"Intellectuals can debate, idiots just argue." — Dani Reynolds
October 3, 2016

What's Happening This Week?
Washington Post Reporter
T. Rees Shapiro

Tuesday, October 4th @ 5PM
The Hub 1012

Come out to SPJ's weekly meeting to enjoy this great opportunity to chat with special guest, T. Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post.

Google U at Mason
Tuesday, October 4th @ 7:20PM
Merten Hall 1201
Google and SPJ are excited to offer this training session on cutting edge Google tools for journalism and research.

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
Tuesday, October 4th @ 9PM
JC Atrium
(Hosted by Mason Votes)

Volition Open Mic Night
Friday, October 7th @ 7PM
JC Bistro

MCN Video Live Stream Schedule:

• Men's Soccer vs. St. Joseph
   Saturday, October 8th @ 7:00PM

Tuesday @ 9PM: Vice Presidential Debate

Content Spotlights

Mason Cable Network's "And A Kitchen Sink"
Join host Ashley Whimpey for a brand new season of "And A Kitchen Sink," Mason Cable Network’s quick, witty, fact show that’ll leave your head spinning! Find out how the Queen of England is somehow related to swiss cheese and how swiss cheese is somehow related to power outlets! You never know what you don’t know until you watch!

Click the image above to watch S4 Ep1.

So to Speak's Fall 2016 Issue

Click on the image above to read So to Speak's Fall 2016 issue online!

Strengths Finder Workshop
Right: Student Media staff and volunteers attend Strengths Finder training on Friday, September 30th.

Student leaders, staff, volunteers, contributors, and faculty advisors gathered on Friday to explore their Strengths in a fun and interactive workshop facilitated by the LEAD office.

Participants learned the role their Strengths play in shaping their lives and personalities, as well as how to maximize their impact as a student and a leader by applying their strengths in productive ways. The workshop emphasized connecting with others, building personal talents, and finding success by understanding your Strengths and those of your peers.

Thank you to the LEAD team!

Gallup recently published this article outlining some positive results from organizations who have implemented strengths-based strategies:

Strengths-Based Development: Leadership's Role

Still Don't Know Your Strengths?
Take the Assessment Now!

Patriot Success Survey
The Patriot Success Survey has launched!

This survey allows students to tell the university exactly where they would like more resources and how the university can help students make the most of their time at Mason! Take a screenshot of the confirmation page and your Mason ID to the JC Kiosk E for your FREE CLASS T-SHIRT!

Please see your email for more information and a personalized link for survey access.
Learn More About the Patriot Success Initiative

Bulletin Board

Help Wanted!
In Case You Missed It
The Big Debate

Mason Votes hosted a watch party in the Johnson Center Atrium so students could gather on campus to watch last Monday’s historic presidential debate unfold together on the big screen. Supporters of both candidates enjoyed the debate side by side, with Clinton and Trump campaign gear on display throughout the crowd.

In addition to the large group of Mason students that turned out on campus to experience the first one-on-one meeting between rivals Clinton and Trump, the debate was watched by some 100 million people worldwide. That makes the first 2016 presidential debate the most watched in history, shattering the previous record of 80 million viewers set by Carter vs. Reagan in 1980.

Mason Votes will be hosting another debate watch party for this Tuesday's Vice Presidential Debate, which will be broadcast live from Longwood University in Farmville, VA at 9:00pm.

Reminder: Election Day is only 35 days away on November 8, 2016!

Students who are registered on campus will be able to cast their ballot at Merten Hall from 6am until 7pm. Remember to bring photo ID in order to vote.

Read more about Election 2016 at
Photos by: Mimi Albano. Courtesy of: Mason Votes
Meet the Staff: PR & Design Team
This space will feature new and returning staff profiles each week.
Ky'Lend Adams

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Communication
Minor: Theatre
Ky'Lend is a senior majoring in Communication with a minor in Theatre. He has an interest in marketing, media production, and arts education, and hopes to pursue a career that combines those areas. Ky'Lend had been involved with Student Media since his freshman year. He was a DJ for WGMU, a Communication Team member for two years as well as the PR Director for MCN. He is currently an anchor for Mason Cable News. His favorite thing about Student Media is that students get to have a firsthand glimpse of working in the career of their choice while producing original content.  
Lottye Lockhart

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Communication: Public Relations
Lottye has performed over 1,000 hours of community service since 2013, and has served as the face of Student Media public outreach for two years. Her goal of working in public relations ties in perfectly with her work here at Student Media. Lottye is very enthusiastic about representing all that Student Media has to offer the Mason student body.
Mimi Albano

Class Standing: Junior
Major: Art and Visual Technology
Mimi is excited to serve Student Media for all its photography, editing, and design needs. She is a relatively new addition to the office, but has already made her mark in many areas. Mimi's photos have been featured on the cover of Fourth Estate, she has designed ads and layouts for various publications, last week she took beautiful headshots of her fellow staff members, and she has been working hard to keep our social media accounts both stunning and up to date.
Alexis Loar

Class Standing: Senior
Major: Communication: Public Relations
Minor: African and African American Studies
Alexis also works with the Patriot Activities Council and is a Mason Ambassador. She once flipped a four-wheeler in the air. She hopes to work in a public relations firm where she can work on social outreach projects. She loves the environment that Student Media offers and that here she can practice and prepare for her career in real time. 


Mary Jane DeCarlo

Class Standing: Freshman
Major: Art and Visual Technology
Mary Jane is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, and illustrated for her high school newspaper, the Woodson Cavalcade. Her interests include illustration and graphic novels, and she loves producing digital art. What Mary Jane loves most about Student Media is providing drawings and visuals for everyone's concepts!
Window of Opportunity
Paid Internship Fall 2016:
Cortona Academy 
needs a person with
superior writing, grammar, researching, and speaking skills to serve at our front desk, learning the ropes of marketing. Writing articles is CRITICAL for our marketing plan. We need a student who is motivated, well-dressed (we’re a school office and everyone must dress in business casual), and has a positive personality.
Applicants must be a junior, senior or grad student, be a quick typist (we also do databases), and absolutely know social media. A “plus” would be the ability to update our website, which is Wordpress. This is an intern position, but we are willing to pay base salary (min. wage) + hefty bonuses for helping us at conventions during some weekends and evenings.
Job interviews are starting now! Contact:
Sharon Strauchs, Cortona Academy Director
13505 Dulles Technology Dr, #3, Herndon, VA 20171
703.464.0034 - 877.851.2010 - 301.215.7788

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 October!

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