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  November 30, 2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        See page 4.




             A&E
                                                         “Black Friday”
                                                                            DREW
                                               LONG LINES AT
                                                     BAY AREA STORES
                                               By Kenneth Montfort                                bargains, which gave the San Leandro-based depart-
                                               Staff Writer                                       ment stores nearly 30 percent more traffic than the
                                                                                                  same day last year.

Ferrell Fiction:                               N    atural catastrophes, driving rain and high
                                                    gasoline prices did not deter the spunky
                                               – even ravenous – shoppers of the Bay Area the
                                                                                                      “Our folks are diehards,” said Bed, Bath and Beyond
                                                                                                  spokesperson Meridyth Andler. “It’s a tradition for them to
                                                                                                  look in the papers on Thanksgiving Day, check the sales,
Ferrell goes serio-comic.                      day after Thanksgiving.                            get up early on Friday and plot out where they’re going to
                                                   Major retailers used big bargains to attract   go. They shop, they go to breakfast and they go back to the
                            See page 6.        large crowds to San Leandro’s Bayfair Mall on      store and shop again. They want to be there early.”
                                               “Black Friday.”                                        Hayward resident Sara Lopez, who was carrying
                                                   “My wife told me to do this at the last        three extra-large bags, sat on a bench outside Bayfair
                                               minute,” said Jewell Marshall, 52, of Oakland,     mall and waited for her daughter to finish shopping.
              News                             sounding slightly annoyed as she loaded boxes
                                               of electronic equipment into her trunk.
                                                                                                      “I’m almost done. I just need to hit up Wal-Mart
                                                                                                  and Target next and then I’ll be okay,” she said. “I
                                                   “When I got here at 8, they told me they       want to check out the shoes sales there.”
                                               only had 10 of them left, and they were gone           It appeared the love of bargains trumped real
                                               by the time I got to the display,” she said.       needs or even good sense. Andler said she overheard
                                               “That’s such a joke; so I couldn’t get the one     one shopper, who was buying 50 percent-off flannel
                                               I wanted and ended up paying more for this         sheets, say to her companion, “I’m not sure what I’m
                                               Compaq laptop.”                                    going to do with these, but I’m going to make good
                                                   Several hundred people lined up outside        use of them.”
                                               each of the three major stores at the mall,
                                               anticipating excellent sales and wonderful                                                   See Shopping, page 5.
Hawaiian Welcome:                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo/ Navipat Chomcherngpat
Food from the 50th State served
with grace.
                            See page 8.
                                          Free Speech Trends on College Campuses Nationwide Metz to Resign,
                                                                                            Hopes University
                                          By Anne Cunningham                                      an open manner. Today, because of the U.S.-led                     “Temple University is just one of many
                                          Staff Writer                                            war in Iraq, many college campuses are experi-                 universities that have enacted an Academic
                                                                                                  encing student protests as well, and free speech               Bill of Rights to protect both students and
  Eritrean Community                      T    he Foundation for Individual Rights in Edu-        is once again becoming an issue.                               faculty,” said Dr. William Alnor, communica-


