FOURTH ESTATE Jan. 26, 2015 | Volume 2 Issue 12 George Mason University’s official student news outlet gmufourthestate.com | @IVEstate
Proposed CHHS building lacks publicly released start/completion date l page 4 (AMY ROSE/FOURTH ESTATE)
INSIDE: NEWS / MASON LOBBIES / 6 • LIFESTYLE / WINE SHOP / 10 • SPORTS / SCOREBOARD / 16
Crime Log Jan. 16 - Jan. 18 Information Only/ Theft from Vehicles City Police notified Mason Police that two subjects gained access into approximately 40 unlocked vehicles over the weekend and stole items of value. (18/Ross) Roberts Rd./Near Fairfax Campus/ Info Only/ 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Jan. 18 2015-001175 / Drug Equipment Violation / Drunkenness Officers took possession of illegal drug equipment during a traffic stop. A highly intoxicated passenger (non-GMU) was arrested for being drunk in public. (30/Kessler) Roberts Rd./Shenandoah / Pending / 12:43 a.m.
Jan. 22 2015-001602 / Weapons Law Violation Complainant (GMU) reported that a subject (GMU) was seen holding a handgun. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the reported handgun was not a real handgun. No violation of law occurred. (15/Lighthiser) Potomac Heights / Unfounded / 6:56 p.m
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gallons of oil spilled An emergency contractor is on campus cleaning up after an accidental oil spill left over 4,000 gallons of oil near the Shenandoah Parking Deck and Shenandoah River Road.
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Hopefully everyone out there had as productive a winter break as I had of watching Gilmore Girls and Frasier, reading Thomas Pynchon books to start my transition to faux-intellectual and sleeping until the afternoon nearly every day. I started last semester in an earnest effort to try and make Fourth Estate a more accessible organization and expand our outreach. I believe we were able to do that as a staff and my last letter to you bid farewell to a few staff members that helped me work toward that goal over the past two semester. I’m happy to welcome some of our wonderful new staff members that you can find to the right of this space. Of course, I can’t comment on how well they’ll do but I have all the confidence in their abilities to continue the strong work of their predecessors. Since this will be the last first time I’ll be writing to you, I’ve decided to use this space for more self-indulgent things in my last semester. The first of which is actually giving a formal farewell to someone I didn’t acknowledge in my last letter, and someone who will almost certainly laugh at me for how much space I’m devoting to him. Since my start as a sports editor at Fourth Estate in Fall 2013, the name that has always followed my name on that and future staff lists was Daniel Gregory. He was my managing editor the following two semesters and one of the best journalistic writers I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, but most importantly to me, Danny has been my best friend at Mason. Danny has undoubtedly made me a better writer, leader and thinker when working together, but my favorite moments with him include eating bowls of ramen wherever the location, drinking too much in too many locations and figuring out at random points that we share an adorable amount of preferences as one another. I really can’t begin to thank him enough for humoring my
many dumb comments on his whiteness and dealing with my unmitigated disaster of a life through the years. I know he’s going to bounce back and do something dope real soon. If you want to observe us in our natural habitat, feel free to come out to Brion’s trivia nights where we pretend to think we can win every week when in actuality we have a sub-Mendoza line winning percentage. R.I.P.D. Danny. So how does all of this concern you the reader in any meaningful way? Well I know not many people read this part of the paper anyway, but I’m sure my parents will ask me what a Danny is. Losing a bunch of great people just means that we might go through some rough patches throughout the rest of this semester, so just bear with us and trust that we’re working to refine our process. If you do devote any time to reading my words, this departure of people will almost certainly result in the gradual loss of my sanity over the course of the upcoming weeks. But as I said before, I trust the people working for me, that fact will never waver. The reason this all comes together every week is because of the hard work of not only my direct staff but every byline, photo credit and other volunteer who devotes their time to making this a worthwhile experience. This might be hellish but I hope this will be enjoyable for you to read and for us to work on.
