This Week in the News…

Posted: February 1, 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:

Friday, Jan. 25, Harrisburg Patriot-News

Rifts Healing a Year After Bitter Strike

Kenneth Kovach, a professor of human resource management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said it appears [Central Dauphin School District] teachers and officials did the right thing after the strike. In order to overcome the divisive effects of a labor problem, employers and employees need to set up cooperative groups that focus on dealing with day-to-day issues, Kovach said. ‘There’s no magic number for how long it takes,’ he said. ‘But it’s not a fait accompli that there’s going to be a repeat of [a strike]. It’s not pre-ordained.'”

Sunday, Jan. 27, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Airlines Still Struggling for Equilibrium

“The $5 billion in cash payments, which airlines have long since spent, were needed and reasonable considering that federal officials shut down the air traffic system for days following last year’s terrorist hijackings, said Ken Button, a George Mason University professor who specializes in transportation issues. The $10 billion portion of the package providing airline loan guarantees is the most troubling and questionable part of the program, Button said. ‘It’s unfortunate that airlines were given aid under this stability program.’ Carriers such as America West were in financial trouble long before terrorists commandeered four jetliners, he said.”

Monday, Jan. 28, U.S. News & World Report

Culture & Ideas: More Than a Living

“Each segment [of the new radio series, New York Works,] portrays someone keeping a vanishing occupation alive, including a seltzer deliveryman, a commercial fisherman, and a water tower builder…. As much as Americans embrace progress, they also like to romanticize the past. What’s amazing, says Roy Rosenzweig, a professor of history at Virginia’s George Mason University, is not that such jobs are slowly disappearing but that they still exist at all. Today, niche jobs come and go in the time it takes to connect to the Internet.”

Tuesday, Jan. 29, Associated Press Newswires

Enron Names Reorganization Expert Stephen Cooper as New CEO

Todd Zywicki, a bankruptcy law professor at George Mason University, said Cooper’s selection appeared to be a small step toward bringing in an outsider unhindered by ties to Enron. ‘A lot of this case has been run as sort of an insider’s game among the big banks and the incumbent management at Enron,’ he said. ‘The insider’s game is not what this case needs and it doesn’t seem to be working.’ Zywicki said Cooper’s first task will be to instill confidence in the company and its ability to survive, and a first step would be to meet with the 3,000 employees left at the company’s headquarters.”

Tuesday, Jan. 29, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Speech Success May Rest on Economy

“If the economy is truly improving, should the president spend political capital fighting with Congress about a stimulus package? Don’t bother, suggests Stephen Fuller, economist at George Mason University. ‘Withdraw the stimulus package; it is no longer needed. But, if you must do something, focus on business investment.'”

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