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In the News, December 6, 2016

See excerpts of news stories with Illinois State University faculty and staff, with links to the full story.

New York Times speaks with Bob McLaughlin, Harrises, in David Foster Wallace’s peaceful prairie.
Illinois State provided stability. I started at blocky, solid Stevenson Hall, where Wallace’s colleague Robert McLaughlin showed me the writer’s office, 420C, now a medieval language center. “I still think we should put up a plaque,” he said, as a professor walking by chuckled. “See, they laugh at me. Although it’s true David would have hated that.”

Nathan Carpenter talks about the rise of ‘fake news.’
“It’s essentially a cyber propaganda war,” said Nathan Carpenter, assistant director of convergent media at Illinois State University’s School of Communication.

The Pantagraph highlights the radio play It’s a Wonderful Life, and talks with Connie de Veer.
Less obvious to the naked eye will be the function of the corn starch (crunching snow), wire brush (cash register drawer opening), cellophane (cigar lighting), and on and on. One of the real tricks for the actors to master, says de Veer, is “waiting a beat or two for the sound effects to happen,” something for which actors in a traditional piece of live theater don’t have to make an allowance. “It’s a whole other animal.”

Eric Hodges praises Ohio State emergency preparedness in WGLT interview.
“I was following it throughout the morning, and the responses they had on social media, the posts they had out there, and the cooperation among all the law enforcement agencies involved really seemed top notch.” – Eric Hodges

Lora Wey talks Giving Tuesday.
“We’re pleased to have three consecutive years of increases in donors and dollars,” said Lora Wey, executive director of annual giving at ISU. “This speaks to the loyalty of our alumni and other donors.”

Lane Crothers notes Schock indictments weaken public trust.
“It’s clear there’s a significant portion of the population that has this cynical attitude. When something like this happens, it reconfirms that attitude. We’re particularly prone to do this with politics,” said Crothers.

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