Monthly Archives: March 2009

Geithner vs. Krugman

School of Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says the onging debate between Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and columnist and Nobel winner Paul Krugman is revealing. “The Geithner vs. Krugman debate is interesting.  At least we can be confident that Krugman hopes Geithner suceeds, unlike others with […]

How to think about online learning

Dean of Metropolitan College Jay Halfond comments on recent data showing that one in five college students is taking at least one course online.  Dean Halfond offers commentary on online learning and how it fits into today’s educational marketplace.

Microsoft’s new “PC-beats-Mac” ad a “no-brainer”

Advertising Professor Tom Fauls, a veteran of the ad industry, says Microsoft’s new advertising strategy emphasizing the lower cost of Windows PCs vs. Macs, is smart but may not gain much. “For Microsoft to leverage the value issue in the depths of the recession is a no-brainer.  This new spot is far less painful than […]

Associate Dean Tobe Berkovitz on Obama’s internet town hall meeting

Geithner calls for major overhaul of financial rules

Boston University Law School professors react to Treasury Secretary Geithner’s wide-ranging plan to overhaul financial regulation. Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors: “Secretary Geithner has kicked off the debate over regulatory reform starting with systemic risk.  Regrettably, the proposals […]

International Relations Professor Kevin Gallagher comments on Clinton’s trip to Mexico

Netanyahu promises peace effort

Journalism Professor Robert Zelnick, author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza“ and former ABC News correspondent, says that the Israeli Labor Party joining the coalition with Israeli PM-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s party means Netanyahu has an opportunity to make peace with the Palestinians. “The accord with Labor gives Netanyahu some flexibility to deal with both U.S. peacemaker George Mitchell and Palestinian negotiators […]

New oversight for non-bank financial entities

Former Deputy Comtroller of the Currency Robert Bench, now senior fellow at the BU School of Law’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says a new financial receivership regime must be created to permit the orderly “wind-down” of assets at non-bank financial institutions — like AIG and hedge funds. “Use of existing bankruptcy laws […]

Experts say play time can reduce stress in bad times

In today’s tough economic times, perhaps the biggest fear is depression.  So people work harder, head home to help with the chores and rest before starting the cycle anew. What’s really missing from this rigidity and high stress is play — the time for sports, enjoying friends, even going back to childhood activities. Not sure […]

Liberal v. Conservative Health-Care Reform?

School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, in a Reuters commentary, argues that it is false to suggest there are two equally viable paths to true health-care reform, one liberal and one conservative.  The author of “In Urgent Need of Reform: Saving the U.S. Healthcare System” explains how competition among private insurers will always produce large […]