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                 Baruch in the Media - Archive - December 2007

  • Baruch College News
    "But one observer said that a Bloomberg presidential campaign may be waged
    closer to home than people expect. "I think he can do both because the campaign is going to be an electronic campaign," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "They're going to use the Web, they'll use the telephone ..."Think about it, what kind of a campaigner is Mike Bloomberg - an uncomfortable one," Muzzio said. "And they've got enough money to literally do anything. They'll run a media war - TV and Internet - and only put him on the trail in very carefully controlled situations."
    "Would run take him too far from city duties?" Newsday (12/31/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Some observers said the very prominence of the attendees strengthens the
    chances of there being a third-party ticket in the presidential race. "Nobody's saying it yet, but clearly that's what they're looking at," said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "These people are for real and could staff the upper echelons of a presidential administration ... We're not talking about a fringe here."
    "Is a meeting the message? Mayor's confab renews prez talk" Newsday (12/31/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "All major presidential candidates deplored Bhutto's death, but Giuliani and
    Clinton, who have rivals nipping at their heels days before critical party
    contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, may have the most to gain from framing it in the context of their experience, analysts said. Both suffered in the polls when the public's interest in terrorism waned as bread-and-butter issues such as the mortgage crisis and economy took precedence in a period of relative global stability. But for Giuliani in particular, "this puts him directly back on message," said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "I am sure it has had a perversely uplifting psychological effect on Rudy's campaign especially, because his reason for being is 9/11 and terrorism," Muzzio said."
    "An issue in U.S. campaigns; Clinton and Giuliani use Bhutto's death to underscore their themes: That they can lead the nation in a dangerous world" Newsday (12/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Statistics are terrific but are best viewed with caution. As the late Aaron Levenstein, a professor and statistician at Baruch College, once said: "Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A career academic, [S. Prakash Sethi] he is the founder and president of the idealistically named International Center for Corporate Accountability, an operation run out of a two-room faculty office at Baruch College in New York. It may be a reach to style a University Distinguished Professor of Management at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business as a radical, but in that academic context, at least, he's something of a flamethrower. He has suggested that multinational companies with manufacturing bases in China and elsewhere not merely raise the pathetically low wages of their factory employees but also pay them restitution
    for years past. When asked why more companies don't take steps to monitor wages and working conditions, he once answered ''bigotry.''
    "A Toy makker's Conscience" The New York Times Magazine (12/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Clearly health of a potential president is of great interest," said Doug Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College. "But at the same time, these people are totally burnt out and exposed to all kinds of germs, and you've got to believe that they're worn down, and they get sick."
    "Giuliani takes it easier after hospital visit" McClatchy Newspapers (12/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Two strangely charming old men arrive each Christmas. One, Santa Claus, is fictional. The other, Professor John Trinkaus, of the Zicklin School of Business in New York City, merely seems fictional. This year is Trinkaus's fourth on the international Christmas scene. His gift to us - all of us - this time is a study called Visiting Santa: An Additional Look. It is a follow-up to last year's Visiting Santa: A Further Look...Each of these reports gives a cheerfully dreary look at the behaviour of children and their parents in a shopping mall. As the new report describes it: "The observer [which is to say, Trinkaus] positioned himself unobtrusively a short distance away from a single line of children and guardians advancing to visit with Santa Claus, in a place where the children's and guardians' facial expressions could be noted."
    "A new data delivery from the jolly seasonal statistician" Guardian Unlimited (United Kingdom) (12/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "As wages and other costs in India continue to escalate at rates as high as
    15% a year, more New York companies are going next door to Bangladesh. The country may be known for having extreme poverty, horrific floods and a corrupt military government, but it also has a relatively high number of educated, skilled workers who speak English, work long hours and can design a killer Web page. "Bangladesh is definitely emerging as the next center for outsourcing,'' says Lilach Nachum, a professor at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business."
    "Outsourcing moves to Bangladesh; Tiny country rises as neighboring India gets too expensive" Crain's New York Business (12/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    BYLINE: By E. S. SAVAS, a former first deputy city administrator of New York in the Lindsay administration, is a presidential professor of public affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. "TRANSIT officials are decentralizing the subway system to improve service, cleanliness and on-time performance by appointing individual managers for each of the 24 lines. While the officials deserve credit for fresh thinking, this is unlikely to achieve meaningful results. To be effective and held accountable, managers of decentralized units require autonomy and authority, neither of which is possible within the city's subway system. These managers will have to operate under the same civil service titles and regulations and the same constricting union agreements, use the standard subway cars and in almost all cases share the tracks. They will have little leeway to run more frequently or more regularly, or to operate longer trains."
    "Slow Train to Better Service" The New York Times, Op-Ed page (12/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Deborah Balk, [an associate professor of public affairs at Baruch College] Associate Director of the Institute for Demographic Research at the City University of New York. Balk's research focus is how urban areas -- especially in low-lying coastal regions -- could be affected by climate change."
    "Urban areas at risk" NPR (12/14/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "[Byline: Yoshi Tsurumi, Professor of Marketing, Zicklin School of Business] The Japanese public had become increasingly opposed to refueling U.S. and other war ships in the Arabian Sea aiding President Bush's Iraq occupation and his saber rattling against Iran. It was the first time in the post-World War II history of U.S.-Japan relations that Japan's ruling government was forced to say "No" to the U.S."
    "Japanese Voters Join Rebellion Against Bush" Ohmy News International (12/12/07); "the voter rebellion in Japan" The Japan Times (12/17/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Cynthia McKinney was the keynote speaker for the 12th Dr. Donald H. Smith Distinguished Lecture Series at Baruch College on Wednesday, November 28, presenting to an equally noteworthy audience. "She didn't mention it in her talk, but the Honorable Cynthia McKinney has agreed to be the candidate for the presidency of the United States on the Green Party ticket," Dr. Donald H. Smith broke the news at the end of the former congresswoman's speech. "The Green Party has always supported my candidacy, even when I was in the Georgia legislature," she said."
    "Cynthia McKinney announces bid for the presidency" New York Amsterdam News (12/6-12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "While the next election is three years away, the growing disenchantment with Mr. Spitzer among Democratic voters brings a competitive primary race closer to the realm of possibility. "In a space of a year, he went from a two- to three term governor and possibly the first Jewish president to: 'Is he dead? Is he going to quit? Is he a one-term lame duck?'" a professor of political science at Baruch College in Manhattan, Douglas Muzzio, said. "He's scarred, but he's not permanently disabled."
    "Democrats Want a Different Governor" The New York Sun (12/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is the Rodney Dangerfield of New York City politics: a self-proclaimed "regular guy" who gets no respect...Douglas Muzzio, a public-affairs professor at Baruch College in Manhattan, said Markowitz's "silliness is appealing" from a borough president but isn't what most New Yorkers want from a mayor."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Byline: S. Prakash Sethi [University Distinguished Professor of Management, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College] "No one with any experience of working with or observing China's phenomenal economic growth and transformation into a global manufacturing juggernaut sould have been surprised by the recent spate of contaminated and unsafe products coming out of the country's factories and exported to al pats of the world. These include toys, children's clothes, blankets, toothpaste, and pet food, to name a few. It must be a case of self-induced mass amnesia that led majot importers in the industrially advanced economies to claim that it was not their systems that had failed. Instead, commentators and politicians, in the U.S. generally, blamed China's authorities for insuffficeint policing of their own lawas and Chinese supplieers for producing sub-standard products."
    "Buying responibly from Chinese supply chains" Ethical Corporation Magazine (December 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Although the U.S. president selects the members of the Fed's Board of
    Governors, the Fed has become a more powerful shaper of the nation's economy than Congress and the president, according to Michael Carew, assistant professor of economics and finance at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York City. Yes, the federal government controls a major lever on the economy through its ability to set fiscal policy--i.e., to tax and spend. But legislative gridlock too often means "it takes 10 years to get anything done," says Carew. So it's not surprising that the Fed gets scrutinized: its decisions, its economic data, and even the minutes of its meetings. "Congress has basically defaulted when it comes to making economic policy," says Carew. "The Fed makes economic policy."
    "UNDERSTANDING THE FED" Black Enterprise (December 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The road to learning assessment tools winds over rocky terrain that can leave travelers weary, confused, and frustrated. But the end of the journey offers a glorious reward: faculty who are energized by a sense of shared purpose and students who have demonstrably mastered critical business skills. At Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York City, we started out on our journey more than eight years ago, and we're still on the road. But every step we take makes our school stronger and prepares our students better for the working world...[By Phyllis Zadra, Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business]"
    "Assessment: The Long Road" Biz Ed (November/December 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Before Sept. 11, most New Yorkers had grown tired of Giuliani's combative
    ways and tumultuous personal life - he announced he was divorcing his second wife at a news conference without informing her first - which provided ample fodder for the city's raucous tabloids. "He had some substantial accomplishments as mayor, but he had worn out his welcome," said Doug Muzzio, a public affairs professor at New York's Baruch College. "He was fighting with somebody every day."
    "The many faces of 'America's Mayor'; Giuliani's candidacy shaped by Sept. 11, New York City transformation" The State (South Carolina) (12/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "With more American households giving up their old-fashioned land lines and
    using cellphones for all calls, public opinion researchers are facing a challenge of how to make sure they are getting representative samples when conducting polls...The industry generally agrees that a truly representative sample should include cellphone-only households, land-line-only households and mixed households. Many pollsters are working on assembling such samples. ''Until Internet polling gets a decent sampling frame, telephone surveys are necessary, and we can't exclude cellphones from telephone polling,'' said Martin Frankel, a professor of statistics at Baruch College."
    "Cellphones Challenge Poll Sampling" The New York Times (12/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A professor of public policy at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio
    , said Mr. Bloomberg's best chances lie in states that traditionally vote for Democratic presidential candidates and have big press and broadcast markets or are near New York. He said that even Illinois, the home state of Senator Obama, could be in play for the mayor, because Mr. Bloomberg, a multibillionaire, could afford to drown out his opponents' messages with a television and radio advertisement blitz in the expensive market."
    "Bloomberg's Electoral Calculus" The New York Sun (12/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Ownership of the powerful financial news and information group could be
    problematic if Mr Bloomberg chose to run for president, however, since there
    would be potential for conflicts of interest. "If he ran for president and won, he'd have to sell the company," said Doug Muzzio, a public affairs professor at Baruch College in New York."
    "Bloomberg vocal on business but not politics" Financial Times (London) (12/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "David Birdsell of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs said Clinton's appeal could be seen as "a response to the energetic critique from her left from John Edwards and Barack Obama" as the race to win Iowa nears - and tightens. Obama addressed the mortgage crisis issue in a stern September speech, also at the Nasdaq Marketsite. With a large stable of topflight investment types in her corner, Birdsell added, Clinton "probably has some running room, so she can go populist to some degree without risking their allegiance."
    "Hillary Clinton says Wall Street to blame for subprime mortgage mess" Daily News (12/6/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Film & video production company Tribe Pictures recently hosted the 41st International Quorum of Motion Pictures Producers Conference ( "IQ," as it's dubbed, is made up of members from throughout the world, many of whom have won Oscars, Emmys and Cannes Film Festival Awards. The annual confab is a place for them to share ideas, form business relationships and explore the latest trends in global filmmaking. In years past, IQ has taken place in Rome, London, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. This was the first time members came together on the East Coast. The event included numerous speakers and panel discussions from members of the film, television, advertising, documentary and academe segments. Dr. Michael B. Goodman, director of the Corporate Communication Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and professor of corporate communication at Baruch College, presented the keynote and shared his insight into the ten principles necessary for running a successful business in the global marketplace."
    "PROD CO. OWNERS GATHER AT 'IQ' " Post Magazine (12/5/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College is moving in on New York University's territory. The business school will debut its new master of science degree in real estate next fall, competing head-on with NYU's program. But it will cost a whole lot less. NYU's degree costs about $42,000 and takes four semesters and 42 credits to complete. Baruch's program will cost $6,400 to $8,100 for New York state residents, and will take just two to three semesters and 30 credits to complete. The Baruch classes are taught mainly by full-time faculty, while NYU's program mostly uses adjunct professors. Baruch says it is answering a growing demand from professionals looking for
    high-level technical and analytical jobs in real estate. The college expects
    much of the enrollment to come from students with experience in law, accounting, pension fund management, consulting, and regulatory services.
    "Real estate investment; Baruch takes on NYU with new master's program" Crain's New York Buiness (12/3/07)

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  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The road to learning assessment tools winds over rocky terrain that can leave travelers weary, confused, and frustrated. But the end of the journey offers a glorious reward: faculty who are energized by a sense of shared purpose and students who have demonstrably mastered critical business skills. At Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York City, we started out on our journey more than eight years ago, and we're still on the road. But every step we take makes our school stronger and prepares our students better for the working world...[By Phyllis Zadra, Associate Dean, Zicklin School of Business]"
    "Assessment: The Long Road" Biz Ed (November/December 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said
    abolishing term limits for the council but not for other offices would change
    the power dynamic between the executive and legislative branches at City Hall. "Clearly, it would make the council stronger vis-a-vis the mayor, and the
    speaker as an individual more powerful," he said. He added that the mayor would still be the principal and dominant actor at City Hall."
    "A Third Term May Glimmer for Mayor" The New York Sun (11/29/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaign scrambled last
    night to deflect a new report questioning whether Giuliani tried to cover up his
    extramarital affair with Judith Nathan in the Hamptons by hiding his security
    expenses in obscure city agencies..."If you're having an adulterous affair and you're using New York City cops to transport you and protect you, you would be a sneak, but his private life now extends to dishonesty in the public life," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College."
    "Rudy's hidden trail of money"Newsday (11/29/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "While hardly a shock, Streisand's endorsement of Clinton seemed timed to
    blunt some of the buzz created Monday by Obama's announcement that Winfrey would campaign for him in a handful of early primary states..."Oprah wins the battle," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. "Barbra's over the hill. ... Just in terms of commanding attention, Oprah clearly is the greatest celebrity at this point."
    "Barbra Streisand throws her support to Hillary Clinton" The Journal News (11/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Despite a leadership style that has spared Mayor Bloomberg the scorn heaped
    on his predecessor for aggressive police tactics, the NYPD was hit with more
    allegations of wrongdoing in the last two years than at any time during the Rudy Giuliani years, a Post analysis has found. "Giuliani had a reputation for being a real hard-ass, but the data belie that," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "The data seem to suggest that despite the conventional wisdom, Giuliani's cops were less complained about than Bloomberg's."
    " 'ROUGHEST' FINEST; GRIPES SOAR UNDER MIKE" The New York Post (11/25/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "A new study by two American economists at Baruch College in New York reminds us there is one magnetic resonance imager for every 37,000 Americans, versus one for every 182,000 Canadians. As for computed tomography scanners, there is one for every 31,000 Americans, versus one for every 87,000 Canadians...In fact, the Baruch College economists are perfectly well aware that more spending on health care doesn't always translate into better health. Their study's whole purpose is to ask whether a single-payer health system like ours
    would give Americans more bang for their health care spending, which is
    currently about double ours in per-capita terms."
    "High loonie a healthy thing" National Post (Canada) (11/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz announced today the appointment of attorney Carlo A. Scissura as the next Counsel to the Borough President. Scissura assumes his new position on January 2, 2008..."Carlo's exemplary legal expertise and dedication to education and community issues important to Brooklynites make him the ideal choice for Counsel," said Borough President Markowitz. Scissura, 37, has a private practice specializing in real estate, estate planning and corporate law, and is an Associate Adjunct Professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Is the Burger King Harvard-Yale game and the TGI Friday's Army-Navy game in the near future? Though those examples are unlikely, Joshua Mills, director of the master's of business program at Baruch College/CUNY in New York, believes these types of presenting sponsorships will become more popular. "They present many, many opportunities, and at the same time, they're probably not too expensive for the sponsors," Mills noted. "Demand for access to collegiate athletics seems to be high, so colleges and conferences will be looking for such opportunities."
    "Rivalry games wrapped in corporate logos" (11/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "So Rudy just put a commercial out saying that he tamed "America's Most Liberal [City]. This didn't sit well with New Yawkers, however, and Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, fought back and said, "Blame San Francisco. We're not No. 1."
    "Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Liberalist of Them All" (11/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In a city with 8 million people, five boroughs, 24 subway lines and two
    major-league baseball teams, even the most ardent New Yorker had a hard time keeping track of the many faces of Mayor Rudy Giuliani..."He had some substantial accomplishments as mayor, but he had worn out his welcome," said Doug Muzzio, a public affairs professor at New York's Baruch College. "He was fighting with somebody every day. He was the demanding, yelling uncle."
    "Giuliani's record is operatic -- it has dramatic highs and lows" Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois) (11/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "DOUG MUZZIO, BARUCH COLLEGE: There is a lot of hyperbole on what Rudy Giuliani says about what he did prior to 9/11, on 9/11 and after 9/11, but the kernel of truth is that Rudy Giuliani had his finest hour of 9/11."
    "Rudy Giuliani's Record Under Attack" The Situation Room, CNN (11/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The Commonwealth Fund survey findings underscore frustration voiced by employers, public agencies and patient advocates who argue that consumers still lack access to useful information and often struggle to find and comprehend the few resources that are available..."By and large, the quality of public reporting is pretty mediocre compared to what it could be and should be,'' says Shoshanna Sofaer, a healthcare policy professor at the City University of New York's Baruch College School of Public Affairs, and one of the survey's 240 respondents."
    "TRANSPARENT CHALLENGES; Leaders see value in reporting of price, quality data, but effects may be marginal" Modern Healthcare (11/19/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Governor Eliot Spitzer and Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson today
    announced appointments to the Executive Chamber...Tom Congdon ('06) will serve as the Assistant Secretary for Energy. Mr. Congdon has served as Special Assistant for Energy since February. From 2000-2007, he served as a policy analyst in the Attorney General.s Environmental Protection Bureau where he worked on, among other environmental and energy issues, expanding investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, he was the policy director at the New York League of Conservation Voters. Mr. Congdon received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University at Albany, and his Master of Public Administration from Baruch College."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "To the Editor: Regarding Andrew Bary's Nov. 5 article " A Real Handicap," where he reports on the thesis that "if a CEO is good at golf, shareholders might find themselves in the rough:"  In a course called Microcomputer Applications in Business at Baruch College, one of my teaching goals is to get the students to work efficiently with software tools. I tell them that they should be like Tiger Woods: "Do the most with the fewest keystrokes!  Frederic S. Goldstein [Adjunct Lecturer in the Stat/CIS Department, Baruch College] New York City."
    "Golf Lesson" Barron's (11/19/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, believes the current focus on Troopergate "is a poor investment of state resources and an extremely poor choice of workload for the people who are supposed to be managing the state."
    "Troopergate not a real issue, so let's move on" Newsday (11/19/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "WE ask the experts, and the winner is...David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College...Q: Did Hillary Clinton successfully rebound from her last debate performance? Birdsell: "Yes. She was focused, effective, answered crisply in most cases and more important, Edwards and Obama were off their game and managed to get themselves booed when they criticized Hillary."
    "HILLARY'S FIRED UP AND ON THE ATTACK" Daily News (11/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Find out what scientists can learn from glowing jellyfish and fireflies." Baruch College's new environmentalist professor David Gruber discusses bioluminescense on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC-FM. Listen to the show. (11/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Spitzer is only the latest player on the political stage to underestimate the passions surrounding immigration at his own peril...Based on the license-plan fallout, some political analysts predict that immigration will become a wedge issue in the 2008 presidential race. "Eliot Spitzer gave them a sword," said political scientist Douglas Muzzio at Baruch College, who predicted that Republican presidential candidates will continue using it to paint Democrats as soft on security."
    "Spitzer just latest to be burned" Newsday (11/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Gov. Eliot Spitzer tried Wednesday to move beyond his controversial plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants - but the political and practical fallout showed no signs of abating..."I think he's permanently scarred but not permanently disabled," said political scientist Douglas Muzzio of Baruch College/CUNY. "It's early in his term and this isn't fatal. But the conditions that led to it, if they're not ameliorated he's going to do it again."
    "Spitzer shelves license plan" McClatchy-Tribune News Service (11/14/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Karl Reiner Lang, an associate professor of computer information systems at Baruch College, views Etectonics as a trend-setter. ''The barriers to enter the global arena have come down,'' Professor Lang said. ''We're going to see more outsourcing activities that have been set up and created by small businesses and small teams across the globe. Etectonics is a perfect example of this.''
    "Your Computers Are Down? No Problema" The New York Times (11/14/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Doug Schoen, the noted pollster who crunched numbers for Bill Clinton's re-election campaign in the mid 1990's, and for Michael Bloomberg's 2001 mayoral race, said last night that he doesn't think Bloomberg will run for president. Schoen, speaking at a forum about presidential polling at Baruch College, was answering a question from an audience member who wanted to know which of the two major parties would be most affected by a Bloomberg presidential run."
    "Bloomberg Pollster Answers 'Hypothetical' Question on Bloomberg '08" New York Observer (11/13/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said that while he couldn't envision a Bloomberg-Bush ticket in 2008, he did think Mr. Bush could wind up being a Cabinet member in a Bloomberg White House. "Clearly, his association with Jeb Bush gives him credibility with Republicans," Mr. Muzzio said. "All of this can be seen as an attempt to give Bloomberg continued national exposure and keeping his options open for a national candidacy."
    "Bloomberg Will Polish GOP Credentials" The New York Sun (11/13/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "If you've been away from the workplace for three years or more and feel like you need to update your skills and get up to speed on how the workplace has changed, colleges are introducing programs designed to prepare you. Locally, in January Baruch will begin offering “Opting Back In: A Program for Professionals Re-Entering the Workforce," which will cover topics such as improving career focus, setting goals and updating job-search skills."
    "Flex Appeal" The New York Post (11/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Michael Plekon, Professor of Sociology at Baruch College-CUNY and a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, edited and introduced the recently published book THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Nicholas Afanasiev (1893-1966). THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT offers a rediscovery of the eucharistic and communal nature of the church in the first several centuries. Afanasiev started writing the book in the 1940s and continuously revised it until its posthumous publication in French in 1971. Michael Plekon's careful editing and substantive introduction help to make this important work available for the first time to anEnglish-speaking audience.

    THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT is published by the University of Notre Dame Press."
    "Baruch College Professor edits one of the most important works of twentieth-century Orthodox theology" Press Release (11/12/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business unveiled a Master of Science degree in real estate and says it expects to have about 125 students enrolled when the program starts in September 2008. The college, attempting to compete head on with New York University's real estate programs, just started an MBA program with a concentration in real estate this fall. The MS degree will cost about $10,000, compared with about $50,000 for the program at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies."
    "At Deadline" Crain's New York Business (11/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "[Obituary] By Carl Rollyson [Professor of English at Baruch College's Weissman School of Arts & Sciences] Special to the Sun. With the passing of Norman Mailer at 84, American literature has lost one of its major voices. Mailer, who died Saturday morning at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of renal failure, catapulted himself into the front ranks of American writers early, with his critically acclaimed and best-selling debut, the war novel "The Naked and the Dead" (1948). "The Armies of the Night" (1968), his account of the march on the Pentagon, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and he won another Pulitzer for "The Executioner's Song" (1979), his epic account of murderer Gary Gilmour."
    "Norman Mailer, A Top American Novelist" The New York Sun (11/12/07)
  • Baruch Alumni News
    "WHEN Lance Laifer (BBA, '90) , a hedge fund manager in New Jersey and former Internet entrepreneur, started researching malaria two and a half years ago, a prominent professor with a medical background told him that doctors were not drawn to malaria research because it was a disease of logistics. "Doctors don't do logistics," Mr. Laifer recalls that he said. "Business does logistics."  So started Mr. Laifer's journey to make malaria - a treatable and preventable disease that kills 3,000 children a day in Africa - a screaming priority for hedge funds, businesses, governments and individuals. But through Hedge Funds Vs. Malaria, an advocacy group he founded before malaria became an "it' charity, Mr. Laifer has used innovative ideas to sound the alarm and set up programs to treat it or start to prevent it. He has also raised more than $1 million to combat the disease."
    "Fighting a Disease of Logistics, He Means Business" The New York Times (11/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The dean of Baruch College's school of public affairs, David Birdsell, said it's unclear whether Mr. Bloomberg's fund-raiser for the Reagan Library is part of a "Bloomberg presidential campaign."..."What he's doing is consistent with the activities of a prominent philanthropist," Mr. Birdsell said. "Were he not running for president, none of this would surprise us in the least. The fact that he may be running for president, it may give him a slight advantage."
    "Bloomberg Turns to Reagan" The New York Sun (11/12/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Byline: Rachelle Rubin (BBA, '06) After graduating with my BS in marketing management from Baruch College in New York City, the time had finally come for me to get my feet wet in the "real" world. Don't get me wrong, I had my share of solid work experience, considering I had worked full time at a nonprofit while attending school. But it still didn't make finding the right job for me any easier post-graduation. As soon as I got my diploma, I decided I had earned a break and did some traveling abroad for a few months, only to end up back home in Florida, stuck in a job that I just did not like [as a national salesman of private investigative services]. I finally reached the point where I decided it was time for a change, and followed my dream of opening my own marketing company."
    "A Start in Online Marketing; This Baruch grad started a marketing business and scored a gig with TV Guide Online" Business Week Online (11/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The indictment of Bernard Kerik may not doom Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, but it does give his rivals their best opportunity yet to divert attention away from Sept. 11, analysts said..."This is a big deal," added Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. "This is (Giuliani's) police commissioner. This is who he was closest to."
    "Kerik indictment gives ammunition to Giuliani rivals" The Journal News (Westchester County) (11/11/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "The newest food cooperative in New York City opened for another day of operations yesterday, right underneath the stairwell of a community center in the Bronx... At 30 members, the South Bronx Food Cooperative is the smallest of the city's five food cooperatives, and has been open since September. Co-ops are like supermarkets where the customers are also workers, helping to reduce costs and therefore prices. The Bronx food co-op is the brainchild of Zena Nelson, 29, who is studying for her master's degree in business at Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College."
    "City's Newest Food Co-op Gains a Foothold in the South Bronx" The New York Times (11/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A minor classic, Biography: An Annotated Bibliography by Carl Rollyson [Professor of English at Baruch College's Weissman School of Arts & Sciences] is now available in an inexpensive paperback edition. Originally published in 1992, the book was the first bibliography to organize and to annotate the literature on biography. The chapters cover biographers on biography, historical and critical studies, Johnson and Boswell, Leon Edel (he gets an entire chapter) psychobiography, Feminist biography, innovations in biography, and biography in fiction. Rollyson is an accomplished biographer himself. He has completed biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Pablo Picasso, Marie Curie, Rebecca West and Susan Sontag."
    "Bibliographies on Biography, in Paper and on the Web" The Biographer's Craft (November 2007)

  • Baruch College News
    "A team of researchers from five institutions, led by The City College of New York (CCNY), has been awarded $330,000 over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a tactile surface that can facilitate communication between visually impaired and blind persons and computers...Besides Professor Kretzschmar, the team includes: Dr. Karen Gourgey, Director of the Computer Center for Visually Impaired People at Baruch College..."
    "Interface For Blind Computer Users To Be Developed By CCNY-Led Team With Award Of $330,000 From NSF" Medical News Today; Medilexicon (11/8/07)
  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Through some strange stroke of Manhattan Supreme Court scheduling, Ja Rule, Remy Ma, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes all appeared in court yesterday (at different times) to face various charges...Baruch College professor of music and anthropology Kyra Gaunt said of the rappers' appearances, "Because the [rap] genre plays with reality, a lot of people get lost. All of a sudden, the line between representation of reality and reality is no longer separate."
    "Four rappers share stage in New York courts" Reuters (11/7/07); "Maybe Criminal Court Should Build a Music Studio" Gothamist (11/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Robertson's nod is likely to help Giuliani in the primary, but could hurt him in a general election, said Baruch College professor Doug Muzzio, a specialist in American public opinion, voting behavior and city politics.  "It's an imprimatur of sorts -- and Giuliani needs it," Muzzio said. "In a general election, Robertson becomes much more of the classical double-edged sword, where his endorsement is going to be made into a negative by his opponents."
    "Long Island residents split on endorsement" Newsday (11/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Want job security? Become a district attorney in New York City. Ridiculously easy re-election wins Tuesday for three of the city's district
    attorneys support the notion that the job can only be lost through death or a scandal. "I can't remember a district attorney in the five boroughs who has lost an election," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "It is almost like for life, unless they get indicted or die."
    "New York's district attorneys have job security" Newsday (11/8/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "In May, the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs hosted a panel discussion featuring case studies on two recent “mergers” between local organizations... “We called this seminar ‘Mergers and Acquisitions in the Nonprofit Sector’ to get you in the door,” Jack Krauskopf, the Center’s Director, told the audience. “But, it is really more about strategic alliances.”
    "Mergers: Nonprofits Getting Together" New York Nonprofit News (November 2007)

