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Baruch in the Media - Archive - January 2005

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• Information culled from Assistant Accounting Professor Burton Rothberg's CFO survey appeared in the January 25 edition of Accounting Today. Most CFOs polled said they expected significant increases in both capital and technology spending this quarter. In response to recent discussions about the future of Social Security, more than 60% of the participants said that they support the privatization of a portion of Social Security.
"CFOs Upbeat on Economy; Expect Jump in Capital, Tech Spending" Accounting Today (1/27/05)

Carol Berkin, professor of American history, talked to a reporter from the Christian Science Monitor about President Bush's recent inauguration ceremony. Berkin says that the lavish festivities, costing an estimated $50 million, would have surprised the Founding Fathers, who envisioned the president as something of an "errand boy" for the Congress.
"To the Founders, Congress Was King" Christian Science Monitor (1/20/05)

• New York's changing demographic patterns are the subject of two recent articles quoting SPA Professors Neil Bennett and Douglas Muzzio. Bennett, executive director of the New York Census Research Data Center, is quoted in “Growing City Counts on Head Count,” an article on population increase and federal funding that appeared in the Jan. 10, 2005 Crain's New York Business.   Muzzio looks at recent registration data and predicts that New York a famously “blue” state, will become even more of a Democratic stronghold in years to come.   The story, by Associated Press reporter Devlin Barrett appeared on Jan. 18, 2005 in numerous papers across the state, among them the Ithaca Journal, the Auburn Citizen and the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 4,. 2004, Prof. Ted Joyce, director of the Zicklin School’s MBA program in Health Care Administration, testified on behalf of the ACLU in a an Ohio case involving restrictions on abortion rights. The case pitted Ohio governor George Voinovich vs. the Cincinnati Women’s Services, a reproductive care provider. Joyce’s testimony supported the ACLU’s position that an “undue burden” was imposed on women by requiring “in person informed consent” by a physician as well as a 24-hour waiting period before pregnancy could be terminated. A national authority on the impact of abortion restrictions, Joyce is the author of a widely cited 1997 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which demonstrated that a similar law in Mississippi lowered the abortion rate and increased the proportion of terminations performed later in pregnancy. Joyce provided expert testimony in a similar case in Kentucky in 2000.

Baruch in the Media - Archive - February 2005

David Shulman '64, retiring as senior REIT analyst at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. on March 11, told Ray A. Smith of The Wall Street Journal that he planned to keep active by mentoring Baruch students and serving his alma mater as a guest lecturer.
"A Prominent Wall Street Bear Calls It Quits" The Wall Street Journal (2/28/05)

Carol Berkin, professor of history, appeared as a guest commentator on the February 15, 2005 episode of the PBS show 'NOVA'. Berkin explained the historical significance of the Charters of Freedom--the decaying documents signed by the Founding Fathers that include the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill  of Rights. The show followed experts in parchment preservation from the National Archives' Document Conservation Laboratory as they went through the pain-staking process of inspecting and treating the documents to ensure their survival.
"Saving The National Treasures"  Nova (2/16/05)

Professor Abrahamian is also the author of a recent article on U.S. foreign policy as it pertains to Iran. “Iran: The Next Target?” was commissioned by editors of Global Agenda, an annual journal of the World Economic Forum. A prestigious group of international political and business leaders, the World Economic Forum meets annually in Davos, Switzerland and is a kind of mega think tank whose members each year set a global agenda for discussion and action. In the words of Klaus Schwab, its executive director, the Davos group aspires to “bring together a series of world class leaders and world class thinkers.” And so Prof. Abrahamian, one of the “world class thinkers,” here finds himself in company with the likes of Tony Blair, Kofi Annan, Elie Wiesel and Mikhail Gorbachev. His article can be found at: (2/15/04)

Ervand (Jed) Abrahamian, Distinguished Professor of History, was interviewed on Saturday, January 29 by Gary Anthony Ramsey, weekend anchor for New York 1 News. The interview focused on the subject of Iraq and the recent elections.  No matter the result of the elections, Abrahamian predicted a lengthy period of U.S. military involvement in that country—perhaps decades. (2/1/05)

Carl Rollyson, distinguished professor of English and biographer of Marilyn Monroe, Susan Sontag, Rebecca West and other formidable women, examines Henry James and his relationship with two of the most important women in his life, in "Henry James and the Zeitgeist,”   published in the New Criterion (Feb. 2005). Rollyson examines the interplay between fiction and biography in various accounts of James' life.   He suggest   that James' novels read differently when “the biographical context is allowed to emerge.” According to Rollyson, novelists and biographers have each used the other as a prism to better grasp the true nature of this most ineffable of writers.

Baruch in the Media - Archive - March 2005

Professor David Birdsell of the School of Public Affairs commented on the city’s ongoing mayoral race in the March 30 edition of the New York Sun. Birdsell disagreed with the assumption that Rep. Charles Rangel plans to endorse Manhattan borough president C. Virginia Fields. Rangel’s wife, Alma, is set to introduce Fields at an April 1 fundraiser, raising speculation that Rep. Rangel’s support is all but confirmed.
“Signs Indicate Rangel Favoring Fields for Mayor”  New York Sun (3/30/05)

• An article on bilingual advertising, co-authored by Professor David Luna of the Marketing department, appeared in the March 2005 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Luna and his collaborator, Dr. Laura Peracchio of the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, argue that bilingual consumers find “code-switching”—interjecting English words into a Spanish sentence—highly appealing in advertisements, though the reverse—adding Spanish words to an English-language advertisement—was not as engaging. The authors suggest that the discrepancy arises because consumers view English as the “dominant” language, carrying more social prestige than Spanish.
“Advertising to Bilingual Consumers: The Impact of Code-Switching on Persuasion”  Journal of Consumer Research (3/30/05)

• The New York Sun published an opinion-editorial on the social security debate by June O’Neill, professor of economics, in its March 25 issue. O’Neill tracked the growth of the program from its beginnings under President Roosevelt through to the sweeping increases in benefits and replacement rates during the 1970s. She argues that the social security system must adopt either individual accounts, a change to price-indexing (a system that increases benefits based solely on inflation), or a combination of these two methods to ensure its survival beyond 2017. “The costs of the current system are permanent, not transitional, and will only grow more intractable with time,” wrote O’Neill.
"Where Do We Go From Here?"  New York Sun (3/29/05)

• A compendium of short items about Baruch faculty and facilities over the last week: The April 1 issue of Entrepreneur ranks Baruch as one of the top 50 regional entrepreneurial colleges in the nation. A notice in the March 23 issue of the South Bend Tribune announced that Robert Ducoffe, former associate dean of Graduate Academic Affairs at the Zicklin School, has been appointed dean of the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend. Prof. Ducoffe joined Baruch as an assistant marketing professor in 1990, and was promoted to full professor in 2003. Another brief item on the CFO Outlook Survey appeared in the March 21 edition of Crain’s New York Business.

• The New York Post profiled Patrick Clarke, a junior majoring in finance and investments at Baruch, in the 'Wealth' section of its March 27 edition. Clarke, who balances a part-time job at a restaurant with a Delta Brokerage internship at the New York Board of Trade’s cotton futures trading floor, initially considered a career in journalism before a chance visit the Subotnick Financial Services Center with a friend. He earned over $200,000 in a practice trading session, and caught the eye of NYBOT staffers who offered him an internship with the organization. Clarke intends to be a full-time trader in two years, and says that he is more than prepared for the strains of balancing a job, an internship, and his studies at Baruch. “I have four brothers," he said. "Stressful environments are my thing."
"All Kinds Cotton to Commodities" New York Post (3/28/05)

• Paul Davis, managing director off the TIAA-CREF Investment Management pension fund, quoted research by Professor Robert Schwartz in a recent Traders magazine article on "trade-through" restrictions. Davis cited Schwartz's work as evidence that suggests that the rule stifles competition between the markets.
"Keeping Control at The NYSE and Nasdaq" Traders (3/24/05)

• An article in the Mar. 20 issue of The Journal News cited Professor June O’Neill and her research into welfare reform. O’Neill, co-author of a Manhattan Institute for Policy Research report on welfare and single motherhood entitled “Gaining Ground, Moving Up”, said that dramatic changes during the 1990s to federal welfare regulations encouraged single mothers to find work and stay off the welfare rolls. Working single mothers also tended to develop more financial security the longer they remained in the work force, according to her research. "I'm quite encouraged by what I've seen so far," said O'Neill.
"Welfare to Work"  The Journal News (3/24/05)

Professor Doug Muzzio of the School of Public Affairs, recently nominated for an Emmy award for his work as host of "City Talk" on CUNY-TV, weighed in on two of the most contentious issues in city government this political season: Mayor Bloomberg's incipient re-election campaign, and charges that minorities are systematically excluded from senior positions in city agencies. Muzzio's assessment   of the mayor's statesmanship skills appeared in an Associated Press article, which was subsequently published in the Los Angeles Times. While he conceded that Bloomberg, a political novice, had "learned some of the art and craft of politics" over the course of his first term, Muzzio voiced doubts about his ability to inspire  and engage the electorate. Commenting in the Amsterdam News about the chronic shortage of minority managerial staff in city government, Muzzio pointed the finger at longstanding informal networks and apprenticeship systems that generally benefit whites. The city's Fire Department, currently under a US Justice Department investigation into hiring discrimination, is the most glaring example of the gap, with whites making up 92% of all firefighters and 97% of all supervisors. "There are multiple reasons for it, from overt, explicit racism to more societal and institutional factors,” said Muzzio.
"New York Mayor Focusing on Re-Election" Los Angeles Times (3/17/05)
"Dearth of Diversity: Blacks lag far behind whites in securing top-level positions in city government" The Amsterdam News (3/17/05)

• Reports on the latest Baruch/Financial Executives International CFO Outlook Survey have appeared in publications and broadcast news outlets across the nation since the study was released on March 10. American Banker,, CIO Today, Pensions & Investments Online, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, SmartPros, KSBI-TV in Oklahoma, and all ran brief items on results from the ongoing survey, a collaboration between Zicklin faculty and members of Financial Executives International. CFOs responding to the poll foresee a 13% rise in capital spending over the next 12 months, along with a moderate increase in healthcare spending. More than 90% of participants also said they expect interest rates to rise over the same period, though it ranked only sixth on their list of worries. "Their attitude about long-term rates suggests that CFOs won’t be taken by surprise by higher rates and are prepared for them. This bodes well for the economy as a whole,” said Burton Rothberg, Assistant Professor of Accountancy at the Zicklin School and Baruch's chief investigator for the survey.
"Options for Options Expensing" Investor Relations Business (3/17/05)
"CFOs Prefer the Black-Scholes Option" (3/15/05)
"CIO Business Briefing" CIO Today (3/11/05)
“CFOs Predicts 13% Jump in Capital Spending” (3/11/05)
"CFOs Predict 13 Percent Increase in Capital Spending" KSBI - TV Oklahoma (3/10/05)
"In Brief: In Brief: Most 401(k) Providers Alter Fund Choices" American Banker (3/14/05)
“CFOs Predict 13 Percent Increase in Capital Spending” SmartPros (3/11/05)
“The Day on Wall Street” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/11/05)
“CFOs See Increase in Capital Spending” Pensions & Investments Online (3/10/05)

• Nearly 60% of respondents to an opinion poll conducted by eTownPanel, a survey project within the School of Public Affairs, believe that city schools are getting worse. The survey, quoted in the March issue of, was not all doom and gloom for the public school system, however--the other 40% of respondents described their local schools as 'good' or 'excellent'. The article was culled from material that was published in another online journal,
"Entering the Autonomy Zone; Poll on Schools"

• Two recent media hits for Ed Rogoff, professor of management and director of the Field Center for Entrepreneurship. The March 2005 issue of Entrepreneur magazine features an interview on the subject of "Bankable Business Plans", the book Rogoff published last year. In the interview he talks about the importance of writing a powerful business plan, one that will attract investors and secure financing. “A business plan is the entrepreneur’s story” he notes, and it must be both personal and compelling. Rogoff was also the subject of a profile by Sheila McKenna in the Feb. 25, 2005 issue of Newsday.

