"There is no fear when you are having fun." — Will Thomas
April 11, 2017

What's Happening This Week?
Pride Week 2017
April 7th - 14th
Click here for a full list of Pride Week events.

Senior Portraits - Last Chance in 2017!
April 11-13  |  JC Atrium 121

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

MCN Panda Express Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 12th
Panda Express, Merten Hall

Make sure to bring a flyer so MCN benefits!
MCN Live Sports
Broadcasting Schedule:

• Baseball vs University of Maryland

   Wednesday, April 12th @ 3PM

• Women's Lacrosse vs GWU
   Thursday, April 13th @ 6PM

• Women's Lacrosse vs Richmond
   Sunday, April 16th @ 12PM

Content Spotlight
Still Feeling the Bern:
Sanders & Perriello Campaign at Mason
Sen. Bernie Sanders Endorses Tom Perriello at GMU Fairfax, VA
Click on the video above to watch MCN's coverage (anchored by Raven Royal) of last Thursday's event featuring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Perriello.

Sanders gave Perriello a strong endorsement for VA Governor, directly addressing the "George Mason Patriots," to, "in the deepest sense, live up to that title. I am asking you to love your country, love your state, [and] stand up for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice."
In Case You Missed It
Journal Jam 2017
Student Media hosted the 2nd Annual Journal Jam on Thursday, April 6, in the Johnson Center Bistro. Building on the success of last year's gathering, we welcomed over 75 students, staff, and faculty members to help us celebrate the work of our five outstanding student-run literary journals that showcase the best in creativity and scholarship that Mason has to offer.

Attendees enjoyed live music and refreshments and heard brief presentations from writers, researchers, poets, and artists whose work has been selected for publication in 2017.

The night's entertainment came courtesy of Mason student Padi Nejad's up-and-coming local band, Electric Heart, who played their first gig at Mason and brought down the house with their soulful music. Click here to read WGMU DJ Jackie Reed's interview with Electric Heart.

Special thanks to vocalist Padi Nejad, guitartist Sean Ghosh, and saxophonist Devin Beard for lending their talents to our event!


Student Media’s literary journals (1: Volition; 2: The George Mason Review; 3: Phoebe; 4: So to Speak, and 5: Hispanic Culture Review) have been publishing continuously since 1971, providing a platform for Mason students to share their original work across a variety of disciplines with the world. Entirely student-run, these literary journals provide a showcase for original scholarly and creative work by students outside the classroom and provide the Mason community with new ideas and perspectives.
Thank you to everyone who helped make
Journal Jam 2017 a success!
Left to right: Sosan Malik, Lottye Lockhart, Mimi Albano, Jackie Reed, Sasha Toophanie, Ky'Lend Adams, Bria Lloyd, and Jenny Shaskan.

Photos by Mimi Albano
SPJ Attends Region 2 Conference At Elon
By Fareeha Rehman, SPJ President

On April 8, 2017, representatives for Mason's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) attended the Region 2 Conference at Elon University in North Carolina.
The annual gathering of SPJ students from across region 2, the all-day event consists of panels, seminars, networking, and an award show.

Congratulations to our member
Chateau Mangaroo, a finalist in the Mark of Excellence awards category for Online Sports Reporting!
A fake news panel started the day at 9 am, where panelist Dick Barron described fake news as, “whatever someone doesn’t agree with or reporting that is biased or doesn’t go deep enough.” Then, the executive board learned social media apps and ways to use them in field. Some emerging platforms offering a range of new capabilities include Flipboard, Adobe Spark Post, Fyuse, and AudioBoom.
At the awards luncheon, keynote speaker Ahmed Fadaam recounted his experience going from artist professor to journalist in Iraq during the Iraq War. An excerpt from his podcast, “Ahmed’s Diary” was played as well and was incredibly moving.
After lunch, the Student Media's representatives ended the day by breaking off to attend different sessions with topics that included women's empowerment in multimedia journalism, social media techniques, requesting public documents, and media law. The conference was a great opportunity for SPJ to learn and network and we can’t wait until next year!

Mason SPJ Attendees:
Fareeha Rehman, Lauryn Cantrell, Sydney Cano, AJ Blomberg, and Chateau Mangaroo.
Photos courtesy of SPJ
26th Annual Comm. Dept. Awards Ceremony
Mason's Department of Communication hosted their 26th annual Communication Undergraduate Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 8 in Merten Hall, presenting achievement awards to students who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of areas (community service, journalism, media production, PR, and more).

Student Media was very well represented with 19 award recipients participating in one or more of our student-run groups. Here is a full list of award recipients who are also involved with Student Media:
Nadgeena Jerome, MCN
Patrick Fernandez, WGMU
Lauryn Cantrell, SPJ
Fareeha Rehman, SPJ
Jennifer Shaskan, PR & Design Team
Natalia Kolenko, Fourth Estate
Lottye Lockhart, PR & Design Team
Kevin Cruz, MCN
Airelle Thornhill, MCN
Issmar Ventura, MCN

Ashley Cook, Fourth Estate
Sasha Toophanie, WGMU
Mercy Wheeler, WGMU
Grant Silvestri, WGMU
Hannah Brawley, SPJ
Bianca Eckerberg, MCN
Ashley Hill, MCN
Sara Moniuszko, Fourth Estate
Cory Morgan, WGMU
Congratulations to all the honorees for their outstanding work and commitment to excellence!
Top Photo (left to right): Ashley Hill, Lottye Lockhart, Natalia Kolenko, Grant Silvestri, Sasha Toophanie, and Mercy Wheeler.

Bottom Photo (left to right): Grant Silvestri, WGMU Faculty Advisor Rodger Smith, Sasha Toophanie, and Mercy Wheeler.

Photos courtesy of Rodger Smith
Local High-Schoolers Visit Student Media
By Rodger Smith, WGMU Faculty Advisor

On Thursday, April 6, Student Media hosted a broadcast seminar for students from John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA.

JP the Great radio teacher Ashley Ackerman brought 13 students to learn about producing audio in WGMU's JC Production Studio. The students produced station identifications for WJPN-LP, the school's low power FM radio station. Big thanks to WGMU engineer
Michael Cohen for his help in assisting students producing these station ID's. After the studio sessions, the students enjoyed pizza from Student Media.

Big thanks to
Leslie Steiger for coordinating the pizza order and delivery and meeting room reservation so the students could enjoy a productive visit!
Photo courtesy of Rodger Smith
Softball Added to Sports Broadcasting Roster
By David Carroll, MCN Faculty Advisor

A few updates on the Sports Broadcasting Team
  • Friday's (4/17) Men's Volleyball game vs. conference rival New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was broadcast on MasonAds screens, dramatically broadening our potential on-campus audience.
  • The Mason vs. Fordham game on Sunday (4/9) was the first softball game produced by the Sports Broadcasting Team. This is the tenth sport we have broadcast for Mason Athletics.

Special thank you to those students involved in our first softball broadcast: Angelique Arintok, Taylor Byrne, Rachel Emmons, and Zach Hamilton.
Photo courtesy of David Carroll

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity
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.

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.

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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