept of rehabilitation — restorative justice. It is an approach to criminal justice that engages both victims and the community in rehabilitating offenders."

 

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Professor of Politics at USF Keally McBride on Trump's Election Result Dismissal

Professor of Politics at USF Keally McBride on Trump's Election Result Dismissal | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"As his poll numbers have plummeted in recent weeks, Trump’s outrage has grown, along with the number of villains, who now include the media, women calling him a serial groper, and even Republicans who won’t agree that the election will most certainly be stolen."

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"Trump’s quick dismissal of American political tradition of better than two centuries flows naturally from his status as a different type of presidential candidate, said Keally McBride, a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco.

“Trump is running on the idea that the entire electoral system is corrupt,” she said. A refusal to accept the results of that corrupt system “is a logical conclusion to his decision to run as a total outsider.”

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USF Professor Tony Ribera talks quality of life crimes in SF neighborhoods

USF Professor Tony Ribera talks quality of life crimes in SF neighborhoods | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“With auto burglary and theft surging in San Francisco along with complaints about street encampments, it’s no surprise that one of many measures on the city’s November ballot aims to reduce so-called quality-of-life crimes that make people feel less safe in their own neighborhoods. But critics of Proposition R say Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal is a misguided play at residents’ fears that shifts power over day-to-day crime-fighting strategy from the Police Department to City Hall.”

 

“The measure’s overhaul of police decision-making, though, troubles critics such as Tony Ribera, a former San Francisco police chief who directs the International Institute of Law Enforcement Leadership at the University of San Francisco. He said Prop. R would bind the hands of not only the police chief, but also district captains responsible for ensuring safe neighborhoods.

The priorities of the Police Department in terms of crime-fighting change constantly,” Ribera said. “This year, it seems like property crimes, vehicle break-ins and burglaries are the top priorities. We need to address that, but next year it could be something totally different, and our chief needs to have the flexibility to commit resources on a contemporary, as-needed basis.”

 

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USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on election secrecy 

USF Politics Professor Ken Goldstein on election secrecy  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"Instead of discussing the economy and foreign policy, which affect every voter, the presidential campaigns now are talking just about each other, specifically the health of each candidate, how much they’re paying in taxes and how secretive they are."

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"There’s no doubt that Trump is being graded on a curve here,” said Ken Goldstein, a professor of political science at the University of San Francisco. In terms of secrecy, Trump is one of the most furtive candidates in a generation, analysts said."

 

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USF Law Dean John Trasviña cited in SF Chronicle article on Republican reaction to Trump: Is GOP ignoring an emergency call?

USF Law Dean John Trasviña cited in SF Chronicle article on Republican reaction to Trump: Is GOP ignoring an emergency call? | USF in the News | Scoop.it

John Trasviña, dean of the University of San Francisco’s law school, said a constitutional crisis occurs when one of the three branches of government exceeds its powers and “the other branches are unwilling or unable to exert their authority.” [...] Wednesday, Trasviña said, most congressional Republicans were like an emergency dispatcher who ignores a ringing phone....

 

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USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Trump's Immigration Law

USF Law Professor Bill Hing on Trump's Immigration Law | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deport 2 million or more immigrants with criminal records will take some time to implement, if it happens at all. But experts said Monday the new administration could move toward that goal by taking steps such as reinstating raids on factories and other workplaces and by encouraging, or pressuring, local police to act as immigration officers."

 

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"Obama’s policy of authorizing regional ICE offices to suspend deportation proceedings against immigrants who face hardships will surely end, said Bill Hing, an immigration law professor at the University of San Francisco. He said as many as 80,000 unauthorized immigrants, mostly parents, have been granted reprieves.

Trump “will end that overnight,” Hing said."

 

[Via @sfchronicle] 

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USF Alumnus Stephen Revetria attends conference in Rome, Italy

USF Alumnus Stephen Revetria attends conference in Rome, Italy | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The SF Giants’ slide into the NLDS playoffs may well’ve been influenced by some divine intervention: As the boys of orange-and-black battled into October, S.F. Giants Enterprises SVP Stephen Revetria just happened to roaming around the Vatican.

Revetria was one of the only American sports execs invited by Pope Francis to Rome where the pontiff held his inaugural global conference on faith and sport titled, “Sport at the Service of Humanity.”

But Revetria’s presence wasn’t all that surprising: He’s a Jesuit-educated, University of San Francisco alum; a supporter of many local charities and a team player for the Giants, who were honored for the Junior Giants Program with the MLB Commissioner Award for Philanthropic Excellence, and by ESPN with Sports Humanitarian of the Year award for the team’s youth programs."

 

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USF Director of African American Studies James Taylor on Trump's acceptance of Obama's birth certificate 

USF Director of African American Studies James Taylor on Trump's acceptance of Obama's birth certificate  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“After more than five years as de facto head of the birther movement, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump finally conceded Friday that President Obama was born an American citizen.” 

 

“The idea that he handled it is a strident statement loaded with racism that he single-handedly brought this black man, the president of the United States, to heel,” said James Taylor, a professor of politics and director of the African American Studies program at the University of San Francisco. “And now the suggestion that he’s not going to talk about his leadership of the birther movement will be an issue.”

 

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