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Corporate Counsel: "Ex-Compliance Official Arrested in Spreading VW Emissions Scandal"

01/10/2017

Corporate Counsel: "Ex-Compliance Official Arrested in Spreading VW Emissions Scandal"

Oliver Schmidt, the head of Volkswagen Group’s U.S. regulatory compliance office during its emissions cheating scandal, not only knew about the cheat device but told management executives in Germany about it and was directed to continue the scheme, according a complaint made public after Schmidt’s arrest this weekend in Florida.

The criminal complaint against him, unsealed in U.S. District Court in Detroit Monday, accuses him of taking part in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S., committing wire fraud, and violating the U.S. Clean Air Act.

Schmidt, from Germany, is considered a flight risk and was held without bond after making an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Miami. He will face a hearing Thursday to remove him to Detroit where he can be fully arraigned, unless the two sides agree to his removal before then.

He was represented at his court appearance Monday by John Couriel of white-collar boutique Kobre & Kim, and David Massey of New York’s Richards Kibbe & Orbe. Massey, who is leading Schmidt’s defense, is a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Manhattan.

Professor John James, founder and chairman emeritus of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University, says it is the first U.S. criminal charge he is aware of against a compliance officer outside the financial industry.

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The Hill's Pundits Blog: "In a US-China trade war, these are America's best options"

01/09/2017

The Hill's Pundits Blog: "In a US-China trade war, these are America's best options"

"It’s no secret that Donald Trump thinks China is ripping America off," writes Narendra C. Bhandari, Ph.D., a professor of management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. "He has labeled Chinese trade practices as abusive and unfair. He holds China responsible for stealing American jobs. Engaging in a trade war with China should be avoided at all costs, but the U.S. has several options to renegotiate and rewrite trade agreements with China to protect American interests, and even promote economic and political stability.

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Computerworld: "Why France’s new ‘right to disconnect’ law matters"

01/06/2017

Computerworld: "Why France’s new ‘right to disconnect’ law matters"

. . . France changed its labor laws to help lower its 10% unemployment rate. But James W. Gabberty, associate dean and professor of information systems at Pace University in New York, says the email rule will only erode productivity.

"Not confined to a 9-to-5 work regimen, inspiration -- the mother's milk driving innovation that underpins R&D -- depends on spontaneously capturing creative thinking," said Gabberty. That may involve capturing "these fleeting moments of genius" in an email "even when they occur after dinner or in the middle of the night."

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LI News Radio: "Dr. David Caputo Professor at Pace University LIVE on LI in the AM!"

01/05/2017

LI News Radio: "Dr. David Caputo Professor at Pace University LIVE on LI in the AM!"

David A. Caputo, President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science at Pace University, appeared on LI News Radio (103.9) to discuss U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

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ADVANCE: "Music Therapy for Dementia Patients"

01/04/2017

ADVANCE: "Music Therapy for Dementia Patients"

Creative approach to cognitive stimulation therapy offers many holistic benefits to patients with Alzheimer's.

"There was a fire inside my grandmother that I could tell was slowly dissipating," writes Lisa-Marie Serrone, an honor's undergraduate student at Pace University. "The look in her eyes told me everything I needed to know about the progression of her cognitive state. She came back in cycles, unaware that she was ever truly gone. She, unfortunately, is the perfect example of dementia and its debilitating effects on the life of an individual and family.

"Among the hospital beds, the IV needles, the difficulty remembering who people were, the frustration that occurred when words, that used to be so thoughtfully expressed, were now lost inside her brain, scrambled in confusion - there was one particular happy time. The bright light during her progression with dementia came during the music sessions in the nursing home--where one would see the cognitive restore not only for my grandmother, but also for all of the residents, almost instantly. It was as if a 'switch' was turned on.

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American Theatre: "Musical Theatre Students Are Becoming Quadruple Threats"

01/04/2017

American Theatre: "Musical Theatre Students Are Becoming Quadruple Threats"

. . . David Gomez was attracted to Pace University’s program because of the freedom it allows students to create their own work. Gomez wrote a musical in high school and hoped to continue on that track on top of his performance coursework at Pace. Not long after arriving at Pace, he found other performance majors with the same writing habit.

“It felt like a dirty secret,” Gomez says. “We would meet in practice rooms and share our songs. Some people were just songwriters, and we eventually formed this collective need to share stories and songs.”

His music theory teacher, Ryan Scott Oliver, recognized the impulse: He also performs as well as writes. So the composer/lyricist crafted a two-part fundamentals in musical theatre writing course for those students. “It helps them understand what it means, how a piece is constructed,” Oliver says. “All that can guide them as actors once they understand what the writer is dealing with, once they understand what their process is.”

