FOURTH ESTATE September 21, 2015 | Volume 3 Issue 3 George Mason University’s official student news outlet gmufourthestate.com | @IVEstate
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Mason professors to be delegates at Paris climate conference MELISSA MOORE | STAFF WRITER
An official delegation consisting of several Mason representatives is headed to Paris at the end of November to attend the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COPs) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The delegation traveling to the U.N. climate convention, also known as COP21, will consist of Paul Schopf and Jagadish Shukla, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences professors; Michael Shank, media expert and adjunct professor in the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; and Neil Ransom, a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.
a burgeoning field of study and as cases of climate conflict become more commonplace… the academic conflict community must expand its theory and practice portfolio.” As a Ph.D. student and professor, Ransom plans to incorporate his experience into the courses he teaches. He will include units on climate change and help his student network with professionals.
As important as the conference may be, its purpose cannot be overplayed, Shank said. “The summit’s importance cannot be overstated, of course, as the Paris-induced goals and agreements are only the beginning,” Shank said. “Building international consensus around a common agenda isn’t easy.”
“The forum’s aim, ultimately, was to help Mason become a ‘leader in trans-disciplinary approaches to climate change curriculum, research and public engagement,’” explained Shank. “Mason has since become that leader and the school’s delegation to the U.N. climate talks in Paris is illustrative of Mason’s leadership at both governmental and non-governmental levels.”
Shank said that much of the work necessary for preventing global warming rests on individuals. “We can keep tons and tons of carbon dioxide out of the air simply by switching to a more plant-based diet,” he explained.
Members of the delegation will serve as observers throughout the conference to build networks while sharing solutions with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
One example can include switching from meat to soy protein, as it emits 150 times less the amount of green house gasses.
“The COPs are the key mechanism through which the UNFCC conducts its business,” said Schopf, Head of Delegation for Mason’s NGO representation at the summit. “The most important change [to come from the UNFCC] has become the concept that all countries, not just developed nations, will participate in reducing carbon emissions.”
The U.S. and China, along with other countries, have already submitted their INDCs, while “key players” such as India and Brazil have yet to announce their commitments. The representatives’ work at the conference will be beneficial to the Mason community, Shank said. “Bringing climate-related and Paris-based knowledge, experience, and relationships back to Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution will be critical for cultivating the school’s focus on climate conflict,” he explained. “This is
Another interesting aspect of the summit will be conversations between delegations from the U.S. and China. “This year’s summit is particularly important because the U.S. and China, two key players in the global climate negotiations, both seem committed to achieve an agreement in Paris,” Ransom said. “With these two players in place, it is hoped a long-term, strategic, and fair agreement can be reached.”
Shank attributes Mason’s leadership on climate change issues to the opportunity ahead, noting that it all began in February when the Mason Forum on Climate Change kicked off, and he was connected with Schopf and Shukla.
With that concept comes Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), climate action commitments submitted by individual countries that outline actions to be taken post-2020 in an effort to keep the planet’s temperature increase below two degrees centigrade, Schopf explained.
gas emissions so that global warming does not exceed two degrees centigrade,” Shukla said. “In the history of our planet, whenever the global temperatures were 2 degrees above the present value, the consequences were catastrophic, especially for sea level rise.”
“Eating less meat, which means using less water, grain, and land, will dramatically lighten your [carbon] footprint,” he continued. “We can do the same with our clothes and with our commute.” “It’s very doable and, most importantly, it’s necessary, as we can’t solely rely on nation-states to navigate the quickly warming planet,” Shank said. “It’s in our hands, too, not solely on Paris.” (MEGAN ZENDEK/FOURTH ESTATE)
“I feel lucky to have this opportunity and excited to be able to participate in the most important climate change event of the year,” Ransom said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to attend this conference and represent GMU’s graduate students.” The summit holds much importance, as the issue of climate change is gaining prominence worldwide. “The Paris climate conference is critical for the nations of the world to make commitments to reduce the greenhouse
Schopf said that if bold commitments are not made before and after Paris to prevent more greenhouse emissions from entering the atmosphere, communities will be at risk. “Whether it’s food scarcity, water insecurity, extreme weather, or resource wars, these threats are real. They’re happening now, and they’ll only get worse if we don’t act immediately,” Schopf said. Mason professors Andrew Light and Thomas Lovejoy will also be in attendance as part of the United States State Department Negotiating Team and the Global Environment Facility’s delegation, respectively, though they are not members of Mason’s delegation.
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ELLEN GLICKMAN | NEWS EDITOR
The Mason Grounds Shop is taking steps to add local flora and fauna to campus. While the average passerby enjoys these bursts of color, so do the bees. Archie Nesbitt supervises the Grounds Shop, which handles all landscaping on campus. He says this project has become one of the shop’s initiatives. “We’ve taken low-use areas or areas where we’ve had to remove plant material, and instead of converting it to turf, we’ve found we can get reliable results using a seed mix to have various garden flowers or wildflowers growing that will attract bees, butterflies and other wildlife,” Nesbitt said. Signs in these landscaping areas read, “Bumblebee Haven: Do Not Mow or Disturb.” Others are labeled as butterfly gardens, or simply “Wildflower Area.” Nesbitt said all these areas essentially serve the same purpose. “They all can be considered butterfly gardens, because they all attract solitary bees, honey bees, and various moths and butterflies,” Nesbitt said.
