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George Mason University’s Student Newspaper Volume 88 Issue 11

December 5, 2011





The amount of money Sodexo spends weekly on food at Southside

Monday, December 5, 2011

Event Calendar Monday, Dec. 5 Career Services Information Session: U.S. Secret Service Johnson Center, Room B 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 De-Stress Fest: Bollywood Movie Night Johnson Center, Cinema 7:30 p.m. Concert: Graduate Conductors with Wind Symphony Center for the Arts, Concert Hall 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7 Brown Bag Lunch: Steve Pearlstein University Hall, Room 3300 Noon – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8 Get Angry (Birds) Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall 11 – 3 p.m. George Mason Swing Dance Club Johnson Center, Dance Studio 7 – 11 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9 Mason Dance Company: December Concert Harris Theatre 8 p.m.

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World AIDS Day Sets Sights on Zero Goals Include Zero Deaths, Zero New Infections, and Zero AIDS-Related Discrimination Ahsan Zaman Asst. News Editor Since 1988, Dec. 1 has marked World AIDS Day. Characterized by red ribbons and raising awareness of the prevention of the destructive HIV virus, World AIDS Day is observed across the globe and at George Mason University. “This year ‘Getting to Zero’ is the theme,” said Judy Palmore, interim health education coordinator at Mason, “and what is meant by that is getting to zero new infections, getting to zero AIDS-related deaths and getting to zero discrimination.” According to Palmore, most countries do programming and outreach around the specific theme of World AIDS Day. The programs that are implemented worldwide are very diverse. Programs may include passing legislation which makes it illegal to discriminate against people who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. There are also other initiatives across the globe related to the “Getting to Zero” theme, such as making medical care and antiretro viral drugs more accessible. “One thing we have going on is the display of panels from the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and it’s a quilt where each panel has been made in honor of someone who has died as a result of AIDS-related complications,” Palmore said. “People can request to have panels of the quilt. This is addressing the zero-discrimination aspect and really honoring them. These are people with real lives and real accomplishments

Nov. 28

Medical Assist Northern Neck EMS responded and transported subject to INOVA Access due to sickness. (36/Gannon)

Nov. 29

Possession of Marijuana Braddock Rd / Roberts Rd Michelle Knapp, 27 (Non-GMU) of Fairfax, VA & Tristan Lock, 26 (Non-GMU) of Fairfax, VA were issued summonses for the above offense. (37/Radfar) Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property. Shenandoah Parking Deck Complainant reported vandalism to property. Estimated damage $1.00. (48/Surber). Medical Assist Jefferson Hall An individual was transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation. (48/Surber)

Nov. 30

Destruction of Property University Hall Complainant stated that person(s) unknown broke into the evaluation box. (36/Gannon) Delayed Entry - Underage Possession of Alcohol HQ Alicen McCarrick, 18 (GMU) of Fairfax, VA was issued a summons for the above offense and released. (45/Arnold) Medical Assist University Hall Victim stated that she was having severe back pains. EMS arrived and transported her to FairOaks Hospital for further evaluation. (29/Capizzi)

Dec. 1

Hit & Run Lot A Vehicle #1 struck vehicle #2 and fled the scene. Damage estimated at $300. (40/Ross) Theft From a Building Brunswick Hall Complainant reported theft of personal items. (29/Capizzi) Code of Conduct Violation Amherst Hall Individual was referred to Housing and the Dean of Students for conduct violation. (45/Arnold).)

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Project Condom was a part of Rock the Runway hosted by the Fashion Club where students wore condom outfits to promote safe-sex practices. cated in Student Union Building I Suite 3200 on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the semester. The HIV test results are given within 20 minutes. To learn

more information about the OraSure HIV test given at Mason, flyers can be picked up at the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education.

Holiday Shopping Season Hits Full Swing Holidays Could Bring Relief to Unemployment Rate, Lukewarm Economy Janelle Germanos


and people who love them and care for them have carefully and lovingly created these panels in their memory.” Panels are on display at the bottom floor of Student Union Building I and the Johnson Center, as well as on the Arlington and Prince William campuses. The biggest event that took place on the Fairfax campus on World AIDS Day was the Latex Lounge. During this event, students were exposed to information regarding HIV infections and abstinence. Free OraSure HIV testing was also provided during the Latex Lounge event. According to Palmore, World AIDS Day is more than just about the prevention of AIDS. “It is important to make it about more than prevention and to recognize that there are also people who are already infected with HIV and learning more about them as people,” Palmore said. “[We must] gain compassion and empathy for those who are HIV infected or living with AIDS and fight stigma within ourselves first.” Palmore said that although the AIDS pandemic is not as big of a public health crisis as it is in countries, it is still important to be familiar with the HIV virus. World AIDS Day was a chance for students and staff to learn more about AIDS, learn how HIV is transmitted and learn about protective measures that lower the risk of contracting HIV. Free OraSure HIV testing is given at the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education lo-

Staff Writer This holiday season, shoppers’ increase in spending may have a significant impact on the economy. “If holiday shopping does impact the economy, we expect it to do so through increased consumption,” said Mark Klee, the director of undergraduate programs in the economics department. “The increase in consumption that we typically see during the holiday shopping period does seem to have an important impact in the economy.” According to Klee, more than 70 percent of all expenditures in the U.S. are based on consumption, which increases during the holiday season and brings about other economic changes. “Employment tends to increase as firms hire temporary help to handle the holiday rush,” Klee said. “We also see increases in income during the holiday shopping period, due in part to the income received by these temporary

workers and to the increase in iday shopping period, and employment also decreases as the firms’ profits that we observe.” Despite this increase in con- temporary jobs end which were sumption, Klee is not certain created to deal with the holiday whether holiday shopping has a rush.” According to the American direct impact on the economy. “Many holiday shoppers are Research Group, shopping patmaking purchases that they would terns have increased since the recent recession. have made evenInternet tually,” Klee said. More than 70 “For these peoshopping is also percent of all considered when ple, holiday expenditures in the shopping only gauging the efU.S. are based on conchanges when fects of holiday shopping on the they make pursumption. chases, not economy. Klee Consumption thinks that this whether they increases during the make purchases.” impact will have the same effect Klee notes holiday season and on the economy that these brings about other changes, or lack during the holieconomic changes. day season as it thereof, can be proven by lookhas during the rest of the year. ing at consump“Internet shopping has detion after the holiday shopping period is over. creased the cost of shopping, so I “Consumption decreases pre- expect that it has a positive effect dictably as the holiday shopping on profits,” Klee said. “It is unclear bills come in,” Klee said. “This de- whether Internet shopping has an creased consumption spending impact on consumption expendidecreases profits just after the hol- tures.”

The impact that Internet shopping may have on consumption varies based on several factors. “On one hand, the decreased transportation costs introduced by Internet shopping suggest that we should see more consumption transactions,” Klee said. “On the other hand, Internet shopping makes it easier for consumers to compare prices and find sales. If consumers spend less on each transaction, their overall expenditures may not be larger.” Northern Virginia may have a small impact on the economy during the holiday season. Klee notes that income in the Washington, D.C. metro area is between 2 and 3 percent of national income, according to County Business Patterns. “So large changes in Northern Virginia may impact the macroeconomy in a substantial way, but any effect would be small,” Klee said.

Tips to Avoid Winter Crime The holidays are known for happiness and cheer, but being the victim of a crime could put a damper on all that. Use these tips to avoid a sad holiday season. 1. The number one crime on campus is larceny, specifically larceny of unattended property. Keep your portable electronics close. 2. Always lock your door even if you aren’t leaving the building. It is very rare for someone who is not a student to steal something on campus. 3. Crime is almost non-existent during break. However, as a general trend, it’s at its highest right before. Keep your possessions secure as you get ready to leave for break. 4. Though the change from last year is statistically insignificant, there are always larcenies of laptops, an especially common target. -Justin Lalputan

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Town Hall Meeting Discusses Dining, Housing Points of Discussion Include Food Quality, Hookah Policy Justin Lalputan News Editor Student Government held two town hall meetings on Wednesday, where students met with members of George Mason University’s Office of Housing and Residence Life and Mason Dining to discuss concerns and suggestions for improvement. Several issues were discussed at the Housing town hall, including the number of dormitories on campus. According to Jen Frank, assistant director of Housing Services, there are roughly 5,400 beds on campus, with plans to increase that number to 6,000. An additional 500 beds should be in place by 2015. Mason plans on adding the additional beds due to its “unprecedented growth that most universities aren’t seeing,” Frank said. Frank also discussed a new stance that Housing may take on room assignments. In the past, Mason was more focused on the individual. Now the university is turning its attention to what is best for the majority. For example, if an apartment-style dorm with four rooms is available, and a group of four friends applies, chances are they would get the dorm over a group of two students because they can fill the entire dorm themselves. According to Frank this cre-

ates more of a “college feel,” and plans, but places like Pilot House creates a good environment for take different things into considstudents. eration, such as the amount of Another major issue dis- food that is being prepared at cussed at the meeting was Mason’s once. hookah policy. Brian Davis, assoSchoebel stated that there is ciate director for Housing Serv- an issue on campus with the limices, stated that having a hookah ited resident dining options, and in residence halls was against efforts are underway to correct the school policy due to “possible al- problem. In the meantime, stuternative uses.” dents can look for meal plan deals While the rules on where you at Pilot House starting in January. can actually smoke hookah apRam Nabar, Sodexo resident peared to be unclear at the meet- district manger, commented on ing, students were referred to the the prices having increased by 2.14 student handpercent, but that Mason plans on book, and it was lower than inwas advised creases in food adding the not to smoke prices in the area. additional beds hookah in resiAnother issue due to its dential areas. under discussion At the was the quality of “unprecedented Dining town the food prepared growth that most unihall, a major at Mason. versities aren’t seeissue on the Schoebel said that ing.” floor was the the food on campricing of pus is safe, does items on cam-Jen Frank, Assistant Di- not carry over from pus, particuday to day and is rector of Housing Services c o n s t a n t l y larly at Pilot House. Peter checked. There are Schoebel, executive chef, said that monthly audits to ensure quality the reasoning behind the prices and an annual inspection from an was that Pilot House was intended outside company. to be a retail operation and there“[We] spend as much as fore different from Southside, $75,000 a week on Southside which is a resident dining loca- food,” Schoebel said. tion. Students with questions or This means that places like concerns about either housing or Southside are specifically in- dining are encouraged to contact tended for use with resident meal officials for more information.

