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The Arlington Campus Student Newspaper Volume 2 Issue 1 stylus.onmason.com SPRING 2011 Proposed Budget Raises Tuition by 5.7% Building Community. and Virginia Tech among schools addition to $1.5 million to increase state general fund once gave as “We’re in what’s called the with a higher percentage increase. undergraduate and graduate ﬁnan- much as $7,267 per student in 2008, ‘quiet phase’ of the major money- Gregory Connolly William & Mary and James Madison cial aid. The state will also con- but the number has since declined raising eﬀort,” Stearns said. “Any Staff Writer University are two schools with a tribute $3.5 million for ﬁnancial aid, to $4,797 for 2012. time a university does a capital cam- George Mason University Sen- smaller increase. which should cover 25 to 30 percent paign, it has to expand staﬀ. The ior Vice President Maurice Scher- of the overall cost facing students, Scherrens spent part of the rule of thumb is that you spend 20 rens and Provost for Academic Changes in the state budget Scherrens said. forum discussing how Mason stacks cents to get $1. This is our 20 cents.” Aﬀairs Peter Stearns co-hosted a have forced Mason oﬃcials to make up against other Virginia universi- budget forum in which they an- diﬃcult decisions — while some Scherrens said increasing pay ties in terms of money received Some of the other budget pri- nounced they were submitting a faculty and staﬀ members haven’t for faculty and staﬀ who haven’t had from the state. The numbers show orities are as follows — $850,000 for budget for 2011-2012 to the Board of had pay raises in years, the amount a raise in years is a high priority of that Mason has at times received as library materials, $3 million for en- Visitors that calls for a 5.7 percent of money the university receives the university and of the Board of much as 80 percent of what is re- hancement and expansion of Sci- in-state tuition increase. from the state per student has Visitors. ceived by the other doctoral ence, Technology, Engineering and steadily decreased since 2009. schools, but the number is typically Mathematics, $4.15 million for op- The budget also outlines a 5 Scherrens said it costs $15,000 between 75 and 80 percent. erating and maintenance expenses percent tuition increase for out-of- “If we simply transmitted our to educate a student over the course for new buildings, $850,000 CISCO state students. In-state students are budget cuts we were suﬀering of a school year. “Old Dominion is a great technology initiative and $4.10 mil- looking at a $432 increase in tuition, [onto] students, the increase would school,” Scherrens said, “but being lion new enrollment growth fund- a $150 increase in fees and a $430 in- be in the 10- to 12-percent range,” “One of the real reasons that in their company on this is not ing. crease in room and board. Out-of- Stearns said. “Having said that, we we’re struggling is the paradigm where we want to be. As ODU state students will face a $1,146 have faculty and staﬀ who haven’t shift in terms of who is paying for knows and GMU has learned, and “These items have been insti- increase in tuition, a $150 increase received a salary increase in four higher education,” Scherrens said. you have learned, we’re the last ones tutional priorities and represent in fees and a $430 increase in room years. It’s [faculty and staﬀ going “Three or four years ago, the state at the trough. There has never been major drivers of the estimated $22 and board if the Board of Visitors four years without a pay raise] a se- was giving us $137 million per year. the willpower or the interest in re- million E&G (Education and Gen- accepts this budget at its meeting rious issue in humane treatment of What we’re looking at in ﬁscal year ducing the funding at the other eral) budget increase,” according to Wednesday. people and frankly in keeping with 2012 is $35 million less than that.” schools to try to level the playing the PowerPoint that was used at the our most talented folks here.” ﬁeld a little bit.” forum. Mason’s proposed 5.7 percent Scherrens said this is the real- increase is in the middle of the The budget calls for compensa- ity across the country and that he The budget allocates $500,000 pack, with University of Virginia tion improvements to employees in hopes the decreases ﬂatline. The for an increase in development. OSAMA BIN Once Upon a Time in Mexico exciting part of the day, as we were just about LADEN DEAD Monica Sharp to enter when we heard shouts outside. The Staff Writer guards quickly closed up shop and asked us to In March, 11 George Mason School of exit. Back on the street, protestors were Public Policy students embarked on a journey marching around the square calling for Pres- that would leave an indelible impression on ident Calderon to resign. The protest was their lives. Led by Michal McElwain-Malur, peaceful but was a good demonstration of the Director of External Programs and Dr. Robert passion that Mexicans feel about politics and Rogowsky, Adjunct Professor of International their country,” said student Erica Johnston. Trade, these students received a ﬁrst-hand lesson in drug policy issues, as well as the gov- “My favorite part of the visit was seeing ernmental structure of Mexico. the beautiful paintings of Diego Rivera, a leg- endary communist artist who portrayed the Although the actual trip to Mexico City hundred years of Mexico’s history in his paint- took place during spring break, the work re- ings on the Palace walls. The paintings quired for this course was weighted just as showed indigenous Indian life, the Spanish heavily as a traditional semester course, cul- invasion, the American- Mexican war and the minating in a research paper due at the end of church corruption. Rivera was explaining by the academic semester. Plus, the students his paintings how Mexico would be ﬁnally were required to read up on Mexican policy saved by socialism. All those portraits were and write book reviews before leaving on the breathtaking,” said student Quadrat Andar. trip. Michal McElwain Malur, who described During their trip, the students were the Mexico City trip as “fabulous” oﬀered asked to write reﬂections on what they words of advice for anyone who has concerns learned and observed. Here are some of their about studying abroad. “Studying abroad is an experiences: investment in yourself and your education. You grow, gain networking experience, and “At the (US) embassy, we had the chance because the course oﬀers just as many credits to discuss Mexico’s economy, political situa- as a traditional course, you may even get to tion, and US-Mexican bilateral programs, graduate sooner.” such as the Merida Initiative. It was a great ex- perience to visit an embassy and see our gov- The School of Public Policy oﬀers many ernment at work. Finally, we headed to a study abroad opportunities throughout the dinner sponsored by the American Chamber year, including summer and winter breaks. of Commerce in Mexico, where we were hon- According to Malur, the schedule for the 2012 ored to hear a speech by none other than Mex- spring break trip will be posted sometime this PHOTO BY GEORGE MOCHARKO ico’s President — Felipe Calderon. President summer, and spaces are still available for this Calderon spoke of the struggles Mexico faces summer’s trips to South Africa, China, and A crowd of students, mainly from George Washington University and Georgetown gathers in Oxford. For further study abroad informa- front of the White House in celebra on of Osama Bin Laden’s death on May 1. People began in attracting investment in light of the ongo- ing drug wars,” said student David Salmon. tion, visit the Academic & Professional Pro- gathering before President Barack Obama addressed the na on, explaining that Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. The