City Limits, the influential public affairs journal, quoted Barry Hersh of Baruch's Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute in an article on 'brownfields'--abandoned and polluted industrial sites seized from prior owners because of tax debts--and a new proposal  to make the land affordable  and available to community developers. Supporters of the proposal point to the success of the city's "third party transfer" program, which finds new owners for residential buildings seized from delinquent landlords, but Hersh, associate director of the Newman Institute, cautioned that the increased red tape may not yield impressive results for industrial properties. "I think the administration’s concern is that it will create more bureaucratic structures and just slow everything down, and nothing will happen," said Hersh.
"Lien On Me" City Limits (3/07/05)

• A review of "Revolutionary Mothers," the latest book from History Professor Carol Berkin, appeared in the Sunday, March 6 edition of The Winston-Salem Journal. Reviewer Barbara Bamberger Scott praised the book, which covers the lives of women during the eight-year Revolutionary War, noted that Berkin "has not neglected the stories of women on the other side, brave loyalists who, like many American Indian and slave women, chose to oppose the Americans."
"Revolutionary Women Made Their Marks on Revolutionary War" The Winston-Salem Journal (3/06/05)

Baruch benefactor William Newman '47, LLD (Hon.) '97 and his wife Anita were tied at number 42 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of America's 60 largest donors in 2004. His $25 million gift also drew press attention from The New York Sun, in which he was quoted as feeling "very fortunate" to have been listed alongside prominent patrons like William and Belinda Gates and Ted Turner.
"The Giving Spree: 60 most-generous donors gave $10-billion in 2004" Chronicle of Philanthropy 3/03/05
"Six New Yorkers, Including Mayor, Among Nation's Most Generous" New York Sun 3/02/05

• Reporters from The Wall Street Journal spoke to marketing professor Lilia Ziamou about  "power frustration"--a catch-all term that describes the irritating phenomenon of losing battery power during an important process on mobile electronic devices. Cell phone and PDA users are particularly susceptible, with over a third of all respondents to a recent survey reporting that they limit their use of the devices because of power issues. "The idea of power frustration suggests that energy technology is not keeping pace with today's busy lifestyles," said professor Ziamou to the Journal.
"Low Battery Blues" The Wall Street Journal (3/3/05)


Baruch in the Media - Archive - April 2005

Jabari Asim, a columnist for the Fort Myers, FL. News-Press, interviewed English Professor Bridgett Davis in the newspaper’s Apr. 29 issue about the growing popularity of ‘sanitizers,’ companies that censor explicit scenes from popular DVD releases and then re-sell the results. "It would just kill me if someone touched my film in that way," said Davis, referring to her critically acclaimed 1996 film on black female sexuality. Davis is also the author of a successful novel titled Shifting Through Neutral.
"Make Art to Your Liking, Sanitize It" News-Press (4/29/05)

Amy Auerbach, an adjunct marketing instructor at Baruch, spoke to the Internet advertising journal Clickz News on Apr. 28 about a hiring boom in the online marketing world. More entry- and mid-level professionals are being hired as the interactive advertising industry bounces back from the recession at the beginning of the decade. “People who got burned in the dot-com bust have gone on to other things," she said. "Now that the industry is rubber-banding back, there aren't enough people.” One of her students, Cavel Khan, was also interviewed for the article.
"Web Marketers Look to Recruit Students" Clickz News (4/28/05)

• The Apr. 25 edition of the Charleston, S.C. Post and Courier published an item on Public Affairs Professor Dahlia Remler’s study on health savings accounts (HSAs). The controversial plan provides a combination of tax-free savings accounts and high-deductible plans as an alternative to current health insurance schemes. Remler and her research partner, Columbia University’s Sherry Glied, suggest that lower-income uninsured workers would not benefit from the plan.
"HSA No Answer" Post and Courier (4/28/05)

Eli Mason ('40, LHD [Hon.] '78) wrote a reflective article in the Apr. 4 edition of Accounting Today, blasting the current accounting peer review process as “a mockery intended to confuse and deceive those who believed that the profession had put in place a program that would elevate the public's perception and confidence in the audit process.” Mason praised the new Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), headed by Baruch’s Douglas Carmichael, and its initial efforts to invigorate the outside review process.
"Peer review: Reality or fiction?" Accounting Today (4/28/05)

• The New York Sun quoted Public Affairs Professor David Birdsell in an analytical piece evaluating the campaign of Conservative Party mayoral candidate Thomas Ognibene. "By pledging himself to the Conservative Party line throughout the election, it's more likely people will vote for him during the Republican primary," said Birdsell in the newspaper’s Apr. 27 issue.
"Ognibene Will Fight Bloomberg All the Way to November Election" New York Sun (4/27/05)

Senators Hilary Clinton and Chuck Schumer announced their opposition to President Bush’s social security restructuring plan during a press conference held at Baruch on Apr. 25. The president’s plan calls for investment accounts, into which workers would deposit a portion of their payroll taxes.
“Wall Street Bigs, Hil, Chuck Rip Soc Sec Plan” New York Daily News (4/27/05)

Lauren Weiner reviewed David Reynolds’ new book on fiery Abolitionist John Brown in the Apr. 19 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Reynolds, a Distinguished Professor of English who also teaches American Studies at CUNY's Graduate center, won the Bancroft Prize in 1995 for his book Walt Whitman’s America, and his latest work is attracting debate on the legacy of Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. He has embarked on a whirlwind publicity tour for the book. Just published by Alfred Knopf, the 500-page opus has already been lauded in The New York Times (Sunday, Apr. 17), The New Yorker (Apr. 25), The Atlantic Monthly (May), and the Tucson Citizen. He also appeared on the Apr. 19 episode of "Fresh Air" on WNYC AM/FM.
"The Revolutionary as Role Model"
Wall Street Journal (4/25/05)

A new report by Dahlia Remler of the School of Public Affairs and Sherry Glied of Columbia University presents evidence that the much-touted Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) will provide healthcare coverage for less than one million of the 45 million Americans who are currently uninsured. Remler and Glied suggest that the HSAs are more likely to be popular with uninsured higher-income workers, who benefit from the new tax deductions they will be eligible for under the plans. Research for the study was supported by The Commonwealth Fund, and a copy of the report is available at

Robert Schwartz, professor of economics and finance, was quoted in the Apr. 20 issue of Securities Industry News in an article about how buy-side and sell-side equities professionals are changing the way they do business. The Wall Street Journal also cited a study co-authored by Schwartz last year in an Apr. 22 article on technological advances in the stock exchange. Schwartz and his research partners Puteet Handa and Ashish Tiwari of the University of Iowa found that floor traders were more efficient in many instances than the automated Amex systems.
"Buy and Sell Sides Debate the Future"Securities Industry News;
"Evolution at the Big Board" Wall Street Journal (4/25/00)

• The Apr. 20 New York Daily News published a report on partnership between Baruch’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute and the Queens Chamber of Commerce to construct a new convention center in the Willets Point neighborhood. The proposed center will be directly east of Shea Stadium. “"It also has what would make developers all over the world drool - 9,000 parking spaces, except when there are Mets games," said Charles Lauster of the Institute.
"Plan for Willets Pt. Chamber Eyes Convention Center Near Shea" New York Daily News (4/25/05)

• The Newark Star-Ledger reviewed "Un Racconto Fiorentino" (A Florentine Tale), an opera composed by Louis Goia, a retired professor of English at Baruch, on Tuesday, Apr. 19. Goia, who is also a Catholic priest, used the tale of a medieval power struggle within the church as the plot of his opera. The Star-Ledger described the work as “lovingly and competently crafted.”
"New composition sounds antiquated" Newark Star-Ledger (4/25/05)

Barbara Katz Rothman, professor of sociology at Baruch, wrote a lengthy, introspective article in the Apr. 22 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education about the conflicts sociologists feel when they examine themselves and their family dynamics as research subjects. “What does it mean when I "use" my life and the people in it that way? More and more sociologists are doing just that: mining our own lives, our own experiences.” Rothman’s latest book, Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption, will be published next month by Beacon Press.
"The I in Sociology" Chronicle of Higher Education (4/25/05)

Associate Professor of English Charles Riley's recent book, The Jazz Age in France, garnered reviews in The New York Times (12/5/04) and in the San Francisco Chronicle (11/14/04) among other places, and was covered on NPR's "Author! Author!" in a show which aired at various times on April 9 and 10 of this year. Meanwhile, his new book, Disability and the Media: Prescriptions for Change, is just out from the University Press of New England.

• An article in the April 18 edition of City Limits WEEKLY cited the results of a School of Public Affairs survey of nonprofit executives. The survey of social service providers suggested that New Yorkers are increasingly in need of help from these agencies, even as they struggle with reductions in their budget.
“Serving More With Less”  City Limits WEEKLY (4/19/05)

Tony Tinker, professor of accountancy and organizer of the Critical Perspectives in Accounting conference at Baruch, discussed the poetic aspects of his profession with columnist H.J. Cummins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 14. The Critical Perspectives conference, held once every three years, includes approximately 30 poems on accounting issues alongside its 150 academic papers. "Poetry is one way in which we 'de-limit' the agenda, break out of the mainstream understanding of what we're doing and open up the bigger questions, the bigger problems," said Tinker.
“Work & Life: Ledger, ledger, balancing right …” Minneapolis Star Tribune (4/18/05)

Robert Schwartz, Marvin M. Speizer Professor of Finance at the Zicklin School, co-authored an opinion-editorial on teaching security microstructure to MBA students in the March 2005 issue of Traders magazine. “For a wide range of careers in today’s technologically advanced, financially sophisticated environment, understanding how liquidity (or its converse, illiquidity) affects asset prices is essential,” wrote Schwartz and his co-author, Bruce W. Weber of the London Business School.
"MBA Graduate, Please Have a Seat" Traders (4/12/05)

Former Public Affairs professor Sandra Stein has been named the new chief executive of the New York City Leadership Academy, according to the April 11 issue of The New York Times. Baruch hosted the Academy’s first-ever graduation ceremony last June, with former General Electric CEO Jack Welch and Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons as guest speakers.
“Head of Unit That Trained School Principals Resigns” New York Times  (4/12/05)

Marketing professor Lilia Ziamou’s study of ‘power frustration’—the annoyance felt by users of portable electronic devices like cell phones and music players when their batteries are low—was quoted in the April 11 issue of the Tampa Tribune. An article on the study also ran in the March 3 edition of the Wall Street Journal.