                                                                                            Will Pursue
                                               cation (FIRE) has reviewed the free speech             Fast forward to spring 2005 at UC Santa                    tion professor and the director of journalism
   Mourns Death of                        conduct codes of 205 college campuses and found
                                          that only 20 do not restrict free speech.
                                                                                                  Cruz when students protested the presence of
                                                                                                  military recruiters at a campus job fair. Violence
                                                                                                                                                                 at CSUEB.
                                                                                                                                                                     Alnor was a student at Temple for over
    CSUEB Student
                                                                                            Faculty Housing
                                              FIRE is a self-described watchdog for free          broke out because the students were not per-                   20 years, while obtaining his doctorate in
                                          speech issues on college campuses.                      mitted to voice their opinions in an open and                  mass media and communications; he also
     A Cal State East Bay student,            “FIRE believes it is essential that our nation’s    forthright manner.                                             taught there for 12 years.
her brother and mother were slain         future leaders be educated as members of a free             Since then, military recruiters no longer visit                “In universities, there is a respected
in their Oakland apartment during         society, learning to debate and to resolve differ-      the campus, although they are allowed to by                    right of academic freedom, and I have never                By Ah Reum Lee
a gruesome shooting on Thanksgiv-         ences peacefully, without resorting to admin-           law. They know they are not welcomed there                     taught in a university where there were ap-                Staff Writer
ing.                                      istrative coercion,” said a FIRE spokesperson.          by the students, and focus their efforts on other              proved reading lists or restrictions on guest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            D
     Winta Mehari, 28, her brother                                                                                                                                                                                                espite his long-time friendship with Cal
Yonas Mehari, 17 and her mother,          “Unfortunately, too many colleges and universities      venues.                                                        speakers.”
                                          have attempted to outlaw speech and expression              Led by writer David Horowitz – formerly an                     That could all change if the College Ac-                     State East Bay President Mo Qayoumi,
Regbe Bahrenegasi, 50, were alleg-
edly killed by Mehari's two broth-        that do not conform to various ‘politically correct’    energetic liberal activist – some conservatives                cess and Opportunity Act – which passed                    Richard Metz, vice president of administra-
ers-in-law.                               campus orthodoxies. Through this project, FIRE          are pushing for the adoption of an “Academic                   the House in March and is currently under                  tion and business affairs for CSUEB, has
     The accused, Tewodros and            defends and enhances freedom of expression at           Bill of Rights” (ABOR) at academic institutions                consideration by the Senate – is adopted.                  decided to leave the university.
Asmeron Gebreselassie, were the           America’s institutions of higher education.”            across the nation. The bill takes the form of legis-           The aim of this act is to deny federal fund-                    “Dr. Qayoumi and I have been friends
brothers of Mehari's late husband,            Many campuses include a free speech area, but                                                                                                                                 for seven years since (we were in) col-
                                                                                                  lative proposals claiming to protect the academic              ing to institutions not in compliance with
who died under unknown circum-                                                                                                                                                                                              lege,” Metz said. “It became apparent to
stances in March.                         free speech is still not readily available campus-      freedom of college students from ideological                   ABOR’s limitations on free speech on col-
                                          wide at most colleges.                                  indoctrination by professors.                                  lege campuses.                                             me our friendship was getting in the way.
   Police said witnesses told them
Tewodros called Asmeron to confirm               “This has always been a significant problem          Horowitz founded “Students for Academic                        The legislation is opposed by the Ameri-               I went to Dr. Qayoumi, talked about the
that the Meharis and Bahrenegasi          in the US, and particularly so since the beginning      Freedom,” now with representation on more                      can Association of University Professors,                  circumstances and agreed between two
were in the apartment. Minutes            of the Cold War back in the early 1950s,” said Dr.      than 130 campuses, to rally support for ABOR,                  which represents more than 45,000 faculty                  of us that it would be better for both of us
later, Asmeron opened the door and        Robert Terrell, Cal State East Bay professor of com-    which provides guidelines regarding what can                   members on 500 campuses nationwide. In a                   and the university if I resigned and looked
immediately began firing.                 munication. “This period includes the McCarthy          and cannot be openly discussed in university                                                                              for applying somewhere else.”
                                                                                                                                                                 statement issued last December, the group
    Mehari's two-year-old son was                                                                                                                                                                                                Metz decided to resign in July due to a
                                          Era, when loyalty oaths were commonly required          classrooms. The bill includes a ban on “political”             said the measures being considered seek
not injured; witnesses said as soon                                                                                                                                                                                         disagreement with Qayoumi on different
as the shooting began, Tewodros           of professors and students. Many professors were        or “anti-religious speech” from classrooms, and                to “impose administrative and legislative
grabbed the little boy and took           fired because they refused to sign such oaths,          the spirit of the bill is intended to curtail stu-             oversight on the professional judgment of                  types of management decisions.
him to the second-floor apartment         including a host of them at UC Berkeley.”               dents’ discussion of topics deemed “politically                the faculty.”                                                   “We have different approaches to man-
he shares with his brother in the             The intellectual independence so prized by          controversial” and liable to “offend” a sensitive                  Supporters of the bill argue professors                agement,” Metz said. “So, I offered to leave
same building.                            American academics simply did not extend to the         classmate.                                                     offering new ideas might offend or “indoc-                 and Dr. Qayoumi accepted... There is an-
    Both brothers were arraigned          United States government.                                   Princeton University passed a modified ver-                                                                           other point, too. Every president deserves
                                                                                                                                                                 trinate” students. They claim the bill will
Wednesday and have been charged                                                                                                                                                                                             the right to build his (or) her own staff.”
                                              Students at Kent State, who protested the           sion of the ABOR in April, and Temple University               protect students whose political views dif-
with three counts of murder and                                                                                                                                                                                                  Metz said he enjoyed the past 12 years
one count of kidnapping.                  American invasion of Cambodia in 1970, were fired       in Philadelphia became the first institution to                fer from those of their professors.
                                          upon by the National Guard, who killed four and         officially adopt the policy in July.                               “Yes, I am for an academic bill of rights              at CSUEB, which is longer than he had
    Winta, Yonas and Bahrenegasi
were all immigrants from Eritrea,         wounded nine.                                                An important aspect of the bill is that it can            because it protects both the students and                  worked anywhere else in his career. He is
a small, East African nation. Winta           Hundreds, possibly thousands of people,             be customized to reflect the spirit of each uni-               faculty,” said Alnor. “I have been teaching                enthusiastically searching for another job
had been in the US since 1999, and        mostly students, were killed in the massacre at         versity, either with or without the involvement                at the university level now for 17 years, and              as he plans to continue to work in higher
her mother and brother joined her         Tiananmen Square because they peacefully sought         of students. This allows for great latitude and                I have seen professors punish students in                  education.
in 2001.                                  democratic reform.                                                                                                                                                                     “I will try to find a new job before I
                                                                                                  the bill could possibly be composed stating no                 grades and even ridicule them if they were
                                              The violence may have been avoided if students      restrictions on speech, except those allowed by                too ‘conservative’ or if they did not buy into             leave, but I may not (be able to find one),”
                                          had been able to voice their opinions and speak in      the First Amendment.                                           what the professor was saying.”                            Metz said. Metz said it is time for him and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            his wife to leave California, which is an-