crowd outside the White House cheered, chanted and grams section found on SPP’s homepage sang the na onal anthem. “Visiting the Presidential Palace [an Ex- http://www.policy.gmu.edu ecutive oﬃce building] was perhaps the most 2 The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 Table of Contents Spring 2011 3 ! ”The Unwritten Rules of the Office”: What you need to know. ! Mason Launches Center for Social Entrepeneurs The Stylus 4 An Arlington Campus Student Newspaper ! Dr. Gillian Tett Managing Editor, Financial Times Spring 2011 Staﬀ Editor-in-Chief Speaks to SPP ! Former SPP student selected as SEIU delegate George Mocharko 5 Executive Editor ! Dr. Alan Merten Leaves Mason as well as legacy Sean Joyce ! Mason Film Society focuses on environment Managing Editor Derek Johnson Senior Editor 6 Priya Abraham Copy Editors Feature: Gregory Connolly Monika Joshi Founders Hall opens to students in January Dan Waxman 7 Staff Writers Opinions Anne Abbott Ryan Dunn ! Coach Larranaga leaves Mason Rebekah Hildebrandt ! Atheists struggle for acceptance George Mocharko 8 Monica Sharp Cody Smart ! Pizza and Perspectives features Manu Srivastava discussion on same-sex marriage. Silvia Villacampa ! Pi Alpha Alpha honors achievers Photography ! Admiral Thad Allen Speaks at Annabelle Ombac Olivia Bird Print Layout, Design and Proofing Commencement ceremony ! GAPSA corner George Mocharko Advisers Lori Cohen Maria Habib Kathryn Mangus Special Thank You To Priya Abraham for organizing April 13 Panel Discussion: “South Sudan: A Nation in the Making” Photo: Annabelle Ombac Photo: Annabelle Ombac From Left: Ryan Dunn, Derek Johnson, Monica Sharp, Manu Srivastava, Silvia Villacampa, George Mocharko, Sean Joyce, Cody Smart The Stylus is a student run publication for the George Mason University Arlington Campus. The editors at The Stylus have exclusive authority over the content that is published. There are no outside parties that play a role in the newspaper’s content, and should there be a question or Virginia Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, Democratic Caucus Chair, addresses complaint regarding this policy, the Editor-in-Chief should be notiﬁed at the information given above. Please address comments, concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org the audience at the inauguration of the Centers on the Public Service at The Stylus is a free publication. Founders Hall on April 21. The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 3 The Unwritten Rules of the Office: A Practical Guide to Business Etiquette “Professor Deitz was very hon- “We have all seen these people a single set of rules have yet to be “Everyone can beneﬁt from in- est and that’s something — from before — they’re almost cliché,” said universally accepted regarding elec- corporating his tips into profes- Rebekah Hildebrandt Staff Writer my perspective as a career profes- Deitz. tronic communication. sional behavior,” said Dodson. sional — students don’t get enough In early March, the workshop of. We can say this stuﬀ over and The key is not to become one “[SPP Students have] the intel- Deitz focused on how to han- space inside the new student serv- over in less direct ways, but he can of those people, and his seminar lectual tools and skills necessary to dle a wide variety of situations on ices suite on the ﬁfth ﬂoor of George say candidly ‘this is what I've expe- provided ways to prevent that from become policy analysts,” said Deitz, the oﬃce etiquette spectrum — Mason University’s Founders Hall rienced ﬁrsthand,’ and it is more ef- being an option. but a solid understanding of busi- everything from the most awkward was christened when it hosted “The fective for students that way,” said ness etiquette is crucial for success and delicate to everyday dilemmas. Unwritten Rules of the Oﬃce: A Bradshaw. Professor Deitz had updated a in the workplace. Professor Deitz Practical Guide to Business Eti- list of tips he had written in Sep- hopes that his event and the Practi- “[I] didn’t go up on the Mount quette.” Those who have taken a class tember at the prompting of Master cal Job Advice document help guide and have these suggestions handed with Professor Deitz are familiar of Public Policy Director and Pro- the “habits and attitudes” that are down to me. It’s free advice. Take it This seminar was presented by with his blunt style, and it was on fessor Catherine E. Rudder, who was equally essential whether students for what it’s worth,” said Deitz. SPP distinguished visiting professor full display at this event. He does also in attendance at the seminar. are just starting a ﬁrst professional and CIA Oﬃcer-in-Residence not believe we should be solemn job or are veterans of corporate and Access the Rules of the Oﬃce Robert L. Deitz, and the room was about oﬃce etiquette issues. He Deitz passed out a handout government bureaucracies. online: http://policy.gmu.edu/por- packed with approximately 30 stu- shared anecdotes about former col- called Practical Job Advice, which is tals/0/pdfs/ractical_Job_Advice.pdf dents eager to hear his frank advice. leagues and situations that seemed available online through the career Jessica Dodson, an MPP stu- Turnout was terriﬁc. “People were vaguely familiar to anyone who has services website. dent who has taken a class with taking more notes than they do in navigated oﬃce politics before. Deitz, said of the event, “Most peo- class,” said Deitz. The Practical Job Advice hand- ple probably assume they have a The characters are universal — out serves as a primer on the subject good grasp of workplace etiquette. Professor Deitz was introduced the social butterﬂy who is forever of business etiquette. It is catego- After all, a good deal of it boils down by Duane Bradshaw, Director for trying to get everyone in the oﬃce rized into four sections, which re- to common sense. I think Professor Career Development and Alumni to sign this or that card or the intern spectively cover work habits, dress, Deitz did an excellent job of driving Relations at the School of Public who has too many drinks at the hol- etiquette, and e-stuﬀ. The last sec- home reminders that, once in Policy. iday party. tion is a growing area of concern as awhile, we all need to hear.” George Mason University Launches Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Greg Werkheiser Named Managing Director Paul Rogers, assistant profes- its sixth year, that prepares 30 top for Development and Entrepre- Awards, a way to celebrate and in- sor of English will serve as faculty undergraduate and graduate stu- neurship jointly host Innovations vest in campus and community James Greif director and Philip Auerswald, as- dents from a national applicant with Mason. Philip Auerswald is a leaders whose research, outreach or GMU Ofﬁce of Media and PR sociate professor in the School of pool for roles as future social entre- co-founder of the journal, and promising ideas represent the hope George Mason University an- Public Policy will serve as Senior preneurs. serves as its co-editor. of the social innovation movement. nounced the launch of the Mason Scholar, both helping to engage Center for Social Entrepreneurship, scholars in the work of the center. • The Accelerating Social Entrepre- • AVAIL, a web-based portal in de- • Innovation Speaker's Bureau, ac- a university-wide, multi-discipli- Deans and faculty members in sev- neurship Conference, the fourth in velopment with Learn & Serve cess for organizations worldwide to nary initiative that seeks to position eral departments, including the a series of national meetings, to be America and technology company compelling spokespersons on en- Mason at the vanguard of the social School of Management, College of held in the early fall of 2011. The TRUiST to partner more eﬀectively trepreneurship and innovation innovation movement. Humanities and Social