This Week in the News…

Posted: May 17, 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, May 11, South China Morning Post

Mixing Business and Pressure

“American political ethics expert Susan Tolchin, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia, said transparency was critical to a stable, functioning economic system. ‘It’s easy to say from a Western perspective, but I think our economies and policies have been more successful because of this transparency,’ she said. ‘As we progress as a country, we get more and more transparency.'”

Sunday, May 12, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New Stance on 2nd Amendment May Have Little Effect on Gun Laws

“‘The idea that the Second Amendment protects an individual right now basically commands the high ground in this debate,’ said Dan Polsby, associate dean and professor at George Mason University Law School.”

Monday, May 13, Daily Telegraph, National Post (London)

DNA Research Links Mummies to Living Kin

“Five hundred years ago, Inca priests performed ritual sacrifices on mountain peaks to appease their gods and to be close to the Sun they worshipped. Three years ago, a team led by Dr. Keith McKenney of George Mason University in Manassas, Va., established the first link between a teenage sacrifice in what is now Argentina and a living man brought up about 1,500 kilometres away. Now, hundreds more samples are being taken from Peruvians and more DNA studies planned on thousands of mummified bodies recently found in an ancient cemetery on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital, Lima.”

Monday, May 13, Press Trust of India Limited

Carnatic Music Comes of Age in U.S.

“‘The standard of excellence in the United States in Carnatic music is now comparable to the Indian standards,’ Beth Bullard, assistant professor at George Mason University, Virginia, said in her keynote address at a conference organised by the Ethnomusicology Programme of the University of Maryland and the Jayamangala School of Music and Dance. Stressing that the musical life in America did not support the emphasis on Carnatic music that is seen in academia, Bullard, who had spent considerable time studying Carnatic music in India, said that there was a need to spread awareness on the ‘unsung’ qualities of the Carnatic music.”

Tuesday, May 14, American Banker

Dead Laws and Perception of Family Banks

“The conventional wisdom has been that these largely family-owned banks caused themselves and their communities serious economic trouble by supporting unit banking

laws. But now a soon-to-be-published study by Charles W. Calomiris of Columbia University’s business school and Carlos D. Ramirez of the department of economics at George Mason University in Virginia challenges the long-held belief that it was banks applying all the legislative pressure. Mr. Calomiris and Mr. Ramirez found that branch-banking restrictions were also supported by some important classes of borrowers.”

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