Baruch in the Media - 2008

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The following are abstracts of recent press, broadcast and Internet stories in which members of the Baruch community have appeared. Please note that the majority of these articles are available to logged-in Baruch students, staff and other subscribers through the Lexis-Nexis and Factiva databases on the Newman Library's Databases Web page. You may search for the full text of the articles using the name of the faculty or staff member, the headline of the story, or a combination of both. Some other links provided here lead to external news sites, and as such may require a subscription to be viewed in full.

                                   Baruch in the Media - Archive - April 2008

  • Baruch College News
    "ExxonMobil announced today that more than $3.4 million has been donated to 97 colleges and universities in New York, [including CUNY Bernard Baruch College] through the ExxonMobil Foundation's 2007 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors contributed more than $1.1 million to New York institutions of higher education in 2007, which was matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation with $2.3 million in unrestricted educational grants...ExxonMobil Foundation funds math and science programs to respond to the nation's growing need to produce more engineers and scientists and to develop more highly qualified math and science teachers. To assist with these efforts, the Foundation is encouraging college and university presidents to allocate a portion of the unrestricted matching funds to existing or new programs which provide teachers with professional development opportunities, train new math and science teachers, and support women and minority science and engineering programs."
    "ExxonMobil, Employees, Retirees Donate More Than $3.4 Million to New York
    Colleges and Universities; 97 New York Institutions to Receive Educational Matching Gift Grant" Press release, Business Wire (4/29/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I think the NFL has done a brilliant job over the years in marketing itself,
    turning many of its non-action events into popular shows, and the draft is just one more component," said Joshua Mills, a journalism professor at Baruch College/CUNY in New York. "The very high profile of college football gives NFL fans an awareness of prominent players, and the draft is a natural bridge between the college and pro game."
    "SportsBiz: NFL's draft day is must-see TV" MSNBC.com (4/24/08)

  • Baruch College News
    "Small paintings of the abstract kind are having a moment right now in New
    York, with a luminous exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
    spotlighting the wry, fastidiously wrought work of the German painter Tomma
    Abts; and PaceWildenstein presenting in Chelsea the latest efforts of James
    Siena and Thomas Nozkowski, two older American whizzes at undersize abstraction. Even post-war Modernism could be downsized a bit, with a show titled ''Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Abstract Expressionism'' opening next month at Baruch College."
    "Is Painting Small The Next Big Thing?" The New York Times (4/19/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Apple may seem democratic by shaking the establishment, encouraging
    creativity, questioning authority and championing the rights of the little
    guy -- but its products are not priced for the masses, noted Robb Hecht,
    digital managing director at IMC Strategy Lab, and adjunct professor of
    marketing a New York's Baruch College
    . Its customers are likely to be relatively well-heeled. "Mac equipment is expensive -- perhaps more expensive than PC equipment generally," Hecht told MacNewsWorld. "Though Apple advertising may appearn to bend left socially, fiscally Apple is actually more Republican -- its customers are perhaps more well off."
    "What Color is Apple?" MacNewsWorld (4/18/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A political science professor at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said that if the two indictments and news of the council's budget practices are all that come out of the federal and local investigations, then "the damage can be contained." "Now clearly, if the U.S. attorney, for example, has other council members or council staff in their sights, then it begins to accumulate. Then the body itself becomes the issue, more so than individual members," he said."
    "Scandal Threatens Prospects Of City Council Members" The New York Sun (4/18/08)

  • Baruch College News
    "The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today announced they will host a forum entitled High-Quality Global Accounting Standards: Issues and Implications for U.S. Financial Reporting. The event will take place Monday, June 16, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Baruch College, Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY. The purpose of the forum is for the FAF and the FASB to open a dialogue with constituents about whether and how to continue to move the U.S. toward high-quality global accounting standards. Panelists will include users of financial statements, representatives of small and large companies both public and private, auditors, regulators, educators, and others representing facets of the U.S. economy that would be affected if there were a move from U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)."
    Press Release, Business Wire (4/17/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Paterson remained as tight-fisted with his words as his wallet when reporters
    tried to ask him why he and his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, listed only $150
    in charitable contributions on tax returns made public Monday...Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio said one reason Paterson, with family income of more than $269,000 last year, won't take questions on the controversy is because he can't muster a good explanation. "On top of stories about his questionable use of campaign funds and staying in cheap hotels for his extramarital affairs, this is another controversy he doesn't need," Muzzio said."
    "HE AIN'T GIVIN' A REASON. DAVE DUCKS QUERIES ON CHEAPNESS" Daily News (4/16/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But should Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton run for governor of New York
    rather than president of the United States, some things would be familiar:
    outraged Republicans, legislative gridlock and many men who have never had a woman for a boss...''It looks like she's not going to win the presidency, so I guess you've got to figure out where she's going next,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs."
    "Clinton for Governor? Democrats Dismiss Rumblings" The New York Times (4/16/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In New York City, the struggle for racial equality had been going on for at
    least a generation as African-Americans fought for access to better schools,
    trade-union membership, health care and more job opportunities. Spearheading the effort were the city's black churches -- with the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn playing key roles. "Abyssinian was an important base for raising money for the national civil rights movement," explained Baruch College history professor and author Clarence Taylor. "The church was a key meeting place for civil rights demonstrations and protests, many of them led by the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr."
    "NYC's black churches lead fight for racial equality" amNewYork (4/14/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A political science professor at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said he was skeptical that Mr. Bloomberg would change his position on term limits and said the timing of the story was curious, coming on the heels of the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg's second-term signature issue, congestion pricing. "Periodically there is news that the mayor is going to do something that boosts his public attention - that he would run president, for governor, for vice president and next it will be the head of the World Bank or the Pope. It is almost like clockwork," he said."
    "Bloomberg Could Clash With Lauder" The New York Sun (4/14/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A politically connected Brooklyn judge plans to file a $1 million lawsuit
    against the city after slipping on a just-mopped floor in his own courthouse,
    the Daily News has learned...Political observers had mixed reactions to Battaglia's claim."If the city in some way was negligent, the fact that he is a judge shouldn't preclude him from suing," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College. "If he's got a case, he's got a case."
    "JUDGE'S 1M PLAN TO SOAK THE CITY. Fall on west courthouse floor has B'klyn jurist claiming he'll sue" Daily News (4/14/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A City Council slush fund that held millions of dollars is drying up, thus
    curtailing the influence council speakers will be able to exert over their
    members..."The fewer the amount of goodies that can be distributed, the less the power," a professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. "Legislative leadership involves carrots and sticks. These are some big juicy carrots that will no longer be available."
    "Council Speaker's Influence Withers as Slush Fund Dries" The New York Sun (4/7/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Christine Quinn was widely thought to have a shot at becoming New York's
    first female and openly gay mayor. But that bid may be complicated by
    revelations that the city council, under her leadership, allocated millions of
    dollars to fake organizations...Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College, said Quinn's opponents could have a potentially powerful weapon to use against her."They're going to say, implicitly or explicitly, 'How can she expect to run an operation with a $60 billion budget plus a couple hundred thousand employees if she can't control her own shop?'" he said."
    "New York City leader, a potential mayoral candidate, grapples with fallout of
    slush fund probe" The Associated Press (4/5/08)

