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Stanley Rosen, UNI and CAS professor and Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy, speaks on Nietzsche on Friday, February 20, 10 a.m., SMG 208

Week of 13 February 2004 · Vol. VII, No. 19

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The O'Reilly Factor (Fox News Network): Pop culture sizzles at Super Bowl

In a pseudo-Monday-morning-quarterback session with Bill O'Reilly (COM'75) on The O'Reilly Factor on February 2, Tobe Berkovitz, a COM associate professor of communications and associate dean, says the reason why popular culture keeps getting worse and worse is “because you have to push the envelope. You have to up the ante. And so for CBS to invite MTV to put together the halftime show — I mean, they're just asking for trouble. . . what MTV needs to really enhance its brand image is to be the outlaws, to be the bad boys. And so this was a zillion dollars worthy of publicity for MTV.”

Newsweek: Letter from SAR profs on low-carb diets

In the February 2 “Letters” section of Newsweek magazine, Joan Salge-Blake and Roberta Durschlag, SAR clinical assistant professors, offered their expertise on the effectiveness of low-carb diets. In part they wrote: “Overweight Americans need to do what registered dietitians have been advocating for decades: adhere to weight-reduction diets that are designed to meet their individual, unique medical needs and health goals, control calorie intake, and eat adequate amounts of a wide variety of foods rich in both carbs and satiety-producing fiber such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Unfortunately, according to the latest data from the USDA, the American public hasn't been following this advice. Its daily caloric intake has increased by approximately 300 on average since the mid-1980s, which is theoretically equal to a weight gain of more than 25 pounds annually.”

New York Times: A new archive acquired by Gotlieb Center

The February 5 New York Times reports that the personal archive of 93-year-old G. Huntington Hartford II, an heir to the A&P fortune and an avid art collector with interests in real estate, writing plays, and film production, has been acquired by BU's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Hartford's archive includes manuscripts, personal correspondence, photographs, and a model of the Columbus Circle museum in New York, which was designed for him by Edward Durell Stone. “The 60 crates of papers and memorabilia, which constitute the G. Huntington Hartford II archive, comprise an extraordinary portrait over half a century of the social, cultural, artistic, and business life of this country,” says Howard Gotlieb, the founder and director of the center.

Seattle Times: Spoken like a true Yankee

Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry needs to prove he has nationwide voter appeal, says the February 8 Seattle Times, despite the claim by Kerry before the New Hampshire primary that he could win the presidency without the South. Each region of the country has pronounced differences, pride, and voting preferences, and how Kerry and all Democratic presidential candidates prevail across a variety of sectional divides and differences within the country will influence the general election and thus the Electoral College vote. “It's not so much a perpetuation of trends as it is new forms of distinctiveness,” says Bruce Schulman, a CAS professor of history who is currently working on a history of the United States from 1896 to 1929. “A lot of what we're talking about here is a Sun Belt pattern rather than an Old South pattern of regional distinctions. It has as much to do with strip malls and the defense industry and retired military people as it does with ancient racial and ruralist traditions.”

13 February 2004
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