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It’s 10 a.m. on a Monday morning in the Social Science Building at Fresno State. Normally, students would be settled in for Professor Lars Maischak’s American History 11 class. But, events of the past week have made this lecture anything but normal.

Maischak is the professor who made controversial tweets about President Trump in February. The story came to light recently in a Breitbart News story. Among the most talked about:

To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better. #TheResistance #DeathToFascism

A sign posted on the front of the building and in the classroom notified students that classes for today and tomorrow were cancelled. It followed upon an e-mail the university sent to students last week. That didn’t stop at least two students who anticipated attended class, walking away disappointed.

Valencia Espinoza was unaware of the controversy of the last week. She says that Maischak only briefly discussed Trump in his class. “He’s really into his history,” she added.

A student who gave her name as Emeralda was disappointed her class was not taking place. “It may not be a good thing for a professor to be saying. I’m paying for my classes,” she told GV Wire. “I think those political views need to be set aside.” She agreed with Espinoza that Maischak only discussed Trump briefly.

Although Jason Hunter did not take classes from Maischak, he is still disappointed. “Hearing about it made me feel embarrassed to be a student, especially since I’m a History major too. From a teaching standpoint, you got to know your audience and know what to do and what not to do. It was really reckless on his part.”

A decision on what will happen to Maischak’s classes for the remainder of the week is expected from university administrators shortly.

 

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Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email