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San Francisco Chronicle: San Franciscans ambivalent on future, poll finds

San Francisco Chronicle: San Franciscans ambivalent on future, poll finds | USF in the News | Scoop.it

San Franciscans are pleased with the city's thriving economy, give fairly high marks to the mayor and Board of Supervisors, and believe the city as a whole is headed in the right direction.


Yet the majority say that the city has gotten much more expensive recently and that the tech-fueled economic boom isn't benefiting them or their families. They also say that the government should do more to make sure all types of people can live in San Francisco - but the majority don't trust the mayor or supervisors to accomplish that.


Those are the conflicting findings of a new poll by University of San Francisco researchers provided exclusively to The Chronicle. It shows the tug average city residents feel between happiness that the recession appears to be firmly behind us and concerns that the city is quickly becoming out of reach to wide swaths of people.


"There's anxiety out there," said Corey Cook, a political science professor at USF who conducted the poll with David Latterman, a USF lecturer and political consultant.


"There's a lot of conflict in people's minds," Cook continued. "We're glad the economy is strong, and the city's going in the right direction. At the same time, I'm not sure what this means for me, my family, my neighbors and my neighborhood." [via @sfgate]

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Aljazeera English News Live: USF Chairman of Middle East Studies Stephen Zunes On New U.S. Involvement in Yemen

USF Chairman of Middle East Studies Stephen Zunes asserts Yemen should expect a dramatic heightening of U.S. military involvement under President Trump's Administration,…
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New England Cable News 10pm: USF Pitcher Joey Carney Takes Mound To Honor Late Mother

USF pitcher Joey Carney continues his baseball career after his mother's passing, despite his efforts to save her through liver transplant last June.
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KTVU Mornings on 2 at 7am: USF Professor of Politics Recognizes Trump's Address as New Language for the United States

USF Professor of Politics James Taylor talks about the theme of America first and economic nationalism that Trump is putting forth, and acknowledges how Trump believes…
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USF Alum Abu-Shariefeh Discusses Film "Just A Piece of Cloth"

USF Alum Abu-Shariefeh Discusses Film "Just A Piece of Cloth" | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The award winning film, “Just A Piece Of Cloth”, is a short movie educating the public on what the hijab for Muslim women is and what it really means to them."

 

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"The short film introduces us to four women who are Muslim, or have converted to the Muslim religion, and they speak about their lives here in America. Dr. Arwa Abu-shariefeh, Dian Alyan, Nur Laura Bean, and Mahsa Mohaddess Modirzadeh talk about how they wear or don’t wear their hijab and the choices they make while doing so... Abu-Shariefeh earned her Ph.D in international and multicultural education at the University of San Francisco."

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AJCU Issues Statement on FY18 Budget

AJCU Issues Statement on FY18 Budget | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), representing twenty-eight Jesuit institutions across the United States, cannot support the Administration’s proposed higher education budget for FY18. 

 

The proposed budget will eliminate or make cuts to critical and very successful programs including Pell Grants, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study (FWS) programs, all of which provide opportunities for many of our nation’s disadvantaged students to attend college.

At a time in which our country needs a more educated workforce, this proposed budget will make the situation worse.

 

Link to full statement here: http://www.ajcunet.edu/press-releases-blog/2017/3/17/ajcu-cannot-support-fy18-education-budget

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USF Professor & Composer Byron Au Yong Explores Gun Violence and Community Healing at Virginia Tech 

USF Professor & Composer Byron Au Yong Explores Gun Violence and Community Healing at Virginia Tech  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Load singers and rappers into a chamber of music. Squeeze young people into a conversation about guns. Trigger action. (Be)longing, a new theater piece (featuring more than 45 locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists) by the critically-acclaimed team of composer Byron Au Yong and librettist Aaron Jafferis, will have its world premiere at Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.

 

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USF Great Bill Cartwright Dishes on Coaching Connections, Battling Moses Malone and Early Draft Entry

USF Great Bill Cartwright Dishes on Coaching Connections, Battling Moses Malone and Early Draft Entry | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Next month, University of San Francisco great Bill Cartwright, who also attended high school at Elk Grove near Sacramento, will be inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame. Cartwright played 16 NBA seasons, starting with the Knicks and winning three championships with the Bulls.

