Category: College of General Studies

Bergdahl: Hero or deserter?

June 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Controversial POW deal divides along party lines

June 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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President Obama’s decision to swap five top Taliban prisoners for a captured Army sergeant is likely to become just the latest of a series of partisan foreign policy hot-button issues…

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“The reality is presidents have done this, and will continue to do this, beyond President Obama’s time in office, because it is politically untenable to have hostages in enemy’s hands.”

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Coakley campaign responds to parking zone flap

May 31st, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Latest in a series of hiccups for Coakley: Is history repeating itself?

May 30th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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When Martha Coakley announced her bid for governor, she said she’d learned from the past…

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“It just looks bad. As the Commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer, she should exercise, I would think, better judgment.”

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The baseball employment revolution: Why thousands have signed up for a free online course

May 29th, 2014 in 2014, Andy Andres, College of General Studies, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Andy Andres, College of General Studies

Over the past month, since registration opened for the free online course Sabermetrics 101, a 13,464-person army of the curious, the dreamers, the scholarly and all other kinds signed up and turned a clever idea into a rousing success. The course launched Thursday morning. Nerdery went massively mainstream. The world did not end…

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“When I started, there were less jobs in baseball ops. Now there’s more. That’s just one factor. The other factor is when there were jobs, the only candidates really were ballplayers. If you look at the roster of people who are GMs or assistant GMs today, most of them come from D-I, D-II, D-III programs. That’s how you did it. If you played baseball, you could get the job. They would take the ballplayer over that guy. That’s what’s shifted. Now you can be a nerd-type who’s willing to plug away, and you can get that job.”

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New Class Introduces Students to Sabermetrics

May 28th, 2014 in 2014, Andy Andres, College of General Studies, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Summer vacation is almost here, and the last thing you probably want to think about is more school. But if you’re a baseball fan, there’s a course being offered by the online learning site edX that you might want to take a look at…

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“The idea is to gently show interested learners the tools needed to become a very proficient data scientist. Now, we don’t create proficient sabermetricians in six weeks. What we do is lay the foundation for people to become great sabermetricians if they want to.”

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Race for governor won’t slow down during summer

May 26th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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The Anti-Donald Sterling: Remembering The Boston Celtics’ Own Walter Brown

May 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Tom Whalen, WBUR 0 comments

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In the recent wake of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s outrageous comments about people of color, it is perhaps heartening to remember that Boston once had an NBA owner who raised a different kind of national controversy when it came to matters of race…

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New Jackie Kennedy letters: Secrets unearthed in 14 years of personal letters

May 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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Will the DCF controversy follow Gov. Patrick into the future?

April 29th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen, WFXT 0 comments

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