Faculty concert on Tuesday, October 23, at 8 p.m. the Tsai Performance Center, featuring the world premiere of Dialogues III, Op. 37

Vol. V No. 10   ·   19 October 2001 


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SMG's Executive MBA program makes top 25 worldwide

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at BU's School of Management has been named by Business Week as one of the top 25 executive MBA programs worldwide. Ranked 22nd, SMG is the only business school in New England listed among the world's best. The school also placed sixth internationally in the leadership category and seventh under teamwork in the Best of the Bunch portion of the rankings.

"Some of the largest international corporations, including United Technologies, Fidelity Investments, Verizon, and Genzyme, send their executives to Boston University because of the excellence of our professors and the relevance of our curriculum," says Louis Lataif, an SMG professor and the school's dean. "We are pleased that Business Week's survey recognizes the excellence of our program, which has grown by 25 percent over the last five years."

Business Week gauged the satisfaction of EMBA students by using a customer-focused research methodology. For this ranking, 50 percent of the overall score of a program came from a survey of over 3,000 students from 82 business schools. A poll of EMBA directors at those schools made up the balance of the score.

The EMBA program at SMG was founded in 1988. Unlike most traditional MBA programs, which teach classes by subject matter, such as economics or statistics, the SMG program centers on business cases, where professors with different academic disciplines analyze each case from a variety of perspectives. For more information about the program, visit


LAW prof named mediator in Microsoft antitrust case

Eric Green, a LAW professor and a specialist in resolving disputes out of court, has been named as the mediator in the Microsoft antitrust case. The order from Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly was issued late on Friday, October 12, and received by the parties in the case on Saturday. Her order came after Microsoft, the Justice Department, and the 18 states that have joined the suit failed to reach a settlement on their own by the October 12 deadline the judge had set.

Green is a recognized expert in a branch of the law known as alternative dispute resolution, or finding ways to settle legal conflicts outside the courtroom. He is the founder of two Boston alternative dispute resolution firms, JAMS/Endispute Inc. and Resolutions LLC, and has served as a court-appointed special master in asbestos injury cases.

"He is a prominent figure in alternative dispute resolution, he's a very smart guy, and his skills are as a mediator rather than in antitrust," says Stephen Houck, a former lead counsel for the state of New York in the Microsoft case and a classmate of Green's at Harvard Law School.

Green faces a huge challenge. Three previous rounds of settlement talks have ended with no agreement. Microsoft, the Justice Department, and the states now have until November 2 to reach an out-of-court settlement. If they do not, Kollar-Kotelly will preside over hearings next spring to determine what remedies to order in the case.


House tour to benefit
Brookline Chorus

The third annual Brookline Chorus fundraising event, Shingles and Shade Trees, opens several historic homes -- including those of some BU officials -- in the Cottage Farm area of Brookline to public viewing on Sunday, October 21, from noon to 5 p.m. The chorus music director is Scott Allen Jarett, a doctoral student in choral conducting at SFA and the University organist and choirmaster ad interim at Marsh Chapel.

Roger Reed, preservation planner for Brookline's Department of Planning and Community Development, describes Cottage Farm as "one of the earliest planned residential suburbs in the Boston area. From its inception in 1850, it served as a verdant residential retreat for Boston businessmen and their families seeking a quiet suburban enclave in close proximity to the city."
Today Cottage Farm retains much of its original charm despite being steps away from the traffic and bustle of Brookline's busiest thoroughfares. The area is bordered by Commonwealth Avenue on the north, Beacon Street on the south, and St. Mary's and St. Paul's Streets from east to west. While earlier homes are Gothic Revival and Mansard designs, later residences have a variety of styles, including Colonial and Georgian Revival, Queen Anne, Shingle Style, and Arts and Crafts.

House tour tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour. Advance purchase tickets are available at Brookline Booksmith or by calling 617-277-1027. Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be available at the starting point for the tour: New England Hebrew Academy, 9 Essex St., Brookline. For more information, visit


Comedy night to benefit relief efforts

Local comedian Mike Dunphy (MET'02) will host Humor for Humanity, a night of comedy, on Friday, October 19, at the Morse Auditorium at 620 Commonwealth Ave. at 7 p.m. to benefit the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund and the American Red Cross Mass Bay Chapter.
Dunphy, with a cousin among the thousands missing after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, organized the night of comic relief. "I'm not saying laughter is always the best medicine," says Dunphy, "but maybe it can help." Humor for Humanity will feature Tony V in a special guest appearance and the New England Patriots cheerleaders as greeters.

More than 700 people are expected to attend, and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 with student ID. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by the BU Student Union.


19 October 2001
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