George Mason in the News

Posted: July 14, 2006 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.

Sunday, July 9, International Herald Tribune

“For the past three years, a 24-year-old construction worker named Edgar Morales has been in jail, awaiting trial on murder and terrorism charges that could send him to prison for life. Morales, however, does not belong to Al Qaeda or Hamas. Instead, prosecutors say, he is a member of the St. James Boys, a group of recreational soccer players who formed a street gang that in effect terrorized the Mexican and Mexican-American population of the west Bronx for several years. When the case – which is making its way through the state Supreme Court in the Bronx – comes to trial this summer, Morales will be the first person tried under the state’s 2001 anti-terrorism statute. ‘In our system, we balance two concerns: security and liberty,’ said Ronald Rotunda, a professor at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. ‘When laws are used in ways in which they are not intended, the balance is broken.’”

Tuesday, July 11,

Spending Bills Unlikely Before ‘07

“It may only be July, but some observers are already predicting it will likely be December or later before agencies have their appropriations for 2007. To date, the House has approved all but one spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed six appropriations bills, but the full Senate has yet to take any of them up. Paul Posner, director of the master’s in public administration program at George Mason University, agreed that a lame-duck session is likely. ‘The conventional wisdom is that they’ll come back [after the election] to make some of those tougher votes,’ he said. The problem, said Posner, is that members are having a tough time finding a balance between two conflicting interests: the administration’s tight fiscal targets and pressure from home to bring federal dollars back to their districts.”

Tuesday, July 11, The Baxter Bulletin (Ark.)

Assisted Living Facility Gets Technology Assist

“Sometimes late at night, Rayna Jacobson needs to know her dad is OK. He lives only across town, but he’s 83 and has Alzheimer’s disease. She worries. So she logs onto the Web site for the assisted-living facility where he lives and sees with her own eyes: a little icon of a figure in bed. It means her father’s asleep. As the United States’ 79 million baby boomers grow older, the nation is about to hit a caregiver crisis, says Andrew Carle, director of the Program in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘We’re not going to have enough labor in the coming decades to take care of up to 20 million 85-year-olds in their homes,’ but technology ‘can enhance our productivity and make us better at our jobs.’”

Friday, July 14, The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Smart, Getting Smarter

“The statistics showing how much a university can do for a city are striking. A recent paper found that in ‘highly skilled’ regions, where more than 25 percent of adults had college degrees in 1980, the population increased by 45 percent by 2000. Metropolitan areas in which less than 10 percent of adults had a degree grew, on average, by just 13 percent. Richard Florida, author of ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’ (Basic Books, 2002), which argues that cities that attract educated, creative people will thrive in the new economy, says some places simply do not view colleges as a valuable collaborator in economic-revitalization efforts. ‘The university could be a transmitter sending out a signal,’ says Mr. Florida, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, ‘but the regional receiver could get turned off.’”

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