Sciences, the Corporation for National and Com- the nation's 15 million university topics. School of Public Policy, and New munity Service cosponsored the last students and faculty with commu- "The Mason Center for Social Century College have all been in- ASE conference, which featured nity organizations around social en- • The Social Entrepreneur in Resi- Entrepreneurship will foster lead- strumental in laying the ground- panelists from the White House Of- trepreneurship activities. dence Program will welcome a ers, research and strategies for tack- work for the center and will play a ﬁce of Social Innovation, Google leader to join in the Mason commu- ling major social challenges of the vital role in its activities. and Microsoft and drew partici- • Social Innovation Professionals, a nity's study and pursuit of ground- 21st Century," said Peter Stearns, pants from 14 countries. consulting ﬁrm comprised of center breaking ideas for social impact. Mason Provost. "Mason — with its U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a staﬀ and aﬃliated faculty and stu- tagline, 'Where Innovation is Tradi- long-time supporter of the social • Changemaker Campus Activities, dents that provides social entrepre- In its ﬁrst year the center will tion,' is a natural place to break new entrepreneurship movement, com- including infusing entrepreneur- neurship-focused counsel to public, also grow its research program to pro- ground in this ever-evolving ﬁeld." mented, "The new center is ideally ship pedagogy and practice private, not-for-proﬁt and academic vide opportunities for faculty and stu- situated for its mission: it is located throughout all academic depart- institutions seeking to increase dents at all levels to explore the issues Roger Stough, vice president on the campus of a university ments, bringing social entrepre- their social impact. and analysis critical to the advance- for research and economic Develop- known for innovation, within sight neurs from around the globe to ment of the ﬁeld. For more informa- ment, announced the appointment of our nation's capital, in the mid- campus, supporting student organ- • The Social Entrepreneurship tion see www.masoninnovation.org. of Greg Werkheiser as the center's dle of this region's world class in- izations and hosting inaugural managing director. formation technology corridor and campus-wide events Werkheiser, a lawyer, educator and surrounded by leading social sector catalyzed by Mason's social entrepreneur, is founding di- organizations." partnership with rector of The Phoenix Project. The Ashoka and member- The Stylus needs writers and Virginia-headquartered organiza- The center results from a year- ship in the AshokaU tion engages in social entrepreneur- long planning process involving a Consortium. ship-focused teaching, tech- editors for the 2011 – 2012 dozen academic and administrative nology and partnership-building. units and draws on leadership uni- • "Innovations," a Under Werkheiser's leadership, the versity wide. Programs in 2011 will prominent journal Academic Year Phoenix Project's team and pro- set the stage for the center's active featuring cases au- grams will align with the new cen- engagement in ﬁnding entrepre- thored by experts in ter. neurial solutions to urgent chal- innovation; commen- lenges facing the region, the nation, tary and research "Social entrepreneurs tackle and the world, combining legacy from leading academ- To get involved, please email failed social systems — economic, Phoenix Project programs, current ics; and essays from educational, and environmental — Mason initiatives and emerging ef- globally recognized with business savvy and solutions forts, including: executives and politi- email@example.com or that stick," explained Werkheiser. cal leaders. Harvard's "The world needs their audacity and • The Social Innovation Pro- Kennedy School of we invite them to consider the cen- firstname.lastname@example.org gram, a six week academic and ex- Government and ter at Mason as a second home." periential summer institute, now in MIT's Legatum center 4 The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 Dr. Gillian Tett Oﬀers an Former SPP Anthrolopologist’s Take on Student Selected as Observing Finance Delegate for Political Exchange Program Sean Joyce Staff Writer Anne Bailey, a School of Public Policy alumnus and gov- ernment relations operative for the Service Employees Interna- tional Union (SEIU), has been selected by The American Council of Young Political Photo: Couresy Anne Bailey Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to New Zealand for a 12-day po- litical exchange program begin- ning on June 9th. She will join Photo: Andy Brown six other young political and policy leaders from across the United States to study New Zealand’s political system, engage in dialogue on international is- sues, and forge professional relationships and friendships. Dr. Gillian Tett spoke to members of George Mason University’s School of Public Policy in an event planned by Mason’s Center for Emerging Market Policies. The program is arranged by ACYPL and with funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Aﬀairs at the U.S. Department What people don’t say is often more After speaking to British politi- of State. important than what they do say in cians in 2006, Tett noticed that George Mocharko terms of maintaining power struc- there was a tendency to leave things “ACYPL has the unique mission of proving select young lead- Staff Writer Dr. Gillian Tett, Managing Ed- tures over time,” said Tett. These alone. “There was an extraordinary ers with an opportunity to travel internationally and engage ﬁrst- itor of The Financial Times, spoke at “social silences,” as she labeled them lack of curiosity about what was ac- hand in public diplomacy,” said ACYPL Chief Executive Oﬃcer George Mason University’s can make discerning the truth very tually occurring inside the ﬁnancial Linda Rotunno. “Our delegates have access to key leaders in the Founders Hall auditorium on Fri- tricky for a reporter. system,” said Tett. “This stuﬀ is a bit nations they visit. They engage in dialogue on sensitive issues, gain day, April 15. Around 70 George complex. It is kind of dull and bor- a unique perspective on the country’s politics and its relations with Mason faculty, students and mem- “One of the great paradoxes ing. Leave it to the experts and leave the US, and, most importantly, forge professional relationships and bers of the Arlington community about 21st century life is that we are it to the geeks.” This attitude lends friendships that can last a lifetime.” were in attendance for Tett’s lecture becoming more interconnected itself to more silence because the sponsored by the George Mason’s than ever before…in ways that we more complex a system is, the less Bailey will join other delegates, each between the age of 25 Center for Emerging Market Poli- don’t understand… At the very same people care to know about how it and 40, in Washington, D.C. for brieﬁngs by the U. S. Department cies (CEMP). time we also live in a time where works. of State and other New Zealand regional experts before ﬂying to there is increasing cognitive and Wellington. The program will provide the delegates opportunities “[Tett] brings a unique per- structural fragmentation,” said Tett. “One thing that is very clear: If to travel within the country and to interact with key national and spective to the recent ﬁnancial crisis you ever want to hide something in local leaders, business representatives, and civic and community from a more social perspective,” said “People are trained to think in plain sight…you simply need to en- groups. Dr. Sonia Ketkar Associate Director silos. They’re trained to focus on sure that society as a whole labels of CEMP. “She was one of the ﬁrst what is immediately under their something as dull and