• Two short notices—Financial Analysis, Planning and Reporting, published by the Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA), ran a brief item on the CFO Outlook Survey in its April 2005 issue, and Public Affairs Professor Douglas Muzzio comments on the political clash over the proposed West Side stadium in both The New York Times and The New York Sun.
“News Briefs”—Financial Analysis, Planning and Reporting” (4/8/05)
“Before the Stadiums Come All the Games” The New York Times (4/8/05)
“Mayor: Stadium Bound for Approval” The New York Sun (4/07/05)

• Consumers interested in opening health savings accounts are getting inadequate pricing information on the actual cost of procedures, according to Public Affairs Professor Shoshana Sofaer in the April 1 edition of Employee Benefit News. Sofaer recently surveyed the price information provided online by three major health care vendors, and told the publication that the companies offer “virtually nothing in the way of price information up there."
"Price Information Lags Account-based Health Enrollment Trends" Employee Benefit News (4/5/05)

Baruch in the Media - Archive - May 2005

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon received a public vote of confidence from leaders of American Jewish organizations during a Sunday, May 22 rally at Baruch College. Throngs of supporters attended his speech on campus, which was briefly interrupted by protestors. Articles on the event ran in more than 200 domestic and international news sources, including The New York Times, the New York Sun, the Associated Press, Dow Jones newswire services, the Guardian of London, Xinhua News Agency, the Indo Asian News Service, the Jerusalem Post,, and various radio and television stations throughout the nation.  (5/22/05)

• The May 19 edition of The Forward reported that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will be officially welcomed to New York by a ceremony held at Baruch on Sunday, May 22. The Presidents Conference, a group that counts the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, and Hadassah as members, will sponsor the event.
“Sharon and a Critic Jostle for Limelight as Gaza Pullout Feud Comes to America” The Forward (5/19/05)

Public Affairs Professor David Birdsell was interviewed about the dramatic rise in fourth-grade reading examination scores in the May 20 issue of the New York Sun. "They're gaudy numbers. They're impressive numbers, and it's going to be hard for the opponents to cast them as a legacy of failure," said Birdsell. “Clearly the mayor's hand has just been significantly strengthened."
“City’s Fourth-Grade Test Scores Rise More Than The State Average” New York Sun (5/20/05)

Professor S. Prakash Sethi, head of the International Center for Corporate Accountability, appeared on “Marketplace Morning Report,” a program broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio, on May 18. The show focused on the trend of American companies setting standards of behavior and ethical codes for their international employees. “If we always did what the local societies require--or, as they say, do in Rome what the Romans do--we would still be feeding Christians to the lions,” said Sethi.
“More companies setting rules of conduct for international employees” Marketplace Morning Report (5/20/05)

• The May 16 edition of The Daily Deal quoted Abraham Briloff, professor emeritus of accounting, in an article about the Tyco trial. Briloff excoriated Tyco attorney David Boies for testifying in the company’s trial against former company executives Dennis Kozlowski and Mark Swartz, even though he repeatedly invoked attorney-client privilege when asked to produce proof. “[H]is report went ahead and skewed the information to accommodate a particular end result - and I'd be happy to hear his response to my criticism. I make no secret of these criticisms."
“Boies will be Boies” The Daily Deal (5/17/05)

Public Affairs Professor Douglas Muzzio’s continues to keep a close watch on Governor Pataki’s sagging popularity in the wake of the Freedom Tower safety redesign. He commented on the issue in the May 13 issue of the New York Daily News, calling Pataki’s recently televised speech on the matter an attempt “to resuscitate his own political career and finally show some leadership.”
“Pataki Uses Rallying Talk to Rebuild His Image, Too” The Daily News (5/17/05)

Tim Nudd’s “Et Cetera” section in the May 9 issue of Adweek mentioned this year’s Bernard Baruch Dinner, honoring Jonathan Bond (’80).
“Et Cetera” Adweek (5/17/05)

Associated Press reporter Sharon Cohen interviewed Baruch’s Ted Joyce, winner of the 2005 Sidney Lirtzman Prize, about the work of controversial economist Steve Levitt. Levitt, a professor at the University of Chicago, drew media attention for his claim that legalized abortion has been responsible for the substantial drop in crime during the 1990s. “He's picking up the decline in crack and calling it the abortion effect," said Joyce. The Associated Press article was published in the May 8 edition of The State College Centre Daily Times, (PA) and the Telegraph Herald, (IA).
“Economist's unconventional research brings plenty of attention” The State College Centre Daily Times (5/9/05)
“Maverick economist racks up admirers, critics; New book includes
eyebrow-raising data”
Telegraph Herald (5/9/05)

• An Associated Press report on Baruch’s May 3 press conference for the proposed acquisition Archipelago Holdings Inc., an electronic trading company, by the New York Stock Exchange was published in newspapers throughout the country. Controversies over the fairness of the deal, in which Archipelago instructors will gain control of 30% of NYSE stock, and the involvement of Goldman Sachs—the investment bank is acting as an advisor both parties, while also owning a portion of Archipelago and a company listed on NYSE—dominated the questions at the conference. Articles about the press briefing have appeared on the Dow Jones Newswires, Newsday, Comtex News, Crain’s New York Business, and the San Jose Mercury News.
“Archipelago CEO Sees No Need to Redo Terms of NYSE Deal” AP (5/5/05)

Public Affairs Professor David Birdsell spoke to New York 1 about City Council Speaker Gifford Miller’s faltering mayoral campaign, blaming his third-place showing in a recent poll on his lack of wider exposure. “"You've got somebody who has a highly local profile that is enhanced by the respect and support of peers. That's very, very different than winning a citywide election," said Birdsell.
“Miller Receives Notable Endorsement From Peter Vallone” New York 1 (5/5/05)

Management Professor Cynthia Thompson penned an article on the growing conflict between work demands and family responsibilities in the May 2005 issue of the Journal of Employee Assistance. Rejecting “family-friendly” initiatives like employer-sponsored childcare, parental leave, and flexible work hours as being insufficient, Thompson suggests that many workers do not use those available family-friendly resources because they fear the possible negative consequences on their career advancement. “We need to ask whether there is another way to accomplish a job or task, whether we really need all the travel that we require of our professional employees, and whether we really need 7:00 a.m. breakfast meetings. We need to consider how we can measure and reward job performance without relying on face time.”
“Work-life: organizations in denial” Journal of Employee Assistance (5/2/05)

The Washington Post quoted Prof. Robert Schwartz on the planned mergers between the New York Stock Exchange and Archipelago Holdings on one hand, and the Nasdaq’s merger with Instinet Group on the other. "We are talking about an order of magnitude change," said Schwartz.
"This is taking us to an unknown place and the ramifications are very hard to think through." Washington Post (5/02/05)

Mark E. Strauss, director of the Department of Planning for the Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, was interviewed in the Apr. 2005 edition of the industry publication Buildings about extensive revitalization plans for the 3-square-mile area known as the ‘Nassau Hub’ in Nassau County, Long Island. “This should not be viewed as a finished plan, but as a framework for redevelopment, which may take 50 years to be realized,” said Strauss.
“Vision unveiled for "New Suburbia"; Newsworthy; Fox & Fowle Architects” Buildings (5/02/05)

Baruch in the Media - Archive - June 2005

• A New York Observer article on former Brooklyn City Council member David Yassky’s decision to run for an open Brooklyn Congressional seat next year contained a clarification attributed to SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio. “New York’s 11th Congressional District was created after a lawsuit brought under the federal Voting Rights Act in 1967, according to Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College.”
“Brooklyn councilman looking for a promotion” New York Observer (6/27/05)

•  Professor Robert Schwartz was quoted in the June 23 edition of the Wall Street Journal about mergers and consolidations among national and international stock exchanges. The industry consolidation allows exchanges to increase the range of securities they can offer, said Schwartz. “in this wild world we live in now, bigger is better.”
“NYSE CEO Thain Wants To Trade More Than Just Stocks” Wall Street Journal (6/24/05)

SPA Professor Gregg Van Ryzin, who recently completed a survey of the city’s quality-of-life issues, told reporters in the June 23 issue of the New York Daily News that New Yorkers consider potholes, garbage, and noise pollution more serious problems than crime. "This is an important group of people to hear from," said Van Ryzin about the 610 residents he polled. "These are the people who are very active in their communities and are very much in touch with the problems that confront their areas of New York." A similar article appeared the same day in the New York Post.
“Forget Crime—Big Peeve Now is Potholes” New York Daily News
“Top City Gripes—Potholes, Dirty Streets and Noise” New York Post (6/24/05)

Public Affairs professor Neal Sullivan, author of "Diamond in the Bronx," an analysis of the relationship between city politics and the New York Yankees, spoke to a Newsday reporter on June 15 about the cost of maintaining new stadiums for the Mets and the Yankees. "New Yorkers have a reputation for being tough, but these sports entrepreneurs get a pass every time, except in places like San Francisco where voters were given a chance to vote on a stadium for the Giants and refused to endorse payments, forcing the Giants to pay their own money," said Sullivan.
"Wilpon Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is" Newsday (6/16/05)

• The latest results from the ongoing CFO Survey suggests that chief financial officers are less optimistic about important indicators like increases in capital spending. The CFO Optimism Index fell by 7 percent, from 73.55 last year to 68.66. CFOs also said that they expected smaller increases in technology spending than in recent quarters. "Recent rises in short-term interest rates, oil prices and the U.S. dollar have likely taken some of the shine off the outlook," said accounting professor Burton Rothberg. The release of the latest survey figures have been covered by a variety of publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Investor's Business Daily, and Reuters.
"Market Shows Fondness For The Consumer Groups" Investor's Business Daily (6/16/05)
"CFOs slip into gloom, see the US economy, their cos losing speed" Economic Times (6/16/05)
"CFO Survey: Economic Optimism Drops to 12-Month Low" (6/16/05)
"U.S. CFOs less upbeat on economy, corporate sector" Reuters (6/16/05)

Sociologist Robert C. Smith spoke to a reporter from The New York Times on June 6 about minimum wage scofflaws and the exploitation of illegal immigrant workers on Brooklyn's Knickerbocker Avenue. Small business owners on the busy commercial strip routinely pay immigrant workers less than both state and federal minimum wage guidelines demand.
"On a Discount Shopping Strip in Brooklyn, Immigrants Report Illegal Wages" New York Times (6/7/05)

SPA's David Birdsell was interviewed by the New York Sun on June 6 about Manhattan borough president candidate Eva Moskowitz's unusual election campaign. Moskowitz is the front-runner in the race, even though she has repeatedly clashed with the United Federation of Teachers, a powerful teachers' union. "If she's successful in November, then it strongly suggests that union endorsements are less important and that it's possible to campaign, to a certain extent, against union interests and still be returned in an overwhelmingly liberal district to elective office," said Birdsell.
"Eva Moskowitz Runs In Manhattan Despite Randi Weingarten Ire" New York Sun (6/7/05)

• Several newspapers carried reports about high school basketball phenomenon Andrew Bynum's June 4 workout in Baruch's Athletics and Recreation Complex. Bynum, a seven foot-tall, 280-pound athlete, plans to either be drafted as an NBA player or recruited as a University of Connecticut player later in June.
"This Leap May Not Take a Jumper" The Hartford Courant (6/7/05)

John Elliott, dean of the Zicklin School of Business, spoke to an Associated Press reporter about troubled insurance company AIG’s recent restatement of financial records for the past five years. Elliott commented on the company’s announcement that it would commission an independent review of its reserves, in light of a decision to boost reserves for asbestos settlements by $850 million. The article has appeared in a variety of publications and Web sites across the country, including the Detroit Free Press, Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, BusinessWeek Online, CBS News,, and New York
"AIG Files Annual Report, Acknowledges Accounting Improprieties" Associated Press (6/2/05)

Baruch in the Media - Archive - August 2005

School of Public Affairs Prof. Doug Muzzio commented in a New York Observer article examining Hillary Clinton’s early efforts to discredit  Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro as she gears up for next year’s Senate race.
“Hillary staffs party to gills for Pirro race” New York Observer (8/29/05)
• A New York Observer piece on the trials and tribulations of Newark politician Cory Booker’s second run for mayor contained a quote from SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio. “He was stung last time by the criticism of him not being a Newark guy,” noted Doug Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College, discussing Mr. Booker’s 2002 race.”
“Cory Booker back, but this campaign has Newark game” New York Observer (8/22/05)

