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Local art exhibit teams up with non-profits to collect and distribute food for the hungry in Northern Virgina PAGE 14 Deciding where to live and who to live with can be one of the most stressful things about this time of year PAGE 18


Mason colleagues share memories of the late Nobel Prize winner James Buchanan PAGE 4


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Mason’s wrestling team works to recover from the rough start to their season PAGE 21


FROM WEEKEND HOBBY TO INTERNET HIT Mason Freshman uses fine-tuned skills

to turn heads on campus and online PAGE 11

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Mason in the News


“My paintings are visual mediations on inner and outer truths and clashing realities. Human rights, justified injustice, and needless suffering influence my art, but its source is a love for humanity, an awareness of the interconnectedness of all people and nature, and a commitment to a message of hope and human dignity,” -- Chawky Frenn, associate professor in the School of Art said to Newsdesk about his work. He will be doing the first lecture in the Vision Series, titled “Art and Social Justice.”

“If the congressional Republicans had one ounce of brains, they could easily thwart the president and his leftist allies’ attempt to frighten older Americans about not receiving their Social Security checks and thwart their attempt to frighten other Americans by saying “we are not a deadbeat nation” and suggesting the possibility of default if the debt ceiling is not raised.” -Walter E. Williams, economics professor in his opinion column in Delmarva speaking about possible Presidential prevarication of Social Security.

“An even clearer case, if the population of the U.S. doubled overnight, the national debt (not deficit) would remain the same, and the per capita debt would halve. The lesson: Immigrants can pull their own fiscal weight even if their tax bills are well below average.” -- Bryan Caplan, economics professor said to TIME Business and Money regarding the economic implications of immigration changes.



Letter from the Editor-in-Chief After my column printed last week, I received several emails from the student body and faculty alike about how they too would like to see improvement in the communication across our wonderful campus. It was great to hear such a positive response from so many different areas of the campus and I hope to continue to receive such emails for the rest of the semester. One of the responses asked for more investigative journalism pieces in Broadside, a desire that I share. Our new feature in news on #GMUProblems looks into the problems students are tweeting about each week and the core issues behind them. This week I asked some questions about the WiFi on campus and why it can be unreliable. Long story short: Make sure you PatriotPass password is not expired, use Mason-Secure and buy a Ethernet cord just in case. During the semester, Broadside will be taking a deeper look into more issues

student are concerned about, including parking, tuition and the police department. Keep reading to learn what we find out and let us know if there are any concerns or issues you would like to have us address. Most everyone, spotty internet or not, has by now likely seen freshman Omar Shaki’s parkour video that went viral in less than two weeks. Omar stopped by our offices last week to tell us more about the sport of parkour and how he first got involved. Check out page 11 for a QR code linked to the video and a story all about Zaki. In the editorials section, Meghann Patterson talks about her frustration with the housing selection process. I understand her predicament. As a rising senior, it was disappointing for me to hear that though I have guaranteed housing, I am on the bottom of the totem pole. My RA stopped by to let my roommate and I know that it would be wise to pull in a younger girl to lower our credit hours and make it easier for us to get the room we desired.

Problem is that I do not have any younger friends that could be potential roommates. I think it is difficult to match up sophomores with seniors for a laundry list of reasons. There is a big gap in between 19 and being 22. The lifestyles and tendencies of seniors versus sophomores can be drastically different. As a senior, I will be wrapping up my classes, searching for jobs in the real world and coming into my own as an adult. I will also be of legal drinking age, and do not think it would be fair to put a minor in the room and create sticky situations with alcohol policies.

Colleen Wilson


Number of the week


The views on Omar Zaki and alumnus Ryan Glass’ parkour video.

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Feb. 4, 2013


Taking Advantage of the Weather


News&Notes Jan. 28 Correction

Last week, Broadside incorrectly identified last year’s winner of Miss Black GMU as Maci Elba. Her real name is Maci Passawe.

Global Policy Fellows recruits students for fall semester The Global Policy Fellows program, a fairly new initiative at Mason, is open to Political & International affairs and Global affairs undergraduate students. This program is a 15 credit academic program based at the Arlington campus. Students enroll in three academic classes and a six-credit internship. Courses largely relate to the topics of global governance and international politics. Students can intern at a variety of

places; from governmental and non-governmental organizations to foreign embassies and non-profits. The internship component offers students an immersion into the field of their coursework, as well as networking opportunities to be utilized in future career pursuits. The program application is now open to candidates for the Fall 2013 semester. Applications are due by March 1st. More information about the program and application process can be found at

MPA Career Panel The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) will host a Masters of Public Admiration (MPA) alumni career

panel today, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Meese Conference Room in Mason Hall. The panel will comprise six Mason MPA alumni, who will discuss experiences they have encountered in their careers after receiving their MPA. The alumni offer a wide range of experiences. Their current workplaces include the Department of Human Resources for Fairfax County, the National Association of Home Builders, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services for Fairfax County. This event is open to all who wish to attend. Mason’s MPA program “is designed for people who hold or aspire to hold leadership positions in organizations that participate in the development and implementa-

tion of public policy,” as stated in the program handbook. This panel will offer multiple first-hand accounts of how the program prepared the alumni for careers in their desired fields.

Mason to host OneBillionRising event Feb 12 at 12:00 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Mason will join a community of women rising against violence by hosting a OneBillionRising event. OneBillionRising is a nation-wide event that hopes to foster a civil “revolution” in order to raise awareness of rape and violence of women and girls worldwide. This global strike is a plea to not only women, but also men, in an effort to refuse to accept

Junior Alex Budnick utilizes the fresh snow by visiting Liberty Mountain in southern Pennsylvania. Unseasonably warm weather put a strain on local ski resorts earlier in the season, but the recent cold weather and snow has allowed area snowboarders and skiers to visit the mountains.

the violence currently plaguing many areas of the world. V-Day, an activist organization, initiated OneBillionRising. “V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls,” states their website, V-Day sponsors many campaigns run by volunteers and college students. OneBillionRising is being held in celebration of V-Day’s 15-year anniversary. This event got its name from the statistic that approximately one billion women will fall victim to violence in their lifetime. Any student or member of Mason’s surrounding community is encouraged to attend this event. EVAN PETSCHKE STAFF WRITER


Feb. 4, 2013


Buchanan The Life and Times of a Nobel Laureate


News Modest, intelligent and hardworking, are just three adjectives that President Emeritus Alan Merten believes would describe George Mason University’s first Nobel Prize winner, Dr. James (Jim) Buchanan. On Jan. 9, the former professor of economics, Buchanan, passed away at the age of 93 in his home in Blacksburg, Va. Dr. Merten believes that Dr. Buchanan’s accomplishment with his Center for the Study of Public Choice and eventual Nobel Prize in economics helped Mason become the university it is today. “Fourteen years after [the university] was started up it had a Nobel Prize winner,” Dr. Merten said. “Without Jim, George Mason just would not be what it is.” Buchanan’s work is often times attributed with putting the young George Mason University on the map. “The history of George Mason is one of continual progress and continual advancement, always moving forward. There are four things in the life of George Mason that catapulted it up another dimension. The first one is in 1986, when Jim Buchanan won the Nobel Prize in economics,” Merten said. Merten was not the only university president who believed that Buchanan and his team’s accomplishments were instrumental in the success of George Mason University. President Emeritus George W. Johnson hired Dr. Buchanan in 1983 because he believed his work would have a large impact on the success of Mason. “The impacts on this institution were unbelievable. [Dr. Buchanan’s] award just cemented in place his role at Mason,” said Dr. Johnson. Not only was Buchanan a celebrated economist and colleague but according to Merten, he was a truly modest individual. “He would say things like, ‘I won the Nobel Prize’, but he did not know why. What he won it for to him was so obvious, he did not think it was deserving of the Nobel Prize,” Dr. Merten said. In 1986, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science awarded Dr. Buchanan the Nobel Prize in economics for what they call his

Broadside revolutionary theory on economics and political decision making. A theory which he coined as “Public Choice” In 1983, he moved his Center for the Study of Public Choice from Virginia Tech to George Mason University and only three years later he would receive the first Nobel Prize given to a Mason professor and in the commonwealth of Virginia. Buchanan retired from the university in 2007, but according to Merten, retirement did not mean he would stop working. Dr. Buchanan insisted that even though he was retired, he would continue his work on Public Choice. “When he turned 80, he told me he was going to retire. But what retirement meant was that I

“No single person had so much impact on the development of this stitution than Jim Buchanan.” George W. Johnson did not have to pay him anymore,” Merten said. “He was still going to come into the office regularly, he was going to have graduate students that he going to work with, and he was still going to travel.” Merten believes that no one would have guessed how famous he was because Buchanan was modest but also very dedicated to his work and his colleagues throughout his career. Buchanan would spend almost 50 years working with Dr. Gordon Tullock, a former Mason professor in Law and Economics. “He was committed to his students and he was committed to his fellow faculty members. It was not all about him, it was about the people he worked with,” Merten said.

