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Dying to compete: When risking lives is part of the show
The Washington Post via the Houston Chronicle

Dec. 7, 2022

Guillermo Escalante, an athletic trainer and CSUSB professor of kinesiology, was interviewed for an article about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of bodybuilding. Escalante, the article reports, had tried for years to make bodybuilding safer. He brought his medical bag around to shows and helped dozens of competitors.

For his day job as a professor at California State University, San Bernardino, he researched extreme contest prep measures and discovered cardiovascular abnormalities in the autopsies of bodybuilders who died under age 50. He and his co-authors found that bodybuilders had an average heart weight that was about 74 percent heavier than the typical male.

But he knew that wasn't enough. He still worried about athletes relying on coaches mixing and matching performance-enhancing drugs without realizing the consequences.

"You're basically left with somebody who doesn't understand pharmacology, who doesn't understand how these drugs interact and this is who you're listening to," said Escalante, who still competes in shows. "It's just a recipe for disaster."

Breaking down LA county’s recently released hate crime statistics & rise in antisemitic attacks nationwide
Dec. 8, 2022

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, was a guest on the program Air Talk to discuss Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations  2021 Hate Crime Report, which recorded that hate crimes rose from 641 to 786, the highest since 2002.

Hate crimes in L.A. County reach highest level in nearly two decades
Los Angeles Times
Dec. 7, 2022

A report on hate crime surging in Los Angeles County in 2021 included analysis by Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Levin said he expects the number of hate crimes to continue rising into 2023 with high-profile figures such as Kanye West openly spouting antisemitic remarks online and in interviews. Two months ago, a hate group waved a banner on a 405 Freeway overpass in Los Angeles in support of the rapper’s comments.

“It’s not just the kind of antisemitic attack now that occurs where someone wants to be anonymous in a dark alley,” Levin said. “This is an in-your-face brazen type of antisemitism.”

California's hate crime commission
CapRadio (Sacramento)
Dec. 7, 2022

Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was included in a segment on the work of California’s hate crime commission. Levin is one of the appointed members to the state Commission on the State of Hate. CapRadio's Race and Equity Reporter Sarah Mizes-Tan joined Insight to share more details on the new commission and the resources available for reporting cases.

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