This Week in the News…

Posted: May 12, 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, May 5, New York Times

Footlights and Freeways

“For nearly three decades the [Acting Company] has followed the deceptively simple strategy of finding good young actors, casting them in good old plays, and taking them to small towns and cities from coast to coast…. In Fairfax, Va., the theater was a handsome structure at George Mason University and was big enough for the costumes, wigs, and sets.… Photos: Acting Company members warm up on a stage at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (above); perform ”Macbeth” (below); and relax on a bus.”

Friday, May 5, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Group Begins Advising MPS on Technology

“Milwaukee has the opportunity to be a demonstration case for the large-scale effectiveness of computer technology in education, and that’s why an impressive array of technology experts gathered here Thursday to begin giving advice to Milwaukee Public Schools, a leader of the effort said. ‘There’s a real opportunity here to move forward,’ said Christopher Dede, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a well-known figure in educational technology. He said Milwaukee presents ‘a unique opportunity’ to see what can happen across an urban school district when things are done well.”

Friday, May 5, Cincinnati Post

Study Blasts Gobbledygook in Reports

“Many performance reports from federal agencies are so stuffed with acronyms and gobbledygook that they are useless to ordinary citizens, according to a study. The U.S. Agency for International Development had the most useful, readable report, followed by the departments of Transportation and Veterans Affairs, said the study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The National Science Foundation had the least useful report, just behind the departments of Agriculture and Commerce…. Mercatus analyst Jerry Ellig said that agencies generally are good at stating goals and reporting data and bad at stating costs and assessing the quality of their data.

Monday, May 8, Fox News: Special Report with Brit Hume

Interview with Walter Williams

Hume: “You might think the defense of [the Confederate battle] flag would be confined to Southern good old boys who think of the Confederacy as the good old days, but there are other viewpoints, including those of Walter E. Williams, author, columnist, and chairman of the economics department at George Mason University in nearby Virginia.”

Williams: “I think that the whole controversy over the flag represents the fact that victors write the history of a war. If you’re concerned about a symbol of slavery, slavery existed under the Confederate flag for four years, 1861 to 1865….It existed under the American flag for a much longer period. So if you say that the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery, well, what is the American flag? Slavery existed under the American flag from 1787 until 1865. But more importantly than that, we shouldn’t even call it the “Civil War”…it was a war of independence, Southern independence. And the war was not about slavery. You can look at all statements from Abraham Lincoln. He could have cared less about slavery.”

Monday, May 8, Business Week

Bill’s Splitting Headache: Would a Microsoft Breakup Make the Computer Industry More Competitive?

“Microsoft could topple the trustbusters’ proposal in two ways: by winning its appeal of the underlying suit or by convincing the courts that the inefficiency of divestiture outweighs the benefit of eroding its market power. Most antitrust experts believe that the software giant has a good shot on both fronts. ‘We’ve got a vibrant industry here, and we’re risking undercutting it at its core,’ says George Mason University antitrust professor Ernest Gellhorn. He’s not the only one made nervous by the scope of the government’s remedy.”

Monday, May 8, U.S. News & World Report

In Quotes

“‘Today’s blacks clearly benefited from slavery. My wealth is far greater and I have far greater liberties than if my ancestors had remained in Africa.’–Walter Williams, economics chair at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Tuesday, May 9, Tennessean

Failure to Educate English Language Students Will Bring Calamity

“Language minorities will be 40 percent of the school-age population by the 2030s, said Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas of George Mason University. The two are internationally known for their language research…. After reviewing ESL student records from 1982 to 1999, Collier and Thomas determined that former English language students on the average graduated at the 10th percentile or did not graduate at all. That means a whopping 90 percent of their classmates finished academically ahead of them.”

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