In the News: Akande on Black November; Portnoy/Clewell Concert; Alumna Play Reviewed; Rishe on MLB, NCAA, NYC

| November 27, 2013

Recent news media coverage featuring Webster University community members includes:

With Thanksgiving only days away, St. Louis Fox affiliate Fox2 News turned to Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, to explain how Black Friday has turned into Black November. He says we are seeing a change in the psychology of shopping and saving with deals happening throughout the season.

Watch his interview for more.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumna’s Play Reviewed in Chicago

Webster University alumna Liz Edele is getting good reviews for her latest play, “The Peacock,” which performed in Chicago. The Webster English grad, under the pen name Calamity West, has seen her play reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Now, the Chicago Reader, and Windy City Media.

In the Tribune:

Calamity West — a young Chicago writer whose pen name suggests she should be slinging beers in a Deadwood saloon — is, without question, a name to watch.

Clewell, Portnoy Collaboration in Webster-Kirkwood Times

Last weekend’s concert, a collaboration by director of composition Kim Portnoy and the English Department’s David Clewell, was featured in the Webster-Kirkwood Times, also including the Department of Music’s Jeffrey Carter and Chamber Orchestra conductors Paul G. Davis and (assistant) Carolyn Day.

“I’ve been wanting to put the poems of David Clewell to music for years,” said Kim Portnoy, director of composition for the music school at Webster University. “This seemed like the right time.”


“David Clewell has resisted my ideas of putting his words to music for years, but he finally caved,” said Portnoy. “His words are very vivid and they always paint a notable picture.”

Rishe at Bloomberg, Forbes on Business of Sports

On the topic of the economics of sport, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology professor Patrick Rishe appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss attendance trends for New York-based pro sports teams.

Separately, Rishe has been busy with Forbes online columns about the Alex Rodriguez scandal, the massive financial and marketing implications of the Jameis Winston scandal at Florida State, and the high price of NCAA football tickets on the secondary market.

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  1. Deanna Snowden says:

    I attended the timely World Premier of Kim Portnoy’s tone poem of “Jack Ruby talks business with the new girl: the Carousel Club, November 21, 1963” by David Clewell with Jeffrey Carter giving voice to the poem. The evening was so special, I wondered if a recording is going to be made available.