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MasonMobile Released for Smartphones Reviewer ﬁnds application to be useful for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. PAGE 4
The Best of Mason Trying to ﬁnd the best place on campus to get a sandwich? Maybe the best theatre in town? Our list has the answers you are looking for. PAGE 12
Keeping Fit and Healthy at Mason Avoid the freshman 15 by managing your diet and exercise schedule this fall and reach your peak physical condition. Tips include when the worst time to eat is and a complete schedule for all of the gyms on campus. PAGE 21
Cabrera Welcomes Back Student Body PAGE 4 Mason Professor Enlists Student Engineers for Project in Peruvian Amazon Each individual in the village stood in anticipation along the riverbank. It was 1999, and after a long boat ride through the Peruvian Amazon, Dr. Michael Gilmore ended his trek at one of the four Maijuna villages in the region. Pulling a piece of paper out of his pocket, Gilmore went down the list of ﬁve names that he received from famed ethnobiologist Jim Duke a year earlier. Not one was present. “I probably spoke third grade Spanish back then,” Gilmore said. “And that’s probably too kind; maybe second grade Spanish. When none of the ﬁve names were there, I got even more nervous than I already was.” A year earlier, Gilmore was unexpectedly
handed the reins to lead an ecotourism group to the Peruvian Amazon, despite his unfamiliarity with the land, when his PhD advisor forgot his passport. It was then that he met Duke and learned about the Maijuna people. Fortunately, as Gilmore stood in front of the crowd on the riverbank, an 18-year-old Maijuna man recognized Gilmore from the prior year and welcomed him into his home. From 1999 to 2004, Gilmore spent time working with the Maijuna for his Ph.D. dissertation on ethnobiology, which is the study of the relationship between people and their environment. CONTINUED PAGE 6
Aug. 27, 2012
Md. City Fails to Break Bikini Parade Record OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A city in China still holds the bikini parade record after a failed attempt in Maryland. Organizers of Saturday's eﬀort in Ocean City to take the title from Huludao City in China fell short. Only about 325 woman turned out under rainy skies. Brad Hoﬀman, who organized the parade for the North Ocean City Business Alliance, blamed the rain for the poor turnout. Organizers were trying to attract more than 1,085 to break the record set in China earlier this month. e 25-block parade included women of all ages. e $10 registration fee for the event beneﬁted charities including the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Romney Assails Obama Campaign TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama's campaign of trying to link him to Rep. Todd Akin's statements about rape and abortion, calling that a sad new low in the bitter election race while conceding that controversy over the remarks is hurting the Republican Party. Romney's comments were broadcast Sunday as Republicans poured into Florida prepared to cram four days of nominating convention events into three because of the threat caused by Tropical Storm Isaac.
Snookie Delivers Baby Boy
Got freshmen? 2,500 freshman ﬂocked to the Patriot Center on Friday for the New Student Convocation. Following a
2016 performance by the Green Machine, President Ángel Cabrera and other notable ﬁgures in the university welcomed the new students and oﬀered advice for the years ahead.
Welcome class of 2016
named after american revolutionary, patriot and founding father george mason, the university is recognized for its strong programs in creative writing, economics, law, computer science and business. enrolling over 32,500 students, mason is the largest university in the commonwealth of Virginia.
NEW YORK (AP) — "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi early Sunday gave birth to her ﬁrst child, a boy. e reality TV star and her ﬁance, Jionni LaValle, welcomed 6-pound, 5-ounce Lorenzo Dominic LaValle into the world at just before 3 a.m. Sunday at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., MTV said. "e world just got another Guido!!!," a Polizzi rep told MTV. "Nicole, Jionni & Enzo are doing great!" MTV congratulated Polizzi and her ﬁance and looked toward the newborn's possible appearance on "Jersey Shore."
Tropical Storm Isaac Lashing Florida Keys KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaac started pelting the Florida Keys with rain and strong winds on Sunday and it could strengthen into a dangerous hurricane by the time it starts hitting the northern Gulf Coast in the coming days. Exactly where Isaac would hit once it passed the Keys remained highly uncertain, with forecasters saying hurricane conditions could reach anywhere from the New Orleans metro area to the Florida Panhandle by Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions extend more than 200 miles from the storm's center, meaning Isaac could cause signiﬁcant damage even in places where it does not pass directly overhead.