  • Brauch Faculty Expertise
    "Outside of law enforcement, entities that request tax records are often
    trying to verify your stated income. They may include a real-estate agency, loan officer, bank or business partner. Disclosure is at your discretion. Although you cannot be forced to reveal your information, their policies can dictate whether your business request is accepted. In other words, if you choose not to show a realtor your records, he or she may choose to not show you rental apartments. Think of the request as "a matter of negotiation," says Steven Melnik, a professor of tax law at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. "Ask why the information is needed and see if there are exceptions to a company's policy."
    "Obama Disclosed Tax Info, but You Don't Have to" TheStreet.com (4/4/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "OPINION: BYLINE: BY J. DAVID LICHTENTHAL. J. David Lichtenthal is a professor of marketing at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is editor of the Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing and an associate editor of the Journal of Customer Behaviour. Congestion pricing is being touted as a means for easing the flow of traffic in midtown Manhattan. But charging drivers more to enter the crowded part of the city misses the point. In the long run price increases generally make little difference in the demand for transportation. We see this with fare increases on trains, subways and buses. Ridership rarely declines as a result. The same is true with bridge and tunnel toll increases."
    "What's a squeezed region to do? When change works" Newsday (4/2/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    ''The Queens economy is materially different from Manhattan's,'' said
    Terrence F. Martell, director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College. ''To the extent it's growing, that gives us a diversification that we don't typically talk about.'' Dr. Martell said he suspected that companies that ship freight in and out of Kennedy accounted for some of the wage increase. He added that he thought growth in Queens was also supported by enterprises started by immigrants from Korea, Bangladesh and other places. ''Many of them, at their root, are import-export businesses,'' Dr. Martell said."
    "Rise in Wages in Queens Is Almost Highest in U.S" The New York Times (4/2/08)

  • Baruch College News
    "Hundreds of students from more than 50 public high schools across New York City will come together to debate and discuss politics, with a focus on the 2008 election, and youth engagement at the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference. The unique gathering of the city's youth will take place on Friday, April 4 at Baruch College's Mason Hall (17 Lexington Ave @ East 23rd Street) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event is organized by Global Kids, the foremost nonprofit organization in New York City specifically dedicated to educating students in underserved communities about international affairs. The event was planned by a diverse group of high school students in Global Kids' programs who will lead all of the day's workshops."
    "600 High School Students From Across NYC to Gather for Dialogue and Education On Politics At Global Kids Annual Youth Conference On April 4" Prime Newswire (4/2/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "For Quinn, those benefits may include the endorsement of a mayor with
    sky-high approval ratings, experts say. "She's clearly, from the beginning, nurtured a relationship with the mayor and her motto has been 'work with the mayor, work with the mayor, work with the mayor,'" said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "For her, the goal is the formal endorsement of the mayor," he said. "For him, it's about the legacy, and congestion pricing is part of that."
    "City's winners in congestion pricing plan" Newsday (4/2/08)

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                               Baruch in the Media - Archive - March 2008

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Both approaches have their merits. Typically, wholesaling allows a business
    to grow faster and is easier to scale up, notes Edward Rogoff, director of
    Baruch College's Field Center for Entrepreneurship
    . The liability is that
    wholesale margins pale in comparison with those of retailers. Retailers also
    have the advantage of constant feedback from their customers. "There's an old saying that it's the plumber who makes the most money off of the faucet,'' says Mr. Rogoff."
    "2 pet firms run on different routes" Crain's New York Business (3/31/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Few question that the health care system can be made more efficient. But
    economists question the contention that coverage could be expanded to low-wage workers and people with pre-existing conditions -- the two groups that make up the bulk of the long-term uninsured -- without increasing costs. One of them is Shoshanna Sofaer, a professor of health care policy at Baruch College in New York and a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that produced the initial estimate on the number of people who die because they lack coverage. Expanding coverage or achieving universal coverage, she said in an e-mail, will cost additional money, at least initially. "People who run away from that are actually not doing the cause of coverage expansion or universal coverage real favors," Sofaer wrote, "because it makes us look either ignorant or untrustworthy."
    "250 state deaths yearly blamed on insurance gap: Backers of universal care offer estimate" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) (3/26/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    A professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said
    there is a real reluctance in political circles to call off the honeymoon that
    greeted Mr. Paterson on his first day in office and a fear among elected
    officials that if the new governor is put under a microscope for his campaign
    expenditures, Albany lawmakers could soon face the same scrutiny. That the speaker of the Senate, Joseph Bruno, a Republican, would become the
    acting governor if Mr. Paterson resigns or is forced from office also is keeping
    Democrats quiet, he said. "Not only would partisan Democrats not want this, but I don't think the electorate would want this either," Mr. Muzzio said."
    "Official Response Muted as Press Dissects Governor's Campaign Funds" The New York Sun (3/25/08)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "In April, Southern California real estate developer Lawrence Field, an
    alumnus of Baruch College from 1952, will be the honoree at the 90th annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, where he will receive the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award. Earlier this year, Baruch College's president, Kathleen Waldron, announced a $10 million gift to the college from Mr. Field and his wife, Eris.
    The gift, which will be administered through the Baruch College Fund, will support academic programs in entrepreneurship as well as the community outreach and research activities of the Field Center for Entrepreneurship. Mr. Field is a native of the Bronx and the founder and principal of a real estate investment and development firm based in Los Angeles, NSB Associates. Mr. Field has long been a generous supporter of his alma mater. His prior gifts to Baruch include $10 million to support the renovation of 17 Lexington Ave., Baruch College's original home, as well as contributions for the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship and endowments of family chairs."
    "How Philanthropy Builds New York" The New York Sun (3/20/08)

