"Just because you don't understand something, doesn't mean it's nonsense." — Lemony Snicket
February 6, 2017
Brave, Bold, Green, Gold:
Mason Homecoming is February 6-12, 2017! 
Click here for a full schedule of events.

What's Happening This Week?
Phoebe's Spring Reading
Thursday, February 9th @ 10:30PM
Shaw's Tavern (
520 Florida Ave NW, D.C.)

Join Phoebe editors and staff for a poetry reading featuring James Franco (aka Sean Lovelace & Mark Neely), Tim Jones-Yelvington, Rochelle Hurt, Zach Powers, Nicole Walker, Paula Cisewski, Kallie Falandays, John Pursley, Drew Scott Swenhaugen, and Haley Rene Thompson.
Click here to learn more.
How to Land a Career in Media and PR
Thursday, February 9th @ 5:30PM
Career Services (SUB I, Room 3400)

Connect with top media and PR employers for tips on landing a job/internship and finding success in your field. Hosted by Society of Professional Journalists!

So to Speak's Spring Reading
Sunday, February 12th @ 2PM
Potter's House (1658 Columbia Rd NW, D.C.)

Join So to Speak editors and staff for a poetry reading featuring Oliver Baez Bendorf, Aaron Coleman, Zeina Hashem Beck, Armani Dae, and Eleadah Elle Clack. This event will raise funds to support the DC Trans Women of Color Collective and a suggested admission donation of $5 will be collected at the door. Click here to learn more.
Live Sports Broadcast Schedule:

Men's Basketball at Davidson (WGMU)
   Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM

• Women's Basketball vs. Davidson (MCN)

   Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM

Wrestling vs. Navy (MCN)
   Wednesday, February 8th @ 7PM


Men's Basketball vs. Fordham (WGMU)
   Saturday, February 11th @ 6PM


Coming Up Next Week:

PRESS PASS: Spring Open House
Wednesday, February 15th @ 4PM
The Hub 1201 (Student Media Office)
GMR's Submission Deadline is February 8th!
Content Spotlight
North Plaza Rally Against Executive Orders
Mason students and faculty took to North Plaza on Tuesday, January 31st to protest the recent executive order signed by President Trump that imposes a travel ban on immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries and indefinitely suspends entry to the United States by refugees from Syria.

The event was organized by Mason's Muslim Affairs Council, Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA), Muslim Student Association, Mason DREAMers, and VA Student Power and included speakers from a variety of communities either directly impacted by the executive order or united in solidarity against the controversial actions taken by the new administration. The diverse crowd was peaceful but firm in their opposition, chanting and raising signs with slogans such as "No Human is Illegal," "Resist," "No Ban, No Wall," and "Immigrants are Welcome Here."

According to organizers, the intent of the rally was to "Stand up and demand that George Mason and President Angel Cabrera work to end these racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic policies immediately!"
Photos by Lottye Lockhart
In Case You Missed It
Students Lunch with Governor McAuliffe

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe welcomed college journalists from across the Commonwealth to a luncheon at the Executive Mansion in Richmond on Wednesday, February 1st.

Junior Fareeha Rehman (President, Society of Professional Journalists) and Senior Lottye Lockhart (PR Coordinator, Student Media) represented Mason alongside peers from other Virginia colleges and universities.

During the three-course lunch that included lamb chops with polenta circles and opera cake, Governor McAuliffe discussed the future of Virginia’s economy and education and his thoughts on the job market for current college students.

McAuliffe also spoke with the student journalists about recent political events, specifically the controversial executive order that bans entry to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations and indefinitely suspends America’s acceptance of refugees from war-torn Syria: “We defeated one monarchy 236 years ago, and we sure as heck ain’t going to create another one!”

Read more on the Student Media homepage:

Photos by Lottye Lockhart
Volition Open Mic Night
Missed last week's Open Mic Night? Join Volition for their next OMN event on Thursday, March 9th @ 7PM in the JC Bistro for more poetry, music, comedy, and more!
Photos by Lottye Lockhart
SPJ's Spring Interest Meeting
The Society of Professional Journalists kicked off the spring semester on Tuesday, January 31st with their first interest meeting of 2017. According the SPJ Vice President Lauryn Cantrell, "we had a great turnout, with 31 people showing up!"

SPJ holds regular meetings every Tuesday at 5PM in Hub 1012.
Join SPJ for the opportunity to meet industry experts, take trips to media outlets, and grow as a professional.
Lee Brice & Justin Moore: American Made Tour
Student Media recently partnered with Monumental Sports & Entertainment to help promote their "American Made Tour" concert event featuring country music stars Lee Brice and Justin Moore. The show took place on Friday, February 3rd at Fairfax's EagleBank Arena and several students were lucky enough to win tickets through our office giveaway. Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to working with Monumental to raise awareness of future shows on campus.

Staff Updates
Student Media's professional staff would like to officially welcome MCN alumnus Tyler Byrum to the team as Assistant Broadcast Director!

Tyler joined Student Media as a freshman in the fall of 2012 and was involved every semester until graduating in May of 2016. During his tenure at MCN, Tyler was instrumental in founding the Sports Broadcasting Team in 2013 and served as a host of the popular show Mason Sports Insider for several seasons.

In his new role, Tyler will be working closely with Associate Director
David Carroll to advise and recruit students, oversee live sports broadcasts, assist with MCN's ahead-of-schedule digital transition, and share his social media expertise with all groups.

Welcome back, Tyler!

Alumni Update
Congratulations to Jennifer Perna Brown, a one-time WGMU on-air personality (Jenn-Jenn!) and WGMU Summer Radio Camp teacher.

A 2006 Communication grad, Jenn has earned the Prince William County Middle School Teacher of the Year Award! She teaches ESOL (grades 6-8) at Graham Park Middle School in Triangle, VA.

"We are proud of her work now as much as we were then. The world is a better place with Jenn in it."  Rodger Smith

Bulletin Board
Window of Opportunity

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 early application and travel assistance deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. 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  

DJ Opportunity:
Cool Spring Elementary School in Leesburg, VA is having a Family Dance Party (woohoo!) next Friday (2/10) from 6:30-8:00pm and is looking for a DJ!  Please contact Rodger Smith ( if you are interested in applying for this gig.

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

Early Application Deadline: December 6, 2016 - 5% tuition discount
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
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.
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 February!

Thank you for your service and for making Student Media a fabulous place to work!
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