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Plans delayed for central location for CHHS REEM NADEEM PRINT NEWS EDITOR
The Office of Facilities has yet to publicly release the construction start date for the proposed $73 million building intended to house the College of Health and Human Services. According to a June 2014 press release from the university, Mason secured $65 million in state funding and was still looking to raise $8 million in donations. Facilities intended to begin construction this month with an end date of January 2017. Facilities failed to return multiple phone calls from Fourth Estate requesting an update on the building’s construction. Presently, CHHS students have to travel between buildings and campuses to fulfill degree responsibilities. Some facilities are not located on campus at all, such as the nutrition lab, which is housed in downtown Fairfax. “Ever since the inception of the nursing program, which was our founding program 40 years ago, because we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, our college has never been under one roof,” Director of Advancement at CHHS Dayna Kuhar said. The building, currently dubbed Academic VII, will be located in what is now Lot H next to Whitetop and Rogers. According to Dean Thomas Prohaska, this consolidated location for CHHS will give students opportunities to collaborate across disciplines. “The vision includes not only having the opportunity of melding population and clinical health but also training people to be multidisciplinary researchers and educators, which is a blending of
more than one content area,” Prohaska said. “[For example] a primary discipline, say nursing and then a secondary discipline like either social work or public health, what have you. And I’m hoping that students will find this of value to where they have training in multiple skill sets across disciplines because that’s where much of the innovation is coming from.” Academic VII will provide a collaborative space for all six of CHHS’s programs. Some of Academic VII’s planned features include a health informatics laboratory, functional performance laboratory, nutrition kitchen, nursing simulation suites, and social work laboratories. The building will also house university classrooms and administrative offices. “The whole idea of bringing this together is our dean has this vision of interdisciplinary studies, so that we are going to be providing our students with more of an edge,” Kuhar said. “So that they can easily have classes and understand the differences of why nursing and social work together or health administration policy and nursing work together and incorporating - say, for instance food studies. So that is one of the biggest parts about this building.” A two story health research clinic featuring exam rooms and therapy counseling rooms will be connected to the academic building by a bridge. The building will also host a tele-medicine room, which will allow patients to interact with healthcare professionals from a distance. “We’re pretty excited about that,” Prohaska said. “I know all of the departments have recognized a role for them in that…It’s a place where you’re going to see patients, you’re going to see
A rendering of the future College of Health and Human Services building.
participants in serious clinical medical research. It’s going to be, I think, a change of the atmosphere on campus.” According to Prohaska, the patients and participants of the clinic will include disadvantaged populations, those suffering from chronic conditions and other ailments. An outdoor patio and plaza space surrounding the building will be available to all students and faculty. “It’s going to be a place, since it’s in the corner of campus, next to campus, we want the community to be involved. It’s an opportunity for greater interactions with the City of Fairfax,” Prohaska said. Academic VII will also serve as a setting for multidisciplinary research and collaboration among other colleges at Mason. Prohaska said he looks forward to greater interactions with fellow deans and their departments. “This is part of the larger Mason vision, in my opinion, to be a university for the world, and doing research for the world and being a model or what it means to interact with research of consequence,” Prohaska said.
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A crossroads of arts and health: music eases pains of aging
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Social work professors are testing the effects of creative arts therapy at The Will Oaks assisted living home at Birmingham Green. ELLEN GLICKMAN PRINT NEWS EDITOR
A team of social work professors is studying how poetry, songs and even Play-Doh can improve the mood and memory of the elderly. Professor of Social Work Dr. Holly Matto is leading the research at Birmingham Green, an assisted living facility in Manassas, Va. Matto and her team are working off of a two-year, $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Matto and the rest of the faculty research team, Drs. Cathy Tompkins and Emily Ihara, are specifically testing the effects of MiM therapy, which stands for music, imagery and movement, on older adults who have some degree of cognitive decline. MiM emphasizes implicit ways to make sense of the surrounding world. One of the problems with many age-related diseases, especially dementia, is the degradation of the brain’s executive functions, like language, reasoning and memory. This creates an unfamiliar, sometimes scary world for patients. Music, painting and dance awaken different types of memories, ones that are not necessarily defined by words. “The creative arts get at that more implicit, non-verbal, sensory based memory that hasn’t degraded,” Matto said. She explained the arts create a familiar environment, transforming a strange world into one
