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Samford in the News – Jan 19-31, 2014

Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-02-03

A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list. 

Alumnus Houston Brown Featured at Birmingham Unity Breakfast

Birmingham judge Houston Brown was keynote speaker at Birmingham's recent Martin Luther King Day Unity Breakfast. "All of the obstacles Americans involuntarily imposed on its black citizens contributed to my understanding of liberty and justice, and was inconsistent with that of the founding fathers of this country," he said in a story distributed by al.com and reported by other local and regional media outlets. Brown was the first black graduate from Samford's Cumberland School of Law.

Nabers Appointment Applauded in Montgomery

The appointment of Drayton Nabers as director of the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership drew a "rave" from the Montgomery Advertiser in its Jan. 20 edition. "His reputation for personal and intellectual integrity is a real asset for the center," the item noted.

Stokes' Research on Divorce Rates Cited in National Media

Research by sociology faculty member Charles Stokes was quoted extensively in a recent Washington Post story about divorce rates among conservative Christians. "The pattern that pops out in this data is that when you look at those who attend church weekly, their divorce rates are the same as other high-attending Christians," Stokes said. "Nominal Christians are probably getting the community norms but aren't in a social structure to live the norms out." The research also was cited in several other media outlets, including The New York Times.

Carroll Speaks on Proposed Alabama Legislation Against the ACA

In a story widely distributed by al.com, Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll spoke about legislation proposed in Alabama to declare the Affordable Care Act void in the state. Any legislation that forbids a state official from complying with a federal law won't get anywhere from the outset," Carroll said. "There's something called the Supremacy Clause, which means federal law is the supreme law of the land until a court says the law does not need to be enforced."

Carden Addresses Sears Downsizing on NPR's Marketplace

In a story distributed by National Public Radio, economics faculty member Art Carden addressed the historic ramifications of Sears' announcement that they are closing their flagship store in Chicago and making other corporate marketing changes. "The Sears catalog was a bit of a godsend for rural consumers," Carden said. "The Sears catalog was good for even urban consumers because they didn't have to shop at the even pricier department stores."

M.B.A. Graduate's Exotic Cars Idea Garners Media Attention

A venture started by 2011 M.B.A. graduate Jonathan Bowman of Nashville drew the interest of The Tennessean and a story that has been distributed by other media outlets. Bowman and two friends recently started a company that rents exotic cars. 'What can we do to make some money and have some fun here in Nashville?'," Bowman recalled in one interview. "... 'Hey, let's do an exotic car rental company.' I threw it out as a joke."

Carden Explores Bitcoin Phenomenon in Op-Ed

Art Carden writes that the cryptocurrency phenomenon Bitcoin is creating questions and competition in a column distributed by depositaccounts.com. "Bitcoin is a lot of things. It's a sensation among critics of the Federal Reserve and government control of the money supply more generally. It might provide the effective check on governments' ability to play fast and loose with their currencies that Peter Theil set out to create when he started PayPal," Carden said.

Snow Stories Attract National Media

In a story distributed nationally by Associated Baptist Press and picked up by several media outlets, Samford University's response to the unexpected snowfall received top billing. "Under the circumstances, I think we can be proud of the way the campus has responded," said Harry B. Brock III, the Samford vice president who convenes the emergency response team. And, a photo of students sliding down the hills in Seibert Stadium was distributed widely by al.com.

 

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