Explosive sexual assault allegations against a former Penn State University football coach came to a head last week, when the university fired its president as well as legendary head football coach Joe Paterno. Walter Robinson, Distinguished Professor of Journalism, was part of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team that unearthed the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. We asked Robinson to compare these scandals, and examine how the national media has covered this latest scandal.
In anticipation of the primary election, two Republican presidential hopefuls — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and business leader Herman Cain — are promoting new tax plans. We asked William Dickens, a University Professor in the Department of Economics in Northeastern’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, to evaluate Perry’s flat tax and Cain’s “9–9-9” plan.
Around this time of year, movie theaters and television host horror movie specials and relive the classics. But have horror films lost their way? In honor of Halloween, we asked Terrence Masson, director of Creative Industries in Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design, to examine how scary movies have evolved in recent years — and how to bring back the true fright factor.
In recent months, more reports have surfaced of escalating violence involving drug cartels in parts of Mexico. We asked Ramiro Martinez Jr., a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern, to examine the current dynamic amid the Mexican drug violence plaguing these regions. As a quantitative criminologist, Martinez’s research looks at how violence varies across ecological settings, and if violent crimes and violent deaths vary across racial and ethnic groups.