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Elon University in the News - May-July 2012

Faculty in the School of Law and the Imagining the Internet Center helped Elon University reach new heights with national and international coverage.


Elon University faculty, staff, students and alumni have been featured often in news media in recent months for their expertise in the law, the Internet, politics, economics and more.

Making an impact was expert analysis by Elon University School of Law faculty - notably Steve Friedland, Catherine Ross Dunham and Mike Rich - on the federal criminal trial in Greensboro, N.C., against former presidential candidate John Edwards. Elon was also in the news for a survey of technology and Internet leaders by Pew Internet/Elon (co-led by Associate Professor Janna Anderson) that asked about future predictions for ways the web will shape our world.

The following list should not be considered exhaustive and does not include most athletics news.

MAY 2012

5/2: The New Yorker: “The Fight Against Amendment One” was a blog dispatch for the magazine’s website that cites Elon University Poll data when discussing a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

5/6: Cincinnati Enquirer: “Are we supposed to judge institutions by price tag?” is a personal column by the paper’s higher education writer on a tour of North Carolina college campuses that included a highly positive visit to Elon.

5/6: Fayetteville Observer: "Public apologies won't end soon" was a guest column by Professor Tom Arcaro on why some U.S. military personnel had been engaging in disreputable behavior in conflict zones throughout the spring. RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: "Losing the culture clash" RELATED from the (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun: "Public apologies won't end soon" (Note: The same column also appeared in the Gaston (N.C.) Gazette and the Shelby (N.C.) Star.)

5/7: MSNBC: “Should Edwards’ former mistress be put on the stand?” was a national broadcast interview with Elon Law Associate Dean Catherine Ross Dunham on the implications of putting Rielle Hunter on the stand to testify against former presidential candidate John Edwards in a federal criminal trial.

5/7: Associated Press (via the Boston Globe): “Moderate NC weighs constitutional gay marriage ban” including information from the Elon University Poll in a national wire story previewing the primary election day decision of whether to prohibit same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

5/9: Fox 8 WGHP: “Elon professor: Marriage amendment could affect perception of NC” quotes Kenn Gaither, associate dean of the School of Communications, on the impact of North Carolina’s voter decision to enshrine a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

5/9: FOX News: “Edwards' wife spent final days tormented by wounded heart, confidant testifies” includes analysis from Elon Law Professor Steven Friedland on the federal criminal case against former presidential candidate John Edwards taking place in Greensboro, N.C. RELATED from FOX News: “Edwards wanted to be Supreme Court justice, former adviser testifies” RELATED from the Associated Press: “Prosecution rests in the John Edwards trial”

5/11: The New York Times: “In North Carolina, Beliefs Clash on Marriage Law” cites Elon University Poll data from March 2012 on the conflicting believes of same-sex marriage in the Tar Heel State.

5/12: Charlotte Observer / (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer: “Whatever the verdict, John Edwards has lost much” recaps the federal trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards and quotes Elon Law professor Steven Friedland on the prosecution’s lack of a “smoking gun.”

5/13: The (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “From dorm room to download: Elon University's student-run Limelight Records makes inroads on the Internet” features the student group Limelight Records and its success to date in signing, promoting and developing musical talent.

5/13: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Electorate shouldn’t tolerate another season of attack ads” was a monthly business leadership column by Professor Emeritus David Noer.

5/16: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Remember the Carolina parakeet?” was a guest column by Associate Professor Jeffrey Coker commemorating Endangered Species Day 2012. RELATED from the Gaston Gazette: “Looking back at species lost”

5/21: Forbes.com: “Gamification: Three Ways To Use Gaming For Recruiting, Training, and Health & Wellness” features results from the latest Pew / Elon University survey of Internet and Technology experts. RELATED from MSNBC: “In the future, you’ll game without knowing it” RELATED from Techjournal: “Gamification will be more embedded in daily life by 2020”

5/28: The Guardian (Greenslade Blog): “Paywalls? Journalism students say ‘we won't pay’” is a blog entry by former Guardian editor Roy Greenslade in which he quotes John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll and an instructor in the School of Communications, on student attitudes toward paying for content online.

