George Mason in the News

Posted: July 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason has received during the past week.

Thursday, July 13, Washington Post

Options for U.S. Limited As Mideast Crises Spread

“The Bush administration suddenly faces three rapidly expanding crises in the Middle East, but it has limited options to defuse tensions in any of them anytime soon, U.S. officials and Middle East experts say. U.S. tensions with Iran have not been this high – or covered so many issues – since the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, said Shaul Bakhash, an Iran expert at George Mason University. Shortly after Iran’s 1979 revolution, 52 Americans were seized at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held hostage for 444 days.”

Saturday, July 15,

Recruits Listening after George Mason Final Four Run

Jim Larranaga still talks about George Mason’s incredible Final Four run everywhere he goes – at fundraisers and camps, around coaches and especially when he’s recruiting. If last year’s success has done anything, it has given Larranaga more credibility when he walks into a home. Prep players now are more willing to take calls and make unofficial visits, and no longer confuse the Northern Virginia school with neighbors such as George Washington and James Madison. To Larranaga, it’s a small but necessary step in the endless quest to woo college prospects.”

Sunday, July 16, Star Bulletin (Hawaii)

Low Voter Turnout Haunts Isles

“Winning in politics is simple: Just get more votes than your opponent. In Hawaii finding those voters, in a state with one of the lowest voter turnouts in the nation, is what makes a candidate a winner. Nationally, Hawaii is recognized as a state with low turnout, according to Michael McDonald, a professor of political science at George Mason University and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. ‘Hawaii does have one of the lowest turnout rates in presidential elections, I believe because the state is not competitive in the presidential election, receives little attention from the candidates as a consequence, and because most of those in Hawaii know who won the election while the polls are still open,’ McDonald said.”

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