This Week in the News…

Posted: June 22, 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, June 15, Associated Press Newswires

EU and U.S. Regulators Had Different Takes on GE-Honeywell Merger

“At the heart of the matter are different philosophies in how U.S. and European regulators evaluate the pros and cons of big merger deals, experts say. ‘There’s no question they have a greater sensitivity to dominant market positions,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘Our view is that bigness is not bad, as long as what firms are doing is competitive.'”

Tuesday, June 19, Business Week Online

E-Mail: The “E” Doesn’t Mean Easy–or Efficient

“As they rely on technology to hold their globally expanding teams together, companies large and small are finding that it’s much more difficult for co-workers to find common ground when they’re not literally standing on common ground. So says Catherine Durnell Cramton, who has a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and teaches at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She’s one of a handful of researchers studying the problems that geographically dispersed workers have in collaborating by e-mail. ‘We have illusions about it,’ she says. ‘In reality, it’s a very leaky process.'”

Tuesday, June 19, Wall Street Journal

The Teamsters Return to Las Vegas, Scene of Corruption Scandals Past

“A spokesman for the union, which hopes to free itself of federal oversight after cleanup efforts, says an image issue didn’t occur to Teamsters leaders…. ‘If Americans are young enough, they don’t remember it anyway,’ says Kenneth Kovach, a George Mason University professor who has followed past corruption scandals and advises employers.”

Tuesday, June 19, CNN: “Live Today”

Should Juneteenth Be a National Holiday?

Roger Wilkins, professor, George Mason University: “Slavery is a part of who we are as a nation. The founding fathers–Jefferson, Washington, Madison, Mason–could not possibly have been who they were without the slaves. Twenty percent of Washington’s army was black. Many of those people were seeking their freedom. So just as we look at the Gettysburg Address, just as we look as the War of 1812, slavery is a part of us…. I think you can come to the view that you are really bigger and stronger because your ancestors persevered and passed on values to you that are useful and have been useful in enlarging freedom in the country. And so I don’t feel diminished at all because my ancestors are slaves, nor do I feel victimized.”

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