"I am a big believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." — Thomas Jefferson
March 6, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
Volition Open Mic Night
Thursday, March 9th @ 7PM
JC Bistro

Express yourself and share your creative talents with the Mason community at Volition's last Open Mic Night of the semester! Did we mention FREE pizza?

Senior Portraits
March 7-9th
JC Atrium, Room 121
next to the Grad Fair!

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

SPJ Presents:
Personal Branding Workshop

Tuesday, March 7th @ 5PM
The Hub 1012

Learn how to effectively brand yourself with special guest speakers Sara Azani, style blogger from Style MBA, and Arash Shirazi, CEO of The Bullitt Agency. Hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists. Click here to learn more.

Spring Break
March 13-19th
Student Media wishes you a fun (and safe) break!
No newsletter next week, but we'll be back on 3/20.

MCN Live Sports
Broadcasting Schedule:

• Baseball vs Radford

   Tuesday, March 7th @ 2:30PM

• Baseball vs Radford
   Wednesday, March 8th @ 2:30PM

• Baseball vs Virginia Tech
Wednesday, March 8th @ 6PM

• Baseball vs Cornell
   Friday, March 10th @ 2:30PM

• Women's Lacrosse vs Liberty
   Saturday, March 11th @ 1PM

• Baseball vs Cornell
Saturday, March 11th @ 2PM

• Baseball vs Cornell
Sunday, March 12th @ 1PM

Content Spotlights
So to Speak Interviews Poet Kaveh Akbar
So to Speak Blog Editor Holly Mason interviewed poet Kaveh Akbar about Divedapper, his new project dedicated to featuring interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry.

Kaveh Akbar’s poems are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. His first full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published in Fall 2017 by Alice James Books.

Here is a taste of Holly's interview:

Holly Mason: Would it be possible for you to speak a bit about your composition process?

Kaveh Akbar: It’s hard to speak about without mining the language of the supernatural. I wake early, walk to my office, bringing with me a stack of books and some tea. For the first couple hours, I just read, scratching down words I like, making little riffs on those words. After I’ve got a few pages of that, a kind of “word bank,” I open a document on my laptop and beginning arranging some phrases...

Read the full interview on So to Speak's blog:

Photos courtesy of So to Speak. Image of Kaveh Akbar by B. A. Van Sise.
MCN to Debut New Talk Show on March 8th
Mason Cable Network is proud to present a new entertainment talk show hosted by Ragine Tennyson, Bria Lloyd, and Tamia Mallory.

The Spill will air it's first episode on Wednesday, March 8th at 8PM with special guest Alex Tucker (@alexdahuman).
Watch the trailer on MCN's YouTube page:
In Case You Missed It
SPJ Hosts Mason Alumnus Kevin McCarthy

The Society of Professional Journalists welcomed Fox5 entertainment reporter and Mason alumnus Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday, February 28th for a conversation about his work and making the transition from student journalist to professional reporter.

Thank you for giving Mason student journalists the inside scoop!

Photos courtesy of SPJ

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
Charlottesville Tomorrow Paid Internship:
Charlottesville Tomorrow is 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." Click here for a complete description of the position.
Successful applicants will have strong computer and writing skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, and possess a strong interest in local government gained through educational or professional experience on issues such as land use, transportation, community design and public education.
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.

Virginia Press Association Annual Conference:
The Virginia Press Association (VPA) invites students to attend our annual conference on April 8th: Press Forward. This conference 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.

We are making limited student scholarships available: 5 FULL scholarships which includes the cost of lodging for one night and 10 programmatic scholarships which covers everything but lodging. These scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis and are limited to one scholarship per college/university. Don't miss out - contact

Want to learn more? Click here to read all the conference details.

Fund for Public Interest 2017 Internships:
The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America and U.S. PIRG:

"We are currently 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 including: running media events, coalition building, canvassing, and writing editorials, all while being paid as members of our staff. Our staffs typically earn an average of $4,500-$6,500 over the summer."
To apply, please visit or call 1-800-75-EARTH (1-800-753-2784).

Clinton Global Initiative U 2017:
Apply now to attend CGI U 2017 at Northeastern University, which will take place from Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017. CGI U is President Clinton’s initiative to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. 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. Click here to apply.

George Mason University is a member of the CGI University Network and has funding available for students accepted to CGI U 2017. Students selected for CGI U 2017 may be eligible to receive travel stipends and seed funding to support their projects. To find out more about CGI U, email, or join CGI U for a weekly webinar at 

Political Internship Summer 2017:
Journalism + Communications Internships – the Ultimate DC Experience!
Institute on Political Journalism  |  June 3 – July 28, 2017  |

Final Application Deadline: March 14th, 2017
Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8-week program allows students to intern in the fields of journalism, public relations, and communication while earning academic credit. Learn more:

Scholarship Opportunity:
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
Big Red will grant five $1,000 Big Red ¡Avance! scholarships to assist students with the cost of higher education. Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students can learn more about the scholarships at and sign up to be notified when the scholarship application is currently live!
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all of our Volunteers, DJs, and Staff Members, who are celebrating
another year this March!

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