The Coin Battle has returned pitting staff, students, and faculty in a three-way competition to see who will raise the most money for United Way. The competition began this week and will end on Friday, October 30.

Coin jars are located  in front of the Graduate Programs Office in Knight Hall and in front of the Undergraduate Programs office in Simon Hall.  The team bottle that contains the most money at the end of the competition will be declared the victor and the team will earn bragging rights until next year.  All proceeds of this competition will be donated to the United Way.

Enter the 25/75 Raffle

Raffle tickets will be available to purchase at $5.00 each (cash only) starting Monday, September 14 and will end on Friday, October 30.  Tickets will be sold two times during the day from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the dean’s office (Bauer Hall, room 440).  25% of the prize pool will go to the winner at a random draw to take place following the campaign.  75% of the amount collected will go to the United Way.

Guest bloggers: Terry Wirtel and Joyce Montgomery


Sports Illustrated talked to Olin professor Glenn MacDonald about the possibility that the Rams football franchise might leave St. Louis.

“MacDonald says that the future of St. Louis without the Rams looks similar to the city’s future with the Rams, and as far as cities’ economies go, professional sports teams don’t have much of an impact. Plus, he says, among the ranks of NFL teams, the Rams likely fall near the bottom of the heap in terms of bringing dollars to their city.”
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It’s a move that would combine the world’s two biggest beer makers into a global brewing powerhouse: Anheuser-Busch InBev confirmed today it has approached rival SABMiller about a possible takeover.

A thorough antitrust review is a given, experts say. The deal would bring two of America’s best-loved beers, Bud Light and Miller Lite, under the same ownership after generations of fierce competition for market share. It also would unite some of the world’s biggest brands: AB InBev brews Corona and Stella Artois; SABMiller brews Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Foster’s.

“Due to antitrust, AB InBev will have to divest its share of its joint venture with Molson Coors Brewing Co. in the U.S.,” said William C. Finnie, adjunct professor of strategy at Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. “Antitrust may also force divesture of some brands in China and other countries.

“The deal is very similar financially to InBev’s 2008 acquisition of Anheuser-Busch.”

Finnie, who directed market analysis and strategy at the former Anheuser-Busch from 1965 through 1991, also said if the proposed merger goes through, SABMiller can expect the very large cost reductions Anheuser-Busch experienced after the InBev takeover.

“SABMiller is worth a lot more to AB InBev than as an independent company,” Finnie said. “It will slash corporate overhead costs and use its larger size to cut operating costs significantly. They are world-class cost cutters, as everyone recognizes.”

Stock shares in both brewers were up when the news of the proposed merger was announced. If it goes through, the resulting mega-brewery would be worth an estimated $275 billion.

By Erika Ebsworth-Gool, WUSTL Newsroom

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Olin’s very own Cliff Holekamp, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship, director of the of the MBA Entrepreneurship Platform, and partner in Cultivation Capital, is on the 100 top professors of entrepreneurship worldwide list published by the Hot Topics site.

Cliff Holekamp, second from left, on the Domain Tech Review with students.

Cliff Holekamp, second from left, on the Domain Tech Review with students.

According to the site, entrepreneurs nominated the professors.


Olin’s undergraduate program remains at #14 for the second consecutive year on the U.S. News ranking. The BSBA finance program is ranked #16 and marketing is #21. The undergraduate business school rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions gathered via a survey conducted in the spring.

U.S. News changed its methodology this year by using survey responses from the two most recent years instead of the current year only. In 2015, 37 percent of those surveyed responded. The rankings of the specialty areas such as finance and marketing are based solely on the spring 2015 survey and respondents are asked to nominate the 10 best programs in each business area. For a complete explanation of the undergraduate business programs methodology, click here.

U.S. News also released its survey of Best Colleges. Washington University in St. Louis was ranked #15 in the National University category. For the methodology used in this ranking, click here.