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Selected Media Coverage: October 22, 2004

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

The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Privatization Won’t Solve Social Security’s Problems

Laura Katz Olson, professor political science at Lehigh University, 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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Wilkes Barre Times Leader (Circulation: 45,032)
Exhibits Calendar

Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall, Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street, University of Scranton will host "The Spirit of Myth: Recent Paintings by Jason Travers," abstract art by the Lehigh University art professor. Jan. 9 to Feb. 25. Reception: Feb. 6, 2 to 4 p.m. with a Gallery Lecture at 1 p.m.
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Posted on Friday, October 22, 2004

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