5/29: Fayetteville Observer: “Fracking’s choice: Eat poison or starve” is a guest newspaper column by Associate Professor Mat Gendle on the tough choices people face related to natural gas extraction. RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Fracking and the rural dilemma” RELATED from the Gaston Gazette: “Fracking will present tough choices for rural poor” RELATED from the Shelby Star: “Fracking will present tough choices for rural poor”

5/31: ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer: “John Edwards Not Guilty on 1 Count, but Admits Moral Failing; Mistrial on 5 Other Counts” includes an interview with Elon Law Professor Steven Friedland on the criminal case verdict of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

5/31: KPCC 89.3 FM / Off-Ramp: “Even today, American Indian powwows bring tribes together,” a segment on Southern California Public Radio, featured an interview with Professor Clyde Ellis on the history of powwows.

JUNE 2012

6/1: The Guardian: “John Edwards campaign fraud case likely to be abandoned” features analysis by Elon Law Professor Steven Friedland on the unsuccessful prosecution of former U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards in a Greensboro, N.C., federal court.

6/4: The Washington Post: “College student who knows pain of parent’s incarceration gives back to kids” profiles Yasmine Arrington ’15 and a program she founded to assist children with incarcerated parents.

6/7: WFMY News 2: “With Hacking Cases On The Rise, Here’s How To Keep Your Passwords Protected” reports on ways to keep online passwords safe; Elon CIO Chris Fulkerson provides several pieces of advice for viewers.

6/8: FOX News Chicago: “Bob Sirott’s One More Thing about college kids trying to get jobs” spotlights Grace Sweeney ’12 and her video efforts to secure a job in television news. RELATED from Fox 8 WGHP: “Elon grad using popular song to land job” RELATED from NBC-17 (Raleigh, N.C.): “Elon grad sends message in music video: ‘Employ me maybe’”

6/9: The Daily Beast: “Bloomberg Soda Ban Wins Few Fans, But Fat Tax May Fare Better” includes insight from Elon Law Associate Professor Andy Haile on the implications of “sin taxes.”

6/10: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Another way to look at colleges” was a column by Professor Emeritus David Noer in which he mentions Elon as a regional institution that “evolved from somewhat humble beginnings into the university equivalents of the newly rich.”

6/11: (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer: “Elon great Rich McGeorge finally honored” profiled Richard McGeorge ’71, one of the newest additions to the College Football Hall of Fame.

6/11: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Lessons from the Edwards trial” was a recap by Elon Law Professor Steve Friedland of the federal criminal case against former presidential candidate and North Carolina senator John Edwards.

6/10: Miami Herald: “College football and women’s athletics 40 years after Title IX” was a column by Assistant Professor Tony Weaver on advancing the spirit of a gender equity law in collegiate sports. RELATED from the (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard: “It’s time for gender equity in sports to be the norm” RELATED from the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “40 years after Title IX, big bucks could be better spent” RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Beyond Title IX” RELATED from the Gaston Gazette: “Title IX at XL” RELATED from the Shelby Star: “Title IX at XL”

6/17: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “An appeal for making fatherhood a priority” was a column by Professor Emeritus David Noer on the importance of being a good father.

6/19: The Washington Post’s “Class Struggle” blog: “Admissions 101: What are the new gems for summer college visits?” is a list compiled by reporter Jay Mathews on which Elon is No. 1 for frequency of mentions by high school counselors and teachers on “little known” colleges that former students rave about.

6/22: Business Journal of the Triad: “Elon University: Numbers show return on investment” profiles the university’s wellness efforts for faculty and staff.

6/23: Charlotte Observer: “As a Scout mom, I wonder: Is anti-gay rule appropriate?” is a guest column by Professor Rosemary Haskell on a social issue impacting the Boy Scouts. RELATED from the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal: “The BSA and the rule that dare not speak its name” RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Don’t ask, don’t tell redux”

6/26: CNN: “College grads and their families learn to live together” features Lauren Ramsdell ’12 and her decision to move home for a year with her parents after finishing college and before her wedding in 2013.

6/27: Charlotte Observer: “Hold teachers accountable, yes, but all the other players, too” is a guest column by Associate Professor Jean Rattigan-Rohr on the need to examine accountability for all stakeholders in education. RELATED from the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Teachers take the hit, but blame is to be shared” RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Education: Anyone willing to share the blame?” RELATED from the (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun: “Teachers bear brunt of criticism, but reasons for inadequate results are complex”

6/28: News 14 Carolina: “SCOTUS reaction” was a live report featuing Assistant Professor Dion Farganis on the legal and political implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s controversial health care law.

6/29: Los Angeles Times: “Is the ‘home of the future’ ideal passé?” reports on findings from a recent Pew Research Center and Elon University report on the future of “smart” homes. RELATED from the Times-News: “Elon University co-publishes report on future of ‘smart homes’" RELATED from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “Looking for the future smart home” RELATED from the Chicago Tribune: “A slow start for smart homes”

JULY 2012

7/1: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon University admissions office more aggressive in recruiting from West Coast” explains the strategy behind Elon’s new presence in California.

