An article in The New York Times on the difficulties of enforcing pension law and efforts by the Labor Department to protect pension funds quotes James A. Wooten, professor of law, who says that while the IRS has the job of policing pension funding, the tax agency has almost no institutional stake in making sure plans are well financed because the more a company contributes to a pension plan, the less income tax the IRS collects.
An article in the Chicago Tribune quotes Sherryl Weems, director of UB's Educational Opportunity Center, is quoted in an article on the movement to provide individuals with "work readiness" credentials indicating they understand the importance of the skills it takes to be successful as an employee.
An article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on memorials, scholarships, murals and memorial parks that are being set up in the communities where they grew up to remember soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan quotes Tom Frantz, associate professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, who says such community sentiment is not unusual and has increased over the years, particularly because in a small community, everybody feels connected to the person who has died.
In its "Hot Sites" column, USA Today is featuring graduate student Chris Barr and his Web site, http://www.availableonthursday.com, on which he accepts requests from all over the world to perform tasks as diverse as visiting a nursing home, bumming cigarettes and encouraging a classmate to clean her apartment.
An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at why highly paid corporate executives improperly charge extravagant personal items to their expense accounts and quotes Kenneth Kim, assistant professor of finance and managerial economics, who says abusing their expense accounts is just human nature.
An article in the Chicago Tribune on self-service replacing face-to-face service quotes Alex Halavais, assistant professor of communication, who says the U.S. Post Office's adoption of self-service postal machines is the "acid test" of the self-service push.
An article in The State on the increasing number of high school students who are using credit cards for everyday expenses quotes Lewis Mandell, professor of finance and managerial economics, who says that when parents properly supervise their teens' credit card use, it can be an instructive experience rather than a financial disaster.