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Selected Media Coverage: October 25, 2004

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

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Saturday Circulation: 324,058)
The Morning Call (Circulation: 50,522)
Conference to Focus on Buddhism

Kenneth Kraft, professor of religious studies at Lehigh and author of books and papers on Zen Buddhism and social action, presented “What is the Sound of the Liberty Bell? Reflections on Buddhism and Democracy,” yesterday as part of The Won Institute of Graduate Studies’ conference titled, “Buddhism in the Delaware Valley.” Relating the Buddhist notion of liberation to the idea of liberty, Kraft explored the religion's emphasis on self-understanding and its application to modern problems.
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The Morning Call (Sunday Circulation: 167,191)
Vocal Visionary

Steven Sametz and his Choral Union were the focus of a front page spread in the Sunday local section. Sametz takes all comers into his Lehigh Choral Union, no matter how inexperienced or seemingly tone-deaf the individual singer or how difficult or unusual the work to be performed. Nadine Sine, head of Lehigh's music department and a member of the Choral Union, says Steven Sametz has “helped raise the stature of Lehigh's music department and brought it to the attention of the larger academic community.” Paul Salerni, himself a highly respected composer and conductor as well as a professor of music at Lehigh, points out that he and Sametz “arrived on Lehigh's doorstep” the same day a quarter of a century ago. Sametz succeeded Robert Cutler, who was director of choral activities for 25 years. “I have nothing but utter respect for Steven,” says Salerni. “He has a unique perspective on music, and I always run my own compositions by him before they're performed, for he's the best score doctor available. I could trust no one more than Steven regarding choral work.”
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Privatization Won’t Solve Social Security’s Problems

Laura Katz Olson, professor of political science at Lehigh, wrote an op-Ed on social security. “Beginning in the 1980s, in order to undermine an extraordinarily popular system, some politicians, aided by the mass media, sought to create a crisis mentality over Social Security through statistics and numbers,” she wrote. “This stirred up intra-generational and inter-generational warfare. There were articles depicting unfairness (a decreasing rate of return for beneficiaries over the decades); maligning the aged as wealthy and ‘greedy’ (taking needed money away from kids); and constant reminders that the program is going broke (the baby boomers are coming). The underlying message has been: We must solve these problems by privatizing the program.”
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Students at Lehigh Shop With Ease

Lehigh’s GoldPlus program was praised in an article in the local section. “In the 18 months since the GoldPlus program migrated off-campus, nearly 50 businesses have signed up, allowing students to purchase everything from coffee to tanning sessions with the simple swipe of their ID card,” the article said. “Lehigh appears to be alone among local universities in its experiment with the GoldPlus card, but maybe not for long. Spokesmen for DeSales University and Moravian and Muhlenberg colleges said they are thinking about similar programs. The GoldPlus card works just like a debit card. Students — or parents in most cases — deposit money into an account and card carriers spend it as they please. The program, which is part of Lehigh President Gregory Farrington's broader plan to draw more students into the city, continues to sign about two merchants a month.”
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The Express Times (Circulation: 50,522)
Reactions Vary on Warning Rules for Pills

George DuPaul, professor and program coordinator of school psychology at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about the Food and Drug Administration’s order that all anti depressants carry a warning that the medications increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior among children. “The physician needs to be aware of it up front if you're dealing with a child you may face imminent risk of suicidal thoughts,” he said. “Of course, careful monitoring is going to be necessary.” DuPaul prepares graduate students training to be school psychologists to help families make good decisions about treatment. As they enter the work force, they are likely to encounter more school-age students on prescription drugs. The use of psychotropic medication among preschoolers and adolescents is on the rise, DuPaul said.
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The Express Times (Sunday Circulation: 49,302)
Lehigh University Enlists Alumni in Fund-Raising Campaign

Lehigh University is reaching out to its alumni in hopes of raising $500 million. The university announced in a news release that it is launching a capital campaign called “Shine Forever: The Campaign for Lehigh.” The campaign actually began in September 2001 and has already raised $198 million, according to Bonnie Devlin, the university's vice president of advancement. That money came during a three-year “quiet period” that is typical of university capital drives, she said. The title “Shine Forever” is partly a play on words from the song “Lehigh Will Shine Tonight,” one of the schools quasi-official fight songs, Devlin said. “We wanted something that would be meaningful to people affiliated with Lehigh,” Devlin said. Lehigh President Gregory Farrington said the endowment will be focused on “smart people.” “This campaign will make an enormous difference to the future of Lehigh,” Farrington said in a prepared statement. “Lehigh does not exist in isolation. Our competition comes in only three forms: tough, tougher, and toughest. We must succeed brilliantly. And we will.”
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The Express Times (Sunday Circulation: 49,302)
Nation’s Economic Woes Rarely the President’s Fault

Thomas Hyclak, professor of economics at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about how a president can’t be solely responsible for the country’s economic health. He said the recession was not as bad as perceived. The country's economy in the 1990s was unique in that inflation did not follow prosperity, he explained. This led to “unsustainable” levels of spending. Because hiring people is a form of corporate spending, the days couldn't possibly last in which storefront managers put signs in their windows that, in Hyclak's words, “suggested that you'd just walk in and you'll get a job.”
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The Express Times (Saturday Circulation: 45,199)
Turkeys and Trophies

TROPHY To Director Paul Chou and the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra for organizing a drive in which people can donate their used, damaged or unwanted musical instruments to orphans in Brazil. Chou started the drive after performing in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, where a music school was formed for neighborhood children. Some of the children can't practice everyday because five or six children are sharing the same instruments.
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Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004

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