technical and “I am honored to have been selected to participate in this few to start investigating it almost a noses.” boring, to ensure that no one wants ACYPL exchange to New Zealand,” said Bailey. “This will be an ex- year before the crisis began mani- to really talk about it,” oﬀered Tett. cellent opportunity for me to learn about the current political and festing itself.” Most intriguing was how Dr. social dynamics in New Zealand as well as to help strengthen the Tett pulled experience from her To summarize Tett’s main bilateral relationship.” Dean Edward Rhodes intro- background in anthropology which point, this puts the average Ameri- duced Gillian Tett by addressing her gives her unique insight as a re- can in a precarious position. They ACYPL is a bi-partisan, not-for-proﬁt international exchange extensive professional résumé, in porter. Tett oﬀered her take on the have to trust those in charge of the organization based in Washington, DC. recognized by the Con- which she has not only a Ph.D. in similarities between observing mar- ﬁnancial system of making the right gress as a pre-eminent catalyst for introducing rising political lead- social anthropology from Cam- riage ceremonies in Tajikistan and decisions even if it becomes in- ers and policy makers to international aﬀairs and to each other. bridge University, but also speaks investment banking conferences: creasingly diﬃcult to question French, Russian and moderate “You had a ritual which drew to- them on what is actually happening. Japanese and Persian in addition to gether the scattered tribe into one English. place, and the tribe had all these rit- “Credit—which comes from uals—formal and informal—which the latin credere, meaning to be- Dr. Tett brings a unique per- merely reinforce and create their lieve—is fundamentally a social spective to journalism drawing from networks, but also to restate their construct. And as we have discov- her varied background in anthro- ideology, or deﬁne a cognitive map ered, ﬁnance without faith, without pology and ﬁeldwork in Tajikistan. that knitted them together.” some kind of trust is worth ab- Her most recent book, “Fools Gold” solutely naught. Credit without is an exploration of the underpin- “You see a pattern akin to war- trust simply doesn’t work,” said Tett. nings of what caused the 2008 ring Afghan tribes,” she continued. Great Recession. Congratulations Tett’s lecture at Mason was en- titled “Silos in Finance: The Silences that Contributed to the Financial Crisis.” The title is important as she “If you ever want to hide Class of emphasized that it was the silences, something in plain sight… or the things people weren’t saying about what was happening in the ﬁ- nancial industry at the time that were just as much to blame as what was being reported prior to the ﬁ- nancial collapse. you simply need to ensure that society as a whole labels something as dull and technical and boring.” 2011! “An anthropologist also doesn't -Gillian Tett, Financial Times look just at what people say in pub- lic, but also what they don’t say. The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 5 GMU President Dr. Alan Merten Stepping Down after 16 Years as Mason President helped propel Mason into becoming a nationally-recognized and Rebekah Hildebrandt Photo Courtesy Mason SOM via Flickr acclaimed institution of higher Staff Writer education as well as enhance all In a ﬁve-sentence letter sent to major aspects of our university, the Board of Visitors on March 23, including our growth, research Dr. Alan G. Merten tendered his eﬀorts, student life and economic resignation as president of George and cultural signiﬁcance to the Mason University eﬀective June 30, region and the Commonwealth of 2012. Merten, who has been the Virginia.” institution's chief executive since 1996, said, “Serving as president of Merten and his wife Sally Mason has been the greatest assured that they will complete their privilege of my career and I am proud ﬁnal year by doing “all the things we of what has been accomplished.” normally do, and continue to move the university ahead at the same After the Board of Visitors speed.” They intend to remain in the accepted Merten’s resignation, Fairfax area after he steps down, but Rector Ernst Volgenau issued a they have not announced any other statement citing Mason's future plans. In fact, the Mertens are accomplishments under Merten's “still reﬂecting on that right now,” leadership including “enhanced state Walsch said. funding, expansion of educational activities in science, technology, The Board of Visitors will be engineering and math, and new creating an ad hoc committee to global opportunities, particularly in recommend the composition of a the area of mutually beneﬁcial search committee to begin the Photo: By MasonSOM , September 8 2008, Courtesy of Flickr collaborative degrees.” process of hiring a new president as well as a timeline for the process. Merten said that several months Walsch clariﬁed that the search prior, “Sally and I faced the reality committee “will be comprised that all good things eventually come primarily of BOV members and to an end. We know this transition faculty. Dr. Merten will have no say is, at times, going to be challenging in who replaces him.” for us and the Mason community. We are conﬁdent that Mason’s Mason was named the nation’s mission and objectives will be number one university to watch on paramount as the university and we U.S. News and World Report’s list of move forward.” “Up-and-Coming Schools” in 2008. Merten’s legacy includes many When asked about Merten's things, but most of all, the legacy, university spokesperson tremendous growth and Daniel Walsch said, “Alan Merten has transformation of George Mason into During Dr. Alan Merten’s tenure as University president, George Mason has made an enormous contribution to the largest state college in Virginia by the advancement of George Mason student population. grown to more than 30,000 students, the largest student body in Virginia. University. As a result of his leadership and advocacy, he has Mason Public Policy Film Society Kicks Off Season The inaugural screening of the the Advancement of Science, Dr. Dann M. Sklarew, Associ- MPPFS was held in February at Founders ate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science Hall auditorium. This Spring semester’s and Policy, George Mason University, and Mr. Friedo Siele- theme for the ﬁlm series is climate and mann Counselor, Environment and Energy, Embassy of the energy. “[The Film Society is a] student- Federal Republic of Germany. led initiative that sprung from the Proj- ect on Long-Term Governance,” said Jose Orozco, a student in the School of Public Policy, Dana Dolan, Ph.D. student. attended out of his personal interest in the topic and to sup- port fellow student Gopalan. The Film Society kicked oﬀ their Spring 2011 ﬁlm series with Energy “[Germany is] a country that has embraced and imple- Crossroads: A Burning Need to Change mented changes in their country in regards to energy,” Course, a 2007 documentary on global Orozco said. energy consumption, and the need for renewable energy such as solar and wind During the panel session, Mr. Sielemann from the Ger- power. man embassy explained to the audience that in Germany, Photo By Olivia Bird Sasi Gopalan, president of the Film there isn’t the same debate over whether climate change ex- Society, personally and graciously wel- ists or not, because the government treats it as an accepted comed attendees who made their way fact. What you will ﬁnd in German political debates over into the brand new auditorium. 