  • Baruch College News
    "If you need help preparing your tax return, try the free services offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). VITA provides trained volunteers to assist tax filers with income of $20,000 or less if you have no dependents, or $40,000 or less with dependents. VITA services are available to all New Yorkers. Two of the most active VITA programs in New York City are those organized by Baruch College and by FoodChange, a subsidiary of Food Bank For New York City. The Baruch College program provides services at five sites. You can get a list and more information going online http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/vita/volsites.html."
    "Tax-filing time is also for immigrants" Daily News (3/20/08)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "The travails of Bear Stearns have had a sobering effect on business school students throughout the country, especially those who look for jobs in the financial-services industry, said Tracy Handler, director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York City. "I think what happened…with Bear shook up a lot of people," said Handler, also a board member of the MBA Career Services Council. "I saw a couple of people yesterday who said, 'I'm coming to see you tomorrow because I'm worried about the market.' It is just an anxious week."
    "The Bear Meltdown Rattles B-Students" Business Week (3/20/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "How bullish is a "Double Nine-to-One" signal? One answer is provided by David Aronson, an adjunct professor of finance at Baruch College. Professor Aronson is the author of a book titled, "Evidence-Based Technical Analysis" (Wiley, 2007), in which he discusses how to use the "scientific method and statistical inference" when judging investment strategies. Aronson, along with the students in a class he teaches at Baruch College, tested the statistical significance of "Double Nine-to-One" signals..."In the non-signal periods," Aronson continued, "in contrast, the return
    averaged 4.5% annualized. The difference between these two average returns is statistically significant."
    "Tuesday's market flashed a Double 9-to-1 signal" MarkeetWatch (3/19/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "On Monday, through a twist that few could have foreseen, Lt. Gov. David A.
    Paterson will be sworn in as the 55th governor of New York -- an accidental
    governor thrust into a position of extraordinary power by the sudden, gaudy
    downfall of his former running mate, Eliot Spitzer... ''He is a governor who has only been, quote unquote, vetted, by the constituents in his State Senate district in Manhattan,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a political scientist at Baruch College. ''He has never gotten the statewide scrutiny that a gubernatorial candidate would expect.''
    "Studying the Political Footprints Of New York's Governor-to-Be" The New York Times (3/16/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Despite vast advances in knowledge and technology over the last 2,000 years,  it turns out people today are not so different from the ancients when it comes to superstition and the way it affects decision-making and the economy, according to new research...Clearly, Americans prefer to play it safe on those days, according to a study by researchers at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York. The goal of the study, to be published in the April issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, was to increase scientific evidence in the relatively new field of examining the marketing implications of superstitious beliefs for consumer behavior. "We began this because there was more and more anecdotal evidence that managers were designing into their promotional programs the idea that consumers are responding to superstitions," said Lauren Block, professor of marketing at Baruch, who conducted the study with Thomas Kramer, an assistant professor of marketing at the school."
    "Ignore the Ides of March -- superstition ain't the way" Chicago Tribune (3/14/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But some political analysts wonder whether Paterson will be tough enough to
    wrestle New York's two major political machines into line. New York political
    analyst Douglas Muzzio
    points out that he hasn't yet been in a real position of authority. In New York, that's traditionally been the governor, Senate majority leader, and Assembly speaker. "As minority leader, he wasn't one of the three men in the room [who dictate Albany's politics] - in fact minority leader is a fairly powerless position," says Mr. Muzzio, who teaches political science at Baruch College. "The question for Paterson now is does he have the focus, the drive, and a focused agenda. And right now, we don't know."
    "After Spitzer: Paterson brings political acumen to New York politics" Christian Science Monitor (3/13/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "By December, Spitzer's approval ratings had dropped to 36 percent, an
    astonishing plunge from 75 percent when he entered office. Still, while difficult, none of those setbacks were the sort of "crippling" offense presented by this week's salacious revelations, said David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. "This is the moral crusader caught out at his own game," Birdsell said. "Now he adds his own poignant example to the litany of cases" that formed Spitzer's own blueprint for reform"
    "Ambition spoiled: The rise and fall of Eliot Spitzer" Newsday (3/12/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Lieutenant Governor David Paterson's father defended transit employees during a strike that left thousands of New Yorkers stranded for nearly three days in December 2005..."The fact that his father represents significant interests who are seeking something from government, as chief executive it might pose a conflict," a professor of public policy at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. "The conflict would immediately present itself in a vote where his father's interests were at stake."
    "Governor-in-the-Wings Close to Labor" The New York Sun (3/12/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "And what would a historian of the Stadium, like Neil J. Sullivan, say? ''I don't know if an eyebrow literally went up, but it got my attention,'' said Sullivan, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College and the author of ''The Diamond in the Bronx: Yankee Stadium and the Politics of New York.'' He added, ''I'm locked into thinking of Yankee Stadium as public property and a public park, so if the city wants to let the N.H.L. have the last act there, why not let it go out with something different?'' Sullivan, no fan of the 1974-75 renovation of the Stadium that diminished its original design, said that a hockey game as its curtain call ''does not defile the place.''
    "Ruth Might Have Built It, but Many Have Used It" The New York Times (3/12/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Some media reports said the Governor, who is married with three daughters,
    would resign and some state Republicans called for him to step down. "I would say politically he is as close to being dead as you can be," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan."
    "Spitzer apologizes to family, voters; 'I Am Disappointed' "National Post (Canada) (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Fculty Expertise
    "I'm stunned that this highly intelligent, successful prosecutor would be
    involved in such reckless and risk-taking behavior," said Douglas Muzzio, a
    political consultant and professor at Baruch College CUNY School of Public
    Affairs. "Talk about a great man falling," Muzzio said. "It's the stuff of tragedy."
    "Governor of N.Y. linked to call girl" Los Angeles Times (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "These are really smart guys doing really stupid things and doing really
    stupid things repeatedly," said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at
    Baruch College. But the allegations about Spitzer, he said, were the most
    shocking, if only because there was no public hint of such behavior from the
    governor, who campaigned as a model of moral rectitude. "Nobody I've spoken to ... had any inkling of this," Muzzio said. He said he was torn between believing Spitzer's situation could be a case of a deep-seated compulsion or one of simple hubris. "It could be both they're not mutually exclusive," Muzzio said. "Now that would be a really fatal cocktail. In any case, there's an element of recklessness and risk-taking that is just breathtaking."
    "In Spitzer case, analysts ask: What was NY governor thinking?" The Associated Press (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This is not even a nail in the coffin -- this is a spike," said Douglas
    Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College
    . "It would be difficult for him to govern. His moral authority is nonexistent."
    "Spitzer Linked To Prostitution Ring by Wiretap; N.Y. Governor Apologizes for 'Private Matter,' Does Not Resign" Washingtonpost.com (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I mean the question is, why? Was it arrogance and hubris or a feeling of
    invulnerability?" asked Douglas Muzzio, political science professor at Baruch
    College in Manhattan. "It is tragic almost in a Shakespearean sense. You had
    this potentially great leader, and he self-destructs."
    "At Capitol, looking ahead; Speculation over Spitzer's motives, scandal's wider effects takes center stage" The Times Union (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "For Republicans, there's got to be some satisfaction that this steamroller
    that was going to roll over everyone rolled over himself. DOUGLAS MUZZIO, professor of political science at Baruch College in Manhattan."
    "What They Said" The Times Union (Albany) (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A professor of public policy at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said the biggest difference between Mr. Paterson and Mr. Spitzer is their personal backgrounds. "He comes from a different pedigree than Spitzer. He is much more the political insider than the outsider that Spitzer was," Mr. Muzzio said. But he questioned whether Mr. Paterson's experience gained from his two key roles as senate minority leader and lieutenant governor - both positions that lack the power exerted in Albany by the governor, the Senate majority leader, or the speaker of the Assembly - have adequately prepared him to be governor. "His experience as a senate minority leader doesn't prepare you for much because you are not one of the three men in the back room," Mr. Muzzio said."
    "Paterson Is Set To Accede if Spitzer Quits" The New York Sun (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Who'd have thunk?" said Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio, repeating a refrain heard often yesterday. "It is almost tragic in the classic sense, in that here you have a man of tremendous potential who was destroyed by some fatal flaw," Muzzio said. "And in Spitzer's case, it looks to be a combination of hubris, arrogance and maybe even some kind of psychological compulsion."
    " 'MR. CLEAN' MIRED IN DIRT. GOV WHO SAID HE'D SWEEP UP ALBANY SULLIES REP FOR NIGHT WITH 'KRISTEN' " Daily News (3/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Here's a guy who won an overwhelming electoral landslide and has inflicted
    fatal wounds on himself publicly and privately. I'm not a psychologist, but this
    is just utterly, completely reckless. DOUGLAS MUZZIO, a political scientist at Baruch College, on Gov. Eliot Spitzer"
    "QUOTATION OF THE DAY" The New York Times (3/11/08); The International Herald Tribune (3/12/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "THE ARREST of Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV on drunken-driving charges probably won't end his Albany career, but there might be problems if he runs for public advocate, political experts said...Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio said the arrest will be a "new albatross" for Powell if he moves forward with his "Powell for the People" exploratory committee for public advocate. "People don't want their elected officials drunk behind the wheel with unconscious women in the backseat," Muzzio said. "He should take up Monopoly or Bingo, with old people, not young people."
    "BIG HURDLE IN RUN FOR CITY OFFICE"Daily News (3/7/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Fair value accounting is a good idea in theory, but like most good ideas it
    is difficult to implement. Sylvain Raines, a lecturer at Baruch College in New York, told a meeting of the Professional Risk Managers International Association last September: "The Chicago School of Economics has been telling us for a century that price and value are identical, i.e. that they are the same number . . . If we do not recognise the fundamental difference that exists between price and value, then we are doomed."
    "Banks wallow in the muddy waters of 'fair value' rules" Financial Times (London) (3/6/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Pearson, the international education and information company,
    will launch the second phase of its pilot program for a new computer-based
    English language test, the Pearson Test of English (PTE)...John Elliott, dean, The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York and chair, GMAC Board of Directors, comments, "This new test fills a critical gap in meeting the needs of colleges and universities for an instrument that accurately measures four important skills to us -- speaking, listening, reading and writing." Another mark of distinction, he notes, is the test's focus on the needs of test-takers as well as schools."
    "Pearson Launches Second Phase Pilot Program for New Pearson Test of English
    for College and University Students" PR Newswire (3/4/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "That leaves a difficult decision for Mrs. Clinton if today's results, whether
    because of a split of Ohio and Texas or an insignificant delegate swing, are
    inconclusive. One scenario unlikely to occur, short of a blowout by Mr. Obama, is an immediate exit by Mrs. Clinton tomorrow, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. "I would be dumbfounded," he said, adding that he expects the Clintons to take time to closely examine their political options."
    "Clinton, Obama Tussle Ahead of Key Primaries" The New York Sun (3/4/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "She started out as a housing organizer and later became executive director of the New York Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. She was also chief of staff for Councilman Thomas K. Duane, the body's first openly gay member. She insists her political aspirations were not initially focused on becoming a candidate. But when Duane was elected to the State Senate in 1999, Quinn leapt at the chance to run for his seat. She has since won re-election twice, and became speaker in 2006. "Chris converted from an outsider to a real sophisticated inside player and a tough one at that," said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College. "Running the council with term limits is like herding cats. She played like one of the backroom pols."
    "Christine Quinn, political climber on the go" Newsday (3/4/08)

