In the News: Cross on Ferguson at KMOV; Minnis ’06 on gaming at KPLR; Boyd-Fenger in LN

| January 28, 2015

Recent news media coverage involving Webster University community members includes:

Cross at KMOV: A ‘Ferguson Effect’ on Crime Rates?

Did the increased load on police resources during Ferguson protests and associated unrest have a connection to a recent spike in crime? The St. Louis chief of police and mayor suspect so, and a KMOV (Channel 4) story on that question sought the expertise of Remy Cross, Webster professor of criminology and sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences.

From the piece:

Cross says criminals notice when there is a lack of police in an area for an extended period of time and it will take time for crime rates to return to where they were before Ferguson.

“Crime isn’t a faucet where you turn it on, turn it off,” Cross explained.  “Where you apply police to the area crime instantly ceases.”

Read more and watch the clip with Cross on Webster’s campus at

KPLR: Minnis ’06 Creating Gaming Industry in St. Louis

Webster alumnus Jeff Minnis ’06 has been featured in the past by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology for his entrepreneurship. Now the founder of Jeff’s Computers is featured on KPLR-TV for his newest venture, Plazsoft, which is preparing to launch its first game, Yargis, using the cloud to host on Amazon servers.

From the story:

Working with the St. Louis Science Center he’s been beta testing his 21st century retro space shooter.

“It uses real world physics so if you stop moving you keep flying in the direction you were before,” says Minnis.

Minnis included a level editor so you can go from space ship pilot to programmer and create your own levels. In the process he’s created opportunities for 40 friends and collaborators.

‘The music was created in St. Louis, the graphics were created in St. Louis, the game engine was created in St. Louis,” says Minnis. “So everything was created right here. One of my goals is to create a huge technology center in St. Louis.”

And why not shoot for the stars if you’re going to dream big.

Read more and watch the clip at

Boyd-Fenger ’84 MA ’94 in Ladue News on a Life in Education

Webster University alumna Kathy Boyd-Fenger ’84, MA ’94 was featured for her career in education, including many roles at Logos School, as part of the Ladue News “Dynamic People” series.

Read the full profile at

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