2008

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The following are abstracts of recent press, broadcast and Internet stories in which members of the Baruch community appear. 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.

December

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    Caroline Kennedy's decision to seek Hillary Clinton's senate seat, when Clinton vacates it next month, has drawn various reactions from political observers, who wonder if she is qualified to be New York's next senator, given her lack of experience as an elected official. Several Baruch College professors have weighed in with their opinions. David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs, told WCBS2 News that: "She [Kennedy]brings star power to a prospective ticket. She is clearly a well know name, a household name and in fact a legendary name in American politics. [She will] weigh that against inexperience in the rough and tumble of electoral politics on her own behalf." Douglas Muzzio, a professor in the School of Public Affairs told USA Today: "We really don't have a sense of what she is capable of doing -- her approaches, her orientations, her thinking. We don't know, and neither does the governor. She doesn't have a legislative record or really a governmental record."
    "Caroline Kennedy Ready To Emerge From The Shadows," WCBS TV, December 15
    "Kennedy would follow Clinton as late-bloomer senator," USA Today, December 16

November

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    To eat, or not to eat. That's the question to ask yourself the next time you feel the urge to swallow a few spoonfuls of the yogurt that is past its freshness date, or the next time you want to crure a headache with a pain reliever that expired the previous year. Despite Americans's diligence in checking product expiration dates during a trip to the grocery store, some of the same people are still willing to eat something "old" once it's in their house. "Something about mere ownership makes you react much more favorably to things," said Sankar Sen, a professor of marketing at Baruch. "You make decisions involving those products in a biased manner," he added. Sen is the co-author of a study, to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, that shows consumers pay less attention to the freshness dates of products once they own them.
    "When the Freshness Date is Dismissed," New York Times, 11/17

September

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    Sen. John McCain's decision to temporarily suspend his campaign and postponne Friday's first presidential debate so that he can help solve the nation's economic crisis, left some political pundits shaking their head. "It is a stunt. It is a ploy," said David Birdsell, Baruch's Dean of the School of Public Affairs. He indicated that it was risky for McCain to single-handedly take on the current mess, given that McCain isn't president yet, and chastised him for pulling out of the debate. "That notion that we take one of the most sacred obligations and rituals of American politics and suspend it because there's an urgent national question is highly problematic."
    "McCain's Call to Delay Debate or Eoconomy's Sake is Criticized," Dallas Morning News, Sept. 25

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    While the Wall Street mess has left some people in financial ruin, others have figured out ways to actually cash in on the crisis. At Baruch, at least one business professor has taken this disaster and turned it into a teaching tool for his classes. "Are we changing our syllabus or what we are teaching? Of course!" Ozgur Demirtas told NY1 News. Some finance majors are also using this as a chance to explore other business career options, and some students are just taking everything in stride. Greg Domres, who is expected to get his MBA  next May, told NY1 that he'd "like to walk out with a number of great offers, but you do what you need to do and everything works out." 
    "Business Students Reconsider Wall Street Careers,"
    NY1 News, Sept. 18

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    Forget about what she says or what she does. America's next First Lady will be scrutinized from head to toe by fashionistas looking at what she wears and how well she wears it. The candidate's wives, as well as Republican VEEP pick Sarah Palin, are already eliciting "yays" and "nays" about their individual styles from fashion pros. But how they dress isn't what's going to drive voters at the polls.   "I don't think anyone's going to win or lose based on what the wives are wearing," said Mickey Blum, director of survey research at  Baruch College. "What it does is give a general impression of what the wife is like and maybe family," Blum added. Of Cindy McCain, Blum said that her look may be "a little too polished and put together and her clothes might look a bit too expensive and out of reach for the average person." Michelle Obama's clothes, on the other hand, "...seem much more accessible to ordinary women and working moms."
    "Potential U.S. First Ladies Draw Fashion Buzz," Reuters (New York Times, ABS-CBN News, Oman Tribune, Yahoo, Gulf Times) Sept. 7