65 stu- climate change is how to deal with the future problems it dents, faculty, and others were in atten- may cause, and the need to address the country’s energy dance for the ﬁrst movie screening and consumption. This comes in stark contrast to the United From left: Friedo Sielemann Counselor, Environment and Energy, discussion panel. “We were very pleased States where debates still occur from skeptics. German Embassy ; Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus, NOAA and Science & with the turnout and the response we Technology Policy Fellow with the AAAS; Dr. Dann M. Sklarew, got,” said Gopalan. “We are happy that Although the Film Society will choose a theme for each George Mason University, and Lazaro Sandoval, moderator. people are noticing us and actually look- semester, it hopes to also respond to current events and stu- ing forward to such events.” dent interest by remaining ﬂexible in the ﬁlms they choose. Silvia Villacampa By the evening of this ﬁrst screening, plans were already tak- Staff Writer The program was followed by popcorn and soda in the ing shape to bring a ﬁlm the following month related to the Documentary ﬁlm can be a powerful educational tool. auditorium lobby along with a chance to meet the panelists democratic uprising in Egypt. The 2011 MPPFS Film Series The Mason Public Policy Film Society (MPPFS) delivered and organizers from the ﬁlm society. featured “Energy Crossroads,” FRONTLINE Special Report: on its promise to bring a stimulating evening of ﬁlm and Egypt, Revolution in Cairo” and “Green Dragon.” For more discussion to the Arlington GMU campus community, and Lazaro Sandoval served as the panel moderator with a information or to join the ﬁlm society, contact Ian Stanford, successfully launched its ﬁlm series for the semester with a panel comprised of Dr. Gabrielle Dreyfus, with National email@example.com or Lazaro Sandoval lsan- question and answer session made up of an expert panel. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Science & firstname.lastname@example.org Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for 6 The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 Students Start Semester in Brand-New Founders Hall the basement of Arlington Origi- Monica Sharp nal Building to Staff Writer Those traveling down Fairfax drive are having locations sure to notice the new building that offers in Founders Hall social, academic and networking opportu- that makes them nities to the staff and students of George more appealing Mason University’s Arlington campus. That and welcoming building is Founders Hall. to students. Founders Hall was designed by the Found on Smith Group of Washington DC, and con- the first floor, structed by the Manhattan Construction the position of Company. Those overseeing this project the new book- were: Karen Pirhalla, owner; Allen Daytner, store is a perfect University Project Manager; Jerry Hansen, way to begin Project Inspector; and Bob Endebrock, the your day. Upon University Construction Manager. realizing you left your pen at Founders Hall, standing seven stories home, you can tall, at 256,000 square feet, is now home to stop by the the School of Public Policy, the multi-level bookstore and Arlington Campus library, the campus then visit Ein- bookstore, Einstein Bagels and various stu- stein Bagels next dent and staff support offices. Not to men- door for a quick tion many other snazzy upscale features. breakfast before class. The book- The idea for Founders Hall became real store is now two- Photo By Olivia Bird in 2003, when the project was first author- levels, the ized and the Smith Group began working ground floor diligently on its design. Construction for the being for text- building didn’t begin until December of books and the 2007, and Founders Hall opened its doors top for Mason officially in January of 2011. gear, gifts and of- fice supplies. positioned upfront, library staff can see al- What’s next for the campus? In the fu- Here’s a fun fact: Ever wonder why This set up will definitely ease traffic con- most everything that occurs. In addition to ture, the Arlington Original Building, a for- Founders Hall sits so far back from the curb? gestion during the beginning and end of the the extra space, there are also bathrooms lo- mer department store, will be demolished “The building was planned so that the class- semester. When interviewed, an anony- cated on both floors of the library. A defi- and a new building will replace it. It is ob- room halls of Founders would align with the mous bookstore employee stated that she nite necessity for students was the vious that this campus is well on its way to classroom halls of Hazel Hall,” said Allen liked the fact that she can see the sunlight installation of the many power outlets becoming an academic powerhouse and will Daytner who a bit of insight to that ques- (as opposed to the basement location of the throughout the library, making marathon finally have the building to match. tion. “The goal was for the new Founders bookstore in Arlington Original Building) studying possible. With the exception of a and existing Hazel Hall to act as one build- and she likes how Founders Hall connects couple outer walls, the new library is almost Founders Hall can also be found on so- ing and not two separate buildings. Thus, it everything (both Public Policy and Law all glass-enclosed. cial media website Foursquare, where you is set-back,” Daytner said. schools). can “check-in” to this location on your social Beneath Founders Hall is the 160,000 media account. Why was Founders Hall constructed? Many changes can be seen in the li- square foot parking structure. Parking in Allen Daytner says that the building was brary as well. The new campus library this garage is limited to Mason staff and stu- planned to fulfill a need for additional space boasts two floors, and more space than pre- dents only, and as always, permits can be on the Arlington campus. viously held in Arlington Original reserved purchased from Parking Services. for more computers, study rooms and space Amongst the many additions brought for more books. Jessica Montfort, Access The overall student reaction to by Founders Hall, inarguably the biggest Services Supervisor of the Arlington Cam- Founders Hall has been mostly warm. changes are the campus library and book- pus Library believes that the setup causes it Founders Hall is only the beginning of the store. Both have upgraded from being in to be more manageable. Since the desk is facelift that GMU-Arlington will undergo. Heard Around Campus: Student Reactions To Founders Hall “It’s modern. I love the library and it looks like a real, respectable school. There are a lot of places to sit and study.” “I think that the new building is beautiful. In the future, I’d like to see all of George Mason’s graduate school programs at the Arlington campus.” Photo By George Mocharko “From the street view, the top half of the building looks like a typical county jail. My guess is that less/smaller windows equal less energy usage and meant to make it harder for graduate students not to “escape”, i.e. dropout, as in the case of county jails. From in- side my classrooms, I find no justification for all the technologies that are put there. For What is the Meditation Space? example, in room 322 there are two projectors, two 46 inch flat screen TVs, speakers, cameras, microphones, and computers. It may be because of the nature of my class and the way my professor conducts it, however I cannot think of a type of class that requires the use of half of these things.” Tucked away on the second floor of Founders Hall, is the quiet meditation area. This is a place so still and serene that if it isn’t sought out, it can be passed by without notice. However, “The classrooms are like prison walls because there are no windows. It feels closed in.” incongruent with its name, those seeking solace in the quiet meditation area can sometimes forget it. Across from student lockers, at any given moment even the most centered yogi would “Aesthetically, the new building is beautiful and I love the amount