FOURTH ESTATE Summer 2014 | Orientation Guide George Mason University’s official student news outlet
What last year’s new students wished they knew. We try to clear up the confusion p. 13
Who’s in charge?
5 of the most important people running Mason p. 7
An intern in Palestine..
One editor’s summer study abroad experience & tips on going to school around the world p. 4-5
Tips on how to beat traffic and live the off-campus life p. 20-21
2014 Summer Orientation Guide (LAURA BAKER/FOURTH ESTATE)
Letter from the Editor-in-Chief
Orientation Guide Letter from the Student Body President
I’ll start this off like many other introductions you’ll hear over the course of your orientation, welcome to Mason and making it to college is a rewarding experience unto itself. I hope you stick around here and enjoy yourself. What I won’t do in this space is extoll every virtue that Mason has to offer, rather, I’ll leave that to our student body president Phil to the right of me.
(VERNON MILES/FOURTH ESTATE)
The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to get over your neuroses and self-imposed barriers and just enjoy it all. Get involved with some student organization, find an on-campus job or don’t be self-conscious about forcing interactions. This is also where I’ll not so subtly plug the idea of getting involved with a student media organization, but especially Fourth Estate. I swear I didn’t just string you along to this point just to shill for the news outlet that I run, but getting involved at Fourth Estate really made my Mason experience worthwhile. Here, I was able to pursue something I enjoy -- writing -- and also meet a bunch of really dope people. Of course, I’m not saying Fourth Estate will be your bag, but just get out there and don’t be a bum like me before it’s too late. Enjoy your time at Mason, and if nothing else, heed this recently dug up advice from an old, wise scholar -- and a man who couldn’t eat 24 eggs in one sitting. “Didn’t make sense not to live for fun, your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb. So much to do, so much to see, so what’s wrong with taking the backstreets? You’ll never know if you don’t go; you’ll never shine if you don’t glow.” Thank you and have a very #blessed orientation.
HAU CHU EDITOR-IN-CHIEF GMUFOURTHESTATE@GMAIL.COM @HAUCHU
Daniel Gregory Managing Editor
Niki Papadogiannakis Managing Editor News Editor
Suhaib Khan Print News Editor
Sara Moniuszko Lifestyle Editor
Savannah Norton Print Lifestyle Editor
I distinctly remember signing up for the last available orientation session and not attending a single one of the optional ‘fun’ events on the agenda at each orientation -- though I’m sure the Russell Brand vehicle “Arthur” was quite a treat. All I remember was the dread of being transported from building to building by my Patriot Leader and sitting through their variety skits in the Center for the Arts.
Some of you will almost certainly experience these same emotions and feelings the first year, but I’m telling you that it’s okay. It is completely okay to feel disconnected and out of place at times. This is all inherently an awkward situation to be immersed in living and interacting daily with a bunch of strangers.
Hau Chu Editor-In-Chief
Think of me as the devil on your other shoulder. “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Fairfax, Va. is the tenth circle. Well, let’s not get that overdramatic but I do want to talk briefly about my orientation experience which might echo some of the other weirdos out there reading this.
Immediately, I felt a large disconnect from Mason -- mostly because in my mind, I resigned myself to the commuter/off-campus life -- and all I wanted to do was get to the last event of the second day, registering for classes. My first year on campus was really no different. I didn’t really find my place on campus and not living in a community of other students put me at a disadvantage to building any early meaningful social interactions.
Amy Podraza Asst. Photography Editor
Aysha Abdallah Design Editor
Walter Martinez Phil Abbruscato, student body president (left) and Dilan Wickrema, student body vice president (right) Welcome to Mason! My name is Phil Abbruscato and I am this year’s Student Body President. On behalf of the entire Student Government of George Mason University, I would like to congratulate all of you new Patriots on making it this far in your quest for academic development and personal enlightenment. You are officially members of the best community Virginia has to offer. The next four years of your life will be full of some of the most exciting, difficult and fulfilling moments you will ever experience. You will have opportunities to meet the most amazing people and to do things you have never dreamt of ! In order to fully experience the Mason culture while you are here, be sure to take courses that challenge and excite you, sport your green and gold to cheer on our multiple athletic teams, apply for internships, join clubs and engage in different leadership roles within our University’s community. You are about to enter a time in your life where you will be challenged to think independently and stretch yourself far beyond the limits you have become accustomed to. The “college experience” is much more than a simple trip from point A to point B with an obtainable prize at the end. It is a voyage with many twists and turns where you will be able to collect rewards throughout the entirety of your journey. Remember that the next four years are for YOU. This is the time for you to develop into the person that you want to be for the rest of your life. From this point on, all decisions you make need to be based on what is best for YOU (don’t take these decisions lightly!). As young adults, we find ourselves charged with the task of carving out a life-path with the end goal of becoming quality citizens of this world. We will never be
able to accomplish this task if the societal role we are playing is one that we are not confident or sure of. Independence can be a very invigorating and terrifying experience. It is therefore important to utilize your time now to the best of your abilities to prepare yourself for the future. I know you can do it and it’s important that you recognize that too! As another piece of advice - be sure to have these important conversations about your journey with family and friends; don’t try to make your way through this voyage alone! It’s imperative to have a strong support network, as the people closest to you can sometimes offer the best advice in the event that you’re feeling unsure of what the next step in your journey should be. Now it’s time for you to go out and have fun, make mistakes, and achieve your goals! Remember that there will be people every step of the way to help you. You can find students and faculty in the Office of Student Involvement in the HUB who love nothing more than mentoring and informing students of the great services and opportunities Mason has to offer. The Student Government office is located there as well, so don’t be afraid to peek in, say hello, and ask us any questions you may have. Now that I’ve hopefully gotten you excited and ready to go, it’s time for you to read over your course syllabi, set up your goals for your first semester, and “don your green and gold!” You’re in for an exciting adventure! PHIL ABBRUSCATO STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT
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AN EDITOR ABROAD IN PALESTINE
When most Americans consider studying abroad, they don’t often jump immediately to a region under military occupation where conflict is often just around the corner. But I wasn’t looking for the stereotypical study abroad experience. Travel to Western Europe or other stable countries, while still exciting, is an experience that anyone can undertake on their own. What most people can’t do is travel to a region that is home to holy sites for the three Abrahamic faiths and has seen Ottoman rule, British political mandate, European colonization, numerous subsequent wars, and continues to be the site of political strife today. I’m living near Ramallah, Palestine this summer, where I’ll be interning with the Palestinian Public Relations firm Ellam Tam as part of Mason’s Israel/Palestine study abroad and internship program. The experience allows me six internship credits and three academic credits in the Arab/Israeli conflict course.
