George Mason in the News

Posted: August 11, 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, Aug. 6, Washington Post

Little Campus Has Lofty Goals

“The new Loudoun County branch of George Mason University doesn’t look much like an institution of higher learning. It sits in a sprawling office park in Sterling, on the second floor of an anonymous building, across the hall from a mortgage company. But school officials have big plans for the little site, which opened last fall with about 150 students. They’re expecting an additional 100 students or so when classes begin Aug. 28, supported by a 13,000-square-foot wing that was added this summer to more than double the space. ‘It is really exciting watching this program grow,’ said Sondra Patrick, director of operations at the Loudoun campus.”

Wednesday, Aug. 9, Baltimore Sun

Calvert County Solicits Reactor

“Trying to jump ahead of perceived competition, Calvert County approved yesterday a tax break worth an estimated $300 million to Constellation Energy Group as an inducement to expand its nuclear power complex in Southern Maryland. The company formally requested the tax break in a recent letter, county officials said.Susan J. Tolchin, a professor of public policy at George Mason University in Virginia, said some communities ‘just drain the coffers trying to get these companies to come.’ ‘In this case, it may genuinely be worth it,’ she said, judging by the number of jobs expected and that it is a tax break, not a payout.”

Wednesday, Aug. 9, Forbes

Phone Pork

“The telecom reform bill now pending in the U.S. Senate could include a cap on the $7 billion-a-year boondoggle the nation’s rural telephone carriers collect. The fund is fed by a tax on long-distance services, including cell phone lines. The subsidy is so generous that beneficiary carriers get just 27 cents of each revenue dollar from consumers; the rest comes from the USF subsidies and local subsidies and fees for connecting local calls, George Mason University law professor Thomas Hazlett found in a recent study. ‘This is what happens when you have a fairly crazy system,’ says George Mason’s Hazlett. ‘That’s about as upside down as you can make it.’”

Wednesday, Aug. 9, Washington Post

Enrollment Climbs in Fairfax and Far Beyond

George Mason University is expanding like the region that spawned it – in both enrollment and geographic reach. This fall, the university expects for the first time to surpass 30,000 in enrollment, adding more than 300 students from last year and up more than 5,000 from 2001. ‘Mason has been a story of tremendous expansion and growth in the last 30 years,’ said Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions and enrollment. ‘It’s a story we expect to continue in the future.’”

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