This Week in the News…

Posted: August 9, 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, August 2, Wall Street Journal

Options? Nah, Try Insider Trading

By Henry G. Manne, dean emeritus of the George Mason University School of Law

“If insider trading were legal and used to replace or supplement stock options, there would be no ‘tragedies’ of employees being left high and dry with options way out of the money. There would be no loss of reward when an innovation merely resulted in a reduction of an expected loss. There would be no unearned gain because a company’s stock appreciated in line with a market or industry rise. And there would be no peculiar problems of accounting since such trading would be entirely extraneous to the company’s accounts…. There is no reason to believe that U.S. corporations are incapable of designing workable and safe programs of insider trading. All we have to do is make the present laws optional.”

Saturday, August 3, Times-Picayune

Artist Renders a News Reporter on Canvas for Exhibit Opening Tonight

Connie Kirkland, sexual assault service coordinator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said that TV news-workers’ visibility, accessibility and practiced likeability make them targets for unhinged fans. TV news’ emphasis on a cosmetically pleasing presentation also encourages unwanted attention from some unstable viewers, she added. ‘The stalker misreads cues, comments and looks because he wants there to be a connection so badly,’ said Kirkland in the Communicator story. ‘It’s a combination of perception, accessibility and fantasy. When you get that combination going, trouble starts.'”

Sunday, August 4, New York Times

Tests Are Not Just for Kids

George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., used a standardized commercial exam to measure technological proficiency while the University of Virginia devised its own test on skills like Internet research and Palm Pilot use.”

Photo: “George Mason University tested students on their technological know-how this spring. A systemwide report card is posted online.”

Monday, August 5, U.S. News & World Report Washington Whispers

“‘They’ll have a lot of fond memories of the days when they thought they were rich.’–Todd Zywicki, George Mason University law professor, on what the future holds for WorldCom’s shareholders”

Monday, August 5, Grand Rapids Press

A New Rush to Law Schools and Jobs With Uncle Sam

“As corporate frauds increase, corporate hires decrease, and the stock market declines, law schools are reporting record numbers of applicants from a variety of educational and career specialties…. George Mason University Law School in Fairfax, Va., a suburb of the nation’s capital, reports that the biggest concentration among the new applicants appears to be in intellectual property law, technology law and patent law. Overall applications are currently at 4,383, a 63 percent increase over last year.”

Tuesday, August 6, Associated Press Newswires

Effort Under Way to Protect Northern New Mexico Ruins

James Snead, an archaeology professor at George Mason University in Virginia, spent several weeks at a site called Burnt Corn off N.M. 14, and hopes [Sen. Jeff] Bingaman’s bill will help increase archaeologists’ access to the many sites owned by private landowners. ‘Every archaeologist you talk to will tell you of the importance of the Galisteo Basin, but at the same time, they will scratch their heads and wonder why there isn’t more research in the area,’ Snead said.”

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