A regular roundup of stuff that wouldn’t necessarily make it on the blog, but is worth noting:
• A group of graduate students from Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management apparently trashed Chicago’s Field Museum during a school function. The details are hazy (and why not, given the amount of alcohol supposedly consumed?), but a report on the Dealbreaker web site says students vomited on the floor, spit at people and threw debris. My favorite part was the admonition from a student official that the errant behavior “can have a negative impact on the brand.” No kidding. And it doesn’t do much for your job prospects, either. No wonder Wall Street is in such trouble.
• Remember the Dallas resident who called 911 a couple of hundred times and was arrested? A Montreal woman makes him look like a Kellogg grad student. She called 911 10,000 times over a 15-month period. Authorities and her attorney agree: She is very troubled.
• There’s an old newspaper saying: If the economy looks troubled, they’ll know about it at the pawn shops. And sure enough, Arlington-based First Cash Financial Services says more business from pawn shop operations will likely mean better earnings this year. Revenue from pawn shop operations made up more than three-quarters of the company’s third period revenue.
• Is there a link between Starbucks and the credit meltdown? That’s the theory from Newsweek’s Dan Gross, who argues that the more Starbucks a country has, the bigger its financial problems. One commentator said there might be something to this, and it may well explain Dallas’ resiliency in the wake of everything that has happened in the past several months. We lost 9 stores this summer when the company retrenched.