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Archive for April, 2011

Celebration of Distinction 2011

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 28th, 2011

On April 13, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni at an elegant dinner in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. During the course of the evening, Mason President Alan G. Merten took a few minutes to address the group about his upcoming retirement in June 2012 and reiterate his…

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Mason? Yeah, There’s an App for That

by Jason Jacks on April 22nd, 2011

Junior Carlo Solano is not one for maps—well, not ones of the paper variety. So what did he do to ensure he doesn’t get lost on Mason’s massive Fairfax Campus? He made himself an app. Called GMU Mobile and designed mainly for people new to Mason, Solano’s smartphone application is a multitasking Mason tour guide…

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No Kidding! Those Are Elephants on the Fairfax Campus!

by Jason Jacks on April 11th, 2011

Imagine the shock when I pulled into the parking lot near the Patriot Center and saw these beautiful creatures getting a bath nearby. Yes, the circus has arrived! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to be exact, and the elephants are part of this Greatest Show on Earth, which runs from April 14-24…

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From the Archives: A Personal Look at George Mason’s First Family

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 7th, 2011

Editor’s Note: President Alan Merten has announced his intention to step down as president of George Mason University on June 30, 2012. As the university prepares for a presidential search and transition, we are getting a little nostalgic at the magazine. This article features the first family and originally appeared in the Fall 2000 Mason…

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Student Veterans Looking Out for Each Other

by Colleen Kearney Rich on April 5th, 2011

As the number of veterans within Mason’s student population increases, it isn’t surprising that the number of veterans’ student organizations has also increased. One such organization is the student-run Veterans Society of George Mason University. Do student veterans seek each other out? You bet they do, says Veterans Society president and former Marine Jacobo Flores….

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Alumna Turns Tragedy into Way to Help Others

by Jason Jacks on April 1st, 2011

Battling the lure of alcohol was nothing new for Shevonne Polastre’s younger sister, Kristine. No one thought, though, the problem would turn tragic, as it did on Jan. 26, 2010, when Kristine was found dead on an air base in Japan, the victim of alcohol poisoning. But while still deeply hurt by the loss of…

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