Convenience Store News carried a piece on the opening of the first 7-Eleven store in Manhattan since 1982, mentioning its ties to Baruch and the neighborhood in the lead paragraph. “People gathered to sample free Slurpees and doughnuts; watch 7-Eleven’s presentation of an $8,000 scholarship to local Baruch College; enjoy the 7-foot, 11-inch sandwich that executives cut in place of a ribbon; and admire the fortitude of a man dressed in a Slurpee costume in 90-degree heat.”
“7-Eleven brings urban strategy to the Big Apple” Convenience Store News (8/8/05)

Baruch in the Media - Archive - September 2005 ran a brief piece by the Associated Press on a 9/11 memorial service at ground zero conducted by 30 Orthodox Jews from Baruch College and Chabad of Downtown NYC. “Such memorials “serve as inspiration to us, that we should never forget,” said Michael Gutmann, a 20-year old Baruch student.”
“Jewish memorial service honors 9/11 victims” via Associated Press (9/27/05)

• Shopdropping, shopgifting, reverse shoplifting, a nascent conceptual art phenomena of many names sweeping the country is the subject of Weissman School Assistant Art Professor Zoe Sheehan Saldana’s exhibit at the Real Art Ways gallery in Hartford, Conn. It also received notice from The New York Times Sunday Arts and Leisure section, the Hartford Courant, and a Brazilian publication.
“Shopgifting”  The New York Times (9/25/05); “Swap and shop” Hartford Courant (9/26/05); "Artistas subvertem consumo com copias" Folha de Sao Paolo (Brazil) (10/2/05)

• A piece in the New York Observer detailing the pros and cons of term limits in city government, with particular emphasis on how they affected City Council Speaker Gifford Miller’s recent mayoral bid, contained a quote by SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio. “Clearly, term limits have had a profound impact on politics in this city, “ said Doug Muzzio, a professor of political science at Baruch College. “What you’ve got is no possibility of a career in an office or a long tenure in an office. You’re constantly looking for your next job.”
“Did term limits drive Giff into premature run?" New York Observer (9/26/05)

• The Business Section of the New York Times ran an article on the relatively lenient sentence ex-Tyco chief L. Dennis Kozlowski received for embezzling millions from the company. Kozlowski could be out in as little as seven years if he behaves himself. The piece featured a chart showing the results of a poll of 318 chief financial officers conducted by Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business that measured whether they thought Bernard J. Ebbers, the ex-CEO of Worldcom who was also indicted on fraud charges, received a fair sentence of 25 years. “Her group, along with the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, polled 318 chief financial officers on Mr. Ebbers’ sentence. A large majority thought 25 years was about right, or too lenient.” The piece was also picked up by other major papers.
“Why his peers say Kozlowski got off easy” The New York Times; "Punish, sure, but deterring fraud is hard" The International Herald Tribune (9/23/05)
"Peers say Kozlowski got off easy" The Baltimore Sun (9/24/05)

• The cover story of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, quoted Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Chairman and Associate Professor of Baruch’s Black and Hispanic Studies Department, as well as department Professors Arthur Lewin, Clarence Taylor, and Assistant Professor James DeFilippis. The story offers thoughtful reflections on race, ethnicity, and identity in America today. To “chronicle and participate in the creation of an increasingly diverse America” is a primary mission of the department, says Cordero-Guzmán, who also notes that faculty members in his department tend to become role models for Baruch students.
 “An Academic Partnership” Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (9/22/05)

Reuters India quoted SPA Dean David Birdsell in a piece that examined how the Hurricane Katrina debacle has hurt Republican party support  for President Bush’s Iraq policy. “But the party as a whole has little choice other than to stick with Mr. Bush, said political scientist David Birdsell of Baruch College in New York. “They don’t have anywhere to go. If they should go in a different direction, then which direction?” he said.”
Support for Bush Iraq policy dives after Katrina” Reuters India (9/22/05)

Weissman School history Professor Carol Berkin will instruct regional New Jersey high school history teachers in a “history lab” later this year in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., according to a report in the Chester Observer-Tribune. “This will help the history teachers better understand how historians work and allow the teacher to create a better lesson plan.” In Colonial Williamsburg, Dibattista said the staff will learn from Professor Carol Berkin of Baruch College in New York City and Pauline Meier of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
“History to come alive with funding” Observer-Tribune (9/22/05)

SPA Professor Doug Muzzio commented in a New York Daily News article about Mayor Bloomberg’s recent efforts to capture the Democratic vote in the upcoming election by distancing himself from the GOP. “If he’s defined as a Republican - meaning George Bush, national Republican party - he’s dog meat,” Muzzio said.” The quote was also attributed in The Frontrunner’s State and Local News section.
“Bloomberg defies W in ‘cane plea” New York Daily News (9/21/05)
“NY: Bloomberg up by 14 over Ferrer” The Frontrunner (9/21/05)

Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance, Terrence Martell was quoted in a Bloomberg News piece on the recent rise in commodities prices, the most the country has seen since 1959. “When you have a period where demand is putting pressure on prices, and then you have a supply shock, you get a price spike,” said Terrence Martell a professor of finance and the director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College in New York. Commodities are benefiting from the “double whammy” of reduced supply and growing demand, he said.”
“Commodities rise most since 1959: Oil, gas surge” National Post’s Financial Post & FP Investing via Bloomberg News (Canada) (9/20/05)

University Distinguished Professor of Management S. Prakash Sethi, director of the International Center for Corporate Accountability (ICCA), is profiled in a special commemorative issue of Centerpoint Now, published by the United Nations to mark its 60th anniversary. Sethi, a pioneer of corporate codes of conduct, has been a tireless advocate of accountability--a concept he has helped broaden to encompass the fair treatment of Third World wage-earners and the protection of the environment. Another Baruchian, Charles Riley II, associate professor of journalism, is the author of this admiring and illuminating profile.  Riley himself is the author of several books including Disability and the Media and, most recently, The Jazz Age in France.
"The Crusader" Centerpoint Now (9/20/05)
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SPA Dean, David Birdsell was quoted in the New York Sun’s take on Mayor Bloomberg’s idea that despite whom they may endorse publicly, Democratic leaders will vote for him this fall. “It misrepresents the good-faith declarations of public officials,” he said. ”What we do have to do is look at how vigorously they put muscle on the street behind their endorsements.”
“Mayor expects votes, even from those who endorse his opponent” The New York Sun (9/19/05)

Associate Professor of Management, Edward Rogoff, commented in a Journal News piece about the difficulties faced by the owners of medallion taxicabs. “A very large number of people who buy medallions end up having them turned back to the financing companies because they don’t make their payments,” Rogoff said."
"No shortcut for cabbies” The Journal News (Westchester) (9/18/05)

• The race for City Council Speaker continues to heat up, and SPA Professor Doug Muzzio’s comments added spice to the stew of coverage. Muzzio was quoted in recent articles in Newsday and The New York Times about the mechanics of the race, in which three candidates hail from Queens, and on speaker Gifford Miller’s parting gift of staff raises.
"Campaign ’05: Out of shadows, into public eye” Newsday (9/18/05); “Miller gave raises in last weeks of race” The New York Times (9/17/05)

• Baruch’s recently announced plan to renovate the main building at 17 Lexington Avenue aims to create a more unified physical campus. The New York Times’ Metro Section reporter David Dunlap penned a short piece on the project. “A wedge-like glass atrium with a twisting staircase is to be added to the facade in the $250 million project. Kathleen Waldron, Baruch’s president, said yesterday that work would begin in 2008. The architect, Gordon Kipping of G Trects will be collaborating informally with Frank Gehry.”
“Baruch College plans renovation” The New York Times (9/16/05)

• Call it what you like, Grapple in the Big Apple, Grumble Rumble, Fight Night, and as the previous headlines indicate, many journalists did just that, but not a single one called the debate on the war in Iraq between Christopher Hitchens and George Galloway dull. Coverage of the event, which took place in a packed-to-the-rafters Mason Hall is almost as wild a ride as the debate itself.
“Cruising for a bruising” The Guardian (London); "Hitchens, Galloway clash in heated debate on Iraq war” The New York Sun;  “The Big Debate” The Independent (London), “Lefties battle over Iraq war” The New York Post; "The Grapple in the Big Apple" National Review Online; "They had just one thng in common: Mutual loathing" Sunday Telegraph (London); "Standing up to the war makers" Socialist Worker Online; (9/16/05); "Galloway vs. Hitchens: Western civilization wins" (9/24/05)

Watch/listen to all or part of the debate at the Democracy Now! Web site: Democracy Now! | George Galloway vs. Christopher Hitchens on the Bush Administration Response to Hurricane Katrina

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio weighed in all week long with comments to local media on the city’s Democratic mayoral primary race, the resulting concession to Fernando Ferrer by Anthony Weiner, Bloomberg’s chance in the November election, and Gifford Miller’s disappointing performance in the primary.
"Weiner bows out for party unity” The New York Daily News; “Weiner concedes mayoral primary” The Frontrunner; “New York’s Democrats take aim at Bloomberg” Christian Science Monitor; “The missteps that haunted Miller” The New York Times; “Weiner backs away from a runoff fight” The New York Sun; “Ferrer to take on Bloomberg” The Washington Post (9/15-16/05)

Doug Muzzio’s comments to local media this week on Governor Pataki’s recent trips to China and Iowa reveal the Republican governor’s need to add some foreign relations experience to his resume, in what some say is the beginning of his quest for the White House in ’08.
“Pataki’s China trip attracts criticism on rights issues” The New York Sun; “Pataki: So he’s like the Mick Jagger of potential ‘08ers?”  The Hotline (9/14/05)

• In her article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baruch sociology professor Barbara Katz Rothman compared her role as a graduate advisor to that of a midwife. “What the midwife does, once in a while, is make a difference in the outcome and, more often, make a difference in the process. And that’s how I feel about my graduate students. If the student is not ready to do the work, nothing I can do will make a difference.”
“Pushing Them Through” The Chronicle of Higher Education (9/16/05)

• As New York’s registered Democrats head to the polls to pick Mayor Bloomberg’s contender in the November election, The New York Sun quoted SPA Professor Doug Muzzio in an article which assessed the lackluster quality of the race so far. “For good or ill, whether it is the fault of the candidate, the fault of the media, or both, I think the campaign has been marked by gaffes more than by anything else,” a political science professor at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio said.“
"New York’s Democrats head to the polls” The New York Sun (9/13/05)

• The release of positive data from the Mayor’s Management Report for Fiscal Year 2005 on the eve of the city’s Democratic primary is sure to have an impact on voters, as Baruch’s Dean of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, pointed out in a New York Sun article. “A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, David Birdsell, said the Mayor’s Management Report has historically served as the “incumbent’s blueprint for why his administration has been successful,” and said he expected Mr. Bloomberg to “mine” the report for data to support his campaign.”
“Crime Down, Test Scores Up, Mayor’s Latest Report Says” The New York Sun (9/13/05)

• A piece in the Politics section of the New York Observer that criticized interest groups for their tendency to polarize issues, quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio on the nature of this particular beast. “From the perspective of groups like these, one needs to establish a raison d’etre, and therefore one constantly seeks problems,” said Professor Doug Muzzio of Baruch College’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government. “They also need to make these problems seem urgent and big and dramatic.”
“Shrill interest groups coarsen political debate” New York Observer (9/12/05)

• The New York Daily News quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in an article that examined how the effects of voter turnout  in Brooklyn’s lively city council races may impact the race for the borough's District Attorney seat. “Turnout by black voters may also be higher because of several spirited City Council races in central Brooklyn districts - which would additionally help Sampson, the sole minority candidate in the race, said Baruch College public affairs Prof. Doug Muzzio.”
“New hope for rival of Hynes” The New York Sun (9/12/05)

