This Week in the News…

Posted: January 25, 2002 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:

Saturday, Jan. 19, National Journal

Is it ‘Blacklisting’ or Mere Criticism?

Michael Krauss, a professor at George Mason University School of Law, calls the ‘blacklisting’ claim intellectually dishonest, saying that [the American Council of Trustees and Alumni] has no power or desire to do anything more than publish. ‘The saddest commentary is that people are equating McCarthyism and criticism,’ Krauss says.”

Sunday, Jan. 20, Star-Ledger Newark (N.J.)

SATs Don’t Gauge Success at Top Colleges

“George Mason University professor and columnist Walter Williams, with an economist’s distaste for misallocated resources, says high school students should not apply to–and their parents should not pay tuition for–colleges whose average SAT scores are 200 points or more higher than theirs…. Minority kids with relatively low SAT and ACT scores especially concern Williams.”

Monday, Jan. 21, Associated Press Newswires

Senate Panel Endorses Gasoline Price Bill

Donald J. Boudreaux, an economics professor at George Mason University, said studies have shown that such incidents rarely occur and that consumers benefit the most when the free enterprise system is left alone. ‘Not a single consumer–not one–has ever been hurt by price-cutting,’ he said.”

Monday, Jan. 21, ABC News: World News Now

Roger Wilkins, professor of history and American culture at George Mason University: “The country had been lying about black people forever. About how violent we were, about how irresponsible we were, and on and on. [Martin Luther King, Jr.’s] nonviolent campaign presented black people in a light that white people had never imagined–humble people of courage and decency, people who said in very simple but eloquent ways, ‘I am tired of being unfree in America, and I’m just going to bear witness with my body. And if you choose to hurt me, simply because I want my freedom, then you do that. But I’m not going to stop.’ That was about as powerful a lesson and a powerful a message as anybody could have crafted.”

Tuesday, Jan. 22, Los Angeles Times

Flood of Wartime Spending Keeps Nation’s Capital Flush With Capital Economy

“‘Follow the money,’ said Stephen S. Fuller, an economist at George Mason University in Virginia, whose reports on regional forecasts are baseline reading for local governments.”

Tuesday, Jan. 22, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Side Effects of Sept. 11? U.S. Stress Materializing as Violence, Experts Say

“The ingredients are in place for more drug use, alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking, said George Mason University counseling expert Fred Bemak. Under the surface of everything we do is the threat of more terrorism–even if a Jan. 7-9 Gallup poll shows fewer Americans fear terrorism than they did just two months ago, Bemak said. ‘We’re one event away from having psychological and social and family chaos.’ For children and adolescents, the uncertainty is particularly perplexing because some see their parents unable to cope, Bemak said.”

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