Affirmative action still a sensitive issue
A recent national survey commissioned by the Employment Law Alliance shows that most Americans believe that giving women and minorities preferences in hiring has been good for the nation, but they are divided over whether affirmative action in the workplace should continue. From a poll of 1,000 adults, the survey revealed that 63 percent felt that preferences for women and minorities have been good for society, 42 percent felt that affirmative action is still necessary to achieve diversity in the workplace, 42 percent opposed continuing preferences in the workplace, and 16 percent were undecided or refused to express an opinion.
Siblings of sickle cell sufferers suffer more strokes
A study at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., found that healthy siblings of African-American children with sickle-cell disease are more likely to have abnormal, misshapen arteries in the brain, which may lead to an elevated risk of stroke in adulthood. Scientists believe that this finding may explain why African-American men between 33 and 44 years of age are three to four times more likely to suffer a stroke than American white men of the same age. They hope that this finding will give them an opportunity to monitor those at risk and provide early intervention. The study was published in the July issue of Radiology.
National University First in California in Granting Master's Degrees to African-Americans
California's National University awarded more master's degrees to African-Americans than any other college or university in the state or along the entire West Coast during the 2001-2002 school year, according to the July 3, 2003, edition of Black Issues in Higher Education. Black Issues in Higher Education publishes annual rankings of the top 100 colleges and universities providing graduate degrees to minority students. In total, National University conferred 219 master's degrees on African-Americans last year, representing an 11 percent increase over the previous year. That places National University among the top 25 U.S. colleges and universities serving African-American graduate students. "Ironically, National University has no affirmative action policies in place. We have traditionally catered to working adult students. Consequently, our student body more closely reflects the diversity of the state population," said National University Vice President Thomas MacCalla, Ed.D.
Lincoln Mercury adds Magic to roster
Basketball legend Ervin "Magic" Johnson added another business relationship to his ever-expanding portfolio�a multiyear endorsement deal with Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln Mercury division. "Magic is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world," said Bob Williams, CEO of Burns Sports and Celebrities Inc., a company in Evanston, Ill., that matches advertisers with athletes. Ford hopes that Johnson's appeal will help the company attract mature drivers and baby boomers who might remember him from his show time days with the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson retired from basketball in 1991 after he was diagnosed with HIV. He helped his team win five championships during his 13 years in the NBA. Since his retirement, Johnson has been involved in building movie theaters, shopping malls, restaurants and health clubs in inner-city neighborhoods.