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Media Coverage

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Running With Ghosts: A Memoir of Surviving Childhood Cancer got a lot of wonderful media coverage. Below is a list (with links) to all the stories that were done on Matt and the book. BUY IT NOW! • News@Fairfield had this piece online today about the upcoming reading and book talk at the Fairfield University bookstore. • Matt wrote this piece for Fairfield University’s blog, ThinkSpace. It’s focused on the writing of Running With Ghosts. […]

Big raises for some administrators at Ashland University; job cuts for the faculty

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By Matt Tullis Eleven days before about 23 Ashland University faculty — many of them tenured — received letters letting them know their jobs were being terminated, the university announced that Scott Van Loo was being promoted from vice president of marketing and enrollment to executive vice president. Van Loo held the job of executive vice president for a little more than a year before leaving to become vice president of enrollment at Cedarville University, […]

The Lake Effect: Lessons Learned from a Life Well Written

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The following was written by Fairfield University senior Nicole Funaro for my Sports Journalism course. The assignment called on them to interview a nationally-recognized sports writer. Nicole talked with Thomas Lake. — Matt By Nicole Funaro It only took two rings before I was greeted with a cautious “hello.” His voice sounded like he had been debating whether or not to pick up, and understandably so, considering an unknown Connecticut number lit up the screen […]

Lawsuit against Ashland University will define value of tenure

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Ashland University recently announced that it granted tenure to three faculty members. I worked with two of the faculty who received tenure prior to leaving for Fairfield University in Connecticut last year. While I am incredibly happy that the hard work these faculty have done has been recognized, I worry that the reward of tenure is meaningless at AU. In August 2015, several tenured faculty — the university has never actually said how many — […]

The Bridge

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There’s an enclosed pedestrian bridge that spans Locust Street in Akron. It connects a parking garage and medical building to the third floor entrance of Akron Children’s Hospital. I crossed that bridge on January 4, 1991. I was scared, tired, still not sure of what was going on. I didn’t know why I was in Akron, other than the fact that I had been exhausted for the last couple weeks, that I had a severe […]

Queen of the Zoo

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I wrote this story in December 2006 for the Columbus Dispatch as Colo, the world’s first captive-born gorilla, was about to turn 50 years old. Even then, she was the oldest-known gorilla in the world. Hard to believe she has just turned 60 years old. One of the things I loved most about doing this story was watching Tom Dodge make the amazing portrait of Colo that ran as dominant art on Page 1. ____________________________________ By […]

A couple pieces on school inequality worth checking out

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This piece was written Yohuru Williams, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University (my new dean, by the way, something I couldn’t be happier about, both in my joining Fairfield and having him as a dean) on school inequality, why charter schools are not the answer and outlining why those salivating over charter schools are misappropriating the Civil Rights Movement. There’s one thought that really stands out in a piece […]