George Mason in the News

Posted: November 9, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason recently received.

Friday, Nov. 2, Washington Post

In Last Push, Both Parties Have Same Focus: Turnout

“Hundreds of party activists from other states are planning to join Democratic and Republican workers in Virginia this weekend to help get out the vote in Tuesday’s state legislative election, an effort that some officials describe as the first battle of next year’s presidential and U.S. Senate races. Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University, said Democrats appear to ‘be more organized’ overall. The Republicans face more of a challenge this year because they have been out of the governor’s mansion since 2002, and in recent years have been split between moderates and conservatives. ‘It may be a feature of the party being somewhat splintered on what issues should be emphasized,’ Rozell said.”

Friday, Nov. 2,

Senate Grills SBA

“The Small Business Administration provides loan guarantees to commercial banks with the goal of encouraging them to make more small business loans, which are considered relatively risky bets. Some skeptics have called for getting rid of the SBA, arguing that its loan programs primarily benefit banks, not entrepreneurs. ‘Small businesses don’t need SBA lending,’ argues Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., who testified at today’s hearing. ‘They are doing great and already have access to credit.’”

Tuesday, Nov. 6, Philadelphia Daily News

Inside the Mummers

“To many Philadelphians, the Mummers are just a group of people who get dressed up in outrageous costumes and march in a parade every New Year’s Day. Throughout the year, not just on New Year’s, the Mummers are an important presence in the working-class city neighborhoods from which they arise. They not only create a sense of community, they also help keep those neighborhoods vibrant. In other words, the Mummers play such a critical role in the life of the city that they should be nurtured, even treasured, as a kind of natural resource. ‘It’s a taken-for-granted part of Philadelphia,’ said Patricia Anne Masters, a sociology professor at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, who has written ‘The Philadelphia Mummers: Building Community through Play.’ ‘I don’t think the people that run the city realize how central it is to the communities where the clubhouses are and the parade is put together.’”

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