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                           Baruch in the Media - Archive - February 2008

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Nonetheless, Mr. Bloomberg's endorsement would clearly be a political plum,
    especially for career government officials trying to define themselves as best
    qualified to carry the mayor's mantle of independence and innovation. ''Clearly he's got access to rather full wallets and pocketbooks, and that entree would be extremely valuable; it's both cash and cachet that the mayor would bring to a candidate,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs."
    "Bloomberg Says He Will Not Endorse Anyone for Mayor in the 2009
    Democratic Primary" The New York Times (2/28/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A noncandidacy is finally over," said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of
    political science at Baruch College
    . Bloomberg's endorsement, while not likely to sway many voters, could be valuable for another reason - the deep-pocketed donors he could bring along, Muzzio said. "The question is, where does Mike Bloomberg and his Rolodex of plutocrats go?" he said. "You're talking about folks who can generate mountains of cash."
    "ELECTION 2008 BLOOMBERG: Out of the running; Bloomberg says he will notseek presidency" Newsday (2/28/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A failure by bond insurers could set off downgrades for $1.6 trillion of
    municipal bonds in the United States, Spitzer told Congress on Feb. 14. By
    riding to the rescue of the companies and easing the strain on local
    governments, Spitzer may remind New Yorkers why they elected him in 2006, said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College in Manhattan. "He's reprising his role as `Sheriff of Wall Street' and it can work for him and against him," Muzzio said."
    "Spitzer seeks banks' assistance" The Times Union (Albany, NY) (2/27/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In just 90 seconds, Baruch College's prolific political analyst Doug Muzzio takes on the New York Times story about John McCain, the current state of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, and this morning's event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the city's Campaign Finance Board. Muzzio - one of city reporters' favorite commentators -- is almost overwhelmed by all there is to comment on."This is the political junkie's dream," he said. "It's speed balling. It's mainlining. How are we going to live without this? What kind of depression are we going to be in November 8 no matter who wins?"
    "Muzzio on McCain, Clinton, C.F.B" New York Observer (2/21/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Obama leads in the latest Associated Press count of delegates although Clinton still maintains an edge with superdelegates. Political analysts don't see the former president's role as superdelegate as a problem. "I don't think the status of superdelegate gives Bill Clinton any more power to influence the outcome of the election than it would if he were not a president," said Doug Muzzio, a politics professor at Baruch College in New York. "The objection is obvious, the guy's wife is running for president and he's voting for her, but he's one of 796."
    "Hillary can count on Bill in the Democrats' superdelegate race" The Associated Press (2/20/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Senator Obama's ties to a former leader of the violent left-wing activist
    group the Weather Underground are drawing new scrutiny as he battles Senator Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. As an Illinois state senator in 2001, Mr. Obama accepted a $200 contribution from William Ayers, a founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon during the 1970s..."Those are pretty slender ties to a controversial figure," the dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said of Mr. Obama's links to Mr. Ayers. But it he said that may not matter if Mr. Obama is the nominee in a general election. "Will the GOP pick that up in the campaign? Sure," he said."
    "Obama's Ties to Left Come Under Scrutiny" The New York Sun (2/19/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Friday the 13th, the number eight and other superstitions not only signal luck or lack thereof but also affect consumer decisions, a study suggests. Researchers Thomas Kramer and Lauren Block, from New York's Baruch College, found that consumers are more likely to be disappointed if a product boasting a lucky characteristic, like a colour, fails. A second experiment found that even thinking about a negative superstition can make consumers more cautious. In a study to be published in April's Journal of Consumer Research, the pair surveyed 48 students from a Taiwanese university on superstition and consumer preferences. They found that Taiwanese consumers expected to be more disappointed if a rice cooker that was red, a lucky colour in Chinese culture, burned the rice as opposed to one in the neutral colour green."
    "Lucky you: superstitions affect consumer choices" CBC News (2/14/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Every three months, the same scenario plays out on Wall Street: Companies report lower-than-expected quarterly profits, and their stocks tank. Those expectations are formed in part by guidance from the company, sort of a heads-up for analysts. But increasingly, companies are adopting a longer term view and declining to give quarterly guidance entirely. A recent survey conducted by Financial Executives International and the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in Manhattan found that 81% of corporate chief financial officers favor eliminating quarterly guidance. John Elliott, dean of the Zicklin School, said CFOs worry that guidance "suggests a level of certainty" that really isn't there. "Businesses are subject to a lot of period-to-period variation," he added. The survey also revealed that more than 60% of responding CFOs would prefer to have results reported semi-annually rather than quarterly."
    "CFOS: WE'RE NOT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS" Daily News (2/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared to well up again during a campaign stop this weekend, calling attention to the New York senator's reasons to reach for the tissues... "I think maybe the first time or the second time it showed people that she really cared, but now you have to think people are going to wonder if she is going to do this all the time," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College. He added, however, that people would be wrong to assume Sen. Clinton's display of emotions would render her unfit to govern. "It was a undoubtedly a tragic story and it moved her. You have to give her the space to be a private human being. It doesn't necessarily mean she would be weak in a moment of international confrontation."
    "Clinton replaces campaign manager, sheds more tears" McClatchy-Tribune Business News (2/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    When economists debate whether the U.S. is in recession, they calculate the thousands of lost jobs and the huge cost of mortgage foreclosures, ... "We don't have a sign of even one quarter of decline," said John Elliott, dean of the school of business at Baruch College. "We're still prognosticating. The trouble is, so many things can be self-fulfilling. If everyone believes we are in the direst of circumstances, then everyone pulls back, and it becomes true."
    "The dreaded R-word is on everyone's mind; Proof isn't there, say experts, but fear is big drag on economy" Chicago Tribune (2/10/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Is Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign in trouble? After giving herself a financial bailout, rumors swirled that her campaign was in distress. After divulging she'd loaned her campaign $5 million of her own money, some pundits wondered whether that was part of a strategy to make people feel sorry for her and donate cash or if her camp was really in trouble. Nobody seems to know for sure. "She seems to work better from the position of being slightly down," says David Birdsell of Baruch College."
    "Obama Camp: Clinton A 'Second Tier Candidate' " wbztv.com, Boston (2/7/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This exciting presidential campaign has roused interest among one group of voters normally not known for their participation, young adults. Surveys show the percentage of Americans between 18 and 29 paying attention to the campaign has grown from 13 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2004, and get this, 74 percent this year. What's behind this increase?... Mr. DAVID BIRDSELL (Baruch College): That's one of the things that makes Web campaigning so exciting, we're watching people, new people, participating in a process and changing the way we understand politics."
    "Growing youth interest in the presidential campaign" The Early Show, WCBS-TV, Ch. 2 (2/6/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But right now, voters want to see a stalled economy revive. A roughly $150 billion economic stimulus package, now being fashioned in Washington, might help do that through tax rebates and other measures. "It is a huge mistake for any country to try to solve a long-term problem at a time when the shortterm problem really demands the opposite," says Peter Gutmann, an economist at Baruch College in New York."
