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CSUSB business school to try new master’s degree program
IE Business Daily
March 23, 2020
Later this year, the Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino will begin offering a different kind of master’s degree.
The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which is scheduled to launch in August, is geared more toward starting a business or improving an existing one, said Michael Stull, professor of entrepreneurship.
“The idea for a program like this [at Cal State San Bernardino] has been around for a about four or five years,” said Stull, who is also director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at CSUSB, which is part of the business college. “We’re putting it in not just because other business schools are doing it, but because it’s what more students want.”

CSUSB political science professor Scot Zenter discusses Covid-19 topics on ‘Air Talk’
March 23, 2020
Scot Zentner, professor of political science at Cal State San Bernardino and co-author of “Party and Nation: Immigration and Regime Politics in American History” (The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2020), was one of the guest panelists on KPCC radio’s “Air Talk” program’s weekly political roundtable.
The topic the panel discussed was the government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as its impact on the 2020 elections.
The podcast will be posted at “Week In Politics: Economic Rescue Plan Stalls In Senate, White House COVID-19 Response And More,” after the program, which airs live from 10 a.m.-noon on March 23.

CSUSB professor discusses dangers of political leaders labeling Covid-19 virus with ethnic, racial tags
Newsweek and Capital & Main
March 21, 2020
Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was quoted in an article about
organizations and lawmakers throughout California, as well as nationally, condemning recent rhetoric by President Donald Trump describing the novel coronavirus. They say his words, referring to the Covid-19 virus as the “Chinese virus,” intentionally or not, encourage prejudice and violence against people of Chinese or Asian descent.
Levin said that he's seen a recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City, but not in Seattle, an original hotspot in the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. 'Possibly because the image [of coronavirus] in Seattle is with the elderly, not Asians,' he explained. The first outbreak in the Seattle area happened at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.
But he admits that hate crimes against Asian-Americans in Seattle and elsewhere could be on the rise. 'When people are fearful they are more likely to invoke stereotypes. What comforts fears is a simple explanation with a small number of villains. It feels better to blame a group.'
Levin agrees that rhetoric does matter and that the person with the biggest megaphone can increase, or decrease, xenophobic-motivated acts of hate. 'When Bush spoke out to prevent acts of violence against Muslim-Americans in the wake of 9/11, hate crimes tracked by the FBI declined for a year.'
The World Health Organization advises against using geographic terms with new diseases.
Read the complete article at “A 'Chinese coronavirus'? officials accuse trump of stoking xenophobia and violence against Asian-Americans.”

COVID-19 cancelations included CSUSB Theatre Arts’ ‘Rowing to America: The Immigration Project’
Yuciapa News Mirror
March 21, 2020
An article about the plays, concerts and other performances cancelled by government-ordered shutdowns due to the COVID-19 virus included the cancellation of the final week of performances of a CSUSB Theatre Arts production.
“We canceled our production of ‘Rowing To America: The Immigrant Project,’” said Carol Damgen, a full-time lecturer of theatre arts at Cal State San Bernardino. “We had five shows left, which we felt for the safety of our patrons, students, faculty, and staff it was best to end after our first weekend. Many of our subscribers are over the age of 50. Even though the cast is the average age of 20, many live with grandparents as their primary caregivers. It would be irresponsible to continue the show and put anyone at risk for the sake of the show must go on.
“Additionally, I have been told by Temecula Valley Players that my work as the director of ‘Cinderella’ slated for June is postponed until the fall.”
Read the complete article called “COVID-19, a crushing blow to the Southern California arts community.” on the News Mirror website.

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