This Week in the News…

Posted: May 5, 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, April 28, Chronicle of Higher Education

Virginia Council Chooses Leader

“‘Both the state council and Phyllis are going to have to send signals that the future is going to have to be better than the most recent past,’ said Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University. So far, he added, Ms. Palmiero has the respect of the state’s college presidents.”

Sunday, April 30, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Teen Gangs Are Changing: Study Finds Members Older, More Diverse, Less Inclined to Loyalty

“Experts say heightened involvement from the entire community is the best way to combat gang violence. Such communal approaches have borne fruit in cities such as Washington. Community activists alarmed by elevating crime stepped in to prevent the rise of multigenerational youth gangs, such as those in Los Angeles or Chicago. ‘When I got involved in this six years ago, the issue really was 14-year-olds shooting 12-year-olds,” said Frank Blechman, who teaches conflict resolution at George Mason University in Virginia and has worked with youth gangs in the Washington area. ‘It scared a lot of people, and a lot of good work was done.'”

Sunday, April 30, Associated Press Newswires

Some Vietnamese Refugees Returning Home to Visit, Open Businesses

“‘It’s a very complicated relationship,’ said Nguyen Manh Hung, director of the Indochina program at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘Most Vietnamese are still fundamentally anti-communist. So on one hand, they feel they need to show their public disapproval. That means opposing all forms of contact with Vietnam. On the other hand, in private, they say they understand the value of opening up Vietnam to the rest of the world.'”

Tuesday, May 2, Kansas City Star

‘New Debtors’ Crushed by Pile of Plastic Debt

“Writing in a Brigham Young University Law Review article last year, George Mason University law professor Todd Zywicki and Judge Edith Jones argued that a major reason for an increase in bankruptcies was ‘a decline in the level of personal shame and societal stigma that previously deterred individuals from filing bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is now too frequently a choice fostered by irresponsible spending habits and an unwillingness to live up to commitments.'”

Thursday, May 4, Washington Post

‘Performance Reports’ Faulted: GMU Researchers Find Agencies Lacking on Clarity, Access

“A research group yesterday found fault with many of the ‘performance reports’ recently issued by the largest federal agencies, prompting a key Senate chairman to suggest Congress may be at a crossroads on how to hold agencies accountable to taxpayers. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University graded 24 agency reports on how easily they could be found on the Internet and understood by the public; how well the reports explained program results and goals; and whether they offered solutions to problems…. Mercatus Center researchers Maurice P. McTigue and Jerry R. Ellig presented their scorecard at a Capitol news conference attended by Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.) and House Government Reform and Oversight government management subcommittee Chairman Stephen Horn (R-Calif.). McTigue and Ellig examined the first-ever annual performance reports required by the 1993 Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).”

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