that is recognizable. “We can’t just logically help people work themselves out of the agitated state,” Matto said. “We have to kind of create a different space for them that makes more sense, that’s more familiar, and that might be through music, through art or through Play-Doh.” The primary focus of the study is not whether creative arts can improve explicit memory or cognition, although the professors will conduct cognitive assessments on the participants. Matto said the team expects to see more results in terms of changes in mood and behavior regulation. Matto said the study timeline is not long enough to procure solid evidence for cognitive improvements. Even though cognition results are not the main focus, Matto said the research team is conducting the assessments because the literature suggests creative arts therapy may improve cognition. Also, Matto believes improvements in mood may be correlated with improvements in cognition. “I see them as all intertwined,” Matto said. “I do think cognition can be influenced by emotion and social interaction.” The team is emphasizing emotional states and behavioral control because improvement in those areas will likely improve the daily life of residents. Matto explained that certain aspects of assisted living are sometimes overlooked, and those aspects could create greater irritation with some
dementia symptoms. “In long term care facilities where isolation, depression and minimal social interaction can be the norm, activities and groups that bring people together and help them connect in meaningful ways can lead to enhanced mood for the resident, as well as enhanced morale for the residential community,” Matto said. Matto, Tompkins and Ihara are also addressing a gap in the research of creative arts therapy. Matto said the majority of previous studies have examined similar groups of people. In other words, relatively poor persons are not prominent in the research; the same goes for racially diverse populations. “Most of the current studies out there have looked at creative arts with demographically homogenous populations,” Matto said. “Our study expands the reach of the creative arts to a very low income and demographically diverse older adult population.” Absence of those populations in the research means there is a lack of evidence that MiM therapy will be effective for those particular groups of people. Matto says working with lower-income and more racially diverse adults could provide a basis for them to receive this kind of treatment. “We’re trying to see if this will benefit populations for who it has not been examined,” Matto said. “Those benefits may be then equally applied to preventing progression [of disease]
and enhancing health and well-being for populations that are vulnerable or more marginalized and maybe don’t get the kinds of treatments that other more well resourced facilities would get.” This goal of research participant diversity is one reason Matto said Birmingham Green was an ideal place to conduct the study. “The facility itself is kind of rare in that it serves a very low income and racially diverse population of older adults,” Matto said. Birmingham Green is a Health Center Commission which includes the counties of Prince William, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and the city of Alexandria. It is the Northern Virginia Health Center Commission, a non-profit organization. Joan Thomas, director of Community Relations at Birmingham Green, said the facility is a descendent of an alms house and has never stopped serving less fortunate members of the community. “Our mission is to serve the under-served,” Thomas said. “We providing housing and services for folks that may not have had success elsewhere,” Thomas said. “We have folks that have a lot of mental health challenges, and sometimes I think other facilities may be afraid of that. We’re not.”
Mason Lobbies advocates for millenials REEM NADEEM PRINT NEWS EDITOR
Interviews conducted by Ryan Thornton. For the third year in a row, students, faculty and alumni will advocate on behalf of several issues facing higher education institutions to Virginia legislators. On Jan. 29, Mason Lobbies will visit the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. According to a fact sheet released by Student Government, the goal of Mason Lobbies is to increase state funding by demonstrating Mason’s growth as an innovative institution. “Mason Lobbies is a day of advocacy where students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration join together to collectively advocate for Mason as ‘One Institution with One Voice,’” Kevin Jackson, senior and Mason Lobbies organizer, said. According to the fact sheet, the event aims to secure state funding for student financial aid, research funds and faculty and staff salaries this year. “Ultimately, we hope to show the General
Assembly that Mason is doing impressive things, and with their support and investment, our institution will be able to continue this positive trajectory,” Jackson said. Mason Lobbies provides students with the opportunity to discuss and interact with state legislators. According to sophomore and second time attendee Carolina Egli, Mason Lobbies takes government education farther than classrooms and textbooks can by providing an opportunity to directly participate in the process. “As a government student, it was eye-opening for me to visit the State Capitol and get a glimpse of how lobbying works at the state level,” Egli said. “Mason Lobbies provides insight into the political process that textbooks cannot provide. I was blessed with the opportunity to sit down and share my personal experiences at Mason with Senator Frank Ruff. As a student at GMU, it was rewarding for me to be a part of the policies affecting my school.” Jackson agreed the trip teaches about the legislative process in a way classrooms cannot. “This is also a great learning opportunity and exposes the inner workings of the Virginia legislature for those interested in serving in state
government in the future,” Jackson said. Interested students also get a unique opportunity to argue on behalf of any issues that are personally important to them. According to sophomore and first time attendee, Tyler Fisher, Mason Lobbies is an important chance to advocate for specific generation oriented goals. Fisher is president and founder of Common Sense Action, a bipartisan millennial policy organization. “The millennial population, which is filled with college students, is terribly misrepresented by our elected leaders across the country and efforts like these to advocate a millennial-minded agenda should not be passed up,” Fisher said. Egli said she prioritizes advocating on behalf of student financial aid, equal rights, community health, environmental friendliness and expanded research funding. “Colleges have always been the trailblazers for progress and GMU should continue to stand at the forefront of that in today’s age,” Egli said. While Mason Lobbies can be beneficial for students with an interest in government or passion for politics, the event can also be beneficial and enjoyable for the legislators as well.
