Berkeley in the News

Berkeley in the News is a daily selection of articles and commentaries in the news media that mention UC Berkeley. The views and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policies or positions of the campus.

Monday, 3 August 2020

1. Janet Napolitano: The DHS I Led Wouldn't Have Attacked Americans
The Washington Post (*requires registration)

UC Berkeley professor of public policy Janet Napolitano writes, "Portland, Ore., is not a border and American protesters are not terrorists. Sending in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to police the protests there is an abuse of authority. So is deploying other federal security forces under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when local officials have not requested their help in controlling the demonstrators - some violent, most not - who have assembled in Portland every night for more than two months, ever since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis."
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2. Lack of Aid to States Could Hit Black and Women Workers Hard
Marketplace

Major job cuts in state and local public job sectors would affect Black and women workers acutely. This played out during the Great Recession, when the sectors shed almost 800,000 jobs, disproportionately those of Black and especially Black women workers. Those jobs were also slower to come back than jobs in the private sector. "We never caught up again," said Sylvia Allegretto, co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. "So we have a huge gap." She said the lingering effects of those cuts to jobs and resources in local services like, say, public health departments, are now compounding our health and economic crises.
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3. COVID Tests and Quarantines: Colleges Brace for an Uncertain Fall
The New York Times (*requires registration)

Many colleges around the country plan to welcome back thousands of students into something they hope will resemble normal campus life. The complexities of this are daunting. In a typical big-school plan, the University of California, Berkeley, will test all residential students within 24 hours of their arrival, for free, using either a standard nasal swab or a saliva test being developed by an internationally renowned genomics research lab on campus. Students will subsequently be sequestered for 7 to 10 days, leaving their single dorm rooms only to go (masked) to the bathroom or to pick up a meal from a central location in the building or outside, then retested. If they test positive, they'll be isolated in a special dorm. After that, everyone living on campus will be tested regularly, twice a month, if the spit test proves to be accurate enough. For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News.
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4. The United States Is Reopening Many of the Wrong Schools
The New York Times (*requires registration)

With pandemic rates surging in the United States, the prospect of anything resembling a normal school year is fading fast. Experts on back-to-school priorities agree that it's important to get the youngest children back in the classroom to stop the slide in their learning. Older students, especially those in college, are better equipped to handle the difficulties of online education. Competition for students is preventing many colleges from making choices that benefit the public. Perhaps that's why the University of California schools held out the prospect of in-person classes long after the community colleges. The University of California, Berkeley only announced in late July that it would be operating completely online.
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5. A California Collective Makes the Case for Outdoor Schooling
PBS Newshour

As school districts across the country are trying to determine how or if they can open their doors in the fall, a California coalition has come together - offering districts everything from curriculum to architecture advice to take their classrooms outside. Associate Director for Learning and Teaching at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, Craig Strang is part of a team that helps shape the science curriculum used by an estimated one in four American students. But since March, Strang has been working to convince school districts from California to Maine to take their classrooms outside. For more on this, see our press release at Berkeley News.
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6. Graduating from Berkeley, After Prison: "Coronavirus Disrupted Everything in My Life"
Salon

A profile of Hanima Eugene (her name changed to protect her identity), a graduating college senior at UC Berkeley and a coordinator for the Underground Scholars Initiative, a student organization on the Berkeley campus that focuses on recruitment, retention and advocacy for formerly incarcerated and system-impacted individuals.
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7. International Tribunal Rules It Has Authority in Case of Man Killed by U.S. Border Officials
Los Angeles Times (*requires registration)

U.S. law enforcement's killing of a man at the San Diego-Tijuana border ten years ago will go on trial before an international tribunal, after the organization decided it has authority to hear the case. Officials beat Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and shot him with a Taser, leaving him brain-dead; he died days later. "This case exemplifies what is wrong with law enforcement and our legal system," said Roxanna Altholz, co-director of UC Berkeley's International Human Rights Law Clinic and co-counsel. "Anastasio's death - like so many other killings of Black, Indigenous and Latino men, women and children - was deemed reasonable because our laws sanction atrocious behavior by law enforcement."
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8. 'We Are Being Gaslit': College Football and COVID-19 Are Imperiling Athletes
The Guardian

College football players are pushing back at plans to have a football season in the middle of the pandemic. Former Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter tweeted that there was a movement afoot at every member school of the Pac-12 Conference - led by the University of California, Berkeley – demanding a "50/50 rev share, 6 years insurance upon graduation, better Covid-19 testing & protocols etc" or they are "threatening to sit out the season." Soon after, it was revealed that players across the Pac-12 were planning to deliver demands to the league. That organization, known as Pac-12 Football Unity, planned to boycott all "fall camps and football games" until they receive a "written contract with the Pac-12 that legally ensures [they] are offered "safe play during Covid-19", assurances against "racial injustice," "economic rights & fair compensation," protection for "all sports," and "long-term health insurance." Another story on this topic appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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