Stetson University In The News, Dec. 2-8, 2022

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Jacob deGrom pitching with the Stetson Hatters in college
Jacob deGrom pitching with the Stetson Hatters in college.

• ESPN, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press, the London Free Press and more than 155 other media outlets reported that Major League Baseball pitcher and Stetson alumnus Jacob deGrom left the New York Mets to sign with the Texas Rangers. The New York Daily News  headlined its Dec. 2 story, “Jacob deGrom bolts Mets for Texas Rangers for deal reportedly worth $185M over 5 years” and noted: “It’s a devastating blow to the team that drafted him out of Stetson University in the ninth round of the 2010 draft. The Mets found the converted shortstop and helped develop him into one of the premier pitchers in the world.”

MSN and more than 10 other media outlets carried the companion story, “Mets fans, media react to deGrom signing with Rangers: ‘What the hell, Jake?’ ” Forbes published the Dec. 3 story, “Rewards Likely Outweigh the Risks as Texas Rangers Sign Jacob deGrom.” Radio station WFAN-NY covered the story in a Dec. 4 fan call-in broadcast segment. Boardroom posted the Dec. 5 story “Jacob deGrom Contract & Salary Breakdown.”

• Reason quoted Christopher Ferguson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, in its January 2023 issue in the story, “In Defense of Algorithms.” Pre-existing mental health problems can combine with non-digital life stressors to create “pathological technology use,” Ferguson said. But “parents come along or politicians come along and all they can see is” the symptom, so they think “let’s take the video games away, or Facebook or Instagram away, and everything will be resolved. In reality, that’s not the case at all.” Conservative Angle also posted the story.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, JD

• Mother Jones and Heavy Hype quoted Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Dec. 1 story, “This MAGA PAC Raised Nearly $2 Million Off the Trucker Protests. Where Did All the Money Go?” “It is very odd to use a PAC to help fund a trucker protest when the truckers are not running for office,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “The point of running a PAC is that you are raising and spending money to influence an ongoing election.”

• Radio station WNMF interviewed Law Professor Louis Virelli for the broadcast segment, “Recap of Warren v. DeSantis trial; plus Tampa Police Chief resigns” as part of  its Dec. 6 program Tuesday Café.

Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD

• Bounding Into Comics and quoted a study by Christopher Ferguson, PhD,  Professor of Psychology, in the Dec. 1 story, “ ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ to Remove Term ‘Race’ From Game Lexicon Due to Its ‘Prejudiced Links Between Real World And Fantasy Peoples.’ ” Ferguson, writing in the study, said he found “no association between D&D and racism, and most people including POC don’t find ‘evil’ orcs offensive. The D&D game was not associated with ethnocentrism in real life, nor did a consensus of individuals, including People of Color, find the depiction to be offensive or racist . . . It appears that, if we are serious about addressing race issues in the United States and internationally, focusing on monster depictions in the D&D game may not be the most fruitful avenue.”

• The Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal profiled Anthony Hose, Orchestra Director, in the Dec. 1 story, “Rhyl Town Hall to host concert by Welsh Chamber Orchestra.”

Other Stories

• Hometown News profiled Yiorgos Bakamitsos, PhD, Dean, School of Business Administration, Professor of Marketing in the Dec. 1 story, “Stetson names dean of business school.” The West Volusia News also briefed the story.

Sue Ryan

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson’s duPont-Ball Library and Sue Ryan, MLS, Dean of the duPont-Ball Library and Learning Technologies, in the Dec. 1 story, “Legacy of Bert Fish lingers in West Volusia.”

• Radio station WMFE interviewed Law Professor Louis Virelli for a Dec. 7 broadcast segment on the independent state legislature theory.

• Florida State University News cited Stetson’s Department of Religion Studies in the Dec. 1 post,  “Faculty and Staff Briefs: November 2022.”

• The Florida Phoenix cited Stetson Law student Andrew Madry in the Dec. 2 story, “Warren v. DeSantis: Governor’s aide, Warren’s aide, were key witnesses.”

• Northeast Times, Punjab Live and more than 60 other media outlets posted the Dec. 3 story, “27th Stetson Moot Court Competition hosted by SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat.”

• Legal Theory Blog cited Andrew Appleby, Associate Professor of Law, and Tomer Stein, Bruce R. Jacob Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, in the Dec. 5 post, “Appleby on Multistate Business Entities.”

• WUSF Public Media interviewed Adjunct Law Professor and former Judge Scott Stephens in the Dec. 5 story, “Looking into the implications of the Andrew Warren trial.”

• The Tampa Bay Times profiled Cathy Martin, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development at Stetson Law, and her husband Jim in the Dec. 4 story, “At this home in St. Petersburg, Christmas is a welcome challenge.”

duPont-Ball Library
duPont-Ball Library

• WWSB − ABC7 News interviewed Law alumnus and Adjunct Law Professor Jay Wolfson in the Dec. 6 broadcast segment, “Emergency Order for Closing at the Cottages of Bradenton Assisted Living Facility.”

• HappeningNext cited Stetson’s duPont-Ball Library in the Dec. 7 post, “Paranormal Museum Tours.”

• WLRN Radio interviewed Adjunct Law Professor and former Judge Scott Stephens for a Dec. 7 broadcast on the Warren v. DeSantis trial.

Alumni News

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal cited alumnus Marcus Sanfilippo and alumna Donelle Evensen  in the Dec. 1 story, “ ‘It’s quite humbling’: Meet Flagler Schools’ Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year.”

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• published the Dec. 2 column, “Is the Bible Anti-Women?” by alumna Blair Parke.

• Tampa Bay Business & Wealth cited Law alumnus Zane Hedaya in the Dec. 1 story, “The truth, trials and triumphs of Carrie Charles.”

• South Carolina Lawyers Weekly cited Law alumnus Bo Roberts in the Nov. 28 story, “Holliday Ingram promotes 2 on leadership team.”

• Florida Bar News cited State Rep. Will Robinson, a Law alumnus, in the Dec. 2 post, “Florida Speaker Paul Renner appoints full house leadership team.”

• Atlanta Business Chronicle profiled alumna Lauren Fernandez in the Dec. 2 story, “Former franchisee Lauren Fernandez helps restaurateurs build their brands.”

• Tampa Bay Newswire profiled Law alumnus Matthew Kelly in the Dec. 6 post, “Hill Ward Henderson Welcomes Five Attorneys.”

• SCNOW profiled alumna Emily McConnell in the Dec. 6 post, “McConnell joins HopeHealth Pediatrics in Manning.”