Aug. 27, 2012
Weekly schedule Aug. 27 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Academic and Information Fair North Plaza
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Success Tips for Students JC Cinema
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bingo for Books Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Ice Cream Delight Johnson Center, Room C
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sexual Chocolate Johnson Center, Cinema
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. CHHS Ice Cream Social Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall and Cinema
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Annual Dodgeball Brawl Mason football ﬁeld by the RAC
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. African and African American Studies Welcome Back Johnson Center, Room 240A
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Student Media Open House Oﬃce of Student Media, e Hub
Aug. 31 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. College Colors Day: We Are Mason! North Plaza
7 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Maryland Mason Stadium
7 p.m. - 10 p.m. NPHC Step Expo Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center
Sept. 1 3 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Niagara RAC Gym
7 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. South Carolina RAC Gym
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. e College Humor Tour Live Center for the Arts
Sept. 2 1 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. West Virginia RAC Gym
5 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Navy RAC Gym
9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Flick and Float: “Battleship” Aquatic Center
Aug. 28 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Welcome Week Pizza Party Women and Gender Studies Center Aug. 29 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. T-shirt Swap: Cotton for Cans North Plaza
it gets Better, freshmen manny alfaro/BroaDsiDe
It was three years ago, nearly to the week, that I turned oﬀ Rt. 123 and made my ﬁrst move toward the independent life of a college freshman. I was excited, yet terriﬁed, for what the next four years had in store for me. Like many of you, I was moving into a crowded, uninviting room with someone I had never met and I was unsure about the prospect of living with a complete stranger. You might be experiencing some of these feelings right now. ey are completely natural. Within a week of enduring this new life, I was ready to tap out. I was trapped within the walls of my cin-
derblock room and was forced to listen to my roommate convince his girlfriend that she did, in fact, love his big, voluptuous rooster. I was forced to shimmy my way around dirty clothes and piles of trash when entering and exiting my room. And I was forced to sit and smell the stench that reeked throughout our room. I do not do well with starting conversations, so it was an increasingly diﬃcult task for me to develop friendships. at was it. I was ready to pack up my things and head home. Even worse, I had limited success in putting myself out there and getting involved in diﬀerent
groups on campus. It took days, weeks and sometimes months to get a response from anyone about getting involved and it began looking like it might be a lost cause. But I did not give up. I went out and made friends who shared similar values and interests; I found ways to pass time, ways that did not involve me putting myself in positions that jeopardized my values; and, perhaps more importantly than my academic education, I took advantage of the opportunity to get to learn about myself. And it is not an easy process. I am now entering my ﬁnal semester as an undergraduate student at
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Mason and I have learned more in three years than I ever thought was possible. I have had conversations with LeBron James and Tom Izzo and sat courtside at the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Most importantly, though, I have developed strong relationships with a number of people in the area and have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. In Mason, I have gained a home away from home and a family away from family. Stick it out, freshmen, and who knows? You might, too.
Aug. 30 2:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. George Washington Mason Stadium
Story by CoDy NormAN
I had a teacher once that, for an entire semester, I would throw my voice and she would leave the classroom looking for who was screaming. She would even yell at the walls screaming, ‘Shut up! I am trying to teach!’ At times, she would go to another class and yell at the teacher because she thought his students were the ones talking loudly. en an article came out in the local newspaper about me performing at a charity as a magician and ventriloquist. Well she saw this article. e next day she asked me to stay after class. Very quietly, she said, ‘Nice article. Congratulations! I never knew you were a magician and ventriloquist. Please do not ever throw your voice in my class again.’ Well, I think I got a C that semester.
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president Ángel cabrera Welcomes students Dear Patriot, As your new president, it is a privilege to welcome you to the Fall 2012 semester. As I begin my tenure as Mason’s 6th President, I am overwhelmed by the talented and dedicated faculty, staﬀ and students I have met and the innovative work being accomplished that makes Mason the great institution it is! You, the students, are at the core of Mason’s mission. I have been on a listening tour for several months and have had the opportunity, through both small and large dialogues, to learn about what makes Mason unique and so highly recognized throughout the world. Now that the academic year is beginning, it is my chance to hear from you. I invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with me as we work together to shape the vision of what we want George Mason University to become over the next decade. To facilitate inclusive dialogue with students, faculty and staﬀ, I will host Town Hall sessions, small group meetings, lunches with students, as well as invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with me through social media and the Oﬃce of the President website. Your engagement in this process is critical. I hope you will become active in sharing and shaping the strategic vision to help us create the model of a great research metropolitan university. ank you for choosing to be a part of George Mason University, and thank you for all you do to make Mason the special place it is. I look forward to seeing you on campus and hearing your story.
