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Samford in the News – Week of April 22, 2013

Posted on 2013-04-28 by Chandra Splond (205) 726-4560

Hartzog Shares Thoughts on Internet Defamation

After a photo of a teen with Down syndrome went viral and spawned defamatory images, his family is suing. "The fact of the matter is that people are defamed in actionable ways on the Internet all the time, but the cost involved in bringing a defamation lawsuit is so great most people simply don't act on it," Woodrow Hartzog, assistant professor at the Cumberland School of Law told The City Paper in Nashville.


Carroll Clarifies Bombing Suspects Treatment

Many have questioned why alleged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev wasn't read his Miranda Rights when he was arrested. Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll told Birmingham's Fox affiliate, "There is a public safety exemption that the Supreme Court created."


Biggio Discusses Boston Marathon Bombing

While a manhunt was underway for the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing, many wondered if the brothers acted alone. In news segments on Birmingham's Fox affiliate, political science professor Nancy Biggio said the fact that both suspects failed to leave the country with an exit strategy shows this may not be a state sponsored attack. "It's purely speculation that this could have been not just two individuals but a small cell operating independently or may to prove itself to a larger organization."


Old Howard 100 Receives Statewide Media Attention

Samford University's annual Old Howard 100 bike ride on April 20 drew statewide media attention in Alabama, primarily through and television outlets. The ride had a record number of participants and fundraising. Roger Weston of Fairport, N.Y., said "The cemetery and large oaks covered with the Spanish moss in Selma and the churches and old southern homes are what I will forever remember."


Divinity School Anniversary Draws Local Attention

The April 23 commemoration of Beeson Divinity School's 25th anniversary was covered in a story distributed widely by The Rev. Richard Bewes, a retired clergyman from England, preached a sermon on the prophet Jeremiah as part of the celebration. "Let's say it to each other: Every generation has to learn these gospel lessons all over again, and has to fight the same battles all over again," he said. "People forget so soon. Preachers must keep praying, believing and proclaiming, and expect to hear that little voice inside that whispers, 'The Lord will use you. Somebody's life is going to be changed, in the next few minutes.'"


George Praises Wilberforce Award Winner

In his role as chair of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George praised the selection of Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York as the 2013 William Wilberforce Award winner. "Certainly Cardinal Dolan has been a tremendous encourager to Catholics," but also to other Christians, George said in a story distributed by EWTN and other media outlets. "He's had a unique position from his base in New York to speak out clearly and boldly, but also winsomely."


Nick Williams Chosen in NFL Draft

Samford University student and former football player Nick Williams was chosen in the 7th round of the National Football League's draft on April 27. His selection garnered wide media attention, both during the live ESPN broadcast of the draft and in follow-up stories locally and nationally.

A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list.



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