Abrahamic religions, we went on a different tour that focused on Jerusalem as a political battleground and began to understand the complexities of the city as it related to the occupation. During the second tour, we saw the vast differences between West and East Jerusalem, the iconic Wall being constructed in order to divide Palestinian and Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. I had previously read about all of these issues, and considered myself fairly well-versed on them, but there’s something profound about seeing the impoverishment of a Palestinian neighborhood juxtaposed with a luxurious, fortressed Israeli home built right in the middle of it. It’s this level of immersion that is the true value of studying abroad. Reading about a concept or place is undeniably important in order to gain context, but the importance of immersion in the concept or place is just as essential in gaining understanding.
I’m living with a host family in a tiny Christian Palestinian village called Birzeit. My host family provides me with delicious Palestinian food every day while showing me what life is like for the average Palestinian family.
Of course, studying abroad is equal parts work and fun. In addition to the lectures and meetings, we’ve spent nights out in Jerusalem, afternoons on Mediterranean beaches and we’ll be having trips into Petra and various other cities in the region.
The program began with a week-long seminar in Jerusalem, where I was together with all the other students on the program. We spent the week meeting with chief Palestinian legislators, the deputy Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s spokesperson, the editor-in-chief of Israel’s primary newspaper, as well as Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life in order to gain a comprehensive grasp of the conflict first-hand.
The most memorable (and unfortunate) experience so far was
when I was walking with a few friends on a rustic pier extending into the Mediterranean, fully dressed. On the pier, an enormous wave crashed over us, leaving us drenched and scrambling to dry our phones/cameras. It was my first encounter with the Mediterranean. Studying abroad is probably the most fulfilling experience you’ll have in college. Before I left, many people told me that their study abroad experience was one of the most meaningful experiences they’d had in their lifetimes, and it’s looking to turn out that way for me as well. The things you encounter while studying abroad are unique not only because they’re foreign, but because you encounter them with a group of people with similar mindsets as yours, who are also looking to get as much out of this program as you. SUHAIB KHAN PRINT NEWS EDITOR
I was humbled and nervous to be meeting such important people, as well as grateful to our program director Yehuda Lukacs, but the moment that stood out to me was meeting the editor-inchief of Haaretz, Aluf Ben. As an aspiring journalist myself, I found myself incredibly starstruck meeting this important individual. He met with us in an intimate setting and gave us a lecture about the problems plaguing Israeli society today and answered any questions we had.
While Mason offers a course on the Arab-Israeli conflict, venturing into the heart of the occupation itself sheds an entirely different light on it. On our first day in Jerusalem, we visited the Old City and saw sites such as the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and the Church of Holy Sepulcher. Immediately following this fascinating tour of holy sites of the
(SUHAIB KHAN/FOURTH ESTATE)
Early in the seminar, we met with a prominent Palestinian legislator, Hanan Ashrawi, only to find, later that week, her face plastered on the wall of the Yitzhak Rabin Museum. The authority of the individuals we met with was astonishing.
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The who’s-who in administration... SUHAIB KHAN PRINT NEWS EDITOR
Angel Cabrera | President Recognized by “The Financial Times” as one of the top 20 business school leaders in the world, President Angel Cabrera began his term in July 2012. Before becoming Mason’s sixth president, he served as president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and as professor and dean of IE Business School in his native country, Spain. Cabrera is highly active on social media,
and frequently tweets using the handle @CabreraAngel about everything from politics to soccer. In addition to his administrative responsibilities and his busy life on social media, Cabrera has published a book on leadership in global business. Furthermore, he serves on a variety of boards including the Fulbright Scholar Program and the ESSEC Business School while frequently speaking at many international forums.
J.J. Davis | Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance Innovation, expansion and subsequently, construction are all an integral part of Mason’s school identity. J.J Davis, senior vice president for finance and administration, oversees the administration and direction of finances that fund the numerous construction projects on campus. In addition, she oversees transportation and parking services, human resources and
payroll and facilities management. Davis held a similar position at the University of Delaware, where she served as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Her resume also includes working for State of Delaware in a variety of administrative positions, such as budget director and deputy secretary of education.
David Wu | Provost David Wu will assume the role of Provost and Executive Vice President this fall, following an extensive selection process. Wu previously served as Dean of Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, where he promoted research and global studies for his students. Wu bring his expertise
in these fields of study as Mason looks to grow. First and foremost, Wu hopes to institute more multidisciplinary programming, something he advocated during his time at Lehigh. Ideally, this will generate new research opportunities across disciplines, which will generate both relevant research questions while providing the university with research funding.
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With the recent opening of Mason’s international campus in Songdo, South Korea, Vice President for Global Strategies Anne Schiller has been busy. With Mason’s recent focus on internationalization and creatings a global-oriented campus, new initiatives have
been launched. Those initiatives include Mason’s Songdo campus and the INTO partnership, which will increase the number of international students on Mason’s campus, both of which Schiller supervised.
Mason has a diverse student body, and Vice President Rose Pascarell works to maintain balance and mutual understanding on campus. Pascarell’s time at Mason has been spent building “just communities,” as well as increasing student engagement and success.
Her work on building community includes teaching workshops on race, class, gender and sexuality. Like President Cabrera, Pascarell is active on Twitter (@RosePascarell), often tweeting about the Mason community.
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Top 5 places to study on campus 1. The Library The first and probably most obvious place to study at Mason is the in the library. Fenwick Library provides students a quiet place to hit the books (and have access to tons of library books as well). Stick to the left side of the building to avoid potential noise or disruptions from the construction on the right side. Pick any desk or table within the stacks, choose carefully if youâ€™re going to need an outlet, or sit on the couches on the first floor. For students who prefer studying in an area without noise and distractions, you can not go wrong with Fenwick.
2. The Johnson Center Although the Johnson Center is one of the central buildings on campus, it can also be a great place to study up for your big test. Grab some food from the first floor and find a place to sit either by yourself at a desk or with friends in one of the study rooms.
will have access to all your school books, as well as all your late-night study snacks. Be careful not to fall asleep if youâ€™re studying on your bed! Using your desk is always a good idea to keep you awake and focused.
4. Starbucks Starbucks is not only one of the best places to get your favorite caffeinated drinks on campus, but it is also a soothing place to get some studying done. With comfortable couches and convenient tables and chairs, Starbucks is perfect for late-night cramming since it is open 24 hours.
5. Outside If the weather is nice, studying outside is a refreshing change to all the time spent indoors during class. Throw out a blanket and get your reading done while laying out on the quad near Sub1 or utilize the outdoor benches and tables near the JC, the Hub or Bench Row/ SUB I Quad.