“It puts a face to George Mason University when students travel to Richmond. When it comes down to it, the legislators really enjoy meeting with students,” Director of State Government Relations Mark Smith said. Smith said Mason is not always a priority for legislators who do not represent the Northern Virginia area, but when Mason students travel to Richmond and meet with those legislators it really hits home. “All of a sudden Senator ‘such and such’ can see why George Mason is an important legislative issue for them,” Smith said. Mason Lobbies began three years ago, thanks to former Student Body President, Jordan Foster, the goal of convincing Virginia legislators of the importance of investing state funds in Mason. “By allowing the Mason community to speak to legislators, we remind them of the important role Mason plays in our great commonwealth, not only for students, but also for constituents and the private sector,” Jackson said.
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Department of Homeland Security funds new cyber security software
NATALIA KOLENKO STAFF WRITER
A new cyber security product created by a Mason professor and graduate students was recently released into the commercial market with the help of small local business Kryptowire and the Department of Homeland Security. The product is software that specializes in brand protection, anti-piracy, analysis and software assurance for mobile applications. The product was developed at Mason by professor of computer science and Kryptowire CEO Angelos Stavrou and several graduate students. According to Stavrou, in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security granted Stavrou and his team $250,000 to fund the product. “[We] provided DHS with evidence that the technology has merits and Kryptowire LLC demonstrated that this technology could be indeed self-supported and commercialized as an enterprise product allowing the further funding and transition of this effort to government agencies,” Stavrou said. Government and private agencies alike will be able to use the product to search for security vulnerabilities on mobile apps, as well as archive them. Stavrou went on to say that the product is not an app. “The technology has two parts: an engine that collects mobile application information and a web portal where analysts can connect and access the information,” Stavrou said. “Analysts can formulate custom queries about mobile applications and use the portal to export and visualize stored information.” Through Kryptowire, the product was able to enter the commercial market. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Kryptowire was founded in 2011 by Stavrou and two
of his graduate students, Ryan Johnson and Brain Schulte. The DHS offered a second grant, this time to Kryptowire, to help them to continue to produce more products and sell them. Software like this one are just one small part of Mason’s contribution to the field of cyber security. “Mason has been on the forefront of developing solutions, both from a technical, management, and policy perspective,” said Christine Pommerening, professor of policy, government and international affairs. “For example, the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs has cooperated with the Department of Homeland Security on a risk management course for electric utilities. Mason also has the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security. And Dr. Sushil Jajodia and his Center for Secure Information Systems was established in 1990 as the first academic center in security at a U.S. university.” Richard Klimoski, professor of management and psychology, says that students may be particularly susceptible to cyber attacks. “Students may be especially vulnerable because of the propensity of younger people to be ‘early adopters’ of new technology or social media,” Klimoski said. “They also seem less concerned about personal privacy. All this makes it easier for criminals to take advantage of technical weaknesses of consumer products or devices or of information posted online.” Pommerening encourages students to strengthen their passwords, as it is the first and best defense for individuals. She went on to say that protecting personal systems and data is as basic as locking the door when leaving home. Klimoski said that cyber security is a key factor in national security, economic growth, and the well-being of people all over the globe.
Jean-Pierre Auffret, director of the executive degree programs at the Mason School of Business, said tough cyber defenses are necessary in an increasingly technology-dependent world. “As society becomes more and more reliant on information technology, cyber security likewise becomes more important to protect systems and networks from criminals, activists and even other countries,” Auffret said. “There are risks to critical infrastructure such as electric grid and banking systems, intellectual property including national defense and, increasingly, even cars and home automation.” While software like the one created by Stavrou and his team are examples of cyber security progress, Auffret believes the U.S. still as a long way to go. “I think the U.S. has a ways to go on developing a good framework for thinking about cyber security in the foreign policy context,” said Auffret via email. “For example, there is the challenge of attribution (identifying who has undertaken an attack) and then also the challenge of calibrating and deciding upon a response in light of the range of bilateral issues we might have with a country.”
