Monthly Archives: October 2008

College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler on presidential race

Tom Fiedler, Dean of the College of Communication, appears on Reuters-TV. Speaking from the BU studio, Dean Fiedler discusses whether character attacks work in a presidential campaign.

CDS market probes

Law Professor Charles Whitehead, a securities-law expert now at BU Law after 20 years as an in-house counsel in international securities and banking, comments on CDS market probes: “The credit default swap market is a predictive market, meaning that CDS spreads tend to widen in advance of changes in the price of an issuer’s stocks. […]

Bailout pushing banking mergers

Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law and its related Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at the Boston University School of Law, offers commentary on how the bailout is now pushing banking mergers.   “Treasury is now concerned that its huge equity infusion will be used by […]

Feds/NY join in CDS trading probe

Law professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law, corporate governance, and legal ethics, comments on the Feds/NY joining in the CDS trading probe: “Historically, Americans were deeply suspicious of government power. It is not by chance that American enforcement units have been so many and competed with each other. How come they have been […]

Signed letter by academic economists in support of bailout plan

In response to last week’s signed letter by economists, sent to congressional leaders opposing the government bailout plan, a group of academic economists lead by Boston University’s Laurence Kotlikoff, have signed a letter in support of the plan before Congress dealing with the financial crisis. Below is that letter, addressed to the Speaker of the […]

Tips for What to Do with the Leftover Halloween Candy

Joan Salge Blake, Registered Dietician and healthy eating expert from Boston University, offers tips for what to do with the leftover Halloween candy: The WORST thing that you can do, which many people do, is to bring the leftovers to work! The logic is that you “get it out of the house”. However, it is […]

PTSD and women in combat

Of the 190,000 military women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, 20 percent of them will likely develop post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) a debilitating, life-threatening anxiety disorder. With women returning from combat deployments in greater numbers than ever before in U.S. history, the Department of Veteran Affairs is scrambling to meet a […]

Lehman Brothers investigation

Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law, corporate governance, and legal ethics, comments on grand juries looking into actions of Lehman Brothers. “Do not blame Lehman Brothers. The examinations of its actions are unnecessary. Many large financial institutions adopted the same practices and developed the so-called market that we now have. “Rationally, a […]

Tribune Co. to drop Associated Press

  Professor Lou Ureneck, Journalism Department chairman in the College of Communication and former deputy editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, comments on the Tribune Company’s decision to drop AP news service. “If the Tribune follows through and actually drops the AP, it will hurt the Tribune more than the AP, but it is not a […]

“Joe the Plumber”

Tobe Berkovitz, Associate Dean of the College of Communication, comments on “Joe the Plumber” becoming a political symbol.  “So what’s with the politicians’ fascination with plumbers at election time? We have Joe the Plumber taking center stage as the symbol of the economic meltdown’s impact on small business owners.  ” “There’s nothing new under the sun, […]