This Week in the News…

Posted: April 20, 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:

Monday, April 16, Business Week

A Different Kind of Trustbuster

“For the past decade, an elite group of lawyers has gathered at Washington’s sleek 701 restaurant to discuss fine points of antitrust law. Two regulars are Robert Pitofsky, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, and Timothy J. Muris, the man President Bush has tapped to take his place. In the cozy world of antitrust, Republicans and Democrats amicably criticize each other’s positions over pan-seared scallops and Cointreau chocolate torte. But beneath the camaraderie lies an unavoidable fact: Pitofsky and Muris disagree about almost everything. Indeed, the rise of Muris, a 51-year-old law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to the chairmanship is expected to herald the biggest policy shift at the FTC in nearly two decades.”

Tuesday, April 17, Wall Street Journal Europe, Wall Street Journal Asia

China Thinks Human Rights Are Just a Power Game

“[China] has blithely signed two U.N. covenants, one dealing with economic, social and cultural rights and the other with civil and political rights, but with little apparent intention of observing them. In a new book titled Human Rights and Chinese Foreign Relations, Professor Ming Wan of George Mason University writes that such concessions are ‘not really meaningful.’ He adds that ‘Chinese writing on China and U.N. human rights institutions and actual Chinese behavior indicate tactical learning by which highly specialized Chinese human-rights diplomats have learned how to work the U.N. system to China’s advantage.'”

Tuesday, April 17, Washington Post

Synergy Yields Dividends for All: Schools That Find Time, Resources to Integrate Lesson Plans Are Creating Enthusiasm on Both Sides of the Desk

“Integrated curriculum is hot in higher education, where faculty members traditionally have tried to maintain disciplinary insularity. George Mason University, for example, offers a program in which students can choose among four themes–the Global Village, the American Experience, the Information Society and Ancient Studies/Modern Frames–with the faculty coordinating readings, writing assignments, field trips and technology workshops.”

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