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Another week, another exercise in restraint on my rambling. Probably for the best because we are fast approaching internship application deadline season for us chumps interested in careers in journalism and media. The future is looking, ahem, bleak in terms of meeting internship criteria but fingers crossed. If you read through any of my letters from last semester, now would be around the time where I would regale you with the oral history of Halloween and fun, quirky traditions surrounding its founding and practice around the world. That’s how we collectively learned that the origins of Valentine’s Day is rooted in practice by some wolf-fetish deviants. But it might surprise you that I have no snark for All Hallows’ Eve. I genuinely enjoy the day and love that it’s just a vague excuse to pass candy out and be goofy. I’m all in on ghosts, ghouls, witches and other associated scary imagery except for one thing. Zombies. I’m over the obsession and fascination with the undead being shoehorned into Halloween imagery. I hate the culture of people who are super into zombies, but I do acknowledge that zombies brought the world great films like “Dawn of the Dead” and “Shaun of the Dead.” On the whole though, let’s chill with our collective fascination about zombies, I’m over it.

As with these past briefs this semester, I’m not going to write anything meaningful in the space, so I will instead use this to make music recommendations because I can. Number one, go download “Run the Jewels 2” by rappers El-P and Killer Mike who make the duo, Run the Jewels. The sequel to the self-titled debut, available for a free, legal download on runthejewels.net, is everything you could want in a hip-hop album, and is the perfect album to listen to if your intention is to have music pump you up to the point where you feel you have the strength to deadlift a car. Second, in all seriousness, listen to Taylor Swift’s “1989.” Hi haters. Yes, you read that right. I’m an unapologetic Swift fan because I appreciate well-crafted pop music and artists who are uncompromisingly honest in their art. Not necessarily her best effort, but even an average album from her is better than 95 percent of the pop music available out there.

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University report highlights sexual violence, drug & liquor offenses NIKI PAPADOGIANNAKIS MANAGING EDITOR

For 2013, the university reports a significant drop in liquor law and drug arrests as well as the highest number of forced sexual offenses reported to date. Forcible sexual offenses, among other categories, are disclosed from the university in the Annual Security/ Annual Fire Safety Report 2014, as required by the Clery Act for the 2013 calendar year. Released late September, the Safety Report outlines crimes reported, including sex offenses, robbery and assault as well as liquor law, drug and weapons arrests and referrals.

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Drug and liquor law arrests, referrals and other crimes Drug arrests and liquor law arrests decreased by almost 50% in 2013 from 2012. The Security Report cited 74 drug-related arrests at the Fairfax campus in 2013, compared to 154 arrests in 2012, and 70 liquor-related arrests, compared to 247 in 2012. Heath said the change could be attributed to a number of reasons, one of which being the grant money from the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control given to University Police in 2012 no longer given to the department in

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In 2013, there were nine on-campus forcible sex offenses reported to the university in 2013, the highest since 2009, the earliest Clery Act report available online. In 2012 there were seven cases reported. Police also reported 12 cases of dating violence and 12 cases of stalking. “What that number tells me is that victims are still not comfortable coming forward to report these crimes and that we as an institution have to work harder breaking down the barriers for reporting these types of crimes,” said Chief of Police Eric Heath. A higher number of reported forcible sexual offenses is regarded as a positive sign by the University Police, University Life, Student Conduct and WAVES. “I think if we’re successful you’ll see even higher numbers for 2014,” said Rose Pascarell, vice president of University Life. For the first year, the report included crimes outlined in the Violence Against Women Act and Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. VAWA crimes include domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. “We do have stalking cases, we do have domestic violence cases and I think it’s important for folks to realize that Mason is a community of 34,000—42,000 when you think

about faculty and staff,” Pascarell said. “We are a large town or a small city and everything that happens, happens here particularly when you’ve got people who are living on campus and so I think it just draws attention to the nuances in those numbers of sexual assault or interpersonal violence.” Universities were asked to make a “good faith” effort for the VAWA crimes. The legislation signed in 2013 did not establish a specific and across the board definition of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking before beginning to compile Clery reportable data for 2013. The definitions will not be final until after November, according to Heath. VAWA crimes are often under reported because, as WAVES director Mary Ann Sprouse noted, people are not yet comfortable reporting such crimes to the police, but choose a confidential report with WAVES or Counseling and Psychological Services. “What has been typical over the last three years is that the number of dating violence, stalking, sexual violence, that’s been reported to the police has really been about 10% of the reports that we get in WAVES,” Pascarell said. “And so we use [the Security Report] as a point of comparison. I think we both learn from each other in terms of who the reports are that come informally to us first versus the reports that go directly to university police.

