This Week in the News…

Posted: June 16, 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 9, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Latest Trend: Mixing Prescription Drugs with Other Substances

“Mary D. Thomas, Trinity’s dean of students, says that drug use is difficult to track, since students typically are not forthcoming about it, and that mixing prescription drugs had not come to light on the campus before the incident…. She says she doesn’t know to what extent the activity is a problem, but believes that what the four students were doing is not common…. Officials on other campuses agree. ‘That is so rare,’ says Nancy Schulte, coordinator for drug-education services at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘It was just a bunch of students who were sitting around, saying, “Hey, we’re bored. Let’s try this.”‘”

Monday, June 12, Business Week

Following its Microsoft Win, Justice Plans to Take on the Visa-MasterCard Duopoly

“In the next big antitrust campaign since its triumphant battle against Microsoft Corp., Justice is scheduled to take on Visa and MasterCard on June 12 in a federal courthouse in Manhattan…. But Visa and MasterCard are waging a wide-ranging counterattack. In private pretrial meetings with news organizations and in a public hearing at the Senate banking subcommittee on May 25, the two companies have been airing their battle cry: that Justice is simply bailing out a group of rivals that couldn’t win in the marketplace. Defense lawyers will also make a strong case that there isn’t much direct evidence of consumer harm. No price-gouging. No wild swings in fees or interest rates. No lack of services. That’s why many experts think Justice could have a tough time. ‘This definitely presses the outer reaches of antitrust law,’ says Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert at George Mason University Law School.”

Monday, June 12, Boston Globe

Time Is Growing Short for Clinton Book on Race: Term Could End Before Work Is Done

Roger Wilkins, a historian at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who served on President Lyndon Johnson’s Kerner Commission on race relations–a precursor to Clinton’s race panel–said whether or not the president publishes a book, he has an obligation to teach the nation something about race before he leaves the White House. ‘Though it doesn’t look like a book is forthcoming now, that doesn’t preclude his really making the effort to distill some of the most important aspects of this effort and giving us the benefit of his experience and his thinking on this issue,’ Wilkins said. ‘After all, he started it with such great fanfare, and if it just peters out and disappears, it either suggests that he wasn’t serious or that race really didn’t matter all that much or that he was a person distracted,’ Wilkins said. ‘He would have not only not served the country as well as he could, but he will also have injured himself.'”

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