This Week in the News…

Posted: May 2, 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:

Sunday, April 27, The Washington Post

Close Look at a Focused President

Hugh Heclo, a public affairs professor at George Mason University, says Bush’s presidency ‘is already destined for a remarkable place in the history books,’ not just because of his response to the terrorist attacks, but also because of his early decision to brush aside the conventional advice to proceed cautiously after the election debacle of 2000. ‘The only modern president with less of a mandate was Gerald Ford in 1974, who received zero popular votes,’ Heclo said. But he added that in contrast to Bush’s image as a slacker, ‘focus, self-control and unblinking perseverance prepared Bush to be a wartime president before he, or America, knew it was at war.'”

Monday, April 28, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Northern Va. Politics Carry Lesson about Traffic

Stephen Fuller, an economics professor at George Mason University, said a no-tax political culture and the failure of proponents to stump early doomed what should have been the region’s best hope for unsnarling its gridlock. ‘The people who were the proponents were sort of talking to themselves,’ Fuller said. ‘The smart-growthers, the no-growthers and the environmentalists did a better job’ of reaching swing voters.”

Friday, May 1, The Wichita Eagle

What’s New: Smith Goes to School

“When the average person returns to high school decades after attending, it’s usually for a trip down memory lane. That’s not why the anything-but-average Vernon Smith is going. The Nobel Memorial Prize winner is making a triumphant trip back to his alma mater of North High School on May 14 to speak to students at an event hosted by Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas. Smith, a professor of economics at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va., was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in December for a lifetime of work in economics…. At North High, one of the things Smith plans to share with students is that all the way from high school to Harvard, he challenged the assumptions of what he was taught. It’s what led to some of his important economic discoveries.”

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