According to Merten, one of Buchanan’s closest work relationships was with his secretary, Betty Tillman. Tillman worked with Dr. Buchanan from 1961 until her retirement in 2005 and was even present at his Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. After Tillman’s retirement, Jo Ann Burgess stepped in as Buchanan’s secretary. Burgess currently is the archivist/librarian of the Buchanan House a house that sits right behind Presidents Park, which used to house university presidents, and now collects the entire Center for the Study of Public Choice’s studies and paperwork. Buchanan earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1948. Before that, he served on the staff of Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz during WWII. Throughout his tenure as a professor of economics, Buchanan taught at numerous schools around the country, including Florida State University, University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Buchanan authored numerous books on his analysis of economics and political decision making. He was against deficit national spending and was in favor of a balanced budget amendment. Buchanan explained his ideas in his book, “The Calculus of Consent,” which he co-authored Dr. Tullock. The current Chair of Mason’s Department of Economics, Dan Houser, said they are in the process of planning a memorial service for Dr. Buchanan, which is tentatively scheduled to be during the fall 2013 semester. Johnson believes that Buchanan did a lot more for this young university than much of the Mason community realizes “No single person had so much impact on the development of this institution than Jim Buchanan,” Johnson said. NIKI PAPADOGIANNAKIS NEWS EDITOR



Feb. 4, 2013


Mason-Insecure #Tweets of the Week

@GMU_Problems: Internet

Social media provides students a way to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions with the Mason community. The twitter handle and hashtag GMU problems has a pulse on the students and the problem they face on campus each day. Broadside is looking into whether each problem is one specific to Mason and whether any solutions are available.

What’s the problem? In the last few weeks of fall semester and the first few weeks of spring, there was an influx of complaints through the #GMUProblems hashtag and Twitter handle complaining about the wireless internet connection. Students are having difficulty connecting to and staying connected to the WiFi offered in the dorm rooms across campus, which can make completing homework and accessing Blackboard difficult. Slow WiFi in the dorms is caused a tragedy of the commons. Each access point only has so much bandwith to distribute and the more students who are using the service, the slower the internet. There are a few commonly diagnosed reasons for problems with Mason-Secure.

What are the causes?


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Distance from wireless antenna: The closer you are to an access point, the stronger the signal to your device. Increased distance can also lead to possible interference sources.

Interference: Radio frequencies from other devices such as a microwave could interrupt your connection. Conflicting Wifi signals: If your device is competing with a personal hot spot, an incorrectly configured computer, a non-Mason supported access point or a wireless printer, it may have trouble connecting. Expired passwords: Reset your PatriotPass on password. While passwords will still work for MasonLive and PatriotWeb after 180 days passwords will expire for Mason-Secure. Preferred networks: Make sure that Mason-Secure is your preferred network option.

What is the university doing to help? According to the IT support desk, there has been no change in the wireless networks that would effect the sudden rise in complaints about the WiFi. However, passwords for the internet login expire after 180 days, making this sea-

son prime time for frustrated students trying to log on with failed passwords. Students with reoccurring connection problems can tweet to @GMUNetwork to reach David Robertson, the service delivery manager for network engineering and technology. Robertson and his team are working to increase access points in the dorms to speed up the wireless connection and decrease drop rates. Buildings with cinder block walls are especially prone to dropped WiFi signals. Originally built as a supplement for wired internet, wireless is now billed as more convenient, while wired is faster and more reliable. For on-campus students, ResTechs are available for in -person troubleshooting and problem solving. Similar to Geek Squad, ResTechs are sophomore, junior and senior undergrads who are available 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday during key homework time blocks. ResTechs are available in each housing neighborhood. COLLEEN WILSON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF



Feb. 4, 2013




Students recognized for community service in social justice Anartia Gamboa and Johnetta Saygbe are the kind of people who put others ahead of themselves. Gamboa spends her time volunteering with the D.C.-based organization HIPS, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, and Johnetta spends hers advocating underrepresented student groups and improving healthcare delivery for pediatric HIV/AIDS populations of the African Diaspora. Both were the 2013 recipients of the Spirit of King Awards. The award is given to students and faculty who, according to the MLK Committee’s website, “has made exceptional contribution to the development of an inclusive learning environment.” Both were nominated by a faculty member who believe that they express those qualities. “I’m not really the type of person that’s really used to a lot of acknowledgement,” said Gamboa, a senior Global affairs major. “I guess I don’t really do what I do to get rewarded in any way. It makes me a little bit uncomfortable to be totally honest. But at the same time, it does feel great to be recognized for the things I have done.” Saygbe was honored to receive an award that holds so much meaning for her and for many others. “The award celebrates the power of a dream, of an individual taking hold of a vision and by faith relentlessly pursuing the fruition of that vision.” The winners both give of their time selflessly for others, which in some cases affects them very personally. Gamboa’s works with HIPS for the past two years includes answering their 24/7 hotline and giving people emotional support.

”You never really know what the person on the other side of the line is going to need,” Gamboa said. “Sometimes this means getting through an hour and a half conversation where somebody just needs somebody to really talk to them. Sometime it could be answering some really simple questions about safe sex or sexually transmitted infections. One of the first calls I got actually was from a woman who had been assaulted the night before.” Saygbe’s work with underrepresented populations stems from her background with the Early Identification Program (EIP). She tutors fourth through eighth graders at Savoy Elementary School (Ward 8) and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She feels it is a necessity for students who may Johnetta Saygbe be at a disadvantage to others’ success. “[Closing the achievement gap] translates to working with faculty, staff and parents in these communities to create sustainable initiatives that provide students fair access to participation in the classroom,” Saygbe said. “It translates to serving as higher education advocate, welcoming any opportunity to speak to and inspire students to thoroughly consider and

pursue the opportunities provided to them by a college education.” This type of commitment requires a strong motivation that both draw from the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME). Gamboa credits ODIME Associate Directors Dr. Rebecca Walter and T. Garey Davis for this motivation. They created the “Creating Community” and “Beyond Diversity” workshops that Gamboa leads. “Its kind of hard to really describe how much they’ve really helped me develop, how much I’ve learned from both of them,» Gamboa said. “I do the work in diversity that I do because of them. And they are the most amazing teachers and role models I could have ever had. I try to follow their example. They really walk the talk when it comes to social justice.” Saygbe’s motivation is more religious, as she attributes God for all of her inspiration. “The life I lead has been inspired by God,” Saygbe said. “My faith in Him encourages me to pursue seemingly unconquerable feats. His love inspires my affinity to serve. I refuse to miss opportunities to display love to my community, best accomplished through my

“The award celebrates the power of a dream, of an individual taking hold of a vision and by faith relentlessly pursiomg the fruition of that vision.”

service in community, and in doing so, prevent an individual from experiencing God›s love.” Challenges that come in the way of doing good for others, may occur and did occur for both Sagybe and Gamboa. They were able to break down those barriers to continue their life of service. “I went through some really really hard times in high school,” Gamboa said. “I was clinically depressed for a really long time. Thanks to my loved ones, I was able to overcome that and return to doing the things that I love, go back to studying and I guess helping folks.” Born in the midst of a civil war in Liberia, Saygbe became quickly aware of her inclination to advocating for social justice. “I did not have an ordinary childhood, to say the least,” Saygbe said. “But, little did I know, my childhood would provide me with the a unique perspective of the world, its issues and potential resolves.” And those perspectives are what have helped her relate to the people she aims to help. “My childhood experiences in Liberia introduced me to temperature of the healthcare climate in developing nations,” Saygbe said. “The absence or lack of adequate and accessible healthcare translated to the mortality of many of my immediate and extended family members. But said moments motivate me to tackle the social disparities I have chosen to fight for.” NIKI PAPADOGIANNAKIS NEWS EDITOR



