Mason in the News

Posted: January 11, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, CNN International

Modern Day Slavery

Louise Shelley, Mason professor of public policy, was interviewed on CNN International regarding a recent domestic human trafficking case. “The case is appalling,” Shelley said. ‘But what’s more concerning is that this is not the only case. Though there have been numerous cases prosecuted in the last few years, there haven’t been enough. So many cases are not found because they are hidden. It is an international phenomenon that is often controlled by organized crime. In this case, it was a couple who had links to [people in] Indonesia who imported these women and enslaved them for a period of more than five years.”

Friday, Jan. 4, Time

Obama’s Youth Vote Triumph

“According to surveys of voters entering the caucuses, young voters preferred Obama over the next-closest competitor by more than 4 to 1. This suggests that the under-25 set — typically among the most elusive voters in all of politics — gave the Illinois senator a net gain of some 17,000 votes; Obama finished roughly 20,000 votes ahead of former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Hillary Clinton. ‘Conventional wisdom has a name for candidates who rely on the youth vote: loser,’ said Michael McDonald, an expert on voter turnout and professor at George Mason University. ‘Clearly, this was different.’ A close reading of the numbers suggests that the youth vote was widely dispersed across the state and not concentrated in college towns, as some might have assumed.”

Monday, Jan. 7, Washington Post

Wealthy Colleges’ Largess Draws Rebuke

“Harvard and other wealthy universities have won praise in recent weeks for initiatives to cut costs sharply for their least affluent students. But college officials and experts in the Washington area and elsewhere have begun to complain that those well-endowed schools are playing a rich man’s game that does little for the vast majority of students who can’t afford rising tuition bills. Although they applaud any financial relief for needy college students, these higher education officials say Harvard’s largess puts more pressure on less affluent schools to raise tuition. ‘The disparity in endowments and tuition costs can put the less well-heeled institutions, including mine, at a competitive cost disadvantage,’ said Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and enrollment development at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, Jan. 9, Chronicle of Higher Education

Thanks to YouTube, Professors Are Finding New Audiences

“The popularity of professor appearances on YouTube and other video-sharing sites may end up opening up the classroom and making teaching — which once took place behind closed doors — a more public art. In many cases, the colleges were already offering the videos they are putting on YouTube on their own Web sites, or on Apple’s iTunes U, an educational section of the iTunes Store. But college officials say that teaming up with YouTube is greatly expanding their audiences because so many people are poking around the service already. T. Mills Kelly, an associate professor of history and art history at George Mason University, says that the web-video trend brings a welcome check on the teaching process. ‘It introduces a certain level of accountability for what happens in the classroom,’ he said on a recent episode of the university’s Digital Campus podcast.”

Thursday, Jan. 10, New York Sun

Slight of King Could Linger for Voters

“Senator Clinton’s comment stressing the importance of President Johnson at the expense of the role of Martin Luther King Jr. may come back to haunt her in the battle to attract African American voters, who make up half of the Democratic electorate in the upcoming South Carolina primary. A Rasmussen Poll Monday reported that Mr. Obama had the support of 58 percent of black voters. Many African American politicians, however, such as Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, have opted to endorse Mrs. Clinton. ‘I think older African Americans are concerned about his lack of experience and feel affection for the Clintons,’ said a professor at George Mason University and the author of ‘Republicans and the Black Vote,’ Michael Fauntroy. He said, ‘I think it’s an overstatement of his achievements to compare him with King. Barack Obama has never led anything and never made any societal change.’”

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