Generally, the areas host a wide variety of local flowers. For example, an area near the Aquia building is home to many types of flora, according to Nesbitt.
He hopes to renew this partnership and has been talking with teachers in the Mason LIFE program, although nothing is official yet.
“One of the wildflower areas [next to Aquia], it’s got yarrow, Queen Anne’s lace, lupines, coreopsis, and several other different types of wildflowers in it,” Nesbitt said. Molly Baldovin, assistant to the directors in the School of Music, appreciates the beauty of these areas. She said on a large campus filled with buildings, asphalt and concrete, the wildflower areas add much needed color and life. She discovered the existence of these wildflower areas one morning when Nesbitt found her picking some of the flowers. Baldovin was in Lot J that morning, and was in awe of the flowers planted in that parking lot. “I saw this blooming garden,” she said. “…I just thought it was beautiful.” Nesbitt took no issue with Baldovin picking the flowers. His reaction was just the opposite, she said.
In addition to adding beauty and attracting wildlife, Nesbitt said these areas reduce Grounds Shop maintenance.
“He was really excited I was taking part in what was there for everyone,” Baldovin said.“I thought I wanted to bring some of the beauty into my windowless office,” Baldovin said.
“In some areas, it’s just to reduce our maintenance or turn the maintenance of a difficult area and make it a little easier for us,” Nesbitt said. “We’ve found as long as we do those sorts of things, and we put up some proper signage so people know the intent, they’ll adjust to it relatively quickly.”
One of the wildflower areas — the combined butterfly garden and bumblebee haven located between the Thompson and Finley buildings — used to be maintained by the Mason LIFE program as part of a partnership with the Grounds Shop. However, Nesbitt said it petered out a few years ago.
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The old Mason LIFE butterfly garden between Finley Hall and Thompson Hall.
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Parking Services advocates carpooling to campus ELLEN GLICKMAN | NEWS EDITOR
As demand for parking has increased, Parking and Transportation Services has been encouraging students to share rides to campus. “We develop different ride share programs to help students find other carpool people or other students to carpool with to campus, and also to decrease our demand on parking as well as traffic traveling to and from campus,” said Marina Budimir, transportation coordinator for Parking and Transportation. She said there is simply not enough space to meet demand, which is why Parking and Transportation has developed various ride sharing programs. “Clearly we have way more people than we have parking spaces for, so what are some of the other things we can do to help alleviate the stress on students having to find parking?” Budimir said. The following is a list of carpooling options available to Mason students. Student carpool program This program gives various benefits to students who agree to carpool. The perks include 20 to 40 percent off parking permits, two free daily parking passes or five daily passes at half price. Students must apply if they want to become members of the carpool program. The application deadline is Monday, September 28. Carpool zones Campus carpool zones are sections of parking spaces reserved for students who share a vehicle. There are two zones on campus: one in Lot A and one on the first floor of Rappahannock parking deck. Budimir said there are 90 spots in the Lot A zone and 25 at Rappahannock. The zones are not usually filled on a daily basis, she said.
$35 in driving credit. She said two cars are located on Mason Pond Drive, one on the first level of Rappahannock and one in the upper corner of Lot R. She said the locations are meant to be convenient for on-campus students. “We kind of have them spread throughout campus so that the residential communities can get to them easily,” Budimir said. Biking Budimir said if students strongly value independent transportation, then biking is a viable option. “If it’s really about independence and saving time, I would really encourage students to try biking instead, because it’s also a one person decision.” Parking and Transportation has a bike registration program, and about 900 students have registered a bike, according to Budimir. There are also approximately 1,300 bike parking spaces on campus.
Budimir said the variety of transportation options hopefully allows students to find the most convenient travel alternative that best fits with their schedules. “The idea is that if we all just do a little bit, one day a week, two days per week, we can really impact the number of cars traveling to campus and the demand for parking,” Budimir said. She said that while driving alone might appear to be the easiest option, if more and more students choose that method, it will become increasingly difficult. “I think most people would prefer to decide themselves how they want to get to campus and driving alone is one of the most convenient ways,” Budimir said. “… It’s a very independent travel choice … but when you have thousands of students trying to do the same thing, that’s where we see the competition for space and parking on campus and it becomes more difficult.”
She said biking has definitely been becoming a more popular method of transportation, and her office is taking steps to accommodate this increase.
