George Mason in the News

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

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason recently received.

Tuesday, Aug. 22, Denver Post

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from My TV

“The latest such poll from America Online and pop culture egghead Robert Thompson simply hammers home a point made by dozens of other surveys: 73 percent of adults can name all of the Three Stooges, but fewer than half can name the three branches of U.S. government? No surprises there. ‘The issue is not so much whether Americans remember the names of Supreme Court justices, rather whether they understand how the court works,’ said Roy Rosenzweig, a history professor and director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. ‘Memorization is even less important in the age of the Internet and Google than it once was,’ said Rosenzweig. The best teachers are focusing on showing students how to analyze and synthesize evidence critically, he said, as professional historians do.”

Fri., Aug. 25, Salt Lake Tribune

Digital Revolution Puts Fans Closer to Game

“‘Everything is changing so rapidly that you think you know what’s next, and three months later it changes on you,’ said Steve Klein, coordinator of the Electronic Journalism Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and a former online sports editor for USA Today. ‘It all comes down to convenience for the listener or viewer. [Media organizations] that remember that are going to be ahead of the curve.’”

Sat., Aug. 26, Boston Globe

100,000 Flee Ethiopia Strife

“An outbreak of clan violence this summer in southern Ethiopia has forced nearly 100,000 people to flee their villages, according to representatives from the humanitarian group Oxfam America and a Harvard cooperative who traveled to the region. Terrence Lyons, a professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, said low-level violence has persisted in the Horn of Africa region. In Somalia, radical Islamic forces control vast swaths of the country and consider themselves the legitimate authority. But the dramatic increase in violence in early summer results from the ‘fragile economic-ecological zone,’ he said.”

Saturday, Aug. 26, Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas)

Mid-major Recruiting Still Tough

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.”

Monday, Aug. 28, Associated Press

GOP Gaffes Hurt Minority Outreach

“One Republican senator described his house painter as a ‘little Guatemalan man.’ Another called an Indian man a ‘macaca,’ a type of monkey. Just as the GOP is pushing for minority voters, the two recent gaffes have fed the perception among some blacks, Hispanics and Asian-Americans that Republicans are out of touch with the changing face of the nation. ‘There is disconnect at some level,’ said Michael K. Fauntroy, a professor of public policy at George Mason University. ‘The country is becoming browner, and new voters, particularly new immigrant voters, don’t respond favorably to (offensive) comments. They may have already missed the boat on this.’”

Tuesday, Aug. 29, NBC4 (WRC)

Allen Losing Political Fire in Senate Race

“More political fallout from a controversial remark made earlier this month by incumbent Sen. George Allen. Allen is now running neck-and-neck with Democratic challenger Jim Webb, according to a new Zogby poll by the Wall Street Journal. The negative fallout has severely decreased Allen’s double-digit lead and propelled challenger Jim Webb from long shot to contender. ‘This has taken a lot of shine off the armor of George Allen, and it has shown a side of him that perhaps a lot of people didn’t know before,’ said George Mason University political analyst Mark Rozell.”

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