Monthly Archives: December 2009

Copenhagen boycott ended

Poor nations ended their boycott of the global environment talks in Copenhagen on being assured rich countries aren’t softening their commitments to cutting greenhouse gases.  Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, is with a delegation of BU students at the Copenhagen talks.  Najam, an author of […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

Stumped and stressed as to what to get everyone this year? Here is my list of Holiday Gifts Made Deliciously Easy to help make this season less anxious and more fun.

SEC widens BofA/Merrill probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission is widening its probe of the Bank of American take-over Merrill Lynch to go beyond failing to disclose bonuses paid to Merrill employees to now include failure to disclose ML’s mounting losses.  Law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, a former SEC and Wall Street attorney, says it’s about time. The SEC’s expanding probe of Bank […]

Apple/Google co-opetition

After years of staying out of each other’s way and thriving, Google and Apple now fight over the same start-up acquisitions and develop competing products.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, chair of the Information Systems Department, says it embodies the shift under way in how companies compete in the era of convergence shaped by information […]

France and U.K. curb bankers’ pay

England has been joined by France in slapping a supertax on bank bonuses in an effort to push other countries, including the U.S., do so likewise.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law and former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors, says it’s disgaceful the United States didn’t […]

From Joan Salge Blake:

General Mills just announced that they will be reducing the amount of sugar in their cereals that are advertised to children. These cereals will soon have less than 10 grams of sugar in each serving. Over the last few years they have reduced the sugar in many of their cereals by as much as 20 […]

Stephanopoulos to “GMA”

The TV network world is buzzing about former Bill Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos accepting the offer to co-host ABC’s “Good Morning America,” succeeding Diane Sawyer, who heads to the anchor desk of the network’s “World News Tonight.”  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a long-time ABC News correspondent, says he sees Stephanopoulos as smart, hard-working, and adaptable to the […]

Senate compromise on “public option”

Senate Democratic leaders have a tentative compromise on the “public option” part of the healthcare-reform bill which might be able to garner enough votes to get the whole package passed.  Professor Alan Cohen, who heads BU’s Health Policy Institute, thinks it’s smart to offer private plans under the auspices of the federal-employee health program and […]

Tiger’s image rehabilitation

Tiger Woods has avoided the public since the Nov. 27 SUV crash at his home, even though he’s become a staple of newscasts and late-night comedy put-downs.  PR Professor Peter Morrissey, a crisis-communication expert who worked on the Tylenol case, suggests Tiger must carefully pick his public appearances, take care of family matters, don’t blame the […]

Rating agencies await reform

Although they were integral to the economic collapse, rating agencies thusfar have been spared regulatory reform from Congess.  Former deputy Comptroller of the Currency Robert Bench, now senior fellow at the BU law school’s Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, says overhaul is needed but it can wait. “The dangers and weaknesses in the credit […]