    "On U.S. economy, voter concern runs deep" Christian Science Monitor (2/6/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "MADELEINE BRAND, host: So much for California. We turn now to the second biggest prize yesterday, New York. And we'll also talk about the rest of the Northeast with Doug Muzzio. He's a specialist in public opinion and voting behavior at Baruch College here in New York. Hi, Doug. Mr. DOUG MUZZIO (Baruch College): Hello. BRAND: Let's start first with New York. Now, Hillary Clinton won big in her home state. No surprise, right? Mr. MUZZIO: No surprise. I mean, she won 57 percent of the popular vote, Obama 40 percent. She won a sizeable majority of the electorates - delegates - 127. He won 87. You know, it was a substantial win. It wasn't a blowout because proportional representation of delegates doesn't allow a blowout."
    "What Happened?" National Public Radio (2/6/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "At least for now, front-runner McCain is the sort of Republican most independents and some Democrats can abide. "There's no room for Bloomberg. With McCain on the one side and either an Obama or a Clinton on the other, there ain't no room," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "What is Mike Bloomberg's message? What's Mike Bloomberg's appeal? You're not going to win it on, 'He's a superior technocrat.'"
    "BLOOMY HAS US ON A WILD SEESAW RIDE" Daily News (2/6/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "KATIE COURIC, anchor: Finally tonight, this election year it's looking more and more as if the torch is being passed to a new generation. Surveys show the percentage of people between 18 and 29 who are paying attention to the presidential campaign is growing, from 13 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2004 to 74 percent this year. Daniel Sieberg looks at how they're voting and why...Mr. DAVID BIRDSELL (Baruch College): We're watching people, new people, participating in a process and changing the way that we understand the medium and the way that we understand politics."
    "Younger voters moving political activism from cyberspace to real world" CBS Evening News, WCBS-TV, Ch. 2 (2/5/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Byline: Jack Krauskopf is Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College (City University of New York), School of Public Affairs. The use of performance measures in public contracts with nonprofit service delivery organizations is a growing practice.  This is particularly true in New York City where government has made a strong commitment to performance contracting. Performance measurement can demonstrate the quality of service delivered and ensure accountability by organizations that contract with government.  It is important to analyze the contribution of this practice to both public understanding of the impact of services and to the effective functioning of the government-nonprofit system that typifies delivery of human services."
    "Performance Measurement in Human Services Contracts Utilization, Operational Feasibility, and Value in New York City" New York Nonprofit Press (February 2008)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "As New York City voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in the largest Super Tuesday ever, many city residents are also heading to Lower Manhattan for a tickertape parade celebrating the Giants's Super Bowl win...A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio said he didn't understand why the parade couldn't be held later this week or even next week. "Why would you take away from an extremely important set of primaries? You risk impeding the election process," he said. "I don't know how many people might otherwise have voted but went to the parade, but no matter how few a number, in close races it could make a difference."
    "It's Super Bowl Vs. Super Tuesday" The New York Sun (2/5/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Baruch College political scholar Douglas Muzzio said the Democrats are playing "smart partisan politics" by trying to dissuade anti-war independents from supporting McCain on Tuesday, when voters in New York and 21 other states head to the polls."
    "DEMS ZERO IN ON MCCAIN IN FINAL PUSH" Daily News (2/4/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "DeDAPPER: This is--this is Hillary's back yard, obviously, adopted back yard. She's been a senator in New York since 2000. She's popular in New Jersey...popular in Connecticut, popular in New York. Illinois is another Super Tuesday state. That's where Barack Obama's from. Doug, does this come down to who wins their home state by a bigger margin for bragging rights? Mr. MUZZIO: Well, at least in part. Obama, they have operations on the ground, they have enthusiasm. As Lee said, it's proportional, so they're going to select congressional districts and they'll pick up delegates. I don't hear as much about what Hillary's doing in Illinois here, but there is stuff--Obama on the ground in New York."
    "Lee Miringoff of Marist Poll and Doug Muzzio of Baruch College discuss presidential campaign" News Forum, WNBC-TV, Ch. 4 (2/3/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Rudy Giuliani's withdrawal from Tuesday's New York primary ended his chance to ride the top of the statewide ballot in November and is another fresh blow to Republicans hoping to keep their decades-long majority in the state Senate..."It seems to me that the majority is gone, in one way or another," said Douglas Muzzio of Baruch College of the City University of New York who specializes in voter behavior. "Democrats are putting a lot of money into these downstate districts," he said, referring to districts in Queens and on Long Island, "where all the old guys are ready to topple." Muzzio discounts state Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno's strategy of appealing to voters to keep Republicans in charge as a check on Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer and the Democrat-controlled Assembly."Most voters do not think of these sophisticated, balance equations," he said."
    "Analysis: After Giuliani, GOP Senate regroups to keep majority" The Associated Press (2/3/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "On the Republican side, Mr. McCain's taking nothing for granted and is
    planning a New Jersey campaign stop on Super Tuesday's eve, followed by an appearance in New York on the morning of the primary. "All indications are that McCain will win and, therefore, it just doesn't pay for Romney to advertise or come here, because even if McCain wins by just a slight amount, he'll take it all," said Micheline Blum, survey research director at Baruch College."
    "If they can make it here...; Rich in delegates, rich in donors, New
    York state is a grand prize for any politician with eyes on the presidency" Ottawa Citizen (Quebec) (2/2/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Ask public policy professor Doug Muzzio about the phenomenon, and he quips: "You're talking about my family! You're definitely onto something." Muzzio, a specialist in voting behavior at Baruch College in New York, says he's informally surveyed his friends, and while he finds many are split along gender lines, it's hard to generalize to the rest of the country. But he's heard plenty of vigorous arguments. "I know couples who are like, 'HOW could you vote for X?'" he says. "I think some women perceive their men reacting to Hillary in a way they don't like, in a way that seems to say they could never countenance a woman doing this job," he says."
    "He's for him, she's for her: Clinton-Obama race divides couples The Associated Press (2/2/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The hug-fest between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't sway any minds among a group of politically savvy Harlem denizens watching last night at a neighborhood bar...Political aces pick last night's winner: David Birdsell, Baruch College: "The only person who loses is [CNN moderator] Wolf Blitzer, with his insistence on getting conflict out of every exchange. They were both calm, policyfocused." Winner: A draw"
    "MINDS MADE UP IN HARLEM" The New York Post (2/1/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "There's an advantage to the Clinton tag team, but it doubles the number of targets at the same time," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College in New York. "Clearly what he's said has been problematic, but this may be a new phase where you're looking at his business dealings, et cetera, in a very comprehensive way. I think this will stimulate further digging and clawing."
    "INTERNATIONAL NEWS; THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE: SEEDS OF A SCANDAL?" The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (2/1/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Local governments are, with varying degrees of success, trying to replicate the naming rights revenue bonanza reaped by sporting arenas and teams in the past two decades. "This is a fairly new field, and if I was a CEO of a company, I would move carefully in the public arena," Neil Sullivan of Baruch College of Public Administration in Manhattan said in a recent interview. "If you have six companies bidding for a franchise, one will win and five will be annoyed," Sullivan said. "You have to make sure the bidding process is sound. If there is the whiff of a backroom deal, look for the losing bidders to make an issue of it."
    "Naming rights no sure thing" Newsday (2/1/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The real estate industry, racing to beat strict new limits on campaign
    contributions, has been flooding New York City candidates with donations for the 2009 campaign at a rate three and four times that in previous election cycles...''They've got to get the money to the potential elected officials, so they've got to pump this money out as fast as they can,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor of public policy at Baruch College."
    "Real Estate Firms Beat Deadline, Adding Gifts for '09 City Races" The New York Times (2/1/08)