 

He spoke with SN about the Bay Area, coaching and why he didn’t jump to the NBA right out of high school. [via@sportingnews]

 
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USF Law Professor Bill Hing Comments on SFPD's Exit from FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force: "Good Police Work..Can Ensure Public Safety without Violating Individual Rights," 

USF Law Professor Bill Hing Comments on SFPD's Exit from FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force: "Good Police Work..Can Ensure Public Safety without Violating Individual Rights,"  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Under pressure from civil liberties advocates and the Muslim community, the San Francisco Police Department last month pulled out of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force amid controversy over the Trump administration’s travel ban and concerns that participation in the task force might violate local laws protecting immigrants and religious minorities.

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San Francisco is the first police department to take such an action this year, but other cities and towns may be following suit.

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Police Commission member Bill Hing, a University of San Francisco law professor and expert on immigration law, said he is concerned that the Trump administration “would take full advantage of whatever partnerships they had” with cities to step up deportations.

 

He said, however, that “public safety is our highest priority.” He expressed faith that the police department can ensure public safety without violating individual rights. “It takes good police work,” he said. “I know it can sometimes be a very fine line.”

 [via @WashingtonPost]                       

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ABC7 News 4:00PM KGO-SF (ABC): USF Law Professor Bill Hing Calls Santa Clara County Lawsuit Proactive and Political

USF Law Professor acknowledges how Santa Clara County could have waited until President Trump actually tried to take money from their federal funding, but instead…
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ABC7 News on KOFY 7PM: USF Law Professor Bill Hing Acknowledges Santa Clara County Lawsuit as Politically Motivated

USF Law Professor Bill Hing weighs in on Santa Clara County fighting President Trump's federal funding threat, where he asserts that the lawsuit is proactive.
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USF Professor Bill Hing on Trump's Travel Ban

USF Professor Bill Hing on Trump's Travel Ban | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"President Trump’s new version of a 90-day ban on U.S. entry from selected Muslim-majority countries has been stripped of some of its most legally vulnerable provisions, such as its application to legal U.S. residents and visa holders.

 

The new executive order also includes 10 days’ notice before it takes effect, allowing travelers to enter the United States if they’re already on the way. And, unlike Trump’s previous order, which federal courts have blocked, this one allows those who have been denied entry to apply for waivers on various hardship grounds."

 

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"But Bill Ong Hing, an immigration law professor at the University of San Francisco and founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, said the ban exceeds the president’s legal authority by targeting countries instead of terrorist groups.

 

“By continuing to list nationals without current visas from these specific countries, the president is saying that the entry of all others from these countries (is) detrimental to the national interest,” Hing said. “That allegation is not true and factually impossible to prove.”

 

[via @sfchronicle]

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USF Professor Bill Hing Describes the Troubling, Deadly History Of Bipartisan Efforts To Militarize US-Mexico Border

USF Professor Bill Hing Describes the Troubling, Deadly History Of Bipartisan Efforts To Militarize US-Mexico Border | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"[D]espite Trump’s strong association with the border wall, the proposed project’s history dates back decades, long before Trump arrived on the political scene. Since the 1990s, Democrats and Republicans alike have been responsible for militarizing the country’s southern border in a bipartisan effort that has seen billions spent and thousands of lives lost while failing to make the southern border any less porous."

 

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"Instead of decreasing the number of undocumented immigrants entering the United States, the [Operation Gatekeeper] measure pushed those intent on migrating to seek alternative routes through treacherous terrain. Bill Ong Hing, a professor of law at the University of San Francisco, wrote in 2015."

