This Week in the News…

Posted: July 30, 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:

Friday, July 23, Reuters

New CFTC head vows continued strong enforcement

“CFTC commissioner Sharon Brown-Hruska has been selected by the White House as the acting head of the agency, replacing former chairman James Newsome who gave up the post to become the new president of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), the world’s largest energy futures market…. Brown-Hruska was an assistant professor of finance in the School of Management at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, an institution known for its strong support of market deregulation.”

Sunday, July 25, the Washington Post

Growing Va. Camps Try to Woo Youths Along Path to Nursing

“Just four years ago, the idea of middle school students spending a week of their precious summer vacation attending ‘nursing camp’ seemed pretty far-fetched to some….Last year, campers went to George Mason University, where they learned to take vital signs and practiced wound care. This summer, they’ll go back to the university to explore critical thinking techniques and diagnosis.”

Sunday, July 25, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Boston teems with convention fervor

“‘Iraq is unprecedented in American foreign policy,’ said Randall Woods, presidential historian at the University of Arkansas. He and James Pfiffner, political scientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., point to the same key question: What other pre-emptive wars might Bush undertake if he is reelected. ‘Where will it end?’ Woods asked. While it’s become a cliche for candidates to talk about every election as if it were the most important of a lifetime, ‘This is one time I have to agree with the exaggerators,’ said Pfiffner.”

Monday, July 26, Newsweek International

BRANDS: Simply Irresistible

“Why not? For one, U.S. businesses are using clever tactics to court new customers in regions where Uncle Sam is most despised. In the Middle East, for instance, McDonald’s uses Arabian-style bread to lure new eaters. Many U.S. firms are also hiring locally, a considerable step toward improving community standing. And finally, throughout much of the world, there’s still that irresistible appeal of all things American. No matter how ‘hated’ the United States may be, says Russ Roberts, a professor of economics at George Mason University, ‘our culture, ideas and products still have a magnetic attraction.'”

Monday, July 26, Roll Call

The Wanted: Who Might Fill a Kerry Cabinet

“A third governor who’s limited to only one term, Mark Warner of Virginia, has a background running a telecommunications company, which could be a good basis for a slot at Commerce. Michael McDonald, a political scientist at George Mason University, suggests Warner as a good fit at Transportation—but perhaps not at the beginning of the Kerry administration, since he’d have to give up the governorship a year early to do so.”

Tuesday, July 27, the New York Times

Still Standing In the Shadows of Motown

“Watching in Detroit, Mr. Gordy instructed his staff to sign them up. By then the Tops were eager to trade the club scene for a label already known for generating hits, said Suzanne E. Smith, assistant professor at George Mason University and the author of ”Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit.”’

Wednesday, July 28, the Washington Post

Home Sales Still Sizzle

“Locally, said George Mason University regional economist Stephen S. Fuller: ‘The party’s definitely not over, not with 82,000 new jobs so far this year.’ He said that ‘there is enormous pent-up demand here’ that will take years to meet. If the market does slow, he said, ‘I don’t think our builders will notice because they’re so busy.'”

Wednesday, July 28, Newhouse News Service

New star emerges on Democratic scene

“For the Democrats, said Jeremy Mayer, a political scientist at George Mason University, ‘Obama is a godsend.’ In the context of modern Democratic Party and black politics, both emerge from the receding shadow of Jesse Jackson, who in two remarkable candidacies for the presidency in 1984 and 1988 established himself as the preeminent black political figure in America.

This year, for the first time since 1984, Jackson will not address the convention. But if he is no longer playing a commanding role, it is not at all clear that the role still exists, and plain that if it does, black voters were not prepared to hand the portfolio to Sharpton. ‘I don’t think black America chose him to lead,’ said Mayer, who wrote the book, ‘Running on Race.’

‘What we are seeing here is the maturing of the black vote,’ Mayer said.”

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