3. Your Dorm Staying in your dorm to study means you
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Wisdom from Fourth Estate
Fourth Estate editors share their favorite class and best advice to incoming students Alexa Rogers, News Editor | Sophomore, Communication major (Media Production & Criticism) and International/Comparative Studies minor. COMM 101, Interpersonal and Group Interaction, was a great way to learn how to communicate effectively in a group environment, which is a really valuable skill to bring to other classes and a work environment. Mason offers a lot of different areas for studying (Fenwick Library, the JC, the Ridge, Starbucks, etc.) so take the first few weeks of school to test each one out and find the one that works best for you, that way by finals you’ll already have an effective study spot.
Amy Podraza, Ass. Photography Editor | Senior, double major in Communication and Government/International Politics GOVT 101, Democracy and Democratic Theory was the class that got me interested in studying government since it opened my eyes to what democracy really is and how other countries and people view it. Staying on top of your readings from the very start of the semester is the most beneficial thing you can do, otherwise, you will have a lot of reading to do at the last moment and will be more stressed out than you need to be.
Daniel Gregory, Online Managing Editor | Senior, Communication major (Media Production & Criticism) and Electronic Journalism I took a class called 42 men with Richard Norton Smith. For 3 hours once a week, it was Presidential story time in the bottom of Krug Hall. I learned Calvin Coolidge used to ring the bell for the secret service...then hide. Take advantage of the first weekend living on campus. It’s a weird time, but it’s also a lot of fun. You never know, you might meet your best man or maid of honor. Also, play Kan Jam.
Hannah Menchhoff, Online Lifestyle Editor | Senior, Communication major (public relations) and theater minor
Never be afraid to ask questions, it is always better to know what is going on then wasting time sitting in class wishing you knew what is going on.
Savannah Norton, Print Lifestyle Editor | Junior, Communication major and Electronic Journalism minor THR 210, Acting 1 is a fun course to take if you need an arts elective or if you are a theater major. I made friends and it helped me feel comfortable in college. The interactive nature of the class is a refreshing change from sitting in a lecture hall. Go to the library to do your homework. Your dorm room has too many distractions and friends nearby, you’ll never get it done in a reasonable amount of time. Libraries are quiet and it’s a good excuse for you to get some Starbucks.
Hau Chu, Editor-In-Chief | Senior, Government and International Politics major GOVT 101 or GOVT 132 (only if Eric Shiraev is the professor), I didn’t have to take 101 -- and had to take 132 -- but any class taught by Shiraev is going to be a fun and informative class. My piece of advice is to not listen to me. I have been here three years and have never seen my advisor -- I promise to go this year -- so I can’t really impart academic wisdom or pretend like I know way more than you. I would say to use the degree evaluation tool on Patriot Web early and often.
THR 210, Acting I, It is a class for actors and non-actors that gives students the confidence to step out of their comfort zones and be more confident about performing and public speaking.
(KATRYNA HENDERSON/FOURTH ESTATE)
OPINION: One thing I wish I knew... You might think that the “one thing I wish I knew” would be the usual stuff. Something like realizing how hard college would be, getting involved more, or even how to manage my time better. However, what I wish I knew is much more than that. While all of those “usual” things are important, I wish I knew that I would change throughout college. With that, I also wish I knew that the decisions I made during freshmen year would not define me for the rest of my life. Knowing this would have saved me a lot more time during those early days when I was trying to mold myself into someone I wasn’t. During my freshmen year, I got good grades and stayed out of trouble, but I still made decisions that I am not the proudest
of. This doesn’t mean I was arrested or was put on academic probation, but everyone makes decisions sometimes that are bad in their own way. I put a lot of pressure on myself in the name of my future and education which led to stress that I didn’t need. All of this pressure just caused me to be afraid of failure. It kept me from stepping outside of my comfort zone. I had this idea of what me as a “college student” was and tried to fit that. Pressure from other people also led me to have this illusion of who I needed to be. Therefore, I didn’t take full advantage of just having a fresh start in a new, fun place. Don’t be afraid to step outside of that comfort zone and take
chances. You may fail at some things, but that’s okay. It’s the failures you will learn the most from, not the successes. Most importantly, don’t lose who you are for the sake of fitting in or feeling like you have to be a certain way. Now a senior at Mason, I am so glad I later chose to try new things and allow myself to change for the better. College is truly a new beginning and a big change so embrace it. AVERY POWELL ONLINE NEWS EDITOR
OPINION: Experience college at college When I began my freshman year at Mason last fall, I thought I pretty much had everything figured out. I was going to get my general education classes out of the way, write and, hopefully, end up working for the campus newspaper (which as you might have noticed, I accomplished). I wanted to make some new friends all while trying to succeed in the process of transferring by my junior year. Most importantly, I was NOT joining a sorority. I had been against joining Greek Life for as long as it had been a question prevalent to my life. I believed most of the stereotypes; I would pay for friends that would strongly encourage me to do things I did not want to do (also known as hazing), be forced to adopt TotalSororityMove as my new bible and meet frat boys that had “impressive” accolades such as a spreadsheet of the women they’ve slept with or the best case race time. I also never liked the idea that I would be defined by the organization I would a part of. I didn’t want someone to have an inaccurate view of me because of the sorority I chose. But, in October of last year, I felt myself getting bored of my little routine. My new
friends on my hall were starting to find places of their own and my close girl friends were about to go through recruitment for a new sorority on campus, Pi Beta Phi. Largely due to the fact that I would be completely abandoned for the weekend if I didn’t join my friends, I decided I would try it out. To my complete surprise, I ended up loving it. I really enjoyed meeting other women that wanted to work together to colonize a new sorority on campus. It was a large undertaking (a bit bigger than I think any of us realized), but it was really empowering to be a part of a group of women that wanted to take on that challenge. And much to my own comfort, no one asked me to change. There was no one telling me that I didn’t look or dress the part for my organization or that I needed to spend more time going out on the weekends. I got to be myself while meeting and becoming friends with a whole new group of people (and I still get to rag on TSM without any backlash). When I came home for Thanksgiving break, my friends were completely shocked that they had seen me in Bid Day photos on Facebook. Alexa Rogers, the independent newspaper girl that hates jumping on bandwagons joined a
sorority? It didn’t make sense, in fact, sometimes it still doesn’t. Yes, I still have dues and yes, I am still unimpressed by some of the people I have encountered in the Greek system, but being a part of my organization has really changed my college experience. I’ve made some of my best friends at Mason, both inside and outside of my sorority, and have already had experiences that have taught me important lessons that I can carry with me to job interviews and throughout the rest of my life. The important thing I take away from this entire experience is that I tried something new. I joined an organization that I never imagined I would ever be a part of, and I love it. I stepped out of my comfort zone and when you’re a freshman, that’s what college is all about. Of course, Greek Life might not be your thing, and it sure doesn’t have to be. Get involved in student government if you want to be involved in student life. Join a performance group or try out for a club sports team if you enjoy either one of those things. Get involved in Relay for Life if you’re passionate about cancer research, or as a shameless plug, check out Student Media if you enjoy writing .
