This Week in the News…

Posted: June 13, 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, June 6, San Francisco Chronicle

Immersion Aims to Create Bilingual Kids

“A number of studies show that the immersion programs promote academic achievement as well as language acquisition. With more parents requesting the programs, the district has expanded the programs over the past two years. One widely quoted, ongoing nationwide study, conducted by George Mason University researchers Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas, has shown that in immersion, students retain their native language and become bilingual.”

Friday, June 6, The Seattle Times

European Panel Delays Decision on Media Player

“The change could avert a possible challenge to the settlement by Apple, which competes with Microsoft for the education market and helped derail a proposed antitrust settlement in 2001 over the issue of software to schools. School sales accounted for more than 20 percent of Apple’s revenue last year. ‘It takes the lock off and allows schools to decide who they will buy from,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, who teaches antitrust law at George Mason University law school.”

Saturday, June 7, National Journal

Judging Bush

Hugh Heclo, a presidential scholar at George Mason University who is known for bringing a fresh and well-documented view to seemingly familiar subjects, suggested that Bush had been in training for just such a moment all his life. Heclo challenged the conventional wisdom that Bush was a rebellious frat boy who didn’t get serious about life until he was 40. ‘I don’t see any huge transformation in this man’s life,’ Heclo said. ‘I see it as shedding bad habits, maybe, but there’s a lot more continuity. I see the same actor, but one that’s maturing.'”

Saturday, June 7, Buffalo News

As Clinton’s Memoir Nears, Its Effect Is an Object of Debate

“No matter what their political stripe, commentators seem to think that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming biography can help her in the long run. Toni Michelle Travis, a specialist on women’s and racial issues at George Mason University, says the book ‘could make her look more human, more loyal. And this could help her with a segment of the population, Travis said. ‘To others, her loyalty to her husband might appear calculating. It depends on who’s making these judgments,’ said Travis, a professor of government.”

Monday, June 9, Associated Press Newswires

Reports Detail WorldCom Execs’ Domination

“That fact may affect whether U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff will be willing to sign off on the $500 million settlement with the SEC, said Jeffrey Eisenach, a law professor at George Mason University and executive vice chairman with CapAnalysis, a Washington consulting firm. Eisenach also said the apparently haphazard manner in which WorldCom acquired companies casts doubt on its fundamental assertion that the company is more valuable as a going concern than if it were liquidated. Ebbers ‘was a guy walking down the street buying anything with glitter to it. … It does not suggest that these assets were brought together thoughtfully.'”

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