This Week in the News…

Posted: December 8, 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:

Sunday, Dec. 3, Washington Post

For Recent High-Tech Grads, Breaking in Is Hard to Do

“‘The toughest part of breaking into the IT industry is finding a company that will even look at the resume of someone with little or no experience,’ said Christine Earman Harriger, a career counselor at George Mason University’s School of Management. ‘We find that it is hard for our students to find entry-level jobs, even though there is a great demand for qualified people….'”

Sunday, Dec. 3, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

D.C. Businesses in Limbo as Election Dispute Lingers

“At George Mason University, presidential expert James P. Pfiffner says political operatives know their jobs are at stake in elections. ‘But this has been dragging out for a couple of weeks,’ magnifying tensions and uncertainty, he says. But his colleague, professor Susan J. Tolchin, observes that the entire city isn’t on pins and needles. Lobbyists, journalists, academics–they’ll adjust to whoever wins. ‘Washingtonians are pretty sophisticated and don’t tend to get excited over things,’ she notes.”

Sunday, Dec. 3, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Some Minority Gifted Students Miss Out, Experts Say

Jack A. Naglieri, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, said one reason Black and Hispanic children are less often identified as gifted is because many intelligence tests require reading and knowledge that some disadvantaged children have not had enough opportunity to develop. Naglieri has shown that those children can shine when tested in nonverbal ways.”

Monday, Dec. 4, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

What to Fix, Keep in Electoral College?

“Thanks to the Florida quagmire, America’s style of picking presidents looks suddenly, horribly flawed–bad ballots, a crazy quilt of voting rules, and that antiquarian Electoral College. But are these problems only because of a freakishly close election? Or are they fundamental defects that cry out for reform? Some experts believe it’s a little bit of both. ‘The electoral process got blindsided by an outcome it isn’t meant to deal with,’ said Hugh Heclo, professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘This winner-take-all kind of thing we’ve got doesn’t do well with a dead heat….'”

Tuesday, Dec. 5, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Justices Strive to Keep the Ball in Florida’s Court

“‘It’s certainly not a victory for Gore,’ Daniel Polsby, a law professor at George Mason University in Virginia, said of the Supreme Court ruling. ‘He needed some sort of resounding validation. I think he’s suffering the death of 1,000 cuts here.'”

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