NOTICE: Users of public transportation can no longer count on the app NextBus
“We’ve been adding bike racks, and we’re in the process of adding a hundred more bike racks,” Budimir said.
now be found with the app Ride Systems. Budimir said Ride Systems provides the
She said Parking and Transportation recently hired a bike mechanic who provides free services to students.
this app in order to receive up-to-date information about Mason shuttle arrivals.
to let them know when the next Mason shuttle will arrive. That information can
same services as NextBus but at a lower price. She advised students to download
“We’re not at capacity so we haven’t had to expand it yet,” Budimir said. “However, if we get more students parking, and we need to expand it, it’s kind of designed for that because we’ll just move the barrier back to allow more space for people to park there.” Anyone can park in a carpool zone, regardless of membership status in the carpool program. The only requirement is that the vehicle has at least two people in it. According to Transportation Office literature, an attendant will be at the zones to ensure this rule is not violated. The zones are only active Monday through Friday, between 6 and 11 a.m. Zimride Zimride is Mason’s carpool network. Students can join and find other people to carpool with to campus. Budimir said the Mason network has approximately 3,500 members. Zipcar There are four Zipcars located on campus. Zipcar is a national car renting company. Once a member, a student can rent any Zipcar at any location, paying either by hour or by day. Budimir said that if a Mason student joins Zipcar, he or she will receive
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On campus: Peace Out- BYO Picnic for International Day of Peace
“Feels like I’m having class in the sauna”
TO DO THIS WEEK:
40th Annual Patriot Club Fall Golf Outing Bull Run Golf Club, 3520 James Madison Hwy
Fairfax Campus, Mason Pond
Haymarket, VA, 20169
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
@ITS_JFAYE_ Jessica LaReau
On campus: “Dear Professor, I will be absent from class today due to the fact that ITS LITERALLY 1000° IN EVERY BUILDING. Have fun, Ashley”
Off campus: Stories from Strawberry Park
2015 Fear 2 Freedom Dewberry Hall
Strawberry Park, Mosaic District
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
@ahhitsashleyy Ashley Hill
WEDNESDAY 9/23 Off campus:
On campus: “No A/C in the JC. How are people even still here? #dying #GMU #collegelife #toohottohandle”
Ageless Chinese Art: A Virginia Scholar’s Collection of Chinese Calligraphy and Paintings
Rave Fairfax Corner 14- Discount Movie Wednesday ($5.75 each)
Fairfax Campus, Art and Design Building, Lobby
11900 Palace Way, Fairfax, VA 22030 All day
@ohheyitscolinnn Colin Pierce
On campus: “Ac machine broke. Patriot Circle machine broke. Wifi machine broke. Mason employees machine broke. Motivation machine broke.”
Physical Well- Being Seminar: Healthy Cooking Demonstation
Half Price Thursdays for students at IHOP 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Pilot House 12 p.m.- 1 p.m.
High-5 for Off-Campus Students Fairfax Campus, Lot A (morning) and Lot K (afternoon) 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Off campus: Das Best Oktoberfest National Harbor 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Looking back on Mason Korea’s first two years NATALIA KOLENKO | ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
Mason Korea opened its doors in Songdo, South Korea in March 2014, and as a branch of Mason, it offers students more than just a chance to study abroad, but the chance to gain leadership skills that can be used internationally. Solon Simmons, Mason’s vice president for global strategy, said that while the Mason Korea campus may be in another country, it’s just like any other branch of Mason. “The best way to think about the Mason Korea campus is to see it the same way you would see the Prince William and Arlington campuses. It is simply an extension of the university on a global scale, much the same way as those other campuses are extensions of the Fairfax campus on a regional scale,” Simmons said. Mason Korea was the first international campus that Mason opened, and its fourth campus overall. Simmons continued that the international campus was created for a number of reasons. She said it brings the Mason name to East Asia and serves to translate the university’s American style of instruction to an international setting. Theses reasons can also be seen on the Mason Korea website. “For students as well as faculty, Mason Korea opens new possibilities for multilateral academic research involving Mason and other Asian partners, expands Mason’s alumni base in Asia, and opens the way to future opportunities in the region,” according to the Mason Korea website.
Simmons said a goal for Mason Korea is to see a thriving international campus where students learn to become global leaders in a safe and exciting setting. “I call this an American campus with Korean roots that serves as a dual gateway for students who want to come from the East to the West or vice versa,” Simmons said.
“A young person today will be subject to ever increasing pressure to speak more languages, know more about other cultures and be familiar with what it means to work with different kinds of people and in different global settings. Mason Korea helps you to do that in a small way and without any big risks of any kind,” Simmons said.
Sophomore Shantaia Johnson, who studied at Mason Korea for the spring 2015 semester, said her academics benefited greatly from studying abroad. She even made the dean’s list.
Senior Charlotte Gueye, who was at Mason Korea for the entire 2014-2015 academic year, said her experience in Korea helped her understand why students are encouraged to study abroad.
“The classes seemed easier in Korea. Since the classes were smaller than classes at GMU, it was easier to connect with the teachers,” Johnson said. “The students were harder to get along with because of the culture difference, but I made a few good friends. I had a lot of fun in Korea and I would love to go back.”
“I got to learn a new language, experience a culture new to me and eat a lot of delicious food. I also met so many people from all over the world studying abroad like I was,” Gueye said. “Because Korea is so different to the other places I’ve lived in, I was put out of my comfort zone. This helped me grow and learn how to adapt to places that are foreign to me more easily.”