August

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    Calling the presidential election contest much like "ruthless hand-to-hand combat," Baruch Professor Yoshi Tsurumi says that Sen. John McCain's attacks on Sen. Barack Obama are "tapping America's deep-seated culture of religious bigotry, racism and sexual obsession." Writing in the Japan Times, Tsurimi makes his case in favor of the Democratic team of Obama and Sen. Joe Biden by pointing out that: McCain has consistently voted pro-Bush on "disastrous foreign and domestic policies;" McCain is "wrongly obsessed with his Vietnam POW experience," and that McCain has promised to "pack the Suprme Court with clones of ultraconservative justices like Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito." Tsurimi predicts that the Democrats will re-capture the White House this November.
    "McCain aims to win by pandering to bigotry," Japan Times, August 28, 2008

  • Baruch Faculty in the News
    Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid to be the next Democratic  presidential candidate still isn't over, even though she conceded to Sen. Barack Obama last June after he swept the primaries. Clinton's name will be put into nomintion during the traditional state-by-state roll call during the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off on August 25 in Denver, Colorado. In addition, the senator will get a primetime slot to address the convention that Tuesday night, while her husband, former President Bill Clinton, takes center stage the following day. Why so much Clinton exposure? For Baruch's Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs, the answer is: "In a sense, they've got Obama hostage and are exacting their [Clinton's] ransom."
    "Clinton to Get Roll Call at Convention," Associated Press (New Haven Register, Albany Herald, Yahoo, Rutland Herald and others), August 15, 2008

July

  • Baruch Faculty in The News
  • Only a small percentage of junior and senior high school students in New Yorks public schools take advantage of the 35 different types of intramural sports offered. In an effort to increase that percentage, particularly among females, doubledut–ch umpj rope) will be added to the list of sports beginning in spring 2009, reports The New York Times. Of the 10 high schools where teams will be formed, the majority will be located in mostly black neighborhoods such as Bushwick and Harlem. Kyra Gaunt, a Baruch professor of black music studies and anthropology told The Times that adding doubledutch was not only recognizing the influence of black culture, but also helping to regenerate a tradition in the black community and legitimize it in the eyes of a lot of parents. Although Gaunt did not play doubledutch as a child, she became extremely practiced at it while writing her book, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from DoubleDutch to HipHop. Double Dutch Gets Status in the Schools New York Times, July 31

  • Baruch Faculty News
    The most well known social networking websites on the market these days is Facebook and MySpace. But the landscape of online sites like those is changing and expanding, offering more freedom and options for potential users. An example of this is a free site called Ning, which allows a person to create his or her own network. Ning, which has been around for several years, has been labeled as being at the “vanguard of a coming shift in the online world. It’s an open platform for thousands of individual•looking niche ‘vertical’ networks.” Says Baruch adjunct marketing professor Rob Hecht, who also runs a media consultancy company, “Ning will continue to gain interest as more and more people get involved in social media and social networking. Previously it was Linkedin and Facebook and MySpace where the container—if you could call it that—was something that you could become a part of, but you couldn’t actually own or run, or direct.”
    “Free site lets you build your own social network,” Christian Science Monitor, July 24
  • Baruch Faculty News
    In an effort to give investors a fairer shake in how disputes are resolved between them and their brokerage firms, a two-year trial program will begin that calls for the removal of industry representatives from three-person arbitration panels in some cases. Established by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra), the program will allow investors to decide whether they want their cases heard by an all–public panel or by two public arbitrators and an industry representative, which is the current Finra method. “Why don’t they just get rid of it altogether,” Baruch professor Seth Lipner told Bloomberg News. “It’s purely to deflect the heat. They’re trying to delay the day of reckoning,” he added, in reference to the eventual obliteration of the current system.
    Finra to Test Public Panels for Investor Disputes,” Bloomberg.com, July 24
  • Baruch Faculty News
    Forget TV ads. A new trend is emerging in political campaigns as more candidates turn to the Internet in an attempt to increase their public exposure and make “friends” with voters. And how are they doing this? By creating personal profiles on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
    "Clearly, what you've got is a revolution in political campaigning, both in terms of fund-raising and organization building, and the Obama campaign is the model for it," Baruch’s professor of public affairs, Doug Muzzio told the New York Sun. He added: "In less than 10 years, it's going to be de rigueur for any campaign."
    Muzzio said that the social networking approach could work particularly well for candidates running for local offices. "If someone is running for a local seat in Brooklyn, buying time on WABC is crazy, because you're broadcasting into Long Island and New Jersey. You need to target people more directly," he said. "The people who look at your Facebook page have connections to you and similar interests."
    “Social Networking Sites a ‘Revolution’ for City Candidates,” New York Sun, July 7

