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Raising the minimum wage
March 6, 2014 | WMU News
Efforts to raise both the federal and state minimum wages are taking off. Though inflation has been relatively low since Michigan last raised its minimum wage in 2008 and the national minimum wage was last boosted in 2009, it's clear both have not kept pace with the cost of living, says Dr. Daniel Farrell, a WMU professor of management.
Civil unrest in Ukraine
Feb. 27, 2014 | WMU News
The recent ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovych has averted a civil war in Ukraine for now. But with surprise Russian military exercises on its doorstep and a takeover of the Crimean regional parliament by militant gunmen, the deeply divided country's problems are far from over, says Dr. James Butterfield, a WMU professor of political science and Russia expert.
Miami Dolphins bullying case
Feb. 21, 2014 | WMU News
A recently released report details often unseemly conduct, including sexual acts, homophobic and racial language and other pranks directed at Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin. The report calls it a "classic case of bullying" and shows bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, says Patricia Criswell, a WMU social work instructor and bullying expert.
The decline of Monarch butterflies
Feb. 13, 2014 | WMU News
After steep declines in recent years, the famous butterflies this year covered just 1.65 acres, or 0.68 hectares, in Mexican pine and fir forests. The decline shows that the Monarch's annual migration from Canada to Mexico is in jeopardy and has set off shock waves among Monarch enthusiasts, says Dr. Stephen Malcolm, a WMU professor of biological sciences and Monarch expert.
Much to watch during Winter Olympics
Feb. 7, 2014 | WMU News
As the opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics unfold today in Sochi, Russia, much of the headlines have centered on security, terrorism and complaints about facilities. But the games themselves are sure to generate a high level of excitement, including the first Olympic women's ski jumping competition, says Dr. Linda Borish, a WMU associate professor of history and gender and women's studies.
The growing threat of heroin
Feb. 5, 2014 | WMU News
The recent drug overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and remarks by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin have put the spotlight on the growing threat of heroin. Heroin is flooding the United States, thanks to a concerted effort by Mexican and South American drug cartels, making it both cheaper and better in quality, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
What's new with Super Bowl ads
Jan. 31, 2014 | WMU News
Fox sold out of all available ad slots for the Super Bowl two months ago. Despite the hefty price tag, there are good reasons why marketers are eager to buy an ad during the big game, with social media tie-ins being among them, says Dr. Steve Newell, a WMU professor of marketing.
The flu season in Michigan
Jan. 24, 2014 | WMU News
The flu season in Michigan is in high gear, with numerous cases of the H1N1 strain being reported. Flu vaccines are formulated as a guess as to which strains will be prevalent, and this year's vaccine includes the H1N1 strain, says Dr. Karim Essani, a virologist and WMU professor of biological sciences.