This Week in the News…

Posted: January 30, 2004 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:

Monday, Jan. 26, Legal Times

Anticipation Building for Release of Blackmun Papers

“March 4 marks the fifth anniversary of Blackmun’s death, the date he designated for full and unrestricted access to his papers housed at the Library of Congress. An index already available at the library indicates that the collection spans 630 linear feet, with 1,576 boxes containing folders with tantalizing titles such as ‘Notes exchanged between justices during court proceedings, 1970-1993.’ ‘This could be huge–much more substantial than the Marshall or Douglas papers,’ says Ross Davies, a professor at George Mason University School of Law. Davies plans to have a research assistant waiting at the door of the Library of Congress the morning of the papers’ public release.”

Monday, Jan. 26, St. Petersburg Times

HIP-HOP Pops at the Studio

Andrew Ryan, who teaches a course in hip-hop at George Mason University, said the culture spoke the language of the disenfranchised, a group that did not draw a lot of attention on the evening news. It was their way of telling the world what was happening in their lives. Much of rap’s social value, however, has been lost as artists such as Lil’ Kim, Luther Campbell and Khia use the medium as a vehicle to boast of their money, possessions and sexual prowess, Ryan said. ‘It’s definitely a negative for the culture,’ Ryan said. ‘It takes the uniqueness away from it. You had breakers in the early 1980s who would do routines about not doing drugs. That’s unheard of today. You’re not going to see that.'”

Tuesday, Jan. 27, Christian Science Monitor

Theory in Chaos

“Indeed, some academics say that postmodern theory is on the way out altogether and that the heady ideas that once changed the way literature is taught and read will soon be as extinct as the dodo and the buggy whip. According to some, theory has been losing its grip on academia for years now. ‘For me, theory reached its apogee in the early 1980’s and has since been declining,’ says Roger Lathbury, professor of American fiction at George Mason University. Today, he says, it’s a matter of ‘the pendulum swinging toward the center.'”

Thursday, Jan. 29, The Washington Post

Follow the Leader Out the Door

“At George Mason University, Provost Peter Stearns had a noon meeting with the chief of the university’s police department, the maintenance director and others. ‘We spent almost 40 minutes trying to decide, frankly, whether to close at 3 or at 4,’ Stearns said. They opted for 4 p.m. ‘Then two minutes after we [decided], we heard the federal government had closed,’ Stearns said. ‘That probably would have pushed us to do it at 3. I think actually what we did worked out okay. I haven’t heard big gripes.'”

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