This Week in the News…

Posted: March 14, 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, March 7, The Orange County Register

First and Foremost

“Turning 75 isn’t a great achievement as far as cities go, especially when a neighboring town has roots back to American Revolution days, but one might consider that it is quite a milestone for a town that probably shouldn’t have even survived. The anniversary was a time to reflect on San Clemente’s beginnings. In doing that, I went through articles and other sources about the town and noticed it was referred to as the first (or one of the first) planned community (communities) in–by ascending order–the county, state and even once, the nation. Well, it would depend on how one defines ‘planned community,’ but lets dispel the ‘one of the nation’s first’ concept. As a Web site for George Mason University, which has a planned community archives, notes, early America embraced planned communities–Jamestowne, Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Annapolis and Washington, D.C., are listed as examples.”

Sunday, March 9, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Workers Today Face New Pension Reality

“The new reality may have workers wishing for the old days. Before Benna’s idea caught fire in the 1980s, employers, not employees, generally carried the risk of providing for pensions, in the form of defined benefit plans. But dream on about going back, suggests Richard Ippolito, a former chief economist of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., which insures defined benefit plans. ‘I don’t see any chance of moving back,’ said Ippolito, now on the law school faculty at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. ‘The political will is not there.’ The future debate will be over whether Social Security money should be invested in the market, not whether defined benefit plans will rise again, he said.”

Sunday, March 9, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Price-Matching on Web Stabilizing, 2 say

“For years, retailers have touted the Internet as a ‘frictionless’ marketplace, where retailers can cut out the costs of maintaining a physical location and pass savings along to the customer. The problem for retailers, however, is that the frictionless marketplace has allowed prices to slide south. Cary Deck, a professor of experimental economics at UA’s Sam M. Walton College of Business in Fayetteville, and Bart J. Wilson, a researcher at George Mason University in Virginia, found that if retailers offer to match any price for items found on the Internet, they can stabilize falling e-commerce prices, according to a paper the pair published in February.”

Monday, March 10, The Oakland Tribune

Colleges Now Teach Homeland Security

“But the Purdue program is just one of the burgeoning efforts at college campuses across the nation to provide actual degrees with an emphasis in national security. Consider: Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania has created two graduate degree programs in information security, and George Mason University in Virginia has developed new graduate-level course offerings in biodefense.”

Tuesday, March 11, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Blue Chips

“In the telecom industry alone, the 2nd Circuit decision prompted 25 new class-action lawsuits by customers. Rivals have also filed at least five antitrust suits against the three largest regional phone companies: Verizon, BellSouth and SBC Communications. The Supreme Court took the case to reverse the 2nd Circuit’s decision, said Ernest Gellhorn, who teaches antitrust law at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. ‘The question really is: Does a firm with monopoly power have to play totally by different rules?’ he said.”

Wednesday, March 12, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

CD-ROM Program Shows Students Effects of Alcohol

“Alcohol 101 Plus is a CD-ROM that allows students to tour a virtual campus, visit its fraternity house and enter an off-campus bar, among other places, to see the possible consequences of drinking. In the virtual bar, users learn about the physical effects of alcohol. After entering their weight and gender, they can click on a drink and watch their blood alcohol level rise depending on whether they sip, drink or slam the beverage. David Anderson, an expert on college drinking and a George Mason University professor, said he has seen student attitudes change after using an older version of the program in his classes. ‘Clearly, students learned. They gained in their knowledge . . . and some of their behavioral intent shifted simply because of the use of the CD,’ he said.”

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