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Archive for May, 2016

Quidditch is the fastest growing club sport at Mason. The team is young, just two years old, and they are preparing to compete at their second national competition this spring. About 50 students showed up at the interest meeting at the start of the fall semester, and the team has continued to recruit throughout the…

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Father to Son, a Passion for Serving Mason

by Rob Riordan on May 14th, 2016

“I grew up with George Mason,” Jimmy Hazel, JD ’84, says, and he means it literally. The chair of the George Mason University Foundation Board of Trustees was speaking to a room packed with Mason supporters who had come together during Homecoming Week for the dedication of the James W. Hazel Conference Room in Merten…

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Giovanna Chesler on the Diversity Crisis in the Film Industry

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 11th, 2016

What does it mean to teach a diverse group of students a craft in an inaccessible industry? Filmmaker Giovanna Chesler has asked herself this question frequently over the past 15 years of university teaching.

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A Hollywood Remake, Mason Style

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 10th, 2016

Mason’s growing Film and Video Studies Program is incredibly diverse in an industry that isn’t. Director Giovanna Chesler is building a competitive film program that she hopes the Hollywood film industry will one day resemble.

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Deployments and frequent moves are just a few of the battles military children face. Mason is preparing teachers to support them and help them succeed.

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Honoring Nation’s Fallen Through Music

by Jamie Rogers on May 4th, 2016

Music alumnus Daniel Boothe was asked by the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations to compose a musical accompaniment for video documentaries of dignified transfers, or somber ceremonies for fallen U.S. soldiers returning home through Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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Race and Justice in America

by Colleen Kearney Rich on May 4th, 2016

In the new book Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System (New York University Press, 2015), Mason criminology, law and society professor Devon Johnson and coeditors Patricia Y. Warren of Florida State University and Amy Farrell of Northwestern University use the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case to explore how highly publicized criminal cases shape public opinion about offenders, the criminal process, and justice in the United States.

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Turning Passion into Profession

by Mason Spirit contributor on May 3rd, 2016

If you followed your favorite NFL team on ESPN this past season, there’s a good chance Mason alumnus Brian Burke provided the reporters you saw on camera with in-game analysis information.

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