In terms of how the campus is being funded, Simmons said the majority of money comes from tuition from its students and the Korean government. “In the startup phase, we are running the campus on a combination of tuition from Mason Korea direct admits, and a subsidy and interest free loans from the Korean government,” Simmons said. “In the long run, we will survive on the tuition and research dollars that we generate from having a self-supporting campus in the heart of Asia.” Simmons believes that studying at Mason Korea is a big benefit to students because it is important to be global citizen in today’s culture.
While Gueye said she had no complaints, some students like sophomore Taylor Gibson, who went to Mason Korea for the spring 2015 semester, had issues with the culture change at first. “It was difficult at first because we were kind of thrown into Korean culture without much help and expected to already know our way around the area. It was also difficult because if you didn’t fit into the stereotypical loud, outgoing, energetically American mold, some of the Korean students thought you weren’t happy to be there or didn’t try enough to meet people,” Gibson said. Gibson continued that although her visit was difficult, it helped her grow as a person. She said she made some great friends during her semester and learned to be more independent.
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Diana Gabaldon talks Mason Award, “Outlander,” Success SAVANNAH NORTON | LIFESTYLE EDITOR
Internationally bestselling novelist Diana Gabaldon will be appearing at the opening night of Mason’s Fall for the Book on September 27 to accept the 2015 Mason Award in Concert Hall on the Fairfax campus. Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander novels. The eight-book series, from 1991’s “Outlander” through 2014’s “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” has been published in 26 countries, 23 languages and has more than 26 million copies in print worldwide. The Mason Award, sponsored by the Fairfax Library Foundation, celebrates authors who have made an extraordinary contribution to connecting literature to the wide reading public. “I’m extremely honored by the award, as I’m sure all the people who’ve received it before me have been,” Gabaldon said. “Whenever I’m nominated for or receive such an award, though, I always wonder why. If one is lucky enough to become popular, is this evidence of particular virtue or effort?” Fall for the Book is a chance for authors and fans to connect and celebrate literature. The seven day festival, begins September 27 and goes through October 3. “Reading is more or less like breathing for me—constant, effortless and totally essential-but I know that’s not true for everyone,” said Gabaldon. She believes that lesiure reading is the key to exercising one’s imagination. “With rare exceptions, you don’t become anything by watching television, but it’s hard to read any book without temporarily becoming something more or other, and sometimes that becoming becomes part of you,” Gabaldon said. One of the reasons why people love to read is because they latch onto the characters and go with them on their journey. “People are gregarious primates,” Gabaldon said, “We’re hardwired by our genetics to be interested in each other. Add to this natural inclination the opportunity either to escape our own lives or to explore them and how could one resist?” She has a massive book and television show fan base from the book series. Claire and Jamie’s journey have become a global phenomenon, making it important for her to stay grounded in the mass of it all. “On the one hand, it’s completely surreal, and the day-to- day weirdness is enough to make anybody’s head spin,” Gabaldon said. ”...Ultimately, though, the bottom line is that I’m old enough not to feel any intrinsic difference in myself, regardless of what’s going on around me.” Gabaldon also takes time to communicate with fans and readers on Facebook and Twitter fairly often with shout outs, re-tweets and responses to fan questions. “Well, it takes some of my time, but not a tremendous amount,” she said. “It doesn’t change anything I do in terms of writing, though.
I mean, I’ve never written a word with any thought of what someone else would make of it—though as I have been in pretty much daily contact with the readers ever since I started writing, I know them pretty well, and I know what their response to this or that event is likely to be. The knowledge doesn’t in any way affect the likelihood or manner of my writing it, though. If one is lucky enough to have more than one reader, it’s clearly impossible to please everyone—so why try?” Fans jump on the opportunity to have a few moments to talk about all things Claire and Jamie Fraser with Gabaldon. Fall for the Book offered the public the chance to a VIP Reception before her reading to meet Gabaldon which sold out very quickly. Fans can still attend the award ceremony and reading event on September 27, but keep in mind that seats are on a first come first serve basis. Fans attending Fall for the Book would argue that Gabaldon is the most popular author attending this year’s events. “Well, I’m very flattered, though again, I’m not sure how they make that out,” Gabaldon said. “Do I sell more copies than the other authors? Do I have more likes on my Facebook page? Do I have more Twitter followers? Does any of that have anything to do with the quality of my books? Probably not, but I’m still flattered.” Gabaldon is currently writing the next “Outlander” installment, which may or may not be the final book in the series. “I don’t know,” said Gabaldon. “I think there’s probably another book after this one in the main series, and I know there’s a prequel about Jamie Fraser’s parents (and the Rising of 1715/19) and I know there’s certainly one (and probably more than one) more novel about Lord John Grey, and then there are all the novellas that kind of come along on their
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Diana Gabaldon, author of “Outlander” poses for a picture. own, so…no, probably not.”
