This Week in the News…

Posted: April 5, 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 29, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Teaching Equation That Didn’t Add Up

“Because of financial pressures, universities are admitting unprepared students, dumbing down courses, and giving students better grades than they deserve, says Walter E. Williams, a professor of economics at George Mason University. ‘The fraud is seeping upwards, from high schools to undergraduate programs,’ he says.

Sunday, March 31, San Francisco Chronicle

Historians Seek Perspective on Reagan

“[Reagan’s] vision of America as ‘a shining city on a hill,’ blessed by God and with a duty to transform the world, was one that few of his political opponents shared, said Hugh Heclo, a professor of public affairs at George Mason University. ‘He had a story about America,’ Heclo said. ‘To beat him, opponents had to overcome that story.’… Reagan was a politician of ideas who managed to connect with the deep feelings of the American public, Heclo said. ‘When academics do that, it’s called philosophizing,’ he mused. ‘When politicians do it, it’s called being an ideologue.'”

Monday, April 1, Los Angeles Times

Ruling on Microsoft Gives States Optimism

“Although [U.S. District Judge Colleen] Kollar-Kotelly has excluded portions of the states’ evidence, the banished evidence has been limited, and experts said the judge appears to be on strong legal ground for excluding it. ‘She can [almost] never make a mistake by listening to evidence and then excluding’ things that aren’t germane, said Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust expert and law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘By doing that, she avoids doing something that Judge Jackson did in the previous proceedings that brought him the wrath of the appeals court, and that is terminating the antitrust process prematurely.'”

Tuesday, April 2, Wall Street Journal

Partners Forever? Within Andersen, Personal Liability May Bring Ruin

“Because it is unclear how much protection the LLP structure will provide Andersen partners, partnership and bankruptcy lawyers are expected to be following the matter closely. ‘As far as I know, there has never been a litigation test of the extent of the LLP shield, and there have been very few LLP cases about liability at all,’ said Larry Ribstein, a law professor at George Mason University.”

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