2013. “With that funding there appeared to be more targeted enforcement and so the loss of that funding, which would provide for overtime funds and funds to allow for targeted missions, will almost certainly have an impact on the numbers,” Heath said in an email. Heath said other factors include internal changes in police staffing levels, leadership—Heath became Chief of Police in June 2013— as well as influences by other parts of the university such as the alcohol education programs provided by WAVES. There were 65 on-campus drug

referrals in 2013, an increase from 42 in 2012 and liquor law referrals dropped to 403 for 2013 from 560 in 2012. On-campus burglary dropped by more than 70%: 11 cases in 2013 compared to 39 cases in 201. Additionally, police reported three cases of vandalism related to hate crimes, two weapons arrests, one weapons referral, three cases of arson, two cases of aggravated assault, one case of robbery and one case of non-forcible sexual offense. “We continue to remain a safe environment especially when you consider the major Clery reportable crimes

which includes a significant drop in serious property crime in 2013, specifically burglary,” Heath said. The annual report promotes transparency for university police operations, as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. It includes numbers for each category from on campus, student residencies, on campus buildings and public property that was aggregated by the police department from all campus security authorities.


10.27.2014 5 IV news First-, second-generation students share immigration stories GMUFOURTHESTATE.COM @IVESTATE

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“At Mason, this event is a reminder that immigrants and people of different backgrounds are not just statistics at this university. We all have unique, individual stories that are full of courage, growth and resilience.”

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Mason students came together on Oct. 13 to participate and watch the fourth annual Immigration Monologues. The event included students of various immigrant backgrounds sharing their own experiences as first and second-generation students in the United States, as well as their parents’ experiences. “These stories need to be heard because immigrant stories are important and serve as a reminder of the obstacles families have overcome just to make it within the United States,” said Rodrigo Velasquez, public relations chair of Mason DREAMers, one of the organizations involved in organizing the event. “At Mason, this event is a reminder that immigrants, and people of different backgrounds, are not just statistics at this university. We all have unique, individual stories that are full of courage, growth and resilience. “ Immigration Monologues began with host Jonathan Jayes-Green, administrative director of Governor Martin O’Malley’s Commissions on Hispanic and Caribbean Affairs, sharing his own story of being an undocumented student in the United States, as well as the other difficulties that he faced growing up. “Graduating high school, I started to understand what “undocumented” meant, when every college application I filled out kept asking me for a 9-digit social security number,” Jayes-Green said. “The one that I didn’t have. And even though I got into many colleges, it was only my community college that was able to give me an opportunity to go to school…Even when I was at Montgomery College, I was very grateful for that opportunity, because in my mind, I was struggling, I was hustling to pay that sacrifice that my mom made back.” According to Velasquez, a significant portion of Mason’s student population is of immigrant background, with the either the students or their parents being immigrants. Vice President of University Life Rose Pascarell agreed, saying that Mason does have more first and second-generation immigrants than other schools in Virginia. “It is part of the dynamic that makes Mason such an amazing community,” Pascarell said. “And yes, I agree that the diversity of our students in some ways reflects the diversity of the surrounding community and we

probably do have a higher proportion of immigrants as a result.” Student performances ranged from their own stories of dealing with racism and stereotyping, their parents’ stories of their journeys to the United States, and traditional dance numbers. Sophomore Brandon Juarez-Lopez performed an original poem as well as his story of emigrating from Guatemala and adjusting to growing up in the United States. “I don’t remember a single thing about my country, yet I love it so much,” Juarez-Lopez said. “I remember in elementary school being different, being looked down upon because I could not speak English. I remember one day my parents were about to get deported while I was in elementary school…how we were lucky. And I started to use that as an opportunity to get the most out of my education because my parents sacrificed their lives so that I could have a better one.” Mason students have many varying stories of immigration that weren’t featured at the Immigration Monologues. Many students and their parents have fled poverty in search of a better life, while others still have fled catastrophic war and political strife. Senior Yama Azadzoi’s parents The host of the 2014 Immigration Monologues, Jonathan Jayes-Green, opens the event with his own story. left Afghanistan in order to escape “We left Iraq due to the unstable “If anything is difficult then that is “College just seemed like the next the violence that came along with step in my life, and it made my mom situation there of course. War and a personal problem within myself, the Soviet occuviolence wasn’t nothing due to not being raised here pation. Azadzoi a good place my whole life.” says that he spoke to raise kids,” Senior Naila Rafique also said that primarily Farsi as Almusawi said. her parents raised her with a hybrid of a young child, but “Syria was a nice both American culture and her own switched to speakplace to live for a heritage. ing English with few years but my “My parents still to this day say, his parents as he parents wanted ‘Never forget your roots, and more grew up. a better life for importantly where you came from,’” “Even though us. They wanted Almusawi said. “The language and life was actualus to receive the culture are of great importance to ly natural and best education both my parents and my family as beautiful in -Rodrigo Velasquez, Public Relations Chair and to live life a whole. To be frank, I find great Afghanistan, [my freely without pride in the fact that I can speak my mother] believes any restrictions language with no ‘American accent,’ of Mason DREAMers that America has from outside where in comparison to others born in given her opporforces such as the U.S. that speak little to nothing of tunities which she always dreamed extremely proud,” Azadzoi said. “I the government. Living in third world their ‘native’ language.” about,” Azadzoi said. “They always know to this day she dreams of going countries wasn’t easy.” say that you will miss what you lose, to college, but my dad had kept here Almusawi says that her parents or what you have left behind, and it is from attending any college; he is still made sure to speak both Arabic and only natural for her to think that life predominately ‘Afghan.’ I dream of English with her at home in order to was real there but easier here. Life getting a decent job after college and combine both cultures. In Iraq, she may have become more difficult as simply putting my mom through a says, her mother worked in business they moved here, but they were able college bachelor’s degree, no matter while her father was an engineer, so to achieve things and build their own what her age is.” she did not experience any difficulty lives here in America.” Senior Amina Almusawi left Iraq with attending college as a first-generAzadzoi says that the thought of for Syria with her parents in the 1990s ation immigrant. being one of the first in his family to in order to escape political strife and “There’s nothing difficult about attend college in America was daunt- war, after which they moved to the being a first generation American and ing at first. attending college,” Almusawi said. United States in 1998.


