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Selected Media Coverage: November 11, 2003

**Lehigh in the News** {online press clippings from other news sources}

Robert Thorton's Book Gains Significant Media Attention

Letters of recommendation are becoming increasingly unreliable as a means of evaluating candidates under consideration for employment. Robert Thornton, professor of economics at Lehigh, designed the Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (LIAR) (Sourcebooks), to provide a way for letter writers to convey unfavorable information in a way that the candidate cannot perceive it or prove it as such. For example, to describe an ex-employee who had difficulty getting along with fellow workers, Thornton suggests saying, "I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine." His humorous approach has caught the attention of several prominent media outlets including:
KHMX Houston TX
KPRI San Diego CA
KPAM Portland OR
WHAS Louisville KY
WXLP Davenport IA
WPCC Clinton SC
WTSR Hamilton NJ
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
The Express Times (Circulation: 48,223)
In Northampton, 34 Become U.S. Citizens

Rev. Lloyd Steffen, professor and chaplain at Lehigh, spoke at a naturalization ceremony at the Northampton County Courthouse yesterday to welcome 34 people representing 20 countries as American citizens. Steffen told the new citizens to hold the date of their citizenship in as high a regard as family birthdays and wedding anniversaries.
"It's that important," he said.
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Veterans of D-Day Awarded

During a ceremony to honor local veterans, Lt. Col. William Kuchinski, a professor of military science at Lehigh, presented a Jubilee of Liberty medal to Robert L. MacHose, 79, of Zionsville. MacHose stood at attention as the medal was pinned on his chest by Kuchinski.
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The Express Times (Circulation: 48,223)
Specter Hits Toomey's Stance on Abortion

Frank Colon, professor of political science at Lehigh, was quoted in an article on U.S. Senator Arlen Spector's questioning of U.S. Representative Pat Toomey's credentials as an anti-abortion advocate. Colon said Specter's camp is wrong to attack Toomey's abortion stance. "I think he (Toomey) is viewed as a pro-life candidate," Colon said. "It's pretty clear what he is now, and I think he wants to make sure he's different than Specter."
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The Express Times (Circulation: 48,223)
Veterans Saddened by Military Interest

Ted Zagraniski, Army ROTC cadet in the Department of Military Science and Leadership based at Lehigh, was quoted in a Veterans' Day story on students who see the need to serve their country. "Military service members are not afraid to serve their country, not afraid to do whatever we have to do to make sure everyone else in this country is safe," he said. "That's why we wear these funny-looking green suits."
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**Alumni in the News


Lehigh alumnus David Parke, who graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in finance, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Petroleum Development Corporation to fill the position vacated by Dale G. Rettinger, who passed away unexpectedly in October.
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Lehigh alumnus Eric Lundberg, who graduated with a BS in accounting in 1980, was named as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of America Lawyer Media. The position is effective January 1, 2004.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2003

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