FOURTH ESTATE Oct. 20, 2014 | Volume 2 Issue 7 George Mason University’s official student news outlet gmufourthestate.com | @IVEstate
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While many gay and lesbian Americans see “coming out” as a major life event, some who identify as bisexual, transgender or other identities face greater obstacles with the concept.
Fenwick Library crane leaves campus The crane above the Fenwick Library construction has amassed a large student following on social networks, but is leaving campus.
Health Services gives discounted flu vaccine at clinics Mason Student Health Services is hosting flu vaccine clinics with $20 shots for students and $25 for faculty and staff.
Facilities & Buildings Schedule Update
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Significant design renovations to bring the building up to safety codes have delayed construction - Expected to be ready for occupancy by the spring semester -
- 38 students relocated from Piedmont Hall on Sep. 13 due to flooding caused by a hairline fracture in a pipe on the fifth floor - Repairs have been completed and students were able to move back in late September
- Tunnel being built underneath Chain Bridge Road - Will connect East Campus to West Campus - Scheduled to be completed in December 2014
- Rennovations to begin in the summer of 2015 - Classrooms to receive new technology updates focusing on “active-style” learning - Third floor to include group study rooms and private study spaces
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New fire and police headquarters to be built in Fairfax REEM NADEEM STAFF WRITER
A new public safety building housing Fairfax County Police headquarters as well as the Firemen’s headquarters and other offices will be ready for use in spring 2017. The new building will be one of the first in Fairfax County to have energy efficient LED lights used throughout the entire building. According to Fairfax County’s website, the building will meet LEED Silver certification and will have several other environmentally friendly features, including green roofs and low-flow plumbing fixtures. “We looked for an example, you know regionally, to see if anybody else had done one with all LEDs and we couldn’t find it, all they had was like a conference room here and there. And so what we expect is that this building, with LED lights, will be almost like a model for others. We expect people to want to tour it, we expect other architects to come and see it, see how it’s doing,” said Andrew Miller, the project coordinator at the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. Both fire department and police
department headquarters are currently housed in the Massey Building, located on Chain Bridge Rd. The Massey Building was constructed in the 1960s and contains several old materials that have been found dangerous. “The Massey Building was built in the ‘60s,” Miller said. “It has a lot of materials they used at the time including asbestos - at the time was not known to be unsafe. And so as they try to retrofit or do anything to it, they keep encountering asbestos and so it’s very hard to make Massey work the way they need it to work.” According to Miller, the building also does not meet the departments’ IT needs. The heating and air conditioning systems of Massey are so old that companies no longer make the parts needed to fix them. Though these issues may seem fixable, renovating Massey would not have provided the growing departments with the space they need. The Massey Building can only accommodate approximately 463 employees. “If you were to go down to some of the floors here, some of the sections where the detectives are housed, they’re kind of just crammed,” said Public Information Officer Roger Roger Henriquez said. “From an
organizational standpoint, I could tell you it’d be a lot better to have space, and you have more space for them to actually work out of.” The new building will be built for the departments approximate needs in 2030. According to the county website, the new building will have space for 700 employees and will take up 274,000 square feet. The new building will have 8 stories and an 850-space parking garage. “Departments [are] going to continue to grow just because as the number of citizens increases in the county, that number generally tends to drive up the department size,” Henriquez said. However, even if the Massey Building provided the departments with necessary space, the amount of asbestos and other materials proved to be a hazard would make renovating difficult, according to the county website. Because the new building will have room for both departments to grow, some offices within each department that were previously housed separately will be able to come together. According to Henriquez, these offices include Central Records, Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention offices. The new building will provide a
better opportunity for Fire and Police Departments to better do their work, according to Henriquez. “I like to say that our service is already good, it’s already great. If anything, our service is going to get better with us being there,” Henriquez said. Though Massey is conveniently located next to the Adult Detention Center and the county courthouse, the new building will be next to the Fairfax County Government Center, the Herrity Building. According to Henriquez, this change in location brings more positives than negatives. “So, people who would come over to the Herrity Building for site permits can now go next door and take care of their Fire Marshall needs instead of
having to drive to a different location,” Miller said. The change in location may impact citizens as well. Once the Massey Building is empty and fewer cars are parked in the complex, residents attending court may have an easier time finding their way to the courthouse. “I know that when residents come through and they have to go to court, as I’m walking in I’ll get [asked] two or three times every morning, ‘Where am I going?’ As opposed to, if we’re not here anymore, both lots you can open right up, everyone I think will have a lot easier access too,” Henriquez said.
