George Mason in the News

Posted: June 16, 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.

Monday, June 12, Houston Chronicle

Town by Town

“A March 2006 study by Thomas Hazlett, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia, said wireline video competition would save consumers $9 billion a year. Verizon also says its upgrade of the phone network to optical fiber, which can carry TV service, is done town-by-town with no regard to neighborhoods.”

Tuesday, June 13, Christian Science Monitor

Why Some Rebels Turn to Violence

“Young, well-educated and raised with all the comforts of Western society, they had lives that shone with promise and opportunity. But they chose a path of terrible violence, plotting to kill innocent people to protest the injustice they saw in the world. ‘After the Vietnam War, and two million Vietnamese had died, why didn’t we have groups of [Vietnamese] suicide bombers here in the U.S.? There weren’t any, because Buddhist priests weren’t telling them to do that,’ says Marc Gopin, director of George Mason University’s [Center for World Religions], Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution in Washington.”

Wednesday, June 14, Washington Times

Webb Wins Democratic Primary for Senate

“James H. Webb Jr., a Reagan Republican-turned-Democrat, defeated longtime party activist Harris N. Miller in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in Virginia yesterday, according to unofficial election results. Political observers said the race between Mr. Webb and Mr. Allen will be interesting to follow. ‘That could be a knock-down, dirty fight,’ said Toni-Michelle Travis, a political science professor at George Mason University. ‘Webb is somebody that has those military credentials that could really put Allen in his place.’”

Friday, June 16, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Poll Finds the Public Opposes Government Interference in Academe

“Professors and students debate whether politics are too prevalent in the college classroom and if so, what to do about it. But does any of this matter to the rest of the country? How do Americans perceive issues that seem so important to the soldiers in the new academic culture war? The American Association of University Professors set out to answer just this question, with a telephone survey of 1,000 people conducted in March. In their paper summarizing the results, Mr. Gross and Solon Simmons, a researcher at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, noted that previous researchers have described American higher education as ‘Teflon-coated’ — criticisms may be voiced, but they fail to stick. This latest survey, they wrote, suggests that ‘some of the Teflon has worn off.’”

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