Appear on CNN
CNN, the leading
24-hour television news network, recently tapped two UNC Pembroke professors
as expert commentators.
Dr. David Fricke,
assistant professor of finance in the School of Business, appeared on
the CNN television show "Talk Back Live" live from Atlanta
on Jan 2. He offered commentary on proposed changes in the airline industry.
Dr. Stan Knick,
director of UNCP's Native American Resource Center, appeared in a CNN
science article to discuss an archaeology site, located in the Biltmore
Forest near Asheville, N.C.
Dr. Fricke took
aim at two topics. The first was airlines charging for food during flights.
"I said, 'There
ain't no free lunch,'" Dr. Fricke said. "They were looking
for a few sound bites. I pointed out they have always charged for food,
and this will keep the cost of tickets lower in the future."
The second issue
was and ethical issue about donating lottery winnings to churches and
other charities, following the Salvation Army's recent refusal to accept
a windfall gift.
"I noted that
all business and life are a gamble. Once money goes into someone's pocket
- why distinguish?" he said.
This was Dr. Fricke's
second appearance on CNN. The first, while teaching at the University
of Connecticut, was a news feature on an investment program he created
in which students handled the investments for $1 million of the university's
What is the secret
to being an expert commentator on CNN?
"You put your
name out there, and the more exposure you get, the more likely you are
to be called again," Dr. Fricke said.
There are some fringe
benefits, the finance professor noted. Dr. Fricke, who is in his third
year at UNCP, said he took the family along for a vacation while in
Dr. Knick was contacted
by phone by a reporter from Winston Salem on a story about a Native
American archaeological site in the Biltmore Forest.
"Like I told
him, it is an important site because any time we can gain understanding
of Middle Woodland culture, then we are filling out a picture of what
we know about native people in North Carolina," Dr. Knick said.
Dr. Knick is not
involved with the site that has been protected because of its location
on the famous estate owned by the Vanderbilt family. He said the Middle
Woodland Indians, dating back to 200-300 A.D., are important because
it was a renaissance period of art, trade, government and culture.
The Woodland culture
spread all over North Carolina and beyond, he said. The Biltmore site
is believed to be at an important intersection of travel routes for
Native Americans that was used for centuries.
to University Newswire