Gomez was a sophomore when the class began with 12 students in the first semester, and he wrote for his performing peers, including for a freshman showcase called “Hatched.” While Gomez remained a performance-based musical theatre major, he entered New York University’s graduate musical theatre writing program immediately after graduating from Pace in 2014 and completed an MFA in musical theatre writing in May 2016.

“I was fortunate to be in two programs that were very eager to grow and have changed a lot,” Gomez says. “Being in a program that doesn’t have a musical theatre [writing] program when you arrive and then does when you leave, then there’s almost this legacy of that.”

The interest is only growing. Pace’s course, currently in its fifth year, grew to 30 students during the fall 2016 semester. “That really speaks to the interest of the students in what we do and how we develop work,” Oliver adds.

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Also read:

"Beyond Training: The Role of Theatre Educators"

"People Who Teach People"

"To Audition, or Not to Audition"

 

 

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Huffington Post: "Violence, Kids And Killing Toasters"

01/03/2017

Huffington Post: "Violence, Kids And Killing Toasters"

"Before you take your child to violent movies, remember how we are affected by violent movies - we can’t tell the difference either between reality and fantasy either," writes Thalia Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pace University. "Romantic movie? Our hearts beat aflutter and we feel romantic. Violent movie? Our hearts pound in anticipation and fear. When theatre and film can be so magical for children, bringing them into whole new fantastical worlds, why show children violence? Watching children watching violence is not worth the price of the ticket."

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CNBC: "Immigration fees jump for the first time since 2010, making it tougher for would-be Americans"

01/03/2017

CNBC: "Immigration fees jump for the first time since 2010, making it tougher for would-be Americans"

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While the nation continues to focus on illegal immigration as a controversial political issue, every Friday in New York City alone, approximately 500 citizens from around the world officially become Americans after taking an oath at a brief ceremony run by the Department of Homeland Security.

. . . Glenn Martin Miller, an immigration attorney and adjunct professor at Pace University in New York, said the new fee hike will be a problem for some applicants, even with the reduced filing waivers.

"The percentage increased will be a burden for a family of two," said Miller, citing guidelines that say an immigrant's household income must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline to qualify for the program.

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Compliance Week: "Will Europe go it alone on financial regulation following Brexit? Don’t count on it"

01/03/2017

Compliance Week: "Will Europe go it alone on financial regulation following Brexit? Don’t count on it"

. . . the single biggest obstacle to fundamental change to EU financial regulations is the simple fact that it may not be necessary, explains Professor John James, chairman of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation at Pace University in New York City.

“I would be more interested in the why,” he says. “Is it to tighten up the enforcement procedures? Because they’re still pretty light compared to some of the member states. Why would they want to change it, to go away from the U.K. and U.S.? This could be another area of government reacting against the EU establishment. In other words, the populist bug has gone from the population to the local government and from the local government to the EU overseers, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump's model of the American economy may actually work"

01/03/2017

The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump's model of the American economy may actually work"

"Before and after his election as president of the United States, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would do what is right for America," writes Narendra C. Bhandari, Ph.D., professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. "He won’t be sworn in for another few weeks, but he isn’t waiting to make moves for the country.

"He has persuaded Carrier Corporation to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico. He has complained that Boeing’s cost of building a new 747 for future presidents is out of control and urged the federal government to cancel the order.

"Trump is against skyrocketing drug prices. Under the current system, Medicare and Medicaid buy products from the drug companies without competitive bidding. People wonder why the Department of Defense must make its purchases through competitive bidding. Trump plans to allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate prices too. This would bring drug prices down in general and would be a major relief for the public.

"Trump is critical of Lockheed Martin’s skyrocketing cost of its F-35 fighter jet program, which is a multinational, multibillion-dollar program primarily funded by the United States. Some U.S. allies, including members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also participate in the program. Each jet costs more than $100 million.

"The program has been criticized for problems with its design, procurement and testing. Trump wants to bring down the cost of military hardware. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has called for similar action.

"Trump tweets about corporations, such as Boeing and Lockheed, when he disagrees with the ways they do business. Some have complained that it is unfair to shareholders because the tweets send stock prices falling. Some have argued that the companies may have to increase automation, reduce employment and outsource jobs, in order to cut costs. That would defeat Trump’s objective of keeping and creating jobs in America.

"These are some examples of Trump’s efforts to fulfill his promises even before he has taken the oath of the office. His message is clear. The industry should control costs, reduce prices, increase productivity, and keep and create jobs.

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