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MLK: Evening of Reflection Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream message, as interpreted by Mason students and faculty, was the center piece of Tuesday night’s Evening of Reflection event, hosted by the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) and the MLK planning commitee. The night commemorated King’s life, legacy and his dream. “[The MLK Planning Commitee] want[s] you to appreciate the legacy you have been given, and it is an unearned legacy,” said Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, director of African American Studies, in her official welcome speech. “We want you to consider that it is only through your commitment to making a difference today and tomorrow and the next day that you earn your legacy.” The night kept a humble pulse as several presenters spoke about their admiration of King. The presenters included university president Angel Cabrera, Manuel-Scott, Dr. Marquita Chamblee, director of ODIME and the Annointed Vessels of Unity student gospel choir. “From the welcome to the closing remarks - stories were told, music was sang, questions were asked, people were charged with tasks – to help attendees reflect on the work of Dr. King and their own contributions,” said Walter P. Parrish, assistant director of ODIME. All three guest speakers emphasized the legacy the King and other civil rights activists left behind, that Manuel-Scott said is “a legacy freely given.”  Cabrera said during his address, “somehow, what at the time seemed impossible, now seems inevitable,” reinforcing Manuel-Scott’s pervious statement of King’s legacy being under appreciated. To exemplify King’s impact on the world, Cabrera gave a personal annecdote about

what his childhood would have been like if he had lived in the same circumstances as King did. He spoke theoretically about how he could have been a 10-year-old in Spain finding out about class structures the same way that King at that age experienced race distinction, segregation and discrimination.  Cabrera also mentioned the importance of the 250,000 other civil rights activists who were as strong leaders as King because “knowing when to follow is a form of leadership,” encouraging the audience to take part in fighting the injustices in the world, because of the power of leading by following.  The Spirit of King Awards were presented to seniors Anartia Gamboa and Johnetta Saygbe for service to others and furthering King’s dream. The award is presented annually to a student and a faculty member. This year, no faculty member was nominated therefore the committee decided to award two students. The other nominees were  Charles Coats,  Mark Richards,  Mirella SaldanaMoreno, A-Jay Sorrell and Jorge Velasquez. The annual event was held in Dewberry Hall and hosted 125 attendees. The crowd consisted of both students and faculty. The evening was hosted by junior government and international politics major Ebonie Gibbs and junior psychology major Montrel Tennessee.   “Events such as the MLK Evening of Reflection are important because we need to keep reminding ourselves of how we got to where we are,” Parrish said. “It is important to reflect on the past in order to recognize and appreciate the present, and plan for a better future. Events such as this is a vehicle to educate.” NIKI PAPADOGIANNAKIS NEWS EDITOR



Feb. 4, 2013


Exhibit showcases new international campus in Korea


Far from the humdrum suburbs of Fairfax, Mason’s new satellite campus is becoming a reality in Incheon, South Korea. To introduce the new campus in a more visual way, the Office of Global and International Studies is hosting an exhibit in the Johnson Center 123 Gallery from Feb. 4-8 each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “This will be a Mason campus with its own personality,” said Anne Schiller, Vice President for Global and International Strategies. “It will be both different and familiar and help students expand their global understanding.” Set to accept its first Mason students in 2014, Songdo Mason is a university built into the concept of an aerotropolis, or an airport city. Built on 1,500 acres of land reclaimed from the sea, Incheon, located near the capitol city of Seoul, is within three and a half hours of one quarter of the world’s population. “East Asia has always been an area of commitment for Mason,” Schiller said. “This is a natural continuation of the commitment Mason already made with the Korean government.” Songdo University Global Campus is one of many initiatives in a city that hopes to become the world’s gateway to East Asia.

“American education is highly prized, many countries have invited universities to establish campuses abroad,” Schiller said. Mason is one of several universities to partner and help foster a true international university with resources and expertise from around the world. “This is an opportunity that comes at no cost to Mason,” Schiller said. “The project is financed by the Korean government and offers some very attractive benefits. We will have a Mason building in a world class campus.” Music videos celebrating of the musical subculture of K-Pop, which became popular across cultural boundaries after PSY’s “Gangam Style” went viral on YouTube last year, will be played as part of the exhibit. PSY makes a second appearance in the photo gallery in a picture with President Cabrera taken at a concert at the Patriot Center late last year. Other photos in the gallery feature the local culture and flavor of Songdo to give students an idea of what they would experience as a study abroad student. The Songdo campus marks the first time American universities have collaborated on international campus. State University of New York, University of Utah and University of Ghent in Belgium

are all contributing resources and their own areas of expertise to the program. Mason will specialize in economics, management and global affairs. Eventually, Schiller says that the program will open up to more majors and provide a wider range of opportunities to Mason students. Schiller estimates that the lower costs of housing and food in Songdo will come close to balancing out the cost of travel to Korea, making the opportunity an affordable option for students. The program plans to begin to accepting students for study abroad in 2014. “We want to help people begin think about incorporating East Asia into their undergraduate and graduate academic experience,” Schiller said. As part of the relationship between Incheon University and Mason, Korean-based students will come to complete study abroad programs at Mason during their third year of college. Songdo was featured in the travel section of the Washington Post in early January as a sprawling new modern city that may change how people travel in the future. COLLEEN WILSON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF




Feb. 4, 2013



Sophomore convinces experts to speak at Mason Rejection knocks most people down, but when sophomore Peter Pham is on a mission, it is hard to tell him no. Pham, an integrated studies major, spent months trying to get in touch with some of the most intelligent and respected professionals in the international relations field and was discouraged to learn that his phone calls and emails were largely ignored or fielded by secretaries. So he decided to try something different. This past summer Pham took a road trip and visited his idols in person to convince them to come to Mason and speak to his Patriots for Foreign Service club. His trip covered ground between the University of Chicago, Princeton, Harvard and Yale. Perseverance paid off, and Pham was able to convince Dr. Joseph Nye, the former dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard, a renowned political scientist to speak in Dewberry Hall at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6 to speak on the presidential advancement of American foreign policy in the twentieth century. The event is open to the public and Pham encourages anyone with an interest in foreign service, despite their degree program, to attend. “We are looking for people who want to work in foreign service, but the thing is, that’s

all kinds of people,” Pham said. “Interest can come from any major, computer science, environmental science, engineering, really anything. They can help us go out to the other countries’ embassies to help with issues like the Peace Corps does.” The accomplishment is monumental, as Dr. Nye typically attracts 5 or 6 figure speaking fees, many times the amount Pham and the Patriots for Foreign Service Club were able to offer. Despite the lack of funds, Dr. Nye agreed to take a trip from Massachusetts to Virginia to speak with the Mason community. For international relations students, Dr. Nye is Peter Pham a celebrity in the field. International relations, at its most basic, is the study of relationships between countries and their different governing agencies. “I really think that in the future, foreign

policy and how the U.S. is standing in the world, is affected most strongly by our diplomacy, specifically soft power rather than military power or hard power,” Pham said. Dr. Nye is the founder of the neo-liberalism school of thought and has been an advisor to several presidents. Dr. Nye will discuss his new book “Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era” and the implications of ethics and effectiveness of select foreign policy decisions from the twentieth century. Soft power is a term coined by guest speaker Dr. Nye as a concept of achieving a means through coercion instead of war or payment. The concept has become widely used in the international relations field and helped shape the global policy of the Obama administration, particularly during

“I really think that in the future, foreign policy and how the U.S. is standing in the world, is affected most strongly by out diplomacy, specifically soft power rather than military power or hard power.”

the 2011 Arab Spring. After the lecture there will be a debate between nationally-ranked Pham and students from Duke and Princeton University on a resolution to urge the president to normalize U.S. and Cuban relations by ending sanctions and offering unconditional econ omic assistance. The debate will be moderated and judged by Dr. Nye. Dr. Nye will be speaking as part of a lecture series titled the Christopher Stephens project, in honor of the American diplomat who lost his life in the Benghazi attacks. The series is co-hosted by the provost, the dean of the college of humanities and social sciences and university life. Other speakers on the docket for this semester include Dr. Robert Kagan, Dr. John Mearsheimer, and Dr. Francis Fukuyama. All are among the most eminent scholars of the major schools of international relations at the moment. Dr. Fukuyama will speak in March 29 on the topic of China, further details have yet to be announced. COLLEEN WILSON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Feb. 4, 2013


Arlington’s TraCCC program shapes policies for dealing with terrorism, crime


arlington briefs Master of Public Policy Film Society Screening The Master of Public Policy Film Society (MPPFS) is hosting two events next week on the topic of America’s healthcare. On Feb. 5 there will be a film screening of: “Escape Fire: The fight to rescue American Healthcare.” The event will take place in Founders Auditorium from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and pizza will be served.

MPPFS Panel of Experts Event On Feb. 6, a panel of experts will discuss the question of how America can strike a balance between affordability, equality and liberty. Participants come from academic and government fields to offer insight on the current state and future of America’s Health Care System, addressing its short- and long-term consequences, cost issues involved, equality concerns, and its controversial aspects. That event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Founders Multipurpose Room.


MBASA Event A happy hour for current or interested MBA students will be held on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. at the A-Town Bar & Grill in Arlington. There will be food and drink specials until 8 p.m. with the MBASA’s 5 new board members. If you have any suggestions for upcoming MBA events or would like to get involved, the night offers an opportunity to make that happen. Jerry Li, President of George Mason’s MBASA and a member of the Fiji cohort, will accept all direct inquiries.

Student Spotlight Craig Esquivel is an MBA candidate in the Jackson cohort of the Arlington campus. As a JMU alum and former project manager, Craig began his MBA program at Mason in 2010 and will be graduating this year. His connections within the Mason community and business, school have resulted in a new job with Deloitte Consulting. As an academic and aspiring leader in business he is looking to pursue another degree in Public Policy after completion of his MBA.