Whatever you enjoy, there’s bound to be something here at Mason for you to get involved in. Don’t be afraid to jump into something new. Mason is an easy place to get lost in the shuffle of the number of different kinds of students we have on our campus. Finding a group or organization to be involved in is a really easy way to make this school your home. On a final note, some of you might really feel like you’re not ready for college, even if you consistently join the chorus of your high school friends that can’t wait for their freedom. And to be completely honest with you, you’re probably not; there’s really nothing in high school, maybe aside from academic standards that can prepare you for college. But that’s okay, embrace the unknown that is this awesome (it might not feel that way sometimes but really, freshman year is awesome) experience, try new things and do your best. Most importantly, don’t blink. Because when you do, it’ll all be over. ALEXA ROGERS NEWS EDITOR
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Here’s what we missed last year...
After reading the last few pages, our editorial staff took the time to provide some advice to incoming students. Despite our best efforts, we certainly missed some things. Here are a few concerns and questions freshmen when reflecting on orientation. Hopefully this will help answer some more of your questions and concerns. (LEILANI ROMERO/FOURTH ESTATE)
••••••• One thing I wish they would have emphasized more on is the importance of getting involved with clubs. I didn’t really get involved until late in my first semester and I haven’t looked back since then but I wish I would have gotten involved earlier so my experience could have been better than it already is. – Ryan Check out Alexa’s column on p. 12. Ryan is right, the sooner you get involved the better your experience will be. During Orientation, I wish I had heard more about the sororities and frats on campus. – Chantal There are many different fraternities and sororities on campus from social to service to multicultural. Office of Student Involvement in the HUB oversees these organizations. If you’re around campus the first few weeks of the semester, fraternities and sororities will be out in full force. Social, service and multicultural sororities and fraternities recruit and rush differently. Talk to the members of the organization you’re interested in or go and ask at OSI. I wish that they would have told me how to become involved in organizations if I didn’t sign up when the lists were right there. They just said I could join later. – Katie Well, it’s probably a good idea to sign up at orientation for these organizations even if you are not sure you actually want to participate. Most organizations do their recruitment of new students at orientation. After orientation, it will probably be more difficult to track down these groups, but not impossible. Remember the organization name and Google them. Also, OSI in the HUB could also help you contact your desired organization. Looking back, I wish they would of told me that Mason doesn’t intend on gaining a marching band or football team. The focus is more global and international, rather than appeal to the musically, and athletically
talented. – Keandra Mason may not have a have a marching band, but we have one of the best pep bands in the country. Doc Nix and The Green Machine have gained national recognition over the past decade. A video of The Green Machine playing Rage Against the Machine on YouTube has almost 2 million views. As for football, in a recent press conference introducing new athletic director Brad Edwards, President Cabrera cited the rising cost of education as a hinderance to adding a football team. Adding a football team would be an expensive endeavour that cannot be justified if it puts student affordability at risk according to Cabrera. I wish that that they would have told me that once you put money onto your Mason Money account you cannot take that money back from being Mason Money. I wish they would have explicitly said that the University Mall isn’t really a mall, but instead a shopping area where they have a couple stores. At the beginning of first semester I was thinking that it was a legit shopping mall, and I got overly excited for nothing. – Allison Allison, you nailed it, but don’t sleep on University Mall. University Mall has cheap movies and the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fridays at midnight. Brion’s Grille has half priced burgers on Tuesdays, and for you over 21 transfer students, Fat Tuesdays is a great dive bar with live music. I wished they would have told me more
about the parking and transportation (metro, shuttle) on campus. Although I am an off-campus student, I want to get involved with the society here at not only GMU but Fairfax county; I want to know where are good places to eat, shop, and how to get there efficiently. – Than For all of you concerned about transportation issues check out Niki’s guide to off-campus living on p.20-21 and read Hau’s letter from the Editor-InChief on p.2 about feeling connected to campus. I wish I was told that besides Starbucks, there’s nowhere that you can sit and do homework 24 hours (Starbucks is the only establishment that’s always open). – Alma Well Alma, Starbucks is an option to study 24 hours on campus, but there is also the Ridge located between Blue Ridge and Sandbridge for late-night study sessions. Also most of the newer dorms on campus have dedicated study rooms and, during finals, the JC is open 24 hours. That there was going to be so much construction and we wouldn’t get to have Ike’s. – Natalia Construction likely will be an ever present part of your time spent at Mason. It can be a pain, but it also means the school is growing. Sorry you missed out on Ike’s Freshman year Natalia, but there is good news for incoming students. Ike’s is scheduled to open
this fall. The one thing I wish GMU warned me about during orientation was that the freshman 15 is not a myth! – Andrea It is definitely not a myth, but Mason has healthy options available at Southside and other spots on campus like Sprouts and Hot Spot in the HUB. Also, Mason has a great resource in Lois Durant, who is Mason’s resident dietitian. She’s especially helpful if you have any specific dietary restrictions. More resources to form better study habits. – Louis Forming your study habits will take time. As you go through your first year at Mason, you’ll learn what works best for you. That being said, there are lots of resources available to you to help with your studies. For research papers, the library.gmu.edu has access to numerous databases that you can access scholarly research. Also, the Writing Center is available to help you with any paper. You can schedule an appointment at writingcenter.gmu.edu, but please don’t miss your appointment. Lastly, the Math Tutoring center is on the third floor of the JC in room 334, and is available for walk in appointments.
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All of these locations are available via metro and/or bus but you can also join Capital Bikeshare which gives you access to bikes throughout the city. You can join for a day, month, or year. It’s a great way to get around or do a fun group activity. You can sign up online and receive your key in the mail or register in person at one of the many bike kiosks. If you don’t feel like taking public transportation around the
WOODLEY PARK / ADAMS MORGAN National Zoo: Another free of charge attraction, go see the pandas, giraffes and more! Adams Morgan: Adam’s Morgan is a bit of a walk from the metro, but it is home to some cool restaurants, hookah bars, and hang out spots.
city, download the Uber app on your smartphone and take your own private car. The basic Uber car is typically cheaper than a cab ride. Uber usually only goes around D.C. and not from the suburbs in, but you may be able to find one floating around. A similar app is Lyft. If you like these ideas but want a little more of a professional touch, Washington Walks offers tours of various D.C. areas for a price of just $15.
