Alex F. Rubalcava

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<i>Caveat Emptor</i> Isn't Enough

In the 1990s, Janet Reno’s Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took an active role in policing


The Cost of Legal Extortion

In movies like Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action , we see lawyers (or in Erin Brockovich, a legal secretary)


Why My Column Doesn’t Matter

In the early days of the Internet, media tycoons from the old line venues looked to the Internet with fear.


Revolution in a Blue Apron

Forbes magazine recently released a list of the world’s billionaires—they also publish a list of the richest people in the


Debunking the Senior Gift

I do not normally write about campus events or issues, preferring to leave those topics to others. However, there is


How Not To Run a Company

A popular business book published in the last few years carries the intriguing title, First, Break All the Rules. While


Judging the 'Segway'

Last Monday the inventor Dean Kamen finally unveiled his famous “Ginger” secret project. As many people correctly guessed last January,


Recruit This, McKinsey

Times are tough right now. But you New York management consultants and Wall Street investment bankers know that, and you’ve


Steal This Column!

Regular readers of my column (i.e. my parents and roommate) know that I’ve often written about the changes in the


Gulf Oil, By the Numbers

Since Sept. 11, a number of people, from both the right and the left, have suggested that the U.S. reduce


In Praise of the Big Dig

Last week in this newspaper I suggested that an appropriate response to Sept. 11 would be a massive development program


A Middle Eastern Marshall Plan

There have been calls in recent days for the United States to use the attacks on the World Trade Center


The Real Purpose of the Square

Imagine yourself as a 30-year-old single white-collar worker, living in Boston or Cambridge. You enjoyed college, but somehow this new


Once and Future Kozmo

Last week urban college students around the country lost a dear, dear friend. Our friend Kozmo was there for us


Burning Money

Hi there, Larry. You’re the guy who used to sign the money, right? Yeah, I thought so. That’s a good

Special Teams

In Photos: The Game

Crimson-UC Crossfire Debate

The Back of the UC Ballot

Helicopter over Harvard

In Photos: Bomb Threat Shakes the Yard


A.D. Club ‘Strongly’ Opposes Membership Changes