This Week in the News…

Posted: June 9, 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, June 2, Chronicle of Higher Education

Faculty Accuses George Mason U. Board of Improper Meddling with Curriculum

“Professors at George Mason University voted in May to censure the institution’s governing board, accusing it of interfering with the faculty’s jurisdiction over the curriculum. The vote by the 61-member Faculty Senate, 21 to 9 with one abstention, came a day after the Board of Visitors of the public university in Virginia unanimously adopted a set of general-education requirements that all undergraduates will have to satisfy…. ‘We keep retreating and retreating and retreating,’ said David Kuebrich, a professor of English and a member of the senate. It was time for the faculty to make a strong statement, he said. ‘I don’t want to see faculty designing courses according to what the Board of Visitors wants.’…. The board may insist that its changes were minor, but ‘when they start getting to the level of dictating course content, we aren’t talking about overarching educational policy anymore,’ said Esther N. Elstun, a professor of German and a member of the senate.”

Sunday, June 4, Boston Herald

Schools Click on to Technology: Critics Say Computers Siphon Money Away from Traditional Learning Areas

“A circle of critics contend that there’s no evidence that children learn more effectively on a computer than they do sitting in mainstream classrooms…. But George Mason University professor Chris Dede disagrees…. ‘Critics are correct in that lots of implementations of educational technology are not done well and money has been wasted,’ said Dede. ‘But they’re wrong when they say we don’t know how to use this technology and it doesn’t produce significant gains.'”

Monday, June 5, Associated Press Newswires

Report Shows Surge in Alcohol Arrests on College Campuses

“Alcohol-related arrests on college campuses surged 24.3 percent in 1998, the largest jump in seven years, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education…. Alcohol often plays a role in the other crimes, particularly sex offenses, said Nancy Schulte, coordinator of drug education services at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. As a result, she said, colleges are beefing up alcohol and drug awareness programs. They need to be asking themselves, ‘How am I vulnerable?’ she said.”

Monday, June 5, Business Week

Microsoft on Trial: Put Down Your Stopwatch, Your Honor

“Whether Microsoft should be split apart is a much tougher question than whether it broke the law in the first place. And yet in the hearing, Jackson set a breathtakingly speedy schedule for imposing a remedy…. The judge ‘is just saying, “Let’s just dive into the water and not worry about whether there are any rocks at the bottom,”‘ says George Mason University antitrust professor Ernest Gellhorn.

Tuesday, June 6, New York Times

SUNY Fight Over Curriculum Mirrors Larger Debate

“In the growing nationwide battle over who really runs higher education–the professors or the university trustees–one of the most closely watched contests is taking place here, at the State University of New York. To the consternation of many faculty members, SUNY’s trustees have moved to hold down the university’s budget, to make the campuses more self-supporting and, most provocatively, to establish a common required curriculum on all campuses…. Although the SUNY move seemed somewhat unusual at the time, officials from the American Association of University Professors said this week that they were seeing trustees moving onto turf they considered the faculty’s at other public universities too, including George Mason University in Virginia and the City University of New York.”

Wednesday, June 7, Washington Post

Web ‘Pirates’ Unearth Treasure: Industry Gears Up to Prevent Copying

“George Mason University, which has a similar code [of conduct], regularly monitors its computer networks for unusual activity levels that might indicate that copyrighted data is being distributed, says Keith Segerson, executive director of the university’s computing and information systems. He says there have been only a ‘handful’ of cases in which Napster music files were being distributed from a campus server.”

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