“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.“  ―Rainer Maria Rilke
WEEK OF: January 19, 2016
Welcome Back!

The Student Media professional staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to campus for an exciting new semester!

Kathryn Mangus, Director; David Carroll, Associate Director; Jason Hartsel, Assistant Director;
Leslie Steiger, Assistant Director; Rodger Smith, WGMU Advisor
What's Happening This Week?
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC
January 20th
March 3rd
School of Art Gallery & Fenwick Library

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016 to commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street. Exhibits, programs, and special events are planned throughout spring 2016. Learn more:

Winter RSO Fair
Wednesday, January 20th @ 10AM
JC Dewberry Hall

Learn more about joining student organizations at this tabling event.

MCN Sports
Video Live Stream Schedule:

Women’s Basketball vs. VCU
   Wednesday, January 20th @ 7:00PM

• Wrestling vs. Lock Haven

   Friday, January 22nd @ 7:00PM

Men's Basketball vs. Duquesne
   Saturday, January 23rd @ 4:00PM

WGMU Sports
Audio Live Stream Schedule:

Men's Basketball vs. Fordham
   Wednesday, January 20th @ 6:45PM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!

Women’s Basketball vs. VCU
   Wednesday, January 20th @ 7:00PM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!
• Women’s Basketball vs. George Washington

   Saturday, January 23rd @ 11:45AM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!
Men's Basketball vs. Duquesne
   Saturday, January 23rd @ 4:00PM
   Click here to listen to FREE live audio!


Looking Ahead...

Last day to add classes: January 26th
Last day to drop classes: February 2nd

Bulletin Board

Content Spotlight
President Obama Town Hall

On Thursday, January 7th, President Obama and CNN host Anderson Cooper sat down with a hand-picked audience for a town hall discussion about "Guns in America." The hour-long event was broadcast live from the Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall on Mason's Fairfax campus. Invitees represented a range of political viewpoints on the issue of guns and gun control, including Second Amendment advocates and family members and survivors of gun violence. Also in the audience was former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was severely wounded in a mass shooting five years ago in Arizona. CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin was also on campus, hosting live news segments throughout the day on Thursday from a stage in the JC Atrium. Outside the Johnson Center, some 100 students and community members gathered to protest and make their voices heard on both sides of the gun control issue.

CNN crews and U.S. Secret Service agents took over Dewberry Hall, the Bistro, and the Gold Room early in the week, setting up for the broadcast and ensuring security measures were in place for the president's arrival. The lower level of the Johnson Center was a flurry of activity on Tuesday and Wednesday as professionals made final preparations for a simultaneous presidential visit and a live, prime time television show.

Student Media was on-site to provide coverage of both the town hall and the protesters outside. Mason Cable Network General Manager
Robert Horan was granted press access by the White House and was inside Dewberry Hall for the event. Fourth Estate reporter Natalia Kolenko and photo editor Amy Rose covered the protests on the North Plaza. Check out and for their full reportage.

From Fourth Estate online:

Last Thursday, President Obama and a handful of selected invitees sat down in Dewberry Hall for a televised forum moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper to discuss Obama’s recent executive action on gun control
Just outside the town hall, students and community members waged a protest over the same issues being discussed inside...
Read the full article

Photo credit: Amy Rose/Fourth Estate

In Case You Missed It
Sports Broadcast Team
Over winter break, Student Media's Sports Broadcast Team was hard at work, producing video live streams for six wrestling matches, six basketball games, and one volleyball match for a total of 13 games! One of the busiest days was December 19th, when the team produced two basketball games on the same day. A Women's Basketball game was held in the RAC while Winter Commencement was happening simultaneously in EagleBank Arena. Then the student team had to haul all of their equipment over to EagleBank Arena for an evening Men's Basketball game.
Left Photo: Women's Basketball in the RAC with Student Media set up on the sidelines.
Thank you to the students and staff who made it all happen:

David Carroll, Associate Director & Rodger Smith, WGMU Advisor

Anthony Stampone, Brandon Langford, Erik Reddersen, Julian Nguyen, Kate Rathburn, Khafre Barclift, Krista Ferrara, Robert Horan, Sravan Meruva, Tyler Byrum, Yosha Lacy

Staff Reminders
A note from the Fiscal and Operations Asst. Director, Leslie Steiger:

CARD ACCESS: Please submit all card access requests to me by Thursday, January 21, 2016.
I need your full name and G number to process the request!

Arrivals & Departures
Staff changes, updates, and additions for Spring 2016:

Darian Banks, Fourth Estate Managing Editor (new role)
Amy Rose, Fourth Estate Photography Editor (new role)
Ben Cowlishaw, Fourth Estate Asst. Sports Editor (new to Student Media)
Ky'Lend Adams, Mason Cable Network PR Director (new role)

Welcome to all new staff members!

Window of Opportunity
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

Summer Internship Opportunity:

Summer Institute on Political Journalism: The priority deadline for the Summer Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC is coming up on February 10. The final application deadline is March 16. 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

Happy Birthday, George! Recap
In case you missed it, Student Media hosted a week-long celebration of George Mason's 290th birthday during the last week of classes (Dec. 7-11). Our slate of events included a First Amendment Panel Discussion, Radiothon, Open Mic Night, and Free Speech Kiosk.

Our goal with the week-long celebration was to raise awareness about Student Media groups, and together we did just that. Total attendance for the week was 285 people, with our message reaching over 35K people through social media, email, and print marketing. In addition, local businesses donated over 70 items that we used as prizes for trivia contests, Radiothon callers, and door prizes. We were also fortunate to have Provost Emeritus
Peter Stearns as the moderator for our First Amendment Panel Discussion.

Special thank you to everyone who helped plan the celebration, attended our events, or donated prizes or services! Without you George's 290th birthday week would not have been the successful and fun event that was.

Below are some photos from George's birthday bash and select "memes" that were used to generate conversation via social media while informing the Mason community.
On behalf of everyone here at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to...

Fernanda Rodriguez, Society of Professional Journalists, January 22nd
Alexa Gohl, Society of Professional Journalists, January 24th

Created by: Jason Hartsel