This Week in the News…

Posted: November 7, 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, Oct. 31, Associated Press

Study Shows Diverse Campuses Have Lower Binge-Drinking Rates

“Studies have shown binge drinking is associated with lower grades, vandalism, and physical and sexual violence. David Anderson, an expert on college drinking and a George Mason University professor, said the findings were consistent with his experiences. However, he cautioned that there may be valid reasons for grouping together similar students. Freshmen, for example, are going through similar experiences and it may be easier to hold alcohol education programs if they are housed in one place. ‘This is going to be an interesting dialogue,’ he said. ‘I can come down on both sides.'”

Monday, Nov. 3, The Seattle Times

Microsoft Faces Court Challenge Tomorrow over Antitrust Case

Ernest Gellhorn, law professor at George Mason University School of Law, said he expects the murmurings of dissatisfaction with the settlement to be cited by attorneys challenging Microsoft as proof that Kollar-Kotelly did not discipline the company severely enough. Microsoft likely will respond that Kollar-Kotelly is watching how the settlement is playing out in the market, and the parties are putting tremendous energy into making the deal work.”

Monday, Nov. 3, USA Today

On Campus: Free Speech for You But Not for Me?

“Today, FIRE estimates that two-thirds of colleges have speech codes. Other experts disagree: In a recent study of 100 randomly selected institutions, George Mason University professor Jon Gould found that 30 percent of institutions have a policy that restricts hate speech, but less than 10 percent would be unconstitutional.”

Tuesday, Nov. 4, Christian Science Monitor

NAFTA’s Shop-Floor Impact

“In fact, many economists agree that NAFTA has played a role in helping turn the Mexican economy from a model of centralized protection to decentralized, democratic capitalism. Closely tied to the US economy, it now has one of the most stable and dynamic economies in volatile Latin America. And that has prompted steady political reform, says Russell Roberts, a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘The bottom line is this: NAFTA has caused hardship for some Americans in certain sectors, but it’s made for a more stable and integrated Mexican political system–and that’s a real good thing for the world.'”

Wednesday, Nov. 5, USA Today

It’s a Fact: Google May Scratch the High-tech World’s 9-year IPO Itch

“Some tech watchers are more skeptical. ‘I don’t think Google has a sustainable advantage as they are today,’ says J.P. Auffret, professor of technology management at George Mason University. While Microsoft locked out competitors by becoming a de facto standard, Google is nothing like that. If some company comes along with a better search engine, it would be no sweat for people to switch. Auffret believes Google will be ‘a good smallish to midlevel company.'”

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