7/6: MSNBC: “Will tech firms cooperate with oppressive regimes? Experts are split” reports on a recent Pew/Elon University survey of technology and Internet experts on the way repressive governments may partner with technology companies. RELATED from National Journal: “Mixed Views on Whether Tech Firms Will Give in to Repressive Governments” RELATED from CNET: “How far will tech firms go to help oppressive governments?” RELATED from PC World: “Pew Survey: Tech Companies Will Have Mixed Record on Dealing with Repressive Regimes”

7/9: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Leadership Lessons from 1776, the Musical” was Professor Emeritus David Noer’s monthly business leadership column for the newspaper.

7/10: WFMY News 2: “Inside the Mind of a Hit-and-Run Suspect” was an on-set live interview with Associate Professor Duane McClearn on why some people flee the scene of accidents.

7/12: WFMY News 2: “Family Funds New Student Performance Facilities At Elon University” is a report on the Scott Family gift to renovate part of the Francis Center to expand rehearsal and performance space for students. RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon starts planning for performance arts expansion”

7/15: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “After glory days and health struggles, Elon legend's path turns toward college football shrine” profiles Richard McGeorge ’71, recently enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. RELATED from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:“McGeorge gets new lease on life” RELATED from WFMY News 2: “Former Elon TE Richard McGeorge Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame”

7/17: WUNC 91.5 FM / The State of Things: “Job Creation and the Economy” was a segment on a live broadcast looking at the state of the economy in North Carolina. Show host Frank Stasio interviewed Professor Tom Tiemann as part of the program.

7/18: (Beaufort, S.C.) Island Packet: “Power of a smile: Beaufort resident volunteers at preschool in India” is a first-person narrative from Tori Spearman ’12 on her experiences volunteering with the Comprehensive Rural Health Project as part of her studies.

7/21: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “Summer companies get a helping hand from eager interns” features Patrick Dudiak ’15 and his internship with the Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pa.

7/21: Associated Press (via Businessweek): “N.C. unemployment steady for third straight month” includes expert analysis on North Carolina’s unemployment rate from Assistant Professor Mark Kurt in the Department of Economics. The article also appeared on the CBS Moneywatch page and on regional television news websites.

7/23: Information Week: “10 Big Predictions About Big Data” reports on a survey by Pew and Elon University on the way data sets will be used in the future. RELATED from Slate.com: “Will Big Data Doom or Save Us?” RELATED from RedOrbit: “Big Data: Big Headache or Big Opportunity?” RELATED from PBS/MediaShift: “Experts Parse Big Data in New Report. The Big Question: Hype or Hope?”

7/24: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon law school recognized for innovation” reports on a recent accolade the law school received from The National Jurist. RELATED from the Business Journal of the Triad: “Elon Law named as one of country’s most innovative”

7/24: Fox 8 WGHP: “Newsmaker: Cornelius Muller” profiles a 1993 Elon alum currently producing a film on the life of an Alamance County high school football player who died in 2011.

7/27: Chronicle of Higher Education: “Experts Predict More Remote Learning, Despite Concerns About Its Effects” reports on the latest survey of technology and Internet experts by Pew and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center. RELATED from Inside Higher Ed: “How much change by 2020?” RELATED from Poynter.org: “Coming explosion in e-learning an opportunity to rethink journalism education” RELATED from Mashable: “What Higher Education Will Look Like in 2020”

7/28: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Under new plan, more high school students can take Elon classes” reports on the Collegiate Start @Elon program. RELATED from Fox 8 WGHP: “Elon University expands courses offered for high school seniors”

7/30: Slate.com: “The Most Important Trade Agreement That We Know Nothing About” is a guest column by Associate Professor David Levine in the Elon University School of Law on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

7/30: Fayetteville Observer: “Exploring the unknown” is a guest column from Professor Pranab Das based on the discovery of the “God Particle.” RELATED from the Winston-Salem Journal: “Physics professor on the endless complexity of the ‘God Particle’” RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Questions about the ‘God particle’” RELATED from the (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun: “I don’t understand Higgs”

7/31: News 14 Carolina: “Democratic National Convention Committee will have first Latino keynote speaker” includes an interview with Assistant Professor Kenneth Fernandez on the political considerations made for inviting the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, to give a keynote address at the September convention.

Eric Townsend,
8/2/2012 9:05 AM