This Week in the News…

Posted: February 23, 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:

Friday, Feb. 16, World Airline News

U.S. Government Threatens Intervention in Airline Labor Unrest

“Those increases are a result of unions ‘acting mainly from self- interest,’ said Kenneth Button, a professor and expert on air transport economics at George Mason University. ‘They’re concerned about how much they earn compared to others.’ Button also said union demand for higher salaries is a result of ‘catching up from a period when pay was cut.'”

Tuesday, Feb. 20, Business Line (The Hindu)

India: U.S. Varsity to Work with UN to Bridge Digital Divide

“George Mason University in the U.S. became the world’s first institution of higher learning to form a volunteer-sending partnership with the United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS)–a recent initiative by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, aimed at bridging the digital divide between the industrialised and developing countries. The agreement was announced by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)–the volunteer arm of the UN system, which has been designated as the lead coordinating agency for UNITeS. It calls for having select George Mason graduate students volunteer to help developing nations by applying information and communications technologies to development projects…. The university president, Mr. Alan G. Merten, also welcomed the initiative, saying his institution ‘is very pleased and proud to be associated with this unique project and with the United Nations in a way that will bring needed assistance to many developing nations as well as broaden the education of our students,’ a press release was quoted him as saying.”

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Washington Post

If Past Is Prelude, Civil Service Reform Will Be No Picnic

“There’s probably no better way to start than by learning from the past, and a good guidebook, ‘The Future of Merit: Twenty Years After the Civil Service Reform Act,’ has just been published. The book is a collection of papers written by experts on the civil service and edited by James P. Pfiffner, a George Mason University professor, and Douglas A. Brook, a former acting director of the Office of Personnel Management…. Pfiffner raises questions about the survival of the core principles of the civil service–neutral with respect to political party and competent with respect to jobs. In the 1980s, he observes, the ideal of neutral competence ‘would be attacked as leading to insufficient enthusiasm for the policies of the administration currently in power, and in the 1990s it would be criticized as not sufficiently flexible for the information age.'”

Wednesday, Feb. 21, AFX News

Bush May Nominate Timothy Muris as U.S. FTC Head

Timothy Muris, a key election advisor to President George W. Bush and an architect of President Ronald Reagan’s antitrust policy, is likely to be nominated as head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, according to Janet McDavid, an antitrust lawyer close to the White House…. Muris, currently a member of the faculty at the George Mason University School of Law, has publicly criticised the FTC’s Intel Corp and Toys “R” Us decisions, and the Bush administration is less likely to test the outer bounds of antitrust law in this area, according to McDavid.”

Wednesday, Feb. 21, Newsbytes News Network

Pundits Mull Over Possible Microsoft Appeal Outcome

Ernest Gellhorn, a George Mason University law professor and co-author of a friend-of-the-court brief filed on Microsoft’s behalf, said the appeals court likely would overturn two of the trial court’s findings, including the proposed ‘remedy,’ or breakup order. ‘I think the Court of Appeals, by a 5-2 vote, will reverse on both the liability and remedy findings, but will likely uphold the findings that the company engaged in exclusive deals,’ Gellhorn said, adding that the appeals court would instead recommend some form of conduct remedy.”

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