This Week in the News…

Posted: November 10, 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:

Monday, Nov. 6, AFX News

Party That Wins White House Could Also Get Control of House

“The winner of the presidential election is expected to pick up another prize on election night Nov. 7–the House of Representatives. The Republican majority in both legislative bodies, including the Senate, could conceivably change hands on Tuesday…. Jim Pfiffner, political science professor at George Mason University, said that ‘whatever the result is, it will be really close, regardless of who takes the White House.'”

Tuesday, Nov. 7, Washington Post

The Party’s Almost Over: A Flurry of Post-Election Rulemaking?

“And though no administration admits it is rushing to see certain rules finalized before the end of its tenure, it’s a phenomenon that has characterized the end of almost every presidency…. Jay Cochran, who studied the issue as a research fellow in regulatory studies at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, found that such bursts of activity are systemic, not merely anecdotal, and they cross party lines…. ‘Far from being unique, our analysis . . . suggests that the experience during the Carter-Reagan transition varied perhaps in magnitude but not pattern from the norm for regulatory output during most post-election periods,’ Cochran wrote in a paper called ‘The Cinderella Constraints: Why Regulations Increase Significantly During Post-Election Quarters.'”

Tuesday, Nov. 7, New York Times

Who Is Fat? It Depends on Culture

“‘On balance, until fairly recently many societies put considerable value in plumpness,’ said Dr. Peter N. Stearns, the provost of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and the author of Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West. ‘To be a good 20 to 40 pounds above what we would now consider desirable was seen as a sign of prosperity,’ Dr. Stearns said. ‘Thin people were regarded with suspicion, as ugly. To say that Cassius had a “lean and hungry look” was not a compliment.'”

Thursday, Nov. 9, Reuters English News Service

Audio Pioneer Rides Again on Calypso CD

“[Emory Cook] donated his recordings to the Smithsonian Institution 10 years ago and the museum recently issued a compact disc featuring calypso singers and bands that he recorded in Trinidad starting in 1955…. Keith Warner, a professor of French and Caribbean studies at George Mason University in Virginia, was one of the compilers of the Smithsonian CD. A native of Trinidad, Warner says the word ‘calypso’ is a British misinterpretation of the local word ‘kaiso’ (it rhymes with WHY-so), which he thinks originated in Africa and means roughly ‘bravo!’ ‘He recorded some fantastic stuff. He had the foresight to put on record things that we appreciate because, apart from that, they’re lost. He played a very important role. It was soon superseded by the commercial ventures, but we have to give him credit for the pioneering effort that he did in those islands.'”

Thursday, Nov. 9, New York Times

Going to Class in a 3-D Lecture Hall, Gravity Not Included

“Unlike a typical online chat room, the 3-D classroom lets professors and students see one another…. One benefit of the technology, according to many educators at the conference, is that it introduces body language into cyberspace. ‘It’s important to be able to show the emotions graphically,’ said Dr. Kevin C. Ruess, a research assistant professor of instructional technology at George Mason University, who spoke at the conference. ‘Think about the visual cues you have when you’re sitting around a seminar table with somebody.'”

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