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March changed lives of former WSU employees

We were there …

Elaine Zakarison, Pullman resident and daughter of Fred Yoder, founder of the sociology department, and LeRoy Ashby, retired history professor, are among members of the WSU community who have special memories of attending the March on Washington (D.C.) in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Text corrected 9:35am 8/30/2013

Officials learn new rules for chat on social media

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Political timesaver

Michael Rabby, an instructor in digital technology and culture at WSU Vancouver and a specialist in social media, says social media is a timesaver for politicians. “At the local level, it’s an easier means of communicating than going door to door… And it’s certainly less invasive.”

But the rise in politicized social media also creates what’s known as a silo effect. People take partisan sides from which they don’t deviate and follow only politicians with whom they agree, Rabby says.

Social media pitfalls

Music professor to explore Beethoven’s influence in Friday performance

Jeffrey Savage
Jeffrey Savage
Beethoven’s influence on piano development and the relevance of the sonata today will be explored by Jeffrey Savage, associate professor of music, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in Kimbrough Hall.

The performance is the first of the academic year in the WSU School of Music Faculty Artist Series. Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund. To view the fall schedule, visit Faculty Artist Series.

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Criminologist shares good lessons from bad times

Aug. 27 Common Reading Tuesday

Bryan Vila
Bryan Vila

Scores of missteps as a soldier and cop in hazardous places have prepared Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice and criminology, to make a career of studying deadly errors in his criminology lab at WSU Spokane.

His free, public presentation, “Mistaken Adventures around the Globe,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Smith CUE 203 will kick off the WSU Pullman Common Reading Program’s guest expert series for the 2013-14 academic year.

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Friends celebrate former House Speaker Foley

Former House Speaker Tom Foley
Former House Speaker Tom Foley
“He was amazingly effective at bringing people of different views together and finding compromises,” said Cornell Clayton, director of the Foley Institute for Public Policy at WSU.

For instance, Foley was an architect of the system that saw money for farm programs and food stamps combined in the same spending bill, Clayton said. That way the programs were guaranteed to win support from urban and rural lawmakers, he said.

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