This Week in the News…

Posted: July 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, July 11, USA Today

Most Students Still Can’t Write Respectably

“Education expert Gerald Bracey of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says the test’s proficiency levels have been rejected by many researchers as setting expectations that are too high. He also criticizes the way standardized writing tests are graded. They are ‘scored by $7-an-hour temps who spend, at most, 30 seconds on an essay,’ he says.”

Sunday, July 13, The Washington Post

Bride’s Dad Waits for U.S. to Say Yes

“Some critics of the new visa policies–such as John N. Paden, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of International Studies at George Mason University–say the government has become too strict, particularly with visitors from Muslim countries, and is losing the goodwill of many foreigners. ‘They’ve done a kind of overreaction and clamped down on everyone and they haven’t got a system in place to vet the good guys from the bad guys,’ Paden said. Although Paden did not want to comment on Hamadi’s specific case because he does not know its details, he said that it appears ’emblematic of the need for more effective and efficient processing’ of visa applications.”

Sunday, July 13, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

9/11 Turned Thesis into Time Bomb

“Sean Gorman’s professor called his dissertation ‘tedious and unimportant.’ Gorman didn’t talk about it when he went on dates because ‘it was so boring they’d start staring up at the ceiling.’ But since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Gorman’s work has become so compelling that companies want to seize it, government officials want to suppress it, and al-Qaida operatives–if they could get their hands on it–would find a terrorist treasure map. Tinkering on a laptop, wearing a rumpled T-shirt and a soul patch goatee, this George Mason University graduate student has mapped every business and industrial sector in the American economy, layering on top the fiber-optic network that connects them.”

Wednesday, July 15, The Globe and Mail

PeopleSoft Cleared to Buy Edwards

“Either the J. D. Edwards deal or the Oracle deal would require approval from federal antitrust enforcers, who analysts said would likely seek customer testimony should PeopleSoft and Oracle strike a deal. ‘That’s where they get a lot of their evidence. They’re the focal point of what we call consumer welfare, what antitrust laws are designed to foster,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.”

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