Mason in the News

Posted: April 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Saturday, March 29, CBS News

Pressure Grows for Hillary Clinton to Step Down from Campaign

Michael Fauntroy, assistant professor of public policy, was interviewed on CBS’ “The Saturday Early Show” about his views on Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Obama supporters urging her to step out of the race. “I think the key point is to note that these are Obama supporters making these charges. We don’t yet know whether or not Sen. Obama is the best nominee for the party. And I think it’s going to have to play out through Pennsylvania, through Indiana and North Carolina until we know for sure. I think that [the Indiana primary to be held May 6] might be the stop point [if she loses]. You know, I’m not one who believes that we’re at a point right now where the back-and-forth is being damaging to the party going forward into a general election. So the Indiana primary seems to be about the right point.”

Monday, March 31, Dallas Morning News

McCain’s Quiet Campaign: The Catholic Vote

“When John McCain faced a firestorm over the Rev. John Hagee’s endorsement, he publicly renounced the pastor’s past anti-Catholic remarks but not his support. The controversy largely faded, in part because Mr. McCain had worked quietly to build alliances with conservative Catholic leaders willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. The McCain campaign’s Catholic outreach, which has gone largely unnoticed, is part of a larger effort to build bridges with religious voters who are key to the Republican’s presidential prospects – a constituency Mr. McCain has long had trouble with. ‘If he can get Catholics and evangelicals together in a coalition, that would make him very difficult to defeat,’ said political scientist Mark Rozell of George Mason University.”

Monday, March 31, USA Today

Global Warming, Global Health: Campaign to Raise Awareness

“From deadly heat waves in the Midwest and Northeast to more intense Gulf Coast hurricanes and Southwest droughts, the effects of climate change will have an unprecedented impact on the health of Americans, a report said Monday. The connection between global warming and public health is the focus of a new campaign announced by the American Public Health Association. ‘There is a direct connection between climate change and the health of our nation,’ says the campaign’s new blueprint designed to combat the health effects of climate change. ‘Yet few Americans are aware of the very real consequences of climate change on the health of our communities, our families and our children.’ In a telephone conference, report contributor Edward Maibach of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said, ‘Climate change is affecting our health now and will more in the future.’”

Tuesday, April 1, Los Angeles Times

Pentagon Pursues Guantanamo Tribunal for Embassy Bombing Suspect

“The Pentagon charged Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani with capital murder and terrorism Monday for his alleged role in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania and his suspected ties to Al Qaeda. Susan F. Hirsch, who was injured in the Tanzania bombing and whose husband was killed, said she was angry and disappointed that Ghailani would probably be tried in a military tribunal rather than in an open civilian court where the public can hear the case against him. She said his treatment by the CIA ‘taints this entire proceeding.’ ‘I have a hard time understanding why Ghailani is not treated similar to his alleged co-conspirators who were indicted and tried in U.S. court,’ said Hirsch, who wrote a book about the bombing trials. ‘The indictment could have been enforced the moment he was arrested in Pakistan.’”

Tuesday, April 1, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Public View of Politics in the Classroom

“The older Americans are, and the less time they have spent on a college campus, the more likely they are to believe that professors are politically biased. Other academics find the survey results more troubling, indicating that it is not only older Americans who may have bought into critiques of academe. Taken together, 40 percent of the Americans in the survey said professors often use their classrooms as political platforms. ‘This is the two-by-four whacked across your face,’ says S. Robert Lichter, a professor of communication at George Mason and director of its Center for Media and Public Affairs. ‘When that many Americans think this happens often, higher ed has a problem.’”

Wednesday, April 2, CBS News

Obama Seeks to Reshape the Electorate

“Together with Obama’s proven appeal to independent voters, his campaign’s focus on increasing turnout of younger and black voters – his base – could counterbalance hints of weakness among more traditional swing voters like the working-class whites known as Reagan Democrats. Senator John McCain is running strong in many polls in key states, and is expected to challenge Obama for many of those voters. But McCain lacks a motivated new cadre of supporters. ‘Where Obama really has the comparative advantage is his volunteers,’ said Michael McDonald, an expert on voter turnout at George Mason University. ‘When you look at McCain, one of his weaknesses is that he’s not a candidate who is going to excite the evangelical hard conservative base. He’s not going to have the volunteers in place to do the same sort of mobilization efforts that an Obama would do.’”

Wednesday, April 2, Washington Post

Hunt for GAO Chief Is Complicated By Gridlock, Job’s Unique Demands

“Finding a successor to David Walker, the former comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, may be more difficult than it seems. A complicated process requires agreement between the legislative and executive branches. Some of the GAO’s most important recent work has been calling attention to the looming fiscal crisis posed by Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs, said Paul Posner, who retired after 30 years at GAO and now runs the master’s of public administration program at George Mason University. ‘We’re facing a lot of difficult challenges, whether global warming or the fiscal future 20 years out, and we might mitigate it if we take action today – which quite frankly poses difficult political challenges for those who have to face the electorate,’ he said. ‘That’s why you need someone at GAO who has the courage and vision to look a little bit around the corner.’”

Thursday, April 3, Washington Post

GMU to Build Hotel Complex

“George Mason University will build a 150-room hotel and conference center in central Fairfax County, furthering the college’s metamorphosis from regional campus to national institution but also igniting tension with surrounding residential communities. The $30 million George Mason Inn, to be owned by the university and financed with state-backed bonds, will rise seven stories above Chain Bridge Road on GMU’s largest of three Northern Virginia campuses. University officials said the project will fill a long-standing need for meeting space and overnight accommodations on a campus that hosts world-class academic conferences and is visited by more than three million people each year. ‘It’s a symbol of where we are,’ said Christine LaPaille, GMU’s vice president of university relations. ‘I know that in the past, people have described us as up-and-coming. We think a hotel and conference center and some of the other facilities being planned for this campus are indicators that we have arrived.’”

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