This Week in the News…

Posted: April 12, 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, April 6, New York Times

Rethinking Reagan: Was He a Man of Ideas After All?

“The single most striking argument came from Hugh Heclo, a political scientist at George Mason University, who complained that ‘the tradition in academia has been to belittle Ronald Reagan.’ Mr. Heclo argued that Mr. Reagan ‘is among that handful of American politicians, and an even smaller group of presidents, who have conducted their careers primarily as a struggle about ideas.’… Mr. Heclo, who said he had never voted for Mr. Reagan and disagreed with many of his policies, said that when ‘Reagan’s more intellectually sophisticated critics in mainstream academia’ dismissed these ideas as ‘nothing new,’ they missed the point. ‘The important point is not that Reagan ever said anything fundamentally new, but that in the new context created by the 60’s, Reagan continued to uphold something old.'”

Sunday, April 7, Reuters English News Service

College Tuitions Rising Amid States’ Budget Crunch

“Average tuition increases at public higher education institutions were 7.7 percent this academic year, compared with between 4.5 percent and 4.6 percent the prior year…. However, for the next academic year, schools in some states, such as Washington and Virginia, are facing double-digit tuition increases. The governing board of Virginia’s George Mason University recently decided to end a six-year tuition freeze and approved a 25 percent tuition hike.”

Monday, April 8, Rubber & Plastics News

Decisions Add Up to Deadly Fiasco

“While no one set out to make a defective product, the resulting 6.5 million-tire recall and public relations fiasco is something the tire industry as a whole is paying for through increased regulation and litigation, according to Michael Krauss, professor of law at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. ‘A long series of design and manufacturing decisions by two companies was taken,’ Krauss said at the March 20-22 conference in Hilton Head, S.C. ‘Each decision was understandable and maybe even defensible. The combination was not even particularly dangerous unless misused, which of course it was. When added to the misuse, what you have in the extreme southern states was a vehicle that was potentially quite dangerous.'”

Wednesday, April 10, Associated Press Newswires

Despite Their Woes, U.S. Network Evening News Programs Are Here to Stay

“The networks’ advantage in offering perspective was on display after Sept. 11, said Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief who now teaches at George Mason University. ‘I worked for CNN,’ Sesno said, ‘but I watched the networks every night.’… ‘From a public-relations point of view and a corporate citizenship point of view, it would be colossally difficult, if not impossible, for any of the networks to dump an evening news broadcast at this point,’ he said.”

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