In the News: MTSU faculty talk mortgage rates, mus...

In the News: MTSU faculty talk mortgage rates, music business, filmmaking, solar eclipse, more

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Middle Tennessee State University faculty and staff recently provided the media with their perspectives on various issues, including filmmaking, mortgage rates, music business and the April 8 solar eclipse.

Dr. Sean Salter, associate professor, Economics and Finance
Dr. Sean Salter
Dr. John Vile
Dr. John Vile

• Dr. Sean Salter, associate professor of economics, talked with Bankrate April 1 about the top credit card mistakes to avoid in 2024. Read his comments.

Salter talked with CoStar News about rising mortgage rates. Read the article from April 18.

Salter also participates in a weekly Bankrate expert poll about mortgage rate predictions. Read his commentary.

• Dr. John Vile, Honors College dean, was interviewed by PolitiFact: The Poynter Institute about censorship. Read the article from April 1.

Vile talked with WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 on April 3 about voter concerns for the coming elections. Watch the interview.

Vile talked with WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 on April 19 about the first week of trial proceedings for Donald Trump. Watch the interview.

Dr. Sekou Franklin
Dr. Sekou Franklin
Master Patrol Officer Katelynn Adams
Katelynn Adams

• MTSU Police Officer Katelyn Adams was featured on InvestigateTV about Rape Aggression Defense training. Watch the April 3 interview, which begins at the 13:24 mark.

• Dr. Sekou Franklin, political science professor, talked with The Guardian about Tennessee state leadership norms. Read his commentary from the April 5 newsletter.

Franklin talked with WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 about Tennessee voter registration forms. Watch the segment from April 26.

Paul Chilsen
Dr. Ben Stickle
Dr. Ben Stickle

Paul Chilsen, associate professor of filmmaking, was interviewed by The Manchester Times April 4 about the university’s partnership with Common John Brewing Co. Read the article.

• Dr. Ben Stickle, criminal justice professor, was interviewed by Morning News NOW, an NBC-TV affiliate, about porch pirates. Watch the interview from April 4.

Stickle was interviewed by NBC-TV News about porch piracy. Watch the interview that aired April 5.

Stickle talked with The Washington Post about porch piracy in an article from April 13.

Dr. Eric Klumpe
Dr. Eric Klumpe
Beverly Keel, dean, College of Media and Entertainment
Beverly Keel

Beverly Keel, College of Media and Entertainment dean, talked with The Ledger in Nashville about MTSU’s music business program celebrating its 50th anniversary. Read her comments in the April 5 article.

• Dr. Eric Klumpe, astronomy professor, talked with WKRN-TV April 8 about MTSU’s plans to open the campus observatory for the solar eclipse on April 8. Watch the interview.

Klumpe was interviewed by WZTV-TV Fox 17 April 8 about the solar eclipse. Watch the interview that begins at the 3:01:02 mark on the video.

Dr. Sean Foley, an associate professor of history
Dr. Sean Foley

• Dr. Sean Foley, a professor of history who specializes in Middle East politics and culture,

takes a “deep dive” into Iran’s attack on Israel with Jim Richards of Newstalk 1010 — a major AM radio station in Toronto, Ontario — on April 15. Listen to his commentary.

Foley talked with KCBS-FM’s Eric Thomas and Margie Shafer about Iran’s attack on Israel. Listen to his commentary that aired April 15.

Foley talked with KCBS-FM’s Eric Thomas and Margie Shafer on April 29 about the potential ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Listen to his commentary.

Dr. Nate Callender, associate professor, Department of Aerospace, College of Basic and Applied Sciences
Dr. Nate Callender
Deborah L. Wagnon, professor, Department of Recording Industry, College of Media and Entertainment
Deborah Wagnon
Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science
Kent Syler

Kent Syler, political science professor, was interviewed by the BBC about the unionization of the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant. Read the article from April 16.

Deborah Wagnon, recording industry professor, talked with the Digital Journal about her new book, “Marie Sharp: Made in Belize.” Read the article from April 16.

• Dr. Nate Callender, associate professor of aerospace, appeared April 16 on the podcast, “Meet the Prof with Shane and Spence.” Watch the interview.

James "Jim" Burton, professor of Accounting, dean emeritus of the Jones College of Business
Dr. Jim Burton
Amie Whittemore, instructor, Department of English
Amie Whittemore
Dr. Ben Jansen, assistant professor of finance, Department of Economics and Finance, Jones College of Business
Dr. Ben Jansen

• Dr. Jim Burton, dean emeritus of the Jones College of Business, gave tips for budgeting in this April 17 WalletHub article. Read his commentary.

Amie Whittemore, English instructor, was spotlighted April 18 in Another Chicago Magazine for two of her poems in, “Nest of Matches.” Read the poems.

• Dr. Benjamin Jansen, assistant professor of finance, share tips on the best online savings account with WalletHub. Read his commentary from April 18.

Dr. Rebekka King
Ken Paulson, director, Free Speech Center at MTSU, College of Media and Entertainment
Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, talked with The Daily News Journal about book banning in Rutherford County Schools. Read the article from April 24.

• Dr. Rebekka King, professor of religious studies, talked with 90.3 WPLN-FM about an MTSU student who spent a week as a Buddhist monk. Read and listen to the interview from April 30.

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