Newly Released MasonMobile Delivers Useful Information When I ﬁrst downloaded the new MasonMobile app on my iPhone a few days ago, it is safe to say I was a little hesitant. More than once, I’ve downloaded applications that I thought were going to be extremely handy, then been disappointed when the design and follow through of the application just wasn’t there. MasonMobile, on the other hand, has landed a new spot on the ﬁrst page of my applications, right next to my text messages, so that I can check it frequently to keep up with all of the exciting interactive features. My favorite feature is deﬁnitely the map section, which features interactive campus maps for Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington. e great part about the MasonMobile maps is that you can type in any building that you’re trying to ﬁnd and the application will give you a detailed map with distance and approximated walking time. For freshmen, visitors
and people like me who get lost on a regular basis, this feature will be a lifesaver. Having Blackboard integrated into the application is one of the biggest reasons why I’ll be using MasonMobile every day. My professors are constantly changing assignments and adding things to their courses, so being able to quickly check in on my classes while I’m on the go will be invaluable this year. e Oﬃce of Media and Public Relations does a lot of neat work with students and professors across all three campuses and I’m really glad the new app is a venue for all students to view the stories, videos and pictures the oﬃce produces. I interned at the Oﬃce of Media and PR this summer and I was shocked at all the great stories they were producing that don’t seem to reach the eyes and ears of many of the students at Mason. I hope that more people click through the news, video
and photos section to get a better idea of the exciting things professors, students and staﬀ are doing on our campuses. I expected the emergency information menu to be another redundant source of campus emergency news that is already available on our phones and emails through Mason Alert. I was pleasantly surprised to ﬁnd that instead, the emergency section lists all the relevant emergency numbers for not only the police, but sexual assault services, ﬁre safety and facilities power outages. I never would have had the access or the knowledge of all of these direct phone lines and I appreciate that the creators thought about emergency preparedness so thoroughly. As a developing sports fan, I also really appreciate the athletics section of the app, which is neatly organized and easy to use. Game schedules and scores are available with
just a tap and recent stories from GoMason.com are featured. MasonMobile does a great job of simply and cleanly integrating several useful features. e only thing I feel is missing is the Today at Mason calendar, which would be a great resource for students to quickly and easily check out what is going on around campus each day. Overall, I am very impressed with the app, and I hope that everyone downloads it and gives it a try. Story by CoLLeeN wiLSoN
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engineers for international Development Founded in September 2011 as a recognized Student organization at GmU, mason efiD has accomplished significant work in Honduras, the Peruvian Andes, and the Amazon addressing small communities concerns over water shortages, clean water access, sanitation, and hygiene. first general meeting: Sept. 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. engineering building, room 1602 Website: sites.google.com/site/eidmason efiD email address: email@example.com Professor Michael Gilmore, shown (left) helping the Maijuna people map out their ancestral territory, started working on his Ph.D. on ethnobiology in 1999. Gilmore has partnered with the campus group, Engineers for International Development, to start programs on hygiene and clean water. campBell ploWDen
professor michael gilmore aids maijuna people CONTINUED FROM FRONT “e ﬁrst project I did with the Maijuna was very theoretical in nature,” Gilmore said. “But what I realized very quickly while working down there was the fact that the Maijuna had a lot of challenges and needs. eir biological and cultural resources were really under threat from outsiders.” Several years into Gilmore’s visits, a group of Maijuna elders and leaders approached him with concerns about their endangered cultural traditions, language, biological resources and ancestral lands due to poaching and overﬁshing. “ey said, ‘We want to take control of our own destiny,’” Gilmore said. With the help and guidance of Gilmore, the Maijuna established an indigenous
federation in 2004 that aims to help and protect the Maijuna people and their ancestral territory and cultural traditions. “Without protected lands, indigenous communities are incredibly at risk,” Gilmore said. “Maijuna ancestral territory sustains and nourishes the entire Maijuna culture.” After several long years of conversations with Gilmore, Maijuna leaders and various other allies, in February of this year the regional government approved the creation of a Maijuna protected area of almost 1 million acres, an area that is 22 percent larger than Yosemite National Park. While the approval marked an incredible victory for the Maijuna people, the fate of their lands now lies in the hands of the national government, who has open plans to construct a road through the center of the protected
area. “If the road is built, there will be huge amounts of deforestation,” Gilmore said. “e Maijuna people don’t go to the supermarket like we do. e forest is their supermarket. So if the forest is not wellpreserved, they do not have resources to live oﬀ of.” While continuing the ﬁght for their land, the Maijuna approached Gilmore with the idea of bringing clean water to their villages. ey recognized the dangers in continuing to drink straight from the river, which can be especially dangerous and even fatal for young and old alike. “I thought, ‘Wow! at is an incredible idea. I just don’t know how to do a project like that,’” Gilmore said. Gilmore spent a number of years searching for help, but several potential allies fell through.
When he returned to Fairfax from Peru in Aug. 2011, Gilmore logged on to the Mason website and found the solution to his problem: Engineers for International Development (EfID), a campus group who exists in order to give students an opportunity to participate in community-driven development programs worldwide. In June of this year, Gilmore and EfID’s faculty advisor Barry Liner took a team of students, some focused on clean water and others on hygiene, to the Peruvian Amazon to begin working with the Maijuna people. “e experience was unmatched,” said Gabe Stonebraker, student project manager for EfID’s Maijuna Project. “ey’re the nicest people. If you’re trying to teach them something, they listen and they listen intently.
e kids, they love to explore and see what you’re doing and they, too, are very attentive. It’s just incredible.” While one team of students planned the construction of biosand ﬁlters, another team interacted with members of the community and, for the ﬁrst time, showed them proper hygiene procedures. “Teaching the hygiene lessons to each individual home allowed me to make strong personal connections with many of the community members while sharing simple yet lifesaving information with them,” EfID student member Leslie Temple said. “Many of them stated that it was their ﬁrst time hearing any of the information included in the lessons, which is basic hygiene information that we often take for granted.”
