This Week in the News…

Posted: July 16, 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, July 8, American Banker

Will House Vote Snag SBA Revamp?

“The agency has also focused more on outreach, sending staff members to meet with managers of business development centers. ‘We have seen a shift,’ says Keith Segerson, the managing director of the George Mason Enterprise Development Center in Fairfax, Va. ‘We have seen less bureaucratic organization—one that does streamline things better. They are very attuned with the needs of the business community and how those needs have changed over the years.'”

Sunday, July 11, Southeast Missourian

The State of the Union

“Marriage as an equal partnership between spouses is also a relatively modern development. Through most of Western history, the wife was subservient to the husband, who held nearly complete control over his spouse’s person and property. Roger Lancaster, an anthropology professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and an author on the subject, says marriage is a constantly changing institution. ‘It is very difficult to identify any features that are timeless or unchanging in it,’ Lancaster said. ‘Attempts to fast-freeze it into one form or another will probably fail.'”

Sunday, July 11, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Bills that Delegates Advocate Tell a Lot

“In the case of the Arkansas delegation, sponsorship decisions reflect considerable interest in issues such as renewing small towns and rural areas, preventing elderly abuse, expanding health-care services and access, protecting the rights of gun owners, restricting abortions, expanding women’s rights and honoring women, fostering motor sports, minting new coins, printing new postage stamps, and protecting the flag and the Ten Commandments. A lot of the time, members also want to ‘show that they are on the right side of a particular issue,’ added political scientist [professor of public policy] James Pfiffner of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘It’s a public decision by the official.'”

Monday, July 12, Associated Press

Researchers Find Current Gas Pricing System Most Effective

“The nation’s current gas-pricing system that causes prices at the pump to vary from city block to city block is actually better for consumers than a uniform pricing system would be, a University of Arkansas researcher has found. Oil companies set prices using a complex zone system based location, demographics, competition, traffic counts and area real estate values. The zones account for price swings at stations owned by the same company in the same city. ‘What we found is that zone pricing is not the cause of higher gas prices,’ said Bart W. Wilson, an associate professor of economics at George Mason University. Wilson and Cary Deck, an associate professor of economics at the University of Arkansas, co-authored the study, which was published in the spring issue of Regulation under the title, ‘Economics at the Pump.'”

Thursday, July 15, The Washington Post

GMU Starts Legal Clinic For Troops

George Mason University is poised to get a $750,000 federal grant for a fledgling legal clinic that provides free advice to men and women in the military. The clinic assists people on active duty in Northern Virginia while giving law students practical experience. Though many law schools have clinics that help low-income people with disputes over matters such as rental issues, George Mason’s is the only one dedicated to military clients, said Dan Polsby, acting dean of the law school. Federal money for the clinic was included in the defense appropriations bill that was approved recently by the House of Representatives.”

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