This Week in the News…

Posted: August 27, 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:

Saturday, Aug. 21, The Charlotte Observer

Money, Politics Meet in U.S. Airways Crisis

“The company and outside experts say the airline’s main problem is high labor costs and competition with low-fare carriers. Any government decisions, they emphasize, are secondary to those fundamental problems. Still, the reality that government agencies will be making decisions involving U.S. Airways invites participation from politicians. ‘Clearly, there are powerful senators and other powerful figures out there that may get involved,’ said Ken Button, an economist who studies transportation policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘The decision ultimately is political.'”

Sunday, Aug. 22, The Boston Globe

Bring on the “Price Gougers”

“At the same time, price increases perform what George Mason University economist Donald Boudreaux calls ‘economic triage,’ directing supplies and repairs to those whose need for them is most pressing. Someone who wants a generator so he can power his computer and TV might be willing to rent one for $250. At $400, he is more likely to decide he can live without it—thereby making it available to the butcher desperate for electricity so he can keep thousands of dollars’ worth of meat from spoiling.”

Sunday, Aug. 22, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PBT Reconnects with Wolf Trap

“That leaves an opening up front, something to whet the whistle for this Pittsburgh company and its audience-pleasing style. The Wolf Trap Foundation decided to commission a ballet by a D.C.-area native Susan Shields. More than just a local choreographer, Shields boasts a distinguished resume. She studied at the Washington School of Ballet under renowned teacher Mary Day. Shields would go on to dance with Baryshnikov and the White Oak Project, a ‘four-star instead of three-star’ group in which the dancers ate ‘shrimp before the show instead of wienies’ and later performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company. She eventually moved back to Virginia, married and established a strong teaching career at George Mason University.”

Tuesday, Aug. 24, The Washington Post

Colleges Fear XP Downloads Will Cause Jam

“Technology administrators at some universities have taken steps to block computers from automatically downloading the software. Not only do they want to conduct more tests on the patch, they fret their networks could slow to a crawl if too many students try to download the large file at once. ‘The timing is extremely unfortunate,’ said Anne Agee, deputy chief information officer at George Mason University. ‘It wouldn’t be so bad if we had gotten this more than a month ago, because at least then we would have had plenty of time to test it and make a decision about how we want to correct for this.’ Instead, the Fairfax school is blocking automatic installation of SP2 on all faculty and staff computers because the update interferes with software that the university uses to run faculty PCs.”

Wednesday, Aug. 25, The Washington Times

Women’s Work; Traditionalists, Careerists Still Fighting ‘Mommy Wars’

“Having two paychecks is important for many families, says Roger N. Lancaster, professor of anthropology and director of cultural studies at George Mason University. ‘In most cases, it takes two incomes to support a family, so both parents work outside the home and, increasingly, both also perform some share of the housework and child care,’ Mr. Lancaster says. A woman who stays at home is viewed as being maternal and self-sacrificing until the child is in school, when she ‘is apt to be viewed as lazy, or as not pulling her economic weight,’ he says.”

Thursday, Aug. 26, The Washington Post

Disband of Brothers; A Split in Ranks of Veterans Over Kerry Has Its Roots in the Concept of Honor

“It would be simple to paint the debate with stereotypes: between those who loved the smell of napalm in the morning and those who made love, not war. Really this is a debate about the morality of the Vietnam War itself—between those who supported it and those who didn’t; those who fought in it with no complaints and those who fought but then protested. It parallels the fissures in society that have calcified over the past 30 years. ‘Opposition to the war was conjoining with the civil rights movement, conjoining with the women’s rights movement,’ says Roger Wilkins, a George Mason University historian. ‘There was an enormous amount of social upheaval. A whole bunch of things were challenged at the same time and it shook the culture to its core, and in fact created the political and cultural rift that we see in the current election.'”

Summer 2004 Edition, NRTA Live and Learn

Advanced Education

“For universities, whose historic mission has been the education of young people, such communities represent a chance to expand that mission and benefit older people as well. At the same time, universities have an opportunity to attract residents, many of them alumni, as potential donors. ‘This is a distinct and whole new kind of senior housing,’ says Andrew Carle, assistant professor and director of the Program in Assisted Living Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. ‘In the traditional retirement community, the typical activities were bingo, Bible, bridge, and birthdays. Universities have an opportunity to change the four B’s—as they are known in the industry—to biology, basketball, ballet, and biostatistics.'”

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