Amnesty International, Writers in Neuroscience Look to Channel Student Voices Goal of 300 Letters Established for Mason Justin Lalputan News Editor Amnesty International GMU, in collaboration with Writers in Neuroscience, is holding a writea-thon to protest cases of human rights violations. The write-a-thon takes place from Monday to Sunday and focuses on 14 different cases of human rights violations from all over the globe. The cases range from life imprisonment due to homosexuality to women being raped. Around the world, people will be writing in to show their support for the cases. According to Linda Maguire, founder and president of Writers in Neuroscience, the hope is that students will find a case that they feel passionate about, and then can take time to write a letter. The goal is to collect 300 such letters from students. “We’re hoping that students will connect with one of these cases and become passionate about it — be it from the their country of origin, or what they believe in as individual rights — and

then write a letter to support the case,” Maguire said. Writers in Neuroscience hope to have stations outside of the Johnson Center and Fenwick libraries where students can spend roughly 15 to 20 minutes writing a letter supporting one of the 14

“All students have to do is pick their case, have an opinion and put it on paper.” -Linda Maguire, Founder and President of Writers in Neuroscience cases. The station provides the letters, writing utensils and postage. “All students have to do is pick their case, have an opinion and put it on paper,” Maguire said. “We will make sure it is mailed to Amnesty International and put towards our stand against those cases.” The write-a-thon was created by Amnesty International GMU.

Todd Gillette, treasurer of Writers in Neuroscience, posted the event on Facebook. Having learned about Amnesty International GMU through Gillette’s Facebook post, Maguire thought that it would be a great idea for the two organizations to collaborate and raise student awareness about the human rights violations that occur worldwide. Amnesty International GMU plans on having a kiosk in the Johnson Center today but, according to Maguire, Writers in Neuroscience was interested in the writing aspect of the event and raised funding for postage and a banner. “Amnesty International is promoting the write-a-thon. We are promoting the writing,” Maguire said. Students are encouraged to stop by one of the stations and show their support for the event. “Don’t underestimate the power of a single letter,” Maguire said. “It’s amazing how powerful a single letter can be to help others, to help you understand yourself and to make a real difference in the world.”

Va. Man Pleads to Helping Pakistani Terror Group Woodbridge Man Member of Lashkar-e-Taiba Group Matthew Barakat Associated Press A Northern Virginia man pleaded guilty Friday to supporting a Pakistani terrorist group by making a propaganda video and distributing it on the Internet. Jubair Ahmad, 24, of Woodbridge, Va., who has been jailed since his September arrest, admitted during a plea hearing in U.S. District Court that he made the video promoting jihad on behalf of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization since 2001. Lashkar has been linked to numerous terrorist attacks, including the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed 160 people. Lashkar has focused its attacks against India as part of a long-running dispute between India and Pakistan over control of the Kashmir region. Though it is not as well known in the U.S., it is one of the most violent terrorist groups in the world, said Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He noted that six Americans died in the Mumbai attacks, including a 13-year-old from Virginia, Naomi Scherr, and her father Alan. "They are a deadly, dangerous terrorist organization, and this de-

fendant proudly volunteered to make a video" glorifying their efforts, MacBride said in a press conference following Ahmad's guilty plea. Ahmad acknowledged during the plea hearing that he made the video at the request of Talha Saeed, the son of Lashkar's leader, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. At Talha Saeed's instruction, Ahmad began the video with pictures of Hafiz Saeed, followed by graphic depictions of atrocities committed against Muslims. The video concluded with depictions of mujahideen fighters in Kashmir. Court documents show that Ahmad, a legal permanent resident in the U.S. who arrived from Pakistan in 2007, was the subject of a two-year FBI investigation. An affidavit states he received training from Lashkar while living in Pakistan. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Ahmad pleaded guilty to a single count of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Prosecutors are not pursuing an initial charge of making false statements that was filed when Ahmad was first arrested.

Asked during Friday's hearing to explain his misconduct, Ahmad said, "He (Talha Saeed) asked me to make a video for him, so I posted a video on YouTube. I knew this video ... would be used to support jihad." Ahmad's lawyer, federal public defender Brian Mizer, declined comment after Friday's hearing. He told the judge, though, that the case poses some complex and relatively unique legal issues that he will raise during sentencing. He said he wants to explore the effect on sentencing of the Supreme Court's ruling last year in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which upheld the federal law that bans providing material support to terrorist groups, particularly as it relates to an individual's freespeech rights. MacBride said the case is the fifth his office has prosecuted in the last year related to instances of homegrown terror. Brenda Heck — special agent in charge of the counterterrorism unit at the FBI's Washington field office, which prosecuted the case, said videos like the one produced by Ahmad exacerbate that problem. We take radicalization on the Internet extremely seriously," she said. "The audience that video would reach is disturbing."

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The Dining Panel addressed specific concerns and provided information to interested students. Food prices and quality were two oft-discussed issues.

CDC Sells Ornaments Childhood Development Center Looks to Raise Money for Extracurricular Activities Justin Lalputan News Editor The Child Development Center at George Mason University is selling White House Christmas Ornaments in an effort to collect funds for extracurricular activities. This is the fourth year that the CDC is selling the ornaments, due to the efforts of Anchalee Burbach, the program coordinator. Though the total sales have dropped every year since the sales began, Director Tina Morris and Burbach remain hopeful. The first year the CDC sold 250 ornaments, 200 the following year and 100 the next. This year, however, the trend of decreasing sales does not seem to apply as the CDC has already sold 98 ornaments and have had to resupply their stock. “It’s always a risk when you reorder,” said Morris, “but because we had orders that we haven’t filled yet, Anchalee feels confident that we will be able to sell these.” The money made from ornament sales goes towards extend-

ing the extracurricular activities of the children that attend the CDC. “It’s for the extras … we bring in ponies and puppet shows, that costs extra revenue,” Morris said. Even though the last date to purchase ornaments in the Johnson Center is Tuesday, the CDC plans on selling the ornaments until they run out. “We continue to sell if we have extras,” said Morris, “… we’ve got an investment in them, if we don’t sell them that takes away from the amount of money we earn.” The reasoning behind this is that the CDC purchases the ornaments from a company in order to sell them for $20, which is close to the recommended price. The CDC buys the ornaments in bulk and, the more they buy, the cheaper the price for each individual ornament. However, if the CDC were to buy a large number of ornaments and not sell them, then they wind up not making as large a profit. Such an incident would be detrimental to the program and the children it benefits, so the CDC

has to balance their expected number of purchases with the price they want to pay for each individual ornament. One point of concern this year has been the number of students that have purchased ornaments. Burbach’s goal when she started the program was to sell ornaments to a number of students, but in the first year, only one or two students actually purchased one of the ornaments. This year, they have already sold ornaments to seven students, which indicates an increase from previous years, but is nowhere near the number of students that Burbach hopes to sell to. The majority of students tend to simply look at the ornaments and move on, and very few actually buy anything. “We have a lot of lookers,” Burbach said. “Those that purchase know that their parents collect them.” Interested students and staff can purchase ornaments in the Johnson Center on Tuesday. They can also call or visit the CDC, which is located next to the Mason water tower.

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2011 in Pictures GBay!

Mason vs. Ohio State March 20 After making it to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Mason lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes 98-66. by John Powell

March 3 The auction raised over $13,000 to benefit scholarships at Mason. by Peter Flint

Coach Larranaga Leaves for Miami April 22 After 14 seasons with Mason’s men’s basketball, including the famed Final Four run in 2006, coach Jim Larranaga relocated to the Universty of Miami.

Flag Protest April 5 Students and local community gathered in the North Plaza to protest the banning of the Kurdish, Taiwanese, Tibetan and Palestinian flags from being displayed in the Johnson Center atrium during International Week. by Peter Flint

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Mason Day April 29 This day’s Mason Day featured the bands You Hang Up, with Frankie Muniz on drums, and Plain White T’s. by Stephen Kline

Step Expo September 1 The National Panhellenic Council held their Step Expo as part of Welcome Week. The event showcased the Divine Nine’s best step and stroll teams.