“Departments [are] going to continue to grow because as the number of citizens increases in the country, that number generally tends to drive up the department size.” -Roger Henriquez, Public Information Officer
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Hiring policies focus on workplace diversity action. In addition to showing that perceptions of self-interest affect people’s attitudes, the study suggested that when employees know that their Affirmative action policies play a significant organization has an affirmative action policy, role in Mason’s push for diversity. it can not only negatively affect their opinions In addition to following federal and state of other employees who are part of an identity guidelines for affirmative action and diversity targeted by affirmative action, but it can affect hiring policies, Mason has a non-discrimination how an employee who might have been hired policy of its own called Policy 1201. through affirmative action policies perceives their “That’s our policy and commitment and legal own competence. compliance not to discriminate on the basis of “[For] people who belong to an affirmative any protected category,” said Rory Muhammad, action target group, it’s sort of a catch-22,” the associate director/chief investigator and Kravitz said. “Without the affirmative action Title IX coordinator in the Office of plan, they’re not going to get a job, Compliance, Diversity and Ethics. or they’re less likely to. If they do get He listed race, gender, religion, a job, the presence of an affirmative national origin and disability status, action plan makes it hard for them to among others, as categories protectdo a good job and causes other people ed by Mason under this policy, which to assume they’re doing a bad job.” says that the university is “committed Mason’s Office of Compliance, to providing equal opportunity and an Diversity and Ethics is responsible for educational and work environment free enforcing the university’s affirmative from any discrimination,” according to action policy and for addressing allegathe University Policy website. tions of discrimination and harassment. Mason’s faculty hiring process “When you combine the allegations involves getting each job posting of sexual harassment as well as the approved by the relevant department allegations of discrimination around and by the Office of Human Resources the various protective categories I and Payroll. A search committee is then mentioned, we get [complaints] on formed to find, review and recommend a regular basis,” Muhammad said, viable candidates. At least one member adding that his office addresses every of this committee is required to attend complaint it receives regardless of training offered by HR and the CDE. severity. In an email, HR Executive Assistant CDE has two different methods for Hollis Colie pointed to professional or investigating discrimination complaints: related experience and education as informal, which is typically just a the criteria that Mason considers most conversation or mediation between important when evaluating possible job the parties involved, and formal, which candidates for faculty or staff positions. can involve anything from training to a A toolkit assembled by the Office (LAURA BAKER/FOURTH ESTATE) suspension or termination of employof Human Resources and Payroll for ment. The determination for which “They’re supposed to use fair procedures to hire the best people. They’re employee search committee members course the office will follow for a particlists enthusiasm, interest in Mason, not allowed to use quotas. They’re not supposed to use preferences.” ular case is often made by the person confidence and speaking well among who filed the complaint. the ideal characteristics for poten-David Kravitz, Mason School of Business professor Harris says that getting faculty, staff tial candidates. It also explicitly tells and administrators from all different search committees to not include quesrequirements for non-discriminatory hiring and on affirmative action and diversity issues since departments involved in conversations about tions that directly relate to a candidate’s race, employment practices for U.S. government agen- the late 1980s and early 1990s. He found that diversity is important to combatting discrimgender, marital or family status and disabilities in cies and contractors, including public schools. one of the biggest differences between those who ination and related workplace tension. The interviews. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, support affirmative action policies and those who Office of University Life, which the Women and However, this does not mean that Mason this executive order prohibits discrimination oppose them is the misconception that affirma- Gender Studies Center works through, hosts completely ignores diversity as a factor when based on “race, creed, color or national origin.” tive action forces companies to hire unqualified regular diversity workshops, where faculty can looking to hire new faculty and staff. According to Mason School of Business minorities to the detriment of qualified white discuss conflicts they might have had with other Latashia Harris, the associate director for the professor David Kravitz, Executive Order 11246 men. He says that people who recognize that colleagues and how they might be affecting each Mason Women and Gender Studies Center, orig- requires organizations to analyze their workforce affirmative action is not about quotas tend to other. inally came to the university to be the center’s in terms of race and gender and to compare support it, though it is difficult to ensure that all “We have those spaces to come and talk about program coordinator and cites the job posting, their current distribution to the gender and companies are implementing their affirmative it all the time,” Harris said. “I think that’s… which mentioned a particular interest in people racial distribution of “qualified people in the action policies properly. beneficial, because I don’t think that’s something of color and sexual minorities, as a key reason relevant labor market.” For example, if Mason Kravitz, along with professors Lisa Leslie from a lot of universities choose to do. I think a lot of why she decided to apply. was looking to hire a new physics professor, the New York University and David Mayer of the universities are like, we have these numbers, we “It’s a small diversity statement at the bottom,” relevant labor market would be limited to people University of Michigan, took part in a recent have this much diversity, and they just leave it at Harris said. “But if you’re looking for it, it’s with the necessary education requirements, which meta-analysis study that involved summarizing that, but numbers don’t really mean anything if noticeable.” notably narrows the field of possible candidates. all research done on attitudes towards affirmative nobody’s talking about it.” According to Mason’s Office of Institutional ANGELA WOOLSEY STAFF WRITER
Research and Reporting, Mason’s academic faculty in 2013 was 58.4% male compared to 41.6% female, numbers that are closely equivalent to those from the previous year. A breakdown of the same faculty by ethnicity shows 62.4% white, 15.4% minority and 6.2% non-resident aliens with the remaining 16% classified as unknown. This data comes from a total sample size of 1,431 faculty members. Mason’s affirmative action policy, as well as those of other public colleges across the country, is primarily founded on Executive Order 11246, the federal mandate that established the first
If a review of the organization’s workforce reveals a significant disparity between its diversity and the diversity of the relevant labor market, it is then required to determine what the possible barriers excluding the underrepresented group are and to make an effort to recruit more people from that group. “They’re supposed to use fair procedures to hire the best people,” Kravitz said. “They’re not allowed to use quotas. They’re not supposed to use preferences.” This is an important distinction to make, according to Kravitz. He has conducted research
A pledge to end sexual violence at Mason The 9s of Title IX (courtesy of WAVES)
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RYAN THORNTON STAFF WRITER
Members of the Mason community were invited to a forum last week to sign a pledge to end sexual violence at Mason. The Freedom and Learning Forum, a biannual dialogue series, was moderated by President Cabrera, who was recently named to a statewide Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. “It’s our job to make sure everyone is safe,” Cabrera said. “No one should live in fear, especially on a college campus.” The event was part of the university’s commitment to eradicate sexual violence on campus. President Cabrera was joined by featured guest speaker Rosemary Trible, founder and president of the non-profit advocacy group Fear 2 Freedom, which helps provide relief and recovery to victims of sexual assault, and by Dr. Angela Hattery, the director of Mason’s Women and Gender Studies Program. Trible opened the discussion by sharing her own experience “moving through the journey of fear to freedom” after being raped at gunpoint in 1975 and described how this led her to devote her life to helping others traumatized by abuse. “It is so important for victims to be able to have the