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Completion of new residence hall delayed until spring ALEXA ROGERS NEWS EDITOR

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Construction on Taylor Hall, a new freshman honors residence hall has been halted for design and construction issues. Construction on the project began in April 2013 and was set to be finished by the beginning of fall semester. According to Nancy Pickens, the senior project manager for Taylor Hall, the residence hall is still under construction. Construction work on the north side of the building has just been completed and work on the south side is expected to be finished shortly. Exterior work is also nearly complete and interior finishes are expected to begin soon. All mechanical systems are in place and ready for testing, while permanent electrical power is also installed. Construction setbacks for the project were mentioned in the May 2014 Board of Visitors meeting, according to the minutes. “House VIII Phase B— Shenandoah [Taylor Hall] was changed to a yellow score because of design issues, but it will be completed by August,” according to the Board of Visitors minutes. Capital construction projects receive “stoplight” ratings based on their level of completion. A “yellow” rating, which Taylor Hall received at the May BOV meeting, means a project, “may not make original program intent, but can still recover.” Though Facilities did not specifically comment on the design issues that have halted construction, Pickens said that these issues impacted construction over the summer and into the fall semester, though many of the issues have been resolved. The residence hall was supposed to accommodate 295 honors freshman and their RAs. The students said the Honors Living Learning Community was relocated to three residence halls, Dickenson, Essex and Carroll, in the Commons. Honors students were told they would not be living in Taylor Hall a week before the start of their orientation in late June. According to freshman honors college student, Tony Nguyen, having the opportunity to live in Taylor Hall was one of the reasons why he applied. “I felt frustrated since Taylor Hall was a huge reason why I applied. I bet everyone felt disappointed or angry at this inconvenience. It felt like they knew that Taylor Hal was not going to be completed months before we even decided to choose to go to Mason and they waited last minute to tell us once we already paid for most of the tuition,” said freshman honors student, Tony Nguyen.

Matthew Eiman, another honors freshman, said he was not too disappointed in this change. “I know across the board, freshman housing is not the best living situation in the first place, so I never thought Taylor Hall was going to live up to all the hype,” Eiman said. However, at the most recent BOV meeting in October, it was reported in the Capital Projects spotlight that the project schedule for Taylor Hall was delayed for “significant design revisions” to achieve life, fire and safety building code compliance. The project also had to review comments from the Bureau of Capital Outlay Management, which enforce Virginia building codes. It was also reported at the meeting that the contractor had provided notification of “significant cost impacts as a result of these design revisions and delays.” Despite these design changes and construction setbacks, Pickens says the authorized budget for the project of $18,805,862 will not change. Statistics to the BOV about the status of the project give the unfinished residence hall a “yellow” stoplight, which means the project is at risk to exceed their approved budget. The schedule for the project received a “red” stoplight, meaning the project is likely to exceed it’s approved schedule. Despite changes to his living accommodations, Eiman enjoys being close to other buildings on campus. “Now that I’m on campus and understand the different communities of the campus, I feel as though I would have had a better chance to connect with freshman at Taylor Hall because

it is located in Presidents Park. However, Presidents Park is quite removed from the campus, so it is nice to have proximity to the center of campus,” Eiman said. The project statistics also state that construction is 90% complete and expected to be ready for occupancy by Dec. 6. The update on the project concluded by stating the university was working with the design-build contractor and the BCOM to finalize the design and complete the project for use in the spring semester. Pickens says the university hopes to have the residence hall completed by the spring. “The Design Build Team and the University are doing everything within their powers to complete the building in time for Spring 2015 semester occupancy,” Pickens said.


