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Professor’s Book Offers Advice on Avoiding Workplace Discrimination

by The Charger Bulletin | March 27, 2013

By KAREN GRAVA

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

A new book by David Robinson, a practitioner-in-residence in the College of Business and a labor lawyer, offers both managers and employees practical advice on avoiding discrimination lawsuits.

Professor David Robinson and his new publication. Photo by UNH Today

The book, Some Tips to Prevent Employment Discrimination Lawsuits: A Faith-Based Legal Guide for Managers, discusses the common types of discrimination in the workplace and offers advice to both the employer and the employee on how to avoid them.

The book uses religious sources to explain why discrimination is wrong. “The book shows how following religious and legal principles will help employers prevent discrimination in the workplace and reduce their exposure to employee lawsuits,” said Robinson, who practices law in the New Haven area and teaches management and labor law courses.

It also offers employees a way to determine whether or not their problems at work result from discrimination by their employer or from their own shortcomings. And that is important, Robinson says, because many employees who sue – rightly or wrongly – end up in a worse financial position than they were before the lawsuit was filed.

“Many of these people end up having trouble landing new jobs,” Robinson says. “Many employers don’t want to hire employees who have filed lawsuits. The employers don’t want to be next.”

Robinson took the faith-based route because he knew that readers might be bored with a recitation of the law. So he decided to incorporate quotations – and found many appropriate ones in the Bible. “I make the case that if an employer follows the Bible, he will also follow the law,” he says. “The laws against discrimination are based on biblical principles, and when both employers and employees follow these principles, discrimination in the workplace will be prevented.”

Topics covered by the book include discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, religion and other topics. There is also information on preventing discriminatory language and tips on how to reduce damages and attorney fees.

“Discrimination is illegal, immoral and abusive and should end,” Robinson says. “The most important color in the workplace is not black or white. It is green. ‘Green’ can mean money, or it can mean environmentally friendly. Either way, ‘green’ is the most important color in the workplace. Your decisions should be based on the economic, and hopefully also the ecological, bottom line, not on an employee’s skin color, gender, age, ethnicity, or other discriminatory category.”

 

Season 3 is Coming

by Cameron Hines | March 27, 2013

This Sunday cannot come soon enough. I’m not referring to the multitude of Easter Egg hunts I’ll be going on, I’m talking about the return of HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones. For those who don’t know what Game of Thrones is, first off hit yourself. Then, proceed to watch all of the episodes.

AP Photo

The show, which is based off of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice, follows seven feuding families all clamoring for power over the mythical land of Westeros. Each episode constantly weaves between each family as their paths cross, often in violent ways.

What makes the show great is the moral ambiguity of (most) the characters in show. Though there are innumerable characters on the show to keep track of, there are none that you truly trust. You care about all of their fates, but with all of the drama, betrayals, and violence, no character is ever purely good. Though, there are those who are purely evil. The show is essentially a soap opera for men.

The show is brought to life by it’s extremely talented cast: Mark Addy plays King Robert, Sean Bean is the Loyal Eddard Stark, and Lena Headey as the temptress Cersei. But the real powerhouse of the show is Peter Dinklage as Tyrion, who is certainly the smartest and most devious character on the show.

The show also features giant wolves, brutal violence, magic, and excessive female nudity: all the key ingredients to making a successful show that appeals to men, though it is certainly not exclusive to the male population. And what sets the show from becoming just a shallow gore-fest is the complexity of the characters and the constant ethical dilemma: who can truly be the ruler of Westeros?

Fans have been eagerly awaiting Season 3 for over 10 months, and it’s hard to believe it’s almost here.

 

 

Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | March 6, 2013

Laws Of Depravity By Eriq La Salle

Recommended For: Not Recommended

When I received this book for Christmas, I was excited. Although it is fiction, I decided to give it a fair chance. Maybe it could almost be as good as the nonfiction true crime books I usually read. I was very disappointed as I forced myself to get through 30 pages. While I have never seen Eriq La Salle on his show ER, I strongly recommend that he sticks to that instead of writing.

The crazy scenes involve rapist priests, prostitution and other terrible things. However, worse things have happened in real life so that was not the part that bothered me. This book lacks any form of interesting words. The scenarios are described lackluster. There is no action or skill. I could write better than this guy. “As she jogged through the city, she took in every detail. Old buildings, new buildings, cars, trees, squirrels, birds, nothing was overlooked. Since she had left her watch on her nightstand, she had no idea what time it was…” (Page 8). How boring is that?

Describe these buildings. There are many places that have buildings, birds, and trees. I have absolutely no sense of the setting after reading these passages.

My version: She was so swept up in her daily run around the old rustic town that she almost ran right into the handsome man checking the time under the clock tower. She rolled her eyes as she passed him. What was the point of going for a jog if time was a factor? The whole point was to forget all of your worries, after all.

