George Mason in the News

Posted: January 14, 2005 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, Jan. 7, the Washington Post

Advocates in N.Va. Seek 2nd Increase in Funding

“Robert G. Templin Jr., president of Northern Virginia Community College, and Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University, told lawmakers that although they appreciate new dollars for higher education, their institutions will need more funding to accommodate thousands of new students expected to enroll in coming years. ‘We have a moral responsibility to grow because of the increasing number of high school graduates, especially in Northern Virginia,’ Merten said. But he said colleges have a ‘fiscal responsibility not to grow’ until funding is ensured.”

Saturday, Jan. 8, the Sydney Morning Herald

Mentor as anything

“January is a slow month so it’s a good time to get yourself a mentor. Those who have mentors are twice as likely to be promoted as those who don’t, says Ellen Fagenson Eland, a professor at George Mason University in the United States and the 2003 winner of the Mentoring Best Practices Award.”

Monday, Jan. 10, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.

Reporter Peggy Fox interviewed Keith Segerson, managing director of the Mason Enterprise Center and assistant dean for research administration and outreach in the School of Public Policy, on Federal Communications Commission review of independent Internet service providers’ use of the regional Baby Bells’ network infrastructure.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, National Public Radio

Commentary: No drugs are perfectly safe

Host Steve Inkseep interviewed Russell Roberts, professor of economics at George Mason, about recent advisories from the Food and Drug Administration on several popular painkillers.

Wednesday, Jan. 12, the Christian Science Monitor

In Chertoff, safe choice

“Of all the points on Michael Chertoff’s resume, the most important for now may be that he appears confirmable. At George W. Bush’s announcement Tuesday nominating Judge Chertoff to become the next secretary of Homeland Security, the president pointedly noted that Chertoff has already been confirmed by the Senate three times for previous posts. With the DHS job, ‘it sounds like they’re looking for someone who’s a careful, competent professional who’s worked in the executive branch and also been elevated to the judiciary—which shows a kind of gravity that is appropriate here,’ says James Pfiffner, a political scientist at George Mason University.”

Wednesday, Jan. 12, the Washington Post

Some Va. Delegates Promising Another Run at Deflating Taxes

“Virginia’s Republican legislative leaders return to the Capitol on Wednesday determined to avoid the internal strife of the 2004 General Assembly, but they will have to contend with GOP delegates who want to dismantle the historic tax plan passed last year. ‘If it becomes a replay of last year’s very public battle, it could be very dangerous for the House leadership,’ said Mark Rozell, a professor of politics at George Mason University. ‘It could create an opening for Democrats to say, “They don’t know how to govern.” But I think [Republicans] realize that, and they’ll work harder to bury those conflicts.'”

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