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Stephen King Visits Mason September 23 During Fall for the Book, the famous author gave a talk about his successes and his most recent book, “11/12/63.” by Stephen Kline

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December December 21 21SSTT 1 12pm 2pm Residences close for Winter Break Gun Rights Protest November 9 Opinions clashed outside the JC when gun rights advocates demonstrated for the right of Mason’s community members to bear arms on Mason’s campus. by Stephen Kline

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Broadside New Policy Proposed by Office of Equity and Diversity Services New Mandate to Address Employee - Student Relationships

Colleen Wilson Staff Writer A policy proposed by the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, in conjunction with the Office of University Counsel, looks to monitor academic integrity in the case of relationships between university officials and students. The Consensual Relationship Policy was proposed in 2010 as a one-page document. At the request of the Faculty Senate, the policy was looked at further and has since increased to three pages, and is now awaiting approval. The policy defines the implications and detrimental aspects of relationships between students and employees as “professional power relationships.” According to the policy, a power relationship is “a relationship between an employee and a student in which the employee may have authority to exercise decisionmaking authority regarding the

student.” Currently, there is no university policy regarding relationships between employees and students. The goal of the policy is to remove any possible conflict of interest that may occur as the result of an employee-student relationship, whether it is real or perceived. For example, in the case of a relationship between a professor and a student, even if no special treatment is given, other members of the class may feel they are at a disadvantage. Employees are defined by the document as anyone on university payroll, including students. “A lot of students and grad students are employed by the school,” said Corey Jackson, assistant to the president and director of University Equity and Diversity Services. “This policy isn’t just aimed at professors and their students. We also want to avoid situations where a student employed at the bookstore is dating their manager, leading to

them getting better shifts or special treatment.” According to the policy, once a power relationship is established, the employee must report the relationship to a supervisor. From there, action must be taken to remove any conflicts of interest. If a third party reports knowledge of a power relationship to the dean or chair of a department, an investigation will be opened to verify the claims. “The policy is meant to put a stop to real and perceived conflict,” Jackson said. “Somebody might say things that aren’t true, but we need to be in a position to investigate to make sure academic integrity is being upheld.” In special circumstances, when the professor involved is the only one offering a certain class, or married couples are working in the same department, adjustments will be made. “This policy really isn’t about relationships or sex. It’s about power wielded and fairness,”

Jackson said. “We want to promote a safe environment of education, where people can trust the system.” The policy was written based on the results of a 2005 study by Ohio State University. Many other universities have similar policies regarding consensual relationships, with varying levels of rigidity. At Yale University, a zerotolerance policy forbids any romantic or sexual contact between employees and students. The proposed policy at George Mason University is much more tolerant, intending to problem-solve instead of punish. “Power relationships are what we wanted to get at — the perceived versus real conflict,” Jackson said. “We’re not in the business of policing relationships.” Jackson predicts that the policy will go into effect as early as February or March, depending on approval.

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Romney, Gingrich Focus of GOP Race with Cain Exit With Iowa Caucuses In One Month, Gingrich Shows Strength Beth Fouhy Associated Press With the implosion of Herman Cain's campaign amid accusations of adultery and sexual harassment, the once-crowded 2012 Republican presidential field appears to be narrowing to a two-man race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. GOP voters have one month before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Gingrich is showing strength in the latest Iowa poll, while Romney is strong in New Hampshire, site of the first primary. Romney has maintained a political network since his failed 2008 presidential bid, especially in New Hampshire. Gingrich, whose campaign nearly collapsed several months ago, is relying on his debate performances and the good will he built up with some conservatives as a congressional leader in the 1980s and 1990s. Gingrich's efforts appear to be paying off in Iowa. A Des Moines Register poll released late Saturday found the former House speaker leading the GOP field with 25 percent support, ahead of Ron Paul at 18 percent and Romney at 16. Cain's suspension of his campaign Saturday, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's continued struggles to make headway with voters, have focused the party's attention on Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, and Gingrich, a one-time congressman from Georgia. They offer striking contrasts in personality, government experience and campaign organization. Their political philosophies and differences are a bit harder to discern. Both men have changed their positions on issues such as climate change. And Gingrich, in particular, is known to veer into unusual territories, such as child labor practices.

Romney has said he differs with Gingrich on child labor laws. Gingrich recently suggested that children as young as nine should work as assistant school janitors, to earn money and learn work ethics. Leading the pack means drawing criticism from those in the rear, such as Pennsylvania's Rick Santorum. Consistently lagging in the polls, Santorum took swipes at both leaders Sunday on ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." Gingrich, he said, isn't a strong champion of conservative social values and puts them in "the back of the bus." "He has never really been an advocate of pushing those issues. Newt is someone who likes to get issues that are 80 to 90 percent in the polls, and 80 percent in the polls are generally not necessarily conservative — strong conservative issues. But that's how Newt is — has always tried to govern. And I respect that." Santorum acknowledged that Romney had become more conservative on issues, but questioned "whether he can be trusted." "The best indication of what someone is going to do in the future is what they've done in the past," he said. Cain's announcement in Atlanta offered a possible opening for Romney or Gingrich to make a dramatic move in hopes of seizing momentum for the sprint to the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus. Neither man did. They appear willing to play things carefully and low-key for now. At a town hall meeting in New York sponsored by tea party supporters, Gingrich declined to characterize the race as a direct contest between himself and Romney. Any of the remaining GOP contenders could stage a comeback before the Iowa caucuses, he said. "I'm not going to say that any of my friends can't suddenly surprise us," Gingrich said. Paul may be one of those candidates. He

Trump to Host GOP Debate Real estate mogul Donald Trump will moderate a Republican presidential debate in Iowa a week before the state holds the first in the nation caucuses. The conservative website Newsmax will host the debate, scheduled for Dec. 27 in Des Moines. All the GOP contenders have been invited to participate. Trump announced he would not seek the Republican nomination himself after toying with a bid last spring. The host

of "Celebrity Apprentice" has remained visible in the GOP contest, hosting many of the candidates for meetings at Trump Tower in New York City. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is set to visit Trump Monday. Trump has also been a strong critic of President Barack Obama and drew considerable publicity when he questioned the validity of Obama's birth certificate. -Associated Press

said Sunday his discussions of the war and the country's financial condition are resonating with voters in Iowa and New Hampshire. He points to the Iowa poll numbers as a measure of his success and says he also stands to gain from Cain dropping out of the race, and his organization is paying attention to where Cain's supporters might go. "There are a lot of people who call themselves tea party people that did like the independent mindedness of Herman Cain. So I'm optimistic that we'll pick up some votes from there," he said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." But once high-flying contenders such as Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota have not managed to bounce back so far, despite weeks of trying. Bachmann said Sunday she was the "consistent conservative" in the race and her campaign would benefit most from Cain's departure. "A lot of Herman Cain supporters have been calling our office and they've been coming over to our side," she said, also on CNN. "They saw Herman Cain as an outsider and I think they see that my voice would be the one that would be most reflective of his." Cain's once-prospering campaign was undone by numerous allegations of sexual wrongdoing. Gingrich, twice divorced and now married to a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair, has been the most obvious beneficiary of Cain's precipitous slide. But Perry, Bachmann and possibly others are likely to make a play for Cain's anti-establishment tea party backing. Time is running short for them to establish themselves as the top alternative to Romney, who has long been viewed with suspicion by many conservatives.

Bachmann Hopes to Gather Cain Supporters GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says many people who had supported Herman Cain in the race are getting behind her candidacy. With Cain now out of the race, Bachmann says Republican voters see her as the tea party candidate and the "most consistent conservative" in the contest. The Minnesota con-

gresswoman tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Cain's supporters considered him as an outsider and that her conservative positions are most reflective of his. Cain abandoned his White House bid on Saturday under the weight of sexual misconduct allegations. -Associated Press

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News Briefs Mason Offices Take Part in Toys for Tots The George Mason University Staff Senate, Parking Services, Dining, and Office of Military Services are collaborating to participate in the Toys for Tots charity drive. Students and faculty may donate new toys in the Johnson Center Cinema on December 14 from 2-5 p.m., and departments may donate at the university holiday party. To help raise participation, Parking Services is offering a break on fines for students who donate toys and food. Depending on the amount donated, students can receive up to $20 off of a citation on three different citations. The final day to donate to this effort is Dec. 14. In addition to Parking Services’ effort, Mason Dining is offering a free lunch to the Fairfax campus department that contributes the greatest number of food items and toys. Items contributed to this fund do not apply to Parking Services’s break on fines and vice-versa. -Justin Lalputan Mason Named a Virginia Sea Grant Instituation George Mason University has been named a Virginia Sea Grant Institution. The Virginia Sea Grant strives to protect Virginia’s coast and ecology, and Mason has become a part of those efforts. Virginia Sea Grant also protects the numerous communities that live next to, and depend on, the coast for their health and occupations. In order to do this, Virginia Sea Grant often partners with research institutions such as Mason. Mason is the lead institution for the Community Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Inundation, which will inform the public of the impacts of the sea-level rising in Anne Arundel County, Md. Other Virginia Sea Grant Institutions include Old Domin-

ion University, The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. -Justin Lalputan Researchers Struggle to Find Way to Convince College Students to get Flu Shots George Mason University researchers struggle to find the best way to convince college students to get a flu shot. Research shows that telling college-age students that getting a flu shot is beneficial to their health does not work. Instead, a community-oriented approach is in the works. The message is that even if you think you’re healthy, you could potentially infect someone older or younger than you, someone who is more susceptible to the disease. Researchers have also learned that there is a large amount of misinformation present. Some students think their youth and health will prevent them from falling ill, while others believe that the flu shots actually cause the flu. Getting the proper message across is proving to be a challenge for researchers. -Justin Lalputan Mason Law Professor Dies George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law Emeritus Robert A. Anthony died of cancer at his Warrenton home on Nov. 17. “His many good works at Mason included proprietorship of the law school’s Pre-Admission Summer Trial program and an Administrative Law course, which was famous for rigor, comprehensiveness and for Bob’s irrepressible good humor and personal kindness,” said School of Law Dean Daniel Polsby in a statement. Anthony served at Mason until 2002 and was buried at Columbia Gardens Cemetary in Arlington. -Gregory Connolly


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Holiday Gift Guide ‘Tis the Season for Affordable Gifts Becca Norris Asst. Style Editor

How do you celebrate the holiday season?