“at was really powerful stuﬀ the students were doing,” Gilmore said. “ey really made a diﬀerence in the life of the Maijuna people.” EfID made good progress in June and are set to continue the project, along with the hygiene education courses, in Jan. 2013. And, the long-term conservation work of Gilmore continues. “e ultimate goal is to create a sustainable situation where the Maijuna are empowered and able to defend themselves and their land and are able to control their own destiny,” Gilmore said. “e work will be done when the Maijuna don’t need me anymore. ey’ll be empowered to do this work on their own.” Story by CoDy NormAN
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(Top) Students that are involved in Greek Life hold a variety of events to raise money for their philanthropic causes. (Right) For sports fans, there is no better way to cheer on the George Mason basketball team than by becoming a member of the Patriot Platoon.
importance of getting involved on campus With an attendance rate at 33,320 students, it’s no wonder that Mason can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. However, if you take the time to seek out clubs, intramurals, Greek life and other activities on campus; there’s no doubt that Mason will become your home away from home and elicit some of the best years of your life. First things First, though. Take the ﬁrst week to learn your way around classes, meet new people and get a general sense of what each organization has to oﬀer. Once you begin to realize what college is all about—apart from a great education experience—it’s time to become an integral part of the college experience yourself. After all, you’re only going to get what you give, and it’s never too early to get involved. Getting involved may seem easier said than done. As a freshman, you may be intimidated and overwhelmed by everything that Mason has to oﬀer. No worries, that’s completely normal. So, just go with your
gut and push all doubt to the back of your mind and you will become involved in organizations and activities that you may have never known existed before Mason. When looking to get involved, it is important to clearly identify what you’re passionate about. at way you can search out activities that will lead you to reaching your goals and that could boost your resume potentially. So, think about what you did in high school— or what you wish you had done—and things that you’d always hoped to do in college; things like community service, Greek Life, DECA, educational clubs, organizations that help the greater good, and bring your passion to Mason. It’s important to be especially attentive during the ﬁrst few weeks of school because that’s when most organizations are really promoting themselves and looking for new members to join. As awkward as it is to keep your eyes glued to the ground when you walk, make sure to keep an eye on sidewalks because
oftentimes organizations will promote their causes on walkways, as well as on windows, the blocks outside of Southside, and on various bulletin boards throughout campus. If you’re one of those people who have nearly everything planned out in your near future and you know what career path you’re on, then it certainly wouldn’t hurt to join an organization within that ﬁeld. If you want to work in the business world, join DECA for its third year on campus. If you want to be an engineer — lucky for you because there’s a club for that. And, if you have a knack for writing and layout, come join me at the Oﬃce of Student Media on the lower level of Sub II and get involved with Broadside (GMU’s student-run newspaper a.k.a. what you’re reading), Connect 2 Mason, as well as other various publications. Oftentimes, students come to Mason—some of whom are from out of state— and feel lost without their big families or large groups of friends from home. If social settings are your
thing, then Greek Life is an awesome opportunity to get involved on campus and meet tons of new people. Greek organizations leave you with connections that can really beneﬁt you in the grown-up world. After all, everyone enjoys when they have something in common with someone else, so when you ﬁnd out you have a sister or brother in the same career ﬁeld as you, big things can happen. I would know— one of my sisters happens to be Angie Goﬀ and she helped me get an internship with a magazine over the summer. Another way to get involved is to search out internships. e best way to do this is to get added on to any listserv that interests you. Once you’re on the listserv your email will be blown up with new internship opportunities almost daily. Generally within the ﬁrst few weeks of classes teachers will handout a signup sheet to join a listserv, so don’t fret, its super easy! And, if you’ve gotten this far in the article and are still at a loss for
how to get involved —just, head over to the JC or Southside (two of the most popular places on campus) and talk to anyone and everyone. Where the crowds are, action usually is too. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a few protests outside the JC by the clock tower, which will either leave you disgusted, angry, or highly amused and laughing at the absurdities that some of the people are spewing. Really, the key to getting involved on campus is to always remain open-minded. So, in honor of your ﬁrst week back at school, or as a college student in general, appease Mason and join in the Welcome Week fun. ere will be events going on every day—and even a few free handouts—so keep your eyes and ears peeled and start getting involved today! Story by rebeCCA NorriS
Aug. 27, 2012
green colleen A cheap and easy solution to your scheduling woes Each year, as soon as the school year begins, a black hole slowly opens up in my life. Almost instantaneously money and time disappear, and my living space shrinks down to a fraction of the space that I’m used to at my parents house. is time, I’m coming in as a junior, halfway done with college. e thought is as equally terrifying as it is thrilling, and I like to think that in my time at Mason so far, I’ve learned a few tricks and tips to make college living a little easier. Cooking, and eating, are a passion of mine. ough I’m currently living in a dorm with a kitchen, I’ve also got some great recipes
