"A kind word is like a spring day." — Russian Proverb
April 3, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
Student Government Elections
Voting Began April 1st

Click here for more information.

SPJ Presents: A Conversation with
Daniel Lippman of Politico

Tuesday, April 4th @ 5PM
The Hub 1012

Join the Society of Professional Journalists for a conversation with Politico reporter, Daniel Lippman. As always, bring your questions and your friends!

iWeek Dance Competition
Tuesday, April 4th @ 6:30PM  |  CFA
Can't make it to the event? Watch MCN's live stream on campus channel 8.1 or via

iWeek Parade
Thursday, April 6th @ 12PM  |  North Plaza

Marketing Your Student Experience

Wednesday, April 5th @ 3PM
SUB I 3400

Click here to register for this workshop.

WGMU Panda Express Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 5th 1PM - 7PM
Panda Express, Merten Hall

Make sure to bring the flyer below so WGMU benefits!

Journal Jam 2017
Thursday, April 6th @ 7PM
JC Bistro

Join Student Media as we celebrate the work of our five outstanding student-run literary journals that showcase the best in creativity and scholarship Mason has to offer. Enjoy FREE refreshments and a performance by local band Electric Heart! Click here to learn more.
International Week 2017
March 31st - April 9th
Click here for a full list of iWeek events.

Sexual Assault Awareness Week
April 3rd - 7th
Click here to visit the SSAC website.

Pride Week 2017
April 7th - 14th
Click here for a full list of Pride Week events.

MCN Live Sports
Broadcasting Schedule:

• Baseball vs Towson

   Tuesday, April 4th @ 3PM

• Men's Volleyball vs NJIT
   Friday, April 7th @ 7PM

• Men's Volleyball vs Princeton
   Saturday, April 8th @ 7PM



Senior Portraits - Final Sessions!
April 11-13  |  JC Atrium 121

Reserve your spot today: (enter school code 700). A $10 sitting fee is required.

Fresh Fest
Tuesday, April 18th @ 6PM  |  Hanover 1012
Senior Stoles Deadline: April 7th
If you are graduating in 2017 and want to commit to purchasing a stole, please send an email by 4/7 with your full name, group, and position title to:
Content Spotlights
MCN's Student Gov't Candidate Profiles
Click on the video above to hear directly from the candidates for Student Body President and Vice President (Hannah Carse, Greg Warren, David Kanos, and Kelley Dugan) on why they believe they deserve your vote and what their respective platforms are.
Learn more about Student Government:
Journal Jam 2017 Video Promo
Click the video above to watch a video promo spot for Journal Jam 2017 created by the PR & Design Team. Edited by Mimi Albano.
In Case You Missed It
Student Media Hosts Chinese Journalists

Representatives from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Fourth Estate met with eight journalists and media professionals from China on Wednesday, March 29th as a part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Through the help of three interpreters, the open discussion was wide-ranging and included everything from personal stories to the role and freedoms of journalists in China vs. the U.S. to the universal power of the media and the need for ethical reportage, regardless of country.

The meeting “provided me with new insight into the importance of media around the world. It was great to be able to hear how those in the media cover China and the U.S. from a non-American perspective,” said
AJ Blomberg, SPJ Events Coordinator.

The visitors praised the Office of Student Media, and though they grew up differently, they said that we reminded them of themselves when they were just beginning their careers.

“It was great to hear and witness their excitement for our future in media,” added AJ.

Topics of freedom, ethical challenges, and passion for storytelling were all discussed in the almost 2-hour meeting.

“I was surprised at how easy it was to have great conversation with them, despite speaking through interpreters and being from two different sides of the world. Our shared love for journalism and curiosity connected us instantly,” said
Fareeha Rehman, SPJ President.

Student Media representatives in attendance:
Natalia Kolenko from Fourth Estate, and Lauryn Cantrell, Cat Amin, Aurora Pasos, AJ Blomberg, and Fareeha Rehman from SPJ. Faculty advisors Jason Hartsel and Rodger Smith joined as well.
Electric Heart to Play Journal Jam 2017
Mason student Padi Nejad's up-and-coming local band, Electric Heart, will play Student Media's Journal Jam 2017 on Thursday, April 6th in the JC Bistro. Click the image above to watch a video of their new song, "Surrender."

Show your support for scholarship and creativity at Mason by attending Journal Jam 2017.
Click here to learn more.
Photo courtesy of Electric Heart (

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
Elena's Scholarships for Student Well-Being
Mason's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
Now accepting applications for six $1,000 Elena’s Scholarships for Student Well-Being.
Applicants who would be most likely to benefit from one-on-one support from a Mason faculty or staff person are especially encouraged to apply. Elena’s Scholarships are open to full-time, undergraduate students from all academic majors.
Learn more and apply:
Applications must be submitted online by April 7th.

Paid Internship Opportunity:
Charlottesville Tomorrow
Currently accepting applications for paid internships during the summer and fall of 2017. "Our internship program is an excellent way to hone one's writing skills and become very familiar with local government, education and planning issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle." Applicants for summer 2017 can email a cover letter and resume by Friday, March 3, to Executive Director Brian Wheeler at The deadline for fall 2017 internships is Friday, June 2.
Click here for a complete description of the position.

"Press Foward" Annual Conference:
Virginia Press Association (VPA)
This conference (April 8th) will give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts, thought leaders, and award winning journalists all while networking and building connections with newspapers from all across the state and Washington D.C.
Limited student scholarships available - contact
Want to learn more? Click here to read all the conference details.

2017 Summer Internship Opportunity:
The Fund for the Public Interest
A national non-profit organization hiring students to join our summer campaign staff in more than 30 different cities across the country. Students will get the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing, learn valuable communication skills and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campaign actions. Interns typically earn an average of $4,500-$6,500 over the summer.
Learn more and apply: or 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784)

Clinton Global Initiative U 2017:
CGI U 2017 at Northeastern University
CGI U (October 13 - 15, 2017) is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses. Each CGI U student must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges. The final application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017. Mason has limited funding available to support attendees; to find out more about CGI U, email, or join CGI U for a weekly webinar at 
Click here to learn more and apply.

Political Internship Summer 2017:
Institute on Political Journalism
8-week program (June 3 – July 28, 2017) where student intern in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communication while earning academic credit in Washington, D.C. Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Final Application Deadline: March 14th, 2017
Learn more and apply:


Scholarship Opportunity:
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
Five $1,000 scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education.
Learn more and apply:

Scholarship Opportunity:
uexpress: Dear Abby College Columnist Scholarship Contest
Top prize is a $1,500 scholarship and an all expense paid
attendance at the 41st Annual Conference of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (includes airfare, hotel, registration, and banquet meals) in Manchester, NH on June 8–11, 2017.
Learn more and apply:
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to
all of our Volunteers, DJs, and Staff Members, who are celebrating
another year this April!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
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