George Mason in the News

Posted: July 29, 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.

Friday, July 22, Washington Post

The Neighbors Come for Dinner and Make It Pay

“The first couple stepped out separately yesterday evening for destinations in the Washington suburbs: President Bush set off for a ‘very intimate dinner’ at a McLean estate overlooking the Potomac River; first lady Laura Bush headed for a North Bethesda hotel. ‘I don’t know of any other time when the president and the first lady were off to different fundraisers on the same night in the D.C. suburbs,’ said Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University. ‘In part, it’s just a geographical accident. It’s a very short trip, and a lot of money can be raised.’”

Monday, July 25, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Kyrgyzstan: Air Base Expected to Dominate Rumsfeld Talks

“U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in Kyrgyzstan today. He will meet President-elect Kurmanbek Bakiev and acting Defense Minister Ismail Isakov during his two-day stay in Bishkek. The visit comes after Bakiev questioned whether U.S. troops should continue to be based in his country, saying Washington should set a date for withdrawing its military bases in Central Asia. Some observers like Mark N. Katz, a professor of government at U.S.-based George Mason University, suggest that the Bakiev administration’s numerous and sometimes contradictory statements are merely attempts to get more money from the United States to operate the base.”

Tuesday, July 26, The Tennessean

Some Council Members See Conflict in Naming Building after Justice

“Some members of the Metro Council are worried that naming a city building for a sitting Supreme Court justice could put the city in an awkward position. In some instances, state Supreme Court justices cannot accept ‘a public testimonial.’ That raises questions about whether Justice Adolpho A. Birch’s name should be placed on a new criminal courts building. ‘What the rule has in mind is an organization—like the National Organization for Women or the Chamber of Commerce—giving some sort of testimonial to the judge in the context that the judge feels he might be tipping his decision in favor of (that group),’ said Ronald Rotunda, a professor at George Mason University School of Law in Fairfax, Va., who has written on professional responsibility.”

Wednesday, July 27, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Singles, Take Heart: Pittsburgh Finally Climbs Out of Last Place on Forbes.com Annual List

“Forbes.com, though, is candid about its methodology. As in years past, the online publication gathered six measurements for the 40 cities it surveyed: projected job growth, number of bars and clubs, cost of living, number of singles as a percentage of the metro area population, amount of ‘culture’ and ‘coolness’ as measured by Carnegie Mellon University’s Kevin Stolarick and Richard Florida, formerly of CMU and now with George Mason University.”

Wednesday, July 27, Washington Post

Officials Intrigued, Cautious about Dulles Toll Proposal

“An unusual and enticing proposal by a consortium of private investors to give Virginia a lump sum of more than $1 billion in return for 50 years’ worth of revenue on the Dulles Toll Road presents state leaders with an intriguing option. They could accept the windfall and use the money to quickly improve the state’s transportation network, or they could turn it down, betting that they would make more money over the long term by continuing to pocket the tolls. If the toll revenue is ‘profitable to the consortium, it ought to be even better for the state,’ said Stephen S. Fuller, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. But the deal ‘could be attractive to the state, because it gets it out of a bind by coming up with a billion dollars quick.’”

Wednesday, July 27, Baltimore Sun

Calculating Where to Live

Stephen Fuller, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia, believes that proximity to the nation’s capital and its surrounding economy make Baltimore a desirable place to live, but less expensive than the Washington suburbs. ‘You get more house for your dollar,’ Fuller said. ‘It’s much more affordable than Washington.’”

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