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Addiction and the holidays
Dec. 12, 2013 | WMU News
Time crunches, financial pressures, travel problems and social obligations—those are just a few of the issues that can be magnified during the holidays. And that can make the season especially tough for those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
The Detroit bankruptcy
Dec. 5, 2013 | WMU News
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled Tuesday that Detroit can enter bankruptcy and even cut pensions to return to financial solvency. The landmark ruling will set off a fierce clash over how to reduce the city's debt, but the bankruptcy was long overdue, says Dr. Thomas Edmonds, a faculty specialist in the WMU Department of Finance and Commercial Law.
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.