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Selected Media Coverage: February 15, 2005

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

Newark Star Ledger (Sunday Circulation: 608,257)
From Playground to Courtroom

Perry Zirkel, professor of education and law in the College of Education at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about how mandatory school policies aren’t always enough to stop bullying. While no statistics are kept on such litigation, Zirkel, who is studying the issue, said lawsuits against districts are rising. “It's probably due in part to a greater awareness,” he said.
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The News Journal (Delaware) (Circulation: 121,000)
Corporate Tagline is Announced

John Kenly Smith, associate professor of history at Lehigh, was mentioned regarding an article he wrote about DuPont’s company history. Solae LLC, a St. Louis-based joint venture between the DuPont Co. and food company Bunge Limited, announced Friday its new corporate tagline: “Better Ingredients for Better Living.” “Sound familiar? In 1935, DuPont adopted ‘Better Things for Better Living Through Chemistry,’ which became the motto for an entire era as living standards improved through the following decades,” Kenly Smith wrote. “That was before DuPont expanded its vision to encompass biotechnology, electronics and other fields. Its current motto: ‘The Miracles of Science.’”
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Christian Science Monitor (Circulation: 75,639)
How The Elections will Affect US Role in Iraq

Henri Barkey, chair of the international relations department at Lehigh, was quoted in an article regarding the role of the U.S. in the recent Iraq election. “It will be critical that the U.S. focus over the next few months on helping this government produce results,” said Barkey, a former State Department Iraq expert. “It's only realistic to anticipate a certain amount of chaos at the government level, as leadership positions are negotiated and the constitution becomes the focus.” Barkey said the U.S. will also have a key role to play in addressing Turkey's concerns about Iraq. “Turkey's primary interest is a stable and unified Iraq and to the extent the selection of a Kurdish president makes those goals more realistic, the Turks “should really be supportive of that outcome.” As for the constitutional process, Barkey said it's important that Iraqis see it as carried out by and for Iraqis. “The U.S. should not have any fingerprints on the constitution.”
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Houston Chronicle (Saturday Circulation: 554,783)
Intelligent Design: Creation Explained or Quackery?

Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh, was mentioned again in an article regarding the theory of intelligent design. “The arguments of anti-evolutionists have themselves evolved. Among its most prominent spokespeople are scientists such as Behe, who point out major flaws in Darwin's theory of a continuous evolutionary chain from a few original forms,” the article said.
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Staten Island Advance (Circulation: 67,033)
Click Clique

Lehigh undergraduate student Christina Fenn was quoted in an article about a program called Facebook. With the rise of the Internet and instant messenger programs on personal computers, staying connected with friends gets easier by the day. With the introduction last winter of something called Facebook, for the online college community, it's now almost impossible to fade away. “There are a bunch of people from way back…I didn't remember what they looked like, but knew what their names were. It's funny to see how they’ve changed and where they're going to college now,” said Fenn.
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Science Daily
The Morning Call (Sunday Circulation: 159,733)
Crickets Offer Lessons on Romance – and Evolution

Evolutionary biologists at Lehigh and the University of Maryland have identified a cricket living in the forests of Hawaii as the world’s fastest-evolving invertebrate. Tamra
Mendelson, assistant professor of biological sciences at Lehigh, co-wrote in Nature magazine on Jan. 27 that the laupala cricket spawns at least 4.17 new species every one million years – a rate more than 10 times faster than the average rate of speciation for invertebrates. The speedy speciation appears to be driven mainly by the crickets’ mating behavior, and it suggests that the individual choices involved in mating behavior play an important role in the evolution of species and the increase in biodiversity.
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The Argus (California)
Valentine Values Needn’t Empty Your Pockets

Sam Weaver, professor of practice of finance and law, Robert Kuchta, professor of practice of management and marketing, and Teresa McCarthy, assistant professor of management and marketing at Lehigh, were quoted in an article regarding Valentine’s Day. “The flowers are very nice and quite inexpensive at grocery stores,” said Weaver, who has a team of experts this year discussing the commercialization of Valentine's Day. “If you've got a little more seasoned marriage, the actual day the flowers are delivered doesn't always matter.” Or just buy one, or a few roses. “Companies are driving products toward us,” said Kuchta. “If they're in the business of selling chocolate, they're looking to create a need and move the product out the door.” That's why consumers should not let guilt dictate their level of spending. “Men get so stressed out over (Valentine's Day),” said McCarthy. “They complain that the expectations are too high, including dinner, champagne, wine and a gift.”
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The Morning Call (Sunday Circulation: 159,733)
The Awesome Attraction of Anime

Lehigh was mentioned in an article about campuses in the Lehigh Valley and across the country that gather regularly to talk about their fascination with Japanese animation, or anime. Lehigh's anime club totals about 50 students, with an active core of about 10. Officers send out an e-mail of film choices, asking club members to respond with their picks. The club, led by Joseph Pinto, also meets twice a week.
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The Express Times
Fearless Iraqis No Cure for U.S. Voter Apathy, Experts Say

John Pettegrew, associate professor of history at Lehigh, was quoted in an article regarding the recent Iraqi election. On Jan. 30, Iraqis came out in huge numbers, braving bombs and bullets, to cast their ballots and thus mark the beginning of democracy in the middle of the Middle East. Will it encourage more Americans to vote? Pettegrew said Americans have deeply rooted historical reasons for not voting, including distrust in government and a perceived lack of difference between the two major political parties. Iraq's election does not change any of those reasons, he said.
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The Express Times
Valentine’s Day is All about Relationships, Like it or Not

Professor Robert Kuchta was also quoted in another article regarding Valentine’s Day. Kuchta said Valentine's Day is certainly commercialized. But the real query, he said, is whether the consumer is driving the business or is the business driving the consumer. “Yes, you're being bombarded by messages, but at what point do you stop blaming them and say I'm not going to buy that,” he said. “Advertising can create an image, but all the advertising in the world isn't going to force you to buy the product. You can ignore it. You can choose not to take the money out of your pocket and put it on the counter. People will choose to do what they want to.”
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Lehigh U. Proposes Parking Garage

Lehigh University is proposing to build a six-story garage on the western edge of its campus, a project that would streamline parking for visitors and promote a more pedestrian-friendly campus. The plans show a 312-space parking structure at the northeast corner of Brodhead Avenue and University Drive, next to the ivy-covered Alumni Memorial Hall where Lehigh President Gregory Farrington's office is located. The project also includes plans to realign Brodhead Avenue to connect to University Drive, and the addition of walkways and courtyards.
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**Alumni in the News

The Morning Call (Sunday Circulation: 159,733)

Richard Piger Jr., a graduate of Lehigh University, was recently appointed chief financial officer for United Receptacle of Pottsville.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005

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