June

  • Baruch Faculty News
    The breadth and scope of the diversity of the student and faculty populations at Baruch is enormous. Although many are bicultural and bilingual, a new study has found that some people may unconsciously undergo a personality change when switching languages. Baruch College's David Luna, an associate professor of marketing, and two professors from another university, studied groups of bilingual Hispanic women, all of whom had varying degrees of cultural identification. Among the findings was that women who participated in Latino and Anglo culture perceived themselves as more assertive and self-sufficient when they spoke Spanish than when they spoke English. Their self-perception, or "frame-shifting," occured faster and easier when the women lived in both cultures, rather than in one culture. The study and the results were published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
    "Switching Languages Can Also Switch Personality,"Reuters, June 26

  • Baruch College News
    The 9/11 catastrophe wreaked havoc on the Wall Street business community, as many trading rooms were closed off because of the inaccessibility to most of lower Manhattan. Some service companies even bussed traders to offices in another city. “However, bang in the middle of New York, on 25th street, a mock trading room for students at Baruch College’s Zicklin School Of Business, that had only been operational for a year, became the unlikely venue for real corporate activity,” reads a story in the Financial Times. “We had 15 to 20 traders who stayed about a month, some of them were from Refco,” said Richard Holowczak, director of the Wasserman Trading Floor/Subotnick Financial Services Center at Baruch. “September 11th happened on a Tuesday. We were contacted at the end of that week, so we switched our networks round. The NYSE resumed trading the following Monday,” he told the paper. The story goes on to say: “The school’s ability to turn its trading room into a viable trading hub lends weight to its reputation as one of the most technologically advanced facilities for business students in the world. Set up in 2000, the goal was to bring ‘real-life’ experience from Wall Street into the classroom, with financial news terminals displaying currency trading, economic reports and running stock quotes. Students can play the role of hedgers, traders, portfolio managers or speculators. Class topics include option pricing and portfolio management. Ten years ago there were only a handful of such trading rooms in business schools around the world.” The Subotnick trading room can hold 50 students and uses Reuters on its terminals.
    “Technology: Virtual Trading Floors Useful in Real Life,” FT.com, June 16

  • Baruch Faculty News
    More change has come for residents of Cuba, now that Raul Castro has replaced his brother Fidel as that nation’s president. Wage limits for state employees have been dropped in favor of salary bonuses, allowing individuals to earn up to five percent more if they meet performance goals. In the past, workers received similar wages regardless of their level of experience or position. Ted Henken, a professor in the Sociology and Black and Hispanic Studies departments at Baruch College told the Voice of America that because state employees have been limited in their earning potential, some people were instead working in the “informal market” such as restaurants, hostels, shops and other underground businesses where they could possibly earn more money. The new policy, he said, is intended to reverse this trend. "So the government is learning that it has to do something to attract these people to stay in their professions and continue to perform, because for many people it is a losing deal," said Henken. Whether or not this new reform stops the flow of workers away from state jobs remains to be seen. But Henken said, "It is dangerous because one of the pillars of the revolution, at least rhetorically, is this idea of socialist egalitarianism. But that puts a damper on efficiency and productivity. It is kind of a balancing act."
    “Cuba Adding Wage Bonuses to Boost Productivity,” VOANews.com, June 12
  • Baruch Faculty News
    Mets and Yankees fans, disgruntled about their teams’ pitiful performances so far this season, can perhaps take solace in the fact that these Boys of Summer aren’t the only New York icons to disappoint their devotees this year. Just last week Sen. Hillary Clinton passed the baton to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il) as the Democrat’s presidential candidate, and earlier this year, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani did the same for Republican candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona. ‘“Last fall, it clearly looked like it was going to be Rudy and Hillary, and in the end, our candidates did about as well as our baseball teams,’ said Doug Muzzio, a politics professor at Baruch College in New York.”
    “Damn Yankees,” AP, June 11