opportunity to speak and to seek help,” Trible said. Dr. Hattery pointed out that nationwide, one in six women and one in 33 men is a victim of sexual abuse. The conversation on sexual assault is especially important on college campuses, where it tops the list as the number one violent crime. “We know on a college campus that victims of sexual assault are far more likely to drop out, less likely to graduate, more likely to transfer, more likely to have lower GPAs,” Dr. Hattery said. “All because they’re having trouble managing this very traumatic experience [...] so as a campus community, we have to be very concerned about the number of victims we have.” Dr. Hattery also stressed the commitment Mason makes to students and faculty as a “well-being university,” saying that if we want students to be well and to function at their best, then we need to support them through all kinds of situations. She cited on-campus resources like Counseling and Psychological Services and Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services as examples of support. There was also an opportunity to help assemble after-care kits for Trible’s Fear 2 Freedom organization. The kits will go to victims of rape and domestic violence
being treated at the local INOVA hospitals and include clothing, toiletries, a “freedom bear” and a personal note to help start the healing process. “[Sexual violence] can happen,” Trible said. “So we want you to be there to really say, not only do I want to change my heart and get involved in this issue, I want to communicate it in such a way that makes a difference for men, women and children.” A week on from the event, Dr. Hattery provided some additional information on sexual assault here at Mason, as well as on the national stage. She stressed the importance of educating students of all ages about sexual violence and women’s issues over the longterm. She also emphasized that in order to make a concrete impact, we will need to move beyond discussion, towards devoting resources and taking action. “I think the NFL is also a really good analogy for college campuses,” Hattery said. “So here you have an official who stands up and says, ‘Ok, we want to eradicate sexual violence.’ What’s that individual going to do when a case hits their desk? And what if that case is someone that everybody knows? If we don’t stop and interrupt activity early on, it gets worse.” In recent months, the national conversation surrounding sexual
assault has intensified. On Sept. 20, Emma Watson delivered a speech in front of the United Nations in New York City on gender equality and violence against women. The White House announced their “It’s On Us” initiative, a nationwide public awareness campaign that seeks to engage college communities on how they think about sexual assault, and California enacted a “yes means yes” affirmative consent law affecting its colleges and universities, in an attempt to remove ambiguity from investigations into sexual abuse cases. Although she finds this encouraging, Hattery maintains some skepticism. “None of it’s going to work if we don’t put money behind it – we’re going to have to dedicate resources to things like early education, bystander intervention trainings and classes,” she said. Hattery also emphasized the importance of maintaining a strong community outlook on this issue. “As painful and difficult as these subjects are, we can be a community where everyone is safe, and everyone can grow and learn and develop,” Hattery said. “But we have to be responsible for making that happen; it’s not just going to happen on its own. It really is on all of us – it’s not one office, or one program, or one initiative.”
1) Title IX is a landmark federal civil rights statue prohibiting sexual discrimination in education. 2) Title IX applies to all students regardless of gender and sexual orientation and covers all sexual discrimination including sexual violence and harassment. 3) Title IX requires Mason to be proactive in ensuring the campus is free from all forms of sexual discrimination. 4) Mason must have an established procedure for handling complaints of sexual discrimination, harassment or violence. 5) Mason must take immediate action to ensure a victim-complainant can continue his/her education free from ongoing sexual discrimination, harassment and/or violence. 6) Mason may not retaliate against anyone filing a complaint and must keep a victim-complainant safe from all retaliatory harassment or behavior. 7) Mason may issue a No-ContactOrder to prevent an accused student from approaching or interacting with a victim-complainant. 8) Title IX prohibits Mason from encouraging or allowing mediation (in lieu of a formal hearing) in cases of sexual violence. 9) Mason may not discourage any victim-complainant from continuing her/his education at the university.
Fenwick Library to be completed winter 2016 RAQUEL DESOUZA STAFF WRITER
(AMY ROSE/FOURTH ESTATE)
The construction on Fenwick Library is on schedule to complete by winter of 2016. According to the Fenwick Focus website, the exterior on all five stories of the building is expected to be fully enclosed by Thanksgiving. Project Engineer Johnny Trejos says other construction objectives include finishing all plumbing, mechanical and electrical installations before the cold weather arrives. If weather permits, Trejos says the crane at the construction site should be removed on Oct. 16 and 17. This construction project began in late 2012 and will add 150,000 square feet to the library. According to Senior Project Manager Alex Izsard, the amount of study spaces will be four times the number in the current library, totaling 2,400. “The addition will nearly double the size of the library to provide much needed study space on the campus.” Iszard said. The project, according to Trejos, is state-funded and will cost about $60 million. According to Iazard, additions to the building will include a reading room for formal events, a research commons to support individual or collaborative projects, the 24 hour study space and café, a designated research and study area for graduate students and additional book storage capacity to support the library needs for the foreseeable future. The addition is also supposed to feature a 24-hour café, however, Director of Campus Planning Cathy Wolfe says that it is currently unclear whether the café study space will be accessible 24 hours. “We don’t know if the café space will have 24 hour access or operation,” Wolfe said. “As we progress in the project and a vendor for the café is identified we will be able to provide additional information on that.” According to Fenwick Focus, the improved collections and archives department will be housed on the second floor to accommodate
growth in research and study materials. “Within two years all remaining space for research materials will have been exhausted, so more space for collections is desperately needed,” Trejos said. During the construction, some collections had to be moved to other wings in Fenwick or transferred to the Johnson Center and Arlington campus libraries. Staff workspace has been shuffled around, according to Fenwick Focus, as library staff members had to use some Fenwick study rooms as temporary workspace for six weeks during spring of last year. This construction project has been planned since Mason Facilities’ 2007 library feasibility study, which outlines a vision of improvements for Mason libraries. According to the study, the
projected headcount at the Fairfax campus is expected to increase 56% by 2030, creating a need for Fenwick’s addition. Trejos said the study also outlines specific needs for the library, including clusters or zones for different activities are desirable with clusters of computers and printers on multiple floors that are easy to locate, more areas where students can interact with faculty and a symbolic place, such as a more formal reading room. These changes will help Fenwick’s image as the university’s main research library and network hub. This will be the fourth addition to Fenwick and this year marks its 47 year anniversary. The original library was created in 1967 and consisted only the two-story, white columned section. According to Iszard, the first tower closest to
Robinson, Wing B, and the second tower closest to Piedmont, Wing C were the second and third additions. Both were added in 1978 and 1982. Plans to make changes to the Fenwick Library will continue after this addition is completed. “There is a phase three in planning to demolish the original two-story building of the library and to refinish the façade of the towers, but there is no funding for this phase and will not happen for at least another four or five years,” Trejos said.