  • Baruch College News
    "Executives at New York’s nonprofit human service agencies generally endorse the need for accountability through performance measures, but question its implementation and dislike the added administrative burden,
    according to the third annual Nonprofit Executive Outlook Survey conducted by Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs."
    "Nonprofit Executives Support Performance Contracting, But..."New York Nonprofit News (November 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise

    "Unlike the majority of presidential hopefuls, Giuliani swings along the campaign trail with virtually no verbal net - no legal pads crammed with policy ideas, no carefully prepared remarks... "The stakes are very high on the presidential trail," said Baruch College Prof. David Birdsell, an expert on political communications. "Misstatements are punished severely."
    "Rudy Giuliani's off-the-cuff style has its risks" Daily News (11/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise

    "The authors of the proposal, Dr. Marthe Gold from CUNY, Shoshanna Sofaer from Baruch College, and Taryn Siegelberg from CUNY, envision the American citizens’ council as being an advisor to the Medicare Evidence Development Coverage Advisory Committee. The council would advise on the criteria for CEA—in other words, how to decide whether the effectiveness of a new intervention justifies its cost, and thus warrants coverage under Medicare."
    "We Need to Begin a Conversation about “Cost Effectiveness” " The Century Foundation (11/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought Since September 11 By John Brenkman [a Distinguished Professor of English in Baruch's Weissman School of Arts & Sciences] PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS; 205 PAGES; $29.95. What counts as "political thought" in the six years since 9/11? John Brenkman addresses this question in "The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy" by turning to the political language used by the government, its opponents, philosophers and policymakers. He is interested in how the United States developed a rhetoric to legitimate its "war on terror," particularly its invasion of Iraq. Not surprisingly, he finds contradictions and incoherence almost everywhere... For Brenkman, the contradictions of our political discourse reveal aspirations for freedom and democracy, for liberty and community. When we strive for freedom, we must learn to live with contradictions."
    "John Brenkman on our post-9/11 plight" San Francisco Chronicle (11/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But a recent study by June and Dave O’Neill, economists at Baruch College , from which these numbers come, shows that the difference in health outcomes has more to do with broader social forces.
    For example, Americans are more likely than Canadians to die by accident or by homicide. For men in their 20s, mortality rates are more than 50 percent higher in the United States than in Canada, but the O’Neills show that accidents and homicides account for most of that gap. Maybe these differences have lessons for traffic laws and gun control, but they teach us nothing about our system of health care."
    "Beyond Those Health Care Numbers" The New York Times (11/4/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "It's often difficult to land a good job, and it gets even tougher as you get older. But more and more not-so-recent college grads are finding help in a once-familiar place: college career centers. Many offer free help to alumni, without regard to when you graduated. Education reporter Art McFarland has the story... Corey Ciopi, who graduated from Baruch College in 1989, was recently hired at a software firm, with help from Baruch. "I recommend it to people all the time, no matter what school they're in, to seek out, you know, their career development center from the school that they came from," he said. Shanna McKinnan, Baruch College class of 2005, is getting help with new placement in a changing job market. "I'm more experienced, I'm professional, I have a graduate degree," she said. "So the job search is a little bit more difficult and I have a little bit more serious competitors."
    "Finding career help in a once-familiar place; Colleges offering assistance to alumni" WABC-TV, Eyewitness News, Ch.7 (11/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Last April, the FTC held a workshop titled "The Rebate Debate," inwhich
    representatives from consumer groups, academic institutions, the federal
    government, and the rebate-processing industry discussed the advantages and
    disadvantages of consumer rebates. One of the invited speakers was Matthew Edwards, a business professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York, who warned against overly aggressive legislation that might do more harm than good. Drawing on research that he used in an article he published this year in the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, Edwards argued that rebates had strong enough advantages--in that they offer some consumers distinctly lower prices--that lawmakers should focus onegregious abuses, not day-to-day annoyances. For instance, he cited research showing that giving purchasers long deadlines to redeem their rebates actually increased breakage--because it gave them more chances to put off sending in their forms or to forget entirely about them."
    "Rebate ripoffs spark consumer lawsuits, new legislation" American Association for Justice (11/1/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The mother of all storytellers, Scheherazade is the central character in “1001” but she doesn’t stay Scheherazade for long. In Jason Grote’s kaleidoscopic reinvention of the “1001 Nights” tales, she morphs into Dahna, a contemporary Palestinian graduate student in New York, just as Scheherazade’s husband, the wife-killing Shahriyar, becomes Dahna’s Jewish boyfriend, Alan, and her sister Dunyazade becomes Dahna’s sister, Lubna... Ethan McSweeny’s kinetic direction keeps the piece, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, moving in a quick and lucid way, as it ranges from Sinbad’s tale to Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” to Dahna and Alan on a visit to Gaza."
    "Stories of Arabian Nights And a Dystopian New York" The New York Times (11/1/07)

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  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "During what was probably hip-hop's golden age-the late 1980s and early 1990s-knowing the latest dances was essential to being an authentic participant in the culture..."If you look at the last 10 years, there was not a lot of dancing in hip-hop, especially by men," says Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D., an ethnomusicologist and music professor at Baruch College at CUNY."
    "Beyond the two-step: The return of dance to hip-hop" Metro New York(10/29/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise

“A local festival celebrates the eclectic music of the Viking of Sixth Avenue...From the late 1940s to the early ’70s Moondog was as recognizable in the New York City landscape as the Empire State Building, and nearly as striking. A tall blind man with long hair and beard, wearing a handmade Viking helmet and primitive cloak, he regularly stationed himself at Sixth Avenue and 54th Street, which cops and cabbies knew as Moondog’s Corner. Dispensing his poetry, politics, sheet music and recordings (some on boutique labels, some on majors), he was sought out over the years by beats, hippies and foreign tourists, but also by the media and celebrities, from Walter Winchell and “Today” to Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali and Martin Scorsese...That’s where Mr. [Robert] Scotto, a professor of English at Baruch College of the City University of New York, first met him as a college student in the mid-’60s. “He was the avant-garde figure par excellence, the ultimate hippie,” Mr. Scotto recalled. “He was a pilgrimage that all college students made.”
"Sidewalk Hero, on the Horns of a Revival" The New York Times (10/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Small
    Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh, Mayor's Office of People with
    Disabilities Commissioner Matthew Sapolin, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, and Councilwoman Gale Brewer today unveiled a "Talking Kiosk" that will help direct disabled passengers in the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. The Talking Kiosk is the first in a City-owned building...The Talking Kiosk concept was pioneered by Karen Gourgey and her team of researchers at Baruch College, a component of the City University of New York. Later, Touch Graphics, Inc. was formed to design and build these units for other clients, such as the Boston Museum of Science, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and now, the NYC Department of Transportation and the WBLDC."
    PASSENGERS" US States News (10/26/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise

    "With Catherine Good, an assistant professor of psychology at New York Citys Baruch College, Mr. Aronson assigned college-student mentors to three groups of 7th graders from a Texas school district with high concentrations of poor and minority students...Since that 2003 study, Ms. Good and Ms. Dweck have also begun to explore the role that learning environments play in conveying subtle messages about the nature of intelligence and how that role affects girls math achievement. When students perceive their learning environment to convey a fixed view of intelligence, their achievement goes down, Ms. Good said. If we can get teachers to create learning environments that convey this incremental view of intelligence, then stereotype threats dont have much power, Ms. Good said. Though those studies are not yet published, Ms. Good has begun to share her findings with teachers in Montclair, N.J., and other districts eager to boost minority achievement."
    "Experiments Aim to Ease Effect of Stereotype Threat" Education Week (10/26/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The great thing about the United States is that you kind of start everything from scratch," says Charles Simic [who is the Harman Writer in Residence at Baruch College during the 2008 spring semester]. The poet would know a thing or two about the American dream. Born in 1938 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Mr. Simic moved to America at age 16. He learned English as a teenager, started using it to write poetry a few years later, and this year was nominated by the Library of Congress to be the U.S. poet laureate. "Being an immigrant you also feel a bit of an outsider anyway," Mr. Simic explains, "which is really good if you're going to be a writer."
    "The Immigrant 'Outsider' Is Now Poerty's Insider" THe Wall Street Journal (10/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Like all other labor disputes, the one-day strike by taxi drivers yesterday turned on tangible matters, in this case credit card machines, global positioning systems, and the like. But it was also about an intangible, something that cabbies ofen feel they are denied. It is called respect. It is called dignity...Recent immigrants for the most part, they perform a tough, lonely duty that few native Americans want to do anymore - even those Americans that are perpetually out of work. "These people work like sharecroppers," said Edward G. Rogoff, a Baruch College professor who has studied the taxi industry."
    "Something Money Can't Buy" The New York Times (10/23/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Lobbyists play a pivotal role in a demcracy, and government is better off for it, according to most of th espeakers on today's panel discussion on lobbying, which was organized by Peter Vallone and held at BRuch College."
    "Lobbyists are People, Too" Gotham Gazette (10/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Though a failure in five out of six years has struck some as reason to conclude that Valure Line's ranking system has stopped working for good, statisticians have been cautious about counting it out. In a column I wrote for The New York Times on Feb. 4, for example, I quoted David Aronson, an adjunct professor of finance at Baruch College, who said that the observed decrease in Value Line's performance in recent years "is consistent with normal random variation in historical performance." He therefore concluded that there is no statistical basis for conlcuding that "the Value Line ranking system has deteriorated."
    "Value Line profits from patience" MarketWatch (10/22/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "State officials don't need to look far for proposals to build a new convention center above the railyards. Architects, planners and real-estate analysts at Baruch College's Newman Institute did the heavy lifting several years ago, when they came up with a proposal called "The Flip" that featured 2 million square feet of exhibition space on a single floor, plus commercial and residential towers as well as a park twice the size of Bryant Park."
    "West Side Flip" The New York Post (10/19/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Colleges and universities across the country can promote greater academic success among Hispanic students by emulating the practices of 11 public universities with higher-than-average graduation rates for such students, says a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and The Education Trust...“The colleges and universities that participated in this study have identified factors that lead to students’ academic success and graduation, most notably strong presidential leadership and a commitment to an inclusive campus culture,” said Constantine W. (Deno) Curris, president of AASCU...The campuses included urban, rural, large, and small institutions. They were...Baruch College of the City University of New York..."
    "Study Outlines Path to Increasing Hispanics' College-Graduation Rates" (press release) (10/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Until now, Frankfurt has invited only countries (India, China) or multinational groupings (the Arab world) as guests of honor. Catalonia, which has the status of an autonomous community in Spain, is the first such entity accorded such an invitation. Being a guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair is about as good an opportunity any literary culture can have to break through the dominant patterns of literary globalization and to introduce itself to the German-speaking world and beyond...

    Esther Allen is an assistant professor [of modern languages] at Baruch College of the City University of New York and the executive director of the Center for Literary Translation at Columbia University."
    "At the Frankfurt Book Fair: Lost in Translation" International Herald Tribune, Op-Ed (10/18/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "American companies view mortgage brokers and lenders as the primary culprit for the subprime mortgage mess, according to a recent survey of CFOs conducted by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business. When asked in the 2007 third quarter "CFO Outlook Survey" who, in their view, was to blame for the subprime mortgage defaults, 86 percent identified brokers and lenders. The second most named offender in this scenario was the credit rating agencies which were cited by 40 percent of CFO respondents. Other responses in descending order were credit rating agencies, investment dealers, investors, and the Federal Reserve."
    "Survey: CFOs Place Credit Crisis Blame on Lenders and Brokers" PR Newswire; The Financial Times; Reuters; Financial Week; NJBiz; FOX Business Channel; Accounting & Compliance Alert;;; AHN; WebCPA,; US Fed News (10/16/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Lawmakers and health professionals are expected to convene today for a town hall meeting focused on improving public health literacy. In response to a request by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the mayor's office and the Literacy Assistance Center of New York will host the meeting, to take place at Baruch College."

  • Baruch College News
    "What better place to give students the experience of "doing" rather than just "watching" than in the financial capital of the world? At the City University of New York's Baruch College, business students have access to the Wasserman Trading Floor in the Subotnick Financial Services Center. The 7,200-square-foot facility is in the Newman Library and has all the bells and whistles one would need to get dirty in any Wall Street firm...Richard Holowczak, the director, has been with the school since 1997 and was part of the project team that built the facility in 1999. He even hosts seminars on how to operate a major trading floor for other business schools throughout the country who are interested in implementing their own... "Whether you're going to go out and sell soap for a living or go out and work on Wall Street, you're going to be handling your own investments," he said. "It's basic financial literacy."
    "Business Schools Playing The Market" (10/15/07)
  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Meanwhile, Doug Muzzio, a professor of public policy at Baruch College (who may rival Mickey Carroll as most quotable political commentator locally) threw water on the entire notion. "Would [NYC police chief Ray] Kelly make a formidable candidate [for mayor]?" he said. "Yes. Do I think he runs? No. I think he's said that it's not in his DNA to run for elective office and it may not be. A better bet is a federal appointive office after the 2008 election -- homeland security, FBI."
    " Reaction to Kelly for Mayor" The New York Observer (10/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "As New York's mayor, Giuliani -- Mukasey's longtime friend -- exemplified the moderate Republican, although he has become more conservative as a presidential candidate, says [Doug] Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York. "I think there are nuanced differences about what a conservative is in New York, and, say, Arkansas," Muzzio says. "In fact, it's difficult to define what a New York Republican is because they are a rare breed."
    "Mukasey hearings might not draw big fight; Many agree he's the 'right man' for attorney general" USA Today (10/15/07)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "National Braille Press is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation. Karen Gourgey [Director of Baruch College's Computer Center for Visually Impaired People (CCVIP)] and Steven Landau were chosen to receive the first ever Prize for their submission of the Talking Tactile Tablet. This innovation is an inexpensive and simple computer peripheral device that acts as a viewer for tactile diagrams, maps, and illustrations. The Prize, given with support from Gibney Family Foundation, seeks to inspire future innovators. The Prize will be awarded to Dr. Gourgey and Mr. Landau at the Hands On! gala on October 26 in Boston."
    "Touch of Genius Winners Announced" Highlights (October/November) 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "PUNDITS' PICKS: David Birdsell, Baruch College professor, WINNER: Giuliani and Romney, "simply because of the time spent on them." LOSER:
    The lower-tier candidates, "who really disappeared into the scrim."    THOMPSON'S PERFORMANCE: "His answers to most questions were muddy." FINAL ANALYSIS: "Too many candidates make for another muddled debate with no Republicans...creating new storylines for [the] papers."
    "CLINTON'S CAM-PAINS & 'LABOR' PAINS" The New York Post (10/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mr. Torre could not be reached for comment yesterday, and an interview request left with the Yankees received no response. Running for mayor would also require Mr. Torre to move to the city from his home in Harrison. A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, scoffed at the idea of Mr. Torre running for mayor. "No way. I just can't see it," he said. "I'm telling you, he's going to take a vacation if he gets fired." He said he doesn't think Mr. Torre has the right DNA to manage a city the size and complexity of New York. "He's too laid back and civilized to run," Mr. Muzzio said. "He'd be too sane."
    "Torre's Next Game? An Idea Out of Left Field - or Right" The New York Sun (10/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Douglas Muzzio, political science professor at Manhattan's Baruch College, said the session sounds as if it could be a political rather than policy meeting. He said Bruno's use of the state helicopters to attend fundraisers and meetings with Newman and his followers appears to be an abuse of a perk. "Some people have characterized their operation as cultish and Newman is a psychoanalyst," he said. "Basically most people see that triumvirate and Fulani as the head of a cultish operation as well as a political operation."
    "An unlikely political flight plan; State helicopters carried Bruno to meetings with members of splinter party" The Times News Union (10/9/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Espertise
    "Edward Rogoff, academic director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for
    Entrepreneurship and Small Business at Baruch College
    , foresees a credit drought that will peak in a year or two. "Conventional bank loans will be harder to get, and when people do get them, they'll be more expensive,'' he predicts."
    "BANKS TIGHTEN their LENDING STANDARDS" Crain's New York Business (10/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But now, despite an elaborate effort to transform Mr. Bloomberg into a
    global political brand, that excitement seems to have fizzled, as he has
    publicly retreated from the idea and an opening in the field of candidates has not materialized... There are other challenges, including a federal sexual discrimination lawsuit filed recently against his company, Bloomberg L.P.  ''This latest legal brouhaha wouldn't enhance his prospects,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs."
    "Bloomberg for President: That Wave Seems to Have Ebbed" The New York Times (10/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Douglas Muzzio, Baruch College: [excerpted from the TV transcript] There's always risk, but it seems to me that [Hillary Clinton] needs to establish herself as someone who can be positively associated with 9/11...MUZZIO: She's one of the people who have a legitimate stake in 9/11. She can't allow Rudy to be exclusively the 9/11 candidate."
    "Hillary Clinton portrays herself as a defender of Ground Zero workers. Is it a taste of future attacks on Rudy Giuliani's response to 9/11?" The Situation Room, CNN (10/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "An apartment complex in the Bronx is setting a new precedent for "affordable" housing: The city-funded project caters exclusively to members of a specific profession. Comptroller William Thompson, joined by a city housing official and the president of the United Federation of Teachers, announced yesterday a 234-unit apartment complex that gives complete preference to educators, saying the development would help attract and retain stronger teachers... A real estate law professor at Baruch College, Jay Weiser, said interest groups with stronger connections to the city are more likely to prevail with such development deals than other groups. "City money is going to go not to where it's most needed, but to some politically connected group to get their housing subsidized," Mr. Weiser said."
    "Educators Only Need Apply to New Bronx Housing" The New York Observer (10/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Food labels that list calcium as a percentage of daily intake are confusing for consumers seeking to meet their recommended quotas, says a new U.S. study... "How do consumers make food consumption decisions when product information falls short of providing the nutritional knowledge needed for personal health consumption goals," write the authors of the report, Laura Peracchio and Lauren Block... Peracchio and Block, professor of marketing at Baruch College, point out that the difficulty in translating the nutrition facts panel on food products goes
    beyond calcium."
    "Nutrition labels lead to calcium confusion, underconsumption: study"  CBC News (10/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mayor Bloomberg's role at the financial news company he founded is coming under increased scrutiny in the wake of a federal lawsuit against Bloomberg LP for discrimination against pregnant employees and new mothers. Since taking over as mayor and stepping down as chief executive of the company, Mr. Bloomberg rarely, if ever, publicly talks about his precise role with the global news behemoth... A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said the latest lawsuit "at least raises the question about how much should the public know about his involvement with Bloomberg LP?"
    "Role of Mayor at Bloomberg LP Is Eyed" The New York Sun (10/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise

    "As the Democratic candidates address issues dear to their base, they often run into Kucinich, a Democratic congressman from Cleveland. If there’s a leftmost position to take on an issue, odds are, he’s already taken it. "The disadvantage for candidates who want to position themselves to the left of Hillary Clinton is that he will always be lefter than thou," said David Birdsell, dean of Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs in New York."
    "Beating Kucinich to the base" St. Petersburg Times (FL) via (10/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "GPS and credit card technology issues aside, the Taxi Workers Alliance will have two other hefty demands during the strike set for later this month. The drivers' group is also asking for a health care and pension fund and union rights. Currently, the drivers pay for their own insurance and have no organizing rights because they are considered independent contractors and not employees. If they were considered employees, state and federal labor laws would allow drivers to form a union and force employers to bargain with them. But as contractors, for the drivers to receive health insurance, a pension and union rights, the city or state would need to pass legislation or cabbies could seek help through the courts, said Edward Rogoff, a management professor at Baruch
    "Tech issues take a back seat?" Newsday (10/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In the increasingly bitter battle for the Democratic nomination, Hillary
    Clinton's campaign yesterday revealed it thumped Barack Obama by $7 million in the summer fund-raising race...Clinton's haul marked her best fund-raising quarter yet. "Wow. It's like they're always holding the trump card - they are good, and that's why they pulled out the stops this quarter," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio of the Clinton money machine."

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Nadja Fidelia ('02), Managing Director, Lehman Brothers: Besides being one of just a handful of powerful Black women on Wall Street, Nadja Fidelia is cohead and cofounder of Lehman Brothers Partnership Solutions Group, a division that develops business relationships with financial firms owned by women and people of color. "We've introduced a new clientele to Lehman, having conversations we've never had before. It has had a phenomenal impact on the firm overall," says Fidelia. She also works with the Women's Initiatives Leading Lehman, bosltering the firm's recruitng and mentoring efforts."
    "Women of Influence: The Wall Street Wonder" Essence (October 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A taxi workers group said yesterday that drivers will strike again before the end of the month, but the mayor countered that the city could deal with the second strike in as many months... Another work action would be no more effective in bargaining with the Taxi & Limousine Commission or the city than the last one, said Edward Rogoff, a Baruch College management professor who has studied the taxi industry. "If it doesn't have a significant chance of winning, which it doesn't, it doesn't help anyone," he said."
    "Cabbies: We'll strike again" Newsday (10/3/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Mon-and-pop store like Leopoldi Hardware on Fifth Ave. in Park Slope are the nuts and bolts of a vanishing America...And down on Fifth Ave. between Seventh and Eight Streets., Leopoldi Hardware was still open for business 41 years after Joe Leopoldi bought it at auction in 1966...All three brothers graduated from St. Savior's grammar school and Bishop Ford High.  Joe, 47 ('83), and Pete 44 ('86), graduated form Baruch with business degrees, and Robert went to Broklyn College geting a B.A. in political science."
    "hardware store's a time machine" Daily News (10/2/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Those information specialists looking to better engage their teen patrons should consider the recommendations coming out of Library Camp NYC ( ). The "unconference"-which involved participant-driven discussion both in person and online-was held at Baruch College in August, though input is ongoing in a wiki. Attendees of the event, sponsored by the William and Anita Newman Library at Baruch, urged librarians to create personal and library pages on Facebook and MySpace to engage students."
    "Tweens All a Twitter" School Library Journal (10/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Even as Gov. Spitzer has been widely criticized for his plan to allow illegal aliens to obtain drivers' licenses, many of his fellow top Democrats have refused to throw him a lifeline... Baruch College public-affairs professor Doug Muzzio said top Dems were loathe to take a stand on the issue because it could prove problematic and they feel no strong allegiance to Spitzer to help bail him out."
    "ELIOT 'ALIEN'-ATES TOP DEMS" The New York Post (10/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "When it comes to proposing legislation and getting it passed, some City Council members fare better than others. And those on top of the list tend to have powerful committee posts and, many believe, a good relationship with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn...When she
    became Speaker, Quinn  talked a fair amount about democracy. But that seems largely forgotten. " The bill doesn't come to the floor without the speaker's consent," Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, told Gotham Gazette."
    "Council's Leading Passers"Gotham Gazette (10/1/07)

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  • Baruch Student News

    "Barack Obama, meet Adriana Lima. Adriana, Barack. Barack, Adriana. Lima is a 21-year-old Brooklyn native majoring in journalism at Baruch College in New York. She is Latina. She’s a registered Democrat--and no relation to the Brazilian supermodel of the same name. Next November Lima will cast her first vote for president. She might vote in the New York Democratic primary on Feb. 5, too."
    "How Obama Rolls" Newsweek (9/28/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The College Issue provides an excellent opportunity for advertisers to
    showcase their brands to this audience of young adults and their parents, as well as The Times's traditional readers," said Alexis Buryk, senior vice president, advertising, The New York Times. "We couldn't be more pleased with the advertiser response to our first college-themed issue." Among the education advertisers in The College Issue are: ...
    Baruch College."
    "First 'College Issue' of The New York Times Sunday Magazine Draws
    Strong Advertiser Response" Business Wire (9/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "With the third-quarter money race winding down, the presidential candidates are pulling out all the stops to pack their campaign kitties for the final push to the first caucuses and primaries in January... "This is insane," a professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas
    , said. "This is constant, furious fund-raising."
    "Candidates Try Gimmicks In Late Fund-Raising Push" The New York Sun

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "New allegations of gender-based discrimination against Mayor Bloomberg's financial news company, Bloomberg L.P., could be a political liability for the mayor if he opts to run for president... A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said that though yesterday's suit covers a period after Mr. Bloomberg exited, it could hurt politically if he decides to run for president as a third party candidate. "It could be argued that he did it before, there was a culture, he was a man at the top," Mr. Muzzio said. "If he decides to run it could be very bad because then it dredges up all the old stuff."
    "Bloomberg Bid Could Be Hurt by Suit Against His Firm" The New York Sun; "Lawsuit may hurt NYC Mayor Bloomberg's bid" Xinhua General News Service (9/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Peter Pepper, a labor specialist and adjunct in Baruch College's Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations Program (MSLIR), discusses the ramifications of the GM-UAW strike and how it effects the labor market for other auto makers. Kelsey Hubbard reports."
    "Street Salivates Over VEBA Cash Pile" (9/27/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Like many business owners, Rich Bivone has seen property taxes on his East Meadow offices jump sevenfold since he moved in there 16 years ago. Understandably, Bivone supports a state senator's proposal to reduce local taxes by shifting costs of new public schoolteachers to the state. Such teachers would become state employees - an idea opposed by influential teacher unions and regarded by many analysts as a political nonstarter..."For the state to set salaries is not an easy sell," said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "You've got this ethos of local control that's very powerful on Long Island, as it is in other suburbs across the nation."
    "Teachers could be state workers" Newsday (9/27/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The commission created to come up with a plan to ease traffic in New York City met for the first time yesterday and began its debate on whether Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposal to charge motorists who drive into the busiest parts of Manhattan is the best way to proceed. The 17 members of the group, which met at Baruch College in Lower
    Manhattan, include transportation officials, politicians and civic leaders. Most of them are thought to be in favor of the mayor's idea, but whatever plan they agree upon must be approved by the State Legislature and the City Council."
    "Panel Starts Debate on Congestion Pricing" The New York Times (9/26/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The 17-member traffic congestion mitigation committee, which will meet several times, is required to vote by majority on the implementation plan by January 31, 2008... At the meeting yesterday, held at Baruch College, Assemblyman Herman Farrell, a Democrat of Harlem and an appointee of Mr. Silver, said the ultimate goal of the traffic plan is unclear. "Are they trying to decrease the amount of cars coming in or increase the amount of money we're getting?" he asked."
    "Mayor's Traffic Plan Is Criticized At First Committee Meeting" The New York Sun (9/26/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    In a speech at Columbia University, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Iran's right to nuclear power but denied Iran was seeking to build nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad's appearance sparked widespread protests at Columbia. We speak with Trita Parsi, author of "Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States" and Iran expert and CUNY Distinguished Professor of History Ervand Abrahamian, co-author of "Targeting Iran."
    "The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States" (9/25/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "This afternoon will be the first meeting of the city/state's New York City Traffic Congestion Mitigation Committee at 2 p.m. at Baruch College's William and Anita Vertical campus. The event is open and could be the first glimpse into what the commission might recommend for Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan."
    "Congestion Commission Meets" The Wonkster (9/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The current staffing crunch and the imminent retirement of the Baby Boomers represent significant challenges to the accounting profession's ability to change and grow. We asked the Top 100 Most Influential People how to handle them, both now and for the future... DOUGLAS CARMICHAEL Wollman Distinguished Professor, Baruch College One of the country's foremost authorities on auditing standards and financial integrity, Carmichael this year rose to the challenge of explaining the new risk assessment standards. Career Highlights: Wollman Distinguished Professor, Baruch College, 1983-present ... Chief auditor and director of professional standards, PCAOB, 2003-2006 ... VP of auditing, AICPA, 1969-1983."
    "2007 TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE" Accounting Today (9/24/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News

    "Ricardo Rezk (MBA '03) has big dreams for the product he churns out of his South Bronx bakery. "I want to make the empanada the next American pie," he proclaimed. "If pizza could become an American pie, why not the empanada?" But he has more than just a good recipe behind his business plan: To boost his chances of success, he got an MBA in 2003. One professor at Baruch's Zicklin School of Business, where Rezk's business plan won second prize in [the Baruch College and Merrill Lynch Entrepreneurship Competition] an entrepreneurship contest, is a believer - and a customer. "I tried his empanadas because he was a student, but I buy them because everyone in my family likes them," said Ed Rogoff, who gave Rezk an A in his honors entrepreneur class."
    "He aims to make empanadas a food staple" Daily News (9/24/07)

