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Enrollment, Obamacare, video games top news

Stetson made news this week for topics as varied as violence and video games, college enrollment, self-publishing, and Obamacare. Notable national and local news coverage included: CNN, Huffington Post, CHED Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach News-Journal, West Volusia Beacon, and Yahoo! News. Top stories for Sept. 20-26 include:

  • Christopher J. Ferguson, associate professor and chair of psychology, provided his perspective on the link between video games and mass shootings in an op-ed featured in CNN.  Mentions and links to the op-ed appear in The Escapist, and Game Politics. Ferguson also appeared on the CHED Morning News radio show to speak about his research and perspective regarding video games and violence.
  • Lou Virelli, professor of law, was interviewed about the proposed California law against paparazzi taking photos of celebrity children, according to The Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo! News and other media outlets
  • Stetson President Wendy Libby’s blog post about college enrollment is featured in the Huffington Post.  Greg McCann, professor and director of the Family Enterprise Center, also had a blog post on character in business published on Huffington Post.
  • Alan Green, professor of economics, provides his perspective on the Affordable Care Act in an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times.

Other Stories in the News

  • Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, dean of the College of Law, and alumna Judge Pamela Campbell spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about the new Constitution Hall for middle school students at the Stavros Institute in Largo for the Sept. 19 story, “‘Constitution Hall’ aims to teach students about government.”
  • Mark Powell, assistant professor of English, is quoted in Hometown News on self-publishing.
  • A cutting-edge classroom/learning environment called SCALE-UP has been implemented at Stetson with the help of Alicia Schultheis, professor of biology, according to West Volusia Beacon.
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, wrote an opinion article for the Sept. 20 Slate, “Conflict minerals from the Congo: Is your cellphone made with them?” The article is quoted in the Thinking Africa Resource Centre. Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Sept. 21 Boston.com article, “The meaning of a five dollar dress.”  Torres-Spelliscy’s article, “Justices Should Think of Quarter Pounders in Latest Money in Politics Case,” ran in the Sept. 25 Bill Moyers’ blog, What Matters Today.
  • Ellen Podgor, professor of law, is quoted in the Sept. 23  Main Justice article, “U.S. Attorney Spars with Professor Over Recidivism for White v. Blue-Collar Defendants.”
  • Royal Gardner, professor of law, is quoted in the Sept. 24 Florida Trend article, “A 20-year legal battle over a water management district’s condition for development is over –sort of.”
  • John Sheehy, career development coordinator and advisor, helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through a ride relay, according to the Daytona News Beach Journal.
  • Julia Schmitt, associate professor of theater arts and play director, is quoted about a children’s play titled “The Day They Stole All the Colors,” performed by Stetson’s Theater Arts Program, in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Stephen Robinson, professor of music, celebrated his 30 anniversary at Stetson with a concert, playing with colleague Boyd Jones, according to Hometown News.
  • Wendy Libby, Stetson president, Roger Hughes, head football coach, and former Stetson football alumni were quoted about the return of football to Stetson, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Richard Copeland, professor of business, plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa with his daughter, according to Orlando Sentinel and West Volusia Beacon.
  • The Bar Professors’ Blog ran news of Stetson’s July bar passage rate ranking number one in the state.
  • James Fox, professor of law, spoke with WFSU Radio for the Sept. 19 story, “ACLU Says Taking Drivers Licenses from Poor Criminals is Discrimination.” The interview also aired on WJCT.
  • The Sept. 22 Ocala Star-Banner features an interview with Judith Scully, professor of law, for the article, “Diversity on the bench.”
  • Dr. Jay Wolfson, law adjunct and University of South Florida distinguished service professor of public health and medicine, appeared as a healthcare expert on the Sept. 23 10 News.

Alumni in the News

  • Bonnie Foreman and Jim Martin are mentioned in the Tampa Bay Times for collaborating with the Stavros Institute to create an interactive display on the workings of government called Constitution Hall.
  • Multiple media outlets, including the Sept. 21 CBS Miami, ran news of former Congressman Clay Shaw’s death.
  • Tibby Delujio seeks third term in the District 5 Sandy Springs City Council for the Nov. 5 nonpartisan election, according to Neighbor Newspapers.
  • Sarah Sams is now a sales agent for the Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Reality, according to The Tribune and Nassau Guardian.
  • Russell Schropp was awarded Volunteer of the Year by Florida EDC, according to Watchlist News.