The Arlington campus is comprised mainly of graduate school programs and a nationally ranked law school. However, what many outsiders don’t know is that the School of Public Policy is continually ranked among the top 40 best programs in the nation. Within the School of Public Policy is a program called TraCC. It is the first center in the U.S. devoted to teaching, researching, training and formulating policy on Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption. TraCCC’s courses consist of a specialized emphasis within the School of Public Policy and funds a number of programs and research projects through grant money from the Department of State. Currently, TraCCC has three operational research centers in Russia, which produce research and reports on organized crime and corruption. These centers run training and education programs for scholars, law enforcement officers and government officials in their regions. TraCCC seeks to inform the international community through path-breaking research and analyses of the challenges which terrorism, transnational crime and corruption pose to economic development, democratization,

national and international security, environment, and human rights. TraCC scholars have produced publications in 15 languages, including over 40 books and 300 articles. TraCCC has hosted numerous presentations and symposia that focus on TraCCC’s key interests including new worldwide security challenges. High-level, specialized panelists and guest speakers have attracted an audience from the government, non-government, military, academic and private sector. A large number of TraCCC’s events are available to the public. Stu Mackenzie, who serves at TraCCC’s Financial and Outreach Coordinator, provides fiscal support and oversight for TraCCC’s research and programs on corruption and organized crime in Russia. In addition, he coordinates TraCCC’s educational and outreach activities for scholars, policymakers and public sector clients. His interests include terrorism, human trafficking and corruption. EVAN STANCIL ARLINGTON EDITOR



Feb. 4, 2013



Freshman’s parkour video goes viral on YouTube

When Omar Zaki first laid eyes on a parkour video on YouTube when he was in high school, he never considered that one day one of those videos would be his own; especially one that would earn over 45 thousand views. “Just like anybody else, I saw the videos when I was younger and thought ‘That’s crazy, I could never do that, forget it’ and put it to the back of my mind,” Zaki said. The skills he showcases in the video, which follows him running, jumping and flipping across Mason’s Fairfax campus, has been nearly two years in the making. “It started when I met my best friend Adam, and he and I were talking about wanting to try it,” Zaki said. “Coincidentally, around the same time, my step dad was at work and one of his co-workers gave him the name of a parkour gym called Urban Evolution.” Urban Evolution is one of several parkour gyms in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland area that allows for individuals to be trained in the skills of parkour, freerunning, gymnastics, break dancing aerial acrobatics and more. “The first thing I say to anyone learning parkour is this: you learn how to fall before you learn how to fly,” said Omar Zaki, freshman music major at Mason, who has had his own share of falls while participating in the

growing sport of parkour. Parkour is the fast movement of efficiency from one point to another. Zaki includes free running with his definition of parkour, which involves adding your own style into parkour like flips, spins or acrobatics. “We got an intro lesson where they teach you really basic stuff; how to jump properly, how to roll properly, how to do a wall climb,” Zaki said. It was that first lesson that got Zaki hooked on parkour. For the next year, Zaki spent a couple hours every weekend teaching himself using YouTube videos and online tutorials. The more time he spent doing it, the better he got and the more he was able to pull his friends into the sport. Eventually, Zaki and his friends began filming their hobby and ended up landing jobs because of it. “We went back to Urban Evolution a year later and we showed them one of our videos and they said ‘Wow, you guys are really good’ and they offered us jobs there,” Zaki said. Zaki’s job at Urban Evolution has provided several opportunities, including performing shows at universities and half time shows. Zaki has also taken to teaching. “People see the videos and they think, ‘That’s impossible, I could never do that’”, Zaki said. “That is exactly what I thought, but now

I’m an instructor, and I teach anyone from five year olds to our oldest customer, who is sixty-seven.” Zaki admits that people use their age, weight and the possibility of injury as excuses for not participating in the sport, but insists that those things have nothing to do with parkour. “Not everyone starts with the big crazy stuff, but in six months, people have lost weight and are getting fit and are able to do more,” Zaki said. In fact, parkour can actually aid participants in being more conscious of the way they use their bodies. “Once you start doing parkour, you become very aware of how loud everyone else is when they are walking. They are landing very heavily,” Zaki said. “If you become aware of that, you can control it.” Zaki’s most recent YouTube video, released only two weeks ago at the start of the semester, has already been viewed over 45 thousand times, forcing him to look to his future in parkour. He already has plans to try to solidify his own style within the parkour community. “You want to make your own style, and make yourself different than everyone else,” Zaki said. “I’m a guitar player, and I have started to work on doing techniques while holding a guitar. I will be walking on a rail

playing a guitar, and then I’ll swing the guitar onto my side, flip off the rail, land on my feet, and pull my guitar back and keep playing. I have never seen anyone do that.” With his newfound online attention, Zaki also hopes to grow popularity in the sport while he is at Mason. As a freshman, he has the opportunity to help foster and encourage the growth of a parkour community. Currently, there is no Mason affiliated parkour group on campus, but Zaki and his friends consistently meet up on Friday afternoons Ultimately, Zaki is a big advocate for parkour. He emphasizes the importance of testing the environment of the areas he uses and not pushing himself beyond his limits but at the same time he looks to find new ways to make the sport exciting.

AARON LOCKE MANAGING EDITOR The Zaki video is pushing the 50 thousand mark on YouTube. Follow the QR Code for a link to the video


Feb. 4, 2013



Violence against women and girls

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One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in their lifetime. In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place in the U.S. and around the world. Since its founding, V-Day has reached over 300 million people. 90% of sexual harrassment victims are often unwilling to come forward because of fear of retaliation and loss of privacy. Women ages 16-24 experience highest per capita rates of intimate violence; 20 per 1,000. Two out of three violent crimes against women are committed by someone that the victim knows.

Facts collected from V-Day Campaign/U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Mason is joining the V-Day global effort to stop violence against women and girls by presenting Eve Ensler’s play, the Vagina Monologues, on Feb. 15 – 16. With the help of WAVES and the Women’s and Gender Studies program, the Vagina Monologues will take place at 8 p.m.... in Harris Theater. Tickets for the show are discounted to $5 for Mason students and $25 for the community. This will be the 14th year the show comes to Mason, and the goal of the show is not only to stop violence against women, but to fund beneficiaries. The Vagina Monologues will benefit Dating Abuse Stops Here – a service to teens and parents who experience date violence – and Mason’s Victims of Violence Fund, which is used for Mason students who have experienced violence. The funds raised by the show will go toward proper medical care for victims. “One billion women violated is an atrocity,” states a banner on the V-Day Campaign’s website. “One billion women dancing is a revolution.” This statement goes along with this year’s monologue, a spotlight of the show, and it is titled “One Billion Rising.” To celebrate the 15th year of V-Day, the foundation is inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up and demand an end to violence. The V-Day Campaign asks for one billion to rise because one billion women experience violence each year. This is a movement to mobilize women and men to heighten awareness about violence against women and girls. “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten

in her lifetime,” continues the V-Day Campaign banner, which mobilizes women and the global community to demand an end to violence. Ensler created the Vagina Monologues to present testimonials of women’s experiences on their journey through sexual discovery. The show was initially written to celebrate womanhood and feminity, but with a continuing trend of violence against women all over the world, Ensler created a new show. At Mason, WAVES – comprised of Sexual Assault Services and Alcohol, Drug and Health Education – uses the Vagina Monologues to focus on healthy, positive relationships. The monologues and the V-Day Campaign assist WAVES in educating students, faculty and the campus community on how to maintain healthy relationships and show appreciation for others. “Various student cultural organizations are included to display the variety of ways different individuals and cultures communicate and create strong relationships,” states the SAS website about the Vagina Monologues and V-Day Campaign at Mason. Just last year, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place around the world to educate millions about how violence against women and girls can affect the lives of many – Mason being a part of this statistic.


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In these photos released by the Art Monkeys, Mary Gallagher Stout and John Gascot examine some of the food collected from their 2012 exhibit. The food was distributed throughout the Northern Virginia area.

For Have a Heart, kitchen is the heart of the home On Valentine’s Day, when many people are out buying cards and candies for kisses, there will be a different sort of love going around at The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. By partnering with Studio 4 and the Northern Virginia non-profit organization Food for Others, freelance artists and The Workhouse raise awareness about hunger in the NOVA area. For a few years now, The Workhouse has had a flourishing relationship with Mason, offering several internships and occasionally showcasing art students. The exhibit, named “Have a Heart” in correspondence with the Valentine’s season, is an empty kitchen put together by a collaborative duo of media artists that call themselves “The Art Monkeys.” “There is just so much hunger in Northern Virginia. We’re such a wealthy area and it’s crazy that there are so many hungry people,” said Mary Gallagher Stout, a member of the Art Monkey’s duo at the forefront of the exhibit. “I decided I wanted to help the community, so I Googled the best Northern Virginia hunger charities and found Food for Others.” Food for Others is a non-profit organization that has about 1,000 volunteers who help those in Northern Virginia who have sudden, unforeseen emergencies and are either low income or unemployed.

