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Posts Tagged ‘University of Texas at Austin’

STUDY: Abstaining from Alcohol Will Cause Premature Death

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Yeah, that’s what I thought as well.

I began searching for “paid by the same cats that brought you Jack Daniels distillery,” but what I found was enough to make a hobo stand up and shout “Amen!”

This study was conducted by psychologist Charles Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin. While that sounds impressive, a clinical psychologist smoking a fru-fru pipe standing in his white jacket and smart inscription “Charles Holahan, M.D.” I used my hack-turned-flack journalist Spidey Sense to ascertain something that was rather fishy.

The study 20 years in the making after the jump…

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UT Austin’s New Holiday Game: ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant’ on Campus

illegal-immigrant-gameI love being a Texan, and most of what that implies.

You know, aside from the bigoted castigation placed upon this state by some of our native dolts. However, when you travel down south to the state capitol of Austin and visit the Survivor Island known as ‘The University of Texas at Austin‘, it is easy to ascertain that the Lone Star state needs to get a ninja star (shuriken, for those not in the martial arts know) hurled into its stereotypical cowboy ass.

First reported by the sage minds at the Texas Tribune, the campus group ‘Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT)‘ thought it would be a fun game to play “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” on campus. And the reward for said incarceration? A $25 gift card. Oh yeah, and it gets even awesomer…

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Study: PR Pros Are Much More Than ‘Yes Men’

Today in News We Already Knew, a recent study tells us that PR professionals aren’t all about representing their clients–they’re also dedicated to serving the public interest. In fact, they’re sometimes more concerned with maintaining ethical standards than with their duty to their own organizations.

The full study, which is unfortunately not available to the public, appeared in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality (which sounds fascinating, doesn’t it?). Author Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D., a lecturer on journalism and public relations at Baylor University, and co-author Minette Drumwright, Ph.D., associate professor of advertising at the University of Texas at Austin, conducted in-depth interviews with 30 executive-level PR pros, each with an average of 27 years’ experience in the industry. Most had served as chief public relations officers in organizations ranging from government groups and non-profits to major corporations.

Other findings:

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