Covering the coverage
In an April 4 CBS 5 story, Simon Perez discussed viewer feedback on an
immigration raid story he had reported on earlier and why such stories
are so difficult to do. In addition, Melissa Camacho,
assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, commented
on how both
sides of the immigration debate manipulate and complain about media coverage. "It's
a very common practice for people to stage events ... If something else
presents itself that would, perhaps, give us another point of view then
that's also something that we should cover, but it doesn't happen in
one day or in one single moment."
For an April 9 column on the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major
League Baseball debut, ESPN.com's John Helyar asked several experts what
Robinson would think of the state of the league today. Jules
professor of history, said, "Baseball integrated because Branch
Rickey took a chance on affirmative action, on going outside the usual
way of business. Jackie Robinson would say baseball has to go out and
take affirmative action again."
The April 12 edition of The New York Sun featured a story on Debra
assistant professor of astronomy, and her team's search for "extrasolar" planets.
Fischer said her research asks, "Is our solar system typical of
other solar systems? ... how many stars have planets like our own?" Fischer gave a talk on her research at The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary
Study of Imagination.
Counseling at college
Members of Counseling & Psychological Services explained the college
counseling environment for an April 19 CBS 5 story sparked by the Virginia
Tech tragedy. "The fact of the matter is that we're getting more
students now coming to college with emotional concerns," said Kevin
Bowman, director. "Some stats suggest that almost one fourth of
incoming freshmen have some sort of emotional concerns or depression." Clinical
Director Willie Mullins commented on the difficulties counselors face
navigating the legal and social aspects of counseling students: "A
lot of times I think it's just a question of making a decision -- am
I going to get sued for this or am I going to get sued for that?"
Temples in the outskirts
"There have been a lot of cases where Buddhists face community hostility,
so you find them building temples way out in the boonies," Russell
Jeung, assistant professor of Asian American studies, told the International
Herald Tribune. The Tribune ran a story on April 22 about an increase
of Buddhist temples being built in and around Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Snoring your way to separate bedrooms
CBS's The Early Show featured a story on couples who choose to sleep
in separate bedrooms so they can get enough sleep. Although it seems
a sensible solution to some, other couples worry about how such an
arrangement will be perceived. "If the individuals and a couple
are not in the same bed, people are immediately suspicious that the
relationship has gone awry, that there's a problem," said John
Elia, associate professor of health education.