This Week in the News…

Posted: April 18, 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 11, The Wall Street Journal

CNN Gives U.S., World Audiences Different Views

“Even the CNN web sites vary. Yesterday, CNN’s U.S. site had a big picture of Iraqis defacing a mural of Saddam Hussein, while the CNN Europe site had a picture of a distraught Iraqi being comforted. ‘Viewers see and use CNN differently overseas. They don’t want to feel that they are getting a classically American sound and presentation,’ says Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief who is now a professor of public policy and communications at George Mason University. Specifically, the gore of war is less likely to pop up in the U.S. then it is abroad. ‘All the American channels are less bloody than most European, Asian, and Arabic channels,’ says Mr. Sesno.”

Saturday, April 12, The Associated Press

Saddam’s Ouster to Usher in New Era

“Senior U.S. officials have long argued that Saddam’s demise would usher in a new era of democracy and open the way to peace among Israelis and Palestinians. With the Iraqi dictator gone, time will tell if that vision can be achieved – or whether the Iraq war will fuel Muslim anger and harden even more hearts against the United States. ‘If Iraq can be democratized, this will have a huge demonstration effect throughout the entire Arab world,’ said Mark N. Katz, a Middle East expert at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Monday, April 14, The Associated Press

State Colleges Have Mixed Success Attracting Black Students

“Virginia’s public universities have had mixed success in attracting minority students over the past decade, with some schools greatly increasing minority enrollment while others have seen declines, a state report shows. Among the traditionally white schools, ODU, VCU, and George Mason University in Fairfax have the highest percentages of minorities who are American Indian, Asian, black, or Hispanic. About a third of the students at each school are minorities.”

Monday, April 14, USA Today

In Wake of War, U.S. Adversaries Change Their Tone

“Former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani was quoted in an interview published Saturday as urging a resolution to the ‘problem of Iran-U.S. relations,’ which were broken during the Iranian seizure of U.S. hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1980. Rafsanjani suggested either a national referendum or a ruling by an advisory body that he heads. Shaul Bakhash, a professor of history at George Mason University, called the comments ‘significant,’ but said they might be just a trial balloon.”

April 18 Issue, The Chronicle of Higher Education

A $20-Million Carrot

“At the moment, the corridors of Innovation Hall are silent, empty of everything but anticipation and the chalky tang of new drywall. In the classrooms, holes have been cut in the ceilings for the latest digital projectors. Loose wires hang where workers will soon install computer-loaded podiums. Desks are just as ready to accommodate laptops as pens and paper. Innovation Hall, a $20-million, 100,000-square-foot building stocked with technological tools, will be a showpiece for George Mason University and will undoubtedly be an attractive location for courses that use technology. Alan G. Merten, the university’s president, plans to use that to his advantage.”

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