Recovery month inspires hope, sparks conversation TATYANA WHITE-JENKINS | ASSISTANT LIFESTYLE EDITOR
Mason is celebrating National Recovery Month this September. In its 26th year, Recovery Month is a national observance created by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to educate Americans on the importance of recovery from substance use. According to SAMSHA’s official website, “Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.” Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education Services (WAVES) began holding Recovery Month activities in 2014 in order to support Mason students in recovery. “By celebrating Recovery Month in September, we can send the strong message that Mason is a supportive community for people in recovery from the very start of the academic year,” said Elaine Viccora, associate director of WAVES. “Socializing in college can be challenging for students in recovery. Too often, students in recovery will come to campus just for classes, believing there’s no fun or safe way for them to connect with other students.” In 2013, 22.3 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 were currently using illicit drugs and 59.4 percent were current drinkers, according to SAMSHA. Celebrating Recovery Month is important on college campuses where many students are dealing with past or current addictions. Although Mason has not conducted a survey of its own, Viccora, through comparing other universities’ surveys, estimates that 500 to 750 students are in recovery at Mason. “We also know that a percentage of these students have attended school elsewhere, had their academics derailed by their addiction, got sober and then came to Mason to finish their degree,” said Viccora. “During September and throughout the year, WAVES aims to connect students in recovery to available resources and each other.” Although it is geared toward supporting students in recovery, the month also serves as an educational opportunity and a way to volunteer on campus.
“For freshmen students, it provides a chance to learn more about alcohol and drugs in relation to recovery and addiction at a very influential and vulnerable time in their lives,” said WAVES recovery coordinator, Matt Wills. “For more seasoned undergrads, Recovery Month provides them with events to attend or volunteer at, as well as information to pass on to others.” As a student in recovery, Wills feels a personal connection to Recovery Month. Because he knows how it feels to be a student in recovery, Wills is motivated to create an accepting and fun environment for other Mason students. “I am a student in recovery, and what that means to me is that I have not had drugs or alcohol in over 20 months. That also means that part of my recovery includes spreading awareness and increasing knowledge and education concerning recovery and addiction,” said Wills. “I am a human being and a student, and I like to go out, be social, and do fun things. I want students who might be contemplating recovery or are in support of recovery, to know that there are so many of us out there, that they are not alone, and that we have a safe environment to share and do lots of cool stuff !” Recovery Month at Mason includes several events, which started with Party Sober!, an afternoon of pizza and games, during Welcome Week and will conclude with a screening of the documentary, “The Anonymous People,” on September 24 in the Johnson Center Cinema. The film recognizes and celebrates the hard work of those in recovery. “Whether you’re in recovery, know someone who is, or are an ally of the recovery cause, you will be moved and energized,” said Viccora. In preparing for the screening and Recovery Month as a whole, WAVES partnered with Mason’s chapter of Active Minds, an organization focused on reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues. According to SAMSHA, an estimated 7.7 million adults ages 18
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and older had co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders in 2013. Emily Swain, president of Active Minds, was eager to get involved in Recovery Month because of the link between mental health and substance abuse. “Oftentimes, there is a relationship between mental illness and addiction,” said Swain. “Mental illness can cause or heighten dependence on substances and substance abuse can often heighten or cause new symptoms of an individual’s illness. Addiction and mental illness often face overlapping issues of stigma.” By shedding light on issues of recovery and mental illness, Recovery Month sparks a much-needed conversation on college campuses. “Addiction and substance abuse is something that isn’t talked about on college campuses but it impacts so many people. By talking about the issues we face – as students, as young adults, as humans – we can begin to lift the burden and power these issues hold over us,” said Swain. “Through efforts on campus like Recovery Month and The Anonymous People screening, a culture of support and a culture of community is being created at Mason.”
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Class of 2016 gives semester advice to Class of 2019 TAYLOR WICHTENDAHL | STAFF WRITER
matter most to us,” Mehaffey said.
The first is proper extracurricular activity management.
College is a time when it is easy for students to become so focused on building their resumes and maintaining their grades that they forget to make time for self-care. Students should take a break once in awhile to do the things that rejuvenate them.
Seniors Courtney Simmons and Colin Mehaffey say students should focus on one or two clubs or organizations they truly care about to avoid overcommitting.
“You won’t be sorry that you did,” Mehaffey says. “And you may start to notice the world around you more than you have in a long time.”
“I was so worried about not disappointing anyone and always being available, whether for a tour or a shift at work or being a tutor, that when it really mattered I was unable to give proper attention to the important things in my life,” said Mehaffey, who is a theater major.
Thomas Moserowitz, a communications major, echoed these statements. He encourages students to seriously consider each club before they commit to joining.
Most graduating seniors can recall some wise words or tips they received while at Mason. Now, it is their turn to offer advice to the Class of 2019, who arrived on campus just last month.
Simmons, a communications major, points out that college became much more manageable for her when she learned to say no. She says she was able to focus better her schoolwork and to form “really deep relationships with a smaller amount of truly amazing people.” Simmons cautions, however, that getting involved as a freshman is important to feeling at home in college. She says students should not stop participating in their favorite activities, but they should focus their energy toward the few they love most. Mehaffey learned the same thing freshman year. “We all need to take the occasional step back from the rush of day-to-day motions and take time for ourselves and the ones who
“You should make sure you have enough time to work on your school work and making friends,” said Moserowitz. “Ask yourself if the club benefits you. Think about if you will be able to meet friends in this club.” The Class of 2016 also recommends freshmen take time to cultivate new friendships. During her freshman year, psychology major Katherynn Barlow almost missed out on making one of her dearest friends. She and her roommate had some trouble getting along their first semester, which caused Barlow to foster a negative attitude and focus only on her roommate’s unfavorable habits.