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Summer camp for girls interested in STEM receives $25,000 grant AMY WOOLSEY STAFF WRITER
A summer camp designed by Mason’s STEM Accelerator program was awarded a $20,000 grant on Dec. 15 by Northern Virginia’s Business Women’s Giving Circle. Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM is a week-long camp aimed at middle-school girls. It seeks to stimulate and nurture students’ interest in science, math, engineering and technology, fields that continue to be dominated by men. “A lot of the time, women of color – people of color – have a lot against them to achieve in this area,” said Alicia Suchicital, a sophomore bioengineering major who served as a counselor for the camp. “I feel like this was a great opportunity for the girls to see that it can be overcome.” Although the camp is new, having launched for the first time in July 2014, the Giving Circle’s grants committee was intrigued by its ambition and potential. “We felt that the program that George Mason had put together through F.O.C.U.S. was very exciting because it would be targeting a hundred females of color,” said Faith Boettger, a founding member of the Giving Circle and co-chair of the grants committee. “It would have an impact by offering, obviously, STEM education but also the ability for these girls to have leadership and entrepreneurship involvement during the course of the program.” Mason was one of three organizations to receive a grant from the Giving Circle this year. Marymount University and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship each got $10,000 to support their own initiatives. All of the winning programs were chosen for their commitment to providing science and business education for girls in middle and high school. “We believe that the programs that we’re supporting in STEM get [girls] at that point where they’re most at risk of choosing not to follow through on some of their passions,” Boettger said. “The programs we’ve selected provide the girls with the support, the mentoring and the engagement that they need to continue to see this as a viable career option.” Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, director of the STEM Accelerator program, created Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM along with faculty members Claudette Davis and Kelly Knight. They were also helped by Danielle Blunt, a Mason alumnus and founder of the nonprofit organization GIRL, which provides educational and social support for teenage girls. “One of the big goals [of STEM Accelerator] is outreach and development of new educational programs,” Seshaiyer said. “So, along with several other things that we do – for example, we have programs for undergraduates – these are programs that are catered to work with K-12 students to
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get them interested in STEM.” Beyond its specific demographic, Females of Color Underrepresented in STEM is unique for its interdisciplinary structure. Each of the first four days involves activities related to a different letter of “STEM,” and the fifth is dedicated to 21st century skills: communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. At the end, students form groups and present what they learned to the public. 18 girls attended the program’s first session. It was a massive success, according to Seshaiyer. “They all overwhelmingly said this was something they did not expect and they were so thrilled they were a part of this camp,” Seshaiyer said. “They didn’t want it to stop. They wanted a continuation. All the parents were asking, ‘What next? How do you sustain this interest?’” Seshaiyer credits this success in large part to the program’s emphasis on practical and interactive learning. Instead of listening to lectures, students are encouraged to participate in creative projects, such as building roller-coasters to learn about physics or making DNA to learn about biology. “It’s very important for us educators to start changing our pedagogical practices, maybe move from a lecture-based to a more student-centered approach, where it’s more hands-on,” Seshaiyer said. “Our education system is very geared toward ‘here’s the mathematics, go solve the problem,’ but if you were to change that philosophy to ‘here’s the problem, let’s go find the math to do it,’ then it’s much more powerful.” Seshaiyer expects to have around 100 participants at this year’s camp as positive word-of-mouth spreads and he receives e-mails from interested parents, students and industry professionals. The Giving Circle grant money will be used to cover the extra expenses associated with growth, including more counselors, T-shirts for participants and scholarships for those unable to afford the $350 enrollment fee. “Having our funds coupled with the involvement of our members, we thought [F.O.C.U.S.] was just the perfect fit for the organization this year,” said Emily Daniels, co-chair of the Giving Circle grants committee. “We are so excited to be a part of helping them broaden the net that they can bring in girls under and hopefully lower the cost, which gives you even more access, more build.” For Suchicital, the camp’s success feels personal. As a counselor, she mentored the students, giving them advice about succeeding in school and pursuing a career in STEM. “It was really nice because I got to connect with some girls and I feel like I helped influence them to go toward STEM because I really think there needs to be more women in the field,” Suchicital said. “I would’ve really liked to have something like this when I was those girls’ age, but I figured it would be nice if I could go to bat for them because no one had done that for me. That’s why I chose to do it.”
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Mason alum turns wine interest into career
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(F.E.M.A.) full time while still moonlighting at the restaurant every evening.
The world of wine is ever expanding, especially in America. In an industry as old as civilization itself, it is hard to believe that business changes at a snails pace if at all. One proud George Mason alumni stands at the precipice of it all.
