“Believe you can and you're halfway there.“  ― Robert Frost
March 14, 2016

What's Happening This Week?
Volition Open Mic Night
Thursday, March 17th @ 7:00PM
JC Bistro
Live music, stand-up comedy, poetry, prose, and short screenplays are welcome! Join Volition staff and student performers as they showcase the diverse arts scene at Mason. FREE pizza will be provided!

MFA Thesis Art Exhibition:
"A Bringing Forth" by Sarah Irvin

March 14th-26th from 10:00AM-5:00PM
Fine Arts Gallery, Art & Design Building 1001

So to Speak Art Editor Sarah Irvin's MFA thesis, "A Bringing Forth," is on display in the Fine Arts Gallery starting this week. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 19th from 5:00-7:00PM and a gallery talk on Monday, March 21st. Click here to learn more.

Al-Mutanabbi Pop-up Street Festival
Saturday, March 19th from 12:00-7:00PM
625 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. (Artwalk)
Join local artists and artisans from across the region for a full day of book exchanges, poetry readings, art-making, Middle Eastern food and drink, live music, and many more family-friendly activities. Click here to learn more.
MCN Sports
Video Live Stream Schedule:

Men's Baseball vs. Longwood
   Tuesday, March 15th @ 3:00PM

• Women's Lacrosse vs. Georgetown
   Wednesday, March 16th @ 6:00PM

• Men's Baseball vs. Long Island
   Friday, March 18th @ 3:00PM

• Men's Baseball vs. Long Island
   Saturday, March 19th @ 2:00PM

• Women's Lacrosse vs. Longwood
   Saturday, March 19th @ 2:00PM

• Men's Baseball vs. Long Island
   Sunday, March 20th @ 1:00PM

Witness & Memory Magazine

Witness & Memory is a brand new Student Media publication that showcases Mason students' perspectives on the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 project, a book arts and cultural festival taking place throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Exhibits, programs, and events commemorating the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street started way back in January and wraps up this weekend with a Pop-up Street Festival in Northeast. Produced in partnership with the School of Art, this magazine was created by Mason students with our own Sarah Irvin (So to Speak) serving as Editor-in-Chief. Click here to learn more.

Pick up your copy today!

Bulletin Board

Content Spotlight
Tyler Byrum's A10 Basketball Highlights
2016 Atlantic 10 Tournament George Mason vs  St  Louis Highlights
Click to watch video highlights of Men's Basketball vs. St. Louis at the A10 in NYC.
Last week the #12-ranked George Mason Patriots took on the #13-ranked St. Louis Billikins in the first round of the A10 Tournament, losing 83-78 in the final moments. Student Media sent Mason Cable Network Sports Director (and host of "Mason Sports Insider") Tyler Byrum to cover the game. Click on over to to read Tyler's article about the game.

Here is what Tyler had to say about the experience of traveling to the A10 Tournament in New York City:

"Getting the opportunity to go to the Atlantic 10 tournament to actually cover the games was an incredible experience for my senior year. Being a part of an event so large, felt that all of my work with Mason Cable Network and Student Media was being recognized and respected. I hope that more students will be able to get this opportunity in the upcoming years."
The Patriots faced off against St. Louis at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and finished their season 11-21 (5-13 A10). For the third straight season Mason was eliminated in the play-in game of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

All photos and video by: Tyler Byrum

In Case You Missed It
WGMU Student to Bike Cross-Country for Charity
On wheels and on foot, Mason students will go cross-country to raise money to fight cancer

WGMU Promotions Director Ryan Allen (Senior, Integrated Studies) was recently profiled by Mason News for his efforts to raise money for cancer awareness. Ryan will embark on a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride from Baltimore to San Diego this summer to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. “I’m just focusing on what the ride will mean,” Ryan said, “the money it will raise and the lives that will be affected by it.”  Click here to read the full story.

Photo by: Evan Cantwell
Phoebe Nominated for Pushcart Prize
A work from Phoebe, Mason's graduate literary and arts journal, has been nominated by the Board of Contributing Editors for the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, 41st Edition (PPXLI).

In addition to that official nomination by the PPXLI Board of Contributing Editors, Phoebe's student editors put forth two of their own nominations for publication in each of the following categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Winners of the Pushcart Prize will be notified in early May and the 41st Edition will be published in November.

Congratulations to the staff and editors of Phoebe!
Mason Students Vote in VA Primary
Mason Votes: Students Vote at Merten Hall
Click to watch video "exit interviews" of Mason students from Super Tuesday (3/1).

