This Week in the News…

Posted: March 29, 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, March 23, National Journal

Media People

“‘I doubled back and had to ask myself a lot of hard questions’ on September 11, Frank Sesno, CNN’s former Washington bureau chief, told National Journal. That’s because on September 10, Sesno had announced he was leaving the network after 17 years there. He stuck around to help see the bureau through the next couple of months, then decided his next adventure will be in academia: He’ll join the faculty of George Mason University this fall and teach courses on public policy and communications. He also plans to host a series of media and policy forums that will be open to the public. The first one, he said, will probe the role and impact of the media in the wake of 9/11.”

Saturday, March 23, National Journal

Thriving in Unlikely Territory

“Most observers agree that [Democrat Rick] Boucher is a commanding favorite. He ‘has done a pretty good job of cultivating a pretty conservative district, culturally connecting with his constituents, and looking out for their economic interests,’ says George Mason University political scientist Scott Keeter. ‘I’m not sure that [Republican Jay] Katzen would necessarily click that well, even though he’s closer to the district ideologically.'”

Monday, March 25, Computerworld

INS Looks to IT to Revamp Lax Student Visa System

“However, some schools say the data integration challenge could be daunting and costly for them. ‘Our database is fairly antiquated, and the data cannot be captured in the current database,’ said Cynthia Tasaki, assistant director of international programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘It’s going to cost us a lot of money,’ Tasaki said, acknowledging that the new system will almost certainly improve the process of verifying foreign student enrollments, which in the past could take up to nine months.”

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