George Mason in the News

Posted: November 10, 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.

Thursday, Nov. 2,

George Mason’s Campus Is Still Buzzing over Hoops

“You reach the Final Four with George Mason and all sorts of opportunities come flowing onto your desk. You get a chance to be a guest conductor for a George Mason holiday concert, you become a hot name on the Washington speakers bureau roster in the D.C. area (and, to some extent nationally), you have the chance to start a leadership program and, of course, you are allowed to pursue your dream of being a teacher and authority in geography in the school systems. How much interest was there in having [Jim] Larranaga on the speakers bureau, as a geography consultant or even in starting a leadership program prior to March? Let’s just say Larranaga got form letters back and his phone didn’t ring with any of these offers. Times have changed. ‘He’s a walking commercial for us,’ George Mason president Dr. Alan Merten said. ‘I get phone calls about him every day.'”

Saturday, Nov. 4, Washington Post

For Sale, the Owner’s Ego; Feelings Often Play as Big a Role as Logic in Setting Prices, Research Finds

“Sam LeBlanc tried to cushion the blow when he gave his wife, Karyn, the bad news. He told her to take a breath and think it over, because he knew that what he was telling her would hurt. Her condominium isn’t worth nearly as much as she thought. ‘I was a little crushed,’ Karyn recalled. People may think they make cold, hard decisions in financial transactions such as buying and selling a house. Increasingly, though, research shows that emotions play as big a role as intellect. ‘There’s a whole emotional processing system that goes on in the brain that’s largely beyond our control,’ said Kevin McCabe, a professor of economics, law and neuroscience at George Mason University. ‘The general view is that our emotions control us, and not vice versa.'”

Tuesday, Nov. 6, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

Denying Election Myths?

“It’s considered conventional wisdom: American voter turnout has decreased steadily since the middle of the last century. It is even taught in classrooms as students try to cram their heads with both the flourish and flair of the Founding Fathers while learning the mechanics of how a bill becomes law. Americans are apathetic and disinterested in politics. We, democracy’s great beacon, have witnessed the dulling of our original passion, our great political experiment. And the numbers prove it, right? Wrong, says an assistant professor at George Mason University. ‘Most people are energetic and care about their democracy and want to participate,’ said Dr. Michael McDonald. ‘It’s difficult to debunk a myth of this proportion because it’s been out there for quite a while.'”

Monday, Nov. 6, Vancouver Sun

Bush Has Most to Lose in U.S. Mid-Term Vote

“The possibility of a Democrat-controlled Congress after Tuesday’s U.S. mid-term elections has Republicans fretting about their political future – and warning American voters they risk two years of liberalism gone wild on Capitol Hill. ‘It could end up being a really bad final two years for Bush, right at a time when he wanted to achieve some significant legacy,’ says Mark Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.”

Tuesday, Nov. 7, BBC

Ming Wan, associate chair for undergraduate studies and professor of government and politics, was interviewed by BBC’s “The World Today” program on China’s view of the mid-term election in the United States.

Thursday, Nov. 9, New York Times

The 2006 Elections: State By State-South

“Mr. Allen had been expected to win a second term easily but was hobbled by campaign miscues, including calling a Webb supporter of Indian descent ‘macaca’ at a campaign rally in August. That began a steady slide for Mr. Allen and opened the door for the Democrats. With a loss, he would have himself and his advisers to blame, said Mark J. Rozell, a political science professor at George Mason University. ‘There was nothing more damaging than the macaca incident,’ Mr. Rozell said. ‘That just set in motion this whole change in the tenor of his campaign.'”

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