  • Baruch College News

    “Blind Mouth Singing,” a strange, beautiful play by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, is set in that hazy place between the person you are and the person you want to be, or could be, or are in danger of becoming. It’s all about the push and pull that goes on there, the escaping and avoiding, and the staging it is being given by the National Asian American Theater Company complements Mr. Cortiñas’s lyrical musings expertly: dreamy, unhurried, using the full width of the Baruch Performing Arts Center stage."
    "Enchanted Lives in a Tempest's Path" The New York Times (9/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Another New York mayor with potential presidential aspirations may be moving in on Rudy Giuliani's territory at ground zero, where he long ago staked his claim as the one who helped a city mend after the Sept. 11 attacks. Giuliani's successor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will travel to Pennsylvania this weekend for two appearances related to Sept. 11 his first major out-of-state trip focused solely on the tragedy... "Clearly this says that 9/11, both the day and afterwards, is not the sole property of Rudy Giuliani," said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "Giuliani has attempted to monopolize the discussion, but this
    in a sense breaks that monopoly."
    "Analysis: Bloomberg vies with Giuliani for 9/11 legacy" The Associated Press (9/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I had a chance to interview Robb Hecht, who is an expert on social
    networking and operates MEDIA 2.0 and is an adjunct marketing professor at Baruch College
    . According to him: "Digg has excellent intentions making its site more of a social networking play akin to MySpace and Facebook. Via adding 50+ new social features, the site clearly has plans to continue to grow and reach mainstream users by
    giving them the capability to shape their identities (digitally self
    actualize) within the Digg community."
    "Digging Facebook" AOL Money & Finance (9/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "ALBANY COUNTY District Attorney David Soares did his fellow Democrat, Gov. Spitzer, a big favor yesterday. By agreeing with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that there was no criminality in Troopergate - and going one better by saying Spitzer's aides didn't exceed their authority - Soares made it more difficult for Senate Republicans to justify their own probe. "This fundamentally changes the dynamic of the game," said Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio. "Spitzer couldn't have gotten much better. The Republicans are going to continue, but it will be with much-reduced credulity. Unless they have some kind of smoking gun, I don't know how far it goes."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise

    "With stage nudity, four-letter words and risqué subject matter, the ‘60s rock musical "Hair" became a theatre sensation and a pop-culture milestone. Today on Soundcheck: "Hair" marks its 40th anniversary with a return to the New York stage. Now, it's being revived in a new production in Central Park. We'll speak with one of the musical's creators, James Rado, and with [Baruch College Assistant Professor of Music and] theater historian Elizabeth Wollman about its storied history and its resonance today."
    "The Aging of Aquarius"WNYC, Soundcheck (9/21/07)

  • Baruch Staff News
    "But Cremins, inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame at the New York Athletic Club last night, ... Other inductees included ... former NBA coach and Knicks GM Al Bianchi, coach Hank Rosenstein and trustee Burt Beagle (BA, '56), longtime CHSAA and Baruch College statistician, who passed away this year."
    "CREMINS: MARBURY CAN LEAD KNICKS" The New York Post (9/21/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Rodriguez has become a fan darling, with the crowd chanting "M-V-P!" when he bats or even makes a good play. Josh Garay, a 24-year-old New Jersey native getting his MBA at Baruch College in Manhattan, even started the Web site The petition on the site has gotten more than 1,300 signatures since Garay launched Sept. 10."
    "YANKEES INSIDER; Time to open the vault" Newsday (9/21/07)

  • Baruch College News

    "Lyrical and haunting, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' Blind Mouth Singing is currently being given an exquisitely beautiful New York premiere by the National Asian American Theatre Company at the Baruch Performing Arts Center."
    "Blind Mouth Singing" Theatermania (9/20/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Jay Safier (MBA,'77), CPA, DABFA, 60, has been appointed a member of the Tax Legislation and Policy Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for 2007-2008. Safier, Principal, has many years of professional experience providing accounting, auditing, tax, estate and business consulting services to a diverse group of closely held businesses and high net worth clients. Mr. Safier is a CPA licensed in New York and Connecticut.  Mr. Safier received his bachelor's degree from The Stern School of Business (formerly School of Commerce) at New York University and his MBA in taxation from Bernard M. Baruch College."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The looming national credit crisis has the Big Apple in the crosshairs.
    Predictions of massive layoffs on Wall Street that may total 10,000 could
    also result in a sea of pink slips throughout the city... "It's not just jobs that are lost, you're referring to high-paying jobs," said Robert Schwartz, a professor at Baruch College's Zicklin School. "A lot of the city's real-estate market is driven by this."

  • Baruch College News
    "As the daughter of a sharecropper from Mississippi who had only a high school education, [Donna] Brown watched her father, McKenzie Brown, work three jobs at times to provide his children with a luxury he never had: a college education. Brown, a graduate of Butler University, chose to further her education by applying in April for a spot in the National Urban Fellows program. Formed in 1969, the graduate-degree program is designed to provide educational and practical training to midcareer minorities interested in moving into management...Over a 14-month period, fellows spend two summer semesters at Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. There they attend classes in the School of Public Affairs while working toward a master's degree in public administration. The program's nine other months are spent in a workplace mentorship somewhere in the U.S. with senior-level policymakers and administrators."
    "Urban Fellows program fosters minority leaders" The Indianapolis Star (9/19/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Political analysts have questioned whether the Senate's aggressive pursuit of Spitzer could backfire as they cling to a small majority in the Senate. Yet Douglas Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College, said the Senate will continue to push the case as long as it continues to garner headlines. "It seems to me that this has become personal as well as political and institutional," he said. "They have the governor, and they are not going to let him go."
    "SENATE TO HIRE COUNSEL TO PROBE SPITZER" Gannett New Service (9/19/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The question now-one that state Democrats clearly wish to answer in the affirmative-is whether Mr. Bruno and his allies in the Senate have exhausted that initial public sympathy, and overplayed their hand. Or, worded another way, whether Joe Bruno has crossed the line from justifiably indignant Albany elder to vengeful old hack. The answer, judging from an unscientific survey of pollsters and interested political observers: maybe soon, but not yet. "They have [Spitzer] by the balls and they don't care if his heart and mind follow," said Prof. Doug Muzzio of Baruch College. Mr. Muzzio said that despite waning support from editorial boards and little sustained public interest in the matter, Mr. Bruno still has political capital to pursue Mr. Spitzer because "we still don't know everything."
    "Crazy Like a Fox, or Just Crazy?" The New York Observer (9/18/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College's Weissman Center for International Business and the Division for Continuing and Professional Studies have expanded their programs in international trade. Participants can choose individual courses or seek certificates in such areas as trade operations and procedures for exporters and importers, international supply-chain security and compliance, and international entrepreneurship. The college, part of the City University of New York, will offer more than 20 courses beginning in early October."
    "Baruch College offers import-export training programs" Shipping Digest (9/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The regulatory notion of best execution dates back to the 1970s, noted Robert Schwartz, a professor of finance at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York, when retail trades made up the vast majority of transactions. Speed and price are the top priorities for less sophisticated retail investors, according to Schwartz, to ensure that intermediaries are routing orders to the best possible execution destinations."
    "Institutional investors who bypass dark liquidity may be 'negligent' " Securities Industry News (9/17/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Edouard S. Roland (BBA, '07), 24, graduated from Baruch College with a degree in computer information systems this May and went to work as a consultant with Deloitte. He's the second one from the left in the back row of our cover photograph. Roland spoke with Staff Editor Lindsey Gerdes about his summer internship with Deloitte and his first month on the job."
    "The New Hire: Why I'm Delighted with Deloitte; An intern-turned-consultant settles in" Business Week Online (9/14/07)
  • Baruch Facutly Expertise
    "FUNNY THINGS: Rubber chickens, knock-knock jokes, Comedy Central faux newsman Stephen Colbert. Unfunny things: Test scores, cell phone bans, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Despite this, the star guest on tonight's "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central is none other than the aforementioned chancellor... "He is not a funny guy," said Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio. "Talk about deadpan humor!" ..."Making a couple jokes on cable TV is not going . . . to radically transform Joel Klein's public image," said Muzzio, who described Klein's current image as one of "dour authoritarianism." "But if he learns to lighten up and offers a couple more smiles, it would be a good thing."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Without 9/11, Rudy Giuliani is another ex-mayor of New York City and he is not 'America's mayor' and a leading presidential candidate," said political science professor Douglas Muzzio of Baruch College." ... And while other issues, including health care and the economy, remain
    important to voters, terrorism and keeping the nation safe are likely to
    dominate, Miringoff and other pundits stressed. "It's both strategy and sort of wise and appropriate policy to be tough on terrorism, so long as its done wisely," Muzzio said."
    "Shadow of 9/11 looms over presidential race" The Journal News (Westchester) (9/11/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College is the winner of the American Advertising Federation’s 2007 District Two Diversity Achievements Award for an Educator. The annual awards honor individuals, companies, and institutions for their multicultural marketing efforts in the advertising industry."
    "Baruch Wins American Advertising Federation's 2007 Diversity Award" (9/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Ultimately, the decision for valuing the assets lies with the investment
    banks' accounting firms. Market watchers say there is an enormous tug-of-war under way, with bankers arguing that a market panic is no time to write down the value of distressed assets that could recover when things get calmer. Such an argument, however, is likely to fall on deaf ears... "Accountants arrive at fair value by looking at what an asset could fetch
    today, not at some point in the future,'' says Douglas Carmichael, an accounting professor at Baruch College and former chief auditor at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board."
    "Securities firms face huge write-offs; Top brokerages will report lower profits; losses will grow later" Crain's New York Business (9/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Edward G. Rogoff, a professor of management at Baruch College who has studied the taxi industry, said that it had increasingly become divided between a small group of wealthy medallion owners and a vast pool of drivers who occupied one of the lower positions in the city's economy. ''They're urban transportation sharecroppers,'' Mr. Rogoff said. ''They lease a medallion for a fixed price for a fixed period of time and they absorb all the risk as to whether it rains. And they're unhappy because the system is fundamentally unfair to them and they know that.'
    "A Strike Exposes an Industry's Divide" The New York Times (9/7/07)

  • Baruch Facutly Expertise
    "Media 2.0 is a public relations-commentary blog that focuses on the way
    technology helps and hinders brand dissemination. In particular, this
    Advertising Age Power 150 Marketing Blog studies Web 2.0 as a
    brand-marketing customer relationship management-communications tool. We interviewed Robb Hecht who serves as Adjunct Marketing Professor with City University of New York (CUNY) Baruch College, to find out what this popular blogger to find out what he looks for in a pitch."
    PR Interview: How to Get Media 2.0 Blog to Feature You (9/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This comfort is confirmed by statistical tests conducted by David Aronson, an adjunct professor of finance at Baruch College. Aronson is the author of "Evidence-Based Technical Analysis," in which he discusses how to use the "scientific method and statistical inference" in judging investment strategies. Aronson, along with the students in a class he teaches at Baruch, tested the statistical basis for Zweig's confidence in double 9-to-1 signals. They did not differentiate between such signals that were accompanied by intervening 9-to-1 down days and signals that were not. Aronson told me that he and his "class used data from the beginning 1942 through fall of 2006, and we looked at what happens in the stock market in the 60-trading-day period following a Zweig double 9-to-1 signal, versus what happens the rest of the time."
    "Three nine-to-one up days occurred in last three weeks" Marketwatch (9/5/07)

  • Baruch Alumni Expertise
    "In the past decade, a number of Web-based publishers established to provide data to a booming real estate market have gone bust. High-profile outfits, including Zethus and Dow Jones & Co.'s Teleres, devoured millions of dollars on their way to an early grave, while one small local company quietly prospered. Real estate research and publishing firm Yale Robbins Inc., run by brothers Yale and Henry Robbins, boasts 50 employees and annual sales of nearly $10 million. Revenue comes from a battery of publications--print and online--covering markets in 11 cities and conferences like the annual Co-Op and Condo Expo at the New York Hilton...The Robbins' roots in the industry go deep. Yale Robbins worked as a broker before starting the business. A year later, his younger sibling, armed with a B.B.A. in finance from Baruch College, joined hi. The firm continues to rely exclusively on in-house research. ``Real estate is a local business,'' Henry Robbins says. ``Pretty quickly, the locals will know if your information is good or bad.''
    "For building tracker, slow growth pays; Real estate publisher Yale Robbins outlives many rivals" Crain's New York Busniess (9/3/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Sleeping poorly can wreak havoc on your body--and your diet. In a study conducted at the City University of New York's Baruch College, researchers found that men and women who don't get enough sleep are less likely to prepare their own meals and more likely to make poor food choices. The effects don't necessarily go away after one night of good sleep, either. Staying up late can affect your food judgment for several days, the researchers say."
    "The skinny sleep" Men's Fitness (9/1/07)

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                       Baruch in the Media - Archive - August 2007

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "With the American workforce continually becoming more diverse, and globalization becoming a huge influence on companies everywhere, many smart employers are becoming more aware of the importance of hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. At the same time, employers have known for years that one of the most cost-effective ways of hiring new college graduates is to start them out as interns. Heather Krasna, Baruch College Internship Coordinator"
    "Top Diversity Internship Programs" JobPostings (August 2007)

  • Baruch College News
    "With smaller budgets and more local students already acquainted with New York City, public colleges in Manhattan are using orientation week to extend the academic year, rather than have fun in Manhattan. "There's not a whole week to play in New York City," a spokeswoman for Baruch
    College, Carol Abrams, said. After a formal convocation ceremony last week, students at Baruch College in Midtown Manhattan participated in small group seminars where they discussed assigned summer reading, and met with career and financial advisors."
    "College Town Like No Other Is Set To Welcome Freshmen" The New York Sun (8/27/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Last month, Attorney-General Andrew Cuomo issued a damning report that found two of Mr. Spitzer's aides improperly used the state police to gather travel records about his Republican arch-nemesis, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, which were turned over to the news media..."New York is the home of Broadway, but Albany is really where the show is,"
    said Douglas Muzzio, a politics professor at Baruch College in New York. "It's like life imitating some sort of psycho-drama. It's better than the Ringling Brothers."
    "Partisan soap opera dogs N.Y. governor" The Globe and Mail (Canada) (8/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Analysts said yesterday that they were unsure what effect the disclosure would have on the "Troopergate" scandal. "I don't know if it hinders the Republicans," said political science professor Douglas Muzzio of Baruch College. "It gives the public the notion they are all irresponsible, they are all dysfunctional, and it further erodes the public's respect for politics and government. ... Both sides need to move on."
    "GOP consultant canned, denies making call to Spitzer's father" The Journal News (8/23/07)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "As the aftershocks of the subprime mortgage securities meltdown ripple
    through the financial world and the broader economy, the robust market for graduates of New York City's business schools has become less certain.  But others believe that New York's MBA graduates can continue to thrive, even if the economy slumps. "Based on conversations I've just had with employers, they're not planning any cutbacks in hiring, at least in the immediate future," the director of Baruch's Graduate Career Management Center, Tracy Handler, said."
    "Market Volatility May Mean Fewer Jobs for MBAs" The New York Sun (8/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Petty and vindictive" is the assessment of one of Giuliani's most reliable
    foils, Stephen DiBrienza, a former City Councilman from Brooklyn who in 1998 was on the receiving end of a memorable act of mayoral pique. DiBrienza was chairman of the Council's General Welfare Committee, which oversaw the city's social- and human-services programs, principal targets of Giuliani's reforms...In the end, in the face of terrible publicity, the administration relented, and Giuliani dispatched a deputy, Joe Lhota, to broker a compromise. He himself offered no gesture of reconciliation. "I think he actually had no ability to do that," DiBrienza, who now practices law in Brooklyn and teaches at Baruch College, says...It is also possible that the rest of the country knows all it wishes to know about Giuliani. It was Giuliani who was depicted in the Times as imposing "the mores of Mayberry" on the city. Stephen DiBrienza, the former City Councilman, says, "All the things that a lot of New Yorkers, myself included, hate about this guy are the things that are actually fuelling his campaign."
    "Mayberry Man; Is what New York never liked about Rudy Giuliani exactly what the heartland loves?" The New Yorker (8/21/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College was ranked #35 for all master's degree-granting institutions in the North in the just-released 2008 edition of U.S News & World Report's guide to the country's best colleges and universities.
    The #35 spot, the highest Baruch has achieved since the rankings were introduced in 1983, confirms the College's growing academic excellence and steady upward trajectory in the national polls. A total of 574 colleges and universities were ranked in four geographic areas. Baruch's standing was even more impressive when it was compared to other public institutions. Overall, in the North region, Baruch ranked #6 for universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's programs. Baruch's 2008 rankings represent a fifteen-point rise from its position on the U.S. News & World Report charts just two years ago, and a five point gain over the College's rank last year."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "With a billion-dollar mobile game market and the growing number of
    BlackBerry addicts, game developers see opportunity in a new audience: 25- to 40-year-old business professionals. Robb Hecht, a marketing professor at [Baruch College] City University of New York, cites the device's addictiveness and the many business professionals who travel for work. "They have a lot of downtime, be it in an airport, a cab or their hotel," he says, adding that brands and game-makers see opportunity in the extensive amount of time this "digital daytime demographic" spends on its BlackBerrys."
    "All They Need: Blackberry users can't get enough of their games" (8/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "If nothing else, the moment underscored how Giuliani's operatic family life - his two divorces, his affair with wife No. 3 while married, the ongoing tensions with his kids - is something voters are still struggling to weigh, experts said. "It goes to the issue of character," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "The right answer is what he gave, which is that family is private. Whether that's satisfactory to people is still an open question."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In light of Disney's recent purchase of Club Penguin, the "virtual world"
    market has been red hot (these are online communities where users hang-out in real time and create their own identities). To get some perspective on things, I interviewed Robb Hecht, who is an expert on social networking, an adjunct professor of marketing at Baruch College in New York and operates IMC Strategy Lab Consulting. According to him: "Doppelganger is particularly intriguing because it is one of the first companies to build programmed virtual worlds for the teen demographic that are not only designed to provide intensive user engagement and emotional connections, but also are built from the ground up to support the promotion and sale of both virtual and real world goods. In contrast to SecondLife, Doppelganger controls everything that exists in the world -- allowing Doppelganger to protect brands, thus making the site more inviting to sponsors."
    "Doppelganger Social Networking Site Gets real with $11 million" AOL Money & Finance (8/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    A Manhattan Mini Storage billboard on Manhattan's West Side Highway is again stirring up both opprobrium and approbation. A large sign at 44th Street and Twelfth Avenue shows a wire hanger with the words "Your closet space is shrinking as fast as her right to choose..."You certainly wouldn't see the sign in Kansas," a professor [of economics Baruch College and] at the CUNY Graduate Center, Theodore Joyce, said. Mr. Joyce, who has studied the effect of parental notification laws, said he had never seen a large company such as Wal-Mart seek to get in the middle of a contentious issue like abortion."
    "Mini Storage Billboard Aims At Abortion-Rights Activists" The New Yrok Sun (8/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "VIEIRA: Let me read you something that an independent monitor of working conditions in Mattel's factories, [S. Parkash Professor at Baruch College], told The New York Times. He said, "There is something to be said about the pressure that American and European and multinational companies put on Chinese companies to supply cheap products. The operating margins are razor thin, so you really should not be surprised that there is pressure to cut corners."
    "Mattel has another toy recall due to excessive lead levels in paint" The Today Show, NBC-TV Ch.4 (8/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mattel, the world's largest toy company, yesterday announced the biggest recall in its history. In a double-barreled announcement, the company said it was recalling 436,000 Chinese-made die-cast toy cars depicting the character Sarge from the animated film ''Cars'' because they are covered with lead paint...Amid a wave of increasing safety concerns about products made in China, the recall threatened to set the toy industry on its heels -- just as companies are beginning to ship toys to stores for the holiday shopping season, when half of all toy purchases are made..."If Mattel, with all of its emphasis on quality and testing, found such a widespread problem, what do you think is happening in the rest of the toy industry, in the apparel industry and even in the low-end electronics industry?'' said S. Prakash Sethi, a professor at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, who has acted as an independent monitor of working conditions in Mattel's factories for the last 10 years. ''Everyone is going to be found with lots of dirty laundry.'' But, he said, ''there is something to be said about the pressure that American and European and multinational companies put on Chinese companies to supply cheap products. The operating margins are razor thin, so you really should not be surprised that there is pressure to cut corners.''
    "Mattel Recalls 19 Million Toys Sent From China" The New York Times (8/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "According to a study from the United States, "Marketing activities
    frequently involve personalizing product offers to consumers' individually measured preferences. Because preferences are often ill-defined, responses to customized offers may depend on how easy it is for consumers to identify the preferences they stated in the measurement task. The author identifies consumers' understanding of their own preferences as the mechanism underlying the task transparency effect," wrote T.[homas] Kramer [Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business] and colleagues, City University of New York, Baruch College. The researchers concluded: "The findings provide evidence that consumers must be able to '' see through '' or understand the construction of their preferences to maximize utility." Kramer and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Marketing Research."
    "Reports on life sciences findings from City University of New York, Baruch College provide new insights" Life Science Weekly (8/14/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A growing group of Democrats say the scandal over the use of state troopers to spy on Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno is symptomatic of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's reliance on a small group of advisers caught up in a win-at-all-costs mentality that dates back to his gubernatorial campaign...Other leaders, including President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have weathered very difficult first years in office. They grew while in office, and nobody rules out the possibility of that happening for someone as smart as Mr. Spitzer. ``We'll see how he changes his behavior now, after he's had his epiphany,'' says Douglas Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. ``A little humility will help, and a lot more consultation and understanding. He needs less calling people out in their districts, and a lot less invective and vulgarity,'' Mr. Muzzio says."
    "All the governor's men; Spitzer seen needing key adviser who can mend fences, build alliances in Albany" Crain's New York Business (8/13/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Public safety advocates were extremely pleased to hear that photo radar will be introduced in Quebec in 2008, albeit on a trial basis. This proven, effective traffic safety countermeasure will have a major impact on public health and safety. A study, Safety and Economic Impacts of the Photo-Radar Program published in the December 2005 issue of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention, is of particular interest. In this study, researchers affiliated with the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College in New York City assessed the economic impacts of a large photo-radar program in British Columbia. The findings revealed an annual net benefit of about $114 million to British Columbians and net annual savings of more than $38 million for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. That study also concluded the B.C. program prevented a total of 1,542 injuries and 70 fatal collisions annually and that only 10 per cent of the tickets were disputed. And yet the program was scrapped, in 2001. The study concluded that automated photo-radar traffic safety enforcement can be an effective and efficient means to manage traffic speed, reduce collisions and injuries, and combat the huge resulting economic burden to society."
    "Photo radar helps save lives, reduce accidents; Quebec is doing the
    right thing, other provinces should follow" The Gazette (Montreal) (8/13/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Since that first job in 1971, T&R Alarm Systems Inc. has moved on to
    installing high-tech security systems in prisons, military bases and other sites in jobs that can fetch upward of $1 million...T&R has designed and set up security systems for a range of private and government-run facilities. Securing the Rikers Island jail through a series of contracts consumed many work days from 1988 to 2001; Sansone expects contracts at other correctional centers to bring more growth in the coming year. Customers also have included Berkeley and Baruch colleges, with systems featuring cameras, card readers, smoke detectors and stairwell alarms that are triggered by screams. At La Guardia Airport, the company added panic alarms under office desks and even a lightning-warning system, Sansone said. A big challenge is integrating new technologies such as iris scanners and palm readers into existing networks."
    "Thriving on high-tech security; Alarm firm has changed with times" The Record (Bergen County, NJ) (8/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "One day the stock market is soaring. The next day it's falling. What's going on? Here are some questions investors might have, answered by a panel of three experts...I'm considering buying a home. How will I be affected? "Even people with excellent credit are being charged with the fallout, which seems a little ridiculous," said Jay Dahya, assistant professor of finance, capital markets and trading at Baruch College."
    "NOW WHAT?; MARKETS' WILD RIDE" Newsday (8/11/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Fairleigh Dickinson University is one of 35 public and private universities in the country signing up with Rave Wireless. The state's largest private university, FDU signed a five-year contract with both Rave and Sprint. Montclair State University was the first in the country to work with the New York City-based company to use cell phones for communication, academics and security. Other Rave customers include Baruch College of the City University of New York, California State University Monterey Bay, Quinnipiac University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Florida."
    "FDU resident students will get university cell phones" Daily Record (Morristown, NJ) (8/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Nearly three years after Beth Israel Medical Center shuttered its satellite hospital across the street from Gracie Mansion, a far more lavish building is preparing to open. The luxury condominium at 170 East End Ave., between 87th and 88th streets could open as soon as October. You have the river views, and it is attracting a super-luxury crowd. Those are folks for whom public transportation, which is not very accessible there, matters less," an associate professor of law and real estate at Baruch College, Jay Weiser, said. "Certainly Mike Fascitelli is probably not taking the subway to work every day." Mr. Weiser said that until the most recent construction boom, the majority of Manhattan apartments built since World War II have been studios and one-bedrooms."
    "Über-Wealthy Flock to Soon-To-Open East End Avenue Tower" The New York Sun (8/9/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Baruch College student Zorina Ali, 18, didn't care so much about another downed tree, but what it was down on - her $5,000 Toyota Corolla, which she'd owned for only three months. "I thought it was a dream," said Ali after being awakened by her brother. "I couldn't believe it."  She called her insurance company - Progressive - but they said they couldn't cover the damage because it was an act of God.  "Thank God it didn't hit the house, and no one got hurt," said Ali."
    "WET & WILD" The New York Post (8/9/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Investigations from the Ethics Commission and other groups, and a push by Republicans to question Spitzer's ethics on other fronts. Senators are already talking about a possible investigation into whether it was proper for Spitzer to use money borrowed from his father, a wealthy real estate developer, in his 1998 campaign for attorney general.Senate Republicans "want to put him on the rack and stretch him," said Douglas Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "They want this to go on as long as they are able. They want to steamroll the steamroller," he added, referring to Spitzer's now-famous description of himself."
    "The Senate takes its turn" The Times Union (Albany) (8/9/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "For students starting college, August is the time to quit the summer job,
    dump the high school sweetheart and, finally, open the book their college has asked them to finish before classes start. Nationwide, hundreds of colleges and universities, large and small, public and private, assign first-year students a book to read over the summer, hoping to create a sense of community and engage students intellectually...This year's hands-down winner seems to be Tracy Kidder's ''Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World,'' an account of a single-minded doctor's fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. It is the pick this year at, among others, Gustavus Adolphus, Carleton College, the University of Florida, Illinois Wesleyan University, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Baruch College and Fort Lewis College."
    "Summer Reading Programs Gain Momentum for Students About to Enter
    College" The New York Times (8/8/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Richard Pergolis, a partner in the real estate brokerage and finance firm Pergolis Swartz Associates, Inc., has been named co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College.  Mr. Pergolis, a Baruch alumnus, class of 1960, will join real estate executive William Newman, class of '47, heading a distinguished group of industry professionals who provide leadership and vision to the Newman Institute, which, since its founding in 1996, has become a major asset to New York City's real estate community. Richard Pergolis was first appointed to the Newman Institute's Board of Advisors in 2000. In 2004, he endowed the Pergolis Urban Real Estate Gallery at Baruch. The gallery, located at the Newman Institute's home at 137 East 22nd Street, mounts exhibitions highlighting urban architecture and design. "We intend to promote and further expand the institute's mission of providing resources and educational programs to New York's real estate professionals and community leaders," Mr. Pergolis stated. In addition to the Pergolis appointment, new leadership at the Newman Institute includes Jack Nyman, who became the institute's director in February 2007."
    Targeted News Service (8/7/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Real Estate: Where but in New York would they dream up a Ph.D. in real estate? There's alot of interest in this, and a lot of recruiting for positions," sayd Ray Yao, assistant professor in the real estate department at Baruch College, (1 Bernard Baruch Way between 25th and 26th Sts, 646-312-1000; "New York is a unique place for real-estate education. There's alot of demand for it. Students of ours in accounting and finance were getting recruited by real-estate firms, and we realized that there was a need for a more specific type of education in the field." If you're not ready for a doctorate, the school also offers bachelor's and master's programs."
    "Invest in the future" Time Out New York (August 2007)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "When John Singh began applying to graduate business schools, he realized he needed assistance answering some of the tougher essay questions. Mr. Singh hired a New York consulting firm to help him tell his most compelling stories and to provide guidance on which anecdotes to use for specific schools... He is part of a growing number of people who pay a consultant to shift the odds of getting into a top school in their favor...While some school officials agree that consultants can help candidates determine the best way to present themselves, they stress that such advisers won't get an unqualified person admitted...The schools themselves are stepping up efforts to identify candidates who are misrepresenting themselves. At Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, some applicants have had to write a new essay in a campus office, according to Fran Murphy, director of graduate admissions. Candidates have even been asked directly if they completed their own application. "I've had a student tell me that she literally never saw her [completed] application," Ms. Murphy says. "She signed it, and the consultant filled it out cover to cover. Unfortunately, her application was denied, and she was never allowed to reapply for our program."
    "Advisers coach M.B.A. hopefuls: More candidates shell out for guidance in choosing a school, writing an inspiring essay" Crain's New York Business (8/6/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Rudy Giuliani is the favorite candidate of "sin" industries - taking in more
    donations from tobacco and gambling executives than any other presidential contender. And deep-pocketed liquor execs are also toasting the former mayor. Giuliani, a cigar buff, has rolled in $60,500 in tobacco money... "Rudy is the anti-nanny candidate," said Baruch College public-affairs Professor Doug Muzzio.  "He's the candidate of the drinker, smoker, gambler, tough guy. As long as he's not getting money from the prostitution industry, he's OK."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Making a connection with your customers is crucial to the success of your
    business, no matter what you’re selling. It’s one thing to do that in person—in a store, for example—and quite another to do online... "A two-way conversation isn’t one-dimensional," says Robb Hecht, a marketing consultant and adjunct marketing professor at [Baruch College]City University of New York. "Online users today are feeling more engaged with brands, connected to and informed about new products and services based on the community-generating effect of these social networking tools."
    "5 Tips for Connecting With Customers Online" Microsoft Office Live (8/5/07)

