George Mason in the News

Posted: August 18, 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.

Thursday, Aug. 10, Scotsman (UK)

Heightened Airport Security to Worsen Travel Woes

“Tighter restrictions on carry-on luggage, including bans on liquids, will disrupt air travel for at least several days and make it even more of a headache for passengers already sick of crowded planes and long lines, experts said. The heightened concern about travel safety triggered renewed calls for improved security, which can be laxly enforced by airlines and airports loathe to inconvenience passengers. ‘The whole system has to adapt,’ said Kenneth Button, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.”

Thursday, Aug. 10, (Fla.)

How Dangerous Is Childhood?

“Adam Walsh’s childhood wasn’t the only one that ended 25 years ago. Childhood – and parenthood – would never be the same. On Aug. 10, 1981, the severed head of the South Florida boy was found in a canal in Vero Beach. If a 6-year-old could be taken from a mall after being out of his mother’s sight for just minutes; if he could be murdered and decapitated; if his killer could elude authorities, then our world must be a truly dangerous place for children. Relentless exposure erodes our ability to see the incident for what it is: A tragic but extremely rare occurrence. ‘Because of news patterns, if a kid is abducted in California, you start locking your doors in New Jersey,’ says Peter Stearns, a professor at George Mason University and author of ‘Anxious Parents: A History of Modern Childrearing in America. ’ ‘We lose our ability to say, ‘Yeah, but that happened 3,000 miles away.’”

Saturday, Aug. 12,

Sheikh Saud Holds Talks with Delegation from George Mason University

“H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, held talks with a delegation from George Mason University headed by Dr. Peter Stearns, Provost of GMU-USA, who called on him at the Al Dhait Palace here on Wednesday. The meeting discussed the progress in the setting up of the George Mason University-Ras Al Khaimah (GMU-RAK) campus, the first full branch campus for an American university in the UAE.”

Sunday, Aug. 13, St. Petersburg Times (Fla.)

A Place in History Can Be Foreign

“Now that he’s 60 and in his final term in office, George Bush undoubtedly is thinking about his place in history. But a president whose original agenda was almost entirely domestic faces a reality: Presidents are often judged by their success – or failures – in foreign affairs. Though Richard Nixon is forever tarnished by Watergate, he also opened the door to China, ended the Vietnam War and started strategic arms limitation talks with the Soviet Union. ‘With a bit of historical time, people are looking at Nixon’s foreign policy achievements and giving him credit,’ says James Pfiffner, an expert on the presidency at George Mason University.”

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