George Mason in the News

Posted: August 25, 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.

Friday, Aug. 18, (Washington, D.C.)

New Ploys Devised to Boost Voter Turnout

“Political scientists expect voter turnout to be up nationally in this November’s midterm elections, despite lackluster participation in most primaries. Amid the anticipated upswing, Arizona and Michigan voters are being targeted with new tactics to get them to cast ballots. Far more reliable than gimmicks are competitive races where voters believe they have a clear interest in electing one candidate or the other, George Mason University political science professor Mike McDonald said. Both McDonald and Gans predict that turnout will be a little higher this year than it was in 2002, the last midterm election, especially because more seats are going to be in play as Republicans’ strength nationally has waned.”

Friday, Aug. 18, C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Host Brian Lamb interviewed George Mason University professor of law and economics Thomas Hazlett on FCC regulations, the Internet and telephone line restrictions.

Sunday, Aug. 20, Washington Post

Spyware, Viruses Getting Nasty on Wallets

“Some experts caution, however, that surveys in which people are asked about financial losses can produce overestimates. ‘The numbers could possibly be inflated by the way the questions are phrased, especially in an area in which most people aren’t very articulate,’ said Robert Lichter, who runs a statistical center at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘The people surveyed may have a very vague sense of what these things are.’”

Sunday, Aug. 20, Sunday Times (UK)

Tourists Tell Britain: You’re a Rip-Off

“It’s one of the hot topics of the moment in America and parts of the Continent: why is Britain so phenomenally expensive and why on earth do Britons put up with it? Tyler Cowen, professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, said: ‘England is not the wealthiest country in the world, but it has some of the most outrageous prices. It’s an overcrowded country with high property prices, but it doesn’t explain why people have to pay so much.’ Cowen has prompted a lively internet debate on the subject on his economics blog, Marginal Revolution, under the heading: ‘Why is the UK so expensive?’”

Thurs., Aug. 24, CNN

American Morning

CNN Anchor Tony Harris interviewed George Mason University Dean of Admissions Andrew Flagel about Mason dropping the requirement for SAT and other standardized tests for students with at least a 3.5 GPA who are in the top 20 percent of their class.

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