George Mason in the News

Posted: August 4, 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.

Wednesday, July 26, CNBC

Kudlow & Company

Walter Williams, professor of economics, provided an economic analysis on a range of issues.

Tuesday, Aug. 1, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Ind.)

Students Fill Dorms with More Stuff

“It’s about all the stuff kids take to college. You wouldn’t believe it. Dell Inspiron laptop or MacBook. Bluetooth mouse. Thirty-gigabyte iPod and speakers. In theory, students need less because colleges now provide – or make it easy to rent – items that students used to bring from home like mini refrigerators, risers for beds and carpeting. In addition, college authorities usually send to incoming freshmen the names of their roommates well in advance of the start of school and suggest strongly that roommates divide up their lists of essentials. Has any of this resulted in less stuff arriving in the minivan? Not really, says Scott Francis, associate director of residence life at George Mason University. ‘We see both roommates bringing enough for both of them,’ he says. ‘They’ll each bring a TV and you’d be hard-pressed to find one with less than a 19-inch screen. I’ve been in rooms with two gaming systems and four controllers hooked up to two TVs, facing away from each other on opposite sides of the room.'”

Tuesday, Aug. 1, Government Computer News

Dudley Nominated to Lead OMB Regulatory Affairs Office

“President Bush yesterday nominated Susan Dudley as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. Dudley, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace John Graham, who left in February after almost five years in the position. Dudley is director of the regulatory studies program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Prior to her position at George Mason, Dudley was OIRA’s deputy chief of the Natural Resources Branch from 1985 to 1989. She also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1984 to 1985 and served as an economist adviser to the commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1989 to 1991.”

Wednesday, Aug. 2, San Diego Union Tribune

District’s Charter Plan Still Criticized

“The Grossmont Union High School District boldly announced early this year that it would take a serious look at becoming the state’s largest all-charter school district. But more than six months later, there appears to be little evidence of any work on trustee Ron Nehring’s proposal, while there is concern over whether it was ever meant to move forward. Nehring called for a board vote in December to decide whether to apply to the state to become the largest of California’s few all-charter districts. He insisted that the district had done significant work in support of his proposal. He cited a lengthy presentation to the board by a university scholar in June. Maurice McTigue, vice president of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, spoke about educational reforms in New Zealand, where public schools operate like charter schools.”

Wednesday, Aug. 2, Orange County Register (Calif.)

A Lower Cable Bill? Don’t Count on It

“John Andrews of Huntington Beach was pleased to hear recently that the Legislature might be doing something about his $110 Time Warner Cable bill. The plan, as he understood it, was textbook capitalism: The state would allow telephone companies such as AT&T and Verizon to offer cable services and compete head-to-head with existing providers. From there, market forces would take over. There’s just one problem: It might not happen. Opponents of the bill, as well as academics who support cable deregulation, say it’s possible – some say likely – that consumers will see little or no savings if telephone companies gain widespread entry into California’s billion-dollar cable market. ‘Their intent is not to cut prices. Their intent is to make money on the deal,’ said Thomas Hazlett, a law professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., who has studied the cable industry for more than 20 years. Hazlett supports telecoms entering the cable market but said, ‘The best way to come in is not with a price war. It’s to come in with twice as many channels.’ He said that’s still a win for consumers.”

Thurs., Aug. 7, Business Week

Richard Florida: Geography Is Destiny

“Now a public policy professor at George Mason University, Florida continues to look at how different regions – especially in China and India – compete for talent. He has also worked locally, collaborating with various groups on the regeneration of Lower Manhattan. His next book, due in 2007, continues to connect the dots between people and places. ‘Where you choose to live is the most important decision of your life,’ he says. ‘This book will explain why.'”

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