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Archive for October, 2008

Coming of Age

by Colleen Kearney Rich on October 1st, 2008

Mason is growing up—and out. From its humble beginnings as George Mason College, the new age of Mason is here, along with $500 million worth of new projects.

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Then and Now

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 1st, 2008

In Mason’s early days, “dorm life” was a sort of oxymoron. But with more students, more rooms, more conveniences, and more technological innovations, there’s a whole lot of life in Mason’s residence halls.

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Raising the Curtain

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 1st, 2008

Virginia’s Prince William County and the City of Manassas are teaming up with Mason to provide the area with something it desperately needs: a top-notch performing arts facility in the form of the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts.

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Disciplinary Trespassing

by Colleen Kearney Rich on October 1st, 2008

On Clarence J. Robinson’s death in 1983, his $5 million bequest was the largest gift Mason had ever received. But it was a belief he shared with former university president George Johnson while he was alive that has had the greatest impact.

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CSI: Fairfax

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

An interest in forensics fuels academic programs. Mention the word “forensics” to someone and it likely conjures up images of beautiful people miraculously solving crimes in convenient 60-minute periods while driving fast cars and removing their sunglasses at particularly dramatic moments. The latest technology is always available in the lab, and the resulting data provide…

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Instruments in the Attic

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

Dust off that flute from high school and give it a new home. What’s hiding in your attic or closet? An unused clarinet, trombone, or sax left from your marching band days? Your great-aunt’s violin? Turn past into present by participating in Instruments in the Attic, a new tax-deductible instrument donation program at Mason. The…

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Innovative Program Graduates First Class

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

The first group of students to participate in Mason’s China 1+2+1 Program graduated from Yunnan University in Kunming, China, this summer. Mason president Alan Merten had the opportunity to speak during the ceremony. The 15 students spent their first year of college at their home university, their sophomore and junior years at Mason, and their…

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Goodbye, PV… Finally

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

Widely appreciated by the student body for its secluded, social atmosphere, Patriot Village—a student housing community located behind the PE Building on the Fairfax Campus—is no more. With the construction of new on-campus housing, Patriot Village was no longer needed, so this summer, the module apartments were dismantled and hauled away after nearly 25 years…

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Go West, Young Gunston

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

The university mascot is providing scholarly inspiration to California grade school students Gunston has gone west. A class at Agua Caliente School in Cathedral City, California, has adopted Mason’s furry mascot and taken an interest in the university. A letter to Mason from second-grade teacher Amy Kudlac led to a partnership between the university and…

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Go for the Gold

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

Mason sophomore Kate Ziegler made her first Olympic appearance in Beijing this summer. She was named to the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team after finishing second in the 400-meter and the 800-meter freestyle events at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Ziegler, who struck gold in the 2007 World Championships in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter…

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