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onMason Round-Up – 4-30-12

Here’s a selection of interesting posts from across onMason.

“Federman Beats Cancer” by Gregory Connolly

Gregory Connolly’s article takes a highly sympathetic and insightful look at Jacob Federman, a junior sports management major at George Mason who has twice beaten Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After first beating the cancer in high school, he experienced a relapse as a freshman at Mason, and the account of his struggle against the disease and the treatment process is compelling. Mason hosted a Relay for Life in his honor two years ago, and Federman organizes his fraternity’s participation in the event.

“Mason Asks: Tim Kaine” by Mike Lucier

This article is an interview with Tim Kaine, Virginia’s governor and United States Senator hopeful. As governor, he improved the state’s economy and prioritized education and environmental issues, and he has also served as Mayor of Richman, Lieutenant Governor and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The interview covers use of out-of-state funds in his campaign, his thoughts about college and student debts, his plans to help students find jobs and to reduce the national debt and what piece of legislation Kaine hopes to introduce should he become Senator.

“My ‘Return to Paradise’: Sam Sparro Concert Review” by Tabby Hardman

This is a review of a concert by Sam Sparro, an electro-funk/soul musician, at the Rock and Roll Hotel in northeast D.C. A huge fan of Sparro, Hardman describes the concert as “magical” and Sparro’s voice as velvety, his stage presence as unbelievable. Hardman effectively describes what sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“MLB 12: the Show. So Real, It’s Unreal” by Anthony Jamison

Jamison reviews the latest installment in the videogame franchise MLB: The Show. This game allows players to take part in almost every aspect of the major leagues, from the field to the behind-the-scenes work as manager or owner. It is immersive and detailed, a must-have for gamers seeking to experience major league baseball without actually being there.

“Cultures of Resistance: The Human Spirit Lives On” by Daniel A. Shyti

This article describes the independent film “Cultures of Resistance”, which focuses on various victimized populations around the world, from the Rwandan genocide to industrial exploitation in the Congo. The film shines a lot on many issues that deserve worldwide attention and that serve as strong, forceful reminders of both the value of humanity and the horrors that humans can inflict on each other.

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onMason Round-Up – 4-23-12

Let’s check out some of the most interesting posts from last week throughout onMason.

An interview with Mason Dining’s Dietitian Lois Durant” by Nicole Merrilees

This interview with Lois Durant provides insight to the life and hard work of a Mason employee who likely often goes unrecognized for her role in maintaining the high quality of life students at the university have. Ms. Durant also offers tips and suggestions for what students can do to support a healthy lifestyle, such as the importance of eating breakfast and how they can cut down on their sugar intake.

Rogers and Whitetop Opening Event!” by Leigh DeWitte

DeWitte describes the opening ceremony on last Wednesday April 11 for Rogers and Whitetop, George Mason’s two new residential dorms. The event featured food, a concert by the band Jukebox the Ghost, a cake cutting ceremony, a panel on the importance of sustainability and tours for both prospective students and students who will be moving into the dorms next year. DeWitte declares the event a huge success.

Remembering Mike Wallace” by Professor Steve Klein

This article has no text and instead features an embedded CBS News video commemorating longtime 60 Minutes correspondent and highly respected journalist Mike Wallace, who passed away earlier this month. The video is about forty minutes long and provides great insight into the life, career and accomplishments of one of the most prominent figures in journalism for the past century.

Enough is Enough: Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino is Just the Latest Victim of Unjust Media Exposure” by Cody Norman

This opinion piece uses the case of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino, who was dismissed after it was revealed he had mislead athletic director Jeff Long about his relationship with 25 year old mistress Jessica Dorrell, to explore the often contentious relationship between the media and public figures. Norman asserts that the media often goes too far when it comes to revealing the private lives of its subjects and that journalists’ demand to know the personal lives of public figures is irresponsible and undermines journalism as an institution.

A Visceral Thrill Ride” by Jeffery Giorgi

This is a review of the film Cabin in the Woods from writer and producer Joss Whedon. Giorgi gives the movie a glowing review, emphasizing the mixture of horror and comedy and the thrilling experience he had watching it with an enthusiastic crowd at the theater, calling the film possibly the most entertaining of the year so far.

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onMason Round-Up – 4-10-12

In the new onMason round-up we take a look at some of the most interesting posts throughout onMason.

Tragedy and Twitter” by Karina Schulthesis

This is an account of how social network sites like Twitter have changed the way people respond to and deal with school shootings. In order to make her article more effective, Karina begins with an anecdote about when she heard about the Columbine shootings in elementary school, drawing a connection between that tragedy and the recent shooting at Oikos University in Oakland.

The Inconvenient Truth about Racism” by Sayed Z. Shah

Using the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida as a starting point, Sayed discusses the issue of racism and argues that racism is as prevalent as ever. He states that efforts to combat racism are often ineffective and that racism is a universal problem, not one confined to particular geographic locations or demographics of people. The inconvenient truth is that racism can be reduced, but it can likely never be fully eradicated.

New ‘Strawberry Blonde’ Woolly Mammoth Found” by Kristen Janerio

This article is a short news piece about the discovery of an almost perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass found yesterday morning (April 4) in Siberia. The finding is particularly notable because the mammoth has a ginger-colored coat of fur, which contradicts scientists’ belief that all mammoths had dark-colored coats.

Mason Not Allowed to Recognize Domestic Partnerships” by Hannah Smith

This Broadside article details why George Mason University is unable to extend benefits to partners of faculty members in same-sex relationships or unmarried couples. Because domestic partner benefits are illegal under Virginia law, the university is prohibited from extending health insurance coverage to partners of unmarried employees.

Social Media Does More Than Connect Friends” by Allie Hunter

This article talks about how surgeons at the Houston’s Memorial Hermann Northwest live-tweeted an open heart surgery to help teach other surgeons and answer questions regarding the procedure. It uses this point to show how social media like Facebook and Twitter can be utilized for more purposes beyond simply connecting with friends.

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