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Unique Gadget: iPhone 4 Case Bottle Opener from, $15 Because you would much rather have him use his cool new phone case than his teeth! Hats: New Era 59Fifty Fitted Hat from, $31 In light of the winter weather, there’s nothing like a hat to keep his head warm. Drinking Tool: Hands-Free Drinking Hat from, $17 He can put his drinks on his head and free up his hands for some holiday party fun. Headphones: Skullcandy Over-Ear Headphones from, $20 These hot headphones provide excellent sound quality for an excellent price.

Gift Sets: Victoria’s Secret Must-have Beauty Essentials Bag, $25 Pamper her with a fun gift set — very girl loves to smell and feel great. Personalized Jewelry: Personalized Envelope Necklace from, $20 Something simple can be turned into a heart-warming gift if you add your own words to be engraved. Watches: Double Stranded Sterling Silver Watch from,$25 If you flip through any fashion magazine from the past six months, it’s simple to see that watches are making a huge comeback. Scarves: Infinity Loop Scarf from, $25 Whether to keep warm or to add some flair to an outfit, scarves make for endless style.

“Every year my family sits down together and watches Chevy Chase’s ‘Christmas Vacation,’ we always laugh at the scene when cousin Eddie pulls up in his dilapidated trailer.” – Taylor McKinley, senior, history major

Holiday Spots to Visit Make the Season Fun With These Neat Places Becca Norris Asst. Style Editor Santarchy Come join hundreds of Santas as they parade through the nation’s capital bringing holiday cheer to all! Feel free to dress up in your own Santa gear. When: Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. to Dec. 18 at 3 a.m. Where: Washington, D.C. Price: Free Christmas on the Potomac Head over to the Gaylord National Resort to participate in some holiday cheer and see the giant ice palace! There will be ice sculptures, ice slides, gingerbread decorating and a meet and greet with characters from DreamWorks’ “Madagascar.” When: Nov. 18, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012 (To see daily hours visit Where: Gaylord National Resort on the National Harbor Price: $19–$35 Visit the National Christmas Tree in D.C. Head over to the White House to experience this 86-year-old holiday tradition. When: Dec. 1, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Where: The Ellipse just south of the White House Price: Free Graphic by Lauren Ransom

Bull Run Festival of Lights Take a drive through a location in Bull Run to see some of the best holiday decorations and light displays in Northern Virginia! When: Nov. 23, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012. Mon. – Thurs. 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Fri. – Sat. and holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m. Where: 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121 Price: Mon. – Thurs.: $15 per car, Fri. – Sat.: $20 per car Zoo Lights Head over to the National Zoo to go skating, hear the talented youth of D.C. live in concert and to see some of the most colorful lights in the area. When: Nov. 25, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012 from 5 – 9 p.m. Where: National Zoo Price: Free

My family sings our grandmother’s favorite Christmas song, ‘White Christmas.’ Last year I brought my girlfriend to Christmas dinner and she was forced to sing with us, too.” – Brian Lee senior, government & international politics and history major

Kellie Pickler, Rodney Atkins to Perform Broadside Correspondent Summer’s hot days are long gone, but local radio station 98.7 WMZQ is keeping the spirit of summer musical festivals alive with their WMZQ Winterfest. Hosted at the Patriot Center on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., the event will feature Kellie Pickler and Rodney Atkins as the night’s headliners. Pickler is well known from her run on American Idol season

five. Though she placed sixth in the competition, Pickler went on to be one of the show’s more successful artists, with two albums and seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Atkins is currently on tour with his “Take a Back Road” album, which was released in October. The album’s title track has reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, proving to be Atkin’s most successful single to date. Sonia Leigh and upcoming

singer-songwriter Kip Moore will open the show with singles from their new albums. Following their performances will be Josh Thompson, David Nail and Thompson Square, who have all established themselves as household names in the country music world. Tickets are on sale for $35 to $99 at the Patriot Center box office. Students with a valid Mason ID will receive $4 off their ticket price.

– Andre Delavarpour, junior, information technology major

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A Muppets Christmas Carol (1992) — The story has been told a dozen times in a dozen different ways, but Michael Caine’s Scrooge is the best portrayed on film. Throw in the Muppets (I LOVE THE MUPPETS) and you have one of the most heartwarming tales that teaches us it’s never too late to change and find love in our hearts.

Jingle All The Way (1996) — Possibly the most quotable Arnold Schwarzenegger film of all time — “It’s turbo time!� “Put the cookie down!� — “Jingle All the Way� is a perfect example of every parents worst nightmare: the dreaded must-have Christmas present.

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Love Actually (2003) — Featuring a stellar cast, “Love Actually� follows various people in London around Christmas and examines the different ways we express love. Both hysterical and heartwarming, you’ll find it’s impossible not to smile while watching.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) — Is a Macy’s Santa Claus the real deal? That’s what this classic aims to find out. Proving that sometimes having faith and searching for the good in someone is all we really need. Skip the remake that uses some fake department store instead of Macy’s.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) — You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. Jim Carrey brings Dr. Seuss’s character to life and delivers the perfect amount of pathos to make him a truly endearing character. Toss in Ron Howard’s direction and narration by Anthony Hopkins and you have an instant classic. White Christmas (1954) — Is there anything more soothing than Bing Crosby singing? “White Christmas� tells the tale of two war veterans who wind up with a pair of sisters at a hotel in Vermont and, wouldn’t you know it, there’s no snow. It’s a simple story, but the music and dancing are the stuff of Christmas magic.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) — Very few movies have built the kind of following that Henry Selick’s stop motion film has. Jack Skellington’s foray into Christmas after having grown tired of only knowing Halloween has been put back in theaters more times than I can count, and in 3D no less. It might not have been understood when it first came out, but it’s a must see nowadays. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) — Cry foul all you want, this is a sequel that does everything right. It’s bigger and better in every way. Sure you can argue that the frame is pretty similar to the original, but the delivery is much better. Plus, because of the original we now have an even more engaging conflict with Kevin and the Sticky Bandits.

‘Tis the holiday season! That means spending time with family and friends, holiday parties and plenty of delicious food. Of course, we have to get through exams first. If you’re having a little trouble holding out for the holidays or just want to bring some treats to a study session with your friends, then just whip up a batch of my scrumptious snickerdoodles. Wash them down with some rich, sweet eggnog and drift off to sleep at around 4 a.m. the night before your exam with visions of sugar plums (and A’s in all your classes) dancing in your head.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine butter, shortening and sugar in a large mixer and beat on high for two minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla. In a large bowl combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt, and whisk together. Add the flour mixture into the mixer in three batches, mixing between each batch addition. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll balls of dough in the cinnamonsugar mixture and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for one minute before transferring to a large piece of foil or parchment paper to cool. Serves: 8 Price per person: $2.00

Snickerdoodles 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon


Combine milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Whisk egg yolks together in a large bowl. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg yolks while continuously whisking. Return mixture to the stovetop and cook on medium-low heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes. Strain mixture into a large bowl and add heavy cream and bourbon, if you desire. Allow the mixture to cool, then cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator until chilled. Top individual servings with grated nutmeg and enjoy. Serves: 3 Price per person: $5.00 (including alcohol)

Eggnog 2 cups milk 2/3 cup sugar 6 egg yolks 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup bourbon (optional) Grated nutmeg

A Christmas Story (1983) — “You’ll shoot your eye out.� It’s getting extremely difficult to rank these last few. You know that at some point on Christmas you put on TBS for their 24-hour marathon, even if you’ve already watched it three times during the holidays. Elf (2003) — “You sit on a throne of lies.� Not making “Elf� number one was probably one of the most difficult choices I’ll have to make this holiday season, but it just hasn’t earned it yet — maybe in a few years. Either way, if you have somehow not seen this movie, then go out and buy it now. Don’t rent it. Don’t Netflix it. Buy it.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) — Once upon a time this movie always followed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I always watched it. Now we have a stupid dog show. When George Bailey comes to the conclusion the world would be better off without him, a rookie comes intervenes to show him how wrong he is, and maybe earn his wings in the process.

Christmas Vacation (1989) — All Clark Griswold wants is a good, old-fashioned. Griswold-family Christmas, and he goes to great lengths to deliver. From unwanted in-laws to the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree, this movie is a non-stop barrage of laughs and holiday cheer. Compiled by Je Giorgi

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip 1 package frozen chopped spinach (10 ounces) 1 can artichoke hearts 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup heavy cream Pinch of salt and pepper Large mixing bowl Baking dish Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw and drain the spinach, and drain and mash the artichoke hearts. In a mixing bowl, combine the spinach, artichokes, parmesan cheese, sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, add the heavy cream and stir until combined. Put the mixture in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with bread, chips or crackers.

Magic Cookie Bars 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 1/3 cup angel-ake coconut 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup chopped pecans 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 13x9 inch pan Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in pan and place in oven to melt butter. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter. Press them down with fork. Sprinkle coconut over crumbs then add a layer of chocolate chips and pecans. Drizzle the surface with condensed milk. Bake for 30 minutes.

