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Archive for December, 2010

Happy 30th Birthday, Creative Writing!

by Mason Spirit contributor on December 21st, 2010

Mason’s English MFA Program kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 30th anniversary earlier this year at a new two-day springtime writers’ conference that featured representatives from each of the program’s three decades: the program’s first alumnus, Robert J. Flanagan, ’81; novelist Dallas Hudgens, ’92; and current student, poet Aubrey Lenahan. Other highlights included a…

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Alum Has a Green Thumb for Making Old Look New Again

by Jason Jacks on December 17th, 2010

Mason alumnus and reduce, reuse, and recycle advocate Danielle Sigwalt, BA English ’99, has no qualms when it comes to taking home a lightly used piece of furniture she spots in front of a neighbor’s home. “My son will tell me, ‘There’s a good one, mom. Let’s go get it!’” she says. “He’s big into…

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Video: Happy Holidays from Mason

by Jason Jacks on December 16th, 2010

To the entire Mason community, Happy Holidays! By the way, Mason’s very own Doc Nix wrote and composed the music for this video. Enjoy! George Mason University – “Love, Peace, and Joy” from Lab3 Productions on Vimeo.

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Video Countdown: Mason’s YouTube Top Five

by Jason Jacks on December 13th, 2010

With YouTube announcing this month its top 10 most viewed videos of 2010, I thought it was about time to see where Mason-mentioned videos stack up. Not wanting to limit myself to just this year, I searched on all videos in YouTube that mention “George Mason University,” and sorted them by view count. Of the…

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In the below videos, Kevin McCarthy, BA Communication ’06, interviews two of the biggest stars in the movie biz: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. McCarthy, who reviews movies for 106.7 the Fan and Fox 5 News in Washington, D.C., traveled to Paris recently to chat with Jolie and Depp as they plugged their new movie,…

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Have an Innovation? We Want to Hear from You!

by Jason Jacks on December 6th, 2010

Hey, great thinkers at Mason! Have a bit of innovation you’re proud of and want to tell the whole world about it (well, at least Mason’s little part of the world)? Recently launched was Mason’s new Innovation Inventory, a program where members of the Mason community (professors, staff, students, alumni) can extol the benefits, virtues,…

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After the Quake: ‘We Can Get Back to Where We Were’

by Jason Jacks on December 3rd, 2010

The earth growled and rolled like crashing waves, causing ceilings to cave, walls to collapse, and roads to buckle. Among the chaos in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that fateful afternoon of January 12, 2010, was Mason graduate student Regine Jean-Francois, who was visiting her parents over the Christmas break. She was scheduled to catch a flight back…

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Hoop Dreams: He Took a Shot and Got Gold!

by Jason Jacks on December 1st, 2010

Wayne Spencer’s lifelong basketball journey has taken him from the hardwood at George Mason University to a gold medal more than three decades later in Eugene, Oregon. A point guard for Mason from 1971 to 1974, Spencer, BA Biology ’76, has yet to hang up his high-tops. This summer, he led his over-55 basketball team…

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