In the News: Rocero talks gender issues; Rishe on sports betting; STLBJ on Ferguson; Corrigan’s book as model

| November 20, 2014

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Rocero Discusses Transgender Issues, Inclusiveness on Channel 5

Wednesday night’s guest speaker Geena Rocero was interviewed live on NBC affiliate KSDK-TV to discuss the topics covered in her lecture at Webster University.

Rocero, who has appeared in Macy’s catalogs, Hanes ads, a John Legend video and more during her modeling career, was on Webster’s home campus to share her own experience exploring her gender identity, as well as the strides she and her organization, Gender Proud, are making for the transgender community today. Rocero examined the issues of depression, anxiety, and cyber bullying, offering a challenge to students to be more accepting by fostering a welcoming campus community.

Her visit was sponsored by Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs, the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, and the Student Activity Fee.

Watch the video of Rocero’s interview at KSDK.

Rishe on Possibility of Legal Pro Sports Betting

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology professor Patrick Rishe appeared on CNBC with NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs to discuss the likelihood of getting federal legislation on sports gambling and the push to legalize pro sports betting. Rishe cautioned that while the promise of revenue from currently “under the table” betting is high, real net gains for states would be lower than that because it divert other existing consumer spending.

Watch the segment with Rishe at CNBC.

Business Journal on Ferguson Impact on Local Universities

The St. Louis Business Journal talked to spokespeople from several St. Louis-area colleges, including Webster University, for an article on whether unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson has impacted enrollment. These institutions have been in close collaboration with each other and with regional agencies, including the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Office of the St. Louis County Executive and local police departments to maintain a safe learning environment and continued preparation for emergencies.

Corrigan’s ‘Enviromental Missouri’ Called a Template for All 50 States

An article on School of Communication’s professor Don Corrigan’s book, “Environmental Missouri” appeared in the fall issue of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) magazine earlier this month.

The piece in the SEJ Quarterly argued that Corrigan’s book could be a template for books in each of the 50 states providing a catalog of environmental issues that citizens of each state should be concerned about.

The article also noted Corrigan’s final book chapter on sustainability as an approach to dealing with such issues as fossil fuel consumption and the carbon footprint of families and individual citizens.

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