This Week in the News…

Posted: April 9, 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:

Saturday, April 3, The New York Times

The Clinton-Bush Transition Seemed to Be Tidy. Was It?

“The Bush administration maintains that it was taking a fresh look at the Clinton approach, and, history suggests, that is sometimes a good idea. Kennedy, three months after taking office, carried out the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, which had been conceived and largely planned under Eisenhower, and lived to regret the resulting fiasco. ‘The Kennedy people came in and were briefed on it, but didn’t really have the capacity to focus on it very much,’ said James P. Pfiffner, a professor of public affairs at George Mason University. ‘And then Kennedy felt it was a disaster, and began to distrust the career services a bit.'”

Saturday, April 3, The Washington Post

George Mason Unveils New Season

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts is adding 22 performances to its schedule for next season, including a three-week run of the Theater of the First Amendment’s world premiere of a new work by Dianne McIntyre. McIntyre, an award-winning choreographer, is collaborating with avant-garde trumpeter Olu Dara on a musical interpretation called Open the Door, Virginia! Its theme is the fight to desegregate the state’s schools. The work will be staged in January. In the schedule for the 2004-05 season, announced yesterday, the center has also booked the Virginia Opera for eight performances. Turandot will be performed in October, The Merry Widow in November, Tristan und Isolde in February and Faust in April.”

Monday, April 5, Legal Times

Most D.C.-Area Law Schools Climb in Rankings

“Most Washington-area law schools continued their steady march up U.S. News and World Report’s just-released ranking of the nation’s best law schools. Love them, despise them, or profess to take them with a grain of salt, the annual rankings, released April 2, are important benchmarks, says Daniel Polsby, associate dean of academic affairs at George Mason University School of Law. ‘We take them seriously–everyone in this industry does,’ Polsby says. ‘There are many other ways of measuring the progress of legal education and comparing how programs are doing, but this is the report card, this is what people pay attention to.’ Continuing its movement up the chart, George Mason ranked No. 38, moving from No. 40 in 2003 and No. 47 in 2002. Founded in 1979, it is the youngest school listed among the top 50. The list includes 177 law programs.”

Wednesday, April 7, The Washington Times

Caffeine Alert

“Other studies show evidence that caffeine consumption may cause bone loss and increase the risk of osteoporosis and, for pregnant women who consume more than 500 milligrams a day, increase the risk of miscarriage, says Lisa Pawloski, who holds a doctorate in nutritional anthropology and is assistant professor of nutrition at the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University in Fairfax. Recent studies also show moderate coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes and, for men, the risk for Parkinson’s disease. ‘All of these studies generally are showing that moderation is the key,’ she says.”

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