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Eventually, with the help of their resident advisor, Barlow and her roommate started working to compromise. Three years later, they are living together as best friends. In fact, Barlow is getting married next year, and that very same roommate is going to be her maid of honor. “You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate, but it’s what you make of it,” Barlow said. “Try to have a positive cohabitation experience... It is difficult to live with someone new, but you never know what will happen past the initial hurdles of trying to live together.” Barlow’s statement can be applied to multiple facets of the college experience. A good attitude can make all the difference when it comes to a tough professor or a tricky group project. Members of the Class of 2016 also advise freshmen to take their academics seriously and not to procrastinate. Mehaffey admits that he had trouble with putting his work off earlier in college, and that
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it’s still affecting his academics. “Don’t procrastinate!” he warns, “Now I’m paying the price, re-taking a couple courses and I will be overloading my last semester just to be sure I finish on time.” Moserowitz also encourages good time management. A tight schedule might seem difficult to commit to initially, but it can save a student stress and confusion down the road. Seniors have advice for the classroom as well. Barlow stresses the advantages of sitting in the front row a class. While it may seem uncomfortable at first, doing so can improve focus and help students feel more comfortable asking questions. The seniors also warn the Class of 2019 not to cram before tests or skip classes. “Studies have shown that if you stop studying to get a few hours of sleep in before an exam, you will do much better than cramming in an all-nighter,” said Barlow, who explained that sleeping gives your brain time to process new information. Going to class is equally important, Barlow says, since not doing so can mean missing out on a lot more than you expect you will. Sometimes professors will provide extra information for the exams or work through difficult problems from the week’s homework. Instructors may even give extra credit to students who come to class regularly, and they are usually more willing to write letters of recommendation for students who have displayed academic commitment in their classrooms. Last but not least, Simmons recommends students remember to dress for the wet Fairfax weather. “Buy a raincoat, rain boots, and an umbrella. Class doesn’t stop if it’s raining and you still need to walk across campus to class.”
Indie-pop band The Duskwhales surge The concept explains a few core issues surrounding the music scene in this area. Most notably, the absence of a support system fatally hinders bands’ progress. “It’s a lot like driving in D.C.,” said Majewski. “Everyone is driving like crazy, trying to screw over the next person and get to where they’re going fast. We don’t need more of those kinds of drivers. Nobody is stopping to help one another.” Still, for all the problems in the area, the Masoncentric scene is at least attempting to recover.
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One up-and-coming Fairfax band, the Duskwhales, is capturing what it means to successfully blend different sounds and styles. But recently, the band has noticed some problems in the local music scene and hopes to address some of them through its special approach. The Duskwhales are comprised of Mason student Chris Baker (drums) and fellow locals, Brian Majewski (keyboards) and Seth Flynn (guitar/vocals). The band crafts a rich soundscape of spry keyboards and organs, driving guitars and intense, polyrhythmic percussion. Think the Doors’ jazzy tone meets garage grunge edge. The trio’s history spans several years, having seen a backlog of past members and slow popularity, but the close-knit group has lately become a truly promising local band. The Duskwhale’s humble origins may have contributed to their contemporary success. “We’ve all known each other for a very long time,” said Majewski. “We started as just a high school band – a hobby.”
Cat. Fairfax’s Epicure Café has also served as a backdrop for the band’s rise to success. The quaint spot was one of the first venues to host The Duskwhales, and it soon became a common stomping ground for the trio. However, for all the love the Northern Virginia region has shown The Duskwhales, the usual pitfalls of the local music scene highlighted in this column still remain a definite factor for the group’s future. “One thing we struggle with is that this music scene isn’t really geared towards us,” said Majewski. “There isn’t much of the scene that works with bands with our sound.” The issue of inclusivity among genres is a major problem locally. Instead of operating as a cohesive community, the music scene is divided into exclusive bubbles, many of which are geared only toward affluence. In short, this music scene lacks a sense of collaboration and selflessness.
The Duskwhales started out with six members and has downsized over time.
“We’ve played a lot of locations out of state,” said Majewski, “and everyone always seems very willing to help you in those areas. Other scenes are so connected, and down here it’s so distant. It’s almost – and I don’t want to sound too negative – hostile.”
“We’ve been a trio for about a year and a half,” said Baker. “We just sort of settled into it, and it’s stuck ever since.”
Baker added that he feels that ideals such as profit and marketability dominate the area’s music community.
Most bands, especially those started in high school, tend to fall apart after a short period of time. The Duskwhales, however, have managed to emerge from the chaos in one piece. After sitting with the band for even just a few minutes, it’s easy to see the reason for its success: each member brings confidence, positivity and professionalism to his craft.
“After playing and touring away from home so much,” said Flynn, “let’s just say we’ve had a lot of thoughts about this area.”