U-STREET/AFRICAN AMERICAN MEMORIAL 9:30 Club & U Street Music Hall Get tickets to some of your favorite artists and DJs at these two D.C. staple venues. Acts range from small artists to more recognized names such as Florence and the Machine. Town Danceboutique This LGBT-focused nightclub is 18+ on Fridays (21+ on Saturdays) and only has a $10 cover charge. Go out dancing to some great Top 40 hits and get there early for the Drag Show. Town (as it is casually called) regularly features performances from contestants of Logo’s reality television show “RuPauls Drag Race”. Some events at the nightclub are ticketed so make sure to check their website. Ben’s Chili Bowl: One of the most famous eats in D.C., Ben’s Chili Bowl serves home style half pork, half beef smoked sausage in a hot dog bun with a variety of toppings
DUPONT CIRCLE Dupont Circle is the home of many great attractions and restaurants, not to mention it is a beautiful area of the city to visit.
GALLERY PLACE/ CHINATOWN Explore the shops and restaurants around this cultural hot spot and even catch a show, basketball, or hockey game at the Verizon Center. Ultrabar Ultrabar is a five floor dance club, bar, and lounge that is available to those 18+ on certain nights. Each floor features different music. It is a little pricier, but make sure to check their Facebook page/Website for promotions. Women often get in for a cheaper price and be wary of their dress code.
FOGGY BOTTOM/GWU Georgetown/M-Street Only about a 15 minute walk from the metro stop, shop around the various stores on M-Street or eat at one of Georgetown’s amazing restaurants (Pizzaria Paradiso is a must!). If you’re willing to wait in line, you can snag a cupcake at Georgetown Cupcakes, the basis for TLC’s show "DC Cupcakes." If you’re not into long lines for a small bite, “Baked & Wired” offers a bigger bite for your dollar. The area is also the center of various ghost stories and you can even take a ghost tour courtesy of D.C. by Foot! Don’t forget to climb up the step at the end of M-Street where the final scene from "The Exorcist" was filmed. Then, take a walk off of M-street to relax on the Georgetown Waterfront as well.
EASTERN MARKET SMITHSONIAN Monuments One of the biggest and most well known attractions in the D.C. area are the monuments spread throughout the National Mall. This includes the Washington Monument, which you can now ride to the top of for a spectacular view of the city. There are also countless other monuments in honor of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., World War II, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the famed Lincoln Memorial. There is even one dedicated to our namesake George Mason! The Capitol building and the White House are only a short walk from the metro stop and the National Mall itself is also a perfect place to sit down and relax with friends.
Force yourself to get up at least once on a weekend and go out to this fresh produce, craft, and artist market. Outdoor Movies Many D.C. neighborhoods host outdoor movies in the summer months, but Capitol Riverfront’s “Canal Park Thursday: It’s A Whole New Ballgame” extends their film schedule into September. Check their website for the schedule. It is about 4 blocks from Eastern Market but is also accessible from the Navy Yard metro stop.
Understanding anytime dining ALEXA ROGERS NEWS EDITOR
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The incoming Class of 2018 will not be the only new addition to Mason this fall. Starting in August, a new meal plan called Anytime Dining will be implemented campus-wide by Mason Dining. The Anytime Dining plan will give students 24/7 access to Southside, located in the Rappahannock neighborhood and the newly renovated Ike’s, located in the Shenandoah neighborhood, next to Presidents Park. Students can also use their meal plan at the Globe in the Mason Inn, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Other dining venues on campus, such as the Johnson Center Food Court, can be accessed by students with the meal plan through bonus funds. The new plan will be enforced by the Iris Camera System, another new addition to Mason Dining facilities. The camera system digitizes a photograph of a student’s eye and allows them to gain entry into the dining hall through the camera’s recognition. According the Mason Card Office, the cameras will be located on a turnstile outside each facility for a “hygienic and hands-free entry method.”
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However, one important thing for freshmen to remember is that old meal plans are still being used by upperclassmen. Students with these plans had the opportunity to be grandfathered into the anytime system, however some might still be restricted to a certain number of meals a week.
Take your roommate contract seriously. After a few weeks on campus, your RA will stop by to talk with you and your roommate about setting ground rules for living in the dorm. Even if some of the questions seem silly, this is the best time to have a mediated conversation with your roommate. Talk about any possible issue that could arise like borrowing clothes, overnight guests and if its really okay that your gallon box of Goldfish is already gone when you haven’t touched it. Set these boundaries early so that if you truly do have an irreconcilable problem, you can defer to your RA and the contract to fix it.
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Roommate 101: tips to avoid dorm disaster is about experiences and sometimes, the experiences you want might not be the same as your roommate’s. While it’s great to have a good relationship with your roommate, don’t feel any pressure to become best friends, just do your best to co-exist.
So while you might be able to swipe into Southside four times in one day, just remember that your new upperclassman friend might only have 15 meals a week!
Don’t expect your roommate to be your best friend. Some of you will become best friends with your roommate, and some of you will become archenemies. It’s really the luck of the draw. It is easy to become fast friends with your roommate, especially during Welcome Week when hall events are mandatory. If you do become best friends, try to find a way to keep some kind of distance. Living with someone that you spend every moment with outside of class can get difficult. However, don’t get offended if you two grow in different directions. College
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The new meal plan was created as a way to emphasize a community-dining atmosphere on campus.
For some of you, college will be the first time you will have to share a room with another person; let me start by telling you, it’s not always a walk in the park. While not all of you will be lucky enough to pull your roommate out of the laundry room trashcan at 2:30 a.m. on a Thursday night (seriously, this happened and I will never let her live it down), these four tips should help you make it through the school year.
Respect your roommate’s time and space (and make sure they respect yours too). It’s always important to remember that you’re sharing a living space with someone else, so do your best to be respectful of them. Sleeping is a really valuable asset in college. So when your roommate can’t seem to understand that binge watching Netflix at 2 a.m. isn’t great for your REM cycle, just politely ask them to turn off the TV or watch it somewhere else. I once drove off campus to sleep at a friend’s house because my roommate wanted to have a private conversation with her boyfriend late at night. Even though it prevented a disagreement, I shouldn’t have had to accommodate her discussion when I had a 9 a.m. the next morning. Don’t be afraid to speak up and stand your ground. Always communicate. The key to any successful relationship is communication, especially with the person
(or people) you live with. Whether your roommate is in your top three on Snapchat or you only talk when the mess on their side of the room is out of control, make sure to establish a communication structure that works for the both of you. Having open communication is important when you need to address problems, or when you need to politely ask if you can have the room to yourself for a while. It will make living with your roommate a lot easier. Most importantly, remember that this is a new experience for the both of you. You’re both living on your own for the first time, which can be both fun and scary. Try to make the most out of dorm life, without stressing out in the process. ALEXA ROGERS NEWS EDITOR
Off-Campus Student Guide Alternative Transportation If you live in Prince William County, in Fairfax County, near a metro stop, take the VRE or live near the Burke area and don’t want to drive 30 minutes a day in rush hour traffic, Mason offers several bus options that are all FREE.