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The effects of Russia’s annexation of Crimea are being felt by Ukrainian and Russian students as well as faculty here at Mason. Junior Daniel Rohov and freshman Claire Walker, both Ukrainian students at Mason, agree that they feel affected by the conflict. “In a way it affects me personally, because my mom and grandmother are currently living in Ukraine, and since the available media is usually biased, I don’t always know what’s really going on back home unless I talk to them,” Rohov said. “I’m also affected by the fact that some members of my family who live in Russia don’t understand how the media is trying to manipulate the situation, so there have been a few arguments with some of my family members.” “The conflict in Ukraine, which is influenced by Russia, can affect students at Mason, and people globally because I think how the situation is being handled by and [being] shown to the rest of the world shows how we really react to invasive situations as a globe,” Walker said. “Though we, personally, are far, the problems directly influence us. They also influence the American economy and ties between Russia and the U.S.” The conflict is not just in Ukraine. Junior Alex Lysenko, a Russian student, says that Russian students can be affected by the conflict too. “It is really hard to know anything that is going on on the other side of the planet since there is no objective information. Russian news say one thing, American say another, Ukrainian say another. The only true information I know is the one from my relatives in the military who

were sent to the border with Ukraine and to the refugee camps,” Lysenko said. “I am from the major city that is situated right by Ukraine - two hours from the border - and when I went home this summer everything that was going on was really close to where I was. Just an hour away from us you could find bombshells from bombings. We had refugees living in our house. It was terrifying.” Professor of History Rex Wade agrees that the conflict can affect Russian and Ukrainian students’ and teachers’ identities, but that it really depends on how politically and nationally involved those students and teachers are. “A rabid nationalist, say a Putin type Russian, might have hostility to Ukrainians, while some Ukrainians, especially those from the northwest regions that became part of Russia only as a result of World War II, might have strong anti-Russian feelings in any case,” Wade said. “But, that probably doesn’t apply to all or even most Russians and Ukrainians.” To better understand Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea and how it affects Mason students, it is important to go back to when Ukraine first became an independent nation. According to the EastWest Institute’s website, from the moment Ukraine separated from the Soviet Union to become its own independent country, the Ukrainian leaders were faced with the difficult task of forming a national identity from a population of very diverse people. Many Russians living in the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine never saw themselves as Ukrainians and identified with Russia. This ethnic diversity played a part in the annexation of Crimea, a former part of Ukraine, to Russia, and has

affected Ukrainians all over the world. Walker said that Ukrainian students would feel just as affected by the conflict studying in the U.S. as they would in Ukraine, regardless of distance. “With me not technically being from Ukraine, I still feel close ties to the outrageous occurrences within the borders,” Walker said. “I think that watching your home be at war with itself and with another country would be difficult for anyone, near or far.” Just because a Ukrainian or Russian Mason student is affected by the conflict does not mean they share the same opinion as if they were studying in Ukraine. Karina Korostelina is a professor of memory and conflict in the school for conflict analysis and resolution. She is also a Ukrainian and author of a book titled “Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power: Self-Imagination in a Young Ukrainian Nation.” Korostelina said that she believes that student studying here have much better perspectives of the conflict than students studying in Ukraine. “[For] students in Ukraine, reality can hide, and they do not understand the complexities of what’s going on. They’re emotionally involved. I think that for many students who live here in the United States and study here, they have a better understanding,” Korostelina said. Wade agrees that Ukrainian or Russian students studying here or in Ukraine could cause students to have different opinions and added that being directly from Ukraine versus having parents or grandparents from Ukraine could also affect students’ opinions. “A student who is from Ukraine would seem the one to be most stridently defender of

Ukraine, but a lot of the people of those grandparents’ generation were bitterly anti-Russian and super Ukrainian nationalists,” Wade said. “Many, perhaps most, of those who came over to the U.S. and Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century were from the western, more anti-Russian, areas.” With many of these Ukrainian and Russian students affected by the conflict, it is not surprising that some are getting involved. Korostelina says that Russian and Ukrainian students here at Mason are trying to make an impact on the conflict. According to her, there has been a program created in the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution to help Ukraine. “I do believe that the more information these students have about real democracy, about real openness, about human rights, about equality and shared society, the better help they’ll be,” Korostelina said. Rohov believes that students here at Mason are limited in their impact, but agrees that they can help. “The mutual conflict really brings both sides together, and allows us to discuss the situation, while not being manipulated by media sources,” Rohov said. “This can help foster better relations between the people, something that all of us can take back home to our respective countries.”


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Three candidates will be on the ballot on Election Day in the race for a seat representing Virginia in the United States Senate. Democrat Mark Warner, the incumbent, is vying for reelection against Republican Ed Gillespie and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis. Here’s all the election information we felt you should know before the polls open on Tuesday, Nov. 4, including background on the candidates, where they stand on important issues, recent polling numbers and voting information.

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Mark Warner, a Democrat and the incumbent, is running for a second term in the Senate. He previously served as Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006. Warner also founded Columbia Capital, a large venture capital firm.

Ed Gillespie is the Republican candidate and is running for public office for the first time. Previously, he was Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Counselor to the President for George W. Bush. Gillespie currently operates as a political strategist and consultant to various firms and trade organizations.

Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate, is attempting a third run at public office; previously, he ran for the Virginia State Senate in 2011 as a Republican, then as the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor in 2013. Before entering politics, Sarvis worked as a lawyer and then as a software developer.

