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From the Trading Floor to the Silver Screen: Kogod professor doubts accuracy of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps?
The highly anticipated Oliver Stone film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps premieres in theaters on Friday, September 24. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is the sequel to Oliver Stone’s 1987 film entitled simply Wall Street. In 1987, the movie garnered much attention for its gritty portrayal of greed and the excess of the 1980’s. Michael Douglas’ depiction of unscrupulous corporate raider Gordon Gekko earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Wall Street grasped the audience’s attention because of its less than flattering image of Wall Street and its motto: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” However, some worry that the movie shows only the amoral business people and does not accurately reflect life on the Street. Kogod School of Business management professor Richard Linowes asserts, “It was a realistic portrayal of some aspects of the business-—the trading floor, the trading dynamics, the facilities, the dress—but it zeroed in on a few rats in the corner and largely ignored the people of fine character in the business. The story concentrated on bad apples and not the principled, honest people who are essential players in our financial markets."

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, featuring Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas, premieres 23 years after the original film, leading many to wonder what the message will be now? View Full Article (09/24/10)

Kogod Continutes its Green Campaign
The Kogod School of Business launched its latest green initiative, an eco-friendly roof, on September 9. With the help of students, alumni, staff and neighbors from McLean Gardens, Kogod constructed the roof over several days.

Chris O’Brien, American University’s Director of Sustainability, says, "Green roofs are designed to manage storm water on site. We filter storm water, and slow it down so it doesn’t turn into dirty water" that could pollute the Anacostia or Potomac rivers. O’Brien added that "we’re proud to be a campus in this city, and we’re doing our part to be green."

American University is certainly striving to be green: the university boasts the highest density of green roofs on a campus in D.C. Besides being environmentally friendly, the new green roof is also expected to improve electric efficiency and will cut down on AU’s electric bill. View full article (09/09/10)

Working Women: Pum Lefebure
Kogod Collateral Designer Featured on ABC 7 - Pum Lefebure was recently honored as ABC 7's "Working Woman." Lefebure, the co-founder and owner of graphic design company Design Army, is the creative mind behind the 2011 Kogod School of Business marketing collateral. Lefebure also worked on The Washingtonian's Bride & Groom magazine and has received numerous awards, including a national ADDY award for her work for the Washington Ballet. View full article (09/01/2010)