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The Metro Express picks up at the same place, but only drops off at the Rappahannock Bus Stop.
If you live past Manassas in Prince William county or anywhere else in Northern Virginia, your commute to Mason is over half an hour long. To cut the time when YOU are actually driving and be able to be more productive during your commute, drive to the Manassas Mall (located off of Rt. 234/Sudley Rd.), leave your car there (for FREE) and take the shuttle to Mason.
Things to know: The bus stop is on the Macy’s/Old Target side (visible from Rixlew Ln). If you’re going to Mason, the bus picks up on the parking lot side of the Mall. AKA, when you’re waiting for the bus, stand on the median across from the bus shelter. The Mason Shuttle that picks up on the bus shelter side goes to the Prince William Campus, Freedom Center and Hylton Performing Arts Center. BRING YOUR MASON ID. Most of the drivers are nice and will probably let you on without it; however, it is policy for them to check at the Manassas Mall stop. Plan to take the bus an hour and a half before your class to be sure you’re on time. Yes, you might get there early, but there could also be a huge accident on 66 that backs up traffic for 20 minutes. Don’t worry about your car being stolen/ hit/damaged; Manassas Mall security guards roam the parking lot throughout the day. The buses that pick up in the morning between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. get pretty full. If there is a continuous overflow of riders, there’s usually an overflow bus to pick up the excess passengers. Most shuttle buses are Wi-Fi enabled and equipt with power outlets to charge your devices during your ride.
Metro If you live near a metro stop either in the city or in the suburbs, there are two buses that pick up at the Vienna Metro multiple times an hour.
The Metro Shuttle picks up on the north side of the station at the far left-most bus shelter and drops off at Chesapeake Way and Sandy Creek.
BRING YOUR MASON ID. Most of the drivers are nice and will probably let you on without it; however, it is policy for them to check your ID. You can catch a shuttle at least every 15 minutes during the weekdays, so don’t freak out if you see the shuttle leave as soon as you get off the train. Expect about a 30 minute trip. Shuttles will be crowded at peak Metro times both going towards Mason and towards the metro, so plan accordingly. Most Importantly! BE NICE TO THE DRIVERS & DON’T COMPLAIN IF THE BUS IS LATE. It’s not their fault if there’s traffic and you didn’t plan accordingly to get to your class on time. They hate traffic just as much as you do, only they have to deal with it all day; don’t make their job harder than it needs to be. Parking & Transportation Services provide the shuttles as a courtesy to Mason students, faculty and staff, so it’s NOT money from your tuition bill, so quit complaining! The CUE bus is FREE with a Mason ID. It does have several routes to and from the Metro, but expect a longer drive because of multiple stops along the route. Parking & Transportation also offers shuttles to and from the Burke VRE station, Fairfax City Commerce Building (Mason to Metro shuttle), the Field House and various other spots around Fairfax County. . NIKI PAPADOGIANNAKIS PRINT MANAGING EDITOR
Think of me as your friendly commute guru; I live in Prince William County and have been commuting for two years now. My commute is give or take an hour long in rush-hour traffic, and I generally take the Prince William shuttle unless I need to be on campus at any ungodly hour. Last semester, I also took classes at the Arlington Campus which resulted in two shuttle rides, one metro ride and a two-hour total commute time. Trust me, I know a thing or two about getting to Mason.
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Each shuttle, except the Metro Express shuttle picks up and drops off at at least two locations on campus. Save yourself the extra walk to the other side of campus, check if your shuttle reaches a stop closer to your needs. ABOVE: One of the stops include the Chesapeake Way stop, located on campus across from University Hall and next to Starbucks.
Getting to the Arlington Campus Mason’s School of Public Policy is housed in Arlington, Va. The campus includes two parking options, at Founder’s Hall deck and Metropolitan Building garage. Students with classes in Arlington who already have a general parking permit for the Fairfax campus must take their schedule of classes to Parking Services (Founder’s Hall, 2nd Floor) to receive a pass for Arlington. The campus is also accessible by Metro at the Virginia Square stop on the Orange Line and also houses a Capital Bikeshare station.
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DO’S and DON’TS of Parking The worst times for parking availability for the general parking lots is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to around 3 p.m. when most off-campus student have classes. DO Come before those times and leave after those times to avoid at least 5 minutes of searching for a spot.
Though the Fairfax campus has a total of 12,400 parking spots available, the number of vehicles that come and go are increasing as the university expands. Expansion leads to growing pains, namely construction, and the intersection with the large office and residential community that is Fairfax has that effectively increase traffic around the university. Those factors alone might be enough to deter the incoming student from even attempting to drive to campus. However, if you’re stubborn like most of us and choose to endure the grueling pain that is northern Virginia traffic, here’s what to do to and what not to do to make your commute the most painless:
Although Lot A and the Rappahannock Deck are often the most coveted lots for being closest to a majority of the class buildings on campus, DON’T always default to them. Most people do and it fills up quickly. DO Park closest to your LAST class of the day; this makes for a quick getaway and helps avoid traffic on campus from everyone leaving at the same time. DON’T be the person who quickly rolls into a parking spot crooked or over the lines; everyone will hate you, and Parking Services WILL ticket you.
DO make sure that your permit is visible from the outside of your car; Parking Services will give you at least a $50 citation.
DON’T be afraid to car-stalk people because if you don’t
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follow the above rules, that will be your only option. DO roll down your window and be nice about asking if they’re leaving or staying. If yes, ask if you can follow them to snag their spot. Yes, it’s awkward and kind of creepy but EVERYONE has done it at least once, and usually people will help you because they’ve done it before too. HOWEVER, DON’T car-stalk people after the sun goes down. That’s creepy and that person will either call the cops or pepperspray you. DO Put on your lowlights when driving in parking decks, but DON’T turn on your brights; Not cool. DON’T be the person that doesn’t let pedestrians cross Patriot Circle. I promise your professor/friend/mom will be less upset if you’re late than if you hit someone with your car. DON’T use the Ox Rd. entrance. It’s ESPECIALLY backed up because of the construction there, so avoid it like the plague. DON’T park your car in the middle of the Patriot Circle to let your friend out; that’s why the Sandy Creek bus circle, 30 minute and 5 minute parking exist.
