This Week in the News…

Posted: December 6, 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. 29, The New York Times

Attention, Good and Bad, Follows Jeffrey Sachs

“So by bringing Professor Sachs on board last summer, Columbia has guaranteed itself a bigger voice–if a controversial one–on the world stage. ‘He appears to distance himself from things he’s done that are not perceived as success stories and cozy up to those that were, after the fact, seen as successful,’ said Janine R. Wedel, associate professor of public policy at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. She studied Professor Sachs in action when he was advising governments in Eastern Europe. Moreover, Professor Wedel said, it has not always been clear whom he was representing at a given time–his own consulting firm, Harvard, international financial institutions, the United States or a local government. Nor has it been clear where all of his financing has come from or how he has spent it.”

Friday, Nov. 29, Associated Press Newswires

A year after bankruptcy, Enron takes bids on solvent assets

“A year after careening into what in 2001 was the largest bankruptcy in history, Enron Corp. could be on the verge of selling off its 12 most valuable assets and disappearing from the corporate landscape. That is, if creditors agree liquidation is their best shot at recouping as much as possible from the company, whose failure was a precursor to a string of business scandals in 2002. ‘It looks like it is going to take us over a year and tens of millions of dollars in administrative fees to get to the point that should have seemed obvious from the beginning–Enron should be put up for auction,’ said Todd Zywicki, a bankruptcy law professor at George Mason University.”

Saturday, Nov. 30, The Seattle Times

It may be down to one in battle against Microsoft

“Legal experts who have closely followed the antitrust case said it could take months, perhaps years, to resolve an appeal. Some think Massachusetts’ chances of success are slim. ‘I’m glad I’m not a taxpayer in Massachusetts, because it’s money wasted,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a professor at George Mason University School of Law. Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling was careful and thoughtful, he said, adding that he would not have advised Massachusetts to appeal.”

Sunday, Dec. 1, Associated Press Newswires

State secretive about lawyers’ discipline, critics say

“Meanwhile, misconduct hearings are public in cases involving doctors, accountants and about two dozen other jobs covered under the state’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs–including judges. ‘If this were done for doctors or accountants, lawyers would scream,’ said Ronald Rotunda, a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. ‘I think we, as lawyers, ought to eat our own cooking.’”

Monday, Dec. 2, Straits Times

Singapore researchers producing bio-attack test kit

“Before he defected to the United States 10 years ago, Dr Kanatjan Alibekov was the top scientist in the Soviet Union’s bio-warfare programme, which had invented the world’s most powerful anthrax. With his name Americanised to Ken Alibek, the 52-year-old is now executive director of George Mason University’s Centre for Biodefence, and chief scientist of Advanced Biosystems, which does research on new forms of medical protection against biological weapons and infectious diseases.”

Tuesday, Dec. 3, The Washington Post

Student’s Generosity Awes GMU Classmates

“The buzz on George Mason University’s law school campus was anxious. University trustees had approved a $192 tuition increase to offset a steep reduction in state funding, and many students were struggling to figure out how to make ends meet come spring. One first-year law student heard the talk and knew exactly what he would do. He opened his wallet and made a $19,200 anonymous donation earmarked to cover the fees for 100 of his neediest classmates. ‘It was clear there were some students that this [fee increase] would be a great hardship to,’ said the donor, who agreed to be interviewed only if his identity were withheld. ‘Many of them are just starting out in life. They don’t have much money … It seemed that maybe they could use the help.’”

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