After a few years of dragging his knuckles in the public sector, Lampros felt that his life was better
struck. Later that year, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in a fury. “I was relieved in a selfish way that I wouldn’t have to live in a tent for months, but that feeling was balanced by the
Arthur Lampros is the co-owner of his family runned, Giorgio’s restaurant and Winestyles of Montclair. “I am encouraged to see George Mason has introduced a course in the business of wine,” Lampros said when asked about new wine business courses being taught at Mason. “I learned this business the hard way self taught and hands on, relying on my peers to help guide me, I wish I had a chance to take a course like this while I was still at Mason.”
Arthur Lampros has carved out a compelling and unique niche within the wine industry, but the future it seems is even brighter. Determined to change the landscape of the wine industry once more, Arthur is a founding partner in A.R.M. Beverage Management, a company that will hopefully redefine wine consulting, event planning, and private wine tastings.
But the story does not begin there. Lampros was raised in Burke, Virginia and decided to enroll at Mason because of his strong local and familial ties to the school. When reminiscing on his college days his story draws several parallels to current Mason students.
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“The worst thing I remember was parking. And there was a sub culture of ‘parking lot stalkers’ I remember trying to find parking and the worst thing would be following someone from the Johnson center all the way to the back of the parking lot behind the Patriot Center hoping to take their spot,” Lampros said. “Then they stop and say, ‘I’m not leaving!’ It was the worst.” Lampros studied hard, ran a valiant, though unsuccessful, campaign for student body president senior year, and for a brief moment, played on the Mason rugby team. Arthur graduated from Mason in 1993, but his time as a Patriot was colorful if nothing else. After graduation, Lampros continued working in restaurants as he had on weekends during his college career, but his love for wine and fine dining only intensified upon entering the real world. He worked for he American Hellenic Institute for a time, but the restaurant industry continued to call his name. In 1999, Arthur and his family had a deli nestled in the heart of Montclair, Virginia. In no time they had converted the small space into a fifty seat Mediterranean restaurant with customers lining up around the block for seats. In 2002, they bought the property just next door and expanded to a full service restaurant capable of hosting three times the number of guests. It was at this time that Arthur once again heard the call of public service. This time working at the Federal Emergency Management Agency
their already expanded restaurant became available just as they discovered the Midwestern wine shop franchise Winestyles was looking to expand in the D.C. Metro area. It was at this point that Arthur decided the wine business needed an overhaul. They merged the two entities creating a store that melded retail wine sales with a bistro atmosphere and menu supported by the restaurant with full wine service and a litany of wine tastings and educational events. Under their direction, Winestyles Montclair has broken sales records and stood at the top of Winestyles franchise list in sales and club membership winning the corporate offices’ both emerald and gold franchise designations. They are now the Virginia area developers for the corporate franchise, and the franchise at large has begun adopting their hybrid model nation wide.
Mason alum, Arthur Lampros, co-owns Giorgio’s restaurant and Winestyles of Montclair. fulfilled rejoining the world of fine dining and wine full time, an industry that he had grown up in and left him captivated in his youth. “I hit a moment when I was looking over some five hundred page brief that meant nothing to me,” Lampros said. “And that while a job in the government would provide me with comfort and a certain level of security, I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life, it didn’t hit that sweet spot (as wine did) for me.” Arthur left F.E.M.A to manage the restaurant full time in March of 2005, but soon after disaster
thought that I could have helped, but I already assumed so much responsibility at the restaurant that I couldn’t just leave,” Lampros said with an air of remorse looking back on the aftermath of his foray into public service. But Arthur and his family were hard pressed to stay complacent with their budding restaurant, and the world of wine continued to call Lampros’ name. They began to weigh their options, searching potential locations for a bar or wine shop. Fate however had different plans for the Lampros family. The location just next door to
“What better way to lighten the mood at the office, we’ll teach you about wine in a responsible and engaging manner without the perils of a holiday party gone wrong,” Arthur said when asked about the need for a company of this variety in the D.C. area. “We are looking to hire professional credentialed wine professionals to fill the void left by untrained, uneducated stock boys.” “College kids are the next generation of wine enthusiasts. There is more to wine than a box of Franzia or Boone’s Farm Blue Hawaiian. We can step in and help,” Lampros said. “Being a G.M.U. alum I am eager to see where this course goes. I think the wine business is a unique, multi faceted and complicated one that covers a breadth of academic topics including agriculture, history, economics, chemistry, and a unique perspective on global affairs. [This program] has the opportunity to tap into a huge culture culture of wine and food enthusiasts looking to break into this market. There are a lot of us out there.”
