George Mason in the News

Posted: June 17, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national and international news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Wednesday, June 8, Guardian Unlimited online (United Kingdom)

Rehnquist on Losing End of Rights Cases

“A ruling for California in the marijuana case would have sealed the Rehnquist states’ rights legacy. But that was not expected, in part because the politics of the medical marijuana issue made it tougher for the five justices to stay together. ‘So far he (Rehnquist) has been able to get five votes for very small, more or less symbolic restraints on Congress,’ said Nelson Lund, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘It’s what I call fig leaf federalism.’”

Friday, June 10,

To Kilgore, Primary Election Is Secondary to Kaine Fight

Mark J. Rozell, a George Mason University politics professor, said that Kilgore is in a dominating position to do that, having outraised Fitch by more than 40 to 1. But he said primaries are unpredictable because so few people turn out to vote. A few thousand votes one way or the other can mean a lot. ‘If Fitch were to pull a quarter of the vote, everybody would be shocked, and that would signal a real weakness in Kilgore’s candidacy,’ Rozell said. ‘That’s the real challenge for Kilgore here. He does need to [make sure] no one can doubt his candidacy.’”

Friday, June 10,

Treatment Offers Best Hope for Meth Addicts

“A number of national studies have found that meth addicts have relapse rates no worse or better than people addicted to other drugs. Researchers at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., cite studies that show people addicted to alcohol and opiates such as heroin tend to remain addicted longer than those on meth and cocaine. Alcohol and opiates tend to calm users, while stimulants such as meth and cocaine keep users awake, anxious and paranoid, they said. After a few years of the hectic lifestyle, those who don’t die often switch to calming drugs or quit, researchers said.”

Sunday, June 12, San Francisco Chronicle

The Man Who May Be President of Iran—Again

“‘The fact he’s giving interviews to foreign journalists now means he wants to create an image abroad, too, that he’s a man who can get things done,’” says Shaul Bakhash, a professor of Middle East history at George Mason University, who is author of numerous books on Iran, including Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. ‘It’s an amazing comeback,’ he said. ‘The (vote in 2000) was such a humiliating vote for him. I think it’s very important for him to personally rehabilitate his image. I think he’s very cautious of his place in history, and therefore wants to make up for that humiliation and to re-establish his reputation.’”

Monday, June 13,

Reining In Risk Turns into Big Business

“The law has had another positive impact on the accounting industry: It has made studying accounting a lot sexier. ‘Our enrollment is up,’ said Linda M. Parsons, an assistant professor of accounting at George Mason University. Parsons said that the new interest comes from increased visibility of accountants and their marketability. Richard J. Klimoski, dean of the university’s school of management, added that increased attention on the profession has energized professors and researchers in the field as well. The business school has emphasized ethics in its established courses and is considering adding courses in forensic accounting and fraud in the coming school year.”

Tuesday, June 14, online (South Africa)

Enterprise Africa! Launches in South Africa: Researchers Dedicated to Finding and Documenting Africa’s Success Stories

“Researchers from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (Virginia, USA) and the Free Market Foundation of Southern Africa launched Enterprise Africa! —a project dedicated to finding and documenting the success stories of Africa’s entrepreneurs. The global research team is led by Mercatus Center at George Mason University Senior [Research] Fellow Karol Boudreaux. ‘We are coming to Africa to learn what works for Africa from Africans,’ said Boudreaux. ‘We are looking for stories from individuals who have found ways to thrive and can blaze the trail for other African entrepreneurs who want to unlock the mysteries of success.’”

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