In the News: Personal loans, working from home, ba...

In the News: Personal loans, working from home, baseball, Ketanji Brown Jackson and more

Faculty and staff recently provided reporters with numerous insights on a variety of topics including employer flexibility, women in the music industry, worshipping in person and Major League Baseball, among others.

Dr. Hugh Berryman, retired MTSU forensic scientist

Dr. Hugh Berryman

Dr. Sean Salter, Department of Economics and Finance

Dr. Sean Salter

• Dr. Hugh Berryman, a professor emeritus of anthropology, was interviewed about the need for an expansion of forensic science programs. The interview aired April 5 on WGNS-FM in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and can be heard here.

• Dr. Sean Salter, an associate professor of finance, assessed the current state of personal loan rates in an April 5 article at His remarks can be read here.

Aaron Shapiro, lecturer in Department of English (Photo from MTSU website)

Aaron Shapiro

Dr. Michael Roach, associate professor, Department of Economics and Finance

Dr. Michael Roach

Aaron Shapiro, a lecturer in the Department of English, commented on the popularity of tours based on television programs in an April 6 article at His views are available here.

• Dr. Michael Roach, an associate professor of economics, analyzed the reasons for the standoff between owners and players at the start of the Major League Baseball season in an April 7 interview on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Marketplace” program. The audio and transcript are available here.

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

• Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a political scientist, discussed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and other national issues April 7 on “OpenLine” on NewsChannel5+. The video can be seen here.

Vile, who also is a lay preacher, said the COVID-19 pandemic has made people appreciate the joy of worshipping in person again in an April 17 article by CNN Online. His views are available here.

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Kristie Abston, Department of Management, Jones College of Business

Dr. Kristie Abston

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international relations, explained the reason politicians propose nonbinding resolutions in legislative bodies in an April 10 interview on WPLN-FM in Nashville. The audio and transcript can be accessed here.

• Dr. Kristie Abston, an associate professor of management, emphasized the need for employers to be flexible with their employees’ need to work from home in an April 14 article published by Axios Nashville. Her views can be read here.

Beverly Keel, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Beverly Keel

Beverly Keel, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment, said she will use her position on the board of directors of the Face the Music Now Foundation to help fight discrimination and sexual abuse in the music industry in an April 21 press release from PRNewswire. The release, which was picked up by numerous news outlets across the country, is available here.

Keel explained the harassment and discrimination women in the music industry face in an April 21 report by Rolling Stone. The story, which was reprinted by, can be accessed here.

Ty Whitaker, senior manager, True Blue TV, Division of Marketing and Communication

Ty Whitaker

David Foster, Director, Marketing and Communications (alumni).

David Foster

Ty Whitaker, senior manager of education resource for marketing, and David Foster, academic marketing director, explained how the AirBox Neo-20 and TitleBox Neo-20 systems will enhance True Blue TV in an April 26 story at Their remarks can be read here.

Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute; associate professor in Economics and Finance

Dr. Daniel Smith

• Dr. Daniel Smith, director of the Political Economy Research Institute and a professor of economics, delivered a virtual lecture titled “The Inveterate Problems of Political Economy: From Plato and the Scottish Enlightenment to Generation Z” for Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. The lecture, which was posted to YouTube April 25, can be seen here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-631-8322 or via email at