According to Food for Others, Northern Virginia is considered one of the wealthiest areas in the country, but there is still a poverty rate of about 5 percent. That means that more than 90,000 people in Northern Virginia are living in poverty, and 30 percent of that statistic are children. Throughout the exhibition period, people help replace the empty kitchen with food. Over the course of a few weeks, the exhibit will transform into a full kitchen holding around 750 pounds of food that Food for Others then distributes to the Northern Virginia area. The exhibit, beginning Feb. 6 and going until Feb. 28, will showcase over 1,200 brown paper lunch bags, each uniquely painted by The Art Monkeys and other artists from Studio 4. Each bag will be sold for $10 with none of the money going to The Workhouse or the artists. Art is an ongoing conversation that has social interactions,” said John Gascot, who is the second essential piece to the Art Monkeys duo. “We chose the paper bags to do the art work on because it is indicative of what this is about.” The Art Monkeys are all about the social aspects of art, as well as the power art holds to change things about the community at large. When the community gives artists venues to

work with, such as The Workhouse and Studio 4, art gives back to the community. “We believe in the social impact that art has. It isn’t just about decorating your home; it’s about giving back to your community,” Stout said. “Art is something that is ongoing. It’s about connecting and being social. It’s more than a decoration in your home.” Now, on Feb. 9, there will be an opening reception along with a celebratory Art Walk open to anyone. “It’s a great way for the campus to really get involved in the community and check out the workhouse,” Stout said. The Have a Heart program exhibit will be open from Feb. 6th to Feb. 28th, from 6 – 9 p.m. each day.



“There is just so much hunger in Northern Virginia. We’re such a wealthy area and it’s crazy that there are so many hungry people.” Mary Gallagher Stout

The amount of food collected by Have a Heart for hungry people in Northern Virginia.



Mason Makes Careers Every week, Broadside features a student or alumnus with a great internship or job to highlight the opportunities and potential earning a degree at Mason offers Name: Alex Romano Graduation date: May 2012 Degree: Communication concentration in Journalism. Minors in Public Policy and Management;Criminology Current job: Staff Production Secretary, CBS Evening News with (PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX ROMANO)

What are your day-to-day responsibilities? I’m in the CBS Newsroom serving as a liaison to the Evening News Fishbowl and providing those in the Fishbowl with any operational and logistical support they need. In the Fishbowl are the five Senior Producers, the Executive Producer and our Managing Editor and Anchor Scott Pelley. I spend much of my time helping producers prepare elements for pieces, researching and finding material for stories, feeding raw material out to our other Bureaus where a piece is being cut, and I’m in the Control Room during our broadcast running scripts to the Director and AD. How did you degree and/or classes at Mason help you land the job? I can’t pinpoint anything specifically, but I think it was a combination of my classes and great professors. The work I did proving myself as a CBS Page is really what lead me to obtaining a staff position here at CBS News (which are few and very hard to come by at any network). Having a degree specifically in Communication didn’t really make a difference. My experience in University Life through the student organizations which I was part of, such as WGMU Radio, really helped me lay an amazing foundation of knowledge that got me here. What is the best part of your job? I love television, I love journalism and I love news…this job combines all of them which is amazing. Researching and preparing material for pieces that are going to be on-air is certainly my favorite part. What is the most challenging part of your job? There’s not anything specific that’s challenging. It really varies because sometimes I can find an element or piece of footage very easily, sometimes not. Sometimes I can get in touch with a source very easily and they’re willing to speak to us, sometimes not. When you’re doing what you love though it doesn’t feel like work and I’m really grateful and humbled to be in that position. What advice would you offer to anyone trying to go into a similar field? Getting into the media/TV/journalism field is tough and there aren’t many jobs. It’s all about proving that you’re a competent, hard worker and knowing the right people. Who you know is really 90% of getting your foot in the door…then you need prove yourself. You have to network. Don’t stop pursing the dream of television or journalism because you’re discouraged you can’t find something. Keep on pushing and never give up. So many times I felt discouraged that I wouldn’t get hired on staff, but I kept up on the pursuit, stuck to the plan and it worked.


Feb. 4, 2013


Observed at Mason

I had a teacher in eighth grade who told thirteen-year-old me that observation is the key to understanding; understanding yourself, the people around you, the challenges you face and the world that you live in. I never considered myself a particularly social individual, and instead found myself observing those participating in their own lives. I found that I could learn things about myself through the observation of those around me, not through judgment, but instead through the extrapolation of information from such observations. This past week I was criticized for being a slut-shamer, a gossip columnist and an individual that promotes the harsh judgment of the peers in my community. These labels were both surprising and disheartening for me to experience because they seemed to blatantly ignore the significance of observation in our lives. I believe that it is in our human nature to be drawn to observe the more bizarre events that fill our day, rather than the mundane. Multi-million dollar enterprises like American Idol thrive off such peculiar events. I just consider my observations to produce human understanding rather than higher ratings. At the end of the day, the only people who can actually identify pink-sweater girl and ponytail girl are those individuals themselves, and maybe the three other kids in my row of the lecture hall who all chuckled after the conversation ended. If they are reading this, I offer them this: I am not slut-shaming you. I want you to have as much sex as you want. That is your choice to make. But as a woman, you are much prettier, smarter and impressive than any pair of jeans, and I hope the person you are having sex with respects you, not your jeans. However, my eighth grade teacher would remind me that no one is exempt from being observed. We are all the subjects in each other’s experiments, and I have not escaped being overheard while at Mason. Most recently, a trip to Southside yielded some embarrassing results. The 90’s pop station in Southside played as I chomped down on some noodles smothered in alfredo sauce, washing it all down with Sprite. Southside was beginning to reach peak capacity as we discussed what it would take for us to perform live karaoke in public. At this point, I’m completely unaware of those tables surrounding me as I describe in detail which song I would choose to sing at live karaoke. “It would have to be a duet, because I’m not doing that alone. I would want to sing ‘No Air’—but I’m singing the Jordin Sparks part,

no question. Neither of you can stop me.” My friends laugh, as do I. For the brief moment after I have finished what I said, that moment exists only between the three of us. But then my head returns from rolling backwards in laughter and I see that the table in front of us, full of guys who look like they just finished bench-pressing weights twice my size, look back at me. One raises his eyebrows as if to say, “Really?”, and another smirks, laying on the second-hand embarrassment pretty thick. I just sit there, feeling as if someone has just applied a hot iron to my cheeks, but realizing that I brought this upon myself. I could blame the fact that Southside collectively decided to hush itself at the very moment I decided to say something foolish or the fact that the group of testosterone-soaked alpha males nearby took the liberty of listening to what I was saying. But blaming them would be unrealistic. Ultimately, I got over it. What do I care if they know that I think the Jordin Sparks is more worthy of singing at a karaoke night? When was the last time you heard anyone say, “Yeah, I really love singing along to Chris Brown’s part in ‘No Air’”? Never. Jordin has the best part and you know it. For those of you that are concerned that I may not have the vocal chops for such a task, I assure you, I am not the next American Idol. But I am an individual that acknowledges that these awkward moments shared in public are what make us a community. As a university, we are defined by not only our accomplishments, which are showcased throughout this newspaper, but also through our collective embarrassing moments. We cannot use our own secondhand embarrassment as an excuse for ignoring such a facet of our community. We live in a world where people are going to eavesdrop on the things that you and I say in a public setting. It is not wrong, it is reality. The individuals who overheard me in Southside do not know me, but they know something about me. That does not make them judgmental individuals that deserve my condemnation, but instead it makes them observers of their surroundings, something my eighth grade English teacher would want me to be grateful for. The day we stop observing the world we are surrounded by is the day we stop trying to understand our environments and the people in them.

Aaron Locke Managing Editor



Feb. 4, 2013


My mother’s comments during the Super Bowl Though some may say that women don’t go well with sports, I disagree. My mother, Linda, loves sports, and we watch games together all the time. This past Super Bowl Sunday was no exception. I settled down in front of the big screen for the big game. My mother watched with me, and I kept track of her commentary as evidence that mothers can enjoy football. “What are you doing here?” “Football? Again?” “Can you turn it down?” “When are you going to get your own place?” “Oh look at those uniforms! So colorful!” “What kind of bird is on that team?” “That’s not a raven. It’s a pigeon.” “The purple looks very nice on that team.” “Paul, didn’t you have a girlfriend who wore a purple dress to a dance?” “Was that at your high school prom?” “What happened to her?” “Do you have a girlfriend now?” “You haven’t had a girlfriend since high school?” “I’m sorry for yelling I’m just surprised.” “You should get a girlfriend.” “Don’t you yell at me, I’m your mother! I gave birth to you.” “Are you twenty-two years old?” “TWENTY THREE??” “Did I raise a monster?” “Oh stop crying.” “I’m leaving. I can’t watch this game.”