for easy homemade microwave meals. Grocery bills can add up quickly when you move into a room with a kitchen, so I’ll also share some of my favorite recipes and menus for cheap and quick dorm eating. I love recycling and upcycling to turn old or unwanted things into something new and exciting. It’s also a great way to save money and have fun getting creative and crafty. I’m a ﬁrm believer in making your space your own, so I’ve completed several D.I.Y. projects for my dorm room to feel more at home. To stay sane as I load
myself down with three jobs and 18 credits this fall, I have to keep myself organized and eﬃcient to make sure that everything gets done well, and on time. I’m not a naturally organized person, so agendas, calendars and lists are this girl’s best friend. I made this D.I.Y. customizable calendar to sit on my desk so that I can map out my major responsibilities of the week. Overall, it cost me less than $5 and since I made it myself, I was able to pick the colors and number of blocked days. I chose to make mine a weekly calendar, but you could expand it to a month-long or color code it according to
your schedule. For roommates, it might be a good idea to hang the calendar in a central location in the room with both of your schedules permanently inked in under the glass. Story by CoLLeeN wiLSoN
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Aug. 27, 2012
Best place to get a sandwich on campus
The Best of Mason Coming to college can be nerve-racking. Not knowing where to go for the best sandwich, the best movie theater experience, or even a quiet place to go to unwind can make freshmen shutter in the unknown. Read this guide to put yourself at ease and embark on the best four years of your life. by Rebecca Norris
1. La Pat— Located in the J.C., stop by La Pat for delicious sandwiches, salads, bagels, pastries and parfaits. Slightly more expensive, but worth every penny! 2. Gold Rush – Located in the bottom of Southside, this sandwich shop oﬀers an array of breads, meats, cheeses and veggies to create the perfect sandwich! For one meal plan, Gold Rush oﬀers you a sandwich, chips and a drink. 3. Subway—We’ve all had it and love what they oﬀer! Located in the bottom of Rogers, stop in to Subway to pick up your favorite ﬁve-dollar-foot long!
Best place to catch a movie 1. University Mall eatre—Located on the backside of University Mall, stop in to watch a movie for just $3.00! Shows ﬁlms that have left the main theaters, but have yet to come out on DVD! 2. AMC Tyson’s Corner 16—If you’re willing to spend between $12 and $18 for stadium seating and a 3D experience, head to Tyson’s for a movie night and some shopping! 3. Rave Motion Pictures Fairfax Corner 14—Located in Fairfax Corner, this theater is perfect for dinner and a movie dates! Prices begin at $11.50, unless you head in for a matinee when tickets are reduced to $9.00!
Best place totake a Day trip 1. Great Falls—Located in Great Falls, Virginia, the Potomac River plummets over a series of cliﬀs creating massive waterfalls and a sight to behold. Nature Trails and sight-seeing make the perfect combination for a day with nature bring a picnic and enjoy! 2. Old Town Alexandria—Located on King Street dead-ending on the Potomac River, take the metro to Old Town for delicious food, small boutiques, and the best frozen custard around. Stay for the evening and watch as the twinkle lights illuminate King Street. 3. Adams Morgan—Located in North-West Washington, D.C. Take the metro in and enjoy diners, cultural dishes, live music, hookah and more!
Best study spot on campus 1. Fenwick Study Rooms—If you can ﬁnd one, nothing beats the quiet that one of these personal study rooms has to oﬀer! Complete silence allows students to study vigorously! 2. Dorm Lounges— Many people ﬁnd it diﬃcult to study in their own room because there’s so much room for distraction. So, head to a lounge down the hall and crack open your homework and get things done! 3. e J.C. – If you’re the type of person who works best in a noisy environment, head to the second and third ﬂoor of the J.C. to prepare for your next exam!
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Best overall restaurants 1. e Great American Restaurants—Found only in Northern Virgnia, Coast Flats is mainly a seafood restaurant. Its delectable appetizers, entrees and desserts to quench your hunger and leave you wanting to return. 2. Hard Times Café— Located throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland, this restaurant oﬀers sports-enthusiasts ideal environment ﬁlled with screens airing every game imaginable, pool tables, local sports memorabilia and more! Sit back and relax with a cup of chili or their banging nachos as you watch the Redskins dominate with RGIII. 3. Vienna Inn—a hole in the wall established in 1960 in downtown Vienna. is restaurant is a favorite among northern Virginia and the best bang for your buck. Indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Best place to get in shape 1. e RAC—e farthest gym away from the center of campus happens to have the best equipment, racquetball and squash rooms, volleyball and basketball courts and much more! It also happens to be the least busy! 2. e Aquatic Center—Stop by the AQC for a nice swim, invigorating workout or moments of relaxation in the sauna! Tends to be less crowded in the morning. 3. Skyline—It may be the most convenient gym to go to, but it gets packed quickly! ere are always pick-up games of basketball going on that dominate the courts, and the majority of the machines are almost always occupied. Get there at the right time, though, and enjoy a convenient workout!