THE HISTORY OF A LIBRARY 1967 Fenwick Library is built.
1978 Tower holding Wing B is added.
Tower holding Wing C is added.
Library undergoes rennovations.
Construction begins Construction is on Fenwick’s addition scheduled to be completed in the to double its size. winter.
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experiences to Northern Virginia residents in their retirement years. The schedule of classes for fall 2014 includes seven courses ranging from topics such as “Ethics and Leadership” New Century College classes to statistics courses. The size of the courses will range from five to 37 students. Beatriz Cuartas, doctoral fellow in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and a professor at the Loudoun site, is assisting in shaping the Loudoun campus using her experience at Mason as well as her excitement in the progress she sees the site achieving thus far. “Everyone is so friendly, helpful and cooperative as well as interested in collaborative efforts,” Cuartas said. “We are definitely striving in this new community.” Cuartas currently teaches one course at the Loudoun site. The class, called “Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies,” meets once a week and includes five mostly nontraditional students who already have a career and want to remain current in their field, according to Cuartas. “Most of the students want to retouch their researching methods and know the proper steps on how to craft research,” Cuartas said. “Our class is very small and intimate which facilitates tremendous discussions.” Cuartas said that besides being impressed with the collaboration that Mason and NVCC have achieved in their partnership. She also highly praised the facilities and the resources that have been provided for the students. “The building is top notch,” Cuartas said. “We are benefitting from a wealth of services as Mason has facilitated many things. The Career Center came to speak with the students to help them identify careers and markets that would fit their field of study. Library services came and briefed the students on the many resources available and the Writing Center offered help to the students, as well. The staff is amazing and wants to help with every question. We have been blessed with all the help we have received.” Although there is no specific plan for a Mason shuttle service to the Loudoun campus as of now, there has been exploration into a partnership with NOVA on shuttle service from the Wiehle Avenue metro station to Signal Hill. According to Cuartas, the students she teaches are the most rewarding aspect of her job. “They are so deeply committed and interested in their fields,” Cuartas said. “They care so much and are eager to learn and make themselves the best they can be. I feel at home and am really loving what I’m doing.” As the Loudoun site continues to expand, Murphy asked students to be engaged in its expansion and improvement.
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Mason will offer many new opportunities as it moves its location in Loudoun County to partner with the Northern Virginia Community College. Since 2006, Mason has had a presence in Loudoun County with its partnership with NVCC and the Northern Virginia public school systems in the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program. This program offers students the opportunity for a smooth transition from high school to community college at NVCC to university at Mason. The new location is situated directly across the street from NVCC’s Loudoun Campus. NVCC has leased the space in this building in the past, and through this collaboration joint programming initiatives are expected to follow. Una Murphy, formerly the executive director for advancement of the Prince William Campus, was recently named the director of outreach for the Dulles corridor, Regional Campuses. Her title changed due to the new responsibility of the Loudoun site. “In keeping with George Mason University’s strategic vision of developing accessible pathways for students, co-locating with NOVA in Loudoun was a way to strengthen these pathways while remaining flexible with programming for graduate, continuing and professional education opportunities,” Murphy said. The new campus benefits current and future Mason students who live and work in Loudoun County as well as develop opportunities in the workforce within the business community surrounding it. Although the layout of the campus remains small, currently comprising of only two floors in Signal Hill Plaza, the future plans for the campus include expanding the academic programs offered there. “We are delighted to be partnering with NOVA-Loudoun to share space at Signal Hill with them,” Murphy said. “We are wellequipped with four traditional classrooms, one traditional computer classroom, a classroom devoted to continuing education classes, six breakout rooms/meeting spaces, two student lounges equipped with computers for student use, spaces to charge your phone, tablet or laptop and vending machines video-conferencing capabilities and a new laptop cart, making any classroom a computer classroom.” Murphy said that the campus will also feature drop-in offices and workspaces for faculty and instructors to meet with students. A variety of courses will be offered at the new campus, including those in IT, business, education, leadership studies, nursing and continuing and professional education. In addition, Mason in Loudoun has an innovative program called Osher Lifelong Learning Institute that offers classes and cultural
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In light of the celebration of National Coming Out Week at Mason Oct. 6-12, students are pointing to a lacking balance in visibility and knowledge of different identities in the LGBTQ community as well as obstacles faced by those trying to come out safely due to the misunderstanding of non-cisgendered people. GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, defines cisgender as “a term used by some to describe people who are not transgender” and defines transgender as “an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.” According to the Associate Director of LGBTQ Resources Ric Chollar, although it is still difficult for many, the heightened visibility of gays and lesbians in the media can make coming out easier for them as opposed to transgender and other marginalized identities. “For trans folks, changes have been happening but much more slowly and lots of violence and lots of obstacles to health care and lots of problems still exist for trans folks, so being out and coming out has become easier for folks in the gay and lesbian part of the LGBTQ [community], but I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s the case for trans folks,” Chollar said. Blake Kosciow, a senior sociology major, said that his experience coming out as a transgender male was challenging due to the lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding transgender identities. “It was really difficult; I feel like sexuality is more understood these days than gender. So coming out with a gender thing is a lot more stressful. It was kind of different,” Kosciow said. “My experience, what I did was I just, since transgender stuff isn’t widely understood by people, I had friends who knew exactly what I was talking about and I had plenty of friends and family who had no idea what I was talking about.” According to Chollar, coming out can be difficult due to the heterosexual and cisgender normative society that we live in.
