This Week in the News…

Posted: May 14, 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:

Sunday, May 9, The Washington Times

Changes for Home-Schoolers

Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions at George Mason University in Fairfax, agrees. He calls reviewing home-school applicants a ‘widely accepted’ practice at his university. ‘More and more universities are being accommodating to home-schoolers,’ he says. ‘While policies are very much on a school-by-school basis, there is a great deal of flexibility on what institutions can do.’ George Mason, for instance, is phasing out the requirement of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test. Although it varies from school to school, the GED requirement for home-schoolers is largely dropped at many universities.”

Sunday, May 9, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


“Critics say employers are taking advantage of both legal and illegal foreign labor because they don’t want to pay enough to attractive native workers. Employers who use low-skilled, low-wage workers counter that labor shortages demand expanded access to foreign labor. Without that, they say, their businesses would suffer significantly—or go under. Russell Roberts, an economics professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., says each argument has merit. ‘I think they’re both right,’ he said. ‘There’s a little hyperbole on both sides. Obviously (employers) could offer more and get more domestic native workers, but the question is how much more? And if they did, they’d probably have to raise their prices and wouldn’t get as much business.'”

Sunday, May 9, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Model Mother

“While everyone agrees that television moms have come a long way in terms of the kinds of families and lives that are represented on television, in some ways, women’s roles on television have not changed that much. ‘Women in general are still younger, thinner, more attractive than their male counterparts,’ said Cindy Lont, a communication professor at George Mason University. And when it comes to mothers, even if the capable and confident Clair Huxtable of The Cosby Show and Elyse Keaton of Family Ties both had careers, they were rarely shown working. Most of the time they were at home running a flawless household, Lont said, in addition to having successful careers.”

Monday, May 10, The Washington Post

Northern Virginia Set for a Rebound

“‘The economy here is doing spectacular,’ said Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University. The Washington area, he says, ‘accounted for one out of every five jobs created in the U.S. in the last year.’ Those jobs were mostly in construction, hospitality, retail, and business and managerial services, Fuller said. Office leasing lags behind the job growth, but there are signs things are improving. At the end of 2001, there was 22 million square feet of available office space in Northern Virginia; now there is 20 million.”

Tuesday, May 11, Associated Press

Study Notes Rise in Inmates Serving Life

Michael O’Neill, law professor at George Mason University and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets guidelines for federal judges, said a life sentence is an important weapon against crime. ‘If you take away life sentences, you reduce one of the important deterrent effects,’ he said. Still, O’Neill said, prison sentences at the state and federal levels should be reviewed to make sure the penalty fits the crime. ‘Incarceration of habitually violent offenders is a good thing because it prevents them from preying on society,’ O’Neill said. ‘But it is less clear whether long-term prison sentences are warranted for drug offenders—not kingpins, but low-level drug offenders. The jury is out.'”

Wednesday, May 12, The Wall Street Journal

Force Behind ‘Do Not Call’ List To Step Down as FTC Chairman

“Federal Trade Commission Chairman Tim Muris, who pushed through the popular ‘Do Not Call’ list that shields consumers from telemarketers, said he plans to resign this summer and return to being a professor. Mr. Muris, 54 years old, expects to return to the law faculty of George Mason University, of Fairfax, Va. ‘I’ve accomplished 90 percent of what I wanted to do here,’ he said last night in an interview. He doesn’t expect major shifts in policy under a new chairman, though the FTC, after years of relatively few merger reviews, is likely to be busier.”

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