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Mason sports: the year in review DANIEL GREGORY ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR
This past season was a historic one for Mason athletics. After 30 years of competition as a founding member of the Colonial Athletic Association, Mason left the CAA and joined the Atlantic 10 Conference. The A-10 has gained a reputation as an excellent basketball conference earning six NCAA Men’s Division I tournament bids last season while earning five bids the year before last. For Mason, this was certainly an appealing factor in the transition because the men’s basketball program is the biggest and best supported athletic program at the school. Recently, President Angel Cabrera even joked that Mason still gains more recognition from the 2006 run to the Final Four than for producing two Nobel laureates. The transition to the new conference proved troublesome for the men’s basketball team, led by former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt. After a 4-0 start, the team began to tailspin losing 16 of their next 19 games. While the team did not win many games, it was not for lack of opportunities. Top 25 ranked St. Louis beat Mason in overtime twice, and a ranked UMass beat the Patriots by one at the Patriot Center. Despite the struggles, Jalen Jenkins looked to be a bright spot for the team. Jenkins earned A-10 Freshman of the Week honors for three consecutive weeks. At season’s end, he was named to the A-10 All-Rookie team.
While the men’s basketball team felt some growing pains from the A-10 transition, as a whole the athletic department did well in the new conference. Four Patriot teams won A-10 Conference Championships including men’s soccer, baseball and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. Four conference championships was the most of any school in the A-10 this year.
Men’s soccer went on the NCAA Division I tournament where they defeated former CAA conference rival William and Mary in Williamsburg. The team then had to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico where they fell on a late goal 1-0 to the Lobos of the University of New Mexico. Baseball played in the NCAA Division I championship as well; however, they could not get past the regional round, falling to Rice and Texas A&M in Houston, Texas. Several Mason athletes gained national notoriety for their performances this year. For women’s indoor track, Mandissa Marshall was named a first team All-American and finished eighth nationally in pole vault. Freshman Steffen Krause was named third team All-American for the Mason men’s soccer
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program. The German-born goalkeeper was one of two freshmen named to an All-American team this year. Lastly, 2013-2014 marks the end of an era. Athletic director Tom O’Connor announced his retirement at the end of the year. O’Connor held the position of athletic director at Mason for 20 years. Well respected at Mason and nationally, O’Connor leaves the athletic department in the hands of Brad Edwards. Edwards, a former Washington Redskin and Super Bowl champion, assumes the role of athletic director starting July 1.
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Staying fit.. fighting the F-15 SAVANNAH NORTON PRINT LIFESTYLE EDITOR
Mason offers multiple ways for students to stay fit, healthy and stress free during the school year. Three gyms are located around campus: Skyline, the Recreation and Athletic Complex (RAC) and the Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC). Mason Recreation offers students the chance to participate in club and intramural sports. Club sports give students the
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opportunity to compete at a higher level without the hectic time commitment. They are coached by students and adult volunteers. Some of the club sports include football, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, rugby and even quidditch. Intramural sports allow students of all skill levels to create their own teams and compete on a recreational level. The options for intramural sports range from basketball and soccer to golf and wallyball.
Aquatic & Fitness Center
Recreation & Athletic Complex
6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
9 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The Aquatic Fitness Center is the most used gym not only because of its wide variety of cardio and weight equipment, but also because of its two swimming pools, sauna, and hot tub. The AFC also offers classes like Zumba, kickboxing, and belly dancing, that students can attend for free by simply showing their Mason ID.
The RAC, located on Patriot Circle, offers a variety of cardio and weight equipment, fitness and wellness programs, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, squash courts and a Freshens juice bar. In addition to those amenities, the RAC also offers yoga classes.
Skyline is located next to Southside. It is a smaller gym with a basketball court, basic cardio and weight equipment. -
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these study abroad programs, which are not directly affiliated with the university.
At the beginning of the fall semester, the Office of Financial Aid informed the Center for Global Education that federal financial aid would no longer be applied to non-Mason study abroad programs.
Erin Mateu, the associate general manager for the Center for Global Education, said the financial aid office’s new interpretation made a very abrupt change to the non-Mason programs.
Changes to federal financial aid regulations have changed the financial aid office’s interpretation of how aid can be applied to
“The non-Mason programs, all the sudden, not only are they not they affiliated with Mason specifically, but also they’re now transfer credit programs. Those two elements combined read
such in the law that [students cannot receive aid],” Mateu said. The non-Mason programming is an option for students whose needs are not met by Mason’s programs. “For the student that is looking for something so specific that one of our programs doesn’t offer what they need, we refer our students to the non-Mason category,” Mateu said. Wayne Sigler, vice president of Enrollment Management, described the interpretations in more technical terms. She
UT FOR NON-MASON STUDY ABROAD The Office of Financial Aid announced these new regulations a year and a half ago, however, they only became affective this past fall. This allowed students that had already planned their trips for the spring and summer semesters last year to go on their trips with their financial aid. Students that had already planned a non-Mason trip for this past fall, however, were not able to take their federal financial aid with them
Alec Constantine, a senior studying Russian at Moscow State University, is currently enrolled in a non-Mason program and did not personally qualify for federal financial aid. However, he believes that the new regulations should not prevent students from the study abroad experience. “I think Mason should [encourage] students to go abroad, even if its not through Mason…hopefully they’ll reconsider,” Constantine said. Constantine also added that he felt it was very important that Mason be represented abroad.
“Financial aid is not a fixed type of thing and the regulations are constantly being rewritten and interpreted…its always different with the interpretations to get a clear determination,” Arnold said.
However, despite the wide variety of programs Mason has to offer, students that specifically need a non-Mason program may be put under immense financial strain to pursue their education abroad.
While non-Mason programs are not a popular choice amongst students that choose to study abroad, there are approximately 20-30 students per semester, according to Arnold, that choose this option.
“I think there’s a huge complication because sometimes the students that are looking for such specific programming, if we don’t offer it, they might have support cost of the program,” Mateu said.
Students that pursue the first two options, according to Arnold, are able to use federal financial aid for their programs, as they are still considered as Mason-affiliated. The third, non-Mason tier is considered a non-affiliate and therefore students that choose this option are not eligible for federal financial aid. KATRYNA HENDERSON/FOURTH ESTATE)
“In order to give a student at Mason federal financial aid, in an accounting sense, there has to be a Mason bill for [financial aid] to apply that against,” Sigler said. “Otherwise, [they] would be putting money on an account that has no charges.”
our programs are transfer credit programs, even our Mason programs but [those] are officially Mason programs, they all fall into the realm of receiving financial aid,” Mateu said.