“Among [us three],” said Majewski, “we’ve basically only got school, work, and the band. And for me, the band is gradually becoming more a job, and my job is becoming more of the hobby.” The band has the work ethic of a talented and polished group of musicians, and they certainly have the track record to back up their sound. The Duskwhales have graced the stages of prominent local venues, such as Jammin’ Java, Rock & Roll Hotel and Black
Recognizing an issue with the music scene is a step many bands are required to take. However, few manage to suggest a potential solution. The Duskwhales noted a lack of a supporting presence in the area, and they drummed up an intriguing, provocative viewpoint. “I call it the ‘Layman Theory,’” said Baker. “A layman, in religious terms, is someone in the congregation – not a member of the clergy – who assist in any way they can, like helping with services, putting on events, and more. We need people like that [in our music scene]. We need more laymen, people who put shows on, promote the art. We need more middlemen.”
“It’s great when you’ve got people like Caroline (COURTESY OF CONNOR SMITH) [Weinroth, President of Music Productions Club] working to try and formulate a real scene here,” said Baker. “People like her are the people we need. Putting on shows, helping other bands just to help.” As for the future, The Duskwhales have already begun the recording process of a new album. “We’re gearing up to tour again in the summer,” said Baker. “Ideally we’ll have the album out by the spring, and we’ll probably try to push down to the south and west.” The short-term objective is to make the rounds at college campuses and capitalize on the swelling populations at house shows in towns like Richmond, Harrisonburg and Williamsburg. “In terms of Mason-centric things, we’ve already been involved in some events on campus,” said Baker. The band performed at the most recent Mason Day concert. “We’re trying to get more stuff working for the fall. If not, hopefully we’ll get going in the spring here.” “The goal now is to just get working and get the material out,” said Flynn. “We’ve got a lot to share.”
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Earlier this month, the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) hosted National Suicide Prevention Week to promote suicide awareness. The theme for this year’s prevention week, held Sept. 7 through Sept. 13, was “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.” The goal was to spread the message that suicide is a preventable cause of too many premature deaths. Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) hosted several events in conjunction with its subsidiary organization, Mason CARES (Campus Awareness, Referral and Education for Suicide Prevention), to promote AAS’s efforts. CAPS hosted Chalk it Up Monday, Sept. 8, on the outside patio of Fenwick Library. This event allowed students to write their thoughts in honor of the the lives lost to suicide. Other Mason organizations teamed up with CAPS to help with the event, including Active Minds, a non-profit organization that advocates for the awareness of mental heath on college campuses nationwide; ODIME (Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education); and WAVES (Wellness, Alcohol, Violence and Education Services). Light Up a Life was held Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the George Mason Statue. At this event, which resembled a candle-light vigil, students decorated luminary bags to commemorate lives lost to suicide. “Inside Out,” the new Disney-Pixar film that highlights the importance of emotional well-being, was shown Friday, Sept. 11, in the Johnson Center Cinema. Mason’s celebration of Suicide Prevention Week ended Sunday, Sept. 13, with the Out of Darkness Walk at Fairfax Corner. Mason CARES teamed up with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and other allies to walk three miles to raise awareness for mental health needs, fight against the stigma of suicide and honor all who have died by suicide. All of these functions were held to underscore the special importance of suicide prevention on college campuses. Each year,
healthy and caring campus community,” according to Meehan. Meehan reminds students that even though people often think counseling is just for people who are struggling, CAPS also offers other services for students “who are exploring their identities, relationships and other aspects of their experience at Mason.” For example, CAPS’s group therapy program gives students a chance to learn about connecting with others, hear peer feedback and receive support for everyday challenges. CAPS also offers mindfulness workshops, which can help students learn to “regulate emotions and manage stress,” according to Meehan. Mason CARES, a subsidiary of CAPS, hosts two-hour G8Keeper training sessions, which “aim to prepare students, faculty and staff to be ready to provide support when they recognize a student is in distress or crisis,” said Li. The training teaches participants about the warning signs of suicide and the proper responses, including when and how to refer students to professional resources.
