George Mason in the News

Posted: September 2, 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, Aug. 26, Wall Street Journal

Recusal Questions for Roberts

“A three-judge appeals court panel last month rejected Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift’s challenge to the commission’s legality. One of the judges was John Roberts, who in April heard arguments about the Bush administration’s policy as he was discussing a Supreme Court appointment in private conversations with the White House. The White House responded by marshaling two legal experts, including one who recently completed a term as a Defense Department adviser on the military commissions, George Mason University Prof. Ronald Rotunda. In letters addressed to Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, Prof. Rotunda and Professor Thomas D. Morgan of George Washington University argued that Judge Roberts’s impartiality could not ‘reasonably be questioned,’ so he broke no legal or ethical rules.”

Saturday, Aug. 27, Kansas City infoZine

Federalism in Play in High Court Reshuffle

“The U.S. Supreme Court, once intent on bolstering state power at every turn, has yanked in on the reins in a series of recent rulings. But whoever is confirmed to replace retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor could alter the trend. Roberts’ position on states’ rights is largely unknown at the moment. But regardless who replaces O’Connor, states are unlikely to enjoy the level of support from a new justice they enjoyed from her, said Tim Conlan, a George Mason University political scientist who is an expert on federalism. ‘The states are losing an institutional champion with the retirement of Justice O’Connor,’ Conlan said.”

Sunday, Aug. 28, The Washington Post

County Hopes Students Enliven Ailing Office Park

“County planners are continuing to retool Innovation@Prince William, the struggling county office park that has not become the hub of high-tech companies that local leaders envisioned. They are pushing to include housing at the development to give George Mason University students a choice of living near the Prince William campus. The university has 4,063 beds on its Fairfax County campus but has no dormitories or other housing at the Prince William and Arlington campuses, said Daniel Walsch, a university spokesman. Lawrence D. Czarda, the George Mason vice president who runs the Prince William campus, said the rising enrollment will make housing on or near campus a necessity. ‘We’re really going to see a demonstrated need for housing in three years,’ he said.”

Sunday, Aug. 28, USA Today

Newly listed: 20 colleges that foster student success

“Now a group of higher-education researchers has come up with a new list, one that parents and prospective college students might find especially instructive: 20 schools that create a campus culture that fosters student success. The list is not a ranking; it’s an effort to identify diverse institutions that do an especially good job of educating students. Though every college has a mission statement, for these 20 schools it constitutes far more than just words on paper, Kuh says. The schools translate their words into practice. For example, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., a philosophical commitment to innovation translates into extensive use of technology to foster collaborative learning among undergraduates.”

Wednesday, Aug. 31, Voice of America

New Princeton Review Guide Profiles 361 Best Colleges

“The Princeton Review has released its 2006 edition, ‘The Best 361 Colleges: The Smart Student’s Guide to Colleges.’ Now in its 14th year, the Princeton Review guide includes two-page profiles of each school, selected from some 3500 American colleges and universities in all. If college-bound students want an academic community made up of many different ethnic and national groups, for example, they might check out George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. It was named the school with the most diverse student population. Ramachandra Yellapragada recently arrived at George Mason from India. ‘It is great to see people from 50 different countries wandering around the campus,’ he says. ‘When you sit in a classroom with people from different countries and they think differently about the same problem, you get 50 different solutions.’”

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