George Mason in the News

Posted: February 24, 2006 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.

Thursday, Feb. 16, Stateline.org

New Law Pushes Long-Term Care Coverage

“Thanks to a new federal law, states will be able to reward senior citizens who buy long-term care insurance by letting them hang on to assets while Medicaid pays for their nursing home care. Four states – Connecticut, California, Indiana and New York – have offered the specially tailored long-term insurance policies for more than a decade, but, until last week, the federal government prohibited other states from following their lead. Mark Meiners, the director for the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University and an architect of the partnership program, said he hoped the nationwide clearance for the programs will help spur interest in consumers to buy coverage and in insurers to offer it.”

Monday, Feb. 20, USA Today

Poll Debut Boosts George Mason, Conference

George Mason has won its share of basketball games and been to the NCAA tournament. But now it has something it never had before – a number before its name. No. 25 GMU debuted in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches’ Poll on Monday on the heels of its nationally televised victory at Wichita State. The Patriots are the first Colonial Athletic Association team to be nationally ranked since a Navy team led by David Robinson appeared in 1987. ‘The recognition is great,’ says coach Jim Larranaga, in his ninth season at the Fairfax, Va., school. He recently surpassed ex-Richmond coach Dick Tarrant as the all-time leader in CAA victories.”

Thursday, Feb. 23, Christian Science Monitor

Roots of Violence Found in Disrespect

“Perplexing violence overseas and in America seems to have a common thread – the yearning for respect. In the ongoing controversy over the Danish caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, people on both sides agree that the strongest spark for the protests in the Muslim world is the message the cartoons send of disrespect for Islam and its followers. ‘We have to have a deeper conversation about why Western democracies came to this place of tolerance of offensive language; and what we can do, not in the realm of the law, but of decency, to be more aware of what each other’s [hot] buttons are,’ says Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.”

Monday, Feb. 20, Voice of America

Religious Leaders Call for Interfaith Dialogue on Cartoon Controversy

“The protests in the Muslim world over the newspaper cartoons making fun of the Prophet Muhammad continue. In the search for a solution, Muslims, Christians and Jews are suggesting that people should start talking with each other, not past each other. Rabbi Mark Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, [Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution] at George Mason University in Virginia, says negotiation can settle cultural differences and added, ‘I think the best way to do that is developing relationships of substantive nature between groups that are enemies. I spent my life on that, it works particularly when there is a gesture of respect that goes along with different negotiations over things that we differ about.'”

Monday, Feb. 20, Associated Press

Land Conservation Increases in Northern Virginia

“On 30 acres where another subdivision could have blossomed, ball fields and trails will instead be carved from a grassy field along Route 123. Conservationists and residents tired of unchecked growth are hailing as a victory the preservation agreement between a former lawmaker’s family and the Fairfax County Park Authority. Late last year, the Board of Supervisors agreed to spend $16 million to purchase a conservation easement on the 41-acre property. The family of former state Sen. Charles DuVal could have gotten more than double from developers. Stephen Fuller, co-director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, said it’s hard to calculate the economic effect in a county that has 396 square miles. ‘If it’s thousands of acres it might take land that would be better served for other purposes,’ Fuller said. But in small amounts, he sees the conservation deal as helpful because the county ‘gets land it couldn’t afford to buy’ at market rates.”

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