This Week in the News…

Posted: August 2, 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, July 27, Boston Globe


House Set to Toughen Rules for Debtors: Bankruptcy Bill Has Bush’s Support


Todd Zywicki, a law professor at Virginia’s George Mason University, said the bill was a necessary, bipartisan step to weed out abuse in the system. ‘It seems to me that 7 to 10 percent of people abusing the system is a lot…. When those people walk away from debt, they increase costs to other people,’ Zywicki said. ‘I think it’s a balanced, prudent good bill, and I think the overwhelming support it gets from people across the ideological spectrum attests to that.'”

Monday, July 29, New York Times


Mount Vernon, Alarmed by Fading Knowledge, Seeks to Pep Up His Image


“‘There’s a tendency to downplay the importance of the individual, and it has hurt Washington,’ said Peter R. Henriques, a history professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and member of a board of scholars advising Mount Vernon administrators on the new project. ‘I don’t think it’s hero worship to recognize that he was supreme among the group of founders who helped bring about this country. But let’s face it,’ Professor Henriques added, ‘he was an 18th-century elitist slaveholder, and that doesn’t fit in well with the modern age. We’re in an age when white male heroes on horseback are not so popular.'”

Monday, July 29, InformationWeek


Companies Must Protect Their Employees’ Info, Too


By Bradford C. Brown, chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law at the George Mason University School of Law, and David Post, a Temple University law professor and senior fellow at the Tech Center


“Security is everyone’s problem, but all employers–public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit–need to be aware that more than company information is at risk. Personal information of employees also may be a target. That means employers need to find ways to secure the information they hold on behalf of employees or risk potential liability. But beyond lawsuits, if companies don’t wise up soon, how many employees will be willing to supply personal information in the future? Global connectivity brings with it new benefits and responsibilities. One responsibility for businesses is the cybersecurity of all private employee information.”

Monday, July 29, Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Boar’s Head Provisions Inc. Keeps the Secrets of Its Success Well Hidden


“Growing regional companies are sometimes forced to be more assertive in protecting future growth and market share. Boar’s Head appears to have taken such an approach, said Brian McNamara, a trademark attorney with Foley & Lardner who teaches law at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. ‘The company has embarked on a very aggressive campaign to protect its mark,’ McNamara said.”

Wednesday, July 31, Kansas City Star


Airlines Cut Service on Sept. 11 Anniversary


“While air travelers may be wary, Richard Rubenstein, a professor of public affairs at George Mason University in Virginia, said, ‘It’s highly unlikely anyone would do anything on the anniversary of the attack. They are not sentimentalists.’ The al-Qaida terrorist network knows the United States will have its guard up, Rubenstein said.”

Write to at