Monthly Archives: October 2009

Boston Globe bidding deadline

With the bidding deadline for the Boston Globe here, some question if the two potential buyers – the California investment firm Platinum Equity, and the Taylor family – can handle the reported $115 milion in pension liabilities.  Journalism Professor Fred Bayles, a former AP and USA Today reporter and long-time Globe watcher, says this all reflects […]

Creative Writing Program Celebrates Legacy of Robert Lowell

The Creative Writing Program will host The Robert Lowell Memorial Lectures tonight at 7:30 PM in room 206 of the Photonics Center. The event will feature acclaimed poet and BU alum Carl Phillips, recent graduate Brandy Barents and professor Rosanna Warren. The lectures bring a distinguished writer to campus each semester to read alongside a […]

Healthcare reform heads to the floor

The great healthcare-reform debate now moves to the floor of the House and Senate where Democrats wrestle with balancing priorities between affordable insurance and comprehensive benefits.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “In Urgent Need of Reform: Saving the U.S. Healthcare System,” says it’s a false choice which doesn’t address the need for […]

D.C. considers gay marriage

The D.C. Council is considering a bill to legalize gay marriages in the District of Columbia.  The question is, will Congress block it?  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on the same-sex marriage national debate, says the answer revolves around whether conservatives will expend their political capital on this symbolic issue. Contact Linda […]

Treasury less than candid with bailout

A report from the inspector general overseeing the government’s bailout of the banking system says the Treasury Department was less than candid last fall about the health of the bailed-out banks.  Visiting law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, a former SEC attorney and Wall Street lawyer, says such lack of transparancy is what caused a run on […]

Nike denies Vick re-sign

Despite what his agent said, NFL quarterback Michael Vick has not re-signed an endorsment deal with Nike, which had dumped Vick two year ago following his arrest for bankrolling a dog-fighting ring.  College of Communication Professor Chris Cakebread, who teaches sports marketing and advertising, says the risk to Nike is minimal one way or the […]

BofA CEO Lewis resigning

After months of legal scrutiny of Bank of America’s takeover of Merrill Lynch, BofA CEO Ken Lewis says he’ll step down at year’s end.  School of Management Professor James Post, an authority on corporate governance and business ethics, says the momentous changes that Lewis orchestrated left BofA vulnerable and Lewis himself personally accountable. “What brought […]

From Nutrition Professor Joan Salge Blake:

According to Registered Dietitian and healthy eating expert Joan Salge Blake, “An apple a day could keep the cardiologist at bay…Full of heart-healthy fiber, potassium, and natural sweetness, go hog wild with this season’s bounty of crisp fall apples. Take heart in knowing that a healthy diet rich in fruits, such as apples, and veggies […]