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Real food is sweet at SweetGreen With the New Year and a new semester kicking off, keeping up with 2013 resolutions can be more difficult than keeping up with the Kardashians. The most common resolutions include losing weight and becoming healthier. Whether you live off or on campus, there is a restaurant to indulge in without worrying about getting off track – and it will leave you feeling relaxed and energized. Sweetgreen is a relatively local food chain restaurant with locations in only D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Luckily, the closest Sweetgreen is in Fairfax and is only 17 minutes away from campus. So what makes Sweetgreen, well, sweet? Sweetgreen specializes in fresh, quality-made salads in which the ingredients come from local and organic farms. Nowadays, most people don’t know where their food originates, which is why Sweetgreen places a chalkboard in the restaurant to let customers know exactly where they get their food from. Sweetgreen is perfect for vegetarians, vegans and anyone that is trying to lead a healthy life – or simply enjoy a delicious meal. The restaurant is Chipotle-style, where you have the choice of picking one of Sweetgreen’s eight signature salads, or you can customize your own salad. If you are indecisive, or like to be surprised, you should try a signature salad. However, if you like to make your own decisions when it comes to what you eat and how you eat it, then you should opt for making your own salad. To make your own salad, choose a base of romaine, grains, arugula, mesclun or baby spinach. You can choose four toppings from the vegetables or crunch options, which include toppings like pita chips and croutons. Then, you can choose meat or cheese for an additional cost. Lastly, you choose what dressing you like and specify how much you want. A makeyour-own salad with a piece of buckwheat bread comes out to only $6.35. For people who like to have a lot of toppings on their salad but don’t want to create their own, the District Cobb salad is a

good choice, and costs $11.50. Supervisor and shift leader at the Reston Sweetgreen, Mario Padilla, recommends the customer-favorite Guacamole Greens salad that costs $10.25 and amounts to just 465 calories. “The good thing is if they don’t like any meat, they have a choice to substitute it with tofu or falafel,” Padilla said. In addition, Sweetgreen sells wraps, frozen yogurt, house made-ice tea and Sweetpress – organic-pressed juice – which is perfect for anyone who is on a cleanse. “We have healthy specials to show customers that we love the place and the food,” said Padilla, who has been working at Sweetgreen for almost three years, the longest restaurant job he’s held. Widad Zenhom, senior and Conflict Analysis and Resolution major, ate at Sweetgreen before and said, “If Sweetgreen was at campus, I would definitely go to it.” Zenhom mentioned that people are constantly getting sick, and he links it to the mass production of food and not knowing where food comes from. “Sweetgreen tastes good, and it tastes like real food,” Zenhom said. On the Sweetgreen bag, they state, “We make an effort to know our customers and the leaders in our community. We know our farmers, suppliers, and partners and reject industrial food. We respond to the needs of our community and the ideas of our customers.” Sweetgreen is a restaurant that serves their customers’ needs through interacting with them. Near the door, a stand is in place to receive feedback from the customers. In addition, they have an online blog that gives fitness tips and healthy recipe ideas. OMAMA ALTALEB STAFF WRITER



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Feb. 4, 2013


In Wake of Remembrance, A Dishonest Endorsement

Over the last couple weeks, there were many events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even having the Inauguration falling on the federal observance of Dr. King day did not overshadow the climate of remembrance for a civil rights leader who did great things by advancing the change he wanted to see in the world. Mason also honored the King, with an “Evening of Reflection” held last Tuesday at Dewberry Hall where Dr. Ángel Cabrera gave a keynote address and a Spirit of King award was presented to a faculty/staff member. The underbelly to all this is the recognition that throughout the year many seek to tie the legacy of Dr. King to their own ideological agendas. It’s a crime committed by most of the public sphere. It seems for every partisan who compares their opponents to Nazis, there is one partisan who believes King would support their cause if alive today. For example there is Glenn Beck, who held a “Rally to Restore Honor” a couple years ago in Washington, DC on the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This even though, given King’s strong support of government welfare programs and noted opposition to Barry Goldwater’s presidential bid, odds are good Beck would denounce King as a

socialist had he been a contemporary. There is another example that due to regional and campus sensitivities does not get enough attention. As part of the grand march of equality narrative of American history, many say if alive today Dr. King would support gay rights. One could feel this thought pattern in President Barack Obama’s speech, where he grouped the people who took part in the Stonewall riots with those who head “a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.” Problem is Dr. King never once spoke a single statement in support of gay rights. He never championed same-sex marriage legalization or the striking down of anti-sodomy laws, nor did the topic come up in any of his sermons or speeches. To further the point, there is no consensus among King’s own family as to whether or not he would have agreed that Stonewall and Selma were brethren. The only real piece of evidence we have on his views are ones quite contrary to the imagery propagated through President Obama’s speech. In an advice column for a 1958 edition of Ebony Magazine, an anonymous writer told Dr. King that he was “a boy” who felt “about boys the way I ought to feel about girls.” In response to the writer asking what

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he should do, Dr. King’s statements fall far away from what our diversity apparatus would love to think about him. “The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” wrote Dr. King. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.” The major civil rights figure so many rightfully adore and so many so shamefully invoke for political purposes considered homosexuality “culturally acquired” and a “problem.” This month more reflection will be made on the legacy. For those inclined to invoke a faithfully departed figure when advancing their views, please give real respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Do not partner him with causes that he opposed. In avoiding such, one will indeed be honoring the legacy.

Michael Gryboski Columnist



Feb. 4, 2013


Everyone judges, everyone hates it

Everyone judges. Unless you are affiliated with Mother Teresa or Gandhi, I am sure you have passed judgment sometime in your life. What organization someone is affiliated with causes judgment, what you wear, what you believe, who your friends are. These are all things that people pass judgment on. I know I am guilty of it just like everyone else but in my opinion everyone is entitled to what they want to say. Everyone has an opinion and whether you personally agree with that opinion, is it really worth the argument? Of course there are people that love to debate and argue but personally I am not one of those people, especially when it comes to something as petty as what student organization you are involved in or what you choose to wear. The people who act as though they are the victims of judgment or say they don’t judge are usually the worst judgers of all. When people follow the stereotypes that society has created, that’s when the competition of what is ‘cool and uncool’ or what is important and not important comes into play.

Our university’s student organizations for example are pinned against one another. Who cares what club you are in? The bottom line is you found your niche, you made friends just like everyone else, and you utilized the campus’ outlets in regards to your interests. Kudos to you. Why judge other organizations instead of just enjoying the one you are or aren’t in? Judging someone according to his or her perspective or opinion on something is time wasted as well. In my opinion, everyone is on a level playing field and judging is a vicious cycle. There is really no solution to it in my opinion, besides to let people do their own thing and to put your ego away for the day. By letting people do their own thing I am referring to keeping your nose in your own business and to not jump down someone’s throat if you don’t agree with their opinion. That’s what the word opinion is used for. By suggesting putting your ego away for the day, I am suggesting to take a step back and look at yourself. Do you really know what you are talking about? Are you any better than the person sitting next to you? To act all high and mighty and

Housing selection rears its head The last thing on anyone’s mind when coming back from a long winter break is housing. We have not even been in school for two whole weeks and we already have to decide where we want to live during the 2013-2014 school year. As a sophomore, I am already somewhat familiar with the process of housing but as a freshman, the whole process can be just added stress. When I was first accepted to George Mason, filling out the housing application was simple; you answered questions about what you did and didn’t want in a roommate, decided where you wanted to live, and then the University did the rest. However, the housing selection process has changed a bit since my days as a freshman. To begin, you must figure out what kind of group you want to be. From all the housing selection information meetings which I’ve attended, groups of four have always been strongly recommended. Finding a group of four definitely looks better written on paper. For example, you might have a group of friends all of whom want to live in different places with different people, making it difficult to form a group of four friends. If anything, finding a group to live with is the hardest part of housing. You could end up living with a group of complete strangers. But that’s the worst case scenario. Once you finally get beyond finding a group,

then you have to worry about where to live. For me, deciding where to live was almost as stressful as finding a group. While there are many options as to where to live on campus, every building has different living arrangements. So, if half your group wants to live in apartment style and the other half wants to live in suite style, you probably need to reconsider your group. As annoying as the housing process can be, Mason does try and help the students. There’s a Facebook page where students can talk about where they want to live and the number of roommates they need. There is even an event where students can talk and hangout with other students looking for potential roommates; it’s essentially set up like speed dating. All in all, if you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the housing selection process just remember one thing, don’t get mad at your friends. If it’s important enough to you, consider some possible alternatives to the process, then work to change the system.

Editorial by

Meghann Patterson

act as though you are not guilty of judgment would mean that you aren’t human. Everyone judges and everyone also hates getting judged. It is ironic in way because no one is right in the situation. Everyone thrives off of his or her personal beliefs and that’s what makes them tick. No one is politically or morally correct. Notice that my article does fall under the Editorials section and I do choose to use the words ‘in my opinion’ repeatedly throughout the article. Keeping this in mind, my view on judgment is certainly not a universal view, so if you agree with my view that’s great, and if not that’s fine too.