Warner supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour – he voted for the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. He also supports tax credits for startup companies and would focus on creating jobs through infrastructure investments.

Gillespie’s campaign platform has largely concentrated on economic growth. He supports lower taxes and a decrease in government spending. The candidate has put forward a five-point agenda for economic growth focused on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, pursuing domestic energy production, tax and regulatory reductions, education reform around the idea of school choice and cutting government spending.

Sarvis believes in the power of a free and unrestrained market to dictate economic prosperity, innovation and wage growth. He opposes much of how the current tax system is structured and would fight for a much smaller role for government in the economy.

As Governor and Senator, Warner worked to expand workforce-training programs and presided over an increase in K-12 educational support initiatives. He also introduced legislation in the Senate to help students compare the costs of a college education and to make it easier for students to refinance college loans.

As Senator, Gillespie would push to overhaul federal education funding and certain programs and to allow states to direct federal funding towards greater choices in education. He also would like to increase the number of charter schools available. Gillespie supports workforce-training initiatives and would address student debt issue by tying student loan repayments to income level.

Warner has expressed disagreement with the Obama administration on completely ruling out troops in Iraq to combat ISIS. Warner also considered restricting flights from Liberia in a measure of caution in the Ebola epidemic.

Gillespie believes it is wrong of the Obama administration to completely rule out troops in Iraq to combat ISIS. He also takes a hard stance on the Ebola epidemic, saying he would impose a flight ban to prevent the spread of the disease.

If elected, Sarvis would fight to break down trade barriers and resist military interventionism in other countries’ affairs. He believes that America should lead the world by example, through policies of freedom and equality at home.

Warner supports marriage equality for everyone. He supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit discrimination in the workplace and voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Warner is pro-choice on matters of abortion.

Gillespie is pro-life, and opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. Although he opposes samesex marriage, Gillespie does support the legalization of gay marriage in Virginia.

Sarvis is a proponent of same-sex marriage and equal rights for same-sex couples.

According to the most recent FiveThirtyEight. com projection at publication, Warner is polling at around 49%.

According to the most recent FiveThirtyEight. com projection at publication, Gillespie is polling at around 37%.

According to the most recent FiveThirtyEight. com projection at publication, Sarvis is polling at around 6%.

Sarvis supports universal school choice.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Registered voters will be able to vote on campus in Merten Hall from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. or by absentee ballot if there is a valid excuse. Virginia law also requires that all voters provide an acceptable form of photo identification at the polls, such as a student ID, a driver’s license or a passport.


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Take Back the Night

Mason students came together in an effort to bring about awareness to and end all forms of sexual violence. Take Back the Night is an international event, with hundreds of events held every year in over 30 countries. Each event includes testimonials, marches, rallies and vigils in order to inform and protest acts of sexual violence. Mason’s Take Back the Night rally, held on Oct. 21, was co-sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Feminist Student Organization. Speakers from WAVES, Women and Gender Studies, CAPS, the Feminist Student Organization, and Mason’s student government came to support the event and offer information about the events and programs their organizations offer.

“I want to thank everyone who is out here today because I feel like what we do as clinicians and what you do as loved ones is pretty much the same where we bear witness to someone going through these really difficult stories of sexual violence,” Anchal Khanna, a representative from CAPS, said. The event started with guests creating posters for the Take Back the Night march. Another activity had the attendees finish the statement, “My body is…” “My body is not for sale,” “My body is mine,” “My body is my treasure” and “My body is not a commodity,” were a few of the responses to the statement. The night continued with the reading of anonymous narratives submitted online to the Feminist Student Organization’s blog. “I think our narratives tonight have really

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demonstrated that people’s bodily autonomy is more important and paramount than ever,” said emcee and Feminist Student Organization president Kellie White. Speakers were then able to share their own personal stories of sexual assault and violence. “It’s time for the victims to have a voice. How do we do that? We need a movement; we need to get people talking. We need people to feel comfortable about opening the conversation. This is what I like about events like these because you never know what’s going to spark interest and get people talking,” said one of the speakers. Following the narratives, the Take Back the Night march began. Guests were encouraged to take a poster and an electric tea light to march

around Mason’s campus, after learning chants to shout during the march. “What I like about Take Back the Night is that it allows for a safe space for people who have been sexually abused, where they can feel understood and inspired to speak up and share their story rather than be ashamed of it. It allows rape victims to take back ownership of their body,” sophomore Jenny Fotang said. “I also think it’s important because it inspires people like me who have not necessarily had a first-hand account to understand the consequences of having experienced such a situation, and brings awareness to speak up when you see something you know may be wrong.”

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Mason grad Ashley Blue receives scholarship for film Ashley Blue poses with clapboard while working.

