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The Danger Behind the Decline of Newspapers

03/09/2009

Considering all the layoffs, downsizes and cutbacks reported in the news these days, it's not surprising to learn that the news itself is being cut back.

According to Joe Samuel Starnes, visiting assistant professor of English at Saint Joseph's University, "You don't have to look far to see struggling businesses, but newspapers have been going down for a while because of the loss of advertising revenue and readership."


To Negotiate or to Retaliate: Conflict Resoution in Russia

02/04/2011

Many observers of the recent suicide bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport were surprised that despite the carnage, the airport remained open for business. While some claimed that this response was an example of Russian toughness and stoicism in the face of a crisis, Lisa Baglione, Ph.D., chair and professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, believes that something else was at work.


Brand References and Music Videos

02/04/2011

In recent years, marketers have begun to integrate product placement into popular TV shows, video games, movies and music. While many of these subtle advertising opportunities are the collaborative work of producers and marketers, it is sometimes the work of the artists themselves.


Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin

02/05/2009

Charles Robert Darwin was born into a genteel family in Shropshire, England, on February 12, 1809. Scientists from around the globe will celebrate the bicentennial of his birth, as well as the 150th anniversary of his monumental work, On the Origin of Species on or about February 12, 2009.


How Has Facebook Affected Employment Law?

02/04/2011

Employers are tripping over legal hurdles as more companies and their workers use social media tools like Twitter and Facebook.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering a case that explores whether a medical-transportation company illegally fired an employee after she criticized her boss on Facebook.


Gambling on the Big Game: The Risk of Concussions

02/04/2011

A previous study of ex-NFL players showed that the damage caused by concussions occurs in the same region of the brain as damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease, resulting in increased concern over post-concussion related injuries and trauma of athletes.


NFL Plays It Safe Again During Super Bowl Halftime

02/05/2009

David Allan, Ph.D., an entertainment marketing expert, says Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band’s performance during Super Bowl XLIII’s halftime show was just another example of the NFL playing it safe. “Remember when rock was risky?” asks Allan. “Well now it’s the safest thing to broadcast during Super Bowl halftime, except for country.”


Should NCAA Tournament Brackets Drive Employers Mad?

03/07/2011

As NCAA basketball fans begin to research ESPN for information that could prove useful for their brackets – many on company time – employers are voicing concerns that the madness surrounding bracketology will cause declines in productivity. But Claire Simmers Ph.D., chair and professor of management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, believes that if handled correctly, office pools are useful for boosting morale, as long as productivity is balanced.


How Winter Snow Will Affect Spring Gardens

03/07/2011

While beleaguered Americans continued to dig out from record snowfalls, the gardeners among them were secretly thrilled, watching the freezing flakes pile up. “They realized that snow cover can be good for many plants, especially perennial herbs and shrubs, because it provides insulation from freezing temperatures.


Charging for Fast Food Extras May Actually Save You Cash

02/05/2009

The typical American consumer is accustomed to unwrapping a hamburger from their favorite fast food establishment and finding “the works”: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and a few packets of ketchup on the side. However, according to John Stanton, Ph.D., chair of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, the “frills” that come with fast food or restaurant meals could become a thing of the past.


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