Archive for January, 2005

This Month in the Community…

January 31, 2005

Following are members of the George Mason community who made presentations to community groups in September as part of the University Speakers Bureau. For more information on participating in the Speakers Bureau, call 703-993-8846.

Muir to Step Down as NCC Associate Dean

January 31, 2005

By Tara Laskowski

Janette Kenner Muir, associate dean of New Century College (NCC), will be stepping down from that position when her term ends in July after six years on the job. She will go back to full-time teaching at the university. A national search is now under way to replace her.

Governor Affirms Mason’s Potential as Major Research Institution

January 31, 2005

Distancing himself from comments made by his secretary of technology last fall, Virginia Gov. Mark Warner told ExecutiveBiz e-magazine recently that George Mason University has the potential to become a major research institution.

Candlelight Vigil Wednesday Remembers Tsunami Victims

January 31, 2005

By Jeremy Lasich

The George Mason community is invited to participate in a candlelight vigil ceremony on Wednesday to remember the victims of the tsunami. The International Student Umbrella organization (ISU) is organizing the event.

Black History Month Celebrates Efforts of the Niagara Movement

January 31, 2005

By Colleen Kearney Rich

This year’s Black History Month celebration at George Mason focuses on the Niagara Movement, a turn-of-the-century effort to promote racial justice that was led by W.E.B. DuBois. The movement also aimed to counteract the racially conservative philosophy of the Tuskegee Institute’s Booker T. Washington, who gained national attention when he outlined his proposal of racial accommodation in 1895. The Niagara Movement promoted eight principles that laid the foundation for the Harlem Renaissance era and the creation of the NAACP.

Professor Emeritus William McFarlane Dies

January 31, 2005

William H. McFarlane, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, died on Jan. 26 at the age of 83. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Rape Aggression Defense Class Offered Next Week

January 28, 2005

George Mason University Police and Sexual Assault Services will present a two-day, 12-hour women’s self-defense course to university-affiliated women beginning Saturday, Feb. 5.

George Mason in the News

January 28, 2005

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Discussion on Upcoming Election Reflects Division among Iraqis

January 28, 2005

By Robin Herron

A panel discussion on the upcoming election in Iraq sponsored by George Mason’s Center for Global Studies and the Iraqi American Alliance on Wednesday showed Iraqis disagree on whether elections should be held now or postponed until there is less violence and more stability in the country.

Neuromancer Is Focus of Text and Community This Semester

January 28, 2005

By Jennifer Mitchell

The featured work for the 2005 Text and Community Project is William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Published in 1984, the science fiction novel is credited with popularizing the now-commonplace terms “cyberspace,” “cyberpunk,” and “the matrix.”