  • Baruch College News
    In Spring 2008, the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch will be poet Charles Simic. Simic was just appointed to be the next United States Poet Laureate. "Charles Simic, a writer who juxtaposes dark imagery with ironic humor, is to be named the country’s 15th poet laureate  by the Librarian of Congress today. Mr. Simic, 69, was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and immigrated to the United States at 16. He started writing poetry in English only a few years after learning the language and has published more than 20 volumes of poetry, as well as essay collections, translations and a memoir. A retired professor of American literature and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire, he won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1990 and held a MacArthur Foundation  “genius” grant from 1984 to 1989."
    "Charles Simic, Surrealist With Dark View, Is Named Poet Laureate" The New York Times (8/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Iran is not the Soviet Union. In 1946, the Red Army was all the way to
    Berlin and had helped win the war," says Ervand Abrahamian, an Iran analyst and historian at Baruch College in New York. "What capabilities do the Iranians have? These old cold warriors need a reality [check]."  Mr. Abrahamian also says the notion that arming Saudi Arabia and its neighbors will somehow contain Iran is inaccurate, and may in fact encourage Iran in the view that a nuclear bomb is its best guarantee of survival."
    "Secretary Rice's Mideast mission: contain Iran" Christian Science Monitor (8/2/07)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "You completed your BA seven years ago and your MBA two years ago - both at public universities. Your rivals boast Ivy degrees. So, what do you do?.. We asked a career counselor, a recruiter and a college career development director what candidates can do to overcome the lack of a glittering academic institution on their resume. 1. Seek Out Fellow Alumni: Other career authorities agree that personal contacts are the best tool for opening doors that your background won't. "The bottom line is, you have to get out and meet and greet people, and you have to be creative and do that in every way possible," says Patricia Imbimbo, director of the Starr Career Development Center at Baruch College, a part of the City University of New York."
    "Curing the 'Nowhere University' Syndrome" (8/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Anyone suggesting then that a New Yorker might mount a credible run for the US presidency would have been laughed all the way to New Jersey. Yet Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, is a frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Hillary Clinton, the naturalised New York senator, is a frontrunner in the Democratic race, and Mike Bloomberg, the current mayor of New York, appears to be considering a run as a third-party candidate... However, their identification with New York is not proving to be the automatic disqualifier it would have been 10 years ago, says Doug Muzzio, professor at New York's Baruch College who studies the city's politics. "Times have changed," Mr Muzzio says. "We haven't exactly gone from 'I loathe New York' to 'I love New York'. But the country looks differently at New York post-September 11."
    " 'Halo' effect offers New Yorkers a rare chance in presidential race" Financial Times (London) (8/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Byline:Peter Carr,; Liuren Wu [Associate Professor of Finance, Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business] Using sovereign CDS spreads and currency option data for Mexico and Brazil, we document that CDS spreads covary with both the currency option implied volatility and the slope of the implied volatility curve in moneyness. We propose a joint valuation framework, in which currency return variance and sovereign default intensity follow a bivariate diffusion with contemporaneous correlation. Estimation shows that default intensity is much more persistent than currency return variance. The market price estimates on the two risk factors also explain the well-documented evidence that historical average default probabilities are lower than those implied from credit spreads."
    "Theory and evidence on the dynamic interactions between sovereign credit default swaps and currency options" Journal of Banking and Finance (August 2007)

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  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Shares of American Home Mortgage Investment Corp., Long Island's
    sixth-largest company at the end of last year, ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday morning after the battered stock plunged nearly 40 percent in a pre-market sell-off panic fueled by the Friday night disclosure that the company is in far worse shape than it had previously acknowledged... "They're being bitten at both ends," said Jay Dahya, a professor of economics and finance at Baruch College in Manhattan. "At one end, they need lines of credit to advance the mortgages. At the other, they need buyers to buy mortgage-backed securities." He said the company is suffering from institutional investors' progress up the credit-risk foodchain, from subprime lending -- an industry that collapsed this spring -- through the near-prime and prime loans issued by companies like American Home."
    "Americna Home Mortgage stock down on news of cancelled dividend" Newsday (7/30/07); "From bad to worse for American Home Mortgage" McClatchy-Tribune Business News (7/31/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Robb Hecht rents mostly dramas and science-fiction flicks from So he was surprised when the movie service served up a
    recommendation for "Rize," a documentary about an urban dance style in South Central Los Angeles and even more surprised when he liked it. That makes Mr. Hecht, an adjunct professor of marketing at New York's Baruch College, a success story for Blockbuster Inc., which has revamped the software on its Web site to persuade customers to rent more movies."
    "New software helps Web sites hone recommendations" The Associated Press; "We Know What You Ought To Be Watching This Summer" The Wall Street Journal

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Most male boxers in their late 20s start to think about hanging up their gloves. But Alicia Ashley (BBA, '94) was 29 when she became addicted to the sport. The former professional dancer and Baruch College graduate has made up for lost time, winning nine amateur and professional championships. Even an upcoming 40th birthday isn't slowing her down. ``I love the action,'' she says. While Ms. Ashley is one of only 11 licensed professional female boxers in the state, her enthusiasm is shared by thousands of New York women who are hitting the ropes and heavy punching bags at gyms across the city."
    "Women get in the ring; Fighting spirit boosts boxing gyms around city" Crain's New York Business (7/30/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The theatrics surrounding axed City Council aide Viola Plummer may affect the 2009 races for mayor and Brooklyn borough president, experts say... Experts remain split on whether Barron can win the borough president race...But Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio argued that Barron's "black militant base" is too narrow to win a boroughwide race. "There is virtually no way he becomes borough president," Muzzio said."
    "HURRICANE VIOLA & ELECTION '09" Daily News (7/30/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In 1997, in reaction to news reports of poor conditions for workers at its Asia plants, Mattel "hired S. Prakash Sethi, a professor at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, who had an international reputation as a critic of worker mistreatment" Mr. Sethi would make unannounced visits to Mattel's factories and vendors' plants. He insisted that he would only monitor Mattel if the toy maker let him post his reports publicly and uncensored. Mattel agreed."
    "China Product Outsourcing Done Right: A Sort Of Guide" ChinaRealNews (7/29/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The scandal enveloping Gov. Spitzer over the misuse of State Police
    to tar a political opponent could turn out to be an unexpected springboard for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's long-held desire to be governor, political experts and insiders told The Post...Baruch College public-affairs Professor Doug Muzzio said Cuomo is first in line if the governor's too "hobbled and weakened" in 2010. "If the governor either withdraws or is toxic, then Andrew certainly could consider jumping into that race and he certainly could be considered the front-runner, especially if he continues to do well," Muzzio said."

  • Baruch College News
    "The City University of New York is beginning a drive to raise admissions requirements at its senior colleges, its first broad revision since its trustees voted to bar students needing remedial instruction from its bachelor’s degree programs nine years ago. In 2008, freshmen will have to show math SAT scores 20 to 30 points higher than they do now to enter the university’s top-tier colleges — Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter and Queens — and its six other senior colleges. Students now can also qualify for the bachelor’s degree programs with satisfactory scores on the math Regents examination or on placement tests; required cutoffs for those tests will also be raised. Open admissions policies at the community colleges will be unaffected.  “We are very serious in taking a group of our institutions and placing them in the top segment of universities and colleges,” said Matthew Goldstein, the university chancellor, who described the plan in an interview. “That is the kind of profile we want for our students.”
    "CUNY Plans to Raise Its Admission Standards" The New York Times (7/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But others have wondered whether the attorney general was trying to
    embarrass Mr. Spitzer by releasing the report on a Monday, ensuring that it would be talked and written and gossiped about for days. ''People will look at it and say Andrew's ambitious, out to get Eliot,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs. His own opinion is that Mr. Cuomo ''called it the way he saw it.''
    "Two Powerful Men, Two Powerful Egos and a 'Clash of Titans' " The New York Times (7/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In Raúl Castro's most important speech since he replaced ailing brother
    Fidel, the interim Cuban leader Thursday bluntly admitted during the island's
    July 26 celebrations that Cuba faces myriad problems and little hope of quick fixes. But Baruch College Latin American studies professor Ted Henken, who travels often to Cuba, said he was "in general . . . impressed with Raúl's confidence, sense of humor and energy. . . . He spent an inordinate amount of time talking about milk production, but did so with humor and data.''Henken noted that, "He is almost openly calling for renovation and reform within the socialist system.''
    "Raúl again offers 'olive branch' to U.S." The Miami Herald (7/27/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "With more than two-thirds of the 51-member City Council facing term limits in 2009, a new wave of leaders is coming under scrutiny at City Hall as speculation begins to stir over who may be the next council speaker...A professor of public policy at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said it is
    too early to think about who will replace Ms. Quinn, especially since there will be so many new members elected in 2009. "That's the wild card," he said. "Thirty-six other people who could be speaker, and those people we don't even know yet."
    "Early Positioning Begins In Race To Succeed Quinn" The New York Sun (7/27/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Page 73 Productions (prod.) is casting 1001, a play that spins themes and
    variations from the classic A Thousand and One Arabian Nightsto explore the
    incarnations of love, sex, religion, cruelty and war from ancient Baghdad to the
    post-9/11 era. Jason Grote, author; EthanMcSweeny, dir.; Jack Doulin, casting
    dir. Rehearsals begin Sept. 20;runs Oct. 20-Nov. 17 at Nagelberg Theatre/ Baruch College in NYC."
    " '1001'; UNION STAGE" Back Stage East (7/26/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "With the success of MySpace and Facebook, venture capitalists are ramping up investments in the social networking space. One of the latest deals is a $20 million round for hi5. To get some perspective on things, I interviewed Robb Hecht, who is an expert on social networking, an adjunct marketing professor at Baruch College and operates IMC Strategy Lab. According to him: "The fact that Hi5 apparently doesn't have a publicity machine behind it, which makes it a lesser-known brand compared to Facebook or MySpace, goes to prove that the power of Word-of-Mouth marketing has driven this site's popularity (and online social networking in general). But, Hi5's keen ablitity to acquire users globally can probably also rest on the fact that the company defined itself early on as a 'international social network.' Their method was to regionalize by various languages more effectively than other competitor sites."
    "Mohr Davidow invests $20 million in hi5 Online Social Network" AOL Money & Finance (7/26/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Still, in 1997 Mattel took a dramatic step to improve working conditions at its Asian factories. It hired S. Prakash Sethi, a professor at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, who had a long history of criticizing corporations about how they treated their workers, to make unannounced visits to Mattel manufacturing facilities. Sethi says that he insisted that he would inspect Mattel's plants only if the toy maker would let him post his reports publicly and uncensored. Mattel agreed. Ten years later, Sethi says Mattel still gives him ''100 percent'' independence in his reports, which are often critical. 'Mattel is the gold standard,'' he said. ''How many other companies do youknow who have an independent auditor with public reports?''
    "To create, toy company finds it must destroy; Mattel's unusual steps cut risks in China" International Herald Tribune; "Dancing Elmo Smackdown" The New York Times (7/26/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Fans outside Fenway Park do a double take as the man with the hair clippers steps from a champagne-colored Hummer. Sporting a diamond stud in each ear, he's dressed in an oversize Red Sox jersey -- No. 99 -- and baggy jeans tucked into his socks. Meet LMontro, the unofficial barber of the Boston Red Sox, a colorful coiffeur recruited by David Ortiz to trim the team's tresses, beards, and brows. His mantra: "If you look good, you play good." ... Born Angel Lucas Pena (BA, '05) LMontro graduated from Baruch College in New York with a degree in marketing management."
    "Red Sox connecting with their cut-off man" The Boston Globe (7/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Gov. Eliot Spitzer's reputation as a reformer took a hit Monday with the disclosure that his staff used the State Police to try to damage his main
    political opponent. But the jury is still out on whether it will cripple his ability to lead further reform efforts at the Capitol, analysts said Monday..."The Watergate analogy is inescapable," said Douglas Muzzio, a Baruch College political scientist. "What did he (Spitzer) know and when did he know it?" he asked, aping the key question of the Watergate scandal regarding Nixon. "That's crucial."
    "Eds: Sidebar to NY-SPITZER" Gannett News Service (7/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "New Yorkers following along at home can be forgiven for thinking that the good times will roll ever onward in Manhattan’s office and housing markets. Midyear statistics display so many signs of strength in each that it doesn’t appear either can go anywhere but up—or, at the least, certainly not down...The peaks for both were in early 2001. Then, the double wallop of the dot-com slide and September 11 sent both into a decline until early 2003. “If there’s a downturn in the economy, particularly in job creation, then obviously people will be looking less for office space and space will open up through subleasing,” said Barry Hersh, associate director of the Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College. “Another thing is that New York City has become more dependent on the financial services industry. So, if the stock market corrects, as they say, there’s a risk.”
    "Has the fizz left the bottle? Worrying signs for Manhattan real estate" The New York Observer (7/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan will be a political test for the speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, who now must take on the responsibility of shepherding the proposal through the 51-member council despite anticipated opposition...The dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said that although it will be a struggle, he is confident Ms. Quinn can see this through the council. He said members also would be swayed by accommodations for their constituents, most likely in the form of improved public transportation."Everyone at the end of the day is likely to be able to show victories for constituents," he said. "Everyone is going to have something they can walk away with."
    "Congestion Plan Now a Test for Quinn" The New York Sun (7/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A Republican primary that includes both Messrs. Thompson and Gingrich is "absolutely possible," the dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said. "Fred Thompson wants that same conservative mantle, so whether you get there by being an attractive, ‘aw shucks' Tennessee politician via television, or whether you get there by being a brainy Georgian with a sometimes overly tart tongue, that's anyone's guess," Mr. Birdsell said.
    "A Rainy Day for the Mayro (and New York City); Gingrich Sees 'Very Limted Base' for Bloomberg Run" The New York Sun (7/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Last night's Democratic primary debate may have been the first to take
    questions through YouTube, but the idea of having citizens directly question the candidates isn't new. In fact, it is riddled  with potholes. Consider the
    beginning of the concept, a town  hall style meeting that served as the second
    general election debate in 1992. It remains a warning for the overconfident and a reminder of YouTube's limitation...But David Birdsell, the dean of the school of public affairs at Baruch College, notes that the YouTube presentation still has its benefits. "Voters can identify with other voters asking the questions in language that often more closely resembles their own," he says. "And it is easier for candidates to ignore a reporter's question."
    "For Debates, Is YouTube a Better Way?" (7/24/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "With the Bloomberg administration searching for a firm to create "customer satisfaction" survey to gauge how residents feel about their interactions with city agenciesm New York City could soon feel like New York City Inc. ...The city plans to launch surveys in five languages - English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian...In 2000 and 2001, the City Council funded citywide surveys that were conducted by Baruch College and the City University of New York."
    "City Seeks To Gauge 'Customer Satisfaction' " The New York Sun (7/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Gail Levin, a professor of art history, American Studies, and Women's Studies at Baruch
    and the Graduate Center of CUNY, is an art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries biography. Her biography of Edward of Hopper, Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (University of California Press, 1998), was just chosen as one of the 5 best artists' biographies of all time by The Wall Street Journal.
    "Five Best: Present at the Creation" The Wall Street Journal (7/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan will be a political test for the
    speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, who now must take on the
    responsibility of shepherding the proposal through the 51-member council despite anticipated opposition... The dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said that although it will be a struggle, he is confident Ms. Quinn can see this through the council. He said members also would be swayed by accommodations for their constituents, most likely in the form of improved public transportation. "Everyone at the end of the day is likely to be able to show victories for constituents," he said. "Everyone is going to have something they can walk away with."
    "Congestion Plan Now a Test for Quinn" The New York Sun (7/24/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Touchstone Investments announced today that Michael A. Fox [(BBA, '97)] has joined the company as an external wholesaler. In this capacity, he is responsible for wholesaling efforts serving financial professionals in New York. Fox, 43, has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joins Touchstone from Citigroup in New York where he was a senior specialist in the Global Transaction Services Group. Prior to that, Fox was with ING Investment Management serving as associate regional director, marketing separately managed accounts throughout New York City, New Jersey and Virginia. He graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York with a bachelor of science in business administration and holds Series 6, 63 and 65 licenses."
    "Michael A. Fox Joins Touchstone Investments" Business Wire (7/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A top Pentagon official and former aide to Vice President Cheney
    has accused Sen. Hillary Clinton of aiding the enemy for probing contingency
    plans for pulling troops from Iraq. "Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman wrote in reply to Clinton's May inquiry. "This helps her. She will be seen as the lightning rod that the right attacks because she asks the tough questions. It's a badge of honor," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio."
    "Hil Helps Enemies, Sez Defense Big" Daily News; The Frontrunner (7/20/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The number of college students suffering from depression has been rising --
    it was at 15 percent last year, up from 10 percent in 2000. A number of colleges are responding by instituting a depression screening program. "This is to ensure that students with depression do not slip through the cracks but rather are identified and treated as soon as symptoms arise," explains Patricia Ellis, director of health and counseling services at St. Lawrence College in Canton, N.Y. The other participants are Cornell University, Princeton University, Hunter College, Baruch College, Case Western Reserve University and Northeastern University."
    "Health Tips: Lighter back-to-school load" UPI (7/20/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "It is welcomed by some as an essential anti-speeding tool and hated by
    others who see it as nothing more than a cash grab. But now a new poll shows that public support for photo radar and red light cameras in Canada is on the rise. Sixty-nine percent of Canadians support the use of photo radar on highways, 77 percent support the use of red light cameras, and 84 percent believe photo radar should be used in school zones...There was a study done by the School of Public Affairs of Baruch College which is affiliated with Columbia University in New York, and here are the findings. The annual savings to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia were $38 million a year. Savings to British Columbians were well over $100 million. In the period the program was in effect there were 70 fewer crash fatalities every year and over 1,500 fewer injuries. And less than 10 percent of the tickets issued were disputed. So I think it speaks for itself."
    "Safety Council squarely behind use of photo radar" Canada AM, CTV (7/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "We debate the use of music and the arts as a tool for social change with Katherine Vockins of Rehabilitation Through the Arts; Elizabeth Wollman, professor of musical theater and popular music at Baruch College; and Roxie Torres, a 16-year-old who participated in a youth-violence prevention project."
    "Another West Side Story" WNYC Soundcheck (7/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Hillary Clinton has the biggest roster of Tinseltown titans, but Barack Obama still seems to be winning over the younger, hipper stars, judging from their latest list of contributors. "Celebrities give money. Obama's crowd is younger, maybe a little hipper," said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "Clinton's [donors] seem to be more established Hollywood."
    "Bam Steals Hil Show In Young Tinseltown" Daily News (7/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Robert C. Smith, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College who has extensively studied New York's Mexican population, estimated that the city's half-million Mexicans could have as many as 150,000 children born in the United States. ..."We're beginning to see people coming of voting age," Dr. Smith said. "Already Mexicans have surpassed Dominicans in terms of birth. For the next 20 years, Mexicans have the tremendous potential to become a political force."
    "Raising Young Voices for Illegal Mexican Immigrants" The New York Times (7/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This week, Ning announced that it raised about $44 million in venture
    capital. One of the backers of the company is Marc Andreessen, who also
    cofounded Netscape back in the Internet heyday. I had a chance to interview Robb Hecht, who is an expert on social networking, an adjunct professor of marketing at Baruch College and operates IMC Strategy Lab Consulting. According to him: "In an online environment where consumers are now in control, Ning may give businesses back a little control. "Brands developing social networks within Ning can insert their logos, branding, visual designs, branded widgets and links much more easily than the three major social networks currently allow. Of further value to businesses seeking customer data, Ning templates allow social networking administrators control over most data members provide them. And with $44 million, Ning can now push aggressively on this strategy."
    "Ning Social Networking Platform Rings Up $44 Million in Financing" AOL Money & Finance (7/15/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "This fall the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, City University of New York will be offering a new course entitled High Performance Green Buildings for Real Estate Professionals. Approved by New York State for continuing professional real estate education, this 22.5-hour course will address the actual nature of green or high performance buildings and sustainability, ranging from energy efficiency to financing and selling green development. In addition, it will provide an overview of the technical aspects of sustainability. The course includes details about relevant state and city codes, as well as voluntary programs such as LEED and the US EPA's Energy Star. The class will be Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:45 p.m from September 10 to October 29, at a cost of $465. The Newman Real Estate Institute Summer and Fall 2007 schedules are on its website:"
    "Green building course" Real Estate Weekly (7/11/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "For three decades, the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW) has supported real estate professionals, contributing to the careers of women and men across the industry...The seeds planted by our founders have blossomed into an organization that not only provides resources and support to its members, it actively reaches out to help deserving women in New York City, especially our Scholarship Program. Administered through AREW's Charitable Fund, its mission is to benefit students who want to attend real estate schools in leading universities, such as New York University and Baruch College. The recipients are the rising stars of our industry andupon graduation, they are welcomed into AREW as full members."
    "Association of RE Women: 30 years and counting" Real Estate Weekly (7/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Ervand Abrahamian: Abrahamian, who was born in Iran, is a distinguished professor of history at City University of New York['s Baruch College]. He is the author of the article "Iran: The Next Target?" and several books including Iran Between Two Revolutions. Abrahamian said today: "The people who want to put the screws to Iran are overblowing the whole issue of Iran allegedly arming some factions in Iraq. It's ridiculous to think that Iran is supplying lethal weapons to the Baathists or Wahaabis. The real issue is, Cheney is still very much pushing for airstrikes on Iran and these allegations against Iran are very much building up that effort."
    " 'Targeting Iran' -- Iraq Redux?" (7/11/07)

  • Baruch Facutly Expertise
    "The IPO market is starting to bubble again. So might we see an offering of Facebook? Why all the excitement at Facebook?...According to [Robb Hecht, a marketing adjunct at New York's Baruch College] : "If Facebook does its branding right by losing its 'college' image, it could be the next Google of social networking. "Facebook has grown in popularity due to the company recently opening up participation from anyone (not just college students), so a lot of business owners and self-promoters are beginning to see success with it."
    "Facebook: A facelift for an IPO?" AOL Money & Finance (7/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A barrage of attacks and a civil rights lawsuit against the City Council speaker could actually bolster Christine Quinn's anticipated mayoral aspirations and help her emerge as a strong leader known for standing up for her convictions, political observers say...The dean at Baruch College's school of public affairs, David Birdsell, said that by disciplining Plummer, Ms. Quinn is showing she can be forceful and aggressive within the city bureaucracy. He said Plummer's federal lawsuit, scheduled to go to trial on September 24, could give her the chance to show she is willing to suffer political losses to stand firm on matters of principle. "That strong position is going to be popular and may give her an opportunity to buttress or begin to build a reputation for toughness," he said. "I think that she needs that." Mr. Birdsell said it would be possible for Ms. Quinn to mishandle the case by engaging in personal arguments with Mr. Barron. He said she is better off holding "the high moral ground , where she is right now."
    "Council Clash Could Aid Quinn's Mayoral Odds" The New York Sun (7/9/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Tennis is a big sport here in Brooklyn and it is played in the public parks and the various private clubs. Tennis is also on the rise and big with the organization, the New York Junior Tennis League, which annually conducts the Mayor’s Cup tournament for intermediate and senior high school students in the spring...Now the New York Junior Tennis League is staging a summer program once again. The programs at McDonald Park are under the direction of Liz Shweky...Over the years, the program at McDonald Park served about 10,000 kids...The program has graduated only a number of students who produced tennis for a career...Another, who went on to college is Alex Sokol, now at Baruch College and has done very well as a student on their tennis team. “Alex has been in our program since he was eight years old,” she went on. “Now at 22 he works for me. He just missed out of being named City University of New York scholar athlete of the year. He has honors in both soccer and tennis."
    "A smashing success - Brooklyn tennis program inspires kids" Courier Life Publications (7/8/07)

