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Week of 1 October 1999

Vol. III, No. 8

In the News

"When we have an economy as hot as this, employers are reluctant to deal with the disruptions of a strike," says David Weil, a School of Management associate professor, in the September 13 USA Today. Referring to the amiable contract negotiations between automakers and autoworkers, Weil, an expert in labor mediation, recalls the strike-breeding hostility of last year. "Barbs fired last time were much more antagonistic than we're seeing," he says.

In the New York Times on September 11, Glenn Loury, CAS economics professor and director of BU's Institute on Race and Social Division, proclaims "the end of an era in American social policy." Assessing a court ruling ending school busing, Loury says, "The weight that was borne by school desegregation as the vehicle for trying to equalize opportunity will now have to be borne elsewhere."

"Olive drab used to signify war and men. Now it signifies Chanel and upscale. It's all playing with metaphors. It makes fashion a lot more interesting," says Shari Thurer, a SAR adjunct associate professor, in an article in the September 13 Boston Globe. "Post-modernism is inherently cynical and ironic," she adds. "It questions all the norms because many of the norms are false. Suddenly, you can wear something this way or that way."

"Dismissing a case before the government has a chance to put on evidence that a person has committed a crime is sort of like the atomic bomb of judicial remedies," says David Rossman, a LAW professor of law, September 16 in the Boston Globe. "And judges are about as reluctant to put their fingers on the red button as presidents are." Rossman was describing a federal judge's decision to allow the government to proceed in a case against local gangster Stephen Flemmi despite claims that the FBI offered him protection for informing on associates.

"Isn't there enough Englishness to go around?" asks David Fromkin, a CAS professor of international relations, in a book review in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. "Britain would be wise to play a full role" in the European Union, "and to try to mitigate some of the EU's less attractive features (such as overcentralization and excessive bureaucracy). But Britain as a partner may also have a great deal to contribute to the United States, including wisdom, restraint, humor and experience."

"In the News" is compiled by Alexander Crouch in the Office of Public Relations.