This Week in the News…

Posted: November 5, 1999 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Tuesday, Nov. 2, Associated Press Newswires [also appeared in News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associated Press Online, Columbian, Denver Post, and Deseret News]

Expanding After-School Programs, Child Care Urged by Police Chiefs

“U.S. police chiefs say expanding after-school programs and educational child care can help deter juvenile crime better than hiring more officers or installing metal detectors at schools. Eighty-six percent favored increasing funds for the programs in a survey released at the annual convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The survey was conducted by two George Mason University professors…. The police chiefs were guaranteed anonymity, and survey participants did not know that Fight Crime had commissioned the study, said professors Stephen Mastrofski and Scott Keeter.”

Monday, Nov. 1, Washington Post

Collegiate Credit Cards Increasing: Educators Attempt to Limit Marketing

“Banks and credit card companies have started websites and CD-ROM programs to help educate students about managing their credit wisely…. Eric Sas, the student government president at George Mason University, could have used that advice. He said he rang up $2,000 in credit card debt when he was a freshman. He worked extra hours at a computer store to pay his bills and now, as a senior, Sas is debt-free. His biggest incentive to stay that way? The misery he felt when he owed money. ‘I was really upset about it,’ he said. ‘It was just eating at me.'”

Sunday, Oct. 31, New Orleans Times-Picayune

Vice Presidents Try to Escape Shadow of President: Only Four Have Landed Top Job Immediately

“Indeed, vice presidents who seek higher office are faced with the awkward challenge of remaining loyal while separating themselves from the administration. ‘It’s a very delicate line,’ said Robert Dudley, a professor of government and politics at Virginia’s George Mason University…. ‘The problem with the office is that you get blame for all of the failures and probably none of the credit when things go right,’ Dudley said. ‘After all, you are only the vice president.'”

Sunday, Oct. 31, Washington Post

GOP Sees Assembly Majority in Reach: Virginia Elections May Bring Historic Shift in Power

Scott Keeter, a political analyst at George Mason University, said that throughout the year Gilmore ‘has done a very good job of responding to the Democrats’ issues, getting resources to where they need to be. He’s done it in a way that kept his profile just low enough,’ Keeter said. At the same time, ‘I don’t think Democrats have done a very effective job in distinguishing themselves from Republicans on critical issues. It’s a very tough environment for Democrats,’ Keeter added. ‘The economy’s great, there’s very little anxiety about crime, and welfare reform and the environment are not on the table.'”

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