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360 Classes, 8 Degrees, 1 Family

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 13, 2019

Mary Monsen, née Krappweis, BS Management ’11, says she decided to attend Mason because it was a great school close to home. “I thought Mason offered a very good value proposition: A great education for a reasonable price near a booming job market.”

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Not Your Average Art Project

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on March 13, 2019

When government and international politics major Finn Fisk walked around Mason’s Fairfax Campus as a freshman, she felt that something was missing from the local art scene. Thanks to her, Mason held its first Contemporary Mural Art Festival.

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25 Ways Mason Is Military Friendly

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 29, 2018

For almost a decade, George Mason University has been ranked as one of the most military-friendly universities in the country. Join the Mason Spirit in counting all the ways Mason is working to recognize you or your family member’s service.

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Mandela Grandson Comes to Mason

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 26, 2018

For Siyabulela Mandela, Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) was the only place he felt he could continue the legacy of his late grandfather, Nelson Mandela, fighting for freedom and justice.

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WGMU’s First Female GM

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

Sasha Toophanie started at Mason’s student-run station as an assistant to the music director. Two years later, she is now WGMU’s first female general manager.

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A Honey of a Deal

By Damian Cristodero on August 1, 2018

Ten George Mason University students gathered at a table in Enterprise Hall and in no time had filled nearly 100 boxes with K-cups of tea infused with honey from Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative. Profits from the sale of the Patriot Pollinator Coalition tea will go back into the initiative, a joint partnership between the School of Business and College of Science.

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Mason Crime Scene House

By Mason Spirit contributor on July 20, 2018

Television shows like CSI and NCIS make it look easy. But Mason graduate student Taylor McGee says making sense out of a real crime scene isn’t quite that simple. McGee and a group of her classmates from Mason’s Forensic Science Program recently got a real look at what processing a crime scene entails when they made the trek to Mason’s new crime scene house.

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Over the past 30+ years, Mason’s 10,000-seat arena has been a big part of campus life and the Northern Virginia community. Since its 1985 opening, the Patriot Center (now EagleBank Arena) has been visited by more than 12 million patrons for more than 3,600 events that have ranged from ultimate fighting to the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Saskia Clay-Rooks

By Arthur Wesley, BA '17 on March 7, 2018

Saskia Clay-Rooks, executive director of Mason’s University Career Services, is constantly updating the programs and web resources offered to ensure they are timely and relevant to students in their career search. While plenty of resources are available online, she looks to provide students and recent graduates with other opportunities—the biggest of which are the connections her staff is able to facilitate between students and employers, alumni, or faculty.

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Building a Mystery

By Colleen Kearney Rich on March 1, 2018

This fall Mason English professor and novelist Laura Ellen Scott, MFA ’93, saw the release of the second book, Crybaby Lane (Pandamoon Publishing, 2017) in her New Royal Mysteries trilogy. The books revolve around a university and its crime writing program in the fictional Ohio town of New Royal.

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