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Many campus and advocacy groups are currently involved in struggles for a “living wage.” How do you think a living wage should be calculated?

Many campus and advocacy groups are currently involved in struggles for a “living wage.” How do you think a living wage should be calculated?

Part 1:

Answer the following questions, from readings, in “answer and question format”:

  1. Many campus and advocacy groups are currently involved in struggles for a “living wage.” How do you think a living wage should be calculated?
  2. Were you surprised by the casual reactions of Ehrenreich’s coworkers when she revealed herself as an undercover writer? Were you surprised that she wasn’t suspected of being “different” or out-of-place despite her graduate-level education and usually comfortable lifestyle?
  3. Many of Ehrenreich’s colleagues relied heavily on family—for housing and help with child-care, by sharing appliances and dividing up the cooking, shopping, and cleaning. Do you think Americans make excessive demands on the family unit rather than calling for the government to help those in need?
  4. Nickel and Dimed takes place in 1998-2000, a time of unprecedented prosperity in America. Do you think Ehrenreich’s experience would be different in today’s economy? How so?
  5. After reading Nickel and Dimed, do you think that having a job—any job—is better than no job at all? Did this book make you feel angry? Better informed? Relieved that someone has finally described your experience? Galvanized to do something.

Part 2: Essay Format

In two pages (not including cover or reference pages), write an Essay that addresses your views on low wage workers need for a $15.00 minimum wage in the US, including making an argument for or against the $15.00 minimum wage. Students are expected to cite sources to support arguments and format citations and reference list using APA (American Psychological Association -sixth edition).

As you think about your argument for or against the $15.00 minimum wage, consider some of the following questions:

  • What is a living wage? How much is it today? Is it really a living wage?
  • Why do you think caused the pay gap between men and women and how can we close the gap?
  • What are some of the challenges associated with organizing for increasing minimum wage to $15.00 an hour? Are some of the challenges specific to any low wage groups (i.e., women, young adults, elderly, or people disability, etc.) or industries (i.e., retail, restaurant, or domestic workers, etc.)
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Beta and Capital Budgeting Discussion

Beta and Capital Budgeting

Part 1: Beta

Visit the following web site or other websites:

Yahoo Finance

1.  Search for the beta of your company (Group Project)

2.  In addition, find the beta of 3 different companies within the same industry as your company (Group Project).

3.  Explain to your classmates what beta means and how it can be used for managerial and/or investment decision

4.  Why do you think the beta of your company (individual project) and those of the 3 companies you found are different from each other? Provide as much information as you can and be specific.

Part 2: Capital Budgeting

Before you respond to Part 2 of discussion 6 review the following information on Capital Budgeting Techniques

Capital Budgeting Decision Methods

CAPITAL BUDGETING (PRINCIPLES & TECHNIQUES)

To avoid damaging its market value, each company must use the correct discount rate to evaluate its projects. Review and discuss the following:

• Compare and contrast the internal rate of return approach to the net present value approach. Which is better? Support your answer with well-reasoned arguments and examples.

• Is the ultimate goal of most companies–maximizing the wealth of the owners for whom the firm is being operated–ethical? Why or why not?

• Why might ethical companies benefit from a lower cost of capital than less ethical companies?

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Database Assignment Research Paper

Apache Databases (Pig, Hive, Cassandra, etc)

The report is a DETAILED, RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT. This is not an outline, excel spreadsheet, or a one-two project. This will require a significant level of effort and time. You are building a business use as to WHY a company would want to use this database technology solution or vendor technology.

QUESTIONS

What are the key database products made by the vendor OR the key database platforms available under the database category (do not just use the ones listed – there are MANY MORE)?

o A minimum of 4-6 is expected here.

If a vendor, who are the competitors to the platform? If a database technology class, who is the clear leader and why?

o Provide a ½ page response at most!

Provide a short history of each key database platform you’ve described

o A minimum of 1-2 paragraphs PER DATABASE PLATFORM is expected.

What industries are these database vendors tools or database technology platforms used in? Is the market increasing or decreasing for technology?

o I expect a 1/2 -1-page industry synopsis here.

What are the key features for each of these database platforms? What are differentiators compared to other database platforms in its like-kind class?

o I expect 1-2 pages for EACH DATABASE PLATFORM.

Are these databases used on-premise only? Cloud-based only? Mainframe only? Explain the infrastructure use case for each of these databases that you are discussing.

o I expect a 1/2 -1-page technical synopsis here.

Provide three (3) business uses for why a customer/client would want to use your vendors/class of database technology in their environment.

o I expect a 1-2 page analysis that is researched for each use case (up to 6 pages).

What are key technical skills a data administrator or database administrator would require if they use this platform?

o You need to review job boards and postings for this. you need to come up with the ideal skill set.

Where do you believe this technology will be in 3-5 years?

o Provide a 1-2 paragraph summary.

As you can tell, this is about a 15-20 Page Paper! Your group will have a LOT OF RESEARCH. You MUST use APA citations throughout this paper. It counts as 20% of your overall grade for this assignment. Your paper will be graded against the assignment rubric which measures the following weight based on the points assigned (i.e. 20 points, 25 points depending on if you are in MAIN or 1G/IIG)

Technical Competency (25%)

Business Competency (20%

Technical Accuracy (25%)

Spelling / Grammar (10%)

Citations / APA (20%)