Select February 2011 media clips

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Dean Symeonides steps down to teach and write. “After 12 years in the top administrative post at Willamette University College of Law, Dean Symeon Symeonides will step down at the end of the academic year. The move will allow him to spend more time on his scholarship and teaching and to chair a European Union work group revising regulations governing jurisdiction and recognition of foreign judgments.”

Politics’ Greg Felker comments about Egypt and democracy. “‘There tends to be an assumption that the breakdown of an authoritarian regime results in a natural process toward democracy, but in fact there is a large gray zone between an authoritarian regime and a liberal democracy,’ Felker said. ‘Many countries that have these revolutions, in quotation marks, remain in the gray zone for a long time.’”

Anthropology’s Peter Wogan tackles football as ritual. “Basically, football reflects a hierarchical model of authority. Coaches, quarterbacks, and coordinators control every play. Basketball comes out of a more democratic model based on spontaneous teamwork. The basketball coach cannot even intervene in most plays.”

Classical Studies’ David W. McCreery writes about revolution in the Middle East. “In the coming weeks and months, we will see whether the rhetoric of supporting freedom and democracy throughout the world will be realized or whether our government will continue the policy of protecting our free and democratic society by supporting regimes that deny those same rights and opportunities to their own people.”

Physics’ David Altman presents nanotechnology at Science Pub. “It's hard to describe the smallness of the things that David Altman studies. A human hair is a thousandth of a meter. A thousand times smaller, or a millionth of a meter, would be the bacteria that lives in our intestines. A thousand times smaller than that — one-billionth of a meter — is the nanometer. That's the scale that Altman, an assistant professor of physics at Willamette University, will discuss during his talk at Science Pub on Tuesday.”

Center for Religion, Law and Democracy’s Steven Green is quoted in a story about housing policies at Wesleyan University. “ spoke with Steve Green, professor of law at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. Green reported that as a private university, Wesleyan administrators could ban social ‘unofficial’ fraternities and sororities. They can also take control of students housing options. However, he said part of the provision is ‘too vague.’”

Law’s Norman Williams writes about health care and the Constitution. “There is undoubtedly a limit to what Congress may regulate, but Congress' decision to regulate how Americans receive and pay for health care -- the provision of which accounts for more than a trillion dollars of spending each year -- does not fall outside that limit. It does not even come close.”

Atkinson’s Wade Brooks and Rob Wiltbank discuss angel investing. “Wade and his group work with Dr. Rob Wiltbank, who has one of if not the largest database in the world on return on angel investment. The program at Willamette University is impressive — MBA students, with the help of a lot of advice, guidance, and mentoring, are actively involved in making angel investment decisions. The group participates in several of the angel investment groups operating in Oregon, and makes multiple investments every year.”

Museum’s Henk Pander exhibition is reviewed in The Register-Guard and Statesman Journal. “Four giant oil paintings make up the heart of ‘Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life,’ a moving and sometimes slightly creepy retrospective of the work of a career Portland artist who is one of the most interesting painters working in Oregon.”

Music’s Wallace Long discusses Puttin' on the Ritz. “‘They are nationally recognized as one of the finest vocal jazz groups in the country,’ Long said of the choir, adding that the 16 vocalists in the group would at times play with their traditional three-part bass/piano/drums accompaniment and at times would be backed up by the Kemtones.”

Tokyo International University of America students arrive. “The students were given a boisterous welcome by scores of Willamette University students, faculty members and staff. Jeong Hwa Han was taken aback by the students' cheers and exuberance. ‘I want to learn English and make many American friends,’ she said. ‘I want to be able to challenge myself in this program.’”

Alumna Noreen Murdock directs the Salem Chamber Orchestra. "When she started exploring colleges, she looked for fine music programs. She wound up earning her bachelor of arts in music at Willamette University. ‘It was a great fit for me,’ she said last week in the orchestra's spartan office downtown. Not only did she get plenty of chances to accompany her fellow music majors, but she got a work-study gig assisting Anita King, director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series. When King took a leave, Noreen filled in for her."