Over 1,100 students showed up at the Merten Hall on-campus polling place for the 2016 presidential primary a dramatic increase over 2012 primary voter turnout.

Special thanks to Mason Votes, Fourth Estate, Mason Cable Network, WGMU Radio, and SPJ for their joint coverage of Super Tuesday.

Video produced by Tom Shaw and Robert Horan.
Student Media Utility Vehicle Hits 2,000 Miles
Student Media's utility vehicle in its parking spot outside of The Hub during Winter Storm Jonas.
A shot of the EUV's odometer at exactly 2,000 miles.
Photos by: David Carroll

An Update from Associate Director David Carroll:

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, the odometer on our electric utility vehicle hit 2,000 miles. That's a lot of miles for a vehicle that can only drive on campus! We accepted delivery of the cart on July 11, 2012 and it is used each week to deliver Fourth Estate newspapers to 47 locations on the Fairfax campus. Additionally, we use the vehicle to haul cameras, microphones, monitors, and other equipment to approximately 100 live broadcasts per year.

This means that in the almost four years we've owned it:
  • We've driven it an average of 1.5 miles per day
  • We've driven it the equivalent of 1,176 times around Patriot Circle (1.7 miles)
  • We've driven it the equivalent of the distance between Mexico and Canada!
Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Spring Break...
Conner Bolt is behind the camera in the yellow Student Media-provided "loaner" poncho. To his left (your right), behind the table, is Dan Ward, our play-by-play announcer. The rest of the people are die-hard fans who braved the elements to cheer on the baseball team. Photo by: David Carroll

"I am proud of the dedication, toughness, and grit displayed by the team during this game." Associate Director David Carroll

Continuing their record of extreme dedication under extreme conditions, students from the Sports Broadcasting Team braved the elements over Spring Break to produce a live broadcast of a baseball game at Spuhler Field. This past Sunday (3/13/2016), the Sports Broadcasting Team shot four innings of a Siena vs. Mason baseball game in the wind and rain before the game was finally called due to weather in the top of the eighth with Siena leading 19 to 7.

You may remember a similar story in this space a few months ago, but instead of baseball it was basketball and instead of rain it was Winter Storm Jonas. The remarkable commitment of all those involved does not go unnoticed and we thank them for their continued commitment and professionalism.

Thank You, Sports Broadcasting Team!

"Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from
the swift completion of their appointed rounds."  ― Herodotus, 503 B.C.

Student Recognition Nominations
Student Media's Student Recognition Program honors winners each month in the following categories:

Best Creative Content   • Leader in Action
Outstanding Employee    • Spirit Award

We are now accepting nominations for March 2016! If you know someone who deserves consideration in the categories above, click on the button below to submit your nomination(s).

REMINDER: March nominations are due by 4/1/16!
Nominate an Outstanding Student Today!

Event Staffing
Student Media has a number of events on the calendar for Spring 2016. Please take a moment to look over our event signup list and add your name for a shift or two. We know you are busy, but just an hour of your time could make a big impact on the students you meet at any given event.

Do your part to help represent our office at campus events and recruit Mason's best and brightest to work for your group.

Many thanks to those who have already signed up!
Click below to add your name:
Event Staffing Signup Sheet

Window of Opportunity
Summer Internship Opportunity:
DEADLINE IS THIS WEEK! Summer Institute on Political Journalism: The application deadline for the Summer Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC is coming up on March 16th. 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. More information on the program can be found online at

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

City Internships Opportunity:
City Internships Student Ambassadors: City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates designed to expand your horizons and get you job-ready. We are looking for driven and strategic individuals to act as a strong and persuasive voice on their university campus. The most successful Student Ambassadors will be able to effectively build brand awareness and represent City Internships in a positive light. Student Ambassador duties will include generating public interest, utilizing media platforms, implementing marketing strategies, and more. For more information you can review our link and apply at:
On behalf of everyone at Student Media,
we would like to extend our wishes for the happiest of birthdays to:

Spring Break Birthdays:
Courtney Hoffman
, Fourth Estate, on March 7th
Fareeha Rehman, Fourth Estate, on March 7th
Ana Carolina Machado Silva, The George Mason Review, on March 9th
Holly Mason, So to Speak, on March 10th
Robert Horan, Mason Cable Network, on March 12th

This Week's Birthdays:
Patrick Fernandez, WGMU Radio, on March 14th
Megan Zendek, Fourth Estate, on March 14th

Douglas Luman, Phoebe, on March 14th
Created by: Sasha Toophanie and Jason Hartsel