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  • Baruch College News
    "Twenty-two percent of accounting graduates are minorities (including African
    American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino). This was not true
    previously, signifying these students are now finding jobs and would not be
    gravitating toward the profession if it were not the case. According to U.S.
    News & World Report, City University of New York's Baruch College has been the country's largest and most diverse business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for the last nine years
    . More than 600 accounting students graduated in 2007. African American and Hispanic students made up 25% of the class.'
    "Minorities in the Accounting Profession" The CPA Journal (Januray 2008)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "National Urban Fellows' mission will become ever more important, says Dr. Ryan Smith, associate professor at Baruch College, as American's workforce changes. Smith, one of the conference's presenters, sees a dramatic change in the nation's workforce. In 2000, people of color represented 27 percent of the labor force and will represent 50 percent of the labor force by 2050, he said.  "The old white-male model is coming into conflict, and I submit to you that it must change," he said. "The battle now is not about moving in; it's about moving up." Smith, a sociologist, presented data that he says demonstrate "that there are still important barriers to decision-making positions, and they remain stubbornly intact; access to job authority declines as you move up in authority."
    "Despite efforts, people of color still too often denied top leadership roles" MinnPost.com (1/24/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "If these numbers are truly reflective of the electorate, then Rudy's dead,"
    said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College in Manhattan. He blamed the slippage on the fact that "Rudy has been virtually invisible" nationally while focusing all his attention on winning Florida."
    "ELECTION 2008 GIULIANI: Polls: Rudy's lost NY lead" Newsday (1/22/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In short, the political arithmetic this year is less about addition and more
    about division - between and among the differing constituencies in each party,
    neither of which seem ready or willing to anoint a front-runner. "We are seeing the demise of the Reagan coalition on the Republican side, with no one able to pull together the differing factions," said Baruch College professor Doug Muzzio. "And on the Democratic side, they're just trying to figure out who can win in November."
    "MUDDLE, MUDDLE, THIS IS STILL A PUZZLE" Daily News (1/20/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    The International Center for Corporate Accountability (ICCA) today released results of the audit completed in 2007 for four Mattel manufacturing facilities. The reports, which have been publicly issued since 1999, are commissioned by Mattel as part of Mattel's commitment to upholding its Global Manufacturing Principles (GMP) code of conduct by providing an unbiased, third-party analysis of working conditions in Mattel's manufacturing facilities. Dr. S. Prakash Sethi, president of ICCA and University Distinguished Professor, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, said, "These audits reveal that, overall, worker treatment is excellent and many areas of Mattel's GMP are being met, including fair treatment of workers, training and protection from harassment. There are, however, still some areas that require improvement, particularly working hours, maintenance and environmental, health and safety requirements."
    "Independent Monitor Releases Audit Report of Four Mattel Manufacturing
    Plants" Press Release (1/18/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It would become the best known of all presidential debates, but nobody seemed to appreciate the impact that the first clash between candidates Richard Nixon and John Kennedy would have. Newspapers had barely mentioned it beforehand. Networks didn't promote it. Nixon didn't even prepare for it. ... Decades later, the event has been transformed in the political imagination. Kennedy's assassination froze his youthful charm in time, while Nixon's eventual disgrace seems presaged in his appearance on that telecast. Says David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College: "He now appears the very embodiment of the dark spirit of politics."
    "No Mercy From a New Camera; How the young medium of TV made a victim out of a strong candidate" U.S. News & World Report (1/17/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It's the $14 trillion question: Is the U.S. economy sliding toward a
    recession? ... It could take several months, however, until it is officially designated as such by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Not all economists agree. "I'd say the risk of recession is definitely rising, but based on what we know now my best guess is we will avoid a recession in 2008," said Terrence Martell, director of the Weisman Center for International Business at Baruch College. "I expect low but positive growth in the economy."
    "Recession is here or coming, say pros" Daily News (1/17/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to insist he is not a candidate for president, but these days his every word, his moves and his travel schedule are being dissected and parsed like a Talmudic text. ..."It's all part of the striptease -- show 'em a little, then take it away," said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of political science at the City University of New York's Baruch College. ". . . He's promising tax relief and spending cuts. It all seems part of the laying of the groundwork and keeping his options open."
    "The Trail: 'THE STRIPTEASE'? Non-Candidate Bloomberg Keeps Observers Interested" The Washington Post (1/17/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The abortion rate in the USA fell to its lowest point in more than 30 years, and the actual number of abortions also continues a steady decline, according to the first new comprehensive data in five years. ... Those who study abortion aren't sure why there's been a continued decline, but some, such as economics professor Ted Joyce of Baruch College in New York, say it's likely a combination of factors such as better contraception, greater awareness about teen pregnancy and even welfare reform. "The issue as to why abortion is falling is a complicated set of dynamics that we don't have a handle on yet," Joyce says."
    "Overall abortion rates continue to drop, new data show; But bigger proportion of patients are using non-surgical method" USA Today (1/17/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey has said Bloomberg would be willing to drop $1
    billion on a run - cash that Rattner's firm presumably would help free up. "The Clinton folks wouldn't know until the hammer drops," said Doug Muzzio, a
    professor of public policy at Baruch College
    ."
    "MIKE'S MONEYMAN IS ON TEAM HILLARY" Daily News (1/16/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "When she first entered the race Clinton did so with the support of a number of black leaders, including Congressman Charles Rangel. However, political experts say that Barack Obama's success has generated a great deal of racial pride here. "This is a vote for a dream that no one perhaps thought would happen in their lifetime," said Baruch College professor Micheline Blum."
    "Clinton Gets Respectful Applause At MLK Observance" wcbstv.com (1/14/08)

