George Mason in the News…

Posted: September 24, 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, Sept. 16, Times Union

Albany Wins Tax Dispute with State

“An assessment expert who reviewed the state’s records for the Times Union said it was unclear how the state made these decisions. ‘There seems to be a major hole here. From the dates on the letters, it is clear there were other meetings being held and big time gaps,’ said Lawrence Walters, a professor at George Mason University who had reviewed home sales data for the Times Union’s article in June. ‘Some of the reasons for dropping property values seem almost circular.'”

Saturday, Sept. 19, The Washington Post

GMU Unveils High-Tech Academic Building

George Mason University’s Prince William County campus has finished its latest growth spurt. Bull Run Hall, a new 100,000-square-foot, three-story building, opened to students late last month. The largest of three academic buildings, it sits in the center of campus, providing classroom and laboratory seats for up to 1,200 students, said Lawrence D. Czarda, vice president of the university’s campus in Manassas. The building cost $21.7 million, said Patricia M. Snellings, the Manassas campus communications director. It has 4 large lecture halls, 7 science labs, 3 computer labs and about 20 classrooms, as well as faculty offices, student lounges and space for the Mason Enterprise Center, a program that offers services to small businesses.”

Saturday, Sept. 19, The Grand Rapids Press

Your Major? Job Currents Make Choice Tricky

“Plus, a student’s major often has nothing to with their eventual career, causing many to recommend that students with no clear career ambitions choose broadly focused majors. ‘What the pundits are telling us is that most of our students who are graduating now are likely to have either second or third careers in 10 to 15 years,’ said Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions at George Mason University. ‘They need sufficient educational grounding, so they have the opportunity to make those shifts.'”

Monday, Sept. 20, The Washington Post

US Airways’ Woes Reflect Industry In a Tailspin

“You’d think that investors would have learned long ago that taking a flier on airline stocks is a bad idea. But no. That is one reason the airline business is such a mess, says Kenneth J. Button, director of the transportation policy program at George Mason University. No matter how much money people lose on airlines, ‘there are always going to be some stupid people willing to invest in them,’ Button said.”

Monday, Sept. 20, The Washington Post

Numbers Uncertain For Va. Stadium

“Academic experts who study the impact of stadiums on communities said proponents of public investments–whether via government grants, tax pass-through arrangements or other special tax agreements–dramatically overstate the payback residents can count on from big-time sports complexes. The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission has argued that a new downtown stadium would generate 2,100 jobs. An analysis commissioned by supporters of Virginia’s bid and performed by George Mason University professor Stephen S. Fuller, meanwhile, says a ballpark would produce 2,671 jobs.”

Wednesday, Sept. 22, The Wall Street Journal

CBS Controversy Comes as Network Nightly News Shows Are Losing Clout

“Fox gives conservative commentators more prominence than do its rivals, so analysts expected it to do well covering the Republican convention, but by beating the broadcast networks outright–a first for a cable news channel–the industry viewed it as an indication of how a wide audience is shifting its allegiance away from the networks. Time Warner Inc.’s Cable News Network, which for years hewed more closely to the traditional network-news model, also has fallen behind Fox. ‘The ability for the news operations to withstand these kinds of bodypunches is diminished,’ says Frank Sesno, a professor at George Mason University who was CNN’s Washington bureau chief in the late 1990s.”

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