“O, Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?“ 
― Percy Bysshe Shelley
February 22, 2016
What's Happening This Week?
WCAC Girls Basketball Championship
TONIGHT! Monday, February 21st @ 6:00PM

MCN Sports Director Tyler Byrum (’16) will provide commentary for the broadcast. Click here to watch.

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series:
Kandahar Journals

Tuesday, February 22nd @ 7:30PM
JC Cinema

Witness a photojournalist's firsthand account of his psychological state while covering the war in Kandahar from 2006 to 2010 and its aftermath. Admission is free and discussion with filmmaker Louie Palu follows the screening. Click here to learn more.

SPJ: A Conversation with Tony Castrilli
Tuesday, February 22nd @ 4:30PM
Fairfax County Government Center

Join the Society of Professional Journalists for a conversation about the relationship between the media and public service with Tony Castrilli, Director of Public Affairs for Fairfax County. Prior to his role as a public servant, Mr. Castrilli worked within the media industry for nine years at WUSA-TV 9 as an executive producer. Click here to register.

MCN Fundraiser at Panda Express
Tuesday, February 23rd @ 5:00-9:00PM
Panda Express – Merten Hall, Fairfax

Mason Cable Network will be hosting a fundraiser this Tuesday with the help of Panda Express. Come on down with a printed copy or screenshot of the flyer (seen directly below) and present it to the sales associate when ordering. A portion of the proceeds from your visit will help support MCN.

Volition Open Mic Night
Thursday, February 25nd @ 7:00PM
LOCATION CHANGE: The Hub Corner Pocket

Live music, stand-up comedy, poetry, prose, and short screenplays are welcome! Join the Volition staff and student performers as they showcase the diverse arts scene at Mason. FREE pizza will be provided!

WGMU Sports
Audio Live Stream Schedule:

Men's Basketball vs. VCU
   Wednesday, February 24th @ 6:45PM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!

• Women's Basketball vs. LaSalle
   Saturday, February 27th @ 1:45PM

   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!

MCN Sports
Video Live Stream Schedule:

Women's Lacrosse vs. Mount Saint Mary's
   Wednesday, February 24th @ 4:00PM

• Men's Baseball vs. Rutgers
   Friday, February 26th @ 2:30PM

• Men's Baseball vs. Rutgers
   Saturday, February 27th @ 2:00PM

• Men's Baseball vs. Rutgers
   Sunday, February 28th @ 1:00PM



Senior Portraits
March 1st-3rd
JC Atrium
(Inside Grad Fair)

Don't miss your chance to preserve your Mason memories for years to come! Sign up for your senior portrait appointment today at (enter school code 700). Walk-ins are taken on a first come, first served basis and a $10 sitting fee is required.

Content Spotlight
John Kasich Town Hall At Mason

Republican presidential hopeful and Ohio Governor John Kasich hosted a town hall event earlier today at George Mason University. Student Media was on hand to cover the event with numerous students in attendance reporting for their respective media groups.

The video above was shot and edited by MCN General Manager
Robert Horan and the "hot-off-the-presses" images below were taken by Fourth Estate Photography Editor Amy Rose. Fourth Estate Editor-in-Chief Alexa Rogers has also posted an article on addressing controversy over Kasich's reference to "...women who left their kitchens" to go door to door for his first campaign that has been gaining traction on social media and cable news throughout the day.

Stay tuned to Fourth Estate, Mason Cable Network, WGMU, and
Mason Votes for ongoing coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election.
Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich brings his message of fiscal responsibility and compassionate conservatism to Mason for a town hall event earlier today.
Mason Rector and former Republican congressman Tom Davis introduced the candidate.

All photos by: Amy Rose, Fourth Estate
John Kasich takes questions from an audience of several hundred potential voters in The Hub Ballroom on Mason's Fairfax campus. Virginia's primary election is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

In Case You Missed It
SPJ Hosts CNN Exec. Producer Teddy Davis
Students from the Society of Professional Journalists welcomed CNN executive producer Teddy Davis to campus this past Tuesday for a wide-ranging conversation about his career in media, political reporting, broadcast journalism, and producing content for television. Davis currently serves as the senior producer for CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper, a popular Sunday morning political talk show.