Doesn’t that passage that I just wrote in less than five minutes give such a better description than the one quoted above? Now you know the town is old and rustic. You know that she does not care what time it is, but in a less straight-forward boring way. I am not claiming to be a great author, but I don’t think that La Salle’s book is worth the money.

 

Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | February 27, 2013

Helter Skelter,  by Vincent Bugliosi

Recommended For: People fascinated with Manson, pre-law students, true crime enthusiasts.

Nobody could have been prepared for having the burden of proving Charles Manson’s guilt. After all, he never stepped foot on either of the major crime scenes. However, Bugliosi does a great job of getting him locked up forever, and is also definitely the man to explain the craziness of the case. This book goes through the series of events, personal conversations with the Family, and even the ridiculous motives behind the horribleness.

The reason that I did not give it five full stars had less to do with the content and more with the depth. Sometimes the book did seem to be never-ending, as it went over every detail of courtroom manner. In the end though, all the details were relevant and necessary to fully understanding the insanity of the Family members. Finishing this book was like conquering a huge mountain, but I am very happy that I did so. It was well worth the time and effort.

Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | February 20, 2013

Profiling, by David Owen

Profiling by David Owen

 

Recommended For: Psychology majors (forensics and others), anyone that is interested in crime solving.

This book includes manila folder-looking pages and tons of pictures, so the readers feel like they are looking through police files. This may be the coolest textbook-like read ever. While some classics like Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer are covered, there were also hundreds of murderers I had never heard of. Also, plenty of women were included! Profiling is guaranteed to take even the quickest readers a while to thumb through. While it is very interesting, there is a ton of content. The killers are divided into categories by their signatures: organized v. disorganized, commuters v. marauders, power, anger and retaliation. The 11 chapters, not including an introduction, explain what profilers do and how profiling works. It is worth the time to sift through the entire thing. Everyone can certainly learn a lot of information from this book.

Crime Corner

by Katerina Sperl | February 14, 2013

I, Monster by Tom Philbin

Recommended For: Psychology majors, forensics majors, criminal justice majors, professionals in those fields, and anyone who likes horror movies or thriller books.

This book is different from all of the other crime books out there, because it tells the serial killers’ sides of the stories. Notebooks, interviews, pictures and letters are included with the biography of each criminal. This allows the reader to see what the criminals have to say about themselves, both before their arrests and during their interrogations.

The author definitely did his research! There are twenty chapters, each covering a separate murderer. Some famous murderers mentioned include H. H. Holmes, Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, Gary Ridgeway, Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer. This book helps to understand why people do these terrible things.

While any other book can tell readers the who, what, when, where and how, this book is one of the few that tell the why. The reasons range from the force of the devil, hatred of women, power, and bad childhoods to just for fun. The chilling words make unimaginable crimes incredibly real. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can handle it.

 

 

Fifty Shades of Scandalous

by Jessica Pena | September 26, 2012

Okay, I got a story to share with all of you. So gather around, because it’s story time. Everybody loves a good story consisting of romance, bromance, fights, cars, humor and food. I can’t forget about the food. So, here it goes.

Whether or not it started in a car or in a house, it took place at the Cape. Well, in Cape Cod, Mass., to be exact. This summer, a few of my friends and I went to the Cape, and we had story time. However, we didn’t just read any story, we read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Those of you know the book understand the deal—no pun intended. Those who don’t, then you’re in for a real sweet psychological ride. Literally.

A short background on E.L James’s novel begins as “girl meets guy.” Guy asks her out, girl says ‘yes’ to a few more dates (just one), and finds out his deepest psychologically-twisted sexual needs. Yup! That’s love for you. Crazy right? Oh, and best part about this novel: it’s based off of a Twilight fan-fiction. Shut the front door, I know.

When reading this book to my friends, the first thing that popped into my head was that I was actually reading this book to them. Fifty Shades of Grey is not a book to be reading to anyone, especially in public, which we did.

More on the book, it’s also a book that talks about BDSM, which you can probably figure out what it means. You guys have a computer, do the research. If so, type in “SNL 50 Shades of Grey” on YouTube.com, or “Jimmy Fallon 50 Shades of Grey Karaoke,” etc.

When reading the book, I didn’t get what was so scandalous about it. I mean they’re people who are into that stuff in real life, so I really didn’t get it. This wasn’t until I had a conversation with my sweet innocent little sister who heard about the book and read it.

We started talking about how the fact that someone actually took the time to do this certain type of research and make it into a public book astounded us. I mean, it’s not something you read on a daily basis, like your typical Jodi Picoult or Nicolas Sparks novels. Fifty Shades of Grey is something.

Now, the book has become so popular that a movie will be soon made. Fans have listed the names of many actors and actresses whom they wish to see play entrepreneur Christian Grey, and college grad Anastasia “Ana” Steele.

Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and even Robert Pattinson have been the favorites to play Grey. While the favorites for Steele has been Lucy Hale, Alexis Bledel, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Watson.

