This Week in the News…

Posted: August 18, 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, Aug. 11, Chronicle of Higher Education

It Didn’t Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States

“Faced with the tricky task of explaining a ‘nonevent,’ Seymour Martin Lipset and Gary Marks offer It Didn’t Happen Here: Why Socialism Failed in the United States, which stresses the ‘explanatory power of comparison.’ There has been no shortage of academic hypotheses, say Mr. Lipset, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, and Mr. Marks, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, they argue, there has been little systematic testing of ideas cross-nationally.”

Saturday, Aug. 12, News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Verizon Said to Be Near Agreement

“Verizon Communications may soon settle its remaining differences with unions representing 87,000 striking phone employees, clearing the way for their return to work as early as Monday, the company said…. Increased union participation ‘puts the company at a disadvantage in wireless,’ said James Bennett, an economics professor at George Mason University. ‘Competition is intense.'”

Sunday, Aug. 13, Newsday

Playground Brawl in Riverhead Is a Violent Reminder that Issues of Race Are Never Far Away

“‘Race is really about identity and power and self-regard,’ said Roger Wilkins, a professor of history and American culture at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘What people have at stake, it seems to me, is, “Who am I, and how much do I count for?” You see people struggling with that issue all the time.'”

Monday, Aug. 14, Associated Press Newswires

Beltway Plan Gets Big Round Zero in Budget Plans

“It is no coincidence that booming cities such as Atlanta and Baltimore have beltways, said Michael Bronzini, a civil engineering professor at George Mason University in suburban Washington, D.C. ‘Companies do evaluate ease of transportation,’ Bronzini said. ‘They typically are looking for transportation near major highways for access to domestic and international markets. But they also look at proximity to potential employees.'”

Monday, Aug. 14, The Record (Northern New Jersey)

Democrats Provide Minorities Voice, Ear

“The Democratic Party platform specifically calls for an end to racial profiling, the passage of a hate-crimes law, enforcement of civil rights laws, and the necessity of affirmative action to improve the lives of minorities. Minorities within the party said that, unlike the GOP, Democrats seek to include people with a wide range of viewpoints and give them access to power…. ‘In one respect, it’s first, do no harm,’ said Toni-Michelle Travis, a government professor at George Mason University. She said minorities at the very least don’t want a political party working against their interests.'”

Monday, Aug. 14, Time Magazine

A Far Cry from Capitol Hill, the New Washington Is Run by Young Techies with Big Bucks–and Rising Power

“Fifteen years ago, Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington counties in northern Virginia were nothing but sleepy residential communities and remote farmland, places to drive through on the way to Dulles Airport or concerts at Wolf Trap or camp sites near Front Royal. Now this 1,400-square-mile area of northern Virginia is threatened with becoming a concrete-and-asphalt expanse of office buildings and parking lots, home to hundreds of new dotcoms, telephone companies, wireless firms, Internet-service providers and venture capitalists–home to everything that makes the new economy the powerhouse that it is…. Says Alan Merten, president of George Mason University, the region’s most tech-focused academic center: “The Washington region has become a global player.”

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