Ko Wang, who currently holds the Newman Center’s Chair in Real Estate Finance, was quoted in The Standard, China’s business newspaper, in an article detailing the failure of Hong Kong Disneyland to meet projected economic and revenue targets. “A lot of money from the government is used to subsidize Disneyland that you cannot see from looking at the contract, “ said Ko, who holds the Newman Chair in Real Estate Finance at Baruch College in New York. A lot of people will not be able to see the true cost of what it takes to earn revenue,” he said.”
“Disney Deal Anger Mounts” The Standard (9/12/05)

Public Affairs Professor Doug Muzzio was quoted extensively in a New York Daily News article detailing the hi-jinks of candidates for the city council seat in Queens’s District 28. “Muzzio said that no matter who wins, constituents will suffer. “It affects them in their daily lives,’ he said. “If they’ve got an inferior advocate, they’re in trouble.”
“Queens voters say it's send in the clowns” New York Daily News (9/11/05)

•  As a contender in the city’s Democratic mayoral primary race Rep. Anthony Weiner is more than just a pretty face, depending on whom you ask. SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in a New York Post article that addressed some of Weiner’s more apparent charms. “It’s unclear whether voters prefer a married mayor, but being attractive can’t hurt, said Baruch College poli-sci professor Doug Muzzio. “Power attracts, Muzzio said. “He’s become a hot item.”
“The hottie ticket; ladies’ man Anthony woos hearts and minds” The New York Post (9/11/05)

• This Wednesday’s debate on the war in Iraq between British MP George Galloway and expatriate British journalist Christopher Hitchens promises to be a fiery one. As they get ready to spar for the second time, the Sunday Times of London reported on the demand to view the event. “The rematch this week is less street brawl, more presidential-style debate. Both men will stand at the podium at the Baruch College performing arts centre and debate the rights and the wrongs of the war in Iraq. The 1,500 seats, which cost BPS 6.50 each, sold out weeks ago. There are calls to run it on the Internet.”
“Heavyweight Brits limber up for a US ‘grumble rumble’ ” Sunday Times (London) (9/11/05)

• Local politics pundit, Baruch public affairs professor Doug Muzzio, was quoted in a New York Post article on the steps Fernando Ferrer must take to avoid a run-off in New York’s mayoral election. “If Ferrer gets the endorsements of two key players -- heath-care workers Local 1199, the 220,000-member hospital workers union, and the Rev. Al Sharpton -- he could be in good shape, said Baruch College political science professor Doug Muzzio.”
“Ferrer must mobilize Latinos and Blacks to avoid run-off” New York Daily News (9/9/05)

• As the fallout from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina continues to develop, leaders and citizens are beginning to wonder about their own states’ disaster preparedness plans. The New York Daily News listed Baruch College as one of several city schools that would serve as hurricane relief centers. For those who think a hurricane would never hit New York, think again.  As the articles states, “It has happened before: An 1821 hurricane cut Manhattan in two, with Canal St. completely underwater from the Hudson to East rivers. The 1938 hurricane that killed hundreds in Long Island and New England passed just 75 miles from the city.”
“A ‘cane could drown N.Y.C.” New York Daily News (9/8/05)

The New York Daily News’s City Hall Bureau Chief David Saltonstall quoted Baruch’s Dean of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, in his coverage of Manhattan’s Democratic mayoral debate. “I think you have Democrats looking back on 2001 and realizing they are not going to win as individual candidates,” said David Birdsell, a Baruch College dean of public affairs, who watched last night’s debate. “They have to get to a broader base.” The Hotline, one of the National Journal Group’s weekly publications on politics and government, also placed the same quote in their dissection of the race.
“Rivals wise to mistakes of ‘01” The New York Daily News (9/8/05)
“New York City mayor: At debate, building bridges is primarily important" The Hotline (9/8/05)

• Local politics maven and metro media’s most quotable scholar, Professor Douglas Muzzio commented in a New York Daily News story on the impact education reforms in the public school system will have on Mayor Bloomberg’s chances for re-election. “The goal of the campaign is zero problems," said Doug Muzzio, a public policy professor at Baruch College. "The books will all be delivered. The schools will be clean," Muzzio predicted. "They are going to do everything to make this the absolutely smoothest opening day you can imagine."
“Bloomy needs a class-y start” New York Daily News (9/6/05)

Crain’s New York Business quoted Baruch’s assistant vice president of  information technology Arthur Downing in an article about some of the steps schools have taken to prevent illegal file sharing on campus. “Baruch College was one of the pioneering schools in the New York area. It obtained a site license to offer Apple’s iTunes on campus more than a year ago, buying 20,000 discounted songs and distributing them free to students for use in music classes or for personal listening. Even though the school launched the iTunes program for academic reasons, it served another purpose, according to Arthur Downing, Baruch’s assistant vice president of information technology, “It made it easy to promote responsible downloading of music," Mr. Downing says.”
"Colleges tune up” Crain’s New York Business (9/5/05)

• The hotly contested race for Brooklyn’s district attorney spurred the New York Daily News to quote School of Public Affairs Professor Douglas Muzzio, while the Gotham Gazette picked up the same comment for use in a detailed piece on the nature of endorsements, political and otherwise. “If Yassky endorsed Sampson, whether Sampson wins or loses, one would think Yassky would have some claim on Sampson’s endorsement,” Muzzio said. “Clearly, there’s a quid pro quo element to this.”
“Sampson gets Yassky endorsement in DA race” - New York Daily News (8/30/05)
“Endorsements Explained” Gotham Gazette (9/5/05)

Barry Hersh, assistant director of Baruch’s Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute was quoted in a Bloomberg News story appearing in the Houston Chronicle about the re-emergence of the South Bronx as a viable alternative to pricey Manhattan properties. “The once industrial Greenpoint and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn have become chic, said Barry Hersh, assistant director of Baruch College’s Newman Real Estate Institute. Warehouse-dominated Long Island City, Queens, across the East River from midtown Manhattan, has become “a residential community big-time,” he said.”
South Bronx is overcoming its bad reputation as a rapid real estate resurgence takes place; Once shady, now trendy” - Bloomberg News via The Houston Chronicle (9/4/05)

• Disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina also extends to the academic front. The New York Daily News mentioned Baruch and other area schools’ efforts to help Louisiana college students enroll for transferable credit classes until their own institutions are ready to re-open. “Instead of spending yesterday at his second day of classes at Tulane University in New Orleans, Greg Goldstein was frantically trying to register at Baruch College for the fall semester. “A lot of the students have been basically brainstorming on ‘what’s the possibility here’ ” for saving the fall term, said Goldstein, 21, a senior slated for his final semester at Tulane.”
“City colleges help Big Easy students” New York Daily News (9/2/05)

School of Public Affairs Professor Douglas Muzzio commented on Mayor Bloomberg’s crisis management skills in the fifth and final part of the New York Daily News’s series examining how Bloomberg's first term performance will affect his chances for re-election this year. City Hall Bureau Chief David Saltonstall quoted Muzzio as saying, “Bloomberg may not engage and inspire, but as CEO he knows how to manage a situation and stay cool.”
“He’s not flashy, but Mike’s OK in a crisis” New York Daily News (9/1/05)  

Baruch in the Media-Archive-October 2005

SPA Dean David Birdsell was quoted in The New York Sun’s take on the mayoral debate broadcast on Sunday. “Debates move numbers in significant ways when a candidate makes mistakes or has an over-the-top success,” a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, David Birdsell, said. Mr. Birdsell said Mr. Ferrer was unable to “rattle” the mayor.”
“Bloomberg vows no tax hikes in coming years” The New York Sun (10/31/05)

The New York Times printed a clarification of their description of SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio as “fabled” in a recent Metro Matters column. “A clarification: Although he was described here on Thursday as the fabled Douglas Muzzio, professor at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, he is not ''unreal or fictitious'' (Webster's New World Dictionary). The word ''fabled'' stayed behind when a reference to the proverbial ''level playing field'' was cut for space. It surely is fictitious. Professor Muzzio is not.” Doubtless, Prof. Muzzio prefers to be considered part of actual existence, but he can turn to Roget’s Thesaurus should he require solace on the fleeting nature of fame: It lists “fabled” as a synonym for  “legendary”.
“One debate, but a glimpse of two New Yorks” The New York Times (10/31/05)

Legendary, fabled, call him what you will, but no one can call SPA’s Prof. Doug Muzzio taciturn when it came to commenting on the first mayoral debate. Ironically, The New York Daily News' coverage of the mayoral debate on Sunday  quoted Muzzio on whether Ferrer’s lack of celebrity endorsements will make a difference at this stage of the campaign. “Doug Muzzio of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs said celebrity voters are no different than ordinary voters. "I think part of it is just simply political self-interest," Muzzio said. "Part of it may be an honest  evaluation of his performance and an assessment of his opponent."
“No gold stars for Freddy” New York Daily News  (10/31/05)

A New York Daily News business section article detailing the success of the Scholar Dollars hotline, a week-long phone bank sponsored by The News and staffed by financial aid counselors from CUNY, quoted Nancy West of Baruch’s undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Services office. “I'm in my 30s, or 40s, or older, and I want to go to college - is there an age limit for financial aid? No, said Nancy West of Baruch College.”
“Financial aid hotline really paid off” New York Daily News (10/30/05)

The Associated Press mentioned Fernando Ferrer’s enrollment at Baruch’s SPA for his master’s degree. ”He graduated from New York University and recently got his master's in public administration from Baruch College. He points to his journey as an example of how he will help that other New York.”
“Democrat is headed for a lopsided defeat in New York City mayor’s race” The Associated Press (10/28/05)

The upcoming mayoral debate was the subject of a New York Sun article that quoted SPA Dean David Birdsell. “If Michael Bloomberg behaves himself, if he doesn’t blow up, and if he doesn’t commit a truly gargantuan gaffe, he’s done what he needs to do,” a public affairs professor at Baruch College, David Birdsell, said.” “Mr. Birdsell said Mr. Ferrer “has very little to lose and can afford to be aggressive.
"Bloomberg, Ferrer to face off in first debate Sunday” The New York Sun (10/28/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio has finally become a legend in his own time. The New York Times’ Metro Matters column posed some hypothetical questions for the upcoming debate between Republican incumbent Michael Bloomberg and Democratic challenger Fernando Ferrer. “For Mr. Bloomberg: The financial imbalance between you and Mr. Ferrer is so great that the fabled Douglas Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College, refers to a ‘vertical playing field.’ if the roles were reversed, how would you combat an opponent’s unlimited resources?”
“Questions to stir up a quiet race” The New York Times (10/27/05)

SPA Dean David Birdsell was quoted in a New York Sun article on the perhaps unnecessary touting of Rudy Giuliani's support for Mayor Bloomberg in the upcoming election. “It’s a campaign that doesn’t have to make choices,” a public affairs professor at Baruch College, David Birdsell, said. “There are no choices that they can’t make. They can use all of the offensive weapons at their disposal, and do that with impunity. It makes it very, very difficult for any other candidate to run an effective opposition campaign.”
“Bloomberg bringing out one of his biggest guns: Giuliani” The New York Sun (10/27/05)

The New York Sun ran a piece on the $26 million donation being made to City College by Andrew Grove, a co-founder and ex-CEO of Intel Inc., one of the world’s largest maker of computer chip technology. “CUNY's chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, said the gift represents "an enormous vote of confidence for the City College and CUNY" and an "important milestone" for the eight-year capital campaign, which has raised $625 million to date. CUNY schools taking part in the campaign have received a slew of other large donations. Baruch College received $25 million from the chairman of the New Plan real estate investment trust, William Newman, and $10 million from Lawrence Field, the founder and principal of NSB Capital Partners, a real estate development firm."
“Biggest gift ever for City College given by Grove” The New York Sun (10/27/05)

The Press & Sun Bulletin of Binghamton noted Zicklin School’s Prof. Abraham J. Briloff’s lecture: “Corporate Accountability : A Place to Stand to Move the World” will be delivered at Binghamton University as part of their annual Abraham J. Briloff Lecture Series on Accountability and Society.
"Money: Briefing” Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (10/25/05)