  • Baruch College News
    "With growing numbers of parents opting to step out of the for-pay work world to stay home with their children, there's also growing interest in just how they'll pick up their careers once the time is right. That's just what the new "Opting Back In" three-day program at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in Manhattan is designed to address. Geared to women, but certainly welcoming men, the program joins a growing but small number of others around the country - including those at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business - to help proven professionals who've stepped out for three years or more to determine their next steps, get up to speed with new developments in the business world and review such areas as resume writing, networking and negotiating skills."
    "Helping 're-launchers' back into the workforce" Newsday (1/13/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Governments usually are limited by the kind of investments they're allowed to make and their leaders often have limited resources, said Sylvain Raynes, a principal of New York-based R&R Consulting and an adjunct professor at Baruch College in New York. Raynes said this leads many government officials to rely too heavily on ratings from credit agencies such as Moody's and Standard and Poor's -- one of the key requirements for any Citizens investments. "It's more of a 'How do I invest without losing my job?' You have to be able to blame someone. What better than a rating agency?" Raynes said."
    "Citizens at eye of storm over state investment pool: $7 billion of insurer's assets invested in troubled state fund" McClatchy-Tribune Business News (1/13/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at New York's Baruch College, said Mr. Blooomberg's presidential dance has drawn attention to his second-term agenda at a time when interest would otherwise be waning. "The question becomes, 'Is this striptease getting tiring?' There is a sense that it is growing stale."
    "Ambitious mayor fails to impress New York" Financial Times (London) (1/12/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said he thought Mr. Bloomberg's fortune might be his most appealing attribute as a vice presidential candidate."
    "Bloomberg for No. 2 Spot Is Tempting for Some" The New York Sun (1/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The rising tension comes amid news that Bloomberg has been polling voters in all 50 states to gauge his viability as an independent candidate and that the
    Virginia Independent Greens are joining with the Independence Party of America to get Bloomberg on the state ballot. "He's still in the catbird seat, but I don't see that lasting much longer," said Douglas Birdsell, a political science professor at Baruch College. "As the pressure to declare mounts, he's going to have less and less free rein. He risks negative coverage, and it's already begun."
    "ELECTION 2008; Some backlash for Bloomberg" Newsday (1/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    ''With the way that he's playing this right now, it features all the things
    that we like least about Michael Bloomberg,'' said David S. Birdsell, dean of
    the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College
    . ''It features him as the testy, hard-to-satisfy critic of candidates who are already in the race, and it
    buttresses, the longer this goes on, the aloof critic role we might associate
    with a billionaire above the political fray rather than the dedicated politician
    and competent manager.'' Adding to the potential for national ennui, Mr. Birdsell said, was ''the very long and frustrating Fred Thompson dance over the summer,'' which reduced the tolerance for indecision."
    "Calls Grow for Bloomberg to Make Up His Mind" The New York Times (1/11/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "According to Mr. Rasmussen, "relatively insignificant" could be as much as
    $30,000 a state polled if the methods are as elaborate as the report indicates,
    meaning that Mr. Bloomberg may have already spent more than $1 million preparing for a run. "To the non-plutocrats out there, that's just a dream to be able to conduct a 50-state, highly-intensive polling operation," a professor of public policy at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. "Clearly that effort is a sign that they're laying the basis for a presidential campaign."
    "Mayor Reportedly Conducting Polling, Analysis in 50 States" The New York Sun (1/10/08)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "On Tuesday, the New York City Education Department named an educator who has a ''working knowledge'' of Arabic as principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, ... The new principal, Holly Anne Reichert [MSE '06] , 42, has worked in the city public schools for more than nine years, first as an English as a Second Language teacher and, later, as a teacher mentor. She has also spent much time in the Arab world, including stints as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen, as a teaching fellow at the American University in Cairo, and as head of the English department at an English-Arabic dual language school in Bahrain. She has a bachelor's degree in Arabic Language and Social Anthropology from the University of London, and master's degrees from the American University in Cairo, Teachers College at Columbia University and Baruch College."
    "City Names New Principal For English-Arabic School" The New York Times (1/9/08); "New principal hired at New York's 1st Arabic-themed school" The Associated Press (1/9/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Some experts said Spitzer could benefit from a major economic or tax-cutting
    initiative, such as a cap on school-property taxes, which some groups recently
    proposed. "There's got to substantive policy and there has to be crowd pleasers," said Douglas Muzzio, political science professor at Baruch College. "Some tax cut, some tax limit has to come out of that."
    "IN STATE ADDRESS, SPITZER MAY LOOK TO REFOCUS DEBATE" Gannett News Service (1/7/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Bloomberg has the "best of both possible worlds," said David Birdsell, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. The media are paying attention, Birdsell said, as Bloomberg touts his success as mayor and promotes his policies and beliefs about handling poverty, the environment, healthcare and education, while avoiding the scrutiny that comes with competing in an election."It's a great place for him to be," Birdsell said. "But he can't stay there forever. At some stage . . . he's got to declare."
    "The Nation; Bloomberg is still on the presidential fence; He says he isn't running. But why do so many people not believe him?" Los Angeles Times (1/7/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "What red states does Mike Bloomberg win?" asked Doug Muzzio, a political
    science professor at Baruch College
    . "Florida, maybe? Ohio, maybe? Yeah, he's got a billion dollars, but he's still got to run on his record, and he's got problems - he's pro-choice, pro-gay unions, pro-real strong gun control. Every gun owner in the world hates him."
    "BLOOMBERG'S BID WOULD NEED MORE THAN MONEY" Daily Press (Newport News, VA) (1/7/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    " Bill Clinton's popularity as a super-surrogate for his wife outweighs the
    downsides, but her campaign must use him more effectively, and she has to
    develop a forward-looking message, experts said yesterday. "She has to figure out a way to benefit from the attractiveness [of the former president] without having that put too highly into contrast her own liabilities," said David Birdsell, a political science expert with Baruch College. "I think [they should] have Bill focus more on policy, to help people understand where they are economically," and portray his wife as the rightful heir to the go-go 1990s, he said."
    "A 'BILL' OF GOODS - HILL'S HUBBY KEY TO BECOMING PREZ" The New York Post (1/5/08)