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A recent Mason alum has entered the field with a current job position as an assistant editor for Ventana Productions in Washington, D.C., after graduating with a BA in Film and Video Studies from Mason this spring. Ashley Blue decided to pursue this career path during her senior year of high school after seeing “Slumdog Millionaire” at the theater. “I felt so moved and empowered that I wanted to do to others what it had done to me in a visual,” Blue said. “I had also loved editing home videos and little projects for classes. My dad instilled in me a passion for documenting life through pictures and videos. When I was little, I’d steal his camcorder and record myself doing silly dances and things like that. However, I apparently never bothered to delete them, so my dad enjoys embarrassing me with those.” Blue also points out her childhood as part of her inspiration. “Growing up as a TV child, I realized that I already had a foundation of understanding visual concepts such as pacing, framing, etc. because of my constant, perhaps excessive, exposure to them. However, I knew I had a lot of catching up to do,” Blue said. Joining the FAVS program made Blue feel intimidated, as she felt the competence by the classmates who had studied film throughout high school and already had set experience. While attending one of her classes, Blue met her friend Micah McFarland, who introduced her to the Hand Me Down Films team. “They’re very supportive and fueled my passion for film as I

learned a great deal by getting involved with them,” Blue said. Later she realized how television, films and commercial media had largely impacted her perspective as an adolescent, both positively and negatively. While they have shaped her into becoming the storyteller she is today, she had generated false ideas about success and beauty. “I became obsessed with my appearance, trying to fix my bodily imperfections, buying clothes and material things,” Blue said. “I was searching for happiness in all of the wrong places, and I think my misinterpretation of the prevalent media had a lot to do with those sulky-teen years.” For that reason, one of her goals as a filmmaker is to advocate media literacy among children and adolescents.

also interned at GMU TV and Sirens Media,” said Giovanna Chesler, the director of Film and Video Studies. As for now, Blue plans on staying at Ventana for a while. “I’m learning a lot there, making good references, and I’m living on my own so I have bills to pay,” Blue said. “If there’s room to grow in the company, I would like to make the move to editor one day. I’d also like to be a producer and director at some point in my career. But as for now, I’m just living in the moment and getting used to the real world.” “My biggest tip would be to take feed back seriously. If I had stuck with any of the first 10 drafts of Wingboys, it probably would have been crap! It takes courage to share work with others, but know that most everyone feels insecure about it too,” Blue said.

“Today’s youth should understand how to interpret the millions of visual messages they are exposed to daily,” Blue said. “An English teacher I had in 9th grade not only presented us to film analysis, but the manipulative power of advertising. With technology playing a role at a much younger age, I think these lessons should be established to children much sooner.”

She doesn’t have one particular mentor, but she has a lot of film friends from Mason that she goes to for feedback or advice about the industry. A lot of them have also brought her to freelance gigs, which have helped her get the job that she has now.

Within her academic background, she received a scholarship from Mason for her story pitch for “Wingboys,” her recent project featured in the Best of FAVS Showcase earlier this month. The scholarship included money that went towards the production of the film. She was also honored to receive the Film and Video Studies Achievement Award for her work and involvement outside of the classroom.

Blue and her crew are starting up a Kickstarter Campaign to raise money to send “Wingboys” to more festivals around the country.

“Wingboys” won Best Picture and Best Editing at the Clifton Film Festival 2014. “She created the FAVS Women in Film group and inspired the creation of a Women in Film Week which we held last spring. She

“I’m so thankful that we are able to help each other out in that way,” Blue said.

Their plan is to ignite promotion of their film, gaining viewers responses. The campaign itself will be running for three weeks. As her professor Ben Steger says, “finishing the film is only fifty percent of the job, the other fifty is getting it seen.” “Any support would be profoundly appreciated on behalf of myself, as well as our wonderful, hard-working cast and crew,” Blue said.


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lesson that sparked her interest in the type of dance. Since joining she has gained a real passion for Salsa.

Mason’s celebration of different cultures can be seen through the many different kinds of dance organizations around campus.

“It gave me something to look forward to every week because I really liked dancing salsa and I loved that we all danced together as a group - just gives you some feeling of unity,” Lysenko said.

Dance is just one of the many ways people can express themselves and their culture. Through the many organizations offered on campus, students can explore styles of dance ranging from ballroom dancing to hip hop. The more culturally-focused dance groups allow the diverse community at Mason to share their background with others. The salsa club at Mason, Azucar, is influenced by a variety of cultures. Founded in 2004, the club shows influences from Cuban salsa, as well as different styles that emerged in the United States – namely Miami, Florida. “My favorite thing about the club is how diverse it is - we have people with different backgrounds, different nationalities, different ages, different sizes. We have freshmen, we have people that are 50…we have Arabs, Indians, white, black, Hispanic…but we all can dance together and that’s what so cool about it,” said Alexandra Lysenko, a junior economics major. Lysenko herself is an international student from Russia. She joined Azucar after her freshman year Resident Advisor organized a Salsa

