This Week in the News…

Posted: November 17, 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, Nov. 10, ABC News, Nightline

Nightline Town Meeting: The Nation Waits

William Lash, George Mason University Law School: “Well they’ve had plenty of notice on the ballot. It was published. They’ve had similar problems in the past and yet there were no challenges. If you have a problem with your car four years in a row, but you don’t fix it when you have the opportunity to solve the problem, it’s your own fault. And they assume an intelligent, literate voter.”

Monday, Nov. 13, PBS, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Online Focus: Legal Challenges

William Lash, George Mason University: “Well, Bush is actually lucky because he has the statute to fall back on. The statute speaks of a must. There is a mandatory requirement. Votes must be certified seven days after the election at 5:00 p.m. That’s what we’re looking at. This question of letting mandatory recounts by hand keep continuing and continuing flies contrary in the face of the statute.”

Tuesday, Nov. 14, Associated Press Newswires

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case of Habitual Lawsuit Filer

“A prisoner who filed dozens of lawsuits against hundreds of public officials and their families does not have a constitutional right to harass people by suing them, attorneys told the Ohio Supreme Court Tuesday…. In the federal courts, judges have ruled consistently that there is no constitutional right to file frivolous lawsuits, said Michael Krauss, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.”

Tuesday, Nov. 14, New York Daily News

A Success Story: Dual Language Ed

“Some national studies show similar findings. One of the biggest is a 14-year study of 40,000 pupils in five school systems by George Mason University professors Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas. Collier and Thomas found that by the time they get to 11th grade, language minority students who have been taught in dual language programs far outperform most American students on a battery of standardized tests. In fact, the Thomas/Collier study finds that even immigrant children assigned to standard bilingual programs perform better by the 11th grade than the national average.”

Tuesday, Nov. 14, Christian Science Monitor

A New Survey Challenges How the Heavy Hitters in College Rankings Decide Which Schools Are on Top

“Each fall, as some college presidents preen over their school’s hot new ranking, many others grouse that rankings based on measures such as the size of the campus library fail to answer the question at the heart of choosing any college: What are students on campus actually learning?…. The new National Survey of Student Engagement, released yesterday, queried 63,000 students at 276 universities and colleges last spring. The focus: how much time they spent in activities that research has shown cause students to learn….They are quick to acknowledge that because this is only the first year of the survey, it doesn’t yet include many top-ranked four-year institutions. But a number of prestigious schools, such as Rice University, the University of Virginia, and George Mason University, participated.”

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Wall Street Journal

What Divides America

By Francis Fukuyama, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.

“The bizarre election results last week revealed an electorate split evenly down the middle, with both houses of Congress narrowly divided and the popular presidential vote essentially equal down to two decimal places. This indicates a sharply divided country. But what are Americans sharply divided over? It’s clear that they are not divided over foreign policy, management of the economy, crime, welfare or other traditional issues that used to separate left and right. Both candidates tried to grab hold of the electorate through tried and true political appeals that had worked in earlier elections. But the real issues in American politics have become cultural ones that can only indirectly be addressed through politics and public policy. As a result, people had to vote their intuitions as to how the candidates stood on them, with many evidently not making up their minds until they stepped into the voting booth.”

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