  • Baruch Faculty News
    Although women still lag behind men when it comes to pay equity, gender bias, surprisingly, isn’t the main reason for the disparity. “The fact is, women’s career choices have more to do with the pay difference than does discrimination,” according to an editorial in USA Today. For example more women choose to become librarians, rather than, say, plumbers, and while librarians might be more educated, the plumbing profession pays more money. Even women who go into traditionally high paying professions such as law or investment banking, more often opt for the path within those careers that allow them to have more family time. “In fact, when the effects of marriage and raising children are eliminated, gender pay differences nearly disappear, concludes June O’Neill, an economist at Baruch College and former director of the Congressional Budget Office.”
    “Why Women Earn Less,” USA Today, June 6

  • Baruch College News
    As the Democratic primaries came to a close Tuesday night and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) clinched the presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) was busy holding her own rally in Baruch College’s Athletics and Recreation Complex (ARC). She told the hundreds of her faithful supporters who packed the facility: “This has been a long campaign and I will be making no decisions tonight.” Instead, she said, she would consult with party leaders and her supporters to decide what her next steps should be. Clinton’s appearance at the ARC generated an avalanche of worldwide publicity, both before and after the event, with Baruch named in media ranging from TV and print, to websites and blogs. Among the more than 140 outlets mentioning Baruch were the following: The Huffington Post, Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Russian Information Agency, China Post, Le Soir, Indian Observer, and Corriere Adriatico. Additionally, there were tags from VH1.com, Bloomberg, Virginian Pilot, Time Magazine, MSNBC, Washington Post, Kansas City Star, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. June 3, June 4, 2008
  • Baruch Faculty News
    Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) non-concession speech Tuesday night had some political pundits weighing in on what her next step would or should be. Baruch College’s David Birdsell told WCBS- that: "Hillary needs to be perceived as a senior leader in the Democratic Party going forward. That means consultation by and with the Obama campaign certainly on appointments, certainly on large policy issues and certainly on relationships with constituencies that supported her," he said. As to speculation over whether or not Obama would tap Clinton for his veep spot, Birdsell said: "Barack Obama has spent months campaigning against old Washington and Hillary Clinton is one of the primary examples of old Washington. To put her on the ticket would undermine his appeal," Birdsell said.
    WCBS-TV, June 3, 2008

    Baruch College News
    The economic downturn and tight job market has already left its mark on last week's graduating class, as many of the students have yet to find employment in their chosen field, according to a published report on the Crain's New York website. Graduates are not only competing with each other, but also with unemployed, albeit experienced professionals who have been laid off. "Graduates at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business estimate that only about half have received job offers, most of them stemming directly from internships," the site reported. Patricia Imbimbo, director of Baruch's Starr Career Development Center, said that the job hunters shouldn't give up. "They should be persistent, tell everybody, look everywhere, use our office--just do everything they can do," she said. To further help them, Imbimbo said she has planned a job search group so that students can share tips.
    "Grads Fee Jobs Pinch" CrainsNewYorkBusiness.com (June 1)

