Video: Students ride bikes to blend smoothies for Earth Month

On April 20 and 21, Mason students had the chance to get a little exercise while also making a healthy snack. As part of Earth Month 2016, the Office of Sustainability hosted two Bike Blender events. Activated by pedaling, blenders attached to stationary bikes whirred together fresh ingredients. On April 20, those ingredients were strawberries and bananas. […]

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Food in the field: A look at Army rations from JLDX

This story was originally published in the April 18 issue of Fourth Estate. Though “Army food” is a mystery to most civilians, the Patriot Battalion became very familiar with military rations during their annual Joint Leadership Development exercise (JLDX) program at Fort AP Hill from April 7-10. The Patriot Battalion spent the entirety of the […]

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Mason stirs up Earth Month with food sustainability

This story was originally published in the April 11 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason’s Sustainable Food Systems Symposium on April 1 was one of numerous events that will bring together students, staff and faculty to examine emerging food systems during the university’s Earth Month. The symposium was a chance for Mason students and regional sustainable […]

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Mason hosts sustainable food systems symposium

(Photo courtesy if Roger Leblanc) Mason’s Sustainable Food Systems Symposium on Friday, April 1, brought together students, faculty and nearly a dozen professionals to discuss emerging food systems. The event included an opening keynote speaker, a series of panelists, small group discussions and a networking lunch. According to the program’s statement of purpose, the event […]

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Dining in diversity: the many languages of Mason Dining’s staff

Mackenzie Earl, Staff Writer The staff at Mason Dining is just as organically diverse as the students whom they feed. Ethnic diversity is reflected in the more than 10 languages spoken by the dining staff every day as food is produced and consumed. Staff members are originally from the United States, Spain, Guana, the Dominican Republic, […]

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Mason preheats for Spoon University

Mia Wise, Staff Writer Calling all Mason food lovers: Spoon University is bringing a chapter to our campus. It’s time to prep your kitchens and stomachs for recipes and tips. Spoon University is a website for students who are navigating kitchens on their own for the first time. Calling itself “the everyday food resource for our […]

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Spooky activities this week

Basma Humadi, Staff Writer Halloween: a time of costumes, candy and overuse of the color orange. If you’re like me, clueless but curious about what Halloween festivities are going on this week, check out some of these events! Azucar Halloween party Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Johnson Center Bistro Azucar, Mason’s […]

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Patriot Recipes: Patriot Power Trail Mix

Jess Buckley, Staff Columnist Why does it always seem that hunger rears its ugly head right when you’re in the the biggest hurry? Or the moment you’re farthest from a dining hall or in the middle of a three-hour lecture with no end in sight? Not only are you hungry, you’re also tired and grumpy. What […]

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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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Mason chefs boost culinary creativity to meet demand

As the Mason residential population will be increasingly bound to Anytime Dining meal plans, Mason Dining is working to increase culinary talent at dining halls to match the student need for on-campus food. This year marked the first year of freshman required to sign up for the Anytime Dining meal plans which require student meal […]

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