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AU in the Media: 3/13/09

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One win away

The American University men's basketball team is just a win away from claiming the Patriot League Championship title after defeating Army. The game results, along with their quest to enter the NCAA Tournament once again, was covered by the Washington Post, Washington Times, and Washington Examiner, and local television outlets WRC-NBC 4, WTTG-Fox 5, WUSA-CBS 9 and WJLA-ABC 7. On Friday, President Neil Kerwin and Athletics Director Keith Gill were featured in a 4-minute, 42-second WTTG-Fox 5 television news segment about the team’s championship game against Holy Cross, and senior point guard Derrick Mercer was featured in a Washington Post article about successful AU career. (3/8 – 3/13)


Faculty, Programs, & Quotes

Overseas base decrease?

In his opinion piece for Foreign Policy in Focus, David Vine, an assistant professor of anthropology, wrote about the necessity for a decrease in overseas U.S. military bases. "While ultimately the motivation behind the Bush reorganization plan was the neoconservative dream of endless U.S. global domination, the previous administration was right to criticize the basing network as outdated, bloated, and profligate," he wrote. "In the midst of an economic crisis, there has never been a more critical time to dramatically shrink the U.S. web of overseas bases." (3/9/09)

Military spending gone overboard?

Gordon Adams, a professor and former associate director for national security and international affairs for the Office of Management and Budget, was quoted in a Washington Post story about President Obama’s plans to target inefficient defense spending, including budgets for military needs. "The thing about weapons and bases is they are backyard issues for members of Congress," he said. "It's not like foreign aid. It's about contracts in my district, contributors to my election campaign, things that directly affect my prospects of staying in office and my ability to say to my constituents, 'I got one for you!' That's the heart of a weapons decision.” Adams was also quoted in a New York Times story about the missile defense programs and President Obama’s plans to decrease spending in that area, stating that the programs represent “low-hanging fruit” for the president. (3/8/09)

Saving Pakistan

In an opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Akbar Ahmed wrote about the need for President Obama to save the country of Pakistan. “Pakistan is a much larger nation than either Iraq or Afghanistan with a total population of over 170 million people; Pakistan is nuclear; it has an established army with a coherent command and control structure; and above all it has a long border with Afghanistan which at the moment allows Taliban to move freely across either side to play havoc with its enemies,” he wrote. “While Obama has given Afghanistan as his top priority and we hear so much of the "surge" which will bring an additional 30,000 US troops to that country, Pakistan seems to be treated almost like a neglected stepchild. Yet, the paradox is that the war in Afghanistan can only be won if Pakistan remains stable and secure.” (3/10/09)

Nonprofit print media

In an opinion piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop in the School of Communication, wrote about nonprofit organizations and their role in saving print media. “The most widely accepted rationale for the existence of nonprofit organizations is that they fill important public needs that the market and government are unable or unwilling to meet,” he wrote. “If there were ever a case for a vital unmet public need in contemporary American democracy, it is the gaping hole left by the precipitous decline -- both quantitatively and qualitatively -- of the modern news media.” (3/13/09)

Back to the beginning

Nick Clooney, a journalist in residence with the School of Communication, was featured in a Washington Post Magazine story about his time as a new broadcast television reporter. “I was a better reporter at 18 than I was 10 years after,” he said. “I was more direct.” (3/8/09)

Antitrust enforcement

Jonathan Baker, a law professor, was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about the need for stronger antitrust laws. "For 20 years starting in the late 1970s, the Supreme Court took one chapter after another of Bork's book and made it into law," he said, referring to former federal judge Robert Bork’s book, “The Antitrust Paradox," in which he said large companies can have efficiency and protection without government regulation. (3/8/09)