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Selected Media Coverage: April 13, 2004

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

Los Angeles Times (Circulation: 1,014,044)
Why It’s Easy to Scam Good Guys

Michael J. Gill, an assistant professor of social psychology at Lehigh, was interviewed for a story on scam artists. “Most scam artists will not look like middle-class or upper-middle-class professionals,” Gill said. "If someone seems nice and they're in need, we feel we should reciprocate. A lot of times we act according to a fairly unconscious, automatic script, and scam artists take advantage of that. Until you've been taken in by it, you can't understand the power of it.”
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Los Angeles Times (Circulation: 1,014,044)
Iraqi Kurds May Want to Go Their Own Way

Rajan Menon, professor of international relations at Lehigh, wrote an opinion piece stating that risking independence would be less perilous for the Iraqi Kurds than the mayhem of civil war. “The key to Iraq's future is not its rebellious Sunni center or its increasingly turbulent Shiite south; it's the relatively stable Kurdish north, the area where American policy has been most successful,” he wrote.
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The Washington Post (Sunday Circulation: 1,049,322)
Series of U.S. Fumbles Blamed for Turmoil in Postwar Iraq

Henri Barkey, chair of the international relations department at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about the array of challenges the United States now faces in Iraq. These challenges seem to have emerged almost overnight but are actually the accumulation of mistakes, miscalculations and missed opportunities since Saddam Hussein's government collapsed a year ago. “We kept thinking we could win against Sistani. We should have bit the bullet and held elections, but instead we dillied and dallied for such a long time thinking he would relent. We completely misunderstood,” said Barkey.
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Seattle Post Intelligencer (Circulation: 478,612)
Real Glut Buster: Web Site Helps Sift News

Web search expert Brian Davison, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about news sites. “It's a fun time right now in the search-engine market,” he said “You’ve got multiple big entities involved and trying to compete.” Most of the smaller companies have little chance to take substantial market share from the bigger players, but through their unique technologies and features, they may be able to influence the direction of the larger companies and the broader market, he said.
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Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) (Circulation: 282,538)
What Students Should Do When Their Top College Says “No”

Lehigh University was mentioned in an article about what students do after their top college choice turns them down. Rob Stearns, who has studied loss, defeat and recovery, and has experienced some in his personal and professional life, urges students and their parents to consider: “What is the win, and what is the loss? What is it you were really applying for? I don't believe there is a statistical correlation between happiness and productivity and whether you go to Harvard, Yale or Lehigh.”
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The Morning Call (Sunday Circulation: 167,191)
Sacred Spaces

Norman Girardot, professor of religion studies at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about personal altars and shrines. Girardot, a specialist in comparative religion, Shamanism and outsider art, said, “There is a deep-seated human need to create order out of a chaotic universe, to gain control, to communicate with the divine. This need is at the heart of artistic expression and the aesthetic impulse.”
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The Morning Call (Sunday Circulation: 167,191)
Beauty and the Beach

Ricardo Viera, Lehigh University curator, was quoted in an article about art in the Miami Beach area. “Miami is not just Cuban,” says Viera, who has been involved with the Miami art scene for 30 years. “Miami is the door, the entrance to Latin America. It is an alternative to New York and Chicago.”
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
At Lehigh U., Ex-Mexican Leader Defends World Trade
“Globalization of trade is a good force in the world,” former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo told an audience of 250 people at Lehigh University on Thursday evening in Zoellner Arts Center. “Overwhelming evidence exists for the good of globalization. It reduces poverty, lowers prices for consumers, raises average wages, and minimizes the chance for conflict between countries.” He was brought to Lehigh's campus for the 18th annual Cohen International Relations Lecture.
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The Express Times (Sunday Circulation: 49,302)
Young Activists Hope Their Presence Makes a Difference in Races of ‘04

Since Bush took office, Matt Salner, the 22-year-old former president of Lehigh University's College Democrats, has become keenly aware of how politics impact his life. On April 25, he'll travel to Washington, D.C., for the March for Women's Lives, not only to support reproductive freedoms, but also to highlight citizens' rights to health care, civil liberties and higher education. “That whole 2000 election made me more aware and interested in the process,” said Salner.
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**News of Interest

The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
South Bethlehem: Renaissance on the Horizon

In a letter to the editor, Lehigh was mentioned as being part of a coalition of concerned citizens who have been actively involved in preparing a proposal for ISG to help plan the future of this vital part of the city’s future.
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
The Express Times (Sunday Circulation: 49,302)

On April 12, the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center seminar, “Build It. They Will Come,” featuring Fritz Smith, former state secretary of tourism, film and economic development marketing, will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Rauch Business Center.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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