This Week in the News…

Posted: December 15, 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. 10, Newsday

Retailers Adding More Chanukah, Kwanzaa Merchandise to Holiday Mix

“‘Within the Jewish and African-American communities, there is a desire to explore these festivals and means of self-expression,’ said John Barclay Burns, associate professor of religious studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘This allows merchants to find a larger group of the population to buy cards, or perhaps gifts.'”

Tuesday, Dec. 12, New York Daily News

Court Takes a Swing at Gore: O’Connor, Kennedy Punch Holes in Case

“Several legal scholars also said the difficult constitutional issues raised by O’Connor and Kennedy, considered swing votes on the court’s liberal-conservative divide, appeared to doom the prospects for more counting in Florida. ‘Forget it, they’re not going to do that,’ George Mason University law Prof. William Lash said of the chances for a Supreme Court ruling in Gore’s favor.”

Tuesday, Dec. 12, Washington Post

Arena Archives

“Arena Stage recently transferred its copious archives–50 years’ worth of programs, photos, directors’ notes, correspondence and more–from Harvard to George Mason University’s Fairfax campus…. George Mason librarian John Zenelis told Backstage that once cataloguing is complete in several months, the collection will be available to anyone who wants to come to the Fenwick Library’s special-collections section from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.”

Wednesday, Dec. 13, Boston Globe

Court Rules for Bush: Calls Recount Plan Unfair, Says No Time is Left for Fix

“‘Ideally, one would like to see the Supreme Court speaking 9-0, because that carries a very high warranty that the decision was the result of reasoning from a spectrum of perspectives,’ said Daniel Polsby, professor of law at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘So 5-4 is not as good, but in this unusual case, the principle is less important than the outcome.'”

Thursday, Dec. 14, Reuters English News Service

What Next for Gore? Writing? 2004 White House Bid?

“‘In the abstract, Gore would seem to be a strong contender in 2004,’ said Jim Pfiffner, a political science professor at George Mason University and a board member of the Center for the Study of the Presidency. ‘Right now, there are no other obvious leaders of the Democratic Party. But to become the nominee again, he will have to do a lot of political spade work, like Richard Nixon did’ after narrowly losing the 1960 presidential election to Democrat John Kennedy, Pfiffner said.”

Thursday, Dec. 14, Wall Street Journal

Bush Era is Sure to Usher in New Acolytes, Attitudes

“The biggest change since the last Bush left Washington in 1993 is the economy, stupid–as the Clinton campaign, which defeated him, famously pointed out. The Washington area has added 400,000 people and 500,000 jobs since the senior Mr. Bush left town, with all of the jobs in the private sector and a lot of them in high tech, says Stephen Fuller, professor of public policy at George Mason University.”

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