  • Baruch College News
    Baruch ranks third among some 3,800 U.S.colleges and universities polled for Consumers Digest Magazine's's list of 100 Top Values Schools, 2007. "One hundred colleges and universities out of some 3,800 U.S. schools have been ranked as the top values by Consumers Digest Magazine. The rankings are based on attributes that validate or define the institutions' academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition and room-and-board."
    "Consumers Digest Names 100 Colleges/Universities Top Values" PR Inside (7/5/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "If you've considered starting your own businessthen you'll want to attend TakeTwo: Your 50+ Entrepreneuship Event, presented by AARP and Baruch College's Lawrence N. Fied Center for Entrepreneurship on Nov. 3. the event is a virtual o ne stop shop for everything you need to know to start or buy a business after 50, from ideas on getting started to advice to one-on-one consultations with recognized experts...The event runs from 8:45 a.m. untl 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at New york City's Baruch College. Space is avaiable for 1,000 budding entrepreneurs ages 45 to 65."
    "AARP Sponsors 50+ Enterprener Event" AARP New York Update (Summer 2007)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    The Center for Digital Education, the Premier Resource for Technology in the K-12 and Higher Eduaction Markets, interviewed Baruch's Chief Information Officer Arthur Downing for their "In the Arena" feature.
    "In the Arena: Arthur Downing, CIO, Baruch College, CUNY" The Center for Digital Education (7/3/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "A Long Island college student majoring in finance has moved to the head of the class after winning more than half a million dollars at a World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas. First-time competitor Shankar Pillai, 22, of Commack was one of more than 800 players who put up $3,000 to buy into the no-limit, Texas hold 'em poker event, a game in which there are face-up community cards for all players to use and face-down hold cards for each player.  "I'd never played in a World Series of Poker event. I wanted to give it a shot," said Pillai, who won $527,829. "It was pretty intimidating. We played for 12 and 14 hours a day. [But] I would say I held my own."  After three long days of play, Pillai was stunned to find himself in a final game. It came down to Pillai, a Baruch College student who hopes to become a financial analyst, and one other person, a poker-faced pro...Pillai said he plans to buy a new car with some of the dough. "
    "Mr. Chips is King of Poker" The New York Post (7/3/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Poker enthusiast Shankar Pillai of Commack decided to roll the dice - so to speak - in Las Vegas. By the time he was done, the 22-year-old finance major at Baruch College had won $527,829. Not bad for a first-time World Series of Poker competitor. Pillai, who is a senior at Baruch College, came up aces in the poker tournament, which drew more than 800 players...Yesterday, he emerged from his parent's home looking every bit the college student, wearing a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. He has another semester to go before graduating."
    "Commack's wild card: College poker ace who began playing on Web takes home more than $500G at Vegas' World Series of Poker" Newsday (7/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Despite a lengthy and fairly august-sounding title, Stan Ross' current
    position as chairman of the board and interim director at the Los Angeles-based University of Southern California's (USC's) Lusk Center for Real Estate
    , doesn't nearly cover the breadth of commercial real estate and business experience he brings to the table... Ross is widely recognized for his experience in strategic planningfor real estate companies, with expertise in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and the development of creative financial structures. He was involved in the initial organization of the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), and was a member of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New York, which sets the auditing rules for the accounting profession. Ross is an honorary trustee and governor of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Washington, D.C., and trustee of Baruch College, New York, from which he graduated in 1956 and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1999 [He is the namesake of Baruch's Stan Ross Department of Accountancy]."
    "Stan Ross, chairman of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate" Mortgage Banking (7/1/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. today announced the realignment of its merchandising and marketing departments and the addition of industry veteran Dan Portnoy as senior vice president and chief merchandising and marketing officer. Portnoy, who is set to join the company in mid-July, will be responsible for leading the merchandising and marketing efforts of the 521-store chain which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year. A native of Boston, Portnoy received his M.B.A. in Marketing and Consumer Research from Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York, and holds a B.S. in finance from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts."
    "Winn-Dixie Announces Realignment of Merchandising and Marketing Functions; Hires Dan Portnoy to serve as senior vice president and chief merchandising and marketing officer" Hispanic PR Wire (7/2/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "What's strong enough to function at 500 degrees Fahrenheit, prevents rust for up to a half-century - and can be soldered? Edward Greenwood believes he has that answer. And with the help of an unusual program at Baruch College, he's hoping to share it with the world. Greenwood, an electrical engineer from Jackson Heights, has invented "AC-78" polymer coating, a substance he says can be put on almost any surface: glass, ceramic, wood, rubber, cardboard, paper, fabrics, fiberglass, aluminum and other metals, to make it electrically conductive...Major companies have shown an interest in evaluating AC-78, he said, thanks to free assistance he is getting from business development advisors, faculty, and graduate business students at the Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch...At 75, Greenwood is the oldest person for whom the Center provides free technical services. Other people older than 50 and those nearing retirement who want to start a business or get help running one, can benefit from Later Life Entrepreneurship, another program the Field Center is putting in place."
    "Baruch gives free business advice to baby boomers" Newsday (7/1/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The Securities and Exchange Commission is not overly concerned about the
    recent surge in the number of dark pools. Erik Sirri, director of the SEC's
    Division of Market Regulation, said his group has no immediate plans to regulate dark pools. "I'm not sure we have any concerns right now," he said at Baruch College's annual conference on the financial markets. "We really have let a thousand flowers bloom."
    "No New Regs Will Be Coming to Dark Pool Land" Traders Magazine (7/1/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Silver Lake resident Joyce Parr had the unique experience of earning a degree in Christian Ministry at the same time her son, Fares Scott, was receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics education.  Ms. Parr, the daughter of Sarah Brooks of Berkeley, Calif., graduated with a 3.9 grade point average from New York Theological Seminary with a certificate in Christian Ministry.  She received her bachelor's degree in business administration in 1980 from Baruch College."
    "Mother, son earn college degrees" Staten Island Advance (7/1/07)

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Baruch in the Media - Archive - June 2007

  • Baruch Student News
    Baruch College senior Mary E. O'Regan was awarded a $3,000 scholarship for the fourth consecutive year through the BP Community Scholarship Program. "BP America, in partnership with BP independent retail owners and operators, will award scholarships to 80 high school graduates and college students who reside in the New York market, including Long island and parts of northern New Jersey. The scholarship recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held on June 25 at Fordham Law School...For the 2007 scholarship program, scholarship amounts have been increased. Scholarship amounts for incoming freshman have been increased from $1,000 to $1,500. Sophmores and Juniors receive $2,000 scholarships and Seniors receive $3,000."
    "BP Community Scholarship Program to Award $133,000 in Scholarships in New York City" PR Newswire (6/25/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Evon L. Jones (BA,'89) is inarguably a corporate success. With a career that has included Wall Street and the airline industry, the Pittsford resident now holds one of the top positions at Bausch & Lomb Inc., which employs more than 13,000 people worldwide and 1,500 in the Rochester area. As vice president and chief information officer, the 42-year-old oversees all of the company's computer systems and serves as one of 16 company officers. But he nearly became an actuary. Going into information technology came "totally by accident," Jones said as he sipped red wine at Monroe Golf Club after a long day of high-level B&L meetings about company strategy.While attending the City University of New York's Baruch College during the 1980s, he also worked as an analyst for Mutual of New York, supporting actuarial work there. "I started playing around with a computer to do my job," Jones said. And he was hooked. "He's a great motivator, a great example of how far you can go with an educational background similar to his," said Karl Lang, a computer information systems professor at Baruch College who has had Jones talk numerous times for a course he teaches to MBA honors students. "It's hard to get CIOs. There are not that many around; they're very busy," Lang said. "Evon understands the needs and importance of education."
    "Career Milestones: IT field was a perfect fit for Bausch & Lomb VP" Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (6/24/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Luis Rodriguez, Jr. Esq., (MBA, '95), was recently reappointed for a two-year term to the Board of Manhattan Community Board Five in Midtown. He will serve as CB5’s Treasurer, as well as a member of the Public Safety & Quality of Life Committee, and on the City Services and Budget Committee...“I look forward to serving my community, and to the challenges that await me during my term on CB5.”In addition to his Corporate Finance law practice, Mr. Rodriguez also provides pro bono legal services to immigrant victims of domestic violence, and serves as the Treasurer and a Board member of En Foco, Inc., a New York nonprofit that promotes diversity within the Photographic Arts community."
    "Alumni reappointed to the Board of Manhattan Community Board Five (“Midtown”)"  Press Release, Law Offices of Luis Rodriguez, Jr. (6/19/07)

  • Baruch Facuty Expertise
    "David S. Reynolds, distinguished professor of English at Baruch College, is the author, most recently, of “John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights. Thornton Blackburn is hardly a household name, but he was an important figure in the history of American slavery. In “I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land,” the historian and archaeologist Karolyn Smardz Frost rescues him from obscurity and shows how he helped make Canada a safe haven for fugitive slaves."
    "North Towards Home" The New York Times Book Review (6/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Given that a swarm of presidential candidates in both the Republican and
    Democratic camps have participated in several formal television debates,
    many voters may already be feeling election fatigue some 18 months before the big day. That should not stop viewers from tuning in on July 23,
    however, when eight Democratic presidential candidates will debate once again in South Carolina. The difference? The event will be sponsored by YouTube and CNN -- and the questions won't be fired by sober-faced, polite journalists; they'll be coming from, well, anybody. "The impact of this partnership could be profound," Robb Hecht, adjunct marketing professor with the City University of New York (CUNY), told the E-Commerce Times. "In our new age of blogs, wikis, shared video via YouTube, and mashups, bringing Web 2.0 technologies to the political process gives potential constituents a larger role in the presidential candidate-selling process -- a much more direct role than and Meetups did for the last presidential election," said Robb Hecht, adjunct marketing professor with the City University of New York's Baruch College."
    "YouTube Presidential Debates - a Sea Change for US Politics?" E-Commerce Times (6/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Japanese TV filmed a segment at Baruch, including filming during Baruch marketing professor Hirokazu Takada's marketing class. The segment aired in all major cities in the U.S.
    Fujisankei Communications International (6/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A new immigration project directed by Allan Wernick, a Baruch College professor and syndicated columnist on immigration issues, is being offered at Brooklyn Borough Hall. "Booklyn is a proud home to everyone from everywhere," Borough President Marty Markowitz said Thursday, announicng the program...One day each week, a counselor from the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project will provide free assistance by appointment at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The clinic will offer free informational consultations, help with applications and preparing paperwork, and referrals to CUNY legal clinics, when necessary."
    "Borough Hall to Host Immigration Clinic" Brooklyn Daily Eagle (6/5/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Eli Mason (BBA, '40), CPA, is a past president of the New York State Society of CPAs, a past chairman of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy, an a past vice president of the American Institute of CPAs. In September 1937, I registered for Accountancy 210 - cost accounting - at Baruch College. One had to be impressed when Professor Emanuel Saxe entered the room. He was big vertically and horizontally, with a large bald head. In a crease in his vest rested a sizable Phi Beta Kappa key. The class was scheduled for two o'clock on the 14th floor facing west. The rays of the sun reflected off the facets of his Phi Beta Kappa key into my eyes, and I was hypnotized, mesmerized and Saxenized...I had been dating Claire, a coed (later she became Claire Mason, (BBA, '40) ), who typed my thesis on her Underwood typewriter. On the morning of commencement, Claire phoned me. "The New York Times just published th graduation awards and we won the thesis prize." I was curious as to who had selected my thesis. It was Prof. Saxe."
    "CPAs I have known" Accounting Today (6/3/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It's likely that consumers are confused by Gap's conflicting messages.
    “Are they targeting teens and college students or are they targeting
    adults? I don't think they know, and that's why they've turned off a lot
    of people,” says Robb Hecht, a marketing consultant and adjunct professor at [Baruch College] the City University of New York."
    "THE GAP: "Hanging By a Thread"  Retail Traffic Magazine (6/1/07)

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Baruch in the Media - Archive -May 2007

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In addition, many people who assume that Democrat Spitzer will take the
    liberal side of most debates forget that "he also has the element of the tough prosecutor," Miringoff said, which accounts for his positions on the death penalty and expanding DNA evidence-gathering. "He's not easy to pigeonhole ideologically," Baruch College political science
    professor Doug Muzzio
    said of Spitzer."
    "GOP's Bruno: He and Spitzer on same page" The Journal News (5/25/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "WHAT IS Washington up to? That was the name of an immigration forum held at Baruch College Tuesday night. And some panelists - a group of knowledgeable people representing government, academia and community organizations - thought that, when it comes to immigration reform, Washington is up to no good."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, among other major changes, would radically restructure the family-based immigration system - drastically reducing family visas - and would create a guest worker program with no path to citizenship. For those seeking legalization, the bill would establish the controversial "touch-back" provision, requiring them to leave the U.S. to apply for permanent status, with no guarantee of return...There is still some room for improvement, although no one can predict what the final product will be like. "I am not very hopeful about the outcome of the debate," the usually optimistic Allan Wernick, the Daily News immigration columnist [and a professor of law at Baruch College] said at the forum."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Ponder pop-culture parallels. Robb Hecht, a marketing-communications consultant and adjunct marketing professor at Baruch College, says, "The fact that the latest 'Spider-Man' movie deals with the superhero's dark side reveals how relevant the lessons of 'Star Wars' remains to people today. 'Star Wars' was so much more than a sci-fi pop-culture movie in its day; it worked the good vs. evil angle and dramatized the then-Cold War. Today and displayed by the new 'Spider Man,' our enemies are everywhere, within our borders and within ourselves."
    "Star Wars" Turns 30" St. Paul Pioneer Press (5/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The musical "Spring Awakening" was showered with Tony nominations this year, but rock musicals don't always bloom so brilliantly. Why does one show rock for ages on Broadway, while another gets "unplugged?" We talk with Elizabeth Wollman, [assistant professor of music at Baruch College] author of "The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical From Hair to Hedwig ," and Jim Farber, pop music critic for the New York Daily News."
    "Rocking the House" WNYC  (5/23/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Speaking at a recent financial reporting conference at Baruch College in New York City, Herz called the question of how to book such debt-equity mongrels one of the more troubling issues in corporate accounting. Whether there can and must be a bright line between equity and liability have been subjects for debate, he pointed out."
    "Convertibles: Get Ready to Leverage Up" (5/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "A professor at Baruch College and an assistant secretary for policy development at HUD in the Reagan administration, Emanuel Savas, also offered praise for the idea, saying that it is feasible to a certain degree. Mr. Savas said he examined the implementation of a similar concept in Great Britain in the early 1980s, when Prime Minister Thatcher sold public housing units known as "council homes" to tenants at a discount rate. "You could actually walk down the street and see which ones of these had been privatized - they were just better taken care of, " he said."
    "Support Voiced For a Giveaway of Public Apts." The New York Sun (5/22/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Name, title: Jaime M. Weiss (BBA, '69), president, [Jaime M. Weiss Realty Co. Inc.] How I got started/financed the business: In October 1967, while attending Baruch College CUNY at night to earn my bachelor of arts in advertising, the college job placement officer called to say he had a job opportunity for me as an industrial sales trainee at Cross & Brown Co., a Manhattan-based commercial real estate leasing and management company.  I was hooked. In 1979, I started my own business with financing from Midland Bank in Paramus. My first major office leasing transaction was with Hartz Mountain for arranging a long-term, build-to-suit 100,000-square- foot office for Ideal Toy Co. I used the $300,000 commission that Hartz paid me to finance my business. Key to success: Work hard, be prepared for any contingency and know your market."
    "High motivation, high rewards" The Bergen Record (5/22/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "A social conscience is sweeping college campuses across the city. Beyond marching for peace or joining a kibbutz like their baby boomer parents, today's students are taking courses and pursuing internships in order to turn smart, sustainable ways of helping others into careers. School may be out for summer, but educators are scrambling to tap into the growing interest. At institutions ranging from Baruch College to Columbia University, administrators are launching certificate programs and reporting higher enrollment in courses on fund raising, nonprofit management and social enterprise...Dental students at the City College of Technology started selling toothbrushes to raise funds for oral hygiene packages for soldiers in Iraq, and 800 undergraduates at Baruch raised $77,000 this school year for the American Cancer Society, up from 500 students who raised $48,000 two years ago."
    "College kids giving back in record numbers; Programs in burgeoning nonprofit field expanding" Crain's New York Business (5/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In the dark years of World War II, a group of surrealists found refuge on the East End of Long Island. Forced into immobility by blackouts and gas rationing, they played chess, bicycled the byways, shocked the locals with their bare feet and, stirred by their serene surroundings, created art...Long Island from Montauk to Utopia Parkway drew and inspired surrealists, who found fertile turf here for their febrile imaginings. "Just about every part of the Island has some weird mayhem that has to do with surrealism," says [associate professor of English at Baruch College] Charles Riley, co-curator of "Dreams on Canvas: Surrealism in Europe and America," which opens Saturday at the Nassau County Museum of Art."
    "Cover Story: Their Artistic Field of Dreams" Newsday (5/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "During six decades as an observer, I have met and known a myriad of
    accountants - in public practice, as corporate executives, in government
    positions, as teachers, and in our national and state accounting organizations. To me, some are unforgettable and admirable. These are two of their stories. Dr. Emanuel Saxe: In September 1937, I registered for Accountancy 210 - cost accounting - at Baruch College. One had to be impressed when Professor Emanuel Saxe entered the room. He was big vertically and horizontally, with a large bald head. In a crease in his vest rested a sizable Phi Beta Kappa key. The class was scheduled for two o'clock on the 14th floor facing west. The rays of the sun reflected off the facets of his Phi Beta Kappa key into my eyes, and I was hypnotized, mesmerized and Saxenized."
    "CPAs I have known" Accounting Today (5/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The bill faces an uphill climb in Congress, as both Republicans and Democrats have raised objections to various provisions. But if it passes, the legislation would surely boost Mr. McCain's reputation for bipartisanship, a point he has emphasized in recent weeks. "It's probably good for him if he's the Republican nominee, because it shows he can effectively work across the aisle," the dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said."
    "GOP Presidential Hopefuls Square Off Over Immigration" The New York Sun (5/21/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "According to a survey released last month by the Council on the Environment of New York City in collaboration with the eTownPanel of Baruch College, the music is still disruptive. Music from ice cream trucks ranked 13th out of the 24 most bothersome noises in the city, more tolerable than car alarms and horns, but worse than bars and barking dogs."
    "As Ice Cream Trucks Tune Up With Songs That Madden or Gladden" The New York Times (5/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Doug Muzzio of Baruch College, an expert on politics, said, "A lot of thought goes into choosing a campaign anthem." "The music, in a sense, crystallizes the campaign theme. Countless hours go into testing it with focus groups. But the bottom line is, who the hell knows how much effect it has on the votes?"
    "READERS' NO. 1 WITH A BALLOT" Daily News (5/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The dean at Baruch College's school of public affairs, David Birdsell, said City Journal plays an important role in the policy conversation in New York. He said it derives its positions from the Manhattan Institute, but takes care to argue its points in a nuanced way."It is certainly a serious participant," he said. "It is well regarded. Not as a neutral source of information, but a thoughtful center-right voice on policies affecting New York City."
    " 'Wonderfully Unpredictable' New City Journal Editor " The New York Sun

  • Baruch Student News
    "Kate Moss was discovered by a modeling scout as she waited for a plane at Kennedy International Airport. Twiggy was noticed in a suburban London hair salon. Claudia Schiffer began modeling after she was spotted dancing in a Dusseldorf nightclub. But Catherine Paige of Lindenwold, N.J., and Loreana Rojas of Manhattan were discovered on a computer screen. Both won an Internet contest -- the prize was lunch with an agent and a photo shoot -- organized by Ford Models of Manhattan, one of the world's leading modeling agencies. They won out over nearly 3,100 women across the nation who submitted photographs to, a primarily Latino social networking site, and, a similar site primarily for blacks. Ms. Rojas, 22, who resembles the actress Lisa Bonet of ''The Cosby Show'' fame, is a finance student at Baruch College whose mother is a day care worker and whose father is a welder. Her mother once enrolled her in a modeling school when she was 10."
    "Ooh, That Face! It's Model Behavior, Online" The New York Times (5/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "How good are analysts at detecting accounting fraud? Not that great, according to new research. A joint study by Julie Cotter from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, and Susan M. Young from Baruch College at City University of New York found that they're not real flash. Their paper, Do analysts accept accounting fraud? found that analysts respond to some frauds and not others. And they are still fooled by fictitious accounts."
    "Analysts and accounting fraud" SOX First (5/15/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "REP. ANTHONY Weiner called yesterday for creation of a volunteer corps of young people to tackle some of New York City's problems. "It isn't that citizens aren't responding," Weiner said. "It's that our government isn't calling." Weiner has proposed creation of a GothamCorps, a New York-specific version of the AmeriCorps program that would give local college students an incentive to take time off to serve. "In Peace Corps, we took our best and our brightest and made them ambassadors to the whole world," he said in a speech at Baruch College... "We're believers in student volunteerism," said Kathleen Waldron, president of Baruch College. "Having a congressman behind this is always a great support."

  • Baruch Student News
    "FROM BARUCH TO IRAQ AND BACK With a grade point average in sociology of 3.966, Gustavo Agosto-DaFonseca, 24, has already co-authored with a teacher an encyclopedia entry on immigration and immigration law. Focusing on subjects such as social inequality and social stratification, he has given a conference presentation on "Internalized Immobility in East Harlem." These subjects are not just academic for him. He was born in East Harlem. His father died when he was six. His mother, born in a sharecropper family in Brazil, raised him. While he was growing up, his mother alternated between paying the rent and tuition, which resulted in alternating eviction and expulsion notices. The first in his family to attend college, he enlisted in the Army Reserves at 17. His unit was called up with orders to go to Afghanistan, but instead was stationed upstate at Fort Drum. He returned to Baruch and was called up to go to Iraq, where he was deployed in Tikrit at a base hit with mortars. Sleeping in bombed-out former Iraqi Air Force Academy barracks, amid plywood partitions of about 4 feet by 8 feet, he read articles that his sociology teachers sent him."
    "The Graduates: Stories of Triumph Inspire Even a City of Success" The New York Sun (5/15/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "NYSE Euronext chief executive John Thain foresees a global trading landscape where no more than three or four large multiproduct global exchanges will coexist with a larger number of smaller and regional markets as well as start-up entities offering various forms of trading innovation. "I would say that moving forward, there will be less than five big global, multiproduct exchanges and lots of smaller ones and lots of start-up exchanges," Thain said earlier this month at a conference on market regulation and technology sponsored by the Zicklin School of Business at New York's Baruch College."
    "Thain's Global Scenario: Fewer Than Five Big Markets" Securities Industry News (5/14/07)

  • Baruch College News
    ''The exchange already is almost all electronic, but a lot of the electronic
    trading is the specialists and the brokers on the floor,'' Thain said at a
    conference at Baruch College
    in New York. ''They will continue to add value, which means there will continue to be a floor.''
    "Another brokerage leaves floor; Sanford C. Bernstein removes its trading staff from the NYSE" The International Herald Tribune (5/14/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Giuliani is a lifelong New Yorker and former Democrat, said Baruch College public affairs professor Douglas Muzzio. "He's coming from a different place, physically and geographically, but also socially and culturally," he said."
    "Wish list remains unfulfilled; Giuliani's major donor targets haven't come aboard as quickly as hoped, which experts say is sign core conservatives aren't yet convinced" Newsday (5/14/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Robb Hecht, an adjunct marketing professor at New York's City's Baruch College, attributes the Rubik's Cube resurgence in part to the movies. Hecht thinks "The DaVinci Code," while not featuring a Rubik's Cube, inspired people to solve cryptic puzzles."
    "Twist. Turn. Flip. Then throw across the room in frustration" The Bismarck Tribune   (5/13/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Colleges are pressing ahead despite the bumps because they realize that cellphones are the best, and often the only, way to reach their students. "We noticed that students were not logging into their campus e-mail for weeks at a time," says Arthur Downing, chief information officer at the City University of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College. That observation was repeated at colleges across the country. E-mailed announcements of campus events, course changes, and financial-aid deadlines were being ignored wholesale."
    "The Campus in the Palm of Your Hand" The Chronicle of Higher Education (5/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "He's seeking to be president to represent the public interest and his firm
    is representing clients that are endangering the public health. Come on," said
    Baruch College political science Professor Doug Muzzio."
    "GUILTY OXY COULD CAUSE RUDY PAIN" The New York Post (5/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, said the
    mayor's strategy of testing the waters while denying he's dipping his toes is
    genius. "They float the balloon, and then they deny," Muzzio said. "They're

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It's clearly a campaign Web site. All that's missing is the office [he's
    seeking]," said Baruch College political science professor Doug Muzzio. "The question is, is he running for office or is he just pushing an agenda? I think for now, he's just pushing an agenda, but certainly the intent is to keep the presidential discussion alive."
    "He won't run, but his site is; Bloomberg's former campaign Web site back online after mayor denies he's considering bids for other offices" Newsday (5/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "There are about 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States. Many of the workers in the kitchen are recent arrivals from China — some legal, some not. Many took on significant debts to get to the U.S...NPR's Margot Adler has the first of two reports. MARGOT ADLER: People come to Chinatown all the time, but they never see the neighborhood the way Ken Guest, a professor of anthropology at Baruch College, shows it to me when he takes me to the East Broadway Mall, the central hub of the Fujianese restaurant business.
    "Debt Piled on Chinese Restaurants in U.S." NPR, Morning Edition (5/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "While Clinton is getting her New York huzzahs, Obama will be just across the river in New Jersey, raising more money. "They are signaling to each other that each other's turf is not sacred ground," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. But he said the Empire State show of unity is telling, and that for all the Obama buzz, New York will remain Clinton country. "You will have the entire Democratic Party organization behind Hillary," he said. "They are not going to lose the New York primary."  That doesn't mean Obama won't keep coming. "The money is here, and we're the media capital of the world," Muzzio said."
    "New York's elected state officials endorse Clinton" Daily News (5/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "While CNBC has the exclusive use of Journal reporters on air until 2012, Mr. Murdoch could find a way to break its contract. ``If those reporters are suddenly working for News Corp., CNBC might not want them on,'' says Joshua Mills, a professor of journalism at Baruch College. "
    "Murdoch's global plan for WSJ; Times, CNBC and others could lose out to combined Fox, Dow Jones" Crain's New York Business (5/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I refer to my "Google's SOS to the SEC: The modern corporation and private property in the Third Millennium" (Jan. 29-Feb. 11, 2007, page 6). Google's recent filing of its annual report Form 10-K for 2006 permits me to update the chart that accompanied that article and was captioned, "Searching for tax savings: An overview of Google's tax accounting labyrinth for its stock compensation programs," so as to reflect the data for the entire year 2006, as well as for the fourth quarter... Abraham J. Briloff,  Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Baruch College..."
    "Letter: Briloff updates his dissection of Google" Accounting Today (5/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "For instance, with the rest of the field coming out strongly against
    abortion, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani struggled to answer a question about Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision affirming the right to an abortion. "It would be OK to repeal," he said. "Or it would be OK also if a strict constructionist judge viewed it as precedent. I think that - I think the court has to make that decision, and then the country can deal with it." David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, said Giuliani looked uncomfortable and dismissed his answer as "complete gobbledygook."
    "Presidential hopefuls test waters in debate Candidates take early
    rounds gingerly" Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (5/6/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Even as 10 declared Republican candidates performed in the Reagan library, some viewers stayed mindful of elephants that were not in the room - or at least, not on the stage... Republican strategist Rich Galen said the debate absences don't matter. "Did it matter that [former Vice President Al] Gore wasn't in the Democratic debate? These are like exhibition games more than anything else." David Birdsell, dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, added: "This is right now political theater for the politically obsessed."
    "CAMPAIGN '08 FIRST GOP DEBATE" Newsday (5/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This intervention is supposedly so urgent because women make only 77 percent of what men do. Feminists believe that this wage gap is caused by The Man -- and that's not just a metaphor: He's really a man -- who carefully sets women's wages to keep them below that of members of the patriarchy in good standing. Never mind that the 77-percent figure is, in the words of Hudson Institute economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth, "flawed and bogus," failing to account for the most basic variables. The figure for men and women who work 40 hours a week is 88 percent. Baruch College economist June O'Neill finds -- adjusting for factors like schooling, lifetime work experience, and workplace characteristics -- that the gap almost disappears, with women making 95 percent of men's wages."
    "The Great Feminist Pander" National Review; The New York Post, The Washington Times, The New York Sun and The Northern Virginia Daily (5/4/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "African Union troops struggling to combat violence in Sudan's Darfur region are only putting less than a third of their capacity to good use due to a lack resources, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said on Wednesday..."What is the purpose of having them there just to sit in the sun and not do what they are expected to do, to support the people in Darfur that are suffering," Kagame said after giving a surprise lecture to a history class at Baruch College in New York City as part of a mtvU's "Stand-In" television program. "It is ringing an alarm bell, things are not good and the international community needs to act and if not there is no purpose to us being there," said Kagame, who has been president of the genocide-scarred Rwanda since 2000."
    "Rwanda president "ringing an alarm bell" on Darfur" Reuters (5/2/07) mtvUKagamelecture

  • Baruch College News
    "ExxonMobil announced today that more than $3.2 million has been donated to 97 colleges and universities in New York through the ExxonMobil Foundation's 2006 Educational Matching Gift Program...ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors contributed more than $934,000 to New York institutions of higher education in 2006, which was matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation with $2.3 million in unrestricted educational grants...New York Colleges and Universities Receiving ExxonMobil Foundation Educational Matching Gift Grants: ...CUNY Bernard Baruch College."
    "ExxonMobil, Employees, Retirees Donate More Than $3.2 Million to New
    York Colleges and Universities" Business Wire (5/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer showed up to give his backing to Citizenship Now! yesterday. "I came here one year ago and thought, if the Daily News and CUNY can do it, so can we," he said, explaining how he now offers citizenship application assistance from his office each week. "This program has been great to get a lot of elected officials and community-based organizations to think about doing this on their own. You can see the people who are answering the phones feel a real sense of satisfaction...Allan Wernick's column on immigration law appears every Tuesday and Thursday in the Daily News. He is a professor at Baruch College and director of CUNY's Citizenship and Immigration Project. He is also the author of "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Law - Your Complete Guide" and has been the driving force behind Citizenship Now!"
    "One call leads to the New World" Daily News (5/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Giuliani has been known to respond aggressively," said Baruch College
    Professor David Birdsell, an expert on debates
    . "He's got to leave that behind in New York and project a sunnier Giuliani."
    "Republican contenders prepare for their first debate" Daily News (5/2/07)
  • Baruch College News
    Baruch ranks third among some 3,800 U.S.colleges and universities polled for Consumers Digest Magazine's's list of 100 Top Values Schools, 2007. "One hundred colleges and universities out of some 3,800 U.S. schools have been ranked as the top values by Consumers Digest Magazine. The rankings are based on attributes that validate or define the institutions' academic prowess factored against annual cost of tuition and room-and-board."
    "Consumers Digest Names 100 Colleges/Universities Top Values" PR Inside (2007)

