George Mason in the News

Posted: July 22, 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.

Thursday, July 14, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Debate over Big Versus Small Government Probably Will Go on for As Long As We Have a Government

“A new study shows that the federal regulatory apparatus has grown rapidly in the past five years. Regulatory agencies have increased their staffs by 46 percent and their budgets by 41 percent, in inflation-adjusted dollars. The analysis was done by Susan Dudley of George Mason University in Arlington, Va., and Melinda Warren, a researcher at Washington University’s Weidenbaum Center. They sifted through hundreds of line items in the federal budget to come up with a figure for regulatory spending.”

Sunday, July 17, Boston Globe

Bright Flight

“Economist and George Mason University business professor Richard Florida’s new book, The Flight of the Creative Class (HarperBusiness)…The United States, Florida warns, can’t count on being the mecca for the highly educated forever—especially as more people of talent around the world gain more options to choose from. ‘Whatever country manages to attract…highly mobile students,’ Florida writes, ‘will have a huge long-run advantage in the burgeoning global competition for talent.’”

Monday, July 18, Voice of America

Iran’s New President: Conservative Politics and Traditional Values

“Iranian voters chose new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on June 24th in a nearly 62 percent landslide against former president Hashemi Rafsanjani. Shaul Bakhash, an Iranian teaching at George Mason University near Washington, D.C., says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won by appealing to common people and supporting their aspirations. ‘Mr. Ahmadinejad’s principle focus,’ he says ‘has been on domestic issues, on opening up opportunities for, as he puts it, “for the little man, for the forgotten man,” not Iran’s international relations—certainly [not] relations with the West.’”

Monday, July 18, IT World

After Booze, Drugs?

“In May, the high court ruled 5-4 that state laws allowing local wineries, but not out-of-state wineries, to ship to state residents are discriminatory. The decision will force 24 states to revise their wine shipment restrictions. As a result, other state laws restricting e-commerce may come under fire. ‘The court reaffirmed that state laws which merely protect in-state businesses from out-of-state competition are unconstitutional,’ says Jerry Ellig at the Mercatus Center, a think tank at George Mason University.”

Tuesday, July 19, Tech Central

Take a Hike

“Research shows TV advertising aimed at kids—in terms of dollars spent by the industry, minutes on TV and actually attention paid to it by youngsters—has gone down even as childhood obesity has gone from 11 percent in the period 1988-90 to 16 percent in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. As Todd Zywicki, a former FTC director of policy planning and now a George Mason University law professor who examined research on child advertising and obesity said, ‘The case for saying advertising is the cause of increasing obesity in children is pretty weak.’”

Thursday, July 21, WFSB TV (Hartford, Conn.)

Hemingway Pal A.E. Hotchner Recalls His Old Friend

“…Hotchner, who met Hemingway in the late 1940s and remained close to him until his suicide, in 1961. Their bond appears in letter form this fall when the University of Missouri Press releases Dear Papa, Dear Hotch, which collects their correspondence. ‘They were real and bona fide friends,’ says the book’s editor, Al DeFazio, an adjunct professor of English at George Mason University. ‘Hotchner has been maligned as an opportunist, someone who just hobnobs with celebrities, but I think these letters show they had a strong relationship.’”

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