Elise Baker

Opinion Editor

A failed once in a lifetime experience When the date for the 57th Presidential Inauguration was marked for January 21, 2013, friends, family, and professors told me I had to attend. These three influential groups in my life said that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that every American dreams about attending. So with great validation to experience one of the greatest days on the American calendar, I made the commitment to attend. When my friends and I arrived there were huge lines for security and once we got past those lines there were very few spots to watch the parade. We walked down the highly congested sidewalk of the locked down Pennsylvania Ave to find any open spot to witness history. Remarkably, we found a spot to stand but there were trees blocking the balcony of the Capitol, where the ceremony was taking place. So on the day we went to see President Obama take his oath to begin another term as Commander in Chief, we were forced to watch the ceremony on a big screen in the distance. Ironically enough, we were watching the speech in the same way most people were watching around the world. I was not just visually challenged but also audibly. The loud speakers put up along Pennsylvania Ave had a delay on the Mall, so I heard the speech twice echoing from both sets of speakers. With an obstructed view, inaudible speech,

and freezing weather; my friends and I made the decision to leave. Those three aspects together made it hard to enjoy the Inauguration, but then I took a step back and thought about it. I was standing in close proximity to the building where my President was being sworn in for his second term of office. I was just a few hundred yards away from the President taking his oath, something that few do and all want to experience. So when I look back on January 21, 2013, it will be a day with its flaws but it had that overarching highlight of hearing my president take the oath and make his speech. Although I watched it all take place on a screen, like at home, I heard it from loud speakers connected to his microphone. When my family, friends, and professors told me to attend the inauguration because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity they were absolutely right because no one would deal with the crowds, security, and obstructions more than once. So I have decided that I will not attend another inauguration in my lifetime unless I am taking the oath myself.

Nate Falk




Letters to the Editor People have always told me that maturity is relative. Just because someone is older does not mean that his or her maturity level is going to be on par. Unfortunately ever since middle school I’ve been held to a higher standard and told that entering high school, my maturity level should increase. Now being in my fourth year of college, I’ve noticed that the maturity level drops considerably. “Overheard at Mason”, a clever, new editorial for “Broadside”, has pushed the limit of the patience of students at Mason. The article starts with Aaron Locke describing how he’s been taught not to eavesdrop and goes on to say that because people talking about things in a public setting within earshot of everyone, it is no longer so. Mr. Locke has become an active participant in the conversation between two girls in his class even though he didn’t utter a word. He goes on to mention their personal appearance and how, “’The one on the left had this unusually high ponytail that mirrored the movements of her mouth while she talked,’ and ‘The other one had this ugly pink sweater that literally made everything around her the same ugly color.’” Hopefully at this point the people mentioned do not know who they are. Next thing you know, he decides to divulge the personal conversation about one girls jeans and her personal significance of the garment and the fact that they were ruined the night before.

Frankly, I’ve had more explicit conversations than this in a public sphere. Hell, I’ve yelled out things way more inappropriate in the JC Food Court seating… But deciding to write an article that publicizes someone’s conversation, no matter how inappropriate or “bizarre”, should never be done. The cherry on top is the fact that this article is going to be the first of many according to the author. He even mentions a Twitter hash tag (#) with the article’s name in order to get more juicy gossip. Why are we doing this to each other? As humans we are supposed to be social creatures, but the spite behind gossip is deplorable, especially in a University that bolsters diversity and tolerance. Publicizing this article is a show that people will lower themselves to a petty gossip column at a university dealing with very personal details. I implore the students of George Mason University to stand up against this public display and have a little bit more tact. Rigoberto Ordonez Senior, Psychology When reading the column “Overheard at Mason” instead of laughing at the comments of the writer’s classmates, I instead felt empathetic to the girls who fell victim to the eavesdropping and unnecessary embarrassment. It is shocking to me that quotes are published in the Broadside without the willing participation of those who were quoted. The author

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also described the physical appearance of the girls hair and clothing, allowing the girls to easily identify themselves. Imagine the embarrassment and shame they will feel when they realize that their casual conversation was broadcasted in the paper for strangers to take pleasure out of. These are human beings who deserve respect and privacy. And what do these girls really have to be embarrassed and ashamed about? Is the reader supposed to fall into the writer’s judgements of their clothing and hair choices as “ugly” and feel superior about themselves? Who allowed the author to set the standard on how high pony tails should be worn? I strongly believe that every student has the right to wear whatever makes themselves feel most comfortable in class, without fearing judgment and shame from a peer sitting five rows behind them. The author of this column then sarcastically discredits the girls’ conversation by calling it “obviously life changing”. How does he know that the story wasn’t life changing for this girl. He hasn’t lived her life and is in no position to cast judgment on this or reduce her self esteem. Furthermore, the characterization of the girls’ quotes as “absolutely ridiculous” dances dangerously on the line of slut shaming. Who cares that these girls were talking openly about their sex lives in relation to a pair of jeans. They have every right to do so, and it is none of the author’s business since they he was not invited into the conversation. Too often in our society women are discouraged (through ridicule such as in the column) from talking openly about their sexualities and taught to feel guilty for having sex, and it’s totally unacceptable.


Lastly, this article disappoints me because the Broadside has so much potential. A journalist at a school paper has incredibly influence and power to make positive change, but instead here that power is wasted to encourage readers to laugh at one another and make snap judgments about their peers based on snippets of conversations. Getting laughs out of discounting others is lazy comedy, and I do not want to live on a campus where I constantly feel judged and policed over what I am wearing and saying. Bullying in short should never be celebrated. Instead of encouraging people to spend time picking out small moments to make our fellow Patriots look like idiots, I would like to send a call to my Mason peers to instead pay attention to what is far too often overlooked: the tremendous positivity that can be found on this campus. The moments where strangers compliment one another without prompt. Moments where a hard working individual generously gives up their time at a JC Kiosk to talk about a cause they are passionate about. Moments where old friends reunite and share an warm embrace. Moments where peers encourage one another to overcome academic and career challenges. Earning a college degree is hard enough without us tearing each other down, so why don’t we use the amazing resource of the press and Twitter to instead highlight and encourage the ways we can support one another. Roger LeBlanc Sophomore, EVSS

Stephen’s guide to parking at Mason A not-so-secret strategy to quickly finding a parking spot I’m what you might call an expert at parking on campus. Three years of off-campus living has taught me all of the tricks needed to get myself out of my car and on my way to wherever I need to go. Here’s my super-secret strategy. Step one: Get here early in the morning! Step two: Drive to any parking lot, marvel at the copious amount of spots, and proceed about your day. “But Stephen, I don’t have classes early in the morning! I don’t want to wake up!” Kudos to you for taking advantage of the college lifestyle. You, however, are lazy. Take a morning class. Get used to waking up early. It’s actually not all that bad, and you’ll realize that you can actually be a productive member of society with all this spare time on your hands. However, I can understand that there are reasons why you might be forced to arrive to campus later in the day; Internships, work, sports and life in general always manage to find a way to screw up your schedule. Don’t fret; I’m willing to share with you another strategy. If you have working eyes, you might notice a theme when you enter a full parking lot, and it should be especially noticeable

between classes. You’ll notice a stream of people walking into the lot to leave, and a row of people waiting in their cars nearby getting ready to follow them and take their spot. For example, I’m cheap and have a general lot pass. I like the idea of parking in a parking garage, so I park on the second floor of Rappahannock. That line of people waiting in their cars? This is what they are doing. No, these are not stalkers; so don’t give them some weird look when they ask if you’re leaving. They are, however, engaging in the parking lot strategy that has been deemed the “creep”. The first time you try it you will feel like a creep, but it is honestly the best way to ensure you get a parking spot within 15 minutes of arriving on campus. There is a secondary form of this strategy which has been deemed the “creepy-creep”. The “creepy-creep” is very similar to the “creep”, except instead of following the person to their car, you offer them a ride. This, my friends, is creepy. No, I do not want to get into your mom’s dirty old Honda. I’m just fine with walking. So now that you know my parking secret, I have an important message for you. If you either A. decide you want to cut the line or B. try to steal a parking spot from someone who is creeping,

you consist of the lowest form of matter, below the sewage that collects in port-o-potty’s or the weird blue gunk growing in the back of my fridge. A thousand curses upon you. Also, a word to those of you who are walking to your cars. When someone is creeping on you, don’t be stupid. Don’t look at them like they are trying to steal your baby. Don’t cut through rows of parked cars, you know my car can’t do that. I won’t be able to keep up, and now I’ve lost your spot. I can understand if you forget where you parked, just next time don’t be dim-witted. I hope you do something productive with the countless hours I saved you by revealing this secret. Cure cancer or something.

