This Week in the News

Posted: March 19, 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:

Friday, March 12, the Washington Post

Still Short of the Offshoring Ideal

“We might feel better about the jobs outlook if we saw evidence that tech firms were moving to ‘up-skill’ their current workers to reflect this anticipated shift toward global sourcing. But when I asked the presidents of Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University this week if they’d seen any sign of it, both said they hadn’t yet. ‘For the most part, companies are now unwilling to make serious, long-term investment in their employees,’ said George Mason President Alan G. Merten.”

Sunday, March 14, Chicago Tribune

Critics Caution Rush to Regulation Could Infringe on Freedom of Speech

“‘That’s the slippery slope of over-regulation,’ warned Dan Polsby, an expert on media law at George Mason University Law School who helped write the decency standards the FCC has used for a quarter century. ‘Violence doesn’t offend people in the same way at all. It tends to be about the affirmation of conventional morality: good against evil,’ Polsby said. ‘Sex tends to undermine the conventional morality.'”

Sunday, March 14, the Boston Globe

Insider Trading: It’s a Good Thing

Don Boudreaux, chairman of the economics department at George Mason University, takes Manne’s argument a step farther, claiming that insider trading can actually fight corporate crime by serving as a silent form of whistleblowing. If insiders who knew about malfeasance were free to sell their company’s stock short, Boudreaux claimed in a recent interview, the resulting decline in share value would serve as a distress signal to investors, and might eventually encourage a takeover.”

Tuesday, March 16, USA Today

EC panel advises punishing Microsoft

“‘It might well turn out that the bundled version is what consumers want, and Microsoft will have suffered no loss of business,’ says Ernest Gellhorn, antitrust law professor at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, March 17, Voice of America

Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at George Mason, was interviewed for a segment on “Point of View–Iraq: One Year Later.”

Thursday, March 18, Associated Press

Members of Brown Commission Tour Once Segregated Topeka School

Roger Wilkins, a professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., said the experience had been powerful for commissioners. ‘The worst thing about it was the powerful, relentless assault on the souls and spirits of black people,’ Wilkins said of the racially segregated education system long in use and endorsed by an earlier Supreme Court ruling that ‘separate but equal’ facilities were constitutional.”

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