In the News: ‘Macbeth,’ impeachment, yogurt, whist...

In the News: ‘Macbeth,’ impeachment, yogurt, whistleblowers, more

National media outlets recently published the views of MTSU faculty experts on topics including Shakespearean drama, women’s suffrage, women’s basketball, emotional intelligence, impeachment, yogurt and porch piracy.

Dr. Jonathan "Jon" M. DiCicco, associate professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Jon DiCiccio

Dr. John Vile

Dr. John Vile

Dr. Jon DiCicco, an associate professor of political science and international relations, penned an editorial on the possible consequences of the United States’ assassination of General Qassim Suleimani of Iran that was published in the Jan. 10 Knoxville News Sentinel and other newspapers. His commentary is available here.

Dr. John Vile, dean of the University Honors College and a Constitutional law scholar, wrote an editorial on whether impeachment would constitute enough punishment for President Donald Trump. The opinion piece was published Jan. 19 in the Knoxville News-Sentinel and other newspapers and can be read here.

David Wilkerson, lecturer, Department of Theatre and Dance

David Wilkerson

Diane Turnham, senior associate director of athletics and senior women's administrator

Diane Turnham

David Wilkerson, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance, commented on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic version of “Macbeth” he is directing for a Jan. 21 article in the Williamson (County, Tennessee) Herald. The story can be accessed here.

Diane Turnham, senior associate athletic director, applauded ESPN for planning to air the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament nationally across its networks instead of regionally in a Jan. 21 story at Her views can be accessed here.

Dr. Charles Perry

Dr. Benjamin Stickle, associate professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration

Dr. Ben Stickle

Dr. Charles Perry, a professor emeritus of engineering technology and industrial studies, explained the importance of emotional intelligence and soft skills in a Jan. 22 article at His perspectives are available here.

Dr. Ben Stickle, an associate professor of criminal justice administration, discussed his new study on porch piracy in a story that aired Jan. 22 on WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C. His comments can be read here.

Dr. Mary A. Evins, professor of history, coordinator of the American Democracy Project, member of the University Honors College faculty

Dr. Mary A. Evins

Ken Paulson, dean, College of Media and Entertainment

Ken Paulson

Dr. Mary Evins, an associate professor of history and coordinator of the American Democracy Project, expressed her views on public consciousness of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in a Jan. 24 article in the Boston Globe. Her opinion is available here.

Ken Paulson, director of MTSU’s Free Speech Center, advised journalists not to publish the names of whistleblowers in a Jan. 25 article in Fortune magazine. His opinion is available here.

Paulson also discussed the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment as a guest on the Jan.27 edition of “Inside Politics” on NewsChannel5+. The video can be seen here.

Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science

Kent Syler

Dr. Janet Colson, professor of nutrition and food science and registered dietician, Department of Human Sciences

Dr. Janet Colson

Kent Syler, a professor of political science and international affairs, said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be in the spotlight as the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump continues for a Jan. 25 story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. His comments can be read here.

Dr. Janet Colson, a professor of nutrition and food science, commented on the impact of yogurt on intestinal health in a Jan. 27 article in Consumer Reports magazine. Her views can be accessed here.

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