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Coming into 2013, wrestling was struggling through their season. A one point win over Northern Colorado seemed like a good start to the year, but that drive has been turned around with six losses in a row. While their record is less than ideal, Mason has come a long way from where they were two years ago with a winless season. “We have improved as a program and taken steps to get ahead, we are just not seeing the results in matches yet,” said head coach Joe Russell of Mason’s wrestling team. This year marks Russell’s second season at Mason. Russell is stressing the importance of building a respectable team over the short term goal of winning individual matches. He knows that this will require a fan base, funding, pro staff, a healthy team, strong recruiting efforts and luck. “Obviously we want wins and results, and obstacles have come up over the season but we are overcoming them. The biggest struggle is getting these guys to believe,” Russell said. “Short term we need them to believe in themselves, the program and what we are preaching.” If there is anyone on the team who is behind

Wrestling will not tap out on bad record Russell right now it is senior Jaaziah Bethea. “I believe in Coach Russell and what he and the assistant coaches are saying, they will build this program the way it needs to be done,” Bethea said. Bethea and Russell agreed that a lot of the losses this year were winnable matches, and despite what the record says, so many of these matches were lost only by one or two points. “Its about how you finish and come CAAs we will have a lot of guys where they need to be,” Bethea said. “It doesn’t matter if you got

beaten and banged up on the way, its how you finish.” One wrestler who is expected to make a big splash at the CAAs is freshmen Jake Kettler. The heavyweight was selected for the Olympic trials and has a very strong record prior to coming to Mason. “This season has been full of new experiences and tested me more than I expected. The rest is putting all that I have learned into practice,” Kettler said. Kettler is one of the few members of the

team that has a positive overall record at 17-12 and is on pace to place well in the CAA tournament. “It’s exciting to coach guys like that. That just take in what you say and want to go out there and put in work on their own,” Coach Russell said. “Our motto has been twice a day every day is the Mason way, and Jake is doing it”. Coach Russell and the team are counting on getting hot in the last few matches coming up against big forces like the University of Maryland. If Mason can put up points, get their heads in the right place, the CAA tournament should finally produce the results Bethea, Kettler and coach Russell have been waiting for. With a good finish the struggles of the past will have not been for nothing, and the plan coach Russell has will be well underway. Bethea in his last year believes that the program cannot and will not be stopped. “Right here January 2013, Jaaziah Bethea says Mason will be a top 25 program in five years,” Bethea said.



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Men’s basketball suffers disappointing loss


Coming off a 20-point loss to the leader atop the Colonial Athletic Association, Northeastern, last Thursday night’s CAA matchup against Drexel University was a must-win for Mason. For the first half, it seemed as if Mason was going to coast their way to victory, and claim a shared second place in the conference with James Madison University. The Patriots engineered a commanding 33–13 lead in the first 16 minutes of the game, but Drexel sophomore Damion Lee and the Dragons had other plans in mind. In what was arguably Mason’s best stretch of play this entire season, everything was going Mason’s way in that first 16 minutes. The Patriots got off many quality shot opportunities combined with befuddling the Drexel offense with a strong, full-court press. Coming out of the locker room in the second half, Drexel seemed to have found new life. The Dragons broke Mason’s full-court press and were able to thoroughly outwork Mason on the boards. “We can’t allow people to be more physical and want the ball more than us,” said Mason head coach Paul Hewitt. “I just felt like every key possession down the stretch, they were getting three shots.” The box score reflected Coach Hewitt’s sentiments since Drexel doubled Mason’s offensive rebound total, 14–7. Junior Jonathan Arledge, who was a lastminute replacement for injured starter Johnny Williams, addressed the rebounding issue as well. "We just have to rebound together and everybody’s got to want to rebound. Everybody’s got to want to get it. That’s all we

have to work with," Arledge said. After scoring just nine points in the first half, Lee went off on the Mason defense in the second half. Accumulating 20 points in the second half, including what would end up being the game deciding three-pointer with 22 seconds left on the clock. “You can’t give him [Lee] open looks,” said redshirt junior Sherrod Wright. “Any type of open look, he is going to make.” Lee’s outstanding play went in conjunction with a series of errors by Mason in the waning minutes of the game. Redshirt junior Vertrail Vaughns stepped on the sideline with 14 seconds remaining in the game in what would end up being Mason’s last possession on Drexel’s side of the court. Drexel junior Frantz Massenat botched a one-and-one off the rim, but Arledge let the rebound slip from his reach and go out of bounds to give the ball back to the Dragons. Lee was intentionally fouled and sent to the free throw line on the very next possession. On another missed free throw, junior guard Bryon Allen snagged the rebound and made a last ditch effort with around 10 seconds left to race down the court, Lee cleanly swiped the ball from Allen from behind and knocked down a free throw with 2.2 seconds remaining on the clock to seal Mason’s loss. The loss puts Mason into a tie for fifth with Drexel in the CAA. Mason’s next home game against Delaware this Saturday at 2 p.m. now puts Mason into a stretch of must-win games against conference opponents.




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Inline hockey team shooting for nationals The Patriots’ inline hockey team is one step closer to reaching the National Championship. The Patriots were able pick up three wins while dropping two in the ECRHA regional tournament in Mt. Pleasant, PA. The wins they picked up were to Temple University twice and once to the West Chester College. Senior center Cam Lensing led the team with eight goals and five assists in the tournament. “Overall the tournament boosted our national ranking. We beat the teams we needed to and the only lost to top teams in the country. We still have some things to work on to compete for a final four spot at nationals,” said Lensing. “We should be able to iron out the kinks and make a push at winning regionals and hopefully competing for a national championship.” The Patriots high scoring offense was dominant at times. Their power play led the way by staying mistake free. “We were deadly. We have the best power play in the nation and it was rolling this weekend. The West Chester game was a hard fought game and came down to having our top players finish when they needed to,” Lensing said. “We also had excellent team defense and goaltending. Whenever you’re playing well as a team defensively usually the offense will


follow,” Lensing said. Their losses came to last year’s national champion Bethel University and highly ranked Neumann University. In those games, the Patriots were forced to play away from their style of play and suffered. A few undisciplined penalties left the

Patriots playing a man down for a lot of the game against Bethel. “Any time you are trying your hardest and something out of your control sets you back it can be hard to swallow. The best teams know how to get over that adversity,” Lensing said. “It just seemed like that hump was a little

Preseason poll pushes higher goals Even with the departure of many players this year, baseball looks to bring together the current group with great chemistry and talent. Being ranked fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll allows the team to fly under the radar yet still be considered a threat by opponents. Finishing fourth in the CAA last season with strong performances from the pitching staff including Chris O’Grady, the team’s closer; the team has certain expectations they place upon themselves and looks to achieve them with the help of their experienced coach and staff. Bill Brown, head coach in his 32nd season at Mason, is optimistic about the rating. He feels that the team will be just as strong as last year despite some changes to the roster. They have had to make numerous changes to their pitching staff, reassign certain players to different positions that they may not have initially been comfortable playing and figure out where transfer students and freshman fit into the team. Brown feels they have adjusted well to their new roles, and can see how each

player’s talent will be able to contribute to wins. Some changes include a new pitching rotation and a spot for closer. Anthony Montefusco, a junior, will be the starting pitcher. In the 2012 season he acquired some impressive statistics including a .242 opposing batting average, 3.480 strikeout: walk ratio and 2.97 ERA. Montefusco’s start is highly anticipated and his performance will be critical in the team’s quest for wins. Other important positions that need to be filled include catcher, shortstop and outfielder, all of which are critical in wins. Under the leadership of Brown, Mason has done well throughout the years, appearing in the national tournament six times, most recently in 2009, and reaching other important achievements in the CAA. Brown’s motto to his players is simple, yet insightful, “We need to have a deep pitching staff and good defense,” said coach Brown. “We need to catch the baseball in order to win.” With his extensive career with the baseball team, he knows exactly what to

expect among the rest of the CAA competition, how to successfully construct a baseball team and how to mold excellent athletes. Most recently, aforementioned Chris O’Grady was drafted in the 10 round of the MLB draft to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after his senior year. He was the second-highest draft pick in Mason baseball’s history. The upcoming season will have many obstacles to overcome within the CAA conference; most notably University of North Carolina at Wilmington, who for the past decade have demonstrated to be the top contender in the CAA. The games against them will be very competitive and will take place on Apr. 19, 20, and 21 at Spuhler Field. The team will kick start their season with the Citadel Memorial Challenge in Charleston, South Carolina on the weekend of Feb. 15, 16, and 17. Their first home game will be against Iona College on the next weekend Feb. 22, 23, and 24.



higher in the game we played. We are usually a team that is very good at coming back and always fighting hard, but bounces do not always go your way.” Kyle Luukkonen believes the team still has room for improvement but likes where they are heading. “We need to capitalize on even strength and minimize penalties,” Luukkonen said. “We just need to play smarter hockey.” The Patriots, now at 6-2, are in second place in the Southeastern conference. After making the national championship tournament the past three years, they hope to go farther than ever before. “We have had past years where our talent has been there but we have fallen short because of teamwork. This year has been a totally different story where teamwork has gotten us farther than talent ever would,” Lensing said. “I want us to beat the teams we need to. Any losses that come I want our team to be able to know we lost as a team and not as individuals.” The Patriots continue their season Feb. 16 as they travel to Winchester, VA with a four game weekend.


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