This Week in the News…

Posted: November 27, 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, Nov. 22, The Washington Post

Techies Go To Finishing School; Students Learn The Fine Art of Holding a Fork

“Eight students who gathered for a formal dinner at the expansive Fairfax home of George Mason University’s president last week failed the first test they were given. Giggles of confusion erupted as the scholars attempted to arrange three forks, two knives, a couple of plates and a spoon into a proper place setting. George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering, concerned that poor manners may hamper its students’ chances in the job market, is picking up where Miss Manners left off. ‘The business of eating is actually quite popular in Northern Virginia; it’s a convenient time for people to get together. And many business relationships are based on personal relationships between people or groups,’ said Lloyd J. Griffiths, dean of the department. ‘We thought it’d be useful to go over the mechanics of these things, because, quite frankly, it’s not that simple.'”

Sunday, Nov. 24, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

107th Congress’ legacy weakened by unsolved problems

“While 2002 began with passage of a major campaign-finance reform bill, the law’s impact has been muted by regulations issued by the Federal Election Commission. And by the time the law took effect, both political parties were devising ways to get around its key provision. ‘Some of the reforms that seemed so substantial may turn out, in practice, to be less substantial,’ said Catherine Rudder, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.”

Monday, Nov. 25, Information Week

The Internet and The 21st Amendment

“[Written by David Post and Bradford Brown, School of Law] In 1784, aside from the risk of a split cask or a broken bottle or two, shipping wine wasn’t a legal issue. For Thomas Jefferson, wine was a passion and he was indeed a connoisseur. He regularly shipped wine all over the world-to Paris, to Monticello, his home in Virginia, and even to the White House. Today, however, it’s illegal in 26 states to ship wine interstate from the winery directly to the home of a consumer. In Maryland and a few other states, it’s a felony. The 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, gave back to the states broad authority to regulate the intrastate and interstate sale and distribution of ‘intoxicating liquors.’ Out of this authority grew all the various state liquor laws and a system that essentially makes distributors and retailers the states’ enforcement arm for the dual purpose of collecting state taxes and keeping liquor out of the hands of minors.”

Monday, Nov. 25, Cable World

Ailes Memo Flap Flops With Fox News Viewers

“A report that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes sent post-Sept. 11 political advice to President Bush had critics lampooning Fox News Channel’s ‘fair and balanced’ slogan. But it didn’t hurt the channel with its conservative core viewers–and certainly not with cable operators. ‘They have to be very, very careful because it could work against them,’ said former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno, now teaching a class in media bias at George Mason University. Fox ‘has been trying very hard to say that its journalism is straight, fair and balanced. To the extent that executives are seen to be cozy with people in authority it raises questions about that objectivity.'”

Tuesday, Nov. 26, The Washington Post

Students’ Computers Seized at Annapolis; Academy Battling Music, Film Theft

“Most colleges simply send warnings to students whom industry groups have reported as downloading copyrighted material. ‘We make sure the music is taken off the hard drive and inform the student that if we get another message, we’ll take their computer off the server,’ said Joy Hughes, vice president for information technology at George Mason University. That usually does the trick, she said: ‘I don’t think the students realize that there’s a record of their having done this. When we send them a letter, citing the time, date and machine number, it’s enough to make them understand.'”

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