This Week in the News…

Posted: January 19, 2001 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, Jan. 14, Austin American-Statesman

A Safer, More Stable D.C. for this Bush

“President-elect George W. Bush will reside in a city dramatically different from the troubled capital his father left eight years ago…. The District revitalization is only part of a regional boom fueled largely by growth of America Online and other information-age industries in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. There is a reverse rush hour now, when District residents commute out to jobs in high- tech industries near Washington Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia. ‘All of the growth has been in the private sector,’ said Stephen Fuller, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘The number of federal workers has declined.'”

Sunday, Jan. 14, National Public Radio, Weekend Edition

Professor Suzanne Smith Discusses Historic Recordings of Speeches on Motown’s Black Forum Label

Suzanne Smith, George Mason University: “One of the things that I wanted to articulate in my book was a real fleshing-out of the urban civil rights struggle in the North for blacks, in that I felt the civil rights movement, the history of the civil rights movement in general, has focused too much on the South, to the detriment of understanding the struggles that black Americans faced in the urban North in the ’50s and ’60s. And what the Great March to Freedom proved in June of ’63, when King came to Detroit, was that he was very aware that blacks in Detroit had their own battles to fight, that it was not the same as Alabama or Mississippi.”

Monday, Jan. 15, Time Magazine

More Mentally Ill Students Can Cope with College. But What Happens to the Ones Who Can’t?

“Campus counseling centers are, as a result, more overburdened than ever before. Designed primarily for short-term care, many of the centers, understaffed to begin with, are then hobbled with more patients than they can accommodate in already-slim time slots. ‘You have maybe 10 to 15 minutes per student, and it’s very frustrating,’ says Nancy Schulte, a social worker at Virginia’s George Mason University. ‘You barely have time to ask basic questions.'”

Thursday, Jan. 18, Wall Street Journal

The Clinton Legacy: President Paradox

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

“All of these trends indicate that the most important changes of the Clinton years were in the end cultural rather than economic. This explains the central political paradox of this period: Why it is that one of the most conservative presidents from the Democratic Party could have ended up being so intensely hated by the right, and polarized American politics like no other? The reason was that the Clintons were quintessential ‘bobos’: crudely materialistic, self-absorbed, and power-hungry, but at the same time unable to admit any of this to themselves because they believed their intelligence, education, and sophistication entitled them to a higher level of respect. Like others in his generation, the man presiding over America’s most recent decade of greed could look himself in the mirror and pronounce himself satisfied with what he saw.”

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