"Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.“
—Tyrion Lannister, A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin
September 19, 2016

What's Happening This Week?
Time Management Workshop
Tuesday, September 20th @ 1:00PM
SUB 1 Room 3B
University Life is offering professional development workshops for both new and returning student employees. Click here to register and learn more.

Fear to Freedom
Tuesday, September 20th: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Dewberry Hall
Join University Life staff and volunteers as they assemble hundreds of “Fear 2 Freedom" (F2F) after-care kits which are an essential healing element for those affected by sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Kits will be distributed to the Student Support and Advocacy Center and to the INOVA Health System. For more information and to RSVP, visit:

Mason Votes General Interest Meeting
Wednesday, September 21st @ 7:00PM
The Hub 1012
Calling all students with a passion for politics! Mason Votes is George Mason University’s non-partisan political online news outlet that features candidate bios, voter guides, and more. Join us to learn more about how you can get involved.
MCN Video Live Stream Schedule:

• Men's Soccer vs. Siena
   Saturday, September 24th @ 7:00PM


Hispanic Heritage Month Events:
UndocuAlly Training
Friday, September 23rd: 10AM-2PM
Piedmont Multipurpose Room

Come with an open mind and learn more about the history, legislation, and current/future realities of our undocumented student community. Register online at

Shades of Brown: Open Mic & Poetry
Friday, September 23rd: 7PM - 10PM
JC Bistro

Coming Soon:
Fall for the Book Festival
Begins September 27th!
Be on the look out for event updates.

Content Spotlight

Michelle Obama Visits Mason
FAIRFAX, VA — In her first solo appearance on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned speech at George Mason University that highlighted the stakes of Election 2016 and implored young voters to make it to the polls on November 8th despite the increasingly negative tone of the campaign in recent weeks:

“We can’t afford to be tired or turned off — not now. Because while this might feel like a time of uncertainty and division, I have never felt more hopeful about the future of this great nation.”

Student Media was on hand to cover the event, with students producing print, video, and online content. Pick up a copy of today's Fourth Estate print edition to read MacKenzie Reagan's article and check out Mason Votes for a recap of Michelle's speech and an online gallery with original photography by Mimi Albano and Leslie Steiger. Stay tuned for more coverage from WGMU and MCN!
Photos by: Mimi Albano and Leslie Steiger

Strengths Finder
George Mason University has partnered with Strengths Academy and made the Strengths Finder Assessment available for FREE to all Mason Students!

This assessment allows students to gain greater insight into their natural talents and personal strengths For more information about how to take the Strengths Finder Assessment and the Wellness benefits of knowing your Strengths please click here.

Do You Know Your Strengths?
Take the Assessment Now!

Bulletin Board
In Case You Missed It
Sports Broadcasting Update
Zach Hamilton, a freshman Communication major / Sports Communication minor, made his debut as a play-by-play announcer for the Sports Broadcasting Team during the Hampton vs Mason Women's Volleyball game on Saturday September 17th.

Prior to this, Zach performed color commentator duties for the Sports Broadcasting Team for six games. Additionally, Zach called play-by-play for numerous games for his high school, Northumberland High School.

Pictured above (from left to right):
Khafre Barclift (navy shirt), Dan Ward (green shirt), Zach Hamilton (purple shirt).
Society of Professional Journalists
Above: SPJ welcomes guest speaker Isabelle Khurshudyan (center), a Washington Post reporter.

Below: SPJ recruits new members at the COMM Welcome Back event and
GetConnected Info Fair.
Photos courtesy of: SPJ
PR Team at The Source
PR & Design Team members Alexis Loar, Ky'Lend Adams, and Lottye Lockhart spread the word about Student Media groups and publications at The Source event in Presidents Park on September 15th.
Meet the Staff:
Communication Team
This space will feature new and returning staff profiles each week.
Salvatore Pitino

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Economics
Minor: Italian Studies
Bio: Sal speaks Italian and hopes to one day be a CEO in the airline industry. This is Sal's third year of involvement with Student Media
and the thing he loves the most about this office is working events and spending each day with such amazing staff members!
Jessica Smith

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Spanish
Minor: Global Affairs
Bio: This is Jessica's second year on the Comm Team. Over the summer she served as a Co-Editor-In-Chief of Freshman Focus and is now editing the weekly newsletter with
Jason Hartsel. She hopes to one day work in Citizenship and Immigration Services and to teach English as a foreign language abroad. Jessica's favorite thing about Student Media is seeing such amazing people come together and produce exceptional publications and broadcasts!
Kaitlyn Koegler

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Communication
Bio: Kaitlyn is a dancer and a bass guitarist
. She plans on working in the journalism/broadcasting field and teaching ESL. What she enjoys most about being involved with Student Media is getting to work with staff and students who share an interest in media!

Christopher Campos-Pérez

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Political Communication and English
Bio: Christopher loves making videos on his GoPro. He hopes to attend law school, become a full-time bartender, and obtain his teaching certification! Christopher loves helping students and faculty get involved with Student Media and promoting our groups around campus

Erin Lynch

Class Standing: Freshman
Major: Global Affairs (International Development concentration)
Bio: Erin rode horses competitively for 12 years! She plans on working in international development, specifically working with youth and young women to further their education and provide job training opportunities. Erin is a new addition to the Communication Team and enjoys how vibrant and engaging the Student Media office is. She loves that there is never a dull moment here at Student Media

Window of Opportunity
Scholarship Opportunity
Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship Program
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), Big Red, America’s original and best-selling red soda, has partnered with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-serving Institutions, to support students pursuing a higher education. 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 live in January 2017.

Paid Summer 2017 Employment Opportunity:
The Dow Jones News Fund is accepting applications for its 2017 summer internship programs. College juniors, seniors, and graduate students are invited to apply for the 2017 internship program. Internships will be available in data journalism, digital media, business reporting, and interactive news editing. The News Fund provides students with one week all-expenses paid training program in the latest news gathering and storytelling technologies; followed by paid internships at top media companies. Students earn $400 or more per week from news organizations and receive $1,000 scholarships from the Dow Jones News Fund.

Deadline to apply for the 2017 summer program is Nov. 1.
Visit for more information.
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 September!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
Created by: Jessica Smith and Jason Hartsel

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