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USF Pitcher Joey Carney Takes Mound to Honor Late Mother

USF Pitcher Joey Carney Takes Mound to Honor Late Mother | USF in the News | Scoop.it
As a closer in baseball, one has to handle high-pressure situations well. But for University of San Francisco pitcher Joey Carney, nothing could prepare him for the save he attempted to make last June.
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KSEE 24 News at 6 (NBC): USF's Genevieve Negron-Gonzales Lectured at Fresno State University Addressing Immigrants in Higher Education

USF Assistant Professor Genevieve Negron-Gonzales gives a necessary lecture about immigration and higher education at Fresno State University, where concern for…
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KTVU Mornings on 2 at 9am: USF Politics Professor James Taylor On Trump's Behavior and Implications of Inaugural Address

USF Professor of Politics James Taylor acknowledged how for the first time, Trump looked presidential yet now the question becomes to what extent can he continue…
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KTVU Mornings on 2 at 7am: USF Professor of Politics James Taylor on Trump's Delivery and the Content of Inaugural Address

USF Politics Professor James Taylor acknowledged the presidential tone taken up by Trump for the Address yet asserts how his actions in the hours before and after…
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USF Professor Bill Hing on Fears Surrounding Trump's Immigration Policy

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

"Under pressure from civil liberties advocates and the Muslim community, the San Francisco ­Police Department last month pulled out of the FBI’s Joint ­Terrorism Task Force amid ­controversy over the Trump ­administration’s travel ban and concerns that participation in the task force might violate local laws protecting immigrants and ­religious minorities."

 

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"Commission member Bill Hing, a University of San Francisco law professor and expert on immigration law, said he is concerned that the Trump administration “would take full advantage of whatever partnerships they had” with cities to step up deportations."

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USF Professor Bill Hing Cites Concern for Immigrants Facing U.S. Court Backlog 

USF Professor Bill Hing Cites Concern for Immigrants Facing U.S. Court Backlog  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

The Trump administration’s plans to fast-track the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants is running up against a stubborn obstacle: the huge backlog of immigration and asylum cases in U.S. courts.

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Advocates worry that cases that already drag on for years will become far more painful because many more will be kept in detention during that time, instead of being released on bond or parole.

 

“Even under Obama, we saw how demoralizing the detention centers are, and the poor health care, the poor recreational facilities for the children,” Bill Hing, a law professor at the University of San Francisco, said. 

 

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Undocumented immigrants are illegal immigrants and I support the President in slowing the invasion.
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New York Times Publishes USF Associate Dean Davis' Op-Ed on Limit to Class Action Rights

New York Times Publishes USF Associate Dean Davis' Op-Ed on Limit to Class Action Rights | USF in the News | Scoop.it

If Congress kills the class action, some laws that protect ordinary people would be unenforceable. The social injury could extend to millions of people.

 

A chilling little bill is working its way through Congress. It could have the effect of ending the class action as an American institution.

 

The legislation, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, passed the House last week. If it becomes law, it will be one more perverse disservice to the working class who are said to have driven the 2016 election, because the main losers will be ordinary Americans.

 

In February, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Bob Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia, announced the proposed legislation in Orwellian terms, as a bill to “improve access to justice for American consumers.” He pushed it through the committee on a strict party-line vote only six days later, without a hearing, even though it is much longer and more complex than the bill that passed in 2016. The bill is such a mess that some experts say its main effect will be protracted litigation over its meaning.

 

The curious thing is the degree to which average Americans have been convinced that lawyers, and the law that is there to protect them, are their foes. Proponents of bills like the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act stress the small individual recoveries class actions sometimes generate, the large lawyers’ fees and anecdotes that make lawsuits seem ridiculous, like the famous, though misrepresented lawsuit over McDonald’s coffee.

