This Week in the News…

Posted: November 16, 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, Nov. 9, Christian Science Monitor

French Cinema is Back in Vogue

“‘I think that Hollywood runs the risk of being a bit like General Motors competing against the Japanese car companies. They had done so well for so long that they’d forgotten how to compete,’ says Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and author of the upcoming book The Promise of Global Culture. Want proof? Look no further than the spiraling costs of Hollywood moviemaking, he says. The result is that American films often rely on foreign ticket sales to make them profitable, and so many studios tailor their movies to appeal to the international movie market.”

Saturday, Nov. 10, Houston Chronicle

Texas Bolsters Airport Security, Raises Guard Contingent to 663

“But while uniformed soldiers make some passengers feel better, the sense of safety they convey may be only skin deep, said Ken Button, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and international aviation expert. ‘They may stop people from complaining too much. But really it seems rather cosmetic,’ Button said. ‘Simply to be able to wear camouflage jackets and carry guns doesn’t necessarily seem to me . . . particular requirements for those types of security activities.'”

Sunday, Nov. 11, Associated Press Newswires

Ashcroft Order Based on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Pot

Nelson Lund, a George Mason University law professor and expert in assisted suicide legal issues, says the fate of the Oregon law ultimately may not rest on the medical debate or the clash of moral and ethical principles, but instead on a simple reading of the Controlled Substances Act. ‘I really don’t think it’s so much a collision of principles as it is a straightforward interpretation of what the statute means,’ Lund said.”

Monday, Nov. 12, USA Today

College Students Say They’re Hooked on Their Campus Broadband Access

“Early afternoon and the food court at George Mason University’s campus here is a blur of denim and backpacks as students flit from group to group. In a world where demanding classes, hectic social lives and part-time jobs are all juggled with one eye on the clock, it’s little wonder that some of the most vocal fans of high-speed Internet access are college students…. Faculty also find broadband useful, especially when it comes to disseminating information to large numbers of students, says Michael Kelley, GMU professor of English and telecommunications. When he finds an article that might be of interest to students, he uses a class e-mail list to send it out at the push of a button.”

Wednesday, Nov. 14, Financial Times

Regulators Face New Boundaries in Enron Deal

“But competition lawyers said this week that because the market for energy trading is so new–indeed, it was all but created by Enron in the 1990s–that federal agencies will have to spend months finding out how rivals compete in order to develop guidelines to measure the merger’s impact. ‘We don’t have any track record here,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert at George Mason University.”

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