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Baruch in the Media - Archive - April 2007

  • Baruch College News
    "This year's World Trade Week celebration in New York City, which takes place May 21-25, will spotlight small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have built their businesses by accessing global markets and made the world their oyster...Kicking off the week's events is the annual International Trade Awards Breakfast on Monday, May 21, at the Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College/CUNY."
    'World Trade Week NYC Spotlights Small Business Success in the Global
    Marketplace" Market Wire (4/30/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It's a clear physical sign of Billy's intent to run for mayor," said Baruch
    College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio
    , who sports a mustache himself and insisted on noting that he "deplores the discrimination against mustachioed people - both men and women." It's an accepted political truth that facial hair is taboo for candidates."
    "NOW YOU SEE IT... Bye-bye to mayoral wanna-be's mustache" Daily News (4/30/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Fifteen percent of college students suffered from depression last year, up from 10 percent in 2000, according to The American College Health Association. Mental health professionals on college campuses expect the percentage to rise again this year. [Eight colleges are] addressing the problem on campus by participating in a national pilot project to improve screening and care for students with depression.The goal of the project, which runs this academic year, is to ensure that students with depression do not slip through the cracks, but rather are identified and treated as soon as symptoms arise...The other participating schools are Cornell University, Princeton University, Hunter College, Baruch College, Case Western Reserve University and Northeastern University. The Aetna Foundation, New York Community Trust, and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provide funding for the project; the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education provides expertise."
    "St. Lawrence University in Pilot Project to Improve Depression
    Screening" Ascribe Newswire (4/30/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "June O'Neill, an economist at Baruch College and former director of the  Congressional Budget Office, has uncovered something that debunks the discrimination thesis. Take out the effects of marriage and child-rearing, and the difference between the genders suddenly vanishes. "For men and women who never marry and never have children, there is no earnings gap," she said in an interview."
    "Women vs. men: Truths about the pay gap" The Chicago Tribune (4/29/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Among Baruch College’s many extraordinary students, it would be hard to find two of greater academic distinction than Joselyn Muhleisen and Dina Odnopozova. Both are residents of Brooklyn, both members of the Class of 2007, but that’s where the similarities end. Jocelyn, a B.S. candidate in the School of Public Affairs, has just been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. According to Deans David Birdsell and Robert Aaron, it’s the first ever won by a Baruch undergraduate. Joselyn, who at the age of 21 has already done more traveling than many people do in a lifetime, will take her Fulbright to the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where she will work towards a master’s degree in European International Relations and Diplomacy. Dina, who is 22 years old, came to the U.S. from her native Russia just six years ago. Her first two years in America were spent at America at Irvine Valley College, a two-year institution in California — the only place that responded to the hundreds of letters she wrote to U.S. colleges from Izhevsk, the small city in the Ural mountains where she grew up. Dina, who holds the Solomon Toubin Scholarship in Arts and Sciences at the Weissman School, just got word that she’s been admitted to Yale University’s elite PhD. program in Comparative Literature, where she will study Slavic and Latin-American literatures."
    "Two Baruch College Seniors from Brooklyn Win Accolades and Honors" The Brooklyn Eagle (4/27/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This represents a big opportunity for brand advertisers. "Social
    networking sites are extremely interesting to brands because the audiences are filled with users seeking membership in particular interests," said [Baruch College adjunct professor of marketing] Robb Hecht, to me in an interview."
    "WPP Pays to Play With VideoEgg" AOL Money & Finance (4/27/07)
  • Baruch College News
    "On May 2nd, all institutional equity trading commissions earned by BMO
    Capital Markets across North America will go directly to seven important
    organizations, whose missions include improving access to education and training for bright, deserving individuals who might not otherwise have the opportunity...The Financial Women's Association...The proceeds fom Equity through Education will be use to endow BMO Capital Markets' College Scholarships for undergraduates with financial need and academic promise at Baruch College."
    "BMO Capital Markets Will Donate All Institutional Equity Trading
    Commissions Earned May 2nd to Support Education" CanadaNewswire (4/26/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Branch Rickey is renowned for allowing Jackie Robinson to break baseball's color line in 1947 by signing Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. But he was also celebrated for another significant contribution to the game. Mr. Rickey was the architect of baseball's modern farm system, the web of independent minor league teams around the country that serves as the training ground for young players hoping for a shot at the major leagues. It became a model for Thomas S. Lyons, a professor of entrepreneurship at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business in New York, and Gregg A. Lichtenstein, a business consultant in Margate, N.J., who were searching for ways to develop entrepreneurial talent. ''We kept coming back to baseball's farm system,'' Professor Lyons said. ''It is one of the best talent-generating systems in the world.''
    "The Minor Leagues of Entrepreneurs" The New York Times (4/26/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "In the political side wings of Ankara, it is expected that Ali Babacan, Saban Disli or Egemen Bagis (BA, '93) will be the next foreign minister of Turkey...Egemen Bagis (age 37) is an adviser to Erdogan on foreign policy. He has close ties to the United States and is known to be the one who arranges appointments for Erdogan with the U.S. President. He graduated from the management department of the Baruch College of The City University of New York and went on to do his masters in public administration."
    "Contenders as the Next FM" Turkish Daily News (4/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Taking aim at Democrats on security, some say, carries risks.
    DOUGLAS MUZZIO, BARUCH COLLEGE: Sure he risks backlash, because in fact, the only 9/11 attack has occurred during a Republican administration."
    "The Situation Room" CNN (4/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "There's an old saying in Brooklyn: payback's a bitch," said Baruch College
    political commentator Doug Muzzio
    . "The Republican Congress gave President Bush a free ride for six years, but now the Democrats are performing the public function of checks and balances."
    "Waxman secures a subpoena for Rice" Daily News (4/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But Chinese restaurant workers, labor organizers and immigration experts say there's a secret ingredient behind the large portions and cheap prices at
    Majestic and thousands of Chinese restaurants across the United States: cheap, often exploited, immigrant labor. "Why do you think you can go to a Chinese restaurant and get a huge dish of food for eight bucks?" said Ken Guest, a sociology professor at the City University of New York's Baruch College who has studied the lives of Chinese restaurant workers. "Do you think the Chinese have invented a cheaper way of raising chickens? It's pure and simple labor issues."
    "High Cost of Cheap Labor" The Star-Ledger (4/23/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Entrepreneurs are getting their day in the moment with awards marking
    inspiration in small business. Baruch College and Merrill Lynch will put nine teams with big dreams to the test May 1 as they vie to be among the top three finalists in the school's IPO Challenge. The students will get two minutes to pitch their ideas, which range from on-line custom clothing design to organic fast food, to a panel of judges. Top prize is $10,000, and up to $50,000 in seed money will be divided among the finalists."
    "Spotlight on Small Business" Daily News (4/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "So if congestion pricing is such a heavy lift and many say long shot why
    would the second-term mayor take it on now, with fewer than 1,000 days left in office? Perhaps to get the credit down the road, observers say. "He's at least starting the conversation, he's putting it on the table to debate," said Douglas Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "Now, maybe it's dead on arrival, but there will be a lot of talking about it before it's pronounced dead."
    "Long shot? NYC mayor begins campaign for congestion pricing" The Associated Press (4/23/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "More and more Mexicans may be arriving in New York, but like the Martinez family, they remain linked to the country of their birth by annual pilgrimages to their hometown fairs. One common destination is Puebla, which is the native state of about half of New York City's 450,000 Mexicans, according to Robert Courtney Smith, an associate professor at Baruch College. ''People will save up money all year long to be able to go to this,'' Professor Smith said. ''This could be the central social event of their entire year. ''For second-generation kids, it changes the way they experience assimilation and settlement,'' he continued, ''because they have this entire other way of understanding what being Mexican means down there.''
    "Where the Party Begins" The New York Times (4/22/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    “Right from his start of real estate career updating listings for Wolf &
    Macklowe, Yale Robbins (MBA, ’80) realized that, in this business, "you're only as good as what you know." Staying true to that philosophy, the mathematics graduate went on to build one of the country's most successful publishing and data and search services dedicated to keeping professionals involved in every aspect of the real estate business informed with the most up-to-the-minute statistics available. Today, Yale Robbins, Inc. is New York's preeminent data provider, search engine host and trade magazine publisher employing 50 people, with its New York headquarters at 102 Madison Avenue. Yale Robbins said he was always fascinated by the business of real estate and, after graduating from CCNY with a degree in mathematics he soon segued his listings job into a position as a broker. Armed with a real estate license, Yale later returned to school and received an MBA in Finance from Baruch College.”
    ”PROFILE OF THE WEEK: Brothers keep real estate professionals in the know: Yale Robbins, president, Henry Robbins, executive vp, Yale Robbins, Inc.” Real Estate Weekly (4/18/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "The City University of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College also uses Rave's service. On most days, it helps students keep abreast of campus events, see which laptops are free for borrowing, and which campus studies rooms are available, but in an emergency, it can also serve as a campuswide public announcement system. The college started the service a little over two years ago, and found it helpful during an incident last summer in which the power went off on the campus, said Arthur Downing, Baruch's chief information officer. He said the local utility company, Con Edison Inc., told Baruch administrators that because of excessive demand for electricity in the area, the company would shut down the power on the campus in half an hour. Within minutes, Baruch's director of communications had sent students text message alerting them to the outage and telling them that classes would be cancelled."
    "New Phone Technologes Can Help Colleges Communicate Campuswide in Emergencies" The Chronicle of Higher Education (4/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Last year, the administration's gun stings, in states such as Virginia,
    showed dealers willing to sell guns to people who don't fill out paperwork -
    instead, someone else fills out the paperwork for them. Baruch College's David Birdsell, dean of the School of Public Affairs, tells the NY Sun, "When you have an attack that gets this kind of attention that victimizes young people in what should be a safe environment, people think about safety and availability of guns. For all the most horrific and tragic reasons, it will help Mayor Bloomberg's campaign."
    "Questions About Gun Laws Surround VT Shooting" Gothamist (4/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Freeport McMoRan (FCX)'s Grasberg mine in Indonesia has been the site of labor contention lately, but a group that promotes corporate responsibility said except for some areas such as use of contract labor, the company has made great strides in implementing policies to benefit native Papuan employees...As part of its commitment, the company contracted with the International Center for Corporate Accountability to audit its progress...[Distinguished Professor of Management at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business] S. Prakash Sethi, president of the ICCA, Tuesday reported progress at operations in a number of areas between audits conducted in 2004 and late 2006. " Freeport is doing as well as could be expected," Sethi said, especially considering the perception that many mining companies generally have done little in the way of economic and social development."
    "ICCA Still Has Contract Labor Concerns At Grasberg" Dow Jones Newswires

  • Baruch College News
    "For years, Baruch College has offered free tax advice from hundreds of
    trained and certified students. And in the heart of Chinatown, about a dozen
    Chinese-speaking students from Baruch have been helping mostly elderly Chinese who speak little English."
    "Free Tax Advice (No Guarantee on a Refund)" The New York Times (4/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The Pacific, however, was a regional exchange with far less liquidity than
    the NYSE, while the London system, according to Robert Schwartz, a professor of finance at New York's Baruch College, was highly "opaque." Members would tell the "jobber," a dealer who posted a midpoint price, whether they were buyers or sellers and the jobber came back with a bid or offer. "At the NYSE, it's much more of an auction market and not a dealer market. The specialist is a dealer, but the floor traders really make it work more like an auction," Schwartz explains."
    "Pondering What's Next: As NYSE transitions to a hybrid model, floor
    traders and specialists re-evaluate their roles" Investment Dealers Digest (4/16/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, [Commencement] May 30, 2007, [Speakers] William E. Macaulay, chairman and chief executive of First Reserve Corporation [and] Rossana Rosado, publisher and chief executive of El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States."
    "Spring Commencement Speakers Announced by 15 Colleges" The Chronicle of Higher Education Gazette (4/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But political analysts don't expect her to go after Messrs. Obama or Edwards today for having appeared on Mr. Imus's show in recent years, as they are among scores of Washington power players, including her own husband, who have been guests of his in the past. "You are subject to the charge of hypocrisy, so she's not going to say anything," a political science professor at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said."
    "At Rutgers, Clinton Will Address Imus Issue" The New York Sun (4/16/07)

  • Baruch Staff News
    "There are lessons for employers, as well: Judith E. Glaser, an executive
    coach in Manhattan and author of "The DNA of Leadership: Leverage Your Instincts To: Communicate, Differentiate, Innovate" (Adams, $24.95), warns against excluding workers from teams and projects based on personality type. Teams function best, she says, when there's diversity. She also warns against self-labeling: Don't assume because you're in one
    personality category that you don't also have "hidden strengths" that, when
    developed, might move you more toward another. That's been the case with Kathleen Waldron, a former banker who's president of Baruch College in Manhattan. At the Financial Women's Association panel, Waldron said she had been a gold -- but as she adapts to her role in academia, she sees herself moving more to the blue category."
    "Understanding your work style, counselors say, can help you find the right occupation" Newsday (4/15/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Second place winner, Konstantinos (Gus) Tsahas, won $50,000 from developing a system based on electronic futures trading. “I trade every instrument there is,” says Tsahas, naming a diverse list of futures ranging from wheat to gold to stock indexes such as the S&P and Nasdaq e-minis, to currencies and bonds. Tsahas whose system earned a profit of $160, 524 — is currently enrolled in City University of New York (CUNY) Baruch College’s masters in financial engineering program and is due to graduate in May. He also owns his own business located in Long Island City, New York in technical construction services – building TV studios, computer rooms, laboratories and trading rooms...“It takes quite awhile to get one of these systems up and running,” says Tsahas, who worked on his system for several months before entering it into the contest. “ I developed it in Java and it automatically released orders based on certain things in the market,” says Tsahas, “The trick is you have to pick what your strategy,” says the Baruch student who says his is based on market pullbacks – buying after a one-week low in the market."
    "Interactive Brokers Reports Trading Contest Results" (4/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College, said Spitzer "panicked" when faced with missing the April 1 budget deadline and compromised too much. He said the closed-door negotiations and slam-bam voting "was as opaque and Byzantine and dysfunctional as we've seen over the last 20 years." "It hasn't been as productive as the 69, 70 percent of the people who voted for him expected," Muzzio said, referring to Spitzer's record-setting landslide win in November. "It's not a very impressive performance for the steamroller. I just don't understand it. ... Maybe it's my personal disappointment affecting my analysis."
    "Spitzer: Setbacks yeah, but Albany is now awake" Gannet News Service

  • Baruch College News
    "Last fall, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that interest in graduates
    of finance programs had spiked and recruiters were aggressively competing for individuals with quantitative talent. For this reason, schools such as Carnegie Mellon, Baruch College, the University of Minnesota, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School Management are all adding graduate degrees in finance to their roster of programs. The article said the degree is so marketable that some M.B.A. and Ph.D. graduates are returning to school for advanced finance degrees."
    "Quantitative Finance Degrees on the Rise" The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (4/9/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN SR. CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, Barack Obama will be appearing on "The Late Show with David Letterman" this evening. It will be a chance for Americans to get to know the candidate and for the candidate to potentially attract more political donors. DOUG MUZZIO, POLITICAL SCIENTIST, BARUCH COLLEGE: Everybody -- you have to, you have to raise the bucks here, if you have any shot at winning."
    "The Situation Room" CNN (4/9/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Carol Berkin, named the 2007 William E. Hewit Distinguished Professor
    in History, will speak at the University of Northern Colorado on Wednesday. Berkin, a history professor at Baruch College and the Graduate Center at City University of New York. The winner of the prestigious Bancroft Award, Berkin also was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her book, "Jonathan Sewall: Odyssey of an American Loyalist." Her most recent book is "Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence." Berkin will lecture from this work at UNC, calling her lecture, "It Was I Who Did It: Women Spies, Saboteurs, and Couriers in the American Revolution."
    "Distinguished history professor to lecture at UNC" Greeley Tribune (4/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Wow!" Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan, said when told of Obama's total. "This is definitely a race. ... He's in it to win it. He's demonstrated it in the poll numbers. He's demonstrated it with the enthusiasm of his audiences, and now he's demonstrated it with his fundraising."
    "Obama $1M behind Clinton" The Journal News (4/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, studies the middle-class fight. "It's most pronounced in Manhattan, where you've got 40 percent of the people in the upper income and 49 percent in the lower and you've only got 8 percent in the middle. "You've got society splitting apart," Muzzio said. "The middle glues it together."
    "NYC Middle Class May Soon Be Nonexistent" CBS Ch.2 News (4/3/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Middle-income families are being both pushed out and repelled by the city's high housing prices, the politicians, Rep. Anthony Weiner, Comptroller William Thompson Jr., Council Member John Liu, and the president of the Bronx, Adolfo Carrion Jr., said at an event hosted by the Drum Major Institute and Baruch College. As a result, they said, the city is becoming a home for just the rich and the poor."
    "Potential Mayoral Candidates Give Possible Preview of 2009" The New York Sun (4/3/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "When I hear 'Renegade Swish' ... it does engender confidence, movement
    and forward thinking," insists Robb Hecht, a marketing consultant and an adjunct professor at City University of New York's Baruch College. While renegade suggests a revolutionary mindset, Hecht suggested that swish comes off less than aggressive. But the resulting oxymoronic name "makes people stop and think," and "comes across as a future 'industry player.'"
    "What's in a name? Lots of free publicity, it seems" Fort Worth Star Telegram (4/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "However, she has been careful to avoid direct criticism of Mr Giuliani, and several analysts have warned that a face-to-face challenge on his 9/11 record would be risky. ''It's not smart strategy. It's too early,'' Douglas Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College, told The New York Sun. Instead, she should ''take the high road''."
    "Clinton gets chance to grill Giuliani" The Australian (4/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Others discussed strategies for overcoming public opposition to P3s, which could include stressing the public benefits of the deal."You have to [present] an honest and persuasive rational," Ed Savas, a professor at Baruch College who served in the Reagan administration. "
    "Lotteries' Big P3 Payout; Gaming Analyst: States Could Get $207B" The Bond Buyer (4/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Observers think Washington will remain stuck in the muck until the next
    election. "I just don't think there's any area where the Democratic Congress and Republican White House can agree," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "It's not gridlock, it's deadlock."
    "Some observers see long standoff in Washington" Daily News (4/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Now, Philip Lambert [a professor of music theory at Baruch College] chimes in with "Inside the Music of Brian Wilson," which does in fact tread new ground...[Lambert] traces the progression from surf and car songs to deeply personal compositions and ever more complicated production, modeled after Phil Spector's wall-of-sound style."
    "Book Review: Philip Lambert gets "Inside the Music of Brian Wilson": A look at the sounds and songs that influenced the Beach Boys' founding genius" Los Angeles Times Book Review (4/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Mitchell Cohen, the co-editor of Dissent magazine, teaches political science at Baruch College and CUNY Graduate School. WHY THE FRENCH DON'T LIKE HEADSCARVES: Islam, the State, and Public Space. By John R. Bowen. 290 pp. Princeton University Press. $27.95. Affairs -- that's what the French call public controversies. And in recent
    years, Europe, not just France, has been full of affairs, especially concerning the West and Islam."
    "France Uncovered" New York Times Book Review (4/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Just last week, in collaboration with Christine C. Quinn, the City Council
    speaker -- herself term-limited and hoping for the mayor's endorsement to
    succeed him -- Mr. Bloomberg signed a bill requiring that any future benefits for married people working for the city also be granted to domestic partners and that businesses that use bicycle delivery workers provide them with helmets.''They're doing a lot of this stuff statutorily so it is more difficult to undo,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College."
    "Bloomberg at a Checkpoint: 1,000 Days Left on the Job" The New York Times (4/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    ''Walking in with a 70 percent majority, it seems like an awful lot of
    mandate produced a mouse,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College."
    "Despite Spitzer's Election Mandate, First Budget Proves a Humbling One"
    The New York Times (4/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "And political expert Douglas Muzzio of Baruch College said the sooner Kerik pleads or faces charges, the better it will be for Giuliani. If it happens early, Muzzio said, "He's inoculated, and when it comes up again he can say, 'It's old news, we talked about it already.' "
    "Bernard Kerik's impending charges, timing could take toll on Giuliani's campaign for presidency "  Newsday (4/1/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "This retrospective of the late Abstract Expresionist Robert Richenburg (1917-2006) covered some 50 years of the artist's production, from paintings that reflect his flirtation with European modernism in the late 1940s, when he studied in New York with Amedee Ozenfant, to galvanized wire constructions and tumbleweed-like spheres of the 1970s through the '90s that seem borne on Fluxus and Minimalist currents."
    "Robert Richenburg at the Sidney Mishkin Galery, Baruch College" Art in America (April 2007)

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  • Baruch College News
    "A survey of 244 corporate CFOs conducted earlier this month by Financial Executives International and Baruch College
    found companies expect to increase investment an average of 8% in the next 12 months vs. a 7% gain predicted a quarter ago. "
    "Business investment fell 1.2% in February; Ominous trend closely watched for ripple effect " USA Today (3/29/07) cfosurveyvideo

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Professor Deborah Balk, acting associate director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research at Baruch College and an associate professor at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs, is one of three researchers publishing the first global study of populations at risk from rising sea levels and intense cyclones associated with climate change. Balk and her colleagues, Gordon McGranahan of the International Institute for Environment and Development (UK), and Bridget Anderson, a researcher at Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science, published their findings in April in the peer-reviewed journal Environment and Urbanization. Their research shows that 634 million people, one tenth of the global population, live in coastal areas that lie ten meters or fewer above sea level and are consequently the most vulnerable to the storms caused by climate change. Nearly two-thirds of urban settlements with more than five million inhabitants are at least partially in the 0-10 meter coastal zone.
    "Global warming may cause 10 metres sea level rise" The News Nation (3/28/07); "Climate Change" The Associated Press (3/27/07); "634 Million People at Risk From Rising Seas" National Public Radio (3/28/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "The following information was released by the office of the governor of
    Maryland: Governor Martin O'Malley today announced that he has nominated five new members to the Maryland State Board of Education. O'Malley nominated four members to the State Board of Education: ...and Rosa M. Garcia (BBA, 92) to the State Board of Education. Rosa Garcia currently serves as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the association, she served as Senior Legislative Aide to County Councilmember Tom Perez. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and has served Assistant Dean of Admission at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She has an M.P.A. from the Baruch College, City University of New York, an M.A. in teaching from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland."

  • Baruch Student News
    "What makes the Olympiad results interesting was the eight-week period chosen, which included the late February correction. Were the student programmers able to “act” as marketmakers, in the sense of providing liquidity, during the correction? And did they do so in a systematic manner? That was clearly the case for the winners. I spoke to the top two contestants, Brian Eckerly, who recently graduated in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, and Konstantinos Tsahas, a part-time student in financial engineering at Baruch College in New York. Mr Eckerly “earned” $294,190 on his $100,000, while Mr Tsahas recorded a $160,524 notional profit."
    "Student Programmers Rewrite traders' winning formulas" The Financial Times (3/26/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Sir Howard Stringer, chairman/CEO of Sony, and Brad Anderson, vice chairman/CEO of Best Buy, separately and together exchanged opinions and insights at Baruch College earlier this month during a taping of the PBS program CEO Exchange. The show, hosted by veteran TV journalist Jeff Greenfield, will begin its season on April 4, although an air date for this particular program has not been set."
    "Stringer, Anderson Discuss CE Trends On PBS Show" TWICE (3/26/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Corporate finance chiefs are getting nervous about the health of the economy, a survey by Baruch College and Financial Executives International found. One in four chief financial officers said they were "quite concerned" or "very concerned" that a recession could be coming, according to the poll. Only one in 10 were worried about rising prices. Meanwhile, half of the executives polled said they expect interest rates to remain the same, while 35% expect them to go down."
    "Money Zone" Daily News (3/26/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "It’s tax time again, and more than 450 Baruch College students are ready to prepare taxes, free of charge, for New Yorkers who need assistance with their IRS filings. Now in its 16th year, the Baruch tax program has helped thousands of New Yorkers, many of them elderly or immigrants with limited English language skills, complete the filing process.  Working through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), the students have all been trained and certified by the IRS.  They are headquartered at Baruch College , and in addition to the Baruch location, students are staffing three other sites--in Chinatown, the Lower East Side and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.  Services at all four locations are provided on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis."
    NY1 News (3/25/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College's School of Public Affairs and the Hispanic Federation have collaborated to provide managers a way to develop their leadership skills with a blend of theory and practice. The Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) prepares participants to become leaders in the nonprofit sector. The leadership development curriculum takes place during eight full-day sessions over three months. They cover the Nonprofit Sector with particular focus on Latino community-based organizations; Management and Leadership; Project Planning; Program Evaluation; Budget and Contract Management; Communication and Advocacy; and Fundraising."
    "Visiones" NBC, Channel 4 (3/24/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "[New York] Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson today honors eight extraordinary women at the fourth annual New York State Women of Excellence Award Celebration. This year's honorees were chosen from all over New York State and were recognized for outstanding contributions to their communities. Karen Boykin-Towns (Executive MBA, '93) is the Director/Team Leader in the Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy Division at Pfizer Inc. She is responsible for directing policy for Pfizer in New York and New Jersey. She also leads a team chartered to develop strategies that address the US environment and how to work with non-traditional allies. She holds a Masters Degree in Business from Bernard Baruch College and a B.A. graduating cum laude from the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, New York. An active participant in her community, Ms. Boykin-Towns serves as a member of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and President of the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP. She has served as an at-large delegate to the Democratic National Convention and was appointed by former mayor Rudolph Giuliani to serve on the 1999 Charter Revision Commission. Most recently, she received the 2006 YMCA Harlem Branch Black Achievers in Industry Award and in 2005 the Community Service Heart Award from the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Inc."