“By elevating this topic we After a week of raising awareness for such a powerful cause, there [ M a s o n are lessons that CAPS wants students to remember. One of the C A R E S most important things staff members tried to communicate to a n d students is that being there for a friend in need is one of the most C A P S ] important things one can do to prevent suicide. Knowing when hope to someone might need professional support is key. (AMY ROSE/ FOURTH ESTATE) increase awareness “Reaching out to someone to express concern sends a powerful and engage our community in efforts to reduce the incidence of message that you care and that your friend is not alone,” Meehan suicide through education and training,” said Yujing Li, gradu- said. ate project manager for Mason CARES. AU T H E N T I C N E W YO R K ST Y L E The goal is to make every member of the community feel comfortable enough to use the resources available and to recognize warning signs in their peers, she added. Executive Director of CAPS B ROOK LY N | B RONX | T RIB ORO Dr. Barbara Meehan, Ph.D., believes that the university has prioritized well-being and embraced the suicide prevention and mental health promotion efforts put forth by CAPS. CAPS provides a range of free psycholigical services to students, faculty and staff, including sessions with clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, learning specialists and access to psychiatric providers. In addition, CAPS was recently awarded a grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which has been used to fund heath awareness campaigns, gatekeeper trainings and the general “development of a
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Healthy, active and in college KALEEL WEATHERLY | STAFF WRITER
For many busy college students, diet and exercise can often take a backseat to studying and extracurricular activities. According to Lois Durant, Mason’s registered dietician, freshman students can expect to gain between seven to ten pounds. To avoid this, she advises students to avoid eating unhealthy foods and add exercise into their daily routine. “Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are the ones [students] should include in their diets daily,” Durant said. “A variety of colors in their diet and protein would be best.” She also points out that they should consume meat substitutes, like beans, peas, nuts, and seeds. However, this is easier said than done. Planning meals throughout the day could be a difficult task for on campus students without kitchens. “The general rule is for students to eat three meals and three snacks a day. Smaller meals and smaller snacks would be better,” Durant advises. Durant also mentioned that Mason will soon be launching, “Mason Dining Wellness Meals,” which will be focused on helping resident students pick out healthy choices for every on campus meal. Eating healthy is just one half of the equation. Adding in exercise, like weight lifting, jogging or yoga, is another important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “Exercises like resistance training, cardiovascular exercises, yoga, and flexibility exercises will be beneficial to students. It is important
that they stretch their muscles as well,” Durant says. Junior Lottye Lockhart makes sure she gets cardio training in a few times a week. “I, in fact, do go running twice a week at a minimum. I also really like our spinning classes and yoga classes, mainly because people I know are teaching them,” Lockhart said. Motivated to keep her active lifestyle going, Lockhart went off campus to find a personal trainer to work out with in Arlington, Virginia. She feels different about herself after a workout than she does if she hasn’t participated in any activity for a couple of days. “When you work out, your body releases endorphins, which makes you happy. When you’re working out, you just feel so much better. I think that it helps your mental health,” Lockhart said. Lockhart also consumes protein shakes after most of her workouts to stay physically fit and recommends that students eat breakfast, because there are healthy food choices provided like pears and peaches. As a student, she also understands that keeping up with a healthy
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Spinning into shape at Mason COURTNEY HOFFMAN | SPORTS EDITOR
If you’re feeling lazy, or are instantly regretting the third cookie you just shoveled into your mouth, then head to a Mason spin class. Spin classes are an excellent way to burn calories, build muscle and have fun while exercising. Designed to benefit people of all fitness levels, the classes, offered Monday through Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, are popular among pros and novices alike. Throughout the class, you get to bike along to upbeat music to get your rhythm going and keep your legs moving. Those new to spinning find it to be a great way to start getting in shape from scratch. Though students are asked to turn up the resistance on their bikes at different points during a given session, intensity can be adjusted according to each person’s unique physical capabilities. And unlike the label on a 12-pound dumbbell, for example, a cyclist’s resistance level cannot be viewed by other participants, allowing everyone to pedal at their own pace without judgment. For students bored by less-than-challenging fitness classes, spinning is one of the best ways get a high-quality workout in a short amount of time. Each session lasts only one hour, but attendees are sure to leave sweatier and stronger than they were when they arrived.
Most importantly, spin classes offer a wide variety of health benefits. Biking has less of an impact on joints than running on a treadmill does, but it’s able to strengthen leg, hip and rear muscles just as effectively. The sport also boosts upper body strength, contrary to popular belief, which is why students are often asked to stand as they pedal. Mason Recreation makes it easy for students to start spinning. While some fitness classes like yoga require students to purchase a Gold Package to attend, spin sessions, which come as part of the free Green Package, are free. Classes are offered throughout the week to accommodate students’ full schedules. There is a 6 a.m. session for students who like to be up and active before sunrise, and there are afternoon and evening slots for later risers. Students unable to make it to weekday classes can attend Saturdays at 11 a.m. Any student planning to check out a spin class should bring a water bottle and small towel. Sessions are nonstop, and participants will find themselves thirsty and in need of something to use to dry their sweat. While stopping for a water break is allowed, past attendees have found that the experience is more satisfying when completed without pause.
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Mason teams bring home four losses this week COURTNEY HOFFMAN | SPORTS EDITOR
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Last week was a sad week for Mason athletes as four teams came home with losses under their belts. On Sunday, September 13 both the men’s and women’s soccer teams lost their games. The men fell to Hofstra 1-2 in the Capital Cup and the women fell to Wake Forest 0-1. Women’s soccer took on Old Dominion on Friday and fell 1-3.
Women’s volleyball played in the Air Force Academy Omni Invitational, but came out 0-3. This loss came on the heels of a loss at the Jack Kaiser Volleyball Classic on September 12. The women’s team takes on Mason’s rival, George Washington University on Friday, September 25.
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The teams are now looking forward to this week’s games to try and turn the tables and bring home victories for the Patriots. Look forward to another week of away games before the Patriots begin a stretch of home games beginning September 28.
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Men’s golf participated in the Navy Fall Classic but failed to make it into the top 3, ending in fourth out of ten teams. They are participating in the Janney Virginia Commonwealth University Shootout in Richmond beginning Monday, September 21.
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