Aug. 27, 2012
the carouser report
î€ąe last rays of summer sun are ďŹ nally fading into the western sky. Itâ€™s about that time when college kids begin trading in their swimsuits and wine coolers for books, pizza, and light beer. î€ąe silence that lulled over the campusâ€™s landscape will now be replaced with the beats of party music and clinking of beer bottles. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back; itâ€™s party time. With my decision to take on this column, I may have become a martyr for the cause. All dreams of a respective writing career are most likely out the window. But as a weekly reader of this publication, I felt it was time for serious assessment as to how the collegiate booze culture could be properly represented. All it took was a visit to the newly elected Editor in Chief, asking if he had any space for a party writer
on his staďŹ€. With some reluctance, and a fair warning, I was given this column. Perhaps you are wondering what qualiďŹ cations one needs for such a prestigious job. To begin with, one must have plenty of practical experience within the college culture. î€ąis can be attained with a six year college career, and a goal of graduating with a highly impractical bachelorâ€™s degree. It goes without saying that an Olympic pool size worth of booze has been drunken over those six years. Further, it is recommended that one does in-depth research of every drinking establishment within the Fairfax area, and subsequently gets bounced for public urination. A solid knowledge of mixology is also a plus. Honestly, none of these are ac-
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tual requirements for being a good party writer; rather they are the selected highlights of my own college career. Needless to say, my own mother will not be proud to learn her son has chosen to impart his drinking wisdom to the masses; however everyone must ďŹ nd that special skill they excel in. In the spirit of the new semester, perhaps I will share an excerpt from the story of my ďŹ rst college party. Itâ€™s 7:00pm on a Friday night. Iâ€™ve decided to pregame with a few too many shots of crap vodka, and Iâ€™m chasing it with even crappier forties. Unfortunately no one told me that college parties donâ€™t begin until 10:30pm, and at my current pace I would never make it out the door. We decide to leave, and walk the mile to the party house. A drunken mile walk is never a good
idea. Halfway through, I trip over a fence and fall face-ďŹ rst into someoneâ€™s front lawn. My friends have to climb over the fence to retrieve me. We get to our destination but in the commotion, my friends have failed to notice the smear of dog poop on my face. It wasnâ€™t until I was on the beer pong table that my opponent points out the brown smear on my face. It is hard to play oďŹ€ poo as mud, and it is certainly an embarrassing moment. Like any collegiate partier, I trudge on though. I wiped my face oďŹ€, and played the game. î€ąis goes to show if you are expecting your ďŹ rst party to be something out of Animal House; you are in for a rude awakening. However, I wish you all the best in your party endeavors. Itâ€™s going to be an awesome semester. You
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are going to have plenty of time to make unforgettable memories with your friends. Lastly, a word of advice: work hard, play harder and most of all, take care of each other out there. Cheers! Story by DUStiN PoSt
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The Weekly Rant with WGMU’s own Storm Paglia First, to introduce myself, my name is Storm Paglia the new General Manager of WGMU Radio. is year I will be carrying on the tradition started by the last GM, Alexander Romano, in writing a bi-weekly rant to correspond with the rant on Mixing It Up and Back, which airs at 9pm Sunday Nights on WGMURadio.com. Mason Dining is a frequent rant topic, but for good reason. When the students are paying exorbitantly high prices for dining, we should be getting equally high quality service. I’ve been on campus for four days now and each day Mason Dining has found a way to aggravate me. Lets start oﬀ with the dining schedule for move in week. It’s obvious that there would be a large number of people on campus ursday night, considering Freshman move was completed, but
Southside closed at 4PM! How can you close the main ONLY dining hall on campus early when the entire freshman class is on campus? Ike’s isn’t opening until Monday night, but why not have it open Saturday night when all residential students had moved in at that point, and will most deﬁnitely wanted a late night meal, if you know what I mean. Want to go pick up your favorite sandwich at La Pat? Well you can’t because some of the student favorite sandwiches are gone from the menu. ere have been plenty of complaints ﬂoating around on Facebook about Pilot House as well. e menu has apparently been cut nearly in half, with many of the student favorites such as mac and cheese wedges and the breakfast burrito disappearing from menu boards. As some of you may or may not know, Ike’s
will be closing permanently at the end of the fall semester to make way for a new dining hall to be constructed. How can dining justify such a menu cut when Pilot House will soon become the only late night dining option on campus? Not to mention the fact that Pilot House was over-crowed last semester, before the Commons even re-opened! Now they’ll also have to accommodate people from Park, Liberty, and Potomac’s late-night needs. On Saturday I wanted to go have a burger at e Rat, but couldn’t because it was closed. Another huge issue in the ﬁrst few days was the fact that not a single dining employee could tell me when meal plans went into eﬀect, not to mention nothing about it was posted online and it took until ursday afternoon for dining to post its move in week schedule.
