This Week in the News…

Posted: February 28, 2003 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, Feb. 21, The Washington Post

On the Job

Ellen A. Fagenson-Eland, a management professor at George Mason University, said the woman’s problem is her boss. ‘It doesn’t sound like the boss has any backbone,’ Fagenson-Eland said. ‘The boss they both share should be the one to tell him this is inappropriate behavior, that we don’t do this here. Since the woman is not getting any help from her boss, however, Fagenson-Eland suggested that short of waiting for the man to retire she should find a mentor in her office, ‘someone who’s going to look out for her, who can talk to this guy and say, You are offending several people. We can’t do this here.'”

Sunday, Feb. 23, The Washington Post

U.S., Iraqi Students Remain Miles Apart

“With military and political leaders worldwide debating a U.S.-Iraq war, students from both nations opened their own dialogue yesterday, a discussion between two groups of young people about their fears and hopes for the future. The talk just happened to be broadcast live to millions of people around the globe. The remarkable 11/2-hour forum was organized by George Mason University and Baghdad University and was beamed live on al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based satellite television network. Al-Jazeera producers in Washington said they believed that it was the first live discussion between such big groups of Americans and Iraqis. George Mason plans to air the forum on its web site and cable access channel beginning later this week.”

Sunday, Feb. 23, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Unfair! Executives Cry about Pricing Pressure from Bankrupt Rivals

Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University, believes that the executives who complain about bankrupt rivals might have a point. The problem of pricing pressure from bankrupt companies seems to be more acute in industries that require large fixed-capital investments, such as telecommunications and airlines, which might have a large proportion of long-term debt, he said. Antitrust regulation is another factor, in which ‘the failure to allow mergers to make entities more competitive would lead to bankruptcy, like United Airlines and US Airways,’ he said.”

Monday, Feb. 24, eWeek

Models Link Processes

“‘The holy grail that everyone has been looking for the past 15 years is to model the business process using some tool and have the underlying implementation product automatically configure to align with that. If we could ever get there, that would be a major, major breakthrough’ said Thomas Gulledge, professor of enterprise engineering at George Mason University and president of Enterprise Integration Inc., both in Fairfax, Va.”

Thursday, Feb. 27, The Washington Post

Amid Buildup, Voices for Peace

“In a grass-roots movement that is picking up support every day, hundreds of county residents are demonstrating their opposition to military action. Their arguments are the same as those of protesters around the world who believe the United States has not made a case for disarming Iraq and who say that President Bush should explore more peaceful options. ‘It just never makes sense to me that there would be a need for killing. There are always ways around that,” said George Mason University student Michael T. Kelleher, 19, of Alexandria. Kelleher was attending an interfaith peace vigil at the Fairfax campus that drew about 50 students who prayed with representatives of student-led Christian, Jewish and Islamic groups.”

Thursday, Feb. 27, The New York Times

Looking Inside the Brains of the Stingy and the Openhanded

“But that’s not necessarily what happens when real people play this ‘ultimatum game’ in laboratory settings with real money on the line. Faced with low-ball offers, many Player 2’s reject them. And many Player 1’s make more generous offers, often nearly half the money. ‘About half the subjects that we observed played according to the way the game theory said people should play, and about half didn’t,’ said Kevin McCabe, an economist and director of the Behavioral and Neuroeconomics Laboratory at George Mason University.”

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