Monthly Archives: November 2009

Obama’s new Afghan policy

President Obama will tell the nation Tuesday about his new policy in Afghanistan.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Karzai: The failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” says he is disappointed at reports that Obama will increase U.S. troop strength there. “I don’t expect that an additional 30,000 troops will make much of […]

Tiger’s reputation management

Golf superstar Tiger Woods took responsibility for the nighttime SUV accident in which he suffered minor injuries.  But because he declined to speak with police, speculation erupted about what “really” happened.  Prof. Peter Morrissey, a PR reputation-management expert, says Woods’ reputation could be severely damaged if something comes out that he was hiding. “The news […]

Senators push EU on antitrust case

Led by John Kerry and Orrin Hatch, 59 U.S. senators are urging European antitrust regulators to make a decision on the proposed Oracle merger with Sun Microsystems.   Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust law expert, says the intervention reflects a disproportionate political influence by Sun relative to its importance to the economy. “This sort of intervention by […]

A Thanksgiving Series from Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Tip #4: Trim the alcohol. A glass of wine can be enjoyable with dinner, but let’s face it: Alcohol adds more calories to your Turkey Day feast. On top of that, spirits can weaken your willpower, especially when consumed on an empty stomach. Save the first toast for when the turkey is served and sip […]

Twitter not for sale

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone says the social-networking site is looking to make more acqusitions, may eventually be taken public, and is definitely not for sale.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, says he applauds Twitter for maintaining its independence. “During 2009, Twitter has emerged as a serious and […]

A Thanksgiving Series from Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Tip #3: Trim the amount of food you eat. We stuff ourselves silly on Thanksgiving because we’re afraid we’ll have to wait another 12 months before we can indulge in the whole turkey thing again. Try to remember that this is America. If you want a turkey with stuffing and apple pie a la mode […]

Tax elective cosmetic surgery?

The Senate healthcare-reform bill includes a proposed 5-percent surtax on elective cosmetic surgery to help finance the package.  School of Law adjunct Professor Ameek Ponda says some will worry about how to draw the line between taxable cosmetic surgery and nontaxable reconstructive surgery.  Line drawing in all tax law, he says, is necessary and important. […]

A Thanksgiving Series from Professor Joan Salge Blake:

Tip # 2: Trim the amount of food you serve on Thanksgiving. Take a head count. How many pilgrims and Indians are you really feeding? I bet it’s a lot less than the first Thanksgiving. I know you want leftovers because they’re the best part of the whole holiday, but do you really need a […]

Senate moving on healthcare reform

National healthcare-reform efforts move to the Senate this weekend when Democratic leaders try to fend off GOP procedural challenges.  Meantime, early business support for reform seems to be waning.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System,” says now is the time for Americans to remember why the […]

New U.S. tact with Karzai

Recognizing they need him as a partner, Washington is shifting to a softer approach in its dealings with re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai.  Journalism Professor Nick Mills, author of “Kazai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan,” has known Karzai since the 1980s.  Mills writes in the current issue of Foreign Policy about how […]