Lastly, my ﬁrst Southside experience of the year was also a turbulent one. ree out of four white milk dispensers were empty, there was no hand scooped ice cream, the vanilla soft serve side of the machine was out of order, and it’s great they brought in more varieties of cereal but the new dispensers grind the cereal into crumbs! Meal equivalencies are up to $7, which is a much needed change, but dining needs to step its game up this year and give the students what we’re paying for: high quality food service.
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greek life offers friendship, fun It is that time of year again. Fall Recruitment for the many fraternities and sororities at Mason is right around the corner. Campus will soon be inundated with students wearing Greek letters across their chests and the JC will be plastered with signs encouraging all to go Greek. But what exactly does it mean to go Greek? ere are the obvious answers of course: it means joining an organization and meeting new people. ere are also the cliché answers: it means creating bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime and a decision that will make your college experience.
While those answers are not necessarily inaccurate, neither truly captures the essence of what it means to join a fraternity or sorority. For those who choose to become involved in Greek life, the opportunities are endless. During recruitment and your new member period, you will build friendships with students that you may never have met otherwise. Taking advantage of leadership positions in your chapter will help you to develop unique skillsets that will be useful later on in life. Not to mention the fact that it looks great on a resume. Taking on a little brother or sister will give you the incredibly reward-
ing experience of mentoring a younger student. Becoming involved with your Greek organization’s philanthropy provides an exciting way to give back to charity while the members of your Greek organization provide an incomparable support system that you will fall back on many times throughout your years at Mason. Above all, getting involved in Greek life is a chance to become a part of a uniﬁed community that can make all the diﬀerence in your experience at such a large school. Make no mistake: It is a serious commitment. But it is a commitment that you will never regret. Don’t let your judgment of the
Greek community be based oﬀ of pop culture stereotypes and bad teen movies. ere is so much more to fraternity and sorority life. For some of you, going Greek will be one of the best decisions that you make here at Mason. Coming out for recruitment is a great way to learn more and decide whether or not Greek life is for you. Sorority recruitment is a formal process organized by the Mason Panhellenic Council and will run from Sept. 6-10. Ladies who would like to ﬁnd more information or register for sorority recruitment can visit www.masonpanhellenic.com. Gen-
tlemen interested in fraternity recruitment can visit George Mason’s Interfraternity Council facebook page at www.facebook.com/GMUIFC to learn more. ere is also a great deal of information about Greek Life available through the Oﬃce of Student Involvement which you can ﬁnd either by going online to si.gmu.edu or by going into the Ofﬁce of Student Involvement located in Sub 2. STORY BY EMILY BARTONE
Aug. 27, 2012
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Avoiding the Freshman 15 A Year From Now, You Will Wish You Started Today
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As students enter their freshman year of college, many of them want to commit themselves to clubs and organizations, to setting and accomplishing goals and to creating a life for themselves here at Mason. ere are endless opportunities that freshmen can embark upon; however, one of the most prominent areas to connect with while starting this new chapter of your life lies within the range of health and ﬁtness. After all, who wants to be burdened by the freshman 15? So, as incoming freshman, let us not only get oﬀ on the right academic and extra-curricular foot, but also physically and athletically. Pilot House, Ike’s, Southside and the Johnson Center
all oﬀer an array of food choices, some of which are healthier than others. It is key to remember that your metabolism slows down throughout the day, so it is best to eat your biggest meal with the most carbohydrates for breakfast, and slim down as the day fades on. Most importantly, never go to sleep hungry, for your body needs energy while you sleep. If you have no substance for your body to be nourished it will attack your muscles before fat, and lastly your bone. So when it is 2 a.m. and you are taking a study break or just going to Ike’s for the fun of it, be sure to make healthy decisions regarding what you eat because, more likely than not, your diet will end up being very diﬀerent
than the way you ate at home. However, that’s not to say that you can not indulge in the fatty-fried-goodness every once in a while. As you are establishing your fall semester routine, make time for an hour at the gym, or merely a run around Patriot Circle. It is essential to realize that escaping the freshman 15 is not only about eating right, but also exercising regularly. College can constitute the best years of your life. Pursue every available opportunity at Mason and ensure that these next four years will provide you with a lifetime of memories and leave you in the best physical shape of your life. Story by rebeCCA NorriS
Campus Fitness Centers e Recreation and Athletic Complex Monday-Friday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday/Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
e Aquatic and Fitness Center Monday-ursday 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Skyline Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Saturday/Sunday 11:00 am to 12:00 am
