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The outlook for holiday shopping trends
Nov. 27, 2013 | WMU News
The National Retail Federation is predicting a 3.9 percent increase in holiday sales this year. Though buying has gotten off to a brisk start this year, it's unknown whether the strong sales will continue through Christmas, says Marcia LeRoy, an instructor in the WMU Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination
Nov. 21, 2013 | WMU News
Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The event, occupying a huge space in the collective memory of all Americans old enough to remember it, is a defining moment for a generation and a harbinger of things to come, yet will diminish over time, says Dr. Edwin Martini, a WMU associate professor of history and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Cleaning up after super-typhoon Haiyan
Nov. 14, 2013 | WMU News
A grave humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the Philippines after super-typhoon Haiyan killed more than 2,000 people. One thing for certain is, it will take a long time for the relief effort to repair the devastation and overcome such problems as starvation and lack of clean drinking water, says Dr. Lisa DeChano-Cook, a WMU professor of geography and disaster relief expert.
Safety of childhood vaccination
Nov. 7, 2013 | WMU News
A decline in childhood vaccination has led to recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles in California and Texas, mostly likely because of parental fears about vaccination. Despite those fears, vaccines and the way they are administered are very safe, says Dr. Karim Essani, a WMU virologist and professor of biological sciences.
Oct. 31, 2013 | WMU News
Felony aggravated stalking charges have been filed against two Florida girls, ages 14 and 12, after their relentless cyberbullying led to 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick's suicide. The case, involving a group of 15 girls who mercilessly bullied Sedwick, shows a failure to address bullying on multiple levels, says Patricia Criswell, a WMU social work instructor and bullying expert.
The state of Major League Baseball
Oct. 24, 2013 | WMU News
As the World Series begins, much attention is focused on America's pastime. Exorbitant salaries and a performance enhancing drugs scandal haven't dampened enthusiasm for Major League Baseball. Despite a weak economy, attendance was good at parks this year, says Dr. Ronald Kramer, a WMU professor of sociology and baseball expert.
Congress and the art of negotiation
Oct. 15, 2013 | WMU News
Negotiations between federal lawmakers have broken down over funding the Affordable Care Act and reducing the federal debt. The stalemate has extended the shutdown of the federal government and will continue until lawmakers show a willingness to compromise, says Dr. James Eckert, a WMU associate professor of marketing and negotiation expert.