The Village Voice quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in its examination of Fernando Ferrer’s flagging campaign. “Douglas Muzzio, who teaches political science at Baruch College, explains that Mayor Bloomberg has won a fair share of the democratic vote -- 50 percent, as compared to Ferrer’s 42 percent. He attributes this kind of popularity to one thing: “Bloomberg is a RINO,” he says, meaning a Republican in name only. The mayor has governed like a moderate Democrat -- raising taxes and preserving programs -- courting “the same Democratic voters that Senator Clinton courts.”
“Dialling Hillary” The Village Voice (10/25/05) quoted SPA Dean David Birdsell in an article on the impact of Hillary’s Clinton’s vote to go to war in Iraq on a possible bid for the White House. "Primary electorates tend to be more extreme electorates and a vote like Iraq, that was popular and centrist at the time, is going to be a lot less popular in the primary," said Baruch College public policy professor David Birdsell.”
“Clinton vilified for war vote”; “Clinton stance on Iraq war said to endanger her presidential hopes” The Frontrunner (10/24/05)

Political pundits from all corners of the earth are hedging their bets on Mike Bloomberg to take the upcoming mayoral election. SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio set them straight. “Bloomberg‘s money has allowed his campaign to take advantage of every opportunity, said Douglas Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College. “Its strategy ... is attack on all fronts at all times," Muzzio said. "You throw them off, and they were off to begin with."
“Bloomberg seen heading for re-election as New York mayor”  Leading the Charge (Australia) (10/23/05)

Commenting in a piece on CBS News’ Web site about the city’s mayoral race, SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio pointed out how the tide turned in a city with a history of Democratic mayors to one that has been seeing red for the past 16 years. “Giuliani challenged the conventional wisdom on crime and welfare,” Baruch College political science professor Douglas Muzzio said. “He succeeded dramatically” and won re-election easily.”
“GOP Mayors reign over liberal NYC” (10/22/05)

The Affordable Housing Report released yesterday at a housing conference at the college found that Staten Island residents have it a bit easier when it comes to housing. The nine-month study conducted by Baruch College and commissioned by the City Council and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, quoted Henry Wollman, director of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch. "Some people would say is that what Staten Island has done is to protect its own through downzoning, so that, in effect, the crisis on Staten Island is more intense and likely to get more difficult in the next decade, because there is less housing which can be built."
“Coping with high cost of housing” The Staten Island Advance (10/22/05)

City planner Michael Kwartler's comments about building low-rise multi-family dwellings on underused public spaces was a big hit at a gathering of urban planners, architects, economists and policy makers who met at Baruch College to discuss the findings of a 10-month study into affordable housing options in New York City. The research was sponsored by the office of the public advocate and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, with funding from the City Council.
"Moving into the projects:  More housing" New York Daily News

Newsday’s Campaign 2005 coverage included a brief piece on the race for Nassau county comptroller’s seat, which is currently held by the Democratic incumbent and former Baruch management studies student Howard Weitzman. “In his campaign, Weitzman, a graduate of Queens College who pursued management studies at Stanford University and Baruch College, said he wants to remind the voters that it was the Republicans who mismanaged the county’s finances and drove Nassau to the brink of bankruptcy.”
“Campaign 2005: Candidates not pulling punches” Newsday (10/21/05)

The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled existential novelist Paul Auster and mentioned his status as a fellow at Baruch. “Two summers ago, for instance, the American Academy of American Arts and Sciences named Mr, Auster a fellow at the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College.”
“A writer who circles academe” The Chronicle of Higher Eductation (10/21/05)

Her fight for Hillary Clinton’s NY Senate seat seems to have given Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro a bad case of marble-mouth according to state and local media. SPA Prof. Dug Muzzio added some perspective to the matter when he was quoted in a New York Daily News piece on Pirrro’s campaign. The quote re-appeared in additional media outlets as well. “This is clearly a play for women voters,” said Baruch College political science professor Doug Muzzio. “Pirro is trying to establish identity with an issue rather than simply being ‘That Republican woman running against Hillary Clinton’…”
“Pirro Rips Hil-Lywood” New York Daily News ; “NY: Pirro launches ad urging tougher laws for sex offenders”  The Frontrunner; “New York: Pirro makes gaffe explaining gaffes” The Hotlline;  (10/19/05)

The 35th Annual Black Caucus of the American Library Association recently held an awards and fundraising brunch. “Stanton Biddle, who is administrative services librarian at the Newman Library at Baruch College, praised the organization’s founders, E. Cynthia Jenkins (1924-2001), Yvonne Bennett (1945-2004), Ernestine Washington, and Joan Cole.”
“In praise of librarians and archivists” New York Sun (10/19/05)

A New York Daily News article assessing the negative campaigning tatics used by Ferrer and Bloomberg quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio. “The rule in a Brooklyn street-fight is that you knock the other guy down and then you kick him until he can’t get up, said Baruch College Prof. Doug Muzzio. “And Bloomberg, once you get him in a fight, is that kind of guy.”
“Ferrer’s down, but Mike’s still kicking” New York Daily News (10/19/05)

The work of University Distinguished Professor of Management S. Prakash Sethi and the International Center for Corporate Accountability (ICCA) was highlighted in a feature story in the Oct. 24, 2005 issue of BusinessWeek. The article, describes a human-rights audit performed by ICCA for Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc., a mining conglomerate with extensive holdings in Indonesia. The audit, which turned up a raft of problems, is something of a  milestone because multinational mining concerns have generally been resistant to outside scrutiny of their labor and human rights practices. Among the ICCA’s findings:  Freeport security personnel regularly chauffeured members of the Indonesian military, a practice that Sethi says “was against Freeport’s policy and shocked all of us.”
"Raising the bar for corporate consciences" (10/18/05); “Freeport’s hard look at itself” BusinessWeek (10/24/05)

Experts claim Fernando Ferrer can still pull off a major upset in the upcoming mayoral election. He just needs a few gimmicks and some serious new issues to champion, and perhaps a celebrity supporter or two. SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio told the New York Post, “Baruch College's Doug Muzzio recommended bringing in some big-named surrogates some of whom are already on the way to spice up Ferrer’s candidacy. ”He needs a charisma implant   or supplant. Bring in Bill [Clinton]. Bring in Hillary. Bring in Sen. [Barack] Obama. Bring in [Los Angeles Mayor] Tony Villaraigosa. Bring in [Yankee pitcher] Mo Rivera, Pedro Martinez. Generate some enthusiasm; enliven the base."
“Miracle Freddy plan experts reveal how he can pull off a major upset” New York Post  (10/18/05)

Newsday profiled Harold Robinson, a freshman at Baruch College. “At Baruch I plan to take up psychology, and after college I want to go to law school. I really want to be an attorney because I love helping people. I also like debating, and being able to defend people appeals to me. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
“Profile: Harold Robinson”  Newsday (10/16/05)

A New York Sun article detailing the final stretch of the race for City Council speaker mentioned the college. “Mr. Dadey, who wants the process to be more transparent, is planning a panel discussion for the speaker candidates to be held at Baruch College next month.”
“Race for speaker enters the stretch” New York Sun (10/14/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in the New York Daily News’ latest dissection of Brooklyn’s Democratic political scene, where the hue and cry of nepotism and cush jobs is never completely silent. “When the stakes are high, and it gets down and dirty,” Baruch College public affairs Prof. Doug Muzzio said. That’s the law. If Lopez wants this badly enough, he’ll go after the people who are blocking him.”
“Dem boss battle gets down and dirty” New York Daily News (10/14/05)

Polls indicate that Fernando Ferrer’s campaign is doing so poorly in the city upcoming November election that Bloomberg is beating him by three percentage points on his on turf: The Bronx. The New York Post quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio on the mechanics of the race. “You need two things,” observed Doug Muzzio, a political scientist at Baruch College. “You need a big event or happening and you need the mayor to be mishandle the event. That’s tough.”
“Floundering Freddy is even losing Bronx” New York Post (10/13/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio’s commented in a New York Daily News piece examining the 15 percent pay increase new New York City public school teachers are seeking. “Young teachers are not bound to the traditional perks of seniority, so the losses on givebacks don’t have as much meaning for them,” said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs.”
“UFT pact may be up to newer teachers” New York Daily News (10/13/05)

The Zicklin School’s Prof. Abraham J. Briloff’s essay examining the recent accounting fraud at insurance titan American International Group, (AIG), was published in SourceMedia’s accountancy trade publication Accounting TodayBriloff, Baruch’s Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus, did not discount ex-Chairman and CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s role in the scandal. “But this essay is less to probe the wickedness of Greenberg than to probe the mischief, which the very virtuous are responsible for, in the years of false and misleading statements by AIG.”
The ‘wickedness’ of the wicked and the ‘mischief’ of the virtuous; accounting fraud; Maurice “Hank” Greenberg” Accounting Today (10/10/05) ran a short piece on their Web site as the new Baruch College Hilllel Board of Directors held its inaugural meeting. “Executives from the world’s top financial firms, Baruch College administrators, and Hillel professionals met as a group for the first time and set the framework for the upcoming year.”
“Baruch College Hillel inaugurates new board” (10/10/05)

SPA  Prof. Doug Muzzio appeared on CNN’s “On Alert” segment to discuss the ways New Yorkers reacted to the recent controversial threat to their subway system. “The problem is that we don’t know what to do now. And it’s even more confusing -  they tell us they’re going to blow us up -  but live your life normally. And now the Feds are saying they’re really not trying to blow you up  - the Mayor is saying -  yes they are. I mean -  it just adds another level of confusion to all of this and anxiety to a lot of people.”
“On Alert” CNN (10/9/05)

Census Bureau population data was recently revised upwards when Dr. John Salvo “found” an additional 64,000 people in Manhattan, which also increases the amount of federal housing aid the city is entitled to from 2004-2010. The New York Times piece on the discovery quoted SPA Assistant Prof. Robert Smith. “Prof. Robert Smith of Baruch College defined it as meticulously helping the Census Bureau find people who it might not even suspect exist. “The census only looks for people it thinks are there,” he said.”
“With New York help, census finds 64,000 New Yorkers” The New York Times (10/4/05)

NY Press columnist Azi Paybarah quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in a piece examining Brooklyn’s Democratic political machine over the past few decades. “Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College, said machine politics are passe -  “Vito Lopez’s base of electoral power and patronage is no longer the party apparatus but social service organizations.”
“The fall of Kings County” NY Press (10/5/05)

The New York Observer quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in a piece on wealthy politicians and their self-financed campaigns, with particular attention paid to Mayor Bloomberg and New Jersey  Senator John Corzine. "Maybe this is a new executive career ladder?" proposed Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "Some go to jail, some go to Albany, some go to Trenton."
“Battle of the millionaires as Corzine leads Forrester” New York Observer (10/3/05)

USA Today ran a piece about the toll of devastation from this season’s hurricanes on the Louisiana’s coastal wetlands quoting Business Journalism Prof. Christopher Hallowell. “Until about 30 years ago, the people of southern Louisiana were among the last subculture in the USA to live completely off the land, fur trapping in hunting camps in winter and shrimping, oystering and fishing in the spring, summer and fall, says Christopher Hallowell, professor of business journalism at Baruch College in New York, who wrote People of the Bayou: Cajun Life in Lost America. That changed as the landscape did. "The marsh has almost become a memory to these people," Hallowell says. "They turn to it on weekends, (and) at alligator (hunting) season. It's become a source of recreation and a cottage industry."
“La. coast no longer as nature intended” USA Today (10/3/05)