“[Although] some things are [getting better], at least for some areas around LGBTQ visibility and rights, we are still programmed, everybody, with homophobic messages and with trans-phobic, cis-sexist -- so the assumption that everybody is cisgender, as in not trans,” Chollar said. “The world is set up for that and each of us learns it.” Because of these programmed messages, Chollar pointed out that people who identify in the LGBTQ community have to deal not only with people who are unaccepting, but sometimes have to battle with internalized homophobia or transphobia as well. “[Part of] self-acceptance is about unlearning and deprogramming the negative messages that many people have,” Chollar said. Though coming out to oneself was not stressed during the National Coming Out Week events such as the flash lecture which focused more on disclosing identity publically, Chollar said he hopes the interaction between students and seeing examples of different identities being represented allowed students to feel more comfortable with what they may be feeling inside. Em Eichelberger, a graduate student studying social work who interns in the LGBTQ resources office, said that National Coming Out Week is an opportunity to give the LGBTQ community a voice. “A lot of times, especially with identities that aren’t as prominent in the media… [identities] get completely erased,” Eichelberger said. “Coming Out Week, to me, is a platform where students who have those identities that are often times erased by larger systems can say, ‘I am visible, I am here.’” National Coming Out Day has been celebrated in the United States for about 26 years, beginning the year following the March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights in 1987. The LGBTQ movement, politics and liberation, however, had been happening for many years before the march. Chollar said Coming Out Day and Week observes and honors people in the LGBTQ community, but its intention can be seen as multi-purposed. “In some ways it’s directed to people who identify within the LGBTQ
community and encouraging each of these folks to take another step toward more fully coming out,” Chollar said. “Meaning, to be one step closer to living a full and authentic life with all of the different parts of ourselves.” It is important to note, however, that the act of coming out cannot be simplified to lasting only one day or week, but instead is a process that goes on throughout the course of someone’s life. “The coming out process is never ending,” Kosciow said. “It’s not one [event] like I think people perceive it as one event. You tell people and that’s it. But coming out is a day to day process like every day you run into some situation where you have to explain yourself. You are always going to encounter people who don’t understand who you are, so there’s always going to be need for explanation. The initial coming out just allows people who support you to understand you and know how to respect you better and support you better. It could be a really big help in people’s lives.” Bird Hansen, a creative writing major, said coming out can be a freeing process, but is often times marked with difficulties. “I think a lot of times coming out is definitely a point of freedom. It’s definitely a way to breathe easy, but its also one of the most difficult things that anybody could every do. As far as you don’t really know what the reaction is going to be and so it’s like a giant fear until it’s over, then it’s a wave of relief, almost,” Hansen said. “[When you come out] it’s like a giant fear of it’s never going to work out right and it’s not a good idea. It’s like a feeling of constantly being on edge, but once you are out to somebody it’s relieving because you no longer need to have that shield up of protection.” Although coming out can be a positive, empowering change in a person’s life, for some that is not always the case. “I definitely don’t think it’s something that everyone needs to do or at least everyone should do, because there’s a huge risk in coming out and there are a lot of people who don’t have the ability to because of their situation. I think it’s imperative that they understand that it’s totally okay to
not be able or not want to come out of the closet for your own personal reasons because safety is always the number on priority,” Hansen said. “If you are comfortable, the way you are and you know that coming out will make you be in an uncomfortable situation, then it’s definitely better to not come out because you don’t want to bring that undue stress. I think when you are in a position to come out it’s great but it’s also totally your choice. It’s never something that you should feel obligated to do.” Eichelberger agreed that the environment someone is in may not always be conducive to coming out and thinks the National Coming Out Week activities done on Mason’s campus reflected a non-obligatory stance. “Specifically Mason and LGBTQ resources does a really good job of creating a safe space where there’s not that kind of added component of like ‘well you have to come out,” Eichelberger said. “You have to be visible. I think it’s more for students to participate as they see themselves comfortable with participating.” As a graduate student working with LGBTQ Resources, who was also involved with the office as an undergraduate, Eichelberger said they have seen a shift of acceptance as well as safety for LGBTQ students on campus. “To see that kind of shift where I feel like there’s a safer environment for the students that I’m now involved with on campus. It’s really profound,” Eichelberger said. “I definitely think there has been a shift especially with trans identities. I think there’s been a huge amount of attention that’s been called to that.” Though increased visibility and acceptance towards all people who identify within the LGBTQ
community is an important part in making coming out a safe option for more people, Chollar added that National Coming Out Day also presents an opportunity for allies to get involved in making an environment safe for others to come out. “It’s important that an office like this is working to support the needs of students, and people that are trying to be allies and friends of LGBTQ folks get that not everybody can come out. Not everybody is safe to, not everybody has the resources, workplace protections are not always in place and so for safety reasons, we’re not taking a party line that everybody is supposed to be out and open in every place of their lives,” Chollar said. “But what we do think is that this day is one where not only LGBTQ folks, but also allies can commit ourselves to making the world a safer or better place so that more of us can come out.” According to Chollar, one way to define an ally is, “someone who is more privileged than whatever the marginalized status is, [someone who] is committed to use their privilege to help open those doors.” “Even within the LBGTQ community, we need to be allies to each other in the sense of, as a gay man, can I make a commitment to be an ally to women and to transpeople within LGBTQ , can I be an ally to folks who identify as bisexual or pansexual? Because a lot of doors are open to me that aren’t open to other folks,” Chollar said. “I think it’s important for allies to step up and say, ‘you know, my feeling better is dependent upon and interlinked with your feeling better.’ We’re all in this world together.”
