Max Ehrenfreund

Wells Fargo on the Road to Damascus

I had to be cynical about Wells Fargo’s marquee sponsorship of the 2012 Assets Learning Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, which began yesterday and continues this morning. Everyone here has made it their cause to help poor Americans build savings and equity. Wells Fargo, along the rest of the industry, has been sufficiently… Read more »

You Can Now Eat Chick-Fil-A Again

Chicago Alderman Proco Moreno has agreed to allow Chick-Fil-A to build a restaurant in his ward, apparently mollified by the company’s promises not to continue donating to organizations that oppose gay marriage. Moreno and The Civil Rights Agenda, an Illinois advocacy organization, are claiming victory for encouraging Chick-Fil-A to change its policies. They may not… Read more »

A Good Time to Buy Soybeans

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its biodiesel quota for next year on Friday, increasing the amount of plant-based fuel it will require refiners to blend into petroleum-based diesel from 1 billion gallons to 1.28 billion gallons. The agency projects that its decision would raise the price of soybeans by three cents per pound next year… Read more »

For Kalamazoo Students, Free Degrees

The New York Times Magazine’s Education Issue this weekend includes a deeply moving story about the Kalamazoo Promise. Thanks to a major gift from anonymous donors in 2005, any graduate of the city’s two high schools can attend public colleges in Michigan for free. “Blind to family income levels, to pupils’ grades and even to… Read more »

Harvard, Grades, Cheating, and the Cannon Revolt of 1910

This morning, Harvard’s student newspaper, The Crimson, published new details about Harvard’s investigation of more than 100 undergraduates accused of cheating in an introductory government course. The newspaper obtained a copy of a letter from the professor of the course, Matthew Platt, to the school’s disciplinary body: On a bonus question, “all the answers use… Read more »