Students release new version of Urban Devil mobile app


March 20, 2013

A new version of Urban Devil, a mobile app that lists events happening on and near Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus, is now available in app stores and online.

The calendar, with online, Android and iPhone versions, was developed by students in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s New Media Innovation Lab and launched in beta in August 2012. Download Full Image

"Urban Devil was good before, but it is even better now,” said Jarrod Nelson, a student who was part of the student development team. “My favorite part of Urban Devil 2.0 is that you can share your favorite events and deals on Facebook and Twitter. I also love that there are more deals and event available to students. The new Urban Devil has shown me new, fun places in downtown Phoenix I never knew about." 

The newest release adds more automated streams from the most active downtown events venues and makes it easier for local businesses and organizations to submit student-friendly events and specials directly into the app.  It also makes it easier to enter events spanning multiple dates and enables all users to share events they like with friends via email, Twitter and Facebook.

“Urban Devil was designed to answer the question, ‘What is there to do for students on campus and nearby?’” said Liz Smith, outreach director for the university vice provost’s office on the downtown campus. “Now that more events are posted and events are easier to post, the 2.0 version of the app should prove even more useful to students.”

The free app can be downloaded in the iTunes and Google Play stores and is also available online at urbandevil.asu.edu.

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Student wins award for small business contract writing


March 20, 2013

Meggan Medina, editor for the Arizona State Law Journal, was recently recognized by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) for a paper she authored on small business contracting.

The paper, "A Nightmare Trifecta for Small Business Contractors: False Claims Act, Implied Certification, and Presumed Loss Rule," was awarded honorable mention in the graduate research category in the 2013 NCMA W. Gregor Macfarlan Excellence in Contract Management Research and Writing Program. One of only two awards in the category.  Download Full Image

In it, Medina explored three federal legal rules that she says can be a potential disaster for small businesses. The rules were recently adopted to address the problem of small businesses abusing their priority status in federal government contracting.

However, Medina said, the changes could be harmful even to honest small business owners. 

“There is a legitimate problem of large businesses using small businesses as “fronts” to get advantages in federal contracts,” Medina said. “But there are also legitimate small businesses that might get accused of defrauding the government because they don’t understand the nuances of small business contracting regulations.” 

The paper explains the red flags small business owners should look for when partnering, and some of the practical ways they can protect their status.

“Sometimes law journal articles are too theoretical,” Medina said. “I wanted this paper to be more useful for practitioners.” 

The paper will be published in September in the 2013 Journal of Contract Management, NCMA’s chief publication.

Medina thanked her advisor, professor Amy Langenfeld, for her help and encouragement in shaping the article.

Before returning to school in 2010, Medina worked for small business government contractor The Cloudburst Group.  After she receives her law degree, she plans to return to work full-time as in-house counsel for the company.