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Mason students are using a new app sweeping across college campuses for jokes, comments and advice throughout the day.
However, the use of Yik Yak for good makes one question Yik Yaks possibilities for harm amongst younger users.
Yik Yak is an app that allows one to post an anonymous 200 character message and has a logo of a fluffy brown yak head. It acts as a platform for anonymous comments by anyone within a 1.5 mile distance therefore making it suited for a college campus.
“I don’t think middle or high schoolers could hold an anonymous twitter,” Barley said. “It would get really hostile, really quick I think.” While Yik Yak has the ability to go into either direction, Mason students seem to be using it as a social media app to pass the time with their own creative comments and jokes.
In fact, Yik Yak is used by campuses not only in Virginia, but also all over the east coast. According to the official Yik Yak webpage, the app is also being spread to the West Coast through a tour call “Ride the Yak 2014 Fall Campus Tour,” which is going to 36 college campuses trying to promote the app.
“I love Yik Yak, it’s hilarious.” Doak said.
At Mason, Yik Yak is popular not only with Mason students, but also with students from other universities. “We are featured on Yik Yak, that’s how big we are,” said Yik Yak user and freshman Josh Gordan. “When other schools go onto Yik Yak they see George Mason on top because we’re the best.” Yik Yak has a feature that allows users to peek at other campus’ Yaks, and Mason seems to be fairly active at all times of the day and week.
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Mason’s Yak page has even created an inside joke of a sort about The Crane, a god-like being that now has an intense following on Mason’s Yik Yak, with Yaks like “the birds flock to the crane for its wisdom” and “I just got hit by a rock coming off the crane. It’s a sign.” The activity started as soon as Mason’s fall term began. “I downloaded it, like the second day we got to Mason, because I was reading from my friends and all my friends had it on their phones,” Gordon said. “I thought it was really funny so I decided to download it as well.” Yik Yak acts as an area of free speech for those who attend Mason to complain, to joke or just to comment on the happenings. With that area of free speech comes the danger of bullying or other negative consequences, especially since Yik Yak acts as an anonymous platform. “It’s positive because it is funny and brings the community together, but then it can be negative because it’s just another distraction, another social media outlet and plus, people talk a lot of crap about people all the time,” said frequent Yik Yak user and
freshman Jenna Doak. “So that’s always negative, the bullying and stuff like that. But, I think it is still more good than bad because it’s entertaining.” Fresman Sylvia Barley also uses Yik Yak. “I definitely think it is more positive, people will ask questions or for advice, sometimes people just post things like jokes,” Barley said. “I haven’t really seen any sort of bullying and if it does, it gets like five down-votes pretty quickly.” Yik Yak has a system that allows users to either up or down vote each Yak. The ones with the most up votes are put into the popular tab of the app.
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Teaching Assistants aid faculty & students Computer Science department provides unique employment opportunity for undergraduates
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Undergraduate students can apply to be a teacher assistant in classes they have already taken. The Undergraduate Teacher Assistant position is an hourly wages job that can work around a student’s school schedule. They can work as little as 2 hours per week or as many as 15-20 helping out faculty members. The hours are flexible because many of the UTA’s duties can be done at home.
“I have felt for a long time that our UTA program is kind of a win, win, win program,” Term Associate Professor Tamara Maddox, who is the central coordinator of UTAs for the computer science classes, said. “We’ve got a way to support some of our really outstanding computer science students.” Applicants do not have to be computer science majors to apply to be a UTA. “We are willing to accept an application from someone outside the major as long as they have taken the appropriate classes so they can help with those classes,” Maddox said. UTAs
attention they need, giving the UTA a chance to get acquainted to how the students are doing. The undergraduate assistants also help with the same labs every week so that they can get comfortable with the class and get used to how that class is running. The lab classes are usually run by a graduate teacher assistant (GTA) and the UTA gets to help with assisting other students. The GTA acts as the UTA’s supervisor.
Maddox said. “One of the nice things about having an undergraduate on board is, you can kind of test out the assignment before you give it to the students.” Junior and computer science major Anson Rutherford is TAing for his second semester. He is assisting in the same class as he did last semester, CS 112, the basic programing class.
UTAs can also assist the faculty member directly.
“I usually work with the GTAs,” Rutherford said. “We sit in on a lot of labs. Either we will sit in the back and have people bring questions to us or we will help the students with their project.”
“Sometimes faculty members would like an undergraduate to actually code up a project,”
Computer science majors use Piazza, an online message board similar to blackboard, to
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“Students post a lot of questions on there and we are assigned seven or eight hour chunks to check in regularly and answer questions,” Rutherford said. “So I usually check in once every two hours. You do that twice a week typically.”
When selected as a UTA, it is a high recognition of excellence in your field.
