This Week in the News…

Posted: October 4, 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, Sept. 28, Globe and Mail

E-Mail Is Not Only Replacing Conversations, Studies Suggest

“In another study of work teams spread across continents, team members used only e-mail to interact–with disastrous results. Chasms of misunderstanding yawned between workers. ‘They thought they were in communication, and didn’t know there were misunderstandings occurring,’ reports Catherine Durnell Cramton, a George Mason University professor.”

Saturday, Sept. 28, Associated Press Newswires

Bankruptcy Laws Can Give Competitive Edge

“‘Right now we have a one-size-fits-all bankruptcy system, and perhaps we need to think about having two or more sizes,’ said Todd Zywicki, a bankruptcy expert at George Mason University who believes capital-intensive industries like telecom might need stricter bankruptcy rules. ‘There are real concerns here that we haven’t thought of previously.'”

Sunday, Sept. 29, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wealthy White Males Go Under the Microscope in Point Park College Course

“Experts in and out of academia are divided on whether wealthy white males qualify as a minority. One social historian, Peter Stearns, who is provost at George Mason University, said he nonetheless found the idea intriguing. ‘It’s clearly valid to study them,’ said Stearns, a former dean at Carnegie Mellon University. ‘I actually think it would be very illuminating, particularly in a society where this group has sort of separated itself out more in terms of wealth over the last two decades.'”

Sunday, Sept. 29, Associated Press Newswires

State Trooper’s Balancing Act Wins National Recognition

Dr. David Bever, director of the National Center for Public Safety Fitness at George Mason University and founder of the [National Law Fit Trooper Challenge], considers [Sgt. Mark] Muse the physical prototype of a good officer. ‘What we have found is that people in Mark’s category–no, they’re not the strongest, nor are they the fastest–but you put that package together…. He is worthy in every event. This is what makes a good police officer when you’re talking about the physical aspects of the job,’ Bever said.”

Monday, Sept. 30, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Viewers Will Pick 2004 “People’s Candidate” on Reality TV Show

Scott Keeter, associate director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, said the new show ‘would certainly be of a piece with’ the role of television in American politics, particularly ‘the illusion of intimacy that people get from watching television.’ But Keeter, also a professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University, said it would be different in one crucial and more positive way. ‘There are so many aspects of the current system that weed out potentially interesting people before they can get to the point of being on TV’ because it costs so much money, he said. ‘This has the merit of short-circuiting that element of it by being more open to ordinary people who may not have wealthy friends or organizations that support them.'”

Tuesday, Oct. 1, Parenting

How to Help a Procrastinator

“In third or fourth grade, most teachers start to give assignments that require setting goals and budgeting time, and they’re less likely to keep parents in the loop, says Martin Ford, Ph.D., an educational psychologist and motivation expert at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va.”

Wednesday, Oct. 2, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Money, Politics Cozy in Georgia Study: High Donor Limits Stifle Debate

“The study found that Georgia, which has some of the highest campaign contribution caps in the nation, is also one of the least competitive states politically… Its author, Thomas Stratmann, a professor at George Mason University, compared election data and campaign donation limits in 45 states, keeping in mind conflicting theories about the effect of fund-raising caps.”

Thursday, Oct. 3, Washington Post

Warner Tells Colleges to Prepare for Budget Cuts: Governor Seeks Passage of Nov. 5 Bond Initiative

“Gov. Mark R. Warner urged Virginia’s public universities today to brace for larger classes, fewer course offerings and other cutbacks as the state budget crisis deepens…. Warner will announce his budget cuts Oct. 15…. George Mason University President Alan G. Merten said a full 15 percent cut could have a debilitating effect on his Fairfax County-based school, forcing an enrollment freeze, hurting financial aid and eliminating the writing and math centers. GMU, which has 14,000 full-time students, recently raised tuition by $600 to $4,500, one of the largest increases in the state system this year. ‘On the operating side, financially, it’s the worst of times, but on the other side–enrollment and interest in the institution–it’s the best of times,’ Merten said. ‘I wake up in the morning, I don’t know whether to be happy or sick.'”

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