of space for studying find themselves in the center of chaos as the clamoring of students heading to class invades on each floor. I am disappointed in the lack of planning in the classrooms such as the their zone. Once the students have returned to class, the area is again peaceful and whoever is wipe-boards. (The wipe-boards) Aren’t conducive to lectures and there are not enough using this space can resume their downward dog pose—for an additional 10 seconds. Someone outlets for the number of students in each class.” needing final preparation for class will surely begin to rummage through their papers in the conjoining quiet study area. Anyone who’s trying to achieve focus knows how unsettling that sound can be. Pair that with the vending machines less than 20 feet away and the reason for being in the quiet meditation area will be ruined. The beauty of the space is no match for the interruptions during the peak hours of the day. The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 7 Opinion The letters, columns and views expressed on this page are solely those of the writers. They do not reﬂect the views of The Stylus or its staﬀ, unless otherwise noted. Coach Larranaga Faith Abuse Of course, the Pope is joined by a choir Cody Smart Leaves GMU for Miami Staff Writer of politicians in promoting hate against atheists. Newt Gingrich is basing his entire According to a 2007 Gallop poll, athe- 2012 presidential campaign on preventing ists are the least electable minority for the “secular atheist” from destroying Rebekah Hildebrandt higher oﬃce. This irrational stigma at- “Judeo-Christian society.” Staff Writer tached to atheists and non-theists is in part During a press conference on April 22, due to the weaponization of religious faith Gingrich personiﬁes faith abuse in its Tom O'Connor, assistant vice president and di- in American politics. Among a long list of plainest form. Newt, a recent convert to rector of athletics, announced that Mason’s faith abuses, one is that faith is used to dis- Catholicism, has divorced his wife to marry head basketball coach Jim Larranaga had ac- criminate against atheists in American so- a mistress — twice. He hopes his new- cepted the head coach position at the Univer- ciety. found faith will wash him politically white sity of Miami — effectuating his immediate resignation. Larranaga's contract was not up as snow. Yet, he simultaneously attacks the Atheists are discriminated against in morality of atheists. The Newt swindle until 2016, and many Patriot fans had every oﬃcial — that is to say oﬃcially secular — proves what you can get away with in this confidence that he would not only stay until documents. Eight states oﬃcially discrimi- country if you wear the cloak of faith. then, but would finish his coaching career in nate against atheists. The Texas constitu- Fairfax. The optimism was merited — Lar- tion demands that a person is "excluded Some oﬃcials are even more blatant in ranaga reportedly twice rejected offers of the from holding oﬃce" if he does not "ac- using faith as political coercion. Recently, head coach position at his alma mater, Provi- knowledge the existence of a Supreme Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said dence College, and made several public state- Being." The Arkansas constitution states those who are not “saved” Christians are ments citing his desire to retire wearing the "No person who denies the being of a God “not my brothers and sisters.” He proudly green and gold. File Photo shall hold any oﬃce in the civil depart- displays preference for a speciﬁc sectarian ments of this State.” Maryland, Massachu- religious group over every other citizen, and A contingent of inside and outside ob- Theories have been rampant around cam- setts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South he boasts about it. Imagine what Jeﬀerson servers alike blame O'Connor for Larranaga's pus as to whether the real reason for him leav- Carolina and Tennessee also have laws re- would have to say about a governor like departure, and O'Connor's send-off at the press ing was the breakdown of salary negotiations stricting atheists from holding oﬃce. that. conference did not exactly reassure them. O'- — representing a larger ego battle with O'Con- Connor said, “After continuing discussions with nor or Larranaga simply feeling undervalued — America’s most prominent past presi- This faith hypocrisy sometimes com- me and the university, Coach Larranaga has de- or whether it had anything to do with the recent dents would be absolutely unelectable pels voters to elect terrible leaders at the ex- cided to pursue the opportunity at Miami.” news of President Alan Merten's resignation. today. Imagine a 2012 presidential candi- pense of good, but godless, leaders. There This statement begs the question of how much Some have wondered whether an incoming date who said, as Thomas Jeﬀerson did, are too many terriﬁc potential non-theist O'Connor was willing to do to retain Larranaga president would provide the same level of sup- “History, I believe, furnishes no example of candidates to avoid voting for any of them. in those talks. Additionally, reports have sur- port for the basketball program that Merten has a priest-ridden people maintaining a free Ninety-three percent of the members of the faced that after Virginia Commonwealth Uni- (it is widely assumed that Merten played a key civil government.” Jeﬀerson and James National Academy of Sciences are atheists. versity's appearance in the Final Four this year, role in getting Larranaga to stay on after the Madison were deists with deep suspicion of Pete Stark of California is the only openly second-year VCU head coach Shaka Smart will Final Four appearance in 2006) or whether organized religion. Abraham Lincoln never non-theistic congressman, but he couldn’t be making approximately $500,000 more per there was a lack of commitment for keeping the even joined a congregation. Today they be the only godless representative. Because year in his base salary than Larranaga would assistant coaches compensated well that might would all lose in the primaries. Where members of Congress are generally well ed- have if he had stayed with Mason. have offended Larranaga. He could have just as there once was a healthy suspicion of ucated, it’s near certain that more congress- easily been frustrated by the lack of resources theocracy — a time when everyone had people privately lack belief than admit it. O'Connor had only light praise for the man promised to him five years earlier, or perhaps read Thomas Paine’s “Age of Reason” — But a congressman cannot reveal his lack of who has been the face of Mason basketball for he was just ready for a new challenge after re- some Americans have forgotten the tyranny faith for fear that those who have their 14 years. “[Larranaga’s] accomplishments both building Mason's program and he liked the idea of theocracy in non-secular government. morality written in stone will question the on and off the court over the past 14 years are of doing that somewhere else — although that numerous and reflective of an outstanding ca- morality of Humanism. would not explain why he chose Miami to do so. Unjustiﬁed discrimination of atheists reer in Fairfax. We thank him for his contribu- isn’t limited to politics. Major institutions Some voters — and not only Republi- tions and are appreciative that he leaves Mason Larranaga is Mason's and the Colonial Ath- are openly discriminatory. The Boy Scouts cans — mistakenly assume that having any with the program in great shape heading into letic Association (CAA) conference's all-time deny non-believers membership and say faith at all is better than having no faith at the future. As they embark on the next chapter leader in men's basketball victories. He atheists are “not appropriate role model(s).” all. It compels some to