The club has separate practices every week for beginners and intermediate-level dancers. Beginners meet on Monday from 7-9 p.m. The most advanced dancers can be seen performing around D.C., as well as on campus. This year they will be making appearances at Family Weekend and Patriot Day. Mason students can also participate in Irish Dance. The dance club was founded just last year in 2013 by current President Bridgie Weber, a senior and mathematics major at Mason. The club explores dance to different types of Irish music, which includes instruments such as fiddles and accordions. The club practices every Sunday from 1-4:30 p.m., and can be seen performing at the Intercollegiate Irish Dance Club competition in Philadelphia as well as International Week here at Mason in the spring. Irish dancing is more than one might expect. “I love being able to share my love of Irish Dance with people that have never tried it,” Weber said. “It’s always great to see people’s

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reactions when they learn we wear wigs at competitions and glue our socks to our legs.” Weber explains that Irish dance is not so much an art as it is a sport that is physically demanding. For those looking for an Indian-style dance club, Mason’s Bhangra club offers dance influenced by the northern regions of Punjab. Elements of Bollywood styles can also be seen, but their main focus is traditional Punjabi-style dance. The club’s treasurer, senior criminology major Adity Choudhury, says she joined the club after being involved with Bhangra in high school for two years. She enjoys being a part of the club for many reasons, one being the sense of empowerment she feels while dancing.

“The dance form is traditionally a very masculine dance form and as a female I feel somewhat empowered when I’m performing Bhangra, allowing me to embrace both masculinity and femininity in an equal fashion” Choudhury said. She has been able to improve her dance while making life-long friends in the club. The club’s schedule varies depending on upcoming performances, but they most regularly meet on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights. The club travels to competitions that they perform in, as well as performing in local and on campus events, such as Yard Fest and International Week.

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ABOVE: Participants mingle and dance at Azucar, a salsa dance club. TOP RIGHT: Irish dancers participate in traditonal dance. BOTTOM RIGHT: Photo of Bhangra dance club, a Punjab folk dance.


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A Glimpse Into Pride Alliance’s Far-Reaching Sexual Agenda There are times when causes will vindicate the very stereotypes leveled against them by critics. Even if said cause has been vehement about a given attribute not being part of their moral universe, with time and the acquisition of acceptance comes the reveal that such a stereotype may be more valid than previously assumed. For years, if not decades, gay rights advocates have been adamant to the outside world that the LGBTQ community does not condone promiscuity. The phrase “two consenting adults” gets bandied about quite a bit in their arguments. The idea that the advance of gay rights helps to advance opposition to monogamy is generally dismissed as mere right-wing scare tactics. Indeed, believing that the LGBTQ community has aided or at least contributed to the rise of promiscuity in America is often denounced by allies and even seen as a reason to deprive someone of a job. That was the conclusion of The Washington Post’s editorial board back in July 2007 when they spoke with concern about the possible appointment of Dr. James W. Holsinger, Jr. to the position of U.S. Surgeon General. “Does Dr. Holsinger still believe that homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy?” pondered the Post. “If the answer is yes, he should not be confirmed.” Yet at times, especially in recent years, the link between gay rights and infidelity does crop up here and there. Mason’s Pride Alliance chapter provides a good case in point. On their Facebook group, a poll was recently posted to see what topic one of their future meetings will focus on. One of the options was polyamory. Basically meaning “many-love,” polyamory is a lot like polygamy save that marriage vows are not necessary.

In 2010, researchers at SFSU surveyed 556 male couples over the span of three years and found that monogamy was not on the agenda for a substantial percentage of them. “The Gay Couples Study has followed 556 male couples for three years — about 50 percent of those surveyed have sex outside their relationships, with the knowledge and approval of their partners,” reported Scott James of the New York Times.

“I’m not going to go seek out poly relationships for myself any time soon (or ever, I imagine), but I learned a lot about new perspectives to me and I think I can be a better ally because of it,” wrote one Convocation attendee of the workshop. RMN and Pride Alliance are not the only ones who seriously consider ditching monogamy. The popularity of having more than just “two consenting adults” was noted in a study conducted by San Francisco State University.

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“Polyamorous relationships have been described as the ‘new relationships of the ‘90s,’ although in the gay world they’ve been around forever,” Bass wrote. For decades, social conservatives have argued against gay rights, viewing it as a Pandora’s Box of sexual immorality. They have argued that acceptance of homosexuality will perpetuate acceptance of other so-called “alternative lifestyles.”

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With Pride Alliance, Reconciling Ministries and their allies giving serious consideration of welcoming these behaviors into mainstream America, can anyone say that the social conservatives were wrong? And for those who think that polyamory and overall promiscuity should be accepted, remember that monogamy and chastity have never been listed as major risk factors for spreading sexually transmitted diseases. Promiscuity on the part of heterosexuals and homosexuals turned the once isolated disease of HIV-AIDS into a pandemic. What message are LGBT and allied groups sending to the future when they give credibility to a relationship status that can easily create a new sexually transmitted global terror?

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Have we as a society fallen so far into sexual liberation that now a phrase like “ethical non-monogamy” will be used in a serious sentence?

At a 2013 RMN Convocation event titled “Churchquake,” the group advancing LGBT equality in the UMC had a “polyamory workshop.”

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Small wonder that longtime gay activist Perry Bass once boasted in 1999 about how pioneering the gay community was when it came to modern romance.

