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Surprising surge of Donald Trump
July 23, 2015 | WMU News
Though his recent statements on illegal immigrants and Sen. John McCain's war record may be offensive to some, billionaire Donald Trump has seen a sharp rise in the polls. But polls can change quickly, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Expanding overtime eligibility
July 16, 2015 | WMU News
President Obama has announced a proposal that would make nearly 5 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The proposal in particular would impact low-level managers in the food industry, says Dr. Dan Farrell, a WMU professor of management.
Economic impact of a Greek default
July 2, 2015 | WMU News
Greece has missed a critical payment to the International Monetary Fund of 1.5 billion euros. Though the missed payment brings Greece closer to defaulting on all its debts, other European and world economies are in a better position today to handle a Greek default than five or six years ago when the country first had severe financial problems, says Dr. Devrim Yaman, chair of the WMU Department of Finance and Commercial Law.
Avian flu and the egg shortage
June 26, 2015 | WMU News
The avian flu has decimated the nation's egg-laying hen population and has food companies and restaurant chains scrambling for secure sources of eggs. Companies appear to have enough eggs for now, but must maintain an immense supply of eggs, says Dr. Bruce Ferrin, a WMU associate professor of marketing.
Diminishing display of Confederate battle flag
June 25, 2015 | WMU News
The recent shooting rampage at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has sparked a movement to remove the Confederate battle flag from government property because it has become a symbol for white supremacists. But the flag means different things to different people, says Dr. John Clark, chair of the WMU Department of Political Science.
Possibility of a Greek default
June 18, 2015 | WMU News
Greece, the weak link in the eurozone, is teetering on the verge of default and being ousted from the monetary union. Things have changed drastically in just the past year, says Dr. Gunther Hega, a WMU associate professor of political science.