vote for a candidate of his career at Miami, we wish coach Larranaga achieved the team's first national ranking, as The military has over 8,000 complaints of merely because the candidate “has faith” and his wife Liz the best.” well as six NCAA Tournament appearances. He discrimination from atheists, revealed in and waves it around for everybody to see. was the first coach at a mid-major school to take the suit Hall vs. U.S. Military. Hall says he As if faith — the deﬁnition of believing In response to an interview question about his team to the Final Four in 27 years, and the was denied promotion because of his athe- things without evidence — was a desirable whether he would have stayed at Mason if the first CAA team ever to advance to the national ism alone, and when recovering from an political attribute in itself. compensation package had been better, Lar- semifinals. IED attack Hall was asked by peers if he ranaga told The Junkies on 106.7FM The Fan on “believed in Jesus yet.” There is undeniable If you’re an atheist, speak up about your April 26, “Money has never been a great moti- Mason had no official statement on behalf discrimination even in the child custody Humanist values. Take the advice of vating factor for me in any of my decisions. I of president Merten regarding Larranaga's de- courts. In a law article by Eugene Volokh, Richard Dawkins’ Out Campaign and come like money. I know my wife likes money, and parture “other than to wish him well,” said uni- posted on Andrew Sullivan’s blog, one out as an atheist. Doing so will more accu- my sons always remind me that I’m not exactly versity spokesperson Daniel Walsch. However, court admits, “Where it appears that the re- rately reﬂect the number of godless Amer- the best businessman and I need to involve Larranaga and his wife Liz were two of only ligious training of the children will cease icans and increase the awareness of them. . . . Money is great, it allows you to do seven people whom Merten publicly thanked by upon placement in a given custodial set- non-theists as a competitive voting demo- some tangible things, but the things that are name in his March 23 letter to the Mason com- ting, courts lean in favor of the religious- graphic. Moreover, it’s the perfect opportu- most important to me are really intangible. I’m munity tendering his resignation as president. minded contestant.” nity to demonstrate how superior policies excited about a new challenge — the ACC.” are when based in the tradition of the En- With former Georgia Tech head coach Paul Widespread hatred and discrimination lightenment rather than in the tradition of Larranaga did not respond directly to ei- Hewitt’s hiring as head coach at Mason soon in politics is one consequence of an un- Abraham. ther of the two subsequent questions posed to after Larranaga’s departure (the official an- founded fear of “evil atheists.” In a recent him about any reported rift between himself nouncement of Hewitt’s acceptance was made visit to Britain, the Pope perpetuated this I submit a modest proposal to defeat and the athletic department. Instead, Lar- on April 30), Patriot fans scarcely had time to attack by outrageously comparing non-the- the exploitation of faith in politics: Judge ranaga complimented how much he has en- dust themselves off after the stunning news ists to Hitler and Stalin, ordering his ﬂock politicians by their fruits alone. Since joyed coaching at Mason, leaving the rest up for about Larranaga leaving for Miami before be- to “reﬂect on the sobering lessons of athe- “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad speculation. ginning to size up his replacement. How He- ist extremism of the 20th century.” The tree bears bad fruit.” Your vote should be in- witt will perform is less than clear—Hewitt was Pope seems to be suggesting that the crime ﬂuenced by political fruits alone — not Larranaga's unexpected departure echoes fired by Georgia Tech after 11 years with a less- of Hitler and Stalin and Mao was too much professed faith. Vote for politicians for their the dramatic leaving of another basketball su- than-stellar 190-162 record. What is clear is that Humanism. To confuse Humanism with good ideas, and let claims of faith neither perstar who famously took his talents to South Patriot fans are hungry for encore appearances Hitlerism, while the Vatican itself was earn your vote nor blunt your outrage. Faith Beach, enraging his loyal fans and betraying the in the NCAA tournament. Given the pressure founded by Mussolini and an ally of the has enjoyed undue inﬂuence in our politics city that made him. The news of Larranaga's Hewitt is under to get the team there, the ques- Furhur , seems to expose a sinister re-writ- for far too long. It’s time to put faith abuse move shocked the Mason community and — tions that plagued Larranaga’s exodus will re- ing of history by the Pope in order to smear securely — and ﬁnally — in the past. while there are no reports of anyone burning main, especially if Hewitt does not enjoy the non-belief. Coach Larranaga’s effigy or shredding jerseys full support of the administration and athletic the way LeBron fans did when he left Cleveland department during his tenure. — there is no less confusion about the coach’s underlying motivation. 8 The Stylus, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2011 Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society Recognizes Mason Achievers both Arlington graduate schools to jointly gain recognition by MPA graduate student Michelle Attreed, an inductee at a national honor society. There are 134 Pi Alpha Alpha chapters the 2011 ceremony, appreciated the honor of entering the Pi Ryan Dunn nationwide with more than 30,000 members. Alpha Alpha honor society. Staff Writer On April 8, the George Mason Pi Alpha Alpha honor so- To achieve this recognition, a candidate for master's de- "Like most who choose to pursue graduate degrees, there ciety met in an annual ceremony to honor the scholastic gree must have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7, nationally are many sacrifices that have to be made," Attreed said. "How- achievements of graduate students in the school for Masters in and have completed at least 50 percent of the required course ever, this achievement made it ever more worthwhile and for Public Policy and Masters in Public Administration. work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) to me helped to set the example for my children that excellence eligible to be inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha. can be achieved through hard work and determination." This year there were 27 graduate students who achieved the honor of being inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, six from the Mason Professor Jim Burroughs became a full-time, act- Every year George Mason University Pi Alpha Alpha ad- Masters School of Public Policy, and twenty from the Masters ing MPA director in 2000. At that time Burroughs noted only visors invite students who are in the top 20 percent of their in Public Administration program. one or two would be named as the honor graduate with the class to join the honor society. Students have to be well into the Outstanding MPA student award. There were situations where program to be invited so that their academic records have de- The George Mason University Pi Alpha Alpha chapter was a student would graduate with a 4.0 GPA, but another student veloped. The annual ceremony is now held at Mason Hall to first established in 1999, and it has been faithfully maintained with a 4.0 would get the outstanding MPA award. “It didn't make the event more formal and allow students to bring fam- by school faculty members such as graduate student coordi- seem right that we didn't have a means to recognize more than ily, coworkers or bosses to the event. nator Ann Ludwick. one or