George Mason in the News…

Posted: November 5, 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, Oct. 29, The Korea Herald

U.S. University Head Backs High School Rankings

“The president of prominent George Mason University, located in Washington, D.C., backs the practice of ranking high schools as a tool to help evaluate students applying for university admission. Interviewed yesterday during a visit to Seoul, George Mason’s president, Alan G. Merten, noted that the number of applicants to universities has soared, making it necessary to review tons of applications. ‘There would be a set of high schools at the top end that we would very seriously consider ranking positively, and there would be a set of high schools at the bottom end that we would very seriously consider that this is not a good high school,’ he said.”

Saturday, Oct. 30, The Charlotte Observer

Medical Tort Reform Fails To Energize Voters, Legal Experts Say

“A Charlotte lawyers’ group held a debate Friday on the need for medical tort reform. The event featured a conservative legal professor, Michael Krauss, and a relatively liberal trial attorney, Dick Taylor. Krauss and Taylor didn’t agree on much. They questioned each other’s statistics, clashed over what the government should do, and disputed whether malpractice lawsuits are a main reason for rising health care costs. But the two had one point of consensus: Neither thought it would prove to be a big issue with most voters this election season. ‘I don’t believe it will be the main reason for the vote,’ said Krauss, a professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Virginia.”

Saturday, Oct. 30, Associated Press

40 Years after Voting Rights Act, Black Voters Even with Whites in Alabama

Jeremy Mayer, a political scientist at George Mason University and author of Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns, 1960-2000, said that historically having a highly visible minority running for statewide office has helped minority turnout. ‘Every group will turn out in higher numbers if someone from their group is on the statewide ballot,’ he said.”

Sunday, Oct. 31, The San Francisco Chronicle

Both Camps Seek Edge from Bin Laden Tape

“The nationwide turnout could hit 117 million to 122 million out of a pool of about 203.9 million eligible Americans, experts predict, or 57 to 60 percent of the voting-eligible population. That would smash the record of 105.4 million set in 2000. ‘This proves that if you have an interesting election, people will vote. There’s nothing wrong with the American electorate that a competitive race won’t cure,’ said Michael McDonald of George Mason University and the Brookings Institution, who is one of the leaders of the election day polling effort that allows networks to call races on election night.”

Monday, Nov. 1, The Wall Street Journal

2004 U.S. Presidential Election: U.S. Must Soon Confront Iran About Its Nuclear Ambitions

“Many Third World countries sympathize with Tehran’s position that it will never permanently surrender the right to enrich uranium for nuclear energy, which the U.S. agrees isn’t illegal under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. ‘Taking this to the Security Council is not going to solve much because it is unlikely to vote serious sanctions against Iran,’ said Shaul Bakhash, an Iran specialist at George Mason University and author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs. ‘China depends on Iran for large amounts of oil and is eager to secure supplies for years to come, so it won’t go along with sanctions.'”

Monday, Nov. 1, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Election 2004: TV Won’t Rush To Declare a Winner

“The polling information arrives in three waves throughout the day. News outlets subscribe to the data, promising they won’t leak the data. However, the wink-and-a-nod TV delivery is less effective now, especially with exit data leaked to Internet bloggers. ‘Politics are out of the hands of the elite,’ said Frank Sesno, former CNN Washington bureau chief and now a communications professor at George Mason University. ‘People are going to find this information by hook or by crook.'”

Monday, Nov. 1, The Cincinnati Post

Electoral College’s Survival Debated

“These scenarios, or others that could play out Tuesday-such as Bush winning the popular vote, but losing the Electoral College-could galvanize enough support for a constitutional amendment doing away with the nearly 220-year old system, said Mark Rozell, a public policy professor at George Mason University in Fairfax., Va. In the Electoral College, a slate of electors is allocated to each state based on its representation in Congress. On Tuesday, citizens actually will not vote for Bush or Kerry, but for a group of electors pledged to vote for one of the two.”

Tuesday, Nov. 2, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Court May Be Cautious on Vote Crisis

“Even some legal scholars who believe Bush v. Gore was rightly decided expect the high court to move cautiously in the event of a challenge growing out of today’s voting. Nelson Lund, a professor of law at George Mason University and the author of an article called ‘The Unbearable Rightness of Bush v. Gore,’ agreed that ‘it’s very, very unlikely that a case will come out of this election and end up in the Supreme Court, even if you had a repeat of the very close result in 2000.’ But Lund said the high court likely would remain on the sidelines not because of criticism of its ruling in Bush v. Gore but because no lower court is likely to render the sort of ‘extraordinary’ decision handed down in 2000 by the Florida Supreme Court.”

Wednesday, Nov. 3, Boston Herald

Bitter Battles Unlikely To End

“Another factor adding to the nation’s partisan divide is the split between rural and urban areas, which have diverged even more since 2000, said Michael McDonald, government and politics professor at George Mason University. ‘That’s a cultural issue,’ he said. ‘This urban-rural split will persist. I don’t see anything coming along right now that would change that split.’ The negative attacks from both sides of this campaign also increased the intensity of the split, McDonald said.”

Thursday, Nov. 4, Chicago Tribune

Despite Glitches, TV Networks Performed Well with Election Coverage

“The pool distributes exit poll data to members and subscribing news organizations, including the Chicago Tribune, with strict instructions that the results not be reported. Though no network reported the results, they found their way into the early coverage on Tuesday as anchors spoke of the buoyant mood of the Kerry campaign. ‘You could tell that they were sitting on their hands, and had a whole bunch of stuff they wanted to talk about but couldn’t,’ said Frank Sesno, CNN’s former Washington bureau chief and a communications professor at George Mason University.”

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