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Appealing to the public at large can pay dividends in the marketing and
    advertising arenas through video competitions and other user contests,
    said Robb Hecht, an adjunct marketing professor [at Baruch College]and consultant..."There is little danger or drawback from a brand getting involved with viral video," Hecht said.  "Any company in any industry can participate in this. It could put a company at a competitive advantage to roll out such a contest, giving consumers the perception that the company values their input."
    "Human Networks" American Executive Magazine (March 2007)

  • Baruch College News
    "Time Warner Chief Executive Richard Parsons continued to leave the door open to a possible mayoral run once his contract expires in 2008. Asked about his political plans at a Baruch College forum Wednesday morning, Mr. Parsons avoided giving a direct answer but also didn't rule anything out.  “It's not smart to let people push you [into a decision]," he said, explaining why he planned to take time to "cool out" once he leaves the media giant. "It's much better to go off somewhere and clear your mind and figure out what to do next."
    "Time Warner CEO on mayoral run" Crain's New York Business (3/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This comfort is confirmed by statistical tests conducted by David Aronson, an adjunct professor of finance at Baruch College. Professor Aronson recently wrote a book entitled Evidence-Based Technical Analysis (Wiley, 2007), in which he discusses how to use the "scientific method and statistical inference" when judging investment strategies. In an interview, Professor Aronson told me that recently, he and the students in a class he teaches at Baruch tested the statistical basis for Zweig's confidence in double 9-to-1 signals. They did not differentiate between such signals that were accompanied by intervening 9-to-1 down days and signals that were not."
    "A rare and bullish technical event occurred Wednesday" Marketwatch (3/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "After his tour of duty in Vietnam, Baruch College anthropology professor Glenn Petersen struggled to readjust to civilian life. Today, when he sees the flood of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan pouring into his college, he relives those difficult times. But now, he can offer the guidance he never received.``It's painful for me to deal with this, but it would be a lot more painful not to,'' says the academic, who was asked by City University of New York administrators to take a lead role in developing new and improved support services for this latest generation of war veterans."
    "CUNY mobilizes for returning GIs" Crain's New York Business (3/19/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "To the Editor: As a historian of medicine, I commend Emanuel's careful examination of ''Medical Apartheid.'' This perceptive appraisal, which respects the well-intentioned ambition of the book while showing how its abundant flaws make for inaccurate history, is an important public service...Black Americans have sometimes received abuse at the hands of doctors in both clinical and experimental contexts, but this muddled account can neither honor their memory nor serve as a guide to preventing the recurrence of such problems. Bert Hansen, New York. The writer is a professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York."
    'Medical Apartheid' The New York Times Book Review (3/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "All the things Fidel is doing are international relations/Chavez things:
    buddy-buddy telephone calls to foreign leaders," said Baruch College Latin American studies professor Ted Henken, who travels to Cuba frequently. "They don't seem to be real decision-making things that affect policy. Maybe that's what he has allowed himself to graduate to." Henken said Raul actually needs for Fidel to linger on the sidelines, because the elder Castro offers legitimacy to his younger brother's rule. Together they can play good-cop bad-cop, while Cubans wait for word on their nation's future."
    "A comeback for Castro?" The Miami Herald (3/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Any suggestion that a school district or other municipality was about to
    default outright on loan payments would cause ripples throughout the investment community, experts note. "They're worried about the domino effect," said Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College."
    "1 more fiscal faux pas; Word of Roosevelt district's $19,125 lapse on loan payment comes as state scrambles to financially rescue it; potential investors notified" Newsday (3/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It certainly breeds a sense of corporate inclusiveness to consumers" says Robb Hecht, marketing consultant with IMC Strategies, New York [and adjunct professor of marketing at Baruch College]. "An image is projected to consumers by corporations [via videos and create-your-own-video contests] that they should 'be a part of us,' vs. 'be marketed at by us.' "
    "Virals in the Aisles?" Point of Purchase Times (3/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The standard economic literature in analyzing pay gaps between men and women is centered on measuring these varying factors. A professor of economics at Baruch College, June O'Neill, in a 2003 study found a wage ratio of 95%, using data on demographics, education, scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test, work experience, and workplace and occupational characteristics."
    "Hillary Underrates Women" The New York Sun (3/16/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Yelena Belaks, while studying at Bernard Baruch College in Manhattan, visited firms with her school's accounting society, trying to decide which would be the best fit for her professional career. The winner: Roseland, N.J.-based J.H. Cohn."The partners spent a lot of time with us," Belaks said, noting it was the culture - not just the cash - that won her over. Like Belaks, many accounting grads these days get to choose their career path, or at least its inception. To borrow a real estate phrase, it's a buyer's market."
    "Recruiting 101: Long Island accounting firms go back to school" Long Island Business News (3/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Robb Hecht, an adjunct marketing professor at New York's City's Baruch College, attributes the Rubik's Cube resurgence in part to the movies. Hecht thinks "The DaVinci Code," while not featuring a Rubik's Cube, inspired people to solve cryptic puzzles. "The street smarts to solve the everyday toy are almost like getting a degree from a smart school," Hecht says. "People are impressed with the intellectual capability to solve that pattern."
    "The Cube Is Back"  The Sacramento Bee (3/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Bloomberg also irked some observers last week when he took a business trip to Miami in the wake of the deadly Bronx fire, but none of that seemed to matter much in the poll, which surveyed 1,261 registered voters in New York City between March 6 and 12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. "It tells you that the mayor is super-Teflon, that little sticks to him by way of mistakes," said Doug Muzzio, a public affairs professor at Baruch College."
    "Call election here a Rudy Tuesday" Staten Island Advance (3/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The school bus debacle and seeping discontent with Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have created a sudden political opportunity for at least one expected 2009 mayoral contender. City Controller William Thompson has launched a torrent of attacks on Klein and his latest efforts to reorganize the schools..."It's good strategy to go after Klein without having to go after the mayor," said Baruch College political science Prof. Doug Muzzio. "The mayor's a $5 billion gorilla. Why make him mad?"
    "Thompson's Klein Barbs Put Him in Mayor Frame" Daily News (3/14/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "What seems obvious, though, is not always so obvious, especially on Wall Street. An editor at a relatively young and promising New York-based monthly newsletter, Emerging Investments, [Baruch College student] Ari Jahja, makes this point in reference to drug and biotech companies. While they can be very lucrative, they can also be fraught with danger, he observes. For every successful drug that makes it to the market, countless others fall by the wayside, Mr. Jahja notes. Further, he points out, the development costs required for a drug to get clearance from the Food and Drug Administration can range from $500 million to $2 billion."
    "Capitalizing on Americans in Their Golden Years" The New York Sun (3/12/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "No. 1, there's sort of the issue of state pride, but there's also pragmatic
    politics," a professor of political science at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said of the pressure for New York Democrats to support Mrs. Clinton. Lawmakers who support a candidate early on could gain the most once the candidate takes office."
    "Unique in N.Y. Delegation, Clarke Waits To Endorse" The New York Sun (3/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Some political observers, though, said Bloomberg's decision to go forward
    with the Florida trip - instead of immediately going to the site of the fire or
    visiting the injured in the hospital - is another example of the mayor's failure
    to understand his unique role in the city. "There's more to governance than simply providing services," said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College. "There's providing leadership, inspiration, comfort - and he fails on symbolism," Muzzio said. "He's never quite gotten it, and I think he actively resists getting it."
    "Bloomberg Ends Fla. Trip to Meet Grievieng Fathers" Daily News (3/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
     "For the mayor to go to Miami," said Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. (D-Bronx), "think about it - there are three families that lost nine children. I don't know what can be more important in Miami. It's one of the biggest incidents that a mayor of any city should stay home and pay attention to." Doug Muzzio, a political scientist at Baruch College, argued that the mayor's role extends far beyond that of a manager or CEO. "Substantively, he probably doesn't need to be there," said Muzzio. "He's got no real role to play in the actual firefighting or what happens afterwards. But symbolically, I think he should be here. It's an expression of support, strength, comfort. [Rudy] Giuliani understood that and Bloomberg doesn't quite get it," Muzzio added."
    "Missing Man Mike: Flies to Fla. Amid Grief Here" The New York Post (3/9/07)
  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "Senior executives will examine challenging diversity issues and present best practices at The Conference Board's 2007 Diversity Conference. This year's meeting will be held in three locations -- March 29-30 at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, April 25-26 at the Hilton in New York, and May 23-24 at the Westin River North in Chicago. The theme of this year's conference: Rhythms of the World: Examining and Honoring our Uniqueness and Multiplicities. Some of the issues to be examined include: managing generational differences; strategic business councils and resource groups; global cultural dexterity; leading diversity and inclusion; and spirituality in the workplace. Speakers include...Kathleen Waldron, President, Baruch College"
    "The Conference Board 2007 Diversity Conference to be Held in San Diego, New York and Chicago" PRNewswire (3/9/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Jean-Paul Warmoes, is executive secretary of the American branch of the King Baudouin Foundation, a Belgian charity whose New York office was established in 2002 to serve as an intermediary between American donors and not-for-profit organizations in Europe and Africa. "The U.S. market is an important market. It's a big market and a generous market," says Mr. Warmoes, who is organizing "Factors Critical to Success in Fund-Raising and Development -- the American Model," a four-day symposium in New York in April. The event, billed as a "study visit for trustees and senior professionals of European universities and cultural institutions," will include among its participants senior administrators from up to 12 European universities, who will hear advice from development staff with experience at institutions like Columbia and St. John's Universities, and Baruch College of the City University of New York."
    " From Across the Pond, More Hands Reach for American Dollars " The Chronicle of Higher Education (3/9/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Contested Spaces was an exhibit of post-Soviet art primaily from Russia. Curator Elena Sorokina says that the title refers to the spaces left behind by an empire that no longer exists, spaces that various forces are now vying to control. In the center of the Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College were works by Anatoly Osmolovsky, a major figure of Moscow actionism."
    " 'Contested Spaces' at Baruch College and 'Into theFuture' at Plus Ultra"
    Art in America (March 2007)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "At Baruch College, we use the phrase “the American Dream” a great deal. Indeed, as one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the country — 70 percent of the student body was born outside of the United States — it is easy to see why “the American Dream” is alive and well here. But what exactly is the American Dream today? How does it work, and what does it mean?  At the heart of the American Dream is economic mobility. It is the belief that the children of poverty and of privilege can end up in the same place; that as long as there is equality of opportunity, one’s starting point in life does not have to be a permanent barrier."
    "Last Word: Access to College Means Access To Economic Mobility for America’s Underserved  By Dr. Kathleen Waldron [President, Baruch College] Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (3/8/07)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "Just a few weeks ago, Kathleen Waldron, president of Baruch College at the City University of New York, says she was in front of a group of people ready to tell them about a generous financial gift the college had received.  “I said to the assembled crowd that ‘I have an announcement to make,’ and someone yelled out, ‘You're pregnant!’ This is 2007 and I’m 58 years old,” she added incredulously. “I think people take liberties with women leaders that they won’t with men.”  Waldron, who worked in corporate America for 15 years, says the main obstacle she faced when dealing with men and women who had never worked for a female boss was that her employees weren’t sure she was going to be powerful enough to help them in their careers."
    "Men rule — at least in workplace attitudes. Even women seem skeptical of female bosses in Elle/ survey" (3/6/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The Mega Millions jackpot is now a whopping $355 million dollars... Eyewitness News reporter Sandra Bookman is in Union Square with a look at the most commonly played numbers...Linda Friedman is a professor of statistics at Baruch College. She says she doesn't play the lottery because there's virtually no chance of a return on the investment. But she acknowledges those who do play, hope seems to be worth the cost."
    "The Mega Millions numbers game" megamillionsABC7 (3/5/07)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "By using tuition reimbursement effectively, you can retain good workers and cut the costs of recruiting and training new ones," says Chris Koutsoutis, director of executive programs at Baruch College's Zicklin school of Business."
    "Compnies cutting back on tuition aid for workers" Crain's New York Business (3/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is selling off the investment
    banking arm of his consulting firm to an Australian company, his company said Monday... Doug Muzzio, a politics professor at Baruch College, said Giuliani is trying to head off any future conflicts in the campaign. "Doing it now signals that they consider what they're doing for the clients will be politically problematic for a run for president, so they're getting rid of it early so that even if a story emerges, they will be politically inoculated from it," Muzzio said."
    "Giuliani Sells Part of Consulting Firm" The Assoicated Press (3/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "When the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art opens at the Brooklyn Museum later this month, Judy Chicago's ''Dinner Party,'' a multimedia installation celebrating the role of women in Western civilization, will have a permanent home. Conceived by Chicago and executed by hundreds of women working under her direction between 1974 and 1979, ''The Dinner Party'' was seen by more than a million people in the years following its completion. But since 1988 it has spent much of the time in storage. How that could happen to what the critic Arthur Danto has called ''one of the major artistic monuments of the second half of the 20th century'' is revealed in ''Becoming Judy Chicago.'' Gail Levin, who teaches art history, American studies and women's studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many other books, including a well-received biography of Edward Hopper, examines the whole of Chicago's career. But the book is liveliest when it turns to the creation and reception of ''The Dinner Party.''
    "A Place at the Table" The New York Times Book Review (3/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "You have to stand in line to be the next Eliot Spitzer," said Doug Muzzio, a politics professor at the City University of New York's Baruch College. Attorneys general around the country aspire to the designation, including Spitzer's successor in the office Andrew Cuomo, he said."
    "Ohio's top lawyer compared to New York's Spitzer" The Associated Press (3/5/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "What follows is a transcript of an actual interview that took place during
    John Edwards' visit to Baruch College on Feb. 27. He had just wrapped up his prepared remarks about the middle class and his efforts to organize unions and the floor was opened to questions from the press. Sitting in front of Mr. Edwards with tape recorders, notebooks and laptops at the ready were the political correspondents of the city's major daily papers; Mark Halperin, the political director of ABC News; and a mix of national bloggers and radio reporters. And Les Trent, senior correspondent of the newsmagazine Inside Edition."
    "John Edwards' Turn to Take His Whack at Hillary et Al." The New York Observer (3/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "How much of the most recent trading has been done by hedge funds? Hard to say, precisely...Jay Dahya, an assistant finance professor at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, says the hedge fund industry has grown to about $1.4 trillion today from about $75 billion in 1997, and numbers about 12,000 companies."
    "Q&A: Avoiding the meat grinder; Who's chewing up stocks, and how can you stay whole? Diversify, or let a mutual fund do it for you" Newsday (3/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Rock 'n' roll and the musical theater have always had an uneasy -- yet often productive -- relationship, says Ms. [Elisabeth] Wollman, an assistant professor of music at Baruch College of the City University of New York. As she writes early in her book, "reception of even the most well-received rock musicals, both in the press and among actual and potential audiences, almost always reveals recurring imbalances: a successful staged production offering a blend of rock and musical-theater aesthetics usually wins the favor of either the rock or the musical-theater realm, but rarely of both camps at once."
    "Rock 'n' Roll and Broadway, the Strange Bedfellows of Music" The Chronicle of Higher Education (3/2/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Democratic presidential hopeful former Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.) brought his campaign to New York Tuesday, February 27 and, taking a page out of another contender's playbook, listened to what community, labor, religious and business leaders had to say about health care, education, jobs employment and other issues affecting working families. Held under the thematic umbrella, "Working Cities: A Leadership Forum on The Working Poor," the meeting took place at Baruch College in midtown Manhattan under the joint sponsorship of the Community Service Society and Local 32 BJ of the Service Employees International Union. The hour-long gathering was moderated by Daily News columnist Errol Louis."
    "John Edwards at Leadership Forum on the Working Poor" Amsterdam News (3/1-7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Voters can look forward to a preview of what a general election battle
    between Mayor Giuliani and Senator Clinton would look like if New York lawmakers call Mr. Giuliani or members of his former city administration to appear before an inquiry into the health issues of ground zero workers...Digging into the Giuliani administration's response could put Mrs. Clinton in the potentially awkward position of interrogating aides to a potential presidential rival. It could also undermine what has been Mr. Giuliani's chief asset in his own White House bid. "It goes to Giuliani's narrative of pre- and post-9/11 hero," a political science professor at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said. Mr. Muzzio offered this advice to Mrs. Clinton: "Take the high road." Taking direct shots at Mr. Giuliani's leadership would be risky, he said. "It's not smart strategy. It's too early."
    "Potential Clinton-Giuliani Battle Brews Over 9/11 Health Issues" The New York Sun (3/1/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "In other personnel news...James McCarthy has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Baruch College of The City University of New York. He is  currently dean of the School of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire."
    "Bettison-Varga is named provost of Whitman College" Dean and Provost (3/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "(CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 proudly presents “Latino Power,” a two-part series...during the 6PM newscasts. Pablo Guzman reports on how far the Latino community has come in establishing itself in Corporate America and how Latino business is the fastest growing sector in New York. Both parts examine how numerous Latinos have emerged into extremely successful entrepreneurs and business owners, yet there are numerous realms including politics, where the Latino community still does not have as much visibility as they would like. It also features interviews with several Hispanic leaders, including Dr. Hector Cordero-Guzman of Baruch College and Armando Rodriguez, Jr. of the National Hispanic Business Group and owner of his own janitorial services company. Both discuss their heritage and personal stories of success."
    "Latino Power Series: Latino Advances in Business" latinopwerseriesCBS2 (3/1/07)

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Baruch in the Media - Archive - February 2007

  • Baruch College News
    "Baruch College, another commuter school and part of the City University of New York, began using Rave Wireless' early alert system two years ago. A Rave representative had contacted Arthur Downing, CIO, at the very time when he was thinking of developing a homegrown text message-to-cell phone system. "I usually don't take cold calls," quips Downing, who adds that this fortuitous contact helped put his plan into action. Texting to cell phones keeps Baruch in step with student trends, he notes. Students have "abandoned e-mail" in favor of IM, or text messaging on their phones, says Downing. Important messages sent to e-mail were being missed."
    "...Gotta Get a Message to You" University Business (February 2007)

  • Baruch College News
    "Democratic White House hopeful John Edwards hit rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's home turf yesterday and lobbed shots about the need for "honesty, openness and decency" in the White House. They were Edwards' latest comments in a recent string that's aimed partly at highlighting Clinton's refusal to apologize for her 2002 vote authorizing the war, which some Democratic primary voters want. Edwards, who's no longer in the Senate, made the comments after appearing at a forum on the working poor at Baruch College in Murray Hill, part of a two-day jaunt to New York that also included fund raising."
    "Edwards Drills Hill's Ethics" The New York Post (2/28/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...Baruch College remains committed to our students and to the accounting profession, and will continue to work with students and firms in every way possible, including finding every practical means to bring in dedicated, high-quality teachers. We need to find creative paths, including scholarships and part-time employment at CPA firms, to help students through the fifth year of study required to sit for the CPA Exam. We also have to navigate through a critical national shortage of qualified Ph.Ds to teach accounting (noted recently in the Jan. 9, 2007, Wall Street Journal). Despite the external challenges of the new licensing requirements and the demand for faculty, Baruch College is steadfast in its dedication to remain the college of choice for accounting.

    John A. Elliott
    Irwin and Arlene Ettinger Professor of Accountancy, vice president and Dean, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

    Masako Darrough
    Chair, Stan Ross Department of Accountancy Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College

    New York City"
    "Letters: Baruch is committed to accounting education" Accounting Today (2/26/07)

  • Baruch Staff News
    "...[Burt] Beagle's involvement with Baruch athletics began in 1951 when he was an accounting student at what was then City College's School of Business and Public Administration. As a student, he served as sports editor of the school's newspaper. "You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who remembers the league before him or without him," Holy Cross High School basketball coach Paul Gilvary told The Daily News. "He was the nicest man who loved the game." Last year, he was part of the inaugural class of the Baruch College Hall of Fame. Baruch basketball coach Ray Rankis called Beagle "a friend, a true supporter ... and utterly irreplaceable," in a statement released by the school."
    "By the numbers" Chattanooga Times Free-Press (2/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Janet C. Gornick is professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, and professor of political science at Baruch College, at the City University of New York. She is also director of the Luxembourg Income Study and coauthor of Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment. MANY RICH COUNTRIES DO A far better job than the United States does of supporting workers who are balancing the competing demands of employment and parenthood. Several European countries, especially in northern and western Europe, provide extensive work/family reconciliation policies--including paid family leave, public early-childhood education and care, and working-time measures that raise the quality and availability of reduced-hour work. The European Union puts a common floor under several of these national standards."
    "Atlantic Passages; How Europe supports working parents and their children" The American Prospect (Feb./Mar. 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This paper analyzes the effects of dollarization, where a country (C) uses
    money produced by another country (M). We derive a general formula to determine the "optimal" rate of inflation, which maximizes M's welfare but does not take into account any loss to C. We show how this inflation varies with relative income size and output growth. Estimates of the "optimal" inflation rate are made for some countries. Alvin L. Marty is a Professor of Economics & Finance at New York City's Baruch College."
    "Optimal" inflation under dollarization" Journal of International Money and Finance (Feb./Mar. 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "If cost-cutting is necessary in Japan, there is a pecking order, says Yoshi
    Tsurumi, an economist at Baruch College in Manhattan and a consultant to Japanese companies
    . Dividends are cut first, then salaries -- starting at the top. Finally, there are layoffs -- if attrition is not enough to shrink staff.''The matter of flexibility is important,'' Mr. Tsurumi said, ''but the Japanese notion is to retrain and transfer people within an organization.''
    "Job Security, Too, May Have a Happy Medium" The New York Times (2/25/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "MAKING STUDENTS stay in school until they're 18 and pumping up the number of guidance counselors were among the proposals yesterday at a brainstorming session on how to cut the city's high dropout rate.
    "Clearly, today's dropout summit helped us to focus in on the problem," said City Council Education Committee Chairman Robert Jackson (D-Washington Heights). "All of us are responsible to ensure that our children, the children of New York, receive a good education." The city puts the four-year high school graduation rate at 58.2%, a number state officials suggest is inflated. Advocates at the Baruch College event suggested that increasing the state's compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 would encourage more students to stay in school, said Cary Goodman, executive director of Directions for Our Youth. Other ideas included additional professional development for teachers who may have difficulty relating to the problems facing city teens.The findings from yesterday's summit will be examined at a City Council hearing on the dropout crisis later this spring."
    "The Dropout Dilemma. Keep Kids Till 18, & Beef Up Staffs, Panel Urges."
    Daily News (2/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "(CBS) NEW YORK CBS 2 proudly presents “Latino Power,” a two-part series airing Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27 and 28 during the 6PM newscasts. Pablo Guzman reports on how far the Latino community has come in establishing itself in Corporate America and how Latino business is the fastest growing sector in New York. Both parts examine how numerous Latinos have emerged into extremely successful entrepreneurs and business owners, yet there are numerous realms including politics, where the Latino community still does not have as much visibility as they would like. The first part serves as an introduction to the series and features historic footage and photos of CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman when he served as Minister of Information of the Young Lords Party, the leading Puerto Rican radical group at the time. It also features interviews with several Hispanic leaders, including Dr. Hector Cordero-Guzman of Baruch College and Armando Rodriguez, Jr. of the National Hispanic Business Group and owner of his own janitorial services company. Both discuss their heritage and personal stories of success."
    CBS 2 Proudly Presents 'Latino Power' Series (2/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Reopening an emotional issue that Mayor Bloomberg had deemed closed, Gov. Spitzer said yesterday he wants to begin "a very public discussion" about how to list victims' names on the World Trade Center memorial...While all Spitzer can do is make his voice heard, political pundits warned that Bloomberg could have a fight on his hands. "It seems to be that he's stepping on the mayor's turf," said Doug Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College."
    "Eliot Spikes Mike's Plan for WTC List" New York Post (2/21/07)

  • Baruch Facutly Expertise
    "New State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli yesterday made an issue of sweeping significance on Long Island - the conduct of fire districts and fire companies - the subject of his first major oversight proposals...Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, noted that DiNapoli, who was tapped for the job over the objections of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, picked an issue that has had its fair share of news coverage. "Clearly one would have expected, considering the controversy surrounding him when he got the job, that he would have come up with something more to establish his name, not something that had been done already," Muzzio said. "But it's a small step. He knows he has four years to get established."
    "Putting out the fire; New comptroller's first oversight proposal targets fire districts, requires extended training, budget review" Newsday (2/21/07)

  • Baruch Staff News
    "Burt Beagle, the longtime CHSAA sports information director and CUNY scorekeeper, died yesterday in a hospice after a year-long battle with cancer. Since last fall, the 73-year-old Beagle had been in and out of the hospital with various ailments.  Beagle may have been the city's best-known statistician. After taking over as Baruch College's sports information director in 1968, he started keeping men's basketball stats for Baruch in November of 1969. For nearly five decades, Beagle kept stats for the CHSAA and CUNY the same way: with a pencil and paper. He never used a computer."
    "City hoops legend Beagle dies at 73" Daily News (2/20/07)

