This Week in the News…

Posted: October 17, 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:

Saturday, Oct. 11, Austin American-Statesman

Redistricting Battle Will Move to Courts

“Once passed and signed into law by the governor, the map will have its first stop at the U.S. Justice Department. The agency will have 60 days to certify that Texas has not reduced the number of minority-opportunity districts. Michael McDonald, who has studied redistricting as assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University, predicts Justice Department approval. ‘They have a lot of guidance from Justice on what they’ll accept or not,’ he said.”

Sunday, Oct. 12, The San Francisco Chronicle

Uneasy Bedfellows in Investigation of CIA Leak

“Other journalists say that rationale only goes so far. ‘From reporters’ sourcing point of view, yes, sources have to be protected. It’s a compact that exists and is no less important than those of the clergy, the medical profession and the legal profession,’ said Frank Sesno, a longtime CNN anchorman and Washington reporter who now is a professor of public policy and communications at George Mason University in Virginia. But Sesno said that in this case, there is a more important story at stake. ‘In a situation like this, in which it appears that there is a smear campaign going on from inside the government that violates national security, if there’s leaking in an effort to discredit a critic, that is a very important story, and journalists should try to find a way to tell that.'”

Tuesday, Oct. 14, The Washington Post

Welcome to Assisted Living Land, Folks!

“Can the folks who brought us Mickey, Goofy and Cruella De Vil help improve the quality of life for people in assisted living facilities? That’s a question raised by an internship offered by the program in assisted living administration at George Mason University (GMU). In addition to assignments at assisted living facilities, students in the program may now apply to spend a semester working in a customer service role at Disney World. ‘Assisted living is one-half hospitality, one-half health care and one-half housing,’ explains Andrew Carle, assistant professor and coordinator of the program–and, no, he doesn’t teach math. ‘First and foremost, it’s home. But [residents] wouldn’t be there if they didn’t need help.'”

Tuesday, Oct. 14, The Washington Post

Outsourcing Drives Growth in Government Spending in Region, Studies Find

“There seems to be little doubt that Uncle Sam serves as an economic engine for the area. Federal spending in the Washington region increased by 10.4 percent in 2002, effectively shielding the area from an economic slump that hit other parts of the nation, according to a report prepared by Stephen S. Fuller, a professor at George Mason University. Overall, the government’s spending in and around Washington totaled $87.5 billion last year and accounted for about one-third of the gross regional product (the value of goods and services produced locally). Fuller’s analysis shows that federal spending is being driven by a growth in outsourcing for technology and professional/managerial services and by the war on terrorism, including the reconstruction of the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.”

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