UTAs come in handy for when students need help at odd hours during the week and weekends. “I usually go person to person to help them individually with their problems and lab assignments,” junior and computer science major, Bryan Hoyle said. Hoyle is also TA-ing for his second time. The first semester he was a TA he assisted in 211, which is introduction to object-oriented programming, and now is TA-ing for CS 262, introduction to low-level programming. “I feel like I’m more updated in what’s going on in the CS department and have a better relationship with my professor,” Rutherford said about his experience. Both Rutherford and Hoyle would like to pursue teaching in the future. “Teaching is one of the best ways to learn I find. I’m learning a lot more about what I’m teaching by teaching it,” Rutherford said. Rutherford and Hoyle gave advice for future TA applicants. “Get to know who is teaching you right now,” Rutherford said. “It is very important to have an ‘in’ with a professor.” “Make sure you completely understand every bit of the subject matter in the class you are TAing for,” Hoyle said. Being a UTA is a great way to support faculty members and the bridge to giving more feedback to the students. “Some students have told me that they feel more comfortable going and asking questions to their peers,” Maddox said. Going up to the UTA is less scary because students know they were in their shoes a couple of semesters ago and will still
When students are assisting in teaching a class, they are learning valuable skills to help them in the future with any kind of job. “In our connective world, communication is becoming more and more important,” Maddox said. “Sometimes it isn’t enough to be good at something, you also need to know how to communicate it to others.” UTAs are getting the practice they need to communicate their knowledge and ideas by talking to the students and responding online to their questions. UTAs are also reinforcing what they know and keep that knowledge fresh in their minds by using it every day. “I like being able to involve undergraduates because they are a wonderful resource and they have been through our classes,” Maddox said, “Graduate students may have more overall knowledge but the students who have just been through our classes, they really have an immediate feel for what it is like to be a student in that class.” To apply to be a computer science UTA, the applicant must complete the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Application Forum.
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Mason’s library is showing off their new Gateway library options to students. Mason has its very own Gateway library that gives students access to hundreds of streamline files and media. Students can stream feature films, documentaries, speeches on audio and hard copies of media. The Gateway Library, located on the second floor of the Johnson Center, gives faculty and students access to LPs (vinyl discs), CDs, VHS and DVDs (also Blue-Rays). “We are here to support instructional purposes and academic-research interests,” Laura Jenneman, Media Services/Film Studies librarian said.
This addition to the library is now accessible to students for browsing in the library. Jenneman is continuing to build and expand on the available collection. CDs and LPs are 2-week rentals and DVDs and VHS are 7-day rentals. The service is free for students. Another new addition to the library is the One Button Studio which is located at the JC library Room 134-I. Students now have access to a room already equipped with lights, cameras and computers. “All you need is a USB with 5MB minimum,” Jason Byrd, the assistant head of Technology & Learning Technologies librarian, said. Developed by Pennsylvania State University, this new technology in video recording
gives students an edge in college and career success. “You can use it to record a presentation, record a monologue and even interviews where you can self-critique what you need to improve on,” Byrd said. Reservations can be made online for an hour at a time. There is no limit to how often a student can reserve a time slot. The hours are from 9 a.m.6 p.m., Monday-Friday. “We recommend scheduling appointments online 2 weeks in advance so that a staff member will be available to assist you in setting up the room,” Byrd said. “Also, be sure to be ready for the camera so you can exercise you time as much as possible.”
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Note from the EIC I have relegated myself from the first page of the issue this week in the name of content. Quick note that I was right with my last letter that now we would be caught up Ebola panic. Count it.
Her and my father were ‘boat people,’ refugees of the Vietnam War and the story of how they both got to the United States to start a life for themselves to raise a family is a damn miracle.
That does not mean I still don’t have a sense of vanity to continue spewing words in your direction.
I don’t have enough space to retell it, but it involves pirates (yes, that’s plural), a potential scammer/charlatan and moving on boats in total darkness.
I figured that since we just wrapped up Family Weekend at Mason and the timing of this couldn’t have worked out better for me, I’m just dedicating this space to say happy birthday to mama Chu who will be celebrating her birthday on the day this issue is out in newsstands. Of all the wanky things I use this space for, at least this is kind of heartfelt. My mother is pretty great. I have always had a solid relationship with my whole family, but I will for sure take this chance to give an extra shout out to my mom since we are really close. Throughout my life, my mom has always encouraged me to do whatever I wanted and believed that I had the independence and ability to figure it out on my own.
She’s always honest when telling me when I’m dumb but always gives me the freedom to do the dumb things in the first place. I cannot even begin to imagine being unable to call a place home anymore, and then finding a place where you and your husband can live happily while raising two dumb, dumb boys who you love anyways.
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Not only has my mother been working a fulltime job throughout my life, as well as my older brother’s life, but she came to the United States by way of a dang boat.
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falls to nationally ranked UVa. at home Mason men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to the University of Virginia on Oct. 7 in front of a huge crowd that braved the rain and wind at George Mason Stadium.
