This Week in the News…

Posted: March 15, 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, March 8, Associated Press Newswires

Millions of Enron Corp. Shares Still Being Sold–and Bought

“As for shareholders hanging on to the stock, Enron said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last month that existing equity ‘has and will have no value’ in an approved reorganization plan. Todd Zywicki, a bankruptcy-law professor at George Mason University, said that means Enron likely will propose canceling existing equity to issue new stock in whatever emerges from bankruptcy.”

Monday, March 11, Wall Street Journal

Archivists Save Record of Internet’s Response to the Sept. 11 Attacks

“In their own way, online materials are quite powerful. Will Net historians face accusations of insensitivity for their efforts to publish? That was a concern for organizers of a new site called the Sept. 11 Digital Archive, which officially launches today. ‘It’s complicated,’ says Joshua Brown, executive director at the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center, which produces the site along with the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University … The site collects e-mail messages, photographs, personal recollections, entries from online ‘weblog’ journals and more. You can view the materials–or submit your own–at”

Monday, March 11, Canadian Press Newswires

U.S. Mostly Back in Pre-9/11 Mode

Peter Stearns, provost of George Mason University in Virginia, said the emotional impact of Sept. 11 has worn off among the students on his campus, who are mapping their plans for spring break. ‘With due respect to the families who lost members Sept. 11, this is both standard and reasonably healthy. It’s like after a natural disaster–society can and must recover and move on,’ he said.”

Monday, March 11, CNN, Crossfire

Can Government Put Price Tag on Human Life?

Bill Press: “We will never be the same since 9/11. We did not hear that after Oklahoma City. We did not hear that after 1993 and the World Trade Center. I think most Americans accept this as a uniquely horrible event in our history. Doesn’t that argue for a unique form of compensation to these victims alone?”

Michael Krauss, George Mason University law professor: “No, I don’t think it does. I don’t think it’s actually seen as a unique event as far as compensation is concerned…. It seems to me that there are two types of compensation that a free country provides. One is through insurance, through contracts that you can purchase. The other is through tort law and it’s the bad guy who pays, not the government who pays.”

Wednesday, March 13, The Washington Post

Memories of Sept. 11 Documented Online; George Mason Helps Build Archive on the Web

“Lundy’s recollection is part of a digital archive of the Sept. 11 attacks that George Mason University scholars are collecting so people can share what they saw, heard and did that day. Teaming with the City University of New York, George Mason’s Center for History and New Media has launched the digital archive, at, as a historical record of the response to the events of Sept. 11 in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. ‘Most people are unaware of the fact that they are historical actors,” said James T. Sparrow, associate director of the project and visiting assistant professor at George Mason. “We want to enable ordinary people to capture their part of history, to place the event in context and get the firsthand experience of historical subjects.'”

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