George Mason in the News…

Posted: December 3, 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, Nov. 27, Washington Post

Ten Percent Fewer Foreigners Attend Area Colleges

“Additional security checks are just one hurdle in getting a visa. Under rules introduced in May 2002, most students must travel to a U.S. diplomatic post for an interview, sometimes in a faraway city. They also must pay new fees. ‘The process is just so much more difficult now that it causes some people to feel quite humiliated,’ said Julia Findlay, director of international programs at George Mason University, where foreign student enrollment has declined 8 percent in the past three years, to 1,160 students.”

Sunday, Nov. 28, New York Times

Babes in a Grown-up Toyland

“In fact, the move away from reading The Secret Garden in a quiet corner, and toward the public extravaganza of Harry Potter—the books, the movies, the action figures and video game—has been going on for a long time. ‘We’ve been worried about the presumed innocence of children being destroyed by too much exposure to media for a hundred years, and this is another iteration of the same phenomenon,’ said Dr. Peter Stearns, a historian and the provost of George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘I do worry that we have an idealized view of a past childhood that hasn’t been true for a long time, and perhaps was never true.'”

Sunday, Nov. 28, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For the Customer, Spite the Latest Business Trend

“Why don’t the music and movie industries understand that lesson? In a society in which lawyers hold the upper hand, the resort to the courts is almost automatic. But the suits are aimed not only at those who get hauled to court. Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, argues that the suits are meant to stigmatize downloading for all of us. ‘The lawsuits are about spreading the idea that downloading is wrong and illegal, not about inflicting the maximum possible punitive damage,’ Cowen says. ‘Think of the lawsuits as one way to buy space in the newspaper but without paying advertising rates. And the company gets the journalists—a more credible outside source—to be the ones reporting that downloading is illegal.'”

Sunday, Nov. 28, Grand Rapids Press

Bush Works To Control the Bureaucracy

“But political scientists and others who follow the cabinet agencies say the Bush efforts, like those of other presidents, are unlikely to cause fundamental changes in the federal government. James Pfiffner, a specialist in presidential personnel at George Mason University, said Bush’s efforts are closest to those of Richard Nixon’s after his 1972 re-election, when he installed eight new cabinet members and several White House officials at subcabinet positions. ‘It was seen as heavy-handed,’ he said.”

Wednesday, Dec. 1, Washington Post

Warner Urges Lawmakers to End 1-Term Limit

“Just one chief executive in Virginia’s history, Mills E. Godwin Jr., has been elected to more than one term. He was elected to two separate terms during the 1960s and 1970s, first as a Democrat and later as a Republican. ‘There are good arguments on both sides, but ultimately I think the state needs to figure out whether the current system is good for government procedures,’ said Mark J. Rozell, a government professor at George Mason University who has written extensively about Virginia politics.”

Thursday, Dec. 2, Washington Post

Va. Biotech Looks to Md. For Inspiration

“Business and education leaders in Northern Virginia are working hard to lure biotechnology companies. They’ve landed a major medical research institute, and they’re expanding university programs in the field. But for a daunting reminder of how far they need to go, all they have to do is look across the Potomac River at neighboring Maryland. ‘In the short term, we’re not going to rival Maryland in biotech, but within 20 years, I can see this area approaching what Maryland has,’ said Charles L. Bailey, executive director of the biodefense center at George Mason University’s Manassas campus and a former commander of the Army’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.”

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