Category: News

University reduces budget cuts; still cutting $10.9 million

Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration JJ Davis and Provost David Wu updated faculty, students and staff on the new reduction of state-mandated budget cuts in a town hall meeting this week. Davis and Wu say that the university’s…

New brand profile phases out “Where innovation is tradition”

George Mason University has created its first “brand profile,” a creative strategy for communication with recruits, students and alumni. The university will use this profile as a resource for communication and marketing and will phase out the university’s tagline “Where Innovation…

New partnership aims to boost student voice at polls

A new partnership encourages more college students to cast their votes at the ballot box. MASONVotes and Virginia21, a non-profit and non-partisan organization that supports young voters in higher education, have created a partnership with TurboVote to ease the obstacles…

New Rector sets goal to raise university endowment

The new rector for Mason’s Board of Visitors hopes to raise the university endowment, provide student opportunities and promote diversified thought. Former U.S. Congressman Tom Davis was appointed as rector of the BOV earlier this year after joining in 2013….

New park planned for heart of Fairfax

A new park in the historic district of Fairfax will soon provide a civic and recreational outdoor space. Construction of Old Town Square is expected to be finished by Dec. 2014. “[Old Town Square] will be a very vibrant place…

Mason students participate in largest climate march in history

Several George Mason University students took part in the People’s Climate March, the largest climate change protest in history. Over 400,000 people gathered together in New York City  to incite significant action from world leaders attending a United Nations climate summit…

Native American students express frustration at Redskins name

Controversy surrounding the Redskins team name has sparked heated discussion on campus. In her visit to the Fall for the Book festival, Native American author and activist Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discussed the controversial Redskins name and mascot. According to Dunbar-Ortiz,…

Drop in liquor and drug arrests, Univ. Police reports

Drug arrests and liquor law arrests decreased by almost 50% in 2013 from 2012, according to a new University Police report released today. The Annual Security/Annual Fire Safety Report 2014 reported that there were 74 drug-related arrests at the Fairfax campus in…

Backpack display raises awareness for widespread prevention

Hundreds of backpacks were scattered across North Plaza recently to reflect on growing suicide rates among college students. Mason’s Active Minds organization co-sponsored the Send Silence Packing event on Sept. 10, in which the backpacks represented the number of college…

Students change passwords due to systems instrusion

The IT department asked students to change their passwords earlier this month in response to a system intrusion. According to Marlyn Smith, vice president of Mason’s information technology unit, the intrusion compromised about 4,400 social security numbers. The intrusion affected mostly…