Monthly Archives: September 2009

Vintage Bazaar & Book Sale Today

The Boston University’s Women’s Council is hosting a Vintage Bazaar & Book Sale today from 11-6 at the GSU to benefit their scholarship fund for BU Women Graduate Students.  Items for sale will include period clothing, hats, scarves, and belts, china plates, records, DVDs, holiday decorations, artwork, and vintage jewelry.  There will also be a […]

Amending the Baucus plan

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are seeking amendments to the healthcare reform bill offerd by Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus to make it more affordable for middle-class Americans.  School of Management Professor Alan Cohen, executive director of the Health Policy Institute, says a smart amendment under consideration would require employers to offer a […]

SCOTUS faces cross ruling

The Supreme Court soon will take up a church vs. state case pitting veterans groups and the Interior Department against the ACLU and a former Park Service worker.  It’s about a cross erected on public land 75 years ago as a WWI veterans’ memorial.  Law Professor Jay Wexler, author of “Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to […]

Obama’s TV blitz

With five Sunday TV talk shows and the Letterman show on Monday, President Obama is launching an unprecedented media blitz on behalf of his healthcare reform initiatives.  College of Communications Professor Tobe Berkovitz, an expert on political communications, jokes about all-Obama-all-the-time. “Obama’s appearance on Letterman squelches the theory that the White House requested that GE […]

Israel says no to Gaza inquiry

Israel has dismissed the UN fact-finding mission’s recommendation that the Israeli government launch an independent investigation into “serious violations” of international law during last year’s war in Gaza.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former ABC News Middle East correspondent and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says the UN report authored by South African jurist […]

Tough Holiday Season Expected

A new report indicates that retailers and suppliers are expecting a tough holiday season, with fully 67 percent of retailers planning to stock less inventory than in 2008.  School of Management marketing Professor Shuba Srinivasan says, given this outlook, expect that discount retailers will continue to be the big winners. “What will matter is paying […]

Judge chucks SEC-BofA deal

A federal judge rejected a proposed $33 million deal between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bank of America over the banks’ lying to investors about $5.8 billion in bonuses given Merrill Lynch employees after BofA took over Merrill.   School of Management Professor James Post, an authority on corporate governance and business ethics, calls it ”a body blow” […]

Afghan president accused of treason

Presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah has accused incumbent Hamid Karzai of treason and called for a criminal probe into alleged election fraud.  College of Communication Professor Nick Mills, who has know Karzai since the 1980s when Mills ran BU’s Afghan Media Project, says such language borders on insurrection. “He wants Karzai out of the palace even […]

BPS Superintendent to Speak at SED

The School of Education Alumni Speaker Series is hosting an evening with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Dr. Carol Johnson, tonight beginning at 6 PM in the School of Education (Rm 130) at 2 Silber Way. The lecture, entitled “The Challenge and Promise of Teaching,” will discuss Johnson’s belief in equity and access to […]

Media credibility dropping

The latest Pew Research Center survey of Americans’ attitudes about media now show nearly two-thirds believe that news stories often are inaccurate – a big shift since 1985 when only 34 percent felt that way.  Pulitzer-winning College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler thinks legitimate media are getting a bum rap. “Much of the negativity toward […]