A profile of Indian immigration lawyer and political striver Alex Martins, who enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing at Baruch after immigrating to New York from Mumbai when he was 18, appeared in The New York Times Sunday magazine. “Martins is not a high-profile mover and shaker in New York City politics. But he does play a role in helping to meet the needs of many of the city's residents - particularly South Asian immigrants. He is a fixer, an expediter: a link between the vast, anonymous, forbidding face of the system and the immigrant cabby or student or maid, perhaps without papers, fresh off a long-haul flight at J.F.K.”
“So, the Jains, they have a problem with beef in school lunches” The New York Times (10/2/05); "A desi state of mind" Hindustan Times (10/7/05)

A piece in The New York Times Sunday Styles section touting all things Russian as the latest ethnic trend to hit Manhattan, contained a mention of Baruch finance student cum fashion model, Diana Kamalova. “Ms. Kamalova, who looks like a Slavic cousin of Mary-Kate Olsen, studies finance at Baruch College and has almost no modeling experience. But Ms. Karan was impressed and invited her to audition for a fashion show. ''She's really tiny, but she's really cute,'' Ms. Karan said later as she boarded a ferry back to Manhattan.”
“New slavs of New York: All bling and no borscht”  The New York Times (10/2/05); "The siege of 'Londongrad' " The Hamilton Spectator (Ontartio) (10/17/05)

Sociology Prof. Kenneth J. Guest was quoted in a Sunday New York Times article detailing the multi-state job network for Chinese restaurant workers. ''It's remarkable how successful the Chinese have been in adapting their food to America, making it so phenomenally available,'' said Kenneth J. Guest, a sociology professor at Baruch College in New York, who has studied Chinese restaurant workers. ''You can go and get a great meal for great prices, based on workers paid well below minimum wage.''
“Waiters, cooks, to go” The New York Times (10/2/05); "Chinese immigrants keep US well-fed" Taipei Times (10/9/05)

Newsday’s piece on the scandal that arose when two of Sen. Charles Schumer’s staffers allegedly accessed the credit report of Maryland ‘s Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele using his Social Security number, blowing a hole in Schumer’s online privacy advocate image, contained a quote by SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio. "It's an ironic and uncomfortable position for Chuck," said Baruch College politics professor Doug Muzzio.
"Schumer’s consumer crusade tarnished by his own staffers” Newsday (10/2/05)

Black Enterprise featured a profile of the personal finance habits of Matthew Bastien, once a part-time student at Baruch. “After overextending his credit, Bastien, a part-time student at Baruch College, made attempts to get back on track financially.  "Doing a budget was the first thing I did to get myself on track."
“He knows the code” Black Enterprise (10/2/05)

A Seattle Times article that examined how three families in Washington found creative ways to finance their children’s college educations mentioned Baruch. “Matt studied for a year in Israel and a year at Bellevue Community College, then decided he wanted to go to college in New York with his friends and enrolled in a community college to establish state residency. (Education and living expenses this year: likely $20,000.) Matt hopes to transfer to Queens College or Baruch College.”
“How three families crunch the college numbers” The Seattle Times (10/2/05)

On Wall Street, one of Thomson Media’s financial newsletters, profiled Baruch grad and money manager Max Zavanelli. “In spite of the market's growing interest in small caps, Zavanelli-who has degrees from Baruch College and Columbia Business School-says he still sees "enormous inefficiencies" in the sector.”
“Chess champion as investor” On Wall Street (10/1/05)

"Successful 21st century universities will have to be lean, flexible, and nimble. In fact, Peter Drucker claims that 30 years from now “the big universities will be relics” and will not survive." So goes the abstract from Zicklin School's Professor of Computer Information Systems Linda W. Friedman's paper co-authored with two other colleagues, on the benefits of teaching organizations versus learning organizations. “In the corporate world, businesses are becoming learning organizations in order to survive and prosper. This paper explains why it is necessary for universities to be come learning organizations and provides ideas as how to make the transformation.”
“Transforming a university from a teaching organization to a learning organization” Review of Business (St. John’s University, College of Business Administration) (10/1/05)

       Baruch in the Media-Archive-November 2005

Hector Guzman Cordero, Chairman of the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies, was quoted in Education Week's article on Puerto Rico’s dispute with the federal government over the disbursement of “No Child Left Behind” funds. Since Puerto Rico has been unwilling to adopt the Education Department’s model for teaching English in the early grades the government has withheld funds the Commonwealth badly needs. Cordero suggests that the mandates are offensive to local leaders struggling to maintain their island’s sovereignty and culture, but Cordero also notes that the Puerto Rican education system needs to “get serious” about goals and progress assessments.
Education Week (11/30/05)

Cynthia Thompson, Professor of Management, appeared on a segment of WABC-TV’s Ch. 7 Eyewitness News. The feature, which aired on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news, was devoted to shifts taking place in the U.S. workforce. Interviewed by Ch. 7’s Sandra Bookman, Thompson described “flex-time” as a plus for both management and employees.  When workers have more control over their lives, Professor Thompson noted, they are happier and more productive.

The ongoing debate over term limits for the City Council Speaker post continues to play out after all seven candidates debated that and other issues last week at Baruch. The New York Times and the New York Daily News both ran pieces on the issue while mentioning the open forum at Baruch.

“Despite the intense competition for speaker, there were no fireworks at the forum where all the questions were posed by Doug Muzzio, a professor at the Baruch College of Public Affairs, on such nuts-and-bolts issues as land use, term limits, closing the budget gap, Council rules, pre-posting of the Council agenda, affordable housing, and funding city schools.”
“Quinn in the hunt for speakership” Gay City News (11/24/05)

“All but an undecided Mr. Weprin said during a recent forum at Baruch College that they favored extending term limits legislatively.”
“Stretching the notion of term limits” The New York Times

“Last week, during a forum at Baruch College, six of the seven Council members vying for the post said flatly they want to extend their current eight-year term limit - two four-year terms - by at least an additional four years.”
“Mike raps council’s push to nix term limits” New York Daily News (11/23/05)

At age 70, Baruch alumni Stan Radler had the first gallery showing of his paintings. An artist since he was a boy, Radler painted throughout his life, which included Depression era hardships, he made paints using flour and iodine, and a career in venture capitalism. “At age 17, he finally bought his first set of paints and spent every free hour at his easel. But financial constraints would again affect his path. While studying nights at City College of New York (now Baruch College of the City
University of New York)
, he landed a day job in the blueprint room of industrial design firm Taller & Cooper.”
“A portrait of the artist as an older man” The Boston Globe (11/20/05)

New York Newsday quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in a piece examining the connection between Glover Park, a powerful Democratic DC lobbying firm, with ties to Senator Clinton through mutual staffers, including Howard Wolfson and Gigi Georges, two of Clinton’s top advisers. Although Clinton has no financial stake in the company, its big whig clients include Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which hired the company to press its case, without success, in a fight over changes to TV ratings that would shrink Fox Broadcasting ad revenues. Major League Baseball’s Players Association and the Recording Industry Association of America also used the firm in their quest to fight congressional action on steroids and music piracy, respectively. "It's hard to figure out if it's a case of conflict of interest or confluence of interest," says Doug Muzzio, a public affairs professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. "Is Wolfson the bridge between Murdoch and Hillary? Do they all sit down and have dinner at some point and work everything out? Who knows?"
“An unlikely connection; Clinton and Murdoch linked by lobbying firm that’s been dubbed ‘the White House in exile’ ” Newsday (11/23/05)

The New York Sun quoted a Baruch student in its examination of the difficulty that college graduates who are illegal immigrants face in the job market. “Alfredo, an illegal immigrant who is a senior at Baruch College, is facing the prospect of graduating this spring with a degree in business administration and no potential to work legally. At 10, his parents brought him to Long Island  from Guatemala, but it was only years later that he realized the implications of being illegal. "I never thought it was such a big issue until I started hitting the roadblocks," the 21-year-old said, noting that teachers began to nominate him for awards he could not accept without a Social Security number.”
“College grads who are illegal immigrants face barren job market” The New York Sun (11/22/05)

The National Center for Policy Analysis cited SPA Prof. E.S. Savas’s recent book, “Privatization in the City: Successes, Failures, Lessons” (CQ Press, 2005), in its Daily Policy Digest. “New York City succeeded in privatizing many city services under former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's direction. In his book, "Privatization in the City: Successes, Failures, Lessons," Professor E.S. Savas of Baruch College cites examples of privatization that have taken place in New York despite challenges and union pressures.”
“Privatization works” Daily Policy Digest (11/21/05)

The seven members of the City Council running for speaker met at Baruch for the sole debate of the race, generating local coverage, including the following mention in The New York Sun. “In the only scheduled public debate, the candidates gathered last night at Baruch College. In a lecture hall packed with several hundred elected officials, lobbyists, and council staffers, they were questioned on issues ranging from the use of eminent domain to non-citizen voting to what changes they would make in the council if elected speaker.”
“Council members vying to become speaker in favor of extending term limit” The New York Sun (11/18/05)
“Alter term limits, 6 in council urge” New York Daily News (11/18/05)
“Measures needing more thought” The New York Times (11/21/05)
“Vying for speaker’s seat”
Newsday (11/21/05)

The Associated Press’ state and local wire service quoted a Baruch student in its report on the proposed three percent tuition hike at CUNY schools. "The whole reason we go to CUNY is we can't afford private school," Denise Watkins, a junior at Baruch College, told the New York Daily News. "Any more cost is too much."
“CUNY chief seeks tuition hikes”
The Associated Press (11/18/05)

The New York Daily News also quoted a Baruch student in its take on the CUNY tuition hike. “Robert Rodriguez, 22, who is studying finance at Baruch, said he already works two jobs - one in catering, the other in retail - to pay tuition. "It would be fine if our salaries are going up but they aren't," he said.”
“CUNY boss looking at 10% hike in tuition” New York Daily News (11/18/05)

The New York Daily News quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio on the endorsement NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer received from the Policemen’s Benevolent Association in his bid for governor. "This is a preemptive strike by Spitzer to make it appear his nomination is inevitable," Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio said of the PBA endorsement.”
“Police union gives Eliot early nod” New York Daily News (11/16/05)

Real Estate Weekly covered the speech Charles J. Urstadt, founder and CEO of the Battery Park City Authority, gave at the University Club when he received a new award given by the Newman Institute. “Urstadt was speaking before a gathering of public and private industry leaders at the University Club, where he received the First Annual Award for Visionary Leadership in Real Estate given by the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College/City University of New York.” “Battery Park City veteran calls for expansion plans” Real Estate Weekly (11/16/05)

The Chicago Tribune’s syndicated work/life columnist, Carol Kleiman quoted extensively from a research report co-authored by SPA Prof. Janet Gornick. “The global picture of weekend workers increasingly is female. In fact, Harriet B. Presser, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland in College Park, calls it "the feminization of weekend employment.” In the first study of this phenomenon, Presser and co-author Janet C. Gornick, associate professor of political science at Baruch College of the City University of New York, researched workers ages 25 to 64 in 15 European countries and in the United States. Their findings are in a report titled, "The Female Share of Weekend Employment: A Study of 16 Countries."
“Weekends on the job often a fit for female workers: Weekend Warriors” Chicago Tribune (11/15/05); The Bradenton Herald, Florida; The Myrtle Beach Sun-News, Georgia (11/20/05)

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a profile of the Seattle Super Sonics’ rookie player Robert Swift. “Swift's best work is done in various gyms where the Sonics practice, such as Baruch College in lower Manhattan, where the Sonics worked out Monday for more than two hours in preparation for today's game against the New Jersey Nets.”
“No answers in short-term from Swift” Seattle Post-Intelligencer (11/15/05)

Crain’s New York Business listed Baruch first in a report on small business development centers.Small business development centers provide basic business counseling and management assistance to current and prospective business owners. Entrepreneurs can get counseling and training to resolve organizational, financial, marketing, production and technical issues.”
“Training and counseling for owners” Crain’s New York Business (11/14/05)

