This Week in the News…

Posted: August 15, 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, Aug. 8, Financial Times

French Face Obesity Fears

Peter Stearns, a professor of social history at George Mason University in Virginia who has compared American and French eating habits, says: ‘The French have long claimed to be the thinnest people in the western world but something is changing. French eating traditions have promoted slenderness by emphasizing the meal as a time of quality rather than quantity, but some elements of these traditions seem to be eroding.’ Prof Stearns says rising obesity isn’t unique to France and is caused by ‘increasing defiance of adult guidance by the young’ and ‘the grasp of international commercial capitalism.'”

Saturday, Aug. 9, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

US Airways’ Future in Pittsburgh Has Been in Doubt since Last August

“The industry has been hammered repeatedly, first by the 2000-01 recession, then by the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent plunge in passenger traffic, which still hasn’t rebounded. Adding to the industry’s woes, said economist Kenneth Button of the George Mason University School of Public Policy, was this outbreak of SARS in Asia and the war in Iraq, which curtailed traffic just as the normally busy spring and summer tourist season was about to begin.”

Sunday, Aug. 10, The Observer

Kids Films Stigmatise Mentally Ill

“‘The predominant presentation of characters with mental illness is as violent, aggressive, and fear inducing,’ says Professor Otto Wahl, in his study, “Mental Illness in Children’s Media.” ‘They tend to be unattractive in personal appearance, typically fail in life, can look forward to being ridiculed by others, and seldom benefit from treatment.’ The latest issue of the Journal is devoted entirely to the prejudice facing mentally ill people. It says such individuals are shown on screen as violent loners for whom treatment is useless. Yet in reality they are harmless men and women who need, and often respond to, treatment and help. The trouble is that prejudice begins at infancy, says Wahl, of George Mason University, Virginia.”

Monday, Aug. 11, The Seattle Times

Lavish U.S. Bounties Yield Prey Only Rarely

“Some say offering such large rewards makes the United States look bad in the Muslim world. ‘It gives the United States a reputation of not having any values except money,’ said Richard Rubenstein, a terrorism expert at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. ‘We are trying to buy people, and that fits right into the stereotype people in this region already have about the U.S.: that we don’t care about anything but money and we are trying to corrupt the population.'”

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