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    "Because the success of an independent presidential candidate hinges on voter disaffection with traditional party politics, those pushing Bloomberg to run were probably watching exit polls as closely as election returns, said David Birdsell, a political-science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. "What Iowa does is begin to give you a sense of how the Democratic electorate is shaping itself," Birdsell said. "Are people badly divided on the issues of experience and new vision? You're looking at things like how are people breaking for one candidate or another and what's the depth of their commitment to that person? The results are important, but they're only half the story."
    "ELECTION 2008: This mayor watches, waits" Newsday (1/4/08)

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    "Baruch College is launching a new program on Jan. 9 aimed at professional women looking to re-enter the workforce after raising kids. The three-day intensive course, which costs $975, helps them brush up on their skills and knowledge of new trends in the business world. People whove been out of the workforce for a long time start to feel like theyre losing their grip, says Cynthia Thompson, a business management professor at Baruchs Zicklin School of Business. They basically had to discontinue their careers to raise children. The program, which is also open to men, combines motivational tips, overall career assessment, and networking opportunities along with practical job-hunting and resume building advice. Guest speakers, including authors, human resources directors and executive recruiters, will speak at the sessions."
    "Baruch launches career program for women"   Crain's New York Business (1/3/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "If Hillary wins Iowa, I think that she is on the way," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. "I think it certainly boosts her chances in New Hampshire," Muzzio said, "and a double win begins to give her momentum that could make her candidacy inevitable."
    "Excitement in Iowa means little for Lower Hudson Valley, local party leaders say" LowerHudsonOnline.com (1/3/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "He's still not a 2008 candidate, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sure sounded like one Wednesday, as he blasted all the White House wannabes from both parties...So why the pot shots? Experts say it's the beginning of his campaign. "He has fired the first shot on behalf of this third party and this non-partisan movement for an independent candidate for president," said Micheline Blum, a professor at Baruch College."
    "Bloomberg's Opening Shots?" WBCSTV.com (1/2/08)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "If Mayor Bloomberg decides to go ahead with a presidential run, one of his
    first obstacles may be explaining to voters why, for the past two years, he has
    been denying that he has any plan to run for president...A professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said he thinks the denials would be used against Mr. Bloomberg, but said he didn't think the attacks would stick."
    "Candidate Bloomberg's Task: Explaining Denials" The New York Sun (1/2/08)

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