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Turns Out, Crime Does Pay

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 28, 2016

Inch by inch, students carefully make their way around a grid placed on a muddy forensic excavation and research site on the Fairfax Campus. Their assignment: to unearth evidence in a staged outdoor crime scene. It’s the stuff of hit TV drama series. But for these students, the day’s rain-soaked efforts deliver far more than drama. They deliver real-life forensic science training, critical to qualifying for a career that already is waiting for them.

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Railey the Service Dog Awarded Honorary Diploma

By Mason Spirit contributor on July 6, 2016

One of George Mason University’s newest “graduates” is 2 feet tall, has a wet nose, and loves a good belly rub.

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Lights, Camera, FAVS Students in Action

By Colleen Kearney Rich on June 21, 2016

“I toured a lot of different film schools, and this was one of the only ones that emphasized working with other students,” says FAVS Meagan Arnold, who comes from Stephens City, Virginia. “It is really hard to make a short film by yourself.”

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Oldies But Goodies: Phoebe’s Throwback Thursdays

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on June 14, 2016

While it prides itself on supporting up-and-coming writers, Phoebe, Mason’s longstanding literary journal, is now spotlighting some old favorites. Through its new Throwback Thursday blogroll, the journal presents one piece from a past issue each week and promotes it via social media.

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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 14, 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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Re-living 2006’s Final Four Thrill through Fenwick Exhibit

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on March 2, 2016

Dozens of artifacts commemorating the 10th anniversary of Mason’s men’s basketball’s 2006 Final Four run are on display in Fenwick Library until the end of March.

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Five Questions with the Tuba Guy

By Colleen Kearney Rich on January 28, 2016

If you have driven to Mason’s Fairfax Campus, chances are good that you’ve caught a glimpse of Tuba Guy Jay Converse, MS ’88, probably on Braddock Road. He decorates his “beloved” 1951 Holton sousaphone with colorful propellers and pinwheels while making tracks—and music—around Fairfax City.

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A Peaceful Retreat

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 5, 2015

Set in the tranquil beauty of Mason Neck on the Potomac River, Mason’s new Point of View Campus will provide an ideal retreat location that promotes peace and reconciliation, as well as a site for faculty-led research and hands-on student practice of conflict resolution methods.

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Take Me to My Diploma

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 3, 2015

Like her fellow graduates, Erica Cohen, MEd Special Education ’15, was excited to attend her George Mason University convocation this spring. Unlike them, Cohen attended from 250 miles away, with the help of a four-foot-tall robot. For the past two years, Cohen had been part of a cohort of Fairfax County (Virginia) teachers working on…

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