This Week in the News…

Posted: July 2, 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:

Thursday, June 24, The Washington Post

Manassas Seniors to Take College Classes; 25 Accepted for Program With GMU

“Gone, for some, will be the days of senioritis. Starting this fall, 25 Manassas high school seniors will pile college-level courses onto their plates through a new partnership with George Mason University. Osbourn High School students will spend three mornings a week at the university’s Prince William County campus, learning about interpersonal communications, calculus with business applications, theater, microeconomics and discrete mathematics, among other subjects, alongside college students. About 15 college freshman- and possibly sophomore-level classes will be available to the Osbourn students. Around lunchtime, the students will return to Osbourn for afternoon courses and activities.”

Friday, June 25, The New York Sun

Calabresi Apologizes for Bush Jabs

“In recent days, Judge Calabresi’s comments have been celebrated on sites maintained by strident opponents of Mr. Bush. Critics of Judge Calabresi’s comments said yesterday they welcomed the judge’s concession that his remarks were inappropriate. ‘It’s good he recognizes that,’ said a professor and legal ethics specialist at George Mason University, Ronald Rotunda. But the professor said the apology does not erase concerns about Judge Calabresi’s impartiality. ‘One wonders whether anybody with a case of political significance could get a fair shake from Calabresi,’ Mr. Rotunda said.”

Monday, June 28, The Washington Times

Purrfect Solution; Stray Cats on Campus Receive Loving Aid

“Meet Jake, a once-feral cat described as sweet, docile and loving. He has a home. He gets fed. He has access to a lap. Mason Cat Coalition member Amy Biderman found him a year ago as she made her rounds helping feed abandoned cats at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. The cats are sterilized through the coalition’s trap- neuter-release (TNR) program. Ms. Biderman noticed Jake, a domestic short-hair and a campus cat of at least eight years, living behind the physical education building. ‘Over about a six-month period, he learned to trust me,’ she says. ‘I would call him. I would hear him meowing, and he would come out to me.’ Ms. Biderman, public relations coordinator for GMU and a coalition member for the past year, worried about Jake as winter approached, so she had him trapped and taken to a veterinarian. On Dec. 4, she took him to her Vienna home and slowly acclimated him to a single room, then to her two female cats and to the rest of the house.”

Friday, July 2, The Chronicle of Higher Education

No Room in the Class

George Mason University here used to be a ‘safety school’ for Northern Virginia’s high school students, an institution they felt they could count on to offer them a spot if they failed to make the cut for admission to the University of Virginia or other prestigious state colleges. But now acceptance at George Mason is no longer a given—even for those with solid B averages in high school. Space in the university’s classes is at a premium, as it is at public colleges across much of the south and the west—particularly in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Nevada—where the number of students moving through the pipeline to college is rapidly rising. Politicians and families may be worried that increasing tuition will keep students out of college, but demographic trends pose an even more fundamental threat to access. Demand for slots at public institutions is growing, with the children of baby boomers and increasing numbers of immigrants arriving on college campuses in droves.”

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