Potato Latkes 2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes 3 eggs, beaten 2 tablespoons our 1 tablespoon grated onion 1 1/2 teaspoon salt About 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying Medium mixing bowl Large skillet Stir potatoes, our, eggs, onions and salt in a mixing bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture into the skillet, pressing down on them in order to form thick patties. Brown patties on both sides and serve with sour cream or applesauce.




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Kaitlyn Reitz Broadside Correspondent Lately the temperatures have been all over the place, ranging from the mid 40s to the high 60s, but winter is quickly approaching. The season doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 22, but it’s never too early to start shopping. For some students, this winter will be the first time that they will actually experience a true winter with cold temperatures and snow. This also means that it may be the first time that they will be purchasing winter clothing such as coats, gloves and boots. Whether you’re used to the winter season or you’re a fish out of water, the following items and styling tips are sure to help. Layering is huge during cooler seasons because it allows for people to stay bundled and warm when they are outside, but also comfortable inside by taking off the layers. The key to layering is not to go overboard with colors or patterns. Wearing too many patterns at once, whether they are plaid, stripes or florals, can be

slightly overwhelming. When there are many prints and patterns mixed together, most of the time the clothing will tend to clash. One last tip for layering is to start off thin and end with the thicker articles of clothing. It’s always best to start with a thin shirt or tank top then start adding thicker shirts, jackets and sweaters. If you start layering with items that are too thick, not only will you end up hot, but it will also give off the appearance of a fuller, thicker figure. Another thing to avoid is wearing too many colors at once. Who wants to look like a walking rainbow? It’s better to stick to one color palette or pick one bright color and one accent color. For example, stick to neutral shades like blacks, whites and greys, or stick to a color like red and accent it with shades of pink or black. Ugg boots are always a favorite among many during the winter months. They now come in many colors and patterns including leopard and sequenced. The designer label Jimmy Choo

even came out with its own line of shearling Ugg boots for the winter season. Despite the trend, there are still some people who would rather not wear the iconic Uggs. They would alternatively choose a chic, yet warm pair of motorcycle boots to spruce up their seasonal attire and add some rock ‘n’ roll flare to an outfit. Winter clothing can feel drab because it tends to be more about function rather than fashion. But any outfit, no matter the season, can be jazzed up with accessories. Adding the right scarf, socks or pair of boots can bring any outfit to life. Socks and scarves are a simple way to accessorize winter outfits. Allowing your socks to peek out over the boots can help to complete an outfit. Sometimes, all it takes is a scarf to add a pop of color or a pattern that will make any outfit stand out, and keep your neck warm. The possibilities are endless when it comes to winter fashion. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your style has to be sacrificed.

Grammy Award Winning Pianist to Perform George Winston to Take Stage Saturday Erin Powell Style Editor

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Students modeled in the Rock the Runway Fashion Show, an event created to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS on Friday in Dewberry Hall.

American pianist and Grammy Award winner George Winston is scheduled to perform at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. Winston, who created his first solo record in 1972, will be performing his Winter Show which features music that awakes the tone and ambience of the holiday season. “The main thing I work on is New Orleans rhythm and blues,” Winston said. “I always include something from what I’m currently playing [in my performances].” In the 1980s, Winston made a huge impact with his distinctive style of instrumental music

that drew themes from nature and his surrounding environment. “The seasons are my main inspiration,” Winston said. “And the topography. Wherever I am, it can be a different kind of season.” In light of the holiday season, Winston asks that all who attend the concert bring canned food, which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Winston will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from his CD sales to charity. Winston is an avid supporter of helping people in times of need and emphasizes the importance of giving back. “If you can get food, you can somewhat take care of the rest,” Winston said. “You can never do enough [to help those in need]. Every little bit helps. It all de-

pends on what the person’s situation is.” Many young instrumental musicians who aspire to become greats like Winston have trouble getting started with their own personal compositions and style of playing. “Learn chords and music theory,” Winston said. “Chords are kind of like street signs. Every [good driver] knows what and where they are. It’s good to be open to things and experiment. You’re your own best teacher.” For more information on Winston’s performance, go to Visit the Center for the Arts box office to purchase tickets priced at $24, $40 or $48 A limited number of free student tickets are available with a valid Mason student ID.

De-Stress Fest Events December 5 – 9: Johnson Center Kiosk H Hot Beverages, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Snacks, 12 – 2 p.m. December 6: Corner Pocket Tuesday Jams, 5 – 7 p.m. Piedmont Multipurpose Room Free Yoga, 5:45 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. AFC Multipurpose Room #1 Zumba, 6:30 – 7:25 p.m. SUB II Rooms 2 – 5 Academic Council of Fraternity and Sorority Life Study Fest, 8 – 11 p.m. Johnson Center Student Government Late Night Carts, 10 p.m. December 7: Location TBD “What Do You Want Wednesday?” with free food, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Piedmont Multi-Purpose Room Free Yoga, 12 – 1 p.m. Corner Pocket De-Stress Lounge with free food and games, 4 – 8 p.m. Johnson Center Student Government Late Night Carts, 10 p.m. Southside Cram Jam and Study Bucks Raffle, 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. December 8: AFC Multi-Purpose Room #3 Indoor Cycling, 12 – 1 p.m. Dewberry Hall Get Angry Birds with hamburger races and games, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. JC Cinema Comedian Lucas Bohn, 9 p.m. Performing Arts Building 3001 Free Jazz Combos Concert, 8 p.m. Johnson Center Student Government Late Night Carts, 10 p.m. December 11 – 16: JC George’s Restaurant Off-Campus Students 24 hr. Study Lounge December 15: JC Cinema Mason Cable Network Comedy Show, 8 p.m.

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Thumbs up to 2011 finally coming to a close. It’s been a pretty tough year for most of us.

Gregory Connolly, Editor-in-Chief

Monika Joshi, Managing Editor Jared Barrale, Copy Chief Justin Lalputan, News Editor Ahsan Zaman, Asst. News Editor Jeff Giorgi, Opinion Editor Allison Smith, Asst. Opinion Editor Erin Powell, Style Editor Becca Noris, Asst. Style Editor Cody Norman, Sports Editor Pat Carroll, Asst. Sports Editor Stephen Kline, Photography Editor

Benjamin Shaffer, Copy Editor Xavia Warner, Copy Editor Jacquelyn Rioux, Copy Editor Lauren Ransom, Designer Michelle Buser, Designer Sana Bhatti, Designer Dylan Hares, Staff Reporter John Powell, Collegiate Athletics Liaison Jacques Mouyal, Business Manager Kathryn Mangus, Faculty Adviser David Carroll, Associate Director

Thumbs up to Herman Cain dropping out of the election. One crazy down; too many more to go. Thumbs down to finals. Need I say more? Thumbs down to beliebers.

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How’s This For Bad Karma?

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Finnish Automaker Looking Like Solyndra 2.0

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Correction: “Turnout Low for New Precinct,” which ran in the Nov. 14 Issue, was written by Janelle Germanos

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Le Reader Rage

I recently visited the Ted Britt Ford dealership in Fairfax to check out their latest hot item: the Fisker Karma. With its sleek design, luxurious interior and glimmering 22-inch Circuit Blade alloys, the Karma easily looks like something out of “Transformers.” Looking at the Karma, it comes as no surprise that the founder of Fisker Automotive is the same man responsible for the designs of the Aston Martin DB9 and the BMW Z8. But the Karma’s got more than looks. It’s got performance, too. We’re talking four-wheel independent suspension, a singleratio transmission with a limited slip differential and a two-liter direct injection Ecotec turbo 4 supplemented by two AC electric motors. In Sport mode, the Karma goes from 0 to 60 in six seconds flat — bear in mind that it weighs nearly 3 tons — gets more horsepower than a ’67 SS Camaro with a big block V8 and more pound feet of torque than a Bugatti Veyron. Sure, the Karma is no Lamborghini Aventador; but for an electric car, it’s pretty darn cool. Enter the bad news. Priced between roughly $96,000 and $110,000, the Karma is far outside the budgets of most Americans.

Of course, this would be a non- from “magic sparkle ponies sprinissue were the Karma not being kling pixie dust,” to quote Meyer, heavily subsidized by — you rather than from fossil fuel comguessed it — American taxpayers. bustion. To boot, the EPA’s metric Not only did the federal govern- assumes a perfectly efficient conment give Fisker Automotive $529 version of potential energy, which, million in federal loans via the De- as Meyer points out, violates the partment of Energy’s Advanced second law of thermodynamics. Technologies Vehicle ManufacturStill, you might be thinking ing Loan Program, it is also offer- that, if nothing else, the governing $7,500 in tax credits to all ment’s subsidization of Fisker AuFisker Karma purchasers. Leave it tomotive will spur domestic job to the Obama administration to growth. At present, this is not the devise yet ancase. Fisker is other plan that currently Is it likely that global transfers funds manufacturwarming will be from low- and ing the thwarted and our middle-income Karma at Valnation’s Americans to met Autounemployment woes the uber motive, a will be solved wealthy. Honmanufacturbecause Leonardo estly, what ing plant in DiCaprio is now drivshould we exFinland that ing around in a federpect next? Subalso builds sidies for Birkin cars for ally subsidized luxury bags? Tax rePorsche. vehicle that was bates on yacht That’s cormade in Finland and purchases? rect. The gets worse But, of Obama adenergy mileage than a ministration course, the govV6 Mustang? ernment claims is spending that its subsimillions of dization of your tax dolFisker Automotive is wholly justi- lars to indirectly subsidize a fied by the fact that the Karma is, Finnish automotive plant that after all, a green vehicle. Accord- builds cars for the super rich. To ing to the EPA, the Karma gets an be fair, Fisker is planning to asimpressive MPG equivalent of 52. semble a small plant in WilmingBut, as it turns out, the EPA’s cal- ton, Del., which it claims will culation is grossly inaccurate. Ac- eventually employ around 2,000 cording to Warren Meyer of workers. However, a cost-benefit Forbes, the Karma actually gets a analysis shows that the governtrue MPGe of 19. This disparity is ment’s investment in Fisker Autolargely due to the fact that the EPA motive is, on net, a terrible deal seems to think electricity comes for the American people. Spend-

