An NRO reader recently asked for my opinion of George Mason University. I don’t have much to say about the undergraduate experience. I’ve been on the campus and have some vague impressions–the economics department is highly regarded–but nothing more. A few years ago, however, I did write a feature for NR on GMU’s law school, which is full of conservative and libertarian professors. If I was considering law school, GMU would rank high on my wish list of potential destinations.
The article originally ran in the issue dated March 13, 2006. It appeared online on March 26. This was the exact date of GMU’s greatest sports victory ever: Its basketball team beat Connecticut in the NCAA tournament, securing a trip to the Final Four (where it lost to eventual national champion Florida). In magazine publishing, however, dates are a little funny. The March 13 issue wasn’t actually published on March 13–it was printed more than two weeks beforehand. So I had no idea of what was about to happen. GMU’s success on the basketball court generated interest in the school itself, which generated a little extra attention for my article. My only regret is that the article itself begins with a football metaphor. Obviously, I picked the wrong sport.
My next scheduled NRO podcast, by the way, is with Mark Yost, the author of Varsity Green, a book on corruption in the NCAA. Watch this space.
Before the fuss over GMU’s law school and basketball team, I wrote a brief article on George Mason the man, when his national memorial was dedicated. In the article, the link to the park service’s website is dead. Here’s a live one.