George Mason in the News

Posted: March 9, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Saturday, March 3, San Francisco Chronicle

The Forever Stamp

“In this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes. The U.S. Postal Service wants to add an item to that list: First-class postage. A ‘forever stamp’ that would be good for first-class mail in perpetuity, no matter how much postal rates rise over the years, got a vote of confidence from the independent Postal Regulatory Commission earlier this week. The stamp — along with a 2-cent rate hike to 41 cents — could become a reality as soon as May if the post office’s board of governors approves it. It would sell for the same price as a regular first-class stamp. The post office ‘must assume that they’ll come out ahead over time – “breakage” or stamps sold but not used,’ Gary Leff, an economist and chief financial officer of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center wrote in an e-mail.”

Sunday, March 4, Washington Post

In High-Tech World, Access to Students Still Difficult

“College students now are wired, wireless, Sidekicked, Facebooked, YouTubed and bleeping with instant messages and text messages. But try getting an important announcement out to everyone on campus. It’s the flip side of all the technology: Students are more connected than ever — but surprisingly tricky for administrators to reach. ‘Oftentimes it takes multiple attempts,’ said Kara Danner of George Mason University. ‘There’s not one clear way.’ Some schools, including the University of Maryland and [George Mason University], are launching web portals, in effect customizing the web site so that each student gets just the e-mail, basketball scores and updates he or she needs, said Danner, director of portal communications at [George Mason University].”

Monday, March 5, Sacramento Bee

Gadgets for Graying Set

“As the aging American population increasingly peers through reading glasses, fumbles with keys and begins to ponder life with hearing aids, technology companies are gearing up new products or adapting existing ones to capture a potentially huge and profitable demographic — baby boomers. The gadgets include oversize TV remote controls, simplified cellular phones and computers that ask for a thumbprint instead of a password.

‘Baby boomers have driven the economy and consumer demand for about every decade they have existed,’ said Andrew Carle, director of the Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. ‘As long as they continue to control the money, they will continue to drive the products that are being developed.’”

Tuesday, March 6, Washington Post

Callahan Set to Retire as N.Va. Delegate

“Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., one of Northern Virginia’s most popular and influential leaders, said yesterday that he’s retiring after nearly four decades, a decision that could greatly reduce the region’s influence in Richmond. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Callahan (R-Fairfax) has steered tens of millions dollars to projects in Northern Virginia, including new roads, buildings at George Mason University and educational programs at the Wolf Trap performing arts center. Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason, said he took a ‘gasp for breath’ when he learned yesterday that Callahan is retiring. Merten said Callahan was instrumental in a recent building boom at the campus, which has resulted in new facilities at the main Fairfax branch and campuses in Arlington and Prince William counties. Last year, the university formally recognized him for his efforts. ‘Every year, I would find myself having conversations with Vince as to what George Mason needed,’ Merten said. ‘In Vince, we knew we had a friend with power, and now we are not sure who is going to step forward and be that friend.’”

Thursday, March 8, Los Angeles Times

Conservatives See a Scapegoat in Libby

“The perjury conviction of former senior White House advisor I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby was condemned as a ‘travesty’ and a ‘politicized prosecution’ by much of the conservative media Wednesday. As the critics on the right saw it, an overzealous prosecutor, unable to find evidence of a real crime, turned what a Wall Street Journal editorial called a ‘trivial matter’ into a high-profile criminal case. ‘Perjury is a powerful prosecution tool — one that was abused here,’ Ronald Rotunda, a law professor at George Mason University, wrote in an op-ed piece in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. Since Fitzgerald knew that Libby was not the source for Novak’s disclosure of Plame’s name and employer, he should not have pressed ahead with the prosecution, argued Rotunda, who was a legal advisor to Starr during the Clinton impeachment. ‘I think perjury is a serious crime,’ Rotunda said in a telephone interview Wednesday. ‘If people lie, they ought to be prosecuted. But what I’m saying is we should be worried about prosecutors doing things like this.’”

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