Category: Professor Voices

‘Tis the Season (for Seasonal Affective Disorder that is)

It’s October and while that crisp autumn air is a refreshing change from the dog days of summer, fall also means the days are growing shorter and shorter. With decreased daylight, many people start to feel the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). For more info about SAD and how to combat it, check out the […]

Northeast to buy NStar

Northeast Utilities, a Connecticut-based energy supplier, announced that it will purchase Boston-based NStar for $4.3 billion in stock. The merger will form a company with 3.5 million electric and gas customers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southern New Hampshire. SMG finance lecturer and an energy risk-management expert Mark Williams comments on the deal. “Northeast Utlilities announcement to […]

French strikes continue

Protests over pension reforms in France continue to escalate. Students have joined the protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following view. “How ironic is it that 16-year-old high school students are protesting against a campaign to raise the […]

Brandweek asks: “Will Consumers Get Charge From Electric Cars?”

Two new electric cars are set to go on sale in November. The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf are creating much buzz but will consumers react positively to the new vehicles? In a recent Brandweek article, COM professor Tobe Berkovitz says getting the message out can be achieved through marketing. “Ads can communicate product benefits […]

SED Dean reacts to Rutgers bullying case

GOP unpopular but its arguments are sticking

With three weeks remaining to mid-term elections, a new Bloomberg poll shows that voters are unhappy with both parties. Despite their unpopularity, the GOP appears to have the edge heading into the elections. Political science department chair Graham Wilson offers the following view: “Much research on public opinion takes a dim view of the average citizen. […]

Obama will not sign foreclosure bill

The White House announced that President Obama will use a “pocket veto” on a bill that would make it easier for banks and other lenders to foreclose on homeowners. Political science department chair Graham Wilson offers the following view: “Vetoing a measure speeding up foreclosures must feel like taking a stand for apple pie and motherhood.” […]

White House after Rahm

President Obama announced that Rahm Emanuel, his chief of staff, is leaving the office to run for mayor of Chicago. Political Science department chair Graham Wilson comments on the move. “This may be unkind, but it is tempting to link Emanuel to two crucial strategic errors – the belief that compromise and cooperation with the Republicans was […]

AIG repayment plan

American International Group announced they have finalized a repayment plan with the Treasury Department. Mark Williams, a former Federal Reserve Bank examiner who now teaches finance in the School of Management and author of “Uncontrolled Risk” about the fall of Lehman Brothers, offers the following view. “The Treasury would be jumping the gun by cashing […]

Shake-up at BP

Just days before he will become BP’s new CEO, Bob Dudley has already begun to shake-up senior management. BP announced that upstream chief Andy Inglis will leave the company. In a statement, BP also announced that the company will create a safety division to “oversee and audit the company’s operations around the world.” Kenneth Freeman, […]