UNCP Professors Appear on CNN


CNN, the leading 24-hour television news network, recently tapped two UNC Pembroke professors as expert commentators.

 David Fricke    Stan Knick
David Fricke   Stan Knick

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 foundation funds.

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 Atlanta.


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.