  • Baruch Staff News
    "Folks found it strange not seeing Burt Beagle yesterday when they walked into the Water Club in Manhattan for the annual CUNY Conference
    pre-tournament awards luncheon. It will feel stranger still not seeing him at the scorer's table when the Con Edison-sponsored tournament begins tomorrow at City College in Manhattan: Beagle's battling cancer. "Burt's the only person who's been at every single tournament game since 1966," CUNY commissioner Zak Ivkovic said. The laid-back Beagle did more than keep score and statistics, something he also did for Baruch College and the CHSAA: He was a computer - a walking computer - before most people knew what a computer was. "He's the only one who has all the information," Ivkovic said. "It's all in his head. Or in his garage."
    "This year's CUNY tourney won't be same without Beagle" Staten Island Advance (2/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Should you have even a remote thought of running for office, you need to
    learn about the conditional apology. Few politicians can live without it...But these nuggets are mainly for people already in the game. Beginners require more basic information. That is where the city's branch of the League of Women Voters comes in. With a grant from the New York Community Trust, the league has set in motion months of tutorials on how to run for office in this city. These are to include tips from political pros on raising money, on election laws, on debating techniques, on getting out the vote -- even on whether it makes sense to go into this messy business in the first place. ''It will at least provide an introduction to the multiple problems they will face,'' said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, who will lead some of the ''how to'' sessions, which will rotate among City University campuses in all five boroughs. ''What one has to do in campaigning is, in a sense, mind-blowing,'' Professor Muzzio said. ''Just going to your Rolodex and asking friends for money can be a terrifying experience.''
    "How to Run For Office, If You Must" The New York Times (2/16/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I'm sure there are people in Congress who look at Hillary Clinton and say,
    'Don't mess with her; she could be president,' " said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College in New York City. "It could help her get what she wants for New York."
    "Clinton's presidential bid a mixed blessing for N.Y." Gannett News Service (2/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    " Racism, overwhelmed election workers and a single polling place beyond the northern border of Port Chester. Those are some of the difficulties described yesterday by two unsuccessful candidates for the Port Chester school board during the second day of testimony in the federal voter-rights case against the village...The government's first expert witness, Robert Courtney Smith, a Baruch College and CUNY professor, also testified about the history of discrimination in Westchester and Port Chester, and socioeconomic disparities among ethnic groups. Smith, who studied Port Chester elections from 2001 to 2006, said there were not enough Spanish-speaking poll workers at the 16 voting sites in the village. He also analyzed the two public hearings held by the village to discuss district voting and concluded that 81 percent of Latino speakers supported voting districts and 93 percent of white speakers opposed them. Smith said the "heckling" of Hispanic speakers at the meetings was evidence of racial polarization."
    "Unsuccessful Port Chester candidates testify in Hispanic vote" The Journal News (2/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I think he's [Eliot Spitzer] made the decision that the problems (of state government) are so deeply entrenched that the only way to beat it is to confront it directly," said Baruch College political scientist Douglas Muzzio. "I think he's going to run a populist administration. He's going to campaign against the Legislature until they are steamrolled."
    "Don't think this is all random" Gannett News Service (2/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Albany just sucks the life out of you, it's a quagmire," said Doug Muzzio, a
    politics professor at Baruch College
    , who also made the Suozzi comparison. "So he may be right. You may have to be a steamroller."
    "Spitzer, Legislature quiet battle for now" The Associated Press (2/14/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "It's too early to bring out Bill," said Baruch College political scientist
    Doug Muzzio
    . "She's the candidate, she's the one running for president. She's got to establish an independent identity."  Muzzio also noted that Bill Clinton "will be a net plus" for his wife, but comes with a lot of baggage she doesn't want to deal with now."
    "Bill Clinton pitches in on his wife's campaign" Daily News (2/14/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Every Thursday, when many people race for the door at the end of their
    workday, Leslie Martinez ('04) heads to the Akeley Hall of African Mammals for an evening animal drawing class. "I love it," she says. "It's a way to get to know the dioramas--and the Museum at night."  The Museum at night is Leslie's bailiwick now, as coordinator of the recently revived sleepover program in which 300 8- to 12-year-oldsand adult chaperones explore the Museum after hours before setting up camp in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life... Like so many AMNH employees, Leslie's enthusiasm is heightened by that of her daughter, Whitney, 10. "Whitney grew up here," says Leslie, who started at the Museum in 2001 as a part-time membership assistant while earning her B.A. in history at Baruch College."
    "Leslie Martinez: coordinator, Sleepover Program; American Museum of Natural History" Natural History Magazine (February 2007)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "The USTA today announced that Rita Garza has been named Director, Public Relations, Pro Tennis. In her role, Garza will be involved in all aspects of Pro Tennis public relations and publicity efforts, including the US Open, the US Open Series, The U.S. Fed Cup Team, USTA Diversity messaging and USTA Pro Tennis business initiatives...Garza received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and as a National Urban Fellow received a Master's Degree in Public Administration, with honors, in 1997 from the Baruch College, School of Public Affairs, City University of New York."
    "USTA names Rita Garza, director public relations pro tennis" Tennis News (2/13/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Kyra Gaunt likes to remind her students that Black History Month is about American history, which means it's about all of us. That's why she applauds Grace Fox, a white woman whose research more than 55 years ago helped preserve some black history. Fox was a Florida State University physical-education professor from 1933 to 1971. She died in December at age 99. "I tell my students we didn't get out of salvery all by ourseleves; a lot of knowledge we had to get from white people," Gaunt said. "A big part of Black History Month, to me, is remembering we were never different." Gaunt is a professor of  ethnomusicology at Bernard Baruch College in New York City."
    "Ensley: White, black and the games children play" Tallahassee Democrat (2/10/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The first six weeks of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's term have brought some
    significant accomplishments, but also unprecedented hostility with the state Legislature..."You're getting what he promised: a highly confrontational, in-your-face reformer," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "He's not going to back down -- he's going to escalate it. It's going to be confrontational. It's going to be loud. And there are going to be bloody noses."
    "Albany" Gannett News Service (2/9/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "But most experts said they thought Spitzer was still the dominant force in Albany and was now simply moving into a more aggressive posture. "There's an old truism that says the only way to get the attention of a jackass is to hit him across the head with a 2-by-4," said Baruch College Prof. Doug Muzzio. "That is now Spitzer's approach to legislative leaders."
    "He Spitz In Gov.'s Eye" Daily News (2/8/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Alfonse M. D'Amato, the former United States senator and a legendary
    Republican power broker on Long Island, was less sanguine. ''The governor had a great win in the state election out in Long Island,'' Mr. D'Amato said during a panel discussion at Baruch College in Manhattan, noting the ''surprisingly high turnout'' in a district where Democrats have a slight edge in voter registration."
    "Dreams of Seizing Control Of the State Senate Leave New York Democrats Giddy" The New York Times (2/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Democrats may be lobbying Republicans in the state Senate to switch parties so they can grab control of the legislative body - and name its first black majority leader in history - but political analysts and some of the alleged targeted legislators threw cold water on the notion yesterday... Doug Muzzio of CUNY's Baruch College added, "It seems to me unlikely, but who knows?"
    "Staying right where they are; State's Senate Republicans dismiss comment some may defect, handing control over to Democrats, calling the notion 'ridiculous' " Newsday (2/8/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "We often forget that the No. 1 music and movie retailer in the 'offline'
    world isn't Best Buy or Tower Records, it's Wal-Mart," Robb Hecht, adjunct professor of marketing at [Baruch College] City University of New York, told the E-Commerce Times. "This move for Wal-Mart to thus become the first major retailer to offer the service of movie/music online downloads makes sense," he added. In short, Hollywood studios want and need the distribution channels Wal-Mart provides into Middle America, Hecht continued. "...This distribution direction Wal-Mart is taking will influence other retailers in no time."
    "Wal-Mart Launches Online Movie Download Store"  E-Commerce Times (2/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Spitzer, a Democrat, made it clear early on that he considered the special
    election a referendum on his agenda to reform Albany. He had a hand in selecting Johnson, a Nassau County legislator, to be the Democratic candidate, appeared with him in a television ad and helped him raise money...Douglas Muzzio, a Baruch College political science professor, said it appears "round one goes to Eliot." "Clearly, he put in all that effort staked to his early reputation and it looks like he's walking out a winner, particularly coming the day before they're going to name the comptroller," Muzzio said. "At the end of the day, he's going to win one and lose one, but this is a big win."
    "Spitzer's Senate choice wins" The Times Union (2/7/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The 19th-century abolitionist John Brown might seem an unorthodox subject for an English professor whose thesis was titled “Faith in Fiction 1720-1860” and whose teaching has focused on 19th-century American literature. But for David S. Reynolds, distinguished professor of English and American studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College at the City University of New York, it was almost as though the authors he knew so well — Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, Whitman, even Victor Hugo — had personally suggested John Brown as a topic. All those writers wrote about John Brown and his actions, in varying degrees of laudation. “I thought if there was so much smoke, there must be an interesting fire,” Dr. Reynolds said, sitting in the library of the house he shares in Sagaponack with his wife, Suzanne Nalbantian, who teaches comparative literature at C.W. Post, and their daughter, Alise, a senior at Barnard College.    Hence “John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights” (just released in paperback by Vintage, $16.95). Dr. Reynolds explained that not only had he been inspired to take on John Brown by the writers who had influenced him most, but that there had not been a new biography of Brown since the 1970s."
    "Considering John Brown" East Hampton Star (2/6/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In an effort to stop businesses from fleeing New York, Mayor Bloomberg is meeting with international finance regulators about the idea of making the American regulatory system less burdensome...The dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said many New York mayors have used the city's muscle to push for policy change. He noted that Mr. Bloomberg is "advertising very loudly to the international community that this is a city that wants your business."
    " To Alter U.S. Regulatory Climate, Mayor Eyes Overseas Methods" The New York Sun (2/5/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...Marked as the relative falloff has been in the performance of Value Line's top picks, it's not clear that it amounts to anything more than bad luck, according to David R. Aronson, an adjunct professor of finance at Baruch College. Professor Aronson is the author of ''Evidence-Based Technical Analysis'' (Wiley, 2006), which discusses how to use the ''scientific method and statistical inference'' in judging investment strategies. Upon analyzing monthly returns of Value Line's Group 1 stocks back to 1980, as calculated by The Hulbert Financial Digest, Professor Aronson found that their performance in recent years ''is consistent with normal random variation in historical performance.'' He concludes that there is no statistical basis for saying that ''the Value Line ranking system has deteriorated.''
    "To the (Very) Patient May Go the Spoils" The New York Times (2/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "In the 1980s, Yonkers almost went bankrupt fighting a federal judge's order
    to integrate public housing before finally relenting. In the years since, the
    fair-and-affordable housing debate has gone largely unspoken in the county and
    in the country, with Congress appearing reluctant to push local communities and housing advocates stymied at getting the courts involved. A federal lawsuit filed last month seeks to change all that. ''It's a novel approach, and it will certainly be a fascinating case to hear argued,'' said John Goering, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College and a former official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He said that John P. Relman, a prominent civil rights lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Anti-Discrimination Center, ''is not a foolish man likely to waste resources if he didn't think he had a winnable case."
    "County Sued Over Lack of Affordable Homes" The New York Times (2/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "And while insinuating himself into those political volcanoes, Spitzer also
    has set an unusually macho rhetorical tone for upcoming budget talks and other
    legislative initiatives by boasting that he would "welcome" a fight, and bragging to one top Republican that he is a "steamroller" who will "roll over" anyone who gets in his way, according to news reports last week. "Clearly, he's Gov. Stick rather than Gov. Carrot," said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. "He's an aggressive and confrontational guy, he isn't going to change and this may signal a real problem for the Spitzer administration."
    "Ready to fight; New governor takes on both Democrats, Republicans" Newsday (2/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Will the newly empowered Shiite majority in Iraq use its power to tame its sectarian radicals like Moqtada al-Sadr and make an accommodation with the Sunni minority, or will it pursue a politics of resentment and revenge and try to impose sectarian dominance? The outcome will profoundly affect the actions of other governments and of oppressed Shiites in Pakistan and elsewhere," writes John Brenkman, an international affairs analyst at the [Baruch College] City University of New York, in an e-mail."
    "Shiite-Sunni conflict rises in Pakistan" Christian Science Monitor (2/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The New York Stock Exchange is the last of the major markets to go
    electronic. The move was substantially completed last month with the rollout of
    its Hybrid Market. The Big Board's leap into electronic trading was inevitable.
    Technology has enabled it, competition has pressured it, and regulation has
    compelled it. BYLINE: Robert A. Schwartz [Marvin M. Speiser Professor of Finance and University Distinguished Professor of Finance, Zicklin School of Business]"
    "Big Change at the Big Board: Where is the hybrid market heading?" Traders Magazine (2/1/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "...Baruch College, another commuter school and part of the City University of New York, began using Rave Wireless' early alert system two years ago. A Rave representative had contacted Arthur Downing, CIO, at the very time when he was thinking of developing a homegrown text message-to-cell phone system. "I usually don't take cold calls," quips Downing, who adds that this fortuitous contact helped put his plan into action. Texting to cell phones keeps Baruch in step with student trends, he notes. "
    "Gotta get a message to you: new technology is pushing emergency
    text messages to cell phones and PDAs. What's next?" University Business (2/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Others, however, think that placing a cap on the legal damages independent auditors can suffer removes an important deterrent to fraud. Douglas Carmichael, who was the PCAOB's first chief accountant, feels that Hewitt's comments were inappropriate in light of a January 22 report by the board that found abundant blunders in auditors' fraud detection. The way to boost deterrence is for the PCAOB to follow up with the firms, says Carmichael, now the Wollman Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at Baruch College in New York City. "It's certainly not to give auditors freedom from legal liability."
    "Sarbox on Ice?" (2/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    DOBBS: There's rising tension tonight between the United States and Iran. The Bush administration accusing Iran of helping insurgents kill our troops in Iraq. And at the same time, Iran is aggressively pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program. Joining me now, three leading authorities on Iran, Iraq and Iran's military ambitions...And Ervand Abrahamian is a history professor at Baruch College, and we thank you for being here...ERVAND ABRAHAMIAN, BARUCH COLLEGE: I would go further. I think the decision was made some time ago in Washington that the Iranian nuclear program has to be destroyed. I think that commitment has been made to Israel. And if once you have that premise, then the question is, how do you stop the Iranian nuclear program? One is the diplomatic route, which the administration's excluded. So the other route is basically a military route, which is -- of course will lead to a wider war, which is the real danger."
    "General George Casey Grilled; Showdown Over Iraq; Intelligence Battle" Lou Dobbs Tonight, CNN (2/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has opened an investigation into the relationships between lenders and the colleges and universities that steer their students toward them for loans...''He's following the Spitzer paradigm,'' Douglas Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College in New York, said of Mr. Cuomo. Investigating student loans also has ''a narrative that's clearly understood; it's national.''
    "Cuomo Investigates Colleges And Ties to Student Lenders" The New York Times (2/1/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...Today there are more opportunities to win in statistical arbitrage at the
    NYSE. The average turnaround time on many stocks traded at the exchange has shrunk recently by a stunning factor of 30--from about nine seconds, or 9,000 milliseconds--to 300 milliseconds for Hybrid stocks. "When you measure speed in milliseconds, the length of a cable between you and the exchange's computers really matters," says Robert Schwartz, a finance professor at Baruch College in New York and an expert on market structure. "If you are housed closer to the exchange, you have an advantage."
    "Hooked on speed: statistical arbitrageurs and other high-frequency
    traders demand lightning-quick data access and trade execution that, thanks to
    technological and regulatory changes, the market can now provide" Business & Industry, Institutional Investor Americas (Feb.2007)

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  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I believe that it is Google that should be tracked by academics and, I
    suggest, regulatory agencies, because my deliberations lead me to the view that with its especially favorable tax and financial market positioning, it might
    evolve into an especially opportunistic venture capital or hedge fund capable of sucking the air from actual or potential competitors."
    "Commentary: Google's SOS to the SEC; The modern corporation and private property in the Third Millennium" Accounting Today (1/29/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Cathy Avgiris (BBA, '80), senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Voice Services, succinctly articulates the importance of the operator's voice strategy: "You don't have a triple play if you don't have a third product." While Comcast dished up voice services a bit later than other cable operators, it's now catering to a bustling bistro of digital voice subscribers under the leadership of Avgiris...Avgiris, who goes by Cathy ("If anyone calls me Catherine, I know I'm in trouble"), grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and attended Manhattan's Baruch College, where she received a degree in accounting."
    "Giving Voice: Avgiris Spearheads Comcast Triple Play" Multichannel News (1/29/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), the leading electronic energy marketplace and soft commodities exchange, announced today the appointment of a new Board of Directors for the New York Board of Trade...Terrence F. Martell, PH.D., Vice Chairman. Martell was a member of the previous NYBOT Board of Governors, and also recently joined the ICE Board. Martell is the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance and the Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College in New York City."
    "NYBOT Board of Directors Appointed" PR Newswire (1/29/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "Talking to one residential real estate broker in New York City is a little
    like talking to the entire Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad. Except the real
    estate broker is even more bullish. So when the top guns of Manhattan's real estate world converge today for a seminar at Baruch College called "Why Buy Now?" those who follow the extremely upbeat industry will probably be scratching their heads and asking if there exists any reason not to buy now."
    "Why Buy Now? It's a Terrific Market, Brokers Say" The New York Sun (1/25/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "In a speech Monday at Baruch College, Rangel said he wants to hold hearings into current troop levels and future plans for Iraq and other potential conflict regions, noting that the administration has said more troops may be needed."
    "Secret Pentagon Study Narrows Down Iraq" The Associated Press (1/25/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Senator Schumer sets out a lofty set of policy goals in his new book, but
    political analysts say almost all of them will be difficult, if not impossible,
    to accomplish. Mr. Schumer uses his book, "Positively American," to apply his "50% solution" to issues ranging from reading and math scores (he wants them increased by 50%) to property taxes that fund education (he wants them slashed by 50%). A professor of public affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, equated the goals to the 1964 hit song "Wishin' and Hopin'." "It's a lot of wishing and hoping. It's all good stuff, but there's an air that it's unrealistic in terms of implementation," Mr. Muzzio said."
    "Critics See Low Percentages in Schumer's '50% Solution' " The New York Sun (1/24/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...The most likely area of reform may be the rules on how legislators can spend campaign contributions. Currently, they can use funds for personal expenditures. Senate Elections Committee Chairman John Flanagan of Suffolk County introduced a bill last June to ban the use of campaign funds for expenses such as sports tickets, international travel and home improvements...The bill went nowhere, and Mr. Flanagan wouldn't say whether he'll introduce it again.``Something might happen,'' says Douglas Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College. ``But there has got to be a quid pro quo, and I don't know what that might be.''
    "Campaign finances top new leader's list; But Senate Republicans may stand in the way" Crain's New York Business (1/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "I understand the politics as to why we'd like to target temporary visitors, students, and others, but I haven't seen ... a really cogent analysis about why [it] would be better to put billions of dollars into that as opposed to training people to speak foreign languages and infiltrating groups that are suspicious," says Allan Wernick, a professor at Baruch College in New York and chairman of the Citizenship and Immigration Project."
    "Should US track each foreigner's exit?  A program to record visa-holders' departures via land is being suspended because of technology issues, say security officials" Christian Science Monitor (1/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...The city-state relationship could also come undone over the big personalities involved. Messrs. Spitzer and Bloomberg are opinionated, aggressive men used to succeeding on their own terms. ``They're both men with ambition and ego,'' says Douglas Muzzio, a public affairs professor at Baruch College. ``They're also both smart enough not to let that get in the way, but it's possible.''
    "Mayor needs Spitzer to achieve big goals; Will honeymoon last, or will delays mount up?" Crain's New York Business (1/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The choice -- if it had to be made -- would be two years away, but Senator
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's decision to run for the White House in 2008 has already touched off some early speculation about who would succeed her in the Senate if she wins... A bold, if unlikely, choice would be Thomas R. Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, who ran against Mr. Spitzer last year in the Democratic primary for governor. Choosing Mr. Suozzi would show great magnanimity, but, said Douglas A. Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College, ''it ain't likely after all the nasty things he said about Eliot during the gubernatorial campaign.''
    "If Clinton Should Win, Who Would Take Her Place?" The New York Times (1/22/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Obama is less experienced than Clinton, but he has cast himself as a fresh
    voice and a champion for change. He has a loose and comfortable speaking style, which stands in stark contrast to Clinton's more studious and scripted approach. "He's dangerous because he's new, and he's fresh and he's resonating," said Douglas Muzzio, a Baruch College political science professor. "He's relaxed and he's self-assured. She always seems to have that remove."
    "Sen. Clinton takes first step in bid to capture the Democratic Party's nomination for White House in '08" The Times Union (1/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...A week earlier, as Hillary Clinton was touring Iraq and Afghanistan, former veep nominee John Edwards stole headlines with an anti-war speech on her own turf, at Riverside Church just blocks from her husband's Harlem office. And rising superstar Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) launched his own bid last week, siphoning even more attention from the junior New York senator..."It's become tit-for-tat already," said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. "Edwards lays down a marker in New York. Obama announces on the Internet and ends saying he's going to have a conversation. And they're both offering Iraq bills."
    "Hillary makes herstory" Daily News (1/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "An expert on corporate integrity said that kind of behavior by company leaders is unusual. "This management really needs to be commended," said Donald Schepers, associate director for the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College in New York. "It brings a lot of good will to the corporation when management is honest with the people. They deserve credit for doing that."  Chief executive officers, he said, "are really beginning to get the message: 'We've got to stop and not try to lead people on.'"  "The cover-up is always what catches people," he said. "That's the spin. ... When a disaster strikes, the best thing to do is get out in front of it, apologize, say you screwed up and move on."
    "Execs are not afraid to take heat" Fort Worth Star-Telegram (1/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Perhaps the biggest wild card for her [Hillary Clinton] is the Iraq war, which she voted for. If it gets worse, she may have to find a way to recant her early support, and risk adding to perceptions her positions are poll-driven and calculating. "That will be tough for her, but she may have to do it," said Baruch College's Doug Muzzio. "Her top opponents are already to her left on it."
    "Sen. Clinton will have no room for error, analysts say" Daily News (1/21/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "For the first time in a generation, the most popular name for newborn
    Hispanic boys in New York City is an ethnic one: Angel. There are more Angels in America than ever before: the name ranked 32nd nationwide, a record high, among all baby boys in 2005 and in Arizona it is now the most popular name among all male newborns...Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, chairman of the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College, said Angel was suggestive of ''qualities mothers would like their children to have or is somewhat eponymous. The levels of religiosity in the Latino community, I think, also add to the popularity of the name.''
    "New Favor for a Name That Straddles Cultures" The New York Times (1/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...These days, in an era of shrunken public dollars and booming philanthropy, as universities and museums showcase multimillion-dollar gifts by Chinese-Americans, Ms. Kee worries about a different kind of disconnect: a divide between the explosive growth of Chinese-American wealth and the unmet needs of a new generation of Chinese immigrants who have streamed to the city since the 1990s... Some observers, like Kenneth J. Guest, an anthropologist at Baruch College who has studied the latest immigrant stream from Fujian province, see a divide even within Chinatown between the newcomers, who have little education, and those who run the nonprofit organizations. ''There's some very strong prejudice within the Cantonese community,'' he said, drawing a parallel with assimilated German Jews who looked down on Jewish newcomers from Russia. ''It's interesting to see what the 30-somethings will do.''
    "Some Complain of Class Divide In Chinese-Americans' Charity" The New York Times (1/20/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Ethnomusicologist Kyra D. Gaunt aka "Professor G," an associate professor of music at Baruch College, discusses whether R&B music is dead. Black music seems to be dominated by hip hop exclusively, struck by the lack of quality R&B music people are wondering aside from John Legend, who's out there? Last week on the People's Choice Awards the nominees for best R&B artist were Mariah Carey, Justin  Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. And Justin won! Do you have to be black to be an R&B artist?  We'll explore."   
    "Is R&B music dead?" (1/19/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Walk on a college campus these days and you'll see cellphones everywhere, but only some being used for conversations. Baruch College sophomore Yelena Slatkina in New York City recently rustled up an emergency sub at work by typing a plea to her entire work group on her cellphone."
    "Students' new best friend: 'MoSoSo' Mobile Social Networking Software, the next wave of virtual community is already appearing on cellphones, beginning with college campuses" Christian Science Monitor (1/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The state of the city has a lot to do with what it gets from the State of New
    York - and Mayor Bloomberg yesterday pressed the governor and Legislature to clean up Albany's act and give the city what it needs."There wasn't a lot of sweet-talking here today. [Bloomberg] sort of laid down the gauntlet," said Doug Muzzio of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs."
    "No more excuses for Albany" Daily News (1/18/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "...Still, Obama, despite his celebrity status, remains an untested figure at the
    national level and will have to prove his mettle in a presidential campaign,
    said Doug Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College in Manhattan. "He's got to take a couple of shots to the chin to see that he can take it," Muzzio said. "It's a long, treacherous road. ... (Clinton's) still the
    "Obama takes first step toward '08 race" The Journal News (1/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Nearly two months after the fatal shooting of Sean Bell, support for the
    Police Department has plummeted and Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating matches his highest rating ever, a study released yesterday shows... Generally, analysts said they were not surprised by the poll's results. "The
    shooting had profound reverberations in the black community," a professor at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, Douglas Muzzio, said."
    "Ratings for Mayor, Police Diverge After Bell Shooting" The New York Sun (1/17/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    Professor Robert Smith and Baruch grad Angelo Cabrera have been working to form a mentorship and outreach project in the Mexican community. "Research on the Mexican community in New York has uncovered some startling statistics -- while Mexicans are among the fastest growing groups in the city, they are dropping out of high school at alarming rates -- more than other new immigrant groups and more than Mexican students across the country. And few are attending New York's colleges. WNYC’s Marianne McCune has this report on an international partnership that aims to reverse that trend."
    "Mexicans dropping out at an alarming rate" WNYC (1/15/06)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The Feb. 6 special election to fill a vacant Long Island state Senate seat is shaping up as a high-stakes political battle pitting new Gov. Eliot Spitzer against embattled Senate Majority Leader Jo seph L. Bruno... "If he goes all-out and wins, it sends a message that he has muscle," said Douglas Muzzio, a Baruch College political science professor. "If he loses, it sends a message that the governor might have a glass jaw."
    "More than a state Senate seat at stake; Long Island race holds implications for Bruno's future, Spitzer's agenda" The Times Union (1/15/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The City: A Global History, by Joel Kotkin; Modern Library, 256 pp., $21.95. [Reviewed by Jay Weiser, associate professor of law at Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business.] The City sweeps 5,000 years of urbanism into 200-odd pages of text, from the earliest city-states of ancient Sumer to the modern Third World megacity of Lagos. And Joel Kotkin frames his chronological treatment by tracing three urban aspects through the millennia: Successful cities, he argues, prosper through a balance of security, the sacred, and commerce. These themes, while provocative, neglect the economic factors that create cities and let them prosper. The ambition is stunning and the research immense, but the result is often simplistic."
    "Going Downtown; How cities prosper, and why they decline" The Weekly Standard (1/15/07)

  • Baruch College News
    "United Way of New York City will hold its third annual “Celebration of Leadership” this evening honoring a new generation of nonprofit board members and executives.  The event recognizes recent graduates or new participants in programs run by UWNYC’s Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute  (NLDI). Among the emerging leaders being recognized by UWNYC are: Sixty nonprofit professionals who completed the Junior Fellows program, a 12-week seminar series on nonprofit management at Baruch College School of Public Affairs;"
    "UWNYC Celebrates the Stars of ‘Generation Next' " NY Nonprofit Press (1/11/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Pro-Teck Services hires Joseph Palumbo as Chief Quality Officer.  Mr. Palumbo will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of product quality, management of national fee panel and Quality Staff, certification and training programs, auditing and compliance... Mr. Palumbo is also a faculty member for the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College/City University of New York."
    "Pro-Teck Services Welcomes Joseph Palumbo, SRA to Executive Staff" PR Newswire (1/10/07)
  • Baruch Alumni News
    "Today, [Sharon] Cates-Williams (BBA, '82), is still fascinated with projects, and as the 46-year-old chief information officer for Suffolk County, she's got a big one on her hands. She is leading the effort to interest companies in building a network offering wireless Internet access to all of Nassau and Suffolk counties... It wasn't surprising that Cates-Williams was enthusiastic about the wireless network. "I love a good project," she says. Her career has involved many of them. Growing up in Co-op City, she went to Harry S. Truman High School and studied at Baruch College for a career in marketing".
    "Wired in to wireless access for Island" Newsday (1/8/07)

  • Baruch Student News
    "Chandresh Bhardwaj is only 20 years old, yet people all over the world seek advice from the Baruch College junior on relationships, enjoying life, acquiring money and other issues of everyday life. Bhardwaj, known as Brian to the staff of The Ticker newspaper at Baruch, got his start offering counsel in January 2006 when he submitted an article to the weekly newspaper titled: "Positive Thinking. Beware Of What You Say."  The accounting major was pleasantly surprised when Jessica Baptiste, the newspaper's features editor, asked him to write a weekly column. Since then, Bhardwaj has written 20 columns based on motivation, positive thinking and new ways of living."
    "At 20, offering grown-up advice" Newsday (1/7/07); "Indian student in US making waves with counseling" (1/8/07)

  • Baruch Alumni News
    "The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's board of directors has approved the promotion of 11 senior vice presidents and five vice presidents... Jeanmarie Davis (MBA, '90), has been promoted to senior vice president for large complex banking organizations in the Bank Supervision Group. She had been a vice president since January 2005 and assistant vice president since January 2003 in the market and liquidity risk management function. In March 1993, Ms. Davis was named an officer of the Bank. She joined the Bank in June 1985 as an applications analyst. Ms. Davis holds a B.A. degree from Colgate University and an M.B.A. degree from Baruch College."
    "Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Board of Directors Approved Promotion of 11 Senior Vice Presidents, Five Vice Presidents" US Fed News (1/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "This hints at the difficult choice Giuliani faces as he weighs whether to
    give up a lucrative private life - something no other potential candidate really
    enjoys - for an always-risky White House run. "Once you are a full blown presidential candidate, you sacrifice everything to that single end," said Baruch College Prof. Doug Muzzio. "And Giuliani gives up a lot."
    "World's Mayor: Jet-set Giuliani makes fortune globetrotting" Daily News (1/4/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Many firms are structuring customized products to meet very specific demands, said Dan Stefanica, director of Baruch College’s master’s program in financial engineering. Often it’s the institution with a specific need looking to a firm to create a solution. That can mean a big first-year profit margin payoff for the innovative trader, he said. “But you cannot keep a good idea a secret,” he noted. Soon everyone hears about it and jumps on the bandwagon."
    "The Derivatives Market: Growing, Growing, Growing:Both Supply and Demand Fuel Growth and Bolster Wall Street Revenue" Financial Engineering News (January 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Douglas Carmichael, the Wollman Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at Baruch College, City University of New York, and lead author of the new PPC's Guide to Risk Assessment: Implementing the Audit Risk Standards, expects firms will want to follow one audit approach, and therefore use the same risk-assessment approach for audits of public companies as well. He points out the new standards include and go beyond what the PCAOB requires."
    "Risk Assessment Standards Revamp Auditing" Practical Accountant; (January 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Douglas Carmichael, the Wollman Distinguished Professor of Accountancy at Baruch College, City University of New York, and lead author of PPC's Guide to Risk Assessment: Implementing the Audit Risk Standards, predicts that auditors' fees will increase as a result of the new standards. "Auditors will have to explain the increase in fees as a consequence of more rigorous standards and will need to point out to clients that better audits will result because auditors are obtaining a greater understanding of their client, and therefore providing more meaningful comments in their management letters."
    "Explaining Greater Costs" Practical Accountant (January 2007)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "The next level [for eBay promotions] will be social commerce," says Robb
    Hecht, a business blogger who publishes the Media 2.0 site and an adjunct marketing professor at Baruch College
    . He says getting the blogosphere to build a community around the company and its products will be an important factor in maintaining eBay's growth."
    "eBay: What's in Store" Revenue Magazine (1/3/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Although many have considered Eggleston a controversial figure-and some raise an eyebrow at the higher profile of Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs with major initiatives like the Commission on Economic Opportunity and the online welfare ACCESS project-her long tenure speaks to Bloomberg's satisfaction with her performance. "Five years is a long time in that job," said Jack Krauskopf, a former HRA commissioner who's now on the public affairs faculty of at Baruch College. He set an early-80s record by serving for three and a half years under Mayor Koch."
    "Welfare chiefs move on from city agency" (1/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "That Mr. Cuomo is following a man who during two terms redefined the office of attorney general may be only half of his challenge. "The further difficulty is that legendary attorney general is now the governor of the state," the dean of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, David Birdsell, said."
    "Attorney General Takes Office Under Spitzer's Long Shadow" The New York Sun (1/2/07)
  • Baruch College News
    "James McCarthy, dean of the School of Health and Human Services and professor of health management and policy at the University of New Hampshire, has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of Baruch College of the City University of New York."
    "New Presidents or Provosts" Inside Higher Education (1/2/07)

  • Baruch Faculty Expertise
    "Barney Ross, by Douglas Century, Schocken Press, 240 pp., $19.95. Review by Maurice Wohlgelernter, Professor Emeritus of English, Baruch College, CUNY, is the author most recently of Jewish Writers/Irish Writers: Selected Essays on the Love of Words. Some thirty-nine years after his passing, Barney Ross is still considered "one of the two greatest boxers of the Twentieth Century," with the other being Joe Louis. He now comes vividly alive in a short but compulsively readable book by Douglas Century, as part of a recent series of brief "Jewish Encounters." Launched by Schocken Press, the series includes to date such historical figures as King David, Maimonides, Spinoza, and Emma Lazarus."
    "Barney Ross: of body and soul; Book review" Midstream (1/1/07)

  • Baruch Staff Expertise
    "Being a Hispanic-serving Institution is not just about access to federal
    grants. "The title comes with a certain set of responsibilities," said Ben
    Corpus, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Baruch College in Manhattan
    , part of the City University of New York. An HSI is an institution with a Hispanic enrollment of at least 25 percent full-time equivalent students. Although Baruch is not yet an HSI, Corpus' experience at Hostos Community College, a Bronx, N.Y., HSI, guides him in his mission to hike Hispanic access at his current post. While many colleges become HSIs simply because the Hispanic population in their area increased, Corpus' goal is to boost Hispanic enrollment at Baruch so that the college's demographics match that of the city surrounding it, he said."
    "Increase Hispanic student enrollment with these 6 tips" Student Aid News (1/1/07)

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