ing $264,500 of your tax dollars to create a single job is what I would call deadweight loss, not economic stimulus. Let’s consider the big picture here. Is it likely that global warming will be thwarted and our nation’s unemployment woes will be solved because Leonardo DiCaprio is now driving around in a federally subsidized luxury vehicle that was made in Finland and gets worse energy mileage than a V6 Mustang? I somehow doubt it. Furthermore, even if the Karma had an MPGe of 60 and was being produced in domestic automotive plants, would that justify the fact that the federal government invested huge sums of taxpayer dollars in a company that might very well follow the fate of Solyndra? Call me crazy, but I think that if the federal government has $529 million to spare — which it doesn’t — it ought to use that money to start paying off our debt, or give it back to low- and middle-income taxpayers, rather than to eco-chic celebrities and venture capitalists who would rather risk taxpayer dollars than their own. Barack Obama claims to be the advocate of the 99 percent, of the everyday Americans who are struggling to make mortgage payments and pay college tuition bills in a sluggish economy. When push comes to shove, however, Obama’s actions belie his rhetoric. Obama has demonstrated that while he may claim to stand with the masses, he is in fact more than willing to buy the top one percent a free lunch on the 99 percent’s dime.

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SGA Monthly Letter What a semester it has been for George Mason University and Student Government. We hope everyone had a safe and refreshing Thanksgiving break, and is ready to hit the books in preparation for final exams. SG is well aware of the stress and rigors students face this time of year. Therefore, during Finals Week, various members from SG will be walking throughout the Johnson Center, passing out candy and snacks to give students that extra boost they need to succeed. This is a tradition called De-Stress Fest that SG performs during Finals Week of each semester. In addition to De-Stress Fest, SG will be hosting the taste of cultures on Thursday to wrap up the semester with one of Mason’s best assets: diversity. The event will take place in the third floor ballroom in Student Union Building

II, from 7:30 - 10 p.m. Taste of cultures is a unique experience where the Mason community can join together to try new foods, see different dances and meet new people. SG would like to thank everyone who has come out to support us throughout the semester. From the 9/11 candlelight vigil, AIDS Walk Kickoff, What’s Your Campaign? and What Do You Want Wednesdays, SG has heard nothing but positive feedback from the student body and administration. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of the Mason community starting again in spring 2012. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable winter break. As always, for more information, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit our website:

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Columnist The United Colors of Benetton, a casual clothing company based in Italy, has recently published what has become a controversial ad campaign depicting the leaders of various countries — most of which are contentious in international politics — kissing. Benetton has a history of such ad campaigns, including one which featured a nun kissing a priest and another which showed an unwashed, recently birthed baby still attached to his placenta via umbilical cord. Yes, that’s strange, but hey — it gets people talking, right? It does get people talking, and from that perspective I think it’s a good advertisement. I under-

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stand why people would be of- pressed in America today; the Ocfended by an ad of the Pope and cupy movements have added a el-Tayeb kissing — sort of. I un- new and, in my opinion, longderstand, at least, how people awaited shock to American culmight find it offensive for a num- ture. ber of reasons that I can’t ignore It’s been a real wakeup call to just because I disagree with them. flip through “The Economist” and You can shock people without see that the fire, tear-gas and shatbeing offensive. However, I do tered glass depicted is no longer think that sometimes it’s neces- coming from Egypt or Libya, but from Oaksary to shock You can’t spin several land. The people in order shouts decryto get their atcity blocks being tention. If you ing injustice occupied by freezing are coming look at some of protesters nor can from the the most fayou de-contextualize streets of mous adverObama with a bone Washington, tisements in through his nose. history, they not the streets These are things that of Tunis. And have been ones you see and just that people of course the understand. a n a l o g y considered transfers to horrible or offensive. Take the Tea Party the “Daisy” adas well. The vertisement by Lyndon Johnson; it Tea Party has used things like the was so offensive that it caused infamous posters portraying some people to cut ties with the Obama as the Joker and the depicDemocratic Party. I think that, in tions of our president with a bone all reality, advertisements like through his nose and, as much as these show a distinct similarity to I vehemently disagree with their how political opinions are ex- opinions, things like that garner

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interest by virtue of being insane. And in a country where the media blows events like minor earthquakes and political flubs way out of proportion, I think it’s important for something big to actually happen — something that conservative or liberal media can’t censor to fit their opinions. And whether we look at Benetton’s ad, the violence brought to Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party’s ridiculous, racist metaphors, it’s difficult to take these things out of context. You can’t spin several city blocks being occupied by freezing protesters nor can you de-contextualize Obama with a bone through his nose. These are things that you see and just understand. Sometimes that’s what we need to get us talking about the real issues — a good shock. Sometimes the only way to see or understand things is by making people think about why they might disagree with an extreme opinion on their own side of the fence. And by doing so, I think we bring reason back into politics.

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Higher Education Needs to Stop Anti-Military Rhetoric Too Much Misguided Hate Aimed at Our Troops From Freedom of Speech Abusers s Alan Moore e n i o Opinion


Columnist Why do we constantly see disgraceful protests against our military from people in higher education? Earlier this month in Massachusetts, Suffolk University Law School professor Michael Avery vehemently objected an appeal to send care packages to American troops deployed overseas. “I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone

overseas to kill other human beings,” Avery wrote in an email to colleagues. He went on to write that “sympathy [for troops] is not particularly rational in today’s world” and “The United States may well be the most war-prone country in the history of civilization.” I think Ancient Rome probably owns that moniker, but that’s beside the point. Professor Avery wasn’t finished though. He went on to whine about an American flag hung in the school’s atrium. “Excessive patriotic zeal is a hallmark of national security states. It permits, indeed encourages, excesses in the name of national security, as we saw during the Bush administration, and which continue during the Obama administration,” he pined. He also called for an end of sending support to the military and the “war agenda.”

The sad truth is higher edu- bring the program back. cation has been a long-time hideA few years ago, the Univeraway for anti-American, sity of California-Berkeley took its hatred of the military even furanti-military troglodytes. Who can forget former Uni- ther. The university got the city of versity of Colorado professor Berkeley to tell military recruiters Ward Churchill who was fired they weren’t welcome as the city after comparcouncil declared, The sad truth is “If recruiters ing some 9/11 victims to choose to stay, higher education Nazis, even they do so as unhas been a longcalling World invited and untime hideaway for Trade Center w e l c o m e anti-Americans, intruders.” The victims “little anti-military Eichmanns”? radical group, troglodytes. He also said he Code Pink, supported protested the re“fragging milicruiting station in Berkeley, tary officers” in order to “neutralize the combat holding up signs calling the milicapacity of the unit.” tary “predators” and “murderers.” The ROTC program has seen Harvard University, led by its share of anti-military rhetoric. Supreme Court Justice Elena Columbia University kicked the Kagan, also worked to give the program out and then its students boot to military recruiters. heckled an Iraq War veteran testiIn 2005 Mason had a similar fying at a hearing in an attempt to incident in which a student by the

name of Tariq Khan was arrested after harassing military recruiters and passing out literature accusing them of murder and human rights violations. The incident was one big mess with the extremist group ACLU getting involved and over 100 faculty members and students holding a teach-in to show support for Khan’s right to desecrate our country. Higher education has a bad reputation for tolerating this kind of atrocious behavior. Ingrates who abuse free speech clearly don’t deserve the freedoms that were given to them by men and women in uniform. This country was founded on the blood of patriots fighting to end tyranny. Wars are fought against that same spirit of tyranny manifested in different forms. We fought to stop genocidal maniacs hell-bent on taking over the world in World War II. We are currently fighting to rid the world of radical Is-

lamists committed to the destruction of our lives and everything we value as a society. We will continue to fight to protect ourselves against any and all threats to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. War is horrible but necessary when the alternative is totalitarianism. We value freedom of speech in this country and consider it the bedrock of democratic values. Government policies are free to be criticized but those who serve should not be. People like Michael Avery, Ward Churchill and Tariq Khan might want to consider spending time in countries like North Korea, China, Russia and Venezuela to get a taste of what it’s like to be without freedom of speech. Maybe then they will understand the value of our service members.

