This Week in the News…

Posted: June 23, 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 16, Aviation Daily

Lipinski Sees Big Three Dividing Service: Frontier Urges Hold on Mergers

“House aviation subcommittee ranking Democrat Rep. William Lipinski (Ill.) warned yesterday that if the proposed United-U.S. Airways merger takes place, then United, American, and Delta ‘are going to split the country up’ in providing air service. The planned merger awaits clearance by the Justice Department’s antitrust division. Lipinski issued his warning as the House Transportation Committee yesterday held its second day of hearings on the proposed merger…. Kenneth Button, professor of public policy at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., acknowledged that the United-U.S. Airways merger ‘would almost certainly put in motion a move for further consolidation,’ but this should not be seen as a reason for ‘automatically stopping the acquisition.'”

Tuesday, June 20, Associated Press Newswires

“President Clinton gave a District of Columbia student the first check issued under a program that lets residents of the nation’s capital pay in-state tuition at colleges in Maryland and Virginia. Clinton presented an oversized check for $4,380 to Zack Gamble, an incoming freshman at George Mason University in Virginia.”

Tuesday, June 20, National Public Radio, Talk of the Nation

Internships: The Benefits They Offer, and Why Many Students Seek Them over Traditional Summer Labor

Juan Williams: “Joel Clark, assistant professor of government at George Mason University, your book, The Successful Internship, is a project you’re working on right now. What are you seeing that would help us to understand why internships are hotter than ever?”

Joel Clark: “Well, I think employers, as has been said already, are picking up on this. They see it as a way to make a slight investment in the internship process, hopefully for larger payoffs down the line…. I think the economy now is chugging along so well that students know that they can go out and get a good part-time job, and most of them will avoid jobs that we may have taken 10 years ago as summer work. But students are becoming increasingly savvy about the kinds of skills that they think they need to get an edge, to get more bullets on their resume, to be able to stand out from the rest of the group…. I believe students need to take a real proactive approach to internships. There are coordinators on campus, there are supervisors in the job place, but ultimately the student, I think, needs to set their own expectations and try to have those met.”

Wednesday, June 21, Washington Post

Va. Public Colleges Are More Affordable: State Ranks 10th in Costs, Report Says

“Reacting to yesterday’s report, some university officials said that although making college affordable is a worthy goal, it cannot be the only one. ‘We need to change the conversation from how can we be saving money to how can we create the institution we need to compete,’ said Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University. He said public colleges in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Texas, among other states, receive generous financing to build or improve campus infrastructure so they can continue to attract the best students. ‘We need that in Virginia,’ Merten said.”

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