Marie Alice Arnold, general manager for the Center of Global Education, stressed that financial aid is an ever-changing game.
The Center for Global Education has three types of program options for students that want to study abroad. Students can study through faculty-led programs that carry direct Mason credit, exchange programs through other universities that have an agreement with Mason or non-Mason programs, which are run through third party institutions.
explained that when students choose to study abroad at another university through a program that is not affiliated with Mason, that student no longer pays to attend Mason and therefore cannot receive any federal financial aid.
Heidi Granger, the director for the Office of Financial Aid, believes that Mason’s three-tier system of study abroad programs may be to blame for the difficulty in procuring federal financial aid for students that choose non-Mason programs. Before these new regulations, according to Arnold, federal financial aid was available to students that studied abroad with a non-Mason program. Students would still be registered at Mason and have to hold a consortium agreement between the university at which they were studying and Mason. This agreement would serve as a contract between the “home” campus, their primary university, to the “host” campus, where they were studying abroad to allow the student to continue to receive financial aid.
However, as the regulations began to change, concerns on whether students that were studying abroad in non-Mason programs were truly still enrolled at Mason forced discussion about financial aid. According to Arnold, the CGE even went so far as to create an online class that would keep students at Mason while abroad. However, the program was not enough to keep students within the regulations. “It was a bit of nerve-wracking moment because most of
The new regulations, however, have not been a concern at other Virginia universities. Financial aid representatives from UVa and JMU, and a study abroad representative from VCU, stated that students from the respective universities could use their federal financial aid towards programs that are not directly affiliated with their university. According to Shari Arehart, operations analyst at JMU’s Office of Financial Aid, students at JMU specifically have to complete a request form through the registrar’s office, have 12 credit hours to transfer back to the university and be studying through a program that is approved by the Department of Education. Their financial aid office uses all of these combined components as a signed contract, which approves the use of the student’s financial aid package for their study abroad program. Arnold said that the Center for Global Education would have to do more research with the Office of Financial Aid into different types of agreements that would fit within the regulations. She said that the CGE would most likely look for a way for students to enter individual agreements with the university. The financial aid office’s interpretation of the new regulations has put stress on the CGE, as the office now must try push students towards Mason programs so they can receive federal funding. “We really are trying to ensure that we have Mason programs for students so that they don’t have to go into the external program realm. But if they do have to, we will help guide them as best we can,” Mateu said. Sigler stressed that the Office of Financial Aid is not trying to hamper students’ opportunities to go abroad. “Our goal is to help students take advantage of many opportunities and we’re looking for ways to let them do that,” Sigler said. “One of our missions and our strengths, being close to the nation’s capitol, is to help our students be acquainted and comfortable with and thrive and compete in a global society. [Study abroad programs] fit very well with our mission as a university.”
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Parking lots fill up fast. Allow extra time, especially the first few weeks of class to find a space. Tuesdays and Thursdays (including the evenings) are the busiest days on campus. On the busiest of days, it is recommended that those arriving to campus later in the morning park at the Field House, a 15 minute walk to the Johnson Center, as the lots on east campus will often fill. Also, don’t forget that general lot permits are valid on Levels 1-2 of Rappahannock River Parking Deck (but not in the visitor area). Parking permits are required to park in any lot on Mason property. Always read the signs to know if a lot or area is restricted to a certain type of permit. Don’t ever park in reserved, service/repair, state vehicle, faculty/staff and administrative spaces. Parking lots are enforced all year round, including the 1st week of classes and even when classes are not in session. Don’t believe the myths and rumors about a grace period. Check the parking website parking.gmu.edu for the latest information regarding hours of enforcement and other important news affecting parking on campus and even when classes are not in session. Visitor parking is available in Mason Pond, Shenandoah, and Rappahannock River Parking Decks as well as metered lots. Pay attention to your Mason email as students are often emailed about temporary lot closures. Also, check building.gmu.edu for updates on events and construction. Information about permit sales and online citation appeals and payment options is available online. Find out where the next shuttle is at any stop using the NextBus system – you’ll never have to ask where the bus is again! Visit NextBus.com or click the transit icon on the Mobile Mason application (gettheapp.gmu.edu). Always contact Parking Services if you have questions or concerns! We’re located in the Parking Services building next to the Shenandoah Parking Deck. You can also call us at 703993-2710 or email us at email@example.com.
Prince William Shuttle
The Prince William Shuttle runs seven days a week between the Fairfax and Prince William campuses. On Mon-Thu, the shuttle runs every thirty minutes during the day. The shuttle also stops at Manassas Mall. Schedule 7:00am – 10:15pm 8:00am – 7:00pm
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Mason to Metro Shuttle
The shuttle runs between Fairfax Campus and Vienna Metro station. On the weekend, the shuttle also stops at Mason Townhouses (at Chain Bridge Road & West St.) and Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway & Circle Woods Drive).
The Gunston’s Go-Bus picks up at Sandy Creek shuttle stop and provides service from Fairfax campus to University Mall, Fair Lakes Center, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Corner, and Old Town Fairfax.
Schedule 6:00am – 11:00pm 6:00am – 3:00am 8:00am – 2:30am 8:00am – 11:00pm
Schedule Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
The shuttle runs between Rappahannock River Ln, Fairfax Circle (at Lee Highway & Circle Woods Drive) and Vienna Metro. Schedule 7:15am – 10:35pm Abridged Service
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Burke Centre VRE Express
The shuttle runs between Burke Centre VRE train station and Sandy Creek shuttle stop on the Fairfax Campus. The shuttle only runs when the VRE train is in service. Free garage parking is available at the train station. 6:10am – 8:30am 2:45pm – 7:35pm
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I-95 Commuter Shuttle
The shuttle runs between Sandy Creek, Fredericksburg, Stafford, PRTC Transit Center, and Woodbridge/Occoquan. Free parking is available at each pick-up location. Mason ID is required to board the shuttle.
Mason Route 7:30am – 10:30pm 3:00pm – 10:30pm
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George Route 3:00pm – 9:00pm
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Late Night Route No Service 10:30pm – 12:00am No Service
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The closest Metro stop in Fairfax is Vienna Metro station on the Orange Line. The Orange Line also goes to various locations in Washington, DC. To visit the Arlington campus, take the Orange Line to Virginia Sq-GMU Metro station. Metro Rail Map: wmata.com/rail/maps/map.
All City of Fairfax CUE Buses are FREE with Mason ID. The CUE Bus picks up on Fairfax campus at Rappahannock River Lane and can take you to various places in Fairfax with all routes winding up at the Vienna Metro Station: cuebus.org.
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