The Sartorial Times: Chanel Designs a World for Women Fashion Not About Vulgarity, But About Comfort j u N I O R

Hala Numan

Columnist Imagine wearing a corset that strangles your very soul and a petticoat so colossal that you need a paid personal assistant to shove you through doorways. Why would you do such a thing? Maybe you are conforming to the ways of a traditional society, which say that you need to wear

that corset to grab the attention of a high-profile male suitor who could whisk you away with his riches and marry you. If you fail to do this, then you become a sad old maid who is stuck at dad’s farm. Well, damn it, times have changed. You walk around with your black leather pumps and beige trousers with a black satin blazer so chic it hurts and a hat and sunglasses to add an air of mystique to your somewhat masculine presence. If you tried that outfit less than a century ago, you would have been shunned. And some days you pair your pearl earrings with a cardigan, tie and a buttonup white press conference shirt. And if you tried that outfit on in

1909, you simply would have con- she is hands down one of the fused people — “Mulan” comes to most inspiring women in history, mind. standing alongside the likes of So, to Cleopatra, Rosa whom do we Parks and We, with the owe this freeOprah Winfrey. Chanel didn’t dom? The innovation brought freedom that just sew clothes to us by Chanel, had allows us so that we could the courage to women to be spend hundreds become women of able to speak of dollars lookindependence, ing classy. She through our instead of sitting in clothes about wanted to abolthe house how we feel ish the world of attempting to cram and who we vulgarity she our bodies into a aspire to be? grew up witnessing. VulgarChanel. Yes, pathetic corset. you read right: ity is the Coco Chanel. essence of such Chanel is not only a household clothing that is worn in order to name in the world of fashion but be validated by men and to fur-

ther enflame their attraction to a woman’s body. Chanel believed that anything luxurious had to be comfortable, and if it was not, then the article of clothing was vulgar. She wanted to liberate women from the shackles that their garments had become. She wanted maid and aristocrat to be one and the same: “classy and fabulous” as Chanel would say. She envisaged a world in which a woman was independent and her sartorial taste was a clear depiction of that. It would be a clothing line for the driven, determined woman who starts off her day with the right pinch of class and luxury. Chanel’s designs were years ahead of their time and that’s why

we are allowed to own our companies and hold down our fort without being rescued by the aforementioned male suitor. Instead we suit ourselves up. We, with the innovation brought to us by Chanel, had the courage to become women of independence, instead of sitting in the house attempting to cram our bodies into a pathetic corset. She changed the world of fashion forever. Now, women are equal to men. No lady should go without having at least one article of a Chanel classic, for it is a reminder that we’re free to be as classy as our hearts desire.

Gingrich Looks Like Best Option Amidst a Frat Party Atmosphere, a New “Big” Has Emerged Allison smith j u N I O R

Columnist GOP could now be an acronym for Gingrich On Point. As the new Republican front-runner, Newt Gingrich has gained confidence in the possibility that he could be the nominee and has publicly declared his enthusiasm in recent interviews. He even went so far as to say “I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee.” Had Newt made this proclamation two months ago the response would have been a collective chuckle. But with Herman Cain’s recent pullout and “Oven” Mitt Romney still leaving a sour taste in people’s mouths, Mr. Gingrich has managed to become a more popular candidate. Since he’s been invested in politics for years prior to this presidential election, the former speaker of the House lacks the fresh appeal that Obama had. However, his familiar face has become more attractive

after the multiple frustrations incurred by other newbie front-runners — cough, Cain, cough. Though some may feel he’s been corrupted by Congress after serving in the House for a decade, I can attest that Gingrich is a comfortingly down-to-earth individual. Two years ago I was a hostess at a busy restaurant in the middle of Fairfax. On one particularly

We have wasted Perry, slutty Cain, snobby Romney, Paul telling you to keep off the lawn and Bachman the ... I don’t know. Maybe she can be DD.

busy holiday that brought in a hefty brunch crowd, I was manning the front desk and the “call ahead” list when who walks up but the man himself. “Name, please?” I asked, in a tapping frenzy on my computer. “Gingrich for seven,” he said. “I’m sorry I don’t see you on my list,” I replied. “Try ‘Newt’” he said. Light bulb. Having spent years watching him on TV and reading about him in newspapers,

I was mortified, but he was goodhumored and gracious as I passed him a pager to let him know when his table was ready. Yes, we made him wait. Either way, whether my initial ignorance was offensive or humbling, Mr. Gingrich and his family were cordial and unassuming. Gingrich doesn’t have a closet empty of skeletons, but current polls show he’s now leading Mitt Romney by 21 percent. His skeleton was found in 1997 when he was accused of, and fined for, an ethical wrongdoing. But it appears that as far as the public is concerned, his snafu pales in comparison to Cain’s wandering eye. After watching the former public favorite crash and burn for the past three weeks, Gingrich doesn’t look like such a terrible alternative. At this point, the GOP debates have turned into some bizarre frat party. We have wasted Perry, slutty Cain, snobby Romney, Paul telling you to keep off the lawn and Bachmann the … I don’t know. Maybe she can be DD. With his experience — and freshmen 15 — Gingrich has emerged as the GOP’s “big” promising to refill our economic keg and show people what life’s like after college — with jobs. The Iowa Caucus is next month so Gingrich may turn out to be more than a flavor of the week, but only time will tell.


Letter to the editor Student Reverend Versus Islamphobia Last month, in the George Mason University North Plaza, better known as the Free Speech Zone, there were a number of Bible thumpers preaching about Christianity. As many of you probably know, they accused all Muslims of being terrorists and said anyone who doesn’t accept Jesus Christ is going to hell. Well, I spit in the face of that! These guys were not preachers of God’s word! The Bible also says not to judge people and that only God judges. I’m a student at Mason and an ordained Christian minister, and

even I know that. These ignorant men caused many Muslims on campus to feel unaccepted. Muslims are the same as Christians, Jews and atheists. I was at one time a convert to Islam. Although I’m not Muslim anymore, I still sympathize with them. Islamophobia has been a problem since 9/11. Even today, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the New York City Police Department still spy on Muslims and mosques and keep details on them. I think this is outrageous! Muslims in general are not the

problem. And the myth that they are is just racism. Even airports in the U.S. put Muslims and nonMuslims in separate lines when they get on planes. Believe it or not, the vast majority of Muslims are some of the most peaceful people in the world. I’m Christian and even I know that. Think about that the next time you see Muslims at the airport and feel skeptical about boarding your flight. Reverend Tyler W. McDonald


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The number of points senior guard Taleia Moton scored against the University of Masscusetts on Thursday night’s 55-52 victory.

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The George Mason club football team celebrates the first Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship victory after a 31-0 victory of the VCU Rams on Saturday.

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Better Than Ever John Powell

k a e r B r e t Win Closing

Collegiate Athletics Liaison In her junior year of high school, Christine Weithman was sidelined by an ACL injury and missed the entire basketball season. As an underclassman, she was on track to break school records, and came back as a senior stronger than ever. She holds the career scoring record for Blake with 1,240 points, single-game score record with 38 points and single-season scoring record with 593 points. “It was very thrilling because I actually tore my ACL my junior year and it was hard coming back,” Weithman said. “One of the records I broke was I was the first person to get 1,000 points in my school. When I got hurt, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to make it.” But clearly the injury was only a stepping-stone to something greater. While some recruiters may have lost interest after the injury, Mason’s Head Coach Jeri Porter and her staff did not look at Weithman until her senior year, when it was obvious the injury did not slow the record-breaking pace she was putting together. “Even as you watched her in high school you got a sense of how good she could be on this level, because she’s a savvy kid,” Porter said. Blake was a state finalist for three years when Weithman was with the team. It was a great experience for everyone involved, but the transition to a rebuilding program was difficult. “It sounds weird, but I’m not used to losing,” Weithman said. “College was frustrating last year. Being with girls that want the same thing, that are more focused on the overall goal instead of the single goal really helped because everyone’s mindset is for the team.” It was all part of a master plan for Mason’s head coach. The style needed to change from one of keeping the status quo to making a loss unacceptable. “As difficult as that is for kids to step into, you have to have that flavor,” Porter said. “You have to have those kids that come from

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Sophomore guard Christine Weithman looks for an outlet. programs where losing is just not they can find me in the post. They an option. I do think it’s difficult look for me because they know me for them to transition from being more now.” super successful on the highPorter has a different reason. school level to stepping into a pro- Although Weithman’s work ethic gram where you’re going to take with her shot never stays stagnant, some hits early on.” her role in the game has exEven as an underclassman, she panded. She went from a shoothas done everything she could to ing-first guard to someone who instill the winning attitude, play- can see the field a bit better. ing hard and putting up points in “The reason she’s as good as she the process. In her freshman cam- is, is that she stays within herself. paign, she set a high single-game She brings the things that we need scoring mark for herself with 21 her to bring every day,” Porter said. points, which only lasted until Porter has high hopes for the early this year. She went off for 22 sophomore. High-scoring games points in a blowout win with 15 did not go unnoticed, but her role points from beyond the arc and on the team goes far beyond the seven from the free throw line. three-point arc. Her freshman-year high was not a “Christine is a natural leader,” fluke. Porter said. “So we want to give her “It helps that I’m always work- time to evolve into some of the ing on my shot,” Weithman said. leadership qualities that she natu“That’s my key thing to do. It al- rally has. That’s when you know ways helps that at the end of the you have the right kind of kids to year, the teams started getting to build your program with, because know me better. Especially the they’re doing great things on and point guards and the other guards, off the court.”


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Coach Jeri Porter goes over the game plan with her team during a time out in a regular season game.

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Senior guard Taleia Moton drives against the University of Massachusetts defense.

The Relationship of Coach and Player Pat Carroll Asst. Sports Editor A mother is someone who is always there and provides loving and caring support for all that her child does. When redshirt senior guard Taleia Moton decided to transfer to George Mason University under the guidance of coach Jeri Porter, she felt like she had found a second mother who was looking out for her best interest. The relationship between Moton and Porter has grown throughout the time from Moton’s recruitment in high school to her play at Radford University in Virginia and her eventual transfer to Mason.

