December 12, 2007
Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition!
Matthew Murray’s attack on members of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs last Sunday ended when an “armed volunteer” drew her weapon and shot him multiple times. Police say Murray died by his own hand, but it doesn’t change the fact the Jeanne Assam and others came to church carrying concealed weapons, and they did so with the blessing of church elders.
An armed congregation is now part of the emergency management plan in a good many places of worship. That’s what I learned from today’s Denver Post and this story titled, “Weapons in Church? For everything there is a time.” It was unsettling news to me, but I’m sure it was comforting to the dozens of New Life church members who are alive today thanks to Ms. Assam’s quick reactions and steady aim.
“It’s a sad necessity,” says Gary Schneeberger of Focus on the Family, another church in Colorado Springs. “This is the world we live in. Our organizations would be irresponsible if we weren’t prepared.”
Doug Olsen of the Woodman Valley Chapel is quoted in the Post story as well:
“At schools you can lock strangers out and tell the kids to watch out for strangers. A church should open its doors to everybody, according to the Bible. We want strangers. We want people who are in trouble.” Read the rest of this entry »
September 2, 2007
A little-known feature of our School’s fabulous new home, Franklin Hall, is the view from the restrooms. For example, when nature calls you to the 3rd-floor men’s room, you’re treated to an expansive view of the oak grove on front campus while you do your stand up routine. It’s awesome.
At first, I thought it the work of architectural genius. I mean, how many people have a whizzer with a view? Then I learned that the mirror-finish windows only appear to be mirrored — an illusion created by the morning sun. In fact, on overcast mornings and dark nights, the folks outside can sometimes see inside.
As a blogger, I’m already a bit of an exhibitionist. It’s part of the job description. But I gotta draw the line when it comes to putting one’s bladder functions on public display. Read the rest of this entry »
January 15, 2007
By now, you’ve heard the story of the 28-year-old California woman who died after drinking too much water in a radio-station contest. The story spread across the globe like lightning. I’d laugh if it weren’t so tragic.
Seems the woman was a contestant in a radio-station gimmick called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii.” The winner? The person who drank the most water without making a trip to the can. The prize was a Nintendo Wii video game worth about $500. Read the rest of this entry »
December 16, 2006
My students think I’m a throwback. In part it’s because of the offbeat contemporary references I bring to class. You see, I stay up on events thanks to a secret source my students seldom tap: the morning newspaper. It’s not a habit most 20somethings have acquired yet.
While the morning headlines fuel conversations, they also offer lessons in public relations. Just yesterday I read with highlighter in hand, marking passages I could use in class, and in this post. So here ya go. Read the rest of this entry »
October 20, 2006
A colleague just sent me this link to a story from Online Media Daily — a story that says the Edleman-Walmart story still has legs — or maybe tentacles. For the record, OMD is where I first read about the Edelman-Walmart mess last week — and they got it right that time.
Nothing from Richard Edelman or Steve Rubel as yet.
I was willing to accept Edelman’s mea culpa of Monday. I mean, we all screw up from time to time.
But I can’t help but ask: What else don’t we know?
October 15, 2006
I don’t envy my friends working in corporate communications at Goodyear. It’s been a while since they had to cross a picket line to get to work. And if that picket line stays up much longer, those on the line and those in the offices are in trouble.
I’m kind of a tire nut, believe it or not. My career began in the Akron, Ohio, 30 years ago as a young reporter covering the tire business. That year, Goodyear endured a 142-day strike that had the Rubber City tied up in knots. A few years later, the industry was closing plants left and right, and three of the Big 4 tiremakers (Goodrich, General and Firestone) were acquired by foreign competitors and left town. I was way ahead of them! Read the rest of this entry »
October 4, 2006
Students in my Media Relations & Publicity class at Kent State take turns presenting current-events cases to kick off each class meeting. It’s called the 3-minute drill, an idea stolen from PR and crisis management maven Jim Lukaszewski and brought to our school by my new colleague, Jeanette Drake.
Nicole’s presentation yesterday focused on the violent deaths of the Amish girls in Pennsylvania. She suggested a number of questions about what the event will mean to public relations pros and their clients.
A sober discussion followed and some lessons emerged: Read the rest of this entry »