George Mason in the News

Posted: June 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are excerpts from national and international news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Thursday, June 16, New York Times

One Possible Cure for the Common Criminal

“Cities with more police officers have more crime. That is probably because cities with high crime rates hire more officers. But it is hard to separate cause and effect, and, assuming that the officers do deter crime, to figure out how big the effect is. ‘We spend a huge amount on police,’ Alexander Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University, said in an interview. ‘So we want to know not simply do police reduce crime, but by how much. Should we have more police?’ He and Professor Klick examine the question in a study published in the April 2005 Journal of Law and Economics, ‘Using Terror Alert Levels to Estimate the Effect of Police on Crime.’”

Saturday, June 18, Hartford Courant

Are we Recording Lots of History or Making an E-mess?

“Some archivists worry that the ease with which we correspond with each other and document our lives will lead to a glut of information. ‘There is the decreasing cost of storage, which means, in theory, we can save everything,’ says Roy Rosenzweig, a professor of history at George Mason University. ‘We can document everything in everyone’s lives, and it won’t cost us.’”

Saturday, June 18, Washington Post

Potts Seeks Inclusion in Virginia Debates; Rivals in Gubernatorial Race Divided

“Students of Virginia politics said Potts needs to be on the stage with both major-party candidates to appear viable and to attract contributors. ‘Really, what it is, is the money. You need it immediately to keep going,’ said Toni-Michelle C. Travis, an associate professor of politics at George Mason University. ‘If he can’t get that kind of exposure, then he’s doomed.’”

Monday, June 20, BBC Radio London

Vietnam gets U.S. Morale Boost

“There are also concerns, among those calling for improved human rights and greater political freedom in Vietnam, that the visit and its focus on economic ties will mean their voices are no longer heard. However, Professor Nguyen Manh Hung of George Mason University said people involved in rights work in Vietnam would welcome the visit as a chance to push for their agendas.”

Monday June 20, ABC News 7

Educators Worry about Patriot Act’s Effect on Recruiting

“The provost of the University of Maryland and the presidents of George Mason University and Southeastern University say many of the world’s best students are shunning the region, and the United States in general, in favor of such countries as Canada, Australia and New Zealand because they have much more flexible visa policies.”

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