George Mason in the News

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

The following are highlights of news coverage George Mason received during the past week.

Friday, Sept. 23, Washington Business Journal

George Mason University Raises $142M in Latest Fund-Raising Campaign

“A George Mason University campaign raised $142 million in private support for the school. The Campaign for George Mason University began in 2002 with a goal to raise $110 million. ‘We are grateful to all of our alumni and friends who have helped establish a new tradition of giving at George Mason,’ says Campaign Chair Sidney Dewberry in a release. He is chairman of engineering and architectural firm Dewberry in Fairfax and rector of George Mason’s Board of Visitors. The university will use the money for research and academic initiatives, facility upgrades and student programs.”

Sunday, Sept. 25, USA Today

EMC Chief Tucci Has Twice Led Turnarounds

“EMC has been one of the most dramatic turnaround stories of the past few years. In 2000, EMC got 74 percent of its revenue from storage hardware, 16 percent from software that managed stored data and 10 percent from consulting services that helped companies figure out how to deal with their data ‘They’ve become quite diversified with a good mix,’ says J.P. Auffret, tech business professor at George Mason University. ‘They are well positioned for future technology changes.’”

Monday, Sept. 26, Voice of America

Hurricane Aftermath Sparks Debate over Poverty

“In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the nation was faced with gripping television pictures from New Orleans of thousands of people, mostly poor and African-American, struggling to evacuate and to stay alive in their flooded city. Those images have sparked the beginning of a renewed national debate on the plight of the poor in America’s cities, and what should be done about it. ‘This is the other America that we do not see that often,’ noted Toni-Michelle Travis, an expert on poverty and race at George Mason University in Virginia. ‘This is the urban poor, and they are struggling. They are really trying to make a living, have a family and a home, and it is very difficult for them. I think something like 36 million [people] are still below the poverty level.’”

Tuesday, Sept. 27, The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)

Hurricane Victims Face Tighter Limits on Bankruptcy

“When Congress agreed this spring to tighten the bankruptcy laws and crack down on consumers who took on debt irresponsibly, no one had the victims of Hurricane Katrina in mind. The law was intended to keep individuals from taking on debts they had no intention of paying off. But many once-solvent Katrina victims are likely to be caught up in the net intended to catch deadbeats. Defenders of the new law note that judges will still have the discretion to waive its strict restrictions on filing under Chapter 7, a faster and simpler type of bankruptcy that, among other things, allows consumers to walk away from some obligations. ‘There’s nothing in the bill to suggest that you can get blood from a stone,’ Todd J. Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University, said in an interview last week between Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ‘The new legislation is perfectly suited to deal with circumstances such as this.’”

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