two individuals each year. I personally knew a dozen students who deserved recognition,” Burroughs said. “Even in a world of grade inflation with a talented student “The George Mason University Graduate Schools of Pub- body, there are those who go above and beyond the norm Bur- lic Policy and Masters in Public Administration do not have Having been inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha in 1997 at Vir- roughs said. Having known most of the MPA students in PAA graduate honors such as cum laude for students, so the recog- gina Tech, Burroughs started conversation with other faculty over the years, they are the ones who always go above and be- nition achievable through the Pi Alpha Alpha program pro- members about getting our own chapter. “We rushed things yond on papers and projects. Their research, writing, think- vide a beneficial outlet,” says Ludwick. along and help our first induction 10 years ago...I think we had ing and speaking are first rate. As they have given so much about 10 or 12 students at the first event.” extra of themselves, they should be recognized and PAA pro- Ludwick works with the School of Public Administration, vides that vehicle for recognition.” notes the annual ceremony is an opportunity for students from Pizza and Perspectives GAPSA minded the packed classroom that the strat- explained, “but it’s not binding in Virginia.” egy which is chosen will affect how quickly — The implications of this are serious. On top of Corner Cody Smart and to what extent — equality is achieved. the indignity of being treated as a second-class Staff Writer citizen, she explained that only one parent can The March 22nd Pizza and Perspectives Next to speak was Brian Moulton, JD and be the legal parent for their child, and that Tiffany Thacker was off to a quick start. “Same-sex marriage is Chief Legislative Counsel of the Human Rights there is no security — as there is in hetero re- Director of Arlington Campus Relations going to be a legal reality in all 50 states,” de- Campaign. Moulton emphasized that “mar- lationships — in case of breakups or death. clared Gabriel Hudson, a George Mason pro- The past year has been an exciting riage is a hybrid concept, both state and reli- one for Mason’s Graduate and Profes- fessor and doctoral candidate. “It’s not a gious.” It’s wise to focus on the civil side of the To Oakley, the titles of marriage and wife question of if, but when and how.” Gabe, as he sional Student Association. For those un- issue, he explained, and how we privilege rela- are important. “I didn’t grow up dreaming to was referred to at the event, was the first of familiar with GAPSA and what we do — tionships with specific rights. Hospital visita- be ‘domestic-partnered,’” she explained, “so I three speakers to talk to a classroom full of we are the representative body that pro- tion rights and fair child custody treatment, use the term wife.” Kate agreed with the other professors and students about same sex mar- vides a voice for all Mason’s graduate and for example, are important rights that may panelists that the core issue is not religious riage in the U.S.: Legislative, Cultural, and professional students to the university. precede the official title “marriage.” marriage, but civil marriage with equal rights. Practical Implications. We work to unite Mason’s graduate stu- She doesn’t need a church’s approval, she said, dents and provide a forum through which As the legal expert of the panel, Brian “I just want my rights.” To Hudson, evidence for inevitability was students are able to address issues, advo- then gave a brilliant summary of strategies dif- clear. According to polls, “Very recently was the cate for the greater good, grow profes- ferent states have taken toward equality. “For On some issues, like the extent to which first year fathers would like their daughters to example,” he began, “Iowa and Connecticut religious liberty should be considered valid in sionally and socialize with one another. marry a gay man than an atheist,” said Hudson. achieved it through litigation. New Hamp- private-sector discrimination, the experts did- It may not be very practical, he laughed, but it shire and D.C., on the other hand, achieved it n’t necessarily agree. GAPSA has been successful on sev- does demonstrate that acceptance of LGBT is through legislative processes and no prompt- eral fronts over its two years of existence. growing. The question is how equality is ing from the courts.” Being able to enjoy free pizza and soda One of our greatest achievements so far achieved. As the public policy expert of the while discussing important issues with engag- has been securing the Graduate Student panel, he saw three ways of getting there: Final speaker Cathryn “Kate” Oakley, ing experts makes the Pizza and Perspectives Center on the Fairfax campus — a 1,082 courts, politics or death (of the old way of President of Mason’s GALLA (LBTG Student series just one way George Mason helps to cre- square foot space that is open 24 hours a thinking along with generations.) He was Alliance), gave guidance through stirring tes- ate campus community. day and is used as a space for studying being funny, but he wasn’t joking. He re- timony. “I’ve been married for three years,” she and graduate student events. GAPSA has also worked with the university to ad- Deepwater Horizon Incident Commander vance initiatives that are important to graduate and professional students at Mason, including an allotment of seventy Adm. Thad Allen Delivers Commencement Address apartments at Mason Vale for graduate students on the Fairfax campus, doubling of the Graduate Student Travel Fund, and a subsidized health care plan for full-time Ph.D. and MFA graduate assistants at Thad Allen, a retired U.S. Coast mander until June 2010, punctuating a Mason. Guard admiral who served as the Na- 39 year career. tional Incident Commander following Over the next year, we will be ex- the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Admiral Allen also served as the panding our current initiatives and delivered the 2011 commencement ad- principal federal oﬃcer in the responses adding several new ones. We will be im- dress to the George Mason community. and recovery operations for Hurricanes plementing committees that will mirror The Commencement was held Saturday, Katrina and Rita in 2005. the National Association of Graduate- May 21 and was Mason’s 44th Com- Professional Student committees so mencement ceremony. Allen also serves as one of George Mason students will be able to advocate Washington University’s Distinguished for graduate student concerns on both a Admiral Allen received an honorary Professors of Practice, teaching a course local and national level. These commit- doctorate in humane letters, having called “Leadership in Complex Organi- tees will focus on important graduate stu- overseen all response eﬀorts to stop the zations.” dent issues, including legislative, social oil ﬂow in what turned out to be the justice, employment and international worst oil disaster in U.S. history. Allen has a master's degree in Man- student concerns. We are also working to agement from the MIT Sloan School of include more social events that appeal to Admiral Allen also coordinated Management and a Master of Public Ad- the diﬀerent demographics that make up with government organizations from the ministration degree from George Wash- our graduate student body at Mason. state to federal level in addition to the ef- ington University. forts of British Petroleum. He ﬁnished If you are interested in getting in- his tenure as the commandant of the U.S. volved with GAPSA either through vacant Coast Guard in May 2010, and continued positions or on one of the committees, to serve as the National Incident Com- File Photo contact email@example.com.
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