George Mason in the News

Posted: July 7, 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.

Sunday, July 2, (Tex.)

All-out War around the Globe but ‘Conflict’ Remains

“From the African bush to Indonesia’s shores, the number of wars worldwide has dropped to a new low, peace researchers report. But the face of conflict is changing, they say, and free-for-all violence in such places as the Congo can defy their definitions. Monty Marshall, a U.S. government consultant on global conflict, said he worries that years of optimism may come to an end as pressing international energy needs spawn violence in oil-rich lands, such as Nigeria, Sudan and Venezuela. ‘Anywhere there’s oil, there’s an increase in tension,’ said Marshall, of Virginia’s George Mason University. In general, ‘we’re reaching a critical point in the downward trend,’ he said. Too many peace agreements look temporary, ‘and lots of groups are rearming.’”

Sunday, July 2, The Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.)

As We See It, Allowing Telecom Innovation

“The change in the world of telecommunications over the past 30 years is staggering, dizzying and exciting. Yet some local officials actually believe that government regulation of the cable television industry should remain the same. It defies sense. Economist Thomas Hazlett, an economics professor at George Mason [University] School of Law, has recently released a study that says, ‘Historical evidence has demonstrated that franchise regulation – fraught with conflicts and delays, while ultimately proving ineffective in constraining rates – failed to improve consumer welfare.”

Sunday, July 2,

George Mason Pumps Up Plan for Basketball Center

George Mason University has overhauled its plans for a proposed basketball practice facility after the school’s success in the NCAA basketball tournament. The university now hopes to build an $11 million center that would house all its basketball operations. GMU officials expect to begin a capital campaign this summer to pay for the project. Plans for the facility, originally expected to cost $5 million, now include coaches’ offices, training rooms and locker rooms for both men’s and women’s basketball.”

Tuesday, July 4, The Clarion-Ledger (Miss.)

No Rush in Miss. to End Traditional Redistricting Pattern

“The organized chaos of redistricting would only be compounded by attempts to redraw legislative or congressional lines more than once a decade, say two key Mississippi lawmakers. Mid-decade redistricting for political purposes was not uncommon in the 1800s but has been rare over the last century, said Michael McDonald, an assistant professor in government and politics at George Mason University.”

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