May 8, 2013
Samford in the News – Week of April 29, 2013
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.
Carroll Comments on Gun Control
After a gun control bill was passed by the Alabama Senate, Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll said it's more about the message than the actual law. "It's reminiscent to other times the state of Alabama has said we are going to fight the federal government. So it has political value I suppose," he told several media sources, including Birmingham's Fox affiliate.
Ross Remarks on Litigants
In a recent National Law Journal article, "Judges Crack Under Pressure," Samford University law professor William Ross said one of the reasons why judicial incivility is increasing is because litigants have become less respectful to judges. Ross remarked that some litigants "may have taken their cue from courtroom dramas and television."
Carden Research Featured in 'Big Box' Story
A 2010 study by economists Charles Coutemanche and Art Carden, professors at the University of Louisville and Samford University respectively, found that Walmart causes grocery prices to decline when it enters a market. They studied Costco the following year and found the retailer tends to inflate a region's grocery prices by 1.4 percent at first and 2.7 percent over the long run. The information was used in a story widely distributed last week by nj.com and other New Jersey media outlets.
Beeson Anniversary Featured in ABP Story
Beeson Divinity School's recent 25th anniversary celebration was featured in a story distributed widely by Associated Baptist Press. Samford University President Andrew Westmoreland said he predicted 25 years ago that establishing the first divinity school at a Baptist college or university in the nation would be too risky to survive. He admitted that he was wrong, citing reasons including the "vision, intellect, courage, integrity, compassion and obedience" of the school's founding dean, Timothy George.
Pharmacy Volunteers Aid Shelby County Project
Volunteers from McWhorter School of Pharmacy were recognized in a news story widely distributed by al.com about a recent unwanted medication collection project in Shelby County, Ala. "This would not have been possible without the help of our supporters and volunteers who worked to promote the event, and the community's participation," Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Commander Lt. Kevin Turner stated.