George Mason in the News

Posted: October 28, 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.

Monday Oct. 24,

Unusual Suspect: This Prof Gets the Point, You’ve Gotta Have Passion to Make the Next Big Widget

“At the start of every school year, Jim Wolfe always gets in a crucial ritual: show and tell. He walks to the front of the classroom and takes out a present from his grandparents, a set of 1880s American Indian arrowheads framed on a red velvet mat, and places it next to his Samsung smart phone. The lesson? This is how far our society has come, in just three generations, he says. The show and tell isn’t limited to his job as Entrepreneur in Residence at George Mason University. Wolfe takes a similar approach at J Street Consulting, the management consulting firm he helped found. Having seen other entrepreneurs fizz out, students are ‘more mature, more cautious’ and now talk of starting a business ‘someday.’ And when it comes to George Mason students, they’re just more busy. ‘They’re working stiffs,’ Wolfe says. ‘Most are pursuing their MBAs while continuing to work full-time jobs, and they bring a lot of maturity and real-life experience into the classroom.’ That commitment is crucial. ‘It’s the amount of passion,’ he says. ‘A first-class team with a second-class idea will be successful,’ he says, not vice versa.”

Mon, Oct. 24,

Conservatives Turn on Each Other and Bush

“The conservative coalition that elected George W. Bush is falling apart. Many of its members are furious with the President, and furious with each other. The health of the Republican Party may well hinge on whether the warring factions can heal their self-inflicted wounds and find common ground in time for the next presidential election. Mark Rozell, a political analyst at George Mason University who tracks the conservative movement, said: ‘There is so much bitter frustration right now. Conservatives were out of power for so long, and once they got into power, their expectations were so high. But those expectations are not being met. So they’re firing not just at Bush, but at each other. The conservative movement has always been, in a sense, a dysfunctional family. They get along well when times are good, but when times are bad, you start to see all these fights between purists and pragmatists.’”

Tuesday, Oct 25, AP

Death Penalty, Bush Loom in Va. Race

“Virginia voters will elect a new governor in two weeks, and the impact could be felt well beyond the state’s borders. If you feel strongly about the death penalty, Republican Jerry Kilgore has made it a major focus of his campaign against Democrat Tim Kaine, rare exposure for the issue. Mark J. Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University, said there are signs that the Kilgore ads backfired because they were so hard-hitting. He said Kaine now has a way to highlight his faith and values — something Democrats normally struggle to do. ‘He’s reaching out to the so-called values voters. It’s as if he’s taken a page from the post-2004 campaign playbook,’ Rozell said.”

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