This Week in the News…

Posted: May 28, 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 23, The Washington Post

Interns Can Take a Vital First Step

“A new intern’s questions can range from basic to complicated, said Patricia Carretta, associate dean of George Mason University’s career services department. ‘Ask for resources and materials that will help you learn the job,’ Carretta said in an e-mail interview. ‘Ask whom you can turn to for coaching and about co-workers and others who will be a good source of information and support.'”

Monday, May 24, The Hindu

Public Policy Is Shining

“Prospective careers, post-policy studies, could include jobs in the public sector, non-Government organizations, services industry and even the corporate sector, given that corporate governance is another newly emerging area of focus. According to Tina Mathur, a governance and public policy specialist, there are a few renowned institutions in the world, which offer programs in public policy. These are John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Goldman School of Public Policy, Berkeley, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, and National University of Singapore.”

Tuesday, May 25, The Washington Post

For Some Students, Volunteering Is a High Price to Pay

Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions at George Mason University, describes the admissions process as ‘more of an art than a science,’ and he notes that ‘our best hope is that college counselors at the high school, community college, and university level will continue to work together to increase the transparency of this process and diminish the advantage of affluence over talent.'”

Tuesday, May 25, The Associated Press

Research Spending Up at Virginia Universities; Still Lags Neighbors

“Ranked 17th nationally, the state’s public and private universities continue to spend more on research, just as quickly as other states pour more money into their schools. ‘We’re trying to build that up,’ said Christopher Hill, vice provost for research at George Mason University. ‘We really don’t have a choice.’ Virginia schools spent a combined $693.6 million on research and development in 2002, up nearly 13 percent from 2001, according to the most recent data from the National Science Foundation.”

Wednesday, May 26, The Washington Post

Judicial Discipline to Be Examined

Ronald D. Rotunda, an authority on judicial ethics at George Mason University, said judges ‘need brighter lines, and the prestige of the court is hurt when people are able to attack judges, citing statutes that have very open-ended and vague meanings. The federal courts need to show they are concerned about these incidents and are not above the law,’ he said. ‘Right now, you have fuzzy and formless rules that invite third parties to accuse the justices of unethical conduct, and encourage litigation and second-guessing of decisions.'”

Thursday, May 27, The Washington Times

Computer ‘Geek’ Says Keep Keyboard Clean, Update Anti-Virus Software

“Sterling resident Robert Nakles habitually turns off his computer at night. That way, the director of the Information Technology Project Office at George Mason University won’t forget to log off the Internet. Staying connected gives hackers more time to find holes in his computer system. ‘That can cause security problems,’ he says. Mr. Nakles also closes programs when he’s finished using them. Keeping too many open on the desktop can decrease his computer’s speed and efficiency, he says.”

Monday, May 31, Time

The Nader Effect: How Worried Should the Democrats Be that the 2000 Spoiler Won’t Quit?

“When you are prospecting for hundreds of thousands of signatures, you can’t afford to miss any opportunity. So Ralph Nader had a few tips for the small group of volunteers who were brainstorming last Wednesday night at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., a state where an independent presidential candidate needs 10,000 signatures to get on the ballot. ‘It’s a very good time to be doing it right now, at graduations,’ Nader ventured, ‘and sporting events and churches.'”

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