 

That is all quite misleading and it is a shame. If Congress kills the class action, many laws protecting ordinary people will become unenforceable. Nobody would pay a lawyer to bring most individual cases under our antifraud, product safety, antitrust, civil rights or employment laws, for example. The individual harm is usually small, though the policy is crucial and the overall social injury may be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

And, indeed, so far from being a “fairness” measure to aid “consumers,” the legislation would crown a decades-long campaign of the United States Chamber of Commerce and other business interests, abetted by an increasingly conservative Supreme Court and Republicans in Congress, with no goal but to make consumer class recoveries impracticable. [via@nytimes]

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USF Immigration and Law Clinic Paralegal Questions Whether Asylum Seekers Are Being Turned Away at Border

USF Immigration and Law Clinic Paralegal Questions Whether Asylum Seekers Are Being Turned Away at Border | USF in the News | Scoop.it

Critics fear the president is undercutting the asylum process

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President Donald Trump’s administration is taking credit for a decrease in the number of border apprehensions during the president’s first full month in office. But lower numbers could indicate that the administration’s increasingly heavy-handed immigration policy is just deterring people who are fleeing violence from seeking asylum in the United States, critics say.

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Immigration experts and legal groups suspect the White House has undercut the asylum process to bring down the numbers of apprehensions for illegal entry.

 

Alex Mensing, a paralegal with the University of San Francisco Immigration and Deportation Defense Law Clinic, has traveled to Tijuana twice in the last four months. While there, he has worked with two dozen migrants who tried to claim asylum in the U.S. In the past, migrants have been allowed to walk into California by crossing the bridge at the San Ysidro port of entry, Mensing said. There, they have the right to ask for asylum under international law. Private security guards and CBP agents more recently have directed migrants toward a Mexican branch of the immigration system called Grupos Beta, where they were told to wait. Such practices appear to be becoming more common, The Washington Post reported in January.

 

“There are people who would have been a number on the statistics of apprehensions at the border who are not because they were turned away by a Customs and Border Protection officer who wasn’t allowed to do that,” Mensing told The Huffington Post. “And there are people who have not become a number because they never tried because Mexican immigration officials ― specifically Grupos Beta ― told them they didn’t qualify for relief.” [via@HuffingtonPost]

 

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ABC7 News 4:00 (KGO-SF): USF Professor James Taylor On What He Expects for Inaugural Address

USF Professor James Taylor expects run-of-the-mill Address and anticipates Trump to employ the strategy of triangulation- which is going between his party's…
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ABC7 News 6:00 (KGO-SF): USF Professor of Politics Keally Mcbride Labels Address as Non-Controversial

USF Professor of Politics Keally Mcbride surprised by how non-controversial Trump's Address was, she claims he treated it like a State of the Union, with vague…
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The Ten O'Clock News on KTVU Fox 2: USF Clergy and School of Law Dean Analyze Potential Impacts of Trump's Accelerating Immigration Crackdown

USF clergy discusses nationwide movement of sanctuary congregations to protect immigrants, USF DACA undocumented student humanizes the deportation problem, and USF…
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USF Professor Vamsee Juluri Expresses Criticism of CNN Documentary's Framing of Obscure Hindu Sect

USF Professor Vamsee Juluri Expresses Criticism of CNN Documentary's Framing of Obscure Hindu Sect | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"With their matted locks, naked ash-caked bodies, and bizarre rituals that purportedly includes cannibalism, the secretive and mystical Aghori mendicants constitute a miniscule fraction of professed Hindus in India, barely even known within the country.

Bumped into prime time by CNN to ostensibly showcase the 'world's most fascinating faith-based groups,' a documentary on the mystical sect that opened the series on Spiritually Curious Believer with host Reza Aslan has aghast many Indian community leaders and Hindu organisations in the US."

 

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"It is unbelievably reckless of CNN to be pushing sensational and grotesque images of bearded brown men and their morbid and deathly religion at a time when the United States is living through a period of unprecedented concern and fear," Vamsee Juluri, a professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco, wrote in a commentary as outrage swept through the Hindu Indian community in US over the documentary."

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USF Hosts Nobel Prize Winning Economist Robert C. Merton to Talk Finance 

USF Hosts Nobel Prize Winning Economist Robert C. Merton to Talk Finance  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"The School of Management’s guest speaker series returned to campus on Thursday, Feb. 23 with economist Robert C. Merton. Merton is a Nobel Prize winning economist who turned the financial world on its head by developing a new method for determining the value of derivatives, using an option pricing model known as the Black-Scholes-Merton model."

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