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Selected Media Coverage: March 15, 2005

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

Los Angeles Times (Sunday Circulation: 1,392,672)
Hope Died with Chechen Rebel Leader

Rajan Menon, professor of international relations at Lehigh University, wrote an article on how the Kremlin may regret the killing of Aslan Maskhadov. The Kremlin hasn't had much good news from Chechnya lately. That changed when Aslan Maskhadov, the nominal leader of the Chechen resistance, was killed March 8 during an encounter with Russian military units. President Vladimir V. Putin's government was jubilant. Yet Maskhadov's death won't help free Russia from the Chechen quagmire. Indeed, the future promises to be like the abysmal present — for Moscow, which is fighting a fruitless war; for ordinary Chechens, tens of thousands of whom have been killed, brutalized or turned into refugees; and for Russian civilians, victims of the pitiless terrorism perpetrated by Chechen extremists. When Maskhadov was alive, the Kremlin dismissed him as irrelevant. But it is instead his death that will prove of no consequence because, without the alternative he embodied, Chechnya will remain the scene of a heartless war, and Russia will witness more terrorism. Helpless Chechens and Russians will be the principal victims.
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Attache (Circulation: 560,000)
Focus Lehigh Valley

Dick Durand, dean of the college of business and economics at Lehigh University, was quoted in an article how the Lehigh Valley is becoming home to biopharma, technology, healthcare, candy manufacturing – and it’s ripe for economic opportunities. Lehigh University and a team of partners are leading the Lehigh Valley toward a new economy that promotes life-science companies, high-tech startups, and high-end retail. Lehigh’s Financial Services Lab is a multi-million dollar investment designed to some extent by business for business. The concept that Durand is explaining is as elegant in its simplicity as the wood-trimmed walls of the room. As he puts it, “The business community is my customer. The entire corporate community has recognized it is no longer enough to have just a degree,” says Durand. “People are looking for a skill set that will add value from the day the employee walks through the door. We ask industry groups what skill sets they need for their employees, then build a program that satisfies those needs.” Opened in October 2004, the Financial Services Lab is one of the more visible aspects of that market-driven approach to education.
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Miami Herald (Sunday Circulation: 416,530)
What Does Social Security Have in Common with Gay Marriage, Abortion…

Laura Katz Olson, professor of political science at Lehigh University, was quoted in an article about what Social Security has in common with gay marriage, abortion rights or the display of the Ten Commandments in courthouses. The answer is that all have sparked debates that resonate far beyond single-issue politics and probe deeply into American cultural values. In theory, arguments for or against privatizing Social Security are about arcane economics and a looming demographic bubble called the Baby Boom. Behind that front, however, lies a revealing glimpse of a vast cultural divide that can be boiled down to two simple questions. That kind of thinking baffles Olson, who studies aging issues extensively. “I think what is being lost is the community obligations to each other,” she says. “The thing that is being lost is, Social Security is social insurance. We are engaged in a community effort to take care of each other.”
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Voice of America
Journal of Turkish Weekly (Turkey)
Kurdish Media (UK)
Baku Today (Azerbaijan)
US-Turkish Relations at New Low

Henri Barkey, professor of international relations at Lehigh University, was quoted in an article about US-Turkish relations. Barkey says there is Turkish concern of spillover. A separate Kurdish entity in Iraq could revive the separatist movement in Turkey. “There is an enormous fear in Turkey, a paranoia if you want, that events in Iraq will propel Kurds in Turkey to seek the same thing,” noted Mr. Barkey. “I think this is overly exaggerated. The Turkish Kurds have had problems with the Turkish government and the Turkish elite, but they are part of a very vibrant economy and a very vibrant society, which is on its way to become a member of the European Union a decade and a half from now.”
For this reason, says Professor Barkey, Turkish Kurds have little incentive to imitate Iraqi Kurds. But they understandably resent the condescending way they are often treated in Turkey. That needs to change, says Professor Barkey. Even so, says Professor Barkey, U.S. actions hardly excuse the constant anti-American drumbeat of Turkish politicians and journalists.
Nothing Washington says is believed: “When you have serious newspapers publishing articles about the United States having a secret weapon that makes earthquakes and that Istanbul is the next target,” he explained. “When you have newspapers that publish all kinds of scurrilous articles about the United States, that is more worrisome. The problem is that some Turkish politicians have joined the fray and have accused the United States of genocide and all kinds of other activities in Iraq.” It is time for dialogue, says Professor Barkey. U.S. and Turkish officials should sit down and map out the steps ahead to restore proper, if not amicable relations. The two countries are too important for each other to let the current rancor persist.
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St. Petersburg Times (Saturday Circulation: 311,680)
Wasting No Florida Rays

