George Mason in the News

Posted: November 4, 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, Oct. 28, International Herald Tribune (France)

In a Bad Time, Much Worse May be Ahead

“The timing of Miers’s withdrawal, some analysts suggested, may have been intended partly to help mobilize conservative support just before the White House is hit by potential indictments. But past presidents have survived major changes among their closest circles of advisers. Mark Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University in Virginia, said Bush might actually benefit from an enforced change. ‘Sometimes having some new people in the White House at a time like this is a good thing,’ he said. ‘One can go back to the Reagan years, when Howard Baker was brought in to straighten out a White House seen as rapidly in decline and entrenched in scandals. ‘Finding someone who is a consensus-oriented figure, who has the ‘wow factor’ among different groups, the way Baker did, would be a really wise move.’”

Saturday, Oct. 29, Washington Post

GMU Gets Big Donation for IT

“The founder of SRA International Inc., Ernst Volgenau, and his wife, Sara, have donated $10 million to George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering, the largest personal grant in the university’s history and a sign of its tight ties with the region’s technology sector. The school, which also began a drive to raise $10 million more over the next five years, is undertaking an ambitious effort to become a premier technical institution. ‘My goal is to build a school that has an international reputation for research in IT and engineering and a reputation locally as the place where the best and brightest students are produced,’ Alan G. Merten, the university’s president, said in an interview.”

Sunday, Oct. 30, World Peace Herald (Washington, D.C.)

Bush’s Base Ill at Ease in Dissent

“Some conservatives are saying now that President Bush’s withdrawal of the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination was merely an ‘apparent’ victory for conservative critics and only a temporary reprieve for Mr. Bush, whose political base remains ill at ease over a variety of issues not related to the federal judiciary. These conservatives say Mr. Bush’s action on Miss Miers alone will not be enough to heal serious and long-developing rifts largely hidden from public view until the imbroglio over her high court nomination. Horace Cooper, a former Bush Labor Department official who is now a constitutional law professor at George Mason University, supported the Miers nomination, and he now says a Senate confirmation fight could be useful. ‘We need a certifiably conservative judge as Bush’s choice so that the fight in the Senate provides that ‘teaching moment’ when we can explain to the nation what we mean by conservative and constitutionalist.’”

Monday, Oct. 31, USA Today

Virginia Governor’s Race a Costly One

“The three candidates for Virginia governor have raised $42 million for their campaigns, making this year’s race the most expensive gubernatorial contest in state history. The flood of cash into the race is not surprising considering the rising costs of consultant-driven campaigns, said Mark Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University. ‘This is a particularly competitive race combined with the perception that the stakes are enormously high, and that has instigated all the donating, despite the fact that neither candidate inspires much passion,’ Rozell said.”

Wednesday, Nov. 2, FedNews-Online, (Huntsville, Ala.)

Preparing for Retirement Wave, OPM Hosts Job Fair at George Mason

“The Office of Personnel Management hosted a job fair at George Mason

last week to attract and recruit college students to the federal workforce. The job fair activities included interviews, access to from an Internet lounge, seminars and workshops. Representative Tom Davis, R-Va., attended the job fair.”

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