Week of Action against Sexual Violence

Jevette Brown, Staff Writer In accordance with the White House’s “It’s On Us” National Take Action Week campaign, Student Government this week is hosting Patriots In Action: Week of Action. Monday, March 28, marked the beginning of Mason’s Week of Action Against Sexual Violence, which aims to bring awareness to sexual assault and gender violence. Each […]

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On-campus assaults lead to “It’s on Us” reminder

(Photo credit: Megan Zendek/Fourth Estate) After Interim Police Chief Thomas Longo sent out an email to the Mason Community Feb. 8 regarding two recent sexual assaults, Student Body President Khushboo Bhatia reminded the community of the It’s on Us campaign. It’s on Us is a national campaign that was started by President Obama in September 2014. Speaking […]

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Reflection on Take Back the Night

Asher Ackman and Kelsey Davidson, Staff Writers The evening of October 6, Mason students could hear chants coming from a gathering at North Plaza. The leader of the crowds would shout “Take back!” to which the crowd would respond, “the night!” The chants were varied, but the message of empowerment remained the same. Posters were paraded, […]

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Event sparks continued conversation on assault at Mason

Savannah Norton, Lifestyle Editor Sexual assault can happen anywhere and anytime, especially on a college campus. It is defined as any physical action or behavior that is not consented. Tuesday, Sept. 22, students and faculty at Mason came together in Dewberry Hall to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention at the nonprofit Fear2Freedom’s event.  The […]

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Recovery Month inspires hope, sparks conversation

Tatyana White-Jenkins, Assistant Lifestyle Editor Mason is celebrating National Recovery Month this September. In its 26th year, Recovery Month is a national observance created by the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to educate Americans on the importance of recovery from substance use. According to SAMSHA’s official website, “Recovery Month celebrates the gains […]

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The health issues behind Love Your Body Week

Students living a college lifestyle filled with stress, pressure and even home-sickness are at a high risk of developing unhealthy habits. These habits can negatively affect both physical and mental health. Mason’s LOVE Your Body Task Force is helping to raise awareness about the health issues college students can develop. Composed of Mason faculty, staff […]

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Get Your Heart On

This story was originally published in the Feb. 09 issue of Fourth Estate. Allison Lundy, staff writer The Mason community is teaching students about healthy relationships and self-respect. The Get Your Heart On event hosted by Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Prevention Services is being held on Feb. 10.  It is a result of the collaboration […]

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​WAVES email hopes to raise student awareness about stalking

Due to increased stalking reports on campus, Mason’s Office of Housing and Residence Life sent out an email urging students to keep the residence halls safe. The email was sent out by Housing on Nov. 10 at the request of Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education Services. In the email, students were asked to prevent non-residents from entering […]

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Clothesline Project pays homage to domestic and sexual violence

Courtney Metcalf, staff writer An on-campus exhibition helps students speak out against domestic and sexual violence. “It’s okay to talk about it,” Caren Sempel, associate director for Interpersonal Violence Education at WAVES on sexual violence, said. “And that’s what the Clothesline event does: it creates a safe place for people to speak out.” The Clothesline event is […]

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Turn off the Violence with WAVES

For the last 17 years, Turn off the Violence has served as a week to educate the Mason community on violence against women and sexual violence. It runs from Oct. 6-10. This week’s events will include: The Clothesline Project- Monday, Oct. 6– 10, outside of Robinson Halls, and the pathway between SUB I and Fenwick […]

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