This Week in the News…

Posted: April 7, 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:

Saturday, April 1, World and I

Don’t Perpetuate Division

“Many black voices have risen in opposition to the very idea of reparations for slavery. Walter Williams, chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University, describes the call for reparations as ‘just another scam’ and argues that at this point in history, ‘slave owners cannot be punished and slaves cannot he rewarded. Black people in our country have gone further than any other race of people. You cannot portray blacks as victims. It’s an insult to their progress and success. Most of [today’s] problems have nothing to do with race; they’re social and economic.'”

Sunday, April 2, Edmonton Sun

What the Future May Hold

Francis Fukuyama, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, predicts globalization and the political legacy from feminism will mean fewer wars. ‘Let’s face it, most of the trouble in the world is caused by young men, or else Saddam Hussein types who want to lead young men into various kinds of adventures,’ says Fukuyama, who also believes commercial competition will usurp warfare as a vehicle for developing new technologies.”

Monday, April 3, Sports Illustrated Magazine

With Three World Records, Breaststroker Ed Moses Was a Commanding Figure at the NCAAs

“George Mason associate athletic director Kevin McNamee is a meter advocate who chairs the NCAA’s swimming and diving committee. In selling the metric system to his more hidebound colleagues, he predicted a coming-out party for NCAA swimming. So it came to pass.”

Tuesday, April 4, Newsday

One Class, Two Languages: Both English, Foreign Speakers Benefit in Bilingual Schools

“A popular study by Virginia Collier and Wayne P. Thomas of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in 1995 tracked 42,000 non-English speakers. It found that those who went through dual-language classes outperformed native-English speakers after sixth grade, while those who went through traditional programs such as ESL never caught up to the native-English speakers academically.”

Wednesday, April 5, CNN

Microsoft Antitrust Penalty Date Set

“Steve Young, Anchor: Legal analysts say the fast-track appears to serve Microsoft’s interests in one key way–the 60-day schedule means a breakup is probably not in the cards. Ernest Gellhorn, George Mason University: ‘If we’re talking about conduct decrees, I think that’s reasonable. If we were talking divestiture and any kind of remedy that restructured the company and said, no, we’re going to create three Microsofts, or we’re going to separate the operating company from other elements, then you couldn’t do it in 60 days, I don’t care how well prepared they are.'”

Thursday, April 6, Los Angeles Times

Expedited Microsoft Hearings Set Courts: If Punishment Phase Is Accelerated, the Case Could Be Sent to Supreme Court by Year’s End

“‘I think it’s possible, but highly unlikely, that [U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield] Jackson can get this case before the Supreme Court before the next administration takes office,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘Jackson just wants to keep the pressure on for settlement and, second, take some heat off the government in terms of the way the stock market is reacting.'”

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