George Mason in the News

Posted: October 21, 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.

Tues., Oct. 11, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”

Bridging the Income Gap in China

” … Some of the issues raised in Paul’s report were on the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee. The party ended a four-day meeting today, announcing it would shift economic policy away from growth for growth’s sake, and toward reducing social inequities. For more we get two views. David Lampton is director of the China studies program at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Ming Wan is associate professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University. He was born in Beijing but is now a U.S. citizen … MING WAN: Well, you know, as Professor Lampton has pointed out, China has made some real progress. People’s living standard has risen but at the same time there are also real problems embedded in the economic model. And if you talk to anyone in China now, they fully recognize all these problems.”

Tuesday, Oct. 11,

Miers Nomination Creates Looming Battle over Privilege

“Nearly everything produced by the White House counsel’s office could be subject to a claim of executive privilege, but that claim should not be an impenetrable wall when its chief officeholder has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, said presidential scholars and others. With the Miers nomination, ‘The difficulty is her work record is largely confined to areas covered by privilege issues, and yet the Senate needs access to her work which is the definition of her qualifications to be on the court,’ said Mark Rozell of George Mason University, author of ‘Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy and Accountability.’ Rozell said he would argue that there is no broad-based privilege that applies to every document that crossed her desk or that she initialed. ‘I tend to see executive privilege as a bit more narrow-based,’ he said. ‘It is intended to protect national security formation, the integrity of ongoing deliberations in the executive branch or ongoing investigations. Unless in some way revealing her legal thinking on various issues would compromise executive branch decision-making and cause undue harm to the public, I think the burden should be on Bush’s side to prove secrecy is necessary, particularly in this case.’”

Thursday, Oct. 13, Monitor (McAllen, Tex.)

Games People Play

“In awarding the Nobel Prize in Economics to Thomas C. Schelling, the Swedish Academy of Sciences honored a man who is ‘an exceptional independent thinker’ and who has pioneered a variety of concepts in economics and in other social sciences. That’s the assessment of Dan Klein, who teaches economics at George Mason University in Virginia and has a professional relationship with Mr. Schelling, 84.”

Sunday, Oct. 16,

Long Island Principal Cancels Prom

“Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland had heard all the stories about prom-night debauchery at his Long Island high school. Enough was enough, Hoagland said. So the principal of Kellenberg Memorial High School canceled the spring prom in a 2,000-word letter to parents this fall. Amy Best, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at George Mason University in Virginia and the author of ‘Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture,’ said this is the first time she has heard of a school canceling the prom for such reasons. ‘A lot of people have lamented the growing consumption that surrounds the prom,’ she said, noting it is not uncommon for students to pay $1,000 on the dance and surrounding folderol: expensive dresses, tuxedo rentals, flowers, limousines, pre- and post-prom parties. Best pinned some of the blame for the burgeoning costs on parents, who are often willing to open their wallets for whatever their child demands. ‘It is a huge misperception that the kids themselves are totally driving this,’ she said.”

Sunday, Oct. 16, Outlook (New Delhi, India)

“About a week prior to the October 8 quake, atmospheric parameters such as water vapour, surface latent heat flux, surface temperature and relative humidity had shown anomalous behaviour, a scientist from IIT, Kanpur, who is part of a team that carried out the study, claimed. The study has been done jointly by IIT Kanpur, George Mason University, US and NASA, he said. All the atmospheric and ground parameters were based on the satellite and model data, he said, adding, satellite data was integrated with the ground observations to find the anomalies.”

Monday, Oct. 17, Washington Post

Real Restaurants Go to College

“When a branch of Damon’s Grill opened at the Fairfax City campus Oct. 3, it was more than a response to student requests for more dining options. It launched the chain and George Mason [University] food contractor Sodexho USA into an experiment at moving college dining a step upscale, adding a full-service restaurant with a bar to the fast food franchises and burger joints that are standard on college campuses.”

Thursday, Oct. 20, Washington Post

At Va.’s ‘Town Pickett,’ Plenty of Lessons but No Evacuees

“Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) has assigned George Mason University’s Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics in Fairfax to develop the first state plan for evacuation response. ‘This was the first time the nation had to displace so many people,’ said Peggy Jo Maddox, deputy director of the George Mason health policy center. ‘All the states had to scramble. So we’re going to document what it takes to start up an evacuation center, because no one has ever had to do this before.’”

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