Davis is the latest in a long line of influential SPJ guest speakers that have included reporters, bloggers, and radio hosts from The Washington Post, WTOP, CNN, NPR, and more. Join the students of SPJ for their next professional development opportunity tomorrow, Tuesday, February 22nd, as they travel to Fairfax Government Center for a conversation with Tony Castrilli (Fairfax County Director of Public Affairs).
Click here for more from SPJ.
CNN executive producer Teddy Davis poses for a photo with the officers of Mason's SPJ chapter.
Davis takes questions from Mason students.

All photos courtesy of: Fernanda Rodriguez, SPJ

Bulletin Board

Student Recognition Nominations
Last year, Student Media launched a new Student Recognition Program that honors winners each month in the following categories:

Best Creative Content   • Leader in Action
Outstanding Employee    • Spirit Award

We are now accepting nominations for Spring 2016! If you know someone who deserves consideration in the categories above, click on the button below to submit your nomination(s).

REMINDER: February nominations are due by 3/1/16!
Nominate an Outstanding Student Today!

Where Are They Now?

Kala West, former Mason Cable News Executive Producer,
is now a producer at Penn Sports Network.

Congratulations, Kala!

Event Staffing
Student Media has a number of events on the calendar for Spring 2016. Please take a moment to look over our event signup list and add your name for a shift or two. We know you are busy, but just an hour of your time could make a big impact on the students you meet at any given event.

Do your part to help represent our office at campus events and recruit Mason's best and brightest to work for your group.

Many thanks to those who have already signed up!
Click below to add your name:
Event Staffing Signup Sheet

Window of Opportunity
Science Journalism Internship Opportunity:
LAST WEEK TO APPLY! Science Magazine: The Minority Science Writers Internship Program 2016 is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don't reflect that diversity. Funded by the Pitts Family Foundation, the summer internship takes place at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary scientific journal in the world. Interns will spend 10 weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors. They get to meet leading scientists, attend conferences and hearings, and cover both breaking news and ongoing stories. Interns are expected to contribute to all facets of the news operation, including writing bylined articles in the print magazine and online news service and working with Science's digital media team. For additional information about the program, visit
The application deadline is March 1, 2016.

Summer Internship Opportunity:
Summer Institute on Political Journalism: The application deadline for the Summer Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC is coming up on March 16th. Students can earn between 3 and 9 credits and are guaranteed an internship in the fields of journalism, communication and PR. Almost 1 million dollars in scholarship funding is awarded annually and awards are made on the basis of financial need and merit. We are also pleased to announce our inaugural Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship awards that will provide full scholarships to 4 students to attend the program this summer. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 10. More information on the selection criteria and the application process may be found here: More information on the program can be found online at

Writing/Video Publishing Opportunity:
What's My Story? Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for and will pay for your true stories and videos on any of these themes: tolerance, respect, and compassion; embracing differences; making good choices; rejecting stereotypes; being held back by a bias/stereotype someone had about you; being held back by a bias/stereotype you had about someone; learning to be more tolerant; overcoming prejudices; becoming a better person; overcoming being raised to be intolerant or prejudiced; turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts; putting things in perspective. If accepted, your written story will be included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What’s Your Story? Any college student enrolled in the 2015–2016 school year can submit a story or a video at The deadline for written and video entries is March 31, 2016. For further information, and to submit stories or videos, go to

City Internships Opportunity:
City Internships Student Ambassadors: City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates designed to expand your horizons and get you job-ready. We are looking for driven and strategic individuals to act as a strong and persuasive voice on their university campus. The most successful Student Ambassadors will be able to effectively build brand awareness and represent City Internships in a positive light. Student Ambassador duties will include generating public interest, utilizing media platforms, implementing marketing strategies, and more. For more information you can review our link and apply at:
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to...

Kera White, MCN, on February 22nd
Anthony Fennell
, WGMU, on February 23rd
Created by: Sasha Toophanie and Jason Hartsel