Commenting on the lack of variety in candidates for public office, SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in The New York Times’ article on leaders that are not career politicians. “A consensus felt that, yes, ''we need to increase the gene pool of our elected officials beyond the professional pols,'' to quote Douglas Muzzio, a political scientist at Baruch College. It will not be easy, he said. Unfortunately, any outsider probably has to be ''a gazillionaire.''
“New leaders? Outsiders are in” The New York Times (11/8/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted extensively in the Chicago Tribune’s piece on the NYC mayoral race that wasn’t. "In some ways, this is a critical election. A different paradigm of governing is emerging," said Douglas Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. "We may be moving into this post-racial, post-ideological politics. I think it's much more a competency-based, performance-based politics." “Said Muzzio: "There's no such thing as overkill. It's the law of the street. You put the other guy down and you kick him until he can't get up. Why take a chance? There are plenty of guys who have been 20 points up and have blown it." “Said Muzzio: "The whole basic assumption of the campaign was flawed from the beginning ... that Michael Bloomberg would screw up because he was a businessman who didn't even know where the men's room key was. And Freddy would come in like Cincinnatus, being beseeched by the citizens of Rome to save them from this fool and knave. And it didn't happen--and [Ferrer] didn't adjust to it."
“A showdown that isn’t in NYC” Chicago Tribune (11/7/05)

The New York Daily News quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio  in an article on Ferrer’s almost certain defeat by Bloomberg. "It's about bragging rights," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "A big win gets Bloomberg out of Giuliani's shadow and allows him to establish his own history."
“Freddy hoping history of bad polls repeats” New York Daily News (11/6/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio commented in the Financial Times of London’s piece on the NYC mayoral election.  "I think voters are expecting a competent mayor, somebody who can get things done and get them done fairly," says Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "We're in sort of a post-party politics period here, where the traditional tribal politics are being replaced by a competency model.
"Bloomberg on track to maintain Republican grip on NY City Hall" Financial Times of London (11/5/05)

The Village Voice’s piece on Cindy Sheehan’s recent anti-war protest and the ensuing efforts by Senate Democrats to call for an end to the war in Iraq quoted Doug Muzzio about Hillary Clinton’s status on the issue. “Douglas Muzzio, who teaches political science at Baruch College, explains that activists "are asking Clinton to do the impossible." Activists tend to see the senator's positions as politically expedient, cold calculations designed to please everyone. But Muzzio sees it differently. "I think she believes in her votes. She is like a neo-liberal," he says, a true liberal on social issues, a true hawk on defense. In other words, he says, "she is not their natural ally. She's not their 'it' anyway."
“Cindy Sheehan for President” Village Voice (11/4/05)

The New York Sun quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in its article about the lack of exit polling in next week’s election. "We're back to the dark ages before exit polls," a Baruch College professor of public affairs, Douglas Muzzio, said. "Before the exit poll, it was guesswork and looking at actual voting from precincts. We're back to square one. We're really in the dark ages, and we're in the dark."
“No exit polling after mayor’s race for first time since 1985” The New York Sun (11/4/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor’s article examining the city’s mayoral race. "Bloomberg's walked this fine line of being a Republican and not being a Republican," says political analyst Doug Muzzio of Baruch College. "Also, he has the advantage of a record that can be defended. I mean, after all, for an incumbent to lose, he has to be plagued by scandal or otherwise found to be seriously wanting."
“Again, New York voters are poised to reject ‘blue’ ” Christian Science Monitor  (11/4/05)

Mayor Bloomberg continues to lead Fernando Ferrer in the polls by 30 percentage points, according to The New York Post article in which SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio quipped: “Dust off all your fat lady clichés because she’s clearing her throat.”
“Mayor maintains massive margin” The New York Post (11/3/05); “NY: Bloomberg, Ferrer ramp up attacks in final debate” The Frontrunner (11/2/05)

The Zicklin School’s Wollman Distinguished Professor Of Economics And Director Of The Center For The Study Of Business And Government June O’Neill was quoted extensively in a Newsday article examining the bird flu issue. “Baruch College economics professor June O'Neill, who served on the vaccine committee with Sloan, disagreed with him yesterday over the need for the government to protect pharmaceutical houses from lawsuits.”  "They're [vaccines] costly to produce and they do have special aspects about them," O'Neill said, noting that if drug companies fear lawsuits that blame injuries on vaccines, they'll stop making them.” "Once it gets into the court system, it's not just a matter of science," O'Neill said. "You have jurors reacting with sympathy to lawyers and patients. You can get outrageously large awards."
"Legal worries stoke flu issue; president Bush says drug firms should be protected from suits, but others urge more money for drugmakers” Newsday (11/2/05)

Commenting on the financial inequality between the Bloomberg and Ferrer mayoral campaigns, SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in USA Today’s take on the topic. "Not only is the playing field not level, it's vertical, and Mike Bloomberg is standing on top of it," says Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College in Manhattan.”
“Last licks for feisty Freddy” New York Daily News; Bloomberg coasting on cash, huge lead in polls; NYC mayor’s election rival calls spending ‘obscene’ USA Today; “NY: Bloomberg camp says new Ferrer ad depicts mayor, Bush lewdly” The Frontrunner (11/2/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in USA Today’s take on the challenges faced by Ferrer’s campaign. "You don't throw out a mayor who's got a decent-to-good record," Muzzio says."You certainly don't throw him out in favor of an opponent who's got a less-than-compelling message."  “They're not giving Freddy a breath," Muzzio says. "They're not giving him one news cycle. They step on every one of his stories."
“Bloomberg coasting on cash, huge lead in polls” USA Today (11/2/05)

SPA Dean David Birdsell was quoted in a New York Sun article examining the candidates' performances at the second mayoral debate. ”A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, David Birdsell, said there weren't any "nuclear gaffes" that would move polls number in any substantial way. "We're looking at a 28 point gap with 8% of voters undecided," he said. "If all 8% were to go one way the result would still be the same."
“Mayoral debate brings out fiercer attacks” The New York Sun (11/2/05)

While the city's mayoral race still has six more days to go, the media has already commenced the autopsy on Fernando Ferrer’s bid for Gracie Mansion.  SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio was quoted in The New York Sun’s take on the doomed campaign. "The candidate had flaws that became manifest. The campaign had faults that became manifest, and he's running against an individual who has a decent record and unlimited resources," a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. "The playing field - there is no playing field. It's Mike's."
“With Ferrer lagging, political class asks how he fell behind” The New York Sun (11/2/05)

Thomson Media’s trade publication for HR professionals, Employee Benefit News, mentioned the poll conducted by Baruch and FEI on the types of retirement savings plans offered by over 300 companies. “Lifestyle funds aren't just popular among workers; more employers are adopting them as well. Forty-seven percent of more than 300 companies recently polled by the Financial Executives International and Baruch College offer lifestyle funds, with 15% of them adding those funds in the past year.”
“Employers face communication challenges with Roth 401(k)” Employee Benefit News (11/1/05)

SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio commented in The New York Times’ piece on the recent debate and the unlikely possibility of Ferrer making a comeback in next week’s mayoral election. ''He needs to throw the mayor off balance so people will look unfavorably at the mayor,'' said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public policy at Baruch College. ''He's got to get under the mayor's skin.''
“Ads in mayoral race turn meaner on the eve of the final debate” The New York Times (11/1/05)

The New York Daily News quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in its take on the debate, and doomed Fernando Ferrer’s chances of closing the gap in the polls, never mind the election itself. "Freddy threw some shots that landed," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio, "but I don't think it changes the dynamics of this race."
“Ferrer fire is too little, too late” New York Daily News (11/1/05)

Baruch in the Media-Archive-December 2005

Accounting guru Douglas Carmichael, who has been on leave of absence from Baruch for more than two years heading the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in Washington D.C., resigned from his government job and plans to return to his teaching duties at Baruch College, where he is Wollman Distinguished Professor of Accountancy. Carmichael, chief architect of rules implementing key auditing provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley Act, says that during his tenure in Washington he’s seen significant improvements in how auditors approach their clients. “Auditors are quite aware that their chief job is not to please the client,” he notes.
"Chief architect of Sarbanes rules resigns accounting board post” The Wall Street Journal (12/16/05)

Professor of Public Affairs Neil G. Bennett talks about the new CUNY initiative on demography in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Bennett, a demographer himself, was one of the scholars who submitted a proposal to CUNY urging “cluster hiring.” Since New York City is the home of the UN population division and other organizations that perform population-based research, the demand for experienced demographers is considerable. The School of Public Affairs hopes to attract a scholar who specializes in aging, health or mortality.
“Peer Review” Chronicle of Higher Education (12/9/05)

A new tax law that was passed recently by Congress to expand the breaks available to wealthy donors is fueling large end-of-year donations. “At Baruch College, in New York, William and Anita Newman had planned to create a charitable trust that would generate $5-million for the college over the next decade but provide them with little in the way of an income-tax deduction. Given the new law, the couple has decided instead to give $5-million in cash to Baruch this year; in return, they can take a tax deduction for the entire amount. David Gallagher, vice president of college advancement at Baruch, says it has been a "hard sell" to persuade people who haven't previously made big gifts to take advantage of the new tax break. But he says many loyal donors have been quick to see why the tax break is worthwhile, "especially those who have outstanding pledges."
“Few signs of ‘donor fatigue’ appear as year-end appeals wrap up” The Chronicle of Philanthropy (12/8/05)

The New York Sun quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in its take on Fernando Ferrer’s chances of  ever running for public office again. "I would think elected office is out," a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. "There aren't too many Lazaruses out there. Alan Hevesi was a Lazarus. Mark Green wants to be a Lazarus. People lose races, but this is the third time." Mr. Muzzio and others predicted that the former president of the Bronx would return to the nonprofit world and could end up as an Cabinet appointee if the state attorney general, Eliot Spitzer, wins the gubernatorial race next year. "I would think that the most likely outcome would be Spitzer," Mr. Muzzio said. "Don't forget Spitzer was one of Freddy's early and strong endorsers, plus they share political consultants, and they've got a good relationship."
“Can Fernando Ferrer ever run for public office again?” The New York Sun (12/5/05)

The Baruch College Campus High School ranked ninth in The New York Post’s list of New York high schools where students are likeliest to earn Regents diplomas. The school graduates 84.6 percent of seniors with Regents diplomas.
“Big fat zero; no Regents diplomas” The New York Post (12/5/05)

The Daily News quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in an article examining the role of state senate majority leader Joe Bruno in recent weeks. "If the Democrats take over the state Senate, the Republican Party in this state would no longer be just comatose - it would be dead," said Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio."
“Bruno’s new clout” New York Daily News (12/4/05)

As Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to flip-flop in her stance on the war in Iraq, the San Luis Obispo Tribune quoted SPA Prof. Doug Muzzio in its take on the issue. "If the tide shifts, she's on the wrong side of the sea wall," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio.
“Sen. Clinton under fire in Iraq” San Luis Obispo Tribune (12/2/05)

Zicklin economics Prof. Ted Joyce’s research on the social and demographic impact of state law restrictions on abortion rights was cited in The Economist and New York Magazine. “Did Steven Levitt, author of “Freakonomics” get his most notorious paper wrong?” asks The Economist.   Joyce argues that Levitt ignored too many other variables when measuring the decline in crime rates post Roe vs. Wade. New York Magazine, in a lengthy look at New York City, revisits Joyce’s 1997 study of what happened to abortion rates in Mississippi after that state imposed restrictions in 1997.
“Oops-Onomics” The Economist (12/3/05)
“The Abortion Capital of America” New York Magazine (12/1/05)

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