M. Soccer: Leading scorer keeps grounded TIMI MULGREW • Senior Forward • Team Captain • Leading scorer in 2014 TEODOR HANDAROV STAFF WRITER
helped him succeed at Mason. “He was just really tenacious and a go-getter,“ O’Hara said, who has known Mulgrew from the time he played at the U-14 level for Great Falls Soccer Club. “He loves the game obviously as a soccer junkie and just wanted to always get better, always work harder. He just had this appetite for soccer that you don’t see in other guys.” This “appetite” explains not only the high goals that Mulgrew sets for himself but also his tendency to achieve them, one being to improve on his career-high eight goals from his sophomore year by having nine already this year (as of Oct. 16). “[The] team comes first for me so each of the goals I have personally evolves bettering the squad and the team,” Mulgrew said. “We want to be undefeated at home, which is one of the things we’ve said before. We want to be ranked, we want to get into the NCAA tournament again and we want to establish this program as a program that continuously gets into the tournament – not just as a fluke – which I believe we can do.” After graduation, Mulgrew plans to “reach for the stars” as his parents have told him since a young age and try to make it at the professional level, more specifically in England. In fact, O’Hara compares the Sterling, Va. native to Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and Bayern Munich star winger Arjen Robben, both of whom have left their mark on English soccer in the past. Although Mulgrew is well aware that his impressive performances and outstanding numbers depend heavily on the other 22 members on Mason’s roster and is grateful for all his teammates, but he also realizes that he would not be where he is if it was not for his “teammates” back home. “[My parents] have told me, ‘If you love the game, we’ll let you play,’”
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People say patience is a virtue. When trying to talk to Timi Mulgrew after a home match of Mason men’s soccer team, however, patience is nothing short of a requirement. An absolute favorite of the fans, Mulgrew is surrounded by people of all ages who take turns to embrace him and congratulate him on a win or a goal, often leading to his being the last team member to return to the locker room. He gives everyone the proper attention and greets everyone with the same energetic smile that would never suggest that he had just played near 90 minutes of competitive soccer had it not been for the sweat-drenched No. 11 jersey on his back. Many of these are the people closest to the senior, the ones who have been next to him through triumphs and setbacks, through tee-ball, conference championships and much, much more. “He’s a wonderful guy,” said Head Coach Greg Andrulis about his team’s captain. “He’s a super-human being. He’s naturally liked and endeared by his teammates because of his positive outlook on everything. He was always a quiet leader for us up to this year when he became the captain, but he’s already led by example, his hard work.” This same hard work has helped Mulgrew win almost anything on the collegiate level of the game. 67 games and 22 goals after becoming then-newly appointed assistant coach John O’Hara’s first recruit, Mulgrew can but never would, according to Andrulis, brag about making the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team for his contribution to the Patriots winning the title in their debut season, participating and registering a win in the NCAA tournament, as well as numerous weekly honors. This would never satisfy the 22-year-old, however, and that is one of the key traits that
• 22 goals scored in 67 games • Career total of 56 points • 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team
Mulgrew recalled. “’And if you get burned out, we’ll support that, too.’ They’ve never really forced anything on me and I think that is one of the reasons why I have flourished. I have always been able to lean on them when things have been tough and that played a crucial role in how far I have come, definitely.” In addition to wearing Mason’s colors for more than three years, the Patriots’ captain has 14 years of club soccer behind his back. While playing soccer for most of his life, he worked with people who became something of a second family to him and who helped him take important decisions in his life. “I’ve been very blessed with the coaches I’ve had,” Mulgrew said. “All the coaches I grew up with at my club level not only stay in touch with me but they’ve also been influential in my decision to come to Mason. They’ve all played here, almost all of them are in the Hall of Fame here. Mark Ryan, John O’Hara, Eddie Beach, all of these guys definitely played a huge role in developing me not just as a player but as a character as well.” At Mason, Mulgrew has the opportunity to play for a coach who was successful and recognized at the professional level of the game. Apart from making him a better player and
a well-rounded person, the close relationship that he has with Andrulis could in the future prove to be a doorway toward his own professional career. “Greg has just been top class,” Mulgrew said. “You can’t really ask for a better environment than to play at the college level for someone who has won in the MLS. You can ask him for stories about players and he would talk about Brian McBride [former Fulham F.C. and United States international player] and you’re like, ‘Wow, I know who these people are.’” “Timi is a communications person,” Andrulis said, who in 2002 won the U.S. Open Cup champion with the Columbus Crew and the league’s Coach of the Year award a season later. “He comes in all the time [and] we talk. He has ambitions and part of our job is to help these guys reach their goals and dreams. If a player has a need or a want and we can help them achieve that or help them take the steps to that, then we take that part of it very seriously.” Having worked with dozens of collegiate players who have had the ambitions to play professionally – some more realistic than others – Andrulis actually believes that Mulgrew is one of those who have a realistic chance, provided that a little bit of luck comes
his way. “He has a lot of attributes [that are desirable] to be a pro,” Andrulis said about his star player. “His athleticism, his individual technique, he’s left-footed, [and] the fact that he can score goals. It will be dependent on getting a team at the next level to like him. He has to stay healthy, he has to have a good year, the team has to have a good year, and then hopefully he gets invited to a couple of combines and he can show his stuff.” He added: “Whether in the U.S. or internationally, we can help open some doors for Timi. We have guys all over the world from our program. I am very confident that he will be one of the guys who wear a jersey for somebody else.” Whether Mulgrew continues his coach’s legacy in the MLS or he realizes his childhood dream to play professionally in England – maybe Manchester United, his favorite team – only time will show. If that is to happen one day, however, one thing is sure – the Mason Stadium will miss his beautiful goals, hard work and give-it-your-all mentality on the field, even all the post-game noise associated with Mulgrew on his way to help the Patriots become one of the most respected teams in the nation.
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JAMIE BARTON, mezzo-soprano KIM PENSINGER WITMAN, pianist Chamber Music at The Barns Cardiff Singer of the World sings Rachmaninoff, Hoiby’s Bon Appétit, and more
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Avant-garde three-piece jazz ensemble
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NOV 1, TWO SHOWS!
STEPHEN KELLOGG (WALTER MARTINEZ/FOURTH ESTATE)
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JIM BRICKMAN 10/29 & 10/30 • JAMES COTTON 11/20
CHRIS SMITHER 11/21 & 11/22 • JOHN EATON 11/28 THE YING QUARTET 1/9 • AND MANY MORE!
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Volume 2, Issue 7