This Week in the News…

Posted: June 8, 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, June 3, Denver Post

Immersion in Contemporary Literature Pays Off

“In the introduction to Listening to the Page, Alan Cheuse says of one stage in his checkered career, ‘I was learning fast that as a freelancer I had to work twice as hard as I should in order to earn about half of what I ought to be paid.’ Quoting that sentence is not just a self-serving squawk on behalf of freelance writers everywhere. It really goes to the essence of his book and his life as an intellectual. Though he is on the faculty of George Mason University, in the past he did many things to earn his daily bread.”

Monday, June 4, New York Times

Calls for Slavery Restitution Getting Louder

“‘If the government got the money from the tooth fairy or Santa Claus, that’d be great,’ said Walter E. Williams, chairman of the economics department at George Mason University. ‘But the government has to take the money from citizens, and there are no citizens alive today who were responsible for slavery. The problems that black people face are not going to be solved by white people, and they’re not going to be solved by money. The resources that are going into the fight for reparations would be far more valuably spent making sure that black kids have a credible education.'”

Tuesday, June 5, Associated Press Newswires

Opponents Say Video Lottery Terminals Will Create Casinos in Racetracks

Timothy A. Kelly, a visiting research fellow at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in Virginia, told the committee that the resolution is flawed. He said that putting video lottery terminals in racetracks creates ‘quasi-casinos’ and Ohio voters already rejected Ohio allowing casinos issues on ballots in 1990 and 1996.”

Tuesday, June 5, Seattle Times

Partisans Work Public in Advance of Court Decision on Microsoft Antitrust Case

“‘The battle is for the court of public opinion,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust specialist at the George Mason University School of Law. ‘What that public opinion does is it indirectly has an impact on the court. It has an impact on government, on whether the Justice Department should pursue the case.'”

Wednesday, June 6, Reuters English News Service

Tough U.S. Stance Seen Helping China Hard-Liners

“In Ming Wan’s China, President George W. Bush could be the best friend a Communist hard-liner ever had. That is because China’s steady economic gains and renewed prestige on the world stage have bred a nation of 1.27 billion people who are increasingly conservative in outlook and nationalistic when it comes to dealing with Washington. ‘The most striking trend in China today is strong political conservatism combined with nationalist emotions,’ said Wan, a Chinese-born international affairs expert who teaches at George Mason University near Washington.”

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