George Mason in the News

Posted: May 4, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Thursday, April 26, Detroit News

Ending Forced Unionism Creates More Prosperity

“Compuware Corp. Chief Executive Peter Karmanos stirred the discussion about reviving the state’s economy last week by emphatically urging that Michigan become a right-to-work state. Perhaps no single action would do more to resuscitate jobs and income. Until now, compulsory unionism was the elephant in the room that few leaders — business or political — mustered the courage to acknowledge. But Karmanos has done that. Right-to-work doesn’t make unions illegal. It simply means that no worker can be compelled to join or pay dues to a labor organization as a condition of employment. George Mason University economist James Bennett showed in the 1990s that when adjusted for the cost of living, average incomes in right-to-work states were already comparable with or, in some cases, even higher than incomes in compulsory union states.”

Thursday, April 26, CNN Headline News

Which Candidate Is Best for Security?

Richard Shenkman, presidential historian at George Mason University, was interviewed by Glenn Beck on CNN Headline News to discuss America’s confidence in political leaders: “If you look back through the course of most of American history, most Americans, most of the time, had great faith in their institutions and in their leaders,’ Shenkman said. ‘We had a brief change after 9/11, Americans and the crisis. They rallied around their country. They rallied around their government, and they said that we had faith, renewed faith in our institutions and our leaders, but that quickly dissipated, and we’re now back to where we were, and there are all kinds of reasons for this.”

Saturday, April 28, CNN Anderson Cooper 360?

The Killers in Our Midst

Connie Kirkland, director of sexual assault services at George Mason University, was interviewed on CNN to discuss the habits of sexual predators and their victims: “Very few stalking victims report the crime to police. I think the highest number I’ve seen is 17 percent,” Kirkland said. “About 10 percent of all stalkers either attempt a sexual assault or commit a sexual assault on their stalking victim. Unfortunately, about 2 percent of stalking victims end as murder victims.”

Sunday, April 29, San Francisco Chronicle

Montgomery McFate’s Mission: Anthropology Steering the Course in Iraq

“For five years, Montgomery McFate, of the United States Institute of Peace, has made it her mission to convince the U.S. military that anthropology can be a more effective weapon than artillery. ‘If you understand how to frustrate or satisfy the population’s interests to get them to support your side in a counterinsurgency, you don’t need to kill as many of them,’ she said. ‘And you certainly will create fewer enemies.’ Her ideas have made McFate the focus of bitter criticism. ‘If people like McFate and their vision of anthropology becomes more powerful, the discipline will really change in ways that I think would be calamitous,’ said Hugh Gusterson, a professor of cultural studies at George Mason University and one of McFate’s more vocal critics. ‘I think she’s encouraging people to do things that I regard as unethical.’”

Monday, April 30, Washington Post

Susan Shields’s ‘Ballet Cocktail’: A Splash of Bubbly

Susan Shields is one of the local dance scene’s best-kept secrets. The one-time Washington Ballet member has pursued a career of supreme breadth, dancing with Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project, as well as in the companies of contemporary leaders Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch and Laura Dean. As a dance professor at George Mason University, the Virginia native has kept her hand in the performance world, choreographing occasional works for modest-size ballet companies.”

Monday, April 30, Washington Post

More Jobs than People in Fairfax; Study Predicts Future Shortage of Workers

“Over the next 25 years, the number of new jobs in Fairfax County will far exceed the supply of qualified workers to fill them, according to a projection released last week. By 2030, Fairfax County, which has become the region’s primary employment center, is expected to add 729,000 jobs, an 89 percent increase over 2005. But the county’s population is expected to grow only 44 percent, or 454,000. The disparity will force many companies to import nearly half of their workforces from other areas and could impair the county’s ability to attract employers, according to Stephen S. Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis.”

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