The Bean Boot Craze (Forbes)

Bean BootThe classic Bean boot — seen everywhere on the quad and all over the land — though currently seeing folks from all walks of life through mud season, is also enjoying a moment in the sun.

To the surprise of even L.L. Bean CEO Chris McCormick, Bean boots have experienced a striking increase in popularity in the past year, with a waiting list that peaked at 100,000 in December. Read the Forbes article here.

Record-Breaking Number of Automobile Recalls Raises Possibility of New Legislation (Car and Driver)

Cars

Automakers recalled more than 63 million vehicles last year, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, making 2014 a record-breaking year.

Clifford Atiyeh from Car and Driver breaks down the 2014 recalls by category and shares what the massive recalls might mean for automotive legislation. Read the article here.

Are You Making These Smartphone Mistakes at Work? (Forbes)

iphone

Put the smartphone down. Do it now, and your career doesn’t get hurt.

Forbes runs down the “8 Common Smartphone Mistakes You’re Making At Work.”

Bowdoin’s Marcos Lopez on Farmworker Rights in Mexico (Los Angeles Times)

Marcos Lopez

Marcos Lopez

The Los Angeles Times taps Assistant Professor of Sociology Marcos Lopez for his insight for the article “Mexico Growers, Striking Farmworkers to Hold Direct Talks Amid Unease.”

Lopez, who has done research in that area, is quoted on the subject of growers negotiating with labor leaders amid media scrutiny. Read the article.