                                          ‘ICE’ Showcases Final Projects for CSUEB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            other reason for his resignation.
    The African Students                                                                                                                                                                                                         “We have been able to take advantage
  Association (AFSA)                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the real estate growth, and I personally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            think the real estate bubble is going to pop
  will present “A Nite In                 By Anne Cunningham                                                                                                                                                                in California,” Metz said. “I would like to
                                          Staff Writer                                                                                                                                                                      sell my house and buy a new one most
  Africa” tonight at 7 in                                                                                                       Photo/ Tontrakul Krijpipudh                                                                 likely outside of California.”
  the University Union,                   ‘W        inter Wonderland – A Dance Concert’ will
                                                    showcase the final projects of Cal State
                                          East Bay dance majors on Dec. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Looking back on his time at CSUEB,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Metz said the best decisions he has ever
  room 311. The AFSA is                   in the Dance Studio, PE 140.                                                                                                                                                      made are the last three construction proj-
                                              Produced by Nina Haft, the event will include                                                                                                                                 ects: the expansion of Pioneer Heights,
  committed to serving                    dancers of all levels performing a wide array of                                                                                                                                  the new University Union (which has been
  the African students                    dance styles, including jazz, modern, hip hop, West                                                                                                                               delayed), and the Wayne and Gladys Valley
                                          African, praise dance, spoken word and physical                                                                                                                                   Business and Technology Center.
  on campus and enlight-                  theater performances. Audiences will be treated                                                                                                                                        “A lot of work had to be done by me and
                                          to original music and sound design composed by                                                                                                                                    my officers,” Metz said. “I am very proud
  ening the local com-                    CSUEB student Keith Penney.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            of it and I think that has been very good for
                                              The evenings are a culmination of several de-
  munity about events                     buts, including the new CSUEB Dance Ensemble,                                                                                                                                     the university. I think having this residence
                                          the Mixed Ability Dance Class, and excerpts from                                                                                                                                  hall, when the new president comes in, is
  affecting the African                   three senior projects and one junior project in                                                                                                                                   good for him and for university at the same
                                          dance.                                                                                                                                                                            time. I am very proud of that activity. That
  Continent.                                  “These pieces are works-in-progress that will                                                                                                                                 is one of the things that I accomplished and
                                          be developed over the year for presentation both                                                                                                                                  am very proud of.”
                                          on-campus and off-campus in lo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Metz said he hopes the university will
Inside This Issue:                        cal touring opportunities,” said
                                          Haft. “It is a wonderful event,                                                                                                                                                   aggressively pursue a faculty housing
                                          family-friendly and a real cel-                                                                                                                                                   program that will feature a townhouse-
• News ..............2,3,5,8,10           ebration of our students’ hard
                                          work and creativity in dance,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            styled complex.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “I wish I would have been able to es-
                                          she said.                                                                                                                                                                         tablish more faculty (housing),” Metz said.
• Editorial ......................4           Each piece springs from                                                                                                                                                       “We do not have any right now . . .There
                                          the individual choreographer’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            is just too much going on with too many
                                          theme, which drives at the heart
• Movies .........................6       of each production.                                                                                                                                                               other concerns.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Faculty housing would help increase
                                              Denise Hampel, an
                                          international student                                                                                                                                                             the enrollment target, which would make
• A & E ........................6,7       from Germany and a ju-                                                                                                                                                            CSUEB a destination university while re-
                                          nior majoring in dance                                                                                                                                                            ducing inconveniences for the faculty.
                                          hopes that the piece                                                                                                                                                                   School officials have begun to work
• Classified Ads ............9            she choreographed
                                                                                                    Ice women cometh: Top row (left to right): Cherisse Harden, Tola Aflayan, Kristen McGarry. Middle: Grace Alvarez,       with the Hayward Unified School District
                                          will raise questions
                                                                                                    Mariane Mercado, Denise Hampel. Bottom: Kehinde Kujichagulia-Seitu, Katrina Deans.                                      to develop housing that will be suitable for
• Sports ...........................9                    See ICE, page 7.                                                                                                                          Photo/ Courtesy                                     See Resign, page 5.

								
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