Both Moton and Porter call the Prince George’s County area home. Porter became familiar with Moton’s talent while on a trip home. During her tenure as coach at Radford, Porter was in search of a scoring guard. She had a great point guard, a solid wing player and an all-conference center. Taleia was the final piece to building a strong starting lineup. However, Porter wasn’t able to bring Moton to Radford. Moton initially decided to attend school and play basketball at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. This was the case until the coach at Mount St. Mary’s at the time decided to leave the school. The former coach, who

Courtside Seats Cody Norman Sports Editor Cam Long is no stranger to the hardwood. He enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of Mason basketball, posting an impressive 1,416 points over an illustrious four-year career. He was projected to go in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft but, after falling a bit short, signed a contract to play overseas in Siauliai, Lithuania — a place where the collegiate star is a stranger. Before leaving for Siauliai in August, Long thought back to the Patriots’ trip to Italy and expected his overseas basketball venture to be equally fascinating. “We had such a great time in Italy site-seeing,” Long said. “The people were easy to talk to and some things were comparable to the states. I can’t say the same for out here.” With little to no background in the native language, Long has struggled to adjust to a culture in which he is an outsider. He has struggled to find an efficient way to communicate with his teammates, making it difficult for Long, the team’s point guard, to call plays and direct traffic for his team. “On the floor, there is no communicating at all,” Long said. “As the point guard, how are you supposed to lead a team that might not understand you?” Even in practice, Long has had a difficult time understanding offensive plays and defensive schemes. His coach speaks very little English and goes over game strategies in Lithuanian, leaving many of the American players,

was close friends with Porter, contacted her about Moton signing a letter of intent to Radford. “We jumped at the opportunity to bring Taleia to Radford,” Porter said. “We had recruited her and we knew of her reputation. She really stepped in as a freshman and filled that void very nicely.” At Radford, Moton earned Big South Freshman and AllTournament Team Honors. She finished third in Big South scoring her sophomore year. When Porter decided to take the head coaching job at Mason in 2009, Moton was unsure of her own future at Radford. She decided to stay one more year before transferring to Mason with

Porter — a decision for which she has no regrets. “[The transfer process] was difficult, but in the end I feel like I made the right decision,” Moton said. “I transferred because of the coach at Radford. We saw it two different ways and didn’t see eye to eye. Coach Porter moved to Mason and it’s close to my hometown so it felt like it would be a better fit for me than Radford.” At Mason, they were once again reunited. And Moton’s respect for her coach has only increased. “I love her drive and her passion. She’s always at the top of her game,” Moton said of her coach. “Her expectations of us are always at the top. I love that because it

Former Patriots star Cam Long makes transition on and off the basketball court

including Long, lost. “There are times in practice that he’ll talk for a while and the translator on our team will say one sentence,” Long said. “So there is no telling what I am missing out on.” For the first time in his life, Long has been forced to deal with such a rough transition into an unfamiliar world on his own. Without his mother and his brother, who were regulars at Mason basketball games, Long

“On the floor, there is no communicating at all. As the point guard, how are you supposed to lead a team that might not understand you? There are times in practice that [coach] will talk for awhile and the translator on our team will say one sentence. So there is no telling what I am missing out on.” -Cam Long, former Patriots guard has had to learn to cope with the stress while doing his best to keep an open line of communication with his family back home. Soon after Long arrive in Lithuania, he got word that his grandmother had passed away. “We were very close,” Long said. “It’s definitely tough on me.

And it’s tough on my family.” When Long was a young boy in Palm Bay, Fla., he spent a good bit of his time with his grandmother. During summers and off-days, Long would walk through the door of her house at 7 a.m. to the smell of fresh eggs, grits, sausage and buttermilk biscuits. “She used to throw down in the kitchen,” Long said. “I never ate a bowl of cereal at grandma’s house. There was no telling what she was going to cook, but whatever it was, I was definitely ready to eat.” He and his grandmother developed an incredible bond over the years. She did her best to keep him entertained, all the while keeping him in line no matter how old he got. “You go over there and do what you go to do, but hurry back home as soon as possible,” his grandmother told Long, the last words she would tell him before her passing. “Be safe and behave while you’re gone. If you don’t, you’ll have a whooping waiting for you when you get back home.” Yet, through all the trials and tribulations involved in immersing himself in a new culture, Long appreciates the opportunity to play basketball overseas and would consider making it a career — only if he could find a warm place in Western Europe. “If I’m going to different places, at least I can say I got the opportunity to travel the world,” Long said. “How many other people can say that?”

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matches my intensity and hers.” Porter enters her third season in Fairfax after more than doubling the program’s win total in 2010-11 from her first year (426). Entering her final season at Mason, Moton, who received her bachelor’s degree in communication over the summer, wants to make an impact of the women’s basketball program that lasts for years to come. “We know we’re coming into this year with a great team, probably one of the best teams we’ve had in a long time,” Moton said. “Hopefully we can win a CAA championship for the women’s program here at Mason. I would love to win some kind of acco-

lades.” Even when the season comes to an end and Moton moves on to enter grad school or play professional basketball overseas, the relationship between coach and player will continue beyond graduation. Porter, much like a mother, couldn’t be prouder. “In terms of our relationship, for me, it defines why I do what I do just getting the opportunity to watch her grow,” Porter said. “It’s really been a pleasure just watching her grow up and be a part of her life and her career just by virtue of being at two schools together.”

A Fan’s Perspective

Who is the team leader?

Section124 Daniel Zimmet Patriot Platoon Member Which senior is the team leader? Both Mike Morrison and Ryan Pearson are keys to basketball lineup — Coach Hewitt has made it clear that these two guys are his leaders. It has to put a ton of self-assurance in those two guys to have a brand new head coach see an instant leadership role in the both of them. Last year the clear team leader was senior guard Cam Long, but it was questionable this season as to which one of the three seniors would replace the role both on and off the court. Since junior guard Andre Cornelius ran into some legal trouble during the preseason, he has been eliminated as a contender, leaving us to decide between Morrison and Pearson. When Larranaga left, the team chose to have one player act as a representative and give a statement regarding the coach’s departure. The chosen one was none other than Morrison, a ris-

ing senior at the time. Now that doesn’t necessarily automatically make Morrison the team leader, but clearly the team felt like they saw him as the person whom they wanted to addresses the media, representing the entire team. Players with high amounts of emotion always draw attention to themselves. Morrison and Pearson would probably be the first to admit that they sometimes let their emotions get to them on the court. However, their teammates clearly react to their passion and get fired up with them. Not only do they rally their teammates, but the fans also get into the game even more. I always notice when Morrison starts to get upset about something, Pearson immediately steps in to try to calm him down. Likewise, Morrison does the same thing for Pearson. Statistically speaking, Pearson is the easy pick to be the leader of this team. He leads the team in average points per game with 19.8, rebounds per game with 8.4 and time on the court,

averaging 32.1 minutes per game. That stat line doesn’t lie; Pearson is the backbone to this team’s performance. However, team leaders aren’t always picked from just leading in stats. Team leaders step up in big situations and want the ball in their hand when the game is on the line. In addition, they pick players up when they go cold and keep the team morale in check at all times. This year’s team is all about playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back. Both Morrison’s and Pearson’s twitter handles have been changed to @ForTheTeam_22 and @ForTheTeam_24, respectively. It is clear that the team leadership position will contently have to be shared between the two of them. They both work together to play for the team, leading with their emotions as well as their statistics. They’ve embraced being team leaders, and they are hungry and ready to lead Mason Nation back to another NCAA Tournament bid.


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Down to the Wire Olivia Karegeannes Staff Writer The roller hockey club team’s passion for their sport clearly shows when they describe their love for the game. “I think many club sports get overlooked by the student body and [students] don’t realize the time and effort many athletes put in to play their sport,” forward Cameron Lensing said. “Each club sport member pays out of pocket to play — in our case up to roughly a thousand dollars a year — while taking many weekends off school.” College roller hockey games are played by weekends. Mason plays four games in one “hockey weekend” and there are usually six or seven weekends throughout the year. This season began mid-October and runs until February. Lensing claims money and

dedication aren’t an issue though. “It’s a huge commitment yet one that is far from regrettable,” he said. “There is really no sport like hockey. It requires so many little things to come together from teamwork, skill and effort to sheer luck. Flying down the rink full speed and turning a defender inside out makes you feel on top of the world.” Lensing, along with his twin brother, defensemen Drew Lensing and passer Harry Murdock, have been given the group nickname “The Big 3.” “They are three of the best players in college roller hockey,” coach Eric Hardman said. The team is home to some impressive talent. “We try to recruit from local inline hockey leagues, as well as , as well as neighboring states,” Hardman said. “Luckily we have a competitive advantage over most of the other colleges in the area. We are the only team to

have a D1 team and are the first team to make nationals.” Don’t expect to see just guys on the rink, though. Erin Foster, a local from , plays goalie for the B team. She is the only female in the Southeastern Collegiate Roller Hockey League. A great goalie, she is just behind the team’s main goalie Jordan Pohl who, according to Hardman, is considered one of the best goalies in the country. Mason roller hockey competes nationally almost every year. In the last two years the team has made great strides. Being one of the top three Division 1 roller hockey college teams this year in the SECRHL has made them a team to watch. So far this season the team is 4-4 and hopes to beat high-profile teams such as . In February the team will travel to regionals in and, with luck, take down UCF. Photo courtesy of George Mason Inline Hockey Club

TGeorge Mason inline hockey player takes slapshot on goal in a game against East Carolina University.

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