This Week in the News…

Posted: March 31, 2000 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:

Friday, March 24, State-Journal Register (Springfield, Ill.)

Law Enforcement Officials: Spend on Kids to Fight Crime

“The best way to curb youth crime and violence is to funnel more money into good child-care and after-school programs, a coalition of Illinois law enforcement officials said Thursday. The group, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, released a poll showing that police chiefs, sheriffs, and state’s attorneys overwhelmingly agree that ‘expanding after-school and child-care programs like Head Start will greatly reduce youth crime and violence’…. Two professors at George Mason University [Scott Keeter and Stephen Mastrofski] conducted the poll for the law enforcement coalition.”

Friday, March 24, Chicago Sun-Times

Cities’ War Against Guns Not Over Yet

Dan Polsby, associate dean of George Mason University’s law school and a former Northwestern University professor, said Chicago and 29 cities with lawsuits against gun makers know they are fighting a losing battle. Their strategy is to drive the companies to the settlement table because of the high cost of litigation, he said. ‘The lawsuits that have been brought against the gun industry are completely without merit,’ he said. ‘The whole purpose of them was to create a high enough tax, in the form of legal fees and uncertainty, to force members of the industry to accept all sorts of regulatory impositions as a settlement.'”

Friday, March 24, Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges Struggle to Train Experts in Protecting Computer Systems

“‘Everybody talks about security,’ says Sushil Jajodia, a computer-science professor who is director of the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va. ‘It’s like motherhood and apple pie. It’s a good thing to say, “Oh yes, surely we are interested in security,” but it’s another thing to start doing serious research–to write papers and produce students who will do their dissertations in security.’ Mr. Jajodia, who started the George Mason center in 1990, says the shortage is similar to that afflicting all kinds of information-technology businesses, whose needs have outpaced the ability of academe to keep up. But ‘security is much, much worse,’ he says, ‘by an order of magnitude. I don’t see things getting better in the near term.'”

Friday, March 24, Christian Science Monitor

Movie Awards Are Growing like Weeds: But Do They Really Promote the Making of Better Films?

“A contrasting view comes from Peter Brunette, movie critic for and a George Mason University film professor. ‘Awards are wonderful,’ he says, ‘because they focus attention. There’s too much out there–too many movies, too many festivals. When a prize is given, it means somebody is taking a stand. Some group has put together its collective wisdom, however failed or faulty that may be, to consider a group of films and tell us which it thinks are best.’ Dr. Brunette doesn’t mind the idea of works competing with each other because ‘art has always been about competition. People like Rembrandt and Shakespeare are the ones who ‘won the contest,’ so to speak.'”

Saturday, March 25, Los Angeles Times

That L.A. Phenomenon, the Asian Mall, Spreads Across U.S., Canada Development

“According to Joe Wood, a geographer at George Mason University, as recently as five years ago the Vietnamese had the second-highest rate of immigration in the Washington metropolitan area. Most live scattered across Fairfax County and flock to Eden Center to eat and shop.”

Tuesday, March 28, Wall Street Journal

Colombia Deserves U.S. Help

By Francis Fukuyama, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and author, most recently, of The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order

“Colombia is one of Latin America’s oldest continuously functioning democracies, and as such it deserves the same support against the nihilistic forces consuming it as any other democratic American ally during the Cold War, not to speak of nondemocratic protégés like the Kosovars…. Americans must remember that we are responsible for many of Colombia’s horrific problems since we are the ones consuming all that cocaine. If we are not willing to legalize drugs, we should not kid ourselves that we can simply wash our hands of the problems of this troubled fellow democracy.”

Wednesday, March 29, USA Today

Suburbs Today Not ‘American Beauty’

“‘We’ve been lulled into thinking about the suburbs in much the way American Beauty characterizes them,’ says Joseph S. Wood, a professor of geography at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who specializes in ethnicity in suburbia. ‘We’ve constructed an image of them as undifferentiated, unvariegated, full of people who, therefore, have pathologies that this film tends to highlight. The image has become so natural for us, it’s hard to see the suburbs any other way.'”

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