This Week in the News…

Posted: July 27, 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, July 20, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, San Diego Union-Tribune

‘Catcher in the Rye’ Turns 50 and Still Thrives on Teen Angst

“Like the literary character he most often is compared to, Huckleberry Finn, Caulfield remains a fumbling teen in the minds of those who have come to know him as an icon of teenage angst–for baby-boomers and Generation X’ers alike. ‘Bob Dylan looks over 60 but Holden Caulfield is forever young,’ Alan Cheuse, a writing teacher at George Mason University, said with a chuckle.”

Sunday, July 22, News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Slave Reparations

Walter Williams, chairman of the Economics Department at George Mason University, said whites and other Americans would understandably be opposed to paying restitution for a crime that ended more than 135 years ago and to a community now making great social and economic strides. ‘Blacks have come so far; this is nothing but counterproductive,’ he said.”

Monday, July 23, U.S. News & World Report

Michael Jordans of Math: U.S. Student Whizzes Stun the Cipher World

“The competition was fierce. But no adoring fans cheered on the challengers. The only sound in the vast sports arena at Virginia’s George Mason University was the whisper of pencils on paper as contestants sweated through nine brain-draining hours of algebra and geometry problems at last week’s International Mathematical Olympiad.”

Tuesday, July 24, Canadian Press

American DNA Expert to Help Identify Unknown Child Victim of Titanic Sinking

“An American DNA expert will employ the same methods he used on 500-year-old Inca mummies in the quest to identify a Titanic victim partly exhumed in Halifax in May. Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, will begin the identification of the remains of the so-called Unknown Child this September, lead researcher Ryan Parr said Tuesday from Lakehead. And he has turned to Keith McKenney, a molecular biologist at George Mason University in Virginia, to double-check Lakehead’s findings.”

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