This Week in the News…

Posted: April 11, 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, April 4, The Washington Post

Business Leaves Higher Education Hanging

“Then there is the high-tech community itself, which logically should be keenly interested in having world-class research universities nearby. Unlike earlier business leaders, such as developer John ‘Til’ Hazel and defense contractor Earle Williams, modern-day techies tend to believe the less government, the better. They view getting involved with political issues the way they view charities: as something worth doing in their spare time, but not something fundamental to the success of their businesses. ‘Around here, there is no identifiable business community,’ said Alan Merten, president of George Mason University. ‘That’s the problem.'”

Saturday, April 5, The Washington Post

At GMU, An Arts Grab Bag

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts yesterday announced its 2003-04 season, a program that will span high and pop art with impressive elan, including the ballet, the circus and a trio of Korean sisters covering the Doors. With the announcement of the roster of performances, the center continues its tradition of presenting some of the area’s most interesting and imaginative dance programs. The centerpiece of the past seven seasons has been the celebrated Mark Morris Dance Group, which returns in October with two nights of repertory.”

Sunday, April 6, The New York Times

Natural Causes Emerge As Key to Mystery Illness

“A military expert who disagrees is Dr. Ken Alibek, a former top Soviet germ warfare official now at George Mason University. In his book Biohazard (Random House, 1999), Dr. Alibek said China had developed biological weapons and had once suffered an accident at a secret germ plant, setting off two epidemics. SARS, Dr. Alibek said in an interview, might have originated from a similar accident. ‘It’s a very unusual outbreak,’ Dr. Alibek said. ‘It’s hard to say whether it’s deliberate or natural.’ He added that he knew of no Chinese germ-weapons plants in Guangdong.”

Sunday, April 6, The Seattle Times

A Looming Altercation Over Alder

“Legal experts say the case may have broad ramifications for Weyerhaeuser which denies the allegations and could force it to pay damages or sell assets. ‘The stakes are enormous,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a law professor at George Mason University who has followed antitrust challenges to Microsoft and other companies. ‘We want large companies to compete vigorously so consumers benefit, but they can’t cross the line. And that line is fuzzy.'”

May 1 Issue, Money Magazine

The Selling Of Safety

“Prime-bank scams, in which promoters claim that investors’ funds will be used to purchase and trade nonexistent ‘prime bank’ financial instruments on secret overseas markets in order to generate large guaranteed returns, are believed to siphon at least $1.5 billion from investors each year. Promissory-note scams also promise high returns with very low risk. In both cases, the amounts that the promoters are promising investors have dropped as the market has fallen, adding an air of legitimacy. ‘You don’t see people guaranteeing 150 percent returns with no risk anymore; now they’ll guarantee 30 percent with no risk,’ says James Byrne, a professor of law at George Mason University and an expert on prime-bank schemes.”

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