This Week in the News…

Posted: July 3, 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, June 28, Fox News, On the Record

Rick Shenkman, presidential historian, George Mason University: “This is the first formal time where a president is declaring, ‘I am invoking the 25th Amendment,’ which is pretty astonishing because there certainly have been many times–for instance, in 1981, when President Reagan was shot by John Hinckley–when you would have thought this machinery should have kicked in.”

Saturday, June 29, Cincinnati Post

It Never Happened

“Historians say much about the Glorious Fourth is myth–but a myth so powerful that it overshadows the event itself. ‘Myths are a good thing, even if they’re invented and not true,’ said Richard Shenkman, an associate history professor at George Mason University in Virginia, and editor of the History News Network. Myths, he said, ‘reflect on our values, and who we want to be.’ Most of the July 4 myths, he said, were created between 1800 and the Civil War when American intellectuals fervently sought to create American symbols to replace the discarded British traditions. ‘They didn’t want their kids to grow up with Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, so the community set about and invented traditions that reflected American values,’ said Shenkman.”

Sunday, June 30, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On Cable TV, News Gives Way to Opinion and Analysis

“‘What’s driving this is the virtual obsession, sometimes bordering on panic, with ratings,’ said Frank Sesno, who spent 17 years as an anchor-reporter with CNN before leaving the network in November to make documentaries and teach communications at George Mason University. ‘Traditionally, audiences don’t reward thoughtful journalism on news channels,’ he said. ‘I think it can be fairly asked if there’s a real place anymore for a no-nonsense, here’s-the-news channel.'”

Sunday, June 30, Associated Press Newswires

Welch Endorses ‘Six Sigma’ Program

Mary Meixell, a business professor at George Mason University, said Six Sigma is one of several quality management programs that have been popular with some businesses in recent years. But while others have faded, Six Sigma has remained relatively popular. ‘I think it’s been more successful because it’s so measurable,’ Meixell said. ‘With some of the softer tools that businesses used, it was harder to measure the impact.'”

Monday, July 1, Sports Illustrated Magazine

Breaking Away: The Next Great American Runner Bolts Michigan to Turn Professional

“In the spring of 2001, 18-year-old Virginia high school senior Alan Webb ran the mile in 3:53.43 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., obliterating a scholastic record that had been set more than three decades earlier by Jim Ryun…. Last week Webb announced that he was leaving Michigan and would reunite with his high school coach, Scott Raczko, to run as a professional (while taking classes at George Mason University).”

Monday, July 1,

Art as a State of Mind

Paras Kaul really lets you know what’s on her mind. While most artists use paintbrush on canvas or another medium to get concepts across, Kaul expresses her ideas with a brain-wave interface. She’s been experimenting with the technology for years and appears poised for a breakthrough. Her newest creation, Peace Streams–a combination of poetry, music, graphics, video and hypnosis technique–debuts on August 1 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Chosen by the American Composers Forum from among a host of global competitors, the piece was inspired, Kaul says, by her cousin, who survived the destruction of the World Trade Center…. ‘She was on the 88th floor of the South Tower immediately after the attack,’ said Kaul, who is on the faculty of the art department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. ‘If she was standing just a few feet forward, or a few feet backward, she wouldn’t have made it. That was shocking. That was pretty much the inspiration for Peace Streams: the role of fate.'”

Tuesday, July 2, Los Angeles Times

$9.6-Billion Make-Over for LAX?

“Industry experts say taking away gates for aircraft would add to the overcrowding at LAX and would not provide an incentive for airlines to take flights elsewhere. ‘Decreasing gates will only make matters worse,’ said George Donohue, a professor at George Mason University who studies capacity at the nation’s airports. ‘Re-regulation will be required at the federal level to provide the airlines incentives to use larger aircraft and to make better utilization of regional airports like Ontario, Long Beach and John Wayne.'”

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