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Coming back to school after winter break can be tough. Here is how to start the semester off right:
1. Get excited Find ways to get yourself re-energized for the New Year and look forward to all the opportunities this semester could hold for you. Maybe plan a trip to visit friends at a different school or see a concert in D.C. If you are already waiting for spring break, try creating a countdown to give yourself a visual idea of the time you have left until then. Use a dry erase board to make a personalized countdown in your dorm room, or set up a easy countdown on your phone with apps like “Countdown Event Reminder” or “T-Zero Countdown Timer.”
2. Set goals and get organized It is easy to get behind on your school work (like you did last semester), but getting organized is an easy way to prevent yourself from a late night cramming or essay writing. Use free tools like the Gmail Calendar to keep track of your classes, assignments, and exams. Setting goals is another great way to have a productive semester. Make some second semester resolutions and actually write them down where you will see them. This way, you can remind yourself how you want to improve by the end of the semester and can work daily to achieve your goals.
3. Put yourself out there
Get social this semester and meet people outside of your close group of friends! Say hello to the person you sit next to in class, or join a new club on campus. Getting to know your teachers better by dropping by their office hours is not a bad idea either. You can also put yourself out there by try changing up your typical (perhaps boring) routine and trying something new! This can be as simple as changing up your bagel order at Einstein’s or going to see your first Center for the Arts performance on campus.
4. Work out and eat right Making sure you are taking care of yourself is vital in making sure your semester does not go sour. Make plans to go to the gym with a buddy or take advantage of the free fitness classes offered in the RAC and Aquatic Fitness Center. You can also try making little changes to your eating habits such as starting your meal at Southside off with a salad or limiting the nights a week you eat at Pilot House. While it is important to stay mindful of what you eat, be sure to treat yourself every now and then.
5. Follow through Getting yourself off to a good start in the semester is one thing, but following through with your workout routine and academic goals is another. Especially when Netflix starts calling your name. The most important thing to remember in avoiding the second semester slump is consistency. Keep motivated throughout the semester by checking in on your goal lists and staying on track. Don’t just hope for a great semester this year, make it one!
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Mason alums selected for music trasition program ALLISON LUNDY STAFF WRITER
Mason music students are making their mark on the D.C. area and even the world. Many music majors at Mason go on to perform in the D.C. area, so it is no surprise that a couple of Mason alum are finding great success.
area at a variety events. Her instrume. nt of choice is a classical guitar, which she uses to create folksy music with in-depth lyrics. She also sings and writes her own music. In January of 2014, she self-released her first album, “Dérive.” Marion defines “Dérive” as “the act of drifting” and says, “I happen to apply this practice to my songwriting, letting either instrument or idea guide me, so it seemed natural to name my upcoming album Dérive.”
She gets creative with her lyrics, exploring stories such as “Pluto losing planethood, (COURTESTY OF STRATHMORE) the Greek myth Marian McLaughlin is a George Mason University alumna. of Persephone, and Otto Lilienthal’s Marian McLaughlin, an Art and attempts at heavier-than-air-flight.” Music undergrad who graduated in 2009, and Cristian Perez, Mason’s Following the release of “Dérive,” first double-major in performance and she was featured on NPR’s All Songs jazz studies, have both been chosen to Considered, and even got a chance to participate in the Strathmore’s Artist- perform at NPR’s headquarters. in-Residency program. The Strathmore Cristian Perez is Argentinian guitaris a performing arts venue located in ist and composer who moved to the North Bethesda, Maryland. United States in 2002. Cristian selfThe program is an effort by the Strathmore to help amateur musicians transition into the professional world. It gives musicians the chance to perform live and work on their teaching and composition skills, and is also a great networking tool for the industry. Through the program, the two alumni will attend bi-monthly workshops. These workshops cover topics as varied as website building for musicians, how (COURTESTY OF STRATHMORE) musicians can do their own promotional work Mason alumnus, Cristian Perez, was the first double major in and how to lead bands. performance and jazz studies McLaughlin, upon graduating, began performing in the D.C.
