Mason Dining announces year-long closure of Pilot House

This story was originally published in the April 25 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason Dining has announced that Pilot House will likely be closing next year. The Nutrition Department is in need of a new kitchen classroom for cooking classes after Mason was unable to renew the lease for next at their current space in […]

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From your plate to the atmosphere

How food waste contributes to climate change An often overlooked contributor to climate change is food waste. A Time article co-written by Raul Grijalva and Mason professor Michael Shank discusses food waste and how human beings can be large contributors to the issue. The article stated: “Waste appears throughout the supply chain, from produce damaged […]

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Mason Dining says Jorge’s logo not removed due to complaints

The donkey logo at Jorge’s restaurant in the Johnson Center has now been removed but Mason’s Dining Services say the change was not brought about by student concerns over the past few weeks. “I did not receive any direct feedback on the restaurant,” said Mark Kraner, executive director for retail operations with Dining Services. “But […]

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Student government removes undersecretary of dining over tweets

Update (Feb. 25): Storm Paglia has provided an official statement to Fourth Estate regarding his removal from Student Government. Fourth Estate will continue to follow this story as it develops. Statement from Storm Paglia   George Mason University’s Student Government has announced the removal of a student representative, confirmed as Storm Paglia, former executive undersecretary for […]

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Mexican restaurant will replace La Pat at JC

A new Mexican-style restaurant named Jorge’s will soon open in the previous location of La Patisserie  in the Johnson Center. The opening of this new restaurant is set for Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m., according to Mark Kraner, the executive director of Campus Retail Operations. According to Kraner, Jorge’s was designed as a build-you-own-burrito concept […]

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Newly opened campus Panera yields mixed student reactions

Panera Bread, which opened its campus location last Saturday, already seems to be a success. It is rare to pass the restaurant’s entrance without a line wrapping into the Johnson Center. Imaginably, it is demanding to work in the store and see the crowd. “Working here gets you stressed, a little bit like when the […]

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Panera Bread expected to open on-campus Saturday

George Mason University’s new Panera Bread was expected to open at the start of the spring 2015 semester, but now the new Johnson Center dining addition will open Jan. 24. According to Mark Kraner, the executive director of campus retail operations, the reason for the original delay was construction issues. Now, however, Kraner says that construction […]

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Debit and credit card systems reboot after system attack

Credit and debit card machines on the Fairfax campus were down today after a cyber attack disrupted the system. According to executive director of Campus Retail Operations, Mark Kraner, a DNS attack hit the system this morning. One type of DNS attack associated with credit card systems is a Denial-of-Service attack or DoS attack that […]

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Dining Services release annual satisfaction survey

Mason’s Dining Services issues a survey each year for staff, student and faculty feedback about the various dining options on campus. According to Mark Kraner, executive director for Retail Operations at Mason, this is the eighth year that campus dining has issued this survey, and they expect anywhere from 2,000-3,000 responses. “The information we get from […]

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Opening of campus Panera Bread postponed

To the disappointment of many students, the opening of Panera Bread, the newest addition to the Johnson Center, has been postponed. “At this time it is anticipated that Panera will start training January 5th and open in time for spring semester,” said Mark Kraner, executive director of campus retail operations. Kraner explained that the contractor […]

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