Pride Alliance spoke positively of the idea, with concepts like “safe practices of polyamory” as well as “ethical non-monogamy” mentioned in the post from last week.

Pride Alliance is hardly an outlier in the advocacy for polyamory. Reconciling Ministries Network is a pro-gay Methodist organization lobbying for the United Methodist Church to be more accepting of the LGBTQ community.

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Working for college students My story may be much like yours: I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was able to pay for my degree by working part-time and taking on student debt. And after finishing my education, I tried to start a business but failed – not once, but twice.

to reduce unnecessary regulations so startups can thrive and to embrace new methods like crowd-funding so that our entrepreneurs have easier access to capital. With the right policies in place, I believe the next Google or Facebook could start right here in the Commonwealth.

What I learned through those experiences is something that no one tells you. Getting it right the first time is the exception, not the rule. Fortunately, I was able to get back on my feet, and my third attempt ultimately became the company Nextel. But I would not have had three chances to try – and fail – if I faced the same amount of student debt that today’s students face.

It is these types of bipartisan efforts that prove that the foundation of good policy is not based on whether you are a Democrat or a Republican; it’s about whether you are solving the problems facing Virginians.

I have been traveling to colleges and universities in the Commonwealth, and I continually hear stories about the impact of student debt. Today’s college graduates in Virginia carry nearly $30,000 in student loan debt. That means too many young people are being forced to put off decisions about starting a family, launching a startup business or buying a home because of the burden of student debt. As a result of these campus conversations, I have rolled up my sleeves and worked with Republicans and Democrats on specific proposals that will go a long way towards helping young Virginians prepare for college, responsibly manage their student loan debts and find good jobs upon graduation. These ideas include my work with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to make the costs and benefits of college much more transparent. We propose pulling together onto a single website all of the data that’s already collected about each program at every university: What’s the graduation rate? What’s the average amount of student debt? Do graduates find jobs in this field? What’s the average starting pay? Making this information more readily available on a single website will help students and their parents make more informed decisions when picking a college. I also am pushing for eligible students to be able to access Pell grants while they are still in high school. This could give many students a head start, dramatically lowering the cost of a degree by starting higher education at a community college. For those facing student loan debts upon graduation, I have proposed capping the amount of loan repayments at 10% of your monthly income and providing employers with the option to offer $5,000 pre-tax to help employees pay off their student debts directly. After graduation, students should have access to world-class jobs in all parts of the Commonwealth. I am working across the aisle

When I was governor, I worked with a Republican-led legislature to turn a $6 billion deficit into a $1 billion surplus. Our bipartisan efforts resulted in record investments in K-12 and higher education, and Virginia was designated the country’s best state for educational opportunity. We accomplished this by finding common ground and working toward commonsense solutions. Because when you start in the center and work your way out, you have a better chance of getting things done. That is why I am committed to continuing to work with both sides of the aisle in the Senate to expand economic opportunity in Virginia, to pay down our national deficit, provide entrepreneurs with the right tools to succeed and ensure that no one goes broke going to college. I know Washington can often seem like a dysfunctional place, but in order to give everyone a fair shot at success, that’s going to have to change. And, if you give me the honor of rehiring me, I’ll spend every day working to do just that.

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SCOREBOARD DATE

OPPONENT

SCORE/ RECORD

CLUB ICE HOCKEY

OCT. 18

GEORGE WASHINGTON

4-3 (W)

MEN’S SOCCER

OCT. 19

FORDHAM

1-0 (W) [9-3-3]

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

OCT. 19

DAVIDSON

3-2 (W) [6-14]

WOMEN’S SOCCER

OCT. 24

LA SALLE

1-4 (L) [3-10-2]

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

OCT. 24

DUQUENSE

0-3 (L) [6-15]

MEN’S SOCCER

OCT. 25

DAVIDSON

2-1 OT (W) [10-3-3]

THE WEEK AHEAD SPORT

DATE/TIME

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HOW TO WATCH

WOMEN’S SOCCER

OCT. 31 5 P.M.

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MEN’S SOCCER

OCT. 31 7 P.M.

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CROSS COUNTRY

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A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP

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Mason Madness took place on Oct. 18 and got the Mason community excited for the men’s and women’s basketball season.

THE WEEK AHEAD 1 A-10 2 Soccer

Championship doubleheader season begins Mason’s game(s) of the Cross country starts off the conference championship season this Saturday with the A-10 Championship meet in Pittsburgh, Pa. Last season saw then-junior runner Bethany Sachtleben win the individual championship for Mason.

week is a back-to-back of women’s and men’s soccer this Friday at George Mason Stadium. The women’s team will hope to improve on their poor overall season record while the men’s soccer team hopes to vault back into the national rankings after uneven play in A-10 games.

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The team has one exhibition game on Sunday against Bowie State. Last Tuesday was A-10 media day for women’s basketball and the Patriots were predicted to finish 11th out of 14 teams. Junior guard Taylor Brown was named to the all-conference second team.

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