taught himself to play guitar in his
teens and has been playing ever since. When he came to Mason, he studied classical guitar and delved into many different styles of music, including classical, jazz, and South American music. During his time here, he was also involved in a variety of ensembles and was a winner of the GMU Honors Recital several years in a row. Perez graduated with his Master’s degree in 2012, and, like Marion, began performing in the DC community. Marion and Cristian were accepted into the program last year, and began their workshops in September of 2014. “I’m honored to be a part of the tenth season of Strathmore’s Artists in Residence program,” McLaughlin said. “So far, I’ve attended a number of professional development workshops, with topics ranging from taxes for musicians to video production. I’ve met many talented musicians through this program, such as fellow Strathmore AIRs Mark Meadows (jazz pianist and songwriter), Rochelle Rice (contemporary vocalist and songwriter), Cristian Perez (classical guitarist), and invoke (string quartet).” Members of the program work closely together to develop themselves professionally. McLaughlin and Perez collaborated to compose a song for another performer last December. The alum also get the chance to perform at the Strathmore this year. Each program participant gets a performance month, in which they play multiple shows as well as leading outreach workshops. Cristian’s performance month is coming up in February and Marion’s is set for April.
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Too often workers find themselves stuck behind their desks for hours upon hours without any physical activity. Mason is implementing an event to encourage their faculty and staff to get more exercise, eat healthier and build community with other staff members. Hike to Ike’s will encourage Mason faculty and staff to walk to Ike’s for a discounted healthy lunch on Friday, January 30 from 11am to 2pm. Staff members will receive a discounted rate of
$8.00 for an all-you-care-to-eat healthy lunch at Ike’s. “It’s just for faculty and staff to get a healthy walk, a good nutritious lunch, get a discount and hangout with other faculty and staff,” Wendi Carroll, Life Work Connections specialist, said “We are always trying to do small things on campus to get people out so that people aren’t chained to their desks. The new thing is sitting at your desk is the new smoking. People aren’t getting out there and moving. They are at their desk, they aren’t as happy and they aren’t getting any exercise.” Slated to take place at the end of the January,
Hike to Ike’s will allow for Mason staff members to continue, or revive, their goals for the New Year. “We did it because at the beginning of the month, people are excited about their New Year’s resolutions,” Carroll said. “Then towards the end of the month some of those resolutions go by the wayside so this would be a nice way for folks to revive those resolutions and kind of keep it in the forefront!” Promoting good health and well-being in its staff is a major priority for Mason. Staff members are encouraged to take all aspects of their health seriously.
“We do a lot to try to spread wellness and well-being to faculty and staff, like financial well-being and physical well-being. And we are always trying to encourage people to take advantage of the different perks they have for working at Mason,” Carroll said. Hike to Ike’s as well as National Compliment Day and Go Red Day are events Mason encourages staff to participate in in order to gain awareness and to better their health and well-being.
A call to the classroom to teach, make change
As I entered my senior year in August, I struggled with the all too familiar question: What am I going to do with my life?
Throughout my college experience, I’ve had this question asked a number of times, and I’ve often been reluctant to answer. All that changed though when I started to rephrase the question. Instead of “what am I going to do,” I started to ask myself: “who do I want to become?” As I thought about that powerful question, I reflected on the path that brought me to Mason – one paved by my parents’ hard work and determination. My mother grew up in an economically-challenged town near Detroit. Despite society’s low expectations, she gained a college degree, climbed to the top of the corporate ladder, broke through the glass ceiling and fought for every opportunity she had. My father graduated with one of the first integrated high school classes in Savannah, GA. He faced discrimination and racism, yet he had a strong family of educators who always supported his decisions, despite what his school community thought of his capabilities. My parents are far from the only people who had to struggle for their right to an education. Across the country, just 6% of students from our lowest-income communities graduate college by the time they’re 25. These numbers aren’t a result of kids’ abilities – they’re a product of deeply entrenched systems of oppression that have denied low-income kids equal access to opportunity for decades. My parents rose above their respective challenges because they had a support system – at times just one person who told them they could transcend the statistics and low expectations for people who looked like them and achieve their dreams. In light of this and how it changed what was possible for me, I want to be part of supporting other kids facing the struggles of poverty and helping ensure they
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UPCOMING IN SPORTS
Men look to improve A-10 play Mason men’s basketball looks to improve on their poor A-10 play this season with a home game on Jan. 29 against Saint Louis and an away game on Jan. 31 against Duquense. The Patriots have gone 6-12 on the season -1-5 in the A-10 -- and look to bounce back.
Women’s basketball looks to keep up strong play The women’s team has seen a marked improvement in play this season already eclipsing their win total from all of last season. The Patriots will travel to VCU on Jan. 28 and return home on Jan. 31 to face George Washington.
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Mason’s track and field team will host their annual Patriot Games meet on Jan. 30 in the RAC. The event will be held in the Field House, and is the team’s second of three hosted indoor meets on the season.
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