In the News: Music alum in STLMag; Cross on Ferguson; Polgar on chess’ most-watched star

| August 29, 2014

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Music Alum Featured in STL Mag

Webster University alumnus Mark Wallace, who studied in the Department of Music in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, is featured in the “Seven Questions” segment of St. Louis Magazine, which introduces him:

A 2012 graduate of Webster University’s music program, he joins a growing cast of players from that school making a name for themselves in St. Louis and beyond.

In coming weeks, a couple of Wallace’s projects have notable events happening. On Tuesday, September 16, Guerrilla Swing will play the music of Randy Newman at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. and will touch on all aspects of that songwriter’s career. And on Tuesday, September 30, at 7 p.m., Mt. Thelonious will release “Other People’s Music,” a short EP of cover songs. The event takes place at Maplewood’s Stone Spiral Coffee and Curios, 2500 Sutton.

Regarding your creative habits, are you a night owl or an early bird?

I love what I do, and feel like I’m getting away with something, being able to play music for a living. So consequently I feel pressure to maintain a strict practice routine that holds some semblance of a normal routine or work day.

Read the full Q&A at STLMag.

Cross on Public Radio about Outsiders in Ferguson

What kind of “outsiders” turned protests into violence during the recent turmoil in Ferguson? In an article on that question, NPR affiliate St. Louis Public Radio sought insight from criminologist Remy Cross, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology & Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences:

“The people that are often kind of engaging in a lot of the more violent behavior are outsiders one way or another,” he said.

Some of the individuals who engaged in violence in Ferguson were  not from the area or even the state, Cross said. But “outsider” can also refer to people who are from the area but are interested in the protests only because they provide an opportunity to engage in criminal activity.

“Once it turns into that sort of situation, you do get people who have been roused to participate, to stand up for themselves,” he said. “I don’t think it can be understated that you’re talking about a community that feels they have been deprived of some of their fundamental rights.”

Read more of his comments in the full article at St. Louis Public Radio.

Polgar Chess Insight at St. Louis Public Radio

Six of the top nine chess players in the world are in St. Louis this week for the Sinquefeld Cup championship, and St. Louis Public Radio turned to Webster head coach Susan Polgar for insight on the competition, particularly for what’s behind the hype around current champion Magnus Carlsen:

“He’s absolutely recognized by everybody, they follow him, it’s like Tiger Woods used to be when he broke into the world of golf,” said Susan Polgar, a grandmaster, winner of four world championships, five Olympic gold medals and head of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Webster University.

Read the full story here.

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