In the News: MTSU faculty talk politics, poetry, s...

In the News: MTSU faculty talk politics, poetry, savings, Sunshine Laws, skeletal remains, 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 the 2024 elections, poetry, skeletal remains and the importance of Sunshine Laws.

Dr. John Vile
Dr. John Vile
Kent Syler, assistant professor, political science
Kent Syler

• Dr. John Vile, Honors College dean, talked with The Daily News Journal about the problems of partisanship in local elections. Read the Feb. 29 article.

Kent Syler, political science professor, talked with the Chattanooga Times Free Press March 1 about the drop in early voting numbers for the March 5 primary. Read the article.

Syler talked about primary voting and what it means for the presidential race in this March 3 article from The Tennessean. Read his comments.

• Dr. Bryanna Licciardi, English lecturer, was featured by The Coil literary press on Medium for her new poetry book, “Fish Love.” Read the March 5 article.

Dr. Bryanna Licciardi
Dr. Ben Stickle
Dr. Ben Stickle
Dr. Ben Jansen, assistant professor of finance, Department of Economics and Finance, Jones College of Business
Dr. Ben Jansen

• Dr. Ben Stickle, criminal justice professor, talked with Radio Canada about the prevalence of porch piracy. Read the article from March 6.

Stickle was featured in a March 28 article by about porch pirates. Read the article.

• Dr. Benjamin Jansen, assistant professor of finance, talked with WalletHub March 6 about online savings accounts. Read his comments.

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

Ken Paulson, director of the Free Speech Center, wrote an editorial in The Tennessean March 6 about “Sunshine Laws” and the importance of keeping government records public. Read his commentary and watch a video interview with Tennessean opinion editor David Plazas.

• Dr. Paul Eubanks, anthropology professor, and his students were part of an excavation at historic Cragfont mansion in Sumner County, Tennessee. Watch the interview from March 6.

Amie Whittemore, instructor, Department of English
Amie Whittemore
Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, MTSU president
Dr. Sidney A. McPhee
Dr. Sekou Franklin
Dr. Sekou Franklin

Amie Whittemore, director of MTSU Write, was featured March 6 in The Clarion for her poetry reading. Read about the event.

• MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee wrote a guest editorial for The Tennessean about the value of a college degree. Read his commentary published March 18.

Sekou Franklin, political science professor, talked with WKRN-TV about the lack of gun reform on March 27 as the community reflected on the one-year anniversary of Nashville’s Covenant School shooting that took the lives of six people at the private Christian academy. Watch the video.

Franklin was also spotlighted April 2 in Political Science Now, a publication of the American Political Science Association, for a panel he will participate in on April 15 about preparing students for the 2024 election. Read the article.

Keith M. Huber, MTSU senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives
Keith M. Huber
Dr. Hugh Berryman, retired MTSU forensic scientist
Dr. Hugh Berryman

• Professor Emeritus Hugh Berryman, founder of MTSU’s Forensic Institute for Research and Education, was featured on radio station WGNS-AM/FM for his lecture on burned skeletal remains. Listen to the interview.

• Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives at MTSU, gave a presentation on leadership at the Gallatin Economic Development Agency’s GEAR Program meeting April 2. Watch a short excerpt from the presentation and a brief interview from the city of Gallatin.

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