A photo of a group of Lehigh University students at the Key West International Airport was featured in the St. Petersburg Times. The students were returning from spring break.
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News 14 Charlotte, NC
Lehigh Students Volunteer in Charlotte

Some Lehigh University of Pennsylvania students are spending their spring break in Charlotte – doing volunteer projects. On Friday, they were painting rails and helping out at the Uptown Shelter. The students say it has been quite a learning experience.
“It's amazing to be down here,” said student Gemma Kite. “The differences in the interactions with people that I've had, the children we've worked with and the people here at the uptown shelter and urban ministries have just been amazing.”
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Phi Delta Kappan (Circulation: 100,000)
Perry A. Zirkel, professor of education and law, College of Education, authored an article titled “Courtside: Gifted Irony?” which appears in the March issue of Phi Delta Kappan, the professional print journal for education that addresses policy issues for educators at all levels. His article discusses a case in which a group of parents sued a district for punishing their children for wearing a T-shirt that the students had designed to school after the principal had forbidden them to do so. Zirkel says that the case raises questions about the limits on First Amendment rights to freedom of expression in the schools.
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York Daily Record (Saturday Circulation: 70,840)
Furor Breathes New Life into Aging “Pandas”

Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University, was mentioned in another article about intelligent design concept. “Pandas,” written by Percival Davis and Dean H. Kenyon, was released two years after the Supreme Court’s blow to creation science. The book’s copyright is held by the Texas-based Foundation for Thought and Ethics. Incorporated in 1980, the foundation states its purpose as both “religious and educational” and seeks to make “known the Christian gospel and understanding of the Bible and the light it sheds on the academic and social issues of our day.” Its critics say “Pandas” steers clear of almost all reference to the Earth’s age in order to hold up to First Amendment challenges and to avoid alienating biblical creationists. The book’s only reference on Earth’s age is this: “Some take the view that the earth’s history can be compressed into a framework of thousands of years, while others adhere to the standard old earth chronology.” Michael Behe, a Lehigh University biochemist who wrote one of the chapters in “Pandas,” said he is unconcerned that the age of the Earth is not covered because it is covered in students’ primary biology books.
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Voice of America
Science in the News

Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh University, was mentioned again about his book called “Darwin’s Black Box.” In the book, Professor Behe describes I.D. at the cellular level. He uses the eye as an example. Professor Behe argues that all parts of the eye are necessary for the organ to fully operate. The eye’s complexity, he says, is evidence that an intelligent designer exists. The same argument, he says, can be used to explain all complex organisms.
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The Express Times
Students Find New SATs No Cause for Fear

Eric Kaplan, dean of admissions and financial aid at Lehigh University, was quoted in an article about the new version of SAT. He said that while the writing component is important to the school when reviewing a student, the SAT essay is not the only piece of a student's writing that will be considered. “We have many lenses to look into a student's writing skill, including the two essays they are required to write for us, as well as four years of English grades and teacher recommendations," Kaplan said. “The SAT essay will only serve to better our perspective of the prospective student.”
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**Alumni in the News

The Express Times

Keith R. Marchiando, who received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, has been named Chief Financial Officer with DURA Automotive Systems in Michigan.
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**News of Interest

The Morning Call (Saturday Circulation: 126,470)
Bethlehem Area Accepts Preservationist’s Offer

Lehigh University was mentioned in an article about Superintendent Joseph Lewis’s plan to sell Broughal Middle School property to Lehigh. He has set this spring as the deadline to make a decision. Lewis and several school directors have advocated a plan to sell the South Bethlehem property to neighboring Lehigh University and build a middle school on the University’s Mountaintop Campus. A local preservationist who says Broughal Middle School should be saved for its historical value is bringing in architects to do a study at no cost to the Bethlehem Area School District.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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