Aug. 27, 2012
Get Competitive with Club Sports
Section 124: A View from the Platoon
Welcome to Mason Nation! Basketball is part of our everyday life here in Fairfax. From checking out new recruits to watching every game, Mason hoops are an essential part of our university life. To a non-Patriot, it might just look like we are simply attending basketball games. But for us, heading to the Patriot Center is a ritual. e easiest way to get hyped up for a game is to get decked out in as much Mason gear as possible. I like to call it Mason “swag.” At almost every game and campus event, you can pick up some sort of free green and gold ﬂair. It is probably a smart idea to just go ahead and dedicate a drawer now to Mason shirts, bags, beads and any other school spirit you acquire. After a while of picking up random pieces of Mason gear, you’ll certainly ﬁgure out what your regular game “uniform” consists of. Personally, I go with ﬁve sets of
beads (two green, two gold and one mixed), a Mason headband, an armband on my left arm and a Mason sleeve on my right arm. I guess you could call me bit superstitious. If you decide you want to go to a lot of games, sit with the craziest fans and get special beneﬁts, I highly recommend checking out the Patriot Platoon. Once you’re in the Platoon, some of the perks include getting into each game early to pick out your perfect seat, road trips to away games and meet and greets with the team. ere is also a point system in which students are award prizes at the end of the year for attending the most games. Once you’ve picked your perfect seat, there is etiquette to cheering. You’ll quickly learn all of the cheers that go on during the game. Obviously, cheer as loud as possible when we’re on defense. Make sure you get a roster before the
game starts because some of the best chants come at the expense of the opposing players. Another thing you’ll notice is that students will throw little pieces of paper in the air when something big in the game happens. A great way to kill time before the game starts is to make yourself a little paper collection. Overall, the best place to see some true student spirit is inside the Patriot Center. We come together like no other place on campus. You get to make some amazing new friends and celebrate with people you don’t even know. No matter if you decide to be the biggest fan or just go to games casually, Mason basketball will just be another roller coaster ride in the amusement park that is your college experience. CoLUmN by DANieL Zimmet
Club sports at Mason provide a median of the NCAA Division I teams at Mason and the casual atmosphere of intramural sports. Some club teams compete in national championship events on a regular basis. In the past several years, football and cricket have both brought back champion titles. Diﬀerent sports are constantly being added to the roster in response to student interest. Most teams practice several times a week depending on their sport and season. All students enrolled full-time with good academic standing are eligible to play on a club team. For safety reasons, team members must display a degree of skill or proﬁciency in order to compete in games. According to recreation.gmu.edu, the following club sports are available for students to join:
Co-ed: - Bowling - Fencing - Swimming - Tennis - Trap and Skeet - Ultimate Frisbee - Underwater Hockey - Paintball - Triathlon - Running
Men: - Baseball - Crew - Football - Ice Hockey - Cricket - Lacrosse - Rugby - Soccer - Inline Hockey - Volleyball
Women: - Equestrian - Field Hockey - Lacrosse - Soccer - Synchronized swimming - Volleyball - Rugby - Softball
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Stay Active with Intramural Sports Stay ﬁt: Does the freshman 15 have you scared already? Put your worries aside by joining a team or activity at Mason to help you stay in shape and keep those extra pounds away. Join a Co-Rec soccer team or get in on the ﬂag football action to cover your cardio needs, or sign up for an ultimate Frisbee tournament and test that throwing arm. e supportive environment of Mason intramurals combined with the support of teammates will keep you motivated and focused throughout the year. Meet new people: Whether you’re a social butterﬂy or a reserved personality, joining intramural sports at Mason is the best way to make new friends and get to know the community. Team oriented sports like volleyball can give you that sense of belonging and camaraderie you might be looking for, or signing up for activities like Battleship tournaments can match you against competitive spirits like your own. All students are looking for the new and exciting experience, so share yours with intramurals. Be involved: e key to overall success at Mason is to be involved with the school, community and all it has to oﬀer. Sure, classes and schoolwork can be a lot to handle over the course of the days, weeks and months, but getting involved with an intramural sport will dramatically improve your overall college experience. ink you might have too much to handle with just classes? Don’t worry, joining intramural sports will help you manage your time and schedule more eﬃciently, helping you to stay focused, organized and motivated. Have fun: Take a break from all of the stress that college brings about naturally. Classes, homework, professors, roommates, it can all be too much to take at one time. Take a break from the constant stresses of your day by running around the basketball court with your teammates. Blow oﬀ some steam before a big test by getting some kicks in on the soccer ﬁeld. Squeezing in some “me” time every now and again is encouraged and what better way to do it by playing a sport you love with some Mason students. Story by CoLiN GibSoN
For more information on Mason’s intramural sports program, visit: recreation.gmu.edu/intramuralsports
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