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Commuter Students Get Some Love from Mason

By Jason Jacks on March 22, 2011

Just because Mason is now classified as a residential university doesn’t mean we can forget about the biggest portion of our student-body: off-campus scholars. Currently, Mason is in the middle of what is being billed as Off-Campus Appreciation Week. The week features a slew of workshops and activities to help students with some of the…

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Mason graduate student Andi Kornak’s new job has her happily declaring, “lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” The Michigan native was recently named curator of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s carnivores and large mammals exhibits, meaning she gets to work with some of the biggest species of the animal kingdom, including bears, elephants, and rhinos. So…

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GBAY Returns: You Too Can Have Your Name in Deli Meats!

By Jason Jacks on February 4, 2011

Sotheby’s may have a Picasso or Rembrandt for sale, but what about the chance to have you name immortalized in food stuffs? Returning for its second year on March 3, Mason’s student-run GBAY auction lets bidders battle it out for everything from a book autographed by a Jersey Shore star to having a sandwich or…

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So Long, Commuter School Label!

By Jason Jacks on January 20, 2011

We who live, study, and work at Mason have known for some time that the days of the university turning into a ghost town after the daily mass exodus of commuter students are long gone. With about 5,400 students now living on the Fairfax Campus, the university is a 24/7, living, breathing, eating, sleeping, studying,…

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Forensics? Put Me in, Coach. I’m Ready to Debate!

By Jason Jacks on January 11, 2011

I mean John Fogerty no disrespect with my corny rip off of his lyrics, but after talking with two members of Mason’s forensics team, I’m jazzed about forensics—especially the perennial winning program Mason is fielding year after year. Here are some of the team’s mind-blowing highlights (not new news to you forensics aficionados): Forensics, which…

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Happy 30th Birthday, Creative Writing!

By Mason Spirit contributor on December 21, 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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After the Quake: ‘We Can Get Back to Where We Were’

By Jason Jacks on December 3, 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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HIV Awareness: Mondo Making it Work at Mason Saturday!

By Jason Jacks on November 30, 2010

Just to keep you alumni up on what’s happening on your old stomping grounds, reality show celeb Mondo Guerra, or just Mondo, thank you (how couture!), will be on Mason’s Fairfax Campus most of this Saturday as part of the university’s HIV Awareness Week. For you diehard Project Runway fans, the following couple sentences are…

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