This Week in the News…

Posted: April 25, 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:

Monday, April 21, The Washington Post

Travel Business Suffers From Virus

“The sluggish economy has meant fewer business travelers are spending money. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks scared people away from going places. Then the war in Iraq dampened her sales. And in the last month, Nguyen said, her 15-year-old T.S.N. Travel Agency lost 90 percent of the sales it would typically do — because of SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome. George Mason University canceled its two China study programs because of SARS concerns, said Yehuda Lukacs, assistant provost for global education. ‘We don’t know how this thing is going to play itself out,’ said Lukacs.”

Monday, April 21, The Associated Press

GMU Tries to Get Grip of Skyrocketing Growth

“As enrollment pressures mount, George Mason University is drawing up plans to expand its student population to 35,000, or cap enrollment at 28,500. Two years ago, GMU president Alan G. Merten had no idea the school’s enrollment would exceed projections by 1,300 students and reach 26,800 this spring. George Mason’s recent enrollment jump makes it the second-largest university in the state behind Virginia Tech. ‘Students have to go somewhere,’ Merten said. ‘I would prefer (expanding) the enrollment. In some environments, universities rate themselves on how many people they can reject. I think on the state level you want to rate yourself’ on how many can be enrolled, he said.”

Wednesday, April 23, Houston Chronicle

Fatigue of Travel Takes Toll on Troops

“While maintenance and repairs can put equipment back in working order, keeping the troops alert as they do their jobs isn’t such a simple matter, say experts in sleep disorders. David Anderson, a professor at George Mason University who studies the impact of drowsiness on driving, said people in the military are particularly vulnerable to poor driving conditions. ‘People multitasking and driving with other things going on in their heads, they are at a high risk for accidents,’ Anderson said. ‘This is particularly true in the military where the situation is anything but calm.'”

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