Mason in the News

Posted: April 18, 2008 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, April 11, Baltimore Sun

Housing Market is ‘Pretty Bleak’

“March is usually the month when homebuyers get serious, when sales rocket out of the winter doldrums — but not this year. Home sales in the Baltimore area last month fell 34 percent from a year earlier, the seventh straight month of declines roughly in that range, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems reported yesterday. The average sales price slid almost 3 percent to about $297,700, or $8,900 less than a year ago. ‘Pretty bleak,’ said John McClain, a senior fellow at George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. ‘A lot of people are still on the sidelines. People think the economy is in a recession, and it probably is.’”

Saturday, April 12, Boston Globe

New Voters Flood Upcoming Primaries

“Increases in voter registration also helped drive record turnouts in prior contests, including in South Carolina, which recorded about 72,000 new registrations in the three months leading up to its Jan. 26 Democratic primary. Some of the boost in Democratic registrations and turnout across the country has been the result of constant work by the campaigns. Aides and volunteers for Obama and Clinton have spent countless hours identifying first-time voters, helping them fill out registration documents, and delivering them to election officials. Michael McDonald, a specialist on voting patterns at George Mason University in Virginia, said the surge in voter participation in the primaries and caucuses augurs an even higher turnout in November, when many more voters will tune in. ‘This is an indication that we’re going to see a very high turnout rate in the general election, perhaps as high as we haven’t seen in a century in American politics,’ he said.”

Sunday, April 13, New York Times

Professor Casserly’s Lessons Outline a Course for Living

“On a typical Monday evening, Charley Casserly spends three hours at George Mason University in Enterprise Hall, Room 176. The students call him Professor Casserly. He spent more than 30 years in football, coaching and scouting and eventually running two N.F.L. teams, the Redskins and the Texans. But Casserly started as a teacher, and only now, after returning from the film room to the classroom, did he realize that part of him never really left. He still liked grading papers as much as he liked grading players. ‘I’ve always thought of myself as a teacher,’ Casserly, 59, said. He stands at the front of the room, arms crossed, slacks pressed, shirt crisp. He runs a class discussion, breezes through a PowerPoint presentation. The course is SM 475, a sport management professional-development seminar for undergraduates, taught by Casserly and Bob Baker, head of the department. ‘We’re talking fundamentals,’ Casserly, forever the football coach, tells the class. ‘You’re going to use the fundamentals of this for the rest of your life.’”

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