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September 15, 2014
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Ursinus College president Bobby Fong dies at age 64
INSPIRATIONAL ADMINISTRATOR. For-
mer Butler University president Bobby Fong gives
high-fives after a Butler Bulldog pep rally on the Ather-
ton Union steps at Butler University in Indianapolis, in
this 2011 file photo. The pep rally was held prior to
Butler playing Virginia Commonwealth University in the
NCAA basketball semifinal game in Houston. Fong, the
son of Chinese immigrants who rose to become one
of the few Asian Americans at the helm of a U.S. col-
lege, died last week at the age of 64. (AP Photo/The
Indianapolis Star, Danese Kenon)
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Ursinus
College president Bobby Fong, the son of
Chinese immigrants who rose to become
one of the few Asian Americans at the helm
of a U.S. college, has died. He was 64 years
Ursinus announced his death on its
website, saying it was from natural causes.
His previous employer, Butler University,
said in a statement that Fong died of an
apparent heart attack.
Fong had led Ursinus for the past three
years. The small liberal arts school in the
Philadelphia suburb of Collegeville serves
about 1,700 students.
“He was an inspiring leader in higher
education and had an unflinching commit-
ment to liberal education,” the dean of
Ursinus, Lucien “Terry” Winegar, said in a
statement. “He will be missed, both on our
campus and within higher education
Fong also served for a decade as
president of Butler University in Indiana.
When he took the helm of Butler in 2001,
he was one of only 20 Asian-American
college presidents in the United States.
“During his tenure, he led major
initiatives that strengthened Butler’s
academics, campus infrastructure, and
stewardship,” Butler president James
Honolulu to move homeless
people from tourist hubs
The council was under pressure from the
tourism industry to act, with hotel
representatives saying visitors complain
often about safety and waste.
Alan Naito, general manager of the
Ohana Waikiki East Hotel, said he
regularly sends his employees to clean up
urine and feces in a nearby park where he
recently saw someone drop their pants in
“It’s a very important photo-op area with
the Princess Kaiulani statue,” Naito said
of the heir to the throne of Hawaii’s
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By Cathy Bussewitz
The Associated Press
ONOLULU — The Honolulu City
Council has approved several
measures aimed at moving
homeless people out of tourist hotspots in
Hawaii, including one that bans sitting
and lying down on sidewalks in the
popular Waikiki neighborhood.
A bill prohibiting urinating and defe-
cating in public on the island of Oahu also
passed, but the push to prevent homeless
people from resting on sidewalks
throughout the island failed.
Fong grew up in the Chinatown section
of Oakland, California. He attended
Harvard University on a scholarship and
graduated with a bachelor’s degree in
English in 1973.
Fong became a scholar of author Oscar
Wilde and later taught English at Berea
University in Kentucky. He then held
administrative posts at Hope College in
Michigan and Hamilton College in New
No immediate successor has been
named at Ursinus, according to spokes-
woman Wendy Greenberg.
Fong is survived by his wife of 40 years,
Suzanne Dunham Fong, and two sons. A
public memorial service is scheduled for
September 20 at Ursinus, Greenberg said.
Butler officials are also planning a
remembrance on September 28.
Man who tried to sell
secrets to China sentenced
LOS ANGELES (AP) —
A former Air Force employ-
ee who tried to sell classi-
fied information about a
military satellite network
to China has been sen-
tenced to more than three
years in federal prison.
Brian Scott Orr of
Marina del Rey was sen-
tenced in Los Angeles. He
was also fined $10,000.
Prosecutors say Orr was
TALKING STORY IN
a former civilian employee
Research Laboratory in
New York who worked on a
computer network used to
control military satellites.
He resigned in 2011 but
kept some restricted train-
ing materials. Prosecutors
say he sold the information
last year for $5,000 to a FBI
agent he believed was a
Polo’s “Talking Story”
column will return soon.
My Turn: Sewing and singing
Continued from page 6
degree, his parents moved back to Tonga to
retire. Now he sends money back home to
help them. In fact, Tonga’s economy relies
on financial remittances from family
members — more than 50 percent of the
population — who are located throughout
Because the Tongan community is
spread out in the Pacific Northwest, hold-
ing the sewing circle in Portland is a way
for families to connect. They share news of
weddings and more recently, several
funerals. One of the events I had planned
to attend was cancelled because of a death
in the community.
Although Tongans have a community
support system, many are low-income
earners and face health issues, due in part
to American fast food and what Fusitua
calls “a generally starchy Tongan diet.”
Many Tongans, both in America and in
Tonga, are obese, and one in four develop
diabetes. Moms like sewing-circle leader
Kakala, who works as a Certified Nursing
Assistant while also caring for her elderly
mother, finds it difficult to afford healthier
food for her family.
Japan’s first lady says
husband helps with chores
Continued from page 2
Abe said women tend to work harder
than men in many parts of the world but
are not represented fairly.
“I think a society where women can
advance and shine is a global trend,
otherwise a country cannot be sustained,”
But that doesn’t mean all women should
work like men to be able to “shine,” she
“It’s mostly expensive,” she says. “We try
to have oatmeal in the morning and fruits
at lunch and dinner.” She says they tried to
grow vegetables in the backyard, but they
did not do well because of the shade. What
gives Kakala joy and kinship in her life is
the community harmony she feels from the
sewing circle — making beautiful quilts or
dresses and all the while singing as they
“I think if we still get together (sewing)
for like a couple years, we’ll be able to pass
it from our generation to the next
generation,” Kakala said. “The more we
stay together, we are more happier. We
consider it artistic … and it’s using our
talent. [The quilts] are hard work!”
The sewing circle meets again this fall
and throughout the school year. Readers
who are interested in participating in the
Pacific Islander community arts group
should call (503) 234-1541 or visit <www.
IRCO.org>. Immigrant or refugee artists
are also encouraged to join the “Migra-
tions” project. To learn more, visit <www.
Japan rolls out campaign
to stockpile toilet paper
Continued from page 4
Japan takes disaster preparedness
seriously, especially since the 2011
earthquake and tsunami, which killed
about 19,000 people.
Annually, hundreds of thousands of
people take part in a drill every September
1, the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto
Earthquake, which killed more than
140,000 people in Tokyo.
Editor’s note: National Preparedness Month is held
in the United States during the month of September.
To learn more, visit <www.ready.gov>.
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