Producers of The Social Network, Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, have been signed on to produce the movie. But only time will tell if the book-turned-movie will succeed or flop like its fan-fiction inspiration.

 

Superman, Wonder Woman Lock Lips as a Power Couple

by The Associated Press | August 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wonder Woman and Superman are an item, locking lips in a passionate embrace as the pair realize that there’s no one out there like them.

Superman and Wonder Woman kissing in “Justice League” No. 12.

The couple’s kiss is the culmination of a dramatic story in “Justice League” No. 12, which marks the first full year since DC relaunched its stable of heroes with new stories, new costumes and revised origins.

DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who has drawn each issue of “Justice League” since its debut, called the canoodling in Wednesday’s issue not a stunt or an alternate reality smooch.

“This has been in the works for some time and we certainly wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on without there being great creative benefit to the liaison,” he said in an email. “Beyond the joy

and sorrows of new love, there are potentially huge ramifications and dramatic ways this single relationship between these iconic characters will change the entire political and interpersonal landscape of the DC Universe.”

The characters have long formed, with Batman, the triumvirate of DC Entertainment’s heroes and are among the most powerful and best-known.

In the 1980s, the pair had a brief fling but Superman went on to marry Lois Lane. They also kissed in Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Strikes Again” a decade ago. In a 2006 epilogue to 1996′s “Kingdom Come,” the couple asks Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, to stand as godfather to their unborn child.

Since DC relaunched its characters and universe nearly a year ago, some of the origins have changed — Wonder Woman is now the daughter of Zeus — and the costumes have, too.

One aspect that did not survive the relaunch: Lois Lane’s role as Superman’s love. She’s still around, but the two have never dated, nor are they likely to.

Geoff Johns, who writes “Justice League” is laying out a story that looks not only at the couple but the effects on others, too, Lee said.

“The way Geoff unfolds the story and the implications of two of the most powerful characters in the DCU becoming a team is something that goes beyond the question of ‘What about Lois and Clark?’” Lee said.

“This is a statement to every nation and geopolitical organization in the entire DC Universe giving creative teams ample material to explore this relationship on so many different levels.”

 

Patterson’s ‘Private’ To Become TV Show

by Ana Abraham | May 2, 2012

James Patterson has had an impressive career as an author. He has written over seventy books. He has created for his novels some of the most well known characters in modern American pop-culture. Some of his works include the ‘Alex Cross’ series, the ‘Women’s Murder Club’ series and the ‘Maximum Ride’ series. He also created Michael Bennett and Daniel X. Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most bestselling hardcover fiction titles written by a single author (63). This is also a New York Times Record. Patterson had nineteen consecutive Times Bestsellers, and is also the world’s best-selling author.

One of Patterson’s newer series is the fictional ‘Private’ series, which he co-authors with Maxine Paetro and Mark Sullivan. The books follow protagonist Jack Morgan and his company, Private Investigations, which is hired by a variety of high-profile clients, one of which being the London Olympics Organizing Committee. It was announced in mid-April that ‘Private’ has recently been slated for adaptation to a television show.

Even though the project is not yet available for bids from major networks, plans have been set in place. The first season will have thirteen episodes, the premier episode likely being two hours long. Black Swan screenwriter John McLaughlin will likely write this pilot. The project was pitched as a joint venture between Sonar Entertainment and James Patterson Entertainment.

In 2009, mega-corporation Twentieth Century Fox, in a partnership with Imagine TV, tried to develop ‘Private’ into a show for CBS. The idea never took off because the initial ‘Private’ book wasn’t out on the market yet. According to Sonar, the project didn’t take off because it was still “an unknown quantity.”

In the past, many of James Patterson’s books have been turned into movies, including Kiss the Girls and First to Die. His ‘Women’s Murder Club’ novels were the basis for a one season, thirteen episode show starring Angie Harmon that aired in 2007-2008.

The Rolling Stones: 50

by Shannon Livewell | March 21, 2012

The Rolling Stones have announced a new photo book, The Rolling Stones: 50, which will hit stores on July 12, 2012 and display an array of images marking the fiftieth anniversary of the band’s first gig.

The book, which will be published by Thames & Hudson in the United Kingdom and will include some 700 images taken by Philip Townsend, the photographer for the band’s first ever photo shoot. Many of the photos were taken from the Daily Mirror’s archive, which contains the largest newspaper assemblage of Rolling Stones images.

“This is our story of 50 fantastic years,” the band said in a statement from the official Rolling Stones website, “Curated by us, the book features the very best photographs from, and beyond our archives.” The book will also feature pictures and writing which were handpicked by frontman Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts.

The 352-page hardback edition will debut 50 years to the day of the band’s on-stage debut at the Marquee Club in London in 1962. It will later be released in North America in the fall. Ronnie Wood recently hinted that the band is also “on the verge” of touring this year. He said: “Be lovely, wouldn’t it? That’s what we’re on the verge of. I don’t know what is going to happen yet but we all feel we owe it to ourselves and to the people to do something.”

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