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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Freedom of the press: Conference examines accessibility in scholarly publishing

(Photo credit: Natalia Kolenko/Fourth Estate) Over 200 members of the scholarly publishing industry met for a conference on Mason’s Fairfax campus April 19-22 to discuss the quickly evolving world of scholarly publishing.  The conference, known as the Open Scholarship Initiative Conference, or OSI Conference, was the first of its kind, stemming from an organization created a year and a half ago. The organization, […]

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Seniors benefit from graduation regalia donations

Mia Wise, Staff Writer There is a quick fix for one of the biggest headaches of graduation season: purchasing a cap and gown. Now, students can buy reduced-price graduation regalia donated by Mason alumni. Gowns for Grads is a program that lends donated caps and gowns from Mason alumni to current graduates unable to pay for graduation wear. The […]

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Music Program gives old instruments new life

Basma Humadi, Staff Writer A new outreach program is spreading tunes in a new way by collecting used musical instruments for children and students to give them a second life. Instruments in the Attic, first sprouted in 2007 when Mason alumnus John Paul Phaup took a methods class that required him to learn to play numerous […]

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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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Mason announces plans for new Title IX policies and procedures

This story was originally published in the April 25 issue of Fourth Estate. Mason will soon update its Title IX policy to fit the recommendations of the Task Force on Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence (SAIV), which were published in March 2015. A Title IX policy review team has been examining the current policy and […]

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One if by land, two if by internet

This story was originally published in the April 25 issue of Fourth Estate. How Mason researchers are leading the charge in preventing digital attacks Two weeks ago on Friday, April 15, a team of Mason researchers and students were awarded a grant by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for their work in creating […]

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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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Universities tackle millennial mental health

Rachel Shubin, Staff Writer Many college students struggle with mental health difficulties and diagnoses like anxiety and depression seem to be on the rise. Fortunately, Mason and other Virginia universities are doing their best to tackle this issue. According to Daphne Watkins, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, “Evidence suggests that the mental health […]

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Let’s talk about climate change: Mason and beyond

(Credit: Laura Baker/Fourth Estate) The Earth Month event “Let’s Talk About Climate Change,” which was held April 1, explored how organizations on Mason’s Campus, the city of Fairfax and the state of Virginia educate and empower residents to combat climate change. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and the George Mason University Center for Climate […]

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