This Week in the News…

Posted: June 2, 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 26, Los Angeles Times

Government to Stick with Plan to Break Microsoft into Two Pieces

“Government trustbusters will stick with their recommendation of a two-way breakup of Microsoft Corp., despite a federal judge’s criticism of the plan as ineffective…. ‘All we have here is a broad-brush proposal by the government. None of it is filled in, and a lot of basic questions are left open,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert and professor at George Mason University Law School.”

Saturday, May 27, South China Morning Post

PolyU’s Intensive Workshops Focus on Effective Use of Internet for Business

“In keeping with the dynamic nature of e-commerce, courses at the Polytechnic University are constantly under revision and effectively tailored to suit the needs of business and individual companies. Local expertise is supplemented by input from overseas academic institutions such as the prestigious George Mason University School of Management. Early next month, Dr. Minder Chen, visiting associate professor and director of programs at George Mason, will be presenting a seminar titled ‘Electronic Commerce and e-Business.’ It will focus on such issues as understanding the network economy and how to transform a company to a ‘dot com’ enterprise.”

Sunday, May 28, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial: United-U.S. Airways: A Blissful Marriage?

By Kenneth J. Button, a distinguished research professor at The Institute of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

“Competition, not conglomeration, creates better customer service. But regulators cannot stop the urge for airlines to merge…. The danger is that regulators will try to control the market. Just as airlines are not elephants, neither are regulators. The memories of the rigidities of the highly regulated regime of the pre-1978 period when air travel was artificially made a luxury have faded. Recent efforts by the Department of Transportation to develop specific rules defining predatory behavior offer an example of this. Airlines may sometimes make foolish marriages, and at times live in the sin of alliances. But the record of outsiders trying to meddle in the process was never that good in the past and is unlikely to prove much better in the present.”

Monday, May 29, Associated Press Newswires

Book Explores the Hows and Whys of Fame

“In his book What Price Fame?, Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University in Virginia, intellectually explores a broad array of fame’s elements. The famous often do not become so on their own merit, Cowen claims…. The momentary celebrity is replacing the genuine hero–the scientist and peace worker who deserve so much more credit because of their contributions. Because of this, ‘we run the danger that commercially successful heroes induce dangerous forms of mimesis and fail to help citizens coordinate around noble ideas,’ Cowen states. In short, we are in danger of becoming a society whose people strive to become pro athletes and movie stars rather than philanthropists. With that in mind, fame will undoubtedly become a more scrutinized subject than it has been.”

Tuesday, May 30, Washington Post

Philanthropy: Matchmaking Has its Frustrations

George Mason University in Fairfax claims to have been the first university in the country ‘to offer a comprehensive curriculum in nonprofit management,’ including undergraduate, graduate degree, and graduate certificate programs. In the last couple of years, GMU has received $600,000 in W.K. Kellogg Foundation money to plan a National Center for Nonprofit Enterprise ‘that will mobilize state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise to guide nonprofit organizations in their economic decision making,’ according to the school.”

Tuesday, May 30, Washington Post

Op-Ed: Russia as the Bad Guy Again

By Vassily P. Aksyonov, a novelist who left the Soviet Union in 1980 and now teaches Russian literature at George Mason University

“We need to find an answer to the increasingly anti-Western outlook in Russia–the new, democratic, and supposedly Western-oriented Russia. It cannot be explained by the activities of extremist groups (left and right). It comes from more profound sources…. In the Western mass media, Russia is pictured today as a land of spiteful dolts–innate enemies of civilization and democracy. It seems never to occur to anyone in this hemisphere that Russia managed to get rid of totalitarianism by its own efforts, unlike some other countries, which had to be bombed to ashes before they became decent members of the liberal commonwealth…. It is time to end the stereotyping and prejudice, before all hope is lost for an open dialogue between Russia and the West and another circle of mutual animosity begins its devastating motion.”

Wednesday, May 31, Nightly Business Report

Stephanie Woods, Nightly Business Report correspondent: ” Judge Jackson may issue his final ruling as early as tomorrow, but the case will still be far from over. Microsoft is planning an appeal that could take up to two years to resolve.”

Ernest Gellhorn, professor of law, George Mason University: “I think it’s likely that a final decision will be made within two years, if the usual appellate route is taken. If, however, expedited hearings are provided by the Supreme Court, we’re talking one year. But by antitrust standards, that’s lightning fast.”

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