In the News: Farish’s book in Slice; Corrigan on Asian carp; Rishe on golf; Barnidge on Israel; Philippone, Rhoderick in art initiative

| July 28, 2014
Creative writing professor Murray Farish's debut collection

Creative writing professor Murray Farish’s debut collection of stories

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Farish’s “Inappropriate Behavior”

Murray Farish, English and creative writing assistant professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, was interviewed in Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine that publishes both emerging and established authors, about his debut short story collection, “Inappropriate Behavior.” Book editor and Slice creative director Celia Johnson describes Farish’s work:

Murray Farish’s characters are familiar at first. One could be your neighbor, that person you pass on the street, maybe a relative. A few might even seem pretty close to you. Then each story grows darker. Some of his tales dip suddenly. Others sink gradually, so that you are unaware of the depths you’ve reached until the very end.

Farish’s author photo for the article was taken by English department representative Karen Miller. Click through to read the July 22 article, “One Author, Seven Questions: An Interview with Murray Farish.”

Corrigan’s ‘Environmental Missouri’ in

School of Communications faculty member Don Corrigan‘s discussed local environmental issues in a July 19 article at, “So You Want to Learn About the Environment?” Corrigan’s latest book, “Environmental Missouri,” is the first comprehensive guide to local and state environmental issues in the Show-Me State.

In the article, Corrigan shares insights to topics ranging from the negative impacts resulting from the overpopulation of Asian carp: “They are a tremendous threat to sport fishing and they take over,” to sustainability practices in Missouri, which has “no shortage of educators motivated to get kids into the woods for some outdoor learning.”

Rishe on ‘Tiger Effect’

Patrick Rishe, professor of business in the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, was quoted prominently in this NBC News story on golf’s dwindling popularity. The story also ran on the network’s national show “Nightly Business Report.”

Rishe pointed to Tiger Woods as the cause of what could have been golf’s peak in popularity:

“Tiger Woods changed the game and interest in it,” said Pat Rishe, professor of sports economics at Webster University in St. Louis. “We got spoiled by all he did when he was winning. He created a spike in golf that we’re unlikely to see again.”

Barnidge on Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Robert Barnidge, lecturer and coordinator of international relations in the College of Arts & Sciences, was quoted in the St. Louis Jewish Light after he offered a contextual overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at a recent community briefing at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Kopolow Building. About 160 people heard different perspectives on current events.

“If a Palestinian state is going to be formed,” he said, “it needs to be formed as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has agreed to, which is by negotiations.” Resolution of many issues, Barnidge said, “could result only after permanent status negotiations.  These include security, borders, Jerusalem, refugees and others.  So I think it would be premature to do anything other than a package deal.”

Philippone, Rhoderick CSA STL involvement in Riverfront Times

Caroline Philippone ’09, a photo lab tech in the School of Communications, is among the first producers for CSA STL, a community-supported model for connecting St. Louis with art. The initiative, which seeks to change the way St. Louis pays for art by adapting the community supported agriculture model for the fine arts, has been covered again in the Riverfront Times.

Philippone is among nine jury-selected artists from St. Louis. Art collectors can buy a “share” and get nine unique pieces from the artists in the group.

Also featured in the RFT story is Gardiner Rhoderick, one of the three organizers behind CSA STL and the creative team lead in Webster’s Global Marketing & Communications.

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