May

  • Baruch Faculty News
    It’s out with the old and in with the new for Cubans who lived under the reign of Fidel Castro for nearly half a century. His socialist policies, which basically said that consumerism is bad if everyone can’t afford to buy the same things, effectively banned the sale of items such as computers, DVD players and microwave ovens, to name a few examples. For the small minority of folks who could actually afford those things, the black market was the only place to purchase them. But the tide has turned, thanks to Fidel’s younger brother Raul, who took over as Cuba’s president earlier this year. He instituted a series of new consumer policies, one of which allows the sale of consumer goods that had previously been denied to his citizens. And Cubans are wasting no time snapping them up. ''Despite 45 years of being forced to live in egalitarianism, Cubans don't really buy into that,'' said Ted Henken, a Cuba expert at Baruch College in New York. ``Being forced into it actually created a lust for materialism. Cubans just want to consume. They want to live in the modern world, have cellphones, have flat screen TVs. These are human aspirations.'' Now, Henken said, they are conspicuous consumers obsessed with symbols of prosperity and modernism: ``They want part of the American dream.'' Still, only a small portion of the population, primarily those who live in tourist destinations where dollars flow more freely, can afford to buy them.
    Rush to buy goods underscores Cuba's economic divide” Miami Herald, May 22

  • Baruch Faculty News
    Concern over Gov. David Patterson's health was heightened Tuesday after the Governor admitted himself to Mount Sinai Medical Center with complaints of "migraine-like symptoms." It's the third time Patterson has been hospitalized since 2006, according to published reports. His office said that preliminary tests were normal, but that he was scheduled to undergo further testing later in the day. Doug Muzzio, a politics professor at Baruch College, said it would be a "mess" if something happened to Paterson and he were no longer able to serve as governor. "An unelected new governor of a different party right after we had an unelected governor from the same party, I think it would be traumatic for New York ... it could lead to a political and policy quagmire," Muzzio said.
    "NY Gov Paterson in NYC hospital for migraine symptoms" AP, May 20

  • Baruch College News
    On May 7, Baruch, New York's premiere public university, announced the results of its first ever marketing competition. Michael Olufemi Awotedu took home a first place trophy and $600 in prize money for his creative and strategic marketing plan for the Executives On Campus Program at Baruch College . Michael's submission included plans to create new marketing materials employing catchy tag lines and student friendly slogans. According to Michael's winning entry, Executives On Campus is like a shadow and is "with you every step of the way. The goal of the EOC Marketing Competition was to create a plan composed of marketing strategy and creative concepts and ideas, which will promote the Executives On Campus Program at Baruch College." "Mentoring Program Hosts Marketing Competition at Baruch" Business Wire May 15, 2008

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Despite a wealth of scientific evidence showing that people need to make healthier food choices in their daily diet, consumers are still acting against their best interest. "Research underscores how good intentions can often have negative consequences. Lauren Block, marketing professor at Baruch College at the City University of New York, has shown that the mere presence of a healthy item on a menu of unhealthy food choices "licenses" us to make unhealthy choices. When salads were on a menu, people were more likely to choose French fries."
    "Saving consumers from ... ahem ... themselves" The Globe and Mail (Canada) May 12, 2008

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Vito Fossella quickly climbed to political success, but no matter what he does now, he can most likely kiss any political future goodbye. 'He's politically dead,' said Baruch College political expert Doug Muzzio. 'He can say he's going to stay all he wants, but come on. . . . Family values doesn't usually mean having more than one.'"
    "VOTE IS IN: HE'S ON WAY OUT PROS SAY HIS POLITICAL CAREER IS DEAD" N.Y. Daily News (5/09/08)    

April

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Bauch 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 Faculty Expertise
    "Robb Hecht, [Baruch College adjunct professor of marketing], digital managing director with the media communications agency
    Universal McCann, found his current position through LinkedIn. A recruiter
    saw his profile which also linked to his blog, Media 2.0. "My LinkedIn
    profile is much more comprehensive than a traditional resume. One of the
    things I like to include is any media coverage or mentions that I have
    helped generate," says Hecht who has integrated his LinkedIn profile with
    his Facebook profile. "This has a good cross-media effect in terms of
    building dialogue with the business professionals on LinkedIn as well as
    with non-business conversations on Facebook. As Facebook continually gains
    more usage among older professionals, it will actually be used as a job
    networking site," he says